U.S. bans laptops and tablets on flights from 10 airports

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Emirates is one of the airlines affected by the ban.
Emirates is one of the airlines affected by the ban.
Photo: Emirates

The U.S. has confirmed a ban on laptops, tablets and other large electronics on flights from 10 international airports throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

These devices can be carried in checked baggage, but they’re no longer allowed in the passenger cabin. The U.K. is set to announce a similar ban shortly.

Superscreen turns almost any phone into a tablet

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And it's affordable!
And it's affordable!
Photo: Transcendent Designs

Your iPhone is packing all the power it needs to be a tablet; it’s just lacking the big screen. But a team of designers and inventors from California are hoping to change that.

Superscreen harnesses the power of your smartphone and wirelessly turns it into a tablet. It has its own speakers and headphone jack, built-in Bluetooth connectivity, and it uses 70 percent less battery life than your phone itself.

Galaxy S8’s slo-mo video will blow iPhone 7 away

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Galaxy S8's camera could be Samsung's best yet.
Galaxy S8's camera could be Samsung's best yet.
Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

iPhone wasn’t first to shoot slow-motion video, but like a lot of things, it certainly popularized it. Now the feature can be found in every high-end smartphone, but none of them can shoot slo-mo video like the Galaxy S8 will.

According to a new report, Samsung’s next-generation smartphone camera will be capable of capturing an incredible 1,000 frames-per-second.

iOS grows as iPhone 7 remains a top seller

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iOS and Android are killing off the competition.
iOS and Android are killing off the competition.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

iOS saw continued growth in almost every market around the world last quarter, according to the latest data, while iPhone 7 remains a top seller in key countries.

Android also achieved market share increases in every region but the U.S., while BlackBerry, Windows, and other mobile operating systems continue to die out.

WikiLeaks: CIA lost control of its iPhone hacking arsenal

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Wikileaks' "Vault 7" data dump allegedly reveals CIA hacking tools used to compromise iPhones, Android phones and other devices.
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The Central Intelligence Agency has been using malware to spy on iPhone and Android users, according to the largest-ever publication of confidential documents from WikiLeaks — and the spy tools are now in the hands of others.

As part of a covert hacking program, the CIA created a “malware arsenal” and dozens of “zero day exploits” to infiltrate smartphones, tablets and even smart TVs to extract data and turn them into covert microphones.

But the agency recently lost controls of these tools. Those who have obtained them now have “the entire hacking capacity of the CIA” at their disposal, according to WikiLeaks.

Lightroom Mobile’s new HDR mode means even better iPhone photos

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Lightroom Mobile from Adobe now has HDR to balance shadows and highlights in contrasty settings.
Lightroom Mobile from Adobe now has HDR to balance shadows and highlights in contrasty settings.
Photo: Adobe

Your iPhone photos can look more spectacular than ever, thanks to an update to Lightroom Mobile that brings an HDR mode capable of capturing three RAW DNG files.

We’ll explain all the acronyms in a bit, but here’s the gist: Adobe Systems’ popular image processing app can now capture the kind of rich photographic details you previously could get only with a conventional digital camera.

This is what the Samsung Galaxy S8 looks like

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Say hello to the Galaxy S8.
Say hello to the Galaxy S8.
Photo: Evan Blass/Twitter

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been fully exposed ahead of its grand unveiling later this month.

Thanks to notorious smartphone leaker Evan Blass, we now have have our first solid look at what Samsung’s next iPhone rival will look like. Blass tweeted a marketing image for the upcoming handset, and the Apple fan in me has to admit — it looks pretty damn good.

iPhone’s high ‘failure rate’ gives Android the edge on reliability

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iOS and Android are killing off the competition.
Unstable apps are the biggest issue on iOS.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

iOS might be the “world’s most advanced mobile operating system,” according to Apple, but it isn’t the most reliable, according to a new study.

New data shows that iPhone’s “performance issues and high failure rates” over the last year make Android more stable. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s are said to be two of the worst-performing Apple handsets.