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Facebook Messenger now lets you add friends during calls without stopping the party

Facebook Messenger is making it easier to invite friends to your calls. Starting today, you can add friends onto an ongoing session.<p>Previously you had to close your call, create a new group, and then initiate a call again. Now you can just tap on the screen while on a call and select the ‘add …

Apps

Twitter will crack down on automation and simultaneous actions across multiple accounts

(<i>Reuters</i>) — Twitter said on Wednesday it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic that Russian agents and others have allegedly used to make tweets or topics go viral.<p>The San Francisco-based social network also said it would not allow …

Mike Cernovich

Apple breaks down just what makes Portrait Lighting special on iPhone X

Apple is very proud of its Portrait Lighting feature for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, and it’s willing to let users take a peek behind the Cupertino curtain to show exactly why.<p>In a new video shared Wednesday evening, Apple gives an overview of the development process which led to Portrait …

IPhone X

Twitter is (finally) cracking down on bots

Twitter is cracking down on bots after it announced changes to its API that will massively reduce the impact of services that allow links and content to be shared across multiple accounts, i.e. the software that powers Twitter bots.<p>So that means an end to services that let those controlling large …

Internet

Encrypted chat app Signal gets a cash injection from WhatsApp co-founding billionaire, Brian Acton

Time for Acton<p>What do you do when you find yourself with more money than you’ll ever practically need? For the world’s richest man, the answer is to …

Privacy

Rugged Cat S61 phone can see through walls and then some

With advanced thermal imaging tech, laser-assisted distance measuring and an air motoring sensor, the Cat S61 is one seriously high-tech phone.<p>Back at Mobile World Congress in 2016, British phone maker Bullitt showed off the Cat S60, a rugged phone for people working in rough-tough environments …

Gear & Gadgets

Gboard beta brings email auto-completion, unified media search, and more

• The latest Gboard beta includes email auto-complete, universal media search, and additional languages.<br>• Email auto-complete does not appear to work on every device yet.<br>• The update is rolling out to Gboard beta testers through the Play Store.<p>Google released beta version 7.0.2 of its Gboard keyboard …

Gboard

Level puts a fitness tracker in your glasses, and it's not the worst idea ever

VSP Global, a network of eye care businesses in the US, is gearing up to begin selling its Level smart glasses next month. But unlike efforts from Intel and Vuzix, these spectacles don’t feature fancy displays or augmented reality capabilities; instead, they’re designed to help you stay in …

Wearable Tech

South Korean chat app becomes new outlet for #MeToo movement

SEOUL (Reuters) - A chat app where South Koreans can anonymously dish the dirt on their misbehaving bosses and colleagues is belatedly stirring the country’s #MeToo movement, shedding new light on sexual harassment in the heavily male-dominated corporate culture.<p>Prompted by a recent wave of …

South Korea

Wallet’s Google Pay Send rebrand now live on Android and iOS

As part of the company’s payments rebrand, Google Pay will gain the ability to send and request money in the “next few months.” Until then, the dedicated Google Wallet app is gaining its own minor redesign, with the app now live in the Play Store and on the iOS App Store.<p>Compared to the transition …

Google Pay

​LG to unveil camera-focused K8, K10 smartphones at MWC

LG Electronics will unveil new versions of its mid-tier smartphones with additional camera features at next week's Mobile World Congress.<p>LG …

Mobile Technology

Signal's secure messaging app gets a $50 million lifeline from WhatsApp co-founder

One of the first messaging services to offer end-to-end encryption for truly private conversations, Signal has largely been developed by a team that’s never grown larger than three full-time developers over the years it’s been around. Now, it’s getting a shot in the arm from the co-founder of a …

Privacy

Apple offers look at the development of Portrait Lighting camera feature in new video

Apple this evening has shared a new video offering a look into the development process that led to the creation of the Portrait Lighting feature on iPhone X. The video shows how Apple used the “art of portraiture” to come up with the technology…<p>Apple explains that it worked with photographers and …

Mobile Technology

Level's activity-tracking smart glasses launches this March

Even though Intel unveiled its Vaunt smart glasses earlier this month, insurance provider VSP has actually been working on its own take on smart eyewear for well over a year now. It's called Level, and while it won't offer head's up notifications like the Vaunt, it does feature activity tracking …

Wearable Tech

Australian businesses now legally obliged to report data breaches or cop hefty fines

It took a while, but the 2016 Privacy Amendment Bill was finally passed into legislation last year after getting the royal say-so to become law, and …

Ashley Madison

Find Your Grind and ReKTGlobal team up for $450,000 in esports scholarships

Find Your Grind (FYG) has partnered with esports platform ReKTGlobal to create a scholarship program for students and others who want to pursue esports. Each year, the two will be offering $450,000 through the program, which focuses on high school students but is open to anyone.<p>FYG founder Nick …

College & University

HTC lays off large portion of US branch, smartphone and VR divisions merge

• HTC laid off a large portion of its US team, though the exact number is not known.<br>• The company also confirmed its smartphone and VR businesses share the same leadership.<br>• HTC recently had its president of smartphone and connected devices business resign after six years with the company.<p>HTC‘s …

Cellular Networks

​Samsung, Qualcomm to make 5G chips with 7-nanometer process

Qualcomm's future Snapdragon 5G mobile chipsets will be manufactured using Samsung's 7-nanometer Low Power Plus (LPP) extreme ultra violet (EUV) …

Mobile

YouTubers turn car into the world's biggest mouse

A YouTuber turned a small car into a massive mouse, and now we want to use it to play all the games.<p>The car is “Cheese Louise,” a canary-yellow Comuta-Car — an electric car from the 80s which looks like a sentient, upside-down garbage skip. Louise is owned by Simone Giertz, who you might remember …

YouTube

Twitter's new rules prohibit bulk tweeting to fight spam

Twitter's spam bot issue isn't new, but it came to a head when it was revealed that thousands of Russian troll accounts used the platform to influence the 2016 Presidential elections. Now, the company has announced a set of changes and new developer guidelines meant to fight off automated actions …

Internet

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe goes edgy, gets a diesel

This popular SUV gains a dramatic new look and a brace of serious new tech -- plus a surprise powertrain option.<p>Like most new-car dealers, Hyundai franchisees have been clamoring for more crossover SUVs. Seemingly no matter the size, price or class, American customers can't get enough soft-roading …

Nissan

Bowers & Wilkins PX Review: Beautiful sound - after I got a haircut

Bowers and Wilkins’ PX are among the best Bluetooth headphones I’ve tried in recent memory. It’s just weird it took a trip to the barber to get the best sound out of them.<p>The PX are a $400 pair of noise cancelling headphones that launched to rave reviews for their classy looks and pristine sound. …

Audiophile

Employees at $93 billion Qualcomm brace for layoffs after Apple sparks a boardroom battle — it’s straight out of ‘Game of Thrones’

Qualcomm, a chip manufacturer valued on the public markets at about $93 billion, is in a very strange fight for its life right now — and employees are worried that layoffs are not far off.<p>Broadcom, one of Qualcomm's chief rivals, has made several bids to buy the company. But the Qualcomm board has, …

Cersei Lannister

Australian Video Games Spending Passes $3 Billion

Australia’s Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) has today announced that Australian consumer spending on video games and related …

Nintendo Switch

Ex-engineer sues Google, saying he was fired for condemning diversity memo

Tim Chevalier says he lost his job over posts on internal forums amid controversy following James Damore’s comments on gender<p>A former Google engineer has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was fired for speaking out against James Damore’s controversial memo about gender, the latest development in a …

Rights & Freedoms

Apple iOS 11.2.6 Release Has A Nasty Surprise

We all know about Apple’s biggest ongoing problem with iOS 11. Well, a nasty surprise in iOS 11.2.6 is taking it to a whole new level…<p><i>‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.</i><p>With battery life …

iOS

Ex-Google engineer: I was fired for being too liberal | Ars Technica

Tim Chevalier sues Google, claims only employees "who represent the majority" speak.<p>An ex-Google engineer has sued his former employer, claiming that …

The Workplace

Twitter says its fighting the 'targeted abuse and harassment' of Parkland survivors

Twitter is stepping in to deal with the "targeted abuse and harassment" facing many of the survivors of the Parkland shooting.<p>Since the teens have …

Internet

Spotify is taking a big risk using a direct public offering

Spotify's planned direct public offering could backfire for its investors.<p>The benefit of using a direct public offering, in which the company takes its shares directly to market rather than using an investment bank to set a price as in a traditional initial public offering, is that a company can …

Spotify

Porsche is letting its diesel past die, killing it even

The German manufacturer is saying goodbye to its oil-burners and hello to electrons.<p>Porsche never really went whole-hog on diesel technology. Mostly it just took hand-me-downs from its corporate siblings at Volkswagen and Audi, but we never got the impression that it was all that into it, which is …

Porsche

Nintendo Switch Getting Outdated Version of Payday 2

Payday 2 publisher Starbreeze has confirmed the version coming to Switch is not the latest iteration of the game.<p>Polygon reports the revelation comes …

Gaming

Linfox transports itself to Telstra IoT platform

Following its acquisition of MTData, Telstra has signed Linfox on as an IoT customer, providing solutions aimed at improving driver and road safety …

Internet of Things

Why Apple's Amazing iPhone Records Are Coming To An End

Apple’s plans to get closer to its cobalt suppliers raises an interesting question. What happens when Tim Cook no longer has easy wins in the supply chain and all the low-hanging profit in the iPhone is gone?<p>Tim Cook’s reputation at Apple was built on his supply chain management. Highlights …

Tim Cook