Microsoft just issued a fix for that big Intel processor vulnerability


So your computer is probably vulnerable to a processor chip bug that could theoretically let JavaScript running in a web browser steal your passwords (among other problems). Both your computer and your smartphone are at risk. It’s not good. 

Thankfully, however, for anyone with a machine running Windows, you’re probably in the clear. That’s because on Wednesday, January 3, Microsoft released a fix.

So reports ZDNet, which explains this patch was not issued on Microsoft’s standard Patch Tuesday — suggesting someone at the company decided it was urgent. Importantly, a Microsoft support page notes that the fix only applies to devices running Windows 10.  Read more…

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Apple’s latest acquisition is a huge bummer for Android developers


Apple snapped up another startup and it could have big implications for Android developers.

The company announced it acquired Buddybuild, a Canadian startup that makes tools for app developers. But those tools will soon be limited to only Apple developers as the company plans to shut down its Android support in the coming weeks.

The startup will be folded into Apple’s Xcode engineering group, Buddybuild wrote in a blog post announcing the move. Though the company will continue to operate out of its Vancouver headquarters, the acquisition should have a noticeable impact on many developers. Read more…

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Smartphones with removable batteries are never coming back


Apple rarely apologizes when it messes up. But when it does, it’s usually followed by even more fervor and upset users.

Case in point: Apple finally admitted it did a poor job communicating to its customers about how and why it slowed down iPhones with older batteries.

And while most people will forgive the company and accept its two forthcoming solutions (a $29 battery replacement for applicable iPhones and a future software update that’ll better explain your device’s battery health), there’s an equal amount of people who are now slamming the company for not doing even more for its users, like designing iPhones with removable batteries. Read more…

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Apple announces $29 battery replacements starting today


It’s been a rough month for Apple.

The company has been embroiled in a controversy stemming from its decision to purposely slow down older iPhones to increase battery performance. Apple issued an apology to its customers for the miscommunication, and it also promised to replace affected batteries starting in late January.

Now, Apple is going a step further by making discounted battery replacements available immediately.

Starting today, Apple is lowering the price of iPhone battery replacements from $79 to $29. The company had promised this deal when it first issued its apology on Friday, but the company just updated its website to remove mention of the “late-January” start date for the program. Read more…

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2 guys named their company Steve Jobs Inc. — and got away with it


Steve Jobs was many things, but trademarked he was not. At least, that’s how a court ruled in a two-year-long legal battle between Apple and the company that can now officially call itself Steve Jobs Inc. 

Steve Jobs Inc. was founded by two Italian brothers, Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato, according to Business Insider Italia (via Quartz). The brothers told Business Insider that as aspiring innovators, they hoped to name their company after the most excellent innovator, Steve Jobs.  

The company registered its name in 2012, with what is now the European Intellectual Property Office. That same year, Apple fought the trademark application.  Read more…

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Apple finally issues an apology after its iPhone battery fiasco


Following huge waves of criticism and several lawsuits slamming Apple for purposely slowing down older iPhones to balance power consumption from aged batteries, the tech giant has now issued an apology and has reduced the cost of an out-of-warranty battery replacement from $79 to $29.

In a message posted to its website, Apple acknowledges that it miscommunicated what was happening with its power management features that were included in software updates since at least a year ago. Apple has been blamed for not being more transparent about the sneaky maneuver.

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Ultra Violet is the Pop of Color Your Living Space Needs

For the past two years, light, subtle colors like Serenity, Rose Quartz, and Greenery have been lording it over the Pantone universe, letting the rest of the world follow suit with just about anything they can get and make in those hues. We don’t always love what Pantone gives us, but when it officially announced […]

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A Japanese game developer is making an app to turn your head invisible


If you’ve ever found yourself just wanting to disappear for a while, there may soon be an app for that. 

A Japanese developer has announced that he is working on an app that will make your head disappear in photos and videos, in a tweet first spotted by DesignTAXI

The developer, Kazuya Noshiro, CEO of game development company ViRD, shared a short video of his face (mostly) camouflaged into the backdrop of his kitchen. 

It’s still not perfect. The top and sides of Noshiro’s head are still visible, and there are little slits where his eyes and mouth should be, making him look more like he’s wearing a Spirited Away mask than an invisibility cloak.  Read more…

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Husband Compiles Photos From All The Fun Road Trips He Takes With His Wife, And The Result Is Just Too Funny

While driving alone you can sing so loud, your car’s windows start cracking, taking road trips with a travel buddy has its benefits as well. You can use them as slaves for helping with navigation or opening bottles of water. When redditor MrMagoo21 takes a trip with his wife, however, she’s the only one having fun. To illustrate his wife’s egoistic approach towards traveling, he has compiled a hilarious gallery of all their adventures en route.


Solve your MacBook Pro’s port problem with the MemPro USB-C Hub


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You love the sleek, minimalist design of your brand new MacBook Pro. But how annoying is it that you can’t plug in all of your devices because of its inconvenient lack of ports? What the hell, Apple. Thankfully, there’s a simple add-on that can drastically expand your MacBook Pro’s port capabilities back to normalcy.

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Diffusers and Room Sprays That Will Leave Your Space Smelling So Good

We all want to smell fresh. From layering scents to applying perfume oil, we all have our aroma preferences. I’m sure you’ve even stopped in your tracks when someone who smells good passes by. Same goes for your home. Customizing the aroma of your space adds a personal touch and can eliminate any bad odors. […]

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Now you know what Control Center’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth buttons really do


When Apple released iOS 11 with a redesigned Control Center in September, they also quietly made a change to how the shortcut buttons for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth worked.

On iOS 10 and earlier, tapping them turned these wireless connections completely on and off. But on iOS 11, it merely disconnected your devices temporarily, while still allowing features like AirPlay and AirDrop to work.

Apple hasn’t changed how the buttons work back to the old way, but at least it’s more clear what’s happening on iOS 11.2.

On iOS 11.2, when you go to turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth in Control Center, it now says that it’s “disconnecting nearby Wi-Fi until tomorrow”. The same goes for Bluetooth. Read more…

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