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Facebook Marketplace makes buying and selling online really simple

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Facebook came up with an interesting statistic today: 450 million people visit buy-and-sell groups on the social network each month. Realizing how much potential there is in e-commerce, Facebook decided to launch Marketplace, which is a lot like eBay.

In the next few days, Facebook users from four countries (US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand) will be receiving the Marketplace update on both Android and iOS. Once installed, the new interface will feature a shopping icon you can tap to begin buying or selling.

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Enter the Marketplace, and you’ll notice how everything is neatly laid out for you. It’s just a matter of typing what you want to buy in the search bar, and filtering the results by category, location, or price. Tap on an item, and you’ll be provided with the product’s details and the seller’s profile.

Selling through Facebook’s new service is just as simple: Take a photo of the item; enter the name, description, and price; and then confirm your location and the category before posting online. Really, it’s that easy.

What’s tough is keeping tabs on all your dealings, so Facebook includes a crafty “Your Items” section to view your saved items, products you’re selling, and messages with people.

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One major selling point of Facebook’s solution is that sellers must use their legitimate profile to begin transacting. The social network is known to be very stern when it comes to people using their real names, and we can now see why. Buying from mysterious sellers has always been a deterrent for consumers wanting to shop through sites like Craigslist or eBay.

Another advantage over the aforementioned competitors is how Facebook won’t be taking any cuts from transactions between users. This means you’ll be raking in the full amount you ask for. This is to be expected, however, since Facebook doesn’t offer any means to pay through Marketplace or even Messenger; you and the buyer or seller must agree on your own payment and delivery terms.

Surprisingly, a desktop version of Marketplace isn’t available yet, and will only roll out in the “coming months.” Considering how straightforward the system is, we doubt it’ll take long for the service to expand.

Source: Facebook

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TechDen helps create better and healthier screen habits

Time to pull ourselves away from those addictive screens

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I think it’s pretty safe to say that a lot of us spend a majority of our time staring at a screen. This is all fine and dandy, technology is awesome, but we also have to admit that our devices have changed how we interact IRL. The founders of TechDen has thought of a way to pull us away from our screens and back into the real world.

TechDen merges software and hardware to create a system that can help build healthier screen habits. The Den lets you charge and store up to two devices, and manage multiple ones. The accompanying app lets you create “sessions” of specific time periods with their own duration based on people’s schedules, as well as schedules to remotely lock and unlock the doors of The Den.

You receive notifications when devices are removed as well as time usage, and in the family setting, this system creates opportunities for collaboration — you can talk to your kids about the session schedules, and even utilize these sessions as incentives.

TechDen is marketed towards families to encourage more real-world interaction with an “out of sight, out of mind” point of view. Really though, this tech would be very helpful for anyone who wants to build a healthy relationship with their devices for themselves.

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Spotlight: What’s new with Free on Spotify?

All these new features!

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Time to rejoice, music lovers! Last April, Spotify quietly announced the new and improved Free on Spotify, and today, we got up close and personal with all the new things the app can now do.

The streaming company’s Free on Spotify redesign will make for a better listening experience for all free users. How, you may ask? Well, it all boils down to five new key features.

Pick your favorites

Spotify’s taste onboarding allows you to pick five (or more) of your favorite artists and this will set the stage for your Spotify experience — a home screen and music discovery experience tailored to your choices will await.

Pick and play… list

15 playlists will automatically be curated based on your music preferences for your listening pleasure. These playlists are different for each individual person, and they update depending on your interactions. Talk about personalized listening!

When you decide to make your own playlists, you’ll also get suggestions based on your artist choice and even playlist title.

What you want, when you want

Previously only available to Premium users, Free users now have unlimited skips — yes, you heard right! The caveat: The feature is only available for those 15 curated playlists, which isn’t half bad as those are catered to your personal taste.

All ❤️s

Actions on specific songs will help you create a better experience on the Spotify app. Hitting ❤️ on a song means it will go to Your Favorites, a playlist that’s found on your home screen.

You can also “unlike” songs which removes said offending song from future playlists. Don’t worry though, this is reversible — simply searching for the song and tapping ❤️ will undo the action.

Optimize your data

For the data-conscious, there’s now a data saving mode! This isn’t turned on by default but all you need to do is head to settings and activate it.

Happy listening!

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SafeDate gives you ease of mind going into a date

This app lets your friends keep tabs on you

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In 2005, Emma Sayle started Killing Kittens, best known for its extravagant sex parties. It aims to enable women to explore their sexuality in an open and safe space. Since it started, KK has had an incredibly strict code of conduct for their parties to ensure that women feel “empowered, safe, and confident.” Members are vetted before being admitted and there is a rule wherein only the women can approach men.

Last July, she launched the SafeDate app which puts a modern twist to what girls have been doing for years. This app lets you input information for your dates, including a profile for the person you’re going out with. You then designate a “safe friend” to whom you will have to check in with at a time which you set. If you don’t check in by the time you set, your friend will be notified and given the details of your date, and it would be up to them to decide what to do next.

Sayle told Wired that we can’t stop bad things from happening, nor can we tell people what to do. But if someone seeing the SafeDate logo makes them think twice, and women feel safer knowing that someone they trust is keeping an eye out for them, it’s a step in the right direction. We definitely couldn’t agree more!

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