Apple adds third-party app integration to Final Cut Pro X

Apple adds third-party app integration to Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X, Apple’s professional video-editing software, is adding some updates today that will integrate third-party apps directly within the editing interface. Though third-party plug-ins and special effects have already been available for the software, today’s news opens up Final Cut Pro X for third-party app developers to further streamline the editing workflow. “This is the first time we are allowing third-party app integrations at this level that tie so tightly to the FCPX…

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A Facebook patent would use your family photos to target ads

A Facebook patent would use your family photos to target ads

Facebook has filed a patent that would make it easier to target whole families with ads by analyzing the photos they post. The application, filed on May 10th and published today, covers an algorithm that would identify elements of photographs — like faces or other details— and cross-reference them with other data to build a profile of an entire household. If Facebook chose to implement the system, it would supplement a family targeting program that…

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Apple targets Qualcomm employees with new job listings

Apple targets Qualcomm employees with new job listings

Apple and Qualcomm have been in a heated dispute for the last two years, and now Apple is taking another small jab at the company by opening up jobs that seem to be designed to grab employees from the chipmaking giant. Bloomberg spotted that Apple has opened 10 job listings this month for chipmaking positions in San Diego. That’s where Qualcomm is based, and according to the report, Apple has never searched for chip engineers…

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Blumhouse is making eight thriller features for Amazon

Blumhouse is making eight thriller features for Amazon

Blumhouse Television, Jason Blum’s acclaimed production company, is planning to produce eight feature-length thrillers for Amazon’s streaming service. Variety reports that the projects will all be “‘elevated’ thrillers or stories with dark themes,” and they’ll be directed by filmmakers with “diverse backgrounds.” (Maybe this is an opportunity for Blum to rectify his company’s poor track record of working with women.) Blumhouse has previously worked with filmmakers such as Joel Edgerton, Jon M. Chu, and Jordan…

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Bombshell Facebook report raises new campaign finance questions

Bombshell Facebook report raises new campaign finance questions

At a Senate Judiciary markup on Thursday morning, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said she will send a letter to Facebook and the Justice Department regarding concerns raised yesterday that the company might be violating campaign finance rules. Her criticism follows an explosive report from The New York Times yesterday that documents how Facebook’s leaders handled the fallout of the 2016 election. At the markup, Klobuchar said that she was concerned that Facebook reportedly hired an…

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The best Google deals of Black Friday 2018: Google Home Hub, Pixel 3

The best Google deals of Black Friday 2018: Google Home Hub, Pixel 3

The Pixel 3 was just released last month, but if you waited until November to buy one, you’ll be rewarded with up to a $200 price cut. Additionally, for Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year, Google’s sales will also center on accessories for the home, including the new Google Home Hub, Nest devices, and Chromecast dongles. While the newly announced Pixel Slate will not receive a discount, there are some deals on laptops like…

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A spike in underage vaping prompts FDA to restrict flavored e-cigarette products

A spike in underage vaping prompts FDA to restrict flavored e-cigarette products

Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially announced plans to limit the sale of sweet-flavored e-cigarette products in places where people under the age of 18 can freely shop. The agency will also take aim at flavored cigars and menthol-flavored cigarettes in an effort to keep kids from getting hooked on any products that contain nicotine. This isn’t a complete ban on flavored e-cigarette products, and it’s weaker than the proposal that was teased…

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You can get some big discounts before Black Friday 2018 begins

You can get some big discounts before Black Friday 2018 begins

Many Black Friday deals will begin as Thanksgiving is winding down in the US on Thursday, November 22nd, and they will continue through the weekend. But if you want to get some shopping done even earlier so you can focus more on eating food and spending time with your friends and family over the holidays, several retailers are offering some really good deals in advance of the big shopping weekend. If you’re looking for a…

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Tidal is now available on Amazon Echo speakers

Tidal is now available on Amazon Echo speakers

Tidal, the Jay Z-owned music streaming service with an emphasis on audio quality, is now available on Amazon Echo devices. The streaming service comes via an Alexa skill, and it will require a Tidal subscription to use it. Tidal is the first music streaming service to make use of Amazon’s Music Skill API, an initiative announced in September that allows streaming services to build in support for Alexa rather than needing to rely on Amazon….

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