Laptop and tablet ban on planes may expand to cover flights from Europe

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Emirates is one of the airlines affected by the ban.
Ban came on the back of plot involving bomb disguised as an iPad.
Photo: Emirates

The Trump administration is reportedly considering expanding its ban on the use of laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices to flights entering the United States from European airports.

The ban is already in place for travelers flying from 10 Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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This toy Mac built for dolls now runs Photoshop

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This tiny toy Mac runs Photoshop for work on tiny pictures.
This tiny Mac can run tiny Photoshop for work on tiny pictures.
Photo: Javier Rivera

Javier Rivera has a daughter, but the American Girl doll accessory he found on eBay was for him. It was a miniature Macintosh computer, a non-working toy for an 18-inch doll, and he had to have it.

The nerd in him believed he could make it run Photoshop.

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Apple may be planning just 2 new iPhones for 2017

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'iPhone Edition' may not land this year after all.
Photo: Concept

Apple will launch just two new iPhones this fall as opposed to three, according to a new report.

Fans were expecting updates to the existing 4.7- and 5.5-inch models, plus a larger “iPhone Edition” with a different design, an OLED display, and additional features. But one supply chain source says “it’s not true.”

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Apple hires NASA expert to help its AR tech achieve lift off

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Future Apple technologies?
Photo: OpsLab JPL

Apple has hired Jeff Norris, a former Mission Operations Innovation Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, to work on augmented reality technology.

In his previous role, Norris worked on new ways to control spacecraft and robots in space using a combination of VR and AR technologies. Norris joined NASA back in 1999.

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Apple postpones launch of CarPool Karaoke

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Carpool Karaoke is just one of many original series Apple has planned.
Carpool Karaoke is just one of many original series Apple has planned.
Photo: Apple Music

The first original TV series created by Apple won’t be out this spring as previously promised.

Apple revealed today that its Carpool Karaoke show has hit some speed bumps. The show is being created as an adaptation from James Cordon’s popular segment, but you’ll have to wait until later this year to watch it.

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Google co-founder’s flying car gets internet debut

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Weekends at the lake will never be the same.
Weekends at the lake will never be the same.
Photo: Kitty Lake

Forget self-driving cars. A startup backed by Google co-founder Larry Page is aiming to reshape transportation by giving us flying cars, and the company finally gave the internet a teaser today.

Kitty Hawk posted the first video of its all-electric aircraft today. The vehicle is only designed to fly over water, but the company says you won’t even need a pilot’s license to fly it.

Check out the teaser:

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Spotify job listings hint at hardware ambitions

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Could Spotify make a modern iPod?
Photo: Mighty Audio

Apple’s biggest competition in the music streaming business may be preparing to become a hardware rival, too.

Jobs listings posted by Spotify indicate the company is planning to make a hardware play. Spotify says it’s working on a “category defining product,” but based on what the company compares it to, Apple might not have much to worry about.

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Aggie fan’s Mac setup will have you seeing red [iSetups]

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Red is definitely the color of the day in Episode 2 of iSetups, our weekly showcase of readers' Apple setups.
Red is definitely the color of the day in Episode 2 of iSetups, our weekly showcase of readers' Apple setups.
Photo: David Meier

Some sports fans show their allegiance by decorating their cars or wearing team jerseys. For Cult of Mac reader David Meier, his favorite sports team, the Texas Aggies, is a major influence on his choice of a red color scheme for his desk setup.

His Aggies-themed Mac arrangement is one of several showcased in this week’s episode of iSetups, our new show that highlights the best Apple gear submitted by our viewers. (You’ll also get plenty of tips and tricks for how you can improve your own setup.)

iSetups Episode 2

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