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The Dark Side of the Royole Moon

The Royole Moon claims to be a “3D mobile theater” that provides a “truly immersive, 3D movie watching or gaming experience.” And it does, but that can prove awkward in the real world.

Josh Centers 5 comments

A Prairie HomeKit Companion: The Ecobee 4 Thermostat

Josh Centers is back to smartening up his home with a smart thermostat, the Ecobee 4. But it may be more than he bargained for and way more than he needed.

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Recycler Going to Prison for Planning to Distribute Free Restore Discs

A man who founded a successful business recycling computers is about to spend 15 months in prison for planning to distribute Windows restore discs that work only with a legitimate Microsoft license key.

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iOS 11.3.1 Fixes Bug on iPhone 8 Units Repaired with Third-Party Displays

Apple has released iOS 11.3.1 to address a problem where iOS 11.3 disabled touch input on iPhone 8 models that had received third-party screen repairs.

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Susan Kare Honored with AIGA Medal

Susan Kare, designer of the original Macintosh's icons and several of its fonts, has been awarded the prestigious AIGA medal.

Josh Centers 13 comments

SmugMug Buys Flickr from the Remains of Yahoo

Photo-sharing service SmugMug has purchased the beloved photo service Flickr from Verizon for an undisclosed sum.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Apple Introduces New iPhone Disassembly Robot and Recycling Program

Apple is showing off Daisy, a new robotic iPhone disassembly system that works with several different models and can break down up to 200 iPhones per hour.

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Apple to Replace Faulty Batteries in Non-Touch Bar 13-Inch MacBook Pros

Those of you with non-Touch Bar models of the 13-inch MacBook Pro should swing by Apple's Web site to see if your Mac may be covered by a program that replaces batteries that could expand, damaging the laptop.

Glenn Fleishman 15 comments

Cloudflare and Quad9 Aim to Improve DNS

The domain name system is largely insecure, leaking information and subject to compromise. New services from Cloudflare and Quad9 could provide greater security and integrity than Google Public DNS, currently the best known public DNS service.

Adam Engst 20 comments

How to Read TidBITS in Apple News

Do you use Apple News? We’re running a survey to see how often you turn to the News app to find out what’s happening in the world. And we’re happy to announce that TidBITS is now fully available in Apple News Format.

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Behind the Scenes of Our Redesign on The Committed Podcast

If you're looking for a podcast episode for your next commute, listen in on The Committed as Adam Engst discusses the recent TidBITS redesign with hosts Kirk McElhearn, Rob Griffiths, and Ian Schray.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Google Chrome 66 Promises to Mute Auto-Play Videos

Google has added a feature to its Google Chrome Web browser that the company promises will reduce the annoyance of auto-play videos, but there are exceptions that may make it less useful.

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Apple’s “Do Not Disturb While Driving” Is Reducing Distracted Driving

A study by EverQuote suggests that iOS 11's Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is helping to reduce distracted driving, which has become a major cause of highway accidents.

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The Legacy of OLPC’s $100 Laptop

When MIT's Nicholas Negroponte announced a $100 laptop in 2005 with the intent of giving a laptop to every child in the world, it promised to revolutionize education. Over a decade later, he's moved on and the One Laptop Per Child project is typically regarded as a failure. The Verge looks at what happened.

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Spotify and Hulu Offer $12.99-Per-Month Bundle

Spotify and Hulu are teaming up to bundle their music- and video-streaming services together for $12.99 per month. The deal is available now for Spotify Premium subscribers and will be broadly available in a month or two.