Tom Raftery

Twitter Wants Your Videos So Much, It Will Let You Keep Most Of The Ad Money

Hey, have you heard about video? You might have missed it, what with literally every social media platform all but begging you to post more and watch more at all times, but video is the new hotness. And to get individuals to post more video to their platform, Twitter’s willing to split the ad take.

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Instagram Launching Live “Events” Video Channel

Instagram Launching Live “Events” Video Channel

Along with viewing your friends’ photos and videos in your feed, or checking out what’s popular on across app, Instagram is adding a new “Live Events” video channel that streams, well, events. Live. [More]

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So Long VHS: Last VCRs Rolling Off The Line This Month

Are you in the market for a brand new Video Cassette Recorder? Then you better head to RadioShack — or another electronics store of yester-year — soon, as the last known company to make the video-playing machines will stop production after this month.  [More]

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Facebook Now Lets Users Comment On Posts With A Video

There are some moments when a Facebook post cannot be answered in words, or even a photo. For those times, users can now respond to posts through the art of the moving image. In other words, video comments are coming. [More]

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YouTube Adds 360-Degree Live Streaming Video Capabilities

For the better part of a year, YouTube has allowed users to post 360-degree videos. Today, the company took that initiative further by launching immersive live streaming.  [More]

Apple Fixes iPhone Flaw That Allowed Siri Twitter Search To Access To Photos, Contacts

Apple Fixes iPhone Flaw That Allowed Siri Twitter Search To Access To Photos, Contacts

No one likes a snoop. That’s why Apple says it has fixed a security flaw in the iOS operating system that allowed the Siri virtual assistant to search Twitter on locked iPhones, leading to the unauthorized access of photos and contacts.
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Cool Mist, Warm Mist; Large Unit, Small Unit: There’s A Lot To Consider When Buying A Humidifier

Cool Mist, Warm Mist; Large Unit, Small Unit: There’s A Lot To Consider When Buying A Humidifier

Humidifiers come in all shapes, sizes, and apparently, animal likeness. While variety is always a good thing for consumers, knowing which product is best for your specific needs and home can be a daunting task.  [More]

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Take Your Christmas Tree Down Before It Burns Your $#&^! House Down

In the weeks leading up to Dec. 25, you were probably pretty good about keeping your Christmas tree watered, hoping to maintain the lush greenness you paid for. But now that you’re in that post-Yule, pre-New Year’s limbo and just haven’t gotten around to ditching the tree on your neighbor’s curb, you might have forgotten to add water to that doomed tree. If so, you could be risking a disastrous and potentially deadly fire. [More]

Snapchat announced today that users can pay to replay messages.

Snapchat Now Lets Users Pay For The Ability To Replay Those Self-Destructing Messages

Snapchat, built on the premise that photos and videos sent between users would self-destruct in a matter of seconds, has allowed users the ability to replay one passage per day for nearly two years. Now, the social network is expanding that option, letting users replay as many messages as they want — so long as they’re willing to pay for it. [More]

Yahoo Introduces Livetext, A Video Messaging App Without Any Audio

Yahoo Introduces Livetext, A Video Messaging App Without Any Audio

Skype, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Viber, and Facebook Messenger are just a few of the many messaging services available to consumers. That list grew by one today with the unveiling of Livetext from Yahoo. [More]

Pew Charitable Trusts Illustrates The Devastating Effects Of Payday Lending, How It Can Be Fixed

Pew Charitable Trusts Illustrates The Devastating Effects Of Payday Lending, How It Can Be Fixed

Back in March, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took its first long-awaited step in reining in the payday loan industry by releasing an outline for potential regulations over the small-dollar lines of credit known to thrust consumers into a devastating cycle of debt. While consumer groups were quick to applaud the steps, they also expressed concern that more could be done to protect people from the devastating consequences of such loans. This week, Pew Charitable Trusts released a video detailing the predicament nearly 12 million Americans face every year when taking out payday loans and how regulators might be able to find an answer. [More]

Many Americans Still In The Dark About Overdraft Fees & Other Bank Practices

Many Americans Still In The Dark About Overdraft Fees & Other Bank Practices

While millions of consumers contribute to the $32 billion in overdraft fees collected each year, a new video shows that many checking account holders don’t fully understand the way overdrafts work or how much they spend on the fees each year. [More]

5 Food Prep Tips For Reducing Pesticide Risks

5 Food Prep Tips For Reducing Pesticide Risks

When you buy a sack of potatoes with dirt still clinging to the spuds, you know they’ll need a wash before going into your dinner. But those completely clean-looking apples, peaches, and strawberries may carry a less-visible danger in the form of pesticide residues. [More]

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Facebook Mobile Users: Beware The Autoplay Videos Eating Up Your Data Plan

Perhaps you didn’t even mean to check out Maddie’s Amazing 3rd Birthday Party!!! footage on Facebook, maybe you were just scrolling along on your phone and stopped to read a post below that one. Nevertheless, if you haven’t turned the video autoplay feature off on your mobile devices, that sucker will start playing and could eat into your data allotment big time, as many users are finding out the rough way. [More]

Instagram’s New Hyperlapse App Turns Anyone Into A Professional Videographer

Instagram’s New Hyperlapse App Turns Anyone Into A Professional Videographer

There’s something new lurking over at Instagram. The social site unveiled its latest project app that allows consumers to take professional-quality video with their smartphones: Hyperlapse. [More]

If You’re Going To Follow Shopper Around A Store, Don’t Walk Into Video Of You Following Them

If You’re Going To Follow Shopper Around A Store, Don’t Walk Into Video Of You Following Them

The key to being a stealthy follower is remaining undetected. So if the person you’re following around the convenience store is repeatedly able to catch you on camera behind him, pretending to do busy work, then you need to brush-up on your sneakiness skills. [More]

Airline Apologizes For Baggage Handlers Caught Dropping Luggage From Height Of 20 Feet

Airline Apologizes For Baggage Handlers Caught Dropping Luggage From Height Of 20 Feet

As airlines crack down on passengers’ attempts to shove too-large and overstuffed carry-on bags onto planes, a growing number of travelers are forced to gate-check their luggage, meaning it’s collected at the gate and put straight into the plane’s underbelly. But some baggage handlers don’t feel like carrying luggage down all those steps from the jetway to the ground and are just dropping passengers’ bags from heights of around 20 feet. [More]

Visit The Place Where Old Airplane Seats Go To Be Resurrected

Visit The Place Where Old Airplane Seats Go To Be Resurrected

While some jets may stay in service for decades, it seems like the seats inside those planes are constantly changing — being shuffled around, rebranded, removed, replaced. Thus, someone out there is making a living off this continual turnover of those seats you hate to sit in. [More]