The Mac, The Myth, The Legend: How Snow Leopard became synonymous with reliability
Following the news that Apple had refocused their plans for iOS 12 around stability and performance over new features, many were quick to liken the move to a “Snow Leopard release” of i…
Today in Apple history: 'Turnaround artist' Gil Amelio gets the boot
On July 6, 1997, Apple board member Edgar S. Woolard Jr. calls CEO Gil Amelio and informs him that needs to step down.
MIT's music AI can identify instruments and isolate their sounds
PixelPlayer can identify instruments in videos and isolate the sounds they make.
Netflix renews 'Aggretsuko' and commits to more new anime
Netflix announced that it'll renew "Aggretsuko," while launching a whole bunch of other anime series.
Netflix is ditching user reviews
Once a mainstay of the service, Netflix’s user reviews are going away. The movie streaming giant has shifted away from the feature over the last few years, and by the end of the summer, they’ll be gone from the site altogether.
Canon and Nikon are finally doing something about Sony's mirrorless cameras
As a Canon DSLR fan, I'm just hoping a new Canon camera might be compatible with my existing lenses. "One trusted source told us that the full frame mirrorless camera and EF mount problem has a "sexy" solution," writes Canon Rumors, but it's not clear what that means yet.
iPhone app subscription fees doubled in a year | Cult of Mac
We’re all accustomed to paying a simple, one-time fee for our iOS apps. But developers are increasingly turning to subscriptions. In fact, there were billions paid in app subscription fees in the past year.
Windows 10 April Update finally rolling out to blocked Dell Alienware PCs | ZDNet
Some Alienware laptops were among the devices that Microsoft prevented from installing the Windows 10 April 2018 Update and serving an error message about the compatibility issues affecting hybrid laptops with discrete GPUs connected to the display.
Elon Musk offers to help Thai cave rescue
Maybe worth trying: insert a 1m diameter nylon tube (or shorter set of tubes for most difficult sections) through cave network & inflate with air like a bouncy castle. Should create an air tunnel underwater against cave roof & auto-conform to odd shapes like the 70cm hole.
Things that happen in Silicon Valley and also the Soviet Union:
- waiting years to receive a car you ordered, to find that it's of poor workmanship and quality
- promises of colonizing the solar system while you toil in drudgery day in, day out
Microsoft at work on iPhone & iPad app for Movies & TV customers
Microsoft is reportedly developing iOS and/or Android clients for Movies & TV, a native Windows equivalent of Apple's iTunes Store.
Microsoft is working on the project to give people more reason to buy things from the Microsoft Store, according to Windows Central sources. To date people buying video from Movies & TV have only been able to watch on Windows devices — a problem since while many people have Windows desktops and laptops, the platform is much less popular on phones and dedicated tablets.
The company is also allegedly joining Movies Anywhere, a program meant to improve the value of online storefronts by ensuring video bought in one place can be accessed elsewhere. Currently partners include Amazon, Apple, Disney, Google, and Walmart's Vudu. A movie bought from Disney, for instance, can appear in both a person's iTunes and Google Play Movies libraries.
Under current CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has become more open to supporting non-Windows platforms, content so long as people use the company's services. Office apps are accessible on iPhones and iPads , for example, but require an Office 365 subscription to access all features.
NASA readies probe to touch the sun with 'cutting-edge heat shield'
This is the first time in months that the Thermal Protection System has been attached to the probe after testing back in fall 2017. If all goes well and NASA launch in August, Parker will face the unfathomable heat of our solar system's star in an effort to sample the corona and teach us more about "the inner workings" of our sun.
Batteries: The Achilles Heel of mobile devices
Mobile batteries and their thirst for power are the weak link in the realm of portable devices. Learn about the state of batteries and how they're evolving.
We're hiring for Engineering Manager at The Muse
Founded in 2011, over 50 million users come to TheMuse.com for original career advice from prominent experts, access to the best coaches, and a behind-the-scenes look at job opportunities, and over 700 companies trust The Muse to help them strengthen their employer brands to win the war for talent. The majority of the team is headquartered in New York, NY (37th & Broadway).
Polarizer and solid ND combine into one single filter perfect for waterfalls
Specifically designed to capture waterfalls and river rapids, combining the two filters into one means there's no longer need to stack multiple filters, which means that potential hurdles from stacking filters, such as light-leakage and vignetting, are avoided.
World Cup: Petition demands England-Colombia match be replayed
Did the Three Lions advance with a little help from the referees? Fans who signed an online petition say yes.
Mini-glossary: Cryptocurrency terms you need to know
Private/public keys : Keys are used in all cryptocurrency transactions and come in two forms: Public and private. A public key is what is sent by the owner of a cryptocurrency wallet when they want to send currency to another user or use their coins for a purchase. Private keys are unique to all cryptocurrency wallets and are used to validate the public key and act as unique signatures for each cryptocurrency transaction. Private keys should never be shared, as someone with access to a private wallet key has control over the cryptocurrency in that wallet.
Elon Musk offers pumps, battery packs in bid to rescue Thai soccer team from cave
Last month, the team of 12 boys and their coach were trapped in a northern Chiang Rai cave complex by a flood after they went exploring. Most of the boys can't swim and Thai authorities have begun teaching the boys how to use diving masks as part of a possible rescue effort.
How to install MyWebSQL on Ubuntu 16.04
I'll be installing MyWebSQL on Ubuntu 16.04. Although it can be installed on Ubuntu 18.04, the login process seems to be broken. It is also possible to install this tool on CentOS (the installation of which is quite similar to that of Ubuntu, with only slight modification). With that said, you'll need a running LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) server. In this instance, the "L" portion will be Ubuntu Server 16.04. You'll also need to have a user who can log into the MySQL prompt (be that root or another user).
6 Shopping Tips for Amazon Prime Day Savings
While not every brand or specific version of a product will be on sale on Prime Day, there's a good chance you'll find a great deal if you keep your options open. For example, the food processor you've had your eye on might not be discounted during Prime Day, but a very similar model from a competitor might pop up. As long as it has plenty of reviews, a decent average rating, and still serves your needs, it's probably worth pulling the trigger on a good deal.
Siri Shortcuts app is now available to developers for testing
A single command will kick Siri into high gear through an app called Siri Shortcuts, now available in a beta version to developers through the TestFlight platform.
Survival of the Richest – Future Human – Medium
L ast year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. It was by far the largest fee I had ever been offered for a talk — about half my annual professor’s salary — all to deliver some insight on the subject of “the future of technology.”
A live-action Gundam giant robot movie is now in development
Pacific Rim showed that Japan's giant animated robots could work wonders in a live-action film. Now, Legendary Pictures is trying the formula again with one of Japan's most iconic mecha brands behind it.
'Ant-Man and the Wasp' has 2 end-credit scenes — here’s what they mean for future Marvel movies
If you've been keeping tabs on everything related to "Avengers 4," leaked photos of Ant-Man with Tony Stark have been on the web making it look like the two travel back to the events of 2012's "Avengers." While Stark looks a little older, the rest of the Avengers are wearing their older costumes that movie, suggesting the two may travel back in time to prevent Thanos from getting his hands on the Infinity Stones. We're not going to link to the photos here, but a quick Google search will lead you to them.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 release date, news and rumors
This is where things might get a little tricky, and it’s also where we’ve seen little speculation. With the current segment of 10-series GPUs, Nvidia changed the way they charged for its reference cards by renaming them “Founders Edition”, putting an advanced blower-style cooler and vapor chamber cooling system in them and charging $100 more for it.
LG Electronics says second-quarter profit likely up 16.1 percent,...
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc on Friday said operating profit likely rose 16.1 percent in April-June, albeit weighed down by higher marketing expenses for new products in its TV, smartphone and appliance divisions, analysts said.
Facebook accidentally flagged the Declaration of Independence
A Texas newspaper called the Liberty County Vindicator decided to celebrate July 4th by posting excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. The tenth post in this series, with paragraphs 27-31, was removed from the paper’s Facebook scheduling queue, with the paper being given the notice that it’d violated the hate speech standards.
Apple Music Has More Paid Subscribers Than Spotify in the United States
Unlike Spotify, Apple only offers a three-month trial of its music streaming service, while Spotify offers a free streaming plan alongside a paid subscription. Thus, it was only a matter of time that Apple Music ended up having more paid subscribers than Spotify. It is only when Apple Music ends up surpassing the combined (free and paid) Spotify user base that it can be ruled as the undisputed king of the on-demand music streaming service.
lol If he was one of your anonymous sources then he ain't anonymous anymore... I think he is more complaining about anonymous sources that either are made up or that make up the false stories.
No, Nintendo Switch isn’t getting a VR headset
Sorry, everyone. While there’s a story floating around today about a “VR” or “pseudo-VR” headset coming soon for Nintendo’s Switch, it’s not true. Even by the loosest definition of the phrase, virtual reality hardware isn’t coming to the hybrid console any time soon, and this is a good opportunity to explain why.
Drake pulled a Kanye and updated his latest album post-release
Several albums that I grew up with have been remastered and reissued years after they first became available, and I like being able to flip between multiple versions. You get to hear the nuances of the recording processes that were picked up when the musicians in question actually entered the studio on the original, but if you’re looking for arguably better audio, you can opt for the newer release of the same album.
Apple registers new MacBooks and iPads, but don't get too excited
Apple has registered new Macs and iPads with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), likely confirming what everyone is expecting: there’s new hardware on the way. When that hardware will arrive is anyone’s guess.
UK banks told to show their backup plans for tech shutdowns
LONDON (Reuters) - British banks and other financial services firms were given three months on Thursday to explain how they can avoid damaging IT breakdowns and respond to the growing threat of cyber attacks.
Sonos files for IPO highlighting profitability but also risks its faces with Apple, Google, Amazon
Sonos, maker of smart home speakers, has filed to go public as the company seeks to position itself for a grueling fight ahead against some of tech’s biggest name.
HTC's June sales slump 68 percent, biggest drop in over two years
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp said its sales fell nearly 68 percent in June, its biggest slump in more than two years, as the struggling firm continues to lose customers amid intensifying competition with nimbler manufacturing rivals.
Lyft reportedly in talks to buy Spain’s Cabify for $3 billion
Just a few years ago, it seemed Lyft was on the verge of being left in the dust by Uber, a better-financed and more ruthless competitor that quickly expanded across the globe. But as Uber stumbled over a range of regulatory and executive problems that ultimately led to the ouster of CEO Travis Kalanick, Lyft got a second look from investors, as well as users.
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How GitHub became the nexus of software automation | ZDNet
Torvalds wrote the original git as a source code management system for his own personal contributions to the Linux kernel. Part of his inspiration was an existing repository-based version control management system called Concurrent Versions System (CVS). If you'll recall the ancient world of disk-based databases, locks were imposed on records that were being retrieved and potentially updated, to ensure that no two clients have different views of the same record. CVS had a similar concept using a repository of content versions that forked from each other like branches of a tree. A branch could be "checked out" by someone looking to make updates or alterations. Once those changes were made, a revised version of the content would be merged back into the trunk, but instead of pruning the old branch, a tag would mark its original location, enabling it to be restored if necessary.
4 mobile security insights for CISOs
Mobile devices have rapidly become ground zero for a wide spectrum of risk that includes malicious targeted attacks on devices
and network connections, a range of malware families, non-compliant apps that leak data, and vulnerabilities in device operating
systems or apps. Read the four mobile security insights CISOs must know to prepare for a strategic conversation with the CEO and board about
reducing mobile risks and the business value associated with fast remediation of mobile security incidents.
Samsung may reveal the foldable Galaxy X at CES in January
We’ve been hearing about a foldable Samsung phone for a while now, with rumors pointing to a 2019 announcement. But that reveal may come a bit sooner than expected: the Galaxy X could be shown off as soon as CES 2019 in January.
India’s ruling party accused of $12B Bitcoin scam by opposition
The party further alleged that the infamous demonetisation of Indian Rupee last year was meant to be a facade to allow BJP to find ways to legitimize its ill-gained money — and a lot of it was done through cryptocurrency. It also questioned why India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (and the leader of BJP) hasn’t bothered to investigate this scam coming from his party.
Here are 11 of the globe's most infamous, and some little known, volcanoes from around the world.
Report: Apple remembers colors exist in time for its 2018 iPhone lineup
The second generation iPhone X will still come in black and white, but this time a gold option is being added to the mix. These colors are also expected for the 6.5-inch iPhone X ‘Plus’. But more excitingly, the rumored third model – with a 6.1-inch LCD screen and lower price point – could come in red, blue, orange, gray, and white.
Swipe on the iOS Copy/Paste menu to see hidden extra actions | Cult of Mac
Whenever you select a word or words in iOS, you get a black bubble popover that gives you various options, depending on what you have selected. If you’re in a text-editing field, then you can cut, copy, paste, and replace text, but you can also tap the little arrows to get further options. For instance, you can look up the words in Siri’s cool lookup feature, you can often add bold or italic styling to a word or words, and you can share the selected words with other apps.
Tesla adds autonomous parking mode to Model 3
It’s a clever feature that takes advantage of the vehicle’s connectivity and autonomous driving capabilities. With Summon owners can command their Model 3 to pull into a parking spot and power down. It can even control garage doors — all without a driver behind the wheel or controlling the vehicle remotely. Tesla added the feature to Model S and Model X vehicles last year.
'Alexa, is football coming home?'
You've gotta hand it to England's football fans -- what they lack in World Cup wins they more than make up for in boundless optimism. It's been 52 years since the team won the World Cup, but after their unbearably tense win against Colombia earlier this week, football (or "soccer", except not soccer) is now closer to coming home than it has been for more than half a century -- and even Alexa knows it.
Samsung’s Bixby now shows you sports scores and news from theScore
Samsung has tied up with Canadian-based startup, theScore to bring sports scores and news to Bixby. The feature is available on the Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Formula One no longer produces many innovations that are useful in mass-market vehicles. “The good thing with Formula E is that you can develop many things that you will be able to transfer to road cars.” nyti.ms/2KCkyi7
Samsung Electronics profit growth slows on smartphone weakness
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd ( 005930.KS ) estimated on Friday earnings grew at the slowest pace in more than a year in the second quarter, as analysts said weak smartphone sales likely offset record high chip earnings.
AI could read your handwriting to figure out your nationality
The researchers, who hail from India, China, and Malaysia, propose this technique would be useful for crime investigations. Police are increasingly turning to biometrics to solve crimes, and pulling out identifying information from handwriting could supplement other technologies like face recognition software.
Programmer tried to sell cyberweapon on dark web for $50M: Reminder to secure employees
A senior programmer at Israeli security contractor NSO Group facing dismissal from his role stole the source code for the firm's powerful spyware Pegasus and attempted to sell it on the dark web for $50 million, according to Israeli newspaper Globes .
Coinbase CTO says the company is like a mullet
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is the go-to place for buying and exchanging cryptocurrencies — as long as you’re fine sticking to Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash. But Coinbase is actively looking at adding support for additional cryptocurrencies, Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan said at TechCrunch Sessions: Blockchain today in Zug, Switzerland.
Watch Out for This Chrome Tech Support Scam
Scammers are never one to miss an opportunity on the internet, and a Google Chrome browser bug has presented a potentially very lucrative one. Read the details here and don't fall for this underhanded scare tactic.
5 ways to keep people interested and engaged during meetings
This does not mean all meetings need to be 50 minutes, they can be shorter - and should be whenever possible to allow stakeholders to maximize their time. When scheduling a meeting, build in the assumption that all stakeholders have more work to do and less time available to sit in meetings. You may find many stakeholders are pleasantly surprised to see a meeting invite for 45, 30, or 20 minutes compared to a one-hour meeting. Also, make sure to send out an agenda well in advance that tells stakeholders the purpose of the meeting and what will be covered. This helps them to come fully prepared and reduces wasted time.