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9 hours ago

Article inside iPhone X Cancelled?

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| By Even Kill - 9 hours ago

Apple Leak Reveals Sudden iPhone X Cancellation

Jan 21, 2018 8:20 PM 9,902

It may be the smartphone of the moment, but a new leak reveals Apple will soon cancel the iPhone X. And the source could not be more credible…

In a new report obtained by AppleInsider, acclaimed KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says disappointing sales of the iPhone X will lead to the cancellation of the model “with production ceasing in the summer”. This would be the first time Apple has cancelled an iPhone model after just one generation since the iPhone 5C in 2014.

Kuo, who has a long track record successfully revealing Apple’s plans, said disinterest in China is the main reason. In China big screens are king and the iPhone X’s polarising ‘notch’ is seen by Chinese consumers as removing too much usable space. Especially when the cheaper iPhone 8 Plus actually delivers slightly more.

The news also follows a new survey from Cowan which claims interest in new iPhones has hit an historic low.

That said it is not all doom and gloom. While the iPhone X will not bring Apple the much anticipated sales ‘Super Cycle’, Kuo states Apple will see modest 5% growth in the first half of 2018. This comes from Apple having three premium models (iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X) on sale for the first time.

Furthermore Kuo believes Apple will enjoy a better end to 2018 with 10% growth as the outgoing iPhone X will be replaced by a total of three new iPhone X-inspired designs: a second generation 5.8-inch iPhone X, 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus and a “$650-750” 6.1-inch iPhone SE replacement which will be fitted with Face ID. Apple hopes it will be the latter two which once again excite the Chinese market.

It is worth noting none of the new models will have the reduced Face ID notch Apple is working on for 2019 iPhones.

Needless to say Kuo’s report will likely result in declarations that Apple’s downfall is imminent, but to me this is ridiculous. For starters the 5% and 10% growth figures actually stand in contrast to the global smartphone market which is expected to shrink by 5% in 2018 as users hold onto their phones for longer.

Meanwhile I’d argue it’s a smart move cancelling the iPhone X because its design will remain a flagship option (the 6.1-inch model is priced like the iPhone 8) rather than being discounted at one year old. Consequently the 2017 iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will then take the role of cheaper understudies bringing simplification to a range which has become increasingly convoluted in recent years.

In short: this news is far from Apple’s biggest problem right now…


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1 day ago

Article inside Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ cameras and hardware get detailed ahead of unveiling

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| By Tiko377 - 1 day ago

Even though we're more than a month away from the official unveiling of Samsung's flagships, information about the Galaxy S9 and S9+ continue to emerge and raise the hype. The latest report related to the phone comes from South Korea and contains in-depth details about the Galaxy S9 and S9+'s cameras.

As some of you probably know by now, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will have a very different camera configuration. For example, Samsung Galaxy S9 will feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS (optical image stabilization), while the Galaxy S9+ is said to come with a dual-camera setup (12MP+12MP).

The interesting thing about both cameras is that they include two aperture values that can be adjusted to allow for more or less light to go through the lens. The report claims the Galaxy S9/S9+ will feature cameras with the highest level of lens brightness: F1.5. One of the smartphones that are very close to that value, LG V30 has a camera with F1.6 aperture.

The report also confirms the Galaxy S9 will feature a variable aperture of F1.5/F2.4 and it will work similar to a DSLR camera. Users will be able to adjust the aperture before taking a picture. The technology isn't new, as Samsung included it inside one of its last year high-end smartphones, the W2018, which is exclusively available in China.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S9+ has two cameras on the back with different apertures: F1.5 and F2.4. The smartphone can take a picture using both cameras at the same time, so they're not only used for wide-angle images and zoom shooting. The camera setup users complex distance and depth recognition algorithms that aren't yet available in conventional smartphone cameras, which results in high-quality images.

As far as the secondary camera goes, both flagships come with 8-megapixel selfie snapper with autofocus and iris recognition function. It's also worth mentioning that both smartphones' cameras are expected to feature support for slow motion shooting.

In addition to the details about cameras, the report reveals the size of the phones' display, so if the information is accurate, the Galaxy S9 should boast a 5.77-inch display, whereas the Galaxy S9+ should come with a larger 6.22-inch screen. The amount of RAM that's been mentioned in previous leaks is confirmed: 4GB RAM (Samsung Galaxy S9) and 6GB RAM (Samsung Galaxy S9+). Finally, the Galaxy S9 will be powered by a 3,000 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S9+ will pack a larger 3,500 mAh battery inside.

source: ETnews (translated)

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2 days ago

Article inside Hackers gear up to target Winter Olympics

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| By 313soulja - 2 days ago


With the 24th Winter Olympics due to start in Pyeongchang, South Korea in a few weeks, athletes are not the only ones preparing for the event.

A report from security analytics platform Cybereason shows that hackers and cyber criminals are gearing up too, the scale and cost of the event making it a prime target.

The greatest cyber risks are likely to come from the third-party ecosystem and the access to networks that TV stations, journalists and sub-contractors require to run and cover the games. The report also looks at potential threat actors including nation states, non-state actors and organized crime.

North Korea, having already scored a propaganda win by sending a delegation to the games, is seen as unlikely to want to attack its systems. Russia, however, is seen as a possible threat, particularly in terms of leaking records relating to things like athlete drug taking.

The biggest threat is seen as coming from non-state actors such as hacktivists, cyber terrorists, and fame seekers. All games since the 2012 London Summer Olympics have faced some level of DDoS by hacktivist groups and 2018 is unlikely to be an exception. The easy availability of toolkits makes carrying out a disproportionate amount of damage easy for low-skilled actors. Organized crime also presents a threat, whether it's profiting from match fixing or setting up gambling scams.

The ability of the games' security teams to keep up with all of the needed patches and other security controls will still be a big challenge for South Korea and will be more difficult than in past years.

"The race is set and the South Koreans will have their hands full given the myriad of threats they face," concludes Ross Rustici, Cybereason's senior director of intelligence services. "The ever increasing and pervasive nature of technology only stretches a thin defensive capability thinner."
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2 days ago

Article inside Having Wi-Fi problems? Your Chromecast device could be to blame

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| By 313soulja - 2 days ago


Google support forums are filling up with complaints from Google Home and Chromecast users that they are experiencing problems with their Wi-Fi connections. With such devices connected to a network, many people are having issues with stability, or finding that their network collapses entirely.

Both TP-Link and Linksys have issued patches for their routers, but the problem ultimately lies with the Cast feature of Google Home and Chromecast devices.

To start with, it appeared that the problem was only affecting Google Home Max users who were working with a TP-Link Archer router, but it soon transpired that other devices and routers were also experiencing issues.

In a newly-posted FAQ, TP-Link explains its understanding of the problem:

Following initial research and investigation, our engineering team is confident that they've determined one of the key origins of the issue. From what we have gathered so far, the issue appears to be related to some of the recent versions of Android OS and Google Apps.

This issue stems from these devices' "Cast" feature, which sends MDNS multicast discovery packets in order to discover and keep a live connection with Google products such as Google Home. These packets normally sent in a 20-second interval. However, we have discovered that the devices will sometimes broadcast a large amount of these packets at a very high speed in a short amount of time. This occurs when the device is awakened from its "sleep" state, and could exceed more than 100,000 packets. The longer your device is in "sleep", the larger this packet burst will be. This issue may eventually cause some of router’s primary features to shut down – including wireless connectivity.

In a statement issued to Engadget, Google said: "We're aware that a small number of users are having issues, and our team is working quickly to share a solution."

For now, the only solution appears to be to disconnect Google Home and Chromecast devices from the network. Not an ideal solution, but at least it's an easy way of getting back network stability.

[Update] Google says

In certain situations, a bug in the Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic which can slow down or temporarily impact Wi-Fi networks. The specific impact to the network will vary depending on the router.

And the good news is:

The team has identified the issue and is actively releasing a fix, which will start rolling out via a Google Play services update this Thursday, January 18.
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2 days ago

Article inside Kaspersky reveals details of extraordinarily powerful Android trojan, Skygofree

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| By 313soulja - 2 days ago


Security firm Kaspersky Lab has revealed details of a highly-sophisticated Android trojan that takes advantage of multiple vulnerabilities to gain full control of a device. Skygofree has capabilities that have never been seen in the wild before.

In the malware's arsenal of weapons is the ability to track user location, record audio, connect to attacker-controlled networks, monitor messaging apps, intercept text messages, take photographs, and much more. Kaspersky says its capabilities are "reminiscent of Hollywood spy movies."

The company says: "We recently discovered one such cinematic Trojan by the name of Skygofree (it doesn't have anything to do with the television service Sky Go; it was named after one of the domains it used). Skygofree is overflowing with functions, some of which we haven't encountered elsewhere. For example, it can track the location of a device it is installed on and turn on audio recording when the owner is in a certain place. In practice, this means that attackers can start listening in on victims when, say, they enter the office or visit the CEO's home."

Kaspersky explains that Skygofree blocks the battery-saving features of Android by sending regular system notifications, or setting itself as a favorite app. The ability to monitor chat apps is a little worrying, and in the case of WhatsApp, the malware uses a clever technique involving the use of Accessibility Services. "Using Accessibility Services requires the user's permission, but the malware hides the request for permission behind some other, seemingly innocent, request."

The security firm also says:

Another interesting technique Skygofree employs is surreptitiously connecting an infected smartphone or tablet to a Wi-Fi network controlled by the attackers -- even if the owner of the device has disabled all Wi-Fi connections on the device. This lets the victim's traffic be collected and analyzed. In other words, someone somewhere will know exactly what sites were looked at and what logins, passwords, and card numbers were entered.

While Skygofree is a recent discovery, it turns out that it has actually been around since 2014, and its developers have been constantly improving it. Like a lot of other mobile malware, Skygofree is offered up as a useful app -- in this case, a tool to speed up internet connections. Advice about ensuring you obtain apps from trusted sources applies as always.
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2 days ago

Article inside Wine 3.0 is here to run Windows software on your Linux box

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| By 313soulja - 2 days ago


When people make the switch from Windows to Linux, they often experiment with Wine. If you aren’t familiar, it is a compatibility layer that can sometimes get Windows software to run on Linux and BSD. I say "sometimes" because it isn’t a flawless experience. In fact, it can be quite frustrating to use. I suggest using native Linux software as an alternative, but understandably, that isn’t always possible.

If you depend on Wine, or want to start trying it out, I am happy to say that version 3.0 is finally available. It is quite the significant update too, as it features over 6,000 changes!

"Once again, because of the annual release schedule, a number of features that are being worked on have been deferred to the next development cycle. This includes in particular Direct3D 12 and Vulkan support, as well as OpenGL ES support to enable Direct3D on Android," says The Wine team.

The team shares the following substantial changes.

Direct3D 10 and 11 support.
The Direct3D command stream.
The Android graphics driver.
Improved DirectWrite and Direct2D support.
If you want to try Wine 3.0, you should first read the release notes here. Once you are ready to download the compatibility layer, you can grab it here.

Before you begin tinkering with Wine, however, I will once again say I suggest trying native Linux software first. For instance, instead of Microsoft Office, try LibreOffice. Instead of Photoshop, try GIMP. You may be surprised by how good the free and open source alternatives are.
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3 days ago

Innovation: Samsung Patents Method To Embed Camera & Fingerprint Sensor Under The Display

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| By Jago - 3 days ago


Although it comes as no surprise that a company like Vivo manage to score a world's premiere with the launch of the first in-display fingerprint scanner, it's a bit embarrassing for companies like Samsung, Apple, Huawei and the likes, which invest hundreds of millions in R&D, not to have a solution in this regard.

Obviously, all of these companies are working on their version if in-display fingerprint scanner, which will only be integrated into their products when it's perfected. Apparently, Samsung is trying to do a little bit more and embed not just the fingerprint sensor in a smartphone's display, but the camera as well.

At least that's what we've been able to learn from the latest patent filed by the South Korean company at WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). In order to avoid adding a notch at the top of the phone's display, Samsung chose to integrate the selfie camera and sensors in the display itself.

As a matter fact, Samsung explains that the camera and sensors will be housed in holes that are cut in the smartphone's screen.
The solution is ingenious, but putting it in practice may be harder than we think. On the bright side, the smartphone shown in the patent features an almost 100% screen-to-body ratio.
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3 days ago

iMessage working on Android: weMessage

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| By precys - 3 days ago

But but but you need a Mac..... Lmao who cares, it took me 20 mins to download a High Sierra vm image and get it up and running lol

I'm sure this will be the next thing Apple patches after they send out that battery reverse patch lol I'm not gonna use it but I'm sure some people here would like to try.

If it wasn’t for iMessage, I would have ditched my iPhone for Android years ago, but because the rest of my family (and most of my friends) use iOS devices, I’m locked into Apple’s world. Otherwise, I would be missing out on iMessage-only group chats (I know it’s pathetic, but it’s true).

I’ve seen unofficial apps pop up in the past claiming to offer iMessage for Android, but they mostly turn out to be fake (or even dangerous). Now, however, it looks like one company has actually figured out how to bring Apple’s messaging service to Android. There’s just one catch: you need a Mac computer to make it work.

How WeMessage Works
WeMessage doesn’t rely on any exploits in Apple’s code to get iMessage running on Android. Instead, it sets up a server on your Mac to send and receive messages, and then quickly forwards those to the app on your phone.

This app might not have all the latest bells and whistles from Apple, but it covers all the important stuff. It can handle one-on-one conversations and group chats, send attachments, create those special iMessage effects, and even supports Read Receipts (if you’re into that). WeMessage is also encrypted, so your private conversations will stay private.

One important note: weMessage doesn’t have access to your old iMessages, so those won’t show up in the app. But moving forward, all your new conversations will be there.

How to Install WeMessage
Before you can install weMessage on your phone, you’ll need to set up the company’s weServer software on your Mac. That requires installing a Java SE Development Kit and then tweaking your System Preference to give the server Terminal rights.

With that done, download weServer and open the ZIP file. Then find the “run.command” file and double click on it to launch weServer. Once it opens, the program will ask for your iMessage email. Make sure to use the same email connected to your official iMessage account, but pick a new password for security.

With that out of the way, you can install weMessage on your Android device. Once it launches, you’ll need to enter your Mac’s IP address, along with the email and password you just used on your computer. Your contacts should all show up in the app automatically so you can start texting right away.

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3 days ago

Top Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo Says iPhone X Q2 Sales Are Trash

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| By Jago - 3 days ago


A new report from KGI defies market consensus claiming that iPhone X shipments are not as strong as many believe. The analyst says that it believes Apple will ship around 18 million iPhone X units in the current quarter, significantly below estimates in the 20-30 million range from other analysts. It primarily blames longer replacement cycles in China for the weaker demand for iPhone X.

However, KGI reaffirms its predictions of a three-tier 2018 iPhone lineup with a 6.1-inch LCD model, a successor to iPhone X and a 6.5-inch OLED ‘iPhone X Plus’ launching in the fall. In fact, KGI suggests that Apple may stop making iPhone X altogether when production of the new 2018 models ramp up.

KGI says that iPhone X has not landed as strongly in China as it originally hoped. It says Chinese customers are holding on to their existing phones for a longer time, quoting lower shipment forecasts from vendors like Huawei and Oppo, as well as claiming that the notch screen design has turned away potential Chinese customers.

The analyst says that Chinese users prefer larger-screen phones but the notch design of the iPhone X means the effective screen real estate is lower, or at least customers believe there is not as much usable screen space as the 5.5-inch Plus models.

According to the report, Apple will ship around 18 million iPhone X units in Q1 2018 and about 13 million in Q2 2018. KGI expects the iPhone X to ‘go to end of life around mid-2018’ which would mean the device would sell around 62 million units total, significantly lower than its previous forecast of 80 million.

The claim that Apple will stop making the current iPhone X models later this year is intriguing. Apple usually keeps around flagships at reduced prices for a few generations.

Whilst iPhone X sales are weaker than they expected, KGI says that iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s continue to sell well as the lower-tier phones in Apple’s lineup. It believes Apple will see 0-5% growth in iPhone shipments for the first half of 2018 compared to a year ago.

KGI is also bullish on the fall 2018 iPhone lineup ‘when the real super cycle will kick in’. Repeating claims from last year, Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will introduce new 6.5-inch OLED and 6.1-inch LCD iPhones with an iPhone X-esque design.

The 6.1-inch LCD model will apparently be priced significantly lower than the current iPhone X, coming in the $650-750 range. This may justify why iPhone X is being EOL’d – the new lower-price option will be this 6.1-inch phone.

Based on the strength of the fall lineup, KGI believes iPhone shipments will grow up to 10% for the full 2018 calendar year. This beats the growth estimates of the smartphone industry, which swing between -5% to +5% shipments.

Apple reports its fiscal Q1 earnings results on February 1st. Note that Apple’s fiscal calendar is a quarter ahead of the calendar, and KGI uses the normal calendar. This means that KGI’s comments on weaker Q1 iPhone X sales will not be represented in Apple’s next earnings results, but may be shown if Apple’s guidance for fiscal Q2 is below investor expectations.
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3 days ago

Image inside OnePlus Confirms That Up to 40,000 Customers Credit Card Info Stolen.

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| By st21 - 3 days ago

Here’s what you need to know:

A malicious script was apparently injected into one of OnePlus’ servers and was capturing credit data before sending it off to the bad guys. OnePlus says that it has now quarantined the infected server and also eliminated that script.
That script was capturing data between mid-November and January 11, 2018.
If you entered in credit card info on OnePlus’ store during that time, there is a chance that your information was captured. OnePlus says they have reached out (or will soon) to customers they believe to have been affected.
If you paid with an already-saved credit card on the OnePlus store during that time, you “should not be affected.”
If you paid via PayPal and used a credit card, you should be fine.
If you paid via PayPal in general, it sounds like you should be fine.
What’s happening now?

Again, OnePlus is contacting customers it believes were affected. If you bought anything from OnePlus during that time, though, and used a credit card, you should pay close attention to any transactions that come through. Also, if you see anything or have questions, you can contact OnePlus here.

Finally, OnePlus says that they are working with providers and local authorities to “better address the incident.” They are working with payment providers as well to “implement a more secure credit card payment method, as well as conducting an in-depth security audit.”

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4 days ago

Instagram now shows when users were last active

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| By 1OverJordan24 - 4 days ago

Instagram is continuing to build out its messaging section with a new feature that’s already found in popular apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. From the direct messages screen, people you follow or have previously chatted with can now see when you were last using Instagram.

The new “Show Activity Status” option is enabled by default inside of Instagram’s settings. You can choose to toggle it off if you don’t think anyone really needs to be that up-to-date on what you’re doing. But if you disable activity status for yourself, you won’t be able to see that info for anyone else. It’s possible that Instagram is only testing this feature for a certain number of users, but it’s available for several people I’ve asked to check across both Android and iOS.

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4 days ago

Tim Cook says the next iOS update will allow users to disable intentional battery slowdown

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| By NahLij - 4 days ago

Apple CEO Tim Cook today shared that the next update to iOS 11 will allow users to disable battery performance throttling on their device. The move comes after Apple last month admitted it intentionally slows down iPhones as they get older to prevent issues that may arise as the batteries depreciate.

Cook also says the update will more clearly inform users when their iPhone is automatically reducing its performance in an effort to prevent unexpected shutdowns. “If you don’t want it, you can turn it off,” Cook says, though he maintains that this is not recommended — something Apple stands by in its apology letter that addressed consumers after the backlash in December. Apple currently faces multiple class action lawsuits after admitting to intentionally slowing down iPhones.

The next iOS 11 developer beta is expected in early February, which means a public release will follow some time in March.

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As a type this on a still normal performing 6S Plus, I believe that this supposed "decision" they're giving will actually be the switch to make the battery died faster.
That way when the battery dies dumb fast they can say "see, we didn't throttle you so it died even faster" maybe you need this new iPhone"

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4 days ago

Google introduces unlimited data plan to Project Fi

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| By slim_d20 - 4 days ago

While your traditional carrier is kicking you off your old plans and unlimited data, Google is here to save you for just $80 per month.

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By Micah Singleton@MicahSingleton Jan 17, 2018, 12:00pm EST

Google’s Project Fi has tweaked its plans to make the service more attractive to heavy data users. The MVNO has launched a new feature called Bill Protection that will cap your $10 per GB data bill at $60 a month, while still allowing you to use as much data as you want, essentially creating its own version of an unlimited data plan.

Prior to today, Project Fi users were charged $10 per GB no matter how much data they used, which could become quite costly for heavy users. Bill Protection should help alleviate those worries for most users. Google says those who use up to 15GB of data in a month won’t experience any throttling, but if they cross that threshold — Google says less than 1 percent of its users pass that mark — they will “experience slower data” with speeds going down to 256kbps.

If you don’t want to be throttled when you pass 15GB in a month, Google says you can pay the usual $10 per GB to opt out of the slower speeds. It also noted that Bill Protection for Project Fi users on group plans will kick in at different usage levels, depending on the size of your group.

Everything else with Project Fi’s plan will stay the same. If you use less data, you’ll still pay less money, and Bill Protection will work on data-only plans and when you’re traveling internationally as well. Project Fi says the update will start rolling out to individual and group plans today, and current users will see the changes on their next billing cycle.

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5 days ago

Microsoft is shutting down its free upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 on Jan. 16

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| By 1OverJordan24 - 5 days ago

If you’re still running Windows 8.1, be advised that Microsoft shut down mainstream support a week ago. But there’s still a last-ditch upgrade path to Windows 10: Microsoft’s assistive technology loophole, which closes January 16.

Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 8.1 on January 9, five years after the operating system’s debut. Essentially, it’s dead, and for the average consumer, Windows 8.1 will remain forever unchanged, with no new features or bug fixes. Instead, Microsoft has migrated the OS to “extended support,” which will provide security updates for another five years, until 2023.

In Microsoft’s world view, consumers should have already migrated to Windows 10, a modern OS with big fixes, patches, and period updates. And while the company gave users a one-year window to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, NetMarketshare shows about 7 percent of users have refused to upgrade, or simply forgot to do it by the July, 2016 deadline.

Well, know this today: You have one last opportunity to upgrade (unless Microsoft once again extends the deadline).

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6 days ago

Video inside Which Smartphone Do They ACTUALLY Use? --- MKBHD, Austin Evans, Linus + More

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6 days ago

Article inside 2019 iPhones Could Have Smaller Notch as Apple 'Looking Into' Combining Face ID and Front

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| By misterethoughts - 6 days ago

A new report from South Korea's ETNews insinuates that iPhones may have a smaller notch in 2019 or beyond.

The report, citing industry sources, claims Apple is "looking into" combining the front-facing camera and Face ID on next year's iPhones, a move that could certainly reduce the size of the TrueDepth sensor housing.

According to industries, it is heard that Apple is planning to strengthen face sensing function starting from 2019 models. That is why it is planning to increase number of parts that will be used for iPhones and is looking into combination of a face recognition module with a camera module.

The confusing bit is that the report mentions a singular face recognition module, whereas Face ID is powered by an infrared camera, dot projector, and flood illuminator. The report doesn't specify how Apple would manage to combine these components, so like many very-early-on rumors, this one isn't entirely clear yet.

The notch is easily the most controversial attribute of the iPhone X's design. While many early adopters don't mind the small cutout at the top of the display, others have heavily criticized it, including The Outline's Joshua Topolsky.

The "notch" on the new iPhone X is not just strange, interesting, or even odd — it is bad. It is bad design, and as a result, bad for the user experience. The justification for the notch (the new Face ID tech, which lets you unlock the device just by looking at it) could have easily been accomplished with no visual break in the display. Yet here is this awkward blind spot cradled by two blobs of actual screen space.

Unfortunately for those critics, it doesn't look like the smaller notch will arrive in 2018, as new iPhones and iPads set to launch later this year are expected to have the same TrueDepth sensor housing as the iPhone X.

Back in November, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Face ID will be featured on a second-generation 5.8-inch iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, and a new mid-range 6.1-inch iPhone. Apple will also release at least one iPad Pro model with Face ID this year, according to Bloomberg News.

LG Innotek will reportedly supply all or the majority of 3D sensing modules for the next-generation iPhone and iPad models, based on an $821 million investment, which may have been funded at least partially by Apple.

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6 days ago

Verizon To Start Internet Streaming Service

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| By marx1684 - 6 days ago

Internet-based live TV streaming services have exploded over the past three years, and one of the latest companies to get in on this action is Verizon Wireless. There's still a lot that's unknown about Verizon's offering, but according to a report from TechCrunch, we at least have a general idea of how things will work.

Verizon will reportedly bundle multiple channels together and offer them as standalone themed apps. For example, there may be separate apps for sports, news, comedy, etc. Content will come from properties that Verizon owns through Oath (such as The Huffington Post, Engadget and TechCrunch) in addition to premium content that's offered by third parties. Pricing details are still unknown, but it sounds like there may be options for both ad-supported and paid content.

Compared to what we've seen in this market so far, Verizon's service sounds quite different. Whether you're using AT&T's DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Sling TV, or even smaller services like Philo, the setup is very similar to cable and satellite companies in the sense that you use one app for watching all of your content in one place – whether it be through a guide of live programming or on-demand shows.

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6 days ago

Image inside Blass: Galaxy S9 will be announced on Feb 26th, Pre-orders March 1st

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7 days ago

Article inside batteries powering the Galaxy S9/S9+ might not be bigger, but should perform better

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| By Tiko377 - 7 days ago

We've already shown you what allegedly is the retail box for the Samsung Galaxy S9, and that certainly gave away plenty of information that Samsung would have preferred to release itself at a later time. One tidbit that wasn't included on the box was the capacity of the battery that will power Sammy's 2019 flagship phone. But Brazil's telecom regulator ANATEL divulged some information that seemingly applies to the cells that will power both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.

Certificates issued by ANATEL show the agency giving thumbs up to a pair of new batteries that will be used by Samsung. While the certificates do not show any particular model numbers that we can tie into Samsung's 2018 Galaxy S handsets, it would make sense that newly certified 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteries would be earmarked for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, respectively. After all, these are the exact same capacities found on the cells powering the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

Even though Samsung doesn't apparently plan on raising the capacity of the battery in each phone, they have been changed in some way or else ANATEL would not have felt the need to certify them. Additionally, the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform under the hood of both devices (in the U.S.) is designed to help phones achieve all day battery life. And with Quick Charge 4+, a cell can be 50% filled with energy in just 15 short minutes. In other markets, Samsung's own Exynos 9810 SoC will be powering the handsets, and is expected to bring as much as a 15% savings in energy consumption over last year's chipset.

Therefore, even if Samsung keeps the capacity of the two batteries inside the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ the same as last year's models, there should be improvement to the battery life achieved by both phones. Those who want a longer lasting power source might want to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S9 Active. This year's rugged variant of the Galaxy S8 happens to carry a 4000mAh battery.

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LG G7 development may have started from scratch, by order of new Vice President

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"We will unveil new smartphones when it is needed. But we will not launch it just because other rivals do," said LG Electronics Vice Chairman Cho Sung-jin. After, an anonymous official from the company told The Korea Herald that Cho ordered the LG G7 development team to start over from scratch.

This will likely push back the unveiling from March to April. A new time frame will be selected later, perhaps around the Lunar New Year (February 16).

The company has been struggling to find a strong selling point for the current LG G7 prototypes, according to in-house speculation from LG (as reported by one executive). There are growing concerns that this delay will also affect the next V-series device, which normally launches in the Fall.

LG Electronics is working on new marketing strategies, says a public relations official commenting on Cho’s CES announcement. The Vice Chairman hinted that the company will retain existing models and unveil more variants of the G and V series. So, the upcoming flagship may be called LG G7 after all, but its specifications and marketing approach are under review by the company’s new leadership.

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