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Meet Fribo, a robot built for lonely young people

Fribo encourages young people to text and call one another by sharing information on their daily activities<p>The number of people living alone is on the rise in the US and other developed nations, and it’s definitely not a good thing. Loneliness and isolation are bad for your health, physically and …

Robotics

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S vs. Samsung Galaxy S9+: Iterated to perfection

The Galaxy S9+ shares the same fundamental design as its predecessor, with Samsung instead focusing on improving the camera. Xiaomi is undertaking a …

Phones

Adobe's AI will automatically color-match shots in Premiere

At NAB 2018, Adobe has announced that the Sensei AI used in Photoshop and Lightroom have come to its Premiere Pro CC editing app. The first tool, Color Match, takes a lot of tedium out an edit. Even when filmmakers are careful, hues and tones can vary from shot to shot, so editors usually have to …

Tutorials

YouTube shooter IDed as woman angry at site’s “age-restricted” policies

Nasim Aghdam wrote: "Videos of targeted users are filtered & merely relegated."<p>The San Bruno Police Department has identified the suspect in …

Internet

Xiaomi's powerful Mi Mix 2S is both bezel-less and notch-less

At an event in Shanghai today, Chinese hardware maker Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Mix 2S, the iterative follow-up to its impressive borderless Android handset from 2017 – and thankfully, it hasn’t gone the way of many other phone brands borrowing the iPhone X’s notch.<p>While the core bezel-less design …

Mobile Technology

Hands-on with Business Chat for iMessage in iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4

Included in iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 is a new way to communicate with companies called Business Chat. Available in the United States as a beta to start, Business Chat lets you conveniently use iMessage for customer service and even complete transactions with Apple Pay. Check out our hands-on to …

Customer Service

Apple’s macOS 10.13.4 is here with full external GPU support | Ars Technica

The update also adds new privacy features and support for Business Chat.<p>Apple has released the 10.13.4 update for macOS. This update adds external …

Personal Information

All you need for a Volvo XC40 subscription is your iPhone

Getting a new car is getting even easier these days. BMW, Lexus and Volvo have all started selling cars via subscription. The Care by Volvo program gives you an all-wheel-drive XC40, insurance, routine maintenance, roadside assistance and no money down for $600 a month. That sounds pretty great, …

Apple Pay

Skagen Falster smartwatch review: Minimalist design, minimal features

It took far less time for the smartwatch market to cool than the smartphone ecosystem it was supposed to emulate. The interest curve of early …

Wear OS

Apple teases ‘late spring’ launch of new Business Manager platform for enterprise users

Apple is teasing the launch of a new Apple Business Manager device management solution for ‘late spring’ of this year. In a document outlining new enterprise features, Apple explains that Apple Business Manger is a web-based portal for IT managers to manage people and devices…<p>Apple seemingly …

Apple

Why does the U.S. government mistrust Huawei and not ZTE or Lenovo?

Huawei's big plans to make a breakthrough into the U.S. smartphone market have been crushed. There's no gentle way to say that, so I'll just say …

Mobile Technology

Tesla's Autopilot Was Involved in Another Deadly Car Crash

Tesla now has another fatality to hang on its semi-autonomous driving system. The company just revealed that its Autopilot feature was turned on when …

Autonomous Cars

MIT’s new app uses AI to look at food and tell you the recipe

If you’ve been following HBO’s hilarious <i>Silicon Valley</i> sitcom, then you’ll instantly giggle when you see MIT’s new food app in action. One of the …

Apple's Autoscanning iTunes Card Promo Codes Work via Hidden Font, Can be Replicated by Devs

When you purchase an iTunes gift card and redeem it in the App Store, the camera on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac can scan the code on the card to recognize it automatically, saving you the time of typing the numbers in manually.<p>Equinux, the company behind Mail Designer Pro 3, dug into how Apple's …

App Store

Boston Children's Hospital Caremap iPhone app utilizes CareKit to track, share pediatric data

A new app from the Boston Children's Hospital produced in conjunction with Duke University uses Apple's CareKit, and promises to simplify the medical …

Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4+ is both faster and cooler

We all want more power with less charging on our mobile phones. Qualcomm, the maker of the Snapdragon 835 processor, has long been working to provide lower power usage and faster battery charging. The current Quick Charge 4 technology, announced in November of last year, promises five hours of …

Mobile Technology

British Airways flight disruption was caused by someone unplugging the power

If you work in technology there’s often a joke about someone tripping over the power cord whenever a server goes down. It appears that joke became reality for British Airways last weekend. British Airways flights were disrupted worldwide due to a power supply issue in the company’s main datacenter, …

British Airways

DJI Spark review: DJI's compact drone is fantastic fun to fly

DJI’s compact, follow-me drone is packed with tech, but it’s not all about the gimmicks<p><i>Black Friday 2107 deal alert: DJI is knocking up to £160 off</i> …

Drones

The Eve V came from nowhere to challenge the Surface Pro

The Eve V convertible has become something of a media darling lately, mostly because it claims to be the first PC to be developed by consumers, not a massive corporation. The idea of the populist PC was intriguing enough that Microsoft and Intel both worked with Eve to make the V happen, but c'mon …

Gear & Gadgets

Raspberry Pi's tiny but beefy rival: UP Core can run full Windows 10

The Intel x86 UP Core is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.<p>UP has launched a crowd-funding campaign for its new developer board, the …

Raspberry Pi

Researchers use rideshare vehicles to uncover stingray use

It's a badly kept secret that law enforcement uses fake cell phone towers, called stingrays, that can track phones and eavesdrop on communications. But one research team has taken it upon themselves to sniff them out -- and at a reasonable cost, reports <i>Wired</i>.<p>A group of Seattle-based researchers …

Apple to Expand Siri to Work With More Types of Third-Party Apps

At its Worldwide Developers Conference next week, Apple is expected to expand Siri's functionality, allowing the voice assistant built into the iPhone and iPad to work with a wider variety of apps, reports <i>Reuters</i>.<p>Apple first started allowing third-party apps to interface with Siri with iOS 10, but …

Smart TV

Apple reportedly rolling out ‘Mechanical Turk’-esque program to improve Apple Maps data

Apple is advancing its data accuracy efforts with Apple Maps, according to a new report from iGeneration. The report details a new website app program where freelancers can sign up and get paid a small fee each time they correct/verify a Point-of-Interest or placemark in Apple Maps.<p>Similar to a …

Second-gen Moto 360 smartwatches will get Android Wear 2.0 soon

A bunch of smartwatches got Android Wear 2.0 when it finally came out in April, but sadly, Moto 360 wasn't one of them. The company promised a late-May availability, and it sounds like it's staying true to its word. Motorola Support's Twitter account has revealed that the updated OS will soon start …

Wear OS

Oculus Rift officially supports the HTC Vive’s best feature

The Oculus Rift has <i>technically</i> supported room-scale VR since the system's Touch motion controllers first went on sale last December. But purchasing an additional sensor didn't guarantee foolproof 3D tracking for greater immersion right off the bat. Oculus labelled the feature "experimental," …

Ready Player One

Far Cry 5 trailer brings the fight to disenfranchised America

Ubisoft takes its shooter franchise to a small fictional town in Montana.<p>The first trailer for Far Cry 5 feels oddly prescient. The latest entry in the open-world shooter franchise by Ubisoft takes place in a fictional area of Montana called Hope County. In it, you're fighting a cult of …

Far Cry 5

Oculus can now officially keep up if you want to move in VR

The latest update to the virtual reality headset adds full support for room-scale motion tracking.<p>Oculus is working to make its VR experience even more immersive.<p>The latest update for the Oculus Rift headset adds full support for room-scale motion tracking. Put on a headset, start a game, and if …

Virtual Reality

Huawei Watch 2 Classic now available at Best Buy, Amazon for $370

The Huawei Watch 2 was announced back in February, and the sportier version of the watch hit stores around this time last month. Now, the slightly-more-expensive “Classic” version of the Huawei Watch 2 is available at Best Buy, Amazon, and other retailers…<p>The Huawei Watch 2 Classic is almost …

T-Mobile wants to give your phone number superpowers

Starting May 31, T-Mobile users are going to be able to use their phone numbers in an entirely new way.<p>The new feature, known as DIGITS, is rolling out to all customers, the company said Thursday. It lets you connect all the devices you own to a single phone number — meaning you'll be able to …

T-Mobile

Rumors spread on WhatsApp lead to mob violence and death in India

Mobs in the Indian state of Jharkhand killed seven people in two violent attacks, apparently spurred into action by rumors circulating on WhatsApp.<p>A rumor that spread last week via the popular messaging app said strangers were abducting children. Mobs of over 500 people descended on innocent men …