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New report explains the thinking behind Apple’s new focus on software quality

We heard last month that Apple was setting a new focus for iOS 12: prioritizing quality and reliability over shiny new features.<p>Apple had been working on updates to the Home screen, CarPlay experience, updates to the stock Mail app and enhancements to photo editing and sharing. These projects have …

YouTube suspends Logan Paul’s ad revenue, blames ‘recent pattern of behavior’

It’s only a temporary suspension though<p>Has controversial YouTuber Logan Paul changed? It seems YouTube doesn’t think so. Citing his “recent pattern of behavior,” the Google-owned platform announced this morning that it had “temporarily suspended” ads on Paul’s channels — stopping an income stream …

Internet

Apple could deliver 3 new Macs with custom chips in 2018

Apple is said to be planning “at least three” new Macs with custom security co-processors for 2018. Two of the machines will be updated MacBooks, while the other will be a desktop, according to a source familiar with the plans.<p>Apple has been designing its own mobile processors for the iPhone, iPad, …

Facebook will push local stories in news feed

Facebook's news feed has another new focus: local news.<p>The social network on Monday said it'll start to emphasize news stories from local publishers in an area where a person lives. That means if you follow a local news outlet, or if someone shares a story from a news outlet in your area, it might …

How to make a bit-for-bit copy of an SD card

Following the encryption debate surrounding the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone and increasing concerns over “digital strip searches” at the U.S. border, more and more people are paying attention to the data on your phone. From the police or border agents that may seek to see who you’ve been …

WhatsApp is the first third-party messaging service on CarPlay

The functionality is pretty limited, but it opens the door for more services.<p>Today, WhatsApp introduced a new app update that adds compatibility with Carplay. The additional functionality was first noted on the Dutch site <i>iCulture</i>, and it's automatically available who those who update to version …

Apps

Google is building Bulletin, a hyperlocal community news service

Google is working on a new way to source and highlight hyperlocal news from citizen journalists.<p>It’s called Bulletin, and it lets anyone publish a news story just by blogging and sharing images and video straight from their phone through the platform’s mobile app – without the need to create an …

Dell said to mull going public... again

Dell may be getting ready for another IPO, just five years after the computer maker took itself private.<p>Dell Technologies is exploring its strategic options to raise cash that include a public stock offering, Bloomberg reported late Thursday. The company's board is expected to meet later this month …

Xiaomi Redmi 5 with 4GB of RAM now available for purchase

Xiaomi<p>Xiaomi quietly launched a third variant of the affordable Redmi 5 on its website.<br>• This third variation features 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.<br>• It, along with all other Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus variants, are available through Xiaomi’s website in China.<p>Whether it was due to market demand, or …

Apple releases first iOS 11.3 public beta for iPhone and iPad

As promised yesterday, Apple has released the first iOS 11.3 public beta loaded with new features for iPhone and iPad. Apple previewed several new features yesterday prior to the first developer beta:<p>4 new Animoji on iPhone X: Lion, Skull, Bear, and Dragon<br>• ARKit 1.5 with support for vertical …

Twitter is using machine learning to crop photos to the most interesting part

The machine knows what you want to look at<p>The lure of machine learning isn’t always about big new features; often, what it does best are small tweaks that subtly improve user experience. So it is with Twitter’s use of neural networks to automatically crop picture previews to their most interesting …

American Airlines Announces an Aggressive New Way to Stop Passengers From Stealing Overhead Bin Space (There's a Catch)

I wonder if this will work.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek</i><i>.</i><p>How many hours can you bear in Economy Class?<p>Two? Three?<p>Before your knees begin to creak, your buttocks begin to whine, and your inner voice begins to scream to the Gods …

‘Bezel-less’ smartphones drove record growth for average prices during Q4 2017

Smartphone sales reports for the final three months of 2017 and the year as a whole are starting to pile up, with GfK focused on the total global …

Apple teases Seoul, South Korea retail store w/ new pictures ahead of Saturday’s opening

As we reported earlier this month, Apple is set to open its first store in South Korea this weekend, on January 27th. Ahead of that grand opening, the company has shared new images of the store in a press release…<p>Just as you would expect, the store follows the design Apple has used at all of its …

Apple adjusting App Store pricing & developer payouts in select countries due to tax changes

Apple today has sent an email to App Store developers informing them of upcoming price changes in select countries. The company says that value added tax, or VAT, has changed in some countries and thus it will adjust developer proceeds. Other countries will also see App Store prices updated.<p>Apple …

Google can no longer innovate, says former engineer

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>We change as we get older.<p>We learn more -- perhaps even far too much -- about the world. We slow down.<p>We begin to realize we're not as pure and wonderful as we thought and that there's a little evil-doing …

Technology (India)

Nintendo is shutting down Miitomo

Miitomo, Nintendo's initial entry into the world of smartphone apps, is shutting down. Nintendo has announced that it will stop selling Miitomo coins, the in-app currency, today, and service will end altogether on May 9th. You'll still be able to use the app and receive Miitomo coins through login …

One of Snapchat’s top product execs, Tom Conrad, is leaving the company

Conrad joined Snap almost two years ago from Pandora.<p>Snapchat’s VP of Product, Tom Conrad, is leaving the company in March.<p>Conrad, who joined Snap almost two years ago, oversees Snap’s product teams, and his departure doesn’t come at an ideal time considering Snap is in the midst of rolling out a …

Here is everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S9

Arguably the most highly anticipated Android phones for the year arrived last winter. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus at Mobile …

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Everything New in iOS 11.3: iCloud Messages, Animoji, Health Records, AirPlay 2 and More

Apple today released the first beta of an upcoming iOS 11.3 update, and it introduces quite a few new features, including several major changes and a long list of smaller tweaks. iCloud Messages, a long-promised feature has finally made its debut in iOS 11.3, and there are new Animoji, new ARKit …

Apple

Mars May Have Lost a Lot of Its Water in Massive, Devastating Dust Storms

A global storm around the entire planet.<p>The surface of Mars is dry and arid now, but scientists suspect that wasn't always the case – which raises …

Sky's £15 Now TV streaming stick comes with a voice remote

Sky's Now TV hardware hasn't had a refresh in over a year now, the most recent box being a curious clash of aerial and ethernet. The new Now TV box being announced today isn't a box at all, however. Sky call it the Now TV Smart Stick, and as always, we're looking at a rebranded Roku device that …

Smart TV

Sofia Coppola on making The Virgin Suicides: 'When I saw the rough cut I thought: Oh no, what have I done?'

The director relives the creation of her debut film, from the family tragedy that drew her to the story of five sisters taking their lives – to its terrifying Cannes premiere<p>I grew up with a lot of men. It was me and nine boys, once you count all my brothers and cousins. My dad, Francis Ford …

Why beetles are the most important organisms on the planet | Richard Jones

From the minuscule to the mighty, tree-dwellers to pond-swimmers, millions of beetle species reveal a wealth of information about the world we live in