Is someone hijacking your Spotify? Here's what I did when it happened to me.

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For years, I’ve had a bit of a digital pen pal.

His name is Kevin. He loves music, “Coffee Table Jazz” in particular. He owns an Amazon Echo, through which he listens to his lovely, soothing John Coltrane trumpet croons. He doesn’t often listen during the day, but at night the tunes come alive — probably while he’s also hand rolling linguine next to a glass of a full-bodied cabernet. (Or at least, that’s what I imagined.)

I know all of this because Kevin and and I have been linked at the hip (digitally) for years, all through a connected Spotify account. Every so often, while I’m listening to music on the app, it’ll stop abruptly and I’ll get a message that has become the bane of my existence: Now Playing on Kevin’s Echo. Read more…

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Learn how to become a computer programmer by taking some online courses

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These days, it seems like everyone is learning to code. But it’s not as easy as it seems to get started – there are many different languages and concepts to learn and countless people who already know them. How do you even begin to choose, and how can you compete? Fortunately, there are some great online learning paths like this set of online classes that can help set you up with an entire skill set that employers like Snap will pay generously to hire. Because let’s not kid ourselves; the end game here is money. Lots of money. Read more…

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How mobile photography technology has evolved over two decades of phone cameras

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Picture this: The sun is sinking below the horizon, and you know from the start that it’s going to be a stunner of a sunset — one for the books (or at the very least, for Facebook). You scramble for your phone to capture the vivid hues of the cotton-candy-coloured skies, but the image simply doesn’t translate on your screen as beautifully as it appears IRL.

In the nascent days of mobile phone photography, this was a common scenario. But today’s smartphone cameras are capable of capturing pro-grade images in any number of difficult lighting conditions — even, in some cases, underwater. The best part is that this impressive camera fits right in your pocket, enabling you to preserve precious memories in remarkable detail.  Read more…

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Put your vital signs on show with this ultrathin, stick-on skin display

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There’s a glut of devices out there designed to tell all sorts of things about your bodies, but few you’d want stuck to your body for very long.

Perhaps with that in mind, engineering researchers at the University of Tokyo and Dai Nippon Printing have developed an ultrathin display which sticks to skin.

It’s made up of a 16×24 array of micro LEDs, stretchable wiring, all mounted onto a rubber sheet. Researchers say the display will last on your skin for a week without causing inflammation. 

Image: Takao Someya Research Group.

Of course, it isn’t the first stretchable display around. What researchers say makes this different is its durability on skin, claiming it can be expanded up to 45 percent more than its original length. Read more…

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There's finally a board game powered by Amazon Alexa

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Your next family game night could include Amazon Alexa. 

Game manufacturer Sensible Objects has released When in Rome, the first board game to incorporate Alexa. 

Through your Amazon Echo device, Alexa teaches you the rules, keeps track of the score, and guides you through the game. 

The game is pretty simple. Players sit around a world map, and each places their marker on a “home city” to start. 

Players then travel around the map to various major cities. As your marker enters each city, Alexa asks you questions about that city’s weather, customs, food, culture, and more. The questions range from easy (“Is San Francisco foggy?”) to difficult (“Which of these is not a real pub?”).  Read more…

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Twitter trolls are using the latest iOS bug to crash iPhones

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It looks like trolls are exploiting the latest iPhone bug to make life very difficult for Twitter users.

Earlier in the week, yet another iPhone-crashing iOS bug surfaced. For some reason, a single character from the Indian Telugu language will cause whatever app it’s viewed in to crash repeatedly.

Apple has said it’s aware of the issue and plans to fix it in an upcoming update, but the issue has proved to be particularly problematic on Twitter. As word of yet another crash-inducing bug has begun to spread, it appears that some Twitter users are using it to their advantage. Read more…

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