Learn mobile development by building 14 apps in The Complete Android Developer Course (91% off)


Got a great app idea? Learn how to bring it to life with The Complete Android Developer Course, featuring 14 hands-on app building exercises to develop your expertise. At just $17 from TNW Deals, you’ll save big on this premium Android development training. Master the world’s biggest mobile platform with tutorials from top-rated instructor Rob Percival. You’ll dive into Android M, the latest Android version, and learn how to build a range of functional apps throughout your training. Learn how to make your app a hit on Google Play, then monetize them using Google Ads. You’ll get hands-on experience crafting…

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Snapchat reveals its $130 Spectacles and rebrands as Snap Inc.


Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has finally taken the wraps off the company’s long-rumored glasses project, Spectacles. Corroborating everything we’ve previously heard, Spiegel revealed that Spectacles are a set of $130 sunglasses that sport an integrated video camera with a 115-degree lens. Content recorded using the glasses is automatically pushed to the Memories section of the Snapchat application in a new circular video format — which can be played full screen in any orientation — via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Snapchat just solved the portrait vs landscape video argument forever pic.twitter.com/iOsKeaeXkb — Owen Williams⚡️ (@ow) September 24, 2016 To coincide with the release of its second product,…

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This week in gaming: A GIPHY roundup


Today, we start our weekly video games recap with GIFs that may not be directly related to interactive entertainment, but they’re still worthy of your attention. This is an interesting take on classic “Pong”… …and this is an even more remarkable variation of “Duck Hunt.” Be sure to test it on your newly-bought LED panel in 4K resolution! This clever robot has found a winning strategy for “Tic-Tac-Toe”. “For Honor” alpha is the highlight of this week, supplying us with pure combat viscerality. One against two? Too easy! Armored knights charging you at full speed? Just use your shield! Even if the…

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Leaked video could offer details on Snapchat’s secret glasses project [Update: They’re official!]


Update: On Saturday, September 24, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel took to the stage at a quiet conference room in Venice, California to announce the company’s secret glasses project, Spectacles. They’ll be available in three different colors and will carry a price tag of $130 when they hit the shelves later this year. It’s been a badly kept secret that Snapchat is hard at work on sunglasses. CEO Evan Spiegel was even photographed wearing them on a beach earlier this year. Snapchat’s not hiding its hardware ambitions. In March, CNET pointed to a string of notable hires in the space, as well as eyewear designer Lauryn…

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‘Pepper’ robot uses trial-and-error learning to master a child’s game


Robots, much like children, are now using simple games to learn important skills. Pepper, SoftBank’s adorable humanoid robot, recently learned to play ball-in-a-cup (also called ring and pin) in an effort to better understand optimal trajectory. In the beginning, SoftBank’s team demonstrated the game to the robot by guiding its arm. By the end of the video below, Pepper no longer required their assistance. It took 100 tries, but each failed attempt left Pepper to analyze and try to improve upon past performance, much like a human. After each failed attempt, the robot attempted to alter the movement slightly in an…

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Hangouts adds a ton of Easter egg emoticons and an in-app browser


The last update to Hangouts on Android added arguably the greatest emoticon of them all: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, also known as the shruggie. That was literally the only real update in Hangouts v12. But as spotted by Android Police, Hangouts v13 adds a whole slew of new emoticon Easter eggs. Here’s the full list of new commands: /algebraic /dealwithit /disapprove /facepalm /flowerbeam /happy /lgtm /lit /octodisco /puppyparty /shame /shrug /success /sunglasses /tableback /tableflip /that /this /wizard /yuno Go have fun and test them all out, or just head to the source link below if you have better things to do with your time. They…

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Experiment proves future drones may not need batteries


On a single charge, the average consumer drone only nets about eight to 10 minutes of flight time. The solution is obvious: stuff a bigger battery into it. Problem is, the solution adds weight, which decreases flight time. It’s the ultimate catch-22. Dr. Samer Aldhaher of the Imperial College London thinks he has the answer, kinda. Aldhaher created a prototype of a lightweight, battery-less drone that hovers in place and sucks power from a transmitter below. The drone is only capable of hovering and making small side-to-side movements, but the prototype proves the utility of wireless power technology. As drones take to the skies in record numbers, a handful…

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8-year-old golf prodigy kills a drone with a single swing


Ruby Kavanaugh — remember that name. The eight-year-old golf sensation has a swing that rivals PGA professionals, and recently put it on display for a drone photographer in Australia. Kavanaugh lines up her tee shot and crushes a beauty headed straight for the center of the fairway. Unfortunately, a Yuneec Typhoon H hexacopter happened to be in her path. The apologetic eight-year-old then watched as the $1,900 drone dropped from the sky. Of course, not everyone believes the shot to be legitimate. Some have concluded that there’s really no apparent reason the drone plummeted to the ground like it did. The blades were operational, the…

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Report: Google to unveil smaller, linkable Wi-Fi router at Pixel event


Google’s OnHub router was met with decent reception (heh), but a new report by Android Police indicates the company is looking to announce a new router alongside its upcoming probably-called-Pixel phones on October 4. It will simply be called Google Wi-Fi. The router will almost certainly include some of the OnhHub’s ‘smart’ features for simplifying connections and optimizing reception (although whether the OnHub really performed any better than similarly prices routers is questionable). But one big advantage over OnHub is that you will be able link multiple routers to create a larger, stronger Wi-Fi network. Android Police also suggests it will…

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Uber’s new plan for rider security involves selfies… lots of selfies


Announced today, a new feature for Uber drivers will require a selfie photo before each shift to verify their identities. Real-Time ID Check aims to prevent fraudulent use of a driver’s account and provide customers with a greater sense of confidence in the ride-sharing company. “Driver account sharing or theft is a low-frequency problem right now, but when it happens it’s a high-severity thing for us so it makes sense to put our security resources on it,” Uber chief security officer Joe Sullivan told USA Today. “We’ve been testing this new system with tens of thousands of drivers in the past months,…

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