Google’s Rollout of RCS Chat for all Android Users in the US Begins Today

Google is announcing that today, a year and a half after it first unveiled RCS chat as Android’s primary texting platform, it is actually making RCS chat Android’s primary texting platform. That’s because it is rolling out availability to any Android user in the US who wants to use it, starting today. From a report: RCS stands for “rich communication services,” and it’s the successor to SMS. Like other texting…

November 14, 2019
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Windows and Linux Get Options To Disable Intel TSX To Prevent Zombieload v2 Attacks

Both Microsoft and the Linux kernel teams have added ways to disable support for Intel Transactional Synchronization Extensions (TSX). From a report: TSX is the Intel technology that opens the company’s CPUs to attacks via the Zombieload v2 vulnerability. Zombieload v2 is the codename of a vulnerability that allows malware or a malicious threat actor to extract information processed inside a CPU, information to which they normally shouldn’t be able…

November 14, 2019
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Instagram Tests Hiding Like Counts Globally

Instagram is making Like counts private for some users everywhere. From a report: Instagram tells TechCrunch the hidden Likes test is expanding to a subset of users globally. Users will have to decide for themselves if something is worth Liking rather than judging by the herd. The change could make users more comfortable sharing what’s important to them without the fear of people seeing them receive an embarrassingly small number…

November 14, 2019
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PayPal Pulls Out of Pornhub, Hurting ‘Hundreds of Thousands’ of Performers

Pornhub announced late Wednesday that PayPal is no longer supporting payments for Pornhub — a decision that will impact thousands of performers using the site as a source of income. From a report: Most visitors to Pornhub likely think of it as a website that simply provides access to an endless supply of free porn, but Pornhub also allows performers to upload, sell, and otherwise monetize videos they make themselves….

November 14, 2019
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Apple Is Considering Bundling Digital Subscriptions as Soon as 2020

Apple is considering bundling its paid internet services, including News+, Apple TV+ and Apple Music, as soon as 2020, in a bid to gain more subscribers, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. From a report: The latest sign of this strategy is a provision that Apple included in deals with publishers that lets the iPhone maker bundle the News+ subscription service with other paid digital offerings,…

November 14, 2019
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George Lucas Has Apparently Changed the Famous Greedo Scene In 1977’s Star Wars Again, For Disney+

Freshly Exhumed shares a report from The Guardian: George Lucas, whose departure from all things Star Wars seems to have been greatly exaggerated — appears to have yet again doctored the famous Greedo scene in 1977’s Star Wars [prior to it being shown on the Disney+ streaming service]. The scene depicts the Mos Eisley cantina in which Harrison Ford’s Han Solo is confronted by an alien bounty hunter and winds…

November 14, 2019
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Motorola Resurrects the Razr As a Foldable Android Smartphone

After teasing it last month, Motorola has officially announced the successor to the Motorola Razr. The “razr,” as it is called, “keeps the same general form factor but replaces the T9 keypad and small LCD with a 6.2-inch foldable plastic OLED panel and Android 9 Pie,” reports The Verge. “It’ll cost $1,499 when it arrives in January 2020.” From the report: The new Razr is a fundamentally different take on…

November 14, 2019
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Hologram-Like Device Animates Objects Using Ultrasound Waves

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Researchers in Southampton have built a device that displays 3D animated objects that can talk and interact with onlookers. A demonstration of the display showed a butterfly flapping its wings, a countdown spelled out by numbers hanging in the air, and a rotating, multicolored planet Earth. Beyond interactive digital signs and animations, scientists want to use it to visualize and even…

November 14, 2019
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GitHub Faces More Resignations In Light of ICE Contract

TechCrunch reports that another employee, engineer Alice Goldfuss, has resigned from GitHub over the company’s $200,000 contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). From the report: In a tweet, Goldfuss said GitHub has a number of problems to address and that “ICE is only the latest.” Meanwhile, Vice reports at least five staffers quit today. These resignations come the same day as GitHub Universe, the company’s big product conference. Ahead…

November 14, 2019
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John Carmack Stepping Down As CTO of Oculus To Work On AI

Oculus CTO John Carmack announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from the augmented-reality company to focus his time on artificial general intelligence. The Verge reports: Carmack will remain in a “consulting CTO” position at Oculus, where he will “still have a voice” in the development work at the company, he wrote. Recent comments from Carmack suggest he may have soured on VR. Carmack was a champion of phone-based VR…

November 14, 2019
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