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If you were expecting a revolutionary design update for the 2019 family of iPhones, you're going to be woefully disappointed. As widely expected, this year's iPhone refresh will look much like the 2018 iPhones, which looked nearly identical to the 2017 iPhone X. The iPhone 11 family -- as it's being called for now -- is most easily differentiated [externally] from its predecessors by a square camera pod on the rear. On the XS and XS Max successors, that means a third, wide-angle camera joints the party. 9to5Mac expands upon this information, however, indicated that the wide-angle camera will support a new feature called Smart Frame.  The publication notes that Smart Frame... Read more...
Apple has announced the availability of the latest iOS update for iPhones and iPads, and it is dubbed iOS 12.4. While this is a "lowly" point release, it does introduce a rather significant feature for anyone that has labored through the process of transferring data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone. The new feature is plainly called iPhone Migration, and it allows you to directly transfer files, apps, and settings from one iPhone to another. With iPhone Migration, you are no longer at the whim of iCloud servers or have to deal with the speed of your internet pipe. Instead, Apple will allow you to make a direct [assumed Wi-Fi] connection between devices to make "cloning" your device a quick... Read more...
It is never too early for rumors of the next iPhone iteration, right? So it goes in the land of smartphones—leaks, rumors, and speculation constantly abound. As it pertains to Apple's bread and butter device, there is talk of a 2020 model iPhone getting a display upgrade with a refresh rate than can be switched from 60Hz to 120Hz. Nothing is set in stone, and the chatter is not coming from Apple directly. However, moving to a 120Hz panel would give Apple an enticing bullet point to market at enthusiasts and gamers alike. As it stands, the majority of smartphones that have a 120Hz display (and there are not a ton of them) are gaming phones, like the just-announced ASUS ROG Phone II. Outside... Read more...
The smartphone market is stagnating as phones have changed little in the last few generations, while prices have soared for new devices. This means that more and more people are hanging onto their smartphones for longer periods of time. A survey from a company that specializes in phone trading, called BankMyCell, is claiming that iPhone loyalty is on the decline. The survey claims to have looked at 38,000 phone trades since March of last year and found that 15% more people have traded in their iPhones for another brand. BankMyCell noted that Samsung sees much better retention numbers than Apple and that many of the Apple people ditching their iPhones are moving to Samsung products. The report... Read more...
An Israeli company that managed to hack WhatsApp earlier this year is now claiming it has developed new software that can stealthily swipe cloud data from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. It can even bypass two-factor authentication and warning emails on target devices. Developed by NSO Group, the software is called Pegasus. Apparently it has been used for several years by various governments and spy agencies to gather data from smartphones, presumably from people of interest for one reason or another. The latest iteration, however, extends past smartphones and can pluck data from the cloud. People who are supposedly familiar with NSO Group's sales pitch told Financial Times that... Read more...
Although smartphone OEMs try their best to deliver new smartphone experiences year after year like clockwork, consumers are increasingly becoming immune to their new-device charms. According to Gartner, the mobile phone market is expected to experience its biggest downturn ever during 2019. According to the analytics firm, global mobile phone sales are expected to drop by 3.8 percent in 2019 compared to 2018. With respect to smartphones specifically, the sales shortfall is expected to come in a 2.5 percent. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out at a few of the reasons for the sales decline. For starters, smartphone OEMs haven’t exactly been giving us remarkable reasons... Read more...
It has been a crazy week so far, thanks to Amazon's 48-hour Prime Day sales event that spurred other retailers to follow suit with discounts of their own. As the dust settles, you can still score a deal on a 2019 model MacBook Air. Should you, though? That depends on how you feel about the downgraded SSD speeds in the newest models. The refreshed MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch display with a 2560x1600 resolution, and is powered by an Intel Core i5-8210Y, a 1.6GHz dual-core Amber Lake CPU with integrated UHD Graphics 617. It also comes standard with 8GB of LPDDR3-2133 RAM and 128GB or 256GB of SSD storage, as it pertains to the models that are on sale. Here is how they are priced on Amazon...... Read more...
Prime Day is here, and if you want to save some money on the hottest gadgets and gizmos that you want, this is the time to do it. Amazon unveiled a large list of Prime Day deals this weekend, but if you're looking for Apple gear, here is your chance. Amazon has some serious deals going on the Apple Watch, AirPods, iPad mini, iPad Pro, and other items. Big discounts on Apple gear aren't common, so Prime members in the market should take advantage if any of these items are on your wish list. The first item is the Apple Watch Series 3 starting at $199, an $80 discount off MSRP. Standard features include GPS, optical heart rate sensor, S3 dual-core processor, an accelerometer and gyroscope, and more.... Read more...
Earlier this week, Apple announced a number of updates to its MacBook family including a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, a slightly revised MacBook Air, and the axing of the 12-inch MacBook. Today, the teardown experts over at iFixit got their hands on the new base 13-inch MacBook Pro and were able to confirm a number of changes that set the device apart from its predecessor. Externally, the biggest change is the arrival of the Touch Bar, which means that the entire MacBook Pro family now includes the touch-sensitive OLED panel. Internally, the Touch Bar is driven by the T2 security chip. Apple also increased the size of the battery ever so slightly, rising from 54.5 WHr on... Read more...
Google's DeepMind division has had considerable success competing against and crushing human competitors in Starcraft II. The DeepMind AlphaStar artificial intelligence (AI) trounced Grzegorz "MaNa" Komincz of Team Liquid back in January 5-0 in a professional match on a competitive ladder. However, in that matchup, MaNa knew that he was going up against AI ahead of time, so there were no surprises. Google will now enter its AlphaStar into a Starcraft II European competitive ladder in the near future where it will essentially be going undercover to battle against human opponents.  "For scientific test purposes, DeepMind will be benchmarking AlphaStar’s performance by... Read more...
Few topics are as divisive as politics and religion. The advent of display notches on smartphones may not quite reach the same level of contention during Thanksgiving dinners, but it certainly attracts outspoken individuals who are all too eager to share their opinions on the subject. It may one day be moot, though, as even Apple might be getting rid of the notch, starting with its 2020 iPhone models. Longtime Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a note to investors that Apple is likely to shrink the size of the front-facing camera in next year's iPhone models. The reduction in size of the TrueDepth camera could subsequently result in a smaller notch, or even its absence altogether. That is not... Read more...
A significant security issue with a popular Mac video conferencing company Zoom has surfaced. The security issue was made public by a researcher named Jonathan Leitschuh after a 90-day grace period to give Zoom time to fix the problem. The vulnerability could impact a variety of browsers running on Mac computers, including Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. The flaw would allow malicious websites to initiate a video call on any Mac that has (and in some cases previously had) the Zoom app installed. Depending on the version of Zoom in use, the nefarious website could trigger the video call with a simple launch action or an iframe exploit. In the proof of concept exploit, Leitschuh demonstrated that... Read more...
After letting its entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro languish for the past two years without any major updates, Apple is finally "making it rain". Just in time for Back to School season, the base 13-inch MacBook Pro is gaining a number of features previously reserved for its more expensive siblings. Standard equipment now includes a True Tone display, the T2 security chip and the Touch Bar (which includes Touch ID). The last addition might be sad news for those Apple fans that hate the Touch Bar (admittedly, it's more of a gimmick than actually being useful) and love the traditional function keys on the top row. Apple has also updated the internal hardware, as the previous "old hat" 7th generation... Read more...
Do you think Facebook is listening to your conversations, through your smartphone or any other gadget? There is an easy solution—stop using Facebook. That is the advice Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says is appropriate for "most people," himself included (he actually did quit Facebook last year, due to the amount of data collection). There is a growing concern over privacy and how big tech firms, Facebook included, handle our collective data. The Cambridge Analytica scandal is one of the more prominent examples of how things can go sideways. However, it is by far not the only one. Wozniak made his latest comments about Facebook to TMZ while strolling through Reagan National Airport in... Read more...
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