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Google takes on Snapchat with its own ‘Stories’ format

PARIS (AFP) – Google launched its own “stories” format Tuesday to compete with Snapchat and Instagram with image-driven news articles aimed at mobile phone and tablet users. Content for its “AMP stories” initially comes from outlets like CNN, The Washington Post, Conde Nast, Wired and US People magazine, and is designed to load much faster on mobile devices than conventional …

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Will eating slowly help you to lose weight?

(Online) – To not give our readers false hope, we ll say from the get-go that the following study does not prove that eating slowly will help you to lose weight. But it does offer a very strong “hint” that it might. Slow eaters are less likely to gain weight, suggests a new study. We don t need to tell …

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Facebook launches ‘Lists’ to personalise status update box

(Web Desk) – Facebook launched a new update called Lists by which users can personalise the status box as it gives several options like bullet points, additional colours and designs. It is the first major update for the status option after the social networking site had launched coloured backgrounds. Facebook has been encouraging users to share their personal content. By …

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Google to debut emails that automatically update

SAN FRANCISCO: Gmail is about to get dynamic. Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday plans to demonstrate a software programming system that would enable emails to feature continuously updating information and greater interactivity. Users could see automatically updated flight information in a booking confirmation email. They could fill out surveys without leaving a message or review close-up shots of products in …

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This iPhone X lookalike is much cheaper than the original

(Web Desk) – Chinese smartphone maker Oukitel has launched a new smartphone ‘Oukitel U18’ that is a clone to the iPhone X. Light on the pocket, the phone costs less than a quarter of the price of Apple’s premium phone. The front side of the phone is almost identical to iPhone X and is worth $160 contrasting to the iPhone …

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For advertisers, Snapchat’s got the kids

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Social network Instagram has come to look more like rival Snapchat after copying some of its features, but marketers say Snapchat’s younger audience and safeguards against poor placement drive enthusiasm for advertising on the smaller app. Expectations for Snapchat’s future tumbled with its stock price after an initial public offering last year, mainly over doubts that …

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Pyeongchang Games organisers probe possible cyberattack during opening ceremony

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) – Pyeongchang Olympics organisers were looking into a disruption of non-critical systems on the day of the opening ceremony but could not yet confirm if it was a cyberattack, Games spokesman Sung Baik-you said on Saturday. The Winter Olympics opened with a spectacular ceremony on Friday, attended by several heads of state who witnessed the joint march of …

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Alibaba broadens offline reach with $865 million Easyhome stake

BEIJING (Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding will pay about 5.45 billion yuan ($866 million) for a 15 percent stake in China’s Easyhome, a home improvement chain, as the internet giant expands its investments in offline and retail businesses. The investment underscores the company’s retail strategy, aimed at leveraging offline and online activities, Alibaba said in a statement. Easyhome, which started …

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Instagram tests notification for story screenshot: report

(Web Desk) – Instagram may soon launch its yet another Snapchat-like feature by which people will be notified when someone takes screenshot of their stories, according to reports in the tech media. The photo-sharing app is currently testing the feature which will be officially released once it is finalised. Users who took part in the testing were notified through alerts …

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Scientists create self-healing ‘electronic skin’

(Web Desk) – Scientists have created a new prosthetic skin that has the ability to heal itself whenever it is damaged, according to reports. Outer Places reported that the “electronic skin” has ability to self-heal as seen in movies like the The Terminator, Wolverine and Deadpool. Originally created by a team of scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder, the …

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