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iOS Bug Autocorrects the World "I"

Apple has overlooked a bit of a bug with their latest device and iOS update. It appears that if you try and type the letter "i", the OS glitches and you get some extra characters behind the letter you choose. While this isn't a big deal, as the letter "i" is rarely used, many people don't seem to mind. There are cases though where this can cause some issues. For more details of exactly what is going on, TheRegister has been experimenting with the OS and has posted their results - from their Apple device.

"We are aware of this autocorrect bug," an Apple spokesperson told The Register via email. "A fix will be released very soon." This comes after netizens reported that after insta1ling last week's firmware updAte, their on-screen keyboa%rds began replacing 'i' with the letter 'A' f0llow3d by a symbol.

El Reg has asked Apple for an eStim@t3 on when a patch mA!ght be ®eleA$ed AnÎ ∑3 還沒有 p0r aŭdi r33n クックと会社から. ကျွန်တော်တစ်ဦးတုန့်ပြန်ရသင့်ပါတယ် , हामी तुरुन्त अद्यावधिक गर्नेछौं эта статья при необходимости *&^%%^#■■$^#%. ©

Source: TheRegister

Samsung Galaxy: Growing Up

Samsung and Apple have never really gotten along and it must kill Apple to have to rely on Samsung for screens for their devices. The following commercial shows that Samsung has actually lead the way through most of the Smartphone "War" and Apple has won the battle at marketing.


iPhone X Has Sweet Markup

It's no secret that margins on some products are significantly better than others. The iPhone X is a perfect example of a premium product that doesn't actually cost Apple premium money to build - but it does make them some pretty sweet money based on the margin. In fact, this little $999 wonder costs Apple a mere $358 in parts. Add in a little R&D some labor thanks to robots and child-labor at Foxconn and you've got yourself a money-maker.

Tech teardown firm TechInsights is reporting that Apple's newest iPhone, which costs $999 for the 64GB model and $1,149 for the 256GB model, only costs about $357.50 in parts to make. The profit margin for the $699 base iPhone 8 is also around 59%. The numbers reflect the cost of just parts.

Source: Neowin

Guy Makes Commercial to Sell 1996 Honda Accord

Some people have more creative ability than I do - and more time on their hands for projects like this. Still, for the price of the car, it may very well be a great deal. Check out the commercial this guy made to help sell his girlfriends car.


Google Play Will Start Selling Audiobooks

I'm a huge fan of Audiobooks. I've been a subscriber to Audible for years now (get yourself a free book right here), but now that Google Play is getting support for Audiobooks, they might have a bit more competition on their hands. I'm also a fan of competition and Audiobooks aren't cheap. Right now the support is only showing up in version 8.4 of the Play Store as the guys over at AndroidPolice tear apart the APK to see what's new. It's promising and I'm looking forware to more options.

Actually, audiobooks probably won't be treated as a different category, rather another buying option to exist side-by-side with e-books. If you're looking at an ebook that has an audiobook counterpart, a label will point out that the other format is available with a button to switch to that option, and vice versa. Most audiobooks will obviously have a price tag on them, but there will be some freebies, as well.

Source: AndroidPolice

Xbox One X Review

The iPhone X is out as is the Xbox One X. Both of them are a pretty solid upgrade over the previous model, but the beauty of the Xbox One X is that you don't have to learn how to use it differently than the previous version. The Xbox One X is simply a horsepower upgrade over the Xbox One and Xbox One S. There is more than just extra power available in this console - it includes Dolby Atmos support and a lot more. 

The reason for this is that the Xbox One X only comes in a single storage configuration: 1TB. If you're coming from a 2TB Xbox One S, that just got chopped in half. I've repeatedly asked Microsoft if there are more storage configurations on the way, and no one will confirm it. I have been told by numerous people that Microsoft wants you to use an external drive.

Source: Neowin

iPhone X Review

Apple's latest iPhone is all over the review benches of the interweb and the general consensus is that it's different - different enough that it's not a normal or natural experience. I'm not sure if that's a good thing. The reviewer says that some of the new ways to do things are alright, but it does take some relearning. The fact is, change for the sake of change is not always good at all, but some of these changes may indeed have some merit. Take a look at the review below for more details.

The makeover here is drastic, though, and it'll take some time to really get used to Face ID and life without a home button. Stick with it and you'll find that the iPhone X is a surprisingly easy device to live with. Of course, since this is a first-gen device, it has its flaws. Not everyone will love the notch, the interface could use a little more polish, and a bigger battery would've been nice. Suffice to say, the iPhone definitely isn't right for everyone right now -- still, it provides a strong foundation for the iPhones of tomorrow to build on.

Source: Engadget

Lots of fake Facebook accounts

Last week Twitter had to sheepishly admit that they'd been inflating their numbers accidently, now it's Facebook's turn to sheepishly made an admission.

Facebook had estimated that the amount of fake, or duplicate, accounts on their network was previously in the 2-3% range, but now it's looking like it's more like 6-10%. On a network with over 2 billion users, that number could be as high as 270 million fake accounts which is pretty huge.

While there is more and more pressure on Facebook to get rid of accounts that are fake, or just setup for spamming purposes, Facebook probably isn't so excited to drop their numbers by 10% so I don't imagine they'll be doing mass deletions anytime soon.

Mashable has the story.

That means that as many as 270 million of the platform's 2.1-billion-strong user base could be fraudulent — a population verging on the size of the United States. 

Facebook said the change was due to better tools for tracking illegitimate activity rather than a sudden spike in fishy sign-ups.  

Unlike Twitter's anything-goes attitude, Facebook is famously strict about verifying the real-life identity of each of its users. In some cases, it even goes so far as to demand official documentation. 

Yet fake accounts have still managed to proliferate on the platform — some because of innocent user mistakes and others created to spread spam or operate as part of shady networks of bots.

Weekly Tech Update #411 - Microsoft Kills off Another 'Killer' Product

We have just posted up Episode #411 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we are discussing iPhone 10's are expensive to fix, Twitter may have inflated their user numbers and Microsoft kills off another product - the casualty this week - the Kinect.We have those stories and more at the links below...


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Apple vs. Qualcomm: Round 7

I've lost track of what round we are on in the Apple vs. Qualcomm lawsuit saga, but things just got even more interesting this week.

Here's what we know:

- Many Apple devices use Qualcomm processors, as do most other mobile devices.

- Apple doesn't like how much Qualcomm can charge, sues them because they think they're owed $1 billion in overpayments.

- Qualcomm says Apple is infringing on some of their patents, asks the Federal Trade Commission to ban iPhone imports.

- Apple starts working on iPhones and iPads reportedly with Intel, is looking to cut out Qualcomm completely in future devices.

- Qualcomm alleges Apple has shared their source code with Intel as they work to stop using Qualcomm processors.

The financial details on the new "you shared our source code with our biggest competitor Intel" lawsuit from Qualcomm aren't disclosed yet, however, it'll be big. If they can prove it, Apple could end up writing a big cheque.

ZDNet has more on this story.

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