Technology

Apple May Drop Touch ID in the Next iPhone

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Apple was the first smartphone maker to integrate high-quality fingerprint sensors into its phones, but it may also be the first to stop using fingerprint sensors. According to a new report from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple could drop its Touch ID system completely in the next iPhone. Instead, it would rely upon Face ID, which is set to debut in the iPhone X. Apple was faced with a conundrum as the iPhone X launch ...

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Most Gamers Hate Buying Loot Boxes, So Why Are Games Using Them?

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increasing number of games locking desirable content behind the digital operant conditioning chambers known as “loot boxes.” The basics of how loot boxes work are common to all games that use them. Players are presented with the opportunity to spend real money, in exchange for an in-game box containing one or more items. From here, the particulars vary. In some games, the boxes are random rewards you ...

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Most Gamers Hate Buying Loot Boxes, So Why Are Games Using Them?

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increasing number of games locking desirable content behind the digital operant conditioning chambers known as “loot boxes.” The basics of how loot boxes work are common to all games that use them. Players are presented with the opportunity to spend real money, in exchange for an in-game box containing one or more items. From here, the particulars vary. In some games, the boxes are random rewards you ...

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Amazon’s All-New Kindle Oasis: Bigger, Waterproof, Less Expensive

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. In April 2016, Amazon unveiled its first-generation Kindle Oasis, a 6-inch device with a 300 PPI screen, the same E Ink display that makes reading a Kindle more like reading a conventional book, and an asymmetrical design meant to make it easier to hold for one-handed reading. The original Oasis had a secondary battery integrated into the case. The platform’s storage offered 3GB of user-accessible space, though the first-gen Oasis did have 10 LEDs for ...

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Microsoft’s Latest App Update Drives Negative Reviews in Windows Store

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Microsoft was off to a good start with Windows 10 early on by offering free upgrades to anyone on older versions of the platform. It burned a lot of that goodwill with its heavy-handed attempts to get everyone to upgrade. Perhaps that made everyone hyper-conscious of Microsoft’s update approach, because a relatively minor app update recently sparked a torrent of negative reviews in the Microsoft Store. You know people have to be upset when they’re ...

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Researcher: It’s Easy to Steal iOS Passwords, Just Ask for Them

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Anyone who’s spent more than a few minutes using iOS has been prompted to input their iTunes password. This can ensure that no one but you has access to your important account data. However, iOS tends to ask for your password quite often, and security researcher Felix Krause points out this good-intentioned practice could actually have the opposite effect. According to Krause, Apple’s constant insistence that users type in their passwords leaves them open to ...

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Hyperloop One Gets ‘Virgin’ Name Following Branson Investment

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Several companies have been dabbling in hyperloop technology since Elon Musk released basic plans for the transit system several years ago, but none are as close to reality as Hyperloop One. We’re not going to be talking about “Hyperloop One” anymore because the company has a new name. It’s now “Virgin Hyperloop One,” following an investment by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. This isn’t the first futuristic and unproven transportation project for Virgin Group. The company has ...

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Equifax Website Hacked to Serve Malware Because of Course It Was

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Karl Marx once famously remarked that history was known to speak twice, “first as tragedy, the second time as farce.” It’s one of his most famous quotations, and it’s ridiculously applicable to the latest events in the blazing dumpster fire that is Equifax. Earlier today, we reported that Equifax acknowledged losing 11 million US driver’s licenses and leaking data on some 15 million citizens in the UK. Now we’ve hit another “milestone”–a US security researcher ...

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Western Digital Reveals MAMR Technology That Could Allow 40TB Hard Drives

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The capacity of solid state drives (SSDs) has been advancing steadily on traditional spinning hard drives over the last few years, and drive manufacturers haven’t been certain how much longer spinning drives could remain in the lead. Western Digital just surprised the storage industry by announcing its upcoming Microwave Assisted Magnetic Recording (MAMR) technology, which could keep the price per gigabyte of spinning drives lower than SSDs for at least the next decade. The odds ...

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PornHub’s Virgin AI Wants to Make Searching for Porn Less Hard

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Normally, when we talk about computer vision, artificial intelligence, or deep…learning, we’re discussing hard philosophical problems (strong AI). PornHub, however, has its own uses for the technology: It wants to use it to improve video tagging, including accurately identifying performers and offering a more intelligent set of criteria than the typical tags you find on video. This is a rather sticky problem that doesn’t just impact those who keep lube manufacturers and online stripper shoe ...

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