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Google Photos Commercial Aims at iPhone Owners Who Need Storage

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Google has a new spot poking at an issue affecting million of iPhone owners—not enough storage for photos and videos. Related: new 16GB iPhones shouldn’t be a thing in 2016. Oh, and I specify iPhone owners because the popup window at the heart of the ad’s gag is iOS. Besides, Google knows the best customers use iPhones. Anyhoo, Google has a solution for this problem, the Google Photos app. With this app, your photos and videos are uploaded to Google’s cloud storage (where Google then pilfers them for information it can sell to advertisers). The company left that parenthetical bit out of the ad, but the ad is really good.

NightStand for Apple Watch: $19.95

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Nightstand for Apple Watch

Check out Nightstand for Apple Watch, a charging stand that puts your Apple Watch in nightstand mode. It features a suction cup so that it sticks where you put it, making it easy to pull your Apple Watch off the stand. You can get it through our deal for $19.95.

Apple Gets Approval to Sell Wholesale Energy as Tech Giants Blaze Renewable Trail

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Apple Solar Farm

Apple Energy LLC, the Apple subsidiary that develops and maintains Apple’s U.S. energy generation projects, received regulatory approval to sell electricity into the wholesale market. This will give Apple flexibility in developing electricity generation for its own use. It also demonstrates how technology giants have developed renewable energy traditional utilities have been slow to build.

Comprehensive Drone Tour Shows Major Progress on Apple's Spaceship HQ

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Apple Campus 2.0—nicknamed the Spaceship HQ—has seen a lot of progress, as shown in a new comprehensive drone tour of the building. This is the most detailed drone video of the construction site I’ve seen to date, as it looks at at the main, circular building, side buildings, the tunnels leading to underground parking, and more. It’s a 4K video, too, meaning the clarity is outstanding. Apple Campus 2.0 is scheduled for completion in 2017.

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