February 4, 2019

Newspaper headlines: Liam Neeson and Greg Clark Nissan letter on front pages

The emergence of a 2016 letter from Business Secretary Greg Clark to the Japanese carmaker makes headlines.
February 4, 2019

Leak reveals that some of Inbox’s best features are coming to Gmail

If you’re an Inbox user, you probably know by now that Google has abandoned the mobile email app, deciding to focus on developing the mobile version of Gmail instead. However, Inbox’s best features might get a new home over in Gmail in the near future, as Google is already testing some of them on Gmail for Android. A Reddit user was the first to notice Inbox features inside an internal Gmail for Android app version. For example, bundles and reminders are apparently coming to Gmail, according to the following screenshot: Also, the app may only show pinned items in the feed going forward. Finally, the ability to “mark all as read” will also come to Gmail. It’s unclear when this version of the app will launch, but its yearly developer conference -- Google I/O, which takes place from May 7th-9th -- seems like a reasonable time to unveil it. With Inbox vanishing by March, you might not have to wait long for Gmail to incorporate some of the Inbox features you’ve grown to love. The Redditor said “there’s still plenty of work to be done,” and the screenshot shows a “very early” version of this Gmail app with Inbox features. Google is looking at different design iterations, moodio said. Before you ask, you probably won't be able to test these Inbox features for Gmail anytime soon, as there’s no beta for it. The screenshot above comes from a friend of the Redditor, who appears to be a Google engineer working on the app, or at least with access to test versions.
February 4, 2019

Data privacy drama can’t stop Google

Google's ad sales machine is still going strong even as regulators and consumers scrutinize the tech industry's data-privacy practices.
February 4, 2019

LaVar Ball Emerges From The Woods, Says Lonzo Needs To Be Traded To The Suns

The most hotly discussed deal of the NBA’s trade deadline season is a proposed blockbuster deal in which the Lakers would send all their young players and a handful of their old players and whatever other crap is necessary to New Orleans in exchange fo...
February 4, 2019

Kotaku Titanfall Battle Royale Game Apex Legends Is Out Now | Jalopnik NASCAR Engine Expert Explains

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February 4, 2019

Mozilla will mute auto-playing videos in Firefox

Mozilla announced today that its Firefox web browser will start automatically blocking auto-playing video and audio later this year. The feature will appear in the release of Firefox 66 for desktop and an update to Firefox for Android, both of...
February 4, 2019

AT&T’s fake 5G icon invades the iPhone in latest iOS beta

The roll out of 5G support is without question a game-changing development that will fundamentally impact the way we use our smartphones. The bad news, though, is that it's going to take some time before broad 5G support actually becomes a reality. Indeed, this is why Apple will reportedly wait until 2020 before introducing iPhones with support for 5G. In the interim, AT&T has adopted an interesting, if not controversial and downright misleading tactic. As you may recall, word surfaced a few weeks back that AT&T will begin replacing the LTE indicator on select smartphone models with a 5G E symbol. The symbol will only appear in markets that happen to support AT&T's fastest LTE technologies. The following statement from an AT&T spokesperson last month suggested that this might only be the case on Android devices:
If they have one of the latest Android devices and it connects to a tower that’s enabled with 5G Evolution, they’ll soon see a “5G E” indicator pop up on their screen. Initially we’ll roll this out on a handful of devices, with more devices showing the indicator in spring 2019.
As it turns out, iPhone owners might soon be glaring at a 5G E symbol themselves. As pointed out by MacRumors, some iPhone owners who installed the second iOS 12.2 beta have noticed that the 4G symbol has transformed into 5G E, as evidenced by the photo below. Incidentally, the E in 5G E stands for "Evolution" and, per AT&T, supports "peak theoretical wireless speeds for capable devices of at least 400 megabits per second." That's a nice speed bump, but there's no getting around the fact that the 5G E symbol above is purposefully misleading. AT&T has been widely criticized for its little 5G E tactic, but there's no indication that the company cares or is even the least bit interested in reversing course.
February 4, 2019

The Oscars Snag Chris Evans, Awkwafina, Brie Larson, And More Stars As Presenters

The Academy has announced the first round of presenters for the 2019 Oscars, and they include Chris Evans, Awkwafina, Amandla Stenberg, Amy Poehler, Tessa Thompson, Brie Larson, and more.
February 4, 2019

Pope Francis arrives at lavish UAE palace in humble Kia Soul

Pope Francis kicked off his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates on Monday, arriving at Abu Dhabi's lavish presidential palace in his trademark understated Kia Soul hatchback.
February 4, 2019

Loren Gray Wants Her ‘Queen’ Video To Make You Feel Like Royalty, Too

Loren Gray talked to TRL about her "Queen" music video and how she's looking to work with other strong women, like director Ariel Michelle, to empower herself and her fans.