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Let’s put a stop to this iPhone 11 ‘black-lens’ camera nonsense

BGR - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 01:06

A trusted Apple insider earlier this week shared additional details about the upcoming iPhone 11 series of phones, focusing on the camera upgrades the iPhone maker has reportedly planned.

Among the details Ming-Chi Kuo offered was a claim that some of the iPhone 11’s cameras will adopt a new “black lens-coating” technology to make some of the lenses look “inconspicuous.” While his prediction may indeed prove to be accurate, Kuo may have included an incorrect detail in his report, one that’s already fueling crazy talk.

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Yes, there’s a full moon tonight, but it won’t be pink

BGR - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 00:04

If you're an aspiring skywatcher looking for a good reason to stay up past your bedtime and gaze into the cosmos, I have good news: Friday, April 19th will feature a full moon. However, if you're eagerly anticipating tonight's full moon because it carries the nickname "Pink Moon," I have a devastating truth to reveal: It won't be pink.

Tonight's full moon — or "Full Pink Moon" or "Pink Full Moon" or whatever you see it called around the web and beyond — carries its nicknamed not based on its actual color, but rather because it's the first full moon of April, when lovely pink flowers known as ground phlox first begin to bloom. Yeah, it's kind of a bummer.

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SiriusXM launches new ‘essential’ streaming plan for only $8

The verge - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:51

SiriusXM is now offering an $8-per-month streaming music plan that it calls SiriusXM Essential, a bundle of over 300 channels consisting of music, talk radio, comedy, sports, and other content. This new, cheap option doesn’t include Howard Stern’s two channels — you’ve got to step up to Premium for those — and is strictly for online streaming, so it can’t be used with your car’s satellite radio if you’ve got one. But otherwise, the company says you can expect a ton of variety for commercial-free music listening.

The Essential plan has plenty of decade, genre, and artist-specific radio channels: you can see the full list here. Paying for online radio might seem pretty strange to the millions of people using the free, ad-sponsored tiers...

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Galaxy Fold screens broke and the internet is freaking out - CNET

cnet - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:24
Samsung's foldable phone is off to a rough start.
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The inside of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is marvelously messy

The verge - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:24

The Samsung Galaxy Fold doesn’t release until April 26th, but if you’ve been eagerly awaiting a glimpse under the hood, a pre-production version of the folding phone has already been disassembled and laid out piece by piece in photos. These were originally hosted on microblogging site Weibo, though the originals have since been removed.

Something that shouldn’t be much of a surprise: it takes a lot of parts to build a foldable phone. They’re all arranged in a manner that looks quite difficult to repair, though that likely comes down to the Fold being a first-generation product, which you might not guess when you’re holding the Fold’s sleek exterior.

These photos are our clearest look yet at what makes this ambitious, flawed, and very...

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OnePlus might launch its next flagship on every major US carrier this year

BGR - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:21

The OnePlus 7 is coming on May 14th, according to a recent report, just as other rumors seemingly confirmed that OnePlus would have three different versions in stores this year, including the regular, Pro, and Pro 5G models. A new discovery now suggests that OnePlus is looking to bring its phones to every major US carrier.

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WannaCry hero pleads guilty to developing banking malware

The verge - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:03

Marcus Hutchins, best known for his role in stopping the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack, has pleaded guilty to two charges related to computer hacking conspiracy. The other eight charges will be dismissed as part of a plea deal first reported by ZDNet.

“I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes,” Hutchins said in a statement on his website. “Having grown up, I’ve since been using the same skills that I misused several years ago for constructive purposes. I will continue to devote my time to keeping people safe from malware attacks.”

Hutchins drew universal praise from security professionals when he discovered the “kill switch” to the WannaCry ransomware in 2017, abruptly halting an attack that had locked down...

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The PDF Association thinks the Mueller report sucks

The verge - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:00

When Special Counsel Robert Mueller released his report on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election yesterday and political wonks across the internet rushed to download it, many people noticed two things: you couldn’t search for any text on the pages, and the whole file was really, really large. If you were annoyed by either of those things, you probably weren’t nearly as ticked off as the PDF Association, which published a long explanation of just why the Mueller report PDF file was so bad.

A Technical and Cultural Assessment of the Mueller Report PDF” is both an indictment of the Justice Department and a celebration of the venerable Portable Document Format. It starts with some basic facts: the 448-page document is...

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Save $78 on the Alexa enabled Roomba 690 robot vacuum

BGR - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:56

There are so many companies these days that sell robot vacuums, and many of them are actually quite good. There's still only one Roomba though, and iRobot's lineup of advanced robotic vacuum cleaners is still widely regarded as the best in the business. No other company offers the kind of reliability an features that Roomba does, and the brand's most popular model is discounted right now on Amazon. That's right, hurry and you can save $78 on the iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum!

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum-Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa, Good for Pet Hair, Carpets…: $296.99

Here's more from the product page:

  • Sleek, premium design complements your home décor; includes 1 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier for more control over where your robot cleans
  • 3-Stage Cleaning System and Dual Multi-Surface Brushes pick up everything from small particles to large debris
  • Patented Dirt Detect sensors alert Roomba to work harder on concentrated areas of dirt, such as high-traffic zones of your home
  • Full suite of intelligent sensors guide the robot under and around furniture to help thoroughly clean your floors
  • Clean and schedule from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App; compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum-Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa, Good for Pet Hair, Carpets…: $296.99

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Microsoft faces down a new claim that pro-diversity hiring isn’t fair to white men

The verge - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:46

Microsoft employees have been using an internal message board to criticize the company’s pro-diversity efforts, referring to the hiring of women and minorities as “discriminatory” against white and Asian men, according to a report from Quartz. Microsoft has left these threads untouched, drawing criticism from other employees who feel the company talks up its diversity and inclusion efforts, but takes little meaningful action to reinforce them at a cultural level.

The sentiments, some of which were shared in threads earlier this year and late last year, highlight tensions within the company at an especially fraught time. Earlier this month, women at Microsoft began sharing stories of sexual harassment and discrimination and claiming the...

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Volkswagen's US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup - Roadshow

cnet - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:46
VW America head Scott Keogh sees "opportunity" in a market full of $50,000 and $60,000 pickups.
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Nintendo Switch might soon be available in China - CNET

cnet - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:46
The gaming giant is partnering with Chinese tech company Tencent, according to Reuters.
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Here's what to watch and know before Avengers: Endgame - CNET

cnet - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:45
You have just over a week, so get cracking. We've outlined which MCU films you *must* watch and how long it'll take you.
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The best of AmazonBasics: PC accessories - CNET

cnet - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:33
From USB hubs to gaming keyboard, we tried a wide range of AmazonBasics PC accessories to see where you can save without sacrificing quality.
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People are saying Foxconn’s CEO just leaked the iPhone 11

BGR - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:31

If you visit BGR with any frequency, you know that we love a good iPhone leak as much as any other website. Not every leak, render, and report pans out, but they typically help us form a rough outline of what to expect from Apple when it finally unveils its next flagship smartphone every September. But every once in a while, questionable leaks need debunking before they get out of control, like the latest supposed iPhone 11 leak.

On Friday, concept designer Ben Geskin shared a blurry photo of Foxconn CEO Terry Gou holding what, at a glance, appeared to be an unreleased iPhone. Geskin theorized that this may be the iPhone XI/iPhone 11, probably because the camera array appears to be larger than what appears on the iPhone XS or XS Max.

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Leica censored in China for ad that dramatizes the Tiananmen Square protests

The verge - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:25

German camera maker Leica is facing heat from Chinese censors and nationalistic internet users who are leaving angry comments after it launched an ad dramatizing the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Leica has been censored on the social media platform Weibo, as independently verified by The Verge and reported by the South China Morning Post.

The nearly five-minute video titled “The Hunt” depicts a photojournalist resisting interrogation from Chinese police and managing to stay in his hotel room so that he can snap a photo of a lone protester standing in front of police tanks, blocking their path. His scenes are interspersed with clips of other life-threatening situations around the world. The end of the video says: “This film is dedicated...

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Facebook's privacy mishaps: Zuckerberg could be held accountable, report says - CNET

cnet - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:19
The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly looking into Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's past remarks about privacy.
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The awesome toy that lets your pup play fetch by himself is finally back in stock on Amazon

BGR - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:06

There’s no question whatsoever that if you’re a dog lover, the iFetch Interactive Ball Launcher for Dogs is the coolest toy you’ll ever come across. Plug it in and turn it on, and it’ll automatically toss any tennis ball that’s dropped in the back. It’s easy to train your dog to drop the ball in after running to fetch it, so you can keep your dog entertained without having to move a muscle. This great gadget has been sold out on Amazon for quite some time, but it’s finally back in stock (and on sale for $15 off!) so grab one while you can.

iFetch Interactive Ball Launcher for Dogs – Launches Mini Tennis Balls, Small: $99.91

Here’s some more info from the product page:

  • FETCH-A-HOLICS REJOICE! Automatic tennis ball launcher lets small dogs play fetch to their hearts' content.
  • MINI TENNIS BALLS: Finally, a toy made for small dogs! Comes with 3 mini tennis balls (1.6-inch diameter). Use other similar sized balls too! Just try not to get them too dirty or wet - this will affect performance. Please Note: This is the small iFetch automatic ball thrower. The iFetch Too is the larger automatic ball launcher.
  • PHYSICAL & MENTAL: Running and fetching? Perfect. Learning to initiate fetch on their own? Priceless. Owner supervision is recommended. Tennis balls that are 1.6Inches in diameter
  • LAUNCH-O-MATIC: Adjust the launch distance to 10, 20 or 30 feet with the touch of a button. The perfect indoor or outdoor dog toy, invented for, and tested by, our resident fetcher, Prancer.
  • CUSTOMER CARE: Created, owned, and still operated by the Hamill family in Austin, Texas. Call or email us directly with any questions or issues. We specialize in happy human and canine customers.
  • WORRY-FREE WARRANTY: Our iFetch products are backed by a one-year warranty. Call or email us directly. We know your dog’s tail will wag. We want yours to wag too.
  • Hidden ball storage compartment on the bottom to store balls

iFetch Interactive Ball Launcher for Dogs – Launches Mini Tennis Balls, Small: $99.91

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Avengers: Endgame ad brings out Audi E-Tron to help Captain Marvel - Roadshow

cnet - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:52
Yes, even Goose makes an appearance.
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Sewer-blocking London concreteberg weighs as much as a whale - CNET

cnet - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:49
Forget fatbergs. England has to chip an epic amount of concrete out of some sewer tunnels.
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