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Snapchat’s Dress Up feature turns your phone into an AR shopping mall

It’s becoming a fundamental law of the internet: where people socialize, they must also shop. Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and practically every other social network and messaging app on the planet has spent the last couple of years trying to make every pixel of your chats and pictures into a one-click purchasing possibility. Snap’s plans on this front are more ambitious than most. It’s trying to take the whole shopping experience — you see a shirt you like on a stranger, figure out what it…

Snap’s first drone, Pixy, fully revealed in FCC photos

It appears Snap is working on a drone called Pixy, and the whole thing just leaked with a huge amount of details, including photos and a seemingly unfinished user manual, published by the FCC. It’s small: rulers in the photos indicate the drone is roughly 130 millimeters wide and 120 millimeters tall, which translates to approximately 5.1 inches by 4.7 inches. In a user manual, Snap characterizes the drone as “a small smart drone with a camera and camera function.” The drone itself is a rounded rectangle in Snap’s…

Valorant is getting proper pro leagues starting in 2023

Riot Games is making some big changes to the Valorant esports scene. The shift is due to kick off in 2023 and will include the introduction of three regional leagues representing the Americas, Europe, and Asia; previously, professional Valorant operated on a tournament structure. The changes will bring Valorant more in line with Riot’s other popular competitive game, League of Legends. It’s not clear yet which teams will participate in the new leagues, nor how they will be selected. But Riot says that “the new model…

Windows 11 basics: how to personalize your wallpaper and lock screen

If you’ve just bought a new laptop, one of the first things you’re probably going to want to do is personalize how it looks. Windows has plenty of options for customizing what you see when you open up your device. You can not only select a color, photo, or slideshow for your wallpaper, but you can choose a lock screen and pick a theme. It’s simple and straightforward to do once you access your personalization settings. To do that: Click on the Start button Click on Settings Select Personalization in the left-hand…

Vodafone Offers to Settle Multi-Billion-Dollar India Tax Row

British telecommunications giant Vodafone said Friday it had offered to settle a multi-billion-dollar tax dispute with India, after the government scrapped a law that saw it claim huge sums from multinational firms.The legislation, introduced in 2012, allowed New Delhi to claim back taxes from foreign companies that had bought assets of Indian firms in past deals.It was dubbed "tax terrorism" by the then-opposition BJP -- which is now in power -- and widely viewed as damaging India's push to attract more foreign…

Jio Revises Disney+ Hotstar Mobile Prepaid Plans, Now Start at Rs. 601

Reliance Jio has revised five prepaid recharge plans that come bundled with one year of Disney+ Hotstar Mobile subscription. The recharge plans in question were formally not included in the tariff hike that Jio introduced last week. As a result of the revision, Jio is now offering Disney+ Hotstar Mobile to its prepaid subscribers for as low as Rs. 601 a month, up from the earlier Rs. 499 plan. The revised plans are also costing up to 20 percent more to users.As per the details available on the Jio site, the Rs. 601…

WhatsApp May Soon Let Users Use a Single Account on Multiple Smartphones

WhatsApp unveiled multi-device support for Android and iOS users last month. This allows people to use their WhatsApp accounts on up to four devices and one phone simultaneously without an active internet connection. Now, the Meta owned instant messaging platform is reportedly working on a new feature that will allow users to add a secondary device as a companion for their primary phone with WhatsApp on it. With this, users can link their WhatsApp account to use it on another phone. This feature was reportedly spotted on…

5G Wireless Use Could Prompt Flight Diversions, US FAA Warns

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday warned that interference from planned use of 5G wireless spectrum posed an air safety risk and could result in flight diversions.The aviation industry and the FAA have raised concerns about potential interference of 5G with sensitive aircraft electronics like radio altimeters. AT&T and Verizon in November agreed to delay the commercial launch of C-band wireless service until January 5 after the FAA raised concerns.The FAA issued a pair of airworthiness directives…

Google Says Will Provide Technical, Financial Support to Youth, Women Entrepreneurs in Telangana

Google said on Thursday it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Telangana Government to provide technical and financial support to youth and women entrepreneurs in the state.As per the deal, Google will collaborate with the Government through its various arms to extend scholarships for Google Career Certificates to Telangana's youth, support women entrepreneurs through digital, business and financial skills training, and strengthen the Government's school modernisation efforts with digital teaching and…

Amazon Prime Video Unveils 35 Indian Series, With 18 New Led by Sonakshi Sinha, Shahid Kapoor, Others

Amazon Prime Video has unveiled 35 Indian series for next two years — 2022, 2023, and possibly 2024 — including 18 new scripted ones and four new unscripted ones. Among new TV shows, we have the Shahid Kapoor-led thriller Farzi from Raj & DK, the Sonakshi Sinha-led serial killer drama Dahaad from Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar, the Kay Kay Menon-led action crime drama Bambai Meri Jaan, period drama Jubilee from Vikramaditya Motwane, the Karan Johar-produced comedy-drama Call Me Bae, Hush Hush with Juhi Chawla and Soha…