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Oct

‘Stranger Things’ season 2 soundtrack arrives on October 20th


Stranger Things fans are counting down to October 27th. After all, it’s when the second season of the Netflix retro show releases. But there’s another date that fans need to keep in mind: October 20th. That’s when the soundtrack for season 2 will be available for purchase.

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, best known for their work as part of of the synth band S U R V I V E, have once again composed and performed the score for this soundtrack. According to Fader, the duo wanted to stay true to the first season’s popular themes while also creating something new for the second round. You can see the full (and extensive) track list below; it will be released digitally first, but CD, vinyl and even cassette tape versions will follow later on.

Track List:

01 “Walkin’ in Hawkins”
02 “Home”
03 “Eulogy”
04 “On the Bus”
05 “Presumptuous”
06 “Eight Fifteen”
07 “The First Lie”
08 “Scars”
09 “I Can Save Them”
10 “Descent Into the Rift”
11 “Chicago”
12 “Looking for a Way Out”
13 “Birth / Rescue”
14 “In the Woods”
15 “Digging”
16 “Symptoms”
17 “Eggo in the Snow”
18 “Soldiers”
19 “Choices”
20 “Never Tell”
21 “She Wants Me to Find Her”
22 “Shouldn’t Have Lied”
23 “It’s a Trap”
24 “Crib”
25 “The Return”
26 “Escape”
27 “We Go Out Tonight”
28 “Connect the Dots”
29 “The Hub”
30 “On Edge”
31 “What Else Did You See?”
32 “Run”
33 “Levitation”
34 “To Be Continued”

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Source: Fader

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13
Oct

Google pledges $1 billion to prepare workers for automation


Before we get worried about the possibility of a robot uprising, we probably have to worry about our jobs first. Yes, that includes me. Since machines could take millions of jobs the next few years, Google has launched a new initiative to help people in the US and around the globe learn new skills they can use to start a new career or to grow their business. Company chief Sundar Pichai has announced the project called “Grow with Google” at an event in Pittsburgh. He said that the tech titan understands “uncertainty and even concern about the pace of technological change” but that it believes “that technology will be an engine of America’s growth for years to come.”

The Grow with Google website houses several programs both teachers and students (of any age) can use. One of the most notable programs is a free Udacity scholarship in Android or web development for 50,000 individuals, even those with no prior experience. In addition, the Grow with Google initiative will be holding events across the US in the coming months to provide free training and demos provided by Googlers.

While the initiative’s offerings are for US residents, Google has also pledged $1 billion in grants to non-profits that also aim to help people prepare for the changing nature of work in an increasingly high-tech world. The big G isn’t the only tech giant aiming to prevent massive job losses brought about by automation and technology in general. In Michigan, Facebook also pledged $25.5 million in training the state’s workers for high-tech jobs.

Source: 9to5Google, Grow with Google

13
Oct

The best camera bags


By Erin Lodi, Mike Perlman, and Eric Adams

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If you’re working with only a single camera and a lens, a good camera strap is all you need. But as soon as you start bringing multiple lenses and a tripod, you’ll want a proper camera bag—preferably one that also looks nice enough to use every day. After spending the past two years testing more than 30 camera bags, we’ve found a number of great bags that cover a wide range of styles and carrying needs. For many photographers, the best choices are the 20-liter Peak Design Everyday Backpack or the 15-inch Everyday Messenger.

How we picked and tested

To narrow the field of contenders, we focused on bags with these features:

  • Easy access to the camera
  • Camera-specific pockets, organization for accessories, and ample padding
  • User-configurable internal dividers
  • Waist belts
  • Weather-resistance or waterproofing
  • Big enough to hold everything you need, without encouraging overpacking
  • We avoided premium bags from designer fashion labels or made of leather.

To test the bags, we asked professional photographers and Wirecutter contributors Eric Adams, Erin Lodi, and Mike Perlman to take the bags out shooting for at least a few hours, but up to several consecutive days in some cases. Each tester loaded the bags with a compact DSLR or mirrorless camera, lenses, accessories, an assortment of cables, a laptop, and personal items.

A versatile, stylish backpack

The Peak Design Everyday Backpack suits a wide variety of people’s frames and sizes. Photo: Eric Adams

The Peak Design Everyday Backpack is our favorite backpack for enthusiast shooters who don’t want to sacrifice good looks for great performance. The bag is highly adjustable, breathable, and roomy, with many thoughtful features—such as fast but secure access mechanisms, external gear loops with cinch straps, a waist belt and sternum straps, and a flexible hook-and-loop internal organization system. We tested the 20-liter version, but a 30-liter version is also available for those with more gear.

The Everyday Backpack has well-thought-out pockets overall, but its fold-top camera compartment stands out in particular for providing the fastest camera access out of any backpack we tried. It also has a 15-inch laptop sleeve.

An affordable backpack

Photo: Erin Lodi

The AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR/DSLR Cameras and Accessories is ideal for a growing photographer who needs an affordable and flexible option for protecting and transporting their gear while they’re still honing their kit. This bag holds all the basic necessities, including a 13-inch laptop and multiple accessories. It has user-configurable Velcro internal dividers for accommodating a variety of photo kits, and plenty of breathable padding for a comfortable fit. It’s a bit smaller and stiffer than other bags we tested, but it’s a solid value given its low price..

A bigger backpack

Photo: Erin Lodi

The Think Tank Photo StreetWalker HardDrive can hold a surprising amount of gear without feeling or looking bulky, including multiple full-frame bodies, a 17-inch laptop, a handful of lenses, two flashes, and all the accessories you might want. It’s extremely comfortable with a thick, cushioned back and straps. It uses adjustable Velcro dividers in its cavernous main compartment, and has an organizer built into its exterior pocket as well as elastic sleeves for organizing smaller items like SD cards.

Our favorite camera messenger bag

The Peak Design Everyday Messenger (left) and Tenba Cooper 13 Slim. Photo: Mike Perlman

A messenger bag is ideal for when you need something less bulky than a backpack but still want to take a camera, a laptop, and a couple of extras. The Peak Design Everyday Messenger combines the same strong design and thoughtfulness that we enjoyed with the Everyday Backpack, but in messenger form. In place of conventional modular Velcro pads are slim, origami-style foldable inserts that you can arrange in numerous patterns and configurations. It’s perfect for one DSLR or two mirrorless cameras and a few lenses and accessories, and it also has room for a laptop and tablet. Just keep in mind that you’ll be putting all that weight on one shoulder.

A super-affordable messenger bag

Photo: Erin Lodi

If you want a messenger bag that’s very affordable, the Ape Case Envoy Large Messenger DSLR Case is one of the few budget models we found that will hold your laptop as well as your camera. This simple but well-designed messenger bag can hold a 13-inch laptop, a DSLR body, three lenses, a flash, and all your accessories. And it’s comfortable enough to wear for long periods even when fully loaded, thanks to its heavy padding. It has cushioned dividers for customizing the internal pocket, a wide variety of pocket types and sizes, and offers quick access to your camera via a top zipper.

A camera purse

A photo purse isn’t as great for heavy loads of gear—but it does offer a more stylish look. Photo: Erin Lodi

The Kelly Moore 2 Sues 2.0 bag is our favorite purse-style camera bag for carrying a photographer’s essentials to a shorter shoot. It offers easy access to the main compartment and plenty of pockets for stashing everything from memory cards to a smartphone. The bag looks like leather but is a “vegan-friendly” material of the company’s own devising called Cambrio that comes in several colors; the gold hardware accents look shiny and high-end. The longer strap offers considerable padding to carry the bag across one shoulder, but fashion takes precedence when it comes to camera purses, so the 2 Sues 2.0 doesn’t prioritize weight distribution or body contouring.

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13
Oct

Every ‘Futurama’ episode hits Hulu on October 16th


Starting next week, all 140 episodes and four films of Futurama will be available on Hulu, Variety reports. The streaming service announced in July that it struck a deal with 20th Century Fox to be the exclusive streaming home to Bob’s Burgers and would host Fox’s slate of animated shows, including Futurama. The show stopped streaming on Netflix entirely at the beginning of July.

Futurama, which originally aired from 1999-2003 and then again from 2009-2013, has been cropping up a lot lately though in slightly different forms. A mobile game called Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow was released in June and the Futurama crew came back for a single 42-minute long podcast last month. The show will also start to air on Syfy in November.

Hulu has been adding a ton of popular shows to its service of late. It now has the entire backlog of Will & Grace, a slew of NBC series including Parenthood and 30 Rock, TGIF throwbacks like Boy Meets World and Step by Step and has added new content like Runaways to air alongside its successful The Handmaid’s Tale.

For those excited to finally get their hands (and TVs) on Futurama, you only have a few more days to wait. The show’s whole catalog will be available to stream on October 16th.

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Source: Variety

13
Oct

Coinbase unlocks instant cryptocurrency purchases


Want your bitcoin purchases in a hurry? That’s doable now that Coinbase has opened up instant purchases for cryptocurrency. Whether you’re a fan of ethereum, litecoin or plain old bitcoin, you’re covered here. Previously you’d have to wait a few days between the initial purchase and actually being able to spend it. Coinbase says that you can buy up to $25,000 and gain access to it immediately. The functionality is available to “many” customers stateside right now and it will roll out to more people soon. Seeing that this deals with ethereum, if you’ve been waiting to pick up Ghostface’s cyrptocurrency now you can do that with a quickness.

Source: Coinbase

13
Oct

LastPass add-on beta prepares for upcoming changes in Firefox


Mozilla has some big changes in store for its next browser release, Firefox 57, on November 14th. It will introduce quite a few new features, including Firefox Quantum, which is twice as fast as Firefox was a year ago and 30 percent more RAM efficient as compared to Google Chrome. One of the changes is the switch to WebExtension, which is an API that allows for development of extensions across browsers.

LastPass, the popular password management system, has been toiling away to make their add-on work on the new system. Today, the company released a public beta for use in Firefox that’s compatible with WebExtension. LastPass also announced that the final version will be available when Firefox 57 makes its debut. Beta users will automatically be transitioned to the final release when that happens.

There are a few things to note if you’re already eagerly downloading that beta add-on. First, any features that use the binary component of LastPass are disabled because the installer doesn’t currently work with WebExtension. Presumably, that will change before the final release, but if you regularly use this feature, then hold off installing the beta plugin. And second, if you’re using version 4.1.54, then installing this will reset your preferences to the default. You’ll have to manually reconfigure them.

Source: LastPass

13
Oct

Qualcomm files lawsuit in China to stop production of iPhones


Qualcomm filed suit in China requesting a ban on the creation and sale of iPhones in the country, Bloomberg reported. It’s the latest in the bitter legal feud between the tech titans, which recently got the US trade commission to start looking into their patent fight.

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Source: Bloomberg

13
Oct

Apple Working on Fix for Users Who Can’t Open GarageBand on iOS 11


Apple is “aware of” an issue preventing the GarageBand app from opening on iOS 11 for some users, and “investigating solutions,” according to a new support document published on its website on Thursday.

If the GarageBand app won’t open after updating your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 11, Apple says to turn off iCloud for GarageBand on the device in Settings > Apple ID, iCloud, iTunes & App Store > iCloud.

After toggling off the feature, you won’t be able to access any GarageBand songs stored in iCloud Drive until this issue is fixed, but they won’t be removed from iCloud. New songs will be saved to your device locally.

Several users have reported the app crashing upon being opened on Twitter and the MacRumors discussion forums, but it doesn’t affect everyone. MacRumors hasn’t been able to reproduce the problem on multiple devices.

.@AppleSupport any news on when you will fix GarageBand in iOS 11 yet? #embarrassing pic.twitter.com/YjztXJZgwr

— Patrick Baird (@TheGBGuide) September 20, 2017

GarageBand is free on the App Store [Direct Link] for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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13
Oct

Western Digital’s My Cloud Home is Easy to Use, But Apps Need Improvement


Western Digital’s My Cloud Home is a network-attached personal cloud storage solution, designed to combine the convenience of cloud storage with the privacy and security of local storage.

It’s available in capacities ranging from 2TB to 16TB, to meet the needs of both families and small businesses, and with apps for the Mac, PC, iOS devices, and a cloud website, content can be accessed from anywhere.

On the surface, the My Cloud Home sounds great, but there are some definite problems with the device, mostly concerning the apps that are used to access and upload your content.

Design and Features

Western Digital’s My Cloud Home has a simple white and silver design with a diamond-shaped pattern at the bottom of the device and a small Western Digital logo at the front. At the back, there’s a USB 3.0 port for attaching peripheral devices or attaching the My Cloud Home to a computer over USB, a spot for the power source to plug in, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. A white LED on the front lets you know when the My Cloud Home is powered on, and it will also blink if there is an issue.

The body of the My Cloud Home measures in at 7 inches tall, 5.5 inches wide, and 2 inches thick, similar in size to other network-attached storage solutions. The My Cloud Home Duo, which has double the hard drives for mirrored backup functionality, is twice as thick, but I tested the single hard drive version.


The My Cloud Home is meant to be plugged in next to a router and tucked away on a shelf, and its unassuming design works well for that purpose. Mine’s hidden behind a TV on my entertainment unit because that’s where my router is, so it’s not visible, but I wouldn’t mind if it were.


Western Digital’s My Cloud Home can store all of your files from iOS and Mac devices in one location, and it can be used for device backups from a range of devices. During my testing, my unit was reliable and had no problems staying connected to my Wi-Fi network, so my files were always accessible to me.

My Cloud Home Apps and Setup

My Cloud Home setup consists of plugging the device in to a power source and connecting it to a router using an Ethernet cable. From there, it can be accessed over the web using the My Cloud website or through the accompanying Mac and iOS apps. There are also apps for PC and Android devices.


The performance of the My Cloud Home is going to depend on your own home connection speeds. If you have a slow home network, it’s going to take a long time to transfer files over WiFi. Even with fast speeds, it can be pretty tedious waiting for an iCloud photo backup, a Time Machine backup to complete, or a large file transfer to complete. I have a reasonably fast connection (100Mb/s down, 6Mb/s up) and file transfers both ways took more time than I would have expected.

iOS App

With the My Cloud iOS app, you can connect to the My Cloud Home from an iOS device. You can use the app to browse all of the files you’ve uploaded, and to upload photos from your iPhone or iPad to My Cloud Home. Multiple iOS devices can sync to the My Cloud Home if desired, so several family members can use it, and there’s an option to add new users.

There’s an option for automatic backup, which will upload all of the photos from your Camera Roll to the My Cloud device. I turned it on, and it took just over an hour to upload about 3,000 photos. You can also take photos and add them directly to My Cloud Home or upload photos from your device manually.

The app also features a section for enabling a cloud content backup, which downloads everything from Dropbox to your device. I enabled this, and it essentially copied everything from Dropbox to a folder on the My Cloud Home. Dropbox transfer worked flawlessly and everything copied over in a couple hours.


Aside from those options, there’s nothing else you can do with the iOS app — it’s only for photos and browsing files uploaded from the desktop. There is no integration with the new Files app in iOS 11, there’s no support for Drag and Drop on iPad, nor is there a proper iPad app, and there’s no way to upload a file that’s not a photo from an iOS device.


The app is bare bones and frustrating to use. There is no indicator bar that lets me know what the cloud syncing features are doing, so I have no idea when a backup is complete, and the organizational capabilities are non-existent.

I can view all of my photos in the Photos tab, where they’re seemingly organized by date, but that’s it. It lumps all photos together with no sorting options, no way to find anything, and no alternate views. Since I uploaded my Dropbox content and my iPhone 7 Plus photos, all of that content is lumped together in a giant mess in the Photos section.


There are photos that I synced from my iPhone that I can’t find in the My Cloud Home backup. Whether that’s because of the poor organization or some partial syncing failure, I don’t know, and I can’t troubleshoot because I can’t see what’s synced, what’s not, and whether the backup finished successfully. It’s also worth noting that if you have RAW image files synced to My Cloud Home, the app will not display them.

In the iPhone 7 Plus Camera Roll Backup section where my content is actually stored, organization is no better. It’s just a long list of files.

When you view the photos stored on the My Cloud Home, it takes a few seconds to load and there’s a definite short delay. This is based on your WiFi connection and the speed of the My Cloud Home itself.

There are tools for sharing, opening, renaming, and deleting individual files, but there are no options for mass file management. If you have multiple photos you want to delete from the backup, too bad. The app also doesn’t seem to delete photos that I have deleted from my photo library.


In a world where our iPhones and iPads are increasingly important and are beginning to replace PCs, apps like this should offer feature parity with their desktop counterparts. It’s disappointing that the iOS app is lacking to the point of being almost unusable for anything but uploading photos.

Mac App

The Mac app is better than the iOS app. It installs a Western Digital menu bar and makes the My Cloud Home accessible as an attached drive, so you’re essentially using Finder for all file management needs.

You can drag and drop files to My Cloud Home from Finder, you can view everything with Finder’s organizational tools, and you can search for content through Finder. This setup is simple to use and it makes it easy to find, upload, share, and access all of the content that’s stored on the My Cloud Home.


The My Cloud Home Mac app also makes a right-click sync option available for all files, so you can right-click on something and select the “Sync to My Cloud” feature to upload it immediately.


My Cloud Home can be used as a Time Machine backup option for a Mac, but I wasn’t a fan of how Time Machine backups were handled. Time Machine backups are stored in a shared folder on the network with no password protection, which means your backups are accessible on any computer that is connected to your home Wi-Fi — not just your own.


That’s fine if you are the sole user of your Wi-Fi network, but it’s not ideal when you have multiple people in the home or when guests are visiting. I don’t like the idea of my Time Machine backups being readily accessible like that. I asked Western Digital about this and was told that it’s designed to allow users to back up all computers connected to the network with content stored in a single place.

All my files visible and available on a Mac that isn’t mine
With your Time Machine backup accessible to anyone that has access to your home Wi-Fi network, that means every single file on your computer can be accessed with just a few clicks, and it’s not difficult to find the backup location, either, since it’s a shared folder.

As for Time Machine backups themselves, it obviously takes a long time to do a backup over a Wi-Fi connection. I had to leave mine on overnight and it did fail a few times before it managed to complete a backup.

I also thought Western Digital’s documentation in general for the My Cloud Home was poor. For Time Machine backups, as an example, it basically just redirects to Apple’s own support document. A device like this needs better support and documentation for users.

I had some other complaints about the Mac app. There was an update during the course of my testing and it instructed me to download an update, but gave no indication of what was new. Then it sent me an email letting me know an update had been installed, again with no information.


There’s also a section of the Mac app for “Apps,” which I initially thought was for apps that can be installed on the My Cloud Home, but it’s not. It’s for installing apps on direct-attached storage devices like the My Passport.

That’s because the WD Discovery app is for multiple Western Digital devices, which means WD’s cloud product isn’t even getting its own dedicated app.

Web Interface

My Cloud Home is also accessible through the web, and the web interface is decent. It’s similar to Dropbox in that it offers a list of all of the files on a device along with Photos and an Activity list so you can see what was uploaded when.


It has a search feature so you can search for specific files, multiple view options, and tools for adding services and change account settings. You can add files from the website, so it’s actually one of the better ways to access the device if you don’t need to make an iPhone/Mac backup.

Other Features

In addition to using the My Cloud Home as a backup solution for iOS devices, Macs, and your online cloud storage services, there are also options to enable IFTTT and a Plex Server on the My Cloud Home.

With Plex Server, you can upload content like videos and photos to the My Cloud Home and then stream it to any iOS device or Apple TV through the Plex app. Plex streaming, like all file transfers to this device, is reliant on your Wi-Fi connection speed.

Bottom Line

I wanted to like the My Cloud Home because I want there to be a simple, intuitive, easy-to-use NAS backup solution for people who just want to store their stuff and get to it from any device, but there were too many caveats with the apps.

The My Cloud Home is simple enough to use for basic purposes like uploading files and making backups, but the app interfaces are lacking features and need updating. In its current incarnation, I think the My Cloud Home is generally more frustrating to use than cloud-only solutions like Dropbox or Google Drive, but I have seen some positive reviews for the device on Best Buy from customers who like the simplicity of the device and don’t mind the apps.

During my testing, the My Cloud Home was reliable, remained accessible, and didn’t disconnect, which is a plus. It’s an okay file storage solution for use with a Mac or via the web, but I wouldn’t recommend it on iOS devices because of the app, nor would I use it for Time Machine backups due to both connection failures and privacy issues.

For people who like the idea of having a network-attached local storage device as a cloud alternative for things like backups and file storage, there are better options out there from companies like Synology and QNAP. These products aren’t as simple as the My Cloud Home and it will take quite a few more googling sessions to learn all the ins and outs, but these other devices are more robust, have better apps for the most part, and ultimately offer a lot more features than are included with the My Cloud Home.

How to Buy

The My Cloud Home can be purchased from Best Buy. Prices start at $160 for the 2TB version.

Note: Western Digital provided MacRumors with a 6TB My Cloud Home for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

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Oct

Qualcomm Asks China to Stop Manufacturing and Selling iPhones via New Lawsuits


Qualcomm recently filed lawsuits in China in an attempt to stop Apple from selling and manufacturing iPhones in the country, reports Bloomberg. Much of Apple’s iPhone assembly process takes place in China, as does the manufacturing of many iPhone components. China is also an important market for Apple, accounting for 22.5 percent of Apple’s sales in 2016.

In a filing with the Beijing intellectual property court on September 29, Qualcomm claimed patent infringement and requested injunctive relief. “Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them,” said a Qualcomm spokesperson about the filing.

According to Qualcomm, the lawsuits are based on three non-standard essential patents covering power management and the Force Touch technology that Apple uses in its touch screens.

Qualcomm and Apple have been embroiled in an escalating legal battle since the beginning of this year after the FTC complained that Qualcomm engaged in anticompetitive licensing practices. Shortly after, Apple sued Qualcomm for $1 billion and accused the company of charging unfair royalties for “technologies they have nothing to do with” and failing to pay for quarterly rebates.

Apple stopped paying licensing fees to Qualcomm at that time, as did Apple suppliers. Apple maintains that Qualcomm charges excessive licensing fees by requesting a percentage of an iPhone’s entire value, while Qualcomm says its technology is “at the heart of every iPhone.”

Qualcomm has since countersued and filed several patent infringement lawsuits against Apple. Qualcomm has also asked the United States International Trade Commission to block imports of some iPhone and iPad models.

Qualcomm is also facing an FTC lawsuit in the U.S. for using anticompetitive tactics to remain the dominant supplier of baseband processors for smartphones and was recently fined $773 million in Taiwan for violating antitrust rules.

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