Photo ID might be required to verify your identity with Apple Pay Cash

According to lines of code found on the latest iOS 11 beta, Apple’s peer-to-peer money transfer service could require a photo ID. The new feature, called Apple Pay Cash, allows users to send money to another iOS user through iMessage. One of the strings found reads, “Verify your identity to continue to use Apple Pay Cash.” If a user’s ID cannot be verified, that person will be blocked from using the peer-to-peer feature, although the cash balance can still be used with Apple Pay to cover retail transactions. Another string reads, “Position your driver’s license or identity with photo on the [camera’s] …


Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 live photo allegedly leaks


We’ve already seen a concept video of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 made by the designer of the phone, Philippe Starck. And just yesterday, we showed you a picture that allegedly reveals the back panel of the handset. Today, we have a new photograph to pass along pertaining to the Mi MIX 2. The image claims to show a live image of the sequel, including the thin bezels surrounding the screen. While the picture does resemble the concept model in the video, the latter has bezels that are a bit thinner than what we see in the photo that accompanies this story.

Rumored specs for the Mi MIX 2 have the …

Photo of Xiaomi Mi MIX 2's rear panel allegedly leaks out

We’ve known for quite some time that Xiaomi’s planning on releasing a successor to its much-lauded Mi MIX handset from late last year. But apart from an official 3D concept video, we haven’t seen pretty much any news regarding the Mi MIX 2.

Today this might change, however, as an alleged photo of the device’s rear shell has just surfaced online — and it’s in a tasty white color to boot. The photo shows a pretty similar back panel to the one in the original Mi MIX, with the most major differences being that the panel is now made up of only one piece …

Photo of Moto X4 snapped by distributor

A little more than a week ago, we told you that Motorola was planning to hold a new product event on August 24th. We assumed that the Moto X4 would be the next Moto device to be unveiled. Well, you know what they say about assumptions; sometimes you get them right on! As it turns out, it does appear that the Moto X4 will be made official this Thursday. Yesterday, we passed along some leaked images of the phone. Today, we have something even better. The official Motorola distributor in Iran has snapped a picture of the phone and the dual-camera setup in back.

There is also some sort of guide …

Instagram adds fun photo reply feature to its DM interface

This year, Instagram has been adding a lot of changes to liven up the app a bit more. You know, fellow kids, it added location-based stickers, stories, live 3D masks, and disappearing photos in the DMs. These features do sound familiar.

Still, it’s a bit odd that a service, which is mainly focused on picture sharing doesn’t do more with pictures within chat. The latest update, however, might improve on this.

Instagram now allows you to “react” to pictures that you’ve been sent in chat. Just tap the reply button under the photo and you will be taken to your viewfinder to take your …

Alleged Apple wireless charging pads appear in bare-naked photo shoot

It has been rumored for a while now that Apple’s iPhone 7s and iPhone 8 will have wireless charging. In fact, the 7s and 7s Plus are expected to be thicker than the current duo of Apple flagships due to the glass back they will have — you can’t have inductive charging if the phone’s back is bare metal. Now, we get a look at the charging pads during the manufacturing process.

Update: A photo of an alleged battery sticker for the future iPhones has also popped up. It appears to have a cutout for the wireless charging coil inside the phone

Well… allegedly. …

LG V30 will let you use photo filters made by the pros in its new camera app

We recently wrote a story on how LG V30’s camera could be very adept at shooting in low-light, thanks to its super-wide (for a smartphone camera) f/1.6 aperture, and we’ve now caught wind of LG’s plans to back the new camera with revamped software that will be capable of some neat tricks. And as we all know, software is very, very important when it comes to smartphone cameras. Megapixels and the number of cameras on a phone often times amount to nothing if the software that’s controlling them is inadequate. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are prime examples for software …

Video allegedly shows Apple AirDrop transmitting an in-flight photo from one cockpit to another

If you’ve never used AirDrop on your Apple iPhone or Mac, it is a tool used to transfer small files between iOS devices (and Macs) without requiring the use of email or any internet service at all. Even though both the transmitting device and the receiving device are not online, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles must be set to “on” on the two units. To show a real-life example of AirDrop in action, a video was posted showing the alleged transmission of a photo between two iOS devices on board separate airplanes in flight.

The video opens with the captain of a Boeing 747-8 explaining …

Real Google Pixel 2 photo apparently leaks out, dual speakers visible

Google is unsurprisingly working on a 2017 generation of Pixel smartphones – which debuted last year with a 5-inch Pixel and a 5.5-inch Pixel XL. While we’ve already seen renders allegedly showing the upcoming devices – possibly called Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 – we can now take a look at what seems to be the first real photo of the Pixel 2 (the smaller among the two new handsets).

Uncovered today by Venture Beat, the Pixel 2 photo in question (embedded above) shows a smartphone that doesn’t really have thin bezels – at least not at the top and bottom of its screen. …

Deal: B&H Photo has the 32GB Motorola Moto G5 Plus for $200, 64GB model priced at $250

Those looking to purchase the 32GB Motorola Moto G5 Plus or the 64GB Motorola Moto G5 Plus can take advantage of a sale offered for either model from B&H Photo. The sale runs from now through August 4th, which means that you only have a couple of days to save some money on these two units. The 32GB and 64GB Moto G5 Plus are available from B&H for $200 and $250, respectively.

Each unit comes with a 5.2-inch LCD display carrying a 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution. An energy sipping Snapdragon 625 SoC is under the hood containing an octa-core 2GHz CPU, and the Adreno 506 GPU. 3GB/4GB of …