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If your conversations on iMessage have suddenly started making a lot less sense, you’re not the only one.Apple’s ultra-popular messenger is suffering from an annoying bug that messes up the order of your texts.The result is such that texts might appear in a totally different order for various participants in the same conversation.You can check out these screenshots from a chat between TNW’s editor-in-chief Alejandro and editorial community manager Georgina; the images ought to give you a better idea of what the issue is.For the sake of clarity, Georgina took the first screenshot, while Alejandro provided the second one:As you will notice, the same messages appear in the same chat – but for some reason, both users see them in a different order.
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Are the 100-player battle royale showdowns seen in the likes of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) or Fortnite not a grand enough conflict for you?Want more – want bigger?Well, a new game which is going to be featured at the upcoming PC Gamer Weekender 2018 next month boasts a 400-player battle royale mode.Project X (currently the title’s codename) is set to debut at our sister site’s Weekender extravaganza on Saturday, February 17, with the developer Automaton showing off the first in-game footage, as well as spilling further details on the title.It’s actually a 1000-player massively multiplayer online game in the form of a tactical shooter, set on a near-future island where the players are trying to overthrow the incumbent regime – an overarching narrative is promised which the players can affect with their actions (and which factions they ally with).The 400-player battle royale will effectively be the game’s PVP (player versus player) arena mode.
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Porous materials contain intermolecular spaces or cavities between atoms.Because these cavities, known as pores, can store and even separate molecules, such materials are of great value in the field of nanotechnology.Already of unquestionable importance in industrial applications, there is still some scope for improving the properties of porous materials.According to a study published in the leading journal Science, Rafael Luque - a research scientist at the University of Córdoba Department of Inorganic Chemistry - and other members of an international team comprising scientists from the South China University of Technologyand the KAUST institution in Saudi Arabia, have succeeded in developing a novel porous material with new characteristics and properties which will ensure improve performance in a range of applications.The new material is a single crystal, whose continuous crystalline structure ensures greater purity.pores greater than 50 nanometres.
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Micro patch rejuvenates abandoned Office add-onMicrosoft Equation Editor was sentenced to death on January 9, 2018 at the age of 17, when a software update from Redmond removed five files necessary for the application to function.Only a few months ago, the Windows giant thought its Equation Editor could be saved: its software engineers, lacking access to the ancient app's source code, fixed a security flaw in the program by manually patching the binary executable file.However, over the years, its blueprints were lost to Microsoft, and thus Redmond's engineers were forced to tweak bytes within the program's executable to remove the security flaw – a bog-standard buffer overflow bug.Now, though, faced with the prospect of patching eight more vulnerabilities that have since surfaced in Equation Editor, Redmond's bit shufflers decided to terminate the math program completely rather than fix the coding gaffes.Essentially, you need to restore the removed files and register Equation Editor as a local COM server, apply the ACROS fix, and you've got a working, patched math editor again in Office.
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Google and Samsung are locked in a battle at the premium end of the Android smartphone market, and one of the reasons why you might pick a Google Pixel 2 over a Samsung Galaxy Note 8—or vice versa—is the on-board software.Having a clean, stock version of Android was always one of the main selling points of Google’s Nexus devices, but with the Pixel series, Google is pushing this further—adding more exclusive tweaks and extras on top of the “stock” version that every Android phone maker has access to.Thanks to Google’s deep AI expertise, and integration with a host of other apps, Assistant is way ahead at this point.It’s evident everywhere from the lock screen to the quick settings pane.Google’s option is simply easier on the eyes (and brain).Samsung is trying hard with its native, bundled apps—and has made improvements in recent years—but Google still beats it almost every department.
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Image credit: Kommersant Photo | Getty ImagesIn the hours following the announcement from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday that the social network wanted to focus more on "meaningful interactions" between people, pandemonium struck in the business world.In Facebook’s effort to reduce news feed noise, posts from friends and family now have even more priority over posts originating from Business Pages, including ads.With a reduction in organic reach for content that originates from brands, small businesses and news publishers, it will become even harder to share important information without venturing into paying for Facebook ads.With less news feed space available for public content, videos and posts from smaller Facebook Pages may continue to see a decline in reach, a valuable tool for those with smaller marketing budgets.Yet for other businesses, they will continue to evolve and dominate their markets by focusing on engagement and connection, the main facets of this week’s update.Here are four free strategies you can immediately do in your business to survive this recent update.
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On Christmas Eve in 1994, just a few months after the death of her daughter Cheyenne during childbirth, Dr Joanne Cacciatore had a sudden impulse to buy toys.Through tears, she purchased 14 presents and delivered them spontaneously to a daycare programme for disadvantaged families - a random act of kindness which changed her life.“It was the first time I felt paradox in my grief: I felt I honoured Cheyenne’s existence by bringing her love into the world.I knew I wanted to continue doing this and really wanted to do it anonymously.”The moment in the car inspired Joanne to set up the Miss Foundation, a support community for grieving families, and The Kindness Project, which helps families who have suffered loss anonymously help others in need.After purchasing the toys, Joanne decided she would forever use the money she would have spent raising Cheyenne on things that were “very sacred”.
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From potentially revolutionary computer chips to tiny micro drones, our editorial staff spent the past week investigating some of the most interesting and fun emerging technology on the planet at this year’s CES conference in Las Vegas.With 184,000 people in attendance, the expo halls and meeting rooms at this year’s show were jam-packed not only with people, but with compelling and unique technology that will provide entertainment, fuel industries, and shape the world of the future.With so many intriguing products to investigate, we rely heavily on the experts from our editorial team to seek out, try, and report back on the best of the bunch.This year’s conference was special in many ways, but perhaps most so when it came to our top tech pick.Though we typically choose a consumer-facing product like our best-of-2017 winner, the Samsung Chromebook Plus, this year we picked a product that most people will never lay eyes on, the Nvidia Xavier processor.We believe the lightning-fast in-car computer will play a pivotal role in the next generation of intelligent cars, allowing you to travel quicker, safer, and perhaps without even touching a steering wheel.
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Google has snapped up the tech to make full-screen smartphones without an iPhone X style notch, using the touchscreen itself as a speaker.As phone manufacturers hunt ways to make even greater percentages of the front of their devices display, the trend has forced some creative thinking around how to accommodate the other components that would traditionally be found in the bezels.That has led to some controversial design decisions in 2017 alone.Apple’s iPhone X is probably the most notorious, with the “notch” cutting into the upper section of the display so that the front-facing camera and speaker could still have a spot to occupy.The Essential Phone arguably pushed the limits even more, with a small cut-out in its display housing the camera.Now, Alphabet company Google has reportedly acquired a company which could help with that headache.
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As fiber and free-space optical communication bandwidths increase, the need for very high speed optical modulators and detectors has also increased.The frequency response characterization of these electrical-to-optical (E/O, modulators sometimes integrated with lasers) and optical-to-electrical (O/E, photo detectors and receivers) converters can be important in terms of such parameters as bandwidth, flatness, phase linearity and group delay.This application note covers some of the measurements of interest, setup considerations, possible measurement performance, and examples of measurement procedures.
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After quite some time with a rather stagnant design, Dell finally updated its excellent XPS 13 with a new aesthetic and some advanced materials, which promises to make one of our favorite notebooks even better.Dell’s XPS 13 has always sported a thin and very robust design, with aluminum providing rigidity to the chassis and strong carbon fiber lining keyboard deck for a comfortable experience.The updated model maintains the same basic design in its black variant, but it has been chiseled down to be even thinner (0.46 inches at its thickest point) and lighter (2.67 pounds).There is also a new version with a Rose Gold aluminum lid and Alpine White keyboard deck that is made with a special glass fiber material specially designed for Dell.Asus refers to the ZenBook 13 as enjoying a “luxurious crystal-like gloss coating” and uses a non-imprinted lithography process to achieve it.The ZenBook line is generally full of good-looking notebooks and the newest member follows the trend — while creating a very thin and light notebook at 0.55 inches and 2.17 pounds.
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After finally appearing on the Federal Communications Commission’s website in late December, Lenovo’s stand-alone Mirage Solo virtual reality headset made its official debut at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.It’s based on Google’s Daydream platform for Android, and provides full-motion VR experiences without the need for external sensors or a tethered PC.Stand-alone finally arrives in Q2 2018Lenovo’s Mirage Solo is the first stand-alone VR headset supporting Google’s Daydream platform for Android.Up until now, Android device owners could experience VR content using Google Cardboard and their phones, or they could purchase a “premium” headset to experience Daydream-based content on select phones.180-degree captures in your pocket
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Or, for Burners, building a temporary city in the desert with all sorts of needs, maybe a bit of everything.“We can quickly create a mobile hub for services from medical clinics to entertainment and festivals,” Toyoda said as he shared the dais with his company’s boxy concept vehicle at CES.The idea is that no matter what, or who, you want to move, there's an e-Palette for that.Now, renderings of futuristic vehicles crowd the annual Consumer Electronics Show like so many extra battery packs in the pockets of sweaty journalists dashing from one convention hall to the next.What gives the e-Palette a little more oomph—what should turn your head, jaded observer—is the roster of partners who signed up to bring the thing to life.Toyota is joining with Uber, Uber's Chinese rival Didi, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Amazon.
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Canary has been steadily upgrading its line of security cameras with new features like two-way talk and person detection, among other things by way of software updates.Today, it’s preparing to do so again with its announcement of another A.I.-powered activity detection feature called Package Detection, as well as a skill for Amazon Alexa.The Alex integration allows you to stream video from your Canary to your Echo Spot, Echo Show, Fire TV or Fire TV Stick just by speaking.The new Package Detection feature uses the same A.I.and machine learning technologies that power the earlier Person Detection feature introduced back in December.But this time, the technologies are being used to alert users as to when a package has arrived on their doorstep.
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Garmin and Fitbit have been going at it for years.Both companies offer a compelling array of products complete with high-end smartwatches.But it’s the fight for the low-end that’s compelling and Garmin just lobbed a monster of a product across Fitbit’s bow.Called the Vivofit 4, the $80 activity tracker features a color screen, the ability to detect different activities, a waterproof casing, one-year battery life and interchangeable wrist bands.And if Garmin’s past products are any indication, this product should work as expected.As the name suggests, this is the forth incarnation of the entry-level Vivofit and I’ve enjoyed the feature set for the price.
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It's been a not-so-secret secret that Ford's been angling to shove a diesel engine into the latest generation of F-150 pickup.Well, now it's here, and it's pretty freaking promising.The Ford F-150, which was recently refreshed for the 2018 model year, can now be had with a 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6, which shares some of its tech with the 6.7-liter big-boy Power Stroke V8.It'll pack 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque and come mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission when it hits dealers this spring.Peak torque arrives nice and low in the rev range -- 1,750 rpm, to be precise.All that torque allows owners to tow up to 11,400 pounds, which Ford claims is the best figure in the segment.
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For decades, women’s stories of harassment, assault, rape and abuse have been met with the same phrase: “He said.She said.” Four words that may seem like they’re intended to balance a story have been manipulated and used to upend countless accounts of wrongdoings.In a beautifully simple new 30-second spot, which will debut Sunday during NBC’s coverage of the Golden Globe Awards, The New York Times uses that phrase on the screen over and over to create a profound message that questions its use.Watching the spot, created by Droga5, it’s impossible to think of anything other than the Times’ investigative reporting of sexual harassment and assault cases involving prominent men, from Bill O’Reilly to Harvey Weinstein to Russell Simmons.Error loading player: No playable sources found“The Times spent months investigating sexual harassment claims made against some of the most powerful people in entertainment, business and technology,” said A.G. Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times, in a statement.
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This story originally appeared on Kotaku.If you happen to watch US comedy favourite Saturday Night Live, you may have seen Matt The Radar Technician, Kylo Ren’s run as an Undercover Boss.Well, it’s in Battlefront II now.This lil’ mod takes the game’s Unmasked Kylo Ren skin and replaces it with Matt, who is shredded, and definitely not a punk bitch.This skin, by GameTSF and ricksterlol, only works in the game’s arcade mode on PC.You can grab it here.
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Can Ulefone finally break the curse with the brand new Ulefone Power 3?The Ulefone Power 3 isn’t just a big battery phone now, but an 18:9 aspect ratio phone containing the very new MTK6763 octacore processor, a new SoC by Mediatek promising many new network features and image processing system.5.99” 2160×1080 FHD Incell IPS LCD15.90 x 7.59 x 0.99 cm, 210gThe Ulefone Power 3 is a completely metal phone that looks very beautiful from behind because of the antenna band design.It has a large amount of heft to it because of the battery size, however at 210 grams, it still isn’t too heavy all things considered.
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One of the reasons it’s so difficult to create a cure for the flu is because the virus continually shape-shifts from year to year.That means getting annual flu shots, instead of a more permanent solution to the problem.Researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine may have just changed the game, however.Investigators in Professor Deborah Fuller’s lab have developed a DNA vaccine that could lead to a universal, one-dose flu vaccine.“The current flu vaccine is an inactivated virus,” Fuller told Digital Trends.“The whole virus is first grown in eggs, then it’s inactivated and injected.
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