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Apple drops new betas for iOS 10 and tvOS 10

One week after surprising us with the seventh beta of iOS 10, Apple is back with yet another beta build of its upcoming software update for iPhones and iPads.<p>Both developers and public testers can download iOS 10 beta 8 to their devices this morning, bringing a fresh batch of performance …

iOS

Future iPhones & iPads could video thieves and capture their fingerprints

An Apple patent noted by <i>Patently Apple</i> describes how iOS devices could make it very easy to police to identify thieves by automatically taking photos and video of them, and capturing their fingerprint data via the Touch ID sensor.<p>The patent says that the measures could be triggered by repeated …

Patents

Apple wants an astronaut emoji (among other things)

Astronauts and pilots are set to get their own emoji characters if Apple has its way.<p>The iPhone-maker recently submitted a request to the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee to add five more professions (artist, astronaut, firefighter, judge, and pilot) to the Emoji 4.0 update that is set to bring support …

Emoji

Ultrarare Apple-1 falls short of expected $1M auction price

Computer believed to be a prototype sells for $815,000 in an auction that sees a portion of the sale price being donated to charity.<p>An ultrarare computer from Apple's earliest days sold at auction Thursday for $815,000, short of its estimated $1 million value, according to 9to5Mac.<p>Created at a time …

Fine Art

These smartphone makers are beating Apple in China

Apple is having a rough ride in China, where its main revenue-generating product -- the iPhone -- is facing increasingly fierce competition from homegrown tech companies.<p>Apple's (AAPL) overall sales fell 33% in China in the second quarter, compared to the same period last year. One reason for the …

Mobile

MacBook Pro 2016 To Come With 10Gb/s USB 3.1 As Revealed By macOS Sierra Code

The upcoming MacBook Pro 2016 is now believed to come with the super-fast second-generation USB 3.1 after it was found out that the macOS Sierra beta …

Hacking group auctions 'cyber weapons' stolen from NSA

A mysterious online group called the Shadow Brokers claims to have infiltrated an elite hacking unit linked to the National Security Agency and stolen state “cyber weapons”, and is now auctioning them off to the highest bidder.<p>The stolen malware is said to belong to Equation Group, a sophisticated …

Security

Why Mark Zuckerberg can't shut up about Facebook while Tim Cook thinks Apple needs secrets

"We've always viewed that people love surprises. We don't have enough anymore in our lives," Cook told The Washington Post in a recent interview.<p>According to Cook and Eddy Cue, his lieutenant, that desire to surprise people results in people making bad assumptions about Apple's ability to stay …

Apple has one big advantage over Paypal in the mobile payments war

But the numbers are improving every year, and a new report from Park Associates finds that more than 25 percent of U.S. smartphone owners use payment apps at least once a month.<p>One of the biggest obstacles to more widespread adoption is that the market has been so fragmented that neither consumers …

Apple now allows users in Taiwan and Switzerland to pay for apps through their phone bills

Apple is quietly adding more modes of payment for iTunes, to cater to users who don't have or don't want to add a credit card to their accounts.<p>On …

Apple seeds tvOS 10 beta 6 for Apple TV to developers

Apple has just started seeding out the sixth beta for tvOS 10 today to all current testers and developers. To update, check through the Software Update section on the Apple TV, or grab the Configuration Profile from Apple’s Developer center if you’d like to install it for the first time.<p>Apple’s …

Smart TV

App Store goes down leaving iPhone users unable to download new apps

Apple's App Store appeared to go offline on Tuesday morning, with iPhone and iPad users unable to download or search for new apps.<p>Apple Music also appeared to be suffering problems, with listeners unable to use the music streaming service's search feature.<p>When searching for an app on the App Store, …

Intel's Joule is its most powerful dev kit yet

We've seen plenty of unique dev kits from Intel, including the SD card-sized Edison, but not one as powerful as this. Today Intel announced Joule, a tiny maker board that will allow developers to test RealSense-powered concepts and, hopefully, bring them to market faster than before. The company …

Is your computer capable of gigabit speeds? Here's how to quickly find out

Quickly get information about your Windows computer's network connections.<p>Is your computer gigabit speed-capable? Does it support the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard? At what speed does it connect to your current network? What the hell is your current IP address? And how do you find the MAC address? …

Wi-Fi

Tim Cook got the red carpet treatment during his last big trip

He was there on business, not pleasure, but even still his trip seemed more fitting for a diplomat or a head of state than a corporate CEO.<p>That's not surprising. Apple's almost like a country in and of itself. It has 115,00 employees, and claims that it's responsible for creating and supporting 1.9 …

China

Watch Initial Test of Hyperloop One Propulsion System (W/Video)

Prototype transverses half-mile track in two seconds<p>Earlier this week, Hyperloop One launched its first sled down a nearly 1,000-foot track in the Nevada desert about 30 miles north of Sin City. Hyperloop One is the first company to test a prototype for Elon Musk’s theoretical rapid-transit …

Hyperloop Project Surges Past 100 MPH

Here's what a hyperloop will look like. Eventually. Image source:Tesla Motors.<p>It's been a busy year for fans of Elon Musk's Hyperloop project. In fact, it's been a pretty busy <i>week</i>.<p>In February, we learned that Elon Musk is revisiting the idea of building a $6 billion, 400-mile, 800-mile-per-hour …

High-speed Rail

Driverless cars could be tested on UK motorways in 2017

LONDON — Driverless cars will begin trials on local roads in the UK this year, motorways the next, and could be widely used by 2020, if Chancellor …

There is a 'game changer' technology on Wall Street and people keep confusing it with bitcoin

Goldman Sachs says the technology "has the potential to redefine transactions" and can change "everything."<p>JPMorgan last month announced it was launching a trial project with the blockchain startup led by its former executive, Blythe Masters.<p>Her company, Digital Asset Holdings, has secured funding …

Apple's fight with U.S. could speed development of government-proof devices | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The legal showdown between Apple Inc (AAPL.O)and U.S. law enforcement over encryption, no matter the outcome, will likely accelerate tech company efforts to engineer safeguards against government intrusion, tech industry executives say.<p>The Apple logo is pictured behind the …

Privacy

Google Will Draw Your Selfie Using An Algorithm

Duck face and all<p>Google may not have announced anything at this year’s Mobile World Congress 2016, but that hasn’t stopped Android from taking part in the festivities. The first letter in Google's Alphabet took to MWC to tout Android Experiments—a group of open source projects that run on the …

Android News

This 10-minute video shows you how to land a plane in an emergency

If you’ve ever imagined a scenario where you’re safely piloting a plane to a runway after something catastrophic happens, this video is for you. If you, like me, would be spending your last few moments curled up in fetal position, not as much.<p>Tim Morgan, a commercial pilot, created a 10 minute …

Use This Secret Code to Help You Improve Your iPhone Signal

Who knew.<p>A secret iPhone hack has emerged that makes seeking out solid signal easier by showing you how good your connection is in a number rather than an antiquated bar chart system. It's surprisingly simple; you just need to enter a secret code to pull up your iPhone's Field Mode tool.<p>The code …

iPhone

Apple Recalls Power Adapters Due to 'Risk of Electrical Shock'

The affected adapters were sold along with Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPods since 2003 in continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil.<p>Apple announced a recall today of power adapters sold between 2003 and 2015 that can break and shock their owners when touched. The …

Apple Is Issuing A Recall For Some Of Its Wall Plug Adapters

The voluntary recall is for adapters designed for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Europe, New Zealand, and South Korea and covers adapters sold between 2003 and 2015.<p>Today in power cord plug wall-adapter news, Apple is announcing a sizable voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters designed for …

Product Recalls

Apple could release a 'cutting-edge' wireless-charging iPhone next year

Apple is working on wireless charging technology for the iPhone and iPad, and it may see release as soon as 2017, according to a new report in Bloomberg. The company is said to be developing technology with partners that could charge a phone from at least some distance; current devices with …