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Instagram to replace private messaging with 'Direct' standalone app

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Although it is officially only a test, Instagram's rationale for building Direct app is that private messaging can never be a best-in-class experience when it lives inside an app meant for broadcasting publicly. The app would enable users to share private messages, videos, and photos with other users. At the moment, there isn't much to differentiate Direct from how messaging works on Instagram and, perhaps not by coincidence, how Snapchat works. Read More »

The Oldest Black Hole Ever Discovered Is Defying All Our Expectations

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It has been challenging for the scientists to explain how black holes gobbled up enough matter to reach supermassive sizes early in the history. The researcher Eduardo Banados of the Carnegie Institution for Science , who led the research published in the journal Nature said that so if the universe was a 50-year-old person, we are seeing a picture of that character when he or she was 2-1/2 years old. Read More »

Facebook Goes Child Friendly With The All New Messenger Kids App

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From there, you will see all the available controls, such as the ability to add people to your child's approved contact list. Facebook also said it would block children from sharing nudity, sexual or violent content, and have a dedicated moderation team to respond to flagged content. Read More »

Google removes YouTube access from Amazon's FireTV

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YouTube has more than one billion users worldwide, close to one third of total internet users, and the inability to watch it on Amazon devices is a major inconvenience. Here's hoping Amazon does something similar with Google. This shows that Google wants to impose its own rules on how YouTube is rendered on Amazon's devices, but that doesn't seem to imply that Google is seeking control. Read More »

Amazon Brings Handmade Gifts To Prime Now, Escalating Etsy Rivalry

As part of its promotional effort, membership fees for Singaporeans are offered at the sweet, sweet price of S$2.99 a month for a limited time before they revert to the standard S$8.99 monthly. But administrative assistant J. Tan, 38, said he was disappointed that items he had been eyeing, such as the Nintendo Switch game console, are not available through the Prime Now app and no longer qualify for free shipping on the U.S. Read More »

Super moon to be seen on Sunday night

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The next time the moon will come that close to the Earth will be on November 25, 2034. In December, the moon will be closest to the Earth on December 4 at 2.15 pm (IST), when it will be 3,57, 492 km away from Earth. Astrologer Richard Nolle defined a supermoon in 1979, but the term has really taken off in the past few years. Those who miss out to view the supermoon in person can catch up with the sighting as the astronomical spectacle will be live streamed by robotic telescope service ... Read More »

Black Friday was strong start to holiday sales, industry group says

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A retail trade group estimates that people who shopped both online and in stores from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday spent more than those who picked one or the other. "But there is no question that physical shopping is losing to online shopping". Black Friday itself saw an eight per cent uptick in sales, with Cyber Monday expected to have slightly outdone it by a margin of around £7 million. Read More »

Waze Is the First GPS App to Support Carpool Lanes

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Users in the US, UK and Canada will be able to take advantage of this capability. Today, it's getting three new features that Waze says have been among the most frequently requested by users. Also enjoy using voice commands by simply turning on the feature in "Settings" and "Allow Waze " to access your microphone. Waze promised to roll it out to more languages in the near future. Read More »

Surprise, surprise! Security by obscurity fails Apple's MacOS

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This blocks the bug from creating another root account. Security issues with your products are never a good thing and when you have a user publically Tweet about one, it makes you move. The exploit can be run in System Preferences. If Change Root Password is grayed out, you may have to choose Edit Enable Root User first. They can change any users' password, allowing them to log in and access things like email and browser passwords. Read More »

Putin Bites Back After US Interference with Russian Backed Television Channel

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Reports say the bill by Putin came into effect after the upper chamber of the Russian parliament adopted it Wednesday. The U.S. government-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty were among those on the list. In September - amid growing political pressure in Washington to do more in response to Russia's election-meddling - the US told RT it would need to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a 1938 law passed to limit the reach of pro-Nazi ... Read More »

Apple reportedly planning an iPhone SE 2 for Q1 2018

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Within the world-renowned sales titled Black Friday Apple pleases its customers with new generous offers. Kohl's (KSS) was offering $90 store credit with the purchase of the Apple Watch Series 3. The retailer is offering a whopping $300 gift card on iPhone X , iPhone 8 Plus , iPhone 8 , iPhone 7 , and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. If this is true, the rollout would be a departure from the original SE which first released on March 31, 2016 in more developed markets like China, the ... Read More »

Gujarat also bans release of 'Padmavati'

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While declaring a ban on the film , Chouhan said that his government won't allow the release of the film in the state unless the objectionable scenes were removed. The film is in the eye of a storm following protests from conservative groups over alleged tampering of historical facts, a contention Bhansali has denied repeatedly. Read More »

Man to launch a rocket to prove Earth is flat

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He won't be going high enough on Saturday to prove anything about the curvature of the Earth, but he will be promoting the flat-Earth group sponsoring the attempted rocket launch. "But that's not science, that's just a formula", he said. He also survived a manned steam rocket flight in 2014, travelling 419m and earning himself three days of recovery from extreme g-forces and a rough descent, the AP wrote. Read More »

First Co-op Event Ever Coming to 'Rainbow Six Siege'

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KitGuru Says: Ubisoft's roadmap for Rainbow Six Siege's third year seems promising. There are two new French and Russian biohazard specialist operators coming with it, Eurogamer reported. As for the rest of Rainbow Six Siege Year 3, Season 2 will deliver a new Italian map two new Italian GIS Operators. Season 4 will feature a new map from Morocco with two new operators from the Moroccon GIGR. Read More »

Apple Postpones Release of HomePod Speaker

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The smart speaker was due to launch in the US, UK, and Australia in December 2017, having been announced back in June alongside the iMac Pro at WWDC. But Apple is late to a marketplace dominated by Amazon and Google , with a handful of other players entering the race. Read More »

Study says dog owners live longer, healthier lives

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Chances of a heart attack were also found to be 11% lower. People who live alone seemed to benefit the most from man's best friend. Researchers also found the lowest rate of cardiovascular disease was among owners of hunting breeds , which isn't surprising when you think about the high-intensity workout they get when their dogs spot a squirrel. Read More »

Tesla unveils 'the quickest auto in the world'

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At the company's design studio in Hawthorne, California, on Thursday evening, Tesla announced the details of its new all-electric semi truck . Regardless of whether Musk is right about the typical length of trucking routes, 500 miles is still far less than diesel trucks can travel. Read More »

Security Firm Claims to have Cracked iPhoneX's FaceID System

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Face ID allows a user to unlock their iPhone X, make purchases from various Apple digital stores and authenticate Apple Pay transactions to pay using stored payment card data. That demonstration, which has yet to be confirmed publicly by other security researchers, could poke a hole in the expensive security of the iPhone X , particularly given that the researchers say their mask cost just $150 to make. Read More »