Apple celebrates one billion iPhones

"iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day," said Cook. “Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day."

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Google brings Family Library sharing to the Play Store

When you sign up for Family Library, you'll be asked to enter a credit card to cover any purchases made by your family, but the account administrator/keeper of the family finances will be able to approve purchases for the other users or allow them to use their own credit cards or gift cards. The primary account holder also has final say on which purchased items will be shared to the communal library and which they can keep only on their device.

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Meet the Guys Who Cracked Pokémon Go Wide Open

I’m in the back of a Gregory’s Coffee in New York’s midtown across from Dronpes and flanked by Moots7, who are careful to tell me as little about themselves as possible. From what I can gather Moots works in finance and comes from rural Colorado, while Dronpes is a developer at a tech company, hard-working with a cautious, controlling streak. Both are tall, stubbly white guys in their late 20s—the right age to have fond memories of the first generation Pokémon games. Six months ago they embarked on creating The Silph Road , a project that has become the Pokémon Go player’s bible.

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Liveblog: Hillary Clinton Fights for Her Presidential Future

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Microsoft is planning to lay off 2,850 more employees in the next 12 months or so, according to Microsoft's full 10-K report it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Part of the document reads: "In addition to the elimination of 1,850 positions that were announced in May 2016, approximately 2,850 roles globally will be reduced during the year as an extension of the earlier plan, and these actions are expected to be completed by the end of fiscal year 2017." Business Insider reports: "The first 1,850 layoffs mentioned here were mainly from Microsoft's struggling smartphone business, including 1,350 employees in Finland working at what was once Nokia world headquarters. These layoffs also included people in Microsoft's salesforce, which was recently reorganized and saw the departure of COO Kevin Turner . In total, Microsoft laid off 7,400 employees in its last fiscal year, which ended on June 30th, 2016. The new layoffs are a continuation of the same plan, and include the sales group as well as others. About 900 people affected by the new layoffs were already informed during the sales reorganization, according to a person familiar with Microsoft's plans.

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My Amazon Echo Refused to Tell Me About Amazon's Profits

Thursday, Amazon announced its second quarter earnings, reporting a net income of $857 million, which makes the $92 million the company earned in its second quarter last year look like pocket change.

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Khizr Khan, whose son died serving in the US military, schools Donald Trump on the Constitution #DemsInPhilly pic.twitter.com/ElGMQTALcu

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Photos: The tech behind the 2016 Democratic National Convention - TechRepublic

Big data, social media, and even VR make up the election tech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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Apple's Patent Shows Digital Crown for iPhone and iPad

The latest patent application from Apple published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reveals that Jony Ive and his team of designers pondered on using the digital crown of the Apple Watch on other iOS devices like the iPad.

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'Yakuza 0' is coming to brutalize your PS4 in January 2017

Travel back to 1988 to the streets of Kamurocho on January 24, 2017 with the latest entry in the Yakuza series. It's a prequel to the previous games in the series, so if you've yet to try one of them out this is one of the best ways you could get acquainted.

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Facebook smashes earnings, stock soars

The company accelerated its revenue growth in the second quarter, delivering a 59% increase that blew past Wall Street targets and sent its shares up 8% to a new all time high in after hours trading on Wednesday.

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This Year, Every Vote Is a Vote for or Against Climate Change

None of that is as remarkable as the context in which it was shown. In the decades since scientists first warned a US president that greenhouse gas emissions would doom us all, no political party has ever presented itself as taking the issue seriously during a presidential election. This year is different. And not because the Republican candidate calls climate change a hoax. What’s new is Democrats are going on the offense. Speaker after speaker at the convention has laid into Donald Trump and his party’s denialism. Climate action is a prominent plank in the Democratic Party platform . They’ve made the stakes clear: A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for planet Earth.

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How to Copy and Paste Like a Boss

For something so essential to everyday computing, the clipboard tool is actually pretty limited. After all these years, it can still only handle one thing at a time. Copy or cut something new, and the previous contents of the clipboard are lost. Fortunately, there are both Windows and Mac tools available that will let you upgrade your clipboard experience.

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Free Windows 10 upgrades end tomorrow

Microsoft released Windows 10 almost a year ago on July 29th, 2015. The software maker has offered its latest OS to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users as a free upgrade for the past year, but that offer is about to run out. You only have one day left to upgrade to Windows 10 for free if you're currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. After July 29th,  Microsoft will start charging $119 for upgrades to Windows 10 , and if you upgrade during the free period you'll also get the Anniversary Update (launching August 2nd) free of charge.

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http://www.clintonkaine.com/

Timotonous Kaine. He would help Hillary Potter vanquish Don Marvolo Trump, known in popular parlance as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Elected. As the definitive Hufflepuff, Kaine had the genuineness and the strength of character to resist Trump's trollish howls and perhaps even help prevent undecided members of the wizarding population from falling victim to Trump's projections of terror and assurances of salvation. Trump had to be stopped. He had won many followers already with his promise to erect a massive wall to keep muggles out, not to mention his advocacy for the surveillance and persecution of wizards who came from "impure" wizarding backgrounds. Now Hillary Potter and Timotonous Kaine were the only thing that stood between him and absolute dominance of the wizarding world. A terrifying thought. Though Hillary knew this was a battle she could win, it would not be easy. Trump's howling was a force of super-nature. Despite his comical appearance and way of speaking -- or perhaps, in part, because of them -- Trump had an unusual gift for influencing the minds of other wizards and confounding his opponents by weaving tangled webs of untruths and hexes every time he gaped his mouth open.

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Google's Android add-ons for Docs and Sheets facilitates work on mobile | ZDNet

The internet giant partnered with eight other companies to create the add-ons. For instance, a DocuSign add-on allows users to to pull up a document already saved in Google Docs and prepare it to be signed.

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7 lessons freelance designers can learn from tattoo artists

We’re big believers that some of the biggest lessons you’ll ever learn in life, are those learnt in unlikely places.

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Illinois to Cops: Want to Use Stingrays? Get a Court Order

If law enforcement wants to track you down, one option is the stingray. It can mimic cell phone tower signals and trick devices into connecting, allowing police and investigators to find you or snoop on your conversations.

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Uber Now Lets Businesses Book Rides For Their Customers

On Thursday, the ride-hailing company unveiled a new online app, called UberCentral, which enables businesses to book and pay for rides for their respective customers. UberCentral’s dashboard lets them manage multiple rides from a single account at the same time, and can send links to a live map with details via SMS message if the customer doesn’t have a smartphone. Businesses have the option to book rides from several of Uber’s options, including UberX and UberBlack.

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HTC Vive owners can finally face the void in 'Adr1ft'

The game didn't get the full roomscale VR treatment, though -- Adr1ft on HTC Vive supports sitting and standing experience only. That actually makes a lot of sense, considering the zero-gravity gameplay. The developer also left in the original gamepad control scheme, for players that prefer a more casual experience. Don't want VR, but still want to get lost in space? You're covered too: the game is also available on PlayStation 4 , and launch on Xbox One later this summer.

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Werner Herzog on the future of film school, critical connectivity, and Pokémon Go

No, unfortunately they are not going to go completely extinct; I wish they would. I wish everybody would come out of nowhere and be self-taught by life itself, by the world itself. No, [film school is] going to stay because there is a general demand for content, let's say, on television. And the film industry has some sort of a permanent demand for content. Let it be like that. I do not want to challenge it. But when you look into my MasterClass you better be out for something else.

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Twelve Tomorrows

Virgil Finlay (1914-1971) was the most accomplished line artist in American science fiction and fantasy history. He began illustrating stories for Weird Tales (1936) and eventually worked for almost every SF magazine: Amazing, Fantastic Universe, IF, Galaxy, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, etc. For awhile he was a staff artist at The American Weekly. 2500 pieces have been catalogued. 1953, he won the Hugo Award for Best Interior Illustrator. He was awarded the Retro Hugo as Best Professional Artist of 1939 and 1945. Finlay has been posthumously inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame (2012) and the Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame (2015). Photo: 1933 Self portrait: Copyright © Lail Finlay.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: everything you need to know

In the Anniversary Update, Cortana will activate the Halo rings and destroy all life in the uni- we mean, she'll have greater access to the Outlook, Office and Calendar applications, and greater understanding of context-sensitive instructions. This will make her ability to recall where you parked your car and your account numbers even more creepy. She'll also be available from the lock screen, across all your devices.

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Forbes Welcome

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is a success.”

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The Terrifying Reason This Star Flickers Every Two Minutes

Some 380 light years away in the constellation Scorpius lies a star that has puzzled astronomers for over 40 years. Called AR Scorpii, the star flashes brightly and fades again every couple minutes, like a lightbulb on a dimmer switch. Now, astronomers have identified the cause of the flickering, and it’s a reminder that the cosmos is still rife with terrifying secrets.

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Supergirl's Coming to Arrow, Flash, and Legends for Their Next Crossover Event

If there’s one thing we can count on in the DCCW universe, it’s that the various shows will crossover with each other, every year, like clockwork. For example, we already know that Felicity’s going to show up in The Flash this year, and Green Arrow will visit the Legends of Tomorrow. But now we know a bit more about the season’s biggest crossover.

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The first 7 cards revealed for Hearthstone’s One Night in Karazhan adventure

Blizzard just revealed the newest adventure for its digital card game. One Night in Karazhan will release 45 new cards over the course of a month starting on August 11. Hearthstone makes $20 million a month, and it is the leader in the $1.2 billion digital card game market. It’s also one of the most popular games in the blooming esports scene. Releasing new content shakes up the game for fans, opening up new possibilities for decks and strategies.

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Speedtest by Ookla

Take a Speedtest directly from your Google Chrome toolbar to quickly test your internet performance without interruption. Measure how fast the pages you visit load with Web Speed. Features: - Get your ping, download, and upload speeds within seconds - right in your Google Chrome toolbar - Measure how fast websites load - HTML5

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Report: Now the FBI is probing the hack of a Democratic congressional group

Bock also began speaking more about diversity in recent years, finally publishing Google's first diversity report in 2014. The numbers weren't pretty, with women making up just 17% of the tech-related positions, and all races other than white and Asian adding up to just single digits. Those numbers reflect the makeup of degree earners whom Google has to hire from, he wrote in a blog post, while noting other extenuating circumstances. "But we're the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be—and that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution." Laszlo wrote.

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Mercedes Unveils First Heavy-Duty Electric Delivery Truck

Other than a futuristic paint job, the exterior of the truck isn't all that unique. It's based on an ordinary heavy-duty, three-axle urban delivery truck. But the chassis has not only been completely revamped, it also takes a different approach to electric drive compared to consumer electric vehicles currently on the market.

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Lifehacker Pack for Chrome: Our List of the Essential Extensions

Google’s Chrome browser is packed full of an incredible amount of extensions that add all sorts of functionality. It’s tough to sift through the store to find what’s useful though, so let us save you some time with this collection of our favorite Chrome extensions.

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The internet felt stronger together after Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech

The internet felt stronger together after Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech

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Lately, Science Has Been Having A Lot Of Fun With Hydrogels

Hydrogel-based materials are the basis of many experiments in the science community, having been utilized in new ways to cool down buildings , make better condoms , and to generate soft tissues . They’re already used in contact lenses, and you can eat them with your Jello (or a version of them anyway).

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Make Your Subway Commute a Nightmare With a 3D Printer Backpack

The nomadic lifestyle of a 3D printsmith is made all the more difficult when it comes to carrying your 3D printer from town to town. Ultimaker has heard your lamentations, though, and has come up with a solution that promises to make transporting a 3D printer a little easier: a $69 pair of shoulder straps.

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It's clear that one city is becoming a booming innovation hub, and it could change the world

It's striking that China is rising up the rankings, and Shenzhen is becoming a patent-filing powerhouse. The emergence of Shenzhen — along with China more broadly — as an innovation hub has broad implications.

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Solar Power Could Be Coming Soon to Chernobyl

The atomic fallout in Chernobyl, Ukraine was one of the worst nuclear disasters in history and put around 2,600 square kilometers (around 1,000 square miles) of land out of commission. It’s been good for shitty horror films and for the wildlife that has blossomed there following the disaster, but after decades of people unable to return to their homes and the property surrounding the reactor abandoned, it was only a matter of time before somebody wanted to attempt to reuse it.

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Reminder: Windows 10 Home Will Cost $119 Starting July 29th

As Microsoft explains on the Windows blog, over 300 million devices have activated Windows 10, which is more than enough of a head start for the company to feel comfortable charging for Windows once again. If you get a new device, obviously the cost of Windows will be built in, but if you want to upgrade an existing device or buy a copy to install on a new machine, you’ll have to fork over some cash.

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Square Enix's first Apple Watch RPG is stylish yet dull

The God of Time continues to run headlong into the Rift, fighting off enemies as they appear before him. This is your default screen among the three the game's comprised of. The God will automatically attack on his own, but if you so desire you can tap the Skills button at the lower right of the screen to utilize various attacks you'll earn along the way. If you wait for the timer to count down and then fire off a Skill right after the first one, you can chain them for additional damage. You can also rotate the Apple Watch's Digital Crown to head to the Fragments screen, where you can spend Fragments (displayed on-screen as you collect them in battle) to upgrade your weapons, unlock additional skill slots and most importantly, earn more time.

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Tesla Unveils Gigafactory As Production Ramps Up - InformationWeek

The partial opening of Tesla's Gigafactory will give the electric car manufacturer the ability to make the majority of components under one roof, including lithium ion batteries.

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Is the Apple Watch’s Digital Crown dial really heading for the iPhone?

The filing for the patent was made in early 2014, at least six months before Apple unveiled its Watch. While it may be suggested Apple was merely using the iPad as cover in order to avoid referencing its at-that-time unconfirmed smartwatch, the filing does actually mention, and show, a smartwatch. Also, by early 2014 it was already widely expected that the company was prepping its first-ever wrist-based device.

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How to Watch Tonight's Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is tonight and it’s a reliably good show that you shouldn’t miss. Here’s how, when, and where to watch.

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A Roller Coaster Inspired This Stunning Bridge—in a Not Terrifying Way

“We really wanted to redefine the suspension bridge,” says Chris Precht, co-founder of Penda, the architecture studio behind the design. A typical suspension bridge dangles from cables, like a marionette from strings. But the deck of the San Shan hovers by virtue of 360 degrees of cables, which stabilize it from the top, bottom, and sides. The giant rings to which those cables connect take design cues from the spiraling tubes roller coasters—though Precht says it’s helpful to look at the whole ring-cable-deck apparatus the way you would a bicycle wheel.

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This is why I'm still wary of the Internet of Things

The idea of a connected home, which lets me control every lightbulb, appliance and service running in my house from virtually anywhere, is certainly intriguing. But years after we first began hearing about the Internet of Things and saw loads of products arrive in stores, the concept is still fraught with problems.

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This reporter made an awkward, offensive joke on live television

After social media outcry over the offensive segment on Australian TV, Stefanovic said "By using the word 'tranny', I offended an awful a lot of beautiful, sensitive people. I honestly didn't know the negative and deeply hurtful impact that word has, not only on members of the LGBTQI community, but on their family and on their friends. And therein lies the problem I reckon - I never bothered to ask."

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Amazon launches a page dedicated to Kickstarter projects

Amazon this week launched a  page dedicated to Kickstarter projects, collecting more than 300 products under a single hub. The new Kickstarter Collection is now available at Amazon Launchpad, the company's  digital storefront for hardware startups and crowdfunded projects. Successful Kickstarter projects available on the new page include Piper, Zivix, and Prynt, and they cover a wide range of products.

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Virgin America's app has Spotify playlists based on your trip

In fact, Virgin America is calling the partnership a "first-of-its kind trip soundtrack mobile feature on an airline app." How does it work? Well, once you check in, you can stream one of Spotify's "Mood Lists" that are inspired by cities around the world. Users will be privy to a playlist that's based on their destination, so in theory you'll get a new mix of songs for each leg of your journey. If that sounds familiar, the streaming service recently revealed an Out of Office playlist tool that also compiles a collection of tracks inspired by where you're traveling that can be used in those automatic email responses. The collaboration isn't too surprising though, since flyers can already stream music from Spotify during Virgin flights.

51 Republic Wireless Adds New Phones But Boosts Price
52 Madeleine Albright shatters brooch fashion with a symbolic pin
53 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hits Donald Trump hard with first words of Democratic convention speech
54 How That Crazy Cylinder Illusion Works
55 Did Joyce Beatty just plagiarize Melania Trump's outfit?
56 Doctor Strange Trailer #2 Breakdown - Rewind Theater - IGN Video
57 See If a Pokémon Is Worth Evolving In Pokémon Go With This CP Calculator
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60 Cloud computing: an explainer
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63 Hipsters rejoice, Apple's first Brooklyn store is finally here
64 Twitter Releases New Data on the Value of Influencers [Infographic]
65 Google searches omitted key US presidential candidates
66 What to watch for in Samsung’s earnings later today
67 Legendary for a reason: Falcon Northwest's iconic Mach V still slays
68 Daily Deals: Uncharted 4, The Last of Us Remastered, Undead Nightmare, Dell XPS 8900 - IGN
69 Microsoft's new camera app brings AI to your iPhone
70 Will Smith Made the Best Possible Choice During Suicide Squad Filming
71 Xiaomi’s first laptop is a Macbook Air rival that’s as cheap as $540
72 Hacking a Celebrity's Phone in the 1930s Was Actually Similar to Today
73 Yahoo launches its revamped Messenger app on Mac and Windows
74 There's an important reason why you should read one of Elon Musk's favorite books
75 Facebook passes 1 billion mobile daily active users
76 Facebook continues to thrive, closing in on 2 billion monthly users
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78 Flagship 'Dota 2' tournament sets cash prize record
79 Researchers Just Solved One of the Big Paradoxes About Jupiter's Atmosphere
80 Ballsy Swedish engineer builds a homemade flying chair, tests it in his driveway
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82 Pick up charity War Child's 12-game bundle for a great cause
83 Microsoft says its new camera app is even better than Apple's
84 Report: Nintendo NX Will Be Portable
85 The hyper-acquisitive tech giant SoftBank has made a big hire from Goldman Sachs
86 Here's the first trailer and premiere date for Netflix's 'Gilmore Girls' revival
87 Pokémon Go: five tricks for pro players that are almost as good as cheats
88 Inside the Mind of Werner Herzog, Luddite Master of the Internet
89 Apple Maps adds Parkopedia data on garages and parking lots
90 ‘Yakuza 5’ and ‘Rebel Galaxy’ among the free PlayStation Plus games in August
91 Google acquires LaunchKit, will discontinue hosted mobile development services
92 Mashable News on Twitter
93 We might have to wait until 2018 to catch up with Daredevil and Jessica Jones
94 Hyperloop One unveils new manufacturing plant in Nevada
95 Driver crashes into school while playing 'Pokémon Go'
96 Mashable GIF on Twitter
97 Uber will be legal in China in November
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99 Oracle buys enterprise cloud services company NetSuite for $9.3B
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