Monthly Archives: July 2018

Tim Cook casually tosses light shade at Donald Trump’s tariffs

Chill. Image: Drew Angerer/getty By Jack Morse2018-08-01 00:34:44 UTC Don’t make Tim Cook mad, or he might elliptically refer to something you did in an earnings call.  His comments were directed at Donald Trump, whose love for tariffs could impact the cost of certain Apple products, many of which are made and sold in China.  The small guns were out in medium effect today during the Apple Q3 earnings call, when the CEO casually addressed Trump’s existing and threatened Chinese tariffs. Cook, in typical Cook fashion, minced […]

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The new season of ‘The Sinner’ is your next crime thriller obsession

In a word rife with true and fictionalized crime thrillers, our culture seems almost exclusively interested in the guilty: Who did it? How do we prove it? And what kind of monsters hide among us? But USA Network’s The Sinner is one of the few crime series more interested in innocence than in guilt. It’s exactly what makes it feel so compelling and fresh in an oversaturated genre. The two seasons — the second of which premieres on Aug. 1, and the first of which is available […]

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Facebook cuts off access to user data for ‘hundreds of thousands’ of apps

Facebook cuts off data access to “hundreds of thousands of inactive apps.” Image: Guillaume Payen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images By Johnny Lieu2018-08-01 02:08:28 UTC Facebook has just blocked a truckload of apps from accessing its user’s data. Facebook’s VP of Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong, explained in a blog post Tuesday that Facebook had cut off API access for “hundreds of thousands of inactive apps that have not submitted for our app review process.” That’s a lot of random, dormant apps that had access. The social media giant, […]

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US release of 3D-printed gun software blocked

Image caption A prototype 3D-printed plastic gun A US federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms. Gun access advocacy group Defense Distributed was due to put downloadable gun blueprints online on Wednesday. The firm reached a settlement with the Trump administration in June to allow it to legally publish the instructions. But eight states and the District of Columbia sued the government on Monday to block the settlement, arguing the untraceable guns were a safety risk. US District […]

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Study finds almost no increase in diversity in popular films over the last decade

It’s tempting to believe that the recent groundswell in talk about Hollywood’s diversity problem would result in actual improvement. But the numbers — at least so far — paint a sobering story. A new comprehensive study from USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that the top 100 grossing films from 2007 to 2017 (1,100 total) show minimal to no change over the stated 11 years of the study. Both on- and off-screen, exclusion of marginalized races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and genders, as well as people with disabilities, remains as […]

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Huawei shipped more smartphones than Apple in the second quarter

Huawei overtook Apple and moved up into second place in market share of worldwide smartphone shipments in Q2 2018, according to data from IDC, Canalys, and Strategy Analytics. The company shipped over 54 million handsets in the second quarter compared to the 41.3 million iPhones that Apple sold and Samsung’s 73 million units. “The arrival of Huawei in the second position marks the first quarter since 2Q10 where Apple has not been the number one or two smartphone company in terms of market share,” IDC said in […]

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The Rock gifted his stunt double a new truck and it’s so wholesome

The Rock is too pure for this world.  Dwayne Johnson — or as he called himself in an Instagram post on Monday, Dwanta Claus — gave his stunt double a new truck when he returned after suffering an injury on set. Tanoai Reed, who’s also Jonhson’s cousin, thought he was about to shoot a behind the scenes clip when he was surprised with the truck.  “The truth is, he’s been an incredible partner and brother to me,” Johnson said in the clip. “I wanna say I love […]

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The ‘Dietland’ finale doesn’t say exactly what it (probably) means

When Dietland premiered on AMC, its cutting perspective on women’s media and the overarching violence of the patriarchy made for an off-kilter, important-seeming entry into the summer TV lineup.  Over the course of the first season, protagonist Plum Kettle was truly put through the wringer as a plus-size woman whose desire to fit conventional beauty standards led her deeper down a rabbit hole of self-loathing, revelation, terrorism, murder, and yes, hallucinated bestiality in that one episode with the tiger-man. But in the show’s season finale, which tries […]

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Slow broadband needs switch-off date, say business leaders

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A date “soon after 2025” should be set for copper network switch-off, says the IoD The Institute of Directors (IoD) has called on the government to provide a firm date to switch off the UK’s copper network in favour of faster fibre connections. It suggested “as soon as possible” after 2025 should be the target. The government has said that the UK should have full fibre nationwide by 2033 but has no date for a switch-off. The IoD said faster fibre […]

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Microsoft starts testing Your Phone Windows 10 app that mirrors phone content to a PC

Microsoft is starting to test its new Your Phone app for Windows 10. The software maker first unveiled the app back at the company’s Build developer conference in May, and it’s designed to mirror content from a phone to a PC. Android phone users will be able to test Your Phone first, with the ability to drag and drop recent photos straight into Office apps and other Windows apps direct from a phone. Microsoft is also planning to add support for text message sync and notifications from […]

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