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This app detects intimate photos using CoreML and locks them away safely

October 16, 2017
Nude for iOS keeps all your risky photos safely stowed away so you don’t have to worry about them falling into the wrong hands.

The new app, first reported on by Casey Newton over at The Verge, was created by UC Berkley entrepreneurs Jessica Chiu and Y.C. Chen and was a result of conversations Chiu had with both Hollywood actresses and friends alike:

Each had sensitive images on their phones or laptop, she said, and expressed doubts about how to keep them secure. When Chiu returned to Berkeley, friends would pass her their phones to look at recent photos they had taken, and she would inevitably swipe too far and see nudity.

In order to solve this issue, Chiu, Chen, and their small team created the most sophisticated and intelligent photo vault app on the market at the moment: Nude. Unlike other vault apps, Nude actually scans your camera roll for sensitive content automatically. Once it finds a photo it detects to be NSFW, it moves it into the app and locks it away in a PIN-pr…

How to try out Linux on an aging Mac

October 16, 2017
Want to get some more life out of your aging Mac? Try Linux!

Don’t junk your old Mac hardware just because it can no longer get new software updates. Get some new life in your old Macs with the GNU/Linux operating system! We’ll show you how to “try it before you buy it” so to speak to see how a specific version of GNU/Linux, Ubuntu, will run on your aging Mac.

Why bother trying GNU/Linux on your Mac?

I have a late 2010 MacBook Air. It’s not as fast or as optically pretty as my 5K iMac nor my iPad Pro for that matter. I do, however, use it daily. I’m writing this article on it. As old as it is, it’s “good enough” for what I use it for and I still prefer the keyboard on it to the one on more modern MacBooks.

My MacBook Air just made the cutoff for being compatible with the newly released macOS High Sierra. I’m happy to know that for at least one more year, I’ll be able to get the latest and greatest doodads, bells and whistles, and more importantly, I’ll get the latest security upd…

Best Styluses for iPad

October 16, 2017
Whether you want to write, draw, sketch, or navigate, there are a bunch of great styluses out there for you.

The stylus market is gigantic: It’s full of pens with rubber, mesh, plastic, and disc nibs; some have special features — like palm rejection or pressure sensitivity — that require specific iPad models, while others can be used on any of Apple’s multitouch surfaces. If you’re in the market for a stylus, which are the best ones out there? Here are my favorites.

Apple Pencil
Adonit Mark
Cosmonaut Wide-Grip Stylus
Adonit Jot Mini
Pencil by FiftyThree

Apple Pencil

For the absolute best drawing and writing experience with the iPad Pro, you can’t go wrong with the $99 Apple Pencil. It’s sensitive to both pressure and tilt, letting you vary your line weights and shading in different apps. It also provides the best palm rejection technology we’ve ever seen for a stylus, letting you rest your hand on either the 9.7- or 12.9-inch iPad Pro screen wi…

Twelve South just released another Mac tribute candle

October 16, 2017
Give your office or studio space that classic “new idea” smell.

Apple accessory company Twelve South just introduced their second annual candle-based tribute to the Mac, called “Inspire.” However this year’s iteration, which the company refers to as Mac candle N°2, doesn’t follow in the footsteps of its ultra-popular predecessor re: scent. Instead of smelling like a brand new MacBook, Inspire took a less gimmicky route and went for a more natural combination of smells like bergamot, amber, musk, lemon and tarragon.

The idea behind the scent was to do just what the candle’s name suggests — inspire creativity, productivity and mental clarity. Citrusy smells like bergamot and lemon are known for their bright, clean and invigorating scent profiles, while tarragon’s spicy smell is fiery and motivating (its botanical name, Artemisia dracunculus, means “little dragon” after all). According to the company, Inspire has “a fresh aroma that will liven up any home or office.”

I…

Huawei Mate 10 Pro receives update to kill “Google bug”

October 16, 2017
Yesterday, during the Huawei event that introduced officially the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro to the world, some of the attendees noticed that the Mate 10 Pro review samples handed out by the manufacturer were running hot, and the 4000mAh battery was draining too fast. Huawei blamed it on Google, calling it the “Google bug.” Google said that it was working feverishly to fix the problem.

The good news is that the Doctor has written the prescription and at the tender age of < 1 day, the Mate 10 Pro has received an update that exterminates the bug, at least according to Huawei. …

ZTE Axon M price and release date

October 16, 2017

ZTE today unveiled what it calls a “revolutionary”
smartphone – the Axon M (previously known as Axon Multy). The handset is foldable, but not in the way that, say,
future Samsung phones will be foldable. More exactly, the ZTE Axon M has two
separate (flat, non-bendable) 5.2-inch 1080p displays that are joined by a
hinge system. All in all, what we have here is a horizontal clamshell that, when
wide open, turns into a mini tablet with a 6.75-inch screen diagonal.   

The Axon M seems to be a nice device for media consumption, and its dual speakers certainly help in this regard. One …

Google Pixel 2/XL review: 10 key takeaways

October 16, 2017

Our Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL review is in, and the verdict is in: the new Pixels break some new ground when it comes to camera quality and overall deliver improvements to an already great first-gen product.
In just two years, Google has managed to enter the phone game with a phone that offers meaningful improvements over the competition and focuses on innovative data and AI-driven technology, rather than flashy looks, to stand out.

Our full review distilled in 10 important takeaways

If you don’t …

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL battery test is ready: improvements over the first generation

October 16, 2017

Gather around, Google phone lovers, we’ve got small Pixels and large Pixels, and both have undergone a rigorous battery life testing on our proprietary script that mimics heavy daily usage. The Pixel 2 and its XL brethren managed to beat their predecessors by a decent amount of longevity, and it’s not that their battery capacities have changed in any meaningful amount to boot.

Thus, with almost the same capacity as its predecessor, the Pixel 2 managed to outlast the Pixel with a full hour of screen-on time more, which leads us to the thought that the new and more …

ZTE Axon M

October 16, 2017
Looking at the Axon M as just a regular device, the spec sheet doesn’t look too shabby. SD821, 4 gigs of RAM, and 64GB storage make us feel like we’re dealing with a near-flagship-level device, while the glass and aluminum body further reinforce this feeling. Throw in a 20-megapixel sensor, 4K video recording, and USB-C with Quick-charge 3.0 and we’re feeling pretty good about the Axon M. Of course, then there’s the form-factor. As a clamshell, it’s a narrow device that feels like its packing a little more than most phones, but that’s obviously because it is.

ZTE Axon M hands-on

October 16, 2017

Guys. Remember the Kyocera Echo? It had two screens, and flipped together to form one. You said you vaguely remember it? Okay, well here’s a device that should jog your memory: The Axon M by ZTE.

It was a novel idea which didn’t quite pan out in 2011, when the Kyocera Echo launched, but now, in 2017, where we have rumors and concepts of foldable smartphones increasing by the day, perhaps it’s time for a revisit to this form factor. After all, Android is much improved since then, as are hardware technologies. Much of how the Axon M works is based on built-in …