Slack has a new logo and it’s … fine

New year, new Slack.

The popular workplace chat app redesigned its logo, ditching the hashtag symbol and replacing it with, well, whatever this is.

Slack's new logo.

Slack’s new logo.

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The new design is rolling out now on all the service’s platforms. The company says it will also be redesigning other elements of its website, marketing materials, and “some places in the product” in the coming months to align with the new design.

While Slack’s previous hashtag-shaped logo was an iconic part of the brand, it “was also extremely easy to get wrong,” according to the company. 

“It was 11 different colors—and if placed on any color other than white, or at the wrong angle (instead of the precisely prescribed 18º rotation), or with the colors tweaked wrong, it looked terrible. It pained us,” Slack explained in a blog post. This resulted in the company using several different variations of its logo — its app icon totally ditched the hashtag symbol altogether, for example.  Read more…

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Michelin-starred restaurant invites Clemson football team to dinner after White House fast food fest

Move over, hamberders.o

The crew at Alinea, the world-renowned Chicago restaurant, have invited the Clemson Tigers to their establishment for a night of stellar cuisine after bearing witness to the national college champions’ fast food feast with President Donald Trump. 

On Tuesday evening, Alinea co-owner Nick Kokonas tweeted the invite out to the team.

I could care less about college football. But I’m personally inviting the Clemson Tigers team and coaches to Chicago to experience what an actual celebration dinner should be

I’m not joking

Someone let them know what The Alinea Group does. It’ll be worth it@ClemsonTigers

— nick kokonas (@nickkokonas) January 16, 2019 Read more…

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‘Fortnite’ vulnerability put millions of accounts at risk

It turns out that for the millions of people playing Fortnite, there was more than just a Victory Royale at stake. 

On Jan. 16, internet security firm Check Point Research disclosed a vulnerability in the popular online video game that could have allowed malicious actors to take over practically any Fortnite account — all a player had to do was click a malicious link. 

“By discovering a vulnerability found in some of [Fortnite owner] Epic Games’ sub-domains, an XSS attack was permissible with the user merely needing to click on a link sent to them by the attacker,” explains the report. “Once clicked, with no need even for them to enter any login credentials, their Fortnite username and password could immediately be captured [by] the attacker.” Read more…

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Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility

Impromptu speed spelling is actually hilarious

If your biggest fear is not knowing how to spell a word, this video will cause you major distress.

Twitter user @kaykayx2, whose name is Kaylie Kindler, posted a compilation of her friends randomly quizzing each other on speed-spelling of simple words. The results are pretty hilarious. 

last year at nationals we decided to randomly yell words at each other and then try to spell them as quickly as possible without thinking about it. These were the results

— Kaylie Kindler (@kaykayx2) January 14, 2019

The process was simple: Kindler and her teammates on the Indiana University cheerleading team yelled words at each other with no warning. Then, the team members spelled the words as fast as humanly possible. Read more…

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