A dozen things Steve Jobs would hate about Apple today

A dozen things Steve Jobs would hate about Apple today
"Focusing is about saying 'No.'" -- Steve JobsThe iPhone started out as a simple idea -- a device that reinvented the smartphone. All a buyer needed to do was decide how much storage capacity they needed -- 4, 8, or 16 gigabytes -- and they were an iPhone owner.Jump forward a decade and buyers are faced with choices galore, ranging from handset size to color.You can see a similar lack of focus when it comes to Macs. For example, if you're in the market for an Apple laptop you first have to choos…
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iPhone 8: Here's everything we think we know so far

iPhone 8: Here
The usual pattern that Apple has followed as of late is to unveil the new iPhone on the first or second Tuesday or Wednesday of September, and then ship the iPhone second Friday following the event, or, as was the case with the iPhone 6s in 2015, the third Friday.However, the current rumormill is suggesting that while the iPhone 8 will go on pre-order in September, it won't be ship until October or perhaps even November. This would allow Apple to not only get the regular and Plus iPhones out of …
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Panasonic Toughbook CF-54, First Take: A semi-rugged laptop for field-service pros

Panasonic Toughbook CF-54, First Take: A semi-rugged laptop for field-service pros
Not everyone needs all of the protective features offered by a fully rugged laptop, but there are some situations where a greater degree of protection than is found on a standard laptop is welcome. According to Panasonic, field service engineers specialising in indoor maintenance and repairs is one use case. Panasonic's semi-rugged Toughbook CF-54, newly equipped with a 7th-generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core i5 processor, replaces the Toughbook CF-53, which we reviewed way back…
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​LG begins robot trials in Korean airport

​LG begins robot trials in Korean airport
LG's cleaning robot LG LG Electronics has deployed cleaning and guide robots at South Korea's Incheon International Airport as part of a trial service.The guide robots, which are powered by the firm's self-developed voice recognition platform, can understand Korean, English, Chinese, and Japanese.They are also connected to the airport's main server. They can answer vi…
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Linus Torvalds: Gadget reviewer

Linus Torvalds: Gadget reviewer
If you know anything about Linus Torvalds, you know he's the mastermind and overlord of Linux. If you know him at all well, you know he's also an enthusiastic scuba diver and author of SubSurface, a do-it-all dive log program. And, if you know him really well, you'd know, like many other developers, he loves gadgets. Now, he's starting his own gadget review site on Google+: Working Gadgets. The title says it all, but Torvalds explained: …
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Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (2017) review: Performance boost delivers better value for money

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (2017) review: Performance boost delivers better value for money
Apple's June WorldWide Developer Conference had more than its fair share of product announcements, including the forthcoming iMac Pro and HomePod smart-speaker. But perhaps a more important long-term development was Apple's belated discovery of virtual reality. If nothing else, the need to embrace VR has forced Apple to admit that Macs just don't cut it when it comes to the sort of 3D graphics performance required for this emerging technology.As a result, Apple's flagship 15-inch…
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​Apple gets a patent for a Siri-powered smart dock

​Apple gets a patent for a Siri-powered smart dock
Apple's smart dock would automatically activate Siri. Apple Apple has been awarded a patent that shows another way it could get Siri into your home besides the HomePod. Apple last month unveiled its $349 HomePod, its high-end answer to Amazon's Echo line-up, including $50 Echo Dot, and the $130 Google Home. Apple's patent for a "smart dock" shows another, potenti…
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Insecure Android smartphone leads to court case for electronics retailer

Insecure Android smartphone leads to court case for electronics retailer
A German consumer protection agency is suing an electronics retailer for not warning its customers about the security holes in a cheap Android phone it was selling.A well-known weakness of the Android ecosystem is that some manufacturers sell phones running outdated versions of Google's operating system, and don't keep on updating them to close known security vulnerabilities. Google may give manufacturers the patches they need to do this, but this pr…
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All airports previously affected by US electronics ban now exempt

All airports previously affected by US electronics ban now exempt
International airports in Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia are the last to be granted exception from the US ban on large electronic devices, state-owned carrier Saudia announced on its website this week. Direct flights from Jeddah and Riyadh to the US will no longer be required to conform to the ban that required airports to pack any electronic devices with dimensions larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm into checked luggage.All 10 of the majority-Muslim …
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Lenovo outlines AI approach, plugs concept products like SmartVest

Lenovo outlines AI approach, plugs concept products like SmartVest
Lenovo outlined said artificial intelligence will be connective tissue for its products and highlighted concept products that include a digital assistant, connected health devices and augmented and virtual reality platforms.At Lenovo Tech World, the company highlighted its research efforts and Artificial Intelligence Lab, which now has 100 researchers. The company also pledged to get its "ABCs"--algorithms, big data and computing power--right. With i…
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