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By mr_street | A magazine for computer users

Google Photos now recognizes your pets

Breaking mews from Google<p>Google Photos has announced that it can now detect photos of your pet, automatically grouping them together the way it does with people. This means you will no longer have to type in words like “dog” or “cat,” as the algorithm will sort them for you.<p>Rolling out in most …

Google Photos

Amazon Echo and LaMetric Time

The Amazon Echo is a smart speaker system with digital assistant. She responds to the wake-up word 'Alexa' and her features include music streaming …

This is what an exploding smartphone looks like

We've all become familiar with the images of the aftermath of an exploding smartphone, whether it be a completely destroyed phone, the damaged nearby property, or even bodily injury.<p>But we rarely see the moment a phone catches fire and the panic that ensues.<p>A recent video shows the moment a …

Samsung

Study Shows Calories Burned May Be Wrong On Fitness Trackers

<i>Whomp whomp.</i>We’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but if you have one of the fitness watches recently tested for caloric expenditure accuracy, …

Weight Loss

RetroModem for the Commodore 64

Retrocomputers are fun, but ultimately limited in capability compared to modern hardware. One popular pursuit to rectify this is the connection of …

Arduino

The Pixel 2 can automatically switch into do not disturb mode when you're driving

In addition to announcing two new Pixel phones this week, Google released a new app called Pixel Ambient Services. I know, it's an exciting name. This is the description for the app: "Pixel Ambient Services provides features based on local context for Pixel devices." Today, <i>Android Police</i> spotted …

Google

Latest Action Launcher update brings the Pixel 2’s new design to any Android phone, here’s how to set it up

At the Made by Google event earlier this week, the search giant announced two new Pixel smartphones which showed an updated Pixel Launcher. The most notable difference was the search bar which got moved below the app dock. Thankfully, one of the most customizable launchers available for download …

Google

Microsoft announces Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Launcher for Android

Microsoft announced today two new apps that help expand the company’s presence on operating system platforms outside the Windows ecosystem. Based on …

Microsoft

WhatsApp emoji: New, redesigned set rolls out to users

This is the first time the messaging app has designed its own. Until now, it had used Apple’s emoji on both Android and iOS versions of the …

iOS Apps

The Pixel's missing headphone jack proves Apple was right

We might not like it, but Apple’s prediction that we could live without headphone jacks is proving correct<p>When it launched the iPhone 7 a year ago, Apple confidently declared the headphone jack obsolete technology that we could learn to live without. I disagreed with the necessity of its removal …

Headphones

Google unveils 'Pixelbook' Chromebook, and it is much better than a Windows 10 PC

Fact -- Chromebooks are much better than Windows 10 PCs. Well, for some people, at least. I'll concede that some consumers will be better served by …

Laptops

All the ways you can use Chrome offline

No internet, no problem.<p>Internet access, whether wired or wireless, has become one of the most precious commodities of our time. But that leaves us singularly unprepared when that access gets cut off—such as when we travel to the signal-free middle of nowhere or a storm knocks out power to our home …

Google

The best Microsoft programs killed before their time

Last week, Microsoft announced that it would be dropping its classic drawing app Microsoft Paint into the Recycle Bin with the launch of this year's …

Microsoft

Electronic music superhero Aphex Twin unearths massive, free music vault | Ars Technica

Includes hours of never-before-released beats over past 20-plus years.<p>Many of the greatest electronic musicians also happen to be computer and …

Electronic Music

Microsoft signals end of Paint program

<b>Microsoft's graphics program Paint has been included in a list of Windows 10 features that will be either removed or no longer developed.</b><p>Paint has been part of the Windows operating system since its release in 1985 and is known for its simplicity and basic artistic results.<p>Paint's successor, Paint …

Microsoft

Radiohead releases a surprise ZX Spectrum program for OK Computer anniversary | Ars Technica

And they're shipping it to fans on a bonafide cassette tape.<p>Radiohead has never shied away from arty and elaborate "special edition" versions of its …

Pink Floyd

7 Cool Programming Tricks Inside Microsoft Notepad

No coding skills? No problem. Microsoft Notepad has you covered.<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of …

Raspberry Pi's tiny but beefy rival: UP Core can run full Windows 10

The Intel x86 UP Core is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.<p>UP has launched a crowd-funding campaign for its new developer board, the …

Raspberry Pi

Amazon Look

So. Amazon have launched the "Echo Look", which is a basically a webcam linked to Amazon which has AI powered fashion sense. Apparently you can use …

Artificial Intelligence

How to find the Windows 10 Creators Update's hidden desktop themes

If you're looking to pretty up the look of your desktop, there are just under 175 preset themes available in the Windows Store in the Windows 10 Creators Update at this writing—but finding them isn't so simple. Searching for 'themes' in the Store only gets you a bunch of apps and a random …

Microsoft

How to turn on 'Undo Send' in Gmail

There are no second chances in life, but there may be in email.<p>While this is of little consolation to those wishing they could hit "undo" on …

Google

How to get started with Paint 3D in Windows 10 Creators Update

The app allows you to access Remix3D online community.<p>One of the new additions in the Windows 10 Creators Update is the built-in Paint 3D app that …

3D

Plant, weeds or flowers? This app can identify mystery plants in your garden

<b>New to gardening?</b><p>Flowers are for life, not just for spring. If you’ve decided to get green-fingered this spring but don’t know your lilacs from your …

Budget Astrophotography With A Raspberry Pi

New to astrophotography, [Jason Bowling] had heard that the Raspberry Pi’s camera module could be used as a low-cost entry into the hobby. Having a …

Raspberry Pi

The Asus Tinker Board gives North American makers a new computer option

North American makers and hobbyists take note: There is another single-board computer option in town. Your options for building your own computing …

Raspberry Pi

Microsoft Flow app appears in Windows Store, only for Windows 10 Mobile phones with 2GB+RAM

Yesterday was a great day to be a user of Microsoft Flow, as Microsoft announced a new set of features that will be coming to the service. After …

Facebook launches beta of interactive social virtual reality platform Spaces

Facebook unveiled its new Spaces virtual reality platform at the F8 conference in San Jose, California, on Tuesday. The project aims to take the …

Virtual Reality

Microsoft replaces the password with a phone-based log-in

Microsoft's Authenticator app can now save you a step when logging into anything that requires a Microsoft Account. According to a blog post from the company's identity division, Microsoft has just flipped the switch on a new phone sign-in feature that skips the password entry part …

Microsoft

What's new on Cortana for the Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft is updating Cortana with the Windows 10 Creators Update, and here we show you everything you need to know.<p>The Creators Update for Windows …