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Deals: Neva Tech Qi Wireless Charging Pad

Wireless charging has finally come to iOS with the 8, 8 Plus, and X, so its time to pick up your new accessories and enjoy the convenience of powering up with no wires. Also, Apple just released the beta that will bump the wattage the iPhone will accept up to 7.5W, so it won’t take an eternity to accomplish a decent recharge.

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PSA: Family Members May Be Able to Train Their Way Into Your iPhone X via Face ID

You might want to consider changing your iPhone X passcode to something unique if you want to insure complete control over your new phone around your family. As evidenced by several reports of siblings, half-siblings and other close family members being able to “trick” Face ID, this is the best way to lessen the odds of it happening. Why do you ask? Because knowing the correct passcode to unlock the phone is the key to training Face ID. The X’s neural network that governs Face ID only acknowledges facial input for machine learning upon a failed unlock attempt after a subsequent successful passcode unlock. It also learns any changes to your face over time after successful unlocks. If you are letting someone else you are related to unlock your phone via passcode, there is a possibility that they will be able to train their way into unlocking your X via Face ID if you look enough alike.

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How Significant is the Reported Face ID Hack?

You’ve probably already heard by now that a Vietnamese “security firm” (a fancy name for a front for hackers) called Bkav has announced a successful hack of Face ID. Let the uproar begin. However, while everyone in the tech press loses their minds and attempts to pull in a boatload of easy clicks over this, let’s take a brief moment to step back and look at what has been reported in some context.

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Living with the iPhone X- Week 1 Grab Bag

It has now been more than a week since my iPhone X showed up. After some initial hiccups getting the backup from my iPhone 7 Plus restored, it has been pretty smooth sailing. It has been reliable and I haven’t seen any issues with the screen, Face ID, or even the problem related to sensitivity to temperature shifts. I’ve spent time taking about gestures, testing Face ID, and taking pictures up to this point. Today I want to touch on a few random thoughts and observations I’ve had on the X over the course of the week.

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Do We Really Want an iPad Pro with Face ID Right Now?

Photo Source: iDrop News

I guess this was inevitable. Right on heels of the release of the iPhone X, we now have rumors that Apple will roll out a new iPad with Face ID, no Home Button, and a bezel-less design. My first reaction upon seeing pictures of a mock-up of this potential device from noted leaker Benjamin Geskin (courtesy of iDrop News) was to drool a bit.

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Deals: Jamstik+ Portable Smart Guitar

I am a musician, but I’m most definitely not a guitarist. After I got comfortable reading music and playing various percussion instruments, I tried my hand at guitar. It didn’t take. I tried again in college. Still no dice. My fat fingers made playing an exercise in frustration. I was able to pass a college-level Piano Proficiency Exam, but I never could get anywhere with a guitar

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A Fix is On the Way For the iPhone X’s Temperature Tantrums

Like the “i” issue, the problem of iPhone X screen unresponsiveness during sudden exposure to cold temperatures is not one that I have personally experienced. However, there are plenty of people who have in areas where cooler temperatures have already set in. It’s real and seems to be affecting a significant number of phones.

While Apple likely tested the X at the extremes of its usable temperature range, it would be easy to miss this issue that occurs only at the onset of exposure to colder temps. This is one of those bugs that gets discovered when a phone goes from being tested by a few people in controlled conditions to millions out in the world. The “i”  bug should have never made it out the door, but as someone who builds and tests large systems for a living, I can understand how this one slipped by.

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Jony Ive Weighs in on Apple Park and the Future of the iPhone X

Photo Source: Wallpaper

Jony Ive graced the cover of this month’s Wallpaper, a well-known magazine that covers design, and gave a lengthy interview that touched on the new Apple Park campus, some of his thoughts on his time at Apple, and of course, the new iPhone X. His words lend an interesting perspective to his latest creation, and shed light on how he views both it and the future of Apple devices.

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Living with the iPhone X- Gestures and Letting Go of the Past

Today, I want to circle back around to gesture navigation and interface on the iPhone X. While I have already touched on this, it is so critical to living with the device that you can’t help but keep returning.

There are already PLENTY of great how-tos out there regarding the new gesture controls, so I won’t belabor that. If you are looking for a good reference, Joanna Stern’s guide on Twitter and the guide published by Macworld have you sufficiently covered. I am more interested in the day to day experience of adjusting to using them to navigate iOS, and the implications of this significant sift in how we interact with our iPhones, and how some people are really not along for this ride.

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Living with the iPhone X- Rear Facing Cameras

I love digital photography, but I am by no means an expert shooter. I have a pretty good Samsung mirrorless camera with a few lenses. I’ve done some reading and research. I’ve taken an online course, and I’ve spent some time practicing. I know enough to be able to pick a lens that will work for a situation and put the camera in manual, adjust the settings, and get a usable picture out of it. Still, sometimes it can be a lot of trouble for a little bit of result. Sometimes you come up completely empty.

This is EXACTLY the reason why mobile photography completely killed off point and shoot cameras and relegated higher-end equipment to enthusiasts like myself and professionals. The cameras that you get with the iPhone 8 and X, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 and the Google Pixel 2 are nothing short of amazing at this point and the majority of people don’t need anything else to get not just good, but consistently great pictures. They require far less work to set up and take a shot, and more importantly, they are ALWAYS with us.

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Living with the iPhone X- Face ID Tests and Battery Life

I’ve gotten some questions about how well Face ID works in different conditions, so I decided to go beyond the observations that I’ve had from normal use. I did have one failure in darkness while I was in bed this morning that I mentioned in a reply, but I didn’t have any other usage to compare it against.

Based on all this, I decided to test Face ID in some different challenging conditions and see how it fared. In my regular job, I spend a lot of time testing, troubleshooting, and performing service on controls, so this is right up my alley. I don’t claim that these test are scientific in any way, or that they are more than anecdotal evidence of my experience. However, they are controlled and repeated, and I used Facebook Live, so there can’t be any claims that I have doctored the results in any way. Let’s get to it.

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