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You can now catch a Lyft even in rural areas in 40 U.S. states

  Lyft has been rapidly growing its reach throughout the United States in the last year and has just announced it has rolled out service to every corner of 32 states, making it available in every area there’s a road in 40 states. All 50 states offer some form of Lyft service but now even rural areas in most states can catch a Lyft. According to a company statement out today, Lyft can now pick up customers in 94 percent of the…

Transparent Nintendo Switch case is a nod to the ’90s

Gone are the days of Nintendo selling transparent consoles and controllers like the atomic purple Nintendo 64 controller or the fuchsia Game Boy Advance. Luckily, another company is picking up the slack. Third-party manufacturer Myriann has created transparent replacement cases for the Nintendo Switch, allowing people to transform Nintendo's latest console into a '90s dream machine. Take a look: Of course, installing the replacement cases will require a bit of screwdriving (and possibly some finagling). It's not just a snap-off, snap-on situation.…

Rumor Has It Vega Mines Ether Like A Beast, But It Could Be Fud

AMD’s Vega 64 and Vega 56 graphics cards are slated for release on August 14, and the rumors of their potential performance are gaining attention. The most recent tease suggests that Vega could be a powerhouse at mining Ethereum, which could be true, but don’t get fooled by the hype. Earlier today, Overclock3D.net and Videocardz.com released reports that suggest that AMD’s upcoming Vega cards would offer incredible Ethereum mining performance, the likes of which no single GPU could ever dream of pulling off before Vega. Overclock3D.net…

You can now reply to Instagram Stories with photos and video

Instagram has updated its Stories feature with the ability to reply to stories with either photos or video. This means you can use all the creative tools found in the Instagram camera, including filters, Boomerang, rewind and stickers to show the original poster exactly how your really feel about what they’re sharing. The replies feature also lets you use a new sticker that actually contains the original Story you’re replying to, which can be resized and positioned anywhere in your frame. These…

At the White House’s emerging tech event, drones are one of the day’s big topics

Tech leaders gathered today at the White House for a series of focused sessions on hot topics in tech. Thursday’s event, titled “American Leadership in Emerging Technology,” is the second big piece of the White House’s Technology Week, continuing on from Tuesday’s discussion about modernizing government technology. “We’re on the verge of new technological revolutions that could improve, virtually, every aspect of our lives, create vast new wealth for American workers and families, and open up bold, new frontiers in science,…

Microsoft wants to make iOS and Android even better

I recently talked about the reason that I'm "loyal" to Apple, insofar that I'm most comfortable using iOS and there are some features that I just don't want to give up (Control Center) by switching to another platform. The most troubling part of this is the fact that I still want to switch. I'm not completely immune to devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8, or even the LG G6. My loyalty gets tested all the time. There's a saying that everything is…

Flagship is to power as budget is to battery: Which one is best for you?

Not too long ago, if you wanted to purchase a functional smartphone there was no doubt about it: you would need to shell out some fat stacks for the best of the best. While saving money on a cheaper smartphone was an option, it wasn’t necessarily a great option; most lower end smartphones exhibited terrible performance, often right out of the box. As somebody who spent a good two years using budget smartphones (not without countless hours of research, attempting…

Should Nokia be the “new Nexus”?

It’s only been a little over half a year since HMD Global resurrected the Nokia brand in mobile, and although the once colossal brand has had a relatively quiet start, a recent release by HMD Global suggests that it has its sights set on a bright future for the Nokia by having a close relationship with Google, possibly as the new Nexus, or something along those lines. The loss of Nexus wasn’t a big deal for most smartphone consumers, but for enthusiasts…

How important is the location of the fingerprint sensor?

I love fingerprint sensors. Generally speaking, I find the fingerprint sensor to be one of the best features of modern day smartphones. Although I wouldn’t consider it a great measure of security on its own, in addition to other security methods it’s a semi-secure and convenient feature for unlocking smartphones. And as smartphones have evolved, so have fingerprint sensors. Not only are sensors becoming more accurate at readings and faster at unlocking, but they’re also prone to another variable: their…

Prank experts build the app of your April Fools’ Day dreams

I know, I know, April Fools' Day has gotten so over the top, few pranks are actually funny (especially when they come a day early.) Sometimes, your best bet is to stick with the basics, like a good old-fashioned prank call. Successfully pulling one off is another matter, though. That's where a new app from Ownage Pranks comes in. Created by the masterminds behind the popular YouTube series of the same name, the app helps you send pre-recorded prank calls…

Here’s the deal with those colorful status updates on Facebook

If your Facebook News Feed is looking a bit more colorful recently, there's good reason: The company is thirsty for your precious personal content. Facebook has been rolling out a new way to post status updates since the end of last year. Write something in the "What's on your mind?" box and you'll be prompted to select a background color for the text, which gives the post a much more prominent slice of real estate in the News Feed. The…

Twitter just killed the default ‘egg’ profile photo

Twitter just lost what is arguably its most iconic feature: the egg avatar. Since 2010, when you signed up for Twitter, the default photo was an egg, meant to "reference how eggs hatch into birds." Cute. Over the past seven years though, the meaning of the ubiquitous Twitter egg has spun out of the company's control. As anyone who spends time on Twitter knows, the accounts with egg avatars are often the worst offenders. Harassers and bots tend to prefer…

Your News Feed is such a mess that Facebook is giving you another one

There's nothing quite like a clean slate — especially one that's pre-populated with a generous helping of algorithmically generated spam. Perhaps realizing that the News Feed has over the years morphed into a cluttered mess, Facebook has started testing an entirely new feed with a subset of its users. After all, why have one feed when you can have two? Double the ad-serving pleasure, double the ad-revenue fun. This new feed, identified by a rocket-ship logo, isn't the same as…

WhatsApp May Soon Let You Reply to Status Messages, Mute Them

HIGHLIGHTS WhatsApp is working on improving status messages It should let you mute status notifications The app is also working on the ability to reply to statuses The WhatsApp Status Message feature seems set for a major overhaul, with hints of the same appearing on the beta versions of the messaging app across platforms. Now, the latest Windows Phone beta version shows that the Facebook-owned company looks to bring new functionalities with the improved Status section. A fresh leak hints…

Windows 10 Cloud Early Build Leaked; May Only Run UWP Apps From Windows Store

HIGHLIGHTS Windows 10 Cloud was earlier spotted later last month The lightweight platform doesn't run Win32 apps from Windows Store Windows 10 Cloud is being seen as a competition for Chromebooks Windows 10 Cloud, a simplified and cheaper version of Windows, which was spotted late last month has now been leaked in screenshots taken from an early build, and gives a closer look at alleged upcoming platform from Microsoft. In line with earlier suggestions, the leaked screenshots indicate that the…

GOOGLE HAS OPEN-SOURCED CHROME FOR IOS

Google has finally figured out how to open-source Chrome for iOS. On Tuesday, Google announced that developers could now modify and compile the iOS version of Chrome. Previously, developers could compile open-source versions of Chrome for the web and Android. With this new update, Chrome for iOS is now joining Google’s open-source Chromium project repository. Chromium started as an initiative for desktop web development, and in May 2015 Google incorporated Android mobile web browser The iOS version of Chrome was…