Apple’s iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Cases Offer Comfort And Light Protection With Few Concessions

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases Apple launched both its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today, and along with the new smartphones it also debuted new cases for each. The follow the simple precedent Apple set out when it created the iPhone 5s leather cases: simple, solid color designs that are thin and have no moving parts, yet offer a degree of additional protection to the fit and finish of your devices. The new cases for… Read More

You can now attach your iPad directly to your face to experience virtual reality

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It was only a matter of time. The iPad has been adapted for all sorts of intriguing and surprising purposes over the years (including, recently, a sex toy). Meanwhile, a number of enterprising organizations and individuals have sought to create makeshift virtual reality goggles out of people’s readily available mobile devices (e.g. Google Cardboard). Now the two trends have converged: AirVR is a Kickstarter project from Toronto design firm Metatecture that seeks $20,000 in funding from backers to create an inexpensive headset for converting your iPad Mini (Retina) or soon-to-be-delivered iPhone 6 Plus into a portable virtual reality viewer.

It works as you might expect: slide the iPad Mini or iPhone 6 Plus into a bulky headset with two…

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ZTE’s ZMax is a big, cheap phablet for T-Mobile

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ZTE has announced its latest smartphone for the US market, the ZMax. Exclusive to T-Mobile, the ZMax is a 5.7-inch phablet that will sell for $252, or $10.50 per month for 24 months on T-Mobile’s installment plan. The ZMax has a 3,400mAh battery, 8-megapixel camera, 720p display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 16GB of internal storage, and runs Android 4.4 KitKat. ZTE says it also has Dolby Digital sound enhancements and supports T-Mobile’s LTE network and Wi-Fi calling features. It will be available for sale starting September 24th.

The ZMax isn’t a striking phone — its design is pretty non-descript and the all black color scheme makes it look more like a reference design than anything else. But it’s put together well and…

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It’s time to add two-factor to your iCloud account

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Apple promised it would add two-factor protection to iCloud in the wake of celebgate, and those protections have finally arrived. Ars Technica is reporting that two-factor authentication is now active for iCloud logins as long as users have turned on the service. That update has broken many of the tools that were used in the celebgate attacks, including the Elcom Phone Password Breaker application tested by Ars. It’s good news and a major step towards securing any important, private data held on iCloud.

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Congress takes on businesses that fine customers for bad reviews

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The fight over whether companies can stop customers from posting bad reviews is going national. Today, Reps. Eric Swalwell and Brad Sherman (both D-CA) introduced the Consumer Review Freedom Act, which bans businesses from adding “non-disparagement” clauses to contracts that consumers have to sign. That means that they wouldn’t be able to reserve the right to fine or otherwise penalize people who posted negative reviews on Yelp or any other site, a phenomenon that started getting more attention earlier this year. “As a country that prides itself on free speech as a tenet of our constitution, I felt this sneaky tactic of limiting it as purely wrong,” said Sherman in a statement.

The bill, which has been referred to the House Committee on…

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NASA Partners With Boeing And SpaceX To Send Astronauts Up In Space Taxis

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NASA1 NASA has announced a deal with SpaceX and Boeing to build space taxis to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station. This deal will end NASA’s reliance on expensive Russian crew transport by 2017. The cost was a whopping $71 million per seat. However, the rising tensions in Ukraine may have also been a factor in the push for U.S. contracts. Read More

Codenamed “Moments”, Facebook Has Built An App For Super-Private Sharing

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fb-moments2 Facebook has failed repeatedly to get us to use complicated lists and privacy settings to share intimate moments with just our closest friends and family. It’s clumsy and confusing doing that with the same composer for blasting News Feed updates to everyone. But now Facebook is polishing off a new app codenamed “Moments” designed to make this micro-sharing much simpler,… Read More

Zero To One: How Blake Masters Went From Being Peter Thiel’s Student To Co-Author

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thi22_101 In the spring of 2012, Peter Thiel taught a class called CS 183: Startup, at Stanford. One of the students in Thiel’s class, Blake Masters, posted detailed notes on his personal blog that became an instant hit in the tech community.
Now, Masters and Thiel have transformed those class notes into a book: “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.” Read More

Dead Inside: Do Not Enter — Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse

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Some of my favorite things about zombie movies are the details of the changed world. The dead grass, broken windows, toppled telephone poles, abandoned cars with missing wheels and trunks left open, boarded-up buildings, spent ammo shells, and other signs of struggle and desperation serve to create a fascinatingly creepy environment.

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Who cares if Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ is a cash grab?

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That’s the question that kept running through my head while reading Katie Kilkenny’s excellent piece for The Atlantic, “Selling the Soul of Star Wars.” Kilkenny herself seems unsure how to feel as she contextualizes what we know of the new trilogy so far (spearheaded by creative leads JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson). This is what we know so far: the new trilogy will be leaning on practical effects vs. CG (we’ve seen that in both “official” teasers and unofficial leaks) and is bringing back familiar faces while casting Oscar-winning actors who don’t have the star power of your typical summer blockbuster cast.

Kilkenny writes:

But there’s a weird dynamic at play here. All of Abrams’s and Johnson’s affection for the original films drive…

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How crowdfunding can help tackle poverty: Detours episode 4 debuts tomorrow

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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’s HandUp crowdfunding system brings a Kickstarter-esque model to the problem of poverty, and connects donors with those in need. Tune in tomorrow to see the full episode.

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LittleBits Announces BitLab, An App Store For Hardware

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Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 1.55.34 PM Have you ever wanted to build a banana piano? Or make a robotic cockroach brain out of LEGO? With LittleBits now you (potentially) can. The company has just announced something called the BitLab, a contest merged with a crowd sourced technology system that allows inventors to create new LittleBits blocks, upload them, and have them made and sold by the company. The system also includes a… Read More

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