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Samsung Uses Apple Watch Illustrations in Smartwatch Patent Application

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Samsung is such a shady company. The firm’s intellectual property practices have been documented for decades, but Patently Apple found something that illustrates the issue well. In a patent application for removable smartwatch bands also borrowed from Apple Watch, Samsung used illustrations of an Apple Watch. The company did so without attribution or acknowledgement, though it’s unknown if it did so with or without irony. The image below shows two of those Apple Watch illustrations, one with the Apple’s charging and sensor mechanisms. Click through to Patently Apple and you’ll see many more, including a variety of Apple Watch bands, Apple Watch in profile, etc.

Samsung Uses Apple Watch Illustrations in Smartwatch Patent Application

PDFpen 8 All-Purpose PDF Editor for Mac: $37

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Smile Software's PDFpen

Hey, cool. We get to offer you a deal on PDFpen 8 for Mac from Smile Software. This software is an all-purpose PDF reader and editor. You can edit text, add images, redact information, export to Microsoft Word format, and a lot more. PDFpen 8 is priced at $74.95, but you can get it through our deal for just $37.

Apple Commercial Showcases 'The Human Family'

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Apple posted a new commercial in its Shot on iPhone series. It’s called The Human Family, and it showcases photographs and videos of people around the world, all shot on an iPhone, of course. It’s a wonderful trip around the world shown through faces of markedly different people. Serving as a backdrop to this parade is Human Family, a poem by Maya Angelou. The whole thing is lovely and compelling. Check it out.

Watch CarPlay Siri Read Every iPhone Emoji (Video)

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Got thirty minutes to spare? If so, I have a video for you. It’s called Watch CarPlay Read Every iPhone Emoji, and it was produced by Motor1.com (via The Next Web). It may be one of the most ridiculous things I have experienced, so I’m pretty keen to get you in on the action, too. The idea is simple: One person sent another person a text message using every emoji in iOS 9.x—all 1,064 of them. Firstly, can you imagine the time making that message took? But wait, it gets better, because they then had CarPlay in what looks like a Honda read that text message. And when Siri is reading emoji, she reads the name of that emoji. Put it all together, and you get this 29 minute and 27 second video. It’s delightful, agonizing, beautiful, horrific, and funny, all wrapped up in one. Enjoy!

Watch Mini Robots Climb Walls and Weave Hammock...Like Spiders

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This has me somewhere between creeped out and awesomefied, but check out this video. It’s a demonstration of “mini robots”—or “robot spiders,” as The Next Web put it—weaving a structure of carbon fiber. Or more specifically, a hammock. These devices can climb walls and crawl across ceilings (like spiders), and they work in concert to pull strands of carbon fiber to build “structures.” Call me old fashioned, but it’s hardly reassuring that the hammock they built looks a lot like a vicious spiderweb, and that the model lying in that web, I mean hammock, looks lifeless. See what I mean? It’s creeptastic and amazeballs all the same time (YMMV). Dezeen has a detailed report on the project.

Watch Mini Robots Climb Walls and Weave Hammock…Like Spiders

The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course: $25

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The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course

We have a deal for you today on the Complete iOS 10 Developer Course. It features 30 hours of content, including 217 lectures. You’ll learn SiriKit, Messages, Maps—all with new features for developers in iOS 10, as well as an in-depth look at the rest of the operating system. You can get this course through our deal for just $25.

Apple Launches Surface Pro Spot Starring iPad Pro

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Check out Apple’s new iPad Pro commercial, titled “iPad Pro — What’s a Computer?” It’s like a Microsoft Surface Pro spot, with a prettier star, better lighting, better graphics, and better direction. It pitches iPad Pro as a computer, only one you can touch, type on, and write on using a stylus. It features iPad Pro (9.7-inch), Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil. It’s almost like Apple is saying this combination of devices is kind of like a toasterfridge that can do it all. I’d love to hear some thoughts from our readers on this.

Apple Launches Surface Pro Spot Starring iPad Pro

Apple Adding More than 100 Diverse Emoji to iOS 10

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Sample from Apple's New Emojis in iOS 10

Apple announced Monday that it will add more than 100 diverse emoji to iOS 10. The new emojis are part of the Unicode Consortium’s ongoing efforts to expand emojis, and Apple said it’s working with the Consortium to include diverse options.

The Ultra-Efficient File Management Bundle for Mac: $19.99

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Yep, Deep, Fresh, Leap

We have a deal for today on four Mac utilities for managing your files: Yes, Leap, Deep, and Fresh. They’re designed to help you keep track of your documents, make more of tags, match images, and more. You can get all four apps through our deal for $19.99. Check out the details in the deal listing.

Play Risk and Oregon Trailer on MacPlus System 7 Emulator

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We’ve mentioned many Mac emulators, but The Next Web found another called PCE Macplus emulator running Mac OS System 7. There’s a couple of version on James Friends’s website, but this one will let you play Dark Castle and The Oregon Trail in all their Mac Plus grayscale glory. There’s also MacDraw, MacPaint, Microsoft Works 3.0, Pagemaker 2.0 (😍), and utilities like ResEdit 2.1.3. All of this runs right in your browser through Javascript, so check it out.

Play Risk and Oregon Trailer on MacPlus System 7 Emulator

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Trailer (from Comic-Con)

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Douglas Adams’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is coming to BBC America! The first trailer for the series was released this week at Comic-Con, and it looks amazing.  It stars Samuel Barnett in the title role, with Elijah Wood as his assistant Todd. I enjoyed the Dirk Gently novels, and I’m looking forward to this eight-episode series. Enjoy the new trailer!

The 1994 Video Where Steve Jobs Stares Down Mortality and Legacy

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Steve Jobs was almost always compelling, intensely so. The Loop noted this video interview from 1994 when a bearded Mr. Jobs was still at NeXT. I’m not sure what he was asked (something about equating computing to the Renaissance), but his answer is intensely compelling. His central thesis is that advances in computing technology are ephemeral, and that all of his work “will be obsolete by the time I’m 50.” What’s unsaid is that legacy wasn’t the thing that drove him. Mr. Jobs relentlessly pursued the future, and this answer is part and parcel of that drive.  I highly recommend watching it.

Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount: $12.99

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Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount

Check out the Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount. It has a flexible neck that allows you to position your smartphone just the way you want it. and the universal mount is designed to hold what the manufacturer says is all smartphones. The clamp is shock-resistant and slip-resistant rubber pad that won’t slide, You can get this device through our deal for $12.99.