For years, iOS users who wanted to use their devices without the constraints imposed by Apple have been jailbreaking their devices in order to install software from outside of the Apple App Store ecosystem.Once a device has been jailbroken, users can install unofficial apps from other sources like the jailbreak app store Cydia.Formerly, developers could offer their jailbreak apps either for free or for a fee charged using PayPal on the Cydia store.But now, Cydia will no longer be allowing developers to charge for apps and will be shutting down their payment system.The change was announced by founder of Cydia, Jay “Saurik” Freeman, in a Reddit post.He said that he has been planning the shutdown for some time now: “The reality is that I wanted to just shut down the Cydia Store entirely before the end of the year” but that he was spurred onto the decision due to issues with the integration of PayPal and the Cydia store.
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The case of the RMS Titanic sinking in 1912 has generated numerous absurd conspiracy theories over the years, but it turns out the discovery of its wreckage was indeed part of a real-life military cover-up.According to a new report, the team that found the “unsinkable” ship at the bottom of the ocean was actually charged with locating two missing nuclear submarines.Speaking with CBS News, he explained that he had already executed several top secret missions for the Navy when he found himself building an underwater vehicle in 1982.Unable to secure a science grant for the Titanic exhibition, Ballard got the idea of asking the Navy to pay for it.He approached Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Ronald Thunman and explained that it was his lifelong dream to find the Titanic and was curious if the military department could find a way to make that happen.Thunman apparently thought Ballard was crazy but agreed to the plan as long as Ballard did something for the Navy first.
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Speedtail, Longtail, Senna… McLaren is in the midst of a model explosion, flexing more than a billion dollars to grow its line-up by 18 new models or variations by the time 2025 is through.Still, if you had any concerns that quantity would come at the cost of quality, the 2019 McLaren 600LT should settle your fears.Regardless, this will be one scarce sports car, and demand is almost guaranteed to outstrip supply.That’s the Longtail recipe, and the 600LT epitomizes it well.The engineers also go cherry-picking through the McLaren parts catalog.The 570S’ 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 has seen 30 horsepower more squeezed out, now clocking in at 592 hp along with 457 lb-ft of torque.
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Nothing says Christmas quite like 500 sausage dogs dressed up in Santa outfits and tinsel on a festive walk.The horde of Dachshunds and their owners donned Christmas jumpers, Father Christmas jackets and tinsel for the event in central London’s Hyde Park on Sunday.They all braved frosty December conditions, with some owners sporting jumpers emblazoned with the words “Dachshund through the snow”.Cassandra Williams, 30, who brought her sausage dog Rupert, said: “It’s a good excuse for us all to get together, all the slightly mad people, and have a day.It’s a good opportunity for her dog to “make friends” and learn to be more sociable, she added.But it wasn’t all smooth sailing, with several scraps breaking out among the pups, forcing owners to pull them apart.
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Variety is good, so I'm always interested in testing out wearables that don't run the most popular OSes.Huawei's latest smartwatch, the Huawei Watch GT, falls into this category, as it runs the company's LiteOS rather than WearOS.While the Chinese company has primarily focused on its smartphone business this year, going the extra mile to put its own OS on this smartwatch shows that it's serious about wearables (at least, for the time being).The 46mm case features a ceramic bezel and a stainless steel shell, and it was a massive presence on my wrist.My review unit came with a brown leather band, and combined with the large case, it gave the watch what some would consider to be a traditionally masculine aesthetic.They also suit the device's 5 ATM water resistance that lets you to swim with it.
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Casey Neistat wrote an article back in 2014 how he ‘fixed’ his Facebook by unfriending people who shared too much.I tried this in 2017… and it absolutely didn’t work!People still share way too much and every time I go on Facebook it feels like like a whole plague of negativity that’s trying to give me cancer.Facebook really isn’t the ‘cool’ platform it was back in 2008.Having lived abroad, there’s a whole lot of connections with people and photos I uploaded over the years, that I don’t wanna lose.But thankfully there’s a way to do both:
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There are plenty of smart home security cameras out there, and it can be hard to differentiate between the bunch to figure out which one is best for you.Jeff Reifman of Portland, Oregon was looking for the right camera for his home and stumbled on Canary, a security startup that offered a camera with the promise of no monthly fees or subscriptions.Then, according to Reifman, the company started charging a monthly fee for features that were once free.Now he and a group of other consumers are suing.In a class-action lawsuit filed by Reifman and other Canary customers in the United States District Court in New York, the company is accused of pulling a bait and switch.In court documents, the consumers claim they purchased Canary devices that promised no additional fees other than the cost of buying the device.
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Cydia, a store for applications that run on jailbroken iPhones and other Apple devices, is shutting down the ability to buy and sell apps on its platform, TechCrunch reported on Saturday.In a Reddit post, Cydia founder Jay “Saurik” Freeman said he had initially planned to shut the entire store after years of frustration running it, but had bumped up the timetable after a serious security issue was discovered:The reality is that I wanted to just shut down the Cydia Store entirely before the end of the year, and was considering moving the timetable up after receiving the report (to this weekend); this service loses me money and is not something I have any passion to maintain: it was a critical component of a healthy ecosystem, and for a while it helped fund a small staff of people to maintain the ecosystem, but it came at great cost to my sanity and led lots of people to irrationally hate me due to what amounted to a purposeful misunderstanding of how profit vs. revenue works.The bug in question “let someone buy apps through your account if you were logged in and browsing untrusted app repositories,” per Engadget.But Freeman said the bug only impacted a small number of users, and it looks like the decision was made prior to its discovery.Freeman wrote in the post that while he had previously been able to hire staff to help maintain Cydia, revenues have declined to the point where he is now funding hosting out of his own pocket.
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Using data from Sensor Tower, we've compiled a list of the 10 apps downloaded from the App Store that brought in the most revenue in 2018.Half of the apps that brought in the most revenue this year are from companies in China.Apps for video streaming and social media made the most money this year on Apple devices, data shows.Business Insider has compiled a list of the apps on iPhone and iPad that brought in the most revenue in 2018, according to data provided by Sensor Tower, covering the period ending November 30th.It's possible you've never heard of some of these iOS apps — five of the top 10 apps are from China-based tech giants, including Baidu and Tencent Holdings.Here are the highest grossing iOS apps in 2018, and how much revenue each app brought in according to Sensor Tower data:
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We've rounded up the best charging cables for all kinds of devices, including the iPhone, Android phones, USB-C laptops, and Micro-USB powered gadgets like headphones and Kindles.There's nothing worse than having one charging cable and then losing it, so why not stock up on a bunch of cables so you're never without your power source?Some cables charge faster than others, offer more durability, or are simply longer than the cables that came in the box.The company also offers an 18-month warranty in case of any issues.Buyer reviews are very positive, and tech reviewers agree that Anker makes excellent cables for a very reasonable price.Digital Trends, Best Products, and The Wirecutter give Anker high marks.
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The holiday season may not seem like the sexiest time to buy learning bundles, but consider this for a minute: with prices at their lowest of the year, is there really a better time to load up on life-changing training?Yeah, that’s what we were thinking too.Analyzing big data sets is one of the standout growth areas in data science.But that analysis doesn’t happen without properly maintained database systems to corral and sift through all that raw information.Since SQL is the programming language at the heart of most database management, you can get a leg up on all of it with the SQL Database Starter course bundle.TNW Deals has this package on sale now for only $25 (over 90 percent off) with promo code: MERRY15.
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Writer Charles Duhigg will take you through the high-stress production of the Model 3 and a wild few years for Musk.Also published on WIRED this week: The self-driving sector seems to get serious about safety, an electric motorcycle pins one of our writers to the ground (he’s fine!Stories you might have missed from WIRED this weekToday’s troll is tomorrow’s business model.How do build a self-driving-car company that actually prioritizes safety?If you like your motorcycles silent, Cake’s $13,000 electric motorcycle belongs on your wish list.
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Even if you’ve transitioned to a tablet or touchscreen device like Microsoft’s great Surface Pro devices that have hit the market, sometimes you just need that reliable old cursor, especially in an operating system that still skews heavily toward the conventional desktop (i.e.Users looking for different cursor colors and size, whether for better visibility or simply based on cosmetic preference, can follow our simple guide on how to change your mouse cursor in Windows.Changing the cursors to a variety of built-in Windows 10 “themes” — which function as collections of cursors for normal operation, text selection, hyperlinks, etc.Step 1: Click or press the Windows button, then begin typing “mouse.” Click or tap “Change your mouse settings” from the resulting list of options to open the primary mouse settings menu.Step 3: In the “Mouse Properties” window that appears, select the “Pointers” tab.The variations come in white and black for the best contrast, and in a variety of sizes to suit different screen resolutions and those with poor eyesight.
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Amazon is building an air hub at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Texas.The air hub is expected to be fully operational next year, and will operate on the side of the airport also used by FedEx."AMZN's threat to UPS/FDX is growing and this is also a way for AMZN to save billions on shipping," according to Morgan Stanley analysts.Watch UPS, FedEx and Amazon trade live.Amazon is expanding its reach in air delivery with a new air hub in Texas, and that's a threat to legacy delivery giants UPS and FedEx, according to a new analysis from Morgan Stanley.Amazon said earlier this week that it planned to build a regional air hub at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, which would support a handful of daily flights and infrastructure for sorting packages.
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Set decades before the events of the eight-part saga, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a critical and commercial hit, earning acclaim for its magic-infused vision of 1920s New York City and the colorful, fictional creatures let loose upon it over the course of the film.Visual effects studio Rodeo FX worked on both films, bringing to life the amazing animals and breathtaking cityscapes.After delivering a version of the Big Apple that hid magic around every corner, Rodeo FX and VFX supervisor Arnaud Brisebois turned their attention to 1920s Paris for The Crimes of Grindelwald, which explores the secret headquarters for magic users in that famous French city, as well as several other locations well-known to Harry Potter fans.… The first film was much more creature work, and a bit of environment and a few big effects shots, but it was really a lot of stand-alone shots.You didn’t do as much creature work this time, but the magical beasts are still such a big part of these films.… The process is really dynamic [and] starts with really simple black-and-white sketches and drawings just to flush out ideas and silhouettes.
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Looking good there, Star Trek: Discovery.Not long after dropping a new trailer, CBS has released a fun little behind-the-scenes featurette for the second season of Discovery, highlighting the more grandiose look and feel of the upcoming episodes.In it, creator Alex Kurtzman talks about a deliberate shift in visual style, in an attempt to make the show more film-like, an extension of the universe that feels more in keeping with the big-screen recent history of the series.There’s also good discussion of the role of Pike in the early part of the season, and the drive to, at least a little bit, provide a coherent history of this part of the Trek continuity, weaving the new ideas of Discovery into the untold parts of the early series history.There’s also some new footage here and there, and all told it looks sharp.How well will Discovery grow in its second season?
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Facebook has probably become one of the most suspected, even hated, tech companies of late.It may have even managed to surpass Google to some extent.Twitter’s 280-character expansion got the cold shoulder reception.The fire that drove social media’s growth has seemingly been reduced to smoldering embers and users are either jumping ship to other networks or quitting outright.When you think about what ills social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Snapchat, and others, you might think it’s all about the invasion of privacy.That does seem to be what media is fixating on.
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A Kiwi delivery robot burst into flames while wheeling through campus at the University of California, Berkeley.The blaze was extinguished by a local, while the fire department made sure there was no risk of re-ignition.Startup Kiwi said the fire was caused by a faulty battery and it pulled all of its robots from service to investigate.Students were said to be saddened by the robot's demise and held a candlelit vigil.A delivery robot burst into flames at the University of California, Berkeley, and students were said to be so devastated, they held a candlelit vigil to mark its demise.The incident took place on Friday, when a Kiwi delivery robot caught fire after its battery malfunctioned, the company said in a Medium blog on Sunday.
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Facebook’s “People You May Know” tool was outing sex workers’ real identities to their clients, and vice versa, and I was trying to figure out how.A sex worker using the pseudonym Leila told me she had gone to great lengths to hide her identity from clients by using an alternate name, alternate email address, and burner phone number—contact information she didn’t provide to Facebook—yet Facebook was still inextricably linking her with her clients, suggesting them to her real-name account as people she might want to friend.Facebook expressed concern about this happening, but its spokespeople purported to be as mystified as I was as to how it happened.“We take privacy seriously and of course want to make sure people have a safe and positive experience on Facebook,” a Facebook spokesperson told me at the time.“We test a variety of signals for People You May Know and suggestions are always based on multiple signals.”That latter sentence says everything and nothing at the same time, but earlier this year, a possible “signal” that could have caused this came to light.
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As long as you follow these easy dos and don’ts, that is.Sure, Lego is expensive, but don’t be sucked in by – shudders – Mega Bloks or Oxford.Consider your friend to be a snooty plastic brick connoisseur.How about this Ford Mustang Speed Champions car?Don’t venture onto those dodgy-looking Chinese websites.But it won’t to your Lego-adoring chum.
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