iPhone 14 now lets US and Canadian users make satellite emergency calls

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Device users who head into remote areas will be connected to emergency services via satellite. iPhone 14 users in the United States and Canada can now benefit from a newly rolled out feature allowing them to make emergency calls via satellite if they are in remote areas without cell service. The new safety feature is meant to ensure users never lose connection with emergency assistance. Apple announced that this new iPhone 14 feature rolled out to users in the United States and Canada last week. “There are always places that…

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Rumored VR headset from Apple could use eyes for making payments

VR headset - Apple Sign on building

There are growing indications that the iPhone maker’s mixed reality wearables will launch in 2023. Since Face ID is already a payments validation method through Apple devices, it isn’t difficult to believe the new rumors stating that the iPhone maker’s expected (though unconfirmed) VR headset will uses wearers’ eyes for completing transactions. The rumors indicate that the gadget would use iris scanning tech for payments and logins. Reports suggest that iris scanning systems are being developed to make it easier for VR headset wearers to be able to securely access…

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Italy bans facial recognition technology with one exception

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The European country has prohibited the use of the tech and of “smart glasses” except for crime fighting. Italy has issued a ban on the use of both facial recognition technology and of “smart glasses” in the country, though there is a major exception to this newly created rule. The country’s Data Protection Agency recently scolded the use of the tech by two municipalities. Italy’s Data Protection Agency criticized two of the country’s municipalities earlier this week for experimenting with facial recognition and smart glasses technologies. This referred specifically to…

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Founder of Oculus says he’s made a VR headset that can kill you

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Palmer Luckey has said that he has created a device that is actually deadly if you die in a game. The original founder of Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey, who sold his VR headset company to Facebook in 2014, has been working primarily on national defense technology since he left the company. Luckey has now announced that he has successfully created a custom device that can kill a player. Luckey said that he has developed a custom VR headset that he says has the ability to kill a player that dies…

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Five billion phones will become electronic waste this year

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Of those devices, under 20 percent are expected to be disposed of through recycling programs. By the end of this year, an estimated 5.3 billion mobile phones are expected to have become electronic waste worldwide, and only a small fraction of those devices will have been recycled, according to the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) forum. The estimates were based on global trade data and places the spotlight on a skyrocketing environmental problem. Research shows that many people hang on to their old devices instead of recycling them. That…

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