iPhone X announced with edge-to-edge screen, Face ID, and no home button

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The long-awaited and extensively leaked special edition iPhone is finally upon us, and it’s called the iPhone X (pronounced “iPhone 10”). This new super flagship phone from Apple features an edge-to-edge screen with a notch at the top to accommodate the front-facing camera and new Face ID sensors. It’s also, along with the new iPhone models, one of the first iPhones to support wireless charging.

Apple CEO Tim Cook teased the introduction of the new device with the following words:

“Over the past decade, we’ve pushed forward with innovation after innovation, bringing us to this moment, when we can create devices that are far more intelligent, far more capable, and far more creative than ever before.”

The iPhone X has glass on both the front and the back, and it has “surgical-grade” stainless steel around the sides. It is water-resistant and comes in two colors: space gray and silver. It also has the highest pixel density (458ppi) display ever in an iPhone, with Apple calling it a Super Retina display. It measures 5.8 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 2436 x 1125. It’s the first OLED display in an iPhone, which Phil Schiller explains bluntly: it’s “the first OLED display great enough to be in an iPhone.” Like the iPhone 8, the iPhone X also has True Tone display technology.

Apple has omitted the home button for the first time, replacing it with an upward swipe from the bottom of the phone. Along with the home button, which used to house the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, Apple is also moving away from fingerprint authentication. The method that replaces it is called Face ID and does what the name suggests: it unlocks the phone just by having you look at it. It’s based on the tech in the notch at the top of the phone: it combines an IR system with the front camera and a so-called flood illuminator that beams a light at your face so it can be recognized even in the dark. Apple even went the extra step of building a dedicated neural engine — based on a dual-core custom chip design — to process face recognition in real time.

Face ID, according to Apple, is orders of magnitude more secure than Touch ID. The company claims a 1 in 1,000,000 chance of another person being able to look at your phone and unlock it through Face ID (with that chance increasing for people that share genetic lineage with the user, so, as usual, be wary of your twin). The new face authentication will also work with Apple Pay and all third-party apps that already supported Touch ID.

Photos and video playback on this new iPhone will both wrap around the notch at the top of the device, which is liable to grow irritating over time. Multitasking will also be something people will need time to adapt to: opening the iOS Control Center, for instance, requires a swipe down from the screen’s top right corner. All the swipe-based interactions have been tried by other phone companies before, with varying degrees of success.

The iPhone X has dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, and it’s equipped with optical image stabilization on both lenses. The sensors are both larger and faster than previous generations, says Apple, and the main camera has an f/1.8 aperture while the telephoto lens has an f/2.4 aperture. In between the two cameras is a quad-LED True Tone flash that is claimed to provide scene illumination that is twice as uniform as previously. The new phone also offers 4K video recording and stereo speakers for better audio playback.

The new A11 Bionic processor that was introduced with the iPhone 8 earlier in the event is, of course, present inside the iPhone X. It has two performance cores, four high-efficiency cores, and the first Apple-designed GPU. So it’s a hexa-core SoC that’s almost entirely designed in-house by Apple, plus the Cupertino company has done a ton to optimize its internal processing and imaging hardware for augmented reality application through its highly promising ARKit framework.

The iPhone X supports Qi wireless charging, the same standard supported by the new iPhone 8 models as well as the latest flagship devices from Samsung and LG. With such universal agreement among the biggest smartphone vendors, there’s finally a chance for unified wireless charging standard to take root and penetrate into more public spaces and locations. In support of that push, Apple today also announced a wireless charging pad to unify the wireless charging of all its mobile devices, and it calls this overall system AirPower. The AirPower charging pad will be available next year.

Also on the wireless front, the iPhone X supports LTE Advanced and the Bluetooth 5.0 standard, just as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and OnePlus 5 have earlier this year. There are still no real gadgets or accessories that you can use with a Bluetooth 5 phone, but the more phones there are that support it, the more impetus there will be for compatible peripherals.

The iPhone X is priced at $999 with 64GB of storage or $1,149 with 256GB. Preorders open on October 27th, and shipping begins November 3rd. For more on the new iPhone X, read up on our first hands-on photos and impressions directly from the Apple event.

iPhone X face scanners create 3D emojis based on your expressions

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When you smile, frown, or sneer at the iPhone X, the phone’s facial sensors can create expressive 3D emojis that mimic your very own face.

These dynamic 3D emojis are called “animojis,” and they’re part of Apple’s foray into facial recognition and sensing technology. The new iPhone X is also capable of recognizing a user’s face using an infrared camera, which allows access to the phone and it’s popular digital services, like Apple Pay.

 

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These animated emojis come in familiar faces, like the fox, alien, and (not least) big stinking pile of poo. Like old school emojis, these new animojis will be available in the same default messaging app. Animoji’s will only be available on the iPhone X, simply because earlier phones (including the brand new iPhone 8) aren’t built with Apple’s new face-sensing 3D hardware.

The iPhone X’s new facial recognition hardware tracks over 50 muscle movements in your brow, cheek, lips, jaw, and mouth. When added together, the movement of these different facial features — such as the formation of dimples — gives the phone the facial data it needs to create a similarly expressive animoji.

 

What’s more, animojis can talk. The phone’s hardware doesn’t just recognize facial expressions, it matches your voice to animated animojis, so that a fox or unicorn can say your recorded message to whomever you’re messaging.

As shown during Apple’s iPhone event, a bewildered animated panda in the messenger app asked, «Where are you?». To prove the Animoji feature’s worthiness at the September 12 Apple iPhone event, an Apple presenter used a fox animoji to ask Apple CEO Tim Cook a question, to which Cook responded with a laughing alien.

These face-mimicking emojis, while an attractive feature, shouldn’t be too great a surprise. Apple has been acquiring facial recognition technology for years, including the companies PrimeSense and Faceshift. And in 2016 Apple bought the hugely relevant company Emotient, which uses sophisticated algorithms to scan subtle changes in faces and determine the associated emotions.

Unlike the security and privacy concerns associated with iPhone X’s facial recognition system  —  which unlock a user’s phone — animoji’s are just a cool, dynamic feature. Although, it might be a little unsettling to see a digital cartoon of a monkey mimicking how you feel.

Kylie Jenner Reveals Her First Kiss Prompted Her to Get Her Lips Done: «It Just Really Affected Me»

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Kylie Jenner’s cosmetics empire all started from one mean comment. In Sunday night’s Life of Kylie, the 20-year-old reality star opened up during a therapy session about her first kiss, which led to some insecurities about her appearance.

After locking lips for the first time at 15, Kylie noted that the guy rudely commented on her small pout.

“When a guy you like says that, I don’t know, it just really affected me,” she admitted to her therapist. “I just didn’t feel desirable or pretty. I really wanted bigger lips. I ended up getting my lips done.”

The noticeably larger lips eventually led to Kylie’s top selling lip kits, but she noted that even years later, her mystery man’s words “stick with you.”

During the episode, Kylie also got into a fight with momager, Kris Jenner, who noted she was worried about the way Kylie was running her cosmetics line.

“It’s hard to balance being a teenager and also running my business,” she said.

But the mother-daughter duo later shared a touching moment when they visited Peru and met children with cleft palates, whom Kylie paid to have corrective surgery.

“That was an amazing experience,” Kylie told the cameras. “And it was crazy because I knew, but just to see it happening.”

This article was originally published by: ET

Pink Delivers A Gorgeous Cover Of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”

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Pink is widely recognized as one of pop’s premiere live performers, but her voice is still underrated. While that probably has more to do with the glossy pop/rock she’s been making in recent years (it’s hard to hit a vocal run in the middle of “Just Like Fire”), she still deserves a lot more credit. Take her brilliant cover of Sam Smith’s“Stay With Me” for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. This sounds rather iffy in theory, but the 38-year-old rises to the occasion — delivering a soaring, gospel-tinged interpretation.

I know she’s a rocker at heart, but there’s an album of torch songs locked away inside her somewhere. In addition to belting out Sam’s signature ballad, Pink also performed “What About Us.” The track has only managed to peak at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 thus far, but it has done considerably better around the world (number 1 in Australia, top 3 in the UK). The timely anthem is still climbing at pop radio, so a concentrated promo run could at least lift it into the top 20. Watch the hitmaker in action above and below.

This article was originally published by: Idolator 

Zayn Malik Talks Touring, New Album & Taylor Swift With «Fader»

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Fresh off releasing “Dusk Till Down,” his best single since “Pillowtalk,”Zayn Malik is gearing up to release his second solo album. Although he has remained relatively quiet about the forthcoming release, the former boy bander did reveal some details about what to expect during an interview with The Fader.

As he prepares for his second solo outing, the 24-year-old promised fans that some exciting things were on the horizon. There is no official release date planned, but the album is close to finished. “I’ve kind of finalized it. But there’s always ideas,” he said. Though he is back in the studio with Malay, Zayn has also teamed up with the likes of Timbaland and PARTYNEXTDOOR on the record and has worked on some more uplifting material to balance out his own more pensive writing. “I have to do something that’s a bit more mainstream because my fans want to listen to some fun stuff, rather than listen to depressing songs all the time. I appreciate that.”

The album also has a title, but Zayn is remaining mum on exact details. He said that it would be something a little “weird,” and alluded to the possibility of utilizing an atypical release schedule. Nothing is set in stone yet, but the release should be coming “pretty soon,” hopefully in the “next couple months.”

Another topic up for discussion was Taylor Swift. The two collaborated on last year’s “I Don’t Want To Live Forever” and have a similarly hot and cold relationship with the press. The “Look What You Made Me Do” siren has been in the hot seat lately, especially since her latest music video drew comparisons to Beyonce’s “Formation.” When asked for his thoughts, Zayn had nothing but positive things to say. “I rate her as an artist, I think she’s cool, I think she’s successful, and I think she deserves her success because she’s worked hard,” he said before delivering a final verdict. “I don’t have a bad word to say about her. She’s cool.”

Although he and Taylor took home a Moon Person for Best Collaboration at this year’s VMAs, the Mind of Mine crooner was not in the audience for the event. Instead, he was hard at work in the studio. “I was writing,” he said, and he didn’t sound at all upset about missing out on the promotional appearance. While other stars may have balked at giving up the air time, Zayn’s focus is solely on his craft. “I don’t really want to do shitloads of promotion. I don’t buy into that side of things. I just want to do my music.”

This time around, music should be even more at the forefront of Zayn’s album campaign, as he is planning on touring the record. The Brit had announced early plans for a tour last year, but things fell apart as the year progressed. “We did a few auditions for the band, and we got a band together, but I just wasn’t feeling it. The first record, I didn’t feel like there was enough material to do a proper show” he explained. This time around he hopes to take the best material from both records and hit the road.

It is fitting that Zayn is teasing big things with The Fader, as it is where he gave his first interview after breaking off from One Direction last year. His first interview raised some questions about his relationship with his former band mates, but this time around he seems more prepared for the limelight. The star, who famously suffers from anxiety, promised fans that he is doing alright and ready to kick off the new era. “I’m all good. I’m chilling.”

This article was originally published by: Idolator