watchOS 5 concept brings extra info to Apple Watch

WWDC 2018 is six months away but it’s not too early to start dreaming of new watchOS software. Concept designer Matt Birchler has created a detailed look at some incredible features he thinks Apple should add to the Apple Watch. Some of the ideas like always-on watch faces seem like no-brainers for future updates, but […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

22 Attorneys General Sue to Block FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today, along with the attorneys general of 20 other states and the District of Columbia, filed a petition to block the FCC's attempt to repeal net neutrality. The FCC voted in December to scrap Obama-era rules that prohibit internet service providers from prioritizing some web sites and services over others. The FCC calls these measures draconian and believes abolishing them is the best course…

Cricket Wireless Scores the $30 Alcatel Verso

Cricket Wireless recently added the Alcatel Verso, a minor upgrade to the Alcatel Ideal Xcite, to its lineup of entry-level Android handsets. This $30 smartphone offers low-end specs to keep the price down. It starts with a 5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480) display with scratch-resistant Dragontrail Glass. The phone is powered by a 1.1 GHz quad-core processor with 16 GB of storage and support for memory cards up to 128…

Smuggling cocaine in an iPhone box leads to death sentence

If you’re gonna smuggle cocaine, don’t use iPhone boxes. The United Arab Emirates have sentenced a man to death after he was recently caught in Abu Dhabi the country with iPhone boxes stuffed to the brim with blow. Video of the iPhone boxes of cocaine leaked online a few weeks ago. You can see in […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Silicon Valley FBI boss says the bureau loves Apple

Apple’s relationship with the FBI isn’t nearly as contentious as some government officials and critics would have you believe. That’s according to the FBI’s San Francisco chief, John Bennett, who says his office and Apple actually enjoy a great relationship. In fact, Apple actually trains FBI agents on how to do their jobs better. The […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Review: Xiaomi Mi Sphere 360 Camera

Cameras that capture 360-degree photos and videos are fun and creative smartphone companions. Xiaomi's Mi Sphere 360 Camera is an affordable entry in the space that lets you capture your 360-degree experiences, edit them, and easily share them with others. It offers high-resolution, 360-degree images and video, as well as a bevy shooting modes that pave the way to near limitless results. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review. Source: phonescoop

Sprint's Direct Connect Plus PTT Service Is Now Live

Sprint recently launched its Direct Connect Plus push-to-talk service. Direct Connect Plus powers walkie-talkie style conversations with instant connections between users. The service relies on Kodiak's LTE network-based technology, rather than Sprint's discontinued iDEN network. It supports one-to-one and group conversations. Features include presence status, support for tablets, and corporate control over contacts and groups. Sprint's Direct Connect Plus service is available to most Android and iOS smartphones and tablets…

50 Senators Now Support Plan to Protect Net Neutrality

The number of Senators who've put their support behind protecting net neutrality has reached 50. Last week, Sen. Ed Markey (D) mustered support from 39 co-sponsors to force a vote in the issue. Today, that number has grown to 50 Senators, says the Free Press, including the entire Democratic caucus, several Independents, and Republican Senator Susan Collins (Maine). The idea is to put the fate of net neutrality into Congress'…