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German city designs traffic lights for oblivious pedestrians

The German city of Augsburg has taken a novel approach to dealing with pedestrians too buried in their smartphone screens to notice traffic signals. By embedding flashing red LEDs in the sidewalks at busy pedestrian crossings, the city has moved those signals right into their line of sight.

YouTube's mobile homepage redesign has better recommendations

YouTube wants to put more of the videos you like in front of you, so it's giving its Android and iOS apps a bit of a facelift. Specifically, its homepage is getting a bit of a makeover. Gone are the small thumbnail previews, and in its place are larger, higher-res images. Show More Summary

India mandates all smartphones must come with a panic button

India has decreed that, from 2017, all phones must be sold with a panic button that lets users instantly alert the emergency services. A year later and all devices sold must also come with GPS as standard in order for authorities to quickly locate victims of sexual assault. Show More Summary

T-Mobile continues the good times with 2.2 million new customers

T-Mobile's hot streak isn't ending any time soon. The magenta-hued carrier has posted results for the first quarter of 2016 that suggest its strategy of loading on perks is paying off. It racked up 2.2 million total new customers, over 1 million of which were highly coveted postpaid (regular subscription) users. Show More Summary

Giroptic's 360-degree waterproof camera starts shipping

With the tech world suddenly going nuts for 360-degree video, Giroptic may have picked the perfect time to start shipping its 360cam to backers and anyone who preordered the camera. The waterproof camera will available to for everyone else to buy May 24 for $500. Source: Giroptic

Tesco Mobile scraps European roaming charges, for the summer

Next year, the European Commission will finally put an end to mobile roaming charges on the continent. Before that happens, the majority of carriers are following protocol and lowering fees for calls, texts and data, while others are scrapping them altogether. Show More Summary

FreshTeam is a messaging app that tracks employee locations

Traveling salespeople of yore could get away with plenty because, hey, who was ever gonna find out? These days, there's a smartphone in your pocket and a boss at the other end of the internet expecting an answer. That's where FreshTeam...Show More Summary

Gmail on Android is ready for your Exchange account

Gmail threw the doors open when it added support for non-Google email accounts, but there was one glaring omission: you couldn't get Microsoft Exchange support on all devices. Not consistently, anyway. What if you want to get your work email without turning to another app? Relax. Show More Summary

WSJ: Facebook working on dedicated camera and live video app

Does Facebook have a sharing problem? If it does, the social network is considering ways to increase the amount of stuff you post, especially pictures and videos. The Wall Street Journal reports that Mark Zuckerberg & Co. are working on a standalone camera app with the aim of helping you create and share more content. Show More Summary

The Apple Watch, one year on

One year ago Apple finally decided to get into the smartwatch game. Nobody was surprised that it happened, but the reaction it inspired has caught a few off guard. Some were shocked that it failed to explode on the scene with the same ferocity as the iPhone or iPad. Show More Summary

UF researchers let people race drones using their minds

As drone racing gets faster, cheaper and more mainstream, it was only a matter of time before drone pilots ditched the controller and made the leap to an actual brain-computer interface, as these researchers from the University of Florida did last week.

UK bans cold callers from withholding numbers

Have you been involved in an accident at the workplace, taken out a loan with unnecessary payment protection insurance, or think it's time to upgrade your double glazing? If too many of your conversations begin with one of these questions, you either have a pretty boring group of friends or you're frequently a victim of the dreaded cold call. Show More Summary

Pope to teens: you cannot download happiness

During a special teens-only Jubilee at the Vatican this weekend, Pope Francis delivered a strong homily about the power of religion versus technology. "Your happiness has no price," the pontiff told an estimated crowd of 70,000 teenagers gathered in St. Show More Summary

Apple Watch sequel reportedly includes cellular data

One of the biggest gripes with the now year-old Apple Watch is that it's not very useful away from your iPhone. You can keep track of a run and do a few things on WiFi, but not much more than that. However, that could all change when the sequel rolls around. Show More Summary

Chase adds support for Android fingerprint logins

Hot on the heels of Bank of America's latest Android app, Chase now supports Android's fingerprint scanner as well. You'll need Android 6.0 Marshmallow to use the feature, and the company also says that its app doesn't support every Android phone with a fingerprint scanner (given the many different implementations out there, that makes sense). Show More Summary

Microsoft's mobile Windows keyboard arrives on iOS

If you want to live-tweet Game of Thrones from an iPhone while keeping your snacking hand free, you have a new option. Microsoft's Word Flow keyboard has arrived to rival Apple's iOS, after the software giant teased it earlier in the year. Show More Summary

Huawei P9 review: New phone, familiar tricks

Huawei still isn't a household name in every corner of the world, despite having ousted Microsoft last summer to become the world's third-largest smartphone manufacturer. The company might not have the pedigree of LG, Sony and others, but there are few greater endorsements than being recruited by Google to deliver a Nexus device. Show More Summary

Qualcomm says it's fine to fast-charge your phone over USB-C

Technically, USB-C and fast-charging methods like Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 aren't supposed to mix. As Google's Benson Leung (a frequent crusader for good USB implementations) noted last fall, the USB-C spec explicitly forbids the variable voltage tricks that QC3.0 and others use to top up your battery in a hurry. Show More Summary

Mini review video: Our verdict on the HTC 10 in a minute

After years of losses and lackluster phone releases, HTC finally seems to have gotten its mojo back. OK, it might be too soon to say if its new flagship, the 10, is enough to help the company reverse its fortunes, but if nothing else it's a fantastic device. Show More Summary

Oree's real ink-and-paper stylus is not for starving artists

Known for chic, artisanal digital products like a $190 walnut keyboard, French company Orée is going after the creative set with the Stylograph. Fabricated from pure copper, the ink stylus lets you transcribe your scribblings from paper over to an iOS or Android device. Show More Summary

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