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Closing tabs is the only way to keep Tabagotchi alive

I’m terrible at managing my browser tabs, and I blame partly on the nature of my job, and partly on my inability to banish distractions at work. If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried a tab management tool or two, like those that made our list. I’m ashamed to report that I’ve thus far failed on that front – but I’m not giving up. In fact, I’m enlisting a friend to help me kick my tab addiction. Meet Tabagotchi. Mimicking the electronic…

Design

Google deletes Android backups without notification if you don’t use phone

Thanks to a series of incremental improvements to its backup and restore feature, Google has made it fairly easy to migrate from one Android device to another without the hassle of setting up your handset all anew – that is, unless you leave your phone idle for too long. A miffed user has taken to Reddit to complain the Big G automatically deleted his backup without any notification. The incident took place after he purportedly parted with his Nexus 6P handset a few months back and…

Online

Facebook’s new Crisis Response hub combines all its best emergency tools

Facebook today announced a new Crisis Response hub page to keep all its emergency features in one place. Facebook has periodically added tools to help with emergencies ever since it introduced Safety Check back in 2014, but it could be a bit of a pain to actually find them when you want to help or let others know you’re safe. Crisis Response solves that by providing a central location for these features. Those include: The aforementioned safety check, which will show up…

Design

CCleaner was hacked to spread malware to millions of users for a month

Now this is an ironic flub-up. Popular utility tool CCleaner (short for ‘Crap Cleaner’), which promises to clean up your system for enhanced performance, was hacked to distribute malware directly to its users, Cisco Talos reports. The app, which touts more than two billion downloads and over two million active users according to parent company Avast, was infected with a malicious payload that made it possible to download and execute other suspicious software, including ransomware and keyloggers. While developer Piriform and Avast have already confirmed the…

Gaming

Google’s ARCore SDK brings AR creation tools to Android

Augmented reality is about to get its big, mainstream moment thanks to Apple's iOS 11 and the new iPhone, but another player intends to grab some of the mainstream AR action, too: Google. To that end, Google is introducing ARCore, a platform for developers that will allow them to build augmented reality apps on Android. Today's release is a preview version for developers who want to get started on using the ARCore software development kit (SDK), with an official release coming in…

Gadgets

Here’s when the next iPhone will (almost definitely) go on sale

As sure as kids going back to school and leaves changing color, September is also the time of year when Apple reveals new iPhones to the world. Now that we have a good idea of when it will happen — a new report says Apple will make its annual offering to the smartphone gods on Sept. 12 — we actually know a lot more than just when we'll get our first look at the iPhone 8. Working backwards from the event date, we can make…

Science

Facebook rolls out new shows to the entire U.S.

That was quick. Just a couple weeks after first introducing its new platform for TV shows, Facebook is now bringing the feature to everyone in the U.S. Called Watch, the social network is now working with dozens of publishers on original programming that lives in a dedicated section of Facebook's app and website. Facebook began testing Watch earlier this month, but the feature was only available to a handful of users in the U.S. Whatever the company was hoping to gauge in…

Mobile

Earth-sized planets in nearby solar system may have a lot of water, a key sign of life

If you were to hop on a ship traveling at the speed of light and head out into the galaxy for 40 years, you might come across a cool, red star circled by seven worlds. Some of those seven Earth-sized planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1 may represent our best chance for finding life of some kind outside of our solar system. And now, the Hubble Space Telescope is starting to nail down just how much water these worlds may hold. This is…

Technology

Facebook wants to fix your crooked 360-photos

Facebook wants you to post more 360-degree photos. Earlier this week, the company announced it would allow people to capture the spherical shots and set them as their cover photo right from the app. Problem is, 360-degree photos are a lot trickier to capture than a regular photo. Because it can difficult to keep the camera straight while you capture the image, the photos often look crooked, which, well, doesn't look great on Facebook. That's why the social network's researchers…

Science

Mark Zuckerberg pens open letter to Donald Trump rebuking reported end of DACA

President Donald Trump's decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is nearing a critical crossroads, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants his stance — along with most of Silicon Valley's — on the Obama administration policy to be clear. In a Facebook post published Thursday night, Zuckerberg pledged his support of DACA, called "Dreamers" the future of the country, and urged other business leaders to join in signing an open letter addressed to Trump. The letter has…

Design

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…

Mobile

MOTOROLA X4: FOUR TIMES THE BLUETOOTH AUDIO

  Lenovo's new Motorola X4 smartphone is half the price of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S8, but does at least one thing twice as well: stream audio to multiple Bluetooth speakers or headphones. The S8 can drive two Bluetooth speakers or headphones simultaneously but the mid-range X4 handset, unveiled at IFA on Thursday, stands out with its ability to drive up to four generic Bluetooth stereo speakers simultaneously. That's enough for a whole-home sound system, as long as your home is…

Technology

Sensics Developed A High-Resolution VR HMD For Location Based VR Entertainment

Sensics revealed a new high-resolution VR HMD with ruggedized features designed to meet the needs of location based entertainment facilities. The new HMD also features a higher resolution than consumer headsets offer. Consumer sales for virtual reality hardware may not have met the expectations of investors and some critics, but you would be hard pressed to make that argument about commercial facilities adopting VR. Location based VR entertainment facilities are popping up all over the world at a rapid pace.…

Hardware

Google’s giving us some new search upgrades to book cheap travel plans

Google is making it way easier for travelers with flexible schedules to save money. The search giant announced today that it's updating both the Flight and Hotel search tools to make it easier for people to find deals. Now, both tools offer you a chance to find cheaper alternatives by switching your departure and arrival dates by just a couple days. You'll also be able to automatically compare multiple airports and accommodations around your destination to help find the best deal. This service isn't too far…

Gaming

Uber will finally end creepy rider tracking, report says

Along with a new CEO, it looks like Uber is also about to get a little less creepy, as the company has now pledged to stop tracking users after rides. The company's practice of tracking user location five minutes after a ride has ended will be discontinued, according to a report from Reuters citing a comment from Uber's chief security officer. The tracking update, which was pushed to users last year, was meant to improve safety by allowing the company to track how often customers needed…

Hardware

Lenovo’s newest Yoga 920 is pretty, but is it worth the price?

It's thin, light and almost bezel-less. But is Lenovo's new hybrid laptop worth the price? From the copper body, to the Yoga's signature 360 degree "watchband" hinge, there's no doubt Lenovo's Yoga 920 ticks all the boxes aesthetically. The Lenovo 920, which launched on Thursday at IFA, has managed to make the most of its 13.9 inch screen, which stretches to cover nearly the entire lid. And if you're thinking of watching a couple of movies on the 4K screen,…