Apple said to be co-designing packaging for third-party accessories sold in Apple Stores
The next time you visit an Apple Store, it may look like a lot different. According to leaked images provided to 9to5Mac, Apple is co-designing packaging for third-party accessories sold in its stores.
Starbucks' overpriced coffee will get more expensive
A small and large brewed coffee will each go up by 10 cents in most areas of the country, Starbucks says. That would bring the price of a large coffee to $2.45 in most U.S. stores.
Can Lyft Pull an Avis?
The battle between the two companies has gotten brutal, bitter, even a little juvenile. Last year, a Lyft analysis allegedly showed that Uber employees had requested and canceled some 5,560 rides on Lyft, annoying drivers and delaying rides for thousands of other passengers. (Uber has denied the allegation — and claims Lyft has done the same to it. Which Lyft denies.) The website The Verge revealed that in an operation code-named SLOG, Uber gave independent contractors burner iPhones and company credit cards. The contractors would request Lyft rides and then attempt to recruit the driver to the black side once in the car. (“We can’t successfully recruit drivers without talking to them — and that means taking a ride,” Uber responded.) At one point, Uber put out mobile billboards in San Francisco reading SHAVE THE STACHE — a reference to Lyft’s iconic pink mustache. Lyft later parked a huge teal BE MORE THAN A NUMBER billboard outside Uber’s office.
Uber suspends UberPOP in France - BBC News
"We have decided to suspend UberPOP in France from 20.00 [19.00 BST] this Friday evening, primarily to assure the safety of Uber drivers," Thibaud Simphal, head of Uber France, told Le Monde.
Pheromone is one of the first few jailbreak tweaks to customize Cydia
Pheromone is a jailbreak tweak by HASHBANG Productions designed for Cydia to improve the user experience and add new features. The tweak adds a brown tint color to match Cydia’s icon which means that all the buttons in the Navigation bar and the Tab bar will be colored brown.
Amazon to celebrate 20th birthday with Prime Day sale - CNET
Prime Day will start on July 15 at midnight Pacific Time (3 a.m. Eastern Time or 8 a.m. UK time) and will run through until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time the same day. The event will include seven "Deals of the Day" and thousands of short-term "Lightning Deals." Also, although these deals are only available to Prime members, Amazon offers 30-day free trials of the US service at Amazon.com/prime .
Mortal Kombat X: Klassic Skin Fatalities and Reveal Teaser - IGN Video
Get a look at a few of the Klassic Skins coming out soon and the fatalities that come with them.
YouTube star PewDiePie made $7 million in 2014
Last year around this time, word got out that Felix Kjellberg, a 24-year-old Swedish bro known online as PewDiePie , made $4 million a year by playing video games, recording his reactions and uploading the resulting videos to YouTube. At the time, he had 27 million YouTube subscribers. Today, Kjellberg has 37.7 million subscribers on YouTube and his company, PewDiePie Productions, pulled in roughly $7.4 million in revenue in 2014, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen . It looks like this whole " watch people play video games on the internet" craze is here to stay.
A Hello Kitty movie is coming
Anthropomorphic cartoon cat Hello Kitty will soon star in a Hollywood film, Deadline reports . The movie, set to come out in 2019, will be released through the US subsidiary of Japan's Sanrio lifestyle company.
How to get the home button back in Edge - CNET
3. At the top of the Advanced settings menu, you'll see a toggle for Show the home button . Switch this toggle to On , and you should see the home button appear on your toolbar immediately. A text box will also appear. In this text box you can type in the URL of your actual start page, or you can type in any URL you want -- it does not have to match the URL of your actual start page, which you can configure in the main Edge Settings menu.
Halt and Catch Fire: "10BROAD36” Review - IGN
Bosworth and Tom took a backseat at Mutiny this week while Cameron and Donna went through their usual cycle of butting heads and then finding common ground. The episode telegraphed Donna’s decision to have an abortion early on in the scene with her mother, but I thought it dealt with the complexity of her decision in a compelling manner without ever explicitly saying the words. Annette O’Toole gave another great performance in that scene, seemingly implying that she knew Donna was lying but couldn’t muster the accusation. Generally, Kerry Bishe triumphed in this episode, as the writers gave her a wide variety of scenes to play and she nailed them all.
Beats 1 vs. iTunes Radio: The good, the bad, and the noisy
Right now, it just combines the dated aspects of a terrestrial radio station with none of the benefits of Internet radio. You can’t skip songs or programs, so you have to lower the volume if a Dr. Dre song comes on while you’re dropping off your kids at school. Never mind that explicit songs are bleeped on Beats 1: The DJs interrupt the music to plug the radio station every chance they get. But we know we’re listening to Beats 1. We had to install a software update in order to do so. Apple needs to remind Lowe that he is talking to people on the Apple Music app, not to people who randomly stumbled through the station by flipping through the radio dial.
Spotify vs. Apple Music: Is there a difference in sound quality? - CNET
From jazz we went to Madchester-inspired indie rock with The Beta Band's "Life." The descending bass line toward the end of the song is a test for most systems, and hence we use it a lot, but it seems it's also a test for streaming services. The deep, deep bass travels a whole octave and the sound was smoother on Spotify and more consistent across notes than on its competitor. In comparison the version on Apple Music made the first two and the last notes of the part jut out like broken fence palings.
Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg joins board of SurveyMonkey
The board is conducting a search for a new chief executive officer to succeed Goldberg, who died in a treadmill accident while on vacation with his wife in Mexico in May. President Barack Obama was among those who paid tribute to the one-time music executive, who had joined SurveyMonkey as its chief executive in 2009.
Regulators Probe Marketing of Hot Private Tech Shares
Securities regulators have launched a broad investigation into whether hedge funds and other investors are improperly selling hot private technology stocks amid a boom in the trading of such shares, people close to the probe say.
Why the open source business model is a failure
The problem is compounded when you consider that open source companies' products are not just competing with the freely available software on which their products are built. It's often the case that they also have to compete with similar products sold by proprietary software companies. And that particular playing field is often an uneven one, because the low revenues that open source companies can generate from subscriptions mean that they can't match the huge sales and marketing budgets of competitors with proprietary product offerings.
Apple partner to take on 40k workers to build iPhone 6s, 6s Plus
According to a new report from DigiTimes, Pegatron subsidiary Protek has already begun taking on new workers, and plans to recruit 40,000 people in total. It will continue hiring until October, sources say, but iPhone production will kick off in August ahead of the launch in September.
Samsung Elec says second quarter operating profit likely down 4 percent year on year
SEOUL Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd ( 005930.KS ) said on Tuesday that operating profit for the April-June quarter will likely be 6.9 trillion won ($6.13 billion), down 4 percent from a year earlier.
Mojang Prepping 'Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta'
Windows 10 gamers will be able to play online with Pocket Edition gamers (via an update shortly after the game's launch), and the Windows 10 version will support up to eight players in each multiplayer gaming sessioneither locally or over Xbox Live. A built-in GameDVR will let you record all of your adventures, and it will allegedly be pretty easy to switch between using a controller, a touch interface, or a keyboard and mouse to play Minecraft on Windows 10.
DARPA challenge greatly propelled humanoid robotics -- and WPI
"The humanoid robotics group is a relatively new field in robotics but this challenge brought together a lot of people to solve the problem," he said, adding the field has been advanced 10-fold in the last few years. "There are a lot of justifications for using humanoid robots in a disaster situation. Humanoids allow us to go into different unstructured environments. Wheels are good, Tracks are good. But if you need to climb up ladders, stairs and go through narrow crossings, you do better with the human form."
Cydia 1.1.20 update released to fix bugs and crash issues
If you’ve been facing any of these issues while using Cydia, it’s strongly recommend that you update it to the latest version. Cydia installer 1.1.20 update can be installed via the Changes tab in Cydia.
Microsoft offers researchers $500K to work on HoloLens
The company put out a request for proposals Monday seeking projects that will help “to better understand the role and possible applications for holographic computing in society.” Microsoft will pick “approximately five” proposals and give the researchers behind them a grant of up to $100,000 and two HoloLens development kits. In particular, Microsoft said it’s interested in seeing its technology used for things like data visualization, new forms of collaboration, interactive art and new teaching tools.
T-Mobile was asked to turn over more customer info than its larger rivals - CNET
Despite T-Mobile's smaller customer base (Verizon and AT&T each have nearly twice as many customers), the carrier fielded more requests than its rivals. AT&T, for instance, saw 263,755 requests, while Verizon saw 287,559. Sprint saw 308,937 requests.
Architect Finally Gives Us What We Want: A Beyoncé-Inspired Skyscraper
Just when you thought the world had hit peak Beyoncé , the hippest city in Australia is going to build a massive skyscraper inspired by… Beyoncé. This is not a joke . The city of Melbourne has given planning approval for the construction of a curvy 68-story tower in its central business district. It even moves.
LG's ultra-thin touchscreen panels will enable lighter, thinner notebooks
LG announced on Monday that it will introduce a thinner and lighter touch LCD for 14- and 15.6-inch laptops later in 2015. The new display uses LG’s Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT) technology, which achieves extra thinness by embedding the touch capability within the LCD itself. Traditional touch displays require three layers that include the protective glass, a touch layer, and the LCD panel.
International Space Station resupplied for the first time in months
The International Space Station has just received its first new supplies since April 14th. The Progress 60 Russian cargo ship docked with ISS early this morning, at 3:11AM ET according to NASA , bringing with it over three tons of cargo. That includes "1,940 pounds of propellant, 106 pounds of oxygen, 926 pounds of water, and 3,133 pounds of spare parts, supplies and experiment hardware."
12 little-known tips and tricks for Apple Music
Just download the free app , open it, swipe through the greetings, close the app again, and pull down from the top of your screen to get your Notification Center. Scroll to the bottom of the Today view, tap the Edit button, and find Musixmatch in your list of available widgets. Once you tap the green plus sign to add it, you’re set. Just open Notification Center while a song is playing in Apple Music and watch the lyrics update live—perfect for belting out your favorite song. It takes a few seconds to show up, and not every song I played in Apple Music had lyrics available. But it’s fun when it works.
iPhone 6 Plus blew up while charging, woman claims - CNET
Technically Incorrect: A Hong Kong woman who left her iPhone to charge overnight says she was awoken by a big bang.
After posting his tasting notes, Kurniawan was declared “a ‘rock star’ of wine tasting” who had made “an incredible display of graciousness” in sharing his notes, which read “like a porn novel.” While a handful of members were more critical, wringing their hands about “excess” and “an offensive display of ‘I am richer than you,’ ” the majority rallied to Kurniawan’s defense. Rob Rosania, an Angry Man known as Big Boy, dismissed a critic with, “You’ve obviously never stepped to his level.” Kapon himself weighed in: “I can safely say that he would NEVER do ANYTHING to brag, boast, or show off.” ¶ For instance, Kurniawan didn’t mention the five FedEx packages he received from Cru that year, containing the empty bottles from his wild nights at the restaurant. … Kurniawan was building a bottle museum in his garage, he explained to the sommelier.
Apple Music FAQ: The ins and outs of Apple's new streaming music service
What about Beats Music? Will my Beats subscription disappear? Beats Music isn’t going away just yet, but it’s on it’s way out. Beats is no longer taking new subscribers. If you’re an existing subscriber, you’ll see a prompt in Beats Music on your iOS device or Mac, urging you to move your subscription over to Apple Music. All of the albums you’ve saved and playlists you’ve created will sync over to Apple Music from Beats. You can also keep your Beats username and use it on Apple Music. The subscription cost is the same—$9.99 per month—and once you move your account over, your Beats subscription will be canceled.
Comedy Central channel starts streaming on Roku
It took a while, but Comedy Central is finally bringing its video content to Roku's streaming devices . As Variety points out , although the network hasn't made an official announcement, the channel's now available for download . You will need a pay-TV subscription to access most of Comedy Central's on-demand library, however, which includes The Daily Show , Key & Peele, South Park , Broad City and many more shows . That said, cord-cutters won't be completely left out, since they'll be able to enjoy the latest episodes of some shows -- like The Daily Show , The Nightly Show with Larry More and a few select others. Don't have it on your Roku player yet? You can install it directly from here .
Helio's cellphone service comes back to life with a $29 plan
Remember Helio, the virtual carrier that tried to cater to the tech-savvy young crowd ( not so successfully ) with data-centric plans and rebranded basic phones ? It's baaaack. Ubi Telecom, a mobile company focused on Korean-speaking Americans, has quietly revived the brand as a mostly bring-your-own-device service on Sprint's network, with Verizon* as a roaming partner. However, it's definitely not the provider you remember from a decade ago. Service is much cheaper at $29 (tax included!) for unlimited data, text and voice, but that data is capped at a paltry 128Kbps -- you won't be checking out Netflix. The ready-to-go phone catalog is old, too, with the Galaxy S4 being as good as it gets. The resurrected Helio makes sense if you think that even Virgin Mobile's $35 plans are too rich for your blood, but it won't trigger those warm, fuzzy nostalgic feelings.
Channel 9 Apps (Channel 9)
To get the Channel 9 Xbox app, fire up your console, sign in and then go to 'Apps'. Browse or search for Channel 9, select it and download. Once it is downloaded, you can run it from your list of apps, or you can pin it to make it easier to get back to later.
Falling Skies: "Hunger Pains" Review - IGN
Well, it seems the Espheni are starting to run out of ideas as their plan for overthrowing the human populace has devolved into rushing strongholds with as many skitters as possible. Maybe it’s for the best, as their advanced technology has proven ineffectual against humanity’s guerilla tactics over the past few seasons. The constant barrage of skitters leaves the 2nd Mass under siege and with their food storage gone, which means any advantage they had last week has been put on the back burner.
How to replace the 'Connect' tab in Apple Music with 'Playlists'
Connect might not be of everyone’s interest, and thankfully there is a way to completely remove the Connect’ tab from Apple Music in iOS. Simply head over to Settings -> General -> Restrictions and toggle the ‘Apple Music Connect’ option. This will disable the ‘Connect’ tab and replace it with a handy ‘Playlists’ tab that will provide you with quick access to all your playlists.
AMD preannounces lower revenue due to poor demand for its APUs
AMD said gross profit margins (non-GAAP) are expected to be down as well, to 28 percent, versus the 32 percent the company originally expected. Because demand for its APUs is down, the company said, it will have to rely more on sales of lower-margin embedded and semi-custom chips. AMD also said it would take a charge of $33 million as it transitions its manufacturing from 20-nm to a FinFET process.
Stretchable nanowire mesh heats your sore muscles
There's no word on when this chainmail-like design will reach something you can buy, but there's talk of using it beyond medical purposes. You could use it to heat up a winter jacket, or provide efficient, evenly-distributed warmth in your car seat. If the technology pans out, you could feel better without having to let anyone know that you're feeling chilly or sore.
The Monster Italian Track Where Porsche Tests Its Beauties | WIRED
But the real star at Nardò is the high-speed circular track. It’s 7.8 miles around and 2.5 miles in diameter. The outer lane is banked at more than 12 degrees, so at 150 mph, the centrifugal force is effectively canceled out, making it easier for test drivers to mash the gas pedal into the floor for hours at a time. That’s useful for testing the endurance of production cars as well as the viability of entirely new ideas. This is where the VW concept car W12 Nardò drove 4,810 miles in 24 hours, putting up an average speed of 200 mph.
Instagram finally stores high-resolution images
Back in 1988, @Sony and @Nintendo were working together to build the first @PlayStation console, which was simply an add-on for the #SNES console. Eventually, that project evolved into a device of its own that was to have a port to play SNES cartridges, as well as a CD-ROM drive to play newer #games. The deal imploded after just 200 consoles rolled off the production line, and we eventually got the console you know today as the original PlayStation. Today, @Imgur user DanDiebold uploaded photos of the ill-fated collaboration that give us an amazing look at what could have been. It’s like a #frankenstein of a SNES and a PlayStation.
HTC Returns to Loss
TAIPEI—HTC Corp. sank into the red again in the second quarter, hit by plummeting smartphone sales and valuation losses on production lines left idle.
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Brazilian Christians Create 'Clean' Version of Facebook
The site, launched last month by a group of Brazilian Christians, is intended for those who want to make "social networking a reflection of their Christian life." Instead of a "like" button, there is an "Amen" button.
New Zealand is making trolling illegal
"Just because the content expressed in the communication is in bad taste, controversial or unpopular, and may cause offence to individuals or a specific community, this is not in itself sufficient reason to engage the criminal law," the guidelines add.
Fast Company on Twitter
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Stephen Hawking asks a big question of Mark Zuckerberg - CNET
The very last sentence is true. What came before is my dramatic interpretation. But here was Hawking's question: "I would like to know a unified theory of gravity and the other forces. Which of the big questions in science would you like to know the answer to and why?"
Amazon finally releases Cloud Drive mobile apps, but they're bare bones
The new mobile apps are even more limited. Currently, there’s no way to move files around, edit files, or upload new ones. Users can still upload photos using the sync feature in Amazon’s Photos app, but editing and syncing a document isn’t possible from phones or tablets right now. At least Amazon tells TechCrunch that it plans to invest in both apps going forward.
Watch The Throne (That Dave Grohl Designed When He Broke His Leg Doing Rock and Roll)
Dave Grohl performed an entire Foo Fighters concert from the seat of a throne that he designed, because the show must go on.
Get PhoneClean and More on Sale Before These Deals End [Deals Hub]
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The Brink: "Baghdad My A**" Review - IGN
Well that was the shortest hostage holding of a U.S. diplomat we've ever seen on TV. After just one week of questioning (and some slight water boarding), Raja released Alex Talbot so that he could deliver a message to Walter Larson and hopefully avoid what's beginning to feel like the potential beginning of World War III. Or did he? The Brink's third episode threw an interesting plot twist at viewers when it was revealed that Raja is in fact brother to insurgent leader General Zaman, and he might not actually hate the horse-riding general as much as he let on to Alex.