Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Reddit gives r/news mod the boot, but says there’s no censorship

Reddit gives r/news mod the boot, but says there’s no censorship

The tragic shooting in Orlando recently spurred renewed claims about rampant censorship on Reddit’s “r/news” subreddit, where many comments were deleted, posts were deleted, and one mod was witnessed telling people to kill themselves, among other things. The matter resulted in a big drop in r/news subscriber numbers, and in light of it all Reddit has made an official statement, saying that it has gotten rid of one of the mods but that overall it does not agree with the censorship accusations.

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Twitter makes it easier to block the trolls that won’t go away

Twitter makes it easier to block the trolls that won’t go away

Twitter, which has previously been under fire over claims that it doesn’t do enough to stop abusive users, has introduced a newly streamlined blocking process that makes it quicker than ever to block a user. Blocking a user is nothing new, of course, but Twitter is making sure you can do it as quickly and easily as possible, adding 'block' to the same menu where 'mute' is located.

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Netflix original movie ‘The Discovery’ will hit theaters next year

Netflix original movie ‘The Discovery’ will hit theaters next year

Netflix has been open about its plans to trample long-held movie industry practices, making it known that it'd like to premiere a movie for streaming the same day it hits theaters, among other things. These intentions have resulted in swift backlash from theaters, but that hasn't really stopped the company. Now, according to a new report, Netflix has acquired the movie rights to 'The Discovery,' and it reportedly plans for it to hit theaters next year.

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Minecraft ‘Friendly Update’ brings cross-platform play to Pocket and Win 10

Minecraft ‘Friendly Update’ brings cross-platform play to Pocket and Win 10

Mojang has just announced the release of Minecraft update 0.15 for the Windows 10 and Pocket editions. Also known as 'The Friendly Update,' the arrival marks the start of cross-platform multiplayer support for Pocket and Windows 10, as well as Realms. With the new cross-platform play, gamers using either edition can play with their friends even if they’re not using the same version.

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Alienware unveils four new gaming products at E3

Alienware unveils four new gaming products at E3

Alienware has taken the wraps off four new gaming products at E3, including a new Alienware Alpha desktop, a new full-tower Area-51 desktop, the Alienware 13 gaming laptop with a high-contrast OLED, and the Alienware Aurora. The company, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, will make the new roster of products available starting tomorrow.

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iOS 10 lets users remove stock apps from home screen

iOS 10 lets users remove stock apps from home screen

Per user requests, iOS 10 will allow users to delete built-in apps from their homescreen, and the feature will be available starting with iOS 10 beta. The feature applies to 23 built-in apps, including things like Contacts, Calculator, Weather, iTunes Store and more, and is applicable across the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, with certain exceptions (Contacts, for example, can only be removed from the iPhone home screen).

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Netflix original ‘Narcos’ will return for second season

Netflix original ‘Narcos’ will return for second season

Netflix will be bringing its popular original series ‘Narcos’ back for a second season, the company has announced. The video service will make Narcos season 2 available on September 2 of this year, kickstarting what seems poised to be another Netflix original hit. The premiere announcement comes just a few days before the company's launch of Orange is the New Black season 4 (it arrives this upcoming Friday).

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NASA and UAE Space Agency sign peaceful space exploration agreement

NASA and UAE Space Agency sign peaceful space exploration agreement

NASA and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency have entered into an agreement that will result in the duo working together for certain aeronautics research, NASA announced on Sunday. This agreement will see NASA and the UAE Space Agency cooperating in the use of airspace and the exploration of said airspace “for peaceful purposes,” said the space agency, with the deal ultimately serving to aid NASA’s ambitious plan to get humans to Mars.

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Apple Messages adds bigger emoji, bubble effects, handwriting, rich links

Apple Messages adds bigger emoji, bubble effects, handwriting, rich links

Apple has gone all out with Messages in iOS 10, adding 'emojification' and a bunch of other stuff that makes your digital conversations a little more robust. The speech bubbles, for example, can be sent gently or forcefully for added effect; if sans-serif isn't your thing, you can send a message in your own handwriting. And, of course, there are the emoji, as well as some other exciting changes.

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Apple Music redesigned from the ground up

Apple Music redesigned from the ground up

Apple Music has been redesigned from the ground up, the company announced at its WWDC 2016 keynote today. The redesign is aimed to make Apple Music more intuitive and simple, and brings with it some new sections and others that have been improved. At the same time, Apple announced that it now has more than 15 million paid subscribers, the fastest growth a service like it has seen in a single year.

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FDA fires back at OIG over claims its food recall program is too slow

FDA fires back at OIG over claims its food recall program is too slow

On June 8, the Office of the Inspector General sent the FDA an ‘early alert’ letter advising it that an ongoing audit has found the Food and Drug Administration’s food recall program to be inadequate on a couple of levels, particularly when it comes to prodding companies to get a move with their voluntary food recalls. Now the FDA has fired back with its own statement, justifying its processes and saying that it expediting changes it already had in the pipeline.

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Amazon tipped in plan to launch its own music streaming service

Amazon tipped in plan to launch its own music streaming service

Amazon will be launching its own non-Prime music streaming service soon, according to sources, and it’ll be designed to compete with Spotify and similar music services. The service will cost $9.99/month when it launches, according to a couple of people, with that launch being set for later this summer or possibly early autumn. This music streaming service will be a standalone product, and won’t require subscribers to have a Prime subscription.

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