Daily Report: A Net Neutrality Setback for Facebook in India
In the United States, the social media giant has been an advocate of equal treatment of all Internet content. In India, regulators who share that belief have effectively blocked a free Facebook service.
Sci-fi sandbox game Planetoid Pioneers debuts on Steam Early Access
Planetoid Pioneers is a sci-fi sandbox game where you visit little “planetoids” and explore the physics-based environments. It is debuting today on Steam Early Access on the PC. The game from independent developer Data Realms is sort of like Minecraft in space, and it is counting on users to help make the game into a […]
GamesBeat weekly roundup: Rockstar’s new lawsuit, and Titanfall 2 announced
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The DeanBeat: The narrative of the underdog in the gaming industry
Our GamesBeat Summit 2016 event is approaching on May 3-4, and I am the head cheerleader and organizer of it. It’s going to call out stories about the “underdogs” of gaming and the lessons that we can extract from them. It’s only our second GamesBeat Summit event, and I’m looking forward to the talks, stories, […]
Microsoft rolls out preview of plugin-free Skype for Web support in Edge
Microsoft today launched a preview of plugin-free Skype calls in Microsoft Edge. The new functionality works anywhere you can use Skype in the browser: Skype for Web, Outlook.com, Office Online, and OneDrive. Both voice and video calls are supported, including one-to-one and group sessions. A Microsoft spokesperson says the preview is rolling out gradually and […]
Samsung Rewards cards in Samsung Pay being rejected
If you received a Samsung Rewards card for signing up for Samsung Pay, it seems like it is having problems for the past couple of days. People are reporting that the card is getting declined when trying to pay for things.
The Samsung Rewards card is managed by Citibank, and the [...]
Google adds Tic-Tac-Toe and Solitaire to Google Search
If you’re in the mood for a quick and simple game, rather than hitting up the Play Store give Google Search a try. The company has added both Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe to search, both on desktop and in the mobile Google Search app.
If you want to play either, just search “solitaire” or “tic tac toe” and [...]
Screwing Up This Incredible Skate Trick Would Be So Very Painful
Dylan Jones came up with a hugely inventive skate trick where he’s able to get his board to 360 degrees horizontally around a rail. Enthusiasts online are likening the new trick to the bizarre stunts pulled off by skateboarding greats like Rodney Mullen and Gou Miyagi.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant on the home of Manuel Alfaro, former executive director of assessment design and development at the College Board, which develops the SAT, an aptitude test for college bound high schoolers, according to a report by Reuters.
New Analysis Confirms Why the Skagit River Bridge Collapsed
In May 2013, a bridge spanning the Skagit River along Interstate 5 in Washington state catastrophically collapsed, after an oversized trailer clipped one of the bridge’s cross beams. A new analysis by engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign confirms the many factors that contributed to the collapse, and offers recommendations for how to prevent similar failures in the future.
IFC's Horror Comedy Stan Against Evil Looks Like a Demonically Good Time
IFC’s new show Stan Against Evil has many, many elements that excite us. It’s a horror comedy in the vein of our beloved Ash vs Evil Dead. It stars the hilarious John C. McGinley (Scrubs, Office Space). And according to these first images, its definition of “evil” will include at least one angry devil-goat man.
Facebook Removes Human Curators From Trending Module
Today, Facebook announced that human curators will no longer write short descriptions that accompany trending topics on the site. Instead, the company will rely on an algorithmic process to “pull excerpts directly from stories.” The company also said it will stop using human curators to sort through the news.
Quartz, SAW filter maker Tai-Saw to see revenues grow by double-digit rate in 2016
Quartz component and SAW (surface-acoustic-wave) filter maker Tai-Saw Technology expects its revenues to post single-digit growth in the third quarter of 2016 and a double-digit growth for the year, according to chairman Huang Yu-tong.
LandMark Optoelectronics expects sequential fall in 3Q16 revenues
Laser diode and photo detector epitaxial wafer maker LandMark Optoelectronics, in view of clients' adjusting inventories, expects consolidated revenues for the third quarter of 2016 to slip 10-20% on quarter, the company said at an August 25 investors conference.
Microwave device maker UMT looks to brisk sales in 3Q16
Universal Microwave Technology (UMT), a maker of high-frequency microwave devices used in broadband wireless communications, expects its sales and profits to grow significantly in the third quarter of 2016 as compared to a quarter earlier, according to company president Wu Tong-yi.
NY school district implements Rapid Responder to improve safety
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RETSOF, NY Aug. 25, 2016 In an effort to strengthen their safety and emergency preparedness, the York Central School District of the state of New York implemented the Rapid Responder® technology platform district wide this past school year.
Previously, the school district logged safety drills manually into paper log books without reviewing the drill performance, statistical trends or evaluating the challenges each school faced and how to make the drills more meaningful and efficient.
New alliance will allow government agencies to get away from passwords for authetication
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA Aug. 25, 2016 MobileIron (NASDAQ:MOBL), the stand-alone EMM leader, and Entrust Datacard, a leader of trusted identity and secure transaction technologies, today announced a technology alliance partnership to deliver derived credentials for next-generation multi-factor authentication. MobileIron Derived Credentials with Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile Smart Credential ("Derived Credentials") will provide government agencies that want to use mobile technologies the ability to protect sensitive data while eliminating the need for passwords and hardware tokens.
CH2M to lead national study on implementing strategy to bolster highway safety
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DENVER, Aug. 25, 2016 Working to make the nation's highways safer, CH2M has been selected—along with its partners from the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota, Pam Fischer Consulting, MBO Engineering and HDR—to provide Guidance for the Implementation of the Toward Zero Deaths National Strategy on Highway Safety.
Security staffing firm to expand, announces plans for a Houston franchise
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HOUSTON Aug. 25, 2016 Houston-based Off Duty Services, Inc. (ODS), the nation’s largest provider of off duty police officers to the private sector, announced today that its AmeriCop franchise model for key local markets is expanding. AmeriCop offers security services to local businesses through the use of franchise owners, while utilizing a proven off duty police program and receiving the full support and backing of ODS.
US Patients Battle EpiPen Prices And Regulations By Shopping Online
"The incredible increase in the cost of EpiPens, auto-injectors that can stop life-threatening emergencies caused by allergic reactions, has hit home on Capitol Hill," reports CNN. Slashdot reader Applehu Akbar reports that the argument "has now turned into civil war in the US Senate":
One senator's daughter relies on Epi-Pen, while another senator's daughter is CEO of Mylan, the single company that is licensed to sell these injectors in the US. On the worldwide market there is no monopoly on these devices... Is it finally time to allow Americans to go online and fill their prescriptions on the world market?
Time reports some patients are ordering cheaper EpiPens from Canada and other countries online, "an act that the FDA says is technically illegal and potentially dangerous." But the FDA also has "a backlog of about 4,000 generic drugs" awaiting FDA approval, reports PRI, noting that in the meantime prices have also increased for drugs treating cancer, hepatitis C, and high cholesterol. In Australia, where the drug costs just $38, one news outlet reports that the U.S. "is the only developed nation on Earth which allows pharmaceutical companies to set their own prices."
Long-time Slashdot reader sfcrazy writes: During LinuxCon, Torvalds was full of praise for GNU GPL: "The GPL ensures that nobody is ever going to take advantage of your code. It will remain free and nobody can take that away from you. I think that's a big deal for community management... FSF [Free Software Foundation] and I don't have a loving relationship, but I love GPL v2. I really think the license has been one of the defining factors in the success of Linux because it enforced that you have to give back, which meant that the fragmentation has never been something that has been viable from a technical standpoint." And he thinks the BSD license is bad for everyone: "Over the years, I've become convinced that the BSD license is great for code you don't care about," Torvalds said. But Linus also addressed the issue of enforcing the GPL on the Linux foundation mailing list when someone proposed a discussion of it at Linuxcon. "I think the whole GPL enforcement issue is absolutely something that should be discussed, but it should be discussed with the working title 'Lawyers: poisonous to openness, poisonous to community, poisonous to projects'... quite apart from the risk of loss in a court, the real risk is something that happens whether you win or lose, and in fact whether you go to court or just threaten: the loss of community, and in particular exactly the kind of community that can (and does) help. You lose your friends."
BitTorrent Cases Filed By Malibu Media Will Proceed, Rules Judge
Long-time Slashdot reader NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.
New SWEET32 Crypto Attacks Speed Up Deprecation of 3DES, Blowfish
British Companies Are Selling Advanced Spy Tech To Authoritarian Regimes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Since early 2015, over a dozen UK companies have been granted licenses to export powerful telecommunications interception technology to countries around the world, Motherboard has learned. Many of these exports include IMSI-catchers, devices which can monitor large numbers of mobile phones over broad areas. Some of the UK companies were given permission to export their products to authoritarian states such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Egypt; countries with poor human rights records that have been well-documented to abuse surveillance technology. In 2015, the UK's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) started publishing basic data about the exportation of telecommunications interception devices. Through the Freedom of Information Act, Motherboard obtained the names of companies that have applied for exportation licenses, as well as details on the technologies being shipped, including, in some cases, individual product names. The companies include a subsidiary of defense giant BAE Systems, as well as Pro-Solve International, ComsTrac, CellXion, Cobham, and Domo Tactical Communications (DTC). Many of these companies sell IMSI-catchers. IMSI-catchers, sometimes known as "Stingrays" after a particularly popular brand, are fake cell phone towers which force devices in their proximity to connect. In the data obtained by Motherboard, 33 licenses are explicitly marked as being for IMSI-catchers, including for export to Turkey and Indonesia. Other listings heavily suggest the export of IMSI-catchers too: one granted application to export to Iraq is for a "Wideband Passive GSM Monitoring System," which is a more technical description of what many IMSI-catchers do. In all, Motherboard received entries for 148 export license applications, from February 2015 to April 2016. A small number of the named companies do not provide interception capabilities, but defensive measures, for example to monitor the radio spectrum.
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: The open-source disk cleaning application, BleachBit, got quite a decent ad pitch from the world of politics after it was revealed lawyers of the presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, used the software to wipe her email servers. Clinton is currently in hot water, being accused of using private servers for storing sensitive emails. "[South Carolina Representative, Trey Gowdy, spoke to Fox News about Hillary Clinton's lawyers using BleachBit to wipe the private servers. He said:] 'She and her lawyers had those emails deleted. And they didn't just push the delete button; they had them deleted where even God can't read them. They were using something called BleachBit. You don't use BleachBit for yoga emails or bridesmaids emails. When you're using BleachBit, it is something you really do not want the world to see.'" Two of the main features that are listed on the BleachBit website include "Shred files to hide their contents and prevent data recovery," and "Overwrite free disk space to hide previously deleted files." These two features would make it pretty difficult for anyone trying to recover the deleted emails.
Slashdot reader ahziem adds: The IT team for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used the open source cleaning software BleachBit to wipe systems "so even God couldn't read them," according to South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy on Fox News. His comments on the "drastic cyber-measure" were in response to the question of whether emails on her private Microsoft Exchange Server were simply about "yoga and wedding plans." Perhaps Clinton's team used an open-source application because, unlike proprietary applications, it can be audited, like for backdoors. In response to the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013, privacy expert Bruce Schneier advised in an article in which he stated he also uses BleachBit, "Closed-source software is easier for the NSA to backdoor than open-source software." Ironically, Schneier was writing to a non-governmental audience. Have any Slashdotters had any experience with BleachBit? Specifically, have you used it for erasing "yoga emails" or "bridesmaids emails?"
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Florida Today: A SpaceX Dragon capsule that helped prepare the International Space Station for future commercial astronaut flights has returned to Earth after a stay of more than month-long mission. A robotic arm released the unmanned capsule packed with 3,000 pounds of cargo at 6:11 a.m. EDT, then fired thrusters several times to move a safe distance away from the station orbiting about 250 miles up. The departure began a less than six-hour journey that culminated in a Pacific Ocean splashdown at 11:47 a.m. EDT, about 300 miles southwest of Baja, California. The Dragon launched from Cape Canaveral early July 18 on a Falcon 9 rocket and berthed at the station two days later. Among the cargo brought back from space Friday were a dozen mice from a Japanese science experiment -- the first brought home alive in a Dragon. Samples from mice euthanized as part of an experiment by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly also were on board. Results were returned from an experiment that studied the behavior of heart cells in microgravity, and from research into the composition of microbes in the human digestive system, NASA said. Findings from both could help keep astronauts healthy during deep space exploration missions. SpaceX plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station next Saturday, Sept. 3.
Sprint Charging 'Unlimited' Users $20 More for Unthrottled Video
Sprint has a new "unlimited" data plan for users that want to watch videos in full-HD (1080p) screen resolution. Dubbed "Unlimited Freedom Premium" plan, it offers the same features as the "Unlimited Freedom" plan with the bonus of allowing users to stream videos in full-HD. Also, it costs $20 extra. DSLReports points out the obvious:Last week we noted that Sprint unveiled its new Unlimited Freedom plan, which provides unlimited text, voice and data for $60 a month for one line, $40 a month for a second line, and $30 a month for every line thereafter (up to a maxiumum of 10). But the plan also, following on T-Mobile's heels, throttles all video by default to 480p, a move that has raised the hackles of net neutrality advocates.
Sprint: LG G Flex Will Launch Online on January 31 for $299 on Contract
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Motorola Announces Moto X Launch in UK, France, and Germany on February 1
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iPad Pro 2 release date, price and everything you need to know
iPad Pro 2: release date, news and rumors
Apple launched its largest ever tablet in September last year. The iPad Pro 12.9 came with a huge 12.9-inch screen, supported the Apple Pencil stylus and packed a powerful processor - it was a big change to the iPad game.
We were big fans, giving it 4.5-stars in our full TechRadar review, praising the slate for its impressive front-facing speakers and great display among other things.
Then there was the iPad Pro 9.7, an iPad Air 2 replacement which came with a smaller screen, new True Tone technology and all of the features we'd already seen on the original iPad Pro.
But we need a new large-screen iPad for 2016, and the good news is it's possible we'll get one: the rumored device is likely to replace both Pro models and may come in a third size too. Here's everything we know so far about the iPad Pro 2.
Cut to the case
What is it? The next tablet from Apple
When is it out? Possibly September 2016 alongside the iPhone 7, but could shift to early 2017
What will it cost? It'll be expensive. Expect $799 (£679, AU$1249)
iPad Pro 2 release date
The original iPad Pro is almost a year old and we'd usually expect Apple to update it on its birthday, but considering the iPad Pro 9.7 came out earlier this year and demand for new tablets isn't high at the moment it may be a little bit longer until we see the iPad Pro 2.
So far there's no sign of an official launch date, but we'll keep our eyes peeled. Maybe there will be some word at the iPhone 7 launch, which is expected on September 7, but with that date fast approaching and little iPad Pro 2 news we suspect the slate won't arrive until early 2017.
TechRadar's take: A September launch is possible, but with no immediate sign of the slate and the iPad Pro 9.7 already launching this year it's likely that the iPad Pro 2 will slip into 2017, possibly launching in March, as the iPad Pro 9.7 launched in March 2016.
iPad Pro 2 price
There's no news on pricing yet, so we only have the original iPad Pro's pricing to go from. That starts at $599 (£499, AU$899) for the 9.7-inch model and $799 (£679, AU$1249) for the 12.9-inch one, so with pricing likely to be similar for the Pro 2 it certainly won't be easy on the wallet.
iPad Pro 2 design
A slimmer, lighter slate
No headphone port
Not much is known about the iPad Pro 2 just yet – but leaked photos of a new Apple tablet have shown off what some believe to be the iPad Pro 2.
They came from a source working on the Chinese supply line – according to Apple Insider – and show off the tablet's screen with a model number of MH1Z2CD/F.
That number's not attached to any existing product, so it'd make sense for this to be the iPad Pro 2. The photos don't show off any specific changes though, so it may look just like the original iPad Pro tablet.
That wouldn't be a surprise, especially as Apple only just reinvented the iPad to some extent with the launch of the Pro range.
That said, there's a fair chance the company will try to make the new slates slimmer and lighter, as this is something Apple often does with new models and it could really benefit the larger model, as the iPad Pro 12.9 weighs a hefty 713g.
Apple is widely rumored to be removing the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone, in part perhaps to make the phone slimmer, and if it does another possible change that would make sense is for it to also remove the port from the iPad.
Apple may also make the iPad Pro 2 water and dust resistant, as it's rumored to be doing that for the iPhone 7 and while a tablet - which is typically used indoors - is arguably less in need of that protection it would still help defend it against spilled drinks.
TechRadar's take: We're not expecting big changes to the design of the iPad Pro 2, but it may well get slimmer and lighter, as well as borrowing some design cues from the iPhone 7.
iPad Pro 2 screen
A True Tone display
According to a research note from a respected analyst, the iPad Pro 2 will come in three different sizes. There'll be 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch models, just like with the original range, but there'll also apparently be a 10.5-inch version.
The note doesn't mention the resolution or any other details, but we can predict that all models of the iPad Pro 2 will come with a True Tone display, which debuted on the iPad Pro 9.7. True Tone allows your tablet to alter the screen's color temperature depending on the ambient lighting of where you use it, so you can see the image properly no matter what conditions you're in.
Apple rarely changes the resolution of its device's screens; in fact, it hasn't upped the 9.7-inch iPad's resolution since the iPad 3 in 2012. You could argue that it's due a jump by this point, but the 1536 x 2048 display doesn't feel lacking, so we expect the iPad Pro 2 9.7 will keep that resolution.
Similarly, the iPad Pro 2 12.9 will probably stay at 2048 x 2732 and the iPad Pro 2 10.5 - if it exists, which feels unlikely given it would be far too close to the 9.7-inch model in screen size - will presumably slot somewhere in the middle.
We'd expect to see some improvements to the display, but like the addition of True Tone on the iPad Pro 9.7 these are likely to be software tweaks or technology improvements, rather than an increased resolution.
One such improvement could be 3D Touch, which you'll find on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. This essentially makes the screen pressure-sensitive, so a hard press on something will yield different results to a light one.
Bigger changes could come with the iPad Pro 3, likely in 2018, with talk of a curved AMOLED display.
TechRadar's take: The iPad Pro 2 12.9 is bound to have a True Tone display since the iPad Pro 9.7 does, and Apple is likely to improve and refine the screen too, but probably won't change the resolution.
iPad Pro 2 camera and battery
A bigger battery
The iPad Pro 9.7 has a 12MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing one, so we'd expect at least that from the iPad Pro 2.
Chances are Apple won't change the megapixel count, as both cameras on the iPad Pro 9.7 are already an upgrade on the iPad Pro 12.9's snappers.
Although given that Apple is rumored to be sticking a larger lens on the iPhone 7 and a dual-lens on the iPhone 7 Plus it's possible that it will bring one of those to the iPad Pro 2.
There's no news on what the battery size will be, and in any case it's likely to vary depending on which screen size you opt for. But there's hope that it will be bigger than the batteries in current iPads, as Apple is rumored to be using Fan-Out technology in the new iPhone, which allows components to be combined, reducing their size and leaving more room for a battery.
Even if that turns out to be true there's no guarantee that Apple will use the same tech in the iPad Pro 2, but it's a distinct possibility given battery life is a key selling point for any portable electronics.
TechRadar's take: The camera is often an afterthought on the iPad range - and rightly so. As such we don't expect big changes here, especially as Apple improved the camera for the iPad Pro 9.7, but a larger battery is likely.
iPad Pro 2 OS and power
A powerful A10X processor
4GB of RAM
We'd fully expect the iPad Pro 2 will launch with iOS 10 - Apple's latest mobile operating system software upgrade - that is expected to land for phones and tablets in September this year. iOS 10 includes big improvements to Siri, the ability to live broadcast apps, a new look (and a lot less clutter) in the Control Center and more besides.
It wouldn't be a new iPad without a new processor and Apple is rumored to be sticking an A10X chip in the iPad Pro 2. Although the only current rumors on the chip state that while the 12.9 and 10.5-inch models will get the new chip, with the 9.7-inch one sticking with the same A9X processor as the current models, marking it out as a lower end option.
It's hard to gauge how powerful the new chip will be, but it's going to be an upgrade on the dual-core 2.26GHz A9X and potentially a big upgrade, as there's some talk that the iPhone 7 will be powered by a hexa-core A10 chip - and the A10X will be more powerful still than whatever spec the A10 ends up being.
We could also see more RAM in the iPad Pro 2, or at least the 9.7-inch model. The iPad Pro 12.9 already has 4GB of RAM, but the iPad Pro 9.7 has just 2GB, so it would make sense for Apple to push the new model up in line with the 12.9-inch slate (and if we get a 10.5-inch model to equip that with 4GB of RAM too).
TechRadar's take: It's unlikely Apple will jump from two to six cores for the A10X chip, but it's bound to be very powerful all the same, and a sharp step forward in graphics processing especially. 4GB of RAM across the board would make sense and iOS 10 is all but guaranteed.
iPad Pro 2 other features
A pressure-sensitive home button
The Smart Connector is bound to make a return, giving users an easy way to connect keyboards and other accessories to the slate. The iPad Pro 2 will obviously support the Apple Pencil and there's every chance Apple will release new versions of the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard alongside it.
Beyond that we can look to the iPhone 7 for other possible features, such as a pressure-sensitive home button, which could vibrate rather than physically clicking and do different things depending on how hard you press it.
TechRadar's take: There's no way Apple will ditch the Smart Connector, as it's one of the iPad Pro's defining features. We're not convinced we'll get a pressure-sensitive home button though, as it's not yet been linked to the iPad Pro 2 and is far from guaranteed even on the iPhone 7.
iPad Pro 2 rivals
The iPad Pro 2, particularly in its larger sizes, is likely to be positioned as a laptop alternative, which means it will be competing with the Microsoft Surface Pro range, which is currently up to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and by spring 2017 should include the Microsoft Surface Pro 5.
These slates are powerful, expensive and support similar accessories, like a stylus and a keyboard. But they run Windows 10, which means an inferior app selection but a more laptop-like experience.
The original iPad Pro 12.9 and iPad Pro 9.7 will likely be rivals too, as they will probably stay on sale for a reduced price - and given the larger model especially still feels like it's got power oozing out the edges, it will remain an attractive option, especially if it becomes more affordable.
There's less direct competition from any Android slates, but despite getting on a bit the Google Pixel C could prove a tempting alternative, with its premium build, great screen and keyboard accessory - and we're expecting Google to come out with a decent upgrade soon too.
With so little known about the iPad Pro 2 we've run through some of the spec and design changes we'd most like to see on Apple's next slate.
1. Bigger battery
The original iPad Pro 12.9 came with a mammoth 10,307mAh battery, but we'd like to see it upgraded on the iPad Pro 2 to make the battery life even more impressive. With a powerful processor and a huge 12.9-inch screen to power the battery did drain quite quickly on the original tablet.
Fingers crossed Apple will put a big focus on the Pro 2's power optimization as well, to give us considerably better battery on the iPad Pro 2.
2. Free Pencil stylus
The Apple Pencil cost extra on top of the iPad Pro, so next time we'd like to see the Pencil 2 thrown into the box alongside the tablet. It's not usually Apple's style to offer accessories up for free, but the stylus is an essential part of the iPad Pro experience, so we'd like to see it included.
3. More storage
The iPad Pro already comes with up to 256GB of storage, but with no expandable memory and the positioning of the slate as a laptop replacement a version with even more storage would be great to see.
If Apple could up the top size to 512GB - ideally without upping the price - then there'd be plenty of room for all our apps, games and media.
4. Better front-facing camera
The front-facing camera is arguably the most important aspect of a tablet, as it can be used for video calls, so we'd like to see some improvements here and certainly hope the Pro 2 in all sizes at least gets a 5MP front-facing camera like the iPad Pro 9.7, rather than the 1.2MP snapper of the iPad Pro 12.9.
But ideally Apple will go further and equip the slate with a truly great front-facing camera, so we can make the most of video calling, as well as shooting selfies while lazing on the sofa.
5. Lighter build
The iPad Pro is heavy, especially in its larger 12.9-inch size. Right now there's no obvious way to tackle that if you want a big tablet, but we'd like to see Apple shave off a little of the weight for the second generation. Whether that's possible for Apple though is a different story.
The Nintendo NX controllers might borrow some tricks from the Wii
It sounds like Nintendo's newest console might be borrowing one or two ideas from its classic Wii box - specifically motion controllers.
Two anonymous sources speaking to Let's Play Video Games has hinted that the controllers for the upcoming console will have basic motion control support, similar to the Wii Remotes, as well as vibration force feedback. Wii Remotes can also be used to play some games on the Nintendo NX, the source adds.
Think waving around a controller to simulate sword play, for example, then getting a vibration through the device when someone's blade smacks yours.
Wait for it
Although the report seems well informed, take it with a pinch of salt for now. Another rumour suggests the NX controller is going to look a lot like a horseshoe.
What we do know is that the console is real and is going to be available to buy from March 2017. Everything else is pretty much an intriguing mystery at this point, although Nintendo has hinted the console can be used at home or on the move, suggesting it's some kind of console/mobile hybrid.
The Japanese company seems determined to avoid the mistakes made with the launch of the Wii U and make sure customers know what they're getting. In a few short months, all will be revealed.
Microsoft practically invented the convertible tablet category with its Surface line of devices, spawning a number of copycats with detachable keyboards. While these are fine for indoor use, their flimsy keyboard covers and low screen brightness (with odd exceptions, such has the Surface Pro 4) render them pretty useless for traversing challenging outdoor environments.
Panasonic is pitching its rugged ToughBook CF-20 as a device that offers the flexibility of a convertible tablet combined with the sort of solid build quality that has become synonymous with the company's ToughBook line of devices. It has more in common with Microsoft's Surface Book, design-wise, featuring a display that clicks onto a keyboard base that can be configured with a second battery for extra long runtimes on the move.
The CF-20 isn't some half-hearted Surface clone with a chunky chassis; it's a fully-fledged business machine with bells and whistles found along every chamfered edge. That's reflected in the price tag, which starts at a cool £2,661 (around US$3,508 or AUS$4,609). So what does that get your business?
Let's start with the CF-20's design. It would be a stretch to call it attractive, but the ToughBook's black-and-silver color aluminium does exude a certain industrial charm. Its 10.1-inch display, thick bezels and tiny chiclet-spaced keyboard keys give the impression of a netbook on steroids. Holding it by its extendable handle feels like carrying around a weighty aluminium lunchbox.
In all, the CF-20 weighs 3.9 pounds (900 grams for the tablet part), which to give you an idea weighs the same as Dell's 15-inch XPS 15 laptop. That heft, combined with the magnesium alloy chassis, lends the CF-20 a reassuringly solid feel. It would take brutal force to cause real damage here, such is its durability, as it's impossible to detect any flex no matter where you prod or poke at it. As you would expect, the tablet meets the MIL-STD810G standard meaning it can withstand drop, vibration, shock, temperature, explosive atmosphere, sand and rain.
There's even protective plastic flaps to prevent ports from getting damaged when not in use. Connectivity includes RJ-45, USB 3.0, HDMI, audio-out, a MicroSD card slot, VGA and a Serial port, covering just about every base that workers would need when out in the field.
When it comes to the display, the CF-20 literally shines. We were impressed by the 400 nits-rated display on the Surface Pro 4, and here it's smashed out of the park. The Panasonic's 1,920 x 1,200 pixel-resolution display (224ppi) features a maximum brightness of 800cd/m2, which makes it incredibly easy to read even in direct sunlight.
It also brings 10-point touch to the business party, allowing you to navigate Windows 10's menus and toolbars using your finger. It's a good job too, as the CF-20's small trackpad proved a literal sticking point during our review. Swiping our finger across it too lightly meant it often failed to register anything on the screen, causing us to revert back to prodding and poking at it. You can also use an IP55-rated digitiser instead of your digits, which might be a preferred option for those working in absence of a mouse. On the plus side, the two rubberised left and right clicked buttons elicit a satisfying 'snap' when depressed, leaving you reassured that your press has registered.
We encountered very little slowdown during our time with our CF-20 unit, which was powered by Intel's Core m5-6Y57 CPU backed up by 8GB of RAM. Even after opening multiple apps and running two browser windows with 20 tabs loaded with each failed to significantly slow down the device.
Cinebench R15: OpenGL: 25.18 fps; CPU: 206 points Geekbench (Single-Core): 2,475 points; (Multi-Core) 4,364 points Battery test (1080p looped video streamed over Wi-Fi in Edge, 50% brightness): 7 hours 55 minutes
The keyboard base is a significant part of the overall devices, measuring 37mm thick. It can be configured with a second battery, although our review unit did not come with one installed. The ToughBook still managed impressive battery runtimes. reaching almost eight hours with the brightness lowered to the halfway point in Windows 10, which remained plenty readable thanks to the device's searingly bright display.
The keyboard's keys are a little cramped but surprisingly usable, offering crisp feedback and keycaps just large enough to ensured that we didn't make too many typing errors. Field operatives tasked with typing up short reports will have no trouble doing so on the CF-20, though we obviously wouldn't choose it over a full-sized laptop for bashing out longer documents.
Detaching the tablet part of the display is incredibly simple, requiring a quick shift of the release mechanism located above the middle of the keyboard. Removing it is as simple as lifting up the tablet part in one swift motion, which prompts Windows 10 into giving a confirmation that it has been successfully unlocke. Slotting it back in is a case of lining up two metal teeth and lowering the tablet to click it back into place.
The CF-20 might not look like a flagship offering, but it feels like one in the hand and performs like one under strain. It's impressive how Panasonic has managed to keep the device relatively light while crafting it from such strong materials.
Throw in an abundance of ports, a small, yet crisp and bright display and excellent battery runtimes (which could be extended with another battery), and it adds up to make a device that leaves no stone upturned for outdoor workers. It's not perfect though, due to its inevitably cramped keyboard and sticking trackpad, which form two minor blots on an otherwise impressive package.
Twitter has plans to help you filter out unwelcome tweets
There's a lot of abuse and harassment dished out on Twitter - check out the mentions for most celebrities and politicians if you don't believe us - and the platform has come in for plenty of criticism for not dealing with its troll problem sooner.
Now Bloomberg says help is on the way, with a new keyword-filtering tool to allow users to remain blissfully unaware of the vitriol being sent in their direction. Swearwords and racial slurs could be blocked from a user's notifications screen, for example.
This is according to "people familiar with the matter" rather than Twitter itself, so there's nothing official yet, but we know the social network has been working on improving its anti-harassment features for some time. The fruits of those labours are apparently almost ready.
Word on the tweet
Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones was one of the latest high-profile celebrities to be targeted by trolls on Twitter and she briefly quit the platform in response. Many other stars from all walks of life have also been forced off the network because of the abuse coming their way.
That's obviously not a good look for Twitter and CEO Jack Dorsey is said to have made tackling abuse one of his top priorities. The keyword filtering tool has been around a year in the making, Bloomberg says.
It could also potentially be used to filter out any kind of comments or hashtags you're not keen on seeing, if it goes live - maybe you could use it to try and avoid Game of Thrones spoilers on the web too.
I'll keep it short and sweet: If you're in the market for a 55-inch screen with an immaculate contrast ratio, beautiful color reproduction and 4K resolution, you'd be hard-pressed finding a set better than the OLED55E6.
You've read about OLED elsewhere before, I'm sure, so I won't spend much time on it here and I'll just cover the basics. In brief, OLED passes an electric current through organic light-emitting diodes to create color on the screen. Each individual LED can be individually controlled, which means there's no need to have giant lamps sitting on the side of the screen or scattered uniformly across the back of the panel.
OLED screens are more uniformly lit than LCD LED screens, have a better contrast ratio and, in most cases, have richer, more natural colors, too.
But why you should pick this OLED specifically, instead of say the OLED C6, G6 or B6, is because the OLED55E6 offers smart TV functionality through WebOS 3.0, a 2.2 stereo soundbar and stunning flat, picture-on-glass design for a fairly reasonable price.
Screen sizes available: 55 and 65 inches | 4K: Yes | HDR: Yes | Panel technology: OLED | Smart TV: Yes, webOS 3.0 | Curved: No | 3D: Yes | Dimensions: 48.7 x 30.2 x 2.2 inches (W x H x D) | Inputs: 4 x HDMI with HDCP 2.2, 3 x USB 2.0, Component, Composite, Ethernet, Optical Audio
The 55-inch OLED E6 brings a lot to the table in terms of design. It's easy to appreciate the ultra-slim screen that's thinner than most cell phones, and the accompanying soundbar really can really kick.
On the left-side of the screen you'll find four HDMI ports with HDCP 2.2 and three USB 2.0 ports, alongside composite and component in, ethernet and optical audio ports. It's also fairly hefty, and therefore might require multiple people if you decide to wall-mount it.
Performance and sound
At the core of the OLED55E6 is LG's new webOS 3.0, a fairly robust smart TV system that offers plenty of apps, including 4K versions of YouTube and Netflix. As you might expect, 4K and HDR content looks incredible on this TV with deep, inky blacks sitting next to bright, shimmering whites in perfect harmony. Contrast, OLED's specialty, is as good as it gets here. Watching Star Trek on 4K HDR Blu-ray I was often awestruck at how rich the CGI space looked and how omniscient the vastness of space appeared on LG's top-tier hardware.
That said, the OLED55E6's one weakness might be the way in which it upscales content. On more than one occasion I found the lines between objects that had been upscaled was jagged, while the persistence of truMotion gave every scene a soap opera effect unless you dove into the menus to turn it off.
Sound-wise, however, the OLED55E6 leaves nothing to be desired. I could spend hours going on about the ample noise it generates (the speaker goes up to 100, and I had mine set at a room-filling 12), how you can custom-tune it to your living room via a the remote's built-in microphone or how it strikes the balance between mids, lows and highs, but I'd rather focus on its other neat feature: screen casting through a function called DIAL.
Similar to Google Cast, DIAL allows you to share your mobile device or laptop's screen directly to the biggest TV in your house with just a few clicks. There are other TVs with more integrated solutions out there – just look at Vizio's SmartCast series, for example – but if you're looking for crazy deep black levels and this kind of connectivity, LG's OLED is the only place to find it.
The difference between the OLED55E6 and OLED65E6
Can't decide whether to go with the 55-inch version of the OLED E6 or the 65-inch version? A good rule of thumb is that if you plan on sitting within two or three meters of the TV, stick to a 55-inch screen. If you're a little ways back, opt for the 65-inch option. There's no difference in quality or functionality between the two, so it really comes down to size and budget constraints.
If you're looking for similar sets from Samsung and Sony, you should consider the Sony XBR-X930D, which comes in 55- and 65-inch variations, or the Samsung KS9800 with the company's proprietary SUHD tech inside it and comes in 55, 65 and 75-inch versions.
The LG OLED55E6 is perfect for a very specific audience – one that wants pristine picture quality, but doesn't necessarily need a 65-inch set, and is willing to pay a premium for it. If that sounds like you, the E6 doesn't disappoint. If you need something a bit larger for the price tag, consider stepping down one of LG's UHD sets. But if picture quality is paramount, there should be nothing stopping you from going all-in with OLED.
Disclaimer: This article is based on the LG OLED65E6 review that TechRadar published in August 2016.
You might not be able to get the iPhone 7 after all
You may want to put in a preorder if you're excited for the iPhone 7 - a report claims that Apple may be upcoming iPhone's launch may be hindered by short supply.
Apple is reportedly undergoing a shortage of materials following a batch of faulty components, an industry source told Nikkei Asian Review. The source adds that if Apple sticks to its typical fall release window, initial demand for the newest iPhone might potentially go unmet.
In addition to a shortage of components, a recent drop in demand for iPhones in general may have led to lowered yields from Apple's suppliers, 9to5Mac points out.
Both of those devices wound up with slight hiccups fulfilling preorders day one, but thankfully never got even close to "Nintendo Wii in 2006" levels of scarcity/chaos - so unless you're the absolute earliest of early adopters, you probably shouldn't fret over whether or not you'll have a shiny new iPhone this holiday.
Buying Guide: 10 best Bluetooth speakers available today
Best Bluetooth speakers
Finding the best Bluetooth speaker in the sea of hundreds that are released every year can be tough. Thankfully, there's one suited for everyone out there – it's just finding the one that's perfectly suited for you and your needs that's hard.
Some Bluetooth speakers excel at packing in as much functionality as the unit can handle while keeping the price down. Other speakers shuck excess functionality in favor of premium build materials instead. Whatever path you choose to go down, you'll be greeted with many options to suit your personal tastes.
The only thing standing in your way is sorting out what's worth your money and what most definitely is not. To help you in your journey, we've compiled a list of the best Bluetooth speakers available right now in terms of value, performance and design.
1. UE Boom 2
Minor, but worthwhile upgrades for a modern classic
Weight: 1.2 pounds | Battery life: 15 hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | Frequency response: 90Hz-20kHz | Drivers: Two 1.75" drivers and two 1.75" x 3" passive radiators | NFC: Yes | Aux-in: Yes USB charging: Yes
This sequel to the UE Boom nails everything it aims to accomplish. Even better, what used to be the best Bluetooth speaker around for most occasions is now the best one for every occasion, thanks to the waterproofing. The Megaboom also comes recommended if you're looking for more power.
Meet the Bluetooth speaker market's best-kept secret. The Fugoo comes in your choice of jacket style (Style, Tough, or Sport), but no matter which one you choose, this speaker is just as suited for the elements as it is your coffee table.
Despite its small size, this option offers surprisingly good sound performance and, get this, up to 40 hours of battery life when listening at medium volume. I was able to get nearly 20 hours out of it at a high volume.
The Harman Infinity One is the most expensive speaker on our list and it's also one of the best values around. The sound performance is best-in-class with amazingly deep bass and rich sound making up the rest of the signature.
Additionally, this speaker houses every modern feature that one could desire in a Bluetooth speaker, like NFC connectivity, USB charging and conference calling. A big part of the price goes to the stunning design put forward by Harman. The entire enclosure is a matte grille that allows for sound to pour out of each side. You're getting your money's worth here.
Editor's Note: This speaker is available in the US only, but the One bears such close resemblance in terms of its design and performance to the also-fantastic JBL Xtreme below that folks around the world won't be left out of the experience.
It's not tough these days to find a Bluetooth speaker full of desirable features like full sound, weather-proofing and a good-performing battery. Most of the time, however, the options capable of all those feats won't be cheap. That's where Creative's Muvo Mini comes in to play.
For $59 (£49, AU$69), this speaker handles all these impressive feats, wiping the floor clean of the competition in the process. It'd be enough to recommend it based on its cheap price alone, but it's actually a really good all-around speaker, so there's that too.
I'll just come out and say it: The JBL Charge 3 is a big speaker. There's no getting around it. At 213 x 87 x 88.5mm, the speaker will take up a fair bit of room in your backpack or purse and at 1.76 pounds, it'll weigh you down as well.
However, what you get for having such a big speaker is 20 hours of battery life and waterproofing. It's IPX7 rated, which means you can submerge the speaker in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. But while it'll survive a dunk into the pool it's probably best if you don't leave it there for an extended period of time.
As a package, the JBL Charge 3 offers a compelling set of features and excellent sound quality to boot. It punches well above its weight, playing loudly and distortion-free. The Charge line of speakers have been on our shortlist of recommendations for a long time and the latest iteration maintains JBL's dominance in the portable Bluetooth speaker market.
When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, Bose is a major player. But something that's been missing from the company's product line is a relatively affordable option that has the same full-bodied sound crammed into a small form-factor.
With the $130 (£120, AU$180) SoundLink Color, Bose has achieved just that, plus a splash of color. There are a variety of flavors to choose from, but whichever you choose, you'll be treated to stellar sound and battery performance. Bose performance now comes cheap with this portable Bluetooth speaker.
It's impossible not to compare JBL's rough and tough Xtreme to the stellar Infinity One. After all, its parent company, Harman, is responsible for both creations.
The Xtreme might look a whole lot like the One, but it sets itself apart with a rugged build that is forgiving of dings and short falls. Its battery can pump music for a very solid 15 hours, too. It edges out most, if not all, similarly priced competitors in terms of value, but falls short ever so slightly of the One's sound performance.
The Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 is the successor to the much-loved Sound Blaster Roar SR20 and rings it at a pleasing tune of $169/£149, or about AU$235. This speaker is about the size of a hard-cover book and can compliment a bookshelf or a table top nicely.
Touching on features, the built-in internal microphone allows you to make or take calls with ease. The Roar 2 supports a microSD card, which you can use either to record calls onto or listen to stored music from. Something else you don't see often in a Bluetooth speaker is an overdrive button. "Roar" mode cranks the sound performance up a few notches.
The Razer Leviathan Mini is a lightweight portable Bluetooth speaker that does a lot right in the company's first attempt at sound in a small package. It's a little costly for what it offers, though, but ultimately sounds as good or better than the competition.
As far as performance is concerned, it's significantly better than both the Pill and SoundLink. The audio is far more robust-sounding, and I found the Leviathan Mini to actually outperform Dre's dream speaker in every category, bass included. If you're looking to add a portable Bluetooth speaker to your growing arsenal of Razer audio products, the Razer Leviathan Mini is a well-rounded option that might be a bit more than the competition, but delivers in all the right categories.
Buying Guide: 10 best Chromebooks 2016: top Chromebooks reviewed
Unlike the PC versus Mac debacle, Chromebooks aren't exactly at war with anyone. In fact, Google's browser-based computer line somehow manages to complement your other devices rather than put them in their graves. Thanks to low starting costs and simplistic design, both hardware and software, Chromebooks are quirky and smart as well as both low impact and capable without breaking the bank.
Chromebooks run Chrome OS, a Linux-based operating system that represents what computing has been all about since the late '90s: the internet and your web browser. Moreover, thanks to the introduction of Android apps for Chrome OS, you can reap the benefits of two different platforms in one affordable piece of kit.
Though most are baseline in terms of specs, sporting low-power processors and 1,366 x 768 resolution screens, Chromebooks are built for longevity. Almost every Chromebook claims between 7 and 9 hours of battery life, while most even deliver on their promises based on our testing.
As far as size goes, you can find a Chromebook screen measuring anywhere from 11.6 to 15 inches. Better yet, there are even a handful of 2-in-1 Chromebooks available if you want to switch between the comfort of a tablet to the productivity of a laptop at any given time. In this guide, we've handpicked our top ranking Chromebook reviews, from the pixel-dense Toshiba Chromebook 2 to the high-powered, high-performing Lenovo N20p.
Though we previously criticized it for clinging to a price tag comparable to an entry-level Windows 10 laptop, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 now sells for a significantly lower price on Amazon. Included in the package is more memory than the original along with a 1080p display, lining it up with rival, (pseudo-) premium models on the market like the Dell Chromebook 13 and Chromebook Pixel.
On the Chromebook 11, you'll find a 180-degree reinforced hinge, rugged design, sealed keyboard and trackpad and a punchy typing experience accompanying a portable package. In addition to using the Chromebook for school work, bass-happy students will appreciate the loud stereo speakers for music and videos.
Aside from the budget price tag, the Asus Chromebook Flip is one of the best-built Chromebooks to blaze the trail onward for more convertibles. Touchscreen functionality feels slightly more logical, with a screen that actually rotates for once. All the while, the Flip meets all the core tenants of an ideal Chrome OS device, including stellar battery life. If you've been ho hum on Chromebooks before, this is definitely one to ... flip out about. (Sorry.)
With a rock-bottom starting price, this is an excellent value for those seeking a basic web browsing machine. It's cheaper than the Toshiba Chromebook 2 while offering a bigger screen. And, while Acer's Chromebook 15 serves up equal components behind a larger screen for the same amount of scratch, HPs' 14-incher is a bit more compact and better looking to boot, if coffee shop appeal is crucial.
If you're mulling over the Acer Chromebook 15 for your next notebook, then you'd better have big ideas. Compared to most other Chromebooks, this one has more screen real estate, more processing power and unsurprisingly costs more as a result. Specifically geared toward students and teachers – thanks to its durable frame and gorgeous visuals – the Acer Chromebook 15 is fine for any consumer who doesn't mind the extra weight slash inches.
Hardware and performance aside, the Pixel is one of the few Chromebooks that seems like it has itself completely figured out. The build quality of this machine is superb, with a design that's nailed down to a science. A vibrant screen – plus the tactile keyboard and trackpad – helps round out the Pixel as one pretty, premium package.
That said, this one's quite an investment. At this price, you could buy several Chromebooks or a far more powerful Windows laptop. So, before you buy, we suggest you consider all the much more affordable (or better) options out there before plunking down so much money into the best Chrome machine.
The Acer Chromebook R11's minimalist design may not be the most enticing, but behind that shell is a surprisingly ready laptop that will last all day. Acer's R11 packs in day-long battery life, punchy performance and a 360-degree hinge with touchscreen into a subdued design. It won't break the bank, thereby making flaws, like an iffy trackpad and barely-HD touch display, a little easier to swallow.
Powered by Nvidia's powerful Tegra K1 chip, this Chromebook packs a lot into its tiny frame. You're bound to fall in love with its 13.3-inch, 1080p resolution screen, as well as its portability. At 3.31 pounds, the Acer Chromebook 13 is a relatively feathery notebook. For the price, you're likely to enjoy the simplicity and productivity as you learn to overcome its limitations.
After years of refinement, we're finally at the point of seeing bigger, better and bolder Chrome OS devices like the Asus Chromebook C300. This 13-inch Chromebook comes with a slightly faster processor than the rest of its cloud-based flock – all while ditching the fan simultaneously. The TN screen unfortunately is awash, but this Chromebook simply goes on and on with its nigh excessive battery life.
This is one of the "sexier" Chromebooks around, showcasing Lenovo's lust for style. However, the best feature is the N20p's 300-degree hinge, bending the N20p's display backward all the way into stand mode (or "tent" mode), which lends itself rather well to watching films or showing presentations.
Still, there's some struggle when using it as a tablet, as Chrome isn't entirely made for touch as an almost exclusively browser-based interface. But, on the bright side, with two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and an SD card reader, this Chromebook delivers an excellent overall value.
Low pressure area brings heavy rains to Bahamas, Hispaniola and Cuba
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Regional governments and civil society work to strengthen environmental governance
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Muslim terrorists entering US via Mexico, military intelligence confirms
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Well done, Brexit! Congratulations and thank you. UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) leader, Nigel Farage hailed it as a “victory for real people” and called it Britain's “Independence Day”. Britain, now after your victory, ensure that you never give up your independence again.
Former Cayman Islands banker dodges jail term in Switzerland
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Belize receives US$260,000 insurance payout for rains associated with Hurricane Earl
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Reigning champions West Indies can leapfrog India in ICC T20I rankings
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