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Apple to replace unresponsive iPhone X touchscreens for free

By Valentina Palladino

Apple to replace unresponsive iPhone X touchscreens for free

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If you’ve had problems with the touch responsiveness of your iPhone X’s display, you may be in luck. According to a support document, Apple identified a problem with some iPhone X devices that may cause a component of the display module to fail. The company has now launched a program to replace affected screens for free.

Apple claims that failed display components have caused touch response issues on some iPhone X devices. Parts, or all of, affected displays may not respond to touch input, or in some cases, they may only respond intermittently. In other instances, displays react to touch even when they have not been touched.

Under the repair program, users can go to Apple or to an authorized service provider to get an iPhone X examined. If they verify that the device is eligible for the repair, the display module will be replaced free of charge.

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Facebook Portal needs more. At least it just added YouTube

By Josh Constine

To offset the creepiness of having Facebook’s camera and microphone in your house, its new Portal video chat gadget needs best-in-class software.  Its hardware is remarkably well done, plus Messenger and the photo frame feature work great. But its third-party app platform was pretty skimpy when the device launched this week.

Facebook is increasingly relying on its smart display competitors to boost Portal’s capabilities. It already comes with Amazon Alexa inside. And now, Google’s YouTube is part of the Portal app platform. “Yes, YouTube.com is available through an optional install in the ‘Portal Apps’ catalog” a Facebook spokesperson tells me. You can open it with a “Hey Portal” command, but there currently seems to be no way to queue up specific videos or control playback via voice.

The addition gives Portal much greater flexibility when it comes to video. Previously it could only play videos from Facebook Watch, Food Network, or Newsy. It also brings the device to closer parity with Google’s Home Hub screen, the Google Assistant-powered smart displays from JBL and Lenovo, and the Amazon Echo Show 2 which Google blocked from using YouTube before Amazon added a web browser to the device to reopen YouTube access.

Read our comparison of the top smart display gadgets

YouTube makes the most of the $349 Portal+’s 15.6-inch 1080p screen, the biggest and sharpest of the smart display crop. Whether for watching shows or recipe videos while making dinner, instructional clips while putting together furniture, or Baby Shark to keep the kids busy, Portal becomes a lot more useful with YouTube.

But we’re still waiting for the most exciting thing Facebook has planned for Portal: Google Assistant. A month ago Facebook’s VP of Portal Rafa Camargo told me We definitely have been talking to Google as well. We view the future of these home devices . . . as where you will have multiple assistants and you will use them for whatever they do best . . . We’d like to expand and integrate with them.” Now a Facebook spokesperson tells me that they “Don’t have an update on Google Assistant today but we’re working on adding new experiences to Portal.”

The potential to put both Google and Amazon’s voice assistants on one device could make Portal’s software stronger than either competitor’s devices. Many critics have asked if Facebook was naive or calloused to launch Portal in the wak of privacy issues like the Cambridge Analytica scandal and its recent data breach. But as I found when testing the Portal with my 72-year-old mother, not everyone is concerned with Facebook’s privacy problems and instead see Portal as a way for the social network to truly bring them closer to their loved ones. With Amazon and Google racing to win the smart display market, Facebook may see it worth the tech insider backlash to have a shot at mainstream success before its boxed out.

Source:: TechCrunch Gadgets


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Apple iPad Pro (2018) is Indeed Filled With Magnets; Here’s How Many

By Radu Iorga

Back when the iPad Pro (2018) was launched, Apple bragged a lot about the quantity of magnets inside the new devices. Turns out they were actually right, as some tests of the newcomers have shown. Check it out after the break.

We knew that the new Apple Pencil and the new Smart Keyboard would attach to the iPad Pro with magnets, but we have no idea there were so many of them. There’s no locking mechanism here, so Apple had to make sure that the Smart Connector pins from the keyboard were able to hook up to the Smart Connectors on the iPad. You probably thought there was one magnet, maybe two used for this, but it’s in fact a large quantity.

No less than 90 magnets sit at the back of the iPad Pro (2018). Pocket Lint used a special paper designed to find hidden magnets and came up with that number. The tablet isn’t the only one filled with magnets, as the Smart Keyboard Folio also has a lot, dozens of them. It’s not just to hang onto the slate, but to also stick to itself when folded. The sheet of green “paper” you see here is actually made from micro encapsulated film, which changes color when it reacts to an external magnetic field.

The new Apple Pencil also attaches to the new tablet via magnets. I can think of a few situations when magnets will be a problem, like messing around with this iPad close to all sorts of keycards, hard drives, sensible scientific equipment, plane cockpits and more.

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First Video Worth Sharing Today: 6 Amazing High End Cheap Tech Devices!

By Tim

This video was primarily created for humor and to test out shooting in 1080p and see what the final MB size would be after processing and running through Handbrake. The original video as shot was about 822 MB before processing, raising the volume and tweaking.

Nothing was cut or edited out. After editing it ended up being much smaller and the last step involved going from H.264 to H.265 codec.

The last step resulted in a file of 103 MB, not a bad effort, although time consuming. The video file was reduced before upload from 217 MB to 103 MB using Handbrake: https://handbrake.fr/

So let us proceed at once to the video and learn something!

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Brydge Debuts Brand New iPad Pro (2018) Keyboard, That Turns It Into a Laptop Basically

By Radu Iorga

There was no shortage of accessory announcements when the Apple iPad Pro (2018) was unveiled, but now there’s one more, that enhances the format of the device. It’s a brand new keyboard coming from Brydge and it’s able to sort of turn the new slates into a laptop.

By the way, over the past 48 hours the first few lucky people started receiving the new iPad Pro on their doorstep. Accessory maker Brydge has announced a new keyboard for the iPads, that will be shipping in early 2019. There are versions for both the 11 inch iPad and the 12.9 inch iPad Pro. With these keyboards attached, the devices feel like some sort of laptops, MacBooks even, with the tiniest of bezels.

There’s even a cutout along the front side, in order to make the keyboard closing and opening easier. Some of the details about the accessories were made public on Twitter. One customer asked if the keyboards connect via Bluetooth and the company replied it can’t share all the secrets at once. Other details like pricing and availability are yet to be made clear.

Brydge keyboards have been popular among iPad owners for a while, because they feel very much like the Apple Smart Keyboard. They’ve got sturdy hinge designs, backlit keys and aluminum builds. The aim is to also imitate the MacBook. There were some problems in the past with quality control, but Brydge promises it has fixed them all. Seeing how previous gen Brydge models were priced at around $139 to $149, expect a similar sum here.

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