Twitter to Let Users Review DMs Before Accepting Them

Twitter today put a small buffer between users and unsolicited direct messages. Moving forward, DMs from people who users don’t follow will appear as Requests in the Messages tab. Twitter allows people to accept DMs from those they follow and those who follow back, or from everyone. Leaving DMs open makes it easier for people to reach one another through Twitter, but also leaves users’ inboxes unprotected from unsolicited or unwanted messages. People can accept or reject DM requests. Accepting the message allows the DM to go through so the sender and recipient can engage in a private conversation. Twitter says senders won’t know the message has been viewed unless the message is accepted. Users can delete unwanted Requests, but that won’t necessarily prevent the sender from re-sending the message or attempting to connect down the road unless they are blocked. By default, media included in unsolicited DMs will be hidden unless specifically opened by the recipient. Twitter is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.

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Huawei's Watch 2 Classic Goes On Sale Today

Huawei today announced the general availability of the Watch 2 Classic. This Android 2.0 wearable is compatible with Android and iOS smartphones. The Watch 2 Classic is a more conservative wearable when compared to Huawei’s Watch 2 thanks to its stainless steel casing, ceramic bezel, titanium finish, and leather band. It features a 1.8-inch screen, 420mAh battery with rapid charging, and an IP68 rating for protection against water and dust. Huawei says the battery provides up to two days under normal use, 10 hours under dedicated training with GPS, and up to 21 days when in watch-only mode with pedometer. Connectivity options are limited to Bluetooth, GPS, and WiFi. Huawei is selling the Watch 2 Classic in some 600 Best Buy stores, as well as online from Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg, B&H, Jet, and Kohl’s. The Huawei Watch 2 Classic costs $370. The sportier Huawei Watch 2 has been on sale since April.

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Android Creator Launches 'Essential' Modular Phone

The former Google executive behind the development of the Android mobile operating system has unveiled a new modular smartphone called the Essential, set to be available sometime this summer. Priced starting at $699, the phone is designed to be upgraded with a variety of magnetically snapped-on accessories, including a 360-degree camera and a docking station.

Andy Rubin, who left Google in 2014 to launch the Playground Global tech incubator, announced Essential (pictured above) today in a tweet. He said his goal in coming out with a new type of Android smartphone was to address some of the market’s current problems with incompatible technologies, limited choices, and unnecessary features.

‘Fighting with Technology’

“I know many people in the media are going to speculate on why I started Essential, so I wanted to take a moment to share the real reason with you,” Rubin said in his tweet, which he also posted on his company’s blog. He recounted talking with a friend about all the things they didn’t like about the current state of the Android smartphone industry, at which point he realized that he was partly responsible for it.

By developing a new kind of Android phone, Rubin said he was hoping to create a simple but well-made device that will “play well with others” and won’t quickly become outdated.

“For all the good Android has done to help bring technology to nearly everyone it has also helped create this weird new world where people are forced to fight with the very technology that was supposed to simplify their lives,” Rubin noted. “After another long talk with my friend we decided that I needed to start a new kind of company using 21st century methods to build products for the way people want to live in the 21st century.”

Titanium and Ceramic Body

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Google Home Aims To Beat Amazon Lex and Apple's Siri

If Google wants to hang onto its status as the world’s dominant source of information, it needs to make sure people keep using Google products when they’re in hands- and screen-free situations. As part of that goal, it needs to gain a greater foothold in voice.

Voice is the technology every major Silicon Valley company is racing to dominate before anyone else; and Google, with its search and language capabilities, would seem poised to take the lead.

But Google is starting from behind. The company made a late push into hardware, and Apple’s Siri, available on iPhones, and Amazon’s Alexa software [shown above, with Amazon Lex], which runs on its Echo and Dot devices, have clear leads in consumer adoption.

To master voice, Google will have to contend with technology that’s not friendly to advertising, its main business, or suitable for Google’s directory-like approach to organizing web results.

Voice is growing as an interface through which people interact with artificial intelligence. And AI isn’t just a change in how people access information, it’s the next jump in computing. Google can’t afford to lose ground in the battle for this coming ecosystem.

How Google’s Voice Technology Works

People commonly refer to voice capabilities on Google devices as voice search even when they refer to other functions. The capabilities were introduced to Android as “Voice Actions” in 2010.

One of the latest pieces of software to incorporate voice capabilities is Assistant, an AI platform that runs on Google Home (which competes with the Echo), Google’s Pixel phone and later versions of Android.

In addition to web results, Assistant can connect with other devices to allow users to control them by voice, integrate with third-party apps and pull up personal information like Google Calendar appointments. Assistant also works in text settings, but is mostly known to consumers as the voice…
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Leaked iPhone 8 Images Show Fingerprint Scanner Built In Screen

Apple is usually known for keeping a tight lid on leaks regarding their latest products. However, the iPhone 8 has been a victim of way too many leaks. One of the most common leaks was the fingerprint scanner built into the display, and we might just confirm it.

Today a new leak shows a CAD image and shots of the iPhone 8 in a case, revealing that the fingerprint scanner will seemingly be built into the screen. Earlier leaks suggested that the scanner would be on the back of the phone, and while leaked dummy units of the iPhone 8 show an absence of visible scanners, they were made based on diagrams which may not have had every marking in place, so left the possibility of a rear-mounted scanner open.

The CAD image was shared by Benjamin Geskin, who’s been leaking a lot of iPhone 8 stuff. The design here shows an all-screen front, albeit with a cut-out at the top for the front-facing camera, while on the back there’s that vertically aligned dual-lens camera that we’ve seen so much of.

There also seems to be a circle, which you would think is the fingerprint scanner, but according to Geskin it’s simply the location of the Apple logo. To back that up, Slashleaks has posted images of a dummy iPhone 8 unit in a case — with no fingerprint scanner cut-out on the back.

These are just rumors for now, so we advice you take this with a pinch of salt. However, are you looking forward to the iPhone 8?
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U.S. Official Mulling Greatly Expanded Airplane Laptop Ban

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he’s considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States.

That would dramatically expand a ban announced in March that affects about 50 flights per day from 10 cities, mostly in the Middle East. The current ban was put in place because of concerns about terrorist attacks.

The ban prevents travelers from bringing laptops, tablets and certain other devices on board with them in their carry-on bags. All electronics bigger than a smartphone must be checked in.

Kelly was asked on “Fox News Sunday” whether he would expand the ban to cover laptops on all international flights into and out of the U.S.

His answer: “I might.”

The current U.S. ban applies to nonstop U.S.-bound flights from 10 international airports in Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. About 50 flights a day, all on foreign airlines, are affected.

Earlier this month, there were reports that the Trump administration would broaden the ban to include planes from the European Union, affecting trans-Atlantic routes that carry as many as 65 million people a year.

U.S. officials have said that initial ban was not based on any specific threat but on longstanding concerns about extremists targeting jetliners.

“There’s a real threat,” Kelly said, adding that terrorists are “obsessed” with the idea of downing a plane in flight, “particularly if it’s a U.S. carrier, particularly if it’s full of mostly U.S. folks. It’s real.”

Kelly said that the U.S. is going “to raise the bar for, generally speaking, aviation security much higher than it is now, and there’s new technologies down the road, not too far down the road, that we’ll rely on. But it is a real…
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2021 – EE and BT to get beefy

We spoke to EE CEO Marc Allegra back in March and we were intrigued to know whether the recent BT acquisition would mean any EE branding changes. At the time, it was a definite no, and BT seemed content to run EE as a separate brand. After all, the mobile network had achieved a strong reputation and, although BT have an MVNO operating using the EE masts, there were no plans to rebrand EE stores or put the BT logo onto EE services. This despite the fact that BT and EE now directly compete for home broadband, mobile phone, home phone and TV services.
2021   EE and BT to get beefy

Today though, as reported by Mobile World Live, EE looks to be eyeing full BT integration by 2021.

Marc Allera now expects that such a move “would create a £10 billion line of business” and says that, although operating both businesses separately had been the right choice thus far, he is excited by “the future opportunity as a group from bringing BT and EE together. It is there in the back of our minds. Over the long term there are opportunities to make consumer routes to market simpler”.

New financial figures show a very healthy EE, which is generating £5.1 billion in revenue. Meanwhile BT had generated £4.9 billion in the year end to March 2017.

EE is the driving force at the moment, but there’s a lot of potential if the two companies merge more fully.

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  • ARM's Cortex A75 and A55 Processor Cores Target AI

    ARM recently announced the Cortex-A75 and Cortex-A55 processor cores, the first to support its DynamIQ technology. ARM first revealed DynamIQ earlier this year, an advancement of its big.LITTLE technology that allows paired sets of high-power and low-power processor cores to tackle specific tasks based on the computing requirements at hand. Most significantly, DynamIQ doesn’t require evenly matched pairs; instead, it can handle one high-power processor with seven low-power processors and other combinations to give device makers more granular control over how the cores handle computing operations. ARM claims the Cortex-A75 core improves multicore performance by 50%, providing enough processor power for laptops and even servers, while only requiring the energy from a smartphone. Compared to the A73, the A75 can handle 20% more calculations at clock speeds up to 3.0 GHz and deliver 15% more memory throughput. The A75 is meant for high-intensity use cases, such as 3D gaming and virtual reality. The Cortex-A55 targets a wide range of computing tasks. ARM says the A55 is ten times more scalable than the A53, meaning it can ramp up from ultra low-intensity tasks to super high-intensity tasks. It’s also 15% more power efficient and twice as good as handling memory. The company says together, these advancements make the A55 two and a half times more efficient than the A53 when measuring performance-per-milliwatt. This will be a boon for mid-range smartphones. ARM also debuted the new Mali-G72 GPU, which targets virtual reality, gaming, and machine learning on high-end devices. It delivers a 40% improvement in performance when compared to the previous generation GPU. ARM sees the A75, A55, and Mali-G72 complimenting one another in multi-core designs, such as those created by Qualcomm (Snapdragon) or Samsung (Exynos). ARM has made these components available to companies that design processors. It’s not clear when the A75 and A55 will be built into future processor designs.

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    Roaming – It’s all about to change

    Unbelievably, it’s nearly June. That means that big sporting events like Wimbledon are now only a month away. Before that though, there’s the Epsom Derby, the Champions League final, a couple of World Cup qualifiers, Argentina v England in the Rugby Union, the US Open, Royal Ascot and England v South Africa in the Twenty20 Internationals.

    Roaming   Its all about to change

    If you’re on holiday like I am then it’s a great time to take advantage of the ever-so-slightly-iffy Sky Sports TV coverage that appears in almost every bar and pub across Spain. Even better, as we’ve mentioned before, from June 12th you don’t need to worry about turning off your data roaming when you get off the plane either. Roaming across Europe is going to cost you just the same as it would if you were at home in the UK.

    So with all this sport coming up, and it not costing any extra to carry your phone abroad, having a cheeky flutter before a big game – even when you’re sitting in the Spanish sports bar with a pint of San Miguel or Estrella – suddenly got a whole lot easier. No more hunting for that WiFi hotspot. No more asking the barman what ths WiFi passcode is or whether the “O” is a “zero” or the letter “O”. Now you can get all the news, all the sports and everything you enjoy at home in the UK, even on the beach or in a bar on holiday.

    Before you head out on holiday, do a bit of prep. First, if you’re out there after June 12th, make sure that your turn data roaming on (this in itself might feel a little weird) and check the topbettingapps.co.uk site so that you can download the right one ahead of time. Also, if you’re unsure, wait for that text message which gets sent when your plane lands.

    Roaming   Its all about to change

    Remember, if you plan on a holiday in Europe and arrive before June 12th, that text will tell you how much your data, text and calls is going to cost. You can sometimes buy a daily bundle, letting you browse up to a certain data limit for one charge. There’s also weekly bundles or you can perhaps buy a local SIM and stick it in an unlocked phone.

    Soon enough though, the thought of travelling around Europe and being conscious of data allowances will be a thing of the past. The thought of hunting down a local cafe WiFi or disabling your roaming data will be just a distant memory.

    Sure, Britain has decided to leave the European Union and in essence it means that this new law won’t be in effect after we’ve left, but it’ll be an uphill battle if the UK networks do try and reimplement the law after we leave.

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  • Andy Rubin's Essential PH-1 Boasts Titanium Frame, Magnetic Mods

    Essential Products, the startup being run by Andy Rubin, who helped create the Android operating system, announced its first smartphone today, the PH-1. The PH-1 is a high-end handset crafted from a titanium shell that Rubin claims is more robust than aluminum and more resistant to damage when dropped. The phone has a ceramic back plate and a Gorilla Glass front. Similar to the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8, the PH-1 adopts a near two-one aspect ratio for the display, which measures 5.71 inches across the diagonal and includes 2,560 by 1,312 pixels. The 19:10 shape fills nearly the entire front face of the phone, features rounded corners, and includes a unique cutout for the user-facing camera. Twin rear-mounted magnets positioned on the rear panel of the phone accommodate removable modular accessories, including a 360-degree camera. The system is similar to that of the Moto Z series handsets from Motorola, though the mods don’t cover the entire rear of the PH-1. The magnetic pins provide power to the accessories, which connect to the handset via WiGig for transferring data back and forth. A pair of f/1.85 13-megapxiel cameras adorn the rear of the phone, one shooting full color and the other shooting monochrome. The cameras rely on a hybrid phase detect and infrared laser-assistant auto focus system. The front camera shoots 8-megapixel images at f/2.2 and can capture 4k video. Other specs include a 64-bit Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 570 GPU, 4 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage. It is sold unlocked and includes support for U.S. carriers (including GSM, CDMA, and LTE), as well as Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, and WiFi. The PH-1 has a built-in 3,040mAh battery that charges rapidly, USB-C, four microphones for noise cancellation, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Essential is taking reservations for the PH-1 starting today. The phone costs $699. For a limited time, people who preorder can snag the phone and magnetic 360-degree camera for $749 (savings of $150). The phone comes in black, gray, white, and green, and runs Android. Essential didn’t say when the phone might ship.

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