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Digitimes: AirPower to be available ‘later in 2019,’ provide boost to certain suppliers – 9to5Mac

Digitimes: AirPower to be available ‘later in 2019,’ provide boost to certain suppliers – 9to5Mac

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. A new supply chain report from Digitimes today further suggests that AirPower is alive and launching this year. While the report doesn’t offer specific details, it says that AirPower will be available “later in 2019.” Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip The report suggests AirPower’s launch is “imminent” and will happen “later in 2019.” The word choice here contradicts itself, but it’s a good indication that suppliers are still preparing for AirPower’s availability, despite worries Apple had canceled the product. This tidbit of information comes as part of Digitimes’ look at how AirPower will boost certain suppliers, including Lite-On Semiconductor, which has reportedly been shipping GPP bridge rectifiers designed for Ai...
Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport updates bring improvements to Health, Messages, and more – PhoneDog

Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport updates bring improvements to Health, Messages, and more – PhoneDog

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. The Gear S3 and Gear Sport may not be Samsung's latest smartwatches, but that isn't stopping them from getting major software updates.Both the Gear S3 and Gear Sport are now receiving updates to Tizen 4.0.0.2. The Gear S3's update is firmware version R760XXU2DSA1, and the Gear Sport getting firmware version R600XXU1BSA1. As for what's included, there are several new Samsung Health goodies included in these updates, like support for more indoor workouts and back-to-back workouts. The Health widget is gaining support for sleep stage information, too. Samsung has given the Quick Panel an improved UI with this update, too, and there are now theater and sleep modes that can be toggled from that Quick Panel. The notification panel can now show MMS messages and automatically play GIFs, as wel...
Next Dodge Challenger Might Be Electrified, Says FCA Boss – Motor1.com

Next Dodge Challenger Might Be Electrified, Says FCA Boss – Motor1.com

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. The end of the muscle car is near... or is it? Crack open your automotive history books, kids – today we're talking about the Dodge Challenger. The beloved muscle car – of which Dodge sold a surprising 66,716 examples in 2018 – is finally getting an update. After chugging along mostly unchanged for more than a decade, new reports hint at a hybrid model. The Detroit News reports that the next Dodge Challenger will get an electric boost. In an interview with the publication, CEO Mike Manley said the current platform will be get swapped for new lightweight technologies that should make room ...
Huge leak reveals Galaxy S10 pricing and confirms 1TB storage tier – BGR

Huge leak reveals Galaxy S10 pricing and confirms 1TB storage tier – BGR

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. For the past few months, we’ve witnessed an increasing number of Galaxy S10 rumors, revealing almost everything fans of the series would want to know about the phone. Report after report told us the same story: Samsung will have three distinct 4G Galaxy S10 models in stores this spring, including a phone with a flat screen. All three will feature Infinity-O screens and multi-lens cameras, and the premium models will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. We then learned more details about the phone’s specs, including camera, storage, and battery details, and we saw plenty of leaked benchmarks. On top of that, Samsung is making at least one 5G version of the phone, which should be twice as expensive as the most affordable handset. A few days ago, press renders from an acc...
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, video games, and the new online town square – Ars Technica

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, video games, and the new online town square – Ars Technica

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. EnlargeAurich / Getty Over the weekend, tens of thousands of people—including one sitting US Congressperson—gathered online to watch a marathon stream of someone playing Donkey Kong 64. The most notable thing about this, perhaps, was just how little organic interest in Donkey Kong 64 actually had to do with much of the gathering. Let me back up a little bit. The main, ostensible purpose for Harry "Hbomberguy" Brewis' "Donkey Kong Nightmare Stream" was that he simply wanted to beat Donkey Kong 64, as he put it on YouTube. DK64 was a game Brewis said he "never finished properly as a kid... I want to destroy Donkey Kong 64, so until that has been achieved, the stream doesn't stop. I don't care if I fall asleep. I don't care if I run out of food. The stream...
WhatsApp Limits Forwarding to Fight Misinformation – Thurrott.com

WhatsApp Limits Forwarding to Fight Misinformation – Thurrott.com

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. Facebook’s WhatsApp is taking some action against the spread of misinformation and fake news on its platform. Fake news has long been a huge problem on WhatsApp, even though it hasn’t really gotten a ton of attention from the tech industry. In countries like India and Brazil, misinformation is spread using WhatsApp and it’s believed to have affected elections in the past. WhatsApp is now limiting the number of forwards per message to only five users/groups, meaning that those who are using WhatsApp to spread misinformation will now be quite limited. You could forward a message to up to 20 users/groups at a time in the past. The company told Reuters that the limitation is in action to help fight the spread of rumors and misinformation after the platform ...
WhatsApp Fights Fake News With Message Forwarding Restrictions – TIME

WhatsApp Fights Fake News With Message Forwarding Restrictions – TIME

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. In the latest case of social media privacy and security limitations, Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has announced it will restrict the number of times an individual message can be forwarded. WhatsApp’s vice president for policy and communications, Victoria Grand, announced the update at an event in Jakarta on Monday, Reuters reported. The messaging company first rolled out the new restrictions for users in India last summer after a series of lynchings that allegedly followed fake news reports shared on the platform. Five men were killed in Maharashtra’s Dhule district after rumors of kidnappings overwhelmed Indian WhatsApp users. Dozens of others had been killed because of similar false messages on WhatsApp, according ...