Global smartphone growth stalled in Q4, up just 1.2% for the full year: Gartner

Gartner’s smartphone marketshare data for the just gone holiday quarter highlights the challenge for device makers going into the world’s biggest mobile trade show which kicks off in Barcelona next week: The analyst’s data shows global smartphone sales stalled in Q4 2018, with growth of just 0.1 per cent over 2017’s holiday quarter, and 408.4 million units shipped. tl;dr: high end handset buyers decided not to bother upgrading their shiny slabs of touch-sensitive glass. Gartner says Apple ...
Tags: Travel, Iphone, Apple, Ios, Android, Gadgets, Mobile, Asia, Europe, China, Samsung, Barcelona, Smartphone, Smartphones, Asia Pacific, Middle East

Here’s everything announced at Samsung’s Galaxy S10/Galaxy Fold event

Missed today’s Samsung Unpacked event in San Francisco? In all, we have five new phones — one of them a foldable, some new earbuds, a virtual assistant and a watch. Here’s everything you need to know. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, presented at Unpacked in San Francisco. (Source: Samsung) Samsung’s Galaxy Fold launches April 26, starting at $1,980 The last time we saw Samsung’s foldable onstage, it was, quite literally, shrouded in darkness. The company debuted a prototype of the upcoming device at ...
Tags: Gadgets, Technology, Instagram, Samsung, San Francisco, Tech, Smartphones, Companies, Mobile Phones, Samsung Electronics, Player, Mobile Software, Samsung Galaxy, Virtual Assistant, Samsung Samsung, Bixby

Samsung Will Announce the Future of Galaxy Phones Today—How to Watch Live

Mobile World Congress starts in Barcelona, Spain, next week, and ahead of all the announcements from that show Samsung’s pointing the spotlight at itself today by announcing the Galaxy S10, at least a couple of other variants, and possibly even the company’s much-hyped folding mobile device. Here’s how to watch it all …Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Congress, Samsung, Events, Tech, Smartphones, Galaxy, Consumer Tech, Barcelona Spain, Samsung Unpacked, Galaxy S10, Galaxy F, Infinity Flex, Galaxy Sport, Galaxy Buds

Cybersecurity 101: Five settings to secure your iPhone or iPad

iOS 12, Apple’s latest mobile software for iPhone and iPad, is out. The new software packs in a bunch of new security and privacy features you’ve probably already heard about. Here’s what you need to do to take advantage of the new settings and lock down your device. 1. Turn on USB Restricted Mode to make hacking more difficult This difficult-to-find new feature prevents any accessories from connecting to your device — like USB cables and headphones — when your iPhone or iPad has been lock...
Tags: Apple, Security, Startups, Gadgets, Mobile, Privacy, Lists, Ios 12, Cybersecurity 101

The Samsung S10’s cameras get ultra-wide-angle lenses and more AI smarts

Samsung’s S10 lineup features a whopping four models, the S10e, the S10, the S10+ and the S10 5G. Unsurprisingly, one of the features that differentiates these models is the camera system. Gone are the days, after all, where one camera would suffice. Now, all the S10 models, except for the budget S10e, feature at least three rear cameras and the high-end 5G model even goes for four — and all of them promise more AI smarts and better video stabilization. All models get at least a standard 12MP re...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Camera, S10, Smasung

The headphone jack lives!

Reports of the headphone jack’s death are greatly exaggerated. Or more accurately, premature. All of the latest versions of Samsung’s Galaxy phones are equipped with a 3.5mm port, bucking the trend set by Apple and followed by Google. While the headphone jack might eventually die, right now, in 2019, it’s alive and could be a major selling point for the four versions of the Samsung Galaxy S10. Apple ditched the 3.5mm jack back in 2016 with the introduction of the iPhone 7 and some of us still ha...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Samsung, Smartphones, Samsung Galaxy S10 Apple

A malicious USB cable with its own wifi rig

MG has built a proof-of-concept malicious USB cable with a tiny wifi radio hidden inside of it, able to wirelessly exfilatrate stolen; he calls it the O. MG, and while the prototype cost him $4k and took 300 hours, he's working with a team on a small production run for other security researchers to play with. (via Four Short Links) You like wifi in your malicious USB cables? The O•MG cable (Offensive MG kit) was a fun way to pick up a bunch of new skills. Not poss...
Tags: Security, Gadgets, Post, News, Infosec, Badusb

Florida inmates sue prisons for digitally confiscating the music they were sold

Last August, Florida's prison system announced that it was switching digital music providers and would be wiping out the $11.2 million worth of music that it had sold inmates -- music they'd paid for at $1.70/track, nearly double the going rate for music when not purchased from prison-system profiteers. The move was part of a switch to notorious prison contractors Jpay (previously), a division of the even-more-notorious Securus company (previously). Jpay is the company that gouges prisoners...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Business, Copyfight, Music, Florida, News, Carceral State, Department of Corrections, Corrections Department, Florida Department of Corrections, SECURUS, Florida Justice Institute, JPay, Profiteers, South Florida Reception Center

This robotics museum in Korea will construct itself (in theory)

The planned Robot Science Museum in Seoul will have a humdinger of a first exhibition: its own robotic construction. It’s very much a publicity stunt, though a fun one — but who knows? Perhaps robots putting buildings together won’t be so uncommon in the next few years, in which case Korea will just be an early adopter. The idea for robotic construction comes from Melike Altinisik Architects, the Turkish firm that won a competition to design the museum. Their proposal took the form of an egg-lik...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Architecture, Robots, Korea, Robotics, Seoul, MAA, Robot Science Museum, Melike Altinisik Architects

As sports company abandons support for "smart" basketball, Nike pushes a software update that bricks its self-tying shoes

Wilson X was the sports manufacturer's entry into the market for smart basketballs, but maintaining the app that made sense of the telemetry from your sensor-equipped roundball was expensive and stupid and so the Wilson X app is no more, and the "B" in "B-ball" stands for "bricked." But wait, there's more! If you shelled out $350 for Nike's self-tying shoes, you got burned this week when Nike updated its shoe-tying app leaving it unable to pair with the shoes' "advanced power-lacing syste...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Fashion, News, Sports, Nike, Iot, Wilson, Internet Of Shit, Brickball, Jack Morse Mashable

Apple could be working with Goldman Sachs on a credit card

According to a new report from the WSJ, Apple and Goldman Sachs are partnering on a different kind of products for both companies — a credit card. The Mastercard-based card would be focused on Apple Pay and feature some deep integrations in iOS. This card could launch later this year in the U.S., which would coincide with the next iPhone. An Apple credit card would be a good way to take a bigger cut on Apple Pay transactions. Instead of splitting fees between the card issuer, the card netw...
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This custom ‘hyperfisheye’ lens can see behind itself

If you’re doing ordinary photography and videography, there’s rarely any need to go beyond extreme wide angle lenses — but why be ordinary? This absurd custom fisheye lens has a 270 degree field of view, meaning it can see behind the camera it’s mounted on — or rather the camera mounted on it. It’s certainly a bit of fun from Lens Rentals, the outfit that put it together, but it’s definitely real and might even be useful. Their detailed documentation of how they put it together piece by piece is...
Tags: Gadgets, Photography, Hardware, Tech, Nikon, Optics, Lenses, Lens, Bender, Lens Rentals

These hyper-efficient solar panels could actually live on your roof soon

The clean energy boffins in their labs are always upping the theoretical limit on how much power you can get out of sunshine, but us plebes actually installing solar cells are stuck with years-old tech that’s not half as good as what they’re seeing. This new design from Insolight could be the one that changes all that. Insolight is a spinoff from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where they’ve been working on this new approach for a few years — and it’s almost ready to hit your roof....
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Solar Power, GreenTech, Cto, EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Solar Cells, Ackermann, Insolight, Mathiu Ackermann

UK’s extended 5km airport drone ‘no-fly’ zones in force next month

The UK’s Department for Transport has said today that an expansion of drone ‘no-fly’ zones to 5km around airport runways will come into force on March 13. Anyone caught and convicted of flying a drone inside the restricted zones could face a fine and years in prison. Last month the government said it would tighten restrictions on drones flights around airports, after the existing 1km limit was criticized for being inadequate — saying it believes expanded no-fly zones will help protect airports f...
Tags: Gadgets, Europe, UK, Airports, US, Tech, Drone, Drones, United Kingdom, Dji, Aircraft, Home Office, Gatwick, Chris Grayling, Robotics, Gatwick Airport

A Foldable Smartphone, AirPod Rivals, and More. These Are the 4 Biggest Things Samsung Just Announced

The Galaxy Fold stole the show at Samsung Unpacked this year, but it carries a hefty price tag
Tags: Gadgets, News, Uncategorized, Samsung, Smartphones, Onetime, Samsung Unpacked

Magic Lantern: feature-rich addons for Canon EOS cameras

Magic Lantern is a suite of feature-rich add-ons for your Canon EOS camera that you load via a SD card; in addition to a suite of video-recording tools, Magic Lantern allows fine-grained gain adjustments, selection of input sources, wind filters, audio monitoring, and better tools for everything from white-balance to exposure presets to overlays to help with exposure and other settings. The source is available for inspection and modification, of course. (via Four Short Links)
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Happy Mutants, Photography, Floss, News, Canon, Canon EOS, Magic Lantern

Samsung's foldable phone is called the Fold and will cost $1980

After tax, you're clear of two grand. Behold the Galaxy Fold: Samsung is using a new 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display that allows the phone itself to have a tablet-sized screen that can be folded to fit into a pocket. The main display is QXGA+ resolution (4.2:3), and when it’s folded, a smaller 4.6-inch HD+ (12:9) display is used for the phone mode. Samsung is using 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (eUFS) for fast speeds, alongside a Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor and 12GB of RAM. Samsung ha...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Samsung, Sony, Phones

Magic Lantern: a feature-rich replacement operating system for Canon EOS cameras

Magic Lantern is a replacement OS for your Canon EOS camera that you load via a SD card; in addition to a suite of video-recording tools, Magic Lantern allows fine-grained gain adjustments, selection of input sources, wind filters, audio monitoring, and better tools for everything from white-balance to exposure presets to overlays to help with exposure and other settings. The source is available for inspection and modification, of course. (via Four Short Links)
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Happy Mutants, Photography, Floss, News, Canon, Canon EOS, Magic Lantern

Yes, get a high-end vacuum cleaner

Angela Lashbrook has followed the online recommendations for vacuum cleaners and found them wanting. The high-end brands that never get consideration in roundups of vacs are much better at sucking your carpet clean of filth. A simple task like cleaning my kitchen or vacuuming my rugs may seem small and relatively unimportant. But research shows that feeling control over elements of one’s life can help reduce stress, so is it any wonder that our generation is so attracted to the concept of home ...
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Watch the historic first private mission to the Moon launch Thursday night

For the first time later this week, a privately developed moon lander will launch aboard a privately built rocket, organized by a private launch coordinator. It’s an historic moment in space and the Israeli mission stands to make history again if it touches down on the Moon’s surface as planned on April 11. The Beresheet (“Genesis”) program was originally conceived as an entry into the ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful Google Lunar Xprize in 2010, which challenged people to accomplish a luna...
Tags: Google, TC, Gadgets, Space, Science, Hardware, China, Israel, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Robotics, Seattle, Spaceflight, Cape Canaveral

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