After successfully fighting off Magic Leap’s claim that it stole trade secrets, Nreal is finally able to launch its Light mixed reality glasses into the consumer market. Starting today, folks in Korea can pre-order the Light as part of a mobile phone plan on the LG Uplus network, so long as you pick the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 — or the LG Velvet a couple of weeks later — as your handset. That way you can buy the Light at a subsidized price of 349,500 won (about $295), though you can also buy the glasses separately for 699,000 won (about $590) at LG Uplus stores from August 21st, if you’d rather use them with other phones.
Since Nreal designed the Light with 5G smartphones in mind, this consumer kit lacks the Toast computing unit we saw in earlier demos. What do you gain, however, is a “VR Cover” that blocks out your view of the outside world, thus converting the Light into makeshift VR glasses. They won’t replace dedicated VR
OnePlus keeps doing the rapid fire update thing right after a new phone is launched, it’s been the company’s MO for a while now, and things are not different for the Nord, even if it is just a mid-ranger.
The phone is now receiving yet another software update. This is OxygenOS 10.5.4 and it’s rolling out, incrementally, to the India and Global models, with the EU-specific Nord to follow soon.
The changelog mentions improved launch speed for the Gallery app, an improved display experience (it remains to be seen whether this means the tinting at low brightness has been fixed), better camera quality in video calls, better color accuracy and white balance for low-light selfies, and improved vibrancy and color accuracy of the macro camera.
Additionally, issues such as not being able to join Red Cable Club in India, background music playing when launching the front camera, and Notes failing to sync in India have all been fixed.
As usual, it’s a staged rollout. It’s going to reach a small percentage of users today, with broader availability to follow within a few days if no show-stopping bugs are detected.
President Trump is considering a new proposal as part of his ongoing push to implement tighter immigration rules — this time one aimed at Americans because of the coronavirus pandemic.The idea would be to allow border officials the ability to temporarily bar American citizens from being able to cross the border and come back into the country if those Americans are suspected of being infected with the coronavirus.The White House is currently soliciting federal feedback about this proposal.
Instead of marshaling the forces of the federal government to definitively solve the crisis of the coronavirus pandemic that has plagued America for six months now and counting, it was revealed on Monday that President Trump wants to use this crisis to clamp down on the ability of certain Americans to come back across the border into the country.
As part of the Trump administration’s ongoing tightening of border restrictions, this time the administration is targeting a new proposal at actual American citizens. Specifically, Trump is considering giving border officials the power to temporarily bar American citizens from re-entering the country if those officials suspect the American might be infected with the coronavirus. Federal officials have been asked to share their feedback on this proposal with the White House over the next 24 hours, according to The New York Times.
As of the early evening on Monday, this proposal has not been met with the kind of wall-to-wall lamentations from Republican leaders who would have decried the creeping authoritarianism if this kind of thing had been proposed under a Democratic administration. The NYT obtained a copy of the proposal to temporarily bar Americans, which apparently uses existing powers granted to the CDC to block a citizen or legal resident from crossing the border if a border agent “reasonably believes that the individual either may have been exposed to or is infected with the communicable disease.”
It’s not clear from the proposal how long the American would be temporarily kept out of the country. The proposal also doesn’t appear to address the obvious remedy for allaying a suspicion about whether or not a person actually has the COVID-19 virus — which can be determined by, well, testing for it.
As the NYT notes in its summation of this proposal, immigration officials actually already have “broad authority to deny entry to people based on national security issues.” A draft memo spelling out the basics of this new idea says it would only be applied “in the rarest of circumstances … when required in the interest of public health, and be limited in duration.” Of course, if you believe that then I’m also sure I’d have no trouble convincing you to believe that the reason US is now the coronavirus hotspot of the world and that more than 5 million cases of the coronavirus have now been identified here, according to Johns Hopkins University, is merely because we’re testing so much (not that the virus is actually spreading like wildfire).
Bill Gates during a recent interview said the United States will be able to move past the coronavirus by the end of 2021.Gates added that less developed countries may not be able to move past COVID-19 until 2022.Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that the United States might be in a lot of trouble if the number of new coronavirus cases in the country doesn’t drop below 10,000 by fall.
During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Bill Gates has become something of an authoritative figure on the virus and what needs to be done to help defeat it.. And though Gates’ position in this role might appear surprising at first glance, the Microsoft founder a few years warned us about the danger of a global pandemic taking hold.
“If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s most likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war,” Gates explained during a 2015 Ted Talk. “Not missiles, but microbes. Now, part of the reason for this is that we’ve invested a huge amount in nuclear deterrents. But we’ve actually invested very little in a system to stop an epidemic. We’re not ready for the next epidemic.”
Five years later, Gates’ words have unfortunately proven to be prophetic. The coronavirus started ravaging all corners of the globe earlier this year and, in some areas, hasn’t let up since. The situation in the United States in particular has been particularly grave. Though many areas successfully managed to flatten the curve a few months back, dozens of states have experienced massive spikes in new coronavirus cases over the past 6-8 weeks.
At this point, a vaccine is probably the only way the U.S. can effectively put the coronavirus in the rearview mirror. And while there’s optimism that the FDA will approve an effective COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the year, that’s certainly not a guarantee at this point. What’s more, the first coronavirus vaccine may only be 50% effective, according to recent remarks from Dr. Fauci.
Put simply, there’s no telling when the coronavirus pandemic will truly end. Touching on this point in an interview with WIRED, Gates was asked when he thinks the madness will end. Gates answered that developed countries will be able to move past COVID-19 about a year before other countries.
“You have to admit there’s been trillions of dollars of economic damage done and a lot of debts, but the innovation pipeline on scaling up diagnostics, on new therapeutics, on vaccines is actually quite impressive,” Gates explained.
“And that makes me feel like, for the rich world, we should largely be able to end this thing by the end of 2021, and for the world at large by the end of 2022,” Gates added. As it stands now, the cumulative number of coronavirus cases in the United States is now over 5 million.
“That’s a huge number of cases and a very large number of hospitalizations and deaths, and more to come,”
According to The New York Times, Talkspace, an iOS and Android app people can use to message a certified therapist, routinely mined the transcripts of its users to give it a competitive edge. The paper interviewed two former employees who claim Talkspace’s data scientists shared phrases patients frequently used with the company’s marketing team. They say the group used that data to better target new customers.
In Medium post Talkspace co-founders Roni and Oren Frank published over the weekend, they say The New York Times makes “false and uninformed assertations” about how the company handles patient privacy. “Talkspace is a HIPAA/HITECH and SOC2 approved platform, audited annually by external vendors and has deployed additional technologies to keep its data safe, exceeding all existing regulatory requirements,” they write in the post.
Karissa Brennan, a therapist who contracted through Talkspace for two about years, says the company contacted her about a resource she shared with a patient. She says the company told her to keep her clients inside the app. Brennan
Apple released the first ever public beta for Apple Watch on Monday, giving every Apple Watch Series 3, 4, and 5 user the ability to test watchOS 7 weeks before launch.In order to get the watchOS 7 public beta, you need to have the iOS 14 public beta on your iPhone.watchOS 7 adds sleep tracking, new workouts, new watch faces, and directions for cycling in Maps.
We’ve been writing about developer and public betas on iPhone and iPad for years, but on Monday, Apple rolled out the first watchOS public beta for Apple Watch owners. Before now, Apple Watch users with developer accounts were the only people who were able to test the latest software for Apple’s smartwatch ahead of its public release, but now anyone with an Apple Watch can check out the new features and fixes early.
Before we tell you how to install the watchOS 7 public beta, there are two things you should know. First, there is no way to downgrade back to watchOS 6 once you install the beta, so be prepared to live with unfinished software until the full release this fall. Second, you need to have the iOS 14 public beta installed on your iPhone in order to get the watchOS beta — here are the instructions for that. With that out of the way, we can begin.
After you upgrade to the iOS 14 public beta on your iPhone, follow these steps to get the watchOS 7 public beta:
Visit the Apple Beta Software Program website on your iPhone and sign in with your Apple ID. Tap on the arrow at the top of the page next to “Apple Beta Software Program” and then tap on “Enroll Your Devices” in the menu that appears. Tap on the watchOS tab, then scroll down and click on the “Download profile” button. Once you download the profile for the watchOS 7 public beta, you can activate it by going to Settings > General > Profiles & Device Management and tapping “Install.” If you have automatic updates enabled on your Apple Watch, you should get a notification from the Watch app on your iPhone that the public beta is available. If not, you can check for the update manually by opening the Watch app and going to My Watch > General > Software Update and tapping “Download and Install.”
watchOS 7 brings a ton of new features to Apple’s popular smartwatch, including a new Sleep app with sleep tracking, multiple new watch faces, four new workouts on the renamed Fitness app (Dance, Functional Strength Training, Core Training, and Cooldown), directions for cycling in Maps, and automatic handwashing detection.
watchOS 7 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch Series 4, and Apple Watch Series 5, and you need to have an iPhone 6s or later with iOS 14 in order to install the software and use it on your watch.
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Google’s newest smartphone, the Pixel 4a ( 9/10, WIRED Recommends), is the best it has ever made and it only costs $350. But it lacks some of the extras you can get on pricier phones, like wireless charging, waterproofing, and a screen with a wonderfully smooth 90-Hz refresh rate. If you want these features then you might want to check out the flagship Pixel 4, which is now available for $250 off.
The company recently discontinued the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL 8/10, WIRED Recommends), even though they first became available late last autumn. Google sold its entire inventory, but there’s still stock available from various other retailers. It likely won’t be available for sale much longer, but we think it’s still a great phone to snatch up. You get an excellent camera experience, a nice screen, great performance, and smart software in a compact package. It’s also the only Android phone to have a system that mostly matches Apple’s Face ID unlocking.
It’s important to know that Google will release the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G this fall, likely around October, so it might be a good idea to hold off if you really want a Pixel with more bells and whistles than the Pixel 4a.
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WIRED: The cameras on Pixels are among the best you’ll find on a smartphone, particularly when it comes to low-light shots. Google’s Night Sight snaps multiple photos together at different exposures and stitches them together—all in a matter of seconds—for a well-exposed and colorful image. Performance is also great, it’s powered by 2019’s flagship Snapdragon 855 chip, and the 90-Hz screen refresh rate makes the experience of using the phone feel super smooth and fluid. Face Unlock is present as well, and it’s more secure than on any other Android phone.
Google has plenty of awesome smart software features too, like Call Screen, which scans calls from unknown numbers to prevent robocalls and spam. The software will also be supported for three years, which is more than what you’ll get on most Android phones. And, again, it has extras that aren’t available on the Pixel 4a, like wireless charging, a telephoto zoom camera, and IP68 water resistance.
TIRED: Battery life is this phone’s Achilles’ heel. If you’re a power user, you’ll struggle to get through a full day of use unless you turn off the fun app-style Pikachu wallpaper and maybe turn down the 90-Hz refresh rate. It also doesn’t have a headphone jack or MicroSD card slot, so you’re stuck with the included 64 gigabytes of storage in the base model. The cheaper Pixel 4A does have a headphone jack.
Last week, the Trump Administration signed an executive order that bans both ByteDance and Tencent from doing businesses with American companies in an effort to ban Chinese apps that are allegedly accused of posing a risk to American consumers data in the hands of the Chinese government.
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Today, long-time Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has offered two possible outcomes of the new ban. As per MacRumors citing a new research note from Kuo, the worst-case scenario predicts that iPhone sales decline 25%-30%, globally, if the app is removed from the App Store worldwide.
Since WeChat is very critical to Chinese users, integrating communications, payments, e-Commerce, social software, news reading, and productivity function, we believe that the move will tank iPhone shipments in the Chinese market.
Since iPhone sales could decline, the iPhone’s best accessories could decline in sales as well. Kuo estimates a 15% to 25% drop in sales of other Apple products: AirPods, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac computers.
We estimate that global iPhone shipments will decline by 25%-30%. Global shipments of other Apple hardware products, including AirPods, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac, will decline by 15%-25%.
In the best-case scenario, Tencent’s ban only caused Apple to remove WeChat from the App Store in the US. If this were to happen, it’s predicted only 3%-6% of iPhone sales would be impacted while the other Apple Products are less than 3%. Kuo recommends that investors of companies in Apple’s supply should reduce their stock holdings as the WeChat ban could affect these companies whether it’s the worst-case or optimistic-case scenario.
The Tencent and TikTok bans don’t come without their set of consequences. Even the Huawei ban is still seeing effects. Just today, Qualcomm is trying to convince the Administration that it should be able to sell chipsets to Huawei.
Dr. Anthony Fauci recently outlined six things people can do to help prevent the coronavirus from spreading.The list includes mask-wearing, social distancing, good hand hygiene, and avoiding bars.Fauci believes we can see a drastic reduction in new coronavirus cases and, in turn, avoid another shutdown if people simply follow basic safety guidelines.
With the coronavirus spreading rapidly in some areas and subsiding in others, it’s not all that challenging to figure out what anti-COVID 19 approaches work and which ones don’t. Over the past few months, for example, it’s become overwhelmingly evident that implementing strict lockdown measures earlier in the year helped states like New York significantly keep the number of coronavirus cases from increasing. Meanwhile, states that were much more lax about implementing lockdown measures eventually saw massive spikes in coronavirus cases and deaths.
In light of that, Dr. Anthony Fauci has been somewhat outspoken regarding what Americans need to do to help prevent the coronavirus from spreading far and wide. Just last week, Fauci outlined eight activities to avoid to help keep the number of new coronavirus cases down, a list that includes indoor and outdoor gatherings, going to bars and/or restaurants, flying, using public transportation, going to the gym, and sharing food.
In addition to avoiding the aforementioned activities, Fauci also highlighted pro-active measures individuals can take to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. And while Fauci’s suggestions are not necessarily new, the surging number of coronavirus cases in some states underscores that many people do, believe it or not, need a reminder regarding appropriate COVID-19 safety measures.
According to Fauci, if people start following the guidelines below, we should be able to move past the coronavirus without having to institute a nationwide shutdown:
Wear a mask outside of home Practice physical distancing Avoid crowds Spend time outdoors whenever possible Practice good hand hygiene Stay away from bars
“If Americans start following the above guidelines, Fauci said, “we can get through this without having to revert back to a shutdown. When you have a weak link, then the whole system is unsuccessful.”
Doubling down on his remarks, Fauci said the following a few days back:
I believe strongly, and I’ll say very clearly, that we do not have to completely lock down if we do things right,” Fauci explained recently. “I believe we can open up the economy, get the employment back, get people out of the doldrums of being locked down. If we do it prudently, carefully, and the way the guidelines say.
Fauci has also said that the U.S. could be in for a world of trouble if we can’t keep the daily number of new cases below 10,000 before fall. As Fauci explained, fall will be a particularly crucial time as it will usher in a wave of colder weather and will be accompanied by Flu season.
“It’s really in our hands,” Fauci said last week. “I really do believe based on the data we see in other countries
The latest coronavirus update out of Russia sounds promising — researchers have apparently found that the COVID-19 virus has a major weakness.Ordinary, room temperature water apparently kills a large amount of the virus, depending on temperature. Boiling water does an even better job, this study found.This comes ahead of a public vaccination campaign set to begin in Russia.
Scientists from Russia’s VECTOR State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology have shared a coronavirus update that purports to include a shockingly easy way to kill particles associated with the COVID-19 virus. Are you ready for this? These scientists say the coronavirus has a newly identified weakness, and it’s … water. Just ordinary, room-temperature water, though boiling water works even better.
Ahead of a public vaccination campaign set to begin in Russia at the best of the Kremlin, this latest news comes as scientists around the world have been racing to ID successful treatments for people infected with the virus, to say nothing of the ongoing trials related to the hunt for an effective vaccine. This water-related discovery was disseminated in a recent Sputnik News report, which pointed to the completion of the study in Russia that found room-temperature water can apparently kill 90% of the coronavirus particles in 24 hours. After 72 hours, some 99.9% of the virus’ particles were found to die.
This study also claims that boiling water kills COVID-19 particles “immediately and completely,” according to the Sputnik News agency. “Virologists at VECTOR have been at the forefront of research into the novel coronavirus research since the beginning of the pandemic, working to develop accurate test kits to check for the virus and antibodies, and narrowing down over a dozen vaccine candidates by late March,” the agency reported in recent days, along with findings related to water’s effect on the virus.
These scientists’ findings were recently presented by Rospotrebnadzor, Russia’s “consumer protection and human wellbeing watchdog.” Among the additional findings, the researchers discovered that elements of the virus can remain viable for a time in dechlorinated water as well as seawater, with the degree of viability depending on temperature. According to the report, chlorinated water is believed to be “highly effective” at killing the coronavirus.
In related news, as we noted in a previous report, a Russian sovereign wealth fund spokesman has said the country has already completed the early phases of coronavirus vaccine trials and that a large-scale Phase 3 trial will start this month. The first phases of vaccine trials usually include fewer volunteers, as researchers test both the effectiveness and safety of the drug — but researchers also tend to share their findings with the global community, especially considering that we’re dealing with a pandemic.
The Russian vaccine is awaiting regulatory approval, and then doctors and teachers will be vaccinated first.
Andy is a reporter in Memphis who also contributes to outlets like Fast Company and The Guardian. When he’s not writing about technology, he can be found hunched protectively over his burgeoning
Remember Faraday Future? It’s the electric vehicle startup that, when it launched in 2015, was promising to shakeup the EV industry and become a rival to Tesla. Since then, the company has struggled with funding, production and legal issues. A Faraday Future EV comparable to anything Tesla offers never materialized, though the company is still around. But the startup did create a few prototypes, and two of them are now up for auction.
The 2016 Faraday Future FF 91 Prototype’s listing on Worldwide Auctioneers was first spotted by TechCrunch. Both vehicles are five-passenger SUVs featuring 130 kWh battery, three electric motors and 1,050 HP. It seems one is the actual vehicle that broke the EV world record at the 2017 Pikes Peak International hill climb, and that in 2018 did 0-60 MPH in 2.3 seconds in Las Vegas, according to the listing. It also says the EPA rated the vehicle at a 378-mile range.
Apple will launch a fifth, cheaper iPhone 12 model without 5G support in early 2021, according to a new research note from Wedbush Securities analysts.The analysts previously predicted that a 4G iPhone 12 model would launch alongside the 5G models this fall, but they have recently adjusted their prediction.Apple has confirmed that the iPhone 12 will not launch in late September.
A few months ago, the countless contradictory rumors and reports about the release date of the iPhone 12 made it all but impossible to predict when Apple’s next phone would arrive. Apple rarely comments on unannounced devices, but in an earnings call last month, Apple CFO Luca Maestri confirmed that supply of its next major smartphone would be “available a few weeks later” than the standard late September window due to the pandemic.
Other reports have claimed that when the release date does arrive, Apple will introduce four iPhone models, each of which will have OLED displays and 5G support. There were also rumors of a fifth model without 5G, but according to a new research note from Wedbush Securities, it won’t see the light of day until 2021.
Citing a report from Wedbush analysts Daniel Ives, Strecker Backe, and Ahmad Khalil, Business Insider reports that Apple will release a cheaper 4G-only iPhone model in early 2021 after releasing multiple 5G models this fall. Initially, the analysts said the 4G iPhone 12 would launch alongside the 5G models, but after checking in with Asian supply chain sources, they decided to revise their prediction and project a late arrival for the 4G model.
Speaking with Business Insider, Daniel Ives said that the 4G iPhone 12 could launch as early as February. Ives thinks that the 4G model will be cheaper than the 5G models, and predicts it will cost around $800. Apple hasn’t been afraid to price its smartphones more aggressively in recent years, with the entry-level iPhone 11 retailing for $700, and the second-generation iPhone SE selling for $400. Ives wasn’t able to offer any additional details about the 4G iPhone, such as its specifications or size, though he believes the design will likely be the same.
“Price points will be aggressive as Apple goes after their broader customer base,” the analyst stated. “Especially in a recession, in a COVID-19 backdrop, they need to make sure they’re hitting all price categories.”
Based on Apple’s confirmation of a later timeframe for the launch of the iPhone 12, we do not expect new phones to be available to the public until mid-October. In addition to OLED displays and 5G support, the new iPhone models are expected to have a design that more closely mirrors that of the newest iPad Pro, which features a flat-edged stainless steel frame. And while several early rumors suggested that the notch would shrink this generation, the latest iPhone 12 leaks show a notch that looks virtually identical to that of the iPhone 11 series.
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Potential action from US lawmakers may not be what forces Apple to change how it does business. Following a year-long investigation into the company, Reuters reports Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has found the iPhone-maker abused its dominant position in the mobile app marketplace and will order Apple to resolve multiple regulatory breaches.
The agency started investigating the tech giant after developer Kaspersky Lab filed a complaint over the rejection of its Safe Kids app from the App Store. At the time, Apple said the software put “user’s safety and privacy at risk.” The agency ruled Apple forces developers to distribute to their apps through the App Store and then unlawfully blocks them. A spokesperson for Apple told Reuters the company plans to appeal the ruling.
The decision comes as Apple faces increasing scrutiny over its gatekeeping of the App Store in both the US and EU. When Tim Cook testified before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee at the end
The list of coronavirus symptoms is long, although most of them can also appear in other medical conditions. That’s why a positive diagnosis requires a PCR test.The virus has been found to affect the eyes, with healthcare workers describing COVID-19 patients with red eyes or pink eye symptoms.A study details the case of a young woman whose main reason for going to the doctor was redness and discharge in her eye, a condition the doctors later diagnosed as keratoconjunctivitis.The patient displayed mild respiratory symptoms and did not qualify for a COVID-19 test initially. After several visits to ophthalmologists, she was finally tested, with samples from her eye also testing positive for the virus.
The clinical presentation of COVID-19 can include a variety of symptoms, but not all patients exhibit the same signs, and many infected people are asymptomatic. The novel coronavirus doesn’t even have that many specific signs that would allow physicians to diagnose the infectious disease without a PCR test. The sudden loss of smell and taste is one such unique symptom that’s likely to appear after a COVID-19 infection. But not for everyone.
That’s not the only downside of these unspecific COVID-19 symptoms. You might freak out whenever you experience a potential COVID-19 symptom, as you’ll have no way of knowing whether it’s the virus or something else. Only a test can bring you peace of mind, because the virus can infect various parts of the body, not just the lungs. The eye is one location where the virus can multiply, giving you a red eye or pink eye condition that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with COVID-19. However, you should absolutely be aware of this possibility, as this manifestation of COVID-19 could be serious, and could even impact your eyesight.
A nurse in Kirkland, Washington said back in late March that every patient she’d seen after testing positive for coronavirus had red eyes. They called the phenomenon “allergy eyes” because allergies can give you the same condition. Other healthcare workers noticed the same symptom in Canada in early March, detailing a case of keratoconjunctivitis in a 29-year-old patient who experienced no other major signs of COVID-19 infection. The study was published in The Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology.
The young woman spent a month in the Philippines and one day in San Francisco before returning to Canada. After one day of experiencing conjunctivitis, a clear watery discharge, and photophobia in her right eye, she went to an eye doctor. Other symptoms included rhinorrhea, cough, and nasal congestion, which we now know can be caused by COVID-19. She did not have a fever, but the medication she took over the counter may have masked it.
She returned on February 29th and went to the hospital multiple times in early March with worsening eye-related symptoms. She was diagnosed with keratoconjunctivitis, which is a complex eye condition.
The anatomy of the human eye. Image source: macrovector/Adobe
As the name suggests, the diagnosis is comprised of two distinct elements. Keratitis
Twitter has acknowledged that it is being blocked and throttled in Belarus, likely due to protests contesting the legitimacy of recent election results. Alexander Lushenko had won the election with 80 percent of the vote, which have caused thousands of Belarus citizens to flock to the streets in protest.
We’re seeing blocking & throttling of Twitter in #Belarus in reaction to protests contesting the election result. #KeepItOn