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Apple may enter social media wars with a Snapchat lookalike

It seems everyone is following Snapchat these days: first Instagram, then Facebook, and now Apple.<p>A report from Bloomberg suggests Apple is working on a video sharing app<p>called Snapplethat that allows users to record video and apply filters and drawings, designed by the teams behind Final Cut Pro …

Social Media

DJI Osmo+ for iPhone offers more bang for the same buck

DJI, best known for making the best consumer drones around, also make a pretty spectacular Osmo gimbal for use with iPhone. Today, they’re updating it with digital zoom.<p>The Osmo+ keeps everything we like about the original, but adds a 7x zoom feature (3.5x optical, 2x digital). DJI says its focal …

iPhone

Amazon just launched Vehicles, a place to lust after cars

Amazon has introduced Amazon Vehicles, a forum where car enthusiasts can chat about their favorite vehicles — and design their dream car.<p>Vehicles is an extension of Automotive, Amazon’s marketplace for buying actual cars parts like tires or air filters. Similarly, Vehicles is an offshoot of Amazon …

Amazon

Google Search adds Solitaire and Tic Tac Toe, adios productivity

It’s only 10:30 AM here on the east coast, but if you’re already bored at work, I have the solution for you.<p>Google has just added Tic Tac Toe and Solitaire directly into search results. Goodbye office productivity.<p>Just search for one of the two titles, and a mini game will pop up right in search. …

Google

WhatsApp to share your number with Facebook for better ads

WhatsApp is finally starting to cozy up with parent company Facebook. The company today announced that it’s updating its privacy for the first time in four years to reflect changes to its features as well as its growing connection with Facebook.<p>The main difference is that WhatsApp will now share …

Facebook

The Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker may be compact, but it packs some serious audio (30% off)

Bluetooth speakers are perfect for your next camping adventure or beach party, enabling you to blast your tunes on the go. And this Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker definitely packs the heat with its premium, long-lasting sound.<p>You can now get 30 percent off the Soundjump, which is currently just …

Bluetooth

This is what happens if you bombard a PC with malware and adware

This is something we don’t have to tell our readers, but it’s recommended for everyone — especially those with a Windows PC — to have a virus scanner installed.<p>Luckily the world isn’t devoid of heroes just yet. Every so often, security researcher Andrew Brandt gets one of his testbed computers and …

Adware

Why you need to integrate social media into your business

<i>This post was brought to you by Zoho Creator</i><p>Customers are becoming more talkative. Since the advent of social media, people are now only one click away from getting in touch with their favorite brands and want to talk as close to face-to-face with their reps as possible.<p>What’s more, these …

Social CRM

6 back-end techniques that support rapid innovation

At Poshmark, we have built a massive end-to-end mobile commerce platform powered by social engagement where our average user is spending 25 minutes in the app daily, opening it seven to eight times.<p>Our engineering and product teams are constantly pushing the envelope as to what is possible to …

A/B testing

Pay what you want for this 9-course collection on today’s most in-demand web technologies

Aspiring web developers, here’s your chance to save serious cash while building highly marketable skills. Get started down the path to coding expertise with this Pay What You Want: Programming Into the Future Bundle.<p>Worth $494, this nine-course collection can be yours for whatever price you choose …

Programming Languages

This app will pay you for every step you take

Starting today, the easiest way to make some side cash by doing what you already do naturally — walking.<p>Thanks to Sweatcoin, your steps are now worth something. The new app tracks your movements around the city and turns them into digital currency. For every 1,000 steps you earn 0.95 SWC or …

Money

ShitPostBot 5000 is the bright, automated future of meme creation

It’s not just our jobs that are at risk of being stolen by robots; in the year 2016 even our creative pursuits are being automated.<p>If you pride yourself on creating the dankest memes around, watch out — ShitpostBot 5000 is here to show you up. The combination of a website and Facebook page is an …

Memes

Google is rolling out a handy 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 …

Phones

Help quake victims near you by disabling your Wi-Fi password

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on Wednesday morning, killing at least 247 people in the small towns in that area.<p>Disaster relief organizations are already working hard to rescue survivors and search for more of them. To aid their efforts, the Italian Red Cross has asked citizens …

Wi-Fi

Twitter's new Message button lets people DM you from your site

Twitter has launched a new embeddable button that you can place on your site to allow visitors to send you a direct message – negating the need for them to first visit your profile or look up your handle on the social network.<p>That should make it easier for businesses to offer another channel for …

Twitter

Nutonomy just beat Uber in the race to launch self-driving cabs

Earlier this month, Uber announced that it would begin testing self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh sometime this month. But it’s now been beaten to the punch by autonomous vehicle tech firm Nutonomy, which is kicking off public trials in Singapore today.<p>Nutonomy will invite select residents of …

Singapore

Peter Thiel just backed a startup that helps you sue companies algorithmically

If Peter Thiel was trying to convince the world he wasn’t a lawsuit-happy nerd, this probably isn’t the best way to do it. Reports today detail Thiel’s latest investment, a $100,000 Thiel Foundation grant to a company, Legalist, that makes trial-by-algorithm a real thing.<p>Legalist, founded by two …

Startups

Maybe the LG V20 won't be so modular after all

Another day, another set of leaks. Renders of the upcoming LG V20 have hit the wild yet again, but curiously, this time around it looks quite different.<p>While the previous leak indicated the phone would clearly use a modular system similar to the current G5 (sighs), this new leak by @evleaks looks …

Android News

Uber beta testing $2 flat-fee rides in some metro areas

Next month, Uber will be testing a flat-fee program that will have commuters paying a lot less to get around town.<p>The flat fare program will bring $2 UberPool rides and $7 UberX lifts to an invite-only group. Interested participants will have to pay to be in the program.<p>Here’s how it works: lucky …

Performance testing

Report: YouTube is adding text and image features for social

YouTube is a destination for hosted video, but may soon become a social network.<p>According to a report from Venture Beat, YouTube is working on a project known internally as Backstage that lets users post text, video and polls to their personal channel page.<p>Those posts may also be made available via …

YouTube

Apple wants Unicode Consortium to add these 5 new emoji

iOS 10 will include over 100 new emoji. Apple things that’s about five too few.<p>Apple’s Peter Edberg, a software engineer that’s been with the company 28 years, reached out to the Unicode Technical Committee recently and shared five mockups that he — and Apple — think should be included.<p>The new …

Unicode

Windows cameras are finally getting a panorama mode because it's 2016

Say what you will about Windows Phone, but Lumia devices have always had solid cameras. One thing Windows the Windows camera app doesn’t include by default, however, is a panorama mode.<p>Seriously, if you wanted to shoot a Panorama on the Lumia 950 or 950 XL, you have to download a separate app. In …

Microsoft

Shh! A recently discovered Earth-like planet could be listening

Researchers have identified a number of planets outside our solar system that both resemble Earth and carry a better than zero chance at containing life. None of these is as close to Earth as newly-discovered Proxima b.<p>Only 4.2 light-years away — about 25 trillion miles — Proxima b is our nearest …

Solar System

iPhone 7 leak shows 32GB memory may be the base model

We hear a lot of good rumors about the iPhone 7, but the latest may actually be the best. A tipster says the 16GB storage option is being discontinued.<p>Instead of 16GB, Apple is sliding the 32GB option down as the base model (take that, Google). The 64GB version is also being scrapped.<p>Moving …

Apple News

Woz warns Apple: Don't kill the headphone jack

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak isn’t impressed with the company’s plans to ditch the headphone jack.<p>According to rumors, the next iPhone will be so much thinner, Apple may have to drop the headphone jack. Instead, customers would use the same lightning port used to charge the phone as a headphone …

Bluetooth

Mobile devices took a backseat to Windows PCs during Rio Olympics

Now that the torch has been extinguished on the 2016 Rio Olympics we’re starting to get a clearer picture of how streamers actually tuned in to watch the games — and it may surprise you.<p>For all we’ve heard about the mobile revolution, the results were surprisingly skewed toward desktop …

Mobile

The Moto Z is very likely getting an awesome Hasselblad camera mod

The Moto Z has a decent array of Mods, but one rather conspicuous omission at launch was the lack of a better camera (which had previously been leaked). But now another leak via a Chinese Lenovo forum gives us a better look at an upcoming camera module – this one with Hasselblad branding.<p>You can’t …

Hasselblad

Game of Thrones cast members hint the dead are coming

We won’t get any teasers, but if two Game of Thrones stars are any indication, season seven will be amazing — and pretty savage.<p>First, Maisie Williams — you know, Arya — tweeted this after reading through season seven (it’s not clear if she is reading scripts, or some sort of production …

Game of Thrones

How big banks learned to stop worrying and love the blockchain

From its inception, banks have all but dismissed Bitcoin while embracing the technology that powers it — blockchain. Bitcoin is volatile, prone to theft and confusing for the average customer. The blockchain, however, is merely a digital ledger or transactions, a tool that could decrease costs …

Bitcoin

The Kirby Café in Tokyo is serving extremely weird and adorable dishes

Nintendo has been recently trying to expand its portfolio outside of games published on its own consoles. And taking a look at Pokémon Go, you could say they’ve been quite successful so far.<p>However, in Japan the company has been involved with much more than games for years. You can win Yoshi …

Tokyo