Xiaomi Mi Max 3 leaks; phone carries huge screen and massive battery


Last month, we passed along some of the specs that put the max into the Xiaomi Mi Max 3. A new render showing what is allegedly the back of the Mi Max 3 has surfaced, and it reveals that the device will be equipped with a dual camera setup on back, along with a fingerprint scanner. It also shows that the handset will be offered in three different colors including one black and two different shades of blue.

The Mi Max 3 features a 7-inch full-screen display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. We could see a resolution of 1080 x 2160. The primary snapper on back is believed to weigh in at 12MP, …


Tiny device, huge panic: overheating battery causes evacuation of Apple Store in Zurich

In recent times, we’ve been hearing a lot about faulty batteries. Li-Ion cells have always had the occasional lemon, which will have a chance to melt down — and it’s a bummer when it happens to your device. But with the increasing amount of smartphone users around the world, and with phone manufacturers trying to cram larger capacity batteries into tighter devices, it’s no surprise that this is now… a hot topic.

Additionally, Apple has come under scrutiny for the way it handled the aging batteries in its own iPhones — it throttled performance to reduce the strain on a degraded battery. …

Wearing Uggs into this airline's lounge is apparently a huge no-no

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Putting aside how basic wearing Uggs makes you look, people love the boots because they’re warm and comfy. But did you know the fleece-lined boots will  alsoprevent you from entering an airport lounge? 

Yeah, we had no idea either. 

The Human League singer Joanne Catherall learned about this unusual dress code violation after trying to enter a Qantas lounge at Melbourne Airport while wearing the boots.

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HTC U11+ is announced with 18:9 HDR display, translucent back design, huge battery

HTC just announced what’s quite possibly its best smartphone ever, and if you live in the US, you can’t have one.
Say hello to the HTC U11+. As the name implies, this is a phone that has a lot in common with the company’s flagship, the HTC U11. It isn’t regarded as its successor, however. The HTC U11+ is more of a refined version, squeezing in a few extra bits and features that smartphone enthusiasts and fans of the brand would appreciate. This includes a larger battery, a rather unique translucent design, and a larger screen built around the increasingly …

Huge security flaw leaves Wi-Fi devices wide open to hackers

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There’s a hole in Wi-Fi security, and it affects the vast majority of Wi-Fi devices and networks. That very likely means your phone, your home wireless network, your wireless network at work — everything. 

Belgian security researcher Mathy Vanhoef from the imec-DistriNet research group at the KU Leuven university has discovered a vulnerability in the WPA2 security protocol, used by nearly every Wi-Fi device out there. It allows an attacker to remotely extract decrypted data from a protected Wi-Fi network without knowing the password.

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'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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Brave, brave woman lets a huge spider crawl all over her face

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After a woman in Pensacola, Florida discovered a golden orb weaver (a type of spider) in her home, she decided to relocate it to a “more appropriate location” — one that we assume is not inside a house.

But before being subjected to relocation, the spider decided to crawl around on the woman’s face. Surprisingly, the woman seemed fairly cool with that, a reaction to which I absolutely cannot relate. (To be fair, it’s not a particularly aggressive spider and does have a low-risk bite, but … still.)

Here’s hoping this yellow friend has now woven a beautiful circular web somewhere in the Great Outdoors. Read more…

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The Vernee Thor Plus packs a huge battery in a relatively slim body, has an inviting price tag

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It’s a rare sight nowadays that a manufacturer would stuff a massive battery in a smartphone. Usually, such an act means compromising a phone’s slim profile. But, just 3 months ago, manufacturer Vernee showed us that we can get the best of both worlds with its midrange Thor E phone, which had a 5,200 mAh cell, but still retained a relatively …

White supremacist rally ends early in Boston as counter-protesters show up in huge numbers

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A few dozen attendees showed up for Saturday’s planned “free speech” rally in Boston. But counter-protesters showed up in the thousands.

Per local news reports, over 10,000 people gathered at Boston Commons to protest the right-wing gathering, which quickly fell apart after it became clear the planned speaking schedule would not come to fruition. 

In fact, police were seen taking down rally flags and decor before 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. (The rally was scheduled for 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Whoops!

At around the same time, Twitter was flooded with images from the counter-protest. In one clip, crowds can be heard chanting “Not in Boston” — a reference to last week’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Read more…

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Motorola Moto E4 Plus launches this week in the US, huge battery in tow

In addition to announcing the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus, today, Motorola shared details about the availability of Moto E4 Plus – a smartphone that was first unveiled last month, at the same time with the already-released Moto E4.

The Moto E4 Plus will be launched in the US in a couple of days, on August 3. Customers will be able to purchase the unlocked version of the phone for $179.99 via Motorola’s website, Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers. August 3 is also when Verizon Wireless will start selling the Moto E4 Plus, but, for now, there’s no word on how much …