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In Semiosis, You Have to Watch out for Alien Plants

1 week 5 days ago

Semiosis by Sue Burke has an interesting premise: When you land on another planet, what if instead of worrying about alien life forms or animals, you had to keep an eye on the plants? It’s a wholly unique book that I had fun reading. Instead of following the same characters, we’re presented with a new cast in every chapter. We start with the original colonists as they land on Pax, then follow each subsequent generation as they have to deal with the land, the flora, and the actions of the previous generation. Will the children of the Parents adhere to the rules, or will they rebel? I thought the book was great, and look forward to the second book coming later this year. Apple Books: US$9.99 | Kindle: US$9.99


Andrew Orr

How to Break Into an iCloud-Locked iPhone

1 week 5 days ago

Hackers, thieves, and independent repair companies can find ways to break into iCloud-locked iPhones.

The iCloud security feature has likely cut down on the number of iPhones that have been stolen, but enterprising criminals have found ways to remove iCloud in order to resell devices…Making matters more complicated is the fact that not all iCloud-locked phones are stolen devices—some of them are phones that are returned to telecom companies as part of phone upgrade and insurance programs.

TL;DR: Phishing, mugging, and social engineering are methods. You can even remove the CPU and reprogram it by stealing an unused IMEI.


Andrew Orr

Get Apple News Original URLs Using This Shortcut

1 week 6 days ago

A Mac app called StopTheNews has been making the news rounds lately. It lets you open Apple News original URLs directly in Safari. I wanted to share a shortcut that does the same thing on iOS.

Share an Apple news article to this shortcut, and get the original URL back. Prompt at the end lets you pick between copying the URL to your clipboard or sharing it somewhere else.

Unlike macOS, you can open an Apple News article in Safari on iOS. Then from Safari you can copy the URL. But this shortcut removes that step, so you can share the article to the shortcut, then copy the URL to the clipboard or share it elsewhere.


Andrew Orr

New Federal Bill Would Outlaw Video Game Loot Boxes

1 week 6 days ago

Under federal legislation proposed by Republican Sen. Josh Hayley (Mo), video game loot boxes would be prohibited.

Hawley’s proposed bill, outlined Wednesday, covers games explicitly targeted to players under age 18 as well as those for broader audiences where developers are aware that kids are making in-game purchases. Along with outlawing loot boxes, these video games also would be banned from offering “pay to win” schemes, where players must spend money to access additional content or gain digital advantages over rival players.

I think this is a good move. Companies like EA would have to make good games again, instead of relying on a player’s “sense of pride and accomplishment.”


Andrew Orr

BESTEK 200W Car Power Inverter With 2 AC Outlets and 2 USB Ports: $24.99

1 week 6 days ago

Check out the BESTEK 200W Car Power Inverter, a car charger that boasts 2 AC outlets and 2 USB ports, in addition to a 12V cigarette lighter socket to replace the the power port it’s using in the first place. That’s all pretty clever, but it gets better. While it will fit in a cup holder, as you see in the image we included, it also has a 24-inch cord that gives you more flexibility in where you put it. This device is $24.99 through our deal.


Bryan Chaffin

Urban Armor Gear Apple Watch Straps are Here

1 week 6 days ago

Urban Armor Gear Apple Watch straps are here. Known for rugged device cases, this is the first line of Apple Watch accessories from UAG. There are two straps: Active, Nato, and Leather. Sporting stainless steel custom hardware and a hook & loop fastener security, the Active Strap allows for you to dive deeper, surf longer, and play harder with your Apple Watch. The Leather Strap, the most premium of the straps, is built exclusively for the modern wanderer. Designed with soft leather, stainless steel custom hardware, and a unique snapping collar, the strap offers refined protection that can keep up with your daily grind. Active Strap: US$59.95; Leather Strap: US$69.95.


Andrew Orr

How Silicon Valley Came to Love Pete Buttigieg

1 week 6 days ago

Tech and politics are increasingly overlapping. That seems particularly true in the case of presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The Democratic contender has attracted support from a number of big names in Silicon Valley, including Mark Zuckerberg, Recode reported.

Buttigieg, though always stressing his bonhomie upbringing in the industrial Midwest — such as when giving a ride-along of South Bend’s abandoned factories — is quite comfortable in elite corridors like Silicon Valley. He is not an anti-tech firebrand politically, nor a total newcomer to the land of the uber-wealthy. And as his relationship with people like Zuckerberg shows, he also brings a Rolodex that gives him tech contacts that — with the right touch and message on Friday — can become exclusive supporters and maxed-out tech donor.


Charlotte Henry

Apple Store India is Coming Soon

1 week 6 days ago

Apple is reportedly close to opening its first Apple Store in India. Bloomberg News, whose predictions can, it is fair to say, sometimes be a bit off, said the company now has a shortlist of locations in Mumbai. Whatever happens next, it is clear India is now a key focus for Apple.

The iPhone giant has zeroed in on several upscale sites in Mumbai, and plans to make a final decision in the next few weeks, said the people, asking not to be named because the discussions are private. The vetted spots are comparable to iconic Apple locations on Fifth Avenue in New York, Regent Street in London or the Champs-Elysees in Paris, they said. Apple has been prohibited from opening its own stores in the country because it doesn’t meet local sourcing requirements, but it’s shifting manufacturing into India and is in talks with the government about its retail expansion.

 

 


Charlotte Henry

Apex Legends Coming to iPhone

1 week 6 days ago

Popular game Apex Legends is coming to iPhone. The Verge reported on EA Games announcing its desire to bring the game to mobile during its earnings call Tuesday.

According to EA, the Respawn-developed battle royale game is “easily the fastest-growing franchise we’ve ever had.” What might be surprising, though, is that EA said it’s looking to bring the game from PC and console to mobile platforms. “We are in advanced negotiations to bring Apex Legends to China and to mobile,” the company said during today’s call….There’s no word on when this might happen for Apex, nor what form the mobile iteration will take. But it appears that EA is trying hard to keep the game’s early momentum going. “We are hugely excited about the future of Apex Legends,” the company said today.


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