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The outrage over Apple’s HomePod delay is way over the top

Late last week, Apple announced that it was delaying the release of the HomePod, the company's Siri-based smart speaker that was initially slated to launch in December. Apple didn't give a specific reason for the delay, only stating that it needs "a little more time before it's ready for our customers." In turn, Apple said that we can expect the HomePod -- which promises to deliver a premium acoustic experience -- to launch sometime in early 2018. The HomePod delay is unfortunate, especially given that early impressions of the device at WWDC this past.... Read More
Source: Boy Genius Report - 45 min 39 sec ago

Dark streaks on Mars may not be caused by flowing water

In 2015, scientists analyzing mysterious dark streaks on the surface of Mars found evidence that they were formed by liquid water -- an exciting discovery that meant microbial life might be supported on the planet. But new findings published this wee....... Read More
Source: Engadget - 47 min 5 sec ago

FTC may investigate TripAdvisor over deleted posts, but it isn't yet

Earlier this month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that TripAdvisor had deleted multiple posts from users warning others about incidents of assault and rape that had taken place at a certain resorts in Mexico. Since then, the journal says th....... Read More
Source: Engadget - 1 hour 23 min ago

AT&T and Verizon still the best networks for highway travel

Testing wireless networks is an imperfect science, at best. Different studies with wildly different methodologies routinely crown different networks as the Best Network ever, based on statistical interpretation of data. But one thing that coverage testing can be excellent for is working out which network is the fastest or most consistent in a particular region. Normally, those regions are cities and states, but one new study tests something very different: Coverage along the highway. Read More
Source: Boy Genius Report - 1 hour 48 min ago

AppLovin scraps acquisition and takes debt financing instead

 The story of AppLovin‘s acquisition has taken another turn. We first reported that the mobile ad startup was in acquisition talks in August of last year, and the announcement came a month later: AppLovin would sell a majority stake Chinese private equity firm Orient Hontai Capital. Today, however, CEO Adam Foroughi revealed that the deal is (sort of) off. Instead of an outright… Read More Read More
Source: MobileCrunch Feed - 1 hour 51 min ago

Apple buys the creator of a 'seamless' mixed reality headset

Those rumors of Apple making an augmented reality headset just got a little more fuel. TechCrunch sources say that Apple has acquired VRvana, a startup that crowdfunded (but hasn't shipped) a unique camera-based AR and VR headset, the Totem. Unlike....... Read More
Source: Engadget - 2 hours 1 min ago

Uber Discloses Massive Data Breach That Occurred In 2016

If your account got hacked, isn’t that something you’d like to be immediately aware of right away? Unfortunately for Uber, the company is only now disclosing a year later that back in 2016, they experienced a massive data breach that saw 57 million user data stolen by hackers, according to a report from Bloomberg.According to the report, the data breach took place back in October 2016, meaning that it has been a little over a year since it happened. The data stolen included names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 50 million .... Read More
Source: Ubergizmo - 2 hours 1 min ago

OnePlus 5T VS iPhone X In Speed Test

Back in 2016 and in the early part of 2017, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus appeared to dominate pretty much all of the competition when it came to speed tests, at least until the OnePlus 5 came along and we had a new winner. However with the iPhone X and its new A11 Bionic hexa-core chipset, how does the phone fare?The good news is that while the chipset is fast, it seems that the new OnePlus 5T has no problems keeping up with it in certain aspects. In t.... Read More
Source: Ubergizmo - 2 hours 3 min ago

Apple Expects To Sell 4 Million HomePods In 2018

A recent report from Bloomberg has revealed that Apple’s HomePod speakers has actually been in development since 2012, and isn’t necessarily a direct response to Amazon and Google’s own smart speakers. However with the speakers being delayed to 2018, could Apple play catchup?According to the same report from Bloomberg, it seems that Apple is apparently relatively optimistic about the s.... Read More
Source: Ubergizmo - 2 hours 3 min ago

Some Of The World’s Most Popular Sites Are Recording Your Keystrokes

Keyloggers are usually tools you might typically associate with hackers trying to steal your credit card information and passwords, but it seems that some of the world’s most popular websites employ the tool, at least that’s according to researchers from Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy.Dubbed “session replay” scripts, these aren’t meant to be used for nefarious purposes, but rather they are meant to be used to help companies gain some insight into who is visiting their website, how users use their website, and so o.... Read More
Source: Ubergizmo - 2 hours 4 min ago

Belgian Authorities Calls Loot Boxes Gambling, Wants Them Banned

About a week ago, Belgian authorities launched an investigation into loot boxes found in video game to determine whether or not such features are considered gambling, and now they are back with their findings and according to VTM News (machine translation; via Read More
Source: Ubergizmo - 2 hours 5 min ago

Ancient wall carvings discovered in Saudi Arabia might be the earliest evidence of very good boys

Dogs are such ubiquitous parts of modern life that it's sometimes easy to forget that man's best friend wasn't always by our sides. Humans are thought to have begun domesticating dogs around 15,000 years ago, but evidence of the earliest centuries of the human/canine partnership remains hard to come by. Now, newly discovered stone carvings in Saudi Arabia reveal some interesting tidbits about ancient man's attempts at canine domestication, and are thought to be some of the very first drawings of very good boys ever etched by humans. Researchers from the max Plan.... Read More
Source: Boy Genius Report - 2 hours 48 min ago

Steam tweaks community reviews to fight spam

Valve has known that its platform Steam, the biggest marketplace for PC titles, has had a review problem for years. Groups of users abuse a game's rating by 'review bombing' them, propping up negative feedback with far more 'this was helpful' votes t....... Read More
Source: Engadget - 2 hours 52 min ago

Apple has an awesome Black Friday sale on HD movies

Streaming services like Netflix may be taking over the world, but some people still enjoy the old fashioned pastime of actually buying movies. And with good reason, the selection of movies available via sites like Netflix and Amazon aren't as varied as they used to be as the push to develop original content becomes even stronger. So if you're in the camp of folks who still rely on iTunes for your movie-watching needs, Apple right now has a pretty awesome Black Friday sale where you can purchase some great HD films for just $4.99. If you're a movie buff, this is d.... Read More
Source: Boy Genius Report - 3 hours 12 min ago

Uber Wants To Fix Motion Sickness In Self-Driving Cars

With self-driving cars looking to become the future in which how we are ferried from one location to another, it also means a potential boost in productivity, where instead of focusing on driving, people can focus on work, replying to emails, finishing up a presentation, all while being driven to their destination.However Uber believes that these activities could lead to motion sickness, and in a recently discovered patent (via Read More
Source: Ubergizmo - 3 hours 34 min ago

You Can Now Request To Join A Friend’s Instagram Live

Last month Instagram announced a new feature in which it allowed users to invite their friends to join them on their Instagram Live video. However the invite only went one way, meaning that you could invite a friend, but they couldn’t make a request to join you, but that has changed as Instagram has since enabled the feature.According to Instagram, “When watching a friend’s live video, simply tap the ‘Request’ button in the comments section. You’ll see a confirmation t.... Read More
Source: Ubergizmo - 3 hours 35 min ago

Apple’s HomePod Has Been In Development Since 2012

When Apple announced the HomePod at WWDC earlier this year, it felt like a “me too” moment in response to Amazon launching the Echo series of speakers, and Google launching the Google Home. However a recent report from Bloomberg has suggested that the HomePod is actually something that Apple has been working on since 2012.According to the report, the HomePod started out as a side project at Apple in an attempt to create a set of speakers that .... Read More
Source: Ubergizmo - 3 hours 35 min ago

Google Collecting Location Data Even Location Services Is Disabled

Imagine your house has a light switch that you can turn on and off, and on the surface it appears to work. However secretly even when your switch is set to off, it is secretly on anyway and racking up a huge electricity bill for you. That’s pretty much what is happening for Android users right now with Location Services.According to a report from Quartz, it has been discovered that even with Android’s Location Services disabled, it seems that Google is tracking your location anyway. Granted it doesn’t track you using GPS, but rather it tr.... Read More
Source: Ubergizmo - 3 hours 35 min ago

iMac Pro might ship with an advanced theft detection that can’t be disabled

When it launches, the iMac Pro will be the most powerful Mac ever built. The new iMac is also supposed to be incredibly expensive, starting at $4,999, which means that some people out there would be interested in stealing such high-prized possessions. It might not be as convenient as stealing MacBooks, but it’s still a theoretical risk. A new report says that Apple may build some sort of Find My iMac Pro feature inside this particular desktop to prevent thefts. Read More
Source: Boy Genius Report - 3 hours 36 min ago

Current OnePlus Devices Won’t Support Google’s Project Treble

The problem with Android is timely updates, where unless you own a Pixel handset, chances are you’ll have to wait months before the next major update finds its way onto your phone, and for those who own devices that are 2-3 years old, there might even be a chance that your OEM could skip on updating your device to the latest version of Android.This is where Google’s Project Treble comes in, where it is an effort by Google at trying to minimize the delays when it comes to updates. You would think that this is something that many OEMs would be jumping on to, but unfortunately for OnePlus users, Read More
Source: Ubergizmo - 3 hours 36 min ago