Apple Is Going to Let You Disable Its Controversial Feature That Slows Down iPhones

Apple Inc. plans to release a software update that will let users disable a function that slowed down older iPhones to preserve battery life, the company said Wednesday. The change will come as part of an iOS 11.3 software update, which will be released in the spring for consumers and was released Wednesday as a test for developers. The software update will also let iPhone users access their hospital health records, adds new animated emojis for the iPhone X, and new video features for the Apple Music service and the news-reading app. Once the update arrives, users will be able to measure the health of their iPhone battery and turn… Read More

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Here’s How to Watch the ‘Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse’ Next Week

For the first time in 35 years, a blue moon will occur during a total lunar eclipse on Jan. 31, an event some have taken to calling a “super blue blood moon.” If that sounds like a lot — it is. The alignment of the full moon will make it look like a “supermoon” due to its increased proximity to Earth, causing the satellite to appear slightly larger and brighter than usual. Additionally, it will mark the second full moon of the month, an event often described as a “blue moon.” And third, this full moon happens to fall during a total lunar eclipse, which is sometimes called a “blood… Read More

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Theresa May will single out messaging app Telegram and call it a ‘home to criminals and terrorists’

Prime Minister Theresa May will launch an attack on technology companies in a speech to the world’s financial, business, and political leaders at the World Economic Forum on Thursday. May will single out messaging app Telegram as a “home to criminals and terrorists.” Telegram has had a problem with ISIS members using the app to communicate. Prime Minister Theresa May will say in her speech at the World Economic Forum on Thursday that messaging app Telegram is a “home to criminals and terrorists.” May’s speech in Davos in Switzerland focuses on the need for technology companies to do more to prevent abuse of their platforms. She will single out Telegram… Read More

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‘Anthem’ could be the next ‘Destiny’ — here’s what it’s all about

“Destiny 2” may have just launched a few months ago, but considering the dire state of that game, many players (and others) are looking ahead to the 2019 release of “Anthem,” a new game from Bioware that bears many similarities to Bungie’s sci-fi shooter franchise. Take a look: SEE ALSO: One of the best parts of ‘Destiny’ is now a punishing experience in ‘Destiny 2’ “Destiny” is all about killing aliens in beautiful, otherworldly environments with your friends (or random people you meet online). “Anthem” seems to have a similar gist. In “Anthem,” your character is what’s known as a “Freelancer.” Bioware calls them “the heroes that leave the safety… Read More

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ARKit 1.5 is coming with iOS 11.3, and it will literally open doors for developers

Enlarge / An augmented reality demo by Apple. (credit: Apple) Today, Apple released a developer preview of iOS 11.3 and previewed iOS 11.3 to the public with a blog post and a press event. As previously reported, some iteration of iOS 11.3 will include the ability to toggle the controversial performance throttling previously implemented to address problems related to aging batteries in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models. However, the centerpiece of Apple’s presentation is ARKit 1.5, a new version of the augmented reality software development framework introduced in iOS 11. Whereas ARKit previously only helped app developers map 3D objects to flat, horizontal surfaces like the floor or… Read More

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$2.36B acquisition of Wave Broadband closes, forming nation’s 6th largest cable company

Photo via Wave. A $2.36 billion deal to form the sixth largest cable company in the U.S. by combining Kirkland, Wash. broadband provider Wave and RCN Telecom Services has closed. TPG Capital acquired RCN and Grande Communications Networks in August 2016, and led the acquisition of Wave, which was first announced last May. Wave will keep its name and continue to expand on the West Coast, where it has built out more than 8,000 miles of metro fiber. Wave boasts more than 280,000 combined residential and commercial broadband and TV customers in Washington, Oregon, and California, with a total reach of more than 690,000 homes. Wave’s CEO Steve Weed will… Read More

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11 key findings from one of the most comprehensive reports ever on the health effects of vaping

Millions of Americans vape, but little is known about the comprehensive health effects of e-cigarettes. The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine aimed to address that dearth of knowledge with a new report on e-cigs. In line with the Academies’ previous approach to other drugs, the report pools its findings into categories based on how much evidence there is to draw a conclusion. Two key findings from the report suggest that while vaping may help adults quit smoking conventional cigarettes, the practice may also encourage young people to start. It’s been almost a decade since the first vape pen hit store shelves. The whiteboard marker-sized devices, which vaporized liquid… Read More

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Meet Fred, an energetic 82-year-old in Seattle who is a positive force behind the wheel for Uber

Fred likes to talk to people. As an Uber driver, the 82-year-old Seattle native gets to do plenty of talking — if his riders are up for a little conversation. “When a person gets in there, if they immediately go to their phone, I just keep my mouth shut,” Fred says in a new video provided by the ride-hailing company. “But if they want to converse, man, I’m there like a pig.” Uber is calling out Fred and driver/partners like him in recognition of National Compliment Day — which is today in case you’ve yet to say something nice to someone. The company is paying attention to the nice things… Read More

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How Elon Musk, CEO of multiple unprofitable companies, could become world’s richest man

Elon Musk (Credit: AP/Stephan Savoia) Entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk made headlines again this week — not because of his net worth or his nonviable space travel goals, but because of a new compensation plan that some experts believe might make him the world’s richest person in the coming years. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO has been known to be an unconventional business man, and while it’s been unclear what his future is with Tesla Motors, his new Tesla compensation plan revealed on Tuesday is designed to incentivize him in an “all or nothing” way. Here are the details of the compensation plan: As Tesla CEO, Musk will only be… Read More

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Alphabet launches a cybersecurity company called “Chronicle”

Enlarge (credit: Chronicle) Alphabet—the parent company of Google, Nest, Waymo, and a million other companies—is launching a new company under the Alphabet umbrella. It’s called “Chronicle,” and the new company wants to apply the usual Google tenets of machine learning and cloud computing to cybersecurity. The company is already up and running with an absolutely awesome URL, “chronicle.security,” along with two introductory blog posts (1, 2), a logo, a Twitter account, and a vague sales pitch for some kind of security analysis product. The Chronicle team started in February 2016 under Alphabet’s “Moonshot factory” X group and, before now, had been in stealth mode. According to the website, the company… Read More

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This 18-year-old bitcoin millionaire is traveling the world recruiting an A-team to build an alternative to the ‘corrupt’ world of cryptocurrency

18-year-old Erik Finman became a bitcoin millionaire last year, and is now holds multiple millions worth of cryptocurrency. He’s grown disappointed with the current state of cryptocurrency, saying that there are too many scams and too much politics for bitcoin or other current currencies to replace traditional money. That’s why Finman has gathered a bunch of other bitcoin millionaires to kickstart a new cryptocurrency 18-year-old Erik Finman made headlines last year when the value of his bitcoin holdings hit the $1 million mark — meaning he won a bet with his parents and didn’t have to go to college. Now, thanks to the recent surge in the cryptocurrency markets, Finman’s… Read More

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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory Review: A Mysterious Retread

Game: Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory Platforms: PS4 (reviewed), PS Vita Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment Developer: Media.Vision Review copy supplied by the publisher. Monster collecting and battling has never gotten old in the eyes of gamers. Nintendo and Game Freak have flooded the market with its line of Pokémon RPG’s to keep fans happy, plus Niantic’s augmented reality take on the franchise is still relevant. Titles that stick to the mechanics of those games may be less of a thing on home consoles, but they still exist. Home console owners who were thirsty for some creature collecting simulation action got just that in 2016’s Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth.… Read More

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In call with Newark, Amazon reportedly says it wants to keep next phase of HQ2 contest out of public eye

Downtown Newark, New Jersey. (Wikimedia Photo / King of Hearts) A top Amazon official reportedly told more than a dozen Newark, N.J., representatives what to expect during the remainder of the competition for HQ2, a $5 billion second headquarters that will be awarded to a city in North America. Amazon told Newark that the company “wanted the public discourse to stop,” a person familiar with the meeting told ROI-NJ, according to the New Jersey news publication. The source told ROI-NJ that Amazon plans to issue another request for proposals by the end of the week, this one not released publicly, the report said. However, a person familiar with the matter… Read More

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Snap’s vice president of product is leaving the company

The man who served as Snap’s vice president of product is leaving the company. Snap confirmed to TechCrunch that Tom Conrad, who joined the company in March 2016, is quitting to spend some time outside the tech industry. “It’s time for me to put my energy outside of tech, into music, food, photography and things closer to art than entrepreneurship,” Conrad told TechCrunch. Before coming to Snap, Conrad had been a longtime employee at Pandora, where he served as chief technical officer. At Snap, as we reported earlier this month, Conrad had become a trusted deputy to CEO Evan Spiegel. “He keeps a pulse on the spokes, and is a… Read More

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