Google Play Family Library lets you share anything you buy with those closest to you

While you'll have to keep a credit card on file for the Family Library account, anyone can make a purchase using their own personal credit cards or gift cards. If you're feeling less than friendly with your family members at any given time, you can also choose what you want to share with them, and what you'd like to keep to yourself.

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Apple sold its billionth iPhone

"iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day. Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day."

Microsoft Pix is a camera app for your iPhone that improves your photos

Microsoft is launching yet another iPhone app today: Microsoft Pix. While the default camera app on the iPhone takes great automatic photos, Microsoft thinks it can do better. Described as a "smarter camera app," Microsoft Pix uses artificial intelligence to improve photos by adjusting camera settings, automatically enhancing pictures, and then choosing the best out of a burst of photos.

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Facebook smashes earnings, stock soars

One less sunny moment of Facebook's earnings call was when CFO David Wehner said that Facebook expects that it will see lower growth rates in the next couple quarters, because it doesn't expect as big of an increase in ad load to help drive revenue. This quarter, Facebook saw a 49% increase in ad impressions, but it thinks it has almost reached the peak number of ads it can squeeze into your Newsfeed.

This is why the Pokemon Go Plus wearable has been delayed

Update: The Pokémon Go app isn't ready to support the Plus wearable yet and that's why the launch has been pushed back until September. A Nintendo spokesperson told TechRadar, "The delay is due to the preparations for the Pokémon Go application update in order to optimize Pokémon Go Plus.

Apple Music is making a show based on 'Carpool Karaoke'

Based on the segment that has become a global, viral video sensation on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN, the CARPOOL KARAOKE series will consist of 16 episodes. In each episode, celebrities will ride along and sing along with the host (to be announced) as they visit places meaningful to the celebrity, sing tunes from their personal playlists and surprise fans who don’t expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over.

6 Ways to Market Your Business on Twitter

Marketing is something that has become increasingly easy over recent years due to enhanced technology, yet increasingly difficult at the same time, due to a greater level of competition. No matter what steps you take to make your business more of a success , you can bet that there are other, similar companies doing exactly the same thing, which means that rather than getting one step ahead of them you merely stay neck and neck.

Donald Trump Just Asked Russia to Hack Hillary Clinton's Emails

During a news conference in Florida today, Donald J. Trump—a man who is running for what is arguably the most powerful job in the world—challenged Russia to hack into opponent Hillary Clinton’s email.

Trump says he hopes Russia hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails

Donald Trump says that if Russians were behind the security breach that made tens of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails public, he hopes they’ve also hacked Hillary Clinton’s private email server. In a press conference, Trump responded to a question by saying that "it’s probably not [Russia], nobody knows who it is." But he gleefully expounded on the implications of a Russian hack. "If they hacked, they probably have [Clinton’s] 33,000 emails. I hope they do," he said, as quoted by Talking Points Memo . "They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted."

Surface Pro 3's massive battery drain is a software problem, Microsoft says

When the problems first hit Surface Pro 3, users wondered if the cause was a faulty battery; many people reporting problems had devices with a Simplo brand battery installed. Faulty-battery recalls also aren’t uncommon in laptops and other devices. But Microsoft says that faulty hardware is not the problem.

'Yakuza 0' is coming to brutalize your PS4 in January 2017

Travel back to 1988 to the streets of Kamurocho on January 24, 2017 with the latest entry in the Yakuza series. It's a prequel to the previous games in the series, so if you've yet to try one of them out this is one of the best ways you could get acquainted.

This Is the Enormous Gigafactory, Where Tesla Will Build Its Future

The Gigafactory is where Tesla Motors will build the batteries that power its electric vehicles. The company has long imported batteries from Asia, but if it is to meet its CEO’s goal of producing 500,000 cars a year, it must build those batteries here. There’s simply no other way to meet its own demand, because the company expects to use more batteries in 2020 than were produced worldwide in 2013.

Dyson’s First Robovac Sucks Up All Your Dirt and Cash

Of all the robot vacuums I’ve tested, Dyson’s 360 Eye is the first that will genuinely clean your floors as well as a manual vacuum cleaner can. That being said, it won’t completely eliminate vacuuming from your weekly chore list. It will save you a lot of time, though, which is what Dyson is really selling here for $1,000. The company’s first robot vacuum feels a little light on features given the steep price tag, but through software updates and improvements to its app, eventually you could, one day, never need to touch a vacuum ever again.

Don’t call it a MacBook: The Mi Notebook Air is Xiaomi’s first laptop

The Mi Notebook Air measures just over 14mm thick all round, a few millimeters thinner than the same size MacBook Air, and weighs 1.2kg in total. The laminated screen has a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and a tiny 5.5mm thick bezel, which still manages to conceal a single megapixel video chat cam. There’s a full-size keyboard to tap away on, each key is individually backlit, and on the side of the chassis you’ll find a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C charging socket, and an HDMI connection. The battery should return 9.5 hours of use, and will recharge to 50 percent capacity in just 30 minutes.

Microsoft says its new camera app is even better than Apple's

This process takes about a second, Microsoft says, and ensures every photo you snap is one that’s worth keeping. The company even promises that Pix takes greater images than the iPhone’s built-in Camera app, and offers the comparison below to prove it.

How to Get Extra Space on Any USB Drive

Most of your digital files are probably stored up in the cloud these days, but the humble USB stick still comes in handy every now and then. It’s a simple way of getting data from one computer to another or just keeping a backup of important files. If you’re struggling to cram all your files onto one USB drive, here’s a quick trick that can free up several gigabytes of extra room.

Rich People Get Free* Houses in Silicon Valley

Are you a fresh-faced brogrammer with no money to spend on a house, but have a promising job at a company like Google, Twitter, or Facebook?

Pokémon Go: five tricks for pro players that are almost as good as cheats

Exploits for advanced players, from working out whether your Pokémon are worth upgrading to rapidly boosting your trainer level, finding specific Pokémon to picking your Eevee evolution

August 2016 PlayStation Plus free games: Rebel Galaxy, Tricky Towers, and more

It’s that special time of the month for fans of Sony’s consoles: the day when they learn what their faithful PlayStation Plus subscription will earn them.

Microsoft Made the Easiest Photo App in the Universe

If you’re willing to sit around poking at your phone settings, there are a million photo apps that’ll help you get professional-looking results. For the rest of us who are far too lazy to do this, Microsoft just made a slick new photo app that does all of the tinkering for you.

ICYMI: Robosurgeon, wigglebot and a very cute penguin

But you should probably take in Purps the penguin and her 3D-printed boot, and also the robotic massager we all wish we had. As always, please share any interesting tech or science videos you find by using the #ICYMI hashtag on Twitter for @mskerryd.

Facebook smashes earnings, stock soars

One less sunny moment of Facebook's earnings call was when CFO David Wehner said that Facebook expects that it will see lower growth rates in the next couple quarters, because it doesn't expect as big of an increase in ad load to help drive revenue. This quarter, Facebook saw a 49% increase in ad impressions, but it thinks it has almost reached the peak number of ads it can squeeze into your Newsfeed.

Trump wants Russia to hack the US government (updated)

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said today, reports The New York Times . "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press." By "find," it's pretty clear Trump was advocating for another hack to uncover more emails, specifically those from Hillary Clinton's private email server when she was Secretary of State. Regardless of whether those emails were on a private server or not, hacking emails sent while she was Secretary of State would amount to hacking the US government. The emails in question were deemed personal and private and deleted by Clinton.

Apple Maps Adds In-Depth Parking Data from Parkopedia in New Partnership

Parkopedia’s information covers quite a bit, including from parking lots and parking garages, and offers details on the payment types the parking area will take, the number of spaces available in the lot, and location. The Parkopedia website even offers the ability to reserve a spot in some parking lots and garages, and that process can be started within Apple Maps. However, reserving the spot, and paying for it, will take the user out of Apple Maps and to the company’s website.


ALS ice bucket challenge leads to real-life genetics discovery

You couldn't go on social media in 2014 without seeing a new video of a friend, celebrity or tech star dumping a bucket of ice water over his or her head to raise money for research into the degenerative neurological disorder ALS, short for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Daily Deals: Uncharted 4, The Last of Us Remastered, Undead Nightmare, Dell XPS 8900 - IGN

Today is the day to conquer that list of shame. There are tons of awesome games at great discounts today, including Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which is not only the best looking game on the PS4, it's arguably one of the best overall. Also, Naughty Dog's indisputable classic The Last of Us Remastered is only $15 as well. There are tons of discounted games on Xbox One and PC as well as PS4, so make sure to scroll through and start checking them off your backlog.

Will Smith Made the Best Possible Choice During Suicide Squad Filming

Getting my tattoo from [co-star] Margot Robbie. We were hanging out one night at dinner, and we said, “We should all get matching tattoos.” And she was like, “Yeah, let’s do it.” She came in on one of the shooting days and brought her tattoo gun in her trailer, and we all filed in and gave each other tattoos. Will [Smith] didn’t [get one], but he was definitely down with it. Mine is on my ankle. It says SKWAD.

Legendary for a reason: Falcon Northwest's iconic Mach V still slays

The Falcon Northwest Mach V we received is very near the most extravagant example of the breed. It arrived not only with a custom paint job, but also a ten-core Intel Core i7-6950X processor, twin GTX 1080s, 128GB of memory, and a 1.2TB solid state drive. It’s no surprise that all this rang up to $8,787, almost $200 more than Digital Storm Aventum 3 we just reviewed – and that rig had a full liquid cooling loop. As we tested it, the Mach V is among the most expensive desktops available.

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Hacking a Celebrity's Phone in the 1930s Was Actually Similar to Today

Pretty soon Loy changed her home phone number, which stopped the phone calls at home, and Paramount Studios and MGM started to screen outside calls better. But once the FBI finally tracked down one of the people who made threatening calls, they learned the weakness in the system: the caller was able to bluff his way into getting Myrna Loy’s home phone number by calling the studio and posing as a friend.

Yahoo launches its revamped Messenger app on Mac and Windows

Yahoo — which was just acquired by Verizon for $4.83 billion — today announced that its revamped Messenger messaging app is now available on Mac and Windows. The releases come more than six months after the redesigned Yahoo Messenger arrived on the web, iOS, and Android.

Apple supplier LG Display spends another $1.75B on flexible OLED production

LG Display on Wednesday announced plans to spend 1.99 trillion won — about $1.75 billion — on a new flexible OLED production line, which could potentially help the company vie for Apple iPhone orders.

Welcome to Zuckerworld: Facebook’s really big plans for virtual reality

Here in this gadget maze are the offices of Palmer Luckey and Nate Mitchell. Luckey, now 23, has been the boy-inventor face of Oculus since it first blew the media hive mind in 2012. But Facebook would like to rewrite this founding story and make it less boy-in-a-garage and more nerd-supergroup, so it’s made him available only in a group interview, and not for photographs. Luckey betrays no anxiety about such revisions. Sitting in Mitchell’s office—which has its own name, Nothing to Announce at this Time—Luckey wears a Hawaiian shirt, cargo shorts, and sandals. He has all the poise and confidence one would expect from a home-schooled millennial with an awesome name, on whom everyone wants to hang the invention of virtual reality.

There's an important reason why you should read one of Elon Musk's favorite books

I discovered this book in high school, not long after everyone else I knew had disappeared down the J.R.R. Tolkien hole (I don't like any of Tolkien's books, but that puts me in a distinct minority).

Facebook passes 1 billion mobile daily active users

In its second quarter 2016 earnings announcement today, Facebook revealed it now has 1.71 billion monthly active users (up 15 percent year over year) and 1.57 billion mobile users (up 20 percent year over year). The company also shared that it now has 1.13 billion daily active users (a 16 percent bump year over year) and 1.03 billion mobile daily active users (a 22 percent increase year over year), a new milestone.

Guy lip syncs his heart out while his unimpressed mom drives

Guy lip syncs his heart out while his unimpressed mom drives

Something Is Erasing the Craters on Ceres

An even more intriguing hypothesis is that large craters have been erased by ice volcanoes. “We have these bright spots all over the surface—clearly, that’s stuff that came out of the interior,” Marchi said. It’s possible that Ceres was much wetter in the distant past, and that an early period of intense cryovolcanism dramatically altered the surface we see today.

Here’s What We Know About Russia and the DNC Hack

If the allegations do prove correct, this is an unprecedented step for Russia. Hacking is nothing new, but publicizing documents to attempt to sway an election certainly is. Putin would clearly prefer a Trump presidency. The billionaire Republican candidate is a longtime admirer of Putin’s, and has publicly stated that he wouldn’t necessarily defend NATO allies against a Russian invasion. To top it all off, Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, formerly worked as an advisor to Viktor Yanukovych, the Russian-backed President of Ukraine before he was ousted in 2014.

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RedTube, which helped kill porn mags, launches a porn mag

The big challenge for RedTube Magazine will be that almost everyone has access to the internet wherever they go. In every adult's pocket is a digital device that can bring up almost anything your heart (and other things) desires in a matter of seconds. Given that you can pinch-to-zoom any lurid detail that you wish in this new world, is the notion of printed and laminated material going to cut it?

This 30 second video is the perfect introduction to the internet

This 30 second video is the perfect introduction to the internet

Scientists Discover Mysterious Purple Blob at the Bottom of the Ocean

We’re not saying it’s aliens, but a team of scientists has just discovered a glowing purple orb at the bottom of the ocean, and if you’ve ever seen The Abyss, I think you know how this will end.

Apple Pay notches 3 of every 4 contactless payments in US, says CEO Tim Cook

Launched in 2014 , Apple Pay lets you use an iPhone 6 or higher or an Apple Watch to pay for items on the go at supported merchants. For folks with Android phones, the alternatives include Samsung Pay and Google's Android Pay. Those services are all part of a larger movement -- factor in similar offerings from the likes of Walmart -- to make buying goods with a phone as second-nature as taking selfies.

Flagship 'Dota 2' tournament sets cash prize record

When purchased, Battle Passes grant players access to different rewards and features, like exclusive quest lines, treasures, and cosmetic items. Twenty-five percent of all sales go to the prize pool, with Valve contributing an additional $1.6 million. For helping to beat last year's $18.5 million record, all Battle Pass owners will receive three treasure chests that include different in-game items, like the rare Monarch Bow and Rainmaker.

What is LeEco, and why is it buying Vizio?

Vizio, meanwhile, now has a greater opportunity to expand outside of the US. "One of the things that excited us most about the acquisition is LeEco's global resources and their global access, and their desire to continue to push that even further than it is today," says CTO Matt McRae, who also sees potential for LeEco's content strategy to improve Vizio's products at home. "Content is a big part of what we think is important moving forward. Not just on the TV — across the screens — but specifically across the living room. So content integration is a lower-hanging fruit. Some of the backend integration could be as well. LeEco has this huge global CDN [content delivery network], as they discussed today."

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AR in Mercedes-Benz’s Rescue Assist app gives first responders an inside look

Mercedez-Benz has been putting QR codes on the B-pillars and inside the fuel door of new cars since November 2013, and those have provided a way for first responders and emergency personnel to quickly get detailed model info about any Mercedes-Benz vehicle involved in an accident using the Rescue Assist mobile app. Now, an update brings 3D imagery, as well as augmented reality , to the existing app, letting people involved in rescue operation get an even better overall picture of the situation when an accident happens.

Researchers Just Solved One of the Big Paradoxes About Jupiter's Atmosphere

There’s a mystery above Jupiter. The planet is five times farther from the sun than Earth is—and yet has similar atmospheric temperatures to our own. So where’s all that extra heat coming from? It turns out, Jupiter may have a second heat source in its Big Red Spot.

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62 Mercedes-Benz shows off the first fully electric heavy urban transport truck
63 Here's the first trailer and premiere date for Netflix's 'Gilmore Girls' revival
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69 Inside the Mind of Werner Herzog, Luddite Master of the Internet
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72 Facebook smashes earnings, stock soars
73 Google acquires LaunchKit, will discontinue hosted mobile development services
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75 Dyson's 360 Eye robot vacuum is an able Roomba competitor, despite its blunders
76 The depressing truth about 'Pokémon GO' — there's no possible way to 'catch 'em all'
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