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Save up to $300 on Dell Inspiron items, pre-order Nintendo LABO Kits, and more of today’s best deals

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This one’s for you, gamers. As you’ve probably seen splattered all over the Internet today, Nintendo has released a new DIY way to play Switch games — and it’s made out of cardboard. The Robot Kit and the Variety Kit seem really cool and we are so pre-ordering this stuff. For the more traditional “I want a screen larger than an iPhone” gamers, deals can be found on numerous Dell Inspiron and Intel Core desktop PCs and laptops. Read more…

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A Google bus was attacked outside of San Francisco, just like buses from Apple

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Apple shuttles aren’t the only tech buses under attack

Google buses, which carry employees of the tech giant to and from its Mountain View headquarters, are in the spotlight today following an attack on one of the company’s chartered shuttles. 

California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel confirmed to Mashable that, in addition to four Apple buses, a shuttle bus chartered by Google was hit in some sort of attack that took place on Highway 280 outside of San Francisco. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. 

The incident went down on Tuesday. Much like with the attack on the Apple buses, which suffered broken windows, it is not clear what exactly was used by the perpetrator. Regardless, whether it was rocks, “rubber rounds” (as speculated by one Apple employee), or something else entirely, there is clearly real danger involved in breaking the windows of a bus while it’s full of passengers and driving on the highway.  Read more…

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Apple forgot the greatest lesson of the MacBook Air

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Ten years ago, Steve Jobs hopped on stage at Macworld 2008 and did another one of his seemingly impossible magic tricks: He undid the string on a manila envelope, pulled out the MacBook Air, and forever changed laptops forever.

On Monday, the MacBook Air turned 10 (time flies!), and while it’s incredible how much the thin, light and tapered computer has influenced all laptops, it also serves as a lesson on how Apple can make its family of MacBooks great again.

The MacBook Air wasn’t an instant hit at first. Sure, it was the thinnest and lightest laptop the world had ever seen, but it was ultimately such an underpowered machine that it was better to just buy a bigger, bulkier MacBook or MacBook Pro instead. Read more…

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Apple’s ‘I’m sorry’ for throttling old iPhones isn’t good enough for Congress

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The drama surrounding Apple’s old iPhone batteries isn’t over yet. 

Four U.S. House Republicans sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday asking for answers on batterygate. 

In December, Apple admitted to throttling the speed of older iPhones to increase battery performance, a long-time conspiracy theory among iPhone users that turned out to be true. As a result, Apple issued an apology to its customers, and announced reduced pricing for out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement, from $79 to $29. 

But the apology and explanation from the billion dollar company wasn’t enough for House Republicans, who want more answers on the subject, according to ReutersRead more…

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Apple says iCloud China data migration notice sent to some users in error

 Apple says that an email sent to users with Apple IDs with locations not set to China that their iCloud data was being moved to a Chinese company’s servers was done so accidentally. The Cupertino tech giant had announced Wednesday that next month it will begin the process of moving Chinese users’ iCloud data to servers hosted in China by state-owned Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) as… Read More

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Soon you can listen to the radio directly from your Samsung phone

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Months after the FCC badgered Apple to do it, Samsung is finally unlocking the FM radio chip in its next smartphone models. 

The company announced Tuesday that its upcoming devices will contain unlocked FM radio chips. Samsung phone users will be able to access local FM radio through apps like NextRadio, which connects smartphones to nearby radio stations. 

Users were already able to stream radio stations through services like iHeartRadio and Pandora. Connecting to radio directly through the FM chip will use less data and less phone battery.  Read more…

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Google wants your phone screen to double as a speaker

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In the first few days of the new year, Google has its eyes on the future. 

The company, a division of parent company Alphabet Inc., has acquired Redux, a U.K.-based startup. 

The startup “creates products and bespoke systems that enable high-resolution haptic feedback and speakerless surround sound audio,” according to Crunchbase. In other words, its technology eliminates the need for speakers and buttons in smartphones. 

Crunchbase claimed the acquisition took place this past August. Regulatory filings confirmed the deal in December, Bloomberg reports.  Read more…

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This cheap online course will teach you how to build Android apps, so you can finally quit your day job

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Sure, it seemed like the whole world was buzzing for a hot minute around the release of the iPhone X and iOS 11 — but don’t sleep on Android. Not only is the latest Google Pixel making significant waves, but it’s actually Android that’s the world’s most popular mobile platform.

Taking that into consideration, now’s as good a time as any to pick up some Android programming skills. With The Complete Android Developer Course – Build 14 Apps, you’ll learn to develop for Android M, Google’s most recent release of the platform.  Read more…

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We don’t give kids free access to junk food. We shouldn’t give them free access to the iPhone.

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It’s fine-tuned to be as engaging as possible, so that you don’t want to put it down once you pick it up. It lacks real substance and is engineered to be desirable. With their sufficiently random rewards systems giving you unpredictable dopamine hits, they’re designed to be addictive. You don’t need it, but you want it, and companies spend billions of dollars each year to convince you to consume it. 

Once you tap, you can’t stop. 

Our addiction to smartphones has taken on many of the hallmarks of the junk food that has become ubiquitous in our culture. 

Adults have enough problems with this kind of self control in the face of advertising. For kids, it’s an entirely unreasonable ask and a growing body of research speaks to the profound negative effects smartphones are having on them. Excessive smartphone use is correlated with depression and other negative mental health outcomes.  Read more…

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Jimmy Iovine says he’s not leaving Apple

 Last week, Billboard reported Jimmy Iovine, the person who sold Beats to Apple in 2014, was set to leave Apple in August. Well, Iovine says that’s not true, Variety reports. In a conversation with Variety, Iovine noted that there’s more Apple Music and Beats would like to do, saying he’s “committed to doing whatever Eddy [Cue], Tim [Cook] and Apple” need him to do… Read More

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These might be the most millennial iPhone cases of all time

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Do you hear how insane you sound? I can’t make any promises. Don’t call me, I’ll call you. If these are phrases you say (or want to say) on the daily, you can project that sentiment to the world with Incipio’s new collection of iPhone cases.

The mobile accessories retailer manufactures iPhone cases for trendy fashion brands such as Rebecca Minkoff and Kate Spade and collaborates with graphic designers like Joy Cho of Oh, Joy! on exclusive collections. Their latest collaboration with New York artist Baron Von Fancy (a pseudonym, obvi) fits perfectly into their wheelhouse of playful-but-pretty designs.  Read more…

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This smart lock is powered by the sun

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The Internet of Things is going green. 

Brinks (a division of hardware manufacturer Hampton Products) has announced that it is taking preorders for its ARRAY Smart Deadbolt, a heavy-duty lock you can operate with your smartphone. 

Unlike many smart locks, however, which require standard cylindrical batteries, ARRAY draws from a proprietary lithium polymer battery. This connects to an onboard solar panel, meaning it can be powered directly by sunlight. 

Don’t worry: If your lock is in a shady place, you can still charge its battery the normal way.  Read more…

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This smart deadbolt uses Google Assistant to keep you safe

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In the future, Google Assistant could lock and unlock your door. 

That’s the idea behind Schlage’s Sense Smart Deadbolt, a heavy-duty lock enabled with Google Assistant

All you have to do to operate the Sense Smart Deadbolt is say “OK Google, lock my door,” or ask “OK Google, is my door locked?”

You can also operate the lock remotely through the Schlage Sense app, available for iOS and Android.  Read more…

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Two Apple investors want the company to study limiting children’s iPhone use

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Kids and smartphones has always been a sensitive topic, but now a two Apple investors are calling on the tech giant to actually do something about it. 

According to a story from the Wall Street Journal, Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System sent a letter to Apple asking the iPhone maker to “develop new software tools that would help parents control and limit phone use more easily and to study the impact of overuse on mental health.”

The two groups control about $2 billion in Apple stock, which is a small chunk given the company’s market value is over $900 billion.  Read more…

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Apple admits that new updates slow older iPhones—but for a good reason

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Apple is slowing down older phones to save battery life and to prevent your iPhone from shutting down. If your phone draws more power than its battery is capable of, the phone will shut down. Older batteries will also not perform as well as newer batteries. Apple is offering discounted battery replacement for customers who own an iPhone 6 or later. While this may give your old phone a boost, it does also encourage you to buy their latest products. Read more…

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Those huge CPU vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, explained

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By now you’ve probably heard. A large portion of the world’s computer processors are vulnerable to at least one of two exploits that render them susceptible to hackers. But what, exactly, is going on — and what can you do to protect yourself?

While the answer to the first question is complicated, thankfully the answer to the second isn’t. It turns out that companies like Google and Microsoft have been working behind the scenes to create patches for what the security community has named Meltdown and Spectre. 

But we’re not out of the woods yet, and, depending on your operating system, you still need to take some proactive measures to make sure your data is safe.  Read more…

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