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Deutsche Telekom sees results of U.S. wireless spectrum auction in second half

Deutsche Telekom sees results of U.S. wireless spectrum auction in second half

Deutsche Telekom expects the results of an auction of wireless airwaves in the United States in the second half of the year, its chief executive told shareholders on Wednesday. The auction, which is aimed at repurposing low-frequency spectrum relinquished by television broadcasters to wireless companies and other bidders seeking new airwaves to build and improve wireless networks, started end-March. "We expect the results in the second half of the year," Deutsche Telekom's Chief Executive Tim Hoettges told the company's annual shareholders' meeting in Cologne.

Apple rehires prominent security pro as encryption fight boils

Apple rehires prominent security pro as encryption fight boils

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc , which has resisted pressure from U.S. law enforcement to unlock encrypted iPhones, this month rehired a top expert in practical cryptography to bring more powerful security features to a wide range of consumer products. Jon Callas, who co-founded several well-respected secure communications companies including PGP Corp, Silent Circle and Blackphone, rejoined Apple in May, an Apple spokesman said. Callas had worked at Apple in the 1990s and again between 2009 and 2011, when he designed an encryption system to protect data stored on a Macintosh computer.

Twitter drops photos, videos from 140-character limit

Twitter drops photos, videos from 140-character limit

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc said on Tuesday that user names and media attachments such as photos and videos will no longer count toward the length of a tweet but the 140-character limit will remain. Twitter said the change, part of its efforts to simplify its microblogging service, will happen in the next few months. "A few simple changes to make conversations on Twitter easier! And no more removing characters for images or videos!" Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said in a 115-character tweet.

Foxconn says won't sell Sharp's solar power business

Foxconn says won't sell Sharp's solar power business

Taiwan's Foxconn said on Wednesday it will not sell Sharp Corp's solar power business, amid concerns from business partners over a possible closure of the struggling division. "We want to let you know that we are totally committed to this business," Foxconn founder Terry Gou and Tai Jeng-wu, its vice chairman and the newly-appointed CEO at Sharp, said in a letter addressed to Sharp's solar power business partners. Foxconn, also known by its formal name Hon Hai Precision Industry Co , is the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer.

Samsung Elec to defend interests against Huawei patent suits

Samsung Elec to defend interests against Huawei patent suits

SEOUL (Reuters) - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday it will defend itself against patent lawsuits filed by smartphone rival Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL]. Huawei, the world's third-largest smartphone maker, has filed lawsuits against Samsung in the United States and China claiming infringement of smartphone patents. "We will thoroughly review the complaint and take appropriate action to defend Samsung's business interests," Samsung, the world's top smartphone maker, said in an email to Reuters. (Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates)

Toyota, Uber to explore ridesharing partnership

Toyota, Uber to explore ridesharing partnership

(Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp said on Tuesday it will partner with on-demand ride company Uber to explore ridesharing and will make a strategic investment in the company. As part of the partnership, Toyota would create new leasing options in which car purchasers can lease their vehicles from Toyota Financial Services and cover their payments through earnings generated as Uber drivers. Toyota is making the strategic investment through its unit Toyota Financial Services Corporation and Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership. ...

Solar Impulse 2 leaves Ohio on fuel-free flight

Solar Impulse 2 leaves Ohio on fuel-free flight

Washington (AFP) - The Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered airplane piloted by Swiss national Bertrand Piccard, successfully flew out of Dayton, Ohio in the dark early Wednesday en route to Pennsylvania, according to a live online feed of the departure.

Opera Software shareholders back Chinese takeover bid

Opera Software shareholders back Chinese takeover bid

By Joachim Dagenborg OSLO (Reuters) - More than 90 percent of Norwegian online browser and advertising company Opera Software's shareholders have backed a Chinese consortium's $1.24 billion takeover bid, clearing a big hurdle for the deal to go ahead, the buyers said on Wednesday. The bid was accepted by shareholders owning 90.6 percent of Opera's outstanding capital and 90.9 percent of the votes, preliminary numbers showed. The offer, unanimously endorsed by Opera's board, still needs approval from the U.S. and Chinese authorities.

Samsung Elec says launching iris-recognition tablets in India

Samsung Elec says launching iris-recognition tablets in India

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co said on Wednesday that it is launching a new tablet device in India for government and enterprise use equipped with iris-recognition technology. Samsung, in a statement, said the Android-powered tablet - called Galaxy Tab Iris - will be equipped with technology to allow authentication through the recognition of a person's iris for applications including banking and healthcare. The product will be compliant with India's Aadhaar system, an identification database of residents that stores the biometric and demographic data of residents such as photographs, fingerprints and iris scans.

This is what 100 Tinder screenshots look like in a single image

This is what 100 Tinder screenshots look like in a single image

There really are a surprising number of humans in the world, and a lot of them live near you. Sometimes you forget, but Tinder offers a helpful reminder. There's nothing like swiping through dozens of profiles, taking in new face after new face, to remember how much sheer humanity there is around. But sometimes it all gets a bit much.

Women in Business Q&A: Nancy MacIntyre, CEO, Fingerprint

Nancy left the corporate world in 2010 to create Fingerprint, which is now a 30-person strong company in Silicon Valley creating learn-and-play mobile app networks for brands such as Samsung, Sylvan Learning, Highlights and Corus Entertainment. Named one of the Top 50 Women in Tech in Silicon Valley by Tech.Co, previously Nancy was EVP of...

Machine learning radiology startup Zebra raises $12 million

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's Zebra Medical Vision raised $12 million in a funding round led by Utah-based healthcare provider Intermountain Healthcare, with the participation of existing investors. Intermountain plans to work with Zebra to accelerate the creation of imaging algorithms to improve patient care. Zebra Medical, founded in 2014, seeks to teach computers to automatically read and diagnose medical imaging data. Its analytics engine helps physicians and healthcare providers analyze millions of imaging records. ...

A Silicon Valley billionaire is reportedly funding the legal war to end Gawker

A Silicon Valley billionaire is reportedly funding the legal war to end Gawker

Gawker Media was ordered to pay $140 million in damages to Hulk Hogan — real name Terry Gene Bollea — in March of this year over the company's publication of the wrestler's sex tape. The case was outlandish and caused a media frenzy, as expected from a legal battle between a man famous for ripping his shirt off and fighting on stage and a company built around combative tabloid stories. ...

China to protect IP, won't over-regulate innovation: Premier Li

China to protect IP, won't over-regulate innovation: Premier Li

China will focus on protecting intellectual property and commercial secrets, while offering a fair playing field for both domestic and foreign companies, premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday at a technology summit. Li also said that new innovations should be given room to grow, free from over-regulation, even if new and traditional industries sometimes run into conflict. China is pushing entrepreneurship and innovation to encourage economic growth, although government oversight and support for state firms remains strong.

The New York Times is the latest publication to decapitalize 'the internet'

The New York Times is the latest publication to decapitalize 'the internet'

Like a cool business dad, the New York Times has finally decided to stop capitalizing the word "Internet." From June, the publication will be relying on lower-case letters to describe the information superhighway, calling it just the "internet" in both its print and online iterations. Thomas Kent — the AP's standards editor — explained that the internet had become "wholly generic, like ‘electricity or the ‘telephone'." The word was not trademarked, and not based on a proper noun, he said.

Watch ‘Chewbacca mom’ take James Corden to work and freak out meeting J.J. Abrams

Unless you’ve been disconnected from the Internet this past weekend – and who does that, am I right? – you’ve probably seen and shared the hilarious Chewbacca mom video on Facebook . The clip shows a Texas woman trying out a Chewbacca mask and enjoying every minute of it. Her contagious laugh is what turned the video into a viral sensation that has since surpassed 140 million views. That’s all you need to know before you watch the following video, in which we see the Chewbacca mom taking James Corden and J.J. Abrams to work. DON’T MISS: Apple's next MacBook Pro will be like nothing we've ever seen Candance Payne, a mom from Texas, became an internet sensation thanks to her Chewbacca stunt, and Corden had her on The Late Late Show on Monday night, where she appeared in a carpool sketch that makes perfect sense given the nature of her original video. Payne reenacts her Chewbacca video at the beginning of the sketch, so you’ll think it’s just a rerun of her video. But then the camera pulls out, and we see an impatient Corden, who’s looking to get to work. That’s when Abrams, who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens , appears, ready to give Payne some Chewbacca notes. Check out the clip below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQereoIxioI Payne played it really cool, but she freaked out when she actually met Abrams just before shooting the carpool sketch. Corden also aired that video of that meeting during his interview with the Chewbacca mom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT3MVRv0TT4

China's Huawei files patent suits against Samsung Elec

China's Huawei files patent suits against Samsung Elec

By Yimou Lee and Anne Marie Roantree HONG KONG (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] on Wednesday said it sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd claiming infringement of smartphone patents, the Chinese firm's first intellectual property challenge against the world's top mobile maker. Huawei has filed lawsuits in the United States and China seeking compensation for what it said was unlicensed use of fourth-generation (4G) cellular communications technology, operating systems and user interface software in Samsung phones. "We hope Samsung will ... stop infringing our patents and get the necessary license from Huawei, and work together with Huawei to jointly drive the industry forward," Ding Jianxing, president of Huawei's Intellectual Property Rights Department, said in a statement.

China wants to battle traffic jams with this crazy futuristic bus

Traffic congestion is a problem that many cities across the globe continue to struggle with. And while some cities have come up with their own ways to deal with congestion, whether it be a push for public transportation or constructing new roads, a new initiative out of China is without a doubt the most original idea we've seen yet. Meet TEB, otherwise known as a Transit Elevated Bus. TEB is essentially a bus that can drive over traffic, as evidenced by the photo above, although it's just a concept for now. The idea for a TEB like vehicle isn't new, but a working mini-model of the incredibly intriguing idea was recently presented at a tech expo in Beijing. DON'T MISS:  This is probably our first look at a real iPhone 7 In an ideal world, an engineer familiar with the project said that an elevated bus like TEB would be able to carry as many as 1,200 people per trip. Even more tantalizing is the claim that such a project could be completed within a 12-month time frame. A video of the mini-model can be seen below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeLAidJl5aw Interestingly enough, the idea for this type of bus design stretches back for quite some time. The following report from ChinaHush , for instance, first appeared nearly six years ago. Proposed by Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co., Ltd, the model looks like a subway or light-rail train bestriding the road. It is 4-4.5 m high with two levels: passengers board on the upper level while other vehicles lower than 2 m can go through under. Powered by electricity and solar energy, the bus can speed up to 60 km/h carrying 1200-1400 passengers at a time without blocking other vehicles’ way. Also it costs about 500 million yuan to build the bus and a 40-km-long path for it, only 10% of building equivalent subway. It is said that the bus can reduce traffic jams by 20-30%. Another video detailing the futuristic idea can be seen below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=58&v=bpiFJsWdCuY

Will no one save us from wireless carriers?

Why is T-Mobile's "Un-carrier" initiative working so well? The answer is as obvious as it seems: people don't like wireless carriers. These telecommunications giants continue to squeeze subscribers for every last penny they can and all the while, they rake in billions upon billions of dollars each quarter. It would be one thing if a company just scraping by tacked on a tiny fee, but Verizon hauled in $7.9 billion in profit last quarter on $32.2 billion in sales while AT&T's operating income climbed to $7.1 billion on revenue totaling $40.5 billion. T-Mobile is hardly a non-profit, but the company has done a tremendous job of playing off consumers' collective disdain for carriers and it has seen tremendous growth as a result. At the same time, its model really isn't all that different from the rivals it regularly berates. Can't anyone save us from our carriers? MUST SEE:  2 new Craigslist scams you need to watch out for Every few years like clockwork, a new company comes along to save us from cell phone carriers. The most recent, as we're sure you'll all recall, was Google. The company's " Google Fi " service uses a combination of cellular and Wi-Fi to offer dirt-cheap prices — unlimited voice and text messaging cost just $20 per month, and then Google charges $10 for every 2GB of data. To sweeten the pot, Google never charges subscribers for unused data. Instead, people get credits each month on their next bill. Then come the caveats. Chief among them are the fact that you can only use the service if you have a Nexus 6P or a Nexus 5X, and the fact that Google's carrier partners on the cellular side of things are T-Mobile and Sprint. That's fine if you live in some regions, but AT&T and Verizon still have far better nationwide coverage. Fi wasn't the answer people have been looking for, but there was still a glimmer of hope. Persistent rumors have claimed time and time again that Apple is working behind the scenes to launch its own wireless service, and it could potentially be just the innovation consumers are looking for. Sadly, that isn't going to happen. Apple may or may not have investigated the possibility of launching its own wireless service in the past, but we now have definitive word from CEO Tim Cook that the company will not enter the wireless space. "Our expertise doesn’t extend to the network," Cook said during an interview at Startup Fest Europe. "We’ve worked with AT&T in the US, O2 in the UK, as well as T-Mobile and Orange, and we expanded as we learned more. But generally, the things Apple likes to do, are things we can do globally." He went on, "We don’t have the network skill. We’ll do some things along the way with e-SIMs along the way, but in general, I like the things carriers do." The wait continues...

Fitbit’s inaccurate heart can ‘put consumers at risk’

Fitbit is currently embroiled in a class-action lawsuit over the accuracy of its heart-rate tracking. As part of their case, the plaintiffs commissioned a scientific study of the accuracy of the Fitbit Charge HR and Surge.  Wareable   spoke to the scientist who was paid to do the testing, and unsurprisingly, he has bad things to say about Fitbit's devices. Dr. Edward Jo, an assistant professor of Applied Physiology at California State Polytechnic University, was paid to conduct a "validation study," seeking to prove that Fitbits mis-report heart-rate data when users are working out. DON'T MISS:  THE CEO OF GOOGLE IS AN UNASHAMED IPHONE USER The results appear to be damning -- according to the study, Fitbit devices are, on average, 20 beats per minute off the true heart rate. According to Jo, that's pretty bad: "This inaccuracy that we've seen can definitely pose a danger to not only the clinical population, but those population of individuals who may not know that they have any cardiac related conditions. It can definitely put them at risk." The results of a paid-for study in a lawsuit are obviously worth taking with a grain of salt, but Fitbit has hit back, and hard. In a statement given to media after the results were made public, Fitbit didn't seem amused: "What the plaintiffs’ attorneys call a “study” is biased, baseless, and nothing more than an attempt to extract a payout from Fitbit. It lacks scientific rigor and is the product of flawed methodology. It was paid for by plaintiffs’ lawyers who are suing Fitbit, and was conducted with a consumer-grade electrocardiogram – not a true clinical device, as implied by the plaintiffs’ lawyers. Furthermore, there is no evidence the device used in the purported “study” was tested for accuracy. Fitbit’s research team rigorously researched and developed PurePulse technology for three years prior to introducing it to market and continues to conduct extensive internal studies to test the features of our products. Fitbit Charge HR is the #1 selling fitness tracker on the market, and is embraced by millions of consumers around the globe. Consumer Reports independently tested the heart rate accuracy of the Charge HR and Surge after the initial lawsuit was filed in January and gave both products an “excellent” rating. We stand behind our heart-rate monitoring technology and all our products, and continue to believe the plaintiffs’ allegations do not have any merit. We are vigorously defending against these claims, and will resist any attempts by the plaintiffs’ lawyers to leverage a settlement with misleading tactics and false claims of scientific evidence.” Jo takes issue with virtually everything Fitbit says. Firstly, with regard to the Zephyr Technology BioHarness used to compare the Fitbits, Jo says "The device has been validated twice to the traditional 12-lead ECG and also a 3-lead ECG for heart rate measurement. It's FDA approved, so for them to say it's not a clinical grade device – well, I don't even know what that means." He also talked about the methodology used to test the Fitbits, namely putting one Fitbit on each wrist of a participant, putting a BioHarness on their chest, and getting them to work out. Jo claims that across 43 different participants, the Fitbits were off from the BioHarness -- and from each other -- by an average of 20bpm. Assuming that he's not outright lying, that seems to point to a serious problem with Fitbit's heart-rate tracking. Whether it's a serious risk to consumers, or just bad advertising, is for a court to decide. In any case, the full interview with Jo is over at Wareable , and well worth a read.

Watching water get vaporized by an X-ray laser shouldn’t be this mesmerizing

The SLAC National Accelerator Lab in Menlo Park, California has a ridiculously powerful X-ray laser. And what would you do if you were one of the members of the team lucky enough to play with said X-ray laser? You would shoot stuff with it, obviously, and you would record all the action to post up later on YouTube. Well, you're in luck because the researchers at the lab think just like you do and they're way ahead of you. DON'T MISS:  2 new Craigslist scams you need to watch out for The world's brightest laser is the star of a series of videos published this week by SLAC, though you won't actually be able to make out the laser in any of the videos. What you will see, however, are streams and droplets of water being vaporized by this incredible laser — and the footage is beautiful. Of course, this video isn't all fun and games. Water is often used to deliver material samples into the path of a laser during tests, and the results are then analyzed by researches at SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source. That's exactly what's happening here. “Understanding the dynamics of these explosions will allow us to avoid their unwanted effects on samples,” Stanford PULSE Institute's  Claudiu Stan said . “It could also help us find new ways of using explosions caused by X-rays to trigger changes in samples and study matter under extreme conditions. These studies could help us better understand a wide range of phenomena in X-ray science and other applications.” Science!

Verizon admits it 'overhyped' Go90

Verizon admits it 'overhyped' Go90

Verizon, in a rare moment of honest self reflection, acknowledged today that its Go90 streaming service "did get a little bit overhyped." According to FierceCable, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made the remarks during a conference this morning. McAdam's comments were meant to tone down the expectations around Go90, which hasn't been the overnight success that Verizon initially indicated it was hoping for. "We didn't believe that it was going to move the needle on [Verizon's overall] $130 billion revenue stream overnight," he said, according to FierceCable.

Volkswagen, Toyota buy into ridesharing

Volkswagen, Toyota buy into ridesharing

Toyota and Volkswagen announced separate partnerships Tuesday with rideshare companies Uber and Gett, in the latest such moves by major carmakers. Japan's Toyota and ridesharing titan Uber said they had entered into a memorandum of understanding to explore collaboration, starting with trials in countries where ridesharing is expanding. "Through this collaboration with Uber, we would like to explore new ways of delivering secure, convenient and attractive mobility services to customers," Shigeki Tomoyama, senior managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, said in a joint statement.

'What's Overwatch?' he asked me, with oldness in his eyes

'What's Overwatch?' he asked me, with oldness in his eyes

Now here I am, literally dying to go home and play Overwatch, trying to think of any plausible excuse to leave work early, and the very man who writes my paychecks has no understanding of my pain. Is Nilay Patel a Grade A monster? Overwatch is a first person shooter.

This illustration of the entire Star Wars: Episode IV plot is over 400 feet long

This illustration of the entire Star Wars: Episode IV plot is over 400 feet long

For anyone who might be sick of watching the actual film, artist and graphic novelist Martin Panchaud has created an incredible 157-page illustration of Star Wars: Episode IV showing the entire plot from start to finish that you'd have to scroll through to believe. The entire image, which Panchaud made in Adobe Illustrator, contains every bit of dialogue and action in the film, and measures 10.6 inches by 4845.3 inches — or 403.775 feet long. Panchaud says on his site that he wanted to create something that contrasted with the internet's desire for quick, bite-sized content.

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Cringin': British youth unimpressed with pro-EU campaign video

Cringin': British youth unimpressed with pro-EU campaign video

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - A campaign video urging young Britons to vote to stay in the European Union in a June 23 referendum backfired on Wednesday, with young people taking to Twitter in droves to denounce it as patronizing. To a soundtrack of thumping dance music, the video shows images of young people while a series of verbs appear one after the other in capital letters: WORKIN, LEARNIN, EARNIN, SHOPPIN, RAVIN, CHATTIN, ROAMIN, MAKIN, MEETIN, SHARIN, GOIN, LIVIN. 23rd June, make sure you're #VOTIN" The decision to drop the letter "G" from the end of all the verbs, in an apparent attempt to mimic the way some young people talk, set off a tidal wave of scorn on social media.

Hacker who exposed Hillary Clinton's email server expected to plead guilty

Hacker who exposed Hillary Clinton's email server expected to plead guilty

A Romanian computer hacker who revealed the existence of a private email server used by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state is expected to plead guilty to hacking-related offenses, a U.S. law enforcement official said on Tuesday. Accused hacker Marcel Lazar, who used the alias "Guccifer," is scheduled to enter a guilty plea at a hearing early on Wednesday before Judge James Cacheris in U.S. District Court, Alexandria, Virginia, said the official. The official and another person familiar with the Guccifer investigation, who asked not to be named ahead of the proceedings, said Lazar's plea would not validate claims he has made in recent media interviews about successfully hacking the email server Clinton installed at her home in Chappaqua, New York.

New York inmate photo makes it to Facebook, despite cellphone ban

New York inmate photo makes it to Facebook, despite cellphone ban

The New York City Department of Corrections said on Tuesday it was investigating what appears to be a photo of inmates from Rikers Island jail taken with a cellphone, a device banned in city jails. It was not clear how the group of male inmates was allowed to pose, who snapped the photo, or how it was uploaded to Facebook as reported by the New York Post on Monday. It was the latest in a string of problems, from a spike in violence to a crackdown on corrections officers running contraband networks, facing the department run by Commissioner Joseph Ponte since 2014.

Twitter drops photos, videos from 140-character limit

Twitter drops photos, videos from 140-character limit

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc said on Tuesday that user names and media attachments such as photos and videos will no longer count toward the length of a tweet but the 140-character limit will remain. Twitter said the change, part of its efforts to simplify its microblogging service, will happen in the next few months. "A few simple changes to make conversations on Twitter easier! And no more removing characters for images or videos!" Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said in a 115-character tweet.

Saudi Arabia's rulers adapt message for social media age

Saudi Arabia's rulers adapt message for social media age

By Sylvia Westall and Angus McDowall DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - The participation of tens of thousands of young Saudis in a social media debate over plans to reform the kingdom's oil-reliant economy last month marked a shift in how Riyadh's conservative rulers interact with their subjects. Saudi Arabia's dynastic leaders, who rule by fiat and strictly limit public dissent, have historically courted public opinion only via informal councils with tribal, religious and business leaders or citizens seeking to petition them. "It's a new focus for the government as it reaches out to a young Saudi population that is more likely to use social media," Saudi analyst and commentator Mohammed Alyahya said.

Japan an alluring target for Standard Bank ATM thieves

Japan an alluring target for Standard Bank ATM thieves

The gang used counterfeit Standard Bank credit cards to withdraw 1.4 billion yen ($13 million) in 14,000 transactions from ATMs at 7-Eleven convenience stores over three hours on a Sunday morning, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Up against strict laws, Texas women learn do-it-yourself abortions

Susanna was young, single, broke and pregnant in southern Texas where, thanks to the state's strict laws, her chances of getting a surgical abortion at a clinic were slim to none. With the help of a friend, some online instructions and quick dash across the Mexican border for some pills, she addressed the issue of unwanted pregnancy in a state where women are finding abortion services too expensive and too far away. Restrictive laws took hold in Texas in 2013, forcing so many clinic closings that fewer than 20 remain to serve 5.4 million women of reproductive age.

SWIFT to unveil new security plan after hackers' heists

SWIFT to unveil new security plan after hackers' heists

By Huw Jones and Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - The SWIFT secure messaging service that underpins international banking said on Tuesday it plans to launch a new security program as it fights to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the Bangladesh Bank heist. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT)'s chief executive, Gottfried Leibbrandt, told a financial services conference in Brussels that SWIFT will launch a five-point plan later this week. In February, thieves hacked into the SWIFT system of the Bangladesh central bank, sending messages to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York allowing them to steal $81 million.

Temasek sees no sharp rebound in global startup valuations

Temasek sees no sharp rebound in global startup valuations

Funding for global tech startups should return,even if valuations don't rebound to their 2015 levels as investors press for less inflated values, a senior executive at Singapore state investor Temasek [TEM.UL] said. Lured by a potential market for app-based, on-demand and logistics-heavy businesses, venture capitalists and others have thrown billions of dollars to startups that often need only cash and a working app to enter the fray. "We have seen that slowdown because valuations are adjusting in Silicon Valley, they have adjusted in China, in India.

Facebook changes policies on 'Trending Topics' after criticism

Facebook changes policies on 'Trending Topics' after criticism

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its "Trending Topics" section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency. The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias in the selection of news stories for Trending Topics, a feature that is separate from the main "news feed" where most Facebook users get their news. Earlier this month, a former Facebook contractor had accused the company's editors of deliberately suppressing conservative news.

Facebook says no evidence of political bias found on 'Trending Topics'

Facebook says no evidence of political bias found on 'Trending Topics'

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday that an investigation into its editorial practices had found no evidence of political bias in the selection or prominence of stories shown on its Trending Topics feature. The company also said the investigation revealed that conservative and liberal topics were approved as trending topics at "virtually identical rates" and it was unable to substantiate any allegations of politically-motivated suppression of particular subjects or sources. (http://bit.ly/1Tvv3Nm) (Reporting by Sangameswaran S in Bengaluru; Editing by Mary Milliken)

Hackers probe defenses of Middle East banks : FireEye

Hackers probe defenses of Middle East banks : FireEye

Hackers are probing the defenses of banks in the Middle East, targeting employees with infected emails which gather information about the banks' network and user accounts, FireEye researchers said.  FireEye, a U.S. cyber security company investigating the February attack on Bangladesh's central bank in which hackers stole $81 million, said there was no apparent connection with the heist or related attacks on banks in Ecuador and Vietnam. A FireEye spokesman said Qatar National Bank was not one of the "several banks" in the Middle East where researchers had found the malware.

Microsoft to crack down on content promoting extremist acts

Microsoft to crack down on content promoting extremist acts

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - With the world growing more concerned about attacks by militant groups on civilians, Microsoft Corp on Friday outlined new policies to crack down what it called "terrorist content" on some of its consumer services. In a blog post, the company said it would ban what it called "terrorist content" on some services such as gaming tool Xbox Live, the consumer version of its Outlook email service, and its consumer documents-sharing service. "We will consider terrorist content to be material posted by or in support of organizations included on the Consolidated United Nations Security Council Sanctions List that depicts graphic violence, encourages violent action, endorses a terrorist organization or its acts, or encourages people to join such groups," the blog post said.

Gun used to kill Trayvon Martin sold for $250,000: TV reports

Gun used to kill Trayvon Martin sold for $250,000: TV reports

Zimmerman could not be reached to verify the reports by KTNV in Las Vegas and WOFL in Orlando. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the shooting, which sparked heated debates over race relations, gun control and justice in the United States. In a statement on Twitter after the bidding closed on Wednesday, United Gun Group defended its decision to host the auction and said it would have no further comments.

SWIFT tells banks to share information on hacks

SWIFT tells banks to share information on hacks

By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - International financial messaging service SWIFT told clients on Friday to share information on attacks on the system to help prevent hacking, after criminals used SWIFT messages to steal $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank. Earlier on Friday, Reuters reported that Wells Fargo, Ecuador's Banco del Austro (BDA) and Citibank, whose managing director, Franchise Risk & Strategy, Yawar Shah, is SWIFT's chairman, did not inform SWIFT of an attack last year in which more than $12 million was stolen from BDA. The network is considered the backbone of international finance but faith in its security has been rocked by the theft from Bank Bangladesh's account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Macedonian extradited to face U.S. charges on selling card data

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Macedonian citizen was extradited to the United States on Friday to face charges related to his operation of a website called Codeshop that authorities say was responsible for selling the data of thousands of credit cards from around the world. Djevair Ametovski, 29, was arrested in Slovenia in 2014 and was extradited from there to face charges including aggravated identity theft and wire fraud conspiracy contained in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. Ametovski, who authorities say was known online as "codeshop," "sindrom" and "sindromx," is expected to appear in court on Saturday, prosecutors said.

Cyber thieves exploit banks' faith in SWIFT transfer network

Cyber thieves exploit banks' faith in SWIFT transfer network

By Tom Bergin and Nathan Layne LONDON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Shortly after 7 p.m. on January 12, 2015, a message from a secure computer terminal at Banco del Austro (BDA) in Ecuador instructed San Francisco-based Wells Fargo to transfer money to bank accounts in Hong Kong. Over 10 days, Wells approved a total of at least 12 transfers of BDA funds requested over the secure SWIFT system. The SWIFT network - which allows banks to process billions of dollars in transfers each day - is considered the backbone of international banking.

Factbox: How do bank payments work in the euro zone?

Cyber attacks on banks from Bangladesh to Ecuador are raising questions about the security of the global payment system and one of its key components, the SWIFT messaging network. Following is a basic explanation of how bank payments work in the euro zone: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I MAKE A PAYMENT? Most bank payments in the euro zone are settled via the Target 2 payment system, owned and managed by the European Central bank and the national central banks (NCBs) of euro zone countries.

Tortoise in a baby stroller a novelty even for New Yorkers

Tortoise in a baby stroller a novelty even for New Yorkers

By Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City is filled with oddities that can surprise even the most die-hard New Yorkers and when Henry the tortoise turned up in a stroller in Central Park this week for his daily outing it turned more than a few heads. The 17 pound (7.7 kg) sulcata tortoise is the pet of 24-year-old Amanda Green who lives in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. New Yorkers are accustomed to dog walkers but no so much tortoise walkers, so Green expected only a few responses.

Apple boss to meet India's Modi and his gold iPhone

Apple boss to meet India's Modi and his gold iPhone

By Himank Sharma MUMBAI (Reuters) - When Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend as part of an Asian tour aimed at boosting sales, he will sit down with a man whose penchant for a selfie - often using his gold iPhone - can get him into trouble. Modi breached electoral rules when he photographed himself holding his party's symbol of a lotus flower immediately after casting his vote in the 2014 general election, one of the many selfies he regularly takes with his Apple phone. Cook meets the 65-year old prime minister in New Delhi on Saturday, and will be hoping Modi's enthusiasm for phones can help Apple as it tries to bolster sales in India.

Netflix, Amazon face EU quota on European works

Netflix, Amazon face EU quota on European works

(This May 19 story removes incorrect reference to Netflix being subject to French 60 percent quota in paragraph 13) By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Online video streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will be required to devote at least a fifth of their catalogs to European content under proposals set to be announced next week. The European Commission is planning an overhaul of the European Union's broadcasting rules to bring in EU-wide minimum quotas in a bid to boost the circulation and funding of European films and television shows. On-demand services will have to ensure they have at least a 20 percent share of European works in their catalog and ensure their "prominence", according to a draft of the proposed Audiovisual Media Services Directive seen by Reuters.

Canada PM Trudeau says 'I am human' after fracas, cites job pressures

Canada PM Trudeau says 'I am human' after fracas, cites job pressures

By Andrea Hopkins and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, under fire for getting involved in an unprecedented physical fracas in Parliament, said on Thursday that he was only human and in a high pressure job but promised there would be no repeat of his actions. Trudeau, impatient at what he saw as stalling tactics by the opposition ahead of a vote on Wednesday evening, crossed the floor in the House of Commons to grab one legislator and drag him to his seat, accidentally elbowing another in the chest.

Top Democratic senator probes SWIFT, NY Fed about Bangladesh heist

Top Democratic senator probes SWIFT, NY Fed about Bangladesh heist

The Senate Homeland Security Committee's top Democrat sought information Thursday from global financial network SWIFT and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on steps being taken to bolster cyber security in the wake of the theft of $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh. Senator Tom Carper of Delaware requested that both answer questions and brief his staff by June 17 on how they were handling issues following the February heist, during which hackers wired money out of an account at the New York Fed held by Bank Bangladesh, as well as how they were safeguarding against other potential cyber threats. "These cyber attacks raise important questions about the security of the SWIFT system and the ability of its members to prevent future attacks," Carper wrote in his letters.

UK Supreme Court upholds press ban in celebrity threesome case

UK Supreme Court upholds press ban in celebrity threesome case

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an injunction preventing the English press from naming a celebrity who was involved in a much publicised extra-marital threesome. In a four-to-one majority ruling, the Supreme Court said that even though the threesome story was easily accessible online, allowing publication in English newspapers would lead to a "media storm" with increased intrusion into the lives of the main protagonist, his spouse and their two young children. London-based tabloid newspapers, which have a long history of publishing stories about the sex lives of celebrities, reacted with fury, with the Sun calling the ruling "draconian" and the Daily Mail branding it "ludicrous".

Google appeals French order for global 'right to be forgotten'

Google appeals French order for global 'right to be forgotten'

By Julia Fioretti and Mathieu Rosemain BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google appealed on Thursday an order from the French data protection authority to remove certain web search results globally in response to a European privacy ruling, escalating a fight on the extra-territorial reach of EU law. In May 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that people could ask search engines, such as Google and Microsoft's Bing, to remove inadequate or irrelevant information from web results appearing under searches for people's names - dubbed the "right to be forgotten". Google complied, but it only scrubbed results across its European websites such as Google.de in Germany and Google.fr in France, arguing that to do otherwise would set a dangerous precedent on the territorial reach of national laws.

Singapore banks' group invites SWIFT to discuss cyber attacks

Singapore banks' group invites SWIFT to discuss cyber attacks

The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) has invited SWIFT for a meeting in June to discuss the latest cyber attacks on banks in Bangladesh and Vietnam which involved SWIFT's financial messaging service. The move comes as members of ABS, which include Singaporean and foreign banks, have individually engaged the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) since news of the attacks emerged, it said. "ABS, for its part, has invited SWIFT to a meeting in early June to share its experience in managing the incidents in Bangladesh and Vietnam," it said an email to Reuters.

Bangladesh Bank official's computer was hacked to carry out $81 million heist: diplomat

Bangladesh Bank official's computer was hacked to carry out $81 million heist: diplomat

A Bangladeshi central bank official's computer was used by unidentified hackers to make payments via SWIFT, and carry out one of the biggest-ever cyber heists, a Bangladeshi diplomat said on Thursday at the end of a Philippine Senate inquiry. There were certain indications about who the hackers were, Bangladesh Ambassador John Gomes told a panel looking into how the $81 million in stolen money ended up in the Philippines, citing information shared by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Gomes said the hackers were neither in the Philippines nor in Bangladesh, but he had no other information.

Exclusive: UK banks ordered to review cyber security after SWIFT heist

Exclusive: UK banks ordered to review cyber security after SWIFT heist

By Andrew MacAskill and Jim Finkle LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England ordered UK banks to detail steps taken to secure computers connected to the SWIFT bank messaging network about two months after a still-unidentified group used the system to steal $81 million from Bank Bangladesh, according to three people familiar with the effort. The central bank sent the request to update cyber security measures to all banks it regulates in mid-to-late April, according to these people, who were not authorized to discuss the confidential communications. The previously unreported action marks the earliest known case of a central bank in a major economy to order its member banks to conduct a formal security review in response to the Bangladesh theft, which has shaken the global system for transferring money among both commercial and central banks.  The Bank of England, one of the G10 central banks that oversee Brussels-based SWIFT, said it had no immediate comment.

House lifts block on Google-hosted apps, Yahoo Mail remains blacklisted

House lifts block on Google-hosted apps, Yahoo Mail remains blacklisted

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives' information technology team this week reinstated access on its internet network to software applications hosted on a Google cloud service after the company addressed potential security fears, according to an email seen by Reuters. Yahoo Mail remains inaccessible, however, and has been blacklisted since the House Information Security Office said in an April 30 memo it had detected an increase of ransomware attacks on the network. Devices connected to the House's internet via Wi-Fi or ethernet cables were barred from accessing appspot.com, the domain where Alphabet Inc's Google hosts custom-built apps, on May 3 due to concerns about a potential security vulnerability identified publicly by the FBI in June 2015.

Hong Kong launches fresh plan to fortify cyber security after SWIFT heist

Hong Kong launches fresh plan to fortify cyber security after SWIFT heist

Hong Kong's central bank has a launched a new program to strengthen lenders' ability to protect their critical technology systems after recent attacks by unidentified groups on a global messaging system used by the financial community. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority's latest measure, known as the "Cybersecurity Fortification Initiative (CFI)," plans to raise the level of cybersecurity at banks in Hong Kong through a three-pronged approach and follows similar steps taken by its counterparts from London to Vietnam. The FBI, authorities in Dhaka and private forensic experts are investigating the February cyber heist in Bangladesh where thieves raided a central bank account kept at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, stealing $81 million.

Facebook's Zuckerberg meets U.S. conservatives over bias controversy

Facebook's Zuckerberg meets U.S. conservatives over bias controversy

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg heard from more than a dozen U.S. conservative leaders on Wednesday and said he will work to build trust with users who believe the social network displays politically biased news content. After a closed-door meeting at the company's Silicon Valley headquarters, Zuckerberg defended his company's practices but acknowledged that many conservatives believe Facebook is politically liberal. "It doesn't make sense for our mission or our business to suppress political content," Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook after the meeting.

Post-it note art war engulfs ad agencies on New York City street

Post-it note art war engulfs ad agencies on New York City street

A conversation conducted using sticky Post-it notes on the windows of two offices in Lower Manhattan has delighted passersby and drawn a number of neighboring advertising agencies to join what is now a highly contested art battle. It all began when employees at one firm, Havas Media, replied to an anonymous "HI" message that was left across from its office building on Canal Street. "It's kind of just ballooned organically and become something that no one's quite controlling and you don't know where it's going next," said Greg James, chief strategy development officer for Havas Media, a unit of French advertising and communications group Havas SA.

Android's 'n-word' poll sparks online jeers

Android's 'n-word' poll sparks online jeers

Google's Android ran afoul of social media users on Wednesday after encouraging people to nominate a word starting with the letter "N" for the latest version of its mobile operating platform. An Android website asked for submissions for "any tasty ideas that start with the letter N" for its new "Android N" operating platform, which was unveiled at its Google I/O developers conference on Wednesday. "Google please do not ask the internet to send you n-words," tweeted Jon Hendren (@fart) a so-called "DevOps thought leader." A representative for Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, declined to comment.

Canada's Trudeau apologizes after physical altercation in Parliament

Canada's Trudeau apologizes after physical altercation in Parliament

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized in Parliament on Wednesday after he rushed across the floor to hurry one legislator to his seat, was accused of elbowing another in the chest and got into a shouting match with an opposition leader. "I now see (that was) an unadvisable course of action and resulted in physical contact in this house that we can all accept was unacceptable," he added.

Gun used to kill Trayvon Martin auctioned; is bid real?

Gun used to kill Trayvon Martin auctioned; is bid real?

Online bidding for the gun used by George Zimmerman to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012 ended on Wednesday, though it was not clear whether the final offer of $138,900 was legitimate. Zimmerman's offer to sell the Kel-Tec PF9 9mm handgun on UnitedGunGroup.com drew praise from gun rights enthusiasts and scorn from people who criticized him for seeking to profit from fatally shooting the 17-year-old. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the shooting, which sparked debates on race relations, gun control and American justice and provided a catalyst for the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement.

Potential Trump high court nominee mocked him on Twitter

Potential Trump high court nominee mocked him on Twitter

A Texas judge identified by Donald Trump on Wednesday as one of 11 people he would consider nominating to the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly mocked the presumptive Republican presidential nominee on social media. Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett last month likened Trump to "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader in a Twitter post.

Google unveils Google Home, to compete with Amazon's Echo

Google unveils Google Home, to compete with Amazon's Echo

By Deborah M. Todd MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (Reuters) - Alphabet's Google Inc unveiled its answer to Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant along with new messaging and virtual reality products at its annual I/O developer conference on Wednesday, doubling down on artificial intelligence and machine learning as the keys to its future. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai introduced Google Assistant, a virtual personal assistant designed to perform voice-controlled tasks, along with the tabletop speaker appliance Google Home. Amazon's Echo, a surprise hit that has other tech giants racing to match it, uses a virtual assistant called Alexa, a cloud-based system that controls the Echo speaker and responds to voice-controlled commands by users.

Netflix launches website for internet speed test

Netflix launches website for internet speed test

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc said on Wednesday that it had launched a website to check the speed of a mobile or broadband internet connection. The service, called fast.com, works like other internet connection measurement tools such as speedtest.net, Netflix said in a blog post. Fast.com performs a series of downloads from Netflix servers to make its internet speed estimate, and also links users to speedtest.net to compare the results.

Facebook's politics under scrutiny but federal oversight seen unlikely

Facebook's politics under scrutiny but federal oversight seen unlikely

By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg prepares to meet conservative leaders on Wednesday to discuss allegations about political bias at the social media website, one thing he may not have to worry about is federal regulation. Although the U.S. Senate committee is investigating whether there is liberal bias in how Facebook employees select news stories for its "trending topics," there is little chance the government will try to regulate their practices, said Republican Senator John Thune, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. "I don't have any reason to believe that would be necessary," Thune told reporters on Tuesday.

Slovenia investigates foreigner over failed Vietnam cyber-heist

Slovenia investigates foreigner over failed Vietnam cyber-heist

Slovenian police said on Wednesday they were investigating a foreigner over an attempted cyber-heist in which criminals unsuccessfully tried to send money from a Vietnamese bank to a Slovenian one in December. Le Manh Hung, head of the State Bank of Vietnam's (SBV) Information Technology Department, told Reuters on Tuesday that the Dec. 8 transfer - for 1.2 million euros via the SWIFT network - was the only attempt to steal funds detected by Tien Phong Bank (TPBank).

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Pebble just re-invented the iPod Shuffle, and it runs Spotify

Back in the days before RunKeeper and GPS watches, my jogs were a beautifully simple thing: I strapped on an iPod Shuffle loaded with a strong mix of Britney and Eminem, and vanished into my own little world for an hour. A couple years later, I transitioned to Spotify and never really looked back. But running with an armband and a 5-inch phone never felt quite the same, and clearly other people agree. That's why I'm absurdly happy that Pebble, a small Canadian company that makes wearables, is making a Shuffle-sized device that clips on to your shorts, plays your Spotify playlists, and tracks runs. DON'T MISS: iPhones will finally get the OLED screens they deserve The Core is a $70 device about the same size as an old Shuffle, complete with a little clip. It allows you to store Spotify playlists on the 4GB of built-in storage, or stream them over a 3G connection. It also has built-in GPS and integration with popular apps like RunKeeper and Strava, so you can track your workouts. Finally, it builds in an emergency SOS button using that cellular radio, so you still have the comfort value of not being completely cut off from the world in an emergency. It feels like someone's sat down, thought about what my ideal device would be to take running or biking, and then built that. It's a stripped-down machine for people who just want to know how far they've run, and listen to music along the way. My only concern is the controls: Core only has two buttons, so you'll really need to pair it to a Pebble smartwatch over Bluetooth to make the most of it. Pebble actually has other plans for the Core beyond just workouts. As Pebble points out, Core is really just a tiny Android 5.0-powered computer, complete with a full suite of sensors like GPS and microphones, and Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. Pebble is making the device completely open to hackers, so you can expect a bunch of Core-powered lifehacks coming soon. Alongside the Core, Pebble also revamped its line of smartwatches with a new focus on fitness. The Pebble 2 is a $100 smartwatch that looks a lot like the original Pebble, but with the notable addition of built-in heartrate tracking. The Pebble Time 2 is an update to last summer's Pebble Time Steel, with a color e-ink display and heart-rate monitoring again. Overall, the smartwatch updates stick to Pebble's core philosophy of the simpler, the better. Pebble watches have buttons instead of touchscreens, and week-long battery life rather than 24 hours. They're meant to be smartwatches for people who mostly want a watch, only with this update, they're now also cheap and powerful fitness trackers. All three devices are up for pre-order on Kickstarter right now, Pebble's tried-and-tested method of selling products. The Core is $69 with delivery in January next year, Pebble 2 is $99 in September this year, while the Pebble Time 2 is $169, delivery November 2016.

12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

An app that grabs still photos from your videos... an app that will help you manage your finances... an app that will block every mention of Donald Trump from your phone... all this and more can be found in today's list of paid iPhone and iPad  apps on sale for free. And if the 12 apps we've dug up for you today aren't enough, be sure to check out the remaining sales in yesterday's post . HUGE LEAK:  This is our first look at a real iPhone 7 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. Video to Photo Grabber Normally $1.99. Video to Photo Grabber is an easy way to extract high quality photos from recorded videos on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Videos can be loaded directly from Camera Roll to the Video to Photo Grabber app, then you can inspect the video frame by frame and pick up the one you like to save as still image. The photo will be saved at the same resolution as the source video. For iPhone5, iPhone 4S, the new iPad,iPad mini, the still frame photo has a resolution of 1920x1080, just like a 200M pixels digital camera. Features: *Very Easy to use Just select the video file you want to extract, then browse the video frame by frame by swiping the film. Tap to capture the great moment and save a still photo. *Fast locate the frame You can play the video, pause, fast forward and backward to easily locate the frame you want to save as photo. *Built-in photo editor with powerful photo editing functions How can the App help? * The photo & video modes switching could be cumbersome. With the Video to Photo Grabber App, you can simply choose to take a video when you hesitate which to choose. As Video to Photo can help you easily extract any static photos or images from the video. * The traditional point-and-shoot way could be too slow sometimes. Video to Photo helps you take better pictures of fast moving objects (cars, sports, dance , exciting baby and so on). With Video to Photo Grabber app you can take up to 1,800 pictures a minute, you will certainly have a better chance of getting excellent candidate shoots than you would with the regular iPhone camera. * Recover Photos from Recorded Videos Sometimes you want to take a photo, but you may have been forgetful and leave your iPhone cameras set to video. Video to Photo Grabber app helps you recover photos from the recorded videos. * Extract the Best Photos from Videos You can browse the video frame by frame to get the best scenery and the exact moment you need. You can extract up to 30 different pictures of a one second video recorded with your iPhone or iPad and save them as 1080p full HD pictures. * Taking a great photo of yourself If you use the front camera for easier use, you will find it is difficult to get the right angle, what's worse you have no way to take full body pictures without help, let alone taking photos with your family or friends. With Video to Photo Grabber App, you can prop your iPhone up, shoot a video of yourself and your family or friends. You can export any photo suits you best afterwards. * Powerful Photo Editing Features Before saving the images, you have the opportunity to edit them. For example, you can crop the image, add text to image, add stickers to image, rotate/flip image, etc. There a plenty of other enhancements and effects you can easily touch to apply. You can also adjust image brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness to output high quality images. * Easy Photo Sharing Features You can export images to Camera Roll, email the photos, share via iTunes File-Sharing, print them out, open in with other apps, etc. Download Video to Photo Grabber Lock Notes Pro Normally $2.99. A SINGLE PURCHASE COVERS ALL YOUR IPHONE AND IPAD DEVICES. FINALLY AN APP FOR ALL YOUR PRIVATE NOTES! Keep your most valuable, private, and secret notes away from prying eyes. Keep them all totally secret and safe. Store passwords, secrets, contacts or just keep your diary private. KEY FEATURES: • Use Touch ID or passcode to safely lock access to your private notes. • Set a security question and answer in case you forget your passcode. • Safely Backup your valuable notes to iCloud. • Quickly Sync notes between iPhone & iPad with iCloud. • Sort notes list by name, date or manual. • Select notes font style and size. • Insert images & photos into notes. • Print your notes. • Send notes via text message or email. • Save notes to Camera Roll. • Support for Emoji Emoticons. Download Lock Notes Pro Trump Trump Normally $0.99. Enjoy Trump-free web browsing. Trump Trump is a content blocker that filters out links, websites and photos that contain the word Trump. Instantly vanish Trump-related content from the web. Trump Trump integrates directly into Safari, so you do not need to change anything about the way you browse the web. Simply enable Trump Trump and you will see how photos, images and links related to the Trump keyword disappear. Trump Trump also blocks website URLs that contain the Trump keywords, so if you accidentally follow a link to one of these sites, you will only see a blank page. In addition to working in Safari, Trump Trump also works in certain apps that use Safari Webkit for web browsing. Trump Trump does NOT work in apps such as Facebook for iOS or Twitter for iOS. However, it will work if you access these services via the Safari web browser. LIMITATIONS: Trump Trump is intended for entertainment purposes only. It has been tested on a large number of websites. It will dramatically reduce your exposure to Trump-related content. However, it cannot block 100% of the Trump content on 100% of the websites. It may also affect the display of some web content that may mistakenly identify as Trump-related. DISCLAIMER: Reference to any celebrity, person, product, name or trademark is for descriptive purposes only and does not constitute or imply sponsorship or endorsement. Download Trump Trump Coyn Normally $0.99. Coyn — Simple, Secure, and Stylish way to manage your cash balance. Introducing new feature: Coyn Share. • Manage your money like it’s no one else’s business. • A brand new experience to manage your daily expenses. • Be the only one who tracks your cash expenditures and earnings. • Traveling a lot? No problem! use Coyn to track all your cash expenditures and focus on your adventures! • Never lose track of where and how you spent your cash. • Improve your financial wellness by defining budget and meeting the goals. - Introducing Coyn Share, now you can share your expenses with anyone. - Premium users to have Unlimited Accounts to manage their cash balance. - 3D Touch feature allowing users to add expense/ earning quickly and also see the balance instantly. - Premium users can see their expense and income balance for each accounts using the 3D Touch features. - Secure your Coyn using your finger print. 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Coyn is the most powerful tool for anyone who uses cash for daily expenses or even have cash incomes (gift cards, pocket money, etc.) it will help you track your cash activities and keep the records only to yourself. If you travel with cash or want to track business vs. personal expenses Coyn would be your best friend! Download Coyn IQ Test Normally $2.99. IQ Test With solutions! Available for iPad and iPhone. 2 Tests +39 Questions Mensa iq test. +33 Questions European iq test. With solutions! An intelligence quotient (IQ) is a score derived from one of several standardized tests designed to assess intelligence. The abbreviation "IQ" comes from the German term Intelligenz-Quotient, originally coined by psychologist William Stern. Try it. NOTE: This test is intended for entertainment purposes only. Download IQ Test Skycatch COMMANDER Normally $3.99. Download the Skycatch COMMANDER iOS app to transform your DJI drone into a professional mapping tool. Easily create high resolution 2D maps & 3D models. Fully compatible with: DJI Phantom 3 (Advanced, Pro), Phantom 4, Inspire 1, and Inspire 1 Pro . Use your iPhone 5 and newer, and all sizes of iPad. Safely fly your mission with just a few taps — no professional experience required. Skycatch COMMANDER activates your DJI drone for automatic take-off, flight, image capture and landing. Upload your images to the cloud for processing into 2D & 3D models, which can easily be viewed, analyzed, and shared using the Skycatch Dashboard. For over three years our customers in construction, mining, utilities, and energy have used aerial data daily to save time, money, and reduce costs and common oversight. 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The features : 1.View photos on you pc without sync over wifi. 2.Slideshow,Browse thumbnails,Zoom Photo ,Drag to view next. 3.Support Ram Image (.NEF .RC2) 4.Download photos from pc,view photos offline. 5.Share photos as a website.That you can access you photos over web browser. 6.Share photo to another device as a AirPhotoServer.That others can use Air-Photos to access your photos. 7.Automatically discover available servers on the network. 8.support set password for each image folder 9.support save photo to camera roll 10.support share camera roll 11.support air-Print ,twitter photo 12.support web upload 13.Support new iPad. 14.Support iPhone5 15.Suport External Display(Airplay Mirroring) 16.This version has a ad bar. Instructions for use : AirPhotoServer on your PC computer: 1.Go to Http://www.airphotohd.com(or Http://download.airphotohd.com) download and install AirPhotoServer on your computer 2.Start the AirPhotoServer 3.Tap Image Folders and select the Photo folders which you want to browse Air-Photos on you mobile device: 1. Download this application to mobile device 2. Ensure that your mobile device and your computer in the same wifi network 3. Start the Air-Photos and start browsing Download Air-Photos SlideSync Normally $1.99. SlideSync lets you present, record, take notes, and share documents across iOS devices without the need of any internet connection. NOTE: SlideSync currently only supports PDF documents Simply just open the same documents on multiple iOS devices, and watch the magic happen. No connection, no pairing, it's almost like wizardry! SlideSync is for everyone. Whether you give presentations at conferences regularly; review documents with clients; or enjoy reading storybooks to your kids, SlideSync is for you! *Even though we require Location Services for the sync to work, we do not actually use or track your location. So start syncing! SlideSync Features: - No Internet? No Problem! Sync slides without any connection - One-to-many slide syncing - we don't know how many yet, but it's big! - Dropbox and Google Drive integration for easy file downloading - Record a presentation and watch it later - Take and review quick notes - Share files between iOS devices with AirDrop (again, no Internet needed) - Collision detection for multiple people presenting the same file simultaneously - 16 Channels for avoiding collisions. - Bilingual: Currently supports English and Chinese. More to come. Download SlideSync Color Bills Normally $0.99. You can keep a bill in 10 seconds by using this app. This app is designed for keeping daily bills,it's different from traditional financial app: 1.It only focus on recording consumption, no other useless features, and no advertising; 2.It does not use the network or send data to the server, it mostly protects the user's privacy; 3.It runs fast,and user hardly feel any delay. However, the biggest feature of this app is simple: 1.It has a simple interface and calendar-style data and global charts; 2.It has no complex types like other traditional accounting app,but only the color type, user can define their own types for colors, such as green for food consumption, and blue represents traffic consumption and so on; 3.It has a convenient feature is the input,It not only can automatically calculate the number or expression, but also can define user's input keyboard. Details: 1.You can view the consumption recorded in weeks, months or years; 2.In the home page,"Daily" is average consumption in the last 10 days,and "Weekly" is average consumption in the last 6 weeks,and "Monthly" is average consumption in the last 4 months,and "Yearly" is average consumption in the last 3 years; 3.If the day(week/month/year) consumption over 100%(75%/50%/25%) of the average consumption,it will be warned by red text color; 4.Tap "%" button in chart can watch the proportion of consumption trends in each colors; 5.You can send the bills by email in chart view; 6.You can split the bill by using newline while editting; 7.You can ues "*","X" or "x" for multiplication symbol, for example: "2*(3+4)" is equals to "2x(3+4)" and "2(3+4)"; 8.The result of expression will appear in the bottom right corner, you can tap it to replace the expression; 9.The numbers and expression will be accumulated in one bill, for example: "apple 10, banana 2x2",the result is 14; 10.The wrong expression can not be accumulated; 11.The numbers after symbol "#" can not be accumulated in one line, for example: "apple 15 #123",the result is 15, "123" is not accumulated; 12.Tap the color number in the home page will add a bill in the same color; 13.When editting the bill,the color of consumption value and "save" button is the type color, and it can be changed. 14.The button "Left" and "Right" in the app can be instead of swipe gesture; 15.The search results display 200 bills at most,but it does not affect the statistics; 16.If you only input space into the search box, it will search all the bills; 17.Three round buttons in the bottom right corner of the calendar are used to jump the month of "first day","selected day" and "today"; 18.No Ad. Download Color Bills Lose Weight Fast Normally $3.99. *** Download & Start Losing Weight Today!*** Created by A Fellow with the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists! Featured on the Discovery Channel! BONUS - Autosuggestion reinforcement audio helps you to stay on track all day long …listen when walking, jogging, driving or even at work! Simply put, no other weight loss hypnosis program even comes close to the effectiveness of this program. 5- Rapid Weight Loss Sessions! 1. Lose Weight Now 2. Get a Perfect Body 3. Think Thin 4. Stay On Your Diet 5. Improve Portion Control Download & Lose Weight Now! Have you been trying to lose weight, but have trouble letting go of old habits? These 5-powerful but relaxing hypnosis will give you everything you need to easily and effortlessly replace negative old habits with positive new ones. You will easily choose smaller portions and pay more attention to your body's signals. Together with Seth Deborah, begin your weight loss journey today! App Features: **Accelerated Weight Loss Hypnosis program with 5- powerful sessions. **Reinforcement audios Download & Start Losing Weight Today! Download Lose Weight Fast 1 Normally $3.99. ● Great app for vintage filters! Edit Vintage style photos in high resolution with Retro filters and effects! ● 1 - offers numerous professionally designed filters and effects, many more than any other photo apps. You can apply the effects even before you take a photo, or after, as you like. ● Take photo with Retro WITH filters and effects applied! 1 comes with chic and deep filters and effects that just turn your photos to pop! Your night out in the city, the great view from your trip and amazing meal you had will become more memorable with 1 Vintage classy filters and effects! ● 1 comes with many trendy filters you can choose from too! ● Amazing real-time vintage filters and effects. 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New photo leak shows big differences between iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

The barrage of  iPhone 7 leaks and rumors continues with a new set of images from Asia that show not only schematics for the upcoming devices, but also metal molds that will reportedly be used in the phone's manufacturing process. The new images seem to further reinforce some of the rumors we’ve read before; in particular, it looks like the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus (Pro) will be the only version of the upcoming lineup to pack a dual rear camera. HUGE LEAK:  This is our first look at a real iPhone 7 The images were discovered on Baidu by HDBlog.it and they apparently originate from one of Apple’s manufacturing partners. The schematics suggest the iPhone 7 Plus will not have an iPad-like Smart Connector on the back, as some of the previous rumors had stated. The molds seem to indicate the 4.7-inch iPhone might have a bigger single-lens camera than its predecessor, but they’re yet to be confirmed as genuine. This does align perfectly with yesterday's big leak though, which seemingly gave the world its first look at a real iPhone 7 . Overall, the design of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus seems to be similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s series, just as previous rumors have claimed. Recent reports said that iPhone 7 production started earlier than usual this year, as the 2016 iPhones might be more complicated and therefore harder to manufacture than previous handsets. The early production schedule might also help explain all the recent leaks. A slew of leaks in the last few days showed one questionable 4.7-inch iPhone 7 rear case , as well as a metal shell that was more in line with recent rumors. Furthermore, photos showing the dual rear camera on the iPhone 7 Plus and the purported 256GB flash storage option have also popped up. The iPhone 7 should be unveiled and released at some point in September, which means we're in for plenty more iPhone rumors in the meantime.

Whatever you do, don’t buy these smartphones

There is nothing in consumer tech right now that's as hot as the smartphone market, even as it nears saturation in many regions, and the real beauty of it is that there are so many options. Every company out there wants a piece of the action and they're all looking for ways to differentiate their products, so there really is something for everyone. It's not easy to make a choice that can truly be considered wrong since different people have different needs and wants, but there is one line of smartphones that people probably shouldn't bother with unless they having a burning desire to dump hundreds of dollars into a dead platform. As noted by market research firm Gartner, Windows Phone's share of the global smartphone market actually fell below 1% this past quarter for the first time ever, market yet another stop on Microsoft's one-way trip to smartphone irrelevance. As such, the worst mistake you can make when buying a new phone is to buy a Windows Phone, unless you're fine with burning cash on a platform that's on its way out. Actually, there is one smartphone platform that somehow has an even lower share of the global market — BlackBerry OS — but it's so low that it's not even worth discussing anymore. HUGE LEAK:  This is our first look at a real iPhone 7 According to Gartner's estimates , smartphone shipments grew 3.9% in the first quarter of 2016 compared the same quarter one year earlier. That seems like a small figure, but it's pretty impressive when you consider how far iPhone sales fell between January and March . Gartner says total "smartphone sales," which is a figure that actually includes end-user iPhone sales and estimated channel sales for other brands, reached 349 million units in the quarter. Samsung led the way with estimated shipments totaling 81 million units, which is indeed a massive number that was bolstered by the launch of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Chinese Android brands grew too fast in the quarter though, so Samsung's global market share actually fell to 23.2% in the first quarter from 24.1% in the same quarter last year. Meanwhile, Apple's global smartphone market share saw a much bigger drop, from 17.9% in Q1 2015 to 14.8% in Q1 2016. "In a slowing smartphone market where large vendors are experiencing growth saturation, emerging brands are disrupting existing brands' long-standing business models to increase their share," Gartner research director Anshul Gupta. "With such changing smartphone market dynamics, Chinese brands are emerging as the new top global brands. Two Chinese brands ranked within the top five worldwide smartphone vendors in the first quarter of 2015, and represented 11 percent of the market. In the first quarter of 2016, there were three Chinese brands – Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi – and they achieved 17 percent of the market."

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

After ending last week with a killer list of paid iPhone and iPad  apps on sale for free, we knew we had to begin this week on the right foot. As such, we've put together a solid list of 10 paid iOS apps that are all free downloads for a limited time. You'll find nifty photography apps, a top-rated game, some productivity apps you won't want to miss, and more. As always though, these sales could end at any time. HUGE LEAK:  This is our first look at a real iPhone 7 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. DekoPro Normally $0.99. Create your own beautiful abstract images, patterns and wallpapers with a simple swipe of your finger. Deko allows you to build galleries, save new wallpapers and share your stunning and unique designs with friends. The possibilities are endless as each pattern is always different. The interactive image creation allows you to subtly shift a pattern's shapes or colors with a light swipe, or to create a fresh design with a full swipe gesture. With Deko you can: • Create your own beautiful patterns • Save wallpapers and home screens • Export your patterns to tweak further in other apps • Share with friends • Be inspired Make your screen beautiful with Deko. Download DekoPro Lume Normally $1.99. Prequel to the App Store Best of 2015 puzzle adventure 'Lumino City'. *** Finalist at IGF 2012: Excellence in Visual Art *** Lume: An illuminating puzzle adventure "Undoubtedly one of the most unique-looking games around." - Eurogamer "The best of point and click gaming... amazing visual presentation." - Jay is Games "Wow! The effect is breathtaking." - Rock, Paper, Shotgun "A rare treat. Even Lume’s main menu is more beautiful than most big-budget shooters." - Bit-Gamer "Charming to the extreme." - Games TM Small and perfectly formed, introducing you to the perplexing world of Lume. With a set built entirely out of paper and cardboard, and sumptuously filmed, Lume is a game with a style unlike any other. Power to your grandad’s house has failed. What’s more, he’s nowhere to be seen. Immerse yourself in Lume’s photoreal world, solve perplexing paper puzzles to help restore the power, and uncover a deeper mystery behind the blackout. This is the prequel to Lumino City which is also available on the App Store. PLEASE NOTE: Lume is in English only. Download Lume DoitQUICKLY Normally $1.99. DoitQUICKLY is reminders card manager for iPhone & iPad. # Features — Reminders — Realtime time left tracking — Today widget — Split View (for iPads) — Spotlight search — Themes # How does it work? Add short important reminder as a card with deadline progress bar and time left counter. Key to success is do less but often. The cards typography are screaming on you, like a good sport coach, to keep you motivated. Clear your head, by writing down all important events and set up reminders. # One reminder is a card Add to the cards only important reminders for short period of time, for example not greater than 3-5 days. Don’t try to add everything, keep all short, but do things often. When you overwhelmed the last thing you need is a complex UI. That’s why we created DoitQUICKLY. Download DoitQUICKLY Top Audio Recorder Normally $0.99. Top Audio Recorder - My Voice Memos is a full-featured recording app with a streamlined and simple user interface. Press the big recording button to record; press it again to stop and manage your recordings, all with just a fingertip. Record meeting, conversations, lectures, and more in easiest way. You can email recordings strain from Audio Recorder. It also supports direct file sharing through iTunes. Features: ● One Touch Recording ● Supports Background Recording (you can use other apps while recording) ● Record, Pause and Resume ● Record Timer and Playback Counter ● Set Label for recorded audio and also provide rename feature ● Use device’s inbuilt or Add-On Mic ● Drag Slider for Seek/Forward/Rewind ● Email your recordings directly from this app ● Delete voice memo any time from the file listing ● Transfer files using iTunes File Sharing ● File sharing / send file in another app “Open in” ● Unlimited recording time ● High quality audio recording ● Provide various themes in the app Settings: ● Bit rate (64kbps, 128kbps, 160kbps, 192kbps, 256kbps) ● Record audio with Low, Medium and High quality ● Passcode Lock for security of your recorded voice memos Uses: ● Record a lecture or meeting so that you can transcribe it later ● Play a practical joke or impress a friend ● Always have proof of key conversations in case required in future ● Record conversations when you are in or out of the room Microphone Privacy: iOS Settings > Privacy > Microphone > Voice Recorder make it “ON” Download Top Audio Recorder BodyWeight Builder Normally $1.99. Bodyweight Builder is the most effective fitness training program, adapted to your schedule, your fitness level and your goals, whether you want to loose weight, build muscle, or simply get in better shape. - 10-30 minute workouts based on bodyweight only. - No equipment. Your body is your only tool. Train anywhere, anytime. - More than 900 workout variations, covering all your muscle groups for continuous and fast progression. - Adapted to all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced athletes. - Fitness test to assess your initial fitness level. - Define your goals: Lose weight, build muscle, or simply get in better shape. - Choose your availability: 2, 3, 4 or 5 trainings per week. - Get your weekly training plan, perfectly adapted to your fitness level and your schedule. - The Coach analyses your performance after each workout, to guarantee your constant and fast progression. - See and feel significant results in just a few weeks. Download BodyWeight Builder Stress Guide Normally $1.99. *** Instant stress measurement and analysis *** get feedback on how your body reacts to stress *** measurement of your heart rate variability while your heart is following your breathing *** get more insights of your cardiovascular system also as a pdf KENKOU Stress Guide measures and analyzes your daily stress level with the iPhone camera and gives you personalized tips on how to cope with stress. Biofeedback for your health Enjoy measurement of your stress levels while you are breathing and see how your heart follows your breath. Get a quick feedback with the Stress Compass, giving you a good alignment of how stressed you are. It empowers you to get better at stress in your everyday life. Track your stress levels, view your personal analysis and find instant relief in a single application! MEASURE AND UNDERSTAND YOU STRESS PATTERNS - Instantly measure your stress level and your bodily reactions.* - Easily track your stress levels day by day – wherever you are. - View a detailed analysis based on your vital signs.** - Get personalized tips on how to improve. YOUR LONG-TERM BENEFITS - Enables you to manage your daily stress - Improves your de-stress skills - Enhances your self-awareness - Internalizes coping strategies - Provides you with guidance and relief - Offers customized solutions based on your vital signs and activities - Increases your health and overall well-being *THE MEASUREMENT - It’s incredibly easy! just put your finger onto the iPhone camera lense and breathe. - The KENKOU Stress Guide processes hundreds of images per second and analyzes your pulse wave. - This scientific method is called lightcardiography and our cutting-edge solution provides an accuracy above medical standards. **THE ANALYSIS The KENKOU APP provides a detailed analysis of what’s going on in your cardiovascular system. This includes: - Current stress state - Adaptability & stress index - Stress peaks - Pulse & breathing - Biological age - Heart rate variability FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.kenkou.de Download Stress Guide Remed Normally $0.99. Remed - Remember Taking Your Medicine! From now on you will never forget to take any form of medicine: Organize your medication step by step, whether it is the vital insulin or the daily oral contraceptive. Create date, time and frequency of reminders in your own individual way. The reminder will appear on your display at the particular time. Answer the push notification by swiping the display. You will save time and take your medicine in an easier and more efficient way. No delays or „Do-it-later“-clicks anymore! If you have more time available, you can also confirm your medicine taken in the app. Here you will find all the details about the medicine that you have already taken, together with a list of the medicine you haven’t yet - which can be important too. Download Remed Speech Translator Normally $5.99. Amazing voice translation App with BUILT IN voice input & output SMART TECHNOLOGY and professional MULTI LANGUAGE TRANSLATIONS for your iPhone / iPod / iPad ■□ ■□ Did you know that YOU CAN SPEAK 33 LANGUAGES ??? ■□ With Translate Voice BE SURE YOU CAN !!! ■□ JUST TALK AND LISTEN THE TRANSLATIONS !! ■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□ !! Perfect if you want to !! - learn a new language. - travel to a foreign country. - chat with people who don't speak your language. ■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□ Instantly speak another language, voice to voice. Can you imagine talking into your phone in one language and immediately hearing yourself in another language? That’s exactly what Speech Translator does. Just speak into your phone and it immediately speaks back to you in one of our 33 languages. With Speech Translator you can: ■□ SMART VOICE INPUT TECHNOLOGY! - Instantly start a voice to voice conversation into one of our 33 languages and dialects. ■□ NATURAL SOUNDING VOICE OUTPUT! - If you're old school you can always bring up the keyboard and hear the translations. 33 languages and dialects are supported. ■□ Share translations... - Simply click on a send button to mail or SMS the translation. ■□ Edit translations... - you can always use your keyboard to edit translations. Voice input supported languages & dialects: (speech\speech) English (US), English (UK), English (Australia), English (Canada), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (United States), Spanish (Mexico), French (France), French (Canada), Finish, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (Taiwan / Hong Kong), Chinese(simplified) Catalan, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Polish, Russian Arabic Turkish Indonesian Hebrew African Czech Latin Malay Voice output supported languages & dialects: English (US), English (UK), English (Australia), English (Canada), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (United States), Spanish (Mexico), French (France), French (Canada), Finish, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (Taiwan / Hong Kong), Chinese(simplified) Catalan, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Polish, Russian Arabic Turkish Indonesian Hebrew African Czech Latin Malay Translations supported languages & dialects: Afrikans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Bengali, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cebuano, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Taiwan / Hong Kong), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Сanadian, Khmer Korean, Laos, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish Now 72 languages available for translation! Voice recognition for 33 languages! Voicing for 33 languages! IOS 8.1.2 support! Note: !for best result! please make sure that: - there are no extraneous noise around - internet connection is stable while voice translations Download Speech Translator Minu 2 Normally $0.99. Following the success of the award-winning Minu Timer (winner of FWA Daily Awards), PXL:Artificer Studios Tokyo are excited to release Minu2 — Timer for Designers. Minu2 is a a stylish, modern and easy to use all-purpose timer and stopwatch created to accompany you in your daily life. Features: Minimalist design - 100% function Human UI - Setting a Timer and start the Countdown requires only 2 taps from launch Timer / Stopwatch Pause and adjust Timer Stylish Interface How it works: Step 1. Rotate the dial to set the timer (or set it to 00:00 to activate the stopwatch) Step 2. Tap anywhere on the screen to start the timer. That's it! Download Minu 2 Scan & Print Normally $4.99. Scan & Print - Document Scanner and Printer Description - SCAN with camera or choose photos from Camera Roll. You can scan as many pages as you want! - PRINT scanned documents, as well as the text from Clipboard, attached to emails documents and webpages. - EDIT scans perspective and borders, apply filters, adjust contrast, correct or change the orientation. - STORE all your scans in iCloud and synchronize them between all your iOS devices. Stored documents can be protected with Touch ID. - SHARE scans instantly via Mail, iMessage, upload to Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Box and more or simply save to Photos. Scan: - Quickly scan paper documents, whiteboards, business cards, books, posters, receipts, and everything to make them sharp and clear to read. - Auto detect document boundary to correct the perspective distortions efficiently. - Remove background shadows and sharpen text in the "Color" / "B & W" mode. - Adjust photo brightness and color saturation in the "Original" mode. - Detects the page frame, crops it and corrects the perspective: you don't need to take a perfect straight shot. VeryPDF Scan & Print will remove any unnecessary background. - Tip: For best edge detection, please place your documents in high contrast to the background, i.e. put your white paper on a dark table. Save & Print: - All scans are saved as JPEG files and can be exported as PDF files from selected pages. - Print scans wirelessly in AirPrint supported printers. - Creates PDF documents with multiple pages. - Exports the documents to Dropbox and other applications. - Prints over AirPrint. Folder Browse & Note: - Organize pages in different folders to classify your scans. - Show page thumbnails in grid layout, tap a thumbnail to zoom in, and swipe left / right to navigate pages. - Add text notes on any page easily. Export / Share Files: - Email as JPEG / PDF - Open In other apps as JPEG / PDF - Save to photo albums - Upload to iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, OneDrive, and WebDAV as JPEG / PDF - Open web browser on PC to download JPEG files via WLAN (WiFi Local Area Network) directly - Shares document over Wifi for easy access from your computer - Shares document over Internet/Cloud for easy access from anywhere Import Files: - Import JPEG from other apps as image source for crop and perspective correction and image enhancement - Import PDF from other apps as scanned pages Mobile Scanner: - Use your phone camera to scan receipts, notes, invoices, whiteboard discussions, business cards, certificates, etc. Optimize Scan Quality: - Smart cropping and auto enhancing make the texts and graphics look clear and sharp. Extract Texts from Image: - OCR (optical character recognition) feature extracts texts from single page for further editing or sharing. (Paid app only) Using only your iPhone or iPad you can instantly scan and print any written, printed or graphic material, including: - Contracts for your partners or clients; - Receipts to track your expenses; - Paper notes and mind-maps to save the best ideas for future reference; - Book pages and articles for further reading and analysis; - Texts that don't offer a digital copy; - Bill, Invoice, Contract, Tax Roll, Business Card; - Whiteboard, Memo, Script, Letter; - Blackboard, Note, PPT, Book, Article; - Credential, Certificate, Identity Documents; - Or any other multipage document for different purposes. Download Scan & Print

Stream live TV anywhere… for free… forever.

It's pretty great that most pay TV companies now offer apps that let you stream live TV. From Comcast and Time Warner Cable to Dish, these companies all offer apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices that give you access to on demand content as well as live channels. Some apps have restrictions though, so you can only watch live TV on your phone or tablet while you're in your house. And the ones that don't have restrictions still have other issues like bad interfaces, stability problems or even locked content that can only be accessed on your home TV. But what if your home TV was everywhere? Instead of using an app, what if your smartphone, tablet or laptop was actually a portal into the full experience that your home TV and set-top box provides? And what if you could stream as much as you want for free after buying the hardware and app you need? It's time to stop saying "what if," because the Slingbox 500 does all that and more. HUGE LEAK:  This is probably our first look at a real iPhone 7 Here are the highlights from Sling: Watch and control 100% of your live TV on a tablet*, phone*, PC, or Mac. *Requires Slingplayer for mobile devices app, sold separately. Windows® or MAC® minimum requirements : Intel® Core(TM) 2 Duo or better, DirectX 9 Class video card with more than 256 MB of dedicated memory for Windows PC Home TV interface via HDMI with live sports and Gallery View for easy program discovery. Sort by program genre or set up favorites, Integrated YouTube app and YouTube Web Gallery with top-trending videos. Get contextual YouTube recommendations, based on the show you're watching, at the touch of a button. All that with absolutely no monthly fees whatsoever! And we haven't even told you the best part: Amazon is hosting a one-week sale that drops the price of the Slingbox 500 to just $249.99 with free Prime shipping. If you want to the same great experience you get at home to follow you everywhere you go, this is the device for you.

Alleged iPhone 7 case photos show a brand new feature no one wants

The latest iPhone 7 rumor suggests that there may be a few more changes to the device's final design than initially anticipated. According to a new set of images which purport to show the device's rear casing, it appears that the iPhone 7 may feature a grand total of four speakers. Originally published by Nowhereelse.fr , the alleged iPhone 7 photos vary a good deal from previous leaks we've seen over the past few months. While some of the antenna lines have been mercifully removed -- consistent with previous rumors -- you'll note that the camera module and the LED flash have been reoriented vertically rather than horizontally. The leaked photos also support the persistent rumor that Apple's next-gen smartphone will ship without a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. But there's also a curious new feature shown in the photos that suggest they might not accurately reflect the upcoming iPhone's new design. DON'T MISS:  This is the Netflix hack the world has been waiting for It goes without saying that every iPhone rumor should be taken with a grain of salt, especially since Apple has been known to experiment with varying iPhone designs in the months building up to a new release. This rumor especially deserves some skepticism because, as Steve Hemmerstoffer of Nowhereelse points out, it seems peculiar to place a speaker so close to the camera module; but perhaps that's what lies behind the new camera layout. In this first photo, you can see the new camera layout at the top. Also note that there's no headphone jack in sight, seemingly lending credence to rumors claiming that audio on the iPhone 7 will rely exclusively on Bluetooth and the Lightning port. In this second photo, we get a better look at the top of the device and can see the presence of two additional speaker grilles. Assuming that these leaked photos are representative of what the final iPhone 7 design will look like -- which is definitely not a safe assumption -- it's not entirely clear that there is much of a practical benefit to outfitting an iPhone with 4 distinct speakers. While Apple is certainly familiar with a four speaker design thanks to the iPad Pro, a comprehensive speaker system is arguably more of a compelling feature on a large-scale tablet than on a smartphone. As for other iPhone 7 features that we've seen make the rounds, one of the biggest rumors suggests that the iPhone 7 Plus will feature an advanced dual-camera system. As for features that will reportedly grace all iPhone 7 models, we can likely look forward to a bigger battery, a blazing fast A10 processor, a waterproof design, and according to some, wireless charging capabilities. Not to be outdone, we've also seen an influx of iPhone 7s rumors over the past few weeks, with some reports even hinting that Apple may call the iPhone 7s the iPhone 8. Feature wise, a growing number of analysts are anticipating that Apple's iPhone in 2017 will feature curved OLED display . More recently, John Gruber just two weeks ago relayed some "scuttlebutt" which points to Apple's 2017 iPhone featuring an edge-to-edge display  with an embedded home button and front-facing camera.

Tesla has a serious quality problem, and it needs fixing

There's no denying that  Tesla is an incredibly forward-thinking and innovative company that's made some big changes to the status quo. In what seems like the blink of an eye, Tesla not only managed to normalize the concept of electric vehicles, but it also changed the way we think about the driving experience altogether. As a direct result, Tesla is a beloved company with an adoring and exceedingly passionate fan base. But there's only so much crap even the most passionate fans will tolerate, and with Tesla anticipating rapid growth into a much cheaper market, its quality control issues need to be sorted out -- fast. DON'T MISS:  11 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today While the Model S experienced a few well-publicized growing pains related to quality control issues, Elon Musk a few months ago tried to alleviate concerns by saying that many of the reported problems brought to light by Consumer Reports only affected early production models. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/656970117721534464 https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/656970996801474560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Fair enough, but now the iconic electric automaker is experiencing a new onslaught of problems with the recently released Model X. Indeed, it seems like we can't even go a week without a new story about problematic Model X issues emerging, and that's without even mentioning the Model X recall Tesla announced just last month. Most recently, Sue Callaway of  Fortune published an in-depth review of the Model X, and while she found much to like with Tesla's crossover SUV, Fortune  also had a number of serious concerns pertaining to quality control. One of the more troubling observations about the Model X centered on placing a baby seat in the middle rows. Tesla promised me that the Model X’s second-row seats move in such a way as to allow a baby seat to be in place and yet still move to access the third row. I borrowed a friend’s three-month-old baby—yes, really—and her Uppababy Mesa babyseat and discovered very quickly that the system moved the rear-facing seat far enough forward to hit the back of the driver’s seat. Worse, it started to tip the second-row seats, squeezing the car seat’s frame with the baby in it. Definitely not okay. And pushing things into the realm of the bizarre, Callaway subsequently adds: When I asked a Tesla product specialist about the issue, he said that Tesla meant that a car seat could be in place, but not with a baby in it. That’s too important a hair to split. If that is a true limitation of the movable second-row seats, there should be warnings clearly posted inside the vehicle. (There were not.) Unfortunately, Callaway also had a few gripes about the fit and finish of the car. While such gripes are admittedly minor, there's a certain level of quality that one comes to expect when forking over six figures for a car. Specifically, Callaway found issues with the Model X's weather stripping while also observing: "[the] carpeting in spots was poorly glued and fraying on the edges, exposing some wires in the rear cargo area." If this was the only tale of woe surrounding the Model X you could write it off to bad luck, but it's just the latest in a collection. Last month, for instance, we highlighted a story involving a man whose Model X experienced a number of glitches, including a door that wouldn't fully shut, forcing the owner to drive to work while manually keeping the door closed with his left hand. While Tesla apologists (and admittedly, perhaps I am one of them) will be quick to say that Tesla has a strong record of identifying and assessing production problems and fixing them on the assembly line as quickly as possible, the company won't be afforded the same benefit of the doubt when it releases the Model 3 in late 2017. In fact, with Tesla now accelerating the rollout of the Model 3, some are reasonably concerned that the number of quality control issues affecting Tesla cars will only increase in the years ahead.

11 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today

Welcome to the end of yet another week, and congratulations on enduring. To celebrate the imminent arrival of the weekend, we've put together a particularly solid list of paid iPhone and iPad  apps on sale for free. Included on Friday's list is a great calendar app, an app that will lock your private photos away, a very cool app that lets you record video of your iPhone screen, an awesome VR app, a memory manager, an app that lets you control your drone from an iPad, and much more. In addition to today's batch, you'll also find a few more freebies on yesterday's list . MUST SEE:  How I added microSD support to my iPhone 6s 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. Web Screen Recorder Normally $1.99. Web Screen Recorder [Web Screen Recorder] records any web page screen in real time. - Record web page screen in real time - What you see is what you get - Records while browsing web page - Add naration while recording - Save and share the recorded video - Manage history Download Web Screen Recorder Dr. Memory Normally $0.99. A Unique Memory Information Tool. Characteristic: - Real-Time Memory information - Running Processes information - Animated Memory Distribution Download Dr. Memory Secret Files + Normally $0.99. Protect your Secret Photos , Browser ,Notes , Voices and Contacts by hiding them inside the ultrasafe security app! TOUCH ID Supports Touch ID fingerprint scanner! (IOS 8,9) SECRET PHOTOS Gallery safe and secret that you can easily hide your files. SECRET CONTACTS Add secret contacts ، manage all phone contacts and merge contacts! PRIVATE BROWSER - Private browser with its own Secrete browsing history No cache and history will not perform Site scans Pop-up is blocked Video and music runs easily The ability to link to other browsers. VOICE RECORDER - Unlimited recording time - Loop recordings - Trim recordings - Favorite recordings - Attractive and easy to use UI DISCLAIMER: All your private data is locked inside the app and is protected with a code of your choice. This app is not designed to lock your device. Download Secret Files + AirRead Normally $1.99. Listen to the web content you want to read while walking, exercise, driving - whatever. e.g Listen to CNN's sports and WSJ's economy with one tap. Audio-newspapers - You can listen to the content of news web pages like listening to songs. - You can combine different sections from various newspaper web pages and play them altogether by one tab. - You can specify which links you don't want. - You can download content for offline listening. Audio-books - You can turn an ebook (txt/ePub) to audiobook. - You can easily create your own audiobook. - You can continue last reading by one tap. - Bookmarks greatly helps revision. Furthermore - Font size is adjustable - Earphone remote fully controls playlist. - One tap to share - Main content is extracted from web page (Ads, menus and other clutter are removed) LIMITATIONS: Some web pages may not load in the playlist Download AirRead Draw Calendar Normally $2.99. Draw Calendar takes the timeless tradition of writing on a planner, whiteboard, or wall calendar, and brings it to life on iOS. The app is a fun and unique spin on traditional calendar apps, and stands as proof that keeping a schedule or staying organized can actually be fun. Free yourself from the shackles of tedious data entry, and instead plan out your day with handwriting and doodles. Markup, sketch, and get in touch with your creative side while still remaining incredibly productive. Features: • Plan your day by sketching! • Clean and stylish interface • Entries are synced to all your iOS devices If you are tired of traditional calendar apps, give Draw Calendar a try. We think you are going to love it! Download Draw Calendar Remote Mouse Normally $1.99. Remote Mouse turns your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch into a wireless user-friendly remote control for your Mac / PC. It’ll surprise you with fully simulated touchpad, keyboard and featured remote panels which make your remote experience simple and efficient. Giving a presentation? Watching an online movie? Or transferring pictures within a second? We make it dead easy to control your PC / Mac! Just sit back and enjoy the day. ** FEATURES ** • Fully Simulated Mouse • Magic Trackpad • Multi-Touch Gestures • Function Keyboard in Landscape Mode (full version only) • Key Combination Input • Media Remote (need unlocking) - Support iTunes, Keynote, Powerpoint, Hulu and Powerpoint for Mac - Support Windows Media Player, Window Photo Viewer, Powerpoint and iTunes on Windows - Physical Volume Buttons Control to adjust computer volume and change presentation slides • Image Transfer (need unlocking) • Spotify Remote (need unlocking) • Application Launcher & Switcher • Shut Down / Sleep / Restart / Log Off Remotely • Numeric Keyboard • Swaying Mode Control • Remotely Typing with Voice (need Siri) • Connect via IP & QR code • Password Protection • Customizable Interface • Customizable Wallpapers • Works under Wi-Fi and 3G network • Compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, Vista, Mac OSX 10.6+ ** TO GET STARTED, YOU ALSO NEED ** 1. Visit www.remotemouse.net with your Mac / PC. Download & install Remote Mouse server on computer. 2. Make sure that your mobile device is connected to the same Wi-Fi (or 3G hotspot) as your computer. 3. Open Remote Mouse App, Click “Start” to connect. Download Remote Mouse Mobo WiFi Pro Normally $0.99. Do you want to get the info of the Wifi hotspot around? This app will help you easy and fast to do that! We had a lot of the Wifi hotspot info over the world! Main functions: - Detect your location and get free the Wifi. 1、WiFi Map to find more free WiFi. 2、Discovery channel . 3、Take screenshot to find WiFi spots. 4、Now you can test your WiFi speed. Download Mobo WiFi Pro SpeakText 2 Normally $9.99. SpeakText 2 - Speak & Translate Web pages and Documents The app integrates the system text-to-speech engine, speaks & translates offline without internet connection. A must have app to speak aloud & translate text, documents and web pages of Safari. Useful Features ● Translates 40+ languages - Display the original text for each translated sentence - Show both original web page and translation - Mail translation ● Speak aloud 30+ languages - Read all unread articles automatically - Swipe to control skipping sentences - Highlight word by word for each speaking sentence - Add favorite articles with "Starred" to speak aloud later - Copy or add touched selected words with "Starred" in Speak mode - With funny bear and human face animations while speaking - Support useful speaking repeat, pause, and speed & pitch options - Exercising (read then record) and improving your language skills during a bike riding, jogging or walking. ● Speak & translate the copy & paste or key in text - Swipe to mark as read or unread, flag or unflag, and copy a starred text to input box ● Speak & translate web pages - A speak & translate extension for Safari app that speaks & translates the entire Safari web page directly - Speak & translate the pasted url web site automatically - Speak & translate the clicked web page (key in or copy url http://... in Key in function) ● Speak & translate documents - Turn eBook page automatically to ensure continuous reading - Tree file explorer - Cloud files import & export support Features ● Translates 40+ languages ● Speaks aloud 30+ languages The app supports one system language, you can make in-app purchases to buy extra languages. ● Display the original text for each translated sentence ● Mail translation ● Speak & translate the copy & paste or key in text ● Speak & translate web pages ● Speak & translate the clicked web page ● Speak & translate documents Formats supported: - Text (text, txt), RTF document (rtf) - Microsoft Office: Word (doc, docx), Excel (xls, xlsx), PowerPoint (ppt, pptx, pps) - Apple iWork: Pages (pages), Numbers (numbers), Keynote (key) - eBook (unencrypted epub) Please note that iBook eBooks are limited to use inside Apple iBook app only. PDF file format is not supported. ● Tree document file explorer ● Cloud files import & export support ● Support three ways to open documents 1. Open In... 2. Apple iTunes 3. Cloud services Import documents from the Apple iCloud Drive, Box, Dropbox and Google Drive cloud services. ● Add favorite articles with "Starred" ● Read all unread articles automatically ● Swipe to control skipping sentences ● Support useful speaking options ● Speaking face animation ● Highlight words while speaking ● Exercising and improving your language skills during a bike riding, jogging or walking Download SpeakText 2 Relaxation VR Normally $1.99. Immersive relaxation and meditation for Virtual Reality. Simulate relaxing, natural environments that will make you believe that you are actually there! Relaxation VR allows you to immerse, relax and escape to amazing beach side locations around the world. Immersive relaxation and meditation for Virtual Reality is here! Simulate relaxing, natural environments that will make you believe that you are actually there! Immerse and relax in amazing locations all around the world. Relaxation VR lets you experience what it’s really like to sit, relax and meditate at the most incredibly beautiful places around the world. Relaxation Virtual Reality transports you into the most relaxing, natural scenes, allowing you to rest and relax in our increasingly stressful world. Leave your passport behind and travel the world at your comfort. Here’s how it works : 1. Select your incredible, natural ocean scene. 2. Slip your phone into the Cardboard -remember your headphones! 3. Choose between a guided Yoga Nidra meditation and calming peaceful music. 4. Let the incredible beauty, peaceful sounds and meditation naturally slip you into a relaxed state of mind. 5. Emerge from your experience feeling at peace, rejuvenated and rested. Our current natural destinations include: The 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road Australia Rock Pools of South NSW, Australia Dream Beach, Portugal. **In-Experience Instructions** Gaze at the Icons in your experience to select them. Look around in 360 degrees to discover the beautiful surrounds of your selected experience. The main menu is reachable by looking beneath you at any time. Select from Scenes to change your environment. Select Music and Meditations to choose from relaxing music and guided meditations. Download Relaxation VR Ripple Player Normally $0.99. Creating playlists is a burden. Shuffling songs is annoying. That's why Ripple was born. With Ripple player, creating playlists is no more than a simple click. All you need to do is select one song as an origin, and a playlist will be automatically generated for you. The playlist will be random, yet containing songs coherent and matching each other well. Advanced Algorithm - Generate local coherent playlists - No Internet access needed - Fast and Accurate Beautiful Design - Feel material design in iOS - Content yourself with bright and colourful UI Easy to Use - Innovative interactions Premium Features Including: - Using system music player: merge Ripple into the system music app, enabling playing statistics, repeat modes and full background music playing - More UI customization: more special themes and other options will be added in the future updates Note: - Apple Music not supported yet. - During analyzing your music, heat and heavy battery drain are normal side-effects. Once analyzing finishes all will be fine. Download Ripple Player Drone Volt Pilot Normally $9.99. Drone Volt Pilot allows you to fly automatic missions with your DJI drone. You can pre-plan your waypoint missions without being connected to the aircraft. Compatible with your DJI Phantom 4 ! You can edit your waypoint missions quickly and easily! Waypoints mission : Put your waypoints just by taping the position on the map or by pushing the trigger on your RC while flying ! You can save your flightplans and load & launch it afterward ! Active Track: (Phantom 4 only) Track a person or an object automatically using your DJI Phantom 4 just by drawing a rectangle around it or taping on it on your screen. TapFly: Point a direction on anywhere on your screen where you want your drone to fly ! Point of Interest : Tap on the screen to set your point of interest position and set its radius and speed ! Follow Me : Activate the follow-me mode to make your drone follow your GPS position. You can also choose to control the drone heading with the RC or to head the drone to your position. Panorama mission : To perform beautiful panoramas : select the panorama angle, DroneVolt Pilot® will take care of the rest. Auto Shapes mission : You can choose multiple types of shapes for this mission. In every cases, you can move and resize your shape and set the orientation of your drone during the mission. Compatible with: - Phantom 4, Phantom 3 Professional, Phantom 3 Advanced, Phantom 3 Standard, Phantom 3 4K - Inspire 1, Inspire 1 Pro, Inspire 1 Raw Recommended devices : iPad Air (1, 2) iPad Mini (2, 3, 4) iPad Pro (9.7 inches, 12.9 inches) Download Drone Volt Pilot

Apple’s latest new iPhone feature is annoying, but you’ll like it anyway

Ever wonder why the iPhone  and iPad ask you to type in your regular PIN or password when you fail to unlock your device with Touch ID? There are several reasons Apple has this failsafe mechanism in place, including a clever trick that was added only recently. The purpose of this new line of defense is to ensure that nobody can access your data. Why? You guessed it — it's there in case a court tries to compel you to provide your fingerprint to unlock a device. DON’T MISS:  How I added microSD support to my iPhone 6s According to MacWorld . Apple recently modified the contents of an iOS security document that explains the reasons why a regular PIN or password unlock is requested after a failed fingerprint unlock. The document covers the various scenarios where iOS won't allow a fingerprint to unlock the phone. An iPhone or iPad will ask for a PIN/password when the device is turned on or restarted, when the device has not been unlocked for 48 hours, when it receives a remote lock command, when setting up new fingers for Touch ID or after five unsuccessful fingerprint scans. But now, the phone also asks for the password when “the passcode has not been used to unlock the device in the last six days, and Touch ID has not unlocked the device in the last eight hours.” Courts have begun ordering suspects to provide their fingerprints to unlock iPhones. Apparently, fingerprints aren’t protected under The Fifth Amendment in the same way passwords are. While this new exception will ensure that law enforcement can’t unlock the iPhone with your fingerprint following a court order – unless they’re really quick about it – it’s also an inconvenient feature. It means that whenever you sleep or do anything else for more than eight hours without the phone, you’re going to have to type in your password.

How I added microSD support to my iPhone 6s

If history is any indication, Apple has no plans of addressing iPhone owners' two biggest complaints anytime soon. The first is always battery life, but Apple clearly values design aesthetics enough to prevent it from making a thicker iPhone with a larger battery. And as bad as the iPhone's battery life can be, it certainly doesn't seem to be hurting sales — despite the recent dip , iPhones are still the best-selling smartphones in the world. Coming in closely behind battery life is the lack of expandable storage. iPhones are some of the most expensive smartphones in the world but Apple still insists on "encouraging" users to buy more expensive models; 16GB gets you nowhere and it's only another $100 for 64GB. You could shell out more money for a bigger iPhone, or you could add microSD card support to your current iPhone in just a few seconds like I just did. MUST SEE:  The 8 most important announcements from Google I/O 2016 We've covered a few different solutions in the past that offer ways to add external storage to your iPhone 6s , or any other model. Most recently, we showed you a great little flash drive from SanDisk that has a Lightning plug on one end and a standard USB plug on the other, so it can easily connect to your iPhone and your PC. We've also covered wireless flash drives that can connect to any mobile device in addition to a PC. But today, we're taking a look at something new. MicroSD cards have become standard in Android smartphones and a wide range of other devices. They're insanely tiny and still manage to offer as much as 256GB of storage. These little cards are the ideal solution for phones and other compact devices, but Apple refuses to add microSD card support to its iPhone lineup so it can keep ASPs as high as possible. Well, Lexar has a simple new accessory that adds microSD support to any modern iPhone or iPad. It's called the  Lexar microSD To Lightning Reader and as the name suggests, it's a simple device about the size of a thumbnail with a Lightning connector sticking out. Popping it into the bottom of an iPhone takes you to the App Store where a free companion app from Lexar can be downloaded. Once installed, content including photos, videos and music can be moved off the phone and onto any microSD card. Is it fast? Well, I tested it out with a new  Lexar Professional 1800x microSDHC card and I'm not sure I've ever seen faster data transfers from a mobile device. Lexar's companion app lets users pick and choose files to offload, or they can configure the app to sync files automatically. The latter is a fine option for people with 128GB iPhones, but it defeats the purpose for users with smaller capacities. The Lexar microSD To Lightning Reader costs $29.95 and is compatible with any and every microSD card you might already own, making it one of the cheapest options out there for iPhone-compatible external storage. The solution certainly isn't as desirable as microSD storage implemented at the system level, but since that's probably never going to happen, this is the best iPhone users are going to get.

5 Android N features you won’t find on any iPhone

Google's big I/O 2016 keynote is now behind us and it was easily one of the most action-packed Google events we've seen in a long, long time. Be sure to check out our earlier post to read about the 8 most important announcements from Google I/O 2016 . Google covered several different bases on Wednesday. We saw the future of search in Google Assistant, we saw what could be the first nail in Amazon Echo's coffin when Google unveiled Home, we saw a big push into VR with Daydream, and plenty more. One of the biggest areas of interest was clearly Android N though, and Google showed off a host of new features during the event. Some upcoming Android N features were more novel than others, and some were borrowed from other platforms — namely iOS. Of course, Google also revealed several great new features that are nowhere to be found on any iPhone or iPad, and we'll cover the coolest ones right here. DON'T MISS:  Here’s how to get the brand new Android N beta being released today Split-Screen Multitasking Remember how excited Apple fans were when split-screen mode finally came to the iPad? And remember how annoyed they were when they found out it wasn't available on the iPhone? Smartphones have giant screens these days and there's simply no reason to restrict multi-window view to tablets alone. Samsung has offered this feature on its Galaxy phones for years and users love it. Read a webpage in one window and take notes in another. Watch a YouTube video while you respond to emails. Chat with friends in WhatsApp without closing the Facebook app. In Android N, the world is your oyster. Instant Apps Google flew past this at the very end of the keynote on Wednesday but it's actually a huge deal. In fact, it's probably the biggest advancement in mobile app distribution since Apple first launched the App Store back in 2008. With Instant Apps, users can begin testing out an app from right within the Google Play store... without purchasing it or even downloading it. Think about how awesome that is. Is that new Twitter app really any better than Falcon Pro 3? Is Google's hot new Allo app really worth downloading? Is that Flappy Bird clone you just happened upon even more infuriating than the original? You'll be able to answer all those questions and more in an instant without having to purchase or download anything. Power-Saving Features Battery life continues to be the most frustrating thing about the iPhone. Apple's phablet has decent enough battery life (though it still isn't quite as impressive as rival phablets) but the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s sometimes can't even make it through a workday. Apple added a new Low Power Mode and some other power-saving functionality in iOS 9, but they're nowhere near as impressive as Android N's Doze and Svelte features. Doze debuted in Android Marshmallow and it works very, very well. The feature puts devices in a dormant state when not in use, and it'll see further optimizations in Android N thanks to "Doze on the Go." Instead of requiring a phone to be motionless for Doze to work its magic, phones running Android N will see Doze benefits anytime the screen is off. Then there's Project Svelte, which prevents apps from waking up when network connection statuses change. It doesn't sound all that exciting, but the result is far less draw on your device's battery. Background System Updates This, Android fans, is a game-changer. Smartphone updates are a huge pain because your phone is completely unusable while updates are being applied. That might be 5 minutes or it might be 15 minutes, but your communications are completely severed while updates are underway. With Android N, updates will work like they do in Chrome OS. They'll be downloaded in the background (over Wi-Fi only, don't worry) and they'll be applied instantly when the phone reboots because they're installed as separate system images. From Google's documentation: Android N also adds some important new features to help keep users safer and more secure. Inspired by how Chromebooks apply updates, we're introducing seamless updates, so that new Android devices built on N can install system updates in the background. This means that the next time a user powers up their device, new devices can automatically and seamlessly switch into the new updated system image. Virtual Reality While iOS users continue to daydream about VR, Android device owners will enjoy a comprehensive VR experience courtesy of Daydream. Daydream is Google's attempt to take control of the VR experience, which is already seeing fragmentation in these early days. Google Daydream is a software platform and a hardware reference platform for both headsets and controllers, giving developers and vendors the tools they need to take full advantage of Android N's virtual reality capabilities. Read more about it here . And as a side note, that was cold, Google. Cold... https://twitter.com/mildmojo/status/733013569969627136 Want to read about all the other great stuff Google revealed on Wednesday? Here are the  8 most important announcements from Google I/O 2016 .

This is Uber’s first self-driving car

Remember when Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said that Uber rides can be expensive because you’re paying for the “other dude in the car,” hinting that self-driving car technology would make the taxi-alternative service even cheaper? Well, Uber is indeed working on self-driving cars of its own, and we now have our first look at the company's progress. DON’T MISS:  The 8 most important announcements from Google I/O 2016 Uber on Thursday released an image of a car that’s currently in testing on the streets of Pittsburgh, confirming earlier reports that such tests are being conducted in the city. About a year ago, the first rumors emerged suggesting that Uber has a driverless prototype in the works, and that it was being used on the streets of Pittsburgh. Testing started in the city a few weeks ago, the Tribune-Review says . "While Uber is still in the early days of our self-driving efforts, every day of testing leads to improvements," the company said . "Right now we’re focused on getting the technology right and ensuring it’s safe for everyone on the road — pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers." The Ford Fusion hybrid has various gadgets on the roof that’ll help it collect mapping data and drive itself around without the aid of a human. The system includes radars, laser scanners and high-resolution cameras. The sensors can help the car see more than 100 meters in all directions, the newspaper said. A trained driver is in the driver’s seat at all times to monitor the system, and there have been no crashes since testing begun. A reporter from the Tribune-Review took a ride in the car, making him the first member of the media allowed to test drive the prototype. “The car will accelerate, brake, steer and perform other basic functions on its own,” the reporter wrote. “It switches out of self-driving mode with a loud beep if its sensors detect a car swerving into its lane, or it encounters something it does not recognize or know how to negotiate.” He continued, “The driver can take control of the car at anytime. The car's sensors detected parked cars sticking out into traffic, jaywalkers, bicyclists and a goose crossing River Avenue.”

This is the worst smartphone gadget to ever grace the internet

In a world of Bluetooth-connected fart trackers and hipster-friendly tinfoil hats, I am aware that describing a Kickstarter as "the worst" is a bold claim. But hear me out: from idea to execution to the innumerable GIFs littering the crowdfunding campaign, this particular wearable smartphone accessory ticks all of the boxes. At heart, the SOSPENDO combines two of the very worst things: selfie sticks and wearable smartphone holders. The SOSPENDO is, according to the press release, an "innovative, ergonomic hands-free device that will hold smartphones, tablets and GoPro cameras." Put another way, it's a flexible tube with a phone clamp on the end. Sounds harmless! But just wait until you see what the founders want you to do with it: Be the most annoying commuter on the subway, hands-free! Fall off the treadmill while wearing SOSPENDO, and you'll get punched in the face FOR FREE! Effortlessly ignore your offspring AND your surroundings, all with one easy-to-use device   Be the irritating prick who GoPros their entire holiday, while keeping your hands free to Snapchat Never engage with the outside world again! It's worth mentioning that this is far from the first tablet-supporting wearable stand. Those have been around since the first iPad (and probably before), and will continue to exist for as long as lazy people buy tablets. But it's not the device that I take issue with -- it's the lifestyle that SOSPENDO is supporting; the idea that the only thing standing between us, and being focused 24/7 on our tablets is the inconvenience of having to do things with your hands. People go on holiday to unwind and relax, not POV-video every waking second, and parents should consider paying attention to their toddlers, not positioning an iPad to block them out of view. Not to mention that if someone turned around on the subway and hit me in the face with their handsfree smartphone holder, someone is going to die.  

Meet Google Home, Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo

Amazon’s Echo is already a popular tool that many of you may have already purchased, but Google isn’t going to sit idly by as Amazon handles you questions. Meet Google Home, a device coming later this year. DON’T MISS: Live coverage: Watch the Google I/O 2016 keynote right here Google Home will be the obvious home to Google Assistant, a new voice-based personal assistant that Google detailed at I/O . Just like with Echo, you’ll be able to ask Google Home to do a bunch of things for you, including providing answers to your questions, and controlling other apps. Google Home lets you enjoy music and entertainment, manage everyday tasks, and ask Google questions. Google Home is supposed to become one of the most important devices in your house, able to control a variety of gadgets, including Chromecast, Wi-Fi speakers, Google Nest, and other devices. Google Home will work in all rooms of your home, and will let you manage to-do lists, shopping lists, set alarms, and timers. Google Search is the main feature of Google Home, and the assistant will get better and better at… assisting you the more information you share with it. Google will be available later this year, though we don’t have actual release dates or prices at this point. However, you can sign up for Google Home by going to google.com/home . Third-party integration is coming later this year, with apps including Spotify, Open Table, Strava, NPR One, GrubHub already listed as future partners. Developers will be able to add Google Home functionality to their software in the future, Google's Sundar Pichai said on stage, but that's the kind of functionality coming later this year. For more news and coverage from Google's developers event, check our Google I/O 2016 hub .

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

With all of the news focused on Google I/O 2016 today, Apple fans might be feeling a little left out. Don't be jealous, iOS users, distract yourself instead by loading up on paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Today's list includes some of the best freebies we've found all week, including a free in-app purchase for a great Reddit app, a cool app that lets you add filters to Live Photos, an app that lets you use your iPhone as a wireless number pad for your computer, and plenty more. You'll also find several remaining free downloads in yesterday's post to help pass the time during I/O. MUST SEE:  This hidden iPhone trick just became my new favorite feature 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. Beam for reddit Display Pack in-app purchase normally $1.99, currently free. Enjoy reddit on iOS Beam is a reddit client that's built to browse. It uses the best attributes reddit has to offer and contains great improvements that change the way your browse. Whether you are an avid reddit user or new to the scene, enjoy it with Beam. Key features - Mediaview Quickly browse through media. - Night mode Comfortable reading at low-light. - Favorites Easy access to your favorite subreddits. - Rich newsfeed Full-size media allows you to easily scroll through all of reddit. - Share the fun Our share service lets you share the content you love where you want. And much more.. - Multireddit support - Create posts - Multiple accounts - In-app messaging - Filter and search subreddits - Up and downvote posts - Threaded comments Join the r/beamreddit community and let's discuss the development of Beam together. Download Beam for reddit NumPad Normally $4.99. A full sized keyboard is only a tap away. Enjoy the luxury of an extended number pad to power through your spreadsheets at the coffee shop. Or compose a ditty on the beach using Simple Entry for Finale and Sibelius (unlocked with in-app purchase). Leave bulky keyboards at home and use NumPad as a lightweight alternative for those moments when you need a few more keys. NumPad easily connects your iPhone or iPod Touch to your Mac, Linux, or Windows computer. Don't miss a beat using NumPad with Sibelius and Simple Entry for Finale. Familiar numeric pad layout means using NumPad is already second nature. NumPad is proudly made by MartianCraft. REQUIREMENTS: - WiFi connection shared with your computer. - Screen Sharing (Leopard, Snow Leopard) or Remote Access (Tiger) enabled or any VNC Server. - For Windows and Linux, a VNC Server is required (RealVNC and TightVNC recommended). - Server Setup Instructions are available within the app. - Compatible with Sibelius 6 or up. Download NumPad SlowMo Normally $0.99. SlowMo helps you to create slow & fast motion videos in seconds! It also supplies various fancy filters to help you beatify the video! Download SlowMo Live Crop Normally $2.99. Add zoom and pan effects into your video after capturing a movie on camera. Crop a video at the different times where you want. Easy to add Ken Burns effect into your movie. Trim - Drag a crop button to trim or change the duration of animation Crop - Tap crop button to edit the cropping - Tap + button to add a new crop point Speed - Tap a graph on the video thumbnails to change the speed of animation Download Live Crop Filllter Normally $0.99. Filllter for iPhone 6S and 6S Plus enhances your live photos with premium filters and allows you to share your live photos on your favourite platforms. Features and highlights: - 18 high quality filters and counting - Edit photo size, aspect ratio, brightness, contrast, saturation, and more - Save as live photos and share on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr or via iMessage and Email - You can also set a live photo as your lock screen and home screen wallpaper - Supports video export in high quality Download Filllter Dot Lock Notes 2 Normally $4.99. Welcome to Dot Lock 2 - A Way To Secure Your Important Things - Apple Watch app! Now secure your Important Things on your Apple Watch. - Exciting new addition. - Elegant Design. - It's all about Beauty and Design Dot Lock Notes 2 provides a secure way to keep your secret notes, important passwords, details, etc. SECURE! WITH this app your notes will be secured with a DOT LOCK PATTERN which will provide access to only you who knows the secret code that you have set. No one else will get access to your notes. Now be assured that with this app you can really find an extremely secure way to keep your bank details, passwords, law related details completely and safety secured. This includes: Dot-Lock pattern. HOW TO USE: Apple Watch App 1. Set the Dot-Lock passcode and remember it on your iPhone, by tapping Set Lock. 2. Tap the same Dot-Lock passcode on your Apple Watch. 3. The app will reveal your important things only when the passcode matches. Download Dot Lock Notes 2 RadioApp Normally $1.99. Listen to your favorite radio station everywhere. In your car, at the beach, or at home. Choose your favorites from our selection of over 25,000 stations from all over the world. ● You have more then one iOS device? No problem. RadioApp synchronizes your favorite stations via iCloud. ● RadioApp supports AirPlay to let you stream your radio stations directly to your Apple TV or other supported devices. ● Our station database is always growing and with our automatic update system you receive new stations nearly instantly. ● Listen to your favorite radio station at home or on the go. ● Set a sleep timer and listen to your favorite station while relaxing. ● Choose from a beautiful background collection to give RadioApp a personal touch. Download RadioApp CBackup Normally $0.99. “Managing your contacts have never been so easy!” CBackup is the easiest way to backup and restore all your contacts with just one tap! You can even find and Merge duplicate contacts. No sign up process or any accounts required, It just works! • Easiest and robust way to backup - Backup all your contacts with just one tap! • Export - Quickly export your backups to iCloud, Dropbox or send through Email. • Merge duplicates - Merge all duplicates or select the ones to merge. • Built in Restore feature - Easily restore your contacts from backup history with just one tap! You can even restore single contact from the backup history files. • Reminders - Get automated reminders so you don’t forget to backup your important contacts regularly. • No Backup size limit – Tested with over 5,000+ contacts. • Multiple Share - Share multiple contacts with Family, Friends and Colleagues. • Offline Backup - Your backups are automatically stored locally within the app in the Backup History. • Universal format - It backups your contacts in vcard (*.vcf) format which is a universally recognized format. That means you can restore your contacts in any Smartphone, Pc or Mac. • Supports Multiple contacts delete feature. You can even Remove all of your Contacts with just one tap! • iOS 9 Supported! Download CBackup Awake Timer Normally $0.99. How often do you find yourself trying to stay awake, but keep falling asleep? Awake is a simple timer that will ensure that you stay awake. It's really simple to use: just start the timer and touch the central button before the time is up otherwise a sound alarm will wake you up. Each time you shut down the alarm the timer will start again so that you continue to stay wide awake. No need to reconfigure the timer each time you want to use it, it will start again and again to make sure you do not sleep. Even if you turn off the app, it will send you notifications in background! And to avoid to stop the timer by mistake you will need to confirm twice. Use this app if you want to stay awake when you have jet lag, a long night, or if you have to take care of a baby in the middle of the night! Choose from ten different timer durations : 1, 2, 3, 5 10, 15, 20, 30, 45 or 60 minutes. There are nine different alarms : - alarm clock - electronic alarm - car horn - spaceship - emergency - bike horn - struck bowl - bowl low & loud - zen gong. Download Awake Timer One Touch Dial Normally $0.99. #1 Speed Dial and T9 dial/smart dial app in the Apple store. One Touch Dial reached: #1 in Utilities in 63 countries! Top 5 in Utilities in 95 countries! Top 10 in Utilities in 112 countries! Connecting with people has never been easier with T9 One Touch Dial! With our speed dial app it takes only one tap to connect with your favorite contacts. Make calls, text message, Skype, Instagram, connect with social networks and much more without leaving the app! With T9 One Touch Dial you can: -Call -iMessage/Text -Facebook -Facetime -Google Chrome -Gmail -Instagram -LinkedIn -Foursquare -Pinterest -YouTube -Contact -Twittbot -Twitter -Whatsapp -Email -Skype -T9 smart dial -VKontakte -URL anyone in your contacts One Touch Dial also has a T9 combined dialer/smart dial. With T9 smart dial you can: -Quick and Easy search by part of a contact name or a number. At no time you will be able to find a person in your iPhone contact list and dial his number right away. -Quick dial -Quick Message -One Touch Dial allows you to display search results on the whole screen. -recent Call History One Touch Dial T9 is an amazing speed dial app that enables you to create speed dial icons to connect with people with one simple touch via phone call, text, Whatsapp, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, email, Skype and much more! Assign a contact icon or a favorite photo and choose up to 5 ways to connect: Call, Text, Instagram, Facebook, Skype, Whatsapp, Twitter and URL T9 One touch Dial has a very intuitive and user friendly interface. T9 dialer. You can create up to 15 one touch dial icons per screen. You can assign up to 5 specific actions to your speed dial image. You can assign different sizes to the icons. You can create an unlimited number of one touch icons to Call, Text, Whatsapp, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Email, Skype and URL. You can choose your favorite photo or image for each speed dial icon. You can even assign a color to the image. You can pinch to zoom in/out to change the number of contacts you would like to see. You can choose from a larger variety of preset icons and background colors. One Touch Dial has unique and fully customizable speed dial icons. How to use the app: http://onetouchdialapp.com/manual Download One Touch Dial Alarm Clock Wake Up Time Normally $0.99. The New Fully Featured Alarm Clock Wake Up Time App is the Ultimate Timepiece. Built in Player -wake Up and Fall asleep listening to your favorite music from your music library. Our Alarm Clock works even if you put your device in silent mode and “Do Not Disturb” is ON. Alarm Clock Wake Up Time is the finest and most reliable alarm clock app because it combines the functionality that you are looking for with stylish and user-friendly design. The Alarm Clock Wake Up Time is a customizable alarm clock app that has been developed specifically for users, who appreciate a beautiful design, convenience, and ease of use and comes with a huge range of features that make it the most functional alarm clock app available. *Display The Alarm Clock app features a gorgeous display. The display is fully adjustable. It will show either a 12 or 24-hour clock with large and conspicuous numbers. Small icons will show which of the alarm clock modes is currently active. * Ease of use: Set your alarm clock with a simple slide of your finger. *Alarm Clock Sounds: Alarm Clock comes with different alarm clock sounds. It also gives you the option of using your favorite songs as an alarm as well. * The Alarm Clock Wake Up Time also features a vibrate mode function. If you turn off the alarm clock ringtone volume, vibrate mode will set "On" automatically. *Alarm Clock Snooze Times: Snooze times are fully adjustable, allowing users to set variable snooze times, and the alarm can even be set to fade in for a gentler awakening; while it even has a function that allows you to simply touch the screen or shake the device to activate snooze and temporarily turn off the alarm. *Looks: The stylish design of the Alarm Clock app includes an amazing interface that makes it simple to fully customize your alarm clock with a choice of clock faces, hands and dials *Custom Backgrounds: Option of using your own images as the background. *Wakeupability: Alarm Clock volume is adjustable for light and heavy sleepers. *Brightness Slider: Slide up and down to dim the screen. *Built in weather information. There are a few alarm clock apps out there already, but the features that are included in this Alarm Clock easily make it the most functional and stylishly designed alarm clock app that has been designed for users. Download Alarm Clock Wake Up Time

Galaxy S7 vs. HTC 10: Can either Android flagship survive a professional drop test?

We're not even halfway through 2016 at this point, but it's quite possible that we've already see the two hottest ndew Android phones that will debut this year. We expect the upcoming Galaxy Note 6 to improve upon last year's model in every way, the third OnePlus flagship phone is shaping up to be a beast, Motorola's next Moto X could be the one we've been waiting for and the new Nexus phones should be great, but to be honest, we're not expecting any of those phones to outshine Samsung Galaxy S7  or the HTC 10 . We already know that these two flagship phones are sleek, stylish and remarkably powerful (in fact, the HTC 10 is the most powerful phone in the world ), but now it's time to find out how durable they are. MUST SEE:  Replace every wall outlet in your home with this $15 box YouTube user "PhoneBuff" got his hands on a professional-grade drop test machine and it's beyond obvious that he's going to have a whole lot of fun with this gadget. Built for professional testing, the machine is the same type of equipment used by consumer electronics manufacturers to test the durability of their devices. The Galaxy S7 is constructed from sturdy glass with an aluminum mid-frame. The HTC 10 housing is made entirely of metal aside from the screen. Both phones feature surprisingly strong Gorilla Glass covering their displays. So they should be able to withstand a typical drop with no problem at all, right? Right? We don't want to spoil the fun for you but suffice it to say if you want either of these phones to last a year or two until you upgrade, you would be wise to invest in a smartphone case that provides a decent amount of protection. The full cringeworthy drop test video is embedded below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS3NLCPK4NI

Apple ruined the dream of having Google take over my iPhone

Try though I might, there's simply no way I can ditch my iPhone and switch to Android . Why? Because the software experience on Apple's iPhones is just too good for Android to touch. Third-party apps on the iPhone look better and perform better than they do on Android, and when it comes to the smartphone user experience, third-party apps are everything. And interestingly, one of the best third-party iOS app developers in the world is none other than Apple's top platform rival, Google. DON'T MISS:  The 5 biggest ways Captain America: Civil War failed I have a dream . In a perfect world, Google would take over my iPhone almost entirely. I wrote about why in a post published just over a year ago . I have fully embraced Google's service ecosystem and my life is better off for it. No! Google is evil! Advertising! Your data! As it so happens, I'm a huge fan of how "evil" Google is. Thank you, Google, for being so evil . I want Google to have all my data, I want Google to keep protecting that data, and I want Google to keep making my life easier by using that data. Go ahead, serve me all the ads you want in the process. Google's ecosystem is more than worth it. Moving back on topic, Google's iOS apps are fantastic. They don't offer the same deep platform integration that they do on Android, but they still offer great functionality and terrific design. I don't even use Safari anymore unless a link I tap in an app opens Apple's browser instead of an in-built browser. Instead, I use the Google app , which packs a web browser, Google search and Google Now into a single lightning-fast app. I also use  Google Maps ,  Waze ,  Google Play Music ,  Google Drive  and so many more Google apps. Then Google released a brand new app last week that no one saw coming and it instantly became one of my favorites. Gboard , which you've no doubt read about to some extent at this point, is a new keyboard app for iOS that integrates Google search. It's awesome... in theory. In practice, Gboard is completely ruined by issues with Apple's third-party keyboard support, which is still a huge pain point for Apple. Third-party keyboards are huge. Users love them and people couldn't have been more excited when Apple added third-party keyboard support in iOS 8. iPhone and iPad owners could finally swipe to their hearts' content and access GIFs in the blink of an eye. There was just one problem: Apple's third-party keyboard support is still horribly inconsistent and unstable to this day. Apple often takes a bit of time to get things right; iCloud is great, for example, but it began life as MobileMe. In the case of third-party keyboards though, I'm not seeing any progress at all. I ditched them shortly after iOS 8 launched because Apple's implementation was so bad, and Gboard is the first keyboard I've seen that gave be a reason to try again. Incredibly, the situation is just as bad now as it was then. Apple's default iOS keyboard is silky smooth, like most of iOS. It's fast and it's consistent. Switch to a third-party keyboard like Gboard though, and you never know what you're going to get. Sometimes there's lag while you're typing. Sometimes there's lag when you tap a text field, so you have to wait a beat or two before the keyboard appears. Sometimes you open an app and iOS randomly switches back to the default keyboard, forcing you to cycle through all your enabled keyboards until you get back to the one you want. And third-party keyboards can't even be used on certain screens, so the experience is made even less consistent. There are a bunch of other annoying little irregularities with Apple's third-party keyboard support, and all these issues combine to ruin the user experience. On a platform as smooth as iOS generally is — especially on powerful phones like my iPhone 6s — issues like the company's shoddy third-party keyboard support stick out like a sore thumb. It's a shame, really. Google's Gboard keyboard is a fantastic offering and I would love to switch to it and further realize my dream of having Google take over my iPhone. Sadly, iOS makes using third-party keyboards impossible for anyone looking for a smooth and stable user experience, which is typically an area where Apple shines.

Apple releases iOS 9.3.2 update for iPhone and iPad

If you own an iPhone or an iPad that was released in the last few years, Apple just released an update that you should install as soon as possible. iOS 9.3.2 is available for download as an over the air (OTA) update or through iTunes, and it brings with it a number of new features, bug fixes and refinements. DON'T MISS:  The 5 biggest ways Captain America: Civil War failed Here's the change log Apple released alongside the iOS 9.3.2 update: As you can see, bug fixes are the name of the game here. There are also a number of improvements across the board though, and you should always install the latest iOS build as soon as possible to get any security fixes Apple might have pushed out. Lastly, iOS 9.3.2 includes the capability to enable Low Power Mode and Night Shift at the same time, which is something many users have been asking for.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

If you have a 16GB iOS device you might want to immediately stop following our series on paid iPhone and iPad  apps on sale for free. Why? Because we share so many awesome premium apps on sale that you're going to fill up your iPhone's storage in no time. Today we've got 11 fresh freebies and you can check them all out in our list below. MUST SEE:  To make the iPhone exciting again, Apple has to launch… an Android phone? 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. FreeUpSpace Normally $4.99. ***The First All-in-One Space Saving Suite!*** *** Get the most powerful photos management app without any cost*** FreeUpSpace is a slick and polished space saving app for your iOS device that can resize photos, clean duplicates and compress photos & videos. It’s aimed at recovering wasted space of your device so that you can save more. This app gives you control on how you release space on your device. Use any or all of the 3 power packed modules to put your photos of your digital drawer on a diet: 1) Find duplicate photos: If you love clicking photos and selfies endlessly, you should use this feature very often. This helps you find duplicate photos of all levels ranging from least similar to exact duplicates. You have the control to set the duplicity level. Even better, you can adjust and set time and gps criteria for high accuracy. 2) Resize Photos: This is the best when you want to reduce the frame size of a photo you clicked from your iOS device. You can save a significant amount of space by resizing large sized photos. Quality is maintained while reducing the size. And even more, to make a photo fit perfectly on another device’s screen, you can simply resize it by setting a smaller width. 3) Compress Photos & Videos: You can save chunks of storage space by compressing large photos & videos. So if you’ve shot a lot of videos & photos with your iOS device, don’t forget to compress them when you’re running out of storage space. And once you’ve compressed them, you can easily share them with your friends via attachments, messaging apps etc. This app works best if: 1) You need to release storage space to save more photos & videos 2) You’re using a 16GB iOS device. 3) You’re lazy finding duplicates manually. 4) You’re unable to attach a photo or video because it’s too large. 5) You’re running out of storage space on a holiday! Get rid of the frequent message ”Your iPhone’s storage is almost full" World’s first iOS app that can recover more free space on your iOS device so that you can click and snap more and more photos & videos! Download FreeUpSpace Microbots Normally $0.99. Danger, a Microbot infestation is imminent! Test your skill, strategy and speed in this great arcade puzzle game that will keep you addicted for hours. Watch a video of Microbots: http://bit.ly/sd-hm You are Digital Pest Control, and it's up to you to eradicate the Microbot plague. They might look cute, but left alone they will infest the level. It's your job to guide the little vermin to the targets, where they will be blasted by your Exterminator-bot. Draw paths in any direction and the Microbots will blindly follow. Get them to the correct target to score. But watch out, they may need to make their way around each other, past obstacles or even have their colour converted. Each level requires a new strategy to score big. Work fast and smart and you will keep scoring more, don't forget to look out for the bonuses! Rack up the points to gain stars, these will unlock more levels and hand you Game Center achievements and points. There are 16 unique levels, each with a Game Center leaderboard, so you can pit your wits against players across the world. With retro styling, great audio and addictive gameplay, Microbots will keep you coming back for more. Game Features * Addictive gameplay * Fun combination of skill, strategy and speed * 4 zones * 16 unique, endlessly repayable levels * Cool retro graphics * Fab audio * Game Center leaderboard for all levels, plus zones and overall * Game Center Achievements * Games saved for later Download Microbots Print & PDF Normally $0.99. Just copy or "open with" whatever you want and focus the application. It will automatically detect if content need to be downloaded, converts it and offers sharing or printing. No extra actions needed. No annoying ads, no subscriptions. Office formats, images, texts - all can be one click converted. Listed in "open with" for better usability. Just copy hyperlink to download and convert content. Copy and transfer clipboard text data, print or share it as a file. Unique single click feature. Copy any text or data to your device clipboard and just open the application. It will appear as a PDF file in seconds. Lightweight, reliable and easy to use tool transforms and shares everything to PDF. Excel, Word, Powerpoint - all spreadsheets, text documents, plenty of supported formats. All can be shared and transformed to be guaranteed of being changed. Universal output format. absolute automation. Download Print & PDF SwiParty Normally $1.99. Still looking for workout playlists on YouTube?【Limited Time Free】 Easy-to-use music map More activity-based music: http://www.swibeat.com/album/SwiAPPs.php?lang=EN&swicls=swia1 Swipe to stream your personal party playlist! The unique interface of SwiWorkout classifies and recommends workout music for you. Find fast tempo on the right, slow ones on the left; from top to button, music ranges from new to old. Whatever music styles you want to listen to, swipe in corresponding area, SwiWorkout gives you a playlist immediately! Each swipe is an adventure. We're adding more music to SwiWorkout. Got some great workout music you wish to include? Drop us a line here: http://www.swibeat.com/Contact.php Features: - Pinch to adjust the search scope of music to increase/decrease the amount of tracks in the playlist Download SwiParty Run 5K PRO Normally $1.99. Do you want to start running & get in good shape? Do you want to easily run a 5K? Do you want to overcome laziness and lose weight? Then Run a 5K! app is exactly what you need! ============================= EASY TRAINING PLAN - 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week – and you'll be able to run 5K in 7 weeks; - effective training plan from professional coaches; - use outdoors and on a treadmill; - audio cues during all workouts to keep you focused; - GPS maps saved for each training session; - Apple Watch support. NEVER GET BORED - gradual increase of workout intensity for best result; - inspirational quotes keep you motivated while running; - motivational tips on running with each training session; - listening and managing your favorite music from the app; - sharing results with Facebook & Twitter friends. MUSIC TIMED TO YOUR WORKOUT - unlimited access to the best running music right from the app; - music tempo adjusts to your workout rhythm – music plays faster as you run faster; - new mixes from talented DJs are available every day; - all genres – from Classical and Oldies to Rock, Hip-hop and R&B; - convenient search and suggestions to find perfect mixes. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS - calorie counting; - detailed statistics: pace, distance, time and other parameters; - synchronization of your stats & logs with an upgrade from the free version; - synchronization with Apple Health app; - integration with Runkeeper, Fitbit, MapMyRun. Get ready to be surprised if you think you would never be able to run a 5K! Download Run 5K PRO mr.Toolkit Normally $1.99. mr.Toolkit - Must-have tools all in one. Contacts Cleaner | Flashlight | QR Code Scanner | Mirror | Alert | Proverbs | Storage Info | Battery Status. [Key Features]: --------------------------------------- * Flashlight (1)Brightness tuning: 10 levels (2)Strobe tuning: 10 levels (3)S.O.S strobe mode supported (4)Screen light mode supported * QR Code Scanner (1)Scan history auto saving (2)Scan QR Code from Photos (3)Backup & Restore scan history (4)Share scan history * Contacts Cleaner (1)Batch deleting contacts (2)Batch sending message to selected contacts (3)Backup contacts & Restore contacts (4)Batch sharing contacts * Proverbs (1)Scrolling selected proverb on your iPhone (2)Copy & Share proverbs supported Download mr.Toolkit OFFTIME Normally $2.99. ** Unplug and Digital Detox, just enough. ** The award winning ( OFFTIME ) lets you monitor your smartphone usage in real time and take dedicated timeouts from the digital. The app’s intuitive analytics make it easy to identify your habits and take action to change them. -- Introductory price: $2,99 (US) -- Find balance instead of giving in to digital distraction - start to unplug, take a digital detox and focus on your work, enjoy quality time with the people you care about, or simply find some peace of mind. As proven by science, with ( OFFTIME ) you can improve your wellbeing and productivity. “Addicted to your smartphone? There’s an APP for that!” – Daily Mail (UK) ( OFFTIME ) has three components that support your digital balance and digital detox: 1. tracking and comparing your device usage 2. setting personal device usage goals and accessing tips & articles 3. pursuing and sharing some digital OFFTIME (on iOS the flight mode for now) ** Please note ** For monitoring your smartphone usage in real time and displaying your hotspots of usage ( OFFTIME ) needs to continuously use GPS/location data. Even though ( OFFTIME )'s GPS usage is optimized, continued use of GPS running in the background will decrease battery life. ( OFFTIME ) provides a daily overview and its alert functions give you instant feedback on your usage behavior. You can set and track personal goals and limit your device usage to ensure your personal work-life-tech balance and your healthy digital detox daily. Learn how much time you spend with your digital devices and get support to disconnect. The app lets you understand your digital habits through insightful graphs and appealing visualizations of your smartphone usage, clustered by daily, weekly, monthly and total usage reports. Using “locations” you can find your usage hotspots. With the badge icon you can see conveniently your daily unlocks or collect your time offs. Once you opt-in to our new server comparison feature, you can easily see how your usage compares to that of other users each day. Take back control and focus on what matters to you. Give your device some peace and reconnect with your loved ones. Just before taking off you can share your “Offtime” moment with your friends and loved ones via Social Media. Inspire them to do the same and reconnect in the analog world. Curious or concerned about the drivers of distraction and digital device addiction? ( OFFTIME ) also comes with “hints” - a growing series of English articles that offer useful information and practical advice for dealing with the pitfalls of hyperconnectivity. Earning trust through data privacy and security ( OFFTIME ) takes data handling and privacy very serious. By default, ( OFFTIME ) stores as much data as possible on your device itself and allows you to opt-out from all server storage. As your data should be yours, for all the “Quantified Self” enthusiasts, ( OFFTIME ) offers an export function so you can get your own tracking data in a CSV file. Download OFFTIME Webpageshot Normally $4.99. Webpageshot is a simple yet powerful tool that used to convert the webpage into image. It will actually capture a whole web page (all the way down) and not just the bit on the screen. Also,it provides a screenshot extension for Safari on iOS 8. Download Webpageshot iArrow Normally $1.99. iArrow provides navigation where there are no roads. The app will show you the way back to your car, campsite or hotel and help you reach the nearest settlement if you get lost. This app features a built-in database of 2,000,000 localities around the world and does not require internet or cellular connection. Unlike navigation systems that show a blank map, iArrow instantly launches and very clearly indicates the direction and distance to the destination. The app consumes little energy and saves battery power. The app is useful for travelers, fishermen, hunters, including anyone who engages in recreation and works in the countryside. It is a reliable and easy navigation tool that fits perfectly in your hand. With iArrow, you can quickly save the coordinates of attractions, objects and key points along your route, and share them in any convenient way (SMS, Email, Twitter, Airdrop, etc.). You will be able to enter and send coordinates in a variety of formats and import them from the clipboard. APP FEATURES ● User Guide (Settings/?) ● Clear interface, uncompromising design ● You do not need an Internet connection * ● 2,000,000 settlements in the database ● Built-in online map ● Ability to search for objects by address ● Automatic detection of the address of the current position ● Indication of GPS accuracy ● Determination of direction using magnetic compass ● Determination of direction using GPS coordinates ● Radar mode that displays Favorites, History and settlements ● Displays full information about position, speed, altitude, etc. ● Lock screen ● Settings ● Metric and Imperial Units ● Low energy usage ● Support for iOS8 and iPhone 5/5s/6/6+ WORKING WITH COORDINATES ● Support for the latitude/longitude, UTM and MGRS coordinate formats ● Support latitude and longitude as decimal degrees, degrees/minutes/seconds and etc. ● Easy input of coordinates - special keyboards for each format ● Setting destination using azimuth and distance ● Convert GPS coordinates between degrees formats, UTM and MGRS on the fly ● Viewing coordinates on an online map ● Sending and receiving coordinates via SMS ● Import and export coordinates via SMS, Email, and Airdrop ● Import and export list of coordinates ● Import and export links to Google, Apple, Yandex, and OSM maps ● Import coordinates from the clipboard ● Automatic determination of format of imported coordinates ● Easily add, delete, or edit coordinates ● Automatically save the coordinates in History ● Search in Favorites and History ● Sorting Favorites/History by new and nearest points ● List of nearby settlements Download iArrow Reporter Camera Normally $0.99. Meet Reporter, private gesture-based camera app you've been waiting for ages. It offers you wide variety of photo-editing tools, effects and something never seen before - Encryption. Nowadays we want to make sure that our photos are kept private, because prying eyes are everywhere and some stories are just not meant to be shared. Encrypt any photograph from existing iPhone Gallery in less then a second, or make a new in a one simple click. We've took care about the ones you WANT to expose as well, adding the Renaissance-painter-like Signature for personalising your photography. Don't forget about adjustable exposition / white balance settings, bunch of Reporter-exclusive filters and various photo enhancement instruments. Download Reporter Camera Photosets Normally $0.99. Every now & then something "truly innovative" occurs ... Photosets - 4:3HD Live Photos Create Super-High-Quality 4:3HD Videos From Your Burst Mode Photosets Photosets is a first of it's kind Action Photography app, intended to be used as a companion-app to the Burst mode feature of your built-in iOS Camera app. Photosets v2.3.1 supports a single video output-format, one with a 6.2 Mpx resolution. Photosets v3.0, scheduled for release in May 2016, will support two video output-formats: i.) one with the same 6.2 Mpx resolution (when using an Apple mobile device with an 8 Mpx image sensor, which we refer to as 4:3HD-8), and ii.) one with a new (44% higher) 9 Mpx resolution (when using an Apple mobile device with a 12 Mpx image sensor, which we refer to as 4:3HD-12). We refer to this suite of formats as 4:3HD (pronounced "four three HD"); they are High-Definition (HD) resolutions optimized for their respective image sensor. The 9 Mpx format will soon become the highest resolution option on mobile devices, as well as in living rooms on big-screen TVs ! Key Features: • Industry's only comprehensive mobile app purpose-built for Burst mode photosets. • Industry-leading super-high-quality 4:3HD formats; Photosets v3.0 adds advanced stabilization. • Create short 4:3HD videos from your Burst mode photosets; up-to 120 photos per photoset. • Custom Most Important Photo (MIP) selection support, which enables you to select any single photo (of a photoset) to pair with a 4:3HD video when the video is Shared or Exported. • Custom multi-function photoset-level playback controller, supporting playback speeds of 3 -to- 30 frames per second (fps). • Custom photoset-level Trim support. • Supports Portrait and Landscape "orientation" on all 14 (supported) Apple mobile devices. • Supports the iOS 9 iPad-oriented multi-tasking features Slide Over and Split View. • Supports all 14 Apple mobile devices with an A7 or newer A-series processor. Import options: • Copy Burst Albums from your built-in iOS Photos app. • Receive, via AirDrop, "photosets" from other AirDrop-enabled Apple devices. • Download (sequentially-numbered) "photosets" from either local and remote web servers; includes a custom Preview feature. • Import up-to 300 photos per photoset. Share & Export options: • Share option #1: Transmit, via AirDrop, "photosets" to other AirDrop-enabled Apple devices. • Share option #2: Transmit, via AirDrop, 4:3HD videos (+ their companion-photos) to other AirDrop-enabled Apple devices. • Export option #1: Copy 4:3HD videos (+ their companion-photos) into a "Photosets" album in your built-in iOS Photos app. Download Photosets  

Forget baseball cards, old iPods are selling for thousands of dollars on eBay

The market for old electronics products is a bit bizarre. While a brand new iMac might set you back about $1,200, trying to get your hands on an original Apple I might set you back as much as $365,000. Much like the market for cars, the most expensive consumer electronics products tend to be either brand new or dreadfully old. Undoubtedly, many people are willing to shell out top dollar in the interest of nostalgia. While original Apple I computers are nearly impossible to come by, you can still make a pretty penny if you happen to have a drawer somewhere filled with old iPods . Since Apple first entered the music player business nearly 15 years ago, the company has churned out about 25 different iPod models. And if you happen to have a few old iPods lying around, you might want to see if they're worth anything. DON'T MISS:  These 3D models likely show us exactly what the iPhone 7 will look like According to a new report from The Guardian , old iPods are joining the ranks of baseball cards insofar that they're fast becoming pricey collectibles on eBay. A factory-sealed third-generation iPod shuffle? $999.95. Mint condition fifth-generation iPod classic, in white? $1,394.99. A silver first-generation iPod mini? Yours for $2,499.99. But these are on the low end of the price scale. If you have a special edition, especially if it’s still in its original packaging, you could be looking at much more: Apple’s fourth-generation red-and-black special edition released in partnership with the band U2 are trading for around $7,000, used. And that’s before you get to the real collectors’ items. A first generation iPod classic – “battery is really good for its age” – is on sale priced at $9,999.99. A second-generation, still-boxed iPod classic – that’s the last version that had the moving wheel – is currently listed for an extraordinary $19,999.99. Now that's not to say that sellers are actually getting full-ask on said iPod models, but if you have any iPod models from 2001-2004 tucked away somewhere, you might want to hop on eBay and see what you can get for it. Interestingly, Apple's original Bondi Blue iMac, originally released in 1998, can be had for as little as $50 on eBay.

Galaxy Note 6 will launch at least a month before the iPhone 7 Plus

The Galaxy Note 6 is going to be one of the hot smartphones of the second half of the year, hitting stores around the same time the iPhone 7  and iPhone 7 Plus arrive. However, Samsung will start selling its new Note at least a month ahead of the new iPhone 7 Plus phablet's launch, just like last year. A new leak tells us precisely when the Galaxy Note 6 will be released in the US, killing previous rumors that suggested the phone may be available as soon as July. DON’T MISS: Leaked drawings are probably the iPhone 7's final design The well-informed Evan Blass took to Twitter to say that Samsung’s upcoming phablet will be available to U.S. buyers in the week of August 15th. The Galaxy Note 5 was released on August 13th last year in North America, a full month before the iPhone 6s started selling. In 2014, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 took a beating in stores because it launched at the same time with the iPhone 6 series. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/730492940955561984 Blass has a great track record reporting leaks that detail unreleased mobile products, so it’s very likely that the Galaxy Note 6 will be available stateside come mid-August. According to SamMobile , some of the “confirmed” features of the new phone include a USB Type-C port, IP68 water and dust resistance, a 4,000 mAh battery and a BlackBerry-inspired Samsung Focus suite of apps . The phone should sport top-of-the-line hardware as well since Samsung has really turned up the heat on its flagship phone designs over the past year, and it could come with a curved display version as well.

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

We have big shoes to fill after yesterday's batch of paid iPhone and iPad  apps on sale for free, but we think we've done a pretty good job. We've got 12 apps in total for you today, and they span a wide range of categories to ensure that there's something for everyone. As always, you'll also find a few free downloads remaining in yesterday's post if you head back and check it out. MUST SEE:  The hottest iPhone you’ve ever seen will never exist 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. Lists Normally $2.99. Lists is a fun and colorful little task and checklist app. A lot of todo apps are pretty intense, but sometimes the easiest way to get stuff done is to keep things light and easy. If you need a productivity tool that doesn’t take itself too seriously, Lists is your app! It’s perfect for condensing and focusing in on the 10 or so things that actually matter, and getting them done. All lists and items you create in the app are synced in real-time to all of your devices, and are available offline. Download Lists Preset Normally $1.99. "It’s the best way to perfect your photos." -- Mac Sources ----------- Make your own filters by mixing, matching and adjusting 27 filters from our library. Easy to use gestures allow users to swap, delete and temporarily disable filters in their layer chain. Use Preset’s easy to learn interface to create the perfect combination of filters that you can save and reuse. Users can also pinch on the image they are editing to zoom. They can double tap to go back to original scale. Share your Photos to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or any app on user’s device that has a share extension. The app supports full use on iPad in either side-by-side or slide over mode. Apply your presets inside the Photo App by using our extension. They can apply a preset then save it to their device. Preset is available on any device that supports iOS 8 or 9. That includes iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. Download Preset Monster Math 2 Magic World in-app purchase currently free, normally $2.99. Monster Math 2 helps your child practice and learn over 40 math skills within addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, times tables as well as factors, multiples and prime numbers. It is suited for Grades 1 – 5, with standard skill presets aligned with Common Core standards. These are also fully customisable to suit your kids’ aptitude and you can move to advanced or basic skills with a simple toggle. Detailed reports and weekly emails round up the educational features and allow you to get an in-depth view of how the kids is progressing in math! Monster Math 2 has: 4 Completely Different and New Worlds 23 game characters Superior gameplay features and more interactivity for the kids All new artwork and soundtrack While kids explore new worlds and await new characters with bated breath, they don’t even realize they are getting better and faster at arithmetic! Monster Math 2 is a hugely better approach to practicing mental math and doing math drills. Its story-line and interactivity is designed to quiz multiple skills at once and guide students towards improving their skills; unlike flash cards or simple quiz based apps, which only ask one question at a time. Monster Math 2 provides a unique story and adaptive game play to tutor kids at a suitable pace. Have your kids progress through learning their core arithmetic skills while helping Maxx find Dextra! Kids love Monster Math! Monster Math 2 - Features: Tons of Adventure • Become Maxx and rescue your best friend Dextra from the clutches of evil monsters! Your child can follow an engaging storyline as Maxx runs through multiple worlds and levels. They can practice basic problem solving in dozens of different levels by defeating enemy monsters! Learn and Practice Arithmetic • Monster Math 2 is better than homework, and it’s the perfect math trainer for your child. Practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with Maxx! Monster Math 2 has a multilevel system is designed to guide struggling kids towards the right answers. Adaptive Gameplay with Challenging Drills and Quizzes • This math trainer adjusts its difficulty depending on your child’s progress across various math skills In-Depth Reporting • Learn how your child is doing with the Common Core Standards for math. See where they need help and know what skills they are good at. You can even get a skill-specific analysis, as well as weekly email updates. Unlock More with Monster Math 2! • Monster Math 2 is your child’s personal homework and math trainer. It takes your child through 20 levels in 4 different worlds, encountering strange and funny monsters with exciting powers. And they defeat these monsters using basic math and problem solving skills that they use in class every day! See the skills your child could be learning with Monster Math 2 - Addition & Subtraction • Addition up to 5, 10 and 20 • Subtraction up to 5, 10 and 20 • Two-digit addition without carry over • Two-digit subtraction without borrowing Multiplication & Division • Times Tables of 1 through 10 • Divide by numbers 1 to 10 • Multiply single-digit numbers by multiples of 10 Download Monster Math 2 Universal Search Engine Normally $0.99. Search on Internet in Smart and optimized way A powerful App to get the Top search result from six different search engine in Single App . ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Advantage of this App:- * Save a lot of time of User * NO need to browse from different website , * A lot of search results from different websites ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Key feature of App:- * Search results from Google * Search results from Bing * Search results from Yahoo * Search results from Duckduckgo.com * Search results from Ask.com * Search results from AOL.com ** This App show top results from search engine and show it within the app . You can open that results within the App . ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ** Only one time input to search from all different search engine . ** Easily switch to another search engine result . ** No need to fill same thing Again . it will search automatically for your text . ** you can also open the link of search results within the App . ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ** A must have App for the people who frequently use search engine . ** You need not to open different search homepage to find optimized results . This App will do it for you automatically. ** Easy to use App. ** This App will change the way of searching on Internet to get best results . Thank you !! Download Universal Search Engine Red Camera Normally $2.99. Red Camera Convert normal everyday photos into vintage and grunge style. We have 50 filters - Grunge Vintage Sepia Black and White Retro filters Bokeh Hipster Filters Unicolor Take your android phone into the past with some of the most beautiful and unique vintage effects. Come see filters fine-tuned to perfection and inspired by old-school analog photography. Download this app and see how Photolab retro throws back to old-school photography with the best real-time vintage filters on the app store! Edit photos with this wonderful retro photo editor and share with the world on Facebook,pinterest,instagram and flickr. Wonderful alternative of hipstamatic, retrica , vintique A wonderful app with a nice hipster hipstamatic and lomo feel ! Download Red Camera countability Normally $0.99. how many coffee you had this month? how many beer you had for this year? are you looking for an app to record the numbers in your daily life? Please try Countability! Features: - right to left swipe to increase record by one easily - left to right swipe to edit/delete the entire category - view your recorded items chart in daily/monthly/yearly manner - or view/edit your recorded items as a list - currently have 15 color themes to to pick! - register an account to store your data in cloud Download countability Smart Cleaner Normally $1.99. Smart Cleaner is the best solution available on your iPhone and iPad to remove multiple duplicate contacts in your address book instantaneously. After Cleanup Duplicate Contacts has worked its magic, your address book will be cleaner, faster and easier to navigate. This app can help you to remove duplicate contacts in one click, also it supports Recycle Bin, you can rollback deleted contacts easily, never mind mistake remove. Smart Filters: - Merge contacts with duplicate Phone. - Merge contacts with duplicate Email. - Merge contacts with duplicate Name. - Find contacts without Name. - Find contacts without phone Number. - Find contacts without Email. Backup Contacts & Rollback: - Backup your contacts in on click! - Recycle bin support, never mind mistake remove. Other Features: - Quick select and unselect contacts. - Double check list. - Search contacts. Download Smart Cleaner iSchool Normally $2.99. i-School is a study organizer and Timetable Schedule Planner, both for schools and universities. Very minimalistic but has everything you need. Convenient class and study-schedule, textbooks, homework and notes are attached to classes; homework notifications, grades, grade's average. Take a pictures or use voice recording as a note. Very simple. Very useful. With i-School you can: - Download your favorite textbooks and attach them to the classes; - Keep track of your study Timetable Schedule, make audio and text notes during your classes - Track your tasks - homework, assignments and get notified in advance about deadlines - Keep your grades, compute a grade average by semesters and overall - Share you homework through the social networks or bluetooth interface Download iSchool AmpKit Normally $19.99. AmpKit+ transforms your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into a powerful guitar amp & effects studio! The paid AmpKit+ app includes 4 amps and matching cabinets, 10 pedals and 8 mics at less than half price. COMPATIBLE DEVICE: • Ampkit Link, Ampkit Link HD (available on Amazon.com) • Apogee JAM, Line 6 Mobile In, Line 6 SonicPort, iRiffPort, Alesis IO Dock • iRig, iRig HD REVIEWS: "I found AmpKit+, the full version of the app, the easiest, most versatile and the best value, especially on an iPad." - New York Times "AmpKit is the star of the show... extremely intuitive user interface, plenty of amps and pedals, great sound." - WIRED FEATURES: • Sophisticated recording capabilities with mixing and non-destructive re-amping • Upload sessions to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and others • Records sharing via SoundCloud, AirDrop, Copy-Paste, iMessage and email • Ultra-low latency, virtually undetectable • FREE Tuner and Metronome featuring technology used in GuitarToolkit • Works with virtually all headset and dock guitar interfaces Download AmpKit Chrono Plus Normally $1.99. Chrono Plus is a convenient task manager and time tracking tool with a host of handy features. Chrono Plus is suitable for anyone who needs to manage time and tasks more effectively and efficiently. A must-have for any freelancer or professional paid by the hour, it features a sleek, intuitive interface for management of tasks, cost calculation and invoicing. Also available for Mac, Chrono Plus keeps all data in sync across computers and mobile devices. Key Features: • Easy and fast creation of tasks and subtasks • Color marking and search for better navigation • Tracks completion of tasks and projects • Time and cost tracking • Multiple hourly rates • Built-in invoice generator (formatted in MS Excel) • Ability to e-mail invoices to clients or save them to external applications • Project visualization using graphs and charts • Full synchronization between iPad, iPhone and Mac • Mac version is also available Download Chrono Plus Bike Gear Calculator Normally $0.99. All level Cyclists now have access to an exciting new Bicycle Gear Calculator application. A must have app for bike mechanics, commuters, road cyclists, mountain, cyclocross, BMX riders and racers. You can customize the app to match your bike specs (ANY size sprocket, chainring and tires). With our app you can match a SRAM XX1 1x11 mountain bike drivetrain (42T cog), or you can manually add a 60 tooth cog if you want! For more info and how to ADD a needed size sprocket, tires, chainring etc. please read a user manual at www.BikeGearCalculator.com Every dedicated cyclist wants to be more powerful. Using a customizable bike gears calculator app makes it easy. Customize the bike gears calculator app to match your bike specs. Bike gears calculator allows you to choose cadence, tire size, crank length and more and determine gear ratio, gain ratio, speed, pedal rotations and much more. Bicycle Gears app helps you to determine whether you have the right bike but the wrong gears. This handy application gives cyclists facts on-the-spot to improve their overall experience. Bicycle gear calculator app is comprehensive get answers right away and share them with other cyclists. Create tables and view essential information at a glance: gear inches, gain ratio, development, speed and more. Ease of use makes this app the ultimate way to find solutions. When you get answers, share them with fellow cyclists. Choose time then let the Bike Gears app calculate the distance you will cover using a particular gear ratio and number of pedal rotations. Alternatively, you can also calculate time and distance based on the number of pedal rotations per a certain gear ratio. Plan your trips, know your gears and achieve your goals using this handy bicycle gear calculator app. You can even select the distance and the time and number of pedal rotations required. The application can help you to compare the gears and find the alternative gears. Bike gears app helps cyclists do it all. Bicycle gear calculator app is an easy way to get the facts. Cycling is better when you know how and when to get in the right gear. Getting in the optimum gear on time will improve your performance. Take advantage of the incredible abilities of this innovative app to meet and exceed your cycling goals. Have a safe ride! Download Bike Gear Calculator Decorder Normally $0.99. Decorder - THE Decibel Recording App Simple and easy to use decibel recorder with: - Great decibel monitoring - Automatic saving of your decibel session data - Maximum, Minimum, Average and all decibels recorded - Sharing via email, message, and others, with a text file of all the decibels and data received in the session with the data designed to be easily reusable. This is THE Decibel recording, storing and sharing app. Download Decorder

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

Today's list of paid iPhone and iPad  apps on sale for free comes a bit later than usual, but you'll love it every bit as much as you do on any other day. We've got 10 fresh apps for you on Wednesday's list, and you can snag even more if you head back to yesterday's post , where you'll find several remaining freebies. DON’T MISS:  5 private details Facebook asks for that you shouldn’t share 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. Tube for YouTube Normally $0.99. Tube for YouTube is the critically acclaimed new app for YouTube. Watch YouTube like never before thanks to Tube's unique browse while watching in fullscreen feature. ***** AppAdvice - Today's Best App: “If you’re looking for an experience that is better than the official YouTube app, then look no further.” ***** CNET: “Gives you a more complete (and entertaining) YouTube experience by letting you "channel surf" while the current video plays… Take that, Google!” Tube is the perfect way to discover and enjoy great new videos on the go or relaxing at home. Some of the awesome features: - Browse search results, featured videos and playlists while watching in full screen - Flat single-screen navigation enables easy/fast access to your favorite features with a single tap - Gorgeous iOS 7 style interface - View YouTube curated channels or sign-in with your YouTube account to access all of your Subscriptions, Playlists etc. - Easily subscribe to new channels or add videos to your Favorites and Watch Later list. - Filter searches your way with the intuitive iOS 7 style menu - Video ratings and number of views are displayed on each video while browsing - Easily share videos using the standard iOS 7 sharing interface Tube provides the most immersive YouTube experience on your iPhone. Download it now to see for yourself. Download Tube for YouTube Mars Writer Normally $4.99. Mars Writer lets you quickly create beautiful notes. Use it on your next great writing idea or project. #Features: **REALTIME DATA SYNC** Everything you type into Mars Writer is synced in real-time to all your devices. **CREATE BEAUTIFUL MARKDOWN NOTES.** Mars Writer is powered by Markdown: The writing standard for authors and bloggers everywhere. The minimal syntax places your words front and center. ** PROCESS IDEAS. NOT DOCUMENTS** Mars Writer is built to place the emphasis on your words and writing. We designed it to be clean and minimal so you could focus on your thoughts. **CODE FRIENDLY** If you are a programmer, you'll enjoy the Github-flavored styling for code snippets built into Mars Writer. **ORGANIZE YOUR WORK INTO NOTEBOOKS** All of your writing can be saved and organized using a notebook-style hierarchy. The interface is modern while remaining wonderfully familiar. **ROBUST SHARING OPTIONS** Your work can easily be exported out of the app as .txt (plain text), .md (markdown), or .html documents. #Uses You can use Mars Writer for: - Your next big novel - Taking notes in class - A place for your personal thoughts - Storing your code snippet library - Creating Give Mars Writer a try. You'll love it! Download Mars Writer Rapid Photo Transfer Normally $2.99. Rapid Photo Transfer is the best transfer app on the AppStore. It allows you to transfer, backup and share your videos and photos (including Live Photos) privately, quickly and in full resolution. Free space on your device with Rapid Photo Transfer. We’ve created Image Transfer app - one of the best transfer apps on the App Store with more than 5 million downloads. This experience and feedback from our customers allowed us to create Rapid Photo Transfer with advanced transfer technologies, beautiful interface and helpful features. Here are some of our features: . Transfer photos and videos to computer and vice versa without additional software . Live Photos support. You can share with friends or backup your live photos as .mov, .gif or even .jpeg+.mov format. . Fast and handy transfer to the connected cloud drives: Dropbox, GoogleDrive and Flickr. . Incredible share features. You’re able to share transferred photos right after they were transferred: via email, iMessages or just copy short URL and share it wherever you want. . Free space on your device. You’re able to delete transferred photos and keep your iPhone storage clear. It’s just a few features (but they are amazing, right?) and many more are coming soon. So, give it a try and send us your feedback. Download Rapid Photo Transfer Proun Normally $1.99. PocketGamer 9/10: "This is knife-edge stuff of the very highest order - you'll curse, you'll scream, and when you conquer a challenge you'll cheer in relief and delight." Proun+ is a great combination of art and a racing game, inspired by paintings by Mondriaan and Kandinsky. Proun+ - A Journey Through Modern Art In Proun+ you guide a ball racing along a pipe while dodging obstacles. 5 different speeds from Relaxed to Speed of Light mean this game is suitable for both casual and hardcore gamers, so anyone can enjoy it. The levels are accompanied by great jazz-rock music specially written for Proun+. *Please note: make no mistake - this game is visually great but will be the hardest challenge of your life at top speed! Proun+ = • 5 different speeds • 11 levels • 4 different game modes • Jazz-rock music • Simple game controls (touch or tilt) • Lasting appeal • A Journey Through Modern Art This game is compatible with the iPad 2 and iPhone 4 (or newer), but a 4th generation iPad or iPhone 5 (or newer) is recommended for the ultimate gaming experience. Download Proun XVideo Player PRO Normally $0.99. XVideo Player app is advanced app that plays any major video format without conversion very easily. Play online videos with around 15 popular video sites. Video Playback: - Directly play videos in the app - Play almost any video format including flash videos - Play videos attached in your email directly when opening the app - Play youtube videos online - Import videos from Camera and Video Library - No Advertisement in this version Online Video Player with the following sites: (1) YouTube (2) Vimeo (3) NetFlix (4) DailyMotion (5) Yahoo! Screen (6) Vube (7) Twitch (8) Vine (9) UStream (10) Break (11) LiveLeak (12) TV (13) Viewster (14) Hulu (15) MetaCafe Supported video formats: mov, mp4, 3gp, avi, wma, wmv, mpeg, mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, flv, f4v, swf, rmvb, mkv, dat, vob, mts, ogg, mpg File Manager: - Manage your videos easily and delete files - Video thumbnails - Export video to Camera Roll - iTunes file sharing folder - Faster Wifi File Sharing option to share all supported videos - Share videos on Facebook and also by Email Video Trimming: - Provide feature to trim videos - Trim unlimited videos and store them in your device Privacy Settings: - Pass Lock option to provide safety for your videos Video Sharing: - Share videos via Email with your friends - Easily share videos via WhatsApp - Also provide feature to upload videos on Youtube and share via twitter Download XVideo Player PRO EVIL Normally $0.99. Tap to create GIFs with effects from your Live Photos. Save or share your iOS 9 Live Photos with your friends via iMessage, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other apps. The app filters and only displays Live Photos. Tap on any of them to convert them into a MOV or GIF with the chosen effect which you can save to your photo library, or share directly to other apps. Note that for certain apps like Twitter, you will want to use Evil to save as GIF to your photo library and then tweet directly from within the Twitter app. Only iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can take Live Photos, but if you have received Live Photos from your friends, you can still use Evil to convert those photos to MOV or GIF. On devices with 3D Touch, you can tap on a thumbnnail to peek to show a preview of the live photo. For devices without 3D touch support, tap and hold on a thumbnail to preview the larger version of the photo. Download EVIL Maps for Minecraft Normally $0.99. With this app you can explore an amazing collection of the Best Database Maps for your Minecraft Pocket Edition game with this app! You will get the largest database maps ever available for Minecraft Pocket Edition. This app contains over 800 hand-picked maps with photos and descriptions. Have you ever wanted custom maps for your Minecraft Pocket edition game? This app lets you have those custom maps! Features: • Over 800 maps database • Easy installation • Universal app • Images for every map It is the app with the most Maps in the entire App store. We have all of them! Do you have doubts about how to register on a Map? Do you know how Maps work? Do not worry, we provide you with help in order to solve all of your doubts. This is the only app that allows you to add all the Maps you want without any problems, there are no limits! We update the Maps every hour and you will be able to access the most famous Maps in the world. Download Maps for Minecraft AURA Normally $2.99. 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! 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Google I/O 2016 preview: All the biggest announcements you can expect next week

Every year during the spring and summer months, Android and Apple users alike are given a glimpse into the future of their respective mobile operating systems. Apple of course has WWDC which is slated to take place in June and Google will kick things off one month earlier when its annual I/O developers conference kicks off next week on May 18. What makes Google's I/O conference arguably more interesting and exciting than WWDC is that there's a whole lot more to cover. While Apple will predictably cover the future of iOS and OS X, Google, as it's prone to do, will cover an incredible array of products and technologies, hardly a surprise given how many different pots Google has its hands in these days. Indeed, Google's broadening interest in all facets of technology - and even science - is what prompted the company to rename and restructure itself under the Alphabet umbrella. All that said, we are eagerly anticipating Google to make a number of interesting announcements that extend far beyond the company's upcoming Android N update. From a rumored VR headset to more information regarding a Project Tango smartphone, the collective eyes of the tech world will understandably be laser focused on all things Google I/O next week. DON'T MISS:  The iPhone 7 might not be the iPhone you’re waiting for With so much on Google's plate, we've put together a short but sweet primer to help give you a better idea of what to expect when Google's 3-day developers conference kicks off. Notably, this marks the first time I/O will be a 3-day event, suggesting that Google has a whole lot to discuss. Android N It wouldn't be Google I/O without a new version of Android. Codenamed Android N, we can fully expect Google CEO Sundar Pichai and other executives to show us what the future of Android looks like. As for the playful food-related name Google plans to give to its next-gen version of Android, rumor has it that the N stands for Nutella. Now because Google began pushing out developer previews of Android N not too long ago, not everything about the company's next-generation OS will be a surprise. In short order, some of the rumored features Android N will bring to the table include quick reply notifications, notification bundling, an easier process by which device manufacturers can push out updates to users, multi-window support, new tools to prevent excessive data usage if need be, support for pressure sensitive displays a la the iPhone 6s' 3D Touch feature, and better battery management. Self-Driving Cars Google has been testing self-driving cars for some time now, but there are rumors suggesting that the search giant will take some time at this year's I/O event to show them off to the public for the first time. With Tesla having already rolled out its Autopilot software, it will be interesting to see if Google is ready to take the wraps off of its own self-driving car technology. Amazon Echo competitor The Information earlier this year published an interesting expose on Nest and its CEO Tony Fadell. Buried within the report was an interesting nugget indicating that the Nest team has been busy building a device intended to compete with the Amazon Echo. While no release details were provided in the original report, Google I/O would represent the opportune venue to unveil such a device. Project Tango Project Tango has been talked about for years now, but in 2016, the wait for a consumer-oriented Project Tango smartphone will finally come to an end. Indeed, Lenovo and Google haven't exactly been quiet about their partnership involving a Project Tango smartphone slated for release sometime later this summer. With a release date fast approaching, it's a safe bet that we'll see such a device take front and center stage next week at Google I/O. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYlIprTlsmQ For those unfamiliar, Project Tango involves equipping smartphones with a vast array of advanced sensors that, together with a phone's camera, can quickly survey a room and construct a 3D map of its interior. Virtual Reality Headset Virtual Reality is all the rage these days and Google isn't going to just sit on the sidelines and observe. According to a February report in The Wall Street Journal , Google has been developing a more advanced virtual reality headset that "doesn’t rely on a smartphone, computer or game console." While it remains to be seen if such a device is ready for public viewing, it's no secret that Google has been taking VR related endeavors more seriously in recent months. Earlier this year, Google announced the formation of an entirely new division dedicated solely to virtual reality computing. Project Aura  The first incarnation of Google Glass didn't revolutionize much of anything, despite early excitement about the product from vocal supporters. And while Google Glass is now often the subject of ridicule, Google still has big plans for the technology. Say hello to Project Aura, a.k.a Google Glass 2.0. Project Auora is reportedly being managed by Nest CEO Tony Fadell and will reportedly have more of an enterprise focus as opposed to a focus on consumers. Now what this entails exactly remains open to speculation, but some believe that Google will try to market Google Glass 2.0 to those in the manufacturing and healthcare industries. Either way, don't be surprised to see if Google takes some time at its developer conference next week to give us a report on the state of its efforts surrounding wearable technologies.   Chrome OS/Android merger This is a rumor that has been floating around for a few months now. Originally reported by The Wall Street Journal this past October, it's believed that Alphabet has grand plans to fold its Chrome OS under the Android umbrella. The move is also an attempt by Google to get Android running on as many devices as possible to reach as many people as possible. The operating system runs phones, tablets, watches, TVs and car infotainment systems. Adding laptops could increase Android’s user base considerably. That should help Google woo more outside developers who want to write apps once and have them work on as many gadgets as possible, with little modification. Work on this initiative has reportedly been ongoing for more than two years now. It's believed that Alphabet will showcase its progress on this particular endeavor at Google I/O next week ahead of a 2017 final release.

Leaked drawings are probably the iPhone 7’s final design

New iPhone blueprints sourced from noted leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer appear to confirm that Apple's next-gen iPhone 7 will not feature a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The blueprint renders below, reportedly sourced from an Apple subcontractor ( via uSwitch ), also seem to corroborate previous reports indicating that the larger iPhone 7 Plus will be the only model to ship with Apple's advanced dual lens camera system. DON'T MISS:  Amazon’s 12 best daily deals: A $50 smartphone, a $150 smart TV, and plenty more First up, we have a rendering of the iPhone 7. And next we have the following rendering of the iPhone 7 Plus. Note the difference in the camera module on the iPhone 7 above and the iPhone 7 Plus below. As for what we can expect to see out of the iPhone 7 Plus' dual camera system, Apple's acquisition of LinX suggests that we'll see improved image quality, better detailing when zooming in, decreased noise levels, improved low light performance and more. Notably, LinX, before being acquired by Apple, touted its cameras  as “leading the way to DSLR performance in slim handsets.” Also interesting is the claim that the iPhone 7 Plus will be graced with a Smart Connector on the back. "Once again that tallies with long-standing rumors that the iPhone 7 Plus will offer support for a new set of dedicated accessories, as well as existing iPad Pro add-ons such as the Smart Keyboard," the report adds. What's more, the report relays that Apple's next-gen iPhone models will still rely upon a single speaker instead of opting for a dual speaker system as some previous rumors suggested. Size wise, expect Apple's iPhone 7 models to sport the same dimensions as the iPhone 6s. Aesthetically, the iPhone 7 will look a bit better as the unseemly antenna lines on the back will reportedly be shown the door. To that point, MacRumors recently obtained the following photo which purports to show what the iPhone 7 will look like. Also note that the camera doesn't appear to protrude anymore. As for other iPhone news, John Gruber recently suggested that Apple's 2017 iPhone model will feature an edge to edge display with an embedded Touch ID sensor and video camera.

The crazy tech Thai students used to cheat

With consumer electronics products becoming smaller and increasingly more powerful over the years, students have started to come up with any number of clever ways to discreetly cheat on exams. You might recall, for instance, that a group of 50 students at an elite High School in New York were caught up in a massive cheating ring that centered on slyly taking photos of exams ahead of time. In the most recent instance of technology creatively being used for cheating purposes, a group of students taking an entrance exam for medical school in Thailand were caught using an elaborate system that relied upon smartwatches and hidden cameras embedded in eyeglasses. DON'T MISS:  New unlimited VPN app for iPhone is designed to bypass censorship According to Reuters , the scheme involved three groups of students, one equipped with smartwatches, another with the aforementioned glasses and another group located away from the testing location. The scheme worked as follows: The group with the advanced glasses sat down for the exam and took photos of the exam. They then left the exam room on the early side whereupon they promptly sent the questions to a group outside the testing location. This group then looked over the questions and came up with answers that they then communicated to a group of test takers wearing smartwatches. The exam proctors reportedly became suspicious after noticing some students wearing curiously large glasses, photos of which you can see above. Upon learning of the cheating scheme, officials at Rangsit University cancelled the medical school entrance exam for all students in order to get a handle on the situation. The exam has since been rescheduled and the cheating students have been "blackballed" from the school. A few additional photos of the gadgets students were using to cheat follow below.

Creative rises from the dead to try and destroy Android

Do you remember Creative? In the early 2000s, the company had a brief period of being cool, as its Zen MP3 players were the anti-establishment alternative to the iPod. These days, the Singapore-based company mostly makes gaming headsets and computer speakers -- nothing to do with smartphones, in other words. But thanks to a complaint  filed against every big Android phone manufacturer, Creative has quietly declared war on Android. The complaint is filed against a who's-who of Android smartphones: Samsung, LG, HTC, BlackBerry, Sony, ZTE, Lenovo and Motorola. The issue at hand is music players: all the phones have 'em, and Creative has a patent it thinks is being infringed on. Specifically, all the phones are capable of "playing stored media files selected by a user from a hierarchical display." DON'T MISS:  5 private details Facebook asks for that you shouldn’t share I know what you're thinking -- this is the same sort of rounded-corners stuff that Apple and Samsung have been fighting about for years. And to an extent, that's true! A "hierarchical display" that lets you select stored music files is a description that fits any music player more sophisticated than a radio -- heck, you could argue that Sony's first CD player did something similar. But before you write off this entire complaint as classic patent trolling, it's worth remembering that Creative was once a force in music electronics, and it has a right, just like any other company, to protect its intellectual property. The complaint was filed with the International Trade Commission, which seems to think (at least provisionally) that Creative has some kind of case. It's opening an investigation into Creative's complaint, which could potentially have serious repercussions for the Android manufacturers named. In the past, the ITC has banned Samsung phones from the US after it found them to infringe on patents. In this case, an import ban isn't likely -- Creative is probably after a royalty fee, which would see manufacturers pay a small amount to the company for every smartphone sold. That could tide a slowly failing company well into retirement, and all because it patented the idea of a list.

Caught in the act: Thai university uncovers high-tech student cheats

A university in Thailand has caught a group of students using smart watches and cameras concealed in glasses to cheat during entrance exams, forcing the cancellation of the tests for others. Rangsit University rector Arthit Ourairat shared pictures of the gadgets on his Facebook page and said the school had canceled the relevant medical school entrance exams held on May 7 and 8. Local media cited officials saying three students had been blacklisted by the university following the elaborate scam, which involved proxies filming the exam papers with the concealed camera in their glasses.

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

Today's list of paid iPhone and iPad  apps on sale for free follows the killer batch we had yesterday, several of which are still free downloads if you hurry up and grab them from Monday's post . You'll find 11 fresh apps for Tuesday though, but these sales could be over at any moment so be sure to download anything you see that looks appealing as soon as you can. DON’T MISS:  5 private details Facebook asks for that you shouldn’t share 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. InstaWeb Normally $1.99. "If you are looking for a cool app for storing webpages in PDF format for offline viewing, this is the perfect one for you." - makeuseof "This is just perfect, which is exactly what I need. I can view the web page like Safari's Reader, removing all the clutters" - User Review InstaWeb is a powerful tool for iPhone and iPad to convert any website to PDF very fast and easy. InstaWeb also features a clutter remover to create clean and ready to read PDFs. A must have tool for students, teachers, and professional users who save online articles for offline reading. With InstaWeb you can share your PDF via email, Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive. Also, you can print your file using an AirPrint compatible printer. Features: ◉ WEB TO PDF CONVERTER - SECURE Convert any website to PDF using the built in browser. Everything is done inside the app, you don't have to worry about privacy or external servers. ◉ FOLDER ORGANIZATION - OFFLINE STORAGE Save every PDF on your device. Organize them using folder structure. ◉ REMOVE CLUTTER, FOCUS ON READING InstaWeb features a clean reading view to enjoy your favorite articles or online magazines. Also, you can convert your clean article to PDF for offline reading! ◉ IN-APP BROWSER You can preview the webpage using the in-app browser. You can also use bookmarklet in Safari to send to article to InstaWeb. ◉ AIRDROP SHARING PDF created with InstaWeb can be share with a new iOS 7 feature called AirDropb. Let the sharing begin! ◉ SHARE, SAVE AND PRINT IntaWeb includes Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Evernote, Email and Print. ◉ PDF VIEWER You can read your PDF within the app using the built in PDF Viewer. Download InstaWeb iCal Widget Normally $1.99. NO need to unlock your device to see your calendar events!!! Day or week timeline view 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 iCal Widget GifShare HD Normally $4.99. Make any GIF worthy of Instagram. Wow their friends with entertaining animated content and the freshest memes, GifShare HD will be the only GIF editor you’ll ever need. - FIND any GIF you want from your camera, library or search for any GIF on the web. - PERSONALIZE with features like music, filters, blur, trim, text, and crop will help your GIFs shine above the rest. - SHARE anywhere as video or .gif to networks like Instagram, Tumblr and more. - SLEEK DESIGN helps get everything done with ease without trudging through a hard to use app. “LOVE THIS NEW APP” - Rachel Miezenbeek (75k followers) "GifShare HD does it all and more. To me, it's pretty much a social media requirement!" - @ItsFeminism + Using Giphy’s search, find GIFs of even the most niche TV shows, topics and more. + Create a selfie GIF with the convenient, fast camera + Select any GIF you downloaded elsewhere or select the latest trending + Crop & Scale your app to its most effective size + Save the original GIF to use it elsewhere or to edit it later + Change the speed of the GIF + Trim the GIF down to its best parts + Add text choosing from over 20 premium fonts + Add a background and give it any color + Add your favorite MUSIC for that extra dimension + Choose from over 20 premium filters + Make small tweaks using Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Exposure, Blur, and Hue + Save it as your favorite format and share it anywhere :) Download GifShare HD Trekker Pro Normally $2.99. Use your iPhone or iPad to record tracking data. Not just the best for trekking and hiking but it also is the best application for most outdoor activities such as running, cycling, driving, skiing, and kayaking. HighLights: - Track your long trails that takes several days. - Calculate actual duration regardless of break time. - Display distance, duration, speed, altitude, ascend, and descend in your familiar unit. - Use map to show your travelled and guidance to the destination. - Multicolor Track line based on speed and altitude can be configured to match your needs and activities. - Allow to add pins showing description and image to important locations. - Use candle chart and line chart to depict your travelled. (The body of candle show beginning and ending elevate, white body if begin lower and dark body for begin higher in each time frame, the head shows highest and the tail lowest point.) Download Trekker Pro Touch Search Normally $1.99. * Before "Touch Search" - Tedious & inefficient - Open Web Browser. - Type keywords - Open another tab for another search engine - type keywords - again, again * With "Touch Search" - Type once & Just Touch - No retyping same keywords on every search engine * Special functionality - Customizable Search engines(Search engines, Dictionaries, Shopping sites and more) - Reorder Search engines and former search engines displayed first. - Widget & 3D Touch support - iPad & iPad Pro compatible * When you read books or news paper, you can use dictionary * Copy Text, open Widget, Touch "Clipboard" and just Touch, Touch, Touch. * Long Press appicon, type keywords once, and just Touch, Touch, Touch Download Touch Search Scan Dial Normally $0.99. Quckly capture data with your camera or upload a screenshot of the general information you wish to use. catagorize and save the scanned data for use to contacts in the app for safe keeping. designed by a consumer with other consumers in mind, please enjoy this app and thank you all for your support. Download Scan Dial Memory Normally $0.99. Memory is the fastest and easiest way to keep track of your memories. There are no unnecessary distractions in Memory. No loading, no ads, no delays, no in-app purchases. Just write what you are thinking. - Categorise or sort notes by color - Lock with Touch ID - Dropbox backup - Search for memos by text - Use 3D Touch to preview memos - Widget is provided with abundant features Memory is made to be used as simply as possible. Don't miss a thing. Download Memory SpeakText 2 Normally $9.99. SpeakText 2 - Speak & Translate Web pages and Documents The app integrates the system text-to-speech engine, speaks & translates offline without internet connection. A must have app to speak aloud & translate text, documents and web pages of Safari. Useful Features ● Translates 40+ languages - Display the original text for each translated sentence - Show both original web page and translation - Mail translation ● Speak aloud 30+ languages - Read all unread articles automatically - Swipe to control skipping sentences - Highlight word by word for each speaking sentence - Add favorite articles with "Starred" to speak aloud later - Copy or add touched selected words with "Starred" in Speak mode - With funny bear and human face animations while speaking - Support useful speaking repeat, pause, and speed & pitch options - Exercising (read then record) and improving your language skills during a bike riding, jogging or walking. ● Speak & translate the copy & paste or key in text - Swipe to mark as read or unread, flag or unflag, and copy a starred text to input box ● Speak & translate web pages - A speak & translate extension for Safari app that speaks & translates the entire Safari web page directly - Speak & translate the pasted url web site automatically - Speak & translate the clicked web page (key in or copy url http://... in Key in function) ● Speak & translate documents - Turn eBook page automatically to ensure continuous reading - Tree file explorer - Cloud files import & export support Features ● Translates 40+ languages ● Speaks aloud 30+ languages The app supports one system language, you can make in-app purchases to buy extra languages. ● Display the original text for each translated sentence ● Mail translation ● Speak & translate the copy & paste or key in text ● Speak & translate web pages ● Speak & translate the clicked web page ● Speak & translate documents Formats supported: - Text (text, txt), RTF document (rtf) - Microsoft Office: Word (doc, docx), Excel (xls, xlsx), PowerPoint (ppt, pptx, pps) - Apple iWork: Pages (pages), Numbers (numbers), Keynote (key) - eBook (unencrypted epub) Please note that iBook eBooks are limited to use inside Apple iBook app only. PDF file format is not supported. ● Tree document file explorer ● Cloud files import & export support ● Support three ways to open documents 1. Open In... 2. Apple iTunes 3. Cloud services Import documents from the Apple iCloud Drive, Box, Dropbox and Google Drive cloud services. ● Add favorite articles with "Starred" ● Read all unread articles automatically ● Swipe to control skipping sentences ● Support useful speaking options ● Speaking face animation ● Highlight words while speaking ● Exercising and improving your language skills during a bike riding, jogging or walking Download SpeakText 2 WiFi Scanner Normally $0.99. Entering of complicated WiFi passwords is EASY & FAST now. Just Scan & Copy it in 3 touches using tiny but useful App. ↵ Get WiFi access faster than your friends ↵ Don’t waste your time on entering “3kGrmb5fgDWcYvan”-type passwords ↵ Save your money with WiFi connection in travels FEATURES ⌘ Offline Wi-Fi password recognizing ⌘ Fast Scan & Copy ⌘ Save ready WiFi passwords ⌘ No garbage in Photos Download WiFi Scanner MixPlayer Normally $0.99. MixPlayer - Best Music Video Player * MixPlayer is very simple, and has strong functions. You don't need to log. Just open the app, and search the mysic you want to listen. * You can choose favorite movies by selecting your country * Background play Listen while playing with other apps as well! WARNING: --> This app needs an Internet connection to work. Download MixPlayer hashpic Normally $1.99. Take a picture. Hashtag it. Find it instantly. 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Tuned for performance everywhere. - Opens ready to snap a picture faster than the default camera app. - Your grid of pictures loads seamlessly and searching is instant. - Have an existing picture? Import pictures from your camera roll. - Export and share hashpics to your camera roll, text, email, etc. - Add additional notes to your hashpics. No more endless scrolling trying to find that picture buried somewhere in your camera roll. hashpic is your total picture note solution. We think you'll really love this app. Download hashpic

Italian police arrest 3 in terror investigation

MILAN (AP) — Italian police have arrested three asylum-seekers in a terrorism and human-trafficking investigation launched after photos of potential targets in three countries were discovered on suspects' cell phones, prosecutors in the southern city of Bari said Tuesday.

Amazon challenges Google and Facebook with a YouTube service of its own

Looking to upload your homemade video clips somewhere other than Google’s YouTube or Facebook’s video services? You’re in luck, as starting Tuesday anyone with an Amazon account can take advantage of the retailer's brand new user-generated video hosting service. DON’T MISS:  New unlimited VPN app for iPhone is designed to bypass censorship The company announced on Tuesday that content creators will have various ways to monetize their videos, including selling and renting them online via the Prime Video program, or making them available to anyone under an ad-based program similar to YouTube. The new service is called Amazon Video Direct and comes with an interesting incentive program. The AVD Stars program will give video creators a share of the $1 million Amazon will put up every month, on top of any revenue generated from their videos. “We’re constantly looking for ways to enable content creators to find an engaged audience and to make it easier for customers to discover great content,” an Amazon spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal , which first reported the new Amazon service. The move is also a great way to fight against Google, Facebook and other rival services in an increasingly competitive space. Not to mention that Amazon’s new service should have a direct effect on its online retail business. “Think of this like a Trojan horse to bring you into the kingdom of Amazon, which is a massive shopping mall,” Manatt Digital Media Ventures chief Peter Csathy told the Journal . “It really underscores how video has become the battleground in tech.” Amazon’s full press release follows, and the new video service home page is available at this link . Amazon Announces Amazon Video Direct, Giving Video Providers a Self-Service Program to Reach Amazon Customers, Including Tens of Millions of Prime Members Creators and storytellers from around the world can now make their videos available to customers as part of Prime Video and earn royalties based on hours streamed Videos can also be made available to rent or own, to view free with ads, or packaged together and offered as an add-on subscription Customers in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Japan now have access to new movies, TV shows, docu-series and music videos from content creators The Amazon Video Direct Stars program also launches today, giving video providers the opportunity to earn a monthly bonus based on customer engagement SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 10, 2016-- (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced an enhancement to Amazon Video: introducing Amazon Video Direct (AVD), a new self-service program for creators and storytellers to make their video content available to Amazon customers, including tens of millions of Prime members. Amazon Video is the only streaming service to offer customers unlimited access to tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including award-winning Amazon Original Series, through Prime Video; monthly subscriptions to SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more; and hundreds of thousands of titles including new-release movies and current TV shows for rent or purchase. With AVD, starting today, video providers have flexible self-service options for distributing their content: Included in Prime Video at no additional charge to tens of millions of Prime members Available as an add-on subscription through the Streaming Partners Program Offered as a one-time rental price or a one-time purchase price Available to all Amazon customers ad-supported Specific benefits of Amazon Video Direct include: Access to Amazon’s most engaged streaming audience—video providers can distribute their content directly to tens of millions of Prime members and earn royalties based on minutes streamed Choice of how to share titles—video providers can utilize the different options Amazon Video uses to share content to customers Expanded customer reach—video providers can choose to make their titles available in any country where Amazon Video is available—theUnited States, Germany, Austria, United Kingdom and Japan; with support for all the devices Amazon Video is available on—Fire TV, Fire and other iOS and Android tablets, connected TVs, game consoles, iOS and Android phones, and laptops Insightful performance metrics—video providers are given performance metrics, such as number of minutes a title was streamed, projected revenue, payment history, or number of subscribers, so they can optimize the way they offer and promote content to customers; video providers have full control and the flexibility to make changes based on these metrics “It’s an amazing time to be a content creator,” said Jim Freeman, Vice President of Amazon Video. “There are more options for distribution than ever before and with Amazon Video Direct, for the first time, there’s a self-service option for video providers to get their content into a premium streaming subscription service. We’re excited to make it even easier for content creators to find an audience, and for that audience to find great content.” Also launching today is the AVD Stars program, which gives video creators a share of one million dollars per month based on customer engagement with their title. Here’s how the program works: Amazon will distribute to creators a monthly bonus from the one million dollar monthly fund, based on the Top 100 AVD titles in Prime Video, in addition to any other revenue earned. Video creators and providers who use AVD to make their titles available in Prime Video will automatically be enrolled. The AVD Stars program launches today and the one million dollar monthly fund will make its first bonus distributions based on streaming activity from June 1st to June 30th. “We are thrilled to bring a selection of our premium original series, including Emmy nominated Vanity, to one of the premiere ad-free subscription services,” said Mia Goldwyn, Chief Content Officer, StyleHaul. “We believe Amazon Prime members will enjoy the unique female voices featured in our content and be inspired by the fashion and beauty that our brand embodies.” “Amazon Video Direct helps us reach fans of our beloved preschool brands, including classic Thomas & Friends, Barney & Friends, Angelina Ballerina, Fireman Sam and Pingu, and get the content in front of Prime members faster than ever and into new territories,” said Andrea Carpenter, Senior Director, Global Content Marketing and Distribution, Mattel. “The upload and publishing process is easy and fast, and we can directly monitor our streaming performance through our online dashboard.” “As a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company, we’re excited to have the ability to distribute our films to Amazon customers around the globe,” said Peter Goldwyn, President of Samuel Goldwyn Films. “With Amazon Video Direct, we have the control to create the unique distribution strategies that reflect the changing ways in which our audiences discover our films. We can seamlessly make all our movies like Hyena Road, Somm: into the Bottle, Havana Motor Club, available to watch when and where our audiences want them. With Amazon Prime Video we have found an amazing home for films like The Benefactor with Richard Gere and Takeshi Miike’s Yakuza Apocalypse.” AVD launch partners include: Conde Nast Entertainment, HowStuffWorks, Samuel Goldwyn Films, The Guardian, Mashable, Mattel, StyleHaul, Kin Community, Jash, Business Insider, Machinima, TYT Network, Baby Einstein, CJ Entertainment America, Xive TV, Synergetic Distribution, Kino Nation, Journeyman Pictures, and Pro Guitar Lessons. Content from these providers can be found now on Amazon Video. To learn more about Amazon Video Direct, visit http://videodirect.amazon.com. Content creators and storytellers can start distributing their premium content today. About Amazon Video Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following: Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, kids series Tumble Leaf and Chi Raq, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership Add-on Subscriptions: Dozens of subscriptions to networks like SHOWTIME, STARZ and more, available to Amazon Prime members as add-ons to their membership Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and the only streaming service to offer mobile downloads for offline viewing In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items across all categories, more than one million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos, access to borrow books with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit: www.amazon.com/prime. About Amazon Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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Samsung Elec says launching iris-recognition tablets in India

Samsung Elec says launching iris-recognition tablets in India

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co said on Wednesday that it is launching a new tablet device in India for government and enterprise use equipped with iris-recognition technology. Samsung, in a statement, said the Android-powered tablet - called Galaxy Tab Iris - will be equipped with technology to allow authentication through the recognition of a person's iris for applications including banking and healthcare. The product will be compliant with India's Aadhaar system, an identification database of residents that stores the biometric and demographic data of residents such as photographs, fingerprints and iris scans.

Will no one save us from wireless carriers?

Why is T-Mobile's "Un-carrier" initiative working so well? The answer is as obvious as it seems: people don't like wireless carriers. These telecommunications giants continue to squeeze subscribers for every last penny they can and all the while, they rake in billions upon billions of dollars each quarter. It would be one thing if a company just scraping by tacked on a tiny fee, but Verizon hauled in $7.9 billion in profit last quarter on $32.2 billion in sales while AT&T's operating income climbed to $7.1 billion on revenue totaling $40.5 billion. T-Mobile is hardly a non-profit, but the company has done a tremendous job of playing off consumers' collective disdain for carriers and it has seen tremendous growth as a result. At the same time, its model really isn't all that different from the rivals it regularly berates. Can't anyone save us from our carriers? MUST SEE:  2 new Craigslist scams you need to watch out for Every few years like clockwork, a new company comes along to save us from cell phone carriers. The most recent, as we're sure you'll all recall, was Google. The company's " Google Fi " service uses a combination of cellular and Wi-Fi to offer dirt-cheap prices — unlimited voice and text messaging cost just $20 per month, and then Google charges $10 for every 2GB of data. To sweeten the pot, Google never charges subscribers for unused data. Instead, people get credits each month on their next bill. Then come the caveats. Chief among them are the fact that you can only use the service if you have a Nexus 6P or a Nexus 5X, and the fact that Google's carrier partners on the cellular side of things are T-Mobile and Sprint. That's fine if you live in some regions, but AT&T and Verizon still have far better nationwide coverage. Fi wasn't the answer people have been looking for, but there was still a glimmer of hope. Persistent rumors have claimed time and time again that Apple is working behind the scenes to launch its own wireless service, and it could potentially be just the innovation consumers are looking for. Sadly, that isn't going to happen. Apple may or may not have investigated the possibility of launching its own wireless service in the past, but we now have definitive word from CEO Tim Cook that the company will not enter the wireless space. "Our expertise doesn’t extend to the network," Cook said during an interview at Startup Fest Europe. "We’ve worked with AT&T in the US, O2 in the UK, as well as T-Mobile and Orange, and we expanded as we learned more. But generally, the things Apple likes to do, are things we can do globally." He went on, "We don’t have the network skill. We’ll do some things along the way with e-SIMs along the way, but in general, I like the things carriers do." The wait continues...

3 awesome Netflix hacks that need to be real

About two times a year, Netflix holds an internal hackathon where employees are encouraged to come up with creative ideas and explore new technologies, both in software and hardware, that tend to fall outside of their day-to-day job description. In other words, the Netflix hackathon is a great excuse for engineers to have a bit of fun. Just this past November, for example, you might recall that Netflix engineers managed to get a video stream running on a 1950s era TV . By the time Netflix's most recent hackathon ended, the streaming giant noted that it saw 200 engineers put together more than 80 unique hacks. "The hacks themselves ranged from product ideas to internal tools to improvements in our recruiting process," Netflix said. Of those 80+ projects, Netflix published a blogpost highlighting some of the cooler concoctions its engineers managed to come up with this year. Here's a look at a few of them. DON'T MISS:  This is probably our first look at a real iPhone 7 Desktop Netflix experience Netflix calls this project Tetris, and as you might imagine, it allows users to drag, drop, re-position and even remove rows from the Netflix splash page. Put differently, it's Netflix customization unhinged. It's really just a more powerful, desktop-based Netflix experience that you can customize. Someone explain to me why it took a 'hackathon' for Netflix to come up with this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrWHeGVgqbw Watch Netflix in peace with QuietCast This is a great little hack that lets users watch Netflix programming on their bigscreen but cast the audio straight to their headphones, either via Chromecast or another mobile device. This is a nice solution for users looking to get their TV and movie watching in without waking up anyone who might be asleep in the house. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWEYeA7VTGo Netflix takes on VR Virtual reality is all the rage these days, and Netflix's engineers don't want to sit on the sidelines. Meet Netflix Zone , a Netflix UI designed specifically for the HTC Vive. This one is pretty cool as it presents Netflix's catalog of content in what appears to be an antiquated video store. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOyWUHcK06E Make sure to hit the source link below for the full rundown of Netflix's 2016 Spring hackathon.

The CEO of Google is an unashamed iPhone user

It normally shouldn’t matter what smartphone a person chooses to use, but when the executive chairperson of one of the biggest tech conglomerates in the world says they use a product from the competition, well, it kind of does. In this case, we’re looking at former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, currently the executive chairman of Alphabet, the little company that’s the owner of Google. He apparently uses an iPhone 6s , Apple’s latest and greatest. He admitted his iPhone-using-ways during an interview, but still professed a little love for Samsung. DON’T MISS: New photo leak shows big differences between iPhone 7 and 7 Plus In a fireside interview with CNBC at Startup Fest in Amsterdam on Tuesday, Schmidt did say that he was an iPhone user, but that he also owns a Galaxy S7 . "Samsung S7 is better. It has a better battery. And those of you who are iPhone users (know) I'm right," Schmidt said. Apparently, that’s the first and only feature that came to his mind when recommending the Galaxy S7 over the iPhone. Maybe he should switch to an iPhone 6s Plus that should offer plenty of extra battery life. If not, Apple has a handy iPhone battery case that can fix any battery issues he might experience. What’s interesting is that Schmidt did not recommend the Nexus 5X or the Nexus 6P over the iPhone, which are Google’s latest Nexus handsets. Schmidt was caught taking pictures with an iPhone during a March trip to South Korea, but only know the Alphabet exec admitted to actively using it. Of course, many could point out that Schmidt must use an iPhone just to keep a close eye on the competition. At least that’s what Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore explained his use of an iPhone in late January when he was caught tweeting from an iPhone. Furthermore, Google’s mobile apps are available on both iPhone and Android, with iOS versions sometimes getting preferential treatment over their Android equivalents. That would be a good reason for Schmidt to use a new iPhone. Or is it because he uses the iPhone that some of Google's apps are launched first, or updated first, on iOS?

Two more journalists go missing in northeast Colombia

Two more journalists go missing in northeast Colombia

Five journalists covering a colleague's suspected kidnapping by leftist guerrillas in northeast Colombia were attacked and detained by unknown assailants, and two of them are still missing, officials said Tuesday. The reporters had gone to the restive region of Catatumbo to cover the disappearance of Spanish-Colombian journalist Salud Hernandez-Mora, a prominent correspondent for Spanish newspaper El Mundo who went missing over the weekend. While working Monday in the town of El Tarra, where Hernandez-Mora was last seen, the journalists were attacked and detained by a group of assailants who stole their cameras, cell phones and other equipment, breaking some of it in the process, said the Foundation for Press Freedom, a Colombian watchdog group.

Moto Z Style and Moto Z Play 2016 rumors and news

Moto Z Style and Moto Z Play 2016 rumors and news

After seeing what Lenovo did with the new Moto G4, we're excited for the next chapter. Could it be the fourth-generation Moto X under a completely new name, the Moto Z? Here's everything we think we know about the upcoming Moto Z Style and Moto Z Play.

Pebble just re-invented the iPod Shuffle, and it runs Spotify

Back in the days before RunKeeper and GPS watches, my jogs were a beautifully simple thing: I strapped on an iPod Shuffle loaded with a strong mix of Britney and Eminem, and vanished into my own little world for an hour. A couple years later, I transitioned to Spotify and never really looked back. But running with an armband and a 5-inch phone never felt quite the same, and clearly other people agree. That's why I'm absurdly happy that Pebble, a small Canadian company that makes wearables, is making a Shuffle-sized device that clips on to your shorts, plays your Spotify playlists, and tracks runs. DON'T MISS: iPhones will finally get the OLED screens they deserve The Core is a $70 device about the same size as an old Shuffle, complete with a little clip. It allows you to store Spotify playlists on the 4GB of built-in storage, or stream them over a 3G connection. It also has built-in GPS and integration with popular apps like RunKeeper and Strava, so you can track your workouts. Finally, it builds in an emergency SOS button using that cellular radio, so you still have the comfort value of not being completely cut off from the world in an emergency. It feels like someone's sat down, thought about what my ideal device would be to take running or biking, and then built that. It's a stripped-down machine for people who just want to know how far they've run, and listen to music along the way. My only concern is the controls: Core only has two buttons, so you'll really need to pair it to a Pebble smartwatch over Bluetooth to make the most of it. Pebble actually has other plans for the Core beyond just workouts. As Pebble points out, Core is really just a tiny Android 5.0-powered computer, complete with a full suite of sensors like GPS and microphones, and Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. Pebble is making the device completely open to hackers, so you can expect a bunch of Core-powered lifehacks coming soon. Alongside the Core, Pebble also revamped its line of smartwatches with a new focus on fitness. The Pebble 2 is a $100 smartwatch that looks a lot like the original Pebble, but with the notable addition of built-in heartrate tracking. The Pebble Time 2 is an update to last summer's Pebble Time Steel, with a color e-ink display and heart-rate monitoring again. Overall, the smartwatch updates stick to Pebble's core philosophy of the simpler, the better. Pebble watches have buttons instead of touchscreens, and week-long battery life rather than 24 hours. They're meant to be smartwatches for people who mostly want a watch, only with this update, they're now also cheap and powerful fitness trackers. All three devices are up for pre-order on Kickstarter right now, Pebble's tried-and-tested method of selling products. The Core is $69 with delivery in January next year, Pebble 2 is $99 in September this year, while the Pebble Time 2 is $169, delivery November 2016.

Separated at birth: Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

Separated at birth: Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

With both virtual reality headsets having launched early this year, a member of the VR team at HTC partner Valve has traced out the common ground between the Vive and Oculus VR's groundbreaking Rift. VR expert and Valve employee Alan Yates has pointed out that both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have a common ancestor -- and it was an early Vive predecessor developed at Valve. There's been a good amount of overlap between Valve and Oculus when it comes to VR knowhow, with Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell publicly supporting the Oculus Rift Kickstarter pitch and the Rift's hugely respected young inventor, Palmer Luckey.

2 new Craigslist scams you need to watch out for

Craigslist's heyday may be behind it at this point, but millions of people still flock to the site in search of all sorts of discounted goods and services. And of course, Craigslist often delivers. The trouble with the site is and always has been weeding out the scams from the genuine deals, a task that's more difficult now than it has ever been in the past. Scammers are lurking in every corner of the site, just waiting to take advantage of vulnerable people in search of bargains. There are plenty of potential scams to watch out for, but two in particular were recently brought to our attention. HUGE LEAK:  This is probably our first look at a real iPhone 7 The first scam is a particularly awful one because it preys on people when they're at their most vulnerable. There is precious little question that moving is one of the most stressful life events for American families, and it can also be terribly expensive. Since Craigslist has a reputation of being home to individuals and businesses that provide services at deep discounts, it's naturally among the first destinations people visit as they search for low-cost moving crews. But as the old adage goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Find the right movers and you can potentially save plenty of money carting your belongings from your old residence to your new one. But find the wrong movers and you could end up like this family in Georgia , who lost $75,000 worth of furniture and other household items when movers packed up all their belongings and just took off. Bottom line: buying or renting a new home is expensive and moving adds even more cost to the equation. But trying to skimp on your move instead of hiring a licensed and insured company can end up costing you far more money if it's a scam. Speaking of moving, the story above from earlier this month reminds us of another scam people are using Craigslist to perpetrate. A Southern Indiana couple put their house up for sale back in February , but they were confused when people began showing up at their home and looking around the property unannounced. Well, it turns out that scammers took all of the photos and details from the family's listing and put their house up for rent on Craigslist. The updated three bedroom, two bathroom house was listed for rent at just $600, well below market rates. The scam stated that the homeowners would be gone for between three and four years on a mission trip out of the country and needless to say, the listing drew tremendous attention. All the listing asked for was the renter's personal info and a security deposit to lock in the deal. The couple was made aware of the scam listing when someone interested in the rental messaged them on Facebook. This is a particularly bad scam because if someone does end up falling for it, it could create some serious animosity between the victim and the homeowners even though they had nothing to do with it.

House rejects bill requiring carriers to share phone location

House rejects bill requiring carriers to share phone location

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted down on Monday a measure that would have compelled cell phone carriers to disclose a phone's location with law enforcement in the event of an emergency, amid a last-minute lobbying effort from privacy advocates opposed to it. Lawmakers voted 229-158 to pass the Kelsey Smith Act, falling short of the two-thirds threshold necessary due to rules invoked to expedite the bill’s vote. R Street, a libertarian-leaning think tank, said phone companies already possess the authority to share cell phone location data in emergency situations and did so frequently, making the legislation largely unnecessary.

Oculus Rift’s new piracy protection somehow made piracy even worse

Last Friday, Oculus released a software update for the Rift that was meant to curb piracy, but it looks like it had exactly the opposite effect. Back in April, a developer known as Libre VR released a program called Revive which allowed HTC Vive owners to play Oculus Rift exclusives on their headsets. Oculus' update killed off Revive, but in the process of developing an updated version of the software, Libre VR stumbled upon a workaround that might have made the entire situation much worse for Oculus. DON'T MISS:  This is the Netflix hack the world has been waiting for As Libre VR explained to Motherboard , the original Revive converted Oculus Runtime functions into OpenVR calls, which gave owners of other HMDs (head-mounted displays) the ability to play Rift games. With the new Revive, created in response to the DRM, the ownership check is bypassed altogether. In other words, the Oculus Rift no longer has any idea whether or not someone playing a game actually owns that game, which makes it far easier to play pirated software on the Rift than it was with the old Revive. "This is my first success at bypassing the DRM, I really didn't want to go down that path," the developer explained in a Reddit post over the weekend . "I still do not support piracy, do not use this library for pirated copies." Libre VR wants to work with Oculus on a legitimate way for owners of other HMDs to play Rift games, because if the company continues to push back without offering any solutions of its own, VR enthusiasts are going to keep fighting.

Whatever you do, don’t buy these smartphones

There is nothing in consumer tech right now that's as hot as the smartphone market, even as it nears saturation in many regions, and the real beauty of it is that there are so many options. Every company out there wants a piece of the action and they're all looking for ways to differentiate their products, so there really is something for everyone. It's not easy to make a choice that can truly be considered wrong since different people have different needs and wants, but there is one line of smartphones that people probably shouldn't bother with unless they having a burning desire to dump hundreds of dollars into a dead platform. As noted by market research firm Gartner, Windows Phone's share of the global smartphone market actually fell below 1% this past quarter for the first time ever, market yet another stop on Microsoft's one-way trip to smartphone irrelevance. As such, the worst mistake you can make when buying a new phone is to buy a Windows Phone, unless you're fine with burning cash on a platform that's on its way out. Actually, there is one smartphone platform that somehow has an even lower share of the global market — BlackBerry OS — but it's so low that it's not even worth discussing anymore. HUGE LEAK:  This is our first look at a real iPhone 7 According to Gartner's estimates , smartphone shipments grew 3.9% in the first quarter of 2016 compared the same quarter one year earlier. That seems like a small figure, but it's pretty impressive when you consider how far iPhone sales fell between January and March . Gartner says total "smartphone sales," which is a figure that actually includes end-user iPhone sales and estimated channel sales for other brands, reached 349 million units in the quarter. Samsung led the way with estimated shipments totaling 81 million units, which is indeed a massive number that was bolstered by the launch of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Chinese Android brands grew too fast in the quarter though, so Samsung's global market share actually fell to 23.2% in the first quarter from 24.1% in the same quarter last year. Meanwhile, Apple's global smartphone market share saw a much bigger drop, from 17.9% in Q1 2015 to 14.8% in Q1 2016. "In a slowing smartphone market where large vendors are experiencing growth saturation, emerging brands are disrupting existing brands' long-standing business models to increase their share," Gartner research director Anshul Gupta. "With such changing smartphone market dynamics, Chinese brands are emerging as the new top global brands. Two Chinese brands ranked within the top five worldwide smartphone vendors in the first quarter of 2015, and represented 11 percent of the market. In the first quarter of 2016, there were three Chinese brands – Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi – and they achieved 17 percent of the market."

Asus Tips Monster 24-inch Gaming Laptop with Graphics 'Leap'

Asus Tips Monster 24-inch Gaming Laptop with Graphics 'Leap'

The new Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card represents the pinnacle of graphics performance, and it looks like a mobile variant could find its way inside Asus' upcoming beast of a ROG gaming laptop. Asus didn't identify the GPU inside its 24-inch notebook--it's been playfully redacted--but whatever it is promises spectacular power. As you can see in this purposefully leaked benchmark chart, the mystery laptop beats a GTX Titan X GPU, an AMD Radeon R9 295X2 chip and GTX 990 Ti.

Watch a really excited Android fan show off Android N’s hot new animations in slow-mo

There are two reasons we love this new video of an Android fan showing off Android N's hot new animations so much. First, it does a fantastic job of giving users a preview of all of the slick new animations Google baked into Android N. Transition animations might not seem like they would be a pivotal part of the overall Android experience, but we assure you they are. They add a tremendous amount to the user experience and that's why mobile platform makers like Apple and Google  put so much time and effort into their animations. The second reason we love this video so much is because the YouTube user who made it is really excited. Like, really really excited. DON'T MISS:  5 Android N features you won’t find on any iPhone Seriously, just look at him: His name is "GeekCeption" and there is absolutely no question that he's now our favorite YouTuber. The level of enthusiasm he offers in his videos is off the charts, and it's infectious. Is it possible to get this enthused over Android UI animations? You might not think so going into this video, but you'll be a believer when it's done. As for the animations themselves, GeekCeption used the latest Android N developer preview to show them off, and he slowed down the footage so it's all in slow-motion. If you're wondering what kind of attention to detail Google applied when crafting Android N, this video will undoubtedly answer your question. The full video (via Reddit ) is embedded below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxbL37IFVRo

iPhones will finally get the OLED screens they deserve

Apple's iPhones have long used LCD screen technology, which is great, if you like settling for second-best. OLED panels are lighter, look better, and can be curved into more interesting shapes. The best Android phones have been using them for years, and according to a report, iPhones due out in 2017 will be packing OLED panels. A Bloomberg  article cites a sudden spike in demand for screen-manufacturing technology as an indicator of suppliers preparing for a big increase in demand for OLED displays, and it doesn't take much to connect the dots. HUGE LEAK:  This is our first look at a real iPhone 7 Bloomberg   specifically quotes Applied Materials Inc, a manufacturer of machines used in the production of displays. The equipment is going to Samsung, LG, Foxconn, and Sharp, all of whom are primary suppliers of displays to Apple. As Applied Materials CEO Gary Dickerson told  Bloomberg, " We all know who is the leader in terms of mobile products." The increase in orders isn't a blip: Applied saw orders of $700 million in the space of three months, close to what it would normally see in a year. The timing is right for the new screens to make it into the 2017 iPhones. New machinery being ordered now would be in place early next year, ready for a production run of components to be assembled for a fall 2017 iPhone 7s release. This report also dovetails perfectly with a previous  Nikkei  article , which claimed that Apple reached out to Samsung and LG about OLED displays in December 2015. The timeline sounds perfect: Apple reaches out a few months ago, the suppliers design new supply lines, and now start ordering the heavy machinery that will take months to manufacture and ship. The most compelling part about this rumor isn't the sales data: it's that moving to OLED displays is an obvious move for Apple. Organic light-emitting diode displays have pixels that light themselves, without needing a backlight. That makes for displays that are thinner (no need for a separate light behind the screen), have more contrast, since only the necessary pixels will light up, and better battery life for the same reason.

OnePlus 3 rumors and new leaks

OnePlus 3 rumors and new leaks

OnePlus will be unveiling the OnePlus 3 in virtual reality. The company was giving away 30,000 free VR headsets in preparation, but sadly it's already sold out. Here's everything we know about the OnePlus 3.

In Oracle vs. Google retrial, lawyers make final pitches to jury

In Oracle vs. Google retrial, lawyers make final pitches to jury

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Oracle Corp filed a multibillion-dollar copyright lawsuit against Google because Oracle failed in its own attempts to enter the smartphone market, a Google attorney said in closing arguments on Monday. In a retrial at U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Oracle Corp has claimed Google's Android smartphone operating system violated its copyright on parts of Java, a development platform. Alphabet Inc's Google unit said it should be able to use Java without paying a fee under the fair-use provision of copyright law.

Stream live TV anywhere… for free… forever.

It's pretty great that most pay TV companies now offer apps that let you stream live TV. From Comcast and Time Warner Cable to Dish, these companies all offer apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices that give you access to on demand content as well as live channels. Some apps have restrictions though, so you can only watch live TV on your phone or tablet while you're in your house. And the ones that don't have restrictions still have other issues like bad interfaces, stability problems or even locked content that can only be accessed on your home TV. But what if your home TV was everywhere? Instead of using an app, what if your smartphone, tablet or laptop was actually a portal into the full experience that your home TV and set-top box provides? And what if you could stream as much as you want for free after buying the hardware and app you need? It's time to stop saying "what if," because the Slingbox 500 does all that and more. HUGE LEAK:  This is probably our first look at a real iPhone 7 Here are the highlights from Sling: Watch and control 100% of your live TV on a tablet*, phone*, PC, or Mac. *Requires Slingplayer for mobile devices app, sold separately. Windows® or MAC® minimum requirements : Intel® Core(TM) 2 Duo or better, DirectX 9 Class video card with more than 256 MB of dedicated memory for Windows PC Home TV interface via HDMI with live sports and Gallery View for easy program discovery. Sort by program genre or set up favorites, Integrated YouTube app and YouTube Web Gallery with top-trending videos. Get contextual YouTube recommendations, based on the show you're watching, at the touch of a button. All that with absolutely no monthly fees whatsoever! And we haven't even told you the best part: Amazon is hosting a one-week sale that drops the price of the Slingbox 500 to just $249.99 with free Prime shipping. If you want to the same great experience you get at home to follow you everywhere you go, this is the device for you.

A Seemingly Very Guilty Tom Brady Still Wants To Pretend He Did Nothing Wrong

A Seemingly Very Guilty Tom Brady Still Wants To Pretend He Did Nothing Wrong

Tom Brady, who lost two Super Bowls to Eli Manning and has almost definitely been cheating as a member of the New England Patriots for more than a decade (allegedly), will very likely continue the charade that he is not a cheater. Brady, who destroyed his cell phone during the investigation and wants us to believe the “deflator” nickname has to do with weight loss because he thinks we’re idiots, is expected to file an appeal Monday of his reinstated four-game suspension for deflating footballs during the 2015 AFC Championship Game. Tom Brady's lawyer tells "Good Morning America" the legal team and NFLPA will request that the case be re-heard.

With HoloLens, Microsoft aims to avoid Google's mistakes

With HoloLens, Microsoft aims to avoid Google's mistakes

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When Google introduced its Google Glass smart glasses four years ago, it turned to Glass-sporting sky divers buzzing a San Francisco convention center, Glass-adorned models at a glitzy fashion show and a Twitter campaign to notify early "Glass Explorers" of their luck in snagging a pair. This year, when Microsoft showed off an early edition of its HoloLens augmented-reality goggles, it took the opposite approach: targeting the software developers it needs to make the device useful. The discreet launch reflects the daunting hurdles confronting the nascent industry of augmented reality, known in the industry as AR.

Woman experiences IRL terror as she's overrun by virtual reality zombies

Woman experiences IRL terror as she's overrun by virtual reality zombies

It's 2016, and virtual reality zombies can make us lose control of our bodies out of fear now. A video captured by Twitter user @madeleinedoux features her coworker Carrie Glaser very much not having a fun time in a virtual reality horror game. SEE ALSO: This is a video of our future, and it's scary as hell According to @madeleindoux, the game in question is  The Brookhaven Experiment — a first-person shooter horror game on the HTC Vive pitting players against a horde of zombies with limited ammunition. Apparently, it's a game for fans of the horror genre and anyone looking to be traumatized. Glaser isn't alone in her reaction, last month a video featuring a VR gamer having a similarly horrific experience with The   Brookhaven Experiment  broke two million views on Youtube. More than merely a reminder of how we'd all really act in a zombie apocalypse, the video proves the legitimacy of virtual reality gaming experiences. If you need us we'll be over here, never playing this game.

Google piecing together a modular phone

Google piecing together a modular phone

Google on Friday showed off a modular Android-powered smartphone it said is on track to hit the market next year. Word that Project Ara was moving ahead, and not shelved as some had speculated during the past year, came on the final day of Google's annual developers conference in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View. Google said that a consumer version of Ara should be available next year.

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Trump moneyman’s shady history

Trump moneyman’s shady history

One of six vice-chairs of the “Trump Victory Leadership Team,” a joint fundraising effort announced Tuesday by the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, pleaded guilty in 2009 to criminal charges involving bribes paid to top New York State officials. Elliott Broidy, a Los Angeles venture capitalist, was charged with showering nearly $1 million in gifts and favors on state officials as part of a scheme to win more than $250 million in state pension investments for the venture capital firm he then headed, Markstone Capital. Sean Spicer, the RNC’s communications director, dismissed questions about Broidy’s background, comparing it to that of New York investment figure Steve Rattner, a top Democratic moneyman who held a recent fundraiser for Hillary Clinton and was caught up in the same “pay for play” scandal.

Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in sex case

Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in sex case

She called him "Mr. Cosby" and considered him a trusted friend and mentor. But 20 minutes after Bill Cosby offered her three blue pills and told her to take them with the wine he had set out, ...

Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour's death

Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour's death

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor — a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul.

Protests turn violent outside Trump rally in New Mexico

Protests turn violent outside Trump rally in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Protests outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico turned violent Tuesday night as demonstrators threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, overturned trash cans and knocked down barricades.

Democrats, seeking unity, give Sanders say in party platform

Democrats, seeking unity, give Sanders say in party platform

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Democratic Party said on Monday it would give U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders a prominent say in writing its platform this year, a gesture that could ease tensions between Sanders' camp and party leaders, whom Sanders has accused of favoring rival Hillary Clinton. Sanders has remained steadfast in his long-shot battle with Clinton for the Democratic nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election, even though he lags her in the delegate count with only a few state contests remaining. The divisiveness among the Democrats stands in contrast to the Republicans, whose party leaders are slowly rallying behind Donald Trump, their presumptive nominee.

O'Reilly and Scarborough to Trump: Enough with the Clinton conspiracies!

Conservative commentators are cautioning Donald Trump not to give fuel to conspiracy theories and sordid controversies that have long swirled around Bill and Hillary Clinton after the presumptive Republican nominee called a former White House aide’s suicide “fishy” and released an Instagram ad featuring audio recordings of the former president’s accusers. “I’m not sure it’s a good thing to do that,” Fox News host Bill O’Reilly told Trump on Monday night, hours after the Instagram ad was posted. The brash billionaire said he only did so to counter Hillary Clinton’s attacks on him.

Donald Trump faces key test in New Mexico

Donald Trump faces key test in New Mexico

Donald Trump’s ability to unite a splintered Republican Party faces another crucial test Tuesday as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee makes his first visit to New Mexico, the most Hispanic state in the nation and where Latino Republicans have condemned his harsh rhetoric on immigration and other policies. The snub comes as Martinez, a longtime Trump critic who backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the primary, has notably refused to line up behind the presumptive Republican presidential nominee even after GOP leaders have called for the party to unify behind him.

Obama prods Vietnam on rights after activists stopped from meeting him

Obama prods Vietnam on rights after activists stopped from meeting him

By Matt Spetalnick and Martin Petty HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama chided Vietnam on political freedoms on Tuesday after critics of its communist-run government were prevented from meeting him in Hanoi, a discordant note on a trip otherwise steeped in amity between the former foes. Tens of thousands turned out to welcome Obama on the second leg of his visit, Ho Chi Minh City, which was called Saigon until April 1975 when North Vietnamese tanks rolled in to bring U.S.-backed South Vietnam under communist rule. Many in the crowds lining the streets chanted "Obama, Obama," some held handwritten signs reading "Obama, we love you," and one woman held a boy dressed in a Captain America costume, complete with shield.

Forensic expert: EgyptAir human remains suggest explosion

Forensic expert: EgyptAir human remains suggest explosion

Human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 have burn marks and are very small in size, suggesting an explosion on board may have downed the aircraft in the east Mediterranean, a senior Egyptian forensics official said Tuesday. The official, who is part of the Egyptian team investigating the crash that killed all 66 people on board the flight from Paris to Cairo early last Thursday, has personally examined the remains at a Cairo morgue. “Whatever has been published is baseless and mere assumptions,” Hisham Abdel-Hamid told Egypt’s state MENA news agency.

Trump's Gun Views in Spotlight Amid String of Accidental School Shootings

Trump's Gun Views in Spotlight Amid String of Accidental School Shootings

Donald Trump has walked back his hard line on guns in schools as expressed at last week's NRA conference, which came amid a string of accidental shootings in recent weeks. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who was recently endorsed by the NRA, told CNN on Monday that "school resource officers" or trained teachers should be allowed to carry guns on school grounds. Trump previously argued against gun-free zones in schools and on military bases.

Virginia governor under FBI probe over campaign donations: CNN

Virginia governor under FBI probe over campaign donations: CNN

Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's Democratic governor and chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential run, is under federal investigation over contributions to his 2013 campaign, CNN said on Monday, citing unnamed U.S. officials. The U.S. Justice Department's year-long investigation has focused, at least in part, on whether contributions to McAuliffe's gubernatorial campaign, including $120,000 from a Chinese businessman, Wang Wenliang, violated the law, according to CNN. Investigators have "scrutinized" McAuliffe's time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, part of the charitable foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton, CNN said, citing unidentified government officials briefed on the case.

John Hickenlooper says he probably would serve as Clinton’s running mate

On Monday, May 23, at 1:30 p.m. ET, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric speaks with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper about the 2016 presidential race where the fight for the Democratic nomination wages on between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Meanwhile, looking toward the general election, new polls show Clinton and Trump in a dead heat. Hickenlooper will also talk about his memoir, “The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics.” 

Top Republicans bash VA secretary for ‘ludicrous’ comment about Disneyland lines and veterans’ care

Top Republicans bash VA secretary for ‘ludicrous’ comment about Disneyland lines and veterans’ care

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald caused a small uproar among leading Republican politicians on Monday after he said hospital wait times were not the best way to measure veterans’ satisfaction with the agency. Or what’s important?” McDonald said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, the Washington Post reported. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump were among those who criticized McDonald’s comments.

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Everyone's convinced ASOS' Facebook page is run by robots

Everyone's convinced ASOS' Facebook page is run by robots

Company Facebook pages are hellish, and it doesn't look like the robot future is going to make it any better. Nick Paterniti from Perth, Australia ran afoul of the bots Monday after writing a post on the Facebook page of online fashion retailer ASOS inquiring about a refund. "Your customer service team via email is not helping although I've repeatedly provided the details they've asked for. Please sort this out ASAP," he wrote. SEE ALSO: A robot's first day at work gives us an adorable glimpse into the future Image: Facebook/Nick Paterniti A little later, a reply from "ASOS Ashley" appeared, asking Paterniti to send through his personal details so the company could follow up, even though he had already provided them "repeatedly." Begrudgingly, Paterniti sent through the details again. "Sent. I need this sorted today," he wrote. A friend, Ben Somerford, wrote "so quirky," seemingly in jest, which appeared to trigger ASOS's autoresponder. "Hey Ben. Please fire over your account email address, date of birth and order number in a PM and I'll take a look for you. ASOS Steve."  Unsurprisingly, the comment did not go down well. Image: facebook/asos Others joined the conversation, wondering if the increasingly nonsensical replies from customer service agents with human sounding names were actually courtesy of a bunch of soulless ASOS robots.  ASOS did try and make it clear the messages were not "auto generated," however. Even suggesting some of the autoresponders would be fired didn't seem to stem the flow of cookie-cutter responses.  You would've thought ASOS would eventually learn its lesson, but nope. These are just some of the best responses. Image: facebook/asos Image: facebook/asos Image: Facebook/asos Image: facebook/asos Paterniti told Mashable Australia  via Messenger he had been waiting for a refund from the company since April 27, lodging an inquiry in early May to check what was happening. "So basically since then I've had about 20 back and forth emails," he said. Like on the Facebook thread, he would get different customer service representatives asking for the same personal details over and over. With no luck, he posted on the company's wall, where the chaos ensued in public. "To be honest I wasn't surprised at the auto responder comments. It really just proved that they need to sort their shit out," he said. "I was surprised at the auto responder comments that said 'these are not automatically generated responses' — there were a few of those." Paterniti got his refund overnight Wednesday. Surprisingly, he said he'd still shop at ASOS. "I'd use them again, but probably just small orders until I'm confident," he said. If we've learnt anything from this ridiculousness, it's that the ASOS Christmas party must be a real hoot.  Image: facebook/asos Mashable Australia has contacted ASOS for comment. [h/t Mumbrella ]

Chewbacca mask lady lives her best life with IRL Chewbacca at Facebook HQ

Chewbacca mask lady lives her best life with IRL Chewbacca at Facebook HQ

Candace Payne's unstoppable joy has made it to Facebook HQ. The Texas mom and Star Wars enthusiast, who delighted the Internet with her ecstatic reaction to a Chewbacca mask, visited Facebook headquarters on Tuesday after a special invitation from Mark Zuckerberg. SEE ALSO: Chewbacca woman reaches new level of joy when her kids get masks, too "We invited Candace Payne, whose Chewbacca mask video got 141 million views and is now the most-watched Facebook Live video ever, to come by Facebook HQ today," Zuckerberg wrote in a post. "And we had a fun surprise for her!" That surprise was an IRL Chewbacca — a fitting companion for Payne's day in Silicon Valley. And from the looks of it, the two had the best day ever. Image: facebook/mark zuckerberg Image: facebook/mark zuckerberg Image: facebook/mark zuckerberg We think this commenter summed it up pretty well. Image: facebook

Facebook Apologized After Deleting A Plus-Size Model's Photo

Facebook Apologized After Deleting A Plus-Size Model's Photo

It’s been a rough month for Facebook. People are still deciding how they feel about the social network tampering with their trending section and now the company is apologizing after deleting an ad depicting a plus-size model for violating their guidelines against certain depictions of body weight. Facebook removed an ad from Australian feminist group Cherchez La Femme that depicted plus-size model Tess Holliday in a bikini.

Twitter relaxes 140-character limit for tweets

Twitter relaxes 140-character limit for tweets

Twitter said Tuesday it was easing its 140-character limit for tweets, allowing users to add links, attachments and some other features within the short messages. The move comes as Twitter's efforts to increase its user base and engagement have been sputtering, raising questions about its growth trend. "Over the past decade, the tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, videos, hashtags, Vines and more," Twitter product manager Todd Sherman said in a statement.

New York inmate photo makes it to Facebook, despite cellphone ban

New York inmate photo makes it to Facebook, despite cellphone ban

The New York City Department of Corrections said on Tuesday it was investigating what appears to be a photo of inmates from Rikers Island jail taken with a cellphone, a device banned in city jails. It was not clear how the group of male inmates was allowed to pose, who snapped the photo, or how it was uploaded to Facebook as reported by the New York Post on Monday. It was the latest in a string of problems, from a spike in violence to a crackdown on corrections officers running contraband networks, facing the department run by Commissioner Joseph Ponte since 2014.

Twitter drops photos, videos from 140-character limit

Twitter drops photos, videos from 140-character limit

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc said on Tuesday that user names and media attachments such as photos and videos will no longer count toward the length of a tweet but the 140-character limit will remain. Twitter said the change, part of its efforts to simplify its microblogging service, will happen in the next few months. "A few simple changes to make conversations on Twitter easier! And no more removing characters for images or videos!" Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said in a 115-character tweet.

Facebook drops news outlet input in 'trending topics' review

Facebook drops news outlet input in 'trending topics' review

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a "trending topic" on the giant social network, a move adopted after a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views.

Twitter's New Rules, Explained

Twitter's New Rules, Explained

After months of rumors, Twitter has revealed the new look of your timeline today. The rumor that Twitter was doing away with its iconic 140 character limit, dictated at the time by the length of a text message, is sort of true in the sense that a number of things that used to eat into your 140 characters no longer “count” towards that 140. You’ll still only have 140 characters to express yourself, though, and unfortunately, Twitter’s new rules are confusing in one very crucial respect.

Twitter takes next step in evolution, boosts tweet character counts

Twitter takes next step in evolution, boosts tweet character counts

Social media platform Twitter has announced it will soon upgrade its service to allow users to fit more into their tweets, with a range of evolved features. According to Twitter, the updates have "a significant impact" on Tweets, with the platform also exploring ways to make existing uses easier and enable new ones, without compromising brevity and speed.

Saudi Arabia's rulers adapt message for social media age

Saudi Arabia's rulers adapt message for social media age

By Sylvia Westall and Angus McDowall DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - The participation of tens of thousands of young Saudis in a social media debate over plans to reform the kingdom's oil-reliant economy last month marked a shift in how Riyadh's conservative rulers interact with their subjects. Saudi Arabia's dynastic leaders, who rule by fiat and strictly limit public dissent, have historically courted public opinion only via informal councils with tribal, religious and business leaders or citizens seeking to petition them. "It's a new focus for the government as it reaches out to a young Saudi population that is more likely to use social media," Saudi analyst and commentator Mohammed Alyahya said.

Twitter hopes changing its 140-character limit will Make Twitter Great Again

Twitter has been fighting for relevancy over the last few years: Snapchat took away its tweens, Facebook took away the argumentative uncles, and Twitter is mostly left with political statements and Kanye's tweetstorms. But don't worry, there's a plan to Make Twitter Great Again, and it involves changes to the very heart of Twitter's formula, the 140-character limit. DON'T MISS:  iPhones will finally get the OLED screens they deserve Starting in the coming months , Twitter will be modifying the 140-character limit for a number of different situations. When you @reply someone, their Twitter handle will no longer factor into the character count. Photo and video links won't be counted against your 140 characters either. But wait, that's not all! You'll now be able to retweet yourself, for maximum ego-stroking, and you no longer have to start tweets with .@ if you want to tweet at someone, but still have all your followers see it. The hardened cynic in me wants to say these changes are mostly for Donald Trump -- after all, the sum of his Twitter interactions consists of arguing with people (now more visible with @ tweets appearing to his followers), and retweeting praise. Unfortunately, the truth is a little more sad: Twitter hopes that these tiny algorithmic changes are going to drag back a large part of its audience, boost engagement, or some other metric that only investors care about. But here's the reality: while Twitter has been tweaking layouts and messing with character limits, Facebook has brought high-quality news outlets directly onto its platform and started a live video service that's scored interviews with President Obama . I'm no hardened venture capitalist, but I don't think the ability to Retweet yourself is really going to help Twitter here.

Stocks eye a rebound, Facebook changes its guidelines

Stocks eye a rebound, Facebook changes its guidelines

Investors are hoping for a rebound as the dollar gains ground against the euro and yen. Also, we'll tell you how Facebook is changing the way it puts news stories in ‘Trending Topics.' Plus, Disney China hits some resistance.

Facebook denies manipulating trending news, but changes its policies anyway

Facebook denies manipulating trending news, but changes its policies anyway

Facebook said in an official response to US Senator John Thune that it has found no wrongdoing following an internet investigation into allegations that the social networking giant was manipulating stories in its trending news section to block conservative political content. At the same time, however, the company said that it is making big changes to the processes that power its trending news section, sending mixed messages in the process. HUGE LEAK:  This is our first look at a real iPhone 7 Facebook issued a carefully worded non-denial following allegations earlier this month that the company routinely blocked news from conservative websites from growing popular in its trending news feed. Here's the company's initial response: We take allegations of bias very seriously. Facebook is a platform for people and perspectives from across the political spectrum. Trending Topics shows you the popular topics and hashtags that are being talked about on Facebook. There are rigorous guidelines in place for the review team to ensure consistency and neutrality. These guidelines do not permit the suppression of political perspectives. Nor do they permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or one news outlet over another. These guidelines do not prohibit any news outlet from appearing in Trending Topics. The company also released a list of roughly 1,000 feeds that it regularly monitors to pull in news for its trending section. That wasn't enough to satisfy the US Senate Commerce Committee, however, which would launch an inquiry into the matter the very next day. Now, Facebook has issued a response to that inquiry. Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch explained in his response that an internal investigation found "no systematic political bias." Even still, Stretch still said that Facebook plans to overhaul the processes behind its trending news feature even though there was no systematic wrongdoing. Why? Stretch explained: "Our investigation could not fully exclude the possibility of isolated improper actions or unintentional bias in the implementation of our guidelines or policies," he wrote. "As part of our commitment to continually improve our products and to minimize risks where human judgment is involved, we are making a number of improvements to Trending Topics." He listed the following steps that will soon be taken: Updated terminology in our Guidelines to make them more clear Refresher training for all reviewers that emphasized that content decisions may not be made on the basis of politics or ideology Additional controls and oversight around the review team, including robust escalation procedures Additionally, Stretch wrote that Facebook is making the following "improvements" to trending topics and the tools used to identify trending stories: We will no longer rely on lists of external websites and news outlets to identify, validate or assess the importance of particular topics. This means we will eliminate the “Media 1K” list, the list of RSS feeds used to supplement the algorithm that generates potential trending topics, and the top-10 list of news outlets. We are also removing the ability to assign an “importance level” to a topic through assessment of the topic’s prominence on the top-10 list of news outlets. We will expand our Help Center content on Trending Topics to provide more information about this feature and how it works. Senator Thune issued a statement in response to Facebook's release. "Private companies are fully entitled to espouse their own views, so I appreciate Facebook’s efforts to address allegations of bias raised in the media and my concern about a lack of transparency in its methodology for determining trending topics," Thune said. "Facebook has been forthcoming about with how it determines trending topics, and steps it will take to minimize the risk of bias from individual human judgment. The seriousness with which Facebook has treated these allegations and its desire to serve as an open platform for all viewpoints is evident and encouraging and I look forward to the company’s actions meeting its public rhetoric."

DJI's Facebook Live streaming drone app has now been released

DJI's Facebook Live streaming drone app has now been released

The new drone controlled app from DJI which supports Facebook Live video streaming is now available reports SlashGear. The app allows pilots to beam a drone's eye view in real time across Facebook using a smartphone and without waiting for the drone to land. At the moment the feature is available in the DJI GO app for iOS, with owners of a Phantom or Inspire model now able to broadcast.

Facebook apologises for banning 'undesirable' plus-sized model

Facebook apologises for banning 'undesirable' plus-sized model

Facebook has been forced to backtrack after it banned an Australian ad featuring a bikini-clad plus-sized model promoting positive body image, initially saying the photo's depiction was "undesirable". When organisers questioned the decision, the Facebook Ads Team wrote back saying the ad did not comply with their health and fitness policy because "the image depicts a body or body parts in an undesirable manner". "Ads like these are not allowed since they make viewers feel bad about themselves," said the letter to organiser Jessamy Gleeson, who posted a screen-shot of it online.

Facebook makes changes to avoid political bias

Facebook makes changes to avoid political bias

Facebook on Monday said it was making changes aimed at keeping political bias out of its "trending" stories list even though an internal investigation revealed no evidence it was happening. "Our investigation has revealed no evidence of systematic political bias in the selection or prominence of stories included in the Trending Topics feature," Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch said in a letter responding to a query from Republican US Senator John Thune, who chairs the commerce committee. Facebook was unable to substantiate any specific accusations of bias made in media reports, which relied on anonymous sources, Stretch said in the letter, a copy of which was made available by the leading social network.

Facebook changes policies on 'Trending Topics' after criticism

Facebook changes policies on 'Trending Topics' after criticism

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its "Trending Topics" section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency. The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias in the selection of news stories for Trending Topics, a feature that is separate from the main "news feed" where most Facebook users get their news. Earlier this month, a former Facebook contractor had accused the company's editors of deliberately suppressing conservative news.

Facebook says no evidence of political bias found on 'Trending Topics'

Facebook says no evidence of political bias found on 'Trending Topics'

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday that an investigation into its editorial practices had found no evidence of political bias in the selection or prominence of stories shown on its Trending Topics feature. The company also said the investigation revealed that conservative and liberal topics were approved as trending topics at "virtually identical rates" and it was unable to substantiate any allegations of politically-motivated suppression of particular subjects or sources. (http://bit.ly/1Tvv3Nm) (Reporting by Sangameswaran S in Bengaluru; Editing by Mary Milliken)

After conservative meet, Zuckerberg says Facebook open to 'all ideas'

After conservative meet, Zuckerberg says Facebook open to 'all ideas'

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says conservatives are an important part of the social network after a meeting aimed at defusing concerns it is politically biased. "We've built Facebook to be a platform for all ideas," Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page after a meeting at the company's California headquarters to discuss allegations in a news article that Facebook was suppressing conservative voices in its "trending" news stories. Zuckerberg called the meeting after technology news outlet Gizmodo last week reported allegations that Facebook was deliberately omitting articles with conservative viewpoints from a sidebar that lists popular stories.

How to see who’s tracking you on Facebook (aside from Facebook)

Being tracked on the internet is something that’s only to be expected, since advertising is still the biggest online moneymaker out there. Google and Facebook are two of the biggest companies that make money by being able to tell advertisers what we like, and there are many others who track our every move online. Some of these companies offer you ways to limit the amount of data they collect, and they also offer some amount of transparency for their advertising programs. While you might never evade Google or Facebook completely, there are ways to see everything Google knows about you , and you can also find out which companies are tracking you on Facebook... aside from Facebook itself, that is. DON’T MISS: 5 Android N features you won't find on any iPhone Looking at the social networking giant, Business Insider has put together a neat guide that tells users how to find out which companies are tracking them using Facebook, what information is available to these companies, and what steps can be taken to limit their reach. If you’ve never done this before you should know that Facebook anonymizes the data it collects about you before serving it to advertisers, and that data arrives in bulk, so chances are slim that you'll be personally identified by an app you liked. That said, there are ways to limit ad tracking, monitor what apps have access to your Facebook data, and prevent your Facebook friends from sharing some of your data with advertisers. To start, head on over to Facebook and click the little menu arrow in the top right corner of the screen. You’ll want to go to Settings , then to Ads . In there, you can Edit  your Facebook Ads preferences to limit exposure. Handling apps is almost as simple, but you have to go through each app individually to customize your privacy preferences. Go to the home screen on Facebook.com again, then click the Lock in the top right corner and go to See More Settings . In there, click on Apps  and start going through each of them. You can also easily remove the ones you don’t want to access your Facebook data, of course. Finally, there’s one more step you have to take in order to manage what data can be seen by the companies (apps) tracking your friends. Head on over to Settings , then Apps , then Apps Others Use . In there, you’ll be able to limit what apps being used by your Friends can learn about you. For example, most apps don’t need to know your family and relationships, religion and political views, if you’re online, or where you live and work. The entire privacy checkup process might sound a bit time-consuming, but it’s really easy to perform and it's worth the trouble.

Does Facebook Need to Be Fair?

In this video, Rob outlines all the ways Facebook *could* rig an election. Among them: manipulating the newsfeed algorithm, blacklisting stories in their trending news section, and selectively deploying the “I Voted” module:Though Facebook says it won’t use that power, the company last week drew criticism over the way it has curated its “Trending” module. Here’s Rob with details:

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Huawei files lawsuits accusing Samsung of violating patents

Huawei files lawsuits accusing Samsung of violating patents

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei said Wednesday it has filed patent infringement lawsuits against South Korean mobile phone rival Samsung in the United States and China, in a case that highlights the rise of Asian competitors as technology creators.

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TOKYO (AP) — Leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations will undoubtedly voice unity over fighting terrorism, pandemics and tax evasion at their summit in Japan this week. Finding a consensus on how to breathe life into their sluggish economies is proving more elusive. Aging workforces, sagging productivity and lingering damage from the 2008 financial crisis are complicating efforts to spur growth while the effects of the slowdown in China and the other big developing economies ripple across the globe. At a pre-summit meeting in northern Japan's Sendai, finance ministers and central bank governors of the G7 failed to concur on a coordinated approach to fighting what Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph E.

China's Huawei files patent suits against Samsung Elec

China's Huawei files patent suits against Samsung Elec

By Yimou Lee and Anne Marie Roantree HONG KONG (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] on Wednesday said it sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd claiming infringement of smartphone patents, the Chinese firm's first intellectual property challenge against the world's top mobile maker. Huawei has filed lawsuits in the United States and China seeking compensation for what it said was unlicensed use of fourth-generation (4G) cellular communications technology, operating systems and user interface software in Samsung phones. "We hope Samsung will ... stop infringing our patents and get the necessary license from Huawei, and work together with Huawei to jointly drive the industry forward," Ding Jianxing, president of Huawei's Intellectual Property Rights Department, said in a statement.

Samsung Elec to defend interests against Huawei patent suits

Samsung Elec to defend interests against Huawei patent suits

SEOUL (Reuters) - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday it will defend itself against patent lawsuits filed by smartphone rival Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL]. Huawei, the world's third-largest smartphone maker, has filed lawsuits against Samsung in the United States and China claiming infringement of smartphone patents. "We will thoroughly review the complaint and take appropriate action to defend Samsung's business interests," Samsung, the world's top smartphone maker, said in an email to Reuters. (Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates)

Apple rehires prominent security pro as encryption fight boils

Apple rehires prominent security pro as encryption fight boils

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc , which has resisted pressure from U.S. law enforcement to unlock encrypted iPhones, this month rehired a top expert in practical cryptography to bring more powerful security features to a wide range of consumer products. Jon Callas, who co-founded several well-respected secure communications companies including PGP Corp, Silent Circle and Blackphone, rejoined Apple in May, an Apple spokesman said. Callas had worked at Apple in the 1990s and again between 2009 and 2011, when he designed an encryption system to protect data stored on a Macintosh computer.

China's Huawei sues Samsung Electronics claiming mobile patent infringement

China's Huawei sues Samsung Electronics claiming mobile patent infringement

By Yimou Lee and Anne Marie Roantree HONG KONG (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] said on Wednesday it has filed lawsuits against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd claiming infringement of smartphone patents, in the first such case by the Chinese firm against the world's biggest mobile maker. Huawei has filed lawsuits in the United States and China seeking compensation for what it said was unlicensed use of fourth-generation (4G) cellular communications technology, operating systems and user interface software in Samsung phones. "We hope Samsung will ... stop infringing our patents and get the necessary license from Huawei, and work together with Huawei to jointly drive the industry forward," Ding Jianxing, president of Huawei's Intellectual Property Rights Department, said in a statement.

Pebble just re-invented the iPod Shuffle, and it runs Spotify

Back in the days before RunKeeper and GPS watches, my jogs were a beautifully simple thing: I strapped on an iPod Shuffle loaded with a strong mix of Britney and Eminem, and vanished into my own little world for an hour. A couple years later, I transitioned to Spotify and never really looked back. But running with an armband and a 5-inch phone never felt quite the same, and clearly other people agree. That's why I'm absurdly happy that Pebble, a small Canadian company that makes wearables, is making a Shuffle-sized device that clips on to your shorts, plays your Spotify playlists, and tracks runs. DON'T MISS: iPhones will finally get the OLED screens they deserve The Core is a $70 device about the same size as an old Shuffle, complete with a little clip. It allows you to store Spotify playlists on the 4GB of built-in storage, or stream them over a 3G connection. It also has built-in GPS and integration with popular apps like RunKeeper and Strava, so you can track your workouts. Finally, it builds in an emergency SOS button using that cellular radio, so you still have the comfort value of not being completely cut off from the world in an emergency. It feels like someone's sat down, thought about what my ideal device would be to take running or biking, and then built that. It's a stripped-down machine for people who just want to know how far they've run, and listen to music along the way. My only concern is the controls: Core only has two buttons, so you'll really need to pair it to a Pebble smartwatch over Bluetooth to make the most of it. Pebble actually has other plans for the Core beyond just workouts. As Pebble points out, Core is really just a tiny Android 5.0-powered computer, complete with a full suite of sensors like GPS and microphones, and Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. Pebble is making the device completely open to hackers, so you can expect a bunch of Core-powered lifehacks coming soon. Alongside the Core, Pebble also revamped its line of smartwatches with a new focus on fitness. The Pebble 2 is a $100 smartwatch that looks a lot like the original Pebble, but with the notable addition of built-in heartrate tracking. The Pebble Time 2 is an update to last summer's Pebble Time Steel, with a color e-ink display and heart-rate monitoring again. Overall, the smartwatch updates stick to Pebble's core philosophy of the simpler, the better. Pebble watches have buttons instead of touchscreens, and week-long battery life rather than 24 hours. They're meant to be smartwatches for people who mostly want a watch, only with this update, they're now also cheap and powerful fitness trackers. All three devices are up for pre-order on Kickstarter right now, Pebble's tried-and-tested method of selling products. The Core is $69 with delivery in January next year, Pebble 2 is $99 in September this year, while the Pebble Time 2 is $169, delivery November 2016.

Saudi Arabia's rulers adapt message for social media age

Saudi Arabia's rulers adapt message for social media age

By Sylvia Westall and Angus McDowall DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - The participation of tens of thousands of young Saudis in a social media debate over plans to reform the kingdom's oil-reliant economy last month marked a shift in how Riyadh's conservative rulers interact with their subjects. Saudi Arabia's dynastic leaders, who rule by fiat and strictly limit public dissent, have historically courted public opinion only via informal councils with tribal, religious and business leaders or citizens seeking to petition them. "It's a new focus for the government as it reaches out to a young Saudi population that is more likely to use social media," Saudi analyst and commentator Mohammed Alyahya said.

Japan an alluring target for Standard Bank ATM thieves

Japan an alluring target for Standard Bank ATM thieves

The gang used counterfeit Standard Bank credit cards to withdraw 1.4 billion yen ($13 million) in 14,000 transactions from ATMs at 7-Eleven convenience stores over three hours on a Sunday morning, according to a source familiar with the matter.

SWIFT to unveil new security plan after hackers' heists

SWIFT to unveil new security plan after hackers' heists

By Huw Jones and Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - The SWIFT secure messaging service that underpins international banking said on Tuesday it plans to launch a new security program as it fights to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the Bangladesh Bank heist. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT)'s chief executive, Gottfried Leibbrandt, told a financial services conference in Brussels that SWIFT will launch a five-point plan later this week. In February, thieves hacked into the SWIFT system of the Bangladesh central bank, sending messages to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York allowing them to steal $81 million.

Clinton email probe in late stage, FBI may question her

Clinton email probe in late stage, FBI may question her

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI agents probing whether Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server imperiled government secrets appear close to completing their work, a process experts say will probably culminate in a sit-down with the former secretary of state.

Soccer-Lewandowski has score to settle on biggest stage

By Adrian Krajewski WARSAW, May 24 (Reuters) - Poland's Robert Lewandowski has chalked up so many big-game landmarks during his club career that the 27-year-old seems overdue a major tournament performance with his country. Few strikers in Europe can match his astonishing scoring record which will leave Germany particularly wary of facing the Bundesliga's leading scorer when the two countries meet at Euro 2016. For the last six years, since joining Borussia Dortmund and then Bayern Munich, goals have come readily.

Ocean’s 100: Thieves steal $12.7 million from ATMs in just three hours

The Ocean's 11 movies are spectacular stories about crazy heists that take lots of effort, careful planning and just a touch of skillful improvisation to pull off. But it turns out that jobs like this exist in real life, too. And they’re equally impressive. A few days ago, 100 coordinated thieves stole no less than $12.7 million (1.4bn yen) from ATMs. The entire thing took just three hours, and no suspect was apprehended since then. DON’T MISS: Watch the Britney Spears BMA performance that the internet is going crazy over According to The Guardian , the operation was orchestrated by an organized crime ring. 100 people targeted 1,400 ATMs and used fake credit cards that contained details stolen from an unidentified South African bank. Thieves stole precisely 100,000 yen per withdrawal. That means each card was used only for a single transaction worth around $914, but the grand total was just under $13 million. The thieves started withdrawing cash on Sunday, May 15th, at 5:00AM, completing the entire process just before 8:00AM. They targeted cash machines in Tokyo and 16 other districts. Because it was a day when banks were closed and the cards used belonged to a bank in a different country, it took a while before the caper was discovered. That was probably enough time for the members of the gang to have left in Japan without being in any danger of getting caught by police. It’s unclear at this time who was behind the heist, what bank’s security was cracked, or who stole the credit card data to manufacture the fake credit cards.

Bangladesh Bank heist trail goes cold in Manila as probes falter

Bangladesh Bank heist trail goes cold in Manila as probes falter

By Raju Gopalakrishnan MANILA (Reuters) - More than three months have passed since $81 million was stolen in a brazen cyber-heist from Bangladesh's central bank and sent to Manila – yet authorities in the Philippines appear no closer to nabbing those who laundered most of the money through a bank and casinos here. Nobody has been arrested, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) - the nation’s equivalent of the FBI - has not been allowed to get fully involved in the probe, and a Philippines Senate investigation petered out last week. Several official and private investigators said they had hoped to make headway by following the money trail in the Philippines, but they told Reuters it has gone cold.

NY lawmaker warns on U.S. financial security after SWIFT attacks

NY lawmaker warns on U.S. financial security after SWIFT attacks

Recent hacks of international banks through the SWIFT messaging system raise serious questions about cyber-related risks to U.S. firms, Representative Carolyn Maloney wrote on Monday in a letter to the country's top banking regulators that asked about measures to strengthen systems' security. Maloney, a Democrat who represents part of Manhattan - home to many people employed in finance and banking - wrote to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, U.S. Comptroller Thomas Curry and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Martin Gruenberg that she remains "deeply concerned about U.S. banks' exposure to these new, sophisticated cyber attacks." The SWIFT network that allows banks to process billions of dollars in transfers each day is considered the backbone of international banking.

Whatever you do, don’t buy these smartphones

There is nothing in consumer tech right now that's as hot as the smartphone market, even as it nears saturation in many regions, and the real beauty of it is that there are so many options. Every company out there wants a piece of the action and they're all looking for ways to differentiate their products, so there really is something for everyone. It's not easy to make a choice that can truly be considered wrong since different people have different needs and wants, but there is one line of smartphones that people probably shouldn't bother with unless they having a burning desire to dump hundreds of dollars into a dead platform. As noted by market research firm Gartner, Windows Phone's share of the global smartphone market actually fell below 1% this past quarter for the first time ever, market yet another stop on Microsoft's one-way trip to smartphone irrelevance. As such, the worst mistake you can make when buying a new phone is to buy a Windows Phone, unless you're fine with burning cash on a platform that's on its way out. Actually, there is one smartphone platform that somehow has an even lower share of the global market — BlackBerry OS — but it's so low that it's not even worth discussing anymore. HUGE LEAK:  This is our first look at a real iPhone 7 According to Gartner's estimates , smartphone shipments grew 3.9% in the first quarter of 2016 compared the same quarter one year earlier. That seems like a small figure, but it's pretty impressive when you consider how far iPhone sales fell between January and March . Gartner says total "smartphone sales," which is a figure that actually includes end-user iPhone sales and estimated channel sales for other brands, reached 349 million units in the quarter. Samsung led the way with estimated shipments totaling 81 million units, which is indeed a massive number that was bolstered by the launch of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Chinese Android brands grew too fast in the quarter though, so Samsung's global market share actually fell to 23.2% in the first quarter from 24.1% in the same quarter last year. Meanwhile, Apple's global smartphone market share saw a much bigger drop, from 17.9% in Q1 2015 to 14.8% in Q1 2016. "In a slowing smartphone market where large vendors are experiencing growth saturation, emerging brands are disrupting existing brands' long-standing business models to increase their share," Gartner research director Anshul Gupta. "With such changing smartphone market dynamics, Chinese brands are emerging as the new top global brands. Two Chinese brands ranked within the top five worldwide smartphone vendors in the first quarter of 2015, and represented 11 percent of the market. In the first quarter of 2016, there were three Chinese brands – Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi – and they achieved 17 percent of the market."

Correction: Campaign 2016-Foreign Hacking story

Correction: Campaign 2016-Foreign Hacking story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 18 about possible foreign hacking into presidential campaigns, The Associated Press used the wrong configuration for the name of the chief executive officer of PKWARE. His name is V. Miller Newton, not V. Newton Miller.

Hackers probe defenses of Middle East banks : FireEye

Hackers probe defenses of Middle East banks : FireEye

Hackers are probing the defenses of banks in the Middle East, targeting employees with infected emails which gather information about the banks' network and user accounts, FireEye researchers said.  FireEye, a U.S. cyber security company investigating the February attack on Bangladesh's central bank in which hackers stole $81 million, said there was no apparent connection with the heist or related attacks on banks in Ecuador and Vietnam. A FireEye spokesman said Qatar National Bank was not one of the "several banks" in the Middle East where researchers had found the malware.

To halt smartphone slide, Samsung rewrites playbook

To halt smartphone slide, Samsung rewrites playbook

By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - From the way it chooses smartphone components to the models it brings to market, Samsung Electronics has undergone a painful process of breaking from its past to reverse a slide in its handset business. For example, the world's largest smartphone maker agonized over camera specs for its flagship Galaxy S7 until the last moment - ultimately defying industry convention by opting for fewer pixels in exchange for improved autofocus features and low-light performance, a move that contributed to early success. "We've now gotten to a point where we can secure a baseline profit even if the market stagnates, so long as we don't make a bad mistake," said Kim Gae-youn, vice president in charge of Samsung's smartphone product planning.

Apple CEO Cook, Indian Prime Minister Modi meet in New Delhi

Apple CEO Cook, Indian Prime Minister Modi meet in New Delhi

NEW DELHI (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook laid out his company's plans for the vast Indian market in a meeting Saturday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who in turn sought Apple's support for his "Digital India" initiative focusing on e-education, health and increasing farmers' incomes.

SWIFT tells banks to share information on hacks

SWIFT tells banks to share information on hacks

By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - International financial messaging service SWIFT told clients on Friday to share information on attacks on the system to help prevent hacking, after criminals used SWIFT messages to steal $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank. Earlier on Friday, Reuters reported that Wells Fargo, Ecuador's Banco del Austro (BDA) and Citibank, whose managing director, Franchise Risk & Strategy, Yawar Shah, is SWIFT's chairman, did not inform SWIFT of an attack last year in which more than $12 million was stolen from BDA. The network is considered the backbone of international finance but faith in its security has been rocked by the theft from Bank Bangladesh's account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Macedonian extradited to face U.S. charges on selling card data

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Macedonian citizen was extradited to the United States on Friday to face charges related to his operation of a website called Codeshop that authorities say was responsible for selling the data of thousands of credit cards from around the world. Djevair Ametovski, 29, was arrested in Slovenia in 2014 and was extradited from there to face charges including aggravated identity theft and wire fraud conspiracy contained in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. Ametovski, who authorities say was known online as "codeshop," "sindrom" and "sindromx," is expected to appear in court on Saturday, prosecutors said.

Banks are helping hackers pull off the perfect heist

News broke in February that hackers were able to steal no less than $81 million from the Bank of Bangladesh in what MANY described as a perfect heist. Well, maybe it wasn’t perfect, as a silly spelling mistake prevented the culprits from walking away with nearly $1 billion . But the sophisticated attack worked almost flawlessly as the hackers were able to take advantage of the backbone of financial transactions , after infiltrating the bank’s systems. It turns out that the Bangladesh attack wasn’t an isolated event . Hackers have attacked other banks as well in the past using the same methods. New reports show that some of these attacks could have been prevented, but only if only banks were willing to share more details about these attacks with the SWIFT organization. Apparently, the financial institutions aren’t just worried that they’re going to lose the trust of customers, but also that they might generate additional inquiries into their security systems from local regulators. And nobody wants that. DON'T MISS:  Your iPhone could look so much better than it does right now The Bangladesh heist wasn’t even the first one, and it likely won’t be the last. Two others have been discovered in recent months; an unsuccessful attack in Vietnam using the same technique was thwarted in December last year, months before the Bangladesh bank was hit. But in mid-January 2015, more than a year before hackers stole the $81 million from Bangladesh, the Banco del Austro (BDA) in Ecuador was the victim of a similar attack. Over a period of 10 days, criminals used SWIFT credentials swiped from a bank employee to modify transaction details, including sums and recipients, for 12 transfers amounting to over $12 million. The security of SWIFT itself was not breached, but hackers used advanced malware to steal credentials and cover their tracks. The crime remained a secret for a long time, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal report, but BDA decided to sue Wells Fargo, the bank that approved the transfers. It turns out that SWIFT had no idea about the security breach, as neither BDA nor Wells Fargo shared details about it with the Belgian body that oversees wire transfers. SWIFT is urging partner banks to disclose similar attacks so that better defenses can be set up. But what’s clear so far is that hackers have found ways to take advantage of this secure money transfer system that banks take for granted. And financial institutions are helping them by not disclosing hacks to SWIFT or to other banks. If a wire comes through via the SWIFT messaging system, banks act according to the information received and honor the transfer. That’s what Wells Fargo is arguing in its defense, which seeks to have the case dismissed. BDA, meanwhile, says that Wells Fargo should have seen the flags and stopped the transactions.

Cyber thieves exploit banks' faith in SWIFT transfer network

Cyber thieves exploit banks' faith in SWIFT transfer network

By Tom Bergin and Nathan Layne LONDON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Shortly after 7 p.m. on January 12, 2015, a message from a secure computer terminal at Banco del Austro (BDA) in Ecuador instructed San Francisco-based Wells Fargo to transfer money to bank accounts in Hong Kong. Over 10 days, Wells approved a total of at least 12 transfers of BDA funds requested over the secure SWIFT system. The SWIFT network - which allows banks to process billions of dollars in transfers each day - is considered the backbone of international banking.

Factbox: How do bank payments work in the euro zone?

Cyber attacks on banks from Bangladesh to Ecuador are raising questions about the security of the global payment system and one of its key components, the SWIFT messaging network. Following is a basic explanation of how bank payments work in the euro zone: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I MAKE A PAYMENT? Most bank payments in the euro zone are settled via the Target 2 payment system, owned and managed by the European Central bank and the national central banks (NCBs) of euro zone countries.

Hackers in Ukraine and Frog Juice in the Andes: The Week in Global-Affairs Writing

The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI’s Best Weapon—and Worst Nightmare Kevin Poulsen | WIRED “One Thursday in January 2001, Maksym Igor Popov, a 20-year-old Ukrainian man, walked nervously through the doors of the United States embassy in London. While Popov could have been mistaken for an exchange student applying for a visa, in truth he was a hacker, part of an Eastern European gang that had been raiding U.S. companies and carrying out extortion and fraud. A wave of such attacks was portending a new kind of cold war, between the U.S. and organized criminals in the former Soviet bloc, and Popov, baby-faced and pudgy, with glasses and a crew cut, was about to become the conflict’s first defector.”

Change your LinkedIn password right now

Remember when LinkedIn was hacked a few years ago and the company confirmed that login credentials and other data belonging to 6.5 million accounts were stolen? Well, it turns out that figure might have been a little low. OK it was very, very low — it looks like hackers managed to steal data from not 6.5 million, and not even 65 million, but just over 165 million accounts. In other words, it's time to change your LinkedIn password immediately. DON'T MISS:  How I added microSD support to my iPhone 6s LeakedSoure updated an earlier report on Thursday night with the news that username and password data from a grand total of 167,370,910 accounts that have now been obtained by the site. Those credentials are actively being sold on the black market, which means that impacted users are at risk. Wondering how to figure out if you're one of the LinkedIn users impacted by this massive breach? Well, stop trying to figure it out and just change your password immediately. Seriously, change it right now. It's always a good idea to change your passwords regularly and to never, ever use the same password for two different accounts. And no, you shouldn't paste all those different usernames and passwords into a plain text file so you can remember them. Instead, use a secure password manager that can sync your passwords across all devices and keep them safe but easily accessible. We highly recommend 1password . Speaking of bad password practices, LeakedSource has published a table showing the most commonly used passwords on LinkedIn and it's just as bad as you think it might be. The most commonly used password is "123456" — cringe — and it was found on 753,305 accounts. The second most common password was "linkedin" — cringe again — which was used on 172,523 different accounts, and then "password" — seriously, we give up — on 144,458 accounts. Here's a top-10 list for you: Hopefully your password doesn't appear on that list but either way, you would be wise to change your LinkedIn password immediately.

Samsung to partner with Alibaba affiliate on mobile payments in China

Samsung to partner with Alibaba affiliate on mobile payments in China

Samsung Electronics said it had struck a deal with an Alibaba Group Holding affiliate for owners of its phones to be able to more easily make payments with Alipay accounts - a move it hopes will boost sales in the world's biggest smartphone market. Users of Samsung Pay will also have the option of paying with their Alipay accounts without having separately access the Alipay application. Alipay, which is operated by Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial Services Group [ANTFIN.UL], has 450 million active registered users.

Old ATM malware is back and infecting machines everywhere

An old piece of ATM malware is back, and reportedly more dangerous and harder to detect than ever. According to security researchers from Kaspersky Labs , an updated piece of malware dubbed Skimer has infected numerous Windows-based ATMs across all corners of the globe. DON'T MISS:  Apple supplier mistakenly leaks details of next year’s major iPhone redesign When installed, the updated version of Skimer checks to see if the file system is FAT32 or NFTS. If it's the former, it "drops the file netmgr.dll in the folder C:\Windows\System32" and if it's the latter, "the same file will be placed in the NTFS data stream corresponding to the XFS service´s executable file." The end result is that the malware is harder for security officials to detect and make sense of. The Stack adds : Unlike other skimming malware programs, like Tyupkin, which becomes active in a specific time frame and is awakened by a ‘magic code’, Skimer may lie dormant for months until it is activated with the physical use of a ‘magic card.’ The magic card gives access control to the malware, which then offers a list of options that are accessed by inputting a choice on the pin pad. Once an ATM is compromised and the Skimer malware resuscitated from its dormant state, cyber criminals can gather pertinent financial data from inserted cards and can even direct the machine to dispense money. And in an additional step to evade detection, the malware can even be instructed to self destruct. A view of the Skimer malware in action, courtesy of Kaspersky, can be viewed below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOcFy02c7x0

Top Democratic senator probes SWIFT, NY Fed about Bangladesh heist

Top Democratic senator probes SWIFT, NY Fed about Bangladesh heist

The Senate Homeland Security Committee's top Democrat sought information Thursday from global financial network SWIFT and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on steps being taken to bolster cyber security in the wake of the theft of $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh. Senator Tom Carper of Delaware requested that both answer questions and brief his staff by June 17 on how they were handling issues following the February heist, during which hackers wired money out of an account at the New York Fed held by Bank Bangladesh, as well as how they were safeguarding against other potential cyber threats. "These cyber attacks raise important questions about the security of the SWIFT system and the ability of its members to prevent future attacks," Carper wrote in his letters.

Singapore banks' group invites SWIFT to discuss cyber attacks

Singapore banks' group invites SWIFT to discuss cyber attacks

The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) has invited SWIFT for a meeting in June to discuss the latest cyber attacks on banks in Bangladesh and Vietnam which involved SWIFT's financial messaging service. The move comes as members of ABS, which include Singaporean and foreign banks, have individually engaged the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) since news of the attacks emerged, it said. "ABS, for its part, has invited SWIFT to a meeting in early June to share its experience in managing the incidents in Bangladesh and Vietnam," it said an email to Reuters.

Bangladesh Bank official's computer was hacked to carry out $81 million heist: diplomat

Bangladesh Bank official's computer was hacked to carry out $81 million heist: diplomat

A Bangladeshi central bank official's computer was used by unidentified hackers to make payments via SWIFT, and carry out one of the biggest-ever cyber heists, a Bangladeshi diplomat said on Thursday at the end of a Philippine Senate inquiry. There were certain indications about who the hackers were, Bangladesh Ambassador John Gomes told a panel looking into how the $81 million in stolen money ended up in the Philippines, citing information shared by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Gomes said the hackers were neither in the Philippines nor in Bangladesh, but he had no other information.

Is it safe to use the free Wi-Fi at Starbucks?

Walk by any Starbucks within 100 miles of your house and chances are that you'll see several people sitting at a table, drinking coffee and enjoying the free Wi-Fi . Starbucks and free Wi-Fi have become synonymous with one another over the past few years — one unable to exists without the other — but the next time you log on to a public coffee shop hotspot, you might want to consider the risks you're taking. DON'T MISS:  If you care about battery life, there’s only one iPhone you should buy Someone on Quora  posed the following question: "How safe is WiFi at Starbucks?" Of course, there's nothing special about the Wi-Fi at Starbucks specifically, but it's a place where nearly everyone has connected at some point. Here's what network engineer Brent Saner has to say about it: "It doesn't matter if Starbucks is on WPA, WPA2, WEP (which is incredibly easy to break. give me 1-4 hours or less and close enough distance to a wifi antenna, I'll break your WPA2... but give me 15 minutes and I'll break your WEP. If you have WPS enabled? 5 minutes - no matter if you use WPA/WPA2 or WEP)... All that does not matter if it's for a Starbucks AP. It might as well be open. Hotspots are *intended* to be accessed by the public." He then goes into great detail about exact how he would break into the network and what he might be able to access on your device if he's successful. One the other hand, computer security engineer David Seidman explains that the chances of being targeted on a random hotspot at a random hotspot is unlikely: "However, the truth is that most users will never be targeted because such an operation is risky and, more importantly, time consuming for the attacker, because the attacker needs to be physically present. Most attackers prefer to operate remotely so they can hit more victims faster. If you are being individually targeted by an intelligence agency, then you might want to worry - but this is the least of your concerns." So is Starbucks' Wi-Fi safe to use? Not entirely, but you shouldn't let that keep you from logging on and getting some work done the next time you visit.

Exclusive: UK banks ordered to review cyber security after SWIFT heist

Exclusive: UK banks ordered to review cyber security after SWIFT heist

By Andrew MacAskill and Jim Finkle LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England ordered UK banks to detail steps taken to secure computers connected to the SWIFT bank messaging network about two months after a still-unidentified group used the system to steal $81 million from Bank Bangladesh, according to three people familiar with the effort. The central bank sent the request to update cyber security measures to all banks it regulates in mid-to-late April, according to these people, who were not authorized to discuss the confidential communications. The previously unreported action marks the earliest known case of a central bank in a major economy to order its member banks to conduct a formal security review in response to the Bangladesh theft, which has shaken the global system for transferring money among both commercial and central banks.  The Bank of England, one of the G10 central banks that oversee Brussels-based SWIFT, said it had no immediate comment.

Hong Kong launches fresh plan to fortify cyber security after SWIFT heist

Hong Kong launches fresh plan to fortify cyber security after SWIFT heist

Hong Kong's central bank has a launched a new program to strengthen lenders' ability to protect their critical technology systems after recent attacks by unidentified groups on a global messaging system used by the financial community. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority's latest measure, known as the "Cybersecurity Fortification Initiative (CFI)," plans to raise the level of cybersecurity at banks in Hong Kong through a three-pronged approach and follows similar steps taken by its counterparts from London to Vietnam. The FBI, authorities in Dhaka and private forensic experts are investigating the February cyber heist in Bangladesh where thieves raided a central bank account kept at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, stealing $81 million.

Hackers target presidential campaigns: U.S. spy chief

Hackers target presidential campaigns: U.S. spy chief

By Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. presidential campaigns face threats from hackers bent on espionage and other activity more nefarious than mere political mischief, the office of U.S. National Intelligence Director James Clapper said on Wednesday, but did not provide details on specific intrusions. “We’re aware that campaigns and related organizations and individuals are targeted by actors with a variety of motivations - from philosophical differences to espionage - and capabilities - from defacements to intrusions,” Clapper's spokesman, Brian Hale, said in a statement, deferring to the FBI for details on specific incidents. Earlier, Clapper said the U.S. intelligence community had “already had some indications” of hacking attempts against presidential campaigns.

Google’s VR play is all about content, not hardware

The big arguments in VR right now are all about hardware: Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive, Gear VR against a phantom Apple VR, Playstation VR against... something. Google was widely expected to wade into the fray this afternoon with some kind of standalone VR headset, or at least a direct Gear VR competitor. Instead, the company glossed over "reference hardware" specs it's providing to other manufacturers. But that's because Google's trying to position itself somewhere quite different in the developing VR market: As the go-to place for content. DON'T MISS:  The 8 most important announcements from Google I/O 2016 Daydream is Google's new home for everything VR . It lives as part of the upcoming Android N update, and will use powerful smartphones slotted into third-party-manufactured headsets to show you all types of content. It's going to be a much more sophisticated version of Cardboard, Google's current toe-dip into the VR marketplace. Google envisions Daydream as a one-stop shop for all your VR needs. Inside the platform, there will be redesigned Google apps tailored for VR, and even a dedicated Google Play Store for VR. Big-name content providers like HBO and Netflix are already on board , IMAX will be bringing wide-screen movies to Daydream, and even the likes of NBA and MLB are going to build in content. Gaming is another big area of focus, with Ubisoft, EA and the makers of  EVE: Online all signed up as partners. I know what you're thinking -- none of this is radically different to what Samsung is doing with Gear VR, tying in partners to build apps and develop content. But it's worth remembering that we're talking about Android and Google here, a platform and company that have a much wider reach than Samsung. Although Samsung has a clear head start, Google is working hard to make its platform more appealing by integrating a Play Store, Play Movies and even a bespoke version of Street View into Daydream. https://youtu.be/Uc2R0W-JjQA Right now, Daydream is just a series of specs on paper. But Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, ZTE and Asus have all committed to building Daydream-compatible handsets in the near future. That's very nearly a clean sweep of the major Android manufacturers (Hi, Motorola!). So by this time next year, nearly every major flagship Android phone on the market will be Daydream-compatible. Cardboard VR has been a success because it put VR into the hands of millions of smartphone owners, people who wouldn't have shelled out for an Oculus Rift. Provided that the headset and controllers aren't too expensive, Daydream could do the same thing, but with much higher-quality VR, and a dedicated library of Google apps to choose from. If everything works according to plan, Daydream becomes the biggest VR platform and the No. 1 target for developers and content makers working in VR. Once  that  happens, well -- Google will be sitting pretty as the go-to platform for the next generation of making content. Not bad, for a company whose only VR headset is made of cardboard.

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US biochemist wins award for rewriting DNA to mimic evolution

US biochemist wins award for rewriting DNA to mimic evolution

US biochemical engineer Frances Arnold on Tuesday won a million-euro technology prize in Finland for her work on "directed evolution", a method of rewriting DNA to improve medicines and develop green fuels. "Frances Arnold receives the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize in recognition of her discoveries that launched the field of 'directed evolution', which mimics natural evolution to create new and better proteins in the laboratory," the Technology Academy Finland, which awards the prize at two-year intervals, said in a statement. Arnold, 59, who is a professor of chemical engineering at California Institute of Technology, said her work made it possible to "solve human problems", such as replacing toxic chemicals like fossil fuels.

Winter sports game Snow gets big snowboarding update ahead of PS4 debut

Winter sports game Snow gets big snowboarding update ahead of PS4 debut

Snow, the open-world winter sports title from Swedish indie studio Poppermost Productions, is getting its biggest addition yet: snowboarding, the game's first sport beyond skiing. With the long-awaited debut today of snowboarding, along with snowmobiles, Poppermost is looking to set Snow apart from everything else in the extreme sports genre — including another indie competitor, HB Studios' upcoming Mark McMorris Infinite Air. Poppermost originally launched Snow on Windows PC and Linux via Steam Early Access in October 2013, and more than 500,000 registered users have tried the game since then. The studio counts 100,000 monthly active users on the platform.

Growing Up: Vertical Farms Evolve to End Hunger

Growing Up: Vertical Farms Evolve to End Hunger

Nowadays, AeroFarms has taken over the cavernous building to operate one of the country’s biggest vertical farms. It’s growing crops and improving the model of traditional agriculture by relying on the most high-tech tools available to reduce water and land use and to eliminate pesticide use.

Google is working on a project that will test the artistic ability of AI

Google is working on a project that will test the artistic ability of AI

Google is working on a new project to determine if artificial intelligence can ever be truly creative. The project, called Magenta, was unveiled this weekend at Moogest in Durham, North Carolina, Quartz reports. During a presentation at Moogfest, Google Brain researcher Douglas Eck said the goal of the new group is to determine if AI is capable of creating original music and visual art somewhat independently of humans.

Pepper the robot is getting Android compatibility and a San Francisco home

Pepper the robot is getting Android compatibility and a San Francisco home

Pepper, the doe-eyed humanoid robot developed by SoftBank and Aldebaran Robotics, will soon be open to more developers. At Google I/O this week, SoftBank announced that little Pepper is getting an Android SDK. When The Verge's Sam Byford met with Pepper in 2014, he thought its responses felt cold and canned, despite SoftBank's insistence that the humanoid was emotional.

Google's new app lets users conduct scientific research on their phones

Google's new app lets users conduct scientific research on their phones

Google's new Android app revamps the clipboard for scientific field experiments. While the number of sensors available to use is still small, Google says it will work with people in the science community to continually improve the app. Google is also selling "hands-on learning kits" to accompany the app, which contain external sensors, microcontrollers, and other craft supplies that will help kids conduct experiments.

Someone made a wearable dehumidifier, here's what we know

Someone made a wearable dehumidifier, here's what we know

A wearable dehumidifier launched on Kickstarter yesterday. It's called the Dry-Active and it claims to lower your body's humidity level by up to 40 percent. I don't fully get the Dry-Active, so to better understand, I'm going to make a bulleted list of all the things I know and then what I'm unclear about.

3D print a gummy version of your face and eat it

3D print a gummy version of your face and eat it

Sometimes you don't know what you need until you have it. Like how people lived without cell phones, or laptops, or any technology, really. That's how I feel about the 3D gummy printer that's now stationed in Dylan's Candy Bar locations around the US. There's really not much to the printing. You can pick an image or draw your own idea for a gummy, get it made, revel in its glory, and then eat it in celebration of the great technological feat. There are eight different flavors and all designs cost approximately $20. I don't know about you, but I'm HYPED on this. ...

Mathpix will solve handwritten math equations for you

Mathpix will solve handwritten math equations for you

Mathpix is an iOS app that can recognize and answer handwritten math equations in seconds. Open the app, point the camera toward your math problem (you'll need legible handwriting, or it won't work properly), and it'll give you the correct answer along with step-by-step directions to reach the solution. Usually a math app that can solve problems wouldn't be allowed in schools, but Mathpix is essentially a far better version of the now very old TI-84 graphing calculator, and a lot cheaper (it's free).

Samsung showed off a new 6GB DRAM chip yesterday

Samsung showed off a new 6GB DRAM chip yesterday

Samsung brought its 10 nanometer LPDDR4 6GB DRAM chip to a mobile conference in China yesterday. While that's impressive, the company didn't elaborate on where it plans to put all that memory — Samsung's old 20nm 6GB chip for mobile didn't get much use. Most phones max out at 4GB of RAM, although Chinese companies like Vivo and LeEco have created phones with 6GB of RAM. Samsung's chip uses 10nm, which means it won't suck up as much battery life. Woo more memory and a phone that stays alive.

Huge new study shows that Google is watching you everywhere you go

A new study has uncovered what might be one of the least surprising revelations of the decade: Google follows you all over the internet, whether you know about it or not. Earlier this year, Princeton researchers completed the largest online tracking study ever conducted, and found traces of Google code on a vast majority of the web's million most popular websites. DON'T MISS:  Your iPhone could look so much better than it does right now Combing through the study, MIT Technology Review discovered that the Google Analytics traffic reporting service could be found on nearly 70% of the million sites, while around 50% were found to use Google's DoubleClick ad service. In fact, each of the top five most common tracking tools were owned by Google. Using the open source OpenWPM measurement tool, the researchers were also able to observe several different "fingerprinting" techniques, which allow companies to track visitors as they move around the internet. One such technique allows a company to send an audio signal to your browser and then identify your computer. It takes just seconds to complete — you can actually AudioContext fingerprint yourself at this link . All of this might sound terrifying, but as assistant professor Arvind Narayanan and graduate student Steven Englehardt explain, the preeminence of Google, Facebook and others like them means that we only have a few major companies that we need to keep track of, rather than hundreds or thousands of smaller companies. "Only a small number of companies have trackers that are really prevalent," says Narayanan. "This suggests that external oversight and public pressure can lead to positive change."

Dell's 43-inch 4K multi-client monitor is amazing

Dell's 43-inch 4K multi-client monitor is amazing

The Dell P4317Q monitor can show content from four separate inputs simultaneously in full HD (four USB 3.0, two HDMI, one isplayPort, one Mini DisplayPort, and one VGA port are available), and you can zoom in to any single display to take advantage of that 4K display at will. If you're considering throwing your multi-monitor setup out the window and going all-in with Dell — which the company says will save you 30 percent in energy consumption —prepare to spend some serious cash. This monitor will cost you $1,349 and is expected begin shipping on May 23rd.

The Bluetooth-connected breast pump that tracks pumping sessions

The Bluetooth-connected breast pump that tracks pumping sessions

Moms who breastfeed are especially aware of timing so they know when their baby's next feeding is coming up — or when they'll have to use their breast pump. Today a company called Lansinoh announced it's bringing out the first Bluetooth-connected breast pump, which could help track pumping sessions. The $199 Lansinoh Smartpump (available next week starting at Babies R Us) is a double-electric pump that pairs with your phone via Bluetooth, sending the date, time, and duration of each pumping session to an app on your iPhone or Android phone.

Bank of America adds Android Pay to a handful of its ATMs

Bank of America adds Android Pay to a handful of its ATMs

It's a good day to be an Android Pay and Bank of America user. The bank is now letting its customers use Android Pay to withdraw money from their cardless ATMS. No physical cards are needed! The company announced its plans to incorporate Android Pay and to expand its wireless machines at Google I/O earlier this week. It aims to have 5,000 ATMs around the US by the end of the year.

This portable microwave is perfect for adventures

This portable microwave is perfect for adventures

Oh, the microwave. The preferred gadget of college kids in need of a quick dinner and New Yorkers who only eat takeout but need to heat up their leftovers. The box has typically been stationed in kitchens and dorms rooms, but now, a company is freeing the microwave and letting it travel the world. Wayv's Adventurer is a portable microwave that the company imagines will be used by militaries and humanitarian groups during emergencies.

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E3 video game trade event adds sideshow for players

E3 video game trade event adds sideshow for players

Organizers of trade-only Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video game extravaganza on Monday announced the addition of a side event open to players. E3 Live will take place in a venue close to the Los Angeles Convention Center where the E3 trade show will be taking place on the same days -- June 14 through June 16. The annual E3 trade event in Los Angeles has served as a high-energy venue where game makers show off new titles, consoles and accessories and explore partnerships or other deals.

'Angry Birds' tops North American box office

'Angry Birds' tops North American box office

"The Angry Birds Movie" hopped to the top of the North American box office over the weekend, booting "Captain America" into second place, according to industry data released on Monday.

Box Office Top 20: 'Angry Birds' slingshots past 'Civil War'

Box Office Top 20: 'Angry Birds' slingshots past 'Civil War'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In its first weekend in theaters, "The Angry Birds Movie" soared past "Captain America: Civil War," dethroning the superhero pic from its first place run with $38.2 million to "Captain America's" $32.9 million, according to studio actuals released Monday.

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

Box Office: 'Angry Birds' Soars in U.S. Debut, 'Captain America' Stays Powerful

Box Office: 'Angry Birds' Soars in U.S. Debut, 'Captain America' Stays Powerful

By Dave McNary LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "The Angry Birds Movie" has flown to victory at the U.S. box office with a $39 million opening weekend at 3,932 locations, handily topping "Captain America: Civil War" and "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising." The launch for Sony's animated avian tale performed in line with forecasts as did the third weekend of Disney-Marvel's "Captain America" with $33.1 million at 4,266 sites for a 54% decline. Universal's "Neighbors 2" finished in third with a solid $21.8 million at 3,384 screens -- although the sequel was off 55% from the 2014 launch of the original "Neighbors." Warner Bros.' opening of action-comedy "The Nice Guys" reeled in a moderate $11.3 million at 2,865 screens, or about half the "Neighbors 2" number as both battled for the attention of comedy fans.

'Angry Birds' Hatches $39M Debut; 'Neighbors 2' Nabs $21.8M

'Angry Birds' Hatches $39M Debut; 'Neighbors 2' Nabs $21.8M

Angry Birds has officially flown the coop from popular mobile game to full-fledged movie stardom. Sony and Rovio’s animated film took to the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office with a strong debut of $39 million, while this crowded weekend’s other new releases – comedy sequel Neighbors 2 and detective caper The Nice Guys – struggled to take flight.

50 awesome iPhone games you need to play

50 awesome iPhone games you need to play

The iPhone has some of the best games available for any mobile platform. Here are our favorite games for every genre, whether you're into sports, puzzles, strategy, or something else entirely.

Celebrate Randy Savage By Reliving All Of His Wrestling Video Game Appearances

Celebrate Randy Savage By Reliving All Of His Wrestling Video Game Appearances

As noted, Friday, May 20th, marks the five-year anniversary of the death of Macho Man Randy Savage. To celebrate his legacy, we’ve revisited his greatest match and asked what your favorite Macho Man moment was, but now it’s time to look back at an underappreciated aspect of Savage’s career: his legacy in wrestling video games. Thanks to the folks over at Laser Time, we can now look back at the full spectrum of Savage’s appearances in WWE and WCW video games over the years as they’ve created a tribute to the former WWE Champion by mixing his video game appearances with his theme song and famous promos.

McDonalds releases questionably green 'Angry Birds' burger

McDonalds releases questionably green 'Angry Birds' burger

McDonalds burger buns have been far too beige, for far too long. In China, the chain recently decided to release a line of green and red burgers to promote the upcoming Angry Birds Movie . The burgers are supposed to elicit some childlike enthusiasm for the summer blockbuster — but some are worried that they look like slightly unpalatable substances, including "fresh mold" and "old blood." SEE ALSO: McDonalds 'of the future' to offer all-you-can eat fries "The Naughty Green Pork Burger" will include a pork patty, egg, lettuce, a mystery sauce with jalapeños and green buns. Frankly, the combination sounds delicious, even if it does look like it was designed by a Kool-Aid packet from 1990s. McDonalds also has released an "Super Red Burger" to celebrate the movie. By contrast, it is a double chicken sandwich on red buns.  McDonalds has been moving in multiple, seemingly contradictory directions over the past year. The chain has experimented by going slower, local and healthier-ish — including Gilroy garlic fries and fresh beef patties.  But they also recently developed a "McDonalds of the future" which includes all-you-can-eat fries — not exactly the "farm-to-table" McDonalds they were trying to project. McDonalds, you're so complicated, so mysterious, so ... green.  We're probably lovin' it. 

Think Google Daydream is cool? This VR amusement park puts you inside a video game

Google’s new Android-based virtual reality platform Daydream is likely a step in the right direction , as it’ll help the VR ecosystem grow in the coming years. But the VR experience Google demoed on stage during its I/O 2016 keynote, as impressive it may be, isn’t the kind of VR I’m looking for. However, there’s a company out there that’s building the first ever 5D amusement park that’ll deliver a virtual experience ready to take over all your senses. DON’T MISS:  How I added microSD support to my iPhone 6s About a year ago, we talked about The Void , the innovative amusement park in question that’s opening in Utah next year, and new videos reveal that the project is coming along quite nicely. The following clip from NyMag shows us what a 5D game of laser tag would look like. Gamers would have virtual reality helmets covering their eyes, but they’ll move inside a man-made maze that’s digitally recreated inside the VR app. They’ll have laser tags guns in their hands and wear vests that’ll offer force feedback. The universe inside The Void is spectacular and terrifying. Players have to navigate the maze and use physical objects for various purposes – like carrying a torch. The VR world can be filled with scary monsters that look like the real thing. Some lucky VR fans have already tested some of the attractions at The Void, and they’re very impressed. Here's one video the company posted on YouTube recently with reactions from early visitors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqh7A4VEsOk Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is equally impressed and pretty much speechless: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Ozf6kkohg The first Void Experience Center opens up in Utah next year, and we can only hope it’ll be one of many virtual reality amusements parks that will open soon.