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Turn Off Read Receipts

Rumour has it, Apple wants to give you the option to use read receipts on a contact-by-contact basis in iMessage. This is a dreadfully bad idea that will undoubtedly destroy relationships, estrange friends, and piss off teens. Why? Because read receipts are awful, and making them more sophisticated is bullshit.


Welcome To The Sad, Sad Future Of Scrabble: Lolz, Thanx, And Bezzy

We have no one to blame but ourselves. The publishers of the official Scrabble wordlist have announced the addition of words like “blech,” “lolz,” and “thanx” to the list. To borrow a word from their new list, YEESH.


4 Ways That Your Livefeed Is A Lie

There’s nothing new about streaming video from your phone, or posting live news updates from important events. But now companies are trying to make the experience of streaming your life more real than ever before — and they’re doing it by telling us very dangerous white lies.


Netflix's Nostalgia Trips Are Squelching TV's Creativity

Netflix is apparently super-close to inking a deal to reboot Full House, everyone’s favourite family-oriented sitcom about a grieving widower, his children, and his screw-up adult permanent houseguests leeching off his benevolence and remarkable real estate in San Francisco. And you know what? Uncles Jesse and Joey aren’t the only leeches in this situation. Netflix has cornered the market on milking ’90s nostalgia, and the reboot fever it has inspired in the golden age of TV is bad for the art form and worse for our memories.


The Worst Mac Feature You Can't Turn Off

Bluetooth is an incredible invention. iTunes is a mediocre media player. But if you use a Mac, you can’t have one without the other. Any time you connect a Bluetooth Audio device, OS X opens iTunes. This is a feature that you can’t turn off, and it’s annoying as hell.


The One Ebook You Have To Read If You Love Digital Books

You have not read a truly digital book until you’ve read The New World. The novella is about a woman trying to reclaim her dead husband’s head from a cult-like cryogenics company. But more than that, it is the most ambitious attempt I’ve seen at exploring a future where books lack physical form and are better for it.


I Can't Stop Using This Crappy App That I Hate

That goddamn app. Even though it’s ugly and incomprehensible and barfs useless notifications at me, I keep using it. When I touch its stupid icon on my screen, it’s a hate tap. It’s a finger cringe. But I can’t quit!


Your New Samsung Galaxy S6 Will Have A Built-In Expiration Date

Your smartphone’s battery life won’t last forever. Today, your digital companion might work all day long, then party late into the evening — but, a year from now, you’ll almost certainly have depleted a substantial portion of its capacity. What happens when your phone no longer lasts the day? Time to replace the battery! But with Samsung’s new Galaxy S6, that’s not going to be easy.


Xiaomi Mi Note: The First Chinese Smartphone You'll Actually Want

You’ve probably never heard of the Xiaomi Mi Note. You can’t buy one in the US or in Australia. You should read this story anyhow. It’s about a smartphone — a really good smartphone — but it’s also about the future of personal electronics. You care about the future, no?


Meet Superfish: Lenovo Joins The Malevolent Side Of The Online Advertising Industry

On Wednesday evening, the news began to break on Twitter. Computer security analysts had discovered something nefarious about a piece of advertising software called Superfish, which comes pre-installed on cheap Lenovo laptops like the Yoga 2. Superfish was leaving the laptops wide open to takeover by malicious adversaries. And it was all being done to deliver internet ads.