Category: Tech-News

Best Buy Stops Selling Overpriced iPhone X Models After People Complain

You don’t want to spend $100 more to pay upfront for the latest iPhone models? Fine, we wont sell you the iPhone. How about them apples? That’s essentially the stance Best Buy has taken in the wake of consumer backlash from news that the company was charging consumers more to buy the phone upfront instead of through an installment plan. Bloomberg first reported earlier today that the company has decided to only sell the iPhone X and iPhone 8 with installment plans. When Best Buy began offering pre-order of the iPhone X last week, it was asking $100 more for customers who didn’t want installment debt. The Apple store allowed customers to buy the phone upfront without paying the extra $100. The iPhone X with 64GB on the Apple store or through the Best Buy installment plan cost $999. However, to buy that same phone upfront at Best Buy, it cost $1,099. For the iPhone X 265 GB, the price difference was $1,149 and $1,249.   Best Buy has also been selling the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus for $100 more than its normal retail price, for those who paid for it all at once. The day the iPhone X was made available for pre-order, a Best Buy spokesperson explained the company charged more for upfront pricing because “Flexibility has a cost.” “Sometimes customers aren’t able to purchase phones at other locations because their desired plan or carrier makes them ineligible,” the spokesperson told Gizmodo. “That’s not the case at Best Buy, as our prices reflect the fact that no matter their desired plan or carrier, or whether a customer is on a business or personal plan, they are able to get a phone the way they want at Best Buy.” That explanation for the pricing wasn’t enough to keep customers from complaining, and now Best Buy has decided to only sell the phone to customers who will pay for the device with a monthly installment plan. Best Buy did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its decision to no longer provide upfront sales of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, but a spokesperson told Bloomberg: “Although there was clearly demand for the un-activated iPhone X, selling it that way cost more money, causing some confusion with our customers and noise in the media... That’s why we decided a few days ago to only sell the phone the traditional way, through installment billing plans.” That is a slightly more frank explanation of the pricing difference: Best Buy gets paid by carriers when the company sells phones that are set up through those carriers. If customers buy the phones upfront without a carrier attached, then Best Buy misses out on that money from the carriers.

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iOS 11.0.3 is out, go download it now....

Apple has pushed out the latest version of iOS, 11.0.3. As the name suggests, it’s the third update since iOS 11 was released for all customers on September 19th.... This update is all about the bug fixes and restoring old features. It corrects an issue for some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices, where audio and haptic feedback wasn’t working. It also fixes a problem with some iPhone 6s displays, which were unresponsive to touch in some instances. The full release notes detail all the changes Apple has publicly commented on, although I’m sure we’ll find some weird fixes under the hood: iOS 11.0.3 includes bug fixes for your iPhone or iPad. This update: 1.Fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices 2.Addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6s displays because they were not services with genuine Apple parts Note: Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use Apple parts. See support.apple.com for more information. All the iOS 11 updates issued so far have been in response to security issues or bugs. iOS 11.0.1 fixed a security flaw, and came a week after iOS 11.0 came out. iOS 11.0.2 fixed a crackling audio issue on the new iPhones, and was out a week after that. Just one week later, and we’ve got more bug fixes, which goes to show just how quickly Apple pushed iOS 11.0 out the door. There are still more major updates to come in iOS 11. The first big changes are expected in iOS 11.1, which is already in beta and should hopefully be out later this month. It enables peer-to-peer Apple Pay transactions, as well as returns the 3D Touch app switcher.

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How to activate Smart Invert in iOS 11

The new "Smart Invert" feature in iOS 11 is a dark mode, but smarter. For a while, Apple has been trying features to ease the nighttime burden on our eyes when they're staring at screens, with greyscale mode in iOS 8 and Night Shift in iOS 9. Smart Invert, iOS 11's go at eye relief, inverts some colors, but leaves images, videos, and some apps untouched, aiming to dampen your screen's glow without leading to the really weird image contortions that we saw with previous iterations of the feature. Here's how to turn it on: 1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations.    2. Toggle "Smart Invert" to "On."   If you're a traditionalist, you can stick with "Classic Invert," which will reverse all of your display's colors.  If you really like Smart Invert, you can create a handy shortcut to toggle it quickly.  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut.  2. Select "Smart Invert Colors."    Now, when you triple click your Home button, you can turn Smart Invert on or off.  That's it! Try it at night. Your eyes will thank you. 

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Video Game Characters Are Getting Too Freakishly Real for Me.....

  It’s easier to mindlessly blast away a room full of video game baddies when they look at you with dead eyes and zombie-like facial expressions. It’s a completely different challenge when they appear to be expressing actual emotions and pain, made all the more believable with this new advanced facial animation tool for the Unreal video game engine. This character doesn’t quite escape the uncanny valley, the term used to describe computer-generated humans that ironically look fake as a result of being so close to photo-realistic. But the way the features on his face are able to flex and move, including how his skin stretches while still being constrained by simulated muscles, would freak me out if I ran into him in a video game. Game over, man, game over!

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Tesla’s Model 3 Arrives With a Surprise 310-Mile Range

Three hundred ten. That’s the electric range of a $44,000 version of Tesla’s Model 3, unveiled in its final form Friday night. It’s a jaw-dropping new benchmark for cheap range in an electric car, and it’s just one of several surprises Tesla had in store as it handed over the keys to its first 30 customers. Tesla has taken in more than 500,000 deposits at $1,000 a piece, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told reporters ahead of the event. This has created a daunting backlog that could take more than a year to fulfill—and that was before Musk took the stage in front of thousands of employees, owners, and reservation-holders to lift the curtain on the company’s most monumental achievement yet. “We finally have a great, affordable, electric car—that’s what this day means,” Musk said. “I’m really confident this will be the best car in this price range, hands down. Judge for yourself.” Here’s some of what Tesla disclosed at its plant in Fremont, California: Two Battery Versions Tesla has simplified the manufacturing process “dramatically,” Musk said. In the same factory space where Tesla can build 50,000 Model S or Model X cars, it will soon be able to produce 200,000 Model 3s. Part of that is due to a simplified package of options. The car comes in two battery types: standard and extended range. Here’s how they break down: Standard Battery: Price: $35,000 Range: 220 miles (EPA estimated) Supercharging rate: 130 miles in 30 minutes Zero to 60 mph time: 5.6 seconds Long Range Battery: Price: $44,000 Range: 310 miles Supercharging rate: 170 miles in 30 minutes (Same as Tesla’s Model S) Zero to 60 mph time: 5.1 seconds Only one other electric car in the world has broken the 300-mile range barrier: the most expensive versions of Tesla’s Model S, an ultra-luxury car that costs $97,500 or more. The new Model 3 has cheaper range availability than the current record holder, the $37,500 Chevy Bolt, which is outclassed in nearly every way by the Model 3.

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