Blackberry’s BBM learns from Snapchat, adds vanishing/retractable messages

Blackberry’s BBM learns from Snapchat, adds vanishing/retractable messages

In an effort to remain relevant among the number of chatting apps on people's smartphones today, Blackberry is overhauling its messaging service, BBM, with several new features that are clearly inspired by the popular Snapchat. While currently still in beta, the new update coming soon will introduce disappearing messages on a timer, as well as the ability to retract messages even after they're sent from your phone.

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Robots to contribute to new Ebola-fighting efforts

Robots to contribute to new Ebola-fighting efforts

As fears continue to grow over the recent outbreak of Ebola, scientists and researchers in the U.S. are hoping to develop a strategy for combating the virus' spread through the use of robots and autonomous vehicles. November 7th will see workshops put together by the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue that brings robotocists together with members of the medical and humanitarian aid communities to hopefully find a solution.

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iCloud Photos web client opens just before iOS 8.1 launch

iCloud Photos web client opens just before iOS 8.1 launch

With Monday's scheduled release of Apple's iOS 8.1 update, the first major upgrade for the latest version of the iPhone/iPad operating system, to include a new iCloud Photos service, it appears the web version has rolled out a few days early for those with beta access. Registered developers who log in to their account on iCloud.com should now find themselves able to use the beta release of the iCloud Photos web client.

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Fitbit Flex avoids recall by adding allergy warning label

Fitbit Flex avoids recall by adding allergy warning label

Following a nationwide recall of the Fitbit Force back in February of this year, Fitbit has just avoided another such situation by agreeing to warn consumers about possible allergens. The fitness wearable manufacturer reached an agreement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, resulting in packaging for the Fitbit Flex now displaying a warning about containing nickel.

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FBI director speaks out against consumer tech device encryption

FBI director speaks out against consumer tech device encryption

James B. Comey, the current director of the FBI, made statements on Thursday calling for America's tech companies to make their consumer devices more wiretap-friendly. He believes that the efforts from giants like Apple and Google to provide users with ways to encrypt data and communications on their mobile devices will lead to a future where those who commit murder or acts of terror could have an easier time escaping law enforcement.

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Flickr for iPad released after Apple’s iPad Air 2 debut

Flickr for iPad released after Apple’s iPad Air 2 debut

Only one day after Apple announced its latest tablets, the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, photo sharing service Flickr used the opportunity to release a brand new universal iOS app, finally bringing a long-awaited native version to the iPad. While Instagram may be the photo-sharing king on iPhones, Flickr remains a popular network due to its all-encompassing desktop site, as well as its innovative iPhone app.

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Star Wars Episode VII: popular Ewok actor joins returning cast members

Star Wars Episode VII: popular Ewok actor joins returning cast members

Actor Warwick Davis, most known to Star Wars fans for playing the Ewok warrior Wicket Warrick in the original film, humorously revealed this week that he will joining the long list of stars from the original trilogy to make a return in next year's Star Wars: Episode VII. In his video, Davis mentions how excited he is about a new Star Wars flick being directed by J.J. Abrams. With a fake beard to emphasize how long he's been waiting by the phone, he can't help but immediately agree when it rings with a request that he play a role in Episode VII.

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2014 Apple Mac Mini confirmed with non-user replaceable RAM

2014 Apple Mac Mini confirmed with non-user replaceable RAM

Apple announced, and subsequently began selling, its new Mac Mini on Thursday, marking the desktop's first update in two years. While fans of the small machine are all-around pleased Apple hasn't abandoned the Mac Mini, this year's model doesn't come without a few disappointments. Alongside discontinuing the upgrade options of a quad-core processor, as well as storage options beyond 1TB, the new Mac Mini has soldered RAM, meaning users will not be able to change or upgrade the memory after purchase.

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Forget the needle pill: researchers focus on vibrating syringes

Forget the needle pill: researchers focus on vibrating syringes

Many people have an intense fear of being jabbed with needles, a phobia that compels some to avoid vaccinations and other necessary injections. A lot of research has been underway on this seemingly simple problem, with the goal being a future where injections are no longer painful. The most interesting solution so far is the needle pill developed by MIT researchers -- a capsule adorned with micro-needles that jabs one's internals painlessly. The idea of swallowing a cluster of needles might form its own phobia for some, however, and so enters the vibrating syringe.

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