XIAOMI MI 9 REVIEW: CHEAP SPEED

XIAOMI MI 9 REVIEW: CHEAP SPEED

Xiaomi’s flagship Mi series of smartphones is usually relatively unremarkable. Unlike the notch-busting Mi Mix line, the Mi phones don’t tend to have particularly interesting designs, and Xiaomi doesn’t push the prices as far down as it can with the Redmi range. The Mi phones are always just pretty good, pretty affordable phones. The Mi 9 is a little different. It doesn’t depart from the basic Mi formula of offering high-end specs in a mainstream design at a reasonable price. But more so than any other Mi series phone in the past, the ~$500 Mi 9 narrows the gap with its high-end flagship competitors even further. If you live in a country where the Mi 9 is available, there’s very little reason not to give it serious consideration. 8VERGE SCORE XIAOMI MI 9 GOOD STUFF Excellent performance Fast wireless charging Incomparable value BAD STUFF No waterproofing MIUI isn’t for everyone…

That mental health app might share your data without telling you

That mental health app might share your data without telling you

Free apps marketed to people with depression or who want to quit smoking are hemorrhaging user data to third parties like Facebook and Google — but often don’t admit it in their privacy policies, a new study reports. This study is the latest to highlight the potential risks of entrusting sensitive health information to our phones. Though most of the easily-found depression or smoking cessation apps in the Android and iOS stores share data, only a fraction of them actually disclose this. The findings add to a string of worrying revelations about what apps are doing with the health information we entrust to them. For instance, a Wall Street Journal investigation recently revealed the period tracking app Flo shared users’ period dates and pregnancy plans with Facebook. And previous studies have reported health apps with security flaws or that shared data with advertisers and analytics companies. In this new study, published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open, researchers searched for…

Paypal and GoFundMe banned a militia group that detained migrants at the US border

Paypal and GoFundMe banned a militia group that detained migrants at the US border

Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that a right-wing militia group, the United Constitutional Patriots, operating in New Mexico was detaining migrants at gunpoint before turning them over to US officials. Now, Paypal and GoFundMe have banned the group from their services, according to Buzzfeed News. The number of paramilitary groups has grown in the US over the last couple of years, and in that time, their members have been making trips to the US southern border, saying that they’re there to support US Border Patrol agents. Following the recent reports, New Mexico State Attorney General released a statement on Thursday, saying that “these individuals should not attempt to exercise authority reserved for law enforcement,” while the Border Patrol issued a statement, saying that it does not “endorse or condone private groups or organizations taking enforcement matters into their own hands.” On Saturday, the officials confirmed that the FBI had arrested a member of the group, Larry Mitchell Hopkins.…

Facebook is working on a rival to Amazon’s Alexa

Facebook is working on a rival to Amazon’s Alexa

Facebook is working on a voice assistant that could be used in its Portal video chat device. "We are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement on Wednesday. The social network would face stiff competition from tech giants that already have voice assistants, like Amazon, Google and Apple. CNBC, citing several people familiar with the matter, said Facebook has been working on the new voice assistant since early 2018 but it's "unclear how exactly Facebook envisions people using the assistant." Facebook's Portal currently taps into Amazon's Alexa. Facebook employees in Redmond, Washington, led by Ira Snyder, director of AR/VR and Facebook Assistant, are reportedly leading the effort to build a new AI assistant. This isn't the first time Facebook has tried to build a virtual assistant. Last year, the…

Apple, Qualcomm will bring you a 5G iPhone, just not this year

Apple, Qualcomm will bring you a 5G iPhone, just not this year

Apple and Qualcomm have resolved their legal battle, likely so iPhones get 5G chips sooner. But that doesn't mean we'll see a 5G iPhone this year. On Tuesday, the two sides announced a surprise ending to their patent licensing battle, resolving a two-year dispute over Qualcomm's licensing fees. Apple had accused Qualcomm of anticompetitive practices that pushed chip prices higher, restricted competition and weighed on customer choice. Qualcomm had countered by saying the iPhone wouldn't be possible without its technology, so it should get paid for its innovation. The agreement settles all litigation between the companies worldwide. Apple also signed a multiyear chipset supply agreement with Qualcomm, gaining access once again to the company's high-end modems. That includes Qualcomm's 5G chips. After years of work on 5G networks, hyped as the life-changing foundation for augmented reality, telemedicine and other tech trends, the super-fast wireless technology is being rolled out. Carriers are turning on their…

Apple and Qualcomm legal settlement might pave way for first 5G iPhone

Apple and Qualcomm legal settlement might pave way for first 5G iPhone

Apple and Qualcomm have settled their longstanding royalty and patent disputes, helping potentially pave the way for the first 5G-capable iPhone as soon as this year, though 2020 still seems more likely. In a vague press release, Apple and Qualcomm announced that they agreed to drop all litigation aimed at each other, including with Apple’s contract manufacturers. Apple also will make an undisclosed payment to Qualcomm, and the companies reached a six-year license agreement, effective as of April 1, 2019, including a two-year option to extend, and a multiyear chipset supply agreement. The settlement came as the two companies were facing off again in a San Diego courtroom. Vegan options grow: Vegan and meat-free fast-food options are growing. Here's where to find them. Galaxy Fold: We go hands-on with Samsung's nearly $2,000 foldable phone 5G rollout: AT&T expands mobile 5G into seven new cities, total rises to 19 “While a stock 5G Qualcomm modem might…

Xbox One gets cheaper with new disc-less $249 One S All-Digital Edition

Xbox One gets cheaper with new disc-less $249 One S All-Digital Edition

Xbox One S All-Digital Edition (Photo: Microsoft) The Xbox One S is getting a cheaper sibling. On Tuesday Microsoft announced that it will be launching a new version of its Xbox One S system on May 7 that ditches the Blu-ray disc drive in favor of a cheaper $249.99 price. Beyond the removal of the drive, the new One S All-Digital Edition is nearly identical in both size and performance to earlier Xbox One S consoles. It comes with a 1 TB hard drive for storing games and can still stream videos in 4K HDR. The white design is the same as the one on the current One S, with the only real difference externally being that the slot for discs now is solid plastic. Changing the box to a smaller form factor would've led to Microsoft having to spend more on development, making it more difficult to reach this lower price…

a team of Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot dogs pull a truck down the street

a team of Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot dogs pull a truck down the street

A team of dog-like robots pull a massive truck down the street. No — this is not a new episode of "Black Mirror." This is a video featuring the latest robot from Boston Dynamics, an American engineering and robotics design company. The four-legged robot, named SpotMini, weighs about 66 pounds, can carry a payload of up to roughly 31 pounds and can run for as long as 90 minutes, depending on what it is doing. In this case, ten SpotMini robots are show pulling a large delivery truck. Previous videos have shown the SpotMini opening doors, running an obstacle courseand dancing. Additionally, the robot has perception sensors that "help with navigation and mobile manipulation," according to the product description on the company's website. Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot. (Photo: Boston Dynamics) Boston Dynamics also noted that SpotMini "inherits the mobility of its bigger brother Spot," a robot the company previously released. SpotMini is also nimble and is…

30% of the Top 10 Million WebSites on the Web Are Powered by WordPress

30% of the Top 10 Million WebSites on the Web Are Powered by WordPress

WordPress is now being used by 30% of the top 10 million sites on the web. This information comes from recent data collected by W3Techs, with the top 10 million sites being ranked based on inbound traffic. Of all known content management systems, WordPress holds a 60.2% market share. It is being used by more sites than Drupal, Magento, Shopify, and Joomla. However, according to W3Techs, WordPress is only in third place in terms of how much traffic is received by sites running it. Sites powered by Drupal receive the most traffic, followed by Magento, which is closely followed by WordPress. Please keep in mind this is just data. It does not necessarily mean that correlation equals causation. At the beginning of the month, WordPress co-creator Matt Mullenweg subtly hinted that the content management system was approaching this 30% milestone. It should go without saying that the entire web is much…

WordPress 5.2 will require a minimum PHP version of 5.6+

WordPress 5.2 will require a minimum PHP version of 5.6+

WordPress official recently announced that WordPress 5.2 will be released by the end of April and will require the latest version of PHP to be 5.6.20. That is to say, if your PHP version is lower than this, you will not be able to install or upgrade to 5.2 or above! Starting with WordPress 5.1, users running PHP versions below 5.6 have a notification in their dashboard that contains information to help them update PHP. Since then, WordPress statistics have shown an increase in the number of users on the latest version of PHP. Why Update PHP If your site runs on an unsupported version of PHP, the WordPress Update will not provide WordPress 5.2 to your site. If you try to update WordPress manually, the update will fail. To continue using the latest features of WordPress, you must update to a newer version of PHP. When updating to a…

Human “See” The Black Hole For The First Time

Human “See” The Black Hole For The First Time

This is the first photograph of a black hole in human history. At 9 p.m. Beijing time on April 10, astronomers from all over the world, including China, announced the first real black hole at the same time. This visual evidence, captured by more than 200 researchers over 10 years from eight observation points on four continents, is expected to confirm that Einstein's general relativity still holds under extreme conditions. (Image provided by Event Vision Telescope Project Group) Mysterious celestial black holes are finally "seen" by humans. Hundreds of scientists participated in the cooperative event horizon telescope project, which held a press conference in many places around the world on the 10th, to release their first black hole photographs. The protagonist is a supermassive black hole at the center of Virgo's supergiant elliptical galaxy M87, 6.5 billion times the mass of the sun and about 55 million light-years from Earth.…

What’s New in WordPress 5.2

What’s New in WordPress 5.2

WordPress 5.2 is expected to be released by the end of April 2019. We have been following the development and tested the first beta to try out new features that are on the way. This release will bring improvements to the block editor, site health check, several bug fixes and minor enhancements. In this article, we will show you what’s coming in WordPress 5.2 with features and screenshots. Note: You can try out the beta version on your computer or on a staging environment by using the WordPress Beta Tester plugin. WordPress 5.2 is still under development, which means some features may not make it to the final release. That being said, let’s take a look at some of the upcoming features in WordPress 5.2. Improved Fatal Error Protection in WordPress The most common WordPress errors are usually fatal errors that stop users from accessing the admin dashboard. Users are then required to undo changes using an FTP…

Search engine Baidu is dead: becoming a tool for the Baijiahao diversion

Search engine Baidu is dead: becoming a tool for the Baijiahao diversion

Author: Kecheng Fang Friends who have used Baidu in the past six months may notice a phenomenon: basically, more than half of the search results you see on the first page will point to Baidu's own products, especially the “Hundreds of Numbers”. Baijiahao is Baidu's self-media platform. When it was first launched, it once featured high-quality authors and high-quality content. Later, after several adjustments, it has become a content platform with marketing number as the main content - the content is all-inclusive, the quantity is large, the quality Worried. Give an example. Yesterday, a friend sent me an article on the WeChat on the WeChat and asked if it was true or not. The article claimed that the CIA admitted that bin Laden had nothing to do with the September 11th incident and apologized to his family. My search found that such a shocking news turned out to be from…

Amazon plans to launch 3,236 satellites to provide broadband for Internet-free regions

Amazon plans to launch 3,236 satellites to provide broadband for Internet-free regions

Amazon, the US technology company, has proposed its own space Internet program, preparing to launch more than 3,000 satellites to provide high-speed broadband services to the world without Internet or other places where it is needed. Amazon spokesperson Jinli Pisol confirmed on the 5th that Amazon's "Kebe project" is part of the company's satellite Internet program, which plans to launch a low-altitude Internet by launching a low-Earth satellite. People provide services." Earlier, US media reported that a company in Washington called the Kuiper system submitted an application to the International Telecommunications Union through the US Federal Communications Commission, planning to send 3,236 satellites into low-Earth orbit. The International Telecommunication Union is the United Nations agency that coordinates communications satellites and other matters. According to reports, these satellites will cover an area between 56 degrees north latitude and 56 degrees south latitude, with more than 90% of the world's population living…