Since then, Marlinspike's nonprofit has put Acton's millions—and his experience building an app with billions of users—to work. After years of scraping by with just three overworked full-time staffers, the Signal Foundation now has 20 employees. For years a bare-bones texting and calling app, Signal has increasingly become a fully featured, mainstream communications platform. With its new coding muscle, it has rolled out features at a breakneck speed: In just the last three months, Signal has added support for iPad, ephemeral images and video designed to disappear after a single viewing, downloadable customizable "stickers," and emoji reactions. More significantly, it announced plans to roll out a new system for group messaging, and an experimental method for storing encrypted contacts in the cloud. … [Read more...] about Signal is finally bringing its secure messaging to the masses
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The obvious highlight with the Pixel 4 XL is its camera, and in this area Google is the brand to beat right now. We'll have to wait until the S20+ retail units show up to see if Samsung is able to measure up to Google this year, but the new 12MP sensor shows a lot of promise. There's also the fact that the S20+ has a 64MP zoom lens with 3z optical zoom and 30x hybrid zoom, and a 12MP wide-angle lens. The Pixel 4 XL, meanwhile, is the only flagship to not offer a wide-angle lens. … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus vs. Pixel 4 XL: Which should you buy?
Verge Deal of the day The 16-inch MacBook Pro is now available refurbished, starting at $2,039 You can now save a good amount of money on Apple’s latest MacBook Pro by buying it refurbished. Before you raise an eyebrow, they recently became available on Apple’s refurbished site, and instead of paying $2,399 for the base model, you can get it for $2,039. It has quite a few models to pick between, all of which are around 15 percent off their retail prices. Better yet, your purchase will show up good as new, be covered by a one-year warranty, and you can add AppleCare to it for extra assurance. … [Read more...] about The Galaxy Z Flip is neat, but the Galaxy S20 is important
That’s a big difference from what we’re used to with Windows 10 today, which involves the OS downloading an update and then applying it and rebooting. This takes minutes even on high-end systems currently, but Microsoft has developed a special state separation in Windows 10X to improve this radically. … [Read more...] about Microsoft promises Windows 10X updates will take ‘less than 90 seconds’
The front of the car distinguishes itself from the Cayenne with a wraparound hood that surrounds the headlights and goes all the way down to the wheel arches, giving the front of the car a seamless look. It's pretty, but at one point during the day I asked a Porsche handler to pop the hood, and when we shut it, we both took a moment to wonder whether the hood had really shut or not. It had. Because the hood seam is designed to come down all the way to the places where the materials transition on the car (where the hood meets the headlight, for example), it can sometimes be a little visually confusing to tell whether all the pieces are lying flush. … [Read more...] about A day in the new Porsche Macan, an SUV that wants to race