Microsoft patent application could lead to a smaller notch for future iOS and Android handsets

Microsoft has applied for a patent application that could result in a smaller notch on future versions of the Apple iPhone X. The technology that the patent application covers would combine the front-facing camera and infra-red camera into one sensor. There are other advantages to doing this besides saving space. The technology in the patent would allow infra-red sensors to be placed in a camera alongside visible light sensors. This would allow the phone to collect infra-red data and visible light data at the same time, without parallax issues disrupting depth calculations.

The patent, named …


Report says slow Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus sales will lead to as much as a 30% cut in orders to suppliers

While some analysts are telling clients that the 2017 iPhone models are selling well, supply chain sources have another story to tell. These guys are in the trenches and might have a closer view at what is really going on compared to an analyst sitting in a tall skyscraper on Wall Street. According to these supply chain sources, component suppliers could find Q1 2018 orders from Apple sliced by 15% to 30% compared to a typical first quarter.

Some argue that the lower orders to the supply chain is due to seasonal factors, such as the Lunar New Year holiday, which will drop factory utilization …

Good intentions that might lead to hell: 40,000 profile pics scraped from Tinder for AI experiment

There are numerous privacy concerns about online dating and there are many good reasons behind them. A recent event gives us a great example and makes us wonder if pictures posted to Tinder and other similar platforms are as secure as we are used to believe. Because, as TechCrunch reports, a user of the machine-learning platform Kaggle downloaded 40,000 selfies posted on the dating platform … and it was a piece of cake.

This act is a typical example of good intentions that might pave the road to hell. The report says Stuart Colianni snatched the people’s profile photos from Tinder, with …

Chip issues could lead to major shortages of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

The word out of Korea on the day before the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ are to be unveiled, is that Qualcomm has been having a problem turning out enough Snapdragon 835 chipsets to meet Samsung’s production schedule. In addition, Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 SoC, which powers its flagship phones in most parts of the world, is also suffering from production delays. The Snapdragon 835 chipset will be employed on U.S. versions of the Galaxy S8/S8+. Both chips are made using the 10nm process, which could explain the low yields achieved by Qualcomm and Samsung.

Industry analysts believe …

Apple Pencil 2 gets the lead out this spring?

A sequel to the Apple Pencil is coming this spring, according to a report published on Wednesday. The Apple Pencil 2 will have some new features including the ability to magnetically stick to an iPad. It also will sport some type of clip, like the kind seen on a regular pen or pencil, allowing the device to be attached to a pocket. The new Apple Pencil 2 should be available at the same time the new iPad Pro models are released.

The new iPad Pro models could feature a 10.5-inch version (up from the 9.7-inch model) and a variant wearing a 12.9-inch screen. They both will be powered by the …