Whatsapp starts rolling out two-factor authentication

Beta Android users should see it now.

Whatsapp is one of the biggest messaging services out there, so it’s a little surprising that it hasn’t supported two-factor authentication. That is, until now — as noted by Android Police, people using the beta version of Whatsapp are starting to see the option to turn on this extra security measure.

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Samsung: Please, somebody, make mobile apps for Tizen

The company wants to lure in developers with hefty cash prizes.

Samsung is eager to get developers to build applications for its Tizen smartphones. In an effort to drive up interest, the company has created the Tizen Mobile App Incentive Program, which will offer $9 million in cash prizes from February through October of 2017. According to Samsung, devs with apps that end up in the top 100 chart can earn $10,000 per app — definitely not a bad way to lure people in. Those who want to participate in the program can register starting in “early” January.

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Zero’s latest electric motorcycles boast 200+ mile range

That’s if you add the Power Tank, which costs an extra $2,695.

With some of the world’s biggest bike makers now dedicating time to electric models, Zero Motorcycles knows it has its work cut out. The company has spent the last 10 years refining its gas-free lineup, gradually adding more power and (more importantly) increasing the range, giving riders the incentive they need to make the jump. For its 2017 roster, Zero has done the same again, updating its Zero S, Zero SR, Zero DS, Zero DSR, Zero FX and Zero FXS models, giving some the ability to go 200 miles on a single charge.

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A Facebook bug killed off people before they were dead

The social media death and resurrection show.

Well, this is awkward. Facebook incorrectly flagged some people’s profile pages with a message saying that the person was deceased. And it looks like the glitch was pretty widespread: even founder Mark Zuckerberg had apparently ceased to be. A banner at the top of his profile page read, “We hope people who love Mark will find comfort in the thing others share to remember and celebrate his life.” A number of Engadget staffers had passed on as well; we weren’t just pining.

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Weekly Roundup: Trump victory casts shadow of despair over tech industry

This week, the U.S. was shell shocked and in the tech world in dismay from Donald Trump’s victory as the new President of the United States. Silicon Valley lost its mind in a mess of tweet storms and public outcry. It was the perfect time for GoPro to announce it is recalling its Karma drone, and we escaped this harsh cruel reality with the launch of Google’s Daydream VR and the Nintendo NES Classic Edition.

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HTC Vive can do wireless VR with this $220 add-on

HTC promises it won’t affect the VR headset’s latency.

HTC is opening up pre-orders for a $220 add-on that cuts the Vive’s wires and transforms it into a wireless VR headset. The peripheral that clips onto the device was made by a company called TPCAST and was designed under the Vive X program. If you’ll recall, HTC launched the program to invest $100 million into startups looking to build accessories for the Vive. According to the company’s interview with UploadVR, there’ll be no “noticeable difference” when you use the device, implying that it won’t turn VR experiences into laggy nightmares. HTC even promises that it will “greatly improve” the overall Vive experience.

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The World’s First Home Robotic Chef Can Cook Over 100 Meals

Apparently, having a home cooked meal from the kitchens of Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse and Gordan Ramsay could become a reality. In 2018, Moley will launch the world’s first fully-automated and integrated intelligent cooking robot—a robotic kitchen that has unlimited access to chefs and their recipes worldwide. So not only can this robotic chef cook over 100 different meals for you, it will clean up after itself too!

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Australian IT leaders prioritising migration to hybrid cloud: Microsoft

Microsoft conducted a survey recently and found that almost half of its Australian respondents are looking to move their organisation into hybrid cloud.

Almost half of Australian IT leaders will drive their organisations’ transition to hybrid cloud infrastructure over the next few years, according to a study by Microsoft.

Approximately 40 percent of Australian respondents indicated that their organisations are already transitioning to hybrid cloud with either integrated or non-integrated public and private cloud infrastructure. Microsoft expects this number to increase to 49 percent in the next 12 to 18 months.

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Hyundai to build datacentre in China for connected cars

South Korean car giant Hyundai’s datacentre in Guizhou, China will start operations in June 2017 and will be the hub for its connected cars in the country.

Hyundai will build a datacentre in Guizhou, China that will began operations in June of next year, the South Korean car giant has announced.

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New MacBook Pro sales are surging

After only five days of sales, it seems that Apple’s new MacBook Pro has wiped the floor with the competition.

Like it or not, it seems that Apple’s new MacBook Pro is pulling in stacks of cash.

According to data collected by e-commerce tracking firm Slice Intelligence and reported by CNET, MacBook Pro revenue for its first five days has hit 78 percent of all the revenue generated by the MacBook 12-inch since it became available in April 2015, and has accumulated more revenue than any other laptop this year.

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