Eve V review

LATE LAST year, we were invited to take part in something a bit different, and a bit special.
As a rule, we don’t work with crowdfunders until they’re near production – but this proposition was different. A 2-in-1 tablet that hadn’t yet even been designed. Its Finnish founder, Konstantinos Karatsevidis (he is Finnish, really) contacted us directly, explaining that his funders had voted for us to get one of the first reviews. We’re honoured. And here it is. And by gosh, you’re in for a treat.
The idea is simple – there’s a very broad spec, for which you put your money down. This isn’t just buying you the product, it’s buying you voting rights in the design process. Amongst the funders are those technically minded enough to turn the needs of consumers into a single machine. It’s utopian, but it’s also common sense.
After some delays caused by supplier problems, the result is here. The Eve-V (it’s V for Victory not V for 5, by the way) is a Surface Pro type affair, but offers significantly better specs, for significantly less money and with a whole bunch of features that users voted for.
The first batch of tablets has arrived, including ours. The rest (mostly those who have opted for the 1TB edition) will get theirs in the next few weeks.
So, if this is an experiment, was it successful? The short answer is yes. It worked brilliantly.
We should add before we go any further that members of the press were not included in the design process, and although we were kept updated, we were not allowed to in any way influence the finished product, and we are reviewing this device under the same terms that we would for any other device of its type.
Incisive Media reviews are impartial, honest and we never, ever,  accept payment for a review. 

 
DesignThe Eve V is a 12.3-inch tablet that Surface Pro users will be more than familiar with. It’s a little chunky for a tablet at 8.9mm but there’s a very good reason for that – the all-day battery, and USB A ports. That was a deliberate decision taken by the community. Functionality is worth a millimetre.
Equally, it’s not the lightest tablet we’ve seen either, but it still manages to feel less heavy than it looks.
The IGZO screen, which has been manually calibrated at the factory on a machine-by-machine basis is crisp and bright. Yes. You read that right. Each screen is calibrated by hand as it comes off the production line. And if you don’t like the way they’ve calibrated it, you can turn it off in settings.
The six-month delay in shipping was caused by a problem with the original screen, and the community voted to go with a better 2880×1440 screen from Sharp. It was a wise choice. There’s a bezel of around 10mm all the way around, but it’s certainly not going to offend anyone. It boasts Gorilla Glass of what Eve describes as “somewhere between 3 and 4” – but we dropped it on a hard floor twice during the review (definitely science, not idiocy, honest) and there’s not a mark on it.

The brushed black aluminium rear has no logos at all which makes it look even more sleek and sexy. In fact, there’s no mention of the tablet brand anywhere on the device. This one is for those in the know.
The only identifying marker is a tessellated ‘V’ key to represent the logo, and (in the nice touch department) the word “backspace” have been replaced by “oops!”.
The kickstand can twist around almost 140 degrees, and the keyboard is sturdy with a feeling of brushed suede. The keyboard is backlit, and you can toggle the colour of that light at will.

Among the little touches that make the Eve V so special, the keyboard cover can be used two ways – either connected via Pogo plugs (sadly they’re proprietary) or it has its own battery meaning it can be connected remotely via Bluetooth.
Connectivity & featuresThere’s 802.11ac MIMO wifi and Bluetooth 4.2. We’d like to see an NFC reader, like the Samsung Galaxy Book, and a SIM slot for LTE on future models, but they’re not exactly show stoppers – there’s plenty going on already.
As we’ve mentioned there’s 2x USB A 3.0 ports, but there’s also 2x USB-C ports, one of which is Thunderbolt 3. This paves the way for all kinds of groovy things that are usually on high-end fruit-based computing. We got some blazing fast transfers to an external USB SSD and there’s also the option to add an eGPU for pro-level gaming (we didn’t get a chance to try that but sadly).

The 3.5mm audio port has its own dedicated amplifier from TI, while two far-field mics with noise cancelling mean it can be used and for extra storage, there’s a micro SDXC slot for expansion up to the current limit of 256GB.
Our review device boasts a 7th-gen Intel i7 processor capable of a turbo speed of 3.6ghz
The 48kw battery boasts a life of up to 16 hours. We didn’t quite get that far – nine is our best so far, but you can make adjustments in Windows and the BIOS to opt for performance or battery, the logic being that allows the machine to serve two different audiences with software, not hardware. There’s also a firmware drop planned which will increase stamina still further.
Our model has a 500GB PCIe SSD aboard – but there’s a variety of permutations, and despite all of this, it’s completely fanless.
And as if all that wasn’t enough, there’s a 2MP front camera, with 5MP on the back.
SoftwareHere’s the biggie. There’s no bloatware on the Eve V. Non. Zero. Zip. It’s Windows 10 (Home or Pro are available) as Satya intended. The only addition is the app that collaborates the screen. But the BIOS is fully loaded. Eve clearly thinks that you can be trusted with the settings under the hood. Additionally, it can be partitioned and dual booted with Linux or x86 Android. In fact, someone in the community has had it running macOS already. Witchcraft! The point being that this is a machine that is like Disney’s Fantasia – it’s never finished, but it’s now out there for the general user to use, and the community to hack the crap out of, starting with a clean slate.
UsabilityWhilst the popularity of kickstands and keyboards that flap still confuses us, there’s clearly a market for them and this is easily the best we’ve seen. The keyboard has an easy action that’s a joy to type on, an intuitive layout and the gorilla glass coated trackpad is very responsive.

We do like a laptop to go on the lap, but that’s something that Eve may decide to pursue as an accessory idea.
As for the 1024 pressure pen, it’s capable of handwriting which is a pretty good test. It should certainly be good for those who do a bit of graphic design on the go. The pen sticks with magnets to the right-hand side of the device, but it doesn’t grip well and covers some ports, so we’d only advise that if you’re at a desk already. It’s one of the few design flaws…. (or perhaps we should say compromises) of the whole product and it’s pretty minor.
We’ve left one of our favourite features for last. With security being such an important part of computing, and particularly mobile computing, then Windows Hello was going to always be a must. But where do you put a fingerprint reader on a tablet without it interfering with the rest of the real estate?
We’ve not quite at under-screen yet, so the solution is genius. The fingerprint reader and the power button are one and the same. A light tap reads a fingerprint, a press yields to turn the device on and off. It’s beautiful thinking, and very, very responsive, more so than the fingerprint reader on any phone we’ve seen yet.
In shortThere’s an old saying that a camel is a “horse designed by a committee” and there’s a certain cynical logic there – the more minds work on something the more likely it is to deviate from the perfection of the vision of the auteur.
But this has not been the case with the Eve V – the auteur’s vision was 1,000 minds working together to create something great. Every detail has been honed to perfection and the result is greater than the sum of its parts.  This machine isn’t for the high street – there’s too much painstaking care involved for that.
But if you can wait, catch a flash sale and wait for it to be hand-built for you, it will do everything you wanted and more. 
We’re almost hoping that, given that we’ve been in touch with our Finnish friends for a while, someone will accuse us of nepotism and then try it for themselves so they can see that as the founder said to us… “the hype is real”. It really is THAT good.
The build-on-demand and sell direct model does mean you’ll be waiting, but it also slashes costs, and means that you can get the machine you wanted… no, we’ll go further, the only machine you’ll need, for about a grand less than competitors.
That’s people power.
The first flash sale of Eve V is currently scheduled for December 4th, 1400 GMT at www.eve-tech.com

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Apple’s Thanksgiving ad is mostly about the AirPods

Every year, Apple airs a new ad in the U.S. for Thanksgiving. Compared to other Apple ads, this is less about showing product features and more like a greeting card.
This year is no different — you still see a lot of AirPods. Apple’s new ad is called “Sway” and takes place in the streets of Prague. A woman starts playing Sam Smith’s “Palace” on her white iPhone X with her AirPods.
She then ends up in an alternate reality where she can dance around people without getting noticed. She bumps into a man, hands him an AirPod and starts dancing with him under the snow.
Fun fact: these two dancers are married in real life.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Release Date Reveal Coming Early Next Year?

During a conference call with investors, Square Enix President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda suggested a window for a series of important announcements. He stated that the release dates for upcoming major titles could be revealed between “the end of FY2018/3 and E3.” Gamers excited for titles such as the Final Fantasy 7 Remake may anticipate an announcement between April and June of 2018. This might mean a Final Fantasy 7 Remake release date could be revealed early next year.

Currently, there is no known window of release for the Final Fantasy 7 remake. It is not confirmed whether or not the Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be among the major title dates announced during this period. Square Enix seemingly has several major titles that could be revealed early next year.

Another highly-anticipated major title with an unknown release date that may be revealed during this period is Kingdom Hearts 3. The latest trailer revealed a 2018 window of release for Kingdom Hearts 3, but there was no specific date or season. However, it seems likely a specific release date will be finalized during this time frame.

In the same conference call, Matsuda also discussed the Nintendo Switch. He stated that the “Nintendo Switch makes it easier for us to leverage our back catalog of assets and expertise, so we want to be proactive in creating new IP and rebooting past titles for that platform.” This statement seems to support the rumor that Final Fantasy 15 may be getting a full Nintendo Switch port. It is unknown whether or not this title could accompany the other major titles revealed in the suggested time frame.

Other topics discussed in the conference call include predictions for digital downloads, Square Enix involvement with the mobile augmented reality business, and plans for Left Alive. With Kingdom Hearts 3 confirmed for a release in 2018, it seems likely that this game will be among the major titles given release dates. Hopefully, this upcoming announcement period also includes the highly-anticipated Final Fantasy 7 Remake, or perhaps it could even include the Final Fantasy 15 Nintendo Switch port.
Currently, the Final Fantasy 7 Remake is in development for the PS4.

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MLB’s punishment of the Braves leaves lingering questions

Wednesday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at the extensive Braves’ punishments, and wonders why there aren’t more.
The Braves were finally punished by Major League Baseball for the scope of their breaking of international free agency rules, and it’s a whole lot to take in at once. They lost 12 prospects, will be restricted in future signing periods in the short-term future, and are also going to lose out in the draft. John Coppolella, the former general manager whose resignation kicked off this entire process in public, was banned from MLB for life. And yet, these punishments still feel incomplete.
Coppolella was served with MLB’s ultimate punishment, and his special assistant during his Braves’ tenure, Gordon Blakely, was banned from the game for a year. And yet, John Hart, the Atlanta exec who oversaw Coppolella, seems to have escaped with only an informal punishment. He’s no longer the President of Baseball Operations for the Braves, and it seems pretty clear at this point that he bailed because of the investigation. Where’s his suspension or ban, given Atlanta’s Baseball Operations department that he was in charge of is the one responsible for everything MLB investigated and punished?

Peter Gammons asked an important question on Twitter on Tuesday when he wondered was the one giving the OK for all of the cash spent on these prospects? It seems unlikely that Coppolella and Blakely were the only two employees in the Braves’ front office or from ownership who knew where this money was going and why, and yet, they’ve been forced to shoulder all of the blame.
This is not to say that the former GM and his special assistant did nothing wrong: it’s just a reminder that the Braves, as an organization, are at fault here, but for some reason, MLB chose to punish those who are already gone the most. This becomes even more of a question when you realize there’s a chance that all of this punishment came as a result of some whistleblowing amid a front office power struggle — notice John Schuerholz’s name hasn’t come up once in all of this despite the power he wielded for the Braves as their Vice Chairman? Seems weird!
What we know for sure is that MLB has made their intentions very clear to every other team that is making deals with underage players or shifting money around in order to get the prospects they want despite the spending rules in place. The punishment to the Red Sox was the initial message, and since that apparently wasn’t clear enough, they just dismantled the Braves’ front office and farm system.

Joe Morgan wrote a letter to baseball’s Hall of Fame voters, pleading with them to keep steroid users out of Cooperstown. It’s a bad letter with bad intentions, and Grant Brisbee wrote about how it achieved the opposite of its goal.
Here’s a look at the 12 prospects the Braves lost.
They’ll all be eligible to sign with new teams in two weeks, and no, the Braves can’t re-sign any of them to new deals.
Omar Vizquel is not a Hall of Famer, writes Let’s Go Tribe, and there should be no shame in his being merely really good.

Shohei Ohtani’s path to MLB should be clear, as the MLBPA agreed to a deal with Baseball and NPB that will allow him to be posted.
A pitch clock is definitely coming in 2018, once MLB and the MLBPA figure out how many seconds it should be ticking off.
Fish Stripes wonders if Justin Bour is going to be dealt soon, following a recent Marlins’ trade with the Yankees.

Is it actually a good idea for the Giants to trade for Giancarlo Stanton?
The Orioles might want to deal Zach Britton, and Camden Chat makes the case for them to do so.
Patrick Dubuque considers what the Wild West of baseball understanding felt like.

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Why have five mid-table Premier League clubs sacked their managers so soon? | Paul Wilson | Football

Five Premier League managers have lost their jobs so far this season before we are a third of the way in, and looking at the bottom three in particular the figure could still rise again before Christmas.
To put that into context, this time last season only one manager had been sacked, Francesco Guidolin almost inevitably failing to live up to expectations at Swansea, and it would take until late February and the tear-jerking removal of Claudio Ranieri at Leicester to take the tally to five.
Another odd thing about the five departures this season is that the same men were responsible for guiding their clubs to mid-table security the season before. If you look at the final table for 2016-17 the clubs who have parted with their managers finished 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 14th. That bandwidth should represent solidity and a job reasonably well done. It is not where you would expect managerial dissatisfaction to set in a matter of months later.
So what has changed this season, why does panic seem to be setting in among seemingly respectable clubs with sound Premier League pedigrees?
Obviously some of the five have been doing really badly – Crystal Palace most notably, with West Ham, West Brom and Everton not far behind – and owners are more or less bound to act if there does not appear to be any immediate prospect of climbing out of trouble.
But West Brom have just sacked a firefighter, albeit an unpopular one, who has never been relegated. They could now turn to Sam Allardyce, who has a similar record and a good relationship with the Albion chairman John Williams, but while Premier League status might be preserved would the fans be any happier with the football?
Five weeks ago most Everton fans were in agreement that Ronald Koeman had to go, the same Everton fans who were congratulating the club a year earlier on appointing a top-drawer manager. But if Koeman was as forceful and determined a character as he first appeared, could he not have been trusted with a little more time to turn the club around? It might not have been his fault that a striking replacement for Romelu Lukaku was not found, after all.
One could understand why the club pressed the panic button so early, results were woeful and the Goodison atmosphere was growing mutinous, but a month down the line it can not yet be said Everton have put themselves in a better position. The owners seem to have been delusional to a certain extent over the difficulty of finding a better-qualified manager than Koeman in mid-season, while some of the fans who celebrated the Dutchman’s removal might have been a bit quieter had they realised the most viable alternative was David Unsworth.
The point is that Everton, like West Ham and Palace, are still in trouble despite changing managers. This season climbing the table cannot be taken for granted once you are down at the bottom, and part of the reason for that is the fact that the promoted clubs are all doing so well.
Brighton, Huddersfield and Newcastle are all together in a tight little knot in mid table, exactly where the teams who have entered the sack race used to be. All five of this season’s managerial changes have taken place below them, while above them Burnley and Watford sail serenely on, their only apparent concerns being the likelihood of eventually losing their bright young managers to bigger clubs with relegation worries.
There is plenty of the season left, and over the winter months some of those small but flourishing clubs – don’t write in, Newcastle are not small but they are newly-promoted – may well find themselves stretched beyond their resources and drifting downwards in the table. Or they may not.
Until fairly recently it was normal to assume at least one of the promoted teams would go down, sometimes two, though the top of the Championship is so competitive these days that that pattern can no longer be relied upon to provide a buffer for existing Premier League clubs.
Thanks to Wigan coming up and staying for eight years, Bournemouth and Watford confounding all the doubters who said they would go straight back down again and Burnley showing the strength of judgment to stick with the same manager through the cycle of relegation and re-promotion, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the Premier League is nowhere near as daunting to newcomers as it once was.
Certainly the bottom half of the Premier League is not of a conspicuously better standard than the top half of the Championship any more. In fact teams coming up from the Championship will, generally speaking, have a better team spirit and a more expansive outlook because their promotion push will have required them to adopt a winning mentality instead of the survival one so prevalent in the lower reaches of the top flight.
This appears to be something new in the Premier League story. If Tony Pulis can no longer cut it, Mark Hughes is finding life difficult at Stoke and West Ham fans have yet to be impressed by David Moyes, perhaps the days of ugly football and a grim struggle towards 40 points for lower-placed teams are coming to an end.
Perhaps also, now that every Premier League team has money to spend and no one can seriously plead poverty, fans are right to complain about the standard of fare being served up and boards are intervening more quickly to prevent managers making any more dud signings. Both Everton and West Ham splashed the cash in summer, to little avail.
None of the five clubs who have dismissed managers have made any significant strides upwards, though of course the positions at Everton and West Brom are still vacant, and the new managers at West Ham and Leicester have had little time to make an impression.
Judging by the twitchiness owners have shown this season, everyone at the more established clubs still lives in mortal fear of relegation. The usual reason given is the sudden loss of revenue, which is significant, yet parachute payments are there to ensure that well-run clubs do not fall off a precipice.
The greater, unspoken fear, one feels, is that clubs accustomed to mere survival in the Premier League will drop through the Championship like a stone, a bit like Wigan did in their day and Sunderland are doing at the moment, and rapidly end up needing a telescope to locate the top flight.
So the question to be asked of all Premier League sides outside the top six is this: could your club hack it in the Championship? If not, why not? Because, at the very least, should the bubble ever burst at Burnley or Brighton, Huddersfield or Bournemouth, those clubs would require very little adjustment to get right back on the promotion track.
Which is surely how it should be, and probably explains why upwardly mobile “smaller” clubs are currently showing the way to bigger names whose main concern is hanging on for dear life to Premier League status.
The current bottom six in have all been in the Premier League for at least five years, and this season, managerial changes or not, it looks as though they are going to have to play their way out of trouble and not rely on the inadequacies of anyone else. Good luck with that, but for the Premier League in general, it cannot be a bad thing.

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Paul Pogba is the most important player in the Premier League

Manchester United look like winning trophies with Pogba in the team, but they need to figure out how to play without him too.
If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then at some point over the last month and six days Paul Pogba became one of the most beloved human beings in the world.
Without him, Manchester United’s alleged 659 million followers have watched their team lose all their early momentum. They’ve shuddered through losses to Chelsea and Huddersfield Town, and sighed through a cowardly draw with Liverpool. They’ve winced as Manchester City stretched away at the top of the Premier League. They’ve fretted as Romelu Lukaku stopped scoring and Henrikh Mkhitaryan stopped assisting. And they’ve watched Jose Mourinho blow kisses at Paris Saint-Germain and spit tacks at everybody else. In the strange, time-compressed world of the Premier League, where whatever has just happened is the only thing that matters, it was pretty much a crisis.
Of course, if it was a crisis — and if it is now over, now that Pogba is back — then United have come out of it second in the league, top of their Champions League group, and still in every competition going. Less of an apocalypse, more of a blip. But beyond the results, and perhaps even more importantly, it didn’t look good. United didn’t look good.
In the absence of Pogba, and following that hideous nil-nil at Anfield, the side visibly congealed. The goals dried up, and so did the chances. With Pogba: six games, 19 goals. Without: 11 games, 21 goals, of which 12 came against Championship side Burton Albion and aspirational Championship sides Everton and Crystal Palace. And just to bring it all into sharp and unflattering relief, City have been racking up goals and wins in extremely eye-pleasing fashion.
So Pogba has returned, and so did the fun in a 4-1 win over the weekend. Of course it was just one game, and of course it was against a decent Newcastle rather than a brilliant anybody, but his impact was almost cartoonishly obvious. With him in midfield, United had the wit to unlock a packed, well-organised defence, and then the verve to slice apart a stretched one. Without him, they have laboured against the former, and so rarely earned a shot at the latter.
Which poses all sorts of interesting questions for Jose Mourinho and the rest of his squad. First, there’s the thought that United shouldn’t be this Pogba-dependent. Asked after the Newcastle game if Pogba was “irreplaceable,” Mourinho agreed, and added: “He affects our football. We all know, myself and the fellow players, that certain players influence the levels of the team. With him we have much more creation. I am so happy.” He probably didn’t mean to imply “Without him, we’re dull, and neither I nor my players have any solution to that.” But, well, he kind of did.
Every other team in the Premier League’s top six has some players that are more important than others. Their loss would be keenly felt. But it’s hard to imagine that their absence would have quite such a marked impact on the team’s style. Common sense insists that a manager as experienced and talented as Mourinho it should be possible to get something both effective and entertaining out of Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. If not, then United have wasted an awful lot of money.
Which brings us to the other, more immediate question: how to manage his return. Pogba came off after about an hour against Newcastle, as Mourinho didn’t want to “go over the limits.” On Wednesday night, United travel to Basel in the Champions League. In terms of the group, United lead with 12 points from 12 and so probably don’t need anything more than a safe, stodgy draw. A perfect opportunity, then, to give Pogba and his just-healed hamstring the evening off.
But in terms of the general shape of the season, a good, entertaining, convincing win would be most welcome. United began the season with momentum, positivity, and just a bit of a swagger, and they lost it. November’s remaining games — Basel away, Brighton at home, Watford away — represent an opportunity to get some of that swagger back, before December brings Arsenal away and then Manchester City at home. United will need Pogba fit for those big games. But they need to be firing in the others first.
Ultimately, until United work out how to play like they have Pogba even when they don’t, then they absolutely cannot afford to be without him. And that earns him a rather double-edged status, as perhaps the most important player in the Premier League. Nobody else makes bridging the gap between “a bit rubbish?” and “possibly excellent?” look like a one-man job. Nobody else has to.
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HTC U11+ Now Up For Pre-Order In UK

Paul Briden

22/11/2017 – 12:41pm

HTC's massive HTC U11+ is now available for pre-order from the firm's UK webstore

HTC announced the HTC U11+ a little while back and now the pre-order sales are live in the UK via HTC’s official webstore. The price is £699 for an unlocked, SIM-free handset  with 128GB of onboard storage. Orders will begin shipping inside December. Currently it’s only available in black.
If you sign up to the HTC Club, which is free to join by the way, you can get 10% off the price of the HTC U11+ pre-order, making it cost £629.10.
The HTC U11+ is allegedly the phone that was going to become the Google Pixel XL 2, before LG got involved and usurped it. It’s similar to the existing HTC U11 in terms of design and specs, but sports an enlarged 6in Super LCD6 display with an 18:9 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1440 x 2880 pixel resolution. The fingerprint scanner is mounted on the back panel, and like the regular edition it packs a pair of front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier.
It also has a massive 4,000mAh battery, is IP68 water and dust resistant, and it has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor as the HTC U11, as well as the same incredible 12MP wide-aperture camera; which is one of the best camera setups we’ve tested this year, up there with the Pixel 2, iPhone X, and Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+/Note 8 series.

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What is Face ID and how does Face ID work?

Apple no longer wants you to unlock your iPhone with touch. With the iPhone X, it’s all about your face.
Face ID was the standout feature of the iPhone X, and one that differentiates it from the iPhone 8 range and anything that’s come before. It’s Apple’s latest biometric authentication system and works using a new camera array on the front of the screen.
Apple claims the error rating on the iPhone X’s Face ID is one in a million. TouchID had a 1 in 50,000 chance of unlocking for the wrong fingerprint. The tech giant also said Face ID can tell the difference between twert_main_wide_image/public/2017/09/face-id-dystopia.jpg?itok=6Jdkms60″ alt=””/>

The latter has now been called into question. After WIRED tried, and failed, to use a mask to trick the system, Vietnamese security firm Bkav claims to have mastered it using a (frankly terrifying) 3D-printed mask and a prosthetic nose. It said that creating the mask was simple, using simple 3D scanning software like that found on the Sony XZ1, and a silicone nose.
In a blog post, and accompanying video, the researchers explain: “We were able to trick Apple’s AI because we understood how their AI worked and how to bypass it. As in 2008, we were the first to show that face recognition was not an effective security measure for laptops…Apple has done this not so well.” In the video, the team is shown removing a cover from the mask positioned in front of the iPhone X. The handset then automatically unlocks.
Bkav was the first company to “break” facial recognition for laptops following its introduction on a range of Toshiba, Lenovo and Asus laptops. That particular exploit was publicly demonstrated and confirmed in 2008. The Face ID proof-of-concept hack has not yet been confirmed in this way so it should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Video of How Bkav tricked iPhone X's Face ID with a mask

When asked why Bkav has been successful where other websites and firms have failed, it vaguely said: “It is because…we are the leading cyber security firm 😉 It is because we understand how AI of Face ID works and how to bypass it.” It is not clear, therefore, how the initial face was registered on the phone and how the mask specifically differs from others.
Mark James, security specialist at ESET told Alphr: “Although the video itself does leave a few questions to be answered, we need to understand that any of the ‘extra’ ID features of this, and indeed any previous, iPhone have always been aimed at the average user. TouchID and Facial recognition are there for ease, not added security; both of these features can and have been duped by technology- the question you need to ask yourself is ‘does this feature make my life easier?’. If the answer is yes and your phone just contaert_main_wide_image/public/2017/09/snip20170912_4.png?itok=WXcZ8Yks” alt=””/>

On the iPhone X, Apple has removed the home button, and with it, Touch ID. In its place is Face ID powered by a so-called TrueDepth camera system built into the front of the phone where the earpiece currently sits on the iPhone 7 range.

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This camera system features a number of sensors designed to recognise a person’s face including a dot projector, infrared camera and flood illuminator (which is a fancy name for what is effectively a flash). Glancing at this system will allow you to automatically unlock your iPhone X, but can also be used for Apple Pay and to unlock compatible apps, including banking apps.
Apple Face ID: How does Face ID work?

Apple claims the error rating on the iPhone X’s Face ID is one in a million. TouchID had a 1 in 50,000 chance of unlocking for the wrong fingerprint.
The tech giant also said Face ID can tell the difference between twins (although the error rating drops when it comes to relatives) and doesn’t get ‘spooked’ by a photograph or even a mask of someone’s face.
Apple didn’t elaborate on how it does this, and may never do to protect its IP, but this is a direct nod towards the early failings of Samsung’s iris scanner technology and, more recently, the facial recognition on the Note 8 which were both “fooled” by hackers and photos, according to reports.
Furthermore, Face ID only unlocks when you look at it. In particular, it is what Apple calls ”attention aware”; it looks for a sign that shows you’re looking directly at the camera system and want it to unlock rather than just glancing at the phone for the time, for example. Notifications will also only expand when its owner looks at the phone. 
During its first full demo at the iPhone 8 event, however, Face ID failed…
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Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Review

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Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1

Pros
Powerful Quad-Core Intel Core i5 Processor
Almost Glare-Free 1080p display
Quick Charge
All the Ports You Need
Windows Hello
Aluminum Body

Cons
Short Battery Life
No Included Active Pen
Fan Noise

The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 has a fast processor, a luxurious body and support for all Windows 10’s best features. Its quick charge technology even makes up for its short battery life.

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Review is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.
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Amazon has cut the price of two of its best tablets – save £40 now

As we get closer to Black Friday, Amazon’s deals seem to be getting better and better. The latest of its own products to be discounted are the Fire 8 and Fire 10.
Unlike the Fire 7, which is very much a budget tablet, the Fire HD 8 and HD 10 both have a lot more going for them. Amazon is now selling the Fire 8 for at £30 off for £49.99 and the Fire 10 for £109.99. Considering the Fire 10 would normally set you back £149.99, that’s a decent saving.
BUY NOW: Amazon HD 10 for £109.99, saving £40
The Fire HD 10 is the flagship Amazon tablet, and it’s aimed at those who mostly use a tablet for watching movies and playing games. It’s got a 10.1-inch 1080p display, 2GB RAM and a speedy quad-core processor. In our review, we were impressed by the battery life of this thing – which often manages to reach the claimed 10 hours.
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There’s 32GB storage, fast dual-band Wi-Fi and audio tuned by Dolby. Even though this is an Android tablet, you don’t have access to Google Play because Amazon has its own app store. There’s still a load of apps like Netflix, Spotify and plenty of games.
BUY NOW: Amazon HD 8 for £49.99, was £79.99

The best bit though is Alexa integration, just like on an Amazon Echo. Alexa is on both of these tablets, but only the 10-incher has access to Alexa ‘hands-free’. This means you can bark commands at your tablet and Alexa will respond, without you having to press anything.
Fire HD 8 is a little more basic, but still a great tablet at this price. You’ve got an HD display measuring 8-inches, 12 hours of battery life and 16GB storage. There’s also a quad-core CPU and 1.5GB RAM, which should be enough for most basic games. If you really love your mobile gaming, we’d recommend the 10.
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