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Steve Jobs envisioned the App Store in 1983 | Cult of Mac

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was a visionary. That's a phrase that gets tossed around a lot, but in Jobs' case we have solid evidence.

3D printing will bring artificial limbs to patients in Madagascar and Togo

3D printing technology is being used to help provide prosthetic and orthopedic support for patients in need. The 3D printing technology being trialed in Madagascar and Togo by Humanity & Inclusion (HI), formerly Handicap International, is part of Impact 3D, a program that began in November 2017 and is funded by the Belgian Development Agency. The orthotics, …


Virtual reality may still feel a little like the brash new kid on the block, but its origins can actually be traced back as far as the 1860s. Even if we think about familiar VR tech, the first head-mounted display (HMD) was already available nearly 50 years ago. The barrier to entry for VR and …

Co-op shooter 'Warframe' is coming to Nintendo Switch

The long-running free-to-play shooter 'Warframe' is coming to the Nintendo Switch.

Restoration Work Uncovers Statuette of Osiris Secreted in Pyramid Wall

Mostafa el-Waziri, the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt has announced an amazing discovery, one which is exciting and intriguing the experts. During routine restoration work on the pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, archaeologists discovered a precious and important statuette.

Surprisingly, This 4,000-Year-Old Stew Recipe Doesn’t Taste Very Good | Nerdist

I'd be willing to bet that you, the humble reader, have family recipes that have been passed down for so many generations that they seem like they date back to ancient times. Of course, if they actually were thousands of years old, they probably wouldn't look anything like the modern foods you've come to know. Plus, they'd probably taste pretty bad. Researchers from Yale, Harvard, and New York University recently had the opportunity to cook some ancient recipes, and the results were... mixed (via BoingBoing). The researchers went about as old school as possible while making these stews, which come from a Mesopotamian tablet written in cuneiform that's over 4,000 years old. They actually read the recipes directly off the tablet itself—rather, a 3D-printed copy of the tablet, since it's probably best that something that old and significant not be handled a whole lot. Based on reactions in the video, it seems like some of the recipes turned out all right, but for the most part, there

Navigating the Realm of an Aztec Water Goddess and One of the Five Suns

The Aztecs placed an array of important life elements in the hands of Chalchiuhtlicue. She was primarily a goddess of freshwater, thus her domain included lakes, rivers, and streams. But she also became the patroness of navigation and was believed to have been the protector of women in labor and their new-born babies.

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I crossed 3 countries in 14 hours on 4 trains and a bus. And I'm not dead.

With that thought pulsing through my addled brain, I stand staring at the wrought-iron structure of the Victorian-era Newcastle station at 6:30 in the morning. I've been awake for an hour or so. Sometime tonight, barring any surprises, I'll be in Spain. Between here and there, over 1,000 miles, three high-speed trains, a subway, and a bus. Adding in time waiting or transferring between stations, and the next 14 hours are spoken for.

10 cheap ways to make your home smarter

The $50 iDevices Outdoor Switch offers two outlets for automating anything you'd like to plug in near your patio. It's ideal for seasonal decorations or outdoor lamps and heaters, and it comes with energy monitoring and scheduling. The iDevices Outdoor Switch works with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.


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iPhone X vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which one's right for you?

Future-proofing : Overall, I'd recommend the iPhone 8 Plus to anyone who wants a big-screen iPhone with a familiar design. But keep in mind that sticking to features like the home button and the fingerprint reader for now may just be delaying the inevitable. With other phones adopting screen notches, animated emoji and face unlock, the iPhone X may just be the first of many iPhones that iterate on all these new features. So while you can price the iPhone X's hardware goodies at $200, you may also want to consider that extra cost the same way CNET editor Scott Stein considers it -- as a "tax" on the future tech to come.

Watch Ben Affleck (yes, Ben Affleck) predict Spotify and Netflix streaming way back in 2003

Watch Ben Affleck (yes, Ben Affleck) predict Spotify and Netflix streaming way back in 2003

Academic gives totally normal TV interview with a cat on his head

Targalski didn't even paws (sorry) as Lisio crawled up his arm, perching on his human's shoulder and grooming Targalski's ear. When the pesky scene-stealer blocked Targalski's eyes with his tail, Targalski just kept talking about the serious subject matter and held the cat's tail down.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs begins his path back to the top | Cult of Mac

July 8, 1997: Steve Jobs begins his path to becoming CEO of Apple, after former CEO Gil Amelio officially  departs the company on the back of a massive quarterly loss. Also leaving Apple is Ellen Hancock, executive vice president of technology.

Silence annoying Samsung notifications on your Galaxy S9 forever

These are different than your usual notifications from apps like Facebook and Gmail, so you won't be able to silence them through the usual notification settings menu.

Neymar and Brazil roll out of World Cup and into Twitter memes

There’s always an insect moment in football like world cup 2014 there was a grasshopper on James Rodriguez’s shoulder, 2016 euro a moth on Ronaldo’s eyelid and now the 2018 world cup a dragonfly on Lloris’s lips

I crossed 3 countries in 14 hours on 4 trains and a bus. And I'm not dead.

With that thought pulsing through my addled brain, I stand staring at the wrought-iron structure of the Victorian-era Newcastle station at 6:30 in the morning. I've been awake for an hour or so. Sometime tonight, barring any surprises, I'll be in Spain. Between here and there, over 1,000 miles, three high-speed trains, a subway, and a bus. Adding in time waiting or transferring between stations, and the next 14 hours are spoken for.

How to enable Find My Device on Android

That's all there is to it. Once enabled, you can then go to and locate your phone, play a sound, lock, or wipe your device. I suggest you take care of this as soon as you get a new Android phone or tablet. If Find My Device isn't enabled, and your Android phone is stolen or lost, you can't use the feature. That, my friends, would be a shame. Use it, or lose it.

In defense of the old-school alarm clock

I sleep through tornadoes; lights don't bother me. My parents used to set multiple alarm clocks -- one on the other side of my bedroom at full volume -- so I had to stand up to turn it off. It was genius/I hated it. My phone won't work for that. I don't always want to stash it on the other side of the room overnight.

Wake up smarter with these 7 superpowered alarm clocks

A basic alarm clock obviously won't cost you very much, but if that's your preferred way to wake up, why not spend a little more on a nice one? After all, your alarm clock is the first thing you'll interact with each and every day (or every weekday, at least). And, if you're willing to splurge, you'll find extra features that'll put your old Casio to shame.

Tencent seeks to list its music arm in the US | ZDNet

Tencent, whose popular messaging app WeChat has topped 1 billion active users, is also leading the music streaming market in China, as its three popular platforms, QQ Music, Kugou, and Kuo, own a combined 76 percent shares of the Chinese music streaming market with over 600 million monthly active users (MAUs), according to research firm DCCI.

YouTuber says he was accused of infringing his own song

YouTube's Content ID system allows rights holders a way to claim content at scale by finding matches to content they submit to us and giving them an automated way to identify, block, and even make money from uploads of their content. We rely on copyright holders to only claim the content they truly own. The accuracy of our matching systems can only ever be as good as the accuracy of what copyright holders submit. We have review teams that work to catch and prevent inaccurate claims, take action against copyright holders who knowingly or repeatedly cause errors, and we offer a robust dispute process for users who believe their video was claimed in error.

How to Convert PDFs to Word Documents

The ways to do this are numerous. Sites like Nitro's PDF to Word Converter will easily do a one-at-a-time conversion in either direction and email you the result. Of course, Nitro would prefer to sell you some software, which is handy if you've got hundreds or thousands of PDFs that need conversion.

Nightmare wasp species wields a giant stinger

The stinger has a dual purpose. The wasp uses it to inject venom and for laying eggs into spiders or spider egg sacs. The venom paralyzes the spider allowing the female wasp to lay its eggs on its victim. The babies hatch as larvae and help themselves to the paralyzed arachnid.

Your iPhone or iPad probably indicates you're well off | Cult of Mac

“Knowing whether someone owns an iPad in 2016 allows us to guess correctly whether the person is in the top or bottom income quartile 69 percent of the time. Across all years in our data, no individual brand is as predictive of being high-income as owning an Apple iPhone in 2016,” wrote Marianne Bertrand and Emir Kamenica from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

How to create and edit plain text files in iOS with Textor

Textor was introduced recently on Apple's App Store, and the free app has quickly won over many plain text users as a simple way to open nearly any file in place, edit, and save it back to the Files app. Learn how easy it is to use the Textor app to create and edit files in iOS 11.

Apple’s Shortcuts will flip the switch on Siri’s potential

This opens the door to more specialized types of apps that don’t necessarily have to grow a huge audience and serve them ads – if you can make something that helps people, Shortcuts can help them use your app more than ever before (and without as much effort). Developers can make a great experience for when people visit the app, but also focus on actually doing something useful too.

Own an iPhone? New study says you're probably rich.

"Knowing whether someone owns an iPad in 2016 allows us to guess correctly whether the person is in the top or bottom income quartile 69 percent of the time," wrote the researchers. "Across all years in our data, no individual brand is as predictive of being high-income as owning an Apple iPhone in 2016."

England fans storm London IKEA after World Cup win over Sweden

What in the name of a reasonably priced Billy bookcase is going on here?! Well, England's World Cup fans are notoriously ... enthusiastic about celebrating their team's victories. There's been beer flinging , the pummeling of a perfectly innocent bus , and that time a guy stripped completely down with only his hand covering his little soccer balls.

Tom Holland remembers Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko: 'This guy crushed it'

Holland tweeted, "We all want to leave our mark on the world - this guy crushed it. He made so many people so happy and changed lives - most of all, mine! Thank you Steve - your life lives on man, thank you."

Another fitness app revealed the location of overseas soldiers

Specifically, Bellingcat notes that Polar's Polar Flow app "is revealing the homes and lives of people exercising in secretive locations, such as intelligence agencies, military bases and airfields, nuclear weapons storage sites, and embassies around the world."


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How to install and use Gitkraken on Ubuntu with snap

Since we're connecting Gitkraken to GitHub, click on the Sign in with GitHub button. This will open up your default browser, wherein you are asked to login to your GitHub account. Once you've successfully logged in, you will then be required to authorize Axosoft access to your GitHub account. Click Authorize Axosoft. Once you've click the authorize button, you'll be taken back to the GitKraken client, where you must agree to the EULA. Click the checkbox and then click I Agree. With the login and the EULA taken care of, it's time to start using GitKraken.

Gal Gadot dressed like Wonder Woman to visit real-life superheroes at children's hospital

Warning: You're going to need Wonder Woman-level strength to make it through these photos without melting into a pile of happy tears. Oh, you thought the ending of the first Wonder Woman emotionally wrecked you? It has nothing on this.

Dear Apple: Here's all the cool stuff we want in the 2018 iPhone

Whether Apple eventually unveils two or three new iPhones come September -- and no matter what they're called -- there are plenty of features we'd like to see in the new models. Here are our top priorities -- along with our guess on the likelihood of each one being implemented in the top-end model.

30 U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials | Hacker News

> “The resolution as originally drafted placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children,” an H.H.S. spokesman said in an email. “We recognize not all women are able to breast-feed for a variety of reasons. These women should have the choice and access to alternatives for the health of their babies, and not be stigmatized for the ways in which they are able to do so.” The spokesman asked to remain anonymous in order to speak more freely. reply

The Walking Dead season 9 poster reveals a wrecked Washington

And flying just above them is a mysterious helicopter, one that was glimpsed during the previous season. The helicopter holds a lot of promise to potentially change up the show, which enters season 9 with behind-the-scenes change-ups with new executive producer Angela Kang, the planned departure of Andrew Lincoln's Grimes and the possible departure of Lauren Cohan's Maggie from the series (the actress is set to lead ABC's upcoming Whiskey Cavalier series).

Why this giant hamburger in the desert makes us hungry for 'Fortnite'

During the launch last month, the rocket propelled toward the sky, and appeared to crack a bubble over the map. These thread-like cracks spread throughout the game and caused "rifts" that seemed to suck objects to another place or possibly other dimension. This giant burger, known in the game as "Durr Burger," has vanished, along with a giant tomato and other various in-game objects.

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How to use the Firefox Multi-Account Containers extension

That's all there is to adding another layer of privacy to the Firefox browser. I highly recommend making use of this extension, especially if you depend upon social networking to help spread the word of your business or services. The last thing you want is to allow those sites to easily track your web footprint. With the Firefox Multi-Account Containers extension, you gain a bit of added privacy while also enabling you to use multiple accounts for any site you use. Give this extension a go, and see if it doesn't wind up becoming a permanent fixture in Firefox.

Serverless computing could unleash a new startup ecosystem

S. Somasgear, managing director at Madrona Ventures says that even as serverless removes complexity, it creates a new set of issues, which in turn creates openings for startups. “It is complicated because we are trying to create this abstraction layer over the underlying infrastructure and telling the developers that you don’t need to worry about it. But that means, there are a lot of tools that have to exist in place — whether it is development tools, deployment tools, debugging tools or monitoring tools — that enable the developer to know certain things are happening when you’re operating in a serverless environment.

HTC sales plummet 68 percent in June

HTC on Monday said it will lay off 1, 500 employees , or about 22 percent of its workforce, to cut costs and help it return to profitability, according to a tweet from Bloomberg's Taipei bureau chief, Samson Ellis. HTC confirmed the layoffs, but declined to give specific numbers.

37 Baidu’s autonomous buses will start transporting passengers in Japan next year

FROM CHINA, WITH LOVE.  On Wednesday, Internet giant Baidu (the Google of China) announced a new partnership. Baidu has agreed to produce 10 of its self-driving Apolong buses for  SB Drive , a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, according to a Bloomberg report . Chinese bus manufacturer King Long will handle the production of the autonomous buses, which could arrive in Japan as soon as early-2019. Company executives made the announcement at Baidu Create 2018, the company’s annual AI developer conference in Beijing.

Vacuum features that make cleaning your floors easier

Most vacuums will come with a large list of features. Here are a few we find helpful, starting with one that's become commonplace on modern vacs: The dust bin.

Fitness app Polar exposed locations of spies and military personnel

"Currently the vast majority of Polar customers maintain the default private profiles and private sessions data settings, and are not affected in any way by this case," said the statement. "While the decision to opt-in and share training sessions and GPS location data is the choice and responsibility of the customer, we are aware that potentially sensitive locations are appearing in public data, and have made the decision to temporarily suspend the Explore API."

ISRO conducts key crew escape test for human space mission | ISRO | pad abort test | crew escape system | Human Spaceflight Programme | Satish Dhawan Space Centre | science news | space research | space science | india news | onmanorama

“It should happen sometime soon. Hope the policy decision will be in as well. We need a vision document. Vikram Sarabhai had a vision for India’s space programmes and ISRO is reaping the benefits now. Similarly, a vision and will is needed to take the manned space programme to its intended destination,” says the famous astronaut, who was the 128th man to have gone to space on April 3, 1984.


It shows up when you’ve seen all the posts from the past two days. It’s just like in the pic. I don’t follow a lot of people so that pops up frequently.

10 surprising things you can cook in the microwave

Put 1 cup long grain white rice, 2 cups water (sometimes I like to use 1 cup milk and 1 cup water for creamy rice), and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a microwavable bowl and mix the ingredients together. Cook it on high for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the rice is tender.

The best ways to boost the sound of your vinyl records

So you've got a turntable, and you've got some records to play. Now what? To get the most out of your collection, you'll need to set up and maintain your turntable as well as care for your precious vinyl.

5 clever ways to use Google Jamboard tablet apps even without a Jamboard

Importantly, you can use the Jamboard software without the Jamboard device. The Android and iPad tablet apps let you do almost everything you can do on the physical Jamboard device. With G Suite and the Jamboard app on a tablet, you have a collaborative whiteboard with you wherever you go. (As of June 2018, the Android and iPad phone apps allow access to fewer features.) The Android app also works on Chromebooks that support Android apps. You may view Jam files in a browser at , as well.

Firefox and the 4-year battle to have Google to treat it as a first-class citizen | ZDNet

As for Google's flagship search page, Firefox users get an inferior version that does not even have the tools bar that allows users to narrow searches down by date. I find it hard to believe that in 2018, the world's most visited web page cannot find the small amount of time and resources it would take to deliver a comparable page to non-WebKit browsers, even if they do make up a minuscule amount of its visitors.

The five best Android tablets you can buy right now (July 2018)

Even though tablets aren’t the most popular tech right now, there are still some fantastic options on the market. Those who continue to make tablets are really pushing the bar for what we can expect from them. Today, we’ve compiled a list of some of your best options if you want to pick up a tablet from any price range. These are listed in no particular order. Here is our list of the Best Android Tablets!

Timehop breach hits 21 million users due to a lack of 2FA on cloud services | ZDNet

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An immodest proposal: it’s time for scooter superhighways

“If a problem cannot be solved,” Donald Rumsfeld once wrote, “enlarge it.” I’m not about to praise him for his accomplishments, but he had a pretty good eye for diagnoses. Which takes us to the problem of urban transit. I complained recently that I didn’t care about scooter startups, because I couldn’t imagine cities ever changing in a way which made scooters really work. But lo, the scales have fallen from my eyes.

50 Drake's new album is the first to stream 1 billion times in a week

The timing is more than a little convenient. It's also the first week where the Billboard 200 will give more weight to paid streams , virtually guaranteeing that Drake will top the charts for the week ( Billboard may have released its figures by the time you read this) with the equivalent of 700,000 albums sold. This isn't just about bragging rights, then. It shows that streaming is not only large enough to play a major role in charts, but can provide an overwhelming advantage to artists who thrive in that space... particularly when they have some promotional help .

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56 Windows 10 Surface Phone? Code hints at dual-screen device with 360-degree hinge | ZDNet
57 Elon Musk's muskiest moments of 2018, so far
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59 A crash course in organic chemistry
60 'Destiny 2' brings back rewards for lifetime achievements
61 The pink coffin pool toy is this summer's most relatable accessory
63 Best iPhone 2018 leaked photos and renders so far
64 Five new MacBook models are in the works, first product listings show
65 How to Teach Siri to Pronounce Names, Learn Nicknames
66 China Finds Zen: Begins Production Of x86 Processors Based On AMD's IP
67 Uncharted's developers just revealed a bizarre secret about Nathan Drake
68 7 tips for arranging job shadow days at your company
69 This might explain why your electricity bill is so high
70 Baidu no-code EasyDL tool could democratize AI for small businesses, bridge talent gap
71 Razer Huntsman Elite review
72 FLIR Leptopn 1/2/3 on the OpenMV Cam H7
73 Mathew Ingram on Instagram: “Remains of the day”
74 Smartphone fingerprint sensor checks body temperature to boost biometric security
75 The Best Gaming Headphones of 2018
76 Archaeologists unravel secrets of 18,700-year-old burial of the Red Lady of el Miron
77 How to recover data encrypted with Apple's FileVault 2
78 US Army researchers think 3-armed super-soldiers are the future of combat
79 Seagate gets back into the flash storage game with BarraCuda SSDs
80 Hundreds of naked Australians brave the cold for mass nude photoshoot
81 The top stories of 2018 (so far) in pictures
82 SSD vs. HDD: What's the Difference?
83 Top 5: Things vendors do that drive CISOs crazy
84 Former Facebook exec: Social media is ripping apart society
85 Great Pacific Garbage Patch expands ocean pollution problem
86 How to Manage Your Amazon Kindle Devices and Content
87 Social Media Use in 2018
88 Uncharted's developers just revealed a bizarre secret about Nathan Drake
89 The Best Cheap Laptops of 2018
90 Hidden Tricks Inside Microsoft's Translator App
91 This is how I went dark in Australia’s surveillance state for 2 years
92 Graphics card prices could drop by 20% thanks to cryptocurrency slump
93 AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?