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Today in Apple history: iMac G3 arrives to save Apple

On August 15, 1998, the colorful iMac G3 goes on sale to a rabid audience. It's the world's first internet-ready computer

Apple pulls Group FaceTime from macOS Mojave beta 6 | Cult of Mac

Apple just released macOS Mojave beta 6 to the public. Betas usually bring new capabilities, but the latest is missing a feature.

Tension-taming videos of pancake art are all we want to watch right now

Featuring the 'Mona Lisa' in pancake form.

Alexa and Cortana are finally on speaking terms

Siri is still persona non grata, though.

These DIY lasers scare the crap out of YouTube

A chemist YouTuber has apparently had several of his videos flagged for being a bit too close to dangerous -- odd, considering what else is on the site.

South Korean women protest against growing epidemic of spycam porn

South Korean women took to the streets of Seoul and protested against the issue of spycam porn. The hidden filming devices are hidden in public bathrooms.

AI service gives 'Overwatch' players in-game coaching

Visor examines more than 150,000 data points while you play Overwatch to provide instant tips and track your performance.

What's new in iOS 12 beta 7 & 8

The eighth developer beta of iOS 12 quickly corrects some of the issues we saw in the retracted seventh beta seven. Now that our devices are usable again, AppleInsider takes a look at new features and improvements in the seventh and eighth betas of iOS 12.

Dollar Shave Club’s men’s magazine “Mel” grows up

<i>Mel</i> is leaving Medium and trying to grow to new heights. Does this Unilever-owned brand’s publication present a model for branded content that doesn’t suck?

Indie gem 'Gone Home' will arrive on Nintendo Switch August 23rd

The Switch's indie collection keeps getting more robust.

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Microsoft and Amazon launch preview for cross-device collaboration between Alexa and Cortana

I’m, for example, worried about accidentally calling Cortana by the other assistant’s name in a meeting and treating my co-workers to an update on the wrong order. Alexa blurting out what my fiancee and I, hypothetically, ordered on Amazon to celebrate our anniversary could present an unprofessional business atmosphere. But, that’s why both companies are involved in the preview: So all of you can help them work out their kinks before my colleagues hear about mine.

Google One cheaper cloud storage available to all | Cult of Mac

Google One was unveiled this spring , promising 2TB of online storage at half the cost of the old Google Drive. As of now, you can actually subscribe to this service, which wasn’t possible before.

4 Samsung's Exynos modem will make 5G phones real

Samsung has unveiled a 5G modem that meets all the latest standards and can hit 6Gbps mmWave speeds . The Exynos Modem 5100, built using Samsung's 10-nanometer process, conforms to the latest 3GPP release 15 spec for sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G spectrums. At the same time, it's compatible with current 2G, 3G and LTE standards, with speeds as high as 1.6Gbps on advanced 4G networks.


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Fitbit Charge 3 could have a full touchscreen but no GPS

The Fitbit Charge 2 doesn’t have GPS either, but this seemed like one of the most obvious upgrades for the new model, so it will be a shame if the Charge 3 doesn’t have it. Still, this is all just rumors for now and we should know the truth before too long, as the Fitbit Charge 3 will probably launch before the end of the year.

Photos: The best smartwatches for professionals

Garmin's vívomove HR hybrid smartwatch comes in a range of colors and styles. It offers heart rate monitoring, all-day stress tracking and relaxation timer, VO2 max fitness monitoring, step count, smart notifications, music controls and a long battery life of up to 5 days in smart mode and 2 weeks in watch mode. $299.99 in silver with a dark brown leather band.

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The desktop is (finally) dead

The cloud is nothing new, but its rapid adoption by the consumer market and companies of all sizes has been staggering. A few short years ago, many were wondering whether the cloud was a fad, and now it's the default mode for deploying technology. With most of your data, processing, and storage located somewhere in the ether, a powerful general-purpose computing device makes a lot less sense. Sure, most cloud applications are still accessed through conventional computers. But now that the infrastructure has moved, the end-user devices are freed to evolve in new ways.

10 'Diablo III' arrives on the Nintendo Switch this fall

The local multiplayer is flexible: Four gamers can play on a single Switch console, or up to four of the systems can connect for a local co-op session, no WiFi needed. The game will be playable through the Nintendo Switch Online service (which launches next month), which will also host cloud saves.


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If you use Google Maps, Google is tracking you right now. Even if you turned off Location History, the search giant still tracks and stores your location. There's a way to stop it—but it takes a lot of digging. Here’s a handy step-by-step guide. 1/

T-Mobile gets personal with customer support and teams up with Pandora

Traditionally when you would call for support you would get a robot or bounced from person to person, hoping to find someone who could solve your problem. All the while having to re-explain your issue again and again to each new agent. T-Mobile is putting a stop to all of this madness. Beginning today when you call you’ll get a real person and not just any person but a Team of Experts.

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Even with these horrible (enforced) changes, I’ll continue to use Tweetbot (for the time being) because I’d stop using Twitter entirely rather than use their car-crash of an app

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16 Twitter bans Alex Jones, Infowars from tweeting for seven days

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc has banned U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website Infowars from tweeting for seven days, saying their tweets violated company’s rules against abusive behavior.

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still carrying bloatware and another wasted opportunity not to release with stock android out of the box, also Exyonos only in EU? It's bested by the Snapdragon which in turn is bested by the A11. £1000 for this? No thanks

Popular quiz app HQ Trivia goes big with new Apple TV app | Cult of Mac

With an audience of hundreds of thousands of daily participants, HQ Trivia’s move to Apple TV could be a big boost for the platform’s games and give HQ Trivia more players. The app has already been downloaded over 12.5 million times on iOS and Android. Growth of the appears to have slowed a bit though. After being downloaded 2 million times in February, HQ Trivia was only downloaded an estimated 560,000 times in July.

New MacBook Air reportedly slated for Q3 launch | Cult of Mac

“The second quarter was the transition period when Apple was preparing for the releases of the upcoming new MacBook devices for the year. TrendForce therefore expects MacBook shipments to again post a large QoQ increase in 3Q18, as Apple will be releasing a new MacBook Pro at the start of the quarter and a new MacBook Air at the end of the quarter.”


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Fat cats can order their gold-dipped 2018 iPhones right now | Cult of Mac

Apple’s next-gen iPhones haven’t even been announced yet, but already a few rich folks are seemingly worried about how they’ll stand out from the pack with a boring old regular 2018 Apple handset. Fortunately, the gold-plating firm Goldgenie has a six or even seven-figure answer for them.

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These devices should be for those with limited abilities and special needs. In other words for the elderly lady who said “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” - not for the student who asks “What is the capital of the United States?”.

25 Uber narrows loss but still a long way from profitability

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc said on Wednesday it narrowed its quarterly losses from a year earlier, although the ride-hailing company is still a long way from proving it can be profitable as it gears up to go public in 2019.

Everything you need to know about your iPhone camera's shutter speed | Cult of Mac

There are other aspects of shutter speed you might want to look into. How it works (or doesn’t work) with flash, for example. But for iPhone photography, the above covers most of what you need to know. If you want to experiment with setting the shutter speed yourself, you’ll need a manual camera app to do it, or just dig out your old camera. Lightroom is my favorite iPhone camera app right now, and Halide is also pretty good. Have fun.

27 Climate change has doubled the frequency of ocean heatwaves | Hacker News

Nuclear. That's the point of the endless drone of climate change articles. To convince you that something must be done, and that maybe Blinky the three eyed fish is actually kinda cute. They really don't have any other solution waiting in the wings. Renewables have never been enough to meet global demand. It has to be nuclear. You're okay with radiation, right? Cool, let's do it. Nuclear. reply

Henry Ford Museum celebrates iMac G3 birthday by exhibiting all 13 ‘flavors’ | Cult of Mac

Do you know your Sage from your Grape? How about your Bondi Blue from your Graphite? And who in their right mind could forget Flower Power or Blue Dalmatian?

Throwboy pillows will help the Apple Geek dream different

The pictures she posted of the pillows got passed around enough times to go viral and soon, Hoyos was receiving unintended orders for pillows on a daily basis. Things didn’t work out with the recipient of his first pillows, but the company Throwboy was born. Based in Seattle, the bulk of its orders are for emoji pillows but Hoyos has developed other items, such as t-shirts and hats, for techies who are all about expressing their wired selves.

Pocket is the best reading list app [Cult of Mac's Essential iOS Apps #49]

Pocket is a link and news article saving app/service, designed to make it quick and easy to save articles for later. Originally a browser extension called Read It Later, the services has been around for over a decade. The service also offers bookmarklets for Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Edge, as well as an iOS Share Sheet extension, making it quick and easy to save articles where ever you find them on the web.

Apple runs afoul of the Japanese government again | Cult of Mac

The Japanese Fair Trade Commission is investigating, considering this a possible violation of the country’s Anti-Monopoly Act. But Yahoo doesn’t seem to be cooperating with the investigation. It’s still afraid of losing the money it makes from the App Store by cooperating with the authorities.

Max Macs: The 20 most important Macintosh computers of all time | Cult of Mac

Today marks 20 years since the launch of the Bondi Blue iMac , the product that helped set Apple back on the right course. The iMac definitely revolutionized the personal computer industry, but which other Macs rank as Apple’s most game-changing machines?

iOS 12 Beta 8: Everything New in the Latest Beta

After pulling the iOS 12 beta 7 update  due to performance issues, Apple today released the beta 8 of the OS to developers and public beta testers. Apart from fixing the slow app loading issue that plagued the original beta 7, the latest iOS 12 beta also brings about a host of other small changes.

Eye tracking for gamers: seeing is believing

But it’s more than good enough for gaming, which is what I’m really interested in. Supported games will each offer different features, but the one that’s most common is ‘extended view’. Essentially, this lets you move the camera with your eyes: if you look at the edge of your screen, the camera will move that way. It won’t fully turn – it’s more of a gentle pan in that direction – but it’s a useful way of taking a glance at anything that’s just out of shot.

Defcon hacking challenge swings a sledgehammer at unlucky computers

The d(struct)20 event ups the ante, though. Every 10 minutes, a random player is picked to roll a 20-sided die, and as in Dungeons and Dragons, the role-playing game that also uses a d20 die to determine a player's progress, the lower the number, the worse the outcome. For example, a 20 would mean you're safe, but a 4 would mean your laptop gets introduced to a sledgehammer.

Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad: Expensive but luxurious

Office workers spend hundreds of hours a year typing. While functionality always takes precedence, keyboard style shouldn't be overlooked. Apple's Magic Keyboard gets both right.

37 SEC Sends Subpoena to Tesla in Probe Over Musk Tweets

Federal regulators have subpoenaed Tesla Inc., ramping up an investigation into Chief Executive Elon Musk’s tweet last week that he had secured funding to take the electric-car maker private.

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Update: Tesla has reportedly received subpoenas from the US Securities and Exchange Commission, indicating that the agency is probing into Elon Musk's Twitter activity. activity.

39 The advantage of Artificial Intelligence in market research

It’s important we address why facilitating open-ended questions that provide active data are important to accurately understand a group of people. Active data is the type of data you get from a person when you actively engage them, talk to them, and get to know what’s on their mind. Thus, active data gives you a clear insight into how someone thinks. In other words, passive data gives the “what” while active data gives the “why.” In addition, when you only observe behaviors passively, you paint a picture about someone as they currently behave - and you never understand their motivations, inspirations, and who they’re striving to become. People are more than data points - it’s crucial to engage with people and collect more than yes or no answers. Artificial intelligence helps you better segment, analyze, and understand this free-form, qualitative data on a deeper level with the right tools.

40 Google provides data on U.S. political advertising

(Reuters) - Google has added a section to its twice-yearly transparency report to show who buys U.S. election ads on its platform and how much money is spent on political advertising, the search engine giant said on Wednesday.

Save big on little things [Deals & Steals] | Cult of Mac

In today’s Deals & Steals roundup, you’ll find big discounts on little things that can make your life better. Stuff like MFi-certified Lightning cables, a sweet MacBook stand, a wireless iPhone charger, a tiny cube that puts plenty of AC and USB ports on your desktop, and a Steve Jobs biopic that’s a bit of a guilty pleasure.

How to save a LibreOffice document to an SSH server

I'm going to show you how easy it is to save that document to your remote SSH-enabled server—without having to install anything outside of LibreOffice. I'll demonstrate on LibreOffice (installed on Elementary OS) and save to Ubuntu Server 16.04.

How to go beyond passwords in Windows 10

You're not going to leave your face or fingerprint behind the way you could forget a password, but you still need a way to log in if you've got a cut on your finger or are working in unusually dark or bright surroundings where a facial recognition camera can't see you clearly. The fallback for biometrics that aren't recognised is still called a PIN, but as well as numbers it can include special characters and upper and lower-case letters like a password. Enterprise policies dictate how complex PINs have to be (the home edition of Windows 10 is happy with just four digits in your PIN). But it's the fact that they're only stored on the device (not roamed to other devices with the same account) and only used to unlock the authentication key used to sign requests to servers (not sent to a server the way a password is) that make PINs more secure than passwords. Plus, PINs are stored in the TPM, whereas passwords aren't.

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Only movie in my area is The Meg. So no. Canceled and it looks like I’ll have to cancel my debit card because people are still being charged after canceling this month. They won’t get my money again.

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The EPA plans to break up with science -- here's what you can do about it

The proposed rule would—for no rational reason—prevent EPA from relying on much of the research that the signatories, their institutions, and other public health and environmental exposure researchers have conducted and continue to conduct. The rule will cripple EPA’s ability to implement the aforementioned Statutes and will jeopardize the health and safety of infants, children, and adults in the United States and beyond.

Before taking that DNA test: Six things you need to know | ZDNet

As DNA testing becomes more common, more and more of us are spitting saliva. But what exactly is a DNA test? How does it work? What are the implications? We try to answer these questions here.

SEC ruling suggests cryptocurrency airdrops violate securities law

Tomahawk’s issuance of tokens under the Bounty Program constituted an offer and sale of securities because the Company provided TOM to investors in exchange for services designed to advance Tomahawk’s economic interests and foster a trading market for its securities. Tomahawk and Laurance violated Sections 5(a) and 5(c) of the Securities Act by offering and selling TOM without having a registration statement filed or in effect with the Commission or qualifying for an exemption from registration with the Commission.

How to print from your Android smartphone or tablet

Now take out your Android device. You’ll need to have the Google Cloud Print app installed on your phone/tablet. Some handsets already have it onboard, but if yours doesn’t you can always download it from the Play Store . You won’t have to run the app once you install it, because it functions as an add-on.

Report: Apple may launch a new MacBook Air in September or October

The second quarter was the transition period when Apple was preparing for the releases of the upcoming new MacBook devices for the year. TrendForce therefore expects MacBook shipments to again post a large [quarter over quarter] increase in Q3 2018, as Apple will be releasing a new MacBook Pro at the start of the quarter and a new MacBook Air at the end of the quarter.

51 Top 10 hidden iOS 11.4 shortcuts and tricks for the iPhone | ZDNet
52 Want a new iPhone or Android smartphone? Here's how and where to sell or trade your current model | ZDNet
53 Back to school with Alexa: The ultimate guide | ZDNet
54 Fitbit may give the Charge 3 a touchscreen but not GPS
55 Lenovo swings to forecast-beating first quarter profit; PC revenue...
56 Adobe fixes critical code execution flaws in latest patch update | ZDNet
57 Report: Elon Musk’s “taking Tesla private” tweets attract SEC subpoena
58 Artificial Intelligence robot to star in upcoming Tony Kaye movie
59 I don't want to stream with Ninja, either
60 ​Oracle Database on Windows: Patch this flaw now, we fixed it on Linux in July | ZDNet
61 SEC scrutiny of Tesla grows as Goldman hints at adviser role
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63 OneDrive tips and tricks: How to master Microsoft's free cloud storage | ZDNet
64 This is the lowest price ever on Sony's DPT-RP1 digital-paper tablet | ZDNet
65 Facebook still can’t shake hate speech in Myanmar
66 Los Angeles Metro will deploy body scanners for security
67 The Motorola phones getting Android P: Moto Z3, Z2, X4, G6
68 Striving to be seen: Black Girl Gamers on Twitch
69 A Boston Globe editorial: Journalists are not the enemy - The Boston Globe
70 Samsung Harman Kardon sound bars aiming for the high-end Atmos enthusiast
71 80% of IT business leaders believe employees need mobile devices to do their jobs
72 India's taking another shot at making it to the moon
73 Google made the Titan Key to toughen up your online security
74 Octagonal Walled, Pyramidal Chinese Tomb Whispers Ancient Moral Messages
75 The Motorola phones getting Android Pie: Moto Z3, Z2, X4, G6
76 NBN doubles revenue for AU$2b in FY18, readies for FttC | ZDNet
77 She works for Trump. He can’t stand him. This is life with Kellyanne and George Conway.
78 Manage storage in Windows 10
79 Intel steals Nvidia's thunder with sneak peek at its first discrete GPU in years
80 This might explain why your electricity bill is so high
81 Watch Apple Park's massive motorized cafeteria doors open in this video
82 Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras: everything we know so far
83 Best Buy buys Jitterbug phone maker GreatCall for $800M
84 8 simple Microsoft Office 365 best practices for making your documents more accessible
85 This 4-pack of smart outlets costs under $20
86 Walmart gains patent to eavesdrop on shoppers and employees in stores
87 Your favorite Twitter clients are about to get less useful
88 Discoveries in Spanish cave suggest Neanderthals had hot water and bedrooms
89 Microsoft Is Giving Away a Gold-Plated Xbox One X - IGN
90 An Excel macro that deletes blank rows in a specified range