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Senators accuse Yahoo of 'unacceptable' delay in hack discovery

Senators accuse Yahoo of 'unacceptable' delay in hack discovery

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six Democratic U.S. senators on Tuesday said it was "unacceptable" that Yahoo only last week announced a 2014 hack into 500 million user accounts and asked embattled CEO Marissa Mayer for more information about the company's investigation into the data breach. "That means millions of Americans’ data may have been compromised for two years," the senators wrote in a joint letter addressed to Mayer. "This is unacceptable." Yahoo did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the letter.

Facebook to appeal German order on WhatsApp data

Facebook to appeal German order on WhatsApp data

Facebook said it would appeal against an order by a German privacy regulator on Tuesday to stop collecting and storing data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp and to delete all data that has already been forwarded to it. The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said Facebook was infringing data protection law and had not obtained effective approval from WhatsApp's 35 million users in Germany. "After the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook two years ago, both parties have publicly assured that data will not be shared between them," commissioner Johannes Caspar said in a statement.

Samsung recovers around 60 percent of recalled Note 7s in South Korea, U.S., Europe

Samsung recovers around 60 percent of recalled Note 7s in South Korea, U.S., Europe

Samsung Electronics Co said on Tuesday it has got back around 60 percent of recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in South Korea, the United States and Europe, suggesting it is making progress in its attempts to recover from the crisis. In a statement, Samsung said it was focused on replacing all affected devices "as quickly and efficiently" as possible and reiterated its request that customers affected by the current recall should power off their device and turn them in. Samsung hopes to take the faulty products off the market as soon as possible in order to limit further damage to its reputation and resume sales of the flagship device ahead of the key holiday shopping season in major markets such as the United States.

Uber launches global assault on food delivery market

Uber launches global assault on food delivery market

By Eric Auchard AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Uber is making an aggressive drive into meal delivery, backed by a wave of staff recruitment, with the U.S. tech heavyweight gearing up to enter at least 22 new countries and take on local rivals. In a measure of rising ambition beyond its taxi business, Uber [UBER.UL] will begin delivering meals in Amsterdam on Thursday just as Dutch market leader Takeaway.com , begins trading on the city's stock market.

Ride-hailing company Careem says profitability in sight

By Tom Arnold DUBAI (Reuters) - Ride-hailing service Careem is targeting profitability next year or in 2018 and is in talks with potential investors about its latest fundraising plans, co-founder Mudassir Sheikha told Reuters on Tuesday. The company, which has a larger market share than rival Uber [UBER.UL] in most of the 32 cities in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region in which it operates, aims to expand in new markets including Oman and a number of North African countries, managing director Mudassir Sheikha said. Launched in Dubai in 2012 by Sheikha and fellow McKinsey & Co alumni Magnus Olsson, Careem has a fleet of 90,000-plus drivers and more than four million users registered through its mobile app but has yet to make a profit.

Twitter could take many forms, depending on new owner

Twitter could take many forms, depending on new owner

With speculation mounting that Twitter Inc will soon have a new corporate owner, the 10-year-old social networking service - which has long struggled to define its core purpose -may end up heading in one of several distinctly different directions depending on who ends up paying for it. Companies including Salesforce.com Inc , Walt Disney Co and Alphabet Inc's Google have shown interest in Twitter, which is working with investment banks to evaluate its options, according to people familiar with the matter. With Salesforce.com, Twitter might turn its focus to customer service communications and mining its database of tweets for business intelligence.

How two network comedies about death teach us to live a better life

How two network comedies about death teach us to live a better life

This past Sunday, Fox’s The Last Man on Earth premiered in its third season, and for the third time, the show featured a death and a funeral. The Last Man on Earth is the high watermark of gallows humor, a release valve for our end-times anxieties: “Things are bad now, sure, but they could be worse.” Everyone we’ve ever loved could be dead, and we could fear, as the show’s stars do, that the mere act of repopulating the Earth could lead to death from infection. It’s a half-hour network comedy chronicling the afterlife of a reprehensible young woman named Eleanor (Kristen Bell).

This is why you can’t buy a Jet Black iPhone 7 right now

The Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the most popular new iPhones this year — but that doesn’t mean you’ll get yours anytime soon. Apparently, the Jet Black color isn’t the easiest to manufacture, and Apple has run into various production problems that still haven't completely been ironed out. DON’T MISS:  One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company Well-connected Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note to investors obtained by Business Insider that mass-producing large quantities of Jet Black iPhones is still problematic for iPhone. The Jet Black iPhone model suffers “from a low casing production yield rate of 60-70%” according to Kuo. That means suppliers are producing a lot of metal shells that don’t meet Apple’s quality standards. It’s not clear what the problems are, but it’s certainly not surprising to hear that Jet Black iPhones are harder to make than any other color. The analyst also pointed out a second factor affecting Jet Black iPhone availability: Jet Black is the most popular choice for consumers. A preorder survey conducted by the firm showed that Jet Black iPhones accounted for 30-35% of preorders worldwide. In China alone, almost 50% of iPhones 7 preorders were Jet Black. "The survey offers an insight into iPhone buyers’ tendency to choose models that are aesthetically different from the 6S. Popularity of the Jet Black version indicates that consumers prefer an alternative to the traditional metal finish," Kuo wrote. The survey also showed that 50% of preorders went to the iPhone 7 Plus. Overall, Kuo believes that Apple will sell fewer iPhone 7 models in 2016 than iPhone 6s units in 2015. The analyst said Apple could sell 70 million to 75 million iPhone 7 units this year, up from his previous estimate of 65 million units.

Honeywell is introducing another HomeKit-compatible smart thermostat

Honeywell is introducing another HomeKit-compatible smart thermostat

Honeywell introduced a new version of its Lyric smart thermostat at CES this year, and less than a year later it’s already bringing us another iteration. The new Lyric T5 Wi-Fi thermostat is similar to its CES brethren in that it’s controlled through Honeywell’s Lyric app, is compatible with Apple’s HomeKit and Amazon's Alexa, can use your phone to set up a geofence, and will send you notifications when there are changes in humidity or temperature. The T5 will cost $149 when it’s released in October, which is about $50 cheaper than the most recent Lyric smart thermostat.

‘Safe’ Galaxy Note 7 explodes, burning owner (and Samsung)

Samsung is doing well at recalling and replacing millions of potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7 devices, but that recall could all be for nothing. According to a report, a theoretically safe Note 7, bought over the weekend in China, burst into flames and injured the owner. That's not good. Bloomberg Quint   spoke to a Chinese man, 25-year-old Hui Renjie, who had a Note 7 delivered from an online retailer over the weekend. But according to Renjie, the device exploded on Monday morning, damaging his MacBook and burning two of his fingers. DON'T MISS:  The 26 funniest Twitter reactions to Trump and Clinton’s first Presidential debate The report says that Renjie bought the device from online retailer JD.com. But just 24 hours after it was delivered, the phone burst into flames. "The incident caused minor injuries to two of his fingers and burned his Apple Inc. MacBook," reports  Bloomberg . "A Samsung representative visited him soon afterward and asked to take away the phone, he said, but he declined the offer because he doesn’t trust the company to reveal the reason for the fire, and plans to publicize the issue." Whatever the cause behind the fire, it's not good news for Samsung. But the severity of the problem really depends on whether this was a newly-manufactured device, or an old explosive Note 7 that was never removed from the supply chain. If it's just a screw-up of the recall process, that's one thing. It's still not a good thing! But, it means this is the fault of a few lone employees, rather than a bigger design problem. The more sinister news for Samsung will come if this was a newly-manufactured Note. If that proves to be the case, and the problem is not just a one-off, it could lead to a second round of recalls. Given how thin customer loyalty is in the first, place, a second recall would be the end for the Note 7 line. That's bad news for Samsung, which has worked hard to pull off a recall in record time. “Just over three weeks ago, Samsung committed to a global replacement program for the Galaxy Note7. Last week, that program began for the majority of markets and the progress is encouraging” said Samsung’s mobile boss DJ Koh. “Our focus now is to make sure that all affected devices are replaced as quickly and efficiently as possible.” In an update, Samsung shared the following three data points: Around 90 percent of Galaxy Note7 users have been choosing a new Galaxy Note7 since products became widely available. More than 60 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note7 phones sold in the U.S. and Korea have been exchanged through the program. In Singapore, more than 80 percent of customers have participated in the exchange program, which started on September 17. But all the impressive recall stats in the world don't mean anything if the replacement devices are still combustible. Samsung told  Bloomberg   that "we are currently contacting the customer and will conduct a thorough examination of the device in question once we receive it." It's going to be a nervous few days for everyone at Samsung HQ.

DJI's new Mavic Pro drone folds up and fits in the palm of your hand

DJI's new Mavic Pro drone folds up and fits in the palm of your hand

Over the last year, the clearest trend in the drone industry has been a move toward units that are smaller and more portable. Yuneec introduced a drone with foldable arms, and last week GoPro did the same. During its presentation for the new Karma drone, GoPro repeatedly emphasized how easy the unit was to slip into a backpack and bring anywhere.

Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook

Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook

German data protection authorities on Tuesday said they had blocked Facebook from collecting subscriber data from its subsidiary WhatsApp, citing privacy concerns. Facebook and WhatsApp promised in the wake of the Silicon Valley giant's 2014 acquisition of the messaging app that they would not share data, Hamburg's Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar said in a statement. "It has to be (the users') decision whether they want to connect their account with Facebook," Caspar said.

iPhone 7 Plus vs. DSLR: Is Apple’s new portrait mode as impressive as it seems?

When Apple unveiled its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus earlier this month at its bug press conference in San Francisco, it was immediately clear that the larger iPhone 7 Plus model is the star of the show this year. Both new phones are impressive, of that there is little doubt. But the bigger iPhone packs a class-leading new dual camera setup that is arguably the best smartphone camera the world has ever seen. Among the new features shown off by Apple was a "portrait mode" setting that creates a "bokeh" effect on photos similar to what you might see in photos captured by a DSLR. In fact, Apple has mentioned DSLR cameras a few times when discussing the new iPhone 7 Plus camera. Is it fair to mention Apple's new dual lens camera system in the same breath as a DSLR, or is Apple just overhyping its latest iPhone? It's time to find out. DON'T MISS:  One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company First of all, let's briefly recap the nifty new tech Apple used in its iPhone 7 Plus camera. In a nutshell, the phone includes a standard 12-megapixel wide-angle camera and a second 56mm telephoto camera positioned right next to it. This accomplishes two main things: first, the user can tap a zoom button to switch to the telephoto lens as the primary camera, which effectively provides 2x optical zoom on a smartphone camera. That in itself is pretty awesome, but Apple's upcoming iOS 10.1 update also includes a new feature called portrait mode. Portrait mode allows the user to capture a photo that uses the wide-angle lens as the primary lens, but also integrates depth data from the secondary telephoto lens to keep the subject in focus while blurring the background. The resulting photo features the appearance of a photo that was captured by a DSLR camera. The question is, does the quality of these portrait mode photos actually approach DSLR quality or is this just a gimmick? The answer, it would appear, lies somewhere in the middle. Portrait mode is hardly just a gimmick, but the quality of photos captured by the iPhone 7 Plus doesn't really compare to the quality of photos taken on a DSLR camera. Reddit user "xenonsupra" posted a comparison shot that does a good job of illustrating the differences in a single pair of pictures. Here's a shot captured by the iPhone 7 Plus with portrait mode (beta) enabled: And here's the same shot from a Nikon D800: The difference is significant — check out both full-size images at this link . There's no question that the photo from the 7 Plus is impressive, but there's simply no way to achieve DSLR levels of clarity, color reproduction and light in a tiny little smartphone camera module. The iPhone 7 Plus gets closer than any phone camera has before it, but the technology still isn't quite there. Want to see a more extensive comparison? Check out the showdown posted last week by iMore .

The manipulative gimmick of adding real people to fictional movies

The manipulative gimmick of adding real people to fictional movies

Mira Nair's Queen of Katwe is a charming film based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenage prodigy whose chess skills got her out of the Ugandan slum where she grew up. One by one, they walk out to stand next to the actors who play them, interacting in telling ways: Mutesi and actress Madina Nalwanga hug each other, while Mutesi's chess coach (Robert Katende) and the film's version of his character (David Olweyo) both give the camera the same solemn stare-down. Usually, films based in reality end with a text crawl adding some closure to a story, and with some kind of footage or archive photos of the real people portrayed in the movie. Deepwater Horizon is a classic example: it ends with a photo montage of the real people who died in the oil rig explosion depicted in the movie.

BMW partners with the Andretti Formula E team

BMW partners with the Andretti Formula E team

After months of rumors, BMW has officially confirmed that it is partnering with the Andretti Formula E team. The German car manufacturer made the announcement earlier today as part of a larger restructuring of its motorsports program. The partnership will last for two seasons, and at the end of it BMW says it will evaluate the possibility of fully running its own team in the all-electric racing series.

Password breach could have ripple effects well beyond Yahoo

Password breach could have ripple effects well beyond Yahoo

LONDON (AP) — As investors and investigators weigh the damage of Yahoo's massive breach to the internet icon, information security experts worry that the record-breaking haul of password data could be used to open locks up and down the web.

Razer’s new DeathAdder Elite is an exceptionally sensitive gaming mouse

Razer’s new DeathAdder Elite is an exceptionally sensitive gaming mouse

Add those together and you get the DeathAdder Elite, which Razer claims is the "fastest, most sensitive and most accurate gaming mouse available today." Tall claims! There are already a few computer mice in existence with 16,000 DPI (dots per inch, a measure of the fine-grained movements the mouse can detect) optical sensors, but Razer has also boosted the IPS (inches per second, how far you can move in a second without the mouse "skipping") to 450, and the mouse also can handle a 50G acceleration.

Kano’s latest DIY tech kits let you assemble your own camera and speaker

Kano’s latest DIY tech kits let you assemble your own camera and speaker

DIY computer-maker Kano is moving into the internet of things. The British startup has announced a new Kickstarter campaign for a trio of gadgets designed to let children (and adults) build their own speakers, cameras, and pixelated LED displays. "The original Kano in 2013 was all about making your own computer, coding your own art, apps, and games," Alex Klein, Kano’s CEO and co-founder, tells The Verge.

Let’s hope Samsung’s Galaxy S8 isn’t as crazy as it sounds in this leak

Samsung isn't done dealing with the aftermath of the massive Galaxy Note 7 recall, but the first Galaxy S8 rumors have started to emerge. Some even say that Samsung will be forced to launch the new Galaxy S earlier than expected just to make up for lost Galaxy Note 7 sales. A wild rumor from China now suggests that the Galaxy S8 will have specs that sound too good to be true... and we can only hope Samsung won’t actually make the phone described in this crazy leak next year. DON’T MISS:  This is the Google Pixel smartphone According to a Weibo leak , the Galaxy S8 will launch in April and will cost $850 outright. The phone will reportedly have a 5.2-inch 4K display, a 3.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB memory, dual micro SD card support, a 30-megapixel camera, a 9-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 4,200 mAh battery. The phone will also supposedly also feature Corning Gorilla Glass 5.0 glass, a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, wireless charging, rapid charging, and a built-in mini projector. Wow! All of that sounds quite amazing. But I don’t believe for a second that anybody is making such a phone, let alone Samsung. These are outrageous specs, and while they’d fit inside a phone, Samsung may run into battery problems. Cramming more demanding components inside a thin device while also increasing the battery size doesn’t sound like something Samsung can do right now. Just look at the Galaxy Note 7’s rushed production and the unprecedented recall that followed. That 4,200 mAh battery claim alone is worrisome. This is just one of the many Galaxy S8 rumors that we'll see in the coming weeks. The closer we get to the Galaxy S8 launch, the more we’ll know about the phone.

One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company

Xiaomi is a name that smartphone users in the United States likely aren't very familiar with. The company makes stunning Android phones that feature flagship power and specs, and it sells them at shockingly low prices. Why haven't you ever seen one of Xiaomi's phones in the US? Because the company built a multi-billion dollar smartphone business based on shamelessly copying everything Apple does, so it would likely be sued into oblivion if it had tried to sell its phones in the US market. One time, Xiaomi even had an executive in a black mock turtleneck and jeans unveil a new smartphone at a press conference. No, seriously. Outside the US, Xiaomi just unveiled its latest flagship smartphone. It looks like it will instantly become a smash hit when it's released, featuring a sleek design and killer specs. But the most interesting thing about the new Xiaomi Mi 5s may very well be the fact that it touts one of the hottest new features expected to come to next year's new iPhone 8. MUST SEE:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone Xiaomi just unveiled two new smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus. See, we told you the company copies everything Apple does. Both new phones feature an all-metal body and they sport similar designs. As you might have guessing from the fact that the company stole Apple's naming convention, the Mi 5s Plus is the larger of the two phones and it sports a bigger screen as well as a bigger battery. And guess what... it also has a dual-lens camera. We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. Other specs include a Snapdragon 821 chipset, a 5.2-inch 1080p display (with Force Touch support, of course), a 3,200 mAh battery, up to 128GB of UFS 2.0 storage and up to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The real start of the show isn't something that's visible when you look at the new phone, however. Hiding under the display on the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus is a new under-glass ultrasonic fingerprint reader. This means that the phone has a hidden fingerprint scanner that doesn't take up any room on the fact of the device, allowing the display to occupy as much space as possible. As you might recall, Apple is due to launch a completely redesigned "iPhone 8" next year that will include a number of exciting new features. Among them, Apple is expected to ditch the home button and integrate its Touch ID fingerprint scanner into the display. By doing this, Apple will finally be able to build a smaller phone without cutting down on screen size, because there will be less wasted space around the display. Apple's capacitive home button on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is believed to be a stopgap solution that will get people used to the idea of not having a physical home button. Of course, we still have a year to go before Apple's next-generation iPhones are released. In the meantime, Xiaomi's new Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus will be made available for preorder in China beginning September 29th, and they'll start at about $300 and $345, respectively. You can learn more about them on Xiaomi's website .

The Tick and I Love Dick get series orders at Amazon

The Tick and I Love Dick get series orders at Amazon

Amazon has picked up three of its new pilots to series. The Tick, I Love Dick, and Jean-Claude Van Johnson will all get a first season on Amazon Prime Video, Deadline reports. Based on the book by Chris Kraus, I Love Dick follows Chris (Kathryn Hahn) and Sylvere (Griffin Dunne) as they take up an artist residency in Marfa, Texas.

Donald Trump still has no idea how to cyber

This isn’t the first time we had to listen to Donald Trump talk about "the cyber." But you’d think he might have learned exactly what the word means or how to use it in a sentence before his first presidential debate against Hillary Clinton. After all, cyber is huge. Cyber is bound to come up. But no, Trump still can’t cyber correctly. DON’T MISS:  This is the Google Pixel smartphone Here’s Merriam-Webster’s definition of cyber: “of, relating to, or involving computers or computer networks (as the Internet).” It’s that easy. Now let’s see how Trump used “the cyber” in some of his answers, as taken from Vox ’s transcript of the show. “Our next segment is called securing America,” Moderator Lester Holt said igniting the debate around cyber. “We want to start with a 21st century war happening every day in this country, our institutions are under cyber attack, and our secrets are being stolen. So my question is who's behind it and how do we fight it?” Here are some of Trump’s quotes about the cyber, emphasis ours: Look at the mess that we're in. Look at the mess that we're in. As far as the cyber , I agree to parts of what Secretary Clinton said, we should be better than anybody else, and perhaps we're not. I don't know if we know it was Russia who broke into the DNC. And I think Secretary Clinton and myself would agree very much, when you look at what ISIS is doing with the internet, they're beating us at our own game. ISIS. So we have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is a, it is a huge problem. I have a son. He's 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe it's hardly do-able. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing, but that's true throughout our whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better, Lester and certainly cyber is one of them. Don't worry, there's always next time.

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Czech investors agree to buy auction website aukro.cz from Naspers

The web is part of the Polish Allegro group, owned by South Africa's Naspers. Naspers has put up the Polish assets for sale. The Czech investors into the website with 3.8 million registered users are the site's founder Vaclav Liska with 50 percent, BDO Advisory partners Petr Kymlicka and Radovan Hauk with 25 percent, and Agora Development with the remaining 25 percent.

Special Report: From Israel via London, an online gambling scam traps thousands

Special Report: From Israel via London, an online gambling scam traps thousands

By Tova Cohen and Luke Baker RAMAT GAN, Israel (Reuters) - In early 2013, a young Israeli businessman registered a web domain in London for a company called NRGbinary.com. The online options trading website offered clients the opportunity to make large amounts of money from simple bets on the movement of financial markets, stocks and commodities. While it was initially registered in Britain, NRGbinary was run from Israel and sold its products to clients in the Middle East, Canada and South Africa.

Know your options - binary, regular, or spread bet?

What's the difference between binary options, regular options and spread betting? All three financial products are derivatives - they let you profit from price moves in a stock, currency, commodity or other financial asset without owning the asset. BINARY OPTIONS allow people to take a position on the price movement over a fixed timeframe – most often a few minutes or hours.

Twitter could take many forms, depending on new owner

Twitter could take many forms, depending on new owner

With speculation mounting that Twitter Inc will soon have a new corporate owner, the 10-year-old social networking service - which has long struggled to define its core purpose -may end up heading in one of several distinctly different directions depending on who ends up paying for it. Companies including Salesforce.com Inc , Walt Disney Co and Alphabet Inc's Google have shown interest in Twitter, which is working with investment banks to evaluate its options, according to people familiar with the matter. With Salesforce.com, Twitter might turn its focus to customer service communications and mining its database of tweets for business intelligence.

Disney, Microsoft among possible Twitter suitors: reports

Disney, Microsoft among possible Twitter suitors: reports

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co and Microsoft Corp joined a list of potential suitors for Twitter Inc , according to media reports on Monday. Twitter shares were marginally down at $23.33 in after-market trading. The microblogging service has reportedly started talks with a number of technology companies to sell itself, including Google parent Alphabet Inc and may receive a formal bid soon.

U.S. senator seeks SEC probe of Yahoo disclosure on hacking

U.S. senator seeks SEC probe of Yahoo disclosure on hacking

By Dustin Volz and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Mark Warner on Monday asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Yahoo and its senior executives fulfilled obligations to inform investors and the public about a hacking attack affecting 500 million user accounts. "Disclosure is the foundation of federal securities laws, and public companies are required to disclose material events that shareholders should know about," Warner said in a letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White. Yahoo has faced pointed questions about exactly when it knew about the 2014 cyber attack announced last week that exposed the email credentials of half a billion accounts, a critical issue for the company as it seeks to prevent the breach from affecting a pending takeover of its core business by Verizon Inc .

New York launches ad campaign to fight anti-Muslim rhetoric, violence

New York City kicked off a social media advertising campaign on Monday to combat negative perceptions of Muslims and counteract increasing instances of threats and violence, officials said. Showing an array of photographs of Muslim men and women, the campaign reads "I am Muslim. Anti-Muslim sentiment has been playing a major role as the U.S. presidential race has heated up.

German minister sets March deadline for fight against online hate

German minister sets March deadline for fight against online hate

Justice Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday the German government could take legal action against Facebook and other social media groups if they do not intensify their fight against illegal hate speech or Islamist "terror phantasies". Maas said Facebook, Twitter and Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, were removing illegal content from the Internet more frequently and quickly, but more work was needed.

LVMH's digital drive takes time despite Apple hire

LVMH's digital drive takes time despite Apple hire

By Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) - When LVMH hired former Apple music executive Ian Rogers to craft a digital strategy, investors may have hoped for some quick results. Almost a year later, aside from drafting in more digitally-savvy people and taking part in a technology start-up fair, his impact on the world's biggest luxury goods group has yet to become visible. Changing mentalities and priorities at LVMH takes time, according to sources close to the 78 billion euro ($88 billion)group controlled by France's richest man, Bernard Arnault.

Online groceries retailer FreshDirect raises $189 million

Online groceries retailer FreshDirect raises $189 million

Online food delivery company FreshDirect LLC said on Monday it had raised $189 million in a round led by JPMorgan Asset Management, as it seeks to expand its geographic footprint. The funding will help Long Island City, New York-based FreshDirect expand its capacity and reach, as it builds on the initial success it has enjoyed in its home area. JPMorgan Asset Management led the fundraising round through its internet and digital media-focused PG Digital Growth Fund.

Exclusive: Thailand considering tougher tax collection rules for internet, tech firms

Exclusive: Thailand considering tougher tax collection rules for internet, tech firms

By Manunphattr Dhanananphorn and Eveline Danubrata BANGKOK/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Thailand is studying plans to toughen tax collection rules for internet and technology firms like Alphabet Inc's Google, the head of the Revenue Department told Reuters, as the tax affairs of these firms comes under growing scrutiny in Southeast Asia. The plans would also cover the mobile transfers and internet payment sector, Prasong Poontaneat, director general of Thailand's Revenue Department, told Reuters.

Tencent to donate 2 percent of profit as Chinese online charity grows

Tencent to donate 2 percent of profit as Chinese online charity grows

By Sijia Jiang HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese billionaire Pony Ma Huateng, the founder of internet group Tencent, on Friday said his company would donate 2 percent of its annual profit to charity and flagged growth in the use of mobile internet in China's philanthropy sector. Ma's pledge follows China's introduction of new laws earlier this month that provided a legal framework for approved internet companies to raise and manage funds for charity. It also comes days after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan said they would donate more than $3 billion toward a plan to "cure, prevent or manage" all disease.

Snapchat to offer camera-equipped sunglasses in first hardware push

Snapchat to offer camera-equipped sunglasses in first hardware push

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Snap Inc, the newly renamed parent company of messaging app Snapchat, plans to start selling camera-equipped sunglasses starting this fall, Chief Executive Evan Spiegel told the Wall Street Journal in an interview. The sunglasses, dubbed Spectacles, will be sold via limited distribution for about $130, said Spiegel, who described the device as a toy. The first hardware to be sold by Snap, the sunglasses will record video from the user's perspective in 10-second increments that can be synched with his or her smart-phone. ...

Peace activist tries to calm Charlotte protests with free hugs

(Reuters) - A peace activist in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been offering police and protesters free hugs in an attempt to calm three nights of unrest that have engulfed the city in the wake of the fatal shooting of a black man by police. In a video that was posted online on Thursday by the Free Hugs Project, activist Ken Nwadike is seen hugging two riot policemen at a protest on Wednesday. Protesters are then heard shouting abuse at Nwadike, who proceeds to explain his message and why he is offering free hugs.

Facebook apologizes for overstating key ad metric

Facebook apologizes for overstating key ad metric

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday apologized for an error in the way it measured a key metric of video viewership that significantly amplified users' viewing times on its platform. At the time, Facebook had said that the "discrepancy" did not impact advertising billings and introduced newer metrics to replace the previous method. Facebook has made a significant strides into video, which has attracted significant advertising interest and has benefited from the shift in advertising spending toward the internet and other mobile platforms.

Some Yahoo users close accounts amid fears breach could have ripple effects

Some Yahoo users close accounts amid fears breach could have ripple effects

Many Yahoo users rushed on Friday to close their accounts and change passwords as experts warned that the fallout from one of the largest cyber breaches in history could spill beyond the internet company's services. After Yahoo disclosed on Thursday that hackers had stolen the encrypted passwords and personal details of more than 500 million accounts in 2014, thousands of users took to social media to express anger that it had taken the company two years to uncover the data breach. "We're probably just going to dump Yahoo altogether," said Rick Hollister, 56, who owns a private investigation firm in Tallahassee, Florida.

China's Huawei to start India smartphone production in Oct

China's Huawei to start India smartphone production in Oct

By Swati Bhat and Paul Carsten MUMBAI/BEJING (Reuters) - Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] will start making smartphones in India next month, the company said on Friday, joining a wave of compatriots setting up plants in the world's third-biggest mobile market. The plant will be operated with the Indian arm of electronics manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd in the southern Indian city of Chennai, Huawei said. India is trying to attract manufacturing into the country as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" initiative.

Image purported to be Michelle Obama's passport posted online

Image purported to be Michelle Obama's passport posted online

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An image purported to be a scanned copy of U.S. first lady Michelle Obama’s passport was leaked online on Thursday alongside personal emails said to belong to a low-level White House staffer who worked with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The White House on Thursday declined to comment on their validity, but spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration was taking the matter seriously. "We're aware of those media reports, and it is something we're looking into," U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a news conference.

Pope says journalism based on fear-mongering, gossip is form of 'terrorism'

Pope says journalism based on fear-mongering, gossip is form of 'terrorism'

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Journalism based on gossip or rumors is a form of "terrorism" and media that stereotype entire populations or foment fear of migrants are acting destructively, Pope Francis said on Thursday. Francis, who made his comments in an address to leaders of Italy's national journalists' guild, said reporters had to go the extra mile to seek the truth, particularly in an age of round-the-clock news coverage. "This is even more true for journalists because their voice can reach everyone and this is a very powerful weapon." In Italy, a number of newspapers are highly politicized and are regularly used to discredit those with differing political views, sometimes reporting unsubstantiated rumors about their private lives.

Instagram says advertisers more than double in six months

Instagram says advertisers more than double in six months

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Instagram said on Thursday its advertising base more than doubled to exceed 500,000 in the last six months. Instagram, the popular picture-sharing app that uses Facebook's ad technology to target highly specific audiences, has gained traction as the preferred platform used by ad agencies for social media campaigns. The company, which was bought by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012, is expected to generate $1.5 billion in advertising revenue this year, according to research firm eMarketer.

Rocket Internet trims losses, increases debt buyback

Rocket Internet trims losses, increases debt buyback

By Emma Thomasson BERLIN (Reuters) - German e-commerce investor Rocket Internet reported progress on Thursday in cutting losses at its main start-ups with three set to generate profits by the end of 2017, while its shares were lifted by a plan to buy back convertible bonds. Rocket Internet shares, which have been hit by concerns about mounting losses and cuts to the valuation of some of the company's leading start-ups, were up 10.4 percent by 0920 GMT, but were still down a quarter on the year. Finance chief Peter Kimpel said Rocket was still working towards a goal of a public listing for one of its 10 main start-ups in food delivery, fashion and home furnishings in the coming months, but said timing would depend on market conditions.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative pledges $3 billion to fight disease

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative pledges $3 billion to fight disease

By Deborah M. Todd SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan on Wednesday pledged more than $3 billion toward a plan to "cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children's lifetime." Speaking through tears at a San Francisco event to announce the initiative, Chan said she hoped to spare parents the pain she had seen while delivering difficult news as a pediatrician. The event was attended by business and political luminaries including former Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. Zuckerberg said science and the medical community have made rapid advancements over the last 50 years, including eradicating smallpox and nearly eliminating polio without the aid of modern technology.

BlackBerry to resell app from startup that found major Android bug

BlackBerry to resell app from startup that found major Android bug

By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd has agreed to offer anti-hacking software from a startup that last year discovered a major Android bug, it said on Wednesday, as the once-dominant smartphone company seeks to leverage ties to corporate and government clients to boost its software revenue. BlackBerry's enterprise sales force will resell Zimperium's zIPS mobile threat protection application to customers of its mobile device management services, the two companies said in a statement. Zimperium said the product costs $10 a month per device, with bulk discounts available, and that BlackBerry will take an undisclosed cut of sales.

Trump Jr. tweet likening Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles irks candy maker

Trump Jr. tweet likening Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles irks candy maker

By Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - The maker of Skittles candies on Tuesday objected to a social media post by Donald Trump Jr. in which the Republican presidential hopeful's son compared admitting Syrian refugees to the United States to eating poisoned pieces of the brightly colored, fruit-flavored treats. Candidate Donald Trump has opposed letting Syrian refugees enter, while his Democratic rival in the Nov. 8 election, Hillary Clinton, has supported accepting some of those fleeing the war-torn country. In a post on Twitter on Monday accompanied by an image of the candy, Donald Trump Jr. wrote, “If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you just three would kill you.

Netflix goes local, plans Polish original productions

Netflix goes local, plans Polish original productions

Netflix Inc is expanding its Polish service to include more content subtitled or dubbed in Polish and plans to produce local shows before the end of the decade as the U.S. service seeks more subscribers away from its home market. Netflix, which first launched in Poland in January, said on Tuesday that 80 percent of its streamed content available in central and eastern Europe's most populous country now has Polish subtitles or lectors. Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said Netflix also planned to produce content in Poland in a push to promote local movies that may be of interest to a global audience.

Online used car retailer Vroom gets $50 million new funding

Online used-car retailer Vroom raised $50 million in a Series E funding round from existing and new investors, bringing the total funding to $218 million. The latest round was led by existing investor T Rowe Price Associates Inc, and added technology-focused investment firm Altimeter Capital and Foxhaven Asset Management as investors. New York-based Vroom's other investors who participated include private equity firm L Catterton, venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners and boutique investment bank Allen & Co. Vroom, started in 2013, said the funding would help expand its operations in the United States and increase inventory.

Renault, Nissan buy French tech firm to develop mobility apps

Renault, Nissan buy French tech firm to develop mobility apps

PARIS/TOKYO (Reuters) - Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co announced on Tuesday they would buy French software development company Sylpheo as they compete with global automakers and tech firms to develop new services including ride hailing and car sharing. The French and Japanese automakers said that the acquisition, under which they would absorb Sylpheo's 40 engineers and consultants, would boost their software development and cloud engineering expertise. "The Sylpheo team of software developers and cloud engineers joining the Alliance will have a unique opportunity to work on our next generation of connected cars and other advanced technologies," said Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's senior vice president of Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services.

Grab raises $750 million to take on Uber in Southeast Asia

Grab raises $750 million to take on Uber in Southeast Asia

By Aradhana Aravindan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Grab, the biggest rival to ride-sharing service Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] in Southeast Asia, has raised $750 million in a funding round, turning up the heat on the U.S. firm now seeking to expand in the region after exiting China. The successful cash-injection just a month after Indonesian peer Go-Jek raised $550 million highlights the intensifying competition in the region, as Uber shifts its focus following a deal to sell its China operations into Didi Chuxing. Four-year-old Grab said it planned to expand its services in Southeast Asia through the funding round, which was led by Japan's SoftBank Group with new and existing investors.

Twilio buys video apps software; unveils call-quality features

Twilio buys video apps software; unveils call-quality features

By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Twilio Inc. isn't a name many consumers will recognize, even though it has recently led a modest revival in the U.S. market for technology initial public offerings by nearly quadrupling in value since its stock market debut in June. The software maker is making a small acquisition on Tuesday that promises to allow customers ranging from big consumer messaging apps to telecom operators and retailers to reach billions of consumers with new video messaging features such as augmented reality, without the hassle of downloading plug-ins. Instead, it has signed up more than a million developers who use its software to build voice, video or text messaging features into apps, including WhatsApp, Uber and Airbnb.

SWIFT plans measure to help spot fraudulent bank transfers

SWIFT plans measure to help spot fraudulent bank transfers

By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - The SWIFT inter-bank messaging network plans to send daily reports to clients to help them more quickly identify unauthorized payment instructions like those used by hackers to steal $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank in February. Trillions of dollars worth of inter-bank payments are made each day using SWIFT messages but the Bangladesh theft and others which have came to light this year have knocked confidence in the supposedly super-secure system. SWIFT said in a statement on Tuesday that from December it would begin sending 'Daily Validation Reports' to clients.

U.S. may seek power to pre-approve self-driving car technology

U.S. may seek power to pre-approve self-driving car technology

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration said Monday it was considering seeking the power to review and approve technology for self-driving cars before they hit the road and said U.S. states should not set separate rules. The U.S. Transportation Department, in its most comprehensive statement yet on autonomous vehicles, also issued voluntary guidelines and urged automakers to certify that their highly automated vehicles were ready for public roads. "We have to get it right." Automakers and technology companies are racing to develop vehicles that can drive themselves at least part of the time.

Britain's May meets Goldman, Amazon, IBM to discuss post-Brexit investment

Britain's May meets Goldman, Amazon, IBM to discuss post-Brexit investment

British Prime Minister Theresa May met business chiefs from firms including Goldman Sachs , IBM and Amazon.com on Monday in an attempt to reassure investors after her country's shock vote to leave the European Union. The June 23 vote took many investors and chief executives by surprise, triggering the deepest political and financial turmoil in Britain since World War Two and the biggest ever one-day fall in sterling against the dollar. "Every working day in the United Kingdom one million people wake up and go to work for an American company.

May meets Goldman, Amazon, IBM to discuss post-Brexit investment

May meets Goldman, Amazon, IBM to discuss post-Brexit investment

By Guy Faulconbridge NEW YORK (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May met business chiefs from firms including Goldman Sachs, IBM and Amazon.com on Monday in an attempt to reassure investors after her country's shock vote to leave the European Union. The June 23 vote took many investors and chief executives by surprise, triggering the deepest political and financial turmoil in Britain since World War Two and the biggest ever one-day fall in sterling against the dollar. "Every working day in the United Kingdom one million people wake up and go to work for an American company.

Bitcoin is money, U.S. judge says in case tied to JPMorgan hack

Bitcoin is money, U.S. judge says in case tied to JPMorgan hack

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin qualifies as money, a federal judge ruled on Monday, in a decision linked to a criminal case over hacking attacks against JPMorgan Chase & Co and other companies. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan rejected a bid by Anthony Murgio to dismiss two charges related to his alleged operation of Coin.mx, which prosecutors have called an unlicensed bitcoin exchange.

Twitter to lay off less than 20 employees at India center: source

Twitter to lay off less than 20 employees at India center: source

Twitter Inc said on Monday it would lay off some employees and halt engineering work at one of its development centers in India's technology hub Bengaluru. The employees were part of ZipDial, an Indian mobile communications startup bought by Twitter last year, the source said. "Over the past 18 months, we have incorporated the technology and talent of our ZipDial acquisition across our company," said a company spokesperson.

India launches first internet hotline to tackle surge in child porn

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India on Monday launched its first internet hotline to encourage people to report online child pornography and curb a surge in photographs and videos on the internet showing children being sexually exploited, the founders of the initiative said. Siddharth Pillai, co-director of Indian anti-trafficking charity Prerana's Aarambh Initiative that will run the hotline said it would be the first step to removing online images. "First report, then block, and then take down," Pillai told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Roboats ahoy: Amsterdam canals picked to test self-driving fleet

Roboats ahoy: Amsterdam canals picked to test self-driving fleet

By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Self-driving boats and assemblies of robotic platforms will one day shuttle people and goods along Amsterdam's centuries-old canals - if a project part-funded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology bears fruit. "Imagine a fleet of autonomous boats," said professor Carlo Ratti of MIT, which donated 20 million euros ($29 million) to the project. Professor Arjan van Timmeren, scientific director of the institute leading the project, said the project envisages a high-tech return to the 17th century, Amsterdam's golden age when its canals were the main throughfare for transporting goods.

Samsung says China phone fire caused by external heat

Samsung says China phone fire caused by external heat

By Se Young Lee and Paul Carsten SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday a Galaxy Note 7 phone a Chinese user claimed caught on fire was damaged by external heating, seeking to assure customers in the world's top smartphone market the devices being sold there are safe. Samsung has said it has sold 2.5 million phones equipped with the suspect batteries. Late on Sunday, Chinese online financial magazine Caixin cited an internet user's report that their Note 7 phone, bought from JD.com Inc , had caught fire in what appeared to be the first report in China of a fire involving the handset.

Philippine central bank ordered to return recovered money to Bangladesh

Philippine central bank ordered to return recovered money to Bangladesh

A Philippine regional trial court has ordered the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to return to the Bangladesh central bank a recovered portion of the $81 million that was stolen from the bank earlier this year, a government lawyer said on Monday. The court has declared Bangladesh as the rightful owner of the funds, totaling $15 million, Ricardo Paras III, chief state counsel of the Philippines' Department of Justice, said while reading a copy of the court's ruling to a Reuters reporter. Unknown hackers tried to steal nearly $1 billion from the Bangladesh central bank's account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in early February, and succeeded in transferring $81 million to four accounts at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp in Manila.

Twitter grabs average 243,000 viewers in NFL livestream debut

Twitter grabs average 243,000 viewers in NFL livestream debut

By Amy Tennery and Jessica Toonkel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twitter Inc attracted an average of 243,000 viewers to Thursday's National Football League livestream of the New York Jets triumph over the Buffalo Bills, the first time the social media platform has broadcast an NFL game. The event drew mostly praise from Twitter users and media experts have said the NFL deal helps Twitter maintain its position as a venue for live video.

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BlackBerry CEO says turnaround two-thirds complete

BlackBerry CEO says turnaround two-thirds complete

By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen said on Monday he was two-thirds of the way toward achieving his goal of turning the Canadian technology company's fortunes around. "We have made investment over a billion-plus, all in software, all in security, and now we need to execute it," Chen said at an event in Toronto two days before the company will report its second-quarter earnings. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry, a once-dominant smartphone maker, has shifted its focus to software that companies and governments use to manage their mobile devices.

9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Monday is always the worst day of the week, but you know what might make you feel better? A bunch of free apps for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch! We've gathered an eclectic collection of games and tools for you to download today, including a photo editor, an iMessage calculator and a robot party. MUST SEE:  iPhone 7 review 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. Sago Mini Robot Party Normally $2.99. Play wherever you are — without Wi-Fi or Internet. Endless fun! No in-app purchases or third-party advertising. Let’s have a robot party! Build your own cupcake-making robot. Mix and match funny robot parts to invent super silly combinations. Does your robot have two heads or wear bunny slippers? Power up your robot and it’s time to play! Make tons of cupcakes, dance to robot music and celebrate with balloons! Robot Party is the ultimate introduction to robots for little ones. Designed to spark creative experimentation, Robot Party is easy, intuitive and tons of fun! Kids will love the outrageous options, responsive animation and silly surprises. And with 58 billion robot combinations, the possibilities are endless! Features • Stretch your imagination to build billions of robots • Explore your robot's rhythm to make music • Put your robot to work: frosting, sprinkling and smashing cupcakes! • Take pictures to show and share your unique creations • Ideal for toddlers and preschoolers, ages 2-5 • Whimsical artwork and custom sound design • Play wherever you are — without Wi-Fi or Internet • Safe and kid-friendly — no in-app purchases or third-party advertising Download Sago Mini Robot Party Flying Slime Normally $2.99. Flying Slime is a 2D swinging platformer featuring “Slimie,” an adorable creature that swings through the trees of a forest to avoid the evil harvester machine and save the Slime homeland. In survival mode, you must use special skills to elude the harvester and collect Spirit stone to unlock Slimie’s friend. In story mode, you must find the Spirit Heart to rebuild the Slime homeland. Do you have what it takes to help the flying Slime? KEY FEATURES: * Enjoy a charming storyline and a cute, clean cartoon style. * Experience finely-tuned collision mechanics. * Revel in easy-to-play, hard-to-master gameplay. * Make it to the top of the in-game ranking system. * Record gameplay, learn to improve, and share videos with friends. * Switch between multiple modes: campaign, survival, multiplayer, challenge. * Invite friends to compete against you. Download Flying Slime PDF Pro Normally $3.99. Create, read or annotate PDF documents or convert documents to PDF on your iPhone or iPad. It permits you to mark up documents with highlights and handwriting, insert text, stamps, pictures or signature and share your documents with others through email or fax. Create rich text documents and save them as PDF or convert your existing Word, Pages, Text, Power Point or Open Office documents to PDF. You can open various file formats such as MS Office, Power Point, iWork, text files, images etc and it allows you to get these files from your desktop computers through wifi or USB. Users can download documents directly from email attachments, Dropbox, Google Docs or from other applications using “Open in". Download PDF Pro Phoenix Photo Editor Normally $0.99. Phoenix is a powerful and fast photo editor with a lot of editing tools, importing and sharing options. With Phoenix you will have all the freedom to customize your photos with pretty filters, effects, borders and fonts. - it saves your current progress, you can continue in any time - undo/redo feature - supports high resolution output (up to 3000x3000) - share your project to socials directly, send via mail or print it - preserves EXIF data while editing - you can add, edit or delete geolocation Tools: - Enhance - Photo Filters - Art Filters - Light Effects - Frames - Stickers - Text labels with bunch of fonts - Vignette - Blur (5 types) - Pixelate area - Color Splash - Draw (5 tools, color picker, undo/redo) - Brightness/contrast - Hue/Saturation - Exposure - Warmth - Sharpness - Crop - Resize - Orientation Supported socials: - Twitter - Instagram (import, search by hashtag, share) - Flickr (import, search, share) - Tumblr - VKontakte Download Phoenix Photo Editor uPArt Normally $1.99. uPArt: A pixel art sketchbook built on Unity3D. Just start drawing! You have a 1024X1024 canvas at your disposal and nearly infinite pages in your sketchbook (limited by hardware memory). Just start drawing anywhere! If you need to adhere to a particular size then activate the guideline system to give you a visual reference. Ever hit the edge of your canvas because you misjudged where to start? Never again with uPArt's origin system. Set origins for your pages on the fly! What I need, when I need it! Workflow was the primary driving force in uPArt's development. User interface focused on keeping the tools you need right in front of you! Don't make the user do in 2 clicks what can be done in 1. Little is BIG! The scope of uPArt is on the smaller side. I would say that large pixel art is in the 128X128 range. That is just my opinion. Most of my artistic exploits are smaller than 128X128 and this is where uPArt excells. Once you start getting into the 512X512 realm you've ventured beyond the scope of the tool I set forth to write. You begin to lose some of the freedom given by the dynamic origin system. Then why is the canvas 1024X1024? I said that you've ventured beyond the scope… I didn't say I wouldn't let you! I would love to see what people think about using uPArt for larger pieces though I haven't tried anything that large myself. Export your work as PNG through iTunes File Sharing. Download uPArt CalcKey Normally $1.99. CalcKey is a calculator iMessage app for iPhone. CalcKey allows you to perform calculations right within iMessage, without even having to leave the app, so you finally work out exactly how much your friend owes you for dinner more quickly and easily. With fun bouncing animations, bright, bold colors and speed and simplicity, calculating sums has never been so fun! Download CalcKey Spinny Phone Normally $0.99. Pump up the volume and get ready to move fast. Your iPhone is your joystick. Spin it around different directions and follow each command to get the highest score. Be careful, the more you spin the faster it gets! Download Spinny Phone Ice Road Pinball Normally $0.99. Hot on the heels of the award-winning Monster Pinball, Matmi makes lightning strike again with Ice Road/Snowy’s Pinball. Ice Road / Snowy’s Pinball has all the exciting gameplay of Monster Pinball and hundreds of new goals, challenges and other craziness. With super-smooth graphics and stunning stereo sound, Ice Road is a gaming feast with a whole new theme! Ice Road / Snowy’s Pinball has 2 x 3 feature-packed tables so novices and pros alike will get the best out of this crazy pinball extravaganza, and with local, global, and Facebook Connect leaderboards, you’re sure to find something – or someone – to challenge you! Features: NEW Ice Road Theme Switch to Original Snowy's Theme 2 x 3 fun-packed, connected tables in a masterful pinball tower. Varied and unique goals at every turn. 60fps giving extra-smooth gameplay. Realistic physics engine. Accelerometer tilt function. Iceball feature – Score double points when active. Amazing graphics and animations. Unique sound effects in stereo. Pause, Save & Resume functions. Local and Online scoreboards. Facebook Connect lets you post your score and challenge your friends. Created specifically for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Download Ice Road Pinball Data Cellular Counter Pro Normally $1.99. If you’re worried about exceeding your daily, weekly or monthly limit for data usage, it’s time you got Data Cellular. Data Cellular keeps an eye on your data traffic by providing you with useful info so that you can use your mobile worry-free. You will be updated in real time because Data Cellular collects your data directly from your mobile, not from your service provider. It’s easy to use and you can personalize it to suit your needs. Features: - Provides a fast and accurate reading of your data usage over a 3G/LTE network and WiFi - Personalised settings - Works with all service providers Download Data Cellular Counter Pro

The Pixel phones may not be the most interesting thing Google unveils next month

Google started teasing its October 4th mobile event a few days ago, and if you’re familiar with recent rumors you probably know two things about it: the Nexus phone is dying, and the Pixel phone will replace it. Google will have other hardware on display during the event, but the company is also expected to unveil a massive milestone for Android. Andromeda, as a new operating system is internally called, might be the most important thing coming out of Google’s October 4th event. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review “We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we'll be talking about Oct 4, 2016,” Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer said cryptically on Twitter during the weekend. That’s the kind of message the often-accurate Android Police can interpret differently than most of us. The Android site has been sitting on information that something big is coming at Google’s event on October 4th. The announcement is greater than Pixel phones and bigger than Chromecast Ultra, Google Home, and Google WiFi, the site says. It’s probably Andromeda, Android Police thinks, the Android version that incorporates Chrome OS. Google has been rumored to merge the two platforms for a while now, and it may all happen next year. An Android operating system that has Chrome OS abilities would put Google in a position where it could propose buyers decent PC computing alternatives to Mac and Windows. Not to mention that Andromeda might be compatible with all Pixel-branded gadgets. https://twitter.com/lockheimer/status/779757830203068416 Lockheimer’s tweet is certainly interesting even if Android Police ’s explanation isn’t true. If Google is going to tease anything Android-related on October 4th, it’s definitely something that will affect the entire future of Android. Color us intrigued, Google!

Please don’t drill a headphone jack into your iPhone 7

I can’t believe I actually have to write this, but here we are. Absolutely don’t try to fix the iPhone 7’s headphone jack problem by drilling a hole where the port used to be. Apple did not leave the internal components in there. You won’t be able to use your 3.5mm headphone jack with a custom made hole. Instead, you’re going to ruin a very expensive handset. Honestly, I refuse to believe anyone would actually believe Apple would do such a thing in the first place. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review YouTube channel TechRax made a video that was supposed to make fun of Apple’s controversial decision to remove the headphone jack. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and the video is brilliantly trolling Apple. Just don’t do it yourself. It should be pretty clear that the video is a parody. Some people are hopefully responding with parody comments to it when they say they have destroyed their iPhones after drilling holes as instructed. If any of them are real, then buying a smartphone is probably not the first things these people need to fix. Apple received plenty of criticism for its decision to kill the 3.5mm port, but the company simply doesn’t seem to care. And don’t expect the ancient port to make a comeback next year. Ultimately, everyone will just get with the program, including buyers, accessory makers, and even competitors. Meanwhile, check out TechRax ’s video below, which went viral since being posted online a few days ago. And whatever you do, never take a drill on a smartphone or any smart gadget, to fix it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tqH-Un9SFU

Best Buy is bringing exciting crowdfunded products to its retail stores

The problem with crowdfunding projects is that you can never know which ones to trust. They all look great on paper, but making new products with limited resources can be challenging for some startups — assuming they don’t plan to rip off excited buyers in the first place. But there are great projects coming out of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and retailers are starting to pay attention to them. Amazon already set up its own virtual shop for startups, and Best Buy is about to follow suit. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review The company on Monday announced its Best Buy Ignite initiative, which will let customers try out brand new crowdfunded products in its retail stores, as well as giving them the ability to order some of them online. “Key features of the program include dedicated store space for products and services from startups; a new section on BestBuy.com where customers can browse, learn about, and purchase the newest products from startups; and a partnership with PCH, a product innovation company that works closely with startups to help get their products into consumers’ hands, faster and at a lower cost,” the company said in a press release. The first Ignite space will open for business in the new Mountain View Best Buy store. It’ll include a selection of crowdfunded gadgets including the Tangram smart rope, Flic smart button, RoBo 3D printer, Zuli Smartplug, and Noke Bluetooth padlock. The Ignite space will also feature Under Armour tech and music-related gadgets. Buyers outside of the Bay Area will be able to find products from hot startups online at BestBuy.com, but also in hundreds of Best Buy stores nationwide. The full press release follows: Best Buy Brings Leading Startups, Innovators to Consumers Like Never Before For more than 50 years, customers have relied on Best Buy to help them learn about and enjoy consumer electronics. Now Best Buy’s Ignite program gives customers access to even more of the latest technology from some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and startups in consumer electronics. Key features of the program include dedicated store space for products and services from startups; a new section on BestBuy.com where customers can browse, learn about, and purchase the newest products from startups; and a partnership with PCH, a product innovation company that works closely with startups to help get their products into consumers’ hands, faster and at a lower cost. Revamped Silicon Valley Store A new Ignite space in the new Mountain View Best Buy store (which opened September 16 after relocating from its previous location in Sunnyvale) is designed to give customers an opportunity to discover and learn about some of the newest tech products on the market. The Best Buy Ignite space currently features three experiences: • A selection of crowd-funded gadgets from startups, including the Tangram smart rope, Flic smart button, RoBo 3D printer, Zuli Smartplug and Noke Bluetooth padlock – all of which are also available on BestBuy.com • Wearable technology showcasing the latest from Under Armour • Audio showcasing Muzik, smart and connected headphones, and Bragi, wireless smart earphones For customers outside of the Bay Area, other startup products can be found online and in hundreds of Best Buy stores nationwide. Examples include the Anova precision cooker and Fizzics draft beer system, Keen Home smart vent, Petcube pet camera and Luma Home Wi-Fi system. Many stores will also have the Mevo live event camera, SkyLab camera stabilizers and Prynt instant photo printer. PCH Best Buy’s partnership with PCH will make it easier and quicker for Best Buy customers to get their hands on startups’ innovative products, both in Best Buy stores and on BestBuy.com. Now, select startups will be able to take advantage of PCH’s services, including assistance with product development and manufacturing, to packaging and inventory management. Ignite Online Later this fall, customers will be able to visit a new Best Buy Ignite page on BestBuy.com to browse, learn about, and shop for new products from some of the most innovative startups. The new section will include a variety of gadgets, including many of those currently featured in the Best Buy store in Silicon Valley. Entrepreneurs and startups interested in participating in Best Buy’s Ignite program don’t need to wait; they can sign up now at https://www.bestbuy.com/ignite/vendors.

The high-tech hotel of the future is already here

If the Starwood hotel chain has its way, the hotel room of the future will be more of a customizable set of experiences that listens to you and stands ready to cater to your wishes — and that’s less of, well, just a room. The company’s hotel brand Aloft in recent weeks started trialing voice-activated hotel rooms in its Boston Seaport and Santa Clara properties. The service, currently enabled in 10 rooms at each property, includes guests being greeted by a personalized welcome letter on the in-room TV when they check in. They quickly learn that a branded iPad is ready to be set up with a “Hey Siri” to learn the sound of their voice so it can go on to control the guest’s room experience. DON'T MISS:  10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone Once the iPad learns the guest’s voice, says Aloft Hotels general brand manager Eric Marlo, a menu will list all of the functions available - things like personalized streaming for Apple or Android devices, Netflix, mapping for local area attractions and a full integrated TV experience. The iPads present guests with a tutorial to guide them through the setup process, and the voice-activated hotel rooms work with Apple HomeKit to allow guests to control the temperature, the lights via preset lighting options, music, or browsing the Internet. When the guest checks out, a message is sent to the app erasing all data so that the next guest walks into the room with a fresh app and no information stored from the previous occupant. “The world is constantly changing, especially in hospitality, and we need to adapt to it,” Marlo tells BGR. “Guests utilize similar innovations at home and may already be using Apple HomeKit in their personal lives, so we want them to have an integrated experience when they travel and stay at Aloft as well. Our guests want a level of personalization unlike ever before, which includes controlling their guest experience.” This experience is also the foundation of more to come, at both Aloft and elsewhere. This is actually the latest tech-focused offering from Aloft, which has previously introduced a robotic bellhop it calls Botlr (butler, get it?) that could accompany guests to their rooms. The chain rolled out a service that let guests use their smartphones as room keys and a service called RoomCast Powered by Chromecast, which lets guests stream content from their smart devices to guest room TVs minus passwords and logins (currently in the pilot phase at Aloft New Orleans.) Talking to the room, Marlo explained, seemed like the natural next step. Whether these offerings seem gimmicky or point the way forward, they do underscore how much the hotel room experience is changing beyond the expectation of a TV, bed and an assortment of other basic conveniences. Hilton recently rolled out a kind of concierge robot helper of its own — Connie — powered by IBM’s Watson that can do things like make restaurant recommendations for guests in addition to greeting them and answering simple questions. It’s not all high-tech tweaks, to be sure. Hospitality improvements touch everything from healthier food to greener facilities to quality linens for bedding as well as the basic layout of the room itself. But companies like Starwood-Aloft have started to think way beyond that. For example, Marlo said the chain has already gotten “tons of calls” from other properties looking to have the voice-activated offerings installed. Which is why he says he’s confident this will make its way to more Aloft properties as well as across the Starwood portfolio. “In thinking of what’s next for our voice-activated hotel rooms, we’re looking into the idea of room delivery on the app from our Re:Fuel lobby bars,” Marlo says. “This would bring the grab and go options from the main level straight to the guest’s door – and how cool would it be if it was a property with a Botlr delivering it. We’re also exploring the idea of electronic drapes controlled by ‘Hey Siri,’ and the addition of HomeKit triggers, meaning guest preferences would be integrated onto the (Starwood Preferred Guest) guest profile prior to his or her arrival. If they prefer the shades rise at 6 a.m., the room will know to do that. If the guest wants the room temperature lowered to 68 degrees at 10 p.m., the room will know to do that. It’s pretty cool stuff.”

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

Start the weekend off right with a fresh new collection of completely free apps for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. There are a few camera apps, a cloud music manager, an app for audio professionals and even a tool to help you find the right home. Plus, if that's not enough, you can always check yesterday's post too . MUST SEE:  iPhone 7 review 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. M/S Processor Normally $0.99. M/S Processor is an Audiobus-compatible iOS application intended for audio professionals requiring Mid/Side (M/S) signal processing. Functionality While the most common use case for M/S Processor is decoding a M/S signal to L/R, the reverse process (encoding L/R to M/S) is also possible. A third mode, inline mode, is also included. In this mode, a stereo signal is encoded to M/S, and then decoded again to L/R. This 2-in-1 mode is useful for tasks such as narrowing or widening the stereo image, or muting the M or S channels independently for creative or experimental purposes. Audiobus Integration M/S Processor is most useful when used as an Audiobus filter. In this case, M/S Processor can be used to process audio before feeding it into any other Audiobus-compatible audio application such as Apple's Garageband for recording and further processing. Main Features • External audio and Audiobus input • Encode, Decode, and Inline processing modes • Peak and RMS metering for input and output channels with peak overload indicator • Gain (-48dB to +24dB) rotary controls (per channel) • Linked Gains button • Swap Channels (M ↔ S, L ↔ R) button • Mute, and Phase Rotation buttons (per channel) • Hi-res Retina graphics Download M/S Processor DataFlow Pro Normally $1.99. Track network data usage in real-time. Features: - Track cellular and wifi data usage in real-time - Network speed monitor - Data usage history - Auto reset on bill cycle date - All kinds of data plan (Monthly, weekly, daily…) - Themes and Widget styles - Support Apple Watch Download DataFlow Pro Flight Tracker Normally $0.99. Turn your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch into an air traffic radar and see planes around the world move in real-time on a detailed map. Or point your device at a plane in the sky to find out where it’s going and more. Discover today why millions are already tracking flights with Flight radar. Download Flight Tracker Stream - Cloud Music Player Normally $1.99. Stream was created to give you a seamless listening, managing and syncing cloud music experience. It allows you to create a personal streaming service with cloud storage like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Yandex.Disk to save space on your device and have access to all of your music. How it works? Upload all music to your favourite cloud storage then use Stream to connect and enjoy your music anywhere. Add your music to your device without iTunes, easy and fast using local WiFi transfer or download music to your iPhone to play it without internet (Offline mode). It’s a multi-cloud system therefore you can stream lists of music regardless where they are stored. Access your favourite music across all your devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod library, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Yandex.Disk and your computer. Stream your music with in advanced and powerful media player. App Features: - Full iOS9, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support! Music player: - Full featured media player - Sleep timer - Lock screen playback controls - Background music playback - Equalizer with BassBooster - Over 20 realistic EQ presets - Stylish audio Visualizer - Fine scrubbing - Album cover art Playlists: - Create your own playlists Media Library: - Import music from your iPod library - Tabs for Songs, Albums, Artists Manager: - Wi-Fi Transfer - Download and upload music, pictures, archives from - Box - Dropbox - Google Drive - OneDrive - Yandex.Disk - Move, rename or delete tracks & songs - Search by artist, title, album - Create and manage folders Download Stream - Cloud Music Player Maze The Quest Normally $0.99. Maze The Quest is a small adventure action roguelike. Helps your hero in search key and the exit of each maze. Endless mazes and various sizes. Various monsters, traps, spells and attributes in the purest style of RPG. Many weapons, shields, accessories and items with which you can equip your hero. Game made by a person, 100% indie. Thanks for your support!!. Download Maze The Quest prism Normally $0.99. "prism" is the most beautiful and simple solution to enhance your browsing experience. #adblock Browse to your favorite sites without annoying adverts. Block tracking scripts to keep your privacy. "prism" has no whitelist. NO page is preferred when trying to block content. Browsing feels crisper than ever before! It is very memory friendly and can save you a lot of data usage when surfing. block ads, beautify the web! the perfect adblock app: › simple setup, fast browsing, no tracking, no ads! NO In-App-Purchases Download prism Gif Me! Camera Normally $1.99. Gif Me! is the best way to create and share short video in animated GIF or MP4. It's easy: capture a small moment with your built in camera, and share it on social networks. You can apply an image filter too. -- Features -- * Capture frames with camera * Import photos from your album * Import a video file * Import a live photo * Real time color filters * Add a frame, text on the animation * Stop motion or video mode * Send by email * Share on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) * You can remove watermark in settings * You can create stop motion, time lapse, slideshow or wiggle gifs Download Gif Me! Camera Pro FX Camera Normally $1.99. Pro FX Camera contains 300 filters and all editing features that allow you to beautifully express the best moments of your life that let you see the world in a classic way. ◉ WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT Pro FX Camera themes vary from the feel of film camera to the unique sets of classy moods or fun creativity. Whether you are looking for special effects or light leak, you will find it all in Pro FX Camera. ◉ MORE AWESOME FEATURES • Provides 300 professional filter effects • Choose 10 effects filter groups • Support iOS 9 and Apple Watch • Edit in portrait or landscape mode • High resolution support up to 6528 pixels • Quickly search for filters • Create natural lighting effects • Digital Filter Suite Download Pro FX Camera Bokeh Pro Normally $2.99. Do you want to add romantic, fantasy, gorgeous feel to your photos? Bokeh is originally pronounced in Japanese for blur effect produced in out of focus image by a lens. Different shapes of bokeh can be produced from lens aberrations and aperture shape. Bokeh effects can show depth of field of a photo. We have more than 5 MILLION users, so we know what you want. There's no need DSLR camera to create bokeh effects now. You can have bokeh photo instantly with this app. Transforms your photo into various nice effects by adding bokeh to your photo! All effects are designed together by professional photographers and real artists to provide you the most amazing effect to your photo. * INSTANT EFFECTS. * LIVE CAMERA PREVIEW. Allow user to see how does an effect looks before capturing. * EDIT User may erase/remove bokeh on face after capturing. * Share to INSTAGRAM / FACEBOOK / TWITTER * Save to PHOTO ALBUM Download Bokeh Pro Burbium Normally $8.99. First Time Home Buyer? Find the Perfect Burb in Seconds with Burbium. SAVE TIME AND MONEY. ADD PEACE OF MIND. Use simple, intuitive tools to find the perfect suburb that meets your specific criteria. *** Custom Commute Calculator - Want to find nice burbs that are at most 30 minutes from work by car? Done. - Enter one or two work locations and your max commute time and Burbium automatically filters for towns that fit your commute criteria *** Personal Burb Rankings - Burbium will automatically generate a personalized Top Burb List just for you - Create a customized set of weightings for space, quality of schools, eco friendliness and more *** Detailed Burb Stats & Links - Save countless hours of online research with Burbium's detailed burb-specific stats and information - Find helpful links for each burb for specific school ratings, local brokers, listings and even grocery stores Download Burbium

iPhone 7 review

When I reviewed Apple’s iPhone 6  two years ago, I wrote about how different reviewing an iPhone is compared to reviewing any other smartphone — or any other product at all, for that matter. A reviewer’s job is generally to present an overview of a product’s user experience, as well as to discuss strengths and shortcomings. The goal in doing this is to assist the reader in making a purchase decision. But with iPhones, this hasn’t been the case since the first-generation model. Either someone is going to buy an iPhone or he or she is not; reviews have almost no bearing on anyone’s decision. Interestingly, while Apple’s new iPhone 7 is the first new number-generation iPhones to resemble their predecessors so closely in terms of design, they are also the first new iPhones to differ so dramatically in this way: reviews actually do matter. Apple’s new iPhones look so similar to last year’s models and to 2014’s models that people aren’t quite sure what to make of them. Are they really "boring," like many gadget blogs have been saying for months? Or are they truly as impressive as Apple’s marketing rhetoric and Apple bloggers’ reviews would lead you to believe? In this review, we’ll cut through the noise and see just how impressive or disappointing Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are. First, let’s work our way through the narrative that guided coverage ahead of the new iPhones’ debut. Yes, they feature a design that is strikingly similar to Apple’s iPhone lineup for the past two years. Is that a bad thing? It depends on who you ask. Apple strayed far from convention in 2016 and released two new phones that do not feature a dramatically different outward facing design. iPhone users are accustomed to seeing a brand new iPhone one year and an updated "S" version in the same housing the following year. Then, a fresh new iPhone is due to follow each new "S." This year, Apple didn’t exactly build an iPhone 6ss, but the new design of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus really isn’t that new at all. The antenna lines on the back are a bit different, the cameras are new, the color scheme has been updated, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, and the regular home button has been replaced by a capacitive button. Beyond that, it’s the same design. There are good arguments for Apple’s decision to keep the same design this year, and there are also good arguments for changing it. In the end, it obviously doesn’t matter. These are the new iPhones. Many people were left wondering why Apple chose to reuse the iPhone 6 design again though, and it’s absolutely a valid question. Nothing is confirmed at this point, of course, but multiple reliable sources have reported that next year’s new iPhone — Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone — will feature a dramatic redesign. Rather than deal with the expense and logistical challenges that would be presented by launching a redesigned iPhone lineup in two consecutive years, Apple chose to tweak its earlier design. The real question is, does it matter? Of course, there’s no wrong answer to that question. If you want a new iPhone but the idea of upgrading to a phone that looks just like your current smartphone gives you pause, then yes, it matters. If you want a new iPhone and performance and features are your biggest concerns, then it doesn’t matter. Or does it? As I noted in an earlier article , I decided to switch from the smaller iPhone 6s to the larger iPhone 7 Plus this year. I did get a 4.7-inch iPhone 7 to review though, and I received it a day before my new iPhone 7 Plus. As my personal phone, I found that the shine wore off within just a few hours. I was already bored. Now, there’s precious little question that the iPhone 7 is faster than the iPhone 6s, though the performance boost is nowhere near as noticeable as it was from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6s. The camera is also dramatically improved, as is the display. But it really doesn’t feel like a brand new phone, when you upgrade from the iPhone 6s. Instead, it feels like a better iPhone 6s. If you have an iPhone 6, an iPhone 5s or an older model, the iPhone 7 is a tremendous upgrade that will blow you away. If you have an Android phone and you make the switch to the iPhone 7, you’ll love the sleek design and snappy performance. But after a few weeks, days or even hours, I think a lot of people are going to find that the upgrade from last year’s iPhone 6s or 6s Plus to a comparable iPhone 7 model just doesn’t feel like a big jump. Is this going to be a problem for Apple? In the long run, I don’t think so. Bored iPhone users could sway purchase decisions toward the end of the iPhone 7 cycle and negatively impact sales to an extent, but next year’s massive redesign will instantly erase any memory of boredom among iPhone fans. Also, the iPhone 7 Plus is a more significant upgrade thanks to its new dual camera, so this problem will likely have less of an impact on phablet users. And if you jumped from the smaller model to the Plus like I did, you’re in for a great upgrade. Since we’re all familiar with the hardware design at this point, let’s focus briefly on what has changed. Beginning with the face of the phone, Apple’s updated displays on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are noticeably improved from last year’s models. They’re still LCD screens and they still feature the same resolutions — 720p for the iPhone 7, 1080p for the iPhone 7 Plus — but the quality of the screens is far more impressive. Colors are more vibrant and contrast is improved as well. In fact, a review from a display expert  recently called Apple’s new iPhone 7 displays the best LCD displays in the world, adding that they are "visually indistinguishable from perfect." If that’s not high praise, I’m not sure what is. Beneath the screen you’ll find a completely redesigned home button that is no longer a conventional button. Instead, it’s a recessed surface that remains stationary when you press it. It feels like a normal button though, because Apple has introduced an advanced Taptic Engine that uses haptic feedback to simulate the sensation of a button press. And it’s pretty scary how good a job Apple has done. I’ve handed the phone to a number of people and had them play with the home button for a few moments before telling them that it’s not actually a button. When I do, they all have the same puzzled look on their faces. Then I have them try to press the home button with a fingernail and it sets in that it is not actually a button that can be depressed. It's pretty scary how close the haptic feedback feels to an actual button press. Features like raise-to-wake and the new 3D Touch home button are stepping-stones for next year’s new iPhone, which won’t have a home button at all. As we’ve seen described in patents and then again in recent reports, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner will be embedded beneath the display and the Taptic Engine will provide haptic feedback to simulate button presses. Also new on the face of the phone is a second loudspeaker to create a stereo listening experience for the first time on an iPhone. You won’t notice it while looking at the phone, but it’s where the ear speaker has always been. Just like the HTC 10, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now have one front-facing speaker and one downward-facing speaker on the bottom of the phone. The result is a much better audio experience when watching video or playing music without connected headphones, though the sound quality isn’t quite as good as it is on the HTC 10. And speaking of audio experiences and connected headphones... As has been covered very, very extensively online and by the mainstream media, Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do not have standard 3.5mm audio jacks like most smartphones do. Apple had some very good reasons for removing the headphone jack, though Phil Schiller’s "courage" explanation certainly isn’t one of them. Instead, Apple removed the standard plug in order to free up space that was being occupied by a single-purpose legacy connector. Love it or hate it, the deed is done and we’ll likely never see another flagship iPhone ship with a 3.5mm audio port. Is this really such a huge deal? For some people, this is a big deal. Yes, Apple included an adapter in the box so that standard headphones with a 3.5mm plug can still connect to the phone. But people accustomed to listening to music through wired headphones while charging their handset are out of luck… unless they switch to wireless headphones or purchase a ridiculous third-party adapter. https://twitter.com/zacharye/status/773972335275704324 Personally, I don’t think the loss of the headphone jack is a very big deal. In a few months the complaints will have vanished and a year or three from now, we won’t even remember the old days when smartphones had 3.5mm audio ports. What’s a bit aggravating in this case though, is that Apple’s solution is half-baked and incomplete. An adapter solves the issue of compatibility with older headphones, but what about charging while listening? The inclusion of wireless charging support will resolve this problem to an extent — wireless charging isn’t always available or convenient yet — but Apple’s iPhone lineup won’t support wireless charging until next year at the earliest. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do support one new wireless technology, however. Apple introduced a new "W1" chip in the iPhone 7 series and in the innovative though hideous new AirPods that use Apple's smart wireless technology to pair and the latest Bluetooth protocol to stream. Apple says its new tech is powerful enough to carry high-quality audio but also incredibly energy-efficient. Also of note, there is some good news to come out of the headphone jack debacle: removing the port was one of several major changes Apple made in order to achieve an IP67 dust- and water-resistance rating. That means the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can be submerged under several feet of water for up to 30 minutes and still work just fine. They’re actually far more water-resistant than that, and we’ve already seen dunk tests in up to 35 feet of water . We’ve also seen people snap photos while their iPhones were submerged. Should you plan on using your new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus underwater? It’ll probably survive if you do, but it would be best to avoid making a habit of it. The phone was designed to withstand rain, splashes, sprays and quick accidental dunks, but that doesn’t mean you should tempt fate. The other main hardware changes are found around back, where Apple has redesigned the iPhone’s antennas so that only two "antenna lines" are needed, one near the bottom of the phone and a second that runs across the top. Apple also included new cameras on the front and back of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and they represent one of the biggest upgrades the iPhones received in 2016. Both new models share the same upgraded 7-megapixel front-facing camera. Around back, Apple’s iPhone 7 gets a new 12-megapixel sensor that captures images 60% faster and is 30% more energy-efficient than the rear camera on the iPhone 6s. It has a 6-element lens, an f/1.8 aperture and a new image signal processor with twice the throughput of Apple’s previous-generation ISP. It’s also supported by what Apple is calling a Quad-LED True Tone flash, which includes four different LED bulbs to improve brightness and tone. Thankfully, the iPhone 7 camera also gets optical image stabilization this year. In 2014 and 2015, only the larger Plus model iPhones had OIS. The bigger iPhone 7 Plus gets a new dual-lens setup that includes two separate cameras positioned side by side on the back of the phone. One is the same 28mm camera as the rear camera in the iPhone 7, while the second has a 56mm telephoto lens. The new setup provides two main features that most smartphone cameras do not support. First, the iPhone 7 Plus has 2x optical zoom. A tap on the screen switches the main camera from the 28mm lens to the 56mm lens, allowing the shooter to zoom in without any loss of image quality. Both the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 have 10x digital zoom as well, and zooming can now be done either by pinching or by tapping the new zoom button on the 7 Plus and then spinning the dial that pops up either to the right to zoom in, or to the left to zoom out. Second, the telephoto lens captures depth information when taking a standard photo. Along with Apple’s upcoming iOS 10.1 update, the Plus camera will be able to produce a "bokeh" effect that blurs the background and simulates a photo captured by a DSLR camera. The dual-camera setup isn’t just for zoom and bokeh, however. Every press of the shutter button on the iPhone 7 Plus actually captures two images, one with the 28mm lens and one with the 56mm lens. Data from both images is then fused behind the scenes to create a single photo. Of note, the wide-angle lens has OIS while the telephoto lens does not. You can read more about the cameras and see photo samples in this post . The bottom line is this: there have never been better cameras on an iPhone than these cameras. In fact, they’re at least as good as the camera Samsung uses on its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7 phones, which has been the best smartphone camera in the world since March of this year. Personally, I can’t pick a clear winner between Samsung and Apple. Photos captured by the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus in some lighting conditions look better than the same photos snapped on a Galaxy S7 or Note 7, while the S7 and Note 7 clearly have the edge in other lighting conditions. All four of these phones feature cameras capable of capturing breathtaking photos and stunning video, making all of them fantastic choices for anyone who counts camera quality among their priorities when choosing a smartphone. The final big change regarding the iPhone 7’s design is the two new colors Apple introduced this year. Just one year after adding rose gold to its palette, Apple has added a pair of darker color options on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The first is black, which replaces space gray. The black iPhone 7 models feature a smooth finish that is similar to the other three available colors (silver, gold and rose gold), but obviously much deeper. Next up is Apple’s new "Jet Black" color, which has been a topic of much debate. Some people are upset that it’s next to impossible to buy a jet black iPhone right now. Others are angry because the new color is only available on the more expensive 128GB and 256GB iPhone models. Of course like most complaints, these will quickly fade as we move further from launch. But one issue will remain: Jet Black was built to fail. https://twitter.com/zacharye/status/778223454935982080 Apple’s new Jet Black iPhones are stunning. The smooth high-gloss finish reflects light and captures different colors as it does, but it also captures some things that are far less desirable like scratches, scuffs, grease and grime. In fact, the problem is so serious that Apple had to include a disclaimer on its website: The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone. If you buy a Jet Black iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, it will get scratched up. Period. If you put a case on it, it will still get scratched up as dust and dirt inevitably works their way in between the case and the phone. There’s simply no way to avoid it. So if the idea of buying a phone that will begin showing scuffs and scratches within a few hours of your purchase is off-putting, definitely purchase a different color. Moving inside the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple made some serious internal improvements. The new iPhones have twice as much storage as last year’s models. The 16GB iPhone is no more, having been replaced at the entry-level by a new 32GB storage option. The mid-tier models include 128GB of storage, and the top-tier iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus ship with 256GB of internal storage. Where the smaller iPhone 7 is concerned, the storage bump comes at no additional expense. Pricing remains $649 for the entry-level model, while the 128GB and 256GB versions cost $749 and $849, respectively. The larger iPhone 7 Plus models are more expensive than the 2015 iPhones they replace, however. Pricing at each tier has been increased by $20, so the phones cost either $769, $869 or $969 instead of $749, $849 and $949, which is where pricing has been for the past two years. Why the extra $20 when prices haven’t increased for smaller iPhone 7 units? The answer likely lies in the new camera modules as well as the additional RAM in the Plus model compared to the smaller version. Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 7 has 2GB of RAM just like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but the iPhone 7 Plus has 3GB. Don’t expect any huge all-around performance benefit from that extra gig of RAM, though. Instead, the additional RAM is there to assist with photo processing since the dual camera setup captures so much more data than a single-lens camera. Running the show inside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is a new A10 Fusion chipset designed by Apple. The 64-bit chip features two high-performance processor cores that are 40% faster than the A9 chip that powers the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and two high-efficiency cores that consume one-fifth as much power as last year’s A9. The result is blinding speed when the phones need to do some heavy lifting, and improved battery life during normal operation. The A10 Fusion chip also packs a six-core GPU that is 50% faster than the A9’s GPU and yet consumes only two-thirds as much power. Thanks to the new chipset and larger batteries in both iPhone 7 models, this year’s new iPhones are faster than last year’s models while also offering better battery life. Apple says the iPhone 7 lasts an average of 2 hours longer per charge than the iPhone 6s, while the iPhone 7 Plus outlasts the iPhone 6s plus during typical use by an average of one hour. Those are big improvements in terms of percentages, but in reality the user experience is largely unchanged. The Plus model will still go well past a full 24 hours without needing to be recharged, while the smaller model absolutely will not. iOS 10 is the rest of the story, though Apple’s latest major iOS update obviously isn’t unique to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Unlike Android, Apple has managed to create a system that allows it to push operating system updates directly to end users. As a result, iOS 10 was available the very same day it was released on all compatible devices, including ten different iPhone models, eight different iPad models and the most recent iPod touch. For those keeping score, the oldest iOS device that received Apple’s iOS 10 update was released just over four years ago. Do any four-year-old Android phones have Nougat yet? Marshmallow? Apple’s new iOS 10 software brings with it a host of new features that further enhance the iOS experience. As has been the case for the past few years, Apple focused on refining and enhancing existing features with iOS 10. The resulting operating system is dramatically improved and enhanced, but don’t expect much in the way of innovative new features. Highlights in iOS 10 include a new Messages app that’s packed full of features and now supports its own App Store, a new lock screen, redesigned widgets, a revamped notification system that lets you respond to messages right from within a notification on any screen, a new Photos app, big Maps updates, bigger Siri updates, a dramatically improved Apple Music experience, Quick Type enhancements including emoji recommendations, and plenty more. And of course, iOS 10 continues to be supported by the world's leading third-party app ecosystem . Apple’s new iPhones are the best iPhones the company has ever made. Obviously. The same can be said of every new iPhones that are released. But what separates this year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus from their predecessors is where things get interesting. Whittled down to its simplest terms, Apple’s new iPhones are an "S" update, making this the first time Apple has ever released S updates in two consecutive years. iPhones get big performance boosts and nifty new features each and every year, but the external design is what separates number updates from S updates. Yes, there are some subtle design changes on the iPhone 7 series compared to last year’s models. But as far as most people are concerned, the iPhone 7 sports the same housing Apple used last year and the year before. Even the dimensions are identical, down to the millimeter. So the question becomes, are you willing to purchase another S update? If you currently have an iPhone 6, an iPhone 6 Plus or any earlier iPhone model, or if you’re switching from Android to an iPhone, this is truly a no-brainer. The performance boost when jumping to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will blow your mind — they’re the fastest phones in the world . Add in the incredible new cameras, the gorgeous new displays, twice as much storage and all the other new features Apple mixed in, and you’ve got yourself the best all-around smartphones on the planet. The real question for many users will be whether or not they should upgrade from an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. If you use an annual upgrade plan through your wireless carrier or through Apple, again, you should obviously upgrade. These phones are amazing. If you’re buying them outright though, you have a difficult decision to make. These are not "boring" iPhones by any stretch of the imagination but as I mentioned before, I did get bored very quickly when moving from an iPhone 6s to an iPhone 7. It’s an S upgrade. Again. Another S upgrade?! Is Apple doomed?! Should Tim Cook be fired?!? No. The iPhone 6/6 Plus cycle was the biggest smartphone cycle in history, and tens of millions of people now have 2-year-old phones that need to be upgraded. In the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, they’ll find an upgrade that will absolutely knock their socks off. The same goes for people coming over from a different manufacturer and switching to an iPhone. Then, next year, you get the massive design overhaul you’ve been waiting for. You get a gorgeous new OLED display that takes up more of the phone’s face. You get an innovative new all-ceramic housing  in sleek new colors, perhaps. You get a slimmer design with wireless charging and no home button. You get an even better 3D Touch experience with an invisible TouchID fingerprint scanner embedded in the display. And of course, you'll also get a huge boost in power and performance. In the meantime, all you have to tide you over are the two best smartphones in the world.

Have Apple designs become too familiar and boring? The answer is more complicated than you think

Over the past few years, there has been an increasingly well-traveled narrative that would have you believe that Apple’s once vaunted penchant for design has vanished. Whereas Apple products used to be revered for taking bold risks and introducing cutting edge designs, it seems as if it's been a few years since a new Apple product has been heralded as a design-win. With the recent introduction of the iPhone 7, this narrative has picked up steam once again. Even though the iPhone 7 is jam packed with a multitude of compelling new features, including a better display, improved battery life and impressive camera technologies, some analysts and pundits can’t help but get hung up on the fact that aesthetic design of the iPhone 7 is boring, familiar, and proof positive that Apple these days is more interested in playing it safe than in taking risks and pushing the design envelope forward. DON'T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone Typically, critics of Apple’s design aesthetic offer nothing more than hyperbolic statements that would otherwise have you believe that Apple’s best days are behind it. This zero-sum game type of approach may make for eye-catching headlines, but it often ignore the nuance involved in product design. Having said that, a recent piece from designer Dustin Curtis takes a rather interesting and decidedly fair view of Apple’s somewhat repetitive design ethos as of late. In a piece titled What happened to Apple’s industrial design team?, Curtis, to his credit, doesn’t just lazily proclaim that the iPhone 7 looks similar to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6. On the contrary, Curtis takes a broad look at the entirety of Apple’s product line and can’t help but come away with the feeling that stagnation now defines a design team that was once renowned for innovation. The iPhone 6 looks and feels like every other modern smartphone. It is unremarkable. So I was incredibly surprised when Apple released the iPhone 7 last week, which, from an industrial design standpoint, is essentially an iPhone 6 with a new coat of paint. The iPhone has been committed to at least another year of sporting an unremarkable design. Unfortunately, this industrial design stagnation did not start with the newly released iPhone. It has been happening for years, and is even clearer when you look at the iPad, which has not seen a case design update since 2013–not even an update to integrate the materials and casing technology improvements from the newest iPhones–or the MacBook Pro, which has been virtually untouched for more than five years, since 2011 . Even the newest iPad Pro models simply reuse existing iPad industrial designs, including the same chamfered aluminum edge around the screen, which can be traced back to the iPad 2, also released in 2011. Curtis raises an interesting point here. While it’s one thing to defend a single Apple product for not evolving, it is something of a peculiarity that we haven’t seen any cutting-edge push-the-envelope type of designs emanate from Apple in quite some time. Now whether or not this is a bad thing isn’t entirely clear. As devices like the iMac and the iPhone have matured and essentially evolved into giant screens with impossibly thin form factors, the room designers have to work with, the area under which they can work their magic has necessarily become much narrower. Has Apple “lost the ability to experiment due to rapid growth and unprecedented scale” as Curtis suggests? That may be part of the equation, but it’s still hard to call Apple’s design stagnation a problem just yet, especially as the company’s products become more and more popular with each passing year. Consider this: did people buy iPods because they enjoyed the aesthetic of the design or because it was an incredibly intuitive and forward-thinking product? As Steve Jobs famously said, "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." To that point, one could argue that the hoopla over Apple's design stagnation is overblown. Championing this point of view, John Gruber of Daring Fireball   opines : Here’s the genius of the black and (especially) jet black iPhones 7. In a very seductive way, they look like something new and desirable. And at the same time, they are instantly recognizable as iPhones. That is what Manjoo and similar-minded I’m-bored-with-Apple’s-designs don’t get. With a highly successful product and brand, new versions need to strike a balance between familiarity, the foundations of the brand, and hot newness. The bored-with-Apple crowd just wants the hot newness. You need to recognize a Porsche 911 as a 911. An iPhone needs to look like an iPhone. The design needs to evolve, not transform. The thing to keep in mind is that the iPhone itself, what it looks like in your hand, is the embodiment of the iPhone brand. There is nothing printed on the front face of an iPhone because there doesn’t need to be. The Apple logo is the company’s logo. The iPhone’s logo is the iPhone itself. Hot newness , as Gruber  calls it, is undeniably exciting, but when consumers are bombarded by new designs just for the sake of new design, it tends to be more of a jumbled mess than anything else. Curtis finishes with an intriguing proposition: perhaps Apple has simply abandoned frequent and subtle design shifts in favor of more grandiose design transformations that necessarily require more of a runway before becoming ready to introduce to the public. But there is one other potential explanation: maybe Apple has taken the enormous–one might even say courageous –risk of spending all of its resources on far-future product designs to the severe detriment of current products. I sincerely hope so. Food for thought. Curtis’ entire piece is well worth reading in its entirety. As opposed to some pundits out there, he doesn't profess to have all the answers, nor does he make sweeping generalizations about Apple’s future prospects for success. If you're the least beast curious about the state of Apple design, it's well worth checking out.

iOS 10.1 public beta 1 is out, download it right now

Apple on Wednesday seeded iOS 10.1 beta 1 to developers, but anyone could install it with the help of the same trick that worked during the regular iOS 10 beta period. But true Apple fans know that a public beta release follows one day after developers get theirs. And, sure enough, Apple delivered. iOS 10.1 public beta 1 is available to download right away. If you own an iPhone 7 Plus and want to try out the new bokeh portrait mode that Apple did not include in the final iOS 10 release, you should definitely go get the beta. DON’T MISS: 10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone If you’re already registered for iOS beta access, then you can update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 10 public beta 1 over-the-air (OTA). The process is similar to any other public beta update or regular iOS update. Beware, though, on the iPhone 6s the update measures 1.8GB, so you’ll need to make sure you have enough battery juice, a decent Wi-Fi connection, and enough storage to handle it. iPhone 7 owners should first go to beta.apple.com to sign up for the beta program, install the required profile, and then update their devices. The process is very simple, and if you’re not happy with the beta release, you can always roll back to iOS 10, regardless of what device you’re using.

10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone

There are some things hiding in Apple's new iOS 10 software that iPhone and iPad users still don't have access to. That's right, dark mode, we're looking at you. The much sought-after dark user interface mode that was found buried in the code from Apple's first iOS 10 beta back in June still hasn't managed to see the light of day. Who knows when we might finally see dark mode make its way to iPhones and iPads around the world? In the meantime though, there are plenty of other features hiding in iOS 10 that users actually have access to, and learning about them will help you get the most out of your iPhone or iPad. We already showed you dozens of secret features in Apple's various iOS 10 apps , and now we're back with a new list of hidden gestures that are going to change the way you use your iOS device. MUST SEE:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone Let there be light Everyone knows about the flashlight button on the first Control Center panel in iOS. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen, tap the flashlight button, and your rear LED flash turns on to illuminate everything around you. But beginning with iOS 10, there's a sweet new flashlight feature available. Press and hold firmly on the flashlight button to open a 3D Touch Action Menu that will let you choose low light, medium light or bright light. See recently closed tabs You know that tapping the tabs icon in the lower-right corner of Safari shows you all of your open tabs. You know that tapping the plus icon on the tabs view will open a new tab. But did you know that if you tap and hold that plus icon you'll see a list of all your recently closed tabs? Bring back the address bar When you visit a web page in Safari and begin to scroll, the address bar/toolbar disappears so that the webpage can occupy more of the screen. But you don't have to swipe back down to make it reappear — just tap near the bottom of the display. Move calendar events This is a cool one: if you have an entry in your calendar and the time has changed, you don't have to jump through all those hoops to reschedule it. In the single-day view, simply tap and hold on the event and you can drag it to the proper time. Just don't press too hard or you'll trigger a Peek or a Pop. Hidden back button in Calculator Don't clear your entire entry just because you accidentally typed "58009" instead of "58008." Simply swipe to the right on the numbers in the virtual calculator window and you'll be able to delete them one at a time. Zoom in on videos Pinch to zoom on photos is a gesture everyone knows about, but did you know that you can now use the same gesture to zoom in and out on videos? Now you do. Select multiple photos Want to delete the 47 bad selfies you just took before you finally got the perfect shot? You don't have to keep tapping away. With the thumbnails view open in the Photos app, tap the select button in the top right corner. Then tap on the first image you'd like to select and slide your finger around the screen — you'll select every photo you touch along the way. Move to the top or bottom of an album You have about a billion photos on your iPhone and navigating through them can be a chore. On any photo album screen, you can tap the time at the top of the display to zip to the top. Everyone knows that shortcut... but you can also tap the Photos icon at the bottom of the screen to zip to the bottom of the album. Quickly save an email draft You're in the middle of tapping out an email when a new message comes in that you need to check out. Don't worry, saving a draft can not be done with one single gesture. Just swipe down on the screen beginning at the top of the email screen and your draft will be saved while you navigate elsewhere in the email app. See all your email drafts Did you get carried away with the tip above and now you've lost count of all your drafts. Don't forget to send those important emails and get fired, just tap and hold on the compose button in the bottom-right corner and a list of all your drafts will pop up.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Today's batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for a limited time might be the best list we've put together in a while. There are plenty of high-quality iOS apps on sale for free today, and you'll find the 10 best ones in this post. There are also a few remaining freebies in Tuesday's post , so be sure to check back in that one for even more options. DON'T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone 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. Privacy Pro Normally $39.99. "In the end, we picked Disconnect as our favorite [privacy] tool because it was the easiest to understand.” The New York Times, February 17, 2016. Super simple to use, Disconnect Pro empowers you to control your privacy and makes your iOS experience faster and safer, and also improves battery life and reduces wasted cellular data. Disconnect Pro gives you the ability to block and visualize tracking across your entire device, protecting you inside all the apps and browsers you use. About us: - Over 50 million people use our software - Amazing accolades include winning the 2015 Innovation Award for Privacy and Security at the South by Southwest Interactive festival, making the list of Popular Science’s 100 Best of What’s New and being recommended as the New York Times' favorite privacy app - Featured on 60 Minutes, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Today Show, CNN, Wired, and many more - Public partnerships with leading privacy/security organizations like the EFF and Mozilla About Disconnect Pro: - Blocks invisible tracking and next generation malware (malvertising) threats - Allows you to actually see the trackers we block - Accelerates page load speeds by up to 44% and reduces bandwidth by up to 39% depending on your device usage! - Unlike browser specific products, Disconnect Pro protects you across all your applications, including mobile browsers (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc.) Price: Limited time offer of $40 one-time fee Download Privacy Pro Emoji Me GIF Face Maker $1.99 "clapping animation" in-app purchase is currently free. Design animated emoji faces that look like you, your friends, and your favorite celebrities! - Every face is an animated GIF! - Choose from different expressions like happy, thumbs up, facepalm - Send via Messages, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, … - Over 1 trillion combinations! Send emojis for free over Messages, other popular messaging apps, or as a text (MMS). Check if your phone company charges more for MMS compared to a normal text. Download Emoji Me GIF Face Maker Video Color Editor Normally $0.99. Video color editor allow you to colorize your videos and apply various splash effects. With video color editor, you are able to: - Convert videos to black and white while keeping chosen details in color - Make your cloth blue, red or whatever you like - Change color of chosen part in videos - Adjust brightness, saturation and hue of videos - Adjust contrast of videos - Adjust white balance and temperature of videos - Adjust RGB of videos - Add vignette effects Features: - Simply move your finger to color or recolor videos - Infinite undo and redo - Quickly share your editing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter Download Video Color Editor Addic6ion Free $2.99 "remove ads" in-app purchase is currently free. Dive into the frenetic world of ADDIC6ION. To solve a puzzle, just place the numbers from 1 to 9 into the grid. It sounds seductively simple but there is a catch, only one solution exists. Unleash the math gaming wizard on you and use your logic skill to master this high-class brain puzzle. * Choose among 5 levels of difficulty. * Unlock more than 50 challenges. * Race against the clock and solve the maximum numbers of grids. * Login to Game Center to rank and compare your score with friends and other players. *** 6 reasons to play this addictive numbers puzzle game *** - It's fun for all ages. - It's an oddly satisfying way to kill time. - It helps you improve your memory and logic. - It increases your concentration power. - It holds a genius tag when played in public. - Over a million puzzles waiting to be solved. Download Addic6ion Free Never Have I Ever Normally $0.99. This app Includes 485 Never Have I Ever Questions. For Adults Only 17+ This game is all about the players! Try to find as many fun and crazy players as you can, because the more they've done, the more fun you will have. And when, they've done something, they have to take a drink. So, get ready to laugh at each other's past actions and embarrassing moments. Be warned of hangovers in the morning and take precautions for it. Don't drink and drive and have a sober friend help out or retain enough basic functions to call yourself a cab. - Includes 485 Never Have I Ever Cards - Contains some hilariously explicit material, recommended for ages 17+ - Played on Ellen DeGeneres, The Big Bang Theory, House of Cards, and Game of Thrones - Relive all of life's awkward and embarrassing moments - Get to know your friends a WHOLE LOT better Download Never Have I Ever Ella Normally $0.99. Record your elevation in real-time with Ella. Perfect for hiking, climbing, or road trips. Ella records & graphs your elevation changes and provides you statistics when your trip is completed. Ella's color scheme changes from gray to green or red as your elevation gain or loss exceeds 100 ft. from your starting point. When your trip is over, interrogate the elevation profile chart or view detailed statistics about your trip. Recording Statistics - Elevation gain - Start elevation - Finish elevation - Highest recorded elevation - Lowest recorded elevation - Cumulative elevation gain (Up) - Cumulative elevation loss (Down) - Duration (Time) - Gradient Elevation Chart - Interrogate the chart by touching different points of the graph to see your elevation gain/loss at that point in the trip Take Ella with you on the trail, up mountains, and down canyons. Download Ella PictaSave Normally $1.99. Have you ever wanted to save the pictures you took from instagram or pictures that you've posted on social media that you deleted and forgot about until you come across those very pictures ? Well PictaSave is here for you save all your pictures from instagram. Features: • Downloads your videos in full HD • Downloads your photos • Easy step by step user interface • Copy the url from instagram • Then easily paste it in the app • And its automatically saved in your photo library for you to cherish Download PictaSave Flick Kick Field Goal Normally $1.99. Step up and see if you have what it takes in the ultimate field goal challenge! With ease to learn controls and hard to master challenges, Flick Kick® Field Goal is the addictive football game that's impossible to put down! Curve your kicks and earn rewards in ever-changing conditions. Prove your skills in the must-have game for any football fan! Features: - Intuitive Flick Kicking: Control the angle and curve of your kick with the flick of your finger. - The stadium: 360 degree wind with shifting severity. Anything from a light breeze to gale force winds must be taken into account if you want to succeed. Multiple Game Modes: - PRECISION MODE - get rewarded for perfect kicks, and see exactly how great your kicking skills really are!! - SUDDEN DEATH: The classic test of skill. No time limit, just focus and keep making kicks to add multipliers to your score. - PRACTICE MODE: Perfect your technique and learn how to become the best kicker in the world. We love to hear from our players! On Twitter? Drop us a line @pikpokgames Have a screenshot? Share it on Instagram with #pikpok Flick Kick Field Goal offers some game items for purchase with real money. You can disable in-app purchases in your device’s settings. Download Flick Kick Field Goal InstaVideo Normally $0.99. The great photo and video collage app got even greater with whole new layout options(blended, free style and squared), whole new background options and background music! *********************************** InstaVideo+ is all about how to turn your multiple photos and videos into one single artwork - photo collage, video collage and video slideshow. Create awesome photo collage, video collage and video slideshow within just a few seconds with tons of layouts, endless options, colors, patterns, powerful text editor, beautiful filter effects, flexible play options, musics and narrations. The app is designed and optimized for Instagram! [Video Collage] • 101 rectangular layouts with up to 9 videos • Load multiple videos at once • Trim each video at any time and size • Apply beautiful filters to each video • Adjust audio volume of each video • Add your own song as background music • Adjust audio volume and start/end time of background music • Unique decoration with rounded corner, margin, border, shadow • Tons of beautiful frames • Background colors and patterns • Gradient and shape background color • Powerful text editor and stickers • Easy width and height ratio • Portrait and landscape mode • Save and share in HD (up to 1080x1080) [Slideshow] • Photo slides with your own photos • Text only slides with texts and background color • Edit, swap, duplicate and delete each slide • Customizable play time • 10 transition effects • Background music with your own songs • Trim and adjust volume of background music • Customizable watermark with beautiful text styles and fonts • Apply 11 image filters to each photo slide • Add narration to each slide • Add text to each slide with beautiful text styles and fonts • Apply Background color to each text slide • Instant preview • Save to Camera Roll • Share to Instagram, facebook and youtube • Send email and copy to clipboard • Convert to animated gif [Photo Collage] • The ultimate photo collage layouts - Grid : Combine mulitple photos with 157 rectangular and polygonal layouts - Blended : Blend multiple photos and create stunning collage - Free Style : No limitation on how you add and arrange your photos - Squared : Create no crop squared photo and video for Instagram • Load multiple photos at once • Unique decoration with rounded corner, margin, border, shadow • Tons of beautiful frames • Background colors and patterns • Gradient and shape background color • Powerful text editor and beautiful stickers • Edit photo with aviary photo editor • Easy width and height ratio • Portrait and landscape mode • Save and share in HD (up to 2400x2400) Download InstaVideo Free Music Normally $1.99. Millions of Tracks, Playlist! Absolutely Free, without any limits! Browse, search and listen unlimited Free music to your iPhone/iPod/iPad and support to iPhone 6s/6s plus. Millions of free songs, DJ sets, remixes and live concerts. Free Music facilitates free streaming of legal and unlimited music. Keep millions of songs in your pocket and conveniently enjoy them on the go. Free Music has been called “ the best music streamer” and “ the most well-designed app ever” Key Features: Music Streamer: √ Millions of free and legal songs available √ Modern and intuitive user interface √ Explore hottest music on iTunes Top 100 chart √ Explore trending music by genres √ Search for favorite songs or artists √ Powerful and advanced music streamer Music Player: √ Sleep timer √ Equalizer with BassBooster √ Stylish audio Visualizer √ Fine scrubbing √ Lock screen playback controls √ Background music playback √ Album cover art – auto search or upload your own Playlist: √ Smart iPod-like music playlists √ Create your own playlists √ Full playlist manager √ Add and remove songs in Music Library Media Library: √ Import music from your iPod library √ Rate songs like in iTunes √ Tabs for Songs, Albums, Artists, Genres √ Tag editor Manager: √ Move, rename or delete tracks & songs √ Search by artist, title, album, genre √ Create and manage folders √ Sort by artist, track name, date, duration √ History of Recently listened tracks Support √ Shuffle and repeat mode √ Background playback √ Full lock screen controls √ Support both iPhone and iPad √ Optimized for iOS 9 with minimum requirement is iOS 6.1 √ Optimized for iPhone 6/6s and 6/6s Plus Download Free Music

Apple just released iOS 10.1 beta 1 for developers

Just over a week after finally releasing iOS 10 to the public, Apple has begun seeding the first developer beta of iOS 10.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It's still unclear which features, if any, are going to be added in 10.1, but we'll be keeping an eye out for any updates regarding the update. DON'T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone According to 9to5Mac , the developer release notes include two notable changes: a fix for motion handling and the Portrait bokeh feature for iPhone 7 Plus. Keep in mind, this is only the first beta, so more features, fixes and improvements are likely to be added as newer versions of the 10.1 update become available. Bokeh is one feature that every iPhone 7 Plus owner is looking forward to. Apple said during its press event earlier this month that depth-of-field would be coming to photos on the phablet before the end of the year. Here's what a photo looks like in the new Portrait mode: iOS 10 is one of the biggest iOS releases Apple has ever pushed out, with significant changes to notifications, a redesigned Music app, an App Store for Messages, the ability to delete system apps and plenty more that we've covered before . If you're a developer, you can download the update right now by heading to the Apple Developer Center. Apple says that the public beta of iOS 10.1 will be out on Friday, so even more iPhone 7 Plus users can play around with bokeh. [Updated post to reflect accurate release notes and public beta timing.]

BlackBerry to resell app from startup that found major Android bug

BlackBerry to resell app from startup that found major Android bug

By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd has agreed to offer anti-hacking software from a startup that last year discovered a major Android bug, it said on Wednesday, as the once-dominant smartphone company seeks to leverage ties to corporate and government clients to boost its software revenue. BlackBerry's enterprise sales force will resell Zimperium's zIPS mobile threat protection application to customers of its mobile device management services, the two companies said in a statement. Zimperium said the product costs $10 a month per device, with bulk discounts available, and that BlackBerry will take an undisclosed cut of sales.

Forget the iPhone 7 Plus, this accessory turns any iPhone into a DSLR

One of Apple's biggest pitches with the new iPhone 7 Plus is that it can capture photos that are comparable to a DSLR in terms of the "bokeh" background blurring effect you see in pictures taken with a DSLR camera. Of course if you already have an iPhone 6s or even an iPhone 6, $770+ is a whole lot of money to pay for a camera and a speed increase. Instead of paying somewhere near a grand for a new phone with a camera that's kinda sorta like a DSLR, check out the DxO ONE Miniaturized Pro Quality Camera , which attaches to any iPhone and captures photos that actually are DSLR quality. Some key details: World's smallest 1" format sensor camera, under 3" tall and weighing less than an iPhone. Standalone mode and Framing Assistant allow you to quickly compose and take photos with one hand. Lightning connector directly connects to your iPhone or iPad transforming your device into a beautiful viewfinder whose Retina display provides access to all the controls of a DSLR. Wi-Fi remote control capability using existing network (LAN) or direction connection (Peer-to-Peer). Instantly share your DxO ONE images from your iPhone to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. Of course, seeing is believing so make sure you check out the DxO website and look at the incredible photo samples there. The DxO One is available right now for preorder on Amazon , and it'll be released on September 29.

Sierra update arrives on Macs: 4 things to look for

Sierra update arrives on Macs: 4 things to look for

The latest software update for Mac computers, MacOS Sierra, brings iPhone services to Apple laptops and desktops and further breaks down walls between devices. It also borrows an iPad feature for watching ...

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

We dug through dozens upon dozens of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today, and we can up with 11 in particular that we think our readers will enjoy. There are also still a few freebies in yesterday's post , so you should have more than enough new apps to check out on your shiny new iPhone 7 — or on your not-so-shiny older iPhone. MUST SEE:  It’s already getting easier to find the iPhone 7 model you want, and we’ll show you how 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. noPhone Hour Normally $0.99. There are so many things more important than mobile phone in our lives. So, when necessary, please lay aside it and concentrate on what you are doing. ・ This app encourages you to lay aside mobile phone and concentrate on what you are doing. You can set the time (one or half an hour), and briefly record what you’ve done at the end of the time. Day by day, will cultivate healthy habit of using mobile phone. ・ No limit to the functions of mobile phone, such as calls and texts. Putting your phone on silent mode is a good suggestion during the “noPhone Hour”. ・ There are six themes, with the growth of the “noPhone Hour” number, one by one to unlock. ・ With iCloud, it’s easy to transfer your data to an new iPhone. ・ No ads. Download noPhone Hour Watchover Normally $4.99. Monitor your kid’s computer use with Watchover. Sit anywhere in your house and see what your kids are doing on their computers from your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Free today with ‘App of the Day’. (20th September) Cyber safety is a challenge. Unless you are leaning over your kid’s shoulders it is hard to know what they are doing on their computers. Just like watching your kids in the park, Watchover lets you keep an eye on them from a distance. Watchover provides screenshots, so you see what they see, and records which programs are being used, when and for how long. So while the children are in their bedrooms, you can connect from your iPhone, iPod or iPad and view what they’ve been doing for the last few days – or see what is on their screens right now. “ Gotta love it! - The makers of VLC Streamer hit another home run for anyone with a teenager....I love this app and can keep an eye on my son now without having to constantly run to my laptop. Great job guys!” - US Reviewer “ I have a technologically advanced 13 year old boy (are there any other kind today?), and I've been looking hard for an unobtrusive, non-invasive way of keeping an eye on his internet browsing. We've tried various other approaches... Some of them got quite loud! Watchover provides concerned and caring parents with a way to discretely monitor their children’s online experience and the time they spend on their computers without overtly invading their space. Everybody wins. I will, sincerely, be recommending this app to every parent I know. Thanks, Lyn.” -Australian Reviewer • Features include • — Free helper app monitors all your Windows or Apple computers — Stores screenshots every minute — Keeps a two week history — Shows which applications have been in use, when and for how long — Statistics show easily which applications have been used the most — The Watchover Owl is always visible in the menu or system tray to let your child know that you're watching over them • Frequently Asked Questions • Q: Does Watchover block any sites, emails or people? A: No. Watchover is just a monitoring app, it won’t stop your kids going anywhere or stop anyone contacting them or them contacting people. All is does is monitor what is going on on the computer. Q: Will my kids know Watchover is installed? A: Yes. Hobbyist philosophy is to encourage appropriate computer use and safety through responsibility. The Watchover Owl appears in the screen tray to let your kids know you are looking out for them. The idea of Watchover is to give them some freedom to use the computer responsibly and appropriately, with the security of knowing you are there to help and keep them safe. The idea is to encourage them to keep themselves safe through educating them about computers and the internet – Watchover is there as a reminder and to let you check up on them, it will not to stop them doing anything. Q: What will Watchover show me? A: See the screenshots below for examples. Watchover will tell you what applications are running and for how long. You can review computer use for a whole day on one screen. You can also see the previous 14 days use. • System Requirements • - Supports Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 - Supports Mac OS 10.7 and above - Connects to computers using your home wifi network • Response to feedback • -If you do have any problems with Watchover then please just check the help instructions in the app. Feel free to drop me an email (my personal mail is in the app) if you need help. Enjoy! Download Watchover WiseDay Normally $3.99. Today, the world is moving faster than ever before ! Time goes by so quickly. Start simplifying your life with the owl that thinks for you. WiseDay helps you to organize your life. It’s a smart app that analyzes everything. Enter a new task and WiseDay will prioritize it in your to do list. Enter a new appointment and WiseDay will suggest the best time to book it, based on your current schedule. WiseDay will help to improve your day, your week and your life. WiseDay is simple and easy to use. It's like having your own personal assistant… Automatic prioritization of your tasks You'll never waste time prioritizing your tasks ever again! WISEDAY helps you plan for the best time to tackle each of your day-to-day tasks. Assistant to create appointments Stop mindlessly searching in your agenda. WISEDAY will do it for you by suggesting time slots that are the most convenient in your schedule and managing schedule conflicts. Integrated display of your day Quickly view your entire day. On the same page, you'll see all your upcoming appointments, prioritized tasks and reminders. Schedule diagnostics Improve your time management! WISEDAY performs diagnostics on your schedule and provides recommendations on how to optimize your day, week and life. Data security Your data is secure. You are the only one who has access to it. Nobody else. Complete protection guaranteed. Automatic syncing You'll always be up-to-date! Your data is automatically synched on all of your devices: computer, smartphone and tablet. Download WiseDay Compass Zen PRO Normally $7.99. Compass Zen is an eye-catching, minimalist compass app designed specifically for your ipad or iphone. Compass Zen delivers many features with an accuracy that will exceed all your expectations. The magnetic north compass will ensure your co-ordinates are exact and will also tell you your altitude and speed. The elegant design offering easy-to-read information also sports a background customization facility, meaning you can decide what works best for you. There are options of reading the speedometer in km or mph, choose your GPS altitude in meters or feet and view your co-ordinates in DMS or Decimal. All of this gives you the ultimate user experience of a compass but with a simplicity and flair that is matched by no other iOS app on the market. Features: - True/ Magnetic North Compass - Speedometer (in km/h or mph) - GPS Altitude (in meters or feet) - Coordinates (in DMS or Decimal) - Elegant Minimalist Design - Background Customization Download Compass Zen PRO Solitaire FreeCell Normally $0.99. Classic Solitaire FreeCell game also known as Klondike and Patience. - Drag and drop to move cards - Timer - Option to change the background - Option to change Back of Card - Option to change theme of the Card Download Solitaire FreeCell Stock Target Calculator Normally $0.99. Stock Target Calculator is an easy tool for every investor to utilize on a daily basis! Making a decision to purchase more shares can be difficult. But with Stock Target Calculator you can make a better informed decision by calculating your expected average price per share prior to adding a position. Stock calculations have never been simpler. You can quickly calculate your expected average price per share for all your stocks. Simply enter all previous position and expected new position and click calculate. Along with an average price per share calculator, Stock Target Calculator can calculate the number of share you should purchase to bring you average price per share to any price you want. Stock Target Calculator does not take into account commissions, charges, or fees from brokerage firms. Calculations are rounded to the second decimal place but cannot be guaranteed. If calculations are not possible you will see negative numbers, error messages, or undefined values. Invest at your own risk. Download Stock Target Calculator Rune Gems Normally $0.99. Rune Gems is an excellent, well-presented game, friendly to both long and short play sessions. Five Star from -insidemobileapps.com The whole game is well executed and we really love to tap on one of the runes, for the animation is so smooth. Five Star from -fun2tap.com Rune Gems is a new & unique puzzle game. HOW TO PLAY: 1.You have a tray that holds 7 tiles. 2.Any tile you tap goes into your tray. 3.All tiles that enter your tray are automatically sorted by color and once you have EXACTLY 3 matching tiles of one of one color, those 3 tiles disappear and you score some points. If you happen to tap on too many unmatched tiles so as to clog up the tray with no way to form a group of three matching tiles from the available tiles on the board, the game ends the second you add that 7th tile and it isn't immediately part of an existing set. A little trick: Since a grouping can NEVER be more than 3, is to simply match as many triplets as fast as possible for an escalating speed combo bonus...but be careful, if in your haste you end up tapping on 4 red pieces, that 4th piece will now sit on the tray clogging stuff up until you find it two more partners. So always be mindful of what you put on the tray and make sure you can match it off quickly or letting it clog the flow up a bit is worth it if it is blocking your access to many other tiles underneath. Download Rune Gems Impossible Dial Normally $2.99. THE ORIGINAL!! ADS FREE! Impossible Dial It is a fun, fantastic, engaging and very simple game. must tap when it passes the correct color. Try it! Download Impossible Dial Ananda Normally $1.99. Ananda helps you concentrate, focus and work with progressive binaural tones and high quality peaceful sounds. -Enhance your brainwaves Choose from one of Ananda’s numerous binaural programs to focus,concentrate or brainstorm. Each program comes with binaural beats designed to help you reach a specific mood or state of mind. -Discover a new ambiance every time Each session provides a subtly fresh, new ambiance. A unique combination of nature sounds, chants, mantras and peaceful bells is generated on top of binaural tones every time you start Ananda. Main Features - 4 Binaural programs - Conscious Thinking - Focus & Concentration - Increased Attention - Learn & Memorize - Short description and benefits of every binaural program - High quality nature and peaceful sounds - Choose the sounds you prefer - Sounds are mixed together in a new way for every session - Simple and minimalist design - Information on brainwaves and binaural tones included in the app Download now and let us know how Ananda Focus & Attention helps you in your daily activities. *For more binaural beats program: - Check the Ananda - Meditate, Focus & Relax - PREMIUM - Or try the free version of Ananda - Meditate, Focus & Relax Download Ananda IQ Test Normally $1.99. IQ Test With solutions! Available for iPad and iPhone. 2 Tests +39 Questions Mensa iq test. +33 Questions European iq test. With solutions! An intelligence quotient (IQ) is a score derived from one of several standardized tests designed to assess intelligence. The abbreviation "IQ" comes from the German term Intelligenz-Quotient, originally coined by psychologist William Stern. Try it. NOTE: This test is intended for entertainment purposes only. Download IQ Test uRelax Normally $0.99. uRelax is a simple way to rest and relax after a long day. The eighteen hand-selected ambient sounds included in this app have been shown to reduce blood pressure, stress, and anxiety. Listeners also claim to be more energetic and alert after a fifteen minute session with this app. Band members and singers can also listen to this app before shows to reduce their performance anxiety. The three categories of sounds are nature sounds, relaxing ambience, and white noise. The nature sounds category includes thunderstorms, rain, wind, birds, rustling leaves, and an instrumental relaxation track. The relaxing ambience section includes water splashing, pond noises, a campfire, ocean waves, forrest creek, and coffee shop. The white noise section is mainly used to drown out background noise while sleeping and napping during travel. This section includes crickets, railroad sounds, a humming fan, brown noise, pink noise, and white noise. uRelax is extremely easy to use. Simply tap a picture to turn on the sound, and tap it again to turn it off. The sliders below the pictures control the volume of each sound. Combine different sounds in whatever way you want! Download uRelax

Tests show iPhone 7 with adapter sounds worse than iPhone 6s with 3.5mm headphone jack

With all of the media coverage leading up to and following Apple's big iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus unveiling, just about everyone on the planet knows at this point that Apple ditched the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, its latest iPhones include only a Lightning port on the bottom. Apple suggests that iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners use either wireless headphones or wired headphones with a Lightning connector, like the EarPods Apple included in the box. Of course, there's also a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter included with the iPhone 7 series that lets you connect your old 3.5mm headphones with no problem. Despite all the steps Apple has taken and despite the popularity of wireless headphones, people still have a number of complaints about Apple's decision to do away with the 3.5mm audio port on its latest iPhones. Some complaints are valid while others are a stretch, but now it looks like a new issue may have been uncovered that no one even realized until now. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 vs. Galaxy Note 7 speed test: This is just embarrassing… A German magazine has run extensive tests on the audio adapter included in the box with Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The magazine's goal was to determine whether or not there is any sound degradation when using the adapter as compared to the standard 3.5mm audio port on last year's iPhone 6s. While the article is in German and translations have varied a bit on Reddit and on the gadget forum where we the article was first linked, it looks like the tests did in fact find that sound quality is degraded when the adapter is being used. A translated quote from the article: The results are clear: with an iPhone 6S, the dynamic range worsens by 4.5 dB(A) for 24-bit music files. For the iPad Air, it worsens by 3.8 dB(A). The signal also gets worse for 16-bit music files, even if they aren't that drastic: the dynamic range worsens by 1.8 dB(A) and 3.1 dB(A) for the iPhone and iPad, respectively. And here's a chart that shows the full results from the tests: Now, before rage overcomes you and you smash your new iPhone 7 against a wall, you should know that these results aren't terribly troubling. Without diving into a technical explanation, the bottom line is that the difference is going to be completely imperceptible to most people. Even audiophiles with an incredible ear for sound won't notice the difference unless they're listening to high-quality 24-bit audio files. While streaming music through services like Spotify, or while listening to compressed sound files in popular formats like MP3, not even the snobbiest sound snobs out there will be able to tell the difference.

Google’s upcoming Pixel XL won’t be the powerhouse phablet Android fans were hoping for

When Android fans learned that Google's upcoming new Nexus phones wouldn't actually be Nexus phones at all, speculation began running wild. Google would reportedly partner with HTC to produce two new phones, which obviously sounds suspiciously similar to the setup Google has had for years with its Nexus lineup. But the Pixels, according to rumors, would be designed by Google from start to finish, as is the case with Google's Pixel-brand Chromebooks. Some Android fans hoped aloud on forums and social networks that Google's new Pixel phones would be powerhouse Google devices that set the bar for Android handsets, but a new leak suggests that won't be the case. MUST SEE:  iPhone 7 vs. Galaxy Note 7 speed test: This is just embarrassing… Is the Nexus brand dead? Will Pixel replace it? We won't know until Google unveils its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, and that reportedly isn't happening until next month. But in the meantime, leaks continue to help paint a more complete picture of what we can expect from Google's next-generation pure Android devices. Sadly though, it's not all good news. Apart from the fact that Google's two new Pixel phones look a bit ugly in the renders we've seen so far, it now appears as though these new handsets won't offer the top-of-the-line performance many Android fans had been hoping for. In fact, new leaked benchmark test results that reportedly came from a Geekbench test run on a Pixel XL suggest that the phone won't even come close to competing with flagship handsets from the likes of Apple, Samsung and Huawei. Performance test results for the "Marlin," which is believed to be the codename for Google's upcoming Pixel XL phablet, were spotted on Geekbench by gadget blog WCCFtech . They show a single-core score of 1659 and a multi-core score of 3951. Those aren't terrible scores by any means, but they're not even in the same league as flagship phones from companies like Apple and Samsung. The Galaxy S7 managed a single-core score of 1806 and a multi-core score of 5228, while Apple's new iPhone 7 scores a ridiculous 3360 and 5354, respectively. Google is expected to unveil its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones early next month before launching them a few weeks later.

Hidden iOS 10 trick lets you create your own night vision mode

Ok, so iOS 10 doesn’t have a system-wide dark mode that would make it easier on the eyes to interact with the phone at night, at the movies, or in any other low-light environment. Sure, there’s Night Shift, which is a great setting already, but that might not be enough to your needs, as the iPhone or iPad screens only gets a tint of orange in Night Shift. However, there’s a way for anyone to create their own dark mode inside iOS 10, and switch it on whenever a darker iOS experience is needed. DON’T MISS: 10 best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases we’ve found so far Unsurprisingly, finding this particular setting isn’t that easy, if you don’t know it’s there, but WonderHowTo has a neat tutorial. What you need to find is Color Tint , an option that’s available in the Settings app under Accessibility . With it, you’ll be able to create a red mode for your iPhone, which is almost as good as a native dark mode (see the effect in WonderHowTo 's image below). To configure it, simply go to Settings , General , Accessibility , Display Accommodations , and enable Color Filters . Then select Color Tint as your filter and then customize the Intensity slider to achieve the desired red effect. Voila, your red mode is enabled. The problem is you’ll have to do that each time you want to enable the “dark mode.” Luckily, there’s a way to speed up the process. Go to Settings , General , and Accessibility and then scroll all the way down to find Accessibility Shortcut . Choose Color Filters and you’re done. Every time you triple-click the home button, you’ll switch to between normal and red tint screens. If you set up multiple Accessibility Shortcuts , you’ll have to choose which one to use when triple clicking the home button, but it’s still faster than messing with settings again.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

Happy iPhone launch day, Apple fans! You've waiting long enough and now your precious new iPhone is finally here. We told you how to survive iPhone 7 release day and maybe even find that iPhone 7 Plus you want without needing a preorder . We showed you photos, videos and even poetry from iPhone launch day . Now, it's time to show you a handful of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free that'll help you fill up all that new storage space. MUST SEE:  10 best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases we’ve found so far 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. Ruler Normally $0.99. This is simple virtual Ruler app 17 feet/5 meters long. How to use Ruler to measure length: Put your finger on screen and slide phone with the other hand. Pull arrow down to reel off. See video and little practice and you may get 1% accuracy. Download Ruler Live 2 Photos Normally $1.99. [Live 2 Photos] is the World's first all in one tool which enables you to extract multiple still images from your Live Photo, Video, GIF and Burst Photo. * Extract multiple still images from Live Photos * Extract multiple still images from Videos * Extract multiple still images from Animated GIF * Extract multiple still images from Burst Photo * Easily get the exact moments * Extract unlimted number of photos * Save and share the extracted photos easily * You can even convert the extracted photos into photo collage and slideshow If you're Live Photo fan, you'll love this app! Download Live 2 Photos Pokedex for Pokemon Go Normally $0.99. Pokemon fans Assemble! Introducing Pokeforums! Your one stop place to chat and interact with thousands of other Pokemon Go players! Like and Unlike Each Other's post! Call Friends to come visit you and catch pokemon together! Presenting to you the most advanced Pokedex ever made, With over 700+ Pokemon and counting! The full guide you need to get ready for Pokemon Go! Has full Pokemon profile which includes Details, Type , Attack etc. Super fast search bar so that you never miss any chance to catch your favourite Pokemon! Download Pokedex for Pokemon Go Speedafari Normally $1.99. On a slow connection? Speed up Safari with Speedafari! "Kinda crazy, but it works." - Federico Viticci, Macstories.net Speedafari blocks unnecessary parts of websites from loading. By removing part of the experience (ads, tracking scripts, external fonts, videos, etc.), you save time, battery, and data. Speedafari is always just a swipe away, in the notification center. Just tap once, and — boom — Safari speeds up. No need to switch browser. Easily switch between three different aggressiveness levels — low, medium, and high. The higher the aggressiveness, the more will be blocked, and the faster the page will load. Note that some website functions may not work at all with the medium and high levels. Whitelist the sites you love effortlessly — without leaving Safari — to support them by letting them show you ads (which, naturally, makes them load slower). Use the Speedafari URL scheme to turn on and off speedup, and change the aggressiveness, from inside other apps. For example, you can make Speedafari semi-automatically trigger upon leaving home, by using the Launch Center Pro app. You're out in the woods? With Speedafari, don't worry about slow internet anymore! "Speedafari is a blocker that strips away everything it can so you can still load pages even when your connection is crap." - Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker.com Oh, and don't worry about privacy! Speedafari has no access at all as to what web pages you visit. Note that all features are included in the download price, and that in-app purchases are not required to unlock anything. The in-app purchases simply provide a means to voluntarily support the development of Speedafari. What our users say: – "You didn't know that you needed this nifty little app until you used it; then, you wondered how you could have gone this long without it! Flawless so far." – "On its highest level of blocking it eliminates *all* graphics, which is terrific if you have limited bandwidth or just want to get to a site's text. [...] Very useful, unique features make this a must-have for me. Recommended." – "The ability to quickly turn it on and off and change the aggressiveness through the notification menu is a win win." – "It works beautifully." – "One of the best app purchases made" – "Get it. Quickly." Developed and designed by Arvid Lunnemark. Download Speedafari Snapshot Cam Normally $2.99. Snapshot Cam is a fun and easy to use camera & photo editor app. Create beautiful photos in seconds and share them with your friends. Add amazing stickers, apply stunning filters, draw & paint, add your own text or choose quotes from the extended library and personalize them with gorgeous fonts. Document your life or your travels with labeled photos. Make your friends laugh with funny edited pictures. Create your own birthday cards or invitations. The sky is the limit. Features: * Enhance photos with lots of different filters * Decorate photos with hundreds of different stickers, arrows, hearts, flowers, banners etc. * Make a message out of your picture, choose from thousands of quotes and citations or write your own text * Personalize your writing with colors and hundreds of fonts * Use a painting brush to directly draw onto your picture * Instantly share your photos on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks Snapshot Cam is an easy, quick and fun way to capture and embellish your photos and share them with friends. Use filters, quotes and stickers to transform your pictures into works of art or to send funny messages to your friends and family. Download Snapshot Cam Save2PDF Normally $3.99. Create professional, great looking PDFs simply and easily right on your iPhone without having to go near a computer! Save2PDF will convert most file formats into a PDF including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Photos, Web Pages, Contacts and many more formats. What the Press Say: Macworld: "Save2PDF is a superb app that provides a fairly unique function" iAppSin: "Save2PDF is a practical app dedicated to converting and merging PDF files" iPad.net: "It is definitely a must-have app for professionals who use their iPad for business purposes" TouchMyApps: "There’s currently nothing like it at the App Store and iDevice users who’ve always wanted to create their own PDF files should definitely check it out." Save2PDF also enables easy merging of several documents into a single PDF, even if the files are completely different formats (i.e. create a single PDF by combining a document with a spreadsheet, or a Pages document with a Word file). It is also just as easy to merge multiple PDFs into a single PDF file. One of the other powerful features of Save2PDF is the ability to select a few pages from a file (i.e. a document or PDF) and a few from one or multiple other files - creating a new PDF containing only the pages required from those files. The PDF creation, arrangement and preview screen is intuitive and easy to use. Rearranging document order, selecting page ranges and adding further documents is all contained within one single area; there is no complicated file structure or hierarchy to learn! Save2PDF can easily be used in conjunction with other apps like Pages, Numbers or Keynote, simply use Open in.....Save2PDF to transfer any file from another app and convert it into a PDF - all done in only 2 steps! Providing the other app supports Open in... file sharing, transferring documents into Save2PDF is easy. FULL PDF CONVERTER • Convert common file formats into a PDF right on your iPhone or iPod Touch without using a computer • View/Convert/Merge Microsoft Office files, iWork files, Photos, PDFs, Contacts, Web Pages, Email attachments as well as many more file formats • Create a single PDF from multiple files even if they are a different format (i.e. merge a Word file with a Pages document etc) • Email and print finished PDF directly from within Save2PDF MERGE or APPEND PDF FILES • Merge multiple PDF files together • Add a page to an existing PDF file (i.e. a cover letter or fax cover) • Quickly and easily add further appendices to an existing PDF document CREATE PDFs FROM OTHER APPS • Import files from other apps using the Open in... file sharing to transfer into Save2PDF and convert into a PDF • Works with any app that has the Open in file Sharing built in (i.e. Mail attachments, like Pages, Numbers or Keynote & many more) • Transfer documents and files from a computer into Save2PDF either via iTunes or by mounting the iPhone as a disk or using the free file transfer software, WePrint FULL CLOUD SERVICES SUPPORT • Fully integrated with iCloud, CloudMe, Dropbox, GoogleDocs, Box.net, WebDAV • Convert documents & files in the cloud to PDF without downloading them first • Move or Print documents on your iPhone/iPod Touch from your Cloud account FULLY FUNCTIONAL PRINTING • Print to ALL printers (Network/WiFi/USB/Bluetooth) via your Mac or PC or direct to most WiFi printers without additional software. Also print to Apple AirPrint printers • Print from Pages, Numbers or Keynote extremely quickly & easily without the need for an AirPrint printer using Open in • Print from other apps using Open in • USB & Bluetooth printers can be used with free print server software (Windows & Mac) • Print remotely via 3G/4G/EDGE WEB PAGE PRINTING • Convert web pages to PDF documents for sharing • Browse and print web pages to ALL printers • Store passwords and clear history/cache • Multiple tabs for splitting up browsing QUICK HELP - if you need it Download Save2PDF Night Sky Pro Normally $0.99. Night Sky Pro™ Wonder No More™ Just point your device to the sky to identify stars, planets, constellations and satellites. From the creators of the original Night Sky™ app comes an all-new powerful encounter with the sky above! “I’m very impressed with The Night Sky … it offers a delightful and polished user experience.” - Avery Wang (creator of Shazam) “…Pure fun to use and really hard to put down. … Exactly what educational apps should be all about” - iDownload Blog ***** Over 15000 5 star customer reviews worldwide! – App Store With a breathtaking new Sky View, Deep Space Objects, Sky Time Machine, Light Spectrum Array, a 3D Solar System, World Traveller mode and many more features, all designed for iOS 9. Prepare to be blown away with our most powerful and feature packed version yet - Night Sky Pro™. All New Feature Set: • Enhanced for Apple watchOS 2: Fully native app, live push notifications for ideal stargazing times, check out the Stargazing Clock, see Night Sky Pro™ Latest News right from your wrist, and what's around you with Night Sky™ Community features! • Breathtaking New Sky View: A completely redesigned new Sky View comes to Night Sky Pro™ with a vivid new colorful atmosphere, animations and more detailed stars, satellites, planets, and deep space objects than ever before, prepare to become visually immersed in the Night Sky Pro™. • Sky Time Machine: Travel into the future or into the past to view the sky how it was years ago, or how it will be in years to come, with the magical new Sky Time Machine. Sky Time Machine is exclusive to Night Sky Pro™. • Light Spectrum Array: View the sky through a vast array of light spectrums. Beautifully presented in the all-new Sky View. Radio Waves, Microwaves, Infrared, Gamma Rays, X-Rays, Visible Light, and Ultra-violet all magically revealed in the sky through the palm of your hand. Light Spectrum Array is exclusive to Night Sky Pro™. • Complete 3D Solar System View: Explore the entire Solar System with our all-new glorious 3D generated solar system. We’ve even included the Moon and the Dwarf Planet Pluto. 3D Earth also includes a visual representation of all the satellites around our planet! The Complete 3D Solar System View is exclusive to Night Sky Pro™. • Night Sky™ Community: Engage with fellow stargazers and astronomers in the exclusive Night Sky™ Community. Share ideal stargazing locations with others and explore locations others have shared. A 6 month subscription to Night Sky™ Community is included for FREE only with Night Sky Pro™. • Deep Space Objects: Night Sky Pro™ includes a comprehensive database of Deep Space Objects with rich in-depth information. Journey further into space and learn more about things further away than ever before as all deep space objects have also been added to the beautiful new Sky View. Deep Space Objects are exclusive to Night Sky Pro™. • World Traveller: Explore the sky from anywhere in the world with the new World Traveller mode. Fancy a trip to see what the sky looks like in another country? Then travel there instantly and view it from the palm of your hand. Combine World Traveller and Time Machine and you could even look at the somewhere else in the world in the past or future. Perfect when preparing for that upcoming stargazing trip! • Stargazing Conditions: Explore the Stargazing Conditions in your area for the upcoming week. Beautiful new stargazing graphs mean at a glance you can see the perfect time to go stargazing! • Stargazing Widgets & Notifications: See the Stargazing Conditions at a glance in iOS 9, with the Night Sky Pro™ widget. Never miss out on amazing things that are happening in the sky above ever again! • Satellite Paths: A brand new feature, simply tap a satellite in Sky View and reveal the trajectory it will take across the sky! All satellites are included as standard in Night Sky Pro™. Download Night Sky Pro reflow Normally $1.99. reflow is an Augmented Reality game and difficult to explain in words, so just check out our trailer at: http://xymatic.com/reflow reflow is a new way to play with your iDevice and the world! Using the realtime camera image, the game abstracts your environment into a black and white level. Let virtual fluids flow on everything that meets your cameras eye. Use whatever you like - friends, objects, pets, strangers - to solve the given challenges in the most unique way. Play wherever you want - parties, bars, parks, schools, the office - do it alone or collaboratively with friends and colleges. Share your solution pics online via twitter, facebook, email and other services or compete for highscores with players worldwide using Game Center. Just give it a shot: Level with your world! Now! While playing reflow you have to change the way you think about playing a computer game. The goal is to guide the flow of virtual colored streams, emerging from sources. They have to flow into similar colored sinks, while possibly being altered on the way by color changers. The level is a black and white abstraction of the real world. You have to alter the camera angle and/or scenery to solve the level - there is no pre-canned solution. selected Features: - Share your solutions via twitter, facebook, email and other services. - Compete with players from all over the world using Game Center. - 40 challenges are waiting for your world, your skills and your aesthetic perception. - Full control over image parameters using multi-touch. - Particle based flow that interacts in realtime and adheres to realworld gravity. - Colors and sounds. For hints, tips and support check the app support page (http://xymatic.com/reflow-feedback). Download reflow Ark Journal Normally $2.99. Ark is an elegant and simple personal journal. The app is designed as a clean and light-weight way to keep track of your thoughts and experiences. All your content is synced across your devices in real-time, and is available offline for continuous use. Download Ark Journal AfterCam Normally $1.99. AfterCam is a video camera that helps you keep only the memorable moments you’re really after - AFTER they’ve happened. It continuously captures video, but won’t save anything to your photo library until you tell it to. With AfterCam, there’s no need to record hours of video you know you’ll never edit. So, instead of recording your kid's entire game, or seven hours of baby’s ALMOST first steps, record only the highlights to begin with. You simply aim it as if you were recording video; then, when something memorable happens that you want to keep, press one of the number buttons to save the previous 5, 10, or 20 seconds as a video clip. You can also take still photos any time without affecting the video and the controls are duplicated on both sides for easy use with either hand! App Features: - Continuously captures video internally but only saves highlights you want to your photo library - Takes still photos without affecting video capture - Photo browser for playback and management - Controls duplicated on both sides for right- or left-handed use Download AfterCam Sniper vs Zombies Normally $0.99. Long awaited zombie sniper game has finally arrived! The fatal lab accident occurred in a research laboratory where a scientist was working with genetically modified viruses - the experimentation on humans has been catastrophic. The "Zombie Virus" has now infected hundreds of people and has spread rapidly throughout the city's homeless population. You're our last hope! Shoot all the zombies quickly and make sure they don't overrun the city! "Sniper vs Zombies" features: • Realistic gameplay mechanics of sniper genre games, adapted for a mobile platform. • Moving enemies and different bullet velocities give players a real challenge, with extra rewards for clean headshots and zombie killing sprees. • Your mission is to kill as many zombies as you can in each round and to prevent them from entering the safe zone. • Reach higher levels to encounter new types of zombies, and improve on your previous high scores! Download Sniper vs Zombies

11 things to do with your old headphones now that Apple has ruined your life

It was hard to swallow at first, but now that the iPhone 7 has officially launched, it's time to come to terms with the fact that the 3.5mm headphone jack is dead . How will you ever survive?! If you want to listen to music on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you'll either need Lightning or Bluetooth headphones, both of which Apple will be happy to sell you . But what are you supposed to do with your old, wired headphones? MUST SEE:  10 best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases we’ve found so far Well, we have a few ideas: Learn how to jump rope. Play a game of tug of war in the backyard. Fashion a makeshift hands-free headset by tightly tying your phone to your face with all the wired headphones you have lying around. Tie several pairs of earbuds together end to end and use the resulting whip to thrash anyone who walks by talking trash about Apple (even though Apple's decision to kill headphones is the only reason you have this whip in the first place). Use it as a hipster-friendly super super skinny tie. Very fashionable. Floss. Try to lasso some Pokemon in Pokemon Go . Tie them to two lampposts and take down unsuspecting Android fanboys. Build one really long set of headphones to use with an old iPod or something. Start collecting all the wired headphones you find in the trash/on the ground and sell them to afford an iPhone 8 next year. Plug them into your new iPhone 7 with the adapter that comes in the box and stop complaining about the fact that Apple killed headphones. If you have any ideas of your own, sound off in the comments or on Twitter !

Can we finally all agree that the Apple Car isn’t happening?

I've never been gung-ho on the prospects of an Apple branded car ever hitting the road, at least not within the compressed time frame that many analysts seemed to enthusiastically champion. Over the past few months, the excitement associated with the idea of Apple stepping into the automotive world blinded many to the myriad of complex challenges involved in researching, developing and ultimately bringing a car to market. From a Bloomberg report claiming that Apple wanted to begin car production in 2020 to an even loftier  Wall Street Journal report claiming that Apple set a "target ship date for 2019," analysts and others within the tech community quickly began to view the idea of an Apple Car not as matter of if  but as a matter of when . To be sure, it was never any secret Apple was heavily researching the prospects of developing an electric car, but Apple often pours R&D dollars into projects that never ultimately get off the ground, with the company's rumored HDTV being a prime example. DON'T MISS:  This is the jaw-dropping iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus camera review you’ve been waiting for For months, I've maintained that Apple developing its own electric car made little to no sense for a variety of economic and logistical issues. Just a few days ago, the New York Times reported that Apple laid off dozens of employees from its car research team amid a shift in the project's focus. According to the Times, Apple's car initiative, now spearheaded by Apple executive Bob Mansfield, will focus more on self-driving car technology as opposed to the development of a physical Apple-branded car. With that in mind, I thought it might be an opportune time to briefly run down why Apple, in my estimation, would be foolish to release its own car. First off, there's the issue of money. Apple's all about the bottom line and margins within the auto industry are notoriously low even for luxury automakers like BMW. Whereas Apple typically enjoys margins in the 35-40% range, margins in the 8-10% range in the auto industry are considered impressive. Consider a magical scenario where Apple in 2020 successfully managed to manufacture and sell 315,000 cars.  I call this a "magical" scenario because 315,000 cars sold would immediately transform the mythical Apple Car into a top 10 selling vehicle in the U.S. Now imagine that on top of selling 315,000 cars, Apple was also able to secure margins similar to what BMW enjoys. As a quick point of reference, the profits BMW enjoyed for each car it sold in 2013 was approximately $4,442. Even if Apple manages to sell 315,000 cars and make a generous $5,000 in profit per unit sold, that comes out to $1.57 billion over 12 months. Now given Apple's deep pockets, that's not exactly a needle mover. Remember, Apple during its most recent quarter posted a profit of $7.8 billion. Also remember, with 17 million Apple Music subscribers, the company's music streaming service generates approximately $2.4 billion in revenue across 12 months. If we assume that 45% of that is pure profit, that's about $1 billion in profits. All that said, is Apple really going to spend billions of dollars on car development and manufacturing when the profit levels would, realistically speaking, not even come close to matching what it accomplishes with Apple Music? A more realistic scenario might have Apple selling in 2020 as many cars as Tesla delivered in 2015 , which is to say somewhere in the ballpark of 50,600 units. Even if Apple can secure an even more generous profit of $8,000 per car, that's a net profit of $404 million per year. Again, that's chump change for Apple. To be clear, the underlying issue isn't whether or not Apple can release a car and make a profit, it's whether or not the profits generated are sufficiently high enough to justify Apple's entrance into an incredibly competitive and cut-throat market filled with established and sophisticated players. Another issue that doesn't seem to get much play in the press is that it's not entirely clear what type of innovation or differentiation Apple could deliver in the car space. As opposed to the state of the mobile market in 2006, the car industry has no shortage of innovative and sophisticated automakers who continuously deliver impressive innovations on a consistent basis. Apple's iPhone in 2007 was competing against laggard products from the likes of BlackBerry and Nokia. An Apple Car, in contrast, would be going to head to head with forward-thinking companies like Tesla, Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. That being the case, what would differentiate an Apple Car from the rest of the pack? A few months ago I said the following: A hypothetical Apple Car wouldn’t be entering an industry plagued by backwards-thinking corporations more than happy to just sit back and bask in the glory of past successes. On the contrary, they’d be entering a vibrant and highly competitive industry consisting of incumbents with decades worth of design and manufacturing expertise. They would be entering an industry that, quite frankly, isn’t necessarily in need of the famed Apple touch. BMW. Audi. Mercedes. Porsche. These are luxury brands that already embody the ethos of Apple product design. On another note, we haven't even touched on logistical issues such as where will Apple sell these cars? Where's the requisite infrastructure? Where will repairs be made? Additionally, developing a car from scratch requires a whole lot of manpower. And while Apple's existing car-team was estimated to be in the 800-1000 range (before the aforementioned layoffs), consider that BMW has more than 100,000 employees worldwide. Tesla, meanwhile, currently boasts upwards of 14,000 employees. As Jason Snell of Six Colors astutely pointed out a few months ago, Apple's research into developing an electric car was and remains just that, research . The next step in this process isn’t hiring a thousand people and planning a release date. It’s probably setting up a team to investigate all the issues involved in entering this field. Is there something here? What are the issues with entering a new industry? What do we need to create ourselves and what do we buy from suppliers? Do we do this ourselves or with partners? Should we buy someone or invest in someone? Are we really building a car, or just subsystems for a car? And is this all a bad idea that we should forget ever happened? With that in mind, reports that Apple is shifting the focus of its car project shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

Conan’s hilarious AirPods ad reminds us that we’re definitely going to lose them

Thanks to countless leaks in the weeks and months leading up to Apple's latest media event, there weren't many surprises to be found during the keynote. In fact, the closest thing we got to a genuine reveal was that of the wireless AirPods , which were meant to help explain away the lack of a headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Depending on who you ask, the AirPods are either sleek and well-designed or look ridiculous hanging out of someone's ears, but everyone agrees on one thing — if you buy a set of AirPods, you're almost definitely going to lose them. DON'T MISS:  10 best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases we’ve found so far That universal truth is the theme of Conan's AirPods ad, which pays homage to the classic black silhouette iPod commercials while lambasting Apple's new hardware. You can watch the full (fake) ad from Conan below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_wImaGRkNY Early reviews of the headphones claim that you're much less likely to lose them than you might think. Even Tim Cook himself told Good Morning America this week that he'd yet to have the AirPods fall out of his ears while using them. Apple won't make the AirPods available to the public until "late October," so we'll have to wait more than a month to find out if the early reports about the hardware is true. In the meantime, we can all sigh over the jet black AirPods that Apple foolishly decided not to make and wish they were real.

Is Apple thinking about removing the headphone jack from MacBooks, too?

In the wake of the iPhone 7 shipping without a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, many have wondered how the controversial design decision might impact other devices in Apple's product lineup. While removing the headphone jack on a relatively small and tightly packed device like the iPhone can be justified as a means to make room for other components, it's hard to make a similar argument for removing the jack on larger devices like the iPad and Apple's Mac lineup. DON'T MISS:  8 cool iOS 10 features you probably haven’t found yet All the same, it appears that Apple is at the very least contemplating a future where the company's popular MacBook Pro may ship without a headphone jack. According to a report from  MacRumors , Apple a few weeks ago began sending out surveys to select users asking them, among other things, if they ever use the headphone jack on their MacBook Pro machines. The question verbatim reads, "Do you ever use the headphone port on your MacBook Pro with Retina display?" "There are several other reports on Twitter from users who have been asked similar questions about the headphone jack," MacRumors adds, "suggesting Apple is exploring the removal of the headphone jack in a future version of the MacBook Pro." For what it's worth, there's no indication that Apple's upcoming MacBook Pro revamp will ship without a headphone jack. With an unveiling date rumored for October, various rumors and product leaks suggest that Apple's new MacBook Pro will feature an OLED touch panel in place of the function key row, will come in a thinner form factor, and will have four USB-C ports. The headphone jack, meanwhile, as evidenced by the leaked chasis below, doesn't appear to be on its way out the door just yet.

10 best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases we’ve found so far

Ladies and gentlemen, you have one more day to go before Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus officially launch. Despite a string of negative posts on some gadget blogs ahead of the new iPhones' launch, the iPhone 7's release is shaping up to be one of Apple's biggest launches ever. In fact, preorders are outpacing Apple's record-smashing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at most US carriers right now. Of course, getting a new iPhone means you also have to purchase a new case, lest you want to scratch up that new phone. You're about to spend somewhere between $650 and $970, so scratching is the last thing you want. We've searched high and low, and we've rounded up the 10 best iPhone 7 cases that you can buy right now in this post. Some of them can be at your door in as little as one day, so your precious new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus doesn't have to go a single minute without protection. MUST SEE:  How to fix the most annoying things in iOS 10 If you're getting one of the new Black or Jet Black colors Apple has introduced on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, you'll definitely want to consider a clear case for your new phone. In fact, you should probably consider a clear case regardless of which color you ordered because they're all stunning. Spigen's iPhone 7 Ultra Hybrid Air Cushion case is a best-selling iPhone 7 case right now, and it's just $10.99 on Amazon with free Prime shipping. Spigen also makes a clear iPhone 7 case with a built-in kickstand  for $12.99, which is a great feature for users who watch a lot of video. Also, the  iPhone 7 Clear Case by Yousave Accessories is a great option and it's only $7.85 shipped. If you picked up a larger iPhone 7 Plus instead, you've still got some great options for clear cases. One of our favorite options is the  Spigen Liquid Crystal Ultra-Thin Semi-transparent case for $11.99, and Spigen has a crystal clear option for the same price. If you want a leather case and Apple's own cases are too common and boring for you, Mujjo is absolutely the best in the business. The company's most popular leather slim cases and wallet cases are shipping right now for both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and they come in the company's instantly recognizable three-color palette: Black, gray and that gorgeous tan color. You'll find all of Mujjo's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases right here , and prices start at about $33. Dark cases are also very popular right now, and we've got three in particular here that are sleek and stylish without adding too much extra bulk. For the iPhone 7, the  Spigen Liquid Armor Soft Black Premium TPU Case is our favorite at just $11.99. For the larger iPhone 7 Plus, we're split between the  Spigen Thin Fit Black Premium Matte Finish Hard Case for $11.99 and the  Caseology Parallax Series Modern Slim Black / Deep Blue Textured Grip Case  for $14.99. Finally, if you need serious protection, Otterbox is the only way to go. $49.95 gets you the company's brand new  Defender Series Case for iPhone 7 . The iPhone 7 Plus version  costs an extra $10.

Upcoming Galaxy S8 might pack a monster 3GHz chipset (and it still won’t be as fast as an iPhone)

Samsung is not in a very good place right now. The company is in the midst of a global recall of its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy Note 7. As we're sure you've read by now, some Note 7 models shipped with faulty batteries that have been found to explode while charging. The explosions have so far caused personal injury to some users and extensive property damage for others. We've seen stories of Note 7 fires engulfing a parked Jeep in flames and even burning down one family's house . Most recently, an exploding Galaxy Note 7 started a vehicle fire while the car was driving down the road . The South Korean smartphone giant is taking a huge financial hit as a result of the recall, and its image has been tarnished as well. Of course, these will ultimately just be temporary setbacks; time heals all wounds and people forget about gadget gaffes pretty quickly — see Antennagate, Bendgate and every other "gate" for examples. So what's coming from Samsung next year, when all the fuss over the Note 7 has long since been forgotten? MUST SEE:  You’ve never seen an iPhone that looks like this Samsung has two flagship launches each year. In the first half, the company updates its Galaxy S lineup and in the second half, the Galaxy Note lineup is updated. With the Note 7 launch behind us, sort of, attention is now beginning to turn to next year's Galaxy S8, which Samsung is undoubtedly eager to launch as it looks to put the Note 7 debacle behind it. We've seen a few reports that have begun to paint a picture of what we might expect from next year's Galaxy S8. One of the more recent claims is that the phone will come in two sizes just like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, but both the 5.1-inch model and the 5.5-inch version will feature curved displays . Another report stated that the S8 series could be among the first smartphones to feature 4K ultra HD displays . Now, a new report out of China on Thursday morning states that the new Galaxy S8 models could be powered by a new Samsung Exynos 8895 processor. According to the report, which comes from a Weibo user  (via WccfTech ) who has posted a few leaks in the past, the new chipset will be clocked at 3.0GHz but will be more energy-efficient than any previous Samsung processor. It will also apparently improve image processing by as much as 80% compared to this year's Exynos model. If accurate, this sounds great on paper — but we should all bear in mind that specs on paper don't always translate in real-world usage. As we know all too well, Apple's iPhone 6s from last year is still faster than Samsung's brand new flagship smartphones despite paling in comparison on paper.

Apple says initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus sold out

Apple says initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus sold out

By Julia Love SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Initial quantities of the iPhone 7 Plus have sold out globally as Apple Inc prepares to roll out its new gadget in stores, the company said Wednesday. Supplies of the larger size of Apple's new phone have been exhausted in all shades, and the smaller iPhone 7 has also sold out in the new jet black color, the company said. Customers who enter Apple Stores Friday, when the gadgets hit shelves, will not be able to purchase the sold-out phones on site, but they can continue to place orders for their desired models online, Apple said.

All the iOS 10 features that guard your privacy and security

iOS 10 is one of the most significant iOS updates in years. On the surface, everything looks similar to iOS 9, the iOS version you left behind. But digging deeper, you’ll find a ton of brand new features that are included in this release. Just like with previous iOS launches, iOS 10 puts security and privacy front and center — after all, Apple has not changed its stance on either. There are various privacy and security features working for you in iOS 10, with many of them available on iOS 9 as well. But that doesn’t mean your iPhone or iPad running iOS 10 can’t leak information. So, you should make sure you set up your device correctly to prevent any problems. DON’T MISS: What the iPhone 7, new Apple Watch, and AirPods reveal about next year’s iPhone 8 upgrade Encrypt your iPhone Your iPhone or iPad is encrypted by default. But it’s only encrypted if you protect it with a PIN, password, or fingerprint. Head to Settings , Touch ID & Passcode and set up your passwords and fingerprints. An unlocked iPhone would let a malicious individual with intimate knowledge of the iPhone to steal credit card data, Safari passwords, pictures, and other valuable data you might hold on your phone. Tip #1 : Set a Custom Alphanumeric Code or a Custom Numeric Code , but don’t go for the 4-Digit Numeric Code . Tip #2 : Do not use Touch ID for iPhone Unlock if you’re worried law enforcement would use it against you, but keep using it for Apple Pay, iTunes and App Store, and other apps. Tip #3 : Always set the iPhone to auto-lock itself. Go to Settings , Display & Brightness and set the auto-lock time for as low as 30 seconds or as much as 5 minutes . Never set it to Never . Tip #4 : Enable Erase Data if you want the iPhone to automatically delete everything after 10 failed passcode attempts. Tip #5 : Encrypt your iOS backups as well, and backup your device via iTunes (where they can be encrypted) rather than iCloud. Enable Find My iPhone If it’s not enabled, Find My iPhone must be turned on (under Settings , iCloud ) so that you can attempt retrieving a lost or stolen device. Tip #1 : Enable Send Last Location so that the iPhone sends the last known location of the iPhone to Apple when the battery is critically low. You can keep it off if you usually run out of battery. Use 2-factor authentication Your Apple ID is a vital piece of information that hackers try to steal. You can secure it with 2-factor authentication over at Apple.com , and you should do it to make sure your wallet and data are both protected. A hacker could steal data information from your backups — say, naked pictures — and purchase items on your behalf after gaining Apple ID access. Tip #1 : Require password for additional purchases made on your iOS and Mac devices. Limit lockscreen data leaks One of the big changes in iOS 10 concerns the lockscreen. It can deliver more information than ever, and a sneak peak at it is enough for someone to glance useful information about your day. A malicious person could read personal information from notifications (including messages and mails) and widgets that are set up on the screen. You can limit access to certain features of the lockscreen by going to Settings , Touch ID & Passcode and disabling them one by one. The list includes Today View , Notification View , Siri , Reply with Message , Home Control , and Wallet . Tip #1 : The problem is that by disabling these features, and the useful widgets on the lockscreen, you miss out on some awesome features. So you could try to find other ways of limiting lockscreen leaks. One of them concerns notifications. Just go to Settings , Notifications , and manage the type of notifications you get from each app. It’s critical that you disable Show Previews for messaging and email apps, so the text doesn’t appear on the screen. Tip #2 : You might want to remove Home Control from your lockscreen. It’s pretty clear why. Tip #3 : It’s really easy for someone to spy on you if you’re on iOS 10 and have Raise to Wake enabled. A person could raise the phone and glance at all the information available on the lockscreen without making any sounds. Disable the feature ( Settings , Display & Brightness ) so that the lockscreen doesn’t light up when you or someone else moves it around. Tip #4 : If something you need to customize isn’t available in the Settings app, go to the lockscreen or home screen. Swipe down, then slide to the right to see your widgets. Scroll down until you see the Edit button to customize that screen. Don’t worry, only the person who knows your password can enter this menu. Manage your Location information You should be in control of location sharing on iOS, and Apple lets you do it. Just like before, head to the Settings app, then Privacy , then Location Services . This is where you can limit location tracking on a per-app basis. You tell apps never to track you, or track your device only while you’re using an app. Do not allow apps to track you in the background. Tip #1 : Under Location Services scroll down to System Services , then Frequent Locations , and disable it if you don’t want your iPhone to provide location-related information in apps like Maps, Calendar, and others. While you’re there, tap the Clear History button as well. Tip #2 : You should also limit other types of data that you’re sharing with apps, and you can do that from the Privacy screen. Camera and microphone access, contacts and calendars, Health and HomeKit, are some of the sections to pay attention to. Stop third-parties from tracking you via ads Go to the Settings app, then Privacy and then Advertising (at the very bottom of the page). Enable Limit Ad Tracking , and then tap on Reset Advertising Identifier . iOS 10 is even better at limiting ads, as it resets the identifier to 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000. Good luck tracking that. Tip #1 : You can tap on View Ad Information to find out the information used by Apple to deliver relevant ads to you. Tip #2 : Browse the web in incognito mode. Go to Safari , tap on the page switch icon (the one on the right at the bottom of the screen), then tap Private . Private Browsing Mode is now enabled. Limit access to data If someone gets access to your phone’s data, they could be looking at all the information that’s on your phone. You can limit it by setting messages to self-destroy after a number of days. Go to Settings , Messages , and Keep Messages where you can select the minimum period to 30 days. Do the same for Audio Messages on the same page — set them to Expire after 2 minutes. Tip #1 : You can always manually delete conversations from the iMessage app. You can do the same thing with other chat apps on a per-conversation basis. Or you can use self-destructing chat apps or iMessage apps so that some chats stay hidden forever.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Okay, so you've had a full day now to play with Apple's new iOS 10 update and you've read our coverage to learn all of the best tips and tricks out there. Now it's time to get back to filling your phone with nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free for a limited time. MUST SEE:  You’ve never seen an iPhone that looks like this 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. SnapTube Premium Normally $2.99. SnapTube Premium is buit for music lovers. 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Please do send your voices so we can get it and deliver your favourite features at the best manner. SnapTube Premium is based on YouTube Music. YouTube Music, Youtube trademark and logo are registered trademarks of Google, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Download SnapTube Premium Personal Keyboard Normally $0.99. With Personal Keyboard you can create your own keyboard layout and personalise it. Imagine the best keyboard for you and do it yourself. Features: - mix any language letters, symbols, smiles in one keyboard - arrange the keys as you want - custom size for any key - keyboard can have any count of keys - keyboard can have any count of pages with keys - setup for every key (font size, background and font color etc.) - custom shift function, for every button you can setup with shift analog - create keys with custom label - templates have a text format and you can easily share it Many other improvements in next versions. Download Personal Keyboard Symmetrica Normally $0.99. 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Save a complete web page as a pdf or image file. - And much more in this multiview productivity app. This is the perfect iPhone split screen app and split screen multitasking browser for your large screen iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone Plus. DuMore also includes split screen multitasking and split view for all iPads, old and new. You don't have to switch between two iOS apps when you can view two things simultaneously. Resize the two split view windows or close one split screen tab for an edge-to-edge full screen view of your favorite websites and videos. New features and improvements are added to each update. Download now to explore all features and tell me what you'd like to see next. Download DuMore Big Action Mega Fight! Normally $2.99. Big Action Mega Fight! is a classic-style beat 'em up/brawler game with a modern twist! Hilarious cartoon fighting action meets incredibly fluid touch-screen controls, designed from the ground up for smartphones and tablets. 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These 14 power packed HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts get your heart pumping and our tracking system keeps you motivated to improve. Reason #3: You get to see graphs, stats, and proof of progress by tracking your scores. Nothing is more motivating than seeing measurable results. Reason #4: Choose from 14 Competitive Workouts Never struggle for motivation again with 14 highly effective and super competitive workouts. Choose from 5 minute challenges to 10 minute Arm-ageddon, 15 minute Abs, the 20 minute Total Body, Cardio Abs, Arms, Core and Plyometric sessions, or for the really ambitious the 30 minute Unfinishable workout get super fit, super fast. Reason #5 Working out is better with friends. Tracking your own results is great, but workouts are more fun with a friend. So Time Trial Challenges let you compare workout scores with friends, and beat them by improving your scores over time. Reason #6 Your starting fitness level doesn't matter. Time Trial only tracks improvement. This is the key to the whole process. Time Trial lets anyone compete no matter what your starting fitness level. By completing these workouts you will build up to some great scores, but most important is to see improvement each time. Losing weight, toning up and looking great happen automatically with these highly addictive and competitive workouts. The goal is to beat your score from last time, and with out challenges you get rewarded for improvement, not total score. Time Trial doesn't worry about where you starting fitness is, only your improvement counts. Challenges are won by beating your previous best, So competing against yourself or a friend encourages you to keep getting fitter by rewarding improvement and celebrating new milestones. Try Time Trial today and you'll wonder why this had never been thought of before. Add some fun back into your exercise routine, challenge yourself and your friends, and look great, together! Download Time Trial Siren Pro Normally $0.99. An useful tool with Emergency alarm and Police Beacon Light. Human Interface Designed, easy to use. ASAP to launch the app and boot siren in emergency situation. If you are in emergency If you need any help Or you just want to scare some bad guy Press it. - Siren Pro. 4 kinds of interfaces. 16 kinds of emergency sounds. more options for you. Thanks for your support ! Have a nice day ! Download Siren Pro TaskOrganizer Normally $0.99. TaskOrganizer - App with a new approach to the management of tasks lists. The possibility of dividing tasks lists into various areas will help you to sort all your tasks and easily get access to them. For each area, you can give a rate of the current situation, set an icon and choose a colour. Making up collections of tasks, you can separately keep and work with the tasks for the day, month, year and even with aims for a whole life. 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Finally a makeup app to help you Slay like Bey Behold transforms your mobile device into a virtual beauty salon providing you with tools to create, preview, and save stunning new looks with ease. Not only can you try new looks on instantly with the easy-to-use virtual makeup editor, you can also try different hairstyles, contouring techniques, and use the built in photo-retouching mode to remove red-eye, blemishes, whiten teeth, and even draw directly onto your photos. We want to become the go-to place for selfie, makeup, and beauty enthusiasts around the world. Want to try a brave new matte lipstick or a bold new hair color? Make your skin look flawless? Be up to date with the new beauty trends? Well, Be Bold, Behold! Get it now before the price goes up. 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Amazon launches voice-powered Echo speakers in Britain and Germany

Amazon launches voice-powered Echo speakers in Britain and Germany

By Peter Hobson LONDON (Reuters) - Online retailer Amazon brought Echo, its voice-activated smart home controls device to Britain and Germany on Wednesday, hoping the Star Trek-inspired gadget will replicate the success it has seen in the United States. The launch, the latest big marketing push in Britain by the retailer, is the first expansion of Echo outside the United States, where it says it has sold millions of the devices since its debut in 2014. Dave Limp, Amazon's head of devices, said it had spent two years preparing for the European launch, with 1,000 engineers working to train the software to understand everything from local accents, senses of humor and colloquial phrases.

How to fix the most annoying things in iOS 10

Ladies and gentlemen, iOS 10 is finally here! After a long beta period that began back in June, Apple released the finished version of iOS 10 to the public this week and so far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. People love the refinements in Apple's latest OS, and if your iMessages have been anything like ours lately, they also love all the new Messages effects and third-party iMessage apps that are now supported in iOS 10. Sure there were a few bumps in the road, but things are going reasonably smoothly following the release of Apple's new iOS 10 software for the iPhone and iPad. Of course, that doesn't mean that everyone is happy with all the changes Apple made this year. We showed you the 10 best new features in iOS 10 and we've also shown you 25 hidden iOS 10 features you probably had no idea were there. Now, it's time to show you how to fix all the most annoying changes Apple make in its latest mobile operating system. MUST SEE:  You’ve never seen an iPhone that looks like this Unlock your iPhone with a touch iOS 10 adds a new raise to wake feature that shows you all those great new notifications and widgets as soon as you lift your phone. As a result, Apple's old Touch ID unlock had to change — leaving the old behavior would mean the lock screen would almost always be completely bypassed. But some people don't want to have to press the home button to unlock the iPhone. Luckily, it's beyond simple to restore iOS 9's unlock function. Open Settings and go to General > Accessibility > Home Button Slide the toggle next to "Rest Finger to Open" to the on position Disable raise to wake Whether or not you like the new unlock behavior, some people aren't fans of Apple's raise to wake feature. Don't worry, disabling it is just as simple. Open Settings and go to Display & Brightness Slide the toggle next to "Raise to Wake" to the off position Disable the ability to reply to messages when the phone is locked Apple's new notifications in iOS 10 are awesome. Where messages are concerned, you don't even have to open the Messages app anymore to reply to a text or an iMessage. Simply 3D Touch the notification and you can type and send your response right there without ever leaving the app you're in. Of course, there are definitely some privacy concerns when that functionality is enabled on the lock screen, which is how iOS 10 is configured by default. In other words, anyone can respond to your messages without having to unlock your phone. Here's how to prevent that from happening: Open Settings and go to Touch ID & Passcode Enter your password or PIN code Scroll down and slide the toggle next to "Reply with Message" to the off position Stop apps from automatically installing Messages extensions Third-party app support in the Messages app is one of the coolest things about iOS 10, but most people only want Messages-specific apps in there. For example, installing or updating the Yelp app will automatically install Yelp's Messages extension, and not everyone wants that. Here's how to stop it: Open any conversation in Messages Tap the arrow icon to the left of the text input field Tap the Apps icon Tap the four circles in the bottom-left corner Tap the Manage tab Slide the toggle next to "Automatically Add Apps" to the off position While you're on that screen, you can also toggle off any apps you don't want to see in Messages. Disable Safari auto-fill features This is the least annoying of all the features listed in this post, but we have seen a bunch of complaints about it. Apple's new contextual Quick Type features in Safari pop up your name, email address and other contact info when you visit a web page with forms that have those fields. It's a nice, convenient feature but it seems to be bugging some users. Here's how to disable it: Open Settings and go to Safari > AutoFill Slide the Toggle next to "Use Contact Info" to the off position You can also stop Safari from auto-filling logins and credit card details from this screen.

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One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company

Xiaomi is a name that smartphone users in the United States likely aren't very familiar with. The company makes stunning Android phones that feature flagship power and specs, and it sells them at shockingly low prices. Why haven't you ever seen one of Xiaomi's phones in the US? Because the company built a multi-billion dollar smartphone business based on shamelessly copying everything Apple does, so it would likely be sued into oblivion if it had tried to sell its phones in the US market. One time, Xiaomi even had an executive in a black mock turtleneck and jeans unveil a new smartphone at a press conference. No, seriously. Outside the US, Xiaomi just unveiled its latest flagship smartphone. It looks like it will instantly become a smash hit when it's released, featuring a sleek design and killer specs. But the most interesting thing about the new Xiaomi Mi 5s may very well be the fact that it touts one of the hottest new features expected to come to next year's new iPhone 8. MUST SEE:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone Xiaomi just unveiled two new smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus. See, we told you the company copies everything Apple does. Both new phones feature an all-metal body and they sport similar designs. As you might have guessing from the fact that the company stole Apple's naming convention, the Mi 5s Plus is the larger of the two phones and it sports a bigger screen as well as a bigger battery. And guess what... it also has a dual-lens camera. We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. Other specs include a Snapdragon 821 chipset, a 5.2-inch 1080p display (with Force Touch support, of course), a 3,200 mAh battery, up to 128GB of UFS 2.0 storage and up to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The real start of the show isn't something that's visible when you look at the new phone, however. Hiding under the display on the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus is a new under-glass ultrasonic fingerprint reader. This means that the phone has a hidden fingerprint scanner that doesn't take up any room on the fact of the device, allowing the display to occupy as much space as possible. As you might recall, Apple is due to launch a completely redesigned "iPhone 8" next year that will include a number of exciting new features. Among them, Apple is expected to ditch the home button and integrate its Touch ID fingerprint scanner into the display. By doing this, Apple will finally be able to build a smaller phone without cutting down on screen size, because there will be less wasted space around the display. Apple's capacitive home button on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is believed to be a stopgap solution that will get people used to the idea of not having a physical home button. Of course, we still have a year to go before Apple's next-generation iPhones are released. In the meantime, Xiaomi's new Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus will be made available for preorder in China beginning September 29th, and they'll start at about $300 and $345, respectively. You can learn more about them on Xiaomi's website .

15 tricky HTC 10 problems and how to fix them

15 tricky HTC 10 problems and how to fix them

If you’ve run into a thorny issue with your HTC 10, allow us to provide a potential solution. These are the most common issues surrounding HTC 10 and a few bits of advice on how you might overcome them.

Hundreds of thousands of potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7s are still out there

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 was the most impressive smartphone the world had ever seen when it was first released over the summer. The phone featured a sleek design, a stunning display and more power than we had ever seen before in an Android smartphone. When we reviewed the Galaxy Note 7  back in mid-August, we called it the best phablet the world had ever seen, hands down, iPhones included. Then, phones began to explode. BGR was among the first to cover news that a Note 7 handset had combusted while a user was charging the phone, and at the time, some people dismissed the incident as a fluke. When reports of similar explosions began popping up, however, Samsung had no choice but to issue a global recall. Now, in an update, Samsung has reported that the recall is progressing but there are still hundreds of thousands of potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7 handsets in the hands of users. DON'T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone In an update published on Tuesday , Samsung shared some key notes about the progress it's making in the global Galaxy Note 7 recall that was issued earlier this month on September 2nd. “Just over three weeks ago, Samsung committed to a global replacement program for the Galaxy Note7. Last week, that program began for the majority of markets and the progress is encouraging” said Samsung's mobile boss DJ Koh. “Our focus now is to make sure that all affected devices are replaced as quickly and efficiently as possible.” In its update, Samsung shared the following three data points: Around 90 percent of Galaxy Note7 users have been choosing a new Galaxy Note7 since products became widely available. More than 60 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note7 phones sold in the U.S. and Korea have been exchanged through the program. In Singapore, more than 80 percent of customers have participated in the exchange program, which started on September 17. Those numbers indeed show impressive progress in the three weeks since the Note 7 was formally recalled, but they also highlight a potentially serious problem: Either people aren't moving fast enough, or Samsung isn't doing a good enough job of informing users of the recall. For example, Samsung said that 60% of the recalled Galaxy Note 7 handsets sold in the US and South Korea have been returned or exchanged so far. Considering 1 million Galaxy Note 7 phones were sold in the US alone , that means there are still hundreds of thousands of recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices being used by consumers. Exploding Note 7 phones have destroyed cars and even burned down one family's house , so it's of the utmost importance that you return your recalled Note 7 if it's still in your possession. You'll find everything you need to know about how to trade in your Galaxy Note 7 for an update model or a refund in this post .

Get more out of your BlackBerry DTEK50 with these tips and tricks

Get more out of your BlackBerry DTEK50 with these tips and tricks

BlackBerry coins its DTEK50 as “the world’s most secure Android smartphone,” namely because of the software it runs on. Security may be the narrative that defines the device’s marketing, but this is a phone with a number of features and tweaks that aren’t exactly obvious.

YouTube Go is the offline YouTube app you’ve been waiting for (and you still can’t have it)

Google's official YouTube apps for iOS and Android are always wildly popular, but people who pay attention to app store rankings regularly see third-party YouTube apps come and go on the top free app lists. The official YouTube apps are so well-designed and they pack all the great features Google wants YouTube users to have, so why are Android and iOS users so interested in third-party apps? Simply put, people want the ability to save videos for offline playback, and Google's official YouTube apps don't support this key feature. With a new app from Google called YouTube Go, Google has finally added this great capability. But there's just one teeny, tiny problem: You can't have it. DON'T MISS:  10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone During a press conference in Delhi where the company unveiled several new products for the Indian market, Google took the wraps off of its new app YouTube Go. As you might have surmised, the app is aimed squarely at the mobile market in India, where Google is among a number of companies looking to take advantage of the emerging mobile market in the country. India is one of many countries where low- and no-income mobile users are constantly on the lookout for tools that will help them get the most of their smartphones while using the least amount of data possible. With that in mind, it's easy to see why Google would roll out its new YouTube Go app with offline video viewing capabilities in India first. "YouTube Go is a brand new app to help the next generation of users share and enjoy videos," YouTube VP Johanna Wright said. "YouTube Go was designed and built from the ground up with insights from India, in order to bring the power of video to mobile users in a way that is more conscious of their data and connectivity, while still being locally relevant and social." In addition to offline viewing capabilities, YouTube Go will support other data-friendly features such as video quality controls, previews and even a new sharing feature that will let users transfer videos directly from one phone to another without the need for a cellular data connection. Users in India can sign up to test YouTube Go at this link , though Google has not yet announced when the app will be released. Google CEO Sundar Pichai did suggest that the app will eventually make its way to markets outside of India, though he didn't give any sort of timeline.

Rob Kardashian did a sh*tty thing tweeting out Kylie's phone number

Rob Kardashian did a sh*tty thing tweeting out Kylie's phone number

Rob Kardashian has proved once again, in extremely public fashion, that he does not tolerate disrespect re: the mother of his child Blac Chyna.  Based off his tweets, Rob is super p*ssed at his family for throwing him a baby shower and neglecting to invite the woman actually having the damn baby. Rude.  SEE ALSO: Please enjoy this footage of Kylie and Kendall Jenner stuck in an elevator Rude enough to publicly tweet out his youngest sister's cell phone number without her consent? Rob thinks so.  He posted his 'lil sister Kylie Jenner's number and it seems like a genuine act. (The number has been disconnected now.)  Kylie's # +1 (818) 482-5859  I ain't hacked either this is rob dog lol — ROBERT KARDASHIAN (@robkardashian) September 27, 2016 8184825859 — ROBERT KARDASHIAN (@robkardashian) September 27, 2016 Didn't invite the Mother of my child to a baby shower you all were trying to throw for me ‼️? You all must have lost your damn minds ,,, — ROBERT KARDASHIAN (@robkardashian) September 27, 2016 How does the wider entrepreneurial family feel about the katastrophy? No one knows. All is quite on the western front, as the gang recover from the shock of a real life troll within their midst. Presumably, it has something to do with the tension between Jenner, who's dating Tyga, and Chyna who has a son by Tyga. (Tyga and Chyna were previously engaged, but now he is with Rob’s youngest sister Kylie, which isn’t awkward AT ALL.) But you can always rely on Khloe Kardashian to jump the gun and say something cryptic. Case in point: Just don't!!! https://t.co/i2gHRCB9wS — Khloé (@khloekardashian) September 27, 2016 The plot thickens. That phone number connects to two Instagram accounts, according to this guy.  @robkardashian it connects both to jay aguilar and kylie LMAO pic.twitter.com/I8SfOUhE4F — gisele bundt cake (@hautearmani) September 27, 2016 Well if it was her phone number, it sure as hell ain't now.   While it's tempting to think of as a bit of a LOL, it's a pretty sh*tty thing to do to a 19-year-old girl. How would you like it if your partner, or future daughter for that matter got trolled this hard, mate? You played yourself, Rob. You. Played. Yourself. 

Muzik One: The truly smart wireless headphones your iPhone deserves

Apple's new AirPods are definitely... umm... something special . The concept is great and the feature set is very cool, but people are saying the sound quality is so-so and the design is positively atrocious. Instead of settling for AirPods just because Apple makes them, try checking out some truly smart wireless headphones from Muzik. We first covered Muzik headphones all the way back in 2014, and they've received some serious upgrades since then. Now, the MUZIK One Connect Smarter Headphone is available immediately on Amazon, and you definitely need to check these back boys out. Some key features: The Smartphone of Headphones. HD Wireless Bluetooth connectivity with a long lasting rechargeable battery, lets you listen longer, farther, and finally smarter. Both on-ear and over-ear memory foam cushions are included to provide the best comfort, sound and fit. Programmable Hot Keys let you Play, Share, and Control your favorite music service Spotify, like never before from your headphones. Muzik Connect integrates and enhances your favorite iOS apps like Spotify, Facebook, IFTTT, and Twitter, allowing you to share and post with your friends in real time. Android coming soon. Amazon is selling the MUZIK One Connect Smarter Headphone for $299.99 and if you're looking for stylish on-ear wireless headphones with great sound and a gorgeous design, they're worth every penny.

This is the Israeli company that can hack any iPhone and Android smartphone

If Cellebrite sounds familiar, that’s because the name of this Israeli company came up during Apple’s standoff with the FBI over breaking iPhone encryption. The agency managed to crack the San Bernardino iPhone with the help of an undisclosed company. Many people believe it was Cellebrite that came to the rescue. Meanwhile, the company revealed that it could hack just about any modern smartphone, but refused to say whether its expertise is used by the police forces of repressive regimes. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review Cellebrite talked to the BBC about its technology, including equipment and software. “I was given a demo using a Samsung phone supplied by the company,” BBC ’s Rory Cellan-Jones said. “It was running quite an old version of Android - 4.2 - but I was allowed to take it away for half an hour, put a password on it, and use it to take photos and send a text message.” Upon his return, Yuval Ben-Moshe from Cellebrite took the phone, plugged it into a “chunky tablet computer, and disabled the lock code. "We can pretty much pull up any of the data that resides on the phone," he said and downloaded all the photos taken with the device. When asked whether this kind of hack applies to other devices, Ben-Moshe said that his company could access data on “the largest number of devices that are out there in the industry.” Even the iPhone 7. "We can definitely extract data from an iPhone 7 as well - the question is what data." The security expert said that even data from encrypted services such as WhatsApp can be accessed hinting that not all communication is totally secure. The iPhone may be hackable to some extent, but that doesn’t mean that Cellebrite cracked the iPhone 5c that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Or at least, the company would not comment on any of its customers.

Leaked image gives us our first look at Google’s 4K Chromecast Ultra

Next Tuesday, Google is going to hold a massive launch event in San Francisco , where it is expected to debut two Android smartphones (Pixel and Pixel XL), the AI-powered Google Home personal assistant, the Google Wifi router, a Daydream VR headset and a 4K-capable streaming media player called the Chromecast Ultra. DON'T MISS:  The Pixel phones may not be the most interesting thing Google unveils next month An Android Police report from this month claims that the Chromecast Ultra will retail for $69 — double that of the regular Chromecast's $35 price tag. Sources referenced in the same report say that HDR will also be on the list of features for the new streaming dongle, but most of the details remain shrouded in mystery. So now that you know how much it's going to cost and a little about what it can do, you probably want to see what the Chromecast Ultra actually looks like. Lucky for you (and the rest of us), Evan Blass of VentureBeat  has gotten his hands on a very official looking image of the Ultra HD streaming device: Although we have no proof that the image is legitimate, Blass has a very good track record with these kinds of leaks. Don't be surprised if you see the exact image above floating around the internet next week when Google sends out press kits with photos of all of its latest hardware.

BlackBerry CEO says turnaround two-thirds complete

BlackBerry CEO says turnaround two-thirds complete

By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen said on Monday he was two-thirds of the way toward achieving his goal of turning the Canadian technology company's fortunes around. "We have made investment over a billion-plus, all in software, all in security, and now we need to execute it," Chen said at an event in Toronto two days before the company will report its second-quarter earnings. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry, a once-dominant smartphone maker, has shifted its focus to software that companies and governments use to manage their mobile devices.

Google is working on a MacBook killer running a special breed of Android

Google has already started teasing its October 4th event where Pixel smartphones are meant to show up. But that’s not everything Google is announcing in early October. The most important thing the company might unveil is the Andromeda operating system, a merger between Android and Chrome OS. Andromeda isn’t a commercial name , but rather an internal codename for the initiative, which will represent a major shift in Android strategy. Google will be able to take the best from both worlds and release other types of Android devices, including better laptops and tablets. The first laptop running Andromeda will come out next summer, per one report. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review According to Android Police , the Pixel 3 laptop is set to arrive at some point in the third quarter of 2017. The project is known internally as Bison, and the laptop should be the first new device to showcase Google’s Android / Chrome OS hybrid. “Bison, then, would be the culmination of years of work by Google's Pixel team and Google's Android and Chrome OS teams,” Android Police writes. The device would not be marketed as a Chromebook, and the project isn’t part of Google’s current effort to put Android apps on Chrome OS devices. In Andromeda, Google wants to merge Chrome features into Android, which means Bison, or the Pixel 3, will be an Android device rather than a Chrome OS one. The current list of specs for the Bison includes a 12.3-inch display with touch support, Intel m3 or i5 Core processor, 32GB to 128GB of storage, 8GB to 16GB of RAM, fingerprint scanner, USB-C connectivity, 3.5mm headphone jack, stylus support, stereo speakers. quad microphones, backlit keyboard, glass trackpad with haptic and force detection and 10 hours of battery life. The device would also measure just 10mm in thickness, which would make it thinner than the 12-inch MacBook. Best of all, the Bison would sell for just $799, according to the information available to Android Police at this time. Obviously, things may change in the following year, and Google could even cancel the product. But this MacBook contender already sounds amazing on paper.

The Pixel phones may not be the most interesting thing Google unveils next month

Google started teasing its October 4th mobile event a few days ago, and if you’re familiar with recent rumors you probably know two things about it: the Nexus phone is dying, and the Pixel phone will replace it. Google will have other hardware on display during the event, but the company is also expected to unveil a massive milestone for Android. Andromeda, as a new operating system is internally called, might be the most important thing coming out of Google’s October 4th event. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review “We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we'll be talking about Oct 4, 2016,” Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer said cryptically on Twitter during the weekend. That’s the kind of message the often-accurate Android Police can interpret differently than most of us. The Android site has been sitting on information that something big is coming at Google’s event on October 4th. The announcement is greater than Pixel phones and bigger than Chromecast Ultra, Google Home, and Google WiFi, the site says. It’s probably Andromeda, Android Police thinks, the Android version that incorporates Chrome OS. Google has been rumored to merge the two platforms for a while now, and it may all happen next year. An Android operating system that has Chrome OS abilities would put Google in a position where it could propose buyers decent PC computing alternatives to Mac and Windows. Not to mention that Andromeda might be compatible with all Pixel-branded gadgets. https://twitter.com/lockheimer/status/779757830203068416 Lockheimer’s tweet is certainly interesting even if Android Police ’s explanation isn’t true. If Google is going to tease anything Android-related on October 4th, it’s definitely something that will affect the entire future of Android. Color us intrigued, Google!

Developers Ditch Oculus Over Luckey's Pro-Trump Memes (Updated)

Developers Ditch Oculus Over Luckey's Pro-Trump Memes (Updated)

UPDATE 11:31 p.m. ET: We've updated this story with a statement from Palmer Luckey, after updating the story earlier with more comments from developers. Palmer Luckey, the 24-year old founder of VR company Oculus, has been secretly financing an unofficial, Pro-Donald Trump group dedicated to posting memes and putting together viral stunts in an attempt to disparage Hillary Clinton. Small developers have taken notice of the news, originally reported by The Daily Beast, and are threatening to remove Oculus Rift support from their VR games if Luckey doesn't step down.

The best VR headset you can buy

The best VR headset you can buy

Virtual reality is finally going mainstream, but which headset is right for your needs? Check out a few of our favorites, whether you want the best of the best or a budget-based alternative that's specifically designed for your mobile device.

Report: Google will launch a Wi-Fi router that doesn’t suck next month

According to a new report from Android Police , Google is preparing to launch a new router carrying the name Google Wifi on October 4th alongside the new Pixel smartphones, Google Home and the 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra. DON'T MISS:  Google’s Pixel phones stole the wrong feature from Apple’s iPhone 7 Two sources say that the Wi-Fi router will cost $129 and will have "smart" features to differentiate it from the competition, such as enhanced range and the ability to link multiple access points to create a single massive network. If Google Wifi really can reach significantly further than a standard router and can also link to other routers to expand the network, it could easily become a must-buy for homeowners and businesses alike. In other words, if you were thinking of picking up an OnHub (pictured above), maybe wait a few weeks. Android Police wasn't able to obtain any details about how the device might actually work, or what its specifications will be, but sources claim that the router itself "will essentially be like a little white Amazon Echo Dot." Presumably this means that the router will be smaller than the Nighthawks of the world. As for Android Police's confidence level, they rate this one at a 9 out of 10. In other words, they'd pretty much stake their reputation on the fact that we'll see a Google Wifi router in early October. The only question is whether or not the multiple network mesh feature will be available at launch.

'Don't Shoot Him. Don't Shoot Him'

Keith Lamont Scott’s wife can be heard shouting at officers in new cell-phone footage released Friday. Officers can also be heard telling the 43-year-old black man to drop his gun.

Google gets more time to answer EU charges: official

Google gets more time to answer EU charges: official

EU anti-trust authorities have granted US tech giant Google a few extra weeks to answer charges that it has abused its market dominance, an EU official told AFP on Friday. The Silicon Valley firm now has until October 13 to answer questions about its Google Shopping search engine, October 26 for its Adsense advertising business and October 31 for its Android mobile phone operating system. "In each of these cases, Google asked for additional time to review the documents in the case file," according to an official from the European Commission, the executive of the 28-nation union.

The high-tech hotel of the future is already here

If the Starwood hotel chain has its way, the hotel room of the future will be more of a customizable set of experiences that listens to you and stands ready to cater to your wishes — and that’s less of, well, just a room. The company’s hotel brand Aloft in recent weeks started trialing voice-activated hotel rooms in its Boston Seaport and Santa Clara properties. The service, currently enabled in 10 rooms at each property, includes guests being greeted by a personalized welcome letter on the in-room TV when they check in. They quickly learn that a branded iPad is ready to be set up with a “Hey Siri” to learn the sound of their voice so it can go on to control the guest’s room experience. DON'T MISS:  10 hidden gestures in iOS 10 to help you get the most out of your iPhone Once the iPad learns the guest’s voice, says Aloft Hotels general brand manager Eric Marlo, a menu will list all of the functions available - things like personalized streaming for Apple or Android devices, Netflix, mapping for local area attractions and a full integrated TV experience. The iPads present guests with a tutorial to guide them through the setup process, and the voice-activated hotel rooms work with Apple HomeKit to allow guests to control the temperature, the lights via preset lighting options, music, or browsing the Internet. When the guest checks out, a message is sent to the app erasing all data so that the next guest walks into the room with a fresh app and no information stored from the previous occupant. “The world is constantly changing, especially in hospitality, and we need to adapt to it,” Marlo tells BGR. “Guests utilize similar innovations at home and may already be using Apple HomeKit in their personal lives, so we want them to have an integrated experience when they travel and stay at Aloft as well. Our guests want a level of personalization unlike ever before, which includes controlling their guest experience.” This experience is also the foundation of more to come, at both Aloft and elsewhere. This is actually the latest tech-focused offering from Aloft, which has previously introduced a robotic bellhop it calls Botlr (butler, get it?) that could accompany guests to their rooms. The chain rolled out a service that let guests use their smartphones as room keys and a service called RoomCast Powered by Chromecast, which lets guests stream content from their smart devices to guest room TVs minus passwords and logins (currently in the pilot phase at Aloft New Orleans.) Talking to the room, Marlo explained, seemed like the natural next step. Whether these offerings seem gimmicky or point the way forward, they do underscore how much the hotel room experience is changing beyond the expectation of a TV, bed and an assortment of other basic conveniences. Hilton recently rolled out a kind of concierge robot helper of its own — Connie — powered by IBM’s Watson that can do things like make restaurant recommendations for guests in addition to greeting them and answering simple questions. It’s not all high-tech tweaks, to be sure. Hospitality improvements touch everything from healthier food to greener facilities to quality linens for bedding as well as the basic layout of the room itself. But companies like Starwood-Aloft have started to think way beyond that. For example, Marlo said the chain has already gotten “tons of calls” from other properties looking to have the voice-activated offerings installed. Which is why he says he’s confident this will make its way to more Aloft properties as well as across the Starwood portfolio. “In thinking of what’s next for our voice-activated hotel rooms, we’re looking into the idea of room delivery on the app from our Re:Fuel lobby bars,” Marlo says. “This would bring the grab and go options from the main level straight to the guest’s door – and how cool would it be if it was a property with a Botlr delivering it. We’re also exploring the idea of electronic drapes controlled by ‘Hey Siri,’ and the addition of HomeKit triggers, meaning guest preferences would be integrated onto the (Starwood Preferred Guest) guest profile prior to his or her arrival. If they prefer the shades rise at 6 a.m., the room will know to do that. If the guest wants the room temperature lowered to 68 degrees at 10 p.m., the room will know to do that. It’s pretty cool stuff.”

This Vibrating Vest Makes Virtual Reality Feel Real

This Vibrating Vest Makes Virtual Reality Feel Real

Virtual reality puts you inside your games, but what if you could feel them? At this year's Tokyo Game Show, Woojer announced the Vest (yes, that's the full name), which uses six haptic transducers that play frequencies to make you feel the action in your favorite titles. The whole vest may vibrate.

Developers Ditching Oculus Over Luckey's Pro-Trump Memes

Developers Ditching Oculus Over Luckey's Pro-Trump Memes

UPDATE 11:31 p.m. ET: We've updated this story with a statement from Palmer Luckey, after updating the story earlier with more comments from developers. Palmer Luckey, the 24-year old founder of VR company Oculus, has been secretly financing an unofficial, Pro-Donald Trump group dedicated to posting memes and putting together viral stunts in an attempt to disparage Hillary Clinton. Small developers have taken notice of the news, originally reported by The Daily Beast, and are threatening to remove Oculus Rift support from their VR games if Luckey doesn't step down.

Update: Luckey Responds as Developers Ditch Oculus Over Pro-Trump Memes

Update: Luckey Responds as Developers Ditch Oculus Over Pro-Trump Memes

UPDATE 11:31 p.m. ET: We've updated this story with a statement from Palmer Luckey, after updating the story earlier with more comments from developers. Palmer Luckey, the 24-year old founder of VR company Oculus, has been secretly financing an unofficial, Pro-Donald Trump group dedicated to posting memes and putting together viral stunts in an attempt to disparage Hillary Clinton. Small developers have taken notice of the news, originally reported by The Daily Beast, and are threatening to remove Oculus Rift support from their VR games if Luckey doesn't step down.

iPhone 7 review

When I reviewed Apple’s iPhone 6  two years ago, I wrote about how different reviewing an iPhone is compared to reviewing any other smartphone — or any other product at all, for that matter. A reviewer’s job is generally to present an overview of a product’s user experience, as well as to discuss strengths and shortcomings. The goal in doing this is to assist the reader in making a purchase decision. But with iPhones, this hasn’t been the case since the first-generation model. Either someone is going to buy an iPhone or he or she is not; reviews have almost no bearing on anyone’s decision. Interestingly, while Apple’s new iPhone 7 is the first new number-generation iPhones to resemble their predecessors so closely in terms of design, they are also the first new iPhones to differ so dramatically in this way: reviews actually do matter. Apple’s new iPhones look so similar to last year’s models and to 2014’s models that people aren’t quite sure what to make of them. Are they really "boring," like many gadget blogs have been saying for months? Or are they truly as impressive as Apple’s marketing rhetoric and Apple bloggers’ reviews would lead you to believe? In this review, we’ll cut through the noise and see just how impressive or disappointing Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are. First, let’s work our way through the narrative that guided coverage ahead of the new iPhones’ debut. Yes, they feature a design that is strikingly similar to Apple’s iPhone lineup for the past two years. Is that a bad thing? It depends on who you ask. Apple strayed far from convention in 2016 and released two new phones that do not feature a dramatically different outward facing design. iPhone users are accustomed to seeing a brand new iPhone one year and an updated "S" version in the same housing the following year. Then, a fresh new iPhone is due to follow each new "S." This year, Apple didn’t exactly build an iPhone 6ss, but the new design of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus really isn’t that new at all. The antenna lines on the back are a bit different, the cameras are new, the color scheme has been updated, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, and the regular home button has been replaced by a capacitive button. Beyond that, it’s the same design. There are good arguments for Apple’s decision to keep the same design this year, and there are also good arguments for changing it. In the end, it obviously doesn’t matter. These are the new iPhones. Many people were left wondering why Apple chose to reuse the iPhone 6 design again though, and it’s absolutely a valid question. Nothing is confirmed at this point, of course, but multiple reliable sources have reported that next year’s new iPhone — Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone — will feature a dramatic redesign. Rather than deal with the expense and logistical challenges that would be presented by launching a redesigned iPhone lineup in two consecutive years, Apple chose to tweak its earlier design. The real question is, does it matter? Of course, there’s no wrong answer to that question. If you want a new iPhone but the idea of upgrading to a phone that looks just like your current smartphone gives you pause, then yes, it matters. If you want a new iPhone and performance and features are your biggest concerns, then it doesn’t matter. Or does it? As I noted in an earlier article , I decided to switch from the smaller iPhone 6s to the larger iPhone 7 Plus this year. I did get a 4.7-inch iPhone 7 to review though, and I received it a day before my new iPhone 7 Plus. As my personal phone, I found that the shine wore off within just a few hours. I was already bored. Now, there’s precious little question that the iPhone 7 is faster than the iPhone 6s, though the performance boost is nowhere near as noticeable as it was from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6s. The camera is also dramatically improved, as is the display. But it really doesn’t feel like a brand new phone, when you upgrade from the iPhone 6s. Instead, it feels like a better iPhone 6s. If you have an iPhone 6, an iPhone 5s or an older model, the iPhone 7 is a tremendous upgrade that will blow you away. If you have an Android phone and you make the switch to the iPhone 7, you’ll love the sleek design and snappy performance. But after a few weeks, days or even hours, I think a lot of people are going to find that the upgrade from last year’s iPhone 6s or 6s Plus to a comparable iPhone 7 model just doesn’t feel like a big jump. Is this going to be a problem for Apple? In the long run, I don’t think so. Bored iPhone users could sway purchase decisions toward the end of the iPhone 7 cycle and negatively impact sales to an extent, but next year’s massive redesign will instantly erase any memory of boredom among iPhone fans. Also, the iPhone 7 Plus is a more significant upgrade thanks to its new dual camera, so this problem will likely have less of an impact on phablet users. And if you jumped from the smaller model to the Plus like I did, you’re in for a great upgrade. Since we’re all familiar with the hardware design at this point, let’s focus briefly on what has changed. Beginning with the face of the phone, Apple’s updated displays on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are noticeably improved from last year’s models. They’re still LCD screens and they still feature the same resolutions — 720p for the iPhone 7, 1080p for the iPhone 7 Plus — but the quality of the screens is far more impressive. Colors are more vibrant and contrast is improved as well. In fact, a review from a display expert  recently called Apple’s new iPhone 7 displays the best LCD displays in the world, adding that they are "visually indistinguishable from perfect." If that’s not high praise, I’m not sure what is. Beneath the screen you’ll find a completely redesigned home button that is no longer a conventional button. Instead, it’s a recessed surface that remains stationary when you press it. It feels like a normal button though, because Apple has introduced an advanced Taptic Engine that uses haptic feedback to simulate the sensation of a button press. And it’s pretty scary how good a job Apple has done. I’ve handed the phone to a number of people and had them play with the home button for a few moments before telling them that it’s not actually a button. When I do, they all have the same puzzled look on their faces. Then I have them try to press the home button with a fingernail and it sets in that it is not actually a button that can be depressed. It's pretty scary how close the haptic feedback feels to an actual button press. Features like raise-to-wake and the new 3D Touch home button are stepping-stones for next year’s new iPhone, which won’t have a home button at all. As we’ve seen described in patents and then again in recent reports, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner will be embedded beneath the display and the Taptic Engine will provide haptic feedback to simulate button presses. Also new on the face of the phone is a second loudspeaker to create a stereo listening experience for the first time on an iPhone. You won’t notice it while looking at the phone, but it’s where the ear speaker has always been. Just like the HTC 10, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now have one front-facing speaker and one downward-facing speaker on the bottom of the phone. The result is a much better audio experience when watching video or playing music without connected headphones, though the sound quality isn’t quite as good as it is on the HTC 10. And speaking of audio experiences and connected headphones... As has been covered very, very extensively online and by the mainstream media, Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do not have standard 3.5mm audio jacks like most smartphones do. Apple had some very good reasons for removing the headphone jack, though Phil Schiller’s "courage" explanation certainly isn’t one of them. Instead, Apple removed the standard plug in order to free up space that was being occupied by a single-purpose legacy connector. Love it or hate it, the deed is done and we’ll likely never see another flagship iPhone ship with a 3.5mm audio port. Is this really such a huge deal? For some people, this is a big deal. Yes, Apple included an adapter in the box so that standard headphones with a 3.5mm plug can still connect to the phone. But people accustomed to listening to music through wired headphones while charging their handset are out of luck… unless they switch to wireless headphones or purchase a ridiculous third-party adapter. https://twitter.com/zacharye/status/773972335275704324 Personally, I don’t think the loss of the headphone jack is a very big deal. In a few months the complaints will have vanished and a year or three from now, we won’t even remember the old days when smartphones had 3.5mm audio ports. What’s a bit aggravating in this case though, is that Apple’s solution is half-baked and incomplete. An adapter solves the issue of compatibility with older headphones, but what about charging while listening? The inclusion of wireless charging support will resolve this problem to an extent — wireless charging isn’t always available or convenient yet — but Apple’s iPhone lineup won’t support wireless charging until next year at the earliest. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do support one new wireless technology, however. Apple introduced a new "W1" chip in the iPhone 7 series and in the innovative though hideous new AirPods that use Apple's smart wireless technology to pair and the latest Bluetooth protocol to stream. Apple says its new tech is powerful enough to carry high-quality audio but also incredibly energy-efficient. Also of note, there is some good news to come out of the headphone jack debacle: removing the port was one of several major changes Apple made in order to achieve an IP67 dust- and water-resistance rating. That means the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can be submerged under several feet of water for up to 30 minutes and still work just fine. They’re actually far more water-resistant than that, and we’ve already seen dunk tests in up to 35 feet of water . We’ve also seen people snap photos while their iPhones were submerged. Should you plan on using your new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus underwater? It’ll probably survive if you do, but it would be best to avoid making a habit of it. The phone was designed to withstand rain, splashes, sprays and quick accidental dunks, but that doesn’t mean you should tempt fate. The other main hardware changes are found around back, where Apple has redesigned the iPhone’s antennas so that only two "antenna lines" are needed, one near the bottom of the phone and a second that runs across the top. Apple also included new cameras on the front and back of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and they represent one of the biggest upgrades the iPhones received in 2016. Both new models share the same upgraded 7-megapixel front-facing camera. Around back, Apple’s iPhone 7 gets a new 12-megapixel sensor that captures images 60% faster and is 30% more energy-efficient than the rear camera on the iPhone 6s. It has a 6-element lens, an f/1.8 aperture and a new image signal processor with twice the throughput of Apple’s previous-generation ISP. It’s also supported by what Apple is calling a Quad-LED True Tone flash, which includes four different LED bulbs to improve brightness and tone. Thankfully, the iPhone 7 camera also gets optical image stabilization this year. In 2014 and 2015, only the larger Plus model iPhones had OIS. The bigger iPhone 7 Plus gets a new dual-lens setup that includes two separate cameras positioned side by side on the back of the phone. One is the same 28mm camera as the rear camera in the iPhone 7, while the second has a 56mm telephoto lens. The new setup provides two main features that most smartphone cameras do not support. First, the iPhone 7 Plus has 2x optical zoom. A tap on the screen switches the main camera from the 28mm lens to the 56mm lens, allowing the shooter to zoom in without any loss of image quality. Both the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 have 10x digital zoom as well, and zooming can now be done either by pinching or by tapping the new zoom button on the 7 Plus and then spinning the dial that pops up either to the right to zoom in, or to the left to zoom out. Second, the telephoto lens captures depth information when taking a standard photo. Along with Apple’s upcoming iOS 10.1 update, the Plus camera will be able to produce a "bokeh" effect that blurs the background and simulates a photo captured by a DSLR camera. The dual-camera setup isn’t just for zoom and bokeh, however. Every press of the shutter button on the iPhone 7 Plus actually captures two images, one with the 28mm lens and one with the 56mm lens. Data from both images is then fused behind the scenes to create a single photo. Of note, the wide-angle lens has OIS while the telephoto lens does not. You can read more about the cameras and see photo samples in this post . The bottom line is this: there have never been better cameras on an iPhone than these cameras. In fact, they’re at least as good as the camera Samsung uses on its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7 phones, which has been the best smartphone camera in the world since March of this year. Personally, I can’t pick a clear winner between Samsung and Apple. Photos captured by the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus in some lighting conditions look better than the same photos snapped on a Galaxy S7 or Note 7, while the S7 and Note 7 clearly have the edge in other lighting conditions. All four of these phones feature cameras capable of capturing breathtaking photos and stunning video, making all of them fantastic choices for anyone who counts camera quality among their priorities when choosing a smartphone. The final big change regarding the iPhone 7’s design is the two new colors Apple introduced this year. Just one year after adding rose gold to its palette, Apple has added a pair of darker color options on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The first is black, which replaces space gray. The black iPhone 7 models feature a smooth finish that is similar to the other three available colors (silver, gold and rose gold), but obviously much deeper. Next up is Apple’s new "Jet Black" color, which has been a topic of much debate. Some people are upset that it’s next to impossible to buy a jet black iPhone right now. Others are angry because the new color is only available on the more expensive 128GB and 256GB iPhone models. Of course like most complaints, these will quickly fade as we move further from launch. But one issue will remain: Jet Black was built to fail. https://twitter.com/zacharye/status/778223454935982080 Apple’s new Jet Black iPhones are stunning. The smooth high-gloss finish reflects light and captures different colors as it does, but it also captures some things that are far less desirable like scratches, scuffs, grease and grime. In fact, the problem is so serious that Apple had to include a disclaimer on its website: The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone. If you buy a Jet Black iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, it will get scratched up. Period. If you put a case on it, it will still get scratched up as dust and dirt inevitably works their way in between the case and the phone. There’s simply no way to avoid it. So if the idea of buying a phone that will begin showing scuffs and scratches within a few hours of your purchase is off-putting, definitely purchase a different color. Moving inside the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple made some serious internal improvements. The new iPhones have twice as much storage as last year’s models. The 16GB iPhone is no more, having been replaced at the entry-level by a new 32GB storage option. The mid-tier models include 128GB of storage, and the top-tier iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus ship with 256GB of internal storage. Where the smaller iPhone 7 is concerned, the storage bump comes at no additional expense. Pricing remains $649 for the entry-level model, while the 128GB and 256GB versions cost $749 and $849, respectively. The larger iPhone 7 Plus models are more expensive than the 2015 iPhones they replace, however. Pricing at each tier has been increased by $20, so the phones cost either $769, $869 or $969 instead of $749, $849 and $949, which is where pricing has been for the past two years. Why the extra $20 when prices haven’t increased for smaller iPhone 7 units? The answer likely lies in the new camera modules as well as the additional RAM in the Plus model compared to the smaller version. Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 7 has 2GB of RAM just like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but the iPhone 7 Plus has 3GB. Don’t expect any huge all-around performance benefit from that extra gig of RAM, though. Instead, the additional RAM is there to assist with photo processing since the dual camera setup captures so much more data than a single-lens camera. Running the show inside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is a new A10 Fusion chipset designed by Apple. The 64-bit chip features two high-performance processor cores that are 40% faster than the A9 chip that powers the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and two high-efficiency cores that consume one-fifth as much power as last year’s A9. The result is blinding speed when the phones need to do some heavy lifting, and improved battery life during normal operation. The A10 Fusion chip also packs a six-core GPU that is 50% faster than the A9’s GPU and yet consumes only two-thirds as much power. Thanks to the new chipset and larger batteries in both iPhone 7 models, this year’s new iPhones are faster than last year’s models while also offering better battery life. Apple says the iPhone 7 lasts an average of 2 hours longer per charge than the iPhone 6s, while the iPhone 7 Plus outlasts the iPhone 6s plus during typical use by an average of one hour. Those are big improvements in terms of percentages, but in reality the user experience is largely unchanged. The Plus model will still go well past a full 24 hours without needing to be recharged, while the smaller model absolutely will not. iOS 10 is the rest of the story, though Apple’s latest major iOS update obviously isn’t unique to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Unlike Android, Apple has managed to create a system that allows it to push operating system updates directly to end users. As a result, iOS 10 was available the very same day it was released on all compatible devices, including ten different iPhone models, eight different iPad models and the most recent iPod touch. For those keeping score, the oldest iOS device that received Apple’s iOS 10 update was released just over four years ago. Do any four-year-old Android phones have Nougat yet? Marshmallow? Apple’s new iOS 10 software brings with it a host of new features that further enhance the iOS experience. As has been the case for the past few years, Apple focused on refining and enhancing existing features with iOS 10. The resulting operating system is dramatically improved and enhanced, but don’t expect much in the way of innovative new features. Highlights in iOS 10 include a new Messages app that’s packed full of features and now supports its own App Store, a new lock screen, redesigned widgets, a revamped notification system that lets you respond to messages right from within a notification on any screen, a new Photos app, big Maps updates, bigger Siri updates, a dramatically improved Apple Music experience, Quick Type enhancements including emoji recommendations, and plenty more. And of course, iOS 10 continues to be supported by the world's leading third-party app ecosystem . Apple’s new iPhones are the best iPhones the company has ever made. Obviously. The same can be said of every new iPhones that are released. But what separates this year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus from their predecessors is where things get interesting. Whittled down to its simplest terms, Apple’s new iPhones are an "S" update, making this the first time Apple has ever released S updates in two consecutive years. iPhones get big performance boosts and nifty new features each and every year, but the external design is what separates number updates from S updates. Yes, there are some subtle design changes on the iPhone 7 series compared to last year’s models. But as far as most people are concerned, the iPhone 7 sports the same housing Apple used last year and the year before. Even the dimensions are identical, down to the millimeter. So the question becomes, are you willing to purchase another S update? If you currently have an iPhone 6, an iPhone 6 Plus or any earlier iPhone model, or if you’re switching from Android to an iPhone, this is truly a no-brainer. The performance boost when jumping to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will blow your mind — they’re the fastest phones in the world . Add in the incredible new cameras, the gorgeous new displays, twice as much storage and all the other new features Apple mixed in, and you’ve got yourself the best all-around smartphones on the planet. The real question for many users will be whether or not they should upgrade from an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. If you use an annual upgrade plan through your wireless carrier or through Apple, again, you should obviously upgrade. These phones are amazing. If you’re buying them outright though, you have a difficult decision to make. These are not "boring" iPhones by any stretch of the imagination but as I mentioned before, I did get bored very quickly when moving from an iPhone 6s to an iPhone 7. It’s an S upgrade. Again. Another S upgrade?! Is Apple doomed?! Should Tim Cook be fired?!? No. The iPhone 6/6 Plus cycle was the biggest smartphone cycle in history, and tens of millions of people now have 2-year-old phones that need to be upgraded. In the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, they’ll find an upgrade that will absolutely knock their socks off. The same goes for people coming over from a different manufacturer and switching to an iPhone. Then, next year, you get the massive design overhaul you’ve been waiting for. You get a gorgeous new OLED display that takes up more of the phone’s face. You get an innovative new all-ceramic housing  in sleek new colors, perhaps. You get a slimmer design with wireless charging and no home button. You get an even better 3D Touch experience with an invisible TouchID fingerprint scanner embedded in the display. And of course, you'll also get a huge boost in power and performance. In the meantime, all you have to tide you over are the two best smartphones in the world.

A new Pokemon Go update is about to be released but don’t expect any trading support

A few hours ago, Niantic announced that a new Pokemon Go update for iPhone and Android is about to be released, so go get your devices in order. Versions 1.9.0 for iPhone and 0.39.0 for Android are about to come out, bringing several new features and bug fixes. DON’T MISS: This tool could save you a bunch of money on an iPhone 7 purchase Before you get too excited about the incoming update, you should know that the trading feature isn’t included in this one, at least according to the notes Niantic posted on Facebook . Instead, you can expect Pokemon capture information to appear on the info screen. Furthermore, your Pokemon Go Plus can be used to capture Pokemon with Incense following the update, a feature some trainers will certainly appreciate. Here’s the tiny changelog that Niantic posted on Facebook: Capture location: The location where a Pokémon was caught will now be displayed on their information screen. Pokémon GO Plus and Incense: Trainers can attempt to capture Pokémon they encounter from using Incense with the Pokémon GO Plus accessory. Minor bug fixes The company also hinted that “some exciting features and changes” are coming soon, without detailing any of them. Head over to the  Apple Store or Google Play to download Pokemon Go. The update should be applied automatically, depending on how you set your phone, once it propagates through the stores.

How Samsung will force you to exchange your exploding Galaxy Note 7

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall is going as planned — if you can really ever plan for such a mess. The company has brought in half a million replacement units to the US, and other markets are also receiving the safe Galaxy Note 7 versions as we speak. But Samsung won’t stop until all the damaged devices are replaced. If you’re still oblivious to the problem, Samsung won’t let you sit idly by with a fire hazard in your pocket. DON’T MISS: This tool could save you a bunch of money on an iPhone 7 purchase Samsung’s replacement operation is reportedly going smoothly in Canada, where many buyers have already brought in their defective units. According to Samsung Canada COO and Executive Vice President Paul Brannen, some 70% of the almost 22,000 devices sold in the region before the recall have been returned. That leaves plenty of faulty units in the wild, but Samsung wants to replace every single one of them. "The goal is to have 100% of the affected devices replaced and these steps are the way to ensure that happens,” Brennan told Android Central . The exec referred to a few additional security steps Samsung is taking to ensure that customers can easily recognize safe Galaxy Note 7 units and that all owners of faulty phones return theirs. Samsung and its carrier partners will push a software update to all Galaxy Note 7 units that will make it clear which devices are safe to use. A green battery indicator in the notifications shade and a green battery icon in the phone’s power menu are telling signs that you’re using a safe new Note. The update is supposed to roll out simultaneously to all carriers and will not be optional. Users will be reminded to install it every three hours. After that, an unsafe Galaxy Note 7 that’s still in operation would show owners warnings and prompts to return the device every time the phone starts up or shuts down Furthermore, Android and Me reports that Samsung Australia confirmed that the batteries of the faulty Galaxy Note 7 units that are still in use would be "throttled" to a maximum charge of 60%. That would limit the battery capacity to 2,100 mAh and, hopefully, reduce fire hazard. The replacements will, however, not have the black square on the box to indicate a device is safe, as previously reported.

Orlando releases more Pulse nightclub shooting 911 calls

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Conversations with the purported gunman at the Pulse nightclub. Tracking down his identity through his cell phone service. Nonstop calls from people reporting loved ones trapped inside the gay nightclub. Mistaken reports about explosives at the club and a false alarm about a second shooter at a nearby hospital.

Silver lining: Not every exploding Galaxy Note 7 actually exploded

They say that all press is good press, but I'm willing to bet that Samsung would beg to differ . The whole exploding Galaxy Note 7 scandal has been nothing short of a catastrophe for the South Korean company, but there is a silver lining. An extremely thin, almost invisible silver lining, but a silver lining nonetheless: Not all of the reports of exploding phablets has turned out to be real. DON'T MISS:  Massive data breach hit 500 million users, Yahoo confirms According to ZDNet , Samsung says that it received 26 false reports following the announcement of the worldwide Note 7 recall earlier this month. Here's how those 26 reports break down: 12 of the consumers had phones that weren't actually faulty, 7 of the consumers couldn't be reached and 7 more either cancelled their reports or told Samsung that they'd already gotten rid of the phone. One of these reports came from a Canadian consumer, who purportedly took a picture of a ruined Galaxy Note 7 he found online and told Samsung that it was his phone. Another consumer in Singapore says they threw the handset out of their car when it caught fire while they were driving, but couldn't provide proof. It's not surprising to learn that there were customers trying to take advantage of the recall in order to possibly score a lawsuit or at least very least a free phone, but what's perhaps slightly more surprising is that Samsung shipped a phone with a battery that could catch fire. It's almost too close to call, really. If the controversy hasn't scared you away altogether, you can buy one of the 500,000 safe Galaxy Note 7 units that Samsung shipped to carrier stores across the United States today. Other than the whole exploding business, it really is the best Android phone on the market, and possibly one of the best ever.

Google’s Pixel phones stole the wrong feature from Apple’s iPhone 7

Come early October, Google will launch its 2016 flagship phones: these are HTC-made, Pixel-branded premium smartphones that will run a customized version of Android and cost you quite a bit more than you're used to spending for a Google phone. They’ll also look very much like an iPhone 7 , at least the front side — not that it’s a bad thing at this point. While many of the specs and features of the Pixel and Pixel XL are already known, a new report says the phones won’t be able to handle water spills very well at all. If only Google had followed Apple's lead here and made the phones water-resistant, instead of following Apple's lead elsewhere . DON’T MISS:  7 ways Apple’s iPhone 7 is much better than any Samsung phone According to the well-informed blog  Android Police , a site that revealed many details about the two Pixel handsets, both the Pixel and Pixel XL will have an IP53 certification. The “5” in there says that your Pixel phone will be pretty safe from dust damage, as dust particles will have a hard time getting in it. The “3” says the Pixel isn’t even water-resistant at all, let alone waterproof. The rating indicates the phone will survive contact with water, as long as it’s held in an upright position at an angle that doesn't exceed 60 degrees from vertical while being sprayed with low-pressure water. So if the phone is placed horizontally on a table or counter and you spill water on it, you might be in trouble. In other words, as long as the phone’s ports do not come in contact with liquid, you should be safe. Comparatively, this year’s top phones including the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7 series are water-resistant (ratings of IP68 and IP67, respectively), which means they can still function after being immersed in shallow water for a limited amount of time. So if you drop them in the pool, you’ll still be able to use them.

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Trump's debate sniffs take off on social media

Trump's debate sniffs take off on social media

By Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican White House candidate Donald Trump stole the social media spotlight during Monday night's U.S. presidential debate on at least one count - what Twitter users branded his #Trumpsniffle. The wealthy businessman sniffed repeatedly as he faced off against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in their first debate, giving rise to the hashtag and a surge of interest on social media what might be causing his nose to run. Parody accounts, Donald's Sinuses (@TrumpsSinuses) and Trump sniff (@TrumpSniff), gained a large following.

Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook

Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook

German data protection authorities on Tuesday said they had blocked Facebook from collecting subscriber data from its subsidiary WhatsApp, citing privacy concerns. Facebook and WhatsApp promised in the wake of the Silicon Valley giant's 2014 acquisition of the messaging app that they would not share data, Hamburg's Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar said in a statement. "It has to be (the users') decision whether they want to connect their account with Facebook," Caspar said.

Facebook to appeal German order on WhatsApp data

Facebook to appeal German order on WhatsApp data

Facebook said it would appeal against an order by a German privacy regulator on Tuesday to stop collecting and storing data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp and to delete all data that has already been forwarded to it. The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said Facebook was infringing data protection law and had not obtained effective approval from WhatsApp's 35 million users in Germany. "After the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook two years ago, both parties have publicly assured that data will not be shared between them," commissioner Johannes Caspar said in a statement.

Trump scored the debate's most retweeted tweet with a 2012 climate theory

Trump scored the debate's most retweeted tweet with a 2012 climate theory

Twitter exploded with commentary as the presidential candidates sparred in their first debate — and one of them dominated the social media conversation with the most retweeted tweet. Unfortunately, however, most of the retweets were probably ironic. SEE ALSO: Trump's debate sniffles are louder than his words When the issue of climate change arose, Hillary Clinton brought up an old accusation against Donald Trump. Namely, that he doesn't believe in it and thinks a rival country invented it. "Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax, perpetrated by the Chinese," Clinton said. "I think it's real." "I do not," Trump quickly said. "I do not say that. I do not say that." Fact checkers and social media explorers looked back down the long tunnel of Trump's past tweets and found one that says exactly what he denied on the debate stage.  The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012 Despite false claims that the Trump camp was trying to delete such past tweets, it's still online. The official Twitter government and elections team responsible for official social media metrics found that Trump's tweet, which claimed that China created the concept of global warming, was the most retweeted tweet of the debates. This is the top Retweeted Tweet during the first US presidential debate: https://t.co/fOOoPvtZHK — Twitter Government (@gov) September 27, 2016 It's probably not the way that Trump hoped to establish social media dominance following the debate, but that's the way the 140 characters crumble. BONUS VIDEO:

British Twitter explains what it means to be British with hilarious hashtag

British Twitter explains what it means to be British with hilarious hashtag

Oh to be British.  The land that gave us Shakespeare has become as well-known for its quirky inhabitants and their social customs, as for the works of any famous playwright. And British Twitter has done us a delight — providing a glimpse into the passive-aggressive oddities that define its people with a hilarious hashtag: #AwfullyBritishOffences.  SEE ALSO: 'Great British Bake Off' is out of control with the innuendo Behold: Britishness in all its awkward glory. #AwfullyBritishOffences Ending a phone conservation without saying bye in at least three different ways. Cheers. Thanks. Bye — Heremy Junt (@Jeremy1Hunt) September 25, 2016 Asking "excuse me - are you queuing?" when you know they're not, they're just blocking your way #AwfullyBritishOffences — Rose Blackley (@rosybee03) September 25, 2016 Holding the door for someone & a further 50 people appear from nowhere and you've now become a doorman #AwfullyBritishOffences — Laura Jameson (@lozjam) September 25, 2016 Phoning somebody after 9pm, contrary to the They Might Have Gone To Bed Act 1968 #AwfullyBritishOffences — Alistair Coleman (@alistaircoleman) September 25, 2016 Apologising to the shop mannequin you just bumped into #AwfullyBritishOffences — Spinksy (@Spinksythinks) September 25, 2016 Not waving when someone stops to let you cross the zebra crossing #awfullybritishoffences — London Constable (@LondonConstable) September 25, 2016 Apologising to strangers for not smoking when they ask you for a lighter. #AwfullyBritishOffences — SLB88 (@Busby_88) September 25, 2016 Putting the milk in before the teabag.#AwfullyBritishOffences pic.twitter.com/uxlilFjBuG — Hacker T Dog (@CBBC_Hacker) September 25, 2016 Invading half the world and then complaining about migrants #AwfullyBritishOffences — Joe W-P ☣ (@JoeW_P) September 25, 2016 #AwfullyBritishOffences Looking out of the bus window so you don't feel obliged to give your seat to someone more needy — DavidC (@motheradamplay) September 26, 2016 #AwfullyBritishOffencesFailing to find a daytime programme that doesn't involve antiques, decorating or Jeremy Kyle. — It's me, Michael. (@_MisterBlack_) September 26, 2016 #AwfullyBritishOffencesNot knowing we have two Queens.......the one in the Palace and Elton John — Andrew (@1andrewfenton) September 25, 2016

Twitter could take many forms, depending on new owner

Twitter could take many forms, depending on new owner

With speculation mounting that Twitter Inc will soon have a new corporate owner, the 10-year-old social networking service - which has long struggled to define its core purpose -may end up heading in one of several distinctly different directions depending on who ends up paying for it. Companies including Salesforce.com Inc , Walt Disney Co and Alphabet Inc's Google have shown interest in Twitter, which is working with investment banks to evaluate its options, according to people familiar with the matter. With Salesforce.com, Twitter might turn its focus to customer service communications and mining its database of tweets for business intelligence.

Report: Disney seriously considering Twitter takeover bid

Report: Disney seriously considering Twitter takeover bid

The Twitter takeover chatter rages on, with the Walt Disney Co.emerging as a potential savior for the struggling social media platform. As it turns out, the Twitter-Disney connection runs deep, and could make sense under CEO Bob Iger.

Disney, Microsoft among possible Twitter suitors: reports

Disney, Microsoft among possible Twitter suitors: reports

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co and Microsoft Corp joined a list of potential suitors for Twitter Inc , according to media reports on Monday. Twitter shares were marginally down at $23.33 in after-market trading. The microblogging service has reportedly started talks with a number of technology companies to sell itself, including Google parent Alphabet Inc and may receive a formal bid soon.

Sophie Turner shuts down tabloid rant against Emma Watson in 1 tweet

Sophie Turner shuts down tabloid rant against Emma Watson in 1 tweet

LONDON — UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and actress Emma Watson doesn't have time for the opinions of little men.  Nonetheless, Rod Liddle, associate editor of The Spectator and controversial English journalist, sparked outrage from others on her behalf when he penned an editorial for The Sun that belittles and trivialises Watson's contributions to the fight for gender equality. And an epic response from another great British woman gives Liddle's rant the only reply it deserves. Watson shouldn't let the obtuse ramblings of a tabloid writer ruffle her feathers, anyhow. SEE ALSO: Actress-turned-activist Emma Watson narrates inspiring short film on women's equality Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner shut down Liddle with one simple tweet: Rod Liddle .. m8. Emma has more class, intelligence & eloquence in her little finger than you have in ya whole body https://t.co/uJzfqUchYM — Sophie Turner (@SophieT) September 26, 2016 Sophie Turner, we love you. Emma Watson, we love you. Rod Liddle, m8, you lost this one. 

Disney considering bid for Twitter: report

Disney considering bid for Twitter: report

The Walt Disney Company is evaluating a potential bid for Twitter, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Unconfirmed reports that Twitter is interested in selling itself buoyed the San Francisco-based company's shares at the end of last week, and the stock price rose around a percentage point on Monday as talk of Disney's interest spread. Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey is on the entertainment colossus's board, which could help the service with its push toward using the messaging platform for streaming live video.

Closure of Palestinian pages sparks Facebook censorship fears

Closure of Palestinian pages sparks Facebook censorship fears

Facebook apologised Monday after temporarily disabling accounts linked to two Palestinian news sites critical of Israel, a move that drew concern over potential online censorship. Facebook pages of a number of editors of Quds News Network were suspended for several hours last Friday, a campaigner said, in what the social media giant later called a "mistake". Pages linked to the Shehab News Agency were also disabled, an editor there said.

Investors Are Watching Facebook Inc (FB) and These 4 Stocks This Week

If you're tired of chewing on central-bank policy, rest easy -- corporate earnings are slowly starting to ramp back up, and this week has a small but enticing lineup of blue chips revealing their latest financial pictures. But while the spotlight will largely be on a handful of big-name consumer companies, one of the biggest potential headlines could come from a company not even reporting earnings this week -- social media giant Facebook Inc ( FB).

Sacked UK Pakistani actor sorry for India Twitter 'madness'

Sacked UK Pakistani actor sorry for India Twitter 'madness'

A Pakistan-born UK actor apologised Monday for using "unacceptable language" about Indians, which saw him fired from Britain's most popular TV soap. Marc Anwar, 45, joined "Coronation Street", the world's longest-running TV soap opera, in 2014 as a member of the show's first Muslim family.

Olivia Wilde slams Trump, and announces her baby's gender, in one beautiful tweet

Olivia Wilde slams Trump, and announces her baby's gender, in one beautiful tweet

Sometimes 140 characters is all you need to say it all. Actress Olivia Wilde is expecting her second child with her husband, Jason Sudeikis. On Saturday, she took to Twitter to announce the kind of world she'd like to build for her — surprise! —- baby girl. SEE ALSO: A candy has officially trumped our Republican candidate As someone who is about to have a daughter, this hits me deep in my core. #NeverTrump https://t.co/BIG4J0mkM6 — olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) September 24, 2016 Wilde was responding to a popular ad recently released by the Hillary Clinton campaign. In it, young girls listen to clips of Donald Trump calling women pigs, shaming their bodies and otherwise being sexist. The ad challenges voters to think about the kind of president they want their daughters to grow up with. For Wilde, that president is not Trump. While the tweet has since been favorited close to 3,000 times, many Trump defenders responded with anger. Still, users couldn't be too harsh because Wilde combined her slam with a birth announcement. Whatcha gonna say now? @oliviawilde DAUGHTER????? OMGGGG — stephanie (@oliviarwilde) September 24, 2016 Not even Trump would ever go after babies — right? BONUS: Watch these corgi butts in slow motion Happy Monday! Here are some #corgi butts in slow motion. A video posted by Mashable Watercooler (@watercooler) on Jun 6, 2016 at 1:32pm PDT

Young stars of social media fill Dolce&Gabbana front row

Young stars of social media fill Dolce&Gabbana front row

MILAN (AP) — Social media stars have brought a fresh buzz to Milan Fashion Week. As word of their whereabouts spreads, gaggles of fans gather outside the restaurant or show venue where they are gathered, hoping for the chance to get a selfie — the pixel version of the 15 minutes of fame.

Can Facebook push its users to the polls?

In a move to boost voting interest among those who aren’t currently registered, Facebook is urging its users to fulfill their civic duty in November by registering to vote now. The social media site launched a four-day campaign Friday by sending a message to users 18 and older. While Facebook didn't say how many people will see the message, the push marks the site's first attempt at national outreach regarding an election.

Twitter initiates talks with tech companies over sale: source

Twitter initiates talks with tech companies over sale: source

A sale of Twitter has been the subject of on-again, off-again rumors for many months as the company grapples with stagnant user growth, soft advertising sales and losses running at hundreds of millions of dollars a year. CNBC, citing anonymous sources, reported on Friday that Twitter is in talks with companies including Google and may receive a formal bid soon. Twitter and Alphabet Inc, Google's parent company did not respond to a request for comment.

Intensified talks on Twitter sale lift shares

Intensified talks on Twitter sale lift shares

Chatter about a sale of Twitter is intensifying amid sputtering efforts to transform the one-to-many messaging platform into a profitable business. Twitter shares soared 21.45 percent Friday to close at $22.62 on unconfirmed media reports of a potential sale, with Alphabet-owned Google and Salesforce named as possible suitors. The share price gave the San Francisco-based company a market value of $16.13 billion, still well below the $26 level when Twitter made its stock market debut in November 2013.

Yahoo and Facebook slip; Endo and AAR gain ground

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday: Yahoo Inc., down $1.35 to $42.80 The company said hackers stole information from at least 500 million accounts. Facebook Inc., down $2.12 to $127.96 ...

Facebook apologizes for overstating key ad metric

Facebook apologizes for overstating key ad metric

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday apologized for an error in the way it measured a key metric of video viewership that significantly amplified users' viewing times on its platform. At the time, Facebook had said that the "discrepancy" did not impact advertising billings and introduced newer metrics to replace the previous method. Facebook has made a significant strides into video, which has attracted significant advertising interest and has benefited from the shift in advertising spending toward the internet and other mobile platforms.

Twitter Is On The Verge Of Being Sold, According To Rumors

Twitter Is On The Verge Of Being Sold, According To Rumors

Twitter hasn’t been doing well lately, on either a cultural or financial level. Being a very public cesspool of harassment isn’t going to do much for you, but on a financial level, the site has struggled to make it clear to investors just how it plans to, you know, make money. According to CNBC, Twitter’s board might receive a formal offer to buy the service as soon as today.

A Back-Up MLB Catcher Took To Twitter To Call Black Lives Matter Protesters 'Animals'

A Back-Up MLB Catcher Took To Twitter To Call Black Lives Matter Protesters 'Animals'

Often, when people see protests on the news or online against systemic injustices, like the Black Lives Matter movement, some of the more cynical observers among us wonder aloud, “What does this accomplish? What change will these protests actually produce?” They’re fair questions, but it’s important to remember that protests aren’t necessarily failures if the laws don’t change the next day. Martin Luther King knew that sometimes, protests are simply about revealing just how ugly the side opposing social progress is underneath.

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U.S. established working group to stop Middle Eastern migrant smugglers

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a Senate panel on Tuesday that his agency established a working group in recent months to crack down on smuggling groups bringing Middle Eastern migrants across the southern U.S. border. Johnson said the group is focused on the smuggling networks that are moving migrants from the Middle East, whose numbers have risen in the past year.

Britain's fear of European army muddles EU defense plan

Britain's fear of European army muddles EU defense plan

By Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Britain said on Tuesday it would oppose any EU proposals to combine European forces into a single army while it is still in the bloc, but France and Germany said no such plans existed and won support from NATO to strengthen EU defenses. At a meeting of EU defense ministers in Bratislava, Britain's Michael Fallon said it was up to NATO, not the European Union, to defend Europe against a more hostile Russia and that some northern and eastern EU countries agreed.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Clinton deny their own words in debate

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Clinton deny their own words in debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's habit of peddling hype and fabrication emerged unabated in the first presidential debate while Hillary Clinton played it cautiously in her statements, though not without error. They both denied making statements that they are on the record as saying.

German carmakers and technology firms form 5G telecoms association

German carmakers and technology firms form 5G telecoms association

German car makers Audi, BMW and Daimler on Tuesday launched an alliance with mobile telecoms network equipment firms Ericsson , Huawei [HWT.UL], Intel , Nokia and Qualcomm to accelerate development of the infrastructure needed for self-driving cars. The new alliance, branded the 5G Automotive Association, will "develop, test and promote communications solutions, support standardization and accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration," the founders said in a statement. One of the aims of 5G, the technology standards for the next generation of much faster and more reliable mobile telecoms networks, is to enable a wide variety of devices to connect up and operate via the Internet - the "Internet of Things." Network equipment providers such as Ericsson and Nokia have said the 5G technology currently in development could be available for use as early as next year but mass-market upgrades to mobile networks are not expected until some time around 2020.

Team Sky boss Brailsford defends Wiggins

Team Sky boss Brailsford defends Wiggins

Dave Brailsford defended Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky on Monday over the 2012 Tour de France winner's use of medical exemptions to receive legal injections of a banned drug ahead of three major races. "It was not being used to enhance performance," the general manager told the BBC, adding that Team Sky "do not cross the line" when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs. Brailsford said Sky would seek to be more transparent in future about riders' use of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs).

Cycling-Team Sky boss Brailsford defends Wiggins

* Brailsford defends Wiggins and Team Sky * Sky 'do not cross the line', says Briton (Adds more detail) LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Dave Brailsford defended Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky on Monday over the 2012 Tour de France winner's use of medical exemptions to receive legal injections of a banned drug ahead of three major races. "It was not being used to enhance performance," the general manager told the BBC, adding that Team Sky "do not cross the line" when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs. Brailsford said Sky would seek to be more transparent in future about riders' use of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs).

SWIFT says bank hacks set to increase

SWIFT says bank hacks set to increase

By Tom Bergin GENEVA (Reuters) - SWIFT, whose messaging network is used by banks to send payment instructions worth trillions of dollars each day, said three clients were hacked over the summer and cyber attacks on banks are set to increase. The theft of $81 million in February from Bangladesh's central bank using SWIFT messages rocked faith in the system whose messages had, until then, been accepted at face value. SWIFT Chief Executive Gottfried Leibbrandt told the Sibos conference in Geneva on Monday that hackers breached the systems of two banks over the summer and a third bank repelled an attack before fraudulent SWIFT messages could be sent.

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Yahoo has been struggling for years to keep people coming back to its digital services such as email, and that challenge just got more daunting after hackers stole sensitive information from at least 500 ...

Swiss vote to grant new powers to intelligence services

Swiss vote to grant new powers to intelligence services

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters granted new powers Sunday to the country's intelligence services, allowing them to track internet activity, snoop on email and tap phones to better fight spies, criminal hackers and violent extremists.

Wiggins denies seeking 'unfair advantage' from prescribed drugs

Wiggins denies seeking 'unfair advantage' from prescribed drugs

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins has defended his use of banned substances under medical exemption rules, saying he was not looking for "unfair advantage" but merely trying to mitigate the impact of asthma and allergies. The first Briton to win the Tour de France, Wiggins has been the subject of allegations of hypocrisy over the timing of the medical interventions since his anti-doping records were among those leaked by cyber hackers on the fancybear.net website. The data leaked relates to Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), which allow athletes to take banned substances for verified medical needs and are signed off by sports federations.

China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

BEIJING (AP) — The world's largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in a project demonstrating China's rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige.

Bradley Wiggins denies seeking 'unfair advantage' from prescribed drugs

Bradley Wiggins denies seeking 'unfair advantage' from prescribed drugs

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins has defended his use of banned substances under medical exemption rules, saying he was not looking for "unfair advantage" but merely trying to mitigate the impact of asthma and allergies. The first Briton to win the Tour de France, Wiggins has been the subject of allegations of hypocrisy over the timing of the medical interventions since his anti-doping records were among those leaked by cyber hackers on the fancybear.net website. The data leaked relates to Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), which allow athletes to take banned substances for verified medical needs and are signed off by sports federations.

Doping -Wiggins denies seeking 'unfair advantage' from prescribed drugs

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins has defended his use of banned substances under medical exemption rules, saying he was not looking for "unfair advantage" but merely trying to mitigate the impact of asthma and allergies. The first Briton to win the Tour de France, Wiggins has been the subject of allegations of hypocrisy over the timing of the medical interventions since his anti-doping records were among those leaked by cyber hackers on the fancybear.net website. The data leaked relates to Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), which allow athletes to take banned substances for verified medical needs and are signed off by sports federations.

Cyber hack creating a "crazy scenario", warns Cram

Cyber hack creating a

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - The hacking of confidential medical exemptions risks tarnishing innocent athletes and turning people off elite sport, former world champion runner Steve Cram has warned. The 55-year-old Briton, the 1983 world champion at 1,500 metres and 1984 Olympic silver medallist, spoke before a fifth batch of documents were published by cyber hackers on the fancybear.net website on Friday. The world anti-doping agency (WADA) has said it believes the hackers are Russian and gained access to its anti-doping administration and management system (ADAMS) via an IOC-created account for last month's Rio Games.

Indonesia declares candidacy for UN Security Council

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia announced Friday its candidacy for membership on the U.N. Security Council, saying its commitment and contribution to the world's body make it a true partner for world peace.

GOP lawmaker: FBI gave immunity to top Clinton aide

GOP lawmaker: FBI gave immunity to top Clinton aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were granted immunity deals in exchange for their cooperation in the now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, says a Republican congressman.

Yahoo is sued for gross negligence over huge hacking

Yahoo Inc was sued on Friday by a user who accused it of gross negligence over a massive 2014 hacking in which information was stolen from at least 500 million accounts. The lawsuit was filed in the federal court in San Jose, California, one day after Yahoo disclosed the hacking, unprecedented in size, by what it believed was a "state-sponsored actor." Ronald Schwartz, a New York resident, sued on behalf of all Yahoo users in the United States whose personal information was compromised. A Yahoo spokeswoman said the Sunnyvale, California-based company does not discuss pending litigation.

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___ In Yahoo breach, hackers may seek intelligence, not riches If a foreign government is behind the attack that compromised a half billion user accounts at Yahoo, as the company says, the breach could ...

NSA hacking tools were likely stolen after an operative accidentally left them on a computer

Though the NSA would prefer to fly underneath the radar, the controversial intelligence agency just can't seem to escape the spotlight in recent months. A few weeks ago, a group of hackers allegedly stole an impressively large number of NSA hacking tools and exploits and put them up for sale. Upon close inspection, a number of security experts went on record and confirmed that the leaked exploits were, in fact, from the NSA's vast toolkit. When word of the leak broke, some in the intelligence community initially feared that they were facing another Edward Snowden situation. As it turns out, it now appears that the leaked exploits were probably the result of human error. Embarrassingly, an investigation into the matter has revealed that a NSA operative may have inadvertently left the hacking tools in question on a remote computer, effectively leaving it behind as a gift to whomever discovered it. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 review Reuters reports : A U.S. investigation into a leak of hacking tools used by the National Security Agency is focusing on a theory that one of its operatives carelessly left them available on a remote computer and Russian hackers found them, four people with direct knowledge of the probe told Reuters. Interestingly enough, a U.S. operative is said to have left the hacking tools behind about three years ago. In the wake of that incident, the NSA opted not to reach out to software and hardware companies with products that were left vulnerable to the now "out in the open" hacking tools. Now as to whether or not the aforementioned operative left the tools behind purposefully or not is a question that investigators are still trying to answer. "Another possibility," according to the report, "is that more than one person at the headquarters or a remote location made similar mistakes or compounded each other's missteps."    

Trump Hotels settles with N.Y. Attorney General over data breaches

Trump Hotels settles with N.Y. Attorney General over data breaches

By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Trump International Hotels Management LLC agreed to pay $50,000 to settle with New York State over data breaches that exposed 70,000 credit card numbers and other personal information, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Friday. The company, which is led by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and three of his children, manages a number of hotels around the world under the Trump Hotel Collection name. According to Schneiderman, bank analyses of hundreds of fraudulent credit card transactions in May 2015 found Trump Hotels was the last merchant where a legitimate transaction took place.

Yahoo and Facebook slip; Endo and AAR gain ground

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday: Yahoo Inc., down $1.35 to $42.80 The company said hackers stole information from at least 500 million accounts. Facebook Inc., down $2.12 to $127.96 ...

Some Yahoo users close accounts amid fears breach could have ripple effects

Some Yahoo users close accounts amid fears breach could have ripple effects

Many Yahoo users rushed on Friday to close their accounts and change passwords as experts warned that the fallout from one of the largest cyber breaches in history could spill beyond the internet company's services. After Yahoo disclosed on Thursday that hackers had stolen the encrypted passwords and personal details of more than 500 million accounts in 2014, thousands of users took to social media to express anger that it had taken the company two years to uncover the data breach. "We're probably just going to dump Yahoo altogether," said Rick Hollister, 56, who owns a private investigation firm in Tallahassee, Florida.

Markets Right Now: US stocks end lower

The latest on developments in global financial markets (all times local): 4:00 p.m. Stocks ended lower on Wall Street following three days of gains. Energy companies led the way lower Friday as the price ...

Sport-Cyber hack creating a "crazy scenario", warns Cram

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - The hacking of confidential medical exemptions risks tarnishing innocent athletes and turning people off elite sport, former world champion runner Steve Cram has warned. The 55-year-old Briton, the 1983 world champion at 1,500 meters and 1984 Olympic silver medalist, spoke before a fifth batch of documents were published by cyber hackers on the fancybear.net website on Friday. The world anti-doping agency (WADA) has said it believes the hackers are Russian and gained access to its anti-doping administration and management system (ADAMS) via an IOC-created account for last month's Rio Games.

China's Huawei to start India smartphone production in Oct

China's Huawei to start India smartphone production in Oct

By Swati Bhat and Paul Carsten MUMBAI/BEJING (Reuters) - Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] will start making smartphones in India next month, the company said on Friday, joining a wave of compatriots setting up plants in the world's third-biggest mobile market. The plant will be operated with the Indian arm of electronics manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd in the southern Indian city of Chennai, Huawei said. India is trying to attract manufacturing into the country as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" initiative.

Exclusive: Probe of leaked U.S. NSA hacking tools examines operative's 'mistake'

Exclusive: Probe of leaked U.S. NSA hacking tools examines operative's 'mistake'

By Joseph Menn and John Walcott SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. investigation into a leak of hacking tools used by the National Security Agency is focusing on a theory that one of its operatives carelessly left them available on a remote computer and Russian hackers found them, four people with direct knowledge of the probe told Reuters. The tools, which enable hackers to exploit software flaws in computer and communications systems from vendors such as Cisco Systems and Fortinet Inc, were dumped onto public websites last month by a group calling itself Shadow Brokers. The public release of the tools coincided with U.S. officials saying they had concluded that Russia or its proxies were responsible for hacking political party organizations in the run-up to the Nov. 8 presidential election.

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. OKLAHOMA OFFICER CHARGED IN MAN'S DEATH Prosecutors in Tulsa charge a white police officer who ...

Beyond the Yahoo hack: Other major data breaches

Beyond the Yahoo hack: Other major data breaches

The Yahoo hack exposed personal details from at least 500 million user accounts, potentially the largest breach of an email provider in history. Despite the size of the break-in, attackers don't appear ...

Yahoo says hackers stole data from 500 million accounts in 2014

Yahoo says hackers stole data from 500 million accounts in 2014

The attack on Yahoo was unprecedented in size, more than triple other large attacks on sites such as eBay Inc , and it comes to light at a difficult time for Yahoo. Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is under pressure to shore up the flagging fortunes of the site founded in 1994, and the company in July agreed to a $4.83 billion cash sale of its internet business to Verizon Communications Inc . "This is the biggest data breach ever," said well-known cryptologist Bruce Schneier, adding that the impact on Yahoo and its users remained unclear because many questions remain, including the identity of the state-sponsored hackers behind it.

Silver lining: Not every exploding Galaxy Note 7 actually exploded

They say that all press is good press, but I'm willing to bet that Samsung would beg to differ . The whole exploding Galaxy Note 7 scandal has been nothing short of a catastrophe for the South Korean company, but there is a silver lining. An extremely thin, almost invisible silver lining, but a silver lining nonetheless: Not all of the reports of exploding phablets has turned out to be real. DON'T MISS:  Massive data breach hit 500 million users, Yahoo confirms According to ZDNet , Samsung says that it received 26 false reports following the announcement of the worldwide Note 7 recall earlier this month. Here's how those 26 reports break down: 12 of the consumers had phones that weren't actually faulty, 7 of the consumers couldn't be reached and 7 more either cancelled their reports or told Samsung that they'd already gotten rid of the phone. One of these reports came from a Canadian consumer, who purportedly took a picture of a ruined Galaxy Note 7 he found online and told Samsung that it was his phone. Another consumer in Singapore says they threw the handset out of their car when it caught fire while they were driving, but couldn't provide proof. It's not surprising to learn that there were customers trying to take advantage of the recall in order to possibly score a lawsuit or at least very least a free phone, but what's perhaps slightly more surprising is that Samsung shipped a phone with a battery that could catch fire. It's almost too close to call, really. If the controversy hasn't scared you away altogether, you can buy one of the 500,000 safe Galaxy Note 7 units that Samsung shipped to carrier stores across the United States today. Other than the whole exploding business, it really is the best Android phone on the market, and possibly one of the best ever.

MacOS extension lets you watch Netflix while pretending to work on spreadsheets

The end of the week is nearly here. You don't really want to be stuck in Excel all day. We get it. Luckily, if you're running macOS Sierra, a new feature lets websites pop video out to a picture-in-picture view, letting a small version of the video float over other windows. It's a handy tool if you just want to keep half an eye on a livestream, but unfortunately, it requires video players to enable a picture-in-picture button, and not many have yet. DON'T MISS:  15 apps every iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus user needs to try That's why developer Arno Appenzeller has made a free Safari extension that will pop out any HTML5 video from a web page into a PiP image. Most notably, it lets you PiP YouTube and Netflix videos, which sounds like an ideal way to waste your afternoon. The app is available for download here. Once you've downloaded, extracted and run the app, go to Extensions in Safari, and tick the PiP box. From there, a toolbar should appear in Safari which will let you pop out any video from the browser. For a long time, Windows has been the go-to multitasking software for heavy users, with much better support for split-screen and multi-display work. But now that better window management is part of macOS, and PiP lets you view a video while working on something else, macOS is making a serious play for heavy users. And, of course, office workers who just wanna slack off.

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ pokes fun at Donald Trump’s fake tax returns

Donald Trump loves boasting about how wealthy he is, yet the Presidential candidate steadfastly refuses to release his tax returns. Over the past few months, the reasons why Trump has declined to make his tax returns public have been all over the map. Sometimes he'll bring up something involving an audit and other times he'll simply say he doesn't have or want to. Looking to have a little bit of fun with Trump's waffling, the folks over at Jimmy Kimmel Live yesterday took to the streets and told any Trump supporter they could find that Trump had, at long last, released his tax returns. They then "asked them specific questions about these totally fictional tax returns in another edition of #LieWitnessNews." DON'T MISS:  Google’s Pixel phones look like the iPhone 7, so they must be really boring Many of the questions Trump supporters were asked were completely random and downright hilarious, including gems such as: "Was it legitimate for Donald Trump to write off all his marriages over the years as entertainment ?" and "The Donald Trump foundation donated $1000 to the legal defense fund for the dentist who killed Cecil the Lion, is that okay?" Of course, the nonsensical answers and ridiculous justifications that these people on the street came up with is what truly makes the video shine. As evidenced below, apparently nothing that Trump does these days -- even hypothetically speaking -- comes as much of a surprise to anyone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYpw2uAD9bg

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The best VR headset you can buy

The best VR headset you can buy

Virtual reality is finally going mainstream, but which headset is right for your needs? Check out a few of our favorites, whether you want the best of the best or a budget-based alternative that's specifically designed for your mobile device.

Digitally unwrapped scroll reveals ancient Hebrew scripture

Digitally unwrapped scroll reveals ancient Hebrew scripture

An extremely fragile, ancient Hebrew scroll has been digitally unwrapped for the first time, revealing the earliest copy of Old Testament Bible scripture since the Dead Sea Scrolls, researchers said Wednesday. Known as the En-Gedi scroll, it contains text from the Book of Leviticus, and dates at least to the third or fourth century, possibly earlier, according to the report in the journal Science Advances. The scroll is not the oldest ever found -- that honor belongs to the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls which range from the third century BC to the second century of the common era (AD).

Amid scrutiny, California to track all police use of force

Amid scrutiny, California to track all police use of force

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From a broken bone to a fatal shooting, all 800 police departments in California must begin using a new online tool launched Thursday to report and help track every time officers use force that causes serious injuries.

Mark Zuckerberg And His Wife Invest $3 Billion Into Curing Every Disease By The End Of The Century

Mark Zuckerberg And His Wife Invest $3 Billion Into Curing Every Disease By The End Of The Century

Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t exactly have the best reputation in the world. The Facebook creator has a bit of a trust issue, to the point where his efforts to offer “free basic internet” to the world has caused a serious backlash with many accusing him of trying to destroy the web as we know it. Hating on ultra rich tech leaders is nothing new … Bill Gates used to get a lot of the same shade as Mark, but now he’s largely revered due to his work through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

L.A.'s Boost to Small Businesses

L.A.'s Boost to Small Businesses

The designer Mario De La Torre grew up in south central Los Angeles, where he dressed in clothes he made himself. “I got the bug at a really young age,” he  said in a video. Now, having founded a self-titled women’s fashion line, De La Torre credits the city of Los Angeles as his creative lifeblood. “You can go out and get any kind of fabric you can think of,” he said.

Scanning software deciphers ancient biblical scroll

Scanning software deciphers ancient biblical scroll

JERUSALEM (AP) — The charred lump of a 2,000-year-old scroll sat in an Israeli archaeologist's storeroom for decades, too brittle to open. Now, new imaging technology has revealed what was written inside: the earliest evidence of a biblical text in its standardized form.

3D 'unwrapping' tools let scientists read an ancient Hebrew scroll

3D 'unwrapping' tools let scientists read an ancient Hebrew scroll

New software tools have enabled scientists to read an ancient, damaged Hebrew scroll without ever unfurling the fragile, disintegrating parchment. The digitization techniques, known as "volume cartography," transformed what were the charred remains of the nearly 2,000-year-old En-Gedi scroll into legible columns of handwritten text from the book of Leviticus, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. "We are reading a real scroll that hasn't been read for millennia," said Brent Seales, who helped develop the cartography techniques and is a computer sciences professor at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  SEE ALSO: Greenland fossils may be the earliest evidence of life on Earth "Many people thought it was impossible to read," he told reporters on a press call on Tuesday. "My technical team and I, we never needed physical access to the scroll." The charred scroll from En-Gedi. Image: Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library/Israel antiquities Authority The tools could have important uses beyond the realm of antiquities, the researchers said. Intelligence or forensic investigators, for instance, could use volume cartography to extract information from documents without opening an envelope. The software will become open-source in late 2017 when the researchers' funding from the National Science Foundation ends, Seales said. "This goes down to the microns," the professor said. "We're mapping out the entire internal structure." To virtually "unwrap" the En-Gedi scroll, Seales and his team began by taking a 3-dimensional volumetric scan of the damaged manuscript and creating digital cross-sections of the artifact. The next step, segmentation, produced digital "pages" that contained the writing. The U.S. researchers pieced together more than 100 scanned segments of the En-Gedi scroll. They then used a texturing technique to extract ink marks from the data and to detect bright pixels, indicated dense materials like lead-based inks.  A final flattening stage converted the textured, 3-D surface into a flat plane to reveal the lines, words, letters and spacing on five complete wraps of the Hebrew scroll. Thanks to the digital analysis, the En-Gedi scroll is" the most extensive biblical text that has come to light" in the last decade, said Michael Segal, who heads the School of Philosophy and Religions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ancient origins The En-Gedi scroll (also spelled "Ein Gedi") is the oldest scroll discovered from the Hebrew Bible since the better-known Dead Sea Scrolls, which were found in the 1940s and date back to around 2,000 years. Paleographic data suggests the En-Gedi scroll originated in the second half of the 1st century C.E. or the beginning of the 2nd century, Segal told reporters. Carbon dating puts the scroll in the 3rd or 4th century C.E.  Archaeologists found the En-Gedi scroll in 1970 near the Dead Sea in Israel. The parchment was placed inside the Holy Ark of a 6th century synagogue, but the building suffered a fire, turning the ark's contents into lumps of crushed charcoal.  For decades, researchers had little idea what the scrolls contained, since touching the chunks would likely destroy them. The charred scroll from En-Gedi with its exact facsimile, which was 3-D printed from the micro-CT scan that led to the discovery of the biblical text inside. Image: brian seales Last year, however, Seales and researchers in Israel used advanced digital imaging software to scan the fragile scroll, revealing that the document contained the opening verses of the book of Leviticus, the third book of the Hebrew Bible. "It still looked like a chunk of charcoal," Pnina Shor, curator and head of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at the Israel Antiquities Authority, said on the call with reporters.  "We were certain it was a shot in the dark," she said. "This came back as a written piece of flattened material, that looked like a scroll. You can't imagine the joy in the lab." The new digital scans are detailed and complete enough to support “serious textual criticism” of the En-Gedi scroll, Seales said. Earlier scans of the En-Gedi scroll revealed by imaging software. Image: Seth Parker-University of Kentucky, Ehud Shor, Jerusalem The images also start to fill a gaping, centuries-long gap in biblical history. Few if any copies of the Hebrew Bible have been discovered that date to between the beginning of the common era and the start of the Middle Ages, in the 5th century C.E., according to Emanuel Tov, a professor in the department of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The En-Gedi's scroll's writings are nearly 100 percent identical to the medieval texts, both in consonants and in paragraph divisions, suggesting that copies of the book of Leviticus did not differ much over thousands of years. "The details of the scroll connect us with the Middle Ages, since no other known source from antiquity is as close to the medieval text as the En-Gedi scroll," Tov said.

Google's Jigsaw subsidiary is building open source AI tools to spot trolls

Google's Jigsaw subsidiary is building open source AI tools to spot trolls

Can Google bring peace to the web with machine learning? Jigsaw, a subsidiary of parent company Alphabet is certainly trying, building open-source AI tools designed to filter out abusive language. This data is labeled and then fed into the software — called Conversation AI — which begins to learn what bad comments look like.

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The Nintendo 64 Was Nearly Sega's Console

The Nintendo 64 Was Nearly Sega's Console

In many ways, the Nintendo 64 was a culmination of Nintendo’s dominance of the home console era. Sega had a chance to leap ahead, and the story of how that chance slipped through the company’s fingers changed the direction of gaming. The story begins not in Japan, but in Silicon Valley.

UK retailer Tesco adds Nintendo NX order page

UK retailer Tesco adds Nintendo NX order page

UK supermarket giant Tesco has posted a landing page for the as yet-unreleased "Nintendo NX Wii U". Much of the information provided on Tesco's page is being received as placeholder, but the mere fact of its existence shows that the multinational retail chain is preparing for pre-orders of the Nintendo NX. According to Nintendo Life, who reported the news, Tesco also originally listed a price on the page of £349.99 (approximately $450), although this may not be an accurate reflection of the machine's launch price -- for comparison, Sony's PlayStation 4 was introduced at $399 back in 2013.

Nintendo NX Enters Production, But Where's the Hardware?

Nintendo NX Enters Production, But Where's the Hardware?

Nintendo has been oddly quiet about its upcoming NX console that's slated to arrive next March, but that doesn't mean nothing's happening behind the scenes. While the NX is slated to launch in just a few months, Nintendo has yet to officially reveal what its new console looks like or how exactly it works. A variety of leaks and rumors have suggested that Nintendo's new system will double as both a handheld device and home console, with detachable gamepad controls and a special dock that will let you beam your games to your TV.

Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming

Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming

Find release dates, trailers, and scores for major upcoming and recent videogame releases for all platforms, updated weekly. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic

Why more young men are playing video games instead of working

A recent unpublished study from researchers at Princeton University, the University of Rochester, and the University of Chicago found that more young men, particularly those who don't have college degrees, are living at home, working part-time or not at all, and regularly playing video games. Recommended: Video game trivia: How much do you know?

Every video game launching this fall that you need to know about

As of this week, fall has officially begun. That means a whole lot of things—changing colors, cooler temperatures, the weirdest presidential election of all time—but more importantly, it means that a truckload of video games are coming out. And by truckload, I means dozens and dozens for each and every platform (save for the Wii U). But rather than list all of the titles, we've decided to round up the best of the best; the ones you really need to be looking out for this fall. DON'T MISS:  Report: Nintendo’s NX has entered production Below you'll find all the most important video games launching this season: September Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade | PC | September 23rd Darkest Dungeon | PS4, PS Vita | September 27th FIFA 17 | PS4, PS3, Xbox One, 360, PC | September 27th Forza Horizon 3 | Xbox One, PC | September 27th HITMAN: Episode 5 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | September 27th Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice | 3DS | September 27th XCOM 2 | PS4, Xbox One | September 27th Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits | 3DS | September 30th Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls | 3DS | September 30th October Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide | PS4, Xbox One | October 4th Mafia III | PS4, Xbox One, PC | October 7th Paper Mario: Color Splash | Wii U | October 7th 100ft Robot Golf | PS4, PSVR | October 10th Dragon Quest Builders | PS4, PS Vita | October 10th Gears of War 4 | Xbox One, PC | October 11th Rise of the Tomb Raider | PS4 | October 11th WWE 2K17 | PS4, PS3, Xbox One, 360 | October 11th PlayStation VR | Hardware | October 13th Shadow Warrior 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | October 13th Skylanders Imaginators | PS4, PS3, Xbox One, 360, Wii U | October 16th Battlefield 1 | PS4, Xbox One | October 21st Sid Meier's Civilization VI | PC | October 21st Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | October 25th World of Final Fantasy | PS4, Vita | October 25th TES V: Skyrim Special Edition  | PS4, Xbox One, PC | October 28th Titanfall 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | October 28th November Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare | PS4, Xbox One, PC | November 4th Mario Party: Star Rush | 3DS | November 4th PlayStation 4 Pro | Hardware | November 10th Dishonored 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | November 11th Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection | PS4, Xbox One | November 15th Watch Dogs 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | November 15th Killing Floor 2 | PS4, PC | November 18th Pokémon Moon | 3DS | November 18th Pokémon Sun | 3DS | November 18th Final Fantasy XV | PS4, Xbox One | November 29th December Gravity Rush 2 | PS4 | December 2nd Steep | PS4, Xbox One, PC | December 2nd Super Mario Maker 3DS | 3DS | December 2nd Dead Rising 4 | Xbox One, PC | December 6th The Last Guardian | PS4 | December 6th Although most of the September and October games are set in stone at this point, there are sure to be several delays and release date announcements between now and the end of the year. We'll update and add to this list as we learn more.

Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

Looking for a list of the biggest games coming to PlayStation 4 this holiday season? From 'Mafia III' and 'Final Fantasy XV' to the latest Dark Souls DLC and the long-awaited 'The Last Guardian,' here's what to expect.

Report: Nintendo’s NX has entered production

We're in the home stretch of 2016, and it's been a busy couple of months for the video game industry. Microsoft brought HDR gaming and 4K video to the fore with the Xbox One S in August . Sony responded with a console refresh of its own in September, along with the announcement that it would launch the first ever 4K gaming console, the PlayStation 4 Pro , in November. All this time, Nintendo has been eerily silent. DON'T MISS:  A new Pokemon Go update is about to be released, but don’t expect any trading support As far as we know, Nintendo's next-gen console (codenamed NX) is still set to launch in March 2017. Yet seven months out, we still haven't heard a word from Nintendo about what the console looks like or what it can do. Rumors suggest that Nintendo will hold an official unveiling in October, but on Friday, DigiTimes published a report claiming that Foxconn Electronics (best known for manufacturing the iPhone) "has undertaken trial production of the NX." According to DigiTimes ' sources, Foxconn will be the largest original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for the NX, with Misumi Electronics and Hosiden, both out of Japan, also chipping in. The sources also claim that Nintendo will plan to produce between 9.5 and 10 million NX units a year. Although no official announcements regarding the console have been made, some major leaks and fascinating pull quotes from developers and publishers have given us a somewhat hazy picture of what the NX might turn out to be.  A Eurogamer leak back in July painted the NX as a portable console with a large display and detachable controllers. Earlier this week, the CEO of The Pokemon Company said the NX would "change the concept" of handhelds and home consoles. We won't know exactly what this means until Nintendo actually reveals the console, but if production is already ramping up, that reveal might not be far off.

The Nintendo NX Has A Huge Fan In Ubisoft's CEO

The Nintendo NX Has A Huge Fan In Ubisoft's CEO

We still have no idea what the Nintendo NX looks like, what it does, or how it’ll work, although more and more, we’re learning that the rumors it’s some sort of portable/console hybrid seem to have some truth to them. And, apparently, the console has a pretty big, and very important, fan in Yves Guillemot, the CEO of Ubisoft.

Ubisoft CEO teases Nintendo NX impressions

Ubisoft CEO teases Nintendo NX impressions

Constrained by the fact that Nintendo had announced the console as well as its intention to release it in March 2017, and against the backdrop of the common assumption that the NX will blend traditions from handheld and home console gaming, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot was nonetheless effervescent in his praise for the in-development machine as it exists today. It signals a potential change in home hardware fortunes for the Japanese console giant, which Guillemot acknowledged.

Upcoming video games: 'FIFA 17,' 'Forza Horizon 3,' 'Yo-Kai Watch 2'

Upcoming video games: 'FIFA 17,' 'Forza Horizon 3,' 'Yo-Kai Watch 2'

EA Sports adds an expanded career mode and greater detail to "FIFA 17," the latest in its annual soccer sim franchise, motor-racing game "Forza Horizon 3" heads for Australia, and creature collection jaunt "Yo-Kai Watch 2" finally launches outside of Japan, while "Clustertruck" lets us all in on one of 2016's YouTube gaming successes, and sci-fi strategy "XCOM 2" arrives on consoles. Marco Reus, in the black and yellow kit of Borussia Dortmund, is the game's cover athlete.

Pokemon's CEO Offers Some Clues On Nintendo's Rumored NX Console-Handheld Hybrid

Pokemon's CEO Offers Some Clues On Nintendo's Rumored NX Console-Handheld Hybrid

Nintendo has yet to utter a peep about its next console, code-named the NX, but an increasing number of reliable rumors point to the new machine being a console-handheld hybrid. Well, Nintendo may not be talking, but their friends/business partners at The Pokemon Company have finally let a shred of NX information slip. “The NX is trying to change the concept of what it means to be a home console device or a handheld device.

Pokemon games are officially coming to Nintendo’s NX

The Pokemon Company's chief executive has confirmed that his company will develop games for Nintendo's upcoming NX console. This won't come as much of a shock to anyone who has been keeping up with the unprecedented success of Pokemon Go , but the company's ties to the NX were previously just a rumor . DON'T MISS:  Forza Horizon 3 review: Racing toward perfection "The NX is trying to change the concept of what it means to be a home console device or a hand-held device," said Pokemon Co. CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara in a recent interview, according to The Wall Street Journal . "We will make games for the NX." What's especially fascinating about Ishihara's quote is not his confirmation that Pokemon will appear on the NX (after all, the franchise has appeared on virtually every Nintendo console since 1996), but rather the words he uses to describe the NX itself. Nintendo has hinted that the console could replace both the 3DS and the Wii U, but few official details about the hardware itself have been revealed. On the other hand, plenty of unofficial details leaked out this summer, most notably in a Eurogamer report which claimed the NX would be a portable console with its own display and a set of detachable controllers. Ishihara's comments are vague, but they could certainly apply to the product described in this summer's leaks. Ishihara wouldn't say whether or not the development team might have something ready for the NX's launch in March 2017, nor what kind of games we might see over the course of the console's lifespan.