‘There is some programming that contains just absolute mind-boggling violence.’
Facebook has come under fire after posing a survey question on how it should deal with predatory sexual behavior against children over the weekend. Survey participants were asked whether sexual predators should be allowed to request photographic images from 14-year-old girls online. Further, users were queried about how Facebook should handle such a request if it learned about it. The survey also asked whether the site should better manage content involving extremist behavior and whether cultural norms should be taken into account.
Popular review publication Consumer Reports has released a list of the best smartphone cameras currently on the market — and Apple’s iPhone X came in at number 1. Not only that, but out of the 10 smartphones on the list, Apple products actually dominated the majority of the positions. Consumer Reports’ ranking is as follows […]
I’ve been told that smartphone enthusiasts are often a bit prickly about their preferences, though OnePlus is taking things to a bizarre new extreme with their latest campaign. Apparently titled “The OnePlus 5T Smart Tests,” the first in the series features two men in underwear—one holding a OnePlus 5T, the other holding a Samsung Galaxy S8—having bits of cactus thrown at them, only able to leave after they open 20 “everyday apps.” Truly, this takes advertising to a bizarre and unwarranted new level, and you should trust me on this because I live in Japan.
Bizarre OnePlus ads show implausibly odd series of smartphone tests was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
While it’s still very early on and plans are always subject to change, mumblings from the rumor mill have up until this point converged around the prospect of Apple readying three new iPhone models for a fall, 2018 debut:
- A refreshed, 5.8-inch iPhone X successor with OLED display and Face ID
- A 6.1-inch, edge-to-edge LCD-equipped variant with Face ID
- And a larger, 6.5-inch OLED model which is currently being called the ‘iPhone X Plus’
Those predictions were spearheaded by the famed and historically spot-on KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, who was also first to predict Apple’s development of a refreshed iPhone SE 2 boasting next-generation internals and wireless charging, which could possibly debut as early as May or June of this year.
Based on his track record, we have plenty of reason to believe that Kuo is accurate (until further notice, of course).. However a ‘bombshell’ new report fresh out of the Far East interestingly appears to breakaway from the current slate of rumors.
Suggesting in a bizarre twist that Apple has been testing at least “four next-generation iPhone projects,” the company may only release one of them in the OLED variety — the larger, 6.5-inch model — according to DigiTimes Research analyst, Luke Lin.
Breaking Down the Report
First and foremost, it’s worth noting that even Lin, himself, admits “Apple has not yet made the final decision.” And so it’s very possible, if not guaranteed, the company will ultimately change their mind — as they have so spontaneously done so in the past.
Also worth pointing out is that Kuo has a much better track record when it comes to accurately predicting Apple’s product plans — especially compared to DigiTimes, whose track record is notoriously hit-or-miss.
Interestingly enough, DigiTimes even goes on to corroborate Kuo’s own predictions, indicating that yes, in fact, “Apple originally intended to push the two OLED iPhones and the 6.0- to 6.1-inch LCD iPhone” model — however [for entirely undisclosed reasons] the company “started leaning toward the combination” of its two OLED models into the one — thus “abandoning” the rumored 6.1-inch LCD model.
Even more interesting, and perhaps lending credence to DigiTimes’ analysis, is that Kuo in his latest research note suggested Apple will be discontinuing its 5.8-inch iPhone X this fall — although it was said that another, 5.8-inch iPhone model will take its place in the company’s line-up, which has traditionally seen at least two new additions each year.
That, of course, is just part of what makes today’s report so sketchy. And while DigiTimes (being a Taiwanese publication featuring accounts from supply-chain level sources) may have access to “higher-level” information about Apple’s products or prototypes, it’s nevertheless unlikely they’d have access to anything substantial this far in advance of the company’s annual iPhone manufacturing season.
And since that doesn’t commence until sometime within the first few weeks of July, we highly recommend taking this (and all other) rumors with a heaping grain of salt. Especially since, you know, there’s “still a chance” Apple “may come up with another combination.”
As we’ve heard from the rumor mill already, Apple’s imminent plans could entail a complete axing of the iOS home button — from its upcoming iPhone models and iPad Pro — as part of the company’s broader plan to usher in the next-generation of iOS devices built around Face ID and TrueDepth. And Apple’s decision to remove the Home button from iPhone X may be more well received by some than others.. However those who’ve developed an affinity for the click may be in luck. That is — if your love for the iOS Home button is as bold as you are.
The Home Button
Enter The Home Button, one of CES 2018’s most bizarre iPhone X accessories. It’s a standalone, Lightning-powered Home Button dongle which plugs directly into the bottom of your iPhone X.
The dongle was developed by a small Chinese accessory maker who already produces a wide range of premium accessories for iPhone and iPad, according to 9to5Mac.
How Does It Work?
Unfortunately, while the gizmo is devoid of a Touch ID fingerprint reader, it faithfully reproduces the familiar Home button ‘click’ on iPhone X according to those who’ve tried it out.
“Plug in the Lightning adapter, and you’ll have a fully functional Home button again (sans Touch ID),” 9to5mac’s Michael Steeber reported of The Home Button’s functionality, adding that “it worked” as you’d expect of a non-Touch ID equipped iOS button.
You can single-click to go back to the home-screen, double-click to reveal the iOS multitasking interface, and even summon Siri with a long press as you normally would.
“The dongle even includes a headphone jack and Lightning connector in the base, so you can charge your iPhone and listen to music like the good ol’ days,” Steeber added.
It’s not clear when we might be able to pick up The Home Button (or how much it’ll cost), though in its current functional state, we’d be hard pressed to believe it won’t be very long.
The awfulness of Black Friday has passed. Now, we’re into the awfulness of the (truly porny-sounding) Cyber Monday. To divert our collective attention spans from the myriad of sites trying to get our money, Mozilla is running its first-ever “Download-A-Thon” alongside Open Signal, a public TV station from Portland, Oregon. What’s a “Download-A-Thon” you ask? Nothing. Mozilla literally just made it up for the purposes of this event. It sounds interesting though. The event takes place from 12PM Pacific Time, and runs for just shy of ten hours. Mozilla plans to broadcast the download-a-thon over Facebook Live, and it promises…
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Astronomers have confirmed that an object that recently passed by our planet is from outside our Solar System — the first interstellar asteroid that’s ever been observed. And it doesn’t look like any object we’ve ever seen in our cosmic neighborhood before.
Follow-up observations, detailed today in Nature, have found that the asteroid is dark and reddish, similar to the objects in the outer Solar System. It doesn’t have any gas or dust surrounding it, like comets do, and it’s stretched long and skinny, looking a bit like an oddly shaped pen. It’s thought to be about a quarter-mile long, and about 10 times longer than it is wide. That makes it unlike any asteroids seen in our Solar System, none of which are so elongated.
When Facebook revealed its experimental porn prevention program in Australia, it raised a lot of eyebrows. After all, you'll first need to upload your sensitive images if you don't want them to get posted by anybody else. Now, Global Head of Safety A…
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