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Silicon Valley blasts Trump’s tech tariffs

President Donald Trump argued Friday that his steep tariffs on technology goods from China will help Silicon Valley, but the industry's leading trade groups said the sanctions will harm their bottom line.<p>"You know, we have the great brain power of Silicon Valley, and China and others steal those …

Donald Trump

Even Kingdom Hearts’ creator gets a little confused about the story sometimes

<i>Kingdom Hearts III</i> is set to arrive 17 years after the first game in the series launched, but the franchise has enjoyed a long and healthy life outside of its main installments. More than a dozen spinoff titles have expanded its world, sometimes with befuddling titles or convoluted plotlines while …

Die Hard

How To Use The 4 Ds Of Effective Time Management

Do you sometimes struggle with time management?<p>Or does the day lack enough hours to attend to your projects, habits, commitments and more?<p>When half past five rolls around, do you look at your to do list and feel you didn’t accomplish much of anything?<p>If you’re struggling to take charge of the day, …

Time Management

European Commission names 52 experts to its AI advisory board

The European Commission today named 52 experts to its High Level Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLG), an advisory body tasked with drafting AI ethics guidelines, anticipating challenges and opportunities in AI, and steering the course of Europe’s machine learning investments.<p>The 52 new …

Artificial Intelligence

New Verizon unlimited plan costs $95 a month and gives you 75GB of LTE data

• Verizon Wireless is making some changes to its unlimited plans beginning June 18.<br>• It will allow family members to each have a different unlimited plan under one account.<br>• It will also launch a third plan, Above Unlimited, that will support 75GB of monthly LTE data.<p>Verizon Wireless brought back its …

Verizon

Apple Shares New iPhone X Photography Tutorial Videos With a Soccer Theme

Apple this morning shared five new iPhone X photography tutorial videos on its website and YouTube channel, with each taking a football (soccer in the U.S.) theme to celebrate the first day of the World Cup.<p>Each short video walks users through a series of step-by-step instructions on how to use the …

Video Tutorials

Amazon is now shipping DeepLens camera that makes it easy to learn about deep learning

<b>The big picture:</b> Amazon has many cloud services available and is making it easier than ever before to learn the basics of deep learning using the …

Cloud Computing

Microsoft is developing its own cashierless store technology, says report

Amazon may be facing new competition from Microsoft on its cashierless, automated store technology, according to a new report from Reuters out this morning. The report claims Microsoft is in the process of developing its own systems for tracking what people place in their shopping carts, but …

Enterprise Tech

Apple acknowledges new efforts to thwart passcode brute forcing

Earlier this month, we reported that iOS 12 introduces a new USB Restricted Mode that makes it harder for law enforcement agencies to thwart iPhone security. Now, in a statement to <i>9to5Mac</i>, Apple has acknowledged these efforts and says they come in an effort to protect its customers…<p>An Apple …

iOS

Snap launches a developer platform to bring Snapchat’s camera and Bitmoji to other apps

Starting with Bitmoji in Tinder and camera effects for Postmates<p>Starting today, developers will be able to put a little Snap in their apps. The maker of Snapchat has introduced Snap Kit, a full-fledged developer kit that allows app makers to bring core features of Snapchat to their apps. If …

Apps

Apple is launching FaceTime group chats with up to 32 people

That’s... maybe 28 too many<p>Apple is launching group FaceTime chats with iOS 12 that’ll be able to accommodate up to 32 participants. FaceTime will be integrated into Messages, so you can easily transition a group chat to a group video call. FaceTime will also feature filters and Animoji, as well as …

Apple

The Apple TV is finally getting Dolby Atmos support

Along with better support for cable companies like Spectrum<p>Apple announced some new features for its Apple TV set-top box during WWDC today. The company is bringing live sports and news to the TV app, along with full Dolby Atmos support coming to the Apple TV 4K.<p>Apple TV 4K is now the first (and …

Smart TV

The 6 biggest highlights from Apple WWDC 2018

Apple kickstarted its annual WWDC event today with a keynote led by CEO Tim Cook, where he introduced all the latest updates for iOS 12 and the new macOS. The keynote this year comes off of a quieter season for Apple. The company just had a press event back in March for its educational iPad launch …

iOS

Apple made a competitive slingshot game to showcase multiplayer augmented reality

It was surprisingly fun<p>Apple hasn’t officially announced an augmented reality headset or goggles, but the company’s lack of hardware hasn’t kept it from staying at the front of the pack when it comes to AR experiences. The iOS framework that enables these apps, ARKit, got an update announced today …

Augmented Reality

Walkie-Talkie on the Apple Watch is a clever riff on FaceTime Audio

It’s not quite the same thing as old-school cellular push-to-talk<p>After the health app improvements, the headline feature for watchOS 5 at WWDC was Walkie-Talkie, a new app that lets you send and receive quick voice messages with friends and family. Earlier today, I got a brief demo of the feature …

Walkie-talkies

iOS developers want to push Apple on free trial policy and App Store revenue cut

‘We believe that people who create great software should be able to make a living doing it’<p>Thirty-five iOS developers have formed a group to call on Apple for better treatment of app developers, starting with an expansion of its free trial policy by the time the company celebrates the 10th …

Apps

Netflix has reportedly considered buying theaters to screen its movies

The streaming service was in talks to buy Landmark Theaters, but backed out, according to a new report<p>Netflix is reportedly considering a more drastic plan to get its movies on the big screen: buying theaters. The streaming service was in talks to acquire Mark Cuban’s Landmark Theaters chain but …

No, staring at a screen won’t damage your eyes

I’m here to quell your health concerns: staring at a screen doesn’t damage your eyes. They won’t make you go blind, and your doctor isn’t going to worry about your health if he or she hears that you’re spending a lot of time in front of them. However, you might feel uncomfortable after a long time …

Google gives up on Google Allo, hopes carriers will sort out RCS messaging

After the failure of Allo, Google cedes control of Android messaging to the carriers.<p>It's time for another chapter in the saga of Google's messaging …

Exclusive: Chat is Google’s next big fix for Android’s messaging mess

How the successor to SMS will take on iMessage<p>A top-tier Android phone can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, and for that money, you’ll get some amazing features. It will have a stellar screen, top-flight camera, gobs of storage, and an absolutely atrocious texting experience.<p>It’s a problem. In …

How Elon Musk could recover rockets with balloons — just not the party kind

A balloon can act as a brake for a fast-moving spacecraft<p>On Sunday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk warned his Twitter followers that he had an idea that was “gonna sound crazy:” his company might use a “giant party balloon” to recover the upper stage of its Falcon 9 rocket from orbit.<p>How could a party …

Whole Foods will end its rewards program and fold it into Amazon Prime

Whole Foods will shut down its rewards program, digital coupons, and customers’ online accounts on May 2nd and fold everything into Amazon Prime, according to an email to customers this week. The email, as spotted by <i>Marketwatch</i>, says unused rewards will not roll over to Amazon Prime, so customers …

Jeff Bezos reveals that Amazon has over 100 million Prime subscribers

The first time the online retailer has ever revealed how many Prime members there are<p>Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has revealed in his annual shareholders letter today that his company has over 100 million Prime members, marking the first time in the 13-year history of Amazon offering its Prime membership …

eCommerce

Facebook is building a team to design its own chips

Joining Apple, Google, Amazon, and other tech giants in becoming more self-reliant<p>Facebook looks to be in the early stages of developing its own silicon to power its devices and servers, according to a new report from <i>Bloomberg</i>. The company is looking to hire a manager tasked with assembling an …

If you want to know how we ended up in a cyber dystopia, read Ready Player One

The 2011 book wants to have it both ways — just like Mark Zuckerberg<p>When Ernest Cline’s <i>Ready Player One</i> was published in 2011, the reviews were ecstatic, beatific. It was an “enchanting,” “accessible” “nerdgasm” full of “fascinating social commentary” that one critic claimed was “the best science …

Anachronistic

Oculus is adding a "privacy center" to meet EU data collection rules

Oculus is complying with the EU’s new data protection rules with more detailed policies and a “privacy center” where users can check the data Oculus has collected about them. The Facebook-owned virtual reality company announced the news today, but its updates will take a little longer. “My Privacy …

Netflix "stories" are here with 30-second video previews in mobile apps

Videos play vertically, so you don’t have to flip your phone<p>Netflix is releasing a new feature today called mobile previews, which is essentially a version of stories on apps like Instagram and Snapchat that shows you previews of shows and movies on the subscription service.<p>The 30-second mobile …

Avengers: Infinity War could fix Marvel’s X-Men continuity problem

The Disney / Fox merger creates a lot of story problems for the MCU, but the House of M storyline could fix them all<p><i>Warning: major spoilers for</i> <b>Avengers: Age of Ultron</b> <i>and the comics crossover event</i> <b>House of M</b> <i>ahead.</i><p>In 2015’s <i>Avengers: Age of Ultron</i>, Marvel Studios introduced the speedster hero …

Regulatory filings hint at new iPhone models soon

Filings from the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database suggest new iPhones might be coming, potentially sooner than we thought. Consomac, a French website, first spotted the filing which mentions model numbers A1920, A1921, A1984, A2097, A2098, A2099, A2101, A2103, A2104, A2105, and A2106. …

Microsoft Office 2019 kills off OneNote desktop app in favor of Windows 10 version

Microsoft is planning to launch Office 2019 later this year, and the company is changing the way OneNote is bundled. The note taking app currently has a desktop version included in Office 2016, and a separate Universal Windows App for Windows 10. Microsoft is replacing the desktop version of …