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Instagram Brings Presence to Direct Messaging Tool

Instagram users can now see when their friends are online. The latest version of the mobile app includes a presence feature, placing a green dot next to the account names of those who are actively using the app. The idea is meant to encourage private conversations through Instagram's direct messaging functionality. Instagram says people will only see the real-time online status of friends who follow them back, or who have…

Justice Department Pushes Courts for Action On AT&T Appeal

The Justice Department has asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to prioritize its appeal against last month's decision regarding AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner. A single judge ruled in AT&T's favor after the Justice Department sued over the acquisition. AT&T completed the acquisition within days of the decision, but that didn't stop the Justice Department from filing an appeal. Though AT&T completed its purchase of Time Warner, it is…

Speedy Blackmagic eGPU won’t do much for photographers

The futuristic design of the Blackmagic eGPU, which Apple is selling to MacBook Pro users who need the graphics processing power of a desktop, makes it look blazing fast. But fast is an action, not an aesthetic, and in the opinion of one reviewer, photographers thinking of spending $699 should save their money. Colin Smith, […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

New Gorilla Glass should turn 2018 iPhone display into a tank

Corning Gorilla Glass 6 focuses on durability. This cover glass for smartphones has been formulated to not just survive higher drops, but more frequent ones. Earlier versions of Gorilla Glass have been used on all previous iPhone models since Steve Jobs chose the company to provide screen covers in 2006. Apple prefers not to disclose […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Samsung’s expensive foldable phone is sounding more likely

Fresh details have come to light about the foldable smartphone Samsung supposedly plans to introduce next year. Such devices could shake up the entire smartphone industry. An inside source has leaked the size and a bit about the shape of this upcoming model. The price has also leaked, and it’s a whopper. Samsung is just […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Corning Designed Gorilla Glass 6 to Better Handle Real-World Drops

Corning today announced Gorilla Glass 6, an improved version of its toughened glass for mobile devices. Corning specifically engineered Gorilla Glass 6 to better handle drops. The company claims the glass can survive 15 drops onto rough surfaces made from a height of one meter. The glass can withstand drops from higher heights than Gorilla Glass 5. The glass of today's devices is most often damaged when dropped from about…

Latest iOS 12 Betas Reach Developers and Public Testers

Apple has made new betas of iOS 12 available to its developer community and public testers. iOS 12 developer beta 4 was released earlier this week and iOS 12 public beta 3 was released today. The updated betas are cleaner than their respective predecessors; Apple didn't spell out any specific changes. iOS 12 includes a number of new features, such as improved notifications, memoji for the iPhone X, performance refinements,…

Instagram Hoping to Deploy 2FA that Doesn't Rely on SMS

Instagram is working on a new way for users to securely log in to their accounts without relying on SMS for verification. Instagram's one-and-only two-factor authentication method requires users to provide their phone number, to which a verification code is sent via SMS. This method is at risk due to the rise in phone number theft, wherein hackers reassign a phone number to a different SIM card and then use…

MediaTek Debuts Helio A Series to Bolster Mid-Range Phones

MediaTek has announced the Helio A22, the first in the company's new Helio A series system-on-a-chip designs. The Helio A series slots in below the Helio P series and will bring premium features down to mid-market devices. MediaTek says the A22 is built using its 12nm FinFET process with multiple cores able to fine-tune processing and power needs. The A22 is compatible with both LPDDR3 and LPDDR4 memory, providing device…