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What to expect from Apple's iPhone 7 launch event

Apple is set to unveil the iPhone 7 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on September 7. So what can we expect to see in the latest version?

Star Trek's computer voice might be coming to Siri

Based on a very strong Twitter hint, we might finally get to talk to Siri in the same way Captain Picard would have.

Meet Charpu, the Drone-Racing Megastar Who Doesn’t Feel Like Racing

The only problem with the drone world's best-known pilot? He doesn't really want to race. In fact, he finds it kind of boring.

Nintendo lands a huge blow to gamers, kills over 500 fan games

Nintendo is pretty draconian when it comes to using its intellectual property and over 500 fan games are about to suffer because of that.

Xbox Live Clubs and LFG arrive for Xbox One preview members

Microsoft is starting to preview its upcoming October Xbox One update today. While the summer update was primarily focused on bringing universal apps and Cortana to Xbox One, the October update...

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Sony's expected to launch two new PlayStation consoles tomorrow

The Slim shouldn’t offer much aside from improved aesthetics. The newer, thinner PlayStation is par the course at around the mid-life point for most consoles and isn’t likely to add any additional horsepower or mind-blowing features. Think of this one in terms of incremental updates and cooler form factor, a console you’d buy if you were currently going to buy one anyway — not something you’d trade in your existing PS4 for.

Woman who received world's first face transplant dies at 49

Isabelle Dinoire, the first person in the world to undergo a face transplant, died at the age of 49 in Amiens, France, of complications following her groundbreaking surgery. In May 2005, Dinoire was mauled by her labrador while she was sleeping and in December of that same year, she received a partial face transplant of the chin, mouth and nose. The procedure left her with the ability to eat, speak and smile normally, and surgeons labeled it a success, though her body never fully accepted the new tissue.

LG V20 release date, news and rumors

News and rumors surrounding the LG V20 are starting to build and there won't be long to wait for the phone at all, with a September launch already confirmed. So to get you up to speed on what to expect here's all the information so far.

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Galaxy Note 7 Explodes in Hotel Room and Causes Nearly $1,400 Worth of Damage

“In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note 7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue,” Samsung said in a statement. “To date (as of September 1) there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market.”

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Instagram is getting rid of photo maps

Instagram photo maps, which displayed the pictures you had taken according to where you had taken them, are going away. The company  confirmed to Mashable today that it has begun removing the maps from the service. "Photo Map was not widely used, so we've decided to remove the feature and focus on other priorities," Instagram said in a statement. "You will still be able to see location tags on individual posts." You can still view your own map for now, but the ability to look at other people's maps has disappeared with the latest update to the app.

Palantir Files Nasty Lawsuit Claiming Early Investor Stole Its Ideas

Aside from the patent catfights, Palantir also says it was forced to amend its investor agreement after lawyers for Abramowitz recently contacted the company demanding information. According to the suit, Abramowitz had access to all of this information because he had a “trusted relationship” with the company. The early investor was apparently at Palantir’s headquarters so much that he requested office space in 2014. Through another company, KT4—which is also named as a co-defendant—Abramowitz initially invested in Palantir in 2005, which gave him access to confidential company information.

Robot Sumo Wrestling Is Super Intense

Unlike BattleBots , where the robots are piloted by humans with wireless controllers, these Sumo bots are all completely autonomous. They’re also pretty devious when it comes to the tactics and tools they use once a match begins. Mechanical lifts, extending arms, and brute force all play important roles in this wrestling league, besides simply just ramming your opponent into submission at high speed as soon as a match begins. Nothing gets destroyed by the match’s end, which is admittedly a little disappointing, but you’ll still find yourself cheering for a favorite.

Apple's high-end wireless earbuds may not ship with iPhone 7

The long-rumoured death of the iPhone's headphone jack has left everybody wondering: What's going to become of Apple's EarPods? Well, they'll probably go wireless , but according to one analyst, they won't come with your iPhone. They'll be sold separately -- and they might be expensive. KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will announce a pair of high-end "AirPod" earbuds tomorrow as a premium accessory for iPhone 7 buyers. They won't come in the box like Apple's current earbuds, he says, and may not even use Bluetooth.

New Snowden leaks unravel mystery behind NSA's UK base

What does the agency do with the information it obtains? It turns out there's a whole system in place called GHOSTHUNTER that is designed to "directly aid military operations." This lets the NSA zoom in on the specific locations of targeted people or groups, so that, and here's the chilling quote, "they could then be captured or killed."

The most beautiful library in every major US city

They're one of the last remaining places where you can just sit and explore for hours on end. When done right, they're also beautiful spaces that fill visitors with awe.

Mexico Braces Itself as Hurricane Newton Makes Landfall

Hurricane Newton is currently making landfall near Baja California in Mexico. The Category 1 tropical storm—the fifteenth of the season—is churning winds up to 115 mph (185 km/hr), and has already resulted in flooding along the Pacific west coast.

Narcos gets renewed for a third and fourth season

Netflix has renewed Narcos for two more seasons,  Entertainment Weekly reports . The news is at least slightly surprising given that the show's main villain, Pablo Escobar (Wagner de Moura), was killed at the end of the second season. But according to EW , Narcos ' showrunners have always planned to shift the focus of the drama in later seasons.

The Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers For Every Sound

To gauge how well these speakers reproduced music I picked songs I knew like the back of my hand from a variety of genres to test specific frequency ranges. Lows were assessed with instrumental hip-hop, dubstep, and other genres that are taxing on subwoofers; chuggy, technical metal put the low mids through their paces; punk for the mids; acoustic singer-songwriters stuff for the highs and high mids; modern pop to check how all the ranges interacted. Cheap speakers have a tendency to under- or over-represent certain portions of the frequency spectrum and distort at higher volumes making familiar tracks sound off. Good ones should sound flat and accurate across a variety of frequencies.

Instagram now sucks a whole lot less in low light

Upon installing Version 9.2.1 of the Instagram application, users will notice a moon-shaped button appearing at the bottom of the screen when the camera detects darkness. Once tapped, the sensor will automatically adjust its exposure to the optimum setting for capturing images and video in low light conditions.

Google adds 26 Tbps undersea cable in Asia to boost services

The company says that this should help Google services like Gmail, YouTube and BigQuery load more quickly for users in the region. Yan Tang, Google’s Network Resource Regional Lead for the Asia-Pacific region, noted that it “should also improve the reliability and consistency of this speedier experience, since the cable was strategically built outside of tsunami zones to help prevent network outages related to natural disasters.”

Toxic Magnetic Waste From Air Pollution Found in Human Brains

Add this to the growing list of reasons to never go outside again: the human brain is apparently a sponge for toxic magnetic waste found in smog.

Riding a Rocket

But it's hard to see which of Rockets holdings is mature enough to attempt an IPO soon . Global Fashion Group, with its heavy exposure to Russia and Brazil, two depressed markets, can't be considered. The other two possibilities are in the food delivery industry: Hello Fresh and Delivery Hero. Both face intense competition and lingering questions about when they will reach profitability. If an IPO is impossible, Rocket may yet try to find a buyer for some of its holdings -- as it did with its stake e-commerce company Lazada.

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How to watch the live stream of Apple's 9/7 event

Watching the stream on a Mac requires OS X 10.8.5 or later and Safari 6.0.5 or later. PC users can join the fun via Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. To watch the stream on an iOS device, you’ll need Safari in iOS 7 or later. You can also stream it over a second- or third-generation Apple TV with software version 6.2 or later, or the new fourth-generation Apple TV that runs tvOS.

The PlayStation VR includes a demo disc loaded with games

This lineup surfaced on Sony's European PlayStation Blog, so don't be surprised if the lineup changes depending on your region. Should it remain largely intact from country to country, though, it's good news for many future PSVR owners. Yes, the demos are ultimately there to get you to buy games, but the breadth is important. You won't run out of things to try minutes after opening the box, and you'll get a genuinely diverse range of experiences that will give you a feel for what's possible in VR. That's particularly important when many players will know very little about VR, let alone have first-hand experience.

This New Device Promises to Keep Drones Away From Your Home

Form and function The ApolloShield, which looks like a home internet router, uses radio waves to prevent small drones from flying overhead. Unlike the radar-based systems that can only detect drones, it promises to get rid of them.

ITT Tech Is Officially Closing

I am a current student at ITT. Went to campus today to study and was kicked out. The dean stated they were closing campus early for the holiday. I sat in the parking lot and watched staff go in and clear out personal affects. Boxes, shopping bags full of things. One instructor brought lunch to campus and several people just left upset. Word is some people were let go to save money towards the 100 million the school has to put in escrow to stay open, other rumor is its prep for the shut down. Not sure what’s happening and have tried calling the CEO of corporate to get answers because I am one of several students that are suppose to graduate 9/29. Scared to death we won’t get to before graduation.

Earth’s Collision With Another Planet Probably Started Life

Geoscientists have struggled to explain how life was able to arise on Earth given that most of the planet’s carbon—an important prerequisite for life—should have either boiled away during the planet’s earliest stages or become trapped within the Earth’s core. By conducting high-pressure and high-temperature experiments in the lab, researchers from Rice University have concluded that virtually all of our planet’s carbon likely arrived when a Mercury-like planet smashed into the young Earth some 4.4 billion years ago.

Making an Espresso Maker Out of Scrap Metal Is Just Gorgeous to Watch

This Old Tony is good on a lathe. Really good. If it feels self-explanatory as a tool (thing spins fast, other thing stays still) just listening to him talk about it makes it clear that most of us don’t know jack shit about machining.

Apple reportedly will add Sony's Felica RFID to iPhone 7

Apple will add support for Sony’s Felica RFID communications technology to the new iPhone 7 that is expected to be announced on Wednesday, according to a report in The Nikkei newspaper .


T-Mobile plans to boost its LTE speeds to up to 400 Mbps in the very near future. The Next Web reports: "The company is getting ready to boost its maximum theoretical internet speeds to become the faster carrier in the U.S. by a wide margin. The network will soon support theoretical speeds up to 400 Mbps -- nearly half the speed of Google Fiber. There's a two-pronged approach to the upgrade. First is incorporating 4x4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology, which will supposedly double the speed from the current 7-40 Mbps customers tend to experience with T-Mobile (about the same as Verizon with LTE-A). This upgrade is available now in 319 cities, although it's a moot point because only the S7 and S7 Edge will be able to use the tech via a software update "later this month." In October, the company will roll out 256 QAM support to the S7 and S7 Edge (and again, more phones later), which increases the amount of bits per transmission. T-Mobile says this will lead to theoretical maximum speeds of 400 Mbps."

The Physics of How Your Earphone Jack Works (Just in Time to Say Goodbye)

Like I said, a speaker is a pretty simple device. It’s so simple you could make your own. All you need is the earphone cable you already cut up along with a cup, some wire and a magnet. Take the wire and wrap it around the bottom of a plastic cup and tape it down so it is mostly stationary. Now connect this loop to two of the wires from your earphone cable. Be sure to use a pair of wires that go to the same side of the earphones or it won’t work. Finally, just add a magnet to the bottom of the cup and plug your new speaker into your iPhone or computer. OK, I’ll admit that it won’t be very loud but it should work.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall could cost the company $1B

The cost of the recall seems steep, but it actually only represents a small fraction of the company’s total projected revenue for 2016, and is unlikely to have much of an impact on its overall financial picture. The greater threat is from customer perception, and Samsung looks to be doing as much as it can (short of not having shipped faulty devices to begin with) to mitigate that impact. Consumer Reports, however, is calling for an official recall in partnership with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, to supplement Samsung’s existing action, in order to make it illegal to resell existing Note 7 hardware already shipped to customers.

PayPal and MasterCard End Fight With Agreement on Fees and Data

PayPal Holdings Inc. and MasterCard Inc. will end years of squabbling between the companies with an agreement announced Tuesday to give PayPal lower fees and more reach in stores, while increasing MasterCard’s online payments volume and helping its mobile-payments initiative.

Pinterest hires Google’s former head of image search to lead engineering

Pinterest announced that it has hired Li Fan  as its new head of engineering, where it’s likely that she’ll utilize her experience in image search, infrastructure, and data analysis to improve ranking and discoverability of pins across the service. Prior to joining the company, Fan was the head of image search at Google and the vice president of search at China’s largest search engine Baidu.

Microsoft is reportedly working on a Slack competitor

Microsoft is taking Slack head on, and reportedly doing it under the Skype umbrella. According to MSPowerUser , the software giant is developing new messaging software that closely mirrors Slack functionality. The new effort is called Skype Teams, and it promises to cater to the the same large teams and newsrooms that already use Slack every day, while also leveraging Skype’s core feature set.

Let's teach for mastery -- not test scores

Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven't always grasped the basics? Yes, it's complicated, but educator Sal Khan shares his plan to turn struggling students into scholars by helping them master concepts at their own pace. (This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: Education Revolution" which premieres Tuesday, September 13.)

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Indian judge slams ISP piracy warning for being deceptive

As TorrentFreak pointed out , people who distribute content via BitTorrent can still end up in jail. Given that to download something with BitTorrent, you often upload the file you’re downloading, this puts a lot of people in an awkward position. But this has always been the case in India, and is also true in a great many other countries.

DJI’s folding drone leaks as press invites to September event roll out

DJI’s next drone looks like it will probably be the foldable DJI Mavic, according to new image leaks that build on a previous trademark application DJI filed for the product name. The leaked photos diverge from DJI’s existing photographic drones by employing a folding farm design, which should allow it to become nicely portable, especially when compared to its current fixed-arm quadcopters. And the company also sent out an invite for a September 27 press event today, which seems unlikely

Freemium phishing service makes identity theft simple

Instead of creating and hosting a fake login page themselves, users can simply select a service they’d like to compromise and copy a URL. Share that URL with would-be victims and the cloud-based service will serve up convincing login pages. Users will be notified when someone takes the bait.

Fitbit leads wearables market as Apple Watch sales decline | ZDNet

Meanwhile, smart wearable devices like the Apple Watch are struggling. Overall, shipments of smart wearables declined 27.2 percent year-over-year. Things look even worse when you break out Apple Watch shipments, which plunged nearly 58 percent compared to the same quarter last year.

Spacecom CEO wants 'several safe flights' before using SpaceX again

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The chief executive of Israeli satellite operator Space Communication Ltd said on Tuesday he wants to see "several safe flights" from SpaceX before using Elon Musk's space firm again to launch one of his company's satellites.

To Make Drone Deliveries Work, AT&T Is Tapping Into the Cell Network

The companies make a logical duo. Qualcomm has been active in robotics. AT&T, which works with 19 top automakers, knows its way around cellular Wi-Fi systems in moving vehicles. Beyond evaluating signal strength, consistency and security, their engineers will determine how to operate within controlled airspace—areas run by the FAA’s air traffic control system—and in transitions between controlled and uncontrolled airspace. These drones need to detect and avoid other aircraft, (using Qualcomm’s camera and sensor tech), and to receive and follow commands from air traffic controllers to change direction, altitude, or their entire flight path.

Box and IBM launch Box Relay, a new workflow automation tool for the enterprise - TechRepublic

Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box, said in a press release that the new Box, which will be further fleshed out at the annual BoxWorks conference this week, is focused on bringing all work together. "Box Relay delivers on this vision by providing anyone with an easy way to create, track and manage routine processes without ever having to leave Box. Box Relay is enterprise workflow made simple," Levie said.

Alleged Apple trademark filings reveal 'Iris Engine,' 'AirPod Case,' 'Home Hub,' 'Control Strip,' 'Smart Button'

A wide array of international trademark filings allegedly connected to Apple could reveal the branding for new products and services, with possible ties to rumored features in the "iPhone 7," "AirPods" wireless headphones, and redesigned MacBook Pro. Trademark attorney Brian Conroy contacted AppleInsider on Tuesday with a list of trademarks that Apple is said to have filed internationally for what could be upcoming products. Amongst the trademarks are known Apple product names, like Siri, Breathe, the True Tone Display as found in the iPad Pro series, macOS Sierra with several associated spellings, and the phrase "designed by Apple in California" as seen on nearly every Apple product. However, also listed in Apple trademark document are other phrases not immediately identifiable. Listed by Conroy as particularly notable are a mysterious "Iris Engine" and variants, plus registrations for a "Smart Button," "Touch Bar," "Progress Card", and "Swift Lab." Also notable are "AirPod Case," "Control Strip," "Home Hub," and "iBooks Storytime." Patents are also labeled with a "six months seniority expires" date.

It’s Fine If the iPhone Looks the Same. In Fact, It’s Better

When Apple introduces the next iPhone this week, it seems certain that it will look nearly identical to last year’s iPhone. Which means it will also look like the iPhone from the year before that. If this happens, it would break with Apple’s nearly decade-long tradition of redoing the whole phone every two years. You know what? That’s just fine.

Facebook tests a Twitter-like feature to encourage more conversation

The impact on you at home: As this is a small-scale test it’s hard to say whether this will become a mainstream feature. That means if you’re one of the lucky few who’s already seeing “What friends are talking about,” don’t count on its remaining in your news feed forever. It does seem like a useful feature, but it’s not clear why Facebook wouldn’t just highlight the same posts at the top of the news feed. Perhaps the company believes the new module will create a higher level of engagement than listing the same posts in succession.

Michael Kors' giant Access smartwatches are here for your fashion needs

The big pitch for the Access watches, which otherwise share the same functionality as many other Android Wear watches, are their customizable watchfaces. The various faces are designed to mimic the analog designs on other Michael Kors watches, and can be customized with a variety of colors right on the watch itself. It’s even possible to have the watch switch to a different face at a set time of day, so you can easily match your day and night outfits. The company says there are hundreds of possible combinations between the display face, color, and sub dials.

Gary Johnson Looks Perfectly at Ease With a VR Headset on His Face

If only he can make that happen, Johnson believes the country as a whole will see just how aligned he is with the political mainstream: “I think that what we are saying is representative of 60 percent of America,” Johnson says. But for now he remains in the shadow cast by an old-timey huckster, a candidate who has used his long-honed skills as a creator of spectacle to monopolize the attention economy. Johnson may have more in common with Silicon Valley than Trump does. But it’s Trump’s skill at working the flawed systems of the present—including Silicon Valley’s own tools, especially Twitter itself—that has enabled him to command the spotlight.

This isn't the first time Apple has messed with the headphone jack on the iPhone

This is all to say that a speed bump like the headphone port going away, as The New York Times reported this weekend , will be forgotten in a few short years. Like the floppy-disk drive or the CD drive or any of the other standards that Apple has killed, the headphone jack will one day be a piece of history when we're all jamming with Apple's new wireless headphones or whatever the company eventually releases.

Make Tasty Ice Cream Cones Out of Plain Sandwich Bread

To make these, you will need: bread, two baking sheets, parchment paper, and a cone roller (which you can either make out of a piece of still plastic or purchase for less than six bucks ). First, trim the crusts off the bread and feed them to some ducks or something. Roll the trimmed bread slices out super thin, cut them into discs, and brush them with melted butter. Sprinkle them with a little sugar, maybe some cinnamon, or anything else that sound like it would compliment your cone. (Make sure you get both sides.) Next, grab two baking pans, and flip one over so it’s facing down. Place a sheet of parchment paper on top, lay your buttery bread disks on top of that, place another piece or parchment on top of those, top the whole thing with another baking sheet, and bake them for six minutes at 325 °F. Remove from the oven and—using the parchment so you don’t burn your fingers—wrap the bread disks around a cone roller and let them harden for about half a minute. Let cool, fill with ice cream, devour, then click the link below to learn how to make cones out of frozen puff pastry.

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