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Stay up-to-date on the top tech news and trends each week with our Weekly Top 10 Tech. See something we missed? Tag @swebdevelopment on Facebook and Twitter! Here’s our top 10 tech news stories for this week:

  1. Google is testing a ‘Search Lite’ app for countries with slow connections

If you’re living in another country or know someone who lives in another country with slow Internet connections, here is some good news! Google is doing research on a Search app for poor Internet areas. The app will use very little data so that everyone can enjoy an awesome Google search experience.

  1. Twitter starts organizing tweets by topics in the Explore tab

Trying to find out more about topics you love just got a little bit easier on Twitter. The social media has now started sorting out tweets by topic in their Explore tab, and these topics are ordered by what Twitter thinks each individual user would like.

  1. Instagram adds a new creative way to reply to a photo or story

Messaging on Instagram just got interesting. The app has added the ability to reply to a photo or story by allowing you to create a sticker of the message you received or the story you watched. You’ll then be able to use that unique sticker in your photo response.

  1. Reddit rolls out its own video platform

Reddit, the popular forum website, has launched its own native video hosting on desktop and mobile devices. Now posting and trimming videos doesn’t have to be so time consuming as the native video hosting allows for quick video editing and uploading.

  1. Google Launching Android O During Solar Eclipse, Will Probably Call It ‘Oreo’

Android users should be excited because Google will be Launching Android O on August 21, 2017. Don’t worry iPhone users, you’ll have something to look forward to as well – it’s the solar eclipse!

  1. iOS 11 Will Implement a ‘Cop Button’ to Disable Touch ID

iOS will have the ability to disable the touch ID feature. All you need to do is press the power button five times to disable the touch ID. You’ll also be able to automatically call 911 by pressing the power button five times and swiping right. – safety first ladies and gents.

  1. This intelligent night light is killing it on Kickstarter

Scared of the dark or do you usually visit the bathroom in the middle of the night? Meet the new, intelligent night light, Zing. This AI – powered device works with iPhone, Android, Alexa and Google assistant and lights up when you receive a message, call or when you set it to light up for your usual trip to the toilet. Long are the days when you had to feel your way to the bathroom door in the dark.

  1. The Essential Phone is now available for pre-order on Sprint

Everyone is talking about the latest competitor on the mobile phone scene, The Essential Phone. The phone features a 5.71-inch phone with edge-to-edge display, 128GB of storage and it is exclusively available on Sprint.

  1. Google uses machine learning to help journalists track hate

In light of recent events, Google has partnered with a number of other notable businesses to target hate using “Machine Learning.” Machine learning will allow for the pulling of names and information on suggestive hate events. The app is available and is to be continually tweaked for optimal performance. It’s pleasantly surprising that technology can have a moral compass.

  1. Google Home’s voice controls now work with free Spotify accounts

For everyone with a Google Home who doesn’t want to be tied down with various paid subscriptions, Spotify users with the free account will now be able to stream their music library on their Google Home. Yay, music for all!

 

Well folks, that’s all we have for you this week. Check back next week for another installment of our Top 10 Tech!
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