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Elon Musk’s hats are selling out faster than you can say ‘boring’

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Elon Musk is quite the hatter. 

Besides running a car company, a space company, a tunnel company and an AI company, he also managed to sell roughly $600,000 worth of hats, and the demand just keeps on rising. 

Musk’s Boring Company sold 30,000 hats adorned with the company logo since they launched in October, Musk tweeted Monday. Just a few weeks ago, Musk said the company has sold $300,000 worth of hats, meaning the sales have roughly doubled since that time. 

Over 30,000 hats sold!

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2017

If you order the $20 hat right now, you’ll likely get it in 3-4 weeks. But you might want to hurry, as Musk says the hats will be limited to 50,000 pieces only.  Read more…

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Time’s up for the Ticker? Facebook appears to axe feed for tracking your friends’ activity

 As Facebook continues to tinker with its layout and services to spur more interactions and engagement, it seems that not even the most well-known or oldest features are spared. In the most recent development, it looks like Facebook has quietly removed the Ticker, the box that used to appear to the right of your News Feed to summarize what all your friends have been liking, commenting on,… Read More

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‘Star Wars’ porg is available on Snapchat as your adorable AR friend

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And you thought the dancing hot dog was the best thing ever.

Meet your new best friend on Snapchat: Porg. 

It’s creepy. It’s adorable. It’s an ad for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which held its premiere in Hollywood this weekend and arrives in theaters on Friday. 

When the camera is in selfie mode aka front-facing, the lens offers a face filter with a lightsaber. Reversing the camera (tapping on the screen) makes the porg appear wherever the lens is pointed. Turn the sound on if you want to hear some strange shrills and loud flapping of wings.  Read more…

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The Flying Eye and you and I

 It’s refreshing, in this difficult time, when technology and the tech industry seem trapped in a quicksand of endless ethical compromises and disconcerting emergent properties, to come across something tech-related of which one can say, awed, without complications or caveats: holy shit this is amazing. Which happened to me today! Let me share it with you. The Flying Eye Hospital,… Read More

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This was the year we turned on social media

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With each passing day comes yet another reason to question the notion that the long arc of the universe bends toward justice. However, this year, in particular, has made it resoundingly clear that — regardless of the direction of that arc — the process by which it bends manifests with stuttering jolts and fits. Things seem one way to many people, until, for whatever reason, all of the sudden everyone realizes they’re not. 

It is a similar reckoning that has befallen the do-no-wrong darling of the tech industry: social media. Long heralded by its profits as a digital panacea for our fractured world, services like Facebook and Twitter have instead come to both represent and fuel our darker natures.  Read more…

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Download this: Bitcoin apps are riding high as its price skyrockets

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There’s a new app at the top of the App Store and it’s all because of Bitcoin.

Coinbase, a popular Bitcoin wallet app, is now at the top of Apple’s App Store, unseating Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube as the most in-demand software. 

That in itself might not be terribly surprising considering the cryptocurrency keeps shattering record after record. But though Coinbase, which also works with other cryptocurrencies, is for now the most popular, it’s far from the only Bitcoin wallet app benefiting from the current boom.

Across the board, Bitcoin-related apps have been more in-demand than ever before. In fact, new numbers from app marketing firm Sensor Tower underscore just how much Bitcoin’s current surge has impacted the wallet apps in the App Store and Google Play. Read more…

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Google Maps will soon tell you when it’s time to get off your train or bus

 Google is about to launch a small but useful update to Google Maps that will give you live guidance and interactive real-time notifications during your journey. The idea here is to give you real-time updates while you are on your transit journey. These updates will appear in the Google Maps app and, maybe most importantly, on your Android lock screen. To get started, you search for your… Read More

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Even Coinbase thinks you should maybe chill for a goddamn minute on Bitcoin

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Bitcoin. It’s pretty great, amirite? But, ya know, could you maybe just chill the fuck out on it for a single goddamn second?

I mean, jeez, this rocket ship is on a one-way trip to the cryptocurrency moon — that much we know for sure — but, what if, and just bear with me here for a second ’cause this is gonna sound crazy, what if it’s not?

Sure, Bitcoin is hitting record highs seemingly every day now, and if there’s one thing spending BTC at dark-web marketplaces has taught me it’s that monumental highs feel like they’ll last forever. But perhaps it’s time to cut our unbridled exuberance with some downers.  Read more…

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Now that Jony Ive is done designing iPhone-inspired toilets, he could make Apple products great again

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Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is back in charge of the company’s product design teams, according to a Bloomberg report.

And that could mean really great things for the company’s future products.

In 2015, Ive, who was then senior vice president of design at Apple, was promoted to chief design officer. Richard Howarth and Alan Dye took over the teams for industrial design and user interface, respectively, and reported directly to CEO Tim Cook.

While Ive, no doubt, still played a role in shaping Apple’s new iPhones and MacBook Pros, his new position allowed him the freedom to work on other projects. Read more…

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T-Mobile is knocking $50 off the Apple Watch Series 3

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Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.

T-Mobile is offering $50 off the Apple Watch Series 3 starting Dec. 8 and running for an unspecified amount of time. (We inquired with a press rep about that end date but all they said was that it would be for a “limited time.”)

If you’re in need of a last minute stocking stuffer, Secret Santa gift, or have been on the fence about snagging the new Apple Watch for yourself, here’s your answer — T-Mobile’s Fifty Dolla’ Holla’(day) is definitely a holiday we can get behind.

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Holography-based 3D printing produces objects in seconds instead of hours

 3D printers are useful devices for all kinds of reasons, but most have a critical weakness: they simply take a long time to actually make anything. That’s because additive manufacturing generally works by putting down an object one microscopic layer at a time. But a new holographic printing technique makes it possible to create the entire thing at once — in as little as a second… Read More

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The 2018 iPhones may have bigger batteries, but that’s not necessarily good news

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One of the world’s leading iPhone analysts, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, predicts the 2018 iPhones will pack bigger batteries. 

But hold on — this doesn’t necessarily mean next year’s iPhones will have longer battery lives. 

Kuo regularly releases investor notes about whatever he thinks Apple is brewing in R&D, and he’s grown famous by often being correct. His most recent note, spotted by 9to5Mac, predicts Apple’s forthcoming handsets could have 10 percent more battery capacity than the current generation.

Battery life isn’t an easy thing to measure, in part because people use phones in different ways. Using Skype, for example, will drain more energy than someone checking their email. But Mashable Senior Tech Correspondent Ray Wong says iPhones generally have between four and five hours of “on-screen” battery life (as opposed to the phone just sitting around in “standby” mode) before the phone needs to be recharged. Read more…

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