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Imgur’s favorite folders turn 250M meme lords into curators

Imgur’s favorite folders turn 250M meme lords into curators  Either you’re one of 250 million monthly Imgurians, or you probably have no idea what Imgur is. But those who are part of the addictive image-sharing community know there’s been one feature at the top of the request lists forever: favorite folders. Today, Imgur fulfills the wishes of the masses with the official launch of...

Instagram Stories adds no-frills photo-only posting from mobile web

Instagram Stories adds no-frills photo-only posting from mobile web  Instagram really wants the developing world on Stories. They won’t be able to use Instagram’s augmented reality masks or share videos, but starting today mobile web users can post to Instagram Stories. Previously, mobile web users could only view Stories, which have to be created in Instagram’s native apps. But now users...

Hands-on with Microsoft’s high-end Surface Book 2

Hands-on with Microsoft’s high-end Surface Book 2  Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is the most powerful mobile Surface device yet. It easily blows away the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop and, of course, the old Surface Book. It’s also one of the odder devices in the lineup, though. It’s not just a Surface Pro with a rigid keyboard. It’s a relatively heavy base with a...

Twitter to revoke verification for some accounts as part of overhaul

Twitter to revoke verification for some accounts as part of overhaul  Twitter says that it’s making progress on its plan to review its authentication system, which it’s conducting in the wake of backlash against the social network verifying the account of a white supremacist rally organizer. As a result, it’s going to change how it treats verification of accounts, and will unverify some...

Facebook teen-in-residence defects to Google and launches Lies

Facebook teen-in-residence defects to Google and launches Lies  At age 17, Michael Sayman was Facebook’s youngest employee ever. Having already launched 5 apps, he wowed Mark Zuckerberg, earned a demo spot on stage at Facebook F8 conference, and scored a full-time engineering gig as the social network’s go-to teen. Over the past three years, he helped Facebook try to crack the middle school...

Amazon brings Echo and Alexa to Canada

Amazon brings Echo and Alexa to Canada  Amazon has finally brought its line of Alexa-powered Echo speakers to Canada. The release of Echo hardware has been long awaited by America’s northern neighbor, which could only watch and wait as Echo went through two generations in the U.S. Echo Dot, the second generation Echo and the Echo Plus with integrated smart home hub are all...

LinkedIn rolls out its Career Advice mentoring program to US, UK and India

LinkedIn rolls out its Career Advice mentoring program to US, UK and India  LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned social platform for the working world with some 530 million members, has made a big push in the last couple of years to position itself not just as a place to look for new jobs and network, but as a place for professional development — including services for online learning; steady streams of news and o...

Essential offers up an Android Oreo beta for the Essential Phone

Essential offers up an Android Oreo beta for the Essential Phone  Android smartphone maker Essential promised that it would be releasing an update to Android 8.0 Oreo for its devices soon, and now there’s a beta version of the update available through its developer portal. This is just a beta, as mentioned, but it’s broadly available for anyone interested enough in the Oreo update to try out...

A mesh network spontaneously erupts in the US and helps connect Puerto Rico

A mesh network spontaneously erupts in the US and helps connect Puerto Rico  When goTenna put out their Mesh device earlier this year, I thought the off-grid gadgets would be great for an emergency kit or back-country hike. But it turns out that I underestimated the demand for a resilient, user-powered mesh network: dedicated nodes now populate cities across the country, and volunteers are using them to get Puerto...

Attending CES 2018? TechCrunch wants to see your company

Attending CES 2018? TechCrunch wants to see your company  CES is a horrible, god-awful experience that will shave years off your life. The casinos, the food, the people, the germs. Horrible. All of it. But we love it! And we’re sending a huge contingent to the show again this year and want to see your gadgets, toys and products. TechCrunch cares much more for the hardware startups than the...

iOS 11.2 is going to support faster 7.5W Qi wireless charging

iOS 11.2 is going to support faster 7.5W Qi wireless charging  The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X all support wireless charging using the Qi standard. It means that iPhones are now compatible with hundreds of chargers out there. But iPhone Qi charging is currently limited to 5W, or the slowest wireless charging speed. Apple is currently working on iOS 11.2 — this update is going to support...

Twitter launches lower-cost subscription access to its data through new Premium APIs

Twitter launches lower-cost subscription access to its data through new Premium APIs  Twitter tried to mend its relationship with developers earlier this year with the launch of a new API platform which focused on streamlining APIs and the promise of additional tiers of access. Twitter said it would offer free APIs for testing ideas, self-serve access, as well as paid access for increased functionality, in addition to its...

Apple could reportedly add TrueDepth features to the rear iPhone camera

Apple could reportedly add TrueDepth features to the rear iPhone camera  Apple has packed a ton of sensors into the notch of the iPhone X. The TrueDepth camera system powers many features, from Face ID to face-tracking technology using ARKit. It also lets you do selfies in Portrait mode. According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple now wants to improve the rear camera with 3D-sensing capabilities. Bloomberg says...

Muse is a simple dedicated Amazon Alexa add-on for the car

Muse is a simple dedicated Amazon Alexa add-on for the car  Want to bring Alexa into your vehicle? You now have a few options, including a new $49.99 accessory from voice tech company Speak Music, which is launching Muse, essentially a Bluetooth-enabled Amazon Echo for the car. The small device allows you to access Alexa skills while on the go, using voice commands and the “Alexa” wake...

Your Google Home speaker is now also an intercom

Your Google Home speaker is now also an intercom  One of the niftiest features of Google Home is now available for owners of the smart speaker after support for ‘Broadcast’ rolled out. The new addition allows you to push messages or reminders across a network of Home devices to mimic an in-home intercom system. So rather than calling up to kids that dinner is about to be...

Facebook launches collaborative Stories for Groups and Events

Facebook launches collaborative Stories for Groups and Events  Facebook is combining its Snapchat Stories clone with features Snapchat can’t match. Starting today, users of Facebook Groups and Events will be able to contribute to a Facebook Story visible to the rest of the members and moderated by the admins. In essence, these collaborative Stories will work like a private hashtag so multiple...

Facebook Stories replaces Messenger Day with synced cross-posting

Facebook Stories replaces Messenger Day with synced cross-posting  Facebook is cleaning up the redundancy in its Snapchat Stories clones. Today Facebook is killing off the Messenger Day brand and merging the chat app’s stories feature with Facebook Stories. Now, just called “Stories,” 24-hour ephemeral posts in either Facebook or Messenger will appear in both apps, and viewing will be s...

Apple could launch a bigger iPhone X Plus next year, report says

Apple could launch a bigger iPhone X Plus next year, report says  KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote a new report about Apple’s plans for next year. According to him, the company is going to release three new iPhone devices next year. They’ll all have edge-to-edge displays with a notch. The successor of the iPhone X could be roughly the same size and shape. According to Kuo, this new...

Snapchat’s epic strategy flip-flop

Snapchat’s epic strategy flip-flop  It takes courage to say you were wrong about almost everything. But that’s what Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel did this week, and that’s what it will take to save Snapchat. From algorithmic feeds to partnerships to target markets to recruiting adults, Snap is planning a 180-degree turn across the board. Read More

Spotify expands merch to beauty products, sells out tickets for Who We Be

Spotify expands merch to beauty products, sells out tickets for Who We Be  Spotify, the $16 billion digital music “startup” that is hotly tipped for an IPO, continues to lay the groundwork to diversify its platform beyond basic streaming. In the latest development, the company is going to start selling beauty products. Yes, you read that right, you can now buy makeup on Spotify. The new service is the...

Imagining Instagram: Stories-first

Imagining Instagram: Stories-first  Time spent by people watching Instagram Stories — which is temporary sharing with private replies — could someday significantly surpass time spent in the Instagram Feed, which is the permanent stream of photos and videos with comments. Although numbers comparing sharing and time spent between Stories and Feed are not available,...

Instagram could let you follow hashtags soon

Instagram could let you follow hashtags soon  Instagram is testing a new feature with a small fraction of its user base. As spotted by Pippa Akram and The Next Web, some users can now search for a hashtag and follow this tag in particular. Ok this is new. What does this do @SimonSocialMM @BizPaul @NatalieTFG any ideas? I've followed 2 but can't find what that means!!...

Parrot’s Henri Seydoux comes to Disrupt to talk about commercial drones

Parrot’s Henri Seydoux comes to Disrupt to talk about commercial drones  Henri Seydoux first founded Parrot in 1994. But the company has drastically evolved over time and managed to remain relevant more than 20 years later. Less than ten years ago, Parrot started working on consumer drones. And now, the company is in the middle of another shift as it focuses more than ever on commercial drone use cases....

Essential Phone can now stream live to Facebook from the 360 camera add-on

Essential Phone can now stream live to Facebook from the 360 camera add-on  The Essential Phone just got a camera software update that will allow owners of the device to broadcast live, 360-degree video right from the native camera app, provided they have the Essential 360 Camera, too. The update requires no extra software, and live streaming becomes available as soon as you snap the 360 camera onto the magnetic...

Hulu is Nintendo’s first video streaming app for the Switch

Hulu is Nintendo’s first video streaming app for the Switch  Nintendo has released a list of the new releases for its Switch console eShop available today, and North Americans will be able to download Hulu, according to the list. The app should go live with the rest of the eShop updates when the store refreshes its content, which usually happens at 12 PM ET. The arrival of Hulu marks the first time...

Reflex aims to Kickstart film photography with a new old SLR

Reflex aims to Kickstart film photography with a new old SLR  Mating digital photography with film seems to me an alluring yet ultimately quixotic endeavor; who doesn’t love the idea of a camera that combines the weight and handling of a 35mm SLR with the convenience and precision of a digital one? Yet it has never been done, and likely never will be. Reflex is the latest to try, though, with a...

Apple’s iPad could drop the home button and add Face ID in 2018

Apple’s iPad could drop the home button and add Face ID in 2018  Apple is reportedly working on a redesign of the iPad that includes dropping the Home button and slimming down the bezels on the top-end model, as well as adding facial recognition tech to allow for Face ID unlocking and more. Bloomberg says the redesigned iPad could make its consumer debut as early as next year. The upgraded tablet would...
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