The DJI Phantom 3 Professional Is The Easiest Drone I’ve Ever Flown

DJI Phantom 3 Pro Drone DJI didn’t start out as the best entry-level drone maker on the market but, at this point, it’s safe to say that they’ve taken the crown from Parrot and are truly creating flying machines worth flying. The new Phantom 3 Professional is the gold standard for quadcopter and I was amazed at the ease-of-use and quality of the photos and video it took. The Phantom 3 is essentially… Read More

Chrome will start automatically pausing less important Flash content on September 1

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Google has been working with Adobe to make Flash content more power-efficient in Chrome. In March, a setting was introduced to play less Flash content on the page, but it wasn’t turned on by default, and in June, the option was enabled in the browser’s beta channel. Google also hinted all users would get the feature as soon as next month, and today the company confirmed it would start rolling out on September 1.

Here’s how the feature works. Chrome will automatically pause Flash content that isn’t “central to the webpage” while keeping central content playing without interruption. For example, the video you’re trying to watch will be unaffected while animations on the side will be paused. If Chrome pauses something you’re interested in, you can resume playback by just clicking on it.

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If this sounds like a feature you want to start using now, you can turn it on before next week. Open Chrome’s menu, click on Settings, choose “Show advanced settings,” scroll down to the “Privacy” section, and hit the “Content settings” button. In the Plugins section, change “Run all plugin content (recommended): Chrome will run all plugins” to “Detect and run important plugin content: Chrome will run the main plugin content on websites.”

Over the last few months, Google has admitted the feature would pause a lot of plugin content, including “many Flash ads.” The goal, according to the company, is to increase page-load speed and reduce power consumption, though it hasn’t shared any hard data on what kind of improvements users can expect.

While the majority of Google’s revenue depends on ads, and many are still delivered in Flash, this move is part of a broader effort to ditch the insecure and slow technology. In January, YouTube ditched Flash for HTML5 by default, and in February Google started automatically converting Flash ads to HTML5. Now it’s Chrome turn to join the party.

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Former Facebook And Instagram Marketer Eric Edge Joins Photo Startup PicsArt

Eric Edge Headshot PicsArt is announcing that it has hired Eric Edge as its vice president of marketing. Edge spent the past last four-plus years at Facebook (where he led the company’s marketing efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa), then at Facebook-owned Instagram (where he worked on brand strategy). He told me he hadn’t been planning to leave, but when he learned about PicsArt, he… Read More

Facebook sets new record: 1 billion people on the site in a single day

An illustration picture shows the log-on screen for the website Facebook, in Munich February 2, 2012.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced today that on Monday the company recorded 1 billion daily users. This is the first time in its history that Facebook has hit this milestone.

In a posting, Zuckerberg shared that while the company uses “average numbers” for its financials, this time this is actual numbers, which equates to 1 in 7 people on Earth connecting with their friends and family using Facebook.

During the company’s Q2 FY2015 earnings report, Facebook’s daily active users (DAUs) increased to 968 million, an increase of 17 percent from the year prior. But again, since Facebook deals in averages for its quarterly numbers, while 1 billion daily users is impressive, what’s going to be worth looking at is Facebook’s DAUs for its next earnings.

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Facebook Hits New Peak Of 1 Billion Users On A Single Day

earth, connected, flight patterns Facebook just achieved a major milestone, on Monday nearly 1 in 7 humans logged on to its site. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg heralded the accomplishment in a post from his profile: On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family. When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this… Read More

OpenFeint Founder Jason Citron Returns To A Familiar Place With Discord App For Gamers

discord-games Some founders keep returning to the same ideas over and over in new form. Jason Citron, a lifelong gamer, was the creator of OpenFeint, an early mobile social gaming network that he sold to Japan’s GREE for $104 million. After leaving GREE, he went back to game development and tried to create a next generation MOBA or multiplayer online battle arena game for the iPad called Fates… Read More

Splash Integrates With Giphy Because Why Not?

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 4.16.10 PM Splash, the event page service that lets anyone create beautiful event landing pages, has announced an integration with Giphy, the betaworks-backed GIF search engine. This makes Splash the only event site platform with a direct Giphy integration. Through the partnership, Splash users will have full access to Giphy’s library of millions of GIFs direct from the Splash Dash, where event… Read More

Family-oriented social network Life360 acquires startup Chronos Mobile Technologies

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Prior to the acquisition, Chronos had raised an unspecified amount of seed financing over two rounds from investors such as Atlas Venture, China Growth Capital, Draper Associates, Major League Baseball Ventures, Maven Ventures Growth Labs, Orange, Plug & Play Ventures and Social Starts.