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Why Samsung using ultrasonic tech for the Galaxy S10's in-screen fingerprint scanner matters

Samsung has just announced its latest super-duper flagship phone, and among the new features it boasts is the world's first commercial ultrasonic fingerprint sensor under a display. We've seen other in-display scanners on phones from the likes of OnePlus and Huawei, but they use optical technology instead. This new ultrasonic method is supposed to be better in more ways than one — let's take a look at why.

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Facebook introduces new location privacy controls for Android

Facebook has definitely earned its sour reputation, but the company has been scrambling in the last few months to try to regain some of its users' trust. Today, it announced some new location control settings for Android (and iOS), an update which aims to give people more control over just how much information they share with the social network.

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Grab two Anker Eufy smart plugs for $26 ($14 off)

If you missed Aukey's recent markdown on smart sockets and are still on the lookout for a connected one, this deal on a 2-pack Eufy Smart Plugs gives you another chance at wirelessly controlling your appliances at a discount. The rebate takes $14 off the original $40 tag, bringing the two plugs down to just $26.

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Qualcomm's new X55 modem will make 5G phones thinner and more widely available... in 2020

While the first 5G smartphones won't even be on the market for months, Qualcomm isn't wasting any time announcing its next-generation 5G modem (yes, already), the Snapdragon X55. The X55 is, basically, going to be the first globally viable 5G modem on the market when it begins shipping at the end of 2019, because it's the first one to support all the various known incarnations of 5G and offer 4G LTE, 3G, 2G, and CDMA in a single chip.

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WhatsApp updates its Settings page with clearer data usage graphs and new icons

WhatsApp has received a new update to its beta app that freshens up the Settings section with a more modern look. Gone are the line separators between most elements, and the mixture of bold green and grey icons. Instead, new green pastel icons take their place. But the most important change affects the data usage screen, which is now a lot more readable.

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Facebook page admins can now reply to Instagram DMs from FB, as shades of cross-platform integration emerge

Over the years, Facebook has purchased many successful businesses but has for a large part kept these services separate, at least as far as the public can observe. But now we're slowly starting to see that change, as Facebook Page admins become able to respond to Instagram Direct Messages right from their inbox.

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[Update: Now on MacOS] Native dark mode in Google Chrome for Windows 10 now available in Canary channel

The overwhelming demand for dark modes in apps is beginning to see serious results now, to the point where 2019 could be the year we see system-wide dark modes across all the major platforms. Windows 10 has already implemented this, but it relies on app developers to do their part, which Google is now doing for the Chrome browser.

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Twitter shares its daily user count for the first time in Q4 results

Twitter is a publicly-traded company, and as such, its quarterly earnings reports always include data about the platform — including the amount of active users. The company has historically never revealed how many active daily users Twitter has, only the amount of users who log in (at least) once a month. In its Q4 earnings report, Twitter has revealed how many people log into the platform daily, among other information.

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Facebook adds un-sending to Messenger, embracing the revisionist history it wants so badly

In today's world of constantly sending messages on whatever platform you've chosen, you're bound to make a mistake (or several). Whether that's sending something to the wrong person or later regretting that little outburst, there's something to be said for the ability to unsend that message. Now, Facebook is implementing an undo send feature into Messenger.

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Alphabet's 2018 financial results show 23% increase in revenue and strong profits

Google's parent company Alphabet has reported positive financial results for 2018, although stocks in the company still fell 3% in after-hours trading. An operating margin 3% lower than the 24% posted in Q4 2017 and higher expenditure are considered to be reasons for the drop-off, but Alphabet remains profitable.

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