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13th September 2017

Mini John Cooper Works GP is a bonafide racecar video – Roadshow

Its just a concept because really, did you expect Mini to sell a car with a factory rollcage? – Source

Sony H4233 with 6-inch display and Android Oreo spotted on GFXBench

A new Sony smartphone has been spotted in a benchmark database. Listed as Sony H4233 on GFXBench, the device is powered by a Snapdragon SoC with octa-core, 2.2GHz processor, and sports a 6-inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.

Sony has a new 6inch monster coming: Sony H4233 showing up on Gfxbench with FHD screen, SD630, 4/64GB, 21/16MP cams:— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) September 12, 2017

RAM is 4GB, while internal memory should be 64GB. The handset features a 21MP rear camera and a 15MP front shooter. It runs the latest Android OS – Oreo, version…

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Some iPad Pros now cost $50 more due to flash storage shortage

Apple had a lot to say during its iPhone 8 event, but it left out one important detail if you’re in the market for an iPad Pro. The tech titan has quietly raised some iPad Pros’ prices by $50, and according to 9to5mac, it’s all because of the rising… – Source

Ouch: The iPhone X is outrageously expensive in Europe

The iPhone X is expensive in the U.S., but that’s nothing compared to prices in some other markets.

Case in point: The United Kingdom. There, the 64GB iPhone X costs £999 while the 256GB variant costs £1,149. That’s an absolutely insane price difference: 999 British pounds is about 1,330 U.S. dollars, and 1,149 pounds is 1,529 dollars.

This means that the 64GB iPhone X costs $331 more in the UK, and the 256GB iPhone X costs a whopping $380 more in the UK.

That’s right: You can buy a decent flagship phone, like this Xiaomi Mi 6, just for the price difference in these two countries.


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Everyone is making the same ‘Game of Thrones’ joke about the iPhone X

Unless you’ve been living completely internet-free for the past 24 hours, chances are you’ll have heard about the iPhone X’s facial recognition.

SEE ALSO: Apple unveils iPhone X, and you’ll never look at phones the same again

As soon as that slightly creepy FaceID screen popped up at the Apple event, though, people only had one thing on their minds…

“And now, to tell us more about the iPhone X and FaceID, Arya Stark…”

— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) September 12, 2017

Yep: looks like Apple took some inspiration from everyone’s favourite fictional face-swapping assassin. …

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Policeman stops traffic to rescue a tiny kitten trying to cross the road

This is truly worth stopping traffic for.

A traffic police officer in the Chinese city of Putian ran into the middle of a busy street to rescue a kitten, and the footage is going viral.

SEE ALSO: Athletic, adorable kitten crashes baseball game

The video shows several motorbikes stopping at a crossing while a small white kitten slowly walks in front of them.

The officer, who has been named as Yuhe Tan, then notices and rushes over, scooping the little animal up in one arm, before quickly leaving the scene.

Tan later told news outlet the…

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HTC’s first Android One phone will be a rebranded HTC U11 Life

Android One is back. The program seemed destined for the dustbin, but the release of the exciting new Mi A1 – and rumors of a new Motorola Android One coming to the United States – suggest there’s still hope.

Mi A1 first impressions: How’s stock Android on Xiaomi hardware?

And Xiaomi and Motorola are not the only big names joining the Android One club. According to two well-known leakers, HTC might be readying an Android One device of its own.

LlabTooFeR, a custom ROM developer that occasionally leaks HTC news, revealed that the HTC “Ocean Life” will have an Android One version. The device will run stock Android with a handful of HTC customizations, including Edge Sense, Zoe and the HTC Camera app.

HTC Ocean_Life will be released under Android One program. It will lose most of the HTC apps and run stock Android O with Sense 9.0_A1.

— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) September 13, 2017

Evan Blass chimed in to confirm the information and shared a picture (ab0ve) of the Ocean Life running HTC’s Sense interface.

As we revealed exclusively in August, Ocean Life is the codename of HTC U11 Life. The phone will launch in the United States with T-Mobile, featuring a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 16MP cameras on the front and rear, Snapdragon 630, water resistance, and HTC’s Edge Sense squeeze gestures.

It looks like HTC’s first Android One phone will be a rebranded U11 Life, similar to the way Xiaomi rebranded the Mi 5X to create the Mi A1. Motorola is expected to take the same route, by rebranding the Moto X4.

HTC and Motorola have been rumored to release Android One devices in the past. And, according to a report from January, LG is another Google partner that has shown interest in developing an Android One device.

Xiaomi Mi 5X owners: you can (unofficially) turn your phone into an Android One device

We don’t know for now if HTC will release its U 11 Life-based Android One in the United States, but we wouldn’t be surprised if that happened. Given that T-Mobile will carry the Sense U11 Life, at least some of the technical legwork for the Android One version will be done anyway.

Another unknown is the price, but the HTC Android One could be priced competitively with the similarly-speced Moto X4 Android One, which will be around $400.

For its part, Google will probably use its mighty marketing budget to promote this new crop of Android One phones in the US. The focus will be on security, simplicity, and fast updates – exactly what the budget and mid-range segments need the most right now.

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The iPhone X reveals why Tim Cook was so mad about Palm

At the unveiling of Apple’s new flagship smartphone yesterday, the iPhone X, CEO Tim Cook said it was something the company’s staff had been working on for a decade. The new interface looks fluid and intuitive. But it also — if you’ve been smartphone watching for long enough — engenders a distinct feeling of déjà vu… Read More

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Singapore gets its first female president ever and she even has her own emoji

Singapore now has its first female president ever.

63-year-old Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was declared the country’s latest president on Wednesday.

SEE ALSO: Asia’s newest mobile wallet may actually get the region to go cashless, finally

She was the only candidate to qualify for the presidency, a largely ceremonial role, which was this year reserved for candidates from the Malay community.

In celebration of her win, Twitter launched a special emoji for her — the first for a female head of state anywhere in the world.

Not gonna lie, it’s pretty adorable.

Image: twitter/supplied …

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Rebel Wilson speaks out after winning $3.6 million defamation lawsuit

Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson has won her long legal battle, netting her a multi-million dollar settlement in the process.

Wilson sued Australian magazine publisher Bauer Media for a series of defamatory articles published about the actress in 2015, which branded her a “serial liar” and “fabricated almost every aspect of her life,” according to the Supreme Court of Victoria’s judgment on Wednesday.

SEE ALSO: Steve Bannon responds to being portrayed as The Grim Reaper on ‘Saturday Night Live’

The case ruled in Wilson’s favour, netting the actress a settlement of A$4.5 million (US$3.6 million) — reportedly an Australian record. She argued the articles had cost her acting roles. …

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8+

In a parallel universe where all our comparisons fit in a tweet, this one would probably say “Just get the Galaxy Note 8”, followed by a bunch of hashtags and emoji. But in the current, we take a much more in-depth approach to our 1v1 articles, even when one of the phones is clearly superior to the other, as is the case here.

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8+ are big and powerful, attractive in appearance, and loaded with more software goodies than you’ll ever have the need for. But only the Note 8 has a dual camera — one enabling bokeh effects … – Source

Jimmy Kimmel mercilessly ribs Ted Cruz’s Twitter porn gaffe

Jimmy Kimmel is the latest to weigh in on the internet’s moment of the week. In case you haven’t heard yet, Ted Cruz’s official Twitter account ‘liked’ a porn video from a Twitter handle @SexuallPosts.

SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel interviews the Irish family that hilariously tried to catch a bat in their kitchen

In the clip above, Kimmel runs through the possibilities: was it Cruz or was it really a ridiculously negligent member of his staff? We may never know, but it’s pretty funny either way. Kimmel then takes a few political shots before ending on a spoof advert for Cruz’s “family values”.

Oh, Ted. …

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India’s Zomato completes long-rumored acquisition of logistics startup Runnr

Zomato, the global restaurant guide and food on-demand service, has made an acquisition to shore up its delivery business on home turf after it completed a deal for Runnr. The acquisition has been rumored since May and is much-anticipated, as Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal himself acknowledged in an announcement. The all-stock deal was previously pegged at $40 million by Indian media, but… Read More

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Motorola confirms October launch for Moto X4 in UK

Motorola has provided some information for the launch of the Moto X4 smartphone. The company’s UK subsidiary has confirmed in a tweet that the device will hit the shelves early next month.

Introducing the new #Motox4, available exclusively at @CPWTweets this October #hellomoto— Motorola UK (@motorolaUK) September 12, 2017

The @motorolaUK Moto X4 will be available early October exclusively to Carphone Warehouse. Here’s our first look.— Carphone Warehouse (@CPWTweets) September 12, 2017

An exact date, however, wasn’t revealed….

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The director of Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab has departed

Adam Coates, director of Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab, has left the company. A source confirmed the exit and Coates has updated his LinkedIn reflecting the change. Coates joined the Chinese search giant back in May of 2014 to lead a California-based team of 50 machine learning developers. Baidu has built up an established proficiency in natural language processing. While at Baidu,… Read More

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‘Black Mirror’ predicted this iPhone X feature and it’s really creepy

We already know that Charlie Brooker’s dystopian series Black Mirror is the perfect, nightmarish commentary for our tech-filled times.

SEE ALSO: Even Apple admits Face ID can’t fully secure your sensitive data

But rarely has it been so well manifested than during Apple’s announcement of “animojis” — that is, dynamic 3D emojis that mimic your face.

When you smile, frown, or sneer at the iPhone X, the device’s facial recognition technology can scan your face and morph it into animated avatars — like the fox, the alien, and this big stinking pile of poo:

Image: Apple

Now, if you paid attention to Black Mirror’s episode “The Waldo Moment” from the second season finale, you might recall that it revolves around a blue, foul-mouthed bear cartoon character, Waldo, who comically interviews politicians before spiraling out of control. …

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How to take a screenshot on Apple’s iPhone X

The home button is gone on the Apple iPhone X, so how do you take a screenshot?
It used to be that you press the home key and the power key on the side to take a screenshot, but with no home key, the shortcut has now changed.
To take a screenshot on the Apple iPhone X you need to simply press down the power button on the side and the volume up key simultaneously. Hold them for a second, and you will hear the familiar sound and momentary blink as you take a screenshot.
Press and hold the side button … – Source

The Morning After: Wednesday, September 13th 2017

Hey, good morning! Today you wake up to three new iPhones to choose from — just don’t mention the iPhone 9. We’ve crammed yesterday’s lengthy showcase into 13 minutes of evocative language and imagery, spec-sheet chest beating and, erm, retail annou… – Source

Sony Xperia XZ1’s scanner comes with a 3D printing service

When Sony introduced the Xperia XZ1 at IFA, the Japanese tech giant said it was seeking partnerships with 3D printing services to go with its pre-loaded 3D scanning app. Now, Sony and Sculpteo have revealed that they’ve teamed up to give people the p… – Source

These are the iPhones and iPads that will be updated to iOS 11 on release date

Apple unveiled the September 19th release date for iOS 11 yesterday, and, as you can imagine, while the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X will ship with it out of the box, the rest of the iPhone and iPad gang will have to get it over the ether. As usual, there are some winners and losers, meaning that really old iPhones and Apple tablets won’t get any of the iOS 11 goods, as you can see in Apple’s helpful list above.
Anything iPhone 5 and below, or the OG iPad mini, won’t be updated to any of the new features, but if you are rocking these dinosaurs, it’s … – Source

Ted Cruz Twitter porn gaffe inspires inevitable Photoshop battle

It was only a matter of time, wasn’t it?

On Tuesday, Ted Cruz made headlines when his official Twitter account “liked” a porn video.

SEE ALSO: This is your friendly reminder that Ted Cruz has a porn lookalike. Proceed at your own risk.

Within hours, the internet was awash with jokesJimmy Kimmel did a set about it on his show. And now — somewhat inevitably — there’s been a Photoshop battle on Reddit featuring the following image:

Ripe for the Photoshopping.

Image: Susan Walsh/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Needless to say, the battle quickly developed a (mildly NSFW) theme:

Image: susan walsh/ap/rex/shutterstock/…

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[Update: It’s working now] Setting reminders from Chrome is broken

Update 1: 2017/09/13 3:31am PDT

The option to set reminders from Chrome is back to working order. If you’re used to issuing reminders by searching for “remind me to…” on Chrome, you can now resume

There are myriad ways to set reminders tied to your Google account, although Google Home is notably not one of them. But I digress; it looks like Chrome has joined Home in not supporting reminders. Until recently, you could set reminders just by typing them into the desktop Chrome search box.

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[Update: It’s working now] Setting reminders from Chrome is broken was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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HTC to launch an Android One version of U11 Life (aka Ocean Life)

After rumors revealed Motorola’s plans to introduce an Android One smartphone in the United States in the form of a slightly modified X4, we’re now being tipped about another major company that has similar plans.

HTC is expected to launch an Android One version of its unreleased HTC U11 Life, also known as Ocean Life. The smartphones will feature similar designs and specs, but the Android One model will come with Android stock on board.

None of the HTC apps will be included on the Android One variant of HTC U11 Life. Moreover, the smartphone will run Android Oreo with Sense 9.0_A1 … – Source

Jimmy Fallon just totally crushed J-Law in an axe throwing contest on live TV

No, they’re not practising for the Hunger Games. Not yet anyway.

SEE ALSO: Jimmy Fallon announces $1 million ‘Tonight Show’ donation to J.J. Watt’s Harvey relief fund

In the clip above, Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Lawrence compete in an axe throwing competition in front of an audience.

Surprisingly, Fallon turns out to be pretty good with an axe. Lawrence is a bit more off the mark — although, to be fair, archery is more her thing.

Could Fallon be some kind of modern-day gladiator? Will Lawrence ever sharpen up her axe-throwing skills?

Stay tuned… …

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The TrueDepth camera of the iPhone X works like the Xbox Kinect

Apple’s new TrueDepth camera for the iPhone X sure is impressive but it also sounds familiar. It works by using a projector to cast 30,000 dots on your face, which it then reads with an infrared camera. This sounds much like how the Microsoft Kinect works.

The dots used in structured light 3D vision

The Kinect uses several approaches to get a good 3D image. One is called structured light – the projection of a known pattern of dots and using machine learning to reconstruct a 3D scene. This is done with a dot projector and an IR camera, same as on the iPhone X.

But a regular color…

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Apple hikes iPad Pro prices by $50 following announcement event

After unveiling a deluge of new products last night, Apple has decided to quietly increase the prices of some of its iPad Pro models. If you journey to the Apple Store, you’ll see that all 256GB/512GB variants of the 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models are now $50 more expensive.
Users will now have to dish out $799 and $999 for the 256GB and 512GB 10.5-inch Wi-Fi versions, respectively. When these products hit the shelves back in June, their price tags stood at $749 and $949. Meanwhile, the 256GB and 512GB variants of the larger 12.9-inch … – Source

North Korea’s hackers are reportedly targeting bitcoin exchanges

North Korea’s hackers have been linked with many attacks, including the 2014 Sony hack, but it looks like the totalitarian state is now targeting bitcoin, and crypto coin exchanges in particular, with its hacking teams.
That’s according to a new report from cybersecurity firm FireEye, which claims to have tracked at least five attacks on bitcoin exchanges, or individual bitcoin… Read More

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Destiny 2 review: Guardians rise up—and so does Bungie—to fix the first game

Enlarge / I go into greater detail about Dominus Ghaul in the pre-review. Here, I explain more about why you should care about his world. (credit: Bungie)

My feature-length look at Destiny 2’s first 15 hours can be summed up as follows: the Destiny series has returned with better story, superior zones to shoot bad guys in, and a more pronounced sense of purpose. It has also returned looking a helluva lot like the series’ first always-online, first-person shooting game.

Those initial sessions left me optimistic about the state of the sequel, which is why I chose to cover it in “pre-review” form at all (let alone in a positive manner). Still, I wanted to tell a more complete story of how much content ships in this game—and whether Destiny 2’s network requirements might get in the way.

One week of questing, shooting, and engram-collecting later, I have a verdict. I do this knowing fully well that Destiny 2 has content-related surprises up its robo-armored sleeves, thanks to weekly events and the like. But I have mostly reached the edges of the game’s on-disc content, and can see the full picture of what Bungie expects its fans to play for weeks and months on end.

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Latest Vudu update adds multiple features, including a watch list, swag shop, and video zooming

Movie and TV streaming app Vudu has become a popular option on Android in recent years. Its last big update added a nifty service that allows you to digitize your old discs for a small fee, and adding parental controls was another important recent improvement. The latest update, to version, adds more useful features that you might expect from a streaming app of its kind.

Most useful of the new additions is probably the watch list that will help you track your progress through certain series and jump back in more easily.

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Coffee vs. climate change: The news is not good

Enlarge / The fruit that produces wake-up juice. (credit: CIDSE)

This is serious: climate change could put your caffeine supply at risk. Coffee is notorious for being picky about its climate conditions, with the most popular varieties only growing at specific altitudes in the tropics. That alone makes coffee susceptible to climate change, but the plants are also fussy about their pollinators, which will also be affected by the changing climate.

A new analysis suggests that climate change on its own could cause coffee producing areas in the Americas to drop production by roughly 80 percent. But the remaining productivity might drop even further unless we ensure the crops have access to pollinators.

Coffee and climate

Only two varieties of coffee are cultivated. One is called “robusta;” as its name implies, it’s more tolerant of heat and holds up better to insect pests, so it can be grown across a lot of the tropics. Unfortunately, robusta is uniformly acknowledged to not taste that great. Complicating matters further, its caffeine content is high enough to set off heart palpitations at nearly double the levels found in the other major coffee variety.

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