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2 Hours Ago   Starting this summer, Google will let users experiment with augmented reality makeup in YouTube. The idea is to use the experience like an interactive ad; you watch a beauty vlogger talking about a specific brand of cosmetic, and a new “Virtual try on” feature will show you how you could look while wearing the product.

20 Hours Ago   Google Calendar was down for users around the world for nearly three hours earlier today. Calendar users trying to access the service were met with a 404 error message through a browser from around 10AM ET until around 12:40PM ET.

22 Hours Ago   No Man’s Sky fans have raised over $4,800 to post a “thank you” message to Hello Games on a billboard outside the game developer’s office. The money was raised using a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe that was started by Reddit user Cameron G, and will also buy lunch and beer for the development team after it concludes on July 14th.

Yesterday   Apple has added a warning in iOS 13 beta 2 that appears when you try to uninstall an app which still has an active subscription. “Do you want to keep the subscription for this app?” the message reads, before giving you a link to manage your Apple ID subscriptions.

Yesterday   Microsoft To-Do is now available for Mac. The to-do list app is free on the Mac App Store, and its release means that Mac users will no longer have to rely on the service’s web app to keep track of their daily tasks.

Yesterday   Nvidia is working with chip designer ARM on technology that’s designed to allow for more energy-efficient supercomputers. VentureBeat reports that the graphics company will give the ARM ecosystem access to all its high-performance and AI-focused software by 2020, in a move which Nvidia’s CEO Jensen Huang said will help to “boost” the industry to achieve so-called exascale computing, systems capable of a billion billion (or a quintillion) floating point operations a second.

2 Days Ago   Huawei’s founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, says that he expects US sanctions to cause the company’s revenue to drop by billions of dollars, Reuters reports. The company expects its revenue to drop to $100 billion this year, down from around $104 billion last year.

2 Days Ago   Samsung has reminded owners of its smart TVs that they should be regularly scanning for malware using its built-in virus scanning software. “Prevent malicious software attacks on your TV by scanning for viruses on your TV every few weeks,” a tweet from the company’s US support account reads with a video attachment that demonstrates the laborious process.

4 Days Ago   Eko, the Walmart-backed studio behind last year’s WarGames, is teaming up with Refinery29 to produce a series of interactive experiences, reports Variety. The first of these, a scripted show based on the Money Diaries column, has already entered development, and is scheduled to be released later this year.

4 Days Ago   The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be available on Sprint’s 5G network starting on June 21st, with preorders opening today. The 5G network launched last month in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Kansas City, and will be coming to Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington, DC in the coming weeks.

5 Days Ago   Facebook has secured the backing of over a dozen companies for its upcoming Libra cryptocurrency set to be announced next week, The Wall Street Journal reports.

5 Days Ago   Samsung has announced a new version of The Wall, its massive modular MicroLED TV. The new version, dubbed The Wall Luxury, has a maximum resolution of 8K, creating a TV that measures 292 inches from corner to corner.

6 Days Ago   AT&T has become the latest retailer to cancel preorders for the Galaxy Fold, the company has confirmed to The Verge. The news came to light after Tom’s Guide received an email regarding the publication’s preorder device.

6 Days Ago   Telegram founder Pavel Durov has suggested that the Chinese government may have been behind a recent DDoS attack on the encrypted messaging service. Writing on Twitter, the founder called it a “state actor-sized DDoS” which came mainly from IP addresses located in China.

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7 Days Ago   Nintendo has reportedly begun producing two new variants of its Switch console, and at least some of them are being manufactured outside of China in order to evade new tariffs on US imports.

7 Days Ago   Google has re-released Android Q’s fourth beta after fixing an issue that caused some Pixel devices to “bootloop,” meaning they were trapped in a constant reset state.

7 Days Ago   HTC has announced a pair of new smartphones for the Taiwanese market, the HTC U19E and HTC Desire 19 Plus, indicating there’s still a little life left in the company’s once dominant smartphone division.

7 Days Ago   Amazon will wind down its Amazon Restaurants delivery service in the US at the end of this month, reports GeekWire. Combined with its closure in London last year, this means that Amazon’s Uber Eats rival will officially be no more.

7 Days Ago   Samsung is bringing three of its new mid-range handsets, the Galaxy A50, A20 and A10E, to the US this summer. Pricing for the phones start at $179.99 for the A10E, $249.99 for the A20, and $349.99 for the A50.

7 Days Ago   Starting this week, Beyond Meat is selling a new “meatier” version of its Beyond Burger that the company says is a source of complete protein and both looks and tastes more like real meat.

7 Days Ago   A senior Foxconn executive says that the company could move production of all iPhones destined for the US out of China if the current trade war demands it.

8 Days Ago   A pop-up on Apple’s website says that the new Mac Pro will be released this September, which is a more specific time frame than the “fall” launch window Apple announced at WWDC last week.

8 Days Ago   Google appears to be testing a new safety feature for Google Maps that will alert you if your car or taxi deviates from its route by more than 500 meters (0.3 miles).

8 Days Ago   The head of Google’s upcoming Stadia game streaming service, Phil Harrison, has said publishers will be allowed to offer their own game subscriptions through the streaming service.

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