The original Google Hangouts will start to disappear this October

The original Google Hangouts will start to disappear this October

In case you hadn’t heard, Google Hangouts is going away — and if you’ve been dreading the day you’ll have to replace it with the perhaps much nicer-looking Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, we’ve got some brand-new guidance from Google on when the switch will be happening. Namely, October to start. That’s when Google will start retiring the classic Hangouts app for its G Suite customers — aka companies that pay to use Google Apps…

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Netflix now lets you share what you’re binge-watching as an Instagram Story

Netflix now lets you share what you’re binge-watching as an Instagram Story

What if you want to update your Instagram Story but all you did this weekend was binge Netflix? You can now basically become an ad for your favorite show with a new integration that lets you post artwork from Netflix titles to your Instagram Story, as spotted by TechCrunch. The Netflix app will now allow you to share a show or movie’s artwork to your Instagram Story after tapping the “share” button. When other Netflix…

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Honor’s Watch Magic smartwatch debuts in Europe for €179

Honor’s Watch Magic smartwatch debuts in Europe for €179

Honor is launching its first smartwatch in Europe, to coincide with the launch of its hole-punch flagship phone, the Honor View 20. It’s not entirely a new watch: the Honor Watch Magic and Honor Watch Dream — seemingly the same watch, but the Dream features smaller band sizes and pastel colors — were released in Honor’s home country of China last year in October. Both sizes appear to sport 1.2-inch AMOLED touchscreens with 390 x…

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Supreme Court won’t hear a lawsuit over defamatory Yelp reviews

Supreme Court won’t hear a lawsuit over defamatory Yelp reviews

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a case regarding whether Yelp is culpable for removing defamatory reviews from its site, resolving a case that could have affected web platforms’ legal protections. Today’s list of Supreme Court orders denies a complaint brought by Dawn Hassell, an attorney who requested that Yelp take down false, negative reviews about her practice. This means that a California Supreme Court decision will stand, and Yelp isn’t liable for…

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The secret censorship holding back the sex toy industry

The secret censorship holding back the sex toy industry

Earlier this month, thousands of vendors exhibited at the tech trade show CES. But notably absent was the sex toy startup Lora DiCarlo, whose invitation to exhibit at the show was rescinded after CES changed its mind about awarding an Innovation Award to the company’s Osé vibrator. For some, the decision to revoke the award was a sign of pervasive sexism and a discomfort with female pleasure, particularly given CES’s long-standing tolerance of sex robots,…

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Google wants to quiz you on phishing emails

Google wants to quiz you on phishing emails

On Tuesday, Google’s Jigsaw unit published a quiz that tests users’ abilities to identify phishing emails. The quiz tests you on a series of emails to see if you can distinguish telltale signs of phishing. “Phishing is, by far, the most common form of cyberattack,” Jigsaw explains in a blog post. “One percent of emails sent today are phishing attempts.” According to the post, the quiz is based on trainings Jigsaw held with “10,000 journalists,…

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Twitter CEO promises a true, battery-saving dark mode is coming

Twitter CEO promises a true, battery-saving dark mode is coming

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is promising users that a true dark mode is on the way — one that might actually help you save battery life and reduce eyestrain while browsing Twitter. Dorsey replied to a Twitter user who was frustrated with the app’s current dark mode, pointing out it’s more of a dark blue rather than true black. Dorsey agreed, adding that the team is already working on a fix that will make it…

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Apple’s new iOS 12.1.3 update fixes annoying Messages and CarPlay bugs

Apple’s new iOS 12.1.3 update fixes annoying Messages and CarPlay bugs

Apple is today releasing iOS 12.1.3 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The update doesn’t contain any new features, but it does fix a few frustrating bugs that you might have experienced lately. For me, the most noticeable among them has been “an issue in Messages that could impact scrolling through photos in the Details view.” See, if you tap on a contact’s name in a Messages conversation and then choose “info,” you’ll be…

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Waymo announces major expansion in Michigan, the cradle of the US auto industry

Waymo announces major expansion in Michigan, the cradle of the US auto industry

Waymo is expanding its presence in Michigan, the state synonymous with the US auto industry. The Google self-driving spinoff announced Tuesday that its plan to build a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing center and hire up to 400 employees over the next five years was just approved by the state’s economic development corporation. It’s a sign that Waymo is interested in gaining more control over its production process as it seeks to grow its business of deploying autonomous…

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China confirms scientist genetically engineered babies — and more are on the way

China confirms scientist genetically engineered babies — and more are on the way

Government investigators have confirmed a Chinese scientist’s claim of creating the world’s first genetically engineered babies, as well as the existence of a second pregnancy with a gene-edited embryo. Back in November, scientist He Jiankui captured international attention when he claimed to have used the gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas-9 to alter two embryos. He maintained that the alterations would protect the embryos from HIV infection later in life, though other experts say that the editing was…

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