Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Facebook hikes minimum wage to $15/hr for contractors, vendors

Facebook hikes minimum wage to $15/hr for contractors, vendors

The movement to get a higher minimum wage and more benefits for workers in the United States has apparently had its effect on Facebook, with the social network announcing on Wednesday its plan to boost the minimum wage and other benefits for its vendors and contractors. This will include a new $15 minimum wage, perks for new parents, more than two weeks minimum of paid time off, and more. The same standards were also put into place for some of the workers at Facebook’s headquarters earlier this month.

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Nissan, Toyota recall 6 million cars over Takata air bags

Nissan, Toyota recall 6 million cars over Takata air bags

The Takata air bags issue is still happening, and as of today both Nissan and Toyota have initiated a massive recall with a combined total of 6.56 million cars globally. The recall is the latest to be initiated over the Takata air bags, which are prone to malfunction due to moisture seeping into the components. More than 10 car manufacturers have recalled about 25 million cars so far because of the problem which has, unfortunately, resulted in at least six deaths.

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Leica Monochrom (Typ 246) DNGs can “destroy” Apple Photos library

Leica Monochrom (Typ 246) DNGs can “destroy” Apple Photos library

Remember that new Leica Monochrom camera? If you’re an OS X user, beware: a new advisory warns that a serious bug could result in your entire Apple Photos library being destroyed. In the advisory, Leica Camera says that the new Monochrom’s DNG files are not compatible with Apple Photos, and the result is that trying to open them will cause the Photos library to crash and, maybe if you’re super unlucky, it’ll destroy all the photo files that already exist.

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AT&T and Hulu partner to bring subscribers streaming videos

AT&T and Hulu partner to bring subscribers streaming videos

AT&T and Hulu have announced a new (expanded) partnership between the two that will bring video streaming content from the latter to AT&T’s own subscribers — both on the web and on their mobile devices. The two companies have previously had a deal that brings some content to the carrier’s subscribers, but under this they will be presented with more content through an AT&T app and, possibly, through a future Hulu app for TVs. The pair announced the expanded partnership today.

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Nintendo World Championships to return in June

Nintendo World Championships to return in June

Nintendo has announced -- using a pretty cheesy video -- that it will be bringing back the Nintendo World Championships. This is the first time the gaming company has held such an event in 25 years, making it particularly notable, and it will be held in Los Angeles, California, on June 14. Nintendo announced the news today as part of an E3 teaser video. Nintendo also says that it will be having its next Digital Event on Tuesday, June 16 at 9AM.

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Chrome extensions will only be available through web store

Chrome extensions will only be available through web store

As of early last year, and as first announced in late 2013, Chrome extensions had to be on the Chrome Web Store in order to be downloaded — for Windows users, that is. The move was an effort to improve security by preventing malicious extensions from being downloaded from some random web location and installed. Google says that it saw a lot of success with this, and so it will be extending its scope in the near future. In doing so, Chrome may be more secure for all.

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The Black Glove game has been nixed

The Black Glove game has been nixed

Remember the “Black Glove” game we talked about back in October? It was said to be a surrealistic game, and its makers were seeking funding for it on Kickstarter. Unfortunately, and as sometimes happens with crowdfunding campaigns, the game has instead been cancelled, (“for now”, the makers tease), and in its place the team behind it is said to be working on new games. As you might have guessed, the Kickstarter funding didn’t come through, and so it seems it just wasn’t meant to be.

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Walmart takes on Amazon with flat-rate unlimited shipping option

Walmart takes on Amazon with flat-rate unlimited shipping option

Amazon Prime is enticing to some because of the discounts it offers on shipping, including a free option for those who spring for the $99/year subscription plan. Wal-Mart, it would seem, has felt the crunch because of this and will be challenging it. The company recently announced it will be offering a new unlimited shipping option for those who shop online, doing so with a flat-rate price of $50 per year. With this, the products will take up to three days to arrive, just a touch longer than Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping.

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Uncharted shipwreck discovered during MH370 search

Uncharted shipwreck discovered during MH370 search

A previously unknown shipwreck was discovered by searchers during a search for the missing flight MH370. The shipwreck is said to be in the southern Indian Ocean, and it involves a 19th century cargo ship. Which cargo ship isn't known, since it wasn't uncommon for them to sink during the voyage -- whether this one will end up being identified is unknown at this point, but researchers have taken a greater look at the shipwreck since its discovery. Pics after the jump!

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Bee colony losses in the US decrease a tiny bit

Bee colony losses in the US decrease a tiny bit

Bee population numbers are important, so much so that data on colony information has been tracked for the past several years, but particularly the last handful of years. The Apiary Inspectors of America, Bee Informed Partnership, and United States Department of Agriculture recently published the preliminary data on honey bee colony losses as determined in the ninth annual national survey. Though there was still losses (as expected), the numbers are slightly better than the last year, with the losses dipping below the previous winter's numbers.

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