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This week in apps: Alexa on your iPhone and yet another Snapchat clone

With news that Netflix is changing up reviews, Google Home is playing unwanted ads and Spotify is hinting at premium-only albums, you may have missed some of this week's best new apps.<p>We've kept up for you. Each week, we round up the latest app news, along with a few of our favorite new and updated …

Apps

Chrome quietly received a big 3D graphics boost

Did you recently notice a boost to 3D web graphics while using Chrome? It's not just you. Google has revealed that Chrome 56 and later releases support the WebGL 2.0 standard. You should see faster performance, new texture types and visual effects (such as volume-based effects and tone mapping). …

Graphics

2017 Apple iPad, iPad Pro: Specs, Release Date -- Rumor, Analyst Roundup

A new iPad Pro is expected soon. Here’s what we could see based on input from an IHS Markit analyst as well as reports.<p><b>10.5-inch iPad Pro:</b> Expect to see a new iPad Pro design with a 10.5-inch display, Rhoda Alexander, Director Tablets and PCs, at IHS Markit, told me in a phone interview last month. …

Naver, South Korea's Biggest Internet Company, Has Its First Female CEO

South Korea’s biggest tech company has signaled major changes for its own direction as well as the local tech industry, as Naver announced the appointment of vice president Han Seong-sook as its first female CEO and the first woman to lead a major Korean tech company. Following shareholder approval …

Innovation

An internet security expert says a cyber arms race has just begun – and the big players might surprise you

Mikko Hypponen, a cyber security expert told Business Insider: "I believe we are right now seeing the beginning of the next arms race. This time it’s going to be a cyber arms race.<p>"Cyber attacks are, well they are, effective, they are affordable, and they are deniable. That’s a great combination in …

Cybersecurity

Marine Corps updates social media guidance to address online misconduct

As its revenge porn scandal continues to unfurl, the Marine Corps took steps this week to bolster its standards for online behavior.<p>Following a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller signed off on a set of guidelines that expand the definition of …

Social Media

Tesla kills its relatively affordable 60kWh Model S options

After April 16th, 2017, people will no longer be able to buy the most affordable Tesla cars available today. The automaker has decided to stop offering the Model S 60 and 60D options to "simplify the ordering process," according to a newsletter it sent to subscribers. Tesla launched the cars last …

Tesla

Wikileaks Sets Conditions for Helping Tech Companies Close CIA Hacks

Wikileaks this week contacted major tech companies including Apple and Google, and required them to assent to a set of conditions before receiving …

Security

​Lyft paying $27M to settle driver classification suit

A California judge gives final approval in the class action lawsuit, confirming that the ride-hailing company's drivers will remain independent contractors.<p>The showdown between ride-hailing service Lyft and its California drivers appears to have come to an end.<p>US District Judge Vince Chhabria gave …

Uber

Super Mario Run is finally making its way to Android on March 23

Nintendo has finally announced that Super Mario Run will arrive on the Play Store on March 23. This has been a long time coming for Android users, since Nintendo released the game on iOS back in December. Previously, Nintendo confirmed that Super Mario Run would arrive on the Play Store in March …

Nintendo

‘We must continue to dream big’: an open letter from Serena Williams

Writing for Porter Magazine’s Incredible Women of 2016 issue, the tennis star takes aim at the barriers that still hold women athletes back<p>• How feminists embraced the radical open letter<p>To all incredible women who strive for excellence,<p>When I was growing up, I had a dream. I’m sure you did, too. …

Serena Williams

Google’s redesigned Google Sites goes live

For the longest time, Google Sites felt like the forgotten app in Google’s productivity suite. Earlier this year, though, the company announced that it would finally give Sites a full overhaul. Today, after a short beta, this new version of Sites is going live for all users.<p>Google Sites is …

Google

13 awesome gifts for the geek guys and gals in your life

1/15<p>Snapchat Spectacles<p>Snapchat’s $129 Spectacles are like the Furby-in-1998 of the modern tech world.<p>They’re stupidly hard to get and maybe a little silly, but people are going crazy for them. You tap one button and a camera built into the glasses frame shoots a video that uploads right into …

Gaming

Review: Apple tees up the future with iPhone 7

M<p>y kid farts a lot. Farting — and eating — is pretty much all he does, actually, because he’s four weeks old. At this point he’s performing to expectations and we’re all very pleased here even though no adults in this house have slept longer than a couple of hours continuously in several weeks.<p>He’s …

iPhone

Forget the iPhone 7 — here are 7 reasons the 2017 iPhone will blow everyone away

Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 on Wednesday, and while it has a few great features that improve on the 6s, some people aren't pleased that it looks identical to the iPhone 6 generation.<p>Enter the 2017 iPhone.<p>For those of you unimpressed by the iPhone 7, you might feel differently about Apple's next …

iPhone

US Open: Stan Wawrinka beats Novak Djokovic in men's final

Posted at 1:46 12 Sep<p>Getty Images<p>And hence it is time for us to give you a kiss goodnight.<p>How would you reflect on the tournament? Andy Murray out in the quarter-finals but Great Britain broke records for getting so many players through the early rounds.<p>But ultimately, it's winners that are …

Snapchat To Reach Nearly $1 Billion In Ad Sales Next Year, eMarketer Predicts

Forecasting firm eMarketer estimates Snapchat will generate nearly $1 billion in ad sales next year. (Associated Press)<p>Snapchat, the Venice, Calif.-based messaging service popular among teens and millennials, is forecast to reach nearly $1 billion in global advertising sales in 2017, up from an …

Snapchat

Microsoft updates OneNote for Android with new features

Microsoft today updated its OneNote app for Android, adding new features such as the ability to open a password-protected section, record notes with …

Microsoft

Replace Your Gas Generator With a Clean, Battery-Powered One

Get portable power without messy gas or fumes.<p>Portable power has been the domain of gas generators for decades, but battery-powered generators are starting to pop up, offering a cleaner option for DIYers, campers, and tailgaters.<p>What keeps these battery-powered generators from being just big …

Batteries

Every iPhone 7 rumor, ranked from most to least likely

The iPhone 7 is about to drop, which means Apple will finally put the many rumors surrounding the phone to rest.<p>Apple's launch event — which will be held on Sept. 7 in San Francisco — will introduce the much anticipated new iPhone, along with potential other updated Apple products like a redesigned …

iPhone

2016 wildlife photographer of the year finalists - in pictures

From a curious fox to a hungry hornbill, these stunning scenes represent some of the world’s best nature photography

The Latest: Fognini loses 5-setter to Ferrer at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):<p>12:55 a.m.<p>Fabio Fognini of Italy lost $3,000 from a fine for unsportsmanlike conduct for an earlier match, then lost a heartbreaker on court, too, beaten 6-0, 4-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 by 11th-seeded David Ferrer of Spain in the second …

Rio Olympics

Dropbox employee’s password reuse led to theft of 60M+ user credentials

Dropbox disclosed earlier this week that a large chunk of its users’ credentials obtained in 2012 was floating around on the dark web. But that number may have been much higher than we originally thought.<p>Credentials for more than 60 million accounts were taken, as first reported by Motherboard and …

Data Breach

Apple adds 2TB iCloud storage option before iPhone 7 launch

Perhaps a 256GB iPhone is on the horizon<p>Apple has introduced a new storage tier for iCloud that grants 2TB of space for $19.99 a month. This pricing is similar to Google Drive’s terabyte pricing, which starts at $9.99 a month for 1TB, and is slightly more than Microsoft’s 1TB plan for $6.99 a …

iPhone

Apple iPhone 7 review: Refining the design rather than ripping it up and starting again - Pocket-lint

"It is the best iPhone yet", proclaimed Tim Cook on the stage at Apple's Special Event in San Francisco at the beginning of the September.<p>He would be …

Wayne Rooney should quit England to save Manchester United career, says Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer quit England when he was 29 in a bid to extend his glittering career at at Newcastle United - and he believes Wayne Rooney should do the …

The AppAdvice Tech Week in Review: Ahead of 'iPhone 7' Announcement, an Important iOS Update

You are using an <b>outdated</b> browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.<p>The calm before the storm<p>iDevices<p>by Bryan M. Wolfe<p>A mostly …

5 Topics for the 2016 U.S. Open

As opening day of this year’s U.S. Open draws near, spectators and athletes can expect the usual Grand Slam excitement, with potentially a few surprises for tennis fans nationwide.<p>The tournament comes after an eventful Olympic tennis tournament in Rio, where Andy Murray and Monica Puig took home …

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 unveiled in China, priced at $135

Xiaomi took the wraps off their latest smartphone offering, the Redmi Note 4, earlier today, and as is expected from the budget-friendly Redmi series, the device offers a premium look, specifications, and features, and more importantly, an ultra-affordable price tag.<p>The Redmi Note 4 retains the …

Tablets

Google is rolling out a data-saving feature to all Nexus phones

Google has announced that it’s bringing its Wi-Fi Assistant feature to all Android-based Nexus handsets to help users save on data costs.<p>Wi-Fi Assistant automatically detects and connects to more than a million free open W-Fi hotspots that have been identified and verified by the company. The …

Google