Report: Jawbone shutting down & liquidating its assets after continued struggles

Jawbone, the company behind once popular fitness trackers, is liquidating its assets and shutting down, according to reports from Business Insider and The Information. The death of Jawbone is the latest in the wearable market thanks in large part to increased competition from Apple.


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Apple’s bug bounty program faltering due to low payouts to researchers, new report claims

A new report from Motherboard today delves into some details regarding Apple’s bug bounty program, an intitative the company launched last year in hopes of encouraging security researching to submit “high-value” bugs in exchange for money. Today’s report, however, explains that the program isn’t taking off as fast as Apple had hoped…


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Instagram acknowledges bug making some accounts appear deleted, says fix is coming

A bizarre Instagram bug is causing some users to think their account has been deleted for no apparent reason, but that’s not actually the case. Over the past 24 hours, a growing number of Instagram users have reported that they have been logged out from their account and are unable to log back in…


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Daily Deals: $110 Vizio sound bar, $140 Acer 27-inch display, and more

iDB’s Daily Deals post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping!

Vizio 38-inch Smartcast Sound Bar

The VIZIO SmartCast 38-inch 3.0 Sound Bar System delivers 3-channel enhanced audio sound at levels of up to 101 dB1. Features include built-in Bluetooth, optical and auxiliary inputs, and a physical remote. Plus, you can download the VIZIO SmartCast app to turn your mobile device into the ultimate remote and discover music across multiple apps at once. I’ve long thought sound bars are a better purchase than a standalone Bluetooth speaker, and at this price it should be a no-brainer.

Buy for $110 (normal price $200).

Acer 27-inch Widscreen HD Display

This Acer monitor showcases a 27″ Widescreen LCD with impressive 1920 x 1080 resolution that delivers excellent detail, making it perfect for widescreen Full HD gaming, multimedia and productivity applications. Enjoy widely available 16:9 HD digital content without image distortion on the expansive widescreen LCD. The remarkable 100 Million:1 contrast ratio ensures a crystal-clear viewing experience while rapid 5ms response time keeps moving images sharp. It also supports both VGA, DVI & HDMI inputs offering greater compatibility.

Buy for $140 (normal price $185).

Fitbit Aria WiFi Smart Scale

Totally different from your dad’s old needle scale, the Fitbit Aria WiFi Smart Scale uses advanced technology to track weight, lean mass, body fat percentage, and body mass index, allowing you to see all the numbers you need to start living a healthier lifestyle. With room for the storage of up to eight users, this scale recognizes who you are, displays your data, and sends your stats straight to your Fitbit account through your home’s WiFi while remaining totally private to you. The sleek polished glass surface looks classy while resisting the condensation from steamy hot showers.

Buy for $100 (normal price $130).

Refurbished Amazon Tap Speaker

Discover and enjoy music, all in one place with Amazon Music-just tap the microphone button and ask for your favorite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you. Stream directly over Wi-Fi from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more. You can also connect via Bluetooth to your music-including iTunes. When on the go, streaming music is just as easy using your phone or other mobile device’s hotspot. Certified refurbished by Amazon to look and function like new.

Buy for $70 (normal price new $100).

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KrBn Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Whether you prefer competitive first-person shooters or real time strategy blockbusters this KrBn anti-ghosting 104-key Mechanical Gaming Keyboard will give you speed and responsiveness like never before. Made for gamers by gamers and equipped with the latest blue switches that provide a crisp, tactile feel, responsiveness and consistency to deliver a satisfyingly pure gaming experience. This USB keyboard is compatible with most computer system including Windows10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Mac OS X, Windows XP, etc.

Buy for $60 (normal price $250).

13-inch MacBook Air 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage

Top rated eBay seller 6ave (99% positive feedback rating) has the mid-2017 13-inch MacBook Air on sale for $800. The specs of this incredibly capable machine include a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 6000 integrated graphics card, 128GB of storage and more. This is a great deal on a solid laptop, particularly for those looking to get into the Mac ecosystem. Computer is brand new, with official 1-year AppleCare warranty, and it ships for free.

Buy for $800 (normal price $1,000).

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Qualcomm officially files patent infringement suit against Apple, seeking iPhone import ban

As it continues its ongoing battle with Apple, Qualcomm today has officially filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the company, seeking an import ban on the iPhone. This move was first reported earlier this year, but Qualcomm today made it official.


Source: 9to5 Mac

Apple’s free app of the week: Ridge Racer Slipstream

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Ridge Racer Slipstream. For the next 7 days, you can pick up the popular arcade racer for free on both iPhone and iPad, a solid savings of $3.

From the App Store Editors’ notes:

Take to the road in an arcade racer where drafting, drifting, and well-timed nitro boosts are key to a first-place finish. Solid handling makes driving a white-knuckled joy, while 10 gorgeous tracks and multiple game modes will keep you hooked for hours on end.

And here’s a clip of the game in action:

Apple seeds tvOS 10.2.2 beta 5 to developers

Apple on Thursday seeded the fifth beta of tvOS 10.2.2 to developers. The update comes just a little over two weeks after beta 4, and registered developers with the appropriate profile installed on their fourth-gen Apple TV can apply it via the over-the air mechanism.

From what we’ve seen in the betas thus far, tvOS 10.2.2 doesn’t include many significant user-facing changes. Instead, as with iOS 10.3.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.6, the update appears to be more focused on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes.

tvOS 10.2.2 is expected to be released to the public within the next few weeks, and it should be one of the final tvOS 10.x.x releases as Apple has already begun seeing betas of tvOS 11, the next major revision of its set-top box operating system.

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Samsung delays Bixby’s English rollout over lack of big data

Samsung’s personal digital assistant Bixby is currently available in Korean, but its English version won’t launch by the end of this month as company executives originally promised.

As The Korea Herald reported Thursday (via The Loop), Bixby’s English version has been delayed because Samsung lacks big data needed to train Bixby to speak English fluently.

“Developing Bixby in other languages is taking more time than we expected mainly because of the lack of the accumulation of big data,” said a Samsung spokesperson.

Samsung’s mobile chief, Koh Dong-jin, promised in April that Bixby’s English and Chinese versions would be unveiled in May and in June of this year, respectively.

Even though Samsung launched a beta of Bixby for some US consumers last month, it was met with mixed responses due to what Samsung described as “unsatisfactory results in terms of responding to requests and questions”.

Difficult communication between the engineers located at Samsung Research America in California and the headquarters in Korea is also blamed for Bixby’s English delay.

According to a source cited in the report:

Many engineers in the United States are making full efforts to develop the English version of Bixby. But, due to geographical and language barriers their frequent reports to and communication with the management located in Korea makes the progress much slower than developing the Korean version here.

This can’t be good news for Samsung, which debuted its latest Galaxy S8 lineup in March with Bixby as one of its headlining features. The new handsets feature a dedicated button on the side for quickly summoning Bixby. The South Korean company even issued a software update to stop third-party apps from changing the button’s function.

Although Samsung last year snapped up Viv Labs, the developer behind Apple’s Siri, their AI technology won’t be used in Bixby before the personal assistant becomes more complete.

The Wall Street Journal reported two days ago that Samsung is building a Bixby-powered smart speaker, joining a proliferating arms race in tabletop devices against the likes of Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft.

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