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Google Allo finally offers web chat, but it‘s only for Android users

Allo, Googles beleaguered chat app that arrived on the iPhone and Android devices last year, finally has a web counterpart. Just a few minutes ago, Amit Fulay (head of product for Allo and video chat app Duo) tweeted that Allo for the web was availa...

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Amazon Instant Pickup service gives you orders in 2 minutes

Amazons Prime Now usually does the job if you need something in a hurry, but what if you cant even afford to wait a couple of hours? If you happen to live in the right city, you might have that quick fix today. Amazon has launched an Instant Pickup...

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GoFundMe shuts down campaigns for Charlottesville suspect

Crowdfunding platforms are taking a no-tolerance approach to campaigns raising money in support of James Fields, the man accused of driving a car into protesters at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. GoFundMe has al...

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LinkedIn can‘t block scrapers from monitoring user activity

Your LinkedIn activity could soon be used to keep tabs on you at work. On Monday, a US federal judge ruled that the Microsoft-owned social network cannot block a startup from accessing public data. The company in question, hiQ Labs, scrapes LinkedIn...

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Samsung‘s latest portable SSD can handle RAW 4K video

We keep hearing about obtuse terms like 96-layer and V-NAND for flash storage tech, but what does that mean for actual products? Samsung has given us a concrete answer with its latest portable SSD drive, the T5. It uses bleeding-edge 64-layer V-N...

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Neil Gaiman‘s ‘Good Omens‘ Amazon miniseries has its stars

Good Omens, Amazons upcoming six-part mini-series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchetts novel of the same name, will star Michael Sheen and David Tennant, Variety reports. Its the second collaboration between the author and streaming service a...

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The Future IRL: Robot farmers do the dirty work

The US is facing an agricultural worker shortage, along with aging farm owners, at the same time it juggles demand in food from a global population boom. If were being blunt, those elements added together would mean farmers and production are straig...

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550 dock turns a smartphone into a medical lab

Smartphones can now be used as laboratory-grade medical testing devices thanks to new kit designed by the University of Illinois. The transmission-reflectance-intensity (TRI) analyzer attaches to a smartphone to examine blood, urine or saliva samples...

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Android phones can now open Schlage‘s premium smart lock

Android users in search of a smart lock now have another option available to them. On top of its existing iOS (and HomeKit) support, Schlage is adding compatibility for Googles OS to its top-of-the-line Smart Deadlock. Thats not all, if youre will...

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Facebook Marketplace makes its way to 17 European countries

If youre looking for stuff to buy online, check out Facebook Marketplace -- it might now be available in your country. The social network has expanded the presence of its eBay and Craigslist rival to cover 17 more countries in Europe, namely Austria...

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Riot Games loses ‘League of Legends‘ lawsuit to retired soccer star

A Dutch court has ruled that developer Riot Games must pay former Netherlands midfielder Edgar Davids for using his likeness in League of Legends. According to the ruling, a championship skin used in the game infringed on his personal image rights.

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DJI drones are getting an offline mode for secret flights

Chinese manufacturer DJI is adding a local data mode to its drones. Once enabled, the new feature will stop the companys apps from collecting user data (such as photos, videos, and flight logs). Although, DJI claims the update is in response to publ...

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Qualcomm‘s new depth-sensing camera is surprisingly effective

Dual cameras are so passeacute;. Qualcomm is getting ready to define the next generation of cameras for the Android ecosystem. Its adding three new camera modules to its Spectra Module Program, which lets device manufacturers select ready-made part...

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The Morning After: Tuesday, August 15th 2017

Hey, good morning! What happened? DeLoreans making a flying car, thats what. Well, it has a render and plans. Theres also a ready-for-swimming wearable for Samsung and Mewtwo wants to fight.

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A drone landed on Britain‘s biggest warship and nobody cared

The Pentagon has already approved a policy giving military bases the right to shoot down drones that get too close. A lot of other countries governments and militaries, however, are still in the midst of figuring out how to deal with them as they be...

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Aetna may offer customers a free Apple Watch as a perk

Health insurer Aetna is already giving its workers free Apple Watches (plus a handful of regular customers), but it now looks ready to expand those bonuses to everyone. CNBC sources understand that Aetna is in talks with Apple to offer a free or disc...

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Blizzard isn‘t ditching the Battle.net name after all

Some fans got sad when they heard that Blizzard plans to ditch the Battle.net name after two decades online. Others shrugged it off: its new name doesnt matter anyway. Its always going to be called B.net. After hearing its fans thoughts, the vide...

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Peter Dinklage film ‘Rememory‘ hits Google Play on August 24th

If youre going to get sad once Game of Thrones ends its current short season at the end of August, theres a little glimmer of hope: The shows star Peter Dinklage has a movie coming out then. Rememory, a science fiction thriller also starring Julia...

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich drops out of Trump council

Intel chief Brian Krzanich condemned hate speech and white supremacy on Twitter following the horrific events in Charlottesville this weekend. For a while, though, it wasnt clear whether hed continue backing President Trumps American Manufacturing...

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Target buys same-day delivery company to battle Amazon

A couple of months ago, Target took on Amazons Prime Pantry services with its own version: Restock. The retailers new service undercut Amazon by a dollar for a 45-pound box full of goodies, and even offered next-day service to beat out Amazons fou...

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DOJ demands info on 1.3M visitors to protest-organizing website

A month ago, the Department of Justice served a warrant (PDF) to Dreamhost regarding one of its clients. This is routine for law enforcement to make such requests, the website hosting service said in a blog post -- except the page in question, disrup...

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Google hires a legendary Apple engineer to tackle AI

Legendary programmer Chris Lattner has had a roller coaster of a year. He left Apple (where he developed the Swift programming language) to help build Teslas Autopilot technology, only to leave months later after realizing that he wasnt a good fit...

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Facebook adds a link to Trending News in the app‘s main menu

The redesigned Trending Topics section of Facebook is now called Trending News and the updates to this feature -- which were announced in May -- are now available to most US users on both iOS and Android devices. For iPhone users, Trending News also...

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Samsung‘s next Gear Fit will track your swimming

We liked Samsungs Gear Fit 2, but it had its limits. You couldnt use it to track your swimming, for starters. Its a good thing, then, that well-known leaker Evan Blass claims to have a training deck detailing a sequel that should be unveiled at...

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