What You Need to Know About Twitter’s Algorithmic Timeline

Today, Twitter rolled out arguably the most fundamental change it has ever made: a major tweak to the timeline. If you already use Twitter, you probably knew this was coming—#RIPTwitter and the Super Bowl were about the only things people talked about on the network this weekend. If you don’t already use …

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Exposing the Seedy Underbellies of BMWs, Motorcycles, and Locomotives

Everyone’s seen motorcycles. And cars. And locomotives. But few have seen them from Yasena Popova’s perspective—looking up from below. It’s a whole lot cooler than you’d think. Popova, an architect in Sofia, Bulgaria, who got into photography five years ago, takes richly detailed images of the undersides of things. That’s basically …

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Let Us Count the Ways: The Tech We Really Love

At its core, technology is ruled by cold, hard logic. But our relationship to it doesn’t have to be. We’ll bet that, at some point in your life, perhaps even now, there was a piece of hardware, an app, or an online service that made you smile with delight, that …

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Star Wars Gives Disney Its Best Quarter in Company History

Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ opening weekend has only just begun, but the JJ Abrams film is already breaking records. Box office sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens matinees today suggest the film is likely to bring in more than $100 million in a single day, Disney said, breaking the previous …

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Snapchat’s Viacom Deal Is a Sign It’s About to Go Mainstream

Snapchat may be getting closer to its Facebook moment. Viacom’s newly announced advertising deal with the highly valued messaging service offers more proof that Snapchat is nearing an inflection point—the moment it tips from niche youth product into the mainstream, much as Facebook did in 2007. Viacom, at least, believes …

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D’oh! Crash: The History of VR on The Simpsons

dongxipunata/Reddit Thank you, Reddit. Once again you’ve cooked up something small, but glorious. Apropos of nothing yesterday, “dongxipunata” posted the above image to the r/Oculus subreddit. It tracks the eight (and counting moments) that VR appeared on The Simpsons, beginning with 1993’s unanimously beloved “Marge vs. the Monorail”—the year after Lawnmower Man hit theaters—and …

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More Drones Are Now Registered With the Government Than Airplanes

More drones are now registered with the federal government than piloted aircraft, marking a major milestone in aviation history. Over 325,000 people have registered their flying robots with the Federal Aviation Administration’s new drone registration system, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said at a drone-related conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday. …

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