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Instagram's 'Pinned Comments' feature is now available to everyone

7 July, by Brenda Stolyar[ —]
Instagram's 'Pinned Comments' feature is now available to everyone

If you're trying to inject some positivity into your Instagram posts, the new Pinned Comments feature could help. The feature, which Instagram started testing back in May, is now officially available everywhere.

Instagram's VP of Product, Vishal Shah, took to Twitter to announce that you can now pin a few (of what will likely be your favorite) comments to the top of the comments thread on your posts.

Today we’re rolling out pinned comments everywhere 📌

That means you can a pin a few comments to the top of your feed post. By highlighting positive comments, you can better manage the tone of the conversation. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/w2X5grdee7

— Vishal Shah (@vishalshahis) July 7, 2020 Read more...

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Facebook criticized for toothless 'PR exercise' following ad boycott

7 July, by Jack Morse[ —]
Facebook criticized for toothless 'PR exercise' following ad boycott

In the face of mounting advertiser pressure over its handling of hate speech, Mark Zuckerberg today met with the leaders of the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, the Free Press, and the Color Of Change. It did not go well. 

With an ever-increasing number of business pulling advertising dollars from Facebook as part the #StopHateForProfit boycott, the social media behemoth's COO, Sheryl Sandberg, announced Tuesday the "need to take action." Unfortunately, according to the group behind the campaign that has grown to encompass massive brands like Unilever and Verizon, that action consisted of a meaningless "PR exercise" that resulted in "no commitment" from the Zuckerberg-helmed company.  Read more...

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We shot Portrait mode video with this iPhone app

7 July, by (Deleted account)[ —]
We shot Portrait mode video with this iPhone app

Ever take a Portrait mode photo on your iPhone and wish you could do the same with video?

Well, you're in luck, thanks to a new app called Focos Live.

As 9to5Mac points out, other apps simulate background blur after the fact. That's not the case here. Focos Live utilizes “depth data" on the iPhone's front and rear cameras to create a live Portrait mode effect with video.

I tested Focos Live to see how it works. After shooting a video, you can adjust the aperture size in the app’s editor to change just how blurry you want the background to be. You can also change the focal point, like a person's face or an object in the foreground, and the app will track it throughout the clip. There’s also the ability to blur the foreground and focus on objects in the background. Read more...

More about Apple, Video, Iphone, Bokeh, and Camera

7 stellar online courses taught by Black instructors you can start today

7 July, by Haley Henschel[ —]
7 stellar online courses taught by Black instructors you can start today

Amid a global pandemic that's disproportionally hurting Black-owned small businesses, it's more important than ever to open your purse for Black entrepreneurs, artists, and creatives. And with a second wave of that same pandemic looking more and more likely for the U.S., enrolling in an interesting online class or workshop taught by a Black instructor stands to be one of the best ways to help Black entrepreneurs weather the storm: You'll be using your purchasing power to invest in and elevate Black teachers, and learning new skills from them, too. It's a total win-win.

More about Learning, Masterclass, Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, and Racial Justice

18 tweets for people who have no concept of time anymore

7 July, by Nicole Gallucci[ —]
18 tweets for people who have no concept of time anymore

Do you know what day it is? How about what time it is? No? That's OK! Neither do I. All I know for sure is that it's the year 2020, and everything feels never-ending.

If you've lost all concept of time or frequently have trouble remembering what day of the week it is — let alone when to eat food, drink alcohol, or stop working — you're not alone.

Living the quarantine life, consuming a painful amount of news every day, and having essentially no use for 2020 planners has really messed with people's heads. So if you're one of the many people who can no longer comprehend time, here are 18 extremely relatable tweets to comfort you. Read more...

More about Twitter, Time, Coronavirus, Culture, and Web Culture

Tech meets fashion in Shami Oshun's stunning designs

7 July, by Miller Kern[ —]
Tech meets fashion in Shami Oshun's stunning designs

Even though Shami Oshun grew up in the Bay Area with Silicon Valley basically across the street, when she first heard the term “3D printing” in high school she had no idea what that meant. Her interest was piqued, so she took a summer class to learn the ins and outs of the trade.

Inspired by Iris van Herpen’s integration of 3D printing into haute couture, Oshun saw the possibilities of the technology and started experimenting and teaching herself.

Oshun started her self-titled brand in 2015 as “a really depressed sophomore in high school” when she started designing clothes and posting them on social media. She didn’t have much of a following at the start, but it's five years later and she has almost 19,000 followers on Instagram, 15,000 followers on Twitter, and her fair share of viral tweets. Read more...

More about Tech, Fashion, Small Business, Mashable Shopping, and Culture

What is #BlackoutDay2020? Here's what you need to know.

7 July, by Leah Stodart[ —]
What is #BlackoutDay2020? Here's what you need to know.

The Blackout Day on July 7 isn't the same as the movement that caused Instagram to be covered in black squares last month. This latest Blackout Day isn't about social media at all. Rather, it's about the power of money and how we choose to spend it.

With the mid-pandemic economy as volatile as it is, every dollar is particularly valuable. On July 7, organizers are asking people to refrain from spending a single cent anywhere (except at Black-owned businesses, more on that below) to call attention to systemic racism and police brutality.

The effectiveness of the black Instagram squares remains a point of debate. But no matter how you slice it, the July 7 economic blackout gives folks a much more concrete way to make a dent in the unjust status quo. Read more...

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How to download the iOS 14 public beta on your iPhone

7 July, by Alex Perry[ —]
How to download the iOS 14 public beta on your iPhone

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The Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos is the perfect gift for rich crypto nerds

7 July, by Stan Schroeder[ —]
The Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos is the perfect gift for rich crypto nerds

Rolls-Royce's new limited edition Wraith Kryptos is about to dig into the lucrative ultra-rich crypto nerd market. Assuming such a thing exists, of course. 

The Wraith Kryptos is more or less a regular Rolls-Royce Wraith, only it's adorned with an encrypted puzzle that only two people at the company know the answer to. 

The Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos is the perfect gift for rich crypto nerds

Image: Rolls-Royce

Owners who are interested in cracking the code will be able to submit potential answers through a members-only Rolls-Royce app called Whispers. 

The car is also adorned with numerous green details that resemble code, which will appeal to owners of Alienware laptops and fans of The Matrix. True to the car's mysterious branding, Rolls-Royce says that the car's Anthracite base color has a special effect, visible only in sunlight.  Read more...

More about Rolls Royce, Cryptography, Tech, and Transportation

Motorola launches cheap 5G phone in Europe, commits to US release sometime this fall

7 July, by Alex Perry[ —]
Motorola launches cheap 5G phone in Europe, commits to US release sometime this fall

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