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Oracle ordered to pay HP $3 billion in Itanium case

Oracle ordered to pay HP $3 billion in Itanium case

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California jury ordered Oracle Corp to pay Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co $3 billion in damages in a case over HP's Itanium servers, an Oracle spokeswoman said on Thursday. The Itaniuum processor is made by Intel Inc . In the first phase of trial in 2012, Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg ruled that there had been a contract.

U.S. opens investigation into Tesla after fatal crash in Autopilot mode

U.S. opens investigation into Tesla after fatal crash in Autopilot mode

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Thursday it is opening a preliminary investigation into 25,000 Tesla Motors Model S cars after a driver of one of the vehicles was killed using the Autopilot mode. The agency said the crash came in a 2015 Model S operating with automated driving systems engaged, and "calls for an examination of the design and performance of any driving aids in use at the time of the crash." The investigation is the first step before the agency could seek to order a recall if it finds the vehicles were unsafe. NHTSA said in a statement the driver of the 2015 Model S was killed while operating in Autopilot mode in a crash on May 7 in Williston, Florida.

Qualcomm files 17 new complaints in China courts against smartphone maker Meizu

Qualcomm files 17 new complaints in China courts against smartphone maker Meizu

Qualcomm Inc has filed 17 fresh complaints in China against Meizu Technology Co, stepping up its battle with the Chinese smartphone maker after the two were unable to reach a licensing accord in the U.S. tech giant's biggest market. The patent infringement complaints by Qualcomm, submitted to intellectual property courts in Beijing and Shanghai on Thursday, mark the second time in a week it has taken legal action against Meizu, one of China's top 10 handset suppliers. Qualcomm is seeking to uphold terms of its landmark 2015 anti-trust settlement with China's economic policy panel, the National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC).

Google's diversity efforts show scant progress

Google's diversity efforts show scant progress

By Deborah M. Todd SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet's Google on Thursday released data on its two-year-old initiative to create a more diverse U.S. workforce, saying it had more black, Latino and female employees but still lagged its goal of mirroring the population. The company released its diversity figures for the first time in 2014 and sparked a conversation among Silicon Valley tech companies that led many of its closest competitors to follow suit. Google's overall percentage of non-white, non-Asian employees in the United States did not move at all in 2015 from the year before, remaining at 2 percent for African Americans, 3 percent for Hispanics, 3 percent for multiracial individuals and less than 1 percent for Native American and Pacific Islanders, according to the company.

Brazil court blocks Facebook funds over WhatsApp dispute: report

Brazil court blocks Facebook funds over WhatsApp dispute: report

A court in Brazil on Thursday blocked 19.5 million reais ($6.07 million) in Facebook Inc funds after the U.S-based social networking company's WhatsApp messaging service failed to turn over messages sought in a drugs case, the G1 news service said. Brazil's federal police said WhatsApp has defied repeated orders to turn over messages sent and received by suspected members of an international cocaine smuggling ring that has been under investigation since January. Without the data, it will be difficult or impossible to prove links between those captured in recent raids and their confederates in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Spain, G1 reported, citing the police.

Former U.S. Secret Service agent suspected in additional Bitcoin thefts

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Secret Service agent who stole money seized by the government in the investigation of underground drug bazaar Silk Road is now suspected of stealing money in at least two other cases, according to court filings unsealed on Thursday. In the larger of those cases, he is thought to have been behind the theft of about $700,000 worth of Bitcoin from a Secret Service account three months after the agency was urged to block his access, the documents say. Former agent Shaun Bridges pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced in December to nearly six years in prison for stealing more than $800,000 of the crypto currency Bitcoin during the Silk Road investigation.

Tesla driver killed on 'autopilot' mode, US probe opened

Tesla driver killed on 'autopilot' mode, US probe opened

Tesla said a driver was killed while using its "autopilot" self-driving mechanism on its Model S electric car, leading to a US federal safety investigation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that it has opened a "preliminary evaluation" into the performance of Autopilot after the electric car company notified the agency of a fatal crash in Florida in May. In a statement, Tesla said the fatality was "a tragic loss" and was the first such incident with its Autopilot system activated.

India's $4 smartphone rings alarm bell on workers' conditions, campaigners say

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Indian makers of a $4 smartphone hope its low price will allow millions of the poorest people to own a mobile phone in a market with only 10 percent penetration. Ringing Bells' Freedom 251 smartphone, whose launch in February crashed the company's website, is priced at 251 rupees - possibly the cheapest Android smartphone in the world. Ringing Bells pays fair wages to its workers and its pricier models will help offset the cost of the $4 phone, he added.

Amazon Video is now the third biggest video streaming site

A new report from Sandvine reveals that Amazon's big money plays on developing original content and securing exclusive licensing deals is paying off. Sandvine's latest research data reveals that Amazon is now the third biggest streaming video site on the web, following behind Netflix and YouTube. While Amazon's share of downstream internet traffic is relatively low -- 4.3% to be exact -- the fact that Amazon is making waves at all is no small feat. As Quartz points out , Amazon three years ago didn't even place in the top 10. Indeed, Amazon's share of downstream internet traffic just three years ago was a paltry 1.3%. DON'T MISS:  Here’s what reviewers said about the original iPhone Of course, as the popularity of Amazon Video has taken shape alongside the ongoing rise of Netflix, the popularity of BitTorrent continues to trend downwards as it now has a share of less than 2%. This of course shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone who has been keeping an eye on the video streaming space over the past few years. Following behind Amazon Video iTunes with a 2.91% share of downstream traffic and Hulu with a 2.68% share. The following Sandvine data, courtesy of Recode , shows how Amazon is slowly but surely playing catch-up to more established streaming video services. Undoubtedly, Amazon's decision to take a page out of Netflix's playbook and invest heavily in original content is paying off swimmingly. Just last year, Amazon's flagship program -- Transparent -- won a Golden Globe Award for the Best Television Series, besting programs like Girls and Silicon Valley in the process.

Facebook cuts Paper app from its lineup

Facebook cuts Paper app from its lineup

The world's largest social network initially created its Paper app to experiment with new ways to read Facebook. Two and a half years later, it's being shut down.

Tesla driver killed in crash while using car's 'Autopilot'

Tesla driver killed in crash while using car's 'Autopilot'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. announced Thursday the first fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode, the 40-year-old owner of a technology company who nicknamed his vehicle "Tessy" and had praised its sophisticated "Autopilot" system just one month earlier for preventing a collision on an interstate. The government said it is investigating the design and performance of the system aboard the Tesla Model S sedan.

This homemade laser bazooka is just as incredible as it sounds

We try to feature some of the most insane, ridiculous, fantastic homemade inventions we can find on BGR on a semi-regular basis so when Engadget shared a video of a YouTuber wielding a 200-watt laser bazooka, we knew we had to see it. SEE ALSO:  It’s almost definitely too late to save our planet from catastrophic climate change This YouTuber goes by the name of styropyro, and after scrolling through the videos on his channel, it won't take you long to figure out why. This guy is absolutely obsessed with lasers, basing a vast majority of his inventions around them, including a laser tornado lamp, a drone with a laser and even a laser sword. And although each and every one of those are equally amazing, this laser bazooka might take the cake. He even refers to it as his "most terrifying device yet." In case you aren't sure how much 200W is, a standard laser pointer comes in at 0.005W. At that wattage, the laser pointer shouldn't do any lasting damage if it flashes across someone's eyes momentarily. 200W is 400x higher than the HIGHEST DANGER RATING imposed by the FDA. This baby could blind you in an instant. Now that's you're sufficiently terrified, let's see how this laser-crazed madman handles it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzUoe-9bKa0 If you watched the video, you probably heard styropyro say that he believes that the device could very well be the most powerful portable laser ever built by a hobbyist. Now excuse me while I go lie down in a dark room.

This app will help you get rid of all your old photos in an instant

A few weeks ago, I started receiving incessant notifications on my iPhone that my iCloud storage was nearly full. You won't be surprised to learn that a vast majority of that storage space was being taken up by photos and videos I hadn't sorted through in months, so I proceeded to scroll through the list and delete the ones I didn't want, one at a time. Had I known about Magic Cleaner, this process would have been much easier. DON'T MISS:  Watch the first 10 minutes of ‘Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition’ right here Magic Cleaner is a free app for iOS and Android that analyzes all of your photos in batches of 500 and sorts them into categories such as Greetings & Memes, Screenshots, Scans, Quotes and Cartoons. Once all your photos have been sorted, you can choose to delete all of the "junk photos" that the app has discovered. My phone had recently been purged, so I didn't have too many photos to sort through, but the Doctor Kleen (the app's mascot) managed to find 44 junk photos during his search through the annals of my phone. Each and every one of those 44 photos should probably have been deleted the first time around: screenshots (accidental and intentional), receipt scans and funny memes were taking up precious megabytes on my device. The sorting was less than perfect, with several screenshots slipping into other categories, but not a single actual photo got caught in the app's algorithm. So before you start scrolling through your camera roll, trying to pick out every pointless image taking up storage space on your phone, give Magic Cleaner a try.

The Nintendo 3DS is quietly having an amazing summer

The Nintendo 3DS is quietly having an amazing summer

With all of that going on, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about Nintendo’s plucky handheld, the 3DS. It’s a shame, because they are often brilliant: case in point, Planet Robobot, which takes one of the most adorable characters in gaming and straps him into a towering mech suit.

Tesla’s own Autopilot warnings outlined deadly crash scenario

Tesla’s own Autopilot warnings outlined deadly crash scenario

Today's news that a Tesla driver was killed in early May while driving his Model S with Autopilot engaged will inevitably trigger a series of tough questions — many of which have already been posed — about whether semi-autonomous driving features are ready for prime time, and whether automakers should be putting safety-critical "beta" software into real customers' hands. Warning: Do not depend on Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to adequately and appropriately slow down Model S. Always watch the road in front of you and stay prepared to brake at all times. Traffic-Aware Cruise Control does not eliminate the need to apply the brakes as needed, even at slow speeds.

YouTube star jumps into 1,500 gallon pool filled with Coca-Cola and Mentos

Always looking to create a few waves and stir up some controversy, YouTube star TechRax recently decided to beat the heat by having his friend take a dip in a 1,500 gallon swimming pool that he filled not with water, but with Coke, a pack of Mentos (for "spice") and 200 pounds worth of ice cubes. According to the video's description, TechRax over the past few weeks bought thousands of Coke bottles and spent "many more hours of opening and pouring" that liquid gold into his backyard pool. Notably, this isn't a Coke-only affair as TechRax makes a point of noting that about 7% of the pool was comprised of Pepsi. DON'T MISS:  Here’s what reviewers said about the original iPhone Now if the name TechRax sounds familiar, it's because the YouTube has made quite a name for himself over the years destroying iPhones in bizarre new ways, from grinding them up, putting them into pots of boiling water, and even running them over with tanks. In any event, TechRax's latest video is far less violent and much more peculiar, though a DJI Phantom 4 quadcopter does get ruined in the process. When TechRax's buddy Ryan is asked how he's doing, he simply responds, "I feel like I'm in a pool of Coke, man." Well said Ryan, well said. You can enjoy the Coke-themed summertime madness below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RLN_pNuMc0 And lastly, TechRax seemed to tease this ridiculous experiment last week on Instagram when he showed off a mysterious receipt that, now in hindsight, likely reflected an insane Coke purchase. https://www.instagram.com/p/BGyu1cUTBTr/?taken-by=techrax&hl=en

Chipmaker Micron to cut jobs after turnaround plans dashed

Chipmaker Micron to cut jobs after turnaround plans dashed

(Reuters) - Memory-chip maker Micron Technology Inc said it would lower costs, including by cutting jobs and focusing on fewer programs, after its hopes of reversing its fortunes this year were thwarted by a persistently challenging market. Demand for Micron's DRAM chips for personal computers has continued to fall, while it faces stiff competition from rivals such as Samsung in the market of NAND chips for devices like smartphones. Micron's sales have fallen more than expected for three quarters now including the latest third quarter, and the company on Thursday forecast a steeper-than-expected drop in sales and a surprise adjusted loss for the current quarter.

Hundreds of US companies sell unapproved 'stem cell treatments'

Hundreds of US companies sell unapproved 'stem cell treatments'

Hundreds of companies across the United States are selling unapproved stem cell treatments directly to patients, raising concerns about safety and scams in a fast-growing industry, researchers said Thursday. At least 351 companies across the United States are marketing unapproved stem cell procedures at 570 individual clinics, their report in the journal Cell Stem Cell found. The clinics claimed to offer "stem cell interventions" for muscle and bone disorders, heart disease, problems with the immune system, injured spinal cords, cosmetic reasons and more.

internet

Google's diversity efforts show scant progress

Google's diversity efforts show scant progress

By Deborah M. Todd SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet's Google on Thursday released data on its two-year-old initiative to create a more diverse U.S. workforce, saying it had more black, Latino and female employees but still lagged its goal of mirroring the population. The company released its diversity figures for the first time in 2014 and sparked a conversation among Silicon Valley tech companies that led many of its closest competitors to follow suit. Google's overall percentage of non-white, non-Asian employees in the United States did not move at all in 2015 from the year before, remaining at 2 percent for African Americans, 3 percent for Hispanics, 3 percent for multiracial individuals and less than 1 percent for Native American and Pacific Islanders, according to the company.

Spanish authorities raid Google offices over tax

Spanish authorities raid Google offices over tax

By Robert Hetz and Jesus Aguado MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish officials raided Google's Madrid offices on Thursday in a tax probe, authorities said, barely a month after the internet company had its headquarters in France searched on suspicion of tax evasion. A spokeswoman for Google said in a statement the company complied with fiscal legislation in Spain just as it did in all countries where it operated. The company was working with authorities to answer all questions, the spokeswoman added.

French telecoms watchdog to shine a light on poor Internet access

The country's telecoms regulator hopes that the move, combined with new high-speed Internet capacity targets announced on Thursday, will improve connectivity for around 65 million people living in France, which lags its European peers. France ranked 16th among the 28 European Union (EU) member countries for growth in Internet connectivity over the past year and below the average growth rate, according to February figures from the European Commission. In fixed-line, about six million French households currently benefit from fixed high-speed services.

Netflix says firm continues to look into entering China

Netflix says firm continues to look into entering China

Netflix Inc will continue to look into the possibility of entering China, a senior company executive said on Thursday, as the video streaming service seeks to grow its subscriber base outside its home of the United States. "Since China is a great opportunity, we continue to look into China," Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said at a media event in Seoul without elaborating. Netflix is trying to counter slowing growth in the U.S. with its move in January to launch in more than 130 new markets worldwide.

Facebook wins privacy case against Belgian data protection authority

Facebook wins privacy case against Belgian data protection authority

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Belgian data protection authority on Wednesday lost a legal battle with Facebook in which it sought to stop the social network from tracking the online activities of non-Facebook users in Belgium who visit the social network's pages. The Belgian Privacy Commission said the Brussels Appeals Court had dismissed its case on the grounds that the regulator has no jurisdiction over Facebook Inc, which has its European headquarters in Ireland. Facebook has had run-ins with a number of European privacy watchdogs over its use of people's data.

With Amazon in mind, Wal-Mart to offer free shipping for 30 days

With Amazon in mind, Wal-Mart to offer free shipping for 30 days

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Wednesday launched a free 30-day trial of ShippingPass, its two-day shipping program for shoppers in the United States, as the world's largest retailer looks to take on Amazon.com Inc's Prime subscription service. Wal-Mart said that existing ShippingPass subscribers will get one month free. Wal-Mart's two-day service costs $49 a year.

Facebook's political influence under a microscope

Facebook's political influence under a microscope

As the U.S. presidential campaign heats up, Facebook Inc is going out of its way to show its neutrality - an increasingly urgent matter for the social network as evidence of its power continues to emerge. According to research scheduled to be published in August in the Journal of Communication, when people tagged their friends on Facebook in voting reminders, turnout increased by 15 to 24 percent. In the United Kingdom, a Facebook reminder days before the deadline to register to vote on whether the country should exit the European Union led to 186,000 people registering online to vote, according to the government.

Landing with a bump? Germany's Rocket falls back to earth

Landing with a bump? Germany's Rocket falls back to earth

By Emma Thomasson and Chijioke Ohuocha BERLIN/LAGOS (Reuters) - When German e-commerce investor Rocket Internet launched Jumia in 2012 as a would-be African Amazon, it was optimistic that a rapidly expanding middle class would quickly shift from street markets to shopping online. Four years on, falling sales for sites like Jumia and slower growth from Nigeria to Russia and Brazil is casting doubt on Rocket Internet's ambition to become the world's biggest Internet company outside the United States and China. The devaluation of Nigeria's naira last week is a new blow for Jumia, which now operates in more than 20 countries in Africa.

Facebook offers limited detail on formula behind News Feed

Facebook offers limited detail on formula behind News Feed

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday offered a rare glimpse into how it ranks and shows content in its News Feed, part of an effort to provide more transparency about its operations as the social network's cultural and political influence continue to grow. The disclosures, though lacking in detail, are notable in part because they come in the wake of a May news report alleging liberal political bias in a Facebook feature called Trending Topics. “News Feed is a system that’s designed and built by people, but people have values and those values are reflected in how we make decisions on a regular basis,” Adam Mosseri, vice president of product management for News Feed, told a press briefing.

China appoints new internet regulator

China appoints new internet regulator

China on Wednesday appointed a new head of its powerful internet regulator, a man who has publicly vowed to maintain the ruling Communist Party's tight grip over cyberspace. In a brief report, the official Xinhua news agency said Lu Wei will no longer head the Cyberspace Administration of China, naming one of his deputies, Xu Lin, as his replacement. Xu, 53, was in charge of propaganda in China's commercial capital Shanghai from 2013-15 before being moved to Beijing to become a deputy to Lu, according to his biography.

Iraqi forces say press towards key air base south of Mosul

Iraq's military said it advanced through northern villages held by Islamic State on Wednesday, on its way to an airfield which could serve as the staging ground for a future offensive on Mosul, the biggest city held by the militants. The troops are now around 45 km from the airbase at Qayara, less than two weeks after they set out from the refinery town of Baiji, military officials said. Retaking another refinery near Qayara with a production capacity of 16,000 barrels per day could also hit Islamic State's finances.

China names new internet regulator head - Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - Internet regulator the Cyberspace Administration of China has appointed a new director, state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday. Previous head Lu Wei has stepped down and been replaced by one of his deputies, Xu Lin, Xinhua said, without providing any other details. (Reporting by Beijing monitoring desk; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Noodles & Co reports possible data security incident

(Reuters) - Fast-casual restaurant chain operator Noodles & Co said on Tuesday a recent data security incident may have compromised the security of payment information of some its customers. The company said the possible data security incident has affected customers who used debit or credit cards at some of its locations between Jan. 31 and June 2. Noodles & Co confirmed that malware may have stolen credit or debit card data from some cards used at some of its locations.

BuzzFeed closing Ottawa bureau, shifting Canada editorial focus

BuzzFeed closing Ottawa bureau, shifting Canada editorial focus

Online media outlet BuzzFeed said on Tuesday that it is closing its Ottawa bureau as it moves away from covering Canadian political news, in a broader editorial revamp that will also see its Toronto team work more closely with editors in New York. "With the 2015 Canadian federal election behind us, we are wrapping up our Canadian political coverage," Scott Lamb, vice president of international editorial, said in a memo to staff that was provided to Reuters by BuzzFeed. The editorial shift comes as the traditional media outlets in Canada are struggling to remain profitable amid declining advertising revenues and competition from online upstarts like BuzzFeed and Mashable.

Woman injured, gunman dead in downtown Denver shooting

Woman injured, gunman dead in downtown Denver shooting

(Reuters) - A woman was critically injured in a shooting inside a downtown Denver office building on Tuesday and police said the suspected gunman was pronounced dead at the scene with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Denver Police spokesman Doug Schepman told reporters at a news conference that the woman was shot multiple times around 2:45 p.m. local time (2045 GMT) and was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The Denver Post newspaper uploaded video online showing office workers with their hands above their heads fleeing the building dubbed the Alliance Center, a hub for environmental activism groups and other organizations.

Economic espionage a 'tremendous problem': U.S. attorney general

Economic espionage a 'tremendous problem': U.S. attorney general

PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Tuesday fighting economic espionage was a priority for the Department of Justice. Interviewed by Reuters in Phoenix, she said: "When it comes to economic espionage, this is in fact a tremendous problem because ... be they individuals or be they state actors ... essentially they're stealing from future generations also. We take these matters very seriously... It is a matter of priority for us." (Reporting by Julia Edwards in Phoenix; Writing by Doina Chiacu and Eric Walsh; Editing by Howard Goller)

Airbnb seeks funds valuing it at $30 billion: source

Airbnb seeks funds valuing it at $30 billion: source

(Reuters) - Apartment-sharing startup Airbnb is in talks for a new round of funding that would value the company at $30 billion, a source close to the company said on Tuesday. Airbnb intends to use the financing to support new investments and growth opportunities, the source added.

Thales aims at boosting its revenue in cybersecurity with Cisco

Thales aims at boosting its revenue in cybersecurity with Cisco

French electronics group Thales aims to increase its revenues by hundreds of millions of euros in the cybersecurity field through a strategic agreement it has signed with Cisco Systems, it said on Tuesday. "We hope that with this agreement, we will add several hundred millions of euros in the next years," said Jean-Michel Lagarde, who heads secure communications and information systems at Thales. "It will have a multiplier effect, as this is not only about cybersecurity, but also about secure systems for cities and airports." The two companies have been partners since 2010 and plan to co-develop a solution to better detect and counter cyber attacks in real time, it said.

Oracle's cloud business takes lead in Latin America

Oracle's cloud business takes lead in Latin America

By Brad Haynes SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Oracle Corp is selling more cloud-based business software than traditional licensed products in Latin America, executives said on Tuesday, underscoring how remote computing has spurred demand from smaller businesses in new markets. Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd said the cloud business, which stores enterprise software and data on remote servers, lets Oracle sell to clients without the budget for hardware or qualified staff, which can be tough to find in emerging markets. "One of the benefits of cloud is that you can now offer capabilities to a much broader set of customers," Hurd said at an event in São Paulo.

EU regulators readying third Google antitrust charge: sources

EU regulators readying third Google antitrust charge: sources

Alphabet's Google may face a third EU antitrust charge as soon as next month, this time focusing on its revenue mainstay AdWords ad placement service, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The world's most popular Internet search engine is already under fire from the European Commission for promoting its shopping service at the expense of rivals and for using its Android mobile operating system for smartphones to squeeze out competitors. The Commission has asked Google rivals to share information related to search advertising with the tech giant, a step suggesting the EU competition enforcer could be poised to hit Google with a fresh charge, the sources said.

Chinese economic cyber-espionage is diminishing, says U.S. official

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin said on Tuesday that Chinese hacking activity appears to have declined since the Chinese government vowed last September to stop supporting the hacking of U.S. trade secrets. The assertion supports findings released earlier this month from cyber security firm FireEye that breaches attributed to China-based groups had plunged by 90 percent in the past two years.

Court rules Dutch cyber-bullying suspect can be extradited to Canada

By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch court ruled on Tuesday that a 38-year-old man can be extradited to Canada to face charges of using a computer to harass and blackmail a teenager who later committed suicide. Judges said Aydin Coban, who denies harassing Amanda Todd or any other wrongdoing, can be sent to Canada after he stands trial in the Netherlands in another cyber extortion case, due to start in early 2017. The Canadian teenager committed suicide in October 2012, a month after releasing a widely-viewed YouTube video in which she detailed her suffering. ...

China tightens rules for mobile app developers

China has tightened rules for mobile app developers including requiring real-name registration and preserving users' activity logs, the country's internet regulator said on Tuesday, as Beijing looks to strengthen oversight of the growing app market. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement that mobile app providers would need to fulfill six requirements to help crack down on "unscrupulous" use of their platforms to carry out fraud, distribute pornography and spread malicious rumors. China's government already exercises widespread controls over the internet.

U.S. senator, opposing FBI email data grabs, places hold on spy bill

U.S. senator, opposing FBI email data grabs, places hold on spy bill

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic senator on Monday prevented legislation from being quickly considered that would expand the FBI's power to use secretive surveillance orders to obtain some Internet records, arguing it would lead to a "dramatic erosion" of U.S. privacy rights. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon placed a hold on the annual Intelligence Authorization Act, which grants congressional approval for clandestine operations carried out by the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies. A provision of the authorization bill would allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use national security letters, which do not require a warrant, to compel companies such as Alphabet Inc's Google and Facebook to hand over certain Internet records.

Lyft hires investment bank Qatalyst Partners: WSJ

Lyft hires investment bank Qatalyst Partners: WSJ

(Reuters) - Ride-sharing service Lyft has hired investment bank Qatalyst Partners, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Qatalyst Chairman Frank Quattrone has contacted companies including large automakers about acquiring a stake in Lyft, the Journal said, citing the people.

FCC chair proposes retaining most U.S. media ownership rules

FCC chair proposes retaining most U.S. media ownership rules

The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday proposed retaining most rules limiting cross ownership of newspapers, radio and TV stations in the same market. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed retaining the existing rules barring companies in most instances from owning a newspaper and a broadcast TV or radio station in the same market, as well as other individual market limits on radio and TV stations with "slight modification," according to the summary of a proposal to fellow commissioners seen by Reuters. Congress had ordered the commission in 1996 to review cross ownership rules every four years but the FCC last completed a review in 2006.

Kuwait's emir warns against sectarian abuse on social media

Kuwait's emir warns against sectarian abuse on social media

Kuwait's ruler warned on Monday against the abuse of social media to stoke sectarian tensions in the small Gulf Arab country, which has a mixed Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim population. "What we are living through and seeing is the misuse of social media tools ... to spread enmity and hatred," Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah said in a message published by state news agency KUNA to mark the last 10 days of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. A suicide bombing by Sunni extremist group Islamic State at a Shi'ite mosque last June killed 27 worshippers and jolted the usually quiet kingdom, caught between the sectarian-tinged rivalry of its massive neighbors Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Google beats children's web privacy appeal, Viacom to face one claim

Google beats children's web privacy appeal, Viacom to face one claim

Google and Viacom on Monday defeated an appeal in a nationwide class action lawsuit by parents who claimed the companies illegally tracked the online activity of children under the age of 13 who watched videos and played video games on Nickelodeon's website. By a 3-0 vote, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, and Viacom Inc were not liable under several federal and state laws for planting "cookies" on boys' and girls' computers, to gather data that advertisers could use to send targeted ads. The court also revived one state law privacy claim against Viacom, claiming that it promised on the Nick.com website not to collect children's personal information, but did so anyway.

Lufthansa to bring satellite-based Wi-Fi to short-haul fleet from October

Lufthansa to bring satellite-based Wi-Fi to short-haul fleet from October

BERLIN (Reuters) - Lufthansa will roll out satellite-based broadband onboard short-haul flights starting from October, it said on Monday, as customers increasingly demand to stay connected in the air. Airlines across the world are moving to satellite-based Internet services, prompting a scramble for customers by communication providers. The technology on board the Lufthansa flights is being provided in cooperation with partner Inmarsat and its Global Xpress network. ...

German publishers appeal decision in market power case against Google

German publishers appeal decision in market power case against Google

German publishers have appealed a Berlin court's rejection of a case in which they accused Google of abusing its market power by refusing to pay them for displaying newspaper articles online, a lawyer for the publishers said on Monday. Germany's biggest newspaper publisher, Axel Springer and 40 other publishers had accused Alphabet Inc's Google of unfair treatment. The court had rejected the case in April, saying that Google's business model was a "win-win" proposition for both parties.

China moves closer to adopting controversial cybersecurity law

China moves closer to adopting controversial cybersecurity law

China moved closer on Monday to adopting a controversial cybersecurity law, after parliament held a second reading of the draft rules, which carry significant consequences for domestic and foreign business and threaten greater censorship. China enforces widespread controls over the internet that it has sought to codify in law, and Chinese laws often go through multiple readings and drafts before they are adopted. The draft, presented before the standing committee of the National People's Congress, requires network operators to comply with social morals and accept the supervision of the government and public, official news agency Xinhua said.

Bangladesh central bank ends FireEye investigation into cyber heist

Bangladesh central bank ends FireEye investigation into cyber heist

Bangladesh's central bank has ended a contract with U.S. cyber security firm FireEye to investigate February's online theft of $81 million, turning down a proposal to extend the agreement, a senior official said on Monday. More than four months after hackers broke into the computer systems of Bangladesh Bank and transferred money from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, investigators in Bangladesh and the United States are still trying to identify them. FireEye's Mandiant division had asked for 570 hours of additional work to complete its investigation into the biggest cyber heist in history, sources at the bank had said earlier.

Payments app Circle raises $60 million in China expansion

(Circle corrects investor name in paragraph two to China Everbright Limited, and timing of Spain launch in final paragraph) LONDON (Reuters) - U.S.-based payments app Circle has raised $60 million from Chinese investors and launched a company in China, as it seeks to expand in the world's second-largest economy. The latest funding comes from existing investor and Beijing-based tech investment fund IDG Capital Partners, as well as Chinese firms including Baidu, CICC Alpha and China Everbright Limited, Circle's co-founder Jeremy Allaire said. "We're not aiming to compete with the domestic market as that would be a suicide mission given the strength of local players like Alipay and WeChat, but we can connect Chinese consumers with the euro zone and dollar markets," Allaire told Reuters by phone.

Bahraini activist to be tried for tweets: lawyer

Bahraini activist to be tried for tweets: lawyer

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab will face trial for tweets condemning the Gulf Arab kingdom's prison system and its involvement in the war in Yemen, his lawyer said on Sunday, and he could face up to 13 years in prison. Rajab was arrested earlier this month on unspecified charges in what appears an escalating crackdown by the Sunni-led government that also included a court shutting down a main opposition society and a decision to strip the spiritual leader of the island's Shi'ite Muslim majority of his citizenship. Jalila Sayed, Rajab's lawyer, told supporters in an e-mail that he faces a prison term for tweets he made last year accusing security forces of torturing detainees in a main prison and of killing civilians in a war led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

Michelle Obama to visit Africa to highlight girls' education

Michelle Obama to visit Africa to highlight girls' education

By Isma'il Kushkush WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will travel to Africa on Sunday with daughters Sasha and Malia and her mother as part of an effort to promote girls' education, her office said. The upcoming, six-day trip will include visits to Morocco and Liberia. The trip will highlight the work of Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government initiative launched by U.S. President Barack Obama and the first lady in 2015.

China tightens controls on paid-for internet search ads

China tightens controls on paid-for internet search ads

China's internet regulator said on Saturday that search engines should tighten management of paid-for ads in search results, making clear which results are paid-for and limiting their numbers. Chinese regulators last month imposed limits on the number of lucrative healthcare adverts carried by Baidu Inc following the death of a student who underwent an experimental cancer treatment which he found using China's biggest internet search engine. Wei Zexi, 21, died in April of a rare form of cancer, and the case sparked widespread public anger.

Citigroup resolves 'technical issue' that left accounts frozen

Citigroup resolves 'technical issue' that left accounts frozen

(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc said on Friday it resolved a technical issue that had left customers unable to access their accounts remotely. Customers had taken to social media to complain about the outage, which affected several U.S. states, including New York, Pennsylvania and California, according to Bloomberg. "We experienced a brief technical issue that is now resolved," Citigroup's customer service Twitter account said in response.

Exclusive: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos

Exclusive: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos

By Joseph Menn and Dustin Volz SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from governments around the world as attacks by extremists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States. YouTube and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Islamic State videos and other similar material, the sources said.

Lindsay Lohan fumes over #Brexit, Elizabeth Hurley sleeps soundly

Lindsay Lohan fumes over #Brexit, Elizabeth Hurley sleeps soundly

By Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lindsay Lohan went viral on social media in the early hours of Friday. "good luck with the pound.. will take you about 15 years to get it back up #REMAIN instead," Lohan (@LindsayLohan) tweeted to 9.3 million followers as sterling began to plummet and markets came to terms with the fact that British voters had decided they wanted their country to leave the European Union. Lohan wasn't the only celebrity to flaunt economic insights on social media.

TD Ameritrade, Fidelity problems rile social media users

TD Ameritrade, Fidelity problems rile social media users

By Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - Social media users flooded TD Ameritrade's and Fidelity Investments' Twitter feeds with irate messages on Friday, as customers struggled to access their online brokerage accounts. The apparent problems came a day after Britain voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, or Brexit. Good job TD," tweeted Mo Karney (@mo_karney).

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Spotify is furious at Apple because it’s not a non-profit

There's a big problem with building a business on the back of other companies' businesses: You have to play by their rules. There are countless examples of companies losing their cool when a free ride comes to an end. Twitter is an example that instantly comes to mind. Developers spent so long building apps and services utilizing free access to Twitter's APIs and its users' data. They made money — a whole lot of money — with these services and paid nothing to Twitter as they did. Then, when Twitter made some changes to its model that impacted many developers' products, they flipped. Fast forward to this week, when Spotify's general counsel sent a letter to Apple's lawyers, basically slamming the company for not giving Spotify a free ride while it pulls in millions in fees from iPhone and iPad users. MUST READ:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years The App Store was a game-changing idea that moved mobile software portals onto mobile devices. Those of us old enough to recall what app distribution was like before the iOS App Store will know just how important it was to the evolution of mobile devices. Of course, Apple didn't create the App Store solely out of the kindness of its heart. Apple is a for-profit company. Recode is now reporting that Spotify is pissed. Why? Because Apple is allegedly refusing to approve Spotify's latest app update unless Spotify uses Apple's billing system. This way, Apple will be entitled to 30% of all subscription fees paid by users who sign up through Spotify's iOS app. The horror! I wonder what percentage of Spotify's customer base use the app mainly on an iOS device... In the letter obtained by Recode , Spotify's head lawyer says that Apple is "causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers" by rejecting the company's latest app update. Apple's app review team apparently says that Spotify should use Apple's billing system if it "wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions." The letter continued, "This latest episode raises serious concerns under both U.S. and EU competition law. It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music, particularly when seen against the backdrop of Apple’s previous anticompetitive conduct aimed at Spotify … we cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors." Spotify did support App Store billing for a period of time, opting to charge customers who signed up through its iOS app an extra $3 each month to cover Apple's cut. The company has since disabled the App Store billion option in its app, instead prompting users to sign up through the Spotify website. Apparently, Apple shouldn't be compensated for giving Spotify access to tens of millions of potential subscribers.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

June is over and the July 4th weekend is almost here, but you don't have to wait another minute to start celebrating because today's post covering all the best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free is finally here. We've got some great new options for iOS device users to check out today, and be sure to head back to yesterday's post where you'll find a few more remaining freebies. MUST READ:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. iOverwrite Normally $1.99. iOverwrite simply writes a large number of random files into the flash memory of your iPad, which overwrites any recently deleted data. This way, if your iPad comes into the possession of someone who can perform an un-deletion of files (like a hacker), your privacy is that much safer than if you had only cleared out your iPad. Download iOverwrite SampleTank Normally $19.99. NEW VERSION WITH "THE GRID" SOUND PACK AND PLUG AND PLAY SUPPORT FOR iRIG PADS! NEW SONIK SYNTH MOBILE EDITION WITH OVER 300 INSTRUMENTS NOW AVAILABLE SampleTank is a professional-quality sound and groove workstation that puts hundreds of world-class instruments and patterns at your fingertips: piano, organ, drums, bass, guitar, strings, synths, percussion, vocals and more! SampleTank gives you 16 instrument categories for an expandable sound set of over 600 instruments that cover virtually every acoustic, electric and electronic sound you may need. Plus, each category includes instrument riffs and grooves, so you can immediately use the over 1,000 included patterns. Its instruments give you unmatched realism, sound variety and audio performance: It's a true premier for the iOS world. For the first time on this platform, hundreds of professional sample-based sounds and patterns can be easily accessed, layered and used for playing live. Now you can make music anytime and anywhere the inspiration hits you. SampleTank comes with 136 instruments and over 1,000 patterns. You can expand your sound library a-la-carte via in-app purchase with 22 Sound Packs for each instrument category including Drums, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Chromatic, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Synth Leads, Synth Pads, Trons, Voices, Ethnic, Percussion and Sound FX (or download the complete SampleTank Sound Packs bundle). You can also purchase the new SampleMoog™ - Mobile Edition and Miroslav Philharmonik - Mobile Edition downloadable Sound Collections in the in-app store to add over 200 of the best analog synth and orchestral instruments from these legendary libraries. Though SampleTank works effortlessly with your device's touchscreen, it also offers many other control options. Try it with the iRig MIDI interface to jam with your favorite MIDI controllers, just like you would a regular sound or synth module. For an even more portable experience, use iRig KEYS with Lightning® or iRig KEYS Pro mini-keyboard controllers to jam out while on the go. No matter how you use it, its built-in tools will inspire you to create professional sounding music anywhere your mobile life takes you. The latest version of SampleTank includes plug-and-play support for iRig Pads, IK's new ultra-portable groove controller. With it, you can use two different modes — basic and full integration — that let you control SampleTank and its drum machine-style PADS section with different degrees of flexibility. Just connect your iRig Pads and you'll be ready to take your grooves to go. IK has also unveiled a new sound pack called "The Grid" that's tailored towards mobile beatmaking and electronic music. Available via in-app purchase, it includes 50 instruments and 50 patterns in two categories: DRUMS and a new SYNTH FX category. With it you can get kits for Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Techno, EDM, Breaks, House and more! SampleTank delivers the same sound and performance quality that you’d expect from our high-end professional studio products — Plus lightning-fast sound loading and near-zero latency makes putting the groove in your pocket easy. So get in the pocket and get SampleTank. Features: • 4-part multi-timbral professional-quality sound and groove module • Expandable sound library with 600+ instruments in 16 categories • SampleMoog™ and Miroslav Philharmonik downloadable Sound Collections (via in-app purchase) • 1,000+ melodic and rhythmic patterns for accompaniment or groove creation • 4-track MIDI recorder • Built-in insert effects and master reverb • Sound and effects editing with multiple parameters • Support for MIDI Program Change, Continuous Controllers and Virtual MIDI • 128 User Presets • Play interface with piano keyboard, scale keyboard and enhanced drum pads • Designed in concert with iRig MIDI interface for iOS devices Download SampleTank Friendly FTP Client Normally $2.99. The Friendly FTP Client with all the functionality that you need. Features: - Supports FTP, SFTP - Supports connect to multiple Servers at the same time - Supports transfer multiple files & folders from/to multiple Servers at the same time - File transfer process works in background (so you can do another job with FTP Client while waiting transfer process complete) Powerful file manager - Copy/Cut/Delete/Rename files and folders. - Share your files with your friends. - Favorites and Recent feature for access to your files easier. - Copy files from your Mac & PC. - Protect Everything with a password. Upload your files to ftp server - Capture your photo/video then upload them to your FTP Server immediatly - Record anything then it will go to your FTP Servers. Support almost file formats Download Friendly FTP Client English Spanish Normally $4.99. More than 50,000 people around the world using English Spanish app everyday for their daily conversation. The app comes to world to leverage your English and Spanish as well with these cool features: 1. Search English and Spanish common sentences with just a keyword 2. With images as sample 3. Save all words searched 4. Easy to connect to community to share what cool you see just a tap. Download English Spanish CoffeeFind Normally $0.99. Find the nearest coffee shop to you or any location in the world. Just launch the app and see your nearest coffee shop or search for specific address. Now supports all types of Coffee Shop including Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, McDonalds as well as smaller coffee shops. Get directions or call the coffee shop. Universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Buy once, run on all devices. • Find coffee shops, coffee shop hours and amenities around you. • Shows distance from your location (or a location you choose) to any coffee shop. • Shows coffee shop name, address, current status (open or closed) and phone number. On iPhone, selecting phone number will call the coffee shop. • Get directions to the coffee shop using Apple Maps, Google Maps, Bing Maps or Waze. • Swipe and move map to new location and do a new search. • Get directions to the coffee shops using the Share option menu. • Share coffee shop directions using Facebook, Twitter, iMessage, Email or AirDrop. • Search locally or around the world for any coffee shop you want. Includes almost 21,000 coffee shops in 63 countries. Download CoffeeFind Snap to Call Normally $4.99. Catch Phone Numbers & Email Address on the Go!! The only app that not only grab numbers and text from written document but also use the Phone Numbers or E-mail Address instantly so you would be able to make an Instant Phone Call, Send Sms to any Phone number or even Email ------------------ Special Features ------------------ - Extract Numbers from anywhere and make an instant call, or send sms or add to contact - Scan E-mail Addresses & send Quick Mail with just One Click - One click Add to Contact Phone Number after scanning - No need to waste time to write numbers and text by hand - Remarkable scanning quality gives results in seconds - See complete history of your previous scan - Easy modify and Change any scanned number - No Internet Connection Required, Process happens inside the app - Unlimited Storage capacity -------------------------------------------------------- Please Note: To get the best results tap on screen to center the image then click on Camera icon. Always take snap when image is well focused -------------------------------------------------------- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’S) What is Snap to Call? Snap to Call is an app specially designed app for iOS Devices. The purpose behind is to make your life easy and comfortable. With “Snap to Call” you can grab the text or number from anywhere and make an instant use. The only app that not only grab numbers and text from written document but also use the Phone Numbers or E-mail Address instantly so you would be able to make an Instant Phone Call, Send Sms to any Phone number or use as a recipient to send E-mails My images contain text and number, but the result is not good? If the text font is too small or the background noise is too high (for example a background image) then this process will fail like every other character recognition tool. The recognized text file contains unclear text and characters, How to get best results? Recognizing text or numbers from any image is not easy job. It depends mostly on the quality of the image, font, brightness etc. Make sure that the quality of the image (includes brightness, color, font) is enough good to extract text from it. How long will it take to recognize my image? The text recognition time depends on a lot of factors. First of all, it is the image quality. The average time of recognizing one file is several seconds. Download Snap to Call Ninjas Normally $0.99. Here comes an authentic cartoon art style 2D belt scroll arcade action! Can your fingers catch the speed of the ninja? A new operation system enables speedy, smooth action! A great adventure will start to take back a stolen scroll! Many obstacles, including evil ninjas, ninja dogs, monsters, demi-humans, zombies, traps, castles, dungeons, will prevent your adventure! Explore a broad world map and push into the castle of vice! Then, take back the scroll! ▪ Select among four ninjas! - Select one from ninjas of fire, water, thunder, and wind! You can use secret characters by achieving records!! Can you find iOS original characters!? ▪ Master legendary ninjutsu! - You can master ninjutsu by getting scrolls. Can you master the legendary last ninjutsu!? ▪ Get legendary blade! - It is not only ninjutsu that helps you! Get legendary blades with the power of shinobi! ▪ Level system - Allocate points obtained by increasing your level to Power, Strength and Ninriki. The higher your level, the stronger the blades you will have! ▪ Available game mode - You can select a game mode from Easy, Normal, and Hard. The more difficult the mode you complete, the higher the score you can achieve... ▪ Animation, graphics, and system - Smoother animation has been achieved by displaying 3D data in 2D. - Numerous effects have been used for ninjutsu, weapons, and monsters. - You can enjoy unique new combos shot from skill. Download now to shoot the ninjutsu! Download Ninjas AirAV Normally $o.99. AirAV can play almost any file format video/audio/subtitle. Just transfer the media files to your ios devices using iTunes File Shareing or open Wi-Fi transfer in the settings and use web browser to load files on your PC,then it can be played at once. With built-in UPnP client, it can stream/download media files from almost all the UPnP/DLNA media servers to your iPhone/ipad/iPod. Features 1.Support almost any video formats: WMV, AVI, MKV, RMVB, RM, XVID, MP4, 3GP, MPG... 2.Support almost any audio formats: MP3, WMA, RM, ACC, OGG, APE, FLAC,FLV... 3.Support smi, srt, ass, ssa, sub txt subtitle. 4.support almost all the Media Servers: - Mac OS MediaShare, TwonkyMediaServer, TVMOBILI, PS3 media server, Majestic, EyeConnect, Vuze,MediaLink,Orb, Playback.. - Windows Win7 Media Player, TVMOBILI, Asset UPnP, FreeMi, XBMC, TVersity, Wild Media Server, TwonkyMediaServer... - Linux TVMOBILI, FUPPES, MediaTomb .. - NAS QNAP,Iomega, DS-207+, Synology DS101, DS106J - Phone Sony Ericsson C905 FAQ 1. Can you recommend a media server? You can download MediaShare from Mac app store.The MediaShare is developed by us. For windows, you can use win7 Media Player, FreeMi,TVMOBILI, TwonkyMediaServer...But some file format the FreeMi does't support, you should change the file suffix to 'mkv'. 2. How to use win7 as a media server? http://ranysoft.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/config-win7-to-be-a-upnp-server/ 3.How to download the files from media servers to your iphone/ipad/ipod? Read the help in AirAV. Download AirAV Bill Tracker and Reminder Normally $1.99. With this handy app, you’ll never pay a bill late again. Bill Tracker and Reminder tracks due dates, amounts owed, and confirmation numbers for payments. You always need a simple tool to control how much you want to spend this month. Essentially you need lists with bills, and a calendar where you can see your overdue payments, planned payments, and check what has already been paid off. Features of Bill Tracker and Reminder: - Track information about each bill including due date, amount due, whether the bill has been paid, confirmation numbers for payments and more. - Easily create recurring bills - See complete history for each account: every bill and payment Download Bill Tracker and Reminder Basic Calc Pro Normally $1.99. Focusing on the most basic calculation system This calculator is focused on the most basic calculation system than other calculator apps. Excluded engineering calculations. It shows present modifications. It provides calculation history. This is for common people using in the most easy ways. It is available for people seeking the simplest method. Basic Calc Pro for iPad - No Add - Calculation history - Universal app - Intuitive design - Able to see present modifications Download Basic Calc Pro Talk To the World Normally $7.99. Real Voice Phrasebook, Fully Offline) Interpret within any 2 languages of 13 languages (English, Chinese, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Thai, Vietnamese and Czech) ** Extensively including all travel dialogues during overseas (such as Number, Time, Weather, Transport, Accommodation, Communication, Sightseeing, Shopping, Greeting People, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Emergencies and Health) ** All the dialogues including real person voices records, along with the printed words. You may easily show the words to anyone when you needed. ** Parkour Lab is a leading studio focusing on professional Travel App. We have more than 200 Travel App in Apple Store and are always ranking top. We know the travelers' needs and we hope to bring more conveniences when you are traveling around the world. Download Talk To the World

Apple’s iPhone turns nine: 5 ways it’s still better than Android

Apple changed the world nine years ago when it released the first iPhone. It sounds hyperbolic but I assure you, the original iPhone quite literally reshaped the mobile industry. It also changed the way we access information and connect with each other. The giants of the industry at the time have now all but vanished. Android, which was being developed as a terrible BlackBerry copy , was reimagined and released as the platform we now know. There have been plenty of retrospective pieces covering the iPhone to celebrate its nine-year anniversary, and some have been fairly interesting. But in light of all the negativity currently surrounding Apple's next-generation iPhone , I thought it might be nice to look at some of the ways Apple's mobile phone is still far better than its chief rival, Android. MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 nightmare User Experience Beginning with the most broad advantage the iPhone and iOS have over Android devices, Apple's UX is still in a league of its own. Google has taken tighter control of Android in recent years and we see "pure Android" shine through more and more with each new handset generation. This has had a huge positive impact on the overall Android user experience, which had for a long time been a muddled mess. Even pure Android can't quite compare to iOS though, which offers levels of simplicity and fluidity that are unmatched. Tight inter-device integration and proprietary services also add to the experience. Products like iMessage and FaceTime don't just lock users in, they offer superior quality and consistency. Sharing content between iPhones is also a snap. And if you own multiple Apple devices like an iPhone, iPad and MacBook, Continuity features bring better and tighter integration than you'll find anywhere else. Apple controls the hardware and the software experiences so the company is able to offer a product that aligns perfectly with its vision. Rumors suggest Google may finally be working on its own phone, but the company has quite a bit of ground to make up before it can even approach the experience Apple has crafted. Software Updates I wrote just about everything there is to write on this matter earlier this year . In a nutshell, the open source Android distribution model that led to the platform's success is also one of its biggest disadvantages. Almost no Android users have access to new updates when they're released. Instead, they have to wait months or longer before they gain access to the latest features and security updates. Many Android phones will never have access to new releases even after just a couple of years. The most widely used version of Android in the world right now was released in 2014. And Android Lollipop's market share (35.4%) is just a few points higher than KitKat (31.6%), which was released all the way back in 2013. Security Apple's iOS security is an advantage in so many ways. From encryption to general policy, Apple has a very pro-consumer approach to the way it protects its devices and services. And then you have app development and distribution to consider, which are controlled much more tightly by Apple than they are by Google. There is no question that Android apps have exciting capabilities you won't be able to enjoy on an iPhone. But all that freedom brings serious risks. Scary new malware that targets the Android platform is discovered on a weekly basis at this point. Meanwhile, as security expert Graham Cluley pointed out in a recent post , iOS hasn't ever had a major malware incident. Third-Party Apps It's as true today as it was seven years ago when the App Store first launched: iOS apps are better than Android apps. "Better" is subjective, so I'll elaborate. Apple's stricter guidelines for developers result in a far more consistent user experience across all iOS apps, first- and third-party. They look similar, they're fast, they're smooth, and they're far more reliable than apps on rival platforms. As I've written before, the same app from the same top-tier developer will always offer a better experience on an iPhone than it does on an Android phone. The third-party app ecosystem Apple has created is the main reason I can't ditch the iPhone and switch to my favorite smartphone, which just happens to be an Android phone. Customer Service and Support Last but certainly not least is customer support, which is an area where Apple has no competition. When you have a problem with your iPhone, Apple employees do everything they can to fix it. The best experience comes in Apple Stores, where friendly reps work with customers one-on-one to resolve any issues. And if an issue can't be resolved, the customer walks away with a new iPhone that has already been filled with all of his or her data. Apple's phone support is nearly as impressive. In some ways, it's even more impressive. Phone reps are friendly and patient, and they always do everything they can to resolve any issues and avoid having a device sent in for inspection. Often times you'll even receive a follow-up call to ensure your issue was resolved and your device is still working properly. Making a sale is the easy part and Apple knows it. After-sale service is yet another area where Apple shines far brighter than rivals, and it's one of the main reasons iPhone buyers keep coming back.

Flashback: Here’s what reviewers said about the original iPhone

To call the iPhone a revolutionary device is nothing short of an understatement. Given the myriad of ways in which Apple's iconic smartphone has profoundly impacted not only the way we use mobile devices but how we communicate and interact with the world at large, the iPhone is undeniably a once-in-a-lifetime device whose far-reaching influence may never again be matched. Not surprisingly, TIME earlier this year called it the most influential gadget in history. One of the reasons why the iPhone is an innovation that stands above most is that it immediately turned an entire industry on its head. When Steve Jobs first introduced the device, he boasted that it was five years ahead of anything else on the market. And as it turned out, it took about that long before Android devices managed to reach parity with the iPhone. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 nightmare Today, smartphones -- whether you happen to be an iPhone or Android user -- are essentially miniaturized command and control centers that touch all aspects of our lives. Throughout the course of any given day, a smartphone user might use his or her device to listen to music, video chat with friends, play games, browse the web, pay for goods and services, order food, check-in to a flight and more. We of course could drone on endlessly about the impact the iPhone has had, but with the ninth anniversary of the original iPhone's release upon us, we're instead going to take a step back and look at what some of the first reviews said about Apple's iconic device when it hit the market on June 29, 2007. Ars Technica We love the concept of the iPhone. It's extremely easy to use and almost entirely self-discoverable; the interface looks better than any other phone—smartphone or not—currently on the market, and it's just plain fun to use. In a perfect world, the iPhone is a perfect 10. But neither the world nor the iPhone are perfect. The first clear example of our imperfect world is the lock-in with AT&T. Having only one carrier to choose from sucks, especially when that carrier is not the best by any stretch of the imagination. Let's be honest about the price, too. $600 for the 8GB model is pricey and a heck of a gamble for those of you considering switching to a new network. At this price, we should have more choice of carriers. ... The iPhone has killed the whole concept of a "mobile web" in our view, because if mobile devices can surf like this, we don't need to worry about setting up anemic, "mobile version" pages just for mobile use. Yeah, so we want our Exchange support. What most people want is mobile web browsing, and the iPhone delivers this beautifully. The only thing holding Safari back (that we don't expect to be addressed in a software update) is EDGE, and that makes us sad. CNET In a rarity for our coverage about Apple, most of the discussion accompanying iPhone stories was not the usual religious flame wars about security and Microsoft's antitrust sins. It was about what people really want in a mobile device. That's because this is about more than Apple. Even if it's a flop — perhaps even more so if it's a flop — the iPhone will change the way mobile devices are designed, whether that's closer to Apple's vision or further away. ... The iPhone really could change the future of computing. It's quite possible that June 29, 2007, will one day be remembered as the day that the average consumer realized what mobile computing was all about. AnandTech The iPhone isn't perfect, I can tell you that now (for more reasons than only supporting Edge), but it's a huge step in the right direction. At the same time it's a great product today and while not for everyone, its impact on the industry will be tremendous. ... "Is the screen as good as it looks in the commercials?" The answer is unequivocally yes. In fact, in taking pictures for this article I had to redo a number of shots because the camera would pick out details in the LCD display that simply weren't visible to the naked eye. Capturing the beauty of the screen is really a tough job, but it really does look just as good in person as it does in Apple's own commercials/videos. ... There are many complaints that you can levy on the iPhone, it's too slow, expensive, it can't do X Y or Z, but the praise you can sing is arguably more powerful. The iPhone perfected text messaging, it made mobile web browsing usable, it integrated the smartphone and the iPod, it brought forth an interface that just makes sense. There are no convoluted layers of menus, no poorly made graphics with sluggish interaction; the iPhone works like a computer, but in the palm of your hand. New York Times As it turns out, much of the hype and some of the criticisms are justified. The iPhone is revolutionary; it’s flawed. It’s substance; it’s style. It does things no phone has ever done before; it lacks features found even on the most basic phones. ... The phone is so sleek and thin, it makes Treos and BlackBerrys look obese. The glass gets smudgy — a sleeve wipes it clean — but it doesn’t scratch easily. I’ve walked around with an iPhone in my pocket for two weeks, naked and unprotected (the iPhone, that is, not me), and there’s not a mark on it. But the bigger achievement is the software. It’s fast, beautiful, menu-free, and dead simple to operate. You can’t get lost, because the solitary physical button below the screen always opens the Home page, arrayed with icons for the iPhone’s 16 functions. Macworld The abolition of a physical keyboard is probably destined to be the iPhone’s most controversial feature, at least at first. There’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using the iPhone’s keyboard, especially for people who are comfortable using the physical keyboard on a Blackberry, Treo, or other smart phone. I can’t say that my typing experience with my previous phone, a Palm Treo, was particularly good. I could manage, but never felt that I could reach an acceptable typing speed. As a result, it’s hard for me to put myself in the place of an accomplished Blackberry thumb typist who has spent a year honing his or her skills. But I believe that most users—even thumb typists, given an open mind and some training time—will find the iPhone’s keyboard to be excellent. TIME E-mail and web-browsing are unbelievably great. Ditto the crisp music and video playback. Everybody I called with the iPhone remarked on the crispness and clarity of the audio. For the iPhone, Apple has brought to market a revolutionarily smart, sensitive touchscreen and created an entirely new user interface to match it, all in one go, so seamlessly that my 3-year-old daughter — and I apologize for going to this place, but the fact is striking nonetheless — had no trouble unlocking the iPhone and dialing with it (even though she believed that she was playing a musical instrument). SF Gate Looking back, the iPhone could mark a tipping point, encouraging the masses to look at their cell phone as more than a cell phone and prompting profound changes in everything from privacy to citizen journalism. It could -- assuming the iPhone succeeds -- help introduce a new age of mobile living. USA Today The most remarkable thing about iPhone is what's missing: a physical dialing keypad and/or full qwerty, or traditional, keyboard. Instead, either a virtual keypad or keyboard shows up on the iPhone screen, depending on what you are doing — entering a Web address, for instance, or banging out a text message.

Private sale gives Amazon Prime members deep discounts on two hot new phones

There's nothing better than a good sale. Actually, that's not entirely true. The only thing better than a good sale is a good private sale that offers deep discounts not everyone has access to. It's OK to admit it, don't be ashamed. Everyone loves a little exclusivity here and there. On Wednesday, Amazon announced an exclusive new program that only Prime members have access to. It gives you deep discounts on two hot new Android phones that are already quite affordable. First up, the just-announced Moto G4 , which is a tremendous value at its full $200 retail price but can be had for just $125 in this sale. Then you've got the  BLU R1 HD , a quad-core Android phone that costs just $50 with this sale. It's worth noting that there's a caveat with these new deals. For some it will be a deal-breaker, while others won't care at all. As is the case with the Kindle deals Amazon offers, smartphones included in this new series of Prime-only bargains will feature targeted advertisements on the lock screen. Ads won't be present anywhere else on the phone, so it's really not too invasive. Here's what you need to know about the Moto G4, which you can preorder today ahead of its release on July 12: Fast 4G LTE speed, an up to 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a bright 5.5" full HD (1080p) display ensures videos and games run smoothly and look great Enjoy the best of Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including Google Maps, Gmail, Play Store, and more Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone's lockscreen Take brilliant photos with the 13 MP HD camera or snap group shots with a 5 MP wide-angle selfie cam. Add up to 128 GB of additional storage with a microSD card The all-day battery includes TurboPower charging which provides up to 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes Unlocked and carrier-friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad (including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon) And here are the key specs for the BLU R1 HD: Fast 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek 6735 ARM Cortex processor with 8 GB Internal memory and 1 GB RAM Enjoy the best of Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including Google Maps, Gmail, Play Store, and more Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone's lockscreen Dual SIM and MicroSD support for up to 64 GB of expandable storage Stunning 5" HD display with curved Gorilla Glass 3 protection, plus an 8 MP main camera and 5 MP selfie camera that includes a front-facing LED flash 4G LTE plus GSM unlocked for your favorite compatible carrier or for international travel (including AT&T, T-Mobile; not compatible with Verizon or Sprint) You can take advantage of these deals by heading over to Amazon's Prime Exclusive Phones page . And if you're not already a Prime member, you can get a free 30-day trial right here and buy one of these phones before your free membership runs out.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

What, you thought we wouldn't be back with a follow-up to Tuesday's great list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free? Of course we are, and we've got some great options for you on Wednesday including an app that lets you track your cellular data usage, a sleek speech translator that's normally $5, a GIF browser, a cool photo-sharing app and plenty more. As always, these sales could end anytime so be sure to check them out now. MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 nightmare These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. DataControl Normally $0.99. DataControl is a easiest way to track your data usage. With its simple and clear design, you don't have to worry about busting your data plan. Say goodbye to data overage. Data Widget. Check your usage from Notification Center. Forecast in time. DataControl predicts how much data for daily use is reasonable. And tells you in usage percentage and cool colors. Real-Time Stats. Besides your usage statistics directly from iOS, you can see network speed. LET/4G/3G, and Wi-Fi are supported. Practical Design. Instantly offers the most important stats you need most. Features: - Track cellular LTE/4G/3G and Wi-Fi - Monthly, 30-day data plans supported - Bill-cycle data tacking automatically - Compatible with all carriers - No need to register or login - Pure functions. No Ads or monetizing your info or whatsoever Your data will be safe with DataControl. Download DataControl Smart Translator Normally $4.99. Smart Translator is an amazing app that lets you translate your text or speech into more than 40 languages. MAIN FEATURES • Input your text by typing or speaking. • Hear your translation being read aloud to you. • Translate your text into more than 40 languages. • Send your translated text as an email or text message. • Share your text or translation on social networks. • Copy it to other apps. • Print it using a Wi-Fi printer. SUPPORTED LANGUAGES • Speech recognition support العربية, English (Australia), English (UK), English (US), Español (España), Español (México), Bahasa indonesia, Bahasa melayu, čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, français (Canada), français (France), italiano, Magyar, Nederlands, Norsk, Polski, Português, Português brasileiro, Pyccĸий, Română, suomi, Svenska, Tϋrkçe, Ελληνικά, 한국어, 中文(中国), 中文(臺灣), 廣東話, 日本語. • Translation support Arabic, Basque, Catalan, Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh. Smart Translator requires a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. - Are you travelling to a foreign country? - Do you need to communicate with someone who doesn't speak your language? - Do you need to share your ideas in a foreign language? If yes, then Smart Translator is definitely for you. Grab your copy now. Download Smart Translator SHAREit Photo Sharing Pro Normally $1.99. Photo Share allows you to transfer your photos & videos between your iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC over your local Wi-Fi network. It also supports sending and receiving photos & videos to/from popular cloud & photo services, mobile storage devices and NAS. Any kind of photo transfer – Photo Share can handle it! ● Support drag & drop upload, easy to use ● Transfer multiple photos and videos at once ● Download photos and videos as zip archives ● Crate new album Download SHAREit Photo Sharing Pro GifBrowser Normally $5.99. GifBrowser is the Best App to play GIF on iPhone! GifBrowser is an smart app to manage, play and share GIF on your iPhone. You can view GIF to GifBrowser and download gif by using the embedded web browser, also you can import GIF from your Local Albums,From your computer or form Search browser. Features: (1)Play and pause control; (2)Support switch GIF animation frame while pausing; (3)Swipe left and right to switch GIF animations; (4)Playing speed control; (5)Zoom in and zoom out; (6)Tap to playing in fullscreen; Web Browser (1)Tap and hold on an GIF to download it directly to GifBrowser; (2)Click or long press on a gif link to download; Web Search (1)Search funny gif by using the embedded web Search; (2)Save gif to local or photo album; Security (1)You can setup the passcode to protect your gif; (2)Use TouchID to protect; (3)Use Security question and security answer to protect; Download GifBrowser iMySystem Normally $0.99. iMySystem provides a wealth of information about your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch iOS device. Over 120 pieces of information on your device separated into the categories: device, memory, network, location, media, folders and processes. Automatically monitor changes and share any information easily. Includes Network Speed estimates. Now includes Network Speed in the Network Information to provide a decent idea of how fast your the current cell or WiFI network is. Now includes photo, video, new photo and new video totals and sizes. Universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Buy once, run on all devices. Some of the information in each of the areas are disk space and disk spaced used, screen and device resolution, L2 Cache Size, CPU, GPU, free and used memory, WiFi or cell indication, WiFi SSID and WiFi BSSID, IP Address, Cell Address, Bonjour Services, AirPlay Services, network Tx and Rx, Street address, latitude/longitude/altitude, # apps, photos, tracks and albums, folder names used by iOS and running or being killed processes. The summary area at the top displays device type, iOS version, free memory, free disk space, # of apps installed, and whether you are on WiFi or cell. Memory information displays two graphics for free and used memory respectively. Location details includes a map of your current location. The bottom tab bar shows the areas of information available. Selecting a tab will display the desired information or use a left or right swipe will switch between areas. On app restart, the last selected area is shown. Click the share icon to send the displayed information to a specific service such as Facebook, Twitter, Email, Tumblr, clipboard, printer or other service. Use in app settings icon, upper left-hand corner, to turn monitoring, swiping or map auto zoom on or off. For the process information, if a process has ended, then it is highlighted in red before it is removed from the process list. When monitoring is enabled Device, Memory, Network, Location, Media and Process information are updated as changes occur. Download iMySystem Auto Adjust Normally $0.99. Stop losing memories to bad lighting. Auto Adjust is a lightweight utility for automatically bringing your dull, dark, or washed out photos to life! Auto Adjust is the only app that lets you make adjustments to your images instantly. There's no waiting for changes and its designed to save your photos faster than any other image processing app available. Auto Adjust will also keep your image the same size no matter how large it may be. This app will completely transform your photo library! Features • 6 Different Black and White modes (Luminance Mode) • Create HDR results with only a single image • Noise Reduction • Intuitive Color Correction • Set Screen Brightness right in the app. If you're using a low screen brightness (to save battery, you're inside, etc) you might be over brightening your images! Never make this mistake again by setting your screen brightness within Auto Adjust • Full Photo Size. Some photo apps like to cheat you and shrink your photos. Auto Adjust shows you your photo size so you know they're still 3, 5, 8, or even 12MP! They stay their original size! • Manual Tweaking. Some apps just have a Magic Wand. Auto Adjust actually shows you how it adjusts your photos and lets you tweak it from there, or do it all manually. • Realtime adjustments. When you drag a slider in Auto Adjust, your photo changes AS YOU DRAG. No waiting. No "Working". • Tap to switch between "before" and "after" of you photo. Download Auto Adjust Stand O’Food Normally $2.99. From the publishers of Supermarket Mania! Stand O’ Food® is an original, fast-paced restaurant challenge with millions of players on PC and other platforms. Feed a host of hungry patrons before they leave in a huff! Slap together burgers and cook up some bacon as quickly as you can! But it's not all about speed – you've also got to plan ahead. Put the sandwiches together in the correct sequence, and set yourself up so you can make the next sandwich without difficulty. Earn money to purchase condiments and upgrade your equipment to serve tastier food even faster than before. Stand O' Food will satisfy all of your cravings! ● 2 gameplay modes: Quest and Lunch Rush ● More than 100 levels ● 80+ sandwiches to create ● Close to 20 upgrades to purchase ● Game Center Support ● iPhone 5 support Download Stand O’Food Scanner Pro Normally $1.99. Scanner Pro is currently the fastest and most powerful tool for scanning the documents. You can create and managed a virtual copy of credit cards, books, checks, recipes, timetables and any paper documents by using Scanner Pro. Scanner Pro can process the captured from the camera images and already existing photos in the gallery, cloud and network services. Application allows you to adjust and apply the filters for images with the built-in editor. Experiment with your documents and edit them, you can always revert to the original image. You can upload your finished pictures to gallery, cloud and network services, send by mail in JPEG and PDF formats. Scanning takes place on your device without an internet connection, so your documents do not run the risk of being intercepted. The unique scanning and processing algorithms improve the quality of scans, remove the noises and the shadows, correct the angle of the projection, so you get the highest quality and the clear result. This scanner is created based on many years of working with the documents of many people to save your time in the day to day activities as much as possible. The application takes into account the memory capacity and the count of processor cores for maximum performance and comfortable operation. 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Toca Builders is a new way of creating and crafting things with blocks, that encourages both creativity and curiosity. With simple touch gestures and unique controls the builders come alive and help create a world only you can dream up! To save your world, just tap the Back-button to go back to the main menu and everything you've made is saved. The snapshot feature makes it easy to take a photo of your construction to share with the world! 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One of the iPhone 7’s best new features won’t generate the excitement it deserves

This year’s iPhone will be an “S” version of the iPhone 6s, multiple reports say, with Apple moving to a three-year iPhone redesign cycle this time around rather than the typical two-year model. That means the iPhone 7 – that might not be its final name – will be very similar to the iPhone 6s. The iPhone 7 will have a few unique features of its own, including redesigned antennas, better cameras, a missing 3.5mm headphone jack and a redesigned home button. Some of these features don't sound terribly exciting to most people, though they should generate plenty of interest and even outrage when it comes to that standard audio port’s removal . One of them in particular will mark a major change for the iPhone, but one that likely won't generate the excitement it deserves. MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 nightmare Apple is changing the home button, an iconic design element of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that also happens to be assigned a variety of critical features. Wow, that sounds so boring, right? Not quite. The new home button will be flush with the front side of the device, previous leaks have shown  (see the image below). But Business Insider reports that analysts at Cowen and Company believe the new home button will also have “Force Touch” functionality. The home button wakes the phone from sleep, unlocks it (via the Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded within it), invokes Siri, enables multitasking, enables one-handed operation, and is integral to hard resets. So the home button isn’t going anywhere this year. But Apple is slowly building toward a future iPhone that will lack a home button. That glass-only device will still offer all the features mentioned above, but they will be reassigned to other parts of the handset, including the screen itself. Before we get there, we’ll see the physical home button replaced by a capacitive one that can’t be pressed like the current one. That also means it’ll be less likely to break. But it’ll still have to provide tactile feedback to the user, to indicate that a user command has been registered. According to Cowen’s research, the physical mechanism of the home button will be replaced by a motor that will deliver the sensation that the button has been physically depressed. That's the kind of home button Apple needs for an iPhone that would feature an all glass design with a wraparound display . But this type of innovation will likely not be fully appreciated until next year. In fact, you can expect some people to complain that the iPhone 7 doesn't have a physical home button anymore. The analysts also said the iPhone 7 will lack a headphone jack, and will be waterproof, which is in line with most rumors.

The iPhone 7 nightmare

I haven't been as active lately on Twitter as I once was, but I do use the service constantly to monitor the news. Twitter lists are fantastic for news-watching. In fact, the lists feature is probably the only reason I still use Twitter at all. On Tuesday night, a tweet crossed by timeline that caught my eye. "Here’s the nightmare scenario if Apple removes the headphone jack on the next iPhone, as rumored," the tweet warned . Ruh roh! This tweet had "click me" written all over it, and I might have skipped past it entirely had it not been for the source — Fast Company is a high-quality site that I personally enjoy. So I clicked. The good news is that the article that tweet led me to wasn't senseless click bait, as I had briefly feared might be the case. The bad news is that it describes a "nightmare scenario" that almost certainly isn't based in reality. DON'T MISS:  The internet completely lost it over Trump’s ‘garbage wall’ speech last night The actual headline on the article — "What The Next iPhone Really Means For Music Copy Protection" — is far less clicky , which likely explains why the text in that tweet was pulled from the lede. The premise is relatively simple and, truth be told, potentially pretty frightening. We've seen plenty of coverage of one iPhone 7 rumor in particular over the past few weeks. We've heard rumblings for months that Apple's 2016 iPhone models would ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack and opt instead to only support Lightning headphones (or Lightning adapters). A new wave of panic ensues each and every time this rumor resurfaces, and it happened most recently last week. My colleague penned a post explaining what many people are getting wrong about the rumor, but this new Fast Company article tackles things from another angle. The "nightmare scenario" the author describes is a shift back to digital rights management (DRM) in the music industry, this time manifested as physical restrictions on headphone hardware. The article paints a picture of a possible future where digital music purchased legally or streamed from paid services like Apple Music might only play on authorized headphones. The switch from analog audio to digital would enable this new wave of DRM. From the article: Here’s the nightmare scenario if Apple removes the headphone jack on the next iPhone, as rumored: Years from now, you’ll try to plug your phone into a speaker or set of headphones via the iPhone’s Lightning port, and the music won't play. Maybe it’s because the headphones weren’t authorized by Apple, or because your Lightning-to-USB cable uses an outdated copy protection method. Whatever the case, you’re now locked out of listening to the music you’ve legally paid to hear—a problem that doesn’t exist in today’s analog audio age. This is a hypothetical situation, but the concern is not entirely without merit. If the headphone jack starts disappearing from smartphones, its digital replacement could include new mechanisms for digital rights management. The only question is to what extent that copy protection will be enforced. It's scary indeed, but it's not going to happen. Let's think about why DRM exists in the first place and who stands to benefit in the scenario described above. The technology was brought about in an effort to combat music piracy, which was running rampant at the time. The beneficiaries were record labels, music publishers and other rights holders, who lost money each and every time a song was illegally downloaded for free. Using DRM would allow these rights holders to restrict playback and ensure that people listening to each track had indeed paid for it... in theory, at least. Now, let's fast-forward to the bleak future described by Fast Company . We don't even have to dive in too deep to dismiss it entirely. This actually does seem like something Apple might do, at least on the surface. Apple already imposes restrictions on iPhone and iPad accessories through a compatibility program. Have you ever tried to plug in your phone only to get that annoying "This accessory may not be supported" message? But in this case, we're talking about a certification program covering accessories designed to work only with Apple devices, and they connect only using proprietary ports. Where headphones and speakers are concerned, it's a different story entirely. Who would benefit from hardware DRM that restricts playback in the way Fast Company suggested? Music labels and song publishers? Nope. They are the reason music DRM exists in the first place, but they don't sell headphones and they don't care what kind of headphones you use. They also don't sell speakers. They sell music, and this DRM scenario wouldn't protect them at all. Instead, it would protect Apple and other hardware vendors that sell headphones and speakers. Further complicating matters in this nightmare scenario is wireless streaming technology. Enforcing DRM over a digital, wired connection is one thing, but Apple would also have to enforce DRM when the user connects a pair of Bluetooth headphones or a Bluetooth speaker in order for this scenario to make sense; there's no reason to enable DRM for one type of connection and not the other. Again, this just isn't going to happen. There are valid reasons to be annoyed or even angry that Apple is likely ditching the 3.5mm audio jack on its upcoming iPhones. If your current headphones have a 3.5mm plug, you'll need to purchase a Lightning-converter dongle or a Bluetooth adapter in order to keep using them. Or, you'll need to purchase new headphones that have a Lightning plug, or that connect wirelessly. It's not ideal, but we've known for quite some time that Apple is willing to go against the grain in order to facilitate its designs. This manifested itself most recently on the Retina MacBook, which features no standard USB ports and instead uses only a USB Type-C port so that Apple could make the laptop thinner and have more room for the battery. Prepare yourself to be annoyed this September when Apple unveils its new iPhones and they don't have 3.5mm audio jacks. But rest assured that you'll be able to use any headphones you want when you take delivery of your new iPhone 7.

Behold, the most ambitious Apple lawsuit ever

As you'd expect from the world's largest seller of consumer electronics, Apple gets sued a lot. Some of those suits go places, others get dismissed out of hand the first time they get to court. And then there's Florida. MacRumors  has spotted a gem of a lawsuit filed by Thomas S. Ross, a Floridian who feels that Apple's iPhone infringes on the sketches he made of an "Electronic Reading Device" in 1992. DON'T MISS:  Video gives us a 15-min walkthrough of the Galaxy Note 7’s leaked next-gen software Ross's sketches detail something that does, in all seriousness, bear a passing resemblance to some kind of smart device. It's a large rectangle with rounded corners, a keyboard at the bottom, cell antenna, and a 80MB hard drive. Ross filed for a patent in 1992, but apparently never paid the fees, and the application was abandoned by the USPTO in 1995. I'd say it looks more like a late Symbian device or a squashed Blackberry than an iPhone, but that hasn't stopped Ross from seeking damages from Apple. Specifically, he has experienced "great and irreparable injury that cannot fully be compensated or measured in money," and seeks a jury trial, $10 billion in damages, and a 1.5% royalty on all iPhone sales worldwide. Given how long it took Apple to extract money from Samsung for a much more plausible copyright case, I'm not holding my breath for the future of this lawsuit. Still, it's nice to see that the lawyers of the world remain gainfully employed.

Report says Apple Watch 2 will include one of the most sought-after missing features

The current Apple Watch may not have hit the market with the resounding bang that many of us expected, but it's still far too soon to call Apple's wearable a flop. After all, it's worth noting that the Apple Watch during its first year of availability actually sold better than both the iPhone and the iPod. DON'T MISS:  Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design That aside, there's a whole lot to get excited about with respect to future versions of the Apple Watch. For starters, watchOS 3 looks incredible and finally delivers a range of fixes to a number of problems that seemingly made the first incarnation of the Apple Watch seem like a beta product. Not only is performance on watchOS 3 blazing fast, but the entire UI has been completely overhauled, leaving us with a much more intuitive and user-friendly interface. This is critical because even ardent fans of the original Apple Watch couldn't ignore the somewhat clunky and convoluted implementation of watchOS 1 and 2. So that's all well and good from a software perspective, but an impending hardware update -- rumored to take place in September -- is seemingly poised to take the Apple Watch from a niche product into the mainstream in an emphatic way. Will the Apple Watch 2 sport faster hardware? No doubt. Will the Apple Watch 2 have improved battery life? It's a safe bet. And to top it all off, now comes word via 9to5Mac that the second-gen version of Apple's wearable will feature GPS functionality. Citing a source purporting to be familiar with Apple's plans, the Apple Watch 2 will include a GPS chip. If true, such a feature would instantly make the Apple Watch a legit fitness tracker. The Apple Watch does a few things well from a fitness perspective, but its lack of GPS makes it a less than ideal device even for casual runners. The Apple Watch 2 is said to include GPS for accurate workout logging without the need to carry an iPhone, and the Workout app reportedly will gain the ability to track swimming – suggesting a higher level of waterproofing in the next Apple Watch. Notably, John Gruber during a recent episode of The Talk Show podcast relayed a blurb he heard from Apple during WWDC, namely that fitness tracking is far and away the function people primarily use the Apple Watch for. That being the case, it would make perfect sense for Apple to hone in on fitness-oriented features for the second iteration of the device. One other rumor we've seen make its way through the rumor mill suggests that the Apple Watch 2 may include a front-facing FaceTime camera.

A look at Steve Jobs’ biggest failures as Apple CEO

It's hard to believe that it's 2016 and the phrase This would have never happened if Steve was still alive is still being used. Most recently, Mashable referenced Apple's overhaul of the Apple Watch UI as a solution to a problem that would have never have happened if Steve Jobs was still at the helm of Apple. Is this true? Perhaps. Obviously there's no way to know for sure, but the underlying and frustrating problem with the  This would have never happened under Steve Jobs narrative is that it effectively presupposes that the Apple co-founder was a flawless visionary who never oversaw the release of shoddy software or underwhelming hardware. DON'T MISS: Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design No company is perfect, to be sure, but one of Apple's strengths has long been its willingness to concede when it's made a mistake and throw all of its weight behind fixing said mistake. Which is to say, Apple's willingness to overhaul the Apple Watch UI, I believe, is a positive insofar as it indicates that the company is happy to admit defeat in order to improve the overall utility of its products. But returning to Steve Jobs for a moment, he wasn't immune to making decisions that later required correction. So while he was an innovative genius he was still a human being who made no shortage of missteps along the way. Now given that critics and pundits often find it all too easy to mercilessly and, often times, needlessly attack Tim Cook as a lesser version of Steve Jobs, we thought it was a good time to open up the history books and highlight some of the more curious Steve Jobs decisions and product releases that occurred under his command. Jobs was against the App Store The App Store completely changed the way we interact with our mobile devices and created an economy unto itself in the process. The App Store today is a huge money-making machine, not to mention a key selling point for the iPhone. But interestingly enough, Steve Jobs initially opposed releasing an iPhone SDK and rolling out an App Store. When discussing the original iPhone, Jobs tried to convince the world that Web 2.0 and Ajax apps were all that developers and end-users needed. The full Safari engine is inside of iPhone. And so, you can write amazing Web 2.0 and Ajax apps that look exactly and behave exactly like apps on the iPhone. And these apps can integrate perfectly with iPhone services. They can make a call, they can send an email, they can look up a location on Google Maps. And guess what? There’s no SDK that you need. You’ve got everything you need if you know how to write apps using the most modern web standards to write amazing apps for the iPhone today. So developers, we think we’ve got a very sweet story for you. In fact, Jobs' reluctance to move ahead with an SDK and a bona fide App Store was so strong that a number of Apple employees and board members were actively trying to persuade Jobs to change his mind. According to Walter Isaacson's Jobs biography, Apple board member Art Levinson called Jobs "a half dozen times to lobby for the potential of the apps." Phil Schiller also tried to persuade Jobs to open up the iPhone to third-party developers. "Jobs at first quashed the discussion," Isaacson notes, "partly because he felt his team did not have the bandwidth to figure out all the complexities that would be involved in policing third-party app developers.” Thankfully, Jobs eventually saw the competitive advantage that the App Store would provide and changed his mind. When the App Store opened up for business in July of 2008, it became an immediate hit. iPod Hi-Fi Apple in February 2006 announced a speaker system dubbed the iPod Hi-Fi, a forgettable product to say the least. From the outset, it was clear that Apple was simply trying to capitalize on the success of the iPod which was still thriving at the time. The iPod Hi-Fi was a simple concept -- play music directly from your iPod -- that worked decently well. The sound quality respectable but was not in line with the premium price tag ($349) Apple attached to it. Not surprisingly, audiophiles couldn't help but rip the product to shreds. Less than two years after its release, Apple unceremoniously and quietly discontinued the iPod Hi-Fi after sales never managed to take off. Oddly enough, brand new and never opened packages of the iPod-HiFi currently sell for over $1,000 on Amazon, though we can't imagine that someone would actually buy it. MobileMe Apple has never been the best when it comes to cloud-based services. Suffice it to say, if you're frustrated with iCloud today, thank your lucky stars that you never had to withstand the horror that was MobileMe. From the get-go, MobileMe was fraught with problems. What Apple hoped would be a seamless way for users to check email, locate their devices, share photos and more was anything but. Indeed, Steve Jobs reportedly went into a tirade following a less than stellar review of the service from Walt Mossberg, reportedly telling Apple engineers that they ”tarnished Apple’s reputation” and that they “should hate each other for having let each other down.” In fact, the fallout from the initial rollout of MobileMe was so severe that the initial team behind it was reportedly disbanded. What's more, MobileMe's failure prompted Jobs to hand control of Apple's cloud and Internet-related services to a then up and coming employee named Eddy Cue. Hockey Puck Mouse Arguably one of Apple's strangest design decisions, the company's ballyhooed Bondi Blue iMac shipped with a circular mouse design that was quickly dubbed the hockey puck mouse . Despite Jobs' assertions to the contrary, the iMac's translucent mouse was not ergonomically friendly. It was frustrating to control, clunky, and far from a beacon of efficiency. Almost comically, Jobs at one point touted the peripheral as "the best mouse you'll ever use." At best, most iMac users tolerated the mouse. Mercifully, Apple in 2000 replaced it with the optical Apple Pro Mouse. G4 Cube Apple's famed G4 Cube wasn't an inherent failure. The machine itself was favorably reviewed and featured a slick design that completely reimagined the way a computer should look and feel. Nonetheless, a daunting $1,599 price tag coupled with the fact that a monitor had to be purchased separately kept most G4 Cubes on the shelf. Trusting Eric Schmidt It seems like ancient history now, but it's funny to look back at the original iPhone introduction and see former Google CEO Eric Schmidt up on stage praising Apple. At the time, Steve Jobs boasted that the iPhone was a good five years ahead of the competition. Of course, we now know that the iPhone introduction prompted Google's Android team to completely re-think its approach to creating a mobile OS. Yet even as the years passed on by and the tea leaves increasingly started to point to Google becoming Apple's top competitor, Eric Schmidt remained a member on Apple's board of directors. By August of 2009, Jobs and co. finally wised up and realized that the inherent conflict of interest of having Schmidt on the board was not worth keeping up. On August 3, 2009, Apple issued a press release announcing Schmidt's resignation. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest," Steve Jobs said at the time. "Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.”

9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

After a excruciatingly hot weekend, it's time to cool down with a sizable new collection of free apps from your friends at BGR. Be sure to keep scrolling to see some of the best paid apps that are currently free on the App Store. MUST READ:  Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Videomator Normally $1.99. This very simple app will allow you to record video with different color presets (317) Much more is coming soon! Videos will be saved in your photo stream. Download Videomator Sketchify Normally $3.99. Sketchify is a simple yet powerful way to capture your thoughts, notes, and ideas. With a beautiful and clean interface designed for iOS 9, the app is a joy to use and easy to learn. Underneath the simplicity, Sketchify packs powerful features. Each stroke you make is synced in real time to all your devices. Your work is organized into notebooks, with the ability to add titles to each page. Features: • Robust drawing engine • Beautiful iOS 9 design • Cloud Syncing to all your devices • Notebooks Galore Download Sketchify Hidden Wonders of the Depths Normally $1.99. Discover the beauty of marine life in this exciting mix of match three, mahjong and hidden object fun! Match three gems in a row before time runs out to unlock underwater inhabitants and reach the bonus level. Collect ancient artifacts, discover hidden treasures and help a crab to build a fantastic home for a mermaid. ● 204 exotic locations deep within the ocean ● 25 challenging levels to keep you entertained ● Four bonus levels and eight puzzles to solve ● 39 ultimate achievements to earn ● Stunning underwater scenes ● Game Center Support ● iPhone 5 support Download Hidden Wonders of the Depths VOX Normally $5.99. #1 Music Player for iPhone and Mac! Introducing new YouTube source in VOX™ Player. Now you can listen to YouTube Music Charts and any YouTube Playlists via the best FLAC Music Player :-)! Key features: – LOOP for VOX™. • Your personal and absolutely Unlimited music cloud storage. We don’t compress any music! Sync, stream and cache your entire sound library between Mac and iPhone in full audio quality. – Listen to your music now! We support all popular formats. • Lossless: FLAC, APE, WAV, ALAC, etc. and Lossy: MP3, WMA, OGG, etc. Exclusive Hi-Res format support for crisp clean sound. Powered by BASS audio engine. – All-in-one Music Player from all of your favorite music sources: • iTunes Playlists; • Personal FLAC Collection; • Play stream from SoundCloud and YouTube; • Online Radio with 30'000+ Radio Stations; … and even more :-). – Unique Design. We're taking iOS design & experience on a completely new level. • Gesture-based interface; • Gapless playback support; • Stream music via AirPlay; • Exclusive sound Equalizer; • Offline Mode for music playlist; • Share #nowplaying music track to Twitter, Facebook. Download VOX HeliInvasion HD Normally $1.99. HeliInvasion - Survive waves of invading hostile helicopters! Shoot them with your cannon, rocket, rock, wind, and try to make them rotate until they explode. Let them knock into each other to create massive chain reactions of explosions! Earn money with each exploding helicopter to repair and upgrade your cannon. -Support Multi touch after getting double shell. -Compete with your friends through online Leaderboard via the GameCenter system! -Upgrade weapons`s rate of fire and amount. -Using box2d physical engine to simulate the collision, flying,exploding. -Support ipad, iphone and ipod touch. Download HeliInvasion HD Election 2016 Emojis Normally $1.99. Who's going to win? Democrats or Republicans? Hilary or Trump? Show support for your candidates with Electionmoji 2016! Start political conversations, mock your friends and have super fun :) Download Election 2016 Emojis Chef Me Normally $1.99. Chef Me: The recipe and cooking app thats make you a chef Become a chef yourself and learn to cook delicious meals in reduced amount of time with our recipes. The recipes are divided over various categories, to include healthy and vegetarian while also including special occasions such as christmas and summer recipes. What is the hard part in cooking is finding the right recipe to start with. That's why chef me gives you inspiration with our daily recommended recipes. The steps and methods are easy to follow. And include all details to guide over the cooking process step by step. You can save all your favourite recipes to find them all in one place. And that all can be done through one click. Sharing recipes is very easy to add friends over your inspirations in cooking. Discuss the plans for your delicious dinner with your friends with just a single click. Future improvements and updates will include: timer, comments, upvotes and downvotes to integrate users with the cooking community. Step by step videos. Download Chef Me Handblock Adblocker Normally $0.99. Welcome to Handblock, the most powerful content blocker for iOS 9! Handblock is an advanced content blocker for iPhone & iPad running iOS 9 providing the best browsing experience on Safari! Handblock includes complete modules on whitelisting your favourite sites and blacklisting the annoying ones with Parental Control. It's blocking ads, content, tracking url's and cookies from Safari and increases up to 5X browsing speed and 22% of battery life on your device. Handblock installs directly on Safari for iOS 9 and needs no additional setup! Enjoy ad-free browsing using Handblock! Download Handblock Adblocker Zenge Normally $0.99. Zenge is a peculiar puzzle game, telling the story of Eon - a lonely journeyman who's stuck between the worlds and time. Game is intended to be a relaxing experience, thus there are no points, stars, tutorials, move counters, in game shops or any other distractors. Just pure, immersive journey with Eon, told through gorgeous art and music. Made by Michal "Hamster" Pawlowski and Konrad Januszewski (he drew it!). Download Zenge

Alco Electronics' David Leung on making gadgets in China

Alco Electronics' David Leung on making gadgets in China

DONGGUAN CITY, China (AP) — A look inside Alco Electronics Ltd.'s factory in China shows what it takes to succeed as a maker of gadgets for the rest of the world — human precision in tiny tasks and increasingly automated manufacturing, but also flexible thinking and perks to keep the best employees.

Apple’s 2017 Apple Watch may be the wearable we’ve all been waiting for

A new report from DigiTimes claims that there are some interesting changes in store for the Apple Watch. According to the publication -- which admittedly has a spotty record with Apple rumors -- Apple is planning to replace the OLED panels it currently uses on the Apple Watch with Micro LED technology sometime next year. The report adds that the new display panels will be built on technology Apple acquired when it purchased LuxVue back in 2014, a company well regarded for its power-efficient micro-LED displays. The benefits of switching from OLED to Micro LED are certainly intriguing: not only might it help increase battery life on the Apple Watch, but it may also result in a richer and more vibrant color gamut with higher resolutions. More importantly, because Micro LED panels are thinner and lighter than OLED screens, it stands to reason that the Apple Watch 3 casing will be thinner than its current form, a welcome change for those who find the current design a bit unwieldy. DON'T MISS:  Leaked photos show off the Tesla Model 3’s beautiful interior All told, the future of the Apple Watch is looking rather bright, especially given the recent unveiling of watchOS 3. As we detailed previously , watchOS 3 addresses nearly all of the major complaints that consumers had with the first iteration of the Apple Watch. From welcome performance improvements to a long overdue overhaul of the UI, the Apple Watch as a standalone product is looking more intriguing than ever before. Broadly speaking, the Apple Watch may finally be in a position to become the success many initially assumed it would be. If we go back to April 2015 when the Apple Watch first hit store shelves, many assumed that the device would be a runaway hit. The reality, though, was quite the opposite. Though the Apple Watch has sold reasonably well, sales thus far haven't been high enough to prompt Apple to release official sales figures just yet. And while this has caused some to prematurely label the Apple Watch a flop, it's important to remember that sales of Apple's wearable during its first year of availability were higher than what we saw for both the iPhone and the iPod. In other words, blockbuster hits don't always happen over night. Sometimes, it takes awhile for products to find their footing and truly resonate with mainstream consumers. And with the Apple Watch, it's increasingly starting to look like versions two and three of Apple's wearable will finally transform the device into the ubiquitous success many assumed version one would be.

BlackBerry CEO confident on handset profit; results top expectations

BlackBerry CEO confident on handset profit; results top expectations

By Alastair Sharp and Allison Martell WATERLOO, Ontario/TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen expressed confidence on Thursday that he can make the company's trimmed-down handset business profitable by a self-imposed September deadline, as the smartphone pioneer posted results that beat expectations. BlackBerry broke even before charges and writedowns in its first quarter and forecast a smaller-than-expected annual loss, helping to send its stock up 3.6 percent. Adjusted revenue in that business exceeded handset sales in the quarter.

WTF of the week: Worst analyst ever suggests Apple should spin off its Mac business

Is John C. Dvorak is trying to cement his position as the worst industry "analyst" of all-time? It's entirely possible because Dvorak's latest article for PC Mag is one of the most peculiar and inane pieces we've seen from the man who in 1984 famously predicted that no one would want to use a mouse and who, in 2007, boldly predicted that the original iPhone would amount to nothing more than an embarrassing flop. And now Dvorak is back again with a kindly suggestion for Apple: spin-out the company's Mac business into an entirely separate company. Usually, boneheaded ideas like this are reserved for message boards, not a featured spot in PC Mag of all places. But so it goes in the world of tech where the ability to formulate a well-reasoned opinion piece is clearly not a prerequisite for participation. Let's dive into Dvorak's madness, shall we? DON'T MISS: You’re about to start paying more for Netflix First things first, Dvorak's idea to spin out Apple's Mac division as a separate company stems from the fact that it just recently renamed OS X to macOS. Putting this elementary leap in logic aside, Dvorak goes on to lay out the "obvious" reasons why his business plan for the Mac makes perfect sense. The reasons to do this are obvious and simple. PC sales are flagging. While the market for desktop computers and laptops is still enormous, it's seen as dead. You can see it in all the worldwide tech reporting. It's become a boring replacement market as people keep their systems longer and longer. This means the computer division of Apple will eventually become a genuine albatross around the company's neck. So it's better off as a standalone company focused on computers, pretty much like it was pre-2001 when the iPod showed up. Say what? PC sales have been on the decline, to be sure, but it's anything but a dead market. Besides, sales of the Mac have proven to be more resilient against a downturn market than PCs. Furthermore, it's important to remember that Apple enjoys extremely healthy margins on Mac sales. During the company's most recent quarter, revenue from the Mac actually surpassed revenue from the iPad. So to declare that Apple's Mac division will become something of a noose around the company's neck is bizarre and unfounded, to say the least. By Dvorak's logic, any division within Apple experiencing a downturn should be spun out into a new company. And as for the market for Macs, rumors of an exciting new MacBook Pro refresh might turn things around sooner rather than later. Now as for any perceived benefits resulting from spinning out Apple's Mac business as a standalone entity, Dvorak explains: The new Mac company would be assured success by contracting with Apple for access to the Apple stores for its primary sales channel. It could also contract with Apple for the use of its industrial design team. If Apple maintained the majority of the shares of the new company, it could roll out an IPO and add the value of its shares as an asset while writing off the loss of the division. Maintaining majority ownership would prevent any third party such as Google or Microsoft from acquiring the company. Thus the current Mac mavens, who hate any alternative, would see almost no change in the milieu. This take is so asinine and demonstrates such a fundamental lack of knowledge regarding Apple's development process that it's hard to even know where to begin. Over the years, Apple executives have said that they don't keep profit and loss balance sheets for each division within the company. The reason? Apple focuses on the bigger picture and wants each of its "divisions" to concern themselves with innovation rather than profitability. More importantly, one of the reasons Apple is so successful is because it has an entire product ecosystem where the strength of one product can be leveraged to improve the user experience across other products. One of the upcoming macOS Sierra features, for example, allows users to seamlessly unlock their MacBooks via the Apple Watch. This is only possible because Apple's varied OS teams are able to work together in an environment of cross-collaborative innovation. Similarly, other features such as universal copy and paste would effectively be non-starters if Apple's Mac division was spun out as a separate company likely governed by different priorities. In short, Dvorak's advice would undermine one of Apple's longstanding advantages -- vertical integration. One of the benefits of owning a Mac is that it's so well integrated with other Apple products and services. From various continuity features to the ability to use iMessage on the Mac, Dvorak's embarrassing master plan would serve to make Apple products less useful. Dvorak concludes: Years ago, IBM pulled a similar stunt with its extremely popular ThinkPad laptops, selling the division to Lenovo. Such a drastic move from Apple, though, would upset the community. Instead, it should look to IBM's successful spin-offs, like Lexmark. This is the kind of thing that mature companies do, and I'm guessing that it's something Apple may be planning...because it's a good idea. No, it's a bad idea unsupported by any cogent arguments whatsoever. Essentially, Dvorak argues that it's a good idea simply because he thinks it's a good idea.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

Yesterday's list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was a terrific one, and you can still find a few remaining apps in that post that are free downloads if you hurry. But we've got 10 fresh iOS apps for today's post, of course, and you'll find them all listed below. Be sure to grab the ones you like before these sales end. MUST READ:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Nok Normally $0.99. Start a timer by knocking/tapping on your iPhone! Your iPhone can even be in your pocket! The Nok timer is the essential interval timer for cooking in the kitchen, working out at home or the gym, studying at home, or other small tasks that require repetition. Nok allows you to customize up to 5 timers with individual names and times for the ultimate interval timing experience. No need to go through the lengthy process of unlocking your phone, finding your clock app, and resetting your timer -- simply knock twice to set it again. You can even tap the alarm on or off through your pocket! Features: * Works in your pocket! * Works in the background and with music playing * Customizable color interface * Set up to 5 timers with customizable names, intervals, and colors * Double Tap/knock to start and pause timer * Pre-alarm feature to alert upcoming timer before it ends (in seconds) * Lock/unlock interface to prevent accidental tapping * Alarm with both sound and vibration With a sleek, customizable interface that is almost as intuitive as breathing, you’re guaranteed to love this app. The two-tap system is easy to learn and even easier to use. Great When Used For: * Gym Activities. Time your reps and rests without overdoing either. Stay on top of your fitness regimen and never guestimate your workout times again. Have the perfect workouts! No more slacking off in the gym! * Kitchen Activities. Steep your tea just the way you like it. Stop over-boiling your eggs. Let your dough set for just the right amount of time for perfect cookies every time. * Classroom Activities. Time pop quizzes, memory exercises, classroom speeches, discussion time, and more! * Parental Guidance. Great for time-outs and taking turns alike, not to mention homework intervals and laundry times. Parents love using Nok to ensure a harmonious household. * Beauty Activities. Use Nok to perfectly time your hair and nail treatments to maximize the benefits of your beauty products and save money in the long run. Download Nok Voice Notes Pro Normally $6.99. Record directly to MP3 for you & share the recording with your friends at the touch of a button. Add notes, to-dos, tags, markers & photos to your audio recording in second with this useful app. FEATURES: 1. Direct recording MP3 audio format - Minimum file size, and can share to any platform. 2. Interrupted to continue 3. Tags 4. Notes 5. Photos 6. Markers - A marker lets you quickly locate a position in a recording 7. Calendar 8. Timeline 9. Starred - Favorites 10. To-dos 11. iCloud - Any recording can be Move into iCloud or Removed from iCloud. 12. Archive - Recordings can be compressed into a zip file for sharing. 13. Video - Recordings and photos can be made for video sharing. 14. PDF 15. Sharing 16. Search 17. ID3 Tags Download Voice Notes Pro Vlad Normally $5.99. Vlad – Find your way to the sky. Vlad was born under the surface, but he always dreamed of the sky. Help him to fulfill his dream. By taking the control of his environment, help Vlad meet the spirit of each world to unlock the next one. Move objects with different powers, avoid scary creatures and collect needed artefacts through each level. This will allow Vlad to reach the sky. But be careful, gravity will always catch you up so mind the gaps and be strategic! FEATURES: •A unique and staggered atmosphere •Explore the underground, the surface and the sky •Weird, cute and scary creatures •Strategy and anticipation will be your best allies •45 puzzles requiring your brain Download Vlad BubbleText Keyboard Normally $0.99. For a limited time only, get BubbleText for free in celebration of Gay Pride! Please spread happiness in BubbleText! BubbleText Keyboard for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is a new keyboard that enhances your old keyboard and allows you to type in text surrounded by bubbles. Show more emotion, creativity, and flair when typing on your mobile device. Be more spirited in your next text, email, or Facebook post using BubbleText Keyboard and show off the full potential of your device running the iOS 8 or iOS 9 software. Download the keyboard that has remained in the featured section for over 14 months! Key Features: ◦BubbleText Keyboard adds pizzazz to all of your favorite apps like iMessage, SnapChat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Safari, etc. ◦It is NOT LIMITED to its own app. ◦You can use it anywhere you would use Apple's keyboard, with the exception of secure password text fields. ◦Your privacy is protected! ◦We do not require "Full Access" like many other custom keyboards, so we never have access to what you type. ◦With beautiful circular keys, your keyboard buttons truly represent the bubble font being typed. ◦Don't worry if you miss a circle while typing, each button's radius extends beyond the visible circle for better accuracy. ◦You can even type numbers in bubbles! ◦It is easy to switch between BubbleText Keyboard and Apple's keyboard, just as you would with an Emoji keyboard. ◦Customize the look and feel of your BubbleText Keyboard by selecting from over 20 different color schemes. ◦NOTE: BubbleText font will always print in black like ⓣⓗⓘⓢ. Punctuation will not be in bubbles. ◦Want to see BubbleText in color? Within the BubbleText Keyboard Application, play around with beautiful text and background color combinations. ◦Take screenshots within the app and send as image files just as you would any other screenshot. Requirements: Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch must be running iOS 8 or higher and you must follow the keyboard instructions when first opening the BubbleText Keyboard Application in order for the keyboard to properly install for use in all applications. Apple requires these installation steps to be taken for all Custom Keyboards. Instructions: 1. Open your device's "Settings" application. 2. Select "General." 3. Select "Keyboard." 4. Select "Keyboards." 5. Select "Add New Keyboard..." 6. Under "THIRD-PARTY KEYBOARDS," select "BubbleText Keyboard." 7. Your keyboard is now installed. Use it in any app on your mobile device. Download BubbleText Keyboard Planet of Cubes : Multi Craft Normally $0.99. Planet of Cubes is the first true MMO block building game with one global infinite world. Team up with other players from all over the world and build online together! Chat with other players with in your “View Distance” when you build. Teleport to any player directly from the Chat or from the Players List windows. Control your “View Distance” in Options. Rent your own areas (CHUNKS) of this beautiful Planet made of cubes and start your creative joy today. Only you can build on your own chunks – but watch out your chunk rentals expiration! Once your rental is expired someone else can rent it and lock you out from modifying. A single chunk consists of the 16 x 16 square blocks and 256 blocks in height. You can turn “SHOW MY CHUNKS” mode and easily spot all of your chunks – in this mode the Planet of Cubes is displayed in grey but your own chunks are displayed in color. The whole single and beautiful Planet made of cubes is shared among all multiplayer users online worldwide! Ancient castles and cathedrals, lost ships and aircrafts, flying islands, cities and megalopolises, military basis, Egyptian pyramids, epic monuments and many other exciting objects and places are waiting for your exploration in this infinite Planet. The game has compass and current coordinates display to make navigation through the endless infinite world easier. You can also chat with all players who are visible within your current “View Distance” range. You cannot build or dig inside the Spawn Zone and on the chunks belonging to other users. All cubes inside the Spawn Zone have TTL value of 0. Thus to build something make sure to leave Spawn Zone where TTL indicator is greater than 0. TTL indicator shows amount of time till all changes of the Planet at the current place will be rolled back to the initial state. For example, TTL = [0h : 0m] means you can’t change the Planet here. TTL = [8h : 30m] means all changes will be rolled back in 8 hours and 30 minutes unless you rent this place for up to 30 days period. Make sure to select your own skin from 160+ available skins. You will have random skin assigned upon your first login to the Planet. Planet of Cubes game gives you infinite number of possibilities and endless potential for all of your creative, constructional and survival needs. FEATURES: • One global infinite Planet made of cubes available to all users across the world • Unlimited amount of players worldwide • Teleport to any player with in your “View Distance” • Rent your own chunks, build and chat globally • Endless amount of beautiful buildings and places made of cubes to explore • Built-in chat in Multiplayer mode with multi-color messages support • 160+ player skins available • 7 themed skin packs • 2 different Block Texture Packs to select from • Multiplayer works over Wi-Fi and 3G • No need to setup and/or host a server • No subscription or additional fees required Download Planet of Cubes : Multi Craft AURA Normally $3.99. ▶ RATED #1 PHOTO EDITOR! Snap, Edit & Share your photos, easier than ever! Our powerful and beautifully designed tools will help you add beautiful frames, filters, text and so much more to your photos, in the most creative & playful way ever! • High-Quality Filters Apply stunning filters to your photos, easier than ever! Choose between a beautiful collection of stunning filters to make your photos achieve the specific look and glow you want. We will continually be adding more filter packs for your photos to enjoy! • Stunning Effects Choose from a perfectly categorized collection of stunning effects such as Spot, Bloom & Gloom to easily make your photos stand out! • Beautiful Text Simply add beautiful text to your photos with many artistic fonts to choose from. Express yourself, with the most perfectly designed text editing tool for your phone! • Artistic Frames & Borders Add beautiful frames and borders to your photos, easier than ever! Tons of designs to choose from, all for free! • Simple Sharing Share your favorite photos with your friends in just 1 tap! Our simple sharing features, allows you to post your pics to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or whatever social network you use, faster than ever! Tag your photos on Instagram with #AuraCam and follow @AuraCamera for a chance to be featured on our official Instagram Download AURA ThumbTyper Normally $0.99. Do you want to make typing on an iPad and iPhone 6 faster and simpler? Try ThumbTyper. This is the breakthrough application, the first split keyboard which has been designed specifically to enable you to type with just two thumbs. Now you will be able to hold your iPad with both hands and work in comfort on a train, a bus or a plane. And, after only two hours of training, you will be able to type as easily as you can touch-type. It is ideal for work on the go. - For those on the go - Two times easier and two times faster - Convenient under most conditions - Easier typing - Optimized for iPad and iPhone 6 Download ThumbTyper Super Calendar Normally $4.99. iOS Premium Calendar Most versatile calendar app and widget in the app store! - day view, list or time view for day events - customize list view for day events - turn on/off month view in the widget - choose from one of 10 styles for month view in the widget - more customization options Also the most customizable calendar app in the app store! - 6 different views easily accessible through swipe. - Light, dark, color or picture theme! - Search your events. - Customize day, week, month, agenda views with templates/styles. - Table style or list for day view - 11 different styles for week view - 11 different styles for month view, 11 different styles for its agenda view - 13 different styles for agenda view including a countdown mode - 3 useful year view styles allowing easy navigation to any day, week or month - 11 different styles for agenda view including a countdown mode - 8 different styles for Reminders - Adjust font size for events, choose font - Choose from 100+ different colors for individual calendars - Easy settings - Option to choose default view - And so much more - Optimized for iPhone 5S, 6, and 6 Plus - This has not been tested with iPhone 5 and below, so it may not work with these older iPhones. Download Super Calendar Selfit Normally $0.99. Keep track of your fitness selfies and weight! - See your visual and weight progress on a timeline - Take a photo and enter weight - Add cool effects to your photos - Save and share photos - Supports both imperial(lbs) and metric(kg) weight units Download Selfit The Greedy Cave Normally $0.99. In a land far, far away there once was a vast continent called Milton. It was a land where the power of rule came by the sword and the arcane, where Men who devoted themselves to the blade or to magecraft, could become the finest warriors, wisest wizards or the greatest adventurers. In this land, there are several kingdoms divided by borders but united through history. Countless stories of alliances, upheaval, and moments of peace bedeck this tapestry, but that is a tale for another day. Our story begins in a remote kingdom to the north, Iblis, an obscure and oft-forgotten place. It is a wild and barren land, a place where its people scrape a living from the earth, mining minerals for the lords of the south. On occasion, adventurers would stop by for the night but never linger. Until one day, a fledgling adventurer lost his way and stumbled into a hole. The story might have ended then had he not come back, but return he did, with sacks of gold and glittering treasure. Like a fierce gale from the north, news of his fame and fortune fanned across the kingdoms overnight, and kings sent their bravest warriors and adventurers to clear the cavern of monsters in search of treasure. Even peasants wanting a part of this newfound wealth partook in these expeditions. In no time at all, a bustling town had sprung up in this forgotten place. People set up camps, and formed their own groups to explore the cave. Clever merchants not missing this opportunity, built taverns and shops near the cave, selling equipment and potions to eager adventurers. At first everything seemed fine. As explorers delved into the caves, they encountered new creatures and discovered new treasures. Mysteries continued to poured forth from the cave, yet nobody knew where the source of the secrets lay. However, as the explorations continued, the balance of wealth beyond the cave began to waver, and cracks appeared among those adventurers who had previously worked arm-in-arm. The latecomers or weak, limited to wandering the upper levels of the cave, could only watch as the veteran adventurers brought treasure after treasure from the deep. They began harboring dark thoughts as they watched the veteran adventurers grow arrogant from their largesse, ordering people around, hoarding secrets from the rest. The place became a festering pool of suspicions and greed, mired in jealous rage. It started with an adventurer disappearing in the cave. Rumors circulated he had found some legendary treasure and hoarded it for himself. Others said he had been guided to another world by some mysterious magic force in the cave. Still the unspoken belief was that he had been murdered by a rival party and was buried somewhere beneath the caverns. Nobody knows exactly what happened, but people have continued to disappear ever since. As more people have gone missing, some adventurers have called it quits, others cling to hope, and a few continue to wait and see. Which brings us to you, an ordinary young man, coming into this extraordinary circumstance with purposes unknown to others. May you find what you seek in ... -------------------------------------------------------- In "The Greedy Cave", you are a brave adventurer tasked with exploring a mysterious cave and battling all kinds of monsters. Use your wits to defeat them, learn different skills, gain mighty equipment, challenge evil monster bosses, and decipher the mysterious surrounding this cave... Game Features ·Randomly generated cave levels provide a different game experience every time! ·Hundreds of monsters to defeat! ·Hundreds of equipments to collect! ·Hundreds of quests and achievements to conquer! ·Enchant/Reform/Level up/Gold collecting, and more abundant systems to explore! Download The Greedy Cave

Critical iOS 10 component isn’t encrypted, but it’s a feature not a glaring oversight

Apple last week released the first beta of iOS 10  after explaining the main features of the upcoming iPhone, iPad and iPod touch update during its WWDC 2016 opening keynote. As expected, developers and researchers started poking around and some of them discovered that Apple left the kernel unencrypted. To some, this appeared to be an unexpected mistake from a company that’s known to prioritize user security and privacy, and to advocate for strong encryption. However, other researchers suspected this might be a feature, not a bug. Apple has now confirmed the kernel is supposed to be decrypted in iOS 10. DON’T MISS:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years “The kernel cache doesn’t contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we’re able to optimize the operating system’s performance without compromising security,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch , seemingly settling the matter. In previous iOS releases Apple has encrypted the kernel, hiding the way it works. The kernel controls how apps access hardware resources and manages security. However, it doesn’t handle user data that would warrant the use of encryption. Apple hopes that an unencrypted kernel in iOS 10 will help third parties discover potential issues faster than before, despite allowing anybody to have a sneak peek at the inner workings of iOS. Talking to MIT Technology Review before Apple acknowledged this hidden iOS 10 feature, security expert Jonathan Zdziarski said that leaving the kernel unencrypted by mistake “would have been an incredibly glaring oversight, like forgetting to put doors on an elevator.” He supported the idea that Apple left the kernel unencrypted by choice, linking the decision to Apple’s determined defense against the FBI in the San Bernardino iPhone case. By making the kernel available to anyone, Apple is more transparent than ever with iOS, in the hope that companies dealing in critical iOS security issues that can offer law enforcement agencies access to an encrypted device would have a harder time hoarding these vulnerabilities.

This website automatically texts ‘Game of Thrones’ spoilers to your worst enemy

I don't know that I hate anyone enough to continually text them  Game of Thrones  spoilers from an anonymous number. But luckily, if I did, there's an app for that. As  The Next Web  spotted, for a simple one-off payment of $0.99, Spoiled.io will spam a phone number of your choice with  Game of Thrones  spoilers. The texts (which also appear to contain photos) are sent in real time, so even if your target is watching on a slightly laggy free stream, they'll have their evening of entertainment thoroughly ruined. DON'T MISS:  The all-white Kindle is back, and it has double the storage According to the website, the creator was inspired by the story of a spurned ex who got back at her cheating boyfriend by texting  Game of Thrones  spoilers to him every evening. In that tale, our eponymous heroine was forced to use friends' phones to avoid getting blocked; in this case, it should be far simpler, since the texts are already coming from an anonymous source. There's no Whois data available for the site, so there's no way of knowing who is behind it or what evil nemesis they're trying to get back at. In fact, the entire thing could be a viral scam -- I have no way of knowing if my $0.99 is going to vanish into the ether, and no spoilers will be coming my way. But for the convenience of being able to pull off a good practical prank from bed, it's a risk I'm happy to take.

BlackBerry's top goal to make devices profitable this year: CEO

BlackBerry's top goal to make devices profitable this year: CEO

By Alastair Sharp WATERLOO, Ontario (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd's top priority this year is making its devices business profitable, its chief executive said on Wednesday, even as it weighs the future of its hardware operation. "The device business must be profitable, because we don't want to run a business that drags onto the bottom line," Chief Executive John Chen told investors at the company's annual meeting. BlackBerry, once the smartphone market leader before being displaced by Apple Inc and competitors run on Alphabet Inc's Android platform, has worked to reposition itself as a software and service provider focused on device management for large organizations.

The all-white Kindle is back, and it has double the storage

Amazon just made its cheapest Kindle even better. The basic $80 e-reader, aka the one that most people buy, now has double the storage capacity, a "more rounded" design, and Bluetooth audio. Oh, and it also now comes in white. It's a welcome update to a Kindle that's been mostly overlooked in favor of its fancier cousins, the Kindle Paperwhite and the shiny new Oasis. Still, I have to say I'm a little disappointed there's no change in the screen, which is easily the most important part of an e-reader. DON'T MISS:  Porsche: Tesla’s Ludicrous mode is bullshit and the seats ‘suck’ The move back to pure white is a harkening back to when the Kindle first launched. I remember my first Kindle: it was an all-white, second-gen model with the physical keyboard and the wonderfully clicky buttons to move between pages. It felt like a truly futuristic device, not just because of the space-inspired design, but also the unlimited international 3G internet, which I abused time and again while travelling. The white option is coming both to the cheap $80 Kindle, and also to the Kindle Paperwhite. In addition to the color change, Amazon is also doubling the storage, so you should  really  never run out of space for books. There's apparently a "more rounded" physical design, but it looks pretty identical to me, still just a large rectangular e-ink screen. The only large capability addition is Bluetooth audio, which lets blind readers connect the Kindle to Bluetooth speakers or headphones to listen to audio narration.

The all-white Kindle is back, and it has double the RAM

Amazon just made its cheapest Kindle even better. The basic $80 e-reader, aka the one that most people buy, now has double the RAM, a "more rounded" design, and Bluetooth audio. Oh, and it also now comes in white. It's a welcome update to a Kindle that's been mostly overlooked in favor of its fancier cousins, the Kindle Paperwhite and the shiny new Oasis. Still, I have to say I'm a little disappointed there's no change in the screen, which is easily the most important part of an e-reader. DON'T MISS:  Porsche: Tesla’s Ludicrous mode is bullshit and the seats ‘suck’ The move back to pure white is a harkening back to when the Kindle first launched. I remember my first Kindle: it was an all-white, second-gen model with the physical keyboard and the wonderfully clicky buttons to move between pages. It felt like a truly futuristic device, not just because of the space-inspired design, but also the unlimited international 3G internet, which I abused time and again while travelling. The white option is coming both to the cheap $80 Kindle, and also to the Kindle Paperwhite. In addition to the color change, Amazon is also doubling the memory to 512MB of RAM. There's apparently a "more rounded" physical design, but it looks pretty identical to me, still just a large rectangular e-ink screen. The only large capability addition is Bluetooth audio, which lets blind readers connect the Kindle to Bluetooth speakers or headphones to listen to audio narration.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

If you're on the hunt for some sweet new iOS apps and you don't want to part with much cash to get them, you're in luck. Today, as we do every day, we've put together a post filled with the best premium iPhone and iPad apps out there that are on sale for free. There are a whole bunch of useful apps on today's list, and there are even a couple of fun ones like an app filled with terrible "yo mama" jokes. You can also check yesterday's post , which includes a few apps that are still free downloads. MUST SEE:  This crazy iPhone 6s scam on Amazon isn’t what you think These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. YoCelsi Normally $0.99. YoCelsi is the best minimalistic weather application giving you very detailed weather information of unlimited cities world wide, packed in a gorgeous design and easy-to-use user interface! FULL FEATURED WEATHER APPLICATION Celsius brings you all weather information available for every location in the world and a 13-day forecast. In addition to these powerful forecasting features, Celsius provides more comprehensive weather information. This includes detailed information regarding cloud cover and rainfall totals. Celsius also gives users information about UV Index, sunrise and sunset times. Many users also enjoy the real time wind direction feature, which utilizes a display arrow on screen to indicate the wind direction at any time thanks to the built in magnetometer. OVERVIEW OF THE DETAILED WEATHER FEATURES - Current temperature (Celsius) - Current conditions - Current humidity - Current pressure - Current dew point temperature - Current feels like temperature - Date - 3-hourly clouds radar (up to 2 days) - 10 day forecast, with detailed weather data for every 3 hours - Maximum and minimum temperature per day - Maximum wind speed per day - Average wind speed per day - Wind direction per day - Weather condition per day - Precipitation per day - Sunrise/sunset per day - UV Index per day Download YoCelsi WOL Widget Normally $0.99. WOL Widget is a very simple and straightforward tool to power on your computers on your local network (LAN). You don't even need to open the app, as it's right there as a widget in the Notification Center (Today View), with a quick glance you know wether a computer/host is On or Off, and just a tap to wake it up! ## Key Features ## ● Easily monitor and wake up your computers/hosts right from the Notification Center. ● Add/Delete/Edit/Reorder up to 25 computers/hosts. ● Choose which computers/hosts to be visible on the widget. ● Monitor the status of your computers/hosts with just a glance. ● Can be used just as a monitoring tool for remote servers, websites, etc. ● Resolve local computers/hosts IP Addresses to MAC Addresses easily. ● Adjustable 'Ping Timeout' in case you need to monitor some remote hosts on the Internet. ● Universal app so it works on all your iPhones/iPads/iPod Touches models. ● Fully compatible with iOS 9 new multitasking features. ## Requirements ## ● The computer(s) you need to wake up must be connected to the local network through an ethernet cable. Waking up wireless computers will simply not work. ● Your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch must be on the same local network where the computer(s) you need to wake up. Although it's possible to make it work over the Internet, advanced configuration is required on your connection router/modem. ● The computer(s)'s motherboard or LAN/Ethernet card must support WOL (Wake On LAN) or Magic Packet technologies. Download WOL Widget Week Cal Widget Normally $1.99. NO need to unlock your device to see your calendar events!!! Day or week timeline view is supported to see ALL your iPhone calendar events from the notification center. The app is used to view existing events from the iPhone calendar, with the following features: ․ Day timeline ․ Week timeline ․ Scroll through 24 hours ․ Scroll through days and weeks ․ Tap on event to open event or iPhone calendar ․ Handles complicated event overlapping ․ Assigns colors to events Scroll through the full 24 hours, scroll through days and weeks. The app remembers the last screen the user was viewing. Download Week Cal Widget Voice Translator Pro Normally $1.99. Simply say what you want to tell! It will take down EVERY WORDS! Then you can use the dictation to send messages, save notes Forget typing... The accuary of our voice recognition is so amazing, that you don't need your keyboard anymore. Other awesome feature: * Real time dictation for EVERY WORDS you want to say * Much FASTEST than typing on a keyboard * Support multiple languages Download Voice Translator Pro Cleaner Master Normally $0.99. Do you think your device is well organize? You will surprised how app can upgrade and make it more smooth & faster!!! Main Features: √ Find and Clean unexpected data on your device √ Delete multiple photo √ One tap clean your photo album √ Filter and remove Shake-out-of-focus photo Dark photo Similar photo Screenshot Processing photos One-second video Download Cleaner Master Yo Mama Jokes Normally $0.99. For decades Yo Mama jokes have humiliated millions of innocent victims, and now you can harness the power to humiliate your closest friends and coworkers with this definitive Yo Mama joke book!!! Choose from hundreds of carefully screened Yo Mama jokes, selected and sorted by a jury of professional jokesters. Features include: - Hundreds of original and classic Yo Mama jokes - Comical sound effects - Hilarious background images - Multiple color schemes Download Yo Mama Jokes Socium widget Normally $0.99. Socium widget it's a buttons of favorite social networks right at Notification Center. Post to Twitter and Facebook from any app. Create new publication in two-tap. Just select a social network and write the post. Widget is performed in the native design of the operating system Apple, completely repeating usability and aesthetics this OS Download Socium widget SNAPMOJI Normally $0.99. WHOSE SHUTTING DOWN THE APP STORE NOW? YOU ARE! SNAPMOJI - CREATE CUSTOM EMOJI FOR TEXTING APPS Quickly trim any photo from a filtered Snap, the Camera roll, or any other photo application into hilarious quick pics, stickers, or emoji for texting. Just draw a mask around the photo and then instantly create and send it as an Emoji. It's as simple as that. Access millions of potential emoji in any way, shape, or form, personalized to your liking. SNAPMOJI is your own personal Emoji app. Download SNAPMOJI Burst Normally $0.99. NEVER miss another rep with the most user-friendly interval timer on the App Store! Burst Interval Timer is a professional fitness training app designed to keep both your training and rest periods under control at the gym to achieve optimal results. The app keeps track of your training and rest periods, keeps you focused both mentally and physically and stops you from drifting off at the gym. THINK LESS, PUMP MORE Rest time in between sets is vital in any quality workout. Too much rest and your working muscle cools down and you open yourself up to injury. Too little rest and you quickly fatigue the working muscle. Your capability in the gym can only be successful if you're mentally and physically focused for every single repetition. If you find yourself drifting around the gym in between sets and socializing with other eager socialites, then there is no way that you can focus on what you're there to do and you won't be able to push your body to achieve optimal results! With Burst you can reach peak performance at the gym each and every time! = FEATURES = + Large clear display + Never miss another rep! + Optional rest periods (to implement body shock effect). + Beautiful retina display interface + Color indication of each phase + Summary stats at the end of each session + Blinking and Sound warnings + Sound options + Quick pick-up and train layout + No Ads, No In-Apps We hope you enjoy Burst Interval Timer and stay motivated! Download Burst let's led Normally $0.99. Let’s Led turns your iphone/ipad into an ticker display. a time clock, and with over 100 symbol, you can send any message you want. Download let's led The Professional Bartender's Suite Normally $1.99. The Professional Bartender's Suite; Are you a professional bartender or would you like to be one? Looking for assistance for what kind of mixed drink or cocktail to get at a bar or serve at a party? Want to impress your friends with your cocktail making mixologist skills? We have the solution. We offer you the most updated & complete tool, "The Proffesional Bartender's Suite" Features: •9,240+ Drink Recipes (updated to 2016!) •Cocktails divided into 17 categories! "Step-by-step" detailed tutorial to make every drink/cocktail •Browse Drink Recipes by category/letter •Indexed list for Drink Recipes by components by smart search engine. •A fantastic tool that searches for cocktails based on the ingredients you have at home (Exclusive) •Special indexed list by using the the perfect serving kind of glass for every drink. •Indexed list by Alcoholic or Non Alcoholic drinks •The Ranked "Top 100" cocktails •Facebook, Twitter intergration •Random choice of a drink •Add favorite drink recipes to your favorites list •History mode to revisit your last seen recipes •Consistent updates from social Community of Mixologists •High resolution gfx & animations •iPhone/iPad/iPad Mini support •Optimized iOS8 & iOS 9 support Download The Professional Bartender's Suite

No one asked for Apple to kill the headphone port, and that’s ok

A number of simultaneous reports today , all from reputable sources, appear to have confirmed that this year's iPhone will not have a headphone jack. As you'd imagine, the news spawned a series of internet Hot Takes, including one particularly withering listicle from  Verge  editor-in-chief Nilay Patel. " Taking the headphone jack off phones is user-hostile and stupid " does, in all honesty, raise some excellent points about why ditching the headphone jack is...well, user-hostile and stupid. I would personally like for my next phone to have a headphone jack. But an otherwise-worthwhile piece ends with this one observation: 6. No one is asking for this Raise your hand if the thing you wanted most from your next phone was either fewer ports or more dongles. I didn’t think so. You wanted better battery life, didn’t you? Everyone just wants better battery life. This is stupid, and hostile to common sense. READ MORE:  Apple is making only one, very dumb change to the iPhone this year If there's one thing I've learned from years of earnest tech blogging, it's that you should never, ever,  ever listen to what the armchair phone designers of the internet want. I'm not trying to deify Apple's product designers -- the new Magic Mouse is a stern middle finger to the laws of common sense -- but catering to fanboy's whims is no way to design a product. If I added up the suggestions from our comments on what the next iPhone should look like, it would probably be an inch thick, have three-day battery life, a 6-inch screen, 8K display and 6GB of RAM. There's a vast divide between people who follow Apple rumors daily, and the kind of people who buy 90% of iPhones. But Nilay isn't the average internet commenter, I hear you say? Yes, he's the EIC of arguably the internet's best-known tech site. But he's really no better at predicting industry trends as a result. When Apple first came out with the Macbook Air, Nilay was working at Engadget, and criticizing the Air's lack of removable battery  and  ports , or optical drive. Despite all that, the Air completely changed the category for portable laptops, cutting unnecessary features to create a device thinner and lighter than anyone thought they needed. Oh, and what's that about Flash on the iPad ? I'm not predicting that killing the headphone jack is going to be the same as killing the optical drive. Personally, I agree that it's a dumb move. But I also realize that Nilay, I, and probably everyone reading this are niche users. We care about crap like playing our extensive DVD library, hooking up laptops to Ethernet ports, or using our large collection of very nice headphones. Most of my friends use Apple's stock earbuds, or if they have fancy headphones, they're Bluetooth connected. If the iPhone 7 doesn't have a headphone jack, they probably won't give one solitary shit. They'll just see the phone that's thinner and has better audio quality, and just fork over the requisite fistfuls of cash. Removing the headphone jack might be a gigantic mistake in waiting, but it won't be because people didn't ask for it. Without wanting to sound like a Jobsian disciple, no one asked for all-in-one PC kits, graphical user interfaces, or, indeed for a laptop without an optical drive. But despite all that, all of those turned out to be the right products for a huge number of people. Take a crowd-sourced opinion to building a phone, and you end up with the Fairphone . Build the phone 90% of people secretly need, and you get an iPhone.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

What, Monday's killer list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free wasn't enough for you? Of course it wasn't... you can never really get enough paid iOS apps for free. Today we've got 10 more freebies lined up and if you missed yesterday's post, head back there right away and you'll find some more that are still on sale. MUST SEE:  This crazy iPhone 6s scam on Amazon isn’t what you think These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. ProtectPro Normally $0.99. Your personal security camera. http://www.protectproapp.com ProtectPro enables you to record an event while at the same time allowing you to provide an emergency contact with your GPS location and a link to your video. If the situation requires emergency responders you can also call 911 from within the app. Pictures/Videos/Events/Location remain on your phone. Your video is backed up to your Youtube account for future reference; but it is not made public so you have control over who gets to see it. ALL of this is done with one action button at the bottom of the screen. Instant help, instant upload. No other security app is this easy to use. NOTE: 911 function may not work in all countries. INSTRUCTIONS: Note: For convenience ProtectPro starts recording an event within 3 seconds of starting. To stop this process press "stop" button at the top of the screen. Step 1 Press the Settings button and enter your name, optional text, and sign into YouTube. Videos uploaded to youtube are ONLY viewable to those who have the link. Step 2 Press Contacts and enter a contact you'd like to email/text in an emergency situation. That's it! You're done with setup. Next... Start ProtectPro any time you see a questionable situation. Press the action button at the bottom of the screen if you feel others need to be notified of the situation. Your contacts will get your GPS location AND a link to the online video. Finally... STAY SAFE!!! Download ProtectPro Energy Saver Normally $2.99. Energy Saver is the easiest way for you to save money starting now. You can see the full statistics of your energy consumption for a day or for a full year. Energy Saver gives you insight in reducing the energy consumption and earns you hundreds of dollars per year. Get rid of your biggest consumers and replace them with energy efficient equipment. Most importantly, you save the planet and make it a better place for your children. FEATURES: • Get tips for reducing the energy consumption and saving money • See full statistics of your energy consumption • See the energy consumption charts for every room in your house • Select the way you want the results to be calculated, for a day or for a full year Download Energy Saver Syntle Normally $0.99. Syntle is a simple iOS application which helps you memorize the syntax of a new programming language using spaced repetition and flashcards featuring code snippets. At the moment it targets programmers who would like to quickly learn the syntax of Swift, Objective-C, Python and Shell, Git scripts. There is a quiz after every 5 flashcards. At the moment the app contains 370 intelligent flashcards. The app was inspired by the blog post by Derek Sivers titled 'Memorizing a programming language using spaced repetition software’. Download Syntle GO Keyboard Pro Normally $3.99. ※ Over 1000+ colorful themes and weekly update ※ ※ Over 40 languages and 60 keyboard-layouts ※ ※ Funny stickers are all in here ※ Awesome Features: - Fantasy stickers: Stickers make your input more fun. - Type with Emoji: Provided 1000+ FREE Emoji, emoticons and other cute smiley faces explosion. - Custom keyboard: Personalized backgrounds, fonts and key-tones to DIY your own keyboard. - Rich themes: Lovely, Cool, Factional, Geek, you will find every keyboard you want! - Powerful language support: Support over 40 languages and adjust your language preferences automatically. - Fast and Smart: Support Swipe typing, Auto-correction and Next-word prediction. - Privacy and Security: We will never collect your personal info including credit card information. Supported languages: English - EN Simplified Chinese-Traditional Chinese - CN Arabic - AR - اللغة العربية Bulgarian - BG - Български език Catalan - CA - Català Croatian - HR - Hrvatski Czech - CS - čeština Danish - DA - dansk Dutch - NL - Nederlands Farsi - FA - فارسی French - FR - française Georgian - ka German - DE - Deutsch Hebrew - HE - Ivrit Hindi - hi Hungarian - HU - Magyar Indonesian - ID - Bahasa Indonesia Italian - IT - Italiano Lithuanian - LT - Lietuvių Malay - MS - Bahasa Melayu Norwegian - NO - norsk Philippines(Tagalog) - tl - Tagalog Polish - PL - język polski Portuguese - PT - português Romanian - RO - română Russian - RU - Русский язык Slovak - SK - Slovenčina Slovenian - SL - Slovenščina Spanish - ES - Español Swedish - SV - svenska Thai - TH Turkish - TR - Türkçe Urdu - UR - اردو Finnish - FI - Suomi Greek - EL - Ελληνικά Ukrainian - UK - Українська Serbian - SR – српски More languages are coming Download GO Keyboard Pro Currency Converter Normally $3.99. Currency Converter is a reliable and beautifully designed app that will help you figure out how much your money is worth around the world. It supports most of the world currencies so all you have to do is choose your base and quote currencies, enter the amount you want to convert and voila! Features: - Find currencies by name, code or country. No need to scroll. - Convert as you type. - Automatic and manual exchange rate updates. - Each update is stored so you can use the app offline. - Swap button to switch base and quote currencies. - Share your conversions through your email or social media. Download this beautiful app and you'll be able to check the most accurate rates available. GET IT NOW. Download Currency Converter Mysc Normally $0.99. Mysc is simple design and very easy to use application. Mysc has Timer, Scheduler, Reminder, ToDo and more function. - App Features -- Timer --- Alarm ---Timer ---RepeatTImer -- Scheduler -- Reminder -- ToDo -- Notification Center You can launch each functions from NotificationCenter And you can check today's schedule and todo *** You can't to active timer and create any data. It's iOS specification. *** -- Other Note, Stopwatch, Kitchentimer - How to use -- Add data 1. Please tap on (+) button at top right corner of screen. 1. Please enter data. and tap Save button. -- Edit/Delete Data 1. Please long press on item that you want to edit/delete. 2. Please choose edit or delete. -- Active/Deactive timer Please tap on item that you want to active/deactive You can see more helps on web http://help.888apps.net/mysc/ Download Mysc SkyLab Photo Editor Normally $2.99. SkyLab is the one and only sky-replacement app. Imagine dropping stunning skies on your photos with this innovative new app. FEATURES - Drop beautiful skies on your photos - Huge collection of skies - Add clouds, trees, and birds too - Save projects across all of your devices - New Sky Packs coming soon! This app is driven by my own love of beautiful skies and fascinating cloud formations. My goal is to capture those moments when you stop in your tracks and just stare at a gorgeous sunset, beautiful blue sky, or epic storm. Create these moments right on your iPhone with powerful yet simple editing tools. SkyLab comes with a huge collection of curated skies from sunny, cloudy, stormy, and night shots. Want to add some clouds to your sky? SkyLab also includes Elements to add to your photos, such as clouds, trees, and the moon. SAVE PROJECTS SkyLab works seamlessly with iCloud. Save and access your projects across devices and never lose your work again. Create beautiful skies with SkyLab. Download SkyLab Photo Editor PaceDJ Normally $0.99. Run longer, faster, and stronger with PaceDJ, the only app that modifies music BPMs to match your running pace AND allows you to create interval workouts. There is no better running music app – Period. Get it now! RECOMMENDED BY: •New York Times •Washington Post •Health Magazine •Runner’s World •Men’s Health •Women’s Health •RealSimple •And more! USER REVIEWS: •"I love this app, I use it to crank up speed work for marathon training without my pace conflicting with my music!" •"PaceDJ allowed me to find tunes that helped me pace myself… and spend my energy focusing on…proper running form. I use PaceDJ on every run." •"PaceDJ gives me that extra boost of motivation. It gives me the proper speeds I need to stay on pace and even ramp up my speed work." WHY WE’RE BETTER THAN OTHER APPS •Some apps claim they can serve songs at BPMs to pace you to a specific minute/mile time. Unless they know your stride length, they can't do this accurately. PaceDJ helps you find the right BPM first, and then fine tune to match your mile time goal. •You can try PaceDJ/Lite for free to see how you like it! Then upgrade to the full version for more features. •PaceDJ is the ONLY APP that speeds up or slows down BPMs to match your running pace AND allows you to create interval workouts. •Create custom interval workouts or choose from pre-programmed templates. •Each song you own can pace you at multiple levels – a massive increase in the usefulness of your music library •PaceDJ.com provides a FREE music discovery service so you can find and purchase songs that match your running pace. •Echonest song database has over 35million songs and 2.8 million artists. •Realtime, distance, and speed tracking. •Post workouts to Facebook. •Easily correct BPMs by tapping on the drum. •No Recurring fees! ON THE WEB AT WWW.PACEDJ.COM Download PaceDJ Time Note Normally $0.99. Use time to manage your event ,travel,working,family that any thing can be connected by time. Each event has a time date, an icon, a event detail and a photo. Easy to use, there is no calendar grid, all thing will display on a single time line. All the timeline can be export to the 'photo' and share to anyone you like. Download Time Note Multiplayer for Minecraft PE Normally $0.99. Download this awesome app now and you'll have all of the multiplayer for Minecraft PE servers in the palm of your hands. This app contains a list of server addresses for Servers For Minecraft MCPE. Use this app to find the best servers for minecraft pe for free. This app can be used to find multiplayer Minecraft MCPE Servers so you can play with your friends. App Features: *Servers: check servers list, screenshots, video review, description, IP and more! *Favorites: save servers you like to favorites list so that you can find them easily. *Notes: need to save some important own thought? Just use our Notes feature. *Offline caching: once some server info is opened you will be able to see it even without connection.. Download Multiplayer for Minecraft PE

You can now use Touch ID on your iPhone to sign in to your Google account

If there is one thing and only one thing that you take away from this site when it comes to online security, it should be this: enable 2-Step Verification (2FV) on every single account you have that supports it. People constantly moan and groan about how annoying it is to use password management software like 1Password and enhanced security features such as 2-Step Verification, also known as 2-Factor Authentication. Trust us when we tell you that the 10 to 15 extra seconds it takes to make use of either of those important security technologies could mean the difference between having your account hijacked and keeping all of your data secure. And now, a big change will cut the amount of time it takes many Google users to log in with 2FV in half. MUST READ:  A week with iOS 10: It’s fantastic, and I’m bored Google has added a fantastic new option for user looking to verify 2FV. 2-Step Verification is a security measure that adds a second step to the login process on any site. First the user inputs a username and password as he or she would on any other site. But then, a second verification screen asks for a special code that is either sent to a user via email or text, or generated using an authentication app. But now there's a third option: With Google's new "Google prompt" setting enabled in an account's 2FV settings, a user will simply need to tap a "yes" button in a pop-up on his or her Android device, iPhone or iPad. What's more, users with an iPhone or iPad that supports Touch ID can use their fingerprints to authenticate. Simply install the Google app on your device and you're all set once you enable the new Google prompt option. Whether you have an Android phone or an iOS device, setting up Google prompt couldn't be easier: Visit  https://myaccount.google.com In the first box, click "Signing in to Google" Click the 2-Step Verification box Under "Set up second step" (or "Set up alternative second step" if you already have 2FV enabled) click on the Google prompt option Then just follow the on-screen instructions and you'll be off and running in no time.

You can now use Touch ID on your iPhone to sign in to your Google account anywhere

If there is one thing and only one thing that you take away from this site when it comes to online security, it should be this: enable 2-Step Verification (2FV) on every single account you have that supports it. People constantly moan and groan about how annoying it is to use password management software like 1Password and enhanced security features such as 2-Step Verification, also known as 2-Factor Authentication. Trust us when we tell you that the 10 to 15 extra seconds it takes to make use of either of those important security technologies could mean the difference between having your account hijacked and keeping all of your data secure. And now, a big change will cut the amount of time it takes many Google users to log in with 2FV in half. MUST READ:  A week with iOS 10: It’s fantastic, and I’m bored Google has added a fantastic new option for user looking to verify 2FV. 2-Step Verification is a security measure that adds a second step to the login process on any site. First the user inputs a username and password as he or she would on any other site. But then, a second verification screen asks for a special code that is either sent to a user via email or text, or generated using an authentication app. But now there's a third option: With Google's new "Google prompt" setting enabled in an account's 2FV settings, a user will simply need to tap a "yes" button in a pop-up on his or her Android device, iPhone or iPad. What's more, users with an iPhone or iPad that supports Touch ID can use their fingerprints to authenticate. Simply install the Google app on your device and you're all set once you enable the new Google prompt option. Whether you have an Android phone or an iOS device, setting up Google prompt couldn't be easier: Visit  https://myaccount.google.com In the first box, click "Signing in to Google" Click the 2-Step Verification box Under "Set up second step" (or "Set up alternative second step" if you already have 2FV enabled) click on the Google prompt option Then just follow the on-screen instructions and you'll be off and running in no time.

Upcoming huge iPhone redesign will include the new feature everyone wants

One recurring iPhone rumor claims that Apple is on the verge of a major shift when it comes to iPhone display quality. The iPhone 7 models will ship with LCD screens, just like all their predecessors. But starting next year at least one new iPhone 7s/8 will have an AMOLED display. That’s the kind of screen mostly found on Samsung’s “iPhone killers,” including the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. In recent years, experts found AMOLED screens to offer a superior experience  compared to LCD panels. Even though the most recent LCD displays inside the iPhone and iPad Pro have also been praised in reviews , AMOLED might offer Apple an added edge in the future. Now, new reports out of Asia indicate that Apple suppliers have already been informed that the OLED iPhone is coming. DON’T MISS:  This crazy iPhone 6s scam on Amazon isn’t what you think According to a report in Nikkei Asian Review spotted by Digitimes , Apple has told its suppliers that all iPhones will switch to OLED panels in 2018. That should be the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8s model – depending on whether or not Apple keeps its “S” naming scheme, and depending on what 2017's iPhones are called. A portion of iPhones will use OLED panels in advance, the paper noted. That seems to suggest that some 2017 iPhones will be equipped with OLED screens and not others. Some reports indicated that at least one iPhone will have an OLED screen next year, possibly a curved one . Digitimes notes that Samsung Display, LG Display and JDI are among the companies ramping up OLED display production. It’s not just the iPhone of the future that will go OLED as other smartphone makers will probably follow suit. Samsung Display will invest some $6.82 billion this year to expand OLED panel production by more than 50%. The added OLED production capacity will be enough for Samsung to make OLED screens for an additional 200 million smartphones annually. Currently, Samsung makes 300 million smartphone OLED displays each year. LG, meanwhile, will invest $8.68 billion in the next few years to ramp up OLED panel production for smartphones and TVs, while JDI will spend $479 million in 2017 to set up new OLED production lines.

This is how gorgeous iOS 10’s hidden dark mode feature will make your iPhone look

Apple's iOS platform is arguably the best-looking mobile software in the world, but there's always room for improvement. And according to some snooping done this past week by developers digging through Apple's iOS 10 code, there are some big improvements that are indeed coming soon to an iPhone and iPad near you. MUST SEE:  New leak suggests the most controversial iPhone 7 rumor is all wrong Seriously, how excited would you be if your iPhone looked like this ? Well guess what: It's looking increasingly likely that your iPhone actually will look like that soon enough. It didn't take long for iOS app developers to start poking around in Apple's latest software release. iOS 10 beta 1 was pushed out to developers shortly after Apple's big WWDC 2016 keynote wrapped up last Monday, and we immediately began to learn new things about Apple's next-generation iOS software that weren't announced on stage during the event. Want some examples? Check out this video of 50 hidden iOS 10 features in action . One of the most hotly anticipated features of iOS 10 ahead of WWDC was a new dark mode that would allow users to switch to a modified user interface that was heavy on the dark colors instead of light ones, which is what we're used to in iOS. Developers found dark mode hiding within the iOS 10 beta so we now know it's coming, and we saw a few concepts mocked up that show us how sleek dark mode could look on the iPhone . Now, a new series of mockups from Reddit user "simalary44" includes some of the sleekest shots yet. In particular, Apple Music and widgets look amazing when given the dark mode treatment. Check out the images below, which were originally posted in a thread on Reddit in the iPhone subreddit.

A week with iOS 10: It’s fantastic, and I’m so bored

Heading into WWDC 2016 last week, I was excited. In fact, this was the first Apple event in years that genuinely had me excited. As I explained to my colleague Yoni Heisler , the WWDC 2016 keynote marked the first time in a very long time that there was real mystery heading into an Apple event. Nearly all of the big news from each event typically leaks out weeks or even months ahead of every Apple event, but this time we were going in almost completely blind. Making things even more intriguing was fact that we were in the midst of a very negative Apple news cycle. Growth at the high end of the smartphone market is over! The upcoming iPhone 7 is going to be boring ! No one likes the Apple Watch! This was a real opportunity for Apple to change the conversation by showing off exciting new software updates for iOS and other products. We wanted refinement, sure, but we also desperately wanted true innovation. We wanted a glimpse of the future of mobile devices. What we ended up with is indeed the best version of iOS Apple has ever assembled. But those of us looking for a glimpse into the future might actually find that Apple is beginning to get stuck in the past. MUST SEE:  New leak suggests the most controversial iPhone 7 rumor is all wrong First, a couple disclaimers. Apple's new iOS 10 software is not complete and there may be several additional features added between now and the software's public release later this year. In fact, we've already gotten a preview of one upcoming iOS 10 feature that was found hiding in the software's code . There might be even more new features coming alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that Apple is holding back. The design of iOS 10 also isn't yet finished. Several areas of the interface will undoubtedly change between now and September (and we can only hope that the  widgets section is among those changes ). Keep both of those things in mind when you read about iOS 10 in the coming weeks. Looking only at the key iOS 10 features Apple unveiled on stage during its big WWDC 2016 keynote last week, we find a whole host of great new functionality that has been added to the iPhone and iPad. Among the new features are a lock screen that is far more useful, a huge update to the Messages app that adds a whole host of new features, Quick Type enhancements and a rebuilt Apple Music app. These are all terrific changes that improve the user experience, but is there anything truly new or unique in there? These are the features Apple specifically chose to highlight in its big iOS 10 presentation. Shouldn't they be a little more... exciting? In fact, let's go through the 10 main features Apple covered during its keynote one at a time with our pessimist hat on: New lock screen: Raise to wake is nifty, the new widget view will be nice when it's finished, more interactive notifications are a nice touch, having to press the home button to unlock is a little annoying (though the iPhone 7 might address that ). In the end, nothing very special. Siri updates: More proactive features like remembering where you parked are nice, as is third-party app integration. But it's still basically Google Now Lite. Quick Type enhancements: Nice use of Siri and contextual suggestions, but we've seen all this in one form or another from other keyboards. New Photos app: A (more secure and private) Google Photos clone plus HTC Zoe. New Maps features: Live traffic on route, more location-aware features and third-party app integration are all very cool, but probably not enough to pull holdouts away from Google Maps. Apple Music revamp: The old app was pretty terrible so a redesign is appreciated, even if it does look like something straight out of Windows Phone. News app: A terrific news reader in a sea of terrific news readers. Home app: A so-so smart home controller in a seas of so-so smart home controllers. Phone app updates: Extensions to help block spam and VoIP integration are appreciated but hardly groundbreaking. Messages: Clearly one of the best new features of iOS 10, and plenty of fun to use. But it's basically just the old Messages app with a bunch of features from other mobile messaging apps slathered on top. Some of that was a little harsh and it's all oversimplified, but come on. These are the 10 show-stopping features that Apple chose to get us all excited for iOS 10? These are the stars of the show? Apple is in an interesting place right now. It still offers what I and many other people believe to be the best mobile experience in the world, all things considered. It's the smoothest, it's the cleanest and it's supported by the best third-party app ecosystem in the world. But Android narrows the gap in those departments each and every year, and it does so while pulling further ahead in other key areas. The latest two Android releases have some seriously awesome new features , like the Tango AR platform , the Daydream VR platform, a rebuilt update mechanism that downloads and installs system updates in the background, killer power-saving features, and Instant Apps, which is a brilliant feature that lets users begin testing an app in the Play store without having to purchase it or even download it. There are also plenty more exciting new features where those came from. As I said in that article I referenced earlier, I really wanted Apple to wow us this year. I wanted to see new features that made smartphones exciting again. Instead, I saw plenty of refinement that is obviously appreciated, but it comes along with a whole bunch of catch-up features and not much else. This has been a trend for several years now  and at this point, we can only hope it ends alongside  the massive 10-year anniversary update  Apple is supposedly planning for next year's iPhone.

A week with iOS 10: It’s fantastic, and I’m bored

Heading into WWDC 2016 last week, I was excited. In fact, this was the first Apple event in years that genuinely had me excited. As I explained to my colleague Yoni Heisler , the WWDC 2016 keynote marked the first time in a very long time that there was real mystery heading into an Apple event. Nearly all of the big news from each event typically leaks out weeks or even months ahead of every Apple event, but this time we were going in almost completely blind. Making things even more intriguing was fact that we were in the midst of a very negative Apple news cycle. Growth at the high end of the smartphone market is over! The upcoming iPhone 7 is going to be boring ! No one likes the Apple Watch! This was a real opportunity for Apple to change the conversation by showing off exciting new software updates for iOS and other products. We wanted refinement, sure, but we also desperately wanted true innovation. We wanted a glimpse of the future of mobile devices. What we ended up with is indeed the best version of iOS Apple has ever assembled. But those of us looking for a glimpse into the future might actually find that Apple is beginning to get stuck in the past. MUST SEE:  New leak suggests the most controversial iPhone 7 rumor is all wrong First, a couple disclaimers. Apple's new iOS 10 software is not complete and there may be several additional features added between now and the software's public release later this year. In fact, we've already gotten a preview of one upcoming iOS 10 feature that was found hiding in the software's code . There might be even more new features coming alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that Apple is holding back. The design of iOS 10 also isn't yet finished. Several areas of the interface will undoubtedly change between now and September (and we can only hope that the  widgets section is among those changes ). Keep both of those things in mind when you read about iOS 10 in the coming weeks. Looking only at the key iOS 10 features Apple unveiled on stage during its big WWDC 2016 keynote last week, we find a whole host of great new functionality that has been added to the iPhone and iPad. Among the new features are a lock screen that is far more useful, a huge update to the Messages app that adds a whole host of new features, Quick Type enhancements and a rebuilt Apple Music app. These are all terrific changes that improve the user experience, but is there anything truly new or unique in there? These are the features Apple specifically chose to highlight in its big iOS 10 presentation. Shouldn't they be a little more... exciting? In fact, let's go through the 10 main features Apple covered during its keynote one at a time with our pessimist hat on: New lock screen: Raise to wake is nifty, the new widget view will be nice when it's finished, more interactive notifications are a nice touch, having to press the home button to unlock is a little annoying (though the iPhone 7 might address that ). In the end, nothing very special. Siri updates: More proactive features like remembering where you parked are nice, as is third-party app integration. But it's still basically Google Now Lite. Quick Type enhancements: Nice use of Siri and contextual suggestions, but we've seen all this in one form or another from other keyboards. New Photos app: A (more secure and private) Google Photos clone plus HTC Zoe. New Maps features: Live traffic on route, more location-aware features and third-party app integration are all very cool, but probably not enough to pull holdouts away from Google Maps. Apple Music revamp: The old app was pretty terrible so a redesign is appreciated, even if it does look like something straight out of Windows Phone. News app: A terrific news reader in a sea of terrific news readers. Home app: A so-so smart home controller in a seas of so-so smart home controllers. Phone app updates: Extensions to help block spam and VoIP integration are appreciated but hardly groundbreaking. Messages: Clearly one of the best new features of iOS 10, and plenty of fun to use. But it's basically just the old Messages app with a bunch of features from other mobile messaging apps slathered on top. Some of that was a little harsh and it's all oversimplified, but come on. These are the 10 show-stopping features that Apple chose to get us all excited for iOS 10? These are the stars of the show? Apple is in an interesting place right now. It still offers what I and many other people believe to be the best mobile experience in the world, all things considered. It's the smoothest, it's the cleanest and it's supported by the best third-party app ecosystem in the world. But Android narrows the gap in those departments each and every year, and it does so while pulling further ahead in other key areas. The latest two Android releases have some seriously awesome new features , like the Tango AR platform , the Daydream VR platform, a rebuilt update mechanism that downloads and installs system updates in the background, killer power-saving features, and Instant Apps, which is a brilliant feature that lets users begin testing an app in the Play store without having to purchase it or even download it. There are also plenty more exciting new features where those came from. As I said in that article I referenced earlier, I really wanted Apple to wow us this year. I wanted to see new features that made smartphones exciting again. Instead, I saw plenty of refinement that is obviously appreciated, but it comes along with a whole bunch of catch-up features and not much else. This has been a trend for several years now  and at this point, we can only hope it ends alongside  the massive 10-year anniversary update  Apple is supposedly planning for next year's iPhone.

How to ditch iOS 10 downgrade back to iOS 9

Apple on Monday released iOS 10 beta 1, allowing anyone with access to a developer account (or without a developer account, if you follow these instructions ) to try out the brand new features. While iOS 10 might be the biggest iOS update we’ve seen in years, beta releases aren’t always stable. Moreover, the first beta release can be especially buggy, so you may want to return to the most stable iOS 9 version out there if you upgraded and you're having problems. We have good news: Not only is it possible to downgrade to iOS 9.3.2, the process is actually quite easy. DON’T MISS: Foxconn employee says iPhone 7's most anticipated new feature was canceled Regardless of whether you installed iOS 10 beta 1 legally or took the shadier approach, you can roll back your software to iOS 9.3.2 without losing any of your data. A video from YouTube channel iCrackUriDevice shows you how to do it safely, and it's rather easy. The bad news is that you need a computer with iTunes installed to perform the downgrade. Additionally, you’ll need to locate the appropriate iOS 9.3.2 build for your iOS device before flashing it to your smartphone. Once you have it handy, go to iTunes, hook up your iPhone, and then click on the Check for Update button while pressing the Option key (Mac) or Shift key (Windows). You should then be able to select the appropriate iOS 9.3.2 IPSW file. That’s all you have to do to get back to iOS 9.3.2. Apple’s public iOS 10 beta release is expected in July, at which point it will be made available to anyone looking to try it out. That's when stable versions will be made available and it'll be much safer to run iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H6VQYnz97g

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India's $4 smartphone rings alarm bell on workers' conditions, campaigners say

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Indian makers of a $4 smartphone hope its low price will allow millions of the poorest people to own a mobile phone in a market with only 10 percent penetration. Ringing Bells' Freedom 251 smartphone, whose launch in February crashed the company's website, is priced at 251 rupees - possibly the cheapest Android smartphone in the world. Ringing Bells pays fair wages to its workers and its pricier models will help offset the cost of the $4 phone, he added.

This app will help you get rid of all your old photos in an instant

A few weeks ago, I started receiving incessant notifications on my iPhone that my iCloud storage was nearly full. You won't be surprised to learn that a vast majority of that storage space was being taken up by photos and videos I hadn't sorted through in months, so I proceeded to scroll through the list and delete the ones I didn't want, one at a time. Had I known about Magic Cleaner, this process would have been much easier. DON'T MISS:  Watch the first 10 minutes of ‘Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition’ right here Magic Cleaner is a free app for iOS and Android that analyzes all of your photos in batches of 500 and sorts them into categories such as Greetings & Memes, Screenshots, Scans, Quotes and Cartoons. Once all your photos have been sorted, you can choose to delete all of the "junk photos" that the app has discovered. My phone had recently been purged, so I didn't have too many photos to sort through, but the Doctor Kleen (the app's mascot) managed to find 44 junk photos during his search through the annals of my phone. Each and every one of those 44 photos should probably have been deleted the first time around: screenshots (accidental and intentional), receipt scans and funny memes were taking up precious megabytes on my device. The sorting was less than perfect, with several screenshots slipping into other categories, but not a single actual photo got caught in the app's algorithm. So before you start scrolling through your camera roll, trying to pick out every pointless image taking up storage space on your phone, give Magic Cleaner a try.

The next Android flavor from Google is Nougat

The next Android flavor from Google is Nougat

Google has long been teasing Android N's potential name to be Nutella, but you can say goodbye to the chocolate spread as Nougat has taken the cake. Android Nougat is expected to be released some time this summer.

You should care about this Facebook Messenger security flaw no matter what Facebook says

Yes, Facebook says that anyone can see any of the three million links that are shared every hour in private conversations. That’s a feature, not a bug. But before you get too freaked out about this type of Messenger “feature,” you should know that your privacy isn’t exactly breached, and a hacker would have a seriously hard time figuring out who shared which link with whom. DON'T MISS:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years Belgium-based security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire revealed in a post on Medium earlier this month that links shared in Messenger chats are found by Facebook’s crawler tool, which gives them a numerical identifier so that they can be displayed over and over after being shared once. It turns out that developers can request any object in Facebook by its number, including these shared links. The researcher was able to extract 70 links in 10 minutes, without being able to obtain information about the chats from which they originated. Facebook, meanwhile, told The Daily Dot that De Ceukelaire indeed contacted the social network about the flaw, but said that it's not a flaw at all. It’s how Facebook works, and it can’t be used by hackers for malicious purposes. Facebook is "confident that the risk to URLs people share in messages is very low." The company has various protections in place to prevent abuse, including rate limiting on requests and throttling that "can detect suspicious activity and which we have recently strengthened further." The company said that the technique used "could only return random URLs and would not tie the sharing of a link to any particular person on Facebook. We have not seen abuse of this matter, and we are constantly working to make the security of our systems stronger.” "As always, we are focused on keeping your message content safe," Facebook added. From the looks of it, people can’t spy on other anyone's Messenger chats as a result of these publicly available links. That means you can still send links in Messenger without worrying who reads them, other than Facebook. But you should still be wary of this flaw. If you’re looking to share personal data hosted on some site or a personal server, then absolutely avoid sharing links on Messenger because these links can indeed be found. Send private links using Signal instead. Or WhatsApp. Or iMessage. All these chat apps feature end-to-end encryption, with the first two working across platforms.

How to make Burger King’s outrageous Mac n’ Cheetos at home

Earlier this week, we reviewed an incredible new food innovation from Burger King: Mac n' Cheetos. Okay, it may not be something worthy of being called an innovation, but we can't deny that globs of deep-fried mac and cheese buried within a Cheeto is a surprisingly tasty treat. If you, like me, are intent on devouring this quintessential American treat, you might want to try to hit up a local Burger King before the promotion ends. Now I know what you may be thinking: what if I don't live near a Burger King? Not to fear, we've got you covered. Recently, we stumbled across a video which gives us the low down on how to make Mac n' Cheetos right in your very own kitchen. And surprisingly enough, the solution is incredibly simple, if not a bit odd. DON'T MISS:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years Thanks to Brandi Milloy over at Popsugar, you no longer have to discreetly order the tasty treat that is Mac n' Cheetos in public, nor embark on a walk of shame back to your house or apartment. With this easy recipe, you can now feel embarrassed about your eating choices right in the privacy of your own home! What a fitting tribute to the stereotypical American diet as we steadily approach the fourth of July holiday. But enough blabber, onto the good stuff. The video below lays out all the steps, but if you wanna cut to the chase, here's what you need to know. Take some refrigerated and already-cooked macaroni and cheese and roll them into the shape of a Cheeto, more or less. Then, freeze it. Step two is where things get interesting. Here's when you need to take a few bags of Cheetos and dump a whole bunch of them into a blender. Keep that machine going into the Cheetos are ground up into a very fine cheesy powder  Take a bowl and fill it with 2 eggs and a 1/2 cup of milk. Stir vigorously!  Take another bowl and fill it with approximately 1 cup of flour.  Remove the mac and cheese from the freezer and start coating each frozen piece with flour.  Following that, dip each flour-coated mac and cheese bite into the egg bowl  Next, remove each bite and apply the Cheetos crumbs for its outer coating  Freeze the Mac n' Cheetos before cooking them for approximately 2-3 minutes in oil pre-heated to 350 degrees  Rejoice and enjoy! You're living out the American dream! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz5pLAbvO8M

2016 HTC Nexus news and rumors

2016 HTC Nexus news and rumors

After working with LG and Huawei last year, Google might be planning to partner with HTC for the Nexus program. We have more information about both devices. It would be the first time Google has partnered with HTC on a mobile since 2010.

Google serves a 'Nougat' to fans of its Android software

Google serves a 'Nougat' to fans of its Android software

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is serving a new morsel for fans of its Android software: The next version has been dubbed "Nougat," extending Google's tradition of nicknaming each overhaul of Android after a sweet food.

New version of Android crowned 'Nougat'

New version of Android crowned 'Nougat'

Google's newest mobile operating system will be called Nougat, continuing a tradition of naming Android software after sweet treats, the tech giant said Thursday. Google had invited people to send in suggestions at its annual developers conference in May, and revealed the winning Android name at a playful ceremony at its campus in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View. Nutella was thought to be a favorite, but Nougat won the day.

The new features in Tesla’s upcoming software update sound incredible

When Tesla flipped the switch and activated its Autopilot software in late 2015, it provided us with a glimpse into what the future of driving would be like. And while Tesla's Autopilot isn't exactly perfect, it's still more capable and advanced than anything else out on the market today. DON'T MISS:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years Now comes word via Electrek that the next Autopilot software update in the works is going to be a doozy. Said to be the biggest UI refresh to date, the report adds that the impending 8.0 software update will bring even more autonomous features to Tesla's fleet of Model S and Model X vehicles. While the Autopilot is not quite there yet, Tesla has been improving it with each new update and the 8.0 version brings the system one step closer to a virtually autonomous driving system on highways with the addition of automatic off-ramp with the turn signal. Much like Tesla’s current automatic lane change with the turn signal when on Autosteer, 8.0 will allow drivers to command the Autopilot to take an exit by simply activating the turn signal. What's more, the new update -- which is said to already be in beta testing -- will deliver a "smoother experience" with respect to Autosteer and stop and go traffic. Indeed, even when the current incarnation of Autopilot works properly, the experience can sometimes tend to be a bit on the jerky side. But what's even more exciting is that Tesla's vast array of sensors will be able to process, analyze and display to the driver even more information about other cars on the road. Specifically, a UI refresh to the dashboard display will not only show other vehicles on the road but will also indicate the "angle they are moving, like perpendicular to the Tesla or turning around a corner." On a related note, about two months ago we highlighted how the next-gen version of Tesla's Autopilot software and hardware will help take autonomous driving to the next level . Specifically, new Autopilot hardware from Tesla partner Mobileye will be able to more readily avoid obstacles and recognize important weather conditions that can often play a role in how software interprets data. Make sure to hit the source link below for the full rundown of changes Tesla drivers can expect to see once the company releases its latest Autopilot software update.

It’s almost definitely too late to save our planet from catastrophic climate change

Despite the renewed zeal of the world's leaders to limit the impact of climate change, it might already be too late. According to a new report from Nature , "the window for limiting warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius with high probability and without temporarily exceeding that level already seems to have closed." DON'T MISS:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years Earlier this year, 195 countries signed the Paris Agreement — a plan that aims to keep the global average temperature "well below 2 degree Celsius" while pursuing additional efforts to limit the increase to just 1.5 degrees Celsius. Sadly, analysis of the climate pledges made in the Paris Agreement show that we will more likely see a global jump between 2.6-3.1 degrees by 2100. This all sounds incredibly dire, but as the report notes, it isn't completely impossible to hit the 1.5 C goal yet. Unfortunately, it would require more than just cutting greenhouse gas emissions and switching to renewable energy. We would need to begin to remove carbon dioxide from the air. As Climate Home explains , this would be a controversial move, as it would use up valuable resources for these so-called "energy crops" that could be used for food instead. But it might be the most efficient way to start cutting back. "It is a really important precondition to do this in a sustainable and a just way," said research scholar Joeri Rogelj of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. "The faster one cuts emissions, the less one relies on these massive negative emissions afterwards to clean up the atmosphere." It might be too late to ensure we stay under that 1.5 C threshold, but Rogelj believes that "even if we overshoot… the validity of that limit is still there."

Video: Tesla’s Model S rarely rolls over, but it’s catastrophic when it does

Being one of the hottest electric carmakers in town also comes with unwanted side-effects. Every Tesla-related incident, whether it’s an accident caused by human error or linked to the car’s AI features, receives plenty of scrutiny. Take, for example, a car rolling over. If it’s your average vehicle, it’s a scary incident but not terribly interesting. But if it’s a Tesla that rolls, then it’s major news -- and for good reason, because Teslas rarely roll. MUST READ:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years A Tesla Model S rolled over after colliding with a truck in the Netherlands, and there’s video of the wreckage. As you’ll see in the following clip, the car is totaled and what's left is certainly an unpleasant sight. According to the video’s description, a truck hit the Model S at high-speed, causing it to roll over at least once. The driver sustained injuries and was transferred to the hospital, and the car had to be removed by a salvage company. What’s so special about a Tesla rolling over? Electrek explains that Model S is extremely difficult to roll because of its weight (5,000 pounds) and lower center of gravity – all thanks to the battery pack platform. The Model S got a 5-star NHTSA rating with a 5.7% rollover probability score in a high-speed accident. Regardless of ratings and driver ability, accidents like these keep happening, making rollovers unavoidable. It’ll be interesting to see whether smart cars of the future, including Tesla models, will be able to prevent this sort of incident. Meanwhile, here’s what a Model S looks like after it rolls at high speed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdzOolr4S4A

Spotify is furious at Apple because it’s not a non-profit

There's a big problem with building a business on the back of other companies' businesses: You have to play by their rules. There are countless examples of companies losing their cool when a free ride comes to an end. Twitter is an example that instantly comes to mind. Developers spent so long building apps and services utilizing free access to Twitter's APIs and its users' data. They made money — a whole lot of money — with these services and paid nothing to Twitter as they did. Then, when Twitter made some changes to its model that impacted many developers' products, they flipped. Fast forward to this week, when Spotify's general counsel sent a letter to Apple's lawyers, basically slamming the company for not giving Spotify a free ride while it pulls in millions in fees from iPhone and iPad users. MUST READ:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years The App Store was a game-changing idea that moved mobile software portals onto mobile devices. Those of us old enough to recall what app distribution was like before the iOS App Store will know just how important it was to the evolution of mobile devices. Of course, Apple didn't create the App Store solely out of the kindness of its heart. Apple is a for-profit company. Recode is now reporting that Spotify is pissed. Why? Because Apple is allegedly refusing to approve Spotify's latest app update unless Spotify uses Apple's billing system. This way, Apple will be entitled to 30% of all subscription fees paid by users who sign up through Spotify's iOS app. The horror! I wonder what percentage of Spotify's customer base use the app mainly on an iOS device... In the letter obtained by Recode , Spotify's head lawyer says that Apple is "causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers" by rejecting the company's latest app update. Apple's app review team apparently says that Spotify should use Apple's billing system if it "wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions." The letter continued, "This latest episode raises serious concerns under both U.S. and EU competition law. It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music, particularly when seen against the backdrop of Apple’s previous anticompetitive conduct aimed at Spotify … we cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors." Spotify did support App Store billing for a period of time, opting to charge customers who signed up through its iOS app an extra $3 each month to cover Apple's cut. The company has since disabled the App Store billion option in its app, instead prompting users to sign up through the Spotify website. Apparently, Apple shouldn't be compensated for giving Spotify access to tens of millions of potential subscribers.

Google Maps adds multi-stop routes, memories to mobile

Google Maps adds multi-stop routes, memories to mobile

Mobile users of Google Maps will soon be able to enjoy the perks of planning and using multi-stop routes with a new update to the Android and iOS app. "Road trip warriors can now get multi-stop directions in Google Maps on Android (coming soon to iOS)," explained Liz Davidoff, Communications Manager for the Google Maps team, in a June 30 blog post. Users of Your Timeline on Andorid will be able to integrate it with Google Maps if their device's Location History setting is enabled.

Watch Matt Damon prank unsuspecting people with Jason Bourne-style spy missions

One of Matt Damon’s most famous characters is Jason Bourne, the spy who – like Jon Snow – knows nothing. But Bourne will find out more about himself in the upcoming Jason Bourne movie, and Damon teamed up with Water.org, a charity he often promotes, to prank unsuspecting people with spy missions. MUST READ:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years Damon needed just a phone and a couple of co-conspirators to set everything up. The first person would hand a stranger a phone that would ring immediately after being dropped off. At the other end of the call was Damon, giving out instructions for a spy mission, complete with the appropriate lingo. Surprisingly, many people decided to help without knowing what they might be walking into. The mission was pretty simple though, involving obtaining a manila envelope from a second actor waiting on a nearby bridge. “That manila envelope’s the hottest potato you’ve ever held in your hand,” Damon told one person. The best part comes right at the end when Damon instructs the people he’s pranking to meet him to give him the precious package. And let’s just say that it pays off answering a phone call from Matt Damon. Check out the entire prank video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzVHqSpO8Ko Jason Bourne , the new movie, comes out on July 29th – and you can watch a trailer for the film right here .

Rio 2016 Olympics will be viewable in virtual reality

With the summer Olympic games in Rio just about one month away, there are still many questions surrounding the games. Not only have some athletes expressed fear about attending due to the Zika virus , a recent report relays that a slew of body parts recently washed up on the beach right in front of where the Volleyball competition is set to be held. And when you add in the myriad of concerns regarding crime and whether or not the requisite infrastructure will be ready in time, the 2016 Summer games in Brazil will be unique to say the least. All that said, for Olympics enthusiasts intent on watching all the action from home, NBC today announced that it's planning to provide viewers with upwards of 85 hours of VR content. The only catch, though, is that the available VR content will only be made accessible to users who have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone and the Samsung Gear VR headset. DON'T MISS:  5 ways the iPhone still better than Android after all these years According to a report from ABC News , the VR content will include footage from the following events: the opening and closing ceremonies, men's basketball, gymnastics, track and field and a few others set to be named soon. NBC, which is carrying the games, said recently that it will provide more details surrounding its VR-oriented content very soon. Incidentally, Getty Images earlier this week indicated that it will use Virtual Reality cameras exclusively during its coverage of the Rio Olympic Games. Now if you don't happen to own any Samsung gear, you'll still be able to enjoy the Olympic games, albeit without an immersive 360-degree experience. According to NBC, the Rio games will be the "most live Olympics ever" as the broadcast network plans to make 6,755 hours of Olympic programming accessible via NBCOlympics.com and via its own NBC Sports app. NBC's press release on the matter reads in part: The networks and digital platforms of NBCUniversal will present an unprecedented 6,755 hours of programming for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this August, NBC Olympics announced today. NBC will broadcast 260.5 hours of Olympic programming, including coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, swimming, gymnastics, track and field, and many more of the Games’ most popular sports. With Rio just one hour ahead of the Eastern Time zone, the 2016 Summer Games will be the most live Olympics ever. NBCU will present 2,084 hours of Olympic linear programming across 11 networks: broadcast networks NBC and TELEMUNDO (Spanish language); cable channels Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), NBC UNIVERSO (Spanish language), and USA Network; plus two specialty channels provided to distribution partners, one each for basketball and soccer. Powered by Playmaker Media, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will live stream 4,500 total hours — including all Olympic competition for the third consecutive Olympics — for authenticated pay TV subscribers via TV Everywhere to desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, plus connected TVs for the first time. Additional details regarding NBC Olympics’ digital offering will be announced soon. NBC Olympics will also provide 4K Ultra HD content to NBCU distribution partners, as well as Virtual Reality (VR) programming, the details of which will be announced soon. Both presentations will be Olympic firsts. “Olympic fans rejoice; the Rio Games will offer the most comprehensive coverage of any event in sports history,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics. “For those who have a favorite sport or like to watch on a particular screen, this nearly 7,000-hour smorgasbord of sports excellence has you covered.” The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics will air on Friday, August 5, on NBC. Competition begins two days earlier on Wednesday, August 3, with women’s soccer on NBCSN and USA Network, and the Games conclude on Sunday, August 21, with the Closing Ceremony on NBC. Funny enough, the drive to make the Olympics more accessible than ever before coincides with what appears to be a waning interest in the Olympic games.

This is the iPhone 7 leak we’ve been waiting for

A few days ago, a sketchy leak from China showing the purported pricing structure for the iPhone 7 series hinted that Apple would finally ditch the 16GB storage tier, and replace it with a 32GB iPhone. Strangely enough, that leak suggested the iPhone 7 would be available in three versions, including one 4.7-inch model and two 5.5-inch variations (Plus and Pro), just as some early iPhone 7 rumors claimed. Now a second report from China seems to reinforce last week’s story, and we sincerely hope it turns out to be accurate. DON’T MISS:  5 ways Apple's iPhone is still better than Android after all these years The previous leak said that the iPhone 7 would be available in 32GB, 64GB and 256GB options while the iPhone 7 Pro and iPhone 7 Plus would launch in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB flavors – that seems like something Apple would never do. Here's how those suggested prices, as posted by that tipster on Weibo, compare to the current iPhone 6s prices in China: iPhone 6s: ¥5288 (16GB), ¥6088 (64GB), ¥6888 (128GB) iPhone 7: ¥5288 (32GB), ¥6088 (64GB), ¥7088 (256GB) iPhone 6s Plus: ¥6088 (16GB), ¥6888 (64GB), ¥7788 (128GB) iPhone 7 Plus: ¥6088 (32GB), ¥6888 (128GB), ¥7888 (256GB) iPhone 7 Pro: ¥7088 (32GB), ¥7888 (128GB), ¥8888 (256GB) A new possible leak on Chinese website WeChat now says that Apple is killing both 16GB and 64GB storage tiers, replacing them with 32GB and 128GB options across the board. The quoted prices match the ones above from the original report, and this scenario is at least within the realm of reality. There's just no way Apple is going to deal with the logistical headache brought about by using different sized memory modules in different models. Here's what the new leak says: iPhone 7: ¥5288 (32GB), ¥6088 (128GB), ¥7088 (256GB) iPhone 7 Plus: ¥6088 (32GB), ¥6888 (128GB), ¥7888 (256GB) iPhone 7 Pro: ¥7088 (32GB), ¥7888 (128GB), ¥8888 (256GB) It’s widely believed that Apple will finally kill the 16GB storage tier starting with the iPhone 7. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll use a 32GB/128GB/256GB storage setup for the new iPhone. We will point out that, if these storage tiers are real, then Apple could claim on stage and in marketing that it’s doubling the storage in the iPhone across the board without raising prices – currently, Apple sells its newest iPhone in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB configurations.

This is our favorite smart lock

Home automation and security start at your front door. There is no single connected device more obvious and necessary than a smart lock because it makes your life so much easier. No more fumbling with keys because your smartphone controls the lock. And no more worrying about giving a guest or repair man access to your home because you can give them temporary access from their smartphone, or you can even open your door remotely from anywhere in the world as long as your smart lock connects to the internet. The problem with smart locks these days is that there are so many to choose from, but we have a clear favorite that rises above the rest: The  August Smart Lock Keyless Home Entry System . Here are some key details: Secure - Safe, keyless access to your home with iOS and Android smartphones Easy DIY Retrofit Install, - Replace the interior of your existing deadbolt; outside is unchanged Total Control - You control who has access to your home and manage how long their access lasts Always On - Powered by batteries means it's always on, even if your power, Wi-Fi, or cable go down Kindly refer the installation videos, August Smart Lock works with the free August app to create keys, grant access, view the activity log, and more, available for Android and iOS. All of the standard features are great, of course, but there are two things in particular that make this lock our favorite. First, it's absolutely gorgeous — especially compared to most of the other stuff out there. And second, you actually never have to take your phone out of your pocket to use it if you don't want to. The lock can be set to lock itself automatically behind you as you leave the house, and then a proximity-unlock feature unlocks August when you return home and approach the door. The August Smart Lock Keyless Home Entry System starts at $165 on Amazon depending on the color you want. There's also a version that works with Apple's HomeKit platform for $228. Finally, the $80 August Connect add-on lets your lock connect to the internet so you can operate it remotely.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

June is over and the July 4th weekend is almost here, but you don't have to wait another minute to start celebrating because today's post covering all the best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free is finally here. We've got some great new options for iOS device users to check out today, and be sure to head back to yesterday's post where you'll find a few more remaining freebies. MUST READ:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. iOverwrite Normally $1.99. iOverwrite simply writes a large number of random files into the flash memory of your iPad, which overwrites any recently deleted data. This way, if your iPad comes into the possession of someone who can perform an un-deletion of files (like a hacker), your privacy is that much safer than if you had only cleared out your iPad. Download iOverwrite SampleTank Normally $19.99. NEW VERSION WITH "THE GRID" SOUND PACK AND PLUG AND PLAY SUPPORT FOR iRIG PADS! NEW SONIK SYNTH MOBILE EDITION WITH OVER 300 INSTRUMENTS NOW AVAILABLE SampleTank is a professional-quality sound and groove workstation that puts hundreds of world-class instruments and patterns at your fingertips: piano, organ, drums, bass, guitar, strings, synths, percussion, vocals and more! 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No matter how you use it, its built-in tools will inspire you to create professional sounding music anywhere your mobile life takes you. The latest version of SampleTank includes plug-and-play support for iRig Pads, IK's new ultra-portable groove controller. With it, you can use two different modes — basic and full integration — that let you control SampleTank and its drum machine-style PADS section with different degrees of flexibility. Just connect your iRig Pads and you'll be ready to take your grooves to go. IK has also unveiled a new sound pack called "The Grid" that's tailored towards mobile beatmaking and electronic music. Available via in-app purchase, it includes 50 instruments and 50 patterns in two categories: DRUMS and a new SYNTH FX category. With it you can get kits for Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Techno, EDM, Breaks, House and more! 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Recognizing text or numbers from any image is not easy job. It depends mostly on the quality of the image, font, brightness etc. Make sure that the quality of the image (includes brightness, color, font) is enough good to extract text from it. How long will it take to recognize my image? The text recognition time depends on a lot of factors. First of all, it is the image quality. The average time of recognizing one file is several seconds. Download Snap to Call Ninjas Normally $0.99. Here comes an authentic cartoon art style 2D belt scroll arcade action! Can your fingers catch the speed of the ninja? A new operation system enables speedy, smooth action! A great adventure will start to take back a stolen scroll! Many obstacles, including evil ninjas, ninja dogs, monsters, demi-humans, zombies, traps, castles, dungeons, will prevent your adventure! Explore a broad world map and push into the castle of vice! 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Google finally gave Android N a name

After spending weeks taking suggestions from users all over the world, Google has finally settled on a name for the next version of Android. The company revealed on Thursday that the latest OS will be called Android Nougat. READ MORE:  If VR is going to have a future, PlayStation VR can’t fail Considering that Android versions are released in alphabetical order, we always knew that the next version would begin with the letter N, but at Google I/O last month, the company announced that it would give its fan a chance to pick the name. Of course, it still reserved the right to pick the final name for itself, which is exactly what Google did during the grand unveiling on Thursday. https://twitter.com/Android/status/748547400210472961 Unfortunately, despite revealing the name, Google didn't provide Android users with an official release date for Nougat. With the final developer build scheduled to release in July, there's a chance it could be out as early as August, but September seems more likely. That said, even if it does arrive earlier than expected, it will only be available on a select few Android devices.

If VR is going to have a future, PlayStation VR can’t fail

It has been a very, very long time since a peripheral has shaken up the game industry. EyeToy was a bust, Kinect died a slow, excruciating death and there's a pretty good chance you'd completely forgotten about the GBA e-Reader. All of those hardware add-ons failed (or are in the process of failing), but it never really mattered. They took a risk; it didn't pan out; we all moved on. With all of that failure in the rearview mirror, PlayStation VR has a mighty tough row to hoe, but if VR really is the future of gaming, it simply can't fail. DON’T MISS:  5 ways Apple's iPhone is still better than Android after all these years The VR revolution is off to an expectedly slow start. Although thousands of early adopters were anxious to get their hands on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive the minute they launched, VR gaming is anything but mainstream in the summer of 2016. In order to game on your $799 Vive or your $599 Rift, you need a $1,000 computer that can actually run virtual reality software. It's just not financially viable for most people. On the other hand, over 40 million consumers own a PlayStation 4, which they probably bought for $399 at launch or as low as $299 in any of the countless sales over the past few years. The PlayStation VR headset will cost them an additional $399 (or $499 if they spring for the bundle), which is still a massive amount of savings over the hardware necessary for PC VR gaming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzSvuRBm4Bk The price is important, but even more important is the initial reaction to PSVR. If those who preordered the hardware are underwhelmed by the experience or the hardware or even the launch lineup , it could create a major roadblock for the future of VR. Sony has to get this right the first time. Coming off of one of the more beguiling E3 expos in recent memory , one aspect of Microsoft's press conference stood out to me. While semi-announcing Project Scorpio for a 2017 release, Microsoft revealed that the upgraded console would support "high-end VR," similar to what we see on PCs today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c18R6Sb97nM Interestingly, the company also admitted that it hadn't yet settled on a partner. Could this mean that Oculus is competing for the spot? Or is Microsoft working on its own solution for Scorpio? Or (and this is where I bring it all full circle) is Microsoft just waiting to see whether or not PSVR crashes and burns before it dedicates a great deal of time and resources to VR? If PSVR bombs, it would throw up a red flag the size of an OG Xbox for Microsoft and any other companies considering getting into the VR realm. Although it's doubtful that Microsoft would remove VR capability altogether, they could certainly downplay its existence and focus on other features of the console. But if PSVR thrives, you had better believe that Microsoft is going to do everything it can to bring a better, faster, more powerful VR experience to market just a year after the launch of Sony's own VR hardware. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-nW-NqT_G4 With Sony and Microsoft trying to one-up each other on the home console side of the industry, PC gamers will be rewarded with even more cross-platform content, especially if VR games make their way into Microsoft's new Xbox Play Anywhere program . Imagine if every VR game you bought worked on both your Xbox One and your PC with your Oculus Rift or Xbox VR headset? But before any of these dreams can become reality, Sony needs to make an impact this fall. It would be foolish to assume that a tepid launch to PSVR would doom the technology once and for all, but it would certainly make for a significantly steeper hill to climb going forward. If you're interested in the future of VR, you should watch very closely when PSVR launches on October 13th.

Apple’s iPhone turns nine: 5 ways it’s still better than Android

Apple changed the world nine years ago when it released the first iPhone. It sounds hyperbolic but I assure you, the original iPhone quite literally reshaped the mobile industry. It also changed the way we access information and connect with each other. The giants of the industry at the time have now all but vanished. Android, which was being developed as a terrible BlackBerry copy , was reimagined and released as the platform we now know. There have been plenty of retrospective pieces covering the iPhone to celebrate its nine-year anniversary, and some have been fairly interesting. But in light of all the negativity currently surrounding Apple's next-generation iPhone , I thought it might be nice to look at some of the ways Apple's mobile phone is still far better than its chief rival, Android. MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 nightmare User Experience Beginning with the most broad advantage the iPhone and iOS have over Android devices, Apple's UX is still in a league of its own. Google has taken tighter control of Android in recent years and we see "pure Android" shine through more and more with each new handset generation. This has had a huge positive impact on the overall Android user experience, which had for a long time been a muddled mess. Even pure Android can't quite compare to iOS though, which offers levels of simplicity and fluidity that are unmatched. Tight inter-device integration and proprietary services also add to the experience. Products like iMessage and FaceTime don't just lock users in, they offer superior quality and consistency. Sharing content between iPhones is also a snap. And if you own multiple Apple devices like an iPhone, iPad and MacBook, Continuity features bring better and tighter integration than you'll find anywhere else. Apple controls the hardware and the software experiences so the company is able to offer a product that aligns perfectly with its vision. Rumors suggest Google may finally be working on its own phone, but the company has quite a bit of ground to make up before it can even approach the experience Apple has crafted. Software Updates I wrote just about everything there is to write on this matter earlier this year . In a nutshell, the open source Android distribution model that led to the platform's success is also one of its biggest disadvantages. Almost no Android users have access to new updates when they're released. Instead, they have to wait months or longer before they gain access to the latest features and security updates. Many Android phones will never have access to new releases even after just a couple of years. The most widely used version of Android in the world right now was released in 2014. And Android Lollipop's market share (35.4%) is just a few points higher than KitKat (31.6%), which was released all the way back in 2013. Security Apple's iOS security is an advantage in so many ways. From encryption to general policy, Apple has a very pro-consumer approach to the way it protects its devices and services. And then you have app development and distribution to consider, which are controlled much more tightly by Apple than they are by Google. There is no question that Android apps have exciting capabilities you won't be able to enjoy on an iPhone. But all that freedom brings serious risks. Scary new malware that targets the Android platform is discovered on a weekly basis at this point. Meanwhile, as security expert Graham Cluley pointed out in a recent post , iOS hasn't ever had a major malware incident. Third-Party Apps It's as true today as it was seven years ago when the App Store first launched: iOS apps are better than Android apps. "Better" is subjective, so I'll elaborate. Apple's stricter guidelines for developers result in a far more consistent user experience across all iOS apps, first- and third-party. They look similar, they're fast, they're smooth, and they're far more reliable than apps on rival platforms. As I've written before, the same app from the same top-tier developer will always offer a better experience on an iPhone than it does on an Android phone. The third-party app ecosystem Apple has created is the main reason I can't ditch the iPhone and switch to my favorite smartphone, which just happens to be an Android phone. Customer Service and Support Last but certainly not least is customer support, which is an area where Apple has no competition. When you have a problem with your iPhone, Apple employees do everything they can to fix it. The best experience comes in Apple Stores, where friendly reps work with customers one-on-one to resolve any issues. And if an issue can't be resolved, the customer walks away with a new iPhone that has already been filled with all of his or her data. Apple's phone support is nearly as impressive. In some ways, it's even more impressive. Phone reps are friendly and patient, and they always do everything they can to resolve any issues and avoid having a device sent in for inspection. Often times you'll even receive a follow-up call to ensure your issue was resolved and your device is still working properly. Making a sale is the easy part and Apple knows it. After-sale service is yet another area where Apple shines far brighter than rivals, and it's one of the main reasons iPhone buyers keep coming back.

Emma Watson's ringtone is just as great as you might have imagined

Emma Watson's ringtone is just as great as you might have imagined

You know the feeling: immediate panic and depending on the song, immediate embarrassment.  Turns out that Emma Watson is just like us and her cell phone goes off during inopportune moments too. The actress got a little flustered after Tina Turner started blasting from her iPhone during an interview with iTV's Lorraine. You can see her reaction to the interruption at the 0:55 mark.  "I'm glad that I'm forgiven because it's Tina Turner, otherwise that would have been terrible," she said.  Your selection is on point, Emma.  Justin Bieber covers Taylor Swift's 'Trouble' and gives life purpose Very smart dog is rightfully wary of the bath tub Allow Rihanna's 'Sledgehammer' video to utterly destroy you Alligator spotted scaling a barbed wire fence at Florida golf course

Hands On: ‘The Assembly’

Hands On: ‘The Assembly’

An immersive, narrative adventure, 'The Assembly' stands out from a field of tech demos as one of the most complete VR gaming experiences yet.

HTC heads up group investing $10 billion in virtual reality

HTC heads up group investing $10 billion in virtual reality

If there was any doubt about the future of virtual reality, put it to rest now. HTC has formed the world's biggest VR venture capital group, with a combined $10 billion of deployable capital which should help fund huge advances in VR technology.

Google Maps for Android is getting the desktop feature you’ve been waiting for

One of the coolest Google Maps tricks is being able to set multiple destinations. You no longer have to plan simple A-to-B trips, and then request new directions whenever a new destination comes along. With multiple stops, A-to-B-to-C-to-D routes are easy to set up. However, as useful as the feature is, it also used to be pretty annoying in one significant regard: it was only available on the desktop website, which is hardly convenient when most people rely on iPhone and Android for their navigating. Thankfully, that just changed, and you’re going to be able to use multiple destinations on mobile as well. DON’T MISS: The iPhone 7 nightmare As is often the case with Google Maps, Android users will be the first to get the new feature as soon as update 9.31 rolls out. As Android Police reports , a beta version of the update shows that Google is actively working on implementing the multiple stops feature, and the feature is finally going live for users. The following screenshots show you what setting up multiple destinations looks like on mobile. The site says the feature is likely activated by “a server-side switch,” not an actual update to Maps, but you should still update Google Maps to the latest version available and wait for Google to make the feature available in your area. It’s likely that Google Maps for iPhone will also receive the future in the near future. After all, Google likes to offer iPhone users the same set of features that are available on Android, especially considering the increased competition from Apple Maps . UPDATE: Google confirmed that Android is going to soon receive the multiple stops feature, with iOS getting it next. Read more about it at this link .

Why a man married his iPhone

If you have a dream, you really should do everything in your power to make it happen. And if you want to marry your iPhone or any inanimate object for that matter, there’s a chapel in Las Vegas (where else?) that will do it for you. DON’T MISS: HBO just told us who Jon Snow’s parents are, well ahead of ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 The marriage between a person and an iPhone will not be recognized legally by the State of Nevada, or any other state, but The Little Vegas Chapel will still wed you and your beloved iPhone. We have no idea if this was love at first sight or an arranged marriage. In fact, we’re worried that Aaron Chervenak might dump this particular iPhone model as soon as something younger, better looking, comes along – maybe not this year , though. But what’s clear is we’re looking at more than a publicity stunt. "At first, it was like what?” The Little Las Vegas Chapel owner Michael Kelly told KTNV . "We don't really have many people that marry inanimate objects." Chervenak drove all the way from Los Angeles on May 20th for the ceremony. His purpose was to send a message to society. “People are so connected to their phones, and they live with them all the time,” Kelly explained. “They're with them 24 hours a day. They go to sleep with their cell phone. They wake up with their cell phone, sometimes it's the first thing that they check." So there you have it. That’s the reason why a man committed to an iPhone. Oh, and there’s a video of this unusual wedding – check it out.

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Senate sleuths focus on ex-State Department aide in Clinton email ‘cover-up’

Senate sleuths focus on ex-State Department aide in Clinton email ‘cover-up’

As Hillary Clinton seeks to rebound from a highly critical report from the State Department’s inspector general, Senate investigators and a conservative group are zeroing in on newly revealed evidence about the activities of a now retired State Department computer specialist in orchestrating what they charge was a “cover-up” of the former secretary of state’s email practices. The role of John Bentel, whose identity as a key figure in the email probes was first reported by Yahoo News on Wednesday, is expected to be one focus of questioning today when Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, is deposed in a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch over the State Department’s handling of Freedom of Information Act requests relating to Clinton’s emails, according to a source close to the case.

Statue of Liberty, other world sites threatened by climate change, says U.N.

Statue of Liberty, other world sites threatened by climate change, says U.N.

The Statue of Liberty is seen in New York harbor. Climate change might dampen Lady Liberty’s glow, according to experts. The United Nations released a report Thursday saying 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 countries are vulnerable to the effects of climate change: rising temperatures, rising sea levels, intensifying storms, longer droughts and so on.

G7 told to act on antibiotics as dreaded superbug hits U.S.

G7 told to act on antibiotics as dreaded superbug hits U.S.

By Kylie MacLellan and Ben Hirschler ISE-SHIMA, Japan/LONDON (Reuters) - Britain told the G7 industrial powers on Friday to do more to fight killer superbugs as the United States reported the first case in the country of a patient with bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic. U.S. scientists said the infection in a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman "heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria" because it could not be controlled even by colistin, an antibiotic reserved for "nightmare" bugs. In Japan, British Prime Minister David Cameron said leading countries needed to tackle resistance by reducing the use of antibiotics and rewarding drug companies for developing new medicines.

Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukes

Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukes

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — With an unflinching look back at a painful history, President Barack Obama stood on the hallowed ground of Hiroshima on Friday and declared it a fitting place to summon people everywhere to embrace the vision of a world without nuclear weapons.

Can affirmative consent apps combat campus sexual assault?

Can affirmative consent apps combat campus sexual assault?

The creators of YES to SEX, a smartphone app that promises to help “all gender partners get and give a safe sexual consent in as little as 25 seconds,” have released a new platform that allows colleges and universities to customize the application to meet the specific needs of their campuses. YES to SEX founder Wendy Mandell-Geller told Yahoo News that after launching the original version of the app in April, she soon realized its potential to make an impact on university and college campuses. In addition to providing users with an up-to-date guide to giving and receiving sexual consent under Title IX, the app’s new college format can be customized to reflect each school’s policies — as well as its color scheme.

Vincent Foster’s sister: Trump’s comments are ‘beyond contempt’

Vincent Foster’s sister: Trump’s comments are ‘beyond contempt’

Sheila Foster Anthony, sister of former Clinton White House aide Vincent Foster, took to the Washington Post opinion page Thursday to admonish Donald Trump for his recent comments about her brother’s death. Earlier this week, the same paper published an interview with Trump in which the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was quoted drudging up a decades-old conspiracy theory about Foster’s 1993 suicide.

No new signal from EgyptAir jet since day of crash as search intensifies

No new signal from EgyptAir jet since day of crash as search intensifies

CAIRO/PARIS (Reuters) - No new radio signal has been received from an EgyptAir jet since the day it crashed in the Mediterranean last week, sources close to the investigation said on Friday. A radio signal picked up on the day of the crash from the plane's emergency locator transmitter (ELT) allowed officials to determine a broadly defined search zone, but nothing new has since been detected, the sources told Reuters. "There has been nothing since day one," a source familiar with the investigation said.

Paul Ryan ally doubts speaker will ever fully endorse Trump

Paul Ryan ally doubts speaker will ever fully endorse Trump

He has been called an “intellectual prodigy” and is one of the most influential thinkers and writers in conservative Republican politics. Yuval Levin, founding editor of National Affairs magazine, is also an informal adviser to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the most prominent Republican national leader to decline — at least so far — to endorse presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Levin also worked as a White House policy adviser to former President George W. Bush and has since been part of a movement within Republican politics to move the party toward a solutions-oriented disposition, in contrast to many in the party whose main goal has been to block the agenda of President Obama and the Democrats.

What Obama should do on torture

What Obama should do on torture

Like a lot of two-term presidents nearing the last bend in the road, Barack Obama seems guided by equal parts conviction and whimsy these days, without much regard for political consequence. The president has expounded publicly on race and political civility, shaken hands with a Cuban Castro, commuted a slew of sentences for drug offenders, plunged the federal government into the debate over transgender Americans in restrooms. Obama clearly isn’t going to declassify the full text of the Senate’s mammoth, landmark report on torture, and maybe that’s the right call — I don’t know.

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Brazil court blocks Facebook funds over WhatsApp dispute: report

Brazil court blocks Facebook funds over WhatsApp dispute: report

A court in Brazil on Thursday blocked 19.5 million reais ($6.07 million) in Facebook Inc funds after the U.S-based social networking company's WhatsApp messaging service failed to turn over messages sought in a drugs case, the G1 news service said. Brazil's federal police said WhatsApp has defied repeated orders to turn over messages sent and received by suspected members of an international cocaine smuggling ring that has been under investigation since January. Without the data, it will be difficult or impossible to prove links between those captured in recent raids and their confederates in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Spain, G1 reported, citing the police.

You should care about this Facebook Messenger security flaw no matter what Facebook says

Yes, Facebook says that anyone can see any of the three million links that are shared every hour in private conversations. That’s a feature, not a bug. But before you get too freaked out about this type of Messenger “feature,” you should know that your privacy isn’t exactly breached, and a hacker would have a seriously hard time figuring out who shared which link with whom. DON'T MISS:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years Belgium-based security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire revealed in a post on Medium earlier this month that links shared in Messenger chats are found by Facebook’s crawler tool, which gives them a numerical identifier so that they can be displayed over and over after being shared once. It turns out that developers can request any object in Facebook by its number, including these shared links. The researcher was able to extract 70 links in 10 minutes, without being able to obtain information about the chats from which they originated. Facebook, meanwhile, told The Daily Dot that De Ceukelaire indeed contacted the social network about the flaw, but said that it's not a flaw at all. It’s how Facebook works, and it can’t be used by hackers for malicious purposes. Facebook is "confident that the risk to URLs people share in messages is very low." The company has various protections in place to prevent abuse, including rate limiting on requests and throttling that "can detect suspicious activity and which we have recently strengthened further." The company said that the technique used "could only return random URLs and would not tie the sharing of a link to any particular person on Facebook. We have not seen abuse of this matter, and we are constantly working to make the security of our systems stronger.” "As always, we are focused on keeping your message content safe," Facebook added. From the looks of it, people can’t spy on other anyone's Messenger chats as a result of these publicly available links. That means you can still send links in Messenger without worrying who reads them, other than Facebook. But you should still be wary of this flaw. If you’re looking to share personal data hosted on some site or a personal server, then absolutely avoid sharing links on Messenger because these links can indeed be found. Send private links using Signal instead. Or WhatsApp. Or iMessage. All these chat apps feature end-to-end encryption, with the first two working across platforms.

Twitter explodes with memes in response to Boris Johnson news

Twitter explodes with memes in response to Boris Johnson news

LONDON — British politics are beginning to stabilise after the initial chaos following the result of the referendum revealing that the majority of Britons wish to leave the European Union.  Not.  SEE ALSO: Boris Johnson won't be the next UK prime minister It would seem that shock has become the new norm in UK politics. Boris Johnson, a huge Brexit advocate and previously a leading contender for the Conservative Party's nomination for prime minister, has revealed that he will not be putting forth his name in the upcoming election, and the Twittersphere has exploded in response.  The photos and memes have been merciless. The burns - brutal, and the trolls - terrible. Celebs have plenty to add to the conversation, too.  'Game of Thrones' actor Daniel Portman with some strong emoji action.   And Ewan McGregor has made his feelings on the matter pretty clear. In the current state of affairs in Britain, social media seems to provide an outlet for people to work out some of their feelings and frustrations. While we don't dig the political uncertainty, at least it's made for some pretty entertaining Twitter action! 

This 1 tweet reveals the tragic side effect Brexit is having on dogs

This 1 tweet reveals the tragic side effect Brexit is having on dogs

LONDON — When you're thinking about the potentially chaotic implications of Britain leaving the European Union, spare a thought for Stan. SEE ALSO: 67 ways your life may change if the UK 'Brexits' In the madness surrounding Brexit, he's been affected in a way no-one could ever have predicted. Just look at the sadness etched into his scraggy, lovable face. Twitter immediately rallied behind him. The nation understands your pain, Stan.

An official BBC Facebook account just totally shut down a random commenter

An official BBC Facebook account just totally shut down a random commenter

LONDON — When it comes to Facebook, you don't want to mess with the BBC. Particularly the BBC Daily Politics & Sunday Politics page, who apparently aren't adverse to taking on users who might not have fully thought through their comments. SEE ALSO: BBC presenter caught messing with her phone on live television It all started on Wednesday, when the BBC posted this. Image: facebook/bbc daily politics & sunday politics Graham Sclater, clearly not realising exactly who he was messing with, wrote the following comment beneath the story. Image: facebook//bbc daily politics & sunday politics At which point the BBC hit back with this. Image: facebook/bbc daily politics & sunday politics Now if that isn't a sick burn, then frankly we don't know what is. Image: facebook/bbc daily politics & sunday politics Don't mess with the BBC, people. [H/T the Huffington Post .]

Don’t fall for this Android malware that pretends to be Uber, Facebook, or WhatsApp

Security researchers from FireEye recently uncovered a new piece of Android malware that can mimic the look and feel of app interfaces from the likes of Uber, WhatsApp and Google Play. The malware reportedly struck first in  Denmark and is now making its way through a handful of other European countries, including Italy, Germany and Austria. According to researchers, the malware is spread via a basic yet cleverly deceptive SMS phishing scheme. When a user receives and subsequently clicks on an ostensibly legit link, the malware is downloaded and begins to monitor which apps are active and which apps are running in the background. What happens next is extremely clever: when a user attempts to use an app that the "malware is programmed to target", the software overlays a fake user interface with "nearly identical credential input UIs as seen in benign apps." In turn, the malware than asks unassuming users to enter in sensitive information such as their banking credentials or credit card information. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 nightmare All the while, victims of this attack believe that the UI screen in front of them is 100% authentic because it only sprung into existence once they decided to launch whatever app they happen to be using. All told, the malware is designed to mimic 8 separate apps, including WhatsApp, WeChat, Uber, Facebook, Viber, the Google Play store and more. Notably, the authors of this particular are seemingly becoming more sophisticated and ambitious now that they're targeting a larger array of popular apps. FireEye notes: For example, later campaigns usually targeted more benign apps than earlier campaigns, focusing on messaging apps, for example, as opposed to banking apps. Also, the malicious apps used in later campaigns are often harder to analyze because obfuscation techniques were adopted to evade detection. In addition, some new functionality was added; in particular, we noticed that more recent samples leveraged reflection to bypass the SMS writing restriction enforced by the App Ops service (introduced in Android 4.3). All of this suggests that threat actors are actively improving their code.   Additionally, the malware authors have begun sending out more enticing and seemingly benign links via SMS, with one message stating, "We could not deliver your order. Please check your shipping information here.” In one particular malware campaign targeting users in Denmark, one SMS link managed to generate more than 130,000 clicks. More information on this particular strain of malware can be viewed via the source link below.

Facebook to put friends, family ahead of media

Facebook to put friends, family ahead of media

Facebook said Wednesday it would give friends and family more prominence on user feeds, a move that may hurt media outlets that rely on the network to draw readers. Facebook said its review found no bias, but that it would take steps to reassure users about the neutrality of the platform. Its vice president Adam Mosseri said in a blog post that an updated algorithm that determines what users see would help people find information that matters to them.

Facebook wins privacy case against Belgian data protection authority

Facebook wins privacy case against Belgian data protection authority

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Belgian data protection authority on Wednesday lost a legal battle with Facebook in which it sought to stop the social network from tracking the online activities of non-Facebook users in Belgium who visit the social network's pages. The Belgian Privacy Commission said the Brussels Appeals Court had dismissed its case on the grounds that the regulator has no jurisdiction over Facebook Inc, which has its European headquarters in Ireland. Facebook has had run-ins with a number of European privacy watchdogs over its use of people's data.

Facebook says it’s not using location data to suggest friends, even after admitting it was

OK Facebook, you really need to make up your mind about what you say in public. And it would probably be a lot easier if you didn’t sneak certain features past your customers. The social network recently admitted to using smartphone location data to recommend friends to people, after someone discovered a recommendation that had no other reasonable explanation than the harvest and use of location data. But now, Facebook says that’s not what it’s doing at all. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 nightmare “Location information by itself doesn’t indicate that two people might be friends,” a Facebook spokesperson told Fusion a few days ago . “That’s why location is only one of the factors we use to suggest people you may know.” As Fusion reports, multiple people took to the internet to reveal they also received weird friend recommendations in the past, likely based on location information – check out these Reddit and Slashdot threads. Fusion says that on Monday night after seeing plenty of negative feedback, Facebook reversed its stance on the issue. The company dug further into the matter and found that “we’re not using location data, such as device location and location information you add to your profile, to suggest people you may know.” Facebook did run a pilot late last year that used location data for the friend suggestion feature. But it was never rolled out to the general public. “We ran a small test to use city-level location to better rank existing [“People You May Know] candidates and not all were aware that the test had ended,” a Facebook spokesperson told Fusion . “The test ran for four weeks at the end of 2015.” So does this mean the people who complained online about having seen location-based suggestions in Facebook were all part of that test? That’s not likely, and Facebook didn't explain how these strange recommendations like the one reported by Fusion earlier this week would be possible if location data isn’t used. Fusion speculates that Facebook could be looking at IP addresses and wireless networks rather than GPS or cellular location data to determine location and issue recommendations. The site also says that the Federal Trade Commission may be happy to learn that Facebook is using such a feature without proper consent from users. The FTC recently fined  a mobile advertising company $4 million because it figured out location information based on wireless network data and tracked hundreds of millions of consumers’ locations without their explicit consent.

Facebook's political influence under a microscope

Facebook's political influence under a microscope

As the U.S. presidential campaign heats up, Facebook Inc is going out of its way to show its neutrality - an increasingly urgent matter for the social network as evidence of its power continues to emerge. According to research scheduled to be published in August in the Journal of Communication, when people tagged their friends on Facebook in voting reminders, turnout increased by 15 to 24 percent. In the United Kingdom, a Facebook reminder days before the deadline to register to vote on whether the country should exit the European Union led to 186,000 people registering online to vote, according to the government.

Facebook offers limited detail on formula behind News Feed

Facebook offers limited detail on formula behind News Feed

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday offered a rare glimpse into how it ranks and shows content in its News Feed, part of an effort to provide more transparency about its operations as the social network's cultural and political influence continue to grow. The disclosures, though lacking in detail, are notable in part because they come in the wake of a May news report alleging liberal political bias in a Facebook feature called Trending Topics. “News Feed is a system that’s designed and built by people, but people have values and those values are reflected in how we make decisions on a regular basis,” Adam Mosseri, vice president of product management for News Feed, told a press briefing.

Video, social media, digital assistants: what happens on the web in one minute

Video, social media, digital assistants: what happens on the web in one minute

In 60 seconds Facebook Messenger shares 216,302 photos and Twitter fields 8678 tweets with emojis embedded. All of which shows that social messaging in particular is beginning to redefine the web for many consumers and should explain why apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are adding more and more features beyond simple multimedia messaging. Every minute Netflix subscribers stream a combined 86,805 hours of video while YouTubers share 400 hours of new video and the amount of video flowing over networks is poised to explode as Twitch and Facebook's Livestream services start to move into the mainstream and as more and more of us start cord cutting -- i.e., severing ties with traditional pay TV providers in favor of internet streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

Facebook Slideshow Movie Maker to Rival Apple's Photos

Facebook Slideshow Movie Maker to Rival Apple's Photos

If you loved the slideshows from Facebook's Moments app but only use the social network's core app, you're in luck -- Facebook is bringing the feature to its mobile news feed. A video released by Facebook makes it look simple. When you take five or more photos or videos within 24 hours, you'll be presented with a pre-made video at the top of your feed, where you can modify it with a bunch of different themes.

Chandler Parsons Responds To Fans Questioning His Free Agency On Twitter

Chandler Parsons Responds To Fans Questioning His Free Agency On Twitter

Chandler Parsons will become a free agent on July 1, choosing to opt out of the final year of his deal with the Mavericks despite undergoing season-ending knee surgery in March. Of note, Parsons also said that he’s still friends with DeAndre Jordan despite last year’s free-agency debacle, and that he’s never had a beer in his life. It’s hard to argue with Parsons’ logic on the opt-out.

Facebook admits to using your location to suggest friends

Facebook admits to using your location to suggest friends

Facebook is under scrutiny once again over privacy fears. This time the issue is its "people you may know" feature, which the social network has admitted uses your location to suggest friends. The good news is you can put a stop to it.

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This app will help you get rid of all your old photos in an instant

A few weeks ago, I started receiving incessant notifications on my iPhone that my iCloud storage was nearly full. You won't be surprised to learn that a vast majority of that storage space was being taken up by photos and videos I hadn't sorted through in months, so I proceeded to scroll through the list and delete the ones I didn't want, one at a time. Had I known about Magic Cleaner, this process would have been much easier. DON'T MISS:  Watch the first 10 minutes of ‘Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition’ right here Magic Cleaner is a free app for iOS and Android that analyzes all of your photos in batches of 500 and sorts them into categories such as Greetings & Memes, Screenshots, Scans, Quotes and Cartoons. Once all your photos have been sorted, you can choose to delete all of the "junk photos" that the app has discovered. My phone had recently been purged, so I didn't have too many photos to sort through, but the Doctor Kleen (the app's mascot) managed to find 44 junk photos during his search through the annals of my phone. Each and every one of those 44 photos should probably have been deleted the first time around: screenshots (accidental and intentional), receipt scans and funny memes were taking up precious megabytes on my device. The sorting was less than perfect, with several screenshots slipping into other categories, but not a single actual photo got caught in the app's algorithm. So before you start scrolling through your camera roll, trying to pick out every pointless image taking up storage space on your phone, give Magic Cleaner a try.

You should care about this Facebook Messenger security flaw no matter what Facebook says

Yes, Facebook says that anyone can see any of the three million links that are shared every hour in private conversations. That’s a feature, not a bug. But before you get too freaked out about this type of Messenger “feature,” you should know that your privacy isn’t exactly breached, and a hacker would have a seriously hard time figuring out who shared which link with whom. DON'T MISS:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years Belgium-based security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire revealed in a post on Medium earlier this month that links shared in Messenger chats are found by Facebook’s crawler tool, which gives them a numerical identifier so that they can be displayed over and over after being shared once. It turns out that developers can request any object in Facebook by its number, including these shared links. The researcher was able to extract 70 links in 10 minutes, without being able to obtain information about the chats from which they originated. Facebook, meanwhile, told The Daily Dot that De Ceukelaire indeed contacted the social network about the flaw, but said that it's not a flaw at all. It’s how Facebook works, and it can’t be used by hackers for malicious purposes. Facebook is "confident that the risk to URLs people share in messages is very low." The company has various protections in place to prevent abuse, including rate limiting on requests and throttling that "can detect suspicious activity and which we have recently strengthened further." The company said that the technique used "could only return random URLs and would not tie the sharing of a link to any particular person on Facebook. We have not seen abuse of this matter, and we are constantly working to make the security of our systems stronger.” "As always, we are focused on keeping your message content safe," Facebook added. From the looks of it, people can’t spy on other anyone's Messenger chats as a result of these publicly available links. That means you can still send links in Messenger without worrying who reads them, other than Facebook. But you should still be wary of this flaw. If you’re looking to share personal data hosted on some site or a personal server, then absolutely avoid sharing links on Messenger because these links can indeed be found. Send private links using Signal instead. Or WhatsApp. Or iMessage. All these chat apps feature end-to-end encryption, with the first two working across platforms.

Ukraine central bank flagged cyber-attack in April: memo

Ukraine central bank flagged cyber-attack in April: memo

By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's central bank urged lenders in April to review security procedures, saying thieves had attempted to steal money from a Ukrainian bank using fraudulent SWIFT transfers, according to a confidential message obtained by Reuters. The warning, issued on April 28, did not identify the bank or say if the cyber attack had been successful, but said it had been similar to the theft in February of $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank. A spokeswoman for SWIFT had no immediate comment.

Apple’s iPhone turns nine: 5 ways it’s still better than Android

Apple changed the world nine years ago when it released the first iPhone. It sounds hyperbolic but I assure you, the original iPhone quite literally reshaped the mobile industry. It also changed the way we access information and connect with each other. The giants of the industry at the time have now all but vanished. Android, which was being developed as a terrible BlackBerry copy , was reimagined and released as the platform we now know. There have been plenty of retrospective pieces covering the iPhone to celebrate its nine-year anniversary, and some have been fairly interesting. But in light of all the negativity currently surrounding Apple's next-generation iPhone , I thought it might be nice to look at some of the ways Apple's mobile phone is still far better than its chief rival, Android. MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 nightmare User Experience Beginning with the most broad advantage the iPhone and iOS have over Android devices, Apple's UX is still in a league of its own. Google has taken tighter control of Android in recent years and we see "pure Android" shine through more and more with each new handset generation. This has had a huge positive impact on the overall Android user experience, which had for a long time been a muddled mess. Even pure Android can't quite compare to iOS though, which offers levels of simplicity and fluidity that are unmatched. Tight inter-device integration and proprietary services also add to the experience. Products like iMessage and FaceTime don't just lock users in, they offer superior quality and consistency. Sharing content between iPhones is also a snap. And if you own multiple Apple devices like an iPhone, iPad and MacBook, Continuity features bring better and tighter integration than you'll find anywhere else. Apple controls the hardware and the software experiences so the company is able to offer a product that aligns perfectly with its vision. Rumors suggest Google may finally be working on its own phone, but the company has quite a bit of ground to make up before it can even approach the experience Apple has crafted. Software Updates I wrote just about everything there is to write on this matter earlier this year . In a nutshell, the open source Android distribution model that led to the platform's success is also one of its biggest disadvantages. Almost no Android users have access to new updates when they're released. Instead, they have to wait months or longer before they gain access to the latest features and security updates. Many Android phones will never have access to new releases even after just a couple of years. The most widely used version of Android in the world right now was released in 2014. And Android Lollipop's market share (35.4%) is just a few points higher than KitKat (31.6%), which was released all the way back in 2013. Security Apple's iOS security is an advantage in so many ways. From encryption to general policy, Apple has a very pro-consumer approach to the way it protects its devices and services. And then you have app development and distribution to consider, which are controlled much more tightly by Apple than they are by Google. There is no question that Android apps have exciting capabilities you won't be able to enjoy on an iPhone. But all that freedom brings serious risks. Scary new malware that targets the Android platform is discovered on a weekly basis at this point. Meanwhile, as security expert Graham Cluley pointed out in a recent post , iOS hasn't ever had a major malware incident. Third-Party Apps It's as true today as it was seven years ago when the App Store first launched: iOS apps are better than Android apps. "Better" is subjective, so I'll elaborate. Apple's stricter guidelines for developers result in a far more consistent user experience across all iOS apps, first- and third-party. They look similar, they're fast, they're smooth, and they're far more reliable than apps on rival platforms. As I've written before, the same app from the same top-tier developer will always offer a better experience on an iPhone than it does on an Android phone. The third-party app ecosystem Apple has created is the main reason I can't ditch the iPhone and switch to my favorite smartphone, which just happens to be an Android phone. Customer Service and Support Last but certainly not least is customer support, which is an area where Apple has no competition. When you have a problem with your iPhone, Apple employees do everything they can to fix it. The best experience comes in Apple Stores, where friendly reps work with customers one-on-one to resolve any issues. And if an issue can't be resolved, the customer walks away with a new iPhone that has already been filled with all of his or her data. Apple's phone support is nearly as impressive. In some ways, it's even more impressive. Phone reps are friendly and patient, and they always do everything they can to resolve any issues and avoid having a device sent in for inspection. Often times you'll even receive a follow-up call to ensure your issue was resolved and your device is still working properly. Making a sale is the easy part and Apple knows it. After-sale service is yet another area where Apple shines far brighter than rivals, and it's one of the main reasons iPhone buyers keep coming back.

Google Maps for Android is getting the desktop feature you’ve been waiting for

One of the coolest Google Maps tricks is being able to set multiple destinations. You no longer have to plan simple A-to-B trips, and then request new directions whenever a new destination comes along. With multiple stops, A-to-B-to-C-to-D routes are easy to set up. However, as useful as the feature is, it also used to be pretty annoying in one significant regard: it was only available on the desktop website, which is hardly convenient when most people rely on iPhone and Android for their navigating. Thankfully, that just changed, and you’re going to be able to use multiple destinations on mobile as well. DON’T MISS: The iPhone 7 nightmare As is often the case with Google Maps, Android users will be the first to get the new feature as soon as update 9.31 rolls out. As Android Police reports , a beta version of the update shows that Google is actively working on implementing the multiple stops feature, and the feature is finally going live for users. The following screenshots show you what setting up multiple destinations looks like on mobile. The site says the feature is likely activated by “a server-side switch,” not an actual update to Maps, but you should still update Google Maps to the latest version available and wait for Google to make the feature available in your area. It’s likely that Google Maps for iPhone will also receive the future in the near future. After all, Google likes to offer iPhone users the same set of features that are available on Android, especially considering the increased competition from Apple Maps . UPDATE: Google confirmed that Android is going to soon receive the multiple stops feature, with iOS getting it next. Read more about it at this link .

Don’t fall for this Android malware that pretends to be Uber, Facebook, or WhatsApp

Security researchers from FireEye recently uncovered a new piece of Android malware that can mimic the look and feel of app interfaces from the likes of Uber, WhatsApp and Google Play. The malware reportedly struck first in  Denmark and is now making its way through a handful of other European countries, including Italy, Germany and Austria. According to researchers, the malware is spread via a basic yet cleverly deceptive SMS phishing scheme. When a user receives and subsequently clicks on an ostensibly legit link, the malware is downloaded and begins to monitor which apps are active and which apps are running in the background. What happens next is extremely clever: when a user attempts to use an app that the "malware is programmed to target", the software overlays a fake user interface with "nearly identical credential input UIs as seen in benign apps." In turn, the malware than asks unassuming users to enter in sensitive information such as their banking credentials or credit card information. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 nightmare All the while, victims of this attack believe that the UI screen in front of them is 100% authentic because it only sprung into existence once they decided to launch whatever app they happen to be using. All told, the malware is designed to mimic 8 separate apps, including WhatsApp, WeChat, Uber, Facebook, Viber, the Google Play store and more. Notably, the authors of this particular are seemingly becoming more sophisticated and ambitious now that they're targeting a larger array of popular apps. FireEye notes: For example, later campaigns usually targeted more benign apps than earlier campaigns, focusing on messaging apps, for example, as opposed to banking apps. Also, the malicious apps used in later campaigns are often harder to analyze because obfuscation techniques were adopted to evade detection. In addition, some new functionality was added; in particular, we noticed that more recent samples leveraged reflection to bypass the SMS writing restriction enforced by the App Ops service (introduced in Android 4.3). All of this suggests that threat actors are actively improving their code.   Additionally, the malware authors have begun sending out more enticing and seemingly benign links via SMS, with one message stating, "We could not deliver your order. Please check your shipping information here.” In one particular malware campaign targeting users in Denmark, one SMS link managed to generate more than 130,000 clicks. More information on this particular strain of malware can be viewed via the source link below.

Tennis-Not my usual Wednesday, says unlikely lad Willis

By Martyn Herman LONDON, June 29 (Reuters) - With a huge dollop of understatement and a wry smile, rank outsider Marcus Willis described the day he faced the greatest player of all time on Wimbledon's Centre Court as "not my standard Wednesday". "It's not playing Roger Federer on Centre Court," added the 25-year-old. Then to earn a crack at seven-times Wimbledon champion Federer, he had to bridge a yawning rankings gap of more than 700 to oust Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis in the first round.

Google just shamed the antivirus software you probably use, so update immediately

Whether you’re looking to protect your PC or an entire fleet of computers, chances are you’ve either considered or have ended up purchasing products from Symantec. The company sells consumer software under the Norton brand, in addition to Symantec Endpoint Protection that targets enterprises. The bad news is that both products were just shamed by  Google’s Project Zero security team , which found critical errors that leave users at risk. In fact, Google’s security hacker Tavis Ormandy discovered numerous vulnerabilities in 25 different Norton and Symantec products, and he said they are “as bad as it gets.” MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 nightmare "These vulnerabilities are as bad as it gets," Ormandy  wrote . "They don’t require any user interaction, they affect the default configuration, and the software runs at the highest privilege levels possible. In certain cases on Windows, vulnerable code is even loaded into the kernel, resulting in remote kernel memory corruption." Rather than protecting users from malicious programs, the anti-virus programs could end up helping hackers by making it even easier to target these machines – essentially, a hacker could simply have to attack the software intended to protect a computer, rather than the computer itself. "Just emailing a file to a victim or sending them a link to an exploit is enough to trigger it – the victim does not need to open the file or interact with it in any way,” Google’s researcher said. Google’s team looks for zero-day security holes in various products and found issues in antivirus products from Trend Micro in the past. The researchers give companies 90 days plus a two-week grace period to fix issues, after which point they’re revealed to the public. The good news is that Symantec has taken swift action  and all the issues were fixed in an update that was already sent to customers by the time Ormandy published his findings. Even so, while antivirus software on some systems is updated automatically, not all computers are set up that way. Admins might have to perform the updates themselves. It’s still disconcerting to find out that one of the top antivirus makers out there had so many bugs in software meant to protect users from malicious hackers. More details about the software issues found in Symantec and Norton products are available at the source links – and make sure you update all your Symantec products immediately.

ACLU files lawsuit over U.S. anti-hacking law

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union said it filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court on Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of an anti-hacking law, arguing it prevents academics and others from collecting data to investigate whether online algorithms may be discriminatory. The lawsuit claims the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) infringes the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment protections of speech, the press, and a right to petition the government. It was brought by the ACLU on behalf of a group of university professors and First Look Media, which publishes the news site The Intercept, against U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

China appoints new internet regulator

China appoints new internet regulator

China on Wednesday appointed a new head of its powerful internet regulator, a man who has publicly vowed to maintain the ruling Communist Party's tight grip over cyberspace. In a brief report, the official Xinhua news agency said Lu Wei will no longer head the Cyberspace Administration of China, naming one of his deputies, Xu Lin, as his replacement. Xu, 53, was in charge of propaganda in China's commercial capital Shanghai from 2013-15 before being moved to Beijing to become a deputy to Lu, according to his biography.

Noodles & Co reports possible data security incident

(Reuters) - Fast-casual restaurant chain operator Noodles & Co said on Tuesday a recent data security incident may have compromised the security of payment information of some its customers. The company said the possible data security incident has affected customers who used debit or credit cards at some of its locations between Jan. 31 and June 2. Noodles & Co confirmed that malware may have stolen credit or debit card data from some cards used at some of its locations.

EU leaders tell Britain to exit swiftly, market rout halts

EU leaders tell Britain to exit swiftly, market rout halts

By Michael Holden and Elizabeth Piper LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European leaders told Britain on Tuesday to act quickly to resolve the political and economic chaos unleashed by its vote to leave the European Union, a move the IMF said could put pressure on global growth. Financial markets recovered slightly after the result of Thursday's referendum wiped a record $3 trillion (£2.25 trillion) off global shares and sterling fell to its lowest level in 31 years against the dollar, but trading was volatile and policymakers said they would take all necessary measures to protect their economies. Chancellor George Osborne, whose attempt to calm markets had fallen on deaf ears on Monday, said the country would have to cut spending and raise taxes to stabilise the economy after a third credit ratings agency downgraded its debt.

Why Are Government Hacks Often Bigger Than First Disclosed?

Updated on June 28 at 12:00 p.m. The U.S. government sure has been getting hacked a lot. In July 2014, The New York Times reported that Chinese hackers broke into the servers of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the agency that functions as a kind of government-wide human-resources department.

Meet your favorite new Google search feature

Wait, what on Earth did Drake just mumble in that new single? And what the heck is Rhianna saying in the hook on her new song? Is that Fetty Wap track even English? There's a reason lyrics sites like Genius have exploded in popularity over the past few years — fans have no idea what anyone is saying anymore. There are dozens of apps and services that offer lyrics for millions upon millions of songs, and soon you won't have to use any of them ever again. Why? Because song lyrics will appear right within your search results on Google.com and inside Google's mobile search apps for iOS and Android. DON'T MISS:  How to get paid every week just for using one Google app Google and a Toronto-based company called LyricFind have both confirmed a deal that will bring song lyrics directly to search results. As Billboard confirmed , the ink on the deal is dry and the new lyrics feature will begin rolling out to users in the United States on Tuesday. This is more than just a big win for LyricFind, which will undoubtedly pull in some nice additional cash as a result. It's also more than a win for Google, which takes yet another step toward realizing a future where users never actually have to leave Google's own sites and apps. Music publishers and songwriters will also see benefits from the deal, according to LyricFinder CEO and co-founder Darryl Ballantyne. "It should be a significant revenue stream," Ballantyne told Billboard . "I can’t get into the rates, but we expect it to be millions of dollars generated for publishers and songwriters as a result of this. It’s all based on usage. Royalties are paid based on the number of times a lyric is viewed. The more it’s viewed, the more publishers get paid." Here's a screenshot of a lyrics search:

This malware steals data using your Internet-less computer’s fans

So you have an air-gapped computer , or unconnected to the Internet, and you think your data is secured just because it’s not accessible online? In most cases that might be true, but that’s not 100% accurate. There are ways to steal information from computers that are not connected to the web, and smart hackers will not stop looking for such tricks. The newest such malware would let attackers steal information from supposedly secure computers with the help of the sound made by its fans and processor. DON’T MISS: Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design Researchers from the Ben Gurion University in Israel explained in a new paper that they would be able to retrieve data from an isolated computer that’s not connected to the internet and doesn’t have cameras or audio hardware in such a manner. What they did was to control and listen to the speed of the computer’s fans and CPU, Motherboard explains . The information can be transmitted in Morse code up to eight meters, and a smartphone could pick up the signals and turn it into usable information. Even so, to work, the malware has to be installed on the air-gapped computer. That would be done using a stick, or any other external storage device that would carry the virus. Once installed, it locates data on the machine and starts transmitting it by controlling the speed of the CPU and cooling fans. The acoustic waveforms would probably be ignored by the computer user, but a nearby listening device would pick it up and translate it for the attacker. Because this is still morse code, hackers can’t really steal large amounts of data. Researchers expect speeds of 900 bits per hour which isn’t a lot. But it might be enough to get passwords and encrypted keys without leaving a trace. Of course, this type of attack still needs two things to happen: 1) the malware needs to be installed on the air-gapped computer, and 2) the attackers need to be in the range of the hacked device to pick up the signal. But it’s more than clear that people are actively devising ways to compromise even the most secure computers. The full paper on the matter is available at the source link.

More Clinton emails released, including some she deleted

More Clinton emails released, including some she deleted

WASHINGTON (AP) — An additional 165 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton's time at the State Department surfaced Monday, including nearly three dozen that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee failed to hand over last year that were sent through her private server.

Sharp new satellite imagery makes Google Earth way better for stalking

Google Earth and Street View already combine to make the tool for stalking people since the phone book went out of print. With a brand-new set of imagery captured by the Landsat-8 satellite, Google has made the day of satellite imagery nerds and stalkers worldwide. The new imagery was debuted in a blog post , which explains how Landsat-8 and better image processing have combined to give some spookily pretty satellite images. DON'T MISS:  Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos is exactly what America needs Landsat-8 went into orbit in 2013, and has sensors that are a step above other satellites in NASA's Landsat program. We've been seeing the results for years from NASA releases, but this is the first time comprehensive imagery of the entire globe has been stitched together. And what imagery! Google has some before-and-after shots prepared , and the contrast is stark. Take these images of New York City: everything is far sharper, showing things like building shadows and baseball fields in Central Park. In order to assemble one complete cloud-free mosaic of the Earth, Google used its Earth Engine API to sort through imagery. In total, it had to mine data from a petabyte of imagery, representing over 700 trillion individual pixels. Good thing Google has computers big enough to be seen from space to do the work for it. The new images are already available to the general public -- go to the Google Earth app, if you're still using that, or enable the satellite overlay on Google Maps. Most of all, I'm excited for what the latest version of Google Earth means for satellite image wallpapers.

One of Google’s biggest partners probably isn’t dumping Android after all

For the foreseeable future, Android will be the number one mobile operating system on the planet. It has continued to build an impressive lead over iOS and the countless stragglers who can't even top 1% of the market share, but that hasn't stopped some of the industry's leading Android phone makers from planning for a future that is significantly less dependent on Google's mobile OS. DON'T MISS:  Forget 2016 Nexus phones, Google is said to be making an iPhone 7 killer Just last week, The Information reported that Huawei had put together a team of engineers to build a new operating system that could one day replace Android as the company's go-to software for smartphones and tablets. Although Huawei hasn't directly responded to the report, the company's CEO Richard Yu took to social media site Weibo over the weekend to confirm that his team will continue to use Android as long as Google keeps it open. This is not exactly an outright denial, but it should be Google at ease for the time being. Even if Huawei is working on its own mobile platform, Samsung has already shown just how long it can take to get any traction whatsoever with a new OS. Tizen has been in various stages of release since 2012, but you'd still be hard-pressed to find someone on the street who had ever even heard of it. The smartphone market will continue to have a decidedly green tint for the coming years, but don't be surprised if other operating systems begin to rise up in the wake of fragmentation and dissatisfaction with Android.

Interview: Spaces is the most exciting VR startup you’ve never heard of

Virtual reality startups like Spaces , a new Los Angeles-based VR shop, are in a race for eyeballs. For some companies in the space, it’s about the wow factor of shiny hardware that gives users awe-inspiring VR experiences. For an enterprise like Spaces, which was launched by veterans of DreamWorks Animation with $3 million in funding, a key piece of the game plan is teaming up with bigger companies like media brands to get the startup’s VR content in front of as many people as possible. That’s one reason, for example, Spaces secured a $30 million joint venture announced earlier this month between it and China-based Songcheng Performance Development Co. Ltd., one of the biggest theme park operators in the world. Spaces will be using tools and technology it’s developing specifically for theme parks to help bring VR and mixed reality into Songcheng’s properties, which drew almost 23 million people last year, according to Spaces. Not bad for a company that’s only a few months old and was born out of its founders’ itch to capitalize on the exploding market for VR content and experiences. DON'T MISS:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years The founding team includes CEO Shiraz Akmal, who prior to January had spent more than two years developing technology, experiences and games for VR at DreamWorks Animation. He’s also worked for almost a decade at THQ as vice-president of operations-product development and helped establish THQ China. Brad Herman, meanwhile, is Spaces’ CTO who also came from the trenches at DreamWorks. He served as head of DreamWorks Animation’s DreamLab, among other things, and served as crowds supervisor on DreamWorks Animation productions like “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.” The name they chose for their new venture refers to the base unit of virtual reality. “We’re a technology company that has creativity at its core,” Herman told BGR a few days before the Spaces team met with development partners at E3. “We make creative software, predominantly in the enterprise space. We’re about creating spaces and enabling people to create spaces.” One example is the agreement with Songcheng, which Spaces is co-managing from its L.A. headquarters. In Songcheng’s theme parks, VR and mixed reality elements will be added to existing attractions, including elaborate stage shows. The Songcheng-Spaces venture also plans to build unique, standalone virtual reality attractions and parks throughout China. Spaces appears set to tap into something spelled out in the 2016 Virtual Reality Consumer Report released a few days ago that presents the latest consumer research on this topic from Greenlight VR. The bottom line, according to the report — when more than 1,200 survey respondents were asked about their personal interest in different VR use cases, gaming came in at number six. The top use cases were actually things like travel, tourism and adventures; movies and recorded video and live events. “I think this is where our customers and partners like Songcheng — all these companies believe in this kind of future,” Akmal said. “It’s not because they think it’s cool. Of course they think it’s cool. But they also see all these other trends, like the fact that there’s all this major investment money pouring in and all the major companies — from Microsoft to Google to Facebook and Apple — all investing in this perceptual computing wave that’s coming our way. “So I think for us, we see that and say that for all of that to be successful, people are going to want something cool to do. They’re going to want something interesting to use their hardware for. And that’s where content and technology tools will help enable our mission of helping our partners bring their content libraries and brands onto these devices.” Another important point to note: forget the video game console war between Sega-Nintendo or Xbox-PS4. Same with iOS vs. Android. The Spaces team decided that there’s enough of a multiplicity of VR devices — and not, Akmal argues, likely to be one dominant platform or winner — that made now the right time to dip their toe in the water and formally launch their own company. “If you’re a media and entertainment company, these discussions started happening 12 months ago,” Herman said. “Like, every large media and entertainment company 12 months ago started having these discussions, like ‘We have to have a 360-video/VR strategy because our competitors are doing it.’ Kind of like the early mobile era. They didn’t necessarily realize why they were doing it, they just realized the market was going in a certain way and they have to do it. It’s going to take a little longer for it to reach something like your neighborhood pizza place, but I don’t think it’s going to take as long as people think.”

Microsoft pays woman $10,000 for auto-upgrading her PC to Windows 10

Windows 10 auto-upgrades are like a sick, cruel joke being played on us by this point. Most stories that start with "my Windows 10 PC auto-upgraded" tend to end with "and then all my data was lost," but this particular version has a happy ending, because it involves Microsoft paying out a lot of money. A California woman has won $10,000 from Microsoft, after the tech giant gave up challenging a court case. Teri Goldstein alleges that after her computer was upgraded to Windows 10, it became slow and unreliable. DON'T MISS:  Leaked iPhone 7 photos point to intriguing new camera design “I had never heard of Windows 10,” Goldstein said. “Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update.” Goldstein subsequently took Microsoft to court, suing for lost wages and the cost of a new computer (running OS X, I hope). Goldstein won the initial court case, and although Microsoft initially appealed, it just dropped that case. So, Goldstein should be seeing a $10,000 check show up from Microsoft sometime soon. In a statement to the  Seattle Times,  Microsoft said that "“we’re continuing to listen to customer feedback and evolve the upgrade experience based on their feedback.” As well as being a great Monday morning story of justice, the ruling has to be worrying for Microsoft. Ever since Windows 10 upgrades became more pushy ( bordering on "malware" in some cases ), horror stories of Windows 10 upgrades gone wrong have been doing the rounds of the internet. If even a tenth of affected customers can get a payout on the level of Tori Goldstein, this might be the most costly software update in history.

China moves closer to adopting controversial cybersecurity law

China moves closer to adopting controversial cybersecurity law

China moved closer on Monday to adopting a controversial cybersecurity law, after parliament held a second reading of the draft rules, which carry significant consequences for domestic and foreign business and threaten greater censorship. China enforces widespread controls over the internet that it has sought to codify in law, and Chinese laws often go through multiple readings and drafts before they are adopted. The draft, presented before the standing committee of the National People's Congress, requires network operators to comply with social morals and accept the supervision of the government and public, official news agency Xinhua said.

Bangladesh central bank ends FireEye investigation into cyber heist

Bangladesh central bank ends FireEye investigation into cyber heist

Bangladesh's central bank has ended a contract with U.S. cyber security firm FireEye to investigate February's online theft of $81 million, turning down a proposal to extend the agreement, a senior official said on Monday. More than four months after hackers broke into the computer systems of Bangladesh Bank and transferred money from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, investigators in Bangladesh and the United States are still trying to identify them. FireEye's Mandiant division had asked for 570 hours of additional work to complete its investigation into the biggest cyber heist in history, sources at the bank had said earlier.

Don’t fall prey to this clever piracy extortion scam

For as detestable as they are, scammers are undeniably clever and resourceful. In the most recent example which highlights the lengths to which scammers will go to swindle people out of the hard-earned money, Torrent Freak directs us to a new phishing scheme where ISPs are the primary target. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 will be Apple’s riskiest iPhone release yet According to the report, an individual or group of individuals are masquerading as representatives from IP Echelon, the IP tracking arm of Lionsgate. These malicious actors are reaching out to ISPs with takedown notices which are then passed along to consumers, and bundled with such notices are fines which users are encouraged to pay in order to avoid legal proceedings. And because the consumer sees correspondence from their official ISP, they assume that it is 100% legitimate: TorrentFreak was alerted to a takedown notice Lionsgate purportedly sent to a Cox subscriber, for allegedly downloading a pirated copy of the movie Allegiant. Under threat of a lawsuit, the subscriber was asked to pay a $150 settlement fee. ... For a phishing scam the fake DMCA notice does its job well. At first sight the email appears to be legit, and for Cox Communications it was real enough to forward it to their customers. The report notes that U.S. law enforcement agencies are already looking into the matter. In the meantime, you should independently reach out to the legitimate rightsholder if you receive such a notice, rather than just paying up directly.

HTC’s LG Nexus 5X successor will not kill the headphone jack

There’s much ado about a certain headphone jack these days. The iPhone 7 is expected to ditch the standard 3.5mm port, just like Motorola’s 2016 flagship devices that were announced a few weeks ago . But not all phones will stop supporting the audio standard, and at least one of the two upcoming HTC-made Nexus devices is rumored to have a headphone jack. In fact, a new leak gives us a preview of the rumored hardware of the smaller 2016 HTC Nexus handset. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet A trusted source shared with Android Police the supposed specs of the HTC Sailfish, which is the codename of the 5-inch Nexus handset made by the Taiwanese handset maker this year. HTC is rumored to have partnered with Google to launch two distinct Nexus devices this year , likely the successors of the LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei 6P. The HTC Sailfish will reportedly feature a 5-inch Full HD display, 64-bit 2.0GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 12-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 4.2, rear fingerprint reader, USB-C port, at least one speaker on the bottom, and the headphone jack on top. It’s not clear at this time what type of mobile processor the HTC Nexus will get, whether the phone will have any other storage versions, or whether it’ll have dual speakers on the bottom. But the headphone jack is explicitly mentioned. Information regarding pricing and release dates has not been leaked, and there are no images available for the handset. The specs for the HTC Marlin Nexus handset have not leaked.

Clinton failed to hand over key email to State Department

Clinton failed to hand over key email to State Department

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary Hillary Clinton failed to turn over a copy of a key message involving problems caused by her use of a private homebrew email server, the State Department confirmed Thursday. The disclosure makes it unclear what other work-related emails may have been deleted by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

FBI did not need warrant to hack child porn suspect's computer -court

The FBI did not need a search warrant to hack a suspect's computer during an investigation of a large child pornography website, a U.S. judge has ruled, in a decision one group of private advocates called "dangerously flawed." In a decision unsealed on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Henry Morgan in Newport News, Virginia, rejected a bid to suppress evidence against Edward Matish, one of at least 137 defendants charged in the probe of the website Playpen. Morgan noted the widespread nature of hacking today, and compared the hacking of Matish's computer to a police officer looking through someone's broken window blinds, which the Supreme Court has said does not violate the U.S. Constitution. As a result, he said, a computer normally afforded protection in other circumstances against unreasonable searches "is not protected from Government actors who take advantage of an easily broken system to peer into a user's computer." The ruling drew sharp criticism from Mark Rumold, a senior staff attorney Electronic Frontier Foundation, who in a blog post called the decision "dangerously flawed." "To say the least, the decision is bad news for privacy," he wrote.

Banks are killing the password, and they can thank the iPhone for that

Many distinct entities are looking to kill the password, or replace it with better, more secure ways of logging into several online services. Banks are among them, and it’s easy to understand why. They want to protect their money. In light of the many security breaches that have put at risk the identities and online assets of millions of users, banks are encouraging customers to sign up for in-app biometric authentication methods. Scanning a fingerprint, the eye, or recording voice is a lot easier, and more secure, than logging into online banking services using credentials that hackers can steal or social engineer. And the iPhone is a big reason why banks are looking to kill the password. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet In an extensive piece, The New York Times explains the various password alternatives banks use, all related to a certain extent to biometrics. Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo have millions of customers who log into their bank accounts using fingerprints on mobile phones, a feature iPhone introduced with the iPhone 5s, and which later became an integral part of the Apple Pay wireless payments feature. Apple equipped smartphones with fingerprint sensors all the way back to 2013, and many competitors followed suit. A year later, Apple opened Touch ID to developers and launched Apple Pay. However, it’s only recently that banks have released apps that can take advantage of the feature. Other biometrics used include eye scans (Wells Fargo), voice (Citigroup), and facial contours (USAA). It’s important to note that banks are worried that regular username and password logins aren’t secure because of all the many breaches in the last few years that allowed hackers to steal millions of credentials for various services as well as other identifiable information such as social security numbers. Financial institutions have toyed for years, with the idea of adding biometric-based security layers to customer accounts but the available technology was cumbersome and expensive. The iPhone and other devices solved that problem, making smartphones practically ubiquitous. Smartphones are advanced enough to let apps read fingerprints, scan eyes, and record voice in crystal clear quality. Also, smartphones also act as a second layer of protection. “If you have your phone and you are authenticating with your fingerprint, it is very likely you,” Twin Mill founder and biometrics security expert Samir Nanavati told the Times . The problem with biometric-based logins is that customers have to agree to make fingerprints, eye scans, and voice accessible by banks. And there’s always the theoretical possibility that clever hackers might find ways to compromise this type of security as well. But banks to not store actual fingerprints or eye patterns. Instead, they’re keeping templates made of hard-to-predict numerical sequences. Other safeguards are also in place, including voice prompts that ensure the user isn’t playing a voice recording to log in. Eye-scanning apps tell users to blink and/or move the eyes to avoid someone using a photo to log into an account. Wells Fargo teamed up with EyeVerify, whose technology creates a maps of the veins in the whites of the eye. In addition to securing accounts better than passwords, biometrics can also transform the entire banking experience, making it faster than before. However, while logins are almost instant, certain operations, like transferring funds, might still require good-old passwords, at least for the time being. The Times ’ full article on the matter is worth a read and it’s available at the source link.

Bankruptcy filing by Brazil's Oi rattles global supply chain

By Brad Haynes and Ana Mano SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's biggest bankruptcy filing ever is sending shockwaves far beyond the recession-hit country's borders as operator Oi SA seeks creditor protection from global telecoms suppliers and export banks around the world. Oi is seeking protection on over 500 million reais ($150 million) of accounts payable to international providers from Nokia Corp and Ericsson to IBM Corp and Alcatel-Lucent SA, according to court documents reviewed by Reuters. The biggest Brazilian fixed-line carrier also owes about $1 billion to foreign development banks in China, Finland, Canada and Germany, which encouraged exports to Brazil during a recent surge in spending on wireless and broadband networks.

Google’s two biggest partners are both working toward ditching Android

Today, Google's Android platform and Apple's iOS platform dominate the mobile landscape. It's difficult to imagine that ever changing considering how far behind other platforms are at this point, but people said the same thing more than a decade ago when operating systems like Symbian and Windows Mobile ruled the world. Things change and what goes up must come down. What's interesting, however, is that major Android vendors are already starting to prepare for life after Android despite the platform's strong position at the moment. MUST READ:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years According to market research firm Gartner, Android's worldwide smartphone market share was 84.1% in the first quarter of 2016. The next closest platform was iOS at just 14.8%, which was down from 17.9% in the same quarter a year earlier. No other mobile platform had a market share that even reached the single digits of a percent — Microsoft's Windows Mobile/Phone was closest at a pathetic 0.7% In other words, it's Android's world and we just live in it. Despite Android's firm grasp on the smartphone and wider mobile markets, the platforms biggest partners are also working toward someday abandoning the platform. Samsung, the world's biggest Android vendor by a massive margin, has developed its own open source Tizen operating system and it sells phone models that run Tizen in a few regions. Now, a new report reveals that Huawei is following suit. Huawei was the third-largest smartphone vendor in the world in the first quarter of the year, with estimated handset shipments that totaled 28.7 million units. According to The Information , Huawei has a team of engineers that is currently beginning to build a new mobile operating system. Details are scarce for the time being but the report says that this small team is based in Scandinavia and it includes some former Nokia engineers. Hopefully it's not the same team that built MeeGo. This is absolutely something that Google needs to keep an eye on. The company's two biggest Android partners are now both taking steps to dial back their reliance on Google's mobile platform, and perhaps someday abandon it entirely.

Emails: State Dept. scrambled on trouble on Clinton's server

Emails: State Dept. scrambled on trouble on Clinton's server

WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department staffers wrestled for weeks in December 2010 over a serious technical problem that affected emails from then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's home email server, causing them to temporarily disable security features on the government's own systems, according to emails released Wednesday.

U.S. SEC accuses U.K. man of hacking, fraudulent trades

U.S. SEC accuses U.K. man of hacking, fraudulent trades

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued a U.K. man it said hacked into online brokerage accounts of several U.S. investors, placed unauthorized stock trades, and within minutes made profitable trades in the same stocks in his own account. A federal judge issued an emergency order freezing assets belonging to the defendant, Idris Dayo Mustapha, the SEC said on Wednesday, shortly after filing its civil lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. It was unclear whether Mustapha had a lawyer.

Bangladesh unlikely to extend FireEye contract for heist probe

Bangladesh unlikely to extend FireEye contract for heist probe

By Sanjeev Miglani and Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's central bank is unlikely to extend the contract of U.S. cyber security firm FireEye to investigate the electronic theft of $81 million of its money, sources at the bank said on Wednesday, citing high costs as one of the factors. The move comes as law enforcement in Bangladesh and the United States have reported little progress in identifying the criminals more than four months after one of the biggest cyber heists to date. FireEye's Mandiant forensics division was hired by Bangladesh Bank weeks after the cyber heist in early February.

World's Smartest Companies: The Chinese Are Rising

China’s companies are getting smarter, beating their Japanese and Korean counterparts and catching up with their American counterparts.  According to recent MIT Technology Review’s  annual listing of the ...

Reports claims Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will feature a 4K display and a (shocker) dual camera

We're still several months away from the unveiling of Samsung's Galaxy S8, but rumors are already cropping up on what seems like a weekly basis. Earlier this month, Samsung showed off a 5.5-inch 4K UHD display at a trade show in California, leading some to believe that it would be the display featured on the company's next flagship smartphone. Now Chinese tech blog NetEase is making a similar claim, providing even more credence to the rumor. DON'T MISS:  A week with iOS 10: It’s fantastic, and I’m bored Although 4K may sound like overkill for a smartphone display, it could be invaluable for smooth virtual reality content. Samsung has already made strides in that field with the launch of the Gear VR headset, but if the quality of the content is ever going to come close to that of the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive, Samsung needs an incredibly sharp mobile display to work with. As CNET notes , if Samsung were to go with a 4K display, it would put an enormous strain on the battery, forcing the company to use a higher-capacity battery in the Galaxy S8. Might this affect the overall design of the phone? Later in the same report, NetEase claims that, much like the iPhone 7 Plus , the Galaxy S8 will feature a dual-lens rear camera. There appears to be even less evidence backing up this tidbit than there is for the 4K display, but it wouldn't be a stretch for Samsung to follow the likes of LG and Huawei in 2017, especially if Apple is going to include a dual camera on its own high-end iPhone 7 Plus.

OnePlus 3 vs. Galaxy S7 edge speed test, round 2: What happens when 6GB of RAM is unleashed?

The OnePlus 3 might be one of the best smartphones you can buy without parting with too much cash, but it’s not necessarily the fastest one. Recent real-life speed tests showed that the OnePlus flagship lags behind the Galaxy S7 edge and the iPhone 6s even though it has an outrageous amount of RAM. The OnePlus 3 packs 6GB of RAM, compared to 4GB for the Galaxy S7 edge and 2GB for the newest iPhone. OnePlus addressed the RAM management following these tests, saying that the phone doesn’t keep too many apps in memory to conserve battery life. That said, some intrepid hackers came up with an unofficial "fix" for the issue, prompting a second speed test comparison. DON’T MISS:  This crazy iPhone 6s scam on Amazon isn’t what you think The same C4ETech channel that conducted the previous tests performed this “revenge” comparison and the results are quite intriguing. The Galaxy S7 edge’s Samsung processor is speedier than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 in the OnePlus 3, but the RAM performance is clearly now superior on the OnePlus phone. The Galaxy S7 edge might still be speedier at opening apps, but the OnePlus 3 seems to load them from memory much faster when the 6GB of RAM is unleashed. Compared to Apple's iPhone 6s, the OnePlus 3 is still slower at opening apps but the RAM fix makes it even faster at loading apps from memory than the iPhone, something that didn’t happen in the first test . That said, it should be noted that the OnePlus 3 in this test is rooted and running custom firmware that "repairs" the default RAM management. OnePlus is yet to roll out similar firmware for the phone, and it might never make these changes in order to conserve battery life. The OnePlus 3 does have a large 3,000 mAh battery and comes with fast-charging technology, so why is OnePlus so worried about battery life that it decided to throttle RAM performance? The full video is embedded below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np3wfpTq_2Y

Proposals to curb online speech viewed as threat to open internet

Proposals to curb online speech viewed as threat to open internet

By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Alastair Sharp SAN FRANCISCO/ TORONTO (Reuters) - At least a dozen countries are considering or have enacted laws restricting online speech, a trend that is alarming policymakers and others who see the internet as a valuable medium for debate and expression. Such curbs are called out as a threat to the open internet in a report on internet governance set to be released today at an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development meeting in Cancun, Mexico. The report, reviewed by Reuters, warns of dangers for the global internet, including intrusive surveillance, rising cybercrime and fragmentation as governments exert control of online content.

Chinese economic cyber-espionage plummets in U.S.: experts

Chinese economic cyber-espionage plummets in U.S.: experts

By Joseph Menn and Jim Finkle SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Chinese government appears to be abiding by its September pledge to stop supporting the hacking of American trade secrets to help companies there compete, private U.S. security executives and government advisors said on Monday. FireEye Inc, the U.S. network security company best known for fighting sophisticated Chinese hacking, said in a report released late Monday that breaches attributed to China-based groups had plunged by 90 percent in the past two years. FireEye's Mandiant unit in 2013 famously blamed a specific unit of China's Peoples Liberation Army for a major campaign of economic espionage.

Bangladesh central bank officials to meet New York Fed over stolen funds

Bangladesh central bank officials to meet New York Fed over stolen funds

By Sanjeev Miglani and Ruma Paul DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh central bank officials will hold a meeting with the New York Federal Reserve next month to try and speed up efforts to recover $81 million stolen by hackers from its account at the Fed, officials in Dhaka said. More than four months after the hackers broke into the computer systems of Bangladesh Bank and transferred money into bank accounts in Philippines using the SWIFT payment network, there is no breakthrough yet in investigations. Most of the money has disappeared into casinos in the Philippines and remains missing.

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2016 HTC Nexus news and rumors

2016 HTC Nexus news and rumors

After working with LG and Huawei last year, Google might be planning to partner with HTC for the Nexus program. We have more information about both devices. It would be the first time Google has partnered with HTC on a mobile since 2010.

Google is working on a virtual reality version of Chrome for Android devices

Google is working on a virtual reality version of Chrome for Android devices

Google wants the entirety of the internet to be explorable in virtual reality, and it's started using its mobile Chrome browser to make that happen. The latest beta and developer versions of Chrome for Android include support for the open source WebVR standard, reports Road to VR. The dev version also makes mention of a "VR Shell" feature that, in the future, will enable mobile device headsets to browse any website regardless of whether it uses WebVR. Google's new VR Shell for Chrome raises the possibility of a one-size-fits-all approach to making every website explorable in 360-degree virtual space.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

June is over and the July 4th weekend is almost here, but you don't have to wait another minute to start celebrating because today's post covering all the best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free is finally here. We've got some great new options for iOS device users to check out today, and be sure to head back to yesterday's post where you'll find a few more remaining freebies. MUST READ:  5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. iOverwrite Normally $1.99. iOverwrite simply writes a large number of random files into the flash memory of your iPad, which overwrites any recently deleted data. This way, if your iPad comes into the possession of someone who can perform an un-deletion of files (like a hacker), your privacy is that much safer than if you had only cleared out your iPad. Download iOverwrite SampleTank Normally $19.99. NEW VERSION WITH "THE GRID" SOUND PACK AND PLUG AND PLAY SUPPORT FOR iRIG PADS! NEW SONIK SYNTH MOBILE EDITION WITH OVER 300 INSTRUMENTS NOW AVAILABLE SampleTank is a professional-quality sound and groove workstation that puts hundreds of world-class instruments and patterns at your fingertips: piano, organ, drums, bass, guitar, strings, synths, percussion, vocals and more! SampleTank gives you 16 instrument categories for an expandable sound set of over 600 instruments that cover virtually every acoustic, electric and electronic sound you may need. Plus, each category includes instrument riffs and grooves, so you can immediately use the over 1,000 included patterns. Its instruments give you unmatched realism, sound variety and audio performance: It's a true premier for the iOS world. For the first time on this platform, hundreds of professional sample-based sounds and patterns can be easily accessed, layered and used for playing live. Now you can make music anytime and anywhere the inspiration hits you. SampleTank comes with 136 instruments and over 1,000 patterns. You can expand your sound library a-la-carte via in-app purchase with 22 Sound Packs for each instrument category including Drums, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Chromatic, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Synth Leads, Synth Pads, Trons, Voices, Ethnic, Percussion and Sound FX (or download the complete SampleTank Sound Packs bundle). You can also purchase the new SampleMoog™ - Mobile Edition and Miroslav Philharmonik - Mobile Edition downloadable Sound Collections in the in-app store to add over 200 of the best analog synth and orchestral instruments from these legendary libraries. Though SampleTank works effortlessly with your device's touchscreen, it also offers many other control options. Try it with the iRig MIDI interface to jam with your favorite MIDI controllers, just like you would a regular sound or synth module. For an even more portable experience, use iRig KEYS with Lightning® or iRig KEYS Pro mini-keyboard controllers to jam out while on the go. No matter how you use it, its built-in tools will inspire you to create professional sounding music anywhere your mobile life takes you. The latest version of SampleTank includes plug-and-play support for iRig Pads, IK's new ultra-portable groove controller. With it, you can use two different modes — basic and full integration — that let you control SampleTank and its drum machine-style PADS section with different degrees of flexibility. Just connect your iRig Pads and you'll be ready to take your grooves to go. IK has also unveiled a new sound pack called "The Grid" that's tailored towards mobile beatmaking and electronic music. Available via in-app purchase, it includes 50 instruments and 50 patterns in two categories: DRUMS and a new SYNTH FX category. With it you can get kits for Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Techno, EDM, Breaks, House and more! SampleTank delivers the same sound and performance quality that you’d expect from our high-end professional studio products — Plus lightning-fast sound loading and near-zero latency makes putting the groove in your pocket easy. So get in the pocket and get SampleTank. Features: • 4-part multi-timbral professional-quality sound and groove module • Expandable sound library with 600+ instruments in 16 categories • SampleMoog™ and Miroslav Philharmonik downloadable Sound Collections (via in-app purchase) • 1,000+ melodic and rhythmic patterns for accompaniment or groove creation • 4-track MIDI recorder • Built-in insert effects and master reverb • Sound and effects editing with multiple parameters • Support for MIDI Program Change, Continuous Controllers and Virtual MIDI • 128 User Presets • Play interface with piano keyboard, scale keyboard and enhanced drum pads • Designed in concert with iRig MIDI interface for iOS devices Download SampleTank Friendly FTP Client Normally $2.99. The Friendly FTP Client with all the functionality that you need. Features: - Supports FTP, SFTP - Supports connect to multiple Servers at the same time - Supports transfer multiple files & folders from/to multiple Servers at the same time - File transfer process works in background (so you can do another job with FTP Client while waiting transfer process complete) Powerful file manager - Copy/Cut/Delete/Rename files and folders. - Share your files with your friends. - Favorites and Recent feature for access to your files easier. - Copy files from your Mac & PC. - Protect Everything with a password. Upload your files to ftp server - Capture your photo/video then upload them to your FTP Server immediatly - Record anything then it will go to your FTP Servers. Support almost file formats Download Friendly FTP Client English Spanish Normally $4.99. More than 50,000 people around the world using English Spanish app everyday for their daily conversation. The app comes to world to leverage your English and Spanish as well with these cool features: 1. Search English and Spanish common sentences with just a keyword 2. With images as sample 3. Save all words searched 4. Easy to connect to community to share what cool you see just a tap. Download English Spanish CoffeeFind Normally $0.99. Find the nearest coffee shop to you or any location in the world. Just launch the app and see your nearest coffee shop or search for specific address. Now supports all types of Coffee Shop including Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, McDonalds as well as smaller coffee shops. Get directions or call the coffee shop. Universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Buy once, run on all devices. • Find coffee shops, coffee shop hours and amenities around you. • Shows distance from your location (or a location you choose) to any coffee shop. • Shows coffee shop name, address, current status (open or closed) and phone number. On iPhone, selecting phone number will call the coffee shop. • Get directions to the coffee shop using Apple Maps, Google Maps, Bing Maps or Waze. • Swipe and move map to new location and do a new search. • Get directions to the coffee shops using the Share option menu. • Share coffee shop directions using Facebook, Twitter, iMessage, Email or AirDrop. • Search locally or around the world for any coffee shop you want. Includes almost 21,000 coffee shops in 63 countries. Download CoffeeFind Snap to Call Normally $4.99. Catch Phone Numbers & Email Address on the Go!! 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Always take snap when image is well focused -------------------------------------------------------- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’S) What is Snap to Call? Snap to Call is an app specially designed app for iOS Devices. The purpose behind is to make your life easy and comfortable. With “Snap to Call” you can grab the text or number from anywhere and make an instant use. The only app that not only grab numbers and text from written document but also use the Phone Numbers or E-mail Address instantly so you would be able to make an Instant Phone Call, Send Sms to any Phone number or use as a recipient to send E-mails My images contain text and number, but the result is not good? If the text font is too small or the background noise is too high (for example a background image) then this process will fail like every other character recognition tool. The recognized text file contains unclear text and characters, How to get best results? Recognizing text or numbers from any image is not easy job. It depends mostly on the quality of the image, font, brightness etc. Make sure that the quality of the image (includes brightness, color, font) is enough good to extract text from it. How long will it take to recognize my image? The text recognition time depends on a lot of factors. First of all, it is the image quality. The average time of recognizing one file is several seconds. Download Snap to Call Ninjas Normally $0.99. Here comes an authentic cartoon art style 2D belt scroll arcade action! Can your fingers catch the speed of the ninja? A new operation system enables speedy, smooth action! A great adventure will start to take back a stolen scroll! Many obstacles, including evil ninjas, ninja dogs, monsters, demi-humans, zombies, traps, castles, dungeons, will prevent your adventure! Explore a broad world map and push into the castle of vice! 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Apple’s iPhone turns nine: 5 ways it’s still better than Android

Apple changed the world nine years ago when it released the first iPhone. It sounds hyperbolic but I assure you, the original iPhone quite literally reshaped the mobile industry. It also changed the way we access information and connect with each other. The giants of the industry at the time have now all but vanished. Android, which was being developed as a terrible BlackBerry copy , was reimagined and released as the platform we now know. There have been plenty of retrospective pieces covering the iPhone to celebrate its nine-year anniversary, and some have been fairly interesting. But in light of all the negativity currently surrounding Apple's next-generation iPhone , I thought it might be nice to look at some of the ways Apple's mobile phone is still far better than its chief rival, Android. MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 nightmare User Experience Beginning with the most broad advantage the iPhone and iOS have over Android devices, Apple's UX is still in a league of its own. Google has taken tighter control of Android in recent years and we see "pure Android" shine through more and more with each new handset generation. This has had a huge positive impact on the overall Android user experience, which had for a long time been a muddled mess. Even pure Android can't quite compare to iOS though, which offers levels of simplicity and fluidity that are unmatched. Tight inter-device integration and proprietary services also add to the experience. Products like iMessage and FaceTime don't just lock users in, they offer superior quality and consistency. Sharing content between iPhones is also a snap. And if you own multiple Apple devices like an iPhone, iPad and MacBook, Continuity features bring better and tighter integration than you'll find anywhere else. Apple controls the hardware and the software experiences so the company is able to offer a product that aligns perfectly with its vision. Rumors suggest Google may finally be working on its own phone, but the company has quite a bit of ground to make up before it can even approach the experience Apple has crafted. Software Updates I wrote just about everything there is to write on this matter earlier this year . In a nutshell, the open source Android distribution model that led to the platform's success is also one of its biggest disadvantages. Almost no Android users have access to new updates when they're released. Instead, they have to wait months or longer before they gain access to the latest features and security updates. Many Android phones will never have access to new releases even after just a couple of years. The most widely used version of Android in the world right now was released in 2014. And Android Lollipop's market share (35.4%) is just a few points higher than KitKat (31.6%), which was released all the way back in 2013. Security Apple's iOS security is an advantage in so many ways. From encryption to general policy, Apple has a very pro-consumer approach to the way it protects its devices and services. And then you have app development and distribution to consider, which are controlled much more tightly by Apple than they are by Google. There is no question that Android apps have exciting capabilities you won't be able to enjoy on an iPhone. But all that freedom brings serious risks. Scary new malware that targets the Android platform is discovered on a weekly basis at this point. Meanwhile, as security expert Graham Cluley pointed out in a recent post , iOS hasn't ever had a major malware incident. Third-Party Apps It's as true today as it was seven years ago when the App Store first launched: iOS apps are better than Android apps. "Better" is subjective, so I'll elaborate. Apple's stricter guidelines for developers result in a far more consistent user experience across all iOS apps, first- and third-party. They look similar, they're fast, they're smooth, and they're far more reliable than apps on rival platforms. As I've written before, the same app from the same top-tier developer will always offer a better experience on an iPhone than it does on an Android phone. The third-party app ecosystem Apple has created is the main reason I can't ditch the iPhone and switch to my favorite smartphone, which just happens to be an Android phone. Customer Service and Support Last but certainly not least is customer support, which is an area where Apple has no competition. When you have a problem with your iPhone, Apple employees do everything they can to fix it. The best experience comes in Apple Stores, where friendly reps work with customers one-on-one to resolve any issues. And if an issue can't be resolved, the customer walks away with a new iPhone that has already been filled with all of his or her data. Apple's phone support is nearly as impressive. In some ways, it's even more impressive. Phone reps are friendly and patient, and they always do everything they can to resolve any issues and avoid having a device sent in for inspection. Often times you'll even receive a follow-up call to ensure your issue was resolved and your device is still working properly. Making a sale is the easy part and Apple knows it. After-sale service is yet another area where Apple shines far brighter than rivals, and it's one of the main reasons iPhone buyers keep coming back.

Inside ‘The Garage’, a collaborative workshop for every Google employee

Working at Google might not be all fun and games, as several former employees explained in a Quora thread earlier this year , but there's no question that the perks offered by the company are virtually unrivaled in the industry. One of the coolest perks for creative Googlers who want to express themselves has to be The Garage — a collaborative workshop through which Business Insider was lucky enough to take a tour earlier this month. DON'T MISS:  Meet your favorite new Google search feature As Google tells it, The Garage began life in 2008 inside of a cubicle when a group of Googlers needed a space to work during their "20% time" — time set aside to work on pet projects employees think might benefit the company. By 2012, Google had set aside space for The Garage and began filling it with tools. Today, The Garage is absolutely packed with equipment, from 3D printers to shop vacs to sewing machines to a CNC milling machine. While touring the facility with director of open source and Garage manager Chris DiBona, Business Insider actually stumbled upon a machine that DiBona hadn't seen in The Garage before, which shows you just how often new tools make their way in. Although Google has several machine shops restricted to authorized employees, The Garage is open to everyone. The company regularly hosts events in The Garage, including "design sprints," which task employees with building a product to solve a problem in a very limited amount of time. It's an incredible facility, and one worth seeing with your own eyes over at Business Insider .

Two Wi-Fi routers that cost less than $25 each

If you're constantly playing complex online games and streaming ultra HD content, you probably need a cutting-edge router with the latest and greatest wireless tech. Of course, you should be prepared to spend hundreds on a router like that. If you just want to browse the web, stream Netflix and use the web like most people do, you don't even have to spend $25. Check out the two router models below, which both offer fantastic performance, great range and wireless N speeds but cost next to nothing. Wireless N speed up to 450Mbps, ideal for bandwidth-intensive tasks like HD video streaming, VoIP, and online gaming 802.11n technology, 15x faster with 5x the range of 802.11g, Three antennas for increased coverage and stability, System Requirements - Microsoft® Windows® 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista(TM) or Windows 7, Windows8/ 8.1/10, MAC® OS, NetWare®, UNIX® or Linux IP based bandwidth control allows you to determine how much bandwidth is allotted to each device, WPS button for one-touch wireless security encryption Parental Controls to manage Internet access on children's or employees's computers, Industry-leading 2-year warranty and unlimited 24/7 technical support. *450Mbps wireless speed is only for TL-WR940N V3 while the earlier version is 300Mbps. TP-LINK N450 Wireless Wi-Fi Router, Up to 450Mbps (TL-WR940N) - V3 : $24.99 with free Prime shipping N300 Wi-Fi speed for faster downloads & Internet gaming 5dBi antennas for improved Wi-Fi coverage. NOTE: This product comes with an ethernet cable. Manage your home network with NETGEAR genie Use Push-N-Connect to add devices to your WiFi network with a push of a button GUEST NETWORK ACCESS for separate & secure WiFi access for guests SECURE WIFI CONNECTIONS for highest level wireless security with WPA/WPA2 4 MB flash and 32 MB RAM, Five (5) (1 WAN, 4 LAN) Fast Ethernet ports This version of the product will have 'WNR2020-200PAS' stickered on box NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Router with High Power 5dBi External Antennas (WNR2020v2) : $19.97 with free Prime shipping

Google updates Maps and Earth apps with super sharp satellite imagery

Google updates Maps and Earth apps with super sharp satellite imagery

Google has updated its mapping applications with new, higher-resolution imagery from NASA's Landsat 8 satellite, the company announced today. By stitching together selective portions of the Earth with clear skies, Google's mosaic is able to eliminate clouds and other weather obstructions to create a crystal-clear snapshot of every corner of the world. Google Maps and Earth's satellite imagery was last updated in 2013.

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Sony’s answer to the Xbox One S expected to launch in September

One of the biggest surprises of E3 2016 was the lack of new hardware on display. Although Microsoft used its press conference to unveil both the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio, Nintendo and Sony decided to save their hardware announcements for a later date. There's no telling how long we'll have to wait to see the NX , but it sounds like we might only be a few months out from a PS4 Slim. DON'T MISS:  The best Grand Theft Auto easter egg of all-time was just discovered In a story about Sony's profitability for The Wall Street Journal , writers Takashi Mochizuki and Yuka Koshino noted the success of the company's video game business. Despite the fact that image-sensor sales are down, Sony believes that its PlayStation division could end up generating revenue of up to half a trillion yen more than projected by the end of the fiscal year in March 2018. This spike would be fueled by a lineup of highly-anticipated games and the launch of multiple new models of the PlayStation 4 — an upgraded console with support for 4K gaming a slim console to compete with the Xbox One S . Sony has already announced the upgraded console , which it called a "high-end PS4," but we've yet to hear any official word on a slim version of the PS4. Macquarie Securities analyst Damian Thong believes that both the high-end console and the slim console could be released in September during the Tokyo Game Show. Having released slim versions of the PS2 and PS3, it wouldn't exactly be a shock to see Sony continue the tradition with the PS4. And although E3 might have seemed like a perfect opportunity to launch a PS4 Slim, the new model simply might not have been ready for primetime in June.

If VR is going to have a future, PlayStation VR can’t fail

It has been a very, very long time since a peripheral has shaken up the game industry. EyeToy was a bust, Kinect died a slow, excruciating death and there's a pretty good chance you'd completely forgotten about the GBA e-Reader. All of those hardware add-ons failed (or are in the process of failing), but it never really mattered. They took a risk; it didn't pan out; we all moved on. With all of that failure in the rearview mirror, PlayStation VR has a mighty tough row to hoe, but if VR really is the future of gaming, it simply can't fail. DON’T MISS:  5 ways Apple's iPhone is still better than Android after all these years The VR revolution is off to an expectedly slow start. Although thousands of early adopters were anxious to get their hands on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive the minute they launched, VR gaming is anything but mainstream in the summer of 2016. In order to game on your $799 Vive or your $599 Rift, you need a $1,000 computer that can actually run virtual reality software. It's just not financially viable for most people. On the other hand, over 40 million consumers own a PlayStation 4, which they probably bought for $399 at launch or as low as $299 in any of the countless sales over the past few years. The PlayStation VR headset will cost them an additional $399 (or $499 if they spring for the bundle), which is still a massive amount of savings over the hardware necessary for PC VR gaming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzSvuRBm4Bk The price is important, but even more important is the initial reaction to PSVR. If those who preordered the hardware are underwhelmed by the experience or the hardware or even the launch lineup , it could create a major roadblock for the future of VR. Sony has to get this right the first time. Coming off of one of the more beguiling E3 expos in recent memory , one aspect of Microsoft's press conference stood out to me. While semi-announcing Project Scorpio for a 2017 release, Microsoft revealed that the upgraded console would support "high-end VR," similar to what we see on PCs today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c18R6Sb97nM Interestingly, the company also admitted that it hadn't yet settled on a partner. Could this mean that Oculus is competing for the spot? Or is Microsoft working on its own solution for Scorpio? Or (and this is where I bring it all full circle) is Microsoft just waiting to see whether or not PSVR crashes and burns before it dedicates a great deal of time and resources to VR? If PSVR bombs, it would throw up a red flag the size of an OG Xbox for Microsoft and any other companies considering getting into the VR realm. Although it's doubtful that Microsoft would remove VR capability altogether, they could certainly downplay its existence and focus on other features of the console. But if PSVR thrives, you had better believe that Microsoft is going to do everything it can to bring a better, faster, more powerful VR experience to market just a year after the launch of Sony's own VR hardware. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-nW-NqT_G4 With Sony and Microsoft trying to one-up each other on the home console side of the industry, PC gamers will be rewarded with even more cross-platform content, especially if VR games make their way into Microsoft's new Xbox Play Anywhere program . Imagine if every VR game you bought worked on both your Xbox One and your PC with your Oculus Rift or Xbox VR headset? But before any of these dreams can become reality, Sony needs to make an impact this fall. It would be foolish to assume that a tepid launch to PSVR would doom the technology once and for all, but it would certainly make for a significantly steeper hill to climb going forward. If you're interested in the future of VR, you should watch very closely when PSVR launches on October 13th.

Microsoft bundles Surfrace Pro 4 and Xbox One

Microsoft bundles Surfrace Pro 4 and Xbox One

Encouraging consumers to buy the new Surface Pro 4 as well as the soon-to-be-old version of the Xbox One, the second will be given away with the first in a July to August deal on the Microsoft Store. The Surface 3 line is coming to an end at the end of the year and the smaller, 4K and HDR-supporting Xbox One S is around the corner with an August release date. Between then and now is a Microsoft Store promotion that sees the original Xbox One sold for free with purchases of a Surface Pro 4 keyboard and tablet screen combo, which starts at $899.

Hassan Whiteside Once Tried To Play As Himself In A Video Game And Couldn't Guard A 'Ketchup Bottle'

Hassan Whiteside Once Tried To Play As Himself In A Video Game And Couldn't Guard A 'Ketchup Bottle'

Hassan Whiteside, one of the premier free agents of the NBA’s 2016 class, takes video games quite seriously. “He was just so terrible, like terrible,” Whiteside said of the former version of his playable self, in a recent Bleacher Report feature. “He couldn’t make layups. Whiteside, a late bloomer who has overcome reputation issues to become one of the best shot-blockers in the league, is likely to get a maximum-level contract on the open market, with the Los Angeles Lakers looking like one of his top pursuers. His unlikely and sudden success as a mid-twenties center with the Miami Heat, re-emerging into the NBA big man thicket following some years in the D-League, couldn’t come at a better time.

Here’s where you can try PlayStation VR for yourself

Here’s where you can try PlayStation VR for yourself

Sony's PlayStation VR headset doesn't come out until October, but you don't have to wait that long to try one out. Select Gamespot and Best Buy stores, as well as special events all over the country, will have demomstration units.

Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming

Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming

Find release dates, trailers, and scores for major upcoming and recent videogame releases for all platforms, updated weekly. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic

PlayStation Neo 'is still PS4,' says Shuhei Yoshida

PlayStation Neo 'is still PS4,' says Shuhei Yoshida

Sony announced the PlayStation Neo ahead of E3 2016, and now the President of Sony's Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, confirms that it's an improved PS4. The current generation "is not going to be shorter."

Hands on: ‘Final Fantasy XV’ for PlayStation VR

Hands on: ‘Final Fantasy XV’ for PlayStation VR

Unfortunately for fans, Final Fantasy XV: The VR Experience does not offer the adventure or excitement one might hope for from a virtual Final Fantasy. At best, it's a neat tidbit for die-hard fans who happen to own a PlayStation VR headset.

Playstation Vue comes to Roku, Android next week

Playstation Vue comes to Roku, Android next week

Playstation Vue is expanding to Roku as from June 21, with Android compatibility arriving next week, Sony has revealed. The live streaming service Playstation Vue is now available on the Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Streaming players, and Roku TV. Access via Android devices is to launch next week, although the date has not been specified.

'Warcraft' breaks record for movie adapted from a video game

'Warcraft' breaks record for movie adapted from a video game

"Warcraft" has snagged bragging rights to becoming the highest-grossing film based on a video game franchise in the movie biz. According to stats from Box Office Mojo, "Warcraft" the movie has raked in more than $378.4 million since its June 10 release. In comparison, "Prince of Persia" grossed $336 million across its entire run, points out The Independent UK.