This Week in Tech News

Leo Gets the iPhone X, Says it Lives Up to the Hype

Episode 1436

Apple iPhone X

Leo got his iPhone X yesterday and he says that the display is stunning. It has a beautiful edge to edge OLED screen. The first thing you do is train it for facial recognition, but Leo says it doesn't recognize him yet because he's not always wearing his glasses. But when he does wear them, it reads him and is surprisingly good. It even reads in the dark and in strange lighting. You also have to look at it for it to recognize you. But occasionally, you'll have to use your passcode to get in, which Leo doesn't mind.

The iPhone X Pre-order Was a Mess

Episode 1434

Apple iPhone X

Leo says that the iPhone X pre-order was a total mess, as it usually is. The iPhone 8 pre-order, on the other hand, was easy and Leo says that's because most people didn't want it. They waited for the iPhone X. It was also very difficult to get one on November 3rd because they are in limited supplies. Leo is getting his the week after. Leo says he's rather tired of the whole upgrade rat race, too, and he's embarrassed by the whole process. If he didn't have to review these things, he'd likely just get off the train altogether.

Users Complain of Pixel 2 XL Screen Problems

Episode 1433

Pixel 2 XL

The Google Pixel 2 XL came out this week and users are complaining of a "blotchy" screen when you turn the brightness down. Leo also says that there's been burn in complaints on the screen's OLED display. Leo went in to look at it in the store and turned it down and said that the difference in the display didn't bother him. But he does like the LG V30, which has the same display.

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iPhone X Faces Production Issues

Episode 1431

Apple iPhone X

The iPhone X is about to be available for preorder on October 27th, and Leo says that most users have been waiting for it, choosing not to upgrade to the iPhone 8. But Leo says that users who have the iPhone 6S or 7 may choose to merely not upgrade at all, since the performance boost really isn't that significant. The $1,000 price tag could also be giving users pause. Those who will be buying it are likely doing it as a status symbol, not for any measurable improvement. Meanwhile, analysts are speculating that sales of the iPhone may be hampered by available supply.

New Bill Would Make it Legal to Hack Back Hackers

Episode 1430

Hacker

A new bill being proposed would allow computer users to hack back any hackers that strike them. This will give them the ability to destroy any data stolen from them, as well as giving a little digital pay back. Leo says that it's hard to know where the attack is coming from and you could make matters worse for some innocent person who was also hacked, with their computers and email addresses used as an alias for the real hacker. He also says this is asking for trouble because hackers are far more sophisticated than their victims.

Facebook Security Officer Says Security Is Hard, Especially for Ads

Episode 1429

Silhouette in front of Facebook on PC

Facebook's top security officer says that it's really hard to keep bad guys off their site. Testifying before Congress, he said that buying so-called dark ads is hard to stop. Leo says that's because they're willing to pay for it. Leo adds that Facebook really needs to do eliminate dark ads completely and have every ad be seen in the light of day so we know who's buying the ads. But Facebook doesn't want to do that.

CCleaner Contained Malware for Months

Episode 1429

CCleaner

Avast/Piriform has confirmed that its popular CCleaner app has been infected with malware for the last several months and that users who have used it may have had their computer's compromised. Avast says they believe that they've fixed the problem and that no users have been harmed by the hack. But Leo says he worries about the term "we believe," and this is yet another reason why using these kinds of apps to protect yourself gives you a false sense of security.

Google Announces Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Episode 1429

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google Announces the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL. Learn more at store.google.com.

Bad Reviews of Essential Android Phone sinks sales. Only 5,000 sold. Leo says that's sad because he likes his Essential phone. It runs clean and pure Android. It had its initial problems, but they've fixed it and it's gotten updates to make it more mature. The only problem is, it has no headphone jack.