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News: Tech & Science

More changes are coming to Instagram, including gifs in the DMs and maybe even hideable hashtags

Friday  13:30,   21 september 2018
bgr

Those of you who drown your Instagram captions in hashtags to rack up all those sweet, sweet likes for your photos (#and #you #know #who #you #are), Instagram appears to be testing a new feature just for you. The test involves making hashtags not...[...]

Here's every Alexa device Amazon announced today

Friday  13:10,   21 september 2018
engadget

Amazon caused a few gasps at its Alexa event Thursday when it revealed it had 70 things to announce. The revamped Echo Dot has a new look, with rounded edges, and packs more punch, with a 1.6-inch driver delivering 70 percent louder audio than...[...]

Google employees discussed changing search results after Trump travel ban

Friday  11:35,   21 september 2018
usatoday

Google employees debated changing search results after President Donald Trump's immigration travel ban against predominantly Muslim countries. That's according to internal company emails obtained by the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper...[...]

Amazon's Alexa-powered microwave is pretty unnecessary

Friday  10:55,   21 september 2018
engadget

One of the most surprising announcements from today's Amazon event was a microwave oven, of all things. One of the most surprising announcements from today's Amazon event was a microwave oven, of all things. It's part of the AmazonBasics...[...]

NASA perplexed by 'unusual' infrared light

Friday  10:55,   21 september 2018
news.sky

Scientists at NASA have discovered "an unusual infrared light emission from a nearby neutron star" which "could indicate new features never before seen".One of the guesses for the mysterious light is a disc of dust surrounding the neutron star...[...]

Now you can listen to Audible on your Apple Watch

Friday  10:55,   21 september 2018
msn

WatchOS 5 lets you listen to your Audible books without your...[...]

Instagram is testing a native resharing feature for the feed

Friday  10:30,   21 september 2018
msn

Will it revive the feed — or break it?The feature, known internally as “seamless sharing,” introduces a new “share to feed” option into the “...” menu that appears in the top-right corner of every post in the feed. Reshared posts appear in the feed...[...]

Amazon's Echo devices get redesign on the way to world domination

Friday  10:30,   21 september 2018
cnet

An Alexa-powered microwave and wall clock were just the tip of the Alexa iceberg today.In comparison, Apple designs its sports-car-like devices as artwork -- with a price to match. Drop an Apple product and the neighbors will know about it from your [...]

Instagram is testing geo-restriction for stories and posts

Friday  08:55,   21 september 2018
msn

Instagram is testing a geofencing feature for stories and posts. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong pointed out on Twitter that while creating posts, users will be able to choose specific countries where they want to show their content. It seems...[...]

You can now download PlayStation Now games directly to your PS4

Friday  08:55,   21 september 2018
msn

Sony today announced PlayStation Now subscribers would be able to download their games in order to play them offline. According to Senior Marketing Manager Brian Dunn, the service is bringing over several classics (if you don’t count Until...[...]

Flip phones are coming back in style - but with a twist

Friday  08:55,   21 september 2018
msn

In less than a year, you could have a flip phone back in your pocket. The rumors that have been circulating about the development of a smartphone with a foldable screen by Huawei have been confirmed by the company's deputy chairman, Ken Hu at...[...]

Facebook's new Dating service is ready to take on Tinder

Friday  08:55,   21 september 2018
cnet

The social network, still grappling with how it handles users' privacy, is getting ready to find you a date -- but only if you live in Colombia.The social network on Thursday launched Facebook Dating, the matchmaking service it announced in May, [...]

Google Maps will now suggest a parking spot when you’re close to your destination

Friday  08:55,   21 september 2018
bgr

Google has been testing parking features in Google Maps for a while now, since parking is obviously such a crucial part of the entire driving and navigating experience. What’s also interesting is that there’s no way to enable or disable the new [...]

YouTube’s trending tab is there to lure in new users, not views

Thursday  14:25,   20 september 2018
msn

Why you don’t see more creators trending.How important is YouTube’s trending section for getting views? According to YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl, it has less of an impact than people might believe. In an interview posted today,...[...]

Nearly half of cellphone calls will be scams by 2019, report says

Thursday  14:10,   20 september 2018
washingtonpost

An Arkansas-based firm predicts an explosion of spam calls, marking a leap from 3.7 percentage of total calls in 2017 to a projected 44.6 percentage by early 2019.Nearly half of all cellphone calls next year will come from scammers, according to...[...]