This tough, $700 phone is meant for first responders, but you can buy it if you want

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I have a soft spot for ultra-rugged devices. Sure, they may not always be the best phones out there when it comes to things like cameras or razor-sharp displays, but they’re a fascinating example of what happens when you take a multipurpose device like a smartphone and turn it into a gadget that’s designed for just one thing. In this case, that’s sheer and almost ridiculously overengineered ruggedness. Joining the ring as a new contender for the toughest phone yet is the Sonim XP8, which recently went on sale at AT&T, via Android Police.

As an Android phone, there’s not much to see here. It still runs Android Nougat, instead of the newer Oreo, and internally, there’s a Snapdragon 630 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (which can be…

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‘Timestamps’ feature makes Twitter the news site it was always meant to be

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Twitter today introduced Timestamps, which allows users to share both live videos and recorded ones from a certain point. It’s essentially the same as the timestamp option on YouTube’s share button. Timestamps roll out today for the iOS and Android apps, as well as Periscope. According to Twitter, it implemented this feature in response to users’ frequently tweeting a whole video with a number indicating where in the video they wanted the viewers to start. Now anyone who views a tweet will see the video starting from the timestamp selected. Timestamps help improve the conversation around news, as it allows…

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Use Your Iphone The The Way It Was Meant To Be Used

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An iPhone can be a very useful device. You�ll find your iPhone replaces entertainment devices for listening to music and complicated calendar programs for scheduling amongst other things. There are a lot of ways to make your iPhone work better to suit your needs. Keep reading to learn how to do so.

Rotate your iphone horizontally before activating the keyboard. Doing this will increase the size of the keyboard, making it easier to type. This is especially helpful if you have trouble seeing the small screen or have very large fingers. This can save you time and frustration with misspelled words or errors in auto-correct.

Find your phone fast with the brand new, free app called Find My iPhone. It lets you remotely access your phone to provide you with coordinates on a map, turn the volume up so the phone can be heard from under thick cushions, or lock the phone and wipe all data in case of theft.

Many iPhone users are often annoyed when the device suggests a word that just doesn’t make sense as they are typing. Don’t try to maneuver your fingers and push the little “x” on the screen; you can touch anywhere on the screen to get rid of the suggestion. This saves time and frustration.

If you use Safari to browse through the Internet on your iPhone, try this trick for typing in a new URL. Instead of actually typing out “.com,” you can hold down the “.com” button. As you hold the button down, it will scroll through the most popular website extensions, including .org, .net and .edu.

Take a screen shot on your iPhone. Do you want to capture a shot of your screen? You can quickly push down the Home button, and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time, and then release it. You should hear a camera sound. This will take a picture of whatever is on your screen, and it can be found in your picture file.

Websites that you visit frequently can easily be turned into an app. To try this out, visit the site. Once you are on the website, just hit the “Go” button. Doing so means you have the chance to add a shortcut to this website to the home screen of your iPhone. Once it appears on the home page, give it a personalized name.

You can edit the pictures you take on your iPhone. Go to the picture you want to edit. Once you find the picture, click the Edit button in the top right corner. This will allow you to fix red eye, crop, rotate or auto enhance. After you make your fix, click Save in the top right corner.

Create a dictionary with your own meanings and shortcuts on the iPhone. Diction will be able to know what you intend to say. You can program your phone with your own short cut phrases. The keyboard also has autocorrect when typing words and phrases.

If you need to write an email or document in all caps on the iPhone, simply tap the shift key twice to lock it. This is similar to how you would set the caps lock on any standard keyboard. You can then write your document in all caps easily without having to continuously tap the shift key over and over again.

If you happen to drip your iPhone in water, avoid turning it on; this could short circuit your phone. You can dry it out by gently towel drying it or putting it inside a Ziploc bag filled with dry, white rice overnight. Avoid using a hair dryer on it as well, as this can cause water to seep deeper into the phone.

If you find an app that you like and want for your iPhone, look at the cost. Chances are that there is a free or cheaper equivalent that does the same thing. This way, you can get the same desired functionality, but save yourself, all or some of your money.

When you are scrolling down the screen viewing long list or web page on your iPhone, there is a quick way to return to the beginning. Instead of swiping over and over again to scroll back up, simply tap the bar at the top of your screen. This will take you back to the top of the page right away.

There is a quick way to take a picture with your iPhone even if the screen is locked. Tap the home button twice, and a camera icon appears beside the unlock bar. Tap the camera, and you can take a picture immediately without the need to take the time to unlock the screen first.

A great tip if you’re new to owning an iphone is not to store too much personal information on your phone. If by accident, your phone is lost or even stolen, someone can easily go through it, and access all of your sensitive information. It’s a good idea to keep this in mind.

Having trouble finding a specific app over the pages and pages of your iPhone? Try using the “Search iPhone” feature. Simply click your home button once (or twice if you are off of your first screen) to get to the search feature. Then start typing the name of the app you are looking for. This also works for finding a contact, a scheduled meeting and even specific emails.

It is usually easy to navigate a web page on your iPhone, but it can still take a while to go back to the top on longer pages. This can be avoided by making one simple click. Tapping on the status bar at the top of your screen (i.e. the clock) will return you instantly to the start of the page. You can use this on any long screen as well.

As mentioned, your iPhone is not just a regular phone, and it has a number of great features. However, your iPhone can do even more for you than you might be aware of. Apply all of the tips that you have read so that you can use your iPhone to the fullest potential and personalize it to do what you want.

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Snapchat’s redesign was meant for your friends, and celebrities aren’t your friends, says CEO Evan Spiegel

Kylie Jenner doesn’t like the Snapchat redesign — but Snap didn’t change things for her.

Kylie Jenner isn’t happy with Snapchat’s redesign. That probably means it’s working.

Jenner, a member of the insanely popular Kardashian family, tweeted to her 24.5 million followers on Wednesday afternoon that she was no longer opening Snapchat. Bloomberg says Jenner’s tweet, which was “Liked” more than 327,000 times, cost Snap $ 1.3 billion in market value.

It looks like a terrible, unintended consequence of Snapchat’s latest redesign, which started rolling out this month in the U.S. and has very few fans.

But Jenner’s response to the redesign might not be a side effect at all. In fact, based on comments from Snap CEO Evan Spiegel last week, it sounds like the redesign is working exactly as planned.

Here’s what Spiegel said at the Goldman Sachs Technology Conference last week in San Francisco, explaining how Snapchat is using algorithms and separate sections of the app to create a division between content from your friends and content from publishers and celebrities.

“Even some of the complaints we’re seeing reinforce the philosophy. So for example, one of the complaints we got was, ‘Wow, I used to feel like this celebrity was my friend and now they don’t feel like my friend anymore.’ And we’re like, ‘Exactly. They’re not your friend!’ … So for us, even some of the frustrations we’re seeing really validate those changes.”

Jenner doesn’t explicitly say in her tweet why she’s no longer opening the Snapchat app, though we assume it’s because she doesn’t like the redesign. But like the rest of the Kardashian clan, Jenner is a businesswoman who has used the app with tremendous success to help sell her line of beauty products. It’s entirely possible she says she doesn’t like opening the app because she’s seeing that fewer people are seeing her posts. Maybelline, another beauty brand on Snapchat, posted on Thursday that its Snapchat views had “dropped dramatically” since the redesign. (It then deleted the tweet.)

Jenner followed up her first tweet criticizing Snapchat with one expressing her love for it, though that one got a lot fewer “Likes.”

The point is, Snapchat is making a big bet that users want to hear more from their friends than from celebrities like Jenner or brands like Maybelline. Or at the very least, they want to separate most of those interactions into two different parts of the app. It’s not a crazy idea. Facebook just changed its News Feed algorithm to achieve the same goal. And Instagram realized a few years back that it needed to try and find ways to help users see more from friends and less from brands.

Is it good for Snapchat if Jenner abandons the platform? Of course not. It’s possible her massive following will go with her, and, at the very least, a stock hit is the last thing Snap needs after reporting its first positive quarter ever just a few weeks ago.

But there must be a reason these tech companies keep coming back to prioritizing friend-to-friend interactions. It’s possible that seeing less from Jenner now is better for Snap in the long run. We probably won’t know for months if Snap’s gamble pays off. But it’s worth remembering that while Jenner’s frustration clearly surprised a lot of investors, it probably didn’t surprise Evan Spiegel.


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Facebook defends ad targeting meant to discriminate against older workers


For the unemployed (or underemployed) a Verizon job ad in the Facebook Newsfeed might be just the break they’re looking for. In an ad featuring a smiling millennial woman, Verizon promises “your [sic] more than just a number,” a corporate euphemism meant to relay a company values its employees. In this case, it’s an ironic choice of words. Whether the sentiment was true or not is irrelevant; the ad only appeared in the feeds of those aged 25 to 36. The irony could be laughable, if it weren’t for the millions of Americans that won’t have the chance to crack…

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iPhone X tech was originally meant to show up in 2018, Apple’s Riccio says

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Apple was originally expecting to ship the technologies in the iPhone X in 2018, hardware engineering head Dan Riccio revealed in an interview published this week.
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One man’s Verizon Pixel 2 came with packaging and literature meant for included Pixel Buds-style wired earphones

Like many flagship phones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL aren’t cheap. But while companies like Samsung and Apple try to make you feel a little better about your $ 700-1000 purchase by including a pair of earphones in the box, Google doesn’t. But some seemingly preproduction packaging that one guy got inside his Verizon Pixel 2’s box indicates that Google had at least been seriously considering it.

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High-altitude balloon meant to mimic satellites pulls off longest flight yet

Arizona-based company World View successfully pulled off a five-day test flight of its specialized high-altitude balloon, which is designed to carry Earth-observing instruments to the upper edges of the atmosphere. It’s the longest flight yet of the so-called “stratollite,” though eventually World View hopes to keep these vehicles flying for months, or even a year, at a time.

The stratollite is meant to act like a low-hanging satellite. But rather than rocket to space and then orbit the Earth, these vehicles are designed to leisurely float to more than 20 miles up in the stratosphere — and then stay there. The stratollites “surf” the high-altitude winds in order to hover continuously over one patch of the planet. Each stratollite balloon…

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Song meant to spoof car audio systems climbs into top 50 on Apple’s iTunes charts

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A track consisting of nothing but 9 minutes and 58 seconds of silence is currently sitting at 49th place in Apple’s iTunes charts, apparently out of frustration with the way many car audio systems work.
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