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Netflix testing “random play” option

Published on 04/19/2019 @ 9 AM EST
Hidden in an Android app version, Netflix is trying out a “Random Episode” button that would work very similarly to Wikipedia’s “Random article.” It would automatically play a seemingly random episode, although it wouldn’t work with sequential shows.

Leaked Instagram screenshots show lack of likes

Published on 04/19/2019 @ 9 AM EST
Rather than a numbered tally, it shows who likes a post as well as “others.” Instagram explains, “[w]e want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get.” The poster would be able to see the number of likes, but other users would not.

Uber & Lyft offer in-app safety reminders

Published on 04/19/2019 @ 9 AM EST
Following the death of a college student by someone posing as her Uber driver, the ride-share apps have rolled out in-app safety features. For Uber, it reminds users to check the license plate, make, and model as well as confirming the driver’s profile photo and name. Lyft is adding continuous background checks for their drivers as well as enhanced identity verification.

Galaxy Fold test devices are breaking

Published on 04/18/2019 @ 8 AM EST
Multiple test users claim the issues of the foldable smartphone all pertain to the foldable design but cite various problems. Samsung has issued a statement claiming there are just a few cases while hinting improper use may be to blame.

Facebook to enter the voice assistant ring

Published on 04/18/2019 @ 8 AM EST
Battling Apple, Amazon, and Google, Facebook is the latest brand looking to develop a smart voice assistant. Rumors say it’s been in production since 2018, but the brand has a lot of catching up to do as Alexa devices make up 70% of the market.

Adidas creates fully-recyclable shoe

Published on 04/18/2019 @ 8 AM EST
The Futurecraft Loop is made without any glue and 100% of the materials can be reused into what’s called the Loop process. As of now, only 10% of each shoe will go into making one new shoe, a ratio the brand is looking to improve exponentially.