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Google is ‘pausing investment’ in Allo

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If you’ve been using Google’s messaging app, Allo, it’s probably a good time to start thinking about switching to something else. The app isn’t getting dropped in a Google-style “Spring Cleaning,” but development on the app is being “paused.” Specifically, the new head of the communications group at Google, Anil Sabharwal, has made the decision […]

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Exclusive: Chat is Google’s next big fix for Android’s messaging mess

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How the successor to SMS will take on iMessage Continue reading…

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Fortnite’s ‘50 v 50’ mode is teaching players how to be less selfish

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Epic Games’ Fortnite Battle Royale reintroduced its much anticipated “50 v 50” game mode today, a new and improved version of the limited-time massive group combat game type that pits 50 real human players against 50 opponents in a battle to see which team is left standing when the dust clears. Epic has made a […]

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Motorola Announces Moto g6 and e5

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Today Motorola announced six new mid-range and low-end phones in the g6 and e5 series. The G series has been particularly popular in regions such as North America due to its excellent value proposition and being overall solid phones. The g6 promises to continue this trend while bringing to market some of the more popular […]

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Nubia’s Red Magic smartphone is designed for gaming, down to the glowing LEDs on the back

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The Red Magic is the new phone from Nubia (a ZTE sub-brand in China), and it’s built for gaming. But you probably didn’t need me to tell you that. The Red Magic is practically screaming “extreme gamer,” with its sharp, hexagonal cutouts for the camera and fingerprint sensor, aggressively red vents and details, and the […]

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In honor of Avengers: Infinity War, Build-a-Bear is releasing a series of cursed murder bears

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Avengers: Infinity Wars is nearly upon us, signaling both the death of a bunch of beloved superheroes, probably, and a marketing cycle that thirsts for the blood of every possible cash cow. Today’s sacrifice comes to us via Build-a-Bear, which has announced a new series of Marvel-themed nightmares. For the children, of course. Teenage Groot […]

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Grasshopper is an app for learning JavaScript through mini-games

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Google’s in-house incubator Area 120 just released an app called Grasshopper, which teaches you how to code JavaScript through a series of fun mini-games, as reported by 9to5Google. The goal, according to the coders who worked on the app, is to make coding feel fun and approachable as it increasingly is becoming a necessary skill. […]

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Netflix has reportedly considered buying theaters to screen its movies

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Netflix is reportedly considering a more drastic plan to get its movies on the big screen: buying theaters. The streaming service was in talks to acquire Mark Cuban’s Landmark Theaters chain but backed out due to the cost, according to a new report from the Los Angeles Times. A source at Variety claims that Netflix […]

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Cray Adds AMD EPYC Processors to CS500 Cluster Supercomputers

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Cray this week announced plans to offer AMD’s EPYC-based CS500 cluster supercomputers later this year. The Cray CS500 clusters will be based on ultra-dense 2-way servers each featuring up to 64 cores, various storage options, and high-speed network connectivity. In addition, Cray will offer 2U 2-way AMD EPYC-powered systems supporting up to 4 TB of memory. […]

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Hollywood wants to rid the web of celebrity deepfakes

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The AI-assisted face-swapping technology known as deepfakes has not gone unnoticed by Hollywood, and now union SAG-AFTRA is working to “fight back” by opening up new legislative avenues. A spokesperson told Deadline that the union “has undertaken an exhaustive review of our collective bargaining options and legislative options to combat any and all uses of […]

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