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Alphabet and Amazon wind up stellar quarter for big tech

Alphabet and Amazon wind up stellar quarter for big tech

Google parent Alphabet Inc and e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc capped a blockbuster June quarter for the five biggest U.S. tech companies as their dominance in key markets helped them defy the "law of large numbers". Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc, as well as Alphabet and Amazon, all blew past Wall Street expectations for both profit and revenue.

Apple says Supreme Court should rule against Samsung over patents

Apple says Supreme Court should rule against Samsung over patents

Apple Inc on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd over the damages Apple should receive in a case about smartphone design patents. In its legal brief, Apple said Samsung has introduced "no evidence" that design patent damages should be decided on anything less than the value of an entire smartphone. Apple said there was no need for the Supreme Court to send the case back to a lower court for further proceedings.

Xerox profit beats estimates as cost cuts begin to pay off

Xerox profit beats estimates as cost cuts begin to pay off

Printer and copier maker Xerox Corp reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as restructuring efforts ahead of its planned split into two companies helped cut costs. The company, which is splitting to separate its printer business from its business process outsourcing unit, said it slashed about 1,300 jobs globally in the second quarter. Xerox's total costs declined 6 percent to $4.24 billion.

Trade groups urge U.S. court to reverse 'net neutrality' rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several wireless, cable and broadband trade associations on Friday urged the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to reverse a ruling upholding the Obama administration's landmark rules barring internet service providers from obstructing or slowing consumer access to web content. A three-judge panel in June, in a 2-1 decision, backed the Federal Communications Commission's so-called net neutrality rules put in place last year to make internet service providers treat all internet traffic equally. The cable groups said the court should correct "serious errors" in an FCC decision "that radically reshapes federal law governing a massive sector of the economy, which flourished due to hundreds of billions of dollars of investment made in reliance on the policy the order throws overboard." The FCC rules prohibited broadband providers from giving or selling access to speedy internet - essentially a "fast lane" on the web's information superhighway - to certain internet services over others.

Investments in online lenders fall 44 percent as investors shy from risks

Investments in online lenders fall 44 percent as investors shy from risks

By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Investments into online lending platforms have fallen sharply this year, according to a new report, largely a reaction to the woes at Lending Club and increased regulatory scrutiny that have made investors shy away from the risks. Equity investments into online lending companies is down about 44 percent, to $2.1 billion from $3.8 billion, for the first half of the year compared to the back half of last year, according to a report out Friday from PitchBook Data Inc, a venture capital database that tracks deals and valuations. Online lending companies encompass a diverse group of consumer and business lenders that may make direct loans over the web or connect a borrower with a lender, generally an investment bank, and use data and technology to assess a borrower's risk.

Exclusive: FBI probes hacking of Democratic congressional group - sources

Exclusive: FBI probes hacking of Democratic congressional group - sources

By Joseph Menn, Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating a cyber attack against another U.S. Democratic Party group, which may be related to an earlier hack against the Democratic National Committee, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The previously unreported incident at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, and its potential ties to Russian hackers are likely to heighten accusations, so far unproven, that Moscow is trying to meddle in the U.S. presidential election campaign to help Republican nominee Donald Trump. The Kremlin denied involvement in the DCCC cyber-attack.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

We have a great collection of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today to round out this week's series. You'll find games, utilities, photo apps, music players and more, and every single one of them is a premium application that's on sale for free for a limited time. There are even a few more freebies floating around in Thursday's post , so be sure to check that one out as well. MUST SEE:  Crazy iPhone trick turns your wallpapers into optical illusions 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. Random PW Generator Normally $0.99. The Random PW Generator allows them to easily generate random passwords, create your own, save and manage Passwords. The app features: Generate passwords with length of 4 to 26 characters. Character selection: big letters, small letters, numbers and special characters, combined with everything else. Special characters can be selected individually. Own password combined with generated characters. Save passwords, delete, print, move with iTunes file sharing on the computer, or send via AirDrop. iTunes File Sharing on - off function. App lock code allows you to keep the passwords from strangers eyes. Do not play with the security of your data! Avoid using the same password for multiple logins. Random PW generator helps you to solve these problems. Download Random PW Generator Musemage Normally $3.99. Blue-screen, magic color, anti-shake, denoise, and some of the filters requires iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPod 6th Generation, iPad mini2, iPad Air or later devices. Musemage is a professional video camera and editor with real-time filters and video stabilization, and multiple shooting modes: time-lapse, manual mode, blue-screen, color-replacement. Musemage video editor now supports adding filters to video. Musemage, a super HD camera App offers you ultra-fast features like five-axis anti-shake, face beautifying, dozens of professional effects/filters, and various shooting modes, in real-time. For the first time Musemage enables complex filters and effects for full-HD videos and full-resolution photos on mobile phones. Novel algorithms and graphics processor are utilized to speed-up processing. Post-processing is no longer needed because Musemage’s real-time preview and processing features make What You See is What You Get! A variety of shooting modes are provided, including video capturing and photographing, blue-screen shooting, time-lapse video capturing, stop-motion animation, slow-shutter shooting, stop motion and other shooting modes. You can apply multiple filters or effects simultaneously in all the modes, to create beautiful, decent or funny contents. Blue screen: Musemage allows you to replace background in green, blue or any other color with image or live video in real time. Simple and friendly user interface allow you to get familiar with Musemage in one minute. You can switch different shooting mode and apply advanced filters/effects with just a few clicks! Features offered by Musemage: Image stabilization: for the first time 5-axis digital video image stabilization with real-time alignment technique are realized on mobile phones. This technique can even outperform optical anti-shake stabilizer. Face beautifying: for the first time real-time face beautifying is available on mobile phones. Advanced skin/face detection algorithms preserve details of your scene while making your face smooth and beautiful. HDR: real HDR enables you to restore +/- 3EV-plus dark and light details based on normal exposure. Magic Color: with 'Blue Screen' feature, you can replace the plain background of your scene with other videos or pictures. Or you use 'Selective Color' feature to keep only one color in the scene, and make everything else black and white. 'Replace Color' feature allows you to change the color of skin or clothes to create funny effects. Color filter: 40+ color filters for different scenarios are provided. These filters are carefully designed by famous photographer Jolie Luo. Color filters can be used along with other effects in all shooting modes for videos and photos. Lens effect: a variety of special lens effects are available on Musemage, including tilt-shift lens, fisheye lens, soft lens, edge blurring, etc. And check the new filters for Halloween! Phantom, werewolf, vampire, robot killer, Insect. Special and art filters: Special filters including defog, leg-elongating deformation, water reflection and other effects, and art filters like sketch, painting, outlined drawing, neon, comics, manga and thermal imaging effects enables you to create interesting video and photos. Professional photographers: These professional filters re-polish my works with distinctive styles and interest effects, and Musemage HDR brings movie-like effects to my videos and photos. Travel enthusiast: Image stabilization is the most wanted, those various filters and lens effects also make my travel records more funny and creative. Selfie fan: I’m no longer afraid of sharing my photos and video clips. Musemage’s real-time beautifying helps me get rid of those defects easily, without any need to do post-processing. Download Musemage Tower Balance Normally $1.99. "On one hand, you put more boxes and keep them straight, on the other hand, you need to keep the balance of the world!" Tower Balance is a game you have to stack boxes as high as you can, keep the balance with the tilt of the device and fight with other mishaps, like the wind. Can you reach the Top?? Features: *Realistic physics engine *Global Game Center Leaderboard *Gorgeous graphics *Awesome accelerometer control *3 Game Mode *48 Challenges *4 Different Worlds *Power Up *Retina Suport Enjoy!!! :) Download Tower Balance Choon Normally $0.99. Choon is an alternative audio player. It enhances your control over the library by providing clean interface and gestures. – Add songs on the go. Just swipe right the song, album or even playlist to play it next – Cue sheet support. Download cue files via iTunes or Safari to manage your podcasts or mixes – Quick playlists – Background LastFM scrobbling – Color scheme based on the artwork of now playing track – Quick access to current playing artist or album – Customize fonts – Search over all your music library – Rate your tracks – Compatible with iTunes Match – All metadata like play counts and track ratings is synchronised. Available filters are Playlists, Songs, Albums, Artists and Podcasts. Download Choon Cars Rush Normally $2.99. In the corner of the Big Apple - Manhattan. People drive cars over the traffic switching like karaoke play time red and green lights. Just press the green arrows to switch green to red and back. Compatible with Iphone, iPad and Ipod Touch. Rush the road of the city using you strategies, This is a road puzzle hard to solve, no block just colorful cars and peek hour traffic. Stop the car on the Center of the street. The star maker trucks shows fireworks that will blow your mind, when the vehicle exploits like donut to the floor. Download Cars Rush Herobrine Terrors in Night Normally $2.99. Herobrine, a great creepy pasta character back again. Haunt you in this nonstop terror. Full of terror, full day of chasing. No other mission instead escape with full of your might in the slight of day. This game set in night day. Combine with full of running and search. Solve all full epic Herobrine misteries with your own risk! Share your full day of happiness or anxiety maybe to your family, friend and all people on the galaxy via Facebook and Twitter share feature. "This day I have full time job. But I cannot work on it before complete this game"- Kenichi Shindo "I will play this game until complete in this entire day."- Derek Massif ATTENTION: Herobrine Terror Trilogy 2 has been released, check on App Store. Download Herobrine Terrors in Night TaskOnPaper Normally $0.99. TaskOnPaper is a powerful and at the same time an intuitive tool for creating to-do lists. Enter your plans and goals, group them into projects and edit them as easily as on paper. TaskOnPaper - The Next Generation of TaskPaper for iOS 7-iOS 9, it’s the return of the LEGENDARY TaskPaper in AppStore. Due to the simplicity and ease of use TaskOnPaper will increase your productivity to new heights! ***** APPADVICE ***** "TaskOnPaper app lets you enter tasks, projects, and notes just like you would on physical paper. As a continuation of the popular TaskPaper, this app provides an easy way for you to stay productive" ***** iOS 8 Italia ***** "TaskOnPaper revolutionizes how to write fast in our device, combining notes, reminders, and .txt documents in a single application." KEY FEATURES: * Next Generation of TaskPaper for iOS 7 and iOS 8 * Full compatibility with TaskPaper for Mac by hogbaysoftware.com * Passcode protection in start-up screen * Sync across devices with DROPBOX - plain text format which can be edited in any text editor * Paper-like user experience * Clean distraction free interface * Outlining, trees, sub-folders, sub-notes, sub-tasks * Fully customizable appearance of the application: fonts, size, colors, backgrounds * Fully compatible with iOS 7 and iOS 8 * TextExpander Touch Support * Sending by email, print, AirDrop, AirPrint * Powerful search with advanced query language, flexibility of management. ## Quick Start - To create an item tap the plus button - To create a project - make a colon at the end of the line - To create a task - start a line with a hyphen - To change the item type (Project, Task, or Note) on a blank line, tap the Return key to cycle through your choices. - To edit an existing item double tap on the item's text. - To tag an item type '@' followed by the tag name anywhere in an item's text. - To indent an item tap the space key when the cursor is at the start of the item's text. - To unindent an item tap the delete key when the cursor is at the start of the item's text. - To create outlines - To indent an item tap the space key when the cursor is at the start of an item's text or (iPad only) tap the Tab key on the extended keyboard row. ## Completing tasks - To cross out an item swipe left to right to apply the @done tag. - To delete an item and its subitems, swipe right to left across the item and then tap the Cut button. - To delete an item without deleting its subitems, begin editing the item and delete the entire line of text. - To move @done items to the 'Archive' project, tap the document title in the toolbar and choose 'Archive Done'. Download TaskOnPaper FLUX:FX play Normally $4.99. 'FLUX:FX play' is a creative multi-effect processor app for the iPhone and iPod that lets you ‘play’ your effects, designed in conjunction with acclaimed musician Adrian Belew. Built on the same award-winning audio platform as the master iPad app, 'FLUX:FX play' is perfect for creative musicians and sound designers to manipulate an audio signal into something entirely new, both in the studio or on stage. Guitar, vocals, bass, synth, drums, DJ setup, violin… basically ANY instrument or sound source can be processed in real-time by 'FLUX:FX play', and there are 282 performance presets to choose from. Important note, PLEASE READ: the main difference between 'FLUX:FX' and 'FLUX:FX play' is that the iPhone version does not contain the full deep editing features for the effects and sequencer. It CAN however share the exact same performance presets, and so you can in fact create custom presets on your iPad version and import them into 'FLUX:FX play' via Dropbox. This app is compatible with iPhone 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus and iPod Touch 6. Some key features of 'FLUX:FX play' - TRULY CREATIVE EFFECTS: 31 studio-quality effects built-in. Up to 5 are chained together within the many performance presets for maximum aural impact. 282 performance presets are included in the app, ranging from subtle, transparent & traditional through to 'way out there', obnoxious & destructive. POWERFUL SEQUENCER: A step sequencer is programmed into many of the performance presets, adding a completely new and fluid dimension to the sound. TRANSPARENT INTERFACE DESIGN: 'FLUX:FX play' has a beautiful, minimalist interface with easy-to-use controls that are MADE to be touched. And swiped, and dragged, and tapped. No fake road-worn pedal graphics or tiny dials here. MADE BY EXPERTS - conceived and created via the combined talents of guitarist extraordinaire Adrian Belew, audio software developers ElephantCandy and mobile specialists MOBGEN°. PLAYS WITH EVERYTHING - Audiobus compatibility, Inter-App Audio compatibility, MIDI, virtually all the audio interfaces. COMPLEX SOUND, RIDICULOUSLY EASY TO USE - chopping, shaping, crushing and looping – 'FLUX:FX play' can take you from subtle modulating echoes through to wrecking-ball destruction, all with a swipe of a finger. ULTRA LOW LATENCY - 'FLUX:FX play' features very low-latency settings to give truly professional performance capabilities. There are 31 individual effect blocks that come built-in to the 'FLUX:FX play' engine: • OVERDRIVE • DISTORTION • FUZZ • BITCRUSH • DESTROY • DECIMATE • STUTTER LOOP • REVERSE LOOP • LOOP SLICE • SEGMENT • SAMPLE SCRATCH • COMPRESS • PUMP • ULTRA EQ • KILL EQ • LOWPASS FILTER • HIGHPASS FILTER • BANDPASS FILTER • CHORUS • FLANGE • PHASE • RESONANT DRONE • PITCH DELAY • OCTAVE SHIFT • RING MODULATE • AUTO PAN • DIGITAL DELAY • BINAURAL DELAY • TAPE ECHO • SCATTER VERB • DELAY/REVERB Plus an optional master LIMITER. ”This app is really, really fun! It is instantly gratifying, and perfect for any creative musician. FLUX:FX play is truly an audio ideas machine.” - Adrian Belew: the world’s greatest experimental whammy twang bar, czar rhino, stunt guitarist extraordinaire. With a resume that includes Zappa, Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, King Crimson, Talking Heads, Paul Simon and Tori Amos, Adrian is famous for pushing the boundaries of music-making in both technical and tonal exploration. Praise for FLUX:FX - "It's really awesome, and the SFX and way to automate things is splendid. I love the GUI too, very nicely laid out." - Richard Devine: producer, sound designer, film & game music composer. • Best of the best - Red Dot Design 2015 • "It's the one by which others will now be judged" - Paul Nagle, SOS magazine As seen in Sound on Sound, Guitar Player, KVR, MusicRadar, PalmSounds, MusicAppBlog, Synthtopia, iOS Mars, Audiobus, Apptronica, SonicState, ANR, Guitar Moderne and many more! Download FLUX:FX play Cards for Reddit Normally $1.99. Cards for Reddit is a simple, beautiful way to browse reddit. Designed in the familiar “cards” UI that will make viewing content seamless on your iPhone. • Browse the front page and log in to view all of your favorite subreddits • All photos and videos appear inline with touch to preview functionality • Tap on comments to expand and collapse all replies • Upvote/downvote any post • Access your reddit inbox and comment or direct message with the chat bubble style Download Cards for Reddit Studio Music Player Normally $1.99. This simple & smart music player will allow you to hear the music totally otherwise - as on expensive studio headphones and audio monitors (studio speakers). Add your music using iTunes interface of your MAC or PC. Watch tutorials on our website: www.studiomusicplayer.pro Check out our "Studio Music Player DX" with Dropbox and iTunes Files Sharing functionality (downloading music without synchronizing in iTunes). IMPORTANT: Studio Music Player is not playing Apple Music content! All music has to be stored on the device, but not in iCloud. According to the presets of our audio player, your headphones and most audio devices will sound as professional expensive studio devices. The sound will become crystal-clear, wide and rich. And all this thanks to the highly-accuracy adjustment individually created for each device. How? This is done through the deep study of the sound within a few years of the work. We have studied in detail the amplitude frequency responses of audio of all present devices in the music player and aligned the sound to the peculiarities of each of them. Presets: Our music player contain more than 80 presets for the most famous brands. You can find the list of devices on our website. It is constantly updated by new devices. 48-band equalizer (In-app): For professional users, the player has a 48-band paragraphic eq to adjust the sound manually. Equalizer selection of any frequency between 20 and 20,000 Hz, bandwidth within the range of 0.1 – 2 octaves, gain from -10 to +4 dB and total 48 bands. This is a truly great pro opportunity! Each person has a preference for the sound. Someone likes more bass, and someone – trebles. That's why we made the section easy adjustable to your tastes. In this music player you can increase / decrease sub-bass, bass, mids, trebles and presence. Presets "memorize" the device: Our music player is smart, so it will activate the appropriate preset when connected to a bluetooth device. You only need to choose the appropriate preset when connected to a new bluetooth device. When disconnecting the device, the last preset is activated, which was used for audio output (headphones). Low power consumption! We’ve made sure that you can enjoy your favorite music in high quality playback for a long time and made a audio player that consumes little CPU resources and energy. Album cover zooming: Sometimes you want to have a closer look at the album cover, but how to do it? Double-click on the cover or a "stretching" gesture will make a zoom. Now the track is easy to remember: You can send a title of the track you liked and FX settings thereto to your e-mail by double-clicking on the name of the song or artist in the main window of the music player. Color schemes: Everyone has a favorite color. That's why we have made 16 color schemes include "night" skin. FX: Our music player has FX module! In this module you can change tonality and playback speed "on the go". It is fun and very convenient for those who are engaged in the creation of sampling music. Playlist: The audio player has a simple user interface that allows opening the playlist from any window by moving a finger from left to right – it's very convenient! Shuffle mode: In Shuffle mode the same track will be played again only after the entire playlist plays, and not before. This way, we avoid repeats when playing a playlist. IMPORTANT! All presets in Studio Music Player are created exclusively on the original brand-name audio devices. The sound on forgeries is absolutely incompatible with our player! The device must be of the same year, and the model must coincide with the model being in presets. Otherwise, there is no guarantee of a high quality sound. However, sometimes even completely different devices sound very similar to each other. That's why preset can suit despite a different model, and even the device manufacturer! Thanks for your time, enjoy music in all its beauty! Download Studio Music Player Ultraviolet Camera Normally $4.99. There's always a better camera than the one you have with you. And that's Ultraviolet Camera . Designed with simple controls, comfortable ergonomics and Ultraviolet effect in mind, allowing you to take photos that are instantly ready to share with the world. What makes a great camera stand apart is not down to features, per pixel sharpness or the amount of lenses in your bag. What matters is that the camera gets out of the way and lets you take the pictures you want. It's about how it feels in your hand and how easily you can interact with it. It's about combining a simple interface and comfortable ergonomics to provide a better experience. Quick access to live filters allows you to get shots ready for sharing. You just swipe between them effortlessly. You get great shots without having to deal with editing tools. Exposure controls let you get the perfect image no matter what the conditions. No more fighting the camera's automatic settings. And everything is within easy reach of your thumb. Ultraviolet Camera offers quick access to your camera roll by swiping left across the controls, and access to all the filters by swiping right. It couldn't be more simple. “Ultraviolet Camera is a terrific app for mobile photographers who just want to get on with taking pictures, without the software getting in the way. The beauty of it is in its simplicity.” Download Ultraviolet Camera

AT&T raises U-verse internet data cap to 1TB, gigabit users get unlimited

AT&T raises U-verse internet data cap to 1TB, gigabit users get unlimited

AT&T is matching Comcast and raising the ceiling of its monthly home internet data cap to 1TB. Beginning August 21st, all U-verse customers on speed tiers up to (and including) 300Mbps will receive the higher monthly allowance. If they somehow still manage to exceed 1TB, they'll be charged $10 for each additional increment of 50GB.

Gionee’s new phones are perfect for playing Pokémon Go

Gionee’s new phones are perfect for playing Pokémon Go

GioneeGionee launched its new M6 and the M6 Plus in Beijing this week. The phones are pretty ordinary with unexceptional specs, like a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a headphone jack, and a MediaTek MT6755 eight-core processor. But they do each have one feature worth noting: massive batteries. The M6 has a 5,000 mAh battery and the M6 Plus includes one with 6,020 mAh.Teens will probably want this battery so they can Snapchat all the time, whereas the rest of us just want it to power our Pokémon Go adventures.

‘Suicide Squad’ spoiler: Major DC Comics character to appear in villain-only movie

We’re nearly there, Suicide Squad fans! The film premieres on August 5th, at which point we’ll learn everything there is to know about the villains in the DC Comics cinematic universe. However, until then, we’ve got one more spoiler for you — one that you should avoid just like the previous ones if you want to be surprised at the movies next week. MUST SEE:  Crazy iPhone trick turns your wallpapers into optical illusions Suicide Squad will not only acquaint us with many of the bad guys who are always fighting against our favorite DC Comics superheroes, but it will also introduce us one of the new DC Comics characters that we’ll see in a bunch of movies going forward: The Flash. Ezra Miller is credited as The Flash in Suicide Squad . He’ll play the same role in a standalone Flash movie set to debut on March 16th, 2018, and he's in next year’s Justice League Part One – we’ve already seen him in the first trailer of the movie , which was shown off last week at Comic-Con. We didn’t know The Flash was going to make an appearance in Suicide Squad , at least not from the trailers. We did see Batman or a certain villain wearing his costume , in a few trailers but that’s it. It’s not even clear why the filmmakers want The Flash to appear in this movie, or how it’s all tied together in the grand scheme of things. However, the updated Suicide Squad cast seen above was issued to members of the press on Thursday, The Wrap reports, with The Flash appearing 20 lines down. The cast is listed in order of appearance, which means The Flash will likely pop up fairly early in the movie, well ahead of some of the members of the Suicide Squad , including Diablo, Killer Croc and Enchantress. Color us intrigued. The Flash already made a cameo in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice , but hopefully he’ll have a line or two in Suicide Squad . He really seemed like a fun character in the Justice League Part One trailer.

Exclusive: EU to clear Liberty Global, Vodafone Dutch tie-up - sources

Exclusive: EU to clear Liberty Global, Vodafone Dutch tie-up - sources

EU antitrust regulators are set to approve a plan by Liberty Global and British telecoms provider Vodafone to merge their Dutch operations after the companies offered minor concessions, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The companies, which want to bulk up to better compete with former incumbent KPN, offered concessions on July 12 but did not provide details. U.S. cable group Liberty's Ziggo is the largest cable TV operator in the Netherlands and Vodafone the second-biggest mobile network operator.

The Holofone Phablet is a 7-inch Android phone / Windows PC with a built-in projector

The Holofone Phablet is a 7-inch Android phone / Windows PC with a built-in projector

Unfortunately for those two companies, Chinese OEM Akyumen (Pronounced like "acumen," probably) has just announced that its Holofone Phablet, which I assume is going to be the only phone anyone will ever need to buy ever again, will be available September 1st. Software-wise, users won’t have to make compromises either, with a choice between the two-year-old Android Lollipop and Windows 10. Is the Holofone is a Windows 10 PC in a tablet form factor that can also run Android?

Another Democratic Party committee has been hacked

Another Democratic Party committee has been hacked

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has suffered a security breach, and the FBI is investigating, writes Reuters. The incident, reported by four anonymous sources and later confirmed by the DCCC, comes shortly after WikiLeaks released a trove of damaging emails from the Democratic National Committee’s servers. The sources told Reuters that like the DNC hack, this new attack could have exposed information about Democratic donors, including credit card and social security information.

Call center software maker Interactive Intelligence explores sale: sources

Interactive Intelligence Group Inc, a U.S. provider of software and services for call center operators, is exploring strategic alternatives, including a potential sale, according to people familiar with the matter. A sale of Interactive Intelligence would be the latest sign of the consolidation sweeping the telecommunications software and equipment industry, as rapid technological change and fierce competition force companies to seek more scale. Interactive Intelligence is working with boutique investment bank Union Square Advisors LLC on a sale process that has attracted other telecommunications software companies, as well as private equity firms, the people said this week.

Crazy iPhone trick turns your wallpapers into optical illusions

Earlier today we shared a video with you that covered  25 iPhone tweaks that will make you want to jailbreak your phone . There are definitely some fantastic tweaks in there and after watching that video, there's no question that you'll seriously consider jailbreaking your iPhone. Of course, just because you consider it doesn't mean you'll actually end up doing it. If you decide not to jailbreak your iPhone, there are still some very cool tricks that will wow your friends and help set your iPhone apart from the pack. We showed you one nifty trick earlier this week, which allows anyone to easily turn all of their folders into round icons instead of the standard rounded squares. Now, we're back with another crazy trick that might be even cooler. MUST SEE: Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Back on Tuesday we shared a video that showed off a very cool iPhone glitch. All you have to do is apply a special wallpaper to your home screen and it instantly makes all of your folder icons round. No one knows exactly how or why it works, but it does. Now, we have another cool glitchy iPhone trick to share. Twitter user Hide , the same source who discovered the round folder icon trick and supplied all the wallpapers that make it possible, is back with a cool new trick. Using one of the dozens upon dozens of wallpapers he made, you can transform your wallpaper into a moving optical illusion. The trick works just like Sonos' new logo — special patterns in the images make the graphics appear to pulse or vibrate. All you have to do is apply one of the special wallpapers while making sure to enable Apple's "perspective" parallax feature, which makes the wallpaper move as you shift the iPhone's position. A video showing off the trick is embedded below, and you can download the wallpapers shown in the video (and dozens more) by visiting this website on your iPhone.

The first mosquito-borne case of Zika has occurred in the US

The first mosquito-borne case of Zika has occurred in the US

For the first time, the Zika virus might have been transmitted from mosquitoes to humans inside the United States, according to Florida Governor Rick Scott. The four cases, which occurred in Miami-Cade and Broward Counties, were "the result of local transmission," and are "likely mosquito-borne," according to the Florida Department of Health. However, health officials have yet to locate mosquitoes infected with the virus, and have yet to rule out sexual transmission of the virus. If the virus was transmitted by mosquito, it would mark the first time Zika has been transmitted in such a fashion in the United States.

Facebook to challenge US bill for back taxes

Facebook to challenge US bill for back taxes

The US government is expected to hit Facebook with a bill for between $3 billion and $5 billion in back taxes, the social network has disclosed. Facebook said it would challenge the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assessment in the US Tax Court when it becomes final. The tax bill relates to a previously disclosed review of the pricing of assets Facebook transferred to its Irish subsidiary.

There's a flat version of the Galaxy Note 7 floating around the web

There's a flat version of the Galaxy Note 7 floating around the web

At this point it's clear that Samsung is fond of curved displays on its Galaxy smartphones, and the upcoming Galaxy Note 7 is expected to receive a dual-edge display when its announced next week. The video shows the apparent prototype working with the S Pen, Samsung's home screen and setting apps, and even the rumored Iris scanner interface. The specs on the device line up with the previous rumors — a 5.7-inch quad HD display, 12MP camera, and a Samsung Exynos 8890 are present — although it features 4GB of RAM instead of the rumored 6GB.

$7.49 is all it takes to make any smartphone waterproof

Ladies and gentlemen, there's no doubt about it: summer has arrived. As a heat wave sweeps across the East Coast and other parts of the country, people are flocking to beaches and pools in droves. Whether you plan to dive into the water or just sit close by while your friends and family cool off, Murphy's Law suggests that your phone isn't safe as long as it's anywhere near a body of water. Of course, there's an easy way to make sure Murphy is wrong — check out the  Mobility Universal Waterproof Phone Case , which works with any smartphone out there and costs just $7.49 right now on Amazon. Here's what you need to know: COMPLETE PROTECTION - Our protective design and reliable seal allow you to take your smartphone anywhere without worry! It's 100% waterproof, but also protects against other elements that could damage or ruin your device! WATERPROOF, SNOWPROOF & DIRTPROOF - The Mobility® Universal Waterproof Phone Case is certified waterproof, making it essential for any outdoor adventure! It also keeps out snow, dust, sand, dirt and more! Use it when fishing, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and more! It's the perfect protective solution for an iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 5, Samsung Galaxy S7, S6, LG G4, Nexus 6P and more! TOUCH FRIENDLY & SCRATCH RESISTANT - Crafted in top quality material, our phone case is scratch resistant. Even more, it's completely touch friendly! Unlike other designs, the Mobility® Universal Waterproof Phone Case will protect your smartphone while also maintaining full touch functionality. The ultra-clear front and back windows make it easy to text, watch videos, check emails and even take photos! CARRY CASH & CREDIT CARDS AS WELL - Use it in place of a wallet! There is an additional convenient, waterproof pouch for carrying cash, credit cards, IDs and more. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - We are so confident in the quality of our product that we offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee! If you are unsatisfied, simply contact us to return the product for a full refund. The Mobility Universal Waterproof Phone Case is on sale for a limited time for just $7.49, which includes free Prime shipping.

Consumer goods firms plot new paths amid e-commerce boom

Consumer goods firms plot new paths amid e-commerce boom

By Martinne Geller LONDON (Reuters) - Consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser has ramped up its efforts to sell items such as condoms and vitamins online, aiming to capture new revenue streams as traditional markets get more competitive. Reckitt's own Durex condom website in China is already its single largest customer in the world's fastest-growing e-commerce market, doubling the number of unique visitors over the last year to over 20 million. As part of its drive, the group has established a new global "e-business unit" that Chief Executive Rakesh Kapoor says will help it deal better with customers like Amazon.com , be present in marketplaces like those offered by Alibaba and probe new areas such as cross-border e-commerce and direct-selling websites.

Mediaset says Vivendi aware of pay-TV unit data before signing deal

Mediaset says Vivendi aware of pay-TV unit data before signing deal

Vivendi already had access to a business plan for Mediaset's pay-TV unit before agreeing to buy it, the Italian broadcaster said on Friday as the two companies kept trading punches over a u-turn by the French media firm on the deal. Mediaset accused Vivendi of releasing market-sensitive data after the French group issued a statement saying a business plan for the division called Premium was based on "unrealistic assumptions". "Vivendi will have to face civil and criminal action also over the damages (caused)," Mediaset said in a statement.

FTC says it finds LabMD liable for unfair data security practices

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Friday it had overruled an administrative judge's dismissal of the commission's data security case against cancer testing company LabMD. In a statement, the FTC said its unanimous opinion, written by Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, concluded that the administrative judge had applied the wrong legal standard for unfairness. "LabMD’s security practices were unreasonable, lacking even basic precautions to protect the sensitive consumer information maintained on its computer system," Ramirez said.

Why the Navy Needs Disruption Now (part 2 of 2)

Why the Navy Needs Disruption Now (part 2 of 2)

The future is here it's just distributed unevenly - Silicon Valley view of tech adoptionThe threat is here it's just distributed unevenly - A2/AD and the aircraft carrierThis is the second of a two-part post following my stay on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Part 1 talked about what I saw and learned - the layout of a carrier, how the...

Hear what we have to say about Apple and Google earnings

Hear what we have to say about Apple and Google earnings

The past few episodes of Vergecast have been lengthy, and this week is no exception. But we have an excuse! It's earnings week and there are a lot of thoughts. Nilay, Dieter, Paul, and Lauren bring the news right to your ears.

Big data firm Talend soars 54 percent in debut

(Reuters) - Shares of Talend SA, whose software helps businesses crunch large amounts of data, jumped 54 percent in their U.S. debut, valuing the company at $773.7 million. Talend is backed by venture capital firm Balderton Capital and Sumeru Equity Partners Inc, the former middle-market investing arm of private equity firm Silver Lake Partners LP. Talend's listing is one of the first venture-capital backed U.S. IPOs in nearly six months.

This story is just for you

This story is just for you

Library of CongressHave you noticed how almost every form of public communication nowadays is aimed directly at you? The second person has always been the primary addressee of advertising and political rhetoric, but it’s striking how prevalent it has become in our new age of constant connectedness. You can’t go two sentences online, it seems, without hearing about yourself.Whenever someone wants to deliver an emotive message or prompt to action, "you" is the easy and reliable shortcut. ...

LG to invest big in flexible OLED screens

LG to invest big in flexible OLED screens

LG is looking to make a major investment in flexible screens, with plans to spend around $1.7 billion on producing flexible OLED smartphone screens, according to The Verge. Flexible screens have already been used in phones such as the curved Galaxy S7 Edge and could become a leading smartphone feature in the coming years. Production of the new screens will take place at the OLED display factory that LG announced it would build last November.

25 iPhone tweaks that will make you want to jailbreak your phone

Apple fans celebrated in droves earlier this week as a new iOS jailbreak was finally released for the most recent versions of Apple's mobile platform, including the brand new iOS 9.3.3. It's not a perfect solution and it isn't a true untethered jailbreak, but it works very well and it's very easy to apply. In fact, as we explained in a recent post, you don't even have to connect your iPhone or iPad to a computer to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 and other recent versions. Instead, you can do the whole thing on your device quickly and easily using a special web-based tool accessible in mobile Safari. Jailbreaking is easy indeed, but is it worthwhile? Wait, don't answer that question just yet. Check out the 25 hot iOS tweaks covered below first, and then decide. MUST SEE:  As an iPhone user, I couldn’t be more jealous of Google’s newest Android feature Why bother jailbreaking these days? iOS has gained so much new functionality over the years. And with iOS 10 on the horizon, iPhone and iPad users are about to get even more hot new features. Of course, Apple still limits much of what third-party app developers can do with their software, so jailbreaking is the only way to gain features that would be otherwise blocked from iOS devices. What kind of features do you stand to gain by jailbreaking? Check out the video below, which was created by YouTuber iCrackUriDevice and runs through 25 of the best jailbreak tweaks out there. Here are all of the hot tweaks listed in the video along with the time at which each one is covered: 2:05 - 1. Initialized 2:25 - 2. NoSlowAnimations 2:47 - 3. Cylinder 3:06 - 4. Breadcumb10 3:46 - 5. DeleteForever 4:16 - 6. NoAppStoreRedirect 4:38 - 7. GrabberTime 5:09 - 8. 20 Second Lockscreen 5:22 - 9. DoubleCut 6:19 - 10. PowerDown 7:05 - 11. AutoPause 7:32 - 12. LockGlyph 7:52 - 13. UntetheredHeySiri 8:12 - 14. PM, really? 8:51 - 15. TapTapFlip 8:59 - 16. iCleaner 10:07 - 17. Zeppelin 11:03 - 18. Alkaline 11:36 - 19. BatteryLife 12:17 - 20. NoMotion 12:57 - 21. NoLiveClock 13:34 - 22. iFile 14:14 - 23. VirtualHome 8 n 9 14:54 - 24. Anchor 15:41 - 25. MultiIconMover+ Remember, things can go wrong when you jailbreak and you might also void your device's warranty. But if you're comfortable with those risks, the payoff is pretty sweet, as you can see.

If virtual reality fails, blame spiders

If virtual reality fails, blame spiders

When historians look back decades from now, they may wonder what killed virtual reality in the ‘10s. The technology was finally cheap and sophisticated. Billions of dollars were poured into funding hardware and software. Even skeptics were slowly being won over. But then they will find this Reddit thread, and it will all make sense.The answer is spiders.If you’re arachnophobic, you may want to close this tab.Seriously, just do itEarly this morning, Reddit user Jhzanto went to r/Vive for some much-needed advice. "I had the headset on and I see a blob move in front of the right eye," they ...

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Blind athlete runs desert marathon unassisted using smartphone app

Simon Wheatcroft lost his sight at the age of 17, but this hasn't stopped him from competing in some of the most extreme running events in the world. A veteran of numerous city marathons, Wheatcroft is normally accompanied by a running partner to keep him on course and stop him bumping into objects and other runners. According to Wheatcroft, simplicity was key.

FTC says it finds LabMD liable for unfair data security practices

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Friday it had overruled an administrative judge's dismissal of the commission's data security case against cancer testing company LabMD. In a statement, the FTC said its unanimous opinion, written by Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, concluded that the administrative judge had applied the wrong legal standard for unfairness. "LabMD’s security practices were unreasonable, lacking even basic precautions to protect the sensitive consumer information maintained on its computer system," Ramirez said.

Trade groups urge U.S. court to reverse 'net neutrality' rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several wireless, cable and broadband trade associations on Friday urged the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to reverse a ruling upholding the Obama administration's landmark rules barring internet service providers from obstructing or slowing consumer access to web content. A three-judge panel in June, in a 2-1 decision, backed the Federal Communications Commission's so-called net neutrality rules put in place last year to make internet service providers treat all internet traffic equally. The cable groups said the court should correct "serious errors" in an FCC decision "that radically reshapes federal law governing a massive sector of the economy, which flourished due to hundreds of billions of dollars of investment made in reliance on the policy the order throws overboard." The FCC rules prohibited broadband providers from giving or selling access to speedy internet - essentially a "fast lane" on the web's information superhighway - to certain internet services over others.

Exclusive: New York Fed asks Philippines to recover Bangladesh money

Exclusive: New York Fed asks Philippines to recover Bangladesh money

By Krishna N. Das and Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has asked the Philippines' central bank to help Bangladesh Bank recover the $81 million that was stolen by hackers in February from its account held at the Fed, boosting Dhaka's efforts to retrieve the money. In a letter sent on June 23, the New York Fed's General Counsel Thomas Baxter asked Elmore O. Capule, general counsel for the central bank of the Philippines, "to take all appropriate steps in support of Bangladesh Bank's efforts to recover and return its stolen assets." In the letter, which has been seen by Reuters, Baxter also wrote that the payment instructions that led to four money transfers to beneficiary accounts at the Manila-based Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC) were authenticated using a "commercially reasonable security procedure", but that they were issued by persons using stolen credentials.

U.N. supports 'brelfies' to encourage breastfeeding

U.N. supports 'brelfies' to encourage breastfeeding

If you're hesitating about sending a brelfie, the United Nations says go for it. A social media trend of mothers sharing "brelfies" - pictures of themselves breastfeeding - is a good way to break down any stigma about breastfeeding in public and spread the word about the importance of a mother's milk, the United Nations said on Friday. "It's absolutely to be encouraged," World Health Organization spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva when asked about the brelfie fad.

Germany's Schweinsteiger ends international career

Germany's Schweinsteiger ends international career

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger announced his retirement from international football on Friday, bringing to an end a glittering career that ended in disappointment with a semi-final exit at Euro 2016 in France. "The historic and emotional high was winning the World Cup in 2014," the Manchester United player added. Schweinsteiger was vice-captain of the national team when Germany edged Argentina in extra-time to claim a fourth World Cup title and took over as captain when his then Bayern Munich team mate Philipp Lahm stood down after the 2014 tournament.

Google meets Italy's demands on data use practices

Google meets Italy's demands on data use practices

Italy's data privacy regulator said on Friday Alphabet Inc's Google had met its requests to change the way it treats and stores user data to bring practices into line with Italian rules. Two years ago, the watchdog told Google its disclosure to users on how their data was being treated was inadequate, giving it 18 months to comply fully and indicating a series of measures that needed to be carried out. The move was one of several privacy challenges against the U.S. Internet giant in the European Union, highlighting the bloc's desire to ensure its citizens' data is treated according to EU law, even when held in foreign jurisdictions.

Soccer-Former Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger

Factbox on Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who announced his retirement from international football on Friday. * Makes international debut in June 2004 in a 2-0 defeat by Hungary in Kaiserslautern. * Endures a disappointing debut in a major tournament, as Germany are eliminated in the group stage of Euro 2004.

Soccer-Germany's Schweinsteiger ends international career

* German midfielder calls time on glittering career * Poor form and injury hampered first season at Manchester United (adds detail) LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) - Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger announced his retirement from international football on Friday, bringing to an end a glittering career that ended in disappointment with a semi-final exit at Euro 2016 in France. "The historic and emotional high was winning the World Cup in 2014," the Manchester United player added. Schweinsteiger was vice-captain of the national team when Germany edged Argentina in extra-time to claim a fourth World Cup title and took over as captain when his then Bayern Munich team mate Philipp Lahm stood down after the 2014 tournament.

Exclusive: FBI probes hacking of Democratic congressional group - sources

Exclusive: FBI probes hacking of Democratic congressional group - sources

By Joseph Menn, Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating a cyber attack against another U.S. Democratic Party group, which may be related to an earlier hack against the Democratic National Committee, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The previously unreported incident at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, and its potential ties to Russian hackers are likely to heighten accusations, so far unproven, that Moscow is trying to meddle in the U.S. presidential election campaign to help Republican nominee Donald Trump. The Kremlin denied involvement in the DCCC cyber-attack.

China banks in alliance to offer free online money transfers

China banks in alliance to offer free online money transfers

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Twelve Chinese commercial banks have signed an alliance allowing customers to transfer funds online and via mobile phones without being charged, state news agency Xinhua reported late on Thursday. The members of the alliance include China Citic Bank, China Merchants Bank and China Everbright Bank. The banks are hoping to attract more customers with the move, which is also aimed at helping lenders boost online security and combat fraud as they will be sharing information, Xinhua said. (Reporting by David Stanway; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

Alphabet posts strong revenue on video market, stock surges

Alphabet posts strong revenue on video market, stock surges

Alphabet Inc, Google's parent, on Thursday revealed that efforts to push its vast advertising business toward mobile is paying off as second quarter earnings handily beat Wall Street's expectations. The results put to rest lingering concerns about how the rise of mobile might impact Google, which has a strong mobile presence with its Android smartphone operating system but has long relied on desktop search traffic to power its profits. Advertisers typically pay less for user clicks on mobile ads than on desktop ads, Google's traditional strength, but the strong earnings performance suggests that is beginning to change, said Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Partners.

Expedia revenue misses estimates, mulls listing for Trivago

Expedia revenue misses estimates, mulls listing for Trivago

(Reuters) - Expedia Inc reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue due to higher promotions for its member loyalty program and discounts to promote new hotel listings, sending the company's shares down more than 6 percent in extended trading. Expedia, which owns a majority stake in Trivago, and the founders of the travel website have agreed to explore the feasibility of taking the business public, Expedia said. The world's largest online travel services company said its bookings in the latest quarter slowed due to the acquisition of rival Orbitz Worldwide Inc, "self-inflicted" wounds such as technology upgrades and the recent spate of attacks in Europe.

Among Democrats, another convention hums in Sanders fans' phones

Among Democrats, another convention hums in Sanders fans' phones

By Jonathan Allen PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - There is the Democratic convention unfolding onstage in Philadelphia this week, broadcast to millions on television. Then there is a second convention that exists largely hidden from public view in the smartphones of Bernie Sanders' delegates. Using various messaging apps and secret Facebook groups, many of the delegates pledged to the U.S. senator and runner-up in the party's presidential nomination contest have been coordinating among themselves in Philadelphia.

Amazon tops Wall Street targets, lifted by cloud revenue

Amazon tops Wall Street targets, lifted by cloud revenue

The Seattle-based company is riding a wave of retail sales moving to the internet, and its Netflix-like video streaming is bringing new customers to its subscription Prime service, which in turn drives customers to spend more on Amazon. The cloud unit, Amazon Web Services, is the company's fastest-growing business and is regarded by analysts as the next driver of growth for the company. "They crushed estimates," said Michael Pachter, analyst at Wedbush Securities, as shares rose 2 percent after hours, in line to open on Friday at a record high.

Russia to U.S., Trump: Sort out your own pre-election hacking scandal

Russia to U.S., Trump: Sort out your own pre-election hacking scandal

By Andrew Osborn and Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia told the United States on Thursday to get to the bottom of a hacking scandal involving Democratic Party emails itself and rejected what Donald Trump said was a sarcastic suggestion that Moscow should dig up Hillary Clinton's "missing" emails. Trump, the Republican Party's presidential candidate, angered Democrats on Wednesday by inviting Russia to unearth tens of thousands of emails from rival Clinton's tenure as U.S. secretary of state.

Facebook shares hit record high as it beats estimates again

Facebook shares hit record high as it beats estimates again

The social networking giant beat market expectations for profit and revenue yet again in the latest quarter, pushing up its shares to a record high on Thursday and allowing it to overtake Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc as the fifth biggest U.S. company by market capitalization. Facebook's shares rose as much as 4 percent to $128.33, boosting its market value by $14 billion to $367 billion - enough to eclipse Berkshire's market cap of about $355 billion. At least 24 brokerages raised target prices on Facebook's stock, with a median target of $150.

Connecticut man charged with threatening Jews online

Kendall Sullivan, 50, of Stamford, was charged on Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with three counts of making threatening communications online, each punishable by up to five years in prison. The defendant has been in custody since July 15, when he was charged in state court with unlawful possession of unregistered high-capacity magazines, the Justice Department said. On the same day, FBI agents and Stamford police seized more than two dozen firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and other firearm components from his home, the department added.

Ice Bucket Challenge credited with ALS breakthrough

Ice Bucket Challenge credited with ALS breakthrough

(Reuters) - The Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral two years ago, raising hundreds of millions of dollars, has helped identify a new gene behind the neurodegenerative disease ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, researchers say. The challenge involved people pouring ice-cold water over their heads, posting video on social media, and donating funds for research on the condition, whose sufferers include British physicist Stephen Hawking. Celebrities including Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Ellen DeGeneres, Benedict Cumberbatch and former U.S. President George W. Bush were among millions of people who took part in 2014, attracting more than 400 million views on social media.

SoftBank books $65 million in retirement pay to founder's ex-heir apparent

Arora, the former Google executive handpicked by SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son as his successor, resigned abruptly last month, just two years into his stint, as Son decided to stay longer. The 6.8 billion yen expenses, revealed in SoftBank's quarterly financial statement on Thursday, comes in addition to 24.5 billion yen in compensation that the Japanese telecoms conglomerate has already paid to Arora.

Record online orders boosts GrubHub revenue, shares soar

Record online orders boosts GrubHub revenue, shares soar

(Reuters) - GrubHub Inc's revenue increased more than expected in the second quarter as a record number of people used its service to order meals online, sending the company's shares surging to a new year-high. GrubHub's third-quarter revenue forecast also topped analysts' estimates, indicating the company may have got a handle on the rising competition from Amazon.com Inc's Prime Now and recent entrant Uber's [UBER.UL] UberEATS. The company's shares rose as much as 27.8 percent to $39.29 in morning trading on Thursday and were the biggest gainer on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.

China, Africa ink $17 bln preliminary cooperation pacts: Xinhua

China, Africa ink $17 bln preliminary cooperation pacts: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese companies and banks agreed preliminary deals with African counterparts on $17 billion worth of cooperation in sectors including infrastructure, energy, pharmaceuticals and information technology, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Thursday. Companies and financial institutions signed letter of intent for 39 cooperations pacts at a China-Africa economic and trade event in Beijing attended by more than 400 delegates. Xinhua did not give further details. ...

SoftBank sees sharp recovery for Sprint, flags much investment for ARM

SoftBank sees sharp recovery for Sprint, flags much investment for ARM

Japan's SoftBank Group Corp on Thursday flagged a sharp recovery for struggling U.S. unit Sprint and was bullish about long-term prospects for soon-to-be-acquired UK chip designer ARM . The telecoms and internet conglomerate unveiled plans this month to purchase ARM for $32 billion in cash, one of CEO Masayoshi Son's boldest bets yet, as he seeks to be at the forefront of the next wave of digital innovation. "I'm telling ARM management - let's increase the number of engineers, boost R&D spending and make investments proactively," Son told a briefing on SoftBank's first-quarter earnings where it reported flat profits.

South Korea says North hacked online shopping site

South Korea said on Thursday it suspected North Korea of hacking a South Korean online shopping site and stealing personal records of more than 10 million shoppers in what appeared to be the latest case of a cyber attack by the isolated state. The South's national police agency said it had traced the data breach to North Korea's spy agency, and it had detected the same IP addresses and codes similar to ones it had used in previous attacks. South Korea has been on heightened alert against cyber attacks by North Korea since the North conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and launched a long-range rocket the next month, triggering new U.N. sanctions.

China green lights ride-hailing services with new regulations

China green lights ride-hailing services with new regulations

By Jake Spring BEIJING (Reuters) - China has given the green light to online ride-hailing services, issuing guidelines that establish a long-awaited framework for the booming industry and remove uncertainty for firms such as Didi Chuxing and U.S. rival Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL]. While globally Uber leads the sector, Didi claims 87 percent of the Chinese market for private ride-hailing.

Didi Chuxing welcomes China's new ride-sharing rules

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing said on Thursday it welcomed new government rules regulating the industry and that it will make an "earnest effort" to comply. The rules take effect on Nov. 1. (Reporting by John Ruwitch)

China requires ride hailing services to sign labor contract with drivers

BEIJING (Reuters) - New regulations require China's online ride-hailing services to sign labor contracts with drivers, the vice minister of transport, Liu Xiaoming, told a news conference on Thursday. China has issued the final version of a policy to regulate booming online ride-hailing services, according to a document made public on Thursday, for a sector where Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Chinese rival Didi Chuxing compete aggressively. (Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk)

Uber China welcomes new regulations on ride-sharing

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese arm of Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said on Thursday it welcomes newly published government guidelines on ride-sharing services and sees the rules as an endorsement of the industry. "We welcome the new regulations, which send a clear message of support for ride-sharing and the benefits that it offers riders, drivers and cities," Zhen Liu, senior vice president of Corporate Strategy for Uber China, said in a statement. "This is a welcome step ... We look forward to working with policymakers around the country to put these regulations into practice. ...

Bytes and barrels: the origins of oil traders' love of Yahoo

Bytes and barrels: the origins of oil traders' love of Yahoo

For the oil industry, Yahoo Inc's decision this week to sell its core business to Verizon Communications Inc for $4.8 billion does not matter all that much. Back then, Yahoo's technology revolutionized the industry, helping usher in a new era of high-speed communication that changed the way millions of barrels of oil traded daily. For Gene Grabinski, who was trading crude in Chicago for BP Plc , one of the largest energy companies in the world, it was just the solution needed to stem the endless flood of phone calls as he bought and sold crude in the Midwest and U.S. Gulf.

Facebook trounces Wall Street estimates with sharp ad sales growth

Facebook trounces Wall Street estimates with sharp ad sales growth

Facebook Inc provided more evidence on Wednesday that it can turn eyeballs into profit as the maker of the world's most popular app and social website trounced Wall Street's estimates, sending its shares to an all-time high. The leading social media company's mobile app and push into video attracted new advertisers and encouraged existing ones to spend more. "Facebook has shown that you can be a giant and you can be innovative," said analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy.

Brazil prosecutor freezes $11.7 million of Facebook funds due to WhatsApp case

Brazil prosecutor freezes $11.7 million of Facebook funds due to WhatsApp case

The public federal prosecutor in the Brazilian state of Amazonas said on Wednesday the court there froze 38 million reais ($11.7 million) of funds held in Facebook Inc's account for failing to comply with a court order to supply data on users of the company's WhatsApp messaging service who are under criminal investigation. The prosecutor's office said the funds frozen correspond to the fines for failing to comply with court order to turn over data. Facebook representatives were not immediately available for comment.

Disappointing earnings revive speculation on Twitter's future

Disappointing earnings revive speculation on Twitter's future

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc disappointed investors yet again on Tuesday with second-quarter earnings that missed estimates and a lower-than-expected outlook, reviving chatter about a possible sale of the company and the future of Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey. With the stock falling almost 15 percent Wednesday, Twitter shares are down 50 percent since Dorsey returned last summer to the helm of the social media company he co-founded. At a market cap of about $11 billon, compared with more than $40 billion at its peak, Twitter could now be a more attractive takeover target.

Fast growth, dating services come between Sofi and bank license: CEO

Online lender Social Finance Inc is unlikely to seek a banking license because its fast growth and involvement in unorthodox activities like dating services would make it hard to win approval from regulators, according to its chief executive. "It's not a viable solution for us to be a bank," CEO Mike Cagney said on a conference call hosted by Goldman Sachs analysts on Tuesday. Known as SoFi, the company is growing at a pace the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation would view as too fast, Cagney said.

Twitter's video push seen taking time to fast-forward growth

Twitter's video push seen taking time to fast-forward growth

Twitter on Tuesday reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth since going public in 2013 as its user base grew by just 1 percent in the three months ended June. Since he took over the interim role in July last year, Twitter has lost about half its market value. Twitter has made it clear it sees video as a way ahead.

YouTube star PewDiePie's firm rakes in $8 million profit

YouTube video star PewDiePie's company made 70 million crowns ($8.1 million) profit in 2015, an annual report filed in Sweden showed, following controversy over payments for video game promotion. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, is known for his humorous, raw commentary on video games. Warner Bros settled with the FTC after it was accused of failing to adequately disclose thousands of dollars in payments.

Comcast profit drops on film sales, beats Wall Street estimates

Comcast profit drops on film sales, beats Wall Street estimates

By Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp reported a 5 percent drop in quarterly earnings on Wednesday, hurt by lower film division sales, but managed to beat Wall Street expectations due to growth in its business services and high-speed internet units. The company also lost fewer pay-TV subscribers than expected and gave an optimistic outlook for television advertising during the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Second-quarter revenue rose 2.8 percent to $19.27 billion from a year earlier and slightly exceeded the analysts' average estimate of $18.99 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Net income fell to $2.03 billion, or 83 cents per share, from $2.14 billion, or 84 cents per share.

Exclusive: Alibaba, eBay, CVC bid for Polish auction site Allegro - sources

Exclusive: Alibaba, eBay, CVC bid for Polish auction site Allegro - sources

By Agnieszka Barteczko and Adrian Krajewski WARSAW (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba , U.S. online retailer eBay Inc , and private equity firm CVC Capital Partners are among the bidders for Eastern Europe's No.1 auction website Allegro from South Africa's Naspers , sources said. Polish online groups Wp.pl, owned by Innova Capital, and Onet.pl, controlled by Ringier Axel Springer could also be interested, some of the sources said.

After mass shooting, German police focus on "dark net" crime

After mass shooting, German police focus on

By Frank Siebelt WIESBADEN, Germany (Reuters) - German police will do more to fight crime committed on the "dark net", they said on Wednesday, days after a gunman killed nine people with a weapon bought on that hidden part of the internet. "We see that the dark net is a growing trading place and therefore we need to prioritize our investigations here," Holger Muench, head of Germany's Federal Police (BKA), told journalists as he presented the latest annual report on cyber crime. The dark net, which is only accessible via special web browsers, is increasingly used to procure drugs, weapons and counterfeit money, allowing users to trade anonymously and pay with digital currencies such as Bitcoin, the BKA said.

IBM steps up efforts in fight against Zika

IBM steps up efforts in fight against Zika

(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp said on Wednesday it would provide its technology and resources to help track the spread of the Zika virus. Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a leading research institution affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Health, plans to use IBM's technology to analyze information from official data about human travel patterns to anecdotal observations recorded on social media. Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus, which has caused a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas.

AccorHotels buys concierge group to counter Airbnb challenge

AccorHotels buys concierge group to counter Airbnb challenge

By Dominique Vidalon PARIS (Reuters) - AccorHotels said on Wednesday it had entered exclusive talks to buy concierge service provider John Paul, as it pushes further into new hospitality services and beefs up its response to the challenges of Airbnb. Under the terms of the deal, AccorHotels - the world's fifth-largest hotel group - will acquire 80 percent of John Paul for about $150 million in equity and debt, with the company's chief executive and founder David Amsellem keeping the remaining 20 percent, AccorHotels said in a statement. "With John Paul we will be able to provide services to people who never came to AccorHotels," AccorHotels Chief Executive Sebastien Bazin told a conference call.

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11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

We have a great collection of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today to round out this week's series. You'll find games, utilities, photo apps, music players and more, and every single one of them is a premium application that's on sale for free for a limited time. There are even a few more freebies floating around in Thursday's post , so be sure to check that one out as well. MUST SEE:  Crazy iPhone trick turns your wallpapers into optical illusions 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. Random PW Generator Normally $0.99. The Random PW Generator allows them to easily generate random passwords, create your own, save and manage Passwords. The app features: Generate passwords with length of 4 to 26 characters. Character selection: big letters, small letters, numbers and special characters, combined with everything else. Special characters can be selected individually. Own password combined with generated characters. Save passwords, delete, print, move with iTunes file sharing on the computer, or send via AirDrop. iTunes File Sharing on - off function. App lock code allows you to keep the passwords from strangers eyes. Do not play with the security of your data! Avoid using the same password for multiple logins. Random PW generator helps you to solve these problems. Download Random PW Generator Musemage Normally $3.99. Blue-screen, magic color, anti-shake, denoise, and some of the filters requires iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPod 6th Generation, iPad mini2, iPad Air or later devices. Musemage is a professional video camera and editor with real-time filters and video stabilization, and multiple shooting modes: time-lapse, manual mode, blue-screen, color-replacement. Musemage video editor now supports adding filters to video. Musemage, a super HD camera App offers you ultra-fast features like five-axis anti-shake, face beautifying, dozens of professional effects/filters, and various shooting modes, in real-time. For the first time Musemage enables complex filters and effects for full-HD videos and full-resolution photos on mobile phones. Novel algorithms and graphics processor are utilized to speed-up processing. Post-processing is no longer needed because Musemage’s real-time preview and processing features make What You See is What You Get! A variety of shooting modes are provided, including video capturing and photographing, blue-screen shooting, time-lapse video capturing, stop-motion animation, slow-shutter shooting, stop motion and other shooting modes. You can apply multiple filters or effects simultaneously in all the modes, to create beautiful, decent or funny contents. Blue screen: Musemage allows you to replace background in green, blue or any other color with image or live video in real time. Simple and friendly user interface allow you to get familiar with Musemage in one minute. You can switch different shooting mode and apply advanced filters/effects with just a few clicks! Features offered by Musemage: Image stabilization: for the first time 5-axis digital video image stabilization with real-time alignment technique are realized on mobile phones. This technique can even outperform optical anti-shake stabilizer. Face beautifying: for the first time real-time face beautifying is available on mobile phones. Advanced skin/face detection algorithms preserve details of your scene while making your face smooth and beautiful. HDR: real HDR enables you to restore +/- 3EV-plus dark and light details based on normal exposure. Magic Color: with 'Blue Screen' feature, you can replace the plain background of your scene with other videos or pictures. Or you use 'Selective Color' feature to keep only one color in the scene, and make everything else black and white. 'Replace Color' feature allows you to change the color of skin or clothes to create funny effects. Color filter: 40+ color filters for different scenarios are provided. These filters are carefully designed by famous photographer Jolie Luo. Color filters can be used along with other effects in all shooting modes for videos and photos. Lens effect: a variety of special lens effects are available on Musemage, including tilt-shift lens, fisheye lens, soft lens, edge blurring, etc. And check the new filters for Halloween! Phantom, werewolf, vampire, robot killer, Insect. Special and art filters: Special filters including defog, leg-elongating deformation, water reflection and other effects, and art filters like sketch, painting, outlined drawing, neon, comics, manga and thermal imaging effects enables you to create interesting video and photos. Professional photographers: These professional filters re-polish my works with distinctive styles and interest effects, and Musemage HDR brings movie-like effects to my videos and photos. Travel enthusiast: Image stabilization is the most wanted, those various filters and lens effects also make my travel records more funny and creative. Selfie fan: I’m no longer afraid of sharing my photos and video clips. Musemage’s real-time beautifying helps me get rid of those defects easily, without any need to do post-processing. Download Musemage Tower Balance Normally $1.99. "On one hand, you put more boxes and keep them straight, on the other hand, you need to keep the balance of the world!" Tower Balance is a game you have to stack boxes as high as you can, keep the balance with the tilt of the device and fight with other mishaps, like the wind. Can you reach the Top?? Features: *Realistic physics engine *Global Game Center Leaderboard *Gorgeous graphics *Awesome accelerometer control *3 Game Mode *48 Challenges *4 Different Worlds *Power Up *Retina Suport Enjoy!!! :) Download Tower Balance Choon Normally $0.99. Choon is an alternative audio player. It enhances your control over the library by providing clean interface and gestures. – Add songs on the go. Just swipe right the song, album or even playlist to play it next – Cue sheet support. Download cue files via iTunes or Safari to manage your podcasts or mixes – Quick playlists – Background LastFM scrobbling – Color scheme based on the artwork of now playing track – Quick access to current playing artist or album – Customize fonts – Search over all your music library – Rate your tracks – Compatible with iTunes Match – All metadata like play counts and track ratings is synchronised. Available filters are Playlists, Songs, Albums, Artists and Podcasts. Download Choon Cars Rush Normally $2.99. In the corner of the Big Apple - Manhattan. People drive cars over the traffic switching like karaoke play time red and green lights. Just press the green arrows to switch green to red and back. Compatible with Iphone, iPad and Ipod Touch. Rush the road of the city using you strategies, This is a road puzzle hard to solve, no block just colorful cars and peek hour traffic. Stop the car on the Center of the street. The star maker trucks shows fireworks that will blow your mind, when the vehicle exploits like donut to the floor. Download Cars Rush Herobrine Terrors in Night Normally $2.99. Herobrine, a great creepy pasta character back again. Haunt you in this nonstop terror. Full of terror, full day of chasing. No other mission instead escape with full of your might in the slight of day. This game set in night day. Combine with full of running and search. Solve all full epic Herobrine misteries with your own risk! Share your full day of happiness or anxiety maybe to your family, friend and all people on the galaxy via Facebook and Twitter share feature. "This day I have full time job. But I cannot work on it before complete this game"- Kenichi Shindo "I will play this game until complete in this entire day."- Derek Massif ATTENTION: Herobrine Terror Trilogy 2 has been released, check on App Store. Download Herobrine Terrors in Night TaskOnPaper Normally $0.99. TaskOnPaper is a powerful and at the same time an intuitive tool for creating to-do lists. Enter your plans and goals, group them into projects and edit them as easily as on paper. TaskOnPaper - The Next Generation of TaskPaper for iOS 7-iOS 9, it’s the return of the LEGENDARY TaskPaper in AppStore. Due to the simplicity and ease of use TaskOnPaper will increase your productivity to new heights! ***** APPADVICE ***** "TaskOnPaper app lets you enter tasks, projects, and notes just like you would on physical paper. As a continuation of the popular TaskPaper, this app provides an easy way for you to stay productive" ***** iOS 8 Italia ***** "TaskOnPaper revolutionizes how to write fast in our device, combining notes, reminders, and .txt documents in a single application." KEY FEATURES: * Next Generation of TaskPaper for iOS 7 and iOS 8 * Full compatibility with TaskPaper for Mac by hogbaysoftware.com * Passcode protection in start-up screen * Sync across devices with DROPBOX - plain text format which can be edited in any text editor * Paper-like user experience * Clean distraction free interface * Outlining, trees, sub-folders, sub-notes, sub-tasks * Fully customizable appearance of the application: fonts, size, colors, backgrounds * Fully compatible with iOS 7 and iOS 8 * TextExpander Touch Support * Sending by email, print, AirDrop, AirPrint * Powerful search with advanced query language, flexibility of management. ## Quick Start - To create an item tap the plus button - To create a project - make a colon at the end of the line - To create a task - start a line with a hyphen - To change the item type (Project, Task, or Note) on a blank line, tap the Return key to cycle through your choices. - To edit an existing item double tap on the item's text. - To tag an item type '@' followed by the tag name anywhere in an item's text. - To indent an item tap the space key when the cursor is at the start of the item's text. - To unindent an item tap the delete key when the cursor is at the start of the item's text. - To create outlines - To indent an item tap the space key when the cursor is at the start of an item's text or (iPad only) tap the Tab key on the extended keyboard row. ## Completing tasks - To cross out an item swipe left to right to apply the @done tag. - To delete an item and its subitems, swipe right to left across the item and then tap the Cut button. - To delete an item without deleting its subitems, begin editing the item and delete the entire line of text. - To move @done items to the 'Archive' project, tap the document title in the toolbar and choose 'Archive Done'. Download TaskOnPaper FLUX:FX play Normally $4.99. 'FLUX:FX play' is a creative multi-effect processor app for the iPhone and iPod that lets you ‘play’ your effects, designed in conjunction with acclaimed musician Adrian Belew. Built on the same award-winning audio platform as the master iPad app, 'FLUX:FX play' is perfect for creative musicians and sound designers to manipulate an audio signal into something entirely new, both in the studio or on stage. Guitar, vocals, bass, synth, drums, DJ setup, violin… basically ANY instrument or sound source can be processed in real-time by 'FLUX:FX play', and there are 282 performance presets to choose from. Important note, PLEASE READ: the main difference between 'FLUX:FX' and 'FLUX:FX play' is that the iPhone version does not contain the full deep editing features for the effects and sequencer. It CAN however share the exact same performance presets, and so you can in fact create custom presets on your iPad version and import them into 'FLUX:FX play' via Dropbox. This app is compatible with iPhone 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus and iPod Touch 6. Some key features of 'FLUX:FX play' - TRULY CREATIVE EFFECTS: 31 studio-quality effects built-in. Up to 5 are chained together within the many performance presets for maximum aural impact. 282 performance presets are included in the app, ranging from subtle, transparent & traditional through to 'way out there', obnoxious & destructive. POWERFUL SEQUENCER: A step sequencer is programmed into many of the performance presets, adding a completely new and fluid dimension to the sound. TRANSPARENT INTERFACE DESIGN: 'FLUX:FX play' has a beautiful, minimalist interface with easy-to-use controls that are MADE to be touched. And swiped, and dragged, and tapped. No fake road-worn pedal graphics or tiny dials here. MADE BY EXPERTS - conceived and created via the combined talents of guitarist extraordinaire Adrian Belew, audio software developers ElephantCandy and mobile specialists MOBGEN°. PLAYS WITH EVERYTHING - Audiobus compatibility, Inter-App Audio compatibility, MIDI, virtually all the audio interfaces. COMPLEX SOUND, RIDICULOUSLY EASY TO USE - chopping, shaping, crushing and looping – 'FLUX:FX play' can take you from subtle modulating echoes through to wrecking-ball destruction, all with a swipe of a finger. ULTRA LOW LATENCY - 'FLUX:FX play' features very low-latency settings to give truly professional performance capabilities. There are 31 individual effect blocks that come built-in to the 'FLUX:FX play' engine: • OVERDRIVE • DISTORTION • FUZZ • BITCRUSH • DESTROY • DECIMATE • STUTTER LOOP • REVERSE LOOP • LOOP SLICE • SEGMENT • SAMPLE SCRATCH • COMPRESS • PUMP • ULTRA EQ • KILL EQ • LOWPASS FILTER • HIGHPASS FILTER • BANDPASS FILTER • CHORUS • FLANGE • PHASE • RESONANT DRONE • PITCH DELAY • OCTAVE SHIFT • RING MODULATE • AUTO PAN • DIGITAL DELAY • BINAURAL DELAY • TAPE ECHO • SCATTER VERB • DELAY/REVERB Plus an optional master LIMITER. ”This app is really, really fun! It is instantly gratifying, and perfect for any creative musician. FLUX:FX play is truly an audio ideas machine.” - Adrian Belew: the world’s greatest experimental whammy twang bar, czar rhino, stunt guitarist extraordinaire. With a resume that includes Zappa, Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, King Crimson, Talking Heads, Paul Simon and Tori Amos, Adrian is famous for pushing the boundaries of music-making in both technical and tonal exploration. Praise for FLUX:FX - "It's really awesome, and the SFX and way to automate things is splendid. I love the GUI too, very nicely laid out." - Richard Devine: producer, sound designer, film & game music composer. • Best of the best - Red Dot Design 2015 • "It's the one by which others will now be judged" - Paul Nagle, SOS magazine As seen in Sound on Sound, Guitar Player, KVR, MusicRadar, PalmSounds, MusicAppBlog, Synthtopia, iOS Mars, Audiobus, Apptronica, SonicState, ANR, Guitar Moderne and many more! Download FLUX:FX play Cards for Reddit Normally $1.99. Cards for Reddit is a simple, beautiful way to browse reddit. Designed in the familiar “cards” UI that will make viewing content seamless on your iPhone. • Browse the front page and log in to view all of your favorite subreddits • All photos and videos appear inline with touch to preview functionality • Tap on comments to expand and collapse all replies • Upvote/downvote any post • Access your reddit inbox and comment or direct message with the chat bubble style Download Cards for Reddit Studio Music Player Normally $1.99. This simple & smart music player will allow you to hear the music totally otherwise - as on expensive studio headphones and audio monitors (studio speakers). Add your music using iTunes interface of your MAC or PC. Watch tutorials on our website: www.studiomusicplayer.pro Check out our "Studio Music Player DX" with Dropbox and iTunes Files Sharing functionality (downloading music without synchronizing in iTunes). IMPORTANT: Studio Music Player is not playing Apple Music content! All music has to be stored on the device, but not in iCloud. According to the presets of our audio player, your headphones and most audio devices will sound as professional expensive studio devices. The sound will become crystal-clear, wide and rich. And all this thanks to the highly-accuracy adjustment individually created for each device. How? This is done through the deep study of the sound within a few years of the work. We have studied in detail the amplitude frequency responses of audio of all present devices in the music player and aligned the sound to the peculiarities of each of them. Presets: Our music player contain more than 80 presets for the most famous brands. You can find the list of devices on our website. It is constantly updated by new devices. 48-band equalizer (In-app): For professional users, the player has a 48-band paragraphic eq to adjust the sound manually. Equalizer selection of any frequency between 20 and 20,000 Hz, bandwidth within the range of 0.1 – 2 octaves, gain from -10 to +4 dB and total 48 bands. This is a truly great pro opportunity! Each person has a preference for the sound. Someone likes more bass, and someone – trebles. That's why we made the section easy adjustable to your tastes. In this music player you can increase / decrease sub-bass, bass, mids, trebles and presence. Presets "memorize" the device: Our music player is smart, so it will activate the appropriate preset when connected to a bluetooth device. You only need to choose the appropriate preset when connected to a new bluetooth device. When disconnecting the device, the last preset is activated, which was used for audio output (headphones). Low power consumption! We’ve made sure that you can enjoy your favorite music in high quality playback for a long time and made a audio player that consumes little CPU resources and energy. Album cover zooming: Sometimes you want to have a closer look at the album cover, but how to do it? Double-click on the cover or a "stretching" gesture will make a zoom. Now the track is easy to remember: You can send a title of the track you liked and FX settings thereto to your e-mail by double-clicking on the name of the song or artist in the main window of the music player. Color schemes: Everyone has a favorite color. That's why we have made 16 color schemes include "night" skin. FX: Our music player has FX module! In this module you can change tonality and playback speed "on the go". It is fun and very convenient for those who are engaged in the creation of sampling music. Playlist: The audio player has a simple user interface that allows opening the playlist from any window by moving a finger from left to right – it's very convenient! Shuffle mode: In Shuffle mode the same track will be played again only after the entire playlist plays, and not before. This way, we avoid repeats when playing a playlist. IMPORTANT! All presets in Studio Music Player are created exclusively on the original brand-name audio devices. The sound on forgeries is absolutely incompatible with our player! The device must be of the same year, and the model must coincide with the model being in presets. Otherwise, there is no guarantee of a high quality sound. However, sometimes even completely different devices sound very similar to each other. That's why preset can suit despite a different model, and even the device manufacturer! Thanks for your time, enjoy music in all its beauty! Download Studio Music Player Ultraviolet Camera Normally $4.99. There's always a better camera than the one you have with you. And that's Ultraviolet Camera . Designed with simple controls, comfortable ergonomics and Ultraviolet effect in mind, allowing you to take photos that are instantly ready to share with the world. What makes a great camera stand apart is not down to features, per pixel sharpness or the amount of lenses in your bag. What matters is that the camera gets out of the way and lets you take the pictures you want. It's about how it feels in your hand and how easily you can interact with it. It's about combining a simple interface and comfortable ergonomics to provide a better experience. Quick access to live filters allows you to get shots ready for sharing. You just swipe between them effortlessly. You get great shots without having to deal with editing tools. Exposure controls let you get the perfect image no matter what the conditions. No more fighting the camera's automatic settings. And everything is within easy reach of your thumb. Ultraviolet Camera offers quick access to your camera roll by swiping left across the controls, and access to all the filters by swiping right. It couldn't be more simple. “Ultraviolet Camera is a terrific app for mobile photographers who just want to get on with taking pictures, without the software getting in the way. The beauty of it is in its simplicity.” Download Ultraviolet Camera

25 iPhone tweaks that will make you want to jailbreak your phone

Apple fans celebrated in droves earlier this week as a new iOS jailbreak was finally released for the most recent versions of Apple's mobile platform, including the brand new iOS 9.3.3. It's not a perfect solution and it isn't a true untethered jailbreak, but it works very well and it's very easy to apply. In fact, as we explained in a recent post, you don't even have to connect your iPhone or iPad to a computer to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 and other recent versions. Instead, you can do the whole thing on your device quickly and easily using a special web-based tool accessible in mobile Safari. Jailbreaking is easy indeed, but is it worthwhile? Wait, don't answer that question just yet. Check out the 25 hot iOS tweaks covered below first, and then decide. MUST SEE:  As an iPhone user, I couldn’t be more jealous of Google’s newest Android feature Why bother jailbreaking these days? iOS has gained so much new functionality over the years. And with iOS 10 on the horizon, iPhone and iPad users are about to get even more hot new features. Of course, Apple still limits much of what third-party app developers can do with their software, so jailbreaking is the only way to gain features that would be otherwise blocked from iOS devices. What kind of features do you stand to gain by jailbreaking? Check out the video below, which was created by YouTuber iCrackUriDevice and runs through 25 of the best jailbreak tweaks out there. Here are all of the hot tweaks listed in the video along with the time at which each one is covered: 2:05 - 1. Initialized 2:25 - 2. NoSlowAnimations 2:47 - 3. Cylinder 3:06 - 4. Breadcumb10 3:46 - 5. DeleteForever 4:16 - 6. NoAppStoreRedirect 4:38 - 7. GrabberTime 5:09 - 8. 20 Second Lockscreen 5:22 - 9. DoubleCut 6:19 - 10. PowerDown 7:05 - 11. AutoPause 7:32 - 12. LockGlyph 7:52 - 13. UntetheredHeySiri 8:12 - 14. PM, really? 8:51 - 15. TapTapFlip 8:59 - 16. iCleaner 10:07 - 17. Zeppelin 11:03 - 18. Alkaline 11:36 - 19. BatteryLife 12:17 - 20. NoMotion 12:57 - 21. NoLiveClock 13:34 - 22. iFile 14:14 - 23. VirtualHome 8 n 9 14:54 - 24. Anchor 15:41 - 25. MultiIconMover+ Remember, things can go wrong when you jailbreak and you might also void your device's warranty. But if you're comfortable with those risks, the payoff is pretty sweet, as you can see.

A friendly reminder that movie critics are generally pretty useless

Movie critics have a difficult job. Remaining objective and viewing a film through the target audience's eyes is no easy task, because we all inherently have biases when it comes to matters of opinion. In the case of big-budget blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice , critics by and large seem to have failed pretty miserably . The movie was panned by pros, earning it an abysmal 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While their terrible reviews may very well have impacted audience sentiment, they did precious little to actually dissuade anyone from seeing the movie — it racked up nearly $873 million globally at the box office, making it the 46th highest grossing film in history. And speaking of history... history is now repeating itself and giving us another gentle reminder that movie critics are pretty much useless. DON'T MISS:  How to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 on your iPhone or iPad without ever connecting to a PC Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was just released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download. Following the continued onslaught of critical panning long after the movie's theatrical debut, the film's new release on disc must have been impacted, right? Well, according to sales charts assembled by industry monitor NPD VideoScan First Alert, Batman v Superman sailed to the top of the disc charts in its first week of availability last week. The market research firm said that 70% of BvS disc sales were the pricier Blu-ray as opposed to DVD, which makes sense considering the special three-hour extended cut of the movie is only available on disc in the "Ultimate Edition" Blu-ray for the time being (though it's also available as a digital download). Here's NPD's top-20 for last week: 1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (New) 2. Allegiant 3. Miracles From Heaven 4. Zootopia 5. Kung Fu Panda 3 6. Deadpool 7. Ghostbusters 8. Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens 9. The Perfect Match (New) 10. Kill Zone 2 (New) 11. The Bourne Classified Collection 12. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 13. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 14. London Has Fallen 15. Gods of Egypt 16. Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League — Gotham City Breakout 17. Now You See Me 18. Ghostbusters 2 19. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 20. The Goonies The  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  Ultimate Edition Blu-ray is being sold on Amazon for $25 , but the three-hour extended cut can also be purchased as a digital HD download for $19.99 .

Apple’s secretive car project to focus more on autonomous driving software

In an interesting but not altogether surprising turn of events, Apple is reportedly recalibrating the focus and underlying goal of its long-rumored car initiative. According to a new  report from Bloomberg , the primary focus of Apple’s car-oriented R&D will now center on developing advanced software capable of powering self-driving cars of the future. In turn, Apple will divert some attention away from its original goal of developing and manufacturing a branded car of its own. To help push things along, the report adds that Apple recently tapped Dan Dodge to join Project Titan, the not-so-secretive name of the company’s automotive team. While not a household name, Dodge represents an intriguing and exciting hire for Apple. Prior to signing up to work at 1 Infinite Loop, Dodge served as the top dog within BlackBerry’s automotive software division. And before that, Dodge served as both the founder and CEO of  QNX, a company that BlackBerry acquired outright a few years ago. DON’T MISS: Leaked photos of iPhone 7’s headphone adapter emerge Notably, QNX software currently provides the brains behind many of the entertainment and navigation systems used by some of the world’s largest auto manufacturers today, including Ford and Volkswagen. On a related note, word emerged earlier in the week that venerable Apple executive Bob Mansfield was recently tapped to spearhead Project Titan, a move which, according to many, signals that Apple is dead serious about entering the automotive space in some capacity. As it stands now, Apple’s car team employees hundreds of researchers and engineers with expertise and broad experience across all facets of the automotive design, development and manufacturing process. That notwithstanding, developing a car – from start to finish – is a herculean task and Apple has reportedly suffered its fair share of setbacks over the past few months. To this point, Bloomberg reports: Apple has hundreds of engineers working on car design and has been targeting a release as soon as 2020. That goal has been affected by multiple departures, technical delays and confusion regarding the direction of the project, according to people with knowledge of the efforts. While Apple reportedly remains open to the idea of developing its own car, developing automotive software has become the top priority, at least for the time being.

Leaked photos of iPhone 7’s headphone adapter emerge

Unless Apple has a last-minute change of heart, the iPhone 7 will ship this coming September without a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. And given how reliable and universal the tried and true headphone jack is, Apple’s rumored decision to banish it from existence has understandably created a firestorm of debate. Seeking to soften the blow, recent reports suggest that Apple will ship a Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle inside of every iPhone 7 box. With the iPhone 7 unveiling just a little bit more than a month away, we’re starting to see images and video which purport to show us what the aforementioned dongle is going to look like. DON'T MISS: Ultimate Pokemon Go cheat lets you walk anywhere in the game without moving an inch The video and photos below were originally spotted by MacRumors and allegedly emanate from a Foxconn factory in Vietnam. While everything is purely speculative at this point, the dongle does have an Apple style aesthetic. More importantly, the dongle itself doesn’t appear to be unreasonably clunky, though it may lend itself to getting lost more readily than we would like. All the same, for iPhone users who a) can’t stand Apple’s white earbuds or b) still aren’t overwhelmingly keen on Bluetooth headphones, a free lightning-to-3.5mm dongle will have to do. Additionally, the video below demonstrates how when the dongle is connected to an iPad running iOS 9, an incompatibility error message pops up; but when it’s connected to a device running iOS 10, everything works seamlessly. While this doesn’t conclusively prove that the depicted dongle is legit, it’s certainly a compelling piece of evidence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xUrs2XIf_g

Yep, Apple can make the iPhone uglier

The iPhone is often regarded as the trendsetter in the smartphone business. Whatever Apple does with its phone tends to set design trends for the next couple years: plastic became glass, which gave way to the unibody metal phones everyone is churning out now. Despite that, the iPhone is far from perfect, and the last two generations are a testament to that. There’s some “ugly” in both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s series, represented by the antenna lines on the back, and that protruding rear camera. But if you thought Apple couldn't make the iPhone any uglier than that, then you’d be wrong. How wrong? Well, look at this. DON’T MISS: Leak may have just confirmed the secret Apple had up its sleeve for the iPhone 7 A recently uncovered patent suggests a way the iPhone could be made less appealing by putting some sort of Apple Watch-like digital crown button on its side. The patent application, first discovered by Patently Apple , details technology that would help Apple add a “rotary input” button on an iPad. The same sort of button could be added to an iPhone. In case you were wondering, the renders above from Antonio De Rosa ( via 9to5Mac ) show how an iPhone with a digital crown on the side would look like. The patent explains that the rotary input would work pretty much like the digital crown on the Apple Watch. The button could be used to adjust the volume or resize text, while the push feature would be able to offer additional features, including locking and unlocking the screen or taking a photo. As always with patents, we’ll remind you that not everything that gets patented is turned into commercial products. That’s also valid for Apple patents. In fact, Apple is rumored to be interested in removing all the physical buttons from the iPhone. The functions performed by physical buttons could be incorporated within a bigger, curved, wraparound display , that would offer 3D Touch / Force Touch support. Even in this newly discovered patent application, there’s a hint that future iOS devices might not have physical buttons. “In some examples, the device may not have a border region and may instead have a surface composed only of touch screen,” one sentence reads.

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

Believe it or not, there are more iPhone apps out there than just Pokemon Go. We know, it's difficult to believe, but it's true. In fact, there are more than a million other apps out there. On Thursday's list of paid iOS apps on sale for free you'll find 10 apps that are not Pokemon Go, but they're still pretty cool. You'll also find a few more freebies in yesterday's post if you head back there and check it out. MUST WATCH:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before 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. Simpler Contacts Pro Normally $4.99. * Over 3,000,000 people love Simpler :) Your address book is a mess? Simpler will fix it in few seconds! MAIN FEATURES ○ Merge all duplicate contacts with one tap! ○ Powerful Search ○ Save your own contact groups ○ Instantly send group text & email ○ Share your groups with colleagues, friends and family ○ One tap to backup your contacts! ○ Quickly find the contacts you need Simpler is a completely redesigned contacts app that makes your address book light, smart and user friendly. SIMPLY MERGE DUPLICATE CONTACTS ○ Merge all duplicate contacts with one tap! ○ Find & merge contacts with similar names. ○ Find & Merge contacts with duplicate phone or email. CLEANUP ○ Remove contacts without name ○ Remove contacts without phone & email BACKUP ○ One tap to backup your contacts! ○ Quickly export your backups to Dropbox, Google Drive, Email ○ Keep your contacts safe in the cloud! ○ Easily restore your contacts from any mobile device! ○ Move contacts between accounts (Exchange, iCloud, Local Address Book) GROUPS ○ Save your own contact groups ○ Instantly send group text & email ○ Share your groups with colleagues, friends and family SMART DIALER ○ Beautiful dialer to call and add new contacts ○ T9 Dialer - quickly search by name & numbers ○ Quickly find the contacts you need FAVORITES ○ Simply choose your Favorite contacts ○ One tap to: Voice Call / Text / FaceTime / Email SMART FILTERS ○ Quickly find the contacts you need ○ Filter contacts by Company & Job title ○ Filter contacts by upcoming birthday & creation date AVAILABLE IN 15 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES English, Español, Français, Italiano, Deutsch, Português (Br.), 中文 (Simplified), 中文 (Traditional), 日本語, 한국어, Nederlands, Русский, Türkçe, العربية, עברית Simpler offers unlimited backups for your address book To keep your contacts even more protected, turn on Simpler to save every single change in your contact list, even when you are not using the app. Simpler allows you to restore your contacts from any mobile device for $9.99 a year through an auto-renewing subscription. Subscriptions will be charged to your credit card through your iTunes account. Your subscription will automatically renew unless cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period You will not be able to cancel a subscription during the active period. You can manage your subscriptions in the Account Settings after purchase. Download Simpler Contacts Pro Stickman Revenge3 Normally $4.99. Stickman Revenge – a revenge game with thrilling fighting action scenes brings you terrific experience. Let’s enjoy your time as a furious fighter. Stickman Revenge is a fury revenge of Stick, who lost his family in a night by a Dark Power. Stick struggled to survive and started chasing after these rivals. Let’s incarnation into Stickman to fight and save the world! The Warrior started! This is the best Stickman Games than ever, you will joy the Stickman War and fight to survive. It is the Stickman Fighting game that you should try, everything is interesting! STORY: Play this fast paced highly attractive and addictive game “Stickman Ninja Fight. This story is about a ninja warrior who is very skilled and powerful. No one stood a chance against him in the Battlefield .No one could defeat him in the battlefield he was out of their League .He was a master of advance ninja warfare.But the ninja warrior had only one weakness "LOVE". The ninja warrior love a beautiful girl but some evil assassins samurai kidnapped the girl and now ninja warrior is outraged and on a rampage to save his love. Download Stickman Revenge3 Ananda Normally $1.99. Ananda helps you concentrate, focus and work with progressive binaural tones and high quality peaceful sounds. -Enhance your brainwaves Choose from one of Ananda’s numerous binaural programs to focus,concentrate or brainstorm. Each program comes with binaural beats designed to help you reach a specific mood or state of mind. -Discover a new ambiance every time Each session provides a subtly fresh, new ambiance. A unique combination of nature sounds, chants, mantras and peaceful bells is generated on top of binaural tones every time you start Ananda. Main Features - 4 Binaural programs - Creativity - Deep Meditation - Lucid Dreaming - Intuition - Short description and benefits of every binaural program - High quality nature and peaceful sounds - Choose the sounds you prefer - Sounds are mixed together in a new way for every session - Simple and minimalist design - Information on brainwaves and binaural tones included in the app Download now and let us know how Ananda Focus & Attention helps you in your daily activities. *For more binaural beats program: - Check the Ananda - Meditate, Focus & Relax - PREMIUM - Or try the free version of Ananda - Meditate, Focus & Relax Download Ananda ClearScanner Pro Normally $3.99. Turn your iPhone into a high quality document scanner with ClearScanner! USER REVIEWS: • "I've used many others scanner before! But nothing is so beautiful like this one! I'm really impressed and suggest everyone to try it at least once!" • "Professional-quality results + fast and easy to use" • "Superb Quality, Intuitive Interface" Scan Everything With ClearScanner you can scan any type of document, receipts, bills, books, magazines, whiteboards and classes notes, or any other paper you can think of, transform it into PDF format and share it right from your device. "Snap to Edge" feature for automatic document edge detection ClearScanner will auto-detect the edges of the paper, but the slick drag-and-snap guides will help you fine tune the dimensions. Extremely Fast Processing ClearScanner uses advanced fast algorithms to accurately auto-detect document edges, straighten the documents (correct perspective), eliminate shadows and equalizes brightness to create clear. Whether the image is color or black and white, ClearScanner will keep the highest resolution. Features + Automatic document edge detection and perspective correction + Extremely Fast Processing + Professional quality results with multiple filter options: photo, document, clear, color or black&white + Flexible editing, able to edit file after save + Document naming, storage inside the app and search + Adding or Deleting one page or the whole document + Page reordering after adding or deleting + Set page sizes for PDF (Letter, Legal, A4, and more) + Email specific pages or whole document + Print Pdf file via Cloud Print + Open PDFs or JPEGs in other apps such as Dropbox, OneDrive, SkyDrive, Google Drive, Evernote, etc to send to clouds ClearScanner: a little app that scans everything! Download ClearScanner Pro Music tube pro Normally $2.99. We are the best & most powerful YouTube client for your iPhone. Try it for FREE and you will love it. • Optimized for the new iOS 9 and iPhone 6s & 6s+. Force touch gesture to access shortcuts from home screen • Optimized for iPad Picture in Picture (Play from home screen) Split View, Multitasking. Watch videos while using other apps!!! • Search and Play YouTube Videos without login • OR Access your YouTube account. Everything in the app is synced with your YouTube account so you can access all your playlists and likes from your computer too! We encourage logging in as that removes user limitations on YouTube API Quotas. • Change playback speed to play video in slow motion (watching game replays) or fast motion (watching reviews of products) • Video can be played in a small player in the corner while you are browsing videos. The mini player can be moved around the screen. Swiping it off the left edge of the screen closes the mini player and video. • Search for millions of videos or playlists available in YouTube. You can narrow down your search filters by views, time, likes and more! • Search autocomplete & history makes it easier to search for videos and playlists • Easily access all the new videos from your Subscriptions. • Just swipe to view all your subscribed channels in side menu • Access Trending, Top Charts, multiple Genres (Music, Movies, TV Shows, Trailers etc), History easily. • Add videos to watch later list • UNLIMITED Playlists for all your music needs! • Advanced Queue management which videos can be added, removed and reordered from. You can even Repeat, Shuffle your queue! • Easily Like, Comment, Reply to Comments, Share videos with others • Watching videos in bed? No Problem! We even have a fully customizable sleep timer which automatically stops the playback after the set time! We have you covered ;) • Clean and Gorgeous UI makes it easier to find what you are searching for in as few taps as possible Download Music tube pro ChordUp Normally $4.99. ChordUp is a chord musical instrument and MIDI controller for live performance. With more than 100 available chords you can play almost any song spontaneously without any pre-configuration. Play easily any chord pattern: full chords, bass and chord, strumming, arpeggios, power chords, etc. Control your favorite synthesizer or sampler though MIDI. Go to http://chordup.info to get more information FEATURES • 108 available chords (9 chord types for each of the 12 notes). • 10 embedded instruments: Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, Guitar, Organ, Accordion, Vibraphone, Strings, 3 synth sounds. • 12 pads surface (for long arpeggios, bass, bass and chord patterns) • 6 strings surface (for guitar strumming, power chords and arpeggios) • Expression pad surface (allows to play full chord and control an expression parameter at the same time) • Smart sustain. With the sustain enabled, when you switch chords, only the notes of the current chord that don't belong to the next chord are muted. • Octave shifting. • Chord locking. You can lock one chord type for a chord button. • Buttons size adjustment on iPad. • Virtual MIDI and Wi-Fi MIDI support. Download ChordUp Run In Crowd Normally $0.99. "Run In Crowd" is a indie game where you race alongside other players in a new world each day. Tap to jump and double-jump. Longer you tap, higher your runner jumps. Avoid obstacles and try to run longer distance than other. Features: * Multiplayer - you race alongside other players * Level generation - you run in a new world each day * Simple and addictive gameplay with simple controls * Achievements Download Run In Crowd Power Hover Normally $3.99. Power Hover is an action game about hoverboarding robots! Jump on your gravity defying hoverboard and explore over 30 hand crafted levels full of surprises! ***** 148apps 4.5/5 | AppAdvice 4.5/5 | TouchArcade 4/5 | Stuff.tv 5/5 | AppleNApps 4.5/5 | PocketGamer 8/10 ***** HOVERBOARDS. ROBOTS. ADVENTURE. DANGER! “Marty McFly would certainly approve” -The Guardian “Power Hover grabs hold and never lets go” (5/5) -Stuff tv “The simple visuals are some of the best I've seen this year” (Silver award) -Pocketgamer “Practically begs you to hit the replay button” (4.5/5) -148apps “The physics and gameplay are awesome” (95/100) -Duuro Magazine Defy gravity and enjoy the freedom of controlling an hoverboard! Navigate your way through the desolate world, avoid the hazards and collect the energy! Unfold the story of odd and desolate robot-world... FEATURES • Defy Gravity and Enjoy the freedom of controlling a hoverboard. • Enjoy beautiful pseudo-low-poly art style. • Beat the Levels full of surprises and challenges. • Experience the story, told through small interactive cutscenes. • Explore the beautiful landscapes and multiple different themes. • Compete with your friends on the endless Boss levels and Challenge mode • An original soundtrack from the Retry musician Ted Striker. Download Power Hover The Wallpaper Maker Pro Normally $0.99. •Featured in Mashable.com as one of the "7 Apps to Create Custom iPhone Wallpaper"! '"The Wallpaper Maker" is a seriously no-frills free app -- it's useful for creating text-based wallpapers' - Amy-Mae Elliot "Mashable.com" The Wallpaper Maker 2.0 has been completely rebuilt from the ground up to incorporate new and fun features, and guess what, updates will be FREE! With The Wallpaper Maker, you can make your wallpaper however you want. You can use your memorable pictures from your photo library OR use one of the cool backgrounds that come with the app! Then simply put in your favorite quote, an inspiring message, or anything you can come up with in whichever font and font color you choose. You can even use the masking feature, maybe fiddle around with our new effects to make your wallpapers even better! It's really easy to make a beautiful wallpaper in minutes! Use the hashtag #TheWallpaperMaker to show off your wallpaper and join our "Wallpaper of the day" contests! FEATURES • 35 Amazing fonts! • Add multiple captions! • Vintage Font pack with 12 Beautiful Retro Fonts! • Image masking feature • Change opacity of the background or captions! • Blur backgrounds to create a more artistic wallpaper • Import from your photo library or camera • Share your images on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! • Beautifully designed for iOS 7! • Elegant user interface • Free wallpapers out of the box • Easy to Use, hassle free • Future updates will include more Font Packs and Wallpapers! • Full RGB color picker! • Optimized for iPhone 5 and 5S • Exciting updates to come! Download The Wallpaper Maker Pro SwipeList Pink Normally $1.99. SwipeList Pink is the most simple, intuitive & awesome way to manage your tasks you’ve ever seen. And it's Pink! With SwipeList Pink you easily can: Create your todo lists, guest lists, shopping lists etc. Group your tasks by colour Set each task’s priority by changing it’s colour with only one tap Set your tasks in needful order by just dragging and replacing them Enjoy it’s convenient controls, pleasant animation and sounds Make your task-managing process quick, productive and enjoyable! Download SwipeList Pink

Samsung Electronics tips 'solid' second-half profits on components pickup

Samsung Electronics tips 'solid' second-half profits on components pickup

By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it expects solid earnings to continue in the second half of 2016, with stronger components demand likely offsetting heightened margin pressures for smartphones. The world's No. 1 maker of smartphones and memory chips said mobile profits would weaken in the second half after soaring 57 percent in April-June, and flagged higher marketing costs to combat new products from rivals. While smartphone earnings looked choppy, Samsung said the components business would buttress second-half earnings amid signs of recovery in memory chip and display panel prices after a global slowdown in gadget sales.

7 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Apple's third-party mobile app ecosystem is the best in the business, but that doesn't mean you should have to pay an arm and a leg to get good iPhone and iPad apps. Thanks to our series on paid iOS apps that go on sale for free, you can keep all your appendages and enjoy some sweet new apps every day. Today's post includes 7 limited-time sales, and you'll find a few more remaining freebies in yesterday's post as well. MUST WATCH:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before 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. Stickman Football Normally $0.99. American Football!, designed in a way you never played it before. Be part of the action, be the Quaterback, control your player directly. Tired of just choosing moves from the playbook? Meet Stickman Football, play and directly control your favorite hero in every detail, tackle, pass, run or trick the defenders while going for your first touchdown! Stickman Football finally joins the well known Stickman Sports game collection consisting of Stickman Soccer, Stickman Soccer 2014, Stickman Tennis, Stickman Tennis 2015, Stickman Basketball and Stickman Ice Hockey. Experience pure football fun with fast paced gameplay, an astonishing atmosphere, stunning smooth animations, simple controls, insane action and tons of replay value. Choose your favorite football team and rank up while playing various seasons, cups in spectacular stadiums or simple dominate in a quick game or future football style matches. You have full control over your players with manual running, passing and tackling your opponents. Choose your favorite football team from more than 32 different skilled teams and lead them to glory! • Stickman Football supports MOGA and other iOS 7 MFi game controllers • From the makers of various top hits like Stickman Soccer, Stickman Basketball, Stickman Downhill, Stick Stunt Biker, Stickman Tennis, Stickman Cliff Diving, Stickman Base Jumper, Rope'n'Fly and more... Features • Bone-breaking tackling action • Selectable tactics: short or long passes, running, punt, field goals, … • Quick game and tutorial mode with football rules explained by your coach. • Different season modes: Short Season, Long Season, The Bowl, Djinnworks Cup, North-West Cup, South-East Cup, Top 8 Tournament • Bonus Future Football game • 32 football teams to choose from • Various stadiums and configurable game time • 4 difficulty levels for longterm motivation (easy, medium, hard, pro) • Simple yet powerful touch controls with timing control • Match statistics • Smooth animations with 60 frames per second • Compete with your friends with the integrated world ranking leaderboard • Various achievements to unlock • MOGA and MFI Game Controller support • Pure football action! Download Stickman Football Stickman Ice Hockey Normally $1.99. Experience pure hockey fun with fast paced gameplay, an astonishing atmosphere, stunning smooth animations, simple controls, insane action and tons of replay value. Choose your favorite hockey team and rank up while playing various seasons, cups or simple dominate in a quick game or a open air classic mode. Play with or without Icing and Offside rules for real arcade fun. Decide whether you want full control over your players with manual running and shoot timing or use the automatic running mode where you have control over precise pass timing and watch your players body-check your opponents. Choose your favorite hockey team from more than 46 different skilled national and international teams and lead them to glory! FEATURES • Bone-breaking body-checks • Quick Game and Training Mode • Different season modes: Short Season, Long Season, World Cup, Djinnworks Cup, Westcoast Cup, Eastcoast Cup • Bonus Open Air Classic game • 46 National and International hockey teams to choose from • Various ice rinks and configurable game time • 4 difficulty levels for longterm motivation (easy, medium, hard, pro) • Choose to play with or without Icing and Offside rules. • Simple yet powerful touch controls with timing control • Automatic or Manual Running • Match statistics • Smooth animations with 60 frames per second • Compete with your friends with the integrated world ranking leaderboard • Various achievements to unlock • MOGA and MFI Game Controller support Download Stickman Ice Hockey Kiwi Normally $3.99. Kiwi for iOS 8 is the best way to create and share beautiful, fully-functional custom keyboards for your iOS device. Combine an array of endless colors in vibrant gradients, add your own exciting background images, apply blur effects, and select from over 200 unique keyboard fonts! Enjoy Kiwi's unique autocorrection capabilities and easily swipe between letters, emoji, and special characters. Best of all, you can easily share your favorite keyboard creations for anyone to download and use! Note: Kiwi requires Full Access in Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Kiwi. This allows the Kiwi app to display your custom keyboard as the system wide keyboard. We value your privacy and we do not collect any data that you type — all of that stays on your device. Once you've enabled Full Access, tap the globe icon on the bottom left of your keyboard to see your newly created Kiwi keyboard! Download Kiwi Units Plus Converter Normally $2.99. SWAP units by swiping or double tapping center of label OPTIMIZED for Retina display - works on 3.5 inches and new 4 inches screens. ***Now with LIVE Currency Updates for all major currencies in the world*** Very simple and beautifully designed unit converter with 12 categories and many different units: CONVERT: *Area *Currency (155 world currencies updated every 15 min.) *Data-computer data (byte, kilobyte, megabyte, etc.) *Fuel-milage *Length *Power *Pressure *Speed *Temperature *Time (days, weeks, hours, etc.) *Volume (dry and wet) *Weight-mass Currency exchange rates are downloaded every 15 minutes when app is open. Every download uses very small amount of data. Around 1-2kb. Internet connection required. 155 currencies available - This is all world currencies with their respective country flags. Download Units Plus Converter Hatchi Normally $0.99. Hatchi is a retro-looking iPhone and watch app sure to get the nostalgia burning for all those who cared for a virtual pet back in the 1990s when they were at the height of their popularity. Just as with the keychain-sized pets of the 90s, iPhone, iPod and iPad users now will feed, clean, play with and generally look after their pets to ensure they grow up to be healthy, happy little Hatchis. He needs YOU! *** Featured on Touch Arcade Best iPhone and iPad Games*** Your Hatchi monster will go through several stages of growth, and will look different depending on the type of care the player provides. There are also NEW EGGS you can get which give you all new types of Hatchi! Customise your Hatchi!! You can: * Choose different backgrounds like the park or the beach! * Use stickers to customise the background to give Hatchi a better environment! * Change the color of your Hatchi's pixels! How will YOU customise your Hatchi? Play mini games!! including: * The Hatchi Matchi memory game * Hatchi Squares - play against your Hatchi! * Roshambo - What Hatchi will you pick? * Hatchi Catchi - move your Hatchi to catch falling food * Its raining meds - avoid the meds! * Whack a Hatchi - whack as many as you can! and now our ALL NEW MULTIPLAYER BATTLING GAME!! Play Hatchi Battle with your Game Center friends and see who wins! Feed, clean, play and watch it evolve over several days. Download Hatchi Rune Gems Normally $1.99. Rune Gems is an excellent, well-presented game, friendly to both long and short play sessions. Five Star from -insidemobileapps.com The whole game is well executed and we really love to tap on one of the runes, for the animation is so smooth. Five Star from -fun2tap.com Rune Gems is a new & unique puzzle game. HOW TO PLAY: 1.You have a tray that holds 7 tiles. 2.Any tile you tap goes into your tray. 3.All tiles that enter your tray are automatically sorted by color and once you have EXACTLY 3 matching tiles of one of one color, those 3 tiles disappear and you score some points. If you happen to tap on too many unmatched tiles so as to clog up the tray with no way to form a group of three matching tiles from the available tiles on the board, the game ends the second you add that 7th tile and it isn't immediately part of an existing set. A little trick: Since a grouping can NEVER be more than 3, is to simply match as many triplets as fast as possible for an escalating speed combo bonus...but be careful, if in your haste you end up tapping on 4 red pieces, that 4th piece will now sit on the tray clogging stuff up until you find it two more partners. So always be mindful of what you put on the tray and make sure you can match it off quickly or letting it clog the flow up a bit is worth it if it is blocking your access to many other tiles underneath. Download Rune Gems Wrap Camera HD Normally $0.99. The ultimate Picture Editor has been rebuilt from scratch to make your experience more exciting. This update is not just an update, it is a new app that runs much, much faster and has a ton of new filters and effects. Wrap Camera HD is combining the fun of playing with photos and serious picture editing on-the-go. Probably the most complete picture editing tool with its more than 450 filters and effects, all function are sorted for a better workflow. Professional tools like Histogram, Gamma Correction and Tonecurve come together with one touch corrections and tools like QuickSharp, Color Correction, Chroma and various lights. Read comments from reviewers from before we turned the app into a stunning experience (and imagine what you miss if you don't get it): > Angela LaFollette, 148Apps: "Turn Pictures into works of art" > TUAW (The Unofficial apple weblog): "Wrapcam is a clever and unique photo editor for ios" > App4Phone: "Edit photos like a true professional" > Appshine: "Unleash your imagination and let it free" > Rebecca MacLary from appPicker: "Wrap Camera has some of the best and different effects I’ve seen in a photo editing app." Of course users agree with the reviewers verdict using words like: + Incredible + Beautiful + Awesome work + Never had so much fun + I think that now don't miss anything!! All these comments are from previous versions, be sure to get this completely revamped photo editing suite. It is aimed to statisfy every possible need! All filters and effects are sorted in various categories. That means if you need a one touch effect or filter, you find them all in the same place. Or if you are looking for something more professional for dedicated work you can access these tools with another touch. One Touch correction and clarity tools include - but are not limited to: - Toon and Smooth Toon - Chroma - Kuwahara - Amatorka - Vignette - Emboss - Sepia - Tilt Shift - Blur - sharpen/Unsharpen and a lot more. There are one touch finishing filters too, we call them Finesse: - Quick Sharp - Tone Up - Dim - Exposure - Reverse - Decolor and tons of others. Collage: No photo app is complete without a collage, there is a well sorted set of different collages with individual zoom and move functions. Picture Blending allows to create spicy artworks, that's why there are more than 20 different blend modes, varying from simple add and multiply to advanced eChroma, Poisson, ColorBurn and Dissolving. The editor section allows serious picture editing with Gamma Correction, White Balance, Hue and Saturation Control and even dedicted ToneCurve. The editor includes more tools like free rotation, cropping, enhancing, brightness and contrast control. Smoothing and Patching are perfect to tamper with selfies and for face tuning, for privacy you can switch off the geo tag directly from within the app. Use the histogram to stay in control. There was a need to include Face Swapping, that's why we included a LOL button. That's where you find it together with a Green Wall. Even if you don't have access to a green box, it still is fun to play with :) General corrections are called lights, a bunch can be used for various corrections or to imitate behaviour of certain film rolls or lenses from various devices. And not to forget Overlay to create stunning effects, there are so many of them that you will be busy just scrolling through them. For the icing on the cake, try Watercolors, Stickers and Splash Painting, you definitely will like it! Download Wrap Camera HD

Set aside your eulogies, Apple’s iPad isn’t dead just yet

The iPad burst onto the tech scene in 2010 like a runaway train with no brakes, quickly and easily breaking every type of consumer electronics sales record imaginable. The narrative at the time was that Steve Jobs and Apple had done it again: whereas many other companies had previously tried and failed to successfully bring a tablet to market, Apple's iPad -- like the iPod and the iPhone before it -- managed to single-handedly create a new market out of thin air. DON'T MISS:  Weird iOS glitch lets you make all your iPhone folders round — you have to try it! In fact, the iPad's upwards trajectory was so impressive that the narrative quickly shifted from "the iPad is amazingly successful" to "the iPad is going to replace the PC!" But as the tablet market matured and the years went by, iPad sales began to fall. At first, the decline was subtle. But soon, the decline was stark and all but impossible to ignore. A few months ago, we opined that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro was Apple's last chance to save the iPad line, if only because a number of previous efforts to boost sales and revenue had all failed. Well, four months later, it appears that wrapping up the 12.9-inch iPad Pro's features into a 9.7-inch form factor was a shrewd move. Per Apple's earnings report yesterday, year over year revenue from iPad sales increased for the first time in nearly two years. Specifically, revenue for the quarter checked in at $4.87 billion, a 7% increase from the same quarter a year-ago. Is a 7% revenue increase earth-shattering? Not really, but consider this: During Apple's June 2015 quarter, the company's iPad line experienced a 23% year-over-year decline in revenue. And during Apple's June 2014 quarter, iPad revenue experienced an 8% year-over-year decline. In other words, the 7% revenue increase may be small, but it signals that there's still a bit of life left in Apple's venerable tablet. What's more, Apple sold more iPads during the quarter gone by than analysts were anticipating -- 9.9 million units vs. a consensus of 9.2 million units. So for the time being, the iPad isn't dead in the water just yet. Having said that, the real litmus test will occur over the next two quarters where we'll see if this recent quarter was simply a temporary exception or perhaps the start of a nice little comeback.

Apple’s services category will be the ‘size of a Fortune 100 company’ next year

Apple's earnings for its June 2016 quarter gave investors a whole lot to cheer about. Even though iPhone, iPad and Mac sales were all down compared to the same quarter a year-ago, Apple's quarter was not nearly as grim as many investors were anticipating. What's more, there was a familiar bright spot amidst Apple's earnings report yesterday -- revenue from the company's various line of Services. DON'T MISS:  How to find Pokemon even when Pokemon Go’s nearby tracker is broken For the quarter gone by, revenue from Apple's array of services -- Apple Music, Apple Pay, iTunes, the Mac App Store and the App Store -- checked in at $5.97 billion, an impressive 19% increase from the year-ago quarter. In fact, revenue from Apple's services category raked in more cash than both the Pad ($4.8 billion) and the Mac ($4.2 billion). So while some analysts continue to blindly focus on hardware sales when evaluating Apple's financial health, it's important to really take a close look at how successful Apple has become at leveraging its ever-increasing pool of iOS users. Consider this: Apple to date has doled out more than $50 billion to App Store developers over the past eight years. Breaking things down a bit more, it took Apple approximately 6 years and 6 months before it reached the $25 billion mark. The next $25 billion came just 18 months later. In other words, App Store revenue isn't just increasing, it's accelerating at an unprecedented clip. Speaking to this point, Apple CEO Tim Cook during Apple's earnings conference call yesterday boasted that Apple's services category would soon be the size of a Fortune 100 company. "In the last twelve months," Cook said,  "our services revenue is up almost $4 billion year-on-year to $23.1 billion and we expect it to be the size of a Fortune 100 company next year." While much of this revenue comes from the App Store and Apple Music, it's worth mentioning that Apple Pay is also becoming increasingly popular. According to Apple, the number of users taking advantage of Apple Pay has increased by a staggering 400% year over year. Looking ahead, Cook slyly added that Apple continues to pour R&D dollars into services that haven't even launched yet.

LG Display guides for earnings recovery after second-quarter slump

LG Display guides for earnings recovery after second-quarter slump

By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd on Wednesday guided for a second-half earnings recovery, signaling a pickup for the struggling panel industry as clients prepare to launch new gadgets such as smartphones. The firm also unveiled plans to invest 1.99 trillion won ($1.75 billion) to boost production of organic light-emitting diode screens for mobile devices, as smartphone makers increasingly adopt the next-generation technology. "Overall profitability in the second half of the year is expected to further improve due to stabilized panel prices," LG Display Chief Financial Officer Don Kim said in a statement.

How to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 on your iPhone or iPad without ever connecting to a PC

Chinese iPhone hackers just released a new jailbreak tool for the latest versions of iOS and not one day later, we already have a better option. On Monday we told you about the newly updated Pangu jailbreak tool , which offered anyone with a Windows PC a means to jailbreak an iPhone or iPad running any version of iOS from iOS 9.2 through to the just-released iOS 9.3.3. There are some big caveats beyond the need for a Windows PC though, namely that this was a "semi-untethered" jailbreak that require a few extra steps each time a phone is rebooted. Now, just one day later, there's a new and improved jailbreak that could be the simplest way to jailbreak and iPhone that we've seen in years. MUST WATCH:  iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro look hotter than ever in new leaked video In a video created by YouTube's resident jailbreak tutorial maker iCrackUriDevice, we get a full walkthrough of how to use JailbreakMe9.com, a new tool that lets iPhone and iPad users jailbreak their phones using a mobile website accessible through Safari. It really doesn't get any easier than this. There are still a few caveats you'll want to make note of — this jailbreak is still semi-untethered for the time being — but it's very straightforward. The full video is embedded below, and then you'll find a timeline so you can skip around to the parts you need. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4c3c4JTZeg 0:05 - Jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 - NO Computer 0:32 - Dev Enterprise ‘Warning’ 1:33 - Supported Devices 2:09 - Supported Firmwares 2:33 - Credits 2:49 - Visit JailbreakMe9.com 3:45 - Trust The Certificate 4:07 - IMPORTANT Jailbreak STEPS! 5:51 - Opening Cydia! 6:42 - Incompatible Tweaks Warning! 6:58 - Rebooting and Semi Untethered 7:26 - MUST WATCH AFTER Jailbreak! 7:52 - How to Reboot w/ Semi Untether 9:42 - Summary: Follow for Updates

Samsung S7 Active review: I can’t kill this indestructible smartphone

I remember when I first started writing about technology, my boss at the time told me all about how he protected his Nokia N97 by keeping it in a fleece-lined pocket with daily cleanings, just in case the camera accumulated dust or scratches. I've never been remotely that careful with a gadget. My phones have been dropped, scratched, soaked, and for one unlucky handset, immersed in a bucket of paint. Phones like the indestructible Samsung Galaxy S7 Active are phones for people like me. DON'T MISS:  Nexus 6P prices slashed across the board in this huge sale On first glance, the S7 Active just looks like a regular Galaxy S7 but in a rugged case. The screen, guts, and basically everything apart from the body are all the same as the regular S7. A couple differences do stand out. There's three physical buttons along the bottom, just like the Android phones of yore. The back (on my version, at least) is camo-colored for extra mental ruggedness. One nice touch is an extra physical button on the left-hand side, which works as the shutter button in the camera app, and can be programmed for anything else during general use. The Galaxy S7 has been extensively reviewed before , so we're not going to go into the nuts and bolts of using a Galaxy S7 as a smartphone under normal conditions. Suffice to say that it's superbly fast, the screen is crystal clear, and Android continues to be excellent. Samsung's custom TouchWiz skin on Android continues to annoy me a little, but mostly it's an excellent phone, up there with the best that Apple and LG can make. But you don't buy a Galaxy S7 Active if you're interested in having a standard day-to-day phone. You buy the S7 Active because you life is filled with adventure, from canoeing unknown rivers to bushwacking through jungles or taking selfies while surfing. (I'm just reading between the lines of the marketing material that Samsung sent me here.) So the real question is: how does the S7 Active perform as a smartphone in less-than-ideal conditions? Pretty darn well, actually. The waterproofing, ruggedness and extra buttons are all useful and not in the slightest gimmicky. The S7 Active is specced to survive immersion in five feet of water for 30 minutes. Because I'm mildly sadistic, the first thing I did with the new phone was turn it on, start a 30-minute timer, and drop it to the bottom of a six-foot-deep pool. There's no port covers on the phone (a common feature on most other handsets), so I was a little dubious that the exposed microUSB port and 3.5mm jack would survive their little swim. Luckily for me, it functioned just fine afterwards. So I found a new game: skimming stones, only using a $800 smartphone instead of rocks. The rounded design and smooth back actually make the S7 Active ideal for skimming. With a strong wrist flick and good technique, you can get some quality water testing, followed by a solid hit on a stone wall. Allow me to demonstrate. Over the last month, I've immersion-tested this phone to spec three times, skipped it into a tile wall about 50, and run it over with a hatchback for good measure. Considering this is basically just a standard smartphone with waterproof ports and a built-in Otterbox, I'd say that's pretty good. It's worth mentioning that other publications have immersion-tested the S7 Active and had different results.  Consumer Reports   found that two S7 Actives they bought and immersion-tested stopped working after water got inside. Samsung blamed the problem on a manufacturing defect, which they say they've found and fixed. Any water-damaged phones are being replaced under warranty, for now. But it's not just that this phone survives screwing around in a pool -- it's legitimately useful in adventure. I've broken an iPhone screen before by just holding my phone when I go running, thanks to too much sweat.  [Ed note: ew.]  Capacitive touchscreens also have the tendency to stop working temporarily when they get a little bit damp, which can stop you from getting a good photo at the right time. Having the extra side button and the three physical buttons on the front make the phone a lot easier to use when you're wearing gloves or have sweaty hands. The chunky build means I'm not going to drop it, and if I do, I'm not worried about scratching the screen or shattering the glass. By the way, that camera is the same unit found in the regular Galaxy S7, and it's fantastic for adventure use. It has excellent dynamic range so nothing gets washed out in bright sunlight, the camera app is fast and responsive, and the AMOLED screen is excellent for framing shots in bright sunlight. As a piece of hardware to take to the beach with you, the S7 Active is the best phone out there. It manages to do that while also being a legitimate flagship phone to carry around for your 9-to-5, non-beach-based job. There's still a few drawbacks: the phone is an AT&T exclusive, so you're out of luck if you want to adventure on another network. AT&T has also loaded up the phone with too much of its own software, so you're in for a 10-minute deleting party when you first set it up. But overall, the S7 Active feels like Samsung has finally delivered on the concept it laid out with the first Galaxy Active phone years back: a no-compromises high-end Android phone that doesn't look out of place on your office desk. Provided you don't go with the camo color, of course.

BlackBerry unveils second, cheaper, Android device

BlackBerry unveils second, cheaper, Android device

By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd unveiled a second Android-based handset on Tuesday, a device combining Alphabet Inc's popular software and broad app catalog with the Canadian company's security and productivity features at a lower price. The faded smartphone pioneer is hoping the DTEK50 will sell in greater numbers than the Priv, its first phone using the Android operating system, which Chief Executive John Chen has said suffered because of its high price. The company said the 5.2-inch touchscreen-only DTEK50 is available from Tuesday for pre-order from BlackBerry's online shop in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and The Netherlands for $299.

9 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free right now

Following yesterday's post — where you'll find several freebies that are still available for download , mind you — we're back with yet another installment in our series covering paid iPhone and iPad apps that go on sale for free. We've selected the best of the bunch for Tuesday, and they're all laid out for you in the post below. MUST WATCH:  This is our best look yet at the 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. YoWindow Weather Normally $2.99. Accurate, beautiful weather with landscapes depicting weather, sky, season. YoWindow is a unique new weather app. The magic of YoWindow is a living landscape that reflects your actual weather. For instance, if it's raining - it rains in YoWindow. The sunset and the sunrise in YoWindow happens at exactly the same time as in real life. But the great thing is you can scroll the time forward. Just swipe the screen and you will see how the weather is going to change throughout the day. Simple! All the weather at your fingertips. You see the current weather, the forecast for today and for several days ahead. Beautiful! State of the art landscapes change depending on the season. The artwork is designed down to the smallest detail. Choose a landscape that fits best for your area. Handy! YoWindow is a window in your pocket =) The weather forecast is provided by yr.no and NWS - the leading meteorological organizations. Download YoWindow Weather gTasks Pro Normally $5.99. A SINGLE PURCHASE COVERS ALL YOUR IPHONE AND IPAD DEVICES. Sync your tasks with Google and across your Mac, iPhone & iPad devices. Never liked your tasks app? You’ll love this one :) MAIN FEATURES ● Sync your tasks with Google Tasks. ● Sync tasks between your iPhone & iPad devices. ● View your tasks and calendar events in one place. ● Keep your tasks organized with subtasks. ● Location based reminders such as when you leave your office. ● Set repeating tasks such as “Pay bills” every month. ● Universal app, designed both for iPhone and iPad. GOOGLE TASKS ● Naturally integrating into Google Calendar. ● No permanent internet connection required. The app will sync updated tasks as soon as an internet connection is available. ● Your tasks are backed up. ● Manage your tasks conveniently on your home/office PC, and have them synced to your iPhone/iPad and vice versa. ● Share tasks with your colleagues. Download gTasks Pro Don't Run With a Plasma Sword Normally $1.99. Run to save the world in this humoristic tribute to retro sci-fi movies! A fun, challenging runner with tons of content!! Start with a simple combat runner and evolve your gameplay to ultimately navigate masterfully through challenging level configurations and boss fights! - Over 700 000 downloads, 10 million games played! - Featured by Apple! - Covered on The Totally Rad Show! - What the press has to say: 4.5/5 touch arcade "From presentation to gameplay to overall fun factor, DRWAPS simply shines" 4.5/5 iFanzine "DRWAPS is the kind of genre mashup gold that we need to see more often in the App Store" 4/5 appspy "DRWAPS's book and try to provide an experience that goes beyond mindless platforming" 4/5 148Apps "DRWAPS is another solid endless runner with a little bit of action-platformer thrown in" 4.5/5 padgadget "DRWAPS is an action-packed infinite runner that fans of the genre won’t want to miss out on." 5/5 iphonegameruk "November Game of the Month" 4.5/5 apptudes "gorgeous and full of personality, it effortlessly blends platforming, action, and RPG elements into a fantastically entertaining experience" 5/5 app-score "DRWAPS is yet another running game that has used the iPhone to the best of it’s ability" 4/5 touchgen "DRWAPS is a fun entry in the endless running genre that brings both storyline, and humour to the table" 4/5 modojo "We grew tired of "runners" months ago, but DRWAPS renewed our faith in these types of games" 4.5/5 iPhone Alley "the amount of content that’s here is enough to satisfy any casual gamer or the ideal hardcore" 4.5/5 crasymikeapps "DRWAPS is a side scrolling platformer with more personality than most, leveraging excellent graphics and in depth gameplay" 4/5 iphoneappreviews "DRWAPS is one of those games that keeps your coming back for more, even once all upgrades are purchased" 4/5 AppsJP 4.5/5 backtothegeek "If you like runners, jump on it" ------------------------- For a long time Cornelius has been working at the local comic books stand shop. For about as long, he's been daydreaming about how somehow, someday, he'd become a Hero. After all, wasn't what the fortune cookie was saying, right? ... right? Fortunately the Aliens invasion would come just in time to provide with this opportunity... Don't Run is a breathtaking, retro sci-fi, combat based, funny sidescroller with tons of content. Anyway, what more can you ask for than running with a plasma sword, slicing-up invading aliens? ------------- Main Features ------------- - Universal App - Retina display - 5 environments: City, Factory, Mother ship, Alien Planet, Tandoori Moon - 2 Game Modes: - Story mode with fixed game progression, save points, boss fights and 3-stars rating system - Endless mode with 4 levels of difficulty, random map generation and objectives to accomplish - Did we say it? Boss fights! - Breathtaking action! Hundreds of small hand crafted map sections put together dynamically to make sure to bring out a maximum of diversity and generate a controlled difficulty progression. - A unique 3 buttons contextual controls scheme: jump, slide, slash which becomes double jump, dive and dash in the air - Several types of monster with their own gameplay, traps to avoid, power-ups and rewards to collect - Upgrades! Collect xp in game to level up your avatar on skills and avatar customization - Game Center leaderboard and achievements - Comic storyboards - Awesome soundtrack and sound effects - 2 supported languages, English and French Download Don't Run With a Plasma Sword Voice Secretary Normally $2.99. With Voice Secretary, you will never miss any important meeting or events even when you are engaged in busy business or driving a car. Use your own voice to record reminders, saving you time from typing and customizing your own alerts. Everything is readily available even when the app is turned off. It’s an amazing app which is worthy of owning for who want to remember everything quickly without typing. An awesome recorder is included also. "Voice Secretary app was included in our best reminder applications" -- AppPicker "Voice Secretary is One of Best Voice Secretary Business Apps in iTunes" -- ***** By AppDictions "Siri is good for setting appointments, but she can’t provide users with voice memos in those appointments, or allow those same voice memos to be emailed to others attending those appointments. The Voice Secretary has you covered with easy-to-make voice memos that can be referenced and shared inside appointments that are made inside this application." -- ***** by CrazyMike'sApps "Voice Secretary is a great app like the name itself. It's a voice alert app that allows you to use your own voice to remember everything. A great new twist in iOS voice alert app you have ever seen " -- ***** By Best10Apps "Not only this program is great but it saved me time.For my job the ability to sketch out ideas quickly and clearly, is of the upmost importance. Simple, elegant in design, very happy to have discovered her." -- ***** "Отличная прога.....использ на все 100%" -- ***** "음질 좋은편이고 멀티테스킹 및 화면 끈 상태서도 녹음되네요. 역시나 전화통화중은 안되는듯" -- ***** "这个软件设计很完善,而且能够通过语音来提醒,非常方便,能够按时提醒,非常实用,能够反复提醒,让每一件事情都能得到很好的安排。" -- ***** "..è lo strumento giusto per impostare promemoria alla velocità della luce anche quando ci si trova in macchina ed è meglio concentrarsi sulla guida. Non so come faccia ma si sincronizza anche con lagenda con Informant, validissima!" -- ***** "Die beste app die ich kenne und jeden Tag benutze weil es so unglaublich simple und schnell geht Erinnerungen zu erstellen ohne ewig lang tippen zu müssen..." ***** ........ More Features: - Time-saving. It helps you save lots of time. Just turn on the software, record, and set the time and everything is done. - Auto reminding. You can receive the reminders with no need to open the application or connection with network, only when the phone is on. - Easy to add reminders. Click the big button, simply shake the phone or start the recording by proximity sensor. - Email your reminders. Send your voice reminding to your friends or family members by Emails as easily as sending a file. - Support recording in background. - Time delay function. You will feel easy to delay the reminder when your hands are full and no schedules will be missed. - Backup and sync up. With voice secretary, never worry about the loss of data. Backup your audio data to your PC, Dropbox or iTunes through Wi-Fi and sync up your voice files in Dropbox and iTunes. - Nag(Echo). I deeply believe that someone may NAG to you everyday and you may think it's bothered but voice secretary just nag to you to give you reminding so that you won't ever miss any event or meeting - Support multiple languages. Support English, simplified Chinese, Chinese traditional, Japanese, Deutsch, Française, 한국어, Русский, Portuguese, Italiano, Español, etc. - Dozens of reminder sounds. You can choose your favorite reminder sounds out of thirty ringtones. - Security guaranteed. Without the passcode in your phone, nobody will know the content of the voice reminding. Help to protect your private information. Download Voice Secretary Paranormal Agency Normally $2.99. Use your supernatural ESP to rid the city of malevolent spooks and spirits in this eerie Hidden Object game! Detective Heather Mills has the amazing ability to see ghosts and other mysterious entities that are not visible to other people. When spooky ghosts and weird creatures start showing up in local homes, it's up to Heather and her agency to get to the bottom of this macabre mystery and look for reasons behind recent poltergeist attacks on innocent citizens. Help Heather hunt for hidden items in locations all over the city and find out who is behind the attacks. Featuring over 50 levels and variety of hidden object challenges, Paranormal Agency is a thrilling, and chilling, interactive examination of the unexplained. Start your search today! ● More Than 50 Challenging Levels ● Five Different Types of Hidden Object Challenges ● Seven Unique Mini-Games ● Original Storyline Re-written Exclusively for the iPhone/iPad Version ● Nearly Endless Hidden Object Fun ● Support Game Center ● iPhone 5 Display support Download Paranormal Agency Audio Notebook Normally $4.99. All-Day Audio Recorder, 2x Playback, and Wide-Screen Text Editor. Audio Notebook is perfect for: - Students: To record all your lectures, and take notes on all your classes, - Professionals: For every meeting and interview, - Everyone else: To capture your thoughts and ideas for all of life's projects. PRISTINE ALL-DAY RECORDING Stop struggling to take notes while keeping up with discussions. Audio Notebook captures everything that is said, so you don't have to worry about missing a thing. Record through your whole day and take notes at the same time. Edit and add to your notes while recording or reviewing later. When you're done, easily email your notes and recordings with a tap. Leave your laptop behind. Stay on top of all your classes and meetings with just your iPad. FAST 2x PLAYBACK Reviews are a snap: Audio Notebook lets you breeze through recordings with up to 2x playback speed. Rewind by 5 seconds with just a tap, and capture every point with perfect recall. EASY DATA ACCESS It's your data: Copy all your notes and audio to your Mac or PC with iTunes File Sharing at any time. This is great for extra backups or sharing with others. It even works wirelessly over WiFi. COLORFUL ORGANIZATION Color code your notes with multiple categories to find them easily and stay on top of all your projects. WIDE-SCREEN EDITING WITH LARGE FONTS Unlike Apps ported from the iPhone, Audio Notebook makes full use of the iPad's larger screen. Notes take up the full screen width in landscape, and are presented with a large, legible font, so you don't have to squint. Pick between three beautiful fonts for your notes: Georgia, Helvetica Neue, or Courier. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO TAKE GREAT NOTES Integrated Text Editor: - Text notes with built-in Audio Recorder - Works great in both landscape and portrait mode - Large, legible font - Copy & Paste - Automatic spell check Flexible Note Organizer: - Multiple color-coded categories to stay organized - Filter notes by category, to quickly find the one you want - Sort by name or by date - Customizable category names - Share notes and recordings via Email High Quality Audio Recorder: - Variable play speed: 1x, 1.5x, or 2x - Instant seek - Quick skip by 5 second increments - Unlimited audio recording time - High quality MPEG-4 audio: An hour takes approximately 12MB - Record and take notes simultaneously - Pause and continue recording as many times as needed Download Audio Notebook FontBoard Normally $0.99. Use these cool fonts and post them on social media platforms, text them to your friends, even use them in eMails or status updates— so what are you waiting for? Download NOW! This great-deal low-price will not last! These breath-taking font keyboards have auto-correct functionality built into them! All of your friend's are so jealous of your cool typeface once you get FontBoard! FontBoard allows you to install BEAUTIFUL, GORGEOUS, & STUNNING type-faces into your iOS8+ Keyboards. You can use our font keyboards to type text with styled font in ANYWHERE on your device (in any app) that allows standard keyboard input. You are unique, your typing should match who you are! Customize, with tons of designer fonts to pick from! Download NOW! This great-deal low-price will not last! Thank-you. Download FontBoard Furniture for Minecraft PE Normally $1.99. Now you can create your perfect furniture dreamland! Hours of fun awaits you. Learn about lots of furniture items and different resources to design your furniture map.. Features: - Install Furniture mod - Complete database of furniture - Detailed descriptions and screenshots - Video collection - Mod showcase - Video for every furniture item - And more! What are you waiting for? Download this app today while it is on sale! Disclaimer: THIS APP IS NOT AN OFFICIAL MINECRAFT PRODUCT. NOT APPROVED BY OR ASSOCIATED WITH MOJANG Note: This app is for desktop version of Minecraft only. It is a guide and you cannot modify Minecraft Pocket Edition client with this app. Download Furniture for Minecraft PE Multiplayer Servers for Minecraft PE Normally $0.99. Best app for searching all kinds of Minecraft PE Multiplayer Servers and Maps & Seeds! (IAP required) Some of the multiplayer servers include; Hunger Games Adventure Factions Prison PVP Economy Parkour Minigames Survival Roleplay Sky War Sky Block Spigot Kit PVP PVE Pixel Mon Easily search through hundreds of most popular minecraft PE online servers. Servers are updated every hour so that you know what people are playing or if the server is online or offline. You will always be connected to the Minecraft community and you will be able to access the most famous Multiplayer Servers in the world. Play with thousands of fellow Minecrafters online! If you like any server then just simply add it to your favorites for quicker access. Disclaimer: This application is not approved nor affiliated with Mojang AB, its name, commercial brand and other aspects of the application are registered brands and the property of their respective owners. This is an unofficial Minecraft app. Download Multiplayer Servers for Minecraft PE

This is our best look yet at the iPhone 7

We may very well have reached the peak of the iPhone 7 rumor cycle, Apple fans. At this point, unless just about every reliable Apple source out there has been grossly misguided, we know almost everything there is to know about Apple's upcoming next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. We know what they'll look like, we know about a host of new features they'll likely include, we know about most of the biggest changes compared to this year's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and we even probably know exactly when Apple's new iPhones will be released . As much as Apple fans already know, however, they still haven't grown tired of getting early peeks at next-gen iPhone 7 models. And now, a new video gives us what is undoubtedly our best look yet at the upcoming new iPhone 7. MUST SEE:  iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro look hotter than ever in new leaked video We've seen it happen time and time again in the past. Third-party accessory makers use schematics smuggled out of Foxconn to build models of unreleased iPhones. Why? Using these built-to-scale models, these companies can build protective cases and other accessories that will fit Apple's new iPhones perfectly. Getting a head start means having products available right when the new iPhones are released, which is when tens of millions of people will be looking for new accessories to complement their new iPhones. It's a good strategy, obviously. And it has a welcomed side-effect: Giving Apple fans and the rest of the world an early look at Apple's new iPhone designs. We've seen low-quality photos and videos of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro dummy units emerge from China time and time again. They typically originate on the Chinese microblogging platform Weibo. While fans definitely enjoy these leaks, everyone wishes that they would offer a clearer look at Apple's next-gen iPhones. Now, your wish has been granted. Gadget blog TechnoBuffalo  contacted a company in China that was selling iPhone 7 dummy models and it had one shipped to its home base in the US. Upon receiving it, the site promptly put together what is easily the highest-quality video we've seen so far that features one of these iPhone 7 models. The unit in question is shown in rose gold, and it's also compared at length to a rose gold iPhone 6s in order to highlight the differences. The full video is embedded below. Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro smartphones during a press conference in early September. Then, according to a recent report , the new models will be released on Friday, September 16th. For details on exactly what new features and specs the new iPhone 7 series should include, check out our earlier post .

The Streets of Philadelphia Are Anti-Hillary

The Streets of Philadelphia Are Anti-Hillary

PHILADELPHIA––On a sweat-soaked opening day of the Democratic National Convention, with temperatures pushing into the high 90s and strong thunderstorms in the forecast, the relatively powerful mostly spent their days indoors in air-conditioning: a breakfast meeting at the Marriott; a Bernie Sanders speech at the convention center (the hottest ticket in town for connected supporters of the Vermont senator); maybe even an Uber ride across town to the Wells Fargo Center, where Hillary Clinton supporters untroubled by any desire to dispute her imminent nomination stood on the arena floor around noon, holding cell phones aloft as Boyz II Men rehearsed an evening performance (“not too soft and not too strong”).

Here’s what Apple might name the iPhone 7 instead of ‘iPhone 7’

It's a tiny bit amusing that despite everything we know about Apple's upcoming next-generation iPhone, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro, there are still some pretty basic things we don't know. We know just about exactly what the iPhone 7 is going to look like, and we also know what the larger iPhone 7 Plus will look like. We know the phones will lose the 3.5mm audio port and gain thinner housings with redesigned antenna lines that are much easier on the eyes. We also know that both phones will feature new and improved cameras, though the camera on the Plus model will be a much bigger upgrade than the one on the smaller iPhone 7. But ironically, we still don't know one of the most basic things about these two upcoming new phones: We have no idea what they'll be called. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro look hotter than ever in new leaked video Logic dictates that this year's new iPhone models will be called the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. In the past, Apple has released new iPhone numbers on alternate years with "S" upgrades separating them. Then there have been some rumblings that Apple would switch the name of the larger iPhone from "Plus" to "Pro." This would align better with Apple's iPad naming scheme — and "Plus" was always an awful name anyway. But there have also been some claims that this year's new iPhones would stray from convention and not be named iPhone 7 at all. Instead, Apple is said to be saving its big redesign for next year's tenth-anniversary iPhone and potentially keeping 2016's new iPhones in the iPhone 6 family. But what would Apple name new iPhones in the same lineup for the second year? According to a new report from German Apple blog  Apfelpage , the new phones will be branded "iPhone 6se." There's certainly a logic to the name, which would align with the iPhone 5se Apple launched earlier this year, but it would be a curious move in some ways. Apple already has to deal with the media narrative that this year's new iPhones represent a "minor" upgrade that is "boring," so why make the task of convincing fans that this is a big upgrade even more difficult? As we've noted, the new iPhones are shaping up to be anything but boring . In fact, they're shaping up to be pretty massive upgrades — and launching them with new names would help support that idea.

You can now jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 and this video will show you how

Apple's iOS software grows more and more capable with each new release, which in turn makes jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad far less appealing than it used to be. Years ago, third-party apps were so limited that jailbreaking was practically a necessity for anyone who wanted to get the most out of his or her iOS device. But in 2016 the story has changed, and it'll change even more once iOS 10 is released this fall. Of course, there are still plenty of jailbreak apps and tweaks that hardcore users just can't seem to live without, and they'll be very happy to learn today's news. Apple just released iOS 9.3.3 to the public last week  but the Chinese iOS hacking team Pangu has already managed to jailbreak it. There are a few caveats that make this particular jailbreak a bit tricky though, which is why you'll find the how-to guide in the video below particularly useful. DON'T MISS:  Apple’s iPhone 7 finally gets a release date Before we dive in, there are a few important things you should know. First, the obligatory jailbreak warning: you should only follow this guide if you're an advanced user. Things can and do go wrong. You also may void your iPhone or iPad's warranty by following the steps outlined in this guide. Next warning: this is not a true "untethered" jailbreak. It is untethered in that you won't have to connect to your computer each time you boot your iPhone or iPad, but you will have to go through a few extra (simple) steps on your device each and every time you boot. It's not a huge deal and it won't deter eager fans who have been itching for a jailbreak, but it's still worth noting. Last but certainly not least, this jailbreak is available only to Windows users for the time being, and the tool is only available in Chinese. Both of those things will change in upcoming updates but if you want to jailbreak your iOS device immediately, you'll want to stick closely to the guide unless you read and understand Chinese. If you're undeterred by those warnings, you'll find everything you need in the video how-to guide below, which was created by YouTuber "iCrackUriDevice."

Pokemon GO blamed for illegal border crossing from Canada to U.S.

Pokemon GO blamed for illegal border crossing from Canada to U.S.

(Reuters) - Two youths unaware of their surroundings when they were playing Pokemon GO on their cell phones made an illegal border crossing this week from Canada into the United States in a remote part of Montana, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said. The two, who were not identified, were found by U.S. Border Patrol agents on Thursday, with their attention affixed to their phones as they were trying to hunt down cartoon characters on a journey that took them over the border. "Both juveniles were so captivated by their Pokemon GO games that they lost track of where they were," said Michael Rappold, a spokesman for the agency.

12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Congratulations on making it to the end of another week! There are plenty of ways you can celebrate, but most of them involve going out and spending a bunch of the money you just spent all week earning. Here's another option: snag these 12 paid iPhone and iPad apps that are all on sale right now for free. We've got an app that'll hide your private photos, a cool proximity chat app, an app that turns your iPhone into a mouse for your computer, a great language translator and plenty more. MUST SEE:  Two of the best iPhone 7 leaks yet both surfaced last night 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. The Big Clock Normally $0.99. Stop squinting! This is the Biggest, Ad-free Clock in the App Store. Completely Customize Your Alarm - Set a Song from your Music Library. - Set the Time Between each Snooze. - Set a Maximum Number of Snoozes. - New in iOS 8! Use Background Actions to Snooze or Stop the alarm. Weather Widget(In App Purchase Required - $2.00 USD/yr - Auto Renewable) - Always see the current temperature and conditions in your current city. - Use the GPS to set your Current City or get Weather from any City in the World. - Swipe or Tap to Reveal a 10-Day Forecast. Weather Data Powered by Forecast(forecast.io) Download The Big Clock MultiDrop Normally $8.99. MultiDrop is a free multi‐purpose local file exchanger with voice communication and more. It uses the new Multipeer Connectivity framework to interconnect devices using only WiFi or BlueTooth, so no internet is needed, nor any server or databases. You can: ‐Connect up to 10 devices with this FTP ‐Automatic and manual device discovery and connection ‐Exchange multiple big Images, Videos and any kind of files simultaneously ‐Share and send on facebook and twitter Includes InApp purchases for: ‐Chat Messenger with Video and Image sending capabilities ‐Fancy walkie‐talkie for voice communication ‐Capture and share image and video files -Print your photos and documents -Share your contacts from your Address Book. Send them also with e-mail as a card. All that in a user friendly neat UI screens. Enjoy private risk free communication for all! Download MultiDrop 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 Lose Weight Hypnosis Unlock All Advanced Features in-app purchase normally $2.99, now free. ◉ Learn to enjoy healthy food and exercise after listening daily for just 1–3 weeks ◉ Change your mindset through subconscious thoughts for effortless weight loss ◉ You won’t have to try to lose weight — it just happens naturally! TRAIN YOUR MIND TO WORK ON WEIGHT LOSS THROUGH HYPNOSIS Tired of losing weight, and then gaining it all back? Adding hypnosis to your weight loss program helps change your entire mindset, resetting your behavior for a healthier lifestyle and eating habits. EFFORTLESS CHANGE ◎ A single audio session of 22 minutes a day that is effective in just 1–3 weeks ◎ Hypnosis audio carefully read by the soothing voice of a certified hypnotherapist ◎ Peaceful background music and nature sounds to help you relax ◎ Hypnotic Booster with binaural beats to induce your brainwave frequency into an optimal state for receiving hypnotic suggestions ◎ Separate volume controls for Voice, Background, and Hypnotic Booster ◎ Awaken at End feature can be disabled at bedtime for a relaxing, restful sleep ◎ Repeat sessions or loop while you sleep ◎ Continue listening to background sounds after the session ends ◎ Works with Apple Watch! Pause, resume and adjust overall volume from your wrist via the Now Playing glance READ OUR USER REVIEWS "After just one week of listening to this app, my “sweet tooth” was gone and I was able to get my stress eating under control. This app literally helped me turn a corner in what has been a life-long struggle." "This app has helped me control my appetite in a way that nothing else ever has. My ability to control my appetite is virtually effortless. Food is not the center of my world anymore. It’s very liberating." "I was really skeptical and I normally don’t do reviews unless an app was horrible but seriously…wow. I started using this app 2 weeks ago and while I know your suppose to shoot for no more than 2lbs a week….I’ve lost 12lbs. I do this one in conjunction with their exercise one as well as another weight loss hypnosis app & an intuitive eating hypnosis. and this one is my favorite. I throw it on mid-day when I start craving sweets. I have not had processed sugar for a week and when I did break down for a brownie it tasted chemically. I’m in love with hypnosis now. I have 40lbs to go till my goal but I’m finally feeling ready for it!!!!" "At first I didn’t think it would work, but after listening to it just once I began to pick healthier choices and wasn’t hungry all the time. I now use this app every morning to start my day right with the right mind set and the wake up feature is like my own cup-o-coffee." "So glad I downloaded this app!! I never thought this would work but boy I was wrong!! I use it every night to help me fall asleep and I’ve lost 40lbs!!" THE BEST WEIGHT LOSS HYPNOSIS APP AVAILABLE Lose Weight Hypnosis is FREE and effective with the default settings. A one-time in-app purchase is required only if you wish to change the default settings. (Each of our free hypnosis apps includes its own in-app purchase; in-app purchases cannot be shared among separate apps.) Download Lose Weight Hypnosis Speedafari Normally $1.99. Stuck in a slow connection? Speed up Safari with Speedafari! "Kinda crazy, but it works." - Federico Viticci, Macstories.net Speedafari blocks unnecessary parts of websites from loading. By removing part of the experience (ads, tracking scripts, external fonts, videos, etc.), you gain speed, battery, and data. Speedafari is always just a swipe away, in the notification center. Just tap once, and — boom — Safari speeds up. No need to switch browser. Choose between three different aggressiveness levels — low, medium or high. The higher the aggressiveness, the more will be blocked, and the faster the page will load. Note that some website functions may not work at all with the medium and high levels. You're out in the woods? Now don't worry about slow internet anymore! "Speedafari is a blocker that strips away everything it can so you can still load pages even when your connection is crap." - Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker.com Oh, and don't worry about privacy! Speedafari has no access at all as to what web pages you visit. Brought to you thanks to the power of iOS 9. Developed and designed by Arvid Lunnemark. Download Speedafari The Little Fox Normally $0.99. The Little Fox is an alternative perspective on the world-renowned ‘fairy tale for adults', The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, where the Fox takes the place of the protagonist – a charming little character with a big heart. ====== Every once in a while, a game manages to stand out with having the right mix of everything. The Little Fox has a lot of the right stuff – charm, eye candy, storyline, platforming, original and challenging mechanics, an impossibly cute protagonist. -Phonearena In beautifully serene levels that feature relaxing, atmospheric music, the fox seems to be trying to travel faster than the speed of light. -Pocketgamer You get a game that is both casual-friendly but also a real game. -Toucharcade ====== In search of the Little Prince, you'll have to: run through thirteen fairytale planets, passing icy cliffs and volcano craters, finding your way through a bog and a dark cave take care of the abandoned Rose by collecting tears literally by the drop inspire a multitude of familiar characters to change their lives Beauty Taking the best examples of minimalist low-poly graphics as inspiration, we've created thirteen colorful and unique three-dimensional planets for you, along with an animated comic that tells the tale of the main characters. The picturesque landscapes of Eternal Winter and the Forgotten Asteroid, the Sweltering Canyon and the Secret Cave, all of these are sure to stand out in your memory and make you want to set a screenshot of the game as your background. Gameplay The Little Fox is the first runner of its type on a hexagonal field. Our ace in the hole is innovative gameplay that is easy to learn, but hard to master. Just two taps (on the left side of the screen to turn left, on the right to turn right) provides full freedom for moving through the game world. Rest assured, no level will give in on your first attempt. But each successfully completed level will satisfy your sense of perfectionism. Music It is advised to play The Little Fox with headphones. A selection of unique tracks, each written with the specifics of each setting in mind, provides complete immersion in the game's atmosphere. Download The Little Fox Multi Translate Normally $0.99. This is a translator app which can translate voice, translate speech, translate Spanish and translate any language into 3 others at the same time! Powered by Google Translate, Multi Translate is a very handy yet powerful translator. Main Functions: 1. Translate any language to any 3 other languages with one tap. 2. One to one translator. 3. Share the translate results via Facebook, Twitter, email or SMS. 4. Save all the translate history automatically. 5. Custom the source and target languages within the translator settings. 6. Auto detect input language. 7. Support 80+ languages v1.3.2 Listen to all your translations for Free! v1.3.3 1.Fully support Apple Watch, try it now! 2. Minor bug fixing! v1.3.4 Improve the results from the watch app translator. v1.3.5 1. Support 3D Touch preview and short cuts. 2. Search history via Spotlight 3. Search language while selecting 4. Speed enhancement. 5. Bug Fixing. v1.3.6 1. Control the speed and volume while listening to the results. 2. Listen to the results even when your device is mute. 3. Enhance the performance of the watch app. Download Multi Translate RadioApp Normally $1.99. Easily tune in to local radio stations and to radio stations from all over the world, using a unique analog-like tuner. • Internet Connection Required Features: • Unique analog-like FM/AM tuner • Use remote control to seek stations • Supports multiple countries at the same time • Name of playing song when available • Favorite stations • Alarm clock • Sleep timer Download RadioApp QuickClip Normally $0.99. Save copied text too easily and quickly. QuickClip is very useful clipboard manager. You can quickly and easy copy and paste. App Features - Simple UI - You can access all clips from Widget - iCloud Sync - No Ads - Folder *This application is only supported iOS7 or higher. Download QuickClip Zen Sketch Normally $1.99. Zen Sketch is a cross between a note-taking and a painting app. We wanted to give people an app with a balance between power and simplicity: A place that could stay out of the way and let them think, but also contained an environment with the ability to add serious detail to their work. And so Zen Sketch was born. The app goes beyond regular ink handwriting apps by using an industry standard drawing/painting engine, but still organizes your work in a logical fashion like any good note-taking app. Use Zen Sketch to create powerful notes or paintings. All your work can easily be exported out of the app as images or PDFs, and shared in just about every way imaginable. The app has no learning curve, and lets you work in a streamlined and clean interface designed with the latest technology in mind. We hope you like the Zen Sketch. And if you do, be sure to check out some of the other great Zen apps we’ve made. Download Zen Sketch Ananda Normally $2.99. Ananda helps you meditate, focus and relax with progressive binaural tones and high quality peaceful sounds. -Enhance your brainwaves Choose from one of Ananda’s numerous binaural programs to focus, relax, meditate, or even to get the most out of a nap. Each program comes with binaural beats designed to help you reach a specific mood or state of mind. -Discover a new ambiance every time Each session provides a subtly fresh, new ambiance. A unique combination of nature sounds, chants, mantras and peaceful bells is generated on top of binaural tones every time you start Ananda. -Recharge and feel good Take a break at home, at the office, or in the subway. Even a few minutes of Ananda will get you refreshed and ready to deliver your best while staying calm and zen. Main Features - 13 Binaural programs - Conscious Thinking - Focus & Concentration - Increased Attention - Learn & Memorize - Creativity - Energize - Deep Meditation - Lucid Dreaming - Intuition - Relaxation - Restorative Sleep - Power Nap - Wake Up - Short description and benefits of every binaural program - High quality nature and peaceful sounds - Choose the sounds you prefer - Sounds are mixed together in a new way for every session - Simple and minimalist design - Information on brainwaves and binaural tones included in the app Download now and let us know how Ananda Meditate, Focus and Relax helps you in your daily activities. Download Ananda Muzzyc Normally $0.99. - Protect your private photos and videos of unauthorized persons. - With specially inconspicuous icon so that no one clicks on this app because it looks like a music player. - With pattern unlock - Create folder - Share on social networks - Photos and Videos Import / Export - View photos and videos directly. Download Muzzyc

The incredible technology cartels use to sneak drugs across the border

The US government has been engaged in a war on drugs for years, and while it scored many renowned victories against prominent drug lords, drugs are still entering the country.  As it turns out, the cartels use incredibly advanced gear to ship their product across the border. DON’T MISS: Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time Speaking to Interpol senior advisor Marc Goodman, Business Insider has discovered some of the gadgets traffickers use to make sure their cargo can be delivered unhindered by law enforcement anti-drug operations. The cartels use sophisticated technology for transporting the “goods,” but also for other purposes, including communication, surveillance, and defense operations. Communication is key to any successful business, and the cartels know it. The Zeta drug cartel created its encrypted cellular network that uses antennas and repeaters installed all over Mexico. The equipment is hidden in remote locations and is connected to solar power, while radio-receiving cell phones and Nextel devices are used for talking. Who configured it all for the drug lords? Kidnapped engineers, of course. Transporting the drugs also requires efficient use of technology. We’re at the dawn of self-driving vehicles, so Goodman expects smugglers to employ unmanned drones, cars, and even subs to transport narcotics. Law enforcement has already captured drones trying to move limited amounts of heroin across the border (a few dozen pounds of product). But cartels are beefing up security around them with measures supposed to block drones that Homeland Security is using to capture drug shipments. Cartels can spoof Homeland Security drones, and jam GPS signals, so that drones can’t figure out where they are. In addition to drones, ultralight planes with quiet engines can also be used to move drugs. They can fly at over 70 miles per hour, and carry more weight than drones. But the most successful way of smuggling drugs is by boat. Submarines to be more precise, like the one in the picture above. 80% of drug smuggled from Mexico come via a maritime route, and 30% of those are narco subs, Business Insider notes. The subs can carry as much as 7.5 tons of cocaine, and they're kind of difficult to catch. They’re made of lead so they can’t be detected with infrared, and they can’t be found with radar or sonar because they sit below the water. Finally, drug lords need protection, and they’re building their surveillance systems that can record various vantage points. Furthermore, they use rocket launchers and have designed tanks of their own meant to withstand attacks and smash through traffic and blockades. The full Business Insider article is available at the source link, complete with more images and details about cartel operations.

You can now disable iOS 10’s most annoying new feature… but I don’t want to

Apple's new iOS 10 software is anything but an Earth-shattering update. Instead, it's a release that's packed full of refinements and new features that enhance Apple's existing apps. That said, there are a few changes that impact fundamental iPhone and iPad functionality, and some of those changes have been received better than others by iPhone users with access to the public and private iOS 10 betas. For example, everyone seems to love the new lock screen in Apple's latest iOS software, but the new gesture used to actually unlock the phone had been widely criticized. As it often does, Apple listened to users and made a change earlier this month in iOS 10 beta 2 to address the "issue." But after switching back and forth, I actually think that Apple got it right the first time. MUST SEE: Tesla’s Autopilot just saved someone’s life In the first iOS 10 beta, Apple replaced its tried and true "slide to unlock" gesture with a new directive to press the home button to unlock. Why? With the arrival of Touch ID, Apple has allowed users to unlock their iPhones and iPads simply by touching the home button. A quick fingerprint scan later, and the phone was unlocked and ready to go. But in iOS 10, Apple changed it so that the user actually has to press the home button in order to unlock the phone. It seems like a minor issue, but users were angry. In fact, the change has even been called " iOS 10's most annoying feature ." Initially, I agreed that the change was annoying. It made sense, of course, since Apple wanted people to utilize the new enhanced features on the lock screen. With touch-to-unlock enabled, the iPhone typically unlocks as a user picks up the phone before the lock screen is even visible, since his or her thumb is on the home button. Now, the iPhone wakes automatically when you pick it up so you can see the lock screen, and then a press on the home button unlocks it. In iOS 10 beta 2, Apple added an option in the Accessibility menu for "Rest Finger to Open." When enabled, it restores the old behavior so that simply touching the home button will unlock the phone. I was relieved when the option came back but after just a couple of hours, I disabled it and went back to requiring a button press to unlock the phone. The new lock screen in iOS 10 is awesome. Notifications are far more interactive. You can message people right on your home screen without even leaving the lock screen, for example. And third-party apps will have access to these enhanced features as well. With "Rest Finger to Open" enabled, that entire portion of the iOS 10 experience is passed by. Apple made the right choice by listening to users and offering both options. But once third-party apps start taking advantage of all the new notification features that will be made available right on the lock screen, disabling "Press home to unlock" will mean missing out on some terrific new functionality.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

We've gotten plenty of emails over the weeks and months asking us to include more games in our daily posts on paid iPhone and iPad apps that go on sale for free. Well, if you're on the hunt for new games but you don't want to pay big bucks, today is your lucky day. We've got several games on our list of freebies including Angry Birds and a bunch of great games you've never heard of, and there are also several non-game apps you'll want to check out. MUST SEE:  Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time ever 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. Gif Maker Normally $0.99. Gif Maker can make GIFs or videos using LIVE Photos, photos, burst photos, and video at the easiest.Make and share GIFs with friends quickly.Make your own animated GIF, enjoy, and share with Gif Maker now! Features: *Create GIF, animation - with LIVE Photos. (iOS9 or better) - with burst Photos. - by Choosing Picture by Picture. - Partially editing Video. (video to gif) - by Recording Video *Controlling frame playing speed *Sharing quickly on different social network! Download Gif Maker Angry Birds Normally $0.99. Use the unique powers of the Angry Birds to destroy the greedy pigs' defenses! The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the greedy pigs who stole their eggs. Use the unique powers of each bird to destroy the pigs’ defenses. Angry Birds features challenging physics-based gameplay and hours of replay value. Each level requires logic, skill and force to solve. If you get stuck in the game, you can purchase the Mighty Eagle! Mighty Eagle is a one-time in-app purchase in Angry Birds that gives unlimited use. This phenomenal creature will soar from the skies to wreak havoc and smash the pesky pigs into oblivion. There’s just one catch: you can only use the aid of Mighty Eagle to pass a level once per hour. Mighty Eagle also includes all new gameplay goals and achievements! In addition to the Mighty Eagle, Angry Birds now has power-ups! Boost your birds’ abilities and three-star levels to unlock secret content! Angry Birds now has the following amazing power-ups: Sling Scope for laser targeting, King Sling for maximum flinging power, Super Seeds to supersize your birds, and Birdquake to shake pigs’ defenses to the ground! Download Angry Birds NodeBeat Normally $1.99. ◆ Join over 2 million others using NodeBeat! ◆ Make music with NodeBeat, the intuitive and fun visual music app for all ages. Whether you're 2 or 92, NodeBeat will make you sound like a pro. Create your own music in a matter of minutes or listen to NodeBeat generate its own. Easily share your creations with others or save them for later to show your friends. Discover your musical genius with NodeBeat! ================= ◆ New Features ◆ - Audiobus support: Now you can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps! See http://audiob.us for more information. ◆ Audio Features ◆ - 20 Musical Scales - All 12 Musical Keys Signatures - 7 Octave Range - 3-finger Background Keyboard/Piano - Audio Waveform Adjustment (Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square) - Creative Sound Sculpting (Echo, Attack, Decay, Release) - Audiobus Support ◆ Rhythm Features ◆ - Adjustable Tempo (BPM) & Note Beat ◆ Sharing/Exporting Features ◆ - Record and save creations - Create Ringtones from recording - Share Recording on SoundCloud - AudioCopy to Another Application - Save/Load Creations ◆ MIDI Features ◆ - Send Node and/or Keyboard MIDI - Assign unique MIDI Channels to Generators - Adjust latency for perfect sequence timing ◆ General Features ◆ - Background Audio support - Adjustable Node Physics (gravity, speed, proximity) - Drum and Octave Sounds - Start/Stop Nodes by double tapping - Sleep Timer for falling asleep to NodeBeat - Child-lock for children-friendly exploration Download NodeBeat Never Gone Normally $0.99. "From Chinese developer HippieGame, this is the mighty slick gothic beat-'em-up Never Gone." - Pocket Gamer "Never Gone è un picchiaduro a scorrimento affascinante e impegnativo, dotato di validi elementi RPG" - Multiplayer.it #1 ranked game in China; Best Cocos Game Award - Cocoachina; Best Art Design Award - Indieplay; Best Indie Game Award - Tencent Game… Join the thrilling fight against evil in Never Gone! The award-winning action game with stylish gothic art designs and wonderful Therion music is available now on iOS! ABOUT THE GAME Never Gone is an old-school beat-em up 2D Action Game for gamers on iOS platform. It sets in a classic world where human, vampires and other demons co-exist and constantly waging war against one another. Play as Blood Knight or Dark Sister to face the incredible challenge and win glorious rewards. Discover, craft and upgrade over 200 weapons, equipments, items and even skills as you explore the war-torn game world. KEY FEATURES · Old-school Hardcore Action Game: We gazed back to the very core of action games and aim to create a game we ourselves would love to play. Not tap to win, not pay to win! Jump, attack, dodge and link your own combos to fight! Win the fights, and win with style! · A Great Deal of Game Content: 3 Chapters of story mode; 3 different challenge modes in endless Mist Tower; Special intel missions; Immerse yourself into dark but beautiful environments; Face the challenge of deadly monsters & bosses… · World Class Rock Music by Therion: The high quality of ‘Never Gone’ help us winning the favor of Therion , the world famous Swedish rock band. Not only that you will find Therion’s classical songs in the game, some of the members of Therion will even become characters in the game to fight along or against the players! · In-Game Community: Find players all around the world in our in-game community. Share your videos and experiences with others, prove that you are the best! (* in-game video recording requires iOS 9 with Replay Kit) · MFi controllers supported. The control pad on your screen will disappear once a MFi controller is connected. Enjoy Never Gone as a real action game should be! Download Never Gone Go Pedometer Normally $0.99. Go Pedometer is the ultimate run app that tracks and keeps all valuable data of every activity you perform. Specially developed for runners, joggers and walkers of all ages to improve their performance level and provide accurate information about pace, distance and calories. Features: - Input your body parameters and desired body sizes. - Track live all data for your walks, athletic walks and runs. - Set your daily goal and turn on the metronome to boost your performance. - Map your workouts in real-time with built-in GPS and monitor your progress. - Automatic data saving in History which forms interactive performance graphs. - Adjust application’s accelerometer and GPS parameters to match your pace. - Turn On/Off application’s sounds and choose the measuring system: metric or imperial. - Update your daily body achievements to track the evolution of your chest, waist, hips and weight. - Integrated iPod, to listen to your music while you are training. What value Go Pedometer brings to your workouts: - The metronome balances your training pace. - Live progress bar that shows how much more have left until you achieve one more daily goal. - All your workout information like: pace, distance and calories is saved automatically in History. - Thanks to performance graphs you can see the evolution of your results. - By setting your daily body achievements you can see how much more you have until you reach your desired body sizes. - With the built-in Music Player you will stay motivated during your trainings. Compatibilities: * Supports iOS 5 and later versions, up to 8.1 * Compatible with iPhone 3G/3GS/4/4S/5/5c/5s/6/6 plus, iPod Touch 2/3/4/5 * The application works anywhere: pants or jacket pocket, on hand or arm, in a bag or purse. * Note: The application was specially developed with the assistance of professional runners, to ensure you with accurate data about your achievements. * Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. * Go Pedometer is here to set a new life standard. Download Go Pedometer Zombie Town: Sniper Normally $0.99. Be a top sniper in this zombie defense war game! Feel like a real sniper! A zombie group has occupied town. Your mission is to protect civilians while kill zombies! Do you like killing zombies? Be a top sniper in the war against Zombies attack on town. This is an exciting Sniper Shooting Game! Here you will become one of top sniper! Features: - Endless Mode - EASY CONTROLS (Tap to shoot) - Amazing cartoon 3D graphics. - Difference action camera effects. - Stunning visual effects. - Head Shots of Snipers - Close Camera Sniper Shooting View - Smooth game control - Optimized game control allows you to play the game smoothly even on minimal phone! Kill all zombies! You are top sniper! Download Zombie Town: Sniper Bitmoji Keyboard Pro Normally $1.99. Features Include: Bitmoji is your own personal emoji. • Create an expressive cartoon avatar • Choose from a huge library of stickers – all featuring YOU • Use Bitmoji in Snapchat, iMessage and wherever else you chat Using Bitmoji in Snapchat unlocks friendmoji – 2-person bitmojis featuring you and your friends! + Awesome Keyboard Themes — choose a style (Tranquility, Smoothie, Neon, Blended, Elevate, Clear) and color you like; + Emojis Keyboard — all new, classic emojis and text emoticons in one place; + Сute Stickers — a diversity of fun and cool smiley faces and emoticons expressing different moods and feelings (love, joy, surprise, anger, boredom, sadness, etc) you can use when run out of words; + Emoji Combos — select exquisite emoji designs out of a bunch of categories. Each preset is crafted using dozens of emoji icons! Download Bitmoji Keyboard Pro Turbo Wheels Normally $0.99. Get ready for a winners race, because the second place is the first loser! Turbo Wheels is the most exciting mini cars racing game where you don't need brakes, they just slow you down. Choose your favourite car, they are plenty and fully upgradeable, each with their own unique handling and style! Features: * 25 unique mini cars in five different categories (Sport, SS, GT, Formula & Classic) * 4 different countries (Brazil, Japan, Canada & UAE) * Over unique 16 tracks * 4 different race modes (Race, Time, Coins & 1 vs 1) * Race against the opponent car 1 vs 1 to unlock his car * Hours and days of exciting gameplay Follow us! twitter.com/chundosturbo Facebook Fan Page facebook.com/ChundosStudio Youtube Video youtube.com/watch?v=BKK8KY1ApHg Support Turbo Wheels is a graphically intensive 3D game, and although it runs well on many devices, we recommend iPad 3 & higher, iPad Mini 2 & higher, iPhone 5 & higher. Download Turbo Wheels Smart Cycle Alarm PRO Normally $0.99. Sleeping is one of the most important part of our life. The sleep is responsible for our mental health, physical health and the quality of our life. The damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant (such as a car crash), or it can harm you over time. Sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. Smart Cycle Alarm was specially developed to help you sleep smart. When we sleep, we experience different sleep states, from deep sleep to light sleep. The state you are in when your alarm clock goes off will decide how tired you feel. The intelligent Smart Cycle Alarm monitors the signals received from your body, to wake you up softly, when you are in the lightest possible sleep state (natural waking phase), feeling refreshed and relaxed, instead of tired. Features: - Wakes you up in the lightest sleep state; - Detailed graphs and statistics for every night; - Special settings and options for your preferences; - Pleasant selected sounds to wake you up; - Wake up with your iPod music; - Counts and tracks your heart rate; - Customizable wake up phase, from 10 to 90 min; - Customizable snooze; - Use vibration as backup; - Works in background; - Sleep aid sound to help you fall a sleep, regular and intelligent, with 11 different sounds; - Uses iPhone's proximity to save your battery; - Export Database as a CSV file; - Help information; - Share your sleep data on Facebook, Twitter or via Email; Note: - The app uses HealthKit, in order to gather Sleep Analysis Data to Health app. When alarm rings and user wakes up, sleep data about current sleep or nap is saved to Health, Sleep Analysis. Also user can prevent saving data to Health app, by disabling this functionality in Settings - Because Smart Cycle Alarm uses iPhone's accelerometer, you must be able to place the iPhone correctly next to you. - To prevent your device to turn off during the night, make sure you can keep your device connected to the charger. Download Smart Cycle Alarm PRO Dialr Normally $0.99. With Dialr you can have quick access to the your closest friends and family right from Notification Center. Just set up up to 8 phone numbers in the app (up to 10 on the iPhone 6 and 6+) and make calls from everywhere by swiping down from the top of your screen. Designed for simplicity Dialr displays only the picture for your contact or their initials. No labels, no clutter. Just your dearest phone numbers, just a swipe away. Additionally, you can now access your favorite contacts on your iPad and call them on your iPhone. Just connect your iPad to your iPhone with the new call forwarding feature from Apple and dial your favorite number right from Notification Center on your iPad. (Note, you can't make calls with your iPad alone. Being on the same Wi-Fi network is required during a phone call. See http://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/continuity/ for more information about that feature) Version 1.0 release notes: - ability to create your favorite contacts for quick access in Notification Center - sort your contacts any way you want - contacts without profile pictures display the initials instead for bug reports and feature requests please contact me on our website Thanks for your support! (For U.S. users it is important to know, that third party apps currently can't support vertical service codes. If you are using them (e.g. *82 before the phone number), Dialr won't be able to place that call. The numbers you want to dial generally can't have any symbols except numbers and +. This is due to security reasons on Apples side) Download Dialr My Tiny Heroes Normally $0.99. Control your heroes and fight against the power of darkness in this innovative RPG! Background: This land has been ruled by orcs and other evil powers for long time. Human have been trodden down hoping for a better time, hoping for a saviour they just don’t know who. Come and try! Who knows, maybe you are the one to liberate the humans from the tyranny of the orcs. Be A Hero! Features: •Fun yet clever. •Grow your heroes by leveling up, getting gear and upgrading skills! •Various equipments without level limitations! •A collection of different monsters are awaiting you to take them on! •Customizable heroes mean yours will always stand out from the crowd! •Stunningly beautiful cartoon graphics will soothe your eyes! •Great and varied selection of music! What are you waiting for? Come experience Tiny Hero Legends now! Download My Tiny Heroes

Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid review

Though the smartphone market was nearly as massive a few short years ago as it is today, it was a terrible business to be in unless your company’s name was Apple or Samsung. There were simply no other phone vendors that could figure out how to make any real money selling smartphones. Try as they might — and oh, how they tried — rival phone companies spun their wheels while Samsung and Apple pulled in all of the smartphone industry’s profits. Today, things are different. Galaxy phones and iPhones are still the most popular handsets by a wide margin, but other companies have managed to put a serious dent in Apple and Samsung’s combined market share. Gaps in the market have been exposed and several companies are taking advantage. Most notably, Chinese vendors have found success selling high-quality phones at surprisingly low prices. But price isn’t the only area of the smartphone market where there is an opportunity to strike. There’s also an innovation gap just waiting to be filled, and Lenovo’s new Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid are the latest phones that will attempt to fill it. The LG G5 is a perfect example of a terrific idea executed poorly. People want smartphones that are sleek and slim, but they also want more power and exciting new features. There’s only so much companies can stuff into such slim packages, so LG had an idea: Why not create a system that keeps the main phone slim and sleek but allows users to extend the device's functionality using special attachments that integrate perfectly? The idea was smart but the execution is sorely lacking. There are two big problems with the LG G5: first, the phone’s modular design requires users to remove the phone’s battery and reboot anytime they want to switch modules. Second, LG’s module selection was almost nonexistent at launch. Even now, there aren’t very many add-ons to choose from. Motorola’s approach with the brand new Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid is completely different —  and it's so much better. But before we dive into the Z and Z Force's modular features, let’s take a look at the phones themselves. First, and just to get this out of the way, "Moto Z Droid" and "Moto Z Force Droid" are terrible names for smartphones. My guess is that a branding battle between Lenovo/Motorola and Verizon reached an impasse when Motorola refused to let the phones launch without "Moto Z" branding and Verizon obviously couldn’t let go of "Droid." Motorola's deal with Verizon makes it the carrier’s exclusive Droid partner, and so Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid were born. It seems like it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but branding is important. Imagine the original iPhone had launched as the "iPhone Z U-verse" or something equally ridiculous because AT&T needed to have its mark on the phone. Fortunately, the names are really the only ugly things about Moto’s new flagships. The new design of the Moto Z series is nothing short of gorgeous. The thinner Moto Z Droid in particular is an incredible feat. At just 5.2mm thick, it’s the thinnest flagship smartphone on the planet by a sizable margin. It feels incredible in the hand, since the slim housing does a great job of shrinking down an otherwise large phablet. Motorola’s Moto Z Droid measures 153.3mm tall by 75.3mm wide, which is only marginally smaller than Apple’s monstrous iPhone 6s Plus. But the 6s Plus is 7.2mm thick — nearly 40% thicker than the Moto Z. Unsurprisingly, the design and build quality of these phones is second to none. Motorola’s recent flagship phones have been all about design and customization. Users were invited to choose from a wide range of different colors and materials online, including real woods and leathers. The resulting phones were sleek and unique, but Motorola moved away from that model with the Z and focused instead on premium metal and a bold new design. Of note, that bold new design is decidedly masculine, which isn’t uncommon for smartphones in Verizon’s Droid line. The Moto Z Droid is built entirely of metal and glass, and you’ll struggle to find a smartphone that feels more solid and premium in your hand. The front is a single sheet of 2.5D Gorilla Glass that has five interruptions — one for the speaker near the top of the phone, a second for the LED selfie flash next to it, a third for the static home button (it’s a raised button with an embedded fingerprint scanner, but it’s stationary and you can’t press it), and a fourth and fifth for two small openings near the bottom where dual microphones reside. Notably, the fingerprint scanner is lightning-fast and extremely reliable. The Z Force Droid ditches Corning’s Gorilla Glass in favor of Moto ShatterShield, a five-layer system that Motorola guarantees won’t shatter when dropped. It features an exterior glass layer with a "proprietary hardcoat designed to guard against dents and abrasion," as well as a second crack-resistant layer for added strength. I repeatedly dropped the phone face down onto concrete, tile and wood from heights of well over six feet, and so far I haven’t seen so much as a chip, let alone a crack. In fact, the phone even cracked the grout in my kitchen and stuff wasn’t damaged in any way. Motorola guarantees its ShatterShield screens for four years. The display on the Z Droid and Z Force Droid is a 5.5-inch AMOLED panel with 2K resolution (2560 x 1440). That works out to a pixel density of 535 ppi, and it addresses one of the two biggest problems many users have had with recent Moto flagship phones. The screens on phones like the Moto X were good, but never great — and never anywhere close to being on par with flagship phones from other vendors like Samsung. Motorola’s Moto Z Droid display still isn’t quite as good as the panels you’ll find on phones like the Galaxy S7, but it’s far better than anything you’ve ever seen on an older Moto phone. Blacks are deep, colors pop and the contrast is dramatically improved compared to earlier Motorola handsets. The edges of the phone are all metal, with a third mic and a SIM/microSDXC tray on the top edge and a USB Type-C port on the bottom. Three metal buttons sit near the top of the phone on the right edge — volume up, volume down and power/sleep — and there is nothing on the left edge of the Moto Z Droid. A "water repellent nano-coating" protects against splashes and minor spills, but the new Moto phones aren’t IP68 rated like some rival handsets so you cannot submerge them in water. Around back, you’ll find a large "camera bump" near the top that houses the lens, flashes and sensors. Near the bottom are the copper contacts utilized by the phone’s modular mechanism, which we’ll discuss shortly. If you were paying attention, you’ll notice that something was missing from my description of the phone’s hardware. That’s right, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack. Like Apple, Motorola chose to ditch the standard audio jack in order to make the phone thinner and free up room for other components. Bluetooth headphones will obviously work with the Z and Z Force, and both phones also ship with a USB-C to 3.5mm audio adapter. Inside, the Moto Z Droid packs a large 2,600 mAh battery that Motorola says will supply up to 30 hours of "mixed usage." In my testing, I was able to get more than a full day of usage that was obviously a bit heavier than normal since I was reviewing the phone. The Moto Z Force Droid has an even larger 3,500 mAh battery rated for up to 40 hours of mixed usage, and it would take some serious effort to burn through it in one day. Further enhancing the phones’ fantastic battery life is support for Motorola’s proprietary "TurboPower" charging, which is Moto’s take on the fast charging tech almost every flagship phone ships with these days. The company says its new phones can soak up 8 hours worth of battery life in just 15 minutes using the special USB-C charger included in the box. I haven’t verified that claim but I can certainly confirm that the huge batteries on these phones fill remarkably quickly. Moving back to the phone’s modular features, this is one area where the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid really shine. The concept here is the same as it is with the LG G5. You have a phone that’s  compact and comfortable to use, and you can then expand its capabilities by attaching any one of a number of modular accessories. In the case of the Z and Z Force, Motorola calls them "Moto Mods." The main difference between Moto Mods and LG’s modular attachments is the mechanism they use to connect to the phone. With the G5, the user is forced to pop out the phone’s battery in order to change modules. This means shutting the phone down completely and then waiting for it to boot back up again each and every time you want to switch to a new module or remove a module and go back to using the phone on its own. But with the Moto Z Droid and Z Force Droid, attaching a module is as simple as slapping it onto the back of the phone. Motorola’s terrific design uses a series of strong magnets to fix a Moto Mod attachment to the back of the handset without the need to remove the battery or even fasten anything. Simply place a Mod onto the back of the phone and you’re done. In fact, the magnets are so strong that some slimmer Mods such as the Tumi battery pack can actually be a bit difficult to pry off. Motorola gave me three different Moto Mods to test and all three worked as advertised. The Tumi Power Pack adds 2,200 mAh of battery life, which Motorola claims is good for about 22 hours of usage. The JBL Soundboost Mod adds about half as much battery life to the phone but also includes stereo speakers and a kickstand. The sound quality is far better than the integrated speakers found on any smartphone in the world, and it makes watching movies on the phone’s large 5.5-inch quad HD display an absolute pleasure. The third Moto Mod I tested was by far my favorite. Built in-house by Motorola, the Insta-Share Projector attaches to the back of the phone and adds a surprisingly clear projector that beams a display up to 70 inches onto any surface. It also automatically adjusts the projection angle to compensate for the position of the phone relative to the surface on which the screen is being projected. The built-in battery in the Insta-share Projector lasts for an hour of continuous projection and there’s also an integrated kickstand to prop the phone up. The projected image will mirror your phone’s display so you can give a presentation, share a photo slide show or even watch a movie that you’re streaming on Netflix. Now if only there was a way to combine the projector with those killer JBL speakers... Lenovo and Motorola have more Moto Mods in the pipeline, as do the companies’ partners. There will also be a hardware developer kit available beginning in August for just $125, and it’ll let anyone build devices that are compatible with the Moto Mod system. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with a 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU powers the new Moto Z models, and it’s assisted by 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of UFS storage. The combination provides more than enough power and speed to facilitate an Android 6.0 Marshmallow experience that is as smooth as you’ll find anywhere. In terms of performance, I like to remind readers that benchmark test results aren’t always an accurate reflection of how a device performs in the real world. They do a good job of measuring performance when a phone is pushed to its limits, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to typical, everyday usage. Benchmarks do provide a decent way to compare one phone to others while handling a heavy load though, and the Moto Z Droid averaged a score of 149,155 in AnTuTu tests that I ran. That score comes in second only to the HTC 10, which is the most powerful smartphone in the world right now . Motorola’s Android builds have been as close to stock as you’ll come across in recent years. Instead of slapping a proprietary layer of software on top of Android like Samsung, HTC and others do, Motorola leaves the interface unchanged for the most part. Its custom features are accessible in a special Moto app, where you can pick and choose which Moto-specific functionality you want to enable. There are also some additions to the Android Settings app, and the nifty Command Center widget that Moto fans know and love. Beyond that, Android purists will be quite pleased with the Android experience on the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid… once they get past all the Verizon bloatware, of course. The Moto app has three main sections, each of which let you configure special Moto Z Droid features. In the "Actions" section, you can choose which motion gestures you’d like to enable or disable. Examples include "Approach for Moto Display," which turns on the phone’s standby screen as you reach for it so you can see the time and notifications; "Chop Twice for Flashlight," which lets you turn the camera LED on or off with two quick chop gestures; and "Swipe to shrink screen," which is my personal favorite. The Moto Z has a large display that can be difficult to use with one hand, so a swipe up from the bottom will shrink it down to a more manageable size. The second section is labeled "Voice," and it gives you access to the phone’s Moto Voice features — features that many people will likely pass on since Google Now is so comprehensive. And finally, a "Display" section lets you pick and choose what notifications and other information appears on the standby screen when the phone is locked. Beyond that, users have access to all the great features Google baked into Android Marshmallow… and they’re available for the most part exactly as Google built them. There are a couple of Google apps that Motorola replaced with its own software, and my favorite among them is the camera app. Motorola’s camera app is simple when it needs to be and complex when the user wants it to be; a special "Professional mode" gives the user complete control over settings like shutter speed, white balance, ISO and even focus. The camera also has Motorola’s "Best Shot" feature baked in, which snaps multiple photos with each tap of the shutter button and lets you choose the best among them. Of course, more important than the camera software is the quality if the photos captured by the Moto Z Droid’s camera. When discussing the phone’s display, I noted that the Z Droid’s 2K AMOLED screen addressed one of the two biggest complaints users had about Moto phones. Camera quality was the second, but Motorola has made great strides with the Z Droid and Z Force Droid. The thinner of the two new Moto phones sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, laser autofocus and 1.12um pixels. The camera on the Z Force Droid is even better, swapping out the 13-megapixel sensor for a 21-megapixel model and adding even more efficient and accurate phase detection autofocus into the mix. Both cameras capture photos that are clear with accurate color reproduction. Thanks to OIS and fast autofocus, photos are also generally free of excessive noise and blurring, and videos are nice and stable unless you really jerk the phone around. In ample lighting, I would have difficulty distinguishing pictures captured by either of the two new Moto phones and the Galaxy S7, which has what is by far the best smartphone camera in the world in my opinion. In lower light, however, the difference becomes a bit more apparent, though I did find that the Z Force Droid’s low-light performance seems to be a bit better than the slimmer model. The bottom line is that these phones feature cameras that are in a completely different league than earlier Moto phones. They can easily go toe-to-toe with the best camera phones out there like the Galaxy S7 and the HTC 10, though the S7 is still the reigning champ in my book. Before we wrap things up, let’s quickly run down all of the differences between the Moto Z Droid and the Moto Z Force Droid: The Z measures 153.3 mm x 75.3 mm x 5.19 mm while the Z Force measures 155.9 mm x 75.8 mm x 6.99 mm The Z weighs 136g while the Z Force weighs 163g The Z has a 13MP camera with laser autofocus while the Z Force has a 23MP camera with phase detection autofocus The Z has a Gorilla Glass face while the Z Force has a ShatterShield display The Z has a 2,600 mAh battery while the Z Force has a 3,500 mAh battery Motorola has created a situation similar to the one Apple created with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but the key difference here is that both phones feature the same size screen. There are clear advantages to choosing the Z Force Droid over the Z Droid, and those advantages are significant. On paper, the choice is obvious. Once you hold that 5.2mm-thick Moto Z in your hand though, it can be very difficult to let go. Motorola Mobility has endured a bizarre and turbulent ride over the past few years. It split from Motorola Solutions back in 2011 and was acquired by Google for a whopping $12.5 billion a few months later. Google held onto it for a couple of years before selling the company and most of the assets gained from the initial purchase to Lenovo for just under $3 billion. Now, as a division of Lenovo, Motorola is making the best phones of its long and storied existence. I have a long history with Motorola. I've owned and used every major Motorola cell phone since the days of the StarTac. I scooped all of the new phones  the company was working on back in 2008 and 2009 when it first mounted a comeback after smartphones began to kill off the RAZR. I also gave the world its first live look at the original Droid , the smartphone that would cement Android’s position as a true competitor to the iPhone, BlackBerry and Symbian. It’s been a wild ride and it’s taken us here, to the two most impressive smartphones Motorola has ever built. I can’t call them my personal favorites since the original RAZR will always hold a special place in my heart . But they’re easily my favorite Motorola smartphones to date and, to be frank, they’re far and away my favorite smartphones of 2016 so far. They also complement other Moto phones perfectly; Motorola’s low-cost handsets like the Moto G have become some of the company’s best-selling phones ever. Motorola has managed to build phones that feature a better design, better materials, better build quality, better relative battery life and better performance than just about anything else out there. The look is incredible, the feel is as impressive, and the major pain points from earlier Moto phones have been addressed with a great AMOLED display and two different dramatically improved cameras. The biggest problem people will have with these phones right out of the gate is the fact that they’re Verizon Wireless exclusives for the time being. That’s great news for Verizon subscribers, but everyone else will have to wait a while longer before Lenovo starts selling the phones unlocked in the US in September. The other big problem people will have is choosing between the two models. The Z Droid is insanely sleek and slim but the shatterproof screen, bigger battery and better camera on the Z Force Droid will be difficult to pass up. As for Verizon customers, they’ll be able to pre-order the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid on Verizon’s website  beginning immediately ahead of the phones’ release next Thursday, July 28th. The Moto Z Droid starts at $26 per month or $624 outright, while the Moto Z Force Droid starts at $30 per month or $720. There will also be several Moto Mods available at launch online and in Verizon stores. The JBL SoundBoost speaker costs $79.99, the Insta-Share Projector is $299.99, TUMI and Kate Spade Power Packs will range from $59.99 to $89.99, and a variety of Incipio back plates will sell for $14.99 each.

BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple should let the government spy on users

The Apple vs. FBI legal battle over the San Bernardino case in early 2016 was one of the most important events of the year so far, as user privacy, device security and terrorism converged in a single case. On one hand, we have Apple, keen on protecting everyone’s privacy. On the other hand, there's the FBI, a law enforcement agency that demands access to any communication device that may have been used during the plotting of a heinous crime. Apple won that battle, and while many from the tech sector sided with the iPhone company in its fight against the FBI, there was one notable company that argued that encryption has to be broken when the government needs it: BlackBerry. The irony did not escape us then, and it doesn’t escape us now -- BlackBerry's CEO still thinks Apple is wrong. DON’T MISS: Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time For years, BlackBerry’s data security was one its most important marketing tools, so you’d think BlackBerry would be a strong supporter of Apple. That’s not the case, however, as BlackBerry’s CEO thinks it’s not okay for Apple to protect criminals with encryption. John Chen reiterated that point of view recently during the BlackBerry Security Summit, Patently Apple reports . “One of our competitors, we call it ‘the other fruit company,' has an attitude that it doesn’t matter how much it might hurt society, they’re not going to help […],” he said. “I found that disturbing as a citizen. I think BlackBerry, like any company, should have a basic civil responsibility. If the world is in danger, we should be able to help out." I find it disturbing as a consumer that the CEO of a tech company believes encryption should be accessible to law enforcement, no matter how noble the motive. Of note, however, Chen’s remarks should not be interpreted as signs that BlackBerry phones aren’t secure. But at this point, it's not clear what data the company can and cannot share with the US government.

It looks like T-Mobile will be the best place to buy a Galaxy Note 7

The Galaxy Note 7 is almost upon us, with preorders rumored to start immediately after the phone's August 2nd announcement. While carriers are yet to reveal their Galaxy Note 7 pricing, obviously, a new rumor says that T-Mobile will have a hot offer on hand: A buy-one-get-one promotion for Samsung’s upcoming flagship phablet. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 shows up in new hands-on video comparison with iPhone 6s Well-informed gadget leaker Evan Blass wrote  the following on Twitter: “TMO PROMO: GN7 BOGO,” where BOGO stands for buy-one-get-one. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/755273720869117952 It’ll be a while until T-Mobile acknowledges the offer, but that certainly sounds like an exciting promo. Not only would buyers get a free smartphone, but the smartphone in question will likely be the best Android device money can buy. Obviously, with every BOGO promotion there are strings attached. You will have to get T-Mobile service for both phones, so it’s not like you’re getting a device completely free of cost. There’s no such thing as free. That said, the Galaxy Note 7 is gorgeous, according to the many leaks that have featured Samsung’s upcoming handset – check out the latest press photo, also coming via Blass, at this link . Additionally, the phone will pack quite a punch under the hood. The handset is rumored to sport high-end processors, 6GB of speedy RAM, 64GB of fast built-in storage, microSD support (maybe the kind of new removable storage Samsung has been working on), an iris scanner , and improved battery life.

Ultimate drop test: Can the Galaxy S7 Active survive a 400-foot fall?

When a company releases a new high-profile phone alongside claims that it's water-resistant, shatter-resistant or just about anything else-resistant, you can believe that bloggers are going to put those claims to the test. And as can only be expected, they're going to put those claims to the test in the most savage ways imaginable. We've seen Samsung's new Galaxy S7 Active fail some water submersion tests lately, so owners might be wise to avoid any unnecessary dunks. But the S7 Active has held up very well in all of the drop tests we've seen to date. Of course, none of those drop have been quite as extreme as this one. MUST SEE:  Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time ever Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge may very well be the least durable flagship smartphones of the year so far. The glass front and back on these phones mean there are very few angles at which the phone can drop and not be in danger of cracking — even with a drop from a low height. With that in mind, it can be difficult to trust a ruggedized phone that carries the S7 branding. Perhaps this video will put your mind at ease. Gadget blog TechnoBuffalo took a Galaxy S7 Active , strapped it to a drone, flew it up into the sky and dropped it several times to the ground below. The first test saw the drone drop the phone from 50 feet, and subsequent tests raised the bar until the phone was released from a whopping 400 feet in the air. Could it possibly survive a drop test this savage? You'll have to watch the video embedded below to find out.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Welcome to today's installment of our ongoing series on paid iPhone and iPad apps that are made available for free for a limited time. Wednesday's post includes 10 apps you definitely won't want to miss. they span several different categories from productivity and photography to games. There's even an app that lets you turn back the clock and capture videos of moments that you missed. What kind of magic!? How is that even possible?! You'll have to download it to find out. MUST SEE:  Leaked photos show a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time ever 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. AfterCam Normally $0.99. AfterCam is a video camera that helps you keep only the memorable moments you’re really after - AFTER they’ve happened. It continuously captures video, but won’t save anything to your photo library until you tell it to. With AfterCam, there’s no need to record hours of video you know you’ll never edit. So, instead of recording your kid's entire game, or seven hours of baby’s ALMOST first steps, record only the highlights to begin with. You simply aim it as if you were recording video; then, when something memorable happens that you want to keep, press one of the number buttons to save the previous 5, 10, or 20 seconds as a video clip. You can also take still photos any time without affecting the video and the controls are duplicated on both sides for easy use with either hand! App Features: - Continuously captures video internally but only saves highlights you want to your photo library - Takes still photos without affecting video capture - Photo browser for playback and management - Controls duplicated on both sides for right- or left-handed use Download AfterCam 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 Insta Rage Face Maker Normally $0.99. Use Insta Rage Me to add some new, funny and creative memes to your photos and bring popular memes to life! Make a custom meme with creative text fonts and colors. Share with your friends on facebook, twitter and email. The app is simple and fun to use. First you either take a picture from within the camera or load a photo from your library. Once that is done, you can start adding some faces and letting the fun begin! Find the coolest and trending memes for you. Lifestyle, animals, troll, rage, social. you name it! Make your own meme, and share with your friends! Fun and simple way to make beautiful photos in seconds. Use professionally designed filters, creative stickers - Add photos directly from iPhone camera - Crop, rotate, and straighten your photos - Add drama with Sharpness - Stylish photo effects - Splash photo features - Gorgeous photo filters - Adjust the brightness, saturation, contrast, blur, and exposure of your photos. - Choose from a wonderful collection of fonts - Easily resize, rotate, and adjust the opacity of text. - Multiple text layers to create beautiful typography - Add drop-shadows to your text. The creativity is endless and when your done you can share your photo's via your favourite social networks!- *Facebook *Twitter *Instagram *Email *Text *WhatsApp *Dropbox *Save to Photo album so what are you waiting for?download right now! -High Quality images to choose from -Support for iPhone, iPod Touch Download today and have some fun! Download Insta Rage Face Maker Remote • Drive Normally $3.99. Drive app is the ultimate USB stick replacement, video player and file browser. 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iPhone 7 Pro shown in all four colors in new leaked photo

It seems like we get at least a dozen new iPhone 7 leaks each and every day now that the release date is fast approaching. If all goes according to plan — or at least, according to what most industry watchers believe to be Apple's plan — two new iPhones will be unveiled in early or mid-September ahead of their launch toward the end of the month. Some believe they will be "boring" while others know that probably won't be the case at all . But either way, these are the two most eagerly anticipated new smartphones of the year by a wide margin. Earlier today we showed you leaked photos of a real iPhone 7 powered on for the first time ever , and now we have another first to share: An image of the larger iPhone 7 Pro model shown in all four colors. MUST WATCH:  Video: The 15 best new features in iOS 10 beta 3 With the iPhone 6 back in 2014, Apple changed up its game plan with the iPhone lineup. Instead of launching just one new flagship phone (or one new phone and one repackaged phone like it did with the iPhone 5s and 5c), the company released two new phones. They were very similar for the most part, but there were three main differences: The size, the screen resolution, and optical image stabilization on the Plus model's camera. Apple stuck to the same script in 2015, but it looks like things will play out a bit differently this year. While the differences between the 6 and 6 Plus were subtle, as are the differences between the 6s and 6s Plus, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro will apparently have a bit more that separates them. In addition to the overall size and screen size, reports and leaks suggest the iPhone 7 Pro will have two huge features that the smaller iPhone 7 will lack. The first is a dual camera setup, though we're not yet sure exactly how Apple will utilize the new cameras. The second is a new Smart Connector port on the back that will seemingly allow new accessories to be connected with ease, as is the case with the iPad Pro. The Pro/Plus model indeed seems like the better buy this year, and now a newly leaked photo shows us what's in store. For the first time, mockups of the iPhone 7 Pro have been pictured together in all four colors. The image above was found on Chinese microblogging site Weibo and reposted by Twitter user The Malignant. It doesn't show actual iPhone 7 Pro models, but instead mockups that were likely created for case makers using actual schematics leaked from Foxconn. Of note, we saw a similar leak earlier this month when a photo showing the smaller iPhone 7 in all four colors was posted on Weibo. Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro smartphones during a press conference in early or mid-September. The phones should then launch later in the month, when Apple is expected to have another tough year of iPhone sales ahead of 2017's huge tenth-anniversary redesign.

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25 iPhone tweaks that will make you want to jailbreak your phone

Apple fans celebrated in droves earlier this week as a new iOS jailbreak was finally released for the most recent versions of Apple's mobile platform, including the brand new iOS 9.3.3. It's not a perfect solution and it isn't a true untethered jailbreak, but it works very well and it's very easy to apply. In fact, as we explained in a recent post, you don't even have to connect your iPhone or iPad to a computer to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 and other recent versions. Instead, you can do the whole thing on your device quickly and easily using a special web-based tool accessible in mobile Safari. Jailbreaking is easy indeed, but is it worthwhile? Wait, don't answer that question just yet. Check out the 25 hot iOS tweaks covered below first, and then decide. MUST SEE:  As an iPhone user, I couldn’t be more jealous of Google’s newest Android feature Why bother jailbreaking these days? iOS has gained so much new functionality over the years. And with iOS 10 on the horizon, iPhone and iPad users are about to get even more hot new features. Of course, Apple still limits much of what third-party app developers can do with their software, so jailbreaking is the only way to gain features that would be otherwise blocked from iOS devices. What kind of features do you stand to gain by jailbreaking? Check out the video below, which was created by YouTuber iCrackUriDevice and runs through 25 of the best jailbreak tweaks out there. Here are all of the hot tweaks listed in the video along with the time at which each one is covered: 2:05 - 1. Initialized 2:25 - 2. NoSlowAnimations 2:47 - 3. Cylinder 3:06 - 4. Breadcumb10 3:46 - 5. DeleteForever 4:16 - 6. NoAppStoreRedirect 4:38 - 7. GrabberTime 5:09 - 8. 20 Second Lockscreen 5:22 - 9. DoubleCut 6:19 - 10. PowerDown 7:05 - 11. AutoPause 7:32 - 12. LockGlyph 7:52 - 13. UntetheredHeySiri 8:12 - 14. PM, really? 8:51 - 15. TapTapFlip 8:59 - 16. iCleaner 10:07 - 17. Zeppelin 11:03 - 18. Alkaline 11:36 - 19. BatteryLife 12:17 - 20. NoMotion 12:57 - 21. NoLiveClock 13:34 - 22. iFile 14:14 - 23. VirtualHome 8 n 9 14:54 - 24. Anchor 15:41 - 25. MultiIconMover+ Remember, things can go wrong when you jailbreak and you might also void your device's warranty. But if you're comfortable with those risks, the payoff is pretty sweet, as you can see.

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Elderly people react to the HTC Vive

Although it hasn't quite taken off like many pundits and enthusiasts expected it too, there's no question that the era of virtual reality has begun. Both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive have made their way to thousands of homes around the world, and Sony's PlayStation VR is just a few months away. VR has definitely arrived, but that doesn't mean that everyone is ready for it. DON'T MISS:  This might be the most ambitious Pokemon Go hack to date It has been nearly two years since we shared the video of elderly people playing with an Oculus Rift for the very first time . It was an incredible, hysterical sight, but two years later, are they better prepared for the HTC Vive? Let's find out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFsMYRsWglA If you guessed "no, they're not prepared, and this is going to terrify them," — ding ding ding! — you were right! If you haven't personally donned an HTC Vive, you should know that it's arguably the most immersive of all the current headsets on the market, thanks to room-scale VR. You walk around in the virtual worlds that the developers have created, and before long, you start to forget that you're not walking around in the real world. It's a bizarre phenomenon, but one that I experienced myself when I reviewed the Vive . If you want to jump head-first into virtual reality and be just as scared as the people in this video, you can order an HTC Vive today for $799.99 .

A friendly reminder that movie critics are generally pretty useless

Movie critics have a difficult job. Remaining objective and viewing a film through the target audience's eyes is no easy task, because we all inherently have biases when it comes to matters of opinion. In the case of big-budget blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice , critics by and large seem to have failed pretty miserably . The movie was panned by pros, earning it an abysmal 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While their terrible reviews may very well have impacted audience sentiment, they did precious little to actually dissuade anyone from seeing the movie — it racked up nearly $873 million globally at the box office, making it the 46th highest grossing film in history. And speaking of history... history is now repeating itself and giving us another gentle reminder that movie critics are pretty much useless. DON'T MISS:  How to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 on your iPhone or iPad without ever connecting to a PC Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was just released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download. Following the continued onslaught of critical panning long after the movie's theatrical debut, the film's new release on disc must have been impacted, right? Well, according to sales charts assembled by industry monitor NPD VideoScan First Alert, Batman v Superman sailed to the top of the disc charts in its first week of availability last week. The market research firm said that 70% of BvS disc sales were the pricier Blu-ray as opposed to DVD, which makes sense considering the special three-hour extended cut of the movie is only available on disc in the "Ultimate Edition" Blu-ray for the time being (though it's also available as a digital download). Here's NPD's top-20 for last week: 1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (New) 2. Allegiant 3. Miracles From Heaven 4. Zootopia 5. Kung Fu Panda 3 6. Deadpool 7. Ghostbusters 8. Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens 9. The Perfect Match (New) 10. Kill Zone 2 (New) 11. The Bourne Classified Collection 12. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 13. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 14. London Has Fallen 15. Gods of Egypt 16. Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League — Gotham City Breakout 17. Now You See Me 18. Ghostbusters 2 19. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 20. The Goonies The  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  Ultimate Edition Blu-ray is being sold on Amazon for $25 , but the three-hour extended cut can also be purchased as a digital HD download for $19.99 .

Fresh leak shows us just how ridiculously hot the Galaxy Note 7 is going to be

There have been many Galaxy Note 7 leaks revealing everything we could possibly want to know about the handset ahead of its upcoming announcement. Yet a fresh leak brings us the best look we’ve had so far at the new smartphone, and the accompanying report shares more details about its launch. DON’T MISS: This is when you’ll finally be able to buy the iPhone 7 French site NowhereElse , a constant source of mobile leaks, obtained high-resolution renders of the phone that look like official press images of the Galaxy Note 7. As you can easily see in the following pictures, the Galaxy Note 7 does feature a curved display, but the edges seem to have been toned down, at least compared to the Galaxy S7 edge. The same report said the phone would launch with a new Gear VR accessory that will likely support USB-C connectivity. NowhereElse also got images of the new Gear VR headset, which should be unveiled alongside the new phablet. The Galaxy Note 7 should be water and dustproof (IP68 certification) and will have a metal and glass design similar to the Galaxy S7. The phone measures 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm and weighs 168g, the site says. Specs-wise, the phone features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 2K resolution, octa-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD support, 12-megapixel Dual Pixel rear camera, 4K video recording and optical image stabilization, 5-megapixel front camera, an iris sensor, USB-C port, and 3,500 mAh battery. The Galaxy Note 7 also has a new S Pen design with increased pressure sensitivity and improved latency. The new Gear VR, meanwhile, is slightly bigger than its predecessor, measuring 207 x 122 x 98.5 m, and weighing 300g. The device is compatible with USB-C devices, but also with old microUSB handsets that work with the Gear VR. Finally, the field of vision has been increased from 96 degrees to 110 degrees, according to the report. NowhereElse also says that the Galaxy Note 7 will hit France in early September, priced around €859. The Gear VR will hit stores next month. More leaked photos showing the new Note 7 from every angle follow below.

Trump finally said something so stupid and illegal, he had to pretend he was joking

It seemed as though this day would never come, but it has: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said something so remarkably stupid that he actually had to pretend he wasn't being serious at the time. The run up to the 2016 presidential election in November will go down as one of the most bizarre and, quite frankly, sad times in the recent history of American politics. No matter who wins come November, we all lose. Of course, there's losing and then there's losing . And speaking of losing , an interesting series of events unfolded this week that forced Trump to finally walk back one of his ridiculous comments — something we really never thought we would see. DON'T MISS:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Trump is unlike any presidential candidate we've ever seen for so many reasons. So, so many. The most interesting among them might be the very manner by which he has managed to stir up so much support. In a nutshell, he says whatever he wants whenever he wants, and almost nothing he says it rooted in reality. Seriously. By some counts more than 90% of the things Trump states as fact  are either misguided or outright lies. It's insane. That's not the best part, though. The best part is the fact that his massive following doesn't care. At all. The media — and not just the liberal media, mind you — constantly calls Trump out on his lies and sheer stupidity, but nothing he does or says has any negative impact on sentiment among his supporters. So Trump sticks to his guns and says whatever asinine thing pops into his head. But this week, it finally happened. Trump said something so stupid that he had to retract it. Earlier this week, Mr. Trump called on Russian hackers to illegally obtain and leak private emails belonging to democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. That's right, the republican nominee for president of the United States publicly asked Russian hackers to hack an American citizen and release the private contents of her personal email account. "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said during a press conference on Wednesday. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press." You can't even make this stuff up. Trump knows that a lot of what he says is stupid. Much of it is calculated; he is a showman, not a moron. But this time around, he had to swallow his pride and retract his statement — likely because his public request for Russian hackers to commit a felony is itself probably a felony . Of course, this is Trump we're talking about here, so he didn't apologize. Instead, he pretended he was joking the whole time. "Of course I'm being sarcastic," Trump said in a TV interview on Fox. "But you have 33,000 emails deleted, and the real problem is what was said on those emails from the Democratic National Committee. You take a look at what was said on those emails, it's disgraceful." Sad!

2016 HTC Nexus news and rumors

2016 HTC Nexus news and rumors

After working with LG and Huawei last year, Google could partner with HTC on a pair of new Nexus devices. It would mark the first time Google and HTC have collaborated on a mobile device since 2010. We've got all the news and rumors here.

‘Stephen Colbert’ is finally dead, but his twin cousin ‘Stephen Colbert’ is just as good

Something incredible happened last week during the Republican National Convention. No, it wasn't when Ben Carson tried to convince America that Hillary Clinton was in league with Lucifer. It also wasn't when "You Can't Always Get What You Want" blasted through the Quicken Loans Arena following Trump's acceptance speech, as an absurd number of balloons tumbled from the sky. The most celebrated moment of last week was the return of "Stephen Colbert." MUST SEE:  Marvel fans show us how ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ really should have ended I put "Stephen Colbert" in quotes because it wasn't the CBS late night talk show host we saw last week — it was the character from The Colbert Report that we'd all assumed had been retired as soon as Stephen left Comedy Central. As it turns out, Viacom (the company that owns Comedy Central) had also assumed the character was dead, and wasn't too happy to see it resurrected on another network. Viacom's lawyers got in touch with CBS's lawyers to express their disapproval, so on Wednesday night, Stephen finally retired "Stephen Colbert." Thankfully, "Stephen Colbert" has a twin cousin named "Stephen Colbert" who wants to be a permanent correspondent for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert . There are some subtle differences between the two characters (the old "Stephen" went to Dartmouth, the new "Stephen" applied to Dartmouth), but at a glance, they appear to be just distinct enough to appease the lawyers. You can meet the new "Stephen Colbert" in the segment below, which also features a familiar Comedy Central segment with a slightly different name: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvkFkzpVYJ4

The one Galaxy Note 7 rumor we want to believe

Most Galaxy Note 7 rumors so far have indicated that Samsung is going to launch a single phablet version, and when it comes to design, it won't be a flat-screen model. Reports claimed that Samsung is only looking to sell a Galaxy Note 7 edge model this year which would feature a dual edge display, just like the Galaxy S7 edge. However, more recent leaks suggested that a flat Galaxy Note 7 might be in the works , or that Samsung at least considered one. A brand new report, however, says that the phone will have a dual edge screen, but it’ll be a “barely-curved” display. DON’T MISS: This is when you’ll finally be able to buy the iPhone 7 At least that’s what TalkAndroid ’s source claims, who has already used a “consumer-ready” version of the phone. Apparently, Samsung is “heavily toning” the edges down for the Galaxy Note 7, having heard concerns from potential buyers. An almost-flat display for the Galaxy Note 7 is certainly a feature many people will appreciate, assuming the report is accurate. The display is still tipped to measure 5.7 inches and will be protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The bezels seem “almost nonexistent” and the phone is “thicker than the Galaxy Note 5 but doesn’t feel like it in the hand.” The extensive report also says the phone will pack the same edge-related software features found on the Galaxy S7 edge, and that the new Note will also have an Always On screen. The S Pen is getting a massive makeover, the report notes. The stylus will receive great new features, including acting as a magnifying glass and a translator. It’ll also have special note-taking features that would work with the Always On display. The software on the Galaxy Note 7 would look pretty much like what we’ve seen in existing leaks. There’s “lots of white, a new status bar, and rounded app icons.” Also interesting is the fact that the phone will come with 5GB of Samsung cloud. Apparently, Samsung is also ready to play the cloud game. One other cool software feature concerns battery life. Samsung will let you scale down the screen’s resolution to 720p to save juice, the report notes. Other Galaxy Note 7 features the source revealed include USB-C port, complete with a microUSB adapter, Galaxy S7-like front and rear cameras, an iris scanner that’s “pretty quick,” 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The Galaxy Note 7 won’t be compatible with current Gear VR models, so a new one would be launched alongside it. The smartphone should be launched in black, silver, blue, and gold. In all, the Galaxy Note 7 should be “the best of everything Samsung has ever offered,” according to TalkAndroid ’s source. Let’s just hope all this information is accurate.

Alphabet posts strong revenue on video market, stock surges

Alphabet posts strong revenue on video market, stock surges

Alphabet Inc, Google's parent, on Thursday revealed that efforts to push its vast advertising business toward mobile is paying off as second quarter earnings handily beat Wall Street's expectations. The results put to rest lingering concerns about how the rise of mobile might impact Google, which has a strong mobile presence with its Android smartphone operating system but has long relied on desktop search traffic to power its profits. Advertisers typically pay less for user clicks on mobile ads than on desktop ads, Google's traditional strength, but the strong earnings performance suggests that is beginning to change, said Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Partners.

Breaking Bad in real life: Lottery winner invests $3M in meth drug scheme

Remember kids, you shouldn’t try everything you see on TV at home, no matter how cool it sounds. That’s especially true if you’ve just hit the jackpot and won $3 million in a lottery. DON’T MISS: This is when you’ll finally be able to buy the iPhone 7 A man in Georgia has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges after he went Walter White with his winnings. In case you don’t know Walter White, he’s the protagonist of AMC’s hit Breaking Bad , played by Bryan Cranston. A chemistry teacher who just found out he’s got cancer, White reverts to building a meth empire because he needs the money to secure his family’s future. And he’s very successful at it, even if becoming a drug lord forever changes who he thought he was. Getting back to real life, we have 45-year-old Ronnie Music Jr., who won $3 million in a Georgia lottery in February 2015. He rarely played the game, but he came out the winner. Unlike White, Music's financial future seemed secured. But since winning, investigators believe that Music funneled his winnings into an illegal business, NYDailyNews reports . “Music decided to test his luck by sinking millions of dollars of lottery winnings into the purchase and sale of crystal meth,” US Attorney Ed Tarver said. He was caught selling 11 pounds of meth worth $500,000. During the arrest, the FBI seized $1 million worth of meth, $600,000 in cash, and an arsenal of guns and ammo. Music, a former maintenance supervisor, also pleaded guilty to firearms possession. Unlike Walter White, who was never caught, Music will have plenty of time in jail to think about what went wrong in his unique drug dealing plan. He’ll also have time to rewatch Breaking Bad for inspiration. Better Call Saul might also come in handy.

Apple’s secretive car project to focus more on autonomous driving software

In an interesting but not altogether surprising turn of events, Apple is reportedly recalibrating the focus and underlying goal of its long-rumored car initiative. According to a new  report from Bloomberg , the primary focus of Apple’s car-oriented R&D will now center on developing advanced software capable of powering self-driving cars of the future. In turn, Apple will divert some attention away from its original goal of developing and manufacturing a branded car of its own. To help push things along, the report adds that Apple recently tapped Dan Dodge to join Project Titan, the not-so-secretive name of the company’s automotive team. While not a household name, Dodge represents an intriguing and exciting hire for Apple. Prior to signing up to work at 1 Infinite Loop, Dodge served as the top dog within BlackBerry’s automotive software division. And before that, Dodge served as both the founder and CEO of  QNX, a company that BlackBerry acquired outright a few years ago. DON’T MISS: Leaked photos of iPhone 7’s headphone adapter emerge Notably, QNX software currently provides the brains behind many of the entertainment and navigation systems used by some of the world’s largest auto manufacturers today, including Ford and Volkswagen. On a related note, word emerged earlier in the week that venerable Apple executive Bob Mansfield was recently tapped to spearhead Project Titan, a move which, according to many, signals that Apple is dead serious about entering the automotive space in some capacity. As it stands now, Apple’s car team employees hundreds of researchers and engineers with expertise and broad experience across all facets of the automotive design, development and manufacturing process. That notwithstanding, developing a car – from start to finish – is a herculean task and Apple has reportedly suffered its fair share of setbacks over the past few months. To this point, Bloomberg reports: Apple has hundreds of engineers working on car design and has been targeting a release as soon as 2020. That goal has been affected by multiple departures, technical delays and confusion regarding the direction of the project, according to people with knowledge of the efforts. While Apple reportedly remains open to the idea of developing its own car, developing automotive software has become the top priority, at least for the time being.

Is there a new Samsung Gear VR on the horizon?

Is there a new Samsung Gear VR on the horizon?

Rumors are slowly gathering that Samsung may have a new Gear VR headset in the works, but details are slim, leading to speculation it may be compatible with the forthcoming Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

This is what the HTC Nexus Marlin might look like

Google is about to launch two exciting Nexus devices, according to a variety of leaks. Codenamed Sailfish and Marlin, the two devices will be manufactured by HTC, and should offer the same design and high-end specs. A consistent number of reports have already “confirmed” the phones’ most important features . There have also been a few renders based on leaks, and a fresh one claims to be the most accurate of them all. DON’T MISS: Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Android site TechDroider posted  what it claimed to be the first photo of the Nexus Marlin a few days ago , but the image only showed a portion of a phone’s screen that happened to be turned on. The site is now back with a render created using evidence from multiple sources. TechDroider says its renders are the most accurate so far, with the design of the phone having been confirmed by two reliable sources. The site also says it has seen the full front of the device. (But apparently, not the back?) Speaking of the rear shell of the handset, previous renders suggested that HTC will use a hideous mix of glass/plastic and metal for the back. But the new renders suggest that won’t be the case. TechDroider says the Nexus Marlin will have an aluminum body, which will make it look like the HTC 10 from the back. The device should feature a fingerprint sensor and a camera on the back. When it comes to logos, it’s not clear whether the phone will have just a “G” for Google on the back, or whether the regular “Nexus” and HTC logos are to be included. Two such variations follow below. Google should unveil the new Nexus devices at some point in the coming months, likely after Android 7.0 Nougat comes to town.

iPhone hack finally lets you play Pokemon Go in landscape mode

How cool would it be to be able to play Pokemon Go in landscape mode on the iPhone? Too cool for Nianic, which would prefer for us to remain mindless portrait zombies. But never fear: unofficially, you can do it, as there’s an iPhone hack that lets you flip your phone DON’T MISS: Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Discovered accidentally by a redditor, the glitch lets you fool the iPhone into running Pokemon Go in landscape mode even though the game doesn’t really permit it. Since then, others have been able to replicate the hack, Lifehacker reports , and you can do it too, by following this simple recipe: Open the Pokémon Go app, then hold your phone sideways. Tap the PokéBall icon to open the menu, then tap the Settings icon in the upper-left corner. Scroll until you see “Report High-Priority Issue” and tap it. Then tap “Yes.” This will take you out of the app and open Safari. Hit the Home button, then tap the Pokémon Go icon to open the app again. Rinse and repeat every time you want to activate landscape mode in Pokemon Go. A reddit thread seems to indicate that there might be ways to play the mobile game in landscape mode on Android as well – check this link . On the other hand, maybe walking around with the iPhone in hand in landscape mode and playing Pokemon Go at the same time might not be such a good idea. Accidents happen to smartphones all the time.

iPhone 7 rumors and news leaks

iPhone 7 rumors and news leaks

Rumors have long been spreading about Apple's iPhone 7, a device we will see later this year. A September 9 pre-order date has been leaked, and the device will likely launch the week of September 12. Here's everything you need to know.

'Lady Layton' detective mystery stepping out on iOS, Android

'Lady Layton' detective mystery stepping out on iOS, Android

Set in London, the game follows the daughter of series mainstay Professor Layton and, with the help of her dog and her friends, she sets off to unravel the truth behind her father's disappearance. It's the third Layton game to make it to mobiles after 2012 spin-off "Layton Brothers: Mystery Room" and only the second to be considered part of the core franchise since its debut, "Professor Layton and the Curious Village," was made available on Japanese mobiles in 2008. Most recently, sixth game "Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy" wrapped up the adventures of Hershel Layton himself, but Japanese game studio Level-5 left the door open for his friends, relatives and accomplices to pick up the mantle.

Samsung found a way to turbocharge smartphones without upgrading chips or RAM

“[A] common belief is that phone performance can only be improved in two ways, either using a faster processor or increasing the RAM.” You may think that’s a quote from Apple, perhaps the introduction of an explanation of why the iPhone regularly bests Android flagships in performance despite having specs that never seem to measure up on paper. But you’d be wrong. That’s how Samsung starts a new video intended to explain that mid-range devices can be very powerful without sporting high-end specs. This only begs the question: If Samsung can pull off amazing performance without bumping up processor speed or adding more RAM, why does it keep doing that with every new Galaxy S and Galaxy Note model it launches? MUST WATCH:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Samsung posted the new video on its Samsung Mobile India page to describe a new feature of the Galaxy J2 Pro 2016 edition, the Turbo Speed Technology (TST) that’s supposed to offer a fast, fluid smartphone experience. Samsung says its engineers went back to the drawing board to come up with software and hardware optimizations meant to improve smartphone experience even on a device that doesn’t have a cutting-edge processor or tons of RAM. Samsung did shrunk some of the most used smartphone apps down, so that they consume less RAM while in use. TST also includes a “proactive app management” feature that lets the phone automatically kill apps that aren’t being used to free up more RAM. Finally, an “intelligent memory control” feature is supposed to rearrange and declutter RAM, to make more RAM available when it’s needed. The TST feature is available only on the Galaxy J2 Pro, but it’ll presumably come to other Android smartphones from Samsung in the near future. In fact, it’ll be interesting if TST will be included on the Galaxy Note 7, one of those upcoming devices that will have both a faster processor and more RAM – 6GB of RAM to be more precise. We won't be able to answer that question until next Tuesday when Samsung unveils the new Note 7, so check out the video below in the meantime. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh_333mq9Ro

Looking for official Android tips and tricks? Google’s got you covered

You might be well versed in the ways of the Android, but not everyone is, especially beginners who are just discovering Google’s mobile operating system. However, regardless of your level of expertise in Android matters, you can now find answers to some of your pressing questions by bookmarking a new Google resource, a Tips and Tricks section the company published on its Android site. DON’T MISS: Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Available at this link , the Tips and Tricks mini-site goes through a bunch of various troubleshooting categories. A Featured section is the first one to load up, showing you solutions to common problems like accessing photos, changing the phone’s wallpaper, using voice to navigate the device, or using battery saving mode to extend battery life. Aside from the featured section, there are seven other categories, each containing a few tips and tricks, including Privacy and Security , Voice , Camera and Photo , Battery , Customization , More Apps , and Settings . The tips are presented using a card-like interface, with each card listing a particular problem, and the steps required to mitigate it. Clicking on Learn more inside the card brings up a pop-up window that contains the step-by-step information you need. Most smartphone users are probably aware of many of these tips and tricks, but the site is still a resource worth remembering in case you can’t find a solution for your problem on your Android device. The best thing you could do with it is to forward it to your parents if they’re rocking Android devices. They might annoy you less with Android help requests after that.

Olympic TV channel to launch after Rio close

Olympic TV channel to launch after Rio close

The Olympic television channel will be launched on the internet on August 21 just after the closing ceremony of the Rio Games, the International Olympic Committee announced Wednesday. "Starting Sunday 21 August, after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the Olympic Channel platform will be available worldwide via a mobile app for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com," said an IOC statement. The launch of the Olympic Channel was approved at the IOC Congress in December, 2014.

Even more leaked photos of the Galaxy Note 7 we want

The Galaxy Note 7 is going to be unveiled in a few days, and Samsung’s next-gen phablet -- what will likely become the best performing Android device of the year -- will finally be official. However, most leaks so far have suggested the phone will come in a single curved “edge” flavor, which isn’t necessarily good news for everyone. DON’T MISS: Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Sure, the dual-edge design of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6 is certainly appealing, and the phones look amazing, and they feel great in hand – of those, the Galaxy S7 edge is the clear winner. But not all buyers want curved displays in a smartphone, particularly in a type of device that comes with a built-in stylus, the kind of accessory that might not be that friendly to curved display edges. However, more recent leaks have also shown the Galaxy Note 7 in a flat version, suggesting that Samsung might have two Galaxy Note 7 models in stores this year. Dutch blog TechTastic found even more pictures on Weibo, showing the flat Galaxy Note 7 in action – yes, the screen is turned on in the images at the end of this post. The leak also includes two screenshots that seem to confirm the phone’s specs, including a 2K AMOLED display, octa-core 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 12-megapixel camera, and Android 6.0.1. The fact that more images showing a flat new Note are appearing in leaks doesn’t necessarily mean Samsung will actually sell this model anywhere in the world. We might be looking at pictures of prototype devices, so don’t get too excited about a flat Galaxy Note 7 just yet. Samsung will tell us all about the new Note on August 2nd, during a special Unpacked media event in New York. Meanwhile, check out this latest batch of leaked Galaxy Note 7 photos below.

Holy Buddhist temple embraces its role as a Pokémon gym

Holy Buddhist temple embraces its role as a Pokémon gym

Pokémon fever has taken over the world — it's touched private businesses, Holocaust museums, and now, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. Recently, the temple announced that it would partially transform itself into a Pokémon gym. Level 5 players are now welcome to roam the temple in search of runaway Pokémon. The temple offers free cell phone chargers, available on the temple steps.  SEE ALSO: You shouldn't be ashamed of playing 'Pokemon Go' and loving it The resources provided at the temple are ample. Washrooms and water fountains are provided for interested trainors. The temple provides a safe space for people who want to practice Buddhism, as well as capture Pikachus. Sure, throwing little balls at imaginary creatures may not seem like a practice that belongs in one of the world's most ancient religions, but the monks don't seem to mind. Since posting their gym on social media, people all across social media haven given the temple rave reviews. "There’s real incense here, just like in the game!” one player tweeted, while another added,“Thank you for such a beautiful show of tolerance." It's unclear how many Pokémon players were discriminated against before the Pokémon Buddhist temple, but the gesture seems nice. Sure, Buddhism and Pikachus may seems incongruous, but with over 9.5 million daily users, Pokémon Go is catching on. Within just a month of its release, it has already grown into one of the fastest growing religions.  May all people be able to practice, and play, in piece. h/t Rocket News

Motorola isn’t worried about making sure your Android phone is secure

We've all heard it before: the best thing you can do to keep your computer safe from hackers is to update regularly. Software companies push updates to fix known flaws in their operating systems, and hackers routinely search for old software versions so that they can take advantage of known security flaws that no one's bothered to patch yet. So it's a little unnerving to hear that Motorola, maker of some of the world's best Android phones, doesn't really think that making Android security updates available in a timely manner is particularly important. DON'T MISS:  6 of the best Gmail tricks you never knew existed To be absolutely clear, Android as a platform has a problem with updates and security updates. Unlike iOS devices, which get the update as soon as Apple has tested it, there's a few more steps to the Android update process. Google has to issue an update, which manufacturers then have to tweak, cell carriers have to mess with a little, and then the update finally gets pushed to customers. It's a painstaking process that takes months of time, and serious money for the hardware manufacturers that they'll never see back. But timely updates are also the cornerstone of good mobile security. With major flaws like Stagefright being revealed every year -- flaws that can only be fixed with a security patch -- updates that get pushed in days or weeks, not months, are important. This is where Motorola comes in. As first spotted by  Ars Technica , the company has decided not to commit to monthly Android security updates, even for its newest devices. When asked to comment on this story, Motorola didn't address specific questions about security concerns, and stuck to the line that monthly updates are "difficult": Motorola understands that keeping phones up to date with security patches is important to our customers. We strive to push security patches as quickly as possible. However, because of the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, it's difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices. It is often most efficient to bundle security updates in a scheduled Maintenance Release (MR) or OS upgrade. As we previously stated, Moto Z Droid Edition will receive Android Security Bulletins. Moto G4 will also receive them. Everything in the statement is technically true: issuing fewer updates is certainly "most efficient" for Motorola, and cranking out monthly updates for a number of devices is difficult. But the statement is symptomatic of a pretty cavalier attitude from many Android manufacturers towards security. With profits difficult to find in the high-end smartphone business (if you're not called Apple, that is), spending money issuing free security updates is a difficult ask. Google is aware of the reputation Android has for poor security (compared to iOS), which is why it created the Android Security Bulletin program to issue monthly security updates. But if manufacturers refuse to commit to the program -- and Moto seems to be leading the charge here -- it's not going to do much to fix Android's " toxic hellstew " of vulnerabilities.

Motorola doesn’t really care about making your Android phone secure

We've all heard it before: the best thing you can do to keep your computer safe from hackers is to update regularly. Software companies push updates to fix known flaws in their operating systems, and hackers routinely search for old software versions so that they can take advantage of known security flaws that no one's bothered to patch yet. So it's a little unnerving to hear that Motorola, maker of some of the world's best Android phones, doesn't really think that making Android security updates available in a timely manner is particularly important. DON'T MISS:  6 of the best Gmail tricks you never knew existed To be absolutely clear, Android as a platform has a problem with updates and security updates. Unlike iOS devices, which get the update as soon as Apple has tested it, there's a few more steps to the Android update process. Google has to issue an update, which manufacturers then have to tweak, cell carriers have to mess with a little, and then the update finally gets pushed to customers. It's a painstaking process that takes months of time, and serious money for the hardware manufacturers that they'll never see back. But timely updates are also the cornerstone of good mobile security. With major flaws like Stagefright being revealed every year -- flaws that can only be fixed with a security patch -- updates that get pushed in days or weeks, not months, are important. This is where Motorola comes in. As first spotted by  Ars Technica , the company has decided not to commit to monthly Android security updates, even for its newest devices. When asked to comment on this story, Motorola didn't address specific questions about security concerns, and stuck to the line that monthly updates are "difficult": Motorola understands that keeping phones up to date with security patches is important to our customers. We strive to push security patches as quickly as possible. However, because of the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, it's difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices. It is often most efficient to bundle security updates in a scheduled Maintenance Release (MR) or OS upgrade. As we previously stated, Moto Z Droid Edition will receive Android Security Bulletins. Moto G4 will also receive them. Everything in the statement is technically true: issuing fewer updates is certainly "most efficient" for Motorola, and cranking out monthly updates for a number of devices is difficult. But the statement is symptomatic of a pretty cavalier attitude from many Android manufacturers towards security. With profits difficult to find in the high-end smartphone business (if you're not called Apple, that is), spending money issuing free security updates is a difficult ask. Google is aware of the reputation Android has for poor security (compared to iOS), which is why it created the Android Security Bulletin program to issue monthly security updates. But if manufacturers refuse to commit to the program -- and Moto seems to be leading the charge here -- it's not going to do much to fix Android's " toxic hellstew " of vulnerabilities.

This Macbook lookalike promises insane power for $750

Xiaomi is a Chinese tech company best known for making cheap-and-cheerful Android phones which offer flagship-phone specs for half price. So it's not surprising that the company is applying the same formula for its first laptop. What is surprising is how much it looks like a Macbook, but also how good the specs are for $750. Laptops this cheap aren't meant to have integrated graphics, an inch-thick aluminum body and 8GB of RAM, but clearly Xiaomi didn't get the memo. DON'T MISS:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Two new notebooks were unveiled last night. The headliner is the Mi Notebook Air, a 13-inch homage to Apple's more famous Macbook Air. It's a little thicker and just a tiny bit lighter, but manages to pack in much better specs. There's a Core i5, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, but most importantly a discrete graphics card in the shape of Nvidia's GeForce 940MX. It's a lightweight unit better suited to  World of Warcraft  than  The Division , but still head and shoulders above the integrated graphics in Apple's cheaper laptops. According to  CNET 's hands-on, the build isn't too shabby either. You get a aluminum body with no logo on the back, a decent keyboard, USB-C ports and even a full-size HDMI. I like the placement of the 3.5mm jack close to the front of the laptop as well. There's a few compromises to get to the price point. I'm not wild about the 1080p display, and the lack of an SD card reader is a shame. But for the price of last year's used Macbook Airs, I'm not really going to complain. The biggest problem is going to be availability. Xiaomi has only announced availability in China so far, so there's a good chance this laptop will never officially make it to the US. But even if I had to spend $100 importing it through some weird reseller, I still want to get my hands on this laptop.

Microsoft thinks its new iOS camera app takes better photos than the iPhone

Microsoft is not a real contender in the smartphone business when it comes to hardware, but the company keeps launching exciting new apps for other platforms – or buying cool mobile apps – in its quest to dominate iPhone and Android. One such app from the software giant is Pix, a “smarter” camera app that’s supposed to take better pictures than the default iPhone camera app. Or, at least, that’s what Microsoft says. MUST WATCH:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Available as a free download from the App Store , Pix uses artificial intelligence to enhance pictures automatically and deliver the best possible result for each shot, according to Microsoft . The best part of it is that the user doesn’t have to deal with any manual controls – there are already plenty camera apps like that. Instead, Microsoft does it all automatically for you, managing focus, exposure, color and other settings. Each time you press the shutter, the app captures 10 frames, from which it selects up to three best versions for you to review. The app automatically deletes the discarded versions so they don’t consume any storage space. Pix also pays attention to what is happening in the photo, focusing on human subjects to adjust focus and make people look good. Here's a comparison shot between Pix and the default iPhone camera app, as featured by Microsoft: Furthermore, if the app thinks there’s motion in a shot that’s worth saving, it’ll also save a Live Image for you, which is Microsoft’s own version of Live Photos, made of all the frames it captured for a shot. You can try Pix yourself by following this link . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V03FBXUb1C4

Leaked photo finally shows the Galaxy Note 7 you’ve been waiting for

Something interesting has been happening behind the scenes here at BGR over the past couple of weeks. As we've been sharing more and more leaked photos and videos of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 7, more and more people have been emailing us with a curious concern. Here's an example of a leaked video that shows the new Note 7 in action , and almost every time we publish one, we get emails from people concerned about rumors that the only available version of the Galaxy Note 7 will have curved edges on either side of the display. We love the edge design — it makes the large Galaxy S7 edge shockingly comfortable and easy to use with one hand. But apparently not everyone is into it, and people are worried that there won't be a flat option for the Galaxy Note 7. Well, perhaps this newly leaked photo will put your mind at ease. MUST WATCH:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Samsung has really been pushing its "edge" phone lineup, and the reasoning is fairly obvious. They offer differentiation compared to other smartphones since they're a variation on the rounded rectangle form factor everyone is all too familiar with . They're also pricier, which means higher ASPs and better margins for Samsung. Not everyone is sold on the curved edge design, it would seem. Despite the added comfort and unique look, flat phones are still the preference for many users. There are a few main reasons people have mentioned in emails, but one that pops up often is the slight distortion that appears on the edges of the screen when the user looks straight at it. Fair enough. It looks like Android fans hoping to see a flat option when Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note 7 next week are in luck, because a newly leaked image taken from Weibo and shared by anonymous Twitter user The Malignant shows a next-gen Note 7 with a flat screen. The image is believed to be authentic, and the stylus is out so there's no mistaking which model this unreleased phone is. Here's the leaked photo: Samsung will unveil its next-generation Galaxy Note 7(s) during a press conference in New York City on August 2nd, and we'll have live coverage for you right here on the site.

Zynga remakes 'Words With Friends' for classrooms

Zynga remakes 'Words With Friends' for classrooms

Social game developer Zynga is moving into school spaces in an official capacity as "Words With Friends" receives an educational edition. First introduced in 2009, the mobile sensation "Words With Friends" has been made over for use within school teaching settings. "Words With Friends EDU" is the result of Zynga's refit, and it's being released as a free download for iPad, Android tablets, and on the web.

This might be the best Pokemon Go cheat ever… if you can get it to work

We’ve seen a few ways of cheating at Pokemon Go emerge over the past few weeks, and most of them involve tools that would tell a player what type of Pokemon creature is spawning nearby . But what if there was a way to increase the time you have at your disposal for Incense and Lucky Eggs? DON’T MISS: 10 of the worst mistakes in DC movies that you probably never noticed By using either Incense and Lucky Eggs, you can level-up your Trainer faster than you can with other methods. However, these perks only work for a preset amount of time. Once activated, you’ll have to make the most of them over the next 30 minutes. With Incense, you attract Pokemon to your location, while Lucky Eggs will double your experience points over the next 30 minutes. Business Insider found a “crazy simple” hack that lets you use both power-ups for an unlimited amount of time. Here’s how it works: first, you activate your Incense, Lucky Egg or both. Then you go to your phone’s Settings app to the Time and date menu where you need to turn off the phone’s automatic time/date setting. You probably know what the third and final step is: Setting the time back on your phone by up to 30 minutes. This trick supposedly works on both iPhone and Android. Getting back to the game, you’ll notice that the time on Incense/Lucky Egg has increased by however much time you’ve moved back the clock (see image above), but the total can't be more than 60 minutes, which is why you can’t set the time back any further than 30 minutes. The trick should give you plenty of additional time to hunt Pokemon. It might be the best Pokemon Go hack yet, but it’s still a cheat that might be eliminated in a future update. Additionally, some people report that it works perfectly while others haven't had much success with it at all, so your results may vary.

Google Camera 4.1 updates come with a new twist for selfies

Google Camera 4.1 updates come with a new twist for selfies

Selfie lovers will soon have an easier way to switch to the front facing camera on Android devices. A quick hand gesture will bring up the selfie camera in the beta version of Google Camera 4.1, though exposure compensation is now missing.

10 of the worst mistakes in DC movies that you probably never noticed

When DC revealed that it would be building its own movie universe, comic book fans the world over held their collective breath. It's not that we expected the DC Extended Universe to fail, we just knew how big of an undertaking it would be, and how easy it could be to screw it all up by rushing things. Based on the critical reaction to Batman v Superman , fans were right to be cautious. But Dawn of Justice wasn't the first (or the only) high profile mistake DC made. SEE ALSO:  As an iPhone user, I couldn’t be more jealous of Google’s newest Android feature Following a weekend filled with well-received projects from DC's film and television divisions, Screen Rant put together a video compilation of some of the biggest mistakes in DC movie history. Some of these are relatively recent, but others stretch as far back as Batman Returns from 1992. These mistakes probably won't ruin the movie for you (at least not anymore than the movie was already ruined from the outset), but in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice , Bruce Wayne runs through a cloud of heavy dust in the beginning of the movie and comes out the other side completely clean. Later on, Batman lays the smackdown on Superman, but a scene later, Superman's wounds have miraculously healed and even his disheveled hair has been styled again. These are just a few of the minor mistakes you might not have noticed. You can see a bunch more in the video from Screen Rant below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeYpGfZhxF8

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Facebook to challenge US bill for back taxes

Facebook to challenge US bill for back taxes

The US government is expected to hit Facebook with a bill for between $3 billion and $5 billion in back taxes, the social network has disclosed. Facebook said it would challenge the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assessment in the US Tax Court when it becomes final. The tax bill relates to a previously disclosed review of the pricing of assets Facebook transferred to its Irish subsidiary.

Facebook (FB) Could Owe $5 Billion to the IRS

The IRS is coming for Facebook (ticker: FB) -- to the tune of billions of dollars, reports Bloomberg. The IRS gave the social network giant a deficiency notice for $3 billion to $5 billion, plus interest and penalties, after looking through Facebook's transfer pricing in an audit, per a Thursday regulatory finding from Facebook. The investigation started in 2013, when the IRS found documents related to the royalty value Facebook Ireland paid the primary Menlo Park, California-based Facebook business back in 2010.

Doug the Pug had a power meeting with Facebook's chief pooch

Doug the Pug had a power meeting with Facebook's chief pooch

Puglebrity and smush-faced pop culture maven Doug the Pug visited Facebook's headquarters at Menlo Park on Thursday. He was there for a meeting with Facebook's own head pooch, CEO Mark Zuckerberg's mop-like Hungarian sheepdog, Beast. SEE ALSO: Mark Zuckerberg's dog masters the art of camouflage in glorious new photos Zuck posted a picture of the two looking like they're in the midst of a serious meeting — Doug wearing a Facebook tee and Beast sporting a new top knot. Doug's Facebook page also revealed that he was given a staff pass for his visit. Image: mark zuckerberg/facebook Look closely and you'll see that Beast's pass features him in his famous levitating pose. Image: MARK ZUCKERBERG/FACEBOOK

Ford and Whole Foods skid, Alere and Facebook jump

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday: Alere Inc., $5.09 to $36.56 The diagnostic test maker said a Justice Department inquiry only relates to a small part of its business. Ford ...

Facebook shares hit record high as it beats estimates again

Facebook shares hit record high as it beats estimates again

The social networking giant beat market expectations for profit and revenue yet again in the latest quarter, pushing up its shares to a record high on Thursday and allowing it to overtake Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc as the fifth biggest U.S. company by market capitalization. Facebook's shares rose as much as 4 percent to $128.33, boosting its market value by $14 billion to $367 billion - enough to eclipse Berkshire's market cap of about $355 billion. At least 24 brokerages raised target prices on Facebook's stock, with a median target of $150.

Astronaut posts beautiful Earth photo that Twitter promptly Photoshops

Astronaut posts beautiful Earth photo that Twitter promptly Photoshops

We're now in an age where photos of space, taken from space, are becoming commonplace. We're also in an age where someone can swap out the moon for a moon emoji on Twitter. Astronaut Rick Mastracchio posted a photo of the Earth and moon July 25, taken by a NASA camera onboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite. And he remarked that it was so fantastic that it almost seemed too amazing to be a real photo. SEE ALSO: Experience Juno's final approach to Jupiter through the spacecraft's own eyes While some questioned the photo and others defended it, some Twitter users took a different route entirely. They Photoshopped the photo into something even more fantastic. To the point where they were actually too fantastic to believe.  Unless you believe the Earth is orbited by an enormous, floating hamburger.

Facebook's Internet-Delivery Drone Completes First Test Flight

Facebook's Internet-Delivery Drone Completes First Test Flight

Facebook recently completed its first test flight of a solar-powered drone that is designed to beam down internet access to remote areas of the world. The Aquila drone is being developed to broaden the scope of internet connectivity around the globe. "New technologies like Aquila have the potential to bring access, voice and opportunity to billions of people around the world, and do so faster and more cost-effectively than has ever been possible before," Jay Parikh, global head of engineering and infrastructure at Facebook, wrote in a blog post about the project.

Brazil fines Facebook $11.6 mn over WhatsApp standoff

Brazil fines Facebook $11.6 mn over WhatsApp standoff

A judge in Brazil slapped an $11.6 million fine on the local Facebook branch over the company's refusal to surrender data from its WhatsApp messenger program to a police investigation. The order came from a judge in the northern state of Amazonas, saying Facebook was failing to meet its legal obligations. Facebook Brasil has "shown tremendous disregard for Brazilian institutions," prosecutors added.

Facebook trounces Wall Street estimates with sharp ad sales growth

Facebook trounces Wall Street estimates with sharp ad sales growth

Facebook Inc provided more evidence on Wednesday that it can turn eyeballs into profit as the maker of the world's most popular app and social website trounced Wall Street's estimates, sending its shares to an all-time high. The leading social media company's mobile app and push into video attracted new advertisers and encouraged existing ones to spend more. "Facebook has shown that you can be a giant and you can be innovative," said analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy.

Brazil prosecutor freezes $11.7 million of Facebook funds due to WhatsApp case

Brazil prosecutor freezes $11.7 million of Facebook funds due to WhatsApp case

The public federal prosecutor in the Brazilian state of Amazonas said on Wednesday the court there froze 38 million reais ($11.7 million) of funds held in Facebook Inc's account for failing to comply with a court order to supply data on users of the company's WhatsApp messaging service who are under criminal investigation. The prosecutor's office said the funds frozen correspond to the fines for failing to comply with court order to turn over data. Facebook representatives were not immediately available for comment.

5 cool things to do with Facebook Messenger

5 cool things to do with Facebook Messenger

You'd be wrong to think that Facebook's Messenger app is all about messaging. Although people typically install it on their phones to chat privately with their Facebook friends, Facebook also uses Messenger ...

Disappointing earnings revive speculation on Twitter's future

Disappointing earnings revive speculation on Twitter's future

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc disappointed investors yet again on Tuesday with second-quarter earnings that missed estimates and a lower-than-expected outlook, reviving chatter about a possible sale of the company and the future of Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey. With the stock falling almost 15 percent Wednesday, Twitter shares are down 50 percent since Dorsey returned last summer to the helm of the social media company he co-founded. At a market cap of about $11 billon, compared with more than $40 billion at its peak, Twitter could now be a more attractive takeover target.

Huge quarter for Facebook lifts shares

Huge quarter for Facebook lifts shares

Facebook on Wednesday reported a huge quarterly profit jump fueled by strong growth in revenues and its global user base, powering shares higher for the top social network. Net profit leapt 186 percent from a year ago to $2.05 billion in the second quarter, as Facebook blew past most analyst forecasts. With its global base of monthly active users growing to 1.7 billion, Facebook saw a 59 percent jump in total revenues to $6.4 billion, mostly from online advertising.

Facebook beats 2Q forecasts, user numbers grow, stock soars

Facebook beats 2Q forecasts, user numbers grow, stock soars

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's stock is trading higher after the world's biggest social media company handily surpassed Wall Street's expectations for the second quarter, barreling ahead on mobile advertisements, user growth and the next frontier — video.

Facebook: Earnings Catapult FB Stock to All-Time Highs

Social media giant Facebook (ticker: FB) crushed earnings, revenue and active user expectations on Wednesday, catapulting the stock as much as 7 percent higher as Facebook continued its already impressive winning streak and reached another all-time high. Going into the second-quarter earnings report, FB stock was up 30 percent in the last year and more than 17 percent in 2016, so shareholders will continue to enjoy big returns from the social media darling after another blowout quarter. In sharp contrast to Twitter, which grew monthly active users (MAUs) by just 3 percent to 313 million, Facebook grew MAUs by 15 percent to 1.71 billion last quarter.

Twitter and Akamai skid; Apple and Edwards climb

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday: Apple Inc., up $6.28 to $102.95 The tech giant's results were better than expected and investors were pleased with its third-quarter guidance. ...

This magic chat app puts Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Skype all in one place

I spend a significant portion of my day swapping between messaging apps: Slack for work, Facebook Messenger for friends in the US and WhatsApp for friends abroad. It can be frustrating at times, but at this point, it's simply part of my routine. But what if it didn't have to be? What if I could have them all in one place? Introducing: All-in-One Messenger . DON'T MISS:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before All-in-One Messenger is a web-based chat app for Chrome that lets you log into over twenty messenger platforms at once, all in a single window. Additionally, you can log into as many accounts on the same platform as you like, so you won't have to log in and out if you need to access a secondary account. If you want to stay in the loop all day long, you can even allow the app to send you notifications when you receive a message, allowing you to reply with a single click. On the other hand, if you can't miss your Slack messages but want to remain undisturbed by Facebook, you can turn off notifications for specific apps. Rather than listing all the platforms that the app supports, we took a screenshot: It's not the first app of its kind, but it's definitely one of the sleekest and most functional. You can download it free today from the Chrome Web Store .

Twitter's video push seen taking time to fast-forward growth

Twitter's video push seen taking time to fast-forward growth

Twitter on Tuesday reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth since going public in 2013 as its user base grew by just 1 percent in the three months ended June. Since he took over the interim role in July last year, Twitter has lost about half its market value. Twitter has made it clear it sees video as a way ahead.

Twitter Earnings Reveal Larger Issues for TWTR Stock

Twitter (ticker: TWTR) reported second-quarter earnings on Tuesday, and investors were not impressed. TWTR stock plunged 12 percent as Wall Street lamented a revenue miss and exceptionally poor third-quarter revenue guidance. The problems are manifold, but the most glaring issue is slowing revenue growth as Twitter struggles to get advertisers to devote meaningful shares of their ad budgets to the social network.

Facebook Tries Out New 'Trending Topics' Update, Report Says

Is Facebook (ticker: FB) listening to its detractors? Typically, Facebook trending topics (on the right rail of a Facebook page) would feature names of companies, celebrities, cities and more that people on the platform were talking about most frequently, along with a quick blurb about why they're trending. 1 million people are discussing Nintendo), reports Huffington Post.

Ed Sheeran appears to be spending his social media hiatus in wedded bliss

Ed Sheeran appears to be spending his social media hiatus in wedded bliss

Ed Sheeran has spent the last few months in relative anonymity — save for an appearance as a British delegate at Taylor Swift's Fourth of July party and a Justin Bieber songwriting credit — during his social media hiatus  But if that ring he's rocking in a recent Instagram post is any indication, he's been keeping busy with the new Mrs. Sheeran. Way to copy Miley, Ed! SEE ALSO: Ed Sheeran's doppelgänger admits the resemblance is ruining his love life Musician Jovel shared a shot of Sheeran at his daughter's birthday party.  Sheeran has recently been linked to his high school friend, Cherry Seaborn. Sheerborn enjoyed some PDA at Taylor Swift's Rhode Island home during her annual patriotic fest in front of a banner wishing the couple a "Happy Ed-iver-Cherry!" Maybe Taylor brought a Vogue reporter as her date to the nuptials! Of course, in addition to that ring on a very particular finger, Sheeran sported a shirt reading "British hoax," and maybe that's all this is.  We hope this love is more than a photograph for you, Ed and Cherry. 

Twitter shares dive after update disappoints

Twitter shares dive after update disappoints

Twitter's shares fell hard after its quarterly update showed more losses for the struggling social media platform, which has seen sluggish growth in revenues and active users. Shares were down nearly 11 percent at $16.45 in Tuesday's after-hours trade following the report, which showed Twitter's loss narrowed to $107 million in the second quarter from $136 million a year earlier. "We've made a lot of progress on our priorities this quarter," Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said of the results.

Wall St. mixed, Apple impresses and Twitter disappoints

Wall St. mixed, Apple impresses and Twitter disappoints

Choppy stock trading followed a recent rally to consecutive record highs on the S&P 500 that has stretched price-to-earnings multiples to levels that some investors say presumes that companies will beat second-quarter estimates. Five of the 10 major S&P sectors rose, while a 1.49 percent drop in the telecom services index weighed heavily. The Federal Reserve began a two-day meeting and while it is not expected to raise U.S. interest rates, investors will be watching for hints about when the U.S. central bank might make a move.

Twitter still struggling to grow as rivals race ahead

Twitter still struggling to grow as rivals race ahead

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is in danger of becoming the next internet company forced into a desperation sale if it cannot find a way to start luring people and advertisers back to its sometimes-befuddling messaging service.

Twitter reports slowest quarterly revenue growth since IPO

Twitter reports slowest quarterly revenue growth since IPO

By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Rishika Sadam SAN FRANCISCO/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Twitter Inc reported its slowest growth in quarterly revenue since going public in 2013 and frustrated investors yet again with a disappointing outlook for the current quarter. The microblogging service operator's shares fell 10 percent in extended trading with investors concerned about its expansion and role in the social media landscape as it faces intense competition from fast-growing competitors like Snapchat and Instagram. The company's second quarter revenue missed Wall Street estimates and the revenue forecast for the current quarter of $590 million to $610 million was well below the average analyst estimate of $678.18 million.

Twitter reports 2Q loss

The San Francisco-based company said it had a loss of 15 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for stock option expense and non-recurring costs, came to 13 cents per share. The results exceeded Wall Street ...

Facebook’s Rally Is Too Much of a Good Thing

Facebook Inc. is firing on all cylinders, but even fine-tuned machines make pit stops. Facebook is earning more money from each one of its 1.6 billion users, a base that is still growing at a healthy clip. After a little more than four years on the public markets, its market value is already approaching a level that took Google parent Alphabet Inc. nine years and Cisco Systems Inc. 10 years from their respective IPOs to achieve.

Cory Booker answers Donald Trump's hateful tweet with love

Cory Booker answers Donald Trump's hateful tweet with love

Cory Booker is living proof that love trumps hate. The New Jersey state senator delivered one of the many moving speeches at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night, earning accolades from his party and fans on Twitter but also the attention of the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama's Democratic convention speech probably made your mom text you As Booker's speech started to gain traction online, Trump tweeted remarks about the Senator's "future," vaguely eluding that he might have some dirt on Booker. Booker responded to the tweet on CNN (top video) simply by saying, "I love Donald Trump...I don't want to answer hate with hate. I'm going to answer it with love." Booker joked that Trump has been attacking so many members of the Democratic party that he'd been feeling "a little left out." He added that these attacks have no merit and are only meant to make people speculate. "I love you, Donald," he said. "I pray for you. I hope that you find some kindness in your heart, that you’re not going to be somebody who spews out insults to your political opposition, that you’re going to start finding some ways to love."

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Hackers hit Vietnam airports with South China Sea messages

Hackers hit Vietnam airports with South China Sea messages

Hackers attacked the website of a national airline and flight information screens at Vietnam's two biggest airports on Friday, posting notices that state media said criticized the Philippines and Vietnam and their claims in the South China Sea. The website of Vietnam Airlines was also compromised, directing browsers to what the flag carrier described as "bad websites overseas". State-run media said the messages were about the South China Sea and denounced Vietnam and the Philippines, which are at odds with Beijing over maritime sovereignty.

Democratic campaign group for Congress confirms computer hack

Democratic campaign group for Congress confirms computer hack

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A committee that raises money for Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives confirmed on Friday it had been hacked, a cyber intrusion that may be linked to Russian hackers, like an earlier one targeting another Democratic Party group. In an incident likely to raise concerns among party donors about their personal information, Reuters first reported on Thursday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing the hack at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC. The DCCC hack may be related to an earlier hack against the Democratic National Committee, which raises money and sets strategy for Democratic candidates nationwide.

Exclusive: New York Fed asks Philippines to recover Bangladesh money

Exclusive: New York Fed asks Philippines to recover Bangladesh money

By Krishna N. Das and Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has asked the Philippines' central bank to help Bangladesh Bank recover the $81 million that was stolen by hackers in February from its account held at the Fed, boosting Dhaka's efforts to retrieve the money. In a letter sent on June 23, the New York Fed's General Counsel Thomas Baxter asked Elmore O. Capule, general counsel for the central bank of the Philippines, "to take all appropriate steps in support of Bangladesh Bank's efforts to recover and return its stolen assets." In the letter, which has been seen by Reuters, Baxter also wrote that the payment instructions that led to four money transfers to beneficiary accounts at the Manila-based Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC) were authenticated using a "commercially reasonable security procedure", but that they were issued by persons using stolen credentials.

Trump finally said something so stupid and illegal, he had to pretend he was joking

It seemed as though this day would never come, but it has: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said something so remarkably stupid that he actually had to pretend he wasn't being serious at the time. The run up to the 2016 presidential election in November will go down as one of the most bizarre and, quite frankly, sad times in the recent history of American politics. No matter who wins come November, we all lose. Of course, there's losing and then there's losing . And speaking of losing , an interesting series of events unfolded this week that forced Trump to finally walk back one of his ridiculous comments — something we really never thought we would see. DON'T MISS:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Trump is unlike any presidential candidate we've ever seen for so many reasons. So, so many. The most interesting among them might be the very manner by which he has managed to stir up so much support. In a nutshell, he says whatever he wants whenever he wants, and almost nothing he says it rooted in reality. Seriously. By some counts more than 90% of the things Trump states as fact  are either misguided or outright lies. It's insane. That's not the best part, though. The best part is the fact that his massive following doesn't care. At all. The media — and not just the liberal media, mind you — constantly calls Trump out on his lies and sheer stupidity, but nothing he does or says has any negative impact on sentiment among his supporters. So Trump sticks to his guns and says whatever asinine thing pops into his head. But this week, it finally happened. Trump said something so stupid that he had to retract it. Earlier this week, Mr. Trump called on Russian hackers to illegally obtain and leak private emails belonging to democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. That's right, the republican nominee for president of the United States publicly asked Russian hackers to hack an American citizen and release the private contents of her personal email account. "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said during a press conference on Wednesday. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press." You can't even make this stuff up. Trump knows that a lot of what he says is stupid. Much of it is calculated; he is a showman, not a moron. But this time around, he had to swallow his pride and retract his statement — likely because his public request for Russian hackers to commit a felony is itself probably a felony . Of course, this is Trump we're talking about here, so he didn't apologize. Instead, he pretended he was joking the whole time. "Of course I'm being sarcastic," Trump said in a TV interview on Fox. "But you have 33,000 emails deleted, and the real problem is what was said on those emails from the Democratic National Committee. You take a look at what was said on those emails, it's disgraceful." Sad!

Exclusive: FBI probes hacking of Democratic congressional group - sources

Exclusive: FBI probes hacking of Democratic congressional group - sources

By Joseph Menn, Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating a cyber attack against another U.S. Democratic Party group, which may be related to an earlier hack against the Democratic National Committee, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The previously unreported incident at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, and its potential ties to Russian hackers are likely to heighten accusations, so far unproven, that Moscow is trying to meddle in the U.S. presidential election campaign to help Republican nominee Donald Trump. The Kremlin denied involvement in the DCCC cyber-attack.

Clues in DNC hacking point to Russia, despite Trump claims

Clues in DNC hacking point to Russia, despite Trump claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said is reasserting that whoever hacked the Democratic National Committee and stole years of internal emails remains a mystery. But private security experts — although not yet any U.S. government agencies — say they found persuasive clues that point to hacking groups whose previous targets track closely with the strategic interests of Russia's government, especially its civilian and military intelligence and security agencies.

Vasco posts 2Q profit

On a per-share basis, the Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois-based company said it had net income of 7 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 15 cents per share. The Internet security company ...

Russia to U.S., Trump: Sort out your own pre-election hacking scandal

Russia to U.S., Trump: Sort out your own pre-election hacking scandal

By Andrew Osborn and Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia told the United States on Thursday to get to the bottom of a hacking scandal involving Democratic Party emails itself and rejected what Donald Trump said was a sarcastic suggestion that Moscow should dig up Hillary Clinton's "missing" emails. Trump, the Republican Party's presidential candidate, angered Democrats on Wednesday by inviting Russia to unearth tens of thousands of emails from rival Clinton's tenure as U.S. secretary of state.

Trump: Comments about Russia, Clinton emails were sarcastic

Trump: Comments about Russia, Clinton emails were sarcastic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump says he was using sarcasm when he prodded Russia to unearth Hillary Clinton's missing emails. But Democrats aren't likely to let the Republican presidential nominee's extraordinary comments simply fade away.

Merkel: Germany 'will manage' challenge after attacks

Merkel: Germany 'will manage' challenge after attacks

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Thursday to do "everything humanly possible" to keep Germany safe following a string of attacks — including two carried out by asylum-seekers and claimed by the Islamic State group that she said mocked the country that took in the assailants.

U.S. theory on Democratic Party breach: Hackers meant to leave Russia's mark

U.S. theory on Democratic Party breach: Hackers meant to leave Russia's mark

By John Walcott, Joseph Menn and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some U.S. intelligence officials suspect that Russian hackers who broke into Democratic Party computers may have deliberately left digital fingerprints to show Moscow is a "cyberpower" that Washington should respect. Three officials, all speaking on condition of anonymity, said the breaches of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) were less sophisticated than other cyber intrusions that have been traced to Russian intelligence agencies or criminals.

Trump to Russia: Uncover, release deleted Clinton emails

Trump to Russia: Uncover, release deleted Clinton emails

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump encouraged Russia on Wednesday to find and make public missing emails deleted by his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, setting off an instant debate over hacking and his urging of a foreign government to meddle in American politics.

Motorola isn’t worried about making sure your Android phone is secure

We've all heard it before: the best thing you can do to keep your computer safe from hackers is to update regularly. Software companies push updates to fix known flaws in their operating systems, and hackers routinely search for old software versions so that they can take advantage of known security flaws that no one's bothered to patch yet. So it's a little unnerving to hear that Motorola, maker of some of the world's best Android phones, doesn't really think that making Android security updates available in a timely manner is particularly important. DON'T MISS:  6 of the best Gmail tricks you never knew existed To be absolutely clear, Android as a platform has a problem with updates and security updates. Unlike iOS devices, which get the update as soon as Apple has tested it, there's a few more steps to the Android update process. Google has to issue an update, which manufacturers then have to tweak, cell carriers have to mess with a little, and then the update finally gets pushed to customers. It's a painstaking process that takes months of time, and serious money for the hardware manufacturers that they'll never see back. But timely updates are also the cornerstone of good mobile security. With major flaws like Stagefright being revealed every year -- flaws that can only be fixed with a security patch -- updates that get pushed in days or weeks, not months, are important. This is where Motorola comes in. As first spotted by  Ars Technica , the company has decided not to commit to monthly Android security updates, even for its newest devices. When asked to comment on this story, Motorola didn't address specific questions about security concerns, and stuck to the line that monthly updates are "difficult": Motorola understands that keeping phones up to date with security patches is important to our customers. We strive to push security patches as quickly as possible. However, because of the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, it's difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices. It is often most efficient to bundle security updates in a scheduled Maintenance Release (MR) or OS upgrade. As we previously stated, Moto Z Droid Edition will receive Android Security Bulletins. Moto G4 will also receive them. Everything in the statement is technically true: issuing fewer updates is certainly "most efficient" for Motorola, and cranking out monthly updates for a number of devices is difficult. But the statement is symptomatic of a pretty cavalier attitude from many Android manufacturers towards security. With profits difficult to find in the high-end smartphone business (if you're not called Apple, that is), spending money issuing free security updates is a difficult ask. Google is aware of the reputation Android has for poor security (compared to iOS), which is why it created the Android Security Bulletin program to issue monthly security updates. But if manufacturers refuse to commit to the program -- and Moto seems to be leading the charge here -- it's not going to do much to fix Android's " toxic hellstew " of vulnerabilities.

Motorola doesn’t really care about making your Android phone secure

We've all heard it before: the best thing you can do to keep your computer safe from hackers is to update regularly. Software companies push updates to fix known flaws in their operating systems, and hackers routinely search for old software versions so that they can take advantage of known security flaws that no one's bothered to patch yet. So it's a little unnerving to hear that Motorola, maker of some of the world's best Android phones, doesn't really think that making Android security updates available in a timely manner is particularly important. DON'T MISS:  6 of the best Gmail tricks you never knew existed To be absolutely clear, Android as a platform has a problem with updates and security updates. Unlike iOS devices, which get the update as soon as Apple has tested it, there's a few more steps to the Android update process. Google has to issue an update, which manufacturers then have to tweak, cell carriers have to mess with a little, and then the update finally gets pushed to customers. It's a painstaking process that takes months of time, and serious money for the hardware manufacturers that they'll never see back. But timely updates are also the cornerstone of good mobile security. With major flaws like Stagefright being revealed every year -- flaws that can only be fixed with a security patch -- updates that get pushed in days or weeks, not months, are important. This is where Motorola comes in. As first spotted by  Ars Technica , the company has decided not to commit to monthly Android security updates, even for its newest devices. When asked to comment on this story, Motorola didn't address specific questions about security concerns, and stuck to the line that monthly updates are "difficult": Motorola understands that keeping phones up to date with security patches is important to our customers. We strive to push security patches as quickly as possible. However, because of the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, it's difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices. It is often most efficient to bundle security updates in a scheduled Maintenance Release (MR) or OS upgrade. As we previously stated, Moto Z Droid Edition will receive Android Security Bulletins. Moto G4 will also receive them. Everything in the statement is technically true: issuing fewer updates is certainly "most efficient" for Motorola, and cranking out monthly updates for a number of devices is difficult. But the statement is symptomatic of a pretty cavalier attitude from many Android manufacturers towards security. With profits difficult to find in the high-end smartphone business (if you're not called Apple, that is), spending money issuing free security updates is a difficult ask. Google is aware of the reputation Android has for poor security (compared to iOS), which is why it created the Android Security Bulletin program to issue monthly security updates. But if manufacturers refuse to commit to the program -- and Moto seems to be leading the charge here -- it's not going to do much to fix Android's " toxic hellstew " of vulnerabilities.

Senior U.S. lawmakers want information on DNC hack declassified

Senior U.S. lawmakers want information on DNC hack declassified

The top Democrats on the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees called on Wednesday for the White House to consider declassifying and releasing any intelligence community assessments of the hack into the Democratic National Committee email system. "Given the grave nature of this breach and the fact that it may ultimately be found to be a state-sponsored attempt to manipulate our presidential election, we believe a heightened measure of transparency is warranted," Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Adam Schiff wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama. Obama said in an interview broadcast by NBC News on Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating the leak of more than 19,000 DNC emails, which showed the committee had favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders for the party's presidential nomination.

After mass shooting, German police focus on "dark net" crime

After mass shooting, German police focus on

By Frank Siebelt WIESBADEN, Germany (Reuters) - German police will do more to fight crime committed on the "dark net", they said on Wednesday, days after a gunman killed nine people with a weapon bought on that hidden part of the internet. "We see that the dark net is a growing trading place and therefore we need to prioritize our investigations here," Holger Muench, head of Germany's Federal Police (BKA), told journalists as he presented the latest annual report on cyber crime. The dark net, which is only accessible via special web browsers, is increasingly used to procure drugs, weapons and counterfeit money, allowing users to trade anonymously and pay with digital currencies such as Bitcoin, the BKA said.

Kremlin says allegations it hacked U.S. Democratic Party 'made-up horror stories'

Kremlin says allegations it hacked U.S. Democratic Party 'made-up horror stories'

The Kremlin on Wednesday dismissed allegations Russia had hacked Democratic Party emails as "horror stories" dreamt up by U.S. politicians, saying it never interfered in other countries' election campaigns. "Moscow is at pains to avoid any words that could be interpreted as direct or indirect interference in the election process," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters. "... We see that the Russian card is in the red corner on the writing table of all Washington politicians during the election campaign, and that very often they make it a trump card in their game." Peskov was responding after U.S. President Barack Obama in an interview with NBC News said it was possible Russia would try to influence the U.S. presidential election after a leak of Democratic National Committee emails that experts have blamed on Russian hackers.

Apple sells more iPhones than expected, shares jump after hours

Apple sells more iPhones than expected, shares jump after hours

Apple Inc sold more iPhones than Wall Street expected in the third quarter and estimated its revenue in the current period would top many analysts' targets, soothing fears that demand for the company's most important product had hit a wall. IPhone sales dropped for the second straight quarter, pushing down Apple's total revenue 14.6 percent in the fiscal third quarter, ended June 25. Demand for Apple's phones has waned in China, partly because of economic uncertainty there, and has also slowed in more mature markets as people tend to hold on to their phones for longer.

Obama says it is possible Russia would try to sway U.S. election

Obama says it is possible Russia would try to sway U.S. election

U.S. President Barack Obama said it was possible that Russia would try to influence the U.S. presidential election, after a leak of Democratic National Committee emails that experts have attributed to Russian hackers. "Anything is possible," Obama told NBC News in an interview broadcast on Tuesday when asked if the Russians would try to influence the Nov. 8 election. Obama said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating the leak on Friday of more than 19,000 DNC emails, which showed the committee had favored Hillary Clinton over Senator Bernie Sanders for the party's presidential nomination.

The FBI will be on the front line of any future hacking wars

In an announcement today, President Obama unveiled his new policy for handling "cyber incidents." It's different from Future President Trump's opinions on "the cybers," mostly because there's some actual plans in there. Most notably, the confusing turf war over which agency gets to do what has been sorted out. Moving forwards, the FBI will be the lead agency responding to any "cyber incidents." DON'T MISS:  Speeding didn’t cause the fatal Tesla Autopilot crash The move is a slight change from the status quo. The FBI has long dealt with "cyber incidents" concerning hackers or attacks against lone companies, but the intelligence agencies have been the behind-the-scenes leads on attacks from other governments. The new policy changes all that. The FBI is now responsible for "threat response activities," while the Department for Homeland Security is responsible for "asset response activities" -- attacks against the power grid or similar. The intelligence community is moved to a backup role, providing "intelligence support and related activities." This doesn't mean that the NSA has nothing to do with cyber warfare any more -- it just means that the FBI is ultimately responsible for investigating any attacks and coordinating a response. The new federal policy has been much-needed for a long time. The likely Russian-conducted hack on the DNC that's causing turmoil around the Democratic convention proves how real the threat of hacking is. There's plenty of government talent capable of helping prevent those attacks in the future; coordinating the response is the real trick. Obama's new policy goes a long way towards helping.

How to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 on your iPhone or iPad without ever connecting to a PC

Chinese iPhone hackers just released a new jailbreak tool for the latest versions of iOS and not one day later, we already have a better option. On Monday we told you about the newly updated Pangu jailbreak tool , which offered anyone with a Windows PC a means to jailbreak an iPhone or iPad running any version of iOS from iOS 9.2 through to the just-released iOS 9.3.3. There are some big caveats beyond the need for a Windows PC though, namely that this was a "semi-untethered" jailbreak that require a few extra steps each time a phone is rebooted. Now, just one day later, there's a new and improved jailbreak that could be the simplest way to jailbreak and iPhone that we've seen in years. MUST WATCH:  iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro look hotter than ever in new leaked video In a video created by YouTube's resident jailbreak tutorial maker iCrackUriDevice, we get a full walkthrough of how to use JailbreakMe9.com, a new tool that lets iPhone and iPad users jailbreak their phones using a mobile website accessible through Safari. It really doesn't get any easier than this. There are still a few caveats you'll want to make note of — this jailbreak is still semi-untethered for the time being — but it's very straightforward. The full video is embedded below, and then you'll find a timeline so you can skip around to the parts you need. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4c3c4JTZeg 0:05 - Jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 - NO Computer 0:32 - Dev Enterprise ‘Warning’ 1:33 - Supported Devices 2:09 - Supported Firmwares 2:33 - Credits 2:49 - Visit JailbreakMe9.com 3:45 - Trust The Certificate 4:07 - IMPORTANT Jailbreak STEPS! 5:51 - Opening Cydia! 6:42 - Incompatible Tweaks Warning! 6:58 - Rebooting and Semi Untethered 7:26 - MUST WATCH AFTER Jailbreak! 7:52 - How to Reboot w/ Semi Untether 9:42 - Summary: Follow for Updates

Bangladesh says Philippines probe of cyber theft nearly complete

The Bangladesh central bank said on Tuesday its Philippine counterpart had nearly completed an investigation into how $81 million of its money wound up in a Manila bank, and that it hoped for the swift return of the stolen funds. Governor Fazle Kabir told reporters he hoped the Philippine authorities would fix responsibility on the Manila-based Rizal Commercial Banking Corp for disbursing the stolen funds that landed in accounts there. Hackers broke into Bangladesh Bank's computer systems in February and transferred $81 million from its deposit at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York into four RCBC accounts in a Manila branch.

Huawei's global smartphone shipments jump 25 percent in first half

Huawei's global smartphone shipments jump 25 percent in first half

By Yimou Lee HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], the world's third-largest smartphone vendor, said first-half global smartphone shipments jumped 25 percent, helped by rapid growth in traditionally high-end markets such as Europe. Shenzhen-based Huawei, which competes with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc , shipped 60.5 million smartphones globally in the first half. Huawei aims to surpass market leaders Samsung and Apple within five years to become the world's top smartphone vendor.

Trump says he would consider alliance with Russia over Islamic State

Trump says he would consider alliance with Russia over Islamic State

By Steve Holland WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Republican nominee Donald Trump said on Monday that if elected U.S. president he would weigh an alliance with Russia against Islamic State militants but rejected any suggestion Russian President Vladimir Putin might be trying to help him win. Speaking at a rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Trump dismissed any suggestion that Putin's intelligence services might have had a hand in hacking the Democratic National Committee's email system. Emails leaked last week disclosed that some party officials had been in favor of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic presidential nomination over U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and sought ways to thwart Sanders.

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“I think pro-wrestling is like ballet with violence,” —Jesse Ventura, a former pro wrestler. “Withdrawal [is] certainly not as bad as a serious illness. It’s more like giving up the love of your life,” —Maia Szalavitz, an addictions expert and former drug addict.

Democratic Party email leak points to Russia: cyber experts, U.S. officials

Democratic Party email leak points to Russia: cyber experts, U.S. officials

Cyber security experts and U.S. officials said on Monday there was evidence that Russia engineered the release of sensitive Democratic Party emails in order to influence the U.S. presidential election. The FBI said it was investigating a cyber intrusion at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which has led to discord as the party's convention in Philadelphia opens on Monday to nominate former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton as its candidate.

White House will not comment on Democratic email hack probe

The White House will not speculate on who might be behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, a spokesman said on Monday amid concerns hackers working for Russia may be attempting to influence the U.S. presidential election. "We know that there are a variety of actors, both state and criminal, who are looking for vulnerabilities in the cyber security of the United States and that includes Russia," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Ericsson ousts CEO as investors lose patience over returns

Ericsson ousts CEO as investors lose patience over returns

By Sven Nordenstam STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson jettisoned its chief executive Hans Vestberg on Monday after pressure from major shareholders unhappy with its results. Investment companies Investor AB and Industrivarden, with a combined 37 percent of voting rights, had voiced dissatisfaction with Ericsson's performance, culminating in unprecedented public criticism in February. Ericsson, which is battling Finland's Nokia and China's Huawei, has responded to weak industry demand by slashing jobs and accelerating cost cuts.

'Shame!' Dems' division roils party on Day 1 of convention

'Shame!' Dems' division roils party on Day 1 of convention

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Angry Democrats heckled outgoing party chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz with boos and cries of "shame!" on Monday as the party tried to recover from an embarrassing email hack that ripped open primary wounds just hours before they planned to mount a four-day showcase of unity.

The Muscovite Candidate?

Sometimes a conspiracy theory can be true. Or, to put it another way, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.

U.S. cyber security startup StackPath raises $150 million, says CEO

By Heather Somerville and Jim Finkle SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Texas-based StackPath has raised $150 million in fresh funding from private equity firm ABRY Partners, the CEO of the cyber security startup said on Monday, in what is among the largest single financing rounds for a private cyber security firm. Chief Executive Officer Lance Crosby told Reuters StackPath is a security platform that houses a suite of services to tackle a spectrum of cyber threats. The company has spent "tens of millions of dollars" to acquire several companies that provide different types of cloud security services for businesses, Crosby said.

China's Huawei says first-half sales revenue rose 40 percent year-on-year

China's Huawei says first-half sales revenue rose 40 percent year-on-year

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], one of the world's largest telecoms equipment makers, on Monday posted a 40 percent rise in first-half sales revenue and said it would "maintain current momentum" this year. Sales revenue reached 245.5 billion yuan ($36.8 billion) in the first six months of 2016, the company said in a statement. The Shenzhen-based private company, which competes with Sweden's Ericsson for the top spot in the global market for telecoms equipment, did not elaborate in its brief statement.

Wasserman Schultz goes from favored to on the outs

Wasserman Schultz goes from favored to on the outs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five years ago, Debbie Wasserman Schultz was put in charge of the Democratic National Committee to usher in a new era for the party. Now, Wasserman Schultz is on her way out, after the publication of emails that suggest Democratic officials favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the nominating contests.

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10 Things That Will Soon Disappear Forever

10 Things That Will Soon Disappear Forever

Ten years ago, thousands of Blockbuster Video stores occupied buildings like this all over the country, renting DVDs and selling popcorn. Now Blockbuster is gone, scooped up (and then erased) by the DISH Network in a bankruptcy auction.

How low-cost tech can help India monitor the air it breathes

How low-cost tech can help India monitor the air it breathes

India has some of the most unhealthy air in the world, but the wake up call came in 2014, when its capital New Delhi was ranked by the World Health Organisation as the most polluted city in the world.  Over the next two years, reports on its air quality remained grim. The country's air pollution levels reached their highest levels in 2015, after being on rise for the last decade. For the first time, India's air was also found to be more polluted than China's. This year, WHO revealed that the country was home to half of the world's most polluted cities. Other studies indicated clear health risks, with  1.6 million premature deaths in India linked to air pollution.  SEE ALSO: Indians can now check the air pollution levels in their city with just a tweet In a first step towards being more transparent about its pollution crisis, India launched its first air quality index to monitor pollution in 10 cities in 2015. Despite this, awareness and knowledge of air pollution remained low and inadequate. To remedy this, a number of Indian startups are building low-cost pollution sensors and IoT devices to measure air pollution on a hyper-local level and at a wider scale in order to gain a wider knowledge of the problem and how it can be tackled. They argue that more comprehensive pollution data can help increase public awareness about the extent of the problem and help the government find solutions. "The government devices solve a different purpose, at best help in regulatory decisions." says Mrutyunjay Mishra, who runs an analytics company Juxt-SmartMandate. "The data is not publicly visible, and even if they are for some locations like Delhi, it doesn't drive 'community action'. The data is far from being open and is not inviting the complex network to come and work with the data to drive action. The need is to get a lot of people come and use their collective intelligence to develop a solution."   Moreover, government-operated pollution monitors are often expensive and therefore few in number. "The number of government pollution monitors, besides New Delhi, is in single digits," Ronak Sutaria of IndiaSpend explains. "That is, in most polluted cities, the govt. has installed a single pollution monitor for a million people. That seems woefully inadequate."  There is also the question of how effective the operations of the government's monitors are. Sutaria cites the example of a recent study that revealed that while Delhi has 21 air pollution monitors, there were significant long gaps in their monitoring when they may have stopped working. IndiaSpend's Breathe initiative is one of the organisations running a network of  independent air quality monitoring devices across India. In a step towards making live air pollution air data more democratic, IndiaSpend partnered with Twitter India to let users get real-time data on air pollution in their neighbourhood with just a tweet.  "It helps make the air quality data more actionable for people as they just have to send their location and within seconds they are provided information about the air quality levels in their area," Sutaria says. IndiaSpend's network uses low quality sensors fitted with GPRS transmitter, which have deployed in around 40 devices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Patna and Lucknow. It is also working on deploying devices in cities such as Dehradun, Ahmedabad, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur and Bhopal. An air monitoring device from IndiaSpend. The devices are built in India, using a digital Particulate Matter (PM) sensor from China and then doing the controller board and data transmission integration locally. The PM sensor is a laser sensor which is connected to a controller board which receives data from the sensor. A GPRS module transmits the data to IndiaSpend's servers using a 2G connection. ​"The goal of the low-cost devices and analysis provided by IndiaSpend ​is to involve citizens in seeing the effects of policies as well as their own actions on the air quality levels in the area surrounding their own houses," Sutaria says. "When devices are owned or installed by people themselves, they tend to be more involved in the understanding of the problem and in demanding that action be taken on conditions which are harmful to them." Delhi-based analytics company Juxt-SmartMandate (JSM) takes this a step further with its non-profit platform, India Open Data Association (IODA). Its open environment data project was started with the aim of creating a "simple, scalable and easy to deploy solution" to bring in "real time status of the environment from thousands of locations in India". The data is also open source, with the device design and data APIs being accessible to everyone. "If the data remains open, it will attract all stakeholders, not only general public, but also the people who influence public policy," IODA founding member Mrutyunjay Mishra says.  Piloted during the massive Hindu festival Nashik Kumbh Mela, JSM now has 30 environmental monitoring kits installed in Delhi. These have multiple sensors, and are connected to either analog, digital or UART ports of a base shield, which is in turn connected to a IoT board with data being transferred through SIM cards. In June, IODA in association with Oizom also launched AirOwls, which measure dust particulate matter. Mishra says that while the readings sometimes differ from government monitors, the devices are calibrated to determine the differences.  IndiaSpend and JSM aren't alone. The Chennai-based Sensors Without Borders provides hyperlocal and open source environmental data on air and water quality gathered from low-cost devices to help with governmental policy making and support community organisations. An air quality monitor built by Oizom, one of the makers working with India Open Data Association. In April, data intelligence company SocialCops conducted an experiment with five low-cost GPS-enabled IoT devices that were installed on five auto rickshaws for a month. The idea was to measure PM 10 levels every 30 seconds as the autos travelled all over Delhi.  "There is little data to understand pollution at a deeper level — how it varies within a city, which parts of the city have higher pollution levels, what could be the causes for that. The government pollution monitoring stations are few and stationary and may not give us insights at a granular level," Surendran Balachandran of SocialCops says. "Autos, on the other hand, can travel to various corners of the city through out the day, which gives us the ability to collect data from multiple locations and at much lower costs.  In the long-term, these startups hope that greater knowledge about the air quality levels in their neighbourhood will lead to community participation in dealing with air pollution at a local and city-wide level.  ​"Our goal is only to involve as many community organizations as possible and to build the tools & data which will allow them to demand for what they feel is appropriate & suitable for their own neighbourhood." Sutaria says. "Improving air quality is not a one size fits all solution. It will require many small actions which will eventually lead to a larger change"

2016 HTC Nexus news and rumors

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Yooka-Laylee’s first demo now available to PC backers

Yooka-Laylee’s first demo now available to PC backers

Codes going out for the Toybox demo today Playtonic Games has released Yooka-Laylee’s Toybox demo, giving some backers a chance to get their hands on the platformer. Those who pledged at least £20(about $26) to the game’s Kickstarter can now grab download codes to check out the pre-alpha version on Linux, Mac and Windows PC.Announced in May, the Toybox demo is a self-contained, sandbox-style take on the game, meant to offer a glimpse at Yooka-Laylee’s platforming gameplay before its official release. ...

Growing Organs on Apples

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Facebook is giving away the blueprints to its 360-degree video camera

Facebook is giving away the blueprints to its 360-degree video camera

Today Facebook has followed through on its promise to open source the design of the Surround 360, its 17-camera array designed to capture video in 360 degrees. The goal is to encourage camera makers and videographers to shoot more footage in the experimental format — and, of course, share it on Facebook. The Surround 360 was first announced during Facebook’s F8 developer conference back in April.

Investment firm to fuse startup culture with U.S. intelligence complex

By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Silicon Valley venture capitalist, an ex-Navy SEAL and a former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency officer have banded together to form a company to fund and incubate startups that can break ground on cyber security and intelligence gathering. The company, DataTribe, seeks to fuse aspects of a venture capital firm and startup incubator, with leaders who are well-connected to the nation's intelligence complex. It was launched on Tuesday, with offices in both Silicon Valley and Maryland, outside the nation's capital.

Top California official's essay, posts lack citations

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How to make a successful podcast

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Razer is taking preorders for the OSVR virtual reality headset

Razer is taking preorders for the OSVR virtual reality headset

Razer has opened preorders for the HDK 2, a VR headset made by its open-source VR initiative OSVR. The $399 headset will start shipping on August 12th, and if you order before July 28th, you’ll get two free VR games as well: the shooter Descent: Underground and racing game Radial G. Its predecessor, the original lower-resolution HDK, will remain on sale for $299. OSVR, which is co-led by Razer and VR company Sensics, is focused on the same kind of tethered VR as Oculus, HTC, and Sony.

Edward Snowden's New Research Aims To Keep Smartphones From Betraying Their Owners

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In early 2012, Marie Colvin, an acclaimed international journalist from New York, entered the besieged city of Homs, Syria while reporting for London’s Sunday Times. Syrian forces may have found Colvin by tracing her phone, according to a lawsuit filed by Colvin’s family this month. In dangerous environments like war-torn Syria, smartphones become indispensable tools for journalists, human rights workers, and activists.

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MH370 search team raises prospect plane could lie elsewhere

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By Jonathan Barrett and Swati Pandey SYDNEY (Reuters) - Top searchers at the Dutch company leading the underwater hunt for Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 say they believe the plane may have glided down rather than dived in the final moments, meaning they have been scouring the wrong patch of ocean for two years. Searchers led by engineering group Fugro have been combing an area roughly the size of Greece for two years. The three countries agreed in April 2015 that should the aircraft not be located within the search area, and in the absence of any new credible evidence, the search area would not be extended.

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Sony keeps profit outlook as PlayStation 4 software sales surge

Sony keeps profit outlook as PlayStation 4 software sales surge

By Makiko Yamazaki TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp said a strong yen and slower smartphone sales would weigh on its cash-generating image sensor business this year, but the popularity of its PlayStation 4 videogame should help it reach its profit target. Damage from earthquakes forced the electronics giant to partially halt its image sensor production in April, but Sony said on Friday that the damage had been less than previously expected. It reiterated confidence in the long-term prospects of the image sensor business, used in smartphone cameras and other appliances, and pledged to diversify clients to reduce its reliance on the stagnating smartphone market.

Nintendo's Mario eyes a Mickey Mouse merchandising makeover

Nintendo's Mario eyes a Mickey Mouse merchandising makeover

By Makiko Yamazaki and Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - Flush with the stunning popularity of the Pokemon GO mobile game, Nintendo aims to make more from marketing popular characters such as Super Mario, taking a leaf from the Walt Disney playbook where Mickey Mouse and friends bring in billions of merchandising dollars each year. The success of Pokemon GO - created by Nintendo, Pokemon Company and Niantic, a Google spinoff - may signal that Nintendo's move to let its characters roam beyond that console universe could help revitalize a company that had grown from a card game maker in nineteenth century Kyoto to the world's top computer game and console maker.

Zynga remakes 'Words With Friends' for classrooms

Zynga remakes 'Words With Friends' for classrooms

Social game developer Zynga is moving into school spaces in an official capacity as "Words With Friends" receives an educational edition. First introduced in 2009, the mobile sensation "Words With Friends" has been made over for use within school teaching settings. "Words With Friends EDU" is the result of Zynga's refit, and it's being released as a free download for iPad, Android tablets, and on the web.

Japan's Nintendo logs over $234 mn loss despite Pokemon Go

Japan's Nintendo logs over $234 mn loss despite Pokemon Go

Video game giant Nintendo said Wednesday it logged a huge first quarter net loss, despite global hoopla over the launch of Pokemon Go which came too late to boost figures. The company lost more than $233 million on a stronger yen and lacklustre sales, and Nintendo warned last week that even the craze for the new app was unlikely to translate into bumper profits going forward. "In terms of earnings, it's going to be a tough year for Nintendo since it has no plans to release new consoles or promising titles for now," said Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute in Tokyo.

Nintendo NX will be fully portable, have removable controllers: report

Nintendo NX will be fully portable, have removable controllers: report

September brings with it a first reveal of Nintendo's next home console, and a new report indicates that it will be a tablet-style affair with big screen capabilities. The Nintendo NX will combine handheld and stationary console design standards, with each controller comprising a display "bookended by two [detachable] controllers on each side," according to a new report. Meanwhile, games bought at retail would be stored on cartridges rather than discs, sticking with Nintendo's preference for portable consoles since 1989's Game Boy first emerged.

Nintendo in wider-than-expected first-quarter loss, but hopes high for Pokemon GO

Nintendo in wider-than-expected first-quarter loss, but hopes high for Pokemon GO

By Makiko Yamazaki TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd booked an operating loss in the first quarter, hurt by unfavorable currency rates although hopes for long-term growth are running high on the worldwide success of Pokemon GO. Nintendo posted an operating loss of 5.1 billion yen ($49 million) for the April-June quarter, versus a profit of 1.15 billion yen in the same period a year earlier, blaming a stronger yen that eats into the value of income earned abroad. Nintendo earns more than 70 percent of its sales overseas, making it vulnerable to currency swings.

Sega is taking on Nintendo’s mini NES with two new retro consoles of its own

Not to be outdone by Nintendo's reveal of the NES Classic Edition earlier this month, Sega and AtGames announced two new retro consoles this week with 80 games built in in celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th anniversary. DON'T MISS:  An awesome side-effect to playing Pokemon Go First up we have the Genesis Classic Game Console, a device which you've likely seen on store shelves in years past. AtGames has been at the forefront of the nostalgia-fueled retro console business for quite some time, so this is really just the 2016 edition of the Classic Game Console with a few new games included. One of the most significant differences between AtGames' mini Genesis and Nintendo's mini NES is that the Genesis actually plays original Genesis cartridges. If you have any old Sega games lying around, you can slot them in and start playing. The Sega console also comes with two wireless controllers, but supports classic Genesis controllers as well (if you want to go really retro). Unfortunately, the mini Genesis doesn't support HDMI output, but if you don't want to play on your TV, you can pick up the Genesis Ultimate Portable Game Player instead. This 3.2-inch handheld console features the same 80 games, but also has an SD card slot in case you want to add more. Both the mini Genesis and the portable Genesis will be available in October for around $65. They might not be as polished as the NES Classic Edition, but if you prefer quantity over quality, they're worth checking out. Here is the complete list of 80 games that come built-in: Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Alien Storm Altered Beast Arrow Flash Bonanza Bros. Chakan: The Forever Man Columns Columns III ComixZone Crack Down DecapAttack Dr. Robotnik'sMean Bean Machine ESWAT: City Under Siege Eternal Champions Fatal Labyrinth Flicky Gain Ground Golden Axe Golden Axe II Golden Axe III Jewel Master Kid Chameleon Phantasy Star 2 Phantasy Star 3 Ristar Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Sonic & Knuckles Sonic Spinball Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog II Sonic 3D Blast Sword of Varmilion The Ooze Vectorman Vectorman II Mortal Kombat I Mortal Kombat II Mortal Kombat III Adventure in the Park Cross the road Jack's Pea Jewel Magic Curling 2010 Plumbing Contest Wall-Breaking Bubble Master Break a Fireline Mahjong Solitaire Warehouse Keeper Chess Memory Snake Air Hockey Spider Naval Power Mr. Balls Cannon Fight or Lose Bottle Taps Race Bomber Checker Hexagonos Whack-A-Wolf Mirror Mirror Panic Lift Black Sheep Flash Memory Brain Switch Mega Brain Switch Hidden Agenda Dominant Amber Hide and Seek Jura Formula Lost World Sudoku Meatloaf Rotation Mya Master Mind Skeleton Scale T-Rex Memory Match Yawning Triceratops

Nintendo’s NX is a portable console with its own display

According to a report from Eurogamer , several sources have now confirmed that Nintendo's next-gen NX will be a portable console with its own display and detachable controllers. NX owners will also be able to connect the system to their televisions if they prefer to play their games on the big screen. DON'T MISS:  6 incredibly rare Pokemon that are currently impossible to find in Pokemon Go Sources claim that the console itself will feature a screen "bookended by two controller sections on each side," which can be removed and replaced at will. A "dock station" will be used to connect the NX to a television. Unlike most modern consoles, the NX will reportedly utilize game cartridges (hopefully sleeker than the cartridges for the Nintendo 64). The company is apparently suggesting developers use 32GB cartridges, which is especially interesting considering the fact that The Witcher 3 took up 50GB of space. Digital downloads will likely be available to NX owners, but because of the drastic hardware and software changes, there are no plans to offer backwards compatibility. One early rumor suggested that the NX might run on Android, but the report also claims that Nintendo has built its own OS for the NX. The report also reveals that the NX will be powered by Nvidia's Tegra mobile processor. Although Eurogamer notes that it is nearly impossible to directly compare the potential graphical power of the NX with, say, the Xbox One or PS4, it's clear that Nintendo is not attempting to beat, or even match, Sony and Microsoft from a sheer power standpoint. Rather, Nintendo will sacrifice power to fit everything into the portable machine. As for when we'll see the device, the report points to a September reveal. Nintendo was "unable to comment on the various rumours and speculations circulating," but it appears that the cat is finally out of the bag. Nintendo's NX is currently slated to launch in March 2017.

Microsoft slashes Xbox One to its lowest price ever

I told you not to buy the Xbox One just a few weeks ago , when Microsoft announced a few interesting deals on its current model, making the console cheaper than ever. The reason was pretty simple. A better Xbox One version launches in early August — the Xbox One S — so you should hold on to your cash for that one. But Microsoft has done the unthinkable: it already reduced the price of the “old” Xbox One yet again. At $249, it’s cheaper than ever and it's a very attractive option if you’re not looking to spend $399 on the Xbox One S. DON’T MISS: Apple’s iPhone 7 finally gets a release date That's right — for a limited time , you’ll be able to take advantage of a special $249 price. For that sum, you’ll get an Xbox One console with 500GB hard drive, one controller, and a game of your choice. Game bundles include various popular titles such as Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Rare Replay. The selected game will be available as a free download after your purchase. The deal is valid while supplies last, and stores including Best Buy and Amazon will sell the console at Microsoft’s new $249 price point immediately. Here's a link to take advantage of the deal on Amazon right now. If it matters, the Xbox One S pictured above launches August 2nd . For $399, you’ll get a console that’s 40% smaller, packs a 2TB hard drive, a new controller, a vertical stand, and support for 4K Ultra HD video as well as HDR.

Short sellers flock to Nintendo as Pokemon aura fades

Bets that shares of videogame maker Nintendo will fall have quadrupled in the past week following a major rally sparked by the wild popularity of its Pokemon GO smartphone game. Short interest in Nintendo stood at $1.2 billion on Monday and was climbing ahead of the company's first-quarter report on Wednesday, according to financial analytics firm S3. Bets by short sellers against Nintendo had remained low in mid-July while the company's stock surged more than 100 percent over seven sessions.