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EU demands Apple pay Ireland up to 13 billion euros in tax

EU demands Apple pay Ireland up to 13 billion euros in tax

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators ordered Apple on Tuesday to pay up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in taxes plus interest to the Irish government after ruling that a special scheme to route profits through Ireland was illegal state aid. The massive sum, 40 times bigger than the previous known demand by the European Commission to a company in such a case, could be reduced, the EU executive said in a statement, if other countries sought more tax themselves from the U.S. tech giant. Apple, which with Ireland said it will appeal the decision, paid tax rates on European profits on sales of its iPhone and other devices and services of between just 0.005 percent in 2014 and 1 percent in 2003, the Commission said.

Uber hires senior Target executive

Uber hires senior Target executive

(Reuters) - Global ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said it had hired Jeff Jones, chief marketing officer at Target Corp, to be president of its flagship ride-sharing business. Jones will be responsible for Uber's operations, marketing and customer support globally. (http://ubr.to/2cclIj5) Target said Jones would leave effective Sept. 9. (Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

Google cloud unit close to winning PayPal business: CNBC

Google cloud unit close to winning PayPal business: CNBC

While Google is the front-runner, the online payments processor is evaluating the other providers and hasn't made any decision yet, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter. PayPal has some existing business with Amazon Web Services, according to the CNBC report.

British tech champion ARM's sale to Japan's SoftBank wins shareholder nod

British tech champion ARM's sale to Japan's SoftBank wins shareholder nod

By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Shareholders in British technology company ARM approved its sale to Japan's SoftBank on Tuesday, marking the end of independence for the chip designer that powered the smartphone revolution. SoftBank swooped on the Apple supplier in July, agreeing to pay $32 billion in cash for a company that it hopes will remain at the forefront of digital innovation. Seeking to win political backing and smooth the path for the deal, the Japanese company's charismatic leader Masayoshi Son spoke to British Prime Minister Theresa May shortly before the deal was announced to allay concerns that it would be bad for the British technology sector.

Exclusive: Six U.S. senators urge Obama to prioritize cyber crime at G20 summit

Exclusive: Six U.S. senators urge Obama to prioritize cyber crime at G20 summit

By Jonathan Spicer NEW YORK (Reuters) - Six U.S. senators have urged President Barack Obama to prioritize cyber crime at this weekend's Group of 20 summit in China, in the wake of the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank, according to a letter obtained by Reuters. In the letter sent to the White House ahead of the Sept. 4-5 summit, Sherrod Brown, a senior Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, and five other Democratic senators say they want the U.S. president to press leaders from the world's 20 biggest economies to commit in joint communiques to a "coordinated strategy to combat cyber-crime at critical financial institutions." The letter, dated Monday, suggests that concern among U.S. lawmakers is growing over the February incident in which hackers breached Bangladesh Bank's systems and used the SWIFT banking network to request nearly $1 billion from an account held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Digital mapping firm HERE wants new investor by year-end: Handelsblatt

Digital maps company HERE, controlled by German carmakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen , aims to find a new investor by the end of the year, HERE chief Edzard Overbeek told a German newspaper. Germany's luxury automotive groups including Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen's Audi division and BMW bought HERE for 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) from Nokia last year to create an alternative digital mapping business to Google.

Everything we think we know about Nintendo’s NX

Microsoft just released the Xbox One S and Sony is preparing to unveil the PS4 Slim, but in a few short months, Nintendo will launch the first truly new major video game console since 2013. The NX is currently scheduled to release next March, but we still know hardly anything about the console, as Nintendo has been predictably tight-lipped ever since the console was announced. So in truth, we don't  know anything concrete about the NX, and likely won't for a few more months. But at the very least, what do we think we know? DON'T MISS:  Big Pokemon Go update is about to bring some exciting new features The first major leak came just last month , when Eurogamer reported that the NX would be a portable console with its own display and a set of detachable controllers. Unlike the PS4, Xbox One and even the Wii U, the report also claims that the NX will use cartridges, possibly similar to what we see on the 3DS. This report came just hours after noted insider Emily Rogers tweeted that significant reports regarding the NX would begin to appear in major publications soon. Now, a month after that report, Rogers has followed up with her own report, which took the form of the following four tweets: 1) This article about NX's detachable controllers supporting force feedback and motion controls has truth: http://letsplayvideogames.com/2016/08/report-detatchable-nx-controllers-support-motion-control-and-force-feedback/ 2) NX prototype had a 6.2 inch 720p multi-touch touchscreen. Unknown if final product's screen size will be larger / smaller than prototype. 3) Prototype for dock station has USB ports. I heard 2 usb ports, but I don't know if this number will change in the final product. 4) MCV's report about GameFreak being involved with NX has some truth to it. A day later,  Let's Play Video Games followed up on its previous report with two new bits of information from anonymous sources: the current NX prototype features a split D-pad (like the one on the DualShock 4) and a 'Share' button. Rogers also continued with an interesting follow-up tweet of her own: NX dev kit / prototype = 32 GB of internal storage/memory. Similar to Wii U. Final product may see increase, but prototype was at 32 GB. All of these declarations come with a great deal of uncertainty, but a clearer picture of the NX is slowly beginning to form. Nintendo might be unwilling to share many details about the console, but in a recent interview , NoA CEO Reggie Fils-Amie was very candid about the fact that things need to change at Nintendo: "One of the things that we have to do better when we launch the NX—we have to do a better job communicating the positioning for the product. We have to do a better job helping people to understand its uniqueness and what that means for the game playing experience. And we have to do a better job from a software planning standpoint to have that continuous beat of great new games that are motivating more and more people to pick up the hardware and more and more people to pick up the software. Those are the critical lessons." Everything here sounds great, but we're less than eight months out from the launch of the console, and we still know next to nothing about it. If Nintendo wants to do a better job of communicating exactly what the NX is supposed to do and who it's meant to be for, it might want to start soon.

Chris Brown is posting videos from his live stand-off with armed police

Chris Brown is in a standoff with LA police after allegedly pulling a gun on a woman during an argument. The cops have surrounded Brown's home, the rapper told them they'd need a search warrant to come inside, and then he started posting videos on Instagram about the whole affair. According to the  LA Times , officers responded to a call for help from a woman at about 3AM. She claimed that Brown "pointed a gun at her during a violent rage before she ran outside to call police." Officers attempted to enter the premises, but Brown told them to go get a search warrant, which they are apparently doing. DON'T MISS:  Understanding Apple’s tax mess: Why Apple owes $14.5 billion, and why Ireland doesn’t want it In the meantime,  TMZ  reports that Brown threw a bag containing weapons and drugs out of one of the windows, while surrounded by police. https://www.instagram.com/p/BJvSyYig04n/?taken-by=chrisbrownofficial https://www.instagram.com/p/BJvT0u3APk-/?taken-by=chrisbrownofficial https://www.instagram.com/p/BJvUhecg009/?taken-by=chrisbrownofficial Brown has also been posting videos on Instagram from inside the scene. According to the videos, Brown woke up surrounded by helicopters and police, and is generally professing his innocence. He also called out to Black Lives Matter, before taking the opportunity to plug his new record. Brown also says that it's "ironic" that police are at his home. Of course, Brown has plenty of history with the police. He was on probation for years after assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, and was involved in an assault in Washington in 2014.

Pebble continues to focus on health tracking with latest update

Pebble continues to focus on health tracking with latest update

PebbleAfter introducing Pebble Health last December, Pebble has been building out its smartwatch health and fitness features. A new update released today brings redesigns to Pebble’s health app, as well as revised timeline features, iPhone updates, and more for most (but not all) Pebble smartwatches.The company has redesigned Pebble Health around activity tabs that display step count and sleep performance. Users can now access historical information for activities by pressing right on each tab. ...

Snapchat releases a new web tool for making custom geofilters

Snapchat releases a new web tool for making custom geofilters

Snapchat has let you create custom geofilters for events since February, but until now you've needed image editing software to make one. Snapchat's tool lets you customize the filter's color palate and the text, and offers preview images to show you what your guests' snaps will look like once the filter is live.

Microsoft's OneNote will help you solve equations you've handwritten

Microsoft's OneNote will help you solve equations you've handwritten

Microsoft is adding a neat little trick to its OneNote app today: ink math assistant. Popular with students, OneNote is often used to jot down notes with a stylus, and the new ink math assistant is designed to help students convert handwritten equations into text, and teach them how to solve them. It works by automatically detecting equations that have been digitally inked into a OneNote page, and allows you to circle the equation and get step-by-step instructions on how to solve it.

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

There are still several free downloads left in yesterday's post on paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free , but that won't stop us from putting a fresh new list together for you today. We've got 11 iOS apps in total for you on Tuesday's list, and you'll find them all laid out below. Remember though, these sales could end at any time. MUST READ:  There are still two big problems with Apple’s iPhones, but the iPhone 7 will solve one of them 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. TouchMe Normally $1.99. Most simple and easy to use app that lets you make instructional videos of your web browser from with the app. This is ideal for someone who is teaching or explaining something while browsing the web. Instructional videos & movies are automatically saved to your camera roll. NOTE: You have to launch this app and record your web experience within this app. FEATURES: • Simple and easy controls • Option to start recording as soon as the app is launched • Option to change default web page or URL • See time elapsed of your recording • See screen touches when your finger is pressed • Movies are automatically saved to your photo album Download TouchMe Epic Flail Normally $1.99. Epic Flail is a fast paced 2D brawler with a gladiator theme that mimics the action packed fighting scenes from Japanese anime. Epic Flail has the player trapped in the arena, fighting through different modes and defeating other arena legends and even the gods themselves. Warning: This is a highly addictive game and you will spend hours challenging yourself and friends to see who be crowned the ultimate arena champion. • New Controls - 3 Types of controls to choose from (Fixed, Float and Swipe) • Visually beautiful graphics and amazing sound track • Adorable character to fight and brawl with • "Hack N Slash" game play - 2D anime • Unique levels with challenging bosses • Progressive increase in level difficulty • Game Center - Leaderboard & Achievements (High scores) • Optional InApp purchase if stuck on a level • Optimized for latest Apple iOS 9.3+ firmware version, iPad Pro support Reviews: • PocketGamer.co.uk - A recklessly entertaining action game that's the perfect fit for mobile (9/10 - PG GOLD AWARD) • KickMyGeek.com - Epic slice of fun action addictive desire to continue playing • RockPaperShotgun.com - Goodness it's a delicious little morsel of blood-drenched fun • App4Smart.com - The developers modestly call this a 2D brawler, but it’s really not like that at all. It's something more, something greater, something stronger • iPlayApps.de - Wild gladiator fights as a new premium AppStore hit success • AppGemeinde.de - Fun gameplay and challenging difficulty add an additional motivation for the Game Center connectivity to be able to compare with friends or the entire world Download Epic Flail WiFi Scanner Normally $0.99. Entering of complicated WiFi passwords is EASY & FAST now. Just Scan & Copy it in 3 touches using tiny but useful App. ↵ Get WiFi access faster than your friends ↵ Don’t waste your time on entering “3kGrmb5fgDWcYvan”-type passwords ↵ Save your money with WiFi connection in travels FEATURES ⌘ Offline Wi-Fi password recognizing ⌘ Fast Scan & Copy ⌘ Save ready WiFi passwords ⌘ No garbage in Photos Download WiFi Scanner iPicBox Normally $2.99. If you have any question, issue or advice on app, please contact us: jerrium@qq.com. The Best and Most Private Photo App for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Millions of people trust iPicBox to keep their photos hidden. If you like picture, if you are addicted to collecting pictures, if you have some privacies, and would like to show off, yeah~That is it! Got it! ******Main Features****** —Share to Facebook, Twitter, QQ, QZone, WeChat, WeChatTimeLine, Camera Roll, Email, Copy, SMS —3D touch ( 6s, 6s plus) —How-To-Use pages —Touch ID for locking single folder and image —Support iOS9 —Share to Facebook, Twitter —Gorgeous themes that are changed by heart —Folder cover that is splendid —Unlimited folders that permit you to sort pictures —Unique tree view of folders that is clear at a glance —Unique split mode that shows tree view and list view at the same time —Press to download picture easily —Quick capturing as you need —Import albums that have huge amount of pictures —Search pictures you want and locate the position —Lock pictures and privacies will not be touched —Batch operations that make you better efficiency —All kinds of gestures that make you natural —Smooth basic operations including Add, Del, Edit, Move —Trash box that gives you a chance to go back * * * * * * All your photos stored in iPicBox are 100% private. Your photos are only stored on your device and are never uploaded to our servers. We have no ability to remotely access your photos. Download iPicBox Borroow Normally $0.99. So you lent something to someone, but now you can't remember who it was? Yet again? Did you find yourself a DVD short? Missing a book? Fresh out of a game? Enough of that! Borroow lets you make a note of who you lent what to, all in a blink of an eye. Not a mental note, but a real one. And best of all, built-in notifications will remind you to get your stuff back. Every time. Download Borroow Photo Reminders Normally $0.99. Voice memos + Photos + Text Ideal application for those who value their time. “Photo Reminders” is the opportunity to make a reminder quickly and clearly about any event: a meeting, a birthday gift purchase, a concert, an important call or simply an evening walk with your pet. It’s enough to * Choose the photo from the Photos app, * Make a photo or * Record a voice message”. “Photo Reminders” enables to create reminders instantly, without spending time for the description of the forthcoming event, which is also convenient while driving. How does “Photo Reminders” work? For example, walking around the city, you can pay attention to the poster: premiere of the long-awaited movie. You get the phone, take a picture by the means of this application - at the necessary moment the program will inform you that it is time to buy tickets. The application remembers everything for you! “Photo Reminders” is also an excellent helper in the office: You can remind your colleagues about the forthcoming meeting through the application mailing. Moreover, you can share the notes with anyone through social networks! "Photo Reminders" combines various functions with the simplicity of usage. The clear and convenient interface enables to create a reminder in just a few clicks. 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The app works great and immediately saves the video to my video album and it really works great definitely worth the price" Dis app tho!!!: "I love this app. I'm on vacation and it's perfect because I don't have a go pro or anything!!" Trap.Queen.Ari: "I honestly love this app so much. It's super nice and easy to vlog! So thank you for the amazing app!" Jaka227: "Simple. I like it" ◉ Features‌ ▶ Works on iPad/iPhone ▶ Supports Remote Shutters. Ex. AB Shutter 3 ▶ Supports portrait and landscape shooting modes ▶ Pause/Resume function ▶ Better video quality ▶ Sharing on social networks (Facebook, G+, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, VK) ▶ Sharing on cloud services (Evernote, Dropbox) ▶ Sharing via e-mail, WhatsApp or SMS! Download Pause Video Rotational Normally $0.99. Discover the latest craze in puzzle games! Rotational is an addictive, fun game that everyone can enjoy, but only the sharpest players can master. Match the falling colors to destroy blocks. Boost your score by creating clever combos and winning streaks. Compete against your friends on the Leaderboards and try to unlock our tricky Achievements. Includes 3 challenging game modes, each with its own twist: Continuous, Puzzle and Time Attack. Rotational has been created specifically for iOS7, taking advantage of the latest Apple technology. Download Rotational Battle Analyzer - for Pokémon GO Normally $0.99. Short description We analyze and select the best fighters for you to conquer your enemy's gyms by using a Pokemon's type-advantage algorithm we formulated. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Long description There are 18 known elemental types of Pokémon and each type has several strengths and weaknesses that can be examined during attack and defense. If you know what you're up against in your rival’s gym, you can plan ahead. This will be making winning much easier, even if you are a lower level trainer with lower CP Pokémon. 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Washington warns of strain on EU economic relationship after Apple ruling

Washington warns of strain on EU economic relationship after Apple ruling

By David Morgan and Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A European Commission order requiring Apple Inc to pay $13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in taxes on Tuesday drew swift and angry rebukes from the Obama administration and lawmakers in Congress, while re-igniting calls for international tax reform. The U.S. Treasury Department, which enforces federal tax policy, warned that U.S.-EU economic relations could be affected by the stunning decision by the European Commission.

Why the EU says Apple must pay Ireland $14.5 billion in tax

The European Commission (EC) ordered Apple Inc. to pay Ireland unpaid taxes of up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) on Tuesday as it ruled the firm had received illegal state aid. The European Union's (EU) executive arm has ruled that Ireland made a deal with Apple that had no basis in tax law. The Commission said this involved cutting Apple's tax bill to almost zero, in return for Apple building factories in Ireland.

EU tax avoidance action could hurt foreign investment: U.S. Treasury

The actions of European regulators could hurt foreign investment, the U.S. Treasury said on Tuesday after the European Commission ruled Apple must pay up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in taxes plus interest to the Irish government. "The Commission's actions could threaten to undermine foreign investment, the business climate in Europe, and the important spirit of economic partnership between the U.S. and the EU," a Treasury spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Watch the first teaser for Where Cards Fall, the somber follow-up to Alto’s Adventure

Watch the first teaser for Where Cards Fall, the somber follow-up to Alto’s Adventure

Back in March, Snowman — the team behind breakout mobile hit Alto’s Adventure — announced a collaboration with designer Sam Rosenthal and his new studio The Game Band on a game called Where Cards Fall. While the first Where Cards Fall teaser doesn’t show any actual gameplay, it gives a good idea of the vibe the creators are going for, set in a chill, but disconnected forest with an ambient piano suggesting that something important is about to happen. "The houses of cards become homes for characters, platforms to traverse, places to visit, and so much more," Rosenthal told The Verge back in March.

Google reportedly dropping the Nexus brand name from its phones

Google reportedly dropping the Nexus brand name from its phones

Google’s newest smartphones won’t be Nexus devices after all. According to Android Central, Google is dropping the Nexus branding with its two upcoming, HTC-made smartphones. This news jives with recent rumors surrounding the upcoming devices, codenamed "Marlin" and "Sailfish." Android Police reported earlier this month that Google may strip the Nexus name from the phones and replace it with a "G" logo. It’s unclear what direction the company will take, as it has spent years fashioning the Nexus brand as a hardware entity while Google has reserved its own name for software services.

Understanding Apple’s tax mess: Why Apple owes $14.5 billion, and why Ireland doesn’t want it

In a ruling handed down this morning, Apple was given a $14.5 billion bill for back taxes by the European Commission, related to its business in Europe and Ireland. Apple's tax situation, including the hundreds of billions in cash held offshore, has always been a hot topic for the company. But how did it land in this mess, and who does it even owe money to anyway? DON'T MISS:  There are still two big problems with Apple’s iPhones, but the iPhone 7 will solve one of them The situation right now is a little unclear. This morning's ruling was given by the European Commission, which says that both Apple and Ireland made a tax arrangement against the rules of the EU. As a result, Apple owes money to Ireland, but the country disagrees. In a statement, the Finance Minister said he "disagrees profoundly" with the EC's ruling, and will appeal. As you might expect, Apple is also planning on launching an appeal. CEO Tim Cook argues that because Apple complied with Irish tax authorities, there shouldn't be any penalties applied, and Cook is confident that Apple's case will "ultimately prevail." Oh, and the US government is also on Apple's side, accusing the EU in a statement last week of acting as a "supra-national tax authority." In other words, we have the stage set for one hell of a fight. In one corner, the European Commission, a powerful international body with the backing of all the EU member states (except Ireland), who are tired of having Apple pay very little tax on billions in sales. In the other, we have the world's largest corporation, the US Treasury Department, and an Irish government that really doesn't want to be labelled as a tax haven. Apple's tax arrangement What the sides ultimately disagree on is how Apple's taxes are structured through Ireland. It's a complicated arrangement used by hundreds of big companies aside from Apple, but it works something like this. Apple Sales International and Apple Operations Europe are two Irish-registered companies, which hold the intellectual property to Apple products and brands outside of North and South America. Using legal tax mechanisms, all sales of Apple products in Europe went to these companies, so the bulk of all profits made in Europe ended up in Ireland. Using transfer pricing  like this to funnel profits into a particular country is a legal and well-used (if ethically dubious) practice. The real problem is how profits were taxed once they got to Ireland. Apple and Ireland agreed on a system that channeled "most profits...away from Ireland to a 'head office' within Apple Sales International," according to the EC. The Commission's investigation showed that Apple had been given a tax rate as low as 0.005 percent at some points, far lower than the already-low Irish corporation tax rate of 12.5 percent. So whose rules did Apple break? The EU's involvement makes this a weird case. Normally, tax evasion is pretty cut-and-dry: a country has rules on tax, a corporation breaks them, and then the company is found out and has to pay up. But in this case, Apple was in compliance with Ireland's rules. It was Ireland's rules that were out of line with the EU's taxation policies, which don't allow member states to act as tax havens. So Apple has to pay back taxes to Ireland, but Ireland doesn't want the money. Directly after the Commission released its findings, Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan released a statement, saying "I disagree profoundly with the Commission’s decision," and that he has "no choice but to seek Cabinet approval to appeal the decision before the European Courts. This is necessary to defend the integrity of our tax system; to provide tax certainty to business; and to challenge the encroachment of EU state aid rules into the sovereign Member State competence of taxation." What does Apple say? Obviously, Apple isn't happy about the ruling. Tim Cook issued an open letter to customers this morning, seeking to reassure them. In it, he restates Apple's long-running justification of the Irish tax arrangements. Cook points out that Apple has had a tangible presence in Ireland for decades, starting with a factory with 60 employees in Cork, Ireland back in 1980. He goes on to say that "over the years, we received guidance from Irish tax authorities on how to comply correctly with Irish tax law — the same kind of guidance available to any company doing business there. In Ireland and in every country where we operate, Apple follows the law and we pay all the taxes we owe." Cook's final argument goes back to one of the principles of taxation, that "a company’s profits should be taxed in the country where the value is created." Since Apple's R&D is mostly done in California, Cook argues, that's where Apple should be taxed. They're all powerful-sounding arguments, but most don't apply to this ruling. Apple does have a physical presence in Ireland, but its low taxation rate really depends on the existence of a "head office" in the country that coordinates worldwide sales. According to the EC investigation, the head office exists on paper only. The fact that Apple was in accordance with Irish tax law is also a moot point. The European Commission objects to Ireland's own taxation policies, claiming they're out of line with EU rules. You can see the point: the EU is a free trade zone, so if one country can manipulate its taxation code to offer low rates to multinationals, it's offering all of the benefits of a tax haven while also being inside the world's biggest single market. Cook's final argument also ignores some important facts -- mainly that if Apple should be taxed where it creates the value (R&D in California), why are hundreds of billions of dollars sitting offshore? What about the US government? The US Treasury Department has been unusually vocal about this case, in statements last week and also after the ruling was handed down today. Mostly, the Department objects to retroactive taxation, which is says is "unfair, contrary to well-established legal principles, and call into question the tax rules of individual Member States." So what happens next? After the international hand-wringing is done, Apple is highly unlikely to just sit down and pay up. (Although it's worth mentioning that the $14.5 billion back tax bill is barely 10 percent of Apple's offshore tax holdings.) Both Apple and Ireland have said they will appeal the decision. Given that EU bureaucracy moves at a truly glacial pace, and the first investigation took three years, don't expect this to be settled soon. But there is also a very good chance Apple ends up paying some money from this. Ireland and the United States may well disagree with the ruling, but public opinion in the 27 other EU member states is on the other side. Ireland offering favourable rates has enabled dozens of other high-profile multinationals like Starbucks and Google to avoid paying taxes in other countries.

A few simple tech tips for living in a dorm or New York apartment

A few simple tech tips for living in a dorm or New York apartment

Back to School Guide 2016 Because you have clicked this story, I will assume you have moved into your first dorm room, continue to live in a small apartment because modern rent charges are stacked against us, or you have a perverse fascination with confined spaces. Whatever the case, welcome.Normally on What’s Tech we focus on a single topic. Tiny computers. Encryption. No Man’s Sky. But today, my friend and colleague Ross Miller and I will have a conversation about the simple ways tech can improve dorm life. ...

On the eve of Apple’s iPhone 7 event, new leak reveals exciting Galaxy S8 details

Tech fans around the world are abuzz as the rumors ramp up ahead of Apple's big iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus event next week. We already know practically everything we should expect from Apple next week. The company's new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will look a great deal like its old 6 and 6 Plus, but it'll pack some big performance upgrades as well as a handful of new features. Both new models will have bigger batteries and twice the internal storage at each tier, and the larger iPhone 7 Plus will also sport a new dual-lens camera design. But with Apple's big iPhone 7 unveiling just around the corner, attention now turns briefly to Samsung because a new leak has seemingly revealed some exciting details about the company's upcoming Galaxy S8. DON'T MISS:  There are still two big problems with Apple’s iPhones, but the iPhone 7 will solve one of them It always seems like by some strange coincidence, Apple leaks tend to overshadow big announcements from rival companies. Just as an Android vendor is gearing up to unveil its next flagship phone, for example, some big report will spill new details on an unannounced Apple device and steal away some thunder. We're not sure this latest leak will end up stealing much thunder away from Apple's iPhone 7 reveal next week, but this time around a potentially big Samsung leak has barged in on the Apple news cycle. A post on Chinese microblogging site Weibo from a user named "i ice universe" (via PhoneArena ) offers supposed specs for Samsung's Galaxy S8 flagship phone. Samsung just unveiled the new Galaxy Note 7, of course, but the Galaxy S8 is expected in the first quarter next year so it's obviously well along in terms of development. So what can we expect from next year's Galaxy S8? According to this leak, next year's flagship Samsung phone will feature a new dual-lens rear camera setup with one 12-megapixel module and one 13-megapixel module. The addition of a dual-lens camera on the Galaxy S8 next year wouldn't exactly be a surprise, of course, since Apple is introducing a dual-lens camera on the iPhone 7 Plus this year. The post also claims that the Galaxy S8 will feature a new and improved 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and it will also sport an iris sensor just like the Galaxy Note 7. Both features would be appreciated, though neither would be surprising. What we're most interested in seeing is the new Galaxy S8's design. Samsung completely changed the design identity of its flagship smartphones beginning with the Galaxy S6, but every subsequent high-end handset has been a slight variation on that same design. Where will Samsung go from here? We can't wait to find out.

internet

Google cloud unit close to winning PayPal business: CNBC

Google cloud unit close to winning PayPal business: CNBC

While Google is the front-runner, the online payments processor is evaluating the other providers and hasn't made any decision yet, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter. PayPal has some existing business with Amazon Web Services, according to the CNBC report.

Kaepernick protest prompts backlash from NFL greats

Kaepernick protest prompts backlash from NFL greats

By Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's sideline protest during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a National Football League pre-season game last week has generated criticism from current and former NFL stars. Kaepernick, 28, sat during the national anthem on Friday in a protest against racial injustice in the United States, a move that prompted boos from some fans. Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday that while he can "respect" Kaepernick's cause, he doesn't "agree with the method he chose." "If you want to make a point or take a stand, go straight after the root of that cause," wrote Ward.

Twitter to share ad revenue on videos by U.S. individual users

Twitter to share ad revenue on videos by U.S. individual users

The microblogging service provider's Amplify Publisher Program is currently restricted to large companies such as CBS Corp's CBS News and organizations such as the National Football League and Major League Baseball. A user has to check a box prior to tweeting videos, after which ads will run on the video before it starts. "A portion of the ad revenue is then shared back with creator," Twitter said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Asia’s Most Innovative Universities

Asia’s Most Innovative Universities

China and India have the biggest populations in the Asia-Pacific region, and the economic news coming out of both countries usually dominates world headlines. Out of the top 20 universities, 17 are based in Japan and South Korea. Topping the list as the most innovative university in Asia is KAIST, also known as Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology.

EU telecom regulators adopt strict net neutrality rules, industry dismayed

EU telecom regulators adopt strict net neutrality rules, industry dismayed

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union telecoms regulators adopted strict rules on Tuesday limiting how telecoms firms like Vodafone and Orange can prioritize some types of Internet traffic, dealing a blow to an industry hoping to boost revenues. The guidelines on net neutrality - the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally - were welcomed by Internet activists. The European Union adopted its first ever net neutrality rules last year and Tuesday's guidelines will be used by regulators to enforce the law.

Cyber security firm LogRhythm raises $50 million after changing IPO plans

By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Cyber security company LogRhythm has raised $50 million from private investors after postponing plans for an initial public offering late last year, the company said on Tuesday, the latest sign of how austere the IPO market has become for some technology start-ups. LogRhythm selected bankers more than a year ago with an eye on a $1 billion-plus IPO in the second half of 2015, Reuters reported last year. "We definitely were contemplating an IPO," said Dave Welsh, a partner at Adams Street Partners and LogRhythm investor and board member.

Sri Lankan court detains two after presidential hack over exam date

Sri Lankan court detains two after presidential hack over exam date

A Sri Lanka court remanded a man and a teenager in custody on Tuesday on suspicion of hacking into the president's website to demand that authorities abandon a proposal to switch university entrance exams to the new year holiday month of April. "Police filed charges under the Computer Crimes Act and the court remanded the two until Friday," Manju Sri Chandrasean, the lawyer who appeared for the second suspect, told Reuters. President Maithripala Sirisena's website, www.president.gov.lk, was first hacked on Thursday and then again on Friday.

Exclusive: Six U.S. senators urge Obama to prioritize cyber crime at G20 summit

Exclusive: Six U.S. senators urge Obama to prioritize cyber crime at G20 summit

By Jonathan Spicer NEW YORK (Reuters) - Six U.S. senators have urged President Barack Obama to prioritize cyber crime at this weekend's Group of 20 summit in China, in the wake of the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank, according to a letter obtained by Reuters. In the letter sent to the White House ahead of the Sept. 4-5 summit, Sherrod Brown, a senior Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, and five other Democratic senators say they want the U.S. president to press leaders from the world's 20 biggest economies to commit in joint communiques to a "coordinated strategy to combat cyber-crime at critical financial institutions." The letter, dated Monday, suggests that concern among U.S. lawmakers is growing over the February incident in which hackers breached Bangladesh Bank's systems and used the SWIFT banking network to request nearly $1 billion from an account held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Livestream of Kim Dotcom extradition hearing a first for New Zealand

Livestream of Kim Dotcom extradition hearing a first for New Zealand

By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A New Zealand judge gave permission on Tuesday for the hearing of German tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's appeal against his extradition to be streamed on YouTube, making it the country's first court case to be broadcast on the Internet. The six-week hearing opened in Auckland this week, nine months after a lower court ruled Kim Dotcom could be sent to the United States to face copyright infringement and money-laundering charges over the filesharing website Megaupload. The case has been closely watched by the media industry and developers in the file-sharing business for signs of how far the United States is willing to go to protect U.S. copyright holders.

China regulator to curb news that promotes 'Western lifestyles'

China regulator to curb news that promotes 'Western lifestyles'

China will crack down on social and entertainment news that promotes improper values and "Western lifestyles", the country's broadcasting regulator said, the latest effort at censorship in an already strictly regulated media environment. President Xi Jinping has embarked on an unprecedented drive to censor media that do not reflect the views of Communist Party leaders. Authorities have already issued rules limiting "foreign-inspired" television shows and put tougher penalties on the spread of rumors via social media.

Facebook CEO says group will not become a media company

Facebook CEO says group will not become a media company

By Giulia Segreti ROME (Reuters) - Facebook Inc. will not become a media company, its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday, telling students the firm would remain a technology platform. An increasing number of users are turning to social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter , to find their news, but Zuckerberg said his firm had no ambitions to become a content provider. "No, we are a tech company, not a media company," said Zuckerberg, after a young Italian asked him whether Facebook intended to become a news editor.

Ritchie Bros to buy U.S. e-commerce site IronPlanet for $758 million

(Reuters) - Canadian industrial auctioneer Ritchie Bros Auctioneers Inc said it will buy IronPlanet, a privately held U.S. e-commerce site for used equipment, for about $758.5 million, as it looks to diversify its portfolio. Burnaby, Vancouver-based Ritchie, which focuses on the sale of heavy machinery, will fund the transaction with a combination of cash and new debt. IronPlanet, backed by Caterpillar Inc , allows users to place bids online or on-site, or buy at a fixed price.

Exclusive: Six U.S. senators urge Obama to prioritize cyber at G20 in China

Exclusive: Six U.S. senators urge Obama to prioritize cyber at G20 in China

By Jonathan Spicer NEW YORK (Reuters) - Six U.S. senators have urged President Barack Obama to prioritize cyber crime at this weekend's G20 summit in China, in the wake of the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank, according to a letter obtained by Reuters. In the letter sent to the White House ahead of the Sept. 4-5 summit, Sherrod Brown, a senior Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, and five other senators say they want the U.S. President to press leaders from the world's 20 biggest economies to commit in joint communiques to a "coordinated strategy to combat cyber-crime at critical financial institutions." The letter, dated Monday, suggests concern among U.S. lawmakers is growing over the February incident in which hackers breached Bangladesh Bank's systems and used the SWIFT banking network to request nearly $1 billion from an account held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Sri Lanka police arrest teen over hacking president's website

Sri Lanka police arrest teen over hacking president's website

Sri Lanka police on Monday arrested a 17-year old school boy on suspicion of hacking into the president's official website, demanding that his university entrance examination dates not be changed, officials said on Monday. The website of President Maithripala Sirisena, www.president.gov.lk, was first hacked on Thursday and then again on Friday. The hacker, who made his claim as "The Sri Lankan Youth", posted a message on the website demanding a presidential election immediately if Sirisena was unable to address his demand of not changing the examination dates to April, the month most Sri Lankans celebrate traditional new year.

Germany wants Facebook to take initiative in fight against online hate

Germany wants Facebook to take initiative in fight against online hate

By Thorsten Severin and Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's interior minister visited Facebook's offices in Berlin on Monday and said it should be more proactive in removing forbidden content from its social network platform. "Facebook should take down racist content or calls for violence from its pages on its own initiative even if it hasn't yet received a complaint," Thomas de Maiziere said. "Facebook has an immensely important economic position and just like every other large enterprise it has a immensely important social responsibility." The German government has been critical of Facebook in the past.

U.S. appeals court dismisses AT&T data throttling lawsuit

U.S. appeals court dismisses AT&T data throttling lawsuit

A federal appeals court in California on Monday dismissed a U.S. government lawsuit that accused AT&T Inc of deception for reducing internet speeds for customers with unlimited mobile data plans once their use exceeded certain levels. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said it ordered a lower court to dismiss the data-throttling lawsuit, which was filed in 2014 by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC sued AT&T on the grounds that the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier failed to inform consumers it would slow the speeds of heavy data users on unlimited plans.

European privacy regulators to scrutinize WhatsApp privacy switch

European privacy regulators to scrutinize WhatsApp privacy switch

Facebook's move to relax the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the world's most popular mobile messaging application, will be closely scrutinized, the chair of Europe's leading group of privacy regulators said on Monday.     WhatsApp, which counts more than a billion users globally, said on Thursday it would start sharing users' phone numbers with Facebook, helping it to target advertisements and friend recommendations across the social media network. At the time of the deal in 2014, WhatsApp founder Jan Koum vowed to protect data of its users and said the deal would not affect its privacy policy.    In response, Britain's data privacy regulator, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), said it was monitoring the changes to ensure that the new policy stays within data protection laws (http://reut.rs/2bwpIdX).     The French data protection authority is studying Facebook's response earlier this month to issues the regulator has raised over the company's handling of customer data for targeting advertising to the social network's members.     CNIL has yet to receive any specific complaints from citizens to the latest changes to WhatsApp privacy policies, it said.

Cyber threat grows for bitcoin exchanges

Cyber threat grows for bitcoin exchanges

By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - When hackers penetrated a secure authentication system at a bitcoin exchange called Bitfinex earlier this month, they stole about $70 million worth of the virtual currency. The latest survey of 46 securities exchanges released three years ago by the International Organization of Securities Commissions and World Federation of Exchanges found that more than half had experienced a cyber attack.

Rugby-All Blacks prop Franks cleared of eye gouging allegations

By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) - All Blacks prop Owen Franks has been cleared of eye gouging allegations after the southern hemisphere's governing body did not issue any citings from New Zealand's Rugby Championship clash against Australia. Video footage appeared to show the forward's hands raking across the face of Wallabies lock Kane Douglas during a maul early in Saturday's clash at Wellington Regional Stadium. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said after his side's 29-9 loss that he had seen the incident and that he thought the match citing commissioner would examine it further.

Burkina Faso bans big buttocks beauty contest

The government of Burkina Faso has banned an annual beauty contest for women with the biggest buttocks, saying such events are sexist. Adverts for this weekend's third edition of 'Miss Bim-Bim', carrying an image of two fully clothed women with exaggeratedly large behinds, provoked an outcry on social media. "Our role is to do everything to avoid damaging the image of women," said Minister Laure Zongo in a statement, adding that social media criticism had persuaded her to act.

Facebook changes 'Trending' feature to rely less on human editors

Facebook changes 'Trending' feature to rely less on human editors

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc changed its popular "Trending" feature, which shows users the most-talked about topics of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias, the company wrote in a blog post on Friday. The update is Facebook's latest attempt in recent months to stress its neutrality as its influence grows. Facebook said an internal probe found no evidence of bias.

UK regulator to monitor WhatsApp's data sharing with Facebook

UK regulator to monitor WhatsApp's data sharing with Facebook

(Reuters) - Britain's data privacy regulator said on Friday it would monitor how popular messaging service WhatsApp shares data with parent Facebook Inc under a new privacy policy. The Information Commission's Office (ICO) said while some users may be concerned by the lack of control provided by the updated privacy policy, others may consider it a positive. WhatsApp, which has more than a billion users, said on Thursday it would start sharing users' phone numbers with Facebook, allowing for more relevant advertisements and friend recommendations on the social media network.

Google hires Airbnb exec to commercialize self-driving cars

Google hires Airbnb exec to commercialize self-driving cars

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google self-driving car project took a step closer to market with the hire of a top executive from Airbnb, the online vacation home rental marketplace. Shaun Stewart is joining Google as a director of the self-driving car project, spokesman Johnny Luu said on Friday. Stewart's role will be to help commercialize Google's self-driving technology, which has been in development for more than seven years and has seen an increased pace of activity over the last 12 months.

Judge orders search of new Clinton emails for release by September 13

Judge orders search of new Clinton emails for release by September 13

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge ordered the State Department on Thursday to release by Sept. 13 any emails it finds between Hillary Clinton and the White House from the week of the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, among the thousands of additional emails uncovered by federal investigators. The order came after the Federal Bureau of Investigation gave the department a disc earlier this month containing 14,900 emails to and from Clinton and other documents it said it had recovered that she did not return to the government. Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, has been criticized for using an unauthorized private email system run from a server in the basement of her home while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, a decision she says was wrong and that she regrets.

Net1 to invest up to $40 million in India's MobiKwik over 2 years

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Payment services provider Net1 UEPS Technologies Inc will invest up to $40 million in Indian mobile wallet services provider MobiKwik over the next 24 months, the companies said in a joint statement on Friday. MobiKwik had previously raised three rounds of funding from investors including Sequoia Capital, American Express, MediaTeK and Cisco Investments, according to the statement. (Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

Economists see ride-hailing industry as ripe for competition

Economists see ride-hailing industry as ripe for competition

By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chinese powerhouse Didi Chuxing's acquisition of Uber Technologies Inc's China operations marked the biggest move yet toward consolidation in an industry that many investors and Silicon Valley pundits view as a winner-take-all game. On the day the Didi deal was announced earlier this month, Uber board member Bill Gurley said Uber's rivals in other markets had a slim chance of splitting the market with the dominant player, just as Uber struggled to erode Didi's share in China. After China, the industry will consolidate in other markets, said Hans Tung, an Asia-focused investor and managing partner at GGV Capital, which backed Didi and Grab, a Singapore-based ride service.

Chinese man arrested in Hong Kong over FACC cyber attack in Austria

Chinese man arrested in Hong Kong over FACC cyber attack in Austria

A Chinese citizen has been arrested in Hong Kong in connection with a cyber attack that cost Austrian aerospace parts maker FACC 42 million euros ($47.39 million), Austrian police said on Friday. FACC fired its chief executive and chief financial officer after the attack, which involved hoax emails asking an employee to transfer money for a fake acquisition project - a kind of scam known as a "fake president incident". FACC's customers include Airbus and Boeing.

India's Infosys says seeing client-specific softness after Brexit

India's Infosys says seeing client-specific softness after Brexit

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian IT services provider Infosys Ltd is seeing some 'softness' in clients after Britain voted in June to leave the European Union, a top company executive said during an analyst meet on Friday. Infosys will be in a better position by October to evaluate the impact of this on its earnings outlook for the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, Chief Financial Officer Ranganath D Mavinakere said. ...

Judge in Stanford rape case will stop hearing criminal cases

Judge in Stanford rape case will stop hearing criminal cases

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky has requested to be assigned to the court's civil division, more than two months after imposing the controversial sentence on Brock Allen Turner, 20, for the January 2015 attack, Presiding Judge Risë Jones Pichon said in a statement. Persky has received death threats, faced a recall effort and several online petitions seeking his removal in a furor of criticism for what was perceived as a lenient sentence. The uproar over the sentence, fueled in part by the victim's harrowing letter in which she detailed the assault, is part of growing outrage over sexual assault on U.S. college campuses.

U.S. Homeland Security probes hacking of actress Leslie Jones' website

U.S. Homeland Security probes hacking of actress Leslie Jones' website

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating a new incident involving actress Leslie Jones, who has been targeted by online abusers, after hackers posted nude photos and personal information on the "Ghostbusters" star's website. In order to protect the integrity of the case, no further details are available at this time," Rachel Yong You, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said on Thursday in an email to Reuters. ICE, as the agency is known, is a branch of the Department of Homeland Security.

Apple fixes security flaw after UAE dissident's iPhone targeted

Apple fixes security flaw after UAE dissident's iPhone targeted

Apple Inc issued a patch on Thursday to fix a dangerous security flaw in iPhones and iPads after researchers discovered that a prominent United Arab Emirates dissident's phone had been targeted with a previously unknown method of hacking. The thwarted attack on the human rights activist, Ahmed Mansoor, used a text message that invited him to click on a web link. Instead of clicking, he forwarded the message to researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab.

Russian lawmaker's son convicted in U.S. for hacking scheme

Russian lawmaker's son convicted in U.S. for hacking scheme

Roman Seleznev, also known as "Track2," was found guilty by a federal jury in Seattle on 38 of 40 counts including wire fraud and intentional damage to a protected computer following an eight day trial, prosecutors said. The conviction of Seleznev, of Vladivostok, followed a 10-year-long investigation by the U.S. Secret Service, the agency said. Seleznev, the son of Valery Seleznev, a member of the Russian Parliament, is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 2.

Canada sees more extremists, including women, traveling abroad

Canada sees more extremists, including women, traveling abroad

The number of people who have traveled overseas from Canada and are suspected of involvement in radical activities has grown, security officials said in a report that found the number of women leaving to join Islamic State was also on the rise. At the end of 2015, 60 of what Canada calls "extremist travelers" had returned to the country, according to the annual report released on Thursday by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. Goodale has overall responsibility for law enforcement, including the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

Uber lost at least $1.27 billion in first half of 2016: Bloomberg

Uber lost at least $1.27 billion in first half of 2016: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] lost at least $1.27 billion before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in the first six months of 2016, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The subsidies Uber grants its drivers was the main reason for the loss, finance head Gautam Gupta told investors in a quarterly conference call, Bloomberg said, citing sources. The company lost about $520 million in the first quarter of the year and another $750 million in the second quarter, Bloomberg said.

WhatsApp relaxes privacy stance, to share phone numbers with Facebook

WhatsApp relaxes privacy stance, to share phone numbers with Facebook

Popular messaging service WhatsApp said it would start sharing users' phone numbers with parent Facebook Inc , marking a notable shift in its stance on privacy. When Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, founder Jan Koum vowed to protect data of its users, saying the deal would not affect its privacy policy. The change in policy, WhatsApp's first since the deal, will allow for more relevant advertisements and friend recommendations on Facebook, according to a WhatsApp blog post.

Social media giants must do more to police sites - MPs

Social media giants must do more to police sites - MPs

By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook, Twitter and YouTube should hire more people to monitor hate speech and material inciting violence as well as putting staff in police operation centres to remove offending posts faster, British lawmakers said. In a report released on Thursday by parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee, lawmakers said major internet firms were "consciously failing" to stop groups such as Islamic State promoting violence on social media and they needed to take more responsibility for the impact of material posted on their sites. The report said large internet companies should work with the government, police and security services to create an extensive round-the-clock hub to monitor and immediately shut down such online activity.

Social media giants must do more to police sites: UK lawmakers

Social media giants must do more to police sites: UK lawmakers

By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook, Twitter and YouTube should hire more people to monitor hate speech and material inciting violence as well as putting staff in police operation centers to remove offending posts faster, British lawmakers said. In a report released on Thursday by parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee, lawmakers said major internet firms were "consciously failing" to stop groups such as Islamic State promoting violence on social media and they needed to take more responsibility for the impact of material posted on their sites. The report said large internet companies should work with the government, police and security services to create an extensive round-the-clock hub to monitor and immediately shut down such online activity.

Amazon launches Amazon Vehicles to help car buyers

Amazon launches Amazon Vehicles to help car buyers

(Reuters) - Amazon.com on Thursday launched Amazon Vehicles, an online platform for users to research on cars, auto parts and accessories. The platform will include specifications, images and reviews on Amazon.com for a large number of car models, ranging from Tesla Motors' 2014 Model S to the iconic Ford Mustang 1965. Amazon Vehicles would be an extension of the existing Amazon Automotive store, the company said.

Uber to let Londoners book journeys weeks in advance

Uber to let Londoners book journeys weeks in advance

Ride service Uber [UBER.UL], which enables users to instantly hail a taxi ride using their smartphone, will allow customers to book trips days or weeks in advance in London, the first European city to get the option. Uber began offering scheduled rides in June in Seattle, targeted particularly at business customers. Earlier this year, the San Francisco-based app avoided having a mandatory waiting time of five minutes imposed upon it and other private hire car firms in London as part of proposals by transport bosses to regulate the sector.

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

There are still several free downloads left in yesterday's post on paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free , but that won't stop us from putting a fresh new list together for you today. We've got 11 iOS apps in total for you on Tuesday's list, and you'll find them all laid out below. Remember though, these sales could end at any time. MUST READ:  There are still two big problems with Apple’s iPhones, but the iPhone 7 will solve one of them 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. TouchMe Normally $1.99. Most simple and easy to use app that lets you make instructional videos of your web browser from with the app. This is ideal for someone who is teaching or explaining something while browsing the web. Instructional videos & movies are automatically saved to your camera roll. NOTE: You have to launch this app and record your web experience within this app. FEATURES: • Simple and easy controls • Option to start recording as soon as the app is launched • Option to change default web page or URL • See time elapsed of your recording • See screen touches when your finger is pressed • Movies are automatically saved to your photo album Download TouchMe Epic Flail Normally $1.99. Epic Flail is a fast paced 2D brawler with a gladiator theme that mimics the action packed fighting scenes from Japanese anime. Epic Flail has the player trapped in the arena, fighting through different modes and defeating other arena legends and even the gods themselves. Warning: This is a highly addictive game and you will spend hours challenging yourself and friends to see who be crowned the ultimate arena champion. • New Controls - 3 Types of controls to choose from (Fixed, Float and Swipe) • Visually beautiful graphics and amazing sound track • Adorable character to fight and brawl with • "Hack N Slash" game play - 2D anime • Unique levels with challenging bosses • Progressive increase in level difficulty • Game Center - Leaderboard & Achievements (High scores) • Optional InApp purchase if stuck on a level • Optimized for latest Apple iOS 9.3+ firmware version, iPad Pro support Reviews: • PocketGamer.co.uk - A recklessly entertaining action game that's the perfect fit for mobile (9/10 - PG GOLD AWARD) • KickMyGeek.com - Epic slice of fun action addictive desire to continue playing • RockPaperShotgun.com - Goodness it's a delicious little morsel of blood-drenched fun • App4Smart.com - The developers modestly call this a 2D brawler, but it’s really not like that at all. It's something more, something greater, something stronger • iPlayApps.de - Wild gladiator fights as a new premium AppStore hit success • AppGemeinde.de - Fun gameplay and challenging difficulty add an additional motivation for the Game Center connectivity to be able to compare with friends or the entire world Download Epic Flail WiFi Scanner Normally $0.99. Entering of complicated WiFi passwords is EASY & FAST now. Just Scan & Copy it in 3 touches using tiny but useful App. ↵ Get WiFi access faster than your friends ↵ Don’t waste your time on entering “3kGrmb5fgDWcYvan”-type passwords ↵ Save your money with WiFi connection in travels FEATURES ⌘ Offline Wi-Fi password recognizing ⌘ Fast Scan & Copy ⌘ Save ready WiFi passwords ⌘ No garbage in Photos Download WiFi Scanner iPicBox Normally $2.99. If you have any question, issue or advice on app, please contact us: jerrium@qq.com. The Best and Most Private Photo App for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Millions of people trust iPicBox to keep their photos hidden. If you like picture, if you are addicted to collecting pictures, if you have some privacies, and would like to show off, yeah~That is it! Got it! ******Main Features****** —Share to Facebook, Twitter, QQ, QZone, WeChat, WeChatTimeLine, Camera Roll, Email, Copy, SMS —3D touch ( 6s, 6s plus) —How-To-Use pages —Touch ID for locking single folder and image —Support iOS9 —Share to Facebook, Twitter —Gorgeous themes that are changed by heart —Folder cover that is splendid —Unlimited folders that permit you to sort pictures —Unique tree view of folders that is clear at a glance —Unique split mode that shows tree view and list view at the same time —Press to download picture easily —Quick capturing as you need —Import albums that have huge amount of pictures —Search pictures you want and locate the position —Lock pictures and privacies will not be touched —Batch operations that make you better efficiency —All kinds of gestures that make you natural —Smooth basic operations including Add, Del, Edit, Move —Trash box that gives you a chance to go back * * * * * * All your photos stored in iPicBox are 100% private. Your photos are only stored on your device and are never uploaded to our servers. We have no ability to remotely access your photos. Download iPicBox Borroow Normally $0.99. So you lent something to someone, but now you can't remember who it was? Yet again? Did you find yourself a DVD short? Missing a book? Fresh out of a game? Enough of that! Borroow lets you make a note of who you lent what to, all in a blink of an eye. Not a mental note, but a real one. And best of all, built-in notifications will remind you to get your stuff back. Every time. Download Borroow Photo Reminders Normally $0.99. Voice memos + Photos + Text Ideal application for those who value their time. “Photo Reminders” is the opportunity to make a reminder quickly and clearly about any event: a meeting, a birthday gift purchase, a concert, an important call or simply an evening walk with your pet. It’s enough to * Choose the photo from the Photos app, * Make a photo or * Record a voice message”. “Photo Reminders” enables to create reminders instantly, without spending time for the description of the forthcoming event, which is also convenient while driving. How does “Photo Reminders” work? For example, walking around the city, you can pay attention to the poster: premiere of the long-awaited movie. You get the phone, take a picture by the means of this application - at the necessary moment the program will inform you that it is time to buy tickets. The application remembers everything for you! “Photo Reminders” is also an excellent helper in the office: You can remind your colleagues about the forthcoming meeting through the application mailing. Moreover, you can share the notes with anyone through social networks! "Photo Reminders" combines various functions with the simplicity of usage. The clear and convenient interface enables to create a reminder in just a few clicks. Functions: - add images from the Photos app - use Camera to take photos - e-mailing a note - create voice memos - creating text notes - setting the date and a sound reminder - sharing a note through social networks - saving in Evernote - saving in Calendar - sorting according to addition and reminder dates and filtrating notes - searching notes by the name and their description. Download Photo Reminders Pause Video Normally $1.99. The easiest way to pause video while recording. Add gorgeous filters and effects to your video. Save video to library or share it via Facebook, G+, Twitter, Dropbox, Evernote, Tumblr, Flickr, VK or even SMS. Simple and convenient. Looking forward to your reviews! Our users' feedback: Bdkbdkanalsbs: "I love the app because my camera doesn't have a pause choice on it. The app works great and immediately saves the video to my video album and it really works great definitely worth the price" Dis app tho!!!: "I love this app. I'm on vacation and it's perfect because I don't have a go pro or anything!!" Trap.Queen.Ari: "I honestly love this app so much. It's super nice and easy to vlog! So thank you for the amazing app!" Jaka227: "Simple. I like it" ◉ Features‌ ▶ Works on iPad/iPhone ▶ Supports Remote Shutters. Ex. AB Shutter 3 ▶ Supports portrait and landscape shooting modes ▶ Pause/Resume function ▶ Better video quality ▶ Sharing on social networks (Facebook, G+, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, VK) ▶ Sharing on cloud services (Evernote, Dropbox) ▶ Sharing via e-mail, WhatsApp or SMS! Download Pause Video Rotational Normally $0.99. Discover the latest craze in puzzle games! Rotational is an addictive, fun game that everyone can enjoy, but only the sharpest players can master. Match the falling colors to destroy blocks. Boost your score by creating clever combos and winning streaks. Compete against your friends on the Leaderboards and try to unlock our tricky Achievements. Includes 3 challenging game modes, each with its own twist: Continuous, Puzzle and Time Attack. Rotational has been created specifically for iOS7, taking advantage of the latest Apple technology. Download Rotational Battle Analyzer - for Pokémon GO Normally $0.99. Short description We analyze and select the best fighters for you to conquer your enemy's gyms by using a Pokemon's type-advantage algorithm we formulated. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Long description There are 18 known elemental types of Pokémon and each type has several strengths and weaknesses that can be examined during attack and defense. If you know what you're up against in your rival’s gym, you can plan ahead. This will be making winning much easier, even if you are a lower level trainer with lower CP Pokémon. Battle analyzer will choose the utmost effective and most advantageous Pokémon based on their elemental types to win against even your most seasoned enemies. HOW IT WORKS (3 SIMPLE STEPS) 1. Add Pokemon from your Pokédex to “My Team” 2. Select your rival Pokémon (may select multiple) 3. "ANALYZE" to reveal your most effective Pokémon vs. select rival Pokémon Download Battle Analyzer - for Pokémon GO Pro Guiter Tuner Normally $0.99. Pro Guitar Tuna is the easiest, fastest and most accurate tuner app in the world! The ultimate tuner for guitar, bass, ukulele and all popular string instruments. GuitarTuna has been downloaded over 20 million times and is used by beginners and experts! Why is it the world’s most popular tuner ever built? • Simple and easy to use. Works with both electric and acoustic guitars and string instruments using the built-in microphone. No cables needed. • Perfect for complete beginners. Recommended by guitar teachers. • Simple and intuitive. Clear visual feedback with signal history. Award winning audio technology: • Built on the world's most advanced audio recognition algorithm - the same technology powering Yousician • Professional accuracy for advanced players • Auto mode tuner (for super fast tuning, hands-free, string by string) Advanced tools for all musicians: • Metronome: set at any tempo, change the beat manually or by tapping at the desired speed • 6 Ultimate Chord Learning Games: learn, practice and master chords, and develop the ability to recognize them by ear • Chord library: find any chord diagram easily and hear how it should sound • Learn Guitar Songs: 4 songs with guitar notation (tabs) to play along and test your skills • Alternative tuning sets (we are working on the chromatic tuner feature, thanks for the suggestions!) Works with: • Electric and acoustic guitars • Bass • Mandolin • Ukulele • Viola • Violin • Cello • Fiddle • Balalaika • Banjo • Many other string instruments Over 100 tunings available, including: • Standard • Drop-D • Other drop tunings • Open tunings • Half step down • 7-string tunings including drop-A • 12-string Additional features: • Works in noisy areas, with background noise cancellation technology • Designed by guitarists for guitarists and developed by the world’s leading audio engineers • Improve your skills in chords, riffs, tabs, and ear training, and increase your picking speed, just like you would with guitar lessons / classes • make the app look like your instrument by choosing different headstock visuals Download Pro Guiter Tuner Contacts Timeline Normally $0.99. Can't remember the cutie's name from last night? This app helps you find your most recent contacts! Contacts Timeline will show you your contacts sorted from the newest ones and let you see when each was added. Features: - Quick access to most recent contacts - Go on and call or text that cutie from last night - Delete unwanted contacts right from the list - More coming soon Download Contacts Timeline

Waiting until the last minute paid off: Amazon has two big sales going on textbooks

How on Earth is the summer already over? It feels like just yesterday you were wrapping up the school year and heading home for summer break, and now the fall semester is set to begin. Seriously, it's like you blinked and your whole vacation was gone. Since the fall semester snuck up on you this year, you've obviously let certain things slip through the cracks... certain things like buying all the new textbooks you need for this semester's classes. Lucky for you, procrastinating paid off because Amazon has two big sales going right now that are going to save you some serious cash. First things first: you need to trade in all those old textbooks from last semester. You're done with all those courses so you obviously don't need your textbooks anymore. Simply visit this page on the Amazon website and enter each one of your textbooks by title, author or ISBN. Then you can trade them in and get up to 80% back on each book. That money will go a long way toward paying for all the new books you're going to need — or toward paying for all the cool gadgets you might need instead. And speaking of new textbooks you need, Amazon's second sale is definitely one you need to take advantage of, but it's only available until 3:00 PM EDT today so you had better hurry if you want to take advantage. Just visit this page on Amazon's site and pick out the new textbooks you want to purchase or rent. Then use the promo code TEXT15 when you check out and you'll save $15 on your order of at least $100. With all that out of the way, do your best to enjoy the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend — then it's time to get back to work.

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Next week is when Apple is expected to unveil its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are rumors to come with twice the storage of the company's current iPhones. That means up to 256GB of space just waiting to be filled with apps, and we'll help you on your quest to fill all that extra space with today's list of 10 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for a limited time. MUST SEE:  Leaked photos of iPhone 7 in blue remind us of the biggest remaining mystery 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. FilzApp Normally $0.99. File Manager is a folder manager and file viewer. Easily view images, audio, videos, PDF documents, Word documents, Excel documents... FEATURES - Integrated PDF Reader - Supports Microsoft Office, Excel... - Integrated music player - Copy, move file - Share files by email and Facebook.... - "Open in" feature allows you to open files in other apps Thank you Download FilzApp Notes.xls Normally $2.99. Notes.xls is a tiny, user-friendly spreadsheet, perfect for all those times when you don't need a full-blown monster. It's perfect for decision making, tracking expenses, creating budgets, or estimating costs. For the numbers you run across on a daily basis nothing is easier or simpler than Notes.xls. You don't need any experience with Excel. Notes.xls just highlights the features you need. It takes up very little space on your phone and runs fast and smoothly. Features: ● Two columns ● Excel-syntax formulas ● On-purpose keyboards with big buttons ● Swipe on the bottom bar to adjust column widths ● Insert/delete rows ● Share spreadsheet by email ● Easily duplicate or delete whole spreadsheets Excel edition with enabled export to .xlsx format. Download Notes.xls Data Manager Pro Normally $1.99. Data Manager Pro will manage both Cellular (4G/LTE/3G/Edge/GPRS) and Wi-Fi data usage in real time from your device. This app will let you be in control of your data usage to avoid the costly overage charges your provider may charge providing alerts when data usage reaches user thresholds. This app monitors data usage from the device itself and is not reliant on setting up or logging into your provider's server or web site. Data Manager Pro also includes the ability to Speed Test your cellular or WiFi connection rate and response for you device. This simple, easy-to-use app provides consistent, accurate internet speed testing from any location. Data Usage Features include: - Monitor mobile Cellular data for all technologies (4G LTE 3G Edge GPRS etc.) int real time. - View the amount of internet data you use over your WiFi connection. - Simple and clear user interface with custom progress bar that graphically shows your data usage and predicted usage. - Works with ANY cellular provider in any country including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Rodgers, Virgin Mobile, Orange, O2, etc. by reading data usage from the device. - Billing periods and quota limits can be configured on a monthly, weekly or custom time basis to match your providers billing schedule. - Works on any iOS device (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) running iOS 7.x or later. - Works in the background using battery efficient background monitoring in iOS 7 to monitor usage and notify users when data usage reaches configured limits. - App Badge Monitoring shows the % as a app badge without even opening the app. Pro Data Features: - Custom counters can be setup allow you to monitor usage during a certain period to help identify data hogging apps. Counters can be easily enabled or disabled and can even be configured to end at a predetermined time. - History graph shows previous data usage for each day. - Email your usage information at any time. Speed Test Features: – Simple, one button tap performs (or cancels) the internet speed tests. – Simple, easy-to-read tracking and reporting. – Testing features download rate, upload rate and latency (response) time. - Includes the number of hops/gateways between the mobile client and the server (Trace Route). - Works on either Cellular data from any carrier or when connected via WiFi. - Conveniently share results with others via email. - Testing servers located around the world for accurate results. – Unlimited on-the-go testing - mobile speed testing. Data Manager Pro is a must have app for anybody on a restrictive data plan and to verify your network speed! Don't pay those expensive overage charges again. Download Data Manager Pro Red Dot Camera Normally $2.99. Looking for an iPhone camera app with the look and feel of a professional manual camera? Red Dot Camera is the first camera app to bring rangefinder-style manual focus and exposure features to iOS, taking creative mobile photography to the next level. Inspired by the retro craftsmanship of the classic Leica M camera series, Red Dot Camera brings your images to life with unrivalled quality and without the interference of gimmicky filters. Featuring four basic settings - ISO, Speed, Exposure Compensation, and Focus, Red Dot excels in delivering a retro photography experience coupled with exceptional image capture quality. Key Features: **Rangefinder-Style Manual Focusing** Focus in with precision using a magnified patch at the center of the viewfinder to capture the perfect image. **Manual ISO Control** High ISO settings generate more image noise. By letting you set the ISO value manually, Red Dot Camera allows you to capture sharper and clearer images. **Manual Shutter Speed Control** Adjust the shutter speed manually to achieve the effect of longer exposures (car headlights, water, etc.), or to capture shots of fast action. **Display Frame Lines (28mm, 35mm, 50mm)** The iPhone lens has a fixed focal length of 28mm, but Red Dot Camera shows frame lines that simulate those of a 35mm and 50mm lens, just like the Leica M rangefinder. **Self-Timer** Take a group picture or self-shot by setting the auto-timer to one of three countdown settings. **Black & White Mode** Switch to black and white and capture your image in classic coloration. Whether you’re a creative camera enthusiast or a photography student, you’ll be amazed at how Red Dot Camera enables you to take sharper, better-exposed, professional quality photos from your iPhone. Download Red Dot Camera ThumbTyper Normally $2.99. Do you want to make typing on an iPad and iPhone 6 faster and simpler? Try ThumbTyper. This is the breakthrough application, the first split keyboard which has been designed specifically to enable you to type with just two thumbs. Now you will be able to hold your iPad with both hands and work in comfort on a train, a bus or a plane. And, after only two hours of training, you will be able to type as easily as you can touch-type. It is ideal for work on the go. - For those on the go - Two times easier and two times faster - Convenient under most conditions - Easier typing - Optimized for iPad and iPhone 6 Languages: English and Russian Download ThumbTyper Explorer for GitHub Normally $0.99. Explore the open source world in GitHub. Read and enjoy code everyday. - GitHub trending - GitHub showcases - GitHub search Download Explorer for GitHub LightArrow Pro.Calendar Normally $4.99. Grow your business with Pro.Calendar - the organizer for business owners, real estate agents, freelancers, contractors, and project managers! Unified views for all calendars, appointments, todo lists, checklists, tasks, reminders for managing work and life in one place. Pro.Calendar is a smaller version of LifeTopix. Start powerfully, add what you want. Discover ALL our features with our FREE LightArrow Organizer on the app store - that has a 100 item limit. NEW! Modern Dashboard - available with the LifeTopix Pack. Improve the visibility of your daily events with a unified, intuitive and easy-to-read calendar. Includes list, day, week, month and year views with fast switching and customizable view choices. Perfect for busy entrepreneurs, small business owners, parents, students, GTD® enthusiasts and anyone else who wants to stay organized and on top of their daily agenda. See which one of our apps is best for you: http://lightarrow.com/compare Pro.Calendar is the Complete Calendar Edition app of LightArrow’s LifeTopix. Start with calendar-relevant topics, and grow with optional in-app purchases. SUPPORTS POPULAR ONLINE & DESKTOP CALENDARS Pro.Calendar works with any calendar that your iOS device calendar supports including iCloud and other online calendars. SUPPORTS IOS CALENDARS, REMINDERS, CONTACTS Create iOS reminders and iOS calendar items directly from Pro.Calendar and view these items unified in Pro.Calendar. Add invitees from your iOS contacts. MULTIPLE CALENDAR VIEWS Pro.Calendar includes a printable agenda and day, week, month and year views - configurable to individually show or hide your life and work events, such as appointments, health stats, tasks, trips, projects, checklists (to-do lists), notes, events from device calendars and more. Effortlessly switch to and from your views and easily search for any data item. Calendar item types and events from different calendars are color-coded for easy identification. WORK WITH DATA FROM YOUR FAVORITE APPS Associate notes from Evernote® and Toodledo® to projects, trips, goals and more. Associate tasks from Asana and GDrive to Pro.Calendar projects, goals and more. Link up files in Dropbox™, Box™, OneDrive™ (SkyDrive), and GDrive to Pro.Calendar projects, goals, events and other items. Instantly share and collaborate on items such as tasks through email. Discuss your items via Facebook, Twitter, and SMS. CREATE REPEAT SCHEDULES FOR APPOINTMENTS, EVENTS, TASKS Create custom daily, weekly and monthly schedules. Create custom schedules for specified days of the week. Designate a number of occurrences or use an end date. TASKS, PROJECTS & MORE Includes task and project management; events and appointments; travel; health, fitness and goals; notes, files and checklists; and media (audio and video). In-app purchases allow for additional topic items and views. YOUR NOTES & FILES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Comprehensive note-taking and file management included. Record and add audio and video, add photos and hand-write and draw with your finger or stylus. Drawing tools include 48 colors with alpha options; line widths; eraser; clear; undo; and email for drawings. Printing is also available for notes and drawings. CUSTOMIZE REMINDERS & NOTIFICATIONS Customize your local notifications from Pro.Calendar to remind at custom times. The device calendar is used for local notifications allowing you to take advantage of the Notification Center. DEVICE SYNC Supports device-to-device sync to keep data on your multiple iOS devices the same by using a free Dropbox or Box account, as well as with our LightArrow Organizer for Mac. NEAR ME Enjoy one-tap access to calendar items that are in the vicinity of a selected or current location. Powered by a 3rd party location-based social networking service, you can search for entertainment, events, food, shops and more. EXCELLENT SUPPORT If you have an issue, give us a chance to help, you will be pleasantly surprised! Download LightArrow Pro.Calendar SSUM Normally $0.99. REALTIME(LIVE) FILTER CAMER Take photos with photographer designed filters effect applied in REAL TIME. 9 FILTER EFFECT THEME The most 9 useful famous filters for nature photography such as natural landscape, a wooded valley, ocean, etc. Download SSUM SHAREit Pro Normally $0.99. Transfer tool for sharing files without any mobile data, which is the choice of over 600 million users. SHAREit is a cross platform sharing tool which requires no mobile data. It’s over 200 times faster than Bluetooth. Share the photos, videos, audios and files of any formats with your friends at any time on your phone or computer. SHAREit Professional is the advanced SHAREit App. You will experience the purest form of SHAREit by paying a tiny amount for this professional edition. Also, all new features developed by SHAREit team will first be available to experience in this edition. Features: [No need for internet] No need for a Wi-Fi network or a mobile data plan. Share at anytime and anywhere. [10 seconds to transfer a film] Over 200 times faster than Bluetooth. The fastest speed can exceed 20Mb/s. [Enjoy music] Enjoy the pleasant experience of listening music on SHAREit music player. [SHAREit Vault] Integrated tool for photos and videos helps you protect privacy. [Cross platform sharing] Transfer between laptops & mobiles of different kinds without obstacles. [Powerful functions] Support sending files of any format. No more cables or internet needed to transfer. Easily sharing between various devices. Download SHAREit Pro BeetleCam Normally $0.99. BeetleCam offers the best solution to capture your most precious moments and group photos. Anytime you feel painful taking group photos? Left out of the photo just because you need to hold the camera? Hard to capture the best moment and there is no great solution out there? BeetleCam is a must have camera app that goes beyond what the default camera is capable of. It is the best at taking amazing captures and do after effects on photos. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or someone who’s barely touched a camera, BeetleCam will make you love taking pictures. There still is the problem of fitting everyone including you in the frame? Why should you miss out when you are part of the occasion? You can remote take picture using your Apple Watch and using the back (best) lens of your iPhone or iPad so that you can capture the best photos wirelessly. This is perfect for occasions involving groups of people; family gatherings, friendly outings, group selfies, etc. Now be in front of the camera without the fear of missing out! BeetleCam takes photo onto the next level with easy access to features like: REMOTE SHUTTER & APPLE WATCH SUPPORT Photo Capture using Apple Watch as remote shutter, with live preview when capturing, choice of front or back camera, flash controls, countdown timer, etc. EFFECTS Fill your pictures with emotion and despair with our unique effects. There are dozens of 1-touch effects for you to experiment with. BeetleCam has 100+ fully adjustable Original Filters, everything to your needs. ADJUSTMENT TOOLS Use any of our uniquely made adjustment tools to enhance your images to perfection with ease. PROFESSIONAL TONE CURVE BeetleCam includes a fully adjustable professional tone curve so that you can fully control range of real and natural light leaks, to simplistic scratchy film textures. CROPPING & TRANSFORMING TOOLS Crop your photos with our quick and easy cropping tool with presets. Transform your photos with our rotating tool, vertical and horizontal flipping tools. SHARING Whether you want to show your results to your friends and family or the whole world, we have got you covered. Proudly share your photos on Facebook, Instagram, WeChat etc or go the more personal route all within the app. Download BeetleCam

7 hidden iOS 10 features iPhone users can look forward to

The forthcoming release of iOS 10 will introduce a number of compelling new features that should help users with even older iPhone models feel like they have a fresh new device. While Apple showed off many of iOS 10's more dramatic new features at WWDC this year, it naturally didn't have time to cover every single change and design tweak. Not to worry, we've been playing with an endless stream of iOS 10 betas over the past few weeks and have steadily been taking note of some of the more intriguing, helpful and lesser-known iOS 10 features iPhone and iPad users can expect to see later this fall. Earlier this month, we covered seven awesome iOS 10 features that users can look forward to, including a nifty storage optimization feature that should hopefully make things easier for users still straddled with 16GB devices. Well today we're back with yet another installment of cool iOS 10 features that may have escaped your attention. MUST SEE:  Leaked photos of iPhone 7 in blue remind us of the biggest remaining mystery Raise to Wake Touch ID on the iPhone is great, but sometimes it works too quickly for its own good. Specifically, Touch ID often whisks users to their homescreen so fast that they don't even have time to check their notifications. In iOS 10, Apple has come up with a clever way for users to quickly glance at their notifications without even having to use Touch ID. Thanks to a new feature dubbed Raise to Wake, activating the lock screen simply requires a user to pick up his or her iPhone. Notably, the feature relies upon Apple's M9 motion coprocessor which means that it will only work on the iPhone 7, iPhone 6s models and the 4-inch iPhone SE. New Stopwatch face The stopwatch design in iOS 10 was given a nice new analogue makeover. For users who prefer the old design, you can simply swipe to the left/right to toggle back and forth. Quicker access to Battery/Cellular Data/Wi-Fi controls Apple has added 3D Touch functionality to the Settings app in iOS 10, thus making it a breeze to quickly access settings like Battery and Wi-Fi. iOS 10 makes it easier to type with the Apple TV This one first popped up on Reddit  about two months ago. If you're browsing through your Apple TV and a typing prompt comes up, an alert will appear on your iPhone which will enable you to quickly activate the virtual keyboard without first having to find and open up the Remote app. Faster FaceTime connectivity FaceTime is great, but initiating a connection can sometimes take a bit longer than you might imagine. In iOS 10, Apple has taken steps to significantly improve FaceTime connectivity along with making improvements to video quality on less than stellar connections. Avoid toll roads in Maps Apple's Maps app has received a massive overhaul in iOS 10. In addition a brand new redesign  poised to make the entire user experience more intuitive, the upcoming iteration of Apple Maps is packed with many new features that brings it ever closer to catching up to Google Maps. One welcome addition to Apple's Maps app is the ability to retrieve driving directions that completely avoid highway tolls. To enable this feature, iOS 10 users will simply need to go to Settings > Maps > Driving & Navigation and then toggle the switch to your desired preference. Quickly set a timer with 3D Touch With iOS 10, setting a timer is easier than ever before. Simply pull up the Control Center and apply a 3D Touch to the Timer icon whereupon you'll be able to choose between any number of pre-set timer intervals. Of course, the Timer icon isn't the only 3D Touch capable option in Control Center: you can also 3D Touch the Flashlight icon to adjust intensity and 3D Touch the Camera icon to quickly take a photo, a selfie or record video.

BlackBerry to raise $605 million from shareholder Fairfax, others

BlackBerry to raise $605 million from shareholder Fairfax, others

(Reuters) - Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd said it would raise about $605 million by selling convertible debentures to shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd and other investors. The new debt that BlackBerry plans to issue will have a coupon of 3.75 percent and will be due in November 2020. If all of the new debt is converted into stock, it will represent about 11.57 percent of BlackBerry's outstanding shares, the company said.

Batman suit boasting 23 gadgets earns Guinness World Record

Boasting a "bat tracker", a bat sign projector for the nighttime sky, smoke guns and an array of other devices, a Batman costume fitted with 23 gadgets has earned a place in the Guinness World Records book. The bulky black-caped suit, made by Batman fan and special effects expert Julian Checkley, takes the title for "the most functional gadgets on a cosplay suit", Guinness World Records said in a statement. The costume, which will feature in the "Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2017", is based on the suit the superhero wears in videogame "Batman: Arkham Origins".

Jetpack pilot rockets out of Colorado Lake in stunt

Jetpack pilot Eric Scott shot out of the water and navigated his jet pack above a remote Colorado lake before landing safely, all the while strapped to an 800-horsepower rocket. Scott, also known as "Rocket Man," performed the 21-second-long feat at Lake San Cristobal in southern Colorado on Tuesday. Although jet packs have existed for decades now, Scott's stunt highlights how the gadget's technology has evolved.

How I get a new iPhone for $125 a year

A new iPhone is rapidly approaching, which means it's time for my yearly tradition of flogging my old iPhone to strangers on the internet. Upgrading phones every year might be a ridiculous luxury, but if you're smart about how you do it, upgrading once a year is actually less expensive than upgrading whenever your old device dies. DON'T MISS:  Android 7.0 has a hidden feature that could finally make it better than iOS There's a bunch of different ways of selling old devices, ranging from grandma-level easy to requiring actual time and effort. We've detailed those before, but what we'll be looking at here is selling privately. If you have a device in decent condition, selling online can get you pretty close to the as-new device condition, which is way, way above what you'll get on trade-in. Pick your selling site There's nothing wrong with using all the usual culprits to sell your iPhone, but I find the more local-specific the website, the higher price you can get. There's a glut of new or as-new iPhones on eBay, which drives the price down. Local Craigslist ads can be better, but I find the best place to sell consistently is local Facebook free-and-for-sale groups. Since there's less competition, and you're dealing with people who want to buy something  right now  in many cases, I've found much higher prices on Facebook. Using Facebook groups also tends to cut down on people messing you around or aggressively undercutting. Because you know the public Facebook profile of whoever you're dealing with, you get fewer no-shows. Of course, it's not perfect, so you should use the usual precautions of meeting in a public place and making sure you count the cash or verify the bank transfer before handing over your device. Keep your device in good condition There's a huge price difference between selling an as-new iPhone and one that's been thoroughly used. If you keep your device in some kind of case, a year's usage shouldn't put any noticeable scratches on the handset. Try to avoid using badly-designed cases that scratch your phone as you take them on or off. Before taking photos of your device to post, use a small amount of window cleaner and a paper towel to clean fingerprints off and remove any dirt that would show up in photos. It's also a good idea to update it to the latest software. Original box and accessories are worth more than you think Continuing the whole as-new vibe, hanging onto the box and accessories for your iPhone will massively boost the resale value. I hate the Apple Earpods and I have lots of charging cables, so I leave the ones that come in my iPhone in the original box, hidden in a drawer for a year. When it comes time to sell my iPhone, having the original box and brand-new accessories is a huge selling point. If you're planning on upgrading to a new iPhone and you've already used the accessories that came with your old phone, there's an easy way around this: buy your new phone before you list the old one, and transfer the brand-new accessories into the old box. Trust me, you're better off doing that and buying more Lightning cables off Amazon than you are using the new cables and headphones. Take good pictures It's a cliche that you should take good pictures to sell things online, but it's also true. Try to use a decent camera, but a modern phone camera will work well if it has to. More important is the lighting and the setting. The best option is to use a balcony or something outdoors right around sunset. That provides more than enough light, but not so bright that the phone is washed out, or has reflections coming off the screen. As for location, place your phone on a background that's simple and non-distracting. A plain-colored table or carpet works well here, but the important thing is that the phone is the focus of the photo. It's the same rules that tech journalists generally use for photographing gadgets, and what works for blogs also works for you selling your stuff. Pick your timing Back in 2013, I scraped data from eBay to try and work out if the release of a new iPhone has any effect on the resale value of previous-generation handsets. Remarkably, the differences are tiny. Given that Apple will drop the price of the iPhone 6s as soon as it releases the 7, the decrease in resale value is less than you'd expect. Back in 2013, I found that while the release of the iPhone 5S saw a dramatic increase in the volume of iPhone 5 sales, the price stayed nearly the same, only decreasing by 5 percent in a month. In other words: you don't need to panic-sell your old phone as soon as you've bought a new one. But, you should try and make the sale within a month or two, as prices of older iPhones take a nosedive about three months after the release of a new model. The bottom line As I said before, with careful selling and planning, buying a new iPhone every year doesn't have to be expensive. To give you some anecdotal experience, I've bought a new iPhone for full price for the last three generations. For the 64GB models, the price (with tax) is normally around $700. My average resale value has been $575, meaning in effect, I spend $125 per year to have the newest iPhone. What if I upgraded once every three years, which I think is about the most I can stretch it? Well, I wouldn't be financially much better off. If that were the case, I'd be using an iPhone 5s right now, and be getting rid of it to get a new iPhone 7 in a few weeks. 32GB iPhone 5s devices in good condition are selling for about $200 right now on eBay . Assuming that I get a little more for having it in good condition and keeping the box, I'd expect to get $250-$300 for mine. That means I would've spent $400 over three years for that phone, or about $135 per year. So, for almost the same amount of money, I get a brand-new iPhone every year, rather than upgrading once every three years. That's without taking into account that by buying new (on the right credit card) every year, I benefit from six months of no-deductible insurance, and my device is always under warranty. The iPhone argument The market in used smartphones is the one killer reason for why I've spent my own money on iPhones for the last few years. Despite the fact that I hate the bigger form factor, and I'd love to have my daily phone be waterproof, it's just not worth the cost. Even the biggest-name Samsung devices don't hold their value nearly as well as iPhones, which makes them hundreds of dollars more expensive in the long run. Being an Apple fanboy isn't a matter of taste -- it's just economics.

U.S. appeals court sends BlackBerry lawsuit back to lower court

U.S. appeals court sends BlackBerry lawsuit back to lower court

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing BlackBerry Ltd of fraudulently inflating its stock price by painting an upbeat picture of the prospects for its BlackBerry Z10 smartphone line that was misleading. While the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the lawsuit failed to state a plausible claim, it ordered a lower-court judge to reconsider whether to let the plaintiffs amend their complaint in light of what they said was new evidence. Neither BlackBerry nor a lawyer for lead plaintiffs Todd Cox and Mary Dinzik responded immediately to requests for comment.

Case maker claims the most intriguing new iPhone 7 feature is actually fake

Apple is expected to unveil its brand new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones exactly two weeks from today, on September 7th. At that point in time, Apple fans will have to do their best to act surprised — thanks to months of persistent leaks and rumors, we now know just about everything there is to know about Apple's next-generation iPhone models. In fact, the last mystery may have just been solved . Everyone knows what to expect and in spite of all the claims we've seen on gadget blogs that Apple's new iPhones will be "boring," we all know that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are shaping up to be far more exciting than some might think . Unfortunately, however, a new claim suggests that one of the coolest new features reportedly coming to Apple's new iPhones will be a no-show next month. MUST SEE:  iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left According to more reports than we can count at this point, Apple's next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will feature an updated design with new antennas and no traditional headphone jack. They'll also both sport new cameras, though the iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual-lens setup while the smaller iPhone 7 will have just one rear camera lens. Several reports have also suggested that another exciting new feature will separate the Plus model from the 4.7-inch iPhone 7: a Smart Connector. First seen on the iPad Pro last year, Apple's Smart Connector is made up of several magnets and contacts that can pass power and data from the iPad to a connected accessory. The addition of a Smart Connector port to the iPhone 7 Plus could open the door for a wide range of nifty accessories similar to what we've seen from Motorola with its new Moto Z and Moto Z Force . Unfortunately, a new claim suggests the iPhone 7 Plus won't actually include the special connector. In a post on Instagram (via Reddit ), iPhone case maker Carved penned a quick note about its upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases. The company said that it would have new cases available to ship as soon as Apple's new iPhones are released, and preorders would be made available ahead of launch. The company also noted that as far as it knows, Apple's larger iPhone 7 Plus will not include a Smart Connector. Here's the full post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJed9XhANfp This is hardly a confirmation, of course, but case makers have been known to get good intel from sources at Apple's manufacturing partners. As such, it might be a good idea to avoid holding your breath for a Smart Connector on the iPhone 7 Plus.

12 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today

Word on the street is that Apple's upcoming new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will offer twice as much storage with each tier. So the entry-level model will have 32GB, the mid-tier iPhones will have 128GB and the most expensive iPhone will have 256GB. You know what all that means, right? It means you have to stock up on free iOS apps now so you'll be able to make good use of all that extra space when your new iPhones come. MUST SEE:  I built a Wi-Fi paradise and all I needed was one device 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. WebCheck Normally $0.99. With WebCheck you can see what the people in your address book are doing online. The app makes a request for every contact and shows you what the major search engines have to offer for your contacts. Now you no longer have to look up the persons you are interested in manually. WebCheck does the work for you. You can scroll through the results and get to know more information about the people you saved in your address book. All results as well as your address book information will not be saved. Only the names of your contacts will be sent to the search engines to get the corresponding results. Afterwards no requests or savings are made at all. Download WebCheck Easy Spending Expense Tracker Normally $1.99. *** Over a Million satisfied users of our apps *** @ User Friendly Plus! "I use this app every single day and is by far the most valuable app on my iPhone." - John Fredrick NY See where your money goes and take control of where to spend your money effectively using the simple and yet powerful expense manager on iOS. The Easy Spending expense tracker, is the most powerful and convenient daily expense manager App on the go for iPhone and iPad, that neatly tracks all your cash flow between different accounts that you can budget, and is an easy to use budgeting App. It is now all the more secure, with the addition of Automatic Backup Service as part of its In-App purchase. With this feature you never have to worry about losing valuable financial data, either through accidental deletion or change of device. You can restore it on any device with this App installed. Comes with easy gestures with convenient layout and clutter free interface, with large fonts, well spaced layouts for easy viewing and readability. Great for maintaining monthly recurring bills with reminders, it has the convenience of an Expense Tracker and BILL reminders at one place. HIGHLIGHTS @ Never loose your valuable financial data with the All new Automatic Backup Service, (available as an In-App purchase) @ Excellent and seamless cloud sync of all your transaction data. (available as an In-App purchase) @ BILL Reminders. @ Recurring income/expense tracking @ MULTIPLE ACCOUNT(S) Summary in a single screen, and nice reports. $ Passcode LOCK. $ Support Fortnightly transactions. $ NOTIFICATIONS added to Default calendar for recurring transactions as an option. Using this option, NEVER forget to pay your BILL on time. $ See future bills/payments and income using, "UPCOMING TRANSACTIONS" view. $ Cool Search based on category and notes $ Allows transactions to be emailed as CSV, and also uploaded to your Google Drive account $ Store data for MANY MANY years $ Preview comments in History while drilling down the transactions. $ Use MULTIPLE accounts like Checking, Savings, Credit card, Cash flow, Mortgage accounts etc. $ Preview comments in History while drilling down the transactions. *** REPORTS *** $ Powerful reports, timeline reports $ Doughnut chart reports gives a clean break up of where your money is going. $ Email csv file of all your data for single or all of your accounts. $ Upload csv file also to your Google Drive account --- Automatic Backup Service ---- Automatic Backup Service is an auto-renewable In-App purchase that lets you take automatic backup without you having to do anything manually. Just keep using the App, and an automatic backup of all you data is safely stored either weekly or monthly. When you App is deleted by mistake or phone is replaced there is no hassle in getting your data back. This feature is offered as a free trial for one month, and the cost of subscription is $0.99 per month, after the trial period. It auto-renews every month until it is cancelled. This feature is also offered as an annual subscription with a cost of $7.99 per year, with a initial trial period of 1 month. It auto-renews every year until it is cancelled. Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase, and account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. *** What our users say *** @ As a financial planner for 42 years this App is all you need. Its simple clean and to the point. If you think you need more than this, then you don’t get it. - LouCFP @ Excellent I am using this app to track our club income/expenses. So easy to use and to create reports then email to whoever needs a copy ! I love it !. - i apple Download Easy Spending Expense Tracker Web for Two Normally $1.99. [ Simple App Series No.1 Web for Two ] Double window web viewer for check website together. You can share an iPad with a person sitting in the seat opposite. Search results can be sent to another by "Send" button. For example, parents or teacher can choose a website for education and send it to child on an iPad . Details 1. Split window for Browsing 2. Share Web page using "Send" button. 3. Simple controls, only Back, Forward and Home buttons. 4. Homepage settings for each window. 5. Upper user's Send button disabler on Settings. 6. Video playback is not possible to simultaneously. 7. Only you can use Software Keyboard. 8. No Bookmark function because of simple use. Download Web for Two Angry Dragon Bot Dress Up $2.99 in-app purchase to remove ads now free. The world is in danger and it needs your help. For dozens of years, advanced robotic technology has been researched underground. Now, the time has come for a brave person to unravel the secret and design the ultimate robot. The future of humankind is in your hands. Do you have what it takes to compose a true hero of iron? Angry Dragon Bot Dress Up is a dress up game with a wide variety of cosmetic choices and built-in social sharing system. Assemble an outstanding machine using different body parts and save your people. How to play Angry Dragon Bot Dress Up is not a competitive game. Instead, it gives you the freedom to design your own robot dragon by combining different body parts. It focuses on inspiration and visual appeal. Basically, you are given a dragon robot template with various customizable body parts. You can customize the design of the dragon's armor, mask, gloves, pants, top, shoes or emblems. The game also provides players with different backgrounds, setting a completely new mood to their robot design. The game encourages exchanging of ideas by the players. You can also share your robot design to your friends via social media or e-mail. While Angry Dragon Bot Dress Up is a free game, a small fee can be paid in order to unlock locked items or unique pet robot designs. If you wish to disable in-game ads, you can also do so by paying a small fee. Download Angry Dragon Bot Dress Up Call a Taxi Normally $6.99. ⊛⊛⊛⊛⊛ This app means you can instantly find a taxi - whenever you need it. Wherever you are in the world! ⊛⊛⊛⊛⊛ In 2 clicks you'll be talking to the closest (and therefore cheapest) taxi company to your current location. Never get stuck for transport in a strange city or late at night again. Buy it for your wife, girlfriend, husband, boyfriend now! Even better - buy it for yourself. Call a Taxi is one of those great iPhone apps. A must-have friend in your pocket, ready for when you need it. Download Call a Taxi Text 2 Group Pro Normally $2.99. * Over 1,000,000 people love Text 2 Group :) * Instantly send group text & email * Group text was never easier! Text 2 Group is just simpler and fast! GROUPS ○ Save your own contact groups ○ Instantly send group text / iMessage ○ Instantly send group email ○ Add attachments easily SMART FILTERS ○ Quickly find the contacts you need ○ Filter contacts by Company & Job title ○ Filter contacts by upcoming birthday & creation date ○ Note On iPad you can only send Group iMessages (SMS in not available on iPad devices) 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 Download Text 2 Group Pro Compass Zen PRO Normally $6.99. Compass Zen is an eye-catching, minimalist compass app designed specifically for your ipad or iphone. Compass Zen delivers many features with an accuracy that will exceed all your expectations. The magnetic north compass will ensure your co-ordinates are exact and will also tell you your altitude and speed. The elegant design offering easy-to-read information also sports a background customization facility, meaning you can decide what works best for you. There are options of reading the speedometer in km or mph, choose your GPS altitude in meters or feet and view your co-ordinates in DMS or Decimal. All of this gives you the ultimate user experience of a compass but with a simplicity and flair that is matched by no other iOS app on the market. Features: - True/ Magnetic North Compass - Speedometer (in km/h or mph) - GPS Altitude (in meters or feet) - Coordinates (in DMS or Decimal) - Elegant Minimalist Design - Background Customization Download Compass Zen PRO Letters from Nowhere® 2 Normally $4.99. The immersive free-to-play version, Letters From Nowhere®: A Hidden Object Mystery, is already live! Don't miss out! Have you played the prequel to this fascinating game? Don’t miss Letters from Nowhere - on iPad and iPhone! Travel to the town of Nowhere and search for clues to remove the terrifying curse in this thrilling and spooky sequel! Audrey collected all the letters with the help of the dead postman, hoping they would lead her to Patrick, her missing husband. Instead, she is taken to a mysterious sleepy town. In Letters from Nowhere 2, Audrey discovers that her husband is a descendant of a cursed family, and is doomed to death. Now it’s up to her to confront the evil that haunts her beloved and prevent a series of grisly murders. Search through over 30 cryptic locations including the sinister mansion and a bloody sacrifice room for important artifacts. Play mini-games, collect all the pages of a missing diary, and save Patrick before it's too late! ● 50 Stunning locations ● 11 Adventurous settings ● 11 Mini-games ● 4 Useful search powers ● 2 Bonus play modes – Unlimited and Puzzles ● Game Center Support ● iPhone 5 Retina Display support Download Letters from Nowhere® 2 WorldScan Pro Normally $2.99. Over one million downloads on iPhone! WorldScan is an indispensable application for your iPhone. With WorldScan, you can rapidly scan documents and convert them into PDF format, as well as save them or send them by email, wifi or dropbox. Adopting an advanced and speedy algorithm, WorldScan automatically detects edges , removes shadows and sets the proper contrast levels to make documents come out even. With a powerful yet simple interface, WorldScan can quickly and easily adjust brightness, rotation, and color with one click per page. All WorldScan documents can be processed on your iPhone ensuring document privacy to the greatest extent. (Free of network connection) WorldScan features: 1. Scan multi page documents: Scan and manage documents that may include multiple pages. 2. Fast batch scanning: Scan continuously in batch without waiting for processing. 3. Automatic side cut: WorldScan's professional image processing algorithm automatically helps you crop the images. 4. Image enhancement: Ensure documents are clear and readable. 5. Produce PDFs: Preview and produce PDFs. 6. Multi-sized PDFs: More than 10 PDF sizes are available (Letter,A4,B5, etc).You can customize the size or use self-adaption mode. 7. Save image to image library: Conveniently process images and save them to image library. 8. Email: Send your documents (PDF) or processed images by email. 9. Add Header: Search page of document may add headers, which can be searched. 9. Custom category: Set custom categories for your documents to keep them organized and easy to find using "search". 11. Multiple browse modes: Support browse modes such as list and document-categorization. 10. Copy: Support function of document copy to achieve convenient document management. 11. Search: Quickly locate documents by searching document headers, page headers, etc. Scanning tip: Make sure your document is smooth and sensitive to light. Download WorldScan Pro Cloud Music Free Normally $0.99. Search, listen, stream free music from Sound Cloud to your iPhone/iPod/iPad. Millions of free songs, DJ sets, remixes and live concerts. Cloud Music give you access your favorite music across Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. Cloud Music comes with with a powerful music player which includes features like favorite, repeat, shuffle, playlist repeat, quick forward/rewind, sleep timer and much more. Key features: √ No Advertisement √ Supported formats: mp3, m4a, m4b and flac √ Playlist organizer by title or date. √ Download and play your songs without internet (offline). √ Offline list, to maintain located your download files. √ Quickly found your song, album or artist using the search bar. √ Order your music by title, added by date or artist. √ Play in background with control of your headphones. √ Lock screen controls √ Playback with repeat of song or list and shuffle. √ Complete your music collection looking for free music on SoundCloud (Only streaming. The download is not available) - And many more… Download Cloud Music Free Minibudget Pro Normally $1.99. Establish a budget, record and manage your expenses by category. "Shall we help to manage the couples dating spending(expenses)?" This was the idea that we started the Minibudget project. Minibudget is a simple account book as household budget, subtract the expenses from the budget. It can be used as build plans, managing budget, travel expenses, simple account book. There is also "expected expenditure" feature to help more convenient use. You can simulate the dating and travel expenses in advance, and it can be used as a checklist when you go to shopping. - Convenient manage the budget - Manage spending by Category - Check spending list more easily by graphs - Intuitive user interface (Intuitive design) We’ve been thinking how we give you the most easiest way to use in this universe and more intuitive user interface that gives you fun feelings. Make your life more plentiful and richer. We support your love. Download Minibudget Pro Swift Keyboard Normally $0.99. “Hey Siri, what’s the new keyboards in the AppStore?” Swift Keyboard - Weather Edition is just here for you! * Have you ever wanted to see beautiful nature? * Have you ever wanted to add more style to your keyboard? * Have you ever wanted to have 9 amazing themes changing automatically? Enjoy the opportunities of new era of typing with lightweight Swift Weather Storm Keyboard. Who is your best friends in iOS? Of course, it's Siri - an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. Who else? Spotlight - a selection-based search system. And we strongly believe there's one more friend - a keyboard, Swift Keyboard - Weather Edition! Wanna try? Just do it! * Express your love fast; * Chat with style; * Nice & beautiful wallpapers; * Quick backspace; * Smart touch. Take the full list of advantages with Swift Keyboard - Weather Edition. Love you ^_^ Download Swift Keyboard

This awesome gaming controller turns your iPhone into a Nintendo DS

If you want to play hardcore games with killer graphics and complex stories that take week to work your way through, you'll probably want a dedicated video game console or a pricey gaming PC. But if you're a casual gamer who prefers to just have some relaxing fun, you already own the perfect console — you just might not know it. Apple's iPhone is an ideal gaming machine because there are so many great developers out there making games for it. You've got every conceivable genre covered, and iOS games are far more affordable than any PS4 or Xbox One games out there. The problem is the controls — there's only so much you can do with a touchscreen. It's time for you to meet the  Tt eSPORTS Contour Wireless Mobile Gaming Controller , which transforms any iPhone into a portable gaming console like the Nintendo DS. Actually, this cool contraption is even better than a DS because you can mount your iPhone on it like a portable console, or you can use AirPlay to stream from your iPhone or iPad to a TV and play games on your big screen. Here are some key details: Apple certified Compatible with all iOS devices: CONTOUR is the perfect mobile controller for Apple TV, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini, iPod Touch (5th Generation)). No strings Attached: Unleash the potential of your Apple devices to the fullest and connect wirelessly via Bluetooth to transform your mobile devices into a gaming console with the full-featured and console style! Adjustable Clip: Built with a strong adjustable clip and rubber tabs to ensure powerfully locked your devices to the controller. The stand can be adjusted over 3.75 inches to fit your mobile devices! Remarkable Gaming Control: CONTOUR consists the most advanced set of console-quality controls available to ensures you'll game at the highest level with dual clickable analog sticks, shoulder buttons and shoulder triggers. Long Gaming Time: Extend your gaming time with a built-in rechargeable battery with up to 10+ hour battery life so you'll be able to use it wherever and whenever you want, allowing you to enjoy your game to the fullest! Connect to your TV: Transforms your iOS device into a portable gaming controller! Connect your Apple devices to your home TV with the Apple's Lightning Digital AV Adapter and you can get the true console-style gaming experience. Warranty: 2 year The  Tt eSPORTS Contour Wireless Mobile Gaming Controller  is typically $80 on Amazon, but the site is offering it for just $64.99 from now through September 4.

We’re still blasting Tim Cook for no good reason

When Tim Cook assumed the CEO position at Apple five years ago, he was faced with an impossible task: follow in the footsteps of Steve Jobs. Indeed, given Jobs' remarkable track record within the tech industry, it's widely accepted as gospel that no one on earth could ever truly replace Jobs. Looking back, Jobs helped spearhead not one, but three technological revolutions, first with the Mac and later on with the iPod and the iPhone. With Tim Cook currently at the helm of Apple, it's still curiously popular, not to mention intellectually lazy, to reflexively point out that Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs. In fact, any time Apple runs into trouble, we're inundated with pundits and talking-heads who still love pointing out that Tim Cook lacks the vision that Steve Jobs famously boasted in spades. DON'T MISS:  There’s an iOS 10 update coming on September 30th and at least one new feature was revealed The reality of Tim Cook's tenure at Apple is much more nuanced. Revolutionary devices like the iPhone only come along once every so many decades. Consequently, analysts who are quick to demand similar innovations out of Tim Cook's Apple demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding as to how innovative products come to be. More often than not, innovations don't emerge out of thin air but are rather the culmination of many advances across a wide swath of technological areas. As former Apple executive Jon Rubinstein has opined, the iPhone would not have been possible without some of the previous software and hardware innovations Apple first pulled off with its Mac lineup. Additionally, looking at Tim Cook's tenure through the prism of Steve Jobs ignores many of Apple's achievements over the past few years. Remember, the last iPhone released when Steve Jobs was alive was the iPhone 4s. Since then, the iPhone's capabilities have increased by leaps and bounds. Touch ID and Apple Pay, in my personal opinion, are complete game-changers. Deifying Steve Jobs while blasting Tim Cook may make for a great talking point, but it tends to ignore the fact that Steve Jobs was very human and was far from perfect. Jobs had no shortage of failures underneath his belt and, as a quick example, was initially against the idea of rolling out an App Store. Speaking on the fifth anniversary of Tim Cook's CEO position, Recode managing editor Ed Lee appeared on CNBC today and trotted out many of the same tired lines about how Apple is in desperate need for a visionary leader. It's essentially formulaic punditry at this point: 1) Praise Tim Cook as an operational genius 2) Blast Tim Cook for not being Steve Jobs. The Street writes of Lee's appearance on CNBC this morning: "Apple needed a Tim Cook with operational excellence because Steve Jobs was all over the place, making last-minute changes to all kinds of things," Lee said. Lee cited the infamous situation in which Steve Jobs wanted to change the iPhone screen to glass from plastic just six-weeks before the product's launch. The original prototype of the phone had been plastic. However, Jobs, frustrated with the amount of scratches the screen had, wanted an overhaul. Cook stepped in and ensured the problem was sorted out in a timely and efficient manner. Despite his calm, cool and collected demeanor in handling crisis situations brought about by the company's founder, Lee says Cook lacks something Steve Jobs embodied that propelled Apple into becoming an icon. "Now what they're lacking is they don't have a vision guy. Cook is a great operator, a great executive, but we haven't seen evidence of the next game-changing product," Lee explained. What a load of nonsense. First off, the idea that Jobs was all over the place seems like an odd and factually empty premise to begin with. To wit, the example Lee uses to back it up is bizarre to say the least. Jobs wanting to change the iPhone screen from plastic to glass underscored Jobs' commitment to product excellence. Upon realizing that an iPhone that could scratch easily upon being placed in one's pocket, Jobs was determined to find a better solution and subsequently used his influence to help bring Gorilla Glass to the mainstream. Hardly an example of Jobs being all over the place, Jobs' last-minute decision was a stroke of genius. As for the overhaul, much of that credit is owed to Corning, not Tim Cook. Lee here seems to be saying any number of random things to clumsily support his misguided conclusion. Moving along, Lee's assertion that we haven't seen "evidence of the next-game changing product" from Apple is once again an example of someone not quite understanding how innovative cycles tend to operate. The reason the iPhone was revolutionary was precisely because it was a product that only comes along once every few decades. Further, it's easy to forget that many years often pass between any two hit products. As an obvious example, look at the lag time behind the introduction of the original Mac and the iPod. Even the time frame between the iPod and the iPhone was a good six or so years. Will the Apple Watch prove to be a revolutionary device? Maybe. Maybe not. If we look back, it took the iPod a few years to truly get off the ground and running. Taking a step back, evaluating Tim Cook's time as Apple CEO should be an all-inclusive evaluation, not an exercise in cherry-picking. Under Tim Cook, the entirety of Apple's hardware suite has improved by leaps and bounds. Under Tim Cook, shares of Apple soared to new heights. And perhaps most of all, if we want to laud Steve Jobs as being an absolute genius who could do no wrong, why are we supposed to assume that him choosing Tim Cook to be CEO was such a catastrophic mistake? Tim Cook isn't perfect and he'll be the first to tell you that he's no Steve Jobs. Again, nobody on this earth is. Tim Cook may lack the vision that Steve Jobs had, but Apple is not a one-man operation. Apple is staffed by some of the smartest engineers and research scientists in the world who are continuously working hard to push the technological bar higher. One of Tim Cook's best attributes is that he is cognizant of his own shortcomings and is willing put smart visionary people around him while also being able to acknowledge and rectify mistakes when his judgement runs askew. With Apple still making money hand over fist and compelling new upgrades set to hit both the MacBook Pro and the iPhone (curved OLED display anyone?), I think it's high time we stop blasting Tim Cook for no good reason.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

By our count, anywhere between 400 and well over 1,000 paid iPhone and iPad apps can go on sale for free on any given day, and going through all those apps is a huge task. That's why we do the heavy lifting for you here at BGR, and we pick out the cream of the crop each day for your downloading pleasure. Today's list includes 11 different premium iOS apps that have been made available for free by their developers, but remember that these sales could end at any moment so be sure to check them out now. MUST SEE:  I built a Wi-Fi paradise and all I needed was one device 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. Briefcase Pro Normally $2.99. Briefcase is an all-in-one document reader and manager for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It can import files from Camera, Photo Albums, PC/Mac(via Wi-Fi or iTunes), Email attachments, GoogleDrive, Dropbox,SkyDrive,Box and so on. All files are saved to your deivce locally so you can enjoy reading them anywhere! ======== Features ========== ● Import files From Mac or PC via Wi-Fi or iTunes Any Mac OS X, Windows XP/Vista/7 computer can transfer files to the iPhone,iPad and iPod Touch and operate it like a wireless flash drive. No additional software is required. ● Access Dropbox, GoogleDrive,SkyDrive,Box Pocket Briefcase allows you to download and upload files from Dropbox, GoogleDirve,SkyDrive,Box. ● Documents viewer and manager Supports view PDF file, Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel & Powerpoint), iWorks documents (Keynote, Pages, Numbers), image files(JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and others)and other plain text file. ● Media files playback Supports audio(MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV) and video(MOV, MP4, M4V) file playback. ● Share Files With Your Friends Email files directly from Pocket Briefcase. Share files via "Wi-fi Sharing" function. ● Password protection supported Passcode required at App startup Download Briefcase Pro Week Calendar Pro Normally $1.99. Fully customizable week calendar to link all your calendars to. A different approach to working with calendars. Week Calendar Pro allows you to fully customize what you what to see on your calendar through a nice drop down preset that you can quickly switch between. Add unlimited presets to filter out: - Days (show/hide any day) - Select which calendars to show - Select up to three working weeks (15 days) - Zoom in/out on hours or view 24 hours - Select which day is first day of week - Tap and hold to add new event - Drag existing events to reschdule - and many more to discover ... Download Week Calendar Pro Zombies After Me Normally $16.99. Your city has been invaded by hordes of hungry zombies, your only goal is to escape and save yourself as fast as you can before being eaten by some horrible undead! Make your way through the walking dead slaughtering them with your Chainsaw and blasting their brains with the Shotgun before it's too late! Use the Skateboard and your acrobatic skills to get through obstacles and avoid the runaway cars, and take advantage of the explosive barrels scattered around the environment to create a devastating hellfire! Run like hell in this adrenalinic adventure with horror / splatter atmosphere, the survival of the human race depends only on you! Features: - Dodge obstacles and perform stunts of all types by swiping your finger on the screen! - Use the Chainsaw and the Shotgun to smash the zombies! - Use the Skate Mode to run at full speed between the zombies and trample everything! - 3D graphics of the highest quality and in Full HD!!! - Collect coins to buy several items and power-ups in a well assorted virtual store! - Supports GameCenter: compete with players all around the world thanks to leaderboards and achievements! - Universal App: runs in HD on iPad and Retina Display devices. Download Zombies After Me Vesper Normally $9.99. 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One of the iPhone’s best RPGs is getting a sequel

Although it never received quite as much attention as Pokemon Go , Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas made a big splash when it launched in 2013. Virtually unprecedented in scope and scale, Oceanhorn was a full 3D RPG for iPhone and iPad. Developed by small independent studio Cornfox & Bros., it was a perfect substitute for a true mobile Zelda game. Nearly three years later, we're finally getting a sequel . MUST SEE:  The holy grail: Hack Pokemon Go so you can walk anywhere, no jailbreak required "We are proud and excited to reveal the next installment of the Oceanhorn franchise, Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm ," the development team announced on Monday. The first game was praised for its impressive graphics, but based on the first screenshots, the sequel is going to blow the original away. According to the team, Oceanhorn 2 is set in the same world as Oceanhorn , but in a different time period following a new hero. There are sure to be plenty of improvements, but Oceanhorn 2 will still feature the exploration, music and familiar RPG gameplay that made the original an instant classic. Cornfox isn't ready to reveal any gameplay footage yet, but you can get a glimpse of what the game looks (and sounds) like in the title track video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRhG2mF5KSY The studio also isn't prepared to announce a release date yet, but in the meantime, the original Oceanhorn is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on September 7th . If you haven't played it yet and prefer a controller to touch controls, this might be the best way to experience the game.

The massive iPhone speed improvement that no one is talking about

Every year we want our pocket computers to be even faster at doing amazing smarter things and be more energy efficient than last year. We look for faster chips, more RAM, more storage, and bigger batteries. Smartphone makers often deliver, making each new smartphone generation quicker and better than the previous one. As consumers, we often focus on processor types, and the amount of memory and storage to determine whether a certain smartphone is going to be good enough. One thing we don’t always acknowledge is the quality of certain components, and we consistently fail to talk about the speed of one critical part of an iPhone or Android device: the speed of its “hard drive.” Having massive amounts of built-in flash memory and expandable storage isn’t enough if it’s not fast. Thankfully, some of the companies developing these storage solutions for iPhone and flagship Android devices are working on faster and more energy efficient storage solutions. Samsung is one of the company to keep an eye on when it comes to mobile storage, as it just announced plans to make its insanely fast smartphone storage solutions even quicker in the coming years, and that might benefit the iPhone as well. DON’T MISS: Best Buy has 50 hot deals that will be good for just 50 hours One of the reasons the iPhone 6s is so fast when compared to the iPhone 6 is because of Apple’s way of handling memory. According to AnandTech ’s detailed explanation of the matter, Apple adapted its MacBook SSD controller — which makes MacBook data transfers incredibly fast — and modified it to use inside a smartphone. Furthermore, the report revealed that the iPhone 6s uses NVMe protocol with custom NAND memory which ruled out UFS or traditional eMMC. The iPad Pro and iPhone SE uses the same type of storage as the 2015 iPhones. In tests, Apple’s storage solution beat the Galaxy S6 series, which came loaded with UFS 2.0 built-in storage , itself being an incredibly fast memory. Samsung this February announced that its UFS 2.0 technology is getting even faster. Furthermore capacity increased up to 256GB as speeds went up to 850MB/s (sequential reading) and up to 260MB/s (sequential writing). But Samsung’s freshly released Galaxy S7 can’t beat Apple’s iPhone 6s storage speeds, according to the same tests from AnandTech . Neither does the Galaxy Note 7  (see charts above). This, however, doesn’t mean that Samsung isn’t looking to come up with even faster storage solutions for mobile devices. Speaking at the Mobile & IOT 2016 Forum in Seoul earlier this week, Samsung said that UFS storage would be significantly upgraded in coming years, Business Korea reports . “4K or 8K cameras on drones make high-capacity storage devices essential parts.” Samsung’s Cho Hee-chang said. “The use of UFS will rise in production of VR contents or semiconductors for automobiles where camera sensors are very important.” Cho expects some 50 billion of connected devices by 2020, with UFS popularity set to expand in following years. Internal UFS 2.0 and UFS 2.1 memory, the one that goes into phones like the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note, and has theoretical speeds of 1.2GB/s should move to 2.4GB/s in the first half of 2018. Samsung also wants to double the speed of its UFS card v.1.0 standard ( for its incredibly fast new microSD cards ) that supports speeds of up to 600MB/s to UFS card v2.0, which would transfer data at 1.2GB/s speeds. And since Samsung is a major memory provider for a variety of companies , even Apple, we have plenty of reasons to be excited about the smartphones of the future, iPhone included. Sure, some will point out that Apple uses its proprietary controller technology with PCI-E NVMe protocols for its iPhone memory, while Samsung uses the AHCI protocol for its UFS V-NAND memory. It's all sounds too complicated with all the acronyms, but so far Apple's solution is the faster one according to benchmarks, with SanDisk claiming that PCI-E NVMe is the future for mobile ( see this presentation ). Samsung, meanwhile, is sticking with UFS for the foreseeable future, and that's not a bad thing. UFS memory will only get faster in future Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones, at least according to Samsung's projections for the following years. Furthermore, Samsung has plenty of competition in the storage market that will not want to fall behind when it comes to overall storage speeds and energy efficiency. Not to mention that Samsung has been known to combine V-NAND technology and NVMe standards into a single storage package: it’s called Samsung 950 PRO , an M.2 SSD that features sequential read speeds of up to 2.5GB/s and write speeds of up to 1.5GB/s. It might be only a matter of time before this type of technology is miniaturized for smartphones that will have increasingly higher storage needs and speed requirements.

iOS and Android inch closer to owning 100% of the entire smartphone market

The latest research numbers from Gartner reveal that iOS and Android are inching ever closer towards completely owning 100% of the entire global smartphone market. According to the latest figures, sales of Android and iOS handsets during the recent June quarter accounted for 99.1% of all smartphone sales worldwide. Broken down by platform, Android devices accounted for 86.2% of sales while iPhone sales accounted for 12.9% of sales. DON'T MISS:  The Galaxy Note 7 has a big problem, and it might also affect the iPhone 7 As evidenced by the chart below, sales of Windows and Blackberry devices have effectively been reduced down to mere footnotes. The share of Windows devices, for example, dropped down from an already unimpressive 2.5% during the June 2015 quarter to just 0.6% during the most recent quarter. If we look more closely and divide up marketshare across individual handset manufacturers, it's no surprise that Samsung is still the big name to beat. Indeed, three out of the top five handset manufacturers enjoyed year over year growth during the last quarter, with Apple being a notable exception. That, of course, shouldn't come as too much of a surprise given that Apple over the past two quarters has posted two year-over-year declines in iPhone sales. For some historical context, it's interesting to note that both Samsung and Apple's share of the smartphone market have fallen off over the last few years, primarily due to the emergence of brands like Huawei and Xiaomi. For example, Samsung and Apple's share of the smartphone market in 2013 checked in at 31% and 15.6% respectively.

iOS and Android inch closer to owning 100% of the smartphone market

The latest research numbers from Gartner reveal that iOS and Android are inching ever closer towards completely owning 100% of the entire global smartphone market. According to the latest figures, sales of Android and iOS handsets during the recent June quarter accounted for 99.1% of all smartphone sales worldwide. Broken down by platform, Android devices accounted for 86.2% of sales while iPhone sales accounted for 12.9% of sales. DON'T MISS:  The Galaxy Note 7 has a big problem, and it might also affect the iPhone 7 As evidenced by the chart below, sales of Windows and Blackberry devices have effectively been reduced down to mere footnotes. The share of Windows devices, for example, dropped down from an already unimpressive 2.5% during the June 2015 quarter to just 0.6% during the most recent quarter. If we look more closely and divide up marketshare across individual handset manufacturers, it's no surprise that Samsung is still the big name to beat. Indeed, three out of the top five handset manufacturers enjoyed year over year growth during the last quarter, with Apple being a notable exception. That, of course, shouldn't come as too much of a surprise given that Apple over the past two quarters has posted two year-over-year declines in iPhone sales. For some historical context, it's interesting to note that both Samsung and Apple's share of the smartphone market have fallen off over the last few years, primarily due to the emergence of brands like Huawei and Xiaomi. For example, Samsung and Apple's share of the smartphone market in 2013 checked in at 31% and 15.6% respectively.

I built a Wi-Fi paradise and all I needed was one device

I have a confession to make. Despite all the fantastic routers we cover here on BGR that offer cutting-edge technology and long range, I have used one of Apple’s Time Capsules for home Wi-Fi for the past few years. It’s not even one of the newer models, which would be bad enough. It’s an old flat one, and while it does a great job of backing up my Macs, it does an awful job of blanketing my house with fast Wi-Fi signal. But I had it and it was easy, so I used it. DON'T MISS:  Inside the CT6: It doesn’t take a Tesla to surround yourself with tech I’ve endured years of being too lazy to do anything about all the dead spots in my house — my home office is literally 30 feet from the Time Capsule, separated by one flight of stairs and open air, and yet my iPhone still can’t see the device's 5GHz network while I’m sitting at my desk. I'm not sure how that's even possible, but I use powerline adapters to connect my work computer to the internet so my phone's Wi-Fi connection isn't a huge deal. Every so often, however, the fact that I pay Time Warner Cable almost $100 each month for internet service hits me. That's just internet service, mind you. No TV and no home phone. $100 each month for internet service that doesn't even work reliably in some rooms in my home because my router is so bad. So, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to do something about it. I had already tested a few different routers and was leaning toward the  TP-Link AC5400  when someone from Ubiquiti Networks coincidentally reached out and offered me an  AmpliFi HD system to test. I was familiar with the company's first AmpliFi router, which is one of several next-generation home networking devices. This new flock of routers look to remove the pain from home networking by offering a simplified setup process and enhanced performance. One of these next-generation routers even won a CES 2016 award from BGR earlier this year. The timing was right, so I agreed to give the AmpliFi HD a shot — and I'm glad I did. The AmpliFi router itself is an adorable little cube with a clear base that glows and a circular touchscreen display. Tapping the display cycles through different screens that can show information such as the amount of data you've transferred, real-time upload and download speeds, or a clock. And don't worry about that glowing base, because you can control the brightness or even turn it off completely. The router also has a configurable schedule feature that can turn the base and the screen off at night and back on again in the morning. In addition to the base station are two antennas that Ubiquiti calls "wireless super mesh points." These are remote antennas that can be plugged into any wall outlets around your home to extend the AmpliFi system's range. I'm not sure how configuring the AmpliFi system could be any simpler. In fact, you don't even have to turn on your computer. Simply download the company's free companion app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. The initial setup of the base station took me about a minute using the iPhone app, and adding the two mesh points was just as quick once I found good spots and plugged them in. AmpliFi's app has a simple interface that makes controlling the router a breeze. From within the app, you can monitor network status, diagnose and troubleshoot any problems that arise, run speed tests, enable a guest network, and see information about all of the devices connected to the network. You can also reboot or reset the system using the app, and adjust settings such as port forwarding and security. Some of the device's best features are hands-off, as the case should be with any wireless router. For example, band steering constantly monitors connections and steers them toward 5GHz whenever possible. The router can also monitor other Wi-Fi signals in the area and adjust its broadcast channels to avoid interference. In terms of performance, I shouldn't even have to say that things have improved a bit compared to my old Time Capsule. With one mesh point centrally located on my first floor and the other centrally located on my second floor, I've yet to find a spot in my house where my phone shows anything less than full Wi-Fi strength. In fact, I have to go outside and walk about 50 feet up my street before the signal begins to fade. My connection speed varies a bit depending on how far I am from the base station or a mesh point, but it's consistently fast. In my home office, where my iPhone could never even see my 5GHz network in the past, speed tests are generally within a few Mbps of my wired powerline connection. Using my Time Capsule, I'm lucky if I see speeds that are half as fast. Ubiquiti makes three different AmpliFi models dubbed AmpliFi, AmpliFi LR (long range) and AmpliFi HD (high density). The base station looks the same with each kit, but the latter two models offer longer 20,000 sq ft range. The AmpliFi LR model has four total radios and a maximum speed of 2.35Gbps while the AmpliFi HD version has six radios and a max speed of 5.25Gbps. The AmpliFi costs $199 and new orders ship immediately. The other two models are currently available for pre-order, with the AmpliFi LR priced at $299 and set to begin shipping later this month, and the $349 AmpliFi HD slated to begin shipping in September.

Target blames disappointing quarter on shrinking demand for Apple products

Target released its earnings for the June quarter earlier today, and while earnings came in a bit higher than anticipated, the company notably lowered its overall guidance for the full year. Additionally, year over year revenue fell by 7.2%. What's particularly interesting about Target's earnings is that sales of electronics experienced a double-digit decline year over year. All the more interesting is that Target attributes this drop-off to a surprising and marked decline in sales of Apple products. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7: Our biggest question was just answered Specifically, Target said that sales of Apple products fell by more than 20% compared to the same quarter a year-ago. What's more, Target CEO Brian Cornell added that declining sales could be seen across the entirety of Apple's product line, which is to say that consumers weren't flocking to Target to purchase iPhones, MacBooks or any other products for that matter. "Our guests come to us looking for those products,” Cornell said during an earnings conference call. “They’re looking for the newness and the innovation. We’re putting together plans with Apple and our merchandising teams to make sure we’re ready to take advantage of that in the back half of the year.” Of course, it's not as if a sales drop-off is unique to Target. Apple this year famously experienced its first annual decline in iPhone sales in history. On top of that, iPad sales have been trending downward for quite a few years now. It's also worth pointing out that foot traffic at Target stores declined by about 2.2% year over year, perhaps adding another layer to lower than anticipated sales of electronic devices in general and Apple products in particular.

There’s finally a single cable that can charge all your Apple and Android devices

It has been more than a year since we first told you about the  Just Mobile AluCable Duo , which is still one of our favorite smartphone accessories after all this time. That's right, a charging cable is one of our favorite accessories. What's so special about Just Mobile's cable. It's simple — instead of having to travel with a mess of different cables to charge all of your different devices, the AluCable Duo has a microUSB connector and a Lightning adapter on a single cable, so it'll charge every iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet and eBook reader you own, all with just one cable. A few details you should know: 5ft/1.5m USB to Micro-USB/Lightning duo connector cable Apple certified - works with iPhone, iPad Premium aluminum connectors, heavy-duty, shielded cable Both Micro-USB and Lightning connectors Ultra convenience to charge all Micro-USB and Lightning devices The AluCable Duo  costs $23.50 on Amazon from now through the end of August, so you should definitely check it out.

iPhone 7: Our biggest question was just answered

Apple's upcoming new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the most talked about smartphones of 2016... and they don't even exist yet. We're less than one month away from seeing Apple unveil its next-generation iPhone lineup and if an earlier report from a reliable source ends up panning out, we're almost exactly one month away from seeing the new iPhone models hit store shelves . Of note, a more recent report suggests that the iPhone 7 might be released a bit later than expected , but we're not very confident that rumor is accurate. Leaks and rumors from reliable sources have painted a near-complete picture of Apple's upcoming new iPhones, but there are still a few questions that remain. Now, however, one of the biggest ones may have been answered. MUST SEE:  See the Space Black iPhone 7 Plus you’ve been waiting for in these leaked photos At this point we know exactly what the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will look like. They'll feature a familiar design in line with the current iPhone 6s and last year's iPhone 6 lineup, but they'll have new cameras and tweaked antenna lines. They will also reportedly feature a new home button design that utilizes Apple's 3D Touch technology. We can expect more power thanks to a new Apple A10 chipset, twice as much internal storage, better water-resistance and even a new color option — check out leaked photos of the iPhone 7 in both  blue and  black . But there's one key area where no one really knew what to expect until now. Apple is switching things up in 2016. Since the company has a completely overhauled iPhone planned for next year to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone's release, this year's iPhone is going to be an "S" upgrade of sorts. Of course, last year's new iPhone was an "S" upgrade as well. While everyone has been referring to the new 2016 iPhones as "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus" to keep things simple, no one really knew what the phones would be named at launch. Well,  Mac Otakara has a good track record with reports covering unannounced Apple products, and on Wednesday morning the blog confirmed the names of Apple's upcoming new iPhones. Are you ready? They'll be called... the "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus." It seems like a gimme since we've all been referring to them by those names for months now. Nothing was confirmed until now, however. Some reports suggested Apple's new iPhones would somehow fall under the iPhone 6 name — "iPhone 6se" and "iPhone 6se Plus," perhaps — while others suggested the larger iPhone model would be named "iPhone 7 Pro" to better align with Apple's iPad lineup. According to this new report, however, neither will be the case. Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhones during a press conference on September 7th. Preorders will then reportedly kick off on September 9th ahead of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus release on September 16th.

Microsoft’s Surface brutally bullies the iPad Pro in a new commerical

There's little love lost between the Microsoft Surface and the iPad. Apple's device is more popular, but the Surface is more powerful and versatile, which Microsoft argues makes it an all-around better device. The debate will never be settled, but Microsoft has taken out an ad to show the iPad Pro who is boss. The format is not new: both devices, side-by-side, with Siri talking to Cortana. The idea is that Siri is putting on a party to celebrate her new keyboard, but Cortana is the rude kid that shows up and craps all over everything. DON'T MISS:  Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review Siri just wants to have fun! It's true: after far too long, the iPad is grown up, with a proper keyboard accessory. But as everyone noticed when the iPad Pro first launched, it's a very similar device to the Surface 4, with a fabric keyboard cover, 13-inch screen, and optional stylus. (I refuse to call it a Pencil. Fight me.) https://youtu.be/o_QWuyX8U18   So Microsoft is right to gloat, just a little. It created the whole concept of a tablet that can be used for serious work, iterated it over four years, and finally produced something great. Apple mocked the Surface for a couple years, before producing something virtually identical. But by mocking the iPad Pro's existing shortcomings, Microsoft sounds a little like the kid who turns up to their frenemy's birthday party and just talks about how his party was so much better. No one really cares who made which device first; people just care about which is easier to use. And yes, the Surface might be running full-fat Windows apps, but the interface is also much less touch-friendly than the iPad. You only need a trackpad on the Surface because the user interface demands it, and Microsoft making fun of the Office apps sounds a bit desperate to me.

Microsoft’s Surface brutally bullies the iPad Pro in a new commercial

There's little love lost between the Microsoft Surface and the iPad. Apple's device is more popular, but the Surface is more powerful and versatile, which Microsoft argues makes it an all-around better device. The debate will never be settled, but Microsoft has taken out an ad to show the iPad Pro who is boss. The format is not new: both devices, side-by-side, with Siri talking to Cortana. The idea is that Siri is putting on a party to celebrate her new keyboard, but Cortana is the rude kid that shows up and craps all over everything. DON'T MISS:  Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review Siri just wants to have fun! It's true: after far too long, the iPad is grown up, with a proper keyboard accessory. But as everyone noticed when the iPad Pro first launched, it's a very similar device to the Surface 4, with a fabric keyboard cover, 13-inch screen, and optional stylus. (I refuse to call it a Pencil. Fight me.) https://youtu.be/o_QWuyX8U18   So Microsoft is right to gloat, just a little. It created the whole concept of a tablet that can be used for serious work, iterated it over four years, and finally produced something great. Apple mocked the Surface for a couple of years, before producing something virtually identical. But by mocking the iPad Pro's existing shortcomings, Microsoft sounds a little like the kid who turns up to their frenemy's birthday party and just talks about how his party was so much better. No one really cares who made which device first; people just care about which is easier to use. And yes, the Surface might be running full-fat Windows apps, but the interface is also much less touch-friendly than the iPad. You only need a trackpad on the Surface because the user interface demands it, and Microsoft making fun of the Office apps sounds a bit desperate to me.

Google will fight the iPhone 7 with phones of its own, but don’t call them Nexuses

The iPhone 7 isn’t the only hot new smartphone coming to town this year. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Google has two new HTC-made smartphones in the pipeline and they're rumored to launch in early October. But a new report says that rather than including them in the Nexus family, Google will do something entirely different: It’ll launch its first ever Google-branded smartphones this year. DON’T MISS: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review The report comes from Gadgets 360 , which has supposedly learned from unnamed sources that Google will launch the devices “later in September” in a handful of countries, including India. The phones will come in two sizes, including 5 inches and 5.5 inches. They will also run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and feature 32GB and 12GB variants. The source who saw the two handsets confirmed they ran Nougat, featuring the new launcher we’ve seen in leaks. The launcher lacks the iconic Google search box you’re used to on Android handsets, and the phones come with Google Assistant preloaded, which would be a “headline software feature” of the new phones. If these details sound familiar, that’s because the HTC Sailfish and Marlin are supposed to be high-end Nexus handsets sharing the same specs. Recent leaks have suggested there’s no Nexus branding on these devices. Instead, a “G” for Google might appear on the rear cases, something Android Police  reiterated in a recent report . This design detail seems to support Gadgets 360 ’s claims. However, official documentation filed with the FCC says that the manuals for the upcoming HTC devices will be found online on Google’s Nexus mini-site. The report goes on to say that Google is looking to position these devices “as premium smartphones with excellent overall experience,” looking to better take on the iPhone. The phones will even come with a new mechanism to transfer data from an iPhone so that switchers can have a seamless transition to Android. Interestingly, market experts told the site that Samsung’s high-end sales are most likely to be impacted by the launch of Google’s phones in India. Does that mean the Google-branded phones will be cheaper than Samsung’s top Galaxy devices? On a related note, we’ll also remind you that a few months ago, a Huawei exec let it slip that the Chinese company will have a new Nexus device in stores this year. However, that device failed to appear in recent rumors. Is it possible that Google will launch both new Nexus and Google phones this year? September can’t come soon enough.

Berkshire takes bigger bite of Apple, pares Wal-Mart

Berkshire takes bigger bite of Apple, pares Wal-Mart

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Monday said it has increased its stake in Apple Inc by 55 percent, boosting its bet on the iPhone and iPod maker even as prominent investors like George Soros and Carl Icahn shed theirs. Berkshire owned 15.23 million Apple shares worth $1.46 billion as of June 30, up from 9.81 million shares as of March 31, according to a regulatory filing from Buffett's Omaha, Nebraska-based conglomerate. The filing also said Berkshire cut its stake in Wal-Mart Stores Inc , the world's largest retailer, by 27 percent to about 40.23 million shares from 55.24 million.

12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Welcome to another week packed full of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. We go out of our way to make sure that you can fill your iOS devices with how apps that don't require you to break the bank, and we finished off last week with a fantastic list. Well, we're starting things off this week right where we left off, so be sure to check all these hot apps out before the sales end. MUST SEE:  New photos and video show iPhone 7 Plus in the color we’ve all been waiting for: Space Black 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. Active Voice Normally $4.99. * * Join over a Million people around the globe using Active Voice on a daily basis!! Download it now! * * Active Voice is the power of your voice in the palm of your hands! - Use your voice to send messages and emails. No more tedious typing. Just speak and it's done. - Translate your text into 32 foreign languages. - Copy your text with one tap. - Correct your text using voice dictation or typing. - Voice recognition support for 34 languages and accents. - Full support for American and British English. :: :: ::Customer Reviews:: :: :: - WoW ... Great app...thank U !!! - This is one thing I have always wanted! Even better than I thought it would be!!!!!!! - It is quite intuitive and makes sending messages a breeze - I just started using this and it's on my front page... Really fast and accurate ! - Highly recommend this app just great - Great app for virtually hands-free texting on Facebook. My friends wonder how I do it while I'm driving. Thanks for this WONDERFUL app. :: :: SUPPORTED LANGUAGES :: :: :: Speech recognition support العربية الفصحى, English (UK, US, Australia), Español(España, EE.UU., México), Bahasa indonesia, Bahasa melayu, čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, français (France, Canada), italiano, Magyar, Nederlands, Norsk, Polski, Português, Português brasileiro, Pyccĸий, Română, Slovenčina, suomi, Svenska, Tϋrkçe, Ελληνικά, 한국어, 中文(中国,臺灣), 廣東話, 日本語. :: Translation support ● Afrikaans ● Albanian ● Arabic ● Belarusian ● Bulgarian ● Catalan ● Chinese ● Chinese (traditional) ● Croatian ● Czech ● Danish ● Dutch ● English ● Estonian ● Filipino ● Finnish ● French ● German ● Greek ● Hindi ● Hungarian ● Icelandic ● Indonesian ● Irish ● Italian ● Japanese ● Korean ● Latvian ● Lithuanian ● Macedonian ● Malay ● Maltese ● Norwegian ● Polish ● Portuguese ● Romanian ● Russian ● Slovak ● Slovenian ● Spanish ● Swahili ● Swedish ● Thai ● Turkish ● Ukrainian ● Vietnamese ● Welsh ● Armenian ● Azerbaijani ● Basque ● Georgian ● Gujarati ● Haitian Creole ● Kannada ● Latin ● Tamil ● Telugu ● Urdu If you are too busy to type on your iPhone, then Active Voice IS DEFINITELY FOR YOU. So, in a nutshell, you can do the following: - Convert your voice into text. - Send your text as an SMS message or email. :: :: Technology: Active Voice is powered by cutting-edge technology in speech recognition that requires a Wifi or 3G Internet connection. - Tired of typing your messages and emails? THEN WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GET YOUR COPY OF ACTIVE VOICE NOW. Download Active Voice Draw Pad Pro 2 Normally $2.99. Draw Pad Pro² is a simple yet powerful way to capture your thoughts, notes, and ideas. With a beautiful and clean interface designed for iOS 9, the app is a joy to use and easy to learn. Underneath the simplicity, Draw Pad Pro² packs powerful features. Each stroke you make is synced in real time to all your devices. Your work is organized into notebooks, with the ability to add titles to each page. Features: • Robust drawing engine • Beautiful iOS 9 design • Cloud Syncing to all your devices • Notebooks Galore Give Draw Pad Pro² a try today. We think you’ll love it! Download Draw Pad Pro 2 Adventures of Poco Eco Normally $2.99. A relaxing, exploratory audio-visual experience for all ages! Get a full-length 7 track LP with your purchase! Discover a new world where there’s a lot to see and even more to hear. Help Poco Eco, the curious explorer complete his mission. Your goal is to help Poco and his tribe find their Sounds that they’ve lost by solving the mini puzzles and completing all twelve 3D animated levels. By downloading the game you also get free access to Iamyank’s new LP. LOSE THE SILENCE, WIN THE FUN The game world is built around a mixture of electronic music and design, placing you into its unique atmosphere. It was designed and developed by POSSIBLE Games & it features Iamyank’s newest LP - the Lost Sounds. THE COMPOSER Iamyank is a highly acclaimed multi-talented artist: designer, musician, producer and composer from Hungary, notorious for filling venues he’s playing at the capital’s nightlife. He describes his music genre as dreamy electronic - influenced by all kind of soulful music.His newest album, the Lost Sounds is already available on Bandcamp. DESIGNERS & ENGINEERS POSSIBLE Games creates quality mobile games that entertain and challenge gamers of all levels. Adventures of Poco Eco was designed by visual artists with years of experience in 3D, street art, fashion, typography and of course mobile game design. Download the app and help Poco in his mission! Download Adventures of Poco Eco LightArrow Pro Normally $4.99. Grow your business with Pro.Calendar - the organizer for business owners, real estate agents, freelancers, contractors, and project managers! Unified views for all calendars, appointments, todo lists, checklists, tasks, reminders for managing work and life in one place. Pro.Calendar is a smaller version of LifeTopix. Start powerfully, add what you want. Discover ALL our features with our FREE LightArrow Organizer on the app store - that has a 100 item limit. NEW! Modern Dashboard - available with the LifeTopix Pack. Improve the visibility of your daily events with a unified, intuitive and easy-to-read calendar. Includes list, day, week, month and year views with fast switching and customizable view choices. Perfect for busy entrepreneurs, small business owners, parents, students, GTD® enthusiasts and anyone else who wants to stay organized and on top of their daily agenda. See which one of our apps is best for you: http://lightarrow.com/compare Pro.Calendar is the Complete Calendar Edition app of LightArrow’s LifeTopix. Start with calendar-relevant topics, and grow with optional in-app purchases. SUPPORTS POPULAR ONLINE & DESKTOP CALENDARS Pro.Calendar works with any calendar that your iOS device calendar supports including iCloud and other online calendars. SUPPORTS IOS CALENDARS, REMINDERS, CONTACTS Create iOS reminders and iOS calendar items directly from Pro.Calendar and view these items unified in Pro.Calendar. Add invitees from your iOS contacts. MULTIPLE CALENDAR VIEWS Pro.Calendar includes a printable agenda and day, week, month and year views - configurable to individually show or hide your life and work events, such as appointments, health stats, tasks, trips, projects, checklists (to-do lists), notes, events from device calendars and more. Effortlessly switch to and from your views and easily search for any data item. Calendar item types and events from different calendars are color-coded for easy identification. WORK WITH DATA FROM YOUR FAVORITE APPS Associate notes from Evernote® and Toodledo® to projects, trips, goals and more. Associate tasks from Asana and GDrive to Pro.Calendar projects, goals and more. 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Printing is also available for notes and drawings. CUSTOMIZE REMINDERS & NOTIFICATIONS Customize your local notifications from Pro.Calendar to remind at custom times. The device calendar is used for local notifications allowing you to take advantage of the Notification Center. DEVICE SYNC Supports device-to-device sync to keep data on your multiple iOS devices the same by using a free Dropbox or Box account, as well as with our LightArrow Organizer for Mac. NEAR ME Enjoy one-tap access to calendar items that are in the vicinity of a selected or current location. Powered by a 3rd party location-based social networking service, you can search for entertainment, events, food, shops and more. EXCELLENT SUPPORT If you have an issue, give us a chance to help, you will be pleasantly surprised! Download LightArrow Pro Pocket Wiki for Pokemon Go Normally $0.99. Looking for help or the latest tips for the game Pokémon Go? This all-in-one solution is exactly what you need: everything for the good game and improving your gaming skills. No ads! This app will be useful for both novice and experienced players. Does not require an internet connection to use, so that any relevant information is always available to you. This wiki app is unofficial. - Features: • Badges • Evolutions • Guides • Hints • Level ups • Locations • Moves • News about the game • Pokédex • Pokémons • Potions • Server status • Tips • Tricks • Videos • XPs • iPhone & iPad supported • Optimised for iOS9 • Works offline • Guides, hints, tips & tricks Tons of useful and nice guides that will be useful for both novice and experienced players. • News & videos Follow the latest news & watch awesome videos about this game. • Optimised The app is fully optimised to work on all mobile devices from Apple Inc. • Pokédex Full info for each pokémon: descriptions, image, stats, etc. • Relationship All objects (moves, pokémons) are interconnected with each other. • Works offline The app does not require internet connection, meaning you can use it when you want. Did you know that developers can not respond to comments in the App Store? Therefore, any requests, suggestions and comments, please send via the "Feedback" in the app or email support@momotov.com. In this case, I will respond quickly and solve the problem as soon as possible. If you like my work, then I'll be happy if you leave a positive review in the App Store. :) - Note This app is an unofficial and not affiliated with or endorsed by game’s developer, publisher, or distributor. All in-game content, imagery, and videos on the application are copyrighted by their respective owners. This reference guide is for informational purposes and meant to assist fans of this game with game play, and is intended to be used alongside the games. If you have a concern or feel there is a direct copyright or trademark violation that does not fall within "fair use" guidelines, please email directly me at legal@momotov.com, to discuss this. Download Pocket Wiki for Pokemon Go Easy Translation Normally $9.99. Easy Translation, as its name suggests, is an easy to use yet powerful full-text translation tool for iPhone users. With support of around 32 languages, this top-of-the-line app, offers the best possible translation for your text. Need to translate your text? No problem. Pick your source and target languages, type your text and click the button. Done! :: :: FEATURES :: :: - Translate your text into 32 foreign languages. - Input your text by typing or speaking. - Share your text on Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp. - Copy your text with one tap. - The app can read aloud both source and target texts. An Internet connection is required. :: :: SUPPORTED LANGUAGES :: :: ● Arabic ● Basque ● Catalan ● Chinese ● Chinese (traditional) ● Czech ● Danish ● Dutch ● English ● Filipino ● Finnish ● French ● German ● Greek ● Hindi ● Hungarian ● Indonesian ● Irish ● Italian ● Japanese ● Korean ● Malay ● Norwegian ● Polish ● Portuguese ● Romanian ● Russian ● Spanish ● Swedish ● Thai ● Turkish ● Vietnamese Make your life easier and get your copy now. Download Easy Translation Night Photo and Video Shoot Normally $4.99. Optimized for iPhone 4S, 5 ,5S, iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone SE Bright, Fast, Simple a good subject to start! While your photo flesh is unable to light the exotic beauty of nature, or moon and stars high in the skies, or beautiful sea waves, or flowers at night: Night Mode Camera is ready to do that at the lowest luminosity without any additional appliances. With low light support during the photo/video recording you can dynamically change camera sensitivity to achieve the best result as well as set any 1-8x zoom simultaneous to the recording due to the professional development. The app not only allows you to keep and organize your own library but as well to share them on Facebook, DropBox and Twitter. Optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. •Аmplifier picker •Color saturation picker •Green amplification mode •Fast exposure •Front, rear camera •Led light •HD photo video mode •Focus refresh button •8x zoom •Built In library •Photo video slider •E-mail photo video share •Facebook photo video share •Twitter photo video share •Dropbox photo video share Download Night Photo and Video Shoot Delayed Camera Normally $2.99. This app shows camera preview after few seconds. Good for checking form of sports, hair styles. Download Delayed Camera World driving color dots Normally $2.99. Control your tiny circle and eat nuclear same color to grow atom larger! But watch out: speed of nuclear each the time as faster than you will be trying to make you perfect control the circle. Survive and eat long enough to become the biggest atom in the game and pass level! You will lost when any nuclear of other color pass in circle control. Download World driving color dots TranslateSafari 2 Normally $4.99. TranslateSafari 2 - Translate & Speak Extension for Safari The app is a Safari extension that translates and speaks aloud the entire web page of Safari app. A must have app to translate and speak aloud web pages of Safari. Useful Features ● Translate the entire web page of Safari app - Support both Bing Translator (40+ languages) and Google Translate (60+ languages) translation services - Show both original web page and translation - Display the original text for each translated sentence ● Speak aloud the entire web page of Safari app - Speak 30+ languages - Read all unread web pages automatically - Swipe to control skipping sentences - Highlight word by word for each speaking sentence - Speak aloud the clicked web page - Add favorite web pages with "Starred" to speak aloud later - With funny bear and human face animations while speaking - Support useful speaking repeat, pause, speed and pitch options ● Optimize speak functions (Pro) - Background operation support: keep reading aloud web pages in the background while using another app - Lock screen support: play, pause, skip a sentence, adjust playback volume and see the sentences list on the lock screen - Headphone support: play, pause, adjust playback volume and detect headphone plugged and unplugged Features ● A Safari extension that translates the entire web page The app provides a Safari extension that translates the entire web page of Safari app. ● Supports both Bing Translator and Google Translate translation services The app supports both Bing Translator (40+ languages) and Google Translate (60+ languages) translation services. The service requires the internet connection while translating. ● Display the original text for each translated sentence The app could display the original text while taping the translated sentence. Show both original web page and translation. Switch between the translation and original web page (Google Translate, iPad). ● A Safari extension that speaks aloud the entire web page sentence by sentence The app integrates the system text-to-speech engine, speaks aloud sentence by sentence without internet connecting. Speak 30+ languages: Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Chinese (China), Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Taiwan), Czech (Czech Republic), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Belgium), Dutch (Netherlands), English (Australia), English (Ireland), English (South Africa), English (United Kingdom), English (United States), Finnish (Finland), French (Canada), French (France), German (Germany), Greek (Greece), Hebrew (Israel), Hindi (India), Hungarian (Hungary), Indonesian (Indonesia), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), Korean (South Korea), Norwegian (Norway), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian (Romania), Russian (Russia), Slovak (Slovakia), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand) and Turkish (Turkey). The app supports one system language, you can make in-app purchases to buy extra languages. ● Add favorite web pages with "Starred" Add favorite web pages with "Starred" to speak aloud later. You can swipe to mark a starred item as read or unread, and flag or unflag a starred item. ● Read all unread web pages automatically The app can read all unread starred web pages automatically. ● Swipe to control skipping sentences You can skip a sentence or all below sentences while in Speak mode. ● Speak aloud the clicked web page If you click the link on web page while in Speak mode, the app will read the clicked web page automatically. ● Support useful speaking options Repeat times of the whole article, repeat times of each sentence, speaking pause seconds between sentences, speaking speed, speaking pitch and font size options. ● Speaking face animation ● Highlight words while speaking The app will highlight word by word for each speaking sentence. Download TranslateSafari 2 Wright Normally $3.99. With Wright, anyone can create beautiful markdown documents and notes. The app features a beautiful and streamlined interface, designed for iOS 9 and the latest devices. Your words are instantly synced to all your iOS devices in real time. Wright has the following features: • Beautiful Markdown Styling • Real time data syncing between your devices • GitHub flavored Markdown (for code snippets) • Organize your work into notebooks. • Clean minimal interface. Whether you are a seasoned writer or a beginner, give Wright a try. We think you'll love it Download Wright SHOW-iColor Pro Normally $1.99. EXTRA Feature for Pro: # Switch to front camera in capture - Tap "Cam" button on the left # Pick color from photos - Tap "Photo" button on the top left corner - RGB sliders to Mix color - Use camera to Capture real world color anytime - Record the colors you like - Tap to show your color! # Show color with Full-Screen - In Mix/Capture, tap color preview, in Record, tap a color record. With Full-Screen show, press the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons at the same time, to save a screenshot with the color in Photos # Auto Save Temp Colors - In Capture, 50 temp colors will be auto saved, tap "Pause" button then you can scroll the picker on the right and pick the color you want.So you won't worry about tremble when capture color with camera. # Save Color - In Mix/Capture, Press "Save" button on the top right corner to save color. Saved colors can be looked in Record. # RGB,HEX...Form Convert - In Record, Press the button on the top left corner to switch form between RGB,HEX,CMYK,HSB or blank(no text). # Shake Random Color - In Mix, Shake your device or press the "Shake" button on the top left corner to generate random color Download SHOW-iColor Pro

Group claims to have hacked the NSA, wants $500 million to release files

A group of hackers going by the name "The Shadow Brokers" claims to have penetrated an NSA-backed hacking operation , and has leaked a bunch of hacking tools it claims is from the NSA. But that's not all: the Shadow Brokers claim to have much more data, and are currently hosting a Bitcoin auction to sell it off to the highest bidder. The hackers claim to have penetrated something called the "Equation Group," a hacking organization widely believe to be the NSA. A sampling of the stolen files already posted shows similarity between the files and information revealed about the NSA's hacking operations in the Snowden leaks. DON'T MISS:  Apple just released iOS 10 beta 6 for the iPhone and iPad The files mostly appear to be hacking tools and scripts, although it's unclear how much the hackers made off with. Their announcement on Pastebin specifically keeps the details of the stolen files a secret, since "Equation Group not know what lost. We want Equation Group to bid so we keep secret." The big question is obviously whether the data is legit. The overt grab for money means this could just be a fake; post a bunch of promising-looking files and screenshots, and then hold an anonymous Bitcoin auction for the rest. The NSA makes sense as a target here, as there's minimal information known about the Equation Group already, and the NSA is unlikely to comment too publicly on the hack. If it proves to be true, this would be one of the highest-profile and most serious hacks in years. Otherwise, it's just a neat fake, and a very bold plan to make quick cash.

With Android on top of the world, Google is already working on a mysterious new OS

Android is currently the most popular mobile operating system in the world by a massive margin. At Gartner's last count , Google's Android OS held 78.8% of the global market compared to 17.9% for Apple's iOS platform. Meanwhile Net Marketshare measures usage to determine market share and it puts those figures a touch closer at 66.01% for Android and 27.84% for iOS as of July . In either case, Android's lead is huge right now — but that doesn't mean Google plans to sit still and hope that Android stays on top forever. It has been revealed that Google is already working on a brand new operating system, though it's currently unclear what the company intends to use it for. MUST SEE:  New photos and video show iPhone 7 Plus in the color we’ve all been waiting for: Space Black The new Google platform is currently in the very early stages of development. A GitHub page for the new "Fuchsia" operating system was discovered on Friday evening by Android blog Android Police , and details are scarce at best. The only description offered on the project page is "Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)," which obviously tells us nothing. People have begun to dig into the code on the page though, and a few worthwhile details have indeed been uncovered. The most interesting note so far is news that Fuchsia is not based on the Linux Kernel. Why is that significant? Both Android and Chrome OS are based on Linux, which means Fuchsia is an entirely new beast. The next important notes are the developers listed on Google's Fuchsia page: Christopher Anderson and Brian Swetland. Both have historically dealt with embedded systems, as The Verge noted , which suggests that Fuchsia could end up being Google's "Internet of Things" platform built to power next-generation smart devices. But Google is apparently leaving the door open for plenty of other applications Fuchsia might have, including smartphones. Google's documentation states that Fuchsia "targets modern phones and modern personal computers" in addition to less complex devices like smart home gadgets. Is Fuchsia the future of Google's mobile strategy? Will it replace Android? It's far too early to say, but this is certainly a space we should all keep an eye on.

Sinking iPhone sales aren’t just hurting Apple

The price of Apple shares dropped like a rock earlier this year after the company reported a worse than expected decline in iPhone sales for the March quarter. On year, iPhone units sales plummeted by 10 million iPhones, which inevitably led to doomsday prepping among finicky investors. The tide turned quickly though, and Apple share have since recouped those losses and then some when June-quarter earnings were better than expected . Of course, iPhone sales are still sinking despite how well the fiscal third quarter was aligned with investor expectations, and Apple isn't the only company that relies on iPhone sales as its chief moneymaker. MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 is going to be so much more exciting than you think In the June quarter this year, Apple managed to ship 40.4 million iPhones. That figure is hugely impressive and it was in line with Wall Street's expectations, but it still represents a steep decline compared to the same quarter last year, when Apple sold 47.5 million iPhone units thanks to insanely strong iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales. For Apple, that meant seeing its fiscal third-quarter revenue slide to $42.4 billion this year compared to $49.6 billion in the same quarter last year. But the iPhone isn't crucial solely to Apple's business, of course. Thousands of companies around the world rely on the iPhone make money. Most of them are app developers, which often rely entirely on iOS app sales for income. Of course, Apple's component suppliers and manufacturing partners also rely heavily on the iPhone, and they're taking big hits as iPhone sales slump. Earlier this week, iPhone and iPad display supplier Japan Display asked the government for what is essentially a bailout to help cover huge revenue declines that have resulted from weakening iPhone sales. Japan Display generates about half of its revenue from supplying displays for Apple devices, so Apple's declining sales have had a massive impact on the company. Fast-forward to Thursday, when Apple's top iPhone manufacturing partner Foxconn posted a massive 31% decline in second-quarter net profit due to a sharp drop-off in iPhone orders. The company said its profit sank to 17.7 billion New Taiwan dollars from 25.7 billion during the same quarter last year. Apple is expected to unveil the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on September 7th ahead of their release on September 16th, and the refresh will likely help slow the decline or even level. Still, Apple's iPhone business isn't seen returning to any meaningful growth until next year when Apple releases its big tenth-anniversary iPhone refresh.

Apple Watch 2 will be the game-changing device we’ve been waiting for

Colored by the immense success Apple experienced with both the iPhone and the iPad, the Apple Watch launched in April of 2015 with tremendous fanfare and exceedingly high expectations. It would soon become apparent, however, that the first-gen version of the Apple Watch was not destined to become an immediate hit in the same way that the iPad burst onto the scene and broke any number of consumer electronics sales records. MUST READ:  The iPhone 7 is going to be so much more exciting than you think Even though first-year sales of the Apple Watch eclipsed first-year sales of both the iPod and the iPhone, the Apple Watch was released with far greater expectations. Besides, direct comparisons to the iPod and the iPhone aren't exactly fair: the iPod was released back in 2001 as a Mac-only device while the iPhone was initially only available on AT&T. So even though the Apple Watch still requires an iPhone to work, the pool of potential Apple Watch customers was far greater at launch than what the iPod and the iPhone enjoyed. But perhaps the most telling sign that the Apple Watch hasn't been a standout hit is that Apple still refuses to release sales figures for the device, a rarity for a company that loves to boast about its impressive sales figures. So is the Apple Watch toast? Perhaps nothing more than a fad anchored more by hype and wildly optimistic expectations than anything else? Not exactly. If we look back to the iPod, it took a few years for the device to truly catch on and become the phenomenon that it ultimately became. I believe that the Apple Watch will go through the same trajectory. Looking ahead to the Apple Watch 2, there's a lot of evidence which suggests that Apple's next-gen wearable will become the game-changing device that many tech observers assumed the original Apple Watch would be. For starters, Apple with WatchOS 3 is finally making the software that powers the Apple Watch usable. WatchOS 1 and 2 were serviceable and functional, I suppose, but let's be honest: performance could sometimes be painfully slow and the UI itself was anything but intuitive. With WatchOS 3, the Apple Watch will finally become the device many thought the original should have been. Software aside, the Apple Watch 2 will deliver significant advances across the board. Remember, Apple's next-gen Apple Watch will, at a minimum, launch about 18 months after the original hit store shelves. That window gives Apple a huge opportunity to really take Apple Watch hardware to the next level. As a point of reference, just look at how the hardware progresses on the iPhone every 12-24 months. Addressing this point, Abdel Ibrahim writes for WatchAware : By the time Apple unveils the Apple Watch 2, it will probably be nearly 24 months since the original made its debut. Think about that for a second. What can Apple do in 24 months when it controls the whole stack? Answer: A LOT. Look past how an iPhone looks and think about what happens in 24 months. Virtually everything changes. RAM, processor, screen technology, cameras, sensors, even materials. Compare an iPhone 5s to an iPhone 6s and it’s a night and day difference in terms of performance and technology. This is the type of leap I’m expecting this fall with the Watch. As for specific hardware enhancements, some of the rumors we've seen suggest that the Apple Watch 2 will come with GPS , improved waterproofing, a barometric sensor, faster internals and improved battery life. There have even been rumblings that the Apple Watch 2 will come packed with a FaceTime camera. Coupled with WatchOS 3 and the inevitable rollout of even more watchband designs, the stage is set for the Apple Watch 2 to become less of a niche product and more of a mainstream device. Remember, the iPod went through a similar transformation back in the early 2000s and didn't truly become a mainstream device until 2-3 years after its initially release. The inclusion of GPS in particular will be incredibly important as it will finally transform the Apple Watch into legit fitness tracker. While the current Apple Watch does a decent job as a fitness tracking device, its lack of GPS makes it far from an ideal choice for runners and other athletes. Now as to when we might see the Apple Watch 2 hit store shelves, rumor has it that the device will launch in late 2016. Ideally, Apple would of course like to launch the device in time for the busy holiday shopping season. As for a product unveiling, it remains to be seen if Apple will introduce the device at its upcoming media event in September where the iPhone 7 is set to be unveiled.

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On the eve of Apple’s iPhone 7 event, new leak reveals exciting Galaxy S8 details

Tech fans around the world are abuzz as the rumors ramp up ahead of Apple's big iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus event next week. We already know practically everything we should expect from Apple next week. The company's new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will look a great deal like its old 6 and 6 Plus, but it'll pack some big performance upgrades as well as a handful of new features. Both new models will have bigger batteries and twice the internal storage at each tier, and the larger iPhone 7 Plus will also sport a new dual-lens camera design. But with Apple's big iPhone 7 unveiling just around the corner, attention now turns briefly to Samsung because a new leak has seemingly revealed some exciting details about the company's upcoming Galaxy S8. DON'T MISS:  There are still two big problems with Apple’s iPhones, but the iPhone 7 will solve one of them It always seems like by some strange coincidence, Apple leaks tend to overshadow big announcements from rival companies. Just as an Android vendor is gearing up to unveil its next flagship phone, for example, some big report will spill new details on an unannounced Apple device and steal away some thunder. We're not sure this latest leak will end up stealing much thunder away from Apple's iPhone 7 reveal next week, but this time around a potentially big Samsung leak has barged in on the Apple news cycle. A post on Chinese microblogging site Weibo from a user named "i ice universe" (via PhoneArena ) offers supposed specs for Samsung's Galaxy S8 flagship phone. Samsung just unveiled the new Galaxy Note 7, of course, but the Galaxy S8 is expected in the first quarter next year so it's obviously well along in terms of development. So what can we expect from next year's Galaxy S8? According to this leak, next year's flagship Samsung phone will feature a new dual-lens rear camera setup with one 12-megapixel module and one 13-megapixel module. The addition of a dual-lens camera on the Galaxy S8 next year wouldn't exactly be a surprise, of course, since Apple is introducing a dual-lens camera on the iPhone 7 Plus this year. The post also claims that the Galaxy S8 will feature a new and improved 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and it will also sport an iris sensor just like the Galaxy Note 7. Both features would be appreciated, though neither would be surprising. What we're most interested in seeing is the new Galaxy S8's design. Samsung completely changed the design identity of its flagship smartphones beginning with the Galaxy S6, but every subsequent high-end handset has been a slight variation on that same design. Where will Samsung go from here? We can't wait to find out.

Watch the extended trailer for ‘Westworld,’ HBO’s next massive drama

Like it or not, Game of Thrones  only has two seasons left . We might get a spinoff series of some nature once it ends, but the story and the characters we've been following for the past six years are going away for good. So what are we supposed to do while we wait for season 7? What universe are we supposed to get lost in every weekend and spend the entire week discussing with our friends and colleagues? Don't worry — HBO is on the case once again. DON'T MISS:  New on Netflix: Every movie and TV show being added in September Over the weekend, the premium cable network shared a new, extended trailer for Westworld , a new drama that features a world nearly as dynamic and complex as Westeros. You can watch it right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuS5huqOND4 Based on Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name, Westworld  focuses on an AI uprising that threatens to wipe out humanity (although with a minimum of 10 episodes, the series should have much more time to explore the world and ask questions about what it means to be human). There's a great deal of buzz surrounding the show, partly because of the talent attached (Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Lisa Joy) and partly because of the controversies surrounding the production, but nevertheless, Westworld is sure to keep us entertained when it premieres on HBO on October 2nd.

What is LTE Advanced, and why should you care that Verizon is rolling it out?

Earlier today, Verizon announced that it's rolling out LTE Advanced to customers from coast to coast, at no additional cost to Verizon's traditional arm and leg. But in case you're tired of the carrier/uncarrier announcements about the Fastest Internet Evarr, here's what it all really means. DON'T MISS:  From the iPhone 7 to the Apple Watch 2, here’s everything we expect Apple to announce next week What is LTE Advanced? In short, a fancy name for using new technology to make existing LTE (4G) wireless connections faster. LTE Advanced can refer to all sorts of improvements to LTE, and the only real common factor is that they're all backwards-compatible with other LTE technology. In this case, it refers to combining multiple channels to send mobile data as quickly as possible. Verizon is claiming a 50 percent faster peak speed for its technology. How does it work? Verizon's technology is called "carrier aggregation," and it really isn't that hard to understand. Verizon owns multiple bands of spectrum, and normally, your device just uses the strongest signal. Using carrier aggregation, Verizon sends and receives packets on two or three channels at once, increasing the peak speed you can get under optimal conditions. Verizon has been trialling the technology for over a year. How fast is it? Very. Verizon claims that under optimal conditions, two-channel aggregation will hit speeds of 225Mbps, and three-channel aggregation over 300Mbps. That's significantly faster than most home broadband, and faster than you will ever possibly need on a smartphone. It reality, it's the difference between downloading an app in 20 seconds or 35. Really, LTE Advanced is futureproofing -- you won't notice much of a difference right now, but when we're all livestreaming 8K VR video during the next Olympics, Verizon will (probably) have the fastest, most mature network to do so. Can I use LTE Advanced? Maybe! Right now, there's a list of 39 compatible Verizon devices , including the iPhone 6s, the Galaxy S7, LG G5 and Moto Z Droid. Basically, if you bought a good smartphone within the last year or two, it's worth checking. Otherwise, you just need to be a Verizon user. There's no extra fees to pay or software to upgrade. In theory, the speed improvements should already be up and running. What about other networks? Sprint is also working on carrier aggregation. It sent out a  conveniently timed press release today about a successful trial of what it's calling "Sprint LTE Plus" at Soldier Field in Chicago. It's the same basic technology, and in tests conducted by Sprint and Samsung, speeds of 230 Mbps were achieved. Carrier aggregation is live at 500 cell sites across Chicago for Sprint customers. Other networks are following closely, and you can expect carrier aggregation to roll out wherever possible within a year or two.

HTC A9S news and rumors

HTC A9S news and rumors

HTC is rumored to be manufacturing this year's Google Nexus devices, but there's another device set to be unveiled at the end of this week -- the HTC A9S. It's a successor to the HTC A9, though there likely won't be any major improvements.

Oh my, HTC’s new iPhone sure looks familiar

It's sad that we've got to this point, but HTC, a company that used to make the most exciting smartphones in the world, is now pumping out mid-level Android handsets that look like a Greatest Hits of famous past smartphones. According to famed phone leaker Evan Blass , HTC is about to release a successor to the HTC One A9, an iPhone-lookalike that the company came out with last year. It's named the One A9s, the back looks an awful lot like my iPhone 6s, and the front is basically my old Samsung Galaxy S4. HTC, I thought you were better than this. DON'T MISS:  Leaked photos of iPhone 7 in blue remind us of the biggest remaining mystery Building Android-powered iPhone knockoffs has traditionally been the preserve of disreputable Chinese firms, but HTC appears to have fully embraced the idea as it tries to halt sliding revenues. From the back, the leaked photo of the A9s looks virtually identical to the iPhone. Important differences seem to be: A camera module that lies flush with the back Volume button on the right-hand side HTC logo where the Apple should be Even the color scheme is tenuously Apple-inspired. Jet black and light blue are expected to be the new colors for the upcoming iPhone 7, if leaks can be believed. Since the backplate and color are copied from Apple, you'd think that HTC's excellent design engineers might've spent some time on the front plate. Nope! Look at the photo of a white Samsung Galaxy S4 from three years ago, and try and tell me they're functionally different. I get that with smartphone design regressing towards "5-inch rectangle with metal back, glass front," all designs are going to look a little similar. But in a field of similar-looking smartphones, HTC has been particularly brazen with "seeking inspiration." Anyway, if you're still interested in the One A9s, it will likely be released this week, during or before IFA, the electronics trade show in Berlin.

We have some bad news about this year’s new Nexus phones

Google’s 2016 Nexus smartphones are codenamed Marlin and Sailfish. According to most leaks thus far, both handsets are expected to be premium devices when it comes to build quality as well as internal components and performance. With that in mind, don’t be surprised to hear that the phones will reportedly be more expensive than their predecessors, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. DON’T MISS:  Leaked photos of iPhone 7 in blue remind us of the biggest remaining mystery The smaller of the two, the Sailfish, is expected to cost $449 for the 32GB model — at least according to Nexus Blog’s  unnamed sources from HTC. That’s $70 more than last year’s 16GB Nexus 5X, and $20 more than the 32GB option. It’s unclear at this time whether there will be a 64GB or 128GB Sailfish model, or how much the extra storage would cost. The 32GB Nexus Marlin is reportedly priced at $599, which is $100 more than last year’s 32GB Nexus 6P. The 2015 Nexus phablet also came in 64GB and 128GB options, priced at $549 and $649, respectively. It’s likely that Google will also have Marlin versions with more built-in storage, but Nexus Blog doesn’t know what to expect. Comparatively, the Nexus phones' main rival is expected to have 32GB, 128GB and 254GB options – that’s the iPhone 7, launching in mid-September. While Apple is yet to announce the new iPhones, multiple independent reports indicated that these new storage upgrades are in the cards for the iPhone. Google is rumored to have plans to announce the new Nexus devices at some point in September, and then the company will reportedly release them in early October.

Here comes the iPhone 7: Apple just sent invites for a big event on September 7th

Following the endless stream of leaks over the past few months, there might not be anything left to announce. But nevertheless, Apple made its September 7th event official today when it sent out invites to members of the press. As usual, the company didn't confirm anything that would be revealed at the event in the invite, but we're fairly certain the iPhone 7 will take center stage . DON'T MISS:  Apple's new iPhone 7 is going to be SO much better than any Android phone... If you've been keeping up with the leaks, you know that the next iPhone actually appears to be losing more features than it's gaining. The controversial decision to eliminate the headphone jack has been a major topic of discussion ever since the rumors began to crop up late last year, and coupled with the fact that we're almost certainly going to have to wait until 2017 for a significant redesign, many iPhone fans are especially curious about what exactly Apple has in store for this year. Apple will likely also spend some time focusing on iOS 10, the latest and greatest version of the company's mobile operating system. We've liked what we've seen so far from the developer releases and the public beta , but we should finally learn when the general public can get its hands on iOS 10 in two weeks. Other than the iPhone 7, there's a chance we'll see a new line of iPads, a MacBook refresh and even the Apple Watch 2 at the September event, but rumors regarding additional reveals have been few and far between. As always, we'll be covering the event as it happens, so be sure to come back to BGR on September 7th at 1 PM ET for all the biggest news from Apple.

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.

Big Pokemon Go update is about to bring some exciting new features

Niantic has so far released several updates for Pokemon Go, but none of them brought the major new features players have been clamoring for. The company fixed bugs and added tiny improvements to the game in its recent updates for iPhone and Android . Meanwhile, a fixed tracker, support for trading Pokemon, and the introduction of legendary Pokemon have yet to be introduced — but these features might be just around the corner, according to a new report. MUST SEE:  Leaked photos of iPhone 7 in blue remind us of the biggest remaining mystery Digging in the Pokemon Go code, users have discovered several hints that suggest Niantic is laying the groundwork to support the new features in upcoming updates. According to multiple Reddit users, Niantic will let you search for Pokemon creatures that other players are ready to trade, and list your own to be traded. Phrases like “Trade_search” and “Trade_offer” have been discovered in the code. Legendary Pokemon are also en route, it would appear. A new placeholder called “activity_catch_legend_pokemon” seems to indicate that gamers will be able to catch rare Pokemon in the near future. Players will soon be able to select a Pokemon in the game and assign it as their trainer's “ buddy .” The Pokemon would then follow you and collect candies to evolve. Other new features include a new kind of incense that will apparently let players attract specific Pokemon to a location. Finally, a new VR folder has been found in the game’s code, and it references Google CardBoard. That means playing Pokemon in VR will become a reality soon enough, although we can’t help but wonder if that’s really a safe way to play the popular mobile game.

After killing data plans just 2 weeks ago, T-Mobile already introduced a new data plan

There's absolutely no question that T-Mobile has singlehandedly reshaped the wireless landscape in the United States over the past few years. Led by its outspoken CEO John Legere, the scrappy carrier has introduced a string of new initiatives that have left its larger rivals chasing it to compete. Is it working? T-Mobile is outgrowing all of its rivals, having even blown past Sprint recently to become the third-largest wireless carrier in America. Of course, there have been a few bumps along the road for T-Mobile, and its most recent one came just under two weeks ago when the carrier announced that it was killing off data plans by offering all users unlimited data with the new T-Mobile One plan . While the new plan is certainly a great deal for some subscribers, others complained that it would make their service far more expensive. What's more, many were troubled by missing features and pricey add-ons. So, despite having killed off data plans just two weeks ago, T-Mobile on Monday introduced a brand new data plan called T-Mobile One Plus. MUST SEE:  Apple’s new iPhone 7 is going to be SO much better than any Android phone… The T-Mobile One plan unveiled less than two weeks ago will eliminate data tiers in favor of one plan that includes unlimited data, voice and messaging. The first line costs $70 per month, the second is $50 and lines three through eight cost $20 each, as do tablets. Accounts can use up to 26GB of 4G LTE data per month before they are throttled (unless no one else is using the cell towers they connect to, in which case speeds aren't limited), but video streaming and mobile hotspot are limited right out of the gate each month unless the user pays additional fees. People complained about that particular part of the setup, so T-Mobile on Monday announced a new data plan option called T-Mobile One Plus. It's very similar to T-Mobile One, but it includes unlimited 4G LTE mobile hotspot usage, unlimited HD day passes (unlimited HD day passes will allow regular T-Mobile One plan holders to stream HD video for 24 hours, and they'll cost $3 per day), and data speeds that are twice as fast while roaming abroad. All that comes at an extra $25 per line. T-Mobile also announced a few changes to the standard T-Mobile One plan, which will now become available ahead of schedule on September 1st. On top of the aforementioned $3 unlimited HD day passes, T-Mobile said that mobile hotspot data will be available at 3G speeds instead of the even more painfully slow speeds that were initially announced. Day passes will be made available to T-Mobile One plan holders beginning sometime in October. As a reminder, current subscribers will not be forced to switch from existing plans to the new T-Mobile One or T-Mobile One Plus plans if they don't want to. New customers will be able to select the new T-Mobile One plan, the One Plus plan, or an older Simple Choice plan. Updated to clarify Simple Choice plans will remains available to new customers after One and One Plus plans launch, and to clarify T-Mobile's data throttling policy.

Love Your Fitness App? It Could Be Spying on You

Love Your Fitness App? It Could Be Spying on You

There’s a growing body of evidence that health and fitness apps lack suitable safeguards to protect users’ private health and medical information. A 2014 study found that less than a third of the 600 most popular mobile health apps had privacy policies. Another study this year found that four out of five diabetes apps available for Android phones had no privacy policies.

BlackBerry to raise $605 million from shareholder Fairfax, others

BlackBerry to raise $605 million from shareholder Fairfax, others

(Reuters) - Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd said it would raise about $605 million by selling convertible debentures to shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd and other investors. The new debt that BlackBerry plans to issue will have a coupon of 3.75 percent and will be due in November 2020. If all of the new debt is converted into stock, it will represent about 11.57 percent of BlackBerry's outstanding shares, the company said.

Down in the dumps: Norway man stuck down loo over lost phone

Down in the dumps: Norway man stuck down loo over lost phone

Firemen in Norway came to the rescue Friday of a man who climbed into an outdoor public toilet to retrieve a friend's cell phone, after he got stuck in the tank. Cato Berntsen Larsen, 20, was able to climb through the toilet seat opening to recover the phone lying at the bottom of the outhouse, but was unable to climb back out again.

New-gen Android handsets and smartwatches in store for IFA 2016

New-gen Android handsets and smartwatches in store for IFA 2016

Smartphones and smartwatches should once again be the talk of the IFA tech show in Berlin, Germany, with new devices expected from Samsung, Huawei and Sony, just six months after the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Chinese manufacturers will be heading to IFA en masse, where Lenovo is lined up to announce pricing and availability for its Moto Z, unveiled in June. Huawei, on the other hand, is due to present a replacement for its Mate S, revealed at last year's IFA, as well as a new smartwatch.

Four back-to-school smartphones for today's teenagers

Four back-to-school smartphones for today's teenagers

Most teenagers these days already own smartphones, which are often viewed as essential not only for communicating with family and friends, but also for entertainment and work. With the Sunny, Wiko offers an entry-level smartphone at an incredibly low price, which makes it an ideal first handset. Featuring dual SIM card enclosures and a four-inch screen, and running under Android Marshmallow (6.0), the Sunny has everything required for basic communication and comfortable Internet surfing.

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Twitter to share ad revenue on videos by U.S. individual users

Twitter to share ad revenue on videos by U.S. individual users

The microblogging service provider's Amplify Publisher Program is currently restricted to large companies such as CBS Corp's CBS News and organizations such as the National Football League and Major League Baseball. A user has to check a box prior to tweeting videos, after which ads will run on the video before it starts. "A portion of the ad revenue is then shared back with creator," Twitter said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Facebook boss to demo home AI in September

Facebook boss to demo home AI in September

Mark Zuckerberg's smart home system is based on voice and facial recognition. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes to demonstrate the domestic artificial intelligence system installed in his home this September. Zuckerberg gave the update on his home AI system, the creation of which was a personal goal for 2016, during a Facebook Townhall Q&A held in Rome and broadcast online.

This musician's tweet about sexist labelling in a record store will annoy you

This musician's tweet about sexist labelling in a record store will annoy you

LONDON — If you've ever been frustrated by the sight of a record shop placing artists into a genre called "female vocalists", then look away now. British singer Kate Nash tweeted a photo she took while perusing a music store yesterday, which prompted something of a tweet storm.  Nash spotted a category in a record store entitled "females of all description". Nice.  Her outrage couldn't be contained in just one tweet, however. Nash signed off on the matter with a simple message: "Don't categorize my sex # femalesofalldescription."  Nash wasn't alone in her outrage. People on Twitter shared their frustration at the blanket-labelling of female musicians comprising a genre in itself. One Twitter user summed up all of our feelings pretty succinctly...

Facebook 'Trending' Section Makes Editorial Gaffe After Changes to Reduce Political Bias

Facebook 'Trending' Section Makes Editorial Gaffe After Changes to Reduce Political Bias

Facebook’s newly-tweaked “Trending” module, barely three days old, has already made its first big gaffe: promoting a seemingly baseless article about Fox News host Megyn Kelly. The article, which features the headline “Fox News Exposes Traitor Megyn Kelly, Kicks Her Out For Backing Hillary,” was added to the trending section over the weekend, according to a source at Facebook, who said that it was reviewed on Monday and removed. The article's promotion came after Facebook made significant changes to the influential Trending module, removing some human influence and making it more “automated,” in an effort to address bias claims that it has faced in recent months.

Facebook CEO says group will not become a media company

Facebook CEO says group will not become a media company

By Giulia Segreti ROME (Reuters) - Facebook Inc. will not become a media company, its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday, telling students the firm would remain a technology platform. An increasing number of users are turning to social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter , to find their news, but Zuckerberg said his firm had no ambitions to become a content provider. "No, we are a tech company, not a media company," said Zuckerberg, after a young Italian asked him whether Facebook intended to become a news editor.

WhatsApp Sharing Data with Facebook Raises Alarm for Privacy Advocates

WhatsApp Sharing Data with Facebook Raises Alarm for Privacy Advocates

Changes announced by WhatsApp have drawn the ire of privacy advocates, who say that the messaging service's plan to share user data with parent company Facebook is against the law and should be blocked. The changes will allow the popular app -- which says it has more than one billion users -- to "coordinate more with Facebook" by sharing the user data, they said. In other words, Facebook would be able to use phonebook data from WhatsApp to help users find friends who they chat with on WhatsApp, but who they have not "friended" on Facebook, a WhatsApp spokesperson told ABC News.

Race for Facebook data center raises tax-break questions

Race for Facebook data center raises tax-break questions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The race between a small town on the Rio Grande in New Mexico and a Salt Lake City suburb to entice a new Facebook data center with millions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies is raising questions about public investments in a booming cloud-computing economy that typically brings few local jobs.

Facebook Inc.'s Mark Zuckerberg Met The Pope and Gave Him a Drone (FB)

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook (ticker: FB), has a new best friend. The tech leader Monday shared via a Facebook post that he and wife Priscilla Chan met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. "We told him how much we admire his message of mercy and tenderness, and how he's found new ways to communicate with people of every faith around the world," Zuckerberg's post reads.

In Trying To Fix Its Trending Topics, Facebook Reveals Some Flaws

In Trying To Fix Its Trending Topics, Facebook Reveals Some Flaws

Facebook users noted a sudden change on the site recently. Where formerly the site’s trending topics had small blurbs explaining why they were trending and carefully curated links, suddenly the blurbs were gone, with just the trending term in place. Facebook has, suddenly and without warning, changed how 30% of Americans get their news, and unintentionally revealed how little they know about their own users in the process.

Germany wants Facebook to take initiative in fight against online hate

Germany wants Facebook to take initiative in fight against online hate

By Thorsten Severin and Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's interior minister visited Facebook's offices in Berlin on Monday and said it should be more proactive in removing forbidden content from its social network platform. "Facebook should take down racist content or calls for violence from its pages on its own initiative even if it hasn't yet received a complaint," Thomas de Maiziere said. "Facebook has an immensely important economic position and just like every other large enterprise it has a immensely important social responsibility." The German government has been critical of Facebook in the past.

Social media adds to panic over 'gunfire' at L.A. airport: police

Social media adds to panic over 'gunfire' at L.A. airport: police

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A security panic that crippled Los Angeles International Airport and sent hundreds of passengers fleeing from terminals was triggered by reports of gunfire that proved false but were amplified by word-of-mouth and social media, police said on Monday. The shooting scare on Sunday night, which marked the worst security disruption in nearly three years at the second-busiest U.S. airport, began with police receiving a call reporting gunshots fired at a United Airlines gate inside Terminal 8, police said. The initial call came in moments after airport police had responded to separate reports of a man wearing a black cape and mask and carrying a sword in the baggage area of an adjacent terminal, according to airport police spokesman Robert Pedregon.

Beyonce crowns Twitter's most tweeted VMA moments

Beyonce crowns Twitter's most tweeted VMA moments

It was Beyoncé's "Lemonade" performance that made for the most-tweeted moment of the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, with Kanye West and Rihanna also creating a buzz. Twitter's analysis of its own social media platform revealed that Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West, Drake and Fifth Harmony were the most tweeted about people in the three hours before, and during the 2016 VMAs.

Teen escapee has no chill, asks for a better mugshot on Facebook

Teen escapee has no chill, asks for a better mugshot on Facebook

Like licenses, mugshots aren't known to make people look good. So why not try and change it if you have the opportunity? Police in Australia were on the hunt for 18-year-old, Amy Sharp after she escaped from corrective service officers in Sydney on Aug. 19. Sharp was placed in custody for property offences. SEE ALSO: Turns out Thor was just chilling in Australia during 'Captain America: Civil War' Local TV station, 7 News shared the police's mugshots on Facebook Thursday, seeking public information.  Sharp had no chill though: She took to the comments to ask police and the media to use a nicer picture. "Can you use this photo, please and thank you," Sharp cheekily wrote, with a different picture of herself attached.  Image: facebook/7 news sydney The comment has amassed more than 50,000 likes since, and despite the public's affection for Sharp's very relatable request, it might have actually helped lead police to her whereabouts. Sharp was arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning in Sydney's Wentworth Park. "She was taken to Newtown Police Station where she was charged with escaping lawful custody, as well as an outstanding warrant," New South Wales Police said in a statement online.  No news if she's been able to get herself a new mugshot just yet.

The terrible reason #McChicken is trending on Twitter

The terrible reason #McChicken is trending on Twitter

If you noticed "McChicken" was trending on Twitter this morning, hopefully you didn't investigate further.  Please, for the love of God, do not Google it. Because you might end up watching a video of a man copulating with a McChicken sandwich.  SEE ALSO: Kanye West wrote a poem about McDonald's for Frank Ocean Once you see this video, you cannot unsee it. I'd rather watch the haunted video from The Ring — you know, the one that straight up kills you seven days after you watch it — than see that McChicken video again.  People on Twitter, it seems, agree with me. Where can you find this video? In your nightmares. Do not search for it. You have been warned. 

Connor Shaw Weighs In On Twitter After A 'Cheap BS' Hit Broke His Leg

Connor Shaw Weighs In On Twitter After A 'Cheap BS' Hit Broke His Leg

If you haven’t seen the video of Bears quarterback Connor Shaw getting his leg snapped on Saturday afternoon…well, maybe don’t. Shaw himself was pretty upset about it, as well he should be. Shaw expressed his disappointment in a tweet Sunday morning, but he deleted it, so we can’t paste it in here for you to read for yourself.

Don Cheadle Calls Donald Trump A 'POS' After Trump's Controversial Dwyane Wade Tweet

Don Cheadle Calls Donald Trump A 'POS' After Trump's Controversial Dwyane Wade Tweet

The latest headline grab took the death of NBA player Dwyane Wade’s cousin and used it for Trump’s own political gain via a Twitter post that has left many with a bad taste in their mouths. The actor took to social media this morning, Deadline reports, and didn’t hold back with his pointed criticism of Trump for taking such a sad incident and trying to use it for his own purposes. Cheadle handed out replies and insults all while his Twitter icon was changed to an illustration of Andy Kaufman stepping out of a Donald Trump bodysuit.

Man's kind Facebook post rallies community to save struggling restaurant

Man's kind Facebook post rallies community to save struggling restaurant

When a perfect plate of fish and chips helped Colin Ross tackle his hangover, he decided to do the restaurant a favor, too. Ross visited Whitbie's Fish & Chips in Lethbridge, Alberta the morning after a night out, thinking that a good meal might make him feel better. It did — and Ross was blown away not only by the food's deliciousness, but by the restaurant's emptiness. SEE ALSO: Server receives $500 tip after simple act of kindness “I just came in and walked in the door and saw this old guy just sitting there in a chair,” Ross told BuzzFeed Canada. That man was restaurant owner John McMillan, who'd been struggling so much to attract customers that he was unable to give himself a paycheck. Ross offered to help McMillan with a marketing strategy, but McMillan "sloughed him off." So Ross took matters into his own hands and wrote a Facebook post instead. In the post, Ross praised the food — "absolutely amazing," he wrote — as well as the way McMillan runs his business. "And the owner was a gem, a real classy stand up guy," he wrote. "Thank you Lethbridge show this man some support!" he added. And Lethbridge came through. Ross's post has been shared over 8,000 times since it was posted, and the lines at Whitbie's have been snaking through the restaurant and going out the door.  On Tuesday, McMillan had his best day of business in over seven years of operation. Image: facebook/colin ross Best of all, it looks like Whitbie's has more than a few new fans — and, we hope, future regular customers. Image: facebook/whitbie's fish and chips Image: facebook/whitbie's fish and chips Image: whitbie's fish and chips On social media, Ross expressed joy at his community's effort to help — and enjoy — a wonderful small business. "This is what being Canadian is all about," he wrote.

Facebook makes trending news feature more automated

Facebook makes trending news feature more automated

Facebook said Friday it is further automating its "trending" stories feature, a move that will scale back human input to prevent personal bias from influencing which stories get highlighted. The feature prompted controversy earlier this year, with critics alleging that Facebook's news curators were deliberately omitting stories from politically conservative outlets, allegations the company denied. Facebook said relying more heavily on software will allow the feature to cover a wider scale, while lessening the risk that personal bias could manipulate the list of trending topics.

Texas Tech Uses Fake Social Media Accounts To Catfish Their Football Players

Texas Tech Uses Fake Social Media Accounts To Catfish Their Football Players

Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is known as one of the “cooler” figures in the world of college football. The 37-year-old former quarterback is a popular figure based on his charisma and unquestioned good looks. However, Kingsbury’s latest reveal when it comes to social media and his players is sure to create a stir.

Facebook changes 'Trending' feature to rely less on human editors

Facebook changes 'Trending' feature to rely less on human editors

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc changed its popular "Trending" feature, which shows users the most-talked about topics of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias, the company wrote in a blog post on Friday. The update is Facebook's latest attempt in recent months to stress its neutrality as its influence grows. Facebook said an internal probe found no evidence of bias.

Aly Raisman and Chrissy Teigen just started a beautiful friendship on Twitter

Aly Raisman and Chrissy Teigen just started a beautiful friendship on Twitter

Friendships usually start out pretty casually, but when social media and fame are involved, things can escalate quickly. Chrissy Teigen and Aly Raisman expressed their mutual admiration for each other on Twitter and now they're apparently best friends. SEE ALSO: The tear-filled moment Aly Raisman knew she NAILED it Teigen, who is known for keeping it real on Twitter, started the whirlwind friendship by tweeting at the Olympian: "I don't want to seem forward but I feel like we would be friends please? We love you!" Just 40 minutes later, Raisman responded with a resounding yes and an offer to send Teigen and Legend's daughter some of her gymnastics leotards. Of course Teigen said yes, but gave Raisman a warning: "there is no way that between john and I she has any coordination whatsoever but YES!" Then, Raisman introduced a bit of a bartering system – not a great foundation for a friendship, if you ask us.  The ever-humble (or imposter syndrome-sufferer) Teigen denied her modeling abilities and presented Raisman with a food-based offer. Raisman couldn't resist bringing Teigen's husband John Legend into the conversation. The singer admitted that while his cartwheel skills need work, he does have one gymnastics strength. Stay calm – Raisman, Teigen and Legend may practice gymnastics together sometime soon.  This encounter was not Raisman and Teigen's first time interacting with each other – the two actually met back in 2013 on Access Hollywood when Raisman was presented with a random drug test. Teigen was asked if she would pass the drug test, and she said, "I remain hush." [ H/T: Us Weekly ]

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Top Democrat urges FBI probe of allegations Russia seeking to influence U.S. vote

Top Democrat urges FBI probe of allegations Russia seeking to influence U.S. vote

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is calling on the FBI to conduct a quick and thorough investigation into concerns the Russian government is trying to undermine the U.S. presidential election, including by tampering with official election results. "The prospect of a hostile government actively seeking to undermine our free and fair elections represents one of the gravest threats to our democracy since the Cold War," Reid said in a letter to FBI Director James Comey. "It is critical for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use every resource available to investigate this matter thoroughly and in a timely fashion," Reid added.

Cyber security firm LogRhythm raises $50 million after changing IPO plans

By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Cyber security company LogRhythm has raised $50 million from private investors after postponing plans for an initial public offering late last year, the company said on Tuesday, the latest sign of how austere the IPO market has become for some technology start-ups. LogRhythm selected bankers more than a year ago with an eye on a $1 billion-plus IPO in the second half of 2015, Reuters reported last year. "We definitely were contemplating an IPO," said Dave Welsh, a partner at Adams Street Partners and LogRhythm investor and board member.

Exclusive: Six U.S. senators urge Obama to prioritize cyber crime at G20 summit

Exclusive: Six U.S. senators urge Obama to prioritize cyber crime at G20 summit

By Jonathan Spicer NEW YORK (Reuters) - Six U.S. senators have urged President Barack Obama to prioritize cyber crime at this weekend's Group of 20 summit in China, in the wake of the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank, according to a letter obtained by Reuters. In the letter sent to the White House ahead of the Sept. 4-5 summit, Sherrod Brown, a senior Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, and five other Democratic senators say they want the U.S. president to press leaders from the world's 20 biggest economies to commit in joint communiques to a "coordinated strategy to combat cyber-crime at critical financial institutions." The letter, dated Monday, suggests that concern among U.S. lawmakers is growing over the February incident in which hackers breached Bangladesh Bank's systems and used the SWIFT banking network to request nearly $1 billion from an account held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Exclusive: Six U.S. senators urge Obama to prioritize cyber at G20 in China

Exclusive: Six U.S. senators urge Obama to prioritize cyber at G20 in China

By Jonathan Spicer NEW YORK (Reuters) - Six U.S. senators have urged President Barack Obama to prioritize cyber crime at this weekend's G20 summit in China, in the wake of the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank, according to a letter obtained by Reuters. In the letter sent to the White House ahead of the Sept. 4-5 summit, Sherrod Brown, a senior Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, and five other senators say they want the U.S. President to press leaders from the world's 20 biggest economies to commit in joint communiques to a "coordinated strategy to combat cyber-crime at critical financial institutions." The letter, dated Monday, suggests concern among U.S. lawmakers is growing over the February incident in which hackers breached Bangladesh Bank's systems and used the SWIFT banking network to request nearly $1 billion from an account held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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These Bluetooth EarPods for the iPhone 7 better be fake

Apple will soon unveil the iPhone 7, a smartphone that’s supposed to look almost exactly like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. But the device will pack better hardware, and bring over one massive change. The iPhone 7 will be the first iPhone to ship without a standard 3.5mm audio jack, and we still have no idea how Apple will deal with the matter. One solution would be wireless headphones, which Apple is reportedly working on. A new leak shows what appears to be Bluetooth EarPods that would ship with the iPhone 7. But we hope – and think – it’s fake. DON’T MISS: A closer look at the NSO Group, the organization behind the most advanced iPhone spyware ever released The following images were posed online by @the_malignant , a mysterious Twitter account that keeps leaking details about unreleased devices, including the iPhone 7, but the new pictures are rather dubious. The person who supposedly had access to these many iPhone 7 retail boxes, complete with wireless EarPods, didn’t even bother to take the headphones out for closer inspection. And there’s nothing to suggest these EarPods will look anything like the current wired EarPods that ship with iPhones. Not to mention that there doesn’t appear to be space for a second EarPod in the box. https://twitter.com/the_malignant/status/770024716983828480 The boxes seem shady, and that iPhone 7 that sits on a box isn’t necessarily the real thing either. It appears to be a clone similar to the one showed in the following images, all labeled as fakes a few days ago, by the same @the_malignant – check that QR code in the top right corner that keeps appearing in these pictures: https://twitter.com/the_malignant/status/769440570318151680 Apple will unveil its iPhone 7 on September 7th, according to recent reports, at which point we'll learn more details about the way it wants to solve issues caused by the removal of the headphone jack.

Instagram pic teases Microsoft’s redesigned Surface Book 2

Microsoft on Sunday took to Instagram to post a teaser image of the Surface Book, saying that Surface is “your key to success.” The company didn’t say anything about the photo, but people soon noticed there was something odd with the picture. It didn't show the same Surface Book hinge that Microsoft introduced on the first model. Instead, the image hints at a significant design change coming in this year’s Surface Book 2. DON’T MISS: A closer look at the NSO Group, the organization behind the most advanced iPhone spyware ever released Recent reports claimed that Microsoft’s Surface Book successor would feature a redesigned hinge  that would allow the screen to sit flush with the keyboard, eliminating the gap in existing models. Microsoft did not reveal any other details about the picture, but it’s definitely a real  photo given that it made it to the company’s Surface Instagram account. Furthermore, Windows Central says it can confirm the image is from an “internal Microsoft ‘sizzler’ reel meant to demonstrate some ideas for the new Surface Book 2.” The video was shown within Microsoft’s various departments in July, the report notes. The first-gen Surface Book was a very well-kept secret ahead of last year’s launch, as Microsoft wanted to surprise the audience with a premium laptop. But now that the Surface Book brand is out there and we all expect product refreshes on a yearly basis, there’s no point in completely hiding it from the public. Interestingly, Microsoft also released  a new Surface ad taking hits at the MacBook, so this Instagram “leak” doesn’t seem to be a mistake. Instead, Microsoft is probably getting ready for a big Surface Book 2 reveal ahead of the holidays.

FBI detects breaches against two state voter systems

FBI detects breaches against two state voter systems

By Dustin Volz and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has found breaches in Illinois and Arizona's voter registration databases and is urging states to increase computer security ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, according to a U.S. official familiar with the probe. The FBI warning in an Aug. 18 flash alert from the agency's Cyber Division did not identify the intruders or the two states targeted. Officials and cyber security experts say recent breaches at the Democratic National Committee and elsewhere in the Democratic Party were likely carried out by people within the Russian government.

Cyber threat grows for bitcoin exchanges

Cyber threat grows for bitcoin exchanges

By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - When hackers penetrated a secure authentication system at a bitcoin exchange called Bitfinex earlier this month, they stole about $70 million worth of the virtual currency. The latest survey of 46 securities exchanges released three years ago by the International Organization of Securities Commissions and World Federation of Exchanges found that more than half had experienced a cyber attack.

How to not get scammed on Amazon

Amazon is the biggest online retailer in the US, but it's also not without problems. One of the ways Amazon became so big was by opening up its distribution network to third-party retailers, who use Amazon's warehouses and website to sell their own products. Buying from these retailers means you're not buying from Amazon proper, and that means you can be burned. DON'T MISS: How-To Geek  has the story of how one author got scammed by a mini PC with a cracked version of Windows. When you're paying good money for a computer off a giant website, it shouldn't arrive with pirated software. And yet: The particular PC I purchased was sold by “ MarsKing “. Sure, that’s a Chinese manufacturer I’ve never heard of, but it’s solid Intel hardware inside. It was also marked by Amazon as the “#1 New Release” in this category and had solid 4-to-5-star reviews at the time. It even had a “Prime” logo, which meant that it would be shipped to me from an Amazon warehouse. Looks legit, right? Nope! The PC came with a KMS Loader activation crack installed and was using a KMS key–a common way to activate pirated Windows licenses. Windows Defender found the KMS activation crack and complained about malware as soon as Windows Update ran automatically. After I left a bad review and returned the product to Amazon, MarsKing contacted me through Amazon with an offer: “We would like to sell you a new pc box with legitimate [Windows license] at 50% money off as apologize.” I didn’t take them up on it. As the author points out, the reason he was burned was because he was buying from a third-party seller. Since Amazon never really verifies or tests products that it sells on behalf of third parties, there's very little quality control in the system. In fairness, Amazon is still better than buying from a scammer on eBay or Craigslist. Amazon's customer service is designed to keep the customers happy, so you can always return products, and I've personally been offered small discount vouchers when my Amazon purchases have gone wrong. But still, you don't want to go through the time and hassle of buying and returning something that's fake. To that end,  How-To Geek  has some good, simple tips to use when buying off Amazon. Avoid products that are sold and shipped by third-party sellers, and instead look for things sold by Amazon.com, or at least shipped by Amazon. Reading reviews is also important, but that's its own minefield. Amazon reviews have become tainted as of late. There's an entire cottage industry dedicated to writing fake Amazon reviews, and many companies have started trading discounted (or free) products in return for favourable reviews. Reviews aren't worthless (yet!), but you should pay attention when reading them to try and avoid reviews that have been incentivized.

U.S. Homeland Security probes hacking of actress Leslie Jones' website

U.S. Homeland Security probes hacking of actress Leslie Jones' website

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating a new incident involving actress Leslie Jones, who has been targeted by online abusers, after hackers posted nude photos and personal information on the "Ghostbusters" star's website. In order to protect the integrity of the case, no further details are available at this time," Rachel Yong You, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said on Thursday in an email to Reuters. ICE, as the agency is known, is a branch of the Department of Homeland Security.

Apple fixes security flaw after UAE dissident's iPhone targeted

Apple fixes security flaw after UAE dissident's iPhone targeted

Apple Inc issued a patch on Thursday to fix a dangerous security flaw in iPhones and iPads after researchers discovered that a prominent United Arab Emirates dissident's phone had been targeted with a previously unknown method of hacking. The thwarted attack on the human rights activist, Ahmed Mansoor, used a text message that invited him to click on a web link. Instead of clicking, he forwarded the message to researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab.

Russian lawmaker's son convicted in U.S. for hacking scheme

Russian lawmaker's son convicted in U.S. for hacking scheme

Roman Seleznev, also known as "Track2," was found guilty by a federal jury in Seattle on 38 of 40 counts including wire fraud and intentional damage to a protected computer following an eight day trial, prosecutors said. The conviction of Seleznev, of Vladivostok, followed a 10-year-long investigation by the U.S. Secret Service, the agency said. Seleznev, the son of Valery Seleznev, a member of the Russian Parliament, is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 2.

Tech firms' encryption foe struggles for U.S. Senate re-election

Tech firms' encryption foe struggles for U.S. Senate re-election

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. senator seen by Silicon Valley as one of the technology industry's main foes in Congress is fighting for his political life as Donald Trump's slumping poll numbers threaten to damage Republican candidates across the board. Senator Richard Burr from North Carolina, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is facing a strong and unexpected challenge from Democrat Deborah Ross. Ross, a former head of the state's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, is fighting an uphill battle.

Welcome to the Trump-Clinton conspiracy election

Welcome to the Trump-Clinton conspiracy election

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a conspiracy: The 2016 campaign features one candidate who warned against the "vast right-wing conspiracy" and another who was a leader of the so-called "birther" movement.

CrowdStrike, other cybersecurity firms integrating industry cooperative

CrowdStrike, other cybersecurity firms integrating industry cooperative

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Some information security companies that were shut out of the leading system for sharing data on malicious software are revealing more about how their own systems work in hopes of rejoining the cooperative effort, a shift that should improve protections for customers throughout the industry. CrowdStrike, one of the most prominent young security companies threatened with exclusion from some shared services, said it has integrated part of its system for detecting malicious software with VirusTotal, the main industry repository for disclosing and rating risks of malware and suspect files. Alphabet Inc's Google runs the VirusTotal database so security professionals can share new examples of suspected malicious software and opinions on the danger they pose.

Jury deliberates case of Russian man charged with hacking

SEATTLE (AP) — The son of a Russian lawmaker made millions by hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and selling that data to other criminals, a federal prosecutor told the jury during his closing argument on Wednesday.

France and Germany latest countries to want magical backdoors in encryption

The recent NSA hack just proved to the world that no system is hack-proof if attackers have what it takes to break the access door. Regardless of whatever protections guarded that NSA server, hackers found a security hole to get in and steal critical documents. The same thing could happen to encrypted services that would feature a backdoor for law enforcement. But governments around the world still think they’d be able to handle such terrifying scenarios, with France and Germany being the latest nations looking to gain access to private encrypted messages exchanged over the internet by terror plot suspects. DON’T MISS: Steve Wozniak has free advice for Apple on how to fix the iPhone 7’s major issue It’s understandable why France and German are interested in heightened digital security, considering the many terrorist attacks that have hit the European region. “Messages exchanged through certain apps such as Telegram must be decrypted and used as evidence by magistrates and investigators as part of legal proceedings,” French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said during a joint press conference with his German counterpart German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière. As The Wall Street Journal reports , the two countries are seeking new legislation that would allow spy agencies to demand access to a suspect’s communications, and impose “obligations” on operators unwilling to help. The proposed laws would force companies including Apple, WhatsApp, Telegram, and many others, to build backdoors into their messaging systems, something that’s highly unlikely to happen. “Some terrorists and criminals are ahead of us on the technology front. That’s not right,” de Maizière said. But breaking encryption isn’t right either. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, representing Amazon, Facebook, Google, eBay, and others already took notice of the matter. “It is certainly understandable that some would respond to recent tragedies with back doors and more government access,” the director for Europe of the association, Christian Borggreen, said. “But weakened security ultimately leaves online systems more vulnerable to all types of attacks from terrorists to hackers.” This fall, the European Commission is expected to come up with new rules on privacy and security for telecom operators to include third-party services such as WhatsApp or Telegram.

Lottery scandal prosecutor seeks to subpoena Texas attorneys

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa prosecutor wants a judge to issue subpoenas for telephone and bank records of two Texas attorneys who he believes are connected to a former lottery computer security administrator who fixed lottery games in several states.

Netflix phishing scam looks to steal credit card details from iPhone users

Whether or not you have active Netflix or Apple accounts makes no difference to hackers looking to steal precious personal data. But you should be aware of a new Netflix email scam that’s using a fake iTunes bill to fool you into giving your credit card details to scammers, so here’s what you need to know about it so you can avoid it. DON’T MISS:  iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left Like any phishing scheme, these fraudulent emails contain fake bills for products you may not remember having purchased, according to This Is Money . The emails seem to originate from Apple, and they appear to contain receipts for purchases that you’d normally get in your email – if you have an Apple ID account and buy stuff from Apple’s digital stores. This particular receipt concerns Netflix, and it tries convince you that someone impersonating you has gained access to your Apple account to subscribe to Netflix. Naturally, you’ll want to put a stop to it by clicking the available “refund” or “manage subscriptions” links in that email. You’ll then get to a website that looks like Apple’s where you have to enter your account and credit card details for the refund. But what really happens is that those details are delivered straight to the scammers. And they’ll then put it to good use, meaning that you can expect real warnings from your bank in the near future. So what should you do? First of all, if you don't have an Apple account, then you're safe. Secondly, never click the links inside an email like this. Instead, check with your bank to see if the fraudulent charges are real. You can also go to Apple.com directly and check your account – but, again, don’t use the links in that email. Just type the site's address into your browser. It might be Netflix and Apple today, but scammers could pair other hot products in the future to send similar emails. Consider the tips above best practices that you should always keep in mind.

Goldcorp struggles with leak at Mexican mine

Goldcorp struggles with leak at Mexican mine

By Allison Martell, Frank Jack Daniel and Noe Torres TORONTO/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican regulators said they are examining whether mining company Goldcorp Inc broke any regulations in its handling of a long-running leak of contaminated water at Mexico's biggest gold mine. Levels of the mineral selenium rose in one groundwater monitoring well near Goldcorp’s Penasquito mine as early as October 2013, Goldcorp data reviewed by Reuters shows. The Canadian company reported a rise in selenium levels in groundwater to the Mexican government in October 2014, after which the contamination near its mine waste facility intensified, according to internal company documents seen by Reuters, and interviews with government officials.

Source of submarine document leak 'from overseas': Indian defense ministry

India's defense ministry said on Wednesday that the source of secret documents detailing the capabilities of the French-designed Scorpene submarine being built for the Indian navy appeared to be "from overseas and not from India". Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said earlier the security breach appeared to have been the work of hackers. The leak, first reported in The Australian newspaper, contains more than 22,000 pages outlining the secret combat capability of six submarines that DCNS of France has designed for the Indian Navy.

Mind the air-gap: Singapore's web cut-off balances security, inconvenience

Mind the air-gap: Singapore's web cut-off balances security, inconvenience

By Jeremy Wagstaff and Aradhana Aravindan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore is working on how to implement a policy to cut off web access for public servants as a defense against potential cyber attack - a move closely watched by critics who say it marks a retreat for a technologically advanced city-state that has trademarked the term "smart nation". Some security experts say the policy, due to be in place by May, risks damaging productivity among civil servants and those working at more than four dozen statutory boards, and cutting them off from the people they serve. It may only raise slightly the defensive walls against cyber attack, they say.

New York Times says suspected Russian hackers targeted Moscow bureau

New York Times says suspected Russian hackers targeted Moscow bureau

The New York Times said on Tuesday its Moscow bureau was targeted by a cyber attack this month but that there was no evidence the hackers, believed to be Russian, were successful. "We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools," Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told the newspaper. "We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised." Earlier on Tuesday, CNN, citing unnamed U.S. officials, reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other U.S. security agencies were investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the Times and other U.S. news organizations that were thought to have been carried out by hackers working for Russian intelligence.

Russians suspected in hack of New York Times, other U.S. media: CNN

Russians suspected in hack of New York Times, other U.S. media: CNN

The FBI and other U.S. security agencies are investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other U.S. news organizations that are thought to have been carried out by hackers working for Russian intelligence, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed U.S. officials. "Investigators so far believe that Russian intelligence is likely behind the attacks and that Russian hackers are targeting news organizations as part of a broader series of hacks that also have focused on Democratic Party organizations, the officials said," CNN said. The FBI declined to comment, and representatives for the U.S. Secret Service, which has a role in protecting the country from cyber crime, did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Ashley Madison parent broke Canada, Australia privacy laws

Ashley Madison parent broke Canada, Australia privacy laws

The parent company of infidelity dating website Ashley Madison was responsible for numerous violations of privacy laws at the time of a massive release of customer data in a cyber attack last year, privacy watchdogs in Canada and Australia said on Tuesday. The two countries launched an investigation after the 2015 breach of Avid Life Media Inc's computer network, when hackers exposed the personal details of millions who signed up for the site with the slogan "Life is short. Have an affair." The probe found the Toronto-based company had inadequate safeguards in place, including poor password management and a fabricated security trustmark on the website's home page.

France, Germany press for access to encrypted messages after attacks

France, Germany press for access to encrypted messages after attacks

France and Germany want to compel operators of mobile messaging services to provide access to encrypted content to terrorism investigations, after a series of deadly attacks in both countries. French intelligence services, on high alert since attackers killed hundreds of civilians in Paris in November and in Nice in July, are struggling to intercept messages from Islamist militants. Many of the groups now use encrypted messaging services rather than mainstream social media, with Islamic State a big user of such apps, investigators in several countries have said.

Two Model S cars were stolen despite Tesla’s advanced tech

You’d have thought that nobody can steal your Tesla thanks to its advanced tracking system. Thieves foolish enough to try to get away with it could be easily caught with the help of the on-board GPS. However, that’s not really the case. Tesla cars are incredibly valuable, which means thieves will do whatever it takes to grab one and leave no traces behind. In fact, at least two such thefts have already been reported in Europe. DON’T MISS: This is our first look at one of the two brand new PS4 consoles launching next month Two Tesla owners in Germany discovered that their Tesla Model S cars were stolen, Electrek reports . One of them is a brand new Tesla Model S P90D that was picked up on August 2nd, and another model disappeared on June 11th. Neither car has turned up yet, and it’s not clear how it happened or whether their owners will ever get them back. It’s believed that hackers were able to breach the owners' Tesla accounts and then use iPhone or Android apps to access and drive the cars away. One of the drivers said he still has the keys to the car. They also had to jam the GPS signal on the cars, although it’s not clear how they did it. Last year, a Model S was briefly stolen in Vancouver, but the owner was able to direct the police to the location of the car by using tracking data from his account. It would certainly be interesting to hear how the thieves plan to use these stolen Teslas. Simply painting the cars over and changing their plates won’t suffice. To take advantage of Tesla’s features, you also have to use the car’s software. And we all know Tesla keeps track of what happens with each car, so it might be able to find these stolen vehicles if they ever reconnect to the system. Tesla has yet to comment on the matter, but it’s likely that the company is looking at ways to retrieve the stolen cars, and prevent similar thefts in the future.

Stolen NSA hacking tools reportedly on sale for $8,000

It's been a rough week for the NSA, to say the least. Last week, a group of hackers collectively known as The Shadow Brokers allegedly stole and released  a treasure trove of NSA hacking tools and exploits. What's more, the group promised to release even more weapons from the NSA's cyber arsenal for the right price. While the initial leak was met with skepticism, researchers and security experts who examined the leak subsequently confirmed that the leaked exploits were very much real. "It definitely looks like a toolkit used by the NSA," French computer researcher Matt Suiche said after taking a look at the code. As if that weren't bad enough, now comes word that The Shadow Brokers may not be the only hackers who hold the keys to the NSA's cache of advanced hacking tools and exploits. DON'T MISS:  Samsung’s best phone yet might have some quality issues that can’t be fixed Late on Sunday night, a hacker with the Twitter handle 1x0123   indicated that he was willing to sell the aforementioned hacking tools for $8,000. https://twitter.com/1x0123/status/767564288160571392 Speaking to Gizmodo , the hacker also said that he'd be willing to provide screenshots to verify his claims for $1,000. Interestingly, 1x0123 didn't come to possess these files by hacking the NSA, but allegedly by stealing them from the Shadow Brokers. It’s unclear how the hacker supposedly stole the hacks and he refused to explain beyond saying “traded some exploits for access to a private escrow and stole the tar file.” This could mean a variety of things, but it seems like he’s indicating that he tricked the Shadow Brokers, the group that originally claimed to have accessed the NSA tools, and stole the .tar file containing the exploits. Again, we don’t have a way to confirm this is true but this hacker has hacked and sold his exploits in the past. Notably, 1x0123 is not some fly by night Twitter account with no track record to speak of. On the contrary, 1x0123 is a self-identified "underground researcher" who has been behind a number of big name exploits in the past, including a hack of  Fidelity National Information Services. It's also worth noting that famed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden gave 1x0123 some praise on Twitter just a few months ago. https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/719263028345192449?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Germany to tell people to stockpile food and water in case of attacks: FAS

Germany is currently on high alert after two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month. "The population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days," the newspaper quoted the government's "Concept for Civil Defence" - which has been prepared by the Interior Ministry - as saying. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said the plan would be discussed by the cabinet on Wednesday and presented by the minister that afternoon.

Democrats fear hackers targeted tight Florida races for latest data leaks

Democrats fear hackers targeted tight Florida races for latest data leaks

By Mark Hosenball and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leading Democrats are growing increasingly worried that the hackers who made public leaked documents this week were trying to sabotage the Democratic candidates in several central Florida congressional races, the first time such leaks have been targeted so directly. Two sources familiar with Democratic Party investigations of recent cyber attacks said documents made public this week by the hacker known as Guccifer2 contained information that could damage Democratic candidates in competitive Florida contests for the U.S. House of Representatives. The documents, hacked from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which raises funds for the party's House candidates, are detailed dossiers describing the Florida candidates' backgrounds, including personal details, as well as political, economic and demographic profiles of the strategic congressional districts.

Ukrainian MP offers more details on alleged payments to Trump campaign chief

Ukrainian MP offers more details on alleged payments to Trump campaign chief

By Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian lawmaker on Friday divulged more details of what he said were payments made to Donald Trump's campaign chief in the U.S. presidential race by the political party of the Kremlin-backed former Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich. MP Serhiy Leshchenko said money was allocated for Trump aide Paul Manafort to finance services such as carrying out exit polls at elections, buying computers and conducting research. Manafort has denied allegations - first made in the New York Times on Monday - that he received cash payments worth more than $12 million over five years that were itemized on secret ledgers belonging to Yanukovich's Party of Regions.

Hackers targeted Trump campaign, Republican Party groups: sources

Hackers targeted Trump campaign, Republican Party groups: sources

Hackers targeted the computer systems of presidential candidate Donald Trump and Republican Party organizations as well as Democratic Party networks, sources familiar with investigations into the attacks said. At least one Trump staff member’s email account was infected with malware in 2015 and sent malicious emails to colleagues, according to one insider for the Republican candidate's campaign and an outside security expert. In the past month, U.S. security officials have said that starting last year, hackers infiltrated computers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and her party's congressional fundraising committee.

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10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Next week is when Apple is expected to unveil its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are rumors to come with twice the storage of the company's current iPhones. That means up to 256GB of space just waiting to be filled with apps, and we'll help you on your quest to fill all that extra space with today's list of 10 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for a limited time. MUST SEE:  Leaked photos of iPhone 7 in blue remind us of the biggest remaining mystery 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. FilzApp Normally $0.99. File Manager is a folder manager and file viewer. Easily view images, audio, videos, PDF documents, Word documents, Excel documents... FEATURES - Integrated PDF Reader - Supports Microsoft Office, Excel... - Integrated music player - Copy, move file - Share files by email and Facebook.... - "Open in" feature allows you to open files in other apps Thank you Download FilzApp Notes.xls Normally $2.99. Notes.xls is a tiny, user-friendly spreadsheet, perfect for all those times when you don't need a full-blown monster. It's perfect for decision making, tracking expenses, creating budgets, or estimating costs. For the numbers you run across on a daily basis nothing is easier or simpler than Notes.xls. You don't need any experience with Excel. Notes.xls just highlights the features you need. It takes up very little space on your phone and runs fast and smoothly. Features: ● Two columns ● Excel-syntax formulas ● On-purpose keyboards with big buttons ● Swipe on the bottom bar to adjust column widths ● Insert/delete rows ● Share spreadsheet by email ● Easily duplicate or delete whole spreadsheets Excel edition with enabled export to .xlsx format. Download Notes.xls Data Manager Pro Normally $1.99. Data Manager Pro will manage both Cellular (4G/LTE/3G/Edge/GPRS) and Wi-Fi data usage in real time from your device. This app will let you be in control of your data usage to avoid the costly overage charges your provider may charge providing alerts when data usage reaches user thresholds. This app monitors data usage from the device itself and is not reliant on setting up or logging into your provider's server or web site. Data Manager Pro also includes the ability to Speed Test your cellular or WiFi connection rate and response for you device. This simple, easy-to-use app provides consistent, accurate internet speed testing from any location. Data Usage Features include: - Monitor mobile Cellular data for all technologies (4G LTE 3G Edge GPRS etc.) int real time. - View the amount of internet data you use over your WiFi connection. - Simple and clear user interface with custom progress bar that graphically shows your data usage and predicted usage. - Works with ANY cellular provider in any country including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Rodgers, Virgin Mobile, Orange, O2, etc. by reading data usage from the device. - Billing periods and quota limits can be configured on a monthly, weekly or custom time basis to match your providers billing schedule. - Works on any iOS device (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) running iOS 7.x or later. - Works in the background using battery efficient background monitoring in iOS 7 to monitor usage and notify users when data usage reaches configured limits. - App Badge Monitoring shows the % as a app badge without even opening the app. Pro Data Features: - Custom counters can be setup allow you to monitor usage during a certain period to help identify data hogging apps. Counters can be easily enabled or disabled and can even be configured to end at a predetermined time. - History graph shows previous data usage for each day. - Email your usage information at any time. Speed Test Features: – Simple, one button tap performs (or cancels) the internet speed tests. – Simple, easy-to-read tracking and reporting. – Testing features download rate, upload rate and latency (response) time. - Includes the number of hops/gateways between the mobile client and the server (Trace Route). - Works on either Cellular data from any carrier or when connected via WiFi. - Conveniently share results with others via email. - Testing servers located around the world for accurate results. – Unlimited on-the-go testing - mobile speed testing. Data Manager Pro is a must have app for anybody on a restrictive data plan and to verify your network speed! Don't pay those expensive overage charges again. Download Data Manager Pro Red Dot Camera Normally $2.99. Looking for an iPhone camera app with the look and feel of a professional manual camera? Red Dot Camera is the first camera app to bring rangefinder-style manual focus and exposure features to iOS, taking creative mobile photography to the next level. Inspired by the retro craftsmanship of the classic Leica M camera series, Red Dot Camera brings your images to life with unrivalled quality and without the interference of gimmicky filters. Featuring four basic settings - ISO, Speed, Exposure Compensation, and Focus, Red Dot excels in delivering a retro photography experience coupled with exceptional image capture quality. Key Features: **Rangefinder-Style Manual Focusing** Focus in with precision using a magnified patch at the center of the viewfinder to capture the perfect image. **Manual ISO Control** High ISO settings generate more image noise. By letting you set the ISO value manually, Red Dot Camera allows you to capture sharper and clearer images. **Manual Shutter Speed Control** Adjust the shutter speed manually to achieve the effect of longer exposures (car headlights, water, etc.), or to capture shots of fast action. **Display Frame Lines (28mm, 35mm, 50mm)** The iPhone lens has a fixed focal length of 28mm, but Red Dot Camera shows frame lines that simulate those of a 35mm and 50mm lens, just like the Leica M rangefinder. **Self-Timer** Take a group picture or self-shot by setting the auto-timer to one of three countdown settings. **Black & White Mode** Switch to black and white and capture your image in classic coloration. Whether you’re a creative camera enthusiast or a photography student, you’ll be amazed at how Red Dot Camera enables you to take sharper, better-exposed, professional quality photos from your iPhone. Download Red Dot Camera ThumbTyper Normally $2.99. Do you want to make typing on an iPad and iPhone 6 faster and simpler? Try ThumbTyper. This is the breakthrough application, the first split keyboard which has been designed specifically to enable you to type with just two thumbs. Now you will be able to hold your iPad with both hands and work in comfort on a train, a bus or a plane. And, after only two hours of training, you will be able to type as easily as you can touch-type. It is ideal for work on the go. - For those on the go - Two times easier and two times faster - Convenient under most conditions - Easier typing - Optimized for iPad and iPhone 6 Languages: English and Russian Download ThumbTyper Explorer for GitHub Normally $0.99. Explore the open source world in GitHub. Read and enjoy code everyday. - GitHub trending - GitHub showcases - GitHub search Download Explorer for GitHub LightArrow Pro.Calendar Normally $4.99. Grow your business with Pro.Calendar - the organizer for business owners, real estate agents, freelancers, contractors, and project managers! Unified views for all calendars, appointments, todo lists, checklists, tasks, reminders for managing work and life in one place. Pro.Calendar is a smaller version of LifeTopix. Start powerfully, add what you want. Discover ALL our features with our FREE LightArrow Organizer on the app store - that has a 100 item limit. NEW! Modern Dashboard - available with the LifeTopix Pack. Improve the visibility of your daily events with a unified, intuitive and easy-to-read calendar. Includes list, day, week, month and year views with fast switching and customizable view choices. Perfect for busy entrepreneurs, small business owners, parents, students, GTD® enthusiasts and anyone else who wants to stay organized and on top of their daily agenda. See which one of our apps is best for you: http://lightarrow.com/compare Pro.Calendar is the Complete Calendar Edition app of LightArrow’s LifeTopix. Start with calendar-relevant topics, and grow with optional in-app purchases. SUPPORTS POPULAR ONLINE & DESKTOP CALENDARS Pro.Calendar works with any calendar that your iOS device calendar supports including iCloud and other online calendars. SUPPORTS IOS CALENDARS, REMINDERS, CONTACTS Create iOS reminders and iOS calendar items directly from Pro.Calendar and view these items unified in Pro.Calendar. Add invitees from your iOS contacts. MULTIPLE CALENDAR VIEWS Pro.Calendar includes a printable agenda and day, week, month and year views - configurable to individually show or hide your life and work events, such as appointments, health stats, tasks, trips, projects, checklists (to-do lists), notes, events from device calendars and more. Effortlessly switch to and from your views and easily search for any data item. Calendar item types and events from different calendars are color-coded for easy identification. WORK WITH DATA FROM YOUR FAVORITE APPS Associate notes from Evernote® and Toodledo® to projects, trips, goals and more. Associate tasks from Asana and GDrive to Pro.Calendar projects, goals and more. Link up files in Dropbox™, Box™, OneDrive™ (SkyDrive), and GDrive to Pro.Calendar projects, goals, events and other items. Instantly share and collaborate on items such as tasks through email. Discuss your items via Facebook, Twitter, and SMS. CREATE REPEAT SCHEDULES FOR APPOINTMENTS, EVENTS, TASKS Create custom daily, weekly and monthly schedules. Create custom schedules for specified days of the week. Designate a number of occurrences or use an end date. TASKS, PROJECTS & MORE Includes task and project management; events and appointments; travel; health, fitness and goals; notes, files and checklists; and media (audio and video). In-app purchases allow for additional topic items and views. YOUR NOTES & FILES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Comprehensive note-taking and file management included. Record and add audio and video, add photos and hand-write and draw with your finger or stylus. Drawing tools include 48 colors with alpha options; line widths; eraser; clear; undo; and email for drawings. Printing is also available for notes and drawings. CUSTOMIZE REMINDERS & NOTIFICATIONS Customize your local notifications from Pro.Calendar to remind at custom times. The device calendar is used for local notifications allowing you to take advantage of the Notification Center. DEVICE SYNC Supports device-to-device sync to keep data on your multiple iOS devices the same by using a free Dropbox or Box account, as well as with our LightArrow Organizer for Mac. NEAR ME Enjoy one-tap access to calendar items that are in the vicinity of a selected or current location. Powered by a 3rd party location-based social networking service, you can search for entertainment, events, food, shops and more. EXCELLENT SUPPORT If you have an issue, give us a chance to help, you will be pleasantly surprised! Download LightArrow Pro.Calendar SSUM Normally $0.99. REALTIME(LIVE) FILTER CAMER Take photos with photographer designed filters effect applied in REAL TIME. 9 FILTER EFFECT THEME The most 9 useful famous filters for nature photography such as natural landscape, a wooded valley, ocean, etc. Download SSUM SHAREit Pro Normally $0.99. Transfer tool for sharing files without any mobile data, which is the choice of over 600 million users. SHAREit is a cross platform sharing tool which requires no mobile data. It’s over 200 times faster than Bluetooth. Share the photos, videos, audios and files of any formats with your friends at any time on your phone or computer. SHAREit Professional is the advanced SHAREit App. You will experience the purest form of SHAREit by paying a tiny amount for this professional edition. Also, all new features developed by SHAREit team will first be available to experience in this edition. Features: [No need for internet] No need for a Wi-Fi network or a mobile data plan. Share at anytime and anywhere. [10 seconds to transfer a film] Over 200 times faster than Bluetooth. The fastest speed can exceed 20Mb/s. [Enjoy music] Enjoy the pleasant experience of listening music on SHAREit music player. [SHAREit Vault] Integrated tool for photos and videos helps you protect privacy. [Cross platform sharing] Transfer between laptops & mobiles of different kinds without obstacles. [Powerful functions] Support sending files of any format. No more cables or internet needed to transfer. Easily sharing between various devices. Download SHAREit Pro BeetleCam Normally $0.99. BeetleCam offers the best solution to capture your most precious moments and group photos. Anytime you feel painful taking group photos? Left out of the photo just because you need to hold the camera? Hard to capture the best moment and there is no great solution out there? BeetleCam is a must have camera app that goes beyond what the default camera is capable of. It is the best at taking amazing captures and do after effects on photos. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or someone who’s barely touched a camera, BeetleCam will make you love taking pictures. There still is the problem of fitting everyone including you in the frame? Why should you miss out when you are part of the occasion? You can remote take picture using your Apple Watch and using the back (best) lens of your iPhone or iPad so that you can capture the best photos wirelessly. This is perfect for occasions involving groups of people; family gatherings, friendly outings, group selfies, etc. Now be in front of the camera without the fear of missing out! BeetleCam takes photo onto the next level with easy access to features like: REMOTE SHUTTER & APPLE WATCH SUPPORT Photo Capture using Apple Watch as remote shutter, with live preview when capturing, choice of front or back camera, flash controls, countdown timer, etc. EFFECTS Fill your pictures with emotion and despair with our unique effects. There are dozens of 1-touch effects for you to experiment with. BeetleCam has 100+ fully adjustable Original Filters, everything to your needs. ADJUSTMENT TOOLS Use any of our uniquely made adjustment tools to enhance your images to perfection with ease. PROFESSIONAL TONE CURVE BeetleCam includes a fully adjustable professional tone curve so that you can fully control range of real and natural light leaks, to simplistic scratchy film textures. CROPPING & TRANSFORMING TOOLS Crop your photos with our quick and easy cropping tool with presets. Transform your photos with our rotating tool, vertical and horizontal flipping tools. SHARING Whether you want to show your results to your friends and family or the whole world, we have got you covered. Proudly share your photos on Facebook, Instagram, WeChat etc or go the more personal route all within the app. Download BeetleCam

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.

Facebook is giving away the software it uses to understand objects in photos

Facebook is giving away the software it uses to understand objects in photos

Facebook is open sourcing a set of computer vision software tools that can identify both the variety and the shape of objects within photos. The tools, developed by the Facebook AI Research (FAIR) team, are called DeepMask, SharpMask, and MultiPathNet, and all three work in tandem to help break down and contextualize the contents of images. DeepMask and SharpMask are more experimental research projects and focus on what the FAIR team calls segmentation.

ReSpeaker turns anything into an Amazon Echo

ReSpeaker turns anything into an Amazon Echo

This morning when I woke up to the sound of the alarm I set on my Amazon Echo last night, I thought to myself "I wish more of my gadgets worked by me yelling things at them." Luckily, a few minutes later I was reading a PR email from SeeedStudio about its new product ReSpeaker which just launched on Kickstarter and promises to turn everything in your house into an Amazon Echo.

The Mr. Robot Hack Report: Stagefright and real-life ransomware

The Mr. Robot Hack Report: Stagefright and real-life ransomware

Mr. Robot is a show built on hacks. The mother of all hacks serves as the big cliffhanger at the end of the show's first season, and nearly every plot development leading up to it was nudged along by some kind of exploit. It’s rare to get through an episode without at least one digital intrusion, often drawn from real life. Each week, we'll be running throughMr. Robot's C Y B E R activities — who got hacked, why, and how much magic would be required to make them actually work. ...

France and Germany want Europe to crack down on encryption

France and Germany want Europe to crack down on encryption

France and Germany this week called on the European Union to adopt a law that would require app companies to make encrypted messages available to law enforcement, as part of Europe's ongoing efforts to thwart terrorist attacks. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and his German counterpart, Thomas de Maizière, said in a joint proposal released Tuesday that encrypted messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram "constitute a challenge during investigations" by making it difficult for law enforcement to conduct surveillance on suspected terrorists.

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Everything we think we know about Nintendo’s NX

Microsoft just released the Xbox One S and Sony is preparing to unveil the PS4 Slim, but in a few short months, Nintendo will launch the first truly new major video game console since 2013. The NX is currently scheduled to release next March, but we still know hardly anything about the console, as Nintendo has been predictably tight-lipped ever since the console was announced. So in truth, we don't  know anything concrete about the NX, and likely won't for a few more months. But at the very least, what do we think we know? DON'T MISS:  Big Pokemon Go update is about to bring some exciting new features The first major leak came just last month , when Eurogamer reported that the NX would be a portable console with its own display and a set of detachable controllers. Unlike the PS4, Xbox One and even the Wii U, the report also claims that the NX will use cartridges, possibly similar to what we see on the 3DS. This report came just hours after noted insider Emily Rogers tweeted that significant reports regarding the NX would begin to appear in major publications soon. Now, a month after that report, Rogers has followed up with her own report, which took the form of the following four tweets: 1) This article about NX's detachable controllers supporting force feedback and motion controls has truth: http://letsplayvideogames.com/2016/08/report-detatchable-nx-controllers-support-motion-control-and-force-feedback/ 2) NX prototype had a 6.2 inch 720p multi-touch touchscreen. Unknown if final product's screen size will be larger / smaller than prototype. 3) Prototype for dock station has USB ports. I heard 2 usb ports, but I don't know if this number will change in the final product. 4) MCV's report about GameFreak being involved with NX has some truth to it. A day later,  Let's Play Video Games followed up on its previous report with two new bits of information from anonymous sources: the current NX prototype features a split D-pad (like the one on the DualShock 4) and a 'Share' button. Rogers also continued with an interesting follow-up tweet of her own: NX dev kit / prototype = 32 GB of internal storage/memory. Similar to Wii U. Final product may see increase, but prototype was at 32 GB. All of these declarations come with a great deal of uncertainty, but a clearer picture of the NX is slowly beginning to form. Nintendo might be unwilling to share many details about the console, but in a recent interview , NoA CEO Reggie Fils-Amie was very candid about the fact that things need to change at Nintendo: "One of the things that we have to do better when we launch the NX—we have to do a better job communicating the positioning for the product. We have to do a better job helping people to understand its uniqueness and what that means for the game playing experience. And we have to do a better job from a software planning standpoint to have that continuous beat of great new games that are motivating more and more people to pick up the hardware and more and more people to pick up the software. Those are the critical lessons." Everything here sounds great, but we're less than eight months out from the launch of the console, and we still know next to nothing about it. If Nintendo wants to do a better job of communicating exactly what the NX is supposed to do and who it's meant to be for, it might want to start soon.

Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming

Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming

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

Paul Rudd starred in a Super Nintendo ad in the early '90s and it's great

Paul Rudd starred in a Super Nintendo ad in the early '90s and it's great

An old commercial for Super Nintendo featuring the eternally young Paul Rudd recently resurfaced online. The ad stars Rudd as a trenchcoat-wearing guy who likes to game in abandoned parking lots. It's a blast from the past for anyone who remembers how intense old school gaming commercials were. We know we talk about it a lot, but congratulations again on not aging for 20 years, Paul. Kerry Washington can't escape the horrors of group texting Dev Patel does a mean Australian accent in new trailer for 'Lion' Man proposes to girlfriend with Lego stop-motion film about their love story Britney Spears and James Corden slay Carpool Karaoke in matching schoolgirl outfits

GameStop quarterly revenue misses on weak video game sales

GameStop quarterly revenue misses on weak video game sales

Analysts on average were expecting a profit of 53 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Sales in the company's gaming business have been on a downward spiral as video game publishers nudge consumers to buy games on their consoles directly instead of stores. Sales from the new video game hardware business fell about 33 percent to $216.4 million for the second quarter ended July 30.

Angry Birds maker Rovio turns a profit, plans movie sequel

Angry Birds maker Rovio turns a profit, plans movie sequel

Finnish mobile game and animation maker Rovio Entertainment Ltd said on Wednesday it made a profit in the first half of the year and was planning a sequel to its successful Angry Birds Movie. Rovio's adjusted operating profit in the first six months of 2016 was 5.7 million euros ($6.4 million) compared with a loss of 10 million a year earlier. The figures do not include profits from its 3D Angry birds movie which has earned more than $347 million at the box office worldwide since its release in May, Rovio said.

Meet the NES clone that runs circles around Nintendo’s official mini NES

Nintendo made waves earlier this year when it revealed it would be bringing its first home console back to the market in the form of the NES Classic Edition . Loaded with 30 popular games from the late '80s and early '90s, the official mini NES is perfect for casual fans who want to rediscover the magic of 8-bit gaming. But what about the hardcore enthusiasts? Where's their console? DON'T MISS:  5 best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat Ah, there it is. Introducing the Analogue Nt mini — an NES clone capable of playing each and every NES, Famicom and Famicom Disk System game in existence. That's a library of well over 2,000 games, in case you were curious. As the name suggests, the Nt mini isn't the first console from Analogue. Rather, it's a streamlined model of the original Nt, featuring a lower price tag, a wireless NES controller, a retro receiver and built-in HDMI compatibility. Yes, you read that right — you can play NES games in 1080p resolution on the Nt mini. There are even options to change the palette, the scaling, the resolution and the horizontal stretch from the menu screen while playing a game. Oh, and if HDMI isn't your cup of tea, there are also RGB, Component, S-Video and Composite hookups on the back of the machine as well. You can preorder the Analogue Nt mini today from Analogue's website for $449, a far cry from the NES Classic Edition's $59 price point. Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a small price to pay for a premium NES clone with a sturdy aluminum body and the ability to connect to every NES controller and accessory under the sun.

Sony accidentally revealed its PlayStation Now cloud gaming service is coming to PC

Sony might not have any surprises left for its upcoming PlayStation Meeting by the time September 7th rolls around. Over the weekend, someone got their hands on the unannounced PS4 Slim . Hours later, video footage of a new DualShock 4 controller began making the rounds. And now it appears that Sony itself has accidentally spoiled another announcement on the PlayStation Blog . DON'T MISS:  5 best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat Yesterday, Joel Smith, Art Director for the PS VR game PlayStation VR Worlds , published a post discussing the challenges of art direction when building virtual reality worlds . It was a fairly innocuous article, but some very astute readers realized that when they let their cursor hover over the final two images in the post, a line of text appeared, reading "PS Now on PC Announce Post": There are really only two reasonable explanations for this occurrence: Someone from the EU PlayStation Blog loves trolling gamers. Sony is about to announce PlayStation Now on PC. In case you haven't heard of PlayStation Now, it's a cloud gaming service that allows PS4 owners to either rent PS3 games for a limited time or subscribe to access the full collection of PS3 titles at any time. It was an exciting idea on paper, but the fees have been exorbitant from day one and the addition of backward compatibility to Xbox One has made the service look even worse. All of that said, bringing over 400 PS3 games to the PC is a great way to add value to the service. Maybe Sony will even take this opportunity to rethink the price of the service in order to get more gamers on board. UPDATE: Sony confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon . According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, the PS Now app will launch "in parts of Europe soon and will come to North America shortly thereafter." Additionally, Sony will introduce a DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter for $24.99 to allow PS4 gamers to seamlessly connect their controllers to their PCs and Macs.

This awesome gaming controller turns your iPhone into a Nintendo DS

If you want to play hardcore games with killer graphics and complex stories that take week to work your way through, you'll probably want a dedicated video game console or a pricey gaming PC. But if you're a casual gamer who prefers to just have some relaxing fun, you already own the perfect console — you just might not know it. Apple's iPhone is an ideal gaming machine because there are so many great developers out there making games for it. You've got every conceivable genre covered, and iOS games are far more affordable than any PS4 or Xbox One games out there. The problem is the controls — there's only so much you can do with a touchscreen. It's time for you to meet the  Tt eSPORTS Contour Wireless Mobile Gaming Controller , which transforms any iPhone into a portable gaming console like the Nintendo DS. Actually, this cool contraption is even better than a DS because you can mount your iPhone on it like a portable console, or you can use AirPlay to stream from your iPhone or iPad to a TV and play games on your big screen. Here are some key details: Apple certified Compatible with all iOS devices: CONTOUR is the perfect mobile controller for Apple TV, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini, iPod Touch (5th Generation)). No strings Attached: Unleash the potential of your Apple devices to the fullest and connect wirelessly via Bluetooth to transform your mobile devices into a gaming console with the full-featured and console style! Adjustable Clip: Built with a strong adjustable clip and rubber tabs to ensure powerfully locked your devices to the controller. The stand can be adjusted over 3.75 inches to fit your mobile devices! Remarkable Gaming Control: CONTOUR consists the most advanced set of console-quality controls available to ensures you'll game at the highest level with dual clickable analog sticks, shoulder buttons and shoulder triggers. Long Gaming Time: Extend your gaming time with a built-in rechargeable battery with up to 10+ hour battery life so you'll be able to use it wherever and whenever you want, allowing you to enjoy your game to the fullest! Connect to your TV: Transforms your iOS device into a portable gaming controller! Connect your Apple devices to your home TV with the Apple's Lightning Digital AV Adapter and you can get the true console-style gaming experience. Warranty: 2 year The  Tt eSPORTS Contour Wireless Mobile Gaming Controller  is typically $80 on Amazon, but the site is offering it for just $64.99 from now through September 4.