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Google Maps gets step-by-step navigation for bus and train riders

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Google announced today in a blog post that Google Maps can now give step-by-step instructions to public transportation riders getting around on the bus and train. This is for the Android version of the app. To keep you on track toward your destination, navigation instructions — including bus and train transfers — now appear in push notifications that appear on smartphone lockscreens along with expected time of arrival (ETA) and the number of stops before it’s time to hop off. ... Read More
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Google launches ARCore Developer Preview 2, will kill Tango on March 1

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Google today launched ARCore Developer Preview 2, which you can download now from developers.google.com/ar and use to create AR experiences on Android. At the same time, the company announced it is ending support for Tango, its first augmented reality platform. ARCore is an Android software development kit (SDK) that brings augmented reality to existing and future Android phones without requiring additional sensors or hardware. The first preview was ... Read More
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Gadget Lab Podcast: Our Favorite Gadgets From 2017

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The editors of WIRED talk about some of their favorite products from 2017. Along the way, they also spot a few trends for the year.Send the hosts feedback on their personal Twitter feeds. Arielle Pardes is @pardesoteric, David Pierce is @pierce, Brendan Nystedt is @bnystedt, and Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. Our theme song is by Solar Keys.... Read More
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Phil Fish made a ‘pretty f***ing cool’ interface for Analogue’s Super Nintendo hardware

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Fez and Super Hypercube designer Phil Fish specializes in a retro-futuristic visual design that is apparent in his interfaces, but now Fish has taken that a step further by working with classic-gaming-hardware company Analogue on its upcoming Super Nt revision of the Super Nintendo. F... Read More
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Google Inbox adds a new unsubscribe card to help clear out the emails you never read

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I’m never entirely sure how it happens, but my email is constantly filling up with messages from companies from which I don’t remember requesting newsletters or offers. But they somehow keep popping up anyway. I usually tend to just delete these as soon as they arrive to triage the damage, but Google is releasing a new feature for Inbox to help solve this problem. A new card will help you unsubscribe from senders whose emails you haven’t opened in the last month, as reported by Android Police. ... Read More
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BlackBerry will kill its app store at the end of 2019, support BB10 for ‘at least two’ more years

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BlackBerry is finally sharing plans about its legacy software and services. The BlackBerry World app store is going away on December 31, 2019, the BlackBerry Travel site is shutting down in February 2018, and the Playbook video calling service will die in March 2018. The company is otherwise promising “at least two full years of additional support for BB10” and “at least two full years of BlackBerry network access for BBOS devices.” The future of BlackBerry OS, t... Read More
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The dark, unsettling adventure Inside is now on the iPhone

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One of last year’s best games was a short but haunting adventure called Inside. Developed by the team behind the similarly macabre hit Limbo, the game put players in the role of a young boy in a mysterious, gray world, uncovering all kinds of horrors along the way. It starts out as a simple platformer, but the game slowly reveals itself to be something more complex, and much darker, than it initially seems — and now you can play it on your phone. Developer Playdead released Inside on ... Read More
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Xbox party chat is coming to Android and iOS

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Microsoft has started testing Xbox party chat in the company’s Xbox mobile apps for iOS and Android. The beta Xbox app for Android is available immediately with the party chat support, and you can sign-up to test party chat on iOS using Microsoft’s form. Party chat inside the Xbox mobile apps lets you voice chat with friends on Xbox Live, similar to the Discord mobile app. It’s a useful feature if you’re not near your console or PC, or even if your headset isn’t working correctly on those devices. Microsoft typically brings beta features to its main Xbox apps within a few months, so it should be available to both the regular iOS and Android apps... Read More
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AR and VR could be educational — and profitable — tools for museums

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Museums are wonderful institutions and treasures to society with a serious and important mission to preserve our history. What major city doesn’t boast at least one incredible museum that local communities and traveling visitors alike can enjoy and learn from? Although significant as centers of culture and history, museums are a difficult business. For many museums, less than 27 percent of annual operating budgets are covered by revenue from ticket sales, with the great majority of the shortfall offset by endowments and donations. A museum is really only as st... Read More
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This AMOLED button can apparently play GIFs from your jacket

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A company called Beam Authentic is asking an important question: why wear a brooch that can only show one look, when you can wear a small AMOLED screen and display GIFs? That might not be a question many have considered or even a thing anyone needs, but Beam is promising a button that can play still and moving images, as well as custom messages, on its 400 x 400 AMOLED screen, as spotted by Android Police. This smart wearable button has an ambient light, accelerator sensors, and a Micro USB port. It attaches via magnet, so there’s no need to break a hole through your jacket. Beam Auth... Read More
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Photographs is You Must Build a Boat studio’s pensive narrative puzzler

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Indie studio EightyEight Games is best known for frenetic mobile games like 10,000,000 and You Must Build a Boat — but Photographs shows a softer, more introspective side. It’s a puzzler that eschews the action role-playing game aspects of the previous two to explore five different short stories. It’s slated for release in 2018 for PC, iOS, and Android. While 10,000,000 is all about busting through dungeons and fighting enemies using a hybrid puzzle-action mechanic, Photographs is quite the change of pace. EightyEight founder Luca Redwood said that he wanted to explore something “dark and tragic,” something the story hammers home. ... Read More
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Skype mobile users get ScribbleChat’s 3D handwriting and animated stickers

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ScribbleChat, which wants to humanize the digital chat experience by offering 3D handwriting and animated stickers, announced today that it is integrating with Microsoft-owned Skype. For now, only Skype’s mobile users will be able to experiment with ScribbleChat, but the extension will be available to desktop users in 2018, according to a statement. ScribbleChat was launched earlier this year and is the brainchild of Handwriting.io, a software startup that has created more than 200 authentic digital handwriting styles for business communications. Based in New... Read More
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Never Stop Sneakin’s one-touch Metal Gear Solid action is ideal for Switch

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Maybe the big-budget publishers are done with major new releases for 2017, but indie studios like Humble Hearts are happy to fill in the gap. That studio is launching its Never Stop Sneakin’ today, and you can get it for $15 on Nintendo’s Switch. This is a stealth-action adventure with simple controls and a lot of jokes that come at the expense of Metal Gear Solid. This is Humble Hearts second game. That developer, which is really just Dean Dodrill, previously released the furry-filled Metroid-style game Dust: An Elysian Tail. Never ... Read More
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Microsoft’s Mixer streaming app for iOS and Android relaunches out of beta

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Back in October, Microsoft released a beta for a redesigned version of its Mixer streaming app for iOS and Android. Today, the company announced that it’s releasing the finished version of the updated application, which the Mixer team says has been rebuilt from the ground up to be faster and more consistent across different devices (via Engadget). Along with the new interface, which makes it easier to do things like se... Read More
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Mixer relaunches streaming app on iOS and Android

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Microsoft’s Mixer division is launching its Mixer livestreaming app for Android and iOS today. The company said the new app is the result of a full redesign, directly shaped by community feedback and focused on making it easier to find streams. It comes with increased personalization options and takes full advantage of Mixer’s interactive experiences. The app is also built on a brand new code base, which means the team can update faster. New features include push notifications, ensuring viewers always know when their favorite streamers go live, said Jerome Holman, the senior program manager for Mixer, in a ... Read More
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Another startup is attempting to make all-in-one credit cards a thing

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Smart credit cards that let you toggle between multiple digitally saved credit cards haven't had a great run. Plastc, which raised more than $9 million in preorders, failed to ever ship a product and filed for bankruptcy. Coin, on the other hand, managed to ship a card, but ended its product services after Fitbit acquired the company. Still, the dream isn't dead, yet. A company called Edge announced today that it's acquiring Plastc for an undisclose... Read More
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Snapchat’s first desktop app, Lens Studio, lets anyone create AR Lenses

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Snap is today introducing its first ever desktop app in the form of Lens Studio, a Windows and Mac application for designing Snapchat Lenses. By way of a quick recap, Snap rolled out its machine learning-based Lenses feature back in September 2015, giving users a funky way to share images of themselves with terrifying effects planted on their face. The company later rolled out sponsored Lenses for a... Read More
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Brave browser doubles down on privacy with DuckDuckGo search option

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Brave, the browser that blocks ads and trackers so you can surf the web faster and with more privacy, announced today that it has partnered with privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo to make browsing even more anonymous. DuckDuckGo now appears as one of 19 search engines available in the browser, along with Google, Bing, and Yahoo. It may sound redundant to have an anonymous search option in a browser that already promises to keep your data private. But the company explains that, even on Brave, “search engines such as Google record what the user enters in the search bar.” DuckDuckGo has ... Read More
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Redbox launches a new on-demand streaming service

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Redbox has launched a new on-demand streaming service, which will allow users to buy and rent digital movies and TV shows. Redbox is best known for physical DVD and Blu-ray rentals found at its bright red kiosks. On Demand is now in public beta and will offer many of the same new-release movies and shows that are available at kiosks, the company says. The new service isn’t like Netflix or HBO: there are no subscription fees, and customers just pay for each movie or show they rent or buy. It’s basically a competitor to iTunes and Google Play. "We know consumers have a lot of choices when... Read More
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The Best 2017 Holiday Tech Deals: Audio, Gaming, TVs, Cameras

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday … they’re over and done, but the holiday deals continue. If you’re still on the hunt for affordable gift ideas, or just want to treat yo’ self to some new gear, look no further. We’ve gathered our favorite deals from around the web. Also be sure to read our many Holiday Gift Guides. Gaming 1 Year of PlayStation Plus - $40 ($20 off) Buy on Amazon If you own a PS4, you need PS Plus to play online. ... Read More
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Wawllet is a blockchain-powered multi-asset wallet and personal finance passport

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Blockchain technology is always grabbing the headlines, especially when it comes to cryptocurrencies. But bringing the crypto and fiat currency worlds together still remains a fairly technical exploit, out of reach for regular consumers. Today, Wawllet has announced its plans to develop what it claims will be the first multi-asset wallet. The idea is simple, yet potentially powerful — create a global network that connects banks, cryptocurrency exchanges, and other regulated financial institutions so that users have a one-stop shop for all their asset-management needs. Payments — in particular mobile payment systems — are already far-reaching and prevalent, with th... Read More
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Microsoft is making subreddits more searchable with Bing

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Microsoft today announced a partnership with Reddit to surface the social news site’s content high up in Bing search results, so that searching for specific Reddit communities, pages, and info will spit back information gleaned from subreddits, AMAs, and other threads in a dedicated section. The news, part of a suite of new artificial intelligence-powered features underlying Bing’s search function, works by way of what Microsoft calls intelligent search. The company says intelligent search uses natural language processing to pair Reddit content with the appropriate search terms. The Reddit integration works in three ways. First, by typing in the name of a subreddit on Bing, you’ll get a live snapchat ... Read More
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Apptopia — Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has earned $17 million with 25 million downloads

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Since launching on November 21 for Android and iOS, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has reached 25 million downloads and earned $17 million in revenue. This is according to mobile app market intelligence from AppTopia. AppTopia does not believe that Pocket Camp will match the success of Nintendo’s previous mobile games, Super Mario Run and ... Read More
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Google Assistant arrives on Android tablets and smartphones running Lollipop

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Google today announced Google Assistant is now available for Android tablets in the U.S. and additional smartphones using Android. Android tablets must be running Android 7.0 Nougat or 6.0 Marshmallow and set to English to use Google Assistant. Google’s AI assistant on tablets can control smart home devices, access your calendar, set reminders, answer questions, and tell you jokes. Google Assistant support was also extended today to smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop for English users in the U.S., U.K., India, Australia, Canada, and Singapore, as well as Spanish speakers in Mexico, Spain, and the U.S., and users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea. Google Assistant was first made available to smartphones r... Read More
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Google Assistant is now available on Android tablets and even more phones

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Google Assistant has been flexing a lot of new skills as of late, from connecting you with local home services to telling you the name of a song playing nearby. Now, Google has announced Assistant is available to use on even more devices, coming to Android tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow, and phones running 5.0 Lollipop. ... Read More
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Surgical Device Maker Xenco Medical Unveils TraumaGPS, the First Trauma Surgery Delivery App for Spinal Implant Systems

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Pioneering Surgical Implants Company Releases On-Demand Mobile App with Real-Time GPS Driver Tracking to 65 Hospitals in the U.S. SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 13, 2017– Xenco Medical, a medical device company transforming surgical procedures and healthcare logistics through its use of materials science in single-use implant systems, announces the release of TraumaGPSTM, the first on-demand tr... Read More
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Scope AR brings remote video tech support calls to HoloLens

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Scope AR has launched Remote AR, an augmented reality video support solution for Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headsets. The San Francisco company is launching its enterprise-class AR solution to enable cross-platform live support video calls. Remote AR for Microsoft HoloLens brings AR support for field technicians, allowing them to perform tasks with better speed and accuracy. It does so by allowing an expert to get on a video call with a technician and then mark the spot on the screen where a technician has to do some work, like turn a screwdriver. The technician is able to see where the expert is pointing by looking at the AR overlay on the video scene. ... Read More
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Skillz raises $25 million for mobile esports platform

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Skillz has raised $25 million in funding for its mobile esports platform from investors including Liberty Global and Telstra. Back in May 2017, the San Francisco company announced that its revenue run-rate had doubled in the previous eight months to more than $100 million, meaning from May 2017 to May 2018, the company was on track to hit $100 million in revenues. The San Francisco startup provides a platform to turn any mobile game on iOS and Android into a game you can play with friends or strangers for cash, prizes, or points. And it enables esports tournaments for games that integrate the Skillz platform. ... Read More
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Apple Security Flaws Give Some Researchers Concern About Deeper Issues

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All software has flaws, no matter how carefully you vet it. So the question isn't how to write perfect code, but how to respond to mistakes as you find them. And while Apple has earned a strong reputation for security, a string of significant vulnerabilities in macOS and iOS have strained Apple's safety net—and led some security researchers and developers to question whether the issues are systemic. Take the release of Apple's macOS High Sierra operating system at the end of September. Within ten days, the company had to fix two critical bugs. A third-party app could be used to steal credentials from the keychain, and the password hint for encrypted Apple File Systems volumes revealed passwords in... Read More
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Guns of Boom shoots its way to 20 million downloads on iOS and Android, adds esports

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Game Insight announced that Guns of Boom for iOS and Android has blasted its way to 20 million downloads in six months, and the company is unveiling a new mode for esports players. The Vilnius, Lithuania-based company has a big hit in the 4-versus-4 cartoony multiplayer shooter, which looks a lot like Valve’s Team Fortress 2 PC team shooter on mobile. The new esports Pro Play mode is a partnership with esports teams including NaVi, Virtus.pro, and SK Gaming. Guns of Boom is featured in the Apple App Store’s Best of 2017 as part of their Real-Time Competition games category, thanks in part to its mix of 3D touch (a iOS feature that detects ad... Read More
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Samsung’s unannounced Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus expected to have dual front cameras

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A new generation of Samsung’s Galaxy A-series phones are rumored for a release this January, as reported by Android Police. A user manual was uploaded online to Samsung’s website, which provides minimal details on what we can expect for next year’s new A-series phones. It appear... Read More
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Twitter officially recognizes tweetstorms with a new threads feature

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A few months after being spotted in tests, Twitter’s tool for creating tweestorms is now an official part of the app. Threads, as the company is calling them, let you string together tweets by tapping a new plus button in the tweet composer. “A few weeks ago, we expanded our character count to make it easier for people to fit what they’re thinking into a Tweet,” the company said in a blog post. “But we know people also may want to serialize ... Read More
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Would you buy an Android iPhone X clone for under $300?

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You probably aren’t familiar with Leagoo, a small Chinese smartphone company. But chances are you’re very familiar with its products, which appear to be heavily inspired by popular flagship phones from other companies. Leagoo’s latest phone, the S9, is no exception, setting its sights on Apple’s flagship iPhone X, complete with reduced bezels and the infamous notch that has become the device’s hallmark design feature. (Leagoo is also beating Samsung to the “S9” name by a couple of months, because the company looks like an equal opportunist when it comes to borrowing ideas.) According to Leagoo, the S9 will cost just a fraction of the iPhone X’s $999 price range, with the ... Read More
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Are you ready for an internet-connected Clapper?

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The team behind the Freewrite, a distraction-free, Wi-Fi-enabled typewriter, has come together again to launch a new product: the ClapBoss. It's essentially a New Age Clapper that works with IFTTT. It can handle up to six different actions, which you can trigger through a Morse Code-esque pattern of claps and pauses. So you could clap three times and have it turn on your TV, for instance. It launches on Kickstarter today and starts at $39; it'll eventually retail for $80. ClapBoss' design is more interesting than its big conc... Read More
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AMD unveils Radeon Adrenalin graphics software update with mobile app

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Advanced Micro Devices is launching its major update for its Radeon graphics software, dubbed Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition. And this one has improvements for both gamers and game developers. Going beyond minor graphics driver updates, AMD is starting to treat its releases of Radeon Software as big events that give gamers new features. That’s one reason why the software has been downloaded more than 250 million times over the past three years, said Scott Wasson, senior manager of product marketing at AMD, in an interview with GamesBeat. 75 games have launched with built-in Radeon Software support. “We believe that hardware and software ad... Read More
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FlowPlay overhauls Vegas World, ditches Adobe Flash for Haxe

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When Adobe decided to retire its Flash software, it was a big moment for FlowPlay. Fortunately, the Seattle maker of social games had anticipated the demise of Flash, which is scheduled to end in 2020. And today, FlowPlay is announcing it has converted its flagship social casino game, Vegas World, to an open-source, cross-platform development technology known as Haxe. The effort took two years and the transition of 1.4 million lines of code to convert the Flash-based code base to Haxe. As such, it is the largest ever project to l... Read More
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Jaunt expands VR media platform into AR and mixed reality

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Jaunt debuted in 2013 as a platform for viewing virtual reality movies and 360-degree entertainment. Now it is expanding beyond that with its Jaunt XR platform. The platform from the San Mateo, California-based company will now be expanded to include augmented reality and mixed-reality content, with the latter referring to content that combines various types of real, augmented, and virtual content. Jaunt XR will be a white-label distribution platform, meaning big brands and media could adopt it to launch their own stores or web sites for mixed-reality conte... Read More
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Sonaria tackles the challenges of VR music and sound design

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The Pollen Music Group has done sound design and composed the music for over two dozen virtual reality films now, including Glen Keane’s Duet and Patrick Osborne’s Pearl, which is the first VR film to be nominated for an Academy Award. Most recently, it created Sonaria, a VR experience for the Google Spotlight Stories platform. Partnering with Chromosphere, it’s the first time Pollen has both directed the visuals as well as the sound. It’s available now on iOS and Android through the Google Spotlight Stories app, as well as on HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift through Steam. Sonaria follows the journey of two seals in ... Read More
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Cortana now supports Google Calendar

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Microsoft is now allowing its Cortana digital assistant to access Google Calendar data. The software giant has added a new Gmail connection to Cortana, which will enable the digital assistant to access Google Calendar data. If you’re a Windows 10 user that primarily uses a Gmail account, this new feature will make it easier for the assistant to access calendar appointments and trigger reminders across multiple calendars. The new Google Calendar support also means you can use commands on Cortana-powered speakers like Harman Kardon’s Evoke device, to access calendar information. Cortana apps on platforms like iOS and Android will also be able to read and use the Google Calendar information, too. Microsoft... Read More
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Old St. Trick: Naughty Nomorobo traps telemarketers

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By GREGORY ZELLER // ’Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the land, robocalls haunted every woman and man – until Santa stepped in, and exacted a little robo-revenge. Welcome to A Very Nomorobo Christmas, a slightly offbeat holiday tale that spritzes pine-needle scent all over a somewhat brilliant marketing scheme that gives customers (and potential customers) an entertaining reason to come back and visit, while adding whole new dimensions to “jolly” St. Nick. That’s thanks to a clever alliance between Port Jefferson-based parent company Telephone Science Corp. – owner of hugely successful robocall bloc... Read More
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2017 EMEA Android Workshops – recap

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Last week we completed our final Android Workshop of 2017, across over 30 events we have met over 1000 people! We have had great pleasure to share how Zebra Technologies can help migrate across to Android using Enterprise Android and Mobility DNA. Many thanks to all those attended and we look forward to discussing more in 2018. Congrats to the team ... Read More
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Google launches Star Wars augmented reality stickers for the Pixel and Pixel 2

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After announcing them back in October, Google is launching its augmented reality stickers on the Pixel and Pixel 2 this week. The stickers are cute 3D creatures that appear inside of photos and videos taken in Google’s camera app using new AR tech to appear like they’re really in the scene. To make the whole thing a bit more fun, Google is launching the feature with two branded sticker sets: Stranger Things and Star Wa... Read More
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Trivia game HQ finally has a competitor called The Q

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It was only a matter of time before HQ Trivia had competitors. The live mobile trivia game show for iOS has skyrocketed in popularity in the four months it’s been around, seeing hundreds of thousands of people log into the twice-daily game to win as much as $10,000. Now, The Q — short for “The Question” — has arrived to try and cement its position as a competitor before HQ makes it to Android. The Q was founded by Will Jamieson, the CEO of video platform Stream. Originally, Jamieson wanted to collaborate with HQ during some of its earlier growth issues, which saw the ga... Read More
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Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app?

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Scan your eyes over Apple's just-published list of the year's most popular iPhone apps, and there's one notable omission: Shazam.In fact, it's been a while since the song-identifying software squeezed its way into the iOS App Store's top 10. So, why has Apple confirmed it is "combining" its business with that of the smaller London company? It has not revealed the price it is paying, but the sum is rumoured to be as much as $400m (£299m), ... Read More
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Republic Wireless announces a clever walkie-talkie for tracking your kids

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Republic Wireless has announced two new communication devices called the Relay and Anywhere HQ. The Relay is a screen-less, water-resistant device that works like a walkie-talkie, but has the added ability of being able to locate children with GPS, so you can check on them whenever you want. To talk, you just push the button and hold the device close to your face and speak. It connects over 4G LTE and Wi-Fi networks, and also features music, games, and Google Assistant. Other hardware features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, an accelerometer, haptics, and a LED notification ring. There’s also a companion app for Android and iOS devices, and the batter... Read More
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When Your Fitbit Goes From Activity Tracker to Personal Medical Device

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Fitbit spent its first decade selling activity trackers. With its latest moves, the company is starting to look less like a gear maker selling pricey accessories to fitness buffs and more like a medical-device company, catering to hospitals, patients, and health insurers. The company’s business-to-business arm, called Health Solutions, is now addressing four health conditions—sleep disorders including sleep apnea, diabetes, cardiovascular health and mental health—for employers, health insurers, healthcare providers, and researchers. Fitbit has deals with insurers like UnitedHealthcare, which pays its clients up to $1,500 a year for hitting step-count goals. United has done years of research to... Read More
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Connected safe maker Vaultek issues security update after researchers discover Bluetooth vulnerability

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Vaultek is a company that manufactures Bluetooth-connected safes for valuables and firearms — things that you really want to make sure are secured. When we came across one of their products on Indiegogo last year, we noted that crowdsourced Internet of Things devices have a troubling history of being insecure. Recently, security firm Two Six Labs picked up one of Vaultek’s connected safes, and demonstrated that it can easily be cracked open. ... Read More
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Apple’s Shazam steal is all about Siri

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Apple wants to buy Shazam, we learned on Friday. The popular app can identify music, movies, TV shows, and even ads after listening to a short sample of the content in question using your device’s microphone. I suspect Apple wants to integrate this technology further into its devices, and in particular, into Siri. TechCrunch broke the news, revealing that the deal could be announced as soon as on Monday. Reuters cited its own source regarding the deal and so... Read More
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Reigns: Her Majesty review — it’s a royal ball

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Reigns: Her Majesty shows that it’s not easy being queen — but it sure is fun. It’s developer Nerial and publisher Devolver Digital’s followup to the card-based kingship simulator from 2016, which tasked players with making decisions for the realm based purely on swiping left or right. Though the mechanics are deceptively simple, you’ll find plenty to unpack in the game. Not only does it investigate themes of power and belief, but secrets and Easter eggs are sprinkled throughout. Reigns: Her Majesty is out now on PC, iOS, and Android. What you’ll like New systems ... Read More
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Smartphone Security 101: Key Steps From PINs to Permissions

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Hackers can threaten your smartphone in lots of ways, and if you want (or need) to lock it down completely, ironclad protection gets a little complicated. Fortunately, you can take some quick and easy steps to make big improvements to your mobile security. They don’t eliminate all risk, but they’re a solid baseline for any smartphone owner. Set a Strong PIN The first step in any mobile defense plan is to lock your smartphone so no one can get into it if it’s lost, stolen, or left alone for a few minutes. While it's convenient to leave your device unlocked, the security risks far outweigh the benefit. The easiest solution for most people, if your smartphone offers it, is to use a ... Read More
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How to Sweep For Bugs and Hidden Cameras

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If you're facing targeted security threats, your problems run deeper than spyware on your devices. You need to check your physical spaces as well—your home, hotel room, office, and so on—for hidden cameras, mics, and other eavesdropping tools that someone may have planted. That means performing regular "technical surveillance counter measures" inspections. In other words? Checking for bugs. "Hackers bug lots of places, including some people wouldn’t think of," says Jill Johnston, president of KJB Security Products, a security and surveillance device wholesaler. "Tanning beds, dressing rooms, bathrooms, hidden cameras in an Airbnb, on your car, in your house. You want to be able to scan a room... Read More
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Google Advanced Protection: The Most Secure Account of All

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There was a time when high-status people signaled their worth with an ostentatious key fob for an expensive car. Today the keyring of an important person—or at least a paranoid one—might be distinguished by a less obvious marker: a pair of inconspicuous plastic dongles that protect an inbox full of secrets worth keeping. In October Google announced a feature called Advanced Protection, a security setting designed to offer its strongest protection yet against any hackers who would try to break into your Google account and access your email, documents, calendar, and every other piece of sensit... Read More
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How to Encrypt All of the Things, From Chats to Calls and More

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Cryptography was once the realm of academics, intelligence services, and a few cypherpunk hobbyists who sought to break the monopoly on that science of secrecy. Today, the cypherpunks have won: Encryption is everywhere. It’s easier to use than ever before. And no amount of handwringing over its surveillance-flouting powers from an FBI director or attorney general has been able to change that. Thanks in part to drop-dead simple, increasingly widespread encryption apps like Sign... Read More
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Gadget Lab Podcast: You Can’t Kill Email, It’s Just Too Intimate

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Crafting and sending an email to a friend is one of the most intimate acts you can perform on the internet. Receiving a written missive, especially from somebody you haven’t heard from in a while, is just as warming. There’s so much joy wrapped up in good old electronic mail, the medium can’t be dragged down by spam, Slack, HTML formatting, and all of the other evil forces that conspire to crush it. This week, the hosts examine all the places email can take you. Podcast [embedded content] ... Read More
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Google brings play and pause buttons back to the Home Mini

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Google is bringing play and pause buttons back to the Home Mini today, after initially removing them due to an issue that could cause the device to constantly record users. Instead of tapping the top of the Home Mini to start and stop playback as had been originally planned, owners will now be able to long press the volume buttons on either side of the device to control whatever’s playing. That extends to music, news, alarms, phone calls, an... Read More
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Seven things HQ Trivia should fix while it’s still hot

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HQ Trivia, the fast-growing game show app built by two of the co-founders of Vine, has built an audience of hundreds of thousands of people for each of its two daily shows. Its daily cash giveaways, in which winners split cash prizes of up to $8,500, have attracted a loyal following and turned at least one of its hosts, “Quiz Daddy” Scott Rogowsky, into a minor celebrity. But each day when the push notification announcing a new sh... Read More
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Amazon Echo expands to 28 more countries

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The Amazon Echo is coming to 28 more countries and so is Amazon’s music streaming service, the company announced today. The service is called Amazon Music Unlimited, and it offers a little over 40 million songs and thousands of playlists and stations. The countries that the service and Amazon Echo are now coming to include Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and more. Commands like “Alexa, play music” work on voice assistant-enabled devices, and Alexa can generate pers... Read More
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ProBeat: Windows 10 on ARM is exciting for all PC users, even if Always Connected PCs aren’t

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Microsoft announced massive Windows 10 news this week, arguably the biggest since the operating system debuted over two years ago: Windows 10 on ARM. Three big features come with that: the screen turns on “instantly” unlike existing PCs, LTE is built right in, and the battery can last for days. But the unveiling comes with a big caveat: These Always Connected PCs, as Microsoft and Qualcomm are calling them, from partners Asus, HP, and Lenovo, are not coming anytime soon. The closest to launch is the Asus NovaGo, likely to arrive sometime in Q1 2018, I’m told. ... Read More
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5miles to Integrate CyberMiles Token into Online Marketplace

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On the heels of CyberMiles’ initial coin offering, leading local marketplace app releases latest version with 5miles Wallet integration of new cryptocurrency DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 8, 2017– CyberMiles (CoinMarketCap: ... Read More
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The best wireless headphones to buy

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One of the ironies of headphones is that we often end up owning multiple pairs while busily pursuing the single ideal set of cans that will suit all our needs and circumstances. Never mind that the perfect headphones don’t exist; we still want them. The closest thing to that do-everything pair of headphones can be found when looking at wireless over-ear models. This is the sweet spot where portability, high-fidelity sound, and lasting... Read More
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Go ahead and charge your iPhone X on a wireless Pikachu charger

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We've waited years for the iPhone to support wireless charging. We wanted that convenience, we said. We wanted to be just like our Android brethren, we said. And now, I'm happy to share that we can all unite over a wireless Pikachu charger. A company called TeknFun just announced the Pikachu, which it says should be compatible with Samsung devices and the iPhone 8 and X. It's available ... Read More

Oreo for Android Wear is starting to roll out today

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Reigns: Her Majesty turns the life of a queen into a wonderfully tense strategy game

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I never realized just how many ways there were for a queen to die. In the case of the late Queen Elizabeth, it was cruelty; her people lived in squalor, and eventually they rose up and killed her. Her descendant, Mikki, didn’t fare much better despite a wildly different personal philosophy. She was so beloved she ended up trampled during a stampede for her affection. At times, it feels like there’s no right way to be: no matter how sweet or stern of a monarch you are, a cruel death always awaits you in the end. Such is life in Reigns: Her Majesty, a deceptively simple new strategy game that shows just how tough it can be to be queen. Her Majesty is a standalone spinoff of the original ... Read More
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LG’s limited edition ceramic phone costs $1,800

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If you like your stuff to be ultra exclusive and ultra expensive, then LG has the phone for you. The LG Signature Edition has a shell made of Zirconium Ceramic, which the company claims won’t scratch (but will it shatter?) even over time. Those able to get their hands on one can have their names engraved on the back. The phone is limited to 300 handsets to be sold exclusively in South Korea at a price of ... Read More
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Yomob’s $3 million funding widens access to ad monetization optimization

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Presented by Yomob Video ad format has increasingly become the top performer in mobile ads for games and applications — but alongside that, the cost for developers of managing video ads is also on the rise. With the application of machine learning and AI, Yomob offers a solution: global mobile ad monetization by matching and optimizing the flow of buyer demand with seller inventory. The company recently announced a pre-A round of funding, led by China Growth Capital, Chunxiao Capital, and CYZone Angel Fund. The funding will allow the company to expand the global service infrastructure for big data, AI, and machine learning that powers their solution. The company will also be able to recruit ops, tech, market... Read More
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Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone messaging app that replaces the current inbox

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Instagram is testing a standalone app for private messages called Direct, a first step toward possibly toward removing messaging features from the core app. Direct, which opens to the camera in the same way Snapchat does, will become available on Android and iOS today in six countries: Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay. If you install Direct, the inbox disappears from the Instagram app and can only be accessed in the messaging app. If Instagram introduces Direct globally — it currently has no timeline for doing so — the move could give parent company Facebook a third popular messaging tool alongside Messenger and WhatsApp. Although it is officially only a test, Instagram’s rationale ... Read More
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WorldRemit raises $40 million to push its money-transfer service into new markets

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London-based fintech startup WorldRemit has raised $40 million in a series C round of funding led by LeapFrog Investments, with “significant participation” from existing investors Accel Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV). This takes the company’s total funding to $220 million, including a $100 million round in early 2015 and a $45 million debt round a year later. ... Read More
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You can now search for specific interests on OkCupid’s mobile app

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OkCupid's bringing one of its desktop features over to iOS this week. The company's Discovery feature, which allows users to search for specific interests, will roll out on Apple devices this week, with an Android launch sometime in the future. Users can type in more general topics like, "hiking," or more specific keywords, like "mom," to find momma's boys or something. The app will then surface people whose profiles contain that word. I played around with a test build of the feature and found it to be useful if... Read More
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Chrome 63 arrives with new developer features and V8 speed improvements

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Google has launched Chrome 63 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Additions in this release include dynamic module imports, async iterators and generators, Device Memory API, among other developer features. You can update to the latest version now using the browser’s built-in silent updater or download it directly from google.com/chrome. Chrome is arguably more than a browser. With over 1 billion users, it’s a major platform that web developers have to cons... Read More
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Next year’s Android phones will be able to capture 4K HDR video

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Qualcomm has just revealed the details of its new Snapdragon 845 mobile processor, which will show up in smartphones and laptops starting early next year. The Snapdragon 845 is the direct successor to 2017’s 835, which proved to be wildly popular for flagship Android smartphones. Like its predecessors, the 845 is not just a processor, but an alphabet soup of processors and systems, such as a CPU, GPU, ISP, and DSP, all contained on a single unit. In addition, the platform utilizes Qualcomm’s latest gigabit LTE and Wi-Fi modems for connectivity. The big new feature for this year is the ability to capture 4K video in HDR at up to 60 frames per second. The 845 can also shoot slo-mo 720p video at 480 frames... Read More
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Tidal now supports Apple CarPlay

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Tidal is now compatible with CarPlay, the streaming service announced today. Users will be able to stream music directly through their infotainment systems on the over 200 car models that support Apple CarPlay. Subscribers will have access to their favorited songs, albums, and playlists through the My Collection section, and a special version of Tidal’s Explore section will let users find new music and podcasts as well as the most played versions of both. This is the second major update for Tidal’s mobile apps in as many months, after it gained Sonos controls a few weeks ago. Although the... Read More
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Freefly’s newest Movi stabilizer is made for the iPhone

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Freefly is a company that’s best known for making camera stabilization rigs typically used by professionals, or ambitious semi-pros. But the company is trying to change that with a new $299 handheld stabilization called the Movi that is supposed to help you step up your iPhone video game. Preorders start today, and the first units ship in March 2018. The new mobile rig shares the same name as the professional version that first helped Freefly blow up its business in 2013. That Movi was a light, adj... Read More
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The next Portal game is a bridge-building simulator

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It’s been more than six years since the sequel to mind-bending puzzle adventure Portal launched, but the series is finally back… sort of. Today, indie studio Headup Games announced a surprise standalone spinoff of its Bridge Constructor series, which will take place in the Portal universe. The original Bridge Constructor first launched back in 2013, and it tasks players with, well, designing bridges. The new spinoff will take that core concept in a slightly different direction. “Bridge Constructor Portal will blend the laws of structural engineering and technology straight from Aperture Laboratories into an exciting new game experience, all under the demand... Read More
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DEV { TALK } Wednesday, January 17th 10 AM CDT – Working with GMS in Your Enterprise Deployment

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GMS (Global Mobile Services) improves security and adds additional features for developers, administrators and users. It's a collection of Google applications and services for Android and adds value to users and developers.   Join our next DEV { TALK } to find out! Learn about how to work with GMS;  setup, configuring applications, controlling auto updates, compatibility testing, recent changes, new features and why it is a great option for most deployments.   Host: Darryn Campbell, Senior Software Engineer, Zebra Technologies   ... Read More
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Google and Amazon are punishing their own customers in a bitter feud

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Amazon has just responded to Google’s decision to remove YouTube from all Fire TV products and the Echo Show. “Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website,” a spokesperson told The Verge by email. “We hope to resolve this with Google as soon as possible.” YouTube is being pulled from the Show effective immediately, and Fire TV owners will lose out on the popular, essential video streaming app on January 1st. Google says it’s taking this extreme step because of Amazon’s recent delisting o... Read More
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Apple now sells an unlocked, SIM-free version of the iPhone X

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Today, Apple started selling an unlocked, SIM-free model of the iPhone X through its website, Apple Store app, and retail locations. The unlocked version of the handset, which starts at $999, was previously only available if you bought it through Verizon or Best Buy, which charged a $100 premium over financed carrier versions of the phone until consumer backlash pushed the retailer to pull the product entirely. Now, if you ... Read More
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These are the first Windows 10 ARM laptops

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Earlier today, Qualcomm and Microsoft announced the first Windows 10 devices with ARM-based processors will be arriving early next year. HP, Asus, and Lenovo will all be launching laptops and convertibles with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor in them, with prices expected to range from $600 to $800. Windows 10 on ARM is a reboot of Microsoft’s earlier attempts to marry mobile processors with full laptop experiences. It promises to provide better power efficiencies, reliable performance, and always-on connectivity compared to the x86 Intel-based computers that have existed so far. Contrary to what you might expect, the new Windows 10 ARM computers don’t look hugely different from ... Read More
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Google starts rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to Nexus and Pixel devices

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Yesterday Google announced the final release of Android 8.1 Oreo, along with the new Android Oreo (Go edition) software experience for entry-level devices. Today the company pushed the latest source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and started rolling out Android 8.1 on supported Pixel and Nexus devices (you might not see the update yet as it’s rolling out “over the next week”). Android 8.1 will arrive on Android Oreo (Go edition) devices “in the months ahead.” Go... Read More
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Qualcomm Is Building Awesome Windows PCs Out of Smartphone Parts

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There was a time when every gadget did something completely different. Your phone was fast and lasted three days in your pocket, but it could only do a few things. Your computer was massively capable, but so big you couldn't lug it anywhere. Everything had a purpose, and they rarely overlapped. But now? Now it's different. You can watch movies, play games, and do Very Serious Work on any number of devices—phone, laptop, tablet—and in lots of different places. Every device is an everything device. The tech industry seems to understand the way the world is going, and is changing accordingly. Samsung's DeX system... Read More
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Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 845 processor

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Qualcomm today announced that its next flagship processor will be called the Snapdragon 845, the company said at its Snapdragon Tech Summit. The 845 is a direct successor to last year’s very popular Snapdragon 835, and it will likely bring improved performance, better power efficiency, and improved image processing. The Snapdragon 845 will likely be found in many high-end Android phones in 2018, though it is also expected to make its way to Windows 10 laptops as well. Last year’s Snapdragon 835 featured a 10nm manufacturing process, and the 845 is expected to be the same. Qualcomm will pair the 845 with its latest X20 LTE modem, which provides gigabit connectivity on supported networks. Qualcomm is host... Read More
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Google brings Core ML support to TensorFlow Lite

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Google today released a tool that converts Apple’s Core ML .mlmodel file format into .tflite for use with TensorFlow Lite, a version of Google’s open source program for the training and implementation of AI models. The converter was made in collaboration with Apple, according to a Google developers blog post. Like TensorFlow Lite, Core ML gives developers a framework to quickly add AI services like object identification or natural language processing to apps. TensorFlow Lite developer preview for mak... Read More
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‘Mailsploit’ Lets Hackers Forge Perfect Email Spoofs

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Pretending to be someone you're not in an email has never been quite hard enough—hence phishing, that eternal scourge of internet security. But now one researcher has dug up a new collection of bugs in email programs that in many cases strip away even the existing, imperfect protections against email impersonation, allowing anyone to undetectably spoof a message with no hint at all to the recipient. On Tuesday, security researcher and programmer Sabri Haddouche revealed Mailsploit, an array of methods for spoofing email in more than a dozen common email clients, including Apple Mail for iOS ... Read More
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Philippine National Police Debut ‘Know Your Rights’ App

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Detected Closed Captioning: The Philippine National Police Have Launched A New Mobile Application On human Rights The Application Titled To Know Your Rights Debuted On December 4th know Your Rights Can Be Used By Both civilians And Police Officers Police Can Find Information To Advise Individuals Being Placed Under Arrest regarding Their Rights Civilians Can Access Human Rights Advisories And police Policies After The Application Is Downloaded It Can Be Accessed Without Having To Use An Internet Connection Android Phone Users Can Download Know Your Rights From The Google Play Store the Pnp Human Rights Affairs Office Said The Application Was Launched As Part Of National Human Rights Consciousness Week the Week Ends On Decemb... Read More
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Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?

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At an event on Tuesday in New Delhi, Google unveiled its most ambitious India-focused product so far — a new version of its Android operating system and related apps designed for low-end smartphones. The package will include YouTube Go, which allows users to easily download and share videos with their friends, and Google Go, a variant of its search engine that helps users find information by tapping the sma... Read More
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Instagram will now create a private archive for all of your stories

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Instagram is rolling out a private archive of the ephemeral stories you have posted in the app. Starting today, Instagram will begin to add your expired stories to the archive feature, which until now has been used only to house photos and videos you no longer want to display on your public profile. The stories archive, which you will be able to opt out of, is being introduced globally on Android and iOS. The stories archive represents another feature copied from Snapchat, which introduced its own version of the archive, called Memories, last year. But the archive differs from Snap’s version in o... Read More
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Earny raises $9 million to get you money back from major retailers

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Earny, an app that claims to save users more than $400 a year, today announced that it has raised $9 million to double the size of its team and expand its savings tracking tool beyond ecommerce to travel. The price protection policies of some large retail companies compensate customers if a product price drops after a purchase. Earny works by connecting with your bank account, email inbox, or credit card to find purchases made within 90 days and search for price changes. It is thus able to get money back after purchases were made from companies like Nordstrom, Costco, Kohl’s, or Wal-Mart. Amazon customers, for example, get back 7 percent of money spent each year, said Earny CEO and cofounder Oded V... Read More
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Nintendo and Nvidia bring HD Wii games to Shield TV in China

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Nintendo and Nvidia’s relationship is extending beyond the latter company providing the guts for the former’s so-far successful Switch. In an unprecedented collaboration for Nintendo, it’s working with Nvidia to port a selection of Wii and GameCube games to the Android-powered Shield TV for today’s release in China. If you pick up a Chinese Shield TV, you’ll be able to play New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Punch-Out! right away, with other games including Super Mario Galaxy set for future release. All of these games have been remastered in 1080p, meaning they should look a lot better on modern TVs than they did back on the Wii, and they sell for 68 yuan — ab... Read More
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How do you send nudes?

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This week on Why'd You Push That Button?, we're talking about sending nudes. Sending a naked photo of yourself in 2017 doesn't need to be complicated, but with hundreds of thousands of messaging apps to choose from, deciding how to send that nude can require some thought. Do you take to Snapchat, iMessage, or Instagram DMs? What about sending them through your dating app? We talked to two people about how they make sense of this messaging app utopia. An anonymous man named Frank primarily uses gay dating apps like Grindr and Scruff to send his nudes because they feature built-in camera functions, while our other interviewee, Eden Rohatensky, chooses their platform based off the recipient of the mes... Read More
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How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

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Let’s face it: the internet can be a nasty place. Between predators, malware, explicit content, and other bad actors, parents can find themselves in a never ending cycle of doom and gloom as they try to fend off every threat their kids might face online. It’s a tricky situation without a perfect solution, and it can be tough to know where to start. There are parental blocks, antivirus software, kid friendly browsers, and the temptation to avoid the stress and ban the internet altogether. But Dave Lewis, a global security advocate at Akamai Technologies, says the most important thing actually has nothing to do with technology: it’s all about having an open conversation with your kids. Th... Read More
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Here’s how much Apple risked by delaying the iPhone X launch

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Whether the November launch of the iPhone X was a strategic decision or driven by manufacturing issues, Apple took a huge gamble this year by deviating from its rhythm of releasing the new flagship in late September. That move was further complicated by releasing the more incrementally updated iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in that usual September slot. Knowing how consumers would react to these unusual choices was anyone’s guess: Buy the new iPhone 8 right away? Wait for the iPhone X? ... Read More
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Google launches Android Oreo Go edition for low-end phones

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At Google I/O in May of this year, Google promised a version of Android custom-designed for low-end devices. Today, “Android Go (Oreo edition)” is being made available for device manufacturers and developers. That doesn’t mean it’s available to users yet — but presumably that’ll happen in fairly short order. The premise behind Android Go is pretty simple. It’s a build of Android Oreo that is designed to run better on phones with either 512MB or 1GB of RAM. By compa... Read More
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Google is fixing its disastrous burger and beer emoji today with Android 8.1 release

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We never expected the outrage over the design of a hamburger emoji to bubble up to the point where Google's CEO had to personally intervene, but such is 2017. And today, our long cheese-on-bun global nightmare comes to an end with the public release of Android Oreo 8.1, which fixes the unappetizing glyph. Android 8.1 also adds a new beer emoji, which no longer sees frothing foam inexplicably remain at the top of the mug after half the beer has been downed. Here's what the offending emoji looked like in 8.0: ... Read More
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Ancient Japan-inspired board game Tokaido is now on Steam

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Funforge announced today that its board game Tokaido is now available on PC via Steam. It costs $10. It’s the latest in a steady beat of board game adaptations to hit Steam, such as Tomb of Annihilation. Tokaido has players walking a road in ancient Japan. The physical version has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide, according to Funforge. This digital version of Tokaido launched in March for iOS and Android. The iOS version is the No. 135 ranked digital board game in the U.S. Apple Store, a... Read More
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Ingress Prime: Niantic reboots its Pokémon Go precursor

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Niantic, the creators of Pokémon Go, announced that it will reboot its first augmented reality game as Ingress Prime. The mobile AR update which mixes the real world and smartphone screen animations is built on the foundation of the science fiction game Ingress, which debuted in 2012 and has been downloaded more than 20 million times. Ingress put Niantic, which spun out of Google, on the map. It drew hundreds of thousands of players to more than 2,000 live real world events. The new game will debut in 2018. Ingress Prime has been redesigned with a n... Read More
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Why Facebook launched a Messenger app for kids

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With more than one billion users, Facebook’s Messenger app needs little introduction. But the technology giant today announced a new version of the service that could bump its active user base up considerably. Messenger Kids is launching in preview today for iPhone and iPad users in the U.S. and will be targeting kids aged 6 ... Read More
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Should you force close your apps?

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I force close my apps all the time. I double click the home button on my iPhone 6S and close out of every app I've used, even in the past 20 minutes. It's a terrible habit, but it makes me feel good. Maybe it's even an obsessive-compulsive tendency? Regardless, I've always wondered: is force closing apps good for my phone? Is it actually bad for it? I took to the internet. A couple years ago, SVP of platforms and ecosystems at Google, Hiroshi Lockheimer, tweeted to a couple tech reporters that it's best to leave Android alone. The OS will manage apps for you; there's no need to manually force close them. iOS does the same. I called up an independent iOS developer, Ish Shabazz, who recomm... Read More
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The 2017 Ars Technica gadget gift guide: Office and desk tech edition

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EnlargeMark Walton It’s the holidays, which means it’s once again time to rack your brain in search of the right gifts for the right people. If someone on your list is into tech, though, we’ve got your back. For this year’s edition of the Ars Technica holiday gift guide, we’re breaking down our recommendations into themes. The following crop of devices is centered on the office—be it at home or at work, the following gadgets are the kind of upgrade we’d welcome at our desk. Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for... Read More