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FBI paid more than $1.3 million for San Bernardino iPhone hack

FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday that the agency paid more to break into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone than he’ll make in the remaining 7+ years of his tenure. Reuters crunched the numbers, and that suggests that the FBI paid more than $1.3 million for the hack. That seems like a lot of money […]

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Everything You Need to Know from Facebook F8

Facebook just concluded their developer conference called F8 (is it slightly creepy that that spells fate?). During this event Mark Zuckerberg, laid out Facebook’s 10 year plan for world domination roadmap for the company that showed their products like WhatsApp and Instagram all the way to their VR aspirations and their plans to use drones and other means to make sure everyone can access the internet (and their products, of course).

Facebook F8 Roadmap

Since it is a developer event, Facebook kicked things off with some new developer tools.

Login Tools

Facebook announced a few tools for developers to help with logging into their apps. Sort of makes sense considering Facebook is the most popular login service in the world.

First up, there is Account Kit which developers can use to allow their users to login to their apps using their phone number or email. This came after developers told Facebook users wanted to be able to login without needing a Facebook account.

They also announced a new login for users with Facebook accounts, called Anonymous Login. As the name suggests, you’ll have a new Login Anonymously option in addition to the Login with Facebook option we are used to seeing that will allow you to login to an app using Facebook but without sharing any of your personal info and not letting the app post to your Facebook.

In addition to this new option – that I’m not sure why you would ever not select frankly, but maybe I’m missing something – Facebook also announced line by line controls for the normal Facebook Login. You can actually choose which permissions you want to give the app instead of having to allow all of them in one shot.

Sharing Tools

Next up in the developer tools that’ll probably affect you as an end-user is the new sharing-type tools that Facebook announced.

There is a new quote-sharing tool that developers can put on their sites eventually that’ll let users highlight text on the page and it’ll give users the option to directly quote it and share it to Facebook.

Quote Sharing

There’s also a new Save to Facebook button that developers will also be allowed to embed on their sites to have you save articles, yes, like Pocket or Instapaper, but to your Facebook app for reading later. Once of the nice things that might help this get adopted faster than Pocket or Instapaper is the face it doesn’t strip down the site, so publishers (ehem!) can still have their ads on the page and continue to make revenue. At least, until Facebook strips that out and forces them to use their own ad network, called Audience Network.

Messenger

The clear star of this event, though, was definitely Messenger.

Just like Microsoft unveiled at their recent event, Facebook is pushing bots. Now in Messenger, you can talk to specific bots and they’ll deliver information to you via conversational text instead of, say using an app. For example, messaging the CNN bot will have it ask you what topics you are interested in and it will then use that info to tell you about the news from those topics, the 1-800-Flowers bot can help you order flowers to someone, etc.

Facebook Messenger Bots

Again, as I’ve said before, these bot things are going to get interesting and they’re a brand new type of App Store that people like Microsoft and Facebook have opened up to developers to create their own (which, I’m sure will eventually be able to be charged for, which Facebook and Microsoft will then take a percentage of à la every app store).

This new bot platform is now ready for development and is dubbed “Messenger Platform”.

Live Streaming API

Another form of communication that Facebook is betting on is live video. With the release of their live video recently, it makes sense that Facebook announced their new Live Streaming API that’ll allow developers to throw live video up on Facebook. So, you know, expect more soon.

Virtual Reality

Being that Facebook owns the popular Oculus VR company, it was expected that there’d be some Virtual Reality news coming out of this event and Facebook didn’t disappoint in that respect: they launched a camera.

Facebook Surround 360

The new Surround 360 camera is capable of shooting 8K video using 17 lens and costs about $30,000. While that may sound like a lot of money, let me assure you that for that resolution and a 360 degree shooting rig with minimal setup needed, it’s not.

Conclusion

And there you go, a quick recap of the things that Facebook announced at F8 this year. Let me know what you guys think in the comments below and I’ll reply ASAP.

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Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1 Review

As far as the burning mysteries of Star Wars: The Force Awakens go, “Why does C-3PO have a red arm?” doesn’t exactly top the list. A cynic might accuse Disney of including that visual shake-up solely so that they’d be able to charge fans more money to learn the answer elsewhere. Regardless of the motivation behind C-3PO’s minor (and short-lived) makeover, Marvel has come through with a belated but surprisingly enjoyable explanation.

Star Wars: C-3PO Special #1 serves as a prequel to The Force Awakens, as Threepio and a ragtag band of fellow droids are dispatched on an important mission to aid the Resistance.  That mission quickly devolves into a battle for survival as these droids contend with every threat the harsh desert landscape can throw at them. That’s about the extent of the plot. Thankfully, writer James Robinson doesn’t attempt to take on too much in his script. The focus is on fleshing out Threepio as a character, not adding new layers to the wider Star Wars universe. The script is just ambitious enough to suit the standalone, done-in-one format of this issue.

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How to Get the Amazon Appstore on Your Android Device

How to Install the Amazon Appstore

So because the Play Store doesn’t allow other app stores, you have to go about getting the Amazon Appstore a little differently.

  1. First up, we need to allow apps from outside the Play Store to be installed on the phone. Head to Settings > Security > and then tap Allow Unknown Sources on.
    Unknown Sources
  2. Now, we need to get the app store file onto the phone so to do that, head to the link below from your Android phone:
    Amazon Appstore Download
  3. Once there, you can tap Download and it’ll save it to your phone.
  4. After it downloads, tap the download notification in the notification shade and it’ll install.
  5. Once installed, you can click Open to get to the app store and you’ll be able to get to it in the future from your regular app drawer like any other app.
  6. Once you open it, you’ll need to sign in with your Amazon account in order to use it, so do that.

Amazon Appstore Home Page

Now, that that’s installed and ready to go, let’s discuss some of its advantages.

Amazon Coins

First up, Amazon offers Amazon coins, a type of virtual currency that you can purchase from Amazon to then spend on apps, games, and in-app purchases in the Amazon App Store. Essentially these coins help save you money. Every 100 coins is worth $1, so a $0.99 app would cost 99 coins. The difference is, the more coins you buy the more of a discount you get. Sometimes they even run specials that increase these discounts, too. At the moment, you can see that you can get 500 coins for $4.50, 1000 for $8.80 and so on even getting 50,000 for just $375. If you’re a big gamer and spend a lot of money in-app, this can be a great way save a bit without having to do much.

Amazon Coins

In addition to that, Amazon regularly gives coin-back bonuses for specific in-app purchases. So if there’s a 20% Amazon Coins back offer on an in-app purchase of $19.99, you’d get back $3.99 in coins to use on future purchases.

Amazon Underground

Besides coins, Amazon has a unique section of their site that’s devoted to apps and games that are free called Amazon Underground. A lot of these are games and apps from the Play Store that actually cost money there, but in the Amazon Underground section they’re free.

Actually Free Banner

Not only are they free to download but a lot of them have free in-app purchases compared to their Play Store counterparts. You can see the apps that have these special free in-app purchases by a small badge that says Actually Free on the app icon in store.

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Adr1ft PC Review

Adr1ft is a beautiful recreation of floating through the terrifying and lonely vacuum of space in a bulky, near-future spacesuit. This journey through a thoroughly destroyed space station has some moments of serenity and beauty, especially when looking down on the Earth below. But it struggles to build a game around its simulation, and soon becomes as directionless as its name suggests.

The opening is a huge missed opportunity. When you complete the training tutorial, Adr1ft begins by having the main character wake up as the sole survivor of a disaster that destroyed her space station, and that left me feeling felt cheated. Not only do we not get to see an elaborate destruction scene like the one that most likely inspired this game in the movie Gravity, we don’t get much of an idea of what this enormous station looked like intact. It’s understandable that developer Three One Zero isn’t made of money, but this is a case of a cut corner that hurts: an implied spectacular event just isn’t effective.

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