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Apple watch is selling better than you might think

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Just when it seemed the smartwatch hype train may have finally died off, it appears the Apple Watch is selling surprisingly well. For the last couple of years, Fitbit had led wearable sales, suggesting fitness trackers, not smartwatches, would be king moving forward. But then Tim Cook announced Apple Watch sales had “nearly doubled” since last year, and now a ...

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Facebook tests reactions and Dislike button on messages

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Facebook finally has a Dislike button, but it’s not where you’d expect. How do you reply to a specific message in a rapid-fire chat thread? Facebook wants you to attach emojis to your friends’ messages the same way you do with News Feed posts. TechCrunch reader Hoan Do sent a tip that Facebook Messenger is showing some users a Reactions ...

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Donkey Kong and Pokemon join gaming hall of fame

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Donkey Kong and Pokemon Red and Green have been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Halo: Combat Evolved and Street Fighter II were also honoured with places in the permanent exhibition at The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. They join titles such as Sonic the Hedgehog, The Sims, Doom, Pong and World of Warcraft. ...

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Infinix launches world’s first ‘wefie’ device in Ghana

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Hongkong-based Infinix Mobile has launched the world’s first ‘wefie’ smartphone with dual front cameras that feature a 135-degree wide angle lens in Ghana. The device, Infinix S2, comes as an upgrade to the brand’s Hot S series launched in 2016. The wefie device, unlike other regular smartphones, allows room for more people in a selfie photograph without the use of ...

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Facebook accused of targeting vulnerable teens with predatory ads

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The Australian has obtained confidential internal documents from Facebook that supposedly show how it’s possible for the company to take advantage of teenagers’ insecurities to benefit advertisers. The leaked document was written by two Australian Facebook execs and included how monitoring users’ posts, comments and interactions could help figure out when people felt “defeated”, “overwhelmed”, “stressed”, “anxious”, “stupid”, “nervous”, “silly”, ...

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Google brings the Force to Android Pay

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In honor of this the most holy of holidays, May the Fourth (aka Star Wars Day), Google’s Android Pay is transporting customers to a galaxy far, far away every time they make a purchase. Google’s mobile purchasing app will play a Star Wars-themed animation after every purchase this week, making it even more tempting to go pick up some extra ...

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Google Docs users hit by phishing scam

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Google says it has stopped a phishing email that reached about a million of its users. The scam claimed to come from Google Docs – a service that allows people to share and edit documents online. Users who clicked a link and followed instructions, risked giving the hackers access to their email accounts. Google said it had stopped the attack ...

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WhatsApp back online after global outage of ‘a few hours’

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WhatsApp, a popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, suffered a widespread global outage on Wednesday that lasted for several hours before being resolved, the company said. “Earlier today, WhatsApp users in all parts of the world were unable to access WhatsApp for a few hours. We have now fixed the issue and apologize for the inconvenience,” WhatsApp said in ...

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Facebook nears two billion monthly users

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Facebook’s profits have jumped in the first three months of the year, as the social network closes in on two billion users, according to its latest results. The number of people using Facebook each month increased to 1.94 billion, of which nearly 1.3 billion use it daily, the company said. The US tech giant reported profits of just over $3bn ...

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Apple sees surprise fall in iPhone sales

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Apple sold fewer iPhones than a year ago in the first three months of 2017, the company said in its latest results. The California firm, which is due to release a new phone later this year, said it sold 50.8 million iPhones in the period, down 1% year-on-year. Apple boss Tim Cook blamed a “pause” as customers wait for the ...

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