Skype drops Snapchat-like feature since people weren’t using it

Skype drops Snapchat-like feature since people weren’t using it

Microsoft’s about-face on Skype now extends to one of its not-so-subtle attempts to ride the social media bandwagon. As part of a broader app update, Microsoft has revealed that it’s axing its Snapchat-like Highlights feature for mobile users in a b…

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Twitter is testing threaded replies and status indicators

Twitter is testing threaded replies and status indicators

Twitter wants to be more conversational — and apparently more like a message board and a chat app. In a post retweeted by Twitter chief Jack Dorsey, the company’s head of product Sara Haider showed screenshots of two features the platform is testing…

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GoPro Hero 7 leak hints at steadier action shots

GoPro Hero 7 leak hints at steadier action shots

‘Tis the season for major device leaks, it seems. Austin Mittelstadt has posted photos of a store display that spills the beans on GoPro’s unannounced Hero 7 action cameras. The leak shows a cam that looks similar to the Hero 6 on the surface, but pr…

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Microsoft sunsets Surface Plus upgrade program after a year

Microsoft sunsets Surface Plus upgrade program after a year

Microsoft will no longer accept enrollments into the Surface Plus Program. The tech giant has quietly shut down the trade-in program on August 31st, just a bit over a year since it launched, with a short notice on its portal. Surface Plus gave custom…

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Sprint’s newest Unlimited plan includes Amazon, Hulu and Tidal

Sprint’s newest Unlimited plan includes Amazon, Hulu and Tidal

Virtually every major US carrier offers one or more free services (however temporary) with at least one of its plans, so how is Sprint going to compete? By including more services, naturally. The carrier has launched an Unlimited Premium plan that,…

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RHA’s high-end planar magnetic earbuds sound incredible

RHA’s high-end planar magnetic earbuds sound incredible

Planar magnetic headphones don’t use the magnet-and-coil driver typical to most cans. Instead, they use a fixed but flexible diaphragm that undulates to create sound. RHA is the first company to concentrate this technology into wireless earbuds (the…

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Honor’s Play gaming phone is far from perfect for ‘PUBG’

Honor’s Play gaming phone is far from perfect for ‘PUBG’

The new Honor Play is business as usual for Huawei’s under-brand. A marriage of surprisingly good specs, premium-esque design and a mid-range price tag is Honor’s modus operandi, but the Play was created with a specific demographic in mind: The a…

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Apple reports its first self-driving car crash

Apple reports its first self-driving car crash

Apple has been keeping most of its self-driving car plans and progress under wraps, but every once in a while, we get a small peek at what the tech giant has been doing. It has revealed in a DMV filing, for instance, that one of its autonomous vehicl…

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Red Hydrogen One: What we know about the $1,200 ‘holographic’ phone – CNET

Red Hydrogen One: What we know about the $1,200 ‘holographic’ phone – CNET

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Cryptocurrency 101: What is it? Can you trust it? How is it used?

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Recommended Reading: AI the music producer

Recommended Reading: AI the music producer


How AI-generated music is changing the way hits are made
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This audacious curved-screen wearable has a gaudy camera

This audacious curved-screen wearable has a gaudy camera

Just as Google is making Wear OS feel less like a smartphone system squeezed onto a watch, ZTE spinoff Nubia wants to slap a full phone on your wrist. At IFA 2018, the company unveiled a prototype device called the Nubia-A, which it’s touting as a “w…

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Hearing Aids Are Finally Entering the 21st Century

Hearing Aids Are Finally Entering the 21st Century

This outdated, expensive tech is getting a big makeover

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Strategy RPG ‘Valkyria Chronicles 4’ is a wonderful return to form

Strategy RPG ‘Valkyria Chronicles 4’ is a wonderful return to form

For 99 percent of people, Valkyria Chronicles 4 might as well be called Valkyria Chronicles 2. The first game was a captivating war story that blended top-down strategy with third-person movement and gunplay. The second, admittedly decent title was s…

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The 26 most underrated science-fiction books

You think you know Philip K. Dick because you’ve seen Total Recall, Blade Runner, and Minority Report, right? I submit that you don’t really know Philip K. Dick until you read Clans of the Alphane Moon.

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