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Snap launches Spectacles in two new styles: Nico and Veronica

Nico on the left, Veronica on the right.Image: Snap Snap’s original Spectacles, though designed more or less like traditional sunglasses, weren’t for everyone. The funky frame was…well, ugly, and the camera in one corner and LED flash in the other were visible from an airplane.  The originals launched in 2016, and the company redesigned them in April 2018 (technically called Spectacles 2), making them smaller and lighter, but the design remained mostly the same.  But on Wednesday, Snap launched Spectacles in two new styles, and these will likely appeal to…

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A working Apple-1 computer is going up for auction soon

Image: Getty Images Gather your coins, folks. Another opportunity to own a piece of Apple history is coming soon.  This September, an Apple-1 computer is going on sale to the highest bidder. While you might not want to rely on it for your day-to-day needs, the Apple-1 — designed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the 1970s — is fully operable.  SEE ALSO: This is probably what Apple’s upcoming iPhones will look like Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen restored the machine earlier this summer, and has officially given this particular…

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Huawei has its eyes on Samsung after beating Apple in smartphone sales

The Chinese smartphone maker said yesterday that it is positioned to become the world's largest smartphone vendor by the end of next year.Image: Jaap arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Huawei is basically screaming, “Can you hear me now?” The Chinese smartphone maker said yesterday that it is positioned to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor by the end of next year. Huawei just upped its 2018 yearend shipment prediction to more than 200 million, which Huawei chief executive Howard Yu previously expressed as his goal. SEE ALSO: Huawei phones are about…

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The internet didn’t hold back roasting MoviePass

Saddled with just over $129.5 million in debt, Brookstone has filed for bankruptcy and looks to close all of its shopping mall locations.Image: Getty Images You may have just sat on your last massage chair at Brookstone. Retail chain and shopping mall staple Brookstone has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As a result, after over 40 years of business, the company announced it would be closing all 101 of its shopping mall locations. Its e-commerce store, as well as its 35 airport based retail locations, will remain open for business.…

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Huawei is now the second largest smartphone maker

This bad boy was selling well.Image: Raymond Wong/mashable Huawei has finally done it: The Chinese giant shipped more smartphones in one quarter than Apple, and is now second only to Samsung.  The company shipped 54.2 million handsets in the second quarter of 2018, an enormous year-over-year increase of 40.9%, according to IDC. Samsung was in first place with 71.5 million handsets shipped, a year-over-year change of -10.4%. While Apple shipped 41.3 million handsets, compared to 41 million in the same period last year.  SEE ALSO: Huawei phones are about to…

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GDPR currently outranks Beyonc in Google Search data

Beyonce performing at Coachella.Image: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella We didn’t know it was possible to care about anything more than we care about Beyoncé. But apparently people around the world care more about GDPR right now than they do about Queen Bey.  Um, what on earth? SEE ALSO: Google makes its privacy policy clearer so we can actually understand it Per Google Trends, search interest in the term GDPR—a.k.a. Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation—is currently higher than interest in Beyoncé. The unusual twist of events was first spotted…

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Microsoft is switching from a gun emoji to a water pistol, too

Finally, consistency, and safety.Image: emojipedia Cross-platform consistency, and gun sense, has taken hold in the emoji universe. Microsoft announced on Friday that it will be switching its gun emoji to a water pistol. The change came two days after Google rolled out an update that replaced its gun emoji with the colorful water pistol toy. Facebook also confirmed to Emojipedia on the day of the Google update that it was in the process of making the switch, too.  SEE ALSO: Everyone (except Microsoft) is using the water pistol emoji now…

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How private is your DNA? Police tap genealogy websites to find suspected ‘Golden State Killer.’

Do you know where your DNA data is?Image: Getty Images/Science Photo Library RM Think twice before you send companies your spit.  A suspected serial killer was caught when investigators compared his DNA to samples collected by ancestry websites. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s richer than ever, despite data privacy scandals Services like 23andMe and Ancestry have become popular by using DNA from users who want to learn more about their family history. But few people think the DNA samples they send in might be used by law enforcement.  On Tuesday, Joseph James…

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Apple targets Android users with new ‘Switch to iPhone’ ad campaign

Image: screenshot: monica chin/apple/youtube There’s a certain aesthetic that consumers have come to expect from Apple: black backgrounds, hip-hop beats, flashy text and visual effects.  The latest set of ads from the company, however, feature a new look. They’re charming, light-hearted, and — most pointedly — out to woo the world’s Android users. SEE ALSO: Apple releases emotional ad to celebrate marriage equality All four ads feature a screen divided into two regions: a gray half labeled “your phone” and a light blue half labeled “iPhone.” They’re less than 20…

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Heres how NASA is preparing the largest telescope ever built for space

Goodbye.Image: lili sams/mashable Instagram has never been my favorite app, perhaps because I love reading words more than staring at photos. But beyond that core element, it’s continued to be the bane of my existence — at least while writing about the tech industry, chatting with friends, and watching the world around me strain to be more “Instagrammable.”  SEE ALSO: 2017’s most memorable Instagram moments I understand some people — maybe a decent amount of Instagram’s 500 million daily users — are inspired by the photos they see in their…

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Apple confirms all Macs and iOS devices are affected by serious CPU bugs

Image: Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock Apple just confirmed that nearly all of its devices are impacted by the serious vulnerabilities affecting processors made by Intel and other chip makers. In the company’s first public statement on the vulnerabilities, Apple confirmed that all of its Mac and iOS devices are affected by the bugs known as Meltdown and Spectre. SEE ALSO: Cybersecurity agency: The only sure defense against huge chip flaw is a new chip “These issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems. All Mac…

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LG has announced the world’s first 88-inch, 8K OLED TV

Image: LG Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. If you were planning to buy an OLED TV but nothing out there was big enough for you, LG has a treat: The world’s first 8K, 88-inch OLED display.  The TV has a 7,680×4,320 pixel resolution (that’s 33 million pixels), and that’s all LG shared in terms of specs at this point. Given that it’s an OLED, though, we can expect deep blacks,…

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Slow iPhone? You won’t like the reason why

Image: courtesy ifixit Conspiracy theorists, rejoice: For once, you were right. Apple confessed this week that, yes, it slows down old iPhones to mitigate battery concerns, practically confirming a long-running suspicion: that a tech giant has messed with an old device to encourage people to buy a new device. SEE ALSO: Yes, Apple sometimes slows down old iPhones to prevent unexpected shutdowns And yet: Apple’s justification is reasonable, if a bit convoluted. Apple says it developed the update for the iPhone 6, 6S, and SE to prevent them from “unexpectedly…

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Apple reveals the most popular app of 2017 and it might surprise you

Image: lili sams/mashable Snap may have had a rough year, but you wouldn’t know it from the App Store charts. Apple just revealed the most popular apps of 2017 and Snap nabbed the top two spots on the list, beating out Facebook, Google, and Netflix. SEE ALSO: The best tech of 2017 While Snapchat was the most downloaded app of 2016, it slipped to the number two position this year, with Snap-owned Bitmoji taking top honors. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise to those who have been paying attention.…

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