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Facebook Messenger finally gets an unsend feature

You can now retract messages on Facebook Messenger—but act fast.

On Tuesday, Facebook Messenger finally got an unsend feature. Unfortunately, it only gives you up to 10 minutes to delete the message. Once the time limit passes, you’re out of luck.

The unsend feature works for one-on-one sessions and group chats. To use it, simply tap on the message you want to delete. You’ll notice a new option that says “Remove for Everyone.” Click on it, and you’ll delete the message in question. Facebook will then replace the text with an alert, notifying everyone in the chat the message has been scrubbed.

The feature is handy in the event you mistype something or accidentally send the wrong photo to a friend. But it’s pretty much useless if you drunk message your ex one night and then wake up the next morning realizing you made a horrible mistake.

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In contrast, Facebook-owned WhatsApp gives you one hour to delete a message, while the app Telegram gives you 48 hours to remove a bad text.

So why did Facebook settle on the 10-minute time limit? Most of the times, people actually delete messages within a minute of sending them, the company told PCMag. Extending the time limit longer might also introduce ways to abuse the unsend function as well, the company said, without elaborating. Still, Facebook plans to monitor use of the new feature, and will tweak the time limit if needed.

The company has been promising an unsend feature since last April after Facebook was found mysteriously deleting messages company CEO Mark Zuckerberg had sent on the app. Facebook said it did so for security reasons, but the whole incident raised questions about why normal users didn’t have the same privilege. Now you sort of do. But you won’t be able to recall any messages you’ve sent months or years ago. The best you can do is delete the message from your own chat window.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

Ram calls a foul on GMC, teases new pickup feature

The NFL season is over, but the tailgate party could just be getting started.

Ram may have teased the upcoming reveal of a clever new feature last week before the game.

After a GMC Twitter went out post promoting the Sierra’s new multi-functional MultiPro tailgate by declaring “the Rams have already lost,” Ram’s account responded, “Flag on the play. False start. Check back with us on 2/7/19,” Autoblog reported.

That would be the first media day of the truck-focused Chicago Auto Show, where Ram has a press conference scheduled.

(Fiat Chrysler)

Ram hasn’t announced what it will be revealing at the show, but recent patents and sightings suggest it has its own trick tailgate in the works.

(Fiat Chrysler)

Design drawings from a patent filed in 2013 depict a tailgate that’s split down the middle and can be opened conventionally or like barn doors, either in tandem or separately. Nothing like it has appeared on one of Ram’s production trucks yet.

However, a prototype of the 2019 Ram 1500 was spotted two years ago with an asymmetrically-split tailgate and flaps covering its lower edge. When the truck debuted at last year’s Detroit Auto Show, it didn’t offer the feature.

The MultiPro tailgate has been a cornerstone of the 2019 GMC Sierra’s advertising campaign. A secondary gate with a flap that allows it to be configured in six different ways to create different cargo-carrying solutions along with a step into the bed.

(Fox News Autos)

It can also be equipped with an audio system to play your team’s favorite fight song on.

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Super Bowl LIII will feature star Georgia Bulldogs running backs

The University of Georgia will be represented well at Super Bowl LIII as the New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams.

Rams running back Todd Gurley and Patriots running back Sony Michel both had breakout college careers while carrying the football for the red and black. Gurley played for the Bulldogs from 2012 to 2014, while Michel played from 2014 to 2017.

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Gurley was Georgia’s top running back in 2014 before tearing his ACL and handing the reins over to Michel during his freshman year. Gurley helped Michel and future Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb during their time at school. Gurley talked about his time with Michel Tuesday.

“I remember when he first came in, he couldn’t run and catch. I had to teach him how to do all that stuff,” Gurley said. “Hopefully everything I taught him, he doesn’t do it and he just plays like he used to play before I taught him everything.”

FILE- In this Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, Georgia running back Sony Michel (1) celebrates with teammate Todd Gurley (3) after scoring a touchdown against South Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Columbia, S.C.

FILE- In this Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, Georgia running back Sony Michel (1) celebrates with teammate Todd Gurley (3) after scoring a touchdown against South Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)

Michel said Monday it was “pretty cool” to share the spotlight with Gurley at the Super Bowl.

“We played on the same team, and I’ve seen him grow throughout the years. He worked for everything he got, and I’m excited for him.”

Gurley and Michel aren’t the only former Bulldogs in the Super Bowl. Rams linebacker Ramik Wilson and Patriots center David Andrews also donned the red and black.

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Super Bowl LIII will be played Sunday in Atlanta.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Facebook’s new petition feature could be its next battlefield

Facebook has launched a new petition feature that will allow its 2.2 billion users to make political demands on the platform, an initiative that could be empowering but could also create a wave of new problems for the beleaguered tech giant.

TechCrunch reports that the new option, called Community Actions, will allow users to add a title, description and even tag relevant officials and government agencies as a way to help the petition go viral and prompt others to hit the “support” button.

“Community Actions have their own discussion feed where people can leave comments, create fundraisers, and organize Facebook Events or Call Your Rep campaigns. Facebook displays the numbers of supporters behind a Community Action, but you’ll only be able to see the names of those you’re friends with or that are Pages or public figures,” the tech news site reports.

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TechCrunch says that it’s possible users with “fringe agendas” could harness the petitions feature to bully certain groups or otherwise wreak havoc.

“You can imagine misuses like “Crack down on [minority group]” that are offensive or even dangerous but some see as legitimate,” TechCrunch reports.

The Menlo Park, Calif. company, which has struggled to stem the tide of misinformation and fake news on its platform, is reportedly hoping to keep Community Actions more narrowly focused on pushing for government action, as opposed to any random cause that a user could come up with. There are examples of the new petitions here and here.

A Facebook spokesperson gave TechCrunch the following statement on the new initiative:

“Building informed and civically engaged communities is at the core of Facebook’s mission. Every day, people come together on Facebook to advocate for causes they care about, including by contacting their elected officials, launching a fundraiser, or starting a group. Through these and other tools, we have seen people marshal support for and get results on issues that matter to them. Community Action is another way for people to advocate for changes in their communities and partner with elected officials and government agencies on solutions.”

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Still, it remains to be seen whether Facebook’s team of moderators will be able to make judgment calls about whether a petition is worthwhile or being used to bully someone.

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As TechCrunch notes: “The trouble is that open access draws out the trolls and grifters seeking to fragment society. Facebook will have to assume the thorny responsibility of shepherding the product towards righteousness and defining what that even means.”

Woodstock’s 50th anniversary festival to feature some original performers

Woodstock is set to return 50 years after the original event first kicked off, and will feature performers from the original festival, as well as newer groups.

The three-day festival, known as the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair 2019, will be held in Watkins Glen, New York from August 16 to 18 and will honor the 50th anniversary of the concert.

According to Rolling Stone, Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang says that over 40 performers have already been booked for three stages, including several big-name headliners. However, specific acts won’t be announced until tickets go on sale in February.

“It’ll be an eclectic bill,” Lang told the outlet on Wednesday. “It’ll be hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival.”

Lang noted that there will also be some “newer bands” performing “celebrations of artists from the original Woodstock.”

“Having contemporary artists interpret that music would be a really interesting and exciting idea,” he explained. “We’re also looking for unique collaborations, maybe some reunions and a lot of new and up-and-coming talent.”

The first-ever Woodstock debuted in 1969 in Bethel, New York. A separate 50th-anniversary celebration will be held at that site as well, now home to an amphitheater and arts center.

New Year’s Eve will feature major storm across East Coast, ‘substantial’ snow in New Mexico

Revelers heading into New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve better make sure they have a raincoat or even a waterproof suit.

A major storm system is expected to create a washout across the East Coast on Monday night into Tuesday, just as revelers are counting down the final moments before 2019 begins.

“Consistent with the theme of 2018, we are ending the year, the final hours of 2018 will be wet across the Northeast,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Geoff Cornish said Sunday on “America’s News HQ.” “We will, unfortunately, be dealing with some widespread rain at Times Square.”

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The National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center said that a storm system moving out of the western Gulf of Mexico and into the Lower Mississippi Valley will bring heavy rain through Alabama and Georgia that could create flash flooding in some areas.

As the storm system moves east on Monday, rain will push into the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain is expected, and may be enhanced in some areas by thunderstorms.

“This could spell a rather wet though mild New Year’s Eve by midnight for partygoers in the Northeast,” the NWS said.

The forecast for conditions across the country at midnight on New Year's Day, as revelers are ringing in 2019.

The forecast for conditions across the country at midnight on New Year’s Day, as revelers are ringing in 2019. (National Weather Service)

That would be in stark contrast to last year, when the ball dropped in Times Square and the temperature was around 10 degrees with a real-feel temperature of -5 degrees.

Cornish said Sunday that temperatures will be around 45 degrees when the ball drops, but it’ll be very wet.

“It’s tough to over prepare for several hours standing in the rain,” he said.

Farther south, the NWS said that much of Florida will remain protected from the rainfall to the north, which will allow temperatures to rise to near-record highs for the end of December in low to mid 80s.

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While the East Coast will be rather wet, locations out West will be dealing with colder precipitation.

Cornish said that “substantial snow” is in the forecast for places like Albuquerque, N.M. The NWS Albuquerque’s office said that widespread snow, wind, blowing snow, freezing fog, low visibility, and major travel impacts expected from Monday into New Year’s Day.

After the storm moves out, “extreme cold” is expected to impact the region.

Light snow is also expected to spread eastward on Monday across the Dakotas into Minnesota along the arctic boundary.

British banknotes must feature an ethnic minority, actors demand

The Bank of England is deciding who should feature on its new plastic £50 note.

The Bank of England is deciding who should feature on its new plastic £50 note.

London (CNN)“Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan and David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma,” are among the 220 campaigners and actors calling for a historic figure from an ethnic minority background to feature on Britain’s next banknote.

This comes as the Bank of England decides who should feature on its new plastic £50 note. In a November press conference, Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney said the note would celebrate UK’s scientific achievements and called for nominations that would “celebrate the diversity of UK society and highlight the contributions of its greatest citizens.”
In spite of ethnic minority communities representing 14% of the British population “no one from an ethnic minority has yet featured on a banknote,” campaigners wrote in the letter published in the Sunday Times.
“We do not lack candidates, and arguably their achievements were the greater for having been made at a time when many careers and were effectively closed to them through colonial rules, racism or the legacy of slavery,” the letter added.
    “Changing this would send a message that the contribution of ethnic minorities to Britain’s history, culture and economy is recognized and valued.”
    David Oyelowo is among those calling for a historic figure from an ethnic minority background to be on the £50 note.

    David Oyelowo is among those calling for a historic figure from an ethnic minority background to be on the £50 note.

    Signatories include actors Meera Syal, Adrian Lestor and Sanjeev Bhaskar, and former equalities chief Trevor Phillips.
    Nominations for the new banknote closed on December 14. British banknotes do not include fictional characters of people who are still living — the Queen is the only exception.
    The Bank of England said it has received 174,112 nominations by the end of November and released a list of more than 800 nominees — which include Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole, first computer programmer Ada Lovelace, Indian physicist and physiologist Jagadish Chandra Bose and Stephen Hawking.
      The announcement comes more than two years after former US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced in 2016 that Harriet Tubman would become the first black woman to grace American paper currency, and the first woman in more than 100 years.
      Current US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in January that the department has still not decided whether to have the black abolitionist hero replace President Andrew Jackson on the $ 20 bill.

      Carnival Cruise Line’s new ship will feature ‘first roller coaster at sea’

      The largest Carnival Cruise Line ship ever constructed will also feature the industry’s first-ever roller coaster at sea when it debuts in 2020, the cruise line announced Thursday.

      Carnival’s highly anticipated Mardi Gras will feature BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster, an open-air thrill ride encompassing hundreds of feet of twists, turns and drops that riders will experience at speeds of up to 40 mph.

      Developed by Munich-based Maurer Rides, the all-electric roller coaster will race along the track nearly 190 feet above sea level, providing riders with dramatic 360-degree views of the ship’s surroundings.

      Utilizing a motorcycle-like vehicle carrying up to two riders at a time, BOLT will launch guests around the nearly 800-foot-long track, which will culminate with a hairpin turn around the ship’s iconic funnel.

      Perhaps the coolest part is that guests will be able to select their own speed (via a gas pedal), which will then be posted after the race. Riders will also have their photo taken during the ride.

      “Mardi Gras will be our most innovative ship ever with some truly special features and attractions, highlighted by BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea,” Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said in a statement. “BOLT will continue the tradition of Carnival providing exciting new ways for our guests to ‘Choose Fun.’ We are so thrilled to introduce this one-of-a-kind, game-changing, exhilarating attraction — our guests are going to love it.”

      Once launched, Mardi Gras will be based in Port Canaveral, Fla.

      Carnival plans to reveal itinerary information early next month and additional details regarding its features over the course of 2019. A second XL-class ship will start construction in 2020 and be delivered in 2022 to mark the cruise line’s 50th anniversary.

      This article originally appeared on TravelPulse as “Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras to Feature First-Ever Roller Coaster at Sea.”

      Carnival Cruise Line’s new ship will feature ‘first roller coaster at sea’

      The largest Carnival Cruise Line ship ever constructed will also feature the industry’s first-ever roller coaster at sea when it debuts in 2020, the cruise line announced Thursday.

      Carnival’s highly anticipated Mardi Gras will feature BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster, an open-air thrill ride encompassing hundreds of feet of twists, turns and drops that riders will experience at speeds of up to 40 mph.

      Developed by Munich-based Maurer Rides, the all-electric roller coaster will race along the track nearly 190 feet above sea level, providing riders with dramatic 360-degree views of the ship’s surroundings.

      Developed by Munich-based Maurer Rides, the all-electric roller coaster will race along the track nearly 190 feet above sea level, providing riders with dramatic 360-degree views of the ship's surroundings.

      Developed by Munich-based Maurer Rides, the all-electric roller coaster will race along the track nearly 190 feet above sea level, providing riders with dramatic 360-degree views of the ship’s surroundings. (Carnival Cruise Line)

      "Mardi Gras will be our most innovative ship ever with some truly special features and attractions, highlighted by BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea."

      “Mardi Gras will be our most innovative ship ever with some truly special features and attractions, highlighted by BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea.” (Carnival Cruise Line)

      Utilizing a motorcycle-like vehicle carrying up to two riders at a time, BOLT will launch guests around the nearly 800-foot-long track, which will culminate with a hairpin turn around the ship’s iconic funnel.

      Perhaps the coolest part is that guests will be able to select their own speed (via a gas pedal), which will then be posted after the race. Riders will also have their photo taken during the ride.

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      “Mardi Gras will be our most innovative ship ever with some truly special features and attractions, highlighted by BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea,” Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said in a statement. “BOLT will continue the tradition of Carnival providing exciting new ways for our guests to ‘Choose Fun.’ We are so thrilled to introduce this one-of-a-kind, game-changing, exhilarating attraction — our guests are going to love it.”

      Once launched, Mardi Gras will be based in Port Canaveral, Fla.

      Carnival plans to reveal itinerary information early next month and additional details regarding its features over the course of 2019. A second XL-class ship will start construction in 2020 and be delivered in 2022 to mark the cruise line’s 50th anniversary.

      This story was originally published by TravelPulse.