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HBO's upcoming teen-focused drama, "Euphoria," speaks more directly to young people than the network's other adult series.The show, starring Zendaya and executive produced by Drake, comes as HBO is trying to grow its audience under the umbrella of AT's WarnerMedia.The series, which premieres on Sunday in the US, takes an unflinchingly look at the struggles of young adults, including sex, drugs, identity, relationships, and social media, through the lens of 17-year-old high-school student, Rue Bennett, who is returning to school and life after a drug overdose and summer away at rehab.Despite its provocative depiction of high school, early reviews of "Euphoria" have praised the stunning visuals, performances by its young stars, including Zendaya, and direction.The median ages of the 10 most watched HBO series live during that time were between 46 and 61, with "Game of Thrones" having the youngest and "Real Time with Bill Maher" having the oldest median age.The young-adult shows are hitting HBO at a time when the network is trying to grow its TV and streaming audience, after its parent company, WarnerMedia, was acquired by AT last year.
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While the number of panels and sessions related to diversity and inclusion have increased over the years at Cannes Lions, less than 2% of attendees are people of color or members of underrepresented communities.This year, however, an ambitious week-long activation called Inkwell Beach will shine a spotlight on the topic with an extensive roster of celebrities and industry figureheads.Led by Cannes Can: Diversity Collective founder Adrianne C. Smith, the impressive list of presenters includes stars like CBS This Morning’s Gayle King, actress Gabrielle Union, and model Naomi Campbell.Additionally, marketing leaders like P’s Marc Pritchard, WPP’s Mark Read and Jacqui Canney, Uniworld’s Monique Nelson, Omnicom’s Tiffany Warren, Fractured Atlas’ April Reign, Twitter’s God-Is Rivera, consultant Glenn Singleton, FCB’s Vita Harris and Oberland agency founder Bill Oberlander will present on a wide range of topics designed to inspire action around diversity and inclusion.“There is so much excitement and great creative energy at Cannes Lions.If you walk down the Croisette at night and take a minute to listen, you’ll hear the best hip-hop and R songs being played,” Smith recently told Forbes about the genesis of the idea for the activation.
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Apple released a new iPod Touch for 2019 just a few weeks back.If you already own an iPhone past the iPhone 5, there's no reason to even consider buying the iPod Touch.If however you've never owned an iOS device or have in the past and want back in, at $200 the iPod Touch is now the cheapest entry point.In his review of the iPod Touch 2019, my colleague, Patrick Holland very clearly lays out why, despite its appeal to certain consumers, most will want to skip the iPod Touch.I've been a stubborn supporter of iOS and more specifically the Apple App Store for nearly 11 years, since I bought the iPhone 3G in 2008.There are two simple reasons for that:
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Rumors about a potential Group Nine Media-Refinery29 merger were still flying this past week, but such a merger would face steep hurdles, M experts say.M experts say mergers of private companies that are under financial pressure to combine are the hardest deals to do.Combining is often the best option in these cases, but there's no straightforward way to value the companies, and emotions run high.Chatter about a deal circulated earlier in the year after BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti floated the idea in The New York Times.Digital media companies including BuzzFeed, he stated, could gain leverage over titans like Facebook by combining forces.Read more: Billions from VC companies like Lerer Hippeau and Lightspeed fueled the rise of digital media and stoked crazy expectations for growth — here's why insiders say that approach is killing companies
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The company announced earlier this month that it has raised $62 million, which it plans to use toexpand in the US and triple its user base in the country.Depop CEO Maria Raga told Business Insider that its data shows that US teens are more entrepreneurially minded that their UK equivalents.There are plenty of things keeping Depop CEO Maria Rega up at night, but recruiting US teens to use the shopping app isn't one of them.This is because data shows that the 5 million or so teens that are already using the app in the US are actually more business-minded than their UK counterparts.Raga told Business Insider in a recent conversation that, on average, US teens are listing more items to sell and are referring more people than their UK equivalents.But this is particularly relevant as Depop begins its quest to triple its user base in the US after raising $62 million in a recent round of funding.
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Amazon appears to have closed down its Spark social networking platform.The closure comes less than two years since Amazon launched Spark as its social media play back in July 2017.Spark was focused on users posting images, stories and ideas about products and purchases, and was originally launched only for Amazon Prime members.Other users could then react with "smiles" and comments.Much like Instagram shopping now, Spark users could also tag products in their posts that were available on Amazon, allowing others to then purchase those products by tapping on the image."Whether you're looking for inspiration for home décor or seeking advice for the best long-distance running shoes, Spark makes it easy to discover -- and shop -- stories and ideas from a community that likes what you like," Amazon said in an introduction to the service in 2017.
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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.We’re all used to typing emoji on our smartphones and tablets, but not so much on our PCs.I certainly don’t know of any desktop or laptop keyboards with an emoji button.But shouldn’t we be able to be as expressive on our primary computers?It used to be that you had to access emoji via a virtual keyboard, download a third party app, or copy and paste them from the web.Thankfully, in 2017, Microsoft added an emoji picker accessible via a simple keyboard shortcut: Win + .
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The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.Sometimes it can feel like the world is about to end when your phone dies, but imagine that happening in an emergency situation.A dead phone can spell disaster if you’re not well prepared.With the SOScharger around, you have an infinite energy source for your devices.By turning the ergonomic generator handle you can generate as much power as you need.The SOScharger has a built-in power bank, which can give you an immediate boost with its 2,300mAh capacity.
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In an abrupt about-face, the organizers of Black Hat USA removed Rep. Will Hurd as keynote speaker on Friday, a day after they had announced his appearance at the annual cybersecurity conference.The cancelation of the politician's appearance followed a backlash on Twitter, where people in the industry called it inappropriate."We are still fully dedicated to providing an inclusive environment and apologize that this decision did not reflect that sentiment," conference organizers said in part in its statement Friday.Hurd, a Republican who represents Texas' 13th District, has been a vocal supporter of using tech-based solutions at the US-Mexico border in lieu of a wall.He has also voted to curtail access to abortion.In 2015, he voted against an amendment that would have offered financial support to women in STEM -- the bill lost by a vote of 204-217.
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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.Nine-square grid collages on Instagram aren’t new, but the trend of doing a year-end best-of really kicked off in 2018, with big names like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian doing them.And no matter what time of year you do it, it’s still a charming little recap of your best photos.There are two primary options, both of which work pretty much the same way.With Top9, you enter your IG handle and your email address, and the website automatically generates your most-liked nine posts.Here’s what it looks like:
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You can easily make a GIF on an iPhone by converting a live photo in your Photos app.Third-party apps like Giphy also allow you to turn a live photo into a GIF with multiple customization options, and the ability to share it with others.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.When Apple first launched its live photo feature, it didn't take advantage of the many possibilities inherent in a camera that captures a few seconds around a central image.Some third-party apps, such as GIPHY, still allow you to create GIFs from live photos and with more options.But the iPhone itself now allows you to turn live photos into moving GIFs in just a few short steps, without having to download any apps.
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Another day, another fantastic deal on a 4K TV.This time, we’re looking at a 55-inch LG 6-Series, which has had its price hacked from $500 down to $350.If that’s still a tad too steep, however, you can stretch the cost over twelve months, at $35 per month.Well, aside from the fact it bundles a crisp 4K screen with a wide viewing angle, it’s armed with a number of intuitive features that are perfect for both regular users and hobbyists alike.Just like the rest of the firm’s 4K TV models, the 6-Series is equipped with a 4K upscaler, which takes standard HD and full HD content and spins it into a higher 4K Ultra HD resolution, and multi-format HDR for sprucing up dull, low light scenes.You’d think that neither of those features would come in use, but they both do: The former is triggered when viewing anything that wasn’t shot in 4K, including Game of Thrones, while the latter is activated during supported movies and TV shows.
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Leaks about Google’s forthcoming Pixel 4 smartphone are abound, even though the phone isn’t due to land until October.The company recently gave up on secrecy by tweeting a picture of the design.It shows the back, which appears to be black glass with a square camera module at the top left (with two cameras) and no rear fingerprint sensor.I was a big fan of the Pixel 3, but it certainly had its flaws and the Pixel 3 XL was marred by that ugly, deep notch.The Pixel 3a and 3a XL have far more stamina than the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, so it’s obviously on the radar for the company.Smartphone photography has soared to new heights in recent years and we expect each new model to offer improvements.
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It lets you control every single aspect of your iPhone using only your voice.The iPhone has a ton of accessibility features — to help people with color blindness, poor eyesight, hearing aids, and more.But the newest accessibility feature coming to iPhones later this year in iOS 13 might take the cake: It will let you control every aspect of your iPhone without even touching it.To show it in action, a YouTuber by the name of " All I Talk Is Tech" uploaded a 3-minute video demonstrating Voice Control working on an iPhone running iOS 13.It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options.With Voice Control activated, you'll see a grid appear across your phone.
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He’s the hapless, good-for-fun-but-not-much-else kind of parent, great at tossing a ball in the park but can’t find his way around a teething ring.When it comes to portraying fatherhood in a way that advances positive values and resonates with modern dads, the following three tips can help advertisers hit home.Go deeper than greeting card clichés to find genuine connectionsMuch has been written about Gillette’s decision to feature transgender activist Samson Bonkeabantu Brown in its recent campaign.The brand’s bold, inclusive approach is certainly to be applauded, not just for the way it celebrates Brown but also for shining the spotlight on his father.Rather than hearing dad gush about how much he loves his son and how he supports his choices, Grey Canada exhibited admirable subtlety, opting to show dad quietly and intimately guiding his son through the shaving process, honoring a rite of passage.
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Sprint's 5G lineup is expanding.After launching its network in four cities last month, the nation's fourth-largest carrier announced Friday that it will begin carrying the Galaxy S10 5G on June 21.Samsung's 5G phone joins the LG V50 ThinQ 5G phone and HTC 5G Hub, a home hotspot, in the carrier's 5G stable.Unlike AT, which announced this week that it will begin selling the S10 5G to business customers on June 17, Sprint will be making the S10 5G available to regular consumers.It won't be cheap, however, with the 256GB phone costing $1300.It also requires a subscription to Sprint's highest-tier Unlimited Premium plan, which starts at $80 per month for a single line but includes a subscription to Amazon Prime, Hulu and Tidal.
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PHILADELPHIA--The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust announced today the 2019 class members of the Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research.The seven early-career scholars who make up the 2019 class are spearheading innovative research efforts designed to find cures for cancer, with each receiving a four-year grant to advance these initiatives.This is the sixth year that the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust has partnered with Pew to support researchers pursuing groundbreaking work focused on better understanding the origins, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer."Pew is proud to support researchers who have dedicated their careers to this noble cause."The class of 2019 is examining several promising areas of cancer research, including strategies to reprogram tumor-associated immune cells, investigate a mutant protein in lung cancer, and develop methods to treat acute myeloid leukemia, among other topics."Curing cancer demands curiosity, ingenuity, and perseverance from researchers," said Peter M. Howley, M.D., chair of the Pew-Stewart national advisory committee.
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At a dollar a pop, they're the cheap consolation prize at the supermarket.Hot Wheels is going a little more upmarket this year, embedding NFC chips into its newest line of cars.Hot Wheels ID (technically it's "Hot Wheels id") is like the Nintendo Amiibo of toy cars, aiming to be a new line of toys that scan into phones and tablets, and track lifetime race stats on a little chip inside.I got to play-race with the cars and Mattel's Smart Track set that are launching today: here's what they're like.To know your Hot Wheels' virtual miles an hour, or rpm, or laps raced, you'll need some extra hardware: either a $40 Hot Wheels Race Portal, or a much more expensive $180 Smart Track race kit.In another unusual spin, Hot Wheels ID will be an Apple Store exclusive for now before expanding to Android later this year.
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Uber and Lyft drivers are colluding to crank up fares for passengers, ABC's ABC7 reports.They are able to trigger the "surge" pricing by simultaneously turning their apps off and on.Drivers told ABC7 that they feel like they've been forced into inflating prices because the company is not paying them enough.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Uber and Lyft drivers have worked out how to game their companies' "surge" pricing system to run up fares for passengers.ABC7 reports that drivers have been sharing on YouTube how they collaborate to drive up surge prices.
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The Pew Research Centre has unveiled research suggesting home broadband products are becoming less attractive as mobile wins the digital hearts and minds of the US.Although the laws of physics suggest fixed connectivity, at least when you have a fibre connection, will always be the best gateway to the digital world, progress in the mobile world seems to be dampening consumer enthusiasm.According to the research, 37% of US adults say they mostly use a smartphone when accessing the internet.For those aged between 18 and 29, 58% of the respondents to the survey suggest mobile devices are the primary gateway to the internet.The numbers are less striking as the ages increase, though all of the demographics demonstrated an increase.Mobile is increasing becoming the primary access point to the digital world.
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