Snapchat Launches 'Create Your Own Lens' Studio Within iOS App, Adds New Caption Styles for Snaps

Yesterday Snapchat announced its first-ever live television event coverage, aimed at key highlights coming out of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Today, the company is revealing an enhanced version of its custom Geofilters with a new paid “Create Your Own Lens” studio that lets users build and edit their own personalized selfie Lenses for major …

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Apple News Introduces Coverage Portal of 2018 Winter Olympics in Partnership With NBC

Apple News will be a go-to source for coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which officially begin with Friday’s opening ceremony, although some competition is already underway. A new section devoted to the Winter Olympics is now available within the “For You” tab of Apple News in the United States, …

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Upcoming Mobile Game 'Mario Kart Tour' Will Be Free-to-Start

Nintendo last week announced that its next mobile game will be “Mario Kart Tour,” but with a launch date aimed at any time before the company’s fiscal year ending March 2019, not much information is known about the game. Today, DeNA CEO Isao Moriyasu was reported as saying that Mario Kart Tour will be free-to-start …

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iTunes Launches $20 'Award Winning' Movie Bundles Ahead of 90th Academy Awards

Following a discount on bundles for movies in the Cloverfield and Mission: Impossible franchises earlier this week, Apple on iTunes has now launched a collection of “Award Winning” film bundles focused on categories from the Academy Awards. The sale is debuting just under one month before the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 4. The …

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Media Watchdog Advises Journalists in China to Avoid Using iCloud Accounts, Citing Privacy Fears

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RWB/RSF) has urged journalists using iCloud in China to migrate away from Apple’s cloud service this month, before control of their data is handed over to a Chinese company (via Hong Kong Free Press). Beginning February 28, Apple’s iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by Guizhou on the …

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First HomePod Orders Start Shipping Out to Customers in the U.K.

Apple customers in the United Kingdom who pre-ordered HomePod have started receiving shipping despatch notifications this morning. Those who ordered before initial supplies began dwindling earlier this week can expect deliveries to arrive sometime on Friday, which is Apple’s official launch day for HomePod. Images via @ryancarter_94 As expected, it looks as if Apple is …

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Apple Adds Chinese Firms to its Pool of 3D Sensing Module Suppliers for 2018 iPhones and iPads

Apple will work with two Chinese suppliers in 2018 to ensure a stable supply of 3D sensing modules for use in this year’s iPhone and iPad line-up, according to a report on Thursday by ET News. Last month The Investor claimed Apple was planning a $820.9 million investment in LG Innotek to secure supply of …

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Screenshots of WhatsApp's First Peer-to-Peer Payments System Surface Online

Over a year ago now, we reported on claims that popular mobile chat platform WhatsApp was looking at introducing a peer-to-peer payments system, beginning with a rollout for users in India. Today, the first iPhone screenshots of such a system appeared online via social media, revealing a list of Indian banks that will apparently support …

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First HomePod Orders Start Shipping Out in U.S., U.K., and Australia [Updated]

Customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia who ordered a HomePod for February 9 delivery have begun receiving shipment notifications from Apple letting them know their orders have shipped and are on the way. The first HomePod deliveries should begin in just a matter of hours in Australia, where it is already early …

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HomePod No Longer Available for Launch Day Delivery From Apple in U.S.

As the launch of the HomePod approaches, it’s no longer possible to place an order for delivery on Friday, February 9 in the United States. HomePod orders submitted today on the Apple online store will deliver next week, on February 12 to February 13. In-store pickup for HomePod orders also became unavailable on Tuesday morning, …

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New Study Suggests Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor Can Detect Early Signs of Diabetes

Cardiogram, a company that offers an app able to break down heart rate data collected by the Apple Watch, today shared the results of a new study that suggests the Apple Watch can be used to detect the signs of diabetes. Cardiogram researchers teamed up with the University of California, San Francisco and used the …

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Instagram Testing Feature That Lets You Share Other People's Posts in Stories

Instagram has never offered an option to publicly re-share images and content posted by other people, but the company is now testing a feature that would let you share public news feed posts from other people to your Instagram Story. Instagram this morning confirmed to TechCrunch that it is indeed exploring such a feature, which …

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