Black Friday is over, but that won’t stop Sam’s Club from having another sale – BGR

Black Friday is long gone but that doesn’t mean Christmas sales are over. Green Monday is almost upon us, with eBay and Target already unveiling new sales promotions for next week.

But it’s Sam’s Club “Bonus Black Friday” sale that you have to check out, as it’s got an unusual twist: it’s all based on Christmas movies.

Shopping for Christmas gifts isn’t the only thing you’ll be doing these days. Chances are that you’re going to watch plenty of Christmas movies, which is a yearly ritual one can’t escape.

Sam’s Club one day sale takes place in December 16th, with sales starting in stores at 7:00 AM local time. You’ll be able to shop online even earlier than that, with discounts going live at 12:01 AM EST over at SamsClub.com/OneDayOnly.

Below, you’ll find Sam’s Club movie-based deals which include several gems, like a 55-inch Samsung curved Smart TV and Xbox One S bundle, 1TB PS4, as well as Apple Watch (Series 3 and Series 2) deals:

  • The Holiday = You can take a break from real life without crossing the pond with the SAMSUNG 55” CLASS CURVED UHD SMART TV** AND XBOX ONE® S FORZA 3 BUNDLE. One click and you might just fall in love. Buy BOTH for just $698! ($280 savings)
  • Polar Express = You won’t have to worry about the ice cracking underneath your ride when you have new PIRELLI OR GOOD YEAR TIRES. (up to $140* – save $80 instantly on purchase of 4 new tires + $60 off tire installation)
  • A Christmas Story = Ruined Christmas dinner have you saying “Oh, Fudge?” With the snap of a few sparks and a quick whiff of ozone, the POWER PRESSURE COOKER® PLUS will blaze forth in unparalleled glory. (event price: $69.98) ($20 savings)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life = You may not be able to lasso the moon, but you can land in the stars with all that shines this year. Sam’s Club is offering up to $500 off diamond jewelry. Just take a peek at the sparkling holiday look book!
  • Home Alone = Paint cans and blow torches may have worked for Kevin, but you can protect your home from bandits wet and sticky alike with the SAMSUNG 4-CHANNEL 4-CAMERA 1080P WIRELESS NVR SECURITY SYSTEM. (event price: $329 + free shipping) ($70 savings)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas = You don’t have to rely on Lucy for advice. Do all the searching you want on your new ACER® 2-IN-1 TOUCHSCREEN 15.6” FULL HD IPS NOTEBOOK. (event price: 399 + free shipping) ($150 savings)
  • Love Actually = You can listen to Billy Mack’s version of “Love is All Around” in any kind of weather with the NYNE ROCKTM XTREME SPEAKER (event price: $99.88) ($50 savings).
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer = Reindeer games getting you down? You’ll be shouting out with glee when you see the SONY® 1TB PLAYSTATION® 4 under the tree! (event price: $249 + free shipping) ($50 savings)
  • White Christmas = Whether you’re dreaming of a “White Christmas” or a “Heat Wave” you can sing along with your festive favorites with ITUNES $100 MULTI-PACK GIFT CARDS(event price: 84.47 + free shipping) ($10 savings)
  • Elf = The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear. But the second best way may be with the COPPER CHEF® PRO 8-PIECE HEAVY GAUGE COOKWARE SET.(event price: $69.98 + free shipping) ($30 savings)
  • A Christmas Carol = The ghost of Christmas future has arrived with the latest APPLE WATCH® SERIES 3 OR SERIES 2. (Check club or samsclub.com for low member price)
  • Christmas Vacation = Don’t you dare buy that Jelly of the Month Club membership for your friends and family. Instead, give them a FREE MEMBERSHIP TO SAM’S CLUB. Right now new Plus members will receive a Savings Membership certificate to pass along to a friend or family member. It really is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year!
  • Home Alone 2 = We can’t all be lucky enough to stay at the Plaza Hotel for Christmas, but you can feel like you are when you use the MEMBER’S MARK HOTEL PREMIER COLLECTION BATH TOWELS. (event price: $4.98)

Sam’s Club ad for the event is available at this link.

Best Buy’s 3-day Apple sale event includes the first big iPhone X deal – BGR

The iPhone X is probably one of the best Christmas gifts this year, whether you’re buying it for a special someone or for yourself. It’s also a pricey gift. Regardless of how you’re paying for it, you’re still going to shell out more money for an iPhone X than any other smartphone. That’s why iPhone X deals are definitely welcome, considering there were no iPhone X discounts on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Best Buy has just kicked off a special 3-day sale on Apple gear, however, and it actually includes a hot iPhone X sale.

Best Buy says on its Apple sale page that you’ll get a Best Buy gift card of up to $250 if you trade up to an iPhone X in a Best Buy store. That means you have to bring in a working iPhone to take advantage of the deal and activate your new iPhone X with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon.

iPhones as old as the iPhone 5 are supported, but don’t expect those devices to net you a significant discount. Using Best Buy’s iPhone trade-in value tool, you’ll discover that an iPhone 5 in working condition is worth $35, while a 256GB iPhone 7 Plus with no issues has a $300 trade-in value. Strangely, that’s above the $250 that Best Buy is prepared to offer.

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of selling your old iPhone yourself and don’t plan to give it to someone in your family, then Best Buy’s offer fantastic.

The iPhone X isn’t the only discounted Apple products that Best Buy will sell from now through Saturday night. Here are the other hot deals:

  • Save up to $150 on iPad Pro 10.5”
  • Save up to $200 on Select MacBook computers
  • Save up to $200 on iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 with qualified activation
  • Save $190 on Beats Studio 2 Wireless headphones
  • Save up to $200 on iMacs
  • iPhone 6s starting at $9.99/mo. with qualified activation; Save $150

Check out all of Best Buy’s deals at this link.

Apple says Face ID on the iPhone X wasn’t designed to support multiple users – BGR

In the weeks and months leading up to Apple’s iPhone X event this past September, it wasn’t entirely clear what Apple’s rumored facial recognition feature would mean for Touch ID. If you recall, there were a number of speculative reports claiming that Apple was still trying to figure out a way to incorporate Touch ID underneath the iPhone X display or position it on the back of the device. When the iPhone X was officially unveiled, Touch ID — surprise, surprise — was nowhere to be found. In turn, a narrative quickly emerged claiming that Apple only opted to implement Face ID after running into trouble with Touch ID.

In truth, Touch ID on the iPhone X was never seriously in the cards. Though Apple toyed with the idea many months back, it was since revealed that Face ID was designed to be a complete replacement for Touch ID more than a year ago. Face ID is said to be more secure than Touch ID, and since the iPhone X hit stores a few weeks ago, the feature has largely performed exactly as advertised.

There is, however, one slight difference between Face ID and Touch ID. Whereas Touch ID allows users to register multiple fingers — and thus multiple users — Face ID only permits users to register one face per device. Though hardly a serious issue, it did cause some grumbling amongst a small minority of users who like to share device access with loved ones.

Now if you’re one of those users, we’ve got some bad news for you. According to an email from Apple’s own Craig Federighi (originally posted to Reddit), support for multiple users via Face ID isn’t likely to happen anytime soon.

In response to a question on the matter, Federighi explained:

Currently we’re focusing Face ID on a single user authentication. Even TouchID’s multi-finger support was really intended to enable a single iPhone owner to unlock the device with a finger and thumb on both hands, not to enable multi-user authentication.

We’ll certainly keep your feedback in mind as we consider our plans to evolve Face ID in the future.

The full exchange can be seen below.

YouTubers claim to hack the iPhone X’s Face ID with a plaster mask – BGR

The iPhone X comes with a sophisticated 3D facial recognition system that has no rival in the mobile business right now. It’s more secure than Touch ID, almost as fast, and works pretty much as intended — that’s to say there have been no “Facegates” issues to date.

However, the security of Face ID isn’t foolproof. Children can already Face ID into the iPhone X of their parents, and some people have had similar successes with the handsets of their siblings. Hackers also successfully unlocked the phone using a 3D-printed mask, although they haven’t answered all the questions related to their procedure.

A new video now claims to show how Face ID can be fooled with a plaster mask.

Posted online earlier this week on YouTube channel WolfieRaps, the video is a bit on the trolly side. It’s not exactly a scientific kind of show, but the video does prove that 2D images can’t break the Face ID lock.

However, the YouTubers video demo a successful mirror Face ID unlock which seems impossible at first. It turns out that if you hold the iPhone X at an angle while facing a mirror, it’ll be able to measure the depth of your face. I tried it and it works. Of course, this isn’t a real hack, as you do need the iPhone X owner to perform it.

Moving on to the plaster hack, I’ll have to say I’m not convinced it actually works. If it does, however, it’s still something you can’t really pull off. You’ll need physical access to your target’s head, and that person will suspect something’s up the minute you ask them to let you make a plaster mask of their face.

As seen towards the end of the clip below, the plaster mask does work. It does unlock the iPhone. But because the video doesn’t seem to be a continuous recording, there are reasons to suspect something may have happened during different takes that allowed it to happen, and I’m going to quote from Apple’s white paper on how Face ID works:

To improve unlock performance and keep pace with the natural changes of your face and look, Face ID augments its stored mathematical representation over time. Upon successful unlock, Face ID may use the newly calculated mathematical representation—if its quality is sufficient—for a finite number of additional unlocks before that data is discarded. Conversely, if Face ID fails to recognize you, but the match quality is higher than a certain threshold and you immediately follow the failure by entering your passcode, Face ID takes another capture and augments its enrolled Face ID data with the newly calculated mathematical representation. This new Face ID data is discarded after a finite number of unlocks and if you stop matching against it. These augmentation processes allow Face ID to keep up with dramatic changes in your facial hair or makeup use, while minimizing false acceptance.

In other words, if the iPhone in the video below was unlocked with a passcode, then Face ID may have mapped the mask. For this to happen, however, the mask should have been placed in front of the TrueDepth camera while the passcode was introduced, or soon after it. On the other hand, the video also shows the time on the iPhone, as the screen is mirrored to a computer to record the Face ID unlock success or failure. The successful unlock occurs only a couple of minutes after the first unsuccessful attempts.

Again, the hack does seem to work. But this isn’t the most scientific Face ID hack out there. Watch the entire thing below:

Top insider says 2018 iPhone X will feature much faster data speeds – BGR

Even though the iPhone X hasn’t even been out for a full month, the Apple rumor mill never takes a day off. And neither, apparently, does Ming-Chi Kuo who has yet another research note regarding Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup. In a note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo writes that Apple’s next-gen iPhones will incorporate a brand new antenna design that will ultimately improve LTE transmission speeds.

Kuo’s note reads in part:

Antenna design upgrade a key factor in anticipated boost to LTE transmission speed in new 2H18F iPhone models. As a LTE antenna FPCB material, LCP is superior to PI in properties related to high-frequency, thermal performance and moisture resistance. We predict 2H18 new iPhones will be equipped with two LCP LTE antenna modules same as iPhone X or more, but with higher specs to support 4×4 MIMO standards.

Incidentally, Kuo just a few days ago issued a report claiming that Apple’s 2018 iPhone models will include remarkably faster baseband chips sourced from both Intel and Qualcomm. Kuo also believes that 70-80% of the baseband chips on next year’s iPhone lineup will come from Intel. On a related note, Qualcomm earlier this month filed suit against Apple for allegedly sharing proprietary information about its LTE chips with Intel.

As for what Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup will look like, Kuo doubled down on his report from last week, reiterating that Apple will introduce a revamped iPhone X along with two additional devices: an edgeless 6.5-inch iPhone with an OLED display and a 6.1-inch iPhone with an edgeless LCD display. Assuming Kuo’s projection is accurate, it will be interesting to see what Apple does with its iPhone 8 models. Will they simply remain as-is or might they see an S-style upgrade? Either way, it’s clear that edgeless displays with Face ID instead of Touch ID will soon become the de facto design for all new iPhone models.

Image Source: MacRumors