Weekly Rewind: 10 important tech stories you may have missed

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James Horner, Oscar-winning Titanic composer, dies in plane crash

James Horner, Oscar-winning Titanic composer, dies in plane crash

Tragedy struck at the beginning of the week when news broke that the Oscar-winning composer James Horner was killed in a plane crash in Southern California. The 61 year-old first won an Oscar nomination for Aliens, and would later pick up two Academy Awards, one for best original dramatic score for James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic, and the other for the movie’s hit song, My Heart Will Go On, co-written with Will Jennings and sung by Celine Dion. Stars of the silver screen were quick to pay tribute. Ron Howard called him a “brilliant composer.”

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Free-wheeling and wheel-free: Lexus hoverboard is straight out of Back to the Future

Free-wheeling and wheel-free- Lexus hoverboard is straight out of Back to the Future

It’s 2015 and we still don’t have a hoverboard. That’s about to change. Lexus announced earlier this week that it’s working on a real-life hoverboard, and it’s called Slide. While it’s far from what we saw in Back to the Future 2, Lexus is at least making our wildest dreams come true by making a real-life hoverboard. The website says that the Slide hoverboard is magnetic, with liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets, made with a Lexus grille and natural bamboo — but that’s all of the details we know for now. The Slide hoverboard has been in development over the last 18 months by teams in Germany, and it’s being tested by a professional skateboarder in Barcelona. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see anyone riding on the overboard in the video, but Lexus is promising that we’ll get to see more updates on Slide in the upcoming weeks. For now, you can watch the teaser video in our full story.

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Verona dating app is now available for iOS

Verona dating app is now available for iOS

Verona is a dating app designed to connect Israelis and Palestinians, whether they’re looking for love or friendship. Developer Matthew Nolan was inspired to create Verona because he wanted to help bring about peace in the Middle East. The app gives Israelis and Palestinians the ability to chat in hopes of bridging cultural divides. The app uses Tinder’s now familiar system of swiping right for someone you like, and swiping left for those you don’t. If there’s a match, you can instantly start chatting and arrange to meet up for a date. Previously, Verona was only available on Android, but the app’s growing user base has pushed Matthew Nolan into releasing an app for iOS as well.

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Google introduces Chromebox for large meeting rooms

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In 2014, Google launched “Chromebox for meetings,” a service which allowed small businesses to get into video conferencing. Today, Google launched “Chromebox for meetings”, hardware which was built so larger businesses can hold their own video conferences. The first bundle can hold up to eight people in one room for the price of $1,000, while the second bundle can hold up to 20 people in one room for $2,000.

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Watch out major networks! Netflix is poised to dominate viewership in 2016

Watch out major networks! Netflix is poised to dominate viewership in 2016

Wall Street analysts at FBR Capital Markets suggest that Netflix could surpass major networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC, in 24-hour viewership if it were measured by Nielsen standards, reports Variety. It can be challenging to compare because Nielsen ratings on standard broadcast TV can be off – most people view programs on DVRs and Video-on-demand way after the seven day window. Nielsen also doesn’t take online viewing into account, even though it’s growing in popularity.

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News

Kenzie wants to hide smart assistants inside its cute, crocheted animals

Kenzie is a company that just launched on Kickstarter with the intention of hiding smart speakers beneath adorable, crotcheted stuffed animals. The firm's intention is to disrupt the tech industry with cuteness.
Small Business

The 15 best tech jobs boast top salaries, high satisfaction, lots of openings

The bonanza of tech jobs just keeps coming. High-paying tech jobs abound at companies where people love to work. If you’re ready to make a change, this is a great time to look for something more fulfilling.   
Deals

Prime Day brings out the best deals on Amazon’s Kindle and Fire tablets

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is here, and it brings with it some of the best deals on all kinds of tech products. Notably, Amazon's Kindle and Fire tablet range of devices have gotten some pretty major discounts,.
Smart Home

Contrary to limited reports, consumer interest in smart home tech is soaring

Interest in smart home tech isn't waning. On the contrary, according to the Consumer Technology Association, 2019 is heading toward a record-breaking year in U.S. consumer tech sales, hitting $400 billion for the first time.
Mobile

St. Paul, Minnesota, is the latest U.S. city to access Verizon's 5G network

Verizon is in the midst of a massive 5G rollout. Its mobile 5G network is now available in select areas of several cities such as Chicago and Denver. Here's everything you need to know about Verizon's 5G network.
Mobile

Renders suggest the Huawei Mate 30 Pro may have a special cinematic camera lens

The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro may join the Mate X folding phone as the company's star products for late 2019. This is what we know about the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro so far.
News

AT&T accused of selling customers’ location data to bounty hunters and stalkers

AT&T was hit with a lawsuit Tuesday accusing it of selling customers’ real-time location data to third parties like credit agencies and bail guarantors, along with bounty hunters and stalkers, without having customer consent. 
News

Worried about how FaceApp is using your photos? Here’s how to delete your data

Are you concerned about your privacy with FaceApp? If so, you might want to delete your data from the app. The app has come under fire for its terms of service and privacy policies that it can use your face photos in any way it wants to. 
Mobile

A.I. photo filters use neural networks to make photos look like Picassos

Artificial Intelligence apps put a novel spin on social network-style photo filters. Instead of just overlaying an effect, these photo filters use machine learning and neural networks to transform an image into a predetermined style.
Mobile

Samsung’s latest RAM chips can move data superfast on your next-gen smartphone

Samsung just announced its fastest RAM chips yet, boasting 44 GB/s transfer speeds with LPDDR5 technology on a 10-nm process. These 12-gigabyte monsters are meant to take 5G and A.I. to the next level on your next-gen smartphone.
Mobile

Big, beautiful, and breakable: Check out the best Galaxy S8 Plus cases

There’s no denying Samsung’s ability to turn out an attractive smartphone, but glass curves are expensive to fix and metal chips easily. We've rounded up the best Galaxy S8 Plus cases on the market.
Wearables

FCC filing reveals impressive specs for luxury Movado Connect 2.0 smartwatch

It's been a while since we saw a smartwatch from luxury watchmaker Movado, but that drought may be over soon. FCC filings for the Movado Connect 2.0 have surfaced, and they paint a picture of a high-spec smartwatch.
Deals

Amazon Prime Day deals are ending, but you can still get great bargains

Prime Day 2019 has come to an end for Amazon, but that doesn't mean the Prime Day deals are over. With deals from Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon still going on, this massive shopping event is continuing on through the week.
Mobile

T-Mobile wants to give you a free smartphone when you add a line

Did someone say free smartphones? T-Mobile is offering free smartphones from a select range of affordable phones when a new line is opened on its $40 per month per line Magenta tier and above.
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