How to download the iOS 11 public beta right now


You can now take the next version of iOS for a test drive.

Apple just delivered the first public beta for iOS 11, which adds a suite of new multitasking features for iPad, a redesigned Control Center, a new Files app, and a ton of other improvements that make you a lot more productive. 

Developers have been testing the update since it was released during WWDC earlier this month but the public beta marks the first time Apple is making it available to the public.

Of course, as with any beta, there are bound to be bugs so it’s best to install the update on a secondary device unless you’re feeling especially brave (and even then, make sure you have everything backed up, at the very least). Read more…

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Review: Amazon Echo Show

Review: Amazon Echo Show

Every morning, as I survey the landscape of jeans and blue gingham shirts in my dresser, I ask Alexa about the weather. One day last week, as my virtual assistant chirped out of Amazon’s new Echo Show smart speaker, I noticed the voice sounded muffled. I walked into the kitchen and found the Show’s 7-inch screen […] The post Review: Amazon Echo Show appeared first on WIRED.


Someone found an incredibly creative way of sorting Lego bricks using AI


For parents, children, and Lego aficionados everywhere, it’s a good day to be alive.

Everyone loves to build with Lego bricks, but no one likes the cleanup — so using AI technology, Jacques Mattheij, a tech-savvy Lego-lover since childhood, found a way to make sorting Lego pieces fun and simple.

In a blog post, Mattheij told the tale of how he came to own two metric tons (more than 4,000 pounds) of the colorful bricks, which ultimately inspired him to build an automated Lego sorter. So with some “python code and a bunch of hardware to handle the parts,” Mattheij set forth on his journey to sort and ensure the beloved mini-figs get a home of their own. Read more…

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Significant Digits For Monday, June 26, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 22 U.S. House seats An Associated Press study of U.S. House races found that Republicans may have gained up to 22 additional seats in the 2016 election due to redistricting. The AP’s analysis also found four times as many states with […]


Seattle’s Minimum Wage Hike May Have Gone Too Far

As cities across the country pushed their minimum wages to untested heights in recent years, some economists began to ask: How high is too high? Seattle, with its highest-in-the-country minimum wage, may have hit that limit. In January 2016, Seattle’s minimum wage jumped from $11 an hour to $13 for large employers, the second big […]


Can Politics and Fashion Find the Right Fit?

When singer Miley Cyrus got into an Instagram feud with designer Stefanno Gabbana over Melania Trump, a long-time problem in fashion found an uncomfortable spotlight. But first, you can read that sentence one more time, because it is indeed peak 2017. It could only be topped when Raury held his one-man protest against Donald Trump […]

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