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Uber now monitors where you go after a ride, but you can stop it

Uber now monitors where you go after a ride, but you can stop it

Uber now keeps track of where you go after your ride ends. The tracking spans the first five minutes after you reach your destination. The data gathered from this monitoring is used to improve Uber's service, including pickups and drop-offs. If you, like many users, aren't happy about being surveilled by the Uber app, you can disable the feature before your next trip.

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White House ‘1600’ AR app makes a dollar bill come alive

White House ‘1600’ AR app makes a dollar bill come alive

The White House has launched a new augmented reality app called ‘1600,’ and it works by overlaying a 3D version of the White House over the images printed on a dollar bill. The app is simple to use — you just pull up the camera and point it at any dollar bill you have available. The app takes care of the rest, raising a tiny White House on the front of the dollar until it is full size. A helicopter zooms in, people carrying flags appear, and more.

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PlayStation Communities app launches on Android and iOS

PlayStation Communities app launches on Android and iOS

PlayStation Gamers who want to be able to keep up with their favorite communities while on the go can download the new PlayStation Communities app for iOS or Android devices right now. The app aims to make it a snap to keep up with your PS4 gaming friends when away from your console. Communities are meant to be places where gamers with similar interests and preferences gather.

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Kwikset Kevo Convert turns your existing lock into a smart lock

Kwikset Kevo Convert turns your existing lock into a smart lock

When it comes to locks for your home or office, Kwikset is one of the biggest names in the industry. While most of us have normal locks that have physical keys on our homes, there are some smart locks out there that you can open remotely or with a keypad rather than keys. The catch is that you have to replace the lock on the outside of your doro normally and that can be an issue for people in a homeowners association or those who just like the look they have.

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Instagram sends alert when you screenshot ‘disappearing’ content

Instagram sends alert when you screenshot ‘disappearing’ content

Instagram recently introduced 'disappearing photos and videos' messaging, a Snapchat-'inspired' feature that allows you to send temporary content to someone directly, after which point it'll disappear. As with anything sent to someone else, though, the possibility exists that they'll save it, and the easiest way to do that is with a screenshot. Assuming someone does take a screenshot of your disappearing content, Instagram will send an alert letting you know.

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Pokemon Go December update tipped to add 100 new creatures

Pokemon Go December update tipped to add 100 new creatures

Pokemon Go players may be enjoying the appearance of new creature Ditto and the quest to catch one right now, but it appears they may soon be getting the ability to catch many, many more new Pokemon — 100, to be exact. It seem the recent update to the mobile game that introduced the Thanksgiving Ditto event also included code and data on an additional 100 creatures, as well as several big new gameplay features.

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VLC app gains 360-degree video support

VLC app gains 360-degree video support

VideoLAN, the makers of the popular, open-source VLC app that can play just about any media format under the sun, have announced that it can now support one of the newest video mediums around: 360-degree videos. The developer have just released a technical preview for the desktop versions of VLC on Windows and Mac, allowing 360-degree videos to be played with ease.

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Eight Smart Mattress has four foam layers and one layer of tech

Eight Smart Mattress has four foam layers and one layer of tech

Everything is going smart these days, it started with our phones years ago and more recently our watches. Today even your mattress is getting smarter in an effort to help you sleep better. I think we can all get behind tech that helps us to sleep better and wake up more refreshed. The Eight Smart Mattress has four layers of high-density foam and a technology layer that is able to track sleep.

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Uber ‘Compliments’ let riders tell drivers thank you

Uber ‘Compliments’ let riders tell drivers thank you

Uber has introduced a new in-app feature that seems a bit pointless, but that'll probably appeal to shy riders: a way to ping the trip's driver with a thank-you for a job well done. When a rider chooses to use this feature, the driver will receive a notification on their phone letting them know the rider was pleased...and, if nothing else, it'll take a load off their mind about what kind of rating the rider gave them.

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Amazon app adds ‘Package X-Ray’ feature to see what’s inside boxes

Amazon app adds ‘Package X-Ray’ feature to see what’s inside boxes

With the holidays now upon us, the shopping season is about to get into full swing. Like most people do nowadays, the majority of your shopping is done online, probably from a certain retailer by the name of Amazon, and that means plenty of packages arriving within a short time period. To help with this, Amazon has updated its iOS app with a new "Package X-Ray" feature that allows users to see what's inside a certain box with the iPhone's camera.

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Nest Cam owners get clip sharing, Android TV and Apple TV support

Nest Cam owners get clip sharing, Android TV and Apple TV support

Nest has pushed out a software update that brings some new features for Nest Cam and Nest Cam Outdoor owners. Says Nest, users now (finally) have the ability to create video clips and then share them with others via the Nest mobile app. This involves only two taps, according to the company. As well, those with an Apple TV or an Android TV device can watch their Nest Cam video feeds through the devices on a television.

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Todoist unveils AI-powered Smart Schedule feature

Todoist unveils AI-powered Smart Schedule feature

Todoist, the app that makes it easy to keep track of the things you haven’t done yet, has announced a new feature called Smart Schedule. This feature is powered by artificial intelligence, according to Todoist, and aims to help users better schedule their tasks for an increased completion rate. Says the company, more than 70-percent of its users have overdue tasks — with smart scheduling, they can have those tasks intelligently rescheduled all at once.

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