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More tech companies sue FCC over net neutrality

Etsy, Kickstarter, and Foursquare have signed a new petition.

Watch SpaceX launch a record-sized satellite on its 50th Falcon 9 live

SpaceX is setting up to launch its 50th Falcon 9 rocket, with a payload that also represents a new milestone. The two-hour launch window is set to begin at..

Bumble bans guns from profile photos in wake of Parkland shooting

The dating app is taking a stance on gun control.

Google’s Oscar Night Ads Aim For A More Human Side Of A Tech Future

Google Assistant and Google Nest are making lives easier, one privacy concern at a time.

Here Are The Top 12 Moments From The Best Oscars In Years

It was an unusually enjoyable, socially conscious Oscars this year. These are the moments nobody should miss.

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Ryan Murphy couldn't even make this shit up for a television show

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Fake cryptocurrency lists 'Ryan Gosling' as its graphic designer

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Elon Musk's SpaceX rockets toward 50th Falcon 9 launch

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Apple Working on High-End Headphones with Possible Release by Year-End

Confirming reports of Apple working on its own over the ear headphones, a new  Bloomberg  report has provided more details about them. The report cites that Apple’s noise-canceling over-ear headphones will rival those from Bose and even offerings from its own Beats by Dre.

2 Trump will meet with video game industry leaders on March 8th

Video games are enjoyed around the world and numerous authorities and reputable scientific studies have found no connection between games and real-life violence. Like all Americans, we are deeply concerned about the level of gun violence in the United States. Video games are plainly not the issue: entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but the US has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation. The upcoming meeting at the White House, which ESA will attend, will provide the opportunity to have a fact-based conversation about video game ratings, our industry's commitment to parents, and the tools we provide to make informed entertainment choices.

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Amazon is exploring checking accounts for the young and unbanked: report

These are the 911 calls resulting from Apple Park employees walking into glass walls | Cult of Mac

More than 3,000 gigantic curved glass panes have been used to form the walls on both side of Apple’s four-story campus, measuring over a mile around. In all, Apple Park uses more than six kilometers of curved glass, in addition to interior glass accessories like doors.

Microsoft Cortana is coming to Outlook for iOS

Microsoft is working to bring Cortana to its Outlook app for iOS. The virtual assistant will give users the ability to listen to their emails, which will be particularly useful in situations where you need to be hands-free.

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I love how “warts and all” this #Blueprint2018 talk is on Nevada - directly faces the city’s history from desert to mining to nuclear weapons testing. Not censoring any aspect is the only way to spark ideas and reinvent a city. …

'Black Mirror' confirms Season 5 Netflix renewal with teaser

Netflix will once again stare into the heart of techno-darkness as it renews Charlie Brooker's foreboding "Black Mirror" for a fifth season.

Google makes it easier to search from the comforts of iMessage

And within the Google app itself on iPad, you can drag a link, image or text into iMessage or the Notes app for safe keeping. Cool. In other iOS love, if you're a Safari fan, now when you share a website using the Google dialog option, you'll be presented with other items related to the URL at hand.

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Excited to be in routers @VentureBeat #Blueprint2018 conference in Reno sharing stories of why #startups & leading CA/NYC tech cos w/ 2nd offices in TN are thriving. The rest are indeed rising & I look forward to learning from others like @MarkMuro1 @chrisheivly and many more!

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Facebook asked users if pedophiles should be able to ask kids for 'sexual pictures'

Here's how long your iPhone will really last

The average lifespan of a device can be determined when cumulative sales equal the number of retired devices, the analysis stated. Apple's cumulative sales reached 750 million in Q3 of 2013, so Dediu estimates that the average device lifespan between then and now is four years and three months.

Australia could become first country to eradicate cervical cancer

“It will be a challenge to get rid of cervical cancer globally,” he said. “But the tools are there to do it. We’ve done the program in Vanuatu and Bhutan, and that shows it doesn’t matter what country, if you provide the vaccine for free, people will take it up.”

5 tips for making meetings more effective and efficient

I'm frequently shocked by presenters who stick to their planned presentation at all costs, even when the audience is telling them it's not helpful. I've seen meetings where the audience has clearly tuned out, and finally someone is kind enough to say, "This isn't what we need," only to have the presenter respond, "Let me just finish the last 48 slides." No one is awarding points to you for finishing your agenda, and I've often led highly successful meetings where we change direction in the first 90 seconds and don't even get past the title slide of my carefully prepared presentation. Stay attuned to the needs of your audience, and keep your ultimate objective in mind. There are usually multiple paths to the same objective, and just because the path you carefully mapped out isn't the one the group ultimately takes does not make the meeting any less successful.

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Trevor Baylis, inventor of the hand-cranked radio, dies at 80

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Danger, Will Robinson, you're about to get spammed

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Thieves steal 600 bitcoin mining rigs in Iceland

Xiaomi phones could finally go on sale in the US before the end of this year

TechCrunch understands that Xiaomi has invested considerably in building a patent war chest — including high-profile deals with Microsoft and Nokia — to ensure that it is ready for the U.S. from a legal perspective. The sale of its accessories has also allowed it to begin brokering partnerships with retailers, but it is not clear what progress it has made with carriers, who represent a critical distribution partner for OEMs looking to reach high volumes in the U.S..

Oscars 2018: Full Winners List for the 90th Academy Awards - IGN

While no film fully swept the Oscars, the majority of the frontrunners going into the ceremony walked out with their expected awards. Shape of Water led the race with four wins, while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Dunkirk all won three Academy Awards a piece.

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Could a more affordable MacBook air be on the horizon?

The feds have Martin Shkreli’s Wu-Tang album

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is a unique record: only one copy exists , in a silver-and-nickel-plated box with 174-page liner notes bound by hand in leather. By the terms of the sale, whoever owns the sole copy can legally do whatever they want with it, aside from releasing it commercially; there’s an 88-year ban on that. So the owner could hold exclusive listening parties or even release the album for free. It’s not clear whether the terms of the original purchase agreement can bind the government or any future buyer. Shkreli claimed to have already sold the album in September, but the buyer hasn’t stepped forward and it’s pretty unclear whether there was a hand-off. The government doesn’t care. It will take either the album or any proceeds.

Former Trump aide goes off the rails during live interview and WTF is happening

Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg called into both MSNBC and CNN today to talk about his refusal to comply with a subpoena issued to him in connection with Robert Mueller's investigation. In two jaw-dropping interviews that stunned the political world (and probably Nunberg's lawyer), Nunberg, who was fired by the Trump campaign in August 2015, revealed he had no plans to cooperate with Mueller — a stunt that will most likely end up with him in jail.

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The tech giant is building a product similar to a checking account, meant to attract people who don’t currently have bank accounts. 

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AirPods have been a surprise hit. Now, Apple is working on noise-canceling, over-ear headphones

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Forty percent of the growing costs for cauliflower, and similar crops like cabbage and broccoli, comes from harvesting in the UK. 

25 IBM settles legal dispute with diversity officer hired by Microsoft

(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp on Monday said it settled a trade secrets lawsuit it brought against its former chief diversity officer who left for a similar job at Microsoft Corp.

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MoviePass CEO says its app tracks user locations before and after movies, which is not information currently disclosed in the company's privacy policy (Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch) … …

BeatsX vs. Bose SoundSport Wireless: Headphones battle it out

But Bose is better about letting you know how much juice you have left. It has an audio alert that tells you as as soon as you turn it on and an LED that changes color from green to amber to blinking red when you're running low on juice. The Beats also has an LED indicator that changes from white to red, but it's tiny, so you're better off checking on your phone. And auto-power off doesn't work consistently -- so many times we'd forget to turn them off and end up draining the battery completely.

Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Beta 4 to Developers

Apple today officially seeded the fourth developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4. As the version number suggests, this is a minor update. As such, it will more than likely not host any major, forward-facing features for the end user. It is more than likely going to focus on behind-the-scenes tweaks and adjustments, as well as performance improvements in key areas.

Phone owners explain why they didn't upgrade to iPhone X

Many in the Piper Jaffray survey point to the financial aspect. Thirty-one percent concluded that the phone was too expensive. At $999 for just the 64 GB version and $1,149 for the 256 GB, you can see their point.

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After losing China, Jeff Bezos really wants to win in India

Pro Tip: How to add blank spaces to your iPhone home screen grid | Cult of Mac

You will now have a blank (or rather, black) icon on your home screen. Long-press the icon, then you can move it around in jiggle-mode, just like any other icon, to make your fancy layout arrangement. If you need more of the blank icons — if you want a whole blank line on your home screen, for example — simply repeat the above steps until you have enough to create your design.

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Google iOS app adds features Apple fans will love | Cult of Mac

The Google iOS app just added an iMessage extension that lets users conduct searches without leaving Apple’s chat app. Google also added a couple other features that should make life easier for Apple fans: a Safari plugin that serves up related content, and iPad drag-and-drop support.

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Smartphones nearly killed this Singapore stock, and then Elon Musk saved it

Enterprises will buy 2.35 billion new units of IT hardware in 2018

Spending on IT hardware is predicted to rise at least 2% in 2018. Well-managed enterprises have a plan to track the benefits of this major capital investment.

Meet The Man Who Made Millennials Fall In Love With Gucci

To people outside the industry, taking your brand less seriously in order to attract millennials seems like an obvious approach, but anyone who works in fashion knows that people believe that the stakes of their job are very high. At luxury fashion houses, especially, there is a great deal of pressure to protect the brand’s image and heritage. Bizzarri’s message to his employees was to relax. “This creates a shift in people’s minds,” he explains. “If you don’t take the work too seriously, you can experiment with things that people are not expecting. On the other hand, by taking it too seriously, you tend to replicate things you have already done, trying to be safe rather than innovative.”

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Spotify is blocking subscribers who used hacked apps to get premium features

Xiaomi finally sets a date to bring its smartphones to the US, sort of

Xiaomi is also planning an initial public offering later this year. The company was the world's No. 5 smartphone vendor in the third quarter of 2017. It already sells some of its other products in the US, including the Mi Box set-top box, fitness trackers and watches, and smart home devices. In January, the Facebook-owned Oculus said it's teaming up with Xiaomi to make a standalone VR headset for China.

4 Things Not To Think And Do When You Get Promoted

In the meantime, there are a couple of things you can do to get a head start in your new role. For example, you can take someone you admire or someone in a similar position as yours to coffee and ask them how they’ve dealt with this kind of transition in their career. Or, you can look into the training options your company provides and see what’s available to you. Or, you can check out these classes for new managers who feel a little lost.

The 6 best portable battery chargers for smartphones and tablets

The first one I tried, and the one that's become my go-to, is the myCharge HubPlus battery pack that has a capacity of 6,700 mAh. It charges my iPhone 7 Plus fast. In just 30 minutes my phone goes from the danger zone of 10% battery power to a much more breathe-easy 38%. One of the best things about the myCharger battery packs is that they work with Apple devices with lightning connectors as well as devices that use a micro-USB charger. Both connectors are built in, and there's also a USB port. It all comes with a built-in wall prong so it's easy to rapidly recharge the entire battery pack. The HubPlus is only $79.99 so it's affordable, too. There's also a version with a built-in USB Type-C cable and micro-USB cable combo instead of the lightning connector and micro-USB option.

How to control any app or website with your Mac’s media keys | Cult of Mac

Did you ever hit your macBook’s play/pause key to pause that YouTube video, only to have iTunes launch instead, and start playing that embarrassing tune from your last home workout session? Then you may be interested in a way to have your media keys control the site or app you want to control, instead of the app that Apple decides it will control. Luckily, there’s an app for that, called BeardedSpice.

NRA Targets Hollywood In Extremely Dramatic Oscars Night Ad

Why we care: For a group that is positioning itself as anti-Hollywood, the NRA sure does act like a drama queen. The gun lobbying group has been subject to numerous boycotts and denunciations since some of the Parkland shooting victims have been bringing more attention to the NRA’s role in keeping automatic weapons eminently available. In the new ad, spokes-ghoul Loesch dismisses the anger bubbling up around the issue alternately as “lies,” “sanctimony,” “arrogance,” “hatred,” and “pettiness.” Even more galling, Loesch posted her message on Oscar night, directing it toward “every Hollywood phony,” and then repurposed the Time’s Up slogan, changing it to “your time is running out.” She also whips out an enormous hourglass, lest the subtlety be lost on anyone.

Survey shines light on why iPhone users did not upgrade to iPhone X

“We anticipate a wider array of new form factor devices, similar to iPhone X, will launch in late fall,” Olson told clients. “While we have no direct knowledge of Apple’s launch plans for next year, we expect a lower priced X-gen option (potentially the current iPhone X with a price cut and/or an X ‘Lite’) and a Plus X-gen model.”

Korean internet giant Kakao is launching a blockchain company

Kakao, the Korean internet firm that operates the country’s largest messaging app, is moving deeper into crypto after it revealed plans to launch a blockchain-focused business unit.

How to choose a low code platform: 3 tips

It's important to remember that building and maintaining software is difficult, with or without coding. "If you're going to bring in low-code, to get the full benefits over time, you have to have a strategy," Rymer said. "Too many people view this as just a tool. But you have to have governance, and think through who is going to do the work and what they need, and how you're going to maintain it."

MoviePass says app tracks user location after they leave theaters, CEO says

The CEO of MoviePass, a popular iOS app and subscription service that lets customers watch a movie a day, caused a bit of a stir in announcing the software tracks user locations via GPS after trips to the theater. In a recent talk at the Entertainment Finance Forum, first reported by Media Play News last week and subsequently highlighted by TechCrunch on Monday, MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe offered insight into the company's financial structure, specifically how the firm is able to offer its users a movie a day with a $9.95 per month subscription. Currently, MoviePass pays theaters the going rate for each ticket, but is looking to garner discounts and revenue sharing deals in exchange for driving traffic, the report said. Prior to Lowe's talk, MoviePass has been for the most part vague on the inner workings of its financial model. Perhaps more interesting, or for some concerning, is that the app gleans location information from its users. "We get an enormous amount of information," Lowe said. "We watch how you drive from home to the movies. We watch where you go afterwards.

Today in Apple history: The App Store hits 25 billion downloads | Cult of Mac

At the time, the App Store offered more than 550,000 applications for download. Apple had doled out more than $4 billion to developers for their 70 percent share of revenue from paid downloads. By comparison, today the App Store peddles around 2.2 million apps, with a combined 130 billion downloads. Cupertino, meanwhile, has paid out more than $70 billion.

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This impressive Star Wars Rebels fan video weaves together the wider saga

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This super-sharp knife made from pasta probably cuts better than it tastes

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