Hobbyist, non-commercial drones no longer have to be registered with the FAA

We don’t do much coverage in the way of drones, but this is certainly news worth sharing! The court in Washington, D.C. has pulled the legislation requiring hobbyist drone owners from having to notify the federal government about their purchase and register their quadricopters.

Non-commercial drones are now classified as model aircraft and subjected to the FAA’s 2012 Modernization and Reform Act that prevents the government agencies from enforcing new laws to restrict hobbyist flying.

However, said act is set to expire at the end of 2017, which means the …


BlackBerry Priv, Passport, Classic and other models no longer available from BlackBerry in the U.S.


It was back in September of 2015 that many of us heard the phone name BlackBerry Priv for the first time. Prior to a tweet from reliable tipster Evan Blass, BlackBerry’s Android powered QWERTY slider was known by its code name, the Venice. Shortly thereafter, BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed the Priv name (it’s short for Privacy of course), and the Android era was officially kicked off in Waterloo.

It’s clear that the Priv, as hard as it tried, could not deliver the usual BlackBerry physical keyboard experience to BlackBerry users. Because of the slider, the Priv was unable to use …

Several big name apps appear to be no longer supporting the Apple Watch

What is going on with some big name apps that no longer can be found on the Apple Watch? The latest update to Google Maps for iOS ended the app’s support for the timepiece, although to be honest, this was not listed in the changelist. In addition, the eBay app and the Amazon app are both no longer available for Apple’s smartwatch. It is not as though these apps had no functionality. Google Maps was certainly useful to those with Apple Watch as the app allowed users to navigate from one place to another. And the eBay app allowed Apple Watch wearers to check the status of their bids on certain auctions.

If …

Keep your Galaxy S8 pretty for longer: defend it with one of these Spigen cases

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Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ sure have a stunning look to them — that edgy Infinity Display with minimal borders around it give the devices just the right amount of futuristic look. A shiny glass panel on the back adds a finishing touch to a mouth-watering design. But we all know what so much glass means — the possibility of a drop and unpleasant …

Google integrates Android Pay with mobile banking apps, official app no longer needed

Google has just announced its official Android Pay application is no longer needed for mobile payments using the service. The search giant integrated the functionality of Android Pay directly in mobile banking apps, including Bank of America, Bank of New Zealand, Discover, mBank and USAA.

Beginning this week, Android Pay users can add cards to the service directly from their mobile banking applications with a tap of a button. As soon as the setup is complete, they will be able to use their phones to make mobile payments wherever they see the Android Pay button in …

LG G6 with Quad DAC no longer Korea exclusive, will come to Australia later this week

Good news for fans of high quality audio: the Quad DAC LG G6 edition will no longer be limited to Korea only. Well, good news for fans of high quality audio in Australia, at least, as this appears to be the only confirmed non-Korea region to receive this version of the device so far.

The news comes from Ausdroid, who reports that the Hi-Fi edition of the G6 will be sold in a couple of Australian retailers: JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman. The device will be sold for AU$1,199, which is $900 in US currency. That is AU$191 more than the regular device’s price, …

Facebook creeping is no longer totally anonymous

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Facebook’s new “Stories” update is here, and it ruins the best part about the entire social network: Mindlessly plumbing your friends’ lives without fear of getting caught.

When you watch a friend’s Story — which exists for 24 hours and is comprised of one or more photos or short videos — that friend will know you’re creeping. This is how Stories work on basically every platform that supports them (Snapchat, Instagram), but in the context of Facebook, it’s kind of messed up.

First, for reference, here’s what that looks like:

Here's a story I posted today.

Here’s a story I posted today.

Image: Facebook

A list of people who viewed one of my stories.

A list of people who viewed one of my stories.

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Twitter usernames no longer count toward the 140 character limit on tweeted replies


Twitter has made this a great day for countless Twitter users who feel suffocated by the 140 character limit. An update to the app is being pushed out starting today; the main change will allow users to send a reply to a Tweet without counting usernames toward the 140 character limit. Another change will put the recipient’s user name above the tweet instead of being inside it. And clicking on “Replying to…” gives the Twitter user a way to control who is part of a Twitter chat.

The update is being made available now on the App Store for iOS users, and can be found on the Google Play …

Thanks to Samsung, Apple's Smart Battery Case is no longer the ugliest thing ever!

I abide by a personal “ugly scale”, which goes from 1 to “iPhone Smart Battery Case – Charcoal Gray.” You know which one I’m clamoring about – the one that makes the sleek and elegant iPhone look like it’s got a parasitic twin growing on its back. But now that I’ve seen Samsung’s new 2Piece Cover for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, I think it’s time for an upgrade. It’s pictured above, in all its disgusting glory.

What in the name of Satan’s pet boar Cortez is going on here?! I demand an explanation! Samsung obliged: “The complementary hues of each cover add a unique geometric …

Google keyboard for Android gets live translation update so you no longer have to excuse your French

One could do a lot worse than choosing to stick with Google’s stock Android keyboard, so we understand if you are a happy user. We also have great news for you – Big G has updated the keyboard with Google Translate integration and predicative emoji support. As you start typing, the Google Translate technology will instantly output your phrase in a language of your choice. This greatly simplifies your attempts at multi-lingual communication.
What’s more, emoji and moving GIFs can be chosen straight from the predictive text section instead of having to go inside the …