Want to move something at nearly the speed of light? Here’s how

Video shot and directed by Justin Wolfson, edited by John Cappello. Click here for transcript.

We recently ran a little poll of our science readers to find out what they were looking for from our coverage. One of the things that was clear was that you wanted to know how things work—what’s the technology that enables the latest science (and vice versa), and how does it operate?

These things can be a challenge to handle via text, since there are often a lot of moving parts, things that really require diagrams to explain, and so forth. In a lot of ways, this makes video a better tool for helping people visualize what’s going on. Given that we’ve got access to people who make some fine videos, we decided to give it a try.

What you’ll see above is our first go at explaining a pretty amazing bit of technology: the

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Tim Cook calls removing Alex Jones simply ‘curation’

In an interview with Vice News Tonight on HBO Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly explained some of the reasoning behind removing Alex Jones and InfoWars from the company’s podcast app and App Store. According to Cook, the move wasn’t politically motivated, or coordinated with any other tech companies, as he denied ever discussing the subject with them.

Instead, he said: “What users want from us and what we’ve always provided them is a curated platform. We think the what the user wants is someone that does review these apps, someone that does review the podcasts, someone that on like Apple news, where a human is selecting the top stories. And that’s what we do.”

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Some iPhone XS units won’t charge until you wake the screen

It wouldn’t be a major phone launch without some teething troubles, and the iPhone XS appears to be no exception to the rule. Some device owners on Apple’s forums, Reddit and Unbox Therapy (among others) have reported that their units won’t charge properly through the Lightning cable until the screen wakes up. In certain cases, it won’t work until you both wake the screen and reconnect. Suffice it to say this could be inconvenient if you plugged in at night and were counting on a full charge the following day.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Apple, Reddit, Unbox Therapy (YouTube)

Video: “Delta V,” our new series on all the happenings in the heavens, is live

Video edited by Kevin Gallagher. Click here for transcript. (video link)

During the last decade or so, there has been an incredible amount of money, time, and energy put into revitalizing the launch industry, both in the United States and around the world.

Less than a decade ago, no company had ever developed an orbital rocket on its own and successfully launched a payload into orbit. SpaceX finally accomplished that feat in September 2008, opening the floodgates of private investment. The aerospace world today is radically different as a result, with more than 100 companies now seeking to build orbital rockets of varying size, scope, and capacity.

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Video: A quick explainer on the promise—and risks—of TrueDepth in the iPhone XS

Valentina Palladino and iOS developer Nathan Gitter explain Apple’s TrueDepth camera. (video link)

Apple’s new iPhones launch this week, and unlike last year, every one of the new devices comes equipped with the TrueDepth sensor array originally found in the iPhone X. Most consumers who are interested in Apple’s products know that piece of technology drives Face ID (an authentication method by which you log into your phone just by showing it your face) and Animojis, those 3D animated characters in Messages that follow your facial expressions.

But Apple and the developers who make apps for its platforms have more applications for the 3D sensing tech planned in the future, and consumers might not be aware of them. In this video, Ars Technica’s Valentina Palladino and iOS app developer Nathan Gitter talk about how TrueDepth works, what exciting things it might be used for in the future, and what users

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Video: UX expert helps explain why Fortnite is such a success

Video shot and edited by Justin Wolfson and CNE. Click here for transcript.

In the world of user experience (UX) design, no challenge is bigger than the one presented by a complex, action-loaded video game. And that goes triple for a game like Fortnite.

This online-gaming sensation combines three very complex ideas—high-speed combat, incessant equipment upgrades, and a make-your-own-buildings system—into one experience. How do you make it easy for gamers to juggle so much, all while they’re battling 99 other people at once? For developer Epic Games, the answer lies with a carefully designed user experience full of secrets and subtleties.

Although Fortnite gets something of a bad rap from the “curmudgeonly gamers” demographic (“The kids play it on their iPhones, so I automatically hate it!”), the game’s popularity is impossible to argue with. We are firmly in the era of the battle royale, and with Fortnite currently riding high

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Security flaw left Safari and Edge users vulnerable to fake websites

A security researcher uncovered a flaw in both Safari and Microsoft’s Edge browser that allowed the URL of a safe website to be displayed in the address bar while users were actually being taken to a different, and possibly malicious, website. Rafay Baloch spotted the security issue and notified Apple and Microsoft in early June. But while Microsoft issued a fix in August, Apple has yet to respond to Baloch’s report.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Rafay Baloch

Apple’s iPhone event will be livestreamed on Twitter, too

Don’t feel like dusting off Safari or Edge tomorrow to watch Apple’s next iPhone reveal? Well, for the first time ever, the event will be live-streamed on Twitter. The news first appeared as a sponsored Tweet from the hardware juggernaut yesterday, and TechCrunch confirmed it with the company. Tap the heart button on the tweet embedded below, and Apple promises you’ll get updates as they happen.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Apple (Twitter)

Top-grossing Mac App Store app steals users’ browser histories

Adware Doctor is a top app in Apple’s Mac App Store, sitting at number five in the list of top paid apps and leading the list of top utilities apps, as of writing. It says it’s meant to prevent “malware and malicious files from infecting your Mac” and claims to be one of the best apps to do so, but unbeknownst to its users, it’s also stealing their browser history and downloading it to servers in China.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Objective-See

5 reasons Apple’s video service will be worth billions

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The race is on as Apple’s TV on demand service inches toward launch

Apple is investing huge quantities of cash in creating compelling video content around which it hopes to build an exciting and enticing subscription video on demand (SVOD) service that takes on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Here are some of the reasons its service should work:

What has Apple been doing to build an SVOD service?

Apple has built a substantial crew of film and film-related industry talent to help push the new product idea forward. It has hired key executive talent,  purchased rights to content from some big names, including Steven Spielberg, and is busy figuring out a business strategy, one that’s likely to be supported by innovative technology offerings.

Key executives include people withbackgrounds in Sony, Netflix, WGN, Tribune Studios, Amazon, Hulu and broadcasters from all over the world. Led by Zack Van Amburg and

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What to expect from Apple’s 2018 iPhone event

After last year’s iPhone X introduction, you’d think anything Apple would unveil at its September 12th “Gather Round” event would be anticlimactic. Not so — if anything, it could be one of the company’s biggest launch events in recent memory. It’s likely that Apple will announce three new iPhones, not to mention the first substantial changes to the Apple Watch design since its 2015 debut. And then there’s a myriad of potential announcements beyond that, such as an iPhone X-inspired iPad Pro, the long-delayed AirPower mat and new AirPods. It’s a lot to take in, but we’re here to separate the wheat from the chaff and give you an idea of what Tim Cook and crew will reveal when they take the stage.

No lasers or Linux hacks, but Better Call Saul remains one of TV’s techiest shows

Tech on TV: Better Call Saul. Click here for transcript. (video link)

On the surface, nothing about Better Call Saul appears particularly innovative. Crime and legal dramas stand as one of TV’s oldest formats, and this one happens to be set in the near-past. The show can’t even draw on the latest headlines where the bleeding edge of tech runs into law. On top of that, of course, Saul spun-off from the wildly successfully Breaking Bad, meaning a lot of this world’s largest narrative arcs have been spelled out already (to say nothing of the critical shadow Breaking Bad casts). 

And yet through three seasons, Better Call Saul has surprised viewers from every angle—its subtle tech-savvy included. If the show’s writing and visual language don’t give it away, Saul happens to boast one of television’s most experienced and creative staff and crew. Even if Jimmy McGill doesn’t have

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Searching: You’ve never seen Windows XP and load screens like this

Ars chats up the team behind Searching. Click here for transcript. (video link)

Searching may seem like a pass on paper: yet another thriller that plays out on computer screens. From Unfriended to Modern Family, viewers have seen this schtick before. To potentially complicate matters further, this one comes from a brand-new director.

But Aneesh Chaganty is not new to telling stories through screens—the Searching director and co-writer spent two years making ads at Google. He famously landed the role after making a viral short called “Seeds” that leveraged Google Glass, another creative constraint. “I quit my job at Google in NYC and moved to LA to make an indie movie,” he tells Ars about Searching. “But I was a filmmaker at Google; I was writing, developing, and directing commercials there. And a lot of my job was to take technology and give it a larger emotional narrative

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Sitrep: The Air Force’s senior-citizen chopper may have to hold off retirement

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The US Air Force has some of the most high-tech aircraft in the world flying missions at the spear’s tip. But a remarkably large number of its systems are what would gently be referred to as “vintage”—and those systems are performing some of the Air Force’s most important missions. One of those senior-citizen systems earned its wings during the war in Vietnam—the 48-year-old UH-1 Iroquois, also known as the “Huey”.

We’ve reported frequently on the role that the A-10 Thunderbolt II fills for the Air Force. The 1970s-era turbofan-powered tank-killer turned close-air-support-provider-extraordinaire is constantly called upon in Afghanistan and Syria to provide firepower to protect US and allied forces. The B-52, the strategic bomber that entered service in the 1950s, has years of service still ahead of it—flying long-duration missions ranging from strategic deterrence to close air support in uncontested skies. And the land leg of the

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Apple Music documentary chronicles the making of Kesha’s ‘Rainbow’

Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of the release of Kesha’s Rainbow, an album that confronts deep pain, features “spine-shivering feats” as Billboard noted and includes what Rolling Stone called the “best music of her career.” On August 10th, Apple Music will celebrate the album and the woman behind it with a documentary about Kesha and the making of Rainbow. Rainbow – The Film includes never-before-seen footage of Kesha performances, the writing and recording of Rainbow and “psychedelic vignettes” that depict the artist’s struggles and inner demons.

Leaked Apple repair videos offer a peek behind the curtain

Apple products aren’t necessarily made for you to repair them at home; you generally need to take your ailing iPhone or Macbook Pro into an Apple retail store for any significant fixes or part replacement. Now, however, a YouTube account has apparently leaked eleven official-looking internal training videos that show how repairs are made on iPhone X, iMac Pro and MacBook Pro.

Via: Motherboard

Source: Arman Haji/YouTube

MacBook Pro review (2018): Apple plays catch-up

With the new MacBook Pro, Apple is just trying to keep pace with the rest of the computing industry. The biggest upgrade is Intel’s latest CPUs, which have been popping up in PCs since last fall. And there are some other slight hardware tweaks, too. Basically, it’s a classic Apple refresh: Not much has changed. Put the MacBook Pro side by side with last year’s model and it’s impossible to tell the difference. Still, if you’re a committed Mac user, they’re exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Everyone else should take a long, hard look at the competition.

A Guide to Quick Actions in macOS Mojave

In about two months, we expect the next version of macOS — macOS 10.14 Mojave — to become available. To get you excited about Mojave’s features and capabilities, the Rocket Yard has been offering sneak peeks at some of the features we’re most interested in. Today, we’re highlighting Finder Quick Actions, a new way to quickly edit files without the need to launch the apps associated with them.

Enabling Quick Actions
With a powerful new feature like Quick Actions, it wouldn’t be “Mac-like” if Apple made it hard to use. All you’ll need to do is open a Finder window, then select View > Show Preview (keyboard shortcut: Shift-Command-P). In earlier versions of macOS, Preview displays a sidebar with a small preview of a file along with its size, creation, modification, and last opened dates, and the ability to add tags.

In macOS Mojave, Quick Actions are added below the preview

Quick Actions listed below the Preview at right in this screenshot
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Apple’s MacBook Pro refresh appeals to power users

Good news, Mac fans: If you were waiting for Apple to refresh the MacBook Pro, today is your lucky day. Both the 13- and 15-inch models have received some under-the-hood upgrades, along with a quieter keyboard. (Be warned: It’s maybe not the overhaul some of you were hoping for.) These new models are are available today starting at the same prices as before: $1,299 and up for the 13-inch model and $2,399-plus for the 15-incher. I had a chance to see them in use this week, and will also be receiving a review unit any day now, at which point we’ll be doing some performance and battery life testing (and, yes, checking to see if the keyboard tweaks make a difference). For now, here’s a rundown of what you can expect across the line.