Day: November 6, 2019

Weighted Blanket Budget Gift | Apartment Therapy

Last Christmas, my brother and his now-wife gave me a weighted blanket. It was—no exaggeration here—the gift that changed my life. My sweet, wonderful roommate was the one who schlepped the 20-pound brown box up from the foyer into our second-floor apartment. I found it there when I arrived back home after the holidays, lying in wait (or… weight?). I was surprised at its heft when I went to pick it up, and was immediately humbled into opening it right there on the floor.

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GitHub: Over 80% of repository contributions come from outside the U.S.

GitHub’s annual Octoverse report is out today. It found that Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code or VSCode (19.1K), Azure Docs (14K), and Flutter (13K) were the top open source projects in total contributors on GitHub in the last year, followed by projects like Google’s TensorFlow (9.9K), Kubernetes (6.9K), and the React Native framework created by Facebook.

The annual report that looks at trends and milestones for the code repository acquired by Microsoft last year also found that repositories with topics like “deep learning,” “natural language processing,” and “machine learning” grew in popularity over the course of the past year. GitHub is

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WhatsApp now lets everyone control who can add them to a group

WhatsApp is updating a feature that allows you to control who adds you to group chats and is rolling it out to all 1.5 billion users around the world.

Anyone who relies on WhatsApp to communicate with friends, family, and everyone in between knows how easily people can add them to group chats without consent. This is why the Facebook-owned messaging giant in April introduced a feature that allowed some users to stipulate who can add them to a group.

Before today, the privacy setting had only been available in India, where the company has been fine-tuning the feature ahead

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Intelligent search platform Coveo raises $227 million at a valuation of over $1 billion

Coveo, an enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that meshes unified search, analytics, and machine learning to unlock insights contained within big data for businesses, has raised $227 million in a round of funding led by Omers, with participation from Evergreen Coast Capital, FSTQ, and IQ, among others.

The company didn’t reveal its current valuation, except to say it’s now a “unicorn” (valued at over $1 billion), so the figure is likely at least 3 times more than its $370 million valuation last year. Moreover, Coveo revealed that Omers and other existing shareholders now own 15.5% of the company.

Founded out of

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Soft feet all winter long with 2 cozy Amazon finds

“Hot girl summer” has come and gone. Now, cooler weather has ushered in knee-high socks and comfortable boots, but that doesn’t mean you need to ignore your foot beauty regimen. I found two Amazon buys that guarantee silky soft skin from heel to pinky toe.

Recently, I added a pair of heated microwaveable booties ($31) to my wardrobe. Apparently, microwaveable socks aren’t extra enough all on their own, so the company adds “12 natural herbs and other aromatic ingredients” to the material to give your feet a full luxury experience.

Slipping them on is like a hug for your feet.

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Facebook: Our video selfie test is for spotting bots, doesn’t use facial recognition

Facebook is testing a new way to root out inauthentic behavior on mobile phones and confirm the identities of accounts suspected of being compromised. In a statement provided to VentureBeat, the company said this step — which instructs users to hold their phone at eye level, position their face within a circle on-screen, and slowly turn their head  — is used to determine that a “real person” is operating an account rather than a bot.

“This test is one of the steps we use,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “It does not use facial recognition. Instead, it detects motion and whether

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