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OneDrive can now automatically backup your PC’s documents, pictures,

Microsoft is rolling out a new folder protection feature for OneDrive. Folder protection will offer to automatically sync your documents, pictures, and desktop folders to OneDrive to ensure a PC’s important folders are backed up to Microsoft’s cloud service. If you use multiple Windows 10 PCs then OneDrive will automatically keep all these folders in sync, which is particularly useful if you’re fond of dropping important documents onto your desktop.

Microsoft first started making this OneDrive folder protection feature available to business users back in June, but it’s now making its way to all regular OneDrive users. “This is a new feature we started rolling out broadly this week that is now available to OneDrive users with personal...

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Oppo’s latest phone has the best notch yet

Oppo has announced the F9, a phone with a notch that actually looks pretty great. Seriously, look at it — it’s smaller and less obtrusive than even the Essential Phone’s, with a speaker sleekly integrated into the top edge of the phone. It doesn’t require an extra-thick on-screen status bar, nor does it look like it was created with some sort of hole-punching device.

The notch feels like a natural part of the F9’s design, the bezel-less screen breaking away for a moment to let the selfie camera through before spilling back to the edge. Oppo has gone to great lengths to eliminate the notch with the ultra high-end Find X, of course, but the F9 is the first time I’d say a phone looks straight-up better with its notch than it would without.

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MoviePass posts huge quarterly loss, shareholders sue

MoviePass parent Helios and Matheson has quietly posted its quarterly earnings report, revealing that operating losses have ballooned from less than $3 million this quarter last year to $126.6 million in the three-month period ending June 30, 2018. Losses undoubtedly stem from MoviePass’ struggle to generate revenue from its theater subscription service, which launched just under a year ago for $9.95 a month after the company sold a majority of its stake to Helios and Matheson.

The report also shows that the MoviePass parent burned through more than $219 million in Q2 2018 — or approximately $73 million a month — and has only $51.4 million in assets left. That run rate is more than triple the $21...

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Verizon’s 5G home internet launch will come with free YouTube TV or

Verizon today announced that Google and Apple will be its first video streaming launch partners when the telecom’s 5G broadband service arrives later this year. It also revealed its fourth and final launch market, Indianapolis, which joins the previously announced Houston, Sacramento, and Los Angeles.

The announcement today confirms a previous rumor late last month; customers who sign up to Verizon’s 5G home internet service can choose to receive a free subscription to YouTube TV or an Apple TV 4K device (but not both.) In addition, they’ll also be able to access content from NFL, NBA, and news from Verizon’s own media network, Oath, reports Bloomberg. If you’re wondering whether you’ll find leftover content from the defunct Go90 app,...

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This cruel Bud Light smart fridge unlocks only when the Cleveland Brow

Football season is almost here, and Bud Light has put together something special for the fans of the eternally suffering Cleveland Browns: Cleveland Browns Victory Fridges, a bunch of custom-made, internet-connected fridges that will only open when the Browns manage to snap their winless streak (currently at 17 games and counting).

It’s a fun promotion with some impressive technical effort behind it, but there’s just one problem: those fridges will never need to open.

Bud Light claims that the fridges are kept shut with an elaborate locking system whereby the chains holding the doors closed (and the beer inside) are help up by an internal magnet, synced together with the other Browns Victory...

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TechDen fights your kids’ tech addiction using... a box

Here’s one way to get kids off the phones they won’t put down: hide them in a high-tech box.

TechDen, which is currently being funded through a Kickstarter campaign, claims to ”help kids develop healthy screen habits,” by combining an app to manage your child’s screen time with a literal white box that stores and charges up to two phones or tablets. It can also recognize each device, and send parents notifications about which devices are charging and which are currently in use.

Parents can create designated “sessions” — routine windows of time where their kids can use their phone — and set up a maximum allowable screen time within each of these windows. For example, a session could be an hour before bedtime, and the maximum amount of...

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Instagram now lets you send private polls through DMs

Starting today, you’ll be able to send polls through direct messages in Instagram. It works the same as adding the poll sticker to your stories, but now, you’ll be presented with the option to send the story to your own selection of users. Everyone in the group chat will be able to view the poll results as they vote in real time. It’s not as groundbreaking of an update as, say, the ability to mute your friends’ posts, but it’s still a useful tool for when you just want to poll a small group of relevant people, like a dinner party or family members.

The poll sticker has been available for Stories since last October, and since then, it has been joined by the Emoji slider and the Questions sticker. Instagram is going full-force to increase...

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HQ Trivia introduces an Apple TV app to less efficiently play with fri

HQ Trivia might be waning in popularity, but it’s not dead yet. Now, it’s getting an Apple TV app so that you can more easily — but less efficiently — play with friends, via TechCrunch.

It’s a move that makes a lot of sense, partly. HQ has always chased the classic game show presentation that shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? or Jeopardy made famous. So making the jump to an actual TV feels like a natural extension of that. And playing on a TV, in theory, makes it easier to play HQ with more friends and family members.

But the problem is: if you’re...

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Apple wants to build a custom health chip for processing biometric dat

Apple is working on a dedicated custom health chip that would help it process biometric data from its suite of devices, according to job listings unearthed by CNBC today. The company currently designs custom chips for its iPhone and is rumored to switch to custom processors for its Mac line of computers as early as 2020. Currently, the Apple Watch is powered by the custom S3 chip.

CNBC reports that these new job listings indicate Apple would like to go one step further with regard to health data and integrate a custom chip that would be solely responsible for processing metrics like heart rate and helping improve battery efficiency on devices like the Apple Watch.

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Square Cash expands bitcoin support to all 50 US states

Square has expanded bitcoin support in its Cash App to all 50 US states, the company said in a tweet on Monday. The expansion comes after Square revealed in its earnings report that bitcoin had a profit margin of $420,000 in Q2, after the company spent $36.6 million to gain bitcoin support on the app but only made $37 million back.

The Cash App let users make purchases with bitcoin starting in January, but it didn’t offer support in New York, Georgia, Hawaii, and Wyoming because those states have more restrictions on cryptocurrency transactions. States like Wyoming and Hawaii previously required cryptocurrency companies to hold cash reserves equal to the amount of cryptocurrency funds held for customers, which made it difficult for...

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