Category Archives: Tech

Goldman Sachs Chases The “Gold Rush” To San Francisco

The Wall Street bank held its annual meeting on the West Coast for the first time. “It’s a different kind of gold rush,” CEO Lloyd Blankfein said. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images The men onstage wore dark suits and monochrome ties. That alone was enough to tell you they weren't from around here. Top executives of Goldman Sachs,… Read More »

Apple Watch Gets Its First Big Software Update

Watch OS 1.0.1 brings performance improvements to Apple’s first wearable. Apple The Apple Watch is getting its first-ever software update. Apple on Monday rolled out Watch OS 1.0.1, the next iteration of the Apple Watch's operating system. Following the retail launch of Apple's first wearable by less than a month, the software update is largely focused on performance… Read More »

If Your Favorite TV Homes Were On Airbnb

Rent it out. Eat fried chicken in Monica Geller’s bathtub. The One Where You Eat Ross’s Sandwich NBC / Thinkstock Crack open a Duff on the Simpsons’ couch. Fox Rent out Carrie Bradshaw’s one bedroom. HBO / Thinkstock Eat waffles at the Humphrey residence. Thinkstock / Warner Bros. View Entire List › BuzzFeed – Tech

25 Things You Didn’t Know You Could In Safari

Browse the web like a bo$ $ . Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed Create a theater-like experience while watching videos with Turn Off the Lights. With the Safari Keyword Search extension, you can look up different websites (like Google, Amazon, and Wikipedia) for information right from the address bar. For example, to Google Jared Leto, you'd just type “g… Read More »

Here’s What Happens When You Accidentally Sext Your Girlfriend’s Mom

What better way to tell your beloved how you feel than saying you have an erection to her mother? Atic12 / Getty Images Each day brings us a new chance at humiliation through accidents made through technology and social media. Accidentally hitting the “share to Facebook” button on Pornhub, pocket dialing your boss while you're in the bathroom,… Read More »

Uber And Lyft Get Green Light In Portland

The ride-hailing services win the right to operate in Oregon’s largest city — temporarily. Uber After months of legal wrangling, Uber and Lyft have negotiated a deal to operate in a city that's proven notoriously difficult for the ride-hailing companies to crack: Portland, Oregon. Tuesday night, the Portland City Council approved a pilot program that will allow Uber… Read More »

Facebook Isn’t An App, It’s A Colossal Social Conglomerate

The company is getting huge in areas outside its core social network. Each day its apps are responsible for 45 billion messages, and 4 billion video views. Facebook is a social network. And a messaging service. And a collaboration tool. And a video player. And a phone. The company, which has long described itself as a cluster of… Read More »

MakerBot Closes Stores And Fires Staff After Missing Financial Targets

The 3D printing company has laid off about a fifth of its staff and closed its three retail stores. It’s a reality check for the 3D printing industry. William Alden / Via BuzzFeed News MakerBot, the buzzy maker of 3D printers, is going through a painful retrenchment after a period of rapid growth. The Brooklyn-based company failed to… Read More »

Google Faces Antitrust Investigation By European Union Regulators

The EU has accused the search giant of illegally using its search powers to squash competition. Virginia Mayo / ASSOCIATED PRESS Commissioner Margrethe Vestager's “statement of objection” could force the internet giant to change its business model in Europe, as well as pay a large fine. Vestager alleged that Google used its powers as a search engine to… Read More »

The Most Powerful Consumer Drone Is Coming To The Market This Summer

Autonomous, flexible, GoPro-ready. 3D Robotics We still don't know what drones are for, exactly. That's what Chris Anderson, WIRED Editor-in-Chief turned CEO of 3D Robotics believes. But he has an idea. “The real distinction for drones, and what we do best,” he told BuzzFeed News, “is autonomy.” Anderson, and his team at 3D Robotics, are trying to create… Read More »

Inside “The Vault,” Apple’s VIP Room For Gold Watch Buyers In NYC

First in the room this morning were Jack and Carol Weber, University of Virginia professors about to celebrate their 50th anniversary. And that means a golden gift is in order. Mark Lennihan / Associated Press And those who signed up to try on the “Edition” line of gold watches — which can run up to $ 17,000 each… Read More »

Square Rolls Out New Marketing Tool To Get You Back In The Door

The payments company is using transaction data to help merchants build targeted email campaigns. Image: Square Square released a new marketing tool today designed to help local businesses that use Square Register run targeted email advertising campaigns. The new service, Square Marketing, is designed to let merchants reach previous customers with online promotions and then track how those… Read More »

Uber Breaks Out The Big Guns With New Security Hire

The ride-hail giant poaches Joe Sullivan from Facebook to be the company’s first-ever chief security officer. The Call of Duty armored vehicles Uber rolled out as part of a promotion during the June E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles. Uber/Activision / Via i.ytimg.com Uber has a new chief security officer — the company's first ever: Joe Sullivan, who… Read More »

Tim Cook Puts His Dent In The Universe

By taking public stands on social issues, Apple’s CEO is forging a role as his own kind of visionary leader. Apple CEO Tim Cook kicks off an Apple event on Monday, March 9 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Eric Risberg / AP “We're here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”… Read More »

How The Screenshort Could Save Us From Horrible Headlines

So far screenshorts — screenshots of text shared on social media — have had an excellent 2015. They’re bleeding from their origins on Twitter and Instagram out into Facebook and across the web as the most effective way to share blurbs of text. Media companies have noticed and have begun professionalizing the screenshort. The New York Times, Wall… Read More »

New Apple TV Set Top Will Debut This Summer With App Store, Siri

Apple intends to show the device off at its annual World Wide Developers Conference in June. Martin Hajek / Via martinhajek.com For years Apple has described TV as an “area of intense interest,” trashing the current TV experience as antiquated and asinine, and repeatedly hinting at plans to evolve it. As Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services… Read More »

This Startup Is Designing Yeast To Make Brand-New Scents, Flavors

Rose perfume, the smell of fresh-cut grass, cosmetics: It’s all part of the brave new world of synthetic biology. Operators at Ginkgo shuttle samples between workstations on the foundry floor. Courtesy / Ginkgo Bioworks / Via ginkgobioworks.com For centuries, humans have used yeast to make beer and bread. Now, a startup is using it to engineer designer fragrances,… Read More »

Apple Toughens Up Rules For Medical Research Apps

Apps have to make sure participants know what they’re getting themselves into. Apple Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams announces ResearchKit onstage during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 9, 2015, in San Francisco. Stephen Lam / Getty Images As part of a new initiative to enable medical research… Read More »

Google Silent After Former Employee Tweets About Sexual Harassment From Superiors

Kelly Ellis, a software engineer at Google for more than four years, tweeted Saturday about recurring sexual harassment at the company. Despite multiple attempts to contact Google, the tech giant refused to publicly respond to the allegations. Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP Twitter: @justkelly_ok View Entire List › BuzzFeed – Tech

The New Tinder Service Will Charge You More Money If You’re Aged Over 28

Tinder Plus will charge you three times more if you’re older than 28. A new service offered by Tinder allows users to use the app when they travel abroad and reverse right-swipes – but it’s charging significantly more money to people over the age of 28. giphy.com Although the app will remain free, the option to make unlimited… Read More »

Boise City Council Members Are Disappointed Uber Is Suspending Operations

Uber announced it was suspending operations in the city earlier today, just two days after the City Council agreed on a drafted version of an ordinance that would allow the company to operate legally. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters Citing outdated regulations, Uber suspended its operations in Boise, Idaho, today after just four months of operating in the city,… Read More »

Who Is This Man And Why Are His Photos Showing Up On My Phone?

This weird thing happened to me. Chris Ritter for BuzzFeed/Some Random Guy This GRAND tale of cryptic communication begins last February in the great year of 2014. I was out after work in the East Village at a bar a bunch of BuzzFeed people go to called EVS. It's on St. Marks Place, but I SWEAR, it's not… Read More »

How To Eat Unicorns For Fun And Profit

Partying with Slack as Silicon Valley’s latest darling celebrated a hard-to-believe year. “It tastes like a unicorn!” An enthusiastic, red-faced Slack employee is peeling tufts of house-cured foie gras cotton candy off a stick. It's his company's first anniversary party, and he's enjoying himself too much to realize that he's not just describing, in ridiculous terms, the already-ridiculous… Read More »