Beeper app promises to bring iMessage to Android and Windows

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Beeper brings iMessage to Android and Windows
15 different chat platforms in one.
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Beeper is a new all-in-one chat app that merges 15 different platforms into one. That sounds pretty interesting already, but what makes Beeper really exciting is its promise to put iMessage on Android and Windows.

The app, from Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky and his team, is “using some trickery” to make the impossible possible. But you’ll have to cough up a monthly subscription fee if you want to take advantage of it.

Start a new career as a cloud practitioner with this AWS training

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This skill can help you get a raise this year
Mastering AWS can earn you a fat(ter) paycheck this year.
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Whether you want to learn a new language, get fit or start a whole new career, make 2021 your year to do something new. If you’re looking to learn a highly profitable skill from the comfort of your home — and all on your own time — BitDegree Academy’s AWS Online Courses & Practice Exams is just the ticket.

Amazon Web Services is the world’s most prominent cloud platform. And if you learn how to use it, you can improve your chances of earning a full-blown career or even boosting your annual earnings in other development roles.

Apple’s first VR headset could be an expensive disappointment

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Apple VR headset could look like Oculus Quest
Apple's first headset could be around the same size as Oculus Quest.
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Don’t expect too much from Apple’s first virtual reality headset. A new report warns that Cupertino’s first stab at a wearable VR system, which could come in 2022, will be expensive with a limited set of capabilities.

The device is believed to be designed primarily as a “niche precursor” to more ambitious AR/VR glasses that Apple plans to launch later.

Next iPhone lineup may bring smaller notch, better sensor-shift cameras

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We're used to the notch now, but we wouldn't say no to a smaller one.
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Apple will finally shrink iPhone’s notch for its next-generation devices, according to a new report citing sources in the company’s supply chain. Plus, all of the devices will pack even greater sensor-shift stabilization cameras.

It is believed design changes and upgrades to the iPhone’s front-facing Face ID camera and sensors will make the notch shrink possible.

You can now run Ubuntu Linux on an M1 Mac via USB

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Linux on an M1 Mac
Download all the files you'll need today.
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It’s now possible to run Ubuntu Linux on an M1 Mac, thanks to an early build made available by Corellium. The operating system is booted from a USB stick, leaving macOS completely unchanged.

All the files you need can be downloaded now from GitHub, and Corellium says an installation tutorial is on the way.

Wrestling Empire brings mobile grappling hijinks to App Store [Updated]

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Slamming its way into the App Store soon.
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Edit: Like the creepy girls intoning the return of The Undertaker at Judgment Day 2000, “He’s here.” Or, at least, the game is. You can download it for free from the App Store, with in-app purchases.

There are plenty of subjects I’ll happily geek out about. But pro wrestling and Apple are both prominent players in the top tier. Imagine, then, my excitement when the two get brought together like some odd-couple tag team.

The latest example in this limited convergence genre? A new game called Wrestling Empire, which is set to superkick its way into the App Store soon. Check out the trailer.

Why a portless iPhone would be a nightmare

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Apple, please don’t saddle us with a portless iPhone. This wouldn't be better.
This wouldn't be better.
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A reliable source says Apple is considering stripping the Lightning port from future iPhone models and replacing it with … nothing. Hopefully, it’s not too late to stop this terrible, terrible idea.

A portless iPhone is possible. And there are even a few advantages. But the significant drawbacks make the idea something that should be dropped like a burning bag of poo.

These headphones are perfect for your fitness goals in 2021

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TREBLAB headphones will help you accomplish your fitness goals
These sporty earbuds can help you achieve your fitness goals.
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Getting fit can be hard. From early morning alarms to get your Apple Fitness+ workouts in to making sure you’re getting the proper nutrition to fuel your body, it can take a lot to keep you motivated to stick with your new 2021 fitness routine.

Luckily, there’s one thing you can always rely on: Your music will power you through your next sweat session. These workout-ready Bluetooth earbuds offer crisp, clear audio and thrumming bass so you can get through your next run or HIIT session with ease.

Today in Apple history: Sequel to ‘1984’ Mac ad bombs hard

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The "Lemmings" ad was a massive disaster for Apple.
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January 20: Today in Apple history: Apple's 'Lemmings' advertisement, sequel to groundbreaking '1984' Mac ad, bombs hard January 20, 1985: Apple attempts to build on the triumph of the previous year’s “1984” Macintosh commercial with another Super Bowl ad.

Called “Lemmings,” the ad for a new business platform called Macintosh Office depicts blindfolded executives marching to their doom. The widely reviled ad will go down in history as one of Apple’s biggest stinkers.

4K iMac hits lowest price yet after $150 discount

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21-inch iMac sees its biggest discount
Get yours before the discount ends.
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Amazon today offers its biggest discount yet on the 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display. Get yours with an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM for just $1,349 — a full $150 off the usual price.

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