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Drafts 5 for iOS goes free, adds fantastic pro features | Cult of Mac

Drafts 5 is hands-down the best app for capturing notes and text on iPhone and iPad. But now, it is also a fantastic note-organizing app, and text editor.

Netflix on iOS now lets you enjoy previews | Cult of Mac

Netflix has added a new feature to its iOS app, allowing users to watch a 30-second video trailer of content they are interested in.

'Inspector Gadget' arm makes drones more useful (and a little scary) | ZDNet

One of the big stumbling blocks for commercial drones is loading and unloading payload. This lightweight origami arm offers a novel solution.

Oddmar review: Viking iOS platformer will take you to visual Valhalla

The makers of the superb 2014 game Leo’s Fortune are back with a new action platformer for iOS. Can Oddmar hope to measure up? Here are our thoughts.

Silicon Valley’s scooter scourge is coming to an end

When eco-friendly rides turn into sidewalk hazards, the city needs to step in.

Gotcha? Savedroid Says ‘Exit Scam’ Stunt is a Crypto Community Lesson

It turns out that Savedroid’s “exit scam” was actually a bizarre publicity stunt.

Now There's an Easy Way to Create Your Own Alexa Skill

Amazon's Alexa Skill Blueprints is designed to let anyone easily create customized Alexa skills within minutes; no coding knowledge necessary.

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Apple's new recycling robot Daisy will rip apart iPhones | Cult of Mac

As part of Apple’s Earth Day 2018 initiative, the company unveiled Liam’s replacement today named Daisy. The new robot borrows some of the technology from Liam to make an even more efficient iPhone disassembly machine.

Netflix has reportedly considered buying movie theaters

Purchasing a movie theater chain would represent a new component in the streaming giant's ambitions to become an entertainment giant. The Los Gatos, California-based company plans to spend up to $8 billion on content this year, but it's still getting little respect from the traditional filmmaking industry.

Facebook to exclude 1.5 billion users from Europe’s GDPR privacy law

( Reuters ) — If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people’s online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much smaller.

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Qualcomm cutting 1,500 jobs at its California offices

(Reuters) - Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc ( QCOM.O ) is cutting 1,500 jobs across multiple divisions at its offices in California, as part of its promise to investors to cut annual costs by $1 billion.

Step inside the Guide to Smart Living

Hello, LG Wallpaper TV . This stunning TV is equipped with Chromecast, which enables voice commands through Google Home. So, for example, say, "Hey Google, show me the latest news on the master bedroom TV." without ever reaching for the remote.

27 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Chrome Could Do

For instance, if you want to be able to pull up Chrome’s settings simply by typing “cs” into your address bar, you could use “Chrome Settings” as the search engine name, “cs” as the keyword, and chrome://settings as the URL. To get to your new scratchpad quickly, you could use “Scratchpad” as the search engine name, “s” as the keyword, and the full string of code from above as the URL.

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Looks like Microsoft’s Windows Phone supply is finally running dry

Robot Conquers One of the Hardest Human Tasks: Assembling Ikea Furniture

With the help of experts in artificial intelligence, the researchers may be able to create a robot that can build a chair by following spoken directions or by watching someone else do it first, he said. Or maybe, he said, they’ll eventually develop one that assembles furniture in a way that is truly human: by ignoring the manual altogether.

Barack Obama pens heartfelt 'Time 100' profile for Parkland teens

"America’s response to mass shootings has long followed a predictable pattern. We mourn. Offer thoughts and prayers. Speculate about the motives," Obama began. "...This time, something different is happening. This time, our children are calling us to account."

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E Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce Now in 16 States, Over 50 People Sickened  #Food #Health

Tim Cook won't compromise Mac and iPad by combining them | Cult of Mac

Even if the rumors are correct and someday a single application could run on a Mac and iPad, this doesn’t mean that Apple intends to merge iOS and macOS. The two operating systems are designed for separate types of devices, and combing them would, as Tim Cook and Phil Schiller pointed out, require compromises. Compromises the company isn’t wiling to make.

Apple has a new iPhone recycling robot named ‘Daisy’

Meet Daisy. Apple’s latest recycling robot was revealed, not coincidentally, a few days before Earth Day, in a press announcement summing up the company’s recent environmental accomplishments. The new ‘bot is an update to Liam , the recycling robot the company announced back in 2016.

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The final Deadpool 2 trailer introduces us to the X-Force

Huawei had notches years before iPhone X made them cool

Li commended Apple’s “courage” for releasing the iPhone X with a notch, which has subsequently made notches acceptable. He says Huawei missed its chance to pioneer the design, but it’s unlikely it would have been as well-received before the iPhone popularized it.

Square acquires corporate catering startup Zesty

“Restaurants turn to Caviar to reach more diners and grow their businesses,” Square Caviar Lead Gokul Rajaram said in a press release. “Expanding our corporate catering product with Zesty enables us to offer our restaurant partners another way to boost sales through higher-margin, large-format catering orders,” said Rajaram, Caviar Lead at Square. “Caviar is thriving, and we’re excited to supercharge its success with Zesty and double down on an area with great opportunity to drive more growth for our business.”

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New: A security flaw in LinkedIn allowed data to be stolen from private user profiles — including email addresses and phone numbers. …

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Our first look at AMD's second-generation Ryzen CPU is proof it's no one hit wonder

Jurassic World 3 Will Be More Like the Original Jurassic Park, Says Director - IGN

The director also teased there'll be some new faces from Fallen Kingdom who will appear in Jurassic World 3, along with the returning Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard). "But there's other characters who we'll meet in Fallen Kingdom you'll realize are major characters," he said.

Robots can build Ikea furniture, which is both cool and creepy

Throw away your Allen wrenches and delete the TaskRabbit app, because the only person who will be building your Ikea furniture in the future isn’t a person at all. A team from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University has programmed a robot that put together most of Ikea’s $25 solid-pine Stefan chair on its own . (And, really, who among us hasn’t gotten through building most of a piece of Ikea furniture and given up?) The researchers explained their work in a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Robotics.

Nest will give away smart thermostats to low-income families

The driving force behind all of this is that lower income households spend more of their income on utilities than the average US family. According to Nest, on average, an American household spends 3.5 percent of income on their energy bills. But one in five families spends over 20 percent (some even as high as 50 percent) of their income on heating and cooling their homes. Smart devices like the Nest Thermostat E can help lower those bills.

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I really like Allo, especially it's integrated Google Assistant & ability to be used from a PC. It's really too bad more ppl aren't using it. Hopefully this means Google will finally consolidate all their msg'ing apps into one super useful one that'll become the Android default.

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An adorable Rescue Rangers reboot as envisioned by one talented artist

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Tech workers demand Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon not work with the Pentagon

SNK may be making a mini-console stuffed with arcade classics

If you’ve worked through the amazing selection of games provided by the NES and SNES Classic Editions, you may be in luck: SNK, the legendary arcade game creator behind the likes of Metal Slug and Samurai Shodown, is teasing what looks like its own tiny arcade cabinet.

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Janelle Monáe's about to drop the Afrofuturist art film we've all been waiting for

Microsoft is sunsetting OneNote 2016: Here's what that means for professionals

OneNote 2016 has been shifted into maintenance mode, and Microsoft is pushing users toward OneNote for Windows 10. That may entail some growing pains, but it isn't as big a deal as it seems.

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The Fantastic Four's new costumes are looking sharp

This new 2018 iPhone may cost half the price of an iPhone X

In a KGI investor's note, Kuo claims that the 6.1-inch iPhone could come in two variants: one with dual SIM card compatibility and one that only supports a single SIM. The single SIM variant is said to cost anywhere between $550 and $650 (that range converts to about £390-£460 or AU$710-AU$840), while the dual-SIM variant is said to cost $650 to $750 (about £460-£530 or AU$840-AU$970), according to the note.

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Peter, the new star of Deadpool 2, has a real Twitter that's an absolute delight

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If you downloaded one of these 5 Chrome ad blockers, you could have been hacked

The ad blockers, which can take over users' browsers, were removed from the Chrome Store after being downloaded 20 million times.

How to translate webpages on iPhone or iPad | Cult of Mac

Fortunately, a good old American company has done something about this terrible habit. Microsoft Translator can fix up a web page and turn all that foreign gibberish into a language we can all feel comfortable with. You may already use Google’s translate bookmarklet for this, but Microsoft’s version is so much better it’s in a different league.

At Lincoln Center, Hyper-Individualized Plays For Fans With Autism

About four years ago, Russell Granet, an arts executive at New York’s Lincoln Center, had an eye-opening conversation with a parent that ended up changing the direction of Lincoln Center’s programming. The parent lamented that she could no longer take her family to the world-class performing arts center because the shows there were too overwhelming for her child, who is on the autism spectrum. “It’s just not a place for us,” Granet recalls the parent saying.

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Peter is the superhero we all need. (Check out the new #Deadpool2 trailer!) …

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Just a reminder: your oxygen mask should go over your mouth and nose

How to protect your company from tax season phishing scams

For example, if an employee named Ray Donovan sends a W-2 form from his corporate email address ( to his Gmail address (, UEBA can determine that it's highly likely this information is being sent to the same person and will not send a critical alert nor block the transmission. It helps if Ray has a history of sending himself emails of this nature so UEBA can mark that behavior as normal.

If you buy these tech accessories, you're inviting hackers to take control of your car

Exploits for almost any connected car model can be found on the Dark Web. These modules and tools allow hackers to create backdoors, leak data, demand a ransom, track your location, or even gain control of your car's locks or airbags, according to research from Kaspersky Lab .

Google cuts fake ad blockers from Chrome Store: Were you among 20 million fooled? | ZDNet

There were two other fake ad blockers -- ripped off from legitimate ad-blocking code: a fake uBlock Plus with eight million users, and a fake Adblock Pro with two million users. Two more cloned extensions that used similar tactics were HD for YouTube with 400,000 users and Webutation, which has 30,000 users.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth casts historic vote with her newborn daughter

In November 2012, Duckworth was elected to Congress representing Illinois' 8th district, the first woman with a disability to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the first Thailand-born person elected to Congress, and the first Asian-American from Illinois elected to Congress. She won re-election in 2014 before running for — and winning — her current senate seat in 2016.

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Fujifilm X-A5 review

The real story here is the kit lens’s size and weight: when fitted to the X-A5, the all-up weight of this camera-lens combination is just 496g. Even better, the retracting design means the X-A5 will take up a lot less space in a bag than with Fujifilm’s previous entry-level 16-50mm lens, which doesn’t retract and is a good deal longer, attached. The X-A5 with kit lens is now about the same size as the Canon EOS M100 with Canon’s retracting 15-45mm lens, though not quite as small as the Olympus E-PL9 with Olympus’s 14-42mm EZ pancake zoom. Fujifilm’s retracting kit lens design might not sound like a particularly big deal, but it suddenly makes the X-A5 a whole lot more appealing as a take-anywhere camera, and pitches it right up against the best of its rivals.

Ikea Debuts A “Lifestyle” Collection Of Hoodies And Skateboards

[Photo: Ikea] Like most of Ikea’s recent limited-edition designer collections, it looks remarkably un-Ikea. A black skateboard rack ($70) tapers with lines that fall somewhere between midcentury modern and Edo period Japan. Clear acrylic shoe boxes ($20) makes your kicks look like they’re fresh from the store. An all-black basketball hoop ($35) murmurs “permanent bachelor” one layup at a time. My personal favorite two objects in the collection are pure impulse buys: a rechargeable LED light stick ($20 or $40) that looks like a fluorescent tube resting on your wall, along with a minimal black duffel bag ($35) that seems like a steal compared to designer alternatives.

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Rare mutation among Bajau people lets them stay underwater longer

Microsoft offers limited-time 30 percent discount on SQL Server on Linux | ZDNet

"For a limited time, SUSE is offering customers a self-service promotional code to drive cost savings for SQL Server on SUSE Linux providing a 100% discount on the software cost of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12SP3 including free patches and maintenance for 1 year - qualified customers are also eligible for up to 100% discount on 24×7 or 12×5 phone support by working with a SUSE sales rep."

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