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Photos from Titans-Vikings game show what to expect of iPhone 7 Plus camera

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 12 Sep 2016 10:16

Photos from Titans-Vikings game show what to expect of iPhone 7 Plus camera Sports Illustrated has released photos taken with the new iPhone 7 Plus. Apple showed off a little bit of its newest camera's prowess at the release party but what it can do in real life scenarios without a rigged situation hasn't been revealed yet.

Sports Illustrated got a few iPhone 7 Plus phones ahead of launch and have showcased the camera on a series of photos from Sunday's NFL game between Tennesee Titans and Minnesota Vikings.

Photographer David E. Klutho's pictures show ceremonies, game action, and portraits with players, soldiers, and of course cheerleaders. The results are impressive with extremely good color and detail even in high speed shots. The sunny skies certainly helped to ramp up the shutter speed (and down the ISO).

Go check the photos from the SI article.

iPhone 7 Plus comes with a dual lens system 12 megapixel camera that provides a 2x optical zoom and f1.8 aperture. The smaller sized iPhone 7 comes with a traditional one set of lenses and no zoom feature but features the same 12 megapixel sensor.

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Galaxy Note explodes, injures a 6-year-old boy

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 12 Sep 2016 9:44

Galaxy Note explodes, injures a 6-year-old boy Last week Samsung had to recall all 2.5 million sold Galaxy Note7 phones because it was discovered that the battery was volatile and could explode. After the recall even airlines have warned about the phone but it remains customers responsibility to return the phone.

Now after dozens of exploded batteries we have yet another one to report about. In New York City a 6-year-old boy was watching a video on a Note7 as it burst into flames. The grandmother of the child, Linda Lewis, told New York Post that the fire had triggered the home fire alarm.

His grandson was taken to Downstate Medical Center to treat the burns and was later released. Ms. Lewis said that the boy was crying and didn't want to come close to any phones. The family has been in contact with Samsung but there is no statement from the company.

As Samsung recalled all the Note7's it said that there had been around 35 cases of exploding battery worldwide. Even though millions of units have ben sold, and the probability of your device exploding are small, the problem with the specific model is evident.


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FAA advises not to take Note7 on planes

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 09 Sep 2016 13:53

FAA advises not to take Note7 on planes Samsung's newest addition to its Galaxy smartphones was received well until it was exposed that the phone can spontaneously combust because of its faulty battery. Now after Samsung's recall of more than 2 million units, customers are advised to not take the explosion sensitive phone on planes.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned people not to use the phone while on plane but also not to pack it with their checked-in luggages, BBC reports. Airlines such as Qantas and Virgin Australia have told customers not to charge or use the phones while flying with them.

The reports from Samsung say that first Note7 replacements start shipping on September 21 in Australia. Samsung has not disclosed information on other regions.

For Samsung the faulty battery – or probaly the fail-safe circuitry – has obviously been hugely costly. A lot of early customers have switched to a different device and presumably to different manufacturers. In early September when the recall was made there were 35 reported cases of Note7 catching fire.

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Apple AirPods use Bluetooth after all

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 08 Sep 2016 18:17

Apple AirPods use Bluetooth after all Apple unveiled yesterday new wireless AirPods for the new iPhone 7 which, as rumored, does not have a separate headphone jack. Separate of course meaning that the Lightning port doubles now as a headphone connector.

Apple made a big deal about the new wireless headphones, which are – at least by superficially – essentially wireless version of the EarPods. Apple's Phil Schiller said that the headphones get rid of the pairing problems of Bluetooth and include a new W1 chip which among other things will make the connection between devices (and the other headpiece) easier.

It has been since revealed that Apple does use a low powered Bluetooth connection but just makes the pairing easier with its own software and/or hardware. Recode reports that not only are the AirPods using Bluetooth but they are compatible with non-iPhones.

So it is nice to know that in addition to investing $159 you don't have to buy another set of in-ears for potential other devices. It does, however, remain to be seen what kind of audio quality the AirPods provide and whether they are worth the price tag even with this rather positive revelation.


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Apple warns: Jet Black iPhone 7 scratches easier

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 08 Sep 2016 17:44

Apple warns: Jet Black iPhone 7 scratches easier Apple announced yesterday the new iPhone duo which comes in new colors and finishes. The black version is back and even in two different shades and finishes. The matte black, called Black, is finished just like the other color versions but the Jet Black version has a glossy finish.

Even though in press photos the Jet Black version look stunning – as you can see – you have to remember that glossy surfaces gather fingerprints far easier. There is, however, another, more problematic difference.

The new Jet Black is said to scratch easier than the other versions. And no, this is not only speculation from random reporters' first hands-ons, this comes straight from Apple's official iPhone 7 site.

The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone.

As you can read above, while Apple says that it is as hard as other anodized products, including iPhones, the shine may (and will) show scratches with use. This should not be a surprise to most of the people but it does potentially make you think another time about buying the Jet Black version. And instead of case, maybe you should just buy a different colored iPhone?


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Sony announced PlayStation 4 Pro with 4K graphics

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 07 Sep 2016 17:13

Sony announced PlayStation 4 Pro with 4K graphics Sony has officially announced the new PlayStation 4 models. As expected, Sony introduced the new slimmer PlayStation 4 as well as a new Pro model which will provide improved functionality.

The slimmer version has the same features as the current PlayStation 4 but the new PlayStation 4 Pro also includes 4K support among other changes. Pro model is said to improve the performance two fold which will allow it to process higher 4K resolutions in gaming.

The PS4 Pro's processing power comes from a new custom built AMD graphics card that is based on the Polaris architecture. The CPU cores are still Jaguar but have been clocked higher. There's 1 terabyte of HDD storage on the PS4 Pro.

Not all games will be 4K supported and you don't need a 4K TV to use PS4 Pro. PS4 Pro will come available on November 10 starting at $399. PS4 Slim will retail for $299.

Sony also announced that all PlayStation 4 models, new and old, will also get the HDR feature which will bring games more alive with more vivid colors.

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Apple Watch updated with the new Series 2

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 07 Sep 2016 16:56

Apple Watch updated with the new Series 2 Apple introduces today of course the new iPhone 7 but also showed us the new generation of Apple Watches.

In addition to improving the old Apple Watch with a new processor – and renaming it as Series 1 &ndash (above); Apple introduces a new Apple Watch Series 2 (below). This new smartwatch includes a dual core S2 processor, twice brighter display, and finally also a GPS. It is also water resistant and is deisgned to work even with intense swimming.

The operating system is WatchOS 3 which was unveiled earlier this year.

Two major collaborators that took stage were Nike and Niantic. The first made a Nike+ version of the Apple watch especially for the runners and the latter promised the release of Pokemon Go for Apple Watch in the near future.

In addition Apple announced that it has a new ceramic Edition model of Apple Watch and has continued working with Hermès and will release special versions of Apple Watch with leather wristbands.


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Apple releases iPhone 7 with no shocking revelations

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 07 Sep 2016 16:37

Apple releases iPhone 7 with no shocking revelations Apple has today unveiled new hardware and software in California. The limelights were of course on the new iPhone which had been largely leaked. Apple was not able to introduce any shocking new features because the most important aspects had already been documented weeks or months earlier.

Like you would expect, the iPhone 7 comes in two sizes and three different storage options. Apple doubled the storages as was rumored, now at 32, 128, and 256 GB. The larger Plus model also got a new dual camera, which has two different optical setups allowing a better zoom and bokeh effect.

The camera has a 12 megapixel sensor, f1.8 aperture, 6 lens setup, and optical image stabilization. It is said to be 60 percent faster than the previous iPhone 6s camera.

As with every generation, the new iPhone is faster than ever. According to Apple's graphs the CPU's processing power is 120 times the original iPhone and GPU bests the first iPhone 240 times over. The new A10 chip features a big.LITTLE type of architecture which has two powerful and two power efficient cores.

One of the less rumored additions was the taptic engine in the home button.

By the looks of the new iPhone not much has changed – until you see the new black color variants. In addition to new colors, iPhone's curves have stayed largely the same but there are slight differences, such as the curvier antenna lines.


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Mozilla's new technology boosts speed up to 700%

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 06 Sep 2016 12:42

Mozilla's new technology boosts speed up to 700% Mozilla started testing its new Electrolysis architecture last month and the first results are in and appear very promising. Even though the sample size is rather small the Firefox 48 users that very in the trial have reported improvements in speed of several hundreds of percents.

Mozilla reports that improvement can be from 400 to even as high as 700 percents compared to previous versions. Thanks to Electrolysis architecture the browser rarely stops responding and thanks to divided attention to the interface and the actual content it performs faster.

At this point the architecture is being tested in only 1 percent of Firefox users but the testing will expand over coming updates and versions. Mozilla plans to divide the content process to multiple processes and run them in sandbox, which is allowed by many of its competitors.

This means that one tab or process crashing would also not bring down the entire browser. You can read more about multi-process Firefox here.

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Netflix brings Mythbusters trio back in a new series

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 06 Sep 2016 12:33

Netflix brings Mythbusters trio back in a new series Netflix has confirmed its newest addition, White Rabbit Project, which will be premiering on December 9. The show is a Mythbusters spin-off and stars the three members of the infamous build team.

White Rabbit Project is produced by the same Beyond Productions that was behind the cult show Mythbusters. After 14 seasons Mythbusters' last episode was aired earlier this year.

We will not see the two biggest personalities of Mythbusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, in the new show but there build team's Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Ihamara are all back.Deadline reports that the show tackles a wide variety of interesting topics in science, history, and pop culture with episodes focusing on prison escapes, war weaponry, and technology, among others.

There's no word yet how many episodes the first season will have but all will be available worldwide.

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Google puts 'Solitaire' and 'Tic Tac Toe' directly in search results

Written by James Delahunty @ 25 Aug 2016 22:17

Google puts 'Solitaire' and 'Tic Tac Toe' directly in search results Procrastinators of the world unite! Solitaire and Tic Tac Toe are now just a Google search away on mobile and desktop.

Don't have any game apps installed and need to kill a few minutes? Head over to and simply search solitaire and you will see an option to tap (or click) to play a game of solitaire, with both Easy and Hard difficult settings.

If you want to take on Google in a game of Tic Tac Toe, then just search Tic Tac Toe and you will be marking your X's or O's immediately.

Remember, Google will also flip a coin for you if you search flip a coin, and it will also play animal sounds if you ask it to. For example, search what sound does a cow make?

Why? Well, why not I guess.

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Dropbox might ask you to update your password on next login

Written by James Delahunty @ 25 Aug 2016 21:56

Dropbox might ask you to update your password on next login Dropbox has said it will ask some of its users to change their password the next time they login, but assures that there is nothing to worry about.

Users who signed up for Dropbox prior to mid-2012 will be prompted to update their Dropbox password the next time they login, according to the service, which stressed that this is only a preventative measure.

The move follows the discovery of an old set of Dropbox user credentials (email addresses plus hashed and salted passwords) that the firm believes was obtained in 2012 as part of an incident that was disclosed four years ago.

However, despite the discovery, Dropbox found no evidence that any accounts have been improperly accessed. Nevertheless, as a precaution, any user who has not changed passwords since 2012 will be prompted to do so as part of the next login.

"We're doing this purely as a preventive measure, and there is no indication that your account has been improperly accessed. We're sorry for the inconvenience," writes Patrick Heim on the Dropbox blog.

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PSA: Apple releases iOS 9.3.5 to fix three critical security flaws

Written by James Delahunty @ 25 Aug 2016 21:42

PSA: Apple releases iOS 9.3.5 to fix three critical security flaws Apple has released iOS 9.3.5 to fix three critical security flaws that were linked to the attempted hacking of a human rights activist's iPhone.

On August 10, Ahmed Mansoor, a prominent human rights activity in the United Arab Emirates, began receiving suspicious text messages claiming to offer information about the torture of people in the UAE.

Mansoor was suspicious of the text messages and passed them to researchers at Citizen Lab, who confirmed it was an attempt to hack Mansoor's phone and track him, according to the New York Times.

Collaborating with Lookout, a mobile security firm located in San Francisco, they discovered that the spyware relied on three zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple's iOS software. These vulnerabilties were reported to Apple, and are all patched by iOS 9.3.5 which is available as an OTA update for all devices running iOS 9 right now.

The three vulnerabilities are very serious. The potential impact of any of the three vulnerabilities being exploited is as follows:

  • CVE-2016-4655: An application may be able to disclose kernel memory
  • CVE-2016-4656: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges
  • CVE-2016-4657: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to arbitrary code execution


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Netflix responds to North Korea's streaming 'competitor'

Written by James Delahunty @ 25 Aug 2016 21:19

Netflix responds to North Korea's streaming 'competitor' Netflix responded this week to the reported launch of a new set top box and streaming service in North Korea, called 'Manbang'.

According to reports, the new STB and service in the country only really offers TV channels from state controlled media, and it's not clear whether it actually offers anything on demand at all.

The name of the new service, Manbang, has understandably raised eyebrows, but apparently it translates to "everywhere" in Korea. Earlier this week, Netflix told Business Insider that they are "bummed we didn't think of that name first."

Furthermore, Netflix went on to edit its Twitter bio to one that may be approved by the DPRK regime.


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PlayStation Network adds 2 step verification

Written by James Delahunty @ 25 Aug 2016 14:17

PlayStation Network adds 2 step verification Sony has finally enabled 2 step verification for logging in to the PlayStation Network.

Once activated, the service will add an extra layer of authentication when you attempt to login with your username and password. A verification code will be sent to you via SMS which will need to be entered to complete the login process.

Passwords can be compromised in a variety of ways. Users who have the same password in use for multiple services put themselves at increased risk because it only takes one of those services to be compromised for their other accounts to be vulnerable.

Phishing attacks and other malicious tactics are also frequently targeted at services like PSN. With 2 factor authentication you can add an extra layer of security so that even if your password has been stolen, the login process cannot be completed without an additional code sent to your phone.

To activate 2 step verification on PSN, check this link.

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