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OnePlus has fixed a terrifying bug that made some of their newest smartphones reboot when you tried to call 911

Smartphone maker OnePlus has began rolling out an update containing a fix for a very serious glitch on Thursday.

On Tuesday, a OnePlus 5 owner complained on Reddit that his phone would reboot when he tried to call 911 to report a building fire nearby.

The issue didn’t appear to be widespread, as only a few reports of OnePlus 5 smartphones rebooting during a 911 call were recorded. Still, it’s a terrifying prospect that even one OnePlus 5 owner couldn’t reach emergency services simply because of a glitch.

Apparently, the glitch affected OnePlus devices where the owner was using different dialing apps instead of the stock dialing app that came with the phone. Android devices, and OnePlus devices in particular, easily lend to user customization, like using your own choice of third-party apps over the stock apps that come with the phone.

We’ve reached out to OnePlus for more information, but have yet to hear back. OnePlus has informed other outlets that OnePlus 5 owners can, and should, manually update their smartphones by going into Settings menu and finding the System Updates option.

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THE US SMART HOME MARKET REPORT: Systems, apps, and devices leading to home automation

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The US smart home market has still yet to meet the expectations many observers had in the early part of this decade.

The same issues BI Intelligence first identified back in 2015 still plague the space — persistently high prices, technological fragmentation, and consumers’ lack of a perceived benefit from the devices.

But the newfound popularity of smart home voice control has revolutionized smart home ecosystems across the country, and convinces more consumers to equip their homes with smart devices on a daily basis. The Amazon Echo, released in 2014, has become immensely popular and capable, awakening users to the utility of both voice control and smart home devices. This has prompted companies to rush to release competing devices and integrate voice control into their smart home ecosystems.

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we examine the overall state of the US smart home market — both the professionally and self-installed markets. We analyze the factors driving demand for smart home devices and smart home voice speakers, and discuss the future of voice control in the home.

Here are some key takeaways from the report:

  • Voice control is becoming a key remote interface within the home, a trend that began with the introduction of the Amazon Echo in 2014. Since then, Google, Samsung, and Apple have all integrated voice control into their smart home ecosystems.
  • While progress has been made, prices are still too high and consumers still have yet to show strong demand for smart home devices.
  • The US smart home market is only now entering the mass market phase of consumer adoption and overcoming the chasm that it sat in back in 2015.

In full, the report:

  • Analyzes current consumer demand for smart home devices based off results from BI Intelligence’s proprietary survey.
  • Forecasts future growth in the number of smart home devices installed in American homes.
  • Analyzes the factors influencing the proliferation of voice control devices in the homes.
  • Identifies and analyzes the market strategies of various companies that have integrated voice control into their smart home ecosystems.

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Bluetooth mesh networks could give the Industrial IoT a boost

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Bluetooth networks now support mesh network standards, thanks to a recent decision by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the governing body that oversees the networking standard, according to ZDNet

Mesh networks are decentralized networks that rely on several routers that connect to each other and create a network that usually has a longer range, making it ideal for many enterprise settings. Google Wi-Fi, for instance, is a mesh network designed for use in the home to cover areas that may have had spotty coverage with traditional Wi-Fi. It’s worth noting that the Bluetooth SIG has been aiming to integrate mesh network standards for some time now — back in 2015 it formed a special working group aimed at deciding how to best integrate the standard.

Bluetooth mesh networks could be particularly well suited for the industrial IoT (IIoT). Unlike IoT solutions in the utilities and supply chain, devices deployed in the IIoT, such as robots and connected machinery that’s outfitted with sensors all over, produce more data than can be transmitted over low-power standards and protocols like LoRaWan or Narrowband-IoT. But Bluetooth can handle more data than these low-power protocols, and now that it can be extended through mesh standards, it could be good for connecting machinery on a factory floor. And that could allow manufacturers to connect equipment they previously had been unable to, boosting spending in the long run — BI Intelligence estimates that global manufacturers will spend $70 billion annually on IoT solutions in 2021. 

BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, expects that more than 24 billion IoT devices will be installed globally in 2020, and the vast majority of these will fall into the small, low-power category.

So networks that are better suited to connect these low-power IoT devices — notably, Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) — are being developed. These networks can connect devices over large geographic areas because of their long range, but use less battery power on the devices they connect and offer cheaper data subscriptions than traditional cellular networks. Interest in LPWANs among IoT providers and end users is growing in response to the opportunities these benefits present. 

BI Intelligence has compiled a detailed report on LPWANs that:

  • Details the broad need for low-cost, low-power internet connectivity for IoT devices that LPWANs will help meet.
  • Forecasts the growth of the LPWAN market including new networking providers and traditional mobile carriers that are launching their own LPWANs.
  • Examines how LPWANs will be adopted by different industries that are launching IoT projects.
  • Compares the distinct characteristics and advantages of different standards for LPWANs.
  • Explains how the LPWAN market will develop over the coming years in regards to different standards and competitors.
  • Examines what the future of internet network connectivity for IoT devices will look like, including LPWANs and the coming of 5G mobile networks.

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Bitcoin explodes above $2,500

Bitcoin is soaring on Thursday, trading up 13.01% at $2,576 a coin. The cryuptocurrency continues to rally as traders look ahead to the August 1 decision on whether or not bitcoin will be split in two. 

Thursday’s gain has the cryptocurrency up 40% from its July 17 low of $1,852. That’s the day bitcoin tumbled 20% amid renewed fears it would be split in two. 

The recent rally has bitcoin within 16% of its all time high near $3,000 set on June 12. In a recent note to clients, Sheba Jafari, the head of technical strategy at Goldman Sachs, suggested the cryptocurrency would make another run at record highs after holding strong support in the $1,856 to $1,790 area. 

The minimum target for an eventual Vth wave from current levels is 2,988; an extended 5th could reach ~ $3,691,” Jafari wrote. 

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Bitcoin explodes above $2,500

Bitcoin is soaring on Thursday, trading up 13.01% at $2,576 a coin. The cryuptocurrency continues to rally as traders look ahead to the August 1 decision on whether or not bitcoin will be split in two. 

Thursday’s gain has the cryptocurrency up 40% from its July 17 low of $1,852. That’s the day bitcoin tumbled 20% amid renewed fears it would be split in two. 

The recent rally has bitcoin within 16% of its all time high near $3,000 set on June 12. In a recent note to clients, Sheba Jafari, the head of technical strategy at Goldman Sachs, suggested the cryptocurrency would make another run at record highs after holding strong support in the $1,856 to $1,790 area. 

The minimum target for an eventual Vth wave from current levels is 2,988; an extended 5th could reach ~ $3,691,” Jafari wrote. 

Bitcoin

 

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These before-and-after photos show tech billionaires’ dramatic transformations

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Tech CEOs used to be infamous for their lack of style.

But a photo revealing how much Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has changed over the years shows that the stereotype is changing. 

Here are 12 photos that prove how time and success changed some of tech’s most famous CEOs. 

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Back in 2005 when Amazon was just selling books, Jeff Bezos would frequently wear sweaters over collared shirts.

Today, Bezos’ appearance has noticeably changed — his shaved head and toned arms recently sparked a meme on Twitter.

Source: Business Insider

Two of PayPal’s founding members, Peter Thiel and Elon Musk, dressed much more casual back in 2000.

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T-Mobile says Verizon and AT&T’s unlimited data plans are killing their network speeds (TMUS)

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Verizon’s and AT&T’s reactive moves to expand unlimited data plans may be stifling their network speeds, according to T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray.

A nosedive in megabytes per second (Mbps) for the two companies during Q2 2017, coinciding with the launch of their new unlimited offerings, could suggest that the two networks were strained by the sudden uptick in data consumption. 

It was only after the first full quarter since offering an unlimited plan that Verizon plummeted to third place, behind AT&T on network speed. Meanwhile, T-Mobile’s network ranks first in download speed and LTE availability in the US, Ray said, referring to Ookla data. In Q2 2017, the carrier reached average speeds of 27 Mbps. The success of T-Mobile’s strategy signifies how smaller companies can fly past competitors and swiftly disrupt markets, specifically the US carrier model.

As smartphone and tablet adoption in the US approaches saturation, carriers have begun fighting over the same subscriber base. T-Mobile’s disruptive, yet appealing, unlimited offerings have continued to eat into the customer base of rival carriers Verizon and AT&T. In Q1 2017, T-Mobile added 1.1 million customers, and Verizon had a net decline of 307,000 wireless postpaid connections.

Verizon’s move to offer its unlimited plan in February is a reversal for the company, which initially saw little value in it as the company discontinued its first unlimited plan back in 2011. However, as the carrier continued to hemorrhage subscribers, its losses turned out to be not as bad as expected. In Q1 2017, Verizon had a net loss of 289,000 postpaid phone customers, but said it was on pace to lose nearly 400,000 of those users before its unlimited plan launch.

Still, while retaining customers is important for Verizon and AT&T, their focus has moved to new growth drivers, like the Internet of Things (IoT) and video delivery. Both Verizon and AT&T are building out LTE Cat-M1 networks across the globe, which would be useful for a set of IoT use cases. Verizon’s interest in a 5G wireless network rollout will also work to support various IoT applications that rely on massive amounts of data. And AT&T is focused on video delivery services, like its new DirecTV Now streaming offering, to lure subscribers.

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