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China’s biggest streaming service just opened its first physical movie theater

An online platform goes brick-and-mortar<p>China’s biggest streaming service iQIYI announced today that it’s launched a physical movie theater. The theater will be called Yuke theater and will open in Zhongshan, Guangdong. It’s the first of a chain of brick-and-mortar theaters that iQIYI has planned …

Streaming

Android Wear may be rebranded as “Wear OS,” suggests Android P

A notification spotted in the Android P Developer Preview suggests that Android Wear may be rebranded to Wear OS. A Redditor (via <i>Android Police</i>) spotted the Wear OS text recently when pairing an Android Wear device, and it was accompanied by what could be a new logo (here’s the original).<p>The …

Galaxy S9 Plus vs. Pixel 2 XL: a new low-light photo champion?

Samsung’s 2018 flagship phone, the Galaxy S9, is the first in the world with an f/1.5 lens aperture. But set aside all the hype about it being part of a dual-aperture system. What I really wanted to know about this change is how it might improve Samsung’s low-light imaging. Having the widest …

How to recover lost data from iPhone, iPad, or iPod with iMyFone D-Back for Mac

If you need to recover data from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, there are a few options including Apple’s own recovery tools. But an app like iMyFone D-Back for Mac makes it easy to see all of your available options and recover specific data from backups via iTunes, iCloud and the device itself even …

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 …

Google’s acquisition of HTC’s design team is all about making the Pixel more like the iPhone

Google’s parent company Alphabet has closed the HTC purchase. Technically, Alphabet only bought most of HTC’s mobile division, some 2,000 engineers …

Mobile Technology

LG reveals new colors for its G6 and Q6 phones

Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet, and Raspberry Rose<p>Are you bored of your standard black or white phone? If you are, LG is releasing its G6 and Q6 in several new colors. The G6 now comes in Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet, and Raspberry Rose, while the Q6 also gets the new blue and lavender colors. LG …

Mobile Technology

Apple delays big new iOS features to focus on stability in 2018

Apple is changing up its plans for this year’s mobile software, a new report claims.<p>As a result of a recent string of criticisms concerning security and quality issues (outlined by my colleague Killian Bell here), Apple will now reportedly delay some of the big iOS features it had planned to …

Twitter uses smart cropping to make image previews more interesting

Twitter's recent character limit extension means we're spending more time reading tweets, but now the site now wants us to spend less time looking at pictures. Or more specifically, less time looking for the important bit of a picture. Thanks to Twitter's use of neural networks, picture previews …

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 …

Face ID shown unlocking for family members who aren’t alike

Apple’s Face ID is the safest facial recognition system ever made for smartphones. Unlike its Android alternatives, it can’t be hacked with photos, …

Face ID

Elon Musk Tweets An Excellent Example Of Tech Ethics

As I track examples of Silicon Valley’s unique political ideology, I’m always delighted to find ones that are short and sweet. Elon Musk recently gifted us with a great example.<p>In an exchange on Twitter, Musk shot off an innocent science-friendly argument,<p>“It is high time that humanity went beyond …

Moon

The world's biggest YouTube stars are seeing a massive slowdown

The internet is a fickle mistress.<p>Popular YouTube stars like PewDiePie and Zoella are seeing a huge slowdown in their online subscriber growth, signalling that even the top earners will need to look beyond video to maintain their popularity and income.<p>Business Insider analysed statistics from …

Android will keep dominating iOS (despite iPhone X) and 6 other tech predictions for 2018

2018 promises to be yet another exciting year in consumer electronics. From surprisingly impressive Android phones to everything for the smart home, we can expect important advances in every industry where consumer electronics play a role. Of course, these days that’s just about every industry …

Mobile

Ad targeters are pulling data from your browser’s password manager

New research shows an alarming new way to track web users<p>Nearly every web browser now comes with a password manager tool, a lightweight version of the same service offered by plugins like LastPass and 1Password. But according to new research from Princeton's Center for Information Technology …

Apple Wins the Holiday Season According to Flurry Analytics

Photo Source: Flurry Analytics<p>Flurry Analytics, which according to their own estimates “is used by over 1 million apps and has insight into 2.1 billion devices worldwide,” has declared Apple the winner of the gift-giving season. Just like last year, Apple took 44% of smartphone activations during …

Is the iPhone X too expensive for you? Rumored price cut may change that

The most expensive iPhone yet may become slightly cheaper next year, if new rumors are to be believed — potentially enticing more people to buy an …

10 Quick Changes to Fix Your Phone's Speed Issues

So you bought a shiny new phone, and a few months later you realize it isn't as fast as it used to be. We've all been there, and the issue isn't …

HTC and Motorola say they don’t slow old phones like Apple does

HTC and Motorola say they don’t throttle their phones’ processor speeds as their batteries age, something Apple last week acknowledged doing to prevent errors after iPhone owners documented slowdowns. In emails to <i>The Verge</i>, both companies said they do not employ similar practices with their …

HTC, Motorola claim to not follow Apple in throttling CPU performance as batteries age

Last week, Apple confirmed that it degrades CPU performance on older smartphones as batteries age. The iPhone maker was heavily criticized for not being more transparent about the decision and now its competitors claim that they do not follow similar practices on Android devices.<p>Earlier this month, …

Galaxy S8 Oreo beta program ends January 15th (Update: last beta rolling out)

<i>Update #2 (01/011):</i> Samsung is now rolling out the final update in its Oreo beta program. The news arrives from <i>Sam Mobile</i>, which also provided a copy of the changelog.<p>The update crushes a bunch of bugs and delivers the January 2018 security update, but beyond that, there isn’t much that’s new — …

Some Galaxy Note 8 phones not turning on after battery hits zero

• Some Galaxy Note 8 users reporting that their phones will not accept charge.<br>• The fault seems to occur after fully draining the battery.<br>• Samsung is aware of the issue and appears to be replacing affected devices on a case by case basis.<p><b>Update #2 (1/1/18):</b> Although we still don’t know why some Galaxy …

FBI Software Contains Russian-Made Code That Could Open A Back Door For Kremlin Hackers, Whistleblowers Say

In a secret deal, a French company purchased code from a Kremlin-connected firm, incorporated it into its own software, and hid its existence from the FBI, according to documents and two whistleblowers. The allegations raise concerns that Russian hackers could compromise law enforcement computer …

Surveillance

Video will make up 75 percent of mobile traffic in five years

That’s up from just over half of all traffic now.<p>Three quarters of all mobile traffic will be used for video in 2023, according to a new report by telecommunications equipment company Ericsson. That’s up from just over half of all traffic today.<p>Not only will that be a bigger share but also a bigger …

Mobile

Here’s the real reason why your iPhone X will arrive a lot sooner than expected

In the months and weeks preceding the iPhone X launch, it was widely reported that Apple’s next-gen iPhone, due to some manufacturing issues, was …

Mobile Technology

iPhone X telephoto lens requires less than a quarter of the light of the iPhone 7 Plus

A low-light test of the telephoto lens in the iPhone X has revealed that it works in a quarter of the light needed by the iPhone 7 Plus.<p><i>Studio Neat’s</i> Dan Provost noted that the iPhone makes up its own mind when to use the telephoto lens, even when you’ve selected it in the camera app …<p>When you …

Google Pushed Illegal Phone Spyware to Snoop on Your Spouse

It’s malware that stalkers love, and it poses a real threat in domestic violence. Until this week, the search giant was running thousands of ads for …

The ladyboss whose technology has been getting Indians hitched for nearly 20 years

In an industry where only 7% of women reach the C-suite, and 45% move out of core engineering roles within the first eight years of their careers, S Saichitra is an anomaly.<p>The 40-year-old has spent nearly two decades building the technology that powers Matrimony.com, India’s largest matchmaking …

Siblings

Early Galaxy S9 leaks show Samsung can’t copy the iPhone fast enough

A report from a noteworthy insider said on Wednesday that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be nearly identical to their predecessors when it comes …

Apple offices raided in South Korea ahead of iPhone X launch in Samsung’s home market

South Korean authorities have reportedly raided Apple’s offices in Seoul, South Korea, just ahead of the iPhone X launch in the country.<p>The iPhone X goes on sale in South Korea and a dozen more countries tomorrow …<p>London’s <i>Metro</i> reports that the timing of the raid is likely to lead to suspicions in …