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Facebook invented a new time unit called the ‘flick’ and it’s truly amazing

I was all set to dislike the “flick,” a time unit just recently invented by Facebook (technically the Oculus team), because I thought it was going to be something worthless like “the average time someone looks at a post.” In fact it’s a very clever way of dividing time that theoretically could make …

The Apple HomePod ships February 9 for $349, available to order this Friday

Apple is finally shipping the HomePod. The device will ship on February 9, seven months after its announcement at WWDC 2017. It will cost $349 and limited at launch to the US, UK and Australian markets.<p>The news comes from Apple who is touting HomePod’s Siri integration, saying its voice assistant …

Tech Trends

Google brings audiobooks to its Play store

Google’s Play store now features audiobooks. There is a good chance that you only think of the Play store as Google’s app store for Android, but it has long features support for movies, TV shows, magazines and ebooks, too.<p>The new audiobooks feature is launching in 45 countries and nine …

Audiobooks

Here’s how Vine replacement v2 will work

First, don’t call it “Vine Two”. Details are starting to emerge about v2, the forthcoming video app built to replace Vine by its former co-founder Dom Hofmann. TechCrunch has learned that v2 has begun reaching out to former Viners and social media star managers in hopes of establishing ties with …

RED’s ‘holographic,’ ‘SOLID’ Hydrogen phone will ship this summer

Boutique Android phone makers didn’t have a good 2017, but RED aims to reverse that trend with its high-end Hydrogen handset, which founder Jim Jannard talks up in a recent post on the company’s forums. The chunky, unique device will ship in the summer, but those who have pre-ordered will be able …

Apple issues Meltdown fix for Macs running Sierra and El Capitan

A wise person once said, “don’t upgrade to the latest OS X until it’s been patched a few times. And even then, sometimes it isn’t really worth it, though maybe for security stuff.” These words (from before the name change to macOS) have inspired many to stay on older versions of the OS, though …

Operating Systems

Facebook acquires biometric ID verification startup Confirm.io

Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s acquired… Confirm.io. The startup offered an API that let other companies quickly verify someone’s government-issued identification card, like a driver’s license, was authentic. The Boston-based startup will shut down as both its team and technology …

Here's the One Gmail Setting You Should Activate Now

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a simple, unobtrusive and nearly foolproof method for keeping your online accounts safe — and more than 90 percent …

These are the secret Netflix movie codes and other tips you need to know

Netflix currently has 81 million paying users and has launched in 130 new countries around the world since January 2016.<p>Among its most popular series …

Nintendo Is About To Revolutionise The Video Game World With... Cardboard

Ready player one?<p>Nintendo is preparing to 'switch' it up with the latest accessory for its next-gen console.<p>Working in conjunction with bestseller the Switch, the house that Mario built is going full-Lego with the Nintendo Labo.<p>Something of a DIY project, the Labo is aimed at the creative among us …

You’ll soon be able to disable Apple’s iPhone throttling feature

With Apple facing mounting pressure, Tim Cook has revealed that a future iOS 11 update will let users disable the feature that was causing their iPhone to throttle performance.<p>In an interview with <i>ABC News</i>, Cook said that, “We’re going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery so …

Tim Cook

Samsung privately showed off its latest stab at a foldable smartphone at CES 2018

Samsung’s official CES 2018 booth wasn’t exactly a magnet for mobile-focused trade show attendees, including a bunch of TVs and related concepts, as …

Samsung’s foldable Galaxy X sounds like a game changer, new details emerge

While Google was taking over CES, Samsung was quietly meeting with industry leaders to show off its next big innovation. Now, details from these …

Reddit hit by data breach after hackers hijack SMS login system

We're now more than halfway through 2018 and the number of data breaches is ramping up. This year has seen more third-party services being breached …

Homeland Security