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Facebook rolls out ‘secret conversation’ feature to select users

Facebook rolls out ‘secret conversation’ feature to select users

In a blog post published last Friday, social network Facebook announced the rollout of new 'secret conversation' feature to select users. The wider availability of the feature to Facebook users is expected later this summer.

The 'secret conversation' feature announced by Facebook gives users the option of securing their messages with end-to-end encryption; thereby potentially enabling them to chat with one another below the surveillance radar of law enforcement agencies.

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Microsoft unveils new service called Skype Meetings

Microsoft unveils new service called Skype Meetings

With the passage of time, the space for video chat and messaging apps has become more crowded, and Microsoft is trying hard to keep Skype relevant in the battleground. The company has recently come up with a latest service known as Skype Meetings, a web-based version of the app mainly targeting tiny businesses and can be used in any device possessing browser, camera, speaker and microphone.

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2016 Xbox Annual Ultimate Game Sale will be held from July 5 to July 11

2016 Xbox Annual Ultimate Game Sale will be held from July 5 to July 11

According to an announcement made by Microsoft’s Major Nelson via his official blog, the 2016 Xbox Annual Ultimate Game Sale for Xbox One and Xbox 360 gamers will kick off on July 5, and will run through to July 11.

The week-long Xbox Annual Ultimate Game Sale underscores one of the major sales available annually to Xbox One and Xbox 360 gamers, giving them an opportunity to grab digital games at a discounted price.

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Four new emoji sticker packs released by Apple for iOS 10 beta users

Four new emoji sticker packs released by Apple for iOS 10 beta users

According to a 9to5Mac report, tech giant Apple announced the release of four new emoji sticker packs for the testers of the beta version of its iOS 10 mobile operating system.

The new sets of emojis were reportedly available in the iTunes app store as of Friday night.

The four new emoji sticker packs released by Apple mark new add-ons by the company for the chat messaging feature in the iOS 10 version, which will give third-party developers the ability to add specially designed emoji or GIF packs to its iMessage app via an API.

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Last Possible Meeting of Yahoo Shareholders Used By Mayer to Defend Her Repute

Last Possible Meeting of Yahoo Shareholders Used By Mayer to Defend Her Repute

Marissa Mayer, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Yahoo, used the opportunity of the most probably the last Yahoo’s annual shareholders meeting as an independent company to protect her status. No updates were given at the meeting regarding the sale process of the company. She added that the level of interest being shown in the acquisition of Yahoo is extremely overwhelming.

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Apple Exploiting Privileged Position to Boost Music Subscriptions

Apple Exploiting Privileged Position to Boost Music Subscriptions

Though Apple Music has been a late entrant into its segment, it still has managed to establish a subscriber base of approximately 15 million, within one year of being launched. Spotify on the other hand has a minimum of double subscribers. The company is now asserting and more than that concerned over Apple exploiting its advantaged position in the market owing to iPads and iPhones to boost subscriptions of Apple Music at the cost of third-party services.

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HTC to Merge Vive Operations with New Subsidiary

HTC to Merge Vive Operations with New Subsidiary

Taiwanese consumer electronics company HTC is set to spin off its virtual reality (VR) division with HTC Vive Tech Corporation, the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary. Subsequent to several falls and revivals, HTC now seems to be balancing out as its VR operations are looking productive.

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Google’s Sundar Pichai’s Quora account hacked by OurMine hacking group

Google’s Sundar Pichai’s Quora account hacked by OurMine hacking group

On Sunday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s account on question-and-answer site Quora was briefly hacked by a three-member hacking group called OurMine.

The hack of Pichai’s Quora account marks the latest hacking of a social media account of a high-profile tech executive. Earlier this month, the same hacking group had hacked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts. In addition to Pichai and Zuckerberg, some of the other prominent victims of the OurMine hacking group include Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, whose Twitter accounts were compromised.

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Brain-Controlled Drone Race Organized by University of Florida

Brain-Controlled Drone Race Created By HXRL

The University of Florida’s Human-Experience Research Lab (HXRL) has apparently formulated the first of its kind drone race, with drones controlled not by hands or remotes but by brains. The racers are required to use Emotiv brain computer interface (BCI) devices that operate through electroencephalogram (EEG) brain activity data.

The racers were required to concentrate on a specific graphic in a software program and subsequently try to think the forward movement of that graphic. This will generate electrical signals, which will control the course of the drone’s flight.

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Verizon is offering $100 bill credit on purchase of select handsets

Bigwig US wireless carrier Verizon has announced a new promotion - for new as well as existing customers - under which it will offer a $100 bill credit to customers when they purchase select devices available on its network.

The announcement of the new promotion by Verizon comes one day after the carrier revealed that it would be carrying Samsung's latest Galaxy flagship smartphones --- the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. Both the devices are now available for pre-order on Verizon and other carriers.

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