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Truphone raises $339M to retire debt and step up in connecting IoT devices

 Truphone, a mobile company based out of London that made a name for itself through low-cost international mobile voice and data plans, is taking a very big step forward in a strategy to catapult itself into the future of communications: the company has picked up a massive £255 million ($339 million), funding that it will use to retire its debt and double down on providing data connectivity… Read More

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Toys ‘R’ Us hopes AR will bring you back to its stores

Let's say you're Toys 'R' Us: you've just declared bankruptcy, and you're looking for something, anything that might convince customers to visit your stores instead of buying all their toys through Amazon. What would you do? If you ask Toys 'R' Us,…

It looks like we can now add the display to the growing list of what we know about the Pixel 2 XL. 

Images of what appear to be both the front-facing displays of the handset surfaced Monday, thanks to leaker Evan Blass. The promotional images show the phone's front side from both straight-on and side angles.

The side angle is particularly intriguing, given the previous rumors that suggest the phone will have a so-called "squeezable frame" that allows you to interact with Google Assistant by pressing on the sides of the phone. Read more...

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New Google Pixel 2 XL leak shows the phone’s front display

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Google’s big Pixel 2 launch is just a couple days away but the leaks just keep coming.

It looks like we can now add the display to the growing list of what we know about the Pixel 2 XL. 

Images of what appear to be both the front-facing displays of the handset surfaced Monday, thanks to leaker Evan Blass. The promotional images show the phone’s front side from both straight-on and side angles.

The side angle is particularly intriguing, given the previous rumors that suggest the phone will have a so-called “squeezable frame” that allows you to interact with Google Assistant by pressing on the sides of the phone. Read more…

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Art.snapchat.com counts down to augmented reality art launch with Jeff Koons

 A strange “art.snapchat.com” URL featuring a countdown to 3PM eastern time Tuesday over a photo of Central Park and New York’s skyline has appeared. When TechCrunch asked Snapchat about it, a company spokesperson told us “  we’re excited to share more soon”. [Update: It appears the site is counting down to the launch of an augmented reality art feature… Read More

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Facebook’s data-saving Messenger Lite is available in the US

Facebook Messenger has gotten to be a bloated mess. Whether it's suggested text replies and stickers or it pestering you to send money seemingly whenever it notices a dollar sign, sometimes all you want to do is chat with a friend via text. Nothing m…

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FCC Chairman Pai appoints a new chief technology officer

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that Eric Burger would be joining the commission as its new chief technology officer. He's set to take over the position this month. Burger will be replacing Henning Schulzrinne who is returning to a Columbia Universit…

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T-Mobile pulls advertisement claiming it has the fastest network

It looks like T-Mobile will no longer be able to claim that its network is faster, newer or better than Verizon's. The National Advertising Division (NAD), part of the Better Business Bureau that reviews advertising for truthfulness, recommended that…

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Oakland Athletics reportedly test NFC-powered MLB tickets

It took Apple long enough to embrace NFC, even though it was originally only enabled for Apple Pay. Luckily, the company has finally opened up the short-range wireless technology in iOS 11, which should lead to a host of innovative uses of NFC by thi…

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This leaked look at the Google Pixel 2 XL’s front face is promising

 Google’s Pixel 2 launch event is only a couple of days away, but the hype cycle is in high gear – and a new leak has me even more excited to see what Google officially unveils on Wednesday. Serial (and mostly accurate) leaker Evan Blass has posted images he says depict the Google Pixel 2 XL viewed from the front, including a display with minimal bezels that matches up with rumors… Read More

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Facebook brings data plan-saving Messenger Lite to U.S. Androids

 Facebook’s data-conserving version of Messenger is no longer just for developing nations with slow networks. Now the Messenger Lite Android app is expanding to the US. Canada, UK, and Ireland after previously being available in over 100 mostly-developing countries. Messenger Lite packs most of the critical features of the app, but skips things like Messenger Day and selfie lenses that… Read More