From sci-fi to your pocket: What AI means in your smartphone

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Just a few short years ago, artificial intelligence (AI) was the stuff of sci-fi movies, or nerdy robot foosball competitions shown in the “future tech” section of the evening news. Nowadays, however, it’s an everyday buzzword, and you even have mobile AI in your phone. That’s right, hidden among the marketing speak of neural engine co-processors is the simple fact that an increasing number …


What SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch means for the future of spaceflight

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SpaceX had a pretty big day on Tuesday. 

The Elon Musk-founded company successfully launched its maiden flight of the huge Falcon Heavy rocket and landed two of its three main boosters back on Earth after sending a Tesla Roadster to space. 

With this launch, SpaceX and Musk effectively made a long-shot rocket dream come true before our eyes and made good on a promise made more than five years ago.

“We tried to cancel the Falcon Heavy program three times at SpaceX,” Musk said during a briefing after the launch. The technical challenges associated with building the rocket were much worse than the company initially bargained for, but none-the-less, Musk and his team pulled through.  Read more…

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Snapdragon 845 phones like Galaxy S9 may sport Quick Charge 4+, here's what it means

Last week, Qualcomm announced the eventual Galaxy S9 chipset for the US models, Snapdragon 845. Previously, Samsung had given some details about its new Exynos 9810 processor, which, however, will most likely find its way into the global versions of the phone, as usual. What piqued our interest with the 845, however, was the promise for upgraded fast charging abilities, as the silicon has Quick Charge 4+ tech built in.

Samsung calls its own technology for pumping the Galaxy handsets full of electrons quickly Adaptive Fast Charge, which is probably what …

Trump proposed an NFL boycott because irony means nothing in 2017

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Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, has explicitly asked football fans to give up on the National Football League “until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country.”

In other words: He’s calling for a boycott.

If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017

…NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017 Read more…

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Morgan Stanley: Apple breaks law of economics as high price of iPhone X means higher sales

Common sense would have you believe that the high retail pricing of the Apple iPhone X will hold back sales of the tenth anniversary model. After all, the phone with 64GB of native storage is priced at $999. The 256GB model will cost you $1,149. Surprisingly, brokerage firm Morgan Stanley says that the higher prices will actually raise demand for the unit. According to the firm’s Apple analyst Katy Huberty, “Innovation-led price increases historically boost, rather than hinder, Apple demand.”

According to Huberty, Apple’s MO is to sell high quality, innovative products at premium prices. …

Settlement in Class Action suit means that some Sony Xperia device owners could receive a 50% refund

A settlement in a Class Action suit against Sony means that owners of certain Sony Xperia devices might end up receiving a 50% refund of the phone or tablet’s retail price. A federal court in New York ruled against Sony in a case that involved the waterproof capabilities of 24 Xperia models, including several smartphones and tablets. Owners of the devices listed below will automatically have their limited warranty coverage for damage resulting from water intrusion extended by one-year for models still under protection, and by six-months for devices no longer under warranty.

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Augmented reality on the iPhone isn't Apple's endgame, it's a means to an end

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s fondness for augmented reality is far from a secret — he’s discussed the subject at length numerous times, calling it things like “a big idea, like the smartphone.” And most of this hype talk has been happening only in the past year or so — so it’s no coincidence that the upcoming release of iOS 11 will also mark the company’s official entrance into the world of AR.

You may have already heard the name of iOS 11’s biggest new feature, ARKit: while its arcane-sounding name would suggest otherwise, the technology itself is actually pretty revolutionary. …

Court of Appeals ruling means Apple gets another shot at a valid patent for pinch-to-zoom

Back on January 9th 2007, during the introduction of the Apple iPhone, Steve Jobs also unveiled muli-touch. “We have invented a new technology called multi-touch that is phenomenal,” Jobs said. “It works like magic. You don’t need a stylus. It’s far more accurate than any touch display that’s ever been shipped. It ignores unintended touches. It’s super smart. You can do multi-finger gestures on it, and boy have we patented it.”

But that didn’t seem to matter in December 2012 after the USPTO invalidated the ‘915 patent associated with multi-touch and its features such as pinch-to-zoom. …

There will never, ever be a OnePlus 4 – because releasing it literally means death!

If you are at all interested in OnePlus’ powerful and affordable phones, you may have seen the upcoming sequel to last year’s OnePlus 3 and 3T models being referred to as the OnePlus 5. The straight-up number skipping may seem odd, as it’s counter-intuitive and it isn’t something phone makers do very often.

But it’s not like a giant black hole opened and swallowed the OnePlus 4, compressing the fabric of space and time as to give us the OnePlus 5 a year in advance. The actual truth is even more sinister! If 1+ made a OnePlus 4, the phone might as well be called the OnePlus Death – in China …

Moto X Style soak test in Brazil means Android 7.0 is on the way

The Moto X Style was launched on September 1st, 2015. Coming to market with Android 5.1 Lollypop pre-installed, eventually the Moto X Style received the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. And now, some Moto X Style users in Brazil are receiving the soak test for Android 7.0 Nougat. To participate, Moto X Style users and their phone must be registered with the Motorola Feedback Network.

The soak test allows a brave group of Moto X Style users to receive the update in advance. By seeding the update to Feedback Network members, the latter can pass along to Motorola any feedback that can improve …