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Instagram’s new status dots tell you if your contacts are online – but you can turn them off

Friday  11:06,   20 july 2018
msn

The company says this is meant to make it easier to connect with people. The next time you pop into the Direct messaging section of the app, you’ll see green dots next to your contacts’ names if they’re presently online. The company says[...]
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Facebook can now sync your Instagram contacts to Messenger

Friday  11:06,   20 july 2018
techcrunch

Facebook wants to expand your Messenger contact list with a little help from Instagram. The feature was first spotted by Jane Manchun Wong, who posted a screenshot to[...]

Google AI experiment compares poses to 80,000 images as you move

Friday  11:06,   20 july 2018
engadget

Google released a fun AI experiment today called Move Mirror that matches whatever pose you make to hundreds of images of others making that same pose. "With Move Mirror, we're showing how computer vision techniques like pose estimation can [...]

Amazon's Part Finder helps you find those weird screws you need

Friday  11:06,   20 july 2018
engadget

If you have a home hardware part you can't really identify but need more of, you might find that the camera in Amazon's iPhone app is a bit more useful after a low-key recent update. The new Part Finder tool uses computer vision to[...]

WhatsApp to limit message forwarding

Friday  11:06,   20 july 2018
reuters

<p>Facebook Inc's WhatsApp is launching a test to limit forwarding messages that will apply to all users, the messaging app said on Thursday, after Indian authorities sought curbs on spread of rumours that have led to violent[...]

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has a giant screen and a battery to match

Thursday  14:45,   19 july 2018
msn

Xiaomi has announced the Mi Max 3, the latest and biggest yet in its line of colossal phones.&nbsp;Powering all this is a 5,500mAh battery, which Xiaomi has managed to cram into a 7mm-thick chassis. The company says it can be charged to 71[...]

Samsung's foldable Galaxy X smartphone could launch in early 2019

Thursday  14:40,   19 july 2018
techradar

Next year, Samsung hopes you'll spend thousands of dollars on its new, cutting-edge foldable phone.&nbsp;Samsung's Galaxy X smartphone, codenamed "Winner", is a fully bendable and foldable device that, when flat, will be the size of a small[...]

Huawei crosses 100M shipments mark, inches closer to Apple

Thursday  14:40,   19 july 2018
cnet

CEO Richard Yu wants to sell 200 million phones by end of this year. Apple last year sold 215.8 million.The Chinese phone giant crossed its 100 million shipments mark on July 18, CEO Richard Yu said in a post on China's Twitter-equivalent,[...]

Nokia X5 launched with dual rear cameras, notch display

Thursday  14:40,   19 july 2018
techradar

Finnish smartphone maker Nokia has announced its latest budget device dubbed as the Nokia X5 in China.&nbsp;The Nokia X6 was launched in China earlier this year and is expected to make its India debut in August. At the moment, there is no[...]

Astronomers spy nearby star that could be chomping a planet

Thursday  14:40,   19 july 2018
msn

Astronomers may have caught a relatively nearby star munching on a planet or mini-planets. A NASA space telescope noticed that the star suddenly started looking a bit strange last year.&nbsp;A NASA space telescope noticed that the star suddenly[...]

Spotify users still can't block followers, but that could change

Thursday  11:15,   19 july 2018
engadget

Spotify isn't as much of a haven from harassment as many might like. Since the service shares your plays with followers by default, it's possible for harassers to keep up with your listening habits and exploit that to their advantage (say, by[...]

The next generation of VR headsets will connect over a single USB-C cable

Thursday  11:15,   19 july 2018
msn

VirtualLink has announced a new standard, shrinking tangles of VR cables to one USB-C.Not only will this cut down on clutter, but it will also bring PC-based VR to more people. Right now, these devices are limited to people using computers that can[...]

Facebook says it will begin removing misinformation that leads to violence

Thursday  11:15,   19 july 2018
msn

<p>The policy was used for the first time last month in Sri Lanka.</p>Under the new policy, Facebook will begin reviewing posts that are inaccurate or misleading, and are created or shared with the intent of causing violence or physical harm.[...]

Instagram is building non-SMS 2-factor auth to thwart SIM hackers

Thursday  11:00,   19 july 2018
techcrunch

Hackers can steal your phone number by reassigning it to a different SIM card, use it to reset your passwords, steal your Instagram and other accounts, and sell them for Bitcoin. As detailed in a harrowing Motherboard article today, Instagram[...]

Sony's portable projector tech displays perfect images on curved surfaces

Wednesday  15:56,   18 july 2018
engadget

The future of portable projectors just got a whole lot clearer, as Sony launches two bits of tech that will give gives portable projectors both HD capabilities and the ability to provide a distortion-free picture even on curved[...]