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WatchOS 5 Adds 'Walkie-Talkie' Mode, Podcasts App

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.

The secret lives of Apple developers

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

'Rocket League's' next add-on is a 'Jurassic World' crossover

Here's a crossover you might not have expected: 'Rocket League' now offers a 'Jurassic World' Jeep pack.

WWDC 2018: The biggest new features from Apple

Apple may not have talked hardware at all during its WWDC 2018 keynote -- but that didn't stop the presentation from running for well over two hours. All four...

Window cleaners look like tiny ants in latest Apple Park flyover | Cult of Mac

Just in time for WWDC, drone videographers Duncan Sinfield and Matthew Roberts have uploaded new drone flyover videos of Apple Park.

Apple announces a very international group of Apple Design Award winners

On Monday afternoon, June 4, Apple handed out its annual Apple Design Awards onstage at its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose. The awards, now in their 21st year, are meant to highlight those apps that set a benchmark for high-quality design, taking into consideration things like the user …

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Microsoft is acquiring GitHub

As for GitHub, a sale to a larger, profitable company isn’t something seen as out of the blue. Though GitHub was last valued at $2 billion in 2015, its losses were significant in 2016, and the company has been hunting for a new CEO for nine months. As for the terms of the deal, it’s not yet known how much Microsoft is paying to acquire GitHub–or what changes, if any, the acquisition will mean for the popular code repository.

Microsoft to take on Amazon with $7.5 billion GitHub deal

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp ( MSFT.O ) said on Monday it would buy privately held coding website GitHub Inc for $7.5 billion in an all-stock deal to beef up its cloud computing business and challenge market leader Inc ( AMZN.O ).

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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 to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion | Stories

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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.

6 Apple's WWDC 2018 Keynote Live Coverage and Discussions

We are planning to use this post primarily for discussions about the announcements made at today’s WWDC 2018, so I will be looking forward to your comments in the comment section below. I will also summarize the announcements and link to more detailed articles for all the major announcements in this post so please refresh the page for the latest updates.

How to Watch WWDC 2018 Keynote Live, and more for 06/04/2018

How to Watch WWDC 2018 Keynote Live By Rajesh Pandey on Jun 04, 2018 09:20 am Apple’s WWDC 2018 kicks off on June 4, Monday, where the company is expected to unveil iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and more. Just like last year, Apple is holding its yearly developer conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Apart from some notable executives from Apple and its developer team, some coveted journalists and developers are going to be present for the event. Continue reading → Apple Music Tools Website Updated with the Ability to Search and Play Tracks By Chethan Rao on Jun 04, 2018 09:13 am Apple has always lacked a proper web player to sign-in and play music, a feature which rival brands like Spotify and Google Play Music offer already. But that could be changing soon thanks to a revelation made by a Reddit user. Continue reading → iOS 12 Wishlist Roundup: 7 Features We Want to See in the next Version of iOS By Rajesh Pandey on Jun 04, 2018 09:10 am In a couple of days from now, Apple will be unveiling iOS 12 at its developer conference in San Jose.

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.

9 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

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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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13 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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Understanding the supply chain of stole data

Terbium chief research officer Munish Walther-Puri explains how hacked data moves from your personal accounts to the Dark Web.

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.

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.

21 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.

Apple’s WWDC 2018 Live: Apple Still Wants to be Different

As the world wakes up to the sheer amount of user data tech companies have collected over the years, Apple is doubling down on its bid to be the privacy-focused tech firm. Unlike Google and Facebook, which rely on user data to sell ads, Apple’s main business is selling devices to consumers, so its focus on privacy has become a central selling point.


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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.

WWDC 2018: How Apple plans to break iPhone addiction

Apple's iOS is showing its age and we've seen this movie before. Like every popular software platform there comes a time where the code piles up and you need a do-over. Apple's iOS is at that point.

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."

Today in Apple history: Mac clone-maker Power Computing peaks

By  August 5, 1997 , Apple became locked in a standoff with Power Computing. By September 2, Apple agreed to acquire Power Computing’s customer list and Mac OS license for $100 million in AAPL stock and $10 million to cover all outstanding debts and costs. Early in 1998, Power Computing shut down for good.

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.

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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.

Ripple is giving universities $50M to research cryptocurrency and blockchain

As part of the initiative, the universities will be designing curriculums focused on blockchain and cryptocurrency; the aim is to encourage students to pursue research and innovation in distributed ledger technologies. Ripple has trusted the universities with the freedom to choose their own research focus and build up custom curricula.

Google’s Hangouts Meet will soon work with Skype and other third-party videoconferencing systems

In related news, Google has also revealed that Google Calendar will soon natively support third-party videoconferencing tools, meaning that when you schedule a group meeting in Google Calendar, you will be able to select a conferencing option other than Google’s own products. Conferencing technology providers such as Cisco Webex can develop an add-on that works with Google Calendar, allowing its customers to join a call directly from an event created in Google Calendar.

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.

44 Microsoft discounts the Xbox One X for its E3 week sale

There are discounts on a bunch of games too, with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Sea of Thieves and Monster Hunter: World all sliding into the sale section for the first time; Microsoft is cutting the prices of some other games by up to 75 percent. Meanwhile, if you want to play those games online with your shiny new Xbox One X, you'll need Xbox Live Gold, which you can get for $1 for a month. The same deal applies to Xbox Game Pass. All of these offers are available starting Thursday.

Tim Cook congratulates WWDC scholarship winners | Cult of Mac

The winners of scholarships to Apple’s worldwide developers conference got a special bonus: the opportunity to meet CEO Tim Cook.

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

Asus ROG Phone aims to be the ultimate gaming smartphone

That includes a TwinView Dock which facilitates a dual-screen handheld mode, and a Mobile Desktop Dock for those who want to use the phone to power a desktop-style gaming experience. There will also be a Gamevice controller, to give you console-like controls, and a WiGig Dock on offer to wirelessly cast your gaming sessions to a big-screen.

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.

13 best aftermarket keyboards for Android

What you get with Grammarly Keyboard is the usual service packed into a neat package on your phone. It works with most apps and text fields, but you'll be giving up gesture typing and other cool stuff like GIF support and deep customization. That's the price to pay for typing with correct grammar. Speaking of price, Grammarly and its keyboard are free to use, though there's a premium upgrade for desktop users that includes things like context check and integration with Microsoft Word and Outlook.

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