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Sorry internet: Reddit just sold its soul to brand engagement

Last month, someone posted a request on Reddit titled “Mission Impossible.”

The Redditor user aishavoya was on the hunt for a Tonka Hummer truck that would be used as a very special present for their brother and asked if anyone had one of them “in their attics” to “throw it on eBay!” Within a day, hundreds of people responded taking on the quest. It was an incredible moment that is quite common of the so-called front page of the internet. 

But what if a brand had stepped in within those first few moments? That sounds like something that would happen on Facebook or Twitter, which are rife with branded content — not on a site like Reddit. 

Well, internet, I’m sorry to tell you that brands may soon be swooping more on Reddit. On Thursday, Reddit shared an important business announcement full of jargon you might not like. Reddit has a new “integration with enterprise social platform” Sprinklr.

So, what exactly does the announcement mean? Sprinklr provides a platform for brands like McDonalds and Marriott to easily identify and respond to their customers.

“Global companies can now use Sprinklr to listen to what customers are saying, analyze trending topics, and manage Reddit customer care directly through the Sprinklr platform,” reads a press release

Sprinklr is essentially the first platform to have access to “both listening and publishing access” according to the company, meaning its the first time brands will be able see what Reddit users are talking about on the site and be able to respond directly from the social media dashboard. 

It’s not the first time Redditors have been warned of a potential brand invasion, either. Back in August 2016, Reddit introduced sponsored posts where brands could pay to promote users posts. 

“In conversations with many advertisers, we often hear that Redditors have already rallied around brands and products they genuinely like, and advertisers want to know how they can be part of that,” read the announcement from the Reddit team.

Of course, brands have been a part of Reddit for awhile. Some brands have been responding to fans and haters on Reddit for years. It’s “nothing new,” according to a Reddit spokesperson. 

Now, brands are getting even more access to Redditors conversations. This is an opening up the floodgates. As Mashable editor Jason Abbruzzese wrote in July, “The best things on the internet don’t make any money.” Some of those “best things” have died: #RIPVine. Others like SoundCloud and Twitter have struggled.

Thankfully, we still have Reddit. But it’s finally time to make some more money. 

WATCH: This artificial muscle lifts 1,000x its own weight, but only costs $1 to make

Apple iPhone dominates Flickr’s year in review as top brand, largest camera supplier


 

The iPhone dominates all other manufacturers and devices on Flickr’s annual year in review roundup, with all of the service’s top 10 devices in use occupied by various iPhone models.

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In the annual roundup of photography and cameras published by Flickr on Thursday, the iPhone held 54 percent of the top 100 device spots. The most popular phones worldwide were the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6s, and the iPhone 5s in first through third places.

The smartphone continues to push out point-and-shoot devices. In general, smartphones grew to 50 percent of all the photos uploaded to Flickr, up from 48 percent in 2016. DSLR cameras grew to 33 percent, up from 25 percent, with point and shoot dropping to 12 percent from 21 percent.

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Following Apple, Canon was the second largest brand used by photographers on Flickr, responsible for 23 percent of the top 100 devices. Nikon was the third most popular brand of 2017, with 18 percent.

For photo selection, Flickr started with an algorithm that calculated the top photos based on a number of social and engagement metrics, including how many times the photo was viewed, favorited, or shared. Flickr staff curated that raw data using a method that it did not disclose to avoid having the results be overly impacted by a user’s popularity. Flickr also limited selections to one photo per photographer.

In conjunction with the device rankings, and the top 25 pictures across all nations and categories Flickr has posted galleries of the top 25 photos for the United States, Canada, the U.K. and other nations. Other galleries for top nature photography, best macro shots, and street photographyhave also been assembled.

Microsoft’s OneDrive gets a brand new look on Android

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Get access to your Shared, Recent, and Sites content faster than ever with our new tab bar navigation

Check up on Notifications, your Offline content and Account info in the all new Me view

St. Cloud prison opens brand new health center

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Crews are working at the Minnesota Correctional Facility – St. Cloud on up to $37 million in upgrades. See the construction, and see what hasn’t changed at this prison. It opened in 1889 to inmates.
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A nurse locker room, state-of-the-art dental chairs and a wide-open waiting area are hallmarks of a new health services building at the St. Cloud prison. 

The Minnesota Legislature put up $18 million in bonding money for the addition a couple years ago, and it will open to inmates next week. 

The Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud has been renovated in its 128-year history, but it’s been nearly 50 years since the last addition, said Carol Krippner, associate warden of operations. Crews built a new dining room there in 1970.

State and local officials gathered at the prison on Wednesday to celebrate the completion of Phase one in a two-part, $37 million project. The new health center more than doubles the space previously used for health services. 

The newest upgrades will help the prison recruit and retain staff and improve safety in the health center, Krippner said.

“We’re safer,” she said. “And offenders are getting really good care.”

RELATED: St. Cloud prison in middle of $37 million worth of upgrades

All male offenders in the state correctional system start their sentences in St. Cloud. Staff assess their mental and physical health and many other factors to assign the men to different prisons.

Between 350 and 450 men pass through the prison each month, Krippner said. Some are healthy, others have medical issues, such as diabetes, and haven’t been to a doctor in years, said Nursing Supervisor April Zamora. 

Thirty medical staff work in the St. Cloud prison’s health services, including two dentists, 19 nursing staff and one doctor. An eye doctor comes weekly and a physical therapist twice a month, Zamora said.

RELATED: Tales from behind the wall: Prison marks 125 years

Those staffers have shared a 6,300-square-foot space in the old health center with blind corners and little private work space or separation from inmates. The new health center spans 15,000 square feet and includes new, staff-only spaces for medical records, employee breaks and the nursing station. 

Medications will be dispensed out of the new health center from secure windows. Currently inmates get their medication near the waiting line for the cafeteria, which is loud and not as secure, Krippner said. 

The new health center project stayed within its $18 million budget, according to Corrections staff.

Phase two will cost $19 million. It involves retooling the intake area where inmates enter and leave the prison. Phase two will also bring updates to laundry and warehouse spaces.

RELATED: Prison: Wall, intake area pose security concerns

Nora G. Hertel: 320-255-8746 and on Twitter @nghertel

St. Cloud prison opens brand new health center

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Crews are working at the Minnesota Correctional Facility – St. Cloud on up to $37 million in upgrades. See the construction, and see what hasn’t changed at this prison. It opened in 1889 to inmates.
Wochit

A nurse locker room, state-of-the-art dental chairs and a wide-open waiting area are hallmarks of a new health services building at the St. Cloud prison. 

The Minnesota Legislature put up $18 million in bonding money for the addition a couple years ago, and it will open to inmates next week. 

The Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud has been renovated in its 128-year history, but it’s been nearly 50 years since the last addition, said Carol Krippner, associate warden of operations. Crews built a new dining room there in 1970.

State and local officials gathered at the prison on Wednesday to celebrate the completion of Phase one in a two-part, $37 million project. The new health center more than doubles the space previously used for health services. 

The newest upgrades will help the prison recruit and retain staff and improve safety in the health center, Krippner said.

“We’re safer,” she said. “And offenders are getting really good care.”

RELATED: St. Cloud prison in middle of $37 million worth of upgrades

All male offenders in the state correctional system start their sentences in St. Cloud. Staff assess their mental and physical health and many other factors to assign the men to different prisons.

Between 350 and 450 men pass through the prison each month, Krippner said. Some are healthy, others have medical issues, such as diabetes, and haven’t been to a doctor in years, said Nursing Supervisor April Zamora. 

Thirty medical staff work in the St. Cloud prison’s health services, including two dentists, 19 nursing staff and one doctor. An eye doctor comes weekly and a physical therapist twice a month, Zamora said.

RELATED: Tales from behind the wall: Prison marks 125 years

Those staffers have shared a 6,300-square-foot space in the old health center with blind corners and little private work space or separation from inmates. The new health center spans 15,000 square feet and includes new, staff-only spaces for medical records, employee breaks and the nursing station. 

Medications will be dispensed out of the new health center from secure windows. Currently inmates get their medication near the waiting line for the cafeteria, which is loud and not as secure, Krippner said. 

The new health center project stayed within its $18 million budget, according to Corrections staff.

Phase two will cost $19 million. It involves retooling the intake area where inmates enter and leave the prison. Phase two will also bring updates to laundry and warehouse spaces.

RELATED: Prison: Wall, intake area pose security concerns

Nora G. Hertel: 320-255-8746 and on Twitter @nghertel

St. Cloud prison opens brand new health center

CLOSE

Crews are working at the Minnesota Correctional Facility – St. Cloud on up to $37 million in upgrades. See the construction, and see what hasn’t changed at this prison. It opened in 1889 to inmates.
Wochit

A nurse locker room, state-of-the-art dental chairs and a wide-open waiting area are hallmarks of a new health services building at the St. Cloud prison. 

The Minnesota Legislature put up $18 million in bonding money for the addition a couple years ago, and it will open to inmates next week. 

The Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud has been renovated in its 128-year history, but it’s been nearly 50 years since the last addition, said Carol Krippner, associate warden of operations. Crews built a new dining room there in 1970.

State and local officials gathered at the prison on Wednesday to celebrate the completion of Phase one in a two-part, $37 million project. The new health center more than doubles the space previously used for health services. 

The newest upgrades will help the prison recruit and retain staff and improve safety in the health center, Krippner said.

“We’re safer,” she said. “And offenders are getting really good care.”

RELATED: St. Cloud prison in middle of $37 million worth of upgrades

All male offenders in the state correctional system start their sentences in St. Cloud. Staff assess their mental and physical health and many other factors to assign the men to different prisons.

Between 350 and 450 men pass through the prison each month, Krippner said. Some are healthy, others have medical issues, such as diabetes, and haven’t been to a doctor in years, said Nursing Supervisor April Zamora. 

Thirty medical staff work in the St. Cloud prison’s health services, including two dentists, 19 nursing staff and one doctor. An eye doctor comes weekly and a physical therapist twice a month, Zamora said.

RELATED: Tales from behind the wall: Prison marks 125 years

Those staffers have shared a 6,300-square-foot space in the old health center with blind corners and little private work space or separation from inmates. The new health center spans 15,000 square feet and includes new, staff-only spaces for medical records, employee breaks and the nursing station. 

Medications will be dispensed out of the new health center from secure windows. Currently inmates get their medication near the waiting line for the cafeteria, which is loud and not as secure, Krippner said. 

The new health center project stayed within its $18 million budget, according to Corrections staff.

Phase two will cost $19 million. It involves retooling the intake area where inmates enter and leave the prison. Phase two will also bring updates to laundry and warehouse spaces.

RELATED: Prison: Wall, intake area pose security concerns

Nora G. Hertel: 320-255-8746 and on Twitter @nghertel

Autosport launches brand new mobile app for Apple and Android devices

A brand new Autosport app is now available for download on Apple and Android devices.

The new app, which is compatible with latest operating systems and devices including iOS11 and the iPhone X, makes it easier for motorsport fans to keep up with news and events from around the world as they happen.

A key new addition to the latest version of the app is the option to receive notifications for major news stories, so you’ll never miss a piece of breaking news again.

It also allows Autosport Plus subscribers to log in for unlimited access to news and exclusive in-depth features, and incorporates live coverage from major events such as Formula 1, MotoGP and the World Rally Championship.

The Autosport app is available for Apple iOS devices in the App Store, and the Android version is available now through Google Play.

If your brand-new iPhone drowns like ours did, do this – CNET

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This shouldn’t happen.


James Martin/CNET

Take a look at this picture of the gold iPhone 8 camera lens. Do you see the water droplets crowding together like an iridescent prism? It’s beautiful, but has no place in a camera, especially one rated to repel water and dust for up to 3 feet and 30 minutes.

And yet, it happened to our phone.

Here’s the scene. CNET tests the claim of every phone rated IP67 and above with a baseline dunk test. We fill a 5 gallon bucket with tap water, gently place the phone at the bottom, and set the timer for 28 minutes. That’s long enough to stress the claim without trying to break the phone. Then we pull the phone out, let it dry overnight and inspect it for damage. Does it take a photo? Is there still water in the ports? Will it charge when you plug in the cable?

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In they go for 28 minutes.


Josh Miller/CNET

After the phone has completely dried (5 hours to overnight), we run through the process again.

It’s a simple, effective and repeatable test that our reviewers can conduct in any of our global offices. If a unit drowns, we’ll know.

That’s exactly what happened with this iPhone 8 phone that CNET purchased for our San Francisco office. I placed it side-by-side in the bottom of a bucket alongside the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus. 28 minutes later, all three phones came out.

The 8 Plus and iPhone X lived to dunk another day, but the iPhone 8 collected condensation behind the lens. After it dried, it did charge through the cable, but I was no longer able to access the home screen or any controls, even after a hard reboot. The phone then got caught in an endless reboot cycle, and at that point, I gave up trying to revive it.

(And no, we had not dropped the gold iPhone 8, which could compromise the waterproofing protection.)

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After that, we bought a second iPhone 8, this time in black, and I ran the bucket test twice more over two days. Result: It’s completely fine. Meanwhile, the broken iPhone 8 is just as water-speckled as it ever was.

Apple’s water-resistance promise has a Catch-22

What does it all mean? Does Apple have a water-resistance problem? Keep calm. We’re not jumping to any conclusions over here. It’s very likely our waterlogged iPhone 8 is an anomaly, a singular dud that didn’t live up to the waterproofing promise, unlike a small batch of Samsung Galaxy S7 Active phones from 2016 that Samsung then fixed.

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The iPhone X and 8 Plus survived this first test.


Josh Miller/CNET

There is a takeaway, however, and that’s what to do if water damage happens to you. The short answer is that there’s not all that much you can do within warranty (but stick with me; you’re not totally out of options).

The funny thing about water-resistance is that even though there’s an implicit suggestion that phonemakers will stand by the IP rating, there’s also a lot of deferred responsibility. Just read the not-so-fine print.

For example, when I asked for comment about our busted iPhone 8, Apple pointed me to its support page which says that users shouldn’t purposely submerge any iPhone in water.

To wit:

“Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions, and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Liquid damage is not covered under warranty.”

Apple also strongly advises against bringing a water-resistant iPhone into contact with chlorinated water (a pool), salt water (the ocean), high velocity water (the shower or jet skis) and taking it into a steam room.

But let’s be real: isn’t that peace of mind what a water-resistant phone is for? Accidents happen, and buyers will always want to bring their phone along to watery locales to take photos, check email and upload photos to Instagram and Facebook. We’ve been doing all this long before phones were waterproof, with much greater risk.

What to do if your iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X gets wet

If your water-resistant iPhone takes a dunk, Apple’s support page suggestions include the following:

    5a06e_iphone-x-camera-water-moisture-lens-5347 If your brand-new iPhone drowns like ours did, do this - CNET

    Our second iPhone 8 (left) passed two tests, unlike the unit on the right.


    James Martin/CNET

  • Wiping it with a “soft, lint-free cloth”
  • Waiting for it to dry before opening the SIM card tray
  • Don’t charge it until it’s completely dry — go ahead and use a fan, but not a heater
  • Wait for the water to drain and dry from the speaker port (audio may sound muffled)
  • You can check if your phone is liquid-damaged here

If your phone becomes seriously damaged to the point that you’ll need to pay to fix it, there are still two things you can try.

1. Buy Apple Care Plus

You can buy Apple Care Plus — within 60 days of your original purchase — and get coverage for two incidents of damage that occur any time within two years of the date you bought the phone. You still pay $29 for screen repair and $99 for anything else.

Apple Care Plus costs:

  • $129, £129 and AU$189 for the iPhone 8
  • $149, £149 and AU$229 for the iPhone 8 Plus
  • $199, £199 and AU$299 for the iPhone X

In my case, repairing (or swapping) the soggy iPhone 8 would cost $230 before tax, which is still a fraction of the iPhone 8’s $700 starting cost.

2. Buy a carrier warranty

Your second avenue of recourse would be to check in with your carrier about its extended warranty. In that case, the carrier would be responsible for helping you fix the problem, not Apple. What you would and wouldn’t get is a lot less straightforward, since carrier policies vary, so there’s more leg work on your end.

Waterproof isn’t really waterproof

Finally, an important word on “waterproofing”. The phone world is guilty of using that term interchangeably with “water-resistance,” which is what it really is. I do it, too. But just know that phones aren’t really waterproof because electronics and water don’t naturally mix. Phonemakers use various techniques, like a nanocoating, to seal device innards from liquid damage.

Even a few drops on exposed electronics can threaten to kill a phone dead, hence all those online suggestions on how to dry a wet phone with rice and silica packs.

CNET will continue to submit phones to waterproofing claims as part of our testing process, but as an owner of a new, expensive phone, your best bet is still to handle your investment carefully. Don’t worry your stomach into knots if the phone gets wet, but understand that water resistance is really about preventing accidents, not using your phone as an underwater camera. 

What to do if your brand-new iPhone drowns like ours did

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This shouldn’t happen.


James Martin/CNET

Take a look at this picture of the gold iPhone 8 camera lens. Do you see the water droplets crowding together like an iridescent prism? It’s beautiful, but has no place in a camera, especially one rated to repel water and dust for up to 3 feet and 30 minutes.

And yet, it happened to our phone.

Here’s the scene. CNET tests the claim of every phone rated IP67 and above with a baseline dunk test. We fill a 5 gallon bucket with tap water, gently place the phone at the bottom, and set the timer for 28 minutes. That’s long enough to stress the claim without trying to break the phone. Then we pull the phone out, let it dry overnight and inspect it for damage. Does it take a photo? Is there still water in the ports? Will it charge when you plug in the cable?

5a7a2_iphone-x-camera-water-moisture-lens-5347 What to do if your brand-new iPhone drowns like ours did

In they go for 28 minutes.


Josh Miller/CNET

After the phone has completely dried (5 hours to overnight), we run through the process again.

It’s a simple, effective and repeatable test that our reviewers can conduct in any of our global offices. If a unit drowns, we’ll know.

That’s exactly what happened with this iPhone 8 phone that CNET purchased for our San Francisco office. I placed it side-by-side in the bottom of a bucket alongside the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus. 28 minutes later, all three phones came out.

The 8 Plus and iPhone X lived to dunk another day, but the iPhone 8 collected condensation behind the lens. After it dried, it did charge through the cable, but I was no longer able to access the home screen or any controls, even after a hard reboot. The phone then got caught in an endless reboot cycle, and at that point, I gave up trying to revive it.

(And no, we had not dropped the gold iPhone 8, which could compromise the waterproofing protection.)

5a7a2_iphone-x-camera-water-moisture-lens-5347 What to do if your brand-new iPhone drowns like ours did

After that, we bought a second iPhone 8, this time in black, and I ran the bucket test twice more over two days. Result: It’s completely fine. Meanwhile, the broken iPhone 8 is just as water-speckled as it ever was.

Apple’s water-resistance promise has a Catch-22

What does it all mean? Does Apple have a water-resistance problem? Keep calm. We’re not jumping to any conclusions over here. It’s very likely our waterlogged iPhone 8 is an anomaly, a singular dud that didn’t live up to the waterproofing promise, unlike a small batch of Samsung Galaxy S7 Active phones from 2016 that Samsung then fixed.

5a7a2_iphone-x-camera-water-moisture-lens-5347 What to do if your brand-new iPhone drowns like ours did

The iPhone X and 8 Plus survived this first test.


Josh Miller/CNET

There is a takeaway, however, and that’s what to do if water damage happens to you. The short answer is that there’s not all that much you can do within warranty (but stick with me; you’re not totally out of options).

The funny thing about water-resistance is that even though there’s an implicit suggestion that phonemakers will stand by the IP rating, there’s also a lot of deferred responsibility. Just read the not-so-fine print.

For example, when I asked for comment about our busted iPhone 8, Apple pointed me to its support page which says that users shouldn’t purposely submerge any iPhone in water.

To wit:

“Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions, and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Liquid damage is not covered under warranty.”

Apple also strongly advises against bringing a water-resistant iPhone into contact with chlorinated water (a pool), salt water (the ocean), high velocity water (the shower or jet skis) and taking it into a steam room.

But let’s be real: isn’t that peace of mind what a water-resistant phone is for? Accidents happen, and buyers will always want to bring their phone along to watery locales to take photos, check email and upload photos to Instagram and Facebook. We’ve been doing all this long before phones were waterproof, with much greater risk.

What to do if your iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X gets wet

If your water-resistant iPhone takes a dunk, Apple’s support page suggestions include the following:

    5a7a2_iphone-x-camera-water-moisture-lens-5347 What to do if your brand-new iPhone drowns like ours did

    Our second iPhone 8 (left) passed two tests, unlike the unit on the right.


    James Martin/CNET

  • Wiping it with a “soft, lint-free cloth”
  • Waiting for it to dry before opening the SIM card tray
  • Don’t charge it until it’s completely dry — go ahead and use a fan, but not a heater
  • Wait for the water to drain and dry from the speaker port (audio may sound muffled)
  • You can check if your phone is liquid-damaged here

If your phone becomes seriously damaged to the point that you’ll need to pay to fix it, there are still two things you can try.

1. Buy Apple Care Plus

You can buy Apple Care Plus — within 60 days of your original purchase — and get coverage for two incidents of damage that occur any time within two years of the date you bought the phone. You still pay $29 for screen repair and $99 for anything else.

Apple Care Plus costs:

  • $129, £129 and AU$189 for the iPhone 8
  • $149, £149 and AU$229 for the iPhone 8 Plus
  • $199, £199 and AU$299 for the iPhone X

In my case, repairing (or swapping) the soggy iPhone 8 would cost $230 before tax, which is still a fraction of the iPhone 8’s $700 starting cost.

2. Buy a carrier warranty

Your second avenue of recourse would be to check in with your carrier about its extended warranty. In that case, the carrier would be responsible for helping you fix the problem, not Apple. What you would and wouldn’t get is a lot less straightforward, since carrier policies vary, so there’s more leg work on your end.

Waterproof isn’t really waterproof

Finally, an important word on “waterproofing”. The phone world is guilty of using that term interchangeably with “water-resistance,” which is what it really is. I do it, too. But just know that phones aren’t really waterproof because electronics and water don’t naturally mix. Phonemakers use various techniques, like a nanocoating, to seal device innards from liquid damage.

Even a few drops on exposed electronics can threaten to kill a phone dead, hence all those online suggestions on how to dry a wet phone with rice and silica packs.

CNET will continue to submit phones to waterproofing claims as part of our testing process, but as an owner of a new, expensive phone, your best bet is still to handle your investment carefully. Don’t worry your stomach into knots if the phone gets wet, but understand that water resistance is really about preventing accidents, not using your phone as an underwater camera. 

Inventor lets Apple fans slam his brand new £1150 iPhone X onto the ground as test for his ‘military grade’ case

AN INVENTOR let an Apple customer throw his £1,150 iPhone onto concrete to show them how strong his new phone case is.

James Griffith went to Apple’s flagship Regent Street store in London and immediately threw his new gadget 25ft into the air to test his “military-grade” Mous case.

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James Griffith throws his pricey iPhone into the air
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The inventor recovers the unscathed device

Crowds queuing for the state-of-the-art device were amazed at the spectacle.

Fortunately for James the case lived up to his expectations and the phone was unscathed.

He even let a stranger have a go at smashing the case onto the floor.

Mr Griffith said:  “I was extremely nervous live testing our cases in front of everyone.

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Mous manufactures ‘military-grade’ phone cases
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Apple fans watched in horror as he put the device through it paces

“This was the first time we were able to test the cases we’d developed with the new iPhone X – anything could have gone wrong.”

Iphones have been available for pre-orders from October 27 and went on general release from yesterday (Friday, November 3).

The handest is being marketed in the UK at an eye-watering £999.

That’s twice the price of the original model that was launched ten years ago.

The tech giant’s chief executive Tim Cook said the latest flagship handset was a milestone for the company a decade after the first iPhone was released.

tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368


 

S’porean drops brand new S$1888 iPhone X onto MRT track hours after getting it

A Singaporean man dropped his brand new iPhone X through the platform gap and onto the train tracks at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station after queuing for more than 16 hours for it.

The incident occurred on Friday evening, Nov. 3, between 8pm and 9pm.

He had only owned the phone for a few hours at that point in time.

This is the heart-wrenching sight:

 S'porean drops brand new S$1888 iPhone X onto MRT track hours after getting it

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So complicated.

He was apart from his phone for a night.

How it happened

Lee, a 26-year-old game artist, was heading back to Somerset MRT station when he dropped the 256GB silver iPhone X that cost S$1,888.

Before this, he had queued outside the Orchard Road Apple store at Knightsbridge Mall on Nov. 2 from 7pm, to Nov. 3, 11.30am, to purchase the phone.

That’s 16-and-a-half hours.

After he made the purchase, the staff at the store told him to come back at 5pm on the same day (Nov. 3) to pick up the phone, which he did.

Once he got the brand new phone, he headed to City Hall for dinner.

And then he decided to go back to the Somerset Apple store to purchase something else.

Too fatigued

Unfortunately, Lee was too fatigued from the overnight queuing, and mistakenly alighted at Dhoby Ghaut instead of Somerset.

That was when the phone slipped from his hands and through the platform gap, ending up on the tracks.

Now that’s a cruel twist of fate: Lee was actually heading back to the Apple store to purchase Apple Care for his new phone.

SMRT staff to retrieve it

Speaking to Mothership.sg, Lee said the SMRT staff will attempt to retrieve his iPhone X after track maintenance has been completed for the day.

He also hopes the phone will be usable if he gets it back, even if it might be in bad condition.

Here are some interesting articles you should check out next:

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Google is the most attractive internet brand in India; closely followed by Amazon, Facebook and Flipkart

Google is the most attractive Internet brand in India, followed by online retailer Amazon, Facebook and Flipkart, a new report said on 1 November.

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The Google logo. Reuters.

According to “Most Attractive Brands Report 2017” by brands insight company TRA Research, the search engine giant was leading the category in 2015 and fell by a rank last year.

“However, it has regained its position in the Internet category with a big leap in its overall rankings from 2016,” it added.

“The Internet category is one of the most dynamic, reflecting changes in consumer perceptions and choices and among the Indian brands, Flipkart, Paytm and Ola have all gained in ranks — with Ola having risen from rank 20 in this category in 2016 to 8th this year,” said N Chandramouli, CEO, TRA Research, in a statement.

Meanwhile, Yahoo has been placed 5th, followed by popular WhatsApp, Paytm and Ola. eBay and video-sharing website YouTube have been ranked 9th and 10th, respectively, in the most attractive Internet brand in India.

The research was conducted among 2,456 consumer-influencers across 16 cities. It generated five million data points and 5,000 unique brand mentions, out of which the top 1,000 brands have been listed in this year’s report.

Tisbury health officials pull local honey brand from stores

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Jars of Martha’s Vineyard Honey Co. honey were removed from the shelves of Cronig’s on Thursday. —Rich Saltzberg

Updated on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, 4:47 pm, to include state recommendation*

Tisbury health officials have pulled Martha’s Vineyard Honey Co. brand honey from the shelves of Cronig’s and Vineyard Grocer due to potential safety and repackaging issues, according to Tisbury Board of Health agent Maura Valley.  

Cronig’s owner Steve Bernier told The Times on Friday that the honey was pulled from the shelves of both Cronig’s stores and Healthy Additions on Thursday.

“We haven’t thrown anything away,” he said. “It’s sitting in the backroom waiting for disposition.”

Vineyard Grocer owner Elio Silva told The Times via telephone that one or more Tisbury board of health officials entered his store Thursday and ordered the honey pulled “until they get further information,” he said.

*Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) spokesperson Ann Scales said in an email to The Times that the DPH had recommended that the Tisbury Board of Health “advise consumers to discard the honey if they have it in their homes, and not to allow the product be made available for sale.”

Questions arose about the quality and origin of Martha’s Vineyard Honey Co. honey after Tisbury health officials were called in to inspect a commercial unit above Tropical Restaurant at Five Corners, where James Kozak, owner of the honey brand, had recently been evicted with the assistance of the Dukes County Sheriff’s Office, Ms. Valley said. In the unit were honey jars, honey, large plastic buckets of off-Island honey, and infusing agents (dried chili peppers, teas, and essential oils), among other things, Ms. Valley said. The board of health impounded many of these items from the unit, and has secured them in an undisclosed location, Ms. Valley said. She added that Mr. Kozak signed a release with the sheriff’s office abandoning what he left behind in that unit.
“The Tisbury Board of Health has reason to believe that the honey stored in unit 209 of 13 Beach Road Extension has been processed, repackaged, and infused in an unsanitary, unlicensed manner, and is therefore adulterated and unsafe,” states a letter that agent Maura Valley wrote to Mr. Kozak (and delivered to him via the Tisbury Police Department), and which he provided to The Times.

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In this file photo, James Kozak suited up to remove a hive from a house scheduled for demolition. — Stacey Rupolo

Mr. Kozak told The Times on Friday that the Tisbury Board of Health executed what he described as a  “warrantless search” of his business premises on Beach Road, and “illegally” confiscated a personal collection of honey jars as well as “experimental” jars. He expressed a dim view of his landlord, and said the landlord pushed an “unreasonable search and seizure” of his commercial space. Mr. Kozak contends that his Fourth, Fifth, and 14th Amendment rights have been violated. Maura Valley and Tisbury town administrator John “Jay” Grande are named in a civil action he said he filed in Edgartown to defend his rights and to seek a minimum of $25,000 in damages. The Times has been unable to confirm the existence of this suit.

“Mr. Kozak was evicted from a commercial office space in accordance with Massachusetts law,” attorney Timothy Moriarty said in a text message to The Times. Mr. Moriarty represents Sawyer Realty Group, Mr. Kozak’s landlord. “A judgment for possession was obtained from the Edgartown District Court. Mr. Kozak then made various attempts to have the court-ordered bond waived, all of which were denied because the courts found that any appeal brought by Mr. Kozak would be frivolous.” Mr. Moriarty explained that when Mr. Kozak failed to pay the court-ordered bond, Mr. Moriarity sought a “writ of execution for possession,”  which essentially means an order for eviction. which was levied by the sheriff. “Mr. Kozak removed his personal property from the premises and signed over the remaining property to the sheriff,” Mr. Moriarty wrote, “authorizing its disposal. He was given an additional opportunity to remove the refuse that remained. In light of the putrid smell, insects, and appearance of the remaining property, the Board of Health was alerted due to concerns for the health and safety of the general public. Following inspection, the Tisbury Board of Health seized some of the remaining items in accordance with their authority.”

The landlord reported the insects and odor, Mr. Moriarty said. “A lot” of fruit flies were in the unit, Ms. Valley said. However, she did not recall encountering any “putrid” scents. Wild honey can be sold without a license because it’s a direct farm product, Ms. Valley noted, but a license and a commercial kitchen are required when honey is repackaged or infused. Evidence collected and photographed in the unit seemed to indicate a repackaging and infusion operation in an unsanitary and uninspected space, Ms. Valley said, but she declined to elaborate prior to a scheduled hearing. However, she did note that the unit Mr. Kozak previously occupied had no sink or impermeable surfaces such as stainless steel —key sanitary elements of a commercial kitchen.

The Tisbury Board of Health will hold a hearing on Mr. Kozak’s honey operation at the town hall annex on Tuesday at 4:15.

Island honey brands other than Martha’s Vineyard Honey Co. honey are not part of the Tisbury Board of Health’s investigation.

 

Consumer Reports says old Samsung phones are better than Apple’s brand new iPhone 8

Apple already sold millions of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus units, but launch weekend estimates fell short of what’s expected from typical iPhone launches. It’s not that the iPhone is losing its appeal all of a sudden, but this year isn’t a usual one for Apple. The best iPhone of 2017 hasn’t even launched yet, as the iPhone X won’t be released until early November, which is why many buyers skipped the iPhone 8 models.

But the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are still great phones. In fact, we called the 8 Plus the best smartphone in the world right now, boring though it may be. The testers over at Consumer Reports don’t agree though, and they believe that old Samsung phones are better than the iPhone 8.

The organization ranked the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus as the top two devices when it comes to performance, Yonhap News reports. The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 were ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, with Samsung’s 2016 Galaxy S7 sitting in the third position. That’s right, Consumer Reports thinks the 18-month-old Galaxy S7 is a better phone than either new iPhone 8 model.

It’s not all good news for Samsung, whose Galaxy Note 8 only comes in sixth, after the two iPhone 8 models. Apparently, weak durability and weight affected the Note 8’s review. The LG V30, which is an iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8 rival, has not been included in Consumer Reports’ ranking as it wasn’t yet launched in the US while the site was testing.

It’ll be interesting to see how the iPhone X will fare in the same performance and user experience tests. After all, the iPhone X has almost the same internal components as the 8 and 8 Plus. That said, the iPhone X does have plenty of unique features that may affect the overall experience, including an all-screen design, no home button, a new dual-lens rear camera, a bigger battery, and Face ID that replaces Touch ID.

The iPhone 7 might be outselling Apple’s brand new iPhone 8


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Apple CEO Tim Cook and
Chief Design Officer Jony Ive.

Reuters

Apple’s most advanced and priciest iPhone, the iPhone X, won’t go
on sale until November 3, but it’s already affecting the sales of
iPhones currently on the market.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the other new models that Apple
introduced in September, are seeing demand in-line with
expectations, Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White wrote in a note
to clients on Monday. 

However, demand for the 8 series iPhones is “muted,” in his view,
which is informed by discussions with contacts in the China
and Taiwan tech industry.

He also says that his contacts see a “theme” around consumers
opting for the iPhone 7 model, which was launched in late 2016
and was discounted to a starting price of $549. The iPhone 8 is
priced at $699 and up. However, consumers that do buy the iPhone
8 seem to be opting for the higher-priced and larger iPhone 8
Plus, he writes. 

KeyBanc
analysts also wrote
in a note to clients on Monday that
iPhone 7 models may be outselling iPhone 8 models based on checks
with carriers. 

According to White’s Asian contacts, many people in the
technology industry believe that consumers are waiting to buy the
iPhone X, which starts at $999 and has a new kind of screen that
covers nearly the entire front of the phone. 

White is among the most bullish Apple analysts with a price
target of $208. Apple stock was up more than 1.6% on
Monday. 

iPhone X now shipping 


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The other issue that could impact Apple stock is that while
demand may be sky-high for the iPhone X, Apple might not be able
to produce enough supply until early next year.

For consumers, that would potentially mean that iPhone X models
would be hard to find during the holiday quarter, which is
typically Apple’s largest by sales. 

“Given the DOE mounting yield issues around the 3D sensing
module, we believe Apple will be challenged to fulfill strong
demand for the iPhone X in 4Q:CY17, thus some shipments will
spill over into 1Q:CY18,” White wrote.

Basically: Apple’s having trouble manufacturing the 3D camera on
the iPhone X, so it might be in short supply until early next
year.

Nobody knows except for Apple how many iPhone X units will be
manufactured and sold before the end of the year. One tapped-in
analyst has been estimating
30 million to 35 million units
, which would be distributed to
57 different countries. 

The first iPhone X shipments have left China, according to
Chinese state media. 46,500 iPhone X units cleared customs last
week, according
to Xinhua
, headed to the Netherlands and the United
Arab Emirates. However, that figure is said to be lower than
previous first shipments of new iPhones. 

 

The Super Mario game for iPhones just got brand new levels

“Super Mario Run,” Nintendo’s first Mario game for smartphones, got its first major update on Thursday since its release last December.

The new update includes new courses, a mode with super-quick gameplay, a new playable character, and other improvements.

Designed to be played without a controller, the touch-screen controls for “Super Mario Run” are dead simple: you just tap the screen to make Mario jump.

Marking the first time Mario arrived on a smartphone, “Super Mario Run” was announced at the Apple press event last fall where Apple unveiled the iPhone 7. Legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto even appeared with Apple CEO Tim Cook on stage.

Although Super Mario Run was exclusive to iPhones for its first three months, it’s now available for Android phones too. Today’s update is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The game is free to download, but it costs $9.99 to unlock all the levels. Currently, it’s half-off at $4.99.

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Here’s the full change log:

Remix 10, made of some of the shortest Super Mario Run courses you’ll ever play, is here!There are also some brand-new courses, a new playable character, and a new feature that lets you listen to your favorite music while you play!Why not try out the updated Super Mario Run?■Remix 10: Super Mario Run courses done short and sweet!In Remix 10, you’ll challenge 10 very short courses in a row. Daisy is lost somewhere along the way, so if you play enough courses you’ll be able to find her! You’ll also be able to play some extra Bonus Games and a Super Bonus Game to get various buildings for your kingdom as you run through this mode.■Even more fun with World Star!There are some new courses to explore, including a forest, a ship packed with coins, and a whole airship armada. Each course adds a whole new level of fun!■Daisy, a new playable character, is here, and she brought a double-jump skill with her!If you play through enough Remix 10 courses, Princess Daisy of Sarasaland will join your group of friends. Her double-jump ability lets her jump while she’s already midair!■Listen to your favorite music with the music-play feature!Now you can listen to music stored on your device while playing Super Mario Run. Mario and his friends will wear headphones when this feature is turned on! Find some music that will get you pumped to run some courses!■New buildings for Kingdom Builder modeYou may earn brand-new buildings from the Bonus Games in Remix 10. Try to get as many as you can!■The way opponents are selected for Toad Rally has been adjusted. There is now less of a chance you’ll play against someone whose Toad population is significantly different from yours.


iPhone X: This brand-new car is CHEAPER to own than Apple’s all-new iPhone

“I would not be surprised to see more cars offered on payment terms below that of mobiles before the end of the year.

“In principle, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Cars will anyway become part of a monthly mobility model within the unstoppable digital transformation of automotive retail. 

“And at less than £100 per month even more car-buyers will be tempted ‘today’ to buy digitally. 

“But are the car brands ready to engage and transact online with customers in the style of a Vodafone or a Carphone Warehouse?

“Sophus3’s survey shows that the consumers’ experience online can still be confusing, or even off-putting, leading to lost business for the car brands, and their Captive Banks, or consumers taking out finance without a complete understanding of their commitments.”

New videos highlight the iPhone X’s brand new gesture controls

Though Apple’s iPhone 8 models are already available in stores, there’s no denying that the star of Apple’s 2017 lineup is the iPhone X. Set to ship in early November — with pre-orders opening up on October 27 — the iPhone X is arguably the most anticipated iPhone release we’ve seen since the original launched in 2007. And with good reason, the iPhone X will introduce a completely revamped design featuring a sleek edge-to-edge OLED display. With the iPhone X sporting an edgeless display, Apple was forced to do away with the home button, a mainstay on every iPhone release since the beginning. With no home button to speak of, the iPhone X will introduce completely new gestures that will enable users to quickly return to the homescreen and bring up the multitasking pane.

Though Apple gave us a preview of the iPhone X during this month’s keynote, early adopters will still have to make some adjustments to their muscle memory before getting used to an entirely new user interface. After all, some users have been reflexively pressing the home button on the iPhone for more than 10 years at this point.

Not to fear, with Apple releasing betas of Xcode 9.1 and iOS 11.1 earlier today, developer Guilherme Rambo has already unearthed some onboarding videos designed to help make the transition to the iPhone X’s new gestures all the more seamless.

The first one shows a user bringing up the multitasking pane.

Next up, we see how users swipe up from the bottom in order to return to the home screen.

With no home button to speak of, activating Siri now requires users to press and hold on the side button.

And lastly, swiping down from the right “flap” now brings up Control Center while swiping down from the left brings up a user’s notifications.

And last but not least, Rambo uncovered an interesting UI tweak.




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