Google's plan to fix texting on Android is really about the death of SMS

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Google finally has a plan to fix Android’s texting problem.

This week, the company confirmed its long-rumored plan to improve messaging on Android and bring its features up to par with other popular messaging apps like Apple’s iMessage.

Google being Google, though, the plan is much more complicated than simply improving its own Android Messages app (though that’s certainly part of it). Instead, Google is beginning what will be a years-long effort to get carriers and phone makers to all agree to work together and commit to using the same standard for messaging, called Rich Communications Services (RCS). Read more…

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Flickr's new owner is here to save it from oblivion (again)

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After years of languishing under Yahoo’s (and, more recently, Oath’s) ownership, Flickr has finally found a buyer.

Image hosting company SmugMug announced Friday that it’d acquired Flickr for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which was first reported by USA Today, comes as Yahoo’s parent company, Oath, looks to slim down the company’s holdings.

Congrats to @DonMacAskill and his team @SmugMug on its deal to buy @Flickr – This is going to be a very good home for such an awesome service for the internet. The Flickr team is amazinghttps://t.co/QfVyXWAHvU

— Jeff Bonforte (@bonforte) April 20, 2018 Read more…

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This 'e-scooter for women' is… actually pretty good for women

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Ancheer electric scooter with suspension seat
$647.99
The Good

Smooth and sturdy • Good grips and easy controls • Sitting and standing options • LCD screen shows speed and charge • Comfortable seat

The Bad

Short range • Slow acceleration • Heavy

The Bottom Line

If you’ve got a short commute, and are willing to lug 40 pounds around, Ancheer’s e-scooter for women is a great ride.

Mashable Score4.0
Cool Factor4.0
Learning Curve5.0
Performance4.0
Bang for the Buck3.0

All over the country, but particularly on the West Coast, e-scooter startups are descending. From “Spinning” to “Birding,” electric scooters are all the rage these days, and it’s not hard to see why. They don’t get stuck in traffic, they’re faster than walking, they smell better than the bus, and bikes are so last century. So when I received an email asking me to try the newest “e-scooter for women,” I couldn’t help but inquire further. Read more…

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Our favorite deals from Amazon's huge Earth Day sale

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Happy Earth Day, fellow inhabitants. 

While April 22 isn’t typically a huge shopping holiday, you didn’t think Amazon was about to not use this as an excuse to have a giant sale, did you? In honor of Earth Day, save big on select used tech items across the site. Sales end at 11:59 pm PST on April 22.

E-waste is wreaking havoc on the Earth at a pretty alarming rate, with nearly 70% of toxins in landfills coming from electronics. 

The Amazon Warehouse is aiming to give used items a new home. In the spirit of reducing, reusing, and recycling, Amazon is offering tons of deals, plus an extra 20% off on select used itemsRead more…

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Lord save us, Twitter is down

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Everyone take a deep breathTwitter is down. 

The service, which last experienced another outage just three days ago, appears to once again be on the fritz. 

According to Down Detector, the problem is mainly focused in North America, Western Europe, and Japan. 

Oh no.

Oh no.

Image: Down detector

At the time of this writing, this reporter’s Twitter feed is stuck on a tweet from 20 min ago — a lifetime in the Twitterverse. 

what the fuck is wrong with twitter

i cant even make my B- topical joke

— ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) April 20, 2018

According to the Twitter status page, “Currently people are unable to Tweet, engineering teams are investigating.” Read more…

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Cybersecurity conference exposed attendee info via a garbage app because of course it did

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Look, we get it. Cybersecurity is hard. But maybe, just maybe, a conference dedicated to computer security and encryption should know better than to leave attendee information exposed via its conference mobile app. 

And yet. 

As the RSA Conference winds down today in San Francisco organizers have been forced to acknowledge that all has not been right with their own house. Specifically, a security engineer looking into the RSA Conference Mobile App discovered that at least some user information was exposed to anyone who knew where to look. Read more…

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