iPhone 11 Is All About That Square Camera Bump

Dummy models of all three iPhone 11 handsets suggest nothing much is changing apart from the new camera bump, which is certain to divide opinion. July 17, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Apple hasn’t been able to keep new iPhone designs from leaking ahead of a launch for several generations now, with the iPhone events becoming simply confirmations of what we already knew. This year, it looks like Apple will be confirming the iPhone 11 is more of the same, but with the addition of an unusual square camera bump on the back of the phone. We’ve heard rumors of a camera upgrade on the iPhone for a while now, with leaked case molds back in May suggesting a square camera bump. Now, as 9To5Mac reports, YouTuber MKBHD managed to get his hands on dummy models of all three iPhone 11 handsets and his video shows us how bad, […]

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Tesla Drops Standard Range Option for Model S and Model X, Raising Base Prices

The cheapest option is now Long Range, which received a price drop, but still ends up costing more than the Standard Range models did by a few thousand dollars. July 16, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag There’s both good and bad news if you’re planning to buy a Tesla in the near future. The good news is, the Model X and Model S you buy will travel further between charges, but the bad news is, that’s only because Tesla has dropped the Standard Range option from its line-up. Until now, the cheapest Model S cost $75,000, while the cheapest Model X was $81,000. As Reuters reports, with the Standard Range option gone, the Long Range becomes the entry level option on both vehicles. Even with an also-announced price cut, the Model S now costs $79,990 and the Model X $84,990. As to why this change has […]

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Facebook Denies Being a Social Network in Lawsuit Response

Facebook denies a consumer can create an account, make friends, and build a social network, which are all things you can do on Facebook… July 12, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag This week, Facebook responded to a lawsuit relating to the Cambridge Analytica scandal by claiming it isn’t a social network and not somewhere you can make friends. As Ars Technica reports, the lawsuit was filed in December last year by District of Columbia (DC) attorney general Karl Racine. It stated that of the 70 million individuals who had personal information taken by Cambridge Analytica, 340,000 were residents of DC. Racine is demanding $5,000 in civil penalties per resident, which would mean Facebook has to pay out $1.7 billion. As you’d expect, the social network is fighting the case hard. The reason it has taken so long for a response to be forthcoming is because Facebook spent nearly seven months […]

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Eavesdropping Bug Forces Apple to Disable Walkie-Talkie App

The app contained a vulnerability allowing someone to listen in on your iPhone without consent. July 11, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Apple has been forced to disable its Walkie-Talkie app after a vulnerability was discovered that allowed someone to listen in on your iPhone ($749.99 at Verizon Wireless) without consent. The Walkie-Talkie app was introduced with the roll out of WatchOS 5 last September and allowed FaceTime Audio calls to be carried out in a similar way to talking on a walkie-talkie. However, as TechCrunch reports, even though the app is still present on the Apple Watch, no call will go through if you try and use it today. Apple was made aware of the vulnerability through its security and privacy support page where reports can be filed. The company isued the following statement to TechCrunch regarding what’s happened: We were just made aware of a vulnerability related […]

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Nintendo Announces the Switch Lite for $199

It’s a smaller, handheld-only version of the Switch with a 5.5-inch touch screen. July 10, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag As the rumors predicted, Nintendo has announced a smaller version of the Switch is set to hit the market in September carrying the name Switch Lite. As The Verge reports, this Lite version of the Switch includes several big changes to the original model made possible and necessary by it being offered as a handheld-only device. First of all, it’s smaller and ships with a 5.5-inch touch screen rather than the Switch’s 6.2-inch display. The Joy-Cons are gone, replaced with integrated controls either side of the display. You’ll notice the directional buttons on the left have also been replaced with a D-Pad. No Joy-Cons also means Nintendo has removed the IR Motion Camera and the HD rumble feature from the Switch Lite. If you want to play a game that requires […]

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China Is Installing Spyware on Tourists’ Phones

The app is forcefully installed at border crossings and collects all your personal information. July 3, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Visitors to Xinjiang in northwest China are experiencing a nasty surprise in the form of a spyware app that’s being forcefully installed on their phones. As Vice reports, tourists are being stopped at Chinese borders in the Xinjiang region and having their smartphones seized. Border guards then install an app called Fengcai or BXAQ, which proceeds to collect all personal information including text messages, calendar entries, phone contacts, call logs and a list of the installed apps. All the data is then sent to a remote server for review. As well as collecting personal information, Fengcai has been found to check the content against a list of 73,000 items flagged as being suspicious or worth further investigation. Some of these items are legitimate, for example, instructions on […]

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Parked Tesla Burst Into Flames Due to Battery Module Fault

Following an investigation by Tesla, the Model S was found to have a single battery module fault which caused the vehicle to catch fire. June 28, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Back in April a Tesla Model S parked in a Shanghai car park burst into flames. Tesla just concluded its investigation into the incident and tracked the fire back to a single faulty battery module. As Reuters reports, the important part of the investigation for Tesla is the fact no systematic defect was found. It means there isn’t a general fault across the Model S range which would make these parked vehicle fires likely to happen again. The faulty battery module thought to have caused the white smoke and subsequent first was located at the front of the Model S. While the investigation was ongoing, Tesla released an over-the-air update for Model S and Model X […]

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Amazon Announces Prime Day Concert With Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift will headline a live-streamed Prime Day Concert held exclusively for Prime members which will also feature Dua Lipa, SZA and Becky G. June 27, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Amazon’s rivals have been quick to crash in on the artificial holiday that is Prime Day, but it seems unlikely they can even attempt to compete with the just-announced Prime Day Concert. On July 10, Amazon Music is set to host a Prime Day Concert which will be live-streamed exclusively to Prime members. The big draw for viewers will be the fact Taylor Swift is headlining the event, which starts at 9pm ET. Additional performances will come from Dua Lipa, SZA and Becky G. Amazon is using the concert to celebrate the best in Amazon entertainment for all Prime members around the world. Although it’s live, Amazon will allow members to stream the concert again on-demand […]

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7-Eleven Now Delivers to Parks and Beaches

The 7NOW delivery app allows your order to be delivered to public locations including parks, beaches, sports fields and entertainment venues. June 25, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Convenience store chain 7-Eleven really wants you to use its 7NOW smartphone app to buy some snacks or groceries and have them delivered. So much so that those deliveries can now be made to public locations that don’t have a traditional address. If you’re sitting in a park, on a beach, at a sports field, or some other public entertainment venue in the US, chances are good 7-Eleven will now deliver to you. The store chain has setup thousands of 7NOW Pins, which cover the most popular public destinations and allow you to get a Slurpee or a Big Gulp delivered to them within 30 minutes. Gurmeet Singh, 7-Eleven chief digital, information and marketing officer, explained, “Our mission is […]

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Walmart Is Using AI to Prevent Checkout Theft

Over 1,000 stores are using computer vision tech to watch checkouts and ensure no item ever goes unscanned. June 24, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag In a bid to cut down on theft and mistakes, Walmart is using artificial intelligence hooked up to cameras monitoring checkouts to ensure every item in your cart is scanned and paid for. This is already happening at over 1,000 Walmart stores. As Business Insider reports, the system is known internally as Missed Scan Detection and uses computer vision to monitor both manned and self-checkout areas at each store. The system is able to detect when an item goes unscanned, or is mis-scanned, and reports the fault to a checkout attendant who can then approach and rectify the problem. According to Walmart spokeswoman LeMia Jenkins, “Walmart is making a true investment to ensure the safety of our customers and associates … Over the […]

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American Airlines Adds Wi-Fi to Its Entire Domestic Fleet

Your next flight with American Airlines will include access to the internet, as long as you don’t mind paying for it. June 17, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag If your next flight is with American Airlines, it’s guaranteed you’ll be offered internet access as the airline has rolled out satellite-based broadband and Wi-Fi to its entire mainline narrowbody fleet. As TechCrunch reports, over 700 aircraft made up of Boeing 737, Airbus A319, and Airbus A320 aircraft flying on domestic routes will now offer internet access. American Airlines has upgraded them all with either Gogo 2Ku or ViaSat KA satellite-based broadband Wi-Fi. The service includes access to 12 live streamed TV channels. The expanded service covers both U.S. and international flights, but it isn’t being offered with a free tier (unless you’re an Apple Music subscriber). The cost depends on how much access time you want and when you decide to purchase […]

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YouTube, Netflix and ‘Fallout Shelter’ Heading to Tesla Touch Screens

Until self-driving cars are a reality, you’ll have to park to partake. June 14, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Tesla is setting the standard for electric vehicles right now, but Elon Musk is very keen to push the boundaries of what we expect a car to do in as many ways as possible. That includes gaming. As Engadget reports, Musk sat down with Bethesda’s Todd Howard for an E3 2019 chat and made a few gaming announcement for the touch screen Tesla vehicles all have mounted on the dash. They included the previously-announced Cuphead and Beach Buggy Racing 2, but Howard confirmed Bethesda is currently working on a version of Fallout Shelter for Tesla, so your little dwellers will “live in the car.” Playing such games really requires a feature vehicles don’t yet have, at least not legally: the ability to drive themselves while you relax. Musk admitted you’ll need to […]

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World’s Largest Beer Brewer Sets Up Cybersecurity Team

AB InBev controls over 400 beer brands including Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois, but faces so many attacks it needs a dedicated cybersecurity unit to protect the business. June 13, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag If a reminder were needed that nobody is immune to the threat of cyberattacks, the world’s largest brewer of beers has felt the need to establish its own cybersecurity division. Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) controls over 400 different brands of beer including Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, Beck’s. Hoegaarden and Leffe. It’s a huge player in the market as a multinational drinks company, and as Reuters reports, it felt the need to protect itself from attack. The company’s solution is to setup a dedicated cybersecurity unit in Israel, which is widely viewed as a leader in online security and threat detection. Luis Veronesi, AB InBev’s vice president of global security and compliance, explained that, “With […]

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Pokemon Sleep Will Reward You for Sleeping

In a bid to turn sleep into entertainment, we’re getting a Pokemon Sleep app and sleep monitoring accessory next year. May 29, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Pokemon Go got us walking, now The Pokemon Company wants to get us sleeping with the announcement of a sleep tracking app and accessory that will “turn sleep into entertainment.” As Polygon reports, The Pokemon Company just announced the in-development Pokemon Sleep, which takes the form of an app, but will be complimented by a new device Nintendo is developing called the Pokemon Go Plus +. Together they form a comprehensive sleep tracking system with rewards for owners who regularly achieve a good night’s sleep. We’re pleased to announce the development of Pokémon Sleep, a new app from @Pokemon_cojp that tracks a user’s time sleeping and brings a gameplay experience unlike any other! Several Snorlax were consulted on this, in case you […]

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Apple Launches a New iPod Touch

It’s been nearly four years since the 6th generation iPod touch was released, but today Apple upgraded it with an A10 Fusion chip, augmented reality, and Group FaceTime. May 28, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Today, Apple surprised everyone by announcing the iPod touch is getting a better-late-than-never hardware refresh just in time for the summer months. The new iPod touch retains the 1136-by-640 (326ppi) 4-inch display of the previous generation, but upgrades the internals to use an A10 Fusion processor for running iOS 12. The quad-core A10 was first used for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but also made its way into the 2018 iPad ($249.00 at Amazon), and it’s a major step up from the dual-core Apple Typhoon chip powering the old iPod touch. You can argue it’s an old processor, but there’s only a low resolution display to deal with and the upgrade allowed Apple to […]

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Amazon Working on Human Emotion-Detecting Wearable

Internal documents reveal Amazon sees this as a health and wellness product that’s voice-activated and controlled via a smartphone app. May 23, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag It seems Amazon is preparing for a push into the wearable device market with a voice-activated gadget capable of detecting human emotions. As Bloomberg reports, the in-development wearable, which goes by the codename Dylan, was revealed by internal documents the publication has seen. While it’s unclear what type of wearable this will be, a fitness tracker-style device or smartwatch seems most likely. It will be equipped with microphones and require pairing with a smartphone app to function. The device is being developed by Lab126 and the Alexa software team internally. Lab126 is known for having developed the Kindle, Kindle Fire, Fire TV, Fire Phone, Echo smart speaker, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap, so it certainly has the required experience to create an Alexa-using wearable (beyond Alexa Earbuds). Internal documents […]

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Autopilot Was Engaged During Fatal Tesla Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report confirms Autopilot had been engaged by the driver 10 seconds before the crash occurred. May 17, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag On March 1, a Tesla Model 3 crashed into a semitrailer in Delray Beach, Florida, which sheared off the vehicle’s roof and proved fatal for the driver. A preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) yesterday confirms Autopilot was engaged when the crash occurred. As Reuters reports, the NTSB concluded in its report that Autopilot had been engaged by the driver roughly 10 seconds before the crash happened. However, the driver’s hands were not detected on the wheel for eight of those seconds leading up to the crash. It’s also key to point out that the Model 3 was traveling at 68mph on a highway with a 55mph speed limit. Tesla has pointed out that […]

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Amazon’s New Robots Pack 700 Boxes Per Hour

Automated box packing will replace human workers, with 24 roles disappearing for each warehouse facility having one of these robots installed. May 13, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Robots in Amazon’s warehouses are taking on a new role of boxing up orders, and they do so much more efficiently and quickly than the human workers they replace. As Reuters reports, Amazon has been experimenting with a new type of automated packaging robot that can 3D scan the goods included in an order as they travel down a conveyor belt. Those goods are then placed in a custom-size box the robot creates that’s perfectly sized to fit. Each robot packer can handle up to 700 orders per hour, and unlike their human counterparts, do not require regular breaks, never go home, and can’t get sick. Worryingly for workers, one robot at a warehouse means 24 human roles […]

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Twitter Retweets Can Now Contain Photos, Videos, GIFs

It’s a relatively small change for users, but apparently a really challenging new feature for Twitter to implement and get right. May 7, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag New Twitter features roll out at a snail’s pace, with the memorable big changes being the increase in character limit and the switch from stars to hearts. This week we got a smaller, but still significant change to retweets. It’s now possible to retweet with a photo, video, or GIF attached. As The Verge reports, retweeting until now has been limited to two options: a simple retweet of the original tweet, or you could retweet with a comment. It’s that second option which is being expanded to allow the inclusion of media. So clicking “Retweet with comment” will now allow you to embed a photo, a video, or a GIF. For now, the retweet tweak is limited to Twitter on Android, iOS, […]

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Mark Zuckerberg Made a ‘Sleep Box’ for His Wife

The simple device allows his wife to sleep all night without the distraction of a phone or the stress of knowing what time it is. April 29, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Mark Zuckerberg will forever be associated with Facebook and social networks, but we can’t forget he’s also an engineer and he just put his talent to good use helping his wife get a good night’s sleep. Posting on Instagram, Zuckerberg explained how he spent some time recently building a light-emitting wooden box. It sounds strange until you hear why he created such an unusual object. His wife Priscilla knows that their children usually wake up between 6-7am, so she got into the habit during the night of checking her phone to see what time it is and whether she needed to get up. The problem is, knowing the time “stresses her out and she can’t […]

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