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LG V30 will have the world’s first f/1.6 smartphone camera

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LG will debut its upcoming flagship phone — the LG V30 — on August 31 at IFA 2017 in Berlin. But before we reach to the official V30 announcement LG has revealed some groundbreaking features about the handset.

The LG V30 will feature an f/1.6 aperture camera, which is the first-ever on a smartphone, confirmed the company. As a result, the V30 will deliver 25-percent more light to the sensor as compared to the conventional f/1.8 lens. Plus, the inner construction of the camera will include a glass lens (Crystal Clear Lens) instead of plastic one for better color reproduction. However, it is yet unclear whether both cameras in the dual-camera setup will render these improvements.

LG says the camera in the V30 is superior to the camera of its predecessor, making it the well suited for photography and videography.

“LG boasts an unrivaled heritage in smartphone photography and our decision to adopt glass in the V30 camera is specifically because this has traditionally been the realm of DSLRs,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “For the users for whom the V series was designed, this kind of innovation is significant.”

In addition, LG has made improvement to its wide-angle camera with a reduction in edge distortion, which the company claims to be ideal for group wefies (wefies?!). More features under the camera spectrum include laser detection autofocus, optical image stabilization (OIS), and electronic image stabilization (EIS). With all these features on board, the LG V30 still manages to maintain a 30-percent smaller construction than the LG V20.

LG V30 will officially launch later this month at IFA in Berlin. Stay tuned!

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Watch Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod in an infinite loop

Siri failed twice, Alexa three times, and Google Home once.

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A new video featuring Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod puts these three smart speakers in an infinite loop, making their conversation never-ending (theoretically).

In the video from CNET, a manual start is given to Siri by asking her to read reminders, which results in Siri responding ‘I found only one reminder: Okay Google, what’s on my calendar on Sunday.’ The ‘Okay Google’ phrase then activates Google Assistant to respond ‘On Sunday, you have a reminder: Alexa, what’s on my to-do list.’ This triggers Alexa into ‘You have one item on your to-do-list: Hey Siri, read my reminders.’

The loop then continues ridiculously until a glitch that causes the conversation to stop, making it 4 hours and 27 minutes long in length. The video was live-streamed on YouTube. As a result, Siri failed two times, Alexa three, and Google Home one.

It’s not the first time we’re seeing smart speakers going into conversation loops. Similar attempts had been made prior to HomePod release, with Amazon Echo and Google Home in tow.

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Apple Music Student Membership comes to 82 new markets

Apple Music has added Student Membership support for 79 new locations — with three more markets being added later this month — including Israel, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, and Taiwan.

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Apple Music has added Student Membership support for 79 new locations, including Israel, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, and Taiwan. With three more markets being added on February 26, the new additions will reach 82 in total.

Student Membership in Apple Music offers access to the music streaming service at a discounted price (depending on geography), provided you’re a UNiDAYS verified student. The pricing for verified students remains for a period of 48 months.

Apple Music reportedly has around 36 million paying users as of now, with a growth rate of around 5 percent per month. If the service continues to grow at this pace, then it will soon overtake Spotify’s user base, becoming the largest paid music streaming service in the United States. Student Membership should be able to aid Apple Music’s growth.

/ Rene Ritchie (Twitter)

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Apple confirms iBoot source code leak, says its security doesn’t depend on secrecy

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Apple has confirmed the authenticity of the recent iBoot source code leak. The source code is for iOS 9’s iBoot system, which is responsible for trusted boot operation of iPhone’s operating system.

Apple assured that users need not worry about this, as the source code is concerned with iOS 9, a three-year-old operating system that’s been replaced by iOS 11 and is running on a small number of iOS devices. According to App Store stats from Apple Developer portal, a majority of iOS devices are running on iOS 11 (65%), followed by iOS 10 (28%) and earlier versions (7%) which also include iOS 9.

In a statement issued to MacRumors, Apple writes:

“Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked, but by design the security of our products doesn’t depend on the secrecy of our source code. There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections.”

Apple also sent a DMCA takedown notice to GitHub to get the code removed successfully. Additionally, Apple notes that the security of iOS devices doesn’t depend on the secrecy of code; instead, it has many layers of hardware and software protections in place.

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