Alright, alright! So, it turned out all those conspiracy theories about Apple slowing down old iPhones had some type of truth to them. Apparently, Apple put in a mechanism in iOS which would limit hardware performance if the phone’s battery had deteriorated and was no longer capable of providing reliable power for the phone to function right. Apple’s train of thought was this — better have a slow phone that works instead of one that restarts randomly due to the battery failing.
The last day of 2017 brought a nice gift for Xiaomi customers using a Mi A1 smartphone, as the handset maker started pushing out the promised Android 8.0 Oreo update. Unfortunately, the update seems to have been rushed to meet the deadline announced by Xiaomi a while ago.
Now, Xiaomi announced that due to the many issues experienced by Mi A1 owners who updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, they are putting the roll-out on hold until they fix these bugs.
It appears that Xiaomi Mi A1 users reported many problems after the update, including issues with the camera, dialer …
For a while now, there have been reports that iOS automatically throttles system performance when the iPhone’s battery deteriorates below a certain threshold. Said theories have been all but confirmed now that the developers of benchmarking app Geekbench have stepped in to show tons of results that support them.
Ever wondered what it would be like to sing “O Come, All Ye Faithful” after downing a ghost pepper? Probably not, but you should probably watch this video now that your curiosity’s piqued.
Chili Klaus, a YouTuber already famous for the clip of orchestra members eating ghost peppers, has now pivoted his experiment to Denmark’s Herning Boys Choir. The group sounds perfectly delightful during their pepper-free run of the song, but once the heat hits, many of the choristers have a hard time keeping up with their parts.
This is to be expected, of course — once over a million Scoville units are in your mouth, it can be difficult to concentrate on anything else. Still, there are a few singers who just chug on through the pepper pain like it’s nothing. We assume these musicians either eat ghost peppers for breakfast or are robots. Read more…
Most Saturday Night Live musical guests perform a single song per segment. On Saturday, Eminem performed three.
The rapper took the stage at Saturday Night Live to perform “Walk on Water,” the first single off his upcoming album Revival, before launching into a medley of his 2000 single “Stan” and his 2010 track “Love The Way You Lie.”
Only downside: Beyoncé and Rihanna were nowhere in sight. Read more…
Oceania’s esports industry just took a huge step forward.
Australia has opened its very first Esports High Performance Centre in Sydney, a new home base for Oceania’s leading League of Legends team, the LG Dire Wolves.
Established in Sydney’s city sporting precinct, sitting in the side of Allianz Stadium looking towards the Sydney Cricket Ground, the facility aims to drive growth and development in Australia’s esports industry.
The facility will be stocked with new technology in eye-tracking and performance analysis, as part of a partnership with the University of Technology Sydney. Read more…
Microsoft might not be focusing on Windows 10 Mobile anymore, but that doesn’t mean that the software giant is out of the smartphone game at all. First of all, Microsoft makes oodles of money every year thanks to its collection of Android patents that produce millions in royalty payments. And of course, the company has a collection of apps for both major platforms. So as you can see, Microsoft is still involved in the smartphone industry.
Today, the company added new features to its Microsoft Pix Camera app for iOS. A previous update allowed the app to recognize and scan business cards, …
If you were wondering why Lorde opted to dance rather than sing for her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, here’s your answer.
Per a tweet from the artist posted ahead of the show, Lorde has the flu.
No matter, though, as Lorde’s joyous on-stage performance to her latest single “Perfect Places” was an absolute delight. I mean, look at these photos: Read more…