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Google goes meta, adds search function to the dictionary box in Search

  • Google is making it even easier to look up the dictionary definition of words straight into Search. It appears the company has quietly updated the dictionary box in Search to include its own search function. While the change might seem somewhat counter-intuitive and unnecessarily meta, it makes it easier to look up multiple words at a time without having to fill in a new Search query each time. We’re not entirely certain when the Big G rolled out the update, but this is how the revamped dictionary box looks now: Despite this minor modification, the feature practically works exactly like…

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The new red band trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle is comically ultra violent

  • There’s a new trailer for the sequel to 2015’s spy thriller and comedy mashup, Kingsman: The Secret Service. The two-minute look, fresh from San Diego Comic-Con, is packed with some impressive marksmanship, explosions, fist-to-fist combat, and a man being cut in half by a lasso. This is a red band trailer, meaning it might not be safe for work.

    In The Golden Circle, British secret agents must team up with their American counterparts, the Statesman. The trailer features a joyfully American Channing Tatum filling in as a Statesman, alongside a star-studded cast including Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal, and of course returning British agents Taron Egerton and Colin Firth.

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Legendary pokémon are finally coming to Pokémon Go

  • Today Niantic announced that the long-awaited release of legendary pokémon in Pokémon Go is coming soon. The studio provided some details on how the feature will play out in-game. Players will have to work together to defeat the rare monsters using the game’s new cooperative raids feature, which was introduced last month.

    “Once in the wild, trainers can search for unique legendary eggs at gym locations around the world,” the company explains. “Players can team up with friends and other trainers to join legendary raid battle to defeat the legendary pokémon and earn a chance to catch it.”

    The feature will make its debut very soon; the first legendary pokémon raid will take place during Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago on July 22nd. If players in...

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Instagram is pushing restaurants to be kitschy, colorful, and irresistible to photographers

How this AI is starting a music playlist revolution

  • Machine-learning algorithms made possible by a combination of deep learning and artificial intelligence has dominated 2017. The dramatic rises in consumer expectation levels are also forcing businesses to simplify and personalize everything in a bid to remain relevant to their tech savvy customers. We now have access to unlimited music to accompany us on our travels thanks to all-you-can eat packages offered by the likes of Apple Music and Spotify. However, discovery algorithms on these digital services could never replace the art of manually creating your playlist, or could they? Music fans will have fond memories of the Nick Hornby…

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The OnePlus 5 gets a software update fixing the 911 reboot bug

  • OnePlus has issued a software update that fixes the 911 issue that some OnePlus 5 users were reportedly experiencing earlier this week.

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    "We have begun rolling out the software update. Timing may vary by region,” a OnePlus representative said in a statement to The Verge. “We encourage OnePlus 5 users to download the update. If users haven't received a notification, check for the update by going to “Settings” > “System Updates.”

    The update, which should be rolling out to OnePlus 5 owners now, fixes the problem where the recently released smartphone would reboot instead of calling emergency services. Given the critical importance of being able to call 911 (or 999 in the UK), it’s good to see that OnePlus has...

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Twitter says its anti-abuse efforts are working, citing internal data

  • A sustained push to reduce abuse on Twitter has shown promising results, the company said, citing internal data suggesting the company is taking action on significantly more hostile accounts while reducing the amount of vitriol seen by users. The majority of disciplined user accounts do not commit a second infraction, Twitter said, suggesting it has had success in reshaping some users’ behavior. But Twitter did not share the hard numbers behind its data, and users continue to post accounts of the company appearing to ignore physical threats.

    In a meeting with reporters, Twitter executives laid out the following results of their anti-abuse efforts. The company:

    • is taking action against 10 times more accounts this year than it did last...

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a fan project, in the best and worst ways

  • Writer-director Luc Besson encapsulates the soul of his latest movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, in its first three scenes. The film opens on a sweeping, centuries-long history of Alpha, a space station that’s grown from a near-present-day base into a chaotic floating city. Then the story jumps to an extensive sequence on a bright paradise planet of willowy, iridescent humanoids, about to suffer a cataclysmic fate. The forgettable title character only comes in after all this is over, and he’s introduced almost grudgingly. From the start, Besson’s priorities are clear: he loves this vast, complicated future world much more than he loves the man who’s supposed to be its hero.

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Transport app Citymapper is launching a real, paid bus service in London

  • Earlier this year, transport app Citymapper started running an experimental bus route in central London. Today, the company announced that its service is now fully-licensed — meaning it can start charging customers. Citymapper’s first route will open to the public sometime in late August or early September, and will run on Friday and Saturday nights, 9PM to 5AM, right through East London.

    But why is an app running a bus route? Well, Citymapper say it’s because it thinks it can offer something that London’s public transport doesn’t. With the help of its user data, the company says it’s identified areas and times that Transport for London — the city’s transport agency — aren’t currently servicing.

    As the firm explains in a Medium post:...

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This African park has a high-tech plan to combat poachers

  • Security has long been a major concern at wildlife reserves in Africa, where rhino and elephant populations have been decimated by poachers in recent years. But a park in Rwanda is betting on a new networking technology to change that.

    This week, Rwanda’s Akagera National Park launched a new system that allows park rangers to monitor animals, visitors, and equipment in real-time. Developed by the Dutch conservation organizations ShadowView and Internet of Life, the so-called “smart park” system is based on a Long Range Wide-Area Network (LoRaWAN) — a low-bandwidth, low-power networking technology that can blanket large areas at relatively low costs.

    LoRaWAN technology has already been used to develop internet of things (IoT) networks...

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