Snapchat update makes it a lot easier to add new friends

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Snapchat just added a new feature that goes a long way toward solving one of the app’s more annoying features.

The company updated its app with a new feature that makes it way easier to add friends by allowing you to share a personalized URL that others can use to follow you within the app

You can share your URL from the “Add Friends” menu by selecting the new “share username” option. This brings up the iOS share sheet, where you can choose which app you want to share your Snapchat details to. Anyone who follows the link from their phone will be redirected back to the Snapchat app where they can add you as a friend Read more…

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Here's how much Google paid that guy who bought google.com for a minute

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Google’s own domain was bought from under its nose for $12 in October, and Google just revealed how much money it paid to get it back.

After seeing “google.com” available for purchase on Google Domains, Sanmay Ved went for it, and owned the most iconic domain name of all time for a grand total of 1 minute. After seeing what happened, Google quickly cancelled the purchase, and later gave him an undisclosed reward.

The amount Google paid him — $6,006.13 — which is “Google” spelled with numbers, the company announced in a blog post. According to Business Insider, Ved donated his reward to The Art of Living India, and upon hearing that, Google doubled the amount. Read more…

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This Aston Martin Vulcan costs $3.4 million — and you can't drive it on the street

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If you’ve not heard of the Aston Martin Vulcan, there’s good reason. Not only did the bespoke British super sports car maker only ever produce 24, the car can’t be legally driven on the street. So not only is it rare, it’s unlikely you’ll ever see one valeted outside an LA night club.

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If, in fact, you’ve never heard of it, let’s quickly recap its specs. Underneath its long, swoop-y hood is a 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces more than 800 horsepower. That’s Mount Saint Helens worth of power, and its lightweight body allow it to do 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds on the way to its 200-mile-per-hour top speed. Read more…

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Tesla’s home battery is finally rolling out. First stop: Australia

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According to Nick Pfitzner, the Tesla Powerwall is “a thing of beauty.”

Pfitzner, who lives in Sydney’s Hills District, was one of the first homeowners in Australia to have the highly anticipated energy storage battery installed at his home on Thursday.

Tesla announced in September it would be bringing the Powerwall to Australia, with a spokesperson telling Mashable Australia the country had been “prioritised as a market” due to its high number of solar energy users.

The father and IT worker told Mashable Australia he had been tracking the release of the Powerwall since April 2015 when it was introduced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and waiting for Australian installers to put their hands up for the product. He put a deposit down with Australian solar company Natural Solar a few weeks ago, and chose to have the 7kWh (kilowatt-hour) unit installed along with a converter and solar panels. Read more…

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Tesla’s home battery is finally rolling out. First stop: Australia

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According to Nick Pfitzner, the Tesla Powerwall is “a thing of beauty.”

Pfitzner, who lives in Sydney’s Hills District, was one of the first homeowners in Australia to have the highly anticipated energy storage battery installed at his home on Thursday.

Tesla announced in September it would be bringing the Powerwall to Australia, with a spokesperson telling Mashable Australia the country had been “prioritised as a market” due to its high number of solar energy users.

The father and IT worker told Mashable Australia he had been tracking the release of the Powerwall since April 2015 when it was introduced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and waiting for Australian installers to put their hands up for the product. He put a deposit down with Australian solar company Natural Solar a few weeks ago, and chose to have the 7kWh (kilowatt-hour) unit installed along with a converter and solar panels. Read more…

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Facebook is finally bringing live streaming to everyone

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Facebook just flipped the switch on its live streaming feature in its iOS app.

The social network is expanding its live streaming capabilities to all of its iOS users in the U.S. The company first began experimenting with live video last year but Thursday’s update marks the first time Facebook has made the feature widely available.

The new feature, which Facebook is calling “Live,” now appears in the “update status” menu next to the check-in pin that allows you to share your location. Live videos on Facebook work similarly to Periscope broadcasts: you can begin a live stream with a brief description, and once you’re live, viewers can comment on streams in real time. When you’re finished, you have the option to save the video and share it on your timeline Read more…

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