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3D posts on Facebook just got a lot better

21 February, by Monica Chin[ —]

Support for 3D imagery on Facebook is growing. Last October, Facebook introduced interactive posts of 3D objects to its news feed. The social network rolled out support for a new file format this week, which will make it even easier for users to share high-quality 3D images. 

The format, glTF 2.0, allows for more realistic rendering of objects' textures, and more detailed 3D art. 

Along with support for the new format, Facebook is rolling out new Graph API endpoints that will allow developers to build 3D sharing to Facebook directly into their third-party apps.  Read more...

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We finally found the world's smallest fidget spinner

21 February, by Monica Chin[ —]

If you have small hands, you'll know that spinning a fidget spinner can be a cumbersome affair. Westminster Inc. has just the solution. 

The toy and brand has created what it claims is the world's smallest fidget spinner. It's one and a quarter inches long, and fits comfortably on even the smallest of fingers. 

Just like the traditional fidget spinner your annoying coworker spins all day, this toy is comprised of a ball-bearing core, a plastic body with three arms, and weighted metal slugs at each end. But its size (or lack thereof) made it much easier to spin than a heavier product — especially for my hands which are, in super scientific terms, super tiny — and balancing it on one finger was practically effortless.  Read more...

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This travel pillow looks like it's attacking you — but it really just wants to give you a hug

21 February, by Dymond Green[ —]

MonPère’ is a travel pillow in the shape of hands that cradle your face while you sleep. The mitts stay secure whichever way you bend them and comfortably hold your neck and head in place. Fighting for the window seat is a thing of the past. Read more...

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Twitter updates its developer rules to crack down on bots

21 February, by Karissa Bell[ —]

Twitter is getting serious about its bot problem. 

Hours after a massive bot purge that prompted the #TwitterLockOut hashtag to trend, the company is announcing new rules for developers meant to prevent bots from using third-party apps to spread spam.

According to the new rules, developers that use Twitter's API will no longer be able to let users: 

  • Simultaneously post identical or substantially similar content to multiple accounts.

  • Simultaneously perform actions such as Likes, Retweets, or follows from multiple accounts

  • Use of any form of automation (including scheduling) to post identical or substantially similar content, or to perform actions such as Likes or Retweets, across many accounts that have authorized your app (whether or not you created or directly control those accounts) is not permitted Read more...

More about Tech, Twitter, Developers, Apps And Software, and Tweetdeck

If you really want to put 'America First,' support tech industry immigrants

21 February, by Sayari Ghosh[ —]

This column is part of a series called "Voices of Women in Tech," created in collaboration with AnitaB.org, a global enterprise that supports women in technical fields, as well as the organizations that employ them and the academic institutions training the next generation.

As the daughter of a family of overachievers in Kolkata, India, I knew that an advanced degree from an American university would put me on a path to success. With just two suitcases filled with belongings, I came to this country — where I knew practically no one — to study for a master’s degree in computer and information sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Read more...

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Who wants to live forever, asks the book Benedict Cumberbatch is bringing to the screen

21 February, by Chris Taylor[ —]

The world's richest man made a $42 million investment in a vast clock, now under construction, that is designed to tick away for 10,000 years. Elon Musk sent a car to space that should orbit the sun for millions of years, containing a miniature library that will last for billions more. Meanwhile Netflix's latest hit, Altered Carbon, shows us a future where the rich live forever, albeit inserted into fresh bodies (aka "sleeves"). 

No doubt about it: long-term thinking is in fashion, at least among the nerds. These days, Silicon Valley is obsessed with legacy projects. Mark Zuckerberg wants to cure all disease before the 22nd century begins. The promise of expanding human lifespan in limitless directions is so close the billionaires can taste it.  Read more...

More about Entertainment, Science Fiction, Benedict Cumberbatch, Novel, and Entertainment

Watch Billionaire Bill Gates try to guess the prices of normal people groceries

21 February, by Brian Koerber[ —]

Billionaire Bill Gates would probably be great on a show where he guessed the prices of real estate and yachts. Groceries for norms? Not so much.

Gates appeared on The Ellen Show on Wednesday, where host and millionaire of the people, Ellen DeGeneres, decided to quiz the tech mogul The Price is Right style. In a segment called "Bill's Grocery Bills," Degeneres had Gates guess the price of everyday objects from the grocery store. 

If Gates successfully guesses the price (within a range of $1) of three out of the five products, the audience wins a prize.  

For what it's worth, Gates couldn't even recall the last time he stepped foot in a grocery store, but his performance is less than stellar. Gates thought cheap stuff, like Rice-A-Roni and Totino's Pizza Rolls were way more expensive than they actually are, and guessed expensive items, like Tide Pods, are way cheaper than their $19.97 price tag.  Read more...

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Uber CEO: Flying taxis will be a real business in 5-10 years

21 February, by Sasha Lekach[ —]

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Uber is looking to spread from the roads to the skies.

This week Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi recommitted to the company's goal of offering flying taxis as a transportation option — and not in the distant future but in the next five to 10 years.

At a Tokyo investor forum Tuesday, Khosrowshahi said he saw flying cars as a viable option for Uber users to get around cities and nearby locations, according to Reuters. Read more...

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How to calculate the exact amount of Bitcoin riches you've missed out on

21 February, by Monica Chin[ —]

The value of Bitcoin has been a roller coaster, and a select few have come out on top. 

If you, like most of us, are not among the cryptocurrency elite, never fear. The Bitcoin Regret Club, featured on Product Hunt, is here to remind you just how disappointed you should be that you didn't invest in bitcoin. 

The Club's calculator is very simple. To start, enter a date and an investment amount. 

Image: screenshot/bitcoinregret.club

The website works its magic, then tells you exactly how much money you didn't make from that investment. For example, if I'd invested $400 on June 6 2013, I would now have $35,586.  Read more...

More about Bitcoin, Bitcoins, Bitcoin Currency, Bitcoin Price, and Tech

Prepare for 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' with all this merch for Han Solo superfans

21 February, by Leah Stodart[ —]

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

Han Solo: Though the Star Wars website refers to him as "Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero.", we like to refer to him as "Our favorite sarcastic galactic badass." Superfans have already known this, but if Solo: A Star Wars Story coming out on May 25, 2018, isn't enough to make you realize there's not enough scoundrels in your life, we're not sure what is.

More about Star Wars, Harrison Ford, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Mashable Shopping

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