US Authorities Require Details Of Your Online Presence

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The US Customs and Border Patrol has submitted a proposal that would need visitors to enter “information associated with their online presence” when filling out immigration and Visa application forms as well as an associated electronic form. The forms will request information a list of social media platforms.

In light of the San Bernadino shootings, the state department and other US agencies have reportedly been under pressure to scrutinise social media more closely. This is because one of the attackers put up posts on Facebook during the attack and also sent private messages on the platform.

Twitter Launches Location-Specific Tweets

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Micro-blogging website Twitter has rolled out a new feature that will let users see tweets from a specific place, like a business, sports stadium or music festival, a media report said.

Foursquare, a search and discovery service mobile app, is powering precise place identification for this new Twitter feature.

In exchange, Foursquare gets prominent branding, links back and the capability to improve its own database.

The new location feature is accessible to all iOS users and will go on other platforms later.

WhatsApp Launches New Features

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After Apple’s big iMessage announcement at WWDC, Facebook-owned WhatsApp certainly does not want to remain behind when it comes to features. The buzz around the web now points to the WhatsApp team working on new features, including the ability to share music, which will be a first for its iOS app.

The news comes from a German website called Macerkopf who has spilled the beans about the new features. The features seem to have appeared on a beta version of the app that has been built for iOS, which is where the Apple Music sharing seems to step in.

Apple Developing Micro LED Panels For Next Apple Watch

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While the buzz around the iPhone 8 is that Apple will switch to OLED after its long standing relationship with LCD displays, news coming from DigiTimes states that it will be quite the opposite for the next Apple Watch

Apple is going in for a Micro LED display for its next Apple Watch model according to Taiwanese supply chain makers. The new displays will be mass produced for the first time ever, since no other manufacturer has jumped on to the technology yet. Apple developed LuxView Technology in 2014 which may be the company that will take things forward for the tech behemoth. Apple had also set up a laboratory in northern Taiwan for R&D back in 2015 so there is a big chance that Apple will be going all in for this technology while being the first to pull off the same.

Leaked Apple iPhone 7 Images

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New leaked images of Apple’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the iPhone 7 showed that both models — iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — will have larger cameras as compared to its predecessors. According to a report on technology website 9to5mac.com, the devices will also have redesigned antenna lines.

The photos verify with previous rumors that the dual-camera component will be exclusive to the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus screen size. There appears to be about a centimetre gap between the two inner cameras enclosed in a pill-shape protruding component, the report said.

IPhone 7 Leak Hints At Speaker Grill Replacing Headphone Jack

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While Apple is believed to bring in a major design overhaul next year, we still have a device coming this year, and the rumour mill just doesn’t seem to halt. A new leak of the iPhone 7 shows a second speaker grill. The company has planned to ditch the headphone plug, and add a second grill, according to tweets by Steve Hemmerstoffer of nowhereelse.fr (via TheNextWeb).

Besides the second grill, the leak also exposes the camera assembly. The leaked images of the iPhone 7 reveal a camera bump. The report points out that the rising aluminum case to meet the surface of the camera bump could be a waterproof measure taken by Apple something that has been speculated for some time now.

Google Fiber To Buy Webpass

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Google is quite serious about expanding its Internet reach, and has now decided to attain gigabit internet provider Webpass. With this move, the company plans on expansion of its Fiber rollout in urban areas.

The announcement comes from Webpass President Charles Barr, who writes, “Google Fiber has entered into an agreement to acquire Webpass. Google Fiber and Webpass share a commitment to creating fast, abundant Internet connectivity in the U.S. By joining forces, we can accelerate the deployment of superfast Internet connections for customers across the U.S.”

Webpass offers services across five major regions, and plans to grow its services in current operational cities including San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, San Diego, Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Chicago, and Boston, further adding to Google Fiber’s growing list of operational cities.

Facebook Introduces 360-Degree Emojis And Reactions

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Facebook has been working on newer technologies for content creation. It has also been observing how users involve with the created content. Facebook is also constantly looking to improve existing ways of user interaction.

After the introduction of Facebook 360-degree camera to take 360-degree video and photos, the company has been steady at work to increase the various components to make them more social and streamlined.

Adding emoji and 360-degree reactions has been one such improvement to make this component more social where people can’t type inside the VR and yet simply would see just the host of the 360-degree video without any way to express or interrelate with the host. Emojis and the reactions give the viewers the opportunity to express their feelings and what they think of the content or opinions being shared the VR video as reported by TechCrunch.

Twitter To Sell Its NFL Ad Spots

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Micro-blogging website Twitter is planning to sell the ad packages linked to US National Football League (NFL) games streaming — which it purchased for $10 million back in April — for nearly $50 million, a media report said.

Twitter paid for the right to stream 10 of the NFL Thursday night games and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had hinted that this deal would help the company earn better traffic, technology website Re/Code reported.

Dorsey and COO Adam Bain were in France at the annual Cannes Lions ad festival this week, working to drum up business. “These ads packages, which combine the ad inventory Twitter has around NFL, highlights that it also sold last year, plus the NFL game footage it bought this year, are selling between $2 million and $8 million per advertiser,” the report quoted a source as saying. That range depends on the number of ads and whether or not they are shown during a game versus alongside other NFL content, the report said.

Dropbox to Revamp Their Business

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Dropbox has been wallowing in its own irrelevance for a long time, but of late they’ve been working hard to revamp their business. To that end, they’ve announced a whole slew of collaborative tools and are now looking a little more like an Office 365 or Google Docs competitor than a vanilla cloud-storage service.

First up is document scanning. Dropbox has updated their iOS app to permit for document scanning from within the app itself. There’s apparently a ‘plus’ button that you tap and then you can scan your documents. If you’re a Dropbox Business user, Dropbox will even change your documents to searchable text using cloud-based OCR software. All scanned documents will, obviously, be stored in Dropbox. Android users won’t get the functionality just yet, but Dropbox promises that the feature is coming soon.

Opera Hits Back At Microsoft

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Microsoft recently published a blog post in which they claimed that Edge on Windows 10 offered vastly superior battery life to every other browser out there. Specifically, Microsoft claimed that Edge offered 17 percent more battery life than Opera and 70 percent more battery life than Chrome.

Opera took this as a challenge and decided to prove Microsoft wrong with a test of their own. Microsoft demanded to have run two tests, one in which they only streamed video and another in which they ran a script that ran through a series of websites, tabs and videos.

Meanwhile, Opera ran their own test, the full details technical details for which have been explained in this blog post here. The main difference was that this time, Opera enabled the “battery-saver mode” on their browser, as well as the native ad-blocking functionality. Their tests show that Opera with battery saver and ad-block enabled is 22 percent faster than Edge and 35 percent faster than Chrome.

Free Course on Android App Development

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Google and Udacity have teamed up to offer a nanodegree in Android application development. Called the Android Basics Nanodegree by Google, the course is for $200 and gives you a certificate along with face to face interactions with instructors and partners. The course requires 165 hours to be completed. The course teaches you the basics of Java to start off with. Those interested can try it out for a week, for free. There is a more advanced course called the Android Developer Nanodegree.

There is a free version of the course, for which 131,406 students have already signed up. You do not get the certificate, or the personal interactions with teachers. However, instruction videos are available and those interested are expected to learn by following step by step instructions and doing exercises. The course permits you to build a portfolio of basic Android apps over a period approximately four weeks, a rate of 6 hours of learning per week. The course is meant for people without any prior coding experience.

YouTube Mobile Live-Streaming Coming Soon

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YouTube has announced that its very own live-streaming feature is coming to the mobile app and will be accessible to all users very soon. With this feature, users will be able to broadcast live video from their mobile devices by just hitting a button.

The announcement was made at VidCon where the company showcased a quick demo of how the feature works. The interface looks very alike to Periscope which comprises viewer comments scrolling up the screen in speech bubbles. The live broadcast interface also comprises a viewer count, a like count, and a button to switch between the front and rear cameras. You can also take a photo before you begin your live stream to add it as a banner for your broadcast.

Tumblr To Launch Live Video Service

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Tumblr is about to launch some kind of live video service, and has teased something big coming at 4:00 PM EST on 21 June. Interested readers in India will have to stay up awake tomorrow morning to witness the launch for themselves, which is scheduled for 1:30 AM on 22 June Indian time.

There is a bit of a mystery to the whole affair though. This is because of the url of the blog. There is nothing to indicate that the blog is formally owned by Tumblr in any way, so take this hype with a pinch of salt. The blog may be a prank or a viral site of some kind, instead of what it seems to be, Tumblr launching live video.

China Builds World’s Most Powerful Computer

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A new supercomputer from China has topped the latest list of the world’s most powerful machines. The 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight is installed at the National Supercomputing Centre in Wuxi.

At its peak, the computer can perform around 93,000 trillion calculations per second. It is twice as fast and three times as effective as the previous leader Tianhe-2, also from China, said Top500 which released the new list on Monday.

Its main applications include advanced manufacturing, weather forecasting and big data analytics, wrote Jack Dongarra in a paper about the new machine.

Microsoft Edge Consumes Less Energy than Firefox, Chrome and Opera

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Microsoft’s browser has an edge over other major browsers when it comes to energy efficiency. If you want to use the most of your battery life, then Microsoft has just demonstrated that it’s Edge browser is the best at making your machines stay productive for longer, after being unplugged. Microsoft established the battery consumption of various browsers in a blog post. Microsoft used a number of methods to explore the energy efficiency of browsers.

A series of controlled lab tests were conducted, where the browsers were made to surf various sites including Facebook, Google, Amazon, Wikipedia and YouTube. The browsers were in default settings, and new tabs were opened for every site. Telemetry information from millions of machines around the world running Microsoft Windows 10 was another source of data. The third source were the four browsers pitted head to head with a video, and no electricity. Microsoft just waited it out till every machine died, and the one running Edge outlasted everything else.

Windows 10 Users Finally Get An App!

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If you’re a Windows Phone stalwart, you’ll know that the only Facebook app available on the platform is the one developed by Microsoft for Facebook. That will soon change as Facebook has announced that they’ve been working on a UWP (Universal Windows Platform) Facebook app and that the beta version is available today.

UWP support means that Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 users on PC will both be able to enjoy the enhanced functionality of Facebook’s dedicated app. The app is still in beta, but it’s supposed to be fully functional.

Twitter Acquires AI Startup Magic Pony

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Twitter on Monday bought London-based AI startup Magic Pony Technology for a reported $150 million. Founded in 2014, Magic Pony uses machine learning to create high-quality pictures and videos from grainy footage. The services will likely be integrated into Twitter’s live and video services such as Periscope and Vine. Twitter had previously acquired machine learning startups Madbits and Whetlab.

Android Apps Finally Show Up On Chrome OS

After announcement by Google, Android apps finally show up on Chrome OS

At I/O 2016, Google confirmed that Android apps will be coming to Chrome OS devices in the near future. The apps were supposed to be available through the Google Play Store on Chromebooks.

The first such apps have now started to show up, but you need alpha software to try them as they are only obtainable on developer release channel.

The first devices that are supported by Google to run Android apps are the ASUS Chromebook Flip, the 2015 Chromebook Pixel and the Acer. Chromebook R11 – all of them running the Chrome OS 53, alpha version of Chrome that was released on developer channel.

Google working on another Chromebook Pixel

Google working on another Chromebook Pixel

Google is looking for a quality engineer for the Chromebook Pixel in Shanghai, China. VentureBeat reports that this job listing points to the possibility that Google is working on another Chromebook pixel laptop.

The opening is a pretty senior one, a role that pretty much controls the creation of the new device. The person with the job will be probable to assemble the team, identify and solve roadblocks, and oversee the creation of Google’s next “game-changer.”