Seattle Introduces Smartphone Voting System Over 1.2 million residents in Seattle's King County will be able to vote via their smartphones. This type of voting process is a first for elections in the U.S. It is already being used in a current election concerning a board of supervisors. The election started on January 22 and will last until February 11. To vote, residents must provide their names and birthdays in a web portal. They must also provide signatures, which can be verified since voting in Washington is done through mail. Paper copies of electronic votes will also be counted for the election. King County director of elections Julie Wise says the mobile system makes it easier for people to vote. Julie Wise, via statement
Tinder Adds New Safety Features The dating app is adding a panic button that will alert authorities if a user feels unsafe on a date. The new section of the app, called Safety Center, will be available to U.S. users next Tuesday. Another update will include the option for users to inform friends of their location. Tinder’s parent company, Match, will roll out the safety features to its other companies, OkCupid, Hinge and Match.com later this year. Users will have to download the safety platform, Noonlight, in order to enable the features.
For the first time in years, Federal Reserve officials will hold their latest policy meeting this week feeling broadly satisfied with where interest rates are and with seemingly no inclination to change them anytime soon
Instagram Is Ditching the IGTV Button The platform has over a billion monthly active users, but people are staying away from the IGTV icon in the top right corner. An Instagram spokesperson says that is why the feature is being taken away. Instagram spokesperson, via TechCrunch The change means that you will have to spend a little more time finding the service's long-form content. Instagram debuted IGTV back in 2018 as an alternative to YouTube. According to The Verge, it has struggled, with only a small amount of downloads of the standalone app.
Build a Music Playlist for Your Pet With Spotify Based on what type of pet you own, 'Spotify for Pets' will make a list of tunes. @SpotifyNews, via Twitter As of now, the feature is available for cats, dogs and birds. You can also use it if you own a hamster or iguana. Spotify says it conducted an online survey with pet owners across the globe. The streamer found that most believe music helps pets with stress and makes them happier. It also recorded that over 70 percent of owners play tunes just for their pet. Nearly 20 percent even named their pet after a musician or band.
U.S. stocks are tumbling following a sell-off in markets in Europe and Japan after China announced a sharp rise in cases of a new virus that threatens to crimp global economic growth
General Motors is spending $2.2 billion to refurbish an underused Detroit factory so it can build electric and self-driving vehicles, eventually employing 2,200 people
Kosovo’s outgoing prime minister says two recently-achieved agreements with Serbia that will restore air and railway traffic between the Balkan rivals are “positive signs
A Portuguese hacker is claiming responsibility for leaking confidential documents implicating the billionaire daughter of a former prominent African leader in alleged murky business deals
The travel sector around the globe is taking a heavy hit as tens of millions of Chinese are ordered to stay put and others avoid travel as a new virus spreads