Storehouse brings its beautiful storytelling app to iPhone

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In February, some design-minded former employees of Apple, Facebook, and The Daily teamed up to create Storehouse: an iPad app that blends beautiful typography, full-bleed photos, video clips, and music into compelling narratives. As of today, Storehouse is also available for iPhone, and it’s using new features in iOS 8 to make sharing easier than before. Using new systemwide sharing features, you can access photos taken inside any app with camera access and share them straight to Storehouse, where you can easily drag and drop images, crop and resize them, and annotate them with captions.

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You can now try BitTorrent’s secure chat app Bleep

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With revelations of government surveillance continuing to roll in, BitTorrent decided late last year that it was high time someone made a chat client that would let people communicate in a secure way without actually having to know a whole lot about security. The result of that project is coming out today in the form of a public alpha release: it’s a chat client called BitTorrent Bleep, and BitTorrent says that it will allow people “to speak freely without worrying about who might be eavesdropping.”

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Goodbye Macworld

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After two decades in print, Macworld announced this week that the print magazine will shut down. Jason Snell was Macworld’s lead editor for more than a decade, and – along with many of his former colleagues – is moving on. Jason has launched a new site, Six Colors, where he will continue covering Apple and the technology industry at large. We asked him to reflect on his experience as one of the industry’s most prolific Apple watchers.

Before there were tech web sites there were magazines….

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Apple’s iOS 8 is now available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

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Apple has released iOS 8, the latest version of its mobile operating system, for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Users can download the new software by navigating to the “general” tab in their device’s settings menu and selecting “software update.” If you don’t want to download the update wirelessly — perhaps you’re on a restrictive data plan and have limited Wi-Fi access — you can also connect your phone to the latest version of iTunes to download the update. The iOS 8 update pack weighs in at 1.4GB and requires a staggering 5.7GB of free space to install on an iPhone (6.9GB on an iPad), so you may need to delete something like half a dozen games to free up some room before you get started.

The new operating system brings subtle but…

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin partners with Boeing and Lockheed Martin to reduce dependence on Russian rockets

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Blue Origin, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ commercial space company, has partnered with the United Launch Alliance to develop a new rocket engine called the BE-4, set to make its first flight in 2019. United Launch Alliance, or ULA, is a joint venture by defense contractor Lockheed Martin and aerospace company Boeing, which recently won one of two contracts to develop a spacecraft capable of shuttling astronauts to the ISS. ULA’s Atlas and Delta lines of rockets are used by both NASA and the US military, but it’s been criticized for using Russian-built rocket engines, especially after sanctions were declared earlier this year. ULA said this summer that it had signed contracts with “multiple American companies” to investigate the feasibility of…

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The best iOS 8 features you may not know about

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Apple’s latest iOS update is here, and it’s full of new features. The company has showcased plenty of the changes already: better photo editing, easy-to-send voice messages, a smarter keyboard, fitness tracking, and the list goes on and on. It’s so long, in fact, that we’ve gathered some of iOS 8’s lesser known features here to make sure you don’t miss them as you get familiar with the new software today. Improvements are everywhere, and many of them aren’t immediately obvious. We’ll have a…

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The world’s ugliest concept car sleeps a whole family

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Concept cars are usually nothing but a giant tease for people with at least a passing interest in automobiles, glimpses of what car manufacturers would be willing to make if they didn’t have to sell one design to hundreds of thousands of people. They’re like your daily school lunch; tantalizing in theory, but ultimately disappointing when the “lasagna” you started drooling over as you got in line ends up looking more like it came off of a bomb shelter supply shelf by the time it’s slopped onto your worn-out plastic tray.

That’s why it’s sort of refreshing that this concept motorhome called the Skydancer Road Yacht (or Skydancer 7.5, for the 7.5 tons it packs in its bulky frame) is so bluntly unattractive. It’s based on a Mercedes…

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Why are people still going crazy for music CDs in Japan?

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CD sales have been dropping for a long time now across the globe, but that’s not the case absolutely everywhere. In a look at Japan’s struggle to move over to digital mediaThe New York Times reports that CDs still account for 85 percent of music sales in the country. It’s a startling statistic given the drive toward digital downloads and streaming services elsewhere in the world — not to mention the general impression that Japan has been quick to adopt new technology.

To some extent, digital adoption has been stymied by its music industry’s reluctance to license for digital. And counteracting that, CD sales have also been bolstered by fan competitions that encourage people to buy multiple copies of the same CDs. That also means that…

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SlingPlayer gets Chromecast support

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The SlingPlayer app for iOS and Android now supports Chromecast. Watching live and recorded television on the go has always been an integral part of the software’s core functionalities, but SlingTV customers and owners of the Slingbox M1, 350, and 500 will now be able to cast content directly to any TV connected to a Chromecast dongle.

Sling is already accessible from a vast swathe of devices, including the Apple TV and Roku set-top boxes, but Chromecast support has been noticeably lacking since Google launched the budget dongle last year. For now, the new feature is limited to iPad, iPhone, and Android phones, but Sling Media promises the Android tablet app will be updated “soon.”

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Apple to announce new iPads, launch OS X Yosemite on October 21st, claims report

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Hot off the heels of Apple’s big iPhone 6iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch launch event, The Daily Dot is reporting that the company will host its next product launch on October 21st of this year. At this event, Apple is expected to reveal new iPads and make OS X 10.10 Yosemite officially available. Yosemite has been in beta since it was first announced back in June.

An October event isn’t without precendent for Apple: around the same time last year it announced the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display. The company has used the fall quarter as its big product launch time for a couple of years, and though it just dumped two big new iPhones, it looks like it’s not yet done for this year.

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Apple defends data privacy in private Congressional meeting

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Apple is apparently attempting to set lawmakers’ minds at ease about potential abuse of data. Anonymous sources tell Politico that Apple executives delivered a briefing meant to “provide an overview of Apple’s new offerings, demonstrate the new products and discuss how Apple sees this market developing” to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. According to an invitation, this included a section where the “chief privacy officer [would] also discuss how the company intends to secure and store consumer health data.”

Politico says it’s not clear whether Apple gave a similar briefing to the Senate, but it points to a letter sent to CEO Tim Cook by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) two days after the product…

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Read erotic poetry constructed exclusively from iPhone 6 reviews

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Consider the size of your hands.

I have really big hands.

It’s not something I usually think about;

You don’t ever really think about your hands.

Those are my hands

You might idly remark to yourself from time to time.

I wonder if I can use them for anything good.

It’s all just potential right now

But it’s extremely obvious potential.

Big things have enormous beginnings:

If my children and my children’s children

And their children

And all the children after that

Keep contorting their hands like this for generations

Will our hands evolve to have gigantic thumbs?

Life tends to fade quickly

And I dread the day.

You get the idea.

I have really big hands.

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In the world’s most dangerous intersection, nobody gets hit

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Well this is terrifying. Fernando Livschitz’s short film Rush Hour may be the result of some wonderful editing, but it’s still kind of dizzying to watch as cars, pedestrians, and cyclists appear to just narrowly avoid colliding for a good minute straight. The film’s having fun with it though — in a tweet, Edgar Wright compares it to something out of a Jaques Tati film, which often played around with repetition and movement to goofy (and similarly troubling) ends.

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Scenes from our time with the iPhone 6

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The iPhone 6 is the best iPhone yet. For many people, it’s the best smartphone on the market. It has a bigger screen, a faster processor, a better camera, and a lot of new software. But it is, in every way, still an iPhone.

We’ve been using the iPhone 6 ever since Apple announced it, testing to see how the latest device from Cupertino compares to the best of its competitors, from the HTC One to the new Moto X. Read our full review for all the details on how the iPhone 6 stacks up, but odds…

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Can crowdfunding help San Francisco’s homeless?

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Come along with The Verge for the second season of Detours. We’ve traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that are solving America’s problems in new and unconventional ways. Check in for new dispatches every Wednesday.

San Francisco is home to one of the densest concentrations of startup tycoons in the country. But not everyone here enjoys the fruits of the tech revolution — the city also hosts 7,350 people living in the street or in shelters, and thousands…

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Facebook is building a Facebook inside Facebook, and that’s just great

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Facebook has a problem: your Friends list has grown so broad that sharing a photo or status with all of them probably doesn’t make much sense. People still do it out of habit, and because there aren’t many clear-cut ways to share with just your family or just your close friends. But according to a new report, Facebook is building a standalone app to help you do exactly this.

TechCrunch reports that Facebook is building a new app codenamed “Moments” that lets you share with smaller groups of people. The report says that the app most resembles Cluster, a social networking app that lets you create “spaces” for each of your family and friend groups, and then share photos or texts with them. Cluster, notably, is a network of its own, while…

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James Bond apparently really wants to be in ‘Star Wars’

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It’s not uncommon for big name celebrities to have unlisted cameos. Richard Branson can be seen for about eight seconds of Casino Royale going through security. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has two cameos in Shaun of the Dead — once as himself, and again as a zombie in a background shot. Now here’s the part where we talk about Daniel Craig’s rumored cameo in Star Wars: Episode VII.

According to The Sun (via Metro and others), Craig was on the Star Wars set at Pinewood Studios last week for two days of shooting. Said the report, “Daniel is close friends with JJ Abrams. He asked for some sort of secret cameo role — and was happy to have his name left off the posters.”

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There’s a new ‘Zelda’ game, but it’s not what you’re thinking

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It’s an exciting time for Legend of Zelda fans. Following the release of last year’s brilliant A Link Between Worlds on 3DS, Nintendo is working on a brand-new, open-world Zelda that’s shaping up to be Link’s most exciting adventure in years. But while Wii U owners anxiously await that game’s 2015 release, Nintendo is launching something a whole lot weirder this month: Hyrule Warriors, a game that blends the Zelda universe with an obscene amount of action. It’s not what you’d expect from the series, but it can be a lot of of fun.

Hyrule Warriors is actually a mash-up of two different games. It’s part Zelda, and part Dynasty Warriors, an action series that dates back to 1997. What’s most surprising about Dynasty Warriors‘ lasting appeal…

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Would you buy a Wi-Fi router just to use your cell phone indoors? T-Mobile hopes so

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Last week, T-Mobile threw another lavish and expletive-filled “Uncarrier” event to announce it was making Wi-Fi calling more accessible for all of its customers. Part of that strategy involves selling only phones that are capable of making Wi-Fi calls from here out (existing customers are eligible for an early Jump upgrade to get a new phone if they wish) — but the other piece of the strategy is a humble wireless router.

Don’t let the name fool you — the Asus-built T-Mobile Personal CellSpot has nothing to do with the company’s cellular network. It’s not a FemtoCell, but a dual-band, 802.11ac router (it also works with the older b/g/n protocols) that the carrier is giving away to any customer who wants it and puts down a $25 deposit….

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