In a bid to get more people using Facebook’s Live video feature, the network is shamelessly snagging Snapchat’s selfie filters for its iOS app.
The new feature, called Masks, is timed around Halloween, so if you open Facebook on your iPhone over the next few days (and you happen to live in the U.S., U.K., or New Zealand), you’ll see a new mask option when you start shooting a live video from your front-facing camera.
Specifically, you have to tap on the Live Video icon at the top of your Timeline, then tap the wand in the upper-left corner of the video screen, then select the Masks icon in the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen. Yes, that’s three taps. Then you have to figure out what to say in your video, because you’re live.
The axe is falling at Twitter today after attempts to sell the company proved fruitless, and it’s falling hard. During an earnings call this morning, Twitter announced plans to lay off 9 percent of its workforce, and around noon Eastern time, the company followed that up by revealing that it’s killing Vine, the popular app dedicated to sharing short loops of video.
Twitter didn’t provide a specific timeline for the retirement, saying only that the mobile app will be shut down at some point in the coming months.
“Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way,” the Vine team said in a Medium post. “You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.”
Ever the dealmaker, T-Mobile CEO John Legere is at it again with an attempt to lure Pixel owners over to his network.
The latest stunt offers you half the cost of Google’s phone, or $325, if you bring your Pixel to the company’s T-Mobile One unlimited plan. He took to his favorite platform, Twitter, to make the announcement and of course take a few shots at the competition.
No matter how many USB chargers I accumulate, I can never find one to charge my phone before I climb into bed. The LampChamp won’t fix that problem for me because have an atypical bedside lamp, but it might work for you. The LampChamp has a male E27 base on one end, a female E27 socket on the other, and a USB Type A socket on the side that puts out 2.0 amps of power to charge your phone, tablet, or e-reader.
If you have a newer phone or any other device that’s equipped with a USB Type C charging socket, you’ve probably already stopped reading. While it will work with a Type C cable that’s Type A at the other end, it won’t charge your phone as quickly as possible. And you probably have other devices—a tablet or an e-reader, for example—that wind up on your bedside table at night.
A security researcher has devised a method of hijacking a wide variety of radio- controlled airplanes, helicopters, cars, boats and other devices that use a popular wireless transmission technology.
The attack was developed by Jonathan Andersson, manager of the Advanced Security Research Group at Trend Micro DVLabs, and targets a “wideband, frequency-agile 2.4GHz signal protocol” called DSMx. This protocol is used in radio-control (R/C) toys, including in drones, that are owned by millions of users.
Andersson’s attack exploits weaknesses in DSMx and was presented in detail Wednesday at the PacSec security conference in Tokyo. The researcher built a device that he dubbed Icarus, using off-the-shelf electronic components and software-defined radio (SDR). With it, he can take over the control of drones or other R/C devices and lock out their real owners in seconds.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has passed rules requiring broadband providers to receive opt-in customer permission to share sensitive personal information, including web-browsing history, geolocation, and financial details with third parties.
The FCC on Thursday voted 3-2 to adopt the new broadband privacy rules, which also include requirements that ISPs promptly notify customers of serious data breaches.
Broadband customers need transparency and control over how their data is used, said Jessica Rosenworcel, one of three Democratic commissioners voting for the rules. Broadband providers are increasingly sharing customer data with third-party companies such as advertising networks and analytics firms, she said.
Everybody expected mixed-reality technology to play a part in Microsoft’s big Windows 10 event on Wednesday—but nobody expected what we got. Rather than showing yet another HoloLens demonstration, Microsoft instead announced a small army of virtual reality headsets unlike anything available today, and they’re all powered by the forthcoming Windows 10 Creators Update.
The demo raised more questions than it supplied answers, but there was still plenty of info to glean if you were paying attention. Here’s everything we know about Microsoft’s Windows 10 VR headsets—and one massive question spurred by their mere existence.
Video site Vessel is shutting down less than two years after the service became publicly available. The company, headed by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, was acquired by Verizon for an undisclosed sum. As a result, Vessel will shut down at the end of October, the company announced in a blog post.
Subscribers who paid $3 a month to get the site ad free will receive a refund for the month of October. iTunes subscribers will have to contact Apple to get the refund.
Verizon plans to merge Vessel into its own digital offerings, and Vessel’s chief technology officer Richard Tom will stay on to head Verizon’s digital entertainment business, according to Recode. Kilar will stay on until the end of the year to “ensure a smooth transition.”
A mere day after its announcement, you can already test the newest, 3D-obsessed generation of Microsoft Paint—if you’re a Windows Insider, that is. Paint 3D Preview is now available for download for anyone in the Insider program running the latest Windows 10 Insider build.
Microprocessor maker Qualcomm is spending its way out of a stagnating mobile phone industry, offering to buy NXP Semiconductors, a company with a strong position in automotive chips, for more than US$37 billion.
Qualcomm formalized its offer Thursday, barely a month after rumors began circulating that a deal was in the offing.
NXP has only just digested its own multibillion acquisition, of Freescale Semiconductor, which closed in December 2015.
The combination of Qualcomm and NXP will have annual revenue of around $35 billion, Qualcomm said. That's still well behind the $55 billion Intel reported for its full fiscal year 2015, although catching up.