Slack quietly adds auto-expiring statuses

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Workplace chat and collaboration company Slack has quietly updated its status feature to include an expiration date, so you can set certain statuses like commuting, meetings, and vacation to expire after a distinct amount of time. Restarting Slack on mobile or desktop should pull up the new feature for all users, and it looks like the company updated its help center page for statuses yesterday to include information about the new change.

Now, when you pull up the status screen, you’ll get the same default statuses with pre-filled expiration times, including one hour for “in a meeting,” 30 minutes for “commuting,” and an unspecified length of time for “vacationing,” which is a nice touch. If you’d like more granular control, you can…

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Metroid, Zelda, and Castelvania Auto-Mapped with NES Emulation & Heuristics

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The NES was one of the flagship consoles of the glorious era that was the 1980s. Many of the most popular games on the platform involved some sort of adventure through scrolling screens — Metroid, Super Mario, and Zelda all used this common technique. For many games, keeping track of the map was a huge chore and meant mapping by hand on graph paper or using the screenshots published in Nintendo Power magazine. These day’s there’s a better way. [Daniel] set out to automatically map these huge two-dimensional worlds, developing software he calls WideNES to do it.

WideNES is an …read more

YouTube may soon let you donate directly to fundraisers

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YouTube is giving creators more ways to fundraise with a bunch of new tools it announced today. Still in beta, the group of tools is called YouTube Giving, and it includes options for fundraisers, community fundraisers, campaign matching, and Super Chat for Good.

The fundraisers feature lets fans donate to campaigns started by creators through a donate button. While the features are only open to a few creators so far, a fundraiser you can currently donate to is the Hope for Paws Fundraiser, which raises funds for animal rescue and recovery. YouTube says it’s covering transaction fees during the beta period, but it doesn’t specify if there will be fees once the feature fully goes live.

Another beta feature lets…

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This is Google’s no-notch Pixel 3 smartphone

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Well, it was bound to happen. After several consecutive weeks of leaks spilled nearly every detail about its larger Pixel 3 XL counterpart, the first real-world photos of Google’s Pixel 3 have been posted to the Pixel subreddit and republished by 9to5Google. And just as we’d anticipated, the front of the phone looks like a mini Pixel 2 XL; there’s no notch to be seen on this one. The photos also confirm stereo front-facing speakers, dual selfie cameras, and the same rear, all-glass design as the 3 XL (with a matte coating covering a good portion of it).

Today’s leak reveals the 5.5-inch display will have a resolution of 2160×1080 and 2:1 aspect ratio. The battery capacity is said to be 2,915mAh. According to screenshots that came from…

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Hello Kitty has no mouth, and she must vlog

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Hello Kitty is a lot of things: a British schoolgirl, definitely not a cat, Japan’s tourism ambassador, and now, YouTube vlogger. She put out her first video yesterday, and in it, she speaks honestly from the heart. It’s actually the only place she can speak from because she has no mouth.

Hello Kitty starts off by saying how she Googles herself sometimes and sees haters commenting that “she’ll do anything,” when actually, she just has a wide variety of interests. Vlogging just happens to be one of them. Initially, the head honchos at Sanrio were skeptical. They warned her that “the internet is a scary place,” and not, “Hello Kitty, you have no mouth and cannot speak.” Despite the odds stacked against her, she stands before us now in a…

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Netgear combined a mesh router with an Alexa speaker

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Netgear’s Orbi line includes some of the most capable mesh routers around, and now, the line is about to get even more interesting. Its latest router, the Orbi Voice, is also a speaker with built-in microphones and Alexa. That way, you can place it in a room where you want to play music or listen to podcasts and improve the area’s Wi-Fi reception at the same time.

There aren’t a lot of other products that combine a router with something else. I really can’t think of any, aside from combination routers and modems, since the two products have long had to sit side by side anyway. In most cases, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense for a router to be combined with anything else.

But mesh routers are meant to be placed around the house to boost a…

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Pewdiepie’s reign as the biggest YouTube channel may soon be over

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Felix “Pewdiepie” Kjellberg has held the YouTube crown for so long that it’s almost unthinkable to imagine another channel surpassing his enormous 65 million subscriber count. But the infamous Swedish comedian is currently gearing up for what he sees as the inevitable moment that he will no longer be the biggest channel on YouTube.

Yesterday, Kjellberg uploaded a (partially ironic) video where he addresses the YouTube gossip that another channel will soon surpass his subscriber count. According to his estimate, this event will happen sometime around November — so he playfully challenges the contender to a “saber fight.”

The channel is none other than T-Series, an Indian music production company that has been trailing Kjellberg for some…

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Earin’s second-generation wireless earbuds finally arrive with Google Assistant

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Earin was one of the first startups to ship truly wireless earbuds back in 2015, though they were marred with problems. The second version of Earin’s buds, which were originally teased in early 2017 and are supposed to fix a lot of the first pair’s issues, are finally being released. They include one big surprise, too: built-in Google Assistant.

The M2 wireless earbuds are on sale today in the US for $249, available in black or white (with more colors on the way). They’re also on sale in China and Japan, and they will hit Europe later this year.

I got to try a prototype of the M2s at CES 2017, and I liked what I heard and saw in my limited time with them. They were especially small and light, and the company seemed to have directly…

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Mastering Spring framework 5, Part 2: Spring WebFlux

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Spring WebFlux introduces reactive web development to the Spring ecosystem. This article will get you started with reactive systems and reactive programming with Spring. First you’ll find out why reactive systems are important and how they’re implemented in Spring framework 5, then you’ll get a hands-on introduction to building reactive services using Spring WebFlux. We’ll build our first reactive application using annotations. I’ll also show you how to build a similar application using Spring’s newer functional features.

Reactive systems and Spring WebFlux

The term reactive is currently popular with developers and IT managers, but I’ve noticed some uncertainty about what it actually means. To get clearer on what reactive systems are, it’s helpful to understand the fundamental problem they’re designed to solve. In this section we’ll talk about reactive systems in general, and I’ll introduce the Reactive Streams API for Java applications.

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Turning A Fitness Tracker Into An EEG

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Several years ago, a company called Neurosky came out with an interesting chipset meant to be put in an EEG headset. This chipset would track your brainwaves, do some fancy math, and output a few numbers based on the Delta, Gamma, Alpha, and Beta waves in your brain. Of course, the senseable thing to do with this technology would be to put it in a Star Wars-branded toy where you pretend to be a Jedi. All was good with the world, and a few people hacked these Jedi Mind Trainers for some interesting builds.

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Lenovo’s new flagship Yoga C930 laptop has a speaker in the 360-degree hinge

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After years of touting its signature “watch band” hinge, Lenovo is taking a different tack this year with its flagship consumer laptop, the Yoga C930. Instead of a classy-looking watch band, there’s a Dolby Atmos speaker in the hinge, like a little soundbar for a laptop. There are still two more speakers on the bottom of the C930, but the purpose of the soundbar is to ensure that there’s a speaker pointing at you no matter what orientation you’re using. The Yoga C930 is a 2-in-1, of course, so the screen can rotate all the way around into tablet mode.

Tablet mode is where you’ll get the most benefit from the C930’s other big new feature: an included stylus that can be stored in a “garage” inside the laptop. It’s relatively thin and…

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Lenovo’s new Yoga Book replaces the keyboard with an E-Ink screen

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It’s hard to explain just what the Yoga Book C930 is. It’s a laptop, but half of it has an E-Ink display in place of a physical keyboard with haptic feedback when you type. But “laptop” doesn’t quite fit because this is a very thin, small device that’s more akin to a folio than a full computer.

But it’s a full computer, too: it’s a Windows 10 device with 7th-Gen Intel processors that should be able to keep up with light computing needs. It has a 360 “watch band” hinge that allows you to flip it all the way around into a tablet mode, so it’s also a tablet. You can use it like any Windows tablet with support for a pen. You can jot notes on the E-Ink side or read and mark up PDF documents.

Once you get all the different things the Yoga…

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Extreme challenges Apple and Dell with a 4K HDR display and Nvidia graphics

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Lenovo is introducing a new ThinkPad X1 Extreme at IFA in Berlin today. It’s a 15-inch laptop that’s designed to go head-to-head with Dell’s XPS 15 or Apple’s MacBook Pro, and it does so by being lighter than both. At 3.75 pounds, Lenovo has packed a lot into this laptop, including up to an 8th generation (Coffee Lake) Intel Core i7 processor, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to 2TB of PCIe SSD storage. There will be multiple models, and the biggest choice will be between a 15.6-inch FHD IPS display or a 4K IPS display with HDR and Dolby Vision support. A separate ThinkPad X1 Extreme with Intel Core i9 processor will also be available in December.

Lenovo is even including Nvidia’s GeForce 1050 Ti (the MaxQ version) so you should be able to…

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Lenovo’s latest Yoga laptop is the first with Qualcomm’s new ARM processor and 25-hour battery life

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Lenovo is announcing a second ARM-powered Windows 10 laptop this week, and this time it’s a Yoga. The Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS (Windows on Snapdragon) is, as you might have guessed, powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 850 processor. It’s the first Windows laptop we’ve seen with the Snapdragon 850, and its a chip that Qualcomm specifically designed for always-connected Windows 10 PCs. This new processor ushers in the latest generation of ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops.

Lenovo’s previous ARM-powered device was a 2-in-1 detachable tablet / laptop hybrid, but the new Yoga C630 is more like a traditional laptop that also flips over to become a tablet in the traditional Yoga style. Because it’s more of a clamshell-like laptop, you also get a…

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Purported iPhone XS image shows gold color and Plus-sized display

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The image above, according to 9to5Mac, is the upcoming iPhone XS that Apple plans to announce on September 12th. The leaked marketing image shows a new gold color option — we know Apple had explored releasing a gold iPhone X last year — and the two sizes that the OLED iPhone models will come in.

The image definitely looks like something that Apple would produce, and the phone is positioned at the same angle that Apple often uses for iPhone marketing assets. Again, this is not a mockup or fan render; it appears to be a legitimate image of the new phones direct from Apple.

A similar image for the current iPhone X on Apple’s website lends credence to the leaked marketing asset.

Apple is also expected to launch a…

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Leaked Apple Watch Series 4 image reveals bigger display, new complications

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It looks like Apple has some big changes in store for the Apple Watch. 9to5Mac seems to have caught an early video stream from Apple that revealed the design of the Apple Watch Series 4, and it seems to be the largest change to date.

The Watch’s screen now appears to go nearly edge-to-edge, and the body of the watch seems to be thinner. The larger screen means there’s now room to show even more information, and there appears to be nine complications visible on the new watch face. It’s a ton to look at on a small screen, but the watch’s strength is in glanceable information.

Apple has also tweaked how it denotes an LTE watch: rather than filling the digital crown with a red dot, it now just features a red ring, which is much subtler. 9to5M…

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