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9 big moments in Yahoo's troubled history

2 hours 54 min ago
Yahoo is founded in 1994

Image by JD Lasica/Flickr

In early 1994, Stanford University grad students Jerry Yang and David Filo launch the website, Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web. Within months, they rename it Yahoo.

Yahoo goes public with huge stock gains

Image by Yahoo/Flickr

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22% off SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick 200GB - Deal Alert

3 hours 32 min ago

The SanDisk Connect wireless stick is a flash drive with a unique twist -- you can access it wirelessly. Whether it's in your pants pocket, in your bag, or on the picnic table at your campsite, the Connect wireless stick lets you stream media or move files wirelessly with up to three computers, phones or tablets simultaneously. Connections are made via built-in wifi (think "hotspot"), so no external wireless or internet services are needed. A USB connection is also available, if desired. Storage on this model is a generous 200GB. Reviewers on Amazon report at least 8-10 hours of battery life on one charge. This model is currently discounted 22% down to $93.56. Learn more and review buying options now on Amazon.

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Ford commits to Apple CarPlay, offering it with SYNC 3 for all 2017 vehicles

5 hours 3 min ago

Ford just made a big commitment to Apple CarPlay. The company announced Monday that all 2017 models equipped with its SYNC 3 infotainment system will come with the ability to run Apple's phone-to-car interface. 

With CarPlay enabled, anyone running an iPhone 5 or later can connect their phone to their vehicle dashboard for displaying directions, using phone functions, listening to music, and accessing Siri. When we looked at CarPlay for iOS 9.3 in April, we especially liked the overhauled version of Apple Music that includes the New and For You sections, as well as Maps’ Nearby feature.

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Report: Apple special projects guru Bob Mansfield takes the wheel on Apple Car

5 hours 46 min ago

Everyone wondering what exactly is going on with Apple’s rumored car project will rejoice at the latest development: Apple is reportedly bringing back legendary hardware engineering head Bob Mansfield to oversee Project Titan and the development of an electric vehicle.

Mansfield started working for Steve Jobs in 1999 and was still employed by Apple but had stepped away after developing the MacBook Air, iMac, and iPad. Those successful products are plenty for one lifetime. Mansfield had transitioned from leading the hardware engineering department to overseeing special projects three years ago. One of those projects? The Apple Watch. Mansfield is now back in the swing of things after some time away, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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iPhone 7 rumors: New phones reportedly go on sale Sept. 16

6 hours 25 min ago

Now that WWDC is over, the iPhone 7 rumors are getting even louder, since its expected unveiling in September is probably the next time we’ll see Tim Cook on stage. Yes, that’s still a good while from now. To help keep track of all the scuttlebutt, we’re collecting every rumor we’ve heard so far—and every new one that crops up between now and the day Tim pulls the new iPhone out of his pocket. Then we’ll assess whether each rumor seems legit or absurd, and we’d love to hear your thoughts too. Sound off in the comments.

What's the latest?

The rumor: The iPhone 7 (and variations on that model) are reportedly hitting store shelves on Sept. 16, according to noted leaker Evan Blass. That's a little earlier than iPhones typically debut in September—last year, the iPhone 6s went on sale on Sept. 25. This would also push the iPhone event to earlier in September, or perhaps late August, if the standard two-week window between announcement and retail launch holds this year.

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Blocs 2 review: Web design app balances simplicity and sophistication

8 hours 55 min ago

Blocs 2 ($80) makes one of the Mac’s best, simplest Web design programs even better. Though it retains a few quirks, it builds on its solid predecessor with impressive and well-implemented new features.

Blocs 2 keeps its sleek, Adobe-like interface, but adds more Mac-friendly touches like contextual menus.

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The Sky(pe) is falling! Skype moves to the cloud, but what about security?

9 hours 46 min ago

Skype is moving to the cloud from its previous peer-to-peer (P2P) approach, and the sky is falling! Ok, not quite. It’s not a revolutionary move, given changes Microsoft already made in Skype’s infrastructure in 2012 after its acquisition of the service from eBay, which in turn bought it from its founders. Rather, it’s a technical and business change that lets Skype more rapidly roll out services that have a heavy reliance on back-end server elements, and which can be more reliable if handled centrally.

Centralization doesn’t have to reduce a user’s expectation of privacy. But because Skype has never provided substantive disclosure about how it encrypts data and exactly how much it gives governments of your private texts, voice calls, and video sessions, we have little information on which to make a judgment. Centralizing Skype makes it somewhat easier to tap conversations, although there’s no good reason to change architecture entirely for that purpose.

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Installing OS X: What to do when ‘this copy of the install OS X application cannot be verified’

9 hours 55 min ago

The other day a co-worker needed to borrow a Mac, so I grabbed an older MacBook Air from storage. I decided to wipe out the laptop’s flash storage and install a fresh version of OS X. I created a bootable USB flash drive installer, plugged it into the laptop, pressed the Option key as the machine booted, and then selected the USB drive as the boot disk.

I then ran Disk Utility to reformat the drive and then ran the installer to install OS X. It looked like things were moving along, until this appeared on the screen.

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How my Apple Watch's heart rate monitoring saved my life

10 hours 3 min ago

I’ll begin this story the same way I began the phone call to my wife: “I’m OK, but…”

The “but” began on a Tuesday morning, after I started walking from the parking lot to the front door of my office building. I began feeling short of breath. No matter how deeply I inhaled, it felt like my lungs weren’t filling up completely. At first, the feeling just seemed odd—nothing serious, just…weird.

By the time I climbed the flight of stairs to my floor, the feeling had grown worse. Along with the shortness of breath, I could feel my heart racing in my chest. Stopping to talk to a colleague on the way to my office, the mere act of speaking left me practically gasping for air. I cut the conversation short and continued to my office. Sitting still made me feel better, but not great.

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IDC: Smartwatch sales decline for the first time

Sun, 2016-07-24 14:29

IDC’s smartwatch sales estimates for the second quarter of 2016 are in, and the news isn’t great, particularly for Apple.

According to IDC’s latest report, worldwide smartwatch sales slumped 32 percent in the second quarter of 2016, when compared to the same period last year. Much of the drop is due to an apparent decline in Apple Watch sales, according to IDC. The research firm estimates that Apple shipped 1.6 million smartwatches in the quarter, down from 3.6 million a year earlier.

Overall, smartwatch makers shipped a total of 3.5 million devices in the April-to-June quarter, IDC says. That compares to a total of 5.1 million in the year-ago quarter. 

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25% off Inflatable Lounge Bag Hammock Air Sofa and Pool Float - Deal Alert

Sun, 2016-07-24 12:00

This innovative "lounge" requires no external pump and is a suitable substitute for folding chairs, bean bags, hammocks, picnic blankets and pool floats. To inflate, simply unfold, scoop air into it, roll and buckle. Elastic loops allow you to anchor your lounger to solid ground in the windiest conditions. Currently averages 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from 59 reviewers (read reviews). It's list price of $79.99 has been reduced by 25% to $59.90. See this discounted summer item now on Amazon.

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Picture this: Unannounced phone in big trouble

Sat, 2016-07-23 05:00

People are very concerned about the iPhone 7, which is in big trouble, by the way.

What? Oh, no, the iPhone 7 isn’t out yet. It won’t be out for months. But we “know” that it’s in big trouble because of all the things we “know” about it, you see. And what we “know” is not good. (So much “knowing”. So many sarcastic quotes.)

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and reform school for circus poodles gone bad, Ewan Spence describes the unbearable ennui that is the iPhone 7.

“Apple's Unimaginative Approach To Selling Its Boring New iPhone.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip Speicher and Shawn King.)

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The week in Apple news: More iPhone 7 rumors, iCloud Music Library matching, Apple Car slips to 2021, and more

Sat, 2016-07-23 04:00
Apple headlines for the week ending July 22, 2016

The summer makes for a slow news season. The big news this week was the release of updates to the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Public Betas. Apple also put out updates for iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, watchOS, tvOS, and iTunes. While you’re waiting for those updates to install, you can catch up on the important Apple headlines from the past week. Click on the link for more information.

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Macworld’s August Digital Edition: Everything You Need to Know About macOS Sierra

Fri, 2016-07-22 16:04

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

In the August issue

We consider the state of Apple’s most venerable platform, the Mac. No longer burdened by its increasingly dated X-laden moniker, the rebranded macOS got a major addition in the form of Siri, as well as some more minor improvements sprinkled throughout the OS. Also, we uncover 8 hidden features of macOS Sierra. Plus, we look at how iOS 10 turned iMessage into a platform for developers.

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Which iPhone model do you have? Here's where to look

Fri, 2016-07-22 15:00

You probably have a general idea of which iPhone you have—iPhone 6, SE, 4s, and so on. But behind the marketing names, each iPhone configuration has its own model number. You normally won’t need to know this number, but it could come in handy if you ever need to get more technical details about your device. Here’s where you can find your iPhone’s model number—and what that number means.

Which number is which?

Apple uses two numbering schemes for its devices. The first, which we’ll call the “A” number (hat tip to The iPhone Wiki for the name) is a five-digit alphanumeric string that starts with the letter A followed by four numbers.

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Report: Apple Car launch date slips back a year to 2021

Fri, 2016-07-22 13:37

Apple has not confirmed if it’s even working on a car, but rumors continue to come out at full speed.

This week, The Information revealed that Apple’s forthcoming car has been pushed back to launch in 2021. The original rumors claimed that Apple hoped to have its Apple Car on the road by 2020. According to The Information, Apple’s super-secret team working on the car, known internally as Project Titan, has faced some roadblocks putting a vehicle together. Project Titan’s top executive left back in January. 

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This Week in iOS Apps: Relax!

Fri, 2016-07-22 12:00
Relax!

This week’s roundup includes apps for music, coloring, watching movies, and playing games. Relax and read on!

Canva

Canva (freemium, iPhone and iPad) lets users create pro-level graphics using easily tweaked templates and photo editing tools; the latest update brings the app to the iPhone, along with hundreds of new layouts designed for use on the phone.

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How to avoid credit-card fraud, from someone thrice burned

Fri, 2016-07-22 10:15

Fortunately, the call was legitimate. Sadly, my number had been stolen even though the card was still in my possession. This was the third time in 2016 this has happened: once each with Chase (Visa), American Express, and Comenity (Visa).

What am I doing wrong? Probably nothing. But more tools may help me be even safer, and I’m considering changing how I shop online.

I remember when it wasn’t cool to pay online

I don’t recall ever losing a physical credit card, and have never had one taken from me. Rather, every problem I’ve ever had has related to the number being stolen, sometimes for a card that I never even used online, say, after a brick-and-mortar retailer had a breach. Lately, it’s all been related to online card breaches, though I can’t connect the thefts to specific announcements.

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Apple will release Olympic-themed Apple Watch bands, but only in Brazil

Fri, 2016-07-22 09:55

Apple is gearing up for the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro like everyone else in the world, and the company’s contribution is a little something special: limited edition nylon Apple Watch bands that pay tribute to 14 competing nations.

Unfortunately, you can’t buy them anywhere Apple Watches are sold, or even order them online. Apple is selling these special straps only in Brazil, in just one store: the VillageMall Apple Store in Barra de Tijuca. That means if you happen to be in Rio to catch the games and pick up one of these Olympic-themed bands, which will retail for $49, you could probably make a killing by reselling what is likely to be a sought-after collectible (or you could just wear it around and show your love of country or something).

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How and why to verify your Twitter account

Fri, 2016-07-22 09:54

The equally vaunted and ridiculed blue checkmarks on Twitter are no longer exclusive to elites or those with connections who have an “in” at Twitter. The company this week opened the verified account designation up to all users and put some rules in place for consideration. Many of Twitter’s 310 million monthly active users don’t qualify for verification, but the company is opening the secretive and invite-only process up to anyone.

Accounts of public interest, particularly those maintained by individuals and organizations in “music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas” are all up for consideration, according to Twitter. “We hope opening up this application process results in more people finding great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience,” Tina Bhatnager, Twitter’s vice president of user services, said in a prepared statement.

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