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Instagram's new stories are a near-perfect copy of Snapchat stories

Same story, different app<p>In a bold expansion designed to capture more of users’ everyday photos and videos, Instagram today introduced "stories," a secondary feed of ephemeral content that is available for only 24 hours from the time of posting. The feature is nearly identical to the central feed …

Xbox One S is 7.1 percent faster than Xbox One, but it’s complicated

A speed bump you probably won't notice<p>Microsoft announced its new Xbox One S console back at E3 in June, and began immediately downplaying the amount of additional processing power over the original model. While Microsoft admitted there is a "small amount of additional processing power," <i>Eurogamer's</i> …

Huawei's 6.6-inch Honor Note 8 will eventually make it to the US

Huawei plans to release its Honor Note 8 phone in China this month. Another new midrange Android phone, we know. But the Note 8 is different in a couple ways. Mainly, it has a 6.6-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a decently sized 4,500 mAh battery. Also, it’s coming to the …

Samsung gives the Gear VR a facelift

USB-C, a wider field of view, and a better overall experience<p>Samsung today announced an updated version of the Gear VR, the company’s mobile virtual reality headset. It features a new touchpad, USB Type-C compatibility, and a slightly wider field of view. The revamped Gear VR will still cost $99, …

Samsung's Gear 360 goes on sale in the US on August 19th

$349 — and of course, you need a Samsung phone<p>Samsung is finally officially putting its first 360-degree camera on sale in the United States. The Gear 360, which was announced at Mobile World Congress back in February, will hit retail shelves on August 19th, along with the new Galaxy Note 7 and the …

Logitech releases a smaller version of its Create keyboard for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro

$20 cheaper than Apple's Smart Keyboard<p>Logitech's Create Keyboard Case is already one of the most popular keyboards for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, so it makes sense that it would make a smaller version for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The keyboard connects to your iPad using the Smart Connectors, so there's …

This new gesture software could be the future of multitouch

Pinch to zoom is intuitive at this point. So is a double tap to like. But maybe eventually these gestures will become a relic of past technology as we develop new ways to interact with devices or, woah, switch to voice control. Qeexo, a company based in California, thinks it has a revolutionary way …

Multi-Touch

Samsung doubles down on security with iris scanner in Galaxy Note 7

Not the main selling point, but a noteworthy feature<p>Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 comes with all of the features that the Note smartphone line is known for. It has a large display, works with the S Pen stylus, and is water resistant. But it also has another, long-rumored feature that is slowly …

Hackers compromise dozens of Telegram chat accounts in Iran

Telegram is one of the most popular chat applications in Iran, boasting tens of millions of accounts — but those users may not be as secure as they think. According to researchers Collin Anderson and Claudio Guarnieri, who spoke first to <i>Reuters</i>, dozens of those users have been compromised by an SMS …

Is your neighborhood the next great social media app?

I had never heard of Nextdoor when I lived in New York City. Social media services catering to individual neighborhoods weren’t useful in an apartment building where most tenants lasted a year, and longtime residents kept to themselves. In my first year in Texas, however, I’ve regularly relied on …

Police arrest Nigerian kingpin behind £45m of email scams

A Nigerian man thought to be behind "thousands of online frauds" worth up to $60 million (£45m) has been arrested.<p>Known only as 'Mike,' the man faces …

LG UH8500 series review: LG's Super UHD TV is no picture quality hero - CNET

<b>The Good</b> With support for both Dolby Vision and HDR10 formats, the UH8500 can access more high dynamic range content than other TVs. Color accuracy and bright-room performance are solid. The design is attractive, and the motion remote is one of the best available.<p><b>The Bad</b> Similarly-priced TVs …

San Francisco is testing an algorithm that sets bail

The San Francisco justice system has apparently been testing out an algorithm that can make release recommendations and compute for a bail amount based on several factors. In particular, it looks at defendants' pending charges, age and how frequently they show up to court. What it doesn't take into …

TruRating pulls in $12.6M to grow its point-of-sale customer feedback platform

UK startup truRating, which is aiming to offer restaurants and retailers an alternative feedback platform to the likes of Tripadvisor and Yelp by offering bricks-and-mortar outlets the ability to obtain feedback from customers at the point of paying, via the same POS device, has closed a £9.5 …

Experts see Iranian link in attempt to hack Syrian dissident

PARIS (AP) — Syrian opposition activist Noura Al-Ameer was combing through her emails late one night when a message caught her eye. The sender was …

Middle East

How to watch the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 'Unpacked' livestream

Samsung will once again live stream the launch for its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7.<p>The Unpacked event will begin on Aug. 2, 11:00 …

Logitech brings its Create keyboard case to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro

When the 12.9-inch iPad Pro was unveiled last September, Logitech announced its Create keyboard case the same day. The USP of the keyboard is that it uses the Smart Connector for both power and data connections, so the keyboard doesn’t ever need to be charged and you avoid the delay you get with …

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo gets approval for take-off

The US Federal Aviation Administration’s Office (FAA) has awarded Virgin Galactic an operator license for the latest commercial spacecraft, …

Your device's battery status can be used to track you online

There are a myriad of ways you can be tracked online – from supercookies, to canvas fingerprinting and malware. Now you can add your device’s battery status to the list, according to research by Steve Engelhard and Arvind Narayanan – two academics from Stanford University.<p>The attack takes advantage …

Batteries

Online used car dealer Vroom leverages virtual reality to bring the showroom to you

It would be a shame if we were able to build autonomous cars before we could simplify car buying.<p>Today, buying a used car means booking multiple weekends to test drive and examine every car at every dealership within a 50 mile radius. We fight through every other lemming on the nine to five grind …

Venmo closes flaw that allowed anyone to use Siri on a locked iPhone to empty your account [Video]

A vulnerability in the iOS money-transfer app Venmo allowed anyone who managed to get access to a locked iPhone for as little as two minutes to empty the account, stealing as much as the weekly limit of $2999.99.<p><i>TNW</i> reports that the flaw was discovered by a SalesForce security engineer Martin Vigo, …

Venmo

LinkedIn finally built a video feature, but only for its influential users

LinkedIn is late to the party.<p>For the past two years, social sites like Facebook and Snapchat and Twitter have been pushing aggressively to get their respective user bases to create and watch as much video content as possible. LinkedIn has not.<p>But that may soon change. On Tuesday, the professional …

Vevo cuts deal with Warner Music to license videos

NEW YORK (AP) — In another move to break from YouTube, music video brand Vevo has cut a deal to license videos from Warner Music, repairing a rift …

Get the new Nexus launcher look with this simple Nova recipe

It will probably only take the Nova team a few days to incorporate the new Nexus launcher into their app proper, but if you’re simply dying to have it right now, you can. Using Nova Launcher, a couple widgets and an icon pack, you can pretty effectively recreate the new Google launcher right now on …

Widgets

Littlebits launches kids version of DIY smarthome kit

There’s no shortage of smarthome products these days, but for those who prefer to make their own, LittleBits launched a DIY kit back in 2014. The company has today launched a $100 version aimed at kids, with components that snap together magnetically.<p>The Rule Your Room Kit can be used to make a …

Inventions

MikMak mobile video shopping platform raises $3.2M seed led by VaynerMedia

MikMak, the service that creates and distributes short-form “mini-mercials” so users can shop via video, has today announced the close of a $3.2 million seed round, led by VaynerMedia, with participation from SLOW Ventures, UTA Ventures, BRaVe Ventures and MX Investments.<p>As part of the round, Gary …

eCommerce

Crikey! Australia is Moving Six Feet North So Driverless Cars Can Navigate

Between the jumping, over-sized rats-with-belly-pouches and the penchant for a barely edible substance known as "Vegemite," to some people it may appear that Australia is a bit off. Now steps are being taken to fix it.<p>Starting in 2017, the country's government will move the official longitude and …

HTC's 10 and Vive boost sales, but the future still looks grim

HTC's Vive VR headset and HTC 10 smartphone sold briskly in Q2 2016, boosting revenue 27 percent over last quarter to 18.9 billion Taiwanese dollars ($598 million). The bad news is that compared to the same period last year, sales are down 42.7 percent -- not quite as bad as the 64 percent tumble …

The first 8K satellite TV broadcasts are live in Japan

Just as we were getting used to Ultra HD 4K, Japan's NHK has kicked off its Super Hi-Vision broadcast tests, sending out 4K and 8K video via satellite. Unfortunately, there's no way to watch the super high res feeds and 22.2 channel sound at home -- even with a $130,000 8K TV -- but interested …