Redesigned Snapchat to launch on Android December 4th?; Snap to sell Spectacles at store in London

Yesterday, we told you that Snapchat parent Snap had reported a lower than expected gain of 4.5 million new Active Daily Users during the third quarter. More importantly, founder and CEO Evan Spiegel said that the messaging app will be unveiling a new redesign for the Android version of Snapchat. Following the redesign, Snapchat will be easier to use. While Spiegel didn’t reveal a launch date for the new version of Snapchat, a source familiar with the matter said that employees were internally given the date of December 4th as to when to expect the new look to be available.

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Samsung to take on the Apple Store concept with an opulent London beachhead

With more than $13 billion profit forecast for the last quarter, Samsung is no longer a runner up in that regard, and wants to be perceived as the start that it is right now. People in the know share that its first order of business might be to open flagship stores like the ones Apple has on key locations in major cities, and one of the beachheads will be in London’s upcoming Coal Drops Yard mall, which has been designed by Thomas Heatherwick with a curved roof, and some amazing architectural solutions. 

Samsung has reportedly already leased 20,000 square …

Adventurous bunny riding public transit just wants to see London

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This little bunny just wants to see the world. Or at least London. 

A rabbit has been spotted riding the bus and the Overground in London. 

There’s a rabbit on my buspic.twitter.com/ccPtRo3KdH

— Matt Hepburn (@MattHepburnClan) September 29, 2017

I saw him on the overground to hackney the other day.. he’s very busy & important, rarely latepic.twitter.com/6yCnZ88Vx0

— Jo Duffy (@JoDuffy91) September 29, 2017

I have seen that bloody rabbit in Hackney, was sure I was hallucinating.

— Dirk Lester (@Dirk2112) September 30, 2017

Who is this city-trotting rabbit? No one’s really sure, but they have theories.  Read more…

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Uber beware: Didi-backed Taxify is coming after you in London

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A new ride-sharing app is ready to give Uber a headache, at least in London.

Estonian company Taxify, backed by China’s Didi Chuxing, is launching in the UK capital with the outright aim of snatching thousands of drivers and passengers away from Uber. 

Operating in 19 countries across Europe, Central America, and Africa, Taxify has 3,000 potential UK drivers who have signed up ahead of Tuesday, Sept. 5, when it will start its service.

In order to encourage Londoners to download and use the app, Taxify is offering a 50% discount to riders during September.  Read more…

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No, CNN did not stage a protest after the London attack

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Right wing commentators have accused CNN of manufacturing ‘fake news’ after a video emerged of TV producers and police assisting a group of Muslim women staging a protest — an accusation the network has described as ‘nonsense’.  

The video was uploaded by @markantro — a self-professed libertarian — and immediately seized on by right-wing commentators such as Mike Cernovich, Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins, US media commentator Richard Grenell, and Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson: 

CNN caught staging news!

They even brought “peace group” printed out papers and props.

Video courtesy of @markantro pic.twitter.com/jkxf3nb2W9

— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 4, 2017 Read more…

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Man fleeing London attack with beer in hand becomes unlikely symbol of London pride

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A young man who fled yesterday’s terrorist attacks with a pint of beer in hand has become something of an internet hero.

The photo, which has been retweeted over 28,000 times, features the man fleeing from the scene with a pint of beer in hand. For some, the photo provided a moment of profoundly dark comedy on a day otherwise entirely colored by tragedy.

“People fleeing #LondonBridge but the bloke on the right isn’t spilling a drop. God Bless the Brits!” Howard Mannella, who posted a photo of the tweet, wrote. Read more…

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Apple has acquired London music software company Camel Audio

Apple has acquired London-based music technology company Camel Audio, according to a report by MacRumors.

Camel Audio produced the Alchemy software suite, which included plugins, synths and effects to help musicians produce tracks digitally. But in January 2015 the company mysteriously closed its doors, telling customers that its products were “no longer available for purchase,” and thanking them for their support.

The reason for this sudden shuttering has now emerged: It seems to have been acquired by Apple for an undisclosed sum. As evidence, MacRumors points to a document filed with Companies House. It names an Apple lawyer as the new director of the company, and its address as 100 New Bridge Street — Apple’s UK HQ.

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Apple’s decision to discontinue Camel Audio’s products — rather than simply bring them in-house, as it did with Beats — suggests they will be folded into existing Apple products. The Cupertino company already offers the consumer-level Garageband for digital music production, as well as Logic Pro X at the high-end.

Here’s the statement Camel Audio posted online in January:

We would like to thank you for the support we’ve received over the years in our efforts to create instruments and effects plug-ins and sound libraries.

Camel Audio’s plug-ins, Alchemy Mobile IAPs and sound libraries are no longer available for purchase. We will continue to provide downloads of your previous purchases and email support until July 7, 2015. We recommend you download all of your purchases and back them up so that you can continue to use them (Instructions: How to Download and Backup Your Products).