Day: October 10, 2017

Twitter Adds 'Happening Now' Feature to Recommend Events and Topics

Twitter today announced the addition of a new “Happening Now” feature that is designed to surface customized recommendations for tweets about a particular topic or event that’s going on in the world. Events are displayed at the top of the Twitter timeline in the Twitter app, and clicking on one of the available events displays …

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Apple Inks Deal With Steven Spielberg for 'Amazing Stories' Sci-Fi Series

Apple is teaming up with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Comcast’s NBC Universal TV production unit to create new episodes of sci-fi series “Amazing Stories,” reports The Wall Street Journal. “Amazing Stories” is a science fiction and horror series created by Spielberg that originally ran on NBC from 1985 to 1987. During its two-year tenure, …

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Snapchat Gains Context Cards for Adding More Info to Snaps

Snapchat today introduced a new feature called Context Cards, designed to add more information and functionality to your Snaps. Context Cards offer quick access to options like location information, directions, reviews, and ride sharing services. Context Cards can be accessed by swiping up on any Snap that has a “More” option, with the info attached …

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Review: Pixie's ARKit-Enabled Item Trackers Are Neat, But Still Feel Like They're in Beta

Apple’s augmented reality developer framework, known as ARKit, launched within iOS 11 on September 19. The debut turned hundreds of millions of iPhones into advanced AR-capable devices in the span of a few days, leading to the first wave of ARKit apps on the iOS App Store. One of these apps is called “Pixie,” which …

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Apple Shares Meticulous Steps Taken to Ensure iPhone Packaging is Environmentally Friendly

Apple has shared a new Paper and Packaging Strategy white paper, outlining steps the company takes to reduce its paper impact by using paper more efficiently, sourcing it responsibly, and protecting or creating sustainable working forests. iPhone 7 packaging To protect the environment for the future, Apple said three priorities guide its efforts:1. Reduce impact …

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August Home's New $199 Doorbell Cam Pro With HD Video and Built-In Floodlight Now Shipping

August Home today announced that its new August Doorbell Cam Pro is now shipping following nearly three weeks of pre-orders. Like other video doorbells, the Doorbell Cam Pro is equipped with a full-color HD camera and microphone for two-way audio and one-way video. Using the companion August Home app (HomeKit isn’t supported), homeowners can see …

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Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Now Own at Least One Apple Product

A new survey conducted by CNBC has found that 64 percent of Americans own an Apple product of some kind, a number that’s increased from 50 percent in a similar survey published in 2012. The average American household owns 2.6 Apple products, which is “up by a full Apple product” from the previous survey. The …

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Pixelmator App for iOS Updated With Drag and Drop and HEIF Image Support

Pixelmator today updated its iOS app with full support for iOS 11, including importing HEIF images and Drag and Drop functionality on iPad. Drag and Drop support enables iPad users to easily move images and graphics between Pixelmator and other apps. For example, users can move their entire composition into apps like Mail, Messages, and …

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Apple Music Announces Short Film About Niall Horan's Debut Solo Album 'Flicker'

Apple Music subscribers will be able to watch an exclusive short film about the making of Niall Horan’s new album “Flicker,” with the movie and album set to launch simultaneously on October 20 (via Billboard). The film will showcase Niall in a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his debut album, similar to the short …

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Wells Fargo Adds Apple Pay Support to More Than 5,000 ATMs

Wells Fargo today announced that NFC functionality is now available at more than 5,000 of its ATMs across the United States. The technology enables customers to initiate an ATM transaction by holding their smartphone or wearable device with mobile payment functionality near an NFC-enabled ATM terminal and inputting their PIN. Supported digital wallets include Apple …

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Fake Chrome Web Browser Extension Unwittingly Installed by 37,000 Users

A fraudulent browser extension was downloaded by 37,000 Chrome users after it sneaked past Google’s Web Store vetting processes, it emerged on Tuesday. The fake extension was listed on the official Web Store until today and masqueraded as popular legitimate extension AdBlock Plus, which has over 10 million users. Once installed, the fake reportedly swamps …

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Nokia Refocuses on Digital Health Products in VR Market Rethink

Nokia on Tuesday announced that it is halting the development of its $45,000 Ozo virtual reality camera, citing “slower than expected development of the VR market” as the reason behind the company’s rethink. The news comes at the expense of 310 jobs in the U.S., the U.K., and Finland – the home of Nokia – …

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Twitterrific for Mac is Back: First Impressions and Comparison With Tweetbot

After raising over $100,000 on Kickstarter earlier this year, The Iconfactory today has released an all-new, completely reimagined version of Twitterrific for Mac priced at $19.99 on the Mac App Store [Direct Link] in the United States. The Iconfactory said its goal was to deliver a minimal Twitter client, like the original Twitterrific for Mac, …

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Apple Exploring Self-Adjusting Apple Watch Band Designs

Apple is investigating designs for Apple Watch bands that self-adjust to fit the wearer’s wrist using an integrated tensioner mechanism (via AppleInsider). A patent application granted on Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describes multiple designs that utilize such a system, which could one day replace magnetic clasps, velcro, and other fasteners used …

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Twitter Working on 'Save for Later' Feature for Bookmarking Tweets

Twitter is developing a new Save for Later feature that will allow users to bookmark tweets for later reference, a Twitter product manager announced today. On Twitter, product manager Jesar Shah said Twitter began working on a Save for Later feature during a recent Hack Week. An accompanying video demoed the new bookmarking option, which …

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