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13th September 2017

Apple quietly released a killer update to iTunes

Apple is finally taking action to trim that mammoth piece of software that iTunes has become over the years, pivoting it back to its original mission: an app for music.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s biggest announcement won’t be the iPhone 8, but HOW you use it

With the iTunes version 12.7 for both Windows and macOS, quietly released during the keynote event in Cupertino, you no longer have access to the App Store on desktop as the focus is now on “music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks.”

That means iTunes no longer contains any options for syncing apps or ringtones to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. …

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‘Destiny 2′ launches Guided Games matchmaking for high-level raids

Destiny 2 improves upon its predecessor in many ways. In short, it offers a more satisfying, shared-world experience. Building upon that, the game’s developer Bungie is today launching the Guided Games beta. The feature essentially delivers the match… – Source

India’s OYO snags $10M strategic investment from hotel giant China Lodging

Indian budget hotel startup OYO pulled in a big $250 million round led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund last week, but now it has topped that money up with a $10 million strategic investment from multi-billion dollar hotel management firm China Lodging. Beyond the financial commitment from NASDAQ-listed China Lodging — which was formerly known as Huazhu Hotels and is valued at $6.8… Read More

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T-Mobile unveils $300 trade-in offer for new iPhones

Shortly after Apple officially unveiled the new iPhone 8 series of smartphones as well as the iPhone X, T-Mobile has announced a trade-in deal for the devices. Basically, the carrier is offering a $300 trade-in discount on the new iPhones.

The announcement came in the form of a tweet from T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere.

The #iPhoneX looks EPIC. & you know @TMobile will carry it! Plus we’re giving you up to $300 off ANY new iPhone w/ trade-in!!— John Legere (@JohnLegere) September 12, 2017

While the tweet didn’t specify this, reports say the device being…

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Mini going all EV with its latest Electric Concept video – Roadshow

Yeah,the three-door hardtop is still a concept, but it should go into production in 2019. – Source

The price of AppleCare+ coverage for iPhone Plus models has increased

Heads up if you want to buy AppleCare+ for an iPhone Plus: you’ll be paying more. The price of AppleCare+ for the iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 7 Plus has increased to $149, which is also how much the plan will cost for the iPhone 8 Plus. Read More

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HP unveils its insanely upgradeable Z-class workstations

No matter how great your latest PC build is, HP’s new Z Workstation lineup can probably top it. The company’s latest Z8, Z6 and Z4 desktop workstations are its most powerful and ridiculously upgradeable ever, it says. The top-end Z8 features 24 RAM s… – Source

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving to start a non-profit

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the Facebook-owned messaging app to start his own non-profit business. Acton announced the decision on Facebook, of course: After 8 years at WhatsApp, I have decided to move on and start a new chapter in my life. I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I’m passionate about. I’ve decided… Read More

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YouTube star PewDiePie apologises for using racial slur

The YouTube star says he was an “idiot” and that there are “no excuses” for his use of the “n-word”. – Source

In China’s Hinterlands, Workers Mine Bitcoin for a Digital Fortune

One of the largest sources of Bitcoin can be found in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, despite Chinese skepticism over its potential for risk. – Source

The Philippines places the value of human rights at $20

The value of human rights in the Philippines is now worth just $20, apparently.

Philippine legislators have voted to reduce the annual budget for the country’s Commission of Human Rights (CHR) to just 1,000 pesos ($20).

SEE ALSO: The death of a 17-year-old boy has put a face on the drug war in the Philippines

The budget cut, essentially choking off the CHR, comes upon repeated clashes between the human rights body and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The commission has heavily criticised Duterte’s war on drugs, which has seen thousands killed without trial under his anti-drug crackdown. …

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Donald Trump is ‘symptom’ of click-bait says Twitter co-founder Evan Williams

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams says click-bait is dumbing down the world – Source

Toshiba Says It Favors Bain Group’s Bid for Microchip Business

The struggling Japanese company said it had signed a letter of intent to negotiate with a consortium led by Bain Capital for a deal that will be worth billions. – Source

10 best meditation apps for Android

Many people vaunt the usefulness of meditation. The claims are that it improves health, your mental faculties, and more. We’re not medical professionals, so we’re not going to attempt to prove or disprove those notions. However, we do know of some really good apps to assist in meditative practices. Here are the best meditation apps for Android!

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1,000 Guided MeditationsPrice: Free / $3.99 per month / $12.99DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY1,000 Guided Meditation is what the title says. It features 1,000 audio tracks, over 100 hours of content, and playlists to control them. The app recommends stuff daily and also includes a timer, looping sounds, and even artwork. The free version comes with a fraction of that stuff. However, it is still a significant amount. The paid version is accessible as a subscription for $3.99 per month. Alternatively, you can buy all of it for a one-time $12.99 payment.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
AwarePrice: Free / $3.99 per month / $29.99 per yearDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYAware is a meditation service. It’s also quite popular with its user base. It essentially teaches you how to meditate. There’s a step-by-step, day-by-day guide. It starts with stuff like counting your breaths and then eventually moves on to more complex things. There is another section for Engergizers. They are meditation practices you can do at any time. The app is free for the first seven days worth of content. From there, you have to pay $3.99 per month or $29.99 per year to get the rest.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
CalmPrice: $12.99 per month / $59.99 per year / $299 onceDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYCalm is one of the more expensive meditation apps. It does boast a lot of content, though. Some of the features include meditation sessions that are between three an 25 minutes long. There is also a 10-minute daily program, a seven day program, a three week program, and other content. You can also track your progress in the form of time meditated and daily streaks. Like we said, this one is very pricey. We recommend trying out the free stuff first to make sure it’s what you really want first. Otherwise, it works really well.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Daily MeditationPrice: Free / $3.99DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYDaily Meditation is one of the simpler meditation apps. It offers daily ideas and meditation practices. That way you can get it in every day if you need to. It also includes some helpful meditation info, tutorials, tips and tricks, and more. There are even audio elements such as music, gongs, and bells should you want them. The free version covers about 12 days as a trial period. You can get the full version for a single $3.99 payment.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
HeadspacePrice: Free / $12.99 per monthDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE – Source

Balderton joins $30M Series D for big data biotech platform play, Sophia Genetics

Switzerland based SaaS startup Sophia Genetics is hoping to give IBM Watson a run for its money in the healthcare diagnostics space. It’s built a big data analytics platform that harnesses clinicians’ medical expertise to enhance genomic diagnostic via AI algorithms — leading, it says, to better and faster diagnoses for patients with diseases such as cancer. Read More

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Gear up for Disrupt Berlin’s Startup Battlefield and apply today

One dozen days. That’s how much time you have left to apply for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2017. If you want to introduce your early-stage company to the world, there’s no better place to do so than from the Startup Battlefield main stage. It’s the premier launching pad for startups, as Battlefield alumni — like Mint, Dropbox, Yammer and Tripit —… Read More

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Researchers create robots that can team up when they touch

To make robots cooperate with each other and work together, you have a couple of options. The first is to program them to work with information from their surroundings, with which individual robots can sort of organize and work towards a larger goal…. – Source

Google News boss: We’re not a media company

Boss of Google News says Google is not a media company because they don’t produce media – Source

Watch Bill Skarsgård pull his demonic ‘It’ smile on Conan

Bill Skarsgård is an undeniably delightful-looking human — until he smiles like a homicidal clown.

The 27-year-old Swedish actor stars as neighbourhood killer clown Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel It. He showed off his killer smile on Conan on Tuesday, without the makeup.

SEE ALSO: Alexander Skarsgård trolled his brother at the ‘It’ premiere and the photos are downright perfect

“You have easily the most evil, demonic smile I think I’ve seen in all of horror — and I’ve worked with Andy Richter for a long time.” says O’Brien.

Skarsgård apparently learned the technique from his brother Gustaf when he was just ten years old. Yeah, not cute. …

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Motorola Moto Z2 Force gets a $200 price cut in the US

If you are a Motorola fan in the US, and are planning to purchase the company’s latest Moto Z2 Force flagship smartphone, you’ll be glad to know a nice deal is currently available for it.

Best Buy is offering a $200 discount on the Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint variants.

Keep in mind the deal is only available when you buy and activate the device with a monthly installment plan. Also, it’s worth mentioning that discount on Sprint’s Moto Z2 Force isn’t new, but Verizon and AT&T variants have received fresh price cut.

No information on when the deal ends. So those interested in…

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Google Pixel 2: Everything we know so far (Updated: September 13)

In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 series.

The original Pixel and Pixel XL are both great devices and are the first handsets designed inside and out by Google. Manufactured by HTC, the two high-end smartphones feature terrific cameras, great build quality, and stock Android software that’s extremely popular among a lot of users.

The Pixel and Pixel XL are definitely not perfect, having been criticized for their generic design, high price tag, and lack of proper water resistance, among others. These are just a few of the issues that we hope Google will address with the upcoming Pixel generation.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at all the rumors we have heard so far regarding Google’s flagship smartphones. We’ll talk about the Google Pixel 2 release date, design, specs, and price, to give you a better idea of what to expect from the upcoming Pixel series.

See also:OnePlus 5 vs Google Pixel XL: quick lookOnePlus 5 vs Google Pixel XL: quick lookJune 22, 2017

Just keep in mind that these are just rumors for now, so do take them with a grain of salt. Google hasn’t confirmed – or denied – any of them and probably won’t share any specific details before the official reveal.

Google Pixel 2: How many devices will we see?

It was initially rumored that Google would, just like last year, take the wraps off two Pixel devices. The smaller of the two is codenamed Walleye, while the XL variant goes under the Muskie moniker. We then heard reports that the company is also working on a third device, dubbed Taimen, which is expected to be even larger than the Pixel XL.

However, it looks like Google has changed its mind and will in fact only release two smartphones this year. According to a report by Android Police, the tech giant has decided to cancel the Muskie device. This means that only Walleye and Taimen will be announced, with the former being the successor to the Pixel, while the latter will be a larger version of the Pixel XL.

But who will be responsible for manufacturing the upcoming Pixel generation? The first rumors claimed that Google has teamed up with HTC, which made the Pixel and Pixel XL last year. New rumors have popped up online since suggesting that the online search giant will actually be joining forces with LG, at least for the larger of the two devices. This means that the most likely scenario at this point is that the Pixel 2 will be made by HTC, while its larger brother will be manufactured by LG.

Google Pixel 2: Release date

Google normally unveils its new devices in the fall. The Pixel and Pixel XL, for example, were announced back in October 2016. According to the latest rumors, things will be more or less the same this year.

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Adorable Tamagotchi copycat is here to save you from Chrome tab clutter

You might’ve once been stressed out with the responsibility of keeping a Tamagotchi alive as a child.

As an adult, you’re likely mildly perturbed by ensuring you don’t have too many Chrome tabs open, slowing down your computer. Life is hard.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s new Apple TV 4K is built to fuel its Hollywood ambitions

Now you can meld the anxieties of past and present with a new Chrome extension called Tabagotchi. It’s essentially a Tamagotchi copycat, but the pet — which you’ll find when you open a new tab — survives on less Chrome tabs being opened.

Too many tabs, and your pet is dead. But at least you won’t have to raise it from scratch. Just close a few tabs and your pet will be fine. …

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Nougat reaches 15.8% of Android devices worldwide

Another month, another Android usage statistics breakdown from Google. As usual, the data for this breakdown was collected over the course of one week and is based on visits to Google Play.
While Android 7.0 Nougat is steadily climbing in adoption rates, in contrast to ancient Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, which are on their way out of the list, Oreo is nowhere to be seen. Since it’s the latest iteration of Android, and it isn’t available on that many devices yet, Oreo’s distribution numbers are not yet registered in the list. For Android 8.0 to not make a dent … – Source

Bankers’ mistrust of bitcoin is still the greatest argument for it

Earlier on Tuesday, at different conferences around New York, JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon took aim at bitcoin, calling the cryptocurrency “a fraud” and “worse than tulip bulbs.” This skepticism by one of Wall Street’s titans, and its reflection in many offices and hallways in top financial services companies, is perhaps one of the strongest cases… Read More

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Latest Android distribution numbers are out – Nougat grows, no info on Oreo

Android distribution numbers for the month of September have been released by Google. A quick look at the pie chart reveals that Nougat’s share now stands at 15.8%, which is slightly up from the 13.5% share the company reported last month.

Marshmallow’s share’s practically the same as last month, while that for Lollipop has come down by 0.4%. Moving on, KitKat’s share is down 1%, and Jelly Bean has also seen a marginal decline. Share for Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich has also declined by 0.1% each.

The Android Oreo OS, which was made official last month, is yet to make it to…

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Apple iPhone X unveiling shows us that BlackBerry 10 was ahead of its time

Yesterday, when Apple showed off some of the gestures that Apple iPhone X users will be doing in order to get back to the home screen, or to multitask, it might have brought back some memories for those of you who used to use, or still use, BlackBerry 10. That’s right folks, the same swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone X screen that takes you back home at any time, is used to take you back home on the BlackBerry Passport!

Like the Apple iPhone X, the BlackBerry 10 models did not have a home button, which forced BlackBerry to come up with gestures to replace the functions that would have … – Source

Equifax waives credit freeze fees after facing backlash

Equifax has learned the hard way that people that people don’t appreciate having to pay $10 for protection when it’s not their fault their personal details were compromised. Especially if that $10 solution has its own security flaw. That’s why it’s n… – Source

Kik could pave the way for more mainstream tech company ICOs

ICOs have barely touched mainstream tech companies. But that all changes this week as Kik begins selling its Kin token in an ICO targeted at raising $125 million. The sale bucks ICO trends, and it could prove to be a seminal event for the tech industry at large. Read More

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Bride’s doughnut bouquets are a wedding treat we could really go for

There are many tough decisions to be made when it comes to organising a wedding. But honestly, there’s one easy choice: doughnuts.

Specifically, we’re talking doughnut bouquets, which made an appearance at the wedding of Australian bride Paige Kirk, replacing traditional flower arrangements.

SEE ALSO: When someone tells you to make a ‘silly face,’ take this bridesmaid’s advice

“Me and my husband Steven thought it would be different, fun and lighthearted,” Kirk told BBC News.

Image: dessert boxes

While you’ve probably seen a doughnut bouquet before, it’s not every day you’ll see the bride walking down the aisle with one. …

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iPhone X: 4 things we would change – CNET

Four major drawbacks of the iPhone X that will make you think twice about emptying your wallet. – Source

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