Chrome finally introduces a visual tab switcher that’s easy to use on mobile

We all have been in the situation where we’ve lost count the number of browser tabs we’ve opened on our phones. To help you solve that problem, Google just introduced a bunch of clever new features for tab management in Chrome on mobile and desktop, including a tiled tab switcher and tab grouping. New mobile tab layout Chrome’s old tab-switcher stacked tabs on top of each other like a pack of cards in Solitare. That made it difficult to close tabs when you’re falling down an internet sized rabbit hole and keep opening links without closing them. The new layout will help…
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Here’s what we like about iOS 13 (and one thing we don’t)

The latest upgrade to the iOS operating system is here, after having been teased for months. iOS 13 adds a number of features users have been asking for, and while it’s not the most meaty upgrade Apple’s ever released, it does have a few nifty features worth mentioning for those on the fence. Keep in mind this isn’t an exhaustive review of every new thing in iOS 13 — just a rundown of some of our favorite new things (and one thing that’s not quite so welcome). Dark mode Probably the most aesthetically appealing feature is Dark Mode. Whether you’re…
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The scarily good Impossible Burger finally lands in (a few) supermarkets

The Impossible Burger, a burger made from plants that comes eerily close to the real thing, is finally landing in stores. Until now, it’s been exclusive to select restaurants, but starting tomorrow, it will pop up in 27 Gelson’s Markets in California. It’ll show up on the east coast later this month, and the company plans to make it available in further regions throughout the country by early 2020. Impossible Foods has made a big mark on bringing plant-based meat alternatives to a wider audience, with a burger that’s convincing enough to trick some hardcore meat-eaters. The key ingredient to…
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Roku’s new Ultra streaming box is faster and adds custom app shortcuts

Roku is refreshing its lineup of streamers today, introducing a few updates to the Roku Express and Ultra that won’t make you replace your existing device, but should be handy for new buyers. The Roku Express is now 10 percent smaller, making it easier to hide behind a TV, while providing the same performance as before. Meanwhile, the Roku Ultra has a new quad-core processor and more RAM in order to load channels (Roku‘s name for apps) up to 30 percent faster. Perhaps more notably, its the first Roku to feature custom shortcut buttons to supplement the default apps permanently printed…
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Physicists race to develop room-temperature quantum chips

A team of physicists from Stevens Institute of Technology recently unveiled the world’s most complex and accurate method for coaxing individual particles of light into interacting with one another. While bullying photons might not sound like a breakthrough, the team’s research is blazing a trail towards the Holy Grail of physics: room-temperature quantum computing chips. The Stevens team, led by associate professor of physics and director of the Center for Quantum Science and Engineering Yuping Huang, developed a method for forcing photons to interact by etching a quantum-sized micro-cavity in the shape of a racetrack into a lithium niobate crystal…
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Should you be able to resell digitally purchased games?

Steam was this week hit with a ruling from a French court that penalizes the site for banning the resale of digital games. This could potentially mean Valve’s platform — and others like it — will have to allow uses to sell their game codes. So, assuming that happens, what would it mean for gamers? The UFC Que Choisir, a French consumer rights group, filed against Valve, alleging that the company was illegally prohibiting the sale of personally-owned property (in this case, the purchased codes). Since Valve has no serious competition (yet) in terms of digital storefronts, this creates an unfair…
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Scientists invented an electric baseball hat to reverse male baldness

An international team of researchers just developed the most sophisticated treatment for male baldness ever: a hat that covers up your hairless head. Wait, there’s more. It also contains a self-actuating electrical ‘patch’ that stimulates the scalp, regenerates damaged tissue, and regrows hair thicker and quicker than pharmacological treatments. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, and Shenzhen University actually developed the electrical stimulation device not the hat. What’s amazing about it is that it’s small enough to fit inside a regular baseball hat, doesn’t use batteries, and actually works. The team conducted…
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The Huawei Mate 30 Pro will ship without Google Play. That might not be a bad thing

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro will ship without the Google Play store. This, of course, is no surprise. The Chinese tech giant is currently on a US entity list, which prohibits US-based companies from doing business with it. Fortunately for Huawei, the company had its own app distribution ecosystem to lean upon. Because Google’s operations in Mainland China are limited, Huawei has long been forced to maintain its own app store, called Huawei AppGallery. This is in addition to its own web browser and cloud storage services, which rival Google Chrome and Google Drive. “We cannot use the Google Mobile…
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SEC chairman: Bitcoin won’t trade on real exchanges anytime soon

Bitcoin won’t be traded on real exchanges like Nasdaq or New York Stock Exchange any time soon — or so says US Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton. At a conference earlier today, Clayton maintained that Bitcoin needs stronger regulation before that happens, and until then, investors should remain wary, CNBC reports. “If [buyers] think there’s the same rigor around [Bitcoin’s] price discovery as there is on the Nasdaq or New York Stock Exchange … they are sorely mistaken,” said Clayton. “We have to get to a place where we can be confident that trading is better regulated.” Clayton said pretty…
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With EMUI 10, Huawei courts developers

EMUI is Huawei’s bespoke Android environment, available across its entire handset lineup. The latest version, EMUI 10, is a dramatic step forward for the company, and introduces a new “dark mode,” as well as a design language that’s unambiguously inspired by print magazines. In short, EMUI 10 will look markedly different from its predecessor. Huawei’s always been bullish about having its own aesthetic and identity. And with this iteration, the company wants to make the experience feel a lot more consistent across applications. It’s for that reason that the aspirational Chinese manufacturer is releasing SDKs for its new UX elements,…
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