Hands On: Manage your gear in ‘Destiny 2’ with Ishtar Commander for iPad

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Players of ‘Destiny 2’ who feel the existing companion app isn’t great for managing the weapons and armor of their characters should look at Ishtar Commander, a free iOS app that makes item management and optimally equipping the avatars quick and easy, both during and outside of gameplay.
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Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Hands On Impressions

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The latest flagship on the block, Xiaomi’s Mi MIX 2S is an updated and upgraded version of the stunning MIX 2. We got a chance to check out the phone for a bit after its launch in China. Follow along for a quick unboxing and first impressions of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S. Hands On Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y2IVNDAUZY Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S specifications 5.99-inch (2160 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 display with DCI-P3 color gamut 2.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 845 64-bit 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB / 128GB (UFS 2.1) storage / 8GB LPDDR4x RAM, 256GB (UFS 2.1) internal storage Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9 Dual SIM (nano + nano) 12MP rear camera with 26mm wide-angle lens, 1/2.6″ Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, dual-tone LED flash, 4-axis OIS, Optical zoom, 4K video recording, secondary 12MP rear camera with 46mm telephoto lens, 1/3.4″ sensor size,  f/2.4 aperture, 2X zoom 5MP front-facing camera with real-time AI portraits Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 150.86×74.9x 8.1 mm; Weight: 189g Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C 3400mAh (typical) / 3300mAh (minimum) battery with QC 3.0 fast charging, 7.5W Qi wireless charging First Impressions The box packaging of the Mi Mix 2S …
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Hands on: Mantiz Thunderbolt 3 dock gives USB-A and VGA to MacBook Pro owners

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Mantiz took its experience in building a Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure, and used it to make the new Mantiz Titan dock — and AppleInsider just got its hands on one.
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Data From British Porn Viewers Might Be In The Hands of One Company

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Back in the old days, keeping pornography away from children was a lot easier. You had your magazines. You had your  closet with a high shelf. Boom — your porn collection was child-proofed.

The internet has complicated things. Now, every teen with a smartphone has more pornographic content at their fingertips than in all the issues of Playboy and Hustler combined.

In an effort to keep explicit material away from prying young eyes, British lawmakers mandated in 2017 that all pornographic websites must verify the age of their visitors. However, in doing so, they may have inadvertently created a new data-mining monster à la Facebook. Only this one collects information that’s far more sensitive.

“They’re going to be able to track every time you log in to anything.”

The U.K.’s Digital Economy Act 2017 requires all porn sites to verify the age of their visitors. If the sites don’t comply, the country could fine them upwards of $ 329,000, or block them altogether.

MindGeek, the company that runs sites like Pornhub, YouPorn, and Redtube, created a tool to comply with the law. Earlier this month, MindGeek officially launched AgeID, its age verification platform.

AgeID users will need to use something official to verify their age (a drivers license or passport). On the upside, that’s not too easy to fake. Once a user verifies his or her age on one AgeID-protected site, they can then visit any AgeID-protected site without verifying their age a second time.

“Our product fully supports the U.K. adult industry and enables those of legal age to securely and privately access adult websites through a one-time verification process, while protecting children from stumbling across age inappropriate content,” James Clark, a spokesperson for AgeID, said in a press release.

But here’s the catch: MindGeek is the world’s biggest publisher of pornography. Its sites boast 100 million daily visitors, and it is among the 10 sites that use the most bandwidth in the world (or, at least they were in 2014, according to Slate).

In the U.K., any user who wants to access any of MindGeek’s sites will have to use AgeID. Right there, MindGeek is getting that sensitive information. In the process it creates one central database for would-be hackers to access, since MindGeek owns pretty much every major porn site.

Then there’s the kind of data MindGeek collects. MindGeek may say it’s not keeping track of how users spend time on its sites — which sites they visit, which videos they watch when they get there, or even other activity on users’ computers.But there’s not really anything in the language of the British law to outright prevent that (they already do this, of course, to get a sense of which videos are popular, but they previously haven’t been able to connect that data to a user’s specific identity).

It’s conceivable, then, that Mindgeek could sell that info to someone. And a leak of it could ruin lives on a much grander scale than the Ashley Madison hack from 2015.

“You can imagine how much data that is going to give MindGeek, if they’re going to have stats on what people click on, what porn sites people click on, what they pay for,” feminist porn producer Pandora Blake told an Open Rights Group meeting in London last month. “Once you’ve got a MindGeek login, you’re going to be giving them your entire web browsing history, because they’re going to be able to track every time you log in to anything.”

Originally, the U.K. planned to begin enforcing the policy in April 2018, but decided to delay that until later this year, possibly because concerns about who is collecting data on porn users.

Opponents of the U.K. policy as it currently stands argue it does too little to ensure all this data will remain private. They also criticize the government for not being more involved in implementing age-verification systems.

“Basically, they are washing their hands and hoping the market will sort it out,” Jim Killock, the executive director of the campaign body Open Rights Group, told The Guardian. “They even said they hope the market will provide, but that’s not how digital markets work. Digital markets work as a monopoly, like Facebook, like Twitter.”

For now, the U.K. will take some time to revisit its plans to keep porn away from children. Hopefully, the system they come up with also protects the private data of adult online porn users, because, really, who wants to go back to magazines?

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Hands on: a walkthrough of the educator-centric Apple Teacher portal

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As part of Apple’s new education initiative, Apple has launched a new e-learning tool for teachers to quickly get up to speed with what Apple offers, and AppleInsider has delved into it a bit.
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OPPO F7 Hands On and Photo Gallery

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OPPO just launched the F7, the company’s latest selfie-focused smartphone in India. It sports a 6.23-inch Full HD+19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch and 88% screen-to-body ratio. Since it a selfie-centric phone, the OPPO F7 comes with a 25-megapixel front camera. We have got our hands on the phone so let’s take a detailed look at hardware and specifications of the phone. The OPPO F7 sports a 6.23-inch Full HD+19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch. It comes with glass body design that looks very premium and elegant. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 12nm SoC with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. There is also a special model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Like the iPhone X, the OPPO F7 packs a top notch on the front where the 25MP front camera is present right above the display along with earpiece, microphone and the usual set of sensors. The phone comes with 88% screen-to-body ratio and a 19:9 aspect ratio. There are ultra slim bezels on all corners except for the top where the notch is present. The volume rockers are present on the left side. While the SIM card tray with dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and power button are present on the …
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Hands on: CordDock by ElevationLab for the iPhone

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CordDock by ElevationLab tries to solve one of the biggest headaches of iPhone docks; the inability to charge when you lift your phone from its perch.
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Hands on: If you have multiple iPhones, the Udoq system will charge them all

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Udoq is a unique modular docking system that can fit more than one of almost any device, regardless of brand or connector type, and AppleInsider has one on our test bench.
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Hands on: Do more, faster on your iPad or iPhone with Launch Center Pro 2.9

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Automation tool Launch Center Pro starts easy and gets complicated very quickly. For hardcore users, the app is great, but first timers might want to consider a more user-friendly app like Workflow.
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Hands on: Elgato’s Eve Button with Apple HomeKit

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The Eve Button joins a growing field of attempts to solve a basic problem of smarthomes: controlling accessories when you don’t have a phone, tablet, or smartspeaker nearby, or you simply don’t want to make a fuss.
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