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1. Chrome 64 now trims messy links when you share them22:43[−]

Google’s latest consumer version of Chrome, version number 64, just started cleaning up messy referral links for you. Now, when you go to share an item, you’ll no longer see a long tracking string after a link, just the primary link itself, as spotted by Android Police.

This feature now happens automatically when sharing links in Chrome, either by the Share menu or by copying the link and pasting it elsewhere. Even though it slices off the extra bit of the URL, this doesn’t affect referral information. If you choose, you can copy and paste directly from the URL bar to grab the link in entirety.

Image: Android Police

As Android Police points out, while this is a useful feature, it does have a couple downsides, albeit...

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2. Sony releases mysterious teaser for its next phone22:18[−]

Sony is apparently going to introduce something at Mobile World Congress next week, going off the fact that its Xperia account tweeted a teaser video for the annual phone event this morning. The video shows a hand and a bunch of ripples cascading down onto it from above. It also says whatever this video is hinting at will be announced on February 26th.

You can see the tweet below:

I don’t totally get what it’s alluding to. Something you’ll feel? From the sky? A tangible notification? Haptic feedback? Uh, a ripple... of air? I don’t know! It’s not easy to make sense of a purposely cryptic video. But presumably the teaser has something...

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3. Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S922:06[−]

We’re only a few days away from Samsung’s official announcement of the Galaxy S9 on February 25th, but as has been the case for the past few years, it seems like most of the information about the upcoming flagship device has made its way online a little earlier than Samsung would have liked.

So, if you can’t wait for the actual event on February 25th, here’s everything we think we know about the Galaxy S9 so far:

What it looks like:

As is practically tradition at this point, numerous official renderings of the S9 have leaked out (mostly from VentureBeat’s Evan Blass). As expected, it looks like Samsung is by and large keeping the same design as the Galaxy S8. The same edge-to-edge “Infinity Display” is here, as are the oblong bezels on...

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4. The Google app has a screenshot editing feature in beta21:40[−]

The Google app is now rolling out a built-in screenshot editor with beta version 7.21, starting last Friday, which will give users better sharing and editing tools, as spotted by 9to5Google. The screenshot editor also works in Chrome custom tabs. You can enroll in the beta through the Google Play Store.

The editor can be toggled on by heading into the Google app settings, under Accounts & Privacy and finding the “Edit and share screenshots” toggle at the bottom of the list. Then every time you take a screenshot in the Google app or a Chrome custom tab, a panel will slide up, letting you preview, edit, or share the image to other apps. You can also crop the screenshot and draw on it.

Stock Android and Pixel phone users are likely to...

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5. Look out for the flying ‘Jurassic World’ Pteranodon drone21:38[−]

You probably know there’s a new Jurassic World coming out this year, and there’s lots of branded merchandise coming along with it. At the Toy Fair this weekend, Mattel introduced a bunch of Jurassic products, including the “Pterano-Drone,” a quadcopter with a dinosaur on top.

It works just like any other drone with a hand-held remote control, although it includes additional kid-friendly features like self-landing and auto-circling. It also automatically shuts off if kids try to grab the motors by squeezing its plastic case. The drone should last 15 to 20 minutes in the air and charges through Micro USB. It doesn’t pair with any companion app.

The Pterano-Drone will cost $119.99 when it’s released this spring, closer to the new movie’s...

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6. Question Club: The best and worst parts of Black Panther21:26[−]

Over the weekend, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest installment, Black Panther, opened to record box office. It’s something new for Marvel: a movie with a largely black cast, helmed by a black director, and set in a fictional African country, where the vivid art, costume, and makeup designs were all inspired by real-world African tribal traditions. Critical and fan response has been almost universally positive and enthusiastic.

The film is part of a necessary retrenching for Marvel movies. The all-hero battles of Captain America: Civil War, and the galactic adventures of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Thor: Ragnorak, are leading up to the Infinity War saga, but for Marvel to keep putting out two or three superhero movies a year, some...

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7. NASA’s Opportunity rover surpasses 5,000 Martian days on the Red Planet21:02[−]

On Saturday, NASA’s Opportunity rover celebrated a monumental anniversary all by itself on the surface of the Red Planet: surviving 5,000 Martian days. It’s an incredibly significant milestone for the little-wheeled robot, given the fact that it was only expected to last just 90 days. Opportunity is just one of two rovers currently functioning on the Red Planet, along with NASA’s Curiosity rover.

Opportunity launched on top of a Delta II on July 7th, 2003, along with a twin rover called Spirit. The pair then landed on Mars three weeks apart in January 2004, both going to opposite sides of the planet. The day of Opportunity’s landing, January 25th, was considered Sol 1 — or the first Martian day for the rover. The term “sol” is used to...

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8. Dancing dinosaurs will teach your kid to code20:11[−]

Maybe robot dinosaurs will encourage your kids to code. Mattel showed off a Jurassic World coding toy this weekend, the newest entry in its Kamigami line of educational robots, at the New York City Toy Fair. The robots are essentially the same as the original Kamigami, except the plastic covers you put over the robotic core builds out a dinosaur instead of a bug. You’ve likely seen similar concepts before.

The dinosaurs pair over Bluetooth to a new Jurassic World companion iOS / Android app, and kids can drag and drop code to make them do things. The robots can move, light up, make noise, or engage in different interactions. I particularly loved their dancing mode.

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9. Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at your eyes20:04[−]

Scientists from Google and its health-tech subsidiary Verily have discovered a new way to assess a person’s risk of heart disease using machine learning. By analyzing scans of the back of a patient’s eye, the company’s software is able to accurately deduce data, including an individual’s age, blood pressure, and whether or not they smoke. This can then be used to predict their risk of suffering a major cardiac event — such as a heart attack — with roughly the same accuracy as current leading methods.

The algorithm potentially makes it quicker and easier for doctors to analyze a patient’s cardiovascular risk, as it doesn’t require a blood test. But, the method will need to be tested more thoroughly before it can be used in a clinical...

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10. VW’s new concept is a fully self-driving car with no steering wheel19:56[−]

Volkswagen is adding a fourth car to its futuristic I.D. lineup of concepts, and it will show it off in full at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Called the I.D. Vizzion, it’s a long, low sedan with no steering wheel or pedals, and it’s meant to exhibit how the company is thinking of a future where we all routinely step into a fully electric autonomous car that does the work for us.

It’s also part of Volkswagen Group’s — VW’s parent company — pledge to add electric motors to its entire lineup by 2030. VW alone plans to introduce 20 electrified cars by 2025. The aggressive push, worth some $40 billion, was kickstarted after Volkswagen Group was caught cheating diesel emissions tests in a massive scandal now referred to as dieselgate.

Much...

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