Weekend tech reading: iOS 11 leak confirms iPhone X, Firefox 57 will use an omnibar, 'fire-free'...

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  1. Things you can do with an extra robotic arm Having extra robotic limbs sure sounds cool, in theory. With an extra arm, you could do all kinds of stuff! Throwing three frisbees at once! Eating three times as many slices of pizza at the same time! Giving three thumbs up! Er, other things! Seriously though, if we’re going to get real about supernumerary robotic limbs, we have to know what people really want them for. IEEE Spectrum

    iOS 11 GM leak confirms D22 ‘iPhone 8’ features: Portrait Lighting, True Tone Display, revised AirPods, much more Here we go. We’re digging through the iOS 11 GM we received this evening to unpack what we can learn about the D22 ‘iPhone 8’ and the rest of the lineup ahead of Apple’s big unveiling on Tuesday. It looks like the infamous HomePod leak left a few surprises for us after all. 9to5Mac

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    Firefox 57 will hide search bar and use a uni-bar approach, like Chrome Mozilla will hide an iconic section of its UI — the search bar — and will use one singular input bar atop the browser, similar to the approach of most Chromium browsers. This change will go live in Firefox 57, scheduled for release on November 14, and will be part of Photon — the codename used to describe Firefox's new user interface (UI) — also scheduled for a public release in v57. Bleeping Computer

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,597   +3,616

    iPhone X? Adding a sexier designation (let's face it, "8" isn't an appealing number) does not a thousand dollars justify.
     
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  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,280   +3,065

    I think it should be called iPhone M. M=1000 in Roman numerals. X & Z are far too overused and is no longer appealing, just familiar. X was always used to denote an experimental project in the past and I still see it like that. Is there no more creativity in marketing nomenclature anymore or will different alpha characters just serve to confuse a generation fed a staple diet of X's & Z's who never learned their ABC's...
     
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  4. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,106   +347

    "hide an iconic section of its UI — the search bar" How iconic can it be if they don't want it seen no more? Not very if it all
     
  5. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,861   +1,064

    To Apple it doesn't matter what enthusiasts think, only what the masses do and as we all know, humans follow trends like a merry go round. I'm sure the people will eat the "X" thing up just like the Xbox One X, which quickly sold out of pre-orders.
     
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  6. Godel

    Godel TS Enthusiast Posts: 60   +23

    Note to Mozilla, if we wanted to browse with Chrome we'd already be using <expletive> Chrome!
     
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  7. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,724   +1,117

    From the linked piece: "Currently, about a fifth of all Firefox add-ons have been ported to the new WebExtensions API." Its more like 10% and all the devs who intend to switch to WebExtensions have already done so. With FF now becoming a verbatim copy of Chrome there's no reason whatsoever to use Firefox. So very, very sad..so many great extensions with no Chrome equivalents. This is how great companies usually die - by their own hand.
     
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  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,280   +3,065

    Those masses aren't know as iSheep for nothing. The more I look at people in general the more I realise they are all just like sheep. I guess it's in our genes. I've followed the masses myself and afterwards wondered why, but at times I guess we're just compelled to.
     
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  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 2,948   +1,637

    That "fire free" battery was a feature on 60 minutes about 6 months ago and was promised to be in the market place "shortly", but as of yet nobody has been willing to step up and include it in their batteries. The original article also stated it increased the lifespan of the battery as well as it's storage capacity ... both of which would probably not go well with battery makers since it would cut down on their sales volumes ....
     
  10. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,861   +1,064

    There seems to be a million potential battery technologies a year but very few actually make it to commercial use. I don't think battery makers are holding anything back, if they did they could let someone with better tech take all their supply contracts. If someone did have a fireless battery for the same price as everyone else's regular batteries, of course companies like Samsung and Apple are going to take the fireless one every time. The battery market isn't stale or wanting for competition enough where battery manufacturers can afford to consort like that.
     

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