New story in Technology from Time: YouTube Is Taking Down ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ Videos

YouTube is taking down videos showing people eating laundry detergent after the so-called “Tide Pod challenge” went viral.

The Tide Pod challenge is a social media phenomenon that has inspired a number of memes about people wanting to eat the colorful detergent pods. Although the challenge is mostly a joke, an increasing number of teenagers have reportedly been eating laundry pods, prompting warnings from U.S. officials, poison control centers and Tide’s parent company Procter & Gamble to not ingest detergent.

Now, YouTube is taking steps to clamp down on videos about the Tide Pod challenge.

“YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm,” the company said in a statement to Fast Company. “We work quickly to remove flagged videos that violate our policies.”

This year, 39 cases of teenagers misusing laundry read more

New story in Technology from Time: You Can’t Use Google’s New Selfie Art App in These States

Selfie-takers in Illinois and Texas are freaking out. People in both states haven’t been able to use the free Google Arts and Culture app that has gone viral on social media. The app, which lets users upload a selfie and then matches their photo with a work of art that most resembles that selfie, isn’t working in either state, to the bewilderment of many trying to find out what historical figures they might look like. Why is Google keeping users in these two states from comparing their likeliness to famous historical figures? The problem appears to be a legal one. Illinois and Texas both have laws regarding biometric privacy that may be preventing the app from working in both places. Biometrics is the use of technologies like facial recognition to digitally identity people, which means that the selfies being taken in Texas and Illinois aren’t legally allowed to be identified by Google, or any other company, without user consent. Washington is the only other state to have enacted a similar law, though its regulations are not as stringent, according to Bloomberg. Google confirmed to the San Francisco Chronicle that the selfie-matching app is not available in Illinois or Texas, but there is hope for users in those states. The Houston Chronicle published an article detailing some of the ways the app can still be used. We’ve made a quick list of the all the ways we know how to get around the ban. (Disclaimer: they have worked for a majority of users but not all.)
  • Turn off location services on your phone or turn off location services for all Google apps on your phone (not only the Arts & Culture app).
  • Sign up for a Virtual Private Network (be willing to be possibly pay a fee).
  • If you travel out of state, use the app before you get back to the Lone Star state and the Prairie state.
But the easiest way to find out who your long-lost doppleganger is? Send a selfie to a friend out of state and ask them to upload it for you.

New story in Technology from Time: Nintendo’s Newest Products Are Switch Accessories You Can Build Yourself

Ever since Nintendo unveiled the Switch about one year ago, one message was immediately clear: The ability to interact with the console in a variety of different ways — docked to a TV, held in your hands, or propped up on a table — was going to be the device’s distinguishing characteristic.

Nintendo is now taking that idea one step further with the announcement of Nintendo Labo, a new line of do-it-yourself products that lets Switch owners build interactive cardboard add-ons for the console.

Nintendo Labo involves sheets of modular cardboard cutouts that when assembled can take the form of various Switch accessories. The company calls those accessories Toy-Cons, a reference to the console’s Joy-Con controllers. The $69.99 Labo variety pack comes with five different kits, including two RC cars, a motorbike, a fishing rod, a house, and a piano. A separate $79.99 kit lets Switch owners build a wearable robot suit. Both the variety pack and the robot kit will be launching read more

New story in Technology from Time: Nintendo’s Newest Products Are Switch Accessories You Can Build Yourself

Ever since Nintendo unveiled the Switch about one year ago, one message was immediately clear: The ability to interact with the console in a variety of different ways — docked to a TV, held in your hands, or propped up on a table — was going to be the device’s distinguishing characteristic.

Nintendo is now taking that idea one step further with the announcement of Nintendo Labo, a new line of do-it-yourself products that lets Switch owners build interactive cardboard add-ons for the console.

Nintendo Labo involves sheets of modular cardboard cutouts that when assembled can take the form of various Switch accessories. The company calls those accessories Toy-Cons, a reference to the console’s Joy-Con controllers. The $69.99 Labo variety pack comes with five different kits, including two RC cars, a motorbike, a fishing rod, a house, and a piano. A separate $79.99 kit lets Switch owners build a wearable robot suit. Both the variety pack and the robot kit will be launching read more

New story in Technology from Time: Twitter Will Alert Users Who May Have Seen Russian-Linked Posts

Twitter Inc. will inform users who may have seen posts covertly crafted by Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, the company’s director of U.S. public policy told a Senate committee Wednesday.

The company is “working to identify and inform individually the users” who could have come across accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, which aided Russian efforts to meddle in the race, Carlos Monje told the Commerce, Science and Technology Committee.

Alongside Google’s YouTube and Facebook Inc., Twitter faced a committee hearing into social media efforts to combat terrorism, the latest scrutiny from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who have grilled the companies over issues including their platforms being manipulated by Russians.

Monje, who said details of the plan would be available shortly, responded to questioning by Senator Richard Blumenthal. The Connecticut Democrat, who had requested such alerts, thanked Facebook for similar efforts to notify those who may have seen false or inflammatory content from Russian accounts, while saying he was“disappointed” by Google’s response.

‘Blew Off’

“It essentially blew off my concerns by saying the read more

New story in Technology from Time: The 9 Absolute Weirdest Gadgets We Saw at CES This Year

From smart pet toys to extravagant robots that can fold your laundry, CES 2018 was certainly home to some of the wildest gadgets you can imagine.

Here are the most unusual products we came across on the showroom floor at this year’s conference.

An augmented reality toothbrush

Courtesy of KolibreeKolibree’s augmented reality Magik toothbrush was shown at CES 2018

Kolibree’s Magik toothbrush uses augmented reality to turn brushing your teeth into a game. To play, a child would either hold a smartphone out in front of his or her face or mount it on the bathroom mirror while brushing his or her teeth. The toothbrush essentially acts as the game controller: children defeat monsters within the game by brushing them away in real life. The toothbrush also detects movement and speed with the goal of ensuring that kids are actually brushing their teeth rather than simply moving the brush around to win the game.

A self-driving suitcase that follows you around

Courtesy of ForwardX’s websiteForwardX’s autonomous suitcase can follow you

Robotics company ForwardX wants to make sure you never lose your luggage again — or have to lug it around the airport. The company showcased a robotic suitcase called the CX-1 that uses a read more

New story in Technology from Time: The 9 Absolute Weirdest Gadgets We Saw at CES This Year

From smart pet toys to extravagant robots that can fold your laundry, CES 2018 was certainly home to some of the wildest gadgets you can imagine.

Here are the most unusual products we came across on the showroom floor at this year’s conference.

An augmented reality toothbrush

Courtesy of KolibreeKolibree’s augmented reality Magik toothbrush was shown at CES 2018

Kolibree’s Magik toothbrush uses augmented reality to turn brushing your teeth into a game. To play, a child would either hold a smartphone out in front of his or her face or mount it on the bathroom mirror while brushing his or her teeth. The toothbrush essentially acts as the game controller: children defeat monsters within the game by brushing them away in real life. The toothbrush also detects movement and speed with the goal of ensuring that kids are actually brushing their teeth rather than simply moving the brush around to win the game.

A self-driving suitcase that follows you around

Courtesy of ForwardX’s websiteForwardX’s autonomous suitcase can follow you

Robotics company ForwardX wants to make sure you never lose your luggage again — or have to lug it around the airport. The company showcased a robotic suitcase called the CX-1 that uses a read more

New story in Technology from Time: The 9 Absolute Weirdest Gadgets We Saw at CES This Year

From smart pet toys to extravagant robots that can fold your laundry, CES 2018 was certainly home to some of the wildest gadgets you can imagine.

Here are the most unusual products we came across on the showroom floor at this year’s conference.

An augmented reality toothbrush

Courtesy of KolibreeKolibree’s augmented reality Magik toothbrush was shown at CES 2018

Kolibree’s Magik toothbrush uses augmented reality to turn brushing your teeth into a game. To play, a child would either hold a smartphone out in front of his or her face or mount it on the bathroom mirror while brushing his or her teeth. The toothbrush essentially acts as the game controller: children defeat monsters within the game by brushing them away in real life. The toothbrush also detects movement and speed with the goal of ensuring that kids are actually brushing their teeth rather than simply moving the brush around to win the game.

A self-driving suitcase that follows you around

Courtesy of ForwardX’s websiteForwardX’s autonomous suitcase can follow you

Robotics company ForwardX wants to make sure you never lose your luggage again — or have to lug it around the airport. The company showcased a robotic suitcase called the CX-1 that uses a read more

New story in Technology from Time: The 9 Absolute Weirdest Gadgets We Saw at CES This Year

From smart pet toys to extravagant robots that can fold your laundry, CES 2018 was certainly home to some of the wildest gadgets you can imagine.

Here are the most unusual products we came across on the showroom floor at this year’s conference.

An augmented reality toothbrush

Courtesy of KolibreeKolibree’s augmented reality Magik toothbrush was shown at CES 2018

Kolibree’s Magik toothbrush uses augmented reality to turn brushing your teeth into a game. To play, a child would either hold a smartphone out in front of his or her face or mount it on the bathroom mirror while brushing his or her teeth. The toothbrush essentially acts as the game controller: children defeat monsters within the game by brushing them away in real life. The toothbrush also detects movement and speed with the goal of ensuring that kids are actually brushing their teeth rather than simply moving the brush around to win the game.

A self-driving suitcase that follows you around

Courtesy of ForwardX’s websiteForwardX’s autonomous suitcase can follow you

Robotics company ForwardX wants to make sure you never lose your luggage again — or have to lug it around the airport. The company showcased a robotic suitcase called the CX-1 that uses a read more

New story in Technology from Time: The 9 Absolute Weirdest Gadgets We Saw at CES This Year

From smart pet toys to extravagant robots that can fold your laundry, CES 2018 was certainly home to some of the wildest gadgets you can imagine.

Here are the most unusual products we came across on the showroom floor at this year’s conference.

An augmented reality toothbrush

Courtesy of KolibreeKolibree’s augmented reality Magik toothbrush was shown at CES 2018

Kolibree’s Magik toothbrush uses augmented reality to turn brushing your teeth into a game. To play, a child would either hold a smartphone out in front of his or her face or mount it on the bathroom mirror while brushing his or her teeth. The toothbrush essentially acts as the game controller: children defeat monsters within the game by brushing them away in real life. The toothbrush also detects movement and speed with the goal of ensuring that kids are actually brushing their teeth rather than simply moving the brush around to win the game.

A self-driving suitcase that follows you around

Courtesy of ForwardX’s websiteForwardX’s autonomous suitcase can follow you

Robotics company ForwardX wants to make sure you never lose your luggage again — or have to lug it around the airport. The company showcased a robotic suitcase called the CX-1 that uses a read more