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Tesla Model 3 updates coming after Consumer Reports found ‘big flaws’

Model 3’s braking distance was ‘was far worse than any contemporary car we’ve tested’<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the Model 3 would be getting an update after <i>Consumer Reports</i> said it found some “big flaws” in the electric car’s braking and “difficult-to-use” touchscreen. In response, the …

Tesla

Tests of embedded fingerprint reader show that option could have worked for Apple

We know from both a succession of patents and Apple statements that the company was exploring a Touch ID sensor embedded into the screen of the iPhone before it settled on Face ID for last year’s flagship iPhone …<p>Apple says that it abandoned all work on an embedded Touch ID sensor as soon as it saw …

Mobile Technology

Boston Dynamics’ robots are learning how to run outside and navigate autonomously

Boston Dynamics’ robots look more natural and more amazing with each video, and today the company posted two more clips to its YouTube channel showing the latest progress of its Atlas and SpotMini robots.<p>The clips don’t reveal much we haven’t seen before, but they both show how naturally these …

Robotics

Support for HDR YouTube videos now widely rolling out for iPhone X

YouTube has been trialling support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos on the iPhone X since the end of last month, and now appears to be rolling it out more widely …<p>Netflix last year added HDR support for the iPhone X along with the iPhone 8 and iPad Pro, but it is only in the last few weeks that …

IPad Pro

Apple key in effort to commercialize aluminum production without greenhouse gas emissions

Aluminum is Apple’s go-to material for making many of its products sleek and durable, and now the company is taking serious steps to ensure using its favorite metal is also good for the planet.<p>Two major aluminum producers are announcing a “joint venture to commercialize patented technology that …

Business Development

Google demo shows how Android and iOS devices can share an augmented reality world

A demo game created by Google allows Android and iOS users to shoot each other in augmented reality.<p>No, it isn’t platform wars getting out of control, but rather a demonstration of a way to allow Android’s ARCore and Apple’s ARKit to access the same augmented reality world …<p><i>CNET</i> got a demo at …

Augmented Reality

Apple’s ‘Barbers’ Portrait Mode ad wins Best In Show at ADC Awards

At last night’s ADC Awards in New York City, Apple was honored for their work on last May’s ‘Barbers’ ad, a 1-minute piece promoting Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus.<p>Each year, the ADC (Art Directors Club of New York) celebrates leaders in creative communications. The most prestigious award given …

Awards

Apple's retail boss will be joining Ralph Lauren's board of directors

Fashion house Ralph Lauren plans to add Angela Ahrendts to its board of directors, the company announced Wednesday.<p>Ahrendts, who serves as Apple's head of retail, will be nominated for the position at Ralph Lauren's annual stockholders meeting, which will take place in August.<p>"I am delighted to …

Ralph Lauren

In a Leaked Memo, Apple Warns Employees to Stop Leaking Information

Apple Inc. warned employees to stop leaking internal information on future plans and raised the specter of potential legal action and criminal …

Employment

Face ID deemed too costly to copy, Android makers target in-display fingerprint sensors instead

A new report from Digitimes citing supply chain sources indicates that Android phone makers are ‘rushing’ to implement fingerprint sensors under the display for upcoming handsets.<p>Android manufacturers have decided that recreating the 3D facial recognition used by iPhone X is simply too costly to …

Sketchy report says iPhone SE 2 to be manufactured exclusively in India

The fate of the iPhone SE remains murky. We’ve had some reports claim it is coming, others saying it probably isn’t happening, and even videos of fake units posing to be the next iPhone SE. For some reason, the SE 2 is attracting a lot of sketchy reports from websites with little-to-no track record …

Instagram & Snapchat remove Giphy integration due to sticker w/ racial slur

Earlier this year, both Snapchat and Instagram added integration with popular GIF service Giphy, allowing users to add the stickers to their posts and stories. As first reported by <i>TechCrunch</i>, however, both social networks have now removed that integration due to a GIF with a racial slur…<p>Both …

Apple is reportedly working on its own high-quality headphones

The headphones could come by the end of the year<p>In a new report, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says that Apple is updating its wireless AirPods and is working on its own brand of high-quality over-ears headphones, which could arrive later this year, according to <i>Apple …

Headphones

Google Assistant will soon detect what language you’re speaking in

Google Assistant is getting some important language upgrades this year. By the end of 2018, Google says it’ll be able to understand and speak 30 languages, enough to cover 95 percent of Android users. And sometime later this year, the Assistant won’t be limited to speaking one language at a time. …

New AirPods reportedly coming this year with ‘Hey Siri’ support, water resistant model in development

Apple is working on a new version of the AirPods truly wireless earbuds for release later this year, featuring a new wireless chip and support for ‘Hey Siri’ activation, according to a report from Bloomberg today. This is despite the fact the first-generation model continue to be supply constrained …

A.I. Is Getting Cheaper. That’s Also Bad News.

SAN FRANCISCO — A Silicon Valley start-up recently unveiled a drone that can set a course entirely on its own. A handy smartphone app allows the user to tell the airborne drone to follow someone. Once the drone starts tracking, its subject will find it remarkably hard to shake.<p>The drone is meant to …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple Plans Upgrades to Popular AirPods Headphones

Apple Inc., seeking to bolster its wearables business, is working on upgrades to its wireless AirPods headphones, according to people familiar with …

Sony releases mysterious teaser for its next phone

Sony is apparently going to introduce something at Mobile World Congress next week, going off the fact that its Xperia account tweeted a teaser video for the annual phone event this morning. The video shows a hand and a bunch of ripples cascading down onto it from above. It also says whatever this …

Apple Music to overtake Spotify in US subscribers this summer as it hits 36M globally

While Spotify has long-held a lead over Apple in streaming music subscribers, the gap between the two is slowly narrowing, according to a new report from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The report, citing “people in the record business,” explains that Apple Music is adding subscribers in the United States …

Apple Music

Apple working on bigger (and cheaper) 6.1-inch iPhone

Apple is working on three new iPhones this year, including a big-screen model that will be cheaper than the iPhone X, according to a new note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.<p>The tech giant is said to have plans to develop an iPhone that comes with a 6.1-inch TFT LCD display. That device …

iPhone just hit its highest ever share of the U.S. phone market

Apple smartphone market share has reportedly risen from 37 percent to 44 percent in the U.S., representing its highest point in history on Apple’s home turf.<p>According to research from Counterpoint’s Market Pulse program, Apple shipped a record 22 million iPhones in the 2017 holiday quarter, …

IPhone 8

BlaBlaCar is optimizing its service for small cities and has a new visual identity

When you reach BlaBlaCar’s scale, you need to find customers who are hard to reach — literally. The French company announced an effort to optimize its ride-sharing for long-distance rides for people who don’t live in major hubs. BlaBlaCar now has 60 million users.<p>When you list a ride on BlaBlaCar, …

On-demand dog walking app Wag raises $300 million from SoftBank Vision Fund

The SoftBank Vision Fund has struck again. This time, it’s investing $300 million in on-demand walking and dog care startup Wag. Wag has also brought on Hilary Schneider, formerly of identity theft protection company LifeLock, to serve as the company’s new chief executive officer.<p>Last year, Wag was …

Wag, the Dog-Walking Service, Lands $300 Million From SoftBank Vision Fund

HONG KONG — One of the tech world’s deepest-pocketed investors has been scouring the globe to find and fund the technologies that are building the future.<p>Advanced robotics. Indoor farming. Data-driven drug research.<p>And now: on-demand dog walking.<p>The SoftBank Vision Fund, a nearly $100 billion pot …

Venture Capital

Apple reportedly focusing on reliability and performance in iOS 12 over new features

The next version of iOS could be focusing on functionality<p>It may feel like iOS 11 was just released, but Apple is already hard at work on the next version of its software. According to a report from <i>Axios</i>, the next major iOS update will focus on improving reliability and performance — areas that …

iOS 11.3 beta reveals unannounced ‘Modern iPad’

Apple left a big clue in iOS 11.3 that it is working on a brand new iPad for release later this year.<p>After Apple released the first beta of iOS 11.3 earlier this week, developers dug through the new software. They found references to a mysterious “Modern iPad” that packs Face ID.<p>The addition of …

IPad Pro

Cargo raises $5.5M to let Uber drivers sell snacks and essentials nationwide

Cargo, a startup that wants to let every rideshare driver open their own convenience store in their car, has just raised $5.5 million in a round it’s calling seed preferred financing.<p>Over the summer we covered the company’s $1.75 million seed round, at which point they were just getting started. …

Tim Cook says the next iOS update will allow users to disable intentional battery slowdowns

Apple CEO Tim Cook today shared that the next update to iOS 11 will allow users to disable battery performance throttling on their device. The move comes after Apple last month admitted it intentionally slows down iPhones as they get older to prevent issues that may arise as the batteries …

Tim Cook

Nomad’s new wireless charging hub is a traveler’s best friend

If you spend any meaningful amount of time in hotels, you’ll know that many of them are still living in the age of the 30-pin adapter, even though most of us have already moved on to Lightning, wireless charging and USB-C. So it’s essential to pack charging equipment to handle any need that might …

Scientists Figure Out How to Make Muscles from Scratch

For the past several years, Nenad Bursac has been trying to make muscles from scratch.<p>A biological engineer at Duke, Bursac came close in 2015, when …