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Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all experiencing global media outage

Every few months or so, Facebook's servers seemingly decide to take a nap. This time around, the core services themselves (Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp) are still up, but people around the world are complaining about images and other media not being able to load.

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Upcoming Galaxy Note10+ won't be called Note Pro according to first blurry real-life photos

Plenty of details about Samsung's upcoming Note10 have already leaked, but some of the particulars have changed over time, and another tweak has just been spotted. In what looks like the first set of real-life photos for the upcoming device, it seems that Galaxy Note "Pro" name may not pan out. The presumably bigger phone in the upcoming pair will go by the name "Note10+," and you can get a glimpse of the hardware that goes with it just below.

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OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro receive their second Android Q developer preview

Every manufacturer carrying out a beta program of Android Q is doing so in their own unique way. Some are tailoring it toward developers while others, like OnePlus, are making it easy to load on and hop off as their users would like. The company is now celebrating a milestone in the developer preview as it has released its first big update for the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro.

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Downloads for Android Q Beta 4 are now live, including the Pixel 3a and 3a XL

Android Q Beta 4 has just been released, and while those of us in the Beta Program wait for OTAs to roll out via the more traditional (and slower) means, images for manual flashing are also available — though they don't get updates. If you're chomping at the bit to test out Beta 4, you can pull them down now.

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[Update: OTAs arriving] A patch for Android Q Beta 2 is available for download, OTAs coming soon

Android Q Beta 2 brought with it a lot of new features, though it's not surprising that some stuff is being broken given that it is a beta. Google today announced a patch for Q Beta 2, and factory and OTA images are available for installation right now. OTAs will roll out within the next 24 hours.

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Microsoft Outlook now lets you block external images

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Twitter is using neural networks to improve photo cropping

Twitter doesn't show full photos when they appear in the stream—you need to tap to expand the whole image. Unfortunately, the cropped version of the photo is often framed awkwardly because it's just the middle section of the image. Twitter is solving that problem with a neural network that can understand the composition of your images.

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Facebook Messenger now lets you share photos at 4K resolution

Until now, the default resolution for images sent and received on Facebook Messenger was 2K. That's quite small in terms of megapixels, and anything higher you tried to send someone would be compressed by Messenger before sending. Facebook has just bumped the default image size up to 4K (up to just over 16MP) so you can now send photos of much higher quality to friends and family.

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New images of Alcatel's leaked top-tier 2018 lineup have appeared

Smartphone leaks are inevitable, no matter who you are. But they usually happen pretty close to a device's launch date, and they're usually only specific to a single product. Last month, much to Alcatel's dismay, serial leaker Evan Blass shared an image of not one but six upcoming Alcatel phones. Now, Blass has shared higher-resolution renders of those same devices.

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