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The (Predictable) Rise of Internet Crimes During the Coronavirus Lockdown

Everyone be careful! Don’t let the boredom of home-sheltering entice you to commit a fatal mistake. Don’t use your computing device (computer, tablets, phone etc.) to engage in criminal activity. Don’t access your spouse’s phone or email without permission, don’t let frustration or anger cause you to send harassing or threatening messages to others, don’t think online sports betting is legal, and most certainly, let the draconian penalties of incarceration for accessing child pornography sites or illegally infringing copyrighted materials be strident warnings to stay clear.

We are speaking about Internet crimes today with renowned federal criminal defense attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden. Attorney Oberheiden represents clients who are facing investigations for alleged Internet crimes conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal agencies in cases across the United States.

Q. Dr. Oberheiden, just to start easy, what exactly are Internet crimes?

A. The concept of online crimes (or Internet crimes) has changed over time. Originally, Internet offenses were considered those that could only be committed with the help of a computer such as hacking someone else’s computer system. Today, the general definition of online crimes has broadened to include any offense that was committed with the help of a computer irrespective of whether a computing device was essential or not. Drug trafficking and prostitution are two such examples. Technically, in order to sell drugs or to agree to illegal prostitution, you don’t necessarily need a computer. People have dealt with drugs and engaged in prostitution forever face-to-face on the street. However, nowadays an increasing number of these types of offenses and transaction also include the utilization of cell phones and computing devices when it comes to organizing deals and selecting people for criminal conspiracies, which can add more severe penalties at sentencing. When computing devices are a platform to commit a crime, you can consider the underlying offense an Internet crime.

Q. So, under this definition, blackmailing and extortion or electronic harassment would also count as Internet crimes?

A. Yes, that’s correct. Anytime someone uses a computer to do something illegally, that’s considered on online offense. To be clear, to use these verbal attack offenses, we all enjoy the freedom of speech under the First Amendment; however, the First Amendment does not protect any and all types of speech. Hate speech, intentional harassment, and using speech for extortion or blackmailing do not enjoy constitutional protection and can be prosecuted as felonies. So, for example, if you write an email or post something on the Internet that has the potential to be interpreted as a threat towards someone else, announce or insinuate violence, request money or anything else of value if one of your conditions is not met, or you call a person names— your behavior may fall quickly within the scope of unlawful conduct. So, when emotions are broiling, don’t use the Internet to express your anger and don’t attack the dignity or safety of another person in any electronic (or non-electronic) format.

Q. Is there a heightened risk of committing Internet offenses during this Covid-19 pandemic when we are sheltered at home?

A. I think so. When in-person interactions vanish, online offenses will rise. Keep in mind that many Internet crimes occur in the context of social tensions like divorces and family unrest. Spouses sometimes think that accessing their husband’s or wife’s computer or phone to take a quick peak if they can find evidence of an affair or hidden financial details is legitimate detective work. It is not! The fact that you are married makes no difference because being married does not include an implicit or explicit permission to invade your partner’s privacy. Similarly, some people may feel tempted to turn a blind eye to legal boundaries because they think that Internet crimes are “invisible” and thus not detectable. Almost every convicted child pornography offender started with that mindset. The truth is, the FBI has specialized task forces that can trace pretty much any of your visits to any website no matter what codename you use and no matter where you are. Just recently, to give you an example, I represented a client a huge international bitcoin fraud case spanning virtually every state within the United States as well as offshore islands. Admittedly, it took law enforcement months to link all the pieces and actors, but, in the end, the case resulted in a dozen of arrests and a plethora of criminal charges. Don’t put yourself into such a position. Don’t be naïve. I always tell clients: whether online or offline, assume that an FBI agent and your parents are watching what you are up to—so, act accordingly.

Q. In addition, what are some of the most common Internet crimes you see the FBI and the Department of Justice are prosecuting?

A. Chief focus of federal authorities are two types of Internet crimes: crimes committed for commercial gain or to cause corporate harm, and, in a category of its own, child pornography. To give you an example in the first category. I recently represented an individual who out of frustration of being fired accessed his former employer’s data system and literally erased the entire company network files—from his living room. Federal prosecutors don’t like when someone use access information or technology skills to cause harm. Whether it is hacking, phishing, spoofing or wagering on sports events over the Internet, I know from countless criminal defense cases that the Justice Department is very determined to take you down especially when there are real victims like in the case of defrauding and obtaining money through false or fraudulent pretenses. If you use the Internet to defraud seniors or create some form of a crime scheme, the FBI might very well knock at your door in the near future. This is particularly true when it comes to protecting minors. Federal prosecutors and federal agents are absolutely relentless when it comes to child pornography and prostitution involving minors. In fact, child pornography cases represent approximately twenty percent of all federal prosecutions. If you stand convicted for inducing, let alone, coercing a juvenile to engage in sexual conduct, don’t expect mercy.

Q. What are the penalties for Internet crimes?

A. Unlike some other countries, U.S. penal codes do not recognize “one” online crime. The penalties depend on the alleged offense someone commits. So, for example, if you access your wife’s cell phone without her or against her permission, you could be charged as a felon under 18 U.S.C. 1030. The exact outcome would depend on many factors such as the frequency, how you would use the accessed information, your criminal background and much more. Even if you escape imprisonment, you should wonder yourself if it is worth risking being a “felon” for acting stupidly in this one hot moment. Contrast this to, for instance, child pornography. The most lenient outcome in child pornography cases, that is any form of child sexual exploitation, you can expect is five years in federal prison with sentencing outcomes routinely reaching twenty years and more of incarceration.  

Q. Despite these extreme penalties, why do Internet offenses continue to rise?

A. I think it is the idea that because you act in seemingly protected anonymity, you are not in the public but in a private area without any witnesses, no one can find or identify you. Of course, that’s only partially true. It is correct that Internet offenses typically don’t have any witnesses especially when compared to, let’s say, a bank robbery or other offenses that are predicated on human visibility. However, every time you use the Internet whether you are searching for something or whether you are visiting a website, you leave traces. Specialized detectives and computer crime experts from the FBI absolutely have the ability to identify you—perhaps not always right away, but if you are in the United States and the FBI is pursuing your case, chances are high that you will get caught eventually.

Even though each of the 50 U.S. states have some version of online crimes in their penal codes, almost all prosecutions involving Internet crimes and computer offenses are federal in nature. That means the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Department of Justice are leading the prosecutions, often in connection with the investigators from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other agencies. In general, penalties for federal felony violations are not just more severe, but, also, if you are convicted, you don’t have the option of parole. In other words, if a federal judge orders you to 10 years in federal prison, you can’t expect to be released after half or two-third of the time; parole does not exist under federal law. Typically, in the federal justice system, ten years means serving ten years.

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COVID-19 × Technological Change

COVID-19 Pandemic Will Force Companies Around the World to Radically Rethink How They Operate and Embrace Technological Investment

ABI Research Analysts share their thoughts on the likely short-and long-term impacts the global pandemic will have on technology and end markets

The Coronovirus outbreak and the worldwide reaction to the pandemic will force companies to radically rethink how they operate and embrace technological investment, states global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research.

In its new white paper, Taking Stock of COVID-19: The Short- and Long-Term Ramifications on Technology and End Markets, ABI Research Analysts look at the current and future ramifications of COVID-19 across technologies and verticals. Analysts also offer recommendations to weather the storm and strategies to help companies rebound and prosper after the pandemic has slowed.

“To effect change, there must be a stimulation of a magnitude that means companies cannot do anything but make bold decisions to survive. COVID-19 is that magnitude,” explains Stuart Carlaw, Chief Research Officer at ABI Research.

Bold decisions and technological investments could lead to outcomes such as:

-A more concerted and widespread move to lights-out manufacturing
-Increased usage of autonomous materials handling and goods vehicles
-A more integrated, diverse, and coordinated supply chain
-Investment in smart cities to support community resilience
-A move to virtual workspaces and practices…
…And so much more

“Before we feel this potential long-term impact, there will be some serious short-term implications. Contractions in consumer spending, disruptions to supply chains, and reduced availability of components will create a rough sea for all boats,” Carlaw says. “In the short-term, there will be a retrenchment in outlooks a reduced investment in modernization, as survival instincts trump the drive to prosperity.”

For a clearer picture of the short- and long-term global impacts of COVID-19, download the whitepaper Taking Stock of COVID-19: The Short- and Long-Term Ramifications on Technology and End Markets.

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ABI Research provides strategic guidance to visionaries, delivering actionable intelligence on the transformative technologies that are dramatically reshaping industries, economies, and workforces across the world. ABI Research’s global team of analysts publish groundbreaking studies often years ahead of other technology advisory firms, empowering our clients to stay ahead of their markets and their competitors.

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NHL suspends season owing to Covid-19 fears

The 2019-20 season of National Hockey League (NHL) has been suspended until further notice owing to coronavirus fears. Gary Bettman, the Commissioner of the league announced via a statement recently that considering the ongoing developments related to Covid-19 and after detailed consultations with medical experts and Board of Governors, the NHL has paused the ongoing season starting March 12, 2020.

The NHL players Association termed the decision as the right course of action. It came within 24 hours of suspension of the NBA, after a player in the basketball league tested positive for novel coronavirus. Bettman admitted that the suspension of NBA was one of the factors in pausing the NHL season. He shared that it’s only a matter of time that someone from the NHL community would also test positive for the virus, and in that light it’d not appropriate to continue playing games.

NBA Cancellation

NBA cancelled the game between Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at the last minute on March 11th, Wednesday night, after Rudy Gobert, the Jazz’ centre player tested positive for Covid-19. 

The Toronto Raptors announced the next day that the travelling staff, coaches and players had been advised to self-isolate themselves for at least a couple of weeks. As a cautionary measure, the Raptors’ travelling party and team members were tested for coronavirus.

NHL Suspension a wise decision

It’s worth noting that several NHL teams share their arenas with NBA teams, including Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Maple Leafs. NHL is currently urging community members to take all possible precautions, including self-quarantining themselves, if required. The NHL statement was released only a few hours after it instructed the teams to cancel their meetings and practices with immediate effect. Needless to say, considering the extensive NHL odds that are offered by several bookmakers, the move is also expected to have a major impact on NHL betting world.

Bettman has revealed that NHL will resume the paused season as soon as things get back to normal, so that they can get through with the remaining games in a worry-free environment, and hand over the Stanley Cup to the rightfully deserving team.

The American Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League have also put their respective seasons on hold. The suspension of NHL is amongst the many high profile sports event cancellations that have happened in North America lately. A large number of political rallies, music concerts, sporting events, festivals and conferences have gotten nixed in the fear of coronavirus spreading pretty swiftly among large crowd gatherings.

The Canadian and US Health officials have advised people to refrain from gathering in large numbers and to avoid crowded places. It should be noted that a normal NHL arena seats anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 fans.

At the time of writing this piece, over 170,000 people across the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19. There have been over 6,500 deaths due to the virus so far.

Pirelli X New Tire Development Stimulator

Pirelli’s new tire development stimulator reducing lead times by 30% and enhancing sustainability

Pirelli’s new tire simulator, recently introduced at the company’s renowned research and development division in Milan, will reduce development time, as well as the number of physical prototypes needed to create a finished product. The advances achieved by this simulator will further enhance the close working partnerships between the Italian firm and the world’s best-known car manufacturers. The new simulator aims to accelerate development cycles and testing, which will reduce lead times and lead to faster development processes between Pirelli and key producers of prestige and premium vehicles. Courtesy of this cutting-edge technology, Pirelli has achieved a 30% reduction in average development time for new tires, both for the road and motorsports, thanks to the faster assessment of virtual prototypes produced for different car models. The new simulator makes it possible for different development parameters to be remodeled rapidly, leading to a faster exchange of digital information between Pirelli and the world’s car manufacturers.

The new simulator is the latest installment in Pirelli’s far-reaching digitalization strategy.

Compared to traditional development methods, the simulator allows the virtual model of any car, either supplied by the manufacturer or produced internally, to be quickly programmed into the system while
design and development work can also be carried out on the manufacturer’s own simulator. This means that tire development lead times remain in step with those of the cars that they are destined for, an important factor as new vehicle models are coming out more frequently in recent years. Moreover, the use of a simulator to maximize the virtual development phase means that the number of physical prototypes used is reduced, which supports Pirelli’s sustainability policy by minimizing the resulting impact on the environment.

Formula 1 technology takes to the road

Advanced simulation has already been used for more than 10 years during the design and development of Formula 1 and other motorsports tires. This new simulator technology, paired with the rich experience of
Pirelli’s research and development department, which is also being utilized for consumer tires.

The simulator is produced by VI-grade and consists of a 210-degree panoramic screen, 24.6 feet in diameter, which visually reproduces a wide range of different driving conditions, roads, and circuits. At the heart of the system is a static car equipped with various active technologies to accurately reproduce the sensations that any driver would feel in a real car, including the seat, steering wheel, seat belts, and different shaker systems, which precisely replicate the movements of the suspension and engine.

The whole process is coordinated by a control room, which can program the simulator to reproduce the different technical specifications of any tire or car. The results are carefully logged, measuring the interaction between the tire and the “road.” as well as all other parameters relevant to tire behavior. This data can then be added to the subjective impressions felt by the test “driver.” The important work carried out on this simulator can be integrated with the dynamic simulator project (designed to reproduce lateral and longitudinal accelerations, as well as rotations) which will be installed at Politecnico di Milano. Pirelli has enjoyed a long collaboration with this institution, carrying out test work complementary to all the activities at the company’s own research and the development center in Milan.

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Benefits of Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are evolutionary, not revolutionary, says Baker Institute expert

Tesla will disrupt the automotive industry only if it is able to achieve scale, according to a new issue brief by an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Ford vs. Tesla: What Does a Transformational Automobile Scale-up Look Like?” is authored by Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Baker Institute.

Ford and Tesla both earned their reputations through what Collins describes as a “revolutionary vehicle type” — the Model T and Model S-X-3 suite, respectively — and as market makers. Comparing their sales growth trajectories, Collins hypothesizes, can offer insights on how electric vehicle (EV) sales are scaling up as well as how EVs can reshape automobile and oil markets.

The modern world, saturated with automobiles, provides a different battle for Tesla than Ford faced. For Tesla, scalability is essential and “holds the keys to lasting structural change in the energy and transportation spaces,” Collins wrote. Without scale, he says, Tesla cannot compete with the legacy brands that have built off of Ford’s vision for decades. Scale would allow EVs to create the operational infrastructure that can support pure-battery EVs and become more affordable, Collins says.

So can EVs reach market-transforming scale within the next decade?

“Possibly,” Collins wrote. “One overwhelming reality leaps forth from the past decade of data and anecdotal evidence alike: at the global level, EVs have thus far been evolutionary, not revolutionary, factors in the transportation sector.

“Tesla has been ‘evolutionary’ in that the changes they have introduced to the car market to date are thus far incremental …” Collins writes. “A ‘revolutionary’ change, such as the introduction of the Model T, would cause palpable shifts on even a short-term basis. … EVs are not yet impacting the market with sufficient mass to trigger that compounding, deep, high-velocity change necessary for a revolution.”

Collins conducts a range of globally focused commodity market, energy, water and environmental research. He focuses on legal, environmental and economic issues relating to water — including the food-water-energy nexus — as well as unconventional oil and gas development, and the intersection between global commodity markets and a range of environmental, legal and national security issues.

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Pirelli Introduces New Tires

PIRELLI INTRODUCES THE CINTURATO P7 ALL SEASON PLUS II
THE NEXT GENERATION OF TIRES SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR THE NORTH AMERICAN TOURING MARKET

NEW TREAD COMPOUND AND AN OPTIMIZED FOOTPRINT HELP TO IMPROVE OVERALL WET PERFORMANCE

Pirelli today announced an update to their range of All Season tires designed for the North American touring market with the introduction of its new Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II.

Part of Pirelli’s Plus line of products, which are specifically designed to better meet the needs of drivers in the North American market, the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II presents a new tread compound and an optimized footprint for improved behavior on wet surfaces. In particular, the new Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II showed an improved wet stopping distance.

Another area on which Pirellli’s engineers have focused to develop this new tire has been the wet handling and wet traction, while maintaining the tread wear, winter traction, noise, comfort, dry handling and steering performance of the previous generation.

The Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II is covered by a 70,000-mile limited tread wear warranty. The new Pirelli tire is now available in 30 sizes. The full 50 size range will be available in over the next few months.

Technical highlights include:

New Compound: A new functionalized polymer and increased silica content forms the new tread compound, which can also be found on the recently released Scorpion Verde All Season Plus II. This new compound delivers improved stopping distance in the Cinturato P7 All Season Plu II as well as enhanced overall performance in wet traction, handling and braking while maintaining the previous generation’s tread wear, winter traction, noise, comfort, dry handling and steering performance.

Optimized Footprint: A five percent larger contact area and optimized shape improves overall wet performance, braking and handling over the previous generation.

All Season Performance: The Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II is an extremely well-balanced tire that delivers high performance, low noise, and excellent handling.

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Purdue University Engineers New Nickel Material

Hybrid technique aims to produce stronger, corrosion-resistant nickel for auto, medical, manufacturing industries

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Nickel is a widely used metal in the manufacturing industry for both industrial and advanced material processes. Now, Purdue University innovators have created a hybrid technique to fabricate a new form of nickel that may help the future production of lifesaving medical devices, high-tech devices and vehicles with strong corrosion-resistant protection.

The Purdue technique involves a process where high-yield electrodeposition is applied on certain conductive substrates. The Purdue team’s work is published in the December edition of Nanoscale. One of the biggest challenges for manufacturers with nickel is dealing with the places within the metals where the crystalline grains intersect, which are known as the boundary areas. These conventional grain boundaries can strengthen metals for high- strength demand.

However, they often act as stress concentrators and they are vulnerable sites for electron scattering and corrosion attack. As a result, conventional boundaries often decrease ductility, corrosion resistance and electrical conductivity.

Another specific type of boundary, much less common in metals such as nickel due to its high-stacking fault energy, is called a twin boundary. The unique nickel in a single-crystal-like form contains high-density ultrafine twin structure but few conventional grain boundaries.

This particular nickel has been shown by the Purdue researchers to promote strength, ductility and improve corrosion resistance. Those properties are important for manufacturers across several industries – including automotive, gas, oil and micro-electro-mechanical devices.

“We developed a hybrid technique to create nickel coatings with twin boundaries that are strong and corrosion-resistant,” said Xinghang Zhang, a professor of materials engineering in Purdue’s College of Engineering “We want our work to inspire others to invent new materials with fresh minds.”

The solution of the researchers at Purdue is to use a single crystal substrate as a growth template in conjunction with a designed electrochemical recipe to promote the formation of twin boundaries and inhibit the formation of conventional grain boundaries. The high-density twin boundaries contribute a high mechanical strength exceeding 2 GPa, a low corrosion current density of 6.91 × 10^−8 A cm^−2, and high polarization resistance of 516 kΩ.

“Our technology enables the manufacturing of nanotwinned nickel coatings with high-density twin boundaries and few conventional grain boundaries, which leads to superb mechanical, electrical properties and high corrosive resistance, suggesting good durability for applications at extreme environments,” said Qiang Li, a research fellow in materials engineering and member of the research team. “Template and specific electrochemical recipes suggest new paths for boundary engineering and the hybrid technique can be potentially adopted for large-scale industrial productions.”

Potential applications for this Purdue technology include the semiconductor and automotive industries, which require metallic materials with advanced electric and mechanical properties for manufacturing. The nanotwinned nickel can be applied as corrosion-resistant coatings for the automobile, gas and oil industries.

The new nickel hybrid technique can be potentially integrated to the micro- electro-mechanical system industry after careful engineering designs. MEMS medical devices are used in critical care departments and other hospital areas to monitor patients.

The relevant pressure sensors and other functional small-scale components in MEMS require the use of materials with superior mechanical and structural stability and chemical reliability.

The team worked with the Purdue Research Foundation, Office of Technology Commercialization to patent the technology. They are looking for partners. For more information on licensing and other opportunities, contact D.H.R. Sarma from OTC at dhrsarma@prf.org 

The research has been funded by the Department of Energy’s. The Purdue team worked with scientists from Sandia National Laboratories on the technology.

About Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization

The Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the U.S. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue University and benefit the university’s academic activities through commercializing, licensing and protecting Purdue intellectual property. The office is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2019 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Award for Place from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The Purdue Research Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation created to advance the mission of Purdue University. Visit the Office of Technology Commercialization for more information.

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Problems With iPhone X You Need to Know

Apple’s changed the entire dynamics of the smartphone industry with its launch of iPhone X back in 2017, taking over the tech markets by storm. In fact, it was one of the most awaited releases of the year by iPhone as it was the first device in the iPhone range to get rid of the iconic home button and come with a new and innovative organic LED (OLED) screen. However, this high-priced iPhone X comes with quite a few faults, ranging from fast battery drainage and fragile back glass, that are hard to ignore especially when you’re spending a fortune to buy the device. 

Being an iPhone X owner, you must be aware of these issues so that you can take the necessary steps to overcome them and ensure that your device performs optimally. In case the problems persist, you can visit the Apple Store to have them sorted out. However, having your iPhone X repaired through the Apple Store can burn a hole through your pockets so we suggest that you visit a reliable repairing service like BREAKFIXNOW to get the work done at affordable prices. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the most persistent and prominent issues you’re likely to face in an iPhone X. 

Short Battery Life 

Although Apple claims that the battery of its iPhones can last all day long, it’s no secret that they have very unreliable battery life. In fact, if you ask any iPhone user what feature of their device they would want to be improved, we are sure that 80% of them will answer battery life and performance. iPhone X is no different and while Apple has taken many measures to improve the batteries used in iPhone X, it still has a lot of shortcomings. You can, however, take certain measures to improve battery life and make it last longer. Some of these include regulating the temperature of your iPhone X, managing background app activity and turning off unnecessary features that you don’t need.

Slow Charging

Another issue that most iPhone X users complain about is the slow charging of the device. Not only that but people also face issues around wireless charging as there have been reports that it doesn’t work properly or the phone doesn’t charge at all in some cases. This may be a result of a software fault in the system or a hardware fault in the charging port or the battery but no matter what the reason is, you should first ensure that the charging cable and adapter are not damaged. After ruling that out, we recommend that you have your phone checked by a professional. 

Freezing Screen

Although Apple came with a lot of advancements in the touchscreen technology by introducing an OLED in iPhone X, these advancements were accompanied by a fair share of issues as well. Screen freezing is referred to as the frustrating occurrence of unresponsive display when you’re using the device and unfortunately, you may have to deal with a lot of screen freezing in iPhone X. There may be times when you need to use your device urgently and its screen freezes so under such circumstances, you can try force restarting your iPhone. This, however, is a temporary fix so there are chances that you will still be facing screen freezing issues unless you opt for a permanent solution by going to a professional repairing service. 

Screen Burn-Ins

Another display related issue that most people face in iPhone X is of screen burn-ins where an image or its outline is embedded into the display (sometimes permanently) when it is viewed for a long period. Even Apple acknowledged this issue and officially stated that it is possible to experience image persistence and burn-ins in iPhone X. To prevent this, keep your screen brightness at a lower level and turn on display auto-locking. Keep in mind that screen burn-ins can permanently damage the display of your device so it’s important to take the precautionary steps to prevent them from happening.

Dysfunctional Face ID 

A prominent issue in iPhone x that has been reported time and again is that its Face ID does not work properly and in some cases completely fails to work and unlock the phone at all times. If the Face ID does not work at all, you may need to get your camera unit replaced so that it is able to recognize your appearance. Otherwise, make sure to keep the notch at the top of the screen clean at all times and scan your face under good lighting to ensure that the sensors and camera are working properly to recognize your appearance. 

These are only some of the major issues you’re expected to face in an iPhone X. Other problems that you may notice are speaker crackling at high volumes, call dropping, fragile back glass, and unresponsive touch screen. However, remember that iPhone X comes with an array of impressive features ad benefits too which neutralize the shortcomings and make it worth every penny.

Bear in mind that these are only some of the problems you might face with your iPhone X. Other issues include, but are not limited to, call dropping, GPS not working properly and touchscreen being unresponsive so you should brace yourself for those too. 

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FUNAI Android TV

Funai further expands range of Android TV devices in North America with 2K, 75-inch and Hands-free voice control later in the year

Funai Corporation, Inc. today announced the expansion of their 2019 Android TVTM device line-up with the Google Assistant. The range will be extended with small screen 2K 5505-Series and large screen UHD 5704-Series, and in the second half of 2020 with the Hands-free voice controller 6705 Series (43- to 75-inch). All products will be available in the United States and Canada. The 5-Series features seven display sizes ranging from 32-inch to 75-inches, and the 6-Series offers five displays ranging from 43-inch to 75-inch — and all will be unveiled at CES 2020, January 7-10, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Philips Android TV televisions deliver the most technologically-advanced viewing experience, providing access to apps, games, and more, right from the TV. Users can access over 500,000 movies and shows and over 5,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store (Subscriptions may be required for certain content providers.) Easy-to-use voice search and personalized recommendations mean users spend more time being entertained and less time hunting for something good. With Chromecast built-in, users can easily cast movies, shows, and photos from their Android or iOS device to the TV.

The new Android TV 5-Series televisions all include the Google Assistant, with a Google Assistant voice button on the remote control, allowing customers to do more with their TV. The Google Assistant allows users to quickly access favorite movies, shows, or music with their voice. Easily find and enjoy vacation photos on the big screen. Control devices around the home like dimming the lights from the comfort of the couch, or asking your personal Google Assistant questions and get answers, including the weather report or sport scores. Users can even manage tasks like viewing their schedule and adding appointments without picking up another device. Just press the Assistant button on the remote to get started.

The 6-Series televisions include an integrated far-field, echo-cancelling microphone array giving users hands-free voice-activated access to the Google Assistant, so there’s no need to touch the remote control to control your TV. Dual noise-cancelling microphones are embodied at the bottom bezel of the television, capturing voice commands while eliminating background noise – including the TV’s own audio.

The integrated Auto Echo Cancellation has been fully integrated with the quad core TV IC to optimize the response time and accuracy of the Google Assistant. In the center of the microphones are four LED to inform users of the status of Google Assistant, even if the main display is powered off. In addition, users can ensure privacy with a mute button that when engaged cuts off the power to the microphones and illuminates in orange providing you with full privacy control.

Users simply say, “Hey Google,” to activate their personal Google Assistant to quickly search and access entertainment, ask questions, control other smart home devices, such as the Philips Hue Play, Nest thermostat as well as other Google Assistant compatible products. And even add products to their Google Express cart from anywhere in the room. With Chromecast built-in, users can wirelessly cast photos, movies, apps and more directly from their smartphone. The built-in Google Assistant is ready to control all smart home devices.

“These new Philips TVs deliver an unmatched level of convergence between television, entertainment and multi-zone connected home control,” said Peter Swinkels, Director Product Planning, Funai Corporation, Inc. “This new series gives users instant access to their favorite entertainment programs in 4K, while also offering convenient, centralized voice control smart lights, thermostats, cameras, and more.”

The Philips 4K UHD Android TV series also features HDR 10 and is equipped with Bright Pro, a backlight boost that brightens the image by up to ten percent compared to standard LED displays, delivering exceptional brightness and contrast even in brightly lit rooms.

Connectivity options include HDMI, antenna RF, Wireless 802.11ac dual-band MIMO, Ethernet and USB multimedia, and audio options include digital optical and Bluetooth 5.0 for optional headphone, keyboard or other accessory connectivity.

To learn more about Funai’s latest smart home entertainment technology, and to see the full range of new and award-winning lifestyle technology products, visit www.funai.us.

For more information, please visit https://www.usa.philips.com/.

About Funai Corporation, Inc.

Funai Corporation, Inc., located in Torrance, Calif., is a subsidiary of Funai Electric Co., Ltd. and is the exclusive licensee for Philips consumer televisions and home video products, with marketing and distribution rights in North America. Funai Electric Co., LTD. established in 1961, and headquartered in Osaka, Japan, is listed in the Tokyo Securities Exchange First Section (Ticker 6839), as a designer and manufacturer of innovative consumer electronics and OEM products. The diverse product and technology portfolio is composed of televisions, Blu-ray players, thermal inkjet modules, microfluidics dispensers, and electric vehicle modules.

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