TIME Social Media

Facebook’s Gorgeous New Campus Has a ‘Green Roof’ the Size of 7 Football Fields

See photos of Facebook's expanded headquarters

Facebook didn’t hold back in its expansion of the company’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters.

The 430,000 square ft.-building, known as MPK 20, can hold up to 2,800 people and is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, according to sources familiar with the project. It includes a 9-acre green roof — that’s roughly the size of seven football fields — with a half-mile walking loop and over 400 trees.

The building, which Facebook announced in August 2012, was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry’s firm, Gehry Partners. Though Gehry’s name is tied to several elaborate landmarks including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Calif., the Canadian-American architect said the Facebook’s new campus has a decidedly simpler design.

“From the start, [Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg] wanted a space that was unassuming, matter-of-fact and cost effective. He did not want it overly designed,” Gehry said in a statement. “This is the building that we created for him.”

TIME viral

Why Jay Z, Rihanna and Kanye Have Gone Blue on Twitter

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Elsa—Getty Images Rappers Sean Combs and Jay Z attend the 2015 NBA All-Star Game

No, it's not for charity

Jay Z has prompted musicians to turn their Twitter avatars and Instagram photos into a square of solid bright blue Sunday night — and it has nothing to do with Blue Ivy.

Musicians are going teal to support Jay Z’s new music streaming service called Tidal. Details are still sparse, but Tidal is marketing itself as an artist-friendly streaming experience. Taylor Swift wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal last year explaining that she was pulling her music from Spotify because artists weren’t properly compensating.

“Together, we can turn the tide and make music history,” Kanye West tweeted.

Here’s who else is joining in:

More details to come Monday at 5 EST.

TIME Video Games

Halo 5: Guardians Finally Has a Release Date

Halo 5: Guardians is due out later this Fall

Microsoft’s Xbox team has announced the release date for the long-awaited next installment in the Halo franchise, Halo 5: Guardians — and unfortunately it will involve seven more months of waiting.

“The Master Chief returns October 27th,” the Xbox team announced on its official Twitter account.

The announcement coincided with the release of a teaser trailer and a new Twitter hashtag, #HUNTtheTRUTH, that will surely be used in the coming months to keep the buzz going. Above. is the first installment of the 7-month-long tease.

Microsoft has estimated the Halo franchise has made the company $3.38 billion in total.

TIME China

How Facebook Makes Money in a Country Where It’s Banned

It wants Chinese companies to advertise internationally

Not even Mark Zuckerberg speaking Mandarin Chinese could get China to loosen its seven-year ban on Facebook. But that doesn’t mean the social media giant isn’t monetizing the market.

Facebook is tapping local partners in China to help convince Chinese companies to advertise on Facebook, even if the site isn’t accessible within the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. The main draw for Chinese companies, according to Facebook, is the opportunity to reach the 1.39 billion active monthly Facebook users outside China.

Facebook has already seen success with Chinese companies that have advertised on its site. These include Youzu Interactive Co., a Shanghai-based online game designer, which said that the 10 million yuan ($1.6 million) it spent on Facebook ads resulted in a two-fold increase in registered daily players on its hit online game League of Angels.

Facebook is one of several Silicon Valley giants attempting to monetize the Chinese market despite being banned in the mainland. Twitter, for example, opened a Hong Kong office this month to tap China for its advertising revenue, the company said. Meanwhile, Google — also banned in mainland China — has continued its push into the country with the launch of a Chinese developers’ version of YouTube last month.

Facebook’s efforts in China arrive amidst another project to monetize countries where it has limited access. The social media company has been launching mobile ads tailored to low-bandwidth connections in emerging markets, including India and Kenya, while the company’s Internet.org attempts to bring connectivity — and carve out more business opportunities — to underserved regions in the world.

Read Next: 7 Famous People Who Surprised Us By Speaking Chinese

[WSJ]

TIME Companies

You’ll Need an Appointment to Buy the Apple Watch

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Josh Edelson—AFP/Getty Images Apple Watches are seen on display during an Apple media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California on March 09, 2015.

Unless you're buying the $10,000-and-up model

Apple won’t allow walk-in customers to purchase an Apple Watch on the spot, according to a new report. Instead, Apple will funnel the first wave of Apple Watch orders through an online reservation system.

Training documents obtained by MacRumors reveal how Apple employees are expected to handle a customer who wants to purchase an Apple Watch in the store: “Offer the option to try on a watch,” the memo reads, “Then help them place an order online or through the Apple Store app.”

The reservation system will help Apple manage what’s expected to be an initial surge in demand for Apple Watches, which will first go on sale on April 24th. Apple expects to phase out the reservation requirement as inventories stabilize.

The purchasing process for customers interested in the $10,000-and-up Apple Watch Edition models will be more accommodating — those shoppers will be given no-wait access to the devices.

TIME Gadgets

Here’s How Rich People Will Buy the Apple Watch

There's VIP treatment for those interested in the 18-karat gold watch

Apple’s most expensive Apple Watch starts at $10,000 — but the high-rollers among us can start getting their money’s worth before they even drop the cash.

Shoppers interested in the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be given no-wait access to an Apple Store Expert, who will create a personalized “journey” for the customer’s in-store experience, 9to5Mac reported Sunday, citing sources briefed on launch plans. Meanwhile, shoppers interested in the Apple Watch Sport (starting $349) and Apple Watch (starting $549) will have to wait in line or book an appointment.

Apple Watch Edition will reportedly have a separate try-on area, with up to 30 minutes for simply trying on Apple’s priciest gadget. That’s double the five-to-15 minute appointments for the other two devices.

Once a customer decides to buy the Apple Watch Edition, Apple will reportedly offer an in-store briefing process or the option to conduct the session via video conference from home. The customer will also get two years of access to an exclusive Apple Watch Edition phone line for 24/7 technical support.

Apple Watch will launch on April 24 in the U.S. and several other countries. A preview and presale period beings April 10.

Read next: This Could Be Apple’s Secret Apple Watch Strategy

[9to5Mac]

TIME Smartphones

Watch the Samsung Galaxy S Evolve Before Your Very Eyes

The Android-powered iPhone rival has come a long way

The Samsung Galaxy S has come a long way since it first launched in 2010. With its latest versions — the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge — set to go on sale on April 10, take a look at how the Android-powered iPhone rival has changed over the years:

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gadgetlove.comEvolution of the Samsung Galaxy S

For a larger, interactive version of the GIF, head over to gadgetlove.com.

TIME Gadgets

Major Music Festivals Coachella and Lollapalooza Ban Selfie Sticks

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Ed Jones—AFP/Getty Images People use a 'selfie stick' to take a group photo overlooking the city skyline in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov. 26, 2014

Sorry, party people, you'll have to capture your best moments by hand

Summer is approaching, which means it’s almost music-festival season. And like every year, most revelers will be looking for ways to get that epic video or crazy selfie that will make all their friends jealous. They’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way, however, as two of the country’s biggest festivals have announced a ban on selfie sticks.

Coachella, the massive annual fest in California that begins on April 10 this year, said on its website that “Selfie sticks/Narsisstics” would not be allowed, indicating that the organizers simply find the extendable smartphone attachments annoying in addition to being potentially dangerous.

Chicago’s Lollapalooza followed suit, listing “GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks and monopods” under prohibited items in its FAQ section.

While other major festivals across the U.S. have not yet indicated whether they would allow selfie sticks, several venues in the U.K. have issued similar bans in the past.

“Selfies are a big part of the gig experience,” a spokesperson for London’s Wembley SSE Arena told music-news website NME. “The sticks might mean you are refused entry to the venue so our advice is don’t bring them and stick with the tried and tested use of an arm.”

TIME Video Games

You Can Now Play Super Mario 64 In Your Browser

Well, the first level anyway

For millions of 90s kids, Super Mario 64 is the video game equivalent of Proust’s madeleine — evoking a simpler, more exciting and infinitely more awesome time. And the game’s first level — that lush green hillside with bright gold coins, giant rolling cannonballs and a tense boss battle providing a taste of the epic, princess-saving journey ahead — has now been recreated in HD and can be played in your browser.

Developer Roystan Ross created the level to demonstrate a custom character controller he created, according to TechCrunch. He had to sacrifice larger features like the chain-chomp and the final battle with the Big Bob-omb, but other than it’s a pretty accurate rendition.

It may not the same as holding that three-pronged N64 controller in your hands, but you can play it online using a downloadable plugin called the Unity web player.

The project is not affiliated in any way with the game’s parent company Nintendo, but it does provide a glimpse of what the cross-platform forays that the video game giant recently announced it would attempt might look like.

TIME How-To

How to Delete iPhone Apps for Good

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Sometimes it's not as easy as it should be

What Apple’s iPhone platform provides in ease of use, it takes away in control. As easy as it is to learn how to use an iPhone, it can be tricky to get it to behave exactly like you want it to — that’s why almost nobody was particularly thrilled when Apple decided to upload U2’s newest album onto iPhones across the world without asking first.

One of the more difficult tasks for new iPhone owners is removing apps you’ve decided you no longer want. Here’s how to delete an iPhone app for good.

First, the simple method is to tap and hold the offending app’s icon on your home screen until all your iPhone’s app icons begin to jiggle. Then, you can tap the small “x” on the upper corner of the app. You’ll then be prompted with an option to delete the app and its data.

However, this doesn’t always rid your iPhone of the unwanted app for good. Sometimes you’ll find that upon connecting your iPhone to your computer to sync with iTunes, you’ll find the app has mysteriously reappeared on your iPhone. The solution for this is to go into iTunes on your desktop or laptop, select “Apps,” find the app you want to delete and click the small “x” on the app icon. That will ensure the app doesn’t find its way back to your iPhone through a sync again.

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