Tinder launches new trans-inclusive gender options

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Tinder is rolling out new features to help its transgender users have a better experience in the app. 

Beginning Tuesday, the dating app will allow users to identify as genders other than male or female on their profile and choose whether they want their gender displayed on their profile. The company says the update will make it easier for transgender people to make connections within the app.

Tinder is also taking new steps to tamp down on harassment on its platform, particularly harassment that targets the transgender community.

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This book is the perfect gift for every Apple fanboy and fangirl

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So you love Apple. Or you know someone who loves Apple. Or you know somehow who hates Apple so much that buying them a design book with 450 pages depicting Apple products is actually the perfect prank. This book is what you need.

The book, dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs and called Designed by Apple in California, showcases 20 years of Apple’s product design. It features 450 photographs of Apple products. 

From the original iMac to the iPhone to the (ouch) Apple Pencil, the book “documents the materials and techniques used by Apple’s design team over two decades of innovation.” Read more…

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How you can get your free Daydream View for your Google Pixel

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Folks in the U.S. who had pre-ordered the Google Pixel have started getting their redeem codes for a free Daydream View virtual reality headset. 

According to 9to5Google, who first reported on the news, the codes have been arriving to customers via email. Once you get a code, the process is as simple as clicking a button, adding a Daydream View to your cart and check out, with a zero dollar price. 

For those who haven’t pre-ordered a Pixel and still want a Daydream View, no problem: If you’re in the U.S., UK, Germany, Canada or Australia, you can order yours now for $79 in Google’s online storeRead more…

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Vivo V5 with 20-megapixel selfie camera launched in India

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Some companies think you want a large display. Some think you want more RAM. Chinese company Vivo is betting on a noticeably powerful selfie camera. 

Vivo today launched the Vivo V5 smartphone in India with a staggering 20-megapixel front-facing camera. The company says the phone has been designed for young audience who typically place a high priority on how good their selfies look. But its price tag, Rs 17,980 ($265), might be a little too much.  

Other features of the phone aren’t as remarkable. The phone sports a metal unibody design and has a 5.5-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) display. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor, which comes coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. You can increase the storage by up to 128GB using a microSD card should you need more space.  Read more…

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Video calling on WhatsApp is a bigger deal than just a new feature

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Video calling apps have existed for at least a decade. Skype offered free video calls way back in 2006, Apple launched FaceTime in 2010, Facebook Messenger got video calling last year and Google has been dabbling with the feature in multiple avatars for a while, and now has Duo. 

Yet, WhatsApp’s entry is a bigger deal, especially in emerging markets.

The biggest thing going for WhatsApp is its sheer user base — over 1 billion monthly active users worldwide. To put the numbers into perspective, Skype has about 300 million monthly active users globally while WhatsApp has 160 million in India alone.   Read more…

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Getting hold of a mini NES Classic has become a long and bitter saga

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So you want the newly released Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition? God speed, my friend.

A mini version of the original NES, the NES Classic Edition is a practically weaponised bit of nostalgia featuring 30 classic games, including the original Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda.

It looks like everyone wants to relive their youth asap, because sheer enthusiasm (and perhaps a lack of preparedness) has buckled Australia’s EB Games website for two days now, leaving many unable to complete their purchases.

The A$99 device went on pre-sale 12 p.m. AEDT Monday on the retailer’s site. Any luck grabbing one? Nope. Tried again Tuesday? Still nope.  Read more…

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