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Our Continuing mission….

The 60s were a heady time. The Space Age, we called it. Heavy with shows like the Jetsons and Star Trek, and theme parks like Epcot Centre. Even with …

YouTube TV now supports AirPlay, so you can use it with your Apple TV

YouTube TV, Google’s over-the-top streaming service, just got an update for its iOS application that adds support for Apple’s AirPlay functionality.<p>When it launched a few weeks ago, YouTube TV didn’t offer any apps for set-top boxes, meaning that the only way to get YouTube TV content on a …

Facebook redesigns Trending topics to make news easier to find

Facebook is introducing a couple of changes today that make it easier to spot trending topics and the coverage around them.<p>First up, there’s a bit of a visual redesign. Previously, clicking on a trending topic would highlight a story from one publication, and you’d have to scroll down past a live …

Here's how to watch the Google I/O keynote

Google's biggest event of the year is about to kick off as its annual developers conference, Google I/O, gets underway in Mountain View, …

Instagram launches Story Search for hashtags and locations

Instagram Stories wants to be your window into what’s going on around a topic or place right now, so it’s adding a way to search Stories two months after Snapchat did the same. Instagram users can now search for a location or hashtag, and see a Story compiled from Story posts by other users that …

Google Maps now uses Street View to show you exactly where to make turns

Google Maps has received a small design update that could be helpful when getting directions to someplace unfamiliar. When displaying a set of directions, Maps’ Android app will now show Street View images of every road you’re supposed to turn onto. If you tap the image, Street View will open up to …

Microsoft insists on calling AR and VR 'Mixed' Reality. Maybe we should too.

Back in 2015, when the the world was just beginning to pay serious attention to virtual reality, Microsoft surprised everyone by announcing HoloLens. Instead of surrounding you with virtual imagery – like Oculus and every other VR company – HoloLens brought the digital world into the real. To date, …

Google Search will now help you find nearby events

Google today is updating its app and mobile web experience in the U.S. to help web searchers more easily find things to do – like concerts, art exhibits, lectures, festivals, meetups, sporting events, and more – which are happening nearby, either now or in the future.<p>The company says it’s rolling …

Apple might reveal a new iPad next month

A redesigned iPad Pro might be announced next month.<p><i>9to5Mac</i> has obtained an image of what it claims is an inventory listing for cases for an iPad Pro …

Microsoft's extensible Graph API can turn any device into a productivity tool

At its Build developer conference in Seattle today, Microsoft showed off how developers can extend the company’s Graph API to turn just about any device into a productivity assistant.<p>To illustrate what that means, Senior Product Marketing Manager Laura Jones took to the stage to demonstrate a …

Google just acquired one of the most successful VR game studios

Google announced today that it’s acquiring Owlchemy Labs, the VR-focused studio that created <i>Job Simulator</i> and <i>Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality</i><i>.</i> Owlchemy will keep releasing VR games for multiple platforms, but with backing from Google — similar to <i>Tilt Brush</i> studio Skillman & Hackett, which Google …

WhatsApp is totally dominating video calling, too

WhatsApp users are spending a lot of time on video calls. Together, the app's 1.2 billion users are spending more than 340 million minutes a day …

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Pinterest adds visual search guides to its Lens and a new CTO

Pinterest today is adding a new feature to its Lens — its live camera search — that will help pick apart what’s in the image and make it easier to search specific parts of that image.<p>As you can see in the run-through above, what Pinterest calls Visual Guides based on object detection is another way …

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YouTube is testing a slick new design - here's how to get it right now

YouTube today announced it’s allowing everyone to preview its new site design — the cleaner, more minimalist version you never knew you wanted.<p>The site is far less cluttered than previous iterations and makes use of generous amounts of ever-so-appealing whitespace.<p>For visual comparison, here is my …

Google’s mysterious new Fuchsia OS has a UI now

We’ve known for a while now that Google is working on a mysterious new operating system known as “Fuchsia.” Unlike Android or Chrome OS that are based on Linux, Fuchsia is built on a new, Google-built kernel called “Magenta” instead.<p>It turns out Fuchsia has come a long way from the command line …

Microsoft is putting AI everywhere it can

Today’s AI is tomorrow’s taken for granted.<p>It’s an insight you’d expect to hear from, maybe, Watson parent IBM, Alexa’s mom, Amazon, or even Facebook …

Artificial Intelligence

Nugget’s new app finds the best deals on Amazon

There are a number of great deals to be had on Amazon, but finding them across the retailer’s vast array of products is still a challenge. That’s where a new app called Nugget comes in. The app scours Amazon for higher-quality products at lower prices, and then curates them into categories you can …

Google Photos can turn your pictures into a Mother’s Day movie

Hint: it requires you to have pictures of your mom<p>For those in the United States, you have a little over a week to prep something nice for your mom for Mother’s Day (May 14th). If you’re running a little behind, or are afraid something won’t ship in time, though, Google Photos will make you a sappy …

You’ll be able to upgrade any Windows 10 S device to Windows 10 Pro

Microsoft just unveiled a new operating system — Windows 10 S. This secured and streamlined operating system is perfect for the education market. But Microsoft is also going to ship Windows 10 S on its perfectly capable Surface Laptop.<p>During the press conference, the company has compared the new …

Google's Instant Apps is the feature you wish you had on your iPhone

Instant Apps, one of the headlining announcements from Google IO 2016, is likely to be making a wide release to Android phones nearly a year after …

Wow! Facebook comments now have Reactions, too

Love them or hate them, Facebook's Reactions aren't going away.<p>The social network is expanding its like button yet again. This time, it's comments …

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Facebook Messenger instant games go global

Facebook today announced Messenger games are coming out to all users, meaning you have a whole new way to waste time on your phone.<p>Facebook launched games in Messenger in the US last year, and included such proven time-sinks as <i>Pac-Man</i>, <i>Space Invaders</i>, and <i>Galaga</i>. That library will expand with this …

WhatsApp will soon let you pin chats to the top of your conversation list

Less scrolling<p>WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will let you pin three chats at the top of your conversation list in the beta version of its app, according to <i>Android Police</i>. If you’ve ever been chatting with a bunch of different people during the day and got tired of scrolling to find the …

Facebook gives its Marketplace a colorful redesign

Facebook has given its Marketplace a bit of a visual overhaul, with new colorful icons and improved search and filtering features. The Craigslist competitor, first launched in October 2016, is Facebook’s major entry point into local commerce. Today, the Marketplace sits in a dedicated tab at the …

Twitter's search just got a very important update

If you spend a lot of time on Twitter, then you know there are two things that are incredibly important: liberal emoji use and knowing how to put …

Apple and Tesla want to see some changes to self-driving regulations

California is a self-driving testing hotspot at the moment - a lot of the world's biggest tech companies are based there, and the state has special …

Google opens up Classroom so anyone can now become a teacher

Google is opening up its Classroom educational service to allow anyone to create and teach a class on its platform.<p>The web-based tool works across devices and Google says it can be used to help manage classes for adult education, hobbies, and after school programs.<p>Classroom should come in handy for …

Facebook Messenger Lite now in over 100 countries

Facebook is bringing the Lite version of Messenger to over 100 countries around the world today. David Marcus, the head of Messenger at Facebook, posted the announcement on his Facebook page.<p>The company highlights Lite’s compatibility with older phones, but as Abhi pointed out, the app also helps …

Google researcher figures how to make great night photos with a smartphone

Name the number one problem with smartphone cameras. If you picked "nighttime photos," we agree: While smartphone cameras have improved by orders of …

Personalized travel planner Google Trips gets better at handling your reservations

Google last fall introduced its own travel planning application, Google Trips, a competitor to TripIt and others, which combines tools to manage your air and hotel reservations with suggestions of places to visit and things to do at your destination. Today, Google Trips is getting its first big …

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