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Here are the first photographer-shot iPhone 8 pictures

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It’s barely past the morning of the Apple iPhone 8 launch, and pro photographers have already posted some sweet shots taken with the new handset.

As it’s done with the iPhones before this, Apple has continually tweaked and improved its cameras.

The iPhone 8 and larger 8 Plus lenses are the same as their predecessors, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, respectively. But it’s put the upgrade in a new A11 Bionic image processor — an improvement over the iPhone 7’s A10 Fusion.

With the A11, the phones are touted to find focus more quickly, and are able to record video at higher quality; they’re now able to do 4K video at 60 fps, and slow-motion mode doubles the frame rate to 240 fps at 1080p. Read more…

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iPhone 8 still manages to draw substantial crowd, despite the iPhone X that’s coming

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It turns out people still care about the iPhone 8, despite the looming shadow of the flagship iPhone X coming out in a couple of months.

A crowd of around 200 people made their way to Singapore’s Apple store, before the official launch on the morning of Sept. 22.

43-year-old Amin Dholiya was first in line. The businessman, who flew in from India especially to buy an iPhone 8 as a wedding gift for his daughter began queueing at 7 p.m. (GMT +8) on Thursday — approximately 12 hours before the launch of the phone at 8 a.m. on Friday.

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Facebook is sending Jewish New Year messages to people who aren’t Jewish

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As much as Facebook ostensibly wants to be your friend, it mostly just wants to be a growing, massive data cache of your life, filled with loads of information about you—some true, some false. 

The latest comic evidence: some Facebook users were greeted with a “Happy New Year” message on the top of their News Feeds Wednesday and Thursday in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish holiday celebrating the New Year. 

It wasn’t available to everyone, though, and some of the users saw it shared on Twitter that, nope, they weren’t Jewish. Others said, at the very least, they never self-identified to Facebook that they were Jewish (which they would’ve done by listing it as their chosen religion on their Facebook profiles).  Read more…

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Google buys a big chunk of HTC’s smartphone business

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The rumors are (mostly) true: Google is buying a part of HTC to beef up its hardware business.

Google announced the agreement late Wednesday. Senior Vice President of Hardware Rock Osterloh wrote in a blog post that a “team of HTC talent” would join Google’s hardware team, along with a non-exclusive license for some of HTC’s intellectual property.

The deal is less dramatic than what was expected by many — that Google would buy HTC’s entire smartphone business in a long-term bid to go toe-to-toe with Apple in the smartphone market — but it does show Google felt it needed more direct control over hardware assets to be more nimble competitor.  Read more…

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Our favorite pitches from Alchemist Accelerator’s 16th batch

 Alchemist Accelerator, known for its specialty in working with enterprise startups, held its 16th demo day at Microsoft’s offices in Mountain View, California. 18 startups pitched ideas ranging from more traditional marketplaces to frontier aerospace technology. Addressing the packed auditorium before the pitches began, Ravi Belani, managing partner at Alchemist, reasserted his core… Read More

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Apple admits Apple Watch LTE glitch, but is there really a problem?

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PSA: Anyone can record and save your snaps forever on iOS 11

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Creepers will have a field day with iOS 11, the just-launched update for iPhone and iPad that includes a brand new “screen recording” feature.

Yeah, that means exactly what you think it does. Pop that recorder open, and you can easily save a video of any “disappearing” Snapchat or Instagram Story. (Not that you’d be so devious, of course.) It’s a reminder that, online, everything’s written in Sharpie, even if a service markets itself otherwise.

How it works

The screen recording feature comes packaged with the free iOS 11 update, though you need to tweak something in your Settings if you want it to appear in your Control Center. Read more…

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Master the art of making money on Amazon

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Amazon. Heard of it?

It’s no secret that the giant is basically gobbling up the entire retail industry like a tasty treat, but luckily, there are multiple ways you can join the dark side instead of fighting against it. Got a home business that you’re looking to grow? Selling your products on Amazon is a crucial reality for any modern entrepreneur.

If you’re like most people, you have a lot of experience buying products on Amazon and no experience selling on the platform. The course Sell on Amazon: Simple & Effective Strategies is designed to help you grow your home business quickly, and easily sell your products on Amazon.  Read more…

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German dating app Lovoo is acquired for $70M by The Meet Group

 You’ve probably never heard of Lovoo but in German-speaking countries (Germany, Switzerland, and Austria) it’s the number one dating in terms of app store downloads. It’s also in the top 3 in Southern Europe (such as Italy, Spain, France). It’s now being sept off its feet (ok, acquired) by The Meet Group, which owns other dating properties. The price is a romantic… Read More