Track Trump’s first 100 days in office with this non-partisan website


Before the election, Trump was clear about the goals of his first 100 days in office. Later these goals became immortalized-ish in a PDF titled ‘Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter.’ While we’re often not sure exactly where Trump stands on policy due to a bit of early flip-flopping, Twitter rants, and rhetoric we’re told not to take at face value, a project created by Y Combinator President Sam Altman wants to clear it up. Altman joins cofounders Peter Feldman, Alec Baum, and Gregory Koberger in a new, non-partisan website called Track Trump. The goal is to cut out…

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Report: Google’s ‘exclusive’ Assistant could be coming to LG phones


Currently, the only way to get Google’s smart Assistant is by owning a Google Pixel or Pixel XL. But that might not be the case for long. According to a report in BusinessKorea, LG is said to be in talks with both Amazon and Google with hopes to include either Alexa or Assistant in future phones. The upcoming G6 seems the most likely fit, according to the report. We’ll know out for sure when the G6 is unveiled in late February at Mobile World Congress. Google sang the praises of its new intelligent AI Assistant — calling it “your own personal Google”…

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Apple sues Qualcomm for 1 billion, citing shady business practices


Apple is onto its next big legal feud: Qualcomm. The company today filed a $1 billion lawsuit against giant the chipmaker, according to CNBC. The lawsuit claims that Qualcomm withheld payments from Apple for licensing some of its patented technology in exchange for using its wireless modems. The Apple suit comes right after a similar one by the Federal Trade Commission claiming Qualcomm was using monopoly tactics. Though Qualcomm is best known for its Snapdragon chips that dominate the Android market, the suit mainly deals with Qualcomm’s wireless modems and intellectual property. According to The Verge, The FTC suit suggests Qualcomm…

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Why Salesforce is the new BlackBerry


Remember BlackBerry? It was the gold standard of mobile business communication when it launched in 1999, and no one had a functional alternative. That was until Apple launched the iPhone in 2007 and rendered BlackBerry obsolete. Salesforce appears to be on a similar trajectory to BlackBerry. Earlier last year, Salesforce announced that it beat Q1 earnings following a 20 percent pricing increase. Its thousands of embedded (read: captive) users have had no choice but to pay up. Soon, however, a new generation of automated CRMs will emerge as a viable alternative, bringing intelligence and ease-of-use to a category of “dumb”…

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Trump may have the best words, but these Urban Dictionary submissions are pretty good too


Remember back to the campaign when Donald Trump famously said: “I’m very highly educated. I know words; I have the best words.”? Well, just in case, here it is. He wrapped up that back patting session with this: “But there’s no better word than stupid.” We disagree. Urban Dictionary has some pretty great words too, and some of them bear Trump’s name, or were created out of thin air in his honor. Let’s take a look at some of the words we might be seeing more of over the next four years — all from Urban Dictionary. Bigly Big-lee When you’re running…

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This stream of YouTube videos with zero views will put a smile on your face


Having a rough day? Watching an endless stream on YouTube videos might just be the pick-me up you needed. Astronaut.io is a website that provides a virtually endless stream of random YouTube videos from around the world. But rather than a simple sequential mashup, the stream looks specifically for videos that exist on the border between mundane and interesting. As Wired points out, and algorithm searches for videos that have been uploaded within the past week, have zero views, and use generic file names. The criteria yields a collection of videos people thought memorable enough to store on YouTube, but not so…

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The @POTUS Twitter account now belongs to Trump; here’s how to keep track of the Obamas


PSA: The @POTUS Twitter account is no longer managed by Barack Obama’s team. As of his inauguration today, the account belongs to the 45th President of the United States and noted Twitter aficionado – Donald J Trump. Given how active Trump already was with his personal Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, it’s not clear how the president will divvy up his blurbs. However, even now that the inauguration has passed, there have been several tweets from his personal account – mostly recounting his inaugural speech – while @POTUS remains empty. It’s also worth noting that Donald Trump’s personal Twitter has more followers than @POTUS does…

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The White House’s climate change and LGBT rights pages have disappeared


Today’s transition of power means the White House website is undergoing a few transitions of its own. We’re approaching two hours after Trump officially became our 45th President, and his transition to the White House has already led to change — to the official White House website. Gone are all mentions (sitewide) of climate change. Also missing is the former LGBT rights page, which now redirects to an opt-in form to receive the Trump newsletter. I want to chalk this up to a transitional mistake, but the deletion of all mentions of climate change isn’t as simple to explain away as a…

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An ode to Obama: Thank you from the tech community


Following Obama’s farewell address last week, he tweeted: Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I’m asking you to believe—not in my ability to create change, but in yours. — President Obama (@POTUS) January 11, 2017 As a woman in tech, I am vaguely familiar the struggle for minorities in such a fast paced and absolutely necessary industry, I felt it necessary to pay tribute to the man who has not only inspired multiple demographics, but has also vastly increased the value and support of technology – an industry close to my heart (and…

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Boomshakalaka! NBA Jam update lets you play as LeBron, Trump, Harambe and others


One of the greatest arcade games of all time just got an update that allows you to trade in the likes of Karl Malone and John Stockton (what a great combination) for players like LeBron James, Steph Curry, and other 2017 fan favorites. Or, you can just go all Teen Wolf on the game and play as fallen hero Harambe. It’s not the first roster update to the 1994 console classic, but it might be the best. Aside from the above-mentioned stars (and gorillas), you’ll have players like Kyrie Irving, Russel Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Durant at…

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