iOS 12 won’t support group FaceTime calls at launch

Back in June, Apple made a big fuss about group calls coming to FaceTime in iOS 12 – but it looks like the feature won’t arrive for a while yet. 9to5Mac reported that the iOS 12 Developer beta 7’s release notes point to Group FaceTime being pushed to a future software update later this fall. That’s a bummer for folks who have been waiting to try video chatting on their iPhones with up to 32 people at once. The feature is also slated to arrive on macOS Mojave, but it’s safe to assume that this will be similarly delayed, if…

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Google is tracking your every move even when you tell it to stop – here’s how to fix it

If you’re using an Android phone or have Google apps installed on your iPhone, the search giant is almost certainly tracking your location constantly – even if you’ve turned that setting off, reports the Associated Press. The story drew from UC Berkeley graduate researcher K. Shankari’s experience of her Android device keeping tabs on her movements while she had Location History turned off. Blogging back in May, she said that at one point, Google prompted her to rate a shopping trip to Kohl’s – something the company could only have known about by tracking her location. The AP then traced…

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Porsche and Epic Games show off new lighting features for Unreal Engine

Epic Games today showed off an amazing real-time lighting demo in Unreal Engine 4 featuring the new Porsche 911 Speedster concept car. Best of all, the demo ran on a pair of Nvidia’s just-revealed Turing RTX graphics cards, showcasing the hardware’s real-time ray tracing capabilities. The Porsche 911 Speedster concept car is the first vehicle to be visualized with real-time ray tracing, a graphics feature that renders photo-realistic lighting and reflections. Christian Braun, Manager of Virtual Design at Porsche, said : Porsche’s collaboration with Epic and NVIDIA has exceeded all expectations from both a creative and technological perspective. The achieved…

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Analyst: Renewable energy will be ‘effectively free’ by 2030

Analysts at Swiss investment bank UBS believe that by 2030, we could all be living without much of a carbon footprint — at least at home. The analysts believe that the cost of renewable energy will continue to dive heading into the next decade, and that by 2030, costs will be so low they will “effectively be free,” according to new research published this morning in the Financial Times (paywall). The analysis explained that solar and wind farms are getting bigger a move that is “great news for the planet, and probably also for the economy.” With its increased popularity…

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