WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 didn't die right when 2018 arrived, but it will

Last week, we told you that once 2017 came to an end, messaging app WhatsApp would no longer be available for the BlackBerry 10 platform. So here we are, more than 21 hours into 2018, and the messaging app still appears to be functioning on BlackBerry 10 handsets like the BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Z30. But the truth is, as far as this particular platform is concerned, WhatsApp is a dead app walking.

According to a statement made by WhatsApp, on BlackBerry 10 the app is now in “deprecation” mode.” While it will still continue to function for a short time period, some behaviors will …

'Stranger Things' gave us the best moment of the Emmys and you didn't even see it


Stranger Things may not have exactly swept the Emmy Awards, but it did give us one of the most memorable moments of the 2017 ceremony — it just wasn’t one you saw on your screen.

During a commercial break, after Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown lost the outstanding supporting actress award to The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Ann Dowd, Brown’s costar David Harbour snuck across the aisle to console her, giving the 13-year-old actress a big hug and clutching her hands, seeming to give her a pep talk following the defeat. 

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Here's why Lorde didn't sing during her VMAs performance


If you were wondering why Lorde opted to dance rather than sing for her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, here’s your answer.

Per a tweet from the artist posted ahead of the show, Lorde has the flu.

you can’t tell in these pictures but i have the flu so bad i needed an IV #showgoeson #cutelilproppedupcorpse 🦄💀

— Lorde (@lorde) August 27, 2017

No matter, though, as Lorde’s joyous on-stage performance to her latest single “Perfect Places” was an absolute delight. I mean, look at these photos: Read more…

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J.K. Rowling uses kindness to shut down a mansplainer who told a woman she didn't actually write a book


The term mansplaining came from an author who had a man explain her own book to her. Now, men are explaining not just the contents of books … but the act of writing a book itself. 

Author Laura Kalbag shared on Twitter on Saturday that her new book Accessibility for Everyone, about the accessibility of websites to users, was coming out soon. 

If you missed it:

I’ve written a book! It’s coming out very soon, sign up to get it firsthttps://t.co/y0sMW97Xyjhttps://t.co/sWWrIFzQub

— Laura Kalbag (@laurakalbag) August 18, 2017 Read more…

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'We didn't want cell phones to come eat our lunch, ok?' Tony Fadell busts the iPhone conception myths

The iPhone’s 10th anniversary edition is fast approaching, and that is inevitably a time for retrospective analysis, and spilling the beans on the OG iPhone concept creation. As you may very well have heard, multiple myths surround the preparation of the first iPhone for launch. Was there one with a clickwheel indeed, iPod-style, and others with a true mobile OS plus touch interface, like what you see on the leaked video above?

Steve was pissed off, and wanted to show them how to do it rightBoth, it turns out, and some more, too. Ex-Apple’s Tony Fadell, …

Why the hell didn't any of you tell me about Orbeez?


Life is a series of crushing disappointments, and this is no exception: I have recently learned that Orbeez, which are tiny, absorbent polymer balls that expand to 100 times their original size when wet, and which YouTube personalities love to purchase by the millions and pour into pools, have existed for years.

And none of you posers thought to tell me!

Check this out. Here’s a guy putting 25 million Orbeez in a swimming pool, where they become large and jelly-like, and jumping in to see if he’ll float. This video has everything I like: yelling, science, and a vague connection to the Salem Witch Trials.  Read more…

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Motorola bewildered why Samsung didn't do eight-point battery checks prior to Note 7 fiasco

At a recent conference, Motorola battery engineer Russ Gyuenes made some remarks at Samsung’s battery testing practices prior to the Galaxy Note 7’s unfortunate fall from grace. If you can’t recall, the Note 7 was pulled from the market last year when it turned out it had a defective battery prone to exploding.

Following its investigation, Samsung implemented an eight-point battery check system and shared it with the smartphone industry in the interest of consumers. The protocol involves enhanced tests (Durability Test, Visual Inspection, X-Ray Test, Disassembling Test and OCT Test), …

Netflix eliminated the 5-star rating system because most subscribers didn't understand it

Netflix has announced today that it is no longer using its 5-star rating system that was supposed to show viewers how much they would enjoy watching a particular movie or television shows. The stars are being replaced by a percentage that is supposed to show the same thing. Netflix was forced to make this change because the 5-star system was misunderstood by most Netflix subscribers. It was never intended to be a rating that all potential viewers would use to determine whether or not to watch certain content.

To put it another way, the star ratings on Netflix were not designed to …