Ember smart mug gets Apple Health integration for caffeine tracking

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Award-winning smart mug will now tell iOS users how much coffee they’re drinking.
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It’s not every day that a coffee mug becomes one of TIME magazine’s inventions of the year. But that’s exactly what happened with the Ember smart mug, a drink receptacle which uses high tech thermal technology to maintain coffee or tea at its users’ perfect drinking temperature.

Now the mug (and its travel mug variant) has received a new update for iOS-loving coffee drinkers — allowing Apple’s Health app to estimate and make sense of your caffeine intake. That’s without you having to manually enter a whole lot of information manually.

Nearly a quarter of Apple employees plan to delete Facebook accounts

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Some Apple employees are thinking of deleting their Facebook accounts.
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The recent Facebook data breach freaked out several Apple employees enough for them to consider deleting their accounts, according to an anonymous survey of tech employees by the app Blind.

Of 256 Apple employees who responded to Blind’s survey, 22 percent said they will close out their Facebook accounts, while another 20 percent said they were not on Facebook.

Fortnite challenges for season 6, week 4 leak out

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Get ready for this week's Battle Royale challenges.
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Prepare yourself for this week’s Fortnite Battle Royale challenges by taking a sneak glimpse at what’s to come.

Week four’s challenges for season six won’t be officially live until Thursday, but this leaked list shows us what we can expect.

Today in Apple history: Performa 6360 is a low-cost multimedia Mac

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The Performa 6320CD Mac delivered a great price-to-performance ratio.
The Performa 6320CD Mac delivered great performance for the price, luring new users.
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October 17: Today in Apple history: Apple launches Performa 6360, a low-cost multimedia Mac October 17, 1996: Apple launches its Performa 6360 Mac, sold elsewhere in the world as the Power Macintosh 6300/160.

An impressive multimedia Mac, the Performa 6360 comes bundled with a TV/video card. It also lets users make phone calls, listen to CDs, and watch television — all of which seemed amazingly futuristic at the time. As Macs went, it was pretty affordable, too.

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Some subscription apps act in an unscrupulous manner.
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Hulu’s ‘skinnier’ bundle may drop live TV for a cheaper price tag

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Hulu's ‘skinnier’ bundle will focus on on-demand content instead of live TV.
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Hulu is slimming down what it offers users — and that’s apparently a good thing.

According to a new interview with Hulu CEO Randy Freer, the streaming service plans to offer a “skinnier” bundle of channels with fewer live channels, but more on-demand content.

iOS 12.1 will likely launch next week

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iOS 12.1 could be out for iPhone and iPad by the end of this month.
iOS 12.1 could be out for iPhone and iPad by the end of this month.
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Apple introduced the fourth beta of iOS 12.1 to the general public today. The wait for the full version of this upgrade is almost certainly nearly over.

It will bring some new features and emojis, and is likely required for the new iPhone coming later this month.

Beats headphones go full Mickey Mouse

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Mickey Mouse now has his own Beats.
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The Beats Studio3 and Beats Solo3 wireless headphone lineups both got updated with new color options today.

Apple is putting out a new Skyline collection of color options for the Studio3 headphones. The collection’s four color options are crystal blue, desert sand, midnight black and shadow gray. Meanwhile, the Solo3’s have a new Mickey Mouse themed option to celebrate the famous cartoon character’s 90th anniversary.

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New Google policy could raise the price of Android phones

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It's going to cost more to offer Android devices in the EU.
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Google is being forced to start charging Android device makers a fee to use the software that previously came free with this operating system. It’s possible device makers will pass this cost along to phone buyers.

This only applies in Europe, though, as it’s a result of the EU ruling that Google used anti-competitive business practices. The company was also fined about $5 billion.

Facebook wants to add a camera to your TV

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The Portal is Facebook’s first video calling product.
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Facebook is allegedly planning to take on Apple TV and Amazon’s Fire TV with a new set top box of its own.

The social network just debuted its new Portal smart speaker earlier this month and according to a new report its smart TV box could pack some similarly creepy features.