After the Bixby button, Samsung disables the Bixby chief

The latest Samsung software update gives you the ability to completely disable the physical button that launches its Bixby virtual assistant on the latest high-end Galaxy phones. That’s right – you can either launch Bixby with that nice clicky button on the left, or nothing at all. 

Samsung apparently has a small team working on Bixby, and they’ve kept themselves pretty occupied with how to make the thing run in English for months, so, unsure about the pace of development, Samsung spared us yet another smart speaker with a digital butler built in.
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New security feature in iOS 11 disables Touch ID and blocks the cops from getting into your iPhone

It appears that with iOS 11, Apple is making it easy to disable Touch ID. This would allow a user worried about being forced to unlock his phone with a warrant or a court order, to prevent Touch ID from unlocking his/her handset. This happens to be a by product of Apple’s new feature that allows iOS users to quickly call 911 in case of an emergency. Pushing the power button five times in a row on iOS 11 will bring up the option to make a call to 911. More importantly for some, it also disables Touch ID, locking out the cops until the correct passcode is entered.

This is liable to set off …

Google's Inbox adds new feature that disables notifications except for "high priority" email


You might recall Google’s Inbox app. Originally offered by invitation only, the app helps organize your email inbox (hence its moniker) and bundles similar messages. This allows users to delete a ton of emails they don’t want, with a single swipe. Emails can be snoozed and returned to your inbox when you are ready to read and/or reply to a specific message. The app is designed to work best with Gmail.

Google has added a new feature to some users of Inbox that allows them to disable notifications on emails except for those considered “high priority.” The feature can be toggled on or off …

Oh… so that's why Sony disables its fingerprint scanners in the USA

Sony has had fingerprint scanners embedded into the power buttons of its smartphones since the Xperia Z5 family, released a year and a half ago. And since then, it has released its phones in the US with the fingerprint scanners disabled — even the new XZs and XZ Premium fall under that rule. A baffling decision, which angered even the Sony-faithful. However, despite the users’ disgruntlement being loud and clear, the company just wouldn’t back down on its decision. Why?

Seeing that everyone in this market is vying for the attention of every single customer, we did believe that Sony isn’t …