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McDonald’s turns food tray into a music production app

McDonald’s turns food tray into a music production app

Food trays at fast food restaurants are designed to do one thing: get your food to a table in an easy and quick manner. But as our digital age progresses, it's time for these plastic trays to start doing more. Last year we saw KFC turn them into Bluetooth keyboards so you can keep your greasy fingers off your phone's screen. Now it's McDonald’s turn, and they've turned the tray into a mini music production tool.

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Apple Music expected to get more intuitive overhaul at June’s WWDC

Apple Music expected to get more intuitive overhaul at June’s WWDC

While the Apple Music has been Apple's biggest venture into the consumer music market since iTunes, the streaming service has had a rough first year and been subject to much criticism. But it looks like the first major upgrade is on the way, as a new report from Bloomberg says this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June will see the debut of an overhauled Apple Music, with a focus on being easier to use.

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Sony debuts new audio gear for the ultimate home theater setup

Sony debuts new audio gear for the ultimate home theater setup

Sony unveiled a number of new home audio products back in January at CES 2016, and now, as the gear is hitting store shelves, the Japanese tech giant has revealed pricing and additional spec details. All the gear is related to improving a home's audio setup, whether it be from movies and TV or various music services. The new lineup includes speakers, A/V receivers, TV sound bars, and audio & video players.

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Xperia X series pre-orders start in Europe

Xperia X series pre-orders start in Europe

Sony Mobile has begun taking pre-orders for the entire Xperia X line of smartphones in Europe. Pre-orders are underway for the Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia X Performance. The latter model is only available for pre-order in select European countries with the others available across various regions in Europe. In the UK, the Xperia X will sell for £469 and in other European countries it will sell for €599.

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iPhone 7 to keep 3.5mm headphone port claims new leak

iPhone 7 to keep 3.5mm headphone port claims new leak

Apple has a long history making your favorite accessories obsolete with new models of the iPhone. It did this when it went from the larger 30-pin charge and sync connector to the new Lightning port. Everyone had to buy new accessories like docking stations and car chargers or use an ugly adapter. Rumors originating from leaks of cases seen claiming to be for the iPhone 7 hinted that Apple might again obsolete your accessories by removing the 3.5mm headphone adapter. That might not be the case with another rumor surfacing this week.

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3Doodler Create upgrade makes for easier doodling

3Doodler Create upgrade makes for easier doodling

The original 3Doodler pen was a cool device that was a bit of a cross between a hot glue gun and a 3D printer that allowed you to create 3D objects using plastic that came out molten and hardened once the plastic hit the air. That original version of the 3Doodler hit Kickstarter back in 2013 and was a rather fat device. 3Doodler 2.0 later hit the market making the pen even better and now a third version has been announced called the 3Doodler Create.

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Apple loses exclusive use of ‘iPhone’ trademark in China

Apple loses exclusive use of ‘iPhone’ trademark in China

The term "iPhone" is synonymous with Apple the world over, but in China, where trademarks are often ignored, a court has ruled that's not exactly the case. Apple has lost a trademark suit in the country against the Beijing-based Xintong Tiandi Technology, which sells leather goods like phone cases and handbags under the product name "IPHONE." This means the Cupertino company no longer has exclusive use of the iPhone brand name in China, as it must share it with the local accessories maker.

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Opera and Opera Mini get built-in ad blocker

Opera and Opera Mini get built-in ad blocker

The Opera browser has been gaining some cool new features recently. Last month the version of Opera for computer users gained a free and integrated VPN solution in the developer version that will eventually come to all users in the standard version of the browser. Opera is back now with the announcement that Opera for computers and Opera Mini are getting a built in ad blocker.

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Nextbit Robin phone comes to Amazon, save $100 during first week

Nextbit Robin phone comes to Amazon, save $100 during first week

The Nextbit Robin, the Android-powered smartphone with a focus on storing unnecessary content in the cloud instead of locally, has landed on Amazon, giving those who missed the successful $1.36 million Kickstarter a chance to pick one up. And there's a great incentive to buy it on Amazon too: it's available for $100 off the regular asking price, but only from today, May 4th, through May 10th.

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Apple Pencil patent hints next stylus to feature swappable tips, eraser

Apple Pencil patent hints next stylus to feature swappable tips, eraser

The latest news in Apple product patents comes in the form of an older filing for the stylus known as the Apple Pencil. While the patent was filed back in 2012, it includes details on several features that may make their way into the next generation of the iPad drawing accessory, including interchangeable tips to simulate different writing/drawing tools, as well as new sensors, and even Touch ID.

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GIPHY Keys, the GIF keyboard, launches on iOS

GIPHY Keys, the GIF keyboard, launches on iOS

The GIPHY Keys keyboard has arrived on iOS, giving iPhone users a simple and sleek way to send just about any GIF their heart desires…regardless of what app they’re in. If you’ve ever used GIPHY on Facebook Messenger, you already know how it works — type a word and scroll through the resulting GIFs. Tap the one you want and it’ll be sent off to your talking companion, whether you’re chatting, texting, emailing, or something else entirely.

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Australia will use herpes to destroy pesky carp fish

Australia will use herpes to destroy pesky carp fish

Carp, a pest fish in Australia, will be facing an epidemic sometime around 2018, at least if the Australian government follows through with a newly announced plan. The nation’s deputy prime minister has announced “carpageddon,” a program that will use a herpes virus to eradicate the European carp and, hopefully, make it possible for native species to better thrive in local waterways.

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