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Sunday October 15

08:59
1Password 6.8.3

Improves communication reliability between 1Password and the Chrome and Firefox Web browsers. ($64.99 new, free update, 48.6 MB)

 

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08:30
UPS dogs

I love dogs but, having been a delivery driver, I know the stress dogs can create. This is a fun Facebook page showing some of the wonderful dogs UPS drivers encounter during their day.

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08:00
After Math: Everything sucks

It's another week down and we're all a bit closer to death. Huzzah. While the moron-in-chief continues to systematically dismantle everything good and decent about our country, the tech industry did its part to help hasten that process along. The hea...

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05:30
Ben Heck's Super Glue Gun: Integrating...

The super glue gun project is starting to come together. After designing the automatically deploying stand, the team is now combining it with the trigger so that it can deploy when you grab onto it using capacitive touch sensing. Putting together...

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03:26
First 'Rocket League' Halloween event...

There may be an emerging backlash to loot boxes in video games, but that isn't stopping Psyonix from hyping them up. Rocket League is holding its first-ever Halloween event between October 16th and November 6th, and it's ushering in a new event syste...

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Saturday October 14

22:28
FDA-approved robot assistant gives surgeons force...

Surgeons are trained to accurately operate on you when you need it, but robotic assistants could help them get to hard-to-reach areas and boost their accuracy even more. Senhance, the robotic surgical assistant that has just earned the FDA's approval...

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20:11
Steam will support VR in very large rooms

If you want to play a room-scale VR game using Steam's current tracking method, you need to do it in a 13-by-13 foot area. That's fine for your living room, but what if you want more space? Don't fret: Valve has announced that SteamVR Tracking 2.0 wi...

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18:33
OnePlus limits the data it collects from your phone

Many OnePlus owners were more than a little upset when they found out that the company is collecting gobs of user data from its phones without asking, including personally identifiable info. It's no surprise, then, that OnePlus is taking quick steps...

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17:02
Amazon is reportedly developing its own sportswear...

Amazon is reportedly getting ready to take on sports apparel giants like Nike and Lululemon. According to Bloomberg, the e-retail giant is even working with known sportswear-makers' suppliers and manufacturers to challenge them in an increasingly cro...

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17:00
Apple’s diversity VP apologizes for controversial...

Apple’s VP of inclusion and diversity, Denise Young Smith, made an appearance this week at the One Young World Summit in Colombia and caught fire for some of the statements she made. According to TechCrunch, however, the Apple executive has apologized to employees for her choice of words…

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15:29
First-ever 'negative emissions' power...

Unfortunately, it's no longer enough to cut CO2 emissions to avoid further global temperature increases. We need to remove some of the CO2 that's already there. Thankfully, that reversal is one step closer to becoming reality. Climeworks and Reykj...

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14:01
Amazon drops big-budget series following Weinstein...

The sexual assault claims against Harvey Weinstein and Amazon's Roy Price are having repercussions for The Weinstein Company's involvement in online video. Amazon has dropped a TWC-produced drama series that would have starred Robert De Niro and Juli...

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12:58
Why you want a macOS home server, and how to get one...




Sure, you can get a network attached storage device, or rely on somebody's cloud -- but, I've run a Mac-based home server for a very long time. Why have I kept one running, and why should you start one? Read on.

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12:28
Uber decides against leaving Quebec over tough...

Uber vowed to leave Quebec if it starts implementing stricter rules on October 14th. A few hours before the deadline, though, the ride-hailing firm has changed its tune: Uber has decided to stay, hoping to have a "constructive dialogue" with new Tran...

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10:59
Iran blamed for cyberattack on UK parliament

When hackers attacked UK parliament email accounts in June, it was tempting to blame Russia. After all, it's been rather busy lately. However, it looks like people were pointing their fingers in the wrong direction. The Times has learned that British...

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09:30
Recommended Reading: 'Lore' makes the leap...

'Lore' Proves Podcasts Can Inspire Disturbingly Effective TV
Bryan Bishop,
The Verge

A year after Amazon greenlit the television adaption of the popular podcast, Lore debuted this week. The Verge reviews the series as it makes the jump from audio...

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08:15
Shooting the strange, uncanny death rituals of the...

When viewed through my “Western” eyes, The death rituals of this group of Indonesians seems grotesque. But after reading the story, maybe the way we treat the dead in the West is what is grotesque.

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08:00
Junk technology: A ridiculous history of fast-food...

Who doesn't love a good, over-the-top marketing stunt? Recently we've seen a lot of those, including Pizza Hut's Pizza Parka, a coat made out of the same insulating materials as its delivery pouches. Because why not? That ridiculous product from Pizz...

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06:53
This week’s top stories: iPhone X in the wild, the...

In this week’s top stories: Apple releases iOS 11.0.3 and iOS 11.1 beta 2, the iPhone X starts to pop up in the wild, Jony Ive offers details on the design future of the iPhone, a compelling case for a camera in the Apple Watch, and more. Read on for all of this week’s big stories… more…

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06:30
How ‘Channel Zero’ turns online ‘creepypasta’ tales...

Syfy's Channel Zero is one of the best shows on television that you're not watching. It's a horror anthology series based on "creepypastas"-- short, scary stories shared on forums and sites like Reddit. Slenderman is the most famous, but there are co...

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06:24
Apple Pay Cash internal testing expands ahead of...

A few weeks ago, reports indicated that Apple was testing its upcoming Apple Pay Cash service internally using iOS 11.1. Now, Apple appears to be expanding testing of its peer-to-peer payment service with a new batch of employees.

more…

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We'll recap this week's news highlights, plus big stories from Friday like the Stranger Things season two soundtrack/trailer and, wait one second, did that Twitter boycott actually work?

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04:39
Movies Anywhere Frees You From Platform Lock-In

The Disney Movies Anywhere service has now expanded to four more studios, so you can now watch more of your iTunes movie purchases on non-Apple devices. And there’s more.

 

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02:49
Modernized BBEdit 12 Manipulates Columnar Data and...

Bare Bones Software has released the most significant update to the BBEdit text editor since 2014, modernizing much of the app’s underlying code and adding compelling features like the capability to manipulate columnar data and a WebKit inspector in the Preview window.

 

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01:07
11 years after creating ‘League of Legends,’ Riot is...

The two founders of Riot Games announced that they're handing off the management of League of Legends to other administrators so they can make a new game -- which will end up being the publisher's second big video game release in 11 years of operatio...

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Friday October 13

21:52
This week on AI: Face ID on 2018 iPad Pro, foldable...




Not content to rest for long, the rumor train steamed forward this week with hints of Face ID on the iPad Pro, a stylus-equipped iPhone, and even a foldable iPhone coming several years down the road. Qualcomm, meanwhile, fired another major salvo in its legal battle with Apple, and an Irish datacenter finally got the green light.

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20:52
Apple diversity chief apologizes to staff for...




Apple VP of Inclusion and Diversity Denise Young Smith on Friday issued an internal memo to clarify and apologize for comments made during a business summit last week, reiterating that Apple is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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20:03
Jack Dorsey responds to #WomenBoycottTwitter: New...

Last night #WomenBoycottTwitter spread among many high profile accounts that stood in solidarity with "victims of hate and harassment Twitter fails to support." The boycott itself wasn't without controversy and spawned responses including a push to h...

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19:38
Tesla fired 'hundreds' of workers this week

Tonight The Mercury News reports that Tesla -- which is in the midst of ramping up production of the Model 3 -- fired hundreds of workers this week at its headquarters and factory. In a statement, the company cited performance reviews as a reason for...

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19:05
Latest iOS Update Shows Apple Can Use Software To...

The latest version of iOS fixes several bugs, including one that caused a loss of touch functionality on a small subset of phones that had been repaired with certain third-party screens and had been updated to iOS 11. "Addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6S displays because they were not serviced with genuine Apple parts," the update reads. "Note: Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use genuine Apple parts. See support.apple.com for more information." Jason Koebler writes via Motherboard: "This is a reminder that Apple seems to have the ability to push out software updates that can kill hardware and replacement parts it did not sell iPhone customers itself, and that it can fix those same issues remotely." From the report: So let's consider what actually happened here. iPhones that had been repaired and were in perfect...

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18:03
iOS 11 lets you turn off iPhone or iPad without the...




Among the lesser known features included in Apple's latest iOS 11 is a new software function that lets users turn off their device without touching a physical button, handy in the case of random hardware failures and other glitches.

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17:45
Steve Wozniak Announces Tech Education Platform...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Steve Wozniak, the Apple co-founder who changed the world alongside Steve Jobs, has today announced the launch of Woz U. According to the release, Woz U will start as an online learning platform focused on both students and companies that will eventually hire those students. Woz U is based out of Arizona, and hopes to launch physical locations for learning in more than 30 cities across the globe. At launch, the curriculum will center around computer support specialists and software developers, with courses on data science, mobile applications and cybersecurity coming in the future. Alongside the education platform, Woz U will also offer platforms for tech companies to recruit, train and retain their workforce through on-site customized programs and subscription-based curricula. There also will be a platform for K-12 students, which will be distributed to school districts, that will offer STEAM programs to identify talent and...

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17:31
Baidu plans to start mass-producing autonomous...

Like its US counterparts, Chinese internet titan Baidu has been working on autonomous vehicle research for years. After a failed partnership with BMW, Baidu opened itself up to teaming up with other companies, notably bringing on NVIDIA to power its...

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17:05
Apple To Ditch Touch ID Altogether For All of Next...

Earlier this week, a report said that Apple is planning to equip next year's iPad Pro with the hardware necessary for Face ID. Now, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it appears the company is taking that one step further with its 2018 iPhones. All of the iPhones Apple plans to produce next year will reportedly abandon the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in favor of facial recognition. Mac Rumors reports: According to Kuo, Apple will embrace Face ID as its authentication method for a competitive advantage over Android smartphones. Kuo has previously said that it could take years for Android smartphone manufacturers to produce technology that can match the TrueDepth camera and the Face ID feature coming in the iPhone X. Face ID, says Kuo, will continue to be a major selling point of the new iPhone models in 2018, with Apple planning to capitalize on its lead in 3D sensing design and production. Kuo's prediction suggests that all upcoming 2018 iPhones will feature a full-...

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16:40
Here’s How To Get a Sprint iPhone 8 For $10 a Month

First, you’ll have to be a new customer to apply. Or, if you’re an existing customer, you can trade in an eligible phone. Then, sign up for the Sprint Flex lease and upgrade program.


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16:33
7 Ways to Watch Your Movies Anywhere Collection

Movies Anywhere is unifying our digital movie purchases from iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, and Vudu. Read on to see a few ways you can watch your newly combined movie library.


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16:30
Belkin 3.5 MM Audio + Charge Rockstar is the answer...

Belkin’s 3.5 mm Audio + Charge RockStar adapter for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus answers many iPhone users’ prayers. 

It plugs into the Lightning connector, which means you simultaneously charge your Apple smartphone and listen to music using 3.5 mm headphone jack devices. 

The 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStart supports optimal (as in 12W) pass-through charging for an iPhone. That’s pretty sweet. However, the adapter also allows data syncing through the Lightning connector, as well as microphone and remote control on the headphone jack. In other works, you can transfer music and photos to and from a Mac.

The 3.5 mm Audio + Charge RockStar is compatible with headphones, speakers and other audio devices that connect via a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and is MFi- certified. It supports any audio jack using the 3.5mm connector with up to 48 kHz, 24-bit audio output, which allows for clear conversations and smooth music playback.

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16:25
Fandango pulls a Ticketmaster with plans to buy...

Who doesn't love grabbing movie tickets from their mobile device before heading to the theater, skipping the long lines at the box office? No one, that's who. Now there's one less outlet to do so with, as Fandango continues to consolidate advance mov...

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15:50
Apple expands Apple Pay Cash testing to retail...




Apple has reportedly extended an internal test of its forthcoming Apple Pay Cash feature to include retail employees, a report said Friday, suggesting the peer-to-peer payments solution is ripe for public release.

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15:27
Parallels Desktop 13.1

Enables you to create a new Boot Camp virtual machine when running macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, upgrade available, 251 MB)

 

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15:23
Try the Xbox One X before it launches at select...

With less than a month to go before you can get your hands on the new, more powerful Xbox One X, Microsoft is giving the unconvinced a chance to try it out at the company's retail outlets. You can try the new console connected to a 4K display at flag...

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15:15
Get Free Bitcoins from 55 Faucets That Pay

Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Update: Added new faucets to the confirmed list, two new faucets we’re testing, and reordered the tables. – Bryan]


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15:00
Woz Wants To Retrain You For a Career in Tech

Steve Wozniak wants you to work in tech, and he's going to help you do it. From a report: The Apple co-founder is launching Woz U, a digital institute aimed at helping folks not only figure out what type of tech job they might be best at, but train for it. "People often are afraid to choose a technology-based career because they think they can't do it. I know they can, and I want to show them how," Wozniak said in a statement Friday. Woz U starts off as online programs, but there are plans to build campuses in 30 cities around the world. Those cities will be announced within the next 60 days, Shelly Murphy, corporate relations for Woz U told CNET. In a press statement, Wozniak said Woz U will start as an online learning platform focused on both students and companies that will eventually hire those students. Woz U is based out of Arizona, and hopes to launch physical locations for learning in more than 30 cities across the globe. At launch, the curriculum will center around...

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14:53
Nvidia GeForce Now beta goes live, delivers high-end...




Announced at CES in January, Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud-based gaming service went live in beta form on Friday, promising users the ability to play graphically intensive games on their Mac, including PC-only titles.

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14:50
'South Park' game's main DLC items...

After a few delays, South Park: The Fractured But Whole will finally be released next week. If you're curious what the super-hero-themed RPG's season pass offers before laying down another $30 (assuming GameStop hasn't already guilted you into buying...

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14:38
How Apple's iPhone X TrueDepth AR waltzed ahead...




Apple's iOS 11 brings Augmented Reality to a huge installed base of over 350 million iOS devices with powerful A9, A10 Fusion or A11 Bionic chips. However, another form of AR is about to be introduced, exclusive to the company's new iPhone X. Here's a deeper look at Apple's big AR surprise.

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14:24
Shell preps for the future with acquisition of EV...

Royal Dutch Shell (or just Shell, if you're into the whole brevity thing) has already committed a billion dollars toward alternative fuels, and now it's showing us where some of that money is going. The gas station corporation has agreed to buy NewMo...

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14:06
AWT News Update: October 13, 2017

It may be Friday the 13th, but there's very little bad luck involved with today's Apple World Today News Update podcast, with the exception of a scarcity of news:

  • AR Tape Measure has been our sponsor this week. Be sure to pick up this free app and see how augmented reality can help you in your daily life
  • Certain 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina displays from mid-2012 and early 2013 are eligible for free -- but extremely slow -- repairs if they need battery service
  • Hungry? Facebook now lets you order food for delivery or pickup from a variety of local restaurants in the USA

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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14:03
Nvidia launches GeForce Now beta, turns your Mac...

First introduced back at CES this past January, Nvidia’s GeForce Now for Mac is available in beta. This service from Nvidia allows Mac users to access PC-only games and offers up strong performance, especially for less powerful Macs.

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14:03
IGN acquires pay-what-you-want game and book...

Media conglomerate IGN has acquired Humble Bundle, the pay-what-you-want gaming, book and software collection retailer that raises money for charitable causes. In a blog post, Humble Bundle cofounder and CEO Jeffrey Rosen noted that his company will...

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13:57
Qualcomm Wants China to Ban iPhones, Claims to Have...

The threat to Apple in this infringement claim is that a Chinese ban on manufacturing hits Apple everywhere on the planet.


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13:44
Amazon postpones Prime Video showcase after...

More and more companies are dealing with the the poor behavior of their executives. According to a report at Variety, Amazon is cancelling a scheduled Prime Video showcase in Europe next week that was reportedly headlined by Roy Price, disgraced chie...

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13:00
The future of surveillance is hidden in airport ads

Public anonymity is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Coming soon to an airport in Dubai is an artsy, colorful video security and customs tunnel that scans your face, adds you to a database, indexes you with artificial intelligence, and decides i...

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12:52
6 Things You Can Do To Improve Your iPhone Photos

You can make use of these tips and tricks to make your iPhone photos look great. We’ll start with three things to do before you take the shot, and three things you can do after the shot.


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12:45
Sprint's Safe and Found combines parental...

While all major cell providers have some sort of parental control app like AT&T's Smart Limits or Verizon's FamilyBase, Sprint may have leapfrogged them all with even more features. The company just announced Safe & Found, a new service that...

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12:44
Steve Wozniak Wants to ‘Reprogram’ Tech Education...

Designed in conjunction with Southern Careers Institute, a for-profit university, Mr. Wozniak said his goal was to help people learn tech skills without accumulating a mountain of debt.


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12:39
The Blame Game: When Customers Obsess Over an Apple...

It’s well known that many Apple customers spend too much time with their iPhones, and some would make that Apple’s fault.


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12:25
9to5Rewards: Win an Apple hat from the new Apple...

This week for 9to5Rewards, we’re giving away an Apple hat, the same one the company will sell at its new Apple Park Visitor Center retail store when it officially opens to the public.

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12:22
Alphabet may have spun out Project Loon into its own...

Project Loon might be a strange project with a wacky name, but apparently Google's parent company Alphabet believes in it. It appears as though the project, which began as a part of Google and was upgraded to Alphabet X's innovation lab, has been spu...

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12:05
Qualcomm files lawsuit in China to ban iPhone...

The San Diego-based company aims to inflict pain on Apple in the world’s largest market for smartphones and cut off production in a country where most iPhones are made. The product provides almost two-thirds of Apple’s revenue. Qualcomm filed the suits in a Beijing intellectual property court claiming patent infringement and seeking injunctive relief, according to Christine Trimble, a company spokeswoman.

Damn!

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12:01
Apple investigating issue with GarageBand and iOS 11

Apple has posted a support document noting that they are “aware of the issue” and are “investigating solutions” for an issue where some users are unable to open GarageBand after updating to iOS 11.

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12:01
25 bad luck superstitions from around the world

I’ve always been fascinated by superstitions and their origins. Many of these are common to us here in North America and some seem “silly”. My mom was very superstition – for example, she thought it was bad luck to let a rocking chair rock with no one in it. What are your “odd” superstitions?

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12:00
Oculus' standalone headsets point to a changing...

2016 was the year that VR went mainstream. The Oculus Rift finally shipped to consumers, as did the HTC Vive and the PS VR. But even as the VR industry is finally starting to take off, it's already beginning to splinter. Before, we had phone-based VR...

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11:58
Video: Should you buy the standard Apple Watch...




Apple offers the new Series 3 update of the Apple Watch in a number of different styles, including a Nike+ version for fitness-focused users. Which version is right for you? AppleInsider helps you decide.

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11:55
Mac: Logitech Craft Advanced Wireless Keyboard

Logitech’s new Craft Advanced Wireless Keyboard might possibly be the sexiest Bluetooth keyboard we’ve ever laid our hands on. Designed with creative types in mind, not only does Craft provide a very slick design, but it’s extremely solidly built and brings a whole new workflow with the new Crown — an aluminum dial that can be used to access context-specific tools, ranging from more obvious features like volume and brightness control right through to adjusting brightness, contrast, and saturation in Photoshop or adjusting charts in Excel. Smart backlighting not only adjusts automatically based on room conditions, but also remains off until Craft detects your hands approaching the keyboard — a cool and almost magical feature.
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11:53
International “Verify Your Backups” Day!

This is just as fake as any of the made up “International Day of…” you see on Twitter but this one actually has a great message – your backups are useless if they can’t be used to restore your data.

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11:53
Movies Anywhere: What you need to know

With Movies Anywhere, you can watch most of those digital movies across all of your connected accounts. Well, at least all of the ones connected to supported services, which currently are Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, and Vudu. Here’s everything you need to know about Movies Anywhere.

I don’t have this problem because I only purchase content from iTunes, but I know a lot of people that do have multiple accounts. Lory Gil did a nice article explaining how Movies Anywhere works.

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11:46
Google Assistant can finally control Chromecast from...

Google's Assistant app is capable of lots of things, but before today, controlling a cast session by voice wasn't really possible. Android Police reports that now the mobile app can do so, and you can even specify which Chromecast in your house is th...

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11:40
Qualcomm Seeks China iPhone Ban, Escalating Apple...

Qualcomm filed lawsuits in China seeking to ban the sale and manufacture of iPhones in the country, the chipmaker's biggest shot at Apple so far in a sprawling and bitter legal fight. From a report: The San Diego-based company aims to inflict pain on Apple in the world's largest market for smartphones and cut off production in a country where most iPhones are made. The product provides almost two-thirds of Apple's revenue. Qualcomm filed the suits in a Beijing intellectual property court claiming patent infringement and seeking injunctive relief, according to Christine Trimble, a company spokeswoman. "Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them," Trimble said. An Apple spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday. Qualcomm's suits are based on three non-standard essential patents, it said. They cover power management and a touch-screen technology called Force Touch that Apple uses in current iPhones, Qualcomm said. The...

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11:34
Hullo: Stop Tossing and Turning on Your Sad Old...

Thanks to Hullo for sponsoring the Loop this week. A hot, sweaty, flat pillow will wake even the deepest sleeper. Soft traditional pillows collapse under the weight of your head which can cause strains in your neck, shoulders and back. They also retain body heat, which can make sleep uncomfortably warm. It’s time to abandon tradition and try something new!

Have You Ever Slept on a Buckwheat Pillow?

They’re totally different than the soft spongey pillows you’re used to. A buckwheat pillow is sort of like a beanbag for your head. Their unique and firm support simply can’t be matched by traditional pillows. The buckwheat hull filling will perfectly conform to the shape of your head and neck, providing comfortable support all night long. Buckwheat pillows also allow air to move freely though your...

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11:34
PopChar X 8.2

Brings full compatibilty with macOS 10.13 High Sierra and extends the notation options for custom layouts. (€29.99 new, free update, 5.0 MB)

 

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11:31
Samsung in “unprecedented crisis” says vice chairman

“It is something I had been thinking long and hard about for quite some time. It has not been an easy decision, but I feel I can no longer put it off,” Vice Chairman Kwon said “As we are confronted with unprecedented crisis…

I’m willing to bet you could search for a long time and not see the words “unprecedented crisis” in a company’s own press release.

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11:30
Google Home Mini review: Taking aim at the Echo Dot

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that's true, Amazon must be tickled pink right now. The obvious inspiration for last year's Google Home was the Amazon Echo, and it's just as obvious that the new Google Home Mini is taking cue...

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11:14
Steve Wozniak just created his own online university

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has just launched Woz U, a new digital institute designed for those eyeing a career in the tech industry. "Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt," Wo...

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11:00
Tomorrow's firefighters will have near-...

Firefighting gear has evolved continuously since the 1600s to keep pace with the challenges that firefighters face, such as the numerous blazes that are currently ravaging Northern California. During the colonial days, structures routinely burned to...

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10:47
Chat app Discord opens official game channels

Gaming-focused chat app Discord is partnering with developers on official chat channels. Verified Servers are places where a game's community can hang out, talk and get news straight from the teams that made the games. Think of them like official for...

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10:45
Qualcomm seeks to halt Apple's sales &...




Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm has filed multiple lawsuits in China, looking to block both sales and manufacturing of iPhones in the country -- something that would cripple Apple worldwide, if successful.

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10:31
Taking “better pictures”

Like Ric, I have this conversation on a regular basis and his advice mirrors mine. As I teach in my classes for beginners, the camera you have really doesn’t matter. What you know about it specifically and photography in general are much more important.

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10:31
Twitter's opaque thinking fails everyone

It seems like Twitter can't go long before finding itself embroiled in a new controversy about how it applies its conduct policies. And yet it's hard not to feel a sliver of sympathy in the face of the latest backlash against the ailing company. In s...

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10:17
iPhone Stylus, Disney’s Movies Anywhere – TMO Daily...

Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the possibility of an iPhone Apple Pencil, plus they look at Disney’s new Movies Anywhere service.


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10:15
Review: JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

If you've been following our headphone reviews this year, you've seen us examine a few headphones that feature integrated lighting. We've been puzzled by this trend — why waste battery powering LEDs that don't make the music sound any better? Is this how kids are getting each other's attention these days? If we had been asked whether we thought adding lights to a speaker was a good idea, we probably would have responded with something equally old-headed and puritanical. Luckily, nobody asked our opinion — someone from JBL simply handed us the Pulse 3 and asked us to try it out. Color us surprised: we had fun playing with the pretty lights.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:07
Qualcomm files lawsuit in China to stop production...

Qualcomm filed suit in China requesting a ban on the creation and sale of iPhones in the country, Bloomberg reports. The lawsuit claims patent infringement and is seeking injunctive relief. It's the latest in the bitter legal feud between the tech ti...

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09:59
Report: Qualcomm files to block iPhone sales and...

Apple’s ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm is heating up today in a serious way. The chip maker has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Apple in China in an effort to block the sale and manufacturing of iPhones in the country.

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09:59
LastPass add-on beta prepares for upcoming changes...

Mozilla has some big changes in store for its next browser release, Firefox 57, on November 14th. It will introduce quite a few new features, including Firefox Quantum, which is twice as fast as Firefox was a year ago and 30 percent more RAM efficien...

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09:55
Apple promises fix for GarageBand failing to open...




Apple is working to fix a glitch preventing some people from launching GarageBand -- the company's simplified music creation tool -- after updating to iOS 11, according to an online support document.

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09:53
Qualcomm tries to stop iPhone sales in China

Qualcomm, hacked off over Apple’s decision to stop paying it billions of dollars in licensing fees for smartphone chips, has filed suit in China seeking to ban the sale and manufacture of iPhones in the region, according to Bloomberg. The is the latest in a long legal battle between the supplier and Apple. Qualcomm previously requested an iPhone ban in the U.S.

Apple is suing Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, alleging the chip supplier demands unfair terms for its technology. In January, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint in federal district court charging Qualcomm with using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in the supply of a key semiconductor...

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09:38
Coinbase unlocks instant cryptocurrency purchases

Want your bitcoin purchases in a hurry? That's doable now that Coinbase has opened up instant purchases for cryptocurrency. Whether you're a fan of ethereum, litecoin or plain old bitcoin, you're covered here. Previously you'd have to wait a few days...

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro 256GB $1,...

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09:19
Every ‘Futurama’ episode hits Hulu on October 16th

Starting next week, all 140 episodes and four films of Futurama will be available on Hulu, Variety reports. The streaming service announced in July that it struck a deal with 20th Century Fox to be the exclusive streaming home to Bob's Burgers and wo...

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09:15
How to get the most cash for old iPhones and Apples...

With the Series 3 Apple Watches and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus already arrived and the iPhone X launch less than a month away, we wanted to let you know that our trade in partner, MyPhones Unlimited is currently paying more than almost anyone else for your used or broken iPhones. We’ve compared the largest companies that offer cash for your devices (Gazelle, Buyback World, Nextworth, uSell etc.) and we almost always offer more for iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads and other tech gadgets…

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09:06
AT&T sees almost 1M fewer upgrades during iPhone...

AT&T recently revealed some of its Q3 data, and the carrier says it saw 900,000 fewer smartphone upgrades compared to the year ago quarter. A recent Bloomberg piece suggests that the AT&T drop in year-over-year smartphone sales could be a sign that the iPhone 8 isn’t doing so hot.

If the iPhone 8 had been a hit out of the gate, then I would have expected AT&T’s upgrade number might at least have fallen less dramatically.

It does mention that AT&T’s Q3 only included about a week of iPhone 8 sales which isn’t enough to make a judgment, and that the data includes all smartphones, not just iPhones (although it’s amazing to think about one smartphone model being able to influence an entire quarter of carrier sales in one week).

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09:00
∞ “Stranger Things” season 2 final trailer

I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward more to a “kid’s show”.

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09:00
The best camera bags

By Erin Lodi, Mike Perlman, and Eric Adams

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support i...

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08:51
How to take advantage of iOS 11 privacy options for...




One of the nice touches of iOS 11 is the ability to exercise more control over notification previews, which also applies to all first- and third-party apps. Here's how to switch up your settings for more (or less) privacy.

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08:49
60% Off a ZeroLemon PowerCube 50000mAh Portable...

We have a great deal on a ZeroLemon PowerCube 50000mAh Portable Power Station. In addition to its large capacity of 50,000mAh, it also has 8 outputs, including DC, AC, USB, and a Quick Charge 3.0. It’s 60% off through our deal, at $159.99


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08:47
International Verify Your Backups Day

What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?

 

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08:39
Google pledges $1 billion to prepare workers for...

Before we get worried about the possibility of a robot uprising, we probably have to worry about our jobs first. Yes, that includes me. Since machines could take millions of jobs the next few years, Google has launched a new initiative to help people...

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08:38
Stranger Things Season 2 Final Trailer is Off the...

Stranger Things Season 1 was amazing, and if the final trailer for Season 2 is any indication we’re in for an awesome ride. It looks like the Upside Down isn’t done with Will yet, everyone in Hawkins is in danger, and Eleven is even more bad-ass than before. Stranger Things Season 2 is a Netflix original series premiering on October 27th, just in time for Halloween. How appropriate.


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08:18
'Stranger Things' season 2 soundtrack...

Stranger Things fans are counting down to October 27th. After all, it's when the second season of the Netflix retro show releases. But there's another date that fans need to keep in mind: October 20th. That's when the soundtrack for season 2 will be...

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08:06
Happy Hour Podcast 142 | Refocusing iTunes, latest...

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about the recent iTunes refocus and what could happen next, the latest changes in iOS 11.1 beta 2 including new emoji and 3D Touch gestures, watchOS 4.1 with Radio streaming over LTE and the new Wi-Fi option, potential new dynamic wallpapers on the iPhone X and Face ID coming to new iPads and much more.

9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, StitcherGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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