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Apple's GymKit for syncing your Watch to your fitness machines is now live

Back in June, Apple talked up GymKit for Apple Watch, a feature that would let you sync performance data from exercise machines with your wearable. With the release of watchOS 4.1 today, it’s now available for users to play with.<p>With the latest version of the software platform, your Apple Watch …

Smartwatches

Descript gets $5M to make sound editing like a word document

Right before jumping on the phone Friday afternoon, Andrew Mason, who then ran a walking tour startup called Detour and ran Groupon, was hand-correcting a transcription of a speech by John F. Kennedy — which was transcribed by some new software he and his team built in-house.<p>But Descript, Mason’s …

John F. Kennedy

SEC chairman urges 'extreme caution' with cryptocurrencies

Chairman warns of scams and market manipulation as Bitcoin hits record valuations on a near-daily basis.<p>As investors go cuckoo for cryptocurrencies, the chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission is warning of the dangers associated with investing in virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, …

Bitcoin

Google is launching 3 new experimental apps on both Android and the iPhone

• <b>Google is launching a new research project to develop so-called "appsperiments."</b>• <b><br>Appsperiments are new apps that use some of Google's experimental technologies.</b>• <b><br>The company is releasing three new apps today, on both Android and Apple's iOS.</b><p>Google is launching three new experimental apps, named …

Google

Amazon to launch 100 HDR10+ titles for the Samsung TV on December 13

Earlier this year, Amazon and Samsung partnered to announce HDR10+, a new High Dynamic Range (HDR) video format that built on the original HDR10, …

Samsung

First Round State of Startups 2017

Every year, we survey as many venture-backed startup founders as possible to figure out what it's like to run a technology company <b>right now</b>. This …

Startups

People who don’t want kids: ‘There’s never been a day where I’ve regretted my decision’

About a year ago, Natalie Ramtahal was sitting outside with family, as her partner was nearby washing the car. She was soon approached by a …

Parenting

We actually like 280 character tweets, it turns out

New data from app maker and analysis firm SocialFlow shows people are responding well to tweets over 140 characters.<p>Maybe Twitter was onto something after all when it doubled its signature 140-character limit.<p>In November, Twitter expanded the length allowed for tweets to 280 characters from the …

Donald Trump

2018’s iPhone X Could Have A 6.3-Inch Screen

The excitement is still brewing over the iPhone X, Apple’s high-end version of the iPhone, which has a 5.8-inch OLED screen, an advanced (even for …

IPhone X

Phil Schiller says all of Face ID’s competitors “stink”

Apple marketing guru Phil Schiller has heard the haters saying the iPhone X wasn’t the first smartphone to get facial recognition. But according to Schiller that doesn’t matter at all.<p>“They all stink,” says Schiller, in a new interview discussing Apple new facial recognition feature. The …

Phil Schiller

As Alibaba ramps up, Amazon loses the plot in Asia

The US online retailer finally introduces Amazon Prime in Singapore but the launch has been described as "piecemeal", which should give Alibaba even …

eCommerce

Apple Design Chief Jony Ive Retaking Direct Control of Design Team

Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is once again taking over management of the design team at Apple according to changes made to Apple's official "Apple Leadership" website.<p>The site was updated this morning to remove the profiles of Richard Howarth and Alan Dye, who were managing the day-to-day …

Jony Ive

Apple is reportedly buying Shazam

For $400 million<p>Apple is finalizing a deal to acquire Shazam, the app that lets you identify songs, movies, and TV shows from an audio clip, according to <i>TechCrunch</i>. The deal is reportedly for $400 million, according to <i>Recode</i>, which also confirmed the news.<p>For Apple, the obvious benefit of acquiring …

Google Play Music

Jony Ive Dishes On Apple Rumors And His Design Team In Rare Interview

The most famous designer in the world didn’t hold back when he spoke at the Hirshhorn Museum last week.<p>Jony Ive helms the most secretive design lab in the world at Apple. But aside from the top secret mystique, the soft spoken Ive is notoriously private, often giving just one interview a year.<p>Last …

Apple Park

Google shuts down the “apps” section of the Chrome Web Store | Ars Technica

Google says Progressive Web Apps are the future of app-like web pages.<p>Over a year ago, Google announced that Chrome Apps would be removed from …

Google

Here Are the Mouthwatering Restaurants Master of None Visits in Italy

It may seem like the second season of <i>Master of None</i> begins in Modena, Italy, because foodie extraordinaire Dev Shah (Aziz Ansari) ran out of …

Restaurants

Victims of mystery attacks in Cuba have anomalies in brain white matter | Ars Technica

Authorities still stumped by attacks, but doctors are figuring out damage, treatments.<p>American victims of mysterious attacks in Cuba have …

Medical Journals

Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 delayed

Ubisoft is giving them more time to bake<p><i>Far Cry 5</i> and <i>The Crew</i> <i>2</i> will be delayed, Ubisoft announcemed today in a brief blog post.<p>The new launch date for <i>Far Cry</i> <i>5</i> is March 27, 2018. That’s been revised from Feb. 27, 2018. The new launch window for <i>The Crew 2</i> is the first half of Ubisoft’s next fiscal …

Gaming

Steam ends support for bitcoin

“It has become untenable to support Bitcoin as a payment option”<p>Valve is ending support for Steam purchases made with bitcoin, the company said today, citing “high fees and volatility” in the value of the cryptocurrency.<p>“In the past few months we've seen an increase in the volatility in the value …

Cryptocurrency

For millennials, sending your first text message was a rite of passage

25 years ago, on 3 December 1992, a British engineer sent a message to a colleague. The contents were unremarkable, a simple "Merry Christmas," but …

Teens

Apple's root-level macOS bug can be reopened by updating

After news broke of a devastating security flaw in its most recent version of macOS, Apple responded quickly by releasing a patch. Installing Security Update 2017-001 on either macOS 10.13 or 10.13.1 will resolve a problem that allowed anyone to login with admin access simply by typing the username …

iOS

Anger and confusion as crypto traders lose thousands in 'flash crash' on $54 billion exchange

• <b>"Flash Crash" hit cryptocurrencies NEO, OMG, and ETP on the Bitfinex exchange on Wednesday.</b>• <b><br>Price drop triggered exchange to liquidate many customers' leveraged positions, leaving some with thousands of dollars in losses.</b>• <b><br>Customers claim the orders weren't executed correctly and the platform was hit</b> …

Trading

A clever Tesla owner is using his Model S to mine cryptocurrency for free

Building a cryptocurrency miner that doubles as a heater is cool, but one inventor has taken the concept of mining to a whole new level. A creative Tesla owner managed to fit a legitimate mining rig inside the trunk of his shiny Model S.<p>But here is the best part: all the electricity needed to keep …

Viral

Nokia denies plan to buy Juniper Networks

Nokia says it has no plans to make a bid for smaller rival Juniper Networks, denying a CNBC report.<p>"Nokia is not currently in talks with, nor is it …

Alcatel-Lucent

Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global raises $30M so you can work less and sleep more

Arianna Huffington wants you to work smarter, not harder. She believes a corporate mentality that rewards burning the midnight oil is actually reducing productivity, by causing burnout. Lack of sleep could be costing the U.S. economy $411 billion per year, it turns out.<p>So last year, the HuffPost …

Startups

Amazon’s Echo speaker and an Aussie-speaking Alexa are heading Down Under

Ask Alexa when she’s heading Down Under and she’ll now have an answer.<p>OK, she won’t offer a <i>specific</i> date, but she can at least tell you that Amazon’s …

Amazon

Apple breaks file sharing on Macs while fixing 'huge' password security flaw

Emergency patch for bug that allowed anyone to take control of a Mac running macOS High Sierra prevented some users from sharing files<p>In its haste to fix the macOS High Sierra bug that allowed anyone to take control of a Mac computer with a blank password, Apple broke file sharing for some …

iOS

Dell’s latest XPS 13 is fast, nimble, and kind of stale

Dell’s tiny laptop has had a good run, but it’s time for something new<p>When Dell first introduced its redesigned XPS 13 laptop nearly three years ago, it kicked off a renaissance in laptop design. Dell proved that you could have a full-size, 13-inch display in a computer that’s as compact and …

Laptops

Microsoft Photos Companion app on its way to Android

Microsoft has increasingly been more active on the Android platform with their software and services. Earlier this week Microsoft released an update …

Microsoft

Philips' first Roku TVs are here

Phillips is releasing its first TVs with Roku built in, and they are updated versions of its entry-level 4000 series models. Previously, Philips used its own NetTV platform (as well as integrated Chromecast) in some of its TVs, but considering Roku’s years of experience with smart TV interfaces, …

Televisions