Apple Watch Diagnoses Another Case at Atrial Fibrillation

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The Apple Watch has, for a good while now, been known for effectively recognizing cases of Atrial Fibrillation. AppleInsider reported on a new case in Kentucky, when a Christmas present helped a woman there with the heart condition.

As highlighted in a report by WHAS 11 on Wednesday, Rosemary Stiles, who received Apple Watch as a gift from her boyfriend in 2018, wanted the device to keep in touch with her children while on the go. While not explained in detail, it appears Stiles was looking to use tbe unspecified Apple Watch model in situations that would otherwise preclude full access to an iPhone, like driving. According to Kentucky law, people are allowed to operate a cellphone while driving if at least one hand is on the wheel, but that mandate is due to change in February when drivers will be required to rely on hands-free modes of communication.

Using DuckDuckGo’s Little-Known Alternative, ‘DuckDuckGo Lite’

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As it turns out, there’s a second version of DuckDuckGo called ‘DuckDuckGo Lite.’ Not only does it deliver search results extremely fast, but it cut out all the extraneous JavaScript and ads. But you also won’t see images, so this is really meant for people on slow or metered connections. I think it’s nice to see such a stripped-down version.

Using DuckDuckGo’s Little-Known Alternative, ‘DuckDuckGo Lite’

Britain Wants Strict Privacy Rules for Kids

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Kids lining up against the wall with smartphones

Today Britain rolled out strict privacy protections for kids, like requiring tech platforms to turn on protections by default.

The new rules are the most comprehensive protections to arise from heightened global concern that popular online services exploit children’s information, suggest inappropriate content to them and fail to protect them from sexual predators. The British children’s protections far outstrip narrower rules in the United States, which apply only to online services aimed at children under 13.

Apple Sale: Moment Pro Camera is $3.99, Down from $5.99

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Moment Pro Camera is currently on sale for US$3.99 (regularly US$5.99). You can use the app even if you don’t have a Moment lens. Pro features for filmmakers: Color profiles, bitrates, dual-channel audio meters, real-time waveforms, and fast access to frame rates. Pro features for photographersShoot RAW, split focus/exposure, and manually control everything (exposure, ISO, shutter speed, white balance, and focus). Plus there are more features like distortion correction, slow shutter, motion blur, light trails, focus peaking, and more. 

Apple Sale: Moment Pro Camera is $3.99, Down from $5.99

With One-Click Presets and HDR Styles, this HDR Software Bundle Makes Image Transformation Easy: $39

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We have a deal called the Photomatix Pro Plus Bundle. It includes Photomatix Essentials, an easy-to-use program to create HDR photos and adjust them in the style you want, from realistic to creative, using one-click presets and streamlined settings. It also includes Photomatix Pro, 6 HDR Styles and a free plugin for Adobe Lightroom. The third element of this bundle is HDR Tone Mapping, a plugin for Photoshop. The whole kit and caboodle is $39 through our deal.

Motorola To Release Foldable Razr Smartphone on January 26

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Motorola is finally going to release its foldable phone. The $1,500 Razr is going to be available for pre-order from Monday, Bloomberg News reported.

Online pre-orders for the foldable smartphone begin Jan. 26 and sales in stores start Feb. 6, Motorola said. The device will available on Motorola’s website, and through Walmart Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. The handset was announced in November and the company originally targeted December for pre-orders. But the Lenovo Group Ltd. unit postponed that plan, saying that initial demand outstripped its supply predictions. Motorola did not blame technical issues for the delay.

Kids Are Swapping AirPods so They Can 'Talk' in Class

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Gone are the days of having to sneak notes across the classroom in order to send a message to a friend. Kids are now using AirPods and push-to-talk tech to chat during school, according to iMore.

It turns out enterprising kids are sharing AirPods and then using text-to-speech to allow them to “talk” without being caught. The obvious use case here is keeping up with your crew during class. Because nobody pays attention when their teacher is talking, right? That’s reserved for squares like me! The theory is actually one that is ingenious if you think about it. You swap an AirPod with your friend and then use text-to-speech to communicate with them.

Give Your AirPods Pro Nilfgaardian Armor With Native Union

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Native Union just released new cases for AirPods Pro, and one of them looks like Nilfgaardian armor from The Witcher series on Netflix. The US$19.99 Curve Case is textured silicon with a dust-repellent finish. Another one is a US$49.99 Italian leather case available in black, tan, navy, and green. These new cases officially go on sale today, January 22.

Featuring two designs carefully crafted from genuine leather and textured silicone, the new cases ensure hassle free access to AirPods Pro, charging port and controls. Both designs are compatible with wireless chargers and provide a seamless fit, adding unmistakable style to your everyday carry without compromising function.

Give Your AirPods Pro Nilfgaardian Armor With Native Union

Saudi Crown Prince Allegedly Sent Jeff Bezos' Malware-Laden WhatsApp Messages

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

A friendly exchange between Jeff Bezos and Mohammed Bin Salman in 2018 seems to have turned sinister. According to an exclusive report in The Guardian,  the Saudi Crown Prince allegedly sent the Amazon founder malware over WhatsApp.

The encrypted message from the number used by Mohammed bin Salman is believed to have included a malicious file that infiltrated the phone of the world’s richest man, according to the results of a digital forensic analysis. This analysis found it “highly probable” that the intrusion into the phone was triggered by an infected video file sent from the account of the Saudi heir to Bezos, the owner of the Washington Post. The two men had been having a seemingly friendly WhatsApp exchange when, on 1 May of that year, the unsolicited file was sent, according to sources who spoke to the Guardian on the condition of anonymity.

A $10 Million New York Lab Tries to Brute Force iOS Devices

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Inside a lab in New York worth US$10 million, specialists are trying to brute force their way into iPhones and iPads.

What’s going on in the isolation room is important, if silent, forensic work. All of the phones are hooked up to two powerful computers that generate random numbers in an attempt to guess the passcode that locked each device. At night, technicians can enlist other computers in the office, harnessing their unused processing power to create a local supercomputer network.

‘Altered Carbon’ Season 2 Arrives on Netflix February 27

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Good news for sci-fi fans: Altered Carbon season 2 arrives on Netflix February 27, 2020.

Season 2 of the sophisticated and compelling sci-fi drama finds Takeshi Kovacs (Anthony Mackie), the lone surviving soldier of a group of elite interstellar warriors, continuing his centuries-old quest to find his lost love Quellcrist Falconer (Renée Elise Goldsberry).

I enjoyed watching the show so I’m excited for season 2. It’s been so long since I’ve seen season 1 that I forgot For All Mankind’s Joel Kinnaman was in it.