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Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.

I had just explained to Amber that 122 GB of music files were missing from my laptop. I’d already visited the online forum, I said, and they were no help. Although several people had described problems similar to mine, they were all dismissed by condescending “gurus” who simply said that we had mislocated our files (I had the free drive space to prove that wasn’t the case) or that we must have accidentally deleted the files ourselves (we hadn’t). Amber explained that I should blow off these dismissive “solutions” offered online because Apple employees don’t officially use the forums—evidently, that honor is reserved for lost, frustrated people like me, and (at least in this case) know-it-alls who would rather believe we were incompetent, or lying, than face the ugly truth that Apple has vastly overstepped its boundaries.

Dag Kittlaus, co-founder of Siri, will give the world’s first demo of a next gen AI called Viv at Disrupt NY

Where Siri was an application that was made a service, Dag and the Viv team want to manufacture an underlying infrastructure that allows AI to be poured into apps, systems and experiences. Viv is counting on this broad application of AI to be as ubiquitous as a search button, and they’ve created some very real apps that utilize the system. If you want to see them in action for the first time, and get a glimpse at the brain that runs Viv behind the scenes (and we don’t mean Dag,) then we’ll see you at Disrupt NY on May 9-11 in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  You can buy tickets here .

Microsoft's hover gestures for Windows phones are magnificent

Microsoft had been planning to use a number of sensors on the sides of a device to detect how a phone is held by grip, allowing 3D Touch-enabled phones to block an orientation switch when you're lying down in bed. In the Microsoft Research video you can also see features allowing additional gestures to be unearthed as a users' finger gets closer to the screen. Video controls are used as an example, but Microsoft was also using the same concept to allow Windows Phone users to hover over Live Tiles (MixView) and reveal information relevant to a particular app.

LAPD hacked into iPhone of slain wife of 'Shield' actor, documents show

LAPD detectives found an alternative way to bypass the security features on the white iPhone 5S belonging to April Jace, whom the actor is accused of killing at their South L.A. home in 2014, according to a search warrant filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Long-Form Reading Shows Signs of Life in Our Mobile News World

While 123 seconds – or just over two minutes – may not seem long, and a far cry from the idealized vision of citizens settling in with the morning newspaper, two minutes is far longer than most local television news stories today. And that print newspaper over which people linger contains many separate stories, not just one. In addition, our analysis indicates that this metric almost certainly underestimates the real time spent reading or watching a news story. Specifically, the metrics capture screen movements such as scrolling or clicking, within 5.5 second intervals. While more precise counts of actual user engaged time may still be out of reach with existing methods, what is of most value is the relative difference that emerges between long- and short-form stories. And here the conclusion across this dataset is consistent: People are spending more time on longer stories than on shorter ones, suggesting that engagement can expand to meet the demands of a more in-depth piece.

9 Bitcoin 'creator' backs out of Satoshi coin move 'proof' - BBC News

"A lot more people in the Bitcoin community are going to be unconvinced of Dr Wright's claims than will believe he is Satoshi, based upon what's happened to date," commented Dr Garrick Hileman, an economic historian at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.

Windows 10 is now on over 300 million devices, upgrade will cost $119 after July 29

Microsoft today announced that its Windows 10 operating system has now been installed on more than 300 million devices. That’s up from the “more than 270 million devices” milestone announced on March 30 .

GM, Lyft to Test Self-Driving Electric Taxis

General Motors Co. GM 0.25 % and Lyft Inc. will begin testing a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric taxis on public roads within a year, a move central to the companies’ joint efforts to challenge Silicon Valley giants in the battle to reshape the auto industry.

Windows 10 upgrades will cost $119 after July 29

The free upgrade offer was a bold gambit for Microsoft -- previously, nothing could get in the way of that tasty OS revenue. But, after Windows 8 failed to entice developers and consumers, the company needed to do something drastic. And it seems to have paid off: Microsoft says Windows 10 is now running on 300 million devices around the world (that's up from 200 million in January ). Among other notable stats, Cortana has answered more than 6 billion questions so far, and people have spent over 63 billion minutes in the Edge browser just in March.

Apple Loses an iPhone Trademark Battle in China

Are you the proud owner of an IPHONE brand pocketbook? Fear not – a Beijing court has ruled that your bag is safely within the bounds of Chinese copyright law.

Exclusive: Big data breaches found at major email services - expert

After eliminating duplicates, Holden said, the cache contained nearly 57 million accounts - a big chunk of the 64 million monthly active email users said it had at the end of last year. It also included tens of millions of credentials for the world's three big email providers, Gmail, Microsoft and Yahoo, plus hundreds of thousands of accounts at German and Chinese email providers.

Netflix now lets you adjust how much data you burn through when streaming on your phone

The default setting will enable you to stream about 3 hours of TV shows and movies per gigabyte of data. In terms of bitrates, that currently amounts to about 600 Kilobits per second. Our testing found that, on cellular networks, this setting balances good video quality with lower data usage to help avoid exceeding data caps and incurring overage fees. If you have a mobile data plan with a higher data cap, you can adjust this setting to stream at higher bitrates. Our goal is to give you more control and greater choice in managing your data usage whether you’re on an unlimited mobile plan or one that’s more restrictive.

Russian Hackers Have 270 Million Email Logins, Including Gmail and Yahoo Accounts

Hold Security has apparently alerted all of the affected email providers. It may be that the stash is out of date and doesn’t present too much of a security threat—though, of course, it could be a new pool of data, in which case the accounts included in the tranche could be at risk. It may be a good time to refresh your password either way,

Apple’s App Store search is completely broken right now

Apple’s App Store search is experiencing significant issues this morning, which, if allowed to continue for a longer period of time, could end up impacting app developers’ sales. The problem is that keyword searches on the App Store are simply not returning the appropriate list of apps, and aren’t even able to pull up many apps by name. This is true even for major brands, like Google, Uber, Tumblr, Vine, Spotify, Candy Crush, YouTube, and several others.

Siri creators set to unveil AI-based voice assistant

At Viv Labs , the co-founders of Siri have been working on an even more advanced bot that can do a whole lot more, thanks to an AI-powered brain and plenty of data to constantly learn from.

Elsevier Complaint Shuts Down Sci-Hub Domain Name - TorrentFreak

Sci-Hub is facing millions of dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed by Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers. As a result of the legal battle the site just lost one of its latest domain names. However, the site has no intentions of backing down, and will continue its fight to keep access to scientific knowledge free and open.

Microsoft no longer allows administrators to block Windows Store access in Windows 10 Pro | ZDNet

"Microsoft is focused on helping enterprises manage their environment while giving people choice in the apps and devices they use to be productive across work and life. Windows 10 Enterprise is our offering that provides IT pros with the most granular control over company devices. Windows 10 Pro offers a subset of those capabilities and is recommended for small and mid-size businesses looking for some management controls, but not the full suite necessary for IT pros at larger enterprises.The ability to block access to the Windows Store is typically for organizations who want more control over corporate-owned devices. This fits into the value of Windows 10 Enterprise.

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Would you bank with Facebook or Google?

The world of banking is set for rapid change, with new research revealing just how keen consumers are to use new technology like wearables and cryptocurrencies for payments – and some folks would be prepared to do their online banking with the likes of Facebook or Google.

Amazon is leasing more Boeing cargo planes to expand its shipping network

Amazon has  reached an agreement with cargo airline Atlas Air Worldwide to lease 20 Boeing 767s to better help it ferry products around the US. The deal, announced today to coincide with Atlas's first-quarter earnings, also allows Amazon to purchase up to a 30 percent stake in the aircraft company over the next 10 years. The deal is just the  latest in a series of strategic moves Amazon has made to reduce its reliance on third-party shipping services like UPS and FedEx. In March, Amazon  announced a similar deal to lease as many as 20 Boeing cargo planes from Air Transport Services Group.

Tips On Getting The Coveted Moms of Instagram To Love You, From A Brand That Did It

Freshly Picked's adorable, colorful feed does not happen by accident. Petersen spends a lot of time creating the world of the brand. At an overarching brand level, Petersen wants the feed to be all about capturing the special, fleeting moments of parenthood. But every week, her team also decides on a particular color palette that coincides with a color from the moccasin collection, then ensures that the feed reflects that look. "We want it to look very pleasing if you're just scrolling through our pictures in a quick glance," she says. "It's very deliberate, but we want it to feel organic."

Periscope mimics FB Live by letting you permanently #Save replays

Periscope added its biggest missing feature today in a move that could make it more palatable to brands and social stars, and help it compete with Facebook Live. You can now permanently save replays of your broadcasts by including #Save in their title. You still can delete them later if you want. Previously, broadcasts disappeared after 24 hours.

Cupertino's mayor is furious at Apple: 'They abuse us'

In fact, when Chang last decided to pay an impromptu visit to Apple's campus, while he was a city-council member, before he was mayor, security escorted him off campus. "They said, 'You cannot come in — you're not invited,'" Chang told The Guardian.

Instagram Is Testing Business Profiles

Instagram’s answer to Facebook pages, business profiles, are being tested with a small group of users and have been spotted in the wild.

Nearly 80 percent of Reddit threads with more than a thousand comments mention Hitler

This has been a common enough axiom on the web for a while, but now, we have some concrete figures to support the theory. Pseudonymous statistician Curious Gnu has  compiled a database of Reddit threads covering some 4.6 million comments, and scanned them for mentions of the words "Hitler" or "Nazi." After removing history subreddits from the data, Gnu found that once a thread hit 101 comments there's roughly a 15 percent chance of a Hitler mention. But go over 1,000 comments and this probability skyrockets — to above 70 percent. Looking at all the data, Gnu concludes: "78% of Reddit Threads With 1,000+ Comments Mention Nazis."

'Persona 5' gets a new trailer and release date in Japan

Persona , one of the most stylish and contemporary JRPG franchises, is almost ready to make its debut on the PlayStation 4. Developer Atlus held an event today in Japan for the next instalment, Persona 5 , dropping a new trailer and plenty of tantalizing gameplay details. More important, however, is the game's new release date: September 15th, 2016. For now that's strictly a Japan date -- there's no word on when a localized version will launch on the PS3 and PS4 in the West. Still, it's a promising development given the game has been delayed multiple times.

Google's AI has read enough romance novels to write its own

After going through the massive trove of novels, the engine was tasked with writing sentences of its own based on what it had learned. It then compared its own work with text from books it had read, so as to continually improve its ability to generate better sentences.

The Best #ManlyBookClubNames For Your Manly Book Club

Men-only books clubs are a hot new trend, the New York Times reports , citing such groups as "The Man Book Club" and "International Ultra Manly Book Club." You can come up with better names than that!

Romanian hacker Guccifer: I breached Clinton server, 'it was easy' | Fox News

Former State Department IT staffer Bryan Pagliano, who installed and maintained the server, has been granted immunity by the Department of Justice and is cooperating with the FBI in its ongoing criminal investigation into Clinton’s use of the private server. An intelligence source told Fox News last month that Lazar also could help the FBI make the case that Clinton’s email server may have been compromised by a third party.

Instagram Brand Profiles are Coming – Here’s a First Look

Back in March, re/code reported that Instagram was working on a range of new features to promote more advertising and brand activity on the platform, including analytics tools, the ability to buy Instagram ads via mobile and specific profiles for businesses. While there was no set date listed for the release of these new brand tools at the time, re/code’s sources suggested they would all be available within the next few months. And now, the first images of the new brand pages for Instagram have been spotted, with posting images of the new profile format – or, at least, how the new brand profiles look at this stage of the testing process.

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Siri's creators will debut next-gen AI assistant next week

Siri has been gradually getting better since its debut in 2011, but some of its original creators are set to introduce its successor, Viv, next week — and, by all accounts, Siri better watch her back!

Apple Starts Selling Accessibility Accessories through Its Online Store

Apple has added a new “Accessibility” accessories category to its online store. Currently, the Cupertino company sells 15 different products under its new category that cater to people with various kinds of disabilities including vision, physical and motor skills, and learning and literacy.

Twitch user allegedly broadcasts assault on significant other

A Twitch user is under fire for purportedly broadcasting an assault on his partner. The account , belonging to "joedaddy505," has been closed on Twitch due to service violations, but at least one YouTube video of the stream contains audio of what sounds like the broadcaster repeatedly hitting a crying woman and insulting her. Viewers have speculated that since there was no video to go with the audio, "Joedaddy505" may have thought his stream had ended. When reached for comment, a Twitch spokesperson said that the company doesn't comment on service violations. We also asked Twitch if law enforcement had been contacted and were given the following response:

Here's Your First Look at the New Power Rangers Movie Suits

We’ve seen the new teenagers with attitude in their civilian looks already, but finally, we get to see what this new cinematic take on the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers looks like post-transformation. They look like Tony Stark designed them.

App Store Experiencing Widespread Search Issues [Updated]

Isn't this standard for the App Store? Search used to be good, but recently (over the last few months at least) an exact name search has not produced the correct app at all, even fairly popular ones. Google always found them easily.

YouTube is reportedly building a streaming cable service called Unplugged

YouTube is entering the online TV landscape.  Bloomberg News reports that the company is working on a subscription-based streaming service called "Unplugged" that would let customers stream a bundle of cable channels. YouTube has been working on such a product since 2012, according to the report, but has ramped up efforts recently as other companies including Dish, Sony,  and now Hulu have launched or plan to deliver premium internet TV offerings. The current goal is to launch Unplugged in 2017, and YouTube has already made behind-the-scenes infrastructure changes to meet that target.

This App Is The Antidote To This Insane Presidential Campaign

Bounds, Bromberg, and I are chatting in Sidewire's office space in a cool commercial real estate development in San Francisco's Jackson Square neighborhood. It's the day of the New York primary, but it's late afternoon before the polls have closed, so you'd never necessarily know it. The TV is off, and everyone has their face buried in a monitor. For a startup that is still "10 employees and a pizza box," as Bounds self-effacingly puts it, he's hustled his way into some fancy digs. Sidewire is decamped in the office of a local family foundation, with lots of rich wood and exposed brick. Pictures of vintage motorcycle racing dominate the walls. The conference room is decorated images of celebrities and their bikes, and two vintage racing motorcycles, a BMW and a signed MV Agusta that Sidewire employees speculate is worth anywhere from $175,000 to $250,000, command a lot of the open space. Everyone wants me to know that this isn't yet another sign of startup excess, but it's the owner's collection; Sidewire is renting desks month to month.

Beyoncé speaks out on North Carolina's anti-LGBT law

Last month, Cyndi Lauper announced that she would be donating all proceeds from her show in the state to Equality North Carolina, a local LGBT organization that has been lobbying for the repeal of HB2. Similarly, Father John Misty announced that he'll donate all proceeds from his Charlotte concert to Time Out Youth.

Google Slides gets live Q&A feature and laser pointers

Today, Google is introducing a new service for its Slides app called Slides Q&A, which lets people in a crowd ask a moderator questions in real-time without interrupting their talk.

The FDA is banning e-cigarette sales to people under 18

The new ruling will go into affect in 90 days, and makes e-cigs subject to the same rules outlined in the Tobacco Control Act of 2009. That means retailers will need to verify the photo ID of their customers before they buy e-cigarettes. In addition, manufacturers whose products hit the market after February 15th, 2007 (so, essentially all vapes) will need to submit applications to the agency for approval and to determine whether or not their products show any additional health risks. Companies will be able to sell their wares for two years while they submit applications, and then for another year while the applications are reviewed.

Persona 5 Japanese Release Date, Collector's Edition Announced - IGN

A 20th anniversary-themed Collector's Edition was also announced for Persona 5 in Japan, including an art book, a soundtrack with songs from previous Persona games, and series-inspired DLC, including outfits from Persona 3 and 4. The set will be available for 13,800 yen (roughly $128USD).

Siri’s creators say they’ve made something better that will take care of everything for you

But nearly all of the partnerships were dissolved once Apple took over. To build them, Kittlaus had essentially gone door-to-door to various tech companies asking for permission to connect to their stores of proprietary data. Kittlaus and Cheyer, who became close with Apple's Steve Jobs before his death in 2011, will not discuss what happened beyond this from Kittlaus: “Steve had some ideas about the first version, and it wasn’t necessarily aligned with all the things that we were doing.” Kittlaus quietly left Apple the following year. A third of the original Siri engineering team members, including Cheyer, eventually followed him and are now building Viv.

Watch Paul McCartney Cover Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy' in Minneapolis

"Here's to the man," McCartney said after playing the Purple Rain track. "Loved that guy. Thank you Prince, for writing so many beautiful songs, so much music. And he's your guy." 

Doctor on Demand names former PayPal executive Hill Ferguson as new CEO

Telemedicine provider Doctor on Demand has reshuffled its leadership, replacing its founding CEO Adam Jackson with former PayPal executive Hill Ferguson. The company claims this transition was needed to bring in a “leader with a different set of skills to execute an increasingly dual-pronged strategy of nurturing its direct-to-consumer business while rapidly expanding its number of enterprise customers.”

51 Intel pours scorn on passwords on World Password Day
52 Windows 10 update shuts down live stream of pro gamer
53 How to Watch Tonight's Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower
54 It doesn't matter who created Bitcoin
55 Hacker trades 272 million passwords for social media likes
56 Drake's Views has been streamed over 250 million times worldwide
57 #TBT: See The Cast Of "Captain America: Civil War" In Some Of Their First Roles
58 10m users' data reportedly stolen from Indian Railways site
59 It doesn't matter what Elon Musk says — Tesla's going to raise more cash
60 Amazon's Alexa can now control Almond smart routers
61 Netflix rolls out new cellular data controls to let you tweak streaming quality on mobile
62 The New Kindle Oasis Is the Best Kindle You Can Buy... Until the Next One Comes Out
63 Man sets Guinness World Record by spending 25 straight hours in virtual reality
64 Spotify-backed Soundtrack Your Brand launches in U.S., inks global deal with McDonald’s
65 Add initial NetBSD documentation by krytarowski · Pull Request #4504 · dotnet/coreclr
66 'Dangerous Golf' swaps fairways for chaos on June 3rd
67 GE smartens up its large appliances with IFTTT support
68 The software engineer’s guide to asserting dominance in the workplace — Hacker Daily
69 KFC has created an edible nail polish that tastes like fried chicken
70 The IoT and the 20 ninjas in your refrigerator
71 Traveling the world in Uncharted 4's ridiculous photo mode
72 Search glitches hit iOS and Mac App Stores, concealing major apps
73 300 million machines are now running Windows 10
74 The world’s most expensive flight costs $38,000 — one way
75 New Apple app launches in Britain that pays people to get fit
76 How to stay afloat as a first-time entrepreneur
77 Become a master site builder with OSTraining Web Developer courses
78 Disney scanner identifies gadgets by their electromagnetic field
79 LAPD cracks locked iPhone in murder case
80 Learn to build Internet of Things apps with the Wio Link Kit & online learning bundle
81 Netflix CEO Hastings explains why he’s not ready to invest in VR content
82 Bitcoin 'creator' backs out of Satoshi coin move 'proof' - BBC News
83 ICYMI: Google beats MS paint, gamified recycling and more
84 Origin PC Chronos review: Fast things come in small, loud packages
85 Bitcoin's claimed creator will no longer provide proof
86 Samsung's $6,000 smart refrigerator: a fridge too far?
87 Cheapskate 'Android switchers' are hurting Apple | ZDNet
88 IN THEIR OWN WORDS: 13 startups explain why they failed
89 10 things in tech you need to know today
90 Google unveils virtual reality paintbrush
91 Nintendo and Vans team up on retro gaming sneakers
92 Microsoft and Ford back Pivotal in $253 million round at $2.8 billion valuation
93 Periscope #saves your broadcasts beyond 24 hours
94 Periscope is beta testing new 'save' feature
95 Apple loses fight over iPhone name in China - Reuters TV
96 A sci-fi vision of love from a 318-year-old hologram
97 7 Password Experts on How to Lock Down Your Online Security
98 The dream we haven't dared to dream
99 Curved ultrawide displays: Coming to a desktop near you? | ZDNet
100 US military agency DARPA: We want biometric tech to ID individual hackers | ZDNet