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Comic: Apple is slipping lately

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Comic: Apple is slipping lately

Ed: Welcome to this week's-ever-so-slightly-delayed-due-to-the-artist-being-on-a-train-for-his-birthday's edition of The Pixel Project: a weekly comic from Diesel Sweeties' Rich Stevens on Apple, technology, and everything in-between. This week: Apple is sure slipping lately... or is it?

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2 weeks ago

Apple now selling refurbished iMacs with 5K Retina display

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Apple now selling refurbished iMacs with 5K Retina display

Apple is now offering the iMac with Retina 5K display on its Refurbished Store. Currently, Apple is offering three configurations of the desktop, in addition to several non-Retina iMac models.

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2 weeks ago

How I learned to love the selfie stick

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How I learned to love the selfie stick

iPhone selfie sticks used to appeal to me about as much as taking photos with an iPad. I didn't think it was possible for me to loathe an accessory more, and when I first saw it, I literally face-palmed.

Yet the impossible has happened: I went on vacation and quickly found myself on a mad search across London for the one object I swore I'd never buy. Yes, you heard me right — I bought a selfie stick, and it was totally worth it.

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2 weeks ago

OS X Yosemite review: 3 months later

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OS X Yosemite review: 3 months later

Three months ago Apple senior vice-president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, stood up on the Town Hall stage and said OS X Yosemite would be available that very day. We posted our OS X Yosemite review as soon as it went live, based on almost four months of beta testing. And we've had an additional 90 days to live with the final version. So, what have we grown to love and what has gotten on our nerves? It's time to check in on Apple's latest version of the Macintosh operating system, three months later...

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2 weeks ago

Vector 73: Nous sommes Charlie

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Vector 73: Nous sommes Charlie

Vector is a news and analysis show focusing on the biggest stories, hottest trends, and most important issues in technology and popular culture. On this week's show, Guy mutes us. Dave reads our reviews. Charlie Hebdo. Golden Globes. Tribalism. Comedy. David Cameron vs. Snapchat and WhatsApp. Selfie and belfie sticks. Georgia and Rene talk CES 2015. And then it gets weird.

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2 weeks ago

Apple reaches settlement in class action suit over wage suppression [updated]

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Apple reaches settlement in class action suit over wage suppression [updated]

Update: Reuters has just reported that the final amount of the settlement is $415 million.

Original Story: Apple, along with several other tech companies, has reached a settlement deal today in a class action suit concerning anti-poaching policies that may have suppressed wages among tech workers in Silicon Valley.

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2 weeks ago

MacIT Conference dates announced for July 14-16

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MacIT Conference dates announced for July 14-16

While the plug on Macworld was sadly pulled after last year's event, the fun is still set to continue with this year's MacIT conference, which just had its dates announced for July 14-16 of this year at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California.

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2 weeks ago

Zano is a swarm-capable autonomous mini drone controlled by your phone

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Zano is a swarm-capable autonomous mini drone controlled by your phone

We're no strangers to smartphone-controlled flying machines around these parts, especially those of us who have wandered the halls of CES, but the folks at Zano are promising something wildly different form the current experience with their mini quadcopter. While most flying experiences with smartphones happen at a 1:1 ration, Zano wants to give smartphone owners the ability to control a swarm of autonomous drones just by waving the phone in your hand around. To accomplish this, the tiny drone is packing GPS, sonar, IR, and an HD camera to capture your adventures from above. The collision detection smarts in this little casing, combined with additional instructions from the user, is apparently enough to allow some magic to happen.

We didn't get to experience this setup in person just yet due to some technical difficulties, but check out Marketing Director Reece Crowther as he walks through the details with Cali.

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2 weeks ago

Kubi 2.0 is all about quick setup and seamless telepresence

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Orbotix gets kids into robots with Ollie and SPRK

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Orbotix gets kids into robots with Ollie and SPRK

We've jokingly referred to the robotic toys made by Orbotix as the world's best cat toys, but the truth is there's a ton that can be done with these little rolling robots. Sphero has a huge third party following with dozens of apps that let you do everything from roll your ball in an augmented reality maze through the camera on your phone to picking the ball up and using it as a controller for games on your phone. Ollie, their brand new robot, is a little more focused on fun by offering more speed and some fun optimizations. If driving these robots around and chasing your cat aren't enough to get your attention, the Orbotix SPRK (that's Schools Parents Robots Kids) program should be all the push you need. It's a program Orbotix started to help kids learn the basics of robotics and programming, and so far it has been a huge success in the classroom.

Allen Richardson from Orbotic gives Cali and Rene the breakdown on what SPRK has been up to so far, as well as repeatedly shooting the robots off the desk during the video. Either way, it's worth a watch.

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2 weeks ago

Pioneer's NEX stereos are much more than just CarPlay

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Pioneer's NEX stereos are much more than just CarPlay

For years there's been this growing sentiment among smartphone users who have to drive on a regular basis, and that sentiment usually involved being able to just dock your phone in the car and use the larger screen in the dash to use the things your phone already does very well. As cool as it would be for the infotainment center in the car to just be the receptacle for our phones, many of these in-dash systems do a lot more than what we've seen from CarPlay so far. As a result, at CES this year, we saw several systems where the smartphone bits are treated like an app on a larger system.

A perfect example of this is the new Pioneer systems, much like the one we have a hands on with, which have their own UI and features independent of a connected smartphone. Who knows, maybe in future versions of CarPlay we'll see separate apps that control all of the car functions and there is no underlying system to speak of.

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2 weeks ago

Swift jumps up 46 spots on the RedMonk programming language rankings

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Swift jumps up 46 spots on the RedMonk programming language rankings

Apple's new programming language, Swift, was introduced just over six months ago at WWDC 2014 and yet it's already leapt 46 spots up the RedMonk programming language rankings, going from 68 to 22 in just one quarter. Poised to become a top 20 language on the charts, it highlights what's so remarkable about Apple and the developer community — their ability to constantly move forward.

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2 weeks ago

Things for iPhone and iPad updated with Notification Center widget, more

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Things for iPhone and iPad updated with Notification Center widget, more

Cultured Code's Things has been updated on both iPhone and iPad, adding a widget to the Notification Center. You can use the widget both the view your current tasks and start new ones.

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2 weeks ago

WWE Immortals fights its way onto the App Store

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WWE Immortals fights its way onto the App Store

Wrestling fans are in for a pretty cool treat today. NetherRealm Studios, the developers behind Injustice: Gods Among Us, just announced that WWE Immortals has been released for iOS. The game allows you to play supernatural, supercharged versions of your favorite WWE stars such as John Cena, Roman Reigns, and Big Show.

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2 weeks ago

Odd Squad: Blob Chase wants to make learning math fun

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Odd Squad: Blob Chase wants to make learning math fun

PBS Kids has released Odd Squad: Blob Chase for iPad, a new educational game geared towards children ages 5-8. The first app based on the Odd Squad brand, Blob Chase tries to teach basic math concepts by making them fun and engaging.

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