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WhatsApp backups won’t count against Google Drive storage, so keep those memes forever

WhatsApp, one of the most popular instant messaging apps, allows you to back up your chats and media to Google Drive on Android. This allows you to carry your chats and media if you change to another Android smartphone or reset your device. The company has now announced that it has signed up a new...

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Huawei confirms 7nm Kirin 980 and launch window for Mate 20 series

HiSilicon Huawei has confirmed that its Kirin 980 smartphone chipset will feature a 7nm design. The company also revealed that the chipset will land in the Mate 20 series. The Chinese brand confirmed that the Mate 20 series will launch in October. Huawei has announced that its Kirin 980 chipset w...

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Project Fi’s text forwarding is being shut down on September 12

Google has announced that it’s shutting down Project Fi automatic text forwarding service. Fi’s call forwarding will not be affected by this change. As many of Fi’s features are based on those found on Google Voice, this could signal an eventual separation of the two services. Pr...

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Facebook says birthday fundraisers have raised more than $300 million over the past year

Facebook marked the first anniversary of its birthday fundraisers by revealing that more than $300 million in donations have been raised through the feature, which lets users mark their birthdays by creating a donation drive for an organization of their choice. About 750,000 non-profits currently h...

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Tweetbot loses several key features ahead of Twitter’s API change

Twitter’s API changes won’t come out until tomorrow, but its ramifications are already being felt. Tapbots released an update today to Tweetbot for iOS that loses many of the Twitter client’s most popular or essential features. It also removed its Apple Watch app. In Tweetbot&rsqu...

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Powered by $25 million, Arcadia Power looks to expand its distributed renewable energy services

As renewable energy use surges in the U.S. and the effects of global climate change become more visible, companies like Arcadia Power are pitching a nationwide service to make renewable energy available to residential customers. While states like New York, California and regions across the upper Mid...

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Shelf Engine uses machine learning to stop food waste from eating into store margins

Shelf Engine’s team While running Molly’s, the Seattle-based ready meal wholesaler he founded, Stefan Kalb was upset about its 28 percent food wastage rate. Feeling that the amount was “astronomical,” he began researching how to lower it — and was shocked to discovered...

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VR optics could help old folks keep the world in focus

The complex optics involved with putting a screen an inch away from the eye in VR headsets could make for smartglasses that correct for vision problems. These prototype “autofocals” from Stanford researchers use depth sensing and gaze tracking to bring the world into focus when someone l...

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New sponge for cleaning harbor oil leaks has a successful real world test

Enlarge / "Seth Darling, Jeff Elam, Ed Barry conduct research experiments with the Oleo Sponge in Santa Barbara, California." (credit: Argonne National Laboratory) In March 2017, Ars wrote about a new material that could soak up oil like a sponge. The so-called Oleo Sponge could be wrung out, the...

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DNA reveals ancient parrot breeder supplied US Southwest peoples

Enlarge / Chaco Canyon ruins in New Mexico. (credit: Erik Terdal / Flickr) Lots of macaw parrot skeletons and feathers have turned up at human settlements in the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico dating back to at least 900 CE. Given that these sites are at least 1,000 kilometers north of t...


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