iPhone 8 and 8 Plus cameras get top marks from testing outfit DxOMark

 If our review didn’t convince you that the cameras in the latest iPhones are something special, perhaps DxOMark’s lab-heavy evaluation process will do the trick. The camera testing site unequivocally states that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the best smartphone cameras it’s ever tested — though they aren’t without their flaws. Read More

Who is to blame for algorithmic outrage?

 This week we saw a few high-profile demonstrations of the ability to target advertising to unsavory groups generated or suggested by major internet companies. Upon being alerted of these bafflingly obvious abuses, the companies’ responses all struck the same notes: “this is against our rules, we have no idea how it happened, and it’s fixed now.” Were you as unconvinced… Read More

Senator Franken asks Apple for privacy guarantees around Face ID data

 A friendly letter from Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to Apple requests that the latter provide a few more details on the tech behind its Face ID system, which allows users to unlock their iPhone X using facial recognition. It’s very far from a nastygram; the Senator pretty clearly just wants to cover a bit more ground than Apple had time for in its presentation yesterday. Read More

Nintendo offers new Super Mario Odyssey details and demo of Square’s intriguing ‘Project Octopath Traveler’

 Nintendo announced a few items today to hold gamers over until the holiday season — and to appease would-be SNES Classic buyers. It announced a few details of its most anticipated upcoming games and even a demo (remember those?) of a throwback title from Square Enix that caught everyone’s eye way back at the Switch launch event. Read More

This tiny sensor could sleep for years between detection events

 It’s easy enough to put an always-on camera somewhere it can live off solar power or the grid, but deep in nature, underground, or in other unusual circumstances every drop of power is precious. Luckily, a new type of sensor developed for DARPA uses none at all until the thing it’s built to detect happens to show up. That means it can sit for years without so much as a battery top-up. Read More

Study finds Reddit’s controversial ban of its most toxic subreddits actually worked

 It seems like just the other day that Reddit finally banned a handful of its most hateful and deplorable subreddits, including r/coontown and r/fatpeoplehate. While the move was at the time derided by some as pointless, akin to shooing criminals away from one neighborhood only to trouble another. But a new study shows that, for Reddit at least, it has had lasting positive effects. Read More