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The one iPhone 8 leak to rule them all

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For those who obsess about the iPhone, it was the mother lode.

After a long period without any substantive information (although plenty of whispers, speculation, and questionable photos), it finally happened: the biggest iPhone 8 leak so far. 

In what looks like an understandable but massive mistake, pre-release firmware for the Apple HomePod somehow got uploaded to a public server.

There’s a lot of interest in HomePod — the Apple “smart speaker” that’s meant for music and has Siri built-in. Apple plans to release it in December, so getting a look at the software four months early is definitely a big deal.

But that was just the beginning. The HomePod software actually included a lot of information about a new iPhone — what has generally been called the iPhone 8 — including details on the exact shape of its edge-to-edge screen, a new kind of biometric security that involves facial recognition, and other features.

One of the key people in deciphering the leak has been Guilherme Rambo, an iOS developer from Brazil. Rambo has been revealing the details he and others have discovered in the HomePod software on his Twitter feed, including references to something called “Pearl ID,” a virtual home button, and even an image of what the front of the iPhone 8 will supposedly look like (hint: get ready to hear the term “notch” a lot).

Rambo joins this week’s MashTalk podcast along with CNET Executive Editor and mobile analyst Roger Cheng and Mashable Senior Tech Correspondent Raymond Wong to fully unpack this huge leak, explore what this radically redesigned iPhone will mean (to users and Apple), and analyze the info to figure out what’s not in the leak.

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What happens after Net Neutrality falls?

The internet five years from now could look a lot different than what it is today.

Building an online business might be harder than ever thanks to the FCC throwing out the rules surrounding Net Neutrality — the premise that all data on the net should be treated equally regardless of origin or destination. Without Net Neutrality, providers would be free to create so-called “fast lanes” on the internet, prioritizing services that they’re friendly to, and relegating those that don’t pay up to the slow lane.

At least that’s the future many envision if Net Neutrality is thrown out, including those who protested this week in the Net Neutrality Day of Action, which saw many major tech companies — including Facebook, Snapchat, Amazon, and Google — add their voices to the chorus of entities calling for Net Neutrality to be preserved.

However, Net Neutrality will likely be changed or thrown out no matter what, so the question now becomes: What happens next? On this week’s MashTalk, we explore what a future without Net Neutrality looks like, and ask: Is there a chance it might even be better for consumers in some ways?

Mashable Business Editor Jason Abbruzzese and Tech Correspondent Jack Morse join Pete, Lance, and… Elmo…? for an important discussion on the future of the internet.

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iPhone 2020 roundtable: Dissecting the future of Apple’s ‘one device’

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It’s pretty remarkable that, 10 years after the iPhone first debuted, that it’s still recognizably an iPhone.

Put an iPhone 7 on the table next to an original iPhone, and, while it would be clear that one is more advanced and sophisticated than the other, you can easily see they share the same DNA. Apps, multi-touch, the home button — the overall design and the platform it enables has been very consistent through the decade of its existence.

That’s why, when Mashable‘s Tech Team took it upon themselves to imagine what the iPhone of 2020 would look like, we ended up with something that — while clearly a step beyond the smartphones of today — is unmistakably an iPhone. But an iPhone with an edge-to-edge screen, no home button, a more AI-driven version of iOS, and no ports whatsoever.

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After revealing our vision, we invited a panel of experts to dissect it — to tell us what we got right and what we got wrong — on our MashTalk podcast. iMore Managing Editor Serenity Caldwell, Loup Ventures Managing Partner Gene Munster, and USA Today Tech Columnist Ed Baig join Mashable‘s Pete Pachal, Raymond Wong, Lance Ulanoff, and Sam Sheffer in a spirited discussion about the future of the iPhone.

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Is Uber the MySpace of ride-hailing companies?

After this week, Uber is forever changed. Co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced to resign as CEO after pressure from investors over recent scandals.

Those scandals? Where to begin: There are the allegations of sexual harassment and HR incompetence from Susan Fowler Rigetti. There’s the ongoing lawsuit from Alphabet’s Waymo that alleges Uber benefited from intellectual property that the now-fired head of self-driving may have stolen. There’s the Greyball program that the company used to evade regulators and is now being investigated. There are the reports that Uber’s leadership team obtained and viewed the medical records of a rider in a rape case. There’s…

You get the point. Uber has been been having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. But does the exit of Kalanick — who had been on leave from the company and will remain on the board — signal a new direction for Uber? 

On this week’s MashTalk, Pete is joined by a panel of Uber experts, including Farhad Manjoo from The New York Times, JP Mangalindan from Yahoo Finance, and Kerry Flynn from Mashable‘s business team to answer that very question. Also up for discussion: What kind of person should lead the company next? What about the internal petition to reinstate him? Will Kalanick’s downfall change Silicon Valley startup culture at all? And, if you’re an Uber user, what should your takeaway be from all this?

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How Microsoft built a hardware empire with Surface

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The Microsoft Surface line has grown a lot in the five years since its debut. It now encompasses the Surface Pro tablet, Surface Book convertible, Surface Studio all-in-one, Surface Hub digital “whiteboard,” and the brand-new Surface Laptop.

The man in charge of it all: Panos Panay, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Surface Computing.

Panay paid a visit to the MashTalk studio this week, and we took the opportunity to ask him about a few Surface facts that piqued our curiosity — and one or two that were irking us —about the Surface line.

Microsoft Surface boss Panos Panay.

Microsoft Surface boss Panos Panay.

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Panay opened up about about the history of the Surface, going all the way back to before it was a consumer product (the name was first attached to Microsoft’s giant touchscreen tabletop, meant for retailers and restaurants). Starting with the 2012 unveiling of the first tablet, Panay gave us the inside story on how Microsoft built its own high-end hardware empire, revealed some insight into why it took so long for the company to build an actual laptop, and finally explained why they don’t just bundle the Surface Pro with a frickin’ keyboard already.

Also, will we ever see a Surface phone? Panay’s answer is … unsurprising.

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