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PNY’s Elite 512GB microSD card is down to $150 ($200 off), the lowest price ever – Android Police

PNY’s Elite 512GB microSD card is down to $150 ($200 off), the lowest price ever – Android Police

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. If you have a smartphone or tablet with a microSD slot and have been itching for a deal on a 512GB card, this could be the day you finally pull the trigger. The PNY Elite 512GB microSD card, which was introduced in June at $349.99, is down to an all-time low price of $149.99 (that's $200 off) on Amazon today only. This beats the pants off of the $239.99 deal we saw back in December. The PNY Elite 512GB complies with Class 10/U1/V10 standards, which means it has a minimum sequential write speed of 10MB/s, though the card maker notes that it can support maximum transfer speeds of up to 90MB/s. With 512GB of storage, this microSD card can hold up to 80 hours of full HD (1080p) video recordings or 100,000 photos at 18MP. Media storage and playback will work decently, bu...
Texas bill would ban throttling in disaster areas – The Verge

Texas bill would ban throttling in disaster areas – The Verge

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. Earlier this week, a member of the Texas state legislature introduced a bill that would make it a crime for a telecommunications company, like Verizon or AT&T, to throttle internet service in declared disaster areas, according to KUT News. This Texas bill, HB 1426, doesn’t go any further to codify net neutrality rules, only prohibiting carriers from restricting internet access in disaster areas. It does not ban behaviors like throttling in any other scenarios. Over 100 other bills regarding net neutrality have been introduced at the state level following the Federal Communications Commission’s move to roll back the protections in 2017. Republican commissioners, like Chairman Ajit Pai, have argued that even without Title II or “utility” classification prote...
The New Chair Emoji Is Nice, But These Are the Emojis We Really Want – Yahoo News

The New Chair Emoji Is Nice, But These Are the Emojis We Really Want – Yahoo News

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. Because 💡 is a horrible excuse for a lampMoreThis week, The Unicode Consortium released Emoji 12.0, the latest set of emojis vendors can make available to us on our phones and computers. (Apparently, this will happen throughout 2019.) The 59 additions include a clapping otter, a waffle topped with a pat of butter, a drop of blood (?!), and—drumroll, please—a chair. Up until now, decor-loving texters had to make do with "person in bed" (🛌), "seat" (💺), "framed picture" (🖼️), and "couch and lamp" (🛋️). Now there's what looks to be a wooden dining chair to employ in the crucial moments when seating comes up in conversation, of which there are many, obviously.According to Jeremy Burge, the Chief Emoji Officer at Emojipedia, ...
It wasn’t just the teen Fortnite player – someone else also discovered that FaceTime bug – BGR

It wasn’t just the teen Fortnite player – someone else also discovered that FaceTime bug – BGR

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. In the note Apple included to accompany the release of iOS 12.1.4 this week — the one that included a fix for the embarrassing FaceTime bug — the iPhone maker appropriately gives credit to 14-year-old Grant Thompson from Arizona for bringing to light this critical problem. In fact, Apple has acknowledged that it’s paying Grant for discovering the bug, which he did about two weeks ago while playing Fortnite and trying to get a group FaceTime chat with friends set up. Grant’s mother tried to contact Apple about the bug, which allowed users with the latest iOS software to initiate a call to anyone via FaceTime and immediately start hearing audio on the other person’s end even before they accepted or rejected the call. Once the media picked up on the issu...
Google releases Chrome OS 72 with optimizations for touchscreen devices – Liliputing

Google releases Chrome OS 72 with optimizations for touchscreen devices – Liliputing

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. The latest version of Chrome OS brings a number of new features for Chromebooks and other devices running Google’s operating system… including the growing number of Chrome OS tablets. Among other things, Chrome OS 72 includes a version of the Chrome browser that’s been optimized for touchscreen devices when you’re using them in tablet mode. There are also a number of improvements for Android app support, which could make Chrome OS tablets feel a little more like native Android devices. For example Android app shortcuts are now searchable in the launcher, an Android apps can also now access external storage (if you have a USB flash drive or SD card plugged in). Chrome OS 72 also includes some updates that have little to nothing to do with touchscreens, including...
Latest photo leak for cheapest Galaxy S10 is completely bananas – CNET

Latest photo leak for cheapest Galaxy S10 is completely bananas – CNET

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. This could be the banana-yellow Galaxy S10E. MySmartPrice If these renders are to be believed, the Galaxy S10E, the entry-level model in Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10 flagship line, will come in a decidedly unmellow yellow color. We thought we'd seen all the colors the new phones might be available in, but MySmartPrice on Friday treated us to a possible Canary Yellow incarnation for the S10E.The Galaxy Note 9 had been briefly rumored to come in yellow before it launched, but that turned out to be just the color for the stylus that came with the staid blue model. ...
Chrome OS 72 rolling out w/ Android 9 Pie for more devices, native Google Assistant, browser PiP, more – 9to5Google

Chrome OS 72 rolling out w/ Android 9 Pie for more devices, native Google Assistant, browser PiP, more – 9to5Google

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. Following last year’s Google Material Theme and complete launcher redesign aimed at tablets and other touchscreen devices, Chrome OS 72 is rolling out today. This big release brings Android 9 Pie to more Chromebooks and features a handful of other notable changes to Assistant, Cast, and PiP. Announced at I/O 2018, the instance of Android used by Chrome OS for apps and the Play Store is now based on Pie. An upgrade from Nougat, Google skipped Oreo entirely and added some major changes in the process. Google Assistant is now natively integrated into Chrome OS. This latest version first launched on the Pixel Slate is now expanding to other devices like the Pixelbook. Instead of a phone-sized panel in the bottom-left corner, it is now centered on the scree...