Facebook may copy your app, but Amazon will copy your shoe

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Copying has a long and rich history in Silicon Valley, from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ infamous raiding of Xerox PARC to the legal nightmare that is the Apple-Samsung smartphone design dispute to the almost company-crushing extent Facebook has gone to keep Instagram ahead of Snapchat.

But while Facebook has earned itself a reputation as a modern tech giant unashamed of cloning its biggest competitors’ best features, Amazon has gone one step further. That’s right, it’s cloned a shoe. To be precise, Amazon has copied the hallmark product of Bay Area-based apparel company Allbirds, which coincidentally took Silicon Valley by storm a few years ago with its low-maintenance, ultra-comfortable running shoe.

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Silver Sharers — Connecting older homeowners with long-term renters

Silver Sharers was born out of my own frustration after trying to find a shared home for my partner, aged 62, while also sharing my home with my lodger, aged 52. While seeking a place for my partner, I realised the current solutions for finding a flatshare did not take into account the needs of older people and I decided to try and create a solution that did.

Xiaomi Redmi 8A is coming on Oct 25 with a 5, 000 mAh battery

The main Redmi 7A unveiled back in Can easily will get a successor next week, as Xiaomi has announced it will launch its Redmi 8A in India on a September 25.

The company also confirmed regarding Redmi 8A will pack a good 5, 000 mAh battery that an upgrade over the 4, 000 mAh cell its predecessor lines with.

Additionally , Xiaomi has set up any kind of event page on its official India webpages, advertising faster charging, aura trend grip design offering “great while using the feel”, and cameras that will help you capture “pro like pictures”.

The web page also confirms that Redmi 8A will sport a notched indicate with thick chin and short bezels on the three sides, with there’s also an image showing off the back of your respective phone which is in line with what we observed on TENAA.

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Redmi 8A images on TENAA’s website

Xiaomi hasn’t disclosed any other specifications of the Redmi 8A, but thanks to TENAA , we know it will sport a to immerse yourself in. 2″ HD+ display and have your own 2 . 0 GHz octa-core processer under the hood coupled with 2GB, 3GB, or 4GB RAM.

TENAA further lets out that Redmi 8A will kick out Android Pie and will come in top storage options – 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

For photography, the Redmi 8A will have 12MP rear furthermore 8MP selfie cameras.

We are still four days away from the official announcement, thus , expect Xiaomi to reveal more features of this Redmi 8A until then.

Speech Blubs — Speech encouragement and improvement app for children

I joined Speech Blubs team about a year ago and since then I’ve seen countless of life-changing success stories, great reviews and happy parents and kids. This app really deserves a chance to get on the smartphones and tablets of concerned parents, because it really does work. Children are going from non-verbal to verbal, sounds are being triggered by children who could not make any sounds before. Kids are learning to count, recognise shapes and some of them go from tens to hundreds of words in a matter of days. All while practicing in a stimulating educational environment. For all you science geeks out there (including me) we are also using a scientifically proven method called video-modelling, which is helping children recognise mouth movements, successfully mimic other kids in our app and learn hundreds of words. You could say that Speech Blubs is giving a voice to kids!

Here’s why so many apps are asking to use Bluetooth on iOS 13

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Apple’s new iOS 13 update adds a new privacy measure that requires apps to get your consent in order to use your device’s Bluetooth. After installing the latest version of iOS, trust me when I say you’ll be surprised by the number of apps asking for Bluetooth permission the next time you open them. Some might seem very strange (like Dunkin’ Donuts in my case), but others probably won’t make you think twice about giving the thumbs-up.

The reason Apple implemented this is because Bluetooth has enabled companies to sneakily track your location over Bluetooth by using beacons in stores, shopping malls, and even on popular city streets if they’re placed within range of a place you’d walk by.

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ParJar — Send crypto to your friends without the clunky wallet

TLDR: Check below for the link to the group chat where we’re giving Hunters cryptocurrency to try out ParJar. Hi Hunters! We’re Parachute (makers of ParJar). We started out a year ago to make cryptocurrency easier to use in our lives. We believe cryptocurrency should be accessible, easy to use, and social. ParJar is our first product, with over 15,000 people using it 90,000 times a month to share coins with their friends in group chats. The biggest barrier we’re trying to solve is around the way people use cryptocurrency. For most people, cryptocurrency is hard to interact with, not very fun, and isolating. It’s the opposite of what we expect in the age of social payment solutions. We think that a small but crucial part in the adoption of cryptocurrency is in making tools that simplify how we interact with cryptocurrency, share it with our friends, and make it part of our daily lives. ParJar is the first step in us doing this. ParJar lets friends send each other coins in group chats. It’s an instant, no fee way to share cryptocurrency. Whether it’s sending coins to cover drinks with a buddy, or covering dues in your fantasy league – ParJar let’s cryptocurrency live in the places we interact with our friends. Today it lives in the popular messaging app, Telegram, with plans to expand over the next year. Here’s what it does today: *Instantly send over 40 digital assets, including Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum. *No fees or “gas”(the fees that cover traditional on-chain transactions) needed to send within ParJar
*No setup or private keys (the security key needed to access traditional on-chain wallets) needed to get started *Traditional withdraw access to any on-chain wallet at anytime
*Deposit cryptocurrency to ParJar from any traditional on-chain wallet
*Add ParJar to any group chat on Telegram
*Use ParJar in over 300 community chats on Telegram Special for Product Hunt: We’ve created a group for Hunters to get free coins and try out ParJar. Join https://t.me/parjarproducthunt and mention you’re coming from Product hunt to get your free wallet and some cryptocurrency. Let us know your thoughts, wishes, and feedback below. We’re here to chat! A few sites you should check out: ParJar: https://parjar.io, Parachute: https://parachutetoken.com, Our story: https://blog.goodaudience.com/pa…

ingenioso V17 Pro cameras detailed to increase tomorrow’s launch

Vivo is all set to announce the < a href="https://www.gsmarena.com/vivo_v17_pro-9849.php"> V17 Pro tomorrow, but it still established time for one more teaser. The smartphone was already confirmed to sport a 32MP dual pop-up selfie camera, and that we also know it will sport an quad camera at the back. Now thanks to a page posted on Flipkart’s website, we get even more details about the cameras.

vivo V17 Pro cameras detailed ahead of tomorrow's launch

Flipkart’s landing page reveals the vivo V17 Pro will boast a 48MP primary camera at the back which will be connected by a 13MP telephoto (2x zoom), 8MP ultrawide angle, and 2MP depth sensor units.

vivo V17 Pro cameras detailed ahead of tomorrow's launch

The homepage also reveals that the 32MP pop-up selfie camera will be accompanied by a 105-degree Super Wide-Angle unit, and the iphone will come with a feature called Super Nocturnal Selfie Mode which will combine a number of frames to let you capture brighter selfies at night.

Neither vivo nor Flipkart would have revealed any other specs, but if we believe previous leaks, the V17 Exec will be powered by a Snapdragon 675 SoC and its notchless AMOLED experience will measure 6. 44″ diagonally.

The actual screen will have a fingerprint ereader underneath, and the smartphone will cruiser with a 4, 100 mAh variety which will draw power through a USB-C port.


Banning flavored vapes won’t stop deadly lung disease

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As the number of respiratory illnesses linked to e-cigarettes continues to rise, lawmakers and governors in states across the country are pushing for regulations on the products — including bans on flavors and increased oversight of counterfeit cartridges. But well-intentioned as they may be, it’s not clear that the proposals are targeting the source of the problem, or what kind of public health benefits they’ll have in the future.

“I think the best regulations are those that are informed by science. That isn’t the case here,” says Thomas Eissenberg, co-director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at Virginia Commonwealth University.


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