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Images show Apple begin overnight refresh on older retail stores [Gallery]

Last week, we reported that Apple was preparing to perform an overnight refresh on its older retail locations beginning tonight, May 16th into May 17th. Now that retail stores are closing for the night, the refresh process as begun as you can see in the images below…<p>The images show Apple Store …

Notifications coming soon to Alexa-powered devices

Alexa-powered devices like the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show will soon support notifications. You’ll be able to turn them on or off with the help of the Amazon Alexa app. Once a device receives a notification, it will alert you with the help of a chime and a pulsing green light. To check it …

Smart Homes

Apple has started production of iPhone SE in India, shipping to customers later in May

In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has confirmed that its manufacturing partners in India have started domestic production of iPhone SE. Up to now, Apple produces almost all of its iPhones in China (although some older models have been assembled in Brazil). Presumably, the devices …

Will a 3D body scanner help you get fit?

More information isn’t always better<p>I freely admit that I perhaps have an excessive amount of fitness gadgets. There’s the Withings smart scale that connects to the HappyScale app that connects to Apple Health that connects to MyFitnessPal that connects to Fitbit that connects to Strava that …

Fitness

HP's new Elite x2 might as well be the Surface Pro 5 that Microsoft won't sell

With Microsoft seemingly uninterested in releasing a new 2-in-1 Surface Pro, other PC makers like HP are stepping in to fill the void.<p>HP's Elite x2 …

Beddit acquisition probably hints at sleep tracking features baked into the next Apple Watch

The Apple Watch isn’t exactly the world’s greatest activity tracker, which might be why it took the Cupertino-based tech giant so long to overtake …

Amazon invested millions in the startup Nucleus — then cloned its product for the new Echo

Another cautionary tale for would-be Amazon partners.<p>When the investment arm of Amazon’s Alexa division led a $5.6 million investment in his startup, Nucleus founder and CEO Jonathan Frankel was ecstatic.<p>Just a year later, he’s furious instead.<p>On Tuesday, Amazon announced its latest …

Smart Homes

A notorious leaker just posted what could be the best look at the iPhone 8 yet

The French gadget leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, who goes by OnLeaks on Twitter, posted a rendered video on Tuesday that he says depicts the upcoming iPhone based on a factory computer-assisted design schematic, or CAD.<p>Here's the video:<p>OnLeaks is known as one of the more reliable sources for inside …

Mobile Technology

The fascinating reason why iPhone sales are slumping in China

Per usual, Apple’s earnings report last week gave us a whole lot of information to digest. In a broad sense, Apple’s performance during its 2017 …

Why I refuse to delete old, unused apps from my iPhone

When it comes to apps on my iPhone, I'm guilty as charged: I'm a hoarder.<p>There's nothing wrong with being a digital hoarder so long as you don't let …

Apps

Tren Griffin on Twitter: ""IBM is excellent at using sales and marketing to convince people who have asymmetrically less knowledge to pay." https://t.co/g5s7OHlax7"

New conversation<p>End of conversation<p>New conversation<p>End of conversation<p>New conversation<p>Replying to @<b>trengriffin</b><p>Chammath broke the …

Latest iPhone 8 renders imagine the potential of rumored ‘function area’

While we’re still a few months away from the official announcement of the iPhone 8, the reports and renders are already pouring in. Now, iDropNews has shared its latest set of renders (made by Benjamin Geskin), this time focusing on showing the full potential of the rumored function area…<p>KGI was …

11 reasons why you should dump your iPhone for the BlackBerry KEYone

BlackBerry's back and this time it's finally got a winner with the QWERTY keyboard-equipped KEYone.<p>With a physical keyboard, a handsome aluminum …

GENE MUNSTER: Tesla is the next Apple

Apple is the world's largest company with a market cap of nearly $770 billion as of this writing. Tesla is one of the world's largest automakers with a market cap of close to $55 billion, although we think the Tesla story is just getting started.<p>There are many parallels between Apple about a decade …

Tesla

The future we're building -- and boring

Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in …

APIs

First-gen Apple Watch units with expanded or swollen battery get surprise extended warranty

One of the many not-so-great things about the highly anticipated first-gen Apple Watch was battery life, despite the iOS-compatible wearable device …

Alexa learns to talk like a human with whispers, pauses & emotion

Amazon’s Alexa is going to sound more human. The company announced this week the addition of a new set of speaking skills for the virtual assistant, which will allow her to do things like whisper, take a breath to pause for emphasis, adjust the rate, pitch and volume of her speech, and more. She’ll …

Smart Homes

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is reportedly building his own secret airship

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is secretly building his own giant airship inside a NASA hangar, <i>Bloomberg</i> reports today. The craft — which apparently looks like a classic zeppelin — is housed at NASA’s Ames research facility, the publication’s sources say, but it’s not clear whether the airship a …

Aviation

Man Arrested in Wife's Murder After Fitbit Data Pokes Holes in His Alibi

A Connecticut man was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife after police found that Fitbit data didn’t match his alibi.<p>Connecticut’s …

Crime

KGI: iPhone 8 mass production delayed to October/November as major component upgrades cause supply bottlenecks

We’ve been hearing several reports that the launch of the iPhone 8 could be delayed compared to previous years. Reputable Apple analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo has also weighed in today, reporting that mass production of the OLED iPhone will likely be pushed back to October/November, instead of the normal …

A group of 4 drones grounded 60 flights in a day, leaving 10,000 passengers stranded

An illegal flying stunt of a group of four drones caused more than 60 flights to get disrupted on Friday — the third such incident in a week.<p>More …

Drones

No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car

CLEARLAKE, Calif. — On a recent afternoon, an aerospace engineer working for a small Silicon Valley company called Kitty Hawk piloted a flying car above a scenic lake about 100 miles north of San Francisco.<p>Kitty Hawk’s flying car, if you insisted on calling it a “car,” looked like something Luke …

Silicon Valley

Scanner Sombre is a short and scary game from the creators of Prison Architect

Launching on Wednesday<p><i>Scanner Sombre</i>, the newest game from <i>Prison Architect</i> developer Introversion Software, takes place in a world you can’t see. The game drops you into a dark cavern where you can only glimpse the world around you by using a scanner that produces a colorful outline of your …

Scanners

Celebrities on Instagram warned by FTC over paid ads

If an "influencer" is paid to post an endorsement on Instagram, the FTC wants you to know about it.<p>If you follow celebrities on Instagram, you probably find it hard to tell which posts are ads. That could soon change.<p>The Federal Trade Commission has sent over 90 reminders to what it calls …

Public Relations

Samsung Galaxy S8 shows amazing resilience to abuse in new video

How much abuse can Samsung's Galaxy S8 take? In most cases, the question is mostly an academic one, as the vast majority of users won't expose their …

Amazon Lex, the technology behind Alexa, opens up to developers

Amazon Lex, the technology powering Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa, has exited preview, according to a report from Reuters this morning. The system, which involves natural language understanding technology combined with automatic speech recognition, was first introduced in November, at Amazon’s …

Automation