Ashley Carman

The Verge

@ashleyrcarman

  • Tech Reporter at The Verge and Co-Host of Why’d You Push That Button.
  • Previously worked at SC Magazine, Vox Magazine, and Mizzou Weekly.
  • Has a BA in Journalism and a BA in Spanish at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and seems to genuinely, genuinely want a flip phone.
WhatsApp tests in-app reverse image searches to prevent the spread of hoaxes

Mar 18

WhatsApp is reportedly testing a beta version of its app that’ll let users reverse Google image search any image that’s sent in the app as well as an in-app browser.

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Tinder says it no longer uses a ‘desirability’ score to rank people

Mar 15

Tinder published a blog post today about how its algorithm works and how it’s depreciated its former Elo scores, which ranked people based off attractiveness.

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When Facebook goes down, an economy goes with it

Mar 14

Facebook lost service for nearly a day, which caused small advertisers to lose money that they planned on earning because no one saw their ads.

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Gimlet Media moves to unionize following Spotify deal

Mar 13

Gimlet Media’s staff announced its efforts to unionize today, following Spotify’s acquisition of the company in a deal reportedly worth more than $200 million.

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Another dating app is launching a live trivia quiz show

Mar 13

Scruff is launching a live dating show, called Hosting, that’ll allow participants to browse through other players and indicate interest.

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HQ Trivia’s first live event was ruined by people who weren’t in the audience

Mar 11

HQ Trivia hosted its first live event at the Comcast NBCUniversal house at SXSW in Austin, Texas, this weekend, but anyone with a link, regardless of where they were located, could play.

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LG might sell a pod-based ice cream-making gadget in the future

Mar 11

LG showed off its prototype ice cream maker, the Snow White, that requires proprietary capsules to make ice cream. The product doesn’t have a release date or price — it’s just a concept for now.

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I tried to get abs at SXSW but couldn’t handle the burn

Mar 9

RealSelf branded a house at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas to let people try cosmetic treatments like Emsculpt, Dysport, and Restylane.

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Spotify’s podcast ambitions involve exclusive shows, better discovery, and lots of ad money

Mar 5

Spotify purchased Gimlet Media and Anchor in a deal worth more than $300 million. The company is now speaking publicly about its big podcast plans.

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Dying social robot Jibo goes out with a song and a dance

Mar 4

Smart robot Jibo has started informing its owner that its servers will be shut down any day now. Once that happens, its interactions will be limited.

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US announces ban on transporting lithium ion batteries as cargo on passenger flights

Feb 27

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration is banning lithium ion batteries as cargo on passenger plans and is also requiring batteries to have less than a 30 percent charge if packed aboard a cargo-only flight.

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The future of Instagram face filters is glossy, metallic, and surreal

Feb 27

Instagram launched its closed beta for Instagram filter creators last year and expanded it in October. Artists have created their own aesthetic for the filters, and influencers like iLoveMakonnen are using them.

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Dating app Hinge is giving users free cocktails to get them to go on dates

Feb 27

Hinge is partnering with Freehand Hotel to give users who turn off their discover feature for a day two free cocktails at the Broken Shaker bar.

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Canadian government pulls $18 million investment from smart glasses company North following layoffs

Feb 22

The Canadian government revoked funding from North after it laid off 150 employees. The company makes its Focals smart glasses in Canada.

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Smart glasses company North lays off 150 employees

Feb 22

North laid off 150 employees just a month after launching its Focals smart glasses. The company previously employed “over 400” people.

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Kim Kardashian West sues fashion company that keeps tagging her on Instagram

Feb 22

Kim Kardashian West is suing Missguided over claims that the company allegedly used her likeness to sell clothes and promote its brand.

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Nike says it’s ‘actively working’ to fix its broken smart sneakers

Feb 21

Nike’s new Adapt BB smart sneakers are broken for some users after they tried to update them through their companion Android app. Nike says it’s “actively working” to fix them.

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch Active measures blood pressure

Feb 20

Samsung announced its newest wearables, the Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Fit, which feature new specs as well as a new aesthetic for the company.

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Nike’s smart sneakers are breaking when used with an Android phone

Feb 20

Nike released its self-lacing Adapt BB sneakers, but when Android users went home to update them, the software broke the shoes and made them unusable.

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Sphero is crowdfunding its new Raspberry Pi-compatible robot

Feb 19

Sphero is taking to Kickstarter to launch its next robot, called the RVR, which is compatible with various accessories and includes a swappable battery.

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