Apple made these beautiful videos to help you live better
With Apple's Health app getting a big upgrade in iOS 10, the company is putting a lot of focus on having its users live a healthier life.
Go ahead and sob when you watch Katy Perry meet a survivor of the Orlando shooting
His boyfriend got really annoyed because he started listening to so much Katy Perry.
Trends with Benefits: The iPhone 7 ditches the headphone jack and PlayStation goes Pro
The aftermath of Apple's unveiling of the iPhone 7's Lightning connected EarPods spells the end of the analog headphone jack, or does it? This week the TWB crew dives into adapter-gate.
YouTube playlist shows remarkable footage caught on Nest Cams
If you’ve ever captured something truly remarkable on a home (or work) security camera, you know just how real the desire is to share it with others. Nest, a Google-owned smart home company, is doing just that. Presumably, the footage is garnered from user submissions by Nest Cam owners, but it’s not really clear and Nest …
No, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus cases won't fit the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Now, there’s a chance, if you have an iPhone 6s case with a super huge cutout for the camera lens, it could still work. Hopefully that magical case would also have a pretty open bottom as well, to avoid blocking the iPhone 7’s speaker. But if the camera opening isn’t the right size, the case won’t fit at all, and if the bottom of a case only has a small hole where the headphone jack used to be, that could partially cover the larger speaker grille on the bottom of the iPhone 7.
Alphabet partners with Chipotle to deliver burritos using drones
Project Wing chose to partner with Chipotle because it presented unique challenges: could a drone adequately deliver food using a winch system, and can the food remain hot throughout flight with special packaging? "It sounds simple, but it’s not," said Timothy Sands, Virginia Tech’s president. "There are a lot of things to work out from a safety point of view and a policy point of view." The program will be accessible to select Virginia Tech employees and students.
Sony PS4 Pro vs. PlayStation 4 Slim: Worth the Upgrade?
The PS4 Pro's CPU also gets a clock boost, but Sony didn't specify just how much faster it is than the PS4's processor, as both systems use an octa-core x86-64 AMD "Jaguar" CPU. Sony also doubled the storage on the PS4 Pro to 1TB, though the PS4 Slim will have a 1TB version available, too. Curiously, the PS4 Pro has the same 8GB of GDDR5 RAM as the original PS4 and PS4 Slim; this is a surprise, considering Sony's emphasis on 4K video capability with the PS4 Pro.
A $40 dongle lets you use wired headphones and charge your iPhone 7
What's more, Belkin's new dongle supports 48 kHz 24-bit audio output and if you're still planning to use 3.5mm headphones, it works with the Lightning adapter that comes with the new iPhones. Remote control and voice cues from Apple's headphones are also still in play. If you need to pick one up so that you can listen while you recharge, you'll be able to do so October 10th. Now when you head out of the house you'll need to remember this dongle, the adapter, your headphones and a charging cable. Or you could just go with one of many wireless options if you desire less clutter.
Will you buy the PlayStation 4 Pro?
I would rather wait and see how Microsoft's Project Scorpio shakes out. By then, I'll probably have a 4K TV, so I'll be in a better position to benefit from the upgrade. With an extra $400 in my pocket, I'm also better positioned to buy a PSVR headset this fall or even Nintendo's mysterious NX console next March. If you don't have a PlayStation 4 yet or you're desperate to own the best console graphics, then sure, buy this new box. But if you already own a PS4, there are smarter ways to spend your money. An Xbox One S, for instance, will give you access to Microsoft's exclusives and a 4K Blu-ray player. Oh, and a product that looks sublime too.
Here's how to beam up Facebook's new Star Trek reaction faces
Weirder still? There's no obvious way to say "yes, I want to see these reactions" or "no, I don't get it, leave me with the basics." Thursday morning, a Facebook friend who's not a Trek fan posted, "Why has no one in my feed commented about how weird looking the new 'like' etc emoticons are?" She has liked zero sci-fi shows or movies, yet the Star Trek reactions were showing up for her even though she had no idea who they were supposed to be.
Why Apple killed the iPhone headphone jack
Headphone jacks seem like something sacred on our mobile devices. But Apple’s Phil Schiller explained why Apple decided to make its iPhone 7 smartphone without it.
Watch NASA Launch a Rocket to Bring Us Back a Piece of an Asteroid
Tonight, NASA will send a spacecraft on a seven-year long journey to bring us back some dirt from an asteroid—without ever even landing on it. Watch along with us as it launches at 7:05 pm EDT.
Twitter adds read reciepts, rich previews and more to Direct Messages
Mainly, Direct Messages can now show read receipts on your messages. While I’m a fan of read receipts – it’s 2016, after all – some users would rather not be accountable for having read a message and not yet responded. This feature is often optional, but there’s no word on whether that’s the case here.
Airbnb Is Finally Trying To Fix Its Racism Problem
All that said, these new policies seem like a genuine effort by Airbnb to fix a serious problem. Airbnb needed it, too. It’s hard to become a beloved tech startup that wants to change how people travel, if the service offered is viewed as inherently racist and discriminatory. But again, we’ll have to wait and see if the policies will be effective.
This Star Trek Combadge Actually Works... With a Little Help From Your Phone
To mark the franchise’s 50th Anniversary, ThinkGeek has just announced this Bluetooth-powered replica of the Next Generation -styled combadge. The device (which can last for 10 hours on a single charge), can be connected to your phone or smart device. A tap of the badge—which, of course, is accompanied by the distinct chirping sound they have on the shows—can answer or end phone calls, play and pause music, or bring up Siri or Google Now for voice-control (man, that’ll be even better when they eventually get Majel Barret’s voice! ).
Surprise! There are four giraffe species, not just one
So Fennessy helped Janke collect tissue from 190 giraffes. The samples were collected with darts that are shot at the giraffes from a distance; after the dart hits the animal, it captures a small piece of giraffe tissue and then drops to the ground. Janke and other researchers then analyzed the samples' DNA. They looked at both the mitochondrial DNA, which is the DNA passed down from mothers to their offspring, as well as seven specific genetic markers — pieces of genetic material that can indicate if populations belong to different species. The genetic differences led the researchers to declare four species, where before there had only been one.
Google Maps adds Lyft and Gett as transport options in the U.S.
Now, those in the U.S. will have two more options when searching for direction in Google Maps — Lyft, which will now appear as an option across the U.S., and Gett which is limited to those in New York City.
Everything Apple announced during the iPhone 7 unveiling event
While the iPhone 7 was Apple’s headliner, Tim Cook and friends had plenty of other announcements and news to share during the company’s annual fall event on Wednesday. From a waterproof Apple Watch to wireless earbuds with a sprinkle of Super Mario (yes, really!), this event was one for the books. Read on to see everything Apple announced.
Google to Buy Apigee for $625 Million to Expand Enterprise
Google has been working on bulking up its enterprise-focused products, having lagged behind Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in selling its public cloud computing software to companies. Greene joined Google late last year to lead the effort and has focused on broadening Google’s tool set to attract less technically savvy customers. The Apigee acquisition will also help support Google’s own set of APIs, which include ones that allow developers to pull information from YouTube as well as the Translate and Maps software to imbed in their own apps.
FAA 'Strongly Advises' You To Turn Off Your Explosive Samsung Phone While On Planes
On Tuesday we told you that the FAA was considering a ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, the smartphone that keeps exploding and causing fires. Well, the FAA just released a statement advising passengers not to turn on those phones while they’re on board any flights. The FAA also advises against putting them inside your checked baggage.
NASA is about to launch a spacecraft to an asteroid to learn more about life on Earth
On Thursday, a NASA spacecraft will launch on a seven-year round-trip journey to an asteroid with one simple mission: scoop up pieces of the space rock and bring them back to Earth. It’s the space agency’s OSIRIS-REx mission, and if it’s successful, the spacecraft will collect the largest sample ever from a near-Earth asteroid. And those asteroid pieces could tell us a great deal about how the Solar System came to be and possibly how life got started on our planet.
Introducing NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission: the Unofficial Comic Strip
Today, NASA will launch its asteroid-sampling mission, OSIRIS-REx, from Cape Canaveral. (You can watch here .) It’s the beginning of a seven year-long mission for the spacecraft, during which it will execute a number of death-defying stunts—including a slingshot around Earth that will send it toward its target, the carbonaceous chondrite asteroid Bennu. NASA is prone to anthropomorphizing its rovers and spacefaring robots , so we decided to go a step further and make OSIRIX-REx (Rex, for short) the star of his own comic strip.
Xbox One S helped Microsoft outsell the PS4 in August
The Xbox One outsold the PlayStation 4 in August, thanks to a boost from Microsoft's latest console, the Xbox One S . A 2TB model of the Xbox One S hit shelves on August 2nd for $400 and sales of the new console are bundled under the broader "Xbox One" banner. The Xbox One S supports HDR, 4K gaming, streaming and Blu-ray, and it's 40 percent smaller than the launch model.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is now on its way to asteroid Bennu
An Atlas V rocket just successfully launched NASA’s OSIRIS-REx vehicle into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida, initiating the spacecraft’s journey to grab a sample from an asteroid and bring it back to Earth. The probe’s expedition isn’t exactly a short one, though. It will take OSIRIS-REx seven years to rendezvous with the asteroid, scoop up a small sample of materials off the space rock, and then return back to our planet. If all goes according to plan, it'll be the first time NASA brings back pieces of an asteroid , allowing researchers to closely study the chemical makeup of Bennu in laboratories here on Earth.
macOS Sierra is set to launch on September 20
Apple gave us a sneak peak of Sierra during the company’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June. It’s the first OS for the Mac that includes Siri, and will also bring Apple Pay to the Mac. We’re also excited about Optimized Storage, Picture in Picture, Tabs, and Universal Clipboard. Oh, and changes to Photos, too.
Wells Fargo Will Pay $190 Million to Settle Customer Fraud Case
'We regret and take responsibility for any instances where customers may have received a product that they did not request,' the bank said.
Zip me up, Scotty: 50 years of Star Trek uniforms
The colourful uniforms worn by the crew of the Starship Enterprise count as some of the most iconic looks ever. Here's how they've evolved over the past 50 years.
This Is the iPhone 7 You Should Buy
Apple’s newest iPhone is here , and you’ve got just a few short hours (12:01am PT) to figure out which one is the absolute best deal. Although Apple didn’t change up design much, the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7's have more points of contrast than just size this time around.
Become a Starfleet cadet at the Intrepid's new Star Trek exhibit
It certainly feels like it when you step into the last part of the exhibit: a re-creation of the Enterprise-D bridge, complete with a captain's chair. The seat might be great for photo opportunities, but those with real ambitions for command might want to take a crack at the Kobayashi Maru exam on one of the eight consoles. The Kobayashi Maru is a training exercise given to Starfleet Academy graduates to determine their aptitude for command. They're given an impossible choice: A small vessel is in distress in the middle of the Neutral Zone. You can cross into the zone to save the ship but risk an interstellar incident with the Klingons or preserve peace by leaving the ship to its fate. It's meant to be unbeatable: Kirk won, but only by cheating.
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How Apple Watch Series 2 pushes water out of the speaker vent
Apple pointed out yesterday that the only part of the shell of the new Apple Watch Series 2 that can't be sealed off to water is the vent on the side where the speaker emits sound. In order for the sound to get out, there has to be a hole in the shell. If air pushed by the speaker can get out, water can get in. So the speaker vibrates to push air out, which forces water out too. The user can spin the digital crown to make this happen, as an Apple rep showed me yesterday. Problem solved. MS
Apple warns investors it won't announce iPhone 7 opening weekend sales
Apple will break tradition and won't announce launch sales of the upcoming iPhone 7, the company announced on Thursday, due to demand for the next-generation handset outstripping supply.
"In years past, we've announced how many new iPhones had been sold as of the first weekend following launch," Apple said in a statement to CNBC "But as we have expanded our distribution through carriers and resellers to hundreds of thousands of locations around the world, we are now at a point where we know before taking the first customer pre-order that we will sell out of iPhone 7.
"These initial sales will be governed by supply, not demand, and we have decided that it is no longer a representative metric for our investors and customers. Therefore we won't be releasing a first-weekend number any longer. We are reiterating the financial guidance September quarter that we provided on July 26."
Last year, the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus moved a record 13 million units in their first three days. The iPhone 6s series went on to provide Apple its best-ever quarter in the holiday 2015 season, before sales began to cool off in 2016 and led to the first-ever year-over-year decline in iPhone sales.
Amazon Echo could be interrupting your conversations soon
Spoken push notifications could be a big addition to Echo's oeuvre of skills, making Alexa a more involved personal assistant. Imagine Alexa notifying you while you're getting out of bed if traffic conditions on the way to work are especially bad. Or if an important email arrives in your in-box.
Mark Zuckerberg's Foundation leads $50M round in Byju's | ETtech
The philanthropic organisation set up by Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan is making its first investment in an Indian startup by leading a $50 million round of funding in education technology company Byju's. The investment by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative - a company whose aim is to 'advance human potential and promote equality' - values Byju's, which is registered as Think & Learn Private Limited, at about $470 million, or Rs 3,200 crore, according to two people familiar with the development. The Bengaluru-based startup has now received over $150 million in funding as it prepares to launch its mobile app-based learning platform in overseas markets. "Byju's is in talks with several other investors, including World Bank arm IFC and Google Capital and could raise more capital as a part of this round," said one of the people quoted above. This current investment round is co-led by existing backer Sequoia Capital, along with Sofina, Lightspeed Ventures as well as Times Internet Ltd, which is the digital arm of Times Group which publishes this newspaper.
Airbnb introduces new anti-discrimination policy - BBC News
Online accommodation site Airbnb is introducing a new policy to combat reports that black people are less likely to get rooms.
Voices: Eulogy for the iPhone headphone jack
Voices: Eulogy for the iPhone headphone jack
The iPhone headphone jack was taken from us too soon.
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Introducing The World's First Sneaker Design Academy
This year, Pensole partnered with Foot Locker and Asics on a project called "Fueling the Future of Footwear." Some 1,400 people applied for 18 slots in a master class taught by Edwards himself where they could then compete to design a new Asics sneaker. "The idea was to give students a taste of what it's like to work at a real company," Edwards says. "They learn about the rigors and all of the decisions that have to be made to put a product on shelves."
Michigan Legislators Consider Driverless Car Legalization
Michigan could become the first state to legalize driverless cars. A new Senate bill to amend the Michigan vehicle code calls for the approval of a system that enables “the motor vehicle to be operated without any control or monitoring by a human operator.”
Least Creative Thing Of The Day: Florida Walmart Erects Twin Towers Of Soda For 9/11
In a display that makes the infamous SpaghettiOs Pearl Harbor tweet look like Frank Oz's eulogy for Jim Henson , a Florida Walmart has erected twin towers of Coca-Cola. This tribute not merely in poor taste, it's the ultimate crude metaphor for what it is—a brand literally recreating a disaster in its own image. If there's any justice, it will prove to be a PR disaster for the heavily flag-waving mega-corporation.
High School pays beautiful tribute to cheerleader diagnosed with leukemia
When a high school football team heard that one of their cheerleaders was diagnosed with leukemia, they paid a beautiful tribute to her by dropping orange roses at her feet as they entered the field for a game.
Launching an IoT Product in 3...2...1 - ReadWrite
The key for launching any product, but especially connected products, is exposure. Even with tight budgets marketing and sales can’t be ignored. For consumer products, there is no bigger opportunity for exposure than the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas every January. It’s crazy, large, and extremely noisy. CES has been the launching pad for everything from the VCR to the plasma TV. Because of its popularity, it can be hard for smaller companies to make a big splash – but not impossible. If you’re planning to attend CES this year or are interested in learning more on how to launch a connected product in general, I am hosting a webinar this week on September 8th along with ReadWrite’s Publisher Christopher Caen and Melissa Andresko from connected lighting manufacturer (and frequent CES exhibitor) Lutron to provide tips and tricks for connected product companies looking to get noticed. Register here .
It’s Tough Being Over 40 in Silicon Valley
Not all the older workers are going quietly. From 2008 through last year, the Valley’s 150 biggest tech companies faced 226 complaints of age discrimination filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, 28 percent more than complaints of racial bias and 9 percent more than those of gender bias. Last month, former employees of the old, combined Hewlett-Packard sued spinoffs HP Enterprise and HP, alleging they were targeted in a large wave of layoffs because of their age. (One of the plaintiffs, an efficiency expert, had just earned HP’s highest performance rating; only 250 of its 50,000 employees get that.) The plaintiffs are seeking class-action status on behalf of workers 40 and older who were laid off and replaced by younger employees. Next year, Google is scheduled to face a trial in a suit alleging age bias in hiring. The plaintiffs declined to comment. HP and Google deny the plaintiffs’ claims and say they’ll defend against them.
Apple announces three new pairs of Beats headphones, all using its W1 chip
This marks the first time that Apple technology has been used in Beats products, but it likely won’t be the last. The W1 chip keeps the headphones more energy efficient, and allows for improved battery life, with the Solo 3 Wireless offering up to 40 hours of play time. Battery life for the other models currently isn’t known, but should likely be higher than the AirPods’ five hours.
ICYMI: Finger speakers and sumo-bots and mini-silk screens
Today on In Case You Missed It : The SIGNL strap Kickstarter campaign wants to put a private phone speaker at the tip of your finger. Plus, Japan combines its two favorite past times -- the graceful art of sumo and autonomous robots -- into a kickass, white-knuckle sport.
Even NBC execs are saying Matt Lauer’s performance was a “disaster”
As if the optics couldn't get worse for Samsung, a Florida man is now saying his new Galaxy Note 7 phone blew up while charging in his SUV and blew up, catching the vehicle on fire and totaling it. How the man knows it was the phone that started the fire in the middle of the night isn't clear, and I'm sure Samsung and the man's insurance company will be sending investigators to find out.
The iPhone 7 is a confession: smartphones have peaked
You probably won’t find a more perfect iPhone than this, it’s true, but the reality is if you have an iPhone 6 or 6s in your pocket you don’t even need to upgrade – and that’s terrifying for the entire smartphone industry.
Snapchat Cuts Local Stories Curators in Strategy Shift for Live
Snapchat Inc. is ending its daily local stories for cities feature, which pulled together video of everyday activities -- concerts, cute puppies in the park -- shot by users in locales such as New York.
Amazon Adds Alexa to Tablets, Beefs Up Fire HD 8
In terms of specs, the new Fire HD 8 runs Amazon's Fire OS 5, and has an 8-inch 1,280-by-800 HD display with more than a million pixels (189 ppi), a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM, a 2MP rear-facing camera for taking photos or shooting 720p video, and a VGA front camera for selfies. As for storage, this year's model comes with either 16GB or 32GB (up from 8GB and 16GB), and the microSD card slot can now take cards up to 200GB (up from 128GB) to hold more books, songs, games, movies, and TV shows.
4 Tricks to Work Faster in Google Docs
If you use Google Docs, you probably work on a lot of documents with other people. However, there are some smaller and lesser-known options you might not know about that can take your productivity to the next level. Here are four easy tricks you can use to be more productive in Google Docs.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are coming, but the Otterbox cases have already arrived
The iPhone 7 has finally made its debut, which means that iPhone 7 cases are now coming out of the woodwork, too. And one of the first out of the gate? The case known for making your sleek, sexy, delicate device into something a bit … boxier — that’s right, the OtterBox has a new lineup of cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. And while you’ll still have to wait a bit to get the actual phone, you can go ahead and get a phone case today.
Dark Web crooks are selling fake degrees and certifications for the price of a smartphone
Like most things on the Dark Web, these diplomas are priced in BitCoin – a decentralized cryptocurrency that allows anonymous payments. When converted into dollars, these range in price from $200-400. Payment was made through an escrow service, in order to make sure that the customer pays, and the counterfeiter actually sends the goods.
Rosetta Stone is the premier language learning program, and it’s now 66% off
The Rosetta Stone is one of the premier language learning softwares on the market, well-regarded for its proprietary speech-recognition technology. Millions of people have already mastered new language skills, and you can be one of them.
The 17 best colleges for startup founders
Linda Cicero via Facebook/stanford While Peter Thiel is famous for paying wanna-be entrepreneurs not to go to college, there are still thousands of founders who do go to college and go on to form well-funded companies.
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