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Patreon lets creators share progress through Snapchat-like stories

Even Patreon is getting into the trend of cloning Snapchat. The funding service is introducing a mobile Lens feature that lets creators produce Snapchat-like stories that disappear after 24 hours, giving backers a behind-the-scenes look at a project without the hassle of shooting a formal video. Show More Summary

Botched tsunami warning test is the latest false alarm

It's only been a few weeks since a false warning told Hawaiians that a missile attack was headed for their state, but another mistaken alert has been sent out into the world. Earlier this morning, an emergency tsunami alert was issued to East Coast residents via the widely-used Accuweather service. Show More Summary

Samsung's dual camera 'bokeh' tricks are coming to budget phones

Dual-camera smartphones with improved low-light photos and fancy, defocused "bokeh" behind subjects are pretty new and until now, have been reserved for high-end smartphones. Showing how fast things can move nowadays, however, Samung has revealed a new "Isocell dual" camera module for lower-priced mobile phones. Show More Summary

NYPD starts replacing cops' Windows Phones with iPhones

Microsoft will soon lose 36,000 of its remaining Windows Phone customers, as the NYPD starts distributing iPhones to its officers. The department, which first announced its decision to replace cops' Windows Phones last year, is now rolling out 600 iPhones a day in Manhattan. Show More Summary

France bans smartphone use in cars even when you pull over

Road deaths have been on the rise lately in France and with nothing much else to pin it on, authorities are going after scofflaw drivers who text or call. It's now illegal to hold your phone on public roads even when you're pulled over to the side of the road, whether you're blocking traffic or not, Le Figaro reports. Show More Summary

Nougat is now the most-used version of Android, 17 months later

Google hasn't quite licked its problems getting users to adopt the latest version of Android. Its latest Play Store user share stats show that Nougat has become the most-used Android release at 28.5 percent... just over 17 months after its summer 2016 debut. Show More Summary

Air Force general behind government 5G memo leaves White House

That scrapped proposal for a goverment-run 5G network is triggering a political fallout. A senor official has confirmed to the Washington Post that the author of the memo pushing for the 5G network, Brigadier General Robert Spalding,...Show More Summary

Google flips on Pixel 2's HDR+ feature for your go-to photo apps

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL include Pixel Visual Core, Google's first custom imaging chip that allows for HDR+ quality pictures in third-party apps like Instagram and Snapchat. But Pixel 2 users haven't been able to take advantage of those capabilities because the co-processor hasn't been enabled. Show More Summary

Huawei's Mate 10 Pro is available to pre-order in the US

American carriers may have been pressured into dropping Huawei's Mate 10 Pro from their lineup, but you can now buy one independent of a carrier if you feel it didn't get a fair shake. Pre-orders for the company's flagship smartphone are available today at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Newegg and Microsoft. Show More Summary

Nike will reward your workouts with shoes and Apple Music playlists

Nike is gamifying fitness even further with its new reward system for the Nike Plus app. These range from unlocking curated playlists on Apple Music, guided meditation exercises on Headspace, Class Pass credits or maybe even a custom t-shirt for your efforts. Source: Nike

Studies suggest cellphone radiation doesn't threaten humans

No, the debate over the risks of cellphone radiation isn't over yet. The US National Institutes of Health's National Toxicology Program has published details of draft studies which suggest that normal cellphone radiation levels aren't harmful to humans. Show More Summary

Broadcom hopes to woo Qualcomm with a higher takeover bid

Broadcom clearly isn't taking Qualcomm's "no" for an answer. Reuters sources have claimed that the wireless chip giant is about to raise its takeover bid for Qualcomm from $70 per share to between $80 and $82 per share -- a huge increase for a deal that would have already set records. Show More Summary

iPhone X owners report trouble answering phone calls

The iPhone X's early teething troubles have largely gone away, but there's a lingering problem for some owners... and it's a fairly serious one. Users have reported that the iPhone X's touchscreen won't turn on for several seconds when there's an incoming call, preventing them from answering or seeing who's on the other line. Show More Summary

Apple's iOS 11.3 may use iCloud as a single sign-on for websites

You might not to log in to your favorite websites one at a time in the near future. The 9to5Mac team has found code in the iOS 11.3 beta hinting at a single sign-on option for the web based on your iCloud account. It's not certain just...Show More Summary

Steadicam Volt's cinematic smartphone stabilizer is a little fiddly

Steadicam is the company behind iconic tracking shots in films like Rocky and Return of the Jedi, so when parent Tiffen launched a smartphone stabilizer bearing its name at CES 2017, there was a ton of interest. The $195 Steadicam Volt nabbed more than $1 million on Kickstarter and is now on sale at stores. Show More Summary

Apple to repair iPhone 7s with 'no service' bug for free

Today Apple announced it's launching a repair program for a "small percentage" of iPhone 7 owners who are affected by a "no service" issue. Late last year MacRumors said Apple was investigating the problem and appeared ready to replace affected devices, which would display "No service" in their status bar even when cell signal was clearly available. Show More Summary

Strava’s fitness heatmaps are a 'potential catastrophe'

The 2018 cybersecurity race to the bottom is off to an exciting start. First out of the gate is Strava — now widely known as the "social network for athletes" -- and its reckless data-visualization "heat map" gimmick that revealed details...Show More Summary

Sprint plans to raise prices and roll out 5G next year

It's become a fairly close race to provide mobile 5G service, with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile all announcing plans to roll out the faster network tech within the next couple of years. Sprint already has plans to launch its own 5G network in 2019, which it confirmed today during an earnings call, as reported by VentureBeat. Via: VentureBeat Source: Sprint

This shameless iPhone X clone costs just $160

What? A company has made a phone that borrows heavily from Apple's design? (And LG, Samsung while we're here.) At least the notch is real this time. Oukitel's U18 is up for preorder, priced at $160, making it the cheapest iPhone X that... Show More Summary

Niantic buys Escher to power shared world AR experiences

While Pokémon Go was a big step forward for AR in gaming, it appears that Niantic, the studio behind the game, has grander ambitions. This week, the company announced the acquisition of Escher Reality, which focuses on "persistent, cross platform, multi-user experiences," according to the release. Via: Rolling Stone Source: Escher Reality, Niantic Labs

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