Happy Wednesday morning, Austin! Here's a roundup of some of the news being most buzzed about on tech blogs right now.
Instagram's flattery of Snapchat
It's no secret that some users are not fans of Facebook-owned Instagram's move toward an algorithm-based method of displaying photos. And now the service is raising hackles by borrowing, almost carbon-copy style, Snapchat's "Stories" feature, which allows groupings of photos and videos to show to friends that last 24 hours. Buzzfeed shows you how to use the new Instagram feature, while some like Time say, "Instagram's Latest Features is Basically Just Snapchat."
Bitcoin heist drops value of digital currency
The apparent hacking theft of 119,756 Bitcoins from the Hong Kong Bitfinex exchange dropped the value of the virtual currency about 20 percent. The New York Times reports that before that drop, the theft would have been worth about $72 million.
Drone delivery starts to get real
New product reviews!
This week is a bounty of new tech stuff for reviewers. The Xbox One S, a new model of the game console that adds 4K DVD playback and a new design, is getting good press, though some caution that it may be worth waiting until next year's Project Scorpio from Microsoft. Meanwhile, Microsoft's update to Windows 10, the so-called Anniversary Update, adds new features, but doesn't seem to be anything groundbreaking, according to reviews. And the new "Batman" game from Telltale seems to be drawing mostly positive reviews so far for the episodic series that launched on Tuesday.
Hey, the bus is driving over us!
From The Verge comes this report on an elevated straddling bus in China that can drive over cars on the road, avoiding traffic. Can we get one of these in Austin? Please?
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