iOS 12: new features and the iOS 12.1 release date

Apple launched iOS 12 last Monday with important changes to the software interface and faster speeds for your existing iPhone and iPad faster. It’s worth downloading today.

iOS 12 features – and there are many – are join by even more perks thanks to iOS 12.1 beta. You’ll find Memoji, Group Notification, Screen Time and, importantly, better performance for older iPhones.

You don’t need the pricey iPhone XS or XS Max that just launched in stores on Friday to get iOS 12. In fact, the software update make your old iPhone and iPad feel like new. We have a how to download iOS 12 guide for you.

Good news: we can already tell you that Grouped Notifications makes the UI easier to navigate, and Siri Shortcuts are bound to save you time. Bad news: Group FaceTime was delayed to iOS 12.1, which may launch in October along with the iPhone XR release date of October 26.

Apple is making its mobile operating system reliable and competitive with Google’s Android Pie and the Google Pixel 3 that’s coming October 9. That much is obvious. Here’s everything you need to know about iOS 12, whether you’re loading it onto your older iPhone or getting it out of the box with iPhone XS Max.

What’s the difference between the latest phones showcasing iOS? Watch our handy explainer to find out:

Apple is already testing iOS 12.1 beta

Apple launched iOS 12.1 beta for developers on Tuesday, October 18, the day after the initial update came out. The iOS 12.1 public beta launched two days later on Thursday, September 20. They have some important changes.

First, Group FaceTime for up to 32 users is here. We’re also expecting to be able to test dual-SIM iPhone support with iOS 12.1 beta eventually. Of course, any iOS …read more

Source:: TechRadar – All the latest technology news

The best PlayStation VR prices, bundles and sales in Australia (September 2018)

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UPDATE: Sony is offering a massive discount on the PSVR bundle, which includes the camera and a game. Scroll down to find out more.

As VR slowly crawls towards the mainstream, units such as the PlayStation VR continue to see more impressive price drops and even more impressive dedicated titles.

Falling in well under the price point of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the PSVR headset is an excellent option for those who already own a console or want a system capable of regular gaming as well.

On this page, we’ve sifted through prices and sales on the PlayStation VR headset itself, and any other bundle it may be wrapped up in. We’ve also got the PlayStation Camera, which you need in order to use the PSVR headset, and the Move motion controllers which are used in some VR games.

If you’re looking for the ultimate console to go with your PSVR, check out our PS4 Pro deals.

PlayStation VR: Your guide to Sony’s console VR headset

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Below, you’ll find our automatically updating list of PlayStation VR headsets, so that if there are any price drops from certain retailers (we’re looking at you JB Hi-Fi), you’ll be able to find the best price as it changes.

If the list happens to be empty, it could well be that the somewhat-scarce stock supply has run dry, so check further down for bundles or check back in within a week or two to see if the stores have been resupplied.

PlayStation VR bundles

PS4 camera deals

Firstly, if you don’t buy a PS4 Camera with your PlayStation VR headset, it will not work. So when considering your foray into the world of virtual reality, save yourself some dollars on the essentials and check out table below for any …read more

Source:: TechRadar – All the latest technology news

New Firefox browser bug causes crashes on Windows, Mac and Linux

Only a week after disclosing a new web code exploit that can cause an iPhone to crash, security researcher Sabri Haddouche, has uncovered another browser bug that can force Firefox to crash on all three popular desktop operating systems – Mac, Linux and Windows – reports ZDNet.

According to ZDNet, the bug not only crashes the browser on a Windows machine, it also occasionally freezes the entire operating system, requiring users to perform a hard reboot. Mobile platforms seem safe from the exploit, however, and tests performed by ZDNet have confirmed that Firefox on Android and iOS are not affected.

In explaining how the exploit works, Haddouche told ZDNet that “the script generates a file (a blob) that contains an extremely long filename and prompts the user to download it every one millisecond”.

“It, therefore, floods the IPC (Inter-Process Communication) channel between Firefox’s child and main process, making the browser at the very least freeze,” he added.

Haddouche has notified Mozilla of the new exploit, which comes hot on the heels of the release of Firefox 62 – which itself contained 13 significant bug fixes. It’s already been added to the internet company’s bug tracking platform and Firefox users can find out more about the progress on a fix there.

Mozilla launches Firefox Reality VR web browser …read more

Source:: TechRadar – All the latest technology news

How the US energy mix has changed since 2007 in four maps

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A natural gas fracking well near Shreveport, Louisiana. (credit: Daniel Foster)

The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) recently published two interesting sets of maps to show how the US energy mix has changed state by state between 2007 and 2017.

That decade saw the rise of cheap natural gas that lead many utilities to switch away from coal, but the result is not as clear-cut as one might think: in some states, coal retirements resulted in nuclear power becoming the most-used energy source.

It’s also important to note that the maps below reflect electricity generation, not necessarily consumption. In some cases, what’s generated within state lines will be sold to neighboring states.

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Source:: Ars Technica