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Apple iOS 11.1.2 Release: Should You Upgrade?

Apple has released iOS 11.1.2, the seventh official update to the iOS 11 operating system. iOS 11.1.2 comes just one week after iOS 11.1.1, an update addressed a strange autocorrect bug (mostly). Now iOS 11.1.2 is here to fix another bizarre problem, hopefully without causing bigger ones. But has …

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The iPhone X won’t be in stock consistently for months

After initial doom-and-gloom warnings about severe iPhone X shortages at launch, things are looking up. If you order a phone right now from Apple’s …

Some Instacart workers to strike over pay that can be as low as $1 per hour

Stoppage to last Sunday and Monday, but its impact seems unlikely to be broadly felt.<p>OAKLAND, Calif.—Seated at a dimly-lit bar, a gregarious man …

Mom's iPhone unlocked using 10-year-old son's face

A precocious 10-year-old boy has hacked the Face ID of his parents’ iPhone X.<p>When New York City residents Attaullah Malik and Sana Sherwani received their brand new iPhones earlier this month, Sherwani told her son that “there’s no way you’re getting access to this phone.”<p>But the boy, Ammar Malik, …

Sprint Black Friday deals now include Essential Phone for $145

Down and down again. Reviewers have had a love-hate relationship with this phone — the camera is utterly terrible and its form factor is alienating …

Pokémon Go Event Challenges Players to Catch 3 Billion Pokémon for Limited-Time Rewards

<b>Update:</b> On Twitter, Niantic announced that over 500 million Pokemon have been caught in the event's first day.<p>Pokémon Go studio Niantic has today …

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Sony Black Friday deals: Cyber Monday keeps PS4 Pro under £300, with PS4 under £200

Sony's Cyber Monday deals mean cheap PS4, PS4 Pro, PSVR and PS Plus<p>Sony's Black Friday deals have extended into Cyber Monday to bring you plenty of …

Google Lens officially rolling out to the Pixel and Pixel 2

<b>Update (11/21):</b> A few days ago, Google Lens inside Google Assistant began rolling out to a handful of Pixel devices, but not every Pixel owner had access to it. That’s changing today.<p>Google has just announced that Google Lens in the Assistant will be rolling out to all Pixel phones (Pixel, Pixel …

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Xiaomi to invest heavily in India, new 'i' device launching shortly

Xiaomi has launched seven devices in India this year, but it looks like the company isn't done yet. In a recent tweet, Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar …

The Amazon Kindle turned 10 this week

The first Kindle was launched on November 19, 2007, and since then has become the world’s most popular e-reader. Amazon isn’t exactly holding any Kindle birthday celebrations, however, Jeff Bezos did mark the Kindle’s birthday with a tweet. The tweet shows the first Kindle next to the latest …

Bitcoin soars to new high above $8,200

Bitcoin, the red-hot cryptocurrency, continued its upward tear Monday, hitting an all-time high above $8,200 a coin.<p>The digital coin was trading up 2.35% at $8,222 at 9:31 a.m. ET, according to data from Markets Insider.<p>The price of bitcoin has been pushed higher as more traditional financial …

Germany bans kids’ smartwatches that can be used for eavesdropping

A German regulator has banned domestic sales of children’s smartwatches that have a listening function — warning that parents have been using the devices to secretly eavesdrop on teachers at their kids’ school.<p>In an announcement on Friday, the Federal Network Agency telecoms watchdog said it had …

Google wants option of building Danish data center next to Apple ‘for same three reasons’

Google has purchased land in Denmark, adjacent to the site of Apple’s second data center in the country. The company said that it wanted to have the option of building its own data center right next door …<p><i>Reuters</i> reports that the Danish government welcomed the news, suggesting Google was influenced …

iMac Pro packs A10 Fusion chip for always-on ‘Hey Siri’

iMac Pro packs an A10 Fusion processor with 512MB of RAM, according to Apple software. The chip will likely be dedicated to handling things like macOS boot, as well as always-on “Hey Siri.”<p>Apple’s own chips become even more impressive every year, allowing iPhone and iPad to easily outperform their …

OnePlus 5T review: polished to a T

The best phone without a great camera<p>OnePlus is one of those beguiling companies that seem to promise impossibly wonderful things. Flagship products at budget prices. The assiduous elegance of an iPhone at the attainable cost of a midrange Motorola. It’s a company that constantly flirts with the …

Lenovo announces a cheaper version of its innovative Yoga Book

Aimed at emerging markets and people not looking for the power and extra expense of the Yoga Book itself, the Yoga A12 pares back the power — it has …

Tim Cook Talks iPhone 8, Siri, Home Automation, CarPlay In Apple Investor Call: Expected Product Developments in 2017

Tim Cook had indicated a lot of developments from Apple in his quarterly earnings call last week. He indicated that the company’s flagship …

Reform thinktank says sector could be ‘the next Uber’ and staff should embrace the gig economy amid rise in automation<p>Almost 250,000 public sector workers could lose their jobs to robots over the next 15 years, according to a new report which claims machines would be more efficient and save …

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Hackers took more than 10,000 dark web sites offline

Around 20 per cent of all websites on the dark web were taken offline in a hack, with those responsible publishing details of the website …

Netflix extension for Chrome is your shortcut to a ton of hidden categories

Though its offerings are now available in more than 130 countries worldwide, Netflix has a sea of hidden content underneath its main selection of categories – and now there’s a nifty plugin that gives you access to all of its invisible listings straight from your browser.<p>Available for free, Netflix …

Tapjoy and IronSource to offer monetization services to mobile game and app devs

Tapjoy and IronSource have partnered to deliver better services for mobile app developers when it comes to segmenting users, predicting which ones will spend money, and which ads will be most effective.<p>San Francisco-based Tapjoy said it is partnering to offer a full slate of services to developers. …

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The Science of Memory: How to Effortlessly Boost Your Retention and Recall

There's an easy way to improve your memory, but don't take my word for it - here's the research.<p>Have you ever had trouble remembering names? I know I have. There's nothing more embarrassing than having someone who "knows you" start a conversation while you're running through your mental Rolodex and …

Reports: Debris may be from missing flight MH370

Malaysia's transport minister said Wednesday there is a "high possibility" that a piece of debris found on a sandbar off Mozambique is from a Boeing 777 but more investigation is needed to determine whether it is from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that disappeared two years ago with …

Getflix lets you access restricted streaming globally

Most music and video streaming services use geo-restrictions to limit access to their services, which creates headaches for international users who want to access (and pay) for the likes of Hulu Plus, HBO Go or Netflix.<p>A solution has been found in Getflix, a smart DNS service that removes the …

Where Everything Is in the Solar System, Right Now

Among the many wonderful things that NASA does, it maintains open-access scientific data on the positions and motions of known natural objects in the …

While other parts of California are bone dry, San Diego faces the opposite problem: too much water

The $1-billion desalination plant coming online next month in Carlsbad will fit right in with years of careful planning and investment in water supply in San Diego County.<p>It will also worsen a peculiar San Diego problem amid a multiyear drought: an oversupply of water.<p>Unlike other parts of …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson's best quotes may make you fall in love with science all over again

But deGrasse Tyson also has a serious side, which he reveals time and again in his books, shows, Twitter page, and popular science articles.<p>Often, deGrasse Tyson's humor strikes a serious chord that not only makes us laugh but also think. As a popular science educator, deGrasse Tyson is out to …