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Rumors iPhone Could Have a New Name

iphone-1067989_960_720.jpg Apple has been the topic of countless rumors—most centered on its plans for the next iPhone and even what it might call the handset. And speculation has run rampant after CEO Tim Cook was spotted having dinner this week with Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Apple might call a rumored handset the company has planned that could commemorate the iPhone’s 10th anniversary.

Still, Apple (AAPL, +0.33%) has remained silent all week, leaving all the speculation and guesswork to the rumor mill. But that doesn’t mean it was a dull week for Apple. In fact, it shed a bit more light on what the future might look like for the company’s critical handset division.

Apple is rumored to be working on a big new iPhone update that could feature an all-glass design, curved screen, and wireless charging, among other features. The device has been rumored to be named the iPhone 8 or iPhone X. But a new report this week says Apple might actually call it the iPhone Edition. And although it’s believed it will come with an all-glass design.

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Samsung’s new SmartThings Cloud

IMG_2249 Samsung is combining its various Internet of Things services under a single banner called SmartThings Cloud, the company announced today at the 2017 Samsung Developer Conference.

Samsung SmartThings, ARTIK, Samsung Connect. All three are now under the brand SmartThings Cloud. Of important note – this SmartThings Cloud all-encompassing platform name is what Samsung suggests will be both connected and open – open to 3rd-party brands and developers of many sorts.

SmartThings Cloud is aimed at being a “single, powerful cloud-based hub that can seamlessly connect and control IoT-enabled products and services from a unified touchpoint.” This SmartThings Cloud ecosystem will include one cloud API that’ll cover all SmartThings-compatible products.

 

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Samsung announces Bixby 2.0

bixby.jpg Samsung today announced a second-generation  of its digital voice assistant Bixby. Company’s official site today, Samsung Electronics Executive VP Eui-Suk Chung waxed poetic about Bixby 2.0 – what he thinks will be a paradigm shift for the industry.

The new version of Bixby will “act as the control hub of your device ecosystem,” Samsung says, which includes phones, TVs, refrigerators, speakers, and the myriad other devices now being connected to the internet. Samsung says Bixby 2.0, like Alexa and Google Assistant, will also be open to developers to build and plug in existing apps and services. Starting today, Samsung’s new Bixby software development kit will be open to developers in beta. The company is also launching Bixby on Samsung TVs starting in the US and Korea.

 

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update download is available now

Windows-10 Windows 10 Fall Creators Update download now available You can manually update to the Fall Creators Update over at Microsoft’s Windows 10 site. Simply click the “update now” button and proceed with the upgrade assistant. You can also download ISO images of the final copy of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update should you want to clean install it on your PC.

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update promises to be one of the year’s biggest releases for the OS, as it introduces the world to Microsoft Mixed Reality. Microsoft is also adding contact integration into the task bar, and tweaking the design of Windows 10 to include subtle animation effects.

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WhatsApp now allows you share your location in real time

whatsapp-892926_960_720 WhatsApp announced today that you’ll be able to share your location in real time with friends on your contact list To use Live Location, you open a chat with a person or group. Under “Location” in the attach button, tap “Share Live Location.” You can set a timer for how long you want to share your location, and everyone you’ve chosen to send your location to can see where you are on a map in real time. Little bit similar to Find Friends in iPhone.

WhatsApp says this feature is secure with end-to-end encryption. Though the sharing will expire after whatever duration you pick, the user also has the ability to stop the sharing whenever they’d like.

 

 

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Google Photos now easily recognizes your pets

Pets.gif Google Photos has announced that it can now detect photos of your pet.  

The change is arriving for ‘most countries’ as of today, and it works by grouping together images that feature dogs and cats.Google Photos now also allows users to search for photos of their cat or dog by entering the related emojis into the search field.

This means you will no longer have to type in words like “dog” or “cat,” as the algorithm will sort them for you.

SOURCE: Google Photos

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Facebook acquires tbh

social-network-76532_960_720The acquisition marks a big success for the tbh team, and highlights Facebook’s own attempts at targeting the youngest tech users  Tbh lets you send prewritten compliments to friends, a method aimed at preventing people from writing nasty comments and cyberbullying. According to tbh, which stands for “to be honest,” over 5 million people have downloaded the app so far and sent over a billion messages since the app was launched in August.  The tbh team says that nothing will change for the end user, but that it now has more resources to grow the app.

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Microsoft acquires AltspaceVR

IMG_2293 AltspaceVR, the virtual reality social network that hosts events like stand-up comedy  is now part of Microsoft. AltspaceVR are now joining Microsoft. “With the AltspaceVR team aboard we look forward to building the world’s preeminent mixed reality community,” says Alex Kipman.

“AltspaceVR will stay AltspaceVR. Microsoft is most interested in preserving the current community that uses AltspaceVR to connect and interact with new and old friends,” says a Microsoft spokesperson.

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Windows Phone is dead

technology-2609289_960_720.jpg Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has revealed that the software giant is no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile.

“Of course we’ll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates,” says Belfiore. “But building new features/hw aren’t the focus.” Microsoft’s recent Build and Inspire conferences, CEO Satya Nadella dropped the company’s mantra of “mobile-first, cloud-first” in favor of a focus on what he describes as the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.

Microsoft will support Windows 10 customers who want to use Android and iOS on their phones. One of the big reasons Microsoft is giving up on Windows Phone is because developers never backed the platform.

 

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Twitter launches ‘Happening Now’

twitter-logo-1788039_960_720 Twitter i released a new feature called “Happening Now” aimed to make its service more accessible to newcomers by highlighting groups of tweets about a topic, beginning with sports.

Happening Now will take users to a dedicated timeline of tweets related to the event You can swipe horizontally through these events.

Happening Now, though, builds on top of Twitter’s understanding of how to sort tweets associated with an event, like live video. The tweets will display algorithmically in these new custom Happening Now timelines.