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WatchOS 5 also introduces two new workout types and will come with an 'Activity Sharing' feature that lets you compete with other Apple Watch owners.

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Apple promotes every developer stereotype it can think of in this year's WWDC warmup video.

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With GitHub acquisition, Microsoft wants to make Azure the default cloud for developers

So let's put some numbers around that theory. GitHub currently has 24 million users collaborating on code (and documentation, among other things), with over 80 million repositories. By owning GitHub, Microsoft doesn't "own" those developers or their source code repositories, but it does put itself into a position to better associate the Microsoft brand with open development. Is it worth $7.5 billion to make Microsoft the default cloud for today's developers? Absolutely.

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One of the biggest new performance features coming in iOS 12 is the ability for iOS to adjust processor clock speed on the fly based on need, and much faster than before. Instead of gradually ramping up processing power, iOS 12 will simply jump the clock speed as needed and then quickly drop it back down to save battery.

Microsoft buys GitHub for $7.5 billion | ZDNet

Since then, reaction by developers has been mixed. Some, noting changes happening at the company since Satya Nadella became CEO in 2014, said they believed Microsoft would be a good steward for GitHub. Others say they are still wary of Microsoft and are considering moving away from the platform once Microsoft takes it over. In its announcement today, Microsoft officials said the company's intent is to keep GitHub platform- and language-independent.

WWDC 2018 live blog: Apple unveils its frameworks for the future | Cult of Mac

The first major Apple keynote of 2018 is just hours away, and it’s going to be a doozy. Apple is expected to give us our first look at iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 , plus new software for Apple TV, Apple Watch and Apple Music. Some new hardware might also be in the cards as well, but we’ll have to wait until Tim Cook takes the stage to find out.

Benchmarks for powerful new MacBook Pro surface ahead of WWDC

A “MacBookPro14,3” surfaced in the Geekbench database over the weekend. It’s powered by an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, which has a base clock speed of 2.21GHz and can boost to 4.1GHz. What’s most exciting about this chip is that it boasts six cores.

6 A major physics experiment just detected a particle that shouldn't exist | Hacker News

Steril neutrinos really only interact via gravity. You can detect steril neutrinos by observing an excess or a deficit of active neutrinos, i.e. you could detect more than the expected number of active neutrinos due to steril neutrinos oscillating into active neutrinos but you could also detect fewer than the expected number of active neutrinos due to active neutrinos oscillating into steril neutrinos. I did not read the paper and don't know what they are measuring but it certainly could be either or even both, i.e. they could detect an excess and a deficit under differing circumstances and both could point towards the existence of steril neutrinos. reply

Microsoft to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion | Stories

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Apple Publishes the Full WWDC 2018 Keynote Video

All told, the event lasted two hours, and during that stretch we saw iOS 12 get unveiled, brand new features for macOS 10.14 Mojave, new ways to connect with people with watchOS 5, and even faster ways to sign into video services in tvOS 12. Apple did live stream the event, and we kept tabs on all of the announcements right here, but if you wanted to check out the keynote in its entirety on your own, you can now do that.

9 Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities – 2018

In addition to adding the list’s only new universities, China saw its domination of the list increase slightly, from 25 institutions in 2017 to 27 in 2018. They’ve done this by increasing their patent input dramatically. In 2016 ranked Chinese institutions filed an average of 128 patents during the list’s five year window; in 2018, they filed 160. That’s a 25% increase in just three years. Still, the nation continues to be held back by how rarely it files patents abroad. On average, Chinese universities on the list filed just 6.7% of all their patents with global authorities in the U.S., Europe and Japan, compared to 34.9% for Japanese universities and 20% for all non-Chinese universities in the ranking. Experts say Chinese academic and commercial institution are filing more patent applications than they used to. “Twenty years ago China was viewed as a pirate nation when it comes to IP, but that is changing,” says Mark A. Lemley, a professor at Stanford Law School and director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science, and Technology. “The Chinese government has decided to push innovation, perhaps for economic reasons and perhaps for strategic ones.

The original Apple Watch won't get watchOS 5's fancy new features

If you'll remember, the original iPhone also had a relatively short software lifespan. Its last update arrived in February 2010, or less than three years after the device hit the market. And like that iPhone, the initial Apple Watch just wasn't well-equipped for the future with a pokey processor and a dearth of hardware features. This may be less about pushing users to new hardware as it is being realistic -- recent versions of watchOS were already struggling a bit on the first-run model, and the situation wasn't going to get better with time.

Monica Lewinsky just sub-tweeted Bill Clinton for his non-apology

This morning, Twitter was on fire with highlights from Bill Clinton’s Today show interview —in which he says that, even in light of the #MeToo movement, he wouldn’t have done anything differently when it came to the Monica Lewinsky scandal. And he stirred up outrage by saying that he’s still never apologized privately to Lewinsky.


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This might explain why your electricity bill is so high

Smart power strips take this idea a step further. They have outlets that are meant for different types of devices. Some of the outlets are designated for items that need to stay on all the time, like your DVR. Other outlets are for items that go into standby mode or use energy, but don't need to be on. When you shut off a device or disconnect your device from its charger, the power strip senses it and will shut off all power to the device.


Wi-Fi is about to get way more secure | Cult of Mac

Still, this is a necessary move. “As Wi-Fi evolves to deliver more value in an ever expanding array of use cases, it’s important that security evolves too,” said Vijay Nagarajan, senior director of marketing for the Wireless Communications and Connectivity division at Broadcom. “WPA3’s new features, such as improved password based authentication and stronger encryption, will further simplify and strengthen how consumers and businesses connect to the Internet every day.”

How to download and install iOS 12 beta | ZDNet

If you like living on the bleeding edge, there's nothing like rolling out a new iOS beta onto your shiny iPhones and iPads.

iPhone vs. Galaxy S9: Emoji showdown

The Galaxy S9's claim to fame is that AR Emoji uses the selfie-camera to make your emoji fast, but I'd rather be able to make my emoji look and feel like me -- even though Apple's Memoji are far more cutesy-cartoony than the Galaxy S9's more realistic-but-unsettling AR Emoji.

18 SpaceX won't take tourists around the moon this year

In February of 2017, SpaceX announced that it would send two private citizens around the moon by this year. While the two individuals paid a "significant" deposit, their trip is apparently postponed until 2019, according to a report at the Wall Street Journal .

Legally Blonde 3 in the Works Starring Resse Witherspoon - IGN

Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah, the writers who penned the adapted script for the 2001 original film, are also in final talks to write the screenplay for the potential Legally Blonde 3. No word yet on who could be directing.

ARKit 2.0 will allow multiplayer games in the same space | Cult of Mac

At WWDC, Apple could debut new multiplayer AR tools which allow two iPhone users to share the same augmented reality space.

WWDC 2018: 4 times Apple threw shade at its rivals

Before diving into the new features of iOS 12, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi boasted about how quickly iOS users updated to Apple's latest mobile software. Its last OS version, iOS 11, can run on iPhones as old as 2013's iPhone 5S and half of Apple's customers were running the update seven weeks after its launch.



14 big announcements from Apple’s annual developer conference WWDC 2018

Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC, started this afternoon down in San Jose — kicking off with a keynote as it does every year where it announced a bunch of updates to all of its major operating systems. We’ve wrapped up all the big announcements from its keynote below, and there will be plenty more information to come in over the next few days.

Where in the world is Melania Trump?

The world waits to see if Melania does, in fact, show her face at the event honoring Gold Star families. However, since the event is conveniently CLOSED to the press, will any of us really know if she attends.

17 TV Stars Who Were Fired for Unacceptable Behavior - IGN

The TV world is still abuzz about the meteoric rise and fall of ABC's Roseanne reboot. Debuting to strong ratings earlier this year, the series was promptly canceled last week in response to star Roseanne Barr's racist tweets . But as shocking as this turn of events is, Barr is hardly the first person to be fired by a network for bad behavior on or off-set.

Parkland teens are going on a summer tour with March for Our Lives

"We’re going to places where the NRA has bought and paid for politicians who refuse to take simple steps to save our lives — and we’ll be visiting a number of communities that have been affected by gun violence to meet fellow survivors and use our voices to amplify theirs," March For Our Lives noted on the site.

watchOS 5 Drops Apple Watch Series 0 Support

Apple today announced watchOS 5 with a more powerful Siri watch face, Walkie-Talkie, an improved Health app, and more. There’s a lot to like about watchOS 5 and it is commendable how rapidly Apple has been improving the OS which has, in turn, helped make Apple Watch so popular.

Why human-AI collaboration will dominate the future of work

"Sometimes you have predictive models from data and let it go wild, but then things change," he added. For example, if you optimize something to do with transportation or logistics, and a regulation changes, there could be indirect but important impacts on your business. "If you train machine learning models on one set of data that is historical and then deploy it and the world changes because of something you haven't thought would impact your business, you could be losing out on further opportunities to optimize the business," Rahwan said. "Algorithms have to continuously learn."

Blockchain and business: Looking beyond the hype | ZDNet

Large parts of the enterprise may well get retooled using more efficient and secure blockchain technology, and new blockchain-based business models may emerge. But don't expect this to happen overnight.

The Best iOS 12 Features for iPhone

ARKit has been Apple’s framework for developers to create Augmented Reality apps since iOS 11. In iOS 12, the company has improved its offering with ARKit 2 — which now includes multi-person interaction in an AR environment. Executives from LEGO demoed a game on-stage where two people played and were able to see the shared AR world from their individual perspective. Other people could also watch a two-person game as spectators. Another addition is the concept of persistence — meaning what you create in the AR world can be viewed later in the same place by someone else. Lastly, ARKit 2 brings better 3D object and face detection; so things like sticking your tongue out or winking can be identified by the system.

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Support diversity with Juuk's limited-release Apple Watch band

Juuk’s steel bands for Apple Watch have always impressed us. June is LGBT Pride Month, and Juuk’s hard-to-get Rainbow Ligero Apple Watch band in 42 mm is back in time for the celebrations.

Vampyr review — a dark, delicious night of the soul

Leveling up in Vampyr is slow and painstaking. Reid has a small and distinctive skill tree to boost his health, stamina, and vampiric abilities like turning invisible or shooting spikes of blood at prickly werewolves, but the resources to do so are doled out in stingy doses pursuing the plot. Even hours into the game, even the most common Skal (that’s a low-level, almost zombie like vampire, you dig?) can kill you in seconds. The only way to make Reid a force to be reckoned with as he wanders London is if you eat the fleshed out characters for an enormous dump of experience points. Mesmerizing them with Bram Stoker-style vampire hypnosis will let you snack on weak-willed bartenders and shopkeepers from the start, but the better you get to know citizens through conversation (unlocking previously unselectable Hint dialogue), then the richer the reward for killing them.

How to Install watchOS 5 Beta on Your Apple Watch for Free Without Developer Account

Alongside the first developer beta of iOS 12 , Apple also released the first developer beta of watchOS 5. Being a developer beta, it is not available for regular users, and it is currently limited to users who have a developer Apple account. Thankfully, just like you can install iOS 12 beta on your iPhone right away, there’s a trick to get the watchOS 5 beta on your Apple Watch as well.

84-year-old man learns to apply his wife's makeup after she begins losing her eyesight

84-year-old man learns to apply his wife's makeup after she begins losing her eyesight

Microsoft promises to keep GitHub independent and open

With Nat Friedman taking over as CEO, GitHub will have a respected technologist at the helm. Microsoft’s acquisition and integration of Xamarin has, at least from the outside, been a success (and Friedman himself always seems very happy about the outcome when I talk to him), so I think this bodes quite well for GitHub. After joining Microsoft, Friedman ran the developer services team at the company. Wanstrath, who only took over the CEO role again after its last CEO was ousted after harassment scandal at the company, had long said that he wanted to step down and take a more active product role. And that’s what’s happening now that Friedman is taking over. Wanstrath will become a technical fellow and work on “strategic software initiatives” at Microsoft.

Watch Apple’s WWDC keynote livestream with us

On Monday, June 4 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, Apple will kick off its annual WWDC conference with a keynote in San Jose, California. In all likelihood there will be updates to iOS, MacOS, WatchOS, and tvOS; hardware announcements such as new Macs; and news about Siri and other AI developments. And if we’re lucky, Apple will have successfully kept an utter surprise or two under wraps until the event begins.


China is the world’s largest market for EVs, yet a primary obstacle to the gyrocar’s mass appeal is whether it’s legally a car or a motorcycle. The vehicle is considered a motorcycle in the U.K. but sits in regulatory limbo in China, where current rules don’t address two-wheeled gyrocars, Zhu said.

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I have no idea how Disney plans to manage all the franchises 21st Century Fox owns. Disney can't even stop competing with itself all the time. They had to choose Avengers over Solo and the movie bombed because of that.

Microsoft adds new security, privacy, Edge features to latest Windows 10 test build | ZDNet

"Based on your feedback, some of the things we're focusing on include improvements to the visual design and continuing to better integrate Office and Microsoft Edge into Sets to enhance workflow. If you have been testing Sets, you will no longer see it as of today's build, however, Sets will return in a future WIP (Windows Insider Program) flight," according to today's blog post about the build.

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Instead of censoring, Valve plans to create new tools to let people self-filter. "Taking this approach allows us to focus less on trying to police what should be on Steam, and more on building those tools to give people control over what kinds of content they see," writes Johnson.

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46 Senators want to know how Facebook shares data with device makers

If you're concerned that Facebook may have shared more of your data with device makers than you were comfortable with, you're not alone. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey have sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to answer questions on Facebook's approach to sharing data with device partners like Apple, BlackBerry and Samsung. They want to know how it distinguishes between hardware companies and app developers, which companies have had access so far (including through exemptions), and what safeguards it has in place to both prevent abuse and give users a chance to opt out.

47 Twitter Inc to join the S&P 500, replacing Monsanto

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc. will replace Monsanto in the S&P 500, S&P Dow Jones Indices said on Monday.

Will your Mac run macOS 10.14 Mojave? | ZDNet

If your Mac is older than 2012 (and isn't a Mac Pro with a Metal-compatible GPU), then you're buying a new Mac.

Apple will make it easier for developers to port iOS apps to the Mac

UIKit is the interface framework for iOS apps, whereas Mac apps have traditionally used the aging AppKit. By bringing UIKit support to the Mac – and it’s keyboard+mouse interface – it makes it easier to port apps from one device to the other

Apple delivers big updates to its augmented reality platform

The company didn’t get a chance to showcase all of the things it’s adding to ARKit, but did touch on the big additions, which include improved face tracking, realistic rendering, 3D object detection, persistent experiences and shared experiences.

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60 Apple's Mac App Store gets a complete makeover
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64 Ripple is giving universities $50M to research cryptocurrency and blockchain
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68 We're crying at Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa's dreamy 'Game of Thrones' reunion pics
69 More iOS apps are on the way to help with your health regimen
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71 Apple and Samsung finally settle seven-year long legal battle | Cult of Mac
72 Fortnite gets new playground mode and dual pistols in latest update, but it's down
73 Windows 10 update broken Google Chrome? Microsoft releases new fix
74 This toadfish's mating call sounds like a vibrating phone
75 Jeremy Irons Joins the Cast of HBO’s WATCHMEN | Nerdist
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79 Trump gets chance to reshape top court
80 Samsung pushes Note 9 unveiling one month ahead of 2018 iPhone launch | Cult of Mac
81 Jury rules Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine owe $25M to early Beats collaborator
82 Elon Musk Races to Exit Tesla’s ‘Production Hell’
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91 The Jammy is yet another attempt at an iOS-ready travel guitar | Cult of Mac
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