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Yik Yak, once valued at $400 million, shuts down and sells off engineers for $1 million


Yik Yak, an anonymous messaging app for college students, announced today that it would finally be shutting down.

Blu is still outfitting phones with Android Marshmallow in 2017


There are some things that don’t belong in 2017, and a brand-new phone running Android Marshmallow is at the top of that list (well, near the top).

Someone please just let these Marvel fans plug their headphones into a Doritos bag


Marvel has partnered with Doritos to make a limited edition Guardians of the Galaxy 2-branded bag of chips, complete with a makeshift tape deck playing the film’s soundtrack.

Onkyo adds Chromecast support to tons of its AV gear with a firmware update


Google’s Chomecast is making its way to a whole bunch of new devices today as Onkyo releases a firmware update adding support to AV receivers and speakers under its various brands.

Even with Switch, Nintendo is still focused on the 3DS — for now


With the launch of Switch — a device that combines a home console with a portable tablet — you might think that Nintendo would be moving on from the 3DS line of handhelds.

Some Airbnb hosts will face racial discrimination tests in California


California regulators will soon be able to test select Airbnb hosts to determine whether they’re discriminating against users of the app based on race, according to The Guardian.

Elon Musk’s futuristic tunnel system looks both amazing and impossible


Elon Musk wants to build intricate underground roadway systems beneath the country’s biggest and most sprawling urban centers.

Amazon’s Alexa can now whisper, bleep out swear words, and change its pitch


Amazon is trying to make its Alexa voice assistant sound more humanlike. Up until now, the female-sounding voice maintained an even, monotone cadence whenever speaking, but with Amazon’s new Speech Synthesis Markup Language that the company introduced this week, Alexa can whisper, vary its speaking speed, and bleep out words.

Mac DeMarco breaks the fourth wall of celebrity, asks to see all your fan fiction


Mac DeMarco, the reigning lovable goober of indie rock, has announced a new contest for members of his fan club: who can write the best fan fiction about Mac?

Overwatch continues to grow at a mind-boggling pace


Blizzard’s team shooter Overwatch has added another 5 million players, for a total of 30 million worldwide, in the last three months.

The NSA will stop reading American emails that mention intelligence targets


The NSA has stopped collecting messages sent from US citizens that cross international borders and mention foreign intelligence targets, according to a new report in The New York Times.

Wonder Woman: all the news and trailers from the next big DC film


Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman was one of the few bright points in Zach Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice last year, and it made us all the more eager to see what's in store for her first solo film, due out on June 2nd, 2017.

Spider-Man: Homecoming: all the updates, trailers, and commentary on the new reboot


Spider-man has a convoluted history in film. First, there was the Toby Maguire-led version in Sam Raimi's trilogy.

Big, powerful, and roomy: these are the most popular cars for self-driving experiments


Yesterday, someone spotted one of Apple’s newly licensed self-driving cars puttering around in Silicon Valley, and — surprise!

Nintendo on supply issues: ‘Sometimes we get it wrong’


Last night Nintendo made a surprise announcement: a brand-new piece of hardware is launching this summer in the form of the New Nintendo 2DS XL.

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 preview lets you pin contacts to the taskbar


Microsoft was supposed to ship contact integration with its Windows 10 Creators Update, but the software maker mysteriously delayed the feature.

‘Sheeple’ is now in the dictionary, and Apple users are the example


Just when you though the mobile operating system flame wars of yesteryear had at last subsided, think again.

The Persona 5 vinyl soundtrack will be a massive, expensive addition to your collection


Iam8bit is selling Persona 5’s big ol’ soundtrack as two separate vinyl versions to admire and then carefully tuck away into your dusty collection.

Ja Rule’s music festival disaster is a good reminder not to trust Instagram sponcon


If you’ve been on Twitter the past couple of hours, you may have heard of something called Fyre Fest, and you may have heard that it’s already a disaster, even though it technically wasn’t supposed to start until today.

Airbnb adds a new search filter to cater to business travelers


In an effort to further appeal to business travelers, Airbnb today announced that it has added a new search function that can filter listings down to ones that are “business travel ready.” Image: Airbnb Airbnb defines this as listings for an entire home or apartment that come equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, a desk, toiletries, 24-hour self-check-in, and contain five-star reviews in more than 60 percent of the listing’s feedback.


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