Instagram is testing moving Direct messaging to a new app

Today, Instagram Direct, Instagram’s in-app messaging service, is being tested as a standalone app, and moving out of the main Instagram app for those who download the new one. As The Verge reports, the rollout today is just a test, launching in only six countries: Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay. Essentially, the new Instagram Direct app is a camera-centric messenger aimed at making the messaging experience richer. And if anyone should know how to create a massively popular messaging app, it is Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, and owner of both …


Samsung and KDDI demonstrate 5G technology while on a moving train

Samsung and Japanese telecom company KDDI announced this morning that last month they were able to demonstrate the use of 5G technology on a moving train. During the testing, successful handovers of downlink and uplink transmissions were achieved while the train was moving at a speed of 100 km/hour (equivalent to 62.1 mph). While this was going on, Samsung and KDDI were able to post a peak data speed of 1.7Gbps.

The equipment employed consisted of Samsung’s pre-commercial 5G end-to-end solution. This package includes a 5G router, a 5G radio, and virtualized RAN and core. And the testing …

Live Photos for all! Google Photos now lets you share and view your moving pictures over iOS, Android, and PC

A couple of years ago, Apple introduced its “Live Photos” — a feature, which has the phone’s camera record a short video that spans the time just before and just after you press the shutter button. Photos are viewable as normal, but force-pressing (or just long pressing if you don’t have 3D Touch) makes them “come alive” with the frames that were captured just before and just after. A neat little feature, great for capturing family moments with that fidgety little one, pets, fireworks, and other unpredictable stuff.

For quite a while, Live Photos have been an exclusive club. If you wanted …

BlackBerry's shares moving to the New York Stock Exchange on October 16th

In what can be interpreted as another sign of BlackBerry’s turnaround, the company announced today that it is moving the listing of the company’s shares from NASDAQ to the New York Stock Exchange. The switch will take place on October 16th and the company’s symbol will change from the current BBRY to BB. This should make BlackBerry more visible to the investor community.

The announcement comes days after BlackBerry reported a net profit of 5 cents a share for its fiscal second quarter. Unlike the company’s glory days, the company no longer manufactures handsets. Instead, BlackBerry licenses …

Moving pictures: here are 5 great apps to make cinemagraphs with!

Ever wondered how one goes about making those photos where only one or two objects are moving, while everything else seems to be frozen in time? They are called cinemagraphs and are basically done by mixing a short clip with a photo, all taken from the very same camera position. Most of the image is just the picture, but a few parts have frames from the clip imposed on top.

And, wouldn’t you know it, there are a bunch of apps out there that make it super-easy to make cinemagraphs straight on your phone. All you need is a scene, a good idea, and preferably a tripod. …

It's not a Vin Diesel movie: iPhones worth more than half a million stolen from a moving truck

Dutch police have arrested five men suspected in the theft of iPhones worth more than half a million US dollars, but it’s not just the sheer amount of iPhones stolen: the men have allegedly pulled off a Fast and Furious stunt to make it happen. Driving a modified van near the truck loaded with the iPhones, one of the men broke into the truck while it was moving and started throwing boxes with iPhones into the van.
The five man, all with their origins in the Eastern European country of Romania, were arrested at a holiday park in central Netherlands …

The Chinese Uber-killer is moving into US territory

Ride-hailing apps are duking it out both to be the number one transport service, and to be the first to let people hail self-driving cars. One of those players is Didi Chuxing, the Chinese company that acquired Uber’s branch in that country last year, then slowly separated it from the rest of Uber’s global operations.

According to a press release from Wednesday, Didi Chuxing is now setting up a base of operations in Silicon Valley. The facility is called DiDi Labs, but unlike what some might expect, it will not focus on developing ride-hailing solutions. The primary mission of the new laboratory …