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Samsung spills Galaxy Note 9 early in YouTube video

Samsung New Zealand has posted the official Galaxy Note 9 introduction video to YouTube weeks early.

‘Fortnite’ streamer Ninja is the first to 10 million Twitch followers

It took your kids' favorite 'Fortnite' streamer seven years to reach the milestone.

PUBG Mobile teams with Mission: Impossible for exclusive content

PUBG Mobile players will be given the opportunity to unlock exclusive Mission: Impossible — Fallout content in-game.

Lidar SLAM without ROS on cheap computing boards Until recently, if you wanted to do SLAM (Simultaneous Location and Mapping) with LIDAR without a huge amount of coding work, you really only had one choice: ROS on...

Fitbit’s lame period feature proves the need for more women in tech

Fitbit's recently released female health feature faces backlash over limited period tracking and this could be because there's few women in tech.

Quantum computers really suck at being perpetual motion machines

An international team of researchers set out to determine if quantum particles were the key to unlocking the mysteries of perpetual motion.

Watch Apple reveal the Newton’s wonders—mobile faxing!—in 1993

Cheesy as it is, this corporate video conveys the features that made Newton a landmark, if not a commercial successful.

Thousands of Gold and Precious Metal Items Found in Saka Burial Mound

The Kazakhstan government has announced a very exciting archaeological find in a remote mountainous area of the country. A team of archaeologists has unearthed a huge trove of golden objects and jewelry.

The Mysterious Waffle Rock: A Bizarre Boulder with a Hazy Background

Waffle Rock is a peculiar rock located in West Virginia, USA. The jury is still out on the origins of the unusual pattern marking the boulder. Huge lizards, erosion, Native American artwork, and aliens have all been proposed.

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2018 iPad Pro could take another design cue from iPhone X | Cult of Mac

Every iPad up until now has had square corners. That was also true of iOS handsets until the iPhone X. And now it appears Apple is carrying that design element to all its devices. Each of the 2018 iPhone models will have rounded corners, for example.


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Google Maps is no longer #flatearth | Hacker News

I think it's worth replying to this to reinforce the point that the new mode has technical disadvantages compared to the old mode. Some of my projects involve a great deal of time spent looking at aerial imagery, sometimes for hours a day, and while Google Maps is not the panacea of aerial images it is one of the best single sources in terms of usability and quality of images. That said, prior to knowing this trick I was stuck with the effectively unmaintained Google Earth instead of the web view primarily because of the web maps insistence on the 3D rendering mode. The attempt to conform buildings and, most annoyingly, trees to the elevation data makes the imagery almost useless at close zoom levels, as all the actual detail disappears into clutter artificially introduced by the edges on the elevation data. It significantly reduces the amount of spatial resolution you can get out of areas where they have very good images. Earth still has tools that web view doesn't have, but often I'm not even that interested in measurements and just want to be able to carefully inspect the image.

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Gamefly to shut down its streaming service at the end of August

Remember Gamefly — that game rental service you may have gotten a gift card for that one Christmas? The company announced earlier this week it was shutting down its digital streaming service, effective at the end of this month.

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Back-to-School Gift Guide 2018

The best new cars for back to school in 2018

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Facebook Dating may let you keep secrets from friends and family

"This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not just hook-ups," Zuckerberg said at the conference. The feature will be optional for users, and your dating profile won't be public unless you opt-in.

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People are sending thoughts and prayers to the NRA, which says it’s in financial trouble

The NRA says it's in deep financial trouble, and a lot of Twitter isn't buying it, as evidenced by the way they've turned a rhetorical trope on its head.

Rumored dual-SIM 6.1-inch LCD iPhone potentially exclusive to Chinese market

A report out of Taiwan claims that Apple is looking at releasing four models of iPhone in the fall, with a dual-sim model exclusive to China. According to a report by Taiwan-based newspaper United Daily News , Apple may launch a unique iPhone for the Chinese market. Citing sources with supplier Foxconn, the report claims that the iPhones currently in production have four separate "codes," which could contradict the conventional wisdom that Apple will release three iPhone models this fall. The theory behind the speculation is based on the Chinese use pattern of mobile phones. As compared to the United States, many more people in the Chinese market use multiple phone numbers, and potentially do frequent SIM swaps to use one phone. Apple could meet a potential demand by introducing a dual-sim card phone. Reports of Apple trying a dual-SIM iPhone have spread before , including an early-June report by a Chinese outlet called the 21st Century Business Herald . That report stated that the iPhone would include both embedded Apple SIMs and standard SIM trays. Even so, the idea of an China-exclusive dual-SIM iPhone is certainly far from the conventional wisdom about this year's iPhone lineup.

Apple's 2018 iPhones might not include the headphone adapter

According to a Barclays research note reported by MacRumors on Tuesday, the Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter will not be included with the new crop of iPhone models. If true, this would be the first time Apple has removed the adapter since the company cut the headphone jack with the launch of 2016's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus . Barclays previously reported this in April , and says in the new note that the finding is "confirmed" by Cirrus Logic, a supplier for the adapter.


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This keyboard shortcut will revolutionize copy and paste on your Mac | Cult of Mac

The default pasting behavior on the Mac is to preserve the formatting of the copied text. This can be great: If you copy a table from Numbers and paste it into an email, the table will stay nicely formatted, complete with line colors, outlines and any bold/italic/other text styles.


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Apple wants to bring Hyperloop into its Silicon Valley headquarters to help commuters

However, there are also many concerns . For one, it will be extremely costly and potentially disruptive to build the system of underground tunnels. Many also criticize the uncomfortability Hyperloop could pose, with passengers possibly feeling sick, as a result of high levels of g-force. The intense speed of the Hyperloop would also make any disturbance in the airspace the vehicle sits on to cause severe bumps, causing major discomfort. Although, many would argue traffic is uncomfortable too, so it may be a case of picking your poison should the transportation system come to fruition.

Brookstone files for bankruptcy, will close all its mall locations

Brookstone gained its customer base as the quirky home retail and electronics chain that allowed store visitors to test out and try its products. Known for selling everything from drones and smartphone accessories to massage chairs and blankets, Brookstone was heavily dependent on foot traffic for its mall store locations, according to its CFO Greg Tribou. The undeniable decline of the American mall , which can be seen in other former predominant mall locations like Claire’s and Toys ’R’ Us which both filed for bankruptcy this year, attributed to the company’s demise.

'Snapchat dysmorphia' fuels insane selfie surgery requests | Cult of Mac

Anecdotal evidence of an emerging “Snapchat dysmorphia” surfaced in the most recent survey of surgeons by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The findings revealed that 55 percent of its surgeons reported patients in 2017 requesting surgery to improve their look in selfies. This finding is up from 42 percent in 2015.

Today in Apple history: Google CEO resigns from Apple's board | Cult of Mac

“Eric has been an excellent board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful,” says Steve Jobs in a press release announcing Schmidt’s resignation . “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses … Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s board.”

Blade Shadow puts a Windows 10 PC on your iPhone or iPad

Shadow gives you access to a Windows 10 PC powered by Intel’s latest processors and a beastly Nvidia 1080 GPU. The machine is housed in a server farm, but you control it remotely from any iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, or PC.

25 China plans tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods in latest trade salvo

BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China proposed retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods ranging from liquefied natural gas (LNG) to some aircraft on Friday, as a senior Chinese diplomat cast doubt on prospects of talks with Washington to solve their bitter trade conflict.

Why Microsoft Azure will be a huge force in the public cloud for years to come

Bart McDonough: Yeah. Certainly for the clients we work with — more the professional services firms — where you have information workers interacting, I think there's a couple reasons. One, they kind of control email, a lot of firms [use] Office 365, but more than that, they control the productivity suite. The cash cow for Microsoft continues to be Office, and I think it's what a lot of Americans, a lot of workers, use as their number one screen. Outlook tends to be the No. 1 application followed by Excel, PowerPoint, Word. They have you captive. When you take that productivity suite, and you integrate it with the back end, with Active Directory at Azure, and some of those other tools that they have, it's a really powerful, compelling offering.

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I got so concerned and pissed just that my ISP had the keys to their modem that I went out and bought a tomato Linksys router Finally I just put my hands up in the air and said f*** it I don't do crime f*** it! Haven't been in an IRC in 6 years I think I'm clear

iPhone could scrap free Lightning-to-headphone jack adapter in 2018

Apple will stop bundling the adapter with its next-generation iPhone lineup later this year, according to a new report. If you don’t already have one, you’ll have to pay to obtain one.

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Tim Cook: $1 trillion valuation 'not the most important measure of our success'

Today Apple passed a significant milestone. At our closing share price of $207.39, the stock market now values Apple at more than $1 trillion. While we have much to be proud of in this achievement, it’s not the most important measure of our success. Financial returns are simply the result of Apple’s innovation, putting our products and customers first, and always staying true to our values.

Trump thinks he draws bigger crowds than Beyoncé and Bruce Springsteen, lol

The New York Times examined this claim, along with more than a dozen other inaccurate statements he made at the rally. In 2016 Trump said that up to 49,000 people attended his biggest rallies (which supporters could attend for free). Compare that with the more than 57,000 people who paid to attended Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Berlin stop on the On The Run II Tour this summer. And then there's Bruce Springsteen, who back in May 2016 sold out two shows in Dublin that both had an average of 80,000 people.

32 EA apologizes for censoring Colin Kaepernick’s name in ‘Madden 19’

"We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack," EA said in a statement. "Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don't have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn't affect soundtracks. We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake."

33 Nerf will bring 'Overwatch' hero's blaster to life

The next Overwatch gun from Nerf and Blizzard is none other than's blaster pistol. The toy will be available sometime next year, the same ambiguous timeframe that was given for Reaper's shotgun . As before, Hasbro hasn't announced pricing for the toy just yet either. But hey, at least we know that the ammunition will travel "up to" 80 feet per-second, be Overwatch -branded and colored to match the hero using it. In this case, pink is a pretty safe bet for the mech-dweller. Nerf this, indeed.

Training Robots by Touch Hack Chat

kent gilson3:15 PM I had an idea for creating a very high resolution optical encoder that could change the way that robots were controlled by precisely measuring each axis directly at the point of rotation. this needs to be done at the arc-second scale (1296000 points per revolution). in order to do this, you need to calculate very fast (thats why we need an FPGA). because we can measure very precisely we can measure the difference between where we told the stepper motors to go and where the axis actually is. This is a emergent torque sensor. So, we can grab the robot and it feels us and moves out of the way.

How to identify a high-performing tech job candidate: 5 traits

A holistically high-performing tech staff isn't easy to attain. But if you can seek out these five characteristics in your new hires, you'll be on the right path.

Dozens of goats overtake Boise neighborhood, possibly plotting world domination

Eventually, all good things come to an end, though, as did these goats' adventure. But for those few hours, the goats finally knew freedom; they tasted it like so many delicious aluminum cans.

37 3M Knew About the Dangers of PFOA and PFOS Decades Ago, Internal Documents Show

In one study, for instance, Olsen looked at blood tests of 3M employees at the company’s plants in Antwerp, Belgium, and Decatur, Alabama, both of which made PFOA and PFOS, among other products. By the late 1990s when Olsen was embarking on this research, these chemicals were known within the company to accumulate in humans and alter cholesterol levels in lab animals. Because the workers had undergone three separate rounds of blood tests, Olsen was able to trace the levels of the chemicals in workers’ blood over time. And by combining his results with various clinical measures the company had been tracking in its workers, he was able to see whether there was a relationship between the chemical and these health outcomes.

Best Drama Movies on Netflix Right Now (August 2018) - IGN

We've scoured the vast expanse of the service and come back with our picks for the best dramas on Netflix right now, including recent Oscar-winners, all-time classics, and brilliant indies that may have slipped under your radar. Whatever you're looking for, the dramas that are on Netflix right now have something for you. So let's take a look at the best new releases in drama Netflix movies, including many of the top recent films from 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015. Read on for the richest and most exciting drama movies on Netflix!

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"I'm tired of partisanship and frankly, we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours," Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said of Democrats opposing Kavanaugh's confirmation due to "dumbass" partisanship

Millions of webstores can now accept cryptocurrency through Coinbase

The new plugin, spotted by DailyHodl , enables WooCommerce webstores to accept major cryptocurrencies directly into a user-controlled Coinbase wallet. WooCommerce webstores are powered by WordPress, who claim that 28 percent of the internet’s online stores are using it for their businesses – but it’s likely to be closer to 40 percent.

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon re-team for McDonald’s Monopoly scam movie

Just last Saturday, The Daily Beast published Jeff Maysh’s piece, “How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions.” It’s an incredible true story about how the titular ex-cop, Jerome Jacobson, collaborated with a network of mobsters, Mormons, psychics, strip-club owners, and drug traffickers to pull off a long-con Ocean’s 11 on the McDonald’s Monopoly game for 12 years and $24 million–until the FBI eventually got involved. Now, according to Deadline Hollywood , Fox won the rights to the story in a bidding war, with the duo behind Good Will Hunting set to shepherd it to screens.

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The Verge’s defense of Sarah Jeong highlights what the New York Times got wrong

This is exactly the response a newsroom should make in defense of its own. This controversy was purposely constructed to rankle and cause a commotion; the trolls simply wanted the gratification of seeing a supposed liberal-leaning publication flinch—and respond to a small but loud minority. What these critics wanted was not for Jeong to atone for her words, but for the journalistic establishment to acknowledge their power. And that’s precisely what the Times did.

Google Project Zero: 'Here's the secret to flagging up bugs before hackers find them' | ZDNet

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Destiny 2 Players Have Spent 25 Years Deleting 800 Million Shaders - IGN

Shaders served the same purpose in the original Destiny, but they could be re-used and were able to change the color of entire armor sets. For Destiny 2, developer Bungie changed how shaders work, making them one-time use items that only change a single item's color.

​Russian election meddling continues, says US: So why can't it be stopped? | ZDNet

Complicating matters further, President Donald Trump has proved on occasion reluctant to blame Russia for the election meddling. At the recent Helskini summit he said President Putin had been "extremely strong and powerful in his denial" of Russian interference and said "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russia that had meddled in the election. Trump later clarified he meant to say "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia."

Peloton snags $550 million in new financing, valued at $4 billion ahead of expected IPO

Naturally it’s expected that Peloton will pursue an IPO in the coming year. Peloton’s co-founder and chief executive, John Foley, said 2019 “makes a lot of sense” to go public.

No, Starbucks won't be accepting Bitcoin

Yes, Starbucks wants a piece of the cryptocurrency action -- but you'll need dollars to pay for that Frappuccino.

Computer Programming Unplugged For Kids

There was a time when computers were far too expensive to let mere students use them. In those days, we wrote fake programs for fictitious machines and checked them by hand. That wasn’t fun, but it did teach you to think about the algorithm. You weren’t worried about how many tabs to indent code in the editor, or checking your social media feed, or changing the track on your Spotify playlist. Maybe that was the idea behind Computer Science Unplugged . The site is aimed at educators and gives them lesson plans to teach kids about computer concepts through activities that don’t use a computer.

Experimental Brickbot stacks Legos just like a kid | ZDNet

"By starting with plastic bricks, we've been able to keep the project manageable while still having the freedom to experiment from the design stage all the way to a finished product," said Yotto Koga, a software architect with a PhD in robotics. "Now we're close to taking the next step. We're planning to work closely with a manufacturing customer and a construction customer to see how the Brickbot technology can be applied in the real world."

51 More U.S. states join lawsuit over online 3-D gun blueprints
52 How Microsoft buries key numbers in its financial reports (and how to dig them out) | ZDNet
53 Windows 10 buggy updates? Our patching is simple, regular, consistent says Microsoft | ZDNet
54 Meet the first astronauts to fly SpaceX and Boeing's new spaceships
55 Apple AirPods on sale for first time ever
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57 Amazon still sells Nazi and Neo-Nazi products (despite claims otherwise)
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59 Watch two rogue space rocks smash into the moon
60 Trump administration asks Supreme Court to vacate Obama-era...
61 The scene Maisie Williams wasn't even allowed to watch in 'Game of Thrones'
62 Latest iOS 12 beta hints at rounded displays for Apple's 2018 iPad Pro refresh
63 Confirmed: Fortnite on Android will drive its bus past Google’s 30% cut [Updated]
64 Blue Diamond is recalling vanilla almond milk because it might actually contain milk
65 ‘Steven Universe’ and ‘OK K.O.!’ are coming to Nintendo Switch
66 One 'Game of Thrones' actor has revealed he's not in Season 8
67 Motorola Z3 hands-on: Motorola's latest smartphone, brought to you by Verizon | ZDNet
68 Why 'Infinity War' is the most rewatchable MCU film to date
69 Wall Street eyes more gains from Apple, its $1 trillion stock
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71 How Facebook’s crackdown on propaganda also helps the propagandists
72 Moto Z3 specs vs. Galaxy S9, iPhone X, Oneplus 6 and Pixel 2
73 Disney may look to adjust its Star Wars airing rights, report says
74 China launches high-tech bird drones to watch over its citizens
75 How technical leaders can communicate more effectively by using the word "and"
76 How to See Who's On Your Wi-Fi
77 This week on AI: AAPL valuation $1 trillion, Apple Watch saves lives, 2018 iPad Pro, more
78 5 ways to keep people interested and engaged during meetings
79 Fortnite's latest weekly challenges and how to complete them
80 What Disney's Star Wars land and hotel will look like
81 9 home security systems to keep watch when you're out
83 How to use the Explore feature on Google Assistant
84 The best Amazon Prime perk? The terrible, terrible movies, of course
85 Postcards from the Edge
86 20+ reasons why PUBG works brilliantly on phones
87 Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 vs iPad Pro 10.5
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