Apple receives patent to protect iPhone users' eyes from bright screens in dark rooms

Apple has received a patent that could help prevent iPhone users from suffering “luminescence shock.” This can happen when a handset is turned on in the dark and the display immediately is too bright for the surroundings. After a few seconds, the screen finds a more appropriate setting and tones down the brightness. But the user’s eyes have already been “shocked” by the bright display. Apple’s new patent, called “Luminescence Shock Avoidance in Display Devices,” would have an iPhone limit the brightness level of its screen when the device is activated in a dark environment.

How is this done? …

Doctors inject lab-grown genes into boy's eyes to treat blindness


On the morning of March 20, eye surgeon Jason Comander injected viruses carrying lab-grown genes into the eyes of a boy whose vision had been gradually disappearing.

If all goes as planned, the 13-year-old patient — who lives with an inherited genetic defect that causes blindness — will experience an improvement in eyesight in about a month.

After a series of tests, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this gene-therapy treatment, called Luxturna, in December 2017. 

Three months later, the procedure Comander performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear served as the first time an FDA-approved gene therapy was used on a person living with an inherited, and incurable, genetic disease. There are no other effective treatments for this specific retinal disease.  Read more…

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Someone added googly eyes to illustrations of dinosaurs, and they look a lot better


Googly eyes make everything better. 

Artist and cosplayer Hattie Grace jazzed up a book of dinosaur illustrations with a classic arts and craft supply.

“Googly eyes add so much to dinosaur history,” they tweeted. 

Googly eyes add so much to dinosaur history

— Hattie Grace Illustration (@hattedhedgehog) February 20, 2018

Psittacosaurus looks a lot less threatening with big, glossy eyeballs. Hattie even added eyebrows to make a very concerned-looking triceratops. 

Ok sorry there’s more

— Hattie Grace Illustration (@hattedhedgehog) February 20, 2018 Read more…

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The HTC U11+ and U11 EYEs can be ordered in the US via Amazon (without warranty)

In the last couple of months, HTC announced three new
smartphones: HTC U11 Life, HTC U11+, and HTC U11 EYEs. Only the less advanced
among them – U11 Life – is officially available in the US, but this
doesn’t mean that you can’t buy the other two phones (if you really want them
and you’re ready to deal with some downsides).


Introduced as HTC’s first handsets to sport displays with
18:9 aspect ratios, the U11+ and U11 EYEs are now both available to order on Amazon – but only via third-party sellers, at prices that are higher than you might expect. These are unlocked international variants …

How to install Apple's internal SEED app reserved for employees' eyes only

Unless you work for Apple in the Apple Store, or in some other capacity, you most likely are unfamiliar with the the Apple Sales Enablement, Education and Development app. With the acronym, this is the Apple SEED app. Get it? Appleseed. As in that mythical iOS user Johnny Appleseed whose name appears on iPhone commercials back in the early days. Those who work in the Apple Store or in another capacity for the company, use the app to obtain some of the information that they need to do their job.

Anyway, Apple might not like it, but a brief window has opened up that allows anyone running …

HTC U11 EYEs specs and more press renders leak ahead of official announcement

HTC confirmed recently it will hold a press conference on January 15 where the company is supposed to unveil another mid-range Android smartphone, the long-rumored HTC U11 EYEs.

With probably less than a day left until the announcement, what appear to be official renders and information about the U11 EYEs leaked online. At first glance, these details match the previous reports about the upcoming device.

This means that the HTC U11 EYEs will indeed be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage. On the back, the phone packs a …

HTC U11 EYEs to be announced on January 15, here is what it looks like

The HTC U11 EYEs, also known as HTC Harmony, is supposed to be revealed next week. We reported earlier this month that a mid-range smartphone with that might go official very soon.

Well, it looks like the Chinese media has already received invitations to an HTC event, which mention the word “Eye.” The announcement is scheduled for January 15, while rumors claim the HTC U11 EYEs will go on sale in three Asian countries – China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, on January 17.

Specs-wise, HTC U11 EYEs is a mid-range device equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, …

HTC U11 EYEs (Harmony) seemingly coming soon as a new, large mid-range phone

Back in 2014, HTC launched an interesting smartphone called
Desire EYE, and it looks like the company is now ready to revive half of that
name. According to ever-reliable Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), HTC plans to
release a new handset called U11 EYEs.


Reportedly, the U11 EYEs is the unannounced device that was
known until now as the HTC Ocean Harmony. Thus, this should be a mid-range
smartphone with a 6-inch display, an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, and 4
GB of RAM. 


The HTC Desire EYE (pictured above) was named like that
mainly because it had a large 13 MP front …

Feast your eyes on these 'Star Wars' treasures from the 'Last Jedi' junket


Disney treated the press to a secret Star Wars press junket on Sunday, which featured not only a full cast panel discussion but also an impressive compendium of costumes, photographs, and Star Wars merchandise.

The main purpose of the junket was interviews along with a big press conference. The cast and director assembled to talk about the upcoming film, which will be the longest Star Wars movie to date.

This is a good way to spend a Sunday. John and Oscar’s cardigans are 👌 #TheLastJedi

— Laura Prudom (@LauInLA) December 3, 2017 Read more…

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Small acts of kindness: Android users can now assist blind people worldwide via Be My Eyes

A couple of years ago, a small app called Be My Eyes launched on iOS. A great tool with that “change the world” attitude behind it. Basically, you register in the app as either a blind person or a sighter user. The former can request assistance whenever they need something to be read or described to them. Then, the app queues up a list of sighted users and starts pinging them for assistance. When a helper is found, the blind person points their phone at whatever they need “seen” — an expiry date on a product, a place, a label, anything of the sort — and the assistant reads the information out to …