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3rd September 2017

The internet loves these photos of a dog “working” on a tiny MacBook Air next to his human

We all can use a little help at work sometimes, even if that help is just a little fur-covered moral support.

YouTuber Meghan Camarena took helper pets to the next level by giving her doggo an actual mini Apple MacBook Air toy so her four-legged buddy could feel like he was pitching in.

SEE ALSO: The ‘Dog Whisperer’ reveals if punishments are effective for doggy training

The result?

This might be the cutest office dog picture you’ve seen. Ever.

I bought a mini toy laptop for my dog. So he can at least look like he’s helping support this familypic.twitter.com/WbWcZKQD4A

— 🍓Meghan Camarena (@Strawburry17) …

More about Dogs, Toys, Macbook Air, Culture, and Web Culture – Source

Apple’s OS chief is taking over Siri from Eddy Cue

Apple’s Eddy Cue has been in charge of Siri since software chief Scott Forestall left the company in 2012. Now, the executive has handed Siri over to Craig Federighi — and it might be a bigger deal than your usual shuffling of responsibilities. See,… – Source

This coming week’s T-Mobile Tuesday will leave you with a gassy feeling

Guess what folks! The next T-Mobile Tuesday is just days away, and we have the list of giveaways and contest prizes that T-Mobile customers will be receiving and trying to win. Let’s start with the giveaways. T-Mobile subscribers will get $25 off their bill at any of the 62,000 restaurants and providers listed on the site. T-Mobile subscribers can also head to the nearest RedBox nearby and get a free one-day DVD, video game or Blu-ray rental.

For four-weeks, T-Mobile will set up its subscribers with a free online course from Shaw Academy. Courses taught will include social media marketing … – Source

Here’s how the White House may be keeping Trump off the web

It’s the digital version of a playpen for an adult who’s incapable of setting his own boundaries.

A new report in The New York Times on Friday talks about President Trump having no access to a normal web browser on his iPhone. It’s a setup designed, according to the report, to limit his exposure to the news media (thus, presumably, avoiding one of his now familiar, venomous, media-hating tweetstorms).

SEE ALSO: Reddit, Twitter offer an oasis of info, resources for Harvey victims

“[New chief of staff, John F. Kelly] cannot stop Mr. Trump from binge-watching Fox News, which aides describe as the president’s primary source of information gathering,” the Times …

More about Twitter, Iphone, Trump, Tech, and Politics – Source

Android Oreo will look like Android Nougat for almost everyone

Everyone knows it’s what’s inside that counts.

We’ve all had a good long look at Android Oreo. A few have been using it for the life of the beta and are running it on their phone right now, but most of us are waiting and will continue to wait for a while. One universal truth is that when Orea comes to phones that sold well and we see millions of people getting it, we’ll hear how it looks the same and that makes it a disappointment.

To make this worse, all the phones from Samsung and LG and HTC and everyone who is not Google or Motorola probably won’t even resemble all the screenshots of Oreo you see here at Android Central and every other place on the internet that talks about Android.

I’m going to nip this one in the bud: none of that matters. It never did matter and it never will matter.

Android is old software. I don’t mean that in a bad way — it’s old as in finished and not being redesigned every six months. Expecting big changes to the interface was normal for the first few versions, but now you will see more refined and focused changes, like what we see in the updated notification shade. These changes are designed to give the user more information, give developers new ways to make the users happy, and be integrated into the user interface easily. The same goes for the other visual tweak in Oreo, the icons and notification dots. When you do something that supports an entire platform and can be pulled into any interface, you go slow.

The time for big changes to the interface has passed.

In other words, these visual changes were built in a way that Samsung and every other company making phones could use them and keep everything looking the same as it did before you updated. You’ll still be able to do things like choosing which notification channels you want to see or expand a notification to see more info, but Oreo on your Galaxy S8 will look just like Nougat did. Samsung likes the way it looks, and since you bought it, presumably you do, too. And if you don’t you hit Google Play and replace damn near all of it.

We know this to be true with the only non-Google phone running Oreo: the as of yet unreleased Sony Xperia XZ1. Check the video and see what we mean.

Yup. Looks the same. But god damn I want that tiny Compact. Bad.

Anyway, that’s not what is important with Oreo. And won’t be the important part of Android P or Android Q. The important things that make Android better each and every time are what goes on behind the scenes, and Oreo has a few changes that are a pretty big deal.

What will make the most difference to us while we use – Source

Apple iPhone tenth anniversary model is now rumored to be the iPhone X

Yesterday, we passed along a rumor that the actual name for the tenth anniversary iPhone model would be the Apple iPhone Edition. Even with the story on Friday, some of us were hoping that the tenth anniversary iPhone model would be called the Apple iPhone X. This would have a great double meaning. The “X” in iPhone X would give the model a designation indicating a premium device, just like Motorola did with the Droid X back in 2010. And iPhone X would also mean the tenth anniversary of the iPhone as “X” stands for the number 10 in Roman numerals.

As it turns out, the premium version of … – Source

Data leak exposed millions of Time Warner Cable customers

Verizon isn’t the only big US telecom whose corporate ally left customer data out in the open. MacKeeper developer Kromtech has discovered that BroadSoft, a frequent partner to service providers, was storing over 4 million Time Warner Cable customer… – Source

Kings of clarity: Etymotic ER4 in-ear headphones – CNET

If you’re serious about getting the best in-ear headphones, start with this one. – Source

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR experience hands-on

Stepping aside from the usual suspect of mobile devices we cover at IFA 2017, we stopped by the Lenovo booth to check out one new gadget that had a ton of people enjoying themselves. It’s the Star Wars: Jedi Challenge AR experience, which leverages the power of your smartphone to deliver a Star Wars AR experience like no other! That’s because you get to wield a powerful lightsaber and duel against enemies, all in full augmented reality glory.

Available this coming holiday season, sometime in the November time frame, Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is an AR bundle consisting … – Source

Twitter’s terms of service are making people mad — but they’re not new

Twitter is making some minor changes to its terms of service (ToS) for users outside of the U.S. this October and a lot of people are rather upset about them. What seems to be the trigger here is that these “new” terms are going into effect for the rest of the world on October 2nd and Twitter is likely notifying its users of this update now. The new ToS takes out a few things… Read More

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Droids and X-wings decorate the ultimate TV for Star Wars fans – CNET

Frame every viewing experience through a galaxy far, far away. – Source

Pictures and specs of the canceled Microsoft Surface mini appear once more

Of course you remember the Ballad of the Surface mini. It’s a country song performed by The Voice’s Blake Shelton and is full of the typical heart aching sadness that country songs are known for. It is about an event that was taking place in May 2014 to introduce the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface mini. But on the date of the event, the Surface mini never showed up as the product was pulled from the assembly line at the last moment and was never manufactured. Apparently, the assembly line had its heart won over by another product.

Just yesterday, tipster Evan Blass revealed images and specs … – Source

Library kindly asks its patrons not to pay their fines with Chuck E. Cheese tokens

A library in Danvers, Massachusetts has a simple request for its patrons: Could you please not pay your fines in Chuck E. Cheese tokens?

The Peabody Institute Library issued the plea this week after “a surge of folks” tried to pay off their fines with the tokens, along with tokens from the similar local arcade Bonkers. Plus, seemingly, Canadian coins.

SEE ALSO: Father John Misty writes heartfelt eulogy to the Chuck E. Cheese animatronic band

“They are the size of quarters, so you have to pay attention,” acting library director Jennifer McGeorge told The Salem News.

The four tokens pictured in the library’s Facebook post are the only ones the library mistakenly accepted, staff said. But that doesn’t mean more well-read Chuck E. Cheese patrons won’t try. …

More about Library, Chuck E Cheese, Culture, and Books

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Bosch’s stain scanner knows what you spilled on your shirt last night

German technology giant Bosch is mostly known for making home appliances. And at IFA 2017, the company is showing off a concept that it hopes can add a new dimension to those products. The X-Spect is a portable device that detects fabric composition,… – Source

LG GPad X2 8.0 Plus is now available from T-Mobile, including Plus Pack battery/speaker

After plenty of rumors that LG would be releasing a new tablet sometime soon, we caught our first glimpse of the LG GPad X2 8.0 Plus last month when T-Mobile posted a support page for the device ahead of schedule. It listed most of the main specs for the mid-ranger and even had a couple of images, giving us a good luck at the Plus Pack attachment. The tablet is now official, and you can get it from T-Mobile’s site for $240.

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LG GPad X2 8.0 Plus is now available from T-Mobile, including Plus Pack battery/speaker was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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[Who needs iMessage?] Someday you may be able to send and receive SMS using your Chromebook

A bit over a month ago, we heard that Chromebooks might be getting SMS notification support via something called SMS Connect, which was exciting news. The folks over at Chrome Unboxed, who initially discovered this coming functionality, just found a bit more information on the subject. Not only will we be able to see when we get an SMS, but we might even be able to read and reply to them, all from the comfort of your Chromebook.

Details are light, and to be quite clear, this not something you can do right now.

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[Who needs iMessage?] Someday you may be able to send and receive SMS using your Chromebook was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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How to clean your PlayStation VR

Keeping your PlayStation VR clean is easier than you might think.

Taking care of your PlayStation VR means making sure that it stays nice and clean. After all, nobody wants to accidentally overheat their system because of dust, or wear a headset that is covered in someone else’s dirt. Thankfully, keeping your system clean is quite easy and we’ve got all the details for you here.

Read More at VR Heads!

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[Update: It’s back] Deal Alert: UE BOOM 2 more than 50% off at Best Buy, now $98.99

Update 1: 2017/09/02 1:36pm PDT

The short-lived deal from a week ago is back on today. Let’s hope it lasts through the day this time.

Bluetooth speakers may be a little passé nowadays, what with everyone moving toward streaming and casting, but there’s something to be said about the universal nature of the standard: no matter what audio you’re playing on your devices, you can send it via Bluetooth to your speakers.

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[Update: It’s back] Deal Alert: UE BOOM 2 more than 50% off at Best Buy, now $98.99 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Burning Man 2017 is as wild and amazingly artistic as you expected

Burning Man is always visual feast, and 2017 is no different.

The annual desert-based pool of humanity is devoted to destroying barriers and letting go of the inhibitions surrounding work and competition, but every year there is nevertheless an upping of the ante when it comes to amazing art.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s rumored new iPhone color probably isn’t copper. It’s something better.

This year‘s batch of …

More about Fashion, Art, Design, Burning Man, and Burning Man Festival – Source

The ‘this folder is empty’ meme is full of sweet, sweet internet potential

Step aside, Disloyal Man. The “this folder is empty” meme is here to take over Twitter.

This particular meme, a rare emoji-centric one, is as versatile as it is easy to create. It can be used for pretty much anything, from exposing your government’s incompetence to drawing attention to Harry Styles’s perfection. Wow!

SEE ALSO: Dude on Tinder somehow uses memes to win his match’s heart

Here are a few of the finest examples.

📂Documents
└📁 Harry Styles
└📁 Imperfections
└⚠️ This folder is empty

— lia (@stylesgcarney) August 6, 2017

📂 Hollywood Movies
└📁 “All-Female” Cast Reboots
└📁 Female Cast Reboots by Female Filmmakers
└⚠️ This folder is empty

— leah williams (@mymonsterischic) …

More about Memes, Culture, and Web Culture – Source

Recommended Reading: Japan’s eSports struggle

The Crazy Laws
Keeping Japanese
Out of Video
Game Competitions
Yuji Nakamura and
Takako Taniguchi,
Bloomberg

Japan is a popular locale for video games, but laws are keeping eager players from participating in the eSports revolution. Bloomberg has… – Source

10 of the most-funded startups to fail in 2017

Startups rise and startups fall. 2017 has seen some prominent startups go under. What follows are 10 of the best-funded companies to close in the first nine months of 2017. Ultimately not all is lost. Experience is gained and lessons are learned. But as companies fall, more jump up in the spirit of entrepreneurship. Read More

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German city claims Guinness World Record for world’s tallest sand castle

Who says beach towns have the monopoly on sand castles?

The landlocked German city of Duisburg just claimed the world record for the world’s tallest sandcastle. The city’s sand castle, which stands at 55 feet or 16.68 meters, won the prize after a Guinness World Record jury judged the behemoth on Friday.

The sand castle used 3,860 tons of sand and took more than three weeks to build. The structure was sculpted by a team of designers from 10 countries, incorporating imagery from around the world.

The Duisburg sandcastle.

Image: FRIEDEMANN VOGEL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

#German city of Duisburg has finally claimed the Guinness World Record for tallest sandcastle—measuring 55 feet! https://t.co/S0Nzj7l4ta pic.twitter.com/4C7GbeBo0S

— German Embassy (@GermanyinUSA) …

More about Germany, Guinness World Records, Sandcastle, Culture, and Innovations

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Huawei shows off the new flagship Kirin 970 processor at IFA 2017, complete with improved AI capabilities

The madness of IFA 2017 may have settled down, but that hasn’t stopped Huawei from unveiling its new SoC, the Kirin 970. Under its in-house HiSilicon brand, the Chinese giant seeks to push the boundaries of what is possible with mobile AI. And yes, there are the typical SoC improvements here, too.

Built on a 10nm process, the Kirin 970 sports eight cores and the new 12-core ARM Mali-G72 GPU. There’s a new dual ISP on board, too, which will offer things like better noise reduction; a 4.5G modem is also along for the ride, allowing for up to Cat 18 speeds.

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Huawei shows off the new flagship Kirin 970 processor at IFA 2017, complete with improved AI capabilities was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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The shock of the new Dynaudio Special Forty speakers – CNET

Listening to the Dynaudio Special Forty, you realize sometimes the smaller speaker is the right speaker. – Source

After Harvey, ignore the climate debate and focus on building better, more efficient cities

In the intervening years since those storms, the nation has been continually pummeled by “historic” climatological events. While the country has been taking this beating from Mother Nature, the conversation in statehouses, city halls and Washington has been bogged down in a discussion about climate change. What causes it, what to do about it, and whose fault it is that… Read More

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Americans abroad: Tales of traveling woe in the age of Trump

If you’re looking for a reprieve from the chaos that is American politics, you might be thinking about leaving the country. Maybe rethink that idea.

If the following anecdotes from some of our colleagues, friends and acquaintances who have lived or worked abroad in the age of Trump are anything to go by, it seems nearly impossible to get away from his grasp.

SEE ALSO: Shiny objects foreign leaders are using to distract Trump so he doesn’t destroy their world

Everyone in the world seems to have something to say about America’s new unconventional president. Sometimes it’s funny, weird, or shocking, while other times the comments are sad and outright depressing. The comments almost veer towards annoying once you’re pegged as an American. …

More about Travel, Donald Trump, International, Expats, and Culture – Source

Funding your bliss: mindfulness startups scale up

The connected life is not necessarily the good life. Too often, it seems like we are squandering our time checking devices, losing touch with fellow humans and cultivating bad habits in the pursuit of instant gratification. If only an app could fix that. Welcome to the world of mindfulness and wellness apps. Read More

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Gillmor Gang: Summer School

The Gillmor Gang — Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, John Taschek, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Thursday, August 31, 2017.
G3: Exit Interview recorded live Thursday, August 31, 2017 with Francine Hardaway, Elisa Camahort Page, Maria Ogneva, and Tina Chase Gillmor.
@stevegillmor, @jtaschek, @kteare, @fradice, DenisPombriant
Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor… Read More

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IFA 2017’s biggest announcements

The September time frame positions the Berlin show perfectly as a launch pad for holiday products. As such, some of tech’s biggest names use it to debut some of their biggest products of the year. It’s also proven a solid showcase for some of the wackier startups that have had a tough time getting noticed at larger shows. Here is a list of the best that this year’s IFA has… Read More

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