Firmware probe indicates Apple iPhone 8 face recog system will see in the dark

The Phones Have Eyes

More details about the upcoming iPhone 8 continue to trickle out, despite Tim Cook and company putting as many fingers as possible in the leaky Apple secrecy dam. This time around, Forbes says an examination of Apple HomePod firmware all but confirms a facial-recognition unlocking feature for the new phone, and as an added bonus, the tech will include invisible infra-red illumination so it will work in the dark.

In addition, another poster who poked around in some code says he found this “iPhone icon” laying around and it looks pretty much like the latest rumored iPhone form factor, with a full-coverage display with little “ears” up top on both sides of the selfie-cam and facial recognition setup. Additionally, a Reddit poster has surmised that the phone’s display will have a pitch of 412 pixels per inch, making the phone a better fit for VR and AR content. Six weeks or so to go.

Take Note

More phone news, this time from Samsung. Tech leaker Evan Blass posted an image of what he says is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung’s follow-up to the infamous Note 7. Looks pretty much like more of the same, with a nearly-full coverage front AMOLED screen that wraps around the edges a bit. Current rumors suggest a dual-camera setup, generally top-shelf performance parameters and, of course, fun times with an S-Pen stylus.

We’ll know more about the Note 8 just ahead of the new iPhone 8, as the phone is expected to get a formal debut at the end of this month, with phones shipping in September.

But can Alexa make popcorn?

Someday, sooner than later, we’ll chuckle at the memory of using clunky remotes to work our TVs… or maybe anything at all. Why? Because everything is going to work by voice command, and it looks like Amazon is leading the way.

Sure, there are remotes you can talk to that will maybe help you find that Penny Dreadful episode you missed, but now Amazon is expanding AI voice-bot Alexa’s abilities to include controlling their Fire TV streaming devices, so it’s game on for Google and Apple. And the voice control goes beyond finding a show or movie, you can also change volume levels, select a new input or change the channel – if you’re using HD bunny ears.

Amazon also said that future features will include switching to check out the view from security cameras that will have Alexa integration. Heck, that could be some of the best stuff on your TV… Check out all the details about Alexa’s new abilities at the link, and by the way, the enhanced services roll out today. Thanks, Jeff.

We’ve got more news on our Facebook page and YouTube channel, and be sure to tune in to this week’s DT podcasts: Close to the Metal (computers and such) on Tuesday, Trends with Benefits (general tech shenanigans)  on Thursdays, and Between the Streams (movie and TV topics) every Friday.

Home Theater

TCL drops the price of its 75-inch 6-Series 4K Roku TV to $1,500

March is a great time for TV deals, and we've got a whopper: TCL has taken $300 off the price of its superb 75-inch 6-Series 4K HDR Roku TV, making it $1,500. That's the lowest price ever on this affordable TV.
Deals

Looking to upgrade? These are the best iPhone deals for March 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for March 2019.
Deals

Building a 4K home theater? Grab a discounted Denon A/V receiver from Amazon

Denon makes some of the best 4K A/V receivers on the market, and a handful of Denon’s latest models are on sale on Amazon now. If you’ve been thinking about building a home theater and are looking for a 4K receiver that doesn’t cost…
Movies & TV

No TV? No problem. Here's how to watch the Final Four online

Whether you want to watch the Big Dance on your phone or on your smart TV, we have the lowdown on all the ways to watch March Madness you can handle. Grab your foam finger and some nachos.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Amazon Scout, Soraya Darabi, and Joey Ricard

On episode 53 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle discussed the latest in tech news, including Amazon's new delivery drone, CRISPR babies, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Facebook, flying taxis, and Tesla police car

On episode 54 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Caleb Denison discussed Facebook's plan to integrate Instagram, Boeing's experimental flying taxi, and more.
Digital Trends Live

DT Live: Super Bowl hangover, crypto disaster, and an electric plane

On episode 58 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle examined the tech news of the day, including the 2019 Super Bowl commercials, Chip Yates' incredible electric plane, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Facebook Messenger change, GoNation, and more

From new Facebook Messenger features to 5Ge coming to select smartphones, we discussed the latest in tech news on this episode of Digital Trends Live. We also welcomed Chaz Tanase of GoNation and Dan Ferguson of Groove Jones to the show.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Apple versus news industry, Alexa Skills, and the OGarden

On Episode 65 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Luke Larsen broke down the biggest new stories from the world of tech, including Apple's feud with news publishers, the OGarden, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Amazon HQ, Guy Kawasaki, and when to buy a streaming stick

On Thursday's episode of Digital Trends Live, we discussed trending headlines like the latest news surrounding Amazon's new HQ plans to the Mars rover Opportunity. We also sat down with author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki to talk about his…
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Oscar visual effects, digital distractions, and more

On episode 72 of Digital Trends Live, we discussed news including the discovery that Google's Nest Secure has a hidden microphone, and welcomed author Brian Solis to the show to talk about his latest book.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: MWC 2019, ezCater, and an Apple streaming service

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, we sat down with John Hall of Calendar.com and Briscoe Rodgers of EzCater. We were also joined by DT's Caleb Denison to discuss how Apple is looking to revolutionize TV streaming.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: New Twitter features, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and more

On episode 77 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Luke Larsen explored the biggest news stories from the world of tech, including the new Star Wars attraction, Twitter's experimental moderation tools, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Save the Internet Act, T. rexes in VR, and more

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, we were joined by Joel Comm of Bad Crypto and Jason Horton of Ghost Town. Later in the show, we joined Jeremy Kaplan on location at the American Museum of Natural History.