Chipgate stokes anxiety, relief and some laughs over iPhone 6s

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Which chip is in your iPhone 6s?
Which chip is in your iPhone 6s?
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Heading to social media to vent about Chipgate, some iPhone 6s owners are upset to discover that not all A9 chips are created equal.

Worse, some feel duped by Apple, which used two vendors to supply different versions of the chips in “identical” phones. Others worry about reports of inferior battery life — and some are thinking seriously about returning their new iPhones. Still others are playing the latest Apple controversy for laughs.

Tumblr responds to Ask Me Anything by ripping it off

Answer Time Tumblr
Here are some of the subjects coming to Tumblr's Answer Time. They maybe could have found a better picture of Vic Mensa.
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Tumblr has come up with its own version of Reddit’s popular Ask Me Anything (AMA) interview series.

The new feature, called Answer Time, will let users ask anything they want of musicians, actors, activists, and other celebrities, with the replies appearing on the subject’s Tumblr page.

Apple Watch uses even Cupertino didn’t see coming

It has a lot of talents, but first and foremost, it's a great watch. Photo: Cult of Mac
It has a lot of talents, but first and foremost, it's a great watch. Photo: Cult of Mac
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Early adopters of the Apple Watch have had a few weeks with their new gadgets, and they’re having experiences that may not be worthy of one of Apple’s austere presentations. But that doesn’t mean people aren’t getting a lot of use out of the things and finding occasionally odd ways to integrate them into their lives.

A bunch of reddit users have been sharing their stories, and here are some of the more peculiar things Apple’s new wearable can do.

Yes, Google can wiretap your Hangouts for the government

This text isn't the only message that's insecure. Photo: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac
This text isn't the only message that's insecure. Photo: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac

If you’re looking to plan a heist, you’d probably best stay clear of Hangouts: Google has inadvertently confirmed that its chat platform is susceptible to police and government monitoring.

While the tech giant usually keeps quiet about Hangouts’ security features, the revelation (of sorts) came out of an “Ask Me Anything” session Friday on Reddit that included members of Google’s public policy department and legal team. Its proposed topic was “the current status of U.S. government surveillance law reform and how Google thinks about these issues,” but the questions were less about laws or reform and more about Google’s practices.