How to mute a single word on Twitter

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While most of us are aware that we can mute conversations or other accounts on Twitter, it wasn’t until I saw this wonderful tweet by @nonprofWHIT that I realized you could also mute a specific word. And you can do it straight from a tweet — as long as you’re using the iPhone’s Twitter app:

If you’re using the Twitter app on an iPhone, it’s a quick-and-easy process:

  • Long-press on the word you want to mute.
  • Choose “Mute” from the pop-up menu.
  • You’ll be sent to a page where you can choose from where you want to mute the word (your timeline or notifications), from whom (anyone or people you don’t follow), and the duration (forever, 24 hours,…

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Qualcomm’s new X60 modems promise future 5G phones will be faster and more power efficient

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We’re just starting to see the first phones with Qualcomm’s X55 5G modem (announced last year) hit the market now, with devices like the recently announced Galaxy S20 lineup, but the company isn’t standing still. Qualcomm has already announced its next 5G modem, the Snapdragon X60, which promises improvements to speed, battery life, and overall performance.

Admittedly, the changes here aren’t nearly as dramatic as the X50 (Qualcomm’s first 5G modem, which introduced the next-gen network) or the X55 (which helped expand 5G by adding better support for standalone 5G networks that weren’t based in LTE). Instead, the X60 is designed to combine and leverage existing 5G technologies in subtler ways.

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Kids in Philly are part of a crazy new fad: learning typewriting?

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A typewriter shop in Philadelphia is holding classes for kids — and they’re showing up!

Manual typewriting has been enjoying something of a comeback in the past decade or so, but I wouldn’t have expected kids to be into it. As one girl in the video explains, she likes how typewriting forces you to focus on what you’re writing because you won’t be able to easily fix your mistakes. The pendulum swings, I guess. One of the things that was so freeing about digital word processing was the ease with which you could get your ideas down and how easily you could edit them.

But this girl has a point. Maybe it’s time for us to slow down and choose our words more carefully. As the shopkeeper points out, manual typewriting has something of a calming effect — and no text alerts!

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A good solar powered LED illuminated street address sign

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I bought this solar powered LED illuminated street address sign earlier this month and am really happy with it. The light is is bright and makes it easy for people to find our house. It comes with several sheets of adhesive numbers that you stick onto a white plastic panel. It also comes with mounting screws, but I attached it to the side of a metal mailbox so I used outdoor mounting tape instead. My address has five numbers and I had no problem fitting them on the panel, using the included cardboard placement template.

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Google releases Android 11 developer preview earlier than expected

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Typically, Google releases a preview of the upcoming version of Android sometime in March. This year, it’s doing it earlier than ever with the release of the first developer preview of Android 11 for Pixel phones.

The emphasis this year is on the developer part of the developer preview, as it doesn’t seem as though there will be major UI or UX changes in this early iteration. (Those will likely come at the Google I/O conference in May.) Because it’s so developer-focused, you’ll need to manually flash a full system image onto your Pixel 2, 3, 3A, or 4 in order to test it out.

For the record, it’s called Android 11, though you’ll likely find references to “Android R” here and there. As for a dessert reference, you’re on your own. Whatever…

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Announcing the final agenda for Robotics + AI — March 3 at UC Berkeley

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TechCrunch is returning to U.C. Berkeley on March 3 to bring together some of the most influential minds in robotics and artificial intelligence. Each year we strive to bring together a cross-section of big companies and exciting new startups, along with top researchers, VCs and thinkers. In addition to a main stage that includes the […]

This electronic ultrasonic bug and rat repellent device has a circuit to light LEDs, but nothing else

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This “ultrasonic” pest repellent just has circuit to control LEDs inside from r/assholedesign

This Adtala ultrasonic bug and rat repellent device is advertised as having an “Upgraded Smart Chip.” Reddit user SoggyMonsoon opened the case and found a circuit with 2 LEDS, 2 diodes, and three resistors, but no Upgraded Smart Chip. Does it even emit an ultrasonic tone? A commenter said: “this circuit WOULD emit ultrasonic sound. It looks like it would oscillate between the lights. Of course it would be extremely quiet since there is no amplification circuit here to the point that I highly doubt any living thing would be affected by it, but this circuit would in fact make 2 different pitches based on the light that was currently on / diodes in use. All electric circuits have a frequency. So along those lines any electronic device would be about as effective as this thing.”

Below, a video of a test with a Bell and Howell Ultrasonic Rodent Repeller. It didn’t work. In fact, rats seem to be attracted to it:

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Tiger’s retro LCD handheld games are making a comeback

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Hasbro is bringing back another ‘90s classic: the monochrome Tiger Electronics LCD handheld. Today, the company announced that it’ll be releasing four new versions of the iconic handheld, which will launch this fall for $14.99 each.

As with the originals, each device will play a single game. The launch titles include The Little Mermaid, Transformers: Generation 2, X-Men Project X, and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (all are available to preorder at Gamestop now). Hasbro says that each game is “inspired” by the original version from the 1990s. They all sport a familiar control setup, with monochromatic graphics displayed on top of a static, colorful backdrop. Each unit is powered by two AA batteries (which, of course, are not included). “The design…

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Nissan launches a subscription service starting at $699 a month

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Car subscriptions: they’re totally a thing! The latest automaker to test the waters on subscriptions is Nissan, which just launched a new, two-tier service in Houston, Texas. It’s called “Nissan Switch,” and it will feature a variety of models, including the all-electric Nissan Leaf Plus, the Titan pickup, and the GT-R sports car.

Nissan Switch has two tiers: the $699-a-month “Select” plan, which includes the Altima, Rogue, Pathfinder, and Frontier; and the $899-a-month “Premium” plan, which includes the Leaf Plus, Maxima, Murano, Armada, Titan, and 370Z coupe. The GT-R sports car is available to either Select or Premium customers, but includes an additional $100-a-day fee and can only be taken out for a maximum of seven days.

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Video of a cool old Tokyo neighborhood slated for redevelopment

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One of my favorite YouTube channels is Nippon Wandering TV, in which a guy walks and bikes around Japanese streets with a GoPro camera. In his latest video he bikes around Keisei Tateishi station in northeast Tokyo. and takes a look at an old neighborhood that is going to be plowed to make way for redevelopment. “Tokyo plans to redevelop this neighborhood and the retro street, old hidden bar izakaya will be all gone in the near future,” he writes. “I miss these old alleys, but it can’t be avoided.”

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Microsoft’s new Office app arrives on iOS and Android with mobile-friendly features

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Microsoft is releasing its new unified Office app for iOS and Android today, which combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single application. The software maker first started beta-testing this new Office app as a hub for all things Office mobile back in November, and now, anyone can download and install it. Microsoft has focused on surfacing some of the more mobile-friendly parts of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into quick actions that let you get stuff done on the go.

All of the main apps are combined, meaning you can switch between documents quickly, scan PDFs, and even capture whiteboards, text, and tables into digital versions. Microsoft is also adding support for third-party cloud storage like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and…

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World of Horror is a creepy, retro, and completely hypnotic horror game

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Little is more terrifying than the unknown and the inevitable. The combination permeates the work of horror authors H.P. Lovecraft and Junji Ito, whose characters are driven to invariably horrible ends by mystifying forces, whether they’re an alien meteor or a rock full of human-shaped holes.

World of Horror, a “1-bit horror game” that enters Steam Early Access tomorrow, blends nods to Ito and Lovecraft with the look of a 1980s HyperCard game. It’s set in a quiet Japanese town filled with eldritch beings, wild-eyed cultists, and impossibly twisted human forms. There is a meter labeled “DOOM” beneath your character’s portrait, advancing with every step you take.

But World of Horror is also a roleplaying game built around strategy and…

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Fans can soon buy the original Star Wars trilogy, prequels, and The Force Awakens in 4K UHD

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One of Disney Plus’ biggest exclusives for Star Wars fans is no longer an exclusive: the original Star Wars trilogy, the prequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be available to purchase in 4K UHD for the first time.

Lucasfilm revealed the new Blu-ray sets in an announcement post for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s digital and physical release date. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be available to purchase in HD and 4K Ultra HD via Movies Anywhere on March 17th, and it will be available physically in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 31st.

The blog post doesn’t specify whether the other eight Star Wars movies — A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom…

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The Beats Solo Pro are back down to their lowest price

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There is a wide variety of products seeing decent price cuts today. Some are new, and others have been happening for a while. One deal that I’m particularly happy to see return is the $50 off deal on Beats’ new Solo Pro wireless noise-canceling headphones. Normally $300, they’re $250 at Amazon right now.

Several color options are available, including black, gray, red, dark blue, ivory, and light blue. According to The Verge’s Chris Welch who reviewed the Beats Solo Pro, they’re the best Beats headphones yet, though their fit isn’t tailored to those with large noggins.

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If you’re a little worried about how the Beats Solo Pro might fit, or if you just really like rose gold-colored tech, the Bose QC35 II…

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This 10-foot cloth Lightning cable won’t break like those fragile Apple cables and is only $15

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While we all love our iPhones and iPads, celebrating the releases of their latest and greatest versions, it’s amusing to consider how much we at the same time HATE the main item that keeps these little tech marvels powered up and working.

No, Lightning cables don’t exactly inspire feelings of awe and wonder. It’s more like…anger and frustration. That’s because we all know that in a matter of weeks, and in many cases, just days, that freaking cable will get kinked, peeled, or frayed to the point of uselessness.

Apple-approved cables are as fragile as eggs and like everything from Cupertino, not exactly cheap. Instead, try out this 10-ft cloth MFi-Certified Lightning cable now at over 60 percent off its regular price, only $14.99.

Crafted from flexible, tangle-resistant cloth fiber, this cable is sturdy enough to survive real-world use while still delivering reliable power to your thirsty devices.

These MFi-certified connectors can handle all the syncing and charging tasks you need to be handled. And thanks to its generous 10-foot reach, you’ll likely always have that extra little bit of cord needed to stay connected to your USB port or outlet even when it’s across the room.

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In honor of Photoshop’s 30th birthday, watch this video of Photoshop version 1

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Adobe Photoshop turns 30 today, and to look back on how far the photo-editing software has come, check out what version 1.0 of Photoshop looked like on a 1-bit 1986 Macintosh Plus computer with 8MHz CPU and 4MB RAM. Uploaded by user j0han1, the video is actually sped up two times because the original video exceeded the 10-minute YouTube video limit back in 2009 when it was uploaded (another testament to how long ago 11 years was, let alone 30). That means the waiting around for certain features like blurring and the image loading actually took twice as long. Still, it’s fascinating to see that a lot of the features we still use today were introduced since the very beginning of the software’s launch.

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