Facebook has introduced an automatic photo-enhancement feature on iPhone.

Photographs uploaded to the social network through its iOS app will automatically be optimised for viewing online.

Facebook, which owns imaging service Instagram, has long offered photo-enhancement options, but they will now be applied by default.

Users can still apply their own tweaking and have the option to revert to the original image, should they prefer.

Facebook is yet to announce the feature for its desktop service, but it is on the way to Android users, according to TechCrunch.

Rival network Google+ introduced a similar feature around a year and a half ago.



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BlackBerry has officially launched its latest smartphone handset in an attempt to win back users.

The BlackBerry Classic is a throwback to the company's Bold and Curve handsets, staying true to a full QWERTY keyboard and physical navigation keys.

CEO John Chen unveiled the device in Manhattan today (December 17) after teasing its launch for some time.

"The conversation about BlackBerry has changed in the last year," he said. "We are here to stay, there is no question about that. Now we have to engineer our growth."

Powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, the Classic features a 3.46-inch touchscreen with a 720 x 720 HD resolution and a pixel density of 291ppi.

Costing £349, the handset also includes an 8-megapixel camera on the rear, 16GB of internal storage with microSD expansion, and the BlackBerry 10.3.1 operating system.

UK buyers can purchase the handset today from BlackBerry's website and can expect it to arrive sometime in mid-January.


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A jury has unanimously found Apple not guilty of anticompetitive behaviour in connection with software updates on iPods from 2006 to 2009.

The group ruled that the company did not act improperly when it introduced extra security measures to its iTunes 7.0 release.

Reading their verdict at a federal court in Oakland, California, the jury believed that the 2006 iTunes update was a "genuine product improvement".

The iPhone maker was accused of violating antitrust laws by a group of businesses and individuals, who claimed it unfairly took measures to make music from rival services incompatible with iPods, thereby driving up the price of iPods.

If the company had been found guilty, it could have been forced to pay more than $1 billion for the lawsuit, including close to $350 million in damages.

"We thank the jury for their service and we applaud their verdict," Apple said in a statement.

"We created iPod and iTunes to give our customers the world's best way to listen to music. Every time we've updated those products - and every Apple product over the years - we've done it to make the user experience even better."

The plaintiff's head attorney Patrick Coughlin has revealed that the group already have an appeal lined up.

"At least we got a chance to get it in front of the jury," he said following the verdict.

During the trial, ex-iTunes engineer Rod Schultz testified that he was ordered to block "100% of non-iTunes clients" and to "keep out third-party players".


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Amazon was forced to evacuate its Seattle headquarters yesterday (December 15) after a bomb threat came to light.

Police were called to the company campus after staff discovered a "threatening note" inside one of its bathrooms.

Seattle law enforcement deployed a bomb squad and explosive detection dog teams to the building after evacuating the premises.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is believed to have been among those ferried from the building, the Daily Telegraph reports.

However, officers later confirmed that there were no "indications the threat was credible" but retained a small police presence on site as a precautionary measure.

The Amazon campus has now resumed operations and the police have launched an investigation to identify the person responsible for the threatening note.


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Microsoft has introduced a new real-time translation tool to Skype which allows English and Spanish users to chat without learning a new language.

Skype Translator listens to your speech and provides an audio and written translation to the person you are calling within a matter of seconds.

The feature is currently in preview mode for Windows 8.1 and preview versions of Windows 10 only.

Vocal chat is limited to English and Spanish conversations for the moment, but instant messaging supports more than 40 languages.

Developed by Skype in conjunction with the Microsoft Translator teams, the project is the result of decades of work by the computing giant and its collaborators.

The company tested the feature out with a school in Tacoma, USA and another in Mexico City, showing that children could easily and effortlessly communicate in their native tongue.

"This is just the beginning of a journey that will transform the way we communicate with people around the world," Skype's Gurdeep Pall said in a blog post.

"Our long-term goal for speech translation is to translate as many languages as possible on as many platforms as possible and deliver the best Skype Translator experience on each individual platform for our more than 300 million connected users."

Those interested in using Skype Translator Preview must register to take part.

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Apple is facing fresh allegations that it took measures to make music from rival services incompatible with iPods.

The Cupertino firm is accused of stifling competition in the digital music sector with the iPod and its iTunes service in a lawsuit that could cost it $1 billion, with the claims echoed by one of its former employees.

Ex-iTunes engineer Rod Schultz has testified that he was ordered to block "100% of non-iTunes clients" and to "keep out third-party players".

The plaintiffs, a group of individuals and businesses, claim that Apple used this strategy to drive up the price of iPods between 2006 and 2009.

Schultz told The Wall Street Journal that his work was necessary for copy protection purposes, but admitted that it led to "market dominance" for Apple.

He was the last witness to testify during the court case, with the jury due to deliberate next week.

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Rumours that Apple is working on a smaller iPhone for release in 2015 have intensified.

The latest report to mention a return to 4-inch handsets comes via MobileWorldLive, which claims that the downsized device may arrive alongside the iPhone 6S.

The website says that Apple is revisiting smaller phones due to the continued success of the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

Although these previous-generation devices have 4-inch displays, the price cuts they received following the launch of their successors is also thought to have helped sales remain steady.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus are expected to receive follow-ups with the same screen sizes, while the new 4-inch device could be offered as a budget alternative.

Early rumours surrounding the iPhone 6S suggest that the phone is in for a major camera overhaul and a larger battery.

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The Pirate Bay has reappeared online once again via Isohunt.

Although the original site remains offline, the torrent search service's archives are easily accessible online for others to reproduce.


The Pirate Bay was taken offline on Tuesday (December 9) after Swedish police carried out a raid in Stockholm where they seized servers and computers.

Isohunt made the decision to host The Pirate Bay in "honour" of its legacy, despite being rivals.

"As you all probably know, the beloved Pirate Bay website is gone for now," the site said.

"It will be missed. It will be always remembered as the pilgrim of Freedom and possibilities on the Web. It's the symbol for a whole generation of the internet users."

Last month, Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij was arrested on the border between Laos and Thailand, meaning all three of the website's founders are now in custody.


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Facebook has decided to drop Bing as its on-site search engine.

The social network confirmed the move to Reuters, and is planning to introduce its own search tool instead.

The changes were introduced as part of an improved search function which began rolling out on Monday (December 8) allowing users to search through old posts.

"We're not currently showing web search results in Facebook Search because we're focused on helping people find what's been shared with them on Facebook," a spokesperson said.

"We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas."

Search has been a long-time interest of Facebook, and the firm has more than a trillion user posts it could potentially capitalise on.

"There is more than a trillion posts, which some of the search engineers on the team like to remind me, is bigger than any Web search corpus out there," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during a conference call with analysts in July.


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Twitter co-founder Evan Williams has said he doesn't "give a s**t" if Instagram has more users than Twitter.

Following Instagram announcing the news that it has around 300 million monthly active users, Williams was asked by Fortune what he thought about the figures.

Williams said that he doesn't understand why people only want to talk about monthly active users, before comparing Instagram and Twitter to "apples and oranges".

He said: "If you think about the impact Twitter has on the world versus Instagram, it's pretty significant. It's at least apples to oranges.

"Twitter is what we wanted it to be. It's this real-time information network where everything in the world that happens on Twitter - important stuff breaks on Twitter and world leaders have conversations on Twitter."

Williams continued: "If that's happening, I frankly don't give a s**t if Instagram has more people looking at pretty pictures."

Earlier this week, Twitter announced its most tweeted about subjects in 2014, with the World Cup in Brazil and One Direction dominating discussion on the social network in the UK this year.


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