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Here’s how to switch to Twitter’s reverse chronological feed

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Twitter switched to an algorithm-based timeline around four years ago, which eliminated its traditional reverse chronological feed. It meant you no longer saw the latest tweets, but ones that were deemed relevant to you by an algorithm. Many have longed for the return of Twitter’s old feed system, and the company has now finally brought it back to both the iOS and Android app.

For the uninitiated, the reverse chronological feed shows most recent tweets first — instead of what Twitter deems to be the “top” tweets that should surface first in your feed. It’s helpful for those who spend a lot of time in the Twitter app, as it prevents you from seeing the same handful of tweets over and over again. It also allows users to more easily sculpt their feeds to what they want.

Interested in getting the reverse chronological feed for yourself? It’s super easy to access, on both Android and on iOS. Follow the steps below to enable it.

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Tap the sparkly button at the top right side of the app to access content preferences.
  • Open the Twitter app and hit the “Home” tab on the bottom left-hand corner.
  • Tap the sparkly icon in the top right-hand corner.
  • Select “Show latest Tweets instead.”
  • Your feed should now show tweets in reverse chronological order.

The new feature has been one of Twitter’s most asked-for since it was first removed from the app, largely because it makes it much easier to keep up with latest news and events.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem as though the new feed view is persistent. The app may switch back to the algorithmic feed if you’ve been away from the Twitter app for a while. Hopefully, users will be able to permanently switch their feed to the view of their choice at some point in the future. If Twitter does switch your feed back to the algorithm-based view, then you’ll get a notification from Twitter saying that it has done so. Because of that, you may have to switch the feed every time you open the app — which may get a little annoying.

Now all Twitter needs to do is introduce the highly-requested edit button, which would allow people to edit tweets after they’ve been published.

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U.S. will reportedly seek criminal case against Huawei for stealing tech secrets

According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, U.S. federal prosecutors are preparing a criminal indictment against Huawei stealing trade secrets. The report, which cites sources with knowledge of the indictment, specifically mentions Huawei’s actions surrounding a T-Mobile smartphone testing tool known as “Tappy.” The report notes that the current investigation is far enough along that an indictment may come soon.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Tappy. In 2014, T-Mobile sued Huawei for allegedly gaining access to a company lab outside of Seattle and photographing and attempting to steal parts of the robotic smartphone testing device. In May 2017, T-Mobile won $4.8 million against Huawei, only a fraction of the $500 million the U.S. mobile carrier sought. The current federal criminal investigation reportedly arose from that civil suit.

The Chinese phonemaker has faced increased scrutiny, escalating to open hostility from U.S. agencies and lawmakers who believe that Huawei poses a security threat due to its close relationship with the Chinese government. The tension escalated considerably last December, when Canada arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the request of the U.S. Meng was charged with fraud for deceptive practices that allowed the Chinese company to avoid U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Huawei, now the world’s number two smartphone maker, trails only Samsung when it comes to mobile device sales, beating Apple for the second slot in late 2018.

How to switch from Android to iPhone: A complete guide

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So you’ve grown tired of the Android wilds and bought your ticket to the land of Apple. In this guide, we’ll help you pack for the trip and serve up a few tips to help the transition go smoothly. Breaking free of Google’s ecosystem and its team of manufacturers will present a few difficulties, sure, but we can find solutions.

We’ll run through how to transfer your contacts, move your precious music, videos, photos, and find equivalent services on iOS to replace what you’re leaving behind. We’ll also help you find your feet with some tips, and show you how to get the best out of your newfangled iPhone. Let’s get started.

What you’re leaving behind

As you prepare to abandon Android, it’s worth considering what you can’t take with you. Your phone case is not going to be compatible with your new iPhone, and your dock might not be either, but there’s a good chance that any other Android accessories you bought will be. If they rely on Bluetooth to connect, then they’ll work just fine with the iPhone. Most speaker accessories and docks have iPhone compatibility as standard. Even traditional headphones will work with the latest iPhones, though you will need to buy a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter.

You obviously can’t take your Android apps with you, but there are lots of great options on iOS, so you’ll be able to replace the vast majority. Wave goodbye to home screen customization, you won’t really find it on iOS. Last, but not least, there’s the question of what to do with your old phone. Your best bet might be to wipe it and sell it, because you’ll need some cash for that new iPhone.

Use Apple’s app

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First and foremost, we have to mention the Apple app, Move to iOS, which is available for free in the Google Play Store and capable of transferring contacts, message history, photos, videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, and calendars to your new iPhone. Ignore the poor rating, it’s a product of Android vs. iOS rivalry rather than a reflection of how well the app works. Simply download and install it on your old Android phone and follow the instructions to copy over the content you want.

If you prefer not to use Apple’s app, or it doesn’t work for you, fear not, as we have plenty of alternative methods below.

Naturally, you’ll want to take your contacts with you, and there are various ways you can do that. Start with this guide on how to transfer your contacts between iPhone and Android, and you’ll find it’s easy to handle the process using Gmail and iTunes.

Switching from Google to Apple services

When we covered how to switch from iPhone to Android, we discussed all the Google services that you might consider using in order to replace Apple’s offerings, but going the other way is a lot easier because the Google services you’ve been using on Android are all available on iOS as well. You can find a complete list on this iTunes page.

Google Maps, Chrome, YouTube Music (formerly Google Play Music), Google Drive, and even Google Assistant, among other things, can all be enjoyed on iOS. They might work a little differently from their Android counterparts, but if you’re heavily invested in using any of them, then their presence on iOS should certainly help you feel at home.

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Of course, there are still many Apple alternatives and they’ll be set as the default options on your new iPhone. You’ll want to try out:

  • iTunes: Good for buying and organizing your music, movies, TV shows, apps, audiobooks, and more.
  • Safari web browser: Can sync bookmarks across all your Apple devices.
  • iCloud: Can back up your files, contacts, calendars, and photos.

There’s also the Maps app for turn-by-turn directions, and a lot of premium optional extras. Creative people will want to try iMovie and GarageBand. Workaholics will love Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. There’s also iBooks for reading, and then there’s the largest collection of free education content available through iTunes U.

Moving photos, videos, and music

Backing up your precious memories is vital. We took a look at how to back up, speed up, and clean up your iPhone or Android device, so you might want to start there.

If you’d like to copy files over a wired connection, then plug your Android phone into your computer using your USB-C or Micro USB to USB cable. Pull down the Notification shade on your Android phone, and make sure it’s connected. It should connect automatically in Media transfer mode (MTP). You should get a pop-up on your PC, which will give various options including Open device to view files. Alternatively, you can go to Start > Computer, and you should find it listed. Navigate to the files you want, and drag and drop them onto your computer. Here’s how to transfer files from an Android phone to a Mac.

To get files from your computer to your iPhone, you can plug your iPhone in and fire up iTunes. Select your device in the left panel in iTunes, click the Apps tab, and then scroll down to find the File Sharing section (if you don’t have a file sharing section, your iPhone has no file sharing apps installed). Choose the app you want to transfer the file to, and then drag and drop the file from your computer into iTunes onto the space on the right.

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If you want to transfer all your photos, first make sure that any new photos you have on your iPhone are backed up, then go and select your device in iTunes again, and select the Photos tab up top. Make sure the Sync Photos box is ticked and tap on the drop-down menu to choose the Copy files from folder. Now pick the folder of photos you want to transfer. Be warned: You may lose any photos you have on the iPhone when you do this, so back up first.

Going wireless and using the cloud to transfer files can prove a whole lot easier. You could log in and use iCloud, but remember you only get 5GB for free. You can always bolster it with Google Drive, Google Photos, Microsoft OneDrive, DropBox, or another cloud service.

You can access any movies, music, or books that you bought through Google Play through the browser on your iPhone, or by downloading the right Google iOS app. For example, if you’ve been using Google Play Books on Android, you just download the Google Play Books app for iOS and your collection is instantly accessible. If you’ve been backing up files on Google Drive or uploading photos to Google Photos, then you can do the same thing – snag the iOS apps and you have instant easy access to sync them across.

It’s easy to transfer files using other cloud solutions. Most of the big names, like Dropbox, have Android and iOS apps, so simply download the iOS app, enter your account details, and copy across whatever you need.

It makes sense to import your music into iTunes, and it’s easily done. Make sure you have the Music Manager for Google Play Music installed on your computer, or Google Play Music installed to your Chrome browser, and select Download my library from the Download tab. Choose the folder you want to download to and then fire up iTunes and go to File > Add Folder to Library, choose the same folder, and it will all be copied across. Once you have all your music in iTunes, check out our guide on how to download music to your iPod or iPhone.

Moving your text messages

It’s often a wrench to leave behind your old text messages when you switch to a new phone. Most of them won’t be missed, but sometimes you’ll have a special goodbye or a romantic message that you want to keep. Unfortunately, there’s only one way we know of to do this, and it comes straight from Apple. It’s the aforementioned Move to iOS app, which can also transfer your contacts, photos, videos, mail accounts, web bookmarks, and calendars.

The Motorola Razr may return as a foldable phone — for $1,500

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In 2007 Paris Hilton with her pink Motorola Razr V3 made the Razr the most popular phone. (Credit: MTV)

Remember the Motorola Razr V3? Motorola’s fashionable clamshell is one of the iconic phones ever released, easily on the same level as the Nokia 3310 and the original iPhone. While the original phone is now likely just a memory, it’s apparently getting a spiritual successor in the form of a foldable Motorola Razr smartphone that could arrive as early as February. The bad news? It’s set to cost $1,500.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Lenovo (the company that owns Motorola) has partnered with Verizon to sell the device in the U.S. No details on the nature of the device are known yet, outside of the fact that it will be a foldable smartphone — neatly encompassing future trends and the original Razr’s charm — and will carry Motorola Razr branding. Whether or not the phone will emulate the original phone’s long and thin form is also not known, but it seems like an obvious choice for Lenovo. With February being the speculated release date, we don’t have long to wait to find out.

While the decision to bring back the Razr brand is a shock, we’ve known a Motorola-branded foldable smartphone has at least been in the design stage since June. Last year, Motorola was awarded a patent on a folding smartphone design that featured a heated central hinge that would “heal” imperfections in the OLED screen caused by the bending. It’s entirely possible this design could form the basis of the updated Razr V3.

The inclusion of a heated central hinge could also explain the high prospective price tag. Folding phones aren’t looking cheap and the Motorola Razr folding phone will be no different in that regard. A price of around $1,500 is likely according to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, and that seems likely. Frankly, compared to the Samsung Galaxy foldable phone‘s possible $2,550 cost, the Razr seems like a bargain.

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This isn’t the first time the Razr brand has been brought back into the spotlight. Lenovo used the Razr V3 to hype a folding Lenovo smartphone in 2016, and the Razr name was originally re-used on a series of decent Android smartphones. This will be the first time we’ve heard from the Razr brand in years, and we’re looking forward to seeing more. However, with Nokia having capitalized on nostalgia for its own products, would it be too much to ask for a re-release of the original Motorola Razr V3 as a dumb phone?

CES 2019 recap: All the trends, products, and gadgets you missed

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With over 4,400 companies exhibiting new products and services, CES 2019 was a gadget lover’s paradise, and a window into the future of … well, everything. Anyone who described 2019 as “an off year” simply was unable to see the future in front of their face. Making sense of it requires a small army of the savviest analysts you’ll find anywhere, so Digital Trends writers and editors walked hundreds of miles and spoke with scores of companies. Along the way we were dazzled by laptops thin enough to disappear in a backpack, TVs that magically unroll from a box on command, and futuristic digital binoculars that made us wish for a 2019 remake of Rear Window. And we visited the metaverse. Yes, the metaverse.

Oddly enough, it was a fake burger that took our award for the top tech of CES. This is no mere recipe, of course, but food engineering and science at its finest. Impossible has loaded its next-gen burger with the iron-carrying molecule heme, which is part of what gives meat its distinctive flavor. It’s also conspicuously absent in all the faux meat you’ve tried and hated. Impossible’s news is everything amazing about CES wrapped up in a bun, neatly underscoring the way that tech touches everything in our lives.

Beyond just burgers, we walked the Las Vegas Convention Center aiming to tease out the trends that will shape the year ahead in technology … and maybe play with some cool stuff along the way. Here’s what we learned, and how it will affect the products and tech that will shape your life in the year ahead.

Home Theater

This was a huge year for TVs at CES, with real innovation and big leaps forward. TV makers are pushing the envelope like never before. For starters, there’s Samsung’s 219-inch “The Wall.” It’s a Micro LED TV, a new type of TV technology that has us amazed. It’s emissive, like OLED, but unlike OLED it uses only red, green, and blue LED pixels, so not only can it deliver true black levels, but it is incredibly bright and colorful. Of note: This is a modular system that can be assembled in any size or shape you want. Samsung showed off a 75-inch variant, but imagine a variety of new shapes and sizes. TVs: They aren’t just rectangles anymore!

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We also saw LG’s Signature OLED TV R. The R stands for roll-up or, as we like to call it, “roll-ed.” The TV emerges from a long rectangular box like a phoenix from the ashes, and when you’re done watching, it rolls right back down, out of sight. If it’s a sharper picture you’re after, 8K sets were everywhere from Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, and others, proving that the new buzzword will remain on lips and minds in 2019.

And one of the most intriguing new trends to come out of Las Vegas this year comes from a technology that’s not new at all: An audio protocol known simply as WiSA that transmits crystal-clear, high-resolution audio wirelessly to stereo, surround, or even Dolby Atmos speakers. WiSA not only offers lag-free, high-quality sound, but since it’s brand agnostic, it can be implemented by virtually any audio brand. The technology has been kicking around for years now; we first reported on it at CES 2013. In 2019, expect it to take off.

Mobile

At every major press conference and every big booth, two characters were front and center: 5G. But not much else. While conversation around 5G was unavoidable, there were few actual product announcements: a new router, a demo phone in the Samsung booth, and so on. That’s because most of the actual products are being saved for Mobile World Congress, the mobile trade show that’s just around the corner. Meanwhile, AT&T made headlines by faking 5G on millions of 4G phones, which it believes are nearly fast enough. 5G will indeed show up in 2019, but you’ll need to tune in after CES to see the good stuff.

Meanwhile, the mobile industry did have a few tricks up its sleeve, notably revelations from Samsung that it plans to release a foldable phone in first half of 2019.

Smart home

Smart home devices mean everything from doorbells to dishwashers, but one product category stood out for us at this year’s CES: toilets. Yep, CES 2019 was flush with toilets, some featuring internet connected features, voice assistants, and more. Eep!

Amazon Alexa rocked CES 2019 too. Amazon sold millions of Echo and Dot smart speakers during the 2018 holiday season, extending its reach in the U.S. and around the world. During CES 2019, the Seattle company introduced new products, features, and services that support Key by Amazon, (formerly Amazon Key); announced new gear from the Amazon-owned Ring brand; and presented piles and piles of new products that are Alexa compatible and or have Alexa built in.

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But Google didn’t let Alexa do all the talking. Google Assistant came to CES 2019 loaded for growth with three times more exhibit space than last year and tons of news: upgrades to Google Assistant on smartphones, the ability to check into a flight with just your voice, Assistant in Google Maps at last, and more. Which company won? In the end, there is one clear victor: consumers.

VR and AR

There weren’t a ton of exciting VR headsets on display, but the three that most impressed us gave reason to think that VR is about to have its moment. For starters, the Oculus Quest could very well be the future of VR: It doesn’t require a fancy gaming PC to work, and it’s quite a bit more powerful than earlier offerings, bringing it closer to PC VR experiences that have been mostly reserved for serious enthusiasts up until this point. Meanwhile, The HTC Vive Pro Eye is essentially the same headset that launched in 2018, with one crucial additional feature: Tobii eye-tracking. This tech lets users control in-game experiences using eye movements. The future is here! And the Pico G2 4K aims to bring 4K resolution to virtual reality, merging buzzwords and perhaps showing us where the industry is going.

Meanwhile, AR and VR gadgets proved there’s still room for innovation in this space. NordicTrack unveiled a VR Bike that comes bundled with an HTC Vive headset. With it, you’ll be able to play games designed specifically for the VR Bike; the difficulty increases based on how much you exert yourself. And Cybershoes act as a supplement for your existing VR setup — and your existing shoes. Slip them over a pair of standard shoes and walk much like you would in real life. Your movements are transferred into the games you’re playing.

Laptops

CES 2019 was packed with announcements about new processors and graphics cards, but only one was present in laptops actually at the show. The Nvidia RTX 20-series mobile GPUs, the most powerful consumer GPUs ever made. Nvidia launched these new cards with an impressive 40 entries from laptop brands. That includes Omen, Alienware, Razer, MSI, ROG, Predator, and more. What’s it mean? Your next laptop will bring a new level of PC gaming.

Meanwhile, bezels are out – and so are 2-in-1s. With shrunken bezels and small overall footprints, the next generation of laptops are more stylish than ever, encapsulated by the new Dell XPS 13, which looks great and solves a long-running issue with the product: the nostrilcam. We’ve entered a new age of sleekness.

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OLED laptops briefly appeared at CES 2016 before disappearing, canceled too soon like your favorite TV show. Now, a fresh group of OLED laptops were announced at CES 2019, many of which are scheduled for release later this year. A couple were even shown off at the event. These bring ultra-rich colors and super dark black levels to the content on your screen, which – let’s face it – is Netflix and Hulu as much as it is Excel and Outlook, right?

Cars

Important car-related announcements were made by century-old automakers, tech giants, and game-changing startups no one has heard of before. Connectivity, autonomy, and electrification reigned supreme once again, with varying degrees of realism and feasibility. While full driving autonomy remains years away, CES confirmed 2019 will be the year of in-car connectivity.

Audi harnessed the power of virtual reality (VR) to make a significant breakthrough in in-car entertainment, while Qualcomm wants to finally make vehicle-to-everything communication a reality. Its 9150 chipset should bring the technology to cars at last, and should hopefully save lives. But humans will continue to drive and be driven in cars for decades, and so Qualcomm and Harman were among the companies displaying what the cockpit of the near future could look like. If you ask us, it looks glorious. We welcome our robot chauffeurs!

Meanwhile, Bell unveiled a full-scale prototype of a vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) air taxi at CES, and Harley-Davidson showed off the production version of its first electric motorcycle ever, coming to dealerships this year.

Health

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, but the health and wellness sector is a bit of minefield. It’s not always easy to find the gadgets and services that are based on sound science, things that can actually alleviate suffering and improve lives because there’s a river of snake oil out there.

That said, CES welcomed enough tech and science innovations to fill your medicine cabinet, and then some. We were wowed by Testcard, which mails pregnancy, UTI (urinary tract infection), and glucose level testing strips to you at just $4 a pop. Just pee on the strip, then check the app. A redesigned Quell — a small unit you wear on your leg that relives sensations of pain — may spell relief for chronic sufferers. The second-generation device is 50 percent smaller, but up to 20 percent more powerful than its predecessor. The app has also been redesigned and now includes a higher degree of personalization to help you effectively manage your pain, and new therapy options are coming later this year.