Extremely rare Apple I sells for $815,000 | Cult of Mac
Bidding for the extremely rare "Celebration Apple I" being auctioned by CharityBuzz closed today and while the lot failed to break the record for the most
Dirty jokes from museum field trip live forever on YouTube
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Domino’s is testing pizza delivery by drone
Pizza and drones—what could be better? Domino's Pizza in New Zealand conducted its first public pizza delivery by drone
"A good field is one in which you don’t mind even the least interesting part of your job."
Remains of the Day: Apple Issues Important iOS Security Update
Security researchers have discovered an unprecedented exploit on iOS that was used by a “digital arms dealer” to spy on political dissidents and high-value targets.
Apple Plans iPhone for Japan With Tap-to-Pay for Subways
Apple Inc. is planning a new iPhone feature for Japan that will enable users to pay for mass-transit rides with their smartphones instead of physical payment cards. A future iPhone will include technology called FeliCa, a mobile tap-to-pay standard in Japan developed by Sony Corp., according to people familiar with the matter.
Playing solitaire and tic-tac-toe is as easy as a Google search
A Google search is handy for getting info on nearly anything , but now the company is making it easier to play two timeless games on both mobile and the web. When you search for "solitaire" or "tic-tac-toe," you'll be able to play them both from the comforts of your browser on the desktop or inside the Google app on your phone or tablet. The company has been keen on adding these bits of whimsy to its search tool for a while now as these games follow animal sounds and a coin flip . You know, in case you need to decide who's picking up the check in today's cashless society. There's also those Google Doodles that have been a mainstay for years, most recently offering Olympic-themed games .
Report: Apple Prepping Snapchat-Like Video App
people familiar with Apple's strategy," Bloomberg says Apple is testing a standalone app that would let users record video and add things like filters and drawings before sending them to friends or posting to social networks like Twitter.
Leslie Jones hack being investigated by Dept. of Homeland Security
The hack of Leslie Jones' website, which included the leaking of personal information and even nude photos, is now the subject of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Snapchat is bringing its real-time sports filters to high schools
“Dynamic Geofilters are a visual and timely way for sports fans to express the here and now of the game in their Snaps,” Ben Schwerin, Snapchat's director of partnerships said in a statement. “ScoreStream’s crowd-sourced content is far more local and personal than any other sports content currently available, and will fuel the high school spirit of our Snapchatters like never before.”
Wikileaks Will Publish More Clinton Campaign Data (and Probably More Personal Info, Too)
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange promised to leak “ thousands ” of documents from the Clinton campaign on Wednesday during an interview with Fox News’s Megyn Kelly. He also said the documents would be “ significant ” in the context of the presidential election. Assange vowed to publish the data before the November election because he believes “people have the right to understand who they’re electing.”
Update Your iPhone Now
The software update that Apple just released for every iPhone and iPad doesn’t activate any new features—but it does patch three enormous security holes that would allow a savvy hacker to access just about every corner of an iOS device.
Apple issues iOS 9.3.5 update, patching serious security issues discovered just 10 days ago
Apple on Thursday pushed out yet another important update for its iOS 9 operating system, addressing serious security holes apparently exploited by an Israeli hacking firm, in what could be the final patch ahead of the release of iOS 10.
iOS 9.3.5 is now available through Software Update on compatible devices, and can also be installed through iTunes on a connected Mac or PC. As with the previous release, Apple has characterized the latest build as an "important security update" recommended for all users.
Apple turned around the patch quickly, just 10 days after a pair of security researchers alerted the company to potential flaws in the OS, according to The New York Times . The issues were said to be exploited by an Israeli company called the NSO Group that specializes in tracking the mobile phones of targets.
While it's unclear just how much access the NSO Group had to devices running iOS 9, Thursday's report noted that the group had developed software that could read text messages, emails, calls, contacts and more. Whether the full range of exploits were specific to the iPhone, or if they applied to other smartphone models, is unclear.
Apple patents a way to collect iPhone thieves' fingerprints
The system is pretty simple. The Touch ID sensor, front camera and microphone are already there, they simply need to be switched on without alerting the bad guy. In one scheme, the system could capture biometric data after a single failed passcode attempt; in another, it would only store it after a pre-determined number of failed attempts. On top of storing video, audio and fingerprint data, it could save and transmit "forensic" info like a GPS location. (The patent doesn't specifically mention the iPhone or iPad, but those are Apple's only devices with fingerprint sensors.)
The iPhone 7 isn’t out yet but you can already order cases for it
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Fujifilm’s X-A3 Camera Mashes Up Retro Looks and Selfie Smarts
That’s right. As with the X-A1, the X-A3’s three-inch touchscreen tilts all the way up so you can see it from the front. This latest model, though, picks up a few tricks that help you take smarter selfies. When you flip the screen up, the camera automatically focuses on your eyes. There’s also a feature that automatically triggers the shutter when you smile, or when people huddle in front of the lens. When you’re using the camera to shoot the world around you and not just your own beaming face, the touchscreen offers smartphone-like touch-focus and pinch-to-zoom controls.
ShitpostBot 5000 Is a Viking Funeral For Memes
A bot that makes memes serves a few important purposes. Most obviously, it’s faster than a human. Even if only 20 percent of what SPB posts is funny, at nearly 50 posts a day that’s still more “good” content than most people can make. It has the capacity to surprise, because it has no understanding of what it’s doing, and as Botmin put it, “I don’t want to make the AI any smarter, and I’m sure the fans feel the same way.”
Travel Back in Time With the Master of Photo Colorization
Then comes the research. Amaral contacts historians and other experts who help her identify the right colors for objects, whether an ancient pot or a military uniform. She also references present-day photographs of the locations, ideally shot at the same time of day. And she studies people’s faces in real life to understand how light interacts with skin. “I try to be as accurate as possible with the colors, because I’m aware that this is history,” she says. “It’s not my job to modify it and make it look the way I want it to look.”
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National Parks Visitors Who Complain About Wi-Fi Should Be Thrown Into Old Faithful
I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the National Parks Service to see what kind of official complaints visitors have filed about wi-fi and cellphone service. In an effort not to overburden the Parks Service, I only filed a request for three parks: Yellowstone, Joshua Tree, and Yosemite. But as some of the most popular parks in the country, they provide an interesting snapshot of what we might see elsewhere.
The co-creator of 'Rick and Morty' just founded a VR studio
The new company hasn't yet announced any games in production, but Roiland certainly has ideas. In 2005, the creator told PCGamer that he'd filled three notebooks with VR game idea, said he's trying to figure out how to allow players to talk to virtual reality NPCs in a way that feels natural and unrestrictive. For now, though, Squanchtendo Games is mostly just looking for staff to help them build their first title. The company's website (and hilarious hand-drawn press release ) focuses almost exclusively on finding artists, designers, producers and programmers to help them build great VR experiences.
Happy Twenty-Fifth Birthday, Linux!
Linux, an operating system originally intended for PCs that can now be found on everything from servers to Android smartphones, turns 25 today. Linus Torvalds released the initial Linux kernel on August 25, 1991, and probably never guessed that the Linux ecosystem would soon grow to include tens of thousands of software developers and billions of devices.
Israeli Cyber Weapon Dealers Figured Out How to Hack Every iPhone
NSO Group, a company that sells hacking services to governments so they can spy on journalists and dissidents, exploited gaping security holes in iPhone software, according to a report byLookout Security and Citizen Lab. But don’t worry: Apple just pushed a fix.
Here's Some Of The Information Facebook Will Be Collecting From WhatsApp
WhatsApp betrayed its longstanding commitment to privacy today, when it announced plans to start sharing data with Facebook. But what data, exactly, will WhatsApp share with Facebook? The company won’t say.
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When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
I’m being asked to create a new password on dropbox.com—why, and what should I do? - Dropbox Help - Dropbox
The next time you visit dropbox.com, you may be asked to create a new password. We proactively initiated this password update prompt for Dropbox users who meet certain criteria. Specifically, we’re prompting the update for users who:
Google is giving smartphone owners yet another reason to consider a Nexus as their next device. This week finds Google rolling out Wi-Fi Assistant technology to Nexus phones running Android 5.1 or later.
Uber has already lost more than $1.2 billion this year
This comes after Uber claimed profitability in the US earlier this year -- but the company has been losing serious money trying to gain a foothold in China, where it has lost about $2 billion over the last two years. Bloomberg also says that the company is doing its best to maintain its lead in the ridesharing space in the US -- to that end, it has engaged in a price war with Lyft which is contributing to its losses. The company specifically said this week that it was willing to spend money to maintain its lead in the US, but the larger question of how long Uber can continue to lose this much cash remains. The company's strategy may be to totally dominate the space before turning to profitability, but these losses will have to stop sooner or later.
A serious attack on the iPhone was just seen in use for the first time
Earlier this month, an Emirati human rights activist named Ahmed Mansoor got a suspicious text. It promised new details of torture in the country’s state prisons, along with a link to follow if he was interested. If Mansoor had followed the link, it would have jailbroken his phone on the spot and implanted it with malware, capable of logging encrypted messages, activating the microphone and secretly tracking its movements.
The world’s first public self-driving taxi service hits Singapore roads today
Founded out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2013, NuTonomy is an MIT spin-off that specializes in self-driving vehicles and mobile robots. The company raised a chunky $16 million in May this year, in a round led by Highland Capital Partners but which also included participation from EDBI, the corporate investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board. And earlier this month, NuTonomy revealed a partnership with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) to initiate trials of an “autonomous mobility-on-demand transportation service,” it said at the time. The ultimate goal is to launch a fully commercial autonomous vehicle (AV) service some time in 2018.
Google Fiber reportedly ordered to cut costs, downsize
Building a fiber-based network is expensive and time-consuming. The company is said to have fallen "well short" of its subscriber goals.
"Turn on your PS4 and go to Settings -> PlayStation Network Account Management -> Account Information -> Security -> 2-Step Verification. You can also set it up through the web by logging into your PSN account on the web and going through the Security tab under the Account header. From there, on-screen instructions will walk you through the process of using a text message to confirm your mobile device as a secondary layer of security for your PSN account. Two-factor support is not available when logging on to older PlayStation systems, so Sony recommends you generate a 'device setup password' to help protect the PS3, Vita, or PSP."
Uber Loses at Least $1.2 Billion in First Half of 2016
In the first quarter of this year, Uber lost about $520 million before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, according to people familiar with the matter. In the second quarter the losses significantly exceeded $750 million, including a roughly $100 million shortfall in the U.S., those people said. That means Uber's losses in the first half of 2016 totaled at least $1.27 billion.
Sarah Jessica Parker Cuts Ties with EpiPen Makers After Price Gouging Controversy
I was recently involved in an initiative to raise awareness for anaphylaxsis. It’s a cause deeply important to me because of my son’s life threatening peanut allergy. The epinephrine auto-injector is a vital part of our family healthcare, as it is for the many who are at risk. I recently learned that the price of the Epi-Pen as been systematically raised by Mylan to a point that renders the medication cost-prohibitive for countless people. I’m left disappointed, saddened and deeply concerned by Mylan’s actions. I do not condone this decision and I have ended my relationship with Mylan as a direct result of it. I hope they will seriously consider the outpouring of voices of those millions of people who are dependent on the device, and take swift action to lower the cost to be more affordable for whom it is a life-saving necessity. - SJP
19 Tools to Create Social Media Content : Social Media Examiner
Consider this: According to Salesforce, almost a quarter of all adults online are on at least two social media networks. It’s no surprise that each social networking site is unique in its audience and content, making it crucial to diversify your marketing strategy to interact with your customers where they are in the medium that best fits the network.
How the minds behind Metroid Prime and Mega Man joined forces to make ReCore
"For better or for worse, I think the desire, the thirst for originals in Japan has gone down," says Inafune. "So when I thought of new ideas, I immediately looked outside. It’s almost like we’re really able to leverage our strengths in the best possible way. [Armature] had a lot of the technical skills and game-making know-how, whereas I really wanted to create this original world and it just didn’t seem feasible in the way I imagined it to look locally. I think that was, for myself, one of the biggest appeals to this collaboration. It made sense to really push aside the obstacles that come with working with a company overseas."
How to build and launch your own Slack bot
Don’t start coding right away. You cannot build a great application without a good design-first strategy and bots are no different. Bots might look like they are just conversations and have no UI/UX, but please don’t let that fool you. Take a sheet of paper and start chalking out how the user will interact with your bot and what are the major touch points. Be as detailed as possible. If done right, you would have won half the battle.
This is what happens if you bombard a PC with malware and adware
This is something we don’t have to tell our readers, but it’s recommended for everyone — especially those with a Windows PC — to have a virus scanner installed.
You Have No Idea How Hard It Is to Waterproof NYC’s Subway
And Cadogan says that since Dover ILC started contracting with New York City, transit agencies around the world have come knocking for their Flex-Gates and tunnel plugs, including Shanghai, Boston, and San Francisco: “Lots of people say, ‘if New York City is doing it, then we’re doing it, too.’” The Bay Area is especially interested in protecting underwater tunnels in the event of an earthquake, he adds. “The ramifications of losing these systems are just astronomical in terms of how much it slows commerce.”
French official threatens to sue social media users who share burkini photos
A French politician has threatened to file a lawsuit against anyone who shares photos or videos of police enforcing a ban on the burkini — the full-body bathing suit, designed for Muslim women, that has suddenly become a symbol of religious and social tensions in France. The statement comes after the widespread circulation of photos showing a Muslim woman removing her clothes in front of four male police officers on a beach in Nice.
This app will pay you for every step you take
Thanks to Sweatcoin , your steps are now worth something. The new app tracks your movements around the city and turns them into digital currency. For every 1,000 steps you earn 0.95 SWC or Sweatcoin, which can be traded for real-life products or services through the in-app store.
Assange: WikiLeaks will reveal 'thousands' more Clinton documents before the election
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange promised he’s not done leaking information that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton. During an interview yesterday with Fox’s Megyn Kelly he said the documents would be “significant” in perhaps turning the tide of the 2016 election by giving voters a better understanding who they’re electing.
LinkedIn for Android and iOS now lets you search by topic, article, or hashtag
LinkedIn has updated the search tool across both its iOS and Android apps to now include content-based results. The company introduced its content search feature that facilitates queries based on any topic or articles published on the professional social network, both by third-parties or other members.
Report: Alphabet asking Google to scale back Fiber rollout
Fiber was always a big gamble for Google, but left most dreaming of a day their city would get Gigabit internet at a reasonable cost. Now it feels like Fiber is another moonshot that just isn’t going to hit its mark.
This Twitter bot generates a new fantasy world every hour
The bot has been cranking out made-up countries since February 2016, but National Geographic has a recent interview with O'Leary that provides a fascinating new peek behind the scenes. He initially created the bot for National Novel Generation Month , a NaNoWriMo spinoff focused on creating algorithms in an attempt to generate coherent text. O'Leary instead spent a month creating an algorithm to generate continents, coastlines, and place names. The bot starts with random data points, then uses a progressive system to stream virtual water from those points, eroding drainage channels through the landscapes, and softening the edges of the coasts. It's all based in actual geological science, which makes his maps look more realistic and believable. His notes on language generation are just as fascinating and elaborate, and they come with plenty of illustrative tools to make the process clear.
Ultrarare Apple-1 falls short of expected $1M auction price
Though 70 of those computers can be accounted for today, what makes the "Celebration" unit exceedingly rare is that no known printed circuit boards of this type had ever been sold to the public, according to Steve Wozniak, who built the Apple-1s in Steve Jobs' parents' garage. That makes this particular Apple-1 most likely a prototype or a preproduction unit of some sort.
Apple's iTunes ranks fourth in JD Power satisfaction survey for paid streaming video
J.D. Power on Thursday published a new customer satisfaction survey for paid video streaming services, ranking Apple's iTunes below three major competitors.
Where chatbots fit on the Gartner hype cycle of innovation
Gartner has chronicled this dramatic hype cycle many times , and it is starting to look like Moore’s Law in terms of how predictable it has become. There’s an initial trigger, the masses react and become disillusioned, and then the trend slowly builds through a state of enlightenment and finally productivity. When reality sets in, it often proves that the initial excitement was both unfounded and inspired at the same time. It’s often all about the potential matching the reality, and the leveling of expectations is as dramatic as the initial burst of excitement.
Ubisoft delays 'The Division' DLC to fix the base game
In a blog post , Ubisoft presented a laundry list of things the so-called Update 1.4 will address: fixing a ton of bugs in its Known Issues backlog, making loot drops more relevant, tweaking enemy difficulty, balancing gear and introductory adjustments to PvP and the Dark Zone. While admitting that there are too many issues to fix before you can release your shiny new expansion must be humbling, they're going so far as offering weekly State of the Game updates for their fans. Hopefully this offers a better foundation before the Survival DLC is released so the company can avoid banning players for exploiting bugs, as happened after the first bonus content pack dropped in April.
Use Leftover Smoked Meat to Flavor Beans and Rice Dishes
Smoked meat is the usually the belle of any culinary ball it attends, but its intense flavor and fatty constitution make it a fantastic backup dancer in any bean, veggie, or rice dish.
Ex-pornstar just dropped a ridiculous lawsuit on Facebook's doorstep
A former pornstar, Paree La’Tiejira (aka Lady Paree) is suing Facebook after alleging founder Mark Zuckerberg and Co. conspired to ruin her porn career. In the suit, Paree claims Zuckerberg did nothing to stop the rumor that she was born a man from spreading on Facebook, thus ending her ability to find work.
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When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.