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Facebook is going after YouTube in a big way. The social media giant is reportedly willing to sink as much as $1 billion into original programming for its new Watch platform. Sources told The Australian, the $1-billion figure encompasses potential spending through 2018, although the amount could change based on the success of early shows. As […]

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Facebook-owned Instagram is testing a new feature that enables you to post Instagram stories to Facebook straight from its app. Some Instagram users have tweeted about the change that, apparently, enabled them to share image and video stories to Facebook prior to posting on Instagram. Once posted, they appear in the Stories section, but will have an “Instagram” label under the creator’s […]

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Alphabet, the parent company of tech titan Google, has finally completed the restructuring process it began in 2015 with the creation of new holding company XXVI Holdings Inc. The formation of the new holding company gives Alphabet the ability, legally, to separate Google from subsidiaries, such as its self-driving unit Waymo, its AI division DeepMind and medical […]

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Apple will reveal its much-anticipated iPhone 8 — if that is indeed what the Cupertino company decides to call its latest flagship phone — on Sept. 12. Held at the Steve Jobs Theater, part of the new Apple Park campus which opened in April, the event will unveil the company’s latest line of iPhones. Last year, that consisted […]

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Google is currently testing a new feature in its Chrome browser that will more easily enable users to mute audio from websites for good. The new functionality, which is available in Google Chrome Canary, may not seem like anything new but, it does appear to make the decision to mute a particular site a more permanent one. “The […]

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HTC could be selling off its virtual-reality business as the Taiwanese Smartphone company continues to struggle in an ultra-competitive market. HTC, according to a report from Bloomberg, is also considering a full sale of the company. People “familiar with the matter” told Bloomberg the company is working with an adviser as it contemplates “bringing in a strategic investor, selling […]

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Facebook is now letting you jazz up your cover photo with a 360-degree image. The new functionality, which is available right from the Facebook mobile app, enables you to snap a 360-degree photo using your Facebook Camera. To take a 360-degree photo, turn slowly in a circle as you are taking the picture. Be sure to stay within the guiding […]

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Google is hard at work on a new set of tools aimed at increasing subscription rates for content publishers. According to Bloomberg, Google is performing an overhaul on its ‘first click free’ feature. This enables readers to search and access articles from subscription publications. Google is also looking into online payment tools for publishers with the goal […]

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Facebook is bringing Stories to its desktop site. Stories on the Web is located on the right side of the page rather than at the top. A question mark icon can be seen on the Stories section and, if you hover over it with your cursor, it will explain the feature’s purpose. Like Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, captures your daily photos and videos […]

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Google is tweaking its search and discovery algorithms to down-rank lower quality apps in its Google Play Store. The tech titan said the algorithm change will result in higher quality apps popping up before similar apps of lower quality — those that crash more frequently, for instance. “People enjoy using apps and games which meet their performance and quality […]

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The unlimited data plans introduced by Verizon and AT&T come at a price: slower speeds. When the wireless providers brought back their respective unlimited plans back in February,  their mobile data services were effected immediately. “Welcome to the new age of unlimited data in the U.S.,” OpenSignal said in a blog post. “Our measurements show that Verizon and […]

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IBM has set a new world record. The tech titan’s research scientists have found a way to fit 30 terabytes of uncompressed data on a single tape storage that is small enough to close your fist around. IBM Research’s Dr. Mark Lantz said has demonstrated the ability to record an  areal density of 201 gigabits per square inch on magnetic […]

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Veteran TV news personality Katie Couric is calling it a day with Yahoo. Couric, who signed on as the Internet company’s global anchor back in 2013, is leaving the firm following the $4.48-billion takeover of Yahoo’s core Internet division by Verizon. Couric, who was the face of Yahoo News after being brought on board as part of former CEO Marissa Mayer’s […]

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Facebook will let publishers keep 100 percent of any subscription earnings they make on the social media site’s platform. The news, which is music to the ears of news sites and magazines, comes as Facebook discusses with them its plans to test a paywall that would direct Instant Articles users to sign up for digital news […]

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Apple is eliminating the Nano and the Shuffle from its iPod lineup. The phasing out of Apple’s traditional music players comes as no surprise — the company has not updated either device for some time. Both MP3 devices, which were introduced back in 2005, have been pulled from Apple’s site. The latest cuts from the lineup means the iPod […]

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