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Dark mode comes to the latest version of Android Messages

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The next version of Android Messages brings an updated look, and more importantly, the ability to change to dark mode. The interface is a little bit cleaner and strips out some of the color and dull gray backgrounds in favor of a whole lot of white. There’s also now a toggle to ‘enable dark mode,’ which changes the background to black and darkens your text. The update is gradually rolling out now.

Besides the feature to enable dark mode, the biggest changes seem to be a new font, and a giant blue ‘Start chat’ button on the bottom right corner that’s replaced the old ‘+’ sign. Additionally, messages default your chat bubble to blue no matter what mode you’re in, which may be Google’s response to iMessage and the dreaded ‘green bubble’...

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2 days ago
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Dark mode all the thiiiiiiiiings
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Robot cars start delivering groceries in Arizona

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Grocery giant Kroger and autonomous vehicle startup Nuro launched their driverless delivery service Thursday in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is the first market for the two companies, which first announced their partnership back in June.

To start out, only one store is involved in the experiment: the Kroger-owned Fry’s Food Store on East McDowell Road. Customers can place orders via Fry’s website or mobile app. Grocery orders can be scheduled for same-day or next-day delivery. The delivery fee is $5.95 per order and there is no minimum order amount.

At first, groceries will be delivered via Nuro’s fleet of self-driving Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf vehicles, and each car will have a safety driver behind...

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Can't come to Raleigh fast enough.
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Android 9 Pie review: the predictive OS

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The most “opinionated” version of Android yet

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Google Voice updated with new icon, contacts tab, and improved do not disturb

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Google is starting to pay attention to Google Voice again after making the calling service part of its business-focused product suite earlier this summer. So far, that hasn’t meant much. But yesterday, the app received an update on iOS that brought with it a new icon, a small reorganization, and a helpful new do not disturb feature.

The first two changes are minor but nice. The old icon hadn’t been updated in a while and looked a little stiff and robotic, whereas the new one is basically a twist on the Hangouts icon. And while, inside, the app hasn’t changed much, Google has added a contacts tab to the bottom, which makes a lot of sense for an app you use to call and message people.

Left: new icon. Right: old icon.

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Mark Hamill Joins Season 2 of History's Medieval Drama Series KNIGHTFALL

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The History Channel has officially ordered a second season of their medieval drama series Knightfall. That's great news if you were a fan of the first season, but to make things even more interesting, it's been announced that Mark Hamill (Star Wars) is joining the cast!

Knightfall stars Tom Cullen and it goes "inside the medieval politics and warfare of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages who were entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most precious relics. Knightfall goes deep into the clandestine world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks to learn who these knights were, how they lived, and what they died believing."

Hamill will take on the role of a character named Talus, "a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for ten years in the Holy Land and is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order." 

That sounds like it will be an awesome role for him to take on! He will be joind by Tom Forbes (The Bastard Executioner, Wolf Hall) and Genevieve Gaunt (The Royals). Forbes will portray Prince Louis, "the violent and unpredictable son of King Philip and heir to the throne" and Gaunt will play Isabella, "the daughter of King Philip and well on her way to becoming the woman who history would call 'the she-wolf of France.'"

Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President of Programming of History had this to say in a statement about the series:

"In the face of ever-increasing competition, we’re proud of History’s track record of producing signature drama series that are epic in scope with complex characters. Whether it’s the legendary Knights Templar, the extraordinary tale of medieval Norsemen, or the story of a formerly classified United States Air Force program investigating UFOs during the Cold War, these series reflect our commitment to bringing the defining, big canvas stories of history to life. We look forward to offering our viewers a grittier, darker Knightfall in season two and welcoming Mark to the cast."

Knightfall season 2 joins History’s Vikings and the upcoming UFO drama Project Blue Book from executive produced by Robert Zemeckis.

Aaron Helbing (The Flash, Spartacus: War of the Damned) is set as the showrunner and executive producer. I'm excited to see what he ends up bringing to Season 2! Casting Mark Hamill, was certainly a great choice! 



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Nice pregame for him to play Vesemir in Netflix' THE WITCHER adaption :D
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Samsung just launched the LTE Galaxy Watch – here’s what you need to know

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While demoing the Galaxy Note 9 during the Unpacked event in New York, Samsung on Thursday took a break from talking about the phone to unveil a brand new product. Meet the LTE-enabled Galaxy Watch. The new Galaxy Watch presentation came right after Samsung demoed the all-new S Pen stylus that features Bluetooth LE connectivity and a bunch of smart features built on that, just as rumored. Samsung told us that the new S Pen isn’t the only device that can connect to the new Note, and then introduced the brand new Galaxy Watch. However, the new smartwatch doesn’t need to be tethered to a smartphone to work, as the device comes with built-in LTE connectivity, just like the latest Apple Watch model.

Just like other smartwatches, the new Samsung device packs a bunch of health and fitness features. The Galaxy Watch will support a bunch of activities and automatically detect some exercises. Furthermore, the Galaxy Watch is going to track your heart rate and detect anomalies, Samsung said on stage.

Other smart features include Bixby support, Samsung’s voice assistant, which is available on the Galaxy Note 9 and other devices.

Other specs include 1.5GB of RAM (768MB for the Bluetooth-only version), 4GB of internal memory, and 30mm or 33mm circular display (for the 42mm and 46mm versions, respectively) protected by Gorilla DX+ glass, Bluetooth 4.2, and Wi-Fi b/g/n. The watch runs Tizen-based Wearable OS 4.0, and it’s compatible with smartphones running Android 5.0 later or iPhone 5 and later.

One interesting Galaxy Watch detail Samsung shared on stage is that the device will work for several days on a single battery charge, thanks to a brand new chip, designed entirely for wearable devices.

The 42mm version of the Galaxy Watch will cost $329.99, while the 46mm model will cost $349.99 — both are Bluetooth-only version. They’ll be available from a bunch of providers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and Samsung, on August 24th.

The LTE models, sold at AT&T, Samsung.com, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon, will be available later in 2018, but the price was not disclosed yet. Preorders begin on August 10th, and there’s a free watch band if you get one by September 8th.





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pretty good looking watch, Samsung.
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