A new flaw which can make your iPhone crash from just receiving a message has been discovered and has been dubbed 'text bomb'.The issue was found by software developer Abraham Masri, who found sending a message containing a particular link can crash and in some cases restart your iPhone altogether.The flaw also affects those on a Mac and can crash your Safari browser or slowdown your computer in other ways.You don't even need to press on the link either, as the problems from 'text bomb' begin by just receiving the iMessage.Masri previously reported the issue to Apple and claims he released it publicly to "get Apple's attention".But you shouldn't experience it
Yesterday, renders seemingly showing several unannounced Motorola phones were leaked, and now we can go one better as photos allegedly showing the Moto G6 Plus in the flesh have emerged.Posted to Reddit, the images seem to line up with yesterday's render, showing a screen that likely has an 18:9 aspect ratio, with a Motorola logo and a home button/fingerprint scanner below it.We can only see the front of the phone and it's a bit blurry, so details are hard to make out, but given that it matches what we've seen before it could well be the real deal – though we'd still take it with a pinch of salt.Even if this really is the Moto G6 Plus it's supposedly a pre-production model, so it might well undergo changes before it launches.There's no new information on the specs, but previously we'd heard rumors that the G6 Plus would have a 5.93-inch FHD+ screen, a Snapdragon 630 chipset, 3GB, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage, a dual-lens rear camera with 12MP and 5MP lenses, a 16MP front-facing camera and a fingerprint scanner, making it something of a mid-ranger.There's no news on a release date, but the Moto G5 Plus was announced at MWC 2017, so there's a chance we'll see the Moto G6 Plus at MWC 2018, which starts on February 26, so we might not have long to wait.
As we learned back at the end of December, Apple has been limiting the maximum performance of iPhones as the batteries within get older.The goal, they’ve stated, is to prevent random device shutdowns as time goes on and the battery’s output starts to wane.But that’s something they ought to have explained better from Day 1 of the software change; most users would never expect that swapping a battery could impact a phone’s speed.It’s a misstep that has since resulted in apologies, lawsuits, and the rollout of a new battery replacement program.And soon, it seems, you’ll be able to turn off the battery/performance balancing system all together.Tim Cook mentions the coming change in an interview with ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis:
Global travel can be a complex undertaking for anyone, but it’s especially challenging for members of the LGBTQ community.But in some nations, same-sex relationships are still frowned upon, or against the law, or in extreme cases, punishable by imprisonment or death.Now, as the centerpiece of a clever campaign from nonprofit group PFLAG Canada, the rainbow Pride flag, a symbol of inclusiveness since its creation 40 years ago, morphs into a data visualization tool designed to help LGBTQ folks travel safely.Developed with FCB/Six, the initiative, called “Destination Pride,” boasts a digital hub that lets users quickly gauge a city’s attitudes toward LGBTQ visitors.Each of these categories corresponds to one of the color bars of the pride flag: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.This data is also aggregated, Rotten Tomatoes-style, into a number that ranks each city on a scale of 0 to 100.
The right (or wrong) sleeping bag has the ability to make or break a backpacking or car camping trip.It’s warm enough for three-season usage — possibly even four seasons if you consider yourself a warm sleeper.The best 3-season down sleeping bagWhy should you buy this: The men’s Riff 15 and women’s Jam 15 from Nemo are the first bags to incorporate two of Nemo’s award-winning technologies — its innovative Spoon shape and cooling Thermo Gills — into one product.The best 3-season synthetic sleeping bagThe North Face HyperCat 20
Amazon Web Services has added Google’s Go language (Golang) to the roster of supported language on its AWS Lamdba serverless computing platform.Also added is support for Microsoft’s .Net Core 2.0 when developing in the C language.How to get started with Go and .Net Core on AWS LambdaTo help Go developers ramp up on AWS Lambda, AWS is offering libraries, samples and tools for developing AWS Lambda functions at GitHub.For .Net Core 2.0, developers can use any .Net Core 2.0 libraries or frameworks when writing functions for AWS Lambda.AWS said the easiest way to get started with C and .Net Core 2.0 is to download the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio 2017, an extension to Microsoft’s signature IDE.
The UK Independence Party (Ukip) has been ridiculed on social media after indicating the party is "ready for war" should the government fail to leave the European Union (EU).Currently led by embattled politician Henry Bolton, who said Monday (15 January) he had split with his girlfriend over racist comments she made about soon-to-be royal Meghan Markle, the party's verified Twitter account was hit with a slew of memes in response to the comment.In the widely critiqued tweet, published Saturday (13 January), it wrote: "UKIP does not want another referendum, but we MUST be ready for war if the government fails to deliver."The statement followed the news that former Ukip leader Nigel Farage had voiced his support for a second referendum on whether Brexit should go ahead in order silence its opponents.In an interview on The Wright Stuff, he said: "If we had a second referendum we'd kill it off for a generation as the percentage of the vote to leave next time will be very much bigger than it was last time.And speaking to Sunday Politics over the weekend (14 January), Bolton said his predecessor's words had been misconstrued.
It has broadened and deepened environmentalism by knitting together concerns about economic inequality, labor rights, environmental health, and sustainable agriculture.As executive director of the Land Loss Prevention Project, Horne helps use the power of the law to keep African Americans farmers in North Carolina from losing their land to indebtedness, legal challenges, and gentrification, while offering technical support for farmers to make their enterprises economically viable and environmentally sustainable.How did you come to fight on behalf of Black farmers?It was founded more than 34 years ago by the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers.And they used as models the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Emergency Land Fund, both movements grounded in the rural South and coming out of the Civil Rights movement.But in so doing, they couldn’t avoid looking at the other issues in the African American community, like stemming environmental injustice.
The salacious claims have been the main PR output from a new book being pushed by tech journalist Emily Chang called Brotopia.Presumably because the details that Chang has elicited about tech-bro culture are unlikely to elicit a response greater than "yeah, that sounds about right," her team has focused on claims of wild, drug-fueled sex parties hosted by all-male millionaires and billionaires in luxury locations to which young, nubile tech ladies are invited and then subjected to unspeakable actions."Some of the most powerful men in Silicon Valley are regulars at exclusive, drug-fueled, sex-laced parties – gatherings they describe not as scandalous, or even secret, but as a bold, unconventional lifestyle choice," shudders Vanity Fair in an exclusive "adaptation" of the tech tome.Much of the detail however appears to be pulled from a single party hosted by VC company Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) with a number of attendees recalling a far less debauched version of events.This is, after all, the birthplace of the Summer of Love.A full bunny suit, it seems, not a sexy bunny costume that you'd expect to see at the Playboy Mansion.
For millions of VPN users, privacy is one of the most desirable aspects of a VPN service, if not the most prized benefit of all.And not all VPNs are equal in this respect – far from it.Almost all VPNs will trot out some manner of blanket ‘we keep no logs’ statement on their website, but the truth is that the various providers’ policies regarding keeping logs can vary quite widely.Connection or metadata logs include your incoming and outgoing IP address, as well as data like connection duration, amount of data transferred, VPN servers you’ve connected to, and so on.This information isn’t such a big deal, and is often required to keep tabs on things like data allowances – how else will a provider know that you exceeded your allowance, if it hasn’t recorded the amount of data you have transferred?The good news is that any provider worth its salt doesn’t keep usage logs.
Surveillance, particularly mass surveillance and issues involving privacy and data leaks, are never far from the news.This activity is by no means new, with the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates reportedly the first to describe the concept.The first documented action that can be attributed to surveillance occurred during the Black Death in the 14th century-Venetian Republic, where incoming ships were prevented from docking if plague-infected people were aboard.However, it wasn’t until the 17th century when information was first used for surveillance purposes and applied to health planning.During the plague in London, progress of the disease was followed by analysing registers of deaths to determine the number and causes of deaths.Fast forward 400 years, and while mortality monitoring remains crucial, disease surveillance has expanded and developed considerably into routine monitoring of a range of infectious and non-infectious diseases in people presenting to different healthcare services.
LG is stepping off the strict yearly smartphone refresh cycle, aiming to extend the lifespan of existing handsets, LG Electronics’ chief revealed at CES this week.The policy shift could have a serious impact on the launch of the LG G7.However, it’s also being seen as tacit recognition that LG continues to struggle to turn a profit from its phone division.Indeed, LG’s phones have lost money for eleven quarters in a row, the Korea Herald points out, suggesting it’s time for a serious change in strategy.Speaking at CES 2018 this week, Cho Sung-jin, Vice Chairman at LG Electronics, outlined what that change would look like.Asked about the launch plans for the LG G7, which is expected sometime in 2018, Cho refused to pinpoint an exact date.
Just a few short years ago, Monoprice wasn’t even in the 3D printer market, and was instead focusing on its expansive accessory business.Fast-forward to today, and the company is now the top 3D printer manufacturer in the world, and the entry-level $200 Select Mini is the best-selling 3D printer by a factor of three.Don’t think for a minute that Monoprice is stopping there, however.Shane Igo, the company’s vice president of product management, stopped by the Digital Trends booth at CES 2018 on Thursday morning to detail Monoprice’s efforts, as well as show updates to the best-sellling Mini and introduce a massive new 3D printer called the Delta Pro.Starting with the third-generation Mini, Igo says Monoprice focused on making improvements that will further solidify its lead in the market — most notably its “out-of-the-box” operation.Version 3 also adds auto-leveling (especially important for beginners) and a touchscreen, making it easier to operate than ever before.
Ford has announced that a new version of the Edge SUV will be rolling into dealerships and this flavor is the first ST SUV Ford has offered.The Edge ST promises improved handling and braking with an ST-tuned suspension.The Edge ST will have a Sport mode and a fast shifting 8-speed transmission.All-wheel drive will be standard, and the Edge ST gets the most powerful V6 engine in the class.That engine is a specially tuned 2.7L EcoBoost twin turbo that makes 335hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.The Edge ST will roll on special 21-inch wheels and it will have special interior design cues including sportier seats and ST badging.
Modern day smartphones come with a variety of features appealing to a wide range of customers.A huge phablet at reasonable priceWeight: 211g | Dimensions: 174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6mm | OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat | Screen size: 6.44-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 5300mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MPAfter receiving a warm response for the existing Redmi phones in India, Xiaomi introduced its plus sized Mi Max 2, which packs a massive 5300mAh battery.Not only is the battery big, but the phone also has a huge 6.44-inch full HD display, which is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.It comes packed in an attractive looking metal unibody shell, which adds that premium feel.
Owen Wilson has been making a commercial name for himself in Europe.First, he waxed poetic for Sofology, and now he’s butchering the French language in new spots for Mondelez International’s Oreo peanut butter cookie.In two of the new spots, Wilson sits on a tranquil French park bench, touting the peanut butter Oreo after saying, in a very American accent, his name and the cookie.In one, he stops a passing jogger and asks him how to say peanut butter.After some awkward exchanges, Wilson ends up saying in French that “this is the Oreo sorry I don’t understand flavour".A second spot sees him sat on the same park bench, this time being coached by a French man with a walkie-talkie hiding behind a tree.
One of the hottest high-end laptop comparisons we made in 2017 was when pitting the HP Spectre x360 against the Microsoft Surface Book 2.Are the Surface Book 2’s days numbered before it’s even had the chance to gloat?Microsoft Surface Book 2 15-inch14.1 x 9.8 x 0.76 (in)13.5 x 9.87 x 0.56-0.90 (in)Eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8550U / eighth-generation Intel Kaby Lake-G
Add in Flatpak/Snap and it could be a revolutionOpen Source Insider The biggest open source story of 2017 was unquestionably Canonical's decision to stop developing its Unity desktop and move Ubuntu to the GNOME Shell desktop.Ubuntu 17.10 was quite simply one of the best releases of the year and certainly the best release Ubuntu has put out in a good long time.Canonical pulled Ubuntu 17.10 downloads from its website last month due to a "bug" that could corrupt BIOS settings on some laptops.The bug is actually a result of Canonical's decision to enable the Intel SPI driver, which allows BIOS firmware updates.It's also clearly labeled as such and disabled in the upstream kernel.
Buzz may seem like a typical concept car with no likelihood of production, but at CES 2018 the German automaker made it clear that this next generation electric microbus represents its future.An eventual production version of the car will play host to artificial intelligence technologies powered by chipmaker Nvidia that let it recognize its driver and passengers, and cater to their needs.At Nvidia's CES press conference, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess took the stage with Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang to talk about the partnership.Volkswagen will integrate Nvidia's just-announced Drive IX platform into the I.D.Volkswagen experienced a costly road bump in the last few years when it was discovered the company had been cheating on emissions testing for its diesel vehicles.moniker, the company seems to be looking for a reset, a new generation of electric vehicles for the next decade.
The prevailing wisdom for cryptocurrency founders is that you win through hype: talk like an infomercial, parade clownish speakers around conferences, and attack critics relentlessly for “spreading FUD.” That approach works; many aggressive entrants have muscled their way to the top of the charts with these tactics (you know who you are).But there’s another approach that’s less talked about and just as widely employed, one that cryptocurrency founders and investors need to pay attention to: anti-hype.Ethereum recently fell from second place to third place in market cap.It would be trivial for Ethereum to flex its muscle and rally past Ripple, perhaps even past Bitcoin itself.Need to differentiate between getting hundreds of billions of dollars of digital paper wealth sloshing around and actually achieving something meaningful for society.Another project is DragonChain, which I praised during its anti-hype token sale (flash forward: their token is now in the top-50).