RIP analog video: Last VCR maker will stop production

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I was going to say let’s pour one out for the VCR and VHS, but you probably did so a long time ago.

Funai Electric, the last remaining producer of VCRs, will throw in the towel by the end of July. Despite selling over 750,000 VCRs last year, the company’s decision to cease production was based on declining sales (you don’t say!) and difficulties sourcing the necessary parts to manufacture the ’80s-defining machine, according to the Nikkei (via Anime News Network).

In addition to producing VCRs it sold under its own brand, Funai Electric also produced them for other companies like Sanyo. Read more…

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Tinder's new feature may shake up your social life a little too much

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LONDON — When it comes to hanging out with friends, Tinder’s probably the last place you’d think to look. 

But now, the hugely popular dating app doesn’t just want to hook you up with a new partner, it wants to sort out your social life too. 

The app’s new feature Tinder Social — which launched Thursday in the U.S., UK and India — enables you to create groups, meet new potential pals and plan group activities with friends and strangers.

How does it work?

To use the feature, you’ll need to update to the latest version of Tinder. A tab will appear asking you if you’d like to unlock Tinder Social, but you can also head over to your settings tab to turn on the feature.  Read more…

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Motorola's Moto Z and Z Force are modular phones done right

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“Where do we go from here?” That’s the question phone makers and gadget reviewers like me ask whenever a new smartphone launches and it’s just another great smartphone in a sea of great smartphones.

As much as I prefer the iPhone, I’ll admit it has become boring. The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are great, but undeniably dull (even in rose gold). This year’s iPhone 7 (or whatever Apple will call it) doesn’t look like it’ll be a bold reinvention, either.

There’s nothing wrong with being good but boring. But where’s the fun in that?

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Japan launches detailed 'Pokémon Go' safety plan before game drops

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Following the recent criminal activities and unfortunate incidents that occured since Pokémon Go launched in several countries, Japan is taking measures to ensure the safety of its people.

Rumours have been circulating since Monday that the augmented reality game is set to drop in Japan at any moment.

On Wednesday, the country’s government cybersecurity agency posted on Twitter and Line a poster of how Pokémon trainers can stay safe while having fun with the game.

The poster by the National Center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity detailed nine steps for people to consider before getting on the app. According to a translation by Rocketnews24, they are: Read more…

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Japan launches detailed 'Pokémon Go' safety plan before game drops

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Following the recent criminal activities and unfortunate incidents that occured since Pokémon Go launched in several countries, Japan is taking measures to ensure the safety of its people.

Rumours have been circulating since Monday that the augmented reality game is set to drop in Japan at any moment.

On Wednesday, the country’s government cybersecurity agency posted on Twitter and Line a poster of how Pokémon trainers can stay safe while having fun with the game.

The poster by the National Center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity detailed nine steps for people to consider before getting on the app. According to a translation by Rocketnews24, they are: Read more…

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Now you can draw your own Snapchat facial filters

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Love Snapchat but need more selfie filters? Now you can draw your own.

The app’s latest update, which includes Bitmoji integration, also comes with a filter it calls a Face Paint Lens that allows you to draw on your own face to create a filter that works in real time.

Here, you can see how the filter reacts and tracks my face as I move in different angles. It even stretches out my star-shaped sunnies when I move my eyebrows:

Additionally, the app remembers your last-drawn masterpiece, which is handy in case you want to post several snaps with the same one. Read more…

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