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USB Type-C spec finalized but no word on when it will launch

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has now finalized the spec for a new connector and cable, USB Type-C, that is much smaller than current USB ports and cables. It is also designed to offer reversible plug and cable orientation, meaning that users will be able to insert a USB Type-C cable in its supported port in either direction.

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Robin Williams, 1951 - 2014

Robin Williams was Mork from Ork. He was Popeye. He was Mrs. Doubtfire. He was Adrian Cronauer. He was John Keating. He was Armand Goldman. He was the Genie of the Lamp. He was Comic Relief. He was a San Francisco area resident and Macworld Expo attendee. His voice launched Apple's Your Verse campaign. Comedian, dramatist, activist, entertainer. He was Robin Williams. He passed away last night and he will be missed.

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Tim Cook 'not satisfied' with Apple's diversity report

Apple CEO Tim Cook is following up on their splashy video on diversity from earlier this summer with some hard and apparently disappointing numbers. A human resources report from Apple shows that 55% of employees are white, and 70% are male.

Here's what Cook had to say on the issue.

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Creators of Siri working on Viv, a complex AI that can teach itself

Although Siri has learned a lot of new tricks since the service was launched October 2011, the AI only perform tasks Apple engineers explicitly implement. While Siri is beholden to the Apple ecosystem, a new stealth startup called Viv Labs is aiming to build a better AI, one that can teach itself to "answer almost any query and perform almost any function" using your "personal preferences and a near-infinite web of connections."

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Manchester United ban fans from bringing iPad, iPad mini to home games

Manchester United have announced a ban on usage of all large electronic devices at Old Trafford during home matches this season. The electronic devices are the latest items to join the list of prohibited items at the stadium, with the club stating that any device that exceeds dimensions of 150mm x 100mm will not be allowed into the venue, including the iPad and iPad mini.

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Next-gen iPads with anti-reflection coating reportedly in production

We're rapidly approaching the time of year when new Apple toys start to emerge, and Bloomberg has today published a couple of tantalizing details surrounding the company's next-generation iPads. Citing two sources "with knowledge of the matter," the outlet claims the full-sized next-gen iPad, at 9.7 inches, has already entered production, "with an unveiling projected for the end of this quarter or early next." Apple's next iPad Mini is also claimed to be entering production, with availability likely "by the end of the year."

And today's report also offers up fresh information on a new hardware feature that could make the possible iPad Air 2 easier to read.

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T-Mobile announces new Pay as You Go rate that starts next week

T-Mobile has just announced a new Pay as You Go plan for users. This isn't a change to their monthly prepaid plans, instead this is for people who value pay-per-use, daily and weekly plans. The new plan has customers paying just $0.10 per minute or message as a flat rate.

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New CBP app for iPhone or iPad will get you through border control faster... eventually!

An app authorized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is set to expedite your travel between the United States and Canada. Mobile Passport Control will run on your iPad or iPhone and provides passport information, a customs declaration form, and an uploaded self-photo before inspection.

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Apple's latest iPad verses feature electropop and city bike tours

Apple has added two new stories to their "Your Verse" site, featuring Slow Roll city bike rides and Chinese musicians Yaoband. The Yaoband story highlights how the musicians use their iPads to make their music, including how they perform at live shows.

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Apple Maps dominates mapping traffic on EE

UK carrier EE's latest "Mobile Living Index" shows that Apple Maps now dominates 4G mapping traffic on the carrier. Apple Maps represents 70% of 4G mapping data on EE, ahead of Google Maps, which holds 25% of traffic. Additionally, Maps also holds a majority of traffic over the carrier's 3G network, according to EE:

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