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14th September 2017

7 things you need to know before you buy a new iPhone – CNET

The key differences between the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus that’ll help you decide which one is right for you. – Source

iPhone X’s Face ID challenge: Getting you to trust it – CNET

Apple has a mountain to climb to get people to use Face ID. Here’s how the company will do it. – Source

iPhone 8, X’s wireless charging is a game changer for Android – CNET

When it comes to Apple, plenty of Android phone makers are monkey see, monkey do. – Source

The Galaxy Note 8 also has 4K at 60 FPS video recording coming… soon

The camera is one of the most important modules in modern smartphones. It’s a huge part of why consumers are willing to spill a huge chunk of cash for a flagship, after all — the combination of media-streaming, top-end hardware, and a great camera to capture your memorabilia with just 1 device is always a nice excuse to drop $800 on a handset.
So, naturally, phone manufacturers work to improve smartphone cameras each and every year. And this year, Apple was the first to announce that its new iPhones would be able to record 4K UHD video at 60 frames per second. Now, … – Source

Video: Pixel teaser hints at key selling points like camera, storage and battery

The new Pixels… They’re coming, folks!

Google just officially confirmed that the new Pixels will be launched on October 4. We suspected it (that massive billboard that Google put up definitely helped), but now we have official word in the form of the video teaser above and a sign-up page that tells us to stay tuned for more on October 4.

Incidentally or not, October 4 will be the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google’s first smartphones developed under its own brand.

Neither the video or the sign-up page mention Pixel by name, but the source code of the website includes a reference to “pixel-teaser”

The tag line of the teaser campaign for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is “Funny you should ask…” Like last year, Google is using the familiar image of its search box to transfer some of its brand cachet to its smartphones.

The video shows a series of questions that are typed in the search box, starting with “What’s wrong with my phone’s battery?” and followed by “Why is my phone always out of storage?” and “Why does my phone take so many blurry photos?”

These appear to be strong hints at some of the selling phones of the Pixel and Pixel 2 XL – battery, camera, and storage space. We’re particularly excited about the first – battery life is the one weakness of modern smartphones, and we’d love to see Google using its best-in-class engineering resources to alleviate the problem.

Read more about the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in our rumor roundup and tell us what you hope to see!

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It’s happening: One of the largest Bitcoin exchanges in China is shutting down

BTCChina, one of the leading Bitcoin exchanges in China, is permanently shutting down, the company announced on Twitter.

The news come after a few weeks of rumors that China will ban all cryptocurrency exchanges in the country. The rumors were never officially confirmed, and major exchanges in the country—including BTCChina—initially said they hadn’t received any official directives from the authorities.

SEE ALSO: Alleged Equifax hackers demand $2.6 million Bitcoin ransom — or else…

It’s not clear what has changed in the meantime, but BTCChina has now announced it will stop all trading on September 30. The company said some of its products, such as the BTCC mining pool, will remain operational. …

More about Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin Exchange, Btcc, and Btcchina

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The incredible architectural secrets of Steve Jobs Theater

More about Apple, Steve Jobs, Iphone X, Apple Park, and Steve Jobs Theater – Source

MoviePass is struggling to keep up with all its new members

Despite the sluggish summer box office, it seems plenty of people are still interested in going to the movies. As long as it comes cheap, that is. Last month, MoviePass launched a $9.95 no contract, unlimited subscription that allows customers access… – Source

A vision for the future: Essential insights from British influencers at dmexco

Innovation is in the air in Cologne, Germany this week. September is getting off to a remarkably innovative start — dmexco is in town. A conference dedicated to “Lightening the age of Transformation”, dmexco sees innovative businesses, future thinkers, and those who are crafting the future, come from far and wide to further the conversation about our future world.

Across September 13th and 14th, we were front and center for talks from some of the most influential voices around the globe. We witnessed first-hand how businesses will — and must — transform their every operation on the fly as marketing and AdTech etiquette evolves, if they hope to meet the demands of the customer of tomorrow. …

More about Supported, Innovation, Influencers, Adtech, and Martech

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Awesome wallpapers that are a perfect fit for the iPhone X and its OLED display

The iPhone X is official, and it marks the most radical redesign the iPhone has seen since its original release 10 years ago. With its pixel-dense display with a resolution of 1125 x 2436 and almost bezel-less design, the iPhone X begs for some special decorations (not to mention that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, which in and of itself is a special occasion).
Oh yeah, and this time around, Apple has gone for an OLED panel, which means that all the cool dark wallpapers we’ve prepared will look extra-sweet on the … – Source

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 rumor review: Design, specs, features, price, and all we know thus far

Despite the availability issues, it’s pretty safe to consider the Google Pixel and Pixel XL as two of the better top-end phones launched last year. Their most profound feature was the camera, which really set a high bar for all other flagships to jump over.
Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that after the good start, Google will be willing to use the gained momentum and one-up itself and the competition in 2017 with the second generation of Pixel devices. Right now, we are not exactly sure if we will get treated to 2 or 3 new handsets as we’re hearing … – Source

Behold, Elon Musk’s spectacular SpaceX blooper reel

When you’ve piled up as many successes as Elon Musk has, you can afford to take a little time to laugh at yourself and the failures that led to all the good stuff.

Such is the case with SpaceX, as Musk has made good on his promise to drop a “blooper reel” of SpaceX failures and, hoo boy, it does not disappoint. Officially titled “How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster,” the two-minute clip is full of explosions and crashes and just utter, spectacular failure.

SEE ALSO: Elon Musk shows off another look at the new SpaceX spacesuit

Making sure we all know that, “YES I CAN LAUGH AT MYSELF,” Musk uses the same tune that Monty Python used for their television theme song (John Philip Sousa’s “Liberty Bell”) as the soundtrack. …

More about Videos, Space, Science, Elon Musk, and Rockets – Source

Elon Musk says the Tesla truck is coming on Oct. 26, and it will be ‘unreal’

Tesla hasn’t forgotten about its electric semi-truck. Originally slated for a September launch, Tesla CEO Elon Musk just announced that the truck will finally be revealed on Oct. 26 in Hawthorne.

On Twitter, Musk called the truck “unreal” and a “beast,” that’s worth seeing in person.

Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride tentatively scheduled for Oct 26th in Hawthorne. Worth seeing this beast in person. It’s unreal.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 13, 2017

SEE ALSO: Elon Musk’s ‘Dota 2’ experiment is disrupting esports in a big way

Musk didn’t reveal any new info about the truck, but we know a few tidbits from his previous tweets and from media reports. …

More about Tesla, Truck, Semi Truck, Autonomous Truck, and Electric Truck

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Snapchat’s new feature takes Bitmoji to the next level

Snapchat’s latest Bitmoji update is about much more than dancing animations.

Snapchat is updating its Bitmoji-enabled “World Lenses,” the feature that lets you overlay your Bitmoji characters onto your surroundings, to make the animations look more realistic.

SEE ALSO: Snapchat’s newest feature is a game changer for concerts

Bitmoji, Snapchat users’ emoji-like alter-egos, have appeared in Snapchat’s “World Lenses” since the feature launched last year, but this is the first time to the company has made the feature available in 3D.

Now, when you play with one of the Bitmoji lenses in Snapchat, you can move the animation around on the screen, make it bigger or smaller, and interact with it by walking around and moving the position of your camera. …

More about Tech, Snapchat, Apps And Software, Snapchat Lenses, and Tech – Source

Dell’s $350 Windows Mixed Reality ‘Visor’ is now up for pre-order

Dell is finally ready to show you Microsoft’s mixed reality vision. The electronics maker has started taking pre-orders for its $350 Windows Mixed Reality headset called Visor, which it showcased at IFA this year. Visor is one of the fruits of Redmon… – Source

‘Adventure Time’ role-playing battles come to your smartphone

There are more than a few Adventure Time mobile games out there, but deep games? Not as many. However, YouGnome and Cartoon Network want to improve this state of affairs. They’ve just launched Champions and Challengers, a tactical game for Android… – Source

Apple iPhone X display: how big is it, really?

The Apple iPhone X has a 5.8″ screen… except it doesn’t. You can see on the official site that the 5.8″ measurement is for a rectangular screen while the X has rounded corners. But that’s a minor quibble, the bigger issue is that there’s a cutout at the top of the screen, which limits the usable area.

The aspect ratio of the new Super Retina Display is 19.5:9, wider than even Samsung’s 18.5:9 (LG and Xiaomi use 18:9). But again, the cutout means you get a small screen that you can practically use.

In fact, ignoring the top portion leaves a screen that’s just about 18.5:9 in aspect…

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How to use YouTube TV to get the most out of sports

Watching the sports you crave is easy with YouTube TV!

YouTube TV not only lets you watch you favorite sitcoms and dramas, but it also gets you access to the biggest sports events on television. With so many channels, programs, and teams, it can be difficult to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve got the details on how to find every game you want to watch!

Search for a team
Watch live sports
Add a sports program to your schedule
How to add a sports team to your schedule
View scores from recent games

Search for a team

Finding out if YouTube TV has programming with your team is easy, all you need to do is a quick search for the Team name. Since a decent amount of the sports programming on YouTube TV is region specific this will let you see what programming featuring your team is available.

Open the YouTube TV app.
Tap the search icon.

Type out the name of your team to search for it.

Watch live sports

While recording the game to watch it all later is awesome, the best part of sports is watching the game live. You can do that with YouTube sports, it just requires finding the event is the right tab.

Open the YouTube TV app.
Scroll down to the Sports tab.

Tap to watch live sports events.

Add a sports program to your Library

Open YouTube app.
Tap the search icon.

Type to search for the name of the program you want to add.

Tap the program that you want to add to your Library.

Tap the plus icon to add it to your Library.

How to add a sports team to your Library

Open the YouTube TV app.
Tap the search icon.

Search for the team you want to add.

Tap to select your team.

Tap the plus icon to add all upcoming games to your library.

View scores from recent games

Open the YouTube TV app.
Tap the search icon.

Search for the team whose scores you want to view.

Tap to select your team.

Tap See all completed games, to view all recent scores.


Do you still have questions about watching sports on YouTube TV? Is there something important that we missed? Let us know about it in the comments below!

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Malicious apps with >1 million downloads slip past Google defenses twice

Enlarge / One of the fee-based services ExpensiveWallpaper apps subscribed users to.

Researchers recently found at least 50 apps in the official Google Play market that made charges for fee-based services without the knowledge or permission of users. The apps were downloaded as many as 4.2 million times. Google quickly removed the apps after the researchers reported them, but within days, apps from the same malicious family were back and infected more than 5,000 devices.

The apps, all from a family of malware that security firm Check Point calls ExpensiveWall, surreptitiously uploaded phone numbers, locations, and unique hardware identifiers to attacker-controlled servers. The apps then used the phone numbers to sign up unwitting users to premium services and to send fraudulent premium text messages, a move that caused users to be billed. Check Point researchers didn’t know how much revenue was generated by the apps. Google Play showed the apps had from 1 million to 4.2 million downloads.

Packing heat

ExpensiveWall—named after one of the individual apps called LovelyWall—used a common obfuscation technique known as packing. By compressing or encrypting the executable file before it’s uploaded to Play, attackers can hide its maliciousness from Google’s malware scanners. A key included in the package then reassembled the executable once the file was safely on the targeted device. Although packing is more than a decade old, Google’s failure to catch the apps, even after the first batch was removed, underscores how effective the technique remains.

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Tech Tip: Spotting the Phish in a Sea of Email

Scammers constantly change their tactics to try to fool you into clicking into their clutches, so be aware of hidden links in spam. – Source

Snapchat brings Bitmoji to the real world with World Lenses

Snapchat’s World Lens feature applies filters intelligently to the world around you using augmented reality and your smartphone’s camera, and now you the app is adding support for Bitmoji to the feature. This means you can take those animated avatars of yourself and drop them into your surroundings. It’s a smart use of both Bitmoji and World Lens tech – you can do… Read More

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HouseCanary raises $31 million to value residential real estate

What if you could accurately predict the resale value of a home before buying it? A startup called HouseCanary claims that its data can help you with that. Touting a system that can forecast a sale price within 2.5%, co-founder and CEO Jeremy Sicklick told TechCrunch that Eric Schmidt, Kobe Bryant and other well-known names are betting on his startup because they believe it will make… Read More

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Facebook centralizes its crisis response tools in a new hub called Crisis Response

Facebook today is announcing a new feature called Crisis Response, designed to make it easier for people to find out more about recent crises and access various to tools to support recovery, including Safety Check, Community Help and Fundraisers. This trio of tools had previously existed – the difference is that all the resources will now be located in a single place. The social network… Read More

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RealtyShares raises $28 million for commercial real estate investing

Commercial real estate can be a lucrative investment, but it can be hard to come up with the money to buy a stake in the first place.
That’s the idea behind RealtyShares, a platform which pools together debt and equity investments for apartments, office buildings and retail centers.
Now the San Francisco-based startup has gained enough traction to find another big investment for itself. Read More

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iPhone’s quick charging, Samsung’s foldable phone video – CNET

The biggest stories in tech include info on the new iPhone’s quick charging abilities, Facebook’s banning of monetizing off seedy content and new rumors of Samsung’s long-teased foldable smartphone. – Source

Official: Google to announce Pixel 2 on Oct. 4

The Pixel 2 phones will be announced on October 4. Stay tuned!

Google hasn’t yet sent out invitations to its next event, but it is beginning to tease it. After sightings of a billboard in Boston suggested that we “ask more of our phone,” Google has thrown up a homepage for the entire world with the same notion — the Pixel 2s are coming.

Dubbed Ask More, the page is quite simple and requests users share their email address to sign up for notifications about the upcoming event, which is officially slated for October 4. No word on where it will be — last year’s Pixel launch was in San Francisco — but we’re hoping it’s somewhere warm.

There’s also a short teaser video showing people searching for common fixes to widespread phone problems. Smart, Google.

The news comes just hours after the company’s larger Pixel XL 2 passed through the FCC, confirming that it will be built by LG, while we understand that the smaller Pixel will be built by HTC.

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UK publishes first draft of new, stricter data protection laws

The UK’s Data Protection Act 1998 is staring retirement in the face, as the government has now published the first draft of the new Data Protection Bill designed to replace it. We actually know quite a bit about the bill already. It was first mention… – Source

We review CNET’s original iPhone review – CNET

We dusted off CNET’s original iPhone review and took notes. It’s crazy and crazy fun to see what we got right, what we missed, and how much phones have changed since the first, groundbreaking iPhone. – Source

Nintendo Switch lands Doom and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus


Bethesda, one of the first third-party publishers to pledge support for Nintendo’s fledgling hybrid console with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has committed two new games to the Nintendo Switch via a Nintendo Direct: the lighting-fast shooter Doom, and the upcoming Nazi-blasting fun-fest that is Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Doom launches “this winter,” while The New Colossus launches at some point in 2018, a good deal later than the game’s October 27 launch on other platforms.

That Bethesda is committing to the Switch, even if its games won’t appear on the platform until after they launch on the likes of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, is a major boon for Nintendo. Thus far, the most compelling games on the Switch have been made by Nintendo itself, including Arms, Splatoon 2, and the sublime The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Other major multi-platform ports are on the way, but are either older games like Rocket League, or sports and family games like FIFA 18 and Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.

Earlier this year, some developers spoke out about bringing their games to the Switch, claiming that a lack of processing power compared to the other consoles is hampering their efforts. However, sales of the Switch—which have reached over five million units— have made it one of the fastest-selling devices in the company’s history. Stock remains sporadic at retailers, and despite competition from Nintendo’s own upcoming Super Nintendo Classic Edition, the Switch will remains a hot ticket item for the holiday season.

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‘Overwatch’ player toxicity is delaying game updates

As with many other popular multiplayer videogames, toxicity is a real issue. Some players make it their sole mission to grief teammates, while others threaten to throw the game if they don’t get to play their chosen character. It’s particularly preva… – Source

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