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Barbra Streisand calls Apple CEO to fix name pronunciation

In an interview with NPR on Saturday, Barbra Streisand said Siri, the iPhone's digital assistant, doesn't pronounce her name correctly. So, she called Apple CEO Tim Cook. 

Streisand said her last name is incorrectly pronounced with a "z" sound on the second "s." 

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Her request to change Siri's pronunciation of her last name was positively accepted.

Cook reportedly agreed to fix the pronunciation in time for the next iOS update, which Streisand said is set to be released "on Sept. 30."

That detail is another important point from the interview. Streisand may have leaked the release date for the next iOS update, which, if true, will come about two weeks after the expected release of the iPhone 7.

Go behind the curtain, see how Amazon's giant robots fulfill orders

The BBC is taking viewers where only employees of the online retail giant are allowed to go. 

The British television network has been permitted to show what high-tech devices help get shoppers their packages quickly and correctly from Amazon. 

Amazon has been rolling out a fleet of robots that do an intricate dance around the warehouses to get millions of items to its customers daily.

Amazon robotsWhen you buy your goods from Amazon, here's what goes on behind the scenes. Meet the online giant's robot army.Posted by BBC Business News on Thursday, August 18, 2016

But the system is actually nothing new. 

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Amazon has been using the robots, originally developed by Kiva Systems, in the U.S. since 2014, Retuers reported.

The company installed the system before 2014's holiday season to help push more of its stock out the door and into the hands of anxious Christmas shoppers.

It came to be after a shipping nightmare in late 2013. That's when too many packages from Amazon flooded UPS, causing world-wide shipping delays. Amazon ended up having to issue shipping refunds and $20 gift cards in compensation to upset customers, Reuters reported.

The robots proved to be a success, holding at least 50 percent more products than the traditional sorting system, and shortening time for same-day delivery.

So how does it work?

Instead of workers having to walk down long lines of shelving looking for something, the robots bring the items to the works who pick out what they need and put the product in bins, the BBC reported

Move over FaceTime: Google releases video calling app Duo

Move over, FaceTime and Skype. Google has released a one-to-one video calling app called Duo

Unlike Google's video chatting app Hangouts, Duo is for smartphones only and offers simple one-to-one calling rather than video conferencing.  

And it seems Google's key word to describe the app is "simple."

<iframe width="390" height="219" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8wJUG0wy9ic" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> The company wrote in a blog post Monday, "Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are." The company said it designed the app, in part, to get rid of the frustration of dropped video calls. It said the app will automatically switch between cellular and Wi-Fi networks and adjust to slower networks without dropping the call.  >> Read more trending stories   One of the app's features, called "Knock Knock," allows users to see what the caller is doing before accepting the call.  Setup is described as simple, too. All you need is your phone number. Like some of Facebook's apps, Google Duo doesn't require a login.  Google Duo works on Android and iOS. 

Google Fiber wants to go completely wireless

Google Fiber was supposed to be a beacon of light in a world full of slow internet speeds, but things aren't going quite like the company planned.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., said digging up streets in areas that need service has been much more costly and time consuming than initially expected.

And that's a problem for a company that wants to bring high-speed internet to the masses.

So here's how the company is fixing it: a completely wire-free connection, which means no more digging up people's yards to lay down fiber-optic cables.

The push toward wireless means that Google is joining the ranks of telecommunications company AT&T, which expects to conduct testing for its wireless connection later this year.

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In the meantime, Google is asking cities and power companies to build the networks themselves, rather than having to come out and plant the lines.

So far, Google Fiber is available only in six metropolitan areas across the U.S., with plans to bring the service to five more.

Will the next iPhone be waterproof?

Another clue supports rumors that Apple's next iPhone will be waterproof. 

Tucked in with roughly 80 patents recently granted to Apple was one for technology to edit photos taken underwater. 

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In its patent, Apple said it envisioned the technology being used in its iPhones and iPads.

The patent comes nine months after a different piece of information launched rumors of a waterproof iPhone. Reports indicate that Apple might be looking to ditch the headphone jack, one of the easiest places for water to seep through. 

Some industry observers doubt that waterproofing is the main motivation for getting rid of the headphone jack, though, since Samsung made its phones water-resistant while still keeping the jacks. 

Bloomberg reported earlier this month that removing the jack could make room for a second speaker. Others have argued that because the new headphones would be digital, Apple could also include software to prevent users from listening to illegally downloaded music.  

Apple currently offers no waterproof smartphones. All three of Samsung's leading smartphones are water-resistant. 

Users say Snapchat filter is racist, call it 'yellowface'

Snapchat is in trouble again. And his time, it's over another photo filter that critics are calling racist. The app allows users to warp their faces while taking selfies or photos with friends. Some filters show users spewing rainbows, others change the appearance of their eyes and one can even make users look like a pineapple. >> Read more trending stories But some people weren't OK with all of Snapchat's creative choices. The app released a filter that gave users the appearance of having slanted eyes and enhanced cheeks. Critics on Twitter called the filter a racist caricature of Asian people, dubbing it "yellowface." Related: Snapchat under fire for Bob Marley filter on 4/20 And this is coming from an app that only a few months ago received backlash for a Bob Marley filter that channeled the late musician's dreads and face on the stoner holiday, 4/20. Many said the filter was digital "blackface." And in May, the app was accused of "whitening" users' faces and favoring lighter skin tones. Related: Snapchat under fire for appearing to whitewash in filters On top of that, Snapchat has also been accused of stealing artistic designs. Snapchat responded to critics by saying the filter was inspired by anime and was intended to be fun. But don't expect to see the filter again. <iframe width="390" height="219" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VX3sIFLXBh4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> This video includes clips from Snapchat and images from Twitter and Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.  

Olympic gymnast racks up $5,000 phone bill playing 'Pokemon Go'

Japanese Olympic gymnast Kohei Uchimura could really use some gold right now -- not necessarily a gold medal, but just some gold coins to pay off his steep phone bill. 

And he supposedly has "Pokemon Go" to blame.

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While in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Uchimura reportedly racked up a nearly $5,000 phone bill while playing the game, thanks to data overages. 

Uchimura, a six-time world champion, reportedly downloaded the augmented reality game when he flew to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for training, and he instantly got hooked. 

But the odd and possibly amazing part of this story is that Rio de Janeiro doesn't even have "Pokemon Go" right now. 

Olympians have already griped that they're stuck in Rio with no PokeStops to visit or Pokemon to catch. 

Despite pleas from Rio's mayor, Niantic Inc., the company that created "Pokemon Go," has yet to set a release date for the app in Brazil. So we're still not totally sure how Uchimura got on. 

It wasn't all bad news for Uchimura, though. His phone company graciously agreed to reduce his bill to a $30-a-day unlimited plan. Whew. 

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Instagram is starting to look more like Snapchat

Instagram's new Stories feature looks like an effort to compete with Snapchat.

Instagram is calling the feature one that lets users "share all the moments of your day, not just the ones you want to keep on your profile."

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The goal of the feature, according to Instagram, is for users to not worry about over-posting and clogging up their followers' feeds.

But Instagram ignores the similarity of Stories with Snapchat: Both allow users to take pictures or video and edit them with drawing and text tools.

What's the most similar between the two is the fact that those photos and videos will disappear after 24 hours and replies or comments to the shared content can be sent by a private message.

This is not the first time Instagram has seemingly followed in the footsteps of another app.

In 2013, Instagram introduced video, allowing users to record 15-second videos with the app's signature filters. The move was an effort to compete with Vine, which is notable for six-second videos.

Both Instagram and Vine have since moved toward longer videos.

It really just comes down to user preference: Instagram Stories or Snapchat?

Apple to swap out gun emoji for squirt gun

Video includes clips and images from Apple. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

A lot of iMessages are going to look less threatening soon.

Apple announced Monday that it is replacing its controversial gun emoji with an orange-and-green squirt gun.

The swap will be made when iOS 10 is released.

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The announcement didn't come with an explanation. 

The new emoji is listed among several other emoticons that will also be released with iOS 10, including a rainbow flag and female athletes and professionals.

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But the move comes almost exactly a year after anti-gun group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence started the #DisarmTheiPhone campaign in an effort to convince Apple to remove the gun emoji.

The group wrote an open letter to Apple saying: "We ask that you stand with the American people and remove the gun emoji from all your products as a symbolic gesture to limit gun accessibility. We understand taking the emoji out will not end gun violence, but this act will show Congress that gun-owning and non-owning Americans have come together to demand required background checks for all gun sales."

Members at a Unicode meeting in June also voted to remove the rifle emoji, Buzzfeed reported.

Not long after the emoji announcement, the group's executive director told CNN: "Apple has stood up to the bullying tactics of the NRA and gun industry by showing that there are many more life-affirming ways to express oneself than with a gun."

The gun emoji and other weapon emoticons have landed several people in hot water.

middle-schooler was charged with threatening her school by posting an Instagram message with gun, knife and bomb emojis.

teen was arrested for posting a police emoji with pistol emoticons pointing at its head.

The updated iOS featuring the squirt gun emoji is expected to make its debut this fall. 

Instagram to allow users to filter hateful comments

Video includes clips from Instagram and images from Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

Instagram will soon launch a new filter for its estimated 500 million monthly active users to combat harassment online.

The new security feature will reportedly allow users to screen comments that appear on their photos and videos and even let them disable comments completely.

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Instagram already has policies in place to flag certain words and phrases, but the new feature will give users the ability to control what appears on individual accounts.

An Instagram executive told The Washington Post, "Our goal is to make Instagram a friendly, fun and, most importantly, safe place for self expression."

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The new feature isn't available for everyone yet. The Post reported Instagram is rolling out the security measure for "high volume comment threads." Eventually, Instagram hopes to introduce the feature to the broader public.

The Pew Research Center estimates that 73 percent of adult users have seen someone be harassed online, and 40 percent of users have experienced it personally.

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