Huawei has had a tough time of things in 2018, getting the rug pulled out from under it just before it launched the U.S. version of its flagship Mate 10 Pro on AT&T. The blows just kept coming with Verizon pulling out of a deal, followed by “security warnings” from some of the American government security agencies. While all of the political mess is somewhat fun to look back at and is good for a nice chuckle or two, my focus here is on the phone itself, Huawei’s centerpiece.
With the Oppo R15 officially announced in China today, we have a good idea of what OnePlus’ next phone might look like, since OnePlus often sources designs from its parent company Oppo. For instance, the OnePlus 5 bears a strong resemblance to the Oppo R11, and the OnePlus 5T ended up looking almost identical to the R11S.
The OnePlus 6 is rumored to have a 19:9 notched display, according to a leak from earlier this month spotted by Android Central. Likewise, the R15 has a notch that imitates the iPhone X’s look, hinting that the OnePlus 6 might also sport an interesting haircut.
The rest of the R15’s specs include a 6.28-inch, 2280 x 1080 OLED panel with slim bezels, a 3,450mAh battery, and a MediaTek Helio P60 processor; it’ll sell for…
Oppo has announced its latest flagship smartphone, which it calls the R15. Odds are if you’re reading this, you’ll never have the chance to buy it. Oppo sells its phones mainly in China, but you might be able to buy a phone that looks an awful lot like it called the OnePlus 6. And look at that—a screen notch.
Before we get to OnePlus, let’s just go over the R15 to keep up appearances.
You already know how bad plastic bottles are for the planet. We go through a million of them per minute and are generally terrible at recycling. As a result, bottles join other plastic waste in clogging up waterways, harming wildlife and accumulating in delicate ecosystems.
Now we know this plastic use is probably not too good for us, either. In fact, taking a sip of bottled water might come with more than you bargained for.
The water sold in plastic bottles contains microplastics at levels that might endanger human health, according to a recent study. As a result, the World Health Organization plans to investigate the potential health risks of ingesting plastic, the BBC reports.
Microplastics are pieces of plastic that have broken down a size smaller than a fingernail. About 275,000 metric tons of the stuff enter our waterways each year, according to some estimates.
In the study, which has not been published in a scientific journal and was commissioned by journalistic outlet Orb Media, researchers at State University of New York at Fredonia tested water from 259 bottles produced by 11 different companies and purchased in nine countries. They dropped a red dye into the bottles because the dye sticks to the plastics, differentiating them from the water in which they float. The scientists counted an average of 10.4 plastic particles per liter. Some bottles had no plastic in them at all. In a liter of Nestle Pure Life, there were 10,000.
The findings suggest that a person who drinks a liter of bottled water a day — half of what the average person needs every day — might be consuming tens of thousands of microplastic particles each year, the Orb Media article notes.
If you’re shocked that there’s plastic in your water, well, you haven’t been paying attention. A previous investigation by Orb Media found that 83 percent of tap water samples contained microplastics. The shocking thing about this study? The amount of microplastic found in plastic bottles was double what scientists found in tap water.
It’s difficult to imagine a solution that would take care of the problem completely. Municipalities and companies could better filter water before it flows into taps and plastic bottles. But even if we did that, we would still have discarded plastic bottles breaking down into microplastics in water everywhere — not to mention lots of other plastic products. Better filtration would just be a temporary solution to a much larger problem. People, along with the ecosystems in which they live and the animals that live there with them, would probably be better off if governments banned plastics altogether.
There are the apps we try and the apps we use. For the longest time, Day One sat on my iPhone as a wonderful journaling app I never used. Then iPhone Life magazine’s managing editor Rheanne Taylor showed me how she organizes her Day One journaling app. And in that moment, I realized I completely missed arguably the best feature this app has: the ability to create multiple journals. I’ll go more into her brilliant organization below. But with a simple change of outlook, the app has become more invaluable to me than any other note-taking, journaling, or markup app available. If you’re not familiar with Day One, then you’re really in for a treat. This journaling app is beautifully designed and works like a dream. I’ll go over more on what Day One does and why we love it below.
Overall, Day One is a beautiful journaling app with more features than I’ll be able to cover in this article. The Premium version provides you with unlimited journals and unlimited photo storage for $ 3.99 a month or $ 34.99 a year. This is a new model for Day One, which used to be a single-purchase app. For Day One users who bought the app before this transition, there’s a lifetime discount. While a lot of users have not been happy about this change, I think it makes a lot of sense. Day One is planning to add lots of new amazing features. On its website, Day One lists three of these upcoming features: audio recording, writing prompts, and video entries. But in order to do that, the company needs a steady stream of money to invest back into the app. I think it’s worth the small investment for those who want and will use the best journaling app available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Which reminds me, with a premium subscription, you also get the Mac app. So all of your entries and writing will sync beautifully across all of your devices. Hoorah!
The Day One app provides you with four different ways to view your entries: the main Journals view, by photos, on a map, or via the calendar. The main view is where you can quickly start a new journal entry and see a preview of previous entries. The Photos view shows all the photos you’ve added to entries, and you can tap on a photo to view the full entry. The Map view lets you see where you were when you wrote the various entries, and the Calendar view lets you see when you wrote each entry. You can create tags to easily organize notes across journals, search by year, or even song. You can see what you wrote On This Day the year before or even set reminders to journal for certain days of the week or at the beginning and end of a month.
Why We Love It
My Day One journaling app is password protected, which makes it feel like more of a sacred, private place to pour my feelings into than a physical journal or computer document. As I mentioned in the first paragraph, Rheanne completely changed the way I organized my Day One app. Being able to create multiple journals, I just assumed I’d have one for each year. But no, Rheanne had a way better idea. She creates different journals for different reasons. So she has one for keeping quotes, one for daily free writing, one for lists, and on. I found this to be absolutely brilliant. Now I have six different journals, all of which I use under different circumstances. If I come across a recipe on Instagram that I really want to try, I add it to my Recipes to Try entry within my Lists journal. And since I can color-code my journals differently, I can visually see which journal I’m in very quickly.
There are many more features I can’t possibly cover here; but if you want a journaling app that’s elegant and wonderful to use, give Day One a try. While the shift to a subscription model has turned some users away, I think we as app consumers need to get used to paying for the features we want, just like we would with a physical product. And Day One is definitely worth it.
Most Netflix subscribers sign up on phones or computers. But 70 percent of viewing happens on TVs.
You can watch Netflix in almost every country in the world, on any device you want. But the odds are very good that no matter where you watch Netflix, you’re going to watch it on a TV screen.
Netflix says 70 percent of its streams end up on connected TVs, instead of phones, tablets or PCs.
That number isn’t a shock — Netflix has been clear about the importance of TVs for a long time, and it’s why the company has spent a lot of energy working out integration deals with pay TV distributors like Comcast and Sky — but it’s a good reminder that not everything is moving to the phone.
Netflix, which laid out its data at a briefing for reporters today at its Los Gatos, California headquarters, said it often signs up viewers on non-TV devices, which also makes sense. While those pay TV integrations are making it easier to buy a Netflix subscription from your couch, in most cases it will still be easier to do it from a PC, which accounts for 40 percent of signups. Phones account for another 30 percent.
But over time, viewing patterns change. Six months into a subscription, most viewers have moved from their smaller screens to the biggest one in their house.
And just to beat this into the ground: It doesn’t matter what kind of Netflix show you’re watching: Dramas, kid shows, Chris Rock specials all end up on your TV, when you can.
The Apple Watch introduced a fundamentally new way of interacting with a smartwatch. This means there are a whole lot of new tricks to learn about, of course. The latest software version, watchOS 4, brought a lot of new features to the Apple Watch. While we have extensively covered the headline features in watchOS 4, there are a few little-known Apple Watch tricks that aren’t apparent at the first glance. Here’s the scoop you have to know. 1. Set an Image From Gallery as Custom Watch Face Unlike Android Wear, watchOS doesn’t let you set custom third-party watch faces. If…
Thanks to digital tools equipped with artificial intelligence, we’re (theoretically) better than we used to be. Devices and apps track our workouts, our sleep patterns, our periods, our sexual encounters. We give these digital spies access to any intimate part of our lives, whatever they demand, because we assume having more data will allow us to see where we’re failing, and to make improvements accordingly.
But, if you had data on how the kinds of conversations you had with other people, would it make you a better person? Can AI actually teach us to communicate better — you know, with other humans?
Startup founder Nancy Lublin thinks the answer is yes. She founded Loris.ai, with the intention of helping managers at companies tackle difficult conversations. The company is named after the slow loris animal — just like the loris’ toxic bite, botched workplace conversations can end companies or poison relationships, according to the company’s web site.
We really don’t know how Loris.ai intends to accomplish its stated goal — or how AI will be involved at all. The company has not yet started beta testing, and details about its inner-workings are negligible. Yet, it has a clear draw to investors: the company has already raised $ 2 million in seed funding.
It’s pretty easy to guess Loris.ai will make money by collecting user data and selling it. That’s how all the big tech companies, from Facebook to Google, make their sizable earnings.
Lublin got a good start doing this through her nonprofit Crisis Text Line. Founded four years ago, the organization offers texting-based support to those in emotional crises. The organization used machine learning to analyze the millions of messages exchanged via Crisis Text Line, looking for patterns of behavior. They then used these insights to improve training for the service’s 12,000 counselors. Last year Crisis Text Line partnered with Facebook to improve the social network’s response to users in crisis.
Now, Lublin is using similar techniques for her new startup. The company will likely use the conclusions it gleaned from Crisis Text Line to offer “empathy lessons” to interested companies, training managers and employees about how to improve their communication, according to Wired.
“Managers are nervous having a one-on-one meeting with a direct report of a different gender, and that holds women back,” Lublin told Wired. “People worrying about inclusion worry they’ll get it wrong, and that holds people back.”
AI can give us data — buckets of it, if we want, and complete with specific advice about ways to fix the things that ail us. But humans ultimately have to make the call about whether, or how, to act on those instructions. In the right hands, actionable items like the ones Loris.ai may offer could reduce workplace discrimination, or clear up toxic work environments. But in others, it might just be another piece of information to ignore as we continue making the same dumb mistakes we always have.
Yes, humans have to choose to use that information, at least for now. Soon we may wonder why we ever needed human managers at all, when our robo-bosses exert control so much more easily.
On paper, Apple’s latest flagship smartphone has a fairly large display. The iPhone X’s screen measures 5.8 inches from corner to corner. But in use, the screen hardly feels like it measures nearly 6 inches diagonally. Because Apple’s OLED display on the iPhone X has a narrow aspect ratio of 19.5:9, there isn’t very much surface area despite the impressive diagonal measurement. In fact, in terms of area, the iPhone X’s 5.8-inch display is actually smaller than the 5.5-inch display on the iPhone 8 Plus.
For that reason, many Apple fans have wished for a larger version of the iPhone X ever since the handset was first unveiled this past September. Those wishes only grew stronger in November and people actually got their hands on the phone. In 2018, it appears as though they’ll get their wish, because Apple reportedly plans to release three different iPhone models in September, and one of them is expected to be an “iPhone X Plus” with a display that measures 6.5 inches diagonally.
It’s barely March, but Apple fans are already buzzing about Apple’s next-generation iPhone lineup, which isn’t set to debut for another six months. Multiple independent reports have stated that Apple plans to release three new iPhone models this coming September, and all three of them will apparently adopt Apple’s new iPhone X design. In other words, kiss your home button goodbye if you plan to upgrade to a new iPhone in 2018.
Included in Apple’s supposed upcoming 2018 iPhone lineup is an updated version of the 5.8-inch iPhone X, which will essentially be an “S” update. Apple won’t name it the iPhone Xs, of course, so it’s unclear what the phone will actually be called. Reports then state that the next-gen iPhone X will be accompanied by a lower-cost iPhone model with a slightly larger 6.2-inch display. This new iPhone will apparently have an LCD screen and less RAM than the new high-end iPhones.
Finally, Apple is rumored to be prepping an “iPhone X Plus” for release later this year. The iPhone phablet will supposedly feature a design that is identical to the smaller iPhone X sequel, but it’ll sport a nice big 6.5-inch OLED display. We’ll have to wait until September to see exactly what Apple plans to release, but the odds are pretty good that it’ll look just like the concept mocked up by graphic designer Lee gunho for YouTube channel ConceptsiPhone. Check it out below.
After months of rumors, doctors have published the first detailed report describing the mysterious illness that struck US diplomats stationed in Cuba. While the source of the illness is still a mystery, the doctors say they’re “pretty certain” it wasn’t a sonic weapon.
Doctors examined 21 people associated with the US embassy in Cuba, and found that their symptoms resembled those caused by brain injuries — including headaches, sleep disturbances, and mood changes. But surprisingly, none of the diplomats showed any obvious signs of head trauma, according to a paper published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
“This is really concussion without concussion,” says study co-author Douglas Smith, director of the…