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Apple is investigating reports of split open iPhone 8 Plus devices

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Apple fans finally have their hands on the iPhone 8, but two owners in Asia have already busted their new phones under strange circumstances.  An iPhone 8 Plus owner in Taiwan says that her five-day-old 64GB device split open while charging, according to The Next Web. The owner claims she was using the official Apple charging cord, and after about three minutes, the phone started swelling, and she pulled it off the charger.  Another iPhone 8 Plus owner in Japan also claims his phone started splitting open. The weird thing about his story is that he didn’t even have an […]

Netflix hopes to be entertaining us on grueling flights by 2018

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The dream life: Netflix on plane TVsImage: Mashable composite: netflix and Nadir Keklik/ap rex/shutterstock In an attempt to expand streaming access (and make traveling more bearable), Netflix is taking flight in 2018. As Variety reports, the company announced at Monday’s 2017 APEX Expo that it’s looking to partner with airline carriers in hopes of sharing its low-bandwidth mobile streaming technology with them to improve in-flight wi-fi speeds. That means you could soon be streaming your favorite movies and television shows in the air with ease.  SEE ALSO: Netflix’s prices are insanely low—enjoy it while you can The idea is that […]

With the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, are consumers caught in the middle?

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Today’s retail launch of the Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is a crucial test for Apple’s riskiest iPhone strategy. For the first time, Apple introduced its latest iPhone upgrades while simultaneously teasing something better coming soon — what, by Apple’s own admission, is “the future.” SEE ALSO: Here are the first photographer-shot iPhone 8 pictures Apple’s iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are, based on my review and what I’ve seen elsewhere on the web (and even in teardowns), “S” series devices in full-number-update clothing. Except for the glass back, the handsets maintain the iPhone 6 design introduced in 2014. […]

An Android developer just copied the iPhone X’s most noticeable feature

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Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock It turns out you don’t need to spend $999 to get the iPhone X’s most noticeable features. No, not the talking Animoji or slightly creepy face scanning, but the notch. A clever developer has created an Android app that brings the iPhone X’s distinctive camera cutout to Android handsets. SEE ALSO: Why Apple is risking everything with the iPhone X Called “XOutof10,” the app doesn’t actually do anything, other than create a black space around the top of the screen to mimic Apple’s sensor-packed notch. “You, the average Android user, probably had a laugh on Apple users about […]

Dubai police will soon zoom around the sky on hoverbikes

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Dubai's cops will soon take to the air.Image: AFP/Getty Images Dubai is aggressively turning itself into a “Future City,” putting self-flying taxis in the skies and a facial recognition system in its airport. The Dubai police department’s latest ride is now adding another sci-fi transportation staple: the hoverbike. The Dubai police, which already has luxury patrol cars, self-driving pursuit drones, and a robot officer, just announced it will soon have officers buzzing around on hoverbikes, which look like an early version of the speeder bikes used by the scout troopers on Endor in Return of the Jedi.  The force (see […]

AIM will officially sign-off forever in December

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Image: Liz Pierson / mashable composite AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), the beloved messaging service that was the first online experience for an entire generation, will finally reach the end of its life later this year.  SEE ALSO: How dancing emoji hijacked your job — and why there’s no going back The remnants of the once popular chat service will be taken off life support (i.e. AOL parent company Oath will discontinue support) on Dec. 15. So if you’re still using AIM to chat with your friends and make plans to meet up at the local mall, you’d better start looking […]

Having battery issues with iOS 11? You’re not alone.

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Apple rolled out iOS 11 on Sept. 19, giving everyone with devices as old as 2013’s iPhone 5S some fancy new features and ramped-up processing speeds.  The OS has been widely adopted as users flock to upgrade for the new features. As of press time, about 23 percent of all Apple devices are now running iOS 11. That’s a great adoption rate for Apple — but for some iPhone owners, cycling up to the new OS hasn’t been an entirely smooth process.  SEE ALSO: iOS 11 review: Great on iPhone, extraordinary on iPad Some of these new users have reported […]

Robot cat tail is the strange answer to your end-of-day anxiety

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Qoobo may be the perfect cat.  It’s soft, responsive, and will never scratch, dismiss, or leave you. It’s also a robot. SEE ALSO: This super strong artificial muscle may bring us closer to lifelike robots Qoobo, which was unveiled this week by Yukai Engineering Co., Ltd. at the CEATAC trade show in Japan is only marginally a cat. Its wagging feline tail is attached to a 2-pound ball of fur. There’s no purring face, no head or whiskers, no legs, feet, or claws. The name is a combination of the French word for “tail” and “robot.” The plush toy rests […]

Rivals could take over two years to catch up to the iPhone X, says expert

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The iPhone X‘s new TrueDepth camera system is rumored to be causing some production delays, but it could give Apple an important edge over its competitors for years to come.  Renown analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said Apple’s competitors will likely need at least two and a half years to replicate the TrueDepth camera’s functionality and user experience in an investors note obtained by MacRumors. The system is the key to Apple’s new “Face ID” biometric security technology, Animoji, and several other new features. Kuo’s bold predictions come shortly after he watched Apple’s official demonstrations of the camera system, […]

Jason Aldean and other celebs react to the Las Vegas shooting

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A makeshift memorial for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting stands in Las Vegas.Image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images As the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history unfolded in Las Vegas Sunday night, hundreds of concertgoers like Heather Gooze were forced to watch strangers die right before their eyes. Gooze held one victim in her arms as he took his final breaths. To reach his loved ones, she turned to Siri and Facebook, she told CNN. SEE ALSO: Empire State Building and other global landmarks went dark in honor of Las Vegas victims Gooze was there to comfort 23-year-old Jordan […]