Twitter will soon offer more context about unavailable tweets


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Twitter says it will soon offer users more context about unavailable tweets, rather than just presenting a wall of “This Tweet is unavailable” notices. TechCrunch notes that the feature should cut down on confusion when you’re trying to read a Twitter conversation, only to find that half of its tweets are missing for reasons that aren’t obvious.

Twitter didn’t specify exactly what this notification would look like. Tweets can be unavailable for a variety of reasons: they might contain a keyword that you’ve muted, an account’s tweets could be protected, or a tweet may have been deleted. The “context” that Twitter describes could consist of explaining which of these is to blame for an unavailable tweet, as it now does when labeling tweets…

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Airline apologizes for tweet comparing fatality rates of different airplane seats


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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines plane at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport...

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Dutch airline KLM has apologized for a tweet that explained which of an airplane’s seats are the safest. In a tweet from Tuesday that has since been deleted, USA Today reports that the company compared the fatality rates of different airplane seats, and included a caption that read “seats at the back of a plane are the safest!”

“We would like to sincerely apologize for a recent update,” the company said in a followup tweet, “The post was based on a publically available aviation fact, and isn’t a @KLM opinion.”

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Pedestrian collision puts Vienna’s driverless bus trial on hold


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A self-driving bus trial taking place in Vienna, Austria, has been paused after an incident occurred between a pedestrian and one of the vehicles, reports Bloomberg. On Thursday morning a 30-year-old woman collided with the bus, which is operated by the self-driving startup Navya, sustaining minor injuries. The city’s transit authority has paused the trials of the two autonomous buses while it awaits the results of an investigation into the incident.

It’s currently unclear who was at fault for the collision. State broadcaster ORF reported that the bus was moving at about 7.5 miles an hour when it struck the knee of a 30-year-old woman, according to Bloomberg. In a statement given to The Verge, Navya claimed that witnesses had seen the…

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4G is coming to the London Underground’s tunnels next year


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The London Underground will get 4G access in its tunnels and stations starting next year. The rollout will start with the eastern half of the Jubilee line between Westminster and Canning Town stations in March 2020, and the plan is to have the entire network connected by the middle of the next decade. In addition to 4G, the system will also allow passengers to connect using 2G and 3G.

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has suggested that the network could be upgraded to 5G in the future. “Introducing 4G and, in the future, 5G will help Londoners and visitors keep in touch and get the latest travel information while on the go,” Khan said.

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Slack resets thousands of user passwords four years after hack


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Slack says it is resetting the passwords of some of its users after new information has come to light about a security breach from March 2015. Any users who created their account before this date, who have not changed their passwords since, and who do not use single-sign-on can expect to have their passwords reset by the company if it hasn’t happened already. Slack says that around one percent of its users fall into all three of these categories, which ZDNet reports amounts to around 65,000 users.

The company chose to reset the passwords after it learned that a collection of user email addresses and password combinations had been compromised. After an investigation, the company linked the credentials to a hack it suffered in 2015 when…

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HTC will revive old Wildfire brand for new phones, leak claims


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The HTC Wildfire. | Image: Rozetked

Despite its flagship smartphone presence having all but come to an end, HTC isn’t done releasing phones just yet. Four of its upcoming handsets have leaked via the Russian site Rozetked, and it looks as though HTC is planning on reviving the Wildfire brand, which has laid dormant for eight years since the release of the HTC Wildfire S in 2011. For reference, in that year HTC commanded 10.7 percent of the global smartphone market, compared to just 0.05 percent now.

Despite a pretty hefty spec bump over the eight-year-old Wildfire S, which had a 3.2-inch screen and 512MB of RAM, there’s little else about the leaked handsets to suggest a return to HTC’s glory days. Four of the lineup’s handsets have been leaked; the Wildfire, Wildfire E,…

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Comcast now lets you use your own Android device on Xfinity Mobile


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Comcast now lets you use your own Android device with its Xfinity Mobile wireless carrier. Previously, if you wanted to use your own device then it had to be a recent iPhone. Xfinity Mobile is Comcast’s MVNO that’s available exclusively to the company’s home internet customers and runs on the Verizon network.

For now, the range of Android phones that Comcast will accept is limited to unlocked Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, S8, S8 Plus, Note 9 and Note 8. That means no devices from other manufacturers like OnePlus or Google, and it also means that Samsung’s latest flagship phones from the S10 series also aren’t compatible. Comcast says it hopes to add more Android handsets later in 2019.

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Qualcomm fined $272M in latest EU antitrust fine


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The EU has fined Qualcomm €242 million (around $272 million) for selling 3G modem chips at predatory prices in an attempt to drive a competing supplier, Icera, out of the market. The European Commission says that the company used its market dominance to sell chips meant for mobile internet dongles at below cost between 2009 and 2011. Today’s announcement marks the end of the EU’s nearly four year long investigation into Qualcomm’s actions.

Announcing the fine, the EU’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, said that “Qualcomm’s strategic behavior prevented competition and innovation in this market, and limited the choice available to consumers in a sector with a huge demand and potential for innovative technologies.”

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One of Nintendo’s new Joy-Con color schemes is basically Waluigi-themed


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On the same day as it announced its updated Switch console, Nintendo has also revealed a pair of new Joy-Con color options. One sports a combination of blue and neon yellow, and the other is neon purple and neon orange, giving it exactly the same color scheme as Waluigi, the single biggest scumbag in Nintendo’s character lineup.

If you think Waluigi’s color scheme is just purple, then I implore you to look closer at his feet, where you’ll see that he’s wearing what appears to be a pointy pair of orange elf boots. At a push, the purple Joy-Con could make them Wario-themed, but the clashing color scheme just makes them feel more like Waluigi overall.

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EU opens Amazon antitrust investigation


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The EU’s Competition Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Amazon to investigate whether the company is using sales data to gain an unfair advantage over smaller sellers on the Marketplace platform. The Commission says it will look into Amazon’s agreements with marketplace sellers, as well as how Amazon uses data to choose which retailer to link to using the “Buy Box” on its site. The announcement comes on the same day that Amazon announced changes to its third-party seller service agreement in response to a separate antitrust investigation by German regulators.

“E-commerce has boosted retail competition and brought more choice and better prices,” said the EU’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. “We need…

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Why does Apple hate falafel?


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Apple (left) and Google’s (right) take on the falafel emoji. | Image: Apple and Google

To celebrate World Emoji Day (which, yes, is apparently a thing now), Apple and Google have released a preview of the new emoji which will be arriving on their mobile operating systems later this year. The actual subjects of the emoji were announced by Unicode back in February, now we’re seeing how they’ll actually look in practice.

There are a couple of interesting designs in there. For example, I can’t help but think that Apple’s design for a plate of falafel kinda looks like a big pile of shit? Not human shit, and not a fun cartoony soft-serve ice cream poop like the classic Pile of Poo, but like a pile of dung from a farmyard animal. Especially when viewed at the proper emoji scale of an Instagram comment or iMessage response….

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Tesla drops Standard Range versions of Model S and X


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Tesla has discontinued the Standard Range versions of the Model S and Model X, effectively increasing the minimum price of each car by a few thousand dollars, reports Reuters. The company’s online configurator now only lists the Long Range and Performance models of each car as being available to order. Tesla has also cut the price of the cheapest version of the Model 3 currently sold online, the Standard Range Plus model, from $39,900 to $38,990.

The changes mean that the starting price of the Model S has increased from $75,000 to $79,990, while the Model X’s starting price has increased from $81,000 to $84,990.

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Tesla workers say they had to cut corners to meet production goals


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Over half a dozen current and former Tesla employees claim that aggressive production goals have forced workers to take shortcuts when manufacturing its cars in a new report from CNBC. They also accuse Tesla of creating harsh working conditions, especially for employees working in the “GA4” production tent where assembly is not fully automated.

Employees claim that electrical tape was used to patch cracks on plastic brackets containing electrical components, and that cars would sometimes pass through the production line while missing bolts, nuts, or lugs. The employees even provided CNBC with photographic evidence to support their claims. They also claim that Tesla encouraged its employees to work in harsh conditions that were…

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German state bans Office 365 in schools, citing privacy concerns


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Schools in the German state of Hesse will no longer be able to use Microsoft’s Office 365 thanks to the EU’s GDPR rules, the state’s data protection commissioner has ruled. The Next Web reports that the issue arose after Microsoft closed its German data center in August last year, creating the potential risk for its users’ data to be accessed by US authorities.

Windows 10’s telemetry system collects a wide array of data about how you use its products and services, depending on how your privacy settings are configured. This data can include email subject lines, and any phrases that you use Microsoft’s software to translate. ZDNet notes that if you have Windows 10’s telemetry data settings set to “Enhanced,” then it can also collect the…

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Alan Turing is the face of UK’s new £50 note


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<em>A concept image of what the banknote could look like.</em>

Alan Turing, whose work laid the groundwork for the invention of the modern computer, will be the face of the UK’s new £50 note when it goes into circulation by the end of 2021. Turing will replace Matthew Boulton and James Watt, the pioneers of the steam engine who share the current £50 note, and will join former prime minister Winston Churchill, writer Jane Austin, and artist JMW Turner who are the faces of the new £5, £10, and £20 notes.

Turing has had a complicated relationship with the British government. During World War 2 he lead a team of code breakers to successfully crack the Nazi’s Enigma code and later designed ACE, one of the world’s first stored-program computers. However, in 1952 he was convicted of “gross indecency” for…

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Europe’s GPS alternative has been offline since Friday


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<em>An image render of one of the Galileo satellites, the first of which was launched in October 2011.</em>

Galileo, the European satellite navigation system, has been suffering a major outage since Friday, reports BBC News. The system’s status page currently lists all 22 of its satellites as either “Not Usable” or “Testing,” as part of an incident that started early Friday morning. In a statement, the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) said the system is being affected by a “technical incident related to its ground infrastructure.”

The outage means the satellites aren’t able to provide timing or positioning data to smartphones or other devices in Europe that normally use the system. As of February last year, over 30 smartphone models support Galileo, including iPhones released since 2017. But if you have one of these…

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There’s much more to Stranger Things’ Starcourt Mall than meets the eye


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There’s a reason why the Starcourt Mall, the principal location for the third season of Stranger Things looks so real: it’s built inside of a real shopping mall. Specifically, it was built inside of Georgia’s Gwinnett Place Mall, which was built just a year before the latest season of Netflix’s show is set.

Although the set is closed to the public and is currently in the process of being dismantled, eager fans have managed to sneak in to take photos and video of the interior, and the attention to detail is stunning.

Netflix constructed around 40 stores in the mall for the show, which included period-appropriate versions of existing stores like Burger King and Hot Dog on a Stick (complete with their genuine ‘80s uniforms), as well as…

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Angry mob burns down home of suspected Bitcoin swindler


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A man thought to have been behind an alleged Bitcoin Ponzi scheme has had his house looted and burned to the ground in South Africa, reports Times Live. Sphelele “Sgumza” Mbatha was reportedly the operator of “Bitcoin Wallets,” a scheme which promised investors a 100 percent return on their investment after 15 days.

The arson came a week after Mbatha admitted to the Ladysmith Gazette that he didn’t have any more cash to pay out, and said that investors would need to submit their details online to receive their payouts. He also claimed to not be the owner of the company, despite having registered the business “Bitcoin Wallets Achievers” the previous week. The following week he then said that hackers had infiltrated the website and had…

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Huawei’s first 5G phone is launching this month


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Huawei’s debut 5G phone, the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, will launch in select markets before the end of July, despite continued uncertainty around Huawei’s future as a manufacturer of Android devices. China’s state-run Global Times reports that the phone will go on sale in China on July 26th, while VentureBeat notes that the phone is currently available to preorder from Amazon’s Italian site with a release date of July 22nd, and will be available in the UAE on July 12th.

The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is very similar to the existing Mate 20 X externally, with the same 7.2-inch screen, and trio of rear cameras. However, internally its components have been upgraded slightly to handle the demands of its 5G Balong 5000 modem. Most notably, the battery…

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