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iPhone XS and XS Max: hands-on with Apple’s giant new phone

Apple just announced the iPhone XS and XS Max. They’re iterations on last year’s iPhone X, but the XS Max at least stands out in one very notable way: it’s so much larger. The Max has a 6.5-inch screen, making it a bigger phone than even the latest model in Samsung’s famously large Galaxy Note line. The event just wrapped up, and Apple has let us out into a demo area with phones to check out. Our initial impression: they feel like iPhone Xs (or however you pluralize iPhone X). Build quality is of course up to Apple’s standards. Neither...


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Facebook faces discrimination lawsuits amid reports it allowed Uber to run job ads targeted exclusively at men

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a tech and media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. Facebook faces discrimination lawsuits for allegedly allowing employers to target job ads at a single gender. Civil rights organisation the ACLU filed a complaint against Facebook claiming that 10 employers had targeted job ads only to men. Simultaneously, a ProPublica investigation found Uber had targeted job ads for drivers predominantly at men. Facebook said it is reviewing the complaint. Facebook is in hot water amid accusations that it allowed employers to target men with job ads. The ACLU, the US civil rights organisation, filed a complaint...
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iPad Pro with Face ID rumors bolstered by iOS 12.1 beta

Apple’s recently released iOS 12.1 beta contains code that suggests a new iPad is coming this fall. The string “iPad2018fall” was discovered by Guilherme Rambo, reporting for 9to5Mac. This, along with the numerous other leaks, suggests that we should expect a new iPad to be announced before the end of the year, possibly a new iPad Pro with Face ID and an edge-to-edge notched display. Although we’ve already seen a new model of the standard iPad released in 2018 (which mostly delivered iterative improvements outside of Apple Pencil support), rumors suggest this upcoming iPad Pro will be a much bigger...
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Xiaomi admits to putting ads in the settings menu of its phones

Xiaomi, the world’s fourth biggest smartphone vendor, has attracted some unwanted attention for its use of advertising throughout its Android software experience, called MIUI. A Reddit user recently posted about their disappointment with the increasing frequency of ads showing up in Xiaomi’s MIUI apps, including the music app and even the settings menu. When The Verge reached out to Xiaomi for confirmation on this matter, the company responded with the following statement, while also clarifying that it only applies to its devices running MIUI and not its Android One phones: “Advertising has been and will continue to be an integral...

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How white supremacists are thriving on YouTube

What role do major institutions play in the promotion of extremism? Two days into this week, we’ve already gotten two important looks at the issue. On Monday I told you about a report from danah boyd about the media’s role in amplifying “digital martyrs” like Alex Jones. (I pasted the wrong link into the newsletter yesterday — come on, Newton! — and so if you haven’t read it yet, there you go.) Today comes a report from Rebecca Lewis looking at another kind of amplification: the closely linked network of conservative YouTube personalities who collaborate in videos and advance an...
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Apple Watch Series 4 review: the best gets better

The greatest Apple product comeback story of the past few years has, without a doubt, been the Apple Watch. Launched with great fanfare four years ago, the initial version tried to do way too much with way too little, and it had confusing software to boot. Worst of all, it was unclear what the original Apple Watch was even for. No single thing stood out. Then Apple did what Apple often does: iterated, refined, and fixed. But as much as there were software and hardware improvements to the Series 2 and Series 3, the most important refinements were to the...
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Here’s an expensive titanium case for your expensive iPhone XS

Ultra-premium case manufacturer Gray has turned its attention to the recently announced iPhone XS with a new lineup of titanium phone cases that cost significantly more than the handset itself. The cases range from the grey Alter Ego Titanium which you can get for $1,460, and stretch right through to the pearlescent Alter Ego Aurora which retails for $2,768 — almost double the price of the most expensive 512GB iPhone XS Max. Although Gray advertises that the case “turns your phone into an object of mystery and power,” in more practical terms the case has an X-shaped design that straps...