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YouTube HDR playback arrives on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Xperia XZ Premium

<b>Update (9/11):</b> As we recently reported, a select few smartphones started getting YouTube HDR playback support, but Google’s very own Pixel and Pixel XL were missing from that list. That’s because the Pixel duo does not have the necessary hardware acceleration. Or so we thought. It turns out, you …

Google Pixel

Volvo buys Luxe assets to boost its car services

The automaker sees an expansion of fuel and parcel deliveries to cars<p>To keep up with rivals offering ways to connect cars and other services, Volvo announced on Friday that it has acquired Luxe. Volvo will roll the startup’s pieces into its own ways of making customers’ lives easier.<p>“Technology is …

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are working together to improve mobile two-factor authentication

When it comes to two-factor authentication, SMS isn't exactly the most secure method. Thankfully, AT&T and Verizon just announced a partnership today …

Authentication

Budget hotel network pioneer OYO raises $250M led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund

India-based OYO, a startup that pioneered and popularized the concept of budget hotel networks, has closed $250 million in new funding led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund.<p>The startup was founded in 2013 by Thiel Fellow Ritesh Agarwal, now aged 24, and the concept centers around standardizing the quality …

Best Buy pulls Kaspersky's antivirus software from its shelves

Kaspersky said the two have 'suspended' their business relationship.<p>Amid growing concern/speculation/hysteria that Kaspersky Lab products could be tied to the Russian government, retailer Best Buy has stopped selling its antivirus. Minnesota's <i>StarTribune</i> first reported the move, citing a source who …

Kaspersky Lab

The U.S. Congress is going to hold two hearings on the massive Equifax data breach

Meanwhile, New York announces its own investigation.<p>The U.S. Congress plans to probe a massive data breach at the credit-monitoring service Equifax that compromised roughly 143 million Americans’ most sensitive information.<p>Two panels of lawmakers each announced on Friday they planned to grill the …

KGI: Breakdown of iPhone 8 3D sensors, all colors to come with black front

A new report from KGI this evening includes a detailed breakdown of the 3D sensors that will be found in the iPhone 8, predictions for what Apple will do for colors with the front of the device, and more.<p>Whoosh! Screen Cleaner<p>Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the new 3D sensing abilities will be the …

IPhone 8

Robots 'could replace 250,000 UK public sector workers'

Reform thinktank says sector could be ‘the next Uber’ and staff should embrace the gig economy amid rise in automation<p>Almost 250,000 public sector workers could lose their jobs to robots over the next 15 years, according to a new report which claims machines would be more efficient and save …

Google to appeal against order to hand over user emails stored outside US

Judge rules Gmail-provider must comply with FBI warrants despite privacy implications, contrary to previous ruling in similar Microsoft case<p>Google has said it will appeal a ruling by a US judge to hand over the emails of Gmail users stored outside of the country – which puts the privacy of non-US …

Report: Samsung expects Galaxy S8 Plus to outsell Galaxy S8 by a big margin

When Samsung released the Galaxy S6 series of smartphones, the company thought that the smaller of the two devices will be more popular among consumers. But it was actually the other way around. Users preferred the Galaxy S6 Edge with its dual-curved screen, despite being more expensive. The same …

Mobile

Apple Joins Nearly 100 U.S. Firms to File Legal Brief Opposing Trump's Immigration Ban

Apple has joined 96 other companies in filing a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, <i>Bloomberg</i> reported on Monday.<p>Other technology companies named in the amicus brief include Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Snap, Uber, Twitter, and Intel, with consumer …

Washington State

Everything we think Google will launch at its October 4 hardware event

Google’s biggest hardware event of the year kicks off at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 p.m. Eastern) on October 4, in San Francisco.<p>Rumor has it Google will unveil as many as six new products at the event — from “Pixel” smartphones to a full-fledged Amazon Echo competitor. We may even see Google’s first VR …

Facebook launching Marketplace in Android app, facilitating easier private buying & selling

Facebook has long been a convenient place to sell unwanted items, but the audience for your sales has so far been limited to your friends and followers. With the addition of a Marketplace feature on mobile, Facebook allows you to expand your audience to everyone in your local community.<p>Facebook is …

Selling

Microsoft pulls Band listings from its Store; admits no Band 3 this year

Microsoft officials say there are no plans to introduce a new Microsoft Band fitness device this year and that it has sold through the existing Band …

WhatsApp just added a bunch of Snapchat-style camera features

Emojis, anyone?<p>WhatsApp launched a handful of new photo editing features Monday, including the ability to draw on pictures, add emojis like you would stickers and use the flash on the front-facing camera “so you can take the perfect selfie.”<p>These features aren’t unique to messaging apps. Snapchat …

Amazon bans incentivized reviews tied to free or discounted products

Amazon is making a significant change to its Community Guidelines, announced today, which will eliminate any incentivized reviews, except for those that emerge from within its own Amazon Vine program. This program allows Amazon – not the seller or vendor – to identify trusted reviewers, and has a …

Fake Reviews

California approves unmanned self-driving car trials

Fully autonomous vehicles lacking manual controls can now be tested at two sites.<p>Given the number of tech companies that call California home, it's no surprise the state has been quick with forward-thinking legislation to support the development of self-driving vehicles. And almost four years to …

Autonomous Cars

Samsung's Biotech Unit Is Seeking Europe Approval for Its Copy of This Drug

South Korea’s Samsung Bioepis, a maker of cheaper copies of complex biotech drugs known as biosimilars, is seeking regulatory approval in Europe to …

BlackBerry bails on building its own phones

Mobile Technology

AI Partnership Launched by Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft

Five tech giants announced on Wednesday that they are launching a nonprofit to “advance public understanding” of artificial intelligence and to …

Apple is building a huge new London HQ at Battersea Power Station

Apple has revealed that it’s set to move its UK headquarters to London’s iconic Battersea Power Station. The Grade II listed building, which has stood derelict for the past 33 years, is currently undergoing a multibillion-pound restoration and is expected to open its doors in 2021.<p>The company’s …

Twitter now lets any user create and curate Moments

Twitter Moments — those collections of tweets about certain subjects, often the ones that are in the news and are being discussed by lots of users — now make a lot more sense.<p>Today Twitter said that it’s starting to roll out the ability for any user to make their own Moments in the app’s web …

Social Media

Apttus Reaches $1.3 Billion Valuation In New Funding Round On Road To IPO In Early 2017

Some tech CEOs are coy about when they’d like to take their companies public. Apttus CEO Kirk Krappe isn’t one of them.<p>“We’ve had IPO on our agenda,” Krappe says. “And our plan is to go public in the first half of next year.”<p>To help get there, Apttus has raised what the company hopes will be its …

13 Things You Can Do with MacOS Sierra You Couldn't Before

MacOS Sierra is here and available for everyone —well, at least anyone who owns a Mac made in the last six years. If you’re wondering what’s new in …

Operating Systems

Uber wants to offer freight hauling services next year

In May, Otto, a new venture co-founded by former Google Maps product lead Lior Ron, announced that it was developing an aftermarket self-driving kit for freight trucks that could potentially double their utilization and increase safety.<p>The company was acquired by Uber in August for $680 million, …

Yahoo's leak of 500m accounts 'unacceptable', say 'disturbed' senators

Six lawmakers question why it took Yahoo two years to discover breach as experts warn of the implications of the record-breaking haul of password data<p>Yahoo confirms ‘state-sponsored’ hackers stole personal data<p>Six Democratic US senators on Tuesday said it was “unacceptable” that Yahoo only last …

Personal Data

Elon Musk’s proposed spaceship can send 100 people to Mars in 80 days

The ship will refuel in orbit and include ‘zero-G games’<p>Today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Mars vehicle — the spaceship his company plans to build to transport the first colonists to Mars. The spaceship is meant to launch from Earth on top of the booster and then travel the rest of the way on …

Twitter wants you to be a Periscope VIP

Twitter is aiming to support broadcasters on its video livestreaming platform Periscope with a new VIP program. The microblogging service is offering its top users "care packages", more visibility and discovery on the app, and opportunities to collaborate with Periscope and other VIPs, all of which …

Facebook told to stop collecting German WhatsApp data

<b>Facebook has been ordered by a German privacy regulator to stop collecting and storing the data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp.</b><p>The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said that the social network had not obtained effective approval from WhatsApp's 35 …

Privacy