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1 Apple pulls VPN apps following China crackdown

China might say it isn't cracking down on personal VPNs , but Apple would likely argue otherwise. ExpressVPN , Star VPN and other developers report that Apple has pulled their apps from the App Store in China for allegedly including "content that is illegal" in the country. Some clients are still on other platforms (including ExpressVPN, for now) while others remain, so it's not a uniform cull at this point. However, this is still a big blow to attempts to circumvent China's mounting internet censorship through encrypted communication -- not to mention companies that may have been depending on those apps for remote work connections.

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Apple removes VPN apps from China App Store to comply with government | ZDNet

China is trying to stop people from getting around its internet filter with virtual private networks and is requiring Apple to comply with new regulations.

​Apple AR smart glasses patent points to how they could be used | ZDNet

"This embodiment is particularly useful when using a head-mounted display comprising the camera and the screen. For example, the head-mounted display is a video-see-through head-mounted display (HMD). It is typically not possible for the user to touch the head-mounted screen in a manner like a touchscreen. However, the camera that captures an image of the real environment may also be used to detect image positions of the user's finger in the image. The image positions of the user's finger could be equivalent to touching points touched by the user's finger on the touchscreen."

The Best Printers of 2017

In addition to a USB port, most office printers and an increasing number of home printers include Ethernet ports, so you can share the printer easily on a network. Many also include Wi-Fi capability. Even if they don't, if you have a wireless access point on your network, you can print wirelessly to any printer on that network, whether the printer itself offers a wireless connection or not. Printers that support Wi-Fi Direct (or its equivalent) can connect directly to most Wi-Fi–enabled devices, even if your computer or handheld isn't designed to support Wi-Fi Direct. We're also seeing printers that can connect to and print from a mobile device via near-field communication (NFC) by merely tapping the phone or tablet to a particular spot on the printer.

Apple pulls plug on iPods you didn’t even know it still sold

"Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod Touch, now with double the capacity, starting at just $199, and we are discontinuing the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano," Apple said in a statement to Bloomberg .

Amazon misses Q2 earnings estimates but revenue climbs thanks to AWS | ZDNet

The second quarter report did not include any information pertaining to Amazon's $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods , since the deal has yet to close. However, Olsavsky said Thursday that Amazon is excited to acquire a "customer centric" business like Whole Foods. Amazon is "experimenting with a number of formats" in food services, including physical pick-up points for orders, as well as direct delivery. There's currently "no one solution," he said.

A foolish petition to open source Adobe Flash | ZDNet

He continued, "Open-sourcing Flash spec would be a good solution to keep Flash projects alive safely for archive reasons. Don't know how, but that's the beauty of open source: you never know what will come up after you go open source! There might be a way to convert swf/fla to HTML5/canvas/webgl/webassembly, or some might write a standalone player for it. Another possibility would be to have a separate browser. We're not saying Flash player should be preserved as is."

I play the security odds in Las Vegas by rolling the Wi-Fi dice

You're going to get hacked at Black Hat or Defcon, two of the largest hacker conventions in the world, if your device is insecure. And every year, hackers, security researchers and incognito federal agents attending the events, which run back to back, turn Las Vegas into a petri dish of cyberattacks. No phone, laptop or ATM is safe.

An insanely great phono cartridge for well-heeled audiophiles

At Koestsu's helm is second generation master cartridge maker Fumihiko Sugano, son of the founder of the company, Yoshiaki Sugano. My review sample's blue Urushi lacquer finish was applied by hand, and once the lacquer cures it hardens around the cartridge's rosewood body, changing its resonant frequency. The Urushi Sky Blue features silver clad, ultra-high purity copper coils, and the diamond stylus is mounted to a boron cantilever. The Urushi Sky Blue sells for $5,995 in the US, and £4,199 in the UK. All Koetsu cartridges are hand-crafted in Japan.

Tesla's Model 3 is here and it's full of surprises

According to remarks at a private event with Capitol Hill interns, Kushner's defense against accusations of Russia collusion is that the Trump team lacked experience: "We couldn't even collude with our local offices," he said. Kushner also offered "advice" about the SF-86 security clearance form, which he failed to complete in full.

A musician’s take on the analog-digital divide

It's probably too late to talk about analog recorded music in 2017, there being precious little of it. With rare exceptions, analog recorded, mixed and mastered new LPs are pretty scarce in the 21st century. So Krukowski's book caught me by surprise, because after devoting a bunch of pages explaining the differences between analog and digital recording technologies, you see that Krukowski is more concerned with the way we hear and connect with music. That's a fascination he and I share, but there's nothing in the book that makes me think Krukowski is an audiophile. He's concerned with the way digital disconnects music from listeners by banishing the noise that was part of analog recording. Digital is noise-free, but maybe that's not entirely a good thing for the sound of music.

Use your phone abroad without breaking the bank

Companies like XCom Global let you rent small wireless hotspots you can take with you. These devices provide secure Wi-Fi using a local cellular network for your entire family. To avoid charges from your US carrier, turn off the data on your phone but keep Wi-Fi on. XCom charges $7.77 for its Mi-Fi rental and service. If you need to text or make phone calls, you can always use apps like Skype, Whatsapp and Viber. But keep in mind this is another device to carry around and keep charged. And anyone using it has to be within range at all times to get the Wi-Fi signal.

Uh oh. LG's flagship G6 smartphone isn't doing so hot

The electronics company announced its second-quarter earnings Thursday, saying the quarter was a "challenging" one for its mobile business. LG said that even though mobile had revenues of $2.39 billion, it had an operating loss of $117 million. That means growth for mobile has stayed stagnant over the last year.

Why I switched to Chrome on my iPhone

Yeah, that's right: If Matt Elliott can gush about screen-dimming, I'm giving this feature credit where credit is due (LOL). For the moment, iOS lacks a native QR code scanner. The Wallet app can scan them, but only for things like coupons and boarding passes. It's coming in iOS 11 -- but I've already got it thanks to Chrome.

Beset by manufacturing drama, Apple may be tardy with the iPhone "S" series.

Apple typically delivers an "S" series upgrade in September in odd-numbered years, like 2017. This year, however, Apple and its suppliers are said to be struggling to mass produce the next flagship model, possibly called the iPhone 8, as well as the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus. According to a persistent series of reports by media, analysts, and supply chain sources, the debut of the "S" series, which will likely be a modestly upgraded version of the current generation iPhone 7 and 7 Plus , may be delayed.

SNES Classic, Nokia 3310 and other retro tech done right

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic was a huge hit last winter. It looked like the original NES and came packed with some of its most popular games. However, the console was difficult to buy because it was constantly sold out.

Amazon Treasure Truck selling Nintendo NES Classic for $60 today

Notifications on Saturday's sale will push out at 10 a.m. local time in each city. Customers can order the NES Classic consoles via the Amazon app, then schedule a pick up time at a Treasure Truck. The offer is available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time, or until the consoles sell out. (An Amazon spokeswoman declined to say how many consoles the company has available.)

HTC Launches Standalone Vive VR Headset In China

“Snapdragon 835 is designed to deliver superior VR experiences without the need for wires or a separate PC,” said Hugo Swart, senior director of product management at Qualcomm. “We are thrilled to work with HTC’s Vive team as they utilize our rich feature set to create exciting, new VR experiences in the first truly mobile VR headset of the Vive ecosystem.”

Tesla's Model 3 is here and it's full of surprises

According to remarks at a private event with Capitol Hill interns, Kushner's defense against accusations of Russia collusion is that the Trump team lacked experience: "We couldn't even collude with our local offices," he said. Kushner also offered "advice" about the SF-86 security clearance form, which he failed to complete in full.

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7 Times Obama’s Official Photographer Was Trump’s Classiest Troll

Here are seven instances of photographer Pete Souza trolling Donald Trump on Twitter that occurred since Fast Company first noticed the trend.

23 Facebook good, everyone else bad | Equity

The news of the week was earnings-themed, unsurprisingly, including Amazon's big revenue beat and profit miss, Alphabet's slightly fretful growth and losses on its "Other Bets," whatever the hell happened to Twitter during the San Francisco dawn, and Facebook's continued triumphal parade.

The Best Gaming Monitors of 2017

A monitor's refresh rate refers to the time (per second) it takes to redraw the entire screen and is measured in hertz (Hz). Most LCD monitors have a 60Hz refresh rate, which means the screen is refreshed 60 times per second, but fast-moving images may appear blurry at this refresh rate, or the panel may suffer from screen tearing, an artifact that occurs when the monitor displays pieces of two or more screen draws at the same time. Look for a display with a 120Hz or higher refresh rate, which not only helps reduce image blur and eliminate tearing, but is a requirement for active 3D technology.

Video Roundup: New in ransomware | ZDNet

Make no mistake: Ransomware is one of the biggest threats on the internet right now. Here's a look at what it is, how it's been wreaking havoc lately, and some of the ways you can protect yourself from it.

Elon Musk Says Mark Zuckerberg's AI Understanding Is Limited

“I have pretty strong opinions on this. I am optimistic. And I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios — I just, I don’t understand it,” said Zuckerberg. “It’s really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible. Because in the next five to ten years, AI is going to deliver so many improvements in the quality of our lives.”

Adobe will finally kill Flash in 2020

Adobe is finally planning to kill off Flash once and for all. Chrome , Microsoft Edge , and Safari have all been blocking Flash over the past year, but Adobe is now planning to remove support for it fully by the end of 2020. “We will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats,” explains an Adobe spokesperson .

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This Jailbreak Tweak Colorizes Widgets to Match Their App Icon [Jailbreak Tweak]

If you’ve been jailbreaking for quite a while, you should have come across tweaks that colorize notification banners based on the dominant color of their app icon along with similar tweaks that do it for the 3D Touch menu, the Now Playing interface in the Music app, as well as the notification badge on app icons. Now there’s another tweak that brings a similar concept to a part of iOS that was never done before.

The Best Wireless Range Extenders of 2017

Depending on the size and layout of your home, a mid-to-high-end router may provide all the Wi-Fi coverage you'll need, but for homes built with dense materials like brick, concrete, plaster, and metal, some level of signal degradation is almost a certainty. Likewise, homes with multiple floors and many walls are more susceptible to signal loss than a one-story home with an open floor plan. In some cases you can relocate your router to a central location to deliver a stronger signal to those areas that were previously out of reach (dead zones). In most homes, however, the router's location is tied to the room where the internet enters the house, which means relocating the router will likely require running Ethernet cable to the desired area. Range extenders provide a relatively easy way to deliver Wi-Fi without having to run cables.

Note 8 tipped to come with Samsung's best smartphone camera yet

As Samsung hasn't officially said anything about the camera appearing in the Note 8 we can't be sure about this for the time being, but we've heard similar rumors before, and it does now look likely that the Note 8 is going to be rocking Samsung's best smartphone camera yet.

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What robots on the assembly line mean for America's factories

2 Ways to Quickly Open a New Tab in Safari on iPhone

I don’t know about you, but I find myself opening a new tab in Safari at least a dozen times a day. Instead of going through Spotlight search, I directly jump to Safari when I know what it is I’m looking for – checking latest stories on iPhone Hacks, opening a TV show page in Wikipedia, or just googling something.

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Adobe Flash Is dying - here are the viral classics it brought to life


Video: Why ransomware attacks like WannaCry are so costly

A new poll of IT professionals reveals that 86% of companies remain unprepared for ransomware attacks, and even more have no idea how to recover from cyber-attacks.

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Roombas have maps of your home, and iRobot is not shy about selling it in the future:

Samsung wants Samsung Pay on rival's phones, says report

Samsung Pay takes Apple Pay and Android Pay a step further by working just as easily with any credit card terminal as it does with NFC payments. So far it's been tied to Samsung phones only . Samsung has even  brought the service to budget options  like the Galaxy J series in the form of  Samsung Pay Mini  -- a slightly downgraded version. Opening Samsung Pay to other phones could give Samsung a larger slice of the global mobile payment market, which is  worth an estimated $780 billion  (£595 billion/AU$980 billion) with  millions of users worldwide .

Western Digital delivers strong Q4 with broad portfolio | ZDNet

MuleSoft said it lost 15 cents a share in its second quarter on revenue of $69.2 million, up 57 percent from a year ago. Deferred revenue was up 50 percent from a year ago to $144.4 million. MuleSoft added that third quarter revenue will be between $71 million and $72 million with a non-GAAP loss of 12 cents a share. For the year, MuleSoft projected revenue between $279 million and $281 million.

Jabra Elite Sport review: AirPods rival ups its battery life

The Jabra Elite Sport Upgraded is a set of totally fully waterproof wireless sports earphones with a built-in heart-rate monitor that sounds quite good. Battery life is 4.5 hours, and the case delivers two more charges of equal length. Works very well as a headset as single or stereo buds. Compatible with leading third-party fitness apps as well as Jabra's companion fitness app.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus revels in alternate Nazi history

Alternate history like Amazon's "Man in the High Castle" is a big trend right now in entertainment and Bethesda is smack in the middle of it. It began with 2009's Wolfenstein, then with 2014's Wolfenstein: The New Order, and now with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. The Nazis have won WWII. American life has been twisted into a decidedly grotesque portrait, occupied and influenced by the Third Reich's grasp.

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4 Tips to Improve Your Pinterest Exposure

For Pinterest’s algorithm to view your account as high-quality, you’ll want to focus on curating the best of the best. In turn, Pinterest will be more likely to recommend your pins to others.

Nokia received $2B from Apple as part of settlement agreement | ZDNet

The deal has significantly increased Nokia's licensing income, Pullola said this week. "Furthermore, reaching an agreement quickly without continuing costly litigation enables us to save considerable OpEx, and that adds to the value of the deal from our perspective," Pullola said. The Finnish company had expected to spend approximately €100 million annually on litigation fees related to the Apple dispute.

The PC is here to stay - just like Microsoft Paint | ZDNet

Over time, new things certainly become easier and easier to do on mobile devices (the Virgin Atlantic app makes checking in easier, for example) while some things can only be done on mobile: try ordering a Lyft or signing up for an account with one of the app-only banks on a PC. But you can't always do everything in apps; the Virgin Atlantic app doesn't have a button for claiming missing mileage, but the website on my PC does.

The Inside Story Of SoundCloud's Collapse

By August 2014, it was abundantly clear that the SoundCloud’s advertising program, which would allow artists and labels to collect royalties, would not launch as planned. Despite Toig’s promises, not a single major label had agreed to a deal. The project launched with a eleventh-hour pivot to focus on independent creators, with Toig later apologizing at an all-hands meeting for failing to sign the majors. (By March 2015, Toig was out of the gig; he was later tapped as CEO of Tidal Music, where he lasted for nine months.) Ljung assured everyone in attendance that the label arrangements would eventually get done. A few days later, he flew to California and went off the grid. It was time for Burning Man.

The Worst Internet In America

The beauty of Saguache County can be an inconvenient one, though, particularly in the 21st century: It has some of the worst internet in the country. That’s in part because of the mountains and the isolation they bring. Saguache (sah-WATCH’) is nestled in between the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan ranges, a four-hour drive southwest of Denver. Its population of 6,300 is spread across 3,169 square miles 7,800 feet above sea level, but on land that is mostly flat, so you can almost see the full scope of two mountain ranges as you drive the county’s highways: the San Juans, melted into soft brown peaks to the west, and the Sangre de Cristos, sharp, black and snowcapped, thrusting almost violently upward to the east.

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Make Your iPhone 5s Look Like an 'iPhone 7 mini' with This Kit

As per the Reddit user, the iPhone 7 mini kit uses an aluminium that is very similar to the quality that Apple has used on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and gives the phone a very sexy look. There is one caveat, though; the reception of the phone will degrade by at least 15-20 percent once you apply the kit on your iPhone 5s. The conversion kit also does not make use of a 2.5D curved glass which can make swiping from the edges a less than pleasant experience.


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