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How to write witty banter on dating apps, according to bestselling authors

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It's the dream: Find a smoldering someone on a dating app, match with them, and quickly launch into a conversation filled with subtle compliments, definitive date night plans, and witty repartee. According to research conducted by Preply, -- a language learning app and platform, – more than 70 percent of dating app users surveyed said it's possible to engage in meaningful conversation, and even fall in love with someone, before ever meeting in person (having only spoken on an app). The challenge, of course, is getting there, shifting from the notification that "It's A Match!" into dialogue worthy of a Shonda Rhimes production. It's a daunting task, so we brought in the pros: rom-com authors. Mashable spoke with several -- all with books jam-packed with quippy dialogue out this spring and summer -- to get their expert takes on how to write witty banter.


The most watched movies of the week: New releases and some unexpected classics

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Wondering what everyone's been watching this week? Well, spring is in the air and so is action, action, action! Every week, the popularity of movies across streaming might be determined by promotions, star power, critic raves, social media buzz, good old-fashioned word of mouth, or a new addition to a beloved franchise. While the reasons may vary, you can't argue with the numbers that streaming aggregator Reelgood collected from hundreds of streaming services in the U.S. and UK. As it has for weeks, The Batman continues to reign supreme.


Create Instagram and TikTok content with this motion-tracking tripod on sale.

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TL;DR: As of May 13, the Robo 360 Rotation Smart AI Object Tracking Gimbal is on sale for 71% off, so you can get it for just $36.99 instead of $129. Propping your phone up against a stack of books in the corner is fine, but there are far better ways to capture your content. The Robo Smart Gimbal, for instance, uses AI to help you capture hands-free content for social media, presentations, and more. The Robo is equipped with 360-degree infinite rotation and a built-in innovative AI, which work together to track a target and capture it in motion. Once it detects your face, it starts taking photos or videos automatically, depending on what kind of content you're looking to create.


Behold the Milky Way's supermassive black hole in first-ever photo

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Astronomers have at long last seen the center of the Milky Way galaxy, unmasking a giant black hole, a celestial vortex 26,000 light-years from Earth that should otherwise be hidden from sight. An international team of researchers released on Thursday a snapshot of the supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A*, spied through the power of eight linked radio dishes from around the world that together can penetrate through murky dust in outer space. Though black holes are by definition unseeable -- light can't travel fast enough to escape their clutches -- Sagittarius A* revealed itself in the form of a black shadow surrounded by the bright glow of the gas and debris swirling around its perimeter. The photo showed a region in deep space reminiscent of a solar eclipse -- a darkened circle, wreathed in a radiant red-orange fuzz of light. The image was colorized so that human eyes could perceive it.


Sonos is adding Voice Control to its speakers, so pleading for everything to stop will actually do something

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Sonos is introducing voice commands for its speakers, finally letting you start your depression playlist by groaning from the couch as God intended. Announced today, Sonos Voice Control will arrive in a free software update for all voice-capable Sonos speakers running the Sonos S2 operating system, including the Roam, Beam, Move, and Arc. This update will let you issue oral commands to find specific songs, ask what's playing, control the sound on their TV, and adjust volume and playback all without using your hands. You won't be able to set timers or reminders, as Sonos Voice Control isn't a fully fledged voice assistant. However if you have more than one Sonos speaker, you will be able to use it to change where your audio is playing.


Tinder's parent company is suing Google over in-app billing

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Online dating juggernaut Match Group is suing Google, alleging that its Android apps are being forced to use the tech giant's in-app payment system -- thus allowing Google to extract royalties for such transactions. Match Group owns numerous popular dating apps and websites, including Hinge, OkCupid, Tinder, and PlentyOfFish. The issue comes down to Google's outsized influence and control over Android app distribution, as well as its requirements for allowing apps on the Google Play Store. According to Match Group's federal court filing, over 90 percent of Android app downloads are handled through the Google Play Store. Thus, if developers want to reach enough users for their Android app to be sustainable, there's practically no way around putting it on Google's app store.


Clearview AI's creepy facial-recognition business takes a major legal hit

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Even a limited win for digital privacy can feel significant, especially when Clearview AI is on the losing end. Clearview AI, the facial-recognition company which made headlines in January of 2020 for secretly scraping billions of photos from social media sites, will be prohibited from selling access to its tools under the terms of a settlement filed Monday in federal court. Notably, the settlement only applies to most private companies, and does not block sales to law enforcement (except in the state of Illinois). The settlement is the result of a lawsuit in which the ACLU was the plaintiff, with the organization noting that the suit was filed on behalf of "vulnerable communities uniquely harmed by face recognition surveillance" such as "survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, undocumented immigrants, [and] current and former sex workers[.]" At issue is the 2008 Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which explicitly precludes private companies from acquiring state residents' "biometric information" without prior notification and consent.


How to watch Google's I/O 2022 keynote live

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Everyone's favorite search engine and Android giant is gearing up for its annual I/O developer conference, which will be held virtually for everyone but Google employees this year. Google I/O will run between May 11 and 12. The schedule is full of talks about artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality, and the myriad other things Google works on, but the main thing regular folks will want to tune into is the opening keynote, where the bulk of the consumer-facing announcements will be made. That keynote is on May 11 at 10 a.m. You can stream it live on Google's I/O website, and almost certainly on Google's YouTube page, as well. An archived version of the stream will be available on the YouTube page afterward, too, if last year's I/O stream was any indication.


Take this discounted drone on epic adventures

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TL;DR: As of May 6, this Foldable HD Dual Camera Mini Drone with Three Batteries is on sale for $84.99 for a limited time. Even the best camera drones on the market can only last between 30 and 45 minutes. If you don't want to spend a fortune on a personal drone, you can snag this deal on a foldable dual HD camera drone for just $84.99 and get three rechargeable batteries to extend your flight. With three batteries, you can enjoy more epic adventures up to an hour long by swapping one out for another when it gets low. Each battery gives you up to 20 minutes of flying per charge. It's not as convenient as having a battery that lasts 60 minutes non-stop, but it's still longer than the battery life of our best overall pick for a drone (31 minutes).


Reggie Fils-Aimé on turning happy accidents into magic at Nintendo

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Reggie Fils-Aimé's unforgettable introduction at Nintendo's E3 2004 showcase marked a turning point for the famed console maker. At the time, we simply saw a bold and brash new attitude from the traditionally reserved company. But as Disrupting the Game: From the Bronx to the Top of Nintendo, his new book, reveals, the conscious construction of that line came to reflect the rebirth that was at hand under the former Nintendo of America president's leadership. Like Fils-Aimé himself, whose public persona of ebullient, meme-worthy pitchman often belied his sales and marketing business strengths, the book has two speeds. The primary autobiographical layer runs through the "Bronx to the top of Nintendo" story, including Fils-Aimé's New York childhood, schooling, notable roles at companies, and the work that's filled his days since he left the Japanese publisher in 2019. On the other side, Disrupting the Game also offers practical advice for business-minded folk who'd like to learn from Fils-Aimé's success story.