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Whatever You Do, Don’t Set Your iPhone To 1970
The tech world loves their Easter eggs, from Adventure’s original hidden feature to Tesla’s various car tricks. But don’t fall for the recent claims for one hidden in your iPhone: if you attempt it, you’ll brick your device.
A prank originating from 4chan claims that if you set your iPhone’s (5s models and up) date back to 1970, it will display a retro Apple logo. What actually happens if you decide to set your iPhone back to 1 January, 1970? It will brick your device and there’s no fix for it: even Apple’s own Geniuses can’t figure out how to fix it, and you’ll have to get the phone completely replaced.
Air Pollution Kills 5.5 Million People Every Year Worldwide
The smog hovering over many major cities is not just an unhealthy inconvenience. Breathing that air is killing millions of people. A recent study in Nature estimated three million people died annually due to air quality. That number may be closer to 5.5 million premature deaths per year, according to a new study being presented today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Looking at data from 188 countries, the University of British Columbia worked with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington to compare health risk factors to air pollution levels from 1990 to 2013. Although air pollution has decreased over the last 20 years in many countries, global levels of dangerous emissions have increased.
Qualcomm’s Latest Chip Provides Gigabit 4G Speeds
Hold on to your data contracts: Qualcomm’s latest modem chip will enable mobile devices to achieve LTE download speeds of up to 1Gbps. Now you just need to find a network that can support it.
The new Snapdragon X16 modem offers what are known as Category 16 LTE download speeds. For normal humans, that means it can provide speeds of up to 1Gbps — two or three times faster than most modern smartphones, which tend to top out at either 300Mbps or 450Mbps. The new chip will also let you upload at speeds of up to 150Mbps.