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HomePod Is the Ultimate Apple Product—in a Bad Way

Sometimes, years pass before Apple creates a completely new product like the HomePod. During that parade of iPhone redesigns and MacBook upgrades, it can be easy to forget that when Apple enters a new space, the company does it with swagger. The products are beautiful. They work well. But they are also usually exclusively designed to work with other Apple products and services. The £320 HomePod is all of these things, and it drives me crazy. Read More >>

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Turns Out the First People in England Were Actually Black

A DNA sample from a 10,000-year-old skeleton discovered in Gough Cave near Cheddar Gorge offers a remarkable revelation: the first modern British people had “dark brown to black skin.” According to recent analysis, they also had dark curly hair and blue eyes. In other words, white people in Europe are a much newer thing than we thought. Read More >>

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Apple Music Was Always Going to Win

Everybody knows that Apple is rich and powerful. So few will be surprised to learn that, despite showing up to the party late, the Cupertino company now appears to be winning some key battles in the streaming music wars. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple Music is about to overtake Spotify as the most popular streaming music service in the United States. In fact, it may have alregady done it. Read More >>

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iPhone X Damage Report: Two Months Later

Steve Jobs was a notorious case-hater. He once looked at Wired’s Steven Levy with disgust when the journalist pulled out an iPod with a case on it. “I think stainless steel looks beautiful when it wears,” Jobs said. For my own reasons, I’ve never used a case on my iPhone. Read More >>

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iOS 11 Is So Broken That Apple Is Reportedly Delaying Features in iOS 12

It looks like iOS 12 won’t be as flashy or fun as Apple originally wanted it to be. Following months of embarrassing bugs and performance issues, the company is reportedly pushing some features originally slated for this year’s iOS 12 update back to 2019. Engineers will be focusing on quality and reliability instead. Read More >>

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Steven Soderbergh Loves His iPhone So Much He Wants to Make All of His Movies With It

You might love your iPhone because it’s easier than ever to take snapshots of your misbehaving dog. Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh loves his Apple product so much he made a feature film with it. It’s a horror flick, and Soderbergh reportedly enjoyed the experience so much he wants to shoot all his movies using iPhones from now on. Read More >>

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Face ID Is Unstoppable

It sucks when a new technology comes along and creeps everybody out. It sucks even more when that technology is so good, so life-changing that even the most discerning consumer sets that anxiety aside and says, “Who cares if Apple owns detailed biometric data about my face?” That’s what Face ID has done to me with the iPhone X. And if you’re not already using it, then you’re next. Read More >>

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DJI’s New Mavic Air Is so Small It Fits in a Jacket Pocket

DJI just revealed a new, delightfully tiny drone called the Mavic Air. It’s a lot like the DJI Spark, announced last year, but its rotor arms fold in making the little bitty aircraft even more little bitty. If you set the Mavic Air on the table next to your smartphone, you’d find they have about the same size footprint. The drone is a lot fatter, though. Read More >>

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Facebook Slowly Realising It Might Be Ruining Democracy

If you were even semi-conscious during the last two years, you’ll know that social media can wreak havoc on a functioning democracy. Facebook is finally admitting that it’s part of the problem. Facebook also wants you to believe in an imaginary future, a hypothetical someday when Mark Zuckerberg figures out how to stop his social network from enabling cyberwar and genocide, but the social network stops short of explaining how it’s going to get there. Read More >>

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Amazon Names 20 Finalist Cities for HQ2 Thunderdome

After what felt like five years of mayoral begging and media gimmicks, we finally know the top 20 finalists in the brutal battle for Amazon’s second headquarters. The cities are about as predictable as you’d think. Basically, all the big ones in North America. Read More >>

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Here’s the Sequel to ‘End of Ze World,’ the First Viral Video Ever

The new “End of Ze World” video looks just like the original for exactly two seconds. A few moments later, the long-awaited sequel to what many call the world’s first viral video displays a collage of missiles, pumpjacks, a Nazi flag, a hurricane, and protest signs. Your eyes will immediately drop to the one that says boldly, “WTF?!” This is “End of Ze World… Probably for Real This Time,” and it’s haunting. Read More >>

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It’s Fatally Windy in Europe Right Now

A brutal storm crashed into the Dutch coast on Thursday causing gusts of wind up to 90 miles per hour. This might not have been so destructive in a place with some relief, like mountains and hills, but the Netherlands is famously flat. That led to many bad things happening to buildings and people. Read More >>

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Maybe There’s Hope for Apple’s Original Videos After All

It looks like Kristin Wiig will soon star in a half-hour comedy series. Produced by Reese Witherspoon’s company and inspired by the upcoming Curtis Sittenfeld short story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It, the new project actually sounds like it might be kind of great. And guess what: it’s an Apple series. Read More >>

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A First Look at the Incredible Future of 8K TVs

Do you remember back in the '90s, when high-definition TVs first started to become popular? Seeing that HD for the first time, the sharpness seemed almost impossible compared to existing technology. But this year, several top tech companies showed off 8K screens with 16-times as many pixels as those old 1080p HD TVs. For me, seeing these new super sharp TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) felt like the first time all over again. Read More >>

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CES 2018: What Is Technics Doing?

The new, modular Technics SP-10R turntable plays records just like any other turntable. But, according to Technics, it plays records really, really, really well. It better since it’s priced at $10,000 (£7,389; UK pricing TBA) and up depending on just how you configure it. But the introduction of yet another Technics tribute model—or collector’s item if you’re being honest with yourself—makes you wonder. What exactly is this legendary audio company trying to do? Read More >>