16 clever tech pranks anyone can do

August 7, 2017

Technology has made lots of things in life easier and pranking just happens to be one of them. If you feel like your friends and family haven’t been pranked in awhile, then their time is probably due. We’ve compiled a list of simple and clever pranks that you can pull on your loved ones using the tech you already have. These pranks are also pretty harmless in the long run….

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Apple’s China App Store just disappeared all VPN apps, report says

July 30, 2017

Image: Sipa Asia/REX/Shutterstock In a move sure to put Apple’s ongoing activities in China under a more intense international microscope, a number of foreign-made VPN software apps have been removed from China’s app store, according to a report from The New York Times. SEE ALSO: Whatsapp users in China report issues sending pictures and video, fearing censorship The report cites several VPN makers, including ExpressVPN and Star VPN, after the…

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Download this: Plotagraph will help you level up your Instagram game

July 30, 2017

Who doesn’t want to level up their Instagram game? While many apps that let you add special effects to your photos end up looking gimmicky, Plotagraph’s app lets you add elegant animations that will make your want to revisit your favorite photos. SEE ALSO: How Sarahah became one of the most popular iPhone apps in the world The idea is kind of like a Live Photo, but instead of photo…

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Bad ads, coming to a Snapchat near you

July 22, 2017

Image: snapchat screenshot Two minutes. That’s all the time it takes to make a Snapchat ad with the company’s new tool released this week. It used to take months, and for good reason. One of the beauties of advertising on Snapchat, since its debut in early 2015, has been a high bar for quality because the formatmobile, vertical, 10 secondswas so new and the ad itself was so expensive. Now,…

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Researchers have created a mobile phone you don’t need to charge

July 10, 2017

Image: screenshot from youtube Your future phone may never need to be charged. That’s the exciting implication of new research out of the University of Washington, where researchers have created a mobile phone prototype that doesn’t require a battery to operate. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk sticks to Twitter bet to build world’s biggest lithium-ion battery The astonishingly efficient prototype requires just 3.5 microwatts of juice, and it employs an innovative…

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RED’s ‘holographic’ Hydrogen is a phone only rich camera geeks will love

July 9, 2017

We barely know anything about the RED Hydrogen phone.Image: red Professional camera maker RED announced the world’s first holographic phone the Hydrogen on Thursday to the surprise of phone geeks everywhere. The Hydrogen is already generating plenty of excitement among RED’s rabid fanbase, and yet we don’t even know much about the hardware. SEE ALSO: The world’s first glasses-free holographic phone is coming, and it’s not from Apple RED still…

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Here are some of the weirder and more creative ad blockers on the market

July 9, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / underverse A host of niche ad blockers are helping web surfers trade annoying ads for cats, art, and inspiration. The tools are part of a burgeoning cottage industry of blocking software birthed by a popular frustration with disruptive digital ads in recent years. But where most of their ilk simply scrub pop-ups and promos from your screen, a handful of developers have tried to set their services…

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After making $3.5 million on Indiegogo, this palm-sized micro drone can be yours

July 2, 2017

Image: extreme toys Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. While smartphone-based VR is still in the early stages, there are some drones that prove the technology is coming along quicker than we think. Smart, fast, and able to fit in the palms of your hands, the Micro Drone 3.0 is what weve all been waiting for. SEE ALSO: Gadgets…

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We just dodged an expanded electronics ban — for now

June 30, 2017

Security just ramped up for anyone flying into the U.S.Image: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) We’ve been waiting for the electronics ban to expand beyond flights coming to the U.S. from the Middle East and parts of Africa, but on Wednesday the U.S. Department of Homeland Security made it sound like some new security procedures are all we should expect at least, for the moment. SEE ALSO: Emirates offers ingenious workaround to…

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Amazon Echo clones are coming

June 16, 2017

Image: Amazon Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are fairly new, but they’re already considered a hit among consumers because they’re easy to use and can control most popular smart home products. Now, it appears that there’s about to be a massive surge of Amazon Echo and Google Home clones making their way into people’s lives. SEE ALSO: Apple finally reveals its Siri-powered Amazon Echo killer Qualcomm…

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