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Google’s YI HALO camera rig is its next-generation ‘Jump’

Google’s YI HALO camera rig is its next-generation ‘Jump’

Google has taken the wraps off its next-generation Jump camera, the YI HALO, a camera rig made in partnership with the Chinese company Yi Technology. In total, the YI HALO features a total of 17 4K-resolution cameras including an Up camera to record content in every direction. Despite the large number of cameras, the camera rig is highly portable with a weight under 8lbs. As well, the battery used to power it all provides 100 minutes of video recording, enabling users to capture an appreciable amount of content before having to recharge.

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Unroll.Me reminds me how to quick-check my privacy

Unroll.Me reminds me how to quick-check my privacy

The folks at Unroll.Me are in hot water for selling user data to Uber this week - but as they are, I'm reminded to do a check. "Check yourself before your data gets sold to Uber" - that's as good credo for the modern digital person. While it does not appear that Unroll.Me really sold any personal data to Uber, the angry mob has spoken. If you're going to sell user data to 3rd-party companies, you need to make that clear in the user agreement nobody reads anyway!

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Now the Nexus 6P is being targeted by a boot loop lawsuit

Now the Nexus 6P is being targeted by a boot loop lawsuit

These days, when you buy a premium model smartphone, Android or otherwise, there's an expectation that the device will be supported by its manufacturer for, at a minimum, the next one to two years. Unfortunately for a number of Nexus 6P owners, that is hardly the case. Google and Huawei, the Nexus 6P's manufacturer, are now at the center of a federal class action lawsuit over a "boot loop" problem affecting the smartphone, the issue at the heart of a LG lawsuit reported in March.

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Google Pixel and Pixel XL phone backup issue affects some users

Google Pixel and Pixel XL phone backup issue affects some users

Google Pixel owners have taken to the company's Product Forums to complain about a new software issue: the phone isn't backing up properly, in some cases failing to backup everything including call history, text messages, and app data, among other things. Many users are reporting this problem, indicating it is at least a moderately widespread problem, and there doesn't appear to be any reliable fix at this time.

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The 5 best Galaxy S8 phone cases released so far

The 5 best Galaxy S8 phone cases released so far

Partners of Samsung have brought out their big guns when it comes to Galaxy S8 cases and Galaxy S8 Plus cases this week. These cases are first to store racks - and they come from brands we know and trust. This first collection of cases we're running down works with legacy understanding of defense power and durability as well as comfort and aesthetic appeal. For both the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ (or S8 Plus, however you like it), these are the best of the best.

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The brains behind Google’s AI chips are starting a rival business

The brains behind Google’s AI chips are starting a rival business

A stealth startup of former Google engineers is working on an artificial intelligence chip that could outshine their former employer's much-vaunted TensorFlow tech. Dubbed Groq, the clandestine company has shared little of its plans or roadmap, though recent filings suggest more than $10m in funding has already been secured. More than four-fifths of the original Google TPU team are now working there.

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Plastc burns backers for $9m as smart credit card is declined

Plastc burns backers for $9m as smart credit card is declined

Three years ago the folks at Plastc came together to make a smart credit card - now that dream is over. A note sent to potential users, investors, and everyone in-between, was sent out this week. This note spoke about how not only would Plastc not be dolling out smart credit cards, they'd be filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy as well. This means that the money is gone, and the party is over.

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Pokemon GO Update brings great news for legit trainers

Pokemon GO Update brings great news for legit trainers

Overnight Niantic has sent out a Pokemon GO update server-side which randomizes the stats of Pokemon based on player. While this won't make a massive difference to the average legit Pokemon GO user, it has already begun to wreak havock on spoofer communities and snipers of all sorts. This is a time to rejoice for the average player playing by the ruleset set out by Niantic - random spawns for everybody!

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Google Play Store My Apps section is now a bit more usable

Google Play Store My Apps section is now a bit more usable

Give how easy it is to install apps, especially free ones, on Android, it’s only a matter of time before your list of apps becomes out of control. For all its experience in sorting and grouping search results, Google has done a rather dismal job at making it easier to sort through your apps in Google Play Store. That now changes with its addition of a sorting option to the My Apps section in the Google Play Store app.

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Nat & Friends take a look at the new Google Earth

Nat & Friends take a look at the new Google Earth

Earlier this week, Google gave Earth some much-needed love. Not the literal Earth, of course, but Google Earth. More or less 10 years old, Google Earth hasn’t exactly aged well with Google’s other services, especially its cousin, Google Maps. With the “re-launch” of Google Earth, however, the question of how exactly was it made naturally comes up. Just like with other Google Project, Nat & Friends interview the people involved to bring that answer to the public.

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Chrome with built-in ad-blocker may target the most obnoxious ads

Chrome with built-in ad-blocker may target the most obnoxious ads

Google is planning to add a built-in ad-blocker to Chrome, according to sources, and it will target the Internet's most obnoxious types of advertisements. These sub-standard advertisements include things like videos that automatically start playing and advertisements that won't disappear until a long countdown timer is finished. The sources indicate that Google hasn't ironed out all of the details yet, and that it may not ultimately go through with the feature.

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Pokemon GO Spoofing update: the gift and the curse

Pokemon GO Spoofing update: the gift and the curse

Now that the Pokemon GO Easter Event is nearly over and the closest update is probably a week away or more, it's time to get serious. This game has needed a fix since a week or two after it started, and the time to update is now. With as much stability as Niantic has now with servers and over a year into the game's life, it's time to end the reign of the Spoofers. And the bots, of course, but the Spoofers first and foremost.

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