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Apple’s lack of daycare isn’t an oversight, it’s a feature

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After WIRED offered us all a peek into Apple’s new headquarters, one notable fact emerged: there’s no daycare center. Whooooopsie. 

Except this was no mistake. It was a big fat message to anyone who might be contemplating trying to balance family life with their obsessive devotion to their job. And that message reads, in the sleekest font imaginable, “nope.”

The 150-acre campus contains a huge fitness and wellness center and every other amenity you can possibly imagine. Basically everything you’d need to live your life at work. Unless, of course, your life includes children.

Kids are many things, but mostly they are messy. That goes against Apple’s whole vision of how the world should be — and it’s a vision that most of Silicon Valley shares. I’m not talking about being physically messy, though sticky children don’t exactly coordinate with Apple’s pristine white glass aesthetic.  Read more…

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Ford just used Wi-Fi for the first time to update its cars’ software

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Some of Ford’s SYNC 3-enabled cars are finally getting an update to match the rest of the connected car ecosystem.

The automaker’s 2016 model-year line will be eligible for an infotainment center software upgrade that will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, giving drivers a better connection with their phones while they’re on the road. Ford announced the update in a release touting the new compatibilities, which will be available to an estimated 800,000 vehicles.  

While the new integrations will undoubtedly be welcomed by 2016 Ford owners, they’re not the real news here. 

The more notable detail is in the way the rollout of SYNC 3 version 2.2 will be handled. For the first time ever, Ford will offer a SYNC upgrade via Wi-Fi in the form of an over-the-air (OTA) software update.  Read more…

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Tesla is the latest Silicon Valley company to run smack into human limits

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Silicon Valley companies are often built around making the world more efficient, but engineering efficiency has a human cost many of them either didn’t see coming or would like to forget. 

Tesla, it seems, is no different.

Reports of incidents at Tesla’s Fremont, California, factory include “fainting spells, dizziness, seizures, abnormal breathing and chest pains,” according to information published by The Guardian Thursday.

Someone’s had to call an ambulance 100-plus times since 2014. At least one person passed out, “hit the floor like a pancake” and split their face open, according to a production technician The Guardian spoke with. Employees were told to “work around him.” Another employee now has two herniated neck discs after he spent years on the assembly line with his arms raised above his head to reach cars hanging in the air. Read more…

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8 ridiculous startups you never asked for, but exist nonetheless

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Yes, there’s an app for that. And even that.

While HBO’s Silicon Valley pokes fun at start-up culture, tech entrepreneurs, and off-the-wall ideas, the show’s riffs and jokes aren’t only contained to fictional cable TV storylines. The real world is filled with actual examples of unnecessary companies, apps, and products trying so hard to “disrupt” something, anything.

These companies mean well enough, but they are trying to solve problems that don’t necessarily need fixing. Here’s a recent batch of startup ridiculousness.

proud to announce my new tech startup, Groodlur, which takes unnecessary tech startups and converts them into uh, I guess, shoes

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Sorry, Apple Photos, but I’m leaving you for Google Photos

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When Google Photos launched two years ago, I installed it for one very simple reason: to backup all of my photos and videos to the cloud. It was a second home screen app on my iPhone, not yet worthy of being on my main home screen with Apple Photos.

Sometime in the last few months it snuck its way onto my main home screen. I’m not sure when it happened, but it did. And lately as I’ve fallen more in love with its growing features and intelligence, I’ve been wondering why I even need two photos apps on my home screen.

I don’t.

One is enough and I’m finally ready to make it my default photos app. And here’s why you should too. Read more…

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This new app wants to be the Uber of camping

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According to a report by the Outdoor Foundation, Americans log 598 million nights a year under the stars. At an average of $40 in expenses and fees per night, that’s $24 billion spent on campsites alone. Add in all the related costs—gear, transportation, food—and the Outdoor Industry Association figures the industry generates closer to $167 billion annually.

But former investment banker Michael D’Agostino, who grew up camping on a farm in Litchfield, Conn., still calls the industry a broken business.

The tipping point came a few summers ago, when D’Agostino found himself on vacation “directly across from a campsite of 40 people at a Wiccan convention: robes and UFO spotters and streaking and all.” It wasn’t what he’d imagined as a quiet weekend with his wife—counting stars, listening to crickets, bellies full from prime steaks grilled over a man-made fire. “We definitely took them up on some mead,” he said of the Wiccans, “but we had to keep the dog in the tent—she was going bonkers—and it was kind of like camping in Times Square.” Read more…

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This sketchy mockup claims to be the finalized design of the iPhone 8

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We’ve heard a ton about what’s probably coming with the iPhone 8 — but we still don’t even know for sure if Apple has even decided on the flagship’s final design.  

The company’s indecisiveness about the final version of the flagship’s anniversary model has reportedly been one of the factors in its rumored delay, along with more technical issues, like how to embed a thumbprint sensor beneath its touted OLED display.  

BGR shared a set of images purporting to show a rough mockup based on Apple’s final design, giving us a look at what might be the future of the iPhone. The device shown in the pics, which the site obtained “exclusively” from unnamed sources, was supposedly based on schematics leaked from the factories that will actually produce the devices. It’s not a working model or even a prototype — just a physical proof of concept.   Read more…

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5 ways to ace the new job application process

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Here’s how to watch the Google I/O keynote

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Google’s biggest event of the year is about to kick off as its annual developers conference, Google I/O, gets underway in Mountain View, California.

The whole shebang launches Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET with a keynote from Google CEO Sundar Pichai. There’s a lot of anticipation around what Pichai will announce, ranging from Android Oreo to VR and AR. 

Lucky for you, even if you’re not at the Shoreline Amphiteatre, there are still a few ways you can follow, starting with our live blog which will offer news about the announcements and plenty of analysis, too — let by Mashable’s own Karissa Bell and Raymond Wong, who will be live on the scene. Read more…

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Mom Refuses To Give Up Her Disabled Baby With “Low Intelligence,” Nurtures Him All The Way To Harvard

When Zou Hongyan welcomed her only son to the world in 1988, terrible birth complications left him disabled for life with cerebral palsy. Doctors in her native Hubei province encouraged her to give him up, a view that even her own husband shared, as they believed the boy would lead a miserable, worthless life. Zou, however, rejected their claims, divorced her child’s father, and made it her life mission to treat and support her baby boy when no one else would.

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The incredible ways people with disabilities customize their tech to thrive

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There’s something undeniably special in the way Meera Phillips looks at you when you speak. It’s as if your words are the only words that will ever matter, whether you’re talking about something silly or something serious. 

The 15-year-old knows the value of hearing what people say. That’s because she’s used to not being heard.

Meera is nonverbal, living with a rare condition called schizencephaly that impacts her ability to speak. But with the help of her iPad and text-to-speech technology, she can make her thoughts and opinions known — and she sure does. From her love of Katy Perry to her passion for soccer, Meera will let you know exactly what’s on her mind. All it takes is a few taps of her tablet, and with a specialized app stringing letters into words, and words into phrases, her thoughts are played out loud. Read more…

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‘Fierce cannibalism’ might have just killed this Apple gadget

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The iPad Mini is likely going out with a whimper after being gobbled up by its slightly smaller cousin, the iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple’s smallest tablet will be discontinued, according to a report from BGR, citing a source “close to Apple.”

The Mini is a casualty of the company’s move into the phablet market, as the source said “fierce cannibalism of our own products” led to the Mini being “sized out of its own category” by the iPhone 7 Plus and its 5.5-inch screen. The 7 Plus, which has been a strong seller for Apple, is just 2.2 inches smaller than the Mini with a much better camera, making it to difficult for casual users to justify buying the tablet.  Read more…

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