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Microsoft Teams' new free plan looks like a better deal than Slack's

It’s not secret Slack has dominated workplace communication among tech companies the last few years, but Microsoft began to fight back when it introduced Teams back in 2016. There was just one problem: Teams didn’t have a free option. That changes today. A free tier is pretty much essential for smaller businesses and companies. Slack …

Fortnite season 5 adds new locations, second vehicle, lots more

Fortnite season five has finally landed, bringing some of the biggest changes the world’s hottest game has seen since making its debut.

'Fortnite' Season 5 is here with some big changes

Golf carts are here.

Microsoft Whiteboard is a dead-simple way to brainstorm with your team

Microsoft's Whiteboard app for Windows 10 devices is a free tool for collaborating on ideas with as many people as you like, and it's not half bad.

Nike’s new concept store feeds its neighbors’ hypebeast and dad-shoe dreams

The apparel giant heads to a famed L.A. shopping area in its latest effort to reinvent itself as a data-driven, direct-to-consumer brand.

'The Walking Dead' AR game adds some horror to your walk home

Unlike 'Pokémon Go,' it doesn't sound like you'll be out of luck if you live in a rural area.

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Apple and BlackMagic's new eGPU is the quiet solution to your MacBook's lame graphics

Apple’s computers have never exactly been known for their graphics prowess, but the last year or two the company has taken the opportunity to improve its standing with official support for external GPUs connected via Thunderbolt 3.

MacBook Pro 2018 vs MacBook Pro 2017: is it a worthy upgrade?

Meanwhile, the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2018 gets quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz. These are also 8th-generation chips, and will provide twice the performance of last year’s model, which Apple says is “ideal for manipulating large data sets, performing complex simulations, creating multi-track audio projects, or doing advanced image processing or film editing”.


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Not Just a Cup of Coffee Lake: Apple MacBook Pro 2018 Preview

The keyboard, meanwhile, we'd like to spend some more time with. Apple is calling this a "third generation" keyboard; the company did not specify the difference in measurements but noted that it is slightly wider than before, with a different key-action feel. We flexed our fingers in a brief typing demo in our limited hands-on time with the MacBook Pro 15-inch. You still get a bit of haptic-source click feedback, which is, as before, in contrast to the minimal key travel; we've felt plenty of keyboards with far deeper keypress distances elicit less under-finger feedback. But in practical fact, the keys themselves barely depress. It's uncannily effective, and you have to try it to fully appreciate and understand it. Apple was not divulging or discussing the exact key travel distance, but does claim that these new keyboards are quieter to type on.

Apple is Closing Down Its Physical Photo Books Printing Service

Around the same time, it was confirmed by 9to5Mac that Apple is ending its physical photo printing service before the end of 2018. The service, called Photo Books Service, has bene built into the iPhoto service for Mac since 2002. Over the years, Apple has expanded its services, moving beyond just the simple printed photo to include full photo books, calendars, and more. But it looks like Apple is wrapping things up.

MacBook Pro 2018 vs MacBook Pro 2017: What's Changed?

With its 2018 MacBook Pro lineup, Apple has debuted its third-generation Butterfly keyboard which it says are quieter than before while typing. There’s no word from Apple in terms of improvement of the overall reliability of the keyboard. However, given the criticism it has received over the previous generation butterfly keyboards, it is anyone’s guess that there are improvements made in this regard as well.

Uber and Uber Eats now let you split the bill using Venmo

Uber and Uber Eats now let you split the bill using Venmo   —  Uber already lets riders pay by credit card, PayPal, and — in some markets — cash.  Now, the ride-hailing giant is adding Venmo to the mix, both in its main transport app and in the Uber Eats app.

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Apple adds Leather Sleeve for new 13- & 15-inch MacBook Pros

Not content with new MacBook Pros and an external GPU, Apple on Thursday also launched new Leather Sleeves, sized for 13- and 15-inch Pros.

Microsoft Improves Windows Notepad

Other improvements include line and column numbers being displayed correctly when word-wrap is enabled, line and column numbers are no longer reset to one when saving a file, lines that don't fit on the screen are now displayed correctly, pressing CTRL + Backspace deletes the previous word, arrow keys functionality has been tweaked to unselect text before moving the cursor, and work has been carried out to improve the performance of Notepad when opening large files.

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Here’s why Bitcoin’s blockchain has blocks that go over the 1MB limit

When [SegWit] transactions are sent to Legacy nodes the witness data is stripped,” he added. “The key is that these ‘stripped’ transactions are still valid transactions on Legacy nodes, which gives us a savings over non-[SegWit] transactions. Thus, more transactions can fit into the block sent to Legacy nodes without going over the 1,000,000 byte limit.”


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Apple launches Back to School promotion with free Beats headphones offer

Apple has commenced its summer back-to-school promotion, offering its education customers free Beats headphones on top of existing savings for select Mac desktops and iPad Pro models, as well as discounts on other related products.

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Microsoft reveals new Power BI and Azure Data Warehouse capabilities | ZDNet

At its Inspire partner conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft announces big performance enhancements to its cloud data warehouse and new Enterprise/Big Data capabilities for Power BI.

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Breakups have a way of robbing you of your identity, especially when you’re the one who’s being broken up with. If the union was worth joining in the first place, severing it disrupts your habits, your decision-making, your system of loving. It erases the mutations your love has engendered. You don’t even get to keep them in a jar of formaldehyde. Your best chance at preservation is art.

Desperate for peace, people are enjoying this video of a lemon literally rolling down the street

That's it. That's literally all that happens in this video. A very determined lemon follows a street curb and rolls downhill for about a quarter mile, trekking through piles of dried leaves and narrowly avoiding a run-in with the tires of a parked car. It hugs the sidewalk, ambling down its little concrete path. At one point, it appears to slow down when it's apprehended by some leaves clogging a storm drain, but the little lemon that could trudges on for a remarkable 40 seconds more.

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Apple updates MacBook Pro with faster performance and new features for pros

Cupertino, California — Apple today updated MacBook Pro with faster performance and new pro features, making it the most advanced Mac notebook ever. The new MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar feature 8th-generation Intel Core processors, with 6-core on the 15-inch model for up to 70 percent faster performance and quad-core on the 13-inch model for up to two times faster performance — ideal for manipulating large data sets, performing complex simulations, creating multi-track audio projects or doing advanced image processing or film editing.

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17 smart home gadgets that were way ahead of their time

Originally called Alba LEDs, these Stack LEDs actually made it to the Alexa era, but that wasn't enough to keep them going. With built-in motion detection and ambient light sensors coupled with the ability to automatically shift tones throughout the day to mimic the changing light of the sun, the bulbs were a high-quality option that fell right in line with where in-home lighting is probably headed. Unfortunately, the name change cost the company some momentum, and the kit probably also cost a little too much for people to buy in en masse. Before long, Stack was forced to to pull the plug. Shame, too -- the Stack bulbs were among my favorites.

How to Restore Music on Your iPhone or iPad

You can also perform the same feats of magic with missing movies, TV shows, electronic books, and audiobooks. If your favorite film, show, or book has disappeared from your iPhone or iPad, look in iTunes and then in your iTunes library for it. If you turn up empty, segue to the Purchased section in iTunes to see if you can find and download the missing content. On your iPhone or iPad, you can look for movies and TV shows via the iTunes app and for ebooks and audiobooks via the iBooks app.

Creepy photos of abandoned amusement parks

Geauga Lake was a theme park in Aurora, Ohio. "I photographed all the parks either during a thunderstorm or right after a storm to enhance the effect I was going for, which was to display these places as hauntingly beautiful," Lawless said.

White Gold

With a firm texture and notes of cinnamon and saffron, this fungus tastes like no other. It’s especially prized in Japan, where the name means “pine mushroom”: The flavor lends a subtle accent to rice and seasonal dishes such as dobin mushi , a seafood broth steamed in a clay teapot. Formerly abundant in the island country’s red pine forests, modern wilderness management and disease have made the mushroom scarce. As much as 90 percent of the matsutake harvested in Oregon is now exported to Japan. Before that country’s economic bubble burst, the highest-grade buttons, dressed up in a gift box with ferns and orange blossoms, could fetch upward of $100 each at auction in Tokyo’s Ota Market. No wonder pickers in the U.S. referred to the mushrooms as “white gold.”

The best phones you *can't* buy from a US carrier

There's a world of phones that exists beyond Apple, Samsung and LG. But if you're used to buying your phone from a carrier like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, those handsets can be hard to find.

Apple Watch Move ring vs. Exercise ring: What's the difference? | Cult of Mac

The Stand goal is obvious. We all know we shouldn’t sit around on our asses all day. But how about the Move and Exercise rings? Aren’t they kind of the same thing? Actually, no. They’re very different, and understanding that difference is massively important if you want to achieve your fitness goals.

Apple axes beloved 2015 MacBook Pro | Cult of Mac

The 2015 MacBook Pro was a fan favorite over the last few years. It offered two Thunderbolt 2 and USB-A ports, an HDMI port, an SD card slot and MagSafe. Starting in 2016, Apple stripped down the MacBook Pro ports so that it only offers Thunderbolt 3.

10 questions data scientists should ask employers during a job interview

"A good data scientist understands that, while they can do a lot with the data, they can't do much without the data or with poor quality data," Dmitriev said. "A good data scientist would want to ensure they will have good quality data to work with." Other questions to follow this up with might include "How is the data from different data sources processed and merged?" and "What are the common data quality issues you encounter? How do you deal with them?"

Blackmagic GPU turns your MacBook into a powerhouse | Cult of Mac

“Get desktop-class graphics performance on your MacBook Pro with the Blackmagic eGPU,” Apple notes on its website. “Featuring the Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor, the Blackmagic eGPU is built to make any Mac with Thunderbolt 3 ports a graphics powerhouse. Enjoy supersmooth gaming, accelerate graphics-intensive pro app workflows, and enable VR experiences or content creation. Built-in I/O connections drive a Thunderbolt 3 display, support multiple accessories, and charge your MacBook Pro at the same time.”

AirPlus case adds wireless charging to your AirPods | Cult of Mac

Of these, the last is the only genuine complaint, in my experience. And the AirPlus brings its own problems. First, the colors are worse, not better, than white. Second, silicone is not slippery. One of the best things about the little AirPod case is that it slides in and out of your pocket so easily. AirPlus is likely to hinder this. The extra 1.2mm thickness of the skin makes the whole thing 2.4 mm, or 0.1-inches, fatter too.


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The best Amazon Prime Day deals 2018

The short answer: not much. Prime Day may be a big deal, but it’s still small potatoes compared to the annual holiday extravaganza - and you can be sure that while many people still won’t have heard of Prime Day, they’re very familiar with Black Friday and maybe Cyber Monday too. Amazon isn’t going to let the Black Friday / Cyber Monday opportunity pass it by: Black Friday 2016 was the first billion-dollar shopping day for mobile payments, with a total of $3.34 billion sold in the US alone. Expect Amazon to be just as enthusiastic about Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 as it was for the last few years. Although truth be told, we reckon the Amazon device deals on Prime Day will be slightly better than Black Friday.

Voice-recognition dev sues Siri for infringement | Cult of Mac

“We believe our patents are among the most valuable of our assets and we intend to vigorously enforce our rights.” President and CEO of AVRS Walter Geldenhuys said in a statement. “AVRS offered Apple a license to the ‘730 Patent but Apple refused to take one and we felt that this left us no choice but to file a lawsuit.”

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Can Microsoft's Surface Go unseat Apple's iPad? | ZDNet

Apple's cheapest iPad is the 32GB Wi-Fi-only version, and that is priced at $329. The Surface Go priced at $399 seems to offer more given that it comes with 64GB of storage, but it's important to bear in mind that consumer model runs Windows 10 Home in S Mode, and those wanting full Windows 10 will either need to upgrade the operating system or buy the commercial version.

Apple’s North Carolina HQ now only ‘hopeful’ | Cult of Mac

Other than just… you know, being secretive about stuff, there are two main things which could have affected an immediate announcement. One of these is a benefits package which had to be agreed in order to convince Apple to move to the area. From the tone of earlier reports, these arrangements were progressing well, but had yet to be actually signed off.

Kik is giving $3M to developers to build for its KIN cryptocurrency

I’m not sure. On one hand, the KIN Foundation is backing only 25 different projects. It’s obviously focusing on quality rather than quantity. That said, it’s asking quite a bit from developers. Building a cryptocurrency-based app with 50,000 users within six months won’t be easy, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a fair bit of attrition from the program.

This six-legged robot flowerpot is your house plant's new bestie

The robot mobilizes the plant and, using its various sensors, is basically able to care for the plant by making sure it gets enough -- but not too much -- sun. Hexa is also programmed to get grumpy and do a dance when the plant needs water.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – First Look at the Youngest Dumbledore Yet - IGN

The film will introduce several new characters, including Newt's old close friend and past love interest, Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz) who was involved in his expulsion from Hogwarts. At the beginning of The Crimes of Grindelwald, she will be in a relationship with Newt's brother, Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner), creating difficulty for Newt.

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How to make yourself look like an Instagram influencer in 6 easy steps (Promotional Feature by Honor)

By aligning key elements of the photos to these lines  – like your subject or the horizon – instead of positioning your subject in the center of the image, you'll create more tension and interest in the image. Also, most smartphones have a grid setting that you can activate, so you don’t have to imagine the lines on your screen.

13 Spine-Chilling Movies to Watch on Netflix This Friday the 13th - IGN

"The fear of number 13 is a real thing. How else do you explain no 13th floor stop on elevators, 13th rows on airplanes, or the horror master himself  getting all the chills? Even the clinical name for this inauspicious day is scary enough: paraskevidekatriaphobia. As the second Friday the 13th of the year looms, perhaps the unluckiness is mounting. Best to knock on wood, keep the salt close and eyes peeled for black cats and ladders!"

How to connect external displays to a 2017 MacBook Pro

There are many options for adapting and connecting external displays, even multiple monitors, to 2017 MacBook Pro models. You should be sure to plan how each of the MacBook Pro's existing Thunderbolt (USB-C) ports, and any accompanying ports added via a dock or adapter, will be used to ensure you don't come up short. And, before making a purchase, read disclaimers or warnings to try and avoid unpleasant surprises when you begin connecting peripherals—this is especially true if you have demanding video performance needs, such as for 4K and 5K displays, which will restrict connectivity options.

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51 A new way to monitor vital signs (that can see through walls)
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53 Microsoft finally gives Teams what it needs to take on Slack: A free version
54 Google Books and the open web.
55 Ticwatch Pro review
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57 Netflix beats out HBO in total Emmy nominations for the first time
58 Is Silicon Valley doomed to become the next Detroit?
59 Uber lays off 100 self-driving car test drivers
60 India says 'yes' to net neutrality
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62 Papa John’s founder resigns after using racial slur during conference call
63 Russia: We want volunteers to help us censor the internet | ZDNet
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65 Hackers are selling backdoors into PCs for just $10 | ZDNet
66 Creative burnout is inevitable. Here are 10 ways to beat it
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68 There are already two competing Thai cave rescue movies in the works
69 Should software developers have to pay income tax? Serious question.
70 A Business Insider columnist writes a bad column, and resigns over it
71 Basically, nobody wants to buy Victoria’s Secret anymore—even on sale
72 These stylish sunglasses have blue-light filtering tech that combats digital eye strain
73 Trump wants to redesign Air Force One to look “more American”
74 Apple's Face ID thwarted by 'morning face'
75 Teen requires surgery to remove knotted USB cable from penis
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78 First-ever colour X-ray on a human
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80 YouTube terminates accounts promoting Twitch streams
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82 Prime Day 2018 back to school bargains aren't just for students
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85 Supermassive black hole shot a neutrino straight at Earth
86 Tesla delivers 200,000 cars, tax credit for future buyers to be lower
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88 Epic gives Unreal Engine creators a larger cut of product sales
89 In No Rush to Upgrade Your Smartphone? You're Not Alone
90 Office Q&A: Two easy ways to repeat text in a Word document
91 These dehumidifiers zap moisture from your muggy basement
92 Service NSW ditches Microsoft for Google
93 Thank You for Your Help NoSQL, but We Got It from Here - MemSQL Blog
94 Apple invests $300M to drive clean energy use in China