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Earlier this year, Facebook disclosed that the company had secretly deleted some old messages sent on Messenger by founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.This was highly irregular as normal Facebook users can’t do this — if you delete messages from your own inbox, those messages still remain in the recipient’s inbox.Then in April, Facebook said it planned to implement an “unsend” feature for everyone, but gave no further details or delivery date.Now, a first look at this unsend feature has surfaced, as spotted by TechCrunch.Tech tipster Jane Manchun Wong tweeted screencaps of the unsend feature in use on Android (featuring a sticker from The Verge’s own Dami Lee!).When editing messages sent in a conversation, “Unsend Message” appears above “Delete Message.” If unsend message is selected, a pop-up appears, asking to confirm the choice, saying, “Your message will be removed from the chat, and you.” Wong also says that there will be a time limit for unsending messages, much like Gmail’s “Undo Send” feature that gives a 30 second window after an email is sent to unsend.
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According to a report from CNN, WarnerMedia plans to launch its own streaming service in the fourth quarter of 2019, adding to growing list of OTT (over-the-top) services that bypass cable providers and bring television series and movies directly to viewers—most of them for a monthly fee.The organization (formerly Time Warner) has several TV-content networks under its umbrella, including HBO, Turner, and Warner Bros. Turner's assets include CNN, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, and others.Warner Bros. produces series such as The Big Bang Theory, The Voice, and The Bachelor for distribution on other networks, as well as feature films like Crazy Rich Asians, Wonder Woman, Blade Runner 2049, Ready Player One, and Dunkirk.And of course HBO produces original series like Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, Westworld, and Silicon Valley, and others, plus documentaries and other films and specials.As viewers change habits and shift to skipping cable providers, networks like HBO and Turner that have traditionally depended on fees cable television providers pay for their content have begun shifting their focus to "direct-to-consumer" distribution via streaming video in an effort to survive the transition.HBO Now serves viewers who don't want to get the channel through a traditional cable TV package, and HBO Go streams episodes and films to viewers who subscribe to the cable channel.
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After weeks of leaks, Google officially announced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones yesterday, but one part of the updated device isn’t sitting well with users: the giant camera notch on the front of the XL variant.Fortunately, for the notch-averse out there, it seems that Google will offer an option to hide the notch by blacking out the entire top portion of the display, via Gizmodo.For people who prefer a more traditional smartphone look, we’ve added an option to hide the display cutout (the notch).— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) October 9, 2018It’s an option we’ve seen offered on a variety of other notched Android phones, including those from LG, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Huawei.But it’s nice to see Google offer the option here, too.
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Dropbox is building automatic text recognition into its service so that you can search your documents even if they’re saved as images like JPEGs or PNGs.Text will also be recognised in PDF files if they contain scans or photographs of your document.You’ll need to have one of Dropbox’s premium accounts to take advantage of the new feature.In the post announcing the feature, Dropbox said that over 20 billion image and PDF files have been stored on its service, with between 10 and 20 percent of these consisting of photos of documents.The company has previously used similar optical character recognition technology to scan text from its document scanner app, but this functionality will work on your existing files, regardless of how they were added originally.The new feature works with English text and is available now to Dropbox Business Advanced and Enterprise users, and should be available to Dropbox Professional subscribers in the coming months.
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the Control of gasbilarnas thoughts have been tightened up after the explosions in connection with the refueling.But it is completely unacceptable that it is the car owner that shall be responsible for the cost, write Heléne Lily and Carl-Erik Stjernvall, the Swedish Automobile association.When the new besiktningsregler was introduced in may of this year, it became suddenly much more expensive to own a biogasbil.to pass an inspection must biogasbilens gas tanks now controlled.It was because the tanks had been attacked by rust, which had not been fixed in time, despite the fact that an official säkerhetsåterkallning was issued due to rusty gas tanks.Already when the new rules were proposed in the autumn of 2016, stressed the Motormännen in its consultation response that this would affect gasbilsägarna.
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Google announced that it's overhauling Assistant on smartphones to bring more visually engaging voice experiences to users in the coming weeks.The move is important, as nearly half of all Assistant interactions already include both voice and touch.Additionally, this can boost overall engagement with the voice assistant since it allows for a richer and more informative user experience.Here's an overview of the latest developer tools and feature functionality Google's introducing to make the Assistant more visually assistive on smartphones:The new Rich Responses tool enables developers to craft their own customized visual experiences for Assistant Actions.Rich Responses are premade developer tools that bring visual components such as text, images, GIFs, and videos to Actions.
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If you’ve ever had a color preference for your smartphone, chances are you were forced to grab a phone case to express your style.While the ubiquitous black and white hue options (not colors!)And we aren’t talking about “midnight” vs “titanium” black either.With glass backs increasingly popular, we’re seeing a whole new trend of fancy color shimmers and light bending effects.I had a great time recently playing with HTC’s shimmering gradients in their U12 Plus range, particularly the flame red style (although translucent blue was the clear favorite for me, if you can call that a color).It’s happening in flagships for sure, but even the lower end of the market is seeing more variety, including even the polycarbonate Oppo Realme 2.
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Welcome to our weekly column, in which YouTuber NimbleThor brings you a short list of the best new mobile games for your Android device, released over the past week.Whether you’re into casual time wasters or hardcore shooters, you’ll find something in here to exercise your thumbs with.Tired of chatting about the weather, traffic, and the new tenant in apartment 54 on your elevator rides?We’ve got just what you need to kill the small talk: A handful of fresh new games for your phone!Genre: Roleplaying / Action | Requires internet accessThis action RPG has a beautiful art style, and an interesting combat system that includes multiple skill combos and a system that lets you seamlessly switch between two characters at any time during a fight.
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The country listened as they relayed their accounts of what happened 35 years ago, when she says he sexually assaulted her at a house party, and he says neither the party nor the assault occurred.Whether you followed along with a news outlet’s livestream or liveblog, watched the event on cable news, or relied on Twitter to curate a highlight reel, your experience was mediated and shaped by the filter bubbles that dictate whose opinions you see when you read things on the web.As the day went on, that constellation of publications trumpeted Blasey Ford’s credibility—both The Atlantic and the Times pointed to Blasey Ford’s scientific background as being a particular asset to her testimony—and highlighted how painful the account was for Blasey Ford as well.You may have also read that the Republican’s prosecutor, Rachel Mitchell, is known for her evenhanded treatment of sex crimes cases and that the (all-white-male-Republican side’s reliance on an outside investigator reflects poorly on them.CNN emphasized that one-time Republican tresidential candidate Rick Santorum said that Blasey Ford is “not lying,” and The Washington Post devoted an entire article to Fox News’ Chris Wallace talking about how Blasey Ford’s testimony prompted his own daughters to speak out and why it would be “a big mistake” to disregard her story.You may have also read about more disturbing behavior: Senator Orrin Hatch calling Blasey Ford “a good, attractive witness,” former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo having a “meltdown” on CNN, and Senator Lindsay Graham’s “meltdown” about feeling “ambushed” and telling Democrats to “watch out for your nominees.” If you lean further left, words like “embarrassment” and “cruel” came to characterize the proceedings, and the machinations of ultraconservative commentators became stories in their own right.
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Buying something from eBay today?If it's priced $25 or higher, you can save 15 percent by applying promo code PICKSOON.And there's truth in coding, there: The deal is good only through 6 p.m. PT today.So you better pick... soon.Some of eBay's past promo codes limited you to a maximum savings of $50, but this one is good for up to $100.So let's take a look at some particularly good items to consider buying today.
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The Snapdragon 835 SoC powering Quest is much closer to a mid-range mobile phone than the Nvidia GTX 960 graphics card (and surrounding Windows PC) required to run a tethered Rift.At Oculus Connect this week, we got to try four different game demos running on what was described as near-final versions of the newly announced Quest hardware (previously known as the Santa Cruz prototype).What we saw was generally solid movement and hand-tracking in VR environments that were visually comparable to the lower end of Rift games.The unit was relatively easy to forget about once it was on (at least for the five- to ten-minute demos we engaged in) with no need for constant adjustment of the fit or focus, even as we were moving around quite a bit.Having full control of the racket's position made it remarkably natural to direct the timing and angle of the shots to some extent.Still, the whole process seemed to rely on semi-canned animation paths for the ball rather than a truly dynamic physics simulation.
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Google’s group planning feature for Google Maps, which the company first announced back at Google I/O 2018 in May, is now rolling out to users (via TechCrunch).The feature allows users to create a shortlist of restaurants or other destinations that can be shared with friends so they can vote, ceasing the endless planning messages that groups have to contend with.You can use the feature by long-pressing each location to drag into a shortlist, which can then be shared with the friends you invite.The group will be able to see the relative locations of each destination in their app or browser, and they can vote with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, and Google will keep score.Members of the group are also free to add their own suggestions.Group planning was just one of the new features Google announced for its navigation map.
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Zoho.com was pulled offline on Monday after the company’s domain registrar received phishing complaints, the company’s chief executive said.The web-based office suite company, which provides customer relationship and invoicing services to small businesses, tweeted that the site was “blocked” earlier in the day by TierraNet, which administers its domain name.In an email to TechCrunch, Zoho boss Sridhar Vembu said that TierraNet “took our domain down without any notice to us” after receiving complaints about phishing emails from Zoho-hosted email accounts.In doing so, thousands of businesses that rely on Zoho for their operations couldn’t access their email, documents and files, and other business critical software during the day.“They kept pointing us back to their legal, even when I tried to call their senior management,” said Vembu in the email.Zoho.com was back up and running hours later, but at the time of writing, service to the site is spotty — likely due to the slow nature of domain name resolving.
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Voi Technology var första bolag att lansera delningstjänster för elscootrar i Sverige.Grundarna Fredrik Hjelm och Douglas Stark berättade då att en del av affärsidén innebar att lansera och växa i samarbete med Stockholms stad.Voi ville inte göra samma misstag som bolag i USA gjort när de strösslat ut scootrarna på gatorna i städerna i drivor, något som väckt protester av stadsinvånare.Läs mer: Älskad och hatad i USA – nu kommer elscootern till SverigeNär du kommer farande i 20 kilometer i timmen är risken jättestor för olyckorMen företagets samarbetsplaner grusades snabbt.
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Det här är en debattartikel.Alla ska läsa samma sak samtidigt på samma tid.De som inte klarar det kasseras, skriver forskaren Kenny Andersson.Elever gör felval och vill göra omval.Men det går inte eftersom man bara kan välja en gång om året, och då får man börja om nästa augusti.Dagens gymnasium tvingar 15-åringar att ingå ett treårigt utbildningskontrakt med få möjligheter till avvikelser.
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Discovery is unstoppable, but it must be shaped for good.Today, we face similarly disruptive advances in three big categories: digital, biotech, and jobs and training.Many are inherently distrustful of government and believe that public good will emerge through a popular and supposedly freer mechanism.Though it ultimately improved standards for millions, it took decades to sort out and created ugly side effects, including communism and urban ghettos.Only through Progressive reforms including child labor laws, compulsory public education, boards of public health, the Sherman Antitrust Act, muckraking journalism, and labor unions were we able to sand this period’s roughest edges.Our charge today is to revive an effort that leavens today’s disruptive change so we get the good with less of the bad.
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Hurricane Florence is barreling toward the east coast of the United States along the southeastern seaboard, threatening to force many residents living in the path of the storm out of their homes.For those forced into the unfortunate predicament of evacuating, Airbnb hosts in safe areas are offering rooms to stay in, free of charge.The offer is part of Airbnb’s disaster response program—specifically, its Open Homes initiative, which the company activated this week in response to the incoming storm.More than 300 Airbnb hosts are participating in the effort, opening their doors to those in need of shelter, including relief workers deployed in the area.”Your extra space can turn into a meaningful experience, not just for someone in need, but also for your community, family, and self,” the company writes on its website.Free listings can be viewed on Airbnb’s site.There are rooms available throughout surrounding safe areas, including Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.
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Why be a singer or a songwriter when you can be a singer-songwriter?Why be an actor or director when you can be an actor-director?Full-stack developers are also among these hybrid, cross-disciplinary threats.They’re just as comfortable handling back-end development like configuring a database as they are writing user interface code like a true front-end expert.You’ll have a full command of development from top to bottom (and all parts in between) with training like the Become a Full-Stack Developer: Beginner to Advanced course.This instruction is available now at a killer limited time only price of just $12.99, a saving of over 90 percent off its regular price.
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No kitchen is complete unless it has a good mixer.How else will you make your cakes, knead your dough, whip your egg whites and all that?Of course, if you've ever priced them, you know that "good" mixers can run as high as $400 -- leaving you with less cash for cake ingredients.That's what makes this deal especially sweet: For a limited time, Best Buy has the KitchenAid KSM85PBSM mixer for $190 shipped (plus tax).See it at Best BuyI won't regurgitate the specs on this mixer, other than to say it has a Silver Metallic finish (the much cooler red one costs $40 more, alas) and comes with a flat beater, wire whip and dough hook.
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Ahead of this week’s Mobile Worlds Congress Americas, Intel today held a 5G Summit to discuss its plans for the next-generation wireless technology — a message focused almost exclusively on its role as an enabling partner for networking hardware and media partners, rather than on consumer devices.The summit’s “5G progress report” was led by Intel’s network platforms SVP Sandra Rivera, who explained that “5G is not just a new wireless access technology,” and was more complex than might initially be appreciated.While 3G was about apps and 4G was about speed, she said, “5G is so much more than that… The fundamental disruption that 5G will bring will be to move the compute [capabilities] much closer to the source of data creation and consumption.”That will be key to empowering virtual reality, augmented reality, and high-bandwidth video, she noted, as well as ultra-low latency applications and massive IoT deployment.On the consumer side, she noted briefly that the company is working on 5G New Radio modems, but it’s also developing CPUs, programmable chips, memory, and networking hardware for networks and data centers.Intel is also collaborating with media partners to enhance their offerings for a new generation of video consumption.
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