The technology that hides fingerprint sensors underneath displays will make the dreaded smartphone bezel extinct

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  • The first smartphone with a hidden fingerprint sensor was revealed at CES 2018 by Vivo, a Chinese smartphone maker.
  • The hidden fingerprint sensor is made by US-based company Synaptics.
  • It could allow all phones to ditch bezels where most phones have fingerprint sensors.


During CES 2018, I tried a feature that’s been confined to the smartphone rumor mill for some time, but it’s finally a reality.

I’m talking about the first truly invisible fingerprint sensor that’s hidden underneath a smartphone’s display. It’s a technological feat achieved by Synaptics, a US-based company that develops tech like laptop touchpads and touchscreens, and you’ve almost certainly used some of their products without even knowing it. 

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I tried the new tech on a smartphone made by Chinese company Vivo. Its front surface is all glass and the screen has minimal bezels on the top and bottom, but the fingerprint sensor is in its rightful place: On the front, towards the bottom. 

But unlike most phones with front-facing fingerprint sensors and large bezels around the display, the Vivo phone has minimal bezels on the top and bottom. And it’s only a matter of time when phones that have almost zero bezels, like the iPhone X, start coming out with front-facing fingerprint sensors, too.

I found the hidden fingerprint sensor in the Vivo phone worked surprisingly well. It felt just like using a regular, button-less fingerprint sensor, like the one you’d find on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.

It wasn’t quite as fast as the iPhone’s fingerprint sensors, but I’m confident that’ll be improved over time. 

The only drawback is that the hidden fingerprint-sensing tech only works with OLED displays because of the way it reads your fingerprint. The sensor itself needs a bright flash of light to essentially take a photo of your fingerprint, and only OLED displays can produce a bright flash of light in a thumb-sized area on the screen while keeping the rest of the display off. 

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So what’s wrong with OLEDs, you might ask? Indeed, they are great, but they also tend to drive up the cost of phones that use them, so we might not see the tech in affordable or mid-range phones for some time. You’ll mostly find OLED displays in premium flagship devices that cost north of $800.

What about the rear-facing fingerprint sensor that so many smartphone companies have adopted?

Well, for some – myself included – the rear-facing fingerprint sensor simply isn’t as functional as a front-facing sensor. The biggest gripe I have about rear-facing fingerprint sensors is that you can’t unlock your phone when it’s resting on a table. 

How about facial recognition, like Face ID on the iPhone X?

So far, Face ID on the iPhone X is the only viable option for facial recognition, as facial recognition on other smartphones is nowhere near as good or secure. That’s sure to change over the next few years as the tech is improved.

Still, fingerprint sensing is a preference for some, and you’ll soon have it without sacrificing that gorgeous display that takes up the phone’s entire front surface.

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Apple has reportedly nabbed its first comedy TV series — starring Kristen Wigg and produced by Reese Witherspoon

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  • Apple has reportedly acquired a half-hour comedy series starring Kirsten Wiig and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon.
  • It marks the first comedy series for the company’s original scripted lineup.

Apple is bulking up its TV output with original comedy.

The tech giant has greenlit its first half-hour comedy series, which will star Kristen Wiig, marking her return to television after leaving “Saturday Night Live” in 2012.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple outbid multiple parties to nab a 10-episode series executive produced by Reese Witherspoon (she’s also executive producer on the HBO award-winner “Big Little Lies”). It’s inspired by the upcoming short story collection titled “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” by Curtis Sittenfeld. The short stories are described as upending “assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided.”

Former “30 Rock” producer Colleen McGuinness is the creator of the yet-to-be-titled series, and will be the showrunner. It’s unclear when the series will begin production as the show is not attached yet to a production studio. Apple will only be releasing the series, and will not own it, according to THR.

The series marks Apple’s fifth scripted series that’s in production. Others include the Steven Spielberg-produced “Amazing Stories” and the space drama, “See.”

Apple is racing to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu in the original content streaming space. It was reported last summer that the company was ready to drop $1 billion in the next year to make originals. It also grabbed former Sony executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to oversee it.  

Business Insider contacted Apple but did not get an immediate response.

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Mark Zuckerberg has been calling Congressmen about DACA: ‘This is a basic question of whether our government works’

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  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been a vocal advocate for US immigration reform for years and on Wednesday he weighed in urging Congress to pass legislation to protect DACA Dreamers.
  • Zuckerberg has been personally calling members of Congress.
  • He said he’s ‘optimistic’ but feels this DACA legislation is testing “if our government works.”
  • Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has also weighed in saying, “The United States is not a cruel country. But what we’re considering doing to Dreamers is cruel.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been working the phones, calling members of Congress and urging them to pass a law that protects DACA “Dreamers,” the 800,000 immigrants brought to the US illegally as children who were granted work visas under an Obama-era program.

That program allowed them to get jobs, pay their taxes, enter the military, and generally come out of the shadows.

President Trump ended the program. It no longer allows new DACA registrations or existing DACA recipients to renew their status (which they must do every two years). Trump told Congress to pass a law by March 5 that would a be permanent fix or the Dreamers would be subject to exportation.

However, in practical terms, the deadline for fixing DACA has now become January 19, which is the deadline for passing a budget to keep the government funded and avoiding the shutdown.

Although Congress drafted a bipartisan bill that had something in it for both sides – a DACA fix for Democrats and border security funding that could be applied to building a wall on Southern border for Republicans – during a meeting with the President on the bill members of Congress on each side began posturing to their own bases, threatening to scuttle the entire bill.

During the meeting, Trump also reportedly made a profanity-laced comment about immigrants from certain countries that derailed the conversation and increased tensions on both sides.

Congress has a bill in the works that could pass if all sides opt to work together instead of digging in and opposing each other.

In his post urging everyone to call their Congressmen, Zuckerberg explained, “This is a basic question of whether our government works. Can Congress come together and find a path forward, or will we default to forcing almost one million people out of their jobs and country? I’m optimistic this will get solved.”

Zuckerberg also said that he’s been having direct conversations with members of Congress and believes “they want to fix this but we need to keep the pressure on so they know we’ll hold them accountable.”

Zuckerberg has been advocating for comprehensive immigration reform since 2013 when he founded an organization called Zuckerberg, like many CEOs in the tech industry, wants to make it easier to hire immigrants who attend college in the US, to hire from a global workforce and to support entrepreneurs who want to come to the US to create companies and jobs.

Meanwhile, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg also weighed in on the DACA issue on Wednesday, pointing out the stakes for people raised in the US since they were children without proper immigration status. “The average DACA recipient came to this country at age six and has lived here for 20 years,” she wrote. “The United States is not a cruel country. But what we’re considering doing to Dreamers is cruel.”

Sheryl SandbergShe, too, is urging everyone to call their Congressman and tell them to act on this.

Facebook is not alone. IBM has been on this issue like glue since Trump first ended the DACA program, bringing Dreamers employed by IBM to DC to speak with lawmakers. 

Last week, over 100 business leaders, most of them tech CEOs, signed a letter urging Congress to protect Dreamers. Business leaders have been publicly urging Congress for a fix that protects Dreamers for months, as well, since Trump ended the program.

Here’s Zuckerberg’s full post. 

Every day that Congress doesn’t act more DACA recipients are losing their status.

Dreamers are members of our communities, and there are 800,000 living in fear with no ability to plan for the future. Teachers with DACA don’t know if they’ll be allowed to teach in a few months — but somehow we expect them to take care of our children. First responders with DACA don’t know if they’ll get to stay here — yet they worked around the clock to save lives after the hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

This is a basic question of whether our government works. Can Congress come together and find a path forward, or will we default to forcing almost one million people out of their jobs and country?

I’m optimistic this will get solved. There’s been some good bipartisan momentum on legislation recently. From my conversations with leaders in Congress, I believe they want to fix this, but we need to keep the pressure on so they know we’ll hold them accountable. I’ve been calling members of Congress and you can help by calling your Congressman or Congresswoman too right now.

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Here’s Sandberg’s full post.

Immigrants helped build this country – and continue to build it every day. They lend their hands, heads, and hearts to make us stronger. That includes Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought here as children. They are Americans in every sense of the word, except on paper.

The average DACA recipient came to this country at age six and has lived here for 20 years. They’ve gone to American elementary and high schools. They work and live in every state. Some serve in our military. And now they face the very real possibility of being sent away from the country they call home.

The United States is not a cruel country. But what we’re considering doing to Dreamers is cruel. They deserve the chance to earn citizenship and legal protection to keep them safe and keep their families together. And they deserve it now.

I stand with them and urge Congress to pass legislation before the January 19 funding deadline. Learn more about how you can help#ProtectDreamers here:

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Sorry, but the iPhone’s hideous notch probably won’t get smaller until 2019

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  • Apple may be designing a smaller notch for future iPhones, according to a report from Korean news site ET News. 
  • The notch currently houses Apple’s TrueDepth camera system, but Apple may combine the front-facing camera and the facial recognition module on future devices.


If you’re not a fan of the “notch” at the top of the iPhone X, you may not see its design change until 2019.

According to a report from Korean IT site ET News, Apple is currently looking into combining the facial-recognition module with the camera module on future iPhones, which would shrink the overall size of the “notch” that houses Apple’s TrueDepth camera system.

The report was first spotted by MacRumors

The iPhone X was Apple’s first iPhone with a full edge-to-edge display and no home button, but to accommodate that design, Apple needed a small area to house the cameras and sensors to power Face ID, which replaces Touch ID as the main way to get into your phone and authenticate purchases. The “notch” is was the result. 

But the design was widely criticized when the phone came out, and many consider it a blemish on the phone’s stunning OLED display. 

While it’s encouraging that Apple may be pursuing a smaller notch for future iPhones, these changes will likely not affect the 2018 iPhone lineup — the design of those iPhones are likely already finalized. ET News reports the changes will affect products to be released in 2019 or later. 

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A startup that provides coaching for Facebook and LinkedIn managers shares the 3 skills that every new boss should learn

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  • BetterUp is a startup that provides executive coaching for tech employees in Silicon Valley.
  • We asked them to crunch user data and find the three skills that mid-level managers work on the most with their coaches.
  • Successful managers set goals for their team and communicate them clearly, build a culture of trust, and adopt a “growth mindset.”


When a worker bee gets promoted to manager, they may learn that the technical skills they mastered as an employee won’t carry them as far in a leadership role.

That’s according to a startup called BetterUp, which provides coaching to employees of tech companies in Silicon Valley, including Facebook, Salesforce, and LinkedIn. Employees meet virtually with licensed therapists, psychologists, and coaches for on-the-clock counseling.

Founded in 2013, BetterUp works mostly with mid-level managers who show potential, according to their employers — though they could benefit from grooming.

“Unlike the C-suite executives who have been around the block,” new managers have a chance to develop their soft skills without having to “unlearn” certain unhelpful behaviors, according to Dr. Jacinta Jiménez, a psychologist who heads up the coaching department at BetterUp.

We asked BetterUp to crunch the data and find the three skills that new managers worked on the most with their coaches. They were: goal-setting and team communications, building a culture of trust, and “growth mindset.” Here’s what that means.

Set goals for your team and communicate that message clearly.

Most managers start out as high-performing employees. They may have been promoted because of their skill set. And their instinct may be to take on all the work themselves.

“It’s a fast way for them to become overworked, and it’s not good for anyone,” Jiménez, who has worked with many tech workers in her coaching career, told Business Insider.

A manager who sets clear goals for their direct reports may find that the team feels more valued and motivated, because the manager has shown trust in their abilities. Goals that show an understanding of the employee’s strengths and what inspires them may excite them even more.

Jiménez added that it’s important for a manager to be consistent in their communication. 

“It’s hard for the direct report to be motivated if you don’t have clear directions,” she said.

Build a culture where everyone feels like they can contribute.

The most successful managers create an environment where everyone feels like they can participate and do their best work.

“You’re sitting in a meeting with your whole team and you don’t feel like your manager is going to shut you down if you say something like, ‘Hey, I have a really great idea,'” Jiménez said.

Amy Edmondson, whose research in leadership and management at Harvard Business School helped shape some of BetterUp’s methodology, believes that a leader builds a culture of trust when they “find out what others know, what they bring to the table, and what they can add.”

She recommends managers ask genuine questions and listen closely, show enthusiasm when a team meets its goals, and be interested in everyone’s perspective no matter their place on the corporate ladder. When a leader models these behaviors, creativity and innovation thrive.

Embrace the F-word: failure.

New managers have a tendency to think about personal growth in shades of black and white.

“”I’m either made for management or I’m not” is a fixed mindset, and it’s going to set someone up for failure in a lot of ways,” Jiménez said. “You start to try to prove it to yourself.”

Jiménez says the key to success is stepping out of that fixed mindset and developing a “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems.

It may sound wishy-washy, but this skill is based in research from psychologist Carol Dweck, whose work in the field of motivation has helped shape BetterUp’s methodology.

Jiménez tells managers when the voice in their head jumps to a conclusion — like, “I should have been able to do that,” or “I know what this person is thinking” — they should acknowledge the thought, take a mental note of it or log it in a journal, and move onto the next thought.

“We sometimes say, ‘Embrace the F-word: failure!'” Jiménez said.

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A classic game franchise is getting a major reboot on Xbox, report says


  • The long-running third-person action RPG series “Fable” is making a return on Xbox, according to a new report.
  • The franchise has been on hiatus since “Fable 3,” which launched to middling reviews in 2010.
  • The new entry is said to be in production at Playground Games, a UK-based development studio known for making the “Forza Horizon” racing games.

After a nearly 10-year hiatus, it sounds like the beloved “Fable” franchise is making a return.

According to a new report in Eurogamer, a new entry in the long dormant “Fable” series is currently in the works at UK-based game development studios Playground Games. It sounds like the game is in very early stages. 

Like past games in the series, this new “Fable” entry is said to be a third-person, action/role-playing game set in an open world environment. Little beyond the concept is known at this point; Microsoft isn’t confirming nor denying the report.

The studio said to be in charge of this new “Fable” entry, Playground Games, is most well-known for the “Forza Horizon” racing series. 

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“Fable” has otherwise been on hiatus since 2010, when “Fable 3” launched to middling reviews and sales on the Xbox 360.

A subsequent entry in the “Fable” series, named “Fable Legends,” was produced for Xbox One and Windows 10. Instead of continuing in the thread of previous “Fable” games, “Fable Legends” was a free-to-play multiplayer game. Microsoft killed “Fable Legends” in 2016, and closed the studio behind it — Lionhead — around the same time. 

The “Fable” series started all the way back on Microsoft’s original Xbox in 2004. It’s one of the few original series from Microsoft’s Xbox team that has persisted throughout several iterations of Xbox console, alongside “Halo” and “Forza Motorsport.” 

As of now, Microsoft has yet to officially announce (or even confirm) the new “Fable” project. To learn more, check out Eurogamer’s report right here.

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Disney has 10 movies coming out in 2018 — here they all are

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There are a lot of movies coming out this year we can’t wait to see, but Disney has one of the most envious lineups.

Not only is “Avengers: Infinity War” one of the most-anticipated movies of the year, but the Mouse House is also delivering two more Marvel movies and a sequel to “The Incredibles” 14 years later. 

INSIDER rounded up the 10 movies that will have you heading to theaters again and again throughout 2018.

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1. “Black Panther”

Release date: February 16

What it’s about: Before we get to the summer, Marvel’s next movie will follow T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) after the events of “Captain America: Civil War.” After the death of his father, he returns home to take his rightful place as king of Wakanda. That’s not going to sit well with an old foe. 

Why you should see it: The star-studded cast includes Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, and “The Walking Dead” actress Danai Gurira. Fans have been waiting since Black Panther’s first comic-book appearance in 1966 for the character to get some recognition on the big screen. 

With Kendrick Lamar producing the movie’s album, hopefully the movie will do the character justice.

Watch the trailer here.

2. “A Wrinkle in Time”

Release date: March 9

What it’s about: Meg Murry (Storm Reid) goes on a search for her father (Chris Pine) with the help of three celestial guides played by Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling.

Why you should consider seeing it: Four words. Oprah is in it. 

If that doesn’t intrigue you, you’re probably familiar with the bestselling book by Madeleine L’Engle. Still not convinced? Director Ava DuVernay has given us critically-acclaimed movies “13th” and “Selma.” 

We’ll be in our corner of the theater tuning in for Chris Pine. 

Watch the trailer here.

3. “Avengers: Infinity War”

Release date: May 4

What it’s about: The third “Avengers” movie will unite the group with Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and more as they go up against Gamora’s father Thanos (Josh Brolin). He’s been slowly curating six powerful Infinity Stones that have appeared throughout Marvel’s many movies. (You can read more on those here.)

Here’s Disney’s official synopsis: “The Avengers and their superhero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.”

Why to see it: This is one of the movie events of the year. “Infinity War” may be bigger than “Star Wars.”

We’ll get to see just about every single one of Disney’s Marvel characters appear on the big screen together fighting alongside each other to take down a team of baddies. If you’ve been invested in any of Disney’s Marvel movies for the last decade, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for.

Watch the first trailer here.

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3 interracial couples opened up about how they discuss race in their relationships

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  • Talking about race can be difficult, especially when you’re dating someone of a different race than you are. 
  • INSIDER asked three different couples how they discuss race within themselves and with others. 
  • They stressed how important it is to have an open dialogue. 

In regards to race, this past year has been a nearly-unprecedented catalyst for conversation, especially when it comes to the roles that race plays in personal and romantic relationships. For every positive, empowering moment of progress, it also feels as though there’s another tragic moment of loss or discrimination.

The movie “Get Out” created many of those new conversations, leaving audiences in awe and opening new opportunities for black filmmakers and actors in horror movies. Despite its success, though, the film has been the subject of controversy when it comes to awards show season and largely-white film critics’ interpretation of its genre.

Recently, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made royal history with their engagement. Despite the happy occasion, there were the inevitable trolls and the prince and his bride-to-be were forced to open up about the “disheartening” criticism of their interracial romance. Early in their relationship, Harry was even forced to defend Meghan from those who were making racist remarks towards her.

As of 2017, interracial marriages were at an all-time high, according to NewsWeek.

What does it look to be an interracial couple in 2017? How do couples navigate generations of complex and sensitive topics?

For me, it meant seeing “Get Out” in a heartwarmingly diverse and incredibly-welcoming theater with a boyfriend, only for us to be referred to as “O.J. and Nicole” at a bar a week or two later. Though no two relationships are the same, some of the microaggressions, the experiences, and the conversations mirror each other for interracial couples.

Three different interracial couples spoke candidly to INSIDER about their own journeys in their relationships, including the first time they discussed race and how they make their time together work in an often-tumultuous social and political climate. Each story and couple is different, but if they share one thing, it’s the desire to remain honest and informed.

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Keenan Bell and Ryan Quinlan

Keenan Bell and Ryan Quinlan have been together for four years. They attended college together at Ohio University. Before they were even officially dating, Bell said that they discussed race openly, but one specific conversation left them asking deeper questions.

“When I met his family, they were talking about how Tea Party members are idiots and they stopped and were like, ‘Are you a member of the Tea Party?'” Bell recalled. “Later on, I was talking to Ryan and I was like, ‘That was so weird that your parents even had to ask if I was a Tea Party member. I’m black.'”

“Well, they wouldn’t just assume that about you,” Quinlan replied.

According to the Pew Research Center, nearly four-in-ten adults say that that the growing number of interracial marriages is actually good for society. This figure is a significant growth from those of previous years.

In Bell’s experience though, it doesn’t always feel that way on an everyday level.

“I don’t know if it’s something people assume or if it’s just my own anxiety and paranoia. Probably both,” Bell told INSIDER. “But I always worry that when black people see me with Ryan that they automatically think the worst of me like I’m just another light-skinned girl who thinks she’s better than darker [people of color] or that I’m not concerned about social justice issues.”

Though this sense of dissonance is a common phenomenon, Bell wants people to know that it’s possible for her to be both active in fighting racism and in an interracial relationship with a white man.

She said she’s also prepared for the future, already aware of the fact that she will likely have children of mixed race one day.

“I don’t think [Ryan] would be prepared [to have a child that looked black] because I don’t know how as a white person you can be fully prepared to raise a child who will grow up with problems you’ve never faced before,” Bell said. “He would definitely embrace having a kid that looked black. It adds a layer of difficulty, but Ryan tries really hard and I love him so it’s just something I’ve chosen to live with.”

Taylor Durbin and Nick Jones

After almost a year together, Taylor Durbin and Nick Jones say that they talk about race often and are comfortable discussing their viewpoints as a couple.

“You need to be understanding and care about how the other person feels towards different subjects,” Jones told INSIDER. “It doesn’t hurt to talk about [race] and honestly, talking about sensitive topics is one of the biggest parts of being in a relationship and understanding another person.”

“We talk about [race] often, actually,” Durbin agreed.

Jones said that their first discussion about race began with a simple question.

“She asked me if I had ever dated anyone that wasn’t white, which I hadn’t,” Jones said.

“That’s a conversation I try to have as soon as possible so that I can determine if we’ll be compatible,” Durbin told INSIDER. “I asked how he felt about police brutality and the [Black Lives Matter] movement because that stuff is important to me, so I wanted to be sure that we were on the same page before we continued developing our relationship.”

And the discussion doesn’t stop simply within the confines of the partnership. There are other people involved in relationships as well.

“I ask the questions about family,” Durbin said. “How his parents would feel about him bringing home a black girl. When I asked about his family, he was like ‘of course they don’t care,’ so that was a relief. His family really likes me.”

In any relationship, family can play a role in how two significant others function together as a successful unit.

In 2013, about one-in-eight marriages or 12% of new marriages in the United States were interracial, according to the Pew Research Center. Despite the growing numbers, the same study stated that two-in-10 biracial black and white adults reported a family member treating them badly because of their multiracial status.

The impact of a family’s attitude can make or break the status of many relationships, but for Durbin and Jones, it’s not on their list of concerns.

In fact, Durbin said that her list of concerns actually shrank as she began a relationship with Jones, giving her faith in the strength of their bond.

“What kind of made me love Nick, even more, was that he never made me feel uncomfortable in my blackness,” Durbin said. “When I change my hairstyle, he loves it no matter what … He’s never made me feel like the ‘angry black woman,’ which I feel happens to me a lot … He’s never sexualized my blackness or made inappropriate jokes about it. He truly loves me no matter what and that, to me, is so important, especially in an interracial relationship because sometimes lines can get crossed that don’t exist in same-race relationships.”

Asia Harris and Cory Wasmer

Cory Wasmer and Asia Harris have been together for about eight months, but Harris’ awareness of Wasmer’s relationship to her race came early on.

“It was definitely within the first few weeks, maybe month, of us talking,” Harris said. “I was appreciative that he never used any of the ‘compliments.’ ‘You’re pretty for a black girl,’ or ‘I was never into black girls before you.’ I’d heard it all before.”

When Harris expressed this to Wasmer, she was even more impressed by his reaction.

“He said he was surprised and saddened to hear that I have heard that so much,” Harris said. “I think that conversation led to us talking about whether or not we’d dated outside of our races before. I told him that I had a handful of times and he stated that he never had until me … I walked away feeling good about him.”

Harris and Wasmer said they don’t make racism a major talking point, but it’s not because it’s something they don’t care about.

“Because the general consensus surrounding the relationship regarding the interracial aspect has been positive thus far, it isn’t a primary topic of discussion, honestly,” Harris said.

“I am definitely the one who will bring it up if it ever really is a conversation,” Harris said. “A black woman with a white man isn’t necessarily what people see every single day in Ohio.”

Harris’ sentiments echoed Durbin’s earlier comments about the importance of making sure that everyone, including family, is informed.

Harris was especially touched when Wasmer’s family seemed to have their own moment of concern regarding how the couple would navigate a trip to the South given that, according to the 2017 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide, hate crime victimization rose 7% from 2014 to 2015. 

52% of these reported hate crimes were anti-black, which is particularly troubling.

“We were traveling to the south to watch the solar eclipse. I was worried,” Harris said. “I don’t know of what or why but you just never know in this day and age. I remember expressing those concerns to him. He was 100% understanding of my concerns. We borrowed his mom’s car to go to Tennessee, so we went to his parents’ house before our trip and she kind of sat us down and let us know like to be aware of our surroundings and she even mentioned the fact that we could be a target, being that we are an interracial couple. I think her conversation and concern with our well being made me appreciative of the fact that it seems like this family is rather ‘woke’ to what is going on in the world.”

Harris and Wasmer said the importance of familial acceptance, and protection is so important. If their families didn’t have their backs, it could have a major impact — or even end — a relationship.

“Based on my interactions with his family and everyone that I have met in his life thus far, they are all welcoming, accepting of me and us, and I honestly don’t ever feel like I am treated differently,” Harris said. “I think if it were otherwise like if his family didn’t agree with us or had a problem with me, I don’t want to say I wouldn’t be with him, but it would definitely be harder for me.”

In this case, despite the negatives and the risks, the positives feel like major wins. In the face of such a deeply unfortunate paradox, healthy, open, genuine conversation feels like an answer to the problem, and to watch love unfold with each new discussion feels like even more of a remedy.

The resilience of love trumps ignorance and hatred. That ability to love despite the challenges is what tips the balance all the way in favor of what is right. To quote Durbin, “I’ve never been happier with anyone else.” And that’s what matters.

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Companies that pivoted to blockchain are getting whacked amid the crypto bloodbath (LBCC, RIOT, LFIN)


Like adding “dot-com” to your company’s name during the tech bubble of the late 1990s, simply adding the word “blockchain” has recently become a popular way to send a stock soaring. But, as most of the major cryptocurrencies post double-digit losses for the second day in a row on Wednesday, many of the pivot-to-crypto companies are getting whacked as well.

Many of the companies that decided to pivot to blockchain had no prior relation to the technology. As bitcoin hovers around the psychologically-important $10,000 mark, and Ethereum tests $1,000, many of the blockchain-pivoters have followed the currencies’ decline.

Some companies’ pivots make more sense than others. Kodak, the historic photo company, announced a new blockchain tech that would allow users to track down their copyrighted images on the web. Kodak, however, has fallen like the rest of them and is down 2.70% in early trading.

Many companies that pivoted to blockchain were hit on both Tuesday and Wednesday, as many cryptocurrencies were down heavily on both days.

Here’s a roundup of some of the most notable companies and their moves.

Read more about each company’s pivot here.

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9 names that celebrities have used to go incognito

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Being a celebrity means everyone knows your name. It’s a sense of universal recognition that allows people like Beyonce, Kylie Jenner, and Rihanna to navigate the world with the knowledge that they are literally household names, but unable to do things like go to the grocery store or stay at hotels.

For some stars, this means getting crafty when it comes to checking in for an overnight stay or going out to eat. For others, the exact names that they use on a daily basis and the names that have made them famous aren’t the names that they were originally intended to have.

These 10 celebrities’ aliases may surprise you for more reasons than one.

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Ice Cube sometimes goes by his “real” name.

The 2014 Sony hack revealed more than a few A-list revelations, but one of the biggest shockers from the leak was the list of different celebrity aliases. It’s true: Ice Cube is NOT his real name.

Based on info from the hack, Ice Cube uses either his real name, O’Shea Jackson or the name of his “XXX: State Of The Union” character, Darius Stone, when checking into hotels.


Brie Larson is not her real name.

Though her name doesn’t sound out of the ordinary, Brie Larson‘s actual birth name is very unique. The actress was born Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers, which she later told Glamour was just “hard to pronounce.”

Later, Larson elaborated further on the surprisingly relatable inspiration behind her choice of a new moniker. During an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Larson said that her modified last name actually came from her favorite American Girl doll, Kirsten Larson, who she still memorializes on Instagram.

Fergie was not born “Fergie.”

Shockingly enough, Fergie is not the former Black Eyed Pea’s birth name, but it’s also not her preferred name when she’s going undercover.

Fergie shortened her birth name, Stacy Ann Ferguson, when she became famous, but then made Fergie her legal name when she married her now ex-husband Josh Duhamel, dubbing herself Fergie Duhamel in the eyes of the law, according to DailyMail.

As a cover, PopDust reports that Fergie uses the name Penny Lane. This could be due to the name of the character in “Almost Famous,” the Beatles’ famous song, or the street in Liverpool, England, which would make sense considering her love of the London Bridge.

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