Android file manager Files Go becomes Files by Google and undergoes a redesign


It's less than a year since Google launched Files Go, its first attempt at a file manager app for Android. The primary aim of the app is to help users to free up space on their phones, and today Google announces that it not only has a new name, but also a new look.


Files Go has been rebranded Files by Google, and the updated version of the app is starting to roll out now.
Despite the fact Files Go was only released last December, Google says that it has already managed to amass over 30 million monthly users. Now, in keeping with its view of the future for the Next Billion Users (Google's capitalization), the app has a new UI as well as a new name. As well as more closely resembling other Google apps, the redesigned Files by Google has a look that is cleaner and more modern.
Writing about the change in a blog post, Google says:
Today, we're rebranding the app to Files by Google. We've also redesigned the user experience to make sure that the content of your mobile phone is the focus when you use the app, all while keeping the same functions and playfulness that people love. When you clear out files you no longer need, we now celebrate how much you saved by telling you what you've freed up room for -- whether it's enough to take a few more selfies, or to download a whole movie!
If you don’t already have the app, you can download Files by Google free of charge from the Play Store.

Google: adding Dark Mode to apps saves battery


There has been a spate of adding dark modes to apps, websites and operating systems in recent times. Many people simply prefer the look, while others say a darker theme is easier on the eye. But there is also the school of thought that says dark mode saves battery life.


And this is very much the message that Google is sending to Android developers. At the Android Dev Summit this week Google highlighted the massive difference Dark Mode makes, seemingly in a bid to encourage more developers to embrace the idea and add the option to their apps.
Dark Mode is not just more aesthetically pleasing to many people, there are real battery-life boosts to be had -- and Google has the numbers to prove it. Touting the benefits of Dark Mode, Google showed that with screen brightness set to 50 percent, using YouTube with Dark Mode enabled resulted in 14 percent less battery usage. With screen brightness set to 100 percent, the saving jumps to 60 percent.
These are not numbers to be sniffed at, but the biggest savings are to be seen on phones with AMOLED screens as anything that is black does not require pixels to be powered. Slides from the event, shared by Phone Arena, show Google comparing the power usage of its own Pixel phone with an LCD iPhone 7. It shows a 63 percent battery saving when displaying a screenshot of Google Maps in normal and night mode.
Google has been introducing Dark Mode options to increasing numbers of its products, and with the company now pushing developers to do the same, we're likely to see a darkening of apps over the coming months and years.

From now on Apple is going to keep its sales figures a secret


Apple has announced that, as of next quarter, it will no longer report unit sales figures for iPhones, iPads and Macs. The news came at the company's Q4 earnings call at which it was revealed that iPhone unit sales have remained static -- despite a revenue increase.
The change is in line with how Apple already treats other hardware sales -- such as those of the Apple Watch and HomePod -- which it groups together rather than revealing sales in individual categories.


Tim Cook says that giving details of unit sales is not helpful information as it does not give a clear view of how the company is actually performing. But consumers, investors and market analysts will almost certainly disagree. For most people it is the number of units shifted by a company that are indicative of success or failure of a particular product.
At the earnings call, Apple's CFO, Luca Maestri, said:
As we have stated many times, our objective is to make great products and services that enrich people's lives, and to provide an unparalleled customer experience, so that our users are highly satisfied, loyal, and engaged. As demonstrated by our financial performance in recent years, the number of units sold in any 90-day period is not necessarily representative of the underlying strength of our business.
As part of the change, the "Other Products" category is being renamed "Wearables, Home and Accessories". Apple also says that moving forward it will release what it describes as "qualitative statements" about product sales at irregular intervals.

System76 Thelio computer is open source, Linux-powered, and made in the USA


I love when products are made in the USA. Don't get me wrong, I am not against things made in other countries. Hell, it is virtually impossible to live in America and not buy foreign goods. If you look at the tags on your clothes, you will almost never see "Made in the USA." But still, I take pride when a product is made here. For instance, so far in my life, I have only ever owned Ford vehicles. With that said, Ford is moving more and more of its labor to Mexico, but I digress.
Computers made in America are virtually non-existent, but a little company in Denver had a dream to do just that. System76 has long been looking to make a Linux-powered computer in the USA using open source ideology. A lofty goal, which many folks didn't think would ever be achieved. Well, against all odds, today, System76 proves the haters wrong as it finally unveils its much-anticipated Thelio desktop computer. And boy, oh boy, it is beautiful.


"Thelio Systems are designed to be easily expandable, making personalizing the computer a tantalizingly easy process. Slip in drives, add memory, and upgrade graphics cards at will. Additionally, the open hardware design that Thelio is built upon allows the user to easily learn how their computer works and make modifications using this information. Customization is simple to ensure that the computer encompasses people’s needs, as well as their personality," says System76.
The Linux-friendly company further says, "To maximize performance, Thelio is constructed to prevent throttling of all components inside. It achieves this using oversized fans that quietly pull in cool air, while ducts contain heated air and direct it out of the system. The computer’s daughterboard, Thelio Io, is a custom chassis controller that coordinates and optimizes the flow. Moving thermal control to the computer’s daughterboard enables far more granular performance optimization. Operating on open firmware, the OSHWA certified open hardware Thelio Io also provides controls for LED settings and power."
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There are three models from which to choose, and all three can apparently be configured with with Intel or AMD processors. This is refreshing news, as historically, System76 machines were an Intel-only affair. AMD has been more friendly to the Linux community over recent years, so I am happy to see System76 giving that option too.
  • Thelio (Up to 32GB RAM, 24TB storage) treks through tasks with ease despite its compact footprint.
  • Thelio Major (Up to 128GB RAM, 46TB storage) boasts stellar performance, allowing maximum configurability with up to 4 GPUs to tackle the most astronomical projects.
  • Thelio Massive (Up to 768GB of ECC Memory, 86TB storage) is the epitome of performance among workstations, offering maximum throughput and accuracy for demanding computational workloads.
I know what you are thinking -- is the Thelio truly open source and made in the USA when it uses proprietary Intel and AMD processors and the components are made overseas? Fair point. System 76 quotes the Open Source Hardware Association which says, "Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design." So while Thelio's components aren't 100 percent open source, its design is.
And wow, what a design it is! Each chassis/case looks like a work of art. System76 is offering either walnut or maple wood finishes on one side of the computer, while the opposite matte-black aluminum side is etched with mountains -- very classy. All the corners are rounded too, adding to the beautiful look. Taking detail to a whole other level, the rear fan exhaust grill contains the planets of the solar system. Seriously, folks, the Thelio design is unreal.
System76 shares the full configuration details below.
Thelio with Intel
Operating SystemPop!_OS 18.10 or 18.04 LTS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (64-bit)
ProcessorIntel Core i5, i7, or i9
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics, optional AMD or NVIDIA Graphics
Video PortsDependent on GPU selection:
Intel UHD Graphics 630: 1× DisplayPort, 2× HDMI
Radeon RX 550: 1× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×DVI
Radeon RX 580: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×DVI
GeForce RTX 2070: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1× USB Type-C
GeForce RTX 2080: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×USB Type-C
Titan V: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI
MemoryUp to 32 GB Dual Channel DDR4 @ 2666 MHz
StorageUp to 24 TB, M.2 NVMe and 2.5" SATA drives
Rear Ports1× USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, 4× USB 3.1 Gen 1, 2× RJ-45 LAN port
Rear AudioMic Jack, Line In, Line Out
NetworkingGigabit Ethernet, built-in Intel Wireless-AC (a/b/g/n/ac) with Bluetooth
Power Supply600W 80+ Certified (90% or greater power efficiency)
DimensionsHeight × Width × Depth:
12.75" × 8" × 11.5"
324mm × 207mm × 209mm
Modelthelio-b1
Thelio with AMD
Operating SystemPop!_OS 18.10 or 18.04 LTS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (64-bit)
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 or 7
GraphicsAMD Radeon Graphics, optional NVIDIA Graphics
Video portsDependent on GPU selection:
Radeon RX Vega 11: 1× DisplayPort, 2× HDMI
Radeon RX 550: 1× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×DVI
Radeon RX 580: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×DVI
GeForce RTX 2070: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1× USB Type-C
GeForce RTX 2080: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×USB Type-C
Titan V: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI
MemoryUp to 32 GB Dual Channel DDR4 @ 2933 MHz
StorageUp to 22 TB, M.2 NVMe and 2.5" SATA drives
Rear Ports2× USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, 4× USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1× RJ-45 LAN port
Rear AudioMic Jack, Line In, Line Out
NetworkingGigabit Ethernet, built-in Intel Wireless-AC (a/b/g/n/ac) with Bluetooth
Power Supply600W 80+ Certified (90% or greater power efficiency)
DimensionsHeight × Width × Depth:
12.75″ × 8″ × 11.5″
324mm × 207mm × 209mm
Modelthelio-r1
Thelio Major with Intel
Operating SystemPop!_OS 18.10 or 18.04 LTS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (64-bit)
ProcessorIntel Core X series
GraphicsUp to 3× AMD or NVIDIA Graphics
Video PortsDependent on GPU selection:
Radeon RX 550: 1× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×DVI
Radeon RX 580: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×DVI
RX Vega 64: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI
GeForce RTX 2070: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1× USB Type-C
GeForce RTX 2080: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×USB Type-C
GeForce RTX 2080Ti: × DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×USB Type-C
Titan V: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI
MemoryUp to 128 GB Quad Channel DDR4 @ 2666 MHz
StorageUp to 46 TB, M.2 NVMe and 2.5" SATA drives
Rear Ports4× USB 3.1 Gen 1, 4× USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, 1× USB 3.1 Type-C, 1× RJ-45 Port
Rear AudioMic Jack, Line In, Line Out, Optical S/PDIF out
NetworkingGigabit Ethernet, built-in Killer Wireless-AC (a/b/g/n/ac) with Bluetooth
Power Supply1300W 80+ Certified (90% or greater power efficiency)
DimensionsHeight × Width × Depth:
18.19" × 10.32" × 16.06"
462mm × 262mm × 408mm
Modelthelio-major-b1
Thelio Major with AMD
Operating SystemPop!_OS 18.10 or 18.04 LTS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (64-bit)
ProcessorAMD Ryzen Threadripper series
GraphicsUp to 4× AMD or NVIDIA Graphics
Video PortsDependent on GPU selection:
Radeon RX 550: 1× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×DVI
Radeon RX 580: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×DVI
RX Vega 64: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI
GeForce RTX 2070: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1× USB Type-C
GeForce RTX 2080: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×USB Type-C
GeForce RTX 2080Ti: × DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×USB Type-C
Titan V: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI
MemoryUp to 128 GB Quad Channel DDR4 @ 2933 MHz
StorageUp to 46 TB, M.2 NVMe and 2.5" SATA drives
Rear Ports8× USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1× USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, 1× USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 2× RJ-45 LAN port
Rear AudioMic Jack, Line In, Line Out, Optical S/PDIF out
NetworkingGigabit Ethernet, built-in Intel Wireless-AC (a/b/g/n/ac) with Bluetooth
Power Supply1300W or 1600W 80+ Certified (90% or greater power efficiency)
DimensionsHeight × Width × Depth:
18.19″ × 10.32″ × 16.06″
462mm × 262mm × 408mm
Modelthelio-major-r1
Thelio Massive with Intel
Operating SystemPop!_OS 18.10 or 18.04 LTS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (64-bit)
ProcessorUp to 2× Intel Xeon Scalable series
GraphicsUp to 4× AMD or NVIDIA Graphics
Video PortsDependent on GPU selection:
Radeon RX 550: 1× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×DVI
Radeon RX 580: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×DVI
RX Vega 64: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI
GeForce RTX 2070: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1× USB Type-C
GeForce RTX 2080: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×USB Type-C
GeForce RTX 2080Ti: × DisplayPort, 1× HDMI, 1×USB Type-C
Titan V: 3× DisplayPort, 1× HDMI
MemoryUp to 768 GB Quad Channel Registered ECC DDR4 @ 2666 MHz
StorageUp to 86 TB, M.2 NVMe, U.2 NVMe, and 2.5" SATA drives
Rear Ports10× USB 3.0, 2× eSATA
Rear AudioMic Jack, Line In, Line Out, Optical S/PDIF out
Networking2× Gigabit Ethernet, optional Gigabyte Wireless-AC (a/b/g/n/ac) with Bluetooth
Power Supply1600W 80+ Certified (90% or greater power efficiency)
DimensionsHeight × Width × Depth:
19.37" × 10.32&Prime × 20.75"
492mm × 262mm × 527mm
Modelthelio-massive-b1
If you are ready to join the open source hardware revolution, you can pre-order Thelio starting today here. Pricing starts at $1099.99, but that will obviously increase based on the specs you choose. Keep in mind, however, the computer will not ship until December. With that said, it would be wise to pre-order ASAP -- especially if it will be a Christmas gift.

Galaxy S10 Leak Sees Samsung Admit Defeat in Battle Against Apple


Peering at your phone and watching it magically unlock feels like the future. It requires almost no interaction and, in the case of Apple’s Face ID, is more secure than a fingerprint. Even with much of the industry introducing some form of facial recognition, Samsung wants to go in a different direction.
According to Ice Universe, when Samsung introduces the Galaxy S10 next year, it may not feature any form of facial recognition at all, which means you can kiss the company’s iris scanning technology goodbye. Instead, the company is going all-in on the in-display fingerprint sensor.
The Galaxy S10 will apparently feature an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that may utilize 30 percent of the device’s display. That means users won’t have to place their finger in a specific spot, but anywhere on the bottom portion of the screen.
Additionally, Samsung’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor will apparently be faster than everything else on the market, including the OnePlus 6T’s Screen Unlock feature. During the OnePlus 6T’s recent announcement, the company said the feature can read a user’s fingerprint in 0.34 seconds.
To be fair, Samsung’s iris scanner was never all that advanced and often unreliable. By ditching the iris scanner, the company could be admitting that it doesn’t want to invest in facial recognition technology and instead commit to the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.
In addition to an in-display fingerprint sensor, a recent report claimed Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will feature a completely bezel-less screen with a front-facing camera beneath the display.

Twitter removes thousands of accounts that discouraged people from voting in US midterm elections


Twitter has confirmed the removal of thousands of accounts for not only discouraging people from voting in next week's US elections, but also falsely appearing to originate from the Democratic Party.
In all, over 10,000 accounts were deleted in September and October, for targeting key demographics and encouraging them to withhold their vote. While the removals are pretty small-scale, they still serve to demonstrate how Twitter is being used to try to subvert the outcomes of elections.


In the past, Twitter has deleted millions of accounts for trying to interfere with the outcomes of elections, so this latest batch of deletions is fairly small fry. As reported by Reuters, accounts sent out tweets that discouraged male Democrat voters from casting their vote, suggesting that they would "drown out the voice of women".
In a tweet thread, Twitter's head of site integrity, Yoel Roth, talked about the difficulty in identifying bots and other problematic account:
We’ve recently seen research about so-called “bots” and misinformation on Twitter and wanted to share our perspective on why findings that might seem remarkable at first are likely inaccurate. We’re working on a more detailed explanation, but some comments for now.
In a statement given to TechCrunch, Twitter said:

We removed a series of accounts for engaging in attempts to share disinformation in an automated fashion -- a violation of our policies. We stopped this quickly and at its source.

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