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Nope, Android isn’t getting a system-wide dark mode (at least not yet)

By | 2018-02-23T19:34:27+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

 According to a number of reports today, the next version of Android would include a “dark mode” – something that’s been a long-time feature request from those who prefer the dark-themed and power saving option that’s already available in apps like YouTube and Twitter. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. News that Android was getting its own [...]

Microsoft and Xiaomi to collaborate on AI, cloud computing and hardware

By | 2018-02-23T13:04:26+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

 After Microsoft signed a deal to test Windows 10 on Xiaomi devices in 2015 and then Xiaomi bought a trove of patents to help run other Microsoft services on its devices in 2016, today the two companies announced another chapter in its collaboration. Xiaomi and Microsoft have signed a Strategic Framework Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work [...]

Google says more than 40 carriers and device manufacturers now support RCS, the next generation of SMS

By | 2018-02-22T13:54:52+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

 Rich Communication Services (RCS) is basically the standard for the next generation of text messaging, with apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, LINE and others now offering features that go far beyond the standard SMS-based messaging apps that tend to ship with your phone — unless, of course, you are an Apple and iMessage user. Read More

Airbnb is rolling out a new tier aimed at higher-end travelers

By | 2018-02-22T13:05:39+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

 Airbnb today is rolling out a few new additions to their home-booking system, including new tiers that are aimed at higher-end customers called Airbnb Plus and Beyond by Airbnb. The new Airbnb Plus tier has homes that are verified for “quality and comfort,” rolling out with around 2,000 homes to start that have been inspected against [...]

Indigo Fair raises $12M to connect wholesalers with smaller retail outlets with a smarter service

By | 2018-02-22T12:11:35+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

 Max Rhodes was walking around that weird little parklet in Hayes Valley in San Francisco after taking a break from a five-year stint at Square to figure out what he wanted to do next — and he kept seeing Square registers everywhere. It was spotting them over and over again in smaller retail shops dotted throughout [...]

Robinhood rolls out zero-fee crypto trading as it hits 4M users

By | 2018-02-22T12:11:34+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

 Coinbase has some serious competition. Today, Robinhood starts rolling out its no-commission cryptocurrency trading feature in California, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana and New Hampshire. Users there can buy and sell Bitcoin and Ethereum with no extra fees, and everyone can track those and 14 other coins in its sleek app. Read More

Product Hunt launches no-spam tech news digest app Sip

By | 2018-02-22T10:24:32+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

 “We didn’t want to create another app thirsty for attention” writes Product Hunt CEO Ryan Hoover. So instead of a constant stream of fresh stories and alerts, Product Hunt today is releasing what’s essentially a tech industry newsletter in iOS and Android form. Sip distills the day’s big headlines into a set of Twitter Moments-esque slideshows [...]

Apple said to debut voice-activated Siri AirPods in 2018, water-resistant model in 2019

By | 2018-02-22T08:46:53+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

 Apple is preparing a couple of updating models of AirPods, according to Bloomberg. The popular fully wireless earbud-style headphones that Apple introduced last year are currently on track for a refresh in 2018 with the addition of a new version of the “W” line of chips that Apple created specifically to manage and improve Bluetooth-based connections [...]

A system to tell good fake bokeh from bad

By | 2018-02-21T16:08:26+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

 The pixel-peepers at DxOMark have shared some of the interesting metrics and techniques they use to judge the quality of a smartphone’s artificial bokeh, or background blur in photos. Not only is it difficult to do in the first place, but they have to systematize it! Their guide should provide even seasoned shooters with some insight [...]