Instagram's New Features Will Appeal To Commitment Phobes
Gear up on five IoT news bites for Tuesday
Now You See It Taking a page from Snapchat, Instagram launched live video and messages that disappear. How will that work? When you go live on Instagram your followers can watch (and actually get a notification.) Bonus? You can turn comments off, which today is a nice feature to have. But when you're done, you're done. No replays ala Facebook. Similar with the new Direct messages which you can send to friends (also known as people who follow you)—and can be viewed twice—but then disappear. Don't see the feature yet? Instagram says the tool will roll out in the coming weeks. Just in time for those holiday moments you want to share—and then maybe, unshare.
iPhone 6S BatteryApple is giving away battery replacements for its iPhone 6S because of reports that they turn off, without warning. The company wants consumers to know the battery issue isn't a safety one. But they get it—no one wants a smartphone that just nods off without warning. You can get a replacement where you bought your original device. And people: back up your data before you go. Take it from us.
Alexa Sous Chef Just in time for Thanksgiving, 60,000 new reasons to crave an Amazon Alexa. Now the perky AI can tap tens of thousands of recipes to walk you through brining your bird or how to properly prepare a cornbread stuffing. The recipes come from cooking site Allrecipes, and Alexa will tell you a recipe based on what's in your refrigerator and walk you through every step.
Tesla Solar Tesla's take over of SolarCity is now official, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants home owners to know they'll be able to buy solar roofs soon—and at a price that's cheaper than traditional roofs, reports Bloomberg. The shingles, made of glass, will generate electricity for your home—and your car, presumably your Tesla car. Still, there aren't any specifics available yet on that final price.
Black Friday: Apple Watch Yes, it's that time of year when we want to know just how much we can save on holiday gifts for our crew. Our first stop? Wearables, including Apple Watch, Fitbits and the like. We scoured the web for the best deals so you don't have to.