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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Air New Zealand's 'coolest' safety video in Antartica prompts backlash



Air New Zealand has produced some stellar safety videos and ads in the past, but their latest set in Antarctica is prompting backlash.

Starring Entourage actor turned activist Adrian Grenier, the pre-flight safety video takes viewers on a journey around Antarctica and the important conservation work being done there.

Grenier meets up with scientists from Scott Base to track penguin populations, explains ice core samples and pays a visit to the hut of early Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. 

Air New Zealand said Scott Base staff and scientists doubled as talent for the video, while a total crew of just six travelled to Antarctica to minimise the environmental impact of filming,  Read more…

More about Travel, Airlines, Airline, Antarctica, and Safety Videos

Viber is launching Viber Communities, group chats for up to 1B users



 Messaging apps have seen a surge of popularity in recent years as people seek out ways to communicate more directly than on social networks. But they have also been adding large group chat options into the mix, to give a more social experience on those messaging platforms. Now messaging app Viber is introducing the biggest group chat of them all. In a bid to drive more usage and bring in… Read More

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Amazon Prime Video will now show pay-per-view UFC fights



 If you’re a UFC fan you’ll now have another place to watch fights – Amazon Prime Video. The online retailers just announced that starting with UFC 222 on March 3rd, all pay-per-view UFC fights will be available to buy and watch on Amazon prime. Fights can be preordered and also purchased up to four hours after the start time (in case you want to tune in late just for a… Read More

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This is the Apple Watch band that can detect irregular or dangerous heart rhythms



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Listen up, Apple Watch users: A new FDA-approved band is on the market and it can help you monitor your heart in a whole new way.

Yes, you can feel when your heart is beating fast after a run or a nerve-racking situation — but most of us aren’t doctors and can’t tell whether this is normal or an actual problem. Detecting when a heart has a truly irregular rhythm by yourself is a toss up, and the only way to confirm an atrial fibrillation (AFib) is to get an electrocardiogram (EKG) from a cardiologist.  Read more…

More about Science, Apple Watch, Wearable Technology, Heart Disease, and Health Fitness

Funny baby gifts for new parents



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You know who could use a good laugh? People with children.

Finding gifts for new parents is one of the hardest shopping categories. Sure, you could snag them a book or a cute onesie or drop off a casserole, but we think you can do better than that.

Becoming a parent is a joyful yet stressful milestone, and one that could definitely use a bit of comic relief. Thankfully, the world is full of hilarious baby items to make “Baby’s First Temper Tantrum in the Middle of the Grocery Store” slightly less tense.  Read more…

More about Parenting, Mashable Shopping, Shopping List, Shopping Skimlinks, and Shopping Amazon

The Apple Watch just got way better for skiers and snowboarders



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Skiers and snowboarders, the Apple Watch is your new best friend. 

Apple announced on Wednesday that it’s given third-party Apple Watch apps access to winter sport tracking. Several of these apps, including snoww, Slopes, Squaw Alpine, Snocru, and Ski Tracks, are releasing updates that will enable the Watch to track a number of metrics related to skiing and snowboarding performance.

The API that supports such tracking rolled out with watchOS 4.2 in December. Bad news for legacy Apple Watch owners, though: Almost all of the new features are only available for the Apple Watch Series 3, which is the first Apple Watch to include a barometric altimeterRead more…

More about Apple, Skiing, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Series 3, and Tech

There's currently no interracial couple emoji. Tinder wants to change that.



Emoji have evolved faster than any other language in history. But, one thing that’s lagged behind is the ability to represent everyone. 

One community that’s still not represented at all by these tiny glyphs is interracial couples, and Tinder wants to do something about that. 

The dating app has created a Change.org petition urging the Unicode Consortium — the organization in charge of our emoji — to create an emoji that represents interracial couples. 

“There’s an emoji for everything. Well, almost everything,” declares Tinder in a video to accompany its #representlove emoji campaign. “Isn’t it time emoji represented all love?”  Read more…

More about Emoji, Petition, Unicode, Interracial Couple, and Culture

Hangouts Chat, Google’s Slack competitor, comes out of beta



 Hangouts Chat, Google’s take on modern workplace communication, is now generally available and is becoming a core part of G Suite. Hangouts Chat was first announced at Google Cloud Next 2017, together with Hangouts Meet. While Meet went right into public availability, though, Chat went into an invite-only preview. Now, Google is rolling Chat out to all G Suite users over the course of… Read More

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