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SoundCloud is saved with a new round of money

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No problem. Image: NOAM GALAI/GETTY IMAGES We almost lost another great one. SoundCloud, an online network for sharing and enjoying music, had been crashing. The website was unable to pull in enough money to meet its costs. Last month, the company was forced to lay off 173 employees, which was about 40 percent of its workforce. The move caused an uproar, online. SoundCloud's future appeared in serious doubt. Chance the Rapper, one of many artists who frequently uses the platform to share his work, tweeted that he was on the case. Just had a very fruitful call with Alex Ljung. [...]

For $400, you can be an Instagram influencer

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Image: Getty Images/Cultura RF If you're on social media, you've most likely heard of the side-hustle. Work your 9 to 5, sure, but you also should be making yourself known in the world. Definitely don't just sit down and watch "fucking House of Cards," as entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk tweeted. Well, here's one side-hustle you can probably manage while binging all of Netflix's originals: Be an Instagram influencer. Don't have a foodie lifestyle or a cute dog? Don't worry. Just fake it, and you could be taking in hundreds of dollars per week via brand deals. SEE ALSO: We're more addicted [...]

Download this: Plotagraph will help you level up your Instagram game

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Who doesn't want to level up their Instagram game? While many apps that let you add special effects to your photos end up looking gimmicky, Plotagraph's app lets you add elegant animations that will make your want to revisit your favorite photos. SEE ALSO: How Sarahah became one of the most popular iPhone apps in the world The idea is kind of like a Live Photo, but instead of photo with a bit video tacked on, Plotagraph's app takes a still image you already have and enables you to add animations to specific areas. The result is a kind of [...]

Let this fitness tracker motivate you to get moving

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Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Theres nothing better than being in shape. It prolongs your life, it makes you feel better, and it can even boost your mood. Unfortunately, its really hard to get in shape, and even harder to maintain it. Luckily, there are some great fitness trackers that can help you achieve your goals like the Moov Now Personal Coach & Workout Tracker. This award-winning tracker actively monitors your bodys motion to ensure that you get the most out of every workout. It even gives you [...]

Enter to win a OnePlus 5 for free

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Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. If we learned anything from 2016, its that two-party systems sometimes end in chaos. The same principle applies to smartphone shopping. Why must we choose between Apple and Samsung as our predominant options, when both have their shortcomings and, for some, deal-breakers? SEE ALSO: Learning to code might be the best (and cheapest) career choice you could make For those fiercely independent smartphone shoppers who refuse to walk the party line, theres the OnePlus 5. With a click of your mouse and a [...]

Sprint ruthlessly trolls Verizon’s prices with a fake pop-up shop

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Image: sprint/business wire Things are getting ugly in the battle of the wireless carriers. In its latest shot at competitor Verizon, Sprint decided to open up a unique pop-up shop in Queens called "Twice the Price," which essentially trolls Verizon's prices by overcharging for all of the featured items. SEE ALSO: Amazon Alexa is so not ready to be your phone's digital assistant Sprint explained in a press release that at "Twice the Price" shoppers can find items like "potato chips, party supplies, boogie boards, makeup mirrors, mops, bottles of water, and more" for twice their regular price. Because, as [...]

Snapchat is staffing up in cybersecurity as it damn well should

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Image: mashable Snapchat cares about securitywhether it's keeping CEO Evan Spiegel's yacht adventures private or its software free from vulnerabilities. They, of course, would also not like to see any of their code ripped off by competitors such as Facebook. Bloomberg connected some dots in a story Friday, highlighting moves that Snap Inc. has made in taking cybersecurity more seriously. SEE ALSO: A flood of (bad) advertising is coming for your Snapchatand that might be ok Notably, Snap Inc. snatched up Strong.Codes, a Swiss startup that specializes in protecting software code from being reverse engineered, a.k.a. copied. The acquisition, according [...]

How to use Google Drive’s new tool to make it way easier to backup your computer’s files

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Google's tool will help you backup everything on your computer. Image: Getty Images Google's Backup and Sync Drive tool launched earlier this week, and it promises to make full-system cloud storage easier than ever. In essence, you can backup your entire PC by clicking just a couple of buttons. The tool, which you can download as a desktop application, will store your photos, videos, and docs automatically in the same file format you have on your PC. If you use it right, you should be able to eliminate the annoying process of organizing your stuff a second time on the [...]

Become an Android developer with this course bundle deal

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Image: pixabay Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. You might not know it by looking around your local coffee shop, but Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world. Seriously, its huge. Everyone loves the iPhone and you still know a bunch of old school lawyers who wont give up their BlackBerries (real talk: its time for an intervention), but that little green alien is everywhere. Android has over 80% of the worldwide smartphone market and its not going away anytime soon. That's why theres never [...]

How to keep your Instagram stalking private

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Image: instagram There's no shame in admitting that you stalk people on Instagram we all do. But you don't always want anyone who grabs your phone to see who you've been stalking. So, here's the complete guide to hiding who you stalk on Instagram. SEE ALSO: How to banish ads from your Instagram feed Clear search history The "clear search history" button clears the dropdown of previous searches in your search bar. Note: this doesn't affect your search recommendations. Image: instagram To clear your search history, Go to your profile on Instagram Tap the gear on iPhone or three dotted [...]