New Android Messages update adds Duo integration, new message indicators, RCS for dual SIM phones, and more

Google’s Android Messages has received a new update. The patch log of the new version 2.7 doesn’t contain details about any changes, but a teardown of the APK file has revealed a few notable additions. 

One of the important features coming with the latest update is integration with Google Duo. If you have contacts that have Duo installed, their respective title bars should now include a video camera icon. 
Android Messages will also indicate how many new messages you’ve received when you re-open a conversation. Last …


Marshawn Lynch has an important message for Donald Trump right on his pre-game shirt

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If his approval rating isn’t registering and Donald Trump needs help determining who is not on his side of history these days, he can look for answers in Marshawn Lynch’s wardrobe.

The Oakland Raiders running back, known just as much for his on the field antics as he is for his playful treatment of the media, was spotted wearing a shirt with a strong message ahead of Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos: “Everybody vs. Trump.”

It’s a loud and clear statement, particularly in the face of dissent between Trump and NFL players who are Kaepernicking (or taking a knee) against police brutality and racial injustice.  Read more…

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How to use WhatsApp on your computer to message more

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WhatsApp is clearly a great messaging app — it just reached one billion daily users. But it’s not always ideal to be holding huge conversations on your smartphone.

You might not know that WhatsApp isn’t just bound to your phone, though. You can use it on your computer, too. This lets you get a better look at photos, makes reading lengthy paragraphs a little more manageable, and allows you to scroll faster through group messages to get to what you’re looking for.

Here’s how to set up WhatsApp Web so you have access to the app in two places instead of one. Once you do this, all of your messages will be synched between the two devices.  Read more…

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Authorities release ironic last text message sent by electrocuted 14-year old

Last week we passed along the sad story about Madison Coe, the 14-year old girl who was electrocuted after bringing her cellphone into the bath with her. Yesterday, the Lovington Police released a text that was apparently sent just before Coe was shocked to death. The text, sent to a friend, contained a photo of an extension cord wrapped in a towel and read, “When you use and (SIC) extension cord so you can plug your phone in while you’re in the bath.”

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Lovington Police Department have determined that the phone itself never was submerged …

LeBron's Father's Day message is all about loving and dunking on his son

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LeBron James may have just lost the NBA Finals, but that didn’t stop him from enjoying Father’s Day in the best way possible — by celebrating one of his sons. 

Posting a well-edited video on Instagram on Sunday, James showed off the lavish celebration held for his son’s 10th birthday on Saturday.  

Aside from the telltale signs of a rich kid’s party (there were personalized football and soccer fields with his son’s name on them) we also get to see James dunking on his son’s friends and even chasing them around with water balloons.  Read more…

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Telegram 4.0 released with video message support, Telescope and Bot Payments

The team behind Telegram has just announced a range of new features that are now available in the latest version of the application. Telegram 4.0 has been recently released to include important new functions like video messages and Telescope.

Once you download Telegram 4.0, you’ll be able to send video messages to your contacts. Simply head to any chat on Telegram and tap the mic icon to switch to camera mode. Then, tap and hold the camera icon and record your video message.

The application compresses video messages and sends them even as they are being …

Debra Messing's message to Ivanka Trump is both pure LOLs and political fire

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It’s time to make America gay again. 

And Debra Messing’s fire acceptance speech for Excellence in Media at the 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday may be the perfect place to start.

Equal part hilarious and scathing, the actress, who recently signed on for the impending Will & Grace revival, didn’t mince words in her call to action. Especially not when it came to Ivanka Trump.

“There is someone I would like to make a direct appeal to this evening: The Secretary of State, Ivanka Trump,” said Messing. “Ivanka, girlfriend, what are you doing? Come on, it’s me Deb, let’s talk for a second, one Jewish mother to another. It is not enough to simply say that women’s issues are important to you, it’s time to do something.” Read more…

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J.K. Rowling shares touching Mother's Day message, comforts fans

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The first thing to come to mind when you think of J.K. Rowling’s Twitter feed would probably be her impressive ability to call people out and shut down trolls.

But that’s not the only thing she uses Twitter for.

On Sunday, the Harry Potter author marked Mother’s Day in the UK by sharing a photo of herself as a little girl with her mum, Anne, and her sister.

Happy #MothersDay to mums everywhere & a special hug to all the people missing theirs today. Here’s mine, Anne, with my little sis and me 💞 pic.twitter.com/tmvLeBncMp

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 26, 2017 Read more…

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Stephen Hawking has a message for Trump: Don't ignore climate change

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The UK’s most renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist is still using his exceptional mind to map a theory of how the universe works. But when it comes to matters here on Earth, Stephen Hawking is just as concerned about President Trump’s science policies as anyone. 

During a recent interview with Good Morning Britain, set to air Monday, Hawking bluntly laid out his views on U.S. administration’s science policies. 

“Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent,” said Hawking, according to the Guardian. “It affects America badly, so tackling it should win votes for his [Trump’s] second term. God forbid.” Read more…

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BlackBerry Aurora is now official; CEO John Chen videos congratulatory message

BlackBerry officially unveiled the BlackBerry Aurora this morning, introducing a touch only handset that is going to be made and sold in Indonesia. It is the first ‘Berry to be produced under a licensing deal that BlackBerry signed with BB Merah Putih last September. The Aurora features a 5.5-inch display sporting a 720 x 1280 (HD) resolution. Powering the device is the Snapdragon 425 chipset carrying a quad-core CPU, and the Adreno 308 GPU.

Surprisingly, the Aurora comes with 4GB of RAM inside, along with 32GB of native storage. A 13MP camera adorns the back of the phone, while an 8MP front-facing …