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Aug

Apple and OpenTV Enter Patent License Agreement Under Undisclosed Financial Terms


The Kudelski Group today announced that it has “entered into a comprehensive patent license agreement” with Apple, stating that both parties agree to finally dismiss all current and pending patent litigation. The case stems from an original lawsuit back in 2014 that saw software maker OpenTV — a wholly owned subsidiary of The Kudelski Group — sue Apple in a German court due to its alleged violation of three streaming video patent violations.

OpenTV kept going after Apple throughout the years, with a lawsuit filed in the United States in 2015 that focused on five new patent violations enacted by the Cupertino company, including the claim that iTunes infringes upon one of its patents. Earlier this year, the same German court from the original 2014 case ruled that Apple violated OpenTV’s digital streaming patents and was subsequently ordered to cease selling products that included software potentially infringing on OpenTV’s patents, namely the iPhone and iPad.

OpenTV was founded in 1994 and sees its primary business focused on the creation of operating systems and software for set-top-boxes. The company is currently focused on its broadcast and digital television platform — also called OpenTV — that’s available as an on-demand video service for users around the world. Although the turmoil between Apple and OpenTV appears to be dying down, the specific financial terms reached between the two companies weren’t disclosed in today’s announcement.

Tags: iTunes, OpenTV, Patent lawsuits
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Aug

Bloomberg Radio Comes to Apple Music in 120 Countries


Bloomberg today announced that its Bloomberg Radio service is now available on Apple Music in over 100 countries around the world, including the United States, Germany, Hong Kong, and Japan.

Bloomberg Radio features global business and financial news coverage from top Bloomberg journalists 24 hours a day. Regularly scheduled shows include “The Bloomberg Advantage,” “Taking Stock,” “Bloomberg Law,” and more.

For more than 20 years Bloomberg Radio has been known for its breaking business coverage, global news, market updates and interviews with economists and world leaders. As Apple continues to innovate with new apps and products, we are excited to be able to offer their customers new ways to engage with Bloomberg Radio and other Bloomberg content.

Bloomberg Radio, accessible via the Radio tab in Apple Music, is one of the few Apple Music radio stations that offers news rather than music. Listed in the “Sports & News” category, Bloomberg Radio is free for all listeners like other news stations. An Apple ID is all that is required to log in and listen.

At the beginning of this year, Apple stopped offering free iTunes Radio streaming and began requiring an Apple Music subscription to listen to radio channels. An Apple Music subscription is required for music-based radio stations, but it is not required for news-based radio stations.

Bloomberg Radio is available to all Apple users with an Apple ID as of this morning.

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2
Aug

With keyboard shortcuts, Gmail = great mail – CNET


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If you spend hours each week using Gmail on a computer, these keyboard shortcuts can save you hours of your time.

Gmail splits its keyboard shortcuts into two groups: those that are always on and those that need to be enabled.

Always on

Open a message

You can use the up- and down-arrow keys to move through your inbox; you’ll see a thin, blue, vertical line move along the left edge of your inbox as you hit the arrow keys. To open a message, hit Enter.

Navigate a conversation

When you are viewing an email conversation, hit the N key to move to the next message in the conversation and the P key to move to the previous message. Hit the Enter key to expand and collapse messages in a conversation.

Need to enable

To enable the following shortcuts, open Gmail and hit Shift-? and then click the Enable button below the list of commands.

You can also access this menu by clicking the gear icon in the upper-right corner and clicking Settings. In the Keyboard shortcuts section, select Keyboard shortcuts on before clicking Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

Compose new message

Hit the C key to compose a new message. Use Shift-C to compose a message in a new window, and hit the K key to compose a message in a new tab.

Move to next or previous email

When you have an email open, hit the J key to move to the next email in your inbox and the K key to move to the previous email.

Refresh or return to inbox

Hit the U key to refresh your inbox or return to the inbox view if you have an email open.

Select a message

To select a message from your inbox view (that is, check its box), move the vertical blue line to it and hit the X key.

Mute conversation

Select a conversation and hit the M key to mute it. Muting archives a conversation and keeps all future rely alls to it out of your inbox. If a message from the conversation is sent or cc’d directly to you, then it’ll still appear in your inbox.

Trash or archive

With a message or messages selected in your inbox, hit the the # key to move it or them to the trash. (# = Shift-3). To archive instead of trashing a message, hit the E key.

Star conversation

When viewing your inbox, hit the S key to star a conversation. You don’t need to have a conversation selected to star it; you need only to move the thin, blue line next to the conversation. Hit S again to remove the star.

Reply, reply all and forward

When you have a conversation open, hit the R key to reply to it. Hit the A key to reply all. Also, the F key lets you forward a conversation. Press Shift with any of these commands and you’ll reply, reply all or forward in a new window.

Send it

Hit Tab-Enter to send a message.

Go to commands

There are a number of commands using the G key. The most helpful are these six:

  • G+A — go to all mail
  • G+I — go to inbox
  • G+S — go to starred messages
  • G+D — go to drafts
  • G+T — go to sent mail
  • G+C — go to contacts list

Asterisk commands

There are a number of commands using the * key, which is Shift-8 in practice. The most helpful are these three:

  • *+A — select all mail
  • *+N — deselect all mail
  • *+U — select all unread mail

I use this last keyboard shortcut combo all the time. If I had to name a favorite, this would be it. It’s so handy to be able to select all of the unread messages in my current inbox view and be able to mark them as read or move them to the trash.

For the complete list of Gmail shortcuts, see this Google support page.

2
Aug

I hired an online dermatologist. Here’s what happened – CNET


Recently I’ve had some less-than-stellar experiences with doctors. When I went to a podiatrist for help with a foot issue, he seemed stumped and offered a smattering of wild-guess suggestions. (None of them worked.)

When I went to a vision clinic for an eye exam and updated prescription, I waited 45 minutes to actually get into the exam room and another 25 minutes before I threw my hands up and left. (Note to doctors everywhere: Work on your customer service. If there’s a delay, acknowledge it and apologize for it. In 47 years I’ve never experienced that simple courtesy.)

So when I realized I needed to see a dermatologist, I really didn’t want to see a dermatologist. I wanted to explain my symptoms and see if maybe there was an ointment that could fix me up. Like, if I passed a dermatologist in the street, it would probably take 60 seconds.

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Dermatology apps rely on your phone to snap photos of the problem area(s).


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But that’s not how it works. The typical process for such a thing:

  • Look up dermatologists in my healthcare provider’s directory and hope to find one reasonably close to where I live.
  • Call to schedule an appointment.
  • Wait probably 2-3 weeks to get that appointment.
  • Drive to the dermatologist’s office.
  • Fill out countless forms while waiting god-knows-how-long to get seen.
  • Spend five minutes with a doctor who says something like, “Yeah, that’s Eczema, here’s a prescription.”
  • Drive to drugstore, get prescription filled.
  • Get ridiculous bill from healthcare provider, which maybe covers part of it, but definitely not the co-pay.

Sounds great, right? So much time and energy down the drain. And yet my problem — red, itchy, flaky skin in a few areas of my face — was getting worse.

Apps to the rescue!

I’d heard of online consultations with doctors, but I always thought those were general practitioners focused on things like coughs and allergies.

As it turns out, there are numerous apps that can pair you with a dermatologist for a virtual consultation — usually powered by the camera in your phone. I looked at four such apps and tried one. Here’s the rundown, with my initial impressions of each and the reason I chose the one I chose.

DermatologistOnCall (iOS) – Promising to diagnose “more than 3,000 skin, hair and nail conditions,” DermatologistOnCall charges $59 per online visit — but I was quickly scared off by the push to purchase a multi-visit package (starting at $165 for three).

First Derm (Android|iOS) – To use First Derm, you snap two pictures of your skin, then get an evaluation and recommendation from one of about a dozen dermatologists. However, the only issues covered are rashes and moles. You can get a response within 48 hours for $24.99; within 24 hours for $39.99; or within eight hours for $99.99.

SkyMD (Android|iOS) – Before letting you do anything else (or revealing its pricing), SkyMD requires you to create an account. Nope, sorry, not until I know what I’m getting (and paying). Even the SkyMD FAQ page says only that it’s “usually comparable to a typical office visit copay.”

Spruce (Android|iOS) With some of the best ratings on both the App Store and Google Play and a reasonable-seeming visit fee of $40, Spruce seemed like a good pick. However, it’s currently available in only about 15 states. Luckily, mine was among them, but the app starts by asking you to identify your issue: acne, Rosacea, etc. I didn’t know exactly what my issue was; that’s what I needed help with. Unfortunately, there was no “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure” option.

First, Derm no harm

I was really tempted to go with Spruce, but the reality is I’m cheap. I felt like if I was going to have another unsatisfying (and unhelpful) medical experience, I was going to pay as little as possible. (Yeah, my bad attitude wasn’t helping anything. Maybe next I’ll look for online therapists.)

So I chose First Derm. I figured the redness and itchiness qualified as “rash,” so I tapped through and began the evaluation process. It was simple: snap two photos of the area (in this case my face), then describe the symptoms.

As for the pricing tiers, I had no problem waiting 48 hours for my diagnosis. So I used PayPal (there’s no in-app purchase option for payment), checked out, and that was it. I think the entire “visit” took about five minutes.

“Cleanup on aisle 12!”

Then I waited. I’d expected some kind of confirmation and/or status e-mail, but I never received one. And as I got toward the end of the 48-hour window, I started to get a little aggravated.

Then I realized I hadn’t actually checked the app since submitting my case. When I opened it again, there was still no indication anything had been done. But when I tapped the Menu button and selected View Case, I discovered that an answer had been received — less than 90 minutes after the submission.

So, my bad for not checking back sooner, and First Derm’s bad for not notifying me of a response. (In its defense, notifications for the app were “off” in the settings, so it’s possible I’d refused the request to enable them. That’s my default choice.)

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One annoying thing about First Derm: There’s no way to save, share or export your evaluation. (Best you can do is snap a screenshot.)


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The “diagnosis” (which was provided “as general information only” and “not a diagnosis or treatment plan”) suggested Seborrheic Eczema and proceeded to list the various symptoms — all of which matched mine to a tee. The recommendation: “a mild steroid cream such as hydrocortisone 1% with antifungal effect (e.g. miconazole).”

Although the response didn’t expressly indicate this was available OTC, the key clue was in the conclusion: “See a dermatologist in person for prescription medication if the condition doesn’t improve.”

So I zipped up to my local drugstore and headed to the ointment aisle. Turns out there are zillions of skin creams, many of them with hydrocortisone. But I looked and looked and couldn’t find a single one with “antifungal effect” or “miconazole.”

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Luckily, an OTC remedy was all I needed.

I did, however, find a product specifically designed to treat Eczema — which, according to my virtual doc, is what I have! So although I was aggravated I couldn’t find exactly what had been recommended, I did find something.

Long story shortened: Bought the tube, used it for a couple days… problem solved. Like, literally, it was better the next morning, and hasn’t recurred except for a short period when I forgot to apply the cream.

Could I have received the same advice from, say, my friendly neighborhood pharmacist? Almost certainly. Am I glad I didn’t go through all the hassles of seeing a real-world doc? No — I’m overjoyed. To my thinking this was $25 extremely well spent, because I saved both time and aggravation (even if there was still a bit of the latter).

Your mileage will almost certainly vary, depending on your skin issue and the app you choose. In hindsight, I think I’d have gone with Spruce, because it promises a proper diagnosis and treatment plan (with a prescription, if necessary), not just “general information.”

That said, my outcome with First Derm was ultimately very positive, so you can bet that the next time I have a skin issue, one of these apps will be my first stop.

Your move, eye doctors.

2
Aug

How to download and install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – CNET


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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Edition has arrived.


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The first major update to Windows 10 — the Windows 10 Anniversary Update — starts rolling out to all users today. This update brings several changes to the operating system, including visual modifications, improvements to the Edge browser and new features such as Windows Ink.

See also:15 things to look forward to in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

You don’t need to do anything to get the update. Windows 10 automatically scans for, downloads and installs new updates on your device (though the Anniversary Update will require a restart). But if you wait for Windows Update to automatically update your device, you may not get the update right away — the Anniversary Update is being rolled out slowly, which means it won’t immediately be available to all users.

If you’re impatient, you can try manually prompting Windows Update to download the Anniversary Update. Note that this may not get you your update any quicker, especially if Microsoft’s servers are bogged down with people updating.

  • Open the Settings menu and go to Update & security > Windows Update.
  • Click Check for updates to prompt your PC to scan for the latest updates. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  • Click Restart Now to restart your PC and complete the installation process.

This is the only way to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update at the moment. There are two other updating methods that have been mentioned online, but, as of right now, neither of them will help you get the Anniversary Update any faster (or at all).

  • Enroll in the Windows Insider Program: Windows Insiders have had access to the features and changes present in the Anniversary Update for some time now, and anyone can enroll their device in the Windows Insider Program. But the Windows Insider Program takes several days (maybe weeks) to activate, which means you will not receive the latest Windows Insider build immediately upon signing up for the program.
  • Manually install the update using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool: The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool allows you to create your own Windows 10 installation media (USB, DVD or ISO) to perform a clean installation of the operating system. The Media Creation Tool has not been updated to include the Anniversary Update, so if you attempt to update your system using media created with this tool, you will simply end up re-installing Windows 10. We have no information on when Microsoft will update the Media Creation Tool to include the Anniversary Update.
2
Aug

MilestonePod (2016) review – CNET


The Good A low-cost waterproof foot pod with long battery life that can automatically track running pace, distance, stride length, foot strike and other metrics.

The Bad It doesn’t track all-day activities; running insights are only sent via email; you are required to use the Milestone app, rather than arguably better alternatives.

The Bottom Line The MilestonePod is a good, cheap option for beginners to track pace, distance and other running metrics.

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In the long-gone days before fitness trackers, smartwatches and GPS smartphones, the nascent field of wearable tech had something called “foot pods.” These small devices attached to your sneakers and were used to track a variety of running metrics. Some sport watches displayed this data in real time, but in most cases you had to sync the pod up to your computer, iPod-style. No wonder that have since fallen into obscurity.

But as mass market wearables grow in popularity, foot pods targeted to a new generation of runners are seeing a resurgence of sorts. Case in point is the MilestonePod: It can measure running pace, distance, duration, cadence (steps per minute) and more — and it’s surprisingly accurate. This information is then synced to the Android or iOS app, where you can analyze the data and receive insights to help improve your running form.

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The MilestonePod is available now for $25 (about £20, AU$30). That’s a small price to pay for a device that transform your current sneakers into a pair of smart shoes, especially when you consider Under Armours’ smart shoes go for $150 and will only last 350 miles.

I didn’t think I would like the MilestonePod as much as I do. It’s a good device for indoor running or when GPS isn’t available. The low price also makes it appealing to new runners who may not want to spend $100-plus on a full fledged running watch.

How does it work and what can it track?

The pod is small and out of the way. It’s a little larger than a quarter and weighs only 9 grams. It clips into a small dock, which is woven through the laces on your sneakers. I doubt you will even notice it — I never did.

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The accelerometer and other sensors in the pod will automatically recognize when you begin running and start recording. It can automatically pause the recording when stopped, such as when you are waiting to cross the street. It’s also waterproof, so you are safe to run in the rain or even jump in a puddle. If the pod isn’t low enough (about ¾ down) on the lace, however, it won’t record runs properly.

The pod can measure all the running basics: duration, pace, distance and cadence. While it measures steps taken during a run, it doesn’t do it throughout the day. This isn’t an activity tracker and isn’t designed for all-day wear.

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More advanced measurements include foot strike, ground contact, rate of impact, stride length and leg swing. You may not initially understand why these are useful, but that’s what the app is for.

The MilestonePod app

The pod is equipped with Bluetooth for syncing with your Android or iOS device. It doesn’t’ sync automatically, though. You have to instead open the app and tap a button to start the syncing process, which is mildly annoying.

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The app does a good job at explaining all of the metrics the pod can record. For example, it notes that a high rate of impact can lead to injury, a higher leg swing is considered more efficient, and that 180 steps per minute is thought to be ideal for most runners.

2
Aug

Microsoft Xbox One S review – CNET


The Good The Xbox One S is a slick looking game console that’s 40 percent smaller than the original and ditches the infamously gigantic power brick. It can display 4K video from streaming services and Ultra HD Blu-rays, and supports HDR contrast on video and games. The updated controller works with other Bluetooth devices, too.

The Bad 4K, Ultra HD Blu-ray and HDR settings only work with newer TVs, and may require some trial and error. The updated controller feels cheaper than its predecessor. Project Scorpio, the more powerful Xbox One successor, arrives in late 2017.

The Bottom Line The Xbox One S is the console Microsoft should have delivered three years ago, but there’s little reason to upgrade if you already own the original box.

This is more like it.

The Xbox One S is the version of the console that Microsoft should’ve first released back in 2013 instead of the lumbering beast that we got. It’s better in a number of ways, making it even more of a worthy alternative to Sony’s PlayStation 4.

Xbox One S offers a far more attractive enclosure, options for a bigger hard drive, a slightly redesigned controller and some video perks for owners of 4K TVs. It starts at $300, £250 or AU$400 for the 500GB version; $350, £300 or AU$500 for a 1TB model; and $400, £350 or AU$549 for 2TB.

That last model is available to buy as of today in the US (and includes the vertical stand that otherwise costs $20 when purchased separately in the US), while those with the smaller hard drives will be available later in August, bundled with games such as Madden 17 and Halo. (Additional bundles will follow later in the year — including a pricier 2TB Gears of War 4 version in October — and may vary by region.)

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Sounds like a slam dunk, right? Unfortunately, it’s never that simple. The One S doesn’t get an across-the-board “buy it now” recommendation for two reasons. First off, it doesn’t deliver huge improvements for anyone who already owns an Xbox One. But more importantly, Microsoft has already promised that the next Xbox — dubbed Project Scorpio — will be arriving in late 2017 with with the seriously amped-up graphics and VR-ready hardware that audiences are clamoring for.

When it’s all said and done, the Xbox One S should be primarily viewed as a slimmed-down version of the Xbox One that introduces a mildly updated controller and provisions for 4K display. It’s not going to warp you into a state-of-the-art gaming experience. Pragmatically, you’re probably better off nabbing an older Xbox One, which are now being sold at fire-sale prices. But if you are getting an Xbox One for the first time, have an interest in the bundled games and aren’t saving your pennies for 2017’s Project Scorpio, the One S is certainly a good all-round gaming and entertainment deal.

What’s new in the Xbox One S

There’s a short but significant list of improvements and changes to the Xbox One S.

Smaller, cleaner design: To start, it’s 40 percent smaller, which considering its power supply is now internal, is impressive. It’s also stark white, with some slick plastic moldings flanking the entirety of the box. I think it’s the best-looking Xbox Microsoft has ever designed.

The One S can also stand vertically, too. The 2TB model we received for review packs in a stand. If you buy one of the other models, you can get the stand separately for $20.

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4K and HDR video: Xbox One S gets a fairly beefy upgrade on its video capabilities, with 4K resolution (3,840×2,160, or four times as sharp as standard 1080p HDTVs) and HDR (high dynamic range, which is basically enhanced contrast and color). Keep in mind: those features only work on compatible TVs and 4K functionality only works with a small but growing list of compatible video content. 4K can currently be accessed through streaming video services such as Amazon and Netflix (as long as you have the bandwidth to support it and pay for their premium tier) and those new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. Certain games, meanwhile, will eventually be able to take advantage of HDR visual improvements, but don’t look for PC-like 4K graphics — the games are merely upscaled to 4K.

So no, you’re not getting native 4K gaming out of an Xbox One S. In fact, only a limited number of games will feature HDR and none of them are out yet. They are Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 and 2017’s Scalebound.

New controller design: The Xbox One controller has been updated for the S, too. It has a more streamlined top section, better range and textured grips. It can also use Bluetooth to connect, which opens the door for compatibility with other devices — no more annoying dongles, at least on Bluetooth-compatible PCs.

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The One S controller (right), compared with its predecessor.


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Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of the new controller’s design. It’s not a drastic departure from the original, but there’s just enough of a change to make it feel cheaper. The plastic textured grips don’t feel good the way rubberized ones do, but thankfully the triggers seem unchanged. The D-pad also feels slightly less tactile — I even noticed differences between two of the new controllers side by side.

IR blaster and receiver: Still present is the IR port for controlling the console with a remote, but the Xbox One S also features an integrated IR blaster to control or power on other devices in the room.

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And it still does everything the old Xbox One does: The good news is that you’re not losing anything with the Xbox One S compared with its predecessor. Around back the console offers a lot of the same ports as the original Xbox One, though noticeably absent is a dedicated Kinect port. You can still attach Kinect to the Xbox One S, you’ll just need a special $40 (!) adapter. Either way, the omission of a Kinect port should give you an idea of how that peripheral is regarded at Microsoft HQ.

HDMI-in and -out ports are still there, so you can still make use of the Xbox One’s live TV integration if that’s something that appeals to you, but I never found it overly useful.

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Suffice it to say, the One S plays all existing Xbox One games, and a growing list of Xbox 360 games. It also includes all of the encouraging software improvements Microsoft has made over the past few years, including the redesigned interface, support for the Cortana digital assistant (using a microphone headset), compatibility with the Windows Store and, soon, additional cross-play options with Windows PC gamers on certain titles.

4K and HDR scorecard

I want to personally thank the Xbox One S for introducing me to the hot mess that is the world of 4K and HDR formats. I considered myself fairly fluent in the language of home theater, but I was bewildered at the insane of amount of granularity and confusion that the format is currently plagued with.

2
Aug

Staaker Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET


Tiny, mountable action cams make it easy to capture yourself doing all sorts of things without relying on another person to hold the camera. The Staaker camera drone aims to do the same by freeing you from the need for a pilot.

The quadcopter, pronounced “stacker,” claims to be the world’s first artificially intelligent auto-follow drone capable of not only tracking your moves, but can predict what you’ll do next, too. And Staaker can do that while flying at up to 50 mph (80 kph).

Basically, you strap on a waterproof tracker/controller, unfold the drone’s arms, attach a GoPro Hero3 or Hero4 to its 3-axis gimbal in front, launch it and have it follow you while you surf or ski or whatever. The company says the drone will have five different follow modes so you can position it at any angle and adjust its distance from you. Though, from what I can tell, these modes don’t appear to be too different than what you can do with a DJI Phantom 4, Yuneec Typhoon H or, to some extent, the AirDog.

Look! Up in the sky!

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In fact, the Staaker looks and sounds awfully similar to the AirDog minus the Staaker’s promised AI features and the performance differences listed in the chart above. The AirDog does have programmed modes for different sports such as surfing, mountain biking and wakeboarding, however, and it’s available now for $1,599 on Amazon (roughly AU$2,100 or £1,200).

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Preorders for the Staaker are set at $1,195 for the drone, waterproof tracker and a travel case, though it won’t ship until December (assuming there are no production problems, of course). When it ships, the company says it’ll be priced at $1,795. That converts to about AU$2,382 or £1,235 for the preorder — and like the AirDog, that price doesn’t include the GoPro camera.

GoPro’s own Karma drone is also expected this fall. With no pricing and no real details on it yet, there’s no telling if the Karma will have similar auto-follow features to the Staaker. However, I’d be surprised if it doesn’t.

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Aug

Best car mounts for Nexus 6P


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The Best: ProClip for Nexus 6P See at ProClipUSA

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Finding a car mount for a big phone like the Nexus 6P is a challenge, but ProClipUSA has the answer with its ProClip car mount. It is specifically designed to fit its proportions, whether you use a case or not, and with many customization options for fit and charging, you’re sure to find one that you’ll love and join the thousands of satisfied ProClip owners worldwide.

Bottom line: If you want something that’s sure to fit the oversized Nexus 6P, and if quality workmanship and customization options are important to you, then you can’t go wrong with the ProClip car mount.

A closer look at ProClip

A Nexus 6P car mount customized for your vehicle and the way you drive

They are available in several different options, depending on whether you want to mount your Nexus 6P with a case or without, and whether or not you want to be able to charge it while it is mounted.

ProClipUSA’s parent company and the manufacturer of ProClip mounts, Brodit AB has been helping people comfortably use their phones and other communication equipment in their cars for more than 30 years.

ProClip mounts are manufactured at the Brodit AB factory in Karlsborg, Sweden, where each mount is crafted from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic, rather than mass produced via injection molding.

They are available in several different options, depending on whether you want to mount your Nexus 6P with a case or without, and whether or not you want to be able to charge it while it is mounted. For charging, you have the option of using the 12V socket in your car or hardwiring it into the car’s electrical system.

The only possible downside to the ProClip is that it does require some hardware installation with screws and a screwdriver. If you choose the option for hardwired charging, then you’ll also have to get into your car’s electrical system.

Regardless of the configuration, once installed in your car, you can easily slide your Nexus 6P in and out of the ProClip mount’s cradle and position it at a 20-degree angle in any direction, and in either the portrait or landscape orientations.

Also great: Ram Mount Twist Lock Suction Cup Mount with Universal X-Grip See at Amazon

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The Ram Mount Twist Lock Suction Cup Mount attaches to either your windshield or dashboard with a suction cup and mounts and dismounts securely with a twist of the wrist. Its cradle is adjustable to fit large phones like the Nexus 6P, and its ball and joint socket system lets you position it in almost any direction.

Bottom line: Choose the Ram Mount Twist Lock Suction Cup Mount if you don’t want to add anything permanent to your car’s interior or bother with screws, and/or you want the option of mounting your phone to either your dashboard or your windshield.

Also great: Kenu Airframe+ See at Amazon

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The Kenu Airframe+ fits securely in your car’s air vents, so there are no screws and no adhesives to worry about. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, and when you’re not using it in your car it becomes a stand for your Nexus 6P for reading or playing games, wherever you are.

Bottom line: If you don’t want to bother with either screws or suction cups, try the Kenu Airframe+.

On a budget: TechMatte CD Magnet car mount See at Amazon

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Another option if you don’t want to screw anything into your car’s interior or mount anything to the windshield or the dashboard is the TechMatte CD Magnet car mount. It slips into your car’s CD player and holds your phone via magnets. Priced at $10.99, it fits into any budget with ease.

Bottom line: The TechMatte CD Magnet mount is a good option if you don’t want to bother with suction cups or screws, and you don’t want to attach anything to your car’s air vents. At $10.99, it’s also priced affordably.

The ProClip Mount is the best! See at ProClipUSA

Made specifically for the Nexus 6P, the ProClip mount is further customizable to suit your needs, whether you want a mount that you can use with or without a case, or whether you want to charge your phone while you’re driving.

Bottom line: If you want a mount that you can be certain fits your Nexus 6P, and if you want a vehicle mounting solution that will last a long time, then there is no better car mount than ProClip.

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Instagram Stories let you share a fleeting glimpse of your day’s best moments


Introducing Instagram Stories from Instagram on Vimeo.

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Instagram is launching a new feature today called Stories, which lets you share slideshows of photos and videos over the course of your day. These moments make up your Story, which you can share for 24 hours before they disappear. You don’t have to worry about Stories cluttering your feed, either.

From Instagram:

You’ll see stories from people you follow in a bar at the top of your feed — from your best friends to your favorite popular accounts. When there’s something new to see, their profile photo will have a colorful ring around it.

To view someone’s story, just tap on their profile photo. It’s easy to view stories at your own pace: tap to go back and forward or swipe to jump to another person’s story. If you want to comment on something you see, you can tap and send a private message to that person on Instagram Direct. Unlike regular posts, there are no likes or public comments.

Your Stories will follow the same privacy settings that you have for the rest of your account, so if you’re set to private, your Story will only be seen by your followers. You can also select who gets to see a Story, even if they follow you. You can also see who has viewed your story with a quick swipe up.

Stories are only just starting to roll out, and will launch across the world in Instagram for Android and iOS over the coming weeks.

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