John Sculley drew ‘Mac phone’ concept for Steve Jobs in 1984

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John Sculley drew a ‘Mac phone’ concept for Steve Jobs back in the 80s.

Former Apple CEO and business parter of Steve Jobs, John Sculley dropped some interesting new tidbits about Apple’s history in a recent interview. He said that all the way back in 1984, Jobs was dreaming up the idea of a “Mac phone.”

This “Mac phone” would be a desktop device that acted as a phone, but ran a version of the Mac’s software.

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Samsung hit with lawsuit for crazy amounts of smartphone bloatware

Welcome to the bloat!

Welcome to the bloat!

Samsung phones have been bogged-down with bloatware for as long as they’ve been around, but a Chinese consumer protection group is doing more than just complain about it — by suing Samsung and another Chinese vendor, Oppo, for loading their phones with literally dozens of pre-installed apps which are impossible to delete.

The consumer protection group wants to make it illegal for the smartphone industry to include bloatware on devices since it fills us phones’ internal memory and gives customers no choice in the matter.

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iPad Pro could arrive later this year, with a little help from Sharp and Samsung

The iPad Pro is on its way.

The iPad Pro is on its way.

Apple is turning to both long-time manufacturing partner Sharp and long-time “frenemy” Samsung to help build the displays for its eagerly-anticipated 12.9-inch giant-sized iPad Pro, according to a new report.

Sharp is said to have provided a small test batch of the enormous 264ppi, 2,732×2,048 displays in June, which met with Apple’s high production standards. However, Cupertino is also said to have given Samsung a back-up role building screen panels — suggesting that Apple is expecting big things with this next-gen device. Pun intended.

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Master Amazon’s web services from the ground up with this bundle for 89% off [Deals]

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Finally, a boot camp where you’re encouraged to get your head in the clouds…er, the cloud. If you’re trying to establish any kind of cloud-based service, for yourself or a client, Amazon’s Web Services takes away the massive problem of actually having to build a server farm. That simplifies the work of setting up any service or application, and can help save (or make) you a lot more money, but only if you know how to use it. To help get your rear in gear, Udemy is offering the Amazon Web Services Engineer Bootcamp Bundle, a set of four critical courses. Clocking in at 24 hours’ worth of instruction on how to tap the potential of Amazon’s cloud, right now it’s 89% off the usual price — but like a vapor, this deal will disappear before long.

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Kahney’s Korner: Apple could learn from the Amazon Echo

Leander Kaheny likes his Amazon Echo and wonders what if Apple created such a device.

Leander Kaheny likes his Amazon Echo and wonders what if Apple created such a device.

I’ve had the Amazon Echo sitting on my desk for the last couple of months and it’s an odd device – and I actually think it’s pretty great.

It’s a voice-controlled, speaker com, shopping tube that can go in your kitchen or your living room or bedroom and you use it for simple queries like how’s the weather, how is my commute or what is Barack Obama’s middle name.

Listen to me interact with this device on this week’s edition of Kahney’s Korner.

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Brad Mangin is one of sport photography’s best shooters – even with an iPhone

Brad Mangin's portrait of a high school football player was selected for Apple's "Shot on iPhone 6" ad campaign.

Brad Mangin’s portrait of a high school football player was selected for Apple’s “Shot on iPhone 6’ ad campaign.

Brad Mangin’s friends gave him a good ribbing as “the last photographer on the planet” to carry a flip phone. They all had iPhones and couldn’t believe it took him so long to not only own one but discover the picture quality of the phone’s camera.
Brad Mangin is one of sport photography’s best shooters – even with an iPhone 
Laughter would turn to admiration in less than a year’s time. Mangin would go on to use his first iPhone to produce a robust baseball essay for Sports Illustrated and get a book deal with his iPhone pictures.

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Trademark filing hints that El Capitan is coming to iPad

El Capitan coming to an iPad near you?

El Capitan coming to an iPad near you?

Hidden in the dense verbiage of Apple’s latest trademark filing for OS X El Capitan is an intriguing detail not previously seen in similar filings for OS X Mavericks or Yosemite — revealing that Apple’s next-gen OS X could possibly be on its way to the iPad.

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Woz: Entertainment trumps accuracy in new Steve Jobs trailer

Seth Rogen plays Steve Wozniak in the forthcoming Jobs biopic.

Seth Rogen plays Steve Wozniak in the forthcoming Jobs biopic.

The Woz wasn’t exactly the world’s biggest fan of the Ashton Kutcher-starring 2013 movie Jobs, whose script he infamously dismissed as “crap.” But what did he make of the trailer for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, which landed earlier this week?

In an email correspondence, Wozniak gives something of a mixed view — essentially dinging the film for its accuracy, but arguing that its heart is in the right place.

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iPhone set to reach record shipments as new models enter production

iPhone 6s is on the way.

iPhone 6s is on the way.

Apple will ship 50 million iPhone units in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to a new report published today which claims that companies in the iPhone 6s supply chain have started delivering finished components to Foxconn and Pegatron for final assembly.

If accurate, this means that the iPhone 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus will hit combined shipments of 230-240 million units in 2015 — up from the 192 million units Apple shipped last year.

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Latest Siri prank has more idiots calling emergency services

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Hey Siri, what shenanigans are you pulling now?

Siri has become an accessory to even more bullcrap from the Internet as pranksters have found another way to trick Apple’s digital assistant into contacting emergency services. And it’s only slightly less dumb than you think.

The prank claims that “something funny” will happen if you say “112” to your iPhone. North American users probably don’t know that 112 is the European equivalent to the 911 emergency number, and Siri will respond to the request by placing a call to your local switchboard.

Snohomish County, Washington’s Sheriff has taken to Twitter to put an end to the madness.

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