Here are the messaging apps Slack crushed on its road to IPO

Slack was late to the world of workplace messaging apps. When it arrived in in 2013, it didn’t appear to offer much that was new — chat rooms and direct messaging were already available in a host of apps. But its co-founder Stewart Butterfield cannily presented it as a powerful alternative to email and, over…

How Buke and Gase built a huge indie rock career—and its own guitars, software

Don’t rebuke the buke — Acclaimed band sits with Ars after making its latest amazing LP from scratch (seriously). Sam Machkovech – Jan 19, 2019 6:50 pm UTC L-R: Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez perform as Buke and Gase in November 2018. Each holds one of the band’s titular, custom-built instruments: a baritone ukulele and…

FaceTime bug lets you listen in before a call starts

Engadget has confirmed that the technique works, and it should apply to any call started from an iOS device running IOS 12.1 or later. This also applies to calls made to Macs using Mojave.We’ve asked Apple for comment. There’s a good possibility it can address this glitch through a software update in the near future,…

The Xiaomi M365 Scooter Can Be Hacked to Speed Up or Stop

The fleets of electric scooters that have inundated cities are alarming enough as is. Now add cybersercurity concerns to the list: Researchers from the mobile security firm Zimperium are warning that Xiaomi’s popular M365 scooter model has a worrying bug. The flaw could allow an attacker to remotely take over any of the scooters to…

Native Instruments’ new keyboard controller is affordable and backpack-ready

As usual, hardware and software company Native Instruments has announced a slew of new products for this year’s NAMM show. Last year, the Berlin-based company focused on launching sample platform sounds.com and showing off pricier flagship products, but this year Native Instruments put shifted the spotlight to affordable versions of its tech. That includes, among…

Elon Musk-backed AI Company Claims It Made a Text Generator That’s Too Dangerous to Release

Photo: GettyResearchers at the non-profit AI research group OpenAI just wanted to train their new text generation software to predict the next word in a sentence. It blew away all of their expectations and was so good at mimicking writing by humans they’ve decided to pump the brakes on the research while they explore the…

Samsung’s Latest Tablet Is Really Damn Thin

Image: SamsungWhen Samsung released the Galaxy Tab S4, I liked its blend of sleek design, long battery life, and Android-based OS supported by Samsung’s Dex desktop software. But its steep price and outdated specs made it impossible to love. That might change with the new Galaxy Tab S5e. Samsung streamlined its flagship tablet to create…

This software will teach you how to type at over 100 WPM — and it just went on sale

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Learn how to type super fast by using this specialized software.Image: PEXELS By TEAM COMMERCEMashable Deals2019-02-13 10:00:00 UTC Typing was one of those things almost everyone learned in school — along with cursive and the names of all…