iPhone X review roundup: Face ID works better than expected

First reviews are in and the consensus is positive, particularly around the new OLED screen, but some flaws in both design and software have been noted

Apple’s most expensive smartphone, the £999 iPhone X, is almost ready to land in stores and a few publications specially selected by Apple have been given early access to the phone. So what do they think? Is the iPhone X really the “future of smartphones”?

The iPhone X has an all-screen front design with a 5.8in OLED screen, no home button and an odd looking notch at the top for front-facing camera and sensors. The rest of the device resembles the the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, with a dual camera on the glass back. When it was made available for pre-order it sold out in minutes.

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Apple can see all your pictures of bras (but it’s not as bad it sounds)

The company’s Photos app includes AI that can recognise thousands of search terms. Should we worry that one of those is ‘brassiere’?

Don’t freak out, but your iPhone knows all about your underwear selfies. On Monday, a viral tweet led to thousands of users discovering that the Photos app, on Apple’s iOS and macOS operating systems, knows what a bra looks like – and lets you search for it.

Apple being Apple, it’s vaguely classy, of course: the app will only give responses for “brassiere”. But type that into the search bar and there, in all their glory, are likely to be a fair few pics of people – maybe you – in various states of undress.

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Waymo puts focus on safety as it shows off ‘capable, reliable’ self-driving cars

The Google spinoff’s vehicles may not have the cool quotient of Tesla’s Model S, but they manage to navigate a minefield of potential accidents

Of all my recurring anxiety dreams, my least favorite is the one where I’m in a car. It always begins with me driving, but eventually I realize that for some reason I’m sitting in the back seat. My arms can’t reach the steering wheel, my legs can’t reach the pedals, and I’m stuck in a spiral of terror, careening around turns and accelerating toward obstacles until, gasping, I wake up.

This is a bit like the passenger experience in Waymo’s self-driving cars. You climb into the back seat of a minivan, and watch in awe – or horror – as the wheel turns itself above an entirely empty driving seat.

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Mark Warner: the tech-savvy senator taking Silicon Valley to task

The Democrat has emerged as a formidable critic of an industry that has long convinced Washington it’s too complicated to control. Not so, Warner says

Last month, senator Mark Warner left a closed-door briefing with Twitter visibly frustrated. He said he doubted whether Twitter grasped the gravity of the the investigation into Russian election meddling, and fumed to reporters that the company’s presentation to congressional investigators about how Russia used Twitter’s platform to influence the 2016 race was “frankly, inadequate on every level”.

The public scolding was yet another sign of Washington’s growing impatience at Silicon Valley, with the Virginia senator emerging as one of Congress’ loudest critics. This month he co-authored new legislation that would require internet companies to disclose who purchased online political ads on their platforms, the most aggressive attempt yet to regulate big tech.

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Coders of the world, unite: can Silicon Valley workers curb the power of Big Tech?

For decades, tech companies promised to make the world better. As that dream falls apart, disillusioned insiders are trying to take back control. By Moira Weigel

Big Tech is broken. Suddenly, a wide range of journalists and politicians agree on this. For decades, most of the media and political establishment accepted Silicon Valley’s promise that it would not “be evil,” as the first Google code of corporate conduct put it. But the past few months have brought a constant stream of negative stories about both the internal culture of the tech industry and the effect it is having on society.

It is difficult to know where to begin. How about the rampant sexual harassment at companies such as Uber, which fired 20 employees in June after receiving hundreds of sexual harassment claims? Or the growing body of evidence that women and people of colour are not only dramatically underrepresented at tech firms, but also systematically underpaid, as three Google employees alleged in a lawsuit last month? Should we focus on the fact that Facebook allowed advertisers to target users who listed “Jew hater” as one of their interests? Or that they and Google have helped clients to spread fake news?

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Samsung makes record profit of $109m a day as chip demand soars

Electronics giant makes $10bn profit in just three months on the back of strong sales and relaunch of Galaxy smartphones

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics logged a record profit of 11.2trn won – $10bn (£7.6bn) – in the July to September period, it said on Tuesday, its best for any quarter.

The world’s biggest memory chip and smartphone maker had its de facto leader jailed in August for bribery and faced a recall of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 device.

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Russian-backed Facebook content reached 126m Americans, company says

Ahead of Senate testimony this week, company says 80,000 posts were directly received by 29 million Americans and shared much more widely

Russian-backed content reached as many as 126 million Americans on Facebook during and after the 2016 presidential election, according to the company’s prepared testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee ahead of hearings this week.

One hundred and twenty fake Russian-backed pages created 80,000 posts that were received by 29 million Americans directly but then amplified to a much bigger potential audience by users sharing, liking and following the posts.

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