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Here's the simple trick to look your best in selfies from your smartphone

Have you ever taken a selfie, looked at it afterward, and thought, That's not even what I look like!

The problem was likely wide-angle distortion, the property of smartphone lenses (and other superwide cameras) that renders their subjects a bit odd-looking and cartoonish.

Fortunately, there's a simple way around the problem if you understand a bit about the optics of these devices.

Here's what you need to know:

Here's the thing: Looking like a normal human being in photos is hard.

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And smartphones don't make it easier. Manufacturers build them with super-wide-angle lenses that can stretch and distort your face in unflattering ways.

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Facebook investors are facing 3 big questions (FB)

Facebook stock has been a huge winner in the current bull market. The stock is up 21.5% this year and 439% since bottoming out at the beginning of 2013.

In a report circulated on March 17, a team of analysts at UBS led by Eric J. Sheridan suggest the party can keep going as long as Facebook can answer three major questions:

1) Can Facebook grow its advertising business by at least a 25% annual rate between 2016 and 2019? 

2) How will Facebook's emerging businesses contribute to long-term growth?

3) Can Facebook maintain "flattish" margins in the next 2-3 years? 

Video and ad growth

MORGAN STANLEY: IBM has the most upside in the cloud (IBM)

Last week, Morgan Stanley released a report on cloud computing, that evaluated the major players in the cloud (IBM, BABA, ORCL, AMZN, MSFT, GOOGL, SAP) by compiling estimates of "revenues, expenses, and capital requirements through 2020 to yield cloud free cash flow."

Their findings: IBM has the most upside potential followed by Alibaba.

Morgan Stanley thinks IBM's $3 billion public cloud business will grow by 33% from 2016-2020.


Uber is drastically scaling back its plans to expand into Oakland

Uber's expansion into Oakland is being massively curtailed as the company opts to buy more property in San Francisco instead. 

When the company announced in 2015 that it was building an extension of its headquarters in Oakland, the ride-hailing company promised that between 2,000 and 3,000 employees would be based in the Sears building it pledged to rehabilitate.

Going forward, Uber now only plans to install a few hundred employees, Uber's head of global workplace Adony Beniares told the San Francisco Business Times


15 million Americans could flock to disruptive live-TV packages from Hulu, YouTube, or even Amazon

The way Americans watch TV is going to change in a big way in the next few years, according to analysts at UBS led by John Hodulik.

The catalyst of this change will be new live-streaming TV packages like DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and YouTube TV, UBS analysts wrote in a recent note to clients.

The concept of these emerging services is pretty simple: You pay for a package of channels like you would in a cable or satellite TV bundle, but those channels are delivered over the internet to your smart TV, laptop, smartphone, and so on. The thinking is that these flexible packages will lure younger people into the pay-TV universe.

And UBS thinks it will work. The analysts wrote that over 15 million people will subscribe to streaming TV services by 2020, as players like Hulu (confirmed), Amazon (rumored), and Apple (very murky), jump into the market. That would mean about 13% of all US homes.


I'm a huge 'Mass Effect' fan — the new game is the worst in the series

There are few video game series as celebrated as the "Mass Effect" franchise. 

The third-person action-RPG "Mass Effect" games are, in many ways, a combination of "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" — all the action of "Star Wars" and all the philosophy and wit of "Star Trek." Two great tastes that taste great together!

On top of that strong science-fiction foundation, the "Mass Effect" series established its own unique cast of alien races, complex political struggles, and beautiful alien worlds.

The original trilogy is regarded as one of the best gaming series of all time. It's with that tremendous burden that "Mass Effect: Andromeda" arrives on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. 

Allow me to be straight up with you, up front: "Mass Effect: Andromeda" is the worst "Mass Effect" game in the series.

Apple is on the defensive as it prepares the iPhone for the fight of its life (MSFT, AAPL)

Apple is working on a pair of Google Glass-style smart glasses powered by your iPhone, Bloomberg reports.

And it's no surprise why: Apple CEO Tim Cook is on the record saying that augmented reality (AR), the technology for projecting computer-generated imagery into your field of vision, is "a big idea like the smartphone."

What Cook won't say, however, is how Apple's move to AR is a defensive move to preserve the supremacy of the iPhone, its most important product, for another decade to come.

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Boston schools have introduced a new world map — but it’s just as wrong as the one you’re familiar with

This week, children at schools in Boston would have found an unfamiliar map of the world in their classrooms, according to The Guardian.

City authorities decided it would be best to introduce the Gall-Peters style map of Earth to schools, because it shows the size of countries more accurately. It replaces the traditional Mercator map style that many of us are familiar with.

The Mercator was designed in 1569 by cartographer Gerardus Mercator. You probably saw it hanging in your Geography classroom, and it may be how you imagine the Earth to look.

However, it has been heavily criticised because it exaggerates the size of imperialist powers like Europe and North America, and shrinks South America and Africa.


Legendary car designer Henrik Fisker will reveal a new supercar with a top speed of 210 mph in April

Henrik Fisker, a legendary car designer and controversial figure in the auto industry, is gearing up to reveal his next sports cars.

Fisker staged his comeback January 2016 when he unveiled the Force 1 at the Detroit Auto Show — a stunning $270,000 supercar that can reach 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

Fisker is best known for his involvement in the initial design phase of the Tesla Model S before breaking off to start his own hybrid car company, Fisker Automotive, that ultimately went bankrupt in 2012. 


SoftBank backs out of $100 million investment in a new smartphone startup from the guy who started Android

SoftBank is backing out of its deal to provide $100 million in funding to a new hardware startup led by Andy Rubin, the man who started Android and sold it Google, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The startup, called Essential, is working on a high-end smartphone designed to compete with Apple's iPhone, sources previously told Business Insider.

Business Insider has also heard that Essential was close to completing a large, $100+ million round of funding from major investors that it was expected to announce soon.

Essential's first phone is expected to launch this spring or summer.

The WSJ report says SoftBank's investment would've valued Essential around $1 billion. It's unclear if SoftBank's investment was supposed to be part of the company's