Android P to support Vulkan graphics API 1.1 for better looking, better performing games

Vulkan is the exciting graphics API (application programming interface) that will help give mobile gaming a serious push forward, visuals-wise at least, bringing something more akin to home console quality graphics to the palm of your hand. Samsung has been supporting it on Galaxy devices starting with the S7 back in 2016, and Google has also added support for it in Nougat. We’ve already seen some pretty interesting tech demos of what Vulkan will be capable of when it’s fully fleshed out and developers get around to fully utilizing its powers — i.e. having much more direct …


Apple virtually cleans the message bug in its iPhone X ad, keeps it in iOS 11

OK, get this! Apple have updated the ad so the text doesn’t overlap anymore. The animation isn’t as elegant as I’d like but I’ll take it. Hopefully, this means the software bug is actually being worked on now. pic.twitter.com/NRY769lu0y— Benjamin Mayo (@bzamayo) 23 март 2018 г. 
If you remember, Apple had a fun new commercial a few days ago, demonstrating the unlocking power of gaze, hinting at how awesome the new Face ID scan biometry on the iPhone X is. While a girl is happily frolicking through a school, and ravaging open doors, cars, and locker rooms with the power of …

Streaming music provider iHeartMedia files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Saddled with $20 billion in debt, iHeartMedia today announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and is reorganizing its financial obligations. The company, which streams music online, also owns 850 radio stations and promotes concerts. Under Chapter 11, a company is protected from creditors seeking repayment of debt while it reorganizes. The media giant has reached an agreement in principle with holders of $10 billion of its debt, which will halve iHeartMedia’s debt load to $10 billion when it emerges from bankruptcy in the future.

Currently, the iHeartRadio app is …

Reports that Apple will nix the notch in iPhone 11 are the ultimate copycat irony

Uh oh, Apple may be doing away with unsightly top bezel protrusions for the 2019 iPhone crop, and we doubt that the glut of notch copycats in the Android universe will appreciate such a move. You see, Apple’s Phil Schiller sat for an interview not long ago, and said that the notch is actually quite an elegant way to house all the TrueDepth camera paraphernalia that makes Face ID and Animoji possible on the iPhone X. He mentioned that Apple managed to miniaturize the parts that make Face ID possible to an extent unseen before, and housed them in the bezel protrusion successfully, …

These 11 queer artists are on the frontier of pop music

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From Drag Race to Olympic figure skaters, queer people are owning culture, while the rest of you are regurgitating it at an alarming rate.

However, it’s no secret that many queer artists are still finding their footing in mainstream pop music. As audiences grow progressively more tolerant, these artists are starting to find a way to step forward. This growing camp of musicians share a use of electric, synthpop sounds, and introspective lyrics that reflect the way they see the world through their multifaceted identities.

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Chinese national living in U.S. pleads guilty to selling $1.1 million of fake iPhone and iPad units

Jianhua “Jeff” Li, a 43-year old Chinese national who was living in the U.S. on a student visa, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey over charges related to a criminal operation. The illegal scheme sold $1.1 million of fake Apple iPhone and iPad devices in the states. Li admitted to one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and labels, and to smuggle goods into the United States, and to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. He will be sentenced on May 30th.

Li and his associates smuggled 40,000 electronic devices and accessories into the U.S. …

Apple confirms 65% of iPhones and iPads run iOS 11, less than 30% are still on iOS 10

Google releases monthly updates concerning the distribution of various Android versions, but Apple doesn’t have to do that. From time to time, the US giant releases statistics that offer us a look at the iOS distribution at a macro level.

Today, Apple published statistics about the iOS 11 adoption, as well as how the previous versions of the operating system performed in comparison. It’s true that fragmentation exists in the world of Apple as well, but not at the same level as Google’s Android.

But let’s not compare apples and oranges, and get straight to the point. According to Apple, …

11 Easy DIY holiday gifts your family will actually like

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The holidays are already among us and if you’re still scrambling for the perfect holiday present for your family, you’re probably shit out of luck, my friend. 

But have no fear. It’s time to finally skip those long lines and those pesky overdraft fees with a few simple DIY holiday gifts your family will actually enjoy. 

1. ‘How To Tell Time’ Coffee and Wine Glass Holder

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How to: You’ll need an 18 by 16 inch dark-stained piece of wood, white paint, and attach sawtooth hangers. This is a funny but simple DIY gift that anyone can appreciate, cheers.  Read more…

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iOS 11 installation rate reaches 59 percent, adoption lagging behind older versions

iOS 11, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, is now installed on 59% of iOS devices. The latest information comes from statistics that were shared on Apple’s App Store support page for developers. 
This number is rather impressive, especially when compared to the adoption rate of Android Oreo (0.3% distribution as of November 9th). Still, we have to note that the adoption of iOS 11 is slower than what we’ve seen in previous years. For comparison, iOS 9 was running on 67% of devices by mid-November 2015, while iOS 10 …

Woman spends $100 for what she thought was the iPhone 6; instead, she bought 11 potatoes

Over the years, we’ve passed along stories about consumers who thought they were buying an Apple device only to be victimized by a scam. Whether it was the 22-year old South Carolina woman who paid $180 for an Apple iPad and ended up with a block of wood, or the lady who handed over $200 to a con man who promised her an iPad but sold her a broken mirror, it is always good to remember that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t; true, that is.

It feels like it has been some time since we had one of these sad sack stories to tell you about, but as it turns out, Black …