Social Media

Periscope is finally letting you view and broadcast in landscape mode

Periscope users may have just about gotten used to using portrait mode for their live streams, but now they have the option to broadcast in landscape too. The new feature was rolled out with a bunch of other updates on Thursday.

Look out, Instagram’s big ad push is about to begin

It took three years for Instagram to bring ads to its service, and ever since it's been treading carefully in a bid to keep users onside. With that in mind, we're curious to see how a new ad push, likely to attract many new marketers…

Apple claims it literally can’t even hand over encrypted data to the FBI

Thanks to increasingly complex encryption systems, companies like Apple are claiming that their hands are tied when it comes to releasing data to federal officials, and the standoff is only leading to heightened tensions.
Social Media

Instagram can now predict who America’s Next Top Model will be

Have no fear -- Instagram is here! No longer just a platform for making your life look enviable, Instagram is now being used to predict who the next stars of international fashion runways will be.

In Australia this Labor Day weekend? Flash a smile in the world’s largest selfie

Nothing screams Labor Day like a beaming selfie, and if you're lucky enough to be in Australia for the long weekend, you may want to consider participating in what is being called the world's biggest selfie.
Social Media

Illinois city owes man $125,000 for raiding his home over fake Twitter account

Definitely an idiotic way for an elected official to cost his city money, a six-figure settlement was reached in the civil case of a man that has his home raided over a fake Twitter account.

Forget bird’s eye views, see with cat’s eyes with Cat Street View in Hiroshima

Prayers have been answered and hard work has paid off, as the Hiroshima Prefecture has released "Hiroshima cat’s street view," which is, as its name suggests, a daring look into street life from the eyes of a cat.

FTC and Machinima reach settlement: it’s actually about ethics in game journalism

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with YouTube network Machinima over allegations that the company contracted popular YouTubers to create paid advertisements under the guise of unbiased, independently produced video…
Movies & TV

Kanye West and Miley Cyrus’ breast help MTV’s 2015 VMAs set Twitter TV record

MTV's 2015 VMAs may not have had as many viewers as last year's show, but the event more than made up for it in tweets. The awards show was the most tweeted about non-sports event since Nielsen began tracking in October 2011.

Stories you missed this week: Wiz Khalifa ‘hoverboard’ arrest, the next Hummer

It can be challenging to keep track of everything that happens in the tech world. That's why we have compiled a list of the top 10 tech stories from this week — just for you. We've got news of Apple's iPhone 6S September 9 event and more.
Social Media

17-year-old gets eleven years in jail for tweeting pro-ISIS content

17-year-old Virginia resident Ali Shukri Amin was sentenced to 11 years in jail today for running a Twitter page that solicited support for the terrorist group ISIS. The sentencing raises the issue of what types of online activity should be…