Google to revise system that forces news providers to offer three free stories a day before charging

Google plans on removing a policy that requires news organizations to offer consumers three free stories a day before readers are forced to subscribe to the service. Instead, news providers will be allowed to determine for themselves how many articles readers will be allowed to read for free. Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp., started squealing last month about Google’s plans to eliminate the “first click free” policy.

Thomson pointed out that Google had these news providers by the short hairs. If they didn’t get on board with the “first click free” policy, they would disappear …

New Google Photos update allows you to share videos faster, here's how it works

Google Photos has received a neat new functionality. Version 3.6 of the app now enables faster video sharing for users living in areas with poor network coverage. 

Here’s how it works. Photos will first backup videos in a low-res preview quality. Naturally, the smaller size of the files will allow for quicker upload times. As soon as you’re in an area with good coverage or a solid Wi-Fi connection, all low-res copies will be replaced with the original high-quality versions. 
Of course, this feature will also be useful even if you’re …

Our iPhone 8 Plus battery life test reveals the best endurance from an iPhone yet

With more people lining up to buy the iPhone 8 Plus than the smaller iPhone 8 for the first time (perhaps in anticipation of the iPhone X), the focus has suddenly shifted to Apple’s larger phone that is more feature-rich, thanks to the dual-camera setup on the back, but also lasting much more on a charge, thanks to the bigger battery. Not only does the iPhone 8 Plus endure 25% further on a charge than the iPhone 8, but our battery benchmark test reveals that it is way ahead of the iPhone 7 Plus, too, and, in fact, the 8 Plus is the longest-lasting iPhone we’ve …

Download this: Holo's AR app puts 'holograms' into the world around you


Now that iOS 11 is out, augmented reality apps are becoming some of the most entertaining apps in the App Store, thanks to Apple’s ARKit. 

While we’ve seen AR apps meant to help you buy furniture or bring children’s books to life, Holo’s take on the new feature will be more familiar to fans of Snapchat. 

The app allows you to record videos with 3D “holograms” (which is how 3D animations are referred to in the app) of animals, movie characters, and celebrities overlaid onto your surroundings. Similar to Snapchat’s dancing Bitmoji lenses, you can reposition and resize Holo’s animations as you’re recording. Read more…

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Trump threatens North Korea and slams three past presidents in less than 140 characters


It’s amazing (and truly terrifying) the things Donald Trump can accomplish with less than 140 characters to work with.

On Sunday morning the Commander/Tweeter/Golfer-In-Chief fired off several tweets about North Korea’s Kim Jong-un — who he now apparently only refers to as “Rocket Man” or “Little Rocket Man” now — and casually called three former presidents failures like it was NBD.

*nervous laughter*

Trump kicked off the day explaining to Twitter users he told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson he’s “wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.” Read more…

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Marshawn Lynch has an important message for Donald Trump right on his pre-game shirt


If his approval rating isn’t registering and Donald Trump needs help determining who is not on his side of history these days, he can look for answers in Marshawn Lynch’s wardrobe.

The Oakland Raiders running back, known just as much for his on the field antics as he is for his playful treatment of the media, was spotted wearing a shirt with a strong message ahead of Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos: “Everybody vs. Trump.”

It’s a loud and clear statement, particularly in the face of dissent between Trump and NFL players who are Kaepernicking (or taking a knee) against police brutality and racial injustice.  Read more…

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Here are all the signs and photos you need to see from Amber Rose's annual SlutWalk


For the third year in a row, Amber Rose led hundreds of defiant folks down the streets of Los Angeles for her annual SlutWalk. 

The Amber Rose Foundation hosts the walk, which was founded after the SlutWalk protests in Canada. Over the past three years, the foundation has honed in on a very specific aim: to empower people, end rape culture, and reclaim the word “slut.” 

In addition to the actual walking and catching glimpses of the celebrities in attendance (including Rose’s boyfriend, rapper 21 Savage), people participated in the OPENed: Women’s Conference filled with panelists and workshops dedicated to addressing social issues and gender based injustices.  Read more…

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'Rick and Morty' fans won: McDonald's will offer Szechuan sauce


The Season 3 finale might be hours away, but an even bigger day is still ahead for Rick & Morty fans.

On Oct. 7, for one day only, McDonald’s will let all comers sample a bit of that sweet, sweet Szechuan sauce. The Holy Grail of Mickey D’s condiments was a punchline way back in April, when Rick & Morty‘s Season 3 premiere streamed for just 48 hours, starting on April Fool’s Day.

A few months later when Season 3 kicked off in earnest, McDonald’s held a contest that concluded with three lucky fans getting their own bottles of Szechuan sauce. One in particular made headlines when he sold his loot to Deadmau5 — interrupting the DJ’s wedding weekend in the process. Read more…

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Helen Mirren and Jane Fonda casually slayed the runway at Fashion Week


Paris Fashion Week has arrived and so have two of the most iconic queens to ever grace your television screens: Helen Mirren and Jane Fonda. 

The actors — both of whom are in their 70s — didn’t fly all the way to Paris to simply attend events, they came to slay.

It’s true. Mirren and Fonda were spotted strutting their stuff down the runway of the L’Oréal Paris show on Sunday, and we promise they look ten times better than any of us would.

As People reported, Mirren, who’s 72, sported black boots, wide grey checkered pants, and a long black coat. She walked down the runway to THE CHAINSMOKERS like it was ~nothing~ swinging a freaking cane for goodness sake. Could she be any cooler?! Read more…

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'Outlander' star Sam Heughan takes us inside Jamie's unexpected journey in episode 4


This recap contains spoilers for Outlander Season 3, episode 4, titled “Of Lost Things.”

Season 3 of Outlander isn’t just a story about Claire and Jamie finding their way back together — in many ways, it’s also a story of parenthood, and the sacrifices that all of our characters make for the people they love. 

While Claire is able to raise Brianna in the safety of Boston, Jamie’s journey of fatherhood has been much more painful; he couldn’t be with Claire after she lost their first baby, Faith, and he sent her back through the Standing Stones with the expectation that he would never meet their second child. Read more…

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