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IN IOS 11, TOGGLING WI-FI AND BLUETOOTH ‘OFF’ DOESN’T WORK. HERE’S WHY.

Apple users have unwittingly discovered a new feature after installing iOS 11 on their mobile devices: when you toggle your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth quick settings to "off" those services remain on for Apple services. For example, Location Services is still enabled, and Handoff and Instant Hotspot stay on, even when iPhones and iPads are put in "Airplane Mode." The change in iOS 11 has come under criticism because it could expose users to security risks. Because iOS 10 allowed users to perform…

Twitter is getting a much needed save-for-later button

Twitter is working on a bookmarking button so you can save tweets to read later, for posterity or whatever else – without having to ‘heart’ it, reports BuzzFeed News. That’ll certainly come in handy, especially for the scores of users (myself included) who enjoy using Twitter to discover interesting content. In addition to the bookmarking button, there’ll also be a dedicated section within the app to help you go through your saved items. Here’s what that might look like: For Hack Week @Twitter we…

Facebook wants to fix your crooked 360-photos

Facebook wants you to post more 360-degree photos. Earlier this week, the company announced it would allow people to capture the spherical shots and set them as their cover photo right from the app. Problem is, 360-degree photos are a lot trickier to capture than a regular photo. Because it can difficult to keep the camera straight while you capture the image, the photos often look crooked, which, well, doesn't look great on Facebook. That's why the social network's researchers…

Sensics Developed A High-Resolution VR HMD For Location Based VR Entertainment

Sensics revealed a new high-resolution VR HMD with ruggedized features designed to meet the needs of location based entertainment facilities. The new HMD also features a higher resolution than consumer headsets offer. Consumer sales for virtual reality hardware may not have met the expectations of investors and some critics, but you would be hard pressed to make that argument about commercial facilities adopting VR. Location based VR entertainment facilities are popping up all over the world at a rapid pace.…

WannaCry ‘hero’ Marcus Hutchins arrested for reportedly selling the Kronos malware

Marcus Hutchins, the security researcher who helped stop the WannaCry attack earlier this year, has reportedly been arrested in the US on charges of creating, selling, and maintaining malware. Motherboard first reported news of Hutchins being detained by the FBI on his way home from the DefCon hacking event in Las Vegas. It was initially thought Hutchins, who posts online under the psyeudonym MalwareTech, had been taken by US Marshals but a spokesperson for the agency said the arrest had been made by the…

GOP Lawmakers Want to Cut Cheap Cell Service for Poor Americans

A group of Republican legislators has introduced a bill that would cut government subsidies that help low-income Americans buy mobile cell and broadband service. The legislation, which was filed by Rep. Austin Scott and eighteen other GOP lawmakers on Friday, sets its sights on the Lifeline program. It’s a part of the Universal Service Fund that allows for discounts on cell service and broadband for poorer Americans — a subsidy of about $9.25 a month, which is funded by surcharges on phone…

Education’s aversion to digital archival could potentially erase billions in student debt

Thanks to a lack of digital back-ups, an estimated $5 billion in student loan debt could essentially disappear. Last month, the New York Times reported on a series of lawsuits brought by financial institutions against former students who have defaulted on their loans. Some of the suits were dismissed, and all of the student’s debt erased, because important physical documents proving loan ownership had gone missing. No one can prove who owns the loans, meaning a judge can rule the student doesn’t…

IBM is working with the Air Force Research Lab on a TrueNorth 64-chip array

IBM is working with the U.S. Air Force to improve its TrueNorth line of chips designed to optimize the performance of machine learning models at the hardware level. The new 64-chip array will consist of four boards, each with 16 chips. IBM’s chips are still too experimental to be used in mass production,  but they’ve shown promise in running a special type of neural network called a spiking neural network. Though the technology is still in its infancy, IBM believes the low power…

Facebook introduces new ad metrics and promises that more are coming

Facebook says it’s introducing a number of new measurements for businesses that buy ads and own Facebook Pages. Last year, the company admitted that it had been misreporting some metrics — individually, none of the mistakes seemed particularly serious, but cumulatively, they created the impression that the company needs to work harder on transparency for advertisers. (It’s also opened up for an audit from the Media Rating Council.) Similarly, none of the new metrics that Facebook is announcing today may…

Chocolate really can be healthy – and this startup is proving it

The health food revolution has seen many of us take a keen interest in what we put into our bodies — we’re more conscious than ever of eating the right things. That doesn’t mean we’re not all craving a chocolate bar or two though, and there’s a UK startup that’s putting our favourite naughty snack onto the health food shopping list. iQ Chocolate is the company creating healthy chocolate “from bean to bar”. Their produce is free from all 14…

Forget 3D Touch, HTC’s next phone could detect how long you squeeze it

Phones are about to get exciting again. Underdog phone maker HTC is reportedly planning to release a new flagship phone (possibly called the HTC U or HTC Ocean) with sensors built into its edges that'll perform different tasks depending on how long you squeeze it, according to a detailed leak from Android Headlines. If the leaked details are accurate, you'll be able to squeeze HTC's upcoming phone to perform actions like launching the camera or Google Assistant, or even toggling…

The Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor will send you into a rage spiral

There's a lot to like about Samsung's newly announced Galaxy S8 and S8+, like the gorgeous "Infinity" displays, faster performance, improved selfie camera. Hell, there's even a headphone jack! But can we talk about the fingerprint sensor for a minute? More specifically, the awful, terrible place Samsung decided to relocate it to. I'd be lying if I said I didn't know it was coming. Thanks to a steady flow of high-resolution leaked images that made their way onto the internet…

What we know about super villain Elon Musk’s plan to plant AI in your brain

Elon Musk wants people to willingly implant electrodes in their brains so they might upload and download thoughts, and he's building a company to make it happen. This is Musk's latest technological frontier. He's working on an electric car revolution through Tesla and trying to send people to Mars with SpaceX. Through Neuralink, Musk plans to merge humans and machines through a technology called neural lace. Let's take a look at what we know and don't know about what Musk…

Apple fixes Safari bug that distorted Consumer Reports battery life tests

Last month, Consumer Reports declared it would not recommend the new MacBook Pro, on account of its poor and highly erratic battery life. This report followed weeks of controversy that has dogged the latest refresh of Apple’s mobile hardware — many users also haven’t been happy with Apple’s reliance on dongles or its minimum improvements to the platform (the cost increases generally don’t offset the addition of new features like the Touch Bar). Apple initially refused to acknowledge that the…

ARMANI EXCHANGE GETS IN THE SMARTWATCH GAME WITH NEW LINE OF HYBRIDS

The smartwatch market may be in a state of flux, but that hasn’t deterred Fossil Group from dipping its toes in the water. The timekeeping giant released dozens of models in 2016 from well-known brands such as Michael Kors, Diesel, Chaps, and Kate Spade, and now Armani Exchange is joining the party. The new line of Armani Exchange Connected hybrid smartwatches promise to stay linked to your Android phone or iPhone from up to 84 feet away, and require a…

T-Mobile’s Digits calling service is designed to make phone numbers device agnostic

T-Mobile’s pitch is simple, “We’re dragging the phone number into the internet age.” The actual functionality is a bit trickier, which is why the carrier looked to do a little bit of analyst handholding and a consumer Twitter Q&A (at 10:30AM PT today) ahead of launch. The underlying idea is to tie user identity to a single phone number, available across devices, in much the same way that email (or, for that matter, Google Voice and to a lesser extent Apple’s Messages)…