Why AirPods will eventually come free with every iPhone

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The iPhone of the future may or may not look much like its predecessors, but at some point in the next few years it’s almost a sure bet that Apple is going to get rid of the Lightning port. The industry’s move toward wireless charging is clear, and by killing the headphone jack, Apple clearly has no love for any particular connector, even its own.

There’s a clear consequence of dropping all ports, though, and it begs the question: What will Apple do about the headphones? Today, it packages Lightning EarPods in the box along with a dongle for traditional headphones. But any cellphone needs to come with a hands-free way of taking calls, and without a port, the answer is clear: go wireless. Read more…

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Ring in Canada Day with Trudeau’s best moments (and forget about Trump for a while)

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O Canada! it’s a big day, eh?

To celebrate Canada Day 2017, which marks 150 years since the country’s founding on July 1, 1867, please allow us to reminisce fondly on Justin Trudeau’s year in the spotlight.

In the midst of America’s own political dumpster fire, Canada’s prime minister has captured hearts and inspired joy with his charming demeanor and undeniably adorable antics. We thank him for this.

SEE ALSO: Justin Trudeau, Sophie Turner, and the cast of ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ all ate oysters together. Sure.

Of course, we’re aware that some of Trudeau’s actions may also be not-so-coincidentally great photo opps, and there’s no denying he’s had some major Tru-don’t moments, like the time he called Fidel Castro a “remarkable leader.”  Read more…

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This week in apps: Hail an UberBOAT, be green, fight UFOs, and much more

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It’s completely possible that you weren’t able to keep up with app updates this week considering all of the speculation of what the iPhone will look like in 2020. If that’s the case, there’s no need to worry. We’ve got you covered.

SEE ALSO: Why your iPhone photos look so bad

Each week we round up the most important app news along with some of the coolest new and updated apps to help you stay in the loop. Here’s what caught our eye this week. (If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out last week’s roundup.)

UberBOAT

Uber has been on a wild ride lately. And on the last day of June, the company launched a new service.  Read more…

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Check out the micro drone that got more than $3.5 million on Indiegogo

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While smartphone-based VR is still in the early stages, there are some drones that prove the technology is coming along quicker than we think.    

Smart, fast, and able to fit in the palms of your hands, the Micro Drone 3.0 is what we’ve all been waiting for.    

SEE ALSO: Gadgets to help make your smart home smarter

With the power to stream 720p HD video directly to your device, you get a first-person view of the drone’s flight path as it cruises along at speeds up to 45 mph.    

 

This kit comes with everything you need to fly, including a cardboard headset and inverted blades for belly-up orientation. For more tactile control than a capacitive touch screen, there’s also a 2.4 GHz handset that can extend your flight range up to 500 feet.     Read more…

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These Facebook marketing skills can help you become more hirable

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Let’s be real. After you picked up that fancy diploma, you lost all interest in learning skills that won’t help you earn a higher paycheck. 

If you work in marketing, you probably already know the importance of Facebook in advertising, building brand awareness, and driving purchases. But nearly anyone—even marketing neophytes—can benefit greatly from a crash course in this essential tool. Why? Companies across a wide spectrum of industries are rapidly investing in Facebook marketing professionals to help spearhead growth initiatives.  Read more…

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I tried to write a novel in a month and now I have a publishing offer

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Back in December 2015, I wrote a fairly waffling account of my attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days for National Novel Writing Month.

You can read the whole thing here if you want, but the TL;DR version is this: I had very little sleep, drank far too much tea, and all-in-all felt like I had aged about 10 years in the process. But in the end I just about managed it.

After reaching the 50,000 word target, I had three main aims: 1) actually finish the book, 2) have a stab at getting it published, and 3) somehow become best friends with Stephen King and/or J.K. Rowling, who are pretty much my literary heroes and the subject of at least 80% of the articles I write for Mashable. Read more…

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The Rock can’t wait to meet Elizabeth Warren, who is apparently a huge ‘Ballers’ fan

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can smell what Elizabeth Warren is cooking … and he likes it. 

On Friday afternoon, the movie star tweeted this after it was revealed that the Democratic senator from Massachusetts was a big fan of the HBO show Ballers, which is basically Entourage but with sports agents:

Can’t wait to meet Senator Warren one day. She’s got a big Rock sized hug coming for all the @BallersHBO luv. She’s a baller 👊🏾https://t.co/Ekggy8raDB

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 1, 2017

In a segment for Full Frontal, Warren sat down with host Samantha Bee, where it was revealed the senator had a huge crush on The Rock—which, I mean, who doesn’t. Read more…

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Party, down: Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland arrested and charged with wire fraud

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‘True Detective’ Season 3 could star Mahershala Ali and suddenly we’re interested again

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Oscar winner and professional scene-stealer Mahershala Ali has single-handedly renewed our interest in True Detective Season 3.

The Moonlight star is currently in early talks to star in the third season of HBO’s anthology crime drama, Mashable has confirmed, although a deal is not yet in place. HBO declined to comment on Ali’s potential involvement, which was first reported by the Tracking Board.

SEE ALSO: Mahershala Ali used to be a rapper and of course he’s very good

If everything works out, Ali would follow in the footsteps of Season 1 stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and Season 2 leads Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn.  Read more…

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EPA to actually hold ‘red-team’ climate debates, in a new level of ‘head-in-the-sand bullshit’

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In what many climate scientists see as a direct assault on the scientific process, the Trump administration is moving ahead with a plan to hold so-called “red team, blue team” climate science debates.

The plan, which was first reported by ClimateWire on Friday morning and then detailed by the New York Times, would involve government-appointed experts chosen with the help of Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and an outspoken climate denier. 

In an indication of who the plan may be intended to favor, it was reportedly first unveiled to coal company executives at a meeting of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity on Thursday. Read more…

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