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Apple and Google forced to remove the Microsoft-owned LinkedIn app from Russian appstores

Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has started to enforce a proposed block of LinkedIn in the country, after the social network failed to transfer Russian user data to servers located in the country, violating a law. This recently-passed Russian law requires that any company holding data on Russians house that data within Russia. Russia began blocking LinkedIn’s website last November under that law, which some critics argue is an indirect form of censorship. Continue reading

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LG G5 is the most easily repairable smartphone of the year, Galaxy S7 the least : how about yours?

The iFixit team does a lot of tearing down over the year, from smartphones to voice assistants to earbuds. The teardowns are a way to tell us what parts went into the making of a certain device, what could have been the possible production cost and how difficult or easy it is to repair.

They’ve laid hands on nearly every big-name device to come out in 2016, and have put together a nice little infographic showing how some of the bigger names stack up on repair-ability. Naturally, the infographic also includes the most and least repairable devices they ended up diving into throughout the year. Continue reading

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Spotify reveals embarrassing listening habits of some users

We all have our guilty pleasures, but those usually stay private. Spotify is currently putting the strangest listening habits of its users on blast with billboards placed in major cities in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany in a hilarious new marketing campaign, posing some rather serious questions (and providing commentary) about its users.

This is how the music streaming service gives thanks for a ‘weird’ 2016.  Continue reading

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Google Pixel has a weird image bug related to screenshots sent from iPhones

When you take a screenshot, on any device, it is essentially an image and as such, can be viewed on any other device without any problems, unless the format is proprietary and requires special software for access. But screenshots are mostly JPEGs so there shouldn’t be a problem viewing them on any computer or phone.

But according to some Pixel owners who are sent screenshots from an iPhone are receiving a wonky version of the image instead. The market is mature enough today that there aren’t many issues when it comes to cross-device compatibility but apparently, the flagships from Google and Apple don’t really like each other much. Continue reading

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VLC media player to bring support for 360 degree videos across all platforms

VLC Media Player, you have to be someone who doesn’t play videos on his computer to not know the name. The app that lets you play basically any video format on practically any platform, is now about to add support for the possible future. By future I mean, 360-degree videos which are becoming more and more common, and yet, strangely, we hardly have any native apps to play them apart from the web browser.
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Here are the 100 new Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go next month

Ditto is one of the most highly anticipated monsters in Pokemon GO. And finally, it has been released to the game. This creature is deemed as the last one to complete the circle of first generation Pokemon. But hey, there’s more. Niantic is already set to release new creatures — more than 100, so to speak — to their popular app.

VentureBeat says the monsters will arrive via an update in December. Not only will it introduce 100 new creatures, more or less, Legendary Pokemon are also to be expected. It’s worth noting that players have since been hoping for the studio to introduce a new set of species. Continue reading

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Uber, Ola Cabs, Lyft and others : ‘digital services’ or transport companies?

This is a question you may not have asked yourself, I have, a few times but I always dismissed it. I just didn’t think it matters, but what do I know, turns out it so very much does. And while the company actually under question here is Uber, the outcome, and the answer to it, will be one that will affect each and every one of the above mentioned names, and others like them.

Right now, Uber is in a landmark court battle to convince Europe that it is not a transport company. Continue reading