iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, macOS 10.14 beta 2: here’s what’s new

iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, macOS 10.14 beta 2: here’s what’s new

Inching closer to its massive Fall rollout, Apple released the second developer beta of all of its four operating systems. Of course, most of the new features have already been revealed at WWDC earlier this month so there are few surprises here, if any. That said, it’s still reassuring to see those promised features come to life and hopefully remain there as developers help hunt bugs and iron out the kinks.

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Google Play security will extend to apps shared offline

Google Play security will extend to apps shared offline

Issues of control aside, there are technical and practical benefits to getting your Android apps from Google Play Store instead of third-party repositories or, worse, free-floating APKs. The biggest problem with that, however, is that installing apps, or even just browsing, requires an Internet connection, which might not be available at all times in all markets. Realizing that their ideal scenario doesn’t exactly reflect reality, Google is now taking steps to make sure that apps downloaded from Google Play Store and shared offline can be verified as safe and treated like any normal Google Play Store app.

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Slow San Andreas Fault movements may trigger big California earthquakes

Slow San Andreas Fault movements may trigger big California earthquakes

A new study warns that slow movements on the San Andreas fault line could trigger bigger earthquakes. The research was detailed in a newly published study out of Arizona State University, where a pair of geophysicists found that so-called "slow earthquake" activity can result in larger -- and potentially destructive -- earthquakes.

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Disney seeks competitors for Nintendo Switch Showdown contest

Disney seeks competitors for Nintendo Switch Showdown contest

Disney is getting in on the growing popularity of televised gaming competitions with its own contest. The company is seeking families who want to compete in its Nintendo Switch Family Showdown, a competition where four families will travel to Los Angeles and spend one day battling it out.

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Star Trek reboot with Patrick Stewart as Picard tipped at CBS

Star Trek reboot with Patrick Stewart as Picard tipped at CBS

Patrick Stewart may return to Star Trek under a new deal that revives his The Next Generation role. Sources talking about the alleged show claim Alex Kurtzman, who has renewed his contract with CBS, is working with Akiva Goldsman on the reboot. Even better, the sources claim that Patrick Stewart may return to the rebooted series in his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

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Facebook AI learns to add eyes in selfies when someone blinks

Facebook AI learns to add eyes in selfies when someone blinks

Facebook researchers have been developing a machine learning technology that can add eyes to a selfie in which the subject is blinking. The company detailed the technology on its Research website recently, explaining that in-painting is used to remove the closed eyelids and replace them with what appears to be the subject's own eyes.

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Virtual reality headsets make it easier to give kids shots

Virtual reality headsets make it easier to give kids shots

Children aren't the most receptive when it comes to needles, but virtual reality is helping change that. A new study details research into the use of VR headsets in the doctor's office, specifically as a tool to distract kids from the mild pain associated with getting a shot or blood drawn. Turns out, the majority of kids stop caring about the needle when there's a headset strapped to their face.

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Oppo Find X: Everything you need to know

Oppo Find X: Everything you need to know

Smartphone buyers want full-screen phones but they don't like notches, and so the Oppo Find X takes a different route. Its slide-out camera array delivers both practicality and drama to the new Android handset, unveiled officially today in Paris, France.

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Oculus Go Review: So Simple, So Great

Oculus Go Review: So Simple, So Great

Be cautious when you see the headlines for this device - most people want to say one of two things. One, this is the device that will bring VR mainstream! Two, this device isn't any different than any smartphone VR system, and isn't worth your time. Today we're going to be real about this situation: If you've got $200, you want to own a VR headset, but you don't want to pay $400 for a full-powered PC headset plus full-powered PC (probably a thousand more dollars, or more), then this is your key: Oculus Go.

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YouTube TV scores Starz add-on premium channels

YouTube TV scores Starz add-on premium channels

YouTube TV, the platform's live television streaming service, has added Starz as a new add-on premium option. The new support was announced by Starz today, which says that it has brought a total of 14 of its channels to the YouTube television service. As with other services and premium channels, customers will have to pay extra to get the Starz access.

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GameStop confirms “exploratory” buyout talks

GameStop confirms “exploratory” buyout talks

GameStop, despite its apparent dominance in the realm of brick and mortar games sales, is struggling against a shifting tide. This new era of buying games online and downloading them to your console has taken its toll on GameStop, and now the massive retailer has confirmed that it's in talks for a potential buyout. That, of course, doesn't mean that a buyout is imminent, but the fact that GameStop is even considering selling in the first place is pretty big news.

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Amazon patent reveals warehouse drones with claws and airbags

Amazon patent reveals warehouse drones with claws and airbags

Another Amazon patent has appeared at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In the document, Amazon details a new type of drone designed specifically for its warehouses. Unlike quadcopters and similar drones consumers are familiar with, Amazon's illustrations show a unique bubble-like drone with a claw similar to the one found in crane arcade games.

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