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Google pays tribute to 'West Side Story' with VR pics and video

Audiences first got the chance to witness Tony's and Maria's tragic love story in Broadway 60 years ago. To pay tribute to the Romeo-and-Juliet-like romance, Google Arts and Culture has launched a virtual museum packed with the history behind West Si...

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 03:24

Netflix adds HDR support for iPhone 8, iPhone X and iPad Pro

Netflix is adding high dynamic range (HDR) support to more mobile devices. A handful of Android handsets are already benefitting from the picture upgrade, including the LG G6, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, among others. Now, than...

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 04:40

The Morning After: Friday, September 22nd 2017

It's officially iPhone 8 day: Apple's newest devices go on sale in stores and start to reach new owners. (Pro tip: To reset the iPhone 8, you have to press volume up, volume down, then hold the power switch for what feels like far too long.) It's not...

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 06:00

Uber just lost its London taxi license

In a surprise announcement today, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that it will not reissue Uber's private hire licence within the city. In a statement, the regulator said that the company's operations were not "fit and proper" and that has j...

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 06:10

Instagram apologizes after a rape threat is reposted as an ad

Facebook's algorithms have embarrassed the social network once again, this time by highlighting an example of harassment as an advertisement. The Guardian reporter Olivia Solon posted an offensive and threatening message she received to Instagram.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 07:02

There's something called 'Enhanced HD Voice' and EE supports it

Most weirdos people that actually use their smartphones to make calls will be aware of the eerily crisp connections of HD Voice. All major carriers in the UK support the standard at this point, which is technically known as Voice over LTE (VoLTE), si...

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 07:15

The Chinese Room made a VR parable for Google Daydream

Indie developer The Chinese Room is releasing its first-ever virtual reality game. So Let Us Melt is a sci-fi parable about a machine lost in a paradise of its own making. Exclusively available on Google's Daydream VR platform, the title sees the dev...

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 08:01

Xbox One gets third-party camera support for game streaming

If you're serious about video game streaming, you most likely have a PC with a decent capture card, microphone, camera and software like XSplit or OBS. It can be expensive and a little convoluted, which is why Sony and Microsoft are making their resp...

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 08:29

One Gamer Fund heard you liked video-game charities

It's an exciting time to be Seven Siegel. Siegel is the executive director of Global Game Jam, the world's largest 48-hour hackathon, but more important, he's a former game developer with an MBA in nonprofit management. This makes him particularly su...

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 09:00

Walmart wants to deliver groceries straight to your fridge

Walmart is hoping you trust the company enough to let its delivery drivers into your home even if you're not in. The retailer has teamed up with smart home accessories-maker August Home to test a new delivery method in Silicon Valley, which entails g...

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 09:19

Apple only allows streaming, not downloading, of upgraded 4K movies

One of the most pleasant surprises out of last week's Apple event was the announcement that purchased iTunes movies would be automatically upgraded to 4K for free. Well, it turns out it's not actually that simple. A support document from Apple tells...

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 09:38

The Engadget Podcast Ep 43: Hits, misses and leaks

If last week's episode was overwhelmingly about Apple, this week's episode includes some partial respite, in the form of another tech titan: Google. For the first half of this episode, senior editor Chris Velazco and I recap his review of the iPhone...

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 10:00

The iPhone 8 is technically a gigabit LTE phone

At first blush, iFixit's tech autopsy on the iPhone 8 didn't reveal anything particularly notable, besides some different screws and a way to remove the glass backing. So far, so meh. But then when it came to the laundry list of chips and modems all...

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 10:17

'Vincent' AI transforms your rough sketch into a Van Gogh

Prisma made AI art style transfer fun for the masses, but a new machine learning app has much bigger ambitions. Applying its vast knowledge of art from the Renaissance to today, "Vincent" can take your simple sketch and transform it a finished painti...

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 10:39

The HTC U11 Plus emerges from the shadows

Rumors indicate that HTC is about to announce a new flagship smartphone: The HTC U11 Plus. Here's everything we know so far.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 06:00

DxOMark is modernizing its camera testing protocol for smartphones

A camera benchmarking tool, DxOMark has updated its protocol to better meet the requirements that users want today. Here's what it's changed and how it will affect you.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 10:00

Anki Overdrive Fast & Furious Edition Review: Addictive, High-Tech Racing

The Anki Overdrive Fast & Furious Edition offers a fantastic racing experience for everyone and an extra treat for anyone who likes the films.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 03:30

iPhone 8 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 8 Camera Face-Off: Apple Has the Edge

Both the Note 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus boast powerful dual cameras, but the iPhone delivers better image quality overall based on our comparisons.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 06:00

Best Qi Wireless Chargers for Your iPhone 8 or iPhone X

Cut the cord for your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X with a convenient wireless charger that supports the Qi standard.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 07:00

7 Reasons to Buy the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (and 3 to Skip)

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are both excellent phones, but you shouldn’t invest until you read our pros and cons.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 08:00

15 Essential iPhone 8 Tips for Getting Started

Take advantage of your new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus by enabling these features as soon as possible.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 09:30

Uber has lost its license to operate in London

Uber has lost its license to operate in London, dealing a massive blow to the hugely-popular-yet-beleaguered taxi-hailing app company.

The company's current license to operate in the British capital expires on September 30. Its drivers can continue to operate until that date, but Uber has just 21 days to appeal the ruling.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 06:19

Creative Sound BlasterX Siege M04 review: This debut mouse impresses

You know that old saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? The same can be said of product branding. Maybe, if you think there’s even an infinitesimally small chance you might branch out of your core product focus in the future, don’t pick a name like “Sound Blaster” that really only applies to...well, audio components.

Which is to say: Creative makes a mouse now, and for some reason decided to call it the Sound BlasterX Siege M04. Yes, a Sound Blaster mouse.

The other surprise? Aside from the name, it’s pretty damn good.

Design: X marks the spot

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 06:30

Ikea Tradfri Gateway Kit and Motion Sensor Kit reviews: Does the megastore deliver on smart lighting?

Ikea's Tradfri Gateway Kit and Motion Sensor Kit blend the Swedish retailer's confounding instruction style with average smart-lighting abilities.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 09:00

The best iPhone X cases to protect your new Apple phone

Looking for something special to safeguard your new Apple smartphone? We’ve rounded up the best iPhone X cases and covers right here. You'll find solid drop protection, svelte style, handy functionality, and more.

The post The best iPhone X cases to protect your new Apple phone appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 01:15

Inside the Japanese factory where Pioneer still makes car speakers by hand

Did you ever think about your car stereo speakers and how they keep working for years under the worst possible conditions? Neither did we until we went to visit the Pioneer speaker factory and development center in Tendo, Japan.

The post Inside the Japanese factory where Pioneer still makes car speakers by hand appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 06:15

Texting-and-driving documentary highlights our smartphone addiction

A new documentary from award-winning filmmaker Eva Orner shows how many of us are unable to resist the lure of our smartphone, sometimes "at the expense of common sense and self-preservation."

The post Texting-and-driving documentary highlights our smartphone addiction appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 07:30

iPhone 8 Plus vs. Galaxy S8 Plus: Which massive smartphone reigns supreme?

Wondering how the Apple iPhone 8 Plus stacks up to Samsung's flagship? Find out in our detailed iPhone 8 Plus vs. Galaxy S8 Plus comparison, where we pit the specs, cameras, and more head to head.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 09:15

Want to play your tunes on Windows? Here are the best free music players

You can get by with listening to music using Windows Media Player, but there are plenty of options out there for you to choose from. Better still, they don't cost anything. Here are the best free music players for Windows PCs.

The post Want to play your tunes on Windows? Here are the best free music players appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 09:15

Uber suffers a major blow as it loses its London license

In a serious blow to its business, Uber has had its application for a new operating license in London rejected by regulators. The ridesharing company is set to appeal Transport for London's decision.

The post Uber suffers a major blow as it loses its London license appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 09:20

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