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Samsung teases with foldable technology

Samsung just had their 2018 Developer Conference, where it showed off a fancy new foldable display, called Infinity Flex.

 

Basically, it’s a 7.3-inch flexible display that can be folded in half. It’s a smartphone, then whammo, look at that, it’s a tablet.

 

The Infinity Flex display, according to Samsung, is the “future of mobile display technology” and the foundation for the “smartphone of tomorrow.”

 

From the Sauce:

 

“Today is a big milestone and I’m sure you’re all wondering what it looks like in real life and how it works. Wonder no more. When it’s open, it’s a tablet, offering a big screen experience. It’s gorgeous. When it’s closed, it’s a phone that fits neatly inside your pocket.”

 

Samsung developed an advanced composite polymer that’s “flexible and tough” to replace the glass that’s usually used as a display cover in smartphones, as well as a flexible, malleable adhesive that’s durable enough to withstand hundreds of thousands of folds, and a new ultra thin polarizer that’s 45 percent thinner than the technology used in its current displays.

 

The display shown during the conference is part of a future device, with mass manufacturing on said device to begin in the coming months.  A new software platform is being developed in partnership with Google that supports two UIs, one when the device is open and one when it’s closed.

 

Pretty foldin’ cool!

 

 

Amazing news! You might be able to unsend FB messages sooon

A lot of the population of Facebook users have felt that sudden fall in the pit of your stomach, that knot of dread, the realization that you can never go back to how life was before. What are we talking about? The accidental message send.

 

Wrong content, for the wrong person, at the wrong time. Eep. 

 

On FaceBook, it’s always been, ‘well, you stuffed up, but what’s done is done, guy.’

 

Not so anymore!!

 

Apparently, Facebook Messenger is going to begin to let you unsend messages, for up to 10 minutes after you first pressed send (stupid fingers, stupid brain).

 

This glorious new feature should be coming out with a future update of Messenger,  which is when, we don’t know. But don’t worry – it’s coming.

 

 

 

 

Get thee to a polling place! Here’s how.

If you’ve been on social media or tuned into news or, like, gone outside, you’ll know that today is the day to vote for Midterm Elections!

 

Here’s a state-by-state list of when the polls open and close – with all times being local.

 

 

Alabama: 7 am to 7 pm
Alaska: 7 am to 8 pm
Arizona: 6 am to 7 pm
Arkansas: 7:30 am to 7:30 pm
California: 7 am to 8 pm
Colorado: All Colorado voters now receive a ballot by mail. Voters who prefer to vote in person can do so from 7 am to 7 pm.
Connecticut: 6 am to 8 pm
Delaware: 7 am to 8 pm
District of Columbia: 7 am to 8 pm
Florida: 7 am to 7 pm
Georgia: 7 am to 7 pm, except in Atlanta, where polling places remain open until 8 pm
Hawaii: 7 am to 6 pm
Idaho: 8 am to 8 pm
Illinois: 6 am to 7 pm
Indiana: 6 am to 6 pm
Iowa: 7 am to 9 pm
Kansas: 7 am to 7 pm
Kentucky: 6 am to 6 pm
Louisiana: 6 am to 8 pm
Maine: Polls open between 6 and 8 am in municipalities with a population of at least 500. In municipalities with a population of less than 500, polls can open between 6 and 10 am. Polls close at 8 pm.
Maryland: 7 am to 8 pm
Massachusetts: 7 am to 8 pm
Michigan: 7 am to 8 pm
Minnesota: 7 am to 8 pm (municipalities with fewer than 500 registered voters can open polling places as late as 10 am, but most do not)
Mississippi: 7 am to 7 pm
Missouri: 6 am to 7 pm
Montana: 7 am to 8 pm. Some smaller polling places may open as late as noon.
Nebraska: 8 am to 8 pm in the Central time zone; 7 am to 7 pm in the Mountain time zone
Nevada: 7 am to 7 pm
New Hampshire: Voting can start between 6 and 11 am and end between 7 and 8 pm, depending on your municipality.
New Jersey: 6 am to 8 pm
New Mexico: 7 am to 7 pm
New York: 6 am to 9 pm
North Carolina: 6:30 am to 7:30 pm
North Dakota: Voting can start between 7 am and noon and end between 7 and 8 pm, depending on your municipality.
Ohio: 6:30 am to 7:30 pm
Oklahoma: 7 am to 7 pm
Oregon: Oregon is a vote-by-mail state. Ballots must be turned in by 8 pm PT on Election Day.
Pennsylvania: 7 am to 8 pm
Rhode Island: 7 am to 8 pm
South Carolina: 7 am to 7 pm
South Dakota: 7 am to 7 pm
Tennessee: Varies by municipality.
Texas: 7 am to 7 pm
Utah: 7 am to 8 pm
Vermont: Polls open between 5 and 10 am, depending on the town. All polling places close at 7 pm.
Virginia: 6 am to 7 pm
Washington: Washington is a vote-by-mail state. Ballots must be turned in by 8 pm PT on Election Day at a county elections department or a designated ballot drop box. Otherwise, they must be postmarked no later than Election Day.
West Virginia: 6:30 am to 7:30 pm
Wisconsin: 7 am to 8 pm
Wyoming: 7 am to 7 pm

 

So now you know the times – is transport an issue getting in the way of having your say? Never fear!

 

Uber, Lyft and bike share services all have promotions to help get you there.

 

Uber sent out enough free ride promo codes to get over 15,000 people to and from the polls for free on Tuesday,  and is also offering $10 off a single ride to ALL users on Election Day. You’ll need the latest update, and when you’re ready to use, go to Menu > Payment > Add Promo Code and enter the promotional code VOTE2018. You will, however have to select the most affordable tier option available in your city.

 

Lyft is also helping out, in partnership with Buzzfeed with promo codes for 50% off your ride to your voting location on Tuesday. To get your code, go here.

 

Bike-share programs around the country will also be offering free rides all day. Motivate, is running a system-wide deal that’ll allow users to redeem a free day pass. The deal will apply to New York and New Jersey’s Citi Bike, Chicago’s Divvy, Boston’s Bluebikes, Washington, DC’s Capital Bikeshare, Minneapolis’s Nice Ride Minnesota, the Bay Area’s Ford GoBike, Portland’s BIKETOWN, and CoGo in Columbus, Ohio. To redeem the pass you’ll need to download your local bike share app and enter the promo code BIKETOVOTE (except Chicago Divvy riders, who must use code VOTE18, and Portland BIKETOWN riders, who use code BIKE2VOTE).

 

Alternatively, Lime is offering free rides on one of its bikes, e-bikes, or e-scooters to and from your polling location (up to 30 minutes) when you enter code LIME2VOTE18 in the app.

 

Get thee on a bike,/scooter/ in a Lyft/Uber and go exercise your right to vote!

 

 

Amazon is celebrating Alexa’s birthday by discounting her and all her friends

It’s Alexa’s birthday! If you wish that lady a happy birthday, she’ll give you a rendition of when Michael Buble sang Happy birthday to her. We’re not saying it’s not weird. But what isn’t weird? Amazon is -for a limited time only – discounting all kinds of Echo technology. So if you want a robot lady in your house, now might be the time.

 

You can;

 

Save $5 off Echo Buttons

 

Save up to 20% on a Tile Mate 1 pack or buy a Tile 4 pack and save up to $50 on an Echo Dot

 

Save $10 on Echo Dot Kids Edition

Get a Certified Refurbished Echo Plus for $79.99

 

Save $100 on Echo Look

 

Bundle and Save $40 on Fire TV Cube and Cloud Cam

 

Buy Two Echo Shows (2nd Gen), Get $100 off

 

Buy iHome AV2 speaker, get Echo Input for 50% off

 

Here’s a full list. 

 

You can also start shopping for Amazon’s early Black Friday deals right now if you’re in the shopping spirit!

 

 

 

 

 

iOS 12.1 released!

Alongside Mojave, Apple has released iOS 12.1 for the iPhone and iPad. As per usual, it’s free and easy – go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. It’s always best to back up your phone before doing this, and having your phone connected to power.

 

So what are we looking at with this update?

 

 

Well, it’s faster, like, a lot faster according to Apple’s stats. There’s Memoji, so you can well, Memoji yourself? As well as 4 new Animoji characters and picture affects added to Messages and FaceTime.

 

Speaking of FaceTime, Group Facetime is here! You can now FaceTime with up to 32 people – as long as you have an iPhone 6S or higher. Group FaceTime is also not available on iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPad Air. It also comes equipped with new camera effect features like filters, stickers, Animoji, and Memoji.

 

There is also more than 70 new emoji included on iOS 12.1-  You can see the list here. 

 

A new AR (Augmented reality) app called Measure is now on your phone, to help you measure real-world objects just by pointing your camera at them.

 

Screentime is a new and slightly terrifying feature that can and will track how long you – or your children – spend on your phone or iPad, and in which apps. Additionally, notifications can now be made easier to manage and customize in an attempt to diminish distractions. You can also manage the Do Not Disturb function a lot better, with the ability to set a time for it to be turned on, or for it to be turned off after you leave a location or event in your calendar.

 

Shortcuts are more improved, with Siri learning your routine and suggesting shortcuts on the home screen. Photo search and sharing becomes easier, Apple Books and Stocks is redesigned, Siri is improved, and student ID’s will be supported in the Apple Wallet.

 

Other, smaller but very much welcome fixes:

 

– New Depth Control in Camera preview for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
– You can now change or reset your child’s Screen Time passcode using Face ID or Touch ID

– Improves cellular connectivity for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
– Addresses an issue that prevented some voicemails from appearing in the Phone app
– Adds a performance management feature to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down, including the option to disable this feature if an unexpected shutdown occurs, for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
– Adds the ability for Battery Health to inform users that it is unable to verify if a genuine Apple battery is in iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR

– Fixes an issue that could cause MDM Device Enrollment to report an Invalid Profile error for some enterprise users

 

 

With eSIM support, dual-SIM functionality is available on the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, enabled through the existing physical SIM slot and the eSIM in all countries with the exception of China. In China, the new iPhones have two SIM card slots. Carriers will however need to implement support for eSIM functionality to work even after it’s been turned on in iOS 12.1.

 

Also for the new phones (only), you lucky ducks have a new real-time Depth Control feature, so you can adjust the depth of field of your Portrait Mode photos before you capture them. Simply tap on the “F” icon at the top of the screen and then drag the slider to adjust the amount of background blur in the image.

 

You can see the full list of the details of all the features right here. What do you guys think of the new iOS update?

 

 

Apple discontinues Lightening to 30-pin adaptor

Apple has discontinued its Lightning to 30-pin Adapter and has removed it from its website. The adaptor, previously listed for $29, was first released in 2012 after Apple debuted the lightening connector for all future iPads and iPhones.

 

There was some controversy that came with the lightening connectors, with people understandably concerned that they had to pay for another new Apple product for no good reason – but, as folk who work with charging new and old iPhones and iPads every day – that reason was a really good one. The Lightning connectors are significantly thinner and more compact than 30-pin, and way easier to use, and additionally the switch let Apple save space for other components in their mobile devices.

 

Apple’s iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad, and first-generation iPad mini were some of the first devices to use the new Lightning connector, which has been present in all mobile devices since 2012.

 

Revamped TV App coming

Good news kids!

 

Apparently in the next-to-near future, Apple will provide Apple-owned and created content for FREE to customers who own devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, right from the TV App. This new service will also include subscription channels where you can sign in to access content from other companies like HBO and Starz.

 

 

If you didn’t already know, you can currently watch Apple’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ series for free within the App, and with more than a dozen new original shows in the works, (and reportedly about $1 Billion being spent) there seems like there’ll be a whole lot more entertainment coming to your phone.

 

Apple is said to be launching an improved TV app early next year, so we should hear more about this and their original content then!

New FaceBook security issue that affected nearly 50 million accounts

It’s not been a great year for FaceBook.

 

This morning, the company announced that on Tuesday it’s engineering team discovered that hackers had exploited a vulnerability in its code, allowing them to steal Facebook access tokens for almost 50 million accounts.

 

Apparently, hackers took advantage of security flaws in its “View As” code, the feature which lets people see what their profile looks like to someone else. The Facebook access tokens that were stolen are digital keys that allow people to stay logged in to Facebook.

 

From the Sauce:

 

“This attack exploited the complex interaction of multiple issues in our code. It stemmed from a change we made to our video uploading feature in July 2017, which impacted “View As.”

 

At this time, Facebook does not know who executed the attacks.

 

But, the good news? According to Facebook, the vulnerability has been patched at this time, authorities have been informed, and FaceBook has reset the access tokens of the accounts that were affected along with another 40 million accounts that have been subject to a “View As” lookup in the last year.

 

If you have been logged out of your app, you may have been affected and will receive a message about what happened once they log back in.

 

No one needs to change their passwords, but those who are worried about the attack can visit the “Security and Login” section in settings to log out of all devices at once.

 

Multiple arrests made for Apple Store thefts

Eight suspects have been arrested for the spate of Apple store robberies that have occurred across California recently, with arrest warrants issued for 9 more suspects who are yet to be located.

 

The group stole more than $1 million in property across 19 counties and have been charged for conspiracy to commit grand theft.

 

The thefts always happened very quickly, on surveillance camera, and with those involved wearing hooded sweatshirts. They allegedly entered Apple Stores, grabbed several display items and fled.

 

From the Sauce, Oakland police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick:

 

“The successful collaborative efforts of law enforcement has resulted in dismantling a large criminal ring”

 

 

Beats by Dre partners with the NBA

Beats by Dr. Dre just announced a multi-year marketing and merchandising partnership with the NBA, which will make it the official headphone, wireless speaker, and audio partner of the NBA, as well as sister associations WNBA, NBA G League, and USA Basketball as of October 2018.

 

Luke Woods, Beats by Dr. Dre president, said:

 

“The NBA and its players have long been significant drivers of global culture. Basketball, music, and style speak as one voice: Julius Erving became a style icon, Allen Iverson cemented hip hop’s place on and off the court and LeBron James is breaking new music every day… the list goes on and on. This partnership with the NBA is the perfect alignment for Beats. It feels like coming home.”

 

Aw, everyone likes going home!

 

In addition to developing NBA-themed headphones for fans, Beats also plans to provide headphones to players and advertise during major events like the NBA All-Star, NBA Draft, international games, WNBA games, and more.