iOS 13 will remind you to cancel your subscription when you delete an app


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Sure, some users will appreciate iOS 13’s dark mode, but features that relate to privacy, quality of life, and user advocacy are likely to be the ones that make the biggest difference for people when Apple’s new iPhone, iPad, and iPod software arrives later this year.

To that point, uninstalling an app to which you have a paid subscription in iOS 13’s latest beta release will lead to a prompt to potentially unsubscribe from that app. This might be a good idea because odds are decent that if you’re deleting the app, you’re not planning to use the related service anymore.

Of course, that won’t always be the case: you could just be removing the app temporarily, you could still plan to use it on another device, or you could even

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Analysis: Samsung asks users to please virus-scan their TVs


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Yesterday on Twitter, Samsung’s US support team reminded everyone to regularly—and manually—virus-scan their televisions.

Samsung’s team followed this up with a short video showing someone in a conference room going 16 button-presses deep into the system menu of a Samsung QLED TV to activate the television’s built-in virus-scan, which is apparently “McAfee Security for TV.”

Unsurprisingly, Samsung got immediate pushback on these tweets and almost as immediately deleted them.

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Google’s ninth attempt at a messaging service will be based on RCS


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Google's "Messages" app.

Enlarge / Google’s “Messages” app.

It’s time for the annual reshuffling of Google’s messaging strategy! The latest news comes to us via The Verge, which has a big feature detailing Google Messaging Strategy 2019: taking RCS back from the carriers. Google now wants to run an RCS service (an upgrade to the aging SMS system) itself, with the service first launching in France and the UK later this month. RCS will be something like Google’s ninth instant messaging platform, after Google Talk, Google Voice, Google Buzz, Google+ Messenger, Hangouts, Spaces, Allo, and Hangouts Chat.

Last year’s Google messaging reshuffling saw the company kill Google Allo (AKA Google Messaging Platform 2016) and focus on Google Messages (the company’s SMS client) in an effort to promote RCS. RCS, or Rich Communication Services, is a planned upgrade of the carrier-owned SMS service, and it has been around as a GSMA (the worldwide mobile network trade

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AMD says its Ryzen 3000 isn’t just cheaper—it’s better


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Promotional image for new AMD devices.

Enlarge / AMD provided infrared photos showing its new Ryzen 3700x running cooler than an Intel i7-9900k. (credit: AMD Computex slide deck)

AMD’s new line of Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs will benefit from the same 7nm manufacturing process as the company’s new Navi-powered GPUs. Much of the tech community’s hype is for the biggest and baddest of the bunch: the 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen 9 3950x. But there’s an entire new line ranging from the $499 3950x down to a relatively-modest $199 3600X—and AMD is gunning for Intel every step of the way.

What’s really interesting is, this time around, AMD is not just pitching cheaper parts and “good-enough” performance—the company is claiming top-dog stats, along with thermal and power efficiency wins. The Ryzen 9 3700x is listed at $329, while Intel’s i7-9700k is currently available for about $410. But according to AMD’s slides, the Ryzen part also outperforms the

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Nvidia pushes ARM supercomputing


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Nvidia pushes ARM supercomputing

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Graphics chip maker Nvidia is best known for consumer computing, vying with AMD’s Radeon line for framerates and eye candy. But the venerable giant hasn’t ignored the rise of GPU-powered applications that have little or nothing to do with gaming. In the early 2000s, UNC researcher Mark Harris began work popularizing the term “GPGPU,” referencing the use of Graphics Processing Units for non-graphics-related tasks. But most of us didn’t really become aware of the non-graphics-related possibilities until GPU-powered bitcoin-mining code was released in 2010, and shortly thereafter, strange boxes packed nearly solid with high-end gaming cards started popping up everywhere.

From digital currencies to supercomputing

The Association for Computing Machinery grants one or more $10,000 Gordon Bell Prize every year to a research team that has made a break-out achievement in performance, scale, or time-to-solution on challenging science and engineering problems.

The impressive part about the segmentation masks overlaid on this map projection has nothing to do with antialiasing—it's the 300+ petaflops needed to analyze an entire planet's worth of atmospheric data in order to produce it.

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Huawei bracing for a 40% to 60% drop in international smartphone shipments


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Huawei bracing for a 40% to 60% drop in international smartphone shipments

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Hot off the news of Huawei cancelling a laptop launch and delaying its foldable smartphone, we’re now starting to see hard numbers for just how much the Trump Administration’s export ban may affect the Chinese company’s business. A report from Bloomberg claims to detail Huawei’s internal estimates, saying the company is expecting a 40 to 60 percent drop in international smartphone shipments due to the export ban. Huawei does about half its smartphone business internationally, and with 206 million phones sold in total in 2018, this would work out to about 40 million to 60 million sales lost.

Huawei export ban claims another victim: Huawei’s $2,600 foldable smartphone


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Huawei's response to the export ban so far.

Enlarge / Huawei’s response to the export ban so far. (credit: KC Green / Ron Amadeo)

The Huawei export ban has claimed another victim. The embattled Chinese company told CNBC that it is now delaying perhaps its most anticipated product, the $2,600 Mate X foldable smartphone. Huawei’s official explanation is that it wants to avoid a Samsung Galaxy Fold-level launch disaster, so the company is holding the device back for more tuning. But the Trump administration’s export ban is undoubtedly a contributing factor. That policy has shut Huawei off from so many suppliers that it could not launch a new smartphone right now if it wanted to. Huawei cancelled a laptop launch just a few days ago, in fact.

Target’s same-day deliveries might break my Amazon Prime addiction


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Target’s same-day deliveries might break my Amazon Prime addiction

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On Thursday, Target unveiled a new same-day ordering feature on its website. For just $9.99, customers can get items delivered to their door in a couple of hours. I gave the service a try on Thursday, and I loved it. It was fast, convenient, and affordable.

The part I’m most excited about, though, is something that isn’t actually new—though I hadn’t heard about it until yesterday. Target’s same-day delivery option is powered by a startup called Shipt that Target acquired in 2017. And Shipt has a subscription offer that I find compelling: for $99, you can get a year of free same-day deliveries on any Target order over $35.

This is such a good deal that it ought to keep Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos up at night. Amazon Prime has been a key driver of Amazon’s growth over the last decade. By making two-day deliveries free,

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Here’s what an Apple TV and Alexa look like on an old TV and record player cabinet


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Apple TV on a vintage TV cabinet.

Enlarge / Apple TV on a vintage TV cabinet. (credit: Thomas Martin Lewins V)

Consumer and household tech obviously looks quite different today than it did years ago—there’s a significant analog and digital divide, for one thing. Among other things, bridging that gap makes integrating the latest tech with tech from a few decades back a real challenge. But it’s not impossible.

Facebook user Thomas Martin Lewins V proved that last point by getting a modern Apple TV box to work with his gigantic, archaic console television and by integrating analog speakers, radios, and record players throughout his house with Amazon Alexa. He posted a couple of videos online as proof, which Boing Boing picked up recently.

First up: the Apple TV setup. This allows him to view Netflix and Hulu shows on that old TV. Here’s what he wrote to introduce the clip:

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Here’s what an Apple TV and Alexa look like on an old TV and record player cabinet


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Apple TV on a vintage TV cabinet.

Enlarge / Apple TV on a vintage TV cabinet. (credit: Thomas Martin Lewins V)

Consumer and household tech obviously looks quite different today than it did years ago—there’s a significant analog and digital divide, for one thing. Among other things, bridging that gap makes integrating the latest tech with tech from a few decades back a real challenge. But it’s not impossible.

Facebook user Thomas Martin Lewins V proved that last point by getting a modern Apple TV box to work with his gigantic, archaic console television and by integrating analog speakers, radios, and record players throughout his house with Amazon Alexa. He posted a couple of videos online as proof, which Boing Boing picked up recently.

First up: the Apple TV setup. This allows him to view Netflix and Hulu shows on that old TV. Here’s what he wrote to introduce the clip:

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Google is ending the integration between Drive and Photos


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Google is ending the integration between Drive and Photos

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Google Drive is a place to store all your files, and Google Photos is a place to store all your photos. On the surface, having these two Google services integrate somewhat makes sense, and today, all your Google Photos end up in Drive and all your Drive photos end up in Google Photos. But this week Google has announced that this integration will be ending soon, citing user feedback that the integration is “confusing.” Starting in July, the two services will be separate with photos in one service no longer moving over to the other.

Google Drive’s “Backup and Sync” desktop app is Google’s equivalent of Dropbox. Install it to your desktop computer, and it will download all your Drive files into a folder and keep that folder synced and up to date. Usually this involved a ton of office files generated by Google Docs and the like,

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Apple is in talks to buy Intel’s Germany-based modem business, report claims


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A 5G Intel logo is seen during the Mobile World Congress on February 26, 2019 in Barcelona.

Enlarge / A 5G Intel logo is seen during the Mobile World Congress on February 26, 2019 in Barcelona. (credit: Miquel Benitez/Getty Images)

Apple is still looking into the possibility of acquiring Intel’s Germany-based modem business, The Information claimed yesterday, citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans.

Intel has reportedly considered selling off pieces of its modem business, and the heart of that business is in Germany, where Intel acquired and integrated Infineon for $1.4 billion in 2011. The engineers that ended up in that division previously worked on chips that ended up in the iPhone about a decade ago.

This is not the first we’ve heard of Apple’s interest in Intel’s business. A Wall Street Journal report in April claimed that Apple was looking into making an acquisition then. In a statement to CNET and others, Intel said that it has seen “significant interest” in its 5G modem business

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Apple is in talks to buy Intel’s Germany-based modem business, report claims


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A 5G Intel logo is seen during the Mobile World Congress on February 26, 2019 in Barcelona.

Enlarge / A 5G Intel logo is seen during the Mobile World Congress on February 26, 2019 in Barcelona. (credit: Miquel Benitez/Getty Images)

Apple is still looking into the possibility of acquiring Intel’s Germany-based modem business, The Information claimed yesterday, citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans.

Intel has reportedly considered selling off pieces of its modem business, and the heart of that business is in Germany, where Intel acquired and integrated Infineon for $1.4 billion in 2011. The engineers that ended up in that division previously worked on chips that ended up in the iPhone about a decade ago.

This is not the first we’ve heard of Apple’s interest in Intel’s business. A Wall Street Journal report in April claimed that Apple was looking into making an acquisition then. In a statement to CNET and others, Intel said that it has seen “significant interest” in its 5G modem business

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Google responds to Pixel 4 rumors by… posting a picture of the Pixel 4


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So you want some Pixel 4 news, do you? After rumors started flying that the Pixel 4 would support Project Soli, Google’s radar-based gesture chip, Google has offered an official response. It’s, uh, a picture of the Pixel 4.

What you see above comes from Google’s official hardware-focused “Made by Google” Twitter account, which, along with the picture, commented, “Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait ’til you see what it can do. #Pixel4.” This is certainly not what we’re used to from company PR, but we’ll take it!

With Google’s official picture, we can confirm a number of things about the Pixel 4. First, there’s a giant square camera assembly that looks like it comes out of the phone quite a bit. If the early renderings of the iPhone 11 from in-the-know people like OnLeaks are

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Google responds to Pixel 4 rumors by… posting a picture of the Pixel 4


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So you want some Pixel 4 news, do you? After rumors started flying that the Pixel 4 would support Project Soli, Google’s radar-based gesture chip, Google has offered an official response. It’s, uh, a picture of the Pixel 4.

What you see above comes from Google’s official hardware-focused “Made by Google” Twitter account, which, along with the picture, commented, “Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait ’til you see what it can do. #Pixel4.” This is certainly not what we’re used to from company PR, but we’ll take it!

With Google’s official picture, we can confirm a number of things about the Pixel 4. First, there’s a giant square camera assembly that looks like it comes out of the phone quite a bit. If the early renderings of the iPhone 11 from in-the-know people like OnLeaks are

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Google responds to Pixel 4 rumors by… posting a picture of the Pixel 4


This post is by Ron Amadeo from Ars Technica


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




So you want some Pixel 4 news, do you? After rumors started flying that the Pixel 4 would support Project Soli, Google’s radar-based gesture chip, Google has offered an official response. It’s, uh, a picture of the Pixel 4.

What you see above comes from Google’s official hardware-focused “Made by Google” Twitter account, which, along with the picture, commented, “Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait ’til you see what it can do. #Pixel4.” This is certainly not what we’re used to from company PR, but we’ll take it!

With Google’s official picture, we can confirm a number of things about the Pixel 4. First, there’s a giant square camera assembly that looks like it comes out of the phone quite a bit. If the early renderings of the iPhone 11 from in-the-know people like OnLeaks are

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Google’s Pixel 4 rumored to support air gesture system


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Project Soli in action.

Enlarge / Project Soli in action.

We’re at least four months out from the typical Google Pixel smartphone unveiling, but that isn’t stopping the rumor mill from churning. There are already a pair of reports pointing toward a Project Soli-based gesture system being in development for the Pixel 4.

First, a refresher on what the heck Project Soli is. The project has been in development for years inside Google’s ATAP group, with the first public showing happening all the way back in 2015. Soli aims to embed a tiny radar system into a chip that can be used to detect hand motion above a device. Google demoed gestures like moving the thumb and index finger together for a virtual button press or rubbing the two fingers together to scroll or turn a dial. It has always seemed like something that would be a good fit for a smartwatch, where the

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Apple’s iCloud has been a poor experience in Windows, but a new update seeks to fix that


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Apple has released a new version of iCloud for Windows 10 in the Microsoft Store, according to a recent blog post by Microsoft and a handful of Apple customer support documents. The new version claims to be a major improvement, with more robust features and more reliable syncing—the latter of those has been a common complaint for users of Apple’s previous version.

Features listed by Microsoft include:

  • Access your iCloud Drive files directly from File Explorer without using up space on your PC
  • Choose the files and folders you want to keep on your PC
  • Safely store all your files in iCloud Drive and access them from your iOS device, Mac, and on iCloud.com
  • Share any file right from File Explorer and easily collaborate with others—edits will be synced across your devices

Interestingly, Microsoft says the new iCloud app is

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Apple’s iCloud has been a poor experience in Windows, but a new update seeks to fix that


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Apple has released a new version of iCloud for Windows 10 in the Microsoft Store, according to a recent blog post by Microsoft and a handful of Apple customer support documents. The new version claims to be a major improvement, with more robust features and more reliable syncing—the latter of those has been a common complaint for users of Apple’s previous version.

Features listed by Microsoft include:

  • Access your iCloud Drive files directly from File Explorer without using up space on your PC
  • Choose the files and folders you want to keep on your PC
  • Safely store all your files in iCloud Drive and access them from your iOS device, Mac, and on iCloud.com
  • Share any file right from File Explorer and easily collaborate with others—edits will be synced across your devices

Interestingly, Microsoft says the new iCloud app is

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Apple’s iCloud has been a poor experience in Windows, but a new update seeks to fix that


This post is by Samuel Axon from Ars Technica


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




Apple has released a new version of iCloud for Windows 10 in the Microsoft Store, according to a recent blog post by Microsoft and a handful of Apple customer support documents. The new version claims to be a major improvement, with more robust features and more reliable syncing—the latter of those has been a common complaint for users of Apple’s previous version.

Features listed by Microsoft include:

  • Access your iCloud Drive files directly from File Explorer without using up space on your PC
  • Choose the files and folders you want to keep on your PC
  • Safely store all your files in iCloud Drive and access them from your iOS device, Mac, and on iCloud.com
  • Share any file right from File Explorer and easily collaborate with others—edits will be synced across your devices

Interestingly, Microsoft says the new iCloud app is

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