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Microsoft to make Skype usable again

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Earlier this year, Microsoft brought sweeping changes to Skype's UI, giving it something of a SnapChat makeover. The communication app's user base, I among them, was less than impressed, to say the least. Where it was once an easy way to receive forwarded telephone calls and chat via video or audio with folks across multiple platforms, the changes made it a shit sandwich to do much of anything with. The outcry from Skype users was such that, last month, Microsoft announced that they'd continue to offer the old school version of Skype's desktop app. Now, in the name of not alienating their users, they've taken their software UI rollback one step further. They're bringing back the features that folks actually use Skype for, back to the application and making it easier to ignore the service's new SnapChat-like features. From Ars Technica:
With this new focus on calling and messaging, the Snapchat-like statuses have been removed. The desktop interface is styled a lot closer to the legacy application, and the use of animations and gradients has been somewhat toned down. The mobile interfaces put the key calling and messaging buttons along the bottom of the screen, providing easier access to the dialer pad. The company is promising to reinstate other features from the legacy client—multiple chat windows, greater control over online status and privacy, better searching, and more. The legacy clients will still be end-of-lifed, but it seems that they'll stay around until the feature disparity is resolved
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genseng
17 days ago
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The Linux version went from the old school v4 to whatever the hell the current state is (V8). Pretty much every other client we talk to is on a different platform (iOS, Windows, Android). This explains a lot.
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Mastermind Toys: Get a Free LEGO Friends Gymnastic Kit on September 15th (First 100 Customers Per Store)

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Mastermind Toys: Get a Free LEGO Friends Gymnastic Kit on September 15th (First 100 Customers Per Store)    

LEGO sets are fun but can also be expensive. If you're a fan of LEGO you'll want to stop by your local Mastermind Toys store (excluding their outlet store) on September 15, 2018 because the first 100 customers through the door will receive a free LEGO Friends Gymnastic Kit to make and take home!

It's a fun little freebie which your kids will surely enjoy. Full offer details can be found below and you can use the store locator tool here to find the Mastermind Toys nearest to you.

Valid on Sep 15, 2018. Parent/Guardian of child must be present at time of event and must be 18 years of age or older. While quantities last. See staff for details. Not valid at our outlet store location.

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Let science be your guide for the perfect Labor Day BBQ

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Enlarge / The secret to yummy brisket and ribs lies in food chemistry and phase transitions. (credit: TayFos/Getty Images)

Imagine this nightmare Labor Day scenario. You've invited a large group of friends over for pulled BBQ pork or a delicious beef brisket. That morning, you confidently place your meat in the smoker, handy digital thermometer in place so you'll know just when the internal temperature reaches the perfect point. Everything seems fine for the first two hours, but suddenly the temperature stops rising. And it stays constant for hours and hours, as your friends get hungrier and hungrier, and you're forced to order pizza in desperation.

You've just encountered the bane of aspiring pit masters everywhere: the Stall (also known as the Zone or the Plateau), a common phenomenon in low-temperature cooking. What, precisely, causes the stall is a perennial topic of debate among BBQ enthusiasts. Is it a protein called collagen in the meat, which combines with water to convert to gelatin at the 160°F point? Or is it due to the fat rendering, turning lipids to liquid?

Several years ago, Greg Blonder, a Boston College professor, did the experiments and came up with a definitive answer: evaporative cooling. The meat sweats as it cooks, releasing the moisture within, and that moisture evaporates and cools the meat, effectively canceling out the heat from the BBQ. These days, Blonder is the resident science advisor and myth buster at the popular BBQ and grilling site called Amazing Ribs. "I spend a lot of my time settling bar fights, basically," he joked.

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This map shows 339 Ontario breweries, cideries, and distilleries

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The Ontario BevMap is OBN’s very mobile-friendly map of 339 craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries across the province. It’s always current and updated any time a new spot opens. Take it along with you We use Google Maps, so you can load the BevMap directly into your smartphone’s Google Maps app. It can stay permanently [&hellip
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Venezuela President Maduro 'survives drone attack'

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Officials say explosive drones went off while Nicolás Maduro was giving a speech, but he is unharmed.
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genseng
52 days ago
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Uh oh. Presumably not a random target, but flocks of death drones is scary $#@!
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The new, more personalized Google Maps is now widely rolling out on Android

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The newly revamped and more user-customized Google Maps is now rolling out more broadly to Android users, after first hitting the user base earlier this month.

As announced at I/O 2018, Google Maps is getting a full revamp with the strong focus being customized suggestions — and it’s more fun than ever for foodies.

Upon opening the app, you’ll see it launches with the new ‘Explore’ tab popped up on the lower half of the screen (which you can swipe away, should you choose).

The Explore Tab is focused on the neighbourhood at hand, with colourful buttons that users can click for suggestions regarding restaurants, coffee and attractions, plus a ‘More’ button that contains options that range from takeaway to the gym.

Underneath the buttons, if one swipes up on the Explore card, there are some other inviting elements, like a horizontal scrolling bar of suggestions for specific types of outing — like a list of bars ‘Where the locals drink’ or a list of ‘Cheap drinks’ spots (all well-rated on Google, naturally). Below, there’s ‘The Foodie List,’ which has a top list of restaurants for food lovers “based on visits and the latest ratings.”

The list is updated weekly, and allows you the option to follow or share, plus a bar that tracks how many of the locations you’ve gone to, for those who are competitive in nature.

Then there’s the new ‘For You’ tab, which shows a Google News-type feed divided up by day and dedicated to places to go in your city or community. For instance, I received a list of the 13 best brunch restaurants in Toronto from Time Out, and a notification that a new restaurant opened and is getting good reviews.

Each restaurant also has a new ‘Your match’ score, to show how much Google thinks you’d like it based on your preferences and prior ratings —  so you may have to rate some of the places you’ve been before you see your match score (a win for Google).

All of this is not to mention Google Maps’ new use of the Material Theme, which gives it a friendlier, more modern look.

For those who don’t see the new Google Maps yet — make sure you’ve updated to version 9.80.2 in the Play Store.

The post The new, more personalized Google Maps is now widely rolling out on Android appeared first on MobileSyrup.

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genseng
91 days ago
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That explains the annoying redesign...
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