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'Planet of the Apps' Star: Apple Responsible for Show's Failure

Gary Vaynerchuk is speaking out about why he believes the show flopped. During a recent episode of his YouTube show #AskGaryVee, the outspoken CEO and founder of digital agency VaynerMedia said Apple's marketing efforts are to blame.

DIY a Spotify Speaker With Raspberry Pi - Geek.com

I bought an Amazon Echo in this week’s Prime Day extravaganza, with the sole intention of setting timers, hearing weather forecasts, and listening to The Greatest Showman soundtrack on repeat. With one simple …

Sad Without a SID? This Comes Pretty Close

The MOS Technologies 6851, popularly known as the SID, is a legendary sound synthesiser integrated circuit from the early 1980s that is most famous for providing the Commodore 54 home computer with…

Oukitel K8’s big 5,000 mAh battery is put through a power consumption test (Promoted)

The upcoming K8 will launch with a 5,000 mAh battery, and Oukitel has recently put it through a power consumption test to show off its capabilities.

ACLU’s new app live-streams immigration encounters

The app allows the user to have a record of immigration encounters viewable by others.

Gorgeous concept shows off Apple Watch Series 4’s big display | Cult of Mac

The grand unveiling of the Apple Watch Series 4 could be just a couple weeks away and based on a new mock-up, you’re going to love the way it looks. Based With Apple’s big September keynote on the horizon, this concept shows what the Apple Watch Series 4 may look like.

Review: Double Fine's GNOG is a wonderfully puzzling VR experience

Double Fine's GNOG is a mesmerizing puzzle game that's incredibly well-suited for virtual reality, and it's available on Steam for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Planet of the Apps star trashes Apple’s marketing of show | Cult of Mac

Apple's reality TV show Planet of the Apps was disappointing, but one of its stars, Gary Vaynerchuk, blames the show's failure on marketing.

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This magic wand teaches STEM skills through the world of Harry Potter

Kano , which is best known for its line of build-it-yourself computer kits aimed at children, has announced a partnership with Warner Bros, and a new Harry Potter wand toy that teaches STEM skills.

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Is the FBI right about rebooting your router?

First published, May 29 at 11:33 a.m. PT. Update, May 30 at 8:27 a.m. PT: According to the FBI's PSA regarding VPNFilter , the reboot recommendation is not intended to remove the malware, but rather to "temporarily disrupt [it] and aid the potential identification of infected devices." In other words, the FBI is enlisting you in a search-and-destroy operation. Needless to say, we recommend the aforementioned firmware update and factory reset if you own one of the affected router models.

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Windows 10 April 2018 Update: How to share a printer with your local network

For example, it removed the HomeGroup application, something you or your small home-based office may not notice until you try to print a document. That's because one of HomeGroup's primary functions was to facilitate the sharing of printers on a small network without resorting to Wi-Fi or router configurations. Small networks can still share a printer after the April 2018 Update, but it requires some convoluted setup.

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22 Netflix Tips to Boost Your Binge-Watching

Netflix has restrictions on how many people can watch from an account at a certain time: one ($7.99 per month), two ($10.99 per month), or four ($13.99 per month). But sharing can be hard, especially if someone is already logged on when you want to watch. In the past, Netflix would just tell you that there were two (or three) other people already watching something on your account. Now, Netflix tells you which devices are being used, allowing you to figure out who's blocking your next binge-watch (or if an ex is still using your account).

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Xbox Scarlett Cloud could be the streaming-only Xbox out in 2020

With that, 2020 is looking to be a massive year for Xbox with an entirely new direction for the company’s gaming portfolio. Now, the only question is whether Microsoft can deliver a truly latency-free game streaming experience, the muse of many that have come before it.

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New super flexible EE SIM plan lets you change phone tariff whenever you like

EE has announced a new type of SIM only tariff that combines the best of both current pay-as-you-go and pay monthly options. It's been dubbed Flex Plan and, as the name suggests, is all about flexibility with the ability to change tariff whenever you like.

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Cracking India’s mystifying ‘nod code’

This is the closest imitation of the unique Indian gesture that often leaves visitors to the country flummoxed. One thing all travellers to India talk about – apart from the dreaded Delhi Belly, of course – is the great Indian head nod. It’s not exactly a nod (up and down from the neck, meant to indicate ‘yes’) – or a shake (straight side to side to convey ‘no’). It’s a smooth movement that involves tilting the head from side to side vertically, either gently or fiercely.

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$20 physical key is the secret to Google employees' online security

"We have had no reported or confirmed account takeovers since implementing security keys at Google," the representative told the publication. "Users might be asked to authenticate using their security key for many different apps/reasons. It all depends on the sensitivity of the app and the risk of the user at that point in time."

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What is the fastest growing cyberthreat? 80% say supply chain attacks

"It's clear that supply chain attacks are becoming a business-critical issue, impacting topline relationships with partners and suppliers but organizations largely lack the knowledge, tools, and technology to be protected," Larson said in the report. "Knowledge gaps and the lack of established standards to prevent complex supply chain attacks are putting organizations at risk from a financial, reputational, and operational perspective."

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Trying to Conceive? 8 High-Tech Fertility Monitors to Try

Understanding the signs that indicate approaching ovulation allows couples to plan intercourse if trying to conceive, or abstain/withdraw/use barrier methods in order to avoid pregnancy. When it comes to fertility, knowledge is absolutely power. I've rounded up some of the most interesting fertility monitors available right now (and even tested a few myself). Here's the low-down.

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The Best TVs of 2018

Contrast ratio, meanwhile, is the difference between the darkest black and the brightest white a panel can display. In theory, the highest contrast ratio possible is desirable since dark blacks and bright whites contribute to a high-quality picture. There isn't a standardized way for manufacturers to measure this spec, though, so Samsung's numbers aren't directly comparable with, say, Panasonic's or Sharp's numbers. And, as you might imagine, vendors are vying to come up with the highest ratios, so they can charge more. Ignore any claims of contrast ratios in the millions or infinity; with the exception of LG's OLEDs (which are the only TVs we've tested to actually produce an "infinite" contrast ratio with a perfect 0 black level), the best TVs tend to have just five-digit contrast ratios.

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How to use Excel formulas to compare multi-column lists

Finding duplicate values in the same column is easy; you can sort or apply a filter depending on the circumstances. Finding duplicates that span multiple columns is a tad more difficult. A sort can work, but then you must spot the duplicates. So, while it's better than no solution at all, it's not a great solution. Conditional formatting might be an option, but if you already have several formats, it too might not be the best solution. If you want a solution that screams out, "Here I am! I'm a duplicate!" why not do just that? In this article, I'll show you a simple expression solution that might be easier to implement and more effective than conditional formatting.

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Celebrities who said goodbye to social media

Star Wars actor Kelly Marie Tran deleted the posts on her Instagram account in 2018. She left only a bio message that reads, "Afraid, but doing it anyway," and an Ewok emoji at the end. Tran's recent Instagram departure followed harassment from people who were angry over her role as Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Even though Tran has yet to return to social media, her supporters showed their appreciation of her work by posting fan art of her Rose Tico character .

16 Cost to insure Tesla's debt rises on growing default fears

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The amount investors must pay to insure their debt holdings in Tesla Inc ( TSLA.O ) against declining credit quality rose on Monday to its second-highest price ever, implying the company is at a greater risk of default following a report that sparked concern that Tesla may need to raise funds.

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Devastating photos show the impact of deadly wildfires in Athens

Greek authorities declared a state of emergency on Monday, AP reports, after what's been called the deadliest fire season to hit Greece in over a decade — in 2007, more than 60 people were killed due to fires in the southern Peloponnese region.

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'Alien' Atacama skeleton gives up its strange genetic secrets

Ata's nickname comes from her discovery in a leather pouch behind an abandoned church in Chile's Atacama region in 2003. Besides her oddly shaped skull and minute size, Ata has only 10 pairs of ribs, rather than the usual 12, and showed signs of accelerated bone age. The skeleton had the bone composition of a 6-year-old, but was likely a fetus.

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Go beyond dashboards to gain breakthrough business insights from your data

Seeking out causes of non-performance instead of just reporting on status is a step up from dashboard reporting and drill-downs. Causative analysis is also a discipline that is not widely practiced in many companies. Once you have a successful causative analytics model that is generating results for the business, demonstrate it—especially to the CEO and other C-level executives. When the results are there, these decision makers and influencers are more likely to supportive expanding causative analytics.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider release date, news and trailers

PC players will be glad to know that Shadow of the Tomb Raider's performance on PC is a focus for Square Enix. To that end, the publisher has said it will be working with Nvidia on the PC release of the game. Having played this version of the game during E3 2018, we can firmly say that the game looks absolutely fantastic on PC. 

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Qualcomm's new chips fix a major problem for 5G phones

With 4G technology, the phone antennas radiate the signal out to a cell tower sort of like a floodlight. For millimeter wave, that method would end up sending the signal nowhere. Normally, the 5G device would have to have line-of-sight to a cell tower with no other buildings or even trees in the way. But with Qualcomm's new modules, the signals are focused by a process called beam forming, which lets the signal travel up to 200 meters and even curve around buildings, Qualcomm said.

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More than 40% of reported security breaches are caused by employee negligence

In fact, according to the report, 36% of workers admit to leaving sensitive work documents or notebooks on their desks after they leave the office for the day. Security breaches stemming from this sort of behavior are more common than you may think. Some 36% of executives report that employees have had documents lost or stolen because they ignored physical security protocols.

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Samsung Launching 'Luxury' MicroLED Home Display

The 80mm-thick MicroLED The Wall display will be available later this year, but next year Samsung is planning a consumer-focused version that's no more than 30mm thick which it classes as 'luxury for home entertainment.'

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How to use advanced options in Windows 10 to access BIOS settings

For most of us, and this is a fortunate happenstance to say the least, the BIOS settings on our personal computers are not something we ever have to see or deal with in a significant way. However, under certain circumstances, you may occasionally find yourself needing to access those configuration settings. Unfortunately, getting that access is not as intuitive as you might think it should be.

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Rick and Morty's Dan Harmon apologizes for baby doll video, Adult Swim forgives him

"At Adult Swim, we seek out and encourage creative freedom and look to push the envelope in many ways, particularly around comedy. The offensive content of Dan's 2009 video that recently surfaced demonstrates poor judgement and does not reflect the type of content we seek out,"  an Adult Swim spokesperson told CNET by email. "Dan recognized his mistake at the time and has apologized. He understands there is no place for this type of content here at Adult Swim."

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Palenque and the Great Temple of the Inscriptions: A Site Built for a King

Hidden deep in the jungles of Mexico are the ruins of the great Maya city of Palenque.  Known for its stunning architecture, sprawling temples, artwork and treasures, it has been luring explorers, tomb raiders and archaeologists here for centuries.  The site is home to the Temple of the Inscriptions which houses the tomb of one of the most famous Maya leaders of Paleqnue – Pakal.  The finding of his sarcophagus in the 20th century stunned the world, and has been surrounded in controversy ever since.

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BoxLock keeps your packages safe from front-porch thieves

The $129 BoxLock , which was on display this weekend at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, is a padlock with a technological edge. You put the BoxLock on a container big enough to hold delivery boxes and connect the lock to the internet via Wi-Fi. Once you've set up the lock and the app (available for iOS and Android), a delivery person is supposed to use the lock's built-in scanner to read your package label.

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4 exploitable bugs plague Intel Management Engine: Patch now

The bugs all impact the IME in various ways. The solo advisory, which noted CVE-2018-3627, describes a logic bug that can "allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code via local privileged access." While it does require privileged access, it's rated as a 7.5 out of 10 in terms of severity.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 rumored again to release in August

There are also a few glaring holes in the narrative the email spells out. For example, while most of the dates would coincide with the Nvidia usual Tuesday or Thursday release cadence, the September 30th launch date for the 1180+ and 1170 lands on an uncharacteristic Sunday.

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The KitchenAid stand mixer: How color, cake and nostalgia made an American icon

I visited the factory where KitchenAid stand mixers are assembled, dug into the company's background and talked to experts in baking, history and design to figure out how this small appliance became an icon. KitchenAid has been smart about making its mixers available in myriad colors that get people excited about picking an appliance that fits their personality. The mixers also have a well-earned reputation for holding up for decades, and KitchenAid has been in tune with the needs of its customers and the desires of the larger culture. Plus, the food we make with the stand mixers evokes memories of birthday cakes, brownies and other happy desserts.

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Here's what US adults actually know about cybersecurity

"Respondents said that they do not possess the proper skills, despite many actually saying that they, in fact, have many of the skills taught in the University's cybersecurity-focused programs, such as programming (33 percent), data analytics (26 percent) and coding and web development (both 31 percent)," Dennis Bonilla, executive dean for the College of Information Systems and Technology, School of Business and College of Criminal Justice at University of Phoenix, stated in the press release.

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About a quarter of U.S. adults say they are ‘almost constantly’ online

Some 34% of adults with a college education or more go online almost constantly (and 92% go online daily), compared with 20% of adults with a high school education or less. At the same time, roughly four-in-ten blacks (37%) report using the internet almost constantly, compared with 30% of Hispanics and 23% of whites. The share of blacks who are almost constantly online has risen 14 points since 2015, while the share of Hispanics who say this has gone up by 11 points. Among whites, there has been little change.

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Fortnite is the King of Twitch Streaming

Fortnite racked up over 126 million hours of Twitch streaming content in June, according to Gamoloco. Second-place League of Legends accumulated only 72 million hours.

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The Transformative Power of Suffering

My father’s Alzheimer’s has enabled me to make peace with his previously sharp edges. My dad was very intense and demanding; the disease has rounded those edges and left behind his deepest essence. I have found the importance of touch and experienced the beauty of the two of us just sitting together and holding hands. That’s an experience of my father that I never had as a child, and it’s changed the nature of our relationship.

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Verizon wants to team up with Apple or Google for 5G TV | Cult of Mac

“The debut of 5G online TV with either Google’s YouTube TV or Apple TV will be used to showcase the technology and mark Verizon’s first competitive live TV venture outside its predominantly East Coast service area. But the live-TV partnership might not be permanent. Verizon is opting for outside help until it gets “comfortable” with its own internet-based video service, Chief Financial Officer Matt Ellis said in May at an investor conference.”

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How to access Microsoft Remote Desktop on your Mac

While still in "System," it's a good time to go ahead and get your full PC name if you don't already have it, as you'll need it to set up the connection. Click on "Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings" to find the full PC name and write it down. Enabling a Windows 7 computer is a little different, but you can find out how to do that here .

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Best phones for school: Pixel 2, iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8 and more

The start of school is just around the corner, so what better way to prepare your kid (or yourself) for the lectures, studying sessions and after-class hangouts than with a new phone. To help you decide which ones to consider, CNET gathered our top picks for the season.

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Your iPhone X is still worth almost as much as you paid for it | Cult of Mac

Decluttr compiled a chart of how much, on average, various devices drop in value over time. iPhone is the stand out winner. After 6 months, Apple devices are worth about 58 percent of their original cost, while Samsung devices are worth roughly 43 percent of the sale price. HTC value is about 36 percent after half a year, while LG is up near 45 percent.

39 Iran's growing cyber capabilities pose danger: German spy agency

BERLIN (Reuters) - Iran has expanded its cyber attack capabilities and poses a danger to German companies and research institutions, Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency said in its annual report.

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DOOM in ASCII mode is equal parts fun and frustrating

Adjusting the difficulty slider simply increases the size of each individual character; the easiest mode keeps them small enough for you to make out the environment and enemies, and it gets harder to discern those elements as the type gets bigger and bigger. If you want a real challenge, you can set the game to monochrome mode.

41 Chipmaker AMS shrugs off second quarter loss with rise in new orders

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian chipmaker AMS said new orders for its sensors used in face recognition will lift growth in the second half of the year, sending its shares higher and brushing aside a widely expected second-quarter operating loss.

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Your friends will think you're lame if you don't know about atomic crystals

Scientists are also able to pick, place and combine these materials at will to form new heterostructures, known as Van der Waals heterostructures, with different properties to the 2D sheets. Crucially, these don’t have the same limitations as their cousins made by molecular beam epitaxy. They can comprize layers of very different atomic crystals, enabling unprecedented and unlimited possibilities for combining different materials.

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Reprogrammable braille could shrink books to a few pages

Braille displays have made the digital world more accessible to those with vision issues, but readers who prefer the portability of a book haven't had that upgrade. Even a typical book might require over a dozen volumes of braille paper, which rules out reading during a summer vacation. Harvard researchers could soon whittle that down to a far more convenient size, though, as they've crafted reprogrammable braille that could eliminate the need for unique pages without the bulk of a display.

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Hours is the best time tracking app [Cult of Mac's Essential iOS Apps #41]

Hours makes time tracking easy, without requiring a Rube Goldberg machine of API calls and custom triggers to start timers. Thanks to their web interface (subscription required), you can easily start, stop, or switch timers without your phone. This helps freelance and contract workers stay on task, without the invitation for distraction by an phone or tablet.

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iPM World HD 360 Degree 1080p wireless IP camera: Panoramic security for just $44.99

Our Deals Store is currently offering the iPM World HD 360 Degree 1080p Wireless IP Camera, a device capable of capturing, and recording video in true panoramic fashion. With motion detection and microSD card support, the camera pairs with Android and iOS devices for remote viewing.

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What could be the real-world consequences of digital attacks? - Video | ZDNet

Experts are worried that malware could one day cause harm to citizens -- and what governments' response would be if they did.

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Report: Streaming TV companies are losing money on cheap “skinny bundles”

Overall, this points to two key issues. For one, even though more people are signing up for streaming services, it’s a drop in the bucket compared to cable and satellite TV subscribers. The  Information estimates that about 6 million people use these services, compared to the overall cable/satellite market, which is at about 92 million. What’s more, in an attempt to woo more people and offer cheaper rates, most of these companies have yet to make money off these new customers. This is likely why many of these services are already hiking up prices .

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When the floppy disk was king | ZDNet

With their capacity limited to less than two megabytes, floppy disks ultimately began struggling to keep up with larger files. Iomega's Zip drive became a popular alternative for a few years, but Zip disks were incompatible with the floppy form factor. The last hurrah for the floppy was Imation's SuperDisk, which stored 120 megabytes (20 percent more than the original Zip disk) on a disk that had the dimensions and look of a floppy disk. Of course, this bit of magic required purchasing a new SuperDisk drive, but at least it could read and write standard floppies. While it worked well, the SuperDisk never achieved the kind of ubiquity that the floppy had at its peak, and became yet another resident of the removable media graveyard along with its competitors.

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G20: Cryptocurrencies are okay, blockchains are great, and money laundering is still a problem

G20 – an international economic consortium with 20 member states including China, France, Germany, Argentina, and Canada – has announced it believes cryptocurrencies pose no significant risk to global financial stability… but they could lead to a series of money laundering violations .

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​Samsung close to finally settling leukemia controversy | ZDNet

The South Korean tech giant and Banolim, a rights group formed by family members of ex-Samsung employees who died from cancers allegedly stemming from the company's factories, said they would accept a third-party mediation group. The two signed an agreement to settle the issue on Tuesday, at law firm Jipyong's office in Seoul.

51 Very little is stopping My Health Record being hooked up to robo-debt | ZDNet
52 Apple's HomePod will reportedly be able to make calls soon
53 A quick word on which versions of Mega Man X Legacy Collection to get—or avoid
54 Samsung outs its upcoming Galaxy Watch by accident
55 Telstra's new mobile plans are all about fixing customer service | ZDNet
56 Alphabet reports strong Q2, tainted somewhat by massive EU fine
57 Cell-sized robots could help find disease within your body
58 BT incentivises operators to move customers to faster broadband
59 Augmented and virtual reality mean business: Everything you need to know | ZDNet
60 Amazon adds simple EQ control to Echo devices
61 Apple lags behind its biggest rivals in mobile download speeds | Cult of Mac