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Italian court overturns Uber ban

ROME (Reuters) – A Rome court annulled a short-lived ban on ride-hailing app Uber on Friday in the latest twist to a battle between the San Francisco-based multinational and Italy’s traditional taxi cabs.

The Marc Newson Hourglass For Hodinkee shows us time is a nanoball

 “Can anyone tell me what this is?” the teacher asked. Outside the rust rains had come again and the building reacted by assembling a nano sphere shield. They would be inside until it stopped. None of the children were old enough for the skin adaptation. She might as well keep them busy.
She held up half of a glass object, the top edge crude and sharp.
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Sergey Brin’s giant airship will be world’s largest, serve humanitarian role

 Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building a massive airship, we learned in April, and now The Guardian reports some additional details about the purpose and nature of the project. It’ll be used both as a private luxury air yacht for Brin and his retinue, as well as for humantarian aid purposes. Also, it’ll be the largest aircraft in the world, at nearly 200 meters (656 feet) in length. Read More

Apple releases Final Cut Pro X 10.3.4

Apple has released an update to Final Cut Pro X. 10.3.4 is now available…

iPad Pro, Apple Pencil help capture a slice of Brooklyn for latest ‘New Yorker’ cover

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Artist Jorge Colombo turned to Apple’s iPad to sketch the latest cover of “The New Yorker” magazine, allowing the creation of the digital drawing to be relived through a short video clip.

Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook, Amazon and more than two dozen other U.S. technology companies pressed Congress on Friday to make changes to a broad internet surveillance law, saying they were necessary to improve privacy protections and increase gove…

Tips for working out with Apple Watch

Apple Watch is an excellent fitness tracker and has proved to be an effective workout coach for me personally. If you want to get outside more over the three-day weekend or just use your Apple Watch in new ways for the first time, read along for a few of my favorite tips for working out with Apple Watch.

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Consumer Reports: Apple’s Macs the most reliable by wide margin

In laptops and desktops Apple was the most reliable. Plus it’s tech support was – by far – the highest rated…

Notoriously bearish Apple analyst predicts doom because of ‘iPhone 8’ production delays

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An analyst with historically off-target guesses about Apple’s hardware intentions and supply chain machinations is claiming that the “iPhone 8” will not only ship later than expected because of Touch ID supply problems, but also claims that full manufacturing won’t fully ramp up until the first calendar quarter of 2018.

Apple designer Marc Newson sells $12K hourglass as Swiss watchmaker does analog Apple Watch clone

One of the designers behind the Apple Watch, Marc Newson, has crafted a special-edition hourglass priced at a whopping $12,000. Swiss luxury watchmaker H. Moser & Cie., meanwhile, has launched a new mechanical piece designed to…

Apple’s vacation blackout days for retail staff telegraph iPhone 8 release date

The Apple iPhone 8 release date could happen somewhere between…

857 missing/abducted children rescued as a result of AMBER alert program

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says that a total of 857 children who were reported missing or abducted have been successfully rescued as a direct result of the AMBER alert program.

AMBER alerts are designed to get descriptions and vehicle details to everyone in the area as quickly as possible. They include television and radio appeals, but are notable for the text notifications sent to every mobile phone within range, known as Wireless Emergency Alerts …

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Apple’s two-year-old iPhone 6s beats Samsung’s Galaxy S8 in speed and memory management shootout

Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S8 has a formidable challenger in Apple’s two-year-old iPhone 6s…

Watch artist create this week’s New Yorker cover on an iPad Pro

The cover illustration for this week’s issue of New Yorker was created by an artist using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, and as the magazine did back in January, it’s shared a time-lapse video showing how the drawing was created …

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Best Buy Memorial Day Sale Savings on Apple Watch, Mac Notebooks, 9.7-Inch iPad Pro, and More

Best Buy today launched a four-day-long Memorial Day sale that has markdowns on quite a few Apple products, including Apple Watch, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPad, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac. The four day sale begins today and ends on Memorial Day, this Monday, May 29.

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The first item up for sale is Apple Watch Series 2, which Best Buy has marked down $70 for nearly all models of Apple’s wearable device. Each purchase of an Apple Watch during the event will net customers free in-store setup and advice by Geek Squad.


Aluminum case models including Nike are priced at $299 for 38mm or $329 for 42mm, while stainless steel models range from $479 to $679 depending on casing color and band combinations.

Best Buy’s iPhone 7 sale lets customers save up to $300 when they buy and activate an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus on a monthly installment plan, with carrier plan options varying by store. Similarly, Best Buy is offering up to $200 off the iPhone SE 16GB and 64GB models with the purchase of a monthly installment plan.


For Mac notebooks, Best Buy is providing discounts of between $200 and $250 on MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models. The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar isn’t included in the site’s Memorial Day sale. Customers who buy one of the MacBooks will also get six months of Trend Micro Internet Security for free, which will cover up to three iOS, Mac, Android, or Windows devices for the time frame.

Best Buy has marked down numerous versions of Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro, with savings between $100 and $125 off of the devices in Wi-Fi only configurations. Discounts of $100 are also available on iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi models. With the purchase of an iPad customers will receive a free six months of Kaspersky Internet Security that covers a range of three devices across iOS, Mac, Android, and Windows.

Best Buy has a few deals on iMacs, Mac minis, and Mac Pros this weekend, with savings going up to $200 on iMac and $100 on Mac mini, with the same free warranty offer as it’s offering for customers purchasing a MacBook. Best Buy is also knocking $600 off of the original price of the quad-core Mac Pro that has discontinued been by Apple.

Finally, the Memorial Day sale also includes a few smart home items, like connected light bulbs and the Nanoleaf Aurora lighting system. Beats by Dre Powerbeats3 Wireless headphones are on sale for $129.99 ($70 in savings), as well as the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter drone at $999.99 ($200 in savings). Customers can choose between free in-store pick up on all items, or get free two-day shipping for any orders over $35.

Visit Best Buy’s Hot Deals page here to see the full list of products available before the Memorial Day sale ends on Monday.

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Manchester woman survived Islamic terrorists bomb attack thanks to her Apple iPhone

The husband of a woman who was struck by the blast that claimed 22 victims in Manchester…

23% off iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner – Deal Alert

If you want a thorough, everyday clean, maybe you should consider using robots. The Roomba 650 Vacuuming Robot provides a thorough clean at the push of a button. The patented, 3-Stage Cleaning System easily picks up dust, pet hair and large debris like cereal and works on all floor types, adjusting itself and re-charging itself as needed to make sure the job is done correctly every time you need it — preset Roomba to clean when it’s convenient for you. Roomba is just 3.6 inch tall, and is specifically designed to fit under most furniture, beds and kickboards. The 650 model is a #1 best seller on Amazon, where its typical list price of $374 is reduced right now to $286.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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This Week’s Cover of ‘The New Yorker’ Was Sketched on an iPad

This week’s cover of The New Yorker has been sketched using an iPad and Apple Pencil, created by illustrator Jorge Colombo. The image depicts Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights that Colombo frequents, with the artwork capturing a couple of basketball games and spectators at the park.

Apple CEO Tim Cook shared The New Yorker cover on Twitter this morning, with a quote from Colombo who mentioned his fear that one of the basketballs would fly near him and hit his iPad.

It’s one of my favorite places to hang out,” Jorge Colombo says, about the park he sketched, on an iPad, for the cover of this week’s issue. “I live down the street, in Brooklyn Heights, so I go there all the time, either to take the East River Ferry or just to relax by the water.

It is a magnet—people come from all of Brooklyn’s many neighborhoods just to take a selfie by the waterfront or picnic by the water. This was a risky drawing to make, though: I kept worrying that the ball would hit me or the iPad.”

The New Yorker also shared a video of Colombo’s illustration process on its website this week. Apple’s iPad and Apple Pencil have been celebrated as tools for artists in the past, with Apple recently highlighting Rob Zilla’s NBA illustrations. Apple’s tablet was even used to create the poster for Stranger Things on Netflix.

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Study finds people are more rational and moral on smartphones than PCs

A new study has found that your device of choice may influence how you make moral decisions…

Apple staff blackout dates hint at ‘iPhone 8’ launch post-Sept. 17

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Apple’s anticipated launch of new iPhones — including the “iPhone 8” — should take place sometime after Sept. 17, a memo sent to AppleCare workers suggests.

Poll: Will you buy the iPhone 8 with or without embedded Touch ID, or will you wait?

The latest in a long line of will-they/won’t-they reports on Touch ID embedded into the display of the iPhone 8 says yes – but there have been so many conflicting reports, it remains an unknown for now.

Conflicting reports have suggested that Touch ID could be moved to the back of the iPhone or even dropped altogether in favor of face-recognition.

Some have suggested that Apple could move Touch ID to the power button, but it seems unlikely this would offer sufficient surface area for the type of sophisticated sensor used in existing iPhones …

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AppleInsider podcast talks ‘iPhone 8’ rumors, iPad Pro 2, Thunderbolt 3, and HomeKit newcomers

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk ‘iPhone 8’ rumors, Intel making Thunderbolt 3 royalty free, some HomeKit devices supposedly on the horizon, and more.

TSMC source alleges ‘iPhone 8’ Touch ID embedded in display, wider screen ratio

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Potentially confirming rumored details about the “iPhone 8,” a report claims that a TSMC representative spoke out about specific details about the new device at the NA Technology Symposium on Thursday.

Why Apple’s App Store is good business for your enterprise

New information from Sensor Tower confirms that whether you’re developing apps for consumers, or if app development for others is your business, Apple’s App Store is a good place to do business.

Millionaire class

The data shows that at least 69 iOS developers managed to make their first million-dollars in app revenue last year, and that’s just on the U.S. App Store. In fact, despite a smaller relative market share in comparison with Android, the store created almost twice as many millionaires in 2016.

“In all, 66 publishers met or surpassed this benchmark figure on Apple’s store in 2016, which was 1.7 times more than the 39 that managed the same degree of success on Google’s platform,” Sensor Tower said.

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Yale/UC study finds extensive Facebook usage decreases health & happiness

A large-scale study jointly carried out by academics from Yale University and the University of California has concluded that greater than average use of Facebook decreases both mental health and happiness …

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