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Tech News Roundup 05/04/18

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Here is today’s tech news roundup for May 4th, 2018

Apple iPhone X Becomes World’s Best-Selling Smartphone Model in Q1 2018

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics Smartphone Model Tracker (SMT) service, global smartphone shipments reached 345 million units in Q1 2018. Despite fears of expensive pricing, Apple iPhone X was the world’s best-selling smartphone model, shipping an impressive 16 million units during the quarter.

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought stunning 75 million Apple shares in first quarter

Wall Street may have had doubts about Apple before the company reported its most recent quarterly earnings, but one of the tech company’s biggest shareholders – Warren Buffett – didn’t. In the first quarter, Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought an astounding 75 million shares of Apple.

Apple shutting down Texture’s Windows magazine app after acquisition

Texture, the magazine subscription service that Apple purchased back in March, plans to shut down its Windows app at the end of June. Users were informed of the discontinuation this week through emails and a note inside the app, which said that after June 30th, “this app will stop working and will no longer be available in the Microsoft Store.”

Vine co-founder postpones successor v2 for “indefinite amount of time”

Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann announced today that his planned sequel to the popular and now-defunct short-form video app, tentatively called v2, will be postponed for an “indefinite amount of time” while he figures out funding and logistical hurdles.

Facebook to Research Ad-Free Subscription-Based Version

Facebook Inc. has been conducting market research in recent weeks to determine whether an ad-free version paid by subscriptions would spur more people to join the social network, according to people familiar with the matter. The company has studied such an option in the past, but now there’s more internal momentum to pursue it in light of Facebook’s recent privacy data scandal, the people said.

Criminals used a swarm of drones to surveil and disrupt an FBI hostage operation

Criminals are increasingly using drones in illegal activity and as a way to counter surveil and disrupt the FBI and other law enforcement agents, according to a report by Defense One . The publication cites one instance where an FBI hostage rescue team set up a raised observation post to monitor a situation.

Review: Lenovo Mirage Solo headset with Google WorldSense tracking

Only a couple of days before Google I/O 2018, one of the biggest VR announcements from last year’s developer conference is finally coming to light. Lenovo’s Mirage headset is now on sale for $399, the standalone device is unique largely because of its inside-out tracking, a technology that has not been available on a VR headset widely sold stateside.

A closer look at what happened with the Twitter password bug

As you’ve most likely noticed, this morning we’ve woken up to a major security incident, with Twitter advising all its users to change their passwords following a bug in the company’s systems which led to those passwords temporarily being stored in plain text (rather than being hashed, ie disguised as a string of meaningless random letters and numbers via an algorithm).

Leaked LG V35 ThinQ renders give us our first look at the phone

The LG G7 ThinQ has only just landed but it’s rumored that the LG V35 ThinQ is hot on its heels, and we may have just had our first look at it thanks to a couple of leaked renders.

Windows 10 is getting a great new screenshot tool

As someone that moves from macOS to Windows frequently and takes screenshots all the time (I admit, it’s a little specific, but I can’t be the only one), one of the most annoying things about Windows is the lack of an integrated, powerful screenshot tool.

Nutella celebrates World Password Day with the worst security advice ever

It’s World Password Day today, which means you should probably think about how you’ve secured your online accounts, and how you can ensure that they’re not easily hacked. Following Nutella’s advice on the matter would probably be the worst thing you can do, though.

Meet the Star Wars Fans Building a Full-Scale Millennium Falcon

In the world of Star Wars fandom, there are fans, and then there are fans: the cosplayers, the Funko completists, the crawl-reciters. And then there’s Greg Dietrich, who has spent the last six years of his free time building a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon’s iconic cockpit in a garage in Huntsville, Alabama.

iPhone X Remained World’s Most Popular Smartphone Last Quarter Despite Concerns About Poor Sales

iPhone X was the world’s most popular smartphone for the second consecutive quarter, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Strategy Analytics estimates that iPhone X shipments totaled 16 million units in the first three months of 2018, making it the best-selling smartphone model during that period, as it was during the final three months of 2017.

MoviePass competitor Sinemia offers movie plans starting at $5/month

While these prices don’t match MoviePass’s $9.99 per month for one movie a day (an offer that was removed from the service’s website and only recently restored), they still are a good deal if you consider the full-price ticket of a movie.

Google News to be revamped, incorporate YouTube videos and magazines

A report from AdAge claims that Google News will soon be going through some more changes. According to the report, Google News is getting a “new design” and will “incorporate elements of the [Google Play] Newsstand app and YouTube.”

Criminals used a drone swarm to disrupt an FBI hostage rescue

The drones weren’t just used to disorientate the FBI, though. According to Mazel, they were the crew’s eyes in the sky, pushing video to YouTube so the wider group could keep tabs on the FBI’s movements. This was an organized operation, too. Apparently, the drones were brought into the area specifically to disrupt the FBI’s rescue efforts.

Google’s VR180 cameras get their own app that live streams to YouTube

Just ahead of Google’s big developer conference next week, Google I/O, the company has quietly rolled out a new mobile app for its VR180 point-and-shoot cameras, allowing users to set up their device, view and manage clips, and upload photo and video content to Google Photos and YouTube.

China said to be discussing ZTE ban with U.S. officials

The Chinese government is reportedly going to bat for ZTE over a seven-year ban that would have broad ranging consequences for the phone maker. According to a new report from Reuters, the subject was broached during a meeting with between senior Chinese and U.S. officials in Beijing this week.

It’s Star Wars Day and Heathrow Airport has trips to a galaxy far, far away

On May 4, Heathrow Airport in London debuted some new routes to select far-off destinations. Among the destinations on the departures board are Hoth, Endor, and Tatooine. If those seem like difficult places for an airplane to travel, rest assured that it’s all in the spirit of today’s blessed holiday.

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