Smartphone cameras aren’t capturing the same orange California skies viewers are seeing

Smartphone cameras - orange sky, San Francisco

Device users faced an unusual struggle in attempting to take a picture of the orange apocalyptic skies. Smartphone cameras were having a particularly difficult time as users attempted to capture images of the Californian West Coast’s orange skies. Massive orange smoky clouds from uncontrolled wildfires changed the color of the sky in California and Oregon. People have called the look of the skies in parts of Oregon and California apocalyptic, or as though they were looking at a landscape on Mars. That said, as they raised their smartphone cameras to…

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FCC opens up more 5G spectrum for use ahead of iPhone 12

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The Federal Communications Commission made the move before Apple’s first compatible phones launch. Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 12, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made more of the 5G spectrum available. The FCC auctioned off rights to its mid-band 5G, which operates in the range of 3550 MHz to 3650 MHz. This, said the FCC, made the day an important one to the rollout of the technology in the US. The auction represented the largest number of 5G spectrum licenses that have ever received biddings from the…

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Clearview AI signs new contract to provide ICE facial recognition

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The contract arrives after months of privacy practices scrutiny against the company. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has signed a new contract with Clearview AI to provide the government agency with ICE facial recognition technology. The contracting records were first spotted by the Tech Inquiry accountability nonprofit. The purchase order for the ICE facial recognition technology from Clearview AI was labeled as a “mission support” government contract for $224,000. It lists the contracting office as “ICE mission support dallas” and the purchase as “clearview licenses”. This is not the first…

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Trump threatens US TikTok ban, app threatens legal action

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ByteDance the company behind the popular Chinese application is “shocked” by the president’s executive order. Following US President Donald Trump’s TikTok ban threat if the firm is not sold to an American company by September 15, the Chinese app firm is threatening legal action. TikTok has stated that it will “pursue all remedies available” to “ensure the rule of law is not discarded.” Trump didn’t stop at the TikTok ban threat. It has also issued a similar executive order against another popular Chinese app, WeChat, escalating tensions between the United…

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AT&T network will require customers to change phones, company says

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The telecom emailed many of its customers telling them they will need to replace their phones. At the same time that the economy has been tanking due to the pandemic crisis, the AT&T network won’t work for many of its customers unless they replace their phones, says the company in an advertising email. The telecom giant has decided that this would be the right time to frighten customers into purchasing. According to a recent Android Police report, “Amid an economy-crushing pandemic, AT&T has decided that now is the best time…

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