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Instagram launches IGTV, hits 1 billion users

Instagram launches IGTV, hits 1 billion users Called IGTV , this feature will allow creators to post hour-long videos on the platform. First of all, it'll start playing videos as soon as a person opens the app, just like a TV. The vertical format videos can be uploaded through the website or the app. When you follow a creator on Instagram , their channel will show up for you to watch. [Full Article...]

Apple finally offers a free fix for your sticky MacBook keyboards

Apple finally offers a free fix for your sticky MacBook keyboards Fast forward to 2018, Apple has finally acknowledged this as a manufacturing issue and is providing free fix to the users. Not only this, but Apple will also be refunding any amount which the customers might have spent on getting their keyboard repaired in this time period. [Full Article...]

Nintendo invites Xbox to play and be "Better Together"

Nintendo invites Xbox to play and be Nintendo has released an official trailer commemorating the monumental occasion, and it's glorious in both its inclusiveness and the way it subtly digs at Sony for not being part of the partnership. Check out the trailer for yourself below! The new marketing collaboration between Microsoft and Nintendo showcases cross-platform play and could indicate even more collaborative marketing this hol... [Full Article...]

Twitter blocked sharing of link to Trump advisor's phone number

Twitter blocked sharing of link to Trump advisor's phone number White House senior adviser Stephen Miller waits for the arrival of President Donald Trump to the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington. Last August, Miller held a contentious news briefing about proposed changes to the legal immigration system in this country that would give English speakers priority and reduce the number of annual leg... [Full Article...]

Supreme Court ruling could have huge impact on Texas economy

Supreme Court ruling could have huge impact on Texas economy This decision overturned a 1992 ruling , which allowed these platforms to use the internet as a tax-free haven. The high court called the 1992 decision limiting states' ability to tax online retailers " unsound and incorrect ". Shopping centers, department stores and major retail outlets have laid off thousands of workers and are struggling to remain open as consumers turn to internet ho... [Full Article...]

Instagram Announces IGTV App for Watching Long-Form, Vertical Video

From our CEO @kevin: "Today, we have two big announcements to share". Instagram , in unveiling IGTV , announced it had just surpassed 1 billion users. Also like TV, IGTV has channels. IGTV will not launch with advertising or make payments to creators, but monetization strategy will be explored in the future, Systrom said. [Full Article...]

PlayStation Hits Will Offer Popular PS4 Hits at Budget Prices

PlayStation Hits Will Offer Popular PS4 Hits at Budget Prices At retail, the games will feature a red case with a bright red banner towards the top designating the game as a PlayStation Hits title. Players who had previously loaded up the game on their PlayStation 4 were alerted that their current Epic Games account was incompatible, and they were forced to make a new one in order to play on the Switch. [Full Article...]

Cellular Carriers Swear Off Location Data Sales

Cellular Carriers Swear Off Location Data Sales But The New York Times found that police and correctional officers could track anyone's location without their consent, because Securus turned over the data without verifying that a warrant had been obtained. Wyden had begun probing the largely unaccountable rabbit hole that is location data sharing. Within hours of Verizon's announcement, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile - made similar promises to... [Full Article...]

Supreme Court rules states can collect sales tax for online purchases nationwide

Supreme Court rules states can collect sales tax for online purchases nationwide Solicitor General Noel Francisco said in a friend-of-the-court brief. In a case involving MA online retailer Wayfair, the US Supreme Court Thursday opened the door for states to collect sales taxes on products their residents buy from Internet retailers in other states. [Full Article...]

PUBG's new Event Pass sounds a lot like Fortnite's Battle Pass

PUBG's new Event Pass sounds a lot like Fortnite's Battle Pass In addition to the low price, another great reason to jump in to PUBG this week is because the new Sanhok island map is officially launching on June 22nd. An alternative version is already available on PUBG Mobile , as the Royale Pass system launched yesterday. Exact details about pass content, and its price, will be announced prior the Friday launch. [Full Article...]

Instagram expands into long videos, will compete with YouTube

Instagram says IGTV is the future of video, but it's not clear why the company is making users install a separate app - there is also little to no room to avoid installing IGTV, it will be deeply integrated within the main Instagram app, and notify you when content creators you follow publish a new video on IGTV. [Full Article...]

Bitcoin Doesn't Work as Money, BIS Says in Damning Report

Bitcoin Doesn't Work as Money, BIS Says in Damning Report Shin says that network congestion will mean very long transaction times and very high transaction fees, hence limiting the usefulness of cryptocurrencies that have the same scalability issues as Bitcoin for everyday transactions such as a paying for a coffee. [Full Article...]

Oppo Find X Ditches Display Notch With Motorized Pop-Up Camera System

Oppo Find X Ditches Display Notch With Motorized Pop-Up Camera System It will also support expandable storage via microSD card. However, its motorized design means that the Find X misses out on something that we've all taken for granted in today's phones: waterproofing. The 6.4-inch OLED screen has a resolution of 1080p and is curved along the edges. There's also an IR sensor that lets O-Face work in the dark as well. [Full Article...]

Oppo Find X hands on review

Oppo Find X hands on review The latest attempt at delivering a pure full-screen phone is Oppo's Find X . From a distance, it's easy to mistake the OPPO Find X for the Samsung Galaxy S9 , with its near-edge-to-edge screen and curvy body. It may be available in two colour options, Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue. When you want to snap a pic, a motor raises the top center section of the phone up to reveal the cameras. [Full Article...]

You can no longer book Uber rides directly in Google Maps

You can no longer book Uber rides directly in Google Maps However Google Maps will still allow users to book an Uber through the Uber app, so you will have to install the Uber app on your phone if you are still planning to try an book an Uber while using Google Maps. This cool integration is now gone! But instead of continuing the process of booking a ride, you now have to tap a button that reads "open app" to schedule the auto. [Full Article...]

Android Messages hits the web for browser-based texting

Android Messages hits the web for browser-based texting Today, Apple users can access iMessage conversations on their Mac using a dedicated app. Google's Messages for web is similar in the sense that it also offers cross-platform access to messages - that is, it lets Android users view and respond to chats when they're not on their phone. [Full Article...]

YouTube revamps streaming music service

YouTube revamps streaming music service For its debut, YouTube Music will be available in just 4 countries United States, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. It will contain thousands of playlists and the official versions of millions of songs, albums, artist radio, and more, plus all of the music videos already being served up by YouTube . [Full Article...]

IOS 12 Will Share Precise Location Details on 911 Calls

IOS 12 Will Share Precise Location Details on 911 Calls The company has also partnered with a company called RapidSOS, which will securely transmit the data to 911 centers. Now, though, more than 80% of 911 calls are made on cell phones in many parts of the country, according to the National Emergency Number Association. [Full Article...]

Only 'high-priority' notifications get through Gmail's new AI feature

Only 'high-priority' notifications get through Gmail's new AI feature Mobile email notifications are a great way of reminding you to unsubscribe from dozens of annoying promotional lists. Using Google's work in machine learning and AI, Gmail will attempt to identify only the emails that are important and send you notifications when one lands in your inbox . [Full Article...]

Xbox and Nintendo Voices Disagreement Against Sony's PS4 Fortnite Cross-Platform Stance

Xbox and Nintendo Voices Disagreement Against Sony's PS4 Fortnite Cross-Platform Stance Fortnite players who wished to take their game on the go with them on the Switch were left in shock after they were locked out of their account entirely after attempting the transfer. Last year, Psyonix's Jeremy Dunham commented on the importance of cross-platform play to the industry in light of Rocket League's frequent adoption of the capability. [Full Article...]


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