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Teardown reveals MacBook Pro keyboard redesigned to fix problems | Cult of Mac

Apple apparently fibbed when it said the 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard wasn't any better than its predecessors at keeping out dust.

DOCTOR WHO Series 11 Teaser Is Frustratingly Mysterious | Nerdist

We don't get to hear Jodie Whittaker say a word as the new Doctor Who star in this promo, but if what we see is canonical rather than just a sparkly advertisement, we get a hint at newer abilities, perhaps harkening back to when Christopher Eccleston's Doctor was able to slow time early in his season. There's a shimmering effect like a tear in the fabric of time, and as it passes through a diner, we see an empty pizza box suddenly get refilled, and a man who was reading a newspaper finding himself holding a kids' comic from 1981 instead. Then we see her... And she's...translucent? For a moment? Is the new Doctor beyond needing a TARDIS to travel? Surely not. More likely, something is wrong with the universe, and as usual it's happening in Great Britain on planet Earth most of all. The Doctor doesn't seem too distressed, however. She does appear to be taking advantage of the new female body to load up on cool earrings, as one would. If you're wondering why we don't get much to go on in

Today in Apple history: Apple pays $450 million to settle e-books suit | Cult of Mac

On July 16, 2014, Apple agreed to pay $450 million to resolve the Department of Justice's antitrust case regarding e-book pricing.

Sacha Baron Cohen's new show: Is it worth watching?

A must-watch, but prepare to feel some THINGS.

This moment in Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who Is America?' is truly alarming for women

"It's not rape if it's your wife."

Netflix Introduces 'Smart Downloads' on Android

Say you download three episodes of a series on your mobile device to watch offline. After you finish watching the first one, Netflix will automatically delete it and download episode four, so it's ready when you are.

Nintendo Labo contest champions include a solar accordion and teapots

Nintendo has unveiled the winners of a Labo creation contest, and they include gadgets as diverse as a solar accordion and a teapot game.

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FFS, Elon. You had this one in the bag. Even though Thailand didn't end up needing it, the sub offer made you look great and even crowded out the bad news about Tesla for a while. All you had to do after the rescue was over was say "Glad to hear all the kids are safe; we'll keep the sub mothballed just in case this happens again" and you'd have been golden. Instead you go off on these tangents about how Thailand is incompetent and now this, and now you just look like a prick for about the twentieth time this year. Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

How to replay the World Cup Final

All of the big five live-TV streaming services and Fubo offer Fox and FS1. Fox is running replays of the World Cup Final throughout the week on both Fox and FS1. Check your listings for the full-match replay of the game.

France vs. Croatia World Cup memes: Fortnite L dance makes waves

During the final between France and Croatia, France's Antoine Griezmann scored a penalty goal and celebrated by dropping Fortnite's "Do The L" emote dance right on the field. The dance is one of many options players can use in the battle royale game to celebrate eliminating another opponent on the battlefield.

Nanoleaf or Lifx: Which smart lights belong on your walls?

The next big update to watch for -- and perhaps wait for -- is the upcoming release of Nanoleaf Canvas , the brand's second-gen light panels line. Each panel is square, and comes packed with its own touch-sensitive controls. On top of that, Nanoleaf is promising a big scalability boost, bringing the number of panels you can connect to a single power supply up from 30 to over 1,000. If you're hoping to literally cover your walls with lights like these, consider waiting until the end of the year.

Rolls-Royce unveils its concept for a hybrid flying taxi

Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 Deals

Products which are popular among consumers like headphones, smartphones, wearables are going to be discounted heavily as a part of this sale as well. And if you did not already guess it, you will need to be an Amazon Prime member to be eligible for all the deals on offer over the next 36 hours. If you are not already a Prime member, this might just be the perfect time to sign up for the service.

The original Amazon Echo: Is it time to upgrade?

For now, Amazon's strategy seems to be to keep the steady rollout of new Alexa features coming in order to keep its user base from getting bored and jumping ship. That's worked well thus far -- but the competition is continuing to get stronger and more compelling. At some point in the near future, Amazon would be wise to find a new Alexa flagship that actually tempts the first-gen holdouts like myself -- otherwise, we'll start looking to upgrade elsewhere.

8 Reliable's tiny Ovo iron and steamer helps your clothes stay sharp on the go

Reliable's tiny Ovo iron and steamer helps your clothes stay sharp on the go

Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Video games and gaming

Amazon Prime Day, the online retailer's giant 36-hour sale, starts at noon PT (3 p.m. ET) on Monday and runs through Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. PT (Wednesday, 2:59 a.m. ET). There will be over a million items on sale during that time, so we're gearing up for curating the best of the best in each category.

Elon Musk 'pedo guy' faux pas fuels polarization problem

Musk has a small army of devoted fans who go way too far in defense of him, especially when they threaten journalists or public figures who speak poorly of him. But this is true of almost every famous person:  The New York Times just this week profiled a woman who said her life has been ruined by Nicki Minaj fans. The developers of No Man's Sky got death threats for having the gall to delay the game. Online abuse is a huge problem, but it's a problem with the internet, not this or that celebrity. The same people who cry foul when the government tries to blame video games for real-life killings will criticize someone like Musk for the actions of his fans.


Elon Musk taking heat for calling British diver who aided Thai cave rescue 'pedo' on Twitter

12 China's ZTE shares soar after U.S. lifts supplier ban

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Shares of China’s ZTE Corp surged more than 12 percent in Hong Kong on Monday after the United States lifted a ban on American companies selling parts to the telecommunications equipment maker that had crippled its business.

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Text Case, Affinity Designer, and other amazing apps of the week | Cult of Mac

Oh man, what a week! Today we check out the creative powerhouse that is Affinity Designer, and make some simple case changes with Text Case. How about a brand-new update to the Moment photo app? Not enough? Then perhaps you’ll be satisfied with… Parametric Equalizer!

15 5 things to know about FIDO

FIDO is the pathway to the elimination of the password as we know it explains Tom Merritt.

These are the best coolers you can buy this summer

That list isn't meant to be exhaustive. We only had the budget and the time to acquire and test so many coolers, so some brands of note like Pelican and Ozark Hills didn't make the cut. We haven't tested soft coolers yet, either. If there's enough reader interest, I'll test them all out down the road and update this post accordingly -- in the meantime, if there are any specific models you'd like me to consider testing, let me know in the comments.

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UK awards $3.3 million for Scottish spaceport.

The UK Space Agency awarded £2.5 million ($3.3 million) in funding for a proposed vertical launch spaceport in Sutherland, Scotland, it announced Monday.


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Wonderful, can you sell some to Pakistan? We need them badly as Indian Raw Terrorists trying to sabotage our election. 200 civilians killed in last two weeks when they were attending political gatherings. :(

3 ways to reduce IT issues from impacting downtime, security risks, and costs

Tech issues can lead to significant security risks, costs, and time delays. An expert offers IT pros three tips for reducing and possibly eliminating these outcomes.

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A tiny collision beneath the South Pole just changed how we see the universe

The lasting result is a new way to see and study some of the most inconceivably powerful forces in the universe. It's better than X-ray vision, which astronomers have already had for decades. Rather, it's a key to unlock the more ghostly side of astrophysics. What we'll find there could inform new discoveries for decades to come.

How automation in financial services could boost revenue by $512B

"The most visionary financial services firms have leaders with a sophisticated view of the potential impact automation can have throughout their business. And they are already reaping the rewards," said Anirban Bose, head of Capgemini's financial services global business unit. "Hundreds of billions of dollars in automation-generated revenue is up for grabs in the coming years. Only those companies that deploy this technology in a way that looks beyond cost cutting and focuses on creating value for customers and shareholders will be able to win in the marketplace."


While the Surface Pro has a higher resolution and pixel density (2,736 by 1,824 pixels total and 267 pixels per inch) than the Surface Go, the Surface Go's PixelSense screen comes close. It's an 1,800-by-1,200-pixel, Gorilla Glass 3-coated display featuring Microsoft's signature (yet controversial) 3:2 aspect ratio. In the event that you have to use all 10 fingers on the screen at once, there's support for 10-point multi-touch in place, as well. What's more, you can sit the Surface Go up on a desk or tray table the same way as you would the Surface Pro, thanks to the familiar built-in kickstand that extends out from the back.

Apple has a surprising amount of unsold iPhone X inventory | Cult of Mac

Apple is sitting on a massive stockpile of unsold iPhone X devices, a new report claims. The backlog reportedly equals almost three times the number of the high-end handsets already shipped.

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From an orbital dynamics standpoint, this is exactly the opposite of what Arianespace did - choosing French Guiana and saving considerable propellant weight at lift-off. The Commonwealth of Nations has several countries on or near the Equator - wouldn't one of them be better?

Microsoft Power BI expansion aims to help analysts leverage business data more easily

Only 20% of companies believe they're actually GDPR compliant

According to a press release on the report, only 20% of companies said they believed their company was currently compliant, even though the deadline for compliance has long since passed.. Some 27% reported that they had not even begun the process yet. However, 53% of companies reported that they were currently in the implementation phase for GDPR compliance.

Is iOS 11.4 draining your iPhone's battery? | ZDNet

If you've noticed that the battery life on your iPhone is not what it used to be, it's likely that the problem isn't with your iPhone or some setting or app, but a bug in iOS 11.4.

Give your Nintendo Switch an upgrade with these accessories

The Nintendo Switch's battery life is decent, but it won't last through a cross-country plane flight. You can fix that with an Anker Powercore 20100 Nintendo Switch Edition. This huge battery will buy you hours of extra play time -- but unfortunately, it's not out yet. A non-Nintendo Switch edition version of the PowerCore can be found on Amazon, but there have been reports of third party docks and charging solutions causing issues on the latest firmware. If you can afford to wait, check out the preorder page below.

The wild future of 4D design

Rather than setting out to create a preconceived set of products, the resulting works were organically formed as an extension of the research process itself. MIT professor Skylar Tibbits, who founded and co-directs the Lab, neatly describes its material experimentations as threefold: “One is on self-assembly, how things come together on their own; one is on programmable materials, how materials change shape, change property, and so forth,” he explains, using possibly the simplest terms to describe complex initiatives that could lead to a future of structures and products that build and operate themselves after they’re printed and exposed to natural elements. “The third one,” Tibbits continues, “is on phase change, or how materials go from solid to liquid, which is what this project falls under.”

The full story of Thailand’s extraordinary cave rescue

On 23 June, 12 boys went exploring in Thailand's Chiang Rai province with their football coach - and ended up trapped deep inside a cave underneath a mountain. The BBC's Helier Cheung and Tessa Wong were at the scene as a dramatic rescue bid gripped the world.

How to install and use the Bitwarden command line password manager

If you aren't using a password manager, you're not doing security right. By not employing such a tool, you're probably using passwords you can memorize, which means they aren't terribly secure. To fix that problem, you need to make use of a password manager that can securely store complicated passwords. Yes, requires more work on your part (you'll have to log into the password manager, retrieve your password, and then type it out). That sacrifice of convenience is worth the added security gained by using very complicated passwords.


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How to create a quick and easy online form with 365 Microsoft Forms

You don't need web design or developer skills to solicit a bit of information using online forms. The process is simple, but most people don't realize these options are available. If you have a subscription to Office 365, you can put Microsoft Forms to work without a specialized skillset. After creating the form, you simply share a link. Recipients can then use the link to access the form using a PC, laptop, or even a mobile device. In this article, I'll introduce you to 365 Microsoft Forms.

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The Best Desktop Computers of 2018

You'll find a wide selection of Intel and AMD processors in this category, from the budget Intel Celeron and Pentium CPUs, up to the slightly more expensive (and much more powerful) Intel Core i3 or i5 and AMD Ryzen 3 or Ryzen 5 processors. You should look for at least 4GB of RAM (almost all desktop-size machines will have at least this much), though you might have to make do with 2GB if you're limiting your search to very compact, extreme-budget sub-$300 machines. As for storage, a paltry 32GB of eMMC flash storage is found on the least expensive desktops (these are all compact budget models, usually far smaller than a laptop), but a 1TB hard drive is more prevalent as a baseline for larger desktops and a better option for most users.

Bird goes after helmet laws for electric scooters

YouTube knows your state's favorite ice cream flavor

In honor of National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, YouTube shared a map showing "the most disproportionately popular ice cream flavor" for each state. The chart was compiled using geographic data combined with "views of all ice-cream related videos that are about those specific flavors" from June.

Here’s everything you can do to stop robocalls

If you find yourself receiving a lot of spam text messages, you can forward the message to the number 7726 (spells SPAM). It won't block the number from texting you right away, but it will allow your carrier to look into where it came from and put an end to it.

New York rapper is the latest to be charged for ‘card cracking’ scheme

“These defendants are accused of luring young people on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat to join a ‘debit card cracking’ scheme which netted more than a million dollars in cash,” Vance said at the time. “Kids on social media who see posts like these—staged in hot tubs, sports cars, or among piles of cash—should know that debit card cracking is illegal, and is on law enforcement’s radar. You will not get to keep the money, and you could end up in jail.”

7 questions Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg needs to answer about InfoWars

Let's be frank: Something's got to change. The hand-wringing, nothing-can-be-done approach you've taken to propaganda, conspiracy theories and flat-out lies posted on Facebook under the banner of "news" is just plain crazy.

Delivery times are dropping for new Tesla Model 3 orders

The change comes a couple of weeks after Tesla changed the available options on Model 3s and is a tentative sign of the car maker coming to grips with. Both the long-range rear-wheel model (until recently the only one in production) and the performance dual-motor model are now showing delivery times of 1-3 months.

My pup is a pathetic guard dog. Can smart home security protect me?

Her comfort around humans has made her a terrible guard dog. No one is a stranger to Dolly. One time, some delivery men brought a new washer and dryer. I held her in my lap while they installed the units in our basement, but she made a break for it as they returned to their truck parked on the street. When Dolly got to the sidewalk, she stopped at their feet and rolled onto her back for a belly rub. She likes our mailwoman, whom we sometimes run into during walks, even though mail people are the mortal enemy of canines. My best friend Autumn once did me a favor and stopped by on a busy Saturday to let Dolly out. Dolly had never met Autumn. But when Autumn used a spare key to let herself in, Dolly didn't bark or act alarmed. She welcomed Autumn with open paws and showed her where we keep the good snacks.

No, NASA did not find 'proof of life' on Mars then accidentally destroy it

What's bizarre, but not totally surprising for the internet, is that if you click through these headlines and read the stories attached to them, many do a pretty good job drawing the distinction between inanimate organics that we know are on Mars and actual living, breathing, swimming things that they can support, but which we have yet to find on other worlds.

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Perfect update: Apple releases a standalone 5K display (theirs, not LG or anyone else's) and offers the Mac mini with discrete graphics. I'd be first in line! More frequent upgrades without paying to replace a perfectly good screen (à la iMac).

We might get Cleganebowl in 'Game of Thrones' Season 8

That's still pretty vague since we see far less of Björnsson on the show than of Rory McCann, who plays the Hound. If McCann had said his favorite scene was in Season 8, there would be no question it was Cleganebowl; this is an actor who got to fight Arya (Maisie Williams), Brienne (Gwendolyn Christie), and many more, not to mention the entire army of the dead in Season 7.

See what astronaut ice cream really looks like on the ISS

The photos show the crew holding chocolate-covered Dove and Snickers ice cream bars still in their wrappers. They are exactly like you'll find in boxes in the frozen aisle in US stores. There's no silver packaging, and no crunchy freeze-dried Neapolitan bars in sight.

Camouflaging diversity issues isn’t the same as solving them

Perhaps the biggest favor the rest of us can do for these companies (including, but definitely not limited to, Microsoft) is to point out camouflaging and pink-siloing efforts whenever we see them–and to demand that they do better. Some employers may hope the public confuses PR gambits with substantive progress; others may sincerely care about inclusivity yet fail to get beyond the surface. Whatever the case, simply looking better isn’t enough.

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58 Car dealers don't want you to have electric vehicles
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60 The web alienates non-English speakers — and we need to change that
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63 4 things to know about Bastille Day and why it still matters for French democracy
64 The car industry needs to embrace open source
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72 Watsi is hiring a Director of Product
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74 British politician butt tweets and the responses on Twitter are absolute magic
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78 Why it's important to avoid FUD fatigue and threat rigidity when making security decisions
79 Privacy activists to launch tracking-free rival to Facebook
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81 Save $33 on this portable Bluetooth speaker that also charges your devices
82 Microsoft’s obsession with Windows is ending, and I couldn’t be happier
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