Twitter is bringing Tapbacks to direct messages

Twitter is bringing Tapbacks to direct messages

I regret to inform you that Tapbacks have come to Twitter DMs. That’s right: The worst part of texting is now in your Twitter inbox, too. 

It looks like Twitter is calling it “reactions,” but the new feature, which is starting to roll out to Twitter users now, essentially works the same way as iMessage’s infamous Tapbacks. Instead of responding to a DM with, you know, words, you can append an emoji “reaction” to the message.  

The official @Twitter account teased the feature as it started to roll out, sharing the string of emoji that will be available once the feature is live. 

sliding into your DMs like 😂 😲 😢 ❤️ 🔥 👍 👎

— Twitter (@Twitter) January 22, 2020 Read more…

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Trump says society needs to ‘cherish’ and ‘protect’ Elon Musk

Trump says society needs to 'cherish' and 'protect' Elon Musk

Society must come together to “protect” and “cherish” Tesla CEO Elon Musk like the walking Fabergé egg that he is. 

So insisted Donald Trump today during a freewheeling CNBC interview that covered everything from Trump’s best bud Tim Apple to how he’s pretty sure Zuckerberg wants to run for president. But it was Trump’s almost fatherly desire to coddle the Tesla CEO that perhaps most stood out. 

“I was worried about [Musk] because he’s one of our great geniuses and we have to protect our geniuses,” Trump told interviewer Joe Kernen. “And we have to protect Thomas Edison, we have to protect all of these people that came up with originally the lightbulb, and the wheel, and all of these things.” Read more…

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Samsung’s new foldable phone already sounds way better than the Galaxy Fold

Samsung's new foldable phone already sounds way better than the Galaxy Fold

We’re still a few weeks away from Samsung officially unveiling its new foldable phone, but it’s already sounding like it will be a significant improvement over the Galaxy Fold. At least, if the latest rumors are any indication. 

While we’ve already heard that the phone, which will reportedly be called the Galaxy Z Flip, will have a clamshell design, we now know a bit more about how that folding screen will work. 

The new details come from XDA Developers’ Max Weinbach who reports the Z Flip will have the ability to “lock” at a 90-degree angle, which allows the bottom half of the phone to act as a kickstand. Apps, including the phone’s camera, will be able to take advantage of this orientation, which sounds particularly useful for video calls or watching short videos. Weinbach also says the Flip will reprise another notable feature from the original flip phone era: ending phone calls by folding it closed.  Read more…

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Mic on Bezos’ hacked phone possibly compromised for months

Mic on Bezos' hacked phone possibly compromised for months

What secrets does Jeff Bezos spill behind closed doors?

The Amazon CEO and owner of the Washington Post meets with industry heads, politicians, and regulatory officials as a matter of course. And, as a forensic analysis of Bezos’ hacked phone obtained by Motherboard shows, there’s a possibility the Saudi government was listening in on those very conversations for months. 

The report, by cybersecurity firm FTI Consulting, details how and why investigators hired by the CEO came to believe his iPhone was hacked by the Saudi government. It also, however, notes the extent to which Bezos’ phone was completely owned. Read more…

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Best cheap robot vacuums: 7 options for less than $200

Best cheap robot vacuums: 7 options for less than $200

Robot vacuums can get pretty pricey, with some of the more advanced options running upwards of $1,000. If you don’t need all the bells and whistles — like smart home mapping, mobile app integrations, and self-emptying canisters — then you don’t have to spend that much money. There are cheaper robot vacuums out there, and the top ones will get the job done well.

Inexpensive options typically don’t have smartphone app integration and all of the controls are done with a remote. You’re usually able to set a timed schedule with the remote or set it to go off in the moment, so you do have some sort of control aside from just pressing a button on the vacuum itself. Remotes often act as a steering device, allowing you to operate the robot vacuum like an RC car. Read more…

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Aiibot T288

The Aiibot is great for someone who is interested in robot vacuums but doesn’t want to drop a ton of money.

  • Run time: 60 minutes
  • App integration: No

$129.99 from Walmart

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While this isn’t powerful enough to completely replace a traditional vacuum, it does help with daily cleaning.

  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • App integration: No

$159.99 from Amazon

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Coredy R300

Keeps pretty quiet during day-to-day floor maintenance.

  • Run time: 110 minutes
  • App integration : No

$165.99 from Amazon

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Ecovacs Deebot N79S

This is a starter model with some advanced features from a high-quality brand and the absolute best option on this list.

  • Run time: 110 minutes
  • App integration: Yes

$169 from Amazon

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Goovi D380

A main brush roll makes this vacuum good on carpet and hair, a rarity at this price point.

  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • App integration: No

$189.99 from Amazon

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Amarey A800 robot vacuum cleaner

For its price, this vacuum can handle hair and other messes decently well.

  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • App integration: No

$199.99 from Amazon

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Diggro D600

A great option thanks to its main brush roll that can actually handle hair and zig zag pattern that mimics the way you’d vacuum manually.

  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • App integration: No

$199.99 from Walmart

SF Pride voted to ban Google, YouTube. But it’s more complicated than that.

SF Pride voted to ban Google, YouTube. But it's more complicated than that.

Members of San Francisco Pride (SF Pride), the organization behind the city’s famous pride parade and festival, voted last week to remove Google and YouTube as sponsors and participants in future celebrations, citing what some voting members of the organization perceived to be inadequate protection from homophobia, racism, and harassment on Google’s platforms, particularly YouTube. 

“Companies are no longer scared to be seen as pro-LGBTQ; in fact, their participation is a great opportunity for them. We believe companies should earn that opportunity by proving that they really do stand with our community,” read a statement given to the SFGATE about the decision from Laurence Berland and Tyler Breisacher, two SF Pride members. Berland, now one of the members helming the current efforts to ban Google, is also a former Google employee.  Read more…

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