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Microsoft wants you to scan in 3D using only your phone

If you want to do some 3D scanning, you usually have to get either a dedicated scanner or a less-than-elegant add-on. Microsoft Research and the University of Oxford think there's a better way, though. Their MobileFusion project captures 3D models using only an app on your smartphone. The software …

3D Scanners

Samsung on Galaxy Note 5's broken stylus slot: read the manual

This year's Galaxy Note 5 is an outstanding device — combining power with grace, and utility with handsome looks — but it also has a pretty major design flaw. The phone's stylus can be inserted into its silo in both orientations, which is a change from previous S Pen designs, and one of those …


iOS Continues to Lead Enterprise Despite Decline in Tablet Market

iOS remained the top platform for smartphone activations in the second quarter, despite its overall market share falling from 70% to 64%, according to Good Technology's twelfth quarterly Q2 Mobility Index Report. Android trailed behind with 32% market share during the quarter, up from 26% last …

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Facebook Brings Auto-Play Video Ads To Apps In Its Mobile Ad Network

Facebook’s making a killing with its native, in-feed, auto-play video ads, and now it’s going to let other developers earn money off them too. Today Facebook announced that it’s opening up its own best-performing ad units to publishers that show Facebook’s Audience Network ads to monetize their …


ZTE Axon Review! (Review in 2)

Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine: 'no one will be able to catch us'

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Apple once revolutionised music by putting 1,000 songs in your pocket. (Then 5,000... then 40,000.) Now it wants to do it again by putting one song on your iPhone: the one you need to hear next.

"I started this curation conversation six years ago, …

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With iOS 9, iPhones know when to switch from weak Wi-Fi to cell data

There's a connectivity problem with Apple's iPhone and other iOS devices: If you're near a Wi-Fi source, they'll cling to that source even if the signal is horrendous, effectively killing your Internet.

In iOS 9 beta, this problem is fixed with the Wi-Fi Assist feature, which will "automatically use …


Volkswagen announces availability of Android Auto in most 2016 models

Android Auto’s proliferation is imminent. Major car manufacturers continue to integrate Google’s infotainment platform into their vehicles. …


Facebook Search Is Growing — But Not Like the Rest of Facebook

Google has many reasons to fear Facebook. Don’t count robbing its search business among them, yet. During Facebook’s second-quarter earnings call Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the social network hosts more than 1.5 billion searches a day. Many searches! But in September of 2012, Zuckerberg …


Twitter sued over photo copyright

First stolen jokes, now pictures -- an award-winning photographer has sued Twitter over a copyrighted image that has been shared on the social media site.

Kristen Pierson filed suit in California over an image she took of Dragonforce guitarist Herman Li, which was being hosted and linked to on …


Canon's new $30,000 video camera can see where you can't

Canon is already competing with the Arri Alexa and Red cameras of the world, but it's about to take this one step further. Meet the ME20F-SH, a high-end video shooter that features a sleek, subtle and somewhat compact design. Most importantly, Canon's new camera can deliver an ISO equivalent of …


A new Instagram quick edit screen means even Instagram knows filters are passé

It looks like Instagram version 7.3 didn’t just bring new Explore features – but an entirely new edit screen to help quicken the sharing process.

Spotted by Droid Life, the latest build of Instagram for Android sports a new screen that condenses the Edit, Location Tag, User Tag and Caption tools all …


You can now request an invite to buy a new OnePlus 2 phone

OnePlus surprised everybody (including itself) by selling many millions of its first phone, the OnePlus One. Despite trouble getting enough phones into distribution channels last time, OnePlus is sticking with the invite system for its new phone, the OnePlus 2.

You can request an invite on the …

Jack Dorsey’s First Order Of Business As Interim CEO? Twitter Support To The Stars

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Founder of company leaves to start another company. Comes back a few times. Takes role of “Interim CEO” and starts personally doing customer support for celebrities. Haven’t heard that one? OK, well then check this out.

The other day, one Kim Kardashian (powerhouse …


Rumor: iPad mini 4 to be a Miniature iPad Air 2 – Apple Will Release iPad Air 3 in 2015

A new rumor coming from our friends in the far east indicates the Apple iPad mini 4 will basically be a smaller iPad Air 2. The rumor also indicates that Apple could introduce an iPad Air 3 in 2015 after all.


The Japanese-language Macotakara said on Saturday that its industry sources

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Samsung announces monitors with built in smartphone wireless charging

Samsung is big on wireless charging these days, having adopted both PMA and Qi standards with its Galaxy S6 smartphone. The company has now announced …


Researchers have found a new texting vulnerability in Android

This morning, researchers at Zimperium Mobile Security announced a new vulnerability in Android, targeting the multimedia messaging system. Dubbed "Stagefright," the vulnerability affects roughly 950 million Android devices worldwide, according to researcher estimates, although the most vulnerable …


RIP to Twitter backgrounds: All user profiles on the web will now be white - BBC Newsbeat

Your customised Twitter background just died.

Say goodbye to sunlit landscapes, tiled pictures of Harry Styles and pugs in watering cans; from now on when you visit someone's Twitter profile all you'll get is white.

This blank canvas is meant to show off tweets themselves, rather than users' profiles.

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WhatsApp for Android now makes sure you never miss a conversation

WhatsApp has been updated on Android with a few useful new features, including an option to mark conversations as unread, as spotted by Android Police.

Tap and hold on any conversation pane and you’ll spot the new feature at the bottom of the menu. It adds a green circle to your selected chat so …


How to Increase Your Sales Using Instagram

Social media has evolved into a treasure trove for marketers who know how to harvest fans and customers. Here are some ways to market to different segments of consumers on Instagram.

Social media has evolved into a treasure trove for marketers who know how to harvest fans and customers on Facebook, …


Spotify bites back at Apple Music with weekly ‘mixtape’ playlist for each user

The music-streaming battle between Apple Music and Spotify isn’t just about which one has the Taylor Swift album: it’s about which one has the best playlists, and the ability to recommend them to the listeners who’ll love them.

Apple Music made a strong start on the first of those: the service has …

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Facebook Can’t Prevent Your Posts From Being Used Against You In Court

A New York state appeals court ruling that Facebook can’t challenge search warrants seeking users' private account information was a stinging defeat for Internet privacy advocates.

Facebook said in a statement that "overly broad search warrants -- granting the government the ability to keep hundreds …


iOS 9 Beta 4 - Here’s what changed!

Uber Wins Round 1 In Fight With NYC Mayor

After days of a political battle, de Blasio's administration has temporarily relented on plans to cap the number of Ubers on NYC streets.

After an aggressive fistfight over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed cap on the number of cars ride-hailing companies can add annually, Uber and the …

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Sketchy Chinese report claims iPhone 6s will drop 16 GB storage option, instead start at 32 GB

MIC Gadget is claiming that retail versions of the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus do not come in 16 GB variants. Instead, the report suggests that the new iPhone will start at 32 GB, with 64 GB and 128 GB available as the higher tier options.

The report is based around sources within …


First successful drone delivery made in the US

The first US government-approved drone delivery has successfully transported 4.5kg of medical supplies to a rural health clinic.

The drone, made by Australian drone manufacturer Flirtey, took part in the demonstration, which was approved by the Federal Aviation Authority, in partnership with Nasa on …


Hackers claim attack on notorious cheating website AshleyMadison

Updated: July 20 at 2 a.m. EDT with statement from Avid Life Media.

A hacking group is threatening to expose millions of users of AshleyMadison, the extramarital affairs website, unless their demands are met.

The hack, first reported by KrebsOnSecurity, has been claimed by a hacker or group of …


Spotify's music map shows UK fans are obsessed with local artists

LONDON — Music fans in the UK have pretty geographically tribal listening habits, a new interactive map from Spotify has revealed.

Their Musical Map: Cities of the World project has mapped the unique tunes played in nearly 1,000 cities across the world, from Vancouver to Auckland. Analyzing some 20 …


Twitter buyout hoax will happen again, blame easy access to company web names

How hard was it for scammers to buy a fake Bloomberg site and move the market? Easy, due to rules that let anyone buy “company” websites.

News from “Bloomberg” about a Twitter TWTR buyout saw Twitter’s shares shoot up 8% on Tuesday, and then drop back down when traders figured out the story was …