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VSCO Messages feature connects users in a private space

VSCO Messages feature connects users in a private space

Instagram may still sit on top of the mobile photography market, but VSCO continues to push out new features that make it a notable alternative. Newest among those features is Messages, enabling users to directly communicate with each other in a private space without leaving the app. While the feature can be used to send a text message directly to a user, it isn't limited to just that type of messaging.

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Gmail gets iPhone X support and a big new feature

Gmail gets iPhone X support and a big new feature

Google has finally pushed out a Gmail iOS update that adds support for the iPhone X's beautiful, slightly unusual display. The notch is no longer at odds with the app's interface, which now plays nicely with the "ears" on either side of it. This is the latest of multiple Google app updates that have pushed out iPhone X support, the most recent one before this being Google Maps. iPhone X support isn't the only thing found in this Gmail update, though.

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Secret 18th century message found in Jesus statue’s hollow rump

Secret 18th century message found in Jesus statue’s hollow rump

Experts were recently surprised to discover a secret 18th century message located in the hollowed butt of a wooden Jesus statue. The statue, which was undergoing restoration after being removed from a church in Sotillo de la Ribera, Spain, contained a removable piece over its backside. Upon removing it, the conservators discovered a document that is described as a time capsule; it seems it was hidden so that it wouldn't be found for hundreds of years.

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Echo Show loses YouTube support, Fire TV will soon follow [Update: Amazon responds]

Echo Show loses YouTube support, Fire TV will soon follow [Update: Amazon responds]

Google and Amazon are in the middle of a squabble of some sort and its customers are suffering as a result. The matter became public back in September when Google pulled YouTube support for Amazon's Echo Show without warning, leaving those device owners without access to the popular video platform. Amazon eventually got YouTube back for the customers, but Google has doubled down and will be stripping it away entirely.

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ISS crew video shows how to make and eat pizza in space

ISS crew video shows how to make and eat pizza in space

The International Space Station crew recently made some pizzas in microgravity, filming the fun for everyone on Earth to enjoy. It's a pizza night unlike any other, involving assembling pizzas while the ingredients try to float away. If that sounds like fun, just watch the video they shared: the completed pizzas are tossed past a camera, where they slowly float in the microgravity environment, their ingredients held on by sauce.

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iPhone X, unlocked and SIM-free, arrives in US

iPhone X, unlocked and SIM-free, arrives in US

Consumers coveting the iPhone X can now buy an unlocked SIM-free version of the handset directly from Apple, giving them the freedom to use it on whatever carrier they want whenever they want. The unlocked version has appeared on Apple's website, where it is listed alongside the existing carrier-centric versions. Customization options remain.

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NFL renews Microsoft Surface deal for another year

NFL renews Microsoft Surface deal for another year

It's hard to believe five years have passed since Microsoft struck a deal with the NFL over its Surface tablet, but that is indeed the case. The contract wasn't without its problems -- the Surface was called an iPad on more than one occasion -- but that hasn't prevented a contract renewal between the two companies.

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T-Mobile LTE Advanced list: see if your city is covered

T-Mobile LTE Advanced list: see if your city is covered

Last month, T-Mobile revealed that it now offers LTE Advanced, more commonly referred to as LTE-A, in more than 920 markets throughout the United States. That's great news if you're a T-Mobile customer who has a phone that supports the network. What the carrier failed to provide, though, was a list of those markets so that customers and potential future customers could see whether they're covered.

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Stranger Things season 3 is official

Stranger Things season 3 is official

Netflix has finally made the announcement we've been expecting since Halloween: it has renewed Stranger Things for a third season. The company announced the news via a tweet, following it up shortly after with an official announcement on its website. The company is withholding further details at this time, though, including the date we can expect the third season to drop.

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Samsung Galaxy X folding phone tipped for 2018 launch

Samsung Galaxy X folding phone tipped for 2018 launch

The Galaxy X smartphone, first leaked back in September followed by roundabout confirmation from Samsung, may launch next year, according to sources speaking with a Korean newspaper. These sources claim that the Galaxy X will be a folding phone, a claim we've heard before, but more widely that Samsung is working to get a primary foothold in the upcoming folding smartphone market.

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House of Cards final season arrives in 2018 with Claire in spotlight

House of Cards final season arrives in 2018 with Claire in spotlight

A month after series former-star Kevin Spacey was fired comes word on what House of Cards fans can expect next: the sixth and final season will premiere on Netflix in 2018. As many fans had hoped, the second Underwood in the pair, Claire, will take the show spotlight, bringing it to the finale that may itself snowball into a spin-off series from the streaming company.

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Samsung 5G moving train test hit 1.7Gbps peak speed

Samsung 5G moving train test hit 1.7Gbps peak speed

Samsung recently tested 5G on a train traveling at about 62MPH and was able to hit a peak speed of 1.7Gbps. The company called its test, which was performed with Japan's KDDI, a success, saying it achieved successful downlink and uplink handover in addition to the crazy peak speed. The test took place in Saitama, Japan, on October 17 through October 19.

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