Reddit’s rolling out native video — anticipate more ads


Reddit today announced it was rolling out a native video player, meaning Reddit users can upload their footage directly to the site as opposed to an outside service. Redditors will be able to upload videos up to 15 minutes in length, and 1 GB or less in size. You can upload from both desktop and mobile apps. When you start playing a video, it will remain pinned to a corner of your screen while you scroll, and will keep playing. Reddit will also be rolling out a GIF-making tool that can be used in conjunction with video. My first thought…

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Bitcoin surges to record high $4,500 — but is the bubble about to burst?


Bitcoin today reached an all-time high, surging past $4,500 for the first time. The cryptocurrency has more than quadrupled in value since December, and experts are beginning to get nervous. Peter Schiff, a longtime opponent to the idea that cryptocurrency has any long-term potential, decries this moment as further evidence that Bitcoin is a bubble about to burst. If you believe him, it’s time to get out, and sooner is better than later. Schiff spoke to CoinDesk and dismissed the promise of Bitcoin as hyperbole: There’s certainly a lot of bullishness about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, and that’s the case with…

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The LG V30 is shaping up to be a serious Note 8 competitor


LG has always been a bit of an oddball when it comes to smartphone design. Sometimes its designs are too wacky for the mainstream, others they’re too boring. Even the G6, which uses the oh-so-common metal frame and glass back look, was somewhat reserved compared to the competition. But the V30 actually looks pretty gorgeous. Ever-reliable leaker Evan Blass shared the clearest look at the device we’ve seen yet, showing it from virtually all sides. It looks like the G6 and S8 had a baby, but LG seems to actually have slightly smaller bezels, and the rounded camera looks better…

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Nostalgia isn’t doing the gaming industry any favors


Gaming (and gamers, for that matter) seem to be obsessed with reliving the past. The nostalgia bubble is strong right now, but when it bursts, it might harm the industry as a whole. Unless you’ve been living primarily for the indie releases, you might have noticed gaming has a bit of a throwback problem. Indeed, if the gaming industry hearkens to its past more often, it risks turning into a time machine. Will gaming still be able to release the artistic touchstones so many of us will love and remember if it’s currently preoccupied with reviving the ones we already…

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Ford’s CEO is ready for the driverless car future: Are we?


Ford is one of the oldest automobile manufacturers in the world, and possibly the most forward-thinking. Its CEO is serious about leading the competition, when it comes to the autonomous vehicle-powered future of transportation. When the 114 year old company announced, earlier this year, that it was promoting its head of driverless cars to CEO it signaled a pretty optimistic outlook for what many experts consider an over-hyped field. It’s easy to imagine the company’s founder faced a similar against-the-current dilemma when he started considering mass production in a time when craftsmanship was a buzzword. The current CEO of Ford,…

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Facebook is now fighting clickbait video and fake ‘play’ buttons


Facebook has been doubling down on fighting clickbait articles in the past year, but now the company is addressing video clickbait too. One of the more popular ways spammers trick people is by using a fake play button. It’s a simple enough strategy: share an article with a play button as the featured image, and people will think its a video when scrolling through their feed. They might even wonder why it’s not auto-playing as usual and click on it to make sure everything is working. Other times, scammers will post a static image in video format to try and…

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Newton arrives on Windows to help clear your inbox


If you’ve ever thrown your arms up in despair over your email inbox Newton is the app for you. The company today released its popular email app on Windows, making it available for a large portion of the business world. Newton tries to simplify everything about interacting with email, and it mostly succeeds. It has a tiny bit of a learning curve, but this is due to its departure from the standard web-clients most of us are used to. It certainly isn’t difficult to navigate: It feels like Newton is trying to make me forget it’s there, and that’s a…

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