LG's 'White Card' could replace all your credit and debit cards



Remember Coin, the electronic card that promised to replace your credit cards, debit cards and rewards cards? Yeah, it was a flop, but LG is now reportedly cooking up a similar version of the all-in-one payment card.

The credit-card-like device will reportedly be called LG Pay White Card, according to a report by ETNews. Like Coin and Plastc, the White Card will be able to store several credit, debit and rewards cards.

A leaked photo of the so-called White Card (shown above) shows a card with a simple LCD to display which card is selected, as well as buttons to switch between the cards. The contacts on the left side of the card are used for charging the White Card, which requires a separate charger. Read more…

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Volkswagen might buy back some Dieselgate cars, now that it's tried everything else



And now, for its most expensive act: Volkswagen might buy back some of the 575,000 cars affected by Dieselgate in the United States.

Robert Giuffra, a lawyer defending Volkswagen against class-action suits, indicated during a court hearing at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco last week that if the German automaker is unable repair some of its diesel models in a timely manner, it might opt to simply buy them back, the New York Times reported.

“We might have to do a buyback or some sort of a solution like that for some subset of the vehicles, but that hasn’t been determined yet,” the Times quoted Giuffra as saying, according to a transcript of the hearing. Read more…

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Facebook and Instagram are creating hidden ASCII art of your photos



If you’ve ever uploaded a photo to Facebook or Instagram, chances are there are secret ASCII renderings of them out there, if you know where to look.

Facebook has been creating ASCII art — that is, recreating your images out of text characters — out of your photos and anyone can find it. The feature was first spotted by Twitter user Mathias Bynens and has been confirmed by Mashable and others

The photo above, taken from Mark Zuckerberg’s Instagram account, shows the original version of the image he posted with Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom and the hidden ASCII version. Read more…

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Apple reportedly has a huge team working on VR and AR headsets



Today, Apple is known most for selling iPhones, iPads and Macs. But in the future, it could be known for selling cars and headsets for virtual reality and augmented reality.

According to the Financial Times, Apple has put together a large team of VR and AR experts to explore the technologies. The report claims the team already has working prototype headsets.

There are reportedly hundreds of employees within the secret research unit, many poached from companies like Microsoft and Lytro. Last week, the Financial Times reported that Apple had hired Doug Bowman, a leading 3D interface expert with experience in both VR and AR to join its research unit. Read more…

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Finding meaning in that Kanye West Twitter rant



This podcast will distract you from your creative process.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Kanye West went on a Twitter rant aimed at Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose on Wednesday. Amber Rose got the last laugh with her response, and Twitter users remained captivated the whole time.

On this episode of MashTalk, we analyze how Kanye’s rant both highlights Twitter’s strengths and exposes its limitations. We also discuss Apple’s earnings and new product rumors, Facebook’s continued dominance and a very expensive marketing mistake by Microsoft Read more…

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The Java plug-in is dying, and not a moment too soon



The death of the Java plug-in is swiftly approaching as we move toward a plug-in-free Internet.

Oracle announced its Java plug-in will be removed in the next development kit update, which does not yet have a release date. The announcement follows the trend of browsers removing plug-in support, including Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

“By late 2015, many browser vendors have either removed or announced timelines for the removal of standards based plug-in support, eliminating the ability to embed Flash, Silverlight, Java and other plug-in based technologies,” Oracle wrote in its announcement. Read more…

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