Microsoft patent application explains why the company wants to produce a folding phone

Over the last week or so, we’ve passed along some of the latest information regarding a folding device that could be released as soon as next year by Microsoft’s Surface division. With telephonic capabilities, and the phone-like size that the product transforms into, there is no telling exactly what Microsoft will call it. However, we might get some sense of what the thinking is in Redmond by reading part of a recent patent application that was filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The patent application includes plenty of drawings showing a free-stop 360 degree …


'Outlander' episode 3 makes one huge change from the books; showrunner Ron Moore explains why

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This recap contains spoilers for Outlander Season 3, episode 3, “All Debts Paid.”

Episode 3 of Outlander Season 3 is a pretty big deal for fans of Diana Gabaldon’s novels: Not only does it reintroduce a pivotal character in Lord John William Grey (all grown up and decidedly more dashing than the last time we saw him in Season 2), but also closes the chapter on Claire and Frank’s tumultuous relationship in surprisingly poignant fashion.

While the show has to omit or streamline countless plot points from the novels in the adaptation process — including cutting Jamie’s trip to seals’ isle (although perhaps we’ll see it later in flashback) and the many prickly layers of his complicated relationship with Lord John, for the most part, Outlander’s writers do an admirable job of staying faithful to the emotional arcs that drive Gabaldon’s novels. That’s especially true of episode 3, written by Matthew B. Roberts, which takes our heroes on a believable and equally effective journey, even if the signposts are a little different along the way. Read more…

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Ming-Chi Kuo explains the technology behind Face ID


Apple will introduce its 2017 iPhone models on September 12th, and a leak found in the Gold Master version of iOS 11 suggests that the new phones will be known as the Apple iPhone X (the tenth anniversary edition), the Apple iPhone 8 (sequel to the iPhone 7) and the Apple iPhone 8 Plus (sequel to the iPhone 7 Plus). Pre-orders could start on September 15th with all three models set for a September 22nd launch.

Earlier today, we showed you a video that revealed how Apple iPhone X users will set up Face ID so that the facial recognition system can unlock their phone or verify their identity. …

Xiaomi explains why the Mi 6 lacks a 3.5 mm jack

With the release of the Xiaomi Mi 6, the Chinese company, like many others before it, did an Apple on us and got rid of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. While we’re already somewhat used to seeing this move, a lot of people would still rather use the familiar audio interface we’ve had for decades, as opposed to the USB-C port that most OEMs currently offer.

The reasons why some people prefer the 3.5 mm jack have been discussed in length many times before, so we’re not planning on talking about it again. However, what we do want to cover is why Xiaomi opted for a removal of the classic round hole.

According …

Verizon Chief Network Officer Palmer explains why Big Red sat out the FCC's 600MHz spectrum auction

As we told you earlier this month, T-Mobile, Comcast and Dish Networks were the three big spenders during the FCC’s auction of 600MHz spectrum. As T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere pointed out, these airwaves are considered to be the equivalent of beachfront property since low-frequency spectrum can travel farther, and penetrate buildings better than higher band airwaves.

Some of the big names that you might have expected to successfully bid in the auction, ended up on the sidelines instead. Early in the process, Sprint announced that it had enough spectrum (albeit of the high-frequency variety) …