Skype’s new mobile design arrives on the desktop for Windows 10 testers

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Microsoft is testing out its new Skype mobile interface in a desktop preview of the company’s communication app. The new radical Skype mobile design debuted back in June, and the reception hasn’t been positive. Despite that, Microsoft wants to try out a new design on the desktop side. “It’s not yet complete and we need your feedback,” says a Skype spokesperson.

The new Skype Preview is designed to take advantage of the larger screen space on a desktop PC, and Microsoft has tweaked group chats to make it easier to share photos or screen sharing during calls. There’s even the new @ mentions, message reactions, and a notification panel to check for mentions and reactions in conversations. If you’re looking for shared links, documents, or…

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I love Uncharted: The Lost Legacy’s new smartphone

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There I was, sweaty and tired, having just scrambled my way up a dangerously steep rock face. As soon as I reached the top of the cliff I forgot about the trouble it took to get there: because, my god, that view. Lush green forest that seems to extend forever, dotted by crystal clear waterfalls and wondrous ancient ruins. Of course I took out my phone and snapped a picture.

One of the new additions in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, which launches next week on PS4, is that its treasure hunting lead character Chloe carries a smartphone everywhere she goes. On the surface, it’s not an especially huge feature. The phone doesn’t do much; Chloe receives texts every so often, but mostly she uses it to capture images of the exotic sights she comes…

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Asus Zenfone 4 offers dual cameras on five phones, including one that takes 4K selfie videos

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Asus has revealed new phones from its Zenfone 4 line: the ZenFone 4, ZenFone Max, ZenFone 4 Max Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie, and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. Whew, that’s a mouthful! The models and specs were leaked last week on the Taiwanese company’s French website. The ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Max feature rear dual cameras (which seem to be all the rage this year), while the Selfie models have front dual cameras, which capture photos with a 120-degree angle.

The differences between the phones vary based on what you would prefer to use them for. The Selfie models were (obviously) made with taking photos of your face in mind, so the front camera has a huge 20MP or 24MP camera (regular and pro models, respectively). The Selfie Pro version can take 4K…

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Newton Mail finally comes to Windows for a cross-platform email experience

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Newton Mail, a multi-platform email app that’s been available on Mac, iOS, and Android, is finally reaching the last major platform it had yet to be offered on: Windows 10.

Aside from, you know, being offered on Windows, there’s not much else new in the announcement. Newton Mail for Windows still offers the same suite of enhanced features as it does on other platforms, including read receipts, additional sender profile features, and the ability to automatically organize your emails. It’s compatible with the same slew of email providers, too: Gmail, Exchange, Yahoo Mail, Outlook, iCloud, Google Apps, Office 365, and IMAP accounts will all work with Newton.

The biggest caveat, though, is cost. Newton Mail may have grown out…

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Kickstarter will launch in Japan on September 13th

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Kickstarter is coming to Japan on September 13th. The company confirmed the date in an emailed announcement today and said interested creators should email japan@kickstarter.com. Although people from Japan could always back a project, or launch their own through a partnership with a US-based partner, they can now launch their own using a local Japanese bank account and a local form of identification. Kickstarter will be in Japanese, too.

The launch was initially announced back in May. Obviously this move means we might be able to purchase the cute gadgets from Japan we’ve always wanted. I just hope the gadget makers over there are better at getting their projects shipped, as I know many US-based backers have been disappointed by…

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These connected rings let you tap out sounds on any surface

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Do you find yourself mindlessly tapping away sometimes? How cool would it be if you could tap any physical object and produce different sounds? That’s the aim of a set of wearable rings named Specdrums (currently raising money on Kickstarter) which connect to your smartphone and let you make music by tapping the world around you. The rings can recognize different colors as different sounds, so work with pretty much anything you can touch — from your clothes to your furniture to the objects on your desk.

The Specdrums app is compatible with both iOS and Android, and connects up to 10 rings at a time. Users can select the types of instrument the ring uses when tapped, and offers a range of choices including keyboards, synths, drum kits,…

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LG’s V30 looks a little bit awesome

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The V30, LG’s next flagship-class phone, is set for an official debut in two weeks’ time, but that’s not stopping it from making public appearances already. And that’s all to the good, because the phone looks to be a very attractive refinement of the LG G6 introduced earlier in the year.

In a photo posted by Evan Blass today, the LG V30 shows off what look to be even thinner top and bottom bezels surrounding what’s already known to be a 6-inch OLED screen. Knowing its 2:1 aspect ratio and the dimensions of the existing G6, the shape of this new device suggests we’re going to get the most compact, refined, and dare I say elegant V-series device from LG yet. Honestly, the glinting metal sides and the minimalist front and rear have me a…

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Microsoft’s biggest Xbox One X launch title is delayed until 2018

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Crackdown 3, the long-awaited open-world action game that was set to be released alongside the Xbox One X on November 7th, has been delayed until spring of next year. The decision leaves Microsoft without a major Xbox-exclusive title launching day-and-date with its turbo-charged 4K-capable console. Crackdown 3 was first announced more than three years ago at E3 2014.

“We’re very excited about Crackdown 3, and so are many fans, and so it’s a difficult call to move the release date,” Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis tells Polygon. “However, we want to make sure to deliver the right game, with the right quality, and at the right time.” Part of the extra time will be spent to improve the game’s “visual polish,”…

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This is the smallest full-featured DJ controller on the market

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Numark has just announced its newest piece of DJ hardware — the DJ2G02 — and it’s the smallest full-featured DJ controller on the market. Designed to fit across a standard laptop, the DJ2G02 is built to not take up any additional space during a performance or practice. To set it up, simply plug in your headphones and connect it with speakers through the master 1/8” output.

For how tiny the DJ2G02 is, it packs a lot of crucial functionality in comparison to other smaller controllers, like the Hercules DJ Control Compact. The DJ2G02 features a built-in sound card, two channels with pitch control, a master gain, headphone output, crossfader, 8 cue point buttons, and the ability to browse and load songs. It even has jog wheels, although it…

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My face is ready for the Cinera

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I’m not afraid of the future. When the robots come for me, I’m not going to cower in fear, I’m going to be chilling with my Cinera, experiencing IMAX-like immersion from the comfort of an oversized personal theater headset attached to an articulated mechanical arm.

Cinera is a new project on Kickstarter that looks astonishingly uncomfortable and impracticle. But the tech specs! The headset has dual 2560 x 1440 displays and a wide 66 degree field of view, which the creators compare to an IMAX theater experience. It can play standard or 3D movies over HDMI, or through the built-in Android OS. The headset does have a 9-axis gyroscope for motion control, but there’s no mention of VR — the tilt sensing is supposed to be used for flying…

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Schlage adds Android support for its Bluetooth smart lock

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Schlage is adding Android compatibility to one of its Bluetooth-enabled smart locks. Google Play is getting the Schlage Sense app, which was previously limited to iOS. Schlage also just announced the Sense Wi-Fi Adapter, which will allow both iOS and Android users to access the lock remotely. The Schlage Sense lock was initially only compatible with HomeKit, which required an Apple TV for remote use.

The app lets you set unique access codes on the lock for all your favorite people, schedule access for certain guests, and notify you when the lock is used. You can also use HomeKit to get into your home if you prefer. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of Alexa support.

Schlage offers another smart lock, the Schlage Connect, that’s…

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Google is testing a ‘Search Lite’ app for countries with slow connections

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Google is testing a light version of its Search app meant for areas with poor or slow internet connections, according to Android Police. The app is currently only available in the Play Store in Indonesia.

Photo: Android Police

The functions of Search Lite, as it appears to be named, are mostly the same as what’s available in Google’s current cross-platform Search app. Users can search for things by typing or speaking, there’s a translate function, a Google News section, and local information like weather and businesses. While the regular Google Search app starts users off with just a search bar, it quickly turns into a photo-rich experience with animations that appear as you scroll. Search Lite appears to skip that…

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Shonin isn’t just a wearable, it’s a body cam for civilians

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A new palm-sized body cam called Shonin has launched on Kickstarter, positioning itself as a security device (as opposed to other wearable cameras like FrontRow meant for capturing “experiences”).

The camera, which can be attached either by a clip or magnetic backing, begins recording with a tap to the body, and uses either cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity to instantly allow you to share video to destinations like Facebook Live or YouTube. It also securely stores videos on the Shonin cloud, lets you view videos on your phone via the Shonin app, and perform simple edits. If no connectivity is available, the camera can also store encrypted captured footage to its internal 8GB SD card. The camera is also IP67 waterproof, is GPS enabled, and…

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How HBO’s Westworld installation made fans ‘the center of the universe’

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One of the highlights of last month’s San Diego Comic-Con was HBO’s Westworld: The Experience. The half-hour attraction gave small groups of guests the opportunity to visit the offices of Delos, Inc., the fictional company behind the Westworld theme park. The experience included a one-on-one, in-person evaluation with a company psychologist, interactions with a number of actors playing “hosts” — Westworld’s sentient android entertainers — and a chance to hang out in a recreation of the show’s Mariposa Saloon. The event served 500 guests over three days, and it was an unquestionable hit. Fans waited in line overnight just for a chance to step inside.

With theme parks like Disney’s Star Wars land on the horizon, immersive entertainment is…

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The Nokia 8 flagship keeps the bezels, adds a ‘bothie’ camera

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HMD Global, the Finnish company that licensed the rights to produce Nokia phones, is revealing the company’s first Nokia-branded Android flagship phone today. The new Nokia 8 will be available in early September across Europe, priced at 599 euros ($705). As we saw with the leaks, the Nokia 8 has a 5.3-inch display (2560 x 1440), and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.

The specs are mostly what you’d expect from any top phone this year, but HMD is sticking with capacitive keys and larger display bezels despite an emerging industry trend to slim bezels down and move the fingerprint sensor to the rear. In terms of design, the Nokia 8 is slim at 7.3mm on average across its curved frame, and it…

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Google brings Q&As to Google Maps and search

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Google products like Maps and search more or less exist, on a basic level, to answer questions. So it kind of makes sense that Google is adding a Q&A feature to results in Maps and search to make those questions easier to answer.

Now, when you open up a business listing in Maps or search, there’ll be a Q&A section waiting for you where you’ll be able to see questions that other people have asked, ask your own queries about the location, and upvote information with a thumbs-up button, which will surface those questions toward the top. Business owners will also be able to add frequently asked questions, and directly respond to queries, too.

The new Q&A feature should be rolling out to Google Maps for Android and mobile…

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Google Home can now make phone calls in the US and Canada

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Google is rolling out a long-awaited feature for its Google Home smart speaker today: voice calling. The company just announced that Home users in the US and Canada will very soon be able to call people in their contacts and local businesses using their voice and the signature “OK Google” command. That makes it more flexible than what Amazon is doing with Alexa / Echo-to-Echo calls and messaging. But you can’t call another Google Home from yours or answer calls with it; only outgoing calls work right now.

Voice calling is completely free so long as the call recipient is in the US or Canada. It works over Wi-Fi, so it doesn’t use your smartphone plan minutes. In fact, Google Home’s hands-free calling is separate from your smartphone…

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Riverdale might pick up a monster from Reddit for season 2

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The CW’s spring hit Riverdale, a very loose adaptation of the classic Archie comics, was popular enough to justify a season 2 premiere date this October. A neon-tinted Twin Peaks-lite, the show captured a huge young audience drawn in by the return of Disney Channel’s Cole Sprouse; a hip, eclectic soundtrack; and the endless possible romantic pairings carried over from the comics.

The teens of the internet were clearly in the forefront of the writers’ minds during the first season: they swapped romantic partners around like a game of musical chairs, gave Sprouse half a dozen GIF-able monologues, and borrowed liberally from the lingo of fandom bloggers and fan fiction writers on Tumblr and Archive of Our Own.

It’s no surprise that writers…

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The Defenders amplifies Marvel’s Netflix ideology, warts and all

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It’s hard to pinpoint what, exactly, The Defenders stand for. Good and justice in the world, obviously, since they’re superheroes. And then… what else? If past Marvel shows like Jessica Jones are an instrument, delicately tuned for individual stories about the complications of vigilantism, the new Netflix crossover series The Defenders is a blunt object swinging into a car window.

The Defenders unites the protagonists of Netflix’s Marvel shows Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Iron Fist. It picks up after the end of the latter series, with Danny Rand still hunting down members of the deadly organization known as the Hand. His findings lead him to believe the Hand is preoccupied with New York City, also home to the rest of the…

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