Video views on Facebook up 75% globally, 94% in the U.S.

The number of videos Facebook users post has skyrocketed over the last year, up 75 percent globally and 94 percent in the U.S., the company said today.

In a blog post this afternoon, Facebook said that huge increase has meant the number of videos in users’ News Feeds has gone up 3.6 times in the last year.

Video is a massive component of what makes its way through the Facebook universe, with more than a billion video views every day since June, the company said. At least half of all Facebook users who visit every day watch a video at least once a day, and 76 percent of Americans who use the social network “say they tend to discover the videos they watch on Facebook.”

These numbers have to be catnip for advertisers and content creators, especially those who are considering where to post their work or their marketing messages. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and others are all vying to be the video leader, and for the resulting advertising dollars.

Apple could eliminate almost every port on its next MacBook Air


This year’s MacBook Air is reportedly ditching every port you’ve ever known, except for the headphone jack and a new USB port.

That includes the MagSafe port you’ve been using to charge your laptop for years.

Apple is doing this to make the Air even thinner than it already is.

The reality is that you just don’t need other ports anymore.

An SD card reader and an optical drive would be convenient, but they’re not  must-haves. Streaming has largely replaced buying DVDs and fewer people use heavy DSLR cameras anymore.

We’re guessing the new MacBook Air will use USB Type-C, which is smaller and faster than previous generations. It’s also reversible, so you don’t have to worry about plugging it in the right way.

The biggest advantage of USB Type-C is that it can send power in either direction. Previous generations were only able to send power from the host device out to whatever was connected.

That also means Apple would probably create a USB-based charger for its devices.

Apple moving to USB would be annoying for people hoping to use their old chargers, but it could be a good thing in the long run. When USB Type-C becomes the industry standard, you won’t need to by an adapter to another cable to connect your non-Apple devices.

This story originally appeared on Business Insider.

Diplo’s ‘F1ORIDA’ Documentary

Coinciding with the reissue of Diplo’s debut album, Florida, which came out in 2004 on Big Dada – and now features 5 unreleased tracks/versions and a pull out scroll of emails between himself and Big Dada on insight into how the Florida album came to be – there’s also a companion, twenty-minute documentary about the producer/DJ’s early career as well. Titled “F1ORIDA,” it’s directed and edited by Diplo’s friend and former roommate Brian Torres Korlofsky and shows rare footage of Will Ashon and M.I.A. working in Philadelphia.

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Joan Didion is the New Face of Céline

Best known for her novels and her literary journalism, 80-year-old American author Joan Didion has been named the new face of French fashion house Céline. Chosen by creative director Phoebe Philo and photographed by Juergen Teller, the first image shows Didion wearing a black turtleneck, her trademark big-frame black sunglasses, and an oversized gold pendant necklace. The pairing surprisingly fits rather well considering the direction of Céline’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, which draws inspiration from the 1970s when Didion was experiencing peak success.

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