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Forget OLED – Apple’s reportedly already working on the next generation of display tech

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Apple is probably embracing a brand new display for the next version of the iPhone – but even before the switch is officially made, the company could be experimenting with the next generation of display tech. 

The most consistent rumor about the upcoming iPhone 8 is that Apple will shift from LCD displays, which have been used for every iPhone until now, to OLED screens. OLED is brighter than LCD, with better color reproduction and improved contrast while requiring less energy and no backlight, making the screen thinner. Samsung, which uses an OLED screen in the Galaxy S8, has signed on to supply the OLED displays to Apple, so there’s more than just speculation behind the rumor.  Read more…

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You can have your own social media team for just $25,000 a month

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Tom Bilyeu has a vision. It’s of a world in which Tom Bilyeu’s wisdom is available to you, aspiring business leader bereft of foresight, at any time, on any platform, in any medium, always and forever. “My product is educational content that changes your life,” says Bilyeu, 41, whose social media feeds are a never-ending stream of positivity. “Blast through ‘good enough’ and become capable of the extraordinary,” one Instagram post reads, the text running below a soft-focus photo of Bilyeu staring off into the distance. Another says, “Human potential is nearly limitless.”

For seven years, Bilyeu was, as he puts it, “the protein bar guy,” the co-founder and president of Quest Nutrition LLC, a Los Angeles-based manufacturer of low-carb snacks that reached a $1 billion valuation in 2015. Last fall he left Quest and founded Impact Theory, an entertainment company that he says will be a 21st century equivalent of Walt Disney Co., making its money on long-running franchises. It’s a lofty goal. For now, Impact Theory’s main property is a YouTube talk show Bilyeu hosts from his living room, which averages about 45,000 viewers per episode. Read more…

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Apple takes a step toward lightning fast 5G

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Apple is one step closer to the super-fast wireless networks of the future — or at least being able to test them, anyway. 

The company applied for a license to experiment with millimeter wave wireless technology, aka 5G, with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to Business Insider. The future wireless tech is expected to massively expand networks’ bandwidth and speed, which will likely make your iPhone much faster than it is today. 

The application doesn’t share many details about the tests. It does, however, state that testing “will provide engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks.”  Read more…

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Clever anti-cheat feature subtly makes ‘Pokémon Go’ worse for offenders

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Pokémon Go is cracking down on players manipulating the game with third-party software, offenders claim. Instead of banning the players, though, developer Niantic is just making the game slightly worse for them.

Players who are caught using third-party software to find rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go are not seeing the same kind of Pokémon that regular players are seeing, Pokémon Go Hub reported earlier this week. Ironically, the players using third-party software say they’re only seeing boring, common Pokémon, no rare Pokémon.

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Watch this drone nearly crash into fans at a baseball game

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Someone lost control of their GoPro Karma drone as it flew over Petco Park in San Diego on Sunday in the middle of a game between the Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Some in the crowd watched as it zoomed close to the field. It then rose like an inflated balloon before it careened into a thankfully empty chair. 

Police found the operator outside the stadium, who reportedly said he lost control of the thing and felt awful. The FAA is looking into the situation, which makes sense—flying a drone at that height within three miles of a Major League Baseball stadium that seats at least 30,000 people is illegal while a game is ongoing. Petco Park seats more than 42,000. Drone operators who endanger property or other people can be fined up to $1,437. Read more…

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Hackers reportedly bypass Samsung Galaxy S8’s ‘airtight’ iris scanner

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Hackers have once again proved there’s no such thing as true security for your phone.

Researchers at the Chaos Computer Club (via Motherboard) claim to have bypassed the iris scanner on Samsung’s Galaxy S8 using a simple photo of a person’s iris and an ordinary contact lens.

Samsung’s “airtight” (the company’s word, not mine) iris scanner is included on the Galaxy S8 as an alternative form of biometric security in addition to the built-in fingerprint sensor.

Galaxy S8 users can choose to set up the iris scanner, which is more secure than the face recognition, to unlock the phone or authenticate Samsung Pay mobile payments.  Read more…

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Warby Parker’s Prescription Check app lets you skip the eye doctor

 Warby Parker wants to get you the right prescription glasses without forcing you to get an in-person eye test. It’s now testing its new Prescription Test app that uses your phone and computer in tandem to adminster a 20-minute series of eye tests, which are then reviewed by a doctor who makes the final call on your prescription. This could let Warby Parker sell people prescription glasses… Read More

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Want to score a second date? Order the fried chicken and a bloody Mary

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Just when you thought fried chicken couldn’t get any better, it turns out it’s the ideal first date food.

Seriously, this is the best dating news we’ve had in a long time. It comes from a newly released survey from the dating app Hinge. They asked 8,000 of their members across five U.S. cities about which kinds of first dates led to those illusive second dates. The results are instructive — and may make you thirsty. 

That’s a good thing since grabbing drinks was definitely the most effective first date move. Thirty-seven percent of people said that drinks had led to a second date. That was followed by the equally casual coffee date (34 percent saw success). Lunch and dinner, both far more of a serious time commitment, were lower on the list.  Read more…

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Scientists can see through walls with Wi-Fi to create 3D holograms

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Wi-Fi is everywhere — and as the electromagnetic waves are beamed out from routers to connect our devices to the internet, they also travel through empty space, around corners, and even through walls.  

A pair of German researchers have developed a method to harness Wi-Fi signals to capture 3D hologram images of objects around a network, even through solid barriers like doors and walls. The key is recording the shapes made by stray radiation, the electromagnetic waves that bounce off objects as they travel through the air.   

The research behind the 3D-imaging method, which started as an undergraduate thesis project before being fleshed out into a larger study, was originally published in the Physical Review of Letters earlier this month. The technique described in the study was able to provide images as often as 10 times a second and recreate the contents of an entire building in a large-scale simulation.    Read more…

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