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Snap Maps Cause Concern Over Privacy

Snapchat’s new feature, Snap Maps, has raised concerns over child safety, bullying and stalking. Snap Map lets you share your current location, which appears to friends on a map and updates when you open Snapchat. It is now available for all iOS and Android users globally.However, police have expressed their concern as to how this could be used by online predators to target individual Snapchat users. The feature allows you to focus in on a particular area, for example a sporting event or concert, and view all publically posted snaps from that immediate are. However, snaps from areas such as schools can also be viewed if shared publically. The location of individuals also raises concerns. A spokesperson for the UK National Society for the Protection of Children said: “It’s worrying that Snapchat is allowing under 18s to broadcast their location on the app where it can potentially be accessed by everyone…

Best Low-Key iOS 11 Features Apple Didn’t Talk About At WWDC

Apple’s latest Worldwide Developer’s Conference made quite a bit of noise out there. It was full of new software and hardware reveals, including iOS 11, but a lot was also left unsaid. In the end, there is only so much you can tell in two hours, and smaller features don’t always get to shine. Especially when you want to show off your newest techs and features, like a smart speaker or augmented reality. One of the most curious moments of the conference was when Apple decided to include several dozen new features in just one slide. A lot of people probably missed it, and, in fact, there weren’t too many details, hiding in that slide. Yet it might just be enough for us to sneak a peek of some of the low-key features iOS 11 will bring to the table. A new way to interact with Siri Talking to digital…

The Father Of Android Gives Us The Essential Phone

The Essential Phone brought to us by the person who created Android, is finally ready for the spotlight. It’s an incredibly audacious and ambitious project, with an outlandish screen and the beginnings of a modular ecosystem. First, the Android phone basics: the Essential Phone costs $699 with top-of-the-line specs and features. As you can see above, it prominently features an edge-to-edge display that one-ups even the Samsung Galaxy S8 by bringing it all the way to the the top of the phone, wrapping around the front-facing selfie camera. It’s a unique take on a big screen that makes the phone stand out — and it’s smart, too. Often, the status bar at the top of an Android phone doesn’t fill that middle space with icons, so it’s efficient. The screen does leave some bezel at the bottom of the phone, but nevertheless it’s as close to the whole front of…

Apple Trolls Android With a Series of “Switch” Adds

Without fail, Tim Cook hops on an earnings conference call every few months and boasts that Apple recently saw a record number of new iPhone users coming over from the world of Android. Now, in an effort to coerce an even greater number of “switchers,” Apple today rolled out a brand new marketing campaign designed to convince seasoned Android users that it might be time to jump ship. Apple now has a new and dedicated switcher-oriented page on its website where it explains why life is easier on the iPhone. The page covers the usual bases, with Apple assuring potential Android switchers that it’s extremely easy to migrate all of their important data over to the iOS universe. Apple also boasts that the camera on the iPhone is best in class while also touting the iPhone’s impressive performance, ease of use, built-in security mechanisms and more. “iPhone has industry-leading satisfaction…

How Is Amazon’s 2013 Tablet Still the Best One It Ever Released?

It’s often posited that a major factor in the tablet market’s recent decline is a lack of reason to upgrade; most people use these devices for little more than content consumption, and the one they bought years ago will often do that job for years to come. I don’t quite embody this myself, as I work on my iPad Pro almost every day, but it’s not surprising to me either — I also still use my Amazon Fire HDX all the time. The weird thing with Amazon tablets in particular, though, is that if I did decide to buy a new one today it’d actually be a downgrade. Amazon’s Fire tablets aren’t for everyone. If you care about app selection or productivity, there are far better options out there. But if all you want from your tablet is a simple device that’s bigger than your phone, easier to hold than…

Leak Of The Week: HTC U11 Confirmed With Edge Sense and No Headphone Jack

HTC launched the U Ultra early this year, but the reviews were largely negative. Now, the company looks to be preparing for its “true” flagship in 2017 with the HTC U11. We’ve seen a few leaks of this device, but nothing as good as this. It seems someone who attended a briefing with the phone jumped the gun and posted their hands-on. We get plenty of angles on the phone and a demo of the new Edge Sense feature. The original YouTube video was quickly taken down, but it has been mirrored. The video isn’t in English, but Reddit has helpfully provided a translation. The same design aesthetic we saw with the U Ultra is on-display here. The U11 has a high-gloss glass frame in several colors, all of which I’m sure pick up fingerprints amazingly well. Like the U Ultra, there’s no headphone jack—the Type-C is the only port.…

Twitter Plans to Broadcast Live Video 24 Hours a Day

The company’s COO and CFO Anthony Noto has announced that in collaboration with new media company Bloomberg, Twitter will offer 24/7 video news broadcasts on the platform starting this fall. The social network plans to air live video 24 hours a day, 7 days a week inside its apps and desktop site, building on the 800+ hours it aired in the first three months of 2017. “We will definitely have 24/7 content on Twitter,” Noto said during an extensive interview about the company’s live video strategy last week. “Our goal is to be a dependable place so that when you want to see what’s happening, you think of going to Twitter. This live stream, won’t just be a stream of Twitter’s existing TV content, either; it’ll feature new, original reporting from Bloomberg’s various global news offices, and content created and posted by Twitter users themselves, as curated and also verified…

Apple IPhone 8 Rumor Roundup: All You Need to Know

Apple’s iPhone will celebrate its tenth anniversary since it was first revealed by Steve Jobs back in 2007. The device initially emerged as a revolution in the world of cellphones, but in the last couple of years, the Cupertino company has been using a ‘better safe than sorry’ strategy. There hasn’t been much difference between iPhones 6, 6S and 7, making the fans rather cautious about the future of the lineup. As the anniversary comes closer, the expectations and rumors grow like mushrooms after rain. Numerous leaks point at a completely refreshed device, which will abandon the familiar approach to the phone. Rumors suggest a radically redesigned edge-to-edge display with minimal top and bottom bezels. Kind of what Samsung did with its Galaxy S8 model, but it’s not clear how Apple will tackle the placement of the Touch ID. The sensor is rumored to be built directly into the display,…

Ultimate Android Showdown: Galaxy S8 Vs. Google Pixel XL (video)

It’s hard to say no to the Samsung Galaxy S8. This little beast has everything you might want from a phone. Fantastic specs, gorgeous display, an outstanding camera with various options and, of course, the design. The S8 is the best-looking smartphone the world has to offer. Yet, it is never an easy choice, when it comes to flagships. The difference between their functionality is always minuscule, so the choice is usually decided by personal tastes… or brand loyalty. Especially considering that the Pixel XL is just as great. Not as gorgeous with those bezels, but the Apple-like approach to software makes the purchase just as attractive. Until the Pixel 2 arrives sometime in October-November, these two will probably be incredible buys for the Android fans. But which one is better? Let’s find out. Design and ease of use Spoiler alert: Samsung takes the cake in the design competition. Objectively.…

Why You Should Wait Before Buying Samsung’s New Galaxy S8

When a splashy new smartphone hits the market, consumers often weigh whether to place an order right away or to wait and see how others react to the device. But with the Galaxy S8, Samsung’s first major smartphone release since the spontaneously combusting Galaxy Note 7 was discontinued last year, there isn’t much of a debate. Your best bet is to wait to buy the roughly $750 device — not just for safety reasons, but also because other uncertainties surround it. Samsung declined to provide an early review unit of the Galaxy S8 to The New York Times, but several consumer electronics experts who tried the device ahead of its release this Friday were cautiously optimistic about the product. Even so, they said the phone had some radical design changes that might make people uncomfortable, a few key features were unfinished and Samsung’s recent safety record remained a concern. For…