Eric Laczi

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Gmail now lets you send emails that self-destruct, update also includes a 'snooze' option

Gmail is getting its first major update since 2011, with tools aimed at businesses to help them keep hush-hush information secure. But everybody will be able to access the new Gmail that starts to gradually become available on Wednesday.<p>Here are six of the main features, some available right away, …

Apps

Amazon unveils colorful Echo Dot for kids

Alexa is headed to the kids' room.<p>On Wednesday, Amazon (AMZN) unveiled a kid-friendly version of its popular smart speaker featuring its voice assistant Alexa.<p>The Echo Dot Kids Edition plays music, answers questions and comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited, which offers …

Smart Homes

Amazon launches a ‘lite’ Android web browser app in India

Amazon has quietly launched an Android web browser app for emerging markets, where access to mobile data and high-speed connectivity is more limited. The browser has the rather generic name of: “Internet: fast, lite and private” on Google Play, and promises to be “lighter than the competition.”<p>The …

“Turn right at the Arby’s” – Google testing landmark directions in Maps

• Google is testing landmark directions in Google Maps, like “Turn right after the McDonald’s.”<br>• A limited number of users will see the testing. Some have already taken to Twitter to express their surprise at the new feature.<br>• Google says the feature may not see a wide rollout in Google Maps, and the …

Android News

The new class of skyscrapers that will forever change the Chicago skyline

Chicago is soaring to new heights<p>As the birthplace of the skyscraper and home to one of the world’s greatest skylines, Chicago is reinventing itself with new batch of very tall, high-profile towers.<p>While Chicago hasn’t completed an 800-footer since 2010, that’s about to change and in a big way. …

With the Galaxy S9, Samsung hopes the sequel lives up to the original

Barcelona<p>At a press event on the eve of the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Samsung unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and S9+.<p>The Korean tech giant took a year off from unveiling new hardware at the expo in 2017, still reeling from the fallout of its Note 7 …

Phones

Developer submits plan concept for 81-story tower, what would be Denver’s tallest building

The development team seeking to build the would-be tallest building in Denver filed a site concept with the city last week calling for an 81-story, …

Skyscrapers

Chicago’s iconic John Hancock Center ditches its famous name

The 100-story tower will be known as 875 N. Michigan Avenue until a new naming deal is secured<p>After nearly five decades as the John Hancock Center, one of Chicago’s most iconic skyscrapers is changing its name.<p>Long-rumored to be in the works and at times even imminent, the name change is officially …

Skyscrapers

Uber Settles Waymo Driverless Car Lawsuit, Averts Jury Verdict

Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to give Waymo about $245 million in closely held stock to cut short a trade-secret theft trial, ending a high-stakes …

WhatsApp is the first third-party messaging service on CarPlay

Today, WhatsApp introduced a new app update that adds compatibility with Carplay. The additional functionality was first noted on the Dutch site <i>iCulture</i>, and it's automatically available who those who update to version 2.18.20 of the app.<p>WhatsApp users who have a vehicle that is CarPlay enabled can …

Apps

Inside Amazon’s Spheres

Amazon’s long-awaited Spheres are finally open to the public — kind of, anyway. The bulbous buildings are a workspace meant for Amazon employees to use and the public to admire mostly from outside, unless you’re part of an Amazon HQ tour group or on a field trip from a local school.<p>Like most …

Vine successor may arrive this summer with focus on community building

v2 is shaping up to be an even better platform than the original Vine<p>Dom Hofmann, one of the co-founders of shortform video platform Vine, has been hard at work on a successor to the now-defunct mobile app he’s simply calling just v2. Since announcing his intentions at the end of November “without …

Social Media

Apple's HomePod won't have multi-room or stereo audio at launch

Apple just announced that its HomePod smart speaker is set to ship February 9th of this year. What didn't make the large print is that it won't support multi-room audio or stereo pairing on that date. These are pretty big features of all other internet-connected speakers these days, which really …

Living Rooms

Amazon’s AI-powered grocery store is opening to the public tomorrow

The 3.5 million Americans who make a living as cashiers should keep their eye on an experiment underway in Seattle, Washington.<p>Amazon Go, a much-anticipated grocery store in the e-commerce giant’s hometown, will open to the public tomorrow (Jan. 22). The futuristic store doesn’t have cashiers or …

Artificial Intelligence

New skyscraper stands as a symbol of a different San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — The skyscraper came late to San Francisco, a shipping and manufacturing hub for much of its existence. The wealthy roosted on the …

San Francisco

8 remarkable skyscrapers and mega-projects that will debut in American cities in 2018

Across the United States, cities are in the middle of a construction boom.<p>And several projects are nearly complete — from a skyscraper dubbed the "Jenga Tower" in Austin, Texas to a neighborhood of hundreds of townhouses in Detroit, Michigan.<p>Here are some of the most ambitious development projects …

Skyscrapers

There's a global rush to build skyscrapers

As the creator of today's visualization, Alberto Lucas López, points out, "the world's tallest buildings have acted as barometers".<p>Another way of putting it? Our biggest architectural accomplishments are highly visible symbols of what society values most, and those values have changed over time. …

Architecture

Meet the skyscrapers that joined Houston's skyline in 2017

Image 1of/38<p>Caption<p>Close<p>Houston's skyline is looking sleeker than ever.<p>Seven major skyscrapers were completed or came close to completion in 2017, …

Reaching new heights: The year in skyscrapers

Each year, the influential Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) conducts a review of skyscraper construction. 2017's review reveals …

Skyscrapers

Chipotle moving headquarters to new office tower in downtown Denver

DENVER – Chipotle is planning to pack up and move its headquarters a few blocks to a new downtown Denver location next year.<p>The company will take …

Column: Skyline shake-up: Changes coming in Chicago's tallest buildings

The top of Chicago's skyline is ready for a makeover after remaining virtually unchanged in recent decades.<p>JDL Development recently unveiled plans to build a supertall residential tower across the street from Holy Name Cathedral.<p>If that project is approved by the city, three of Chicago's 10 tallest …

Canada’s tallest building breaks ground in Toronto

Canada’s tallest building has just begun construction in Toronto. Designed by Foster + Partners and CORE Architects, The One is a 1,004-foot-tall …

Instagram now lets you post landscape and portrait photo albums

Instagram now lets you post photo albums with landscape and portrait pictures. Since the feature was introduced in February, you’ve only been able to post square-format photos — very old-school Instagram. But now, you’ll be able to post pictures in the format of your choosing, rather than cropping …

Android Oreo will let apps launch Google Assistant

Google Assistant might be ahead of its competitors when it comes to certain tasks, but third-party integration is not one of those tasks. That looks to significantly change with Android Oreo, though there are a few things to consider.<p>Thanks to code found on the Android Developers website by XDA …

YouTube’s big makeover continues with redesigned mobile app, new logo and more

Earlier this year, YouTube introduced a major redesign of its desktop website which delivered a cleaner look and new features like a “dark mode” for nighttime watching. Today, YouTube is taking this update out of beta, and making it available to all users. In addition, the company is extending the …

The 5 Things You Need To Make The Best Cup Of Coffee Ever, According To Our Food Editor

Say goodbye to those pesky K-cups.<p>I've been meditating every morning for years, but not in the eyes-closed way. My spiritual awakening starts when coffee beans clack in the mouth of the burr grinder—the whine of the motor is, to me, a soothing mantra. After putting the filter in place, I lift the …

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns

Uber’s embattled CEO Travis Kalanick is resigning from the ride-sharing company he helped found in 2009 following a “shareholder revolt” led by some of Uber’s most prominent investors, the New York Times reports.<p>An Uber spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that Kalanick has stepped down.<p>The report …

Sexual Harassment

Spotify now lets you build playlists with friends inside Messenger

Earlier this year, Spotify introduced a new Messenger bot that let users share song clips with friends. Today, the company is expanding on that bot’s functionality to now allow a group of friends to build a playlist together via Messenger – even if not everyone in the group is on Spotify.<p>The …

Tesla's head of autopilot software is leaving after just six months

Chris Lattner, who left Apple in January to become Tesla's head of autopilot software in January is now leaving the carmaker.<p>"Turns out that Tesla …