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By Vidit Bhargava | The flipboard edition of MVDIT TECH BOOK collects and presents news from all over the tech world.

Hillary Clinton believes ‘Jeff Bezos saved The Washington Post’

Hillary Clinton says that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos “saved” <i>The Washington Post</i> by buying it in 2013, setting an example that more tech moguls should follow. “I think Jeff Bezos saved <i>The Washington Post</i>,” she said, during an interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at <i>Recode</i>’s Code Conference. “I …

Hillary Clinton

Introducing Framer Design, Bridging The Gap Between Code and Design

Design tools have always been critical in helping us manifest and build world-changing products and services. However, as the products and services …

Digital Design

This driverless bus is about to roll out in Singapore

By the first quarter of 2017, this driverless shuttle bus will begin service in Singapore.<p>The autonomous vehicle can hold 15 passengers, and will ferry them between the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) campus and the CleanTech eco-business park roughly 1.5 km (0.93 miles) away.<p>NTU posted a …

Transportation

France plans internet ombudsman to safeguard free speech

Ombudsman role would serve to protect companies from spurious complaints and prevent excessive censorship<p>France is considering appointing an official internet ombudsman to regulate complaints about online material in order to prevent excessive censorship and preserve free speech.<p>A bill establishing …

Censorship

Tesla introduces fee for lazy owners who leave their cars at Supercharger stations

There’s nothing like driving your nearly-empty Tesla up to a Supercharger station for a top-up and finding every spot taken by other cars — probably all charged up and ready to go. Where are their drivers? How dare they? Tesla shares your anger and will soothe it by giving those drivers a different …

Superchargers

OnePlus will start manufacturing the OnePlus 3T in India to meet growing demand

Local manufacturing will kick off early next quarter.<p>OnePlus has announced that it will manufacture phones locally in India, and today we're hearing …

VSCO for iOS updated with full support for RAW image capturing and editing

After beginning the rollout earlier this month, popular mobile photo editing app VSCO today announced full support of RAW in its iOS app. Apple first introduced RAW editing support with iOS 10 and the feature has come to various other mobile photo editing apps since then, but VSCO is today joining …

iPhoneography

Apple's committed to 'great desktops,' Tim Cook tells employees

Now Playing: Watch this: Tim Cook says 'great desktops' are coming<p>1:21<p>Tim Cook is apparently trying to dispel the feeling that Apple has abandoned the desktop.<p>Though the company released an overhauled MacBook Pro laptop in October, it's been years since much of its Mac lineup of desktops has been …

Tim Cook

Square Enix’s mocap studio can capture and display an actor’s movements in real time

TOKYO — Video games like Final Fantasy XV have stunningly realistic visuals of human faces and bodies. Drawing those kinds of images by hand and animating them could take years, but video game publisher Square Enix has created a way to automate the creation of animated humans.<p>Many studios can do …

Final Fantasy XV

Google Allo gets Hindi language support

Google just opened its AI-driven app Allo to hundreds of millions of new users.<p>Google said Monday Allo is getting support for Hindi, one of India’s widest spoken languages. The assistant, which a user can trigger using the keyword "@google", now understands as well as responds in Hindi language.<p>The …

Google

Facebook begins asking users to rate articles’ use of ‘misleading language’

A survey asking users about “misleading language” in posts is the latest indication that Facebook is facing up to what many see as its responsibility to get a handle on the fake news situation. At least part of its solution, it seems, is to ask users what <i>they</i> think is fake.<p>The “Facebook Survey,” …

Facebook

Snap Inc.'s 'Spectacles' have a hidden augmented reality feature

For most of us, we’ll have to stick with the dog ears (and that annoying tongue) for a while longer as we continue the hunt for Snap Inc.’s hard-to-find hardware product, ‘Spectacles.’ If you’re lucky enough to have snagged a pair, you’ve already got access to a hidden filter, as detailed by …

Augmented Reality

Facebook’s Aquila drone is under investigation for a structural failure

What went wrong during Aquila’s first test flight?<p>The drone with which Facebook hopes to provide internet to much of the world had a structural failure during its first test flight and is now under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, <i>Bloomberg</i> reported today. Facebook offered …

Drones

Google perpetuates cycle of confusion, renames Google Cast back to Chromecast

Chromecast -> Google Cast -> Chromecast<p>Google appears to be removing the Google Cast name and switching it back to the original Chromecast moniker. As noted by <i>A</i><i>ndroid Police</i><i>,</i> Google has already renamed the @GoogleCast Twitter account back to @Chromecast, and the Google Cast website now describes …

Google

Let’s hope these sneakers with LED screens are not the footwear of the future

“Things to put your feet in” probably falls somewhere on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, but there’s no way that includes these things. Vixole’s new “e-sneakers” come with an LED screen near the heel that the wearer can customize with drawings, photos, or a preloaded design via the companion app.<p>There …

Pokémon Go

Microsoft brings Solitaire to iOS and Android

Microsoft is bringing its popular version of <i>Solitaire</i> to iOS and Android today. While the game as existed on Windows for more than 25 years, the modern <i>Solitaire Collection</i> will now be available outside of Windows for the first time. Microsoft is offering its <i>Solitaire Collection</i> on iOS and Android …

Microsoft

Apple keynote decorations on display at Bill Graham Civic Center ahead of ‘iPhone 7’ event

<i>Shot by Howard Brilliant for 9to5Mac</i><p>Apple flags are now flying over Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco, California, as the company prepares the venue for Wednesday’s iPhone 7 announcement. Apple’s keynote kicks off at 10am PT/1pm ET, where we expect to see upgraded iPhones and a new Apple …

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Calls Out the Tech Industry’s Thin Skin

The timing of the sixth episode of HBO's <i>Silicon Valley</i> show couldn't be any more perfect.<p>After a tech news blog publishes a scathing report about …

Pierre Omidyar involved in effort to help Gawker in its appeal

Well, this story keeps getting more and more interesting.<p>According to a newly published account in the New York Post, Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire founder of eBay, is involved in an effort to help Gawker Media in its appeal of a $140 million judgement that was awarded to Hulk Hogan following …

Journalism

Hello, it's Alexa, the Amazon Echo voice with Adele and 'Hunger Games' Easter eggs

Hello, Alexa, can you hear me?<p>Alexa, the voice behind interactive speaker Amazon Echo, can hear your Adele reference loud and clear — and respond to it cleverly, too. Capitalizing on Adele's recent album drop as well as the theatrical release of <i>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2</i>, Amazon …

Amazon

Japanese researchers created holograms you can touch

Japanese researchers have created holograms that can be disrupted by human touch.<p>The touchable holograms, called Fairy Lights, could serve as the beginning to developing technology where humans could interact with the hologram.<p>This could particularly come in handy in medicine, where hologram …

Engineering

Snowden's preferred messaging app Signal comes to Chrome

Open Whisper Systems has launched a desktop version of its free secure messaging app Signal. It’s the same service NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden uses, so it’s perfect for all your super-secret correspondence.<p>Signal is now available in beta as a Chrome app, and lets you send text, picture, and …

Encryption

Report: YouTube Red is seeking streaming rights for movies and TV shows

LOS ANGELES — Looks like YouTubers may not be the only ones who will have content available on the streaming service YouTube Red.<p>The Google-owned video platform is reportedly looking to boost its streaming service by acquiring the rights to TV series and movies.<p>The news, first reported by the <i>Wall</i> …

Televisions

TAG Heuer’s long-awaited Android Wear smartwatch launches today, priced at $1500 [livestream starts 11am ET]

<b>Update</b>: The TAG Heuer Connected is now official. It goes on sale for $1500 very soon, has a 46mm case, connects with Android and iOS phones and will be available with a choice of 7 different color straps. Watch the promo video, see the official press renders and read up on the full official details …

Watches

​40 years later, Sony finally kills Betamax

Betamax: the punchline for over a decades-worth of VHS-center comedy bits and most format wars. However, Sony's Beta cassettes can still be bought in Japan. Just about. Sony's announced that it's finally, finally, <i>finally</i> going to stop selling the cassettes. No need to rush to Tokyo just yet, as you …

Sony

BlackBerry’s second Android phone ditches the slider design, codenamed the ‘Vienna’

Just a short while after the oft-rumored BlackBerry Priv was made official, it appears the company is already readying its second-ever Android phone. CrackBerry today has shared images of what it claims is the BlackBerry Vienna, an Android device with an always-accessible physical …

Mobile Technology

Yik Yak posts aren't as anonymous as users believe

WASHINGTON – Internet users of the Yik Yak social media app popular among college students aren't nearly as anonymous as they believe: Missouri police within hours arrested a student accused of threatening violence, the latest in a string of such arrests at colleges in recent months involving …

Crime

Elon Musk says that the LIDAR Google uses in its self-driving car ‘doesn’t make sense in a car context’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk held a press conference a couple of days ago to explain the Autopilot features included in the company’s 7.0 software update, but LIDAR, one of the remote sensing technologies that Google uses in its self-driving car, also came up briefly. Elon Musk had some bold comments about …

Elon Musk

Apple Music-style curation could be a great fit for TV

Could Apple carry its Apple Music human curation obsession over to its much-rumored Apple TV refresh?<p>During Jimmy Iovine’s new interview with <i>Wired</i> about Apple Music, Iovine — unprompted — chose television as another example of a place Apple could incorporate its belief in humans trumping algorithms …

Smart TV