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24Jun/170

Instagram tests sharing posts with only your closest friends

Instagram's algorithmic timeline is an abject failure if you actually want to see all of your friends' posts. As a way of seemingly admitting that, the photo-and-video-minded social network is testing a new feature called "favorites," according to The Verge. The idea is pretty simple: you make a list of the people you want to see your post as soon as possible, and then send it to them privately, either as a Story or the timeline. It sounds a lot like sending photos to your friends on Snapchat versus pushing them to that service's Story. Hrm. Posts that go out to your friends list will appear in their timelines and will have a green check mark in them.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/23/instagram-friends-list/

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24Jun/170

Wallet-busting Galaxy Note 8 expected to launch in September

As previous reports have noted, the Note 8 will have a dual camera setup on the back of the phone and come with 6BG of RAM. It will also, reportedly, come in black, blue and gold shades and have a 6.3-inch Infinity Display. Notably, the latest Note model will have a 3,300 mAh battery, which is a lower capacity than the Note 7's 3,500 mAh version and probably a response to the Note 7's disastrous penchant for exploding.

The issues surrounding the Note 7 didn't seem to hurt Galaxy S8 sales earlier this year and if timed right, the Note 8's release may come before the iPhone 8's, giving it a slight sales advantage with impatient customers.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/23/wallet-busting-galaxy-note-8-launch-september/

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24Jun/170

FCC greenlights OneWeb to deliver satellite internet in the US

That just gives OneWeb access to market: It still has to create and deploy its proposed global web of 720 small satellites, which are specced to hang out in non-geostationary low-Earth orbit. It isn't alone in the satellite internet dream, either, with SpaceX planning to start launching its 4,000 tiny signal-beaming machines that make up its network in 2019, while the European Space Agency just signed a pact with 16 other Euro companies to someday deploy its "Satellite for 5G" solution.

Satellite internet isn't the only solution for rural and remote internet users. Google's long-running Project Loon proposed beaming it from aerial balloons, but it's still in uncertain development after the team's lead left in March. Facebook itself pondered a microsatellite network, but sidelined that for Project Aquila, an airliner-sized drone (that's still very much in the testing phase) that will stay aloft for up to 90 days beaming signal down to Earth.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/23/fcc-greenlights-oneweb-to-deliver-satellite-internet-in-the-us/

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24Jun/170

‘Modern Warfare Remastered’ heads to PS4 without the bundle

This fourth installment in the Call of Duty series was a hit with both critics and players, so this new release could see quite a few sales for those of us interested in reliving the game's single- and multiplayer events, including missions like "All Ghillied Up," "Charlie Don't Surf" and "Crew Expendable." The new standalone title will include the full campaign and 16 multiplayer maps from the original, remastered with "full HD visuals and remastered audio," according to a statement from Activision's Brian Raffel. To celebrate the release, Activision is holding a special Call of Duty event called "Days of Summer." It will last for five weeks stargint June 27th and will include in-game giveaways, XP events and new playlists across multiple Call of Duty titles, one of which will be a summer-themed map for Modern Warfare Remastered.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/23/modern-warfare-remastered-ps4-no-bundle-july-27/

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24Jun/170

Nike’s SNKRS app uses AR to help you buy limited-edition shoes

Once you do that, a 3D model of the Dunks will pop up and you'll have the chance to buy a pair for yourself. There are also posters, like the one above, outside of Momofuku restaurants in NYC which can trigger the app's AR feature -- in case you're looking for a more adventurous experience. This seems to be yet another effort by Nike to combat bots, a powerful tool for resellers that's become a major problem in sneaker culture. Last month, the company introduce Stash, a way for people to unlock exclusive products in the SNRKS app based on their location.

The SNKRS AR functionality only works for iOS users at the moment, though Nike says Android support is coming soon.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/23/nike-snkrs-augmented-reality/

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24Jun/170

Facebook’s latest app is designed just for video creators

In a bid to keep its creator community happy, Facebook announced that it's planning a whole new app just for them later this year. It's essentially a video creation app made just for its star broadcasters, who are also the same folks who are deemed worthy enough to use Facebook Mentions, an app only available to verified accounts owned by journalists, celebrities and other online influencers.

Just like Mentions, the new video creation app is said to feature access to Facebook Live plus a new "creative kit" that includes tools like special intros and outros to videos, custom stickers, custom frames and more. Since the app is geared towards celebs, it'll also have a Community tab, where the rich and famous can interact with their fans and followers on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.

The video creation app was announced at VidCon, a place where video creators from all over the world flock to promote their show as well as to meet their fanbase and get new ideas. It's also a chance for video platforms to showcase their wares to attract more creators. For example, Periscope announced its Super Hearts program this week, and Instagram made it so that live videos can be replayed 24 hours later. YouTube, however, is still the online video destination to beat, with YouTube Red getting nearly 250 million views and a healthy roster of upcoming shows.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/23/facebook-s-latest-app-is-designed-just-for-video-creators/

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24Jun/170

‘Titanfall 2’ DLC adds another weapon slot and new maps on June 27th

Fans of the original game will smugly note that studio Respawn is returning to the three-slot setup from the first Titanfall, which they reduced to two in the transition to the sequel. But the War Games DLC has another throwback: The titular map returns from the original game, a TRON-esque simulated battlezone with plenty of elevated panels and surfaces to wallrun around. There's also the new map Traffic for the intense small-area pilots-only Life Fire mode, a new pilot execution and an undefined new mode, Free Agent. (The only hint for the latter comes from Redditor Varixai, who plucked out this description from the game's code: "You're running solo. Kill enemies and collect 3 batteries for a Titanfall.")

War Games is available to download on June 27th, and the other five DLC packs Respawn has released for the game, is completely free.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/23/titanfall-2-dlc-adds-another-weapon-slot-and-new-maps-on-june/

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24Jun/170

Report: Obama authorized a secret cyber operation against Russia

The report says CIA director John Brennan, Obama and other officials had at least four "blunt" conversations with Russian officials about its cyber intrusions beginning August 4th. Obama confronted Vladimir Putin in person during a meeting of world leaders in China this past September, the report says, and his administration even sent Russia a warning through a secure channel originally designed to help the two countries avoid a nuclear strike. Moscow apparently responded one week later -- after the US election -- denying the accusation.

Trump's win on November 8th came as a shock to the White House, The Post reports, and the investigation into Russia's hacking campaign stalled until December.

That's when Obama ordered a comprehensive review of Russia's influence on US election systems, dating back to 2008. Later that month, he took a firm stance against Russia during a press conference, saying, "The Russians can't change us or significantly weaken us. They are a smaller country. They are a weaker country. Their economy doesn't produce anything that anybody wants to buy, except oil and gas and arms."

At this point, the investigation was picking up steam and uncovering a broader tapestry of Russian election meddling than the intelligence community originally realized, The Post writes. On December 29th, the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russia, ejected 35 Russian intelligence officials from the US and shut down two American compounds used by Russian intelligence authorities. The FBI compiled the list of officials to kick out of the country, and it had long lobbied to close those two US-based compounds, according to the report.

Even then, people involved in designing the sanctions told The Post they weren't meant to be particularly punitive -- they were more of a symbolic attack on Russia's intelligence infrastructure.

Around this time, Obama authorized a secret cyber operation under the NSA, CIA and US Cyber Command, The Post says. The program reportedly involves NSA-designed "implants" hidden in important Russian networks: These implants can be remotely triggered to disrupt crucial Russian systems, ostensibly as a response to a pre-emptive cyber attack, the report says.

This wouldn't be the US' first brush with covert hacking operations: Stuxnet, the bug that took down portions of Iran's nuclear ecosystem in 2009, is probably the most famous example.

The Post says Obama didn't have enough time in office to see the secret program through, as it would take months just to position the implants. With his signature, though, security officials were cleared to implement such an operation and would only have to stop if Trump issued a direct order -- which he hasn't done, authorities told The Post.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/23/report-obama-authorized-a-secret-cyber-operation-against-russia/

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24Jun/170

Rockstar Games, Take Two seem to back off of PC game modders

Now, after revolt by players including a campaign of bad ratings for the GTA games on Steam and a Change.org petition with over 77,000 signatures, Rockstar Games may have worked out a solution. A post on its support forum today said that Take Two has agreed that it will "generally" not take legal action against third party projects as long as they meet certain guidelines.

After discussions with Take-Two, Take-Two has agreed that it generally will not take legal action against third-party projects involving Rockstar's PC games that are single-player, non-commercial, and respect the intellectual property (IP) rights of third parties. This does not apply to (i) multiplayer or online services; (ii) tools, files, libraries, or functions that could be used to impact multiplayer or online services, or (iii) use or importation of other IP (including other Rockstar IP) in the project.

While it went out of its way to say that this is not a waiver, and "is not a license, and it does not constitute endorsement, approval, or authorization," it may be enough for modders to breathe easy. Rockstar representatives have told PC Gamer and Motherboard that it is in contact with the makers of OpenIV, apparently to try to prevent people from using it to affect the GTA Online multiplayer. There's no word from the team yet, but today the tool received an updated build.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/23/rockstar-games-take-two-pc-mod-open-iv/

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24Jun/170

Sharp will reportedly start building OLED TV panels next year

Now that Sharp is under new ownership by Foxconn, it may have big plans for a return to TV prominence. In a move that could explain a sudden push to recover the use of its name from Hisense, the Japanese company apparently has a plan to add OLED TV production lines at one of its plants next year. The Japan Times reports that at a cost of 57.4 billion yen ($515 million US), it could have production operation at two plants in the spring of 2018. While one would work on small and medium screens for phones (like, maybe a new iPhone?) and laptops, the other would focus on TVs, where LG dominates the segment, producing OLED panels for its own TVs as well as other brands.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/23/sharp-oled-tv-rumor/

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