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Saturday October 19, 2019 @ 01:52:17 PM mt

How Pebble smartwatches are getting a second life




The crowdfunded Pebble smartwatch officially died last June, but a group of dedicated Pebble fans are giving Pebbles second lives, as detailed in this great article on iFixit that you should go read.

The Pebble launched to a record-breaking Kickstarter in 2012 because it looked like it had the potential to be the first good smartwatch. Part of the appeal was that it seemed ahead of its time it could do things like show you notifications and help you control your phones music, which would become table stakes for smartwatches made by other companies in the years to come.

But once the Apple Watch entered the market in 2015, it was game over for Pebble. The company was acquired by Fitbit in late...

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Saturday October 19, 2019 @ 01:52:14 PM mt

11 new trailers you should watch this week




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I always thought Jesse was slighted by the end of Breaking Bad. Not the last episode it sent him off on the right note, as far as things were going but the final season as a whole. Jesses humanity ultimately became more important than the wreck that was Walter White, but the show didnt care to recenter our interest around the one flawed character who still deserved sympathy. (At least, as far as I remember from watching this in 2013.)

El Camino is something of an attempt to fix that. Its a totally unnecessary, but entirely fun return to Breaking Bads world. Its hardly a movie in the traditional sense; and even if you remember Breaking Bad reasonably well, you may (as I did) find yourself looking stuff up afterward. But its...

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Saturday October 19, 2019 @ 01:12:17 AM mt

Netflixs Living With Yourself fuses sitcom humor with high-tech anxiety




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Netflixs Living with Yourself, which launches on October 18th, is in many ways a standard sitcom. Ant-Mans Paul Rudd stars as Miles Eliot, a man whose marriage and career are floundering as he faces the general malaise of approaching middle age. The catch is that he attempts to get out of his familiar rut by cloning himself.

To be fair, that wasnt actually his goal. Miles gets a tip from zero-turned-office-hero co-worker Dan (Desmin Borges of Youre the Worst) about a highly exclusive spa that gives its clients DNA a detox and lets them live up to their full potential. Desperate enough to pay Top Happy Spas $50,000 fee, Miles lies down in a treatment chair and wakes up as a new man, filled with a zest for life that has him sticking...

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Saturday October 19, 2019 @ 01:12:13 AM mt

Google cant even get full RCS support for the Pixel 4




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Googles Pixel 4 wont launch with support for RCS messaging on some of the biggest US networks. Verizon and T-Mobile both said on Twitter that the phone was not supported, as spotted by 9to5Google, and AT&T has yet to say whether itll be supported. Only Sprint has said, in an email to The Verge, that it will support RCS, which adds features like read receipts, typing indicators, and higher-quality attachments to the standard Android Messages app.

The rollout of RCS messaging has been a complete mess. The standard, which is supposed to replace the basic SMS and MMS messaging thats been around for as long as weve used smartphones, has been slated to roll out for years now. Its biggest push came in 2018, when Google settled on RCS as...

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Saturday October 19, 2019 @ 01:12:10 AM mt

Theres a new Banana Phone and it can play Bananaphone




Its new tech season. New iPhones, new Pixels, new Surface devices, new Echos... and a new Banana Phone.

Now, before I tell you more about the biggest tech gadget of 2019, I want to be perfectly clear that the Banana Phone isnt a phone its a Bluetooth headset that connects to your phone, and you can use it to take calls. But it looks like a banana!

Image: Banana Phone

And soon, its getting a refresh. Earlier today, I spotted FCC filings for an updated model of the Banana Phone, so I called up Brian Brunsing, president of Banana Phone LLC, to learn more about whats new. Turns out, it has some meaningful updates.

The biggest new feature: the new Banana Phone will apparently be able to play music over a speaker...

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Saturday October 19, 2019 @ 01:12:06 AM mt

Wings delivery drones take flight for the first time in Virginia




Wings drone delivery service is now live in Virginia. The Alphabet subsidiary is now delivering snacks and health care products to residents of Christiansburg, Virginia, after receiving approval from the government and teaming up with major players like FedEx and Walgreens. Wing says its the first commercial drone delivery service in the US.

Earlier this year, Wing became one of the first drone operators to be certified as a commercial air carrier by the Federal Aviation Administration, allowing it to deliver goods to people who may live miles away and not in the drone operators line of sight.

A video posted by Wing shows an elderly couple and a family with young children using their smartphones to select items for delivery. The...

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Saturday October 19, 2019 @ 01:12:03 AM mt

AOC and Ted Cruz call out Apple for dropping Hong Kong app in joint letter




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In two letters, a bipartisan group of lawmakers sharply criticized Apple and Blizzard over their recent actions in China.

The first, addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook, expresses strong concern over the companys decision to remove an app used by Hong Kong protesters from its App Store. The app, called HKMap, tracked police presence and was used by pro-democracy activists, but was removed earlier this month after Apple claimed it was being used for criminal activity. The apps developers said there was no evidence of that, and Apple has been slammed for the move.

Cases like these raise real concern about whether Apple and other large US corporate entities will bow to growing Chinese demands rather...

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Saturday October 19, 2019 @ 01:11:59 AM mt

Blizzard is banning people in its Hearthstone Twitch chat for pro-Hong Kong statements




In February, Blizzard announced a new Hearthstone e-sports program, called the Masters Tour, to pit the games best players against each other for a chance to win the acclaim of the internet (and potentially a lot of money). A European leg of the tour is currently happening in Bucharest, and you can catch the action over on Twitch.

But theres a catch: anybody who posts anything pro-Hong Kong seems to be earning an automatic 24-hour chat ban, as reported by Dot Esports. (On Twitch, a chat ban means that you cant post anything in a channels chat for a certain amount of time; offenses and ban lengths are both specified by moderators.)

That said, the bans seem inconsistent. On Friday afternoon, over at the @PlayHearthstone Twitch...

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Saturday October 19, 2019 @ 01:11:56 AM mt

You can now subscribe to Twitch streamers on iOS if you pay the Apple tax




You can now subscribe to your favorite streamers from your iOS device, provided you have an iOS device and have updated the Twitch app. Truly we are living in the future.

Twitch announced the news at this years TwitchCon in San Diego, but the feature rolled out today. Its a little different than your usual Twitch subscribing experience, and yes, it is Apples fault. The reason its taken this long for Twitch to offer subs through its iOS app is because Apple takes a 30 percent cut of any digital subscriptions or media sold through apps on its App Store. So most companies like Amazon, which owns Twitch just dont sell media through iOS apps.

To subscribe on iOS, you have to buy what Twitch is calling iOS Sub Tokens, which cost...

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Saturday October 19, 2019 @ 01:11:52 AM mt

Kik Messenger will live on after Kik sells it to focus on cryptocurrency




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Last month, Kik announced that it would be shutting down the once-popular Kik Messenger app to focus on selling its Kin cryptocurrency, and fighting an SEC battle about the Kin cryptocurrency. But today, in a surprise, it was announced on the Kik blog that Kik Messenger will apparently live on, as it has been purchased by MediaLab, a holding company that owns companies like anonymous-messaging app Whisper and mixtape-sharing service DatPiff.

In the blog post, MediaLab committed to continuing to develop Kik Messenger, saying that it will spend the next few months on making the app faster, more reliable, [and] less buggy. However, MediaLab also said that, to help pay for the expenses of maintaining the messaging service, it will be...

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