OnePlus’ Kyle Kiang talks OnePlus 6 and record sales

It wasn’t so long ago that OnePlus was a small startup with an uncertain future. In 2014, a $300 device with specs like the OnePlus One was unheard of. Limited manufacturing capability meant you had to wait ages to catch one of the company’s flash sales. At the time, I couldn’t help but wonder whether the company’s motto, “Never Settle,” would be its undoing. Fast-forward to 2018. The OnePlus 6 launched to massive praise last month and broke company records, despite industry-wide stagnation. Though its prices have increased like the rest of the market, OnePlus devices continue to cost hundreds less than…

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Apple finally lets US callers share their location with 911

Apple today announced iOS 12 would have a new feature which enables US-based users to automatically share their location with emergency services when they call 911. This new location-sharing would allow 911 centers to find callers location faster and with much greater accuracy than they can under the current system — and finally brings US users up to speed with those in Europe. As Apple itself astutely observed, most 911 calls made these days come from mobile devices. To redress the fact that most 911 call centers have trouble locating such calls, Apple is collaborating with RapidSOS, an emergency tech…

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This insanely cool DIY smart home features Alexa’s AI and Ethereum’s blockchain

Building the perfect home involves a lot of time, effort, and Amazon Echo Dots. One family decided to create the smartest house in the world, and by all accounts they’ve succeeded. Video monitoring? Check. AI-powered voice command interface? Check. Blockchain-backed automated chore tracking and rewards system? Wait, what? You’ve probably never heard of Farley Coin, one of the world’s most exclusive cryptocurrencies. And that’s because its creator, Matt Farley, isn’t your dad. If he was, you’d be able to earn points for brushing your teeth, finishing your chores, and doing your schoolwork. Those points could then be spent on lucrative…

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Pokémon GO now lets you befriend other animal kidnappers

Niantic today announced it’ll soon be adding Friends and Trading features to Pokémon Go, meaning you have a new reason to reinstall the app on your phone. The details: The new features were initially hinted at during this year’s E3 presentation, and were finally revealed by Niantic today. Players can send each other friend requests, trade pocket monsters, and gift each other things. According to Niantic’s press release, there’s even a benefit to having friends: Once connected, friends they can team up together to battle at Gyms, participate in Raid Battles, or send Gifts to increase their Friendship level. Trainers can…

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