Apple is having an event later this week, and you won't be surprised to hear that it's finally going to update the poor, neglected MacBook Pro. But rumors have suggested we're getting three new computers rather than one, and new trademark filings from Russia appear to confirm that. French site Consomac found documents from the Euraisan Economic Commission (EEC), the FCC equivalent for Russia and surrounding nations. The documents appear to show that Apple has received permission to sell three new portable computers, models A1706, A1707, and A1708. DON'T MISS: Apple insider provides some tantalizing details about Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pro Details are nonexistent apart from those model numbers, but the real information here is the three new models of laptop. Hopefully, that means new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros, and (fingers crossed) a new MacBook Air. Screenshot via Consomac It's also very possible that we'll see an updated Retina MacBook, although that would be a fast refresh for a laptop that was already updated earlier this year. Apart from the model numbers, we also learned that the new laptops are running the latest version of macOS. That's not exactly a surprise, but it does confirm that these are new laptops, and not a weird new iPad made specially for Russia. While details on a new MacBook Air are virtually nonexistent, we do have a very good idea of what the new MacBook Pro will look like. The function keys will apparently be replaced by a touchscreen OLED strip, which will offer different functions depending on what app you're in. Supoort for always-on Hey Siri and a Touch ID sensor is also possible. Other than the new features, you can also expect the updated MacBook Pros to be a little thinner and a little lighter than current versions. With updates to graphics technology, a discrete GPU in the 13-inch Pro could also be an option at a higher price point. Microsoft's year-old Surface Book manages to fit a discrete GPU in a convertible laptop that's thinner than the current 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Apple doesn't like losing spec wars that badly.
Apple on Monday released iOS 10.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The new update marks the end of an abnormally long beta period for a relatively minor update, but there was a good reason Apple went through five different developer beta versions of its latest mobile software build. The star feature, Portrait Mode for the iPhone 7 Plus, had to be thoroughly tested to ensure that it was ready for primetime. And as we saw on Monday in samples captured by a professional portrait photographer , it is definitely ready for primetime. DON'T MISS: Report claims iPhone 8 will feature a revolutionary new design that no one saw coming Portrait Mode is a new feature enabled by the dual cameras on the back of the iPhone 7 Plus. By combining the main 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with a secondary telephoto lens, the device is able to add a bokeh effect behind the subject of a photo that mimics the background blurring you would see in a portrait captured by a DSLR camera. The results are stunning . iOS 10.1 also includes a number of other new features as well as bug fixes and refinements that impact all devices, not just the iPhone 7 Plus. The update is available immediately as an over the air (OTA) update or as a download that can be installed by connecting your iOS devices to a computer using iTunes.
Welcome to the start of another busy week, which is made worse by the fact that the last stretch of warm weather in many areas came to an abrupt end over the weekend. The good news is we've got just what you need to cheer you up: A new post packed full of paid iPhone and iPad apps that are currently on sale for free. DON'T MISS: Insane new iPhone 8 design that no one saw coming may have just been revealed These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Thyra Normally $0.99. Thyra is the premier way to create beautiful photos in seconds. 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Jack Vs Ninjas is a stunning action shooting game that’s easy to play with superb graphics and is currently FREE … karate chop! ... oh yeah, did we mention the Giant Panda? Jack is a 10 year old boy who lives in a quiet sleepy town. He’s always unknowingly creating epic adventures through his imagination. Jack loves adventures and he is never without his cowboy hat and trusty laser gun, the “Small Fry 3000”. In this adventure Jack is imagining fighting his arch enemy, the evil Papa Ninja. Papa Ninja is trying to take over the world, as usual, with his army of trained Ninja assassins and Jack must stop them! Everybody knows Ninjas are agile, stealthy and deadly so you’ll have to use fast reflexes and accuracy to beat them all. But beware of the ultimate boss, Papa Ninja, who rides a Giant Panda… the two combined will take all of your expertise to overcome. So, what are you waiting for? Help Jack zap the Ninjas and beat the evil Papa Ninja, it would be rude not to. 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Your notes are seamlessly synced to all your devices, and are available for offline viewing and editing. The drawing engine works in real time, which means that every stroke you make appears on all your connected devices instantly. Trust us, it's awesome :). So next time you have a stroke of genius or a concept that you need to sketch out, give Nanotech Notes a try! Download Nanotech Notes ReliCam Normally $0.99. Focus. You Control ReliCam, the Manual Photo & Video Camera App made with photographers in mind. ReliCam gives you Manual Controls to take advantage of your device's camera for Photos and Video including: Focus | ISO | Shutter Speed | Zoom* Other features include: Grid Lines Heads-Up Display Fine Tuning Control Sharing ReliCam Remote for Apple Watch lets you use your Watch as your device's camera trigger. * (Zoom available for iPhone). We'd love to hear from you to help make ReliCam better, please give us feedback by writing a review and rating ReliCam here on the App Store. 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Hackers yesterday attacked Dyn, a major DNS service, with an absolutely massive DDoS attack that swiftly took a number of popular services, including Twitter, PayPal and Spotify, offline. While DDoS attacks are nothing new in and of themselves, there are two aspects to yesterday's widespread assault on the Internet that are particularly intriguing. One, the scale and effectiveness of yesterday's DDoS attack was impressive and brutal. All the more so because just when Dyn had seemingly addressed the issue, the actors behind the attack would launch another deluge of garbage requests. Two, the malware behind yesterday's DDoS attack was effectively a botnet comprised of millions of Internet connected devices, from DVRs and routers to CCTV cameras. In other words, yesterday's attack saw our vaunted Internet of Things turned against us in an unprecedented way. DON'T MISS: Everything we know about Apple’s exciting next-gen MacBook Pro Security researcher Brian Krebs has been monitoring the situation closely and notes that the attack was orchestrated by the Mirai malware. You might recall that Mirai's source code was released just a few weeks ago. Krebs details how Mirai works and why it's so effective. Mirai scours the Web for IoT devices protected by little more than factory-default usernames and passwords, and then enlists the devices in attacks that hurl junk traffic at an online target until it can no longer accommodate legitimate visitors or users. According to researchers at security firm Flashpoint, today’s attack was launched at least in part by a Mirai-based botnet. Allison Nixon, director of research at Flashpoint, said the botnet used in today’s ongoing attack is built on the backs of hacked IoT devices — mainly compromised digital video recorders (DVRs) and IP cameras made by a Chinese hi-tech company called XiongMai Technologies. The components that XiongMai makes are sold downstream to vendors who then use it in their own products. According to Dyn, the incident was officially resolved as of yesterday evening. Developing...
Apple's iOS 10 software has been available for a while now. In fact, the latest version of Apple's popular mobile platform is already installed on more than two-thirds of all active iOS devices in the world , and we're likely less than a week away from seeing the next major build, iOS 10.1, released to the public . Tens of millions of people use iOS 10 each day, and yet Apple added so many new features to the platform that many people miss things they would actually benefit from a great deal. Among the new features that often go unnoticed by many is the option to control iMessage read receipts on a per-contact basis. That's right, you can stop specific contacts from knowing when or even if you read their messages. In this post, we'll tell you exactly how to do it. DON'T MISS: iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel speed tests: Closer, but Android was still crushed in the end Everyone knows that you can enable or disable read receipts across the board by opening the Settings app and toggling read receipts on or off from within the Messages menu. Most people want to leave them on, but there are always a few contacts who send you messages and you don't want them to know if and when you've read them. This is one of those iPhone and iPad features where, once you find out how easy it is, you want to kick yourself for not having noticed it before. Here's all you need to do: From within the Messages app, open a conversation with the contact in question Tap the "i" in the top-right corner On that screen, you'll see a setting for "Send Read Receipts" — toggle it to off That's it. This setting will override your global setting and this specific contact will no longer know when you open his or her messages.
It feels like 1,000 years since Tim Cook stood on stage an announced that Apple was selling a gold-plated smartwatch for $15,000. At the time, it was difficult to say if this was a sensible move or just one involving "courage," because no one had tried to sell a small wrist computer for that much before. Two years later, the normal-human Apple Watch is doing surprisingly well , exceeding expectations by being the best-selling smartwatch in its category. The $15,000 gold Apple Watch Edition? Well, it's been discontinued, and now its fancy Paris flagship store is closing. DON'T MISS: Everything we expect Apple to announce next week that isn’t a Mac As Mac4Ever discovered , the dedicated Apple Watch boutique in Galeries Lafayette, a famous shopping center in Paris, is going to be closed down. The report cites dwindling sales figures and a "change in focus" as the reasons for killing off the picture-perfect store. The boutique is expected to close in January next year. There's two similar boutiques in Tokyo and London, and the future of those is said to be undecided. You can also see the shift in focus from the current Apple Watch lineup. When Apple debuted the Watch Series 2 last month, they Apple Watch Edition underwent a conspicuous change. The $15,000 gold-plated version isn't sold any more, and instead the Apple Watch Edition is wrapped in ceramic, and costs a much more palatable $2,000. Now, $2,000 is what you should spend on a laptop, not a smartwatch. But it put the top-end Apple wearable far closer to the rest of the company's lineup. It's possible to see someone who owns several $10,000 watches splurging on a ceramic Apple Watch Edition. It's far harder to see many people making their most expensive watch a gadget that will be out of date in a few years' time.
We've got one last list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free to share with you this week, and it's a good one. Well, it's not quite as impressive as yesterday's list since so many awesome apps went on sale on Thursday, but you can still grab a few of them without paying if you head back to that post to check them out. If you want a fresh batch of apps, you'll find it below. MUST SEE: iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel speed tests: Closer, but Android was still crushed in the end These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. 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Authorities in Philadelphia will station prosecutors throughout the city on election day to respond to any reports of voter intimidation or other illegal activity after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claimed that polling might be "rigged" in this mostly minority city. Philadelphia is one of many U.S. municipalities wrestling with how to respond to Trump's call for supporters to "watch" polling places, and corresponding promises from civil rights groups that they will send their own backers to the polls. "All of our election judges will be provided with cell phones that have direct access to the district attorney's office of Philadelphia," said Tim Dowling, chief deputy to City Commissioner Lisa Deeley.
We've got a great batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for you today, and you'll want to hurry and check them out before these sales end. There are also still a few freebies in yesterday's post as well, so be sure to go back and check those out. MUST SEE: These 5 insanely thin iPhone 7 cases are perfect for people who hate iPhone cases These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Point Normally $0.99. 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In 2013, Microsoft paid the NFL $400 million for a 5-year deal to equip NFL teams with Surface tablets. And leaving no room for Apple's iPad to sneak into the mix, Microsoft's Surface was publicly dubbed the "Official Tablet of the NFL." Three years after Microsoft and the NFL signed on the dotted line, the most revered coach in the NFL -- and perhaps in NFL history -- has had enough with Microsoft. Bill Belichick is usually pretty restrained when talking to the press, but when asked about his recent decision to kick the Microsoft Surface to the curb, he seemingly turned into a different person. DON'T MISS: Apple needs to make this custom ‘matte white’ iPhone a reality. Now. Not one to mince words, Belichick unleashed on Microsoft's Surface in particular and on technology in general. "As you probably noticed, I'm done with tablets," Belichick said. "They're just too undependable for me. They’re too undependable for me. I’m going to stick with pictures, which several of our other coaches do, as well, because there just isn’t enough consistency in the performance of the tablets. I just can’t take it anymore. "There are very few games where there aren’t issues in some form or fashion with that equipment,” Belichick added... "I'm done with tablets. I'll use the paper pictures from here on, because I just have given it my best shot. I've tried to work through the process. But it just doesn't work for me, and that's because there's no consistency to it." The full text of Belichick's delightfully rambling answer can be viewed below. https://twitter.com/ZackCoxNESN/status/788411998006603776
There's a bad trend going around the mobile industry right now of describing a plan as "unlimited", and then going to specify three paragraphs of limits. Sprint is not the only network guilty of this, but it's certainly doubling down on its "unlimited" plans. The latest addition to the family is a new Unlimited tablet plan , which offers unlimited data for a tablet for $20 per month. Sounds fantastic, right? Wrong. DON'T MISS: Apple might actually give us a new MacBook Air First off, the unlimited data is subject to the same restrictions as Sprint's unlimited phone plans. Video streams are capped at 480p (standard definition), music is capped at 500kbps, gaming is capped at 2 megabits, and you've got 5GB of data to use on personal hotspots or VPNs. Given that most people buy internet-connected tablets to use as a) personal hotspots, and b) watch movies, this seems like quite a lot of limitations. Sure, you just spent $800 plus tax to buy a fancy iPad with a fancy Retina screen to watch HD movies, but I'm sure you'll be totally fine with watching the SD version of everything on Netflix, right? And it's not like you were planning on doing any work on your laptop today, I'm sure the data cap on tethering data is also just fine. That's the limits on the data use, but what about that too-good-to-be-true price? Well, in order to get the sorta-unlimited data for $20 per month, you need to: Buy the tablet from Sprint Be a Sprint customer with at least one other phone line Enrol in AutoPay for your Sprint account So, you either have to buy a brand-new tablet from Sprint for an upfront cost, or use Sprint's financing options to spread the cost out over a few years, so you're more deeply ensnared in Sprint's ecosystem. Oh, and your phone has to be on Sprint's sucky network as well. As I said above, Sprint is not the only network guilty of abusing the term "unlimited". But it is taking liberties with marketing to a particular new kind of extreme.
Maybe you just bought a shiny new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and you don't like the idea of not being able to charge your smartphone while you listen to music. Maybe you have some other phone and you want to upgrade to wireless headphones, but you love the look, sound and fit of your current model. Whatever the case, you're in luck because the Mpow Streambot Bluetooth Receiver Adapter is a tiny gadget that can add Bluetooth to any headphones (or car), and it's on sale on Amazon right now for just $17. Some key details: BLUETOOTH 4.0 TECHNOLOGY: Full-speed transmission and low power consumption give flawlessly crystal-clear sound. Turn your normal stereo audio device into a Bluetooth-enabled one. GREAT FUNCTIONALITY: You can answer phone calls or control music on the receiver. Change volume, play/pause/skip music, answer calls, redial the last called number with ease. WIDE COMPATIBILITY: Compatible with nearly any Bluetooth enabled devices like smartphone, MP3, tablet, etc, ideal for home or car audio systems. DOUBLE-LINK & LONG PLAY TIME: Connect two Bluetooth devices at once, with a range up to 33 feet in open space. Built-in battery provides up to 10 hours to play and talk, 120 hours to standby, only takes 1.5 hours to fully charge it. EASY TO USE: Plug the Bluetooth Receiver into your stereo speaker or car audio system via the 3.5mm audio connector, and then pair it with any Bluetooth enabled devices. After that, just enjoy music. With a 4.4-star rating from more than 5,000 customer reviews, you can rest assured that the Mpow Streambot Bluetooth Receiver Adapter delivers a high-quality experience despite it's low price.
If you're only using Alexa on your Amazon Echo or other compatible speakers to answer random questions and check on the status of your Amazon orders, you are totally missing out. Alexa is also compatible with a wide range of smart home devices, which means you can control all the gadgets and gizmos in your house with nothing but your voice. Check out the D-Link DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plug + Energy Monitoring Outlet , which lets you control anything that needs to be plugged into the wall using Alexa as well as any iPhone or Android device. Some key details: Turn devices on or off from your smartphone or tablet from anywhere and monitor energy use to save money on your next bill Create on/off schedules for your devices Easy setup. Designed to work with existing Wi-Fi networks (no additional hub required) Use with other mydlink Home devices and the free mydlink Home app to create a smarter, more secure and more aware home Works with any smartphone or tablet running Android 4.1 or higher or iOS 7.0 and higher Electrical rating of 120V/15A/60Hz/1800W (for indoor use) Compatible with Amazon Echo (sold separately) for hands-free voice control IFTTT compatible - Pair with any IFTTT enabled product or app to connect your Wi-Fi Smart Plug to the world in fun and useful ways The D-Link DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plug + Energy Monitoring Outlet can cost as much as $42, but this week it's on sale on Amazon for just $29.99.
By Georgina Prodhan FRANKFURT (Reuters) - David Hockney presented the largest book ever devoted to his art on Tuesday, a limited-edition volume costing $2,500 that spans more than 60 years of work by one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. "David Hockney: A Bigger Book" - a collaboration with publisher Taschen - weighs 35 kg (77 pounds), measures 50 by 70 cm (20 by 28 inches) when closed and comes with its own custom-made stand. Hockney, 79, at the opening news conference of the Frankfurt Book Fair, spoke however of his new-found passion for drawing on the Apple iPad, and before that the iPhone.
The reviews are in and to say opinions are split could be the understatement of the year. Most smartphones see first-run reviews that are generally pretty similar across the board; bloggers and technology journalists either like a phone for the most part, or dislike a phone for the most part. In the case of Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones though, early reviews appear to be on opposite ends of the spectrum — gadget reviewers either really like Google's first self-designed smartphones or the really, really dislike the phones. Google's new Android 7.1 Nougat software offers plenty of great features and Google Assistant is also well-liked thus far. That leaves the Pixel and Pixel XL's hardware as the only real question, so let's see what early reviews had to say. MUST READ: A month with the iPhone 7 Engadget Engadget called the design "yawn-inducing," but was among the more timid sites when discussing the phones' design. After years of experimenting with Nexus devices, Google finally decided it wanted to make a phone of its own. HTC might be assembling the phones, but Google designed and developed the Pixel from end-to-end. In doing so, it crafted a truly great smartphone that sadly looks a little dull. Still, the inclusion of a speedy new Snapdragon 821 chipset and a fantastic camera make the smaller Pixel a device to be reckoned with. Now, if only it were a little cheaper. Read the full review . Gizmodo Gizmodo, as usual, was less gentle in its assessment of Google's design. The site called Google's Pixel and Pixel XL "too dumb and ugly to replace your iPhone." Apart from issues with the design, Gizmodo wasn't always impressed with Google Assistant either. I was particularly disappointed with Google Assistant because it’s such a promising concept. Google is moving attention away from the search bar more than ever. Instead, the company wants you to “Google” by using the messaging app Allo or voice search in Google Assistant. Ultimately, the Pixel and Pixel XL are gateways for feeding the Google brain more information about yourself. As Google’s AI gets smarter, the Assistant will become more helpful. While some people might find this creepy, I think the idea is exciting, and it’s a letdown that the tech isn’t there yet. Read the full review . The New York Times Remember how much Google hyped up its camera during the Pixel unveiling. Well NYT called it "mediocre." Like pretty much every handset maker, Google proclaims Pixel’s camera to be the best on the market. Its rear camera has a 12.3-megapixel sensor, similar to the iPhone 7’s 12-megapixel sensor. So I took photos with the Pixel and compared them with shots taken with the iPhone 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy S7. All the cameras took clear, visually appealing photographs with rich details, but there were major differences in color, even without any filters applied. The photos taken with the Pixel looked colder — they appeared to exaggerate cyans and magentas. The ones taken with the iPhone looked more vivid, though they appeared to slightly bump up yellows to make photos look warmer. The color in pictures taken with the Samsung phone looked oversaturated and unnatural. Read the full review . Ars Technica Ars Technica called Google's hardware "uninspired," but had plenty of nice things to say about the software. The Pixels' aluminum unibody design does make them feel like products that belong in the $650-$750 range. Things get a little strange on the back, though, where another Gorilla Glass 4 panel at the top of the phone surrounds the rear camera and fingerprint reader. The glass panel is the device's unique design decision, but adding more glass to a phone isn't necessarily a positive. While the two-thirds metal back is easily superior to an all-glass Samsung phone, it's a step below the all-metal backs you'd get from Apple or HTC. It's not clear what the reason is for the glass back panel, either. It might let signals in and out of the device—but the bottom of the phone still has antenna lines. And there's no wireless charging or other features that might obviously justify the need for more glass. The design screams for attention, since the glass is never the same color as the surrounding metal, but at least there's no camera bump. The back is totally flat, allowing the phone to sit on a desk without a hint of wobble. This is probably thanks to the phone's wedge shape—it's 0.8mm thicker at the top than at the bottom. Read the full review . CNET CNET had good things to say, but basically boiled it down to sure, buy one if you don't want a Samsung phone or an iPhone . As you can tell from its name, Google makes a big deal about the Pixel's camera, and it is superb. It takes even better shots than the already stellar iPhone 7 Plus, which I consider to be the reigning champion of camera phones. If you want the full scoop on how these two compare, check out CNET's feature, Google Pixel vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Which camera is better? The camera is fast, images are in focus and colors look vibrant. Close-up shots appear especially sharp and refined. Landscape scenes retain an impressive amount of detail and depth, even with objects that are far away. Read the full review . The Wall Street Journal WSJ is in love, calling the Pixel "the Android iPhone you've been waiting for." Android people, please step forward. Good news! Your next phone-buying decision just got a heck of a lot easier. The Google Pixel is now the best Android smartphone you can buy. The other leading contender was disqualified due to spontaneous combustion. iPhone people, it’s your turn. Ask yourself: Why do I have an iPhone? Is it because of its software, services and privacy policies? Or is it because it’s a very good phone for things like Google Maps, Gmail, Spotify and Facebook Messenger? If you’ve answered yes to the latter, the Pixel may be for you, too. Read the full review . The Verge The Verge... was also in love, calling the phone a "home run." This is Google's first phone, and for a first effort it is remarkably good. By almost every metric I can think of — speed, power, camera, smart assistant, you name it — it matches or exceeds the best phones available on the market today. And though the design is far from groundbreaking, it’s certainly approachable. The whole package is pretty incredible, and if you're not put off by the premium price, you'll be very happy with this premium phone. I prefer the XL, which isn't huge and seems to get notably better battery life. When I've shown the Pixel to iPhone users over the last week and a half, a bunch of them expressed interest in switching. That is a very good sign for Google. And yet I always asked the exact same questions: "Do you use iMessage a lot? How about group conversations?" The answer was inevitably "yes" and the light dimmed from their eyes a bit. In the US, at least, the Apple ecosystem platform lock-in is real and a big hurdle to jump. Read the full review .
Computer security legend John McAfee’s social accounts have been racking up the retweets, likes and shares in recent days after he posted an image of what appears to be Pornhub running on the display of a smart refrigerator. His tweet accompanying the image was ominous. “The IoT … do you believe me now?” reads part of what he wrote about the porn fridge. https://twitter.com/officialmcafee/status/782724362034118656 It was typical McAfee, but also reflective of the colorful headline-maker’s reinvention of himself a few times over in recent years. He now leads a public company called MGT Capital Investments . MGT’s website says the firm -- which includes Atari founder Nolan Bushnell on its board -- “is positioned to address various cyber threats through advanced protection technologies for mobile and personal tech devices, including tablets and smart phones.” McAfee himself -- as his tweet shows -- is also something of a professional Cassandra, especially when it comes to the exploding Internet of Things market. He was in Beijing in August to keynote the China Internet Security Conference to warn about security around IoT devices. That was before, of course, developments like the DDoS attack powered by a massive IoT botnet that targeted security journalist Brian Krebs’ website. A few days ago, Krebs himself reported that the European Commission is drafting new rules to improve security around IoT devices. All of which helps explain why, minutes before the second presidential debate was set to begin on Oct. 9, McAfee was insisting in an interview with BGR that none of us completely understands the implications of what he warns are gaping security holes inherent in IoT products. Oh, and that he thinks the space is “a hacker’s wet dream.” “We’re approaching a situation where we won’t have the resources to stop, prevent or recover from the potential damage coming down this pike,” McAfee said. If that’s true, what will it take to make people think twice about filing their homes with smart thermostats, refrigerators, lightbulbs and the like? “Basically, a catastrophe,” McAfee said. “When it was about entering World War II, what did that take? The annihilation of America’s Pacific fleet. We’re people. We’re lazy. We’re indolent. We just think the best is going to happen - and if the worst happens, someone will take care of me. But they won’t. Not this time.” Well. The warnings certainly don’t seem to be slowing down the expansion of the space. German software giant SAP said at the end of September it plans to spend the equivalent of $2.2 billion on IoT products by the end of 2020. Same with Samsung, which earlier this year said it would invest $1.2 billion in IoT. “The fundamental problem is that the device manufacturers, whether they be safes or refrigerators or toasters or thermostats or lawn sprinklers or what have you - the vertical space is well-understood by the manufacturer, else they wouldn’t be in business,” McAfee said. “But what do they know about computer security? You have to ask yourself this. Probably nothing. Because with their skill set and employees and departments, what experience do they have in terms of building intelligence into their device to make it secure for us? They have none. What most manufacturers do is buy off the shelf hardware and off the shelf software. Meaning, you buy hardware and software which has had many years of exposure to hacking.” Those warnings, of course, urge caution about a space that's increasingly being recognized for the new degrees of convenience and utility it brings. It’s certainly cool to be able to monitor a live camera feed of your home on your phone while you’re away. Or to control something like your home’s thermostat from a smartphone. Recent weeks, meanwhile, have also seen something of an uptick in the volume of commentary offering similarly pointed warnings about the proliferation of connected devices and the ubiquity of IoT. Cory Doctorow, for example, laments the inevitability of a future when ordinary people will interact with “hundreds, then thousands, then tens of thousands of computers every day.” Most of those interactions will be, he says, in the form of glances and quick moments - fleeting encounters with devices that often lack some sort of user interface similar to that of a PC or smartphone. “The economics of the IoT mean that it will remain insecure unless government steps in to fix the problem,” computer security expert Bruce Schneier writes . “This is a market failure that can't get fixed on its own. “Our computers and smartphones are as secure as they are because there are teams of security engineers working on the problem … This isn't true of embedded systems like digital video recorders or home routers. Those systems are sold at a much lower margin, and are often built by offshore third parties. The companies involved simply don't have the expertise to make them secure. Even worse, most of these devices don't have any way to be patched.” Schneier says the government needs to step in to set standards and mandate fixes. McAfee thinks the only answer can come from upstart entrepreneurs untethered to legacy business models. Coverage of him over the past year or so has certainly turned him into something of a larger-than-life caricature, or character. If he cares, he doesn’t show it. But never mind for now about his troubles in Belize; trying unsuccessfully to secure the Libertarian Party’s nomination this year; blasting the recent Showtime documentary about him; and a host of other examples. As the rest of the country watched the nasty showdown between Clinton and Trump, the gruff-voiced McAfee was focused on one thing -- warning of the crisis he’s sure will come, eventually. It will be a digital “Pearl Harbor,” he insists, lamenting that maybe then, everyone will get the message.
Take a few moments before reading this post to check out iStockNow , the third-party iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus inventory tracker that shows you exactly which models are currently in stock at any Apple store in the world. One month later, a quick check of stores in my area paints a familiar picture. At the Apple store in the World Trade Center, nearly every iPhone 7 model was in stock on Monday morning when I checked. Meanwhile, only one single iPhone 7 Plus model was available for purchase. Moving slightly north to the SoHo Apple store showed four iPhone 7 Plus models in stock compared to 57 different available versions of the iPhone 7. The Upper West Side Apple store had four 7 Plus models in stock, the Grand Central store didn't have any, and the iconic Fifth Avenue store had two models available to sell. It has been one month and one day since Apple first released the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the United States, and yet it's still next to impossible to walk into an Apple store and buy the 7 Plus model you want. DON'T MISS: Review: What it’s like to use the most innovative laptop of 2016 In the month I've spent with Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, two things have become increasingly apparent to me. The first is that these are Apple's best ever iPhones in far more ways than I thought they would be. The second is that the iPhone 7 Plus is now the iPhone . I'll elaborate briefly on the first revelation before diving into the second. Leading up to Apple's big iPhone 7 unveiling last month, the talk among gadget bloggers was that Apple's new iPhones for 2016 were going to be "boring." Dozens and dozens of leaks showed that the new models would look almost exactly like last years iPhones. This was troubling of course, because last year's iPhones looked exactly like 2014's iPhones. So bloggers judged a book by its cover and the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were labeled as boring updates. Then the phones were actually unveiled. It was immediately apparent that the iPhone 7 duo were not, in fact, boring. These new phones were the most powerful smartphones the world had ever seen by a ridiculously wide margin. They had better displays that were called "visually indistinguishable from perfect" by a leading display expert . They packed class-leading cameras that were a huge improvement over last year's camera, which was already one of the best in the business. And the 7 Plus sported a second rear camera that included a telephoto lens, enabling optical zoom and a nifty bokeh effect to mimic DSLR camera. Most impressively, perhaps, was the fact that the new iPhones delivered on all of the promises Apple made when the company unveiled them. The power, the performance, the cameras... it was all very impressive. Add on two sleek new color options to freshen up the look of the phones, and you've got a pair of winners on your hands. But something else became apparent as well, and I've spent a good amount of time over the past month thinking about it: the iPhone 7 Plus is now the real iPhone. Both flagship iPhone models are fantastic phones, but only one offers the full iPhone experience as Apple envisions it. I knew long before Apple's latest iPhones were released that 2016 would be the year I finally gave up my comfortable, manageable iPhone model for a Plus. Apple's insistence on keeping the iPhone design slim means that its phones will always be sleek and attractive, but it also means it simply cannot fit all the technology it wants to into the smaller model. As a result, this year's 4.7-inch iPhone did not get Apple's new dual lens camera or the extra gigabyte of RAM iPhone 7 Plus users enjoy. Beyond the new advantages the iPhone 7 Plus has over its smaller counterpart, earlier advantages also remain. The Plus model's 1080p display offers a much better viewing experience than the 720p screen on the smaller iPhone, and the difference in battery life is of course still huge. Users are lucky if the iPhone 7 lasts even 12 hours per charge on a busy day. Meanwhile, the larger iPhone 7 Plus battery can easily go 24 or even 36 hours before needing to be recharged. Long story short, the iPhone 7 offers a compromised user experience. It's not a bad experience per se, especially when taken as a whole and measured against smartphones from rival companies. The power, the camera, the software, the speed... most Android phones just cannot complete in these areas. But when measured against the larger iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 7 lags behind by a huge margin. So, I've had no choice but to change my habits and behavior, and adapt to the iPhone 7 Plus. I have used my smartphone with one hand quite frequently in the past, but now I cannot for the most part. Typing efficiently with one hand is next to impossible on the iPhone 7 Plus, which has definitely taken me a while to come to terms with. I did find a wonderfully slim iPhone 7 Plus case to use that protects the phone from scratches, helps a bit with grip and adds no bulk whatsoever. With this case, I can comfortably still read the news and check Twitter with one hand and I don't have to worry about dropping the phone or pulling a muscle. Of course, size is hopefully just a temporary pain point since next year's iPhone 8 Plus will reportedly see the overall size of the phone shrink while the display actually grows slightly larger. Apple will apparently achieve this by ditching the home button beneath the screen and including narrower bezels on the sides of the display. In the meantime, any problems that arise from the phone's size are worth the hassle. It's the true iPhone, and it delivers the smartphone experience Apple intended for users in 2016.
When is the last time you looked at a laptop computer and thought to yourself, "this is a truly innovative device"? For me it was more than eight years ago, but I can remember the exact date: January 15th, 2008. Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was on stage delivering a keynote at the 2008 Macworld conference, and he pulled a shockingly thin all-aluminum laptop out of a manila envelope to give the world its first ever look at the MacBook Air. It was nothing short of remarkable, and Apple’s rivals have been chasing it ever since. I’m not yet convinced that the new Yoga Book will have the same dramatic impact on the laptop computer market. Still, the day I first set eyes on Lenovo’s new hybrid device marked the first time since January 2008 that I felt I was looking at a truly innovative laptop. Lenovo first unveiled the Yoga Book in late August ahead of the annual IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany, but I had spent some time with the device a month earlier when I previewed all of Lenovo’s IFA announcements. There was plenty to take in at that meeting, but Lenovo saved the Yoga Book for last because it was clearly the most intriguing new product in the company’s holiday lineup. I have now been using a review unit for the past week, and I’ll share my experience in this post. First of all, what’s so special about the Yoga Book? In a market flush with "hybrid" devices that combine the portability of a tablet with the versatility of a laptop, the Yoga Book is an entirely new breed of device. It still fits into the hybrid category, but just barely. While a conventional hybrid combines the form factor and functionality of two devices — a laptop and a tablet — the Yoga Book combines three different devices. Maybe we should call it a "tribrid." On second thought, maybe we shouldn’t. In addition to offering the clamshell form factor of a laptop and the touchscreen experience of a tablet, the Yoga Book also sports a pen tablet, commonly referred to as a digitizer tablet or a graphics tablet. The pen tablet occupies the same physical space as the keyboard, so the device is actually two tablets joined by a unique "watchband hinge" that sandwiches them together when closed, or places them back-to-back when rotated all the way open. Using the digitizing pad and included "Real Pen" stylus, the Yoga Book is a full featured pen tablet. You can write or draw anywhere on the surface and your strokes will be recorded and displayed on the display above. The device uses Wacom Feel technology, which supports 2,048 levels of pressure as well as 100 degrees of angle detection. As an added bonus, the Real Pen can also use an actual pen nib and you can place a pad of paper on top of the digitizer. Then, as you write or draw in real ink on real paper, your strokes are also recorded and digitized by the Yoga Book. With the quick press of a touch-sensitive button near the top of the digitizing pad, the Yoga Book’s "Halo Keyboard" is illuminated. The glowing buttons look just like the keypad on old Motorola RAZR phones, but in this case it’s a full QWERTY keyboard with a trackpad. Typing on the Halo Keyboard is nothing like typing on a typical laptop keyboard for obvious reasons — it’s a capacitive surface that recognizes touch input, not actual keys as you would find on a conventional keyboard. The device does offer feedback in the form of haptic vibrations and the typical tap sounds found in Windows 10, though you can disable either or both if you so choose. I personally like the vibration feedback, though I wish the vibration intensity was adjustable. Each vibration is actually so loud that it could easily disturb people around in a quiet room. Think of the Halo Keyboard as being akin to Microsoft’s Touch Cover on its Surface tablets. It’s not quite as good as typing on a "real" keyboard, but it’s far better than typing on a virtual keyboard on a tablet’s display. It also allowed Lenovo to create a device that is far lighter than a conventional hybrid; the Yoga Book weighs just 1.5 pounds, which is less than a full-size iPad Pro that doesn’t even have a keyboard. To quickly cover some other important specs, the Yoga Book features a 2.4GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor, Intel HD 400 graphics, 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a 10.1-inch 1080p display, 64GB of internal storage as well as microSDXC support, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi AC, cellular support and an 8,500 mAh battery that Lenovo says will carry you through a full day of usage on a single charge (and I indeed found that to be the case). In the end, I found that I had a much easier time using the Yoga Book than I thought I would. My review unit ran Windows 10 — Lenovo also offers an Android version with the exact same specs — and I used the device to write this very article. Typing on the Yoga Book takes a bit of getting used to, as is the case with Microsoft’s Surface tablets and Touch Cover keyboards. But once I got comfortable with the Halo Keyboard, I found that I typed much more quickly than I do on a typical tablet display. I’m no artist, but I also had a great experience using the pen tablet with Lenovo’s stylus. The pen tablet is very sensitive, as you would expect from any device equipped with Wacom tech. I also like taking notes by hand from time to time, so the ability to place a pad on the pen tablet and have it digitize my handwriting was great. Of note, switching between the stylus tip and an actual pen cartridge is fast and easy. The cap of the stylus has a built-in removal tool and the stylus takes standard ink cartridges that can be purchased on Amazon or in any office supply store. At $499.99 for the Android version and $549.99 for the Windows 10 model, the Yoga Book is priced in line with tablets. It is a tablet, but it’s also so much more. I’m not sure this is or will ever be a mass-market device like Apple’s MacBook Air, but in my eyes it’s just as innovative as the Air, provided the user has a genuine need for a hybrid device with professional-grade pen support. Both new Yoga Book models go on sale beginning Monday, October 17th on the Lenovo online store .
For as much as we talk established companies like Porsche and BMW going after Tesla in the EV market, it's important not to overlook the fact that Tesla's Model S continues to dominate the U.S. luxury sedan market on the whole. With Tesla Model S sales on the rise, and having increased by nearly 60% year over year, the Model S during Q3 of 2016 was more than 4 times as popular as the BMW 7-Series. DON'T MISS: This $17 gadget is the best thing that ever happened to your HDTV As the chart below ( via Bloomberg ) demonstrates, the only real competition facing the Model S comes from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class which moved approximately 5,400 units over the last three months. "Tesla says it’s now responsible for almost a third of all sales in the segment," the report notes. Interestingly, a common narrative we've seen over the past few months is that Tesla needs to be worried because every luxury automaker is now targeting them specifically. Looking at the chart above, though, perhaps a more appropriate narrative is that luxury automakers should remain exceedingly worried about Tesla further encroaching onto their turf. Looking ahead, the Tesla saga is poised to get much more interesting once Model 3 deliveries begin -- if Elon Musk is to be believed -- in late 2017. Priced at $35,000, Tesla is betting big that it can make significant inroads in the non-luxury segment of the auto industry. With the cumulative number of Model 3 reservations reportedly close to reaching 400,000 , it stands to reason that it's only a matter of time before Tesla's big bet pays off.
When the BBC documentary series Planet Earth was first released in 2006, its impact was immediate and far-reaching. In addition to providing us with an unprecedented and vivid look at animal behavior across all the major continents, it was also one of the first programs that helped jump-start HDTV sales. Now, 10 years later, the second installment of Planet Earth II is just around the corner. Slated to air later this year (a premiere date is still unknown), Planet Earth II promises to be even more jaw-dropping than the original. Filmed in stunning 4K, the documentary series will feature the narration of David Attenborough. DON'T MISS: This $17 gadget is the best thing that ever happened to your HDTV An extended trailer for Planet Earth II was released earlier today and, suffice it to say, it's an absolutely mesmerizing teaser for what promises to be must-watch programming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8aFcHFu8QM&feature=youtu.be Interestingly enough, the upcoming documentary promises to deliver us more interesting angles of the animal kingdom than we've ever seen previously, thanks in large part to technologies that were simply not around or not affordable back in 2006, including 4K cameras, high-quality remote recording equipment, and of course advanced drones. Planet Earth II has been in the works for about three years now and is reportedly the most expensive documentary ever filmed. It will air as a 6-part series. Speaking to how big the production and scope of the filming process was, series executive producer said the following earlier this year: "[The] epic scale and ambition of this series is second to none. It will be a truly immersive experience, providing audiences with a unique perspective on the most extraordinary places and animals on our planet.”
It's been another rough week in the real world, so why not block all of that out by staring at your phone all weekend? We've got a list of free iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps that should help you do just that! And if you act fast, you might even be able to grab a few of the free apps from yesterday's post . MUST SEE: Verizon billing complaints skyrocketed last month These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Interlocked Normally $0.99. Do you know those puzzles consisting of a few wooden blocks that are impossible take apart? Then you know Interlocked. Each level, you’re given a unique and beautiful 3D puzzle consisting of blocks that hold each other together. Take it apart and you'll feel ten times as smart. - Stunning 3D brain-teasing puzzles - Chilling atmosphere with calm music - Universal app, supports iPad retina display for gorgeous gameplay - 4 challenging chapters for you to beat - Based on the popular Flash game Interlocked, played by over 20 Million players worldwide! - Many achievements for you to unlock Download Interlocked Next Keyboard Normally $1.99. Next is a beautiful keyboard for iPhone that works as great as it looks. It comes fully loaded with lightning fast editing, predictive typing, instant access to all the emojis you love plus more, playful stickers (tacos anyone?), and stunning themes. We’ve got over 1,400 emojis and stickers, loads of beautiful themes and the basics covered with features like next-word prediction, auto correct, and quick editing with our innovative quick cursor swipe. Use Next anywhere you use your regular keyboard, like messages, WhatsApp, or Slack. ⁍ FEATURES ⁌ ● 1400 Emojis - By the time you find the right emoji, you could have just typed how you feel. So we'll suggest it for you as you type so it’s only one tap away. ● Beautiful Themes - You want a keyboard that looks and feels as unique as you are. So let’s get you out of those greys and into some color. ● Playful Stickers - Can’t express yourself with text? We’ve got you covered with custom designed playful stickers. Let the stickers do the talking for you. ● Next Word Predictions and Autocorrect - Type less, say more. We predict what you’re trying to say before you say it. You could almost say our keyboard is reading your mind. ● Quick Cursor for fast editing - Say goodbye to fumbling around to move the cursor. Now you can simply swipe across the spacebar and your cursor appears exactly where you want it. Download Next Keyboard Opus Domini Mobile Pro Normally $6.99. Personal Planner & Time Management App. Buy iPad version, download on iPhone for free and sync both.* Features Available on both iPad & iPhone: √ Daily tasks √ Master tasks √ Task repeat with all occurrences showing √ Daily schedule - syncs with Calendar √ Daily Notes √ Weekly milestones (Compass) √ Goals √ Mission & vision √ Quick search iPad-only features: √ Multiple planner views (5 days, Week, Month, Year, etc.) √ Event & Meeting planner √ Repeating tasks √ Master tasks with Subtasks √ Master task planner √ Inspirational quotes √ Contacts Download Opus Domini Mobile Pro Night Vision Normally $3.99. NV camera is a clean, intuitive interface that generates long exposure photographs on your smartphone. It is as easy as shooting a night vision videos and photos. Create pro shots easily! With NV, you can share your shots to Dropbox or choose from a myriad sharing options (displayed after capture is complete, on the preview screen) to showcase your creativity on social media of your choice! NV camera is a smart alternative for a DSLR Camera! Maximal Amplification Mode - culmination of our Research and Development team, utilities a breakthrough technology, pushing all the computing and hardware abilities of your phone to the limit, thus producing an outstanding effect. The application works without any delays and lags. •Amplification mode picker •Amplifier picker •Colour saturation picker •Green amplification mode •Fast exposure •Front, rear camera •Led light •HD photo video mode •Focus refresh button •10x zoom •Built In library •Photo video slider •E-mail photo video share •Facebook photo video share •Twitter photo video share •Dropbox photo video share Download Night Vision SnapTube Premium Normally $1.99. SnapTube Premium is buit for music lovers. Search, discover, organise and play millions of youtube music, vevo music, live stream music videos. 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As far as we know, 8 Bit Lists is the only checklist app with smart items. A smart item can uncheck themselves on a particular day of the week. Perfect for weekly reminders. Also, smart items can uncheck themselves after a selected number of days. This is great for people who don't like a schedule but want to be reminded about things throughout the week. Download 8 Bit List RNGTN Normally $1.99. RNGTN allows you simply and quickly create unlimited special tones (ringtones / text tones / alert tones / reminders / tweet etc.) from your custom music library on iPhone / iPod touch. - Are you tired of boring and monotonous ringtones ? - Don't pay extra money for each downloaded tone ! - CHOOSE your style ! Create your tones ! Key Features -Create unlimited ringtones from songs in your iPhone's / iPod's Music library -Create unlimited text message tones and email alert tones, and more -Use the microphone to turn anything you hear and say into a ringtone -Create ringtones up to 40 seconds long with 0.1 second accuracy Download RNGTN Wonderoom Normally $0.99. Wonderoom is a full-featured, powerful photo editor, with clean interface, designed for quick editing. It supports undo/redo, preserves EXIF data while editing, and it auto-saves you current progress, you can safely close the app and continue in any time. You can import Instagram and Flickr photos from your account or do a search by hashtags. With Wonderoom you will have all the freedom to customize your photos with pretty filters, effects, frames and fonts. Download Wonderoom iClearIt Normally $4.99. What would you like to clear from your life? iClearIt™ is a self-help application that can help you eliminate: · Uncomfortable feelings · Negative thoughts · Unresolved problems · Persistent conditions · Many physical pains · Even some life conditions! A built-in life coach will guide you through a step-by-step process that can magically disappear many complaints and ailments – even persistent ones that have bugged you for years. If you’re experiencing something you don’t want to experience, allow yourself to be guided into a gentle set of steps, and watch the problem or condition disappear, or lighten up. You’ll be better able to handle whatever situation you face. Download iClearIt
If you're looking to travel either domestically or internationally over the next few months, you may soon be able to take advantage of cheaper fares across the board. Thanks to increased competition from low-fare airlines, a number of the bigger airlines may soon be forced to cut fares as well. DON'T MISS: This $17 gadget is the best thing that ever happened to your HDTV In fact, we've already started to see the fallout from increased competition. Delta, for example, recently indicated that the average price of their fares during the September quarter was down 7% compared to the same quarter a year-ago. Fortune , meanwhile, adds that both American Airlines and United have plans to "roll out stripped-down fares for domestic travel." The moves by the big carriers follow a summer in which budget long-haul airlines, notably Norwegian Air Shuttle, shook up the trans-Atlantic travel market by offering ticket prices as little as half what rivals charge. Norwegian has said it can do this profitably because its labor costs are low and it flies some of the most fuel-efficient aircraft available. All told, with airlines increasingly watching their bottom line take a hit as consumers flock to more affordable options, it's only a matter of time before some of the more traditional airline companies are forced to lower their fares in order to remain competitive. Trans-Atlantic travel aside, the impact of more affordable flying options has been noticeable in the U.S. for quite a while now. In recent years, airlines like Spirit and Frontier have made a name for themselves by offering up incredibly cheap fares, albeit with no frills.
Virtual reality (VR) is exploding right now. The PlayStation VR just launched for the PS4, and there are other interesting products out there, including Facebook’s Oculus, and HTC’s Vive. But Apple will have none of it, as it thinks the future is elsewhere: augmented reality (AR). DON’T MISS: Here’s how Samsung might kill the Galaxy Note brand without actually killing it The problem with VR is that it keeps users tethered to a machine, vastly limiting their options. Apple, which makes popular personal devices like iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, would rather have technology serve you without hindering your experience, or substituting real human contact. “There’s no substitute for human contact,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told BuzzFeed News in an interview. “And so you want the technology to encourage that.” “VR, I think, has some interesting applications, but I don’t think it’s a broad-based technology like AR,” Cook added. “Augmented reality will take some time to get right, but I do think that it’s profound. We might … have a more productive conversation, if both of us have an AR experience standing here, right? And so I think that things like these are better when they’re incorporated without becoming a barrier to our talking. … You want the technology to amplify it, not to be a barrier.” Apple is very secretive regarding its future products, but this isn’t the first time Cook has praised AR. Apple is very likely to come up with AR features for its products, particularly the iPhone. With a massive iPhone redesign set for 2017, when Apple celebrates ten years of iPhone, Apple AR might make an official debut aboard the iPhone 8. There’s nothing official to support this year, but AR could be a defining feature for next year’s iPhone. As BuzzFeed explains, the wheels are already in motion. Apple is cooking some AR products, only it’s not clear what they are. Certain acquisitions suggest Apple is working on AR, including PrimeSense (made the motion captures for the original Kinect), Metaio (German AR firm), and Faceshift ( responsible for the real-time motion capture technology used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens ). Furthermore, the company has patents that reveal Apple is studying AR and VR technology. Apple has also hired several engineers with experience in AR, including Yury Petrov (Facebook Oculus), Zeyu Li (Magic Leap), and Doug Bowman (Virginia Tech Cube). And while Apple won’t comment on future products, Business Insider remarked an interesting fact about Tim Cook. He likes to tease future products. Cook was talking about the potentials of the wrist a year before Apple announced the Watch. And he did say that Apple is working on AR features “behind the curtain” before this recent interview. Finally, the technology inside the iPhone 7, the second-gen Apple Watch, and the AirPods suggests that such products would be ready for AR features. These are spatially aware gadgets that could accommodate AR features. This quote, in particular, is very telling: “We might … have a more productive conversation, if both of us have an AR experience standing here, right?” Cook said. How could two people have an AR experience during an interview that could happen practically anywhere? With the help of the devices, they’d be most likely to carry: smartphones like the iPhones, wearables like the Watch, and accessories, like the AirPods. That said, there’s nothing to suggest that the iPhone 8 is getting AR features from Apple next year. But it certainly looks like AR could be the defining feature of Apple’s next-gen phone.
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Parents searching for elusive work-life balance may see smartphones and tablets as a way to escape the office in time to be home for dinner each night, but these gadgets can also be a huge distraction and source of stress, a recent study suggests. When researchers asked a group of parents to slow down and answer detailed questions about how and when they use mobile technology, people revealed a lot of internal conflict about how the devices are changing their lives. “Every time a new technology is introduced, it disrupts things a little, so in many ways this is no different from the anxieties that families and our culture felt with the introduction of the TV or telephone,” said lead study author Dr. Jenny Radesky, a pediatrics researcher at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.
There are dozens, even hundreds of paid iPhone and iPad apps that go on sale for free each day. The trick, of course, is separating the junk from the good stuff. You could spend an hour digging around to do it yourself, or you could just check out the list below that contains the 11 best paid iOS apps that have gone on sale for free on Thursday. Be sure you make it all the way to the end of the list, where you'll find three awesome sticker packs for iMessage. MUST SEE: This video might be our first look at a new Apple device no one even knew was in development These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. iDetox Normally $1.99. Is your phone/ipad keeping you awake? Launch iDetox to help digitally detox your eyes. iDetox will help keep your eyes healthy and detect eye fatigue throughout the day. Did you know that night-time exposure to blue light keeps people up late? Did you know that exposure to bright light or straining to see in dim light can also cause eye fatigue? iDetox will continuously monitor your exposure to blue light from your device and prompt you to change brightness if high eyestrain is detected.The app will also allows you to automatically adjust the brightness of your screen based on time of the day using notifications. iDetox features eye specific exercises to help relief eyestrain fatigue and help maintain fresh eyes throughout the whole day. Each eye exercise is designed to combat different symptoms of Digital Eye Strain Syndrome. App Features: - Smart eye strain calculator to monitor exposure to blue light. - Prompt you if high blue light exposure is detected before bedtime. - Provide warning and exercises to rest your eyes when high strain is detected throughout the day. - Set daytime brightness and nighttime brightness for your device - App will determine your local sunrise and sunset times to use for day and night brightness if you like - Track your eye exercises throughout the day and set daily exercise goal to achieve. - Support for 3D Touch on iPhone 6S and iPhone SE How to use iDetox? iDetox has a smart calculator that monitors your exposure to blue light throughout the day and will alert if you if eye fatigue is detected. Put in your bedtime and iDetox will monitor your exposure to blue light and alert you to reduce brightness when it gets closer to your bedtime to minimize blue light effect on your sleep cycle. Set times for daytime brightness and nighttime brightness and set back and relax. The App will adjust your phone brightness based on your preset times while running in the background.You can also use the default sunrise and sunset times and iDetox will change the brightness after sunrise and again after sunset based on your local timezone. Switching from day brightness to night brightness will reduce the blue light effect on your sleep cycle. Please note that iDetox does not filter blue light from mobile screens. Why suffer from that eerie blue glow while texting at bedtime? Download iDetox now to rest your eyes and get better sleep! Feel free to contact us with any questions: email@example.com or visit us at: www.intelligentappsinc.com/iDetox Love iDetox? Leave us a review on the App Store. you can read more about Blue Light health effects: http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side Download iDetox NINE Normally $0.99. Featured in App Store’s ‘Best New Apps’ in 6 countries, Wired, Gizmodo and Stuff Magazine. 148 Apps - "appealing to those who think more visually." 4/5. Built for visual people who use their camera as a way of remembering things they want to take action on - NINE lets you capture quickly, organise simply and find easily. No more scrolling through your entire library to find that elusive photo reminder… Capture - Use the camera (or import from your library) to quickly capture photos of things you want to remember. - Subtle filter to give your images clarity. - Automatically notes the location so you can find that shop or restaurant again. Organise - Using a combination of the NINE action tags, organise however you like, e.g. A great recipe - ‘Make’, gorgeous sweater - ‘Love’ and ‘Buy’, must-see movie poster - ‘Watch’ and ‘Go' - More than a 'to-do', now you have 'to-buy', 'to-make', 'to-go'... - Completed items are archived without losing them forever. Find - Tap a tag to see everything related. - Search by label for something specific. - A detailed view of the item lets you zoom your picture, find it on the map, edit or share it with friends. User Reviews - Beauty and Brains (Birchyeah) "This app the most intuitive and beautiful user experience I have seen in a long time." - Only To-Do List that works for me (Julsmac18) "I've lost count of how many list apps I've tried. This is definitely the best. Looks lovely, simple and not cluttered" - So good! (goodbyejulia) "Such a great app for visual artists trying to keep track of projects and tasks." Easily the best looking to do list on the app market (Karen.Nicole) "Amazing functionality, super fast, very beautiful interface." Featured Apple App Store - 'Best New Apps' in 6 countries! Wired UK - ‘Best new iPad & iPhone Apps - Productivity & Tools’ Stuff Magazine - Featured in 'Must Downloads' Gizmodo - 'The Week's Best Android, iPhone, iPad, and Windows Phone Apps' 148 Apps: "...appealing to those who think more visually." - 4/5 Download NINE Dustoff Heli Rescue Normally $0.99. "I need a Dustoff!" became an all-too-familiar call on the airwaves of the jungle wars. Now take off with your rescue helicopter and search and save the life of the wounded soldiers in the field, often under fire. If you can't, nobody else can! Find the stolen cargo with your Chinook helicopter and transport them safely to the nearby friendly base, all the while fighting off hostile tanks and other enemy combatants. Save hostages being held in Prisoner of War camps. They are desperately waiting for the remarkable sound of the evac helicopters. You are their last hope so save them all! Flying Dustoffs take courage on your part as a helicopter pilot, as ground fire is the rule rather than the exception. The rewards, however, are great. MAIN FEATURES - Up to 16 unique missions - 3 rescue helicopters, each with different handling and transport characteristics - 3 weapons with different capabilities - Various missions like: cargo transportation, saving hostages and stopping enemy convoys - Various daytime and weather conditions like stormy heavy rains and beautiful sunset over the jungles - Numerous war scenes including jungles, swamps, hidden cave and mine systems and a lot more - Epic action music and cinematic sound effects All in a well known blocky style. 100% kid friendly game: no man can be killed, enemies always run away. Download Dustoff Heli Rescue ImgPlay Pro Normally $1.99. ImgPlay can make GIFs or videos using LIVE Photos, photos, burst photos, and video at the easiest. Make and share GIFs with friends quickly. It is the best GIF Maker of the iPhone/iPad. very simple! no complicated! ImgPlay that can make you feel the moment you shot videos and photos more lively! Make your own GIF, enjoy, and share with ImgPlay now! Features * Making GIF, Video! - with LIVE Photos. (iOS9 or better) - with Burst Photos. - by Choosing Picture by Picture. - Partially editing Video. (Video to GIF) - Partially editing GIF. (iOS9 or better) - by Recording Video. (CAMERA mode) * Save GIF as Video * Add captions * Applying various filters * Editing frame sector * Editing frame order * Controlling frame playing speed (0.02sec ~ 1sec) * Controlling frame playing direction (forwards, reversed, back and forth) * Can select loop count when make the video * Sharing quickly on different social network! (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Weibo, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, QQ) Download ImgPlay Pro My List Normally $0.99. My List is a simple gesture driven to-do list and task manager app that helps you get things done and keep track of it. Download My List Daily Money Normally $0.99. Daily Money and Income Calculator is the easiest and most user friendly Personal Finance App in the store. And best of all, it's free! The simple fact is, by tracking your spending you will be able to stick to a budget and therefore SAVE MONEY. So give it a try and have instant control over your spending! *** Features *** ------------------ √ Simple and intuitive user interface - helps you track your spending quickly and easily √ Flexible Time Periods - choose to track Weekly, Monthly or Yearly √ Log Expense and Income - easy and quick transaction entry - sort by date or amount √ Categories - editable spending and income categories - choose a quality icon for each category Download Daily Money Week Calendar Pro Normally $1.99. Fully customizable week calendar to link all your calendars to. A different approach to working with calendars. Week Calendar Pro allows you to fully customize what you what to see on your calendar through a nice drop down preset that you can quickly switch between. Add unlimited presets to filter out: - Days (show/hide any day) - Select which calendars to show - Select up to three working weeks (15 days) - Zoom in/out on hours or view 24 hours - Select which day is first day of week - Tap and hold to add new event - Drag existing events to reschdule - and many more to discover ... Download Week Calendar Pro Never Gone Normally $0.99. ###IMPPORTANT### Never Gone's HD art resources require devices with more than 1GB RAM, so please note that iPhone 4/4s, iPad 2/mini, iPod Touch 5 or older devices are NOT supported. "From Chinese developer HippieGame, this is the mighty slick gothic beat-'em-up Never Gone." - Pocket Gamer "Never Gone è un picchiaduro a scorrimento affascinante e impegnativo, dotato di validi elementi RPG" - Multiplayer.it "I’ve always been a stubborn fighter in life, struggeling to achive my goals - now you get the chance to borrow some of my fighting spirit in the game." - Christofer Johnsson (Therion) #1 ranked game in China; Best Cocos Game Award - Cocoachina; Best Art Design Award - Indieplay; Best Indie Game Award - Tencent Game… Join the thrilling fight against evil in Never Gone! The award-winning action game with stylish gothic art designs and wonderful Therion music is available now on iOS! ABOUT THE GAME Never Gone is an old-school beat-em up 2D Action Game for gamers on iOS platform. It sets in a classic world where human, vampires and other demons co-exist and constantly waging war against one another. Play as Blood Knight or Dark Sister to face the incredible challenge and win glorious rewards. Discover, craft and upgrade over 200 weapons, equipments, items and even skills as you explore the war-torn game world. KEY FEATURES · Old-school Hardcore Action Game: We gazed back to the very core of action games and aim to create a game we ourselves would love to play. Not tap to win, not pay to win! Jump, attack, dodge and link your own combos to fight! Win the fights, and win with style! · A Great Deal of Game Content: 3 Chapters of story mode; 3 different challenge modes in endless Mist Tower; Special intel missions; Immerse yourself into dark but beautiful environments; Face the challenge of deadly monsters & bosses… · World Class Rock Music by Therion: The high quality of ‘Never Gone’ help us winning the favor of Therion , the world famous Swedish rock band. 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In Super Space X you control the Intruder 53X, a spacecraft which carries a special load. Dodge meteorites, laser rays and plasma balls to pass to the next level and achieve your goal but, be careful because the game it’s not easy at all. Scenes are designed for you to do your best at every second. You won’t have time to relax. Get the different types of capsules that will help you to improve your scores and win the game. - The red capsule will help you to destroy asteroids. - The blue capsule will give you points and you could get your shield back. The game has nine stages with a design that will complicate things to avoid you get your goals. Super Space X is a game developed by Black Cube with music by Mr. Spastic, Gregoire Lourme and other artists. 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Yesterday's post covering the best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was a great one, and you can still download several of the apps listed there without paying a dime. We've got a fresh new batch for you today though, and it covers some very cool apps as well as a few sticker packs for iMessage that you're going to love. MUST SEE: This video might be our first look at a new Apple device no one even knew was in development These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. System Activity Monitor Normally $0.99. Take a deep dive into your iPhone/iPad to see whats going on inside. System Activity Monitor App, is an iOS activity monitor that provides a unique Dashboard view for for all of iOS devices. It is the best activity monitor of its kind for iOS devices. The app monitors iOS activity like MEMORY USAGE, BATTERY LIFE, Used Space, and device information. GREAT visuals like Dashboard view, LED indicator, 3D BAR charts, battery charging animation, LED flashing charger, battery health check, provides you a rich visual views of your iOS device internals, like you have never seen before. $$ Over a million satisfied users of our apps $$ ## Few of our user TESTIMONIALS ## $ Way cool This is a terrific system tracker. - Macquest $ Definitely get this App.! Love the cool dashboard. Tells you what's going on in the Apple brain in your iPad or iPhone. This App rules. - Battyguy $ Simple App ! Great tool! 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Shows the IP address acquired, and hardware address of your device. 5. Displays a long list of device information, like physical specs, hardware info, and many more. These are the different views on the App. Memory view: Shows the used and free iPhone memory available as used by other apps. This is shown in an excellent speedometer animation view. Double tap home button, and see other apps in use. Close out the other apps, and see the memory being reclaimed in this app, when the speedometer shows the free memory available increase. This has an LED indicator with BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW and RED colors indicating the severity of memory being used. Double tap the speedometer, to see a 3D bar view of the different break up of the memory used. Like, Free, Wired, Active and Inactive memory of your iOS device. 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Express yourself by sending these animated stickers of rage faces to your friends trough iMessage. 28 animated stickers (and counting!) of rage faces and other internet memes. Each rage face has been completely redesigned and carefully animated. Watch them became alive on your device! Simply tap the sticker you want to send it in a conversation or peel and slap them on top of bubbles, dress up a photo, or even put one on another sticker. Download Ragemotion Spher Normally $1.99. 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Play music from your Music Library and take advantage of a 10-band graphic equalizer with a frequency analyzer and 22 presets, stereo panning and cross feed, reversible playback, variable playback rate and pitch, gapless playback, cross fading, reverb and automatic leveling. Scratch your records with one finger as they play. Watch the raw audio wave form as you listen. Adjust the lighting over the turntable manually or turn on the autolighting feature and let the accelerometers do the work. Download cpyn audio player Moment Mix Pro Normally $6.99. Moment Mix is a powerful and fast collage maker with a lot of customize and editing tools, import and share options. Features: - It saves your current progress, you can continue in any time - Undo/Redo feature - Supports high resolution output (up to 3000x3000) - Tons of adjustable templates - Text labels with bunch of fonts - Set location and time tags - Setup output resolution - Customize background/shadow/border - Powerful photo editor - Clean and simple interface Photo Editor Tools: - Enhance - Photo Filters - Light Effects - Shapes - Stickers - Vignette - Blur (5 types) - Crop - Orientation - Brightness/Contrast - Hue/Saturation - Exposure - Warmth - Sharpness - RGB Supported socials: - Facebook (import, share) - Twitter - Instagram (import, search by hashtag, share) - Flickr (import, search, share) - Tumblr - Google+ - VKontakte Download Moment Mix Pro
Samsung and Apple are in a race to reinvent the face of the modern smartphone. On Tuesday, we told you all about new evidence that had emerged to support earlier reports suggesting next year's iPhone 8 will feature a bold new design overhaul. Apple is working toward a future iPhone with a face that is taken up entirely by the phone's display, from rounded corner to rounded corner. Next year's tenth-anniversary model isn't quite expected to achieve that vision, but mounting evidence suggests that the device will no longer have a home button, instead embedding the Touch ID fingerprint scanner into the screen itself. The new iPhone models may also have light and proximity sensors embedded in the display, cutting down on even more space needed around the screen. Of course, Apple isn't the only smartphone maker working to eliminate the empty space around your smartphone's screen. In fact, Samsung is already much further along on this quest, and reports suggest next year's Galaxy S8 will push things even further. Now, a new video imagines what next year's Galaxy S8 might look like if Samsung somehow manages to overcome all of the technological barriers currently standing between us and the all-screen smartphones we want. DON'T MISS: The end of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 saga is really only the beginning Samsung is still in the early stages of trying to overcome what is nothing short of an absolute disaster in terms of image and public relations. As everyone knows all too well at this point, the company's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, has been discontinued just two months after having been released. Some early units were found to have a defect that caused the batteries to explode, and Samsung was forced to recall all 2.5 million phones that had been shipped. Unfortunately, several "safe" replacement Note 7 handsets also exploded while the recall was underway, so Samsung had to pull the plug. This debacle is obviously going to cost Samsung. Big time. The company has to pay to reimburse or replace every Note 7 sold. It also won't have a new flagship smartphone model on sale this holiday season. Finally, Samsung now must overcome a massive image problem that will get worse before it gets better — for the time being, people think of exploding smartphones whenever they think of Samsung. In time, the company will recover . There is no question. Of course, if Samsung were able to release a smartphone that's anything like the Galaxy S8 render in the video below, that recovery would happen far more quickly. Android blog Techdroider created a Galaxy S8 concept based loosely on recent rumors. Reports have suggested that Samsung plans to remove the home button from beneath the new Galaxy S8's display and reduce the amount of empty space under the screen, just as Apple is expected to do next year. Samsung is also believed to be following Apple's lead around back, where the Galaxy S8 may feature a new dual-lens camera design. The end result won't be quite as crazy as the render this gadget blog came up with, but there's no question that the Note 7 debacle would be quickly forgotten if Samsung did somehow pull this off. Check out the full video, which is embedded below.
By Makiko Yamazaki TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp will join the race for virtual reality (VR) dominance on Thursday with the $399 PlayStation VR, a headset the Japanese electronics group hopes will beat pricier rivals and revive its reputation as a maker of must-have gadgets. Emerging from years of restructuring, Sony is reshaping itself to focus on lucrative areas such as video games, entertainment and camera sensors - rather than televisions or smartphones where demand is flat, competition acute and margins thin. The PlayStation VR headset, Sony's first major product launch since it declared its turnaround complete in June, will put the company back on the offensive and test its ability to compete in one of the most talked-about spaces in the industry.
Comcast Corp , the largest U.S. cable company, will pay a $2.3 million fine to resolve a federal investigation into allegations the company wrongfully charged cable TV customers for services and equipment they never authorized. The Federal Communications Commission said on Tuesday it had received numerous complaints from consumers that Comcast added charges to their bills for unordered services, including premium channels, set-top boxes and digital video recorders. By next year, the FCC said, Comcast must send customers a separate order confirmation of new services, allow customers to block additional cable services, improve customer record keeping and require additional employee training for individuals placing excessive unauthorized charges on customer bills.
Next year’s iPhone may be called the iPhone 8, recent reports have suggested, and the handset is expected to feature a face that is almost entirely taken up by the display, according to sources familiar with Apple’s plans . There’s plenty of “proof” to support the idea that the home button is going away — well, it’s going to be relocated — but until today there was no evidence that the top bezel of the handset would also be removed. DON’T MISS: The end of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 saga is really only the beginning The bottom bezel only houses the home button, which means that Apple can turn that unused real estate into screen space by burying the button under the display. And Apple patents already prove that such technology is in development. But the top bezel is more complex. It contains the ambient light sensor, a proximity sensor, the front speaker and the front-facing camera. To remove it completely, Apple would have to add all these features to the display. To reduce the size of the bezel though, only some of those components would need to be moved. A new patent discovered by Apple Insider reveals that Apple is indeed looking to relocate the front-facing sensors to beneath the display. Titled Electronic devices with display-integrated light sensors , US patent no. 9,466,653 explains the technology that would help Apple incorporate the light sensor into the screen without affecting the functionality of either the touchscreen or the sensor itself. Apple’s description of the technology is quite telling, as it shows the company isn’t happy with bezels on the iPhone. It’s just that previous technology would not accommodate Apple’s design ideas. “In a typical device, a light sensor is laterally displaced from an active display region of the display along a front face of the device,” Apple writes. “Additional space is therefore provided in common devices at the top, bottom, or side of the active display area to accommodate the light sensor. This can result in an undesirable increase in the size and weight of the device, if care is not taken, displays may be bulky or may be surrounded by overly large borders.” The document continues, “It would therefore be desirable to be able to provide improved electronic devices with light sensors and displays.” The inventions would cover any gadget that contains sensors in the bezel, including the iPhone, iPad and Mac. Apple does not name any of them specifically, but illustrations inside the patent application show laptops as well as phones and tablets. Interestingly, the patent also mentions OLED as the type of screen technology in question, which can be seen as more evidence that Apple’s next iPhone will have an OLED display rather than LCD. That’s assuming the tech detailed so far will be included in the next-gen iPhone. If Apple is indeed researching this type of technology, it surely must mean that it’s also trying to figure out how to include the camera and speaker in the display as well. Imagine a future iPhone where you see nothing but screen when you hold it in your hand.