Which recent iPhone is the least reliable Apple handset?

The iPhone 6’s controversial reliability ratings of the past are still coming back to haunt it. A recent study on the repairability and security of smartphones found that the iPhone 6 has been the worst iPhone of the last five years when it comes to failure rates. Blancco, a security and data erasure tech firm, […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

ZTE Allowed to Return to Business

The U.S. Commerce Department has lifted its ban on U.S. companies doing business with Chinese phone and telecom equipment maker ZTE. The company can now resume operations, after all but shutting down since April due to the ban. The company is highly dependent on U.S. companies, including Qualcomm and Google, for its smartphone chips and software. The deal to lift the ban was done at the instruction of President Trump,…

FCC Chair Outlines 5G Auction Plan

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai this week announced his plan for auctioning off five specific swaths of millimeter-wave spectrum for 5G services. While industry leaders have been calling for one auction process, Pai is proposing three auctions between November and the end of 2019. The auction for the 28 GHz band would start November 14th, with the 24GHz auction to follow "immediately afterward". A unified auction for the 37 GHz, 39…

National Geographic turns top 2018 travel photos into iPhone-friendly wallpapers

Some of the best photos from National Geographic’s travel photographers of the year are now available as free wallpapers for iPhone, iPad and Mac. The collection includes images from a wide range of photographers. They’ve been divided into categories for nature, cities and people so you’re bound to find a few that catch your fancy. […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

MacBook Pro’s third-gen ‘butterfly’ keyboard doesn’t fix its worst problem

People around the world are hoping the new MacBook Pro models introduced today have a keyboard that’s been carefully designed to not have the same sticky keyboard keys as their predecessors. But it didn’t happen. A company spokesperson says the problem of grit causing the keys to stick in previous macOS laptops was not addressed. […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Apple Watch 4 renders show off big new display

Those eager to get their wrists on the 2018 Apple Watch can tide themselves over with some fresh concept images. These clearly show the benefits of a much-anticipated larger screen by comparing the upcoming version with past ones. The 2018 Apple Watch is also expected to sport a bigger battery and other enhancements. Ming-Chi Kuo from TF […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Fallen trees make gorgeous wooden iMac stands

Mike Fisher makes a living getting old, fallen trees ready for a new life in the technology sector. The woodworker, with a shop in the “Forest City” of Rockford, Illinois, makes wooden iMac stands and shelves out fallen ash and walnut trees. Fisher’s company, Heartwood, has been making the elegant wood stands since 2015. Now […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Sony Brings 2:1 Display to its Midrange with Xperia XA2 Plus

Sony this week announced the Xperia XA2 Plus, a new mid-range phone with a tall 2:1 ratio display, hi-res audio, and 23-megapixel Sony Exmor RS for mobile camera with 4K video capture. The 6-inch display has Full HD+ resolution and is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. It also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, large 3,580 mAh battery, rear fingerprint reader, fast charging, and an 8-megapixel wide-angle front camera. It…

Sprint Hikes Prices with Revamped Unlimited Plans

Sprint today announced new "Unlimited Plus" and "Unlimited Basic" plans. Unlimited Plus replaces the old Unlimited Freedom plan and raises the price from $60 to $70 per month for the first line. Additional lines are discounted, down to $42 per line for a family of five. Like the old Unlimited Freedom, Unlimited Plus offers HD video streaming and Hulu, however Tidal music streaming is now included, and the mobile hotspot…