iPhone X undergoes torture test, shows only one flaw
Commentary: JerryRigEverything does what it can to make Apple's new phone suffer. The gadget mostly does extremely well. But about that glass back...
'Thor: Ragnarok' cast crashes screening to act out movie
One lucky audience was thunderstruck when the God of Thunder showed up at their theater in a bad wig.
Xbox One X review: This is the ultimate Xbox
This is the Xbox One X. It’s the fastest and smallest Xbox and the first to offer games in 4K. At $499 the higher resolution comes at a steep price. After a..
Xbox One X review: A console that keeps up with gaming PCs
The Xbox One X is the most powerful gaming console ever, but it's not for everyone yet.
EA's 'UFC 3' takes the fight beyond the Octagon
EA has revealed 'UFC 3,' where your actions outside the ring affect what happens inside.
T-Mobile and Sprint officially end merger talks
In its announcement, Sprint’s President and CEO Marcelo Claure says that while they recognized the potential value in merging, “we have agreed that it is best to move forward on our own.” T-Mobile’s President and CEO John Legere outlined that any merger would have to bring in long-term value to his shareholders.
iPhone X vs. iPhone 8: Which New Apple Phone Should You Buy?
Overall, if price is your biggest concern, the iPhone 8 gives you the powerful A11 processor, wireless charging, and some small improvements to camera and display in a compact form factor. If camera quality is a primary concern and you prefer a bigger screen, the iPhone 8 Plus packs in dual rear camera sensors, a larger, higher-resolution display, and most of the features you get with the iPhone X. Finally, if price is no object, the iPhone X is leaps and bounds ahead of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in terms of design and hardware, incorporating innovative new technology. We'll be testing all three in the coming months, so stay tuned for more details.
Netflix parts ways with Kevin Spacey
"Netflix will not be involved with any further production of 'House of Cards' that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with [production company] MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show," Netflix said in a statement Friday.
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What Apple Won't Tell You About iPhone X Apps
Other apps can't deal with the horizontal bar indicating that you should swipe up to go home, or the status information in the "horns" of the phone. Take a look at the Citymapper shot below at right to see the problem there. Microsoft Excel also has a problem with the horizontal swipe-up indicator.
EA Access: everything you need to know about EA's subscription service
The most obvious benefit to being an EA Access member is that you’re able to play any of the games in its ever-growing instant access ‘Vault’. At the moment there are over 45 titles in the vault and members are able to download and play them for free as long as they’re still paying a membership.
Caudabe Apple iPhone X case roundup: Affordable, minimalist designs improve grip and protect | ZDNet
The new Apple iPhone X just arrived in the hands of buyers and there are already many case options available. Caudabe has a nice lineup to consider that still maintains the look and feel of the iPhone.
Here's the trick to viewing battery percentage on the iPhone X
Well, this is frustrating. There's no longer an option to constantly display battery percentage on the iPhone X thanks to the notch. There is, however, a quick way to sneak a peek.
The Best Gaming Laptops of 2017
If you're shopping for a gaming system on a limited budget (in this case, roughly between $800 and $1,200), you're going to need to be OK with some concessions off the bat. Maximizing power while staying within a limited price range is the goal, but you'll have to accept that some of the components won't be comparable to the more expensive laptops you'll see while browsing. The main drop-off will be the graphics, since they're one of the single most expensive components in a machine and the major factor in a computer's gaming prowess. The cheaper systems are equipped with the lower-tier cards like the GTX 1050 Ti or 1060, but these modern budget cards are shockingly effective, and you'll be able to play smoothly in HD, just not at the very highest settings in newer games. Processors are the next biggest difference—you'll likely get a capable Core i5 instead of a faster Core i7—while the other components will be closer to more expensive machines. 1TB of storage and maybe even a small SSD alongside are common in budget laptops, the display will almost certainly be 1080p, and memory will likely be 8GB (while pricier laptops likely include 16GB).
Easy rider: GenZe's new electric bicycle
GenZe offers its new generation of electric bicycles, the 200 series. The model shown here is the e202, with a step-through frame. The e201 adds a top-tube.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Be proactive and turn on ransomware protection
Oddly enough, you must proactively turn on this new ransomware protection feature since it is off by default. It's not difficult to do, but as is Microsoft's way, the option is buried fairly deep in the configuration settings. Here are the steps to turn it on, along with a simple explanation of some of its features.
Video: How the blockchain is transforming real estate
Alex Voloshyn, CTO of Propy, explains why smart contracts are the most secure way to verify property proof of ownership.
US Court sides with Google against Canadian de-indexing order | ZDNet
A US federal court on Friday issued a preliminary injunction against a Canadian Supreme Court ruling, which asked Google to de-index certain search results on a global basis.
Google search results poisoned by banking trojan attackers' clever SEO | ZDNet
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iPhone X drop test: It cracked on the first drop
The back hit first, but it then did a small flip and landed screen-side down with the back facing me so I could see the damage immediately. The glass from three of the four corners cracked at different degrees of severity and scuffed up the side of the camera mount. The bottom right-hand corner took the biggest hit and had the largest fracture flanking the corner. Even the stainless steel on the frame looked chipped on this side where the phone hit the floor. The top right corner also had a small tear and scuff on the frame, and another tiny bump on the bottom left hand corner of the glass.
Now, Silicon Valley Is Totally Cool With a Bill That Could Ruin the Internet
In all likelihood, the Internet Alliance sees SESTA as a chance of showing politicians that it’s cooperating and hopefully legislators will get distracted by the next shiny object that comes along. The very fact that more senators continue to sign on to sponsor this bill, despite being told by experts of every stripe that it’s bad, thoroughly demonstrates that these lawmakers aren’t taking their job seriously. Silicon Valley’s refusal to own up to its failures and just show some progress in addressing those failures demonstrates that it’s not taking its responsibilities seriously either. So what we’re left with is all parties accepting a calamitous piece of legislation that’s purportedly aimed at addressing an issue that everyone agrees is bad, in an effort to go home and call the internet fixed. Our political representatives and our corporate overlords are all too happy to work together in being completely ineffective.
19 times Chrissy Teigen got hilariously angry with stuff on Twitter
From shouty tweets aimed at John Legend to the time she got totally fed up with Mario, here are Teigen's most hilariously angry tweets.
No home button on the iPhone X means there's a new method for screenshots
Without a home button, there's bound to be a few new things to learn. Taking a screenshot is one such thing.
The 10 best ways to secure your Android phone | ZDNet
If you're on the road -- whether it's your local coffee shop or the remote office in Singapore -- you're going to want to use free Wi-Fi. We all do. We all take big chances when we do since they tend of be as secure as a net built out of thread. To make yourself safer you'll want to use a mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN) .
The best free software for NaNoWriMo 2017
Autocrit is a similar app designed specifically for novelists. Rather than checking your spelling and grammar, it helps you identify issues with pacing, repetition and use of unnecessary filler words. Unlike Grammarly there’s no free version of Autocrit, but pasting a scene or two into the online demo tool will give you an idea of the results you can expect.
Microsoft quietly announces end of last free Windows 10 upgrade offer | ZDNet
More than a year after ending its free Windows 10 upgrade program, Microsoft is getting ready to shut down the last official free upgrade extension. The news wasn't exactly shouted from the rooftops.
Take off your Bitcoin blinders: There’s no ‘right way’ to use blockchain
Consider an airline that creates a cryptocurrency version of frequent flier miles. The advantage of using a blockchain system would be added flexibility in earning and spending miles and the ability to exchange them freely with other people. Still, airlines would not want to give up the information that loyalty programs give them about their customers, so they might design a token that “phones home” to report on how it is used. Customers, presumably, would be notified about this invasion of their privacy and compensated through customized offers and other incentives. To be sure, another airline might create a fully anonymous crypto rewards program. The technology allows both ways, and the marketplace will decide.
Everything you need to know about charging your iPhone X or iPhone 8 | ZDNet
First off, the standard USB Lightning cable and charger is the same old fayre, and will charge the iPhone X/8 no slower or faster than chargers that Apple has been shipping with new iPhones for years. It charges at the usual 4.85V/0.95A (give or take) and will take about 2 hours to charge the iPhone 8, and about 3.5 hours to fully charge your iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus (about 15 minutes faster than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus because the batteries are smaller).
Top iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Tips and Tricks
The new iPhone X is clearly the elephant in the room. But the new “classic” iPhones are still a great upgrade. They come with a new all glass back that feels great in hand and enables wireless charging. And while it’s still a 12 MP sensor, the camera on the iPhone 8 Plus is clear upgrade over iPhone 7 Plus thanks to new features like Portrait Lighting and the new, professional level slow sync flash.
iPhone X review: face the future
You also can’t be too casual about it: I had a lot of problems pulling the iPhone X out of my pocket and having it fail to unlock until Apple clarified that Face ID works best at a distance of 25 to 50 centimeters away from your face, or about 10 to 20 inches. That’s closer than I usually hold my phone when I pull it out of my pocket to check something, which means I had to actively think about holding the iPhone X closer to my face than every other phone I’ve ever used. I also apparently hold the phone pretty close to my face when I wake up in the morning — closer than the recommended 10-inch minimum — and don’t have my glasses on, so I had to adjust that muscle memory as well. “You’re holding it wrong” is a joke until it isn’t, and you can definitely hold the iPhone X wrong.
Cricket adds more data to its phone plans
Beginning Nov. 5, your data will increase from 1 GB to 2 GB if you're on Cricket's $30-a-month plan. If you're on the $40-a-month plan, your data will increase from 4 GB to 5 GB.
Windows 10 Fluent Design: Microsoft's new-look Mail, Calendar now open to all | ZDNet
Microsoft has been testing the new-look apps with Windows Insiders for the past few weeks and now is ready to share them with all Windows 10 users in the coming weeks.
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How to Enable and Use Reachability on iPhone X
At first, it looked like the iPhone X wouldn’t have the Reachability feature. A curious choice for a device that has a taller screen than the iPhone 8 Plus. The removal seemed justified because the Home button itself is gone. Now that the iPhone X is out in the wild, we know that Reachability lives on the iPhone X. But it is not turned on by default.
Get AppleCare+ or a case for your iPhone X -- or else
Alternatively, there's AppleCare+. For $200 , £200 or AU$300 , it'll only cost you an additional $100, £80 or AU$150 the first two times you break the phone. But you have to buy it within 60 days of when Apple ships or sells you the phone.
How to install the Nextcloud Client on Ubuntu
Make sure to select your location of choice (for the syncing between your desktop and the server) as well as what specifically you want to sync. By default, the client will sync to ~/Nextcloud. If you have a reason for it to sync outside of your home directly, change it here. Once you've configured the client as you need, click Connect and you're good to go. You will be presented with the option to open Nextcloud in either a browser or a local folder. The local folder option will open your file manager in the directory you configured for syncing. Any file or folder you add to the Nextcloud folder will automatically sync with your account on the Nextcloud server. Because the sync is two-way, anything you add to your Nextcloud account on the server will automatically sync to your desktop).
Sony's Aibo Robotic Dog Is Back, With Some New Tricks
The biggest change is that the new iteration will be more intelligent and proactively interact with its owner. The technology is based on work done by Sony-backed Cogitai Inc., an Anaheim, California-based startup developing AI software that learns continually from real-world interactions. While the new web-connected aibo employs AI, it’s meant to be more of a companion or a pet toy, rather than a digital assistant such as Amazon.com Inc.’s Echo or Google’s Assistant. The word “aibo” means companion, or buddy, in Japanese.
How can technology this old sound this good?
With Freya's tubes engaged, Miles Davis' "The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions" album's sound blew me away. Its at-times almost-ambient music completely fills my room. Amazing, and then Davis' killer rhythm section kicks in, and oh boy the band takes off and the music's dynamics rocked my world. Switching from the tubes to the Freya's buffer stage the soundstage flattens, becoming smaller and more two-dimensional. The music feels less dynamically alive without the tubes in the signal path. Still, listening with the passive or buffer stages was perfectly enjoyable and probably more neutral. Anyway, it's easy enough to switch between passive, buffer and tube stages to decide for yourself which one sounds best.
Face ID on iPhone X Is a Hit or Miss with Identical Twins
Mashable’s test saw the publication conduct the tests on two sets of identical twins, though the results were the same in both cases. In the test, the publication got one of the twin brothers to register their face in Face ID and then unlock the device once to confirm that it is working. The second twin was then asked to try and unlock the iPhone X in question using Face ID which he was successfully able to do. This happened with both sets of twins so Mashable managed to fool Face ID not once but twice.Interestingly, Business Insider results were the complete opposite, though its testing only comprised of one pair of twins. The publication first got one of the twins to register their face in Face ID and then tried to fool the system by getting him to wear a hat, glasses, scarf etc. In all these scenarios, Face ID worked flawlessly and unlocked the device. However, Face ID did not unlock the iPhone X when the second twin brother tried unlocking the device.This essentially means that Face ID can be a hit or a miss if you have a twin brother or sister. It is possible that Face ID can improve itself over time to prevent your identical twin brother/sister from unlocking your iPhone X.
The Best Wireless Range Extenders of 2017
Depending on the size and layout of your home, a mid-to-high-end router may provide all the Wi-Fi coverage you'll need, but for homes built with dense materials like brick, concrete, plaster, and metal, some level of signal degradation is almost a certainty. Likewise, homes with multiple floors and many walls are more susceptible to signal loss than a one-story home with an open floor plan. In some cases you can relocate your router to a central location to deliver a stronger signal to those areas that were previously out of reach (dead zones). In most homes, however, the router's location is tied to the room where the internet enters the house, which means relocating the router will likely require running Ethernet cable to the desired area. Range extenders provide a relatively easy way to deliver Wi-Fi without having to run cables.
Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal arrested in corruption crackdown: Local reports
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a prominent member of the county's royal family and a wealthy investor, was arrested on Saturday in connection with a wide-ranging anti-corruption initiative, according to local reports.
iPhone X cheat sheets | ZDNet
Since Apple didn't give you a manual listing the gesture changes you have to get used to when you switch to the iPhone X, use this cheat sheet to familiarise yourself with what you need to know.
Can Germany Fix Facebook?
Künast’s staff keeps a record of hateful, fake, and potentially illegal social-media posts about her in a thick black binder. They regularly report attacks against her to law-enforcement authorities and social-media networks, and track what, if anything, is done to remove the offending posts and locate the offenders. The answer is usually nothing—many cases don’t move forward when the offenders are anonymous, or when Facebook ignores communications from prosecutors. In 2016, Künast’s office directed 40 complaints to police officers across Germany against people who published threatening, false, and defamatory posts about her. By the end of the year, they had heard back on only about 12 cases, seven of which had been closed because police searches had yielded no results or faltered due to a lack of evidence. In only four cases could the police identify and locate the offenders, and issue a penalty. This year, Künast has sent 11 cases to law enforcement.
Here’s a Detailed Look at What's Inside an iPhone
Apple Inc. has sold more than 1.2 billion iPhones since January 2007, when founder Steve Jobs triumphantly claimed, “Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.” That figure, based on quarterly results that include the 15 distinct models that came out before iPhones 8 and X, means that in terms of units sold, the iPhone is probably more successful than any consumer product ever created. The device has seeded entire industries—apps, most notably—and sent the stock prices of suppliers soaring. On the other hand, suppliers that have been spurned by Apple have struggled and, in at least one case, subsequently gone bankrupt.
US DOT reveals drone safety program that could pave the way for business use of UAVs
The DOT cited research by Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, saying drone usage can mean up to 100,000 new jobs. The program is designed to safely encourage innovation while giving governments more legal certainty regarding drone regulation. It gives tech companies a chance to develop and deploy new methods of using drones, helping them bring their tech to a larger stage. Other industries with the potential for immediate impact include photography, agriculture, and emergency management, according to the release.
Australian bank allows iPhone X Face ID logins: User dream or security nightmare?
The big caveat is that CBA must make sure the process they use to enroll their customers in Face ID is airtight, Litan said. "It's not up to Apple to certify that the user using their iPhone is the user CBA expects him or her to be. That's up to CBA," she said. "The enrollment process is the easiest way for criminals to circumvent biometric authentication from a smartphone. The criminal can just pretend to be someone else when they register for the CBA banking application (and biometric authentication)."
Here’s how to know if you bought a great speaker or headphone
If you don't have a local dealer and you're going to invest heavily in high-end audio, call a few dealers in nearby cities that stock products you're interested in and get a feel if they're knowledgeable and helpful. If they are, drive or even fly there. It helps if they also use the same gear you have in order to make comparisons easier. In the end It will be money well spent because you'll have some idea of the sound you're buying. In-store comparison listening sessions are invaluable for that.
This GIF nails how the iPhone X could be the foundation for Apple's rumored smart glasses
This GIF was a concept
made by Leo Costa, which he uploaded to the 3D-sketching "uMake"
app for iPad. As you can tell from the GIF, Costa uses the same
TrueDepth camera system from the iPhone X — with its front-facing
camera and sensors to capture 3D information — to serve as the
foundation for Apple's augmented-reality (AR) smart glasses.
Infographic: More than half of companies haven't started a big data project
Why is it so difficult to get started? The main reason, cited by 73% of big data adopters, was finding qualified employees to lead it forward. Other roadblocks are security, funding, and finding good vendors. Of those that hadn't started yet, the main reason was because big data wasn't a major priority for their organization.
Blizzard bows to fans and announces World of Warcraft Classic
"Fans of World of Warcraft around the world, we hear you," said Brack at the event, as Ars Technica reports . "I am pleased and also a little bit nervous to announce the development of a classic server option for World of Warcraft. This is a larger endeavor than you might imagine, but we are committed to making an authentic, Blizzard-quality classic experience."
Why UN cybercrime chief calls attacks an economic issue
With the IoT and the amount of devices emerging into the market, "we got to do what we can to try to secure things like this from the public because ultimately, as we see from every ransomware attack, it hits countries across the globe. It has an impact on poverty, it has an impact on economy, it has an impact on prosperity. This isn't just technology. This impacts people's lives here and now," he said.
Just Get Fired? Ask These 5 Questions Before You’re Out The Door
Sure, your inclination is to grab your personal effects , then run out the door with as few coworkers seeing you as possible. However, there is some important information you need before you head for the elevators. Most people who lose their job are unaware of the benefits, or which information to ask for during a job loss that will get them prepared to get back into the workforce.
Make the Most of West Elm's Epic Sale
Whether you’re looking to redecorate your home or just upgrade from some Ikea furniture, now may be your chance—West Elm is having a huge sale, across almost all of their departments.
Theoretical physicists get closer to explaining how NASA’s ‘impossible’ EmDrive works
The publication of NASA's paper silenced some objections to EmDrive research based on the lack of peer-reviewed publications in top scientific journals. But a more serious debate continues, based on something far more important: the fundamental laws of physics. Some scientists believe EmDrive technology is impossible, because it doesn't seem to adhere to our current understanding of how the universe is supposed to work.