instagram’s new direct replies are basically threaded messaging for photos

Napier Lopez

instagram’s direct messages are becoming a bit more powerful. following the addition of threaded conversations earlier this week, you can now directly reply to specific individual photos or videos shared with you with your own media basically, w

2017-08-17 12:51:32  

barely into beta, sansar is already making social vr look good

Alice Bonasio

what now feels like a very long time ago (it was in fact only april 2016, but vr has come a long way since then) i met linden lab ceo ebbe altberg at their san francisco hq to chat about what was then called “project sansar”, their ambitious soc

2017-08-17 11:44:09  

xhamster solicits netflix with offer to produce next season of sense8

Mix

xhamster wants to get in on the action… the netflix action. the pornography heavyweight has extended an offer to the popular streaming service to produce the third season of its original sci-fi drama series sense8. the proposal comes a few weeks

2017-08-17 11:37:32  

android creator andy rubin: essential phone is now available to order

Mix

following months of anticipation and some broken promises, android creator andy rubin has made it official: the essential phone has finally launched and is now available to order. the brand new handset is currently listed for pre-orders on essen

2017-08-17 10:33:54  

skype’s controversial redesign is coming to desktops – here’s how to try it

Napier Lopez

it was only a matter of time. after skype brought its sleek-but-much-maligned new design to android and ios, it’s now doing the same for desktop. the company is today opening up a preview for the new look and features, so it won’t replace the st

2017-08-17 10:04:20  

build and control your own robots, home automation and more with this raspberry pi training

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2017-08-17 10:01:00  

want to get people talking about your disgusting food? fake an iphone 8 picture

Matthew Hughes

mcdonald’s australia (or ‘maccas,’ as it’s known down under) has made waves in the tech world, after the fast food giant used images of the iphone 8 in an advert for its mymacca’s ordering app. half life 3 iphone 8 confirmed, right? ehrm, not re

2017-08-17 09:35:43  

eu-funded online privacy tool will protect your data – and help you sell it

Már Másson Maack

it’s hard protecting your privacy online, especially when throwing it away has been made so easy. most online services allow logging in with our existing social media accounts — which saves us time and effort — but not without costing us our pri

2017-08-17 08:26:16  

lofree’s $70 poison bluetooth speaker is the ultimate conversation starter

Abhimanyu Ghoshal

although it’s not a household name yet, lofree is intent on making its mark in the tech accessories space with its beautiful, memorably designed hardware. you might remember the brand from our previous review of its gorgeous wireless mechanical

2017-08-17 08:13:11  

omnidirectional elevators are going to transform our cities

Antony Wood

in the 160 or so years since the first skyscrapers were built, technological innovations of many kinds have allowed us to build them to reach astonishing heights. today there is a 1,000-meter (167-story) building under construction in jeddah, sa

2017-08-17 07:51:45  

faceapp’s ‘black,’ ‘white,’ and ‘asian’ filters are just as awful as they sound

Rachel Kaser

faceapp, a selfie-morphing app, today introduced portrait filters titled “caucasian,” “black, “asian,” and “indian.” in an astonishingly inappropriate move, they do exactly what you think they do. faceapp has been, up to now, most notable for it

2017-08-09 06:00:21  

twitter confirms it’s working on a dark/night mode for desktop

Napier Lopez

twitter gave its mobile apps a dark/night mode last year, making many a social media ninja’s dream come true. now is working on the same for the desktop. 9to5google  first reported on the feature, which shows in the menu that pops up when you cl

2017-08-09 05:21:07  

china’s vpn ban exposes its citizens to cyber-attacks

Tristan Greene

apple last week removed all virtual private network apps (vpns) from the itunes store in china. the chinese government made vpns illegal this year, and now it’s forcing tech companies to choose between honoring its censorship demands or not doin

2017-08-09 03:38:10  

playstation update brings faster twitch streaming, less annoying notifications

Rachel Kaser

the playstation 4’s upcoming 5.0 firmware will update streaming and social features, as well as notifications, according to a report by eurogamer released today. of those, only the latter sounds useful. firmware 5.0 will allow ps4 pro owners to

2017-08-09 02:39:11  

chuwi lapbook 12.3 review: like a macbook air with a better screen… for $300

Napier Lopez

what if you could get a macbook air for a little over $300? that’s essentially the value proposed by chuwi’s lapbook 12.3, with some obvious but very reasonable compromises. chuwi isn’t exactly a household name, but the company has gained some a

2017-08-09 02:07:53  

we want to give you a samsung galaxy s8 — for free!

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2017-08-09 02:03:00  

welcome to the future of marketing: the a.i. based design

Andrei Tiburca

many people believed that modern technology will first replace the low wage jobs from the industries that are dependent on manual labor rather than intellectual work. however, the latest innovations in robotics and a.i. tend to contradict our pr

2017-08-09 01:47:33  

the t. rex probably couldn’t run, according to this ai-driven model

Rachel Kaser

the university of manchester used 3d modelling and machine learning to determine the top speed of the legendary tyrannosaurus rex — and it’s a bit of a let-down. the researchers built an algorithm that moves an accurate 3d model of the t. rex fr

2017-08-09 12:08:05  

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2017-08-09 10:31:00  

youtube is down for many users worldwide [update: it’s back up]

Mix

you really might have to go back to work: youtube appears to be experiencing server downtime across the board. numerous users have taken to down detector and outage report to report being unable to access the video service. it remains unclear wh

2017-08-09 09:48:36  

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