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Microsoft News launches on Android and iOS as rebranded MSN app

Wednesday  19:33,   20 june 2018
msn

<p>Microsoft is launching rebranded Microsoft News apps for both iOS and Android today, alongside using its news engine to power news across a variety of Microsoft products.</p>“Microsoft News is the new name for our news engine that powers[...]

Facebook launches gameshows platform with interactive video

Wednesday  15:46,   20 june 2018
techcrunch

Rather than build its own HQ trivia competitor, Facebook is launching a gameshow platform. Today the company announced a new set of interactive live and on-demand video features that let creators adds quizzes, polls, challenges, and gamification so[...]

AI could turn your blurry phone videos into slow-mo masterpieces

Wednesday  15:46,   20 june 2018
cnet

Nvidia has developed technology that will add additional frames into video that's already been recorded.Nvidia wants to help you turn any old video shot on your phone into a blur-free, slow-motion masterpiece, and it's using artificial[...]

Snapchat will begin adding docu-series to its slate of shows

Wednesday  15:45,   20 june 2018
engadget

Snapchat has hosted around 50 series on its Discover page so far, including murder mysteries, reality shows, sports coverage and news. And soon it will be adding docu-series. The company has announced one series that's set to air in September, but[...]

5 new features for Android Messages roll out, including a desktop version

Wednesday  15:45,   20 june 2018
msn

Android Messages is finally catching up with iMessages, as Google rolls out the ability to send and receive text messages via the web, along with a few other fun features. Google has been working on integrating RCS (rich Communications Services)[...]

Facebook can use AI to open your eyes in blinking selfies

Wednesday  11:10,   20 june 2018
msn

Facebook will do whatever it takes to encourage you to share more content.&nbsp;In a research paper published this week, a pair of Facebook engineers describe a new method that uses machine learning to retouch closed eyes in photos. The method[...]

Instagram's "IGTV" video hub for creators launches tomorrow

Wednesday  11:10,   20 june 2018
techcrunch

&nbsp;Instagram is launching longer-form video hub tomorrow is called IGTV and it will be part of the Explore tab, according to multiple sources. Instagram has spent the week meeting with online content creators to encourage them to prepare[...]

Oppo’s Find X takes a radical approach to killing the notch

Wednesday  11:10,   20 june 2018
msn

While a number of Android phone brands have embraced the notch at the top of their device screens, a couple of them are bucking the trend with innovative approaches to creating a bezel-less front fascia without ditching the selfie[...]

Google launches dedicated podcast app for Android

Wednesday  11:05,   20 june 2018
engadget

Google hasn't had a direct answer to Apple's dedicated Podcasts app. You've had to either listen in Google Play Music (not ideal if you hate merging audio sources) or use a not-well-publicized player built into Android's search[...]

Android Messages will let you send texts from your computer starting today

Tuesday  16:02,   19 june 2018
msn

Google is beginning to roll out desktop browser support for Android Messages, allowing people to use their PC for sending messages and viewing those that have been received on their Android smartphone.&nbsp;To get started, the Android Messages[...]

Apple fined $6.8M in Australia after Error 53 controversy

Tuesday  16:02,   19 june 2018
cnet

One undercover investigation and a year of court proceedings later, Australia takes an AU$9 million bite out of Apple.The Federal Court of Australia announced Monday its order for Apple to pay AU$9 million (around US $6.8 million converted) for[...]

Beijing Wants to Remake the Internet

Tuesday  16:02,   19 june 2018
msn

It’s never been a worse time to be a Chinese telecom company in America. This evening, the Senate is set to vote on whether to restore a ban on U.S. company sales to prominent Chinese telecom player ZTE, a penalty for its illegal shipments to Iran[...]

Microsoft is finally launching its new Xbox Avatar Editor

Tuesday  16:01,   19 june 2018
engadget

Microsoft has been whetting Xbox users' appetites with the promise of new, customizable avatars since last year, and after several delays, they're finally becoming available. Xbox Insiders can get a taste of the Avatar Editor app starting[...]

Amazon made a special version of Alexa for hotels with Echo speakers in their rooms

Tuesday  15:55,   19 june 2018
msn

Amazon is today introducing Alexa for Hospitality, a special version of the company’s voice assistant that will be distributed on an invitation basis to hotels, vacation rental spaces, and other locations starting today.&nbsp;The Alexa[...]

Here's what Apple's doing to get you excited about AR

Tuesday  11:26,   19 june 2018
cnet

Apple's AR updates in iOS 12 are paving the way for where headsets could go next.Then there's Apple. As CNET reported in April, Apple is working on a powerful headset capable of both AR and VR. Whether that version is a "what if" prototype or[...]