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This week Apple launched the iPhone 7, without much in the way of new innovations, although one edition comes in a striking red color and a promise to give a contribution to AIDS/HIV charities. The new model will be available worldwide, but not in China.

Android O to simplify setting your own ringtones and sounds

Google's upcoming Android O update will finally provide an easy way to set your own ringtones and notification sounds, letting you add a new alert from settings without manually copying files. The basic feature has been missing since Android's launch.

Nintendo wanted the Switch to run Android

Nintendo originally wanted its new Switch games console to run Android, Cyanogen's chairman has claimed. The company abandoned its plans when Cyanogen refused to help it build a special Android distribution focused around gaming.

Facebook launches livestreaming on desktop devices

Facebook has turned on desktop livestreaming for all its users, letting you broadcast video to your friends from any device. It comes half a year after the company commenced small-scale trials of the feature, designed to attract new audiences to Live.

Google to remove Hangouts' SMS features to help promote new apps

Google is planning to remove Hangouts' SMS messaging capabilities within the next couple of months. The company is believed to be making the move as part of its efforts to make Hangouts a better rival to upstart messaging app Slack.

Twitter explores paid subscription service for power users

Twitter is developing a paid subscription service that will offer more advanced features to demanding users. The company has confirmed the idea is currently still in the experimental stage. It could give Twitter a stable revenue stream for the future.

London to Paris electric flight will be within a decade

A new start-up venture has claimed that it will offer an electric-powered commercial flight from London to Paris within the next 10 years. To do so requires the harnessing of technology and science.

Instagram finally turns on two-factor authentication

Instagram has announced a series of changes to its app designed to improve security, privacy and safeguarding on its platform. It now blurs sensitive images by default and offers advice on staying safe. Among the new features is two-factor authentication.

Facebook launches Messenger Reactions and Mentions

Facebook has announced it is bringing its Reactions feature to Messenger. Reactions let you respond to a message with an emoji that signifies your feeling. The company is also launching Mentions for Messenger to include other people in a chat.

Android Security Report – Malware installs drop by 50 percent

Google has published its third Android Security Report, detailing the progress it has made in securing its ecosystem and keeping users safe on their devices. Play Store malware distribution has fallen, although the number of affected devices has risen.

Apple acquires popular automation app Workflow

Apple has confirmed it has acquired Workflow, a successful iOS automation app that lets you link various devices and services together into complex processes. Apple had previously recognised Workflow's developers in its app design awards.

Google announces new features for Allo, Duo and Photos apps

Google has added several new features to three of its most important apps, Allo, Duo and Photos. The company made the announcement as part of an event in Brazil. It is focusing on making its products work better with limited connectivity.

China's ZTE pleads guilty to violating US sanctions on Iran, N.Korea

Chinese telecom giant ZTE has pleaded guilty in a US court to violating US export controls by selling goods to Iran and North Korea over several years.

Apple's new red iPhone shows how boring smartphones have become

A plague has infected the modern smartphone industry: monotony. Take a stroll through the aisles of a mobile-phone retailer and you'll see an endless stream of brushed aluminum, gleaming glass, and muted shades of gold and silver.

LinkedIn tries to be a news site with new 'Trending Storylines'

LinkedIn has announced a new feature that's meant to make it easier to find interesting news. Trending Storylines expands the business-oriented social network's focus to include popular content, increasing its recently reignited rivalry with Facebook.

Google adds real-time location sharing to Maps app

A Google Maps update has added support for real-time location sharing, a controversial feature that lets friends see your map position for a limited time period. Google said it'll help people meet at social events and indicate when you're running late.

Google unveils the next version of Android

Google has officially announced Android O, the next major version of its mobile operating system set to be released later this year. The company has launched the first preview of the under-development OS, introducing several major new features.

Facebook testing new comments design that looks like Messenger

Facebook is trialling a new design for its comments feed on mobile devices that closely resembles the current formatting of chat threads in Messenger. It suggests the company is trying to make comments more conversational to increase engagement.

Reddit to transform into a social network with new profile pages

Reddit has announced it has begun trialling a radical new profile page design that's reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter. It will evolve the discussion board site towards being a social network by enabling users to post directly to their new profile page.

'Clips' is a new video editing app built for your iPhone by Apple

Apple has announced a new iPhone app designed to make it easier to create and edit animated videos for social media. Clips includes a handful of features not available in other apps, including the ability to create animated captions from voice input.

Apple unveils new iPad but it's not what you expected

Apple has officially launched a new iPad model focused on performance and affordability. Contrary to previous rumours, the tablet is not part of the iPad Pro family. It doesn't fall directly into any existing brand, instead wearing plain "iPad" branding.

Taxi-hailing app Grab hits the road in Myanmar

Ride-hailing firm Grab launched a trial service in Yangon on Tuesday, becoming the first international company to enter Myanmar and stealing a march on fierce rival Uber in the largely untapped market.

Uber is about to lose its VP of mapping as well as its president

Uber's vice president of maps and business platform, Brian McClendon, is the latest executive to announce a departure from the taxi-hailing company.

Instagram now lets you save your livestreams forever

Instagram has announced a small but significant new feature that makes one of its headline capabilities more useful. It's now possible to download your live video streams to your phone's storage, letting you keep them after you've finished broadcasting.

Facebook to unveil 'mind-reading device' next month

Facebook is reportedly working on a "mind-reading device" as one of a number of experimental hardware projects ongoing in secrecy at the social network. The company could be planning to unveil a prototype next month, creating a new form of social media.

'Critical' flaw in 300 Cisco switches lets the CIA take control

Networking equipment vendor Cisco has announced a "critical" vulnerability in over 300 of its most popular products. The vulnerability was found in documents stolen from the CIA and published by WikiLeaks two weeks ago. It allows remote code execution.

'Fog computing' could be more important than the cloud

Cloud computing has taken off in recent years, driven by increased demand for artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Now a new concept could surpass the cloud though, bringing in a 'fog' of files with even greater power.

Samsung introduces Bixby – Built to stop you using touchscreens

Samsung has officially announced its long-rumoured Bixby AI, a new digital assistant that will make its debut on the company's upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone. Details are light but Samsung is promising a "deeper experience" than contemporary assistants.

New battery model designed to improve e-cars

One thing hampering the development (and potential sales) of electric cars is the capacity of the batteries designed to power the cars. Limitations affect speed and distance. This could change thanks to a ‘space-age’ development.

Wearable robotic tools developed for surgery

Wearable robotic implements and devices are being developed to aid surgeons when performing complex surgical techniques. The latest developments relate to keyhole surgery where accuracy and precision are key.

The theremin the early untouchable electronic instrument

The Theremin named after the Russian physicist Leon Theremin ( Lev Termin in Russian) is an early electronic musical instrument somewhat unique in that it is played without physical contact.

Wireless patch shows success in treating migraines

As an alternative to taking potent medication to combat the severe pain associated with migraines, researchers have developed a wearable device that uses stimulation to help alleviate the condition.

The Trautonium an early electronic instrument

The Trautonium is an early electronic musical instrument invented about 1929 by Friedrich Trautwein in Berlin at his Musikhochschule' music and radio lab, the Rundfunkversuschstelle. The instrument is named after Trautwein.

Someday we'll need the Internet in space

SpaceX is planning to bring the Internet to space. With this Elon Musk has an eye on the future. If a colony is set up on Mars, for example, the Internet twill be the primary means of communicating with Earth.

Use of Google's DeepMind questioned for U.K. healthcare

A university-led inquiry has raised concerns about a deal between Google's artificial intelligence company DeepMind and the U.K. National Health Service. This relates to so-termed serious "inadequacies."

Report: Microsoft's Surface Book 2 will be a regular laptop

Microsoft is said to have commenced production of its awaited Surface Book 2, the successor to its popular premium laptop with a detachable display. The company will reportedly adopt a conventional design for the new device which could launch this month.

Nintendo to double Switch production as sales still sky-high

Nintendo is to double the production of its Switch games console to meet the consistently high demand since its launch earlier this month. Already the company's fastest selling console in history, sales are now believed to have reached 1.5 million units.

Gmail update lets you stream video attachments from the web

Google has announced an update to its online Gmail client that adds a small but potentially very useful feature. It's now possible to stream video attachments from the web, removing the need to download large files.

Sony patent lets you wirelessly charge your phone from a friend's

Sony has filed a patent for a technology that would allow you to wirelessly charge your smartphone from a friend's if you're running low on power. The technology is based on NFC and allows two devices to negotiate an exchange of power.

Google shrinks photo sizes by 35 percent

Google has announced a new open-source software project that can reduce the size of high-quality JPEG images by up to 35 percent. The development will let you save more photos on your phone's storage and help to speed up website load times.

Highly magnetic material improves computer performance

Computer technologists have created a highly magnetic material; the material could provide significant improvements to the performance of current computer technologies.