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By Flipboard News Desk | A curated selection of Technology news.

Twitch says it has been blocked in China

<b>What just happened?</b> Another major website has been banned in China. This time, it’s live game streaming service Twitch that has been targeted by the …

iOS Apps

Amazon introduces a redesigned Echo Show with a larger 10-inch display

Amazon has just announced an all-new Echo Show at its Alexa event. The new device features a larger 10-inch display and gets rid of the weird chin from the first-generation device, along with offering a smart home hub inside and a new fabric back cover (bringing the design in line with the other …

Smart Homes

Instagram's new TV service recommended videos of potential child abuse

Instagram's new TV service recommended a crop of graphic and disturbing videos, including what appeared to be child exploitation and genital mutilation.<p>That's the finding of a Business Insider investigation into IGTV, which launched in June as Instagram attempts to muscle in on rivals like YouTube …

Social Media

Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on violations

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from U.S. senators about developers who break its email-scanning rules.<p>How user data flows between big technology platforms such …

Amazon makes offline retail push in India

Amazon unleashed a flurry of new products this week at a U.S. press event, but halfway across the world, it is getting deeper into physical retail in the Indian market.<p>The U.S. e-commerce giant is buying up 49 percent of More in a deal that sees Amazon partner and PE firm Samara Capital pick up the …

Emerging Markets

iPhone XS and XS Max User Guides Reference AirPower, Suggesting Apple Still Plans to Release It

A user guide included with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max references the AirPower, suggesting that Apple has not yet shelved the much-anticipated charging mat.<p>Developer Gavin Stevens shared an image of the guide this afternoon, which clearly has a passage mentioning the AirPower.<p>"Place iPhone with …

Apple Watch

Facebook’s Echo Show rival could be announced next week

Cambridge Analytica concerns reportedly delayed Portal’s launch<p>Facebook plans to announce its long-rumored Portal video chat device next week, according to a report in <i>Cheddar</i>. The device will reportedly function a lot like a Amazon’s Echo Show, but will place a specific emphasis on its facial …

Cambridge Analytica

iFixit teardown of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max finds a few differences from the X

We’ve already seen one iPhone XS teardown from a Dutch company who managed to get their hands on one early, but now iFixit is here with its usual detailed breakdown of what it has found inside.<p>The company reports that while much is unchanged from the iPhone X, there are a few differences, not all …

iPhone

Here are all the new Amazon devices you can pre-order right now

In a world where practically every new gadget leaks long before it’s actually announced, Amazon surprised us all yesterday when it announced more …

Nextgen

Apple shares photos of customers trying and buying iPhone XS & Apple Watch Series 4

Apple has shared some photos of the first customers to get their hands on the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4 …<p>NordVPN<p>The photos were are from three countries in time zones where stores open ahead of Europe and the US: Australia, Japan and Singapore.<p>We saw customers waiting in …

Apple Watch

Instagram test shows that it’s considering a U-turn on its ‘no-regramming’ policy

Instagram has for years resisted calls for a ‘regramming’ feature – the equivalent of a retweet, in which users would be able to share posts from other accounts. Currently, you can only share public Stories in which you have been mentioned, unless you use a third-party app …<p>NordVPN<p>The company has …

Instagram

The Streaming Service Trying to Take Queer Content Global

Revry's "office" in Glendale, California feels an awful lot like off-campus college housing. There's a fireplace that looks like it hasn't seen a …

Streaming

Uber is reportedly looking to buy UK-based Deliveroo

Uber is said to be in preliminary talks to acquire London-headquartered food delivery company Deliveroo, reports Bloomberg.<p>The firm is presently valued at over $2 billion, and Uber will likely have to cough up a fair bit more than that to snap it up. If the deal goes through, it could give Uber a …

UberEATS

Finally an Apple competitor comes up with a useful marketing stunt for line waiters

Those waiting in line for new iPhones are one of Apple’s most visible forms of free marketing – so it’s perhaps not surprising that competitors sometimes try to hijack the event. Samsung picked a particularly dumb way to do it back in 2015, but Huawei has been a little smarter …<p>NordVPN<p>Rather than …

Batteries

Captain America star Chris Evans signs on for Apple TV series

Chris “Captain America” Evans is the latest star to sign on for an original Apple TV series. Evans will star in and executive produce <i>Defending Jacob</i>, a limited series based on a best-selling novel from 2012.<p>It follows the story of a father whose teenaged son is accused of murder. <i>Defending Jacob</i> …

Jennifer Aniston

Razer’s Ifrit headset is more concerned with streaming than gaming

Razer’s Ifrit is a new headset from the gaming brand that ditches the standard over-ear headphones for a pair of earbuds, which it combines with an arm-mounted microphone. The result is a more lightweight device that shouldn’t obscure your face as you stream - even if the condenser mic is still …

Razer Phone

New Huawei Mate 20 Pro teaser hints Underwater Mode, sort of

Huawei is hard at work preparing for the October 16 Mate 20 launch. After the Mate 20 and Pro versions have been leaked and spotted in the wild, the …

Huawei hijacked Apple store queues to hand out its own chargers

Apple isn't known for its iPhone's battery capacities -- and Huawei wants to help.<p>The Chinese phone maker took to the streets outside Singapore's Apple Store to give out power banks to buyers queuing to be one of the first to get Apple's newest iPhones.<p>The event was carried out at 11 p.m. Singapore …

Apple Store

Bing implements Google's fast-loading AMP tech

The rollout only covers the US for now, though.<p>If you're in the US and use Bing as your search engine on mobile, you might start coming across AMP's lightning bolt in the results page. While Microsoft already uses AMP in some of its apps, including Bing, it's only now that the search engine has …

Bing

Dell is running a sale that's great for small business owners

If you're a small business owner, managing your expenses can be a tricky tightrope. Once you have your new desktop or laptop, you may still need a …

Small Business

Thousands of Customers Waiting in Line at Apple Retail Stores for iPhone XS, XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4 as Global Launch Continues

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and Apple Watch Series 4 have started rolling out in Australia and New Zealand where it is after 8:00 a.m. on Friday, September 21, and in other countries, as the launch date approaches, customers are queueing up with the hopes of purchasing one of Apple's new devices.<p>At …

Apple Store

Disney has a million subscribers for its ESPN streaming-only service, which launched in April

That number will surprise some people, like the person typing up this article.<p>Here is a number that will surprise lots of people in the media industry: Disney says it has a million paying subscribers for its ESPN+ streaming service, which it launched five months ago.<p>Reminder: This isn’t “real” …

Samsung’s CJG5 monitor review — The right display for our times

Right now is a great time to build a new gaming PC. Memory prices are still high, but we have a glut of great CPU, GPU, and storage options that do more than most people will need. We’re definitely in the mature part of the PC component cycle, which is why Nvidia is trying to reboot it with RTX. …

OLEDs

First iOS 12.1 public beta offers Group FaceTime

Anyone who’d like to try out iOS 12.1 can now do so. Apple just seeded the first public beta, a couple of days after the developer-only version.<p>Be warned: those who are going to trade in their current iPhone for a shiny new iPhone X’s tomorrow absolutely should not install this.<p>iOS 12.1 beta …

Beta Testing

Facial recognition scans are expanding to Delta flights in Atlanta International Airport

Delta will soon use facial recognition for international flights at the Atlanta International Airport later this year. Biometric face scanning will be optional, meant as an option to save travelers time from checking in, as spotted by <i>TechCrunch</i>.<p>Those who don’t want their faces scan could always opt …

Airports

Volta XL fast charging USB-C cable brings MagSafe-like magnetic connector back to MacBook

Volta XL is a new fast charging USB-C cable that includes a built-in magnetic connector much like the MagSafe connector Apple removed from its MacBooks in the transition to USB-C for power.<p>You can preorder the Volta XL today for $35 (22% off retail pricing).<p>All cables aren’t created equal when it …

MacBook Pro

Google Keep is now Google Keep Notes, because Google

• The latest version of Google Keep on APKMirror features a name change to Google Keep Notes.<br>• The app is otherwise mostly the same, so the reasoning behind the name change is unclear.<br>• The app and browser-based version are still called Google Keep as of publishing this article.<p>If you head over to …

Android News

Tencent created AI agents that can beat StarCraft 2's Cheater AI

Researchers from Chinese tech giant Tencent recently developed a pair of AI agents capable of defeating StarCraft II’s (SC2) “AI” on the highest difficulty levels in full matches — making them the first to do so.<p>In a recently published white paper the researchers explain the development of the two …

Artificial Intelligence

Optus confirms mobile outage

Services have now been restored.<p>Optus has confirmed that its mobile network is experiencing an outage across Australia.<p>"Some Optus customers this …

Wales

Twitch Has Been Blocked in China

Despite a boom in popularity last month, Twitch has been blocked from China.<p>Users who wish to download the Twitch app in China will find themselves …

iOS Apps

Walmart turns to VR and Oculus Go for associates' training

It will deploy 17,000 Go headsets across the country.<p>Walmart is harnessing the power of virtual reality to train over a million associates across the country. The big-box retailer will deploy 17,000 Oculus Go headsets to almost all of its 5,000 stores in an effort to provide its employees the …

Meghan Trainor

A Look Back at the iPhone X

My iPhone XS Max will arrive sometime tomorrow, along with many thousands of others across the US and the rest of the world. I was ready for this phone as soon as I laid my hands on the iPhone X a year ago, so I’m ready to see how much size matters. That said, this is a good time to look back on …

Batteries

Alibaba looks to arm hotels, cities with its AI technology

Chinese internet giant is touting the use of artificial intelligence technology to arm drivers with real-time data on road conditions as well as …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Maps will now suggest a parking spot when you’re close to your destination

Google has been testing parking features in Google Maps for a while now, since parking is obviously such a crucial part of the entire driving and …

Google Maps

Google employees reportedly talked search tweaks to combat Trump's travel ban

Google employees discussed changes to the company's web search functions in an effort to counter the Trump administration's controversial travel ban that went into effect last year, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.<p>The tweaks to the system would have shown users how to contribute to …

Tim Cook

Medtronic Agrees to Buy Mazor Robotics in $1.6 Billion Deal

Medtronic Plc agreed to buy the shares it doesn’t already own in Mazor Robotics Ltd. in a deal valuing the company at $1.6 billion, as the medical …

Goldman Sachs

Learn to master Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and more for less than $5 per course

Symphony orchestras require about 100 members. NFL teams have 53-man rosters. Platoons generally need at least 30 soldiers. Even the Beatles needed four guys to play “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”<p>Creating for the web demands a team approach as well. Individual tools can do amazing things, but it …