iOS 12.1 beta 1 enables eSIM functionality, but you’ll need to wait on your carrier – 9to5Machttps://9to5mac.com/2018/09/26/ios-12-1-beta-1-esim-functionality/The embedded SIM (eSIM) functionality in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, a feature that will enable dual line support in the latest flagship iPhone, can be found in the latest iOS 12.1 beta. So far three of the major US carriers — Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile — have pledged support for eSIM. The rollout will likely occur after the official launch of iOS 12.1. The iOS 12.1 update also includes support for Group FaceTime for up to 32 people, a new real-time Depth Control slider that can be used when taking Portrait Mode photos, and, with watchOS 5.1, new color watch face options in the Apple Watch app.
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The world is broken. Sometimes, it’s OK to just be sad about that | Opinion | The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/29/the-world-is-broken-sometimes-its-ok-to-just-be-sad-about-that?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=273206&subid=19723158&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2In his last column for the Guardian US, writer at large Steven Thrasher writes about when it’s best to take action in life – and when it is fine to just self-reflect
https://www.wired.com/story/us-border-patrol-hasnt-validated-e-passport-data-for-years/For over a decade, US Customs and Border Protection has been unable to verify the cryptographic signatures on e-Passports, because they never installed the right software. A skilled hacker could alter the data on an e-Passport chip—like the name, photo, or expiration date—without fear that signature verification would alert a border agent to the changes. That could theoretically be enough to slip into countries that allow all-electronic border checks, or even to get past a border patrol agent into the US.
15 Tech Gifts for Your Pampered Pet | PCMag.comhttps://www.pcmag.com/feature/340440/15-tech-gifts-for-your-pampered-pet?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=titleIn 1994, US owners of dogs, cats, and other household pets spent a measly $17 billion on their furry friends, according to the American Pet Products Association. As of 2016, companion animal spending was up to $66.75 billion, a number that’s expected to jump to $69.36 billion this year.
Unlocked iPhone X Now Available in the US – Apple iPhone Xhttp://sea.pcmag.com/apple-iphone-x/18531/news/unlocked-iphone-x-now-available-in-the-usIf you choose this option, the device will arrive SIM-free, and you’ll be able to activate it with any carrier that supports the iPhone.
Apple releases iOS 11.2 with Apple Pay Cash and a bug fixhttps://www.engadget.com/2017/12/02/apple-releases-ios-11-2-with-apple-pay-cash-and-a-bug-fix/Apple’s latest iOS update is here — grab it now to fix the bug where local notifications make iPhones reset. iOS 11.2 is a pretty major update and it also brings new features, including a Venmo or Square Cash-like person-to-person money transfer system, Apple Pay Cash (available only in the US, for now — and according to reports, it’s not actually live yet).
American Express adds B2B blockchain payments for faster transfers, added security – TechRepublichttps://www.techrepublic.com/article/american-express-adds-b2b-blockchain-payments-for-faster-transfers-added-security/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27689259515740508250262421970472The new payment method is only available for US businesses sending money to businesses banking with Santander UK, but may roll out to other clients.
Tesla Semi revealed: Electric truck is semi-autonomous, has 500-mile range – TechRepublichttps://www.techrepublic.com/article/tesla-semi-revealed-electric-truck-is-semi-autonomous-has-500-mile-range/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27689259515740508250262421970472Elon Musk’s new tractor trailer can handle most US shipping routes on a single charge.
https://www.wired.com/story/net-states-rule-the-world-we-need-to-recognize-their-power/?mbid=nl_110417_daily_list3_p4Opinion: The world is no longer dominated by nations. We’re in a non-state, net-state era. Because the world is no longer neatly divided into states (countries like the US, France, and India) and non-states (terrorist organizations like ISIS and al Qaeda).
Google and Facebook under pressure after helping anti-refugee campaign | Technology | The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/19/google-facebook-anti-refugee-campaign-secure-america-now?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=248723&subid=19723158&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2Secure America Now received targeted help to efficiently use its millions of dollars in ad-spending ahead of US general election in 2016, reports say