Snapchat will soon feature community created AR effects

Back in December, 2017, Snap released its second app called Lens Studio. It was essentially a toolkit for Windows and Mac that allowed users to create their own AR effects, which could be further used and shared on Snapchat. In an attempt to further popularize the user created AR effects, called Lens, Snapchat plans to feature them on its main screen.

Starting late March, Snapchat will show a selection of community created Lens on its homescreen. Clicking on any of the AR effects will show you a window, including the creator’s name and a “created with Lens Studio” tag. Snapchat’s …

Pokemon GO adds Community Day monthly event starring a special Pokemon

Niantic has just announced a new event for Pokemon GO trainers in an attempt to keep players engaged – Community Day. During this monthly in-game event, players will be offered the chance to catch a special Pokemon, as well as obtain some nice bonuses.

The first Community Day event is scheduled for January 20, and it features Pikachu. You can find below the event hours in each region, as confirmed by Niantic:

The Asia-Pacific region: January 20, 2018, from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. JST (GMT +9);Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: January 20, 2018, …

Results: extra-tall screens are well-accepted by the community

Last year was marked by the introduction of a new display aspect ratio in the smartphone world — 18:9 (or even taller, up to 19.5:9). Mixing thin bezels with elongated displays resulted in futuristic-looking phones that deliver web content with more immersion than we thought we could get up until now. But it also introduces weird letterboxing, notches, and the removal of front-mounted home buttons or fingerprint scanners.

Some people aren’t exactly happy with the new tech, others welcome it. We thought we’d ask — how many of you firmly intend on sticking with 16:9 for as long as possible? …

Kevin Spacey's statement on sexual misconduct is deeply problematic for the LGBTQ community


There’s a huge problem with Kevin Spacey’s statement in response to the allegation that he made sexual advances toward a 14-year-old boy. 

Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp alleged in a BuzzFeed News report that, in 1986, Spacey—then aged 26—”placed him [Rapp] on his bed, climbed on top of him” and made a sexual advance.” 

Spacey subsequently released a statement, stating he does “not remember the encounter” as it was “over 30 years ago.” He then describes his sexual misconduct as “deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour.” But, then in a second paragraph, Spacey came out as gay. “I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man,” he wrote. Read more…

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Google community manager: "new Pixels still come with a headphone jack if you count the USB-C port"

In response to harsh comments made by those critical of Google’s decision to eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel/Nexus Community Manager Orrin Hancock posted today that the Pixel 2 still comes with a headphone jack, it has just been moved to the USB-C port. Hancock adds that this is a move made by some of the “best phones” available today.

Hancock says that removing the 3.5mm port allows Google to offer an improved “audio and digital experience, as we move towards a bezel-less future.” His forum post also includes a list of Made by Google and Made …

This Braille learning tool could be a game changer for the blind community


Illiteracy in the blind community is a human rights issue that activists have struggled to address for decades. But a new innovation may provide a solution. 

The is a Braille learning device that, simply put, teaches blind and low vision people how to read Braille. The simplicity of its purpose belies the complexity of the technology behind this new device, which was meticulously conceptualized and created to provide blind and low vision people with unparalleled instruction in Braille skills.  

“The Read Read can change the course of history for kids who are blind,” Kate Crohan, a Braille and technology teacher at the Perkins School for the Blind.  Read more…

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Apple will return excess heat from new data center to the heating system of the local community

There is no doubt that Apple is one of the greenest tech companies in the world, and it’s aiming towards being as eco as possible. Its next step in that direction comes in the form of an interesting way to power one of its new data centers and deal with the excess heat it will produce.

The new facility will be built in the Jutland region of Denmark, and it will be powered only by renewable energy. A portion of this energy will come from recycled farm waste.

Apple is working with Aarhus University on a system to process agricultural waste products with a digester, which in turn generates …

What happens when the LGBTQ community celebrates? A 24-hour party and great photos.


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The streets of Sydney ran rainbow with plenty of sequins and leather on show Saturday night as the city hosted the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The parade, which celebrates LGBTQ culture and activism, began as a march and protest in 1978. Met with police violence at the time, the annual event now draws crowds from around the world. 

Getty Images has covered the event since 2000, and this year, photographer Brendon Thorne chose his top 10 images of the night for Mashable.

“Sydney’s Mardi Gras is one of the most thrilling and enjoyable events to photograph,” he said. “Everyone is ecstatic to be involved in the celebration, and the atmosphere is truly alive and buzzing. A highlight of the night is definitely seeing everyone express themselves, whether it be through the breathtaking wardrobe choices or an unforgettable drag queen look.” Read more…

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Show Us Your iMadeFace Doppleganger – Create yourself cartoon iOS

By now you have likely already used iMadeFace or seen your friends’ cartoon avatars all over your news feeds. The popular new iOS app allows you to create a cartoon version of yourself in seconds. It’s inspired users around the world to give themselves the animated treatment.


But just how close to reality can iMadeFace get? To find out, we want you to show us your avatars alongside a picture of yourself. We’ll feature the most uncanny resemblances in a follow-up story here on Mashable.

We’ve already created a few versions of Mashable staffers. Do you think we captured their likenesses? Let us know in the comments, and then send us your creations. We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

Here’s how you can share your photos:
Tweet a photo of your side-by-side iMadeFace  with the hashtag #MashFace. If you need more than one tweet to write your caption, just send us another tweet. OR

Drop your photo into the comments below using a link from imgur, flickr, tinypic, or any other supported format.

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