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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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50 Shades of Space Gray

Have you ever noticed that Apple's space gray isn't always the same color? You're not alone. 9to5Mac's Michael Steeber has charted out six versions of what Apple markets as a single color.

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Architects of the Modern Internet Express Regret

Has the Internet become the victim of unintended consequences? In interviews with New York Magazine, people who played key roles in the development of the modern Internet express regret for what they did and concern for where we're going.

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Andy Ihnatko: “What Happens If Apple Dumps Intel?”

Over at Fast Company, Andy Ihnatko ponders what might happen if Apple were to develop its own CPUs for Macs, replacing the Intel chips that have powered Macs starting in 2006.

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Apple Warns Employees against Leaking… in a Memo That Leaked

Apple recently warned employees against leaking information to the media, but the memo itself was leaked. What does this say about the company?

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Apple Introduces (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Apple is rolling out special (PRODUCT)RED versions of the iPhone 8, as well as an iPhone X folio, with part of the proceeds going toward fighting HIV and AIDS.

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New Mac Pro Slated for 2019; May Be Modular

A year after Apple admitted to missteps with the Mac Pro in a meeting with prominent industry journalists, Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch has returned to Apple to follow up on the company’s progress.

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iPhone X Reveals the Pros and Cons of Gestures

The most radical interface change on the iPhone X is the disappearance of the familiar Home button, which frees up a lot of space for a larger display. But the loss of the Home button means that Apple had to replace its functions with a variety of new gestures. Raluca Budiu of the Nielsen Norman Group explores the interface challenges that gestures face, including discoverability, memorability, and swipe ambiguity. Although Budiu identifies some areas where Apple’s approach with the iPhone X stumbles, she praises the Home line as a reminder of the iPhone X’s new gestural needs. If you have or are getting an iPhone X, it’s worth reading this piece to understand how it changes the iPhone user experience.