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Former Instagram CEO: Policing social media is important to the future of the world

Instagram co-founder and former CEO Kevin Systrom said it is important for the future of the world that social media companies be policed well and seriously address the issues of misinformation and harassment on their services. “You start to realize … how important it’s going to be for the future of the world that we police these things well, that we take it very seriously and put real resources against solving the problems now that you’re at this scale,” said Systrom, speaking Tuesday evening at the WSJ Tech D.LIVE conference in Laguna Beach, California.

A matter of volume: threat from ascendant Chinese phones hangs over Apple

A raft of profit warnings from Apple Inc suppliers this week has fueled investor concerns that iPhone sales, in terms of volume, have hit a wall that could spell trouble for the company’s plans to make services its main pillar of growth. For the past year, investors had largely been willing to overlook stagnating unit sales of the iPhone because average selling prices kept rising. But it now faces fierce competition from mid-priced phones from makers such as Xiaomi Corp. Apple has often stated its plan to increase its revenue from paid services, such as Apple Music and iCloud. That, at least in part, requires a growing base of device owners driven by its iPhone, which analysts believe accounts for about two-thirds of the 1.3 billion Apple devices in use around the world. Wall Street analysts have expressed concerns that slower overall smartphone sales will make it harder for Apple to hold smartphone market share as people put off buying its generally more expensive phones. That, in turn, could hurt the growth of Apple’s services revenue, said Bernstein’s Toni Sacconaghi.

Leaked photos show Apple’s next-gen AirPods for the first time ever

Well, Apple fans, it looks like your favorite gadget maker has one more surprise up its sleeve ahead of the holidays this year. Earlier this week, one of the most prolific leakers who covers mobile tech said that Apple “definitely” still plans to release next-generation AirPods this year. The leaker in question typically focuses his efforts on Samsung products, but he has been known to set his sights on Apple gear every now and then. His information is almost always accurate these days, so Apple fans had plenty to be excited about following his revelation. If you were among the people who got excited when you first learned that Apple will launch its long-awaited second-generation true wireless earbuds before the end of the year, then we have even more good news for you on Wednesday: A new leak appears to confirm the news, leaving precious little doubt that Apple’s new cord-free “AirPods 2” earbuds will hit store shelves in the coming weeks.

Mozilla ranks dozens of popular ‘smart’ gift ideas on creepiness and security

If you’re planning on picking up some cool new smart device for a loved one this holiday season, it might be worth your while to check whether it’s one of the good ones or not. Not just in the quality of the camera or step tracking, but the security and privacy practices of the companies that will collect (and sell) the data it produces. Mozilla has produced a handy resource ranking 70 of the latest items, from Amazon Echos to smart teddy bears.

‘Astroneer’ brings space exploration to Xbox and PC on February 6th

If you aren’t one of the two million players to take a crack at the early stages version of Astroneer, here’s what to expect: The interplanetary survival sandbox game is a sort of mix of Minecraft and fellow space exploration game No Man’s Sky. In Astroneer, you play as a space explorer trying to survive and thrive in the treacherous terrain. As you travel through the solar system’s unique and uncharted planets, you’ll find resources that can be used to craft vehicles, build bases and conduct research. Astroneer will support crossplay between Xbox One and PC adventurers and will offer dedicated servers that will allow players to build and explore asynchronously.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes gets killed in ‘Fortnite’ by someone wearing his jersey

Well, that didn’t take long. Just days after “Fortnite” players became able to dress their on-screen characters in NFL jerseys, a star player in real life was killed by someone wearing his jersey in the video game. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes shared the tragic tale Tuesday on Twitter. “Yesterday i played fortnite for the first time in a while and someone killed me with my jersey on.. don’t know how i feel about it…,” he tweeted.

The US Army wants to attract more soldiers by fielding a Fortnite team

In an attempt better connect with America’s youth, the U.S. Army is starting up an esports team. The effort comes during a period in which the Army is having difficulty meeting its recruitment targets. As first reported by Stars And Stripes, an independent news organization which operates from within the Department of Defense, the Army esports team is currently accepting applications from active duty personnel, reservists and veterans. An online form indicates that there is interest in fielding teams for Fortnite, Call of Duty, Tekken, League of Legends, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Overwatch, FIFA, the Madden series and the NBA 2K franchise.

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Huawei’s FreeBuds are AirPods Clones But Lasts Longer

Huawei unveiled their $195 wireless earphones and they are very similar to Apple’s AirPods.

(Credit: The Verge)

If you think you’re seeing double at first glance, don’t worry, we did too. That’s because Huawei’s wireless earphones are very similar to the AirPods.

When Huawei launched their latest flagship phone, the P20, they also launched what seems to the be the most expensive AirPods rip-off just yet. They are called the FreeBuds. And they come in black.

The one noticeable difference is their in-ear design with the silicone tips. According to the company, this is actually for better noise cancellation. The guys from the Verge were able to try on the FreeBuds and noted that they’re comfortable and fit well. They did not allow any listening so the quality still remains to be seen.

The FreeBuds cost $195 which is slightly cheaper than the AirPods. They also come with a carrying case that provides extra charges for the earphones. Apparently they last for 10 hours of playback on a single charge. This is double than the 5 hours than Apple’s wireless earphones offer.

Other differences include a slightly longer and flatter stem. They are also have a horizontal orientation when put away in the case (compared to Apple’s vertical ones) and you have the option to get the black coloured ones.

What do you think? Would you choose these over the AirPods?

Ming-Chi Kuo Claims Upgraded AirPods To Launch in Mid to Late 2018

Cupertino-based company Apple is mulling to upgrade its Airpods. The company is now working on some physical improvements of the Bluetooth accessory. The upgraded Airpods, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, is likely to debut in the second half of 2018, a report from Macrumors said.

The news comes after a popular tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo disclosed some information about Apple Airpods. Recently, the tech company is facing new struggles to meet the supply demands of the Airpods. But Ming-Chi Kuo noted that based on the information sourced from investors, the upgraded Airpods will be available next year.

Will the new Airpod feature an improved design?

The KGI Securities analyst claims that the upgraded Airpods will be sold for a higher price. Regarding size, Ming-Chi Kuo says that TXC will supply the smaller quartz component of the rumored Airpods. He, however, did not give any details about the supposed physical improvements of the Airpods. This means that whatever improvements in the current Airpod design would not be a major consideration.

Despite this, Apple’s Bluetooth accessory remains to be popular. In fact, Apple is facing a demand issue about the Airpod’s supply. Recently, Apple fans could not place a new order about the new Airpod because it already reached its production quota. This means that Apple will not process new Airpod orders until after the holiday.

But KGI Securities analyst forecasted that the Airpod supply would be improving in 2018. This means that the shipment will eventually grow 100 percent in the coming years. He expects that there will be 28 million units of Airpods that will be sold.

Another good news is that the improved Airpod is expected to have a wireless charging case that is compatible with the Apple’s Airpower charging mat.

 

What is your take on the rumored Airpod that will have an improved design? Leave a comment below!

Apple Accessory: Apple Airpods Sold Out Until January

Apple users across the globe may not be able to appreciate the news about its accessory. The Cupertino-based tech company’s Bluetooth accessory, the Apple Airpods is already sold out at Apple stores until January 2018.

Apart from Apple Store, other retail stores like Best Buy and Target have reported the same information. However, AT&T, which is another online store enticed more customers when it announced that the store would implement a two-day delivery with a payment of $14.95 as deliver fee.

It can be recalled that Apple has introduced the Airpods back in 2016. The tech company’s Bluetooth accessory was actually scheduled for its debut back in October last year. Apple said that it encountered some production issues with Airpods.

Such problem pushed the tech company to debut the Bluetooth accessory until late December. But the public’s positive reviews of Apple’s Airpods which resulted in an immediate sold out of the accessory is not surprising, according to an analyst.

Airpod as a hottest mobile accessory?

For instance, Tim Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies, said that Airpods had been the “hottest of all the wireless earbuds for months.”

Bajarin added that Apple’s bluetooth accessory gained popularity among people because of the device’s price and sound quality.

Back in May, Apple CEO Tim Cook said when asked about the supply issue of Airpods: “We have increased production capacity for AirPods and are working very hard to get them to customers as quickly as we can, but we are still not able to meet the strong level of demand.”

Meanwhile, the tech company’s latest iPhone iterations have removed the standard headphone jack. This prompted Apple users to buy the wireless Airpod as the major replacement for a headphone jack.

And now, online reports suggest that some Apple users have traded their Airpods at auction sites like eBay for a more expensive price. Some users have reportedly jacked-up the price of their Airpod to rake more profits in selling the accessory.

Apple has yet to comment on the issue.

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