No mini in 2022 iPhone Lineup, Says Ming-Chi Kuo

· Charlotte Henry · Link

iPhone 12 mini

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that there will be no iPhone 14 mini, in a new note seen by MacRumors. Despite its relatively poor performance, a smaller model is expected to be in the 2021 lineup.

“We predict that the new 2H22 iPhone will come in four models: the high-end 6.7″ and 6.1″, and the lower-end 6.7″ and 6.1″,” wrote Kuo. If there is no so-called iPhone 14 mini next year, the iPhone SE would regain the title of smallest iPhone with its 4.7-inch display. However, the current iPhone SE is actually slightly larger than the 5.4-inch mini model due to having thicker bezels and a Touch ID home button. The iPhone SE also has only a single-lens rear camera and is equipped with an LCD screen, whereas the iPhone 12 mini has a superior OLED display.

Big Library Read’s Latest Book Club Offering is ‘The Art of Taking it Easy’

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Overdrive’s book club called Big Library Read announced its latest entry for readers called “The Art of Taking It Easy” by psychologist and stand-up comedian Dr. Brian King. Through Libby, OverDrive’s one-tap reading app, The Art of Taking It Easy is available for free, simultaneous use access from over 20K libraries and schools worldwide through April 19. Being selected for Big Library Read provides great exposure for King, with hundreds of thousands checkouts per program and the unique opportunity for readers to interact with the author and others in the online discussion.

Big Library Read’s Latest Book Club Offering is ‘The Art of Taking it Easy’

Security Firm Behind iPhone Unlocking Finally Discovered

· Andrew Orr · Link

iPhone 12 Pro Max next to Apple Magic Keyboard

The security firm that unlocked the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter has been unveiled, and it’s an Australian company called Azimuth.

Azimuth is a poster child for “white hat” hacking, experts say, which is good-guy cybersecurity research that aims to disclose flaws and disavows authoritarian governments. Two Azimuth hackers teamed up to break into the San Bernardino iPhone, according to the people familiar with the matter, who like others quoted in this article, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.

An interesting story, especially with the connection to Corellium.

Spotify Launches First Hardware Product - Car Thing - in U.S.

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Spotify logo

Spotify launched in-car entertainment system Car Thing in the U.S. on Tuesday, TechCrunch reported. It’s the company’s first ever hardware product.

The company explained its interest in Car Thing is about solving a need for customers who want a “more seamless” and personalized in-car listening experience. Although many cars today support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, Spotify points out that the average age of a car in the U.S. is actually 11 years old and the average lifetime of cars is 18 years. That means there are still a large number of cars on the road that don’t support modern, in-car infotainment systems. Car Thing is being introduced to serve this market — and likely, to give Spotify the opportunity to explore future business models where it has a more direct relationship with customers inside the vehicle, though the company isn’t speaking to its longer-term ambitions at this time.

Discord Servers Can be Marked NSFW and Blocked on iOS

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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Discord servers can now be marked NSFW and blocked on iOS. The label is required and the messaging platform will mark relevant servers if users do not The Verge reported.

The NSFW marker does two things. First, it prevents anyone under the age of 18 from joining. But the bigger limitation is that it prevents NSFW servers from being accessed on iOS devices — a significant restriction that’s almost certainly meant to cater to Apple’s strict and often prudish rules around nudity in services distributed through the App Store. Tumblr infamously wiped porn from its entire platform in order to come into compliance with Apple’s rules.

Recharge Your Phone Wirelessly or Keep Your Coffee at the Optimal Drinking Temperature: $49.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

OMNIA Q Hot Wireless Charging Cup Heater

We have a deal on a fun device, the OMNIA Q Hot Wireless Charging Cup Heater. It’s a Qi wireless charging pad for your iPhone or other Qi-enabled device, but it comes with a Sticky Cup Pad. When you put that on the bottom of your ceramic, steel, or glass mug, and place it on top of the pad, it will heat your drink up to 131°F. It’s $49.99 through our deal.

Walking 'The Line' — Media+

· Charlotte Henry · Media+

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Apple TV+ has released an original audio podcast – ‘The Line’ – telling the story of U.S. Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher. Jeff Gamet joins host Charlotte Henry to discuss what he likes about the show and why Spotify executives should be worried.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Online Anonymity Version 9

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Online Anonymity is an open source, non-profit guide on how to be anonymous online. It covers multiple platforms like Windows, Linux, macOS, Whonix, TAILS, Qubes, and more. Its creator announced an update to the guide, version 9. This version adds bug fixes, more topics, and its own Tor Mirror. You can find the online guide here, and the PDF guide here. The creator’s post on Reddit includes many variations on these guides.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Online Anonymity Version 9

‘Opposing Fronts’ DLC Comes to ‘Company of Heroes’ on iOS

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Feral Interactive have announced that Opposing Fronts is now available as an expansion pack for the award-winning Company of Heroes on iOS. Available as an in-app purchase, Opposing Fronts offers two gripping new campaigns, both with fresh perspectives on pivotal moments of World War II. Players can command the British 2nd Army in their armoured assault on the city of Caen, or choose to mobilise the German Panzer Elite in their attempts to halt the Allied crossing of the Rhine. This substantial expansion also adds both the British and Panzer Elite forces as playable armies in Skirmish Mode, bringing new units, tactics and special abilities to master and employ. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts is now available for US$3.99 as an in-game purchase.

‘Opposing Fronts’ DLC Comes to ‘Company of Heroes’ on iOS