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iOS 13 concept imagines Dark Mode, multi-user iPad support, less intrusive Siri, and more [Video]

9to5Mac - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:42

Apple will likely introduce iOS 13 at WWDC in June and concept creators are already imagining what features the update might bring. A new concept video showcases new iOS 13 features such as a redesigned Siri interface, Dark Mode, and more.

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The best shopping list apps for iPhone

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:30

Shopping List Apps for iPhone - AnyList

Whether you’re headed to the grocery store, discount market, or convenience store, these are the best shopping list apps to help you remember what you need.
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NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Concludes a 15-Year Mission

Slashdot - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:28
For more than 14 years, the Opportunity rover crawled up and down craters, snapped pictures of a strange landscape and revealed surprising glimpses into the distant past of Mars. On Wednesday, NASA announced that Opportunity, the longest-lived robot ever sent from Earth to the surface of another planet, is dead. The New York Times: "It is therefore that I am standing here with a deep sense of appreciation and gratitude that I declare the Opportunity mission is complete," said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA's associate administrator for science. That ends a mission of unexpected endurance: it was designed to last only three months. Opportunity provided scientists a close-up view of Mars that they had never seen: finely layered rocks that preserved ripples of flowing water several billion years ago, a prerequisite for life. The steady stream of photographs and data from Opportunity -- as well as its twin, Spirit, which survived until 2010 -- also brought Mars closer to people on Earth. Because the rovers continued so much longer than expected, NASA has now had a continuous robotic presence on Mars for more than 15 years. That streak seems likely to continue for many more years. A larger, more capable rover, Curiosity, arrived in 2012, and NASA is planning to launch another in 2020.

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Apple’s original content video service reportedly launching in April, major video partners for subscription feature not on board yet

9to5Mac - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:26

Rumors and speculation about Apple’s video streaming service have been floating around for a number of years now, and it seems like the company may finally be ready to launch its new service. According to a report from CNBC, Apple is preparing to launch its video streaming service in April, corroborating a report from The Information back in January.

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You can now stream Netflix on your phone, tablet, laptop & TV without paying more

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:11

Stream Netflix on four devices at once without having to pay extra for an upgrade to four streams at the same time.
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Former Apple Lawyer Who Was Supposed To Keep Employees From Insider Trading Has Been Charged With Insider Trading

Slashdot - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:58
The SEC Wednesday charged a former Apple executive with insider trading. From a report: Gene Levoff, senior director of corporate law and corporate secretary until September, "traded on material nonpublic information about Apple's earnings three times during 2015 and 2016," according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. "Levoff also had a previous history of insider trading, having traded on Apple's material nonpublic information at least three additional times in 2011 and 2012. For the trading in 2015 and 2016, Levoff profited and avoided losses of approximately $382,000," the complaint says. Levoff's position at Apple granted him insider access to not-yet-public earnings results and briefings on iPhone sales, the complaint says. On more than one occasion, he disobeyed the company's "blackout" period for stock transactions, selling or buying stock worth tens of millions of dollars, according to the SEC.

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China and India Lead the Way in Greening

Slashdot - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:10
hackingbear writes: The world is literally a greener place than it was twenty years ago, and data from NASA satellites has revealed a counterintuitive source for much of this new foliage. A new study shows that China and India -- the world's most populous countries -- are leading the increase in greening on land. The effect comes mostly from ambitious tree-planting programs in China and intensive agriculture in both countries. Ranga Myneni of Boston University and colleagues first detected the greening phenomenon in satellite data from the mid-1990s, but they did not know whether human activity was a chief cause. The research team found that global green leaf area has increased by 5 percent since the early 2000s, an area equivalent to all of the Amazon rainforests. At least 25 percent of that gain came in China. "China and India account for one-third of the greening, but contain only 9 percent of the planet's land area covered in vegetation," said lead author Chi Chen of Boston University. "That is a surprising finding, considering the general notion of land degradation in populous countries from overexploitation." China's outsized contribution to the global greening trend comes in large part from its programs to conserve and expand forests (about 42 percent of the greening contribution). These programs were developed in an effort to reduce the effects of soil erosion, air pollution, and climate change.

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The iOS 12.1.4 update makes it easier to manage app subscriptions

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:30

No longer do you have to perform an extra step of hitting your Apple ID name and email address in the App Store or Settings app to get to the Manage Subscriptions option.
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You Can Now Run Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi 3

Slashdot - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:28
Raspberry Pi is finally ready for the full Windows 10 experience. From a report: A new installer lets you put Windows 10 on Arm, including the Pi. And it's made by the same people who got Windows 10 on Arm onto Lumia 950 and 950 XL handset. You can find the Github page here, in which developer Jose Manuel Nieto Sanchez call the tool "super easy to use" and "no-hassle." It requires a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B or B+, a microSD card (he recommends an A1 rating) and a Windows 10ARM64 image, which is linked to from the page where you get the download instructions.

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Fired Apple lawyer charged by SEC with insider trading

9to5Mac - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:55

A report by CNBC this morning says that Gene Levoff, former senior director of corporate law and corporate secretary for Apple, traded AAPL using nonpublic information.

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Tim Cook joins White House advisory panel on AI and automation in the workforce

9to5Mac - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:53

The CEOs of major corporations, including Apple’s Tim Cook, Walmart’s Doug McMillon, and IBM’s Ginni Rometty, are joining a White House panel tasked with addressing the growing problem of automation and AI replacing physical workers across the US, reports Reuters.

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Swiss E-voting Trial Offers $150,000 in Bug Bounties To Hackers

Slashdot - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:45
The Swiss government is offering bug bounties of up to CHF 50,000 (around $50,000) to anyone who can expose vulnerabilities in its internet-based e-voting system in a test later this month. From a report: In total, 150,000 CHF (around $150,000) will be up for grabs for any white hat hackers who register for the "Public Intrusion Test" (PIT). The Swiss Post system will be open for a dummy election between February 24th and March 24th, the length of a typical Swiss federal vote, during which time any registered "white hat" hackers will be free to discover and report vulnerabilities. This PIT comes as the Swiss government is planning to expand its e-voting capabilities by October 2019 to two thirds of the 26 cantons that make up the Swiss Confederation. The country has conducted more than 300 trials of e-voting systems over the past 14 years, but current rules limit the amount of electronic votes to 10 percent of the total for referendums and 30 percent for constitutional amendments. However, the expansion plans have been met by opposition by politicians who claim current e-voting systems are insecure, expensive, and prone to manipulation.

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LaughingQuoll to work on Sileo compatibility with other jailbreaks

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:44

It seems like the Sileo package manager will be made compatible with the unc0ver jailbreak after all. Learn more inside.
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Apple Pay may be headed for the Czech Republic on February 19

9to5Mac - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:07

This may not be the first time there have been rumors that Apple Pay is coming to the Czech Republic, but there’s more evidence that Apple’s mobile payment service is actually about to launch in the country. According to a local report, Apple Pay could go live in the Czech Republic as soon as Tuesday, February 19.

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Amazon Wants Alexa To Read Blog Posts and Broadcast Church Sermons

Slashdot - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:05
Amazon's Alexa Skills Blueprints are free online templates that let you create custom Alexa tricks without needing to code. Now, the online retailer is giving those blueprints some new tricks of their own. From a report: Announced in a blog post Wednesday morning, the newest Skill Blueprints are "built specifically for content creators, bloggers, and organizations so they can reach anyone with an Alexa-enabled device." Skills created with any of Amazon's blueprints can now be submitted to Amazon for certification and publication in the Alexa app's Skills Store in the US. "Keep your skill personal to Alexa-enabled devices associated with your Amazon account, share it with friends and family, or publish it so anyone can discover, use and review your skill," Amazon says. That open approach might help bolster the number of Alexa skills available in the Alexa app.

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Chariz and Packix repositories will soon merge, augmenting the experience for users and developers alike

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:48

The Chariz and Packix repositories are merging into one, and the developers behind each project promise significant improvements for both developers and users.
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Google Plans Cheaper Smartphone To Draw Users Into Internet Empire

Slashdot - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:25
Google plans to unveil its first lower-priced smartphone this year as part of an aggressive push into hardware that it hopes will draw more users into its ecosystem, Nikkei Asian Review reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. From a report: The U.S. internet giant is moving quickly to exploit the troubles currently besetting Apple, which has suffered disappointing sales of its new premium iPhone as consumers migrate to cheaper models and global smartphone sales tumble, industry sources say. Google's new smartphone will be its first non-premium model aimed at price-sensitive customers and those in emerging markets. It is expected to be priced lower than Apple's cheapest iPhone, the XR, which starts at $749. The latest model in Google's own Pixel range, released last October, started at $799. Midrange to highend phones are priced at between $150 and $700, while low end models sell for less than $150, industry sources said. The new phone will be the spearhead of Google's drive to expand the hardware using its operating systems. New products planned for this year include smart speakers, wearables and web cameras, sources familiar with the company's plans told the Nikkei Asian Review. Google also plans to launch a new premium phone in its Pixel range, as usual.

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9to5Mac Daily: February 13, 2019

9to5Mac - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:12

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Hands-on: SliceCharge Pro, an AirPower-style multi-coil charger for $69

9to5Mac - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:05

It’s now almost a year-and-a-half since Apple first teased AirPower, a multi-coil charger that lets you place your iPhone, Apple Watch or (as yet also fictitious) wireless AirPods case anywhere on the charging mat. We’re still no closer to knowing when it will actually be available.

Hard Cider Labs created a kind of poor man’s version last year, in the form of SliceCharge. That one didn’t have AirPower’s USP – overlapping coils that let you put your phone anywhere on the mat – but the new version does …

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