People are so furious about the Snapchat redesign that they are making rap rants now

The recent redesign of Snapchat is having devoted users of the social app throw fierce temper tantrums that border with psychosis. Actually, close to a million people are so infuriated with Snap that they have signed a petition that’s calling for the original design of Snapchat to be brought back from the dump as soon as possible. 

Yes, this last update is bringing the worst in users, but it’s also the butt of the joke for many a social media comedian, including the one and only @leekjack_, who is mostly popular for his short comedy videos. Just as you might imagine, one …


Polanski rape survivor hopes Tarantino stops making 'an a** of himself'

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Roman Polanksi’s rape survivor responded to the recently resurfaced Howard Stern interview in which Quentin Tarantino defended the actions of the disgraced French-Polish film director. 

In the interview, Tarantino characterized the survivor as a “13-year-old party girl” who “was down with to party with Roman.” In reality, she was drugged and raped by the then 43-year-old Polanksi. Tarantino even went as far as to claim that, “She’s talked about it since, about, ‘No, he didn’t really do anything to me, it was a technicality from being 13.'”

But the now 54-year-old Samantha Geimer doesn’t need Tarantino to put words in her mouth and is perfectly capable of speaking for herself. Read more…

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A Samsung Galaxy S9 Active is likely in the making (alongside many other 2018 Galaxy devices)

Samsung already confirmed that it’s going to announce its Galaxy S9 smartphone series on February 25 at MWC 2018. For the beginning, the company will most probably unveil just two new handsets: Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. But we’re also expecting a Galaxy S9 Active to arrive this year (likely in the summer), and some freshly leaked info is suggesting that this should indeed happen.  
According to a list that reportedly contains codenames of upcoming Samsung devices – uncovered by XDA Developers – Samsung has made three different Galaxy S9 models, codenamed star, star2, and astarqlte. …

Sony CEO Hirai says it will continue making smartphones, but not to compete with Apple or Samsung

Just because Sony CEO Kaz Hirai expects the company to report its largest ever operating profit this year (equivalent to $5.83 billion USD) doesn’t mean that the company has fixed everything that has prevented it from rivaling Apple and Samsung in the smartphone business. In fact, the executive has a less than convincing answer to those who think that Sony should just give up when it comes to connected handsets.

Hirai says that Sony isn’t sticking with smartphones because the product is the future of tech. He says that Sony needs to continue to sell the product in order to stay in the communications …

Google improves on three features making it faster and easier to get answers to your search query

Google has been quietly improving its Search app by working on three different features that make it easier to learn about the topics that you have an interest in learning more about. For example, when you ask Google to search out information on a very specific topic, the results sometimes come in the form of a Featured Snippet. Using algorithms, these are “quick, relevant” answers to your search query that you would find on the web. Google has started adding more images and related searches dealing with your search. Let’s say you searched for Baby Spider Monkey. With the improved Featured Snippet, …

I know there's a lot on your plate this year, so don't worry about all these robots we're making

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Okay, so you’ve probably seen an influx of robots and robot stories getting shared on the internet lately, and you’ve probably experienced some anxiety about some sort of impending robot-related doom

As a lead robot scientist, I’m here to assure you that evvvvveerrrrrything is cool. It’s all good!

Why are we making these robots that can acrobatically execute a flawless backflip? Don’t worry about that! Just believe me when I say that it’s totally cool. 

One of the robots we made yesterday already knew how to wield a gun and we didn’t even program that! This, of course, is one of many things you should not worry yourself with. Go grab a beer instead! Seriously. Nothing to see here. Read more…

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HTC will go back to making dual camera phones in 2018

HTC was one of the first companies to start making phones with two rear cameras working in tandem to create a better image, but rather than expanding on that technology and making it better, it gave up on it.
The HTC One M8 had a dual camera system way back in 2014, with the second camera used for measuring depth and making it possible to create a depth effect, not unlike what we have on modern phones.
Well, it will go back to making dual-camera phones next year, in 2018. HTC will ‚Äúdefinitely be releasing a dual-camera …

Samsung making progress on producing a fingerprint reader embedded under a phone's display

Thanks to the Infinity Display employed on the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, there is no room for a front-facing fingerprint scanner on these models. The manufacturer tried to have the biometric reader embedded under the display, but the technology was too complex to get this done. Instead, the fingerprint scanner was placed near the rear-facing camera on all three models.

Despite recent reports stating that Android manufacturers are now focusing on facial recognition instead of a display embedded fingerprint scanner, Samsung is not giving up on putting …

LG is making its own smartphone chipsets again, new trademark filings suggest

Some of you might remember that back in 2014 LG followed in the footsteps of rivals like Samsung and Huawei and launched its own chipset, called NUCLUN. But chances are that you don’t, as said chipset only made it to a single, Korea-exclusive device (which also tanked).

And while there were quite a few rumors that the Korean giant wasn’t done making its own SoCs just yet, they never really materialized. But this might change soon, judging from two very interesting trademarks LG recently applied for at the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
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Meet the female astronaut making record-breaking space history

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After spending 288 days on her latest mission, record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson has finally returned to Earth, closing the book on a chapter of space history that will provide inspiration for many for years to come. 

Whitson, 57, has been on three different missions and it all accumulates to 665 days – nearly two years – longer than any American has ever cruised outside of Earth ever.

Welcome home, Peggy!  Read more…

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