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The $4,000 Tesla iPhone X claims to charge your phone with solar panels

Image: caviar Remember the company that created the iPhone 6S with Putin’s head encrusted in gold? Well, they’re back with a raaaaather different homage—this time, to Elon Musk.  Russian phone accessory maker Caviar—renowned for its ultra-expensive and over-the-top iPhone cases—has created something called the iPhone X Tesla, which it claims “is able to charge from light.” SEE ALSO: A $3,200 iPhone 6S has Putin’s head encrusted in gold Oh, and it’s all yours for a whopping $4,590 (£3,392). A bargain!  “iPhone X Tesla by Caviar is equipped with a solar…

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iOS 11.3 update breaks iPhone 8 devices with third party-repaired screens

Software update disables touchscreen on 700-plus smartphones that have not had their screens repaired by Apple Apples latest iOS 11.3 software update is causing iPhone 8 devices with third-party repaired screens to stop working. Users who have had a screen repair performed by a third party, rather than with Apple, on their iPhone 8 smartphones found that the iOS 11.3 update stopped the touchscreen from working, turn off the slowing down of smartphones related to the battery the storm caused by the so called Error 53, which rendered iPhones useless…

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Apple targets Android users with new ‘Switch to iPhone’ ad campaign

Image: screenshot: monica chin/apple/youtube There’s a certain aesthetic that consumers have come to expect from Apple: black backgrounds, hip-hop beats, flashy text and visual effects.  The latest set of ads from the company, however, feature a new look. They’re charming, light-hearted, and — most pointedly — out to woo the world’s Android users. SEE ALSO: Apple releases emotional ad to celebrate marriage equality All four ads feature a screen divided into two regions: a gray half labeled “your phone” and a light blue half labeled “iPhone.” They’re less than 20…

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Heres how NASA is preparing the largest telescope ever built for space

Goodbye.Image: lili sams/mashable Instagram has never been my favorite app, perhaps because I love reading words more than staring at photos. But beyond that core element, it’s continued to be the bane of my existence — at least while writing about the tech industry, chatting with friends, and watching the world around me strain to be more “Instagrammable.”  SEE ALSO: 2017’s most memorable Instagram moments I understand some people — maybe a decent amount of Instagram’s 500 million daily users — are inspired by the photos they see in their…

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Apple clarifies Control Center’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth buttons on iOS 11.2

Image: lili sams/mashable When Apple released iOS 11 with a redesigned Control Center in September, they also quietly made a change to how the shortcut buttons for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth worked. On iOS 10 and earlier, tapping them turned these wireless connections completely on and off. But on iOS 11, it merely disconnected your devices temporarily, while still allowing features like AirPlay and AirDrop to work. Apple hasn’t changed how the buttons work back to the old way, but at least it’s more clear what’s happening on iOS 11.2. SEE…

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Slow iPhone? You won’t like the reason why

Image: courtesy ifixit Conspiracy theorists, rejoice: For once, you were right. Apple confessed this week that, yes, it slows down old iPhones to mitigate battery concerns, practically confirming a long-running suspicion: that a tech giant has messed with an old device to encourage people to buy a new device. SEE ALSO: Yes, Apple sometimes slows down old iPhones to prevent unexpected shutdowns And yet: Apple’s justification is reasonable, if a bit convoluted. Apple says it developed the update for the iPhone 6, 6S, and SE to prevent them from “unexpectedly…

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Apple reduces speed of iPhones as batteries wear out, report suggests

New data supports claims that iPhone 6S performance is poor until old battery is replaced, sparking fresh speculation that Apple intentionally slows down phones A new analysis of performance data has reignited the debate over user reports that older iPhones with ageing batteries performed worse than the same smartphones with replacement batteries, founder of benchmarking firm Primate Labs John Poole collated data from the companys Geekbench program that is run on thousands of iPhones. He found that as part of iOS 10.2.1 for the iPhone 6S. Poole wrote: The difference…

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How to Rip the Mics Out of Your MacBook and iPhone

Any self-respecting paranoiac long ago taped over the webcam on their laptop—and for good measure, the cameras on their smartphone too. But for those truly concerned that their computers have been hacked and turned into spy tools, the microphones on those devices represent just as much of a security threat as the cameras. They would allow a hacked gadget to bug an entire room. The good news for the targets of highly sophisticated cyberspies? There’s a practical fix for that audio espionage problem. The bad news: It requires some surgery.…

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Apple, Google CEOs Bring Star Power as China Promotes Censorship

Apple Inc.’s Tim Cook and Google’s Sundar Pichai made their first appearances at China’s World Internet Conference, bringing star power to a gathering the Chinese government uses to promote strict online censorship. Apple’s chief executive officer gave a surprise keynote at the opening ceremony on Sunday, calling for future internet and AI technologies to be infused with privacy, security and humanity. The same day, Politburo member Wang Huning called for more aggressive government involvement online to combat terrorism and criminals online, even calling for a global response team to go…

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Guy Takes Slow Mo iPhone Vid of Passing Birds from a Train and It Looks Surreal

On a train from Orlando to Miami, a passenger took this surreal slo mo video on his iPhone 8 (at 1080p and 240 fps) of passing birds at Florida’s Turnpike. The train was travelling in the opposite direction at about 70-80 mph and it looks like the birds are frozen in time. The trippy video was posted last week to reddit by user davihey. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/slow-mo-of-passing-birds-from-moving-train/

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Hackers Say They’ve Broken Face ID a Week After iPhone X Release

'It was even simpler than we ourselves had thought.' Bkav Researchers Aside from the challenge of acquiring an accurate face scan, the researchers’ simpler setup outperformed more expensive techniques for attempted Face ID trickery—namely, the ones we at WIRED tried earlier this month. With the help of a special effects artist, and at a cost of thousands of dollars, we created full masks cast from a staffer's face in five different materials, ranging from silicone to gelatin to vinyl. Despite details like eyeholes designed to allow real eye movement, and…

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Apple Is Ramping Up Work on AR Headset to Succeed iPhone

With the headset at least two years away, Apple wants to make it easier for developers to bring new AR features to the iPhone. To that end, the company plans to release a new version of ARKit software tools as soon as 2018. They could help developers create software that remembers accurately where a digital object was placed in a virtual space, using a technology called persistent tracking; you look away, and the object is still there. The tools will also make it easier to create AR games for multiple…

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Here’s why the iPhone X selfie camera is freaking some people out

Image: mashable  So, the iPhone X is in people’s hands now, and with it, the uber-high-resolution and incredible detail of its very good selfie camera.  So good, in fact, that some of the people using it are slightly horrified. SEE ALSO: A hands-on review of the iPhone X The iPhone X comes with Apple’s brand new TrueDepth camera on the front, which shoots selfies using a 7-megapixel camera and employs an infrared camera to capture the nuanced depth features in faces. It’s shockingly better than any other front-facing mobile camera…

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