The next iPhone could already be behind the competition in an important way

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We’re still months away from the next iPhone which, by all accounts, will be Apple’s most impressive handset yet.

But there’s one important spec that may be far behind the competition and it could affect the speed of your data connection.

SEE ALSO: New leaked photos reportedly reveal the final design of the iPhone 8

That’s because Apple won’t be using Qualcomm’s newest X16 LTE modems — the ones capable of the ultra-fast 1 gigabit per second connections carriers have been promising us —in the latest iPhone, according to a new report in Bloomberg.

The reason is apparently due to the company’s longstanding reluctance to depend on a single manufacturer for key components of its iPhones. The iPhone 7, for example, used modems from Qualcomm and Intel, and Apple has sourced parts from multiple companies in the past. Read more…

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Macron really wants to ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’ with grants for U.S. scientists

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French President Emmanuel Macron was actually serious about making our planet great again after President Trump withdrew America from the Paris Climate Agreement last week.

SEE ALSO: France helpfully corrects Trump’s video on climate change

He launched a campaign Thursday to recruit and pay for scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, businesses, and organizations to tackle climate change in France. A new site with the appropriate URL, makeourplanetgreatagain.fr, is a plea for teachers, researchers, business people, academics, and more to come to France. 

Delivering on our promisehttps://t.co/WMo5kBKMU1

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 8, 2017 Read more…

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These precious little baby bears can’t even climb up this fence

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NBC Connecticut posted a video to their Facebook page “that may just be the cutest bear video we’ve ever seen.” 

In the clip, four adorable bear cubs attempt to follow a mama bear over a fence. One manages to get all the way to the top but seems to be unsure of what to do next. The other three struggle to shimmy their little bodies any further, until one of them simply gives up and dashes off-screen.

The woman swooning over these cute cubs in the background saying, “aww, they can’t climb” is basically the voice of anyone who watches the video.

Let’s hope that all the tiny cubs eventually made it to the other side Read more…

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Here’s what real 360-degree videos look like from GoPro’s Fusion camera

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GoPro’s next breakthrough camera is the Fusion, its first consumer 360-degree camera capable of capturing 360/VR video in 5.2K resolution.

It looks mighty sickBitchin’, even. It’s one thing to look at an amped-up, highly produced trailer video, but something else when you’re looking at your own footage.

We won’t waste more of your time. Here’s some of the world’s first real-world footage captured straight from the GoPro Fusion.

SEE ALSO: GoPro’s palm-sized Fusion 360 camera is the equivalent of 6 GoPros

All of the 360-degree videos way down below were shot with a pre-production Fusion camera by GoPro reps or CEO Nick Woodman himself. For nerds who care, the spherical videos are H.264 and 4,096 x 2,048 resolution. OverCapture-plucked videos are 1,920 x 1,080. Read more…

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Apple embraces in-app tipping—as long as you give it a 30 percent cut

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Apple is changing course in how it treats tips collected within apps in what may end up being a mixed bag for developers and digital creators.

The company just updated its App Store terms so that tipping with in-app currencies now falls under the same category as in-app purchases, of which Apple takes a 30 percent cut. Some apps give users the option of buying digital goods that can then be given to other users, who can then redeem the goods for cash.

This kind of tipping has emerged as a popular way to sidestep platforms that take a cut of revenue, which usually comes in the form of ads. It’s particularly popular on some of China’s biggest video platforms, which have embraced the feature with built in tools for stars to pull in extra donations or charge for specific types of performances.   Read more…

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Apple will finally let you shut off those annoying requests to rate apps

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Nothing’s worse for your app experience than endless demands for ratings — but, thankfully, those days might finally be over. If you really hate those pop-ups, you’ll be able to make it so that you never have to see one again.

Since before we started playing Candy Crush, app review prompts have been a Wild West of sorts with no set rules for developers to follow. They could hit us up for ratings as often as they pleased — which can be frustrating for users after the fifth pop-up in as many days. 

Apple started to clamp down on the persistent review prompts earlier this year with a new ratings API for developers, introduced along with the iOS 10.3 beta. The new tool was part of an overhaul of the review policy, which also gave developers the ability to respond to user comments directly — but it wasn’t mandatory.   Read more…

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I have drawn the Trump administration as Sonic the Hedgehog and I am ready to answer for it

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The primary duty of a journalist is to speak truth to power — to lift “the veil” and expose the true nature of the people who control different aspects of our everyday lives.

As America struggles with massive political change in 2017, that role is especially important. And that is why I have chosen to draw the Trump administration as Sonic the Hedgehog.

SEE ALSO: 5 pages from ‘The Art of the Deal’ that explain exactly what Trump’s doing

Is this “risky” satire? Certainly. Am I putting my own career in jeopardy by exposing the current administration in this way? Absolutely. In using my very specific set of skills (ruthless intelligence and the ability to draw Sonic in dozens of positions) to mock those in power, am I gambling on my own future? You bet. Read more…

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The 2020 Olympics will have more mixed-gender events than ever

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Female athletes will have the most opportunities to compete yet in the 2020 Olympic Games — both with other female athletes and with male athletes. 

On Friday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved a program for the Tokyo Games that features 18 mixed-gender events, double the amount from the Rio Olympics in 2016. 

SEE ALSO: Say hello to your favorite 2032 Olympic swimmer, Boomer Phelps

Some of the mixed-gender events (where men and women will compete in mixed-gendered teams) will include swimming and track relays, a triathlon team relay, table tennis, judo, cycling, and fencing team events. Additionally, a number of other events have been shifted to women’s or mixed, in an effort to promote more gender equality.  Read more…

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Amanda Bynes is back, and wants to explain that infamous Drake tweet

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Amanda Bynes is back, everyone, and she’s better than ever. 

After almost four years away from cameras living it up as a fashion student, a lace-clad Bynes reveals in a new interview with Hollyscoop that she’s working towards a clothing line of her own — as well as a return to the small screen. 

SEE ALSO: Teen fashionistas slay in their handmade Planned Parenthood dresses

“I’m going to start acting again,” Bynes said. “I wanna do TV, do a few guest spots of some shows that I am a fan of, and maybe a TV show where I’m the star of it in the future. That’s what I hope.” 

While sipping on strawberry acai tea from Starbucks (her favorite), Bynes also dished on her infamous Drake tweet, drawing inspiration from Blac Chyna’s looks, and who inspires her most in the fashion world. Read more…

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Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’ totally gets kids are just a speed bump on the road to will.i.am

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Bad news, little Timmy. Daddy doesn’t have time for you anymore. 

You see, and we know this might be hard for someone as young as yourself to understand, your father is never around these days because he’s too busy taking risks to impress will.i.am.  

What’s that you say? You’re confused?

I’ll back up a bit. You probably know this part already, but your dad is starring in a new reality television show produced by Apple. Pretty cool, right? It’s called Planet of the Apps, and it gives app developers like your father a chance to pitch their idea to a panel of four judges with the hope of eventually getting funded.  Read more…

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