How a deceptive ad for MasterCard might have chased William Shatner off Twitter

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Sponsored tweets showing up in your timeline is now an unfortunate but expected part of using Twitter. However, another of the company’s sponsored ad units is leaving some high-profile Twitter users unhappy. As reported by Marketing Land, a sponsored MasterCard account started showing up in the “following” list of William Shatner, Dwayne Johnson, Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, and even Visa. This essentially made it look like these users were following MasterCard — something that left Shatner rather peeved. “Do you understand that by implying that I follow these companies that it appears to be an endorsement?” read one Shatner tweet directed at Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and the company’s “trust and safety” account.

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Ten One Design’s Mountie Clip Is Perfect For Duet’s iPad Display App

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pd_mountie_foot_desk Your mobile two-screen setup just got a lot more perfect: Ten One Design has launched the Mountie, a two-sided clip that securely mounts an iPad, iPhone or any other mobile device to your MacBook or iMac’s bezel, while remaining small enough to slip into a jacket pocket or laptop case accessory compartment. The Mountie isn’t the first gadget to do what it does, but it does appear to… Read More

The Kairos T-Band Turns Your Dumb Watch Into A Smart Watch

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20141118234309-indigogotband Another day, another wearable design. This time it’s something called the Kairos T-Band, a watch band that connects to your normal watch and enables all sorts of exciting things like step tracking and notifications. I’ve seen a few of these sorts of things over the past year – one company hid everything inside a nice leather band and didn’t include a screen – and… Read More

‘Take Me To Church’ and the extremely earnest return of apocalypse pop

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If there is such a thing as seasonal music for New Year’s Eve, it is apocalypse pop. Apocalypse pop is a subgenre of radio dance pop that I made up, whose lyrics and musicality invoke the end of the world, usually to rationalize dancing for a very long time or engaging in sexual activity with someone you might otherwise not. For reference, the holy trinity of apocalypse pop is “Give Me Everything” (Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer), “Till The World Ends” (Britney Spears), and “We Found Love” (Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris). All three of those songs were released in 2011 — the brief reign of apocalypse pop coincided with the rise of the EDM-crossover pop hit, back when EDM could still be said to cross over into the mainstream,…

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Moment Brings Back Family Dinner Time By Sounding Alerts If You Pick Up Your Phone At The Table

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over-the-shoulder-by-mandy-fierens If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to limit screen time around the family dinner table, the mobile application Moment can now help. The app, which previously focused on alerting smartphone owners to how much time they’ve spent staring at their phone, has introduced an update that turns Moment into more of a family application. Family members can track each others’… Read More

Time Warner Cable and Comcast rank as worst companies for customer satisfaction

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Comcast and Time Warner Cable are once again at the bottom of the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, ranking them as the companies whose customers are most disappointed with the quality of their products and services. The new rankings were reported in MarketWatch, which says that TWC’s internet service was lowest on the list, followed by TWC’s TV service, and then Comcast’s internet service.

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You Could Fill Up At The Pump With Apple Pay Starting Next Year

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Apple Pay Apple is working to expand the reach of Apple Pay, and its next major destination might be the gas pumps. Chevron’s official Twitter account revealed yesterday (via Business Insider) that the gas company is working to make Apple Pay available at its fill-up stations in the U.S. Pump payments are a key ingredient to making Apple Pay truly a convenient, complete replacement for… Read More

Sony A7 II review: the next great camera, someday

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The camera industry is the most interesting and exciting it’s been in the past 10 years. After capable smartphones decimated the point-and-shoot market, camera makers have focused their efforts on appealing to enthusiasts and professional photographers — those that need or want more than a smartphone can provide. We’ve gotten really great cameras from the likes of Fujifilm, Panasonic, Olympus, and Sony that prioritize manual controls and image quality, while still being more compact and approachable than the DSLRs that dominated the aughts.

In that vein, Sony recently released the A7 II, a compact mirrorless camera that could replace the big DSLR rigs many professionals still cling to. The A7 II is actually a successor to last year’s A7,…

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Samsung’s new Milk VR app streams 360-degree video to Gear VR headset

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Starting today, Samsung’s giving you more to do with its Gear VR virtual reality headset. The company has launched a new app, Milk VR, that delivers immersive, 360-degree videos to the Galaxy Note 4-powered platform. (By the way, we really wish Samsung would move away from the truly awful “Milk” branding.) Available now as a technical preview, every video served up by Milk VR is free to watch. Some are streamable and others can be downloaded, and Samsung has vowed to deliver new clips on a constant basis. Each video spans one to ten minutes in length, according to TechCrunch, so you’ll probably run out of entertainment options pretty quickly on day one.

But keep in mind that while nothing’s stopping you from buying one, the Gear VR…

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Mobile App Download Volumes Hit Record High In November

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appstore Downtime from work and other responsibilities over the Thanksgiving break here in the U.S. saw consumers downloading applications in record numbers, according to a new report out this morning from mobile marketers Fiksu. The firm says its “App Store Competitive Index,” which tracks the aggregate average daily download volume of the top 200 free iOS apps, reached 8.1 million… Read More

There’s A Connected Gaming Toothbrush At CES This Year, And I Don’t Want To Go

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main_img Sometimes a vacation is more curse then blessing – I’ve been largely away from email and Twitter for about five days now, and returning is less a breath a fresh air and more a deep inhalation of whatever was in that ancient looking Tupperware container found at the back of the fridge behind the pickled artichoke hearts and other infrequently touched items. Not to center anyone out,… Read More

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