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China banned the letter 'N' from Weibo and WeChat

Xi Jinping's critics had an interesting way of questioning the abolition of term limits.

Google’s Flutter app development framework is now in beta

Make iOS and Android apps with one set of code.

Levi's Is Using Lasers to Distress Jeans in Seconds

The automated process allows Levi's to distress jeans in 90 seconds, compared to just two-to-three pairs per hour using manual techniques.

Cool new HealthKit gadgets can measure practically anything [MWC 2018]

If you want your iPhone to know absolutely everything about what’s going on with your body, these new HealthKit-compatible gadgets are for you. Here's what they do -- and why they're cool.

Ugh, of course 'cryptomancing' is the newest dating trend

No thanks.

After days of technical issues, Vero says app will be free 'until further notice'

Vero will stay free for everyone a little longer.

Tekken card battler smashes its way onto iPhones | Cult of Mac

Like Tekken? Have an iPhone? Then you might just want to check out Tekken Mobile, a new worldwide release of the iOS fighting game that soft-launched this past summer.

Today in Apple history: Mac mini arrives with Intel inside | Cult of Mac

On February 28, 2006, Apple introduced its "headless" Mac mini with Intel processor. It turned out to be a pretty darn great media player!

Believe it or not, T-Pain and his wife just gave us major relationship goals

*cue tears*

Tokyo 2020 Olympics mascot designs are revealed and they are cute as heck

A very important announcement.

There's currently no interracial couple emoji. Tinder wants to change that.

Over to you, Unicode.

Please don't ever hide my engagement ring in food

Be BETTER than food proposals.

Apple's new 'zero waste' ad is complete garbage

No phone is "zero waste" — especially not a phone made by Apple.

Goodbye to the peak LaCroix era

LaCritics are emerging from the shadows.

Remaster music on your iPhone or iPad with Grand Finale | Cult of Mac

Grand Finale is a universal app that lets you master music on an iPad or iPhone. An iPhone! It's absurdly powerful.

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Spotify files for a $1 billion IPO:

Twitter is Expanding Bookmarks to All Users

The first, is that if a user bookmarks a tweet, only that user knows it had any interaction with the tweet at all. Which means that the person who tweeted the original content won’t get a notification that their tweet was bookmarked. Up until now, a retweet or like would notify the original tweet creator that their content was interacted with in some way or another. It also means that the person bookmarking tweet isn’t directly engaging with the tweet, but simply saving it to look at later.

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4 Spotify files to go public with $1bn US SEC listing

Spotify , the world’s biggest music streaming company, counts tech giants Apple and Amazon as its main rivals. The Swedish firm said in the SEC filing that its 2017 revenue stood at €4.09bn ($4.99bn), compared with €2.95bn ($3.6bn) a year earlier. Its operating loss widened to €378m ($461m) in 2017 from €349m ($426m) a year earlier.


Kristen Wiig rumored for 'Wonder Woman 2' villain role

Last summer, " Wonder Woman " proved the world was more than ready for a female superhero to set things right. Now with the upcoming sequel, we might be getting the ultimate female villain, played by none other than comedian Kristen Wiig .

Intel's Spectre fix for Broadwell and Haswell chips has finally landed | ZDNet

Intel developed stable beta fixes for Broadwell and Haswell chips first but released "production"-ready fixes for its 6th generation Skylake-based platforms ahead of others. As of last week's update, it had rereleased production fixes for its 6th, 7th, and 8th generation Intel Core chips and its latest Core X processors.

Fitbit’s next smartwatch will be less fugly, leaked images show

Fitbit’s earnings announcement was full of bad news, but on the conference call with investors executives hinted at a potential ray of sunshine–a new smartwatch is in the works–one with more “mass appeal” than its predecessor, the Ionic .

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New leak suggests Fitbit's next smart watch will actually be attractive

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Bill Gates: Cryptocurrency has 'caused deaths in a fairly direct way' | ZDNet

"Right now cryptocurrencies are used for buying fentanyl and other drugs, so it is a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way. I think the speculative wave around ICOs and cryptocurrencies is super-risky for those who go long," he wrote.

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Scientists discover long-sought evidence of first stars forming

LISTEN: Why This Banking App Decided To Make Its Product Development Experience Public

Quinten Farmer, cofounder of the banking app provider, explores on the latest episode of “The Bottom Line” podcast how Even’s open culture helped it to get its product right.

Wood is the new leather for Apple Watch bands [Watch Store] | Cult of Mac

Nature is truly present in the Teton Apple Watch band in Zebrawood by Wood Mark Watches. The wood for this special band comes from a species of tree found and sourced in Central Africa. Known for its richly veined, zebra-like stripes and pale golden yellow wood, zebrawood is a beautifully exotic material.

Apple Watch Series 3 now tracks skiing and snowboarding

Alpine sports fans can now log their runs, as well as view vertical descent stats, calories burned and more in the Activity app. Skiing and snowboarding now also contribute to closing daily activity rings in the app.

16 Banks have a big appetite to join JPMorgan's blockchain party

The Wall Street juggernaut launched its so-called Interbank Information Network (IIN) in October 2017 and the firm's chief financial officer Marianne Lake says the initiative is working. The platform, which is built on top of the bank's private Quorom blockchain , allows JPMorgan to exchange information with other banks to address compliance issues in certain cross-border payments, Lake said during the bank's investor day on Tuesday. The pilot involves JPMorgan, Royal Bank of Canada and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, but Lake said that other banks have "a lot of appetite" to "join the party."

Move projects forward from one place—Hangouts Chat now available

From direct messages to group conversations, Chat helps teams collaborate easily and efficiently. With dedicated, virtual rooms to house projects over time—plus threaded conversations—Chat makes it simple to track progress and follow up tasks. In one place, you can:

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An @MIT project called AutoSaw uses basic bots to measure and cut parts ready for human assembly:

Developer demos ‘portable hole’ augmented reality effect with ARKit | Cult of Mac

With the Pokemon Go craze now a thing of the past, developers are looking for other uses for augmented reality. Peder Norrby has created an app that shows off some of the possibilities of Apple’s ARKit and the iPhone X : a portable hole.

This 360-degree video shows how a Waymo self-driving car 'sees' the road

Waymo’s proprieary LIDAR system uses millions of lasers to build a 360-degree map around a car that spans up to 300 yards, detecting potential hazards and traffic guides. So it makes sense that to show off how the technology works, Waymo and Google Creative Lab made a 360-degree video. 

Facebook's algorithm has wiped out a once flourishing digital publisher

Today, February 27th, LittleThings will be permanently closing its doors. It comes after 8 years of starting as an e-commerce company, and then 4 years ago as LittleThings. I've watched a rag tag group of talented hardworking individuals create one of the largest and most emotional brands on Facebook. So many of you have become super stars in the social media space it's incredible. I've never felt so proud and blessed to be part of such an amazing group of people. It pains me to have to write this and hang up our hat, but there are only so many hits a digital media company can afford to absorb in this day and age, and we just exceeded ours.

Old iPhones destroy Samsung's brand new Galaxy S9 in speed tests | Cult of Mac

A caveat for this data is that these tests were performed on a pre-release Samsung Galaxy S9 on display at the Mobile World Congress trade show, and it’s possible Samsung will be able to improve the performance of the device before it goes on sale. That said, the March 16 launch date is only a couple weeks away, which doesn’t leave much time for tweaking.

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Elon Musk joins a so-far fruitless race for space-based internet

Twitter adds new features to bookmark and share your favorite tweets

Bill Gates: Cryptocurrencies have directly 'caused deaths' and are 'super risky'

The main feature of crypto currencies is their anonymity. I don't think this is a good thing. The Governments ability to find money laundering and tax evasion and terrorist funding is a good thing. Right now crypto currencies are used for buying fentanyl and other drugs so it is a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way. I think the speculative wave around ICOs and crypto currencies is super risky for those who go long.

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Bitcoin reaches major scaling milestone as users adopt upgrade

Hit by ransomware? This new free decryption tool for GandCrab might help | ZDNet

A GandCrab ransomware decryption tool has been released as part of the No More Ransom initiative, following a combined operation by Bitdefender, the Romanian Police, the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) and Europol.

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What's with all the dental floss in IBM's quantum computers?

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Get a better look at Black Panther's gorgeous sets in these behind-the-scenes photos

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Disrupt? Not really. I still need to convert to fiat after dumping on the next clueless crypto "investors" who come in thinking they are fighting the banks.

Report: Russia compromised 7 states’ networks before 2016 election

Authorities in the states affected -- Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin -- told NBC that US intelligence officials informed them about the attacks but didn't say Russia was behind them. The state authorities and the intelligence officials all said they believe no votes were changed and no voters were taken off the rolls.

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Doctors think they've nabbed culprit behind mysterious polio-like illness paralyzing kids

Startup With Century-Old Technology Plots IPO, New Funding Round

Sigfox’s co-founder is eyeing a listing in 2019 and pondering a pre-IPO round later this year, after reassuring investors about the future of the French startup.   With money from backers including Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. , Sigfox has expanded its network for connected objects, added sizable customers and is on track to become profitable in the fourth quarter, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Ludovic Le Moan said in an interview in Paris. 

Dark mystery shows up in light from first stars ever

"This is the first real signal that stars are starting to form, and starting to affect the medium around them," Alan Rogers, a scientist at MIT's Haystack Observatory, said in a statement. "What's happening in this period is that some of the radiation from the very first stars is starting to allow hydrogen to be seen. It's causing hydrogen to start absorbing the background radiation, so you start seeing it in silhouette, at particular radio frequencies."

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YouTube belatedly bans neo-nazi group Atomwaffen

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AT&T's latest net neutrality talking point: Internet fast lanes could save lives

Asus announces ZenFone 5 family: Apple iPhone X clones running Android at half the cost | ZDNet

It was only a matter of time until we saw an Android competitor to the Apple iPhone X and first out of the gate is Asus with the ZenFone 5 family.

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Fox is looking to make a fantasy musical about Hans Christian Andersen

PlayStation Plus is getting rid of free PS3 and Vita games in March 2019

Sony first started offering free games to PlayStation Plus subscribers back in 2010, and has since continued to build out the service to offer two PlayStation 3, two Vita, and two PS4 games to subscribers each month. Starting on March 8th, 2019, that will change to just two PS4 games per month, although any games that players have already gotten through the service will continue to be accessible for as long as they continue to subscribe.

VMware unveils new edge computing solutions to bolster enterprise IoT efforts

All in all, three specific solutions were announced. For starters, VMware is working on a way to bring hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) to the edge. Using VMware Pulse IoT Center and HCI tools, this solution will offer real-time analytics at the edge from the sensor data collected by IoT devices, the release said. The firm is working with industry partners on providing third-party analytics kits, but didn't mention which companies that entailed.

Musicians: Here's how to lock down your iPad to prevent accidents on stage | Cult of Mac

Apple’s iOS accessibility features might be hidden away in the Settings app, but they are useful for everyone. For instance, Guided Access lets you lock your iPhone or iPad so it can use only one app, and you can even disable parts of the screen just by drawing on them. This is handy for giving the iPad to kids, or to people with impaired motor skills, but it is also fantastic for stage performers. A musician, for instance, might be using the iPad to produce or process their sound. The last thing you want to do in the heat of a performance is to accidentally do a four-finger swipe and end up on your Facebook page.

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China's internet underground is fighting for its life

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Some older Oscars voters are snubbing Get Out without even watching the film

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The religion of Black Panther's Jabari tribe raises questions about cultural appropriation

Remote work is “the new normal”

The so-called talent shortage is affecting the way the majority of hiring managers are viewing their permanent employees by adopting a more flexible workforce. More hiring managers report that having the right skills is more important than being able to work from the same location as the rest of the team. More than half (59%) of hiring managers today are using freelance and contract workers, up 24% from 2017, and predict that number will increase by 168% in the next decade.

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The first images from the new scifi film Prospect are ominous and intriguing

Pro Tip: How to use Safari's super-quick pop-up tab history shortcut | Cult of Mac

To quickly pop open a list of your recently viewed pages, just long-press on the Back arrow in Safari. This trick works on both the iPhone and the iPad, and you can even use it on the Mac. On the iPad you see a popover panel, while on the iPhone the list slides up to take over the entire screen. On Mac, you’ll see a simple list.

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Black Lightning's most shocking episode yet is also its most grounded

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These are the weirdest and wildest moments of DC's excellent Milk Wars un-event

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Here's how every country in the world ranks in corruption (spoiler alert: no one looks particularly good)

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