The first Android Go smartphone to grace US shores is now available and if you’re wanting to give it a shot, it won’t set you back very much money. The ZTE Tempo Go features a 5.0-inch display operating at a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SoC – a quad-core chip operating at 1.1GHz – that works in conjunction with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of local storage (expandable by 32GB via microSD card slot). There’s also a five-megapixel rear-facing camera, a two-megapixel front shooter and a 3.5mm headphone jack in addition to the usual gamut of wireless connectivity options like 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. ZTE’s website doesn’t mention the size of the phone’s battery. Obviously, there’s not a whole lot to get excited about here in terms of hardware specifications. What is noteworthy, however, is the fact that it runs Google’s version of Android for low-end devices. Dubbed Android Go, … [Read more...] about ZTE’s Tempo Go is the first Android Go smartphone to hit US shores
The State Department has proposed that almost everyone looking to obtain a US visa must submit five years of social media handles. The rules would apply to almost all applicants for immigrant and non-immigrant visas, affecting nearly 15 million people. Handing over social media information as part of the visa application process was initially suggested in 2015, just weeks after the San Bernardino shooting. A year later, the Department of Homeland Security started requesting that certain foreign travelers—those identified for extra scrutiny—hand over their social media details when visiting the US. This had been a voluntary request; visitors would not be denied entry into the country if they refused. In the notices set for formal publication today, the government will list social media platforms and require virtually all visa applicants, including those applying for legal permanent residency, to “provide any identifiers used by applicants for those platforms during the … [Read more...] about Virtually all US visa applications could require five years of social media details
Facebook has certainly been in a bit of hot water lately. The company has been the target of numerous lawsuits and widespread community backlash following the recent Cambridge Analytica data privacy debacle and CEO Mark Zuckerburg soon plans to testify in front of Congress regarding the incident. Regardless, it seems the company is ready to move past their issues now. Today, several Facebook executives laid out the their plans to improve the platform in the future. For now, those plans include steps Facebook is taking to "protect election security" during the US 2018 midterm elections and onward. "...during the 2016 US election, foreign actors tried to undermine the integrity of the electoral process. Their attack included taking advantage of open online platforms — such as Facebook — to divide Americans, and to spread fear, uncertainty and doubt," Facebook's VP of Product Management Guy Rosen said during a press conference. "...none of us can turn back the clock, but we … [Read more...] about Facebook executives lay out their plan to protect US election integrity in the future
The CultCast: Apple has powered up the new iPad so much, it’s hard to resist! We’ll tell you why we’re so excited. Plus: What you need to know about iOS 11.3; everything Apple revealed at its “field trip” event; a reliable report says Apple Watch Plus is incoming; and you asked, we answer — from the best Home apps, to our Mac mini predictions, to Commando versus Predator, we answer your most burning questions. Squarespace.com website. Enter offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10 percent off any hosting plan. Episode Subscribe on iTunesThis week’s stories Apple is finally selling a space gray keyboard and mouse Mac fans that love the look of the new space gray iMac Pro — but don’t want to plop down four grand — can finally buy the computer’s coveted accessories separately. The space srey keyboard costs $149. That’s $20 more than the normal silver keyboard Buying a space gray Magic Mouse will set you back $99, … [Read more...] about The new iPad excites us! It’s true, and we’ll tell you why on The CultCast
If you're based in the New York City region or the Bay Area, and you're free next Tuesday, April 3, between 6 pm and 8 pm, you're going to want read this. A bunch of us from the Mobile Nations team, including YouTube phenom Michael Fisher (a.k.a., MrMobile) and Mark Guim, Windows Central's video maestro and in-house PC reviewer, will be in New York City, at the Arlo NoMad hotel right near Midtown between 6 pm and 8 pm EST. That same night, in San Francisco, the man Rene Ritchie, iMore's editor in chief, and the inimitable Phil Nickinson (a.k.a. Modern Dad), will be near Union Square, above the AT&T Flagship Store at 1 Powell St. between 6 pm and 8 pm PT (there will be signage and/or friendly people to direct you to the location). As if the opportunity to meet these fine folks wasn't enough, there will be free food! And free drinks! And stuff to win! For free! All courtesy of the good folks at AT&T, who will also be promoting their admirable It Can Wait campaign against … [Read more...] about Hey NYC and SF — come hang out with us, eat, drink and win free stuff!