New story in Technology from Time: Facebook Will Now Let You Mute Your Most Annoying Friends for 30 Days

Facebook is now giving you a way to hit the mute button on your friends with its new “Snooze” feature.

The option lets you temporarily unfollow a person, page or group for 30 days. When that 30 days is up, you’ll get a notification. You can also unmute that person at any time if you decide you want to start seeing their posts again.

The person, group or page won’t be notified that you’ve hit the “Snooze” button on them either, and they won’t be taken off your friends list.

Facebook also allows you to stop following posts without leaving a group or unfriend someone for an indefinite amount of time.

“Seeing too many photos of your uncle’s new cat? Is your friend tempting you with endless photos of ramen on her Japan trip? It turns out, you’re not alone. We’ve heard from people that they want more options to determine what they see in News Feed and when they see it,” Facebook said read more

New story in Technology from Time: A Day Before Net Neutrality Repeal, AT&T Revealed a Plan to Send Internet Over Your Power Lines

A day before the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality vote, AT&T announced trials of its Project AirGig, a technology that aims to provide internet over power lines.

However, the announcement may have undercut FCC chairman Ajit Pait’s claim that rolling back the Internet regulations would encourage investment in internet technologies, since it has been in development for months, if not years. AirGig was first revealed in September 2016, before the presidential election and Pai’s nomination as FCC Chair.

Describing AirGig as a “first-of-its-kind system,” AT&T claims that the technology could one day deliver blazing-fast internet speed of more than 1 gigabit per second. The technology is currently in two trials — one with an electricity provider outside the U.S. that began this past fall, and another that recently began in rural Georgia. If successful, AirGig could improve broadband speed for people across rural America, where cable read more

New story in Technology from Time: This Is When the FCC Net Neutrality Vote is Happening — and How You Can Watch It

The landmark Federal Communications Commission (FCC) net neutrality vote is set to take place Thursday morning, a decision that could drastically change the internet.

Those who want to watch the net neutrality vote live can visit the FCC’s live stream, which can be accessed here.

The commission is scheduled to vote on FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai’s much-debated proposal to reclassify internet providers from utilities to information companies, which would repeal net neutrality and permit internet providers to legally control the speed of content running through their network — a practice that became prohibited during the Obama-era.

Pai, who was appointed to his post by President Donald Trump, has long been outspoken on his disagreement with the principles of net neutrality. He is leading a 3-2 Republican majority commission, among which are a number of commissioners likely to vote against net neutrality, including Michael O’Rielly and Brendan Carr, who was nominated read more

New story in Technology from Time: Getting a Drone for the Holidays? You’ll Have to Register It With the FAA

Giving a drone this holiday season? Be sure to also wrap up some extra rotors, a spare battery or two, and get drone registration through the Federal Aviation Association (FAA), because the drone registration requirements that were declared dead earlier this year were just revived by the Trump administration.

A relative footnote in the National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law today, the new regulation requires that drone owners register their unmanned aerial vehicles before taking to the skies. You can register you new drone on the FAA’s drone Unmanned Aircraft System website.

But for longtime drone pilots, this requirement is nothing new. In December 2015, regulators began requiring drone registration, and the program took off, with 300,000 drone owners signing up within the first month.

Then, in May 2017, model aircraft hobbyists banded together to fight the federally mandated regulation (and its $5 fee) in the U.S. Court of Appeals. “For decades, AMA read more

New story in Technology from Time: Your Apple Watch is About to Become More Useful at the Gym

Anyone who has worn a fitness tracker or smartwatch to the gym has probably noticed that the stats on your wrist rarely match what’s being shown on the treadmill or elliptical. That’s part of what Apple is hoping to solve by making it possible for the Apple Watch to communicate directly with compatible workout equipment through its GymKit program, which is just starting to appear in fitness clubs after it was announced in June.

GymKit is a platform that makes it possible to sync your Apple Watch with certain cardio exercise machines, allowing the watch and the equipment to exchange information so that they can provide more accurate feedback. The program is starting to launch in the United States after first appearing in Australia last month and the United Kingdom earlier in December.

GymKit takes a page from other Apple services like Apple Pay — just tap your watch against the machine, and your watch should pair it if it’s compatible. For now, GymKit will only work read more

New story in Technology from Time: How to Use Instagram’s Newest Feature to Find Photos You’ll Love

Instagram is now letting users follow hashtags in addition to the people and brands they already do, the social media company announced Tuesday.

To follow a hashtag, you can search for it or click on one from a post, which will then open the hashtag page. The page will now have an option to follow that hashtag.

Previously, Instagram would only let you search for a particular hashtag under the Explore tab or click on one in a post to see other pictures and videos using it. Posts with that hashtag will now appear in your feed along with all of the other accounts you follow.

You can see all the hashtags you follow by going to your Instagram profile, clicking following and looking under the Hashtags tab. Regular accounts will appear next to it under the People tab.

You can also view the hashtags that other users follow. However, if you set your account to private, Instagram says the hashtags you follow will only be visible to your followers

New story in Technology from Time: How to Use Instagram’s Newest Feature to Find Photos You’ll Love

Instagram is now letting users follow hashtags in addition to the people and brands they already do, the social media company announced Tuesday.

To follow a hashtag, you can search for it or click on one from a post, which will then open the hashtag page. The page will now have an option to follow that hashtag.

Previously, Instagram would only let you search for a particular hashtag under the Explore tab or click on one in a post to see other pictures and videos using it. Posts with that hashtag will now appear in your feed along with all of the other accounts you follow.

You can see all the hashtags you follow by going to your Instagram profile, clicking following and looking under the Hashtags tab. Regular accounts will appear next to it under the People tab.

You can also view the hashtags that other users follow. However, if you set your account to private, Instagram says the hashtags you follow will only be visible to your followers

New story in Technology from Time: How to Use Instagram’s Newest Feature to Find Photos You’ll Love

Instagram is now letting users follow hashtags in addition to the people and brands they already do, the social media company announced Tuesday.

To follow a hashtag, you can search for it or click on one from a post, which will then open the hashtag page. The page will now have an option to follow that hashtag.

Previously, Instagram would only let you search for a particular hashtag under the Explore tab or click on one in a post to see other pictures and videos using it. Posts with that hashtag will now appear in your feed along with all of the other accounts you follow.

You can see all the hashtags you follow by going to your Instagram profile, clicking following and looking under the Hashtags tab. Regular accounts will appear next to it under the People tab.

You can also view the hashtags that other users follow. However, if you set your account to private, Instagram says the hashtags you follow will only be visible to your followers

New story in Technology from Time: How to Use Instagram’s Newest Feature to Find Photos You’ll Love

Instagram is now letting users follow hashtags in addition to the people and brands they already do, the social media company announced Tuesday.

To follow a hashtag, you can search for it or click on one from a post, which will then open the hashtag page. The page will now have an option to follow that hashtag.

Previously, Instagram would only let you search for a particular hashtag under the Explore tab or click on one in a post to see other pictures and videos using it. Posts with that hashtag will now appear in your feed along with all of the other accounts you follow.

You can see all the hashtags you follow by going to your Instagram profile, clicking following and looking under the Hashtags tab. Regular accounts will appear next to it under the People tab.

You can also view the hashtags that other users follow. However, if you set your account to private, Instagram says the hashtags you follow will only be visible to your followers

New story in Technology from Time: How to Use Instagram’s Newest Feature to Find Photos You’ll Love

Instagram is now letting users follow hashtags in addition to the people and brands they already do, the social media company announced Tuesday.

To follow a hashtag, you can search for it or click on one from a post, which will then open the hashtag page. The page will now have an option to follow that hashtag.

Previously, Instagram would only let you search for a particular hashtag under the Explore tab or click on one in a post to see other pictures and videos using it. Posts with that hashtag will now appear in your feed along with all of the other accounts you follow.

You can see all the hashtags you follow by going to your Instagram profile, clicking following and looking under the Hashtags tab. Regular accounts will appear next to it under the People tab.

You can also view the hashtags that other users follow. However, if you set your account to private, Instagram says the hashtags you follow will only be visible to your followers