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How Android Oreo and iOS 11 features compare to each other

There's a good chance your phone will be receiving a major update in the near future. Both Apple and Google are gearing up to launch the next versions of iOS and Android respectively. Google finally shipped Android Oreo (version 8.0) earlier this week, and Apple is putting the finishing touches on iOS 11 as we creep closer to iPhone launch in September. Although neither update has rolled out to phones just yet, they've been in beta for months for developers to play with. Now…

Charging Your iPhone Overnight Is Totally Safe (If You Follow These Tips)

There’s an old myth that charging our smartphones overnight after they’ve reached full-capacity is somehow damaging to their batteries — but this is simply not the case. Typical smartphone batteries are designed to last around a year and a half, or about 400 full cycles before their capacity begins gradually eroding; so fears about charging a battery after it’s fully charged are largely overblown. In fact, according to a report from Business Insider, what’s more likely to lead to a battery’s decline…

OnboardIQ raises $9.1 million to automate hiring for hourly workers

OnboardIQ wants to make applying for hourly work less of a hassle, with a mobile-first platform that businesses can use to reduce the time they spend finding and hiring qualified workers. Now, three years in, the company has raised $9.1 million to expand their product and customer reach. When we last wrote about OnboardIQ, back in 2015, the company was positioning itself as a way for on-demand startups to automate their hiring and onboarding processes. Well, I don’t know if you’ve…

MIT researchers used a $150 Microsoft Kinect to 3D scan a giant T. rex skull

MIT’s Camera Culture group has been able to successfully capture a high-resolution 3D scan of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull using about $150 worth of equipment and some free software. The skull, which belongs to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, was discovered in 1990 and is the largest and most complete T. rex skull yet found. However, it has some strange holes in the jawbone that have puzzled researchers for some time. Early on, it was believed that the holes…

Facebook expands its hate-fighting counterspeech initiative in Europe

Facebook has launched a third counterspeech initiative in Europe, partnering with the not-for-profit Institute for Strategic Dialogue for the launch of the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), which is aimed at tackling online extremism and hate speech. COO Sheryl Sandberg launched the initiative in London this morning along with Sasha Havlicek, CEO of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and with the UK founding partners for the initiative who are: Brendan Cox, Jo Cox Foundation — an organization named after a UK MP who…

Google’s new experiment, Triangle, lets you block individual apps from using mobile data

Google recently began testing a new tool for helping people better manage the mobile data used by their smartphones. The new Android app, called Triangle, is currently being tested in the Philippines, and lets you do things like view your data balance, see which apps are accounting for the most data usage and even block individual applications from using your mobile data, among other things. The problem of limited data is not one that’s as common here in the U.S.,…

Bike-sharing Mobike gets to ride on WeChat’s popularity to reach 900 million users

Bike-sharing firm Mobike now has a way to reach the 900 million people who use China's largest messenger app, WeChat. Mobike has been officially integrated into the chat app, allowing users to book a ride through its in-app wallet function. WeChat's wallet is a popular digital payment mode in China, where it can be used to pay at stores, and to do easy money transfers to friends when splitting the tab.   With the app now listed in the wallet…

Logitech’s Spotlight Is a Sleek, Smart Remote for Presentations

HIGHLIGHTS Spotlight is priced at $129.99 The remote includes forward, back and media buttons Gestures let you highlight and magnify relevant information A presentation is only as good as the one presenting, and Logitech wants to make sure you look good when you do. The company wants to do away with the old laser pointed remotes and instead bring in a smart, sleek-looking one for the modern times with the new Spotlight presentation remote. The $129.99 (roughly Rs. 8,700) remote…

Asus ROG Strix GL553 Gaming Laptop Launched

HIGHLIGHTS ROG Strix GL553 offers Intel Core i5-7300HQ & Core i7-7700HQ processors It comes with 1TB HDD and 128/ 256GB SATA III SSD options Asus ROG Strix GL553 will sell in India at a starting price of Rs. 94,990 Under its Republic of Gamers (ROG) series, Taiwanese company Asus on Thursday launched the ROG Strix GL553 compact ultralight gaming laptop in India at a starting price of Rs. 94,990. The laptop was first unveiled at CES 2017 this year. The…

Two of Razer’s triple-screen laptop prototypes stolen from CES

Razer used to just make peripherals like its gaming-oriented mechanical keyboards and headphones, but a few years back it started branching out into gaming laptops. The company has taken great pride in showing off its innovations at CES, and this year it took the form of a 4K “VR” projector (Project Ariana) and a wacky triple-screen laptop called Project Valerie. Everyone who saw the hardware seemed to think it was neat, including the thief who made off with two of…

LENOVO PRIMES TO TAKE ON MICROSOFT’S NEXT SURFACE TABLET WITH MIIX 720

The world is waiting for Microsoft's next Surface tablet, but when it ships, it'll have to contend with Lenovo's new Miix 720, a 12-inch Windows tablet loaded with cutting-edge features. The Miix 720 will start at US$999 and will ship in April. That's about $100 more than the starting price of the Surface Pro 4, but the Miix 720 has superior features. But the Surface could catch up with the Miix 720 soon. A new Surface Pro 5 could be…

Court clears up some in-app purchase uncertainty

The Federal Trade Commission has long maintained that minors, who can't agree to a legal contract, can't be forced to pay for in-app purchases they make. But there are ambiguities within that policy. Do merchants overstep when they make it difficult to get reimbursed for such unauthorized purchases? And just what constitutes a "minor"? Amazon has been especially aggressive in pursuing payments for in-app purchases, and last spring the FTC received a summary judgment in its suit against the online…

How To Make Apple Maps Not Terrible

One of the less noticeable changes ushered in with iOS 10 was the introduction of extensions for Apple Maps. Just like the Photos extensions, it lets apps get their hooks deeper into Apple Maps and appear as options that look like integrated parts of the app. Here are the best ones you can use so far. These extensions aren’t enabled by default, so you need to go to the Settings app, tap on Maps, then toggle the switch for each…

GIROPTIC 360CAM REVIEW : KILLER ACCESSORIES

THE GOOD Takes true 360-degree images Replaceable battery/SD card Water-resistant Light bulb and Ethernet accessories THE BAD Video isn’t as detailed as that from other 360-degree cameras Has trouble stitching video VERDICT The rugged and versatile Giroptic 360cam can take a beating and sports nifty add-ons, but its video quality isn’t as good as that of competing cameras. The Giroptic 360cam — one of the few cameras to capture a nearly complete spherical image — records video from three sensors…

Hacker group may be exploiting unpatched vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player

Kaspersky Lab’s latest blog, written by Costin Raiu, points to a security advisory published by Adobe that warns of a critical vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player version 21.0.0.242 and older for ChromeOS, Linux, Macintosh, and Windows-based operating systems. This vulnerability, called CVE-2016-4171, could cause a crash if exploited and allow hackers to take control of the affected According to Adobe, it’s aware of an exploit of CVE-2016-4171 being used in the wild in limited, targeted attacks. However, the company doesn’t…

Striking murals turn Google data centers into pieces of art

Google processes more than 30 billion queries a day and each one at one point travels through a faceless data center with seemingly endless rows of servers. To bring some curb appeal to the Internet's so-called "homes," Google has tapped artists to paint murals on four data centers, hoping to expand the project to even more. So far two centers, in Oklahoma and Belgium, have gotten facelifts, Google announced this week. "It may look like a giant canvas, but this…