Category: Technology

Samsung’s Note 8 will steal a feature from 2015’s hottest phone

Later this month, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 8, a Galaxy S8-like phablet supposed to make us forget last year’s Galaxy Note 7 disaster, and restore Samsung’s phablet to its former glory. We already know almost everything there is to know about the handset, but a new report reveals one important detail: Samsung may have finally copied the iPhone 6s’ signature feature. The iPhone 6s introduced a unique touchscreen display feature called 3D Touch, which offers users quick access to apps and system-wide shortcuts. 3D Touch is also available on the iPhone 7 and should be found on...

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Buoyant Bitcoin Stirs Crypto-Bubble Fears

Bitcoin and other “cryptocurrencies” are big money, virtually as big as Goldman Sachs and Royal Bank of Scotland combined. The price of a single bitcoin hit an all-time high of above $3,500 this week, dragging up the value of hundreds of newer, smaller digital rivals in its wake. Now some investors fear a giant crypto-bubble may be about to burst. It has been a year of unprecedented growth for the largely unregulated market, with dozens of new currencies appearing every month in “Initial Coin Offerings” or ICOs. They have achieved value almost instantly, drawing in those who are eager...

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This Smart Window Uses Electricity to Quickly Change from Clear to Dark less 3 Minutes

In a world where even mundane devices like water bottles and toothbrushes have become smart and connected, it’s easy to scoff at yet another attempt at smartifying practical gadgets. But new technology for smart windows, described today in the journal Joule, might actually be an intelligent idea. That’s thanks to their energy-saving potential: Dynamic windows that darken when the sun is shining on them could help reduce cooling costs in the summer, just like putting down the blinds does. And with the help of an internet connection and an intelligent schedule, these could be automatic, so you wouldn’t have to...

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Facebook discontinues Groups app, but says it still loves Groups

Facebook’s Group app is almost no more. The company announced yesterday that iOS and Android users will no longer be able to log in after September 1st. Instead, they’ll have to use the Groups feature on the Facebook mobile app or in their browser. This is slightly ironic given that Facebook says it loves Groups. The company revised its mission statement earlier this year with a specific emphasis placed on Groups. The new driving Facebook message is: “To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” This will primarily be done through Groups, the...

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Samsung inexplicably opens up its Android browser

Samsung has announced that the new version of its browser, Samsung Internet, can be used on any relatively new Android phone, which is good news if you’re bored of existing mobile browsers that already do the job perfectly well. The Korean tech giant made its software ambitions known in March when, in response to “many requests”, it released a beta version of Samsung Internet (5.4) compatible with Google devices such as the Pixel and Nexus series. Now, the v6 beta version is being released for any phone running Android 5.0, aka Lollipop, or later. But on a landscape monopolized...

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