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First Click: Aging (dis)gracefully

Remy Labesque Remy Labesque, a former top industrial designer at the lauded house of Frog, wrote a lovely defense of well-worn gadgets in 2011. In it, he likened an aluminum iPhone to an “heirloom pocket watch,” after the phone had been polished to a fine patina by a ring of keys …

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Suspected New York City bomber bought components on eBay, feds say

Ahmad Rahami, the man accused of planting bombs across New York and New Jersey over the weekend, purchased components for the explosives on eBay, according to a complaint filed this week. The complaint also describes a cell phone video in which Rahami ignites “incendiary material” days before the attack, and …

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Opera's free VPN is now available in its main desktop browser

VPNs or virtual private networks are services that re-route your traffic through different countries. They’re good if you want a little more anonymity or are trying to find your way around geoblocks, but they usually cost money. Not in Opera’s latest browser, though. After testing out a built-in VPN in …

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Tumblr is the first place you can see Apple's Live Photos on the web

When Apple introduced Live Photos last year it was a cool trick that lived only on Apple devices. Press down on a photo, and a couple of seconds of automatically-recorded footage plays like a GIF with sound. Although Live Photos have slowly became available on third-party apps like Facebook’s, they’ve never been …

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Google Allo review: This is fine

Google Allo is new chat app for Android and iPhone. It has the Google Assistant built in and it’s rolling out today. I’ve been using it for a few days now, and it’s fine. Totally, completely fine. It does the things you expect from a messaging app: sends pictures, lets …

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US carriers are already selling Samsung’s Note 7 again

Verizon and Sprint have already started selling Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, an updated version of the device approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, and apparently free of the battery problems that plagued the previous model. The new Note 7 phones were originally rumored to go on sale …

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Google backs off on previously announced Allo privacy feature

When Allo was announced at Google’s I/O conference earlier this year, the messaging app was presented as a step forward for privacy. Alongside the end-to-end-encrypted Incognito Mode, the Allo team talked about bold new message retention practices, storing messages only transiently rather than indefinitely. But with the release of the …

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Porsche reportedly wants to make batteries for Formula E

Porsche has submitted a proposal to be the new battery supplier for Formula E, the all-electric racing series, according to a new report from Motorsport.com. The automaker was also reportedly in talks with two teams about forming a technical partnership, though that endeavor has apparently fizzled out. The FIA, which …

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Atlanta gets renewed for a second season

FX has renewed Atlanta for a 10-episode second season, Deadline reports. The show, created by and starring Donald Glover, is still just two episodes into its first season (the third premieres tonight). Although it’s early, Atlanta has been received favorably by critics and viewers. Its debut episode was the most-watched premiere of any …

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