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When you're doing battle with the biggest social network in existence, it's pretty difficult to make sure that you're always offering your customers fresh functionality to stay ahead of the pack - which has been Snapchat's modus operandi for quite some time. Just a month ago, Facebook copied Snapchat's Stories feature, and mere weeks later, it copied Snap's ability to add a variety of filters to your Stories. At some point in the future, Facebook should be bringing the ability to add 3D objects to the videos you share, as Snapchat has just unveiled the feature today. A quick, but great example... Read more...
This spring, Microsoft is going to be launching a brand new online store for its ultra-popular Minecraft world builder. There are multiple goals that can be accomplished through this new portal: fans will have a lot of great new content to play, and community members who produce good content could reap the benefits of being featured on the store. One thing that will make this online store different from most is the fact that all of the content is curated, meaning that not just anyone can produce content and expect it to appear there. Ultimately, this is a very good thing, as it means that... Read more...
It has been quite the tumultuous journey for BlackBerry, the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM). After a series of failed attempts to claw its way back into relevance through various hardware releases and software strategies, BlackBerry sort of faded from view, at least in the media. What actually happened is that it pivoted to software almost exclusively, and found a potentially winning strategy in the process. BlackBerry's latest financial results are promising. In the company's fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, it raked in $297 million, racing past the average estimate by analysts... Read more...
Based on its features, specs and power consumption claims, Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 SoC (or Mobile Platform, as Qualcomm is referring to it now) was already looking like a notable improvement over the Snapdragon 820 and 821. The Snapdragon 835 is expected to provide up to 11 hours of 4K video playback and more than a day of talk time on next-gen smartphones with a single charge, for starters. However, it will also serve up hours of VR gaming and claimed general performance lifts of up to 25 percent in both CPU and graphics/gaming workloads. Regardless, until now, we could only speculate... Read more...
T-Mobile just changed the amount of data its customers are allowed to consume before they face potential throttling, depending on network usage. The limit now sits at 30 gigabytes per billing cycle, whereas previously T-Mobile's network management policy listed the ceiling at 28GB. Obviously that is not a ginormous change, and it still underscores the funny way that wireless carriers have of defining "unlimited." According to Merriam-Webster, the word unlimited has three definitions: lacking any controls: unrestricted / unlimited access boundless, infinite / unlimited possibilities not bounded... Read more...
If you listened to rap music in the early 1990s, you undoubtedly heard Flava Flav spit rhymes to "911 is a Joke," the song he is most famous for. However, it was no laughing matter when mobile phone users subscribed to AT&T's wireless service were unable to call 911 emergency dispatchers in more than a dozen states on Wednesday night. Service has since been restored, but given the seriousness of the situation, the FCC has opened an investigation into what went wrong. During the outage, law enforcement and emergency response officials were on social media warning people across the nation of... Read more...
It shouldn't be too shocking to learn that there are many people anxious to get their mitts on Nintendo's Switch console, and thanks to one retailer that didn't check its calendar carefully, many people are now envious of one lucky customer who managed to get their unit a full two weeks early. That lucky user is Hiphoptherobot, who happens to frequent popular gaming site NeoGAF and decided to show off his unexpected wares. In a three-minute video posted to Vidme, Hiphoptherobot shows us what we can expect to see after powering on the Switch tablet for the first time. While there's not a lot to... Read more...
What's that sound? Oh, it's just the collective sound of Fallout fans who'd rather not game on mobile platforms letting out a collective "Finally!". That's right: Bethesda's super-hot mobile game based on the Fallout universe, called Fallout Shelter, is coming to Xbox One, as well as Windows 10 PCs. Sorry, PlayStation fans. This is one of those times where you can hear about an announcement and not have to wait forever and a day for it to come to fruition. Microsoft says that Fallout Shelter will hit both of its platforms on February 8, and like the mobile game, it's going to be free to download,... Read more...
Just a couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the Israeli security firm Cellebrite, and how it suffered a major data breach. After the information began to trickle out, it seemed like no real damage was done. Cellebrite itself said that what leaked was an old, irrelevant backup. A new discovery, however, questions that answer. If you're not familiar with Cellebrite, it was the firm that the U.S. government hired to break into an iPhone 5c to aide with investigation of the December 2015 San Bernardino terror attack. Apple at the time refused to help crack the phone, so Cellebrite was brought in, and... Read more...
It was a pretty big deal when Facebook amassed 1 billion active monthly users a little over four years ago. Of the achievement, company co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said it was "humbling and by the far the thing I am most proud of in my life." Now just a few short years later, Facebook is on the cusp of doubling the number of people who connect with others through the world's largest social playground, the company revealed in an earnings report. Facebook capped off 2016 with 1.86 billion monthly active users, an increase of 17 percent year-over-year. Most of the people using Facebook are now connecting... Read more...
If you're in a situation where your phone has data, but your tablet doesn't, and Wi-Fi isn't an immediate option, things can get frustrating pretty quickly. Consider checking into a hotel, for example, which only allows one or two devices to connect to the Wi-Fi - that's a major roadblock for those with their families, or those with multiple devices. While your smartphone is charging, you could be kicking back using the tablet, for example. That assumes that the hotel's Internet service allows you access without dinging you again for another device. Situations like those or similar will be less... Read more...
It seems that Apple is working on a new "Theater" mode for iOS devices that iPhone owners can enable when watching a movie at the local cinema. That is our assumption, anyway, following a pair of Twitter posts by Sonny Dickson, a well known leaker of Apple products. In one of Dickson's tweets he describes a new popcorn-shaped icon that he says will be accessible through the Control Center. What exactly the Theater mode will do is not clear, though if it really is geared towards settings appropriate for watching a movie in public, we imagine it would block or otherwise silence incoming calls and... Read more...
The parents of a five-year-old girl who lost her life in a car accident involving another motor vehicle in which the driver was using Apple's FaceTime app have filed a lawsuit against the Cupertino outfit. Filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court, the lawsuit holds Apple accountable for the girl's death for not utilizing technology that would prevent people from using FaceTime while operating a vehicle, or at the very least issue a warning as to the potential hazards. "Plaintiffs allege Apple Inc.'s failure to design, manufacture, and sell the Apple iPhone 6 Plus with the patented, safer, alternative... Read more...
It's been a very rough year for the folks at Cyanogen, and it doesn't look like anything is going to be changing about that any time soon. At the end of last month, it was revealed that Cyanogen wanted to consolidate all of its employees to Palo Alto, California, which as an announcement on its own might not have seemed so bad, but it came at the same time that co-founder Steve Kondik decided to pack it up and move onto other ventures. Alcatel's POP Mirage shipped with Cyanogen OS Now, we learn that Cyanogen's OS and services are going to be shuttered at the end of this year (aka: one week from... Read more...
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