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Future iPhones may include a laser-powered, 3D-sensing rear camera to augment AR

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:03

If you’re already growing tired of iPhone X2 rumors, a new report sheds light on a new feature that’s due not for next year’s iPhone but the 2019 model. According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on bringing 3D-sensing to the rear camera to turn the iPhone into an augmented reality powerhouse.

iPhone X already features a snazzy selfie camera that creates a depth map of your face to use with Face ID and animoji. Called TrueDepth, it relies on sensors that project thousands of dots onto your face to learn and adapt to the unique geometry of your face. But Bloomberg reports that Apple is working on something much more advanced for the iPhone’s rear camera.

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Philo is a sports-free TV bundle for just $16 per month

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 07:21
Philo is the cheapest streaming TV bundle yet with AMC, Discovery, and Viacom channels.

Forget Pokémon Go – Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is Niantic's next potential AR obsession

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 08:35

There’s never been a mobile gaming sensation quite like Pokémon Go, and in summer 2016, Niantic’s game had millions of people wandering their neighborhoods to catch digital monsters. You could see it on the faces of the people staring down at their phones as they shambled around: the excitement of catching a new Pokémon for the first time or winning a gym battle, or alternately, the frustration of the game’s many early glitches.

But there might be another mobile phenomenon just like it next year or soon after: Niantic and Warner Bros. announced that they’re working on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a new location-based, augmented reality game. It will seemingly follow the Pokémon Go mold as it sends you around the real world to learn spells, battle magical creatures, and soak in some of that media universe’s ample magic.

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NordVPN is offering 3 years of VPN service for $99

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:17
U.S. Netflix fans outside of the country should take a good look at this particular deal.

iPhone X display may become unresponsive in very cold weather—Apple promises a fix

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:03

Face ID has one important advantage over Touch ID that will become readily apparent this winter: you can quickly unlock your phone with gloves on. That may seem to make the iPhone X a cold weather champ, but there might be a fly in the ointment.

Recently, a small number of iPhone X owners have started to complain on social media that their display stopped registering touches when outside in the cold weather. The most prominent example is this thread on Reddit.

This is definitely not impacting the majority of iPhone X users. There has been plenty of cold weather in Canada over the last week, for example, and the majority of iPhone X users report that their screen works just fine. It's hard to get a handle on exactly how many users are experiencing the issue, but the responses on social media make it seem exceedingly rare.

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You should use a TV antenna, even if you have cable. Here's why

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 08:30
TV antennas aren't just for cord-cutters. Even if you have cable or satellite, an antenna will deliver a better picture to your big-screen TV.

Amazon is offering a $40 discount when you buy two of its new Cloud Cam

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 18:55

Amazon Key seems like a crazy idea: You provide select permission to delivery people and service workers to enter your home while you’re away.

We found, however, that the security camera part of that system—the Amazon Cloud Cam—is really good even if you don’t want to let people enter your place. Today, you can get the security camera at its first deal price. Amazon is selling two of the Cloud Cam devices for $200, or a $40 discount on the usual $240 list price.

Anyone who wants to go crazy can even get three of the devices for $290, or about $70 off. To get the deal, you have to enter either coupon code 2CLOUDCAM or 3CLOUDCAM, depending on the offer you prefer. Amazon hasn’t put a specific end date on this deal, just the usual “offer good while supplies last.”

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iOS 11.1.1 update finally fixes that A[?] bug

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:34

iOS 11.1 added a bunch of new emojis and some important bug fixes, but it also introduced one of the most annoying iOS bugs we've seen in a long time. 

For some reason, when you type a capital I, the autocorrect would often turn it into a capital A followed by an undecipherable unicode symbol. Social media was flooded with messages like, "A [?] finally got my new iPhone X!"

As of today, you won't need to work around it anymore. Apple just released iOS 11.1.1, which fixes the hideous A [?] bug. It also fixes a rare bug that would cause "Hey, Siri" to become unresponsive.

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Apple’s Clips 2.0 puts you in the Millennium Falcon or a Mega-Destroyer

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:00

Apple on Thursday updated Clips, the company’s iOS app for creating short, sharable video clips. The update has a new iPhone X-specific feature called Selfie Scenes, in addition to new effects and stickers, iCloud support, and an updated interface.

Selfie Scenes uses the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera to place you in a special scene. The TrueDepth camera allows Clips to discern foreground and background objects, so it can place you (and whoever’s within your close proximity) in the foreground of a scene, and filter out objects behind you.

One of the Selfie Scenes is the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars, and you can make a video of yourself inside the spaceship, complete with BB8 rolling through the background. Selfie Scenes are 360-degree scenes, so when you move, the scene continues as if you are actually in that space.

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Media streamer upgrade guide

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:00
How to decide if you should replace your Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, or Roku—or stick with what you have.

Apple prepares for its biggest holiday season ever

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:00

Last week, Apple announced its biggest fiscal fourth quarter ever, with the promise of an even bigger holiday quarter to come. The three months encompassing holiday shopping—October through December—are always Apple’s biggest of the year, generating a third of the company’s overall revenue.

Apple delivered an early Christmas present to analysts last week when it provided guidance that it expected the holiday quarter to be an all-time record for Apple, with revenue between $84 and $87 billion. (To put that in perspective, that’s 11 percent higher revenue than the previous year’s holiday quarter.)

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Report: iPad redesign in 2018 will bring slim bezels and Face ID

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 14:58

Apple is all-in on Face ID. It’s going to take some time for the manufacturing volume to scale up to the point where it can be on all Apple products, but the iPhone X is definitely not a one-off.

That’s the takeaway from the latest out of Mark Gurman and Alex Webb at Bloomberg. Their report claims that at least one model of iPad—roughly the size of the current 10.5-inch iPad Pro—will enjoy a redesign in 2018. 

What might this redesign look like? The report gives only a few details. You can expect slimmer bezels and no Home button. You should not expect an OLED display like that in the iPhone X, however. That's not really a surprise, as an OLED display of that size would balloon costs, and Apple is unlikely to give up the 120Hz variable refresh rate ProMotion technology in its premium iPad.

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Photoshop Elements 2018 is 30 percent off right now

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 13:33

Adobe's got a sale on Photoshop Elements 2018 right now, just in time to spruce up your photo game for the holidays. You can find Elements 2018 on sale for $70 at multiple online retailers including Amazon, Best Buy (disc version), and B&H (disc version)--not to mention Adobe itself. Elements 2018 usually sells for $100. Officially, the sale runs until November 12, but mileage may vary at the various retailers.

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KRACK Wi-Fi attack threatens all networks: How to stay safe and what you need to know

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:27
Researchers have uncovered a Wi-Fi security flaw, dubbed KRACK, that affects nearly any device that uses Wi-Fi, whether or not the network is encrypted. Here's what you can do to stay safe.

iEyes? An Apple AR wearable device is reportedly on track for 2020

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:10

It’s no secret that Apple is high on augmented reality. Tim Cook has been touting the new tech as the next big revolution even before Apple released ARKit for iOS at WWDC in June. But a new report suggests its ambitions go far beyond the iPhone.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is aiming to launch an AR wearable in 2019, with plans to start shipping in 2020. Sources tell the publication that the device will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system, unlike Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s Daydream headsets, both of which rely on phones to do the heavy lifting. The $200 Oculus Go will be a standalone device, but it focuses on virtual reality, not augmented reality.

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LTE filters for TV antennas: What they are and do you need one?

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 07:00
Cellular signals on frequencies adjacent to the ones used for TV broadcasts can interfere with TV reception. An inexpensive filter can fix the problem.

iPhone 2018 rumors: Improved data transmission and an iPhone X Plus?

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 16:15

It’s not enough that the new iPhone X is only a few days old; rumors about next year’s iPhone are already starting to fly. We’ll keep track of what’s been said and what seems fesible in this article so you can keep up with the latest iPhone gossip.

What’s the latest?

The rumor: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote a research note obtained by other Mac news outlets that details his thoughts on next year’s iPhone. Kuo believes that the new phone will use a metal frame that is composed of more parts than the iPhone X, in order to improve data transmission quality. Kuo says that orders Apple has placed with Catcher Technology and Casetek are for two frames, one for a phone like the current iPhone X, and another for an iPhone X-like model with a larger screen.

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How to stop the capital 'I' from turning into gibberish on your iPhone

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:02

From the Department of Really Strange and Mystical Bugs comes this: Some iPhone users running the latest version of iOS 11 can’t type a capital "I." That means that millions of people who were trying to text their friends, “I got my new iPhone X!!” over the weekend were actually sending out this message instead: “A [?] got my new iPhone X!!”

The iOS 11.1 bug affects the autocorrect engine on phones, and changes a capital “I” to an “A” alongside an unreadable Unicode symbol. While it’s pretty low on the seriousness scale, it’s still an annoying bug to say the least. And it’s hardly uncommon. All over Twitter, unaware celebrities were posting “A [?]” all over the place. Apple, of course, is working on a fix, but in the meantime, there’s a workaround.

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iPhone X: Unboxing Apple’s new flagship iPhone

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 08:00

A week after Apple started taking pre-orders, the first round of iPhone X arrivals happened on Friday. If you didn’t order one online, perhaps you waited in line and picked one up at your local Apple store.

Macworld got an iPhone X on Friday, and we took the wraps off the device during a live videostream to the Macworld Facebook page and the Macworld Twitter feed. We took a look at the design and compared it to a few older iPhones and even to the Google Pixel 2 XL. We went through the setup, went over some of the new gestures, set up and played with Face ID, and had some fun with Animojis. And we answered questions from the audience.

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iPhone X: New iPhone features two battery cells, double-stacked logic board

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 15:34

If you’ve looked at your new iPhone X and wondered what exactly is inside the glass casing, wonder no more. The folks at iFixit—as they do with every new Apple product—have gotten their hands on the new iPhone X and took it apart.

Some of the highlights of the teardown:

  • Battery: The iPhone X uses a two-cell 10.35 Wh battery. Previous iPhones use a single-cell battery.
  • Logic board: The logic board is, as iFixit puts it, “folded” in half. This is done to make room for more battery.
  • Qualcomm: This particular iPhone X had Qualcomm LTE chips. As you might know, Qualcomm and Apple are battling out in court.
  • A look at the TrueDepth camera system used for Face ID.

Be sure to check out the iFixit iPhone X teardown to get a good look inside Apple’s new phone.

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