Moment’s lenses work with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus but require a special mounting plate

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The iPhone 7 is all about the camera. You knew that. But maybe you need more than the iPhone 7 Plus’s dual cameras to capture a perfect photo. Moment announced today that its lenses now officially work with the iPhone 7, even with the 7 Plus’s dual cameras, though the lenses only cover the wide-angle camera.

The lens choices include a wide lens, tele lens, superfish lens, and a macro lens. They all cost $99.99 and require either a Moment Case or Moment Mounting Plate. The Mounting Plate costs $9.99, and the case will be $49.99 when it’s eventually announced. Oh, and you’ll also want the free Moment App, which works with the Moment Case. There’s a lot of Moment synergy happening.

The Mounting Plate’s pretty cool. Moment has a huge post…

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PewDiePie’s’s new game “Tuber Simulator” hits the top of the App Store, crashes

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screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-2-16-39-pm What happens when the world’s biggest YouTube star Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg tells his 48 million YouTube subscribers to download and play his new mobile game? The game promptly shoots up to the top of the App Store, and the servers crash under the load. That’s what happened, at least, following the iOS and Android launch of “PewDiePie’s Tuber… Read More

Apply now for Include Office Hours with First Round Capital!

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include-featured2 TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening this October 10th! Phin Barnes and Bill Trenchard from First Round Capital in San Francisco will join TechCrunch to provide valuable advice and feedback to startups. Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to take their startups to the next level.… Read More

Bees buzzing on sugar can experience emotions like happiness and optimism, scientists say

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Everyone knows sugar makes us feel good.

Studies have shown that sweet foods can improve adult humans’ moods and reduce crying and grimacing in babies when they are poked in the foot by researchers. But does it work on insects?

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London wanted to see whether they…

The rising cost of cracking the iPhone

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If you’ve got a way to crack iOS 10, you can get $1.5 million for it. That’s the bounty announced by exploit broker Zerodium yesterday, available to anyone who can pull off a remote jailbreak attack. When the company made the same offer for iOS 9 last year, the price was only $1 million.

On some level, it’s a simple PR play. By offering a big, splashy reward, they ensure that the next time a researcher is looking to cash in an exploit or a spyware company is looking to buy one, Zerodium will be one of the first names they think of. But it also reflects an increasing reality for anyone in the business of breaking into iPhones. It’s hard work, and getting harder. Speaking to Wired, Zerodium was quite explicit about why the price had…

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Facebook is testing a clone of Snapchat stories inside Messenger

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Facebook has a long, fairly embarrassing track record of trying to clone Snapchat’s features and core appeal. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is actually doing a pretty decent job at it, but Facebook has been through a number of failed attempts over the last several years. It’s not giving up, though.

The company has quietly launched another effort to clone a big element of Snapchat’s formula: stories. TechCrunch reports that Facebook has rolled out a new feature called Messenger Day, which lets users post photos and videos — yes, with filters — that disappear after 24 hours. So far, Messenger Day has only appeared in Poland, a country where Snapchat isn’t nearly as popular as in other regions.

Messenger Day is…

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Duncan Jones’ Mute will be distributed by Netflix

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We’re really excited to see Duncan Jones return to his roots after taking on Warcraft earlier this year. His next movie Mute just went before cameras earlier this week in Berlin, and it turns out that you might not have to go to theaters to see it. Speaking to the Empire Podcast, the film’s star Alexander Skarsgård revealed that Netflix will be distributing the movie.

The deal is apparently similar to that of Beasts of No Nation, which received a limited release in theaters alongside a wider release on the streaming service. Jones has worked for years to try and get Mute made, and Netflix’s distribution should bring it to a much wider audience.

Mute is set in a futuristic Berlin, and will take place in the same world as his debut film,…

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Paint with your friends in VR with new Google Tilt Brush update

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screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-10-42-50-am One of the more fun usages of virtual reality to have already emerged is Google’s Tilt Brush. The VR painting simulator is often one of the first things I demo to first-time VR users and it really allows people to lose themselves in a VR world and make it whatever they want it to be. Art is more fun with friends, and it appears Google is discovering that as well. Today, the company… Read More

Frisky robot opens door

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Meet Ghost Robotics’ adorable Minitaur quadruped robot.

Here’s an excerpt from IEEE Spectrum’s interview with Avik De and Gavin Kenneally, who are on the development team at Professor Dan Koditschek’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania:

How the heck did you manage to get Minitaur to open that door?

De: I don’t know if it’s clear from the video, but there’s a lot going on. The robot is jumping, it perceives that the door handle is there, retracts the leg, and manipulates the door handle.

Kenneally: Just to go over it in a little bit more detail: It jumps up on its front two legs, doing a handstand, and then jumps. The back left leg is waiting to feel the door handle, so it kind of sticks that leg out and waits until it senses contact. Again, all the sensing is through the motors, there’s no current sensors or force sensors. Once it perceives contact with the door knob, it retracts the leg, moves it over a little bit, and then extends it, and that actually all happens within 50 milliseconds, so it’s incredibly fast. And then once it’s done that, the other back leg, which is now also in the air, pushes against the door to crack it open a little bit, and it also helps push the robot so it pitches back down toward the ground, where it then retracts the leg back and catches itself before it falls. The door opening and stair/fence climbing were done with help from T. Turner Topping. We’ve just submitted a paper on this these behaviors, and Avik has a bound paper forthcoming as well.

Robot opening a door like a cat

Tim Burton’s latest film doesn’t just lack diversity, it lacks personality

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On Thursday, a minor shock wave went through social media as Bustle published a short piece quoting director Tim Burton in conjunction with his new film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Associate entertainment editor Rachel Simon apparently asked Burton why his films — 36 of them to date — focus almost exclusively on white characters. His dismissive response, weirdly enough, had virtually nothing to do with the modern world, or even with the specifics of casting or conceiving his own films: he flashed back to his childhood annoyance over The Brady Bunch adding “an Asian child and a black,” and praised himself for not demanding that blaxploitation films should include more white people. “Things either call for things, or they…

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Tilt Brush, my favorite virtual reality game, is getting multiplayer

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I haven’t played all that many games in virtual reality, but I feel confident saying that Google’s Tilt Brush — which is essentially the MS Paint of VR — is among the best experiences out there. And it’s going to get even better, because Google is adding a multiplayer mode.

My excitement probably sounds a little ridiculous if you’ve never played around in Tilt Brush before. Why on Earth would someone be excited about multiplayer Paint?

It’s way more fun than a paint app ought to be

But the newness of virtual reality makes playing around in Tilt Brush a magical experience that’s unlike any game or app you’ve tried before. You can easily lose an hour or more wandering around Tilt Brush’s void drawing streaks of light like some minor god…

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9 tricks to appear smart in brainstorming meetings

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image9 The following is an excerpt from Sarah Cooper’s new book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings (October 4, Andrews McMeel) In a brainstorming meeting, the pressure of coming up with incredible new ideas can be debilitating. Luckily, the last thing most corporations want is new ideas. During these largely pointless exercises, the point is to contribute using the mere gravitas of… Read More

The NES Classic has a CRT filter to make games look properly old school

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Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition is a fairly straightforward device: it’s a tiny version of the classic console, with 30 games built in so you can play them easily on a modern television. It doesn’t have much in the way of frills, but today Nintendo is revealing a few new features for the device.

Most notably, it will offer three different display options. One, which Nintendo calls “pixel perfect” mode, cleans up the visuals so that they look crisp on your high-definition TV, while displaying them in a square format. Nintendo says that many of these 8-bit games look better in this mode than they do through the Virtual Console on the Wii and Wii U. Another mode sharpens up the visuals slightly, while maintaining the 4:3 aspect ratio of the…

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Trocafone unlocks Latin America’s smartphone market selling certified, pre-owned phones

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São Paulo, 11/11/2014. Brasil Econômico - Guillermo Arslanian (E.) e Guillermo Freire (D). Foto - Piervi Fonseca / Agência O Dia Sometimes it’s a startup business, and not political power, that grows out of the barrel of a gun. At least, that’s the story behind Trocafone, a Brazilian startup that just raised $7 million for its services buying, refurbishing, and re-selling smartphones across Latin America. The company’s journey began with an armed robbery in Argentina. Read More

BlackBerry’s success led to its failure

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It’s mobile prehistory at this point, but there was once a time when the ultimate smartphone you could get was a BlackBerry. Before Apple’s iPhone arrived, Google’s first Android prototypes were basically BlackBerry clones. It’s easy to think of the stratospheric rise of Android and the iPhone over the past few years as inevitable, but we sometimes forget just what outsiders both of these platforms once were. Back in 2006, neither Apple nor Google had established relationships with carriers. Neither had a loyal following of business users to bolster its consumer proposition. And neither had the best text input method ever devised for a pocketable device. BlackBerry, then known as Research In Motion, did. And it’s partially because of…

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