Jony Ive will depart Apple to start his own company

Report describing Jony Ive’s Apple exit gains a sharp response from Tim Cook

Enlarge / Jony Ive speaks onstage during the 2017 New Yorker TechFest in New York City. (credit: Brian Ach/Getty Images)

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal published a report describing the years and events leading up to design chief Jony Ive’s recently announced departure. Among other things, it claimed Ive had become increasingly disengaged from the company and its design teams after Steve Jobs’ death, in part because of his frustration with a new, emerging Apple leadership that focused more on operations than design.

In the wake of that report, Apple CEO Tim Cook—who had allegedly frustrated Ive with his lack of interest in product design, the story’s sources claimed—emailed NBC News and MSNBC Senior Media Reporter Dylan Byers calling the story “absurd.” Cook said its “conclusions just don’t match with reality” and claimed that it “distorts” the events described. Byers then claimed on Twitter that a Wall Street

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Around the world in 48 hours? Former astronaut to attempt global speed record

Around the world in 48 hours? Former astronaut to attempt global speed record

Enlarge / The flight path for One More Orbit’s journey around the world. (credit: One More Orbit)

As a veteran of three spaceflights (including a stint as commander of the International Space Station), former NASA astronaut Terry Virts has orbited the planet more than 3,400 times. Now, Virts said, he’d like the make “one more orbit” around the planet and possibly set a world record in the process.

Virts and the founder of a consultancy business named Action Aviation, Hamish Harding, are leading an effort to travel around planet Earth, via both poles, from July 9 through July 11. The current speed record was set in 2008 when a Bombardier Global Express jet made the journey at an average ground speed of 511mph.

The present-day record attempt will be attempted in a smaller jet: the Gulfstream G650ER aircraft has a range of more than 7,500 miles before needing to

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Google’s “Fast Share” Could Make for Easier File Sharing Between Devices

Google’s “Fast Share” Could Make for Easier File Sharing Between Devices


Since the NFC-powered Android Beam is on the way out, Google is going to need a replacement. Over the weekend, that replacement may have been discovered and it’s called “Fast Share.”

The crew at 9to5Google managed to enable Fast Share and figured out almost all details surrounding it, like which devices it will work between, the types of items you’ll be able to share, and the process for selecting who you are going to share with.

Google’s Fast Share will apparently live within the Android share menu as at item called “Fast Share.” Some of the file types to share include photos/images, as well as text and URLs. Once you tap on that Fast Share button, you’ll be able to select from nearby devices that have Fast Share, but you’ll also be able to give people preferred visibility and maintain a list of those given such credentials. Recipients will be … Read the rest

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At long last, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series is being adapted for television

At long last, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series is being adapted for television

Enlarge / Morpheus, aka Dream, aka the titular Sandman, is one of seven beings known as the Endless in Neil Gaiman’s seminal graphic novel series. (credit: YouTube/DC Comics)

Author Neil Gaiman is a hot property these days, between the STARZ adaptation of American Gods and the massive success of the TV adaptation of his novel with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, on Amazon Prime. Now comes news via The Hollywood Reporter that Netflix is also jumping on the Gaiman bandwagon. The streaming giant is reportedly making a major financial commitment to adapt the Sandman graphic novel series for television.

For many of us, the Sandman comics were our first introduction to the prolific Gaiman’s work. It’s his re-interpretation of an earlier DC comics character. The titular “sandman” is Dream, but he is also called Morpheus, among other names. He is one of seven entities known as the Endless, and

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ICANN eliminates .org domain price caps despite lopsided opposition

ICANN eliminates .org domain price caps despite lopsided opposition

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Earlier this year, ICANN sought public comment on a new contract for the Public Interest Registry, the non-profit organization that administers the .org top-level domain. The results were stark.

More than 3,200 individuals and organizations submitted comments to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and most of them focused on a proposal to remove a cap on the price customers could be charged for .org domains.

The existing contract, signed in 2013, banned the Public Interest Registry from charging more than $8.25 per domain. It allowed annual price increases of no more than 10 percent. Registrars can add their own fees on top of this base amount, but competition among registrars helps keep those added fees down.

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PlayStation Vue applies a $5-a-month increase to all live TV plans

PlayStation Vue applies a $5-a-month increase to all live TV plans

Sony announced that it is increasing the subscription cost for its live TV streaming service. PlayStation Vue customers will see all multi-channel plans increase their monthly rates by $5. The change will take effect today for new customers. Existing subscribers will see the prices go up with their first billing period after July 31.

The cheapest package for PlayStation Vue, the Access plan, will now offer a collection of live channels and DVR tools for $49.99 a month. The Core package, which adds several sports channels, will cost $54.99. The Elite level adds movie channels for $64.99 a month while Premium also adds HBO and Showtime for $84.99 a month.

The most common reason prices increase for media subscriptions, both with live video like PlayStation Vue and on-demand viewing like Hulu or Netflix, is the cost of licensing content. Those costs

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Paradox exec: Steam’s 30% fee is “outrageous”

Paradox exec: Steam’s 30% fee is “outrageous”

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Paradox Interactive (Cities: Skylines, Surviving Mars) seems to be getting fed up with the “standard” 30% fee on sales charged by Steam and many other game platforms. Speaking at a Gamelab panel hosted by GamesIndustry.biz last week, Paradox Chairman of the Board and former CEO Fredrik Wester called that state of affairs “outrageous,” adding, “I think the platform holders are taking too much money. Everyone in the press here, just quote me on that.”

The 30% fee baseline, Wester argues, can trace its origins back to the economics of the home video market in the 1970s, when studios like Warner Bros. negotiated similar fees with retailers selling early VHS tapes. “That was physical. It cost a lot of money,” he said. “This doesn’t cost anything. So Epic has done a great job for the whole industry, because you get 88 percent. Fantastic

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Ryuk, Ryuk, Ryuk: Georgia’s courts hit by ransomware

Ryuk, Ryuk, Ryuk: Georgia’s courts hit by ransomware

Enlarge / Court systems in Georgia are down due to a ransomware attack. Surprise. (credit: Rivers Langley / SaveRivers / Wikimedia)

Georgia’s Judicial Council and Administrative Office of the Courts is the victim of the latest ransomware attack against state and local agencies. And this looks like the same type of attack that took down the systems of at least two Florida municipal governments in June.

Administrative Office of the Courts spokesman Bruce Shaw confirmed the ransomware attack to Atlanta’s Channel 11 News. The Administrative Office of the Courts’ website is currently offline.

Shaw told 11 News that some systems had not been affected by the ransomware but that all systems connected to the network had been taken offline to prevent the ransomware from spreading. The Courts’ IT department was in contact with “external agencies” to coordinate a response to the attack, Shaw said.

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Spider-Man: Far from Home film review: Far from necessary

Spider-Man: Far from Home film review: Far from necessary

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Comic and superhero film fans spent months wondering exactly what would happen to the Marvel Cinematic Universe once Avengers: Endgame concluded. Who would die? What would happen to the space-time continuum? Am I Groot?

While the movie answered some major MCU questions and was solid entertainment, it also ended with an unclear path forward. (It’s probably not a spoiler that a multi-part superhero epic concluded with some grim ramifications.) In some ways, Endgame seemed to set up crazy possibilities for Marvel films to come. But I’m here to tell you that, for now, those filmmakers are barreling ahead with exactly the business-as-usual fare you’d expect (or fear) from a multi-corporation entertainment franchise.

That fact lands with a thud in the form of Spider-Man: Far from Home, which plops into theaters on Tuesday, July 2. The powers that be at Disney, Marvel,

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Anti-vax teen that fought ban amid chickenpox outbreak loses in court—again

Anti-vax teen that fought ban amid chickenpox outbreak loses in court—again

Judges in Kentucky have handed down another legal defeat to the unvaccinated teenager who sued his local health department for banning him from school and extracurricular activities amid a chickenpox outbreak earlier this year.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday quietly sided with the health department, saying that it was acting well within its powers to protect public health. The appeals court quoted an earlier ruling by the US Supreme Court saying that “Of paramount necessity, a community has the right to protect itself against an epidemic of disease which threatens the safety of its members.”

The Northern Kentucky Health Department declared the latest court decision a “resounding victory for public health in Kentucky,” in a statement.

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