The Morning After: Twitter’s edit button is real

Twitter has been reluctant to announce that it will make an edit button available to users, but not for a while. First it will be tested by the platform’s staff, then it will be slowly rolled out to paying customers who subscribe to Twitter Blue. After nearly two decades, the addition of such a fundamental feature is likely to astound non-tweeters around the world. But Twitter’s attention has always been out of proportion to its reach, largely because of the number of journalists who use (or use) it. That said, it doesn’t feel like adding an edit button will help speed up signups on a platform that seems to have hit its natural ceiling long ago.

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It’s bigger, faster and more practical, but still expensive.

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Lenovo broke new ground with the ThinkPad X1 Fold as the first laptop with a flexible OLED display, but that was the only really great thing about it. Thankfully, Lenovo quickly learns from its mistakes, and the second generation of the Fold is bigger, better, and a lot easier to use. Our Sam Rutherford got to spend some time with a pre-production version of the new device – and he really likes it. He said the larger display, better keyboard and beefier interior all add up to a machine that, while still incredibly expensive, could justify some of that cost.

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Make these young minds work hard.

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There is no better way to give your child the tools to thrive in our modern world than by teaching them the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math. (Well, there is, but you can’t order a billion-dollar trust fund and luxury education for $9.99 off Amazon.) For our back-to-school guide, we’ve rounded up some cool toys that will make yours Helping kids learn the basics of coding, design, engineering, electronics and everything in between. Plus, they’re just as much fun for adults as they are for kids.

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USB 4 (version 2.0) will reach speeds of up to 80 Gbit/s.

The people behind USB are getting ready to talk about the updated version of the USB 4.0 standard. And the big news is that speeds will jump from 40Gbps to up to 80Gbps over a USB-C port. Faster speeds are great and all, but what’s really exciting is that the new plans will also double the performance on existing passive 40Gbps USB-C cables, where compatible.

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It wants to reduce e-waste by making sure we can fix our phones.

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The European Union has set itself the goal of tackling e-waste and has already mandated a common charger to reduce the current clutter of cords and plugs. Now the bloc is considering rules to enforce minimum repairability standards for phones and tablets. One of the key suggestions is to ensure users can replace the display, battery, SIM tray, and back cover for at least five years after purchase. It won’t materialize into anything real just yet, but it shows the bloc’s commitment to driving better environmental practices in the tech industry.

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Musk’s company can take advantage of Boeing’s pitfalls.

NASA has awarded SpaceX an additional five astronaut missions as it secures launch capacity to keep the ISS manned through 2030. That’s good for Elon Musk and his staff, and another blow to Boeing, which is struggling to get its own crew capsule ready to fly. The deal brings the amount of cash NASA has handed over to SpaceX to nearly $5 billion as Boeing scrambles to complete its first manned test flight of Starliner for 2023.

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