1. Everything you need to know about Apple’s big reveals

    Get the lowdown on the new iPhones, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay system

     


  2. Imagine a solar-powered iPhone, or a Siri interface on an asteroid mining spaceship…

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  3. Astronauts, marathoners, and smartphone users (read: everyone) say “Thanks, technology!”

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  4. Costume Quest

    The central gimmick of Costume Quest is that wearing a costume gives you that costume’s powers. If you dress up as a robot, you can glide around on wheels; if you dress up as the Statue of Liberty, you can use a torch to light your way. It’s pure childhood wish fulfillment, and the perfect material for a fun, irreverent children’s movie — think something like Coraline or Paranorman, and you’ll get the idea.

    6 iPhone games that would make great movies

     

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  6. Apple rejected what could have been the best iPhone game ever

    Behold: The psychotic bliss that is Send Me to Heaven

     

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  8. iOS 7’s most important new feature

    In spring 2012, a talented young New York City chef named Hwangbum Yang, 26, was headed uptown after a typically long shift at The Modern — a trendy restaurant tucked away in a Manhattan art museum. A Sunday school teacher and son of immigrant parents, Yang dreamed of one day returning to Korea after making a name for himself as a premier chef in the big city.

    That night, however, his dream of making his parents proud was abruptly cut short. About two blocks away from his apartment in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, a twenty-something in a grey hoodie stopped in front of Yang and fired a single shot straight into his chest. According to an eyewitness, the thief then kicked over Yang’s body, quickly rummaged through his pockets, and took his iPhone. A wallet full of cash was left behind.

    Police later found the budding chef’s phone on Craigslist. The asking price? $400.

    A look at iOS 7’s kill switch.

     

  9. Hallelujah!

    In case you weren’t around when a noisy chorus of iPhone fans made Twitter explode Wednesday night, you’ll be pleased to hear that Google Maps is now available for Apple’s iOS. Critics agree: It’s better than ever

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  10. Cartoon of the day: iLost a job
    DAN WASSERMAN © 2012 Tribune Media Services

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  11. Cartoon of the day — Apple leads us astray
    MIKE KEEFE © 2012 Cagle Cartoons

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  12. The decision to drag its feet on a new Apple-approved Google Maps could be the smartest move for Google. Its more reliable mapping program gives Android a leg up on Apple and gives the company a clear advantage that any consumer can easily understand.
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    Shara Tibken at CNET.
    Google chairman Eric Schmidt says the company has no immediate plans to bring Google Maps to Apple’s App Store, much to the annoyance of iOS users. Is this a smart move for Google?

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  13. Mei Xiang, one of the National Zoo’s giant pandas, finally gives birth to a cub after five consecutive false pregnancies.Photo: REUTERS/Molly Riley

    GOOD DAY FOR:

    Outsmarting the paparazzi
    The Amazing Spider-Man stars (and real-life couple) Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield “charity-bomb” the paparazzi by holding up signs promoting a charity’s website as the paps snap the stars’ photo. [The Frisky]

    Your sweet tooth
    Japanese scientists create artificial tooth enamel that could help prevent tooth decay without the need for vigilant brushing. [Consumerist]

    Persistent pandas
    After five false pregnancies, the National Zoo’s female giant panda finally welcomes a new cub into the world. [Newser]

    BAD DAY FOR:

    Moving on
    Samsung launches a new ad campaign claiming that its smartphones boast more impressive features than the iPhone — suggesting that the company is still bitter about having to pay Apple $1 billion for patent infringement. [Geekosystem]

    Trusting without verifying
    Fox & Friends gets trolled on the air by a a young man claiming to be a disillusioned former Obama supporter, who spends the interview making fun of host Gretchen Carlson instead of bashing Obama. [HyperVocal]

    Adding insult to injury
    After troubled former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes’ well-publicized driving mishaps, Lindsay Lohan calls Bynes out via Twitter, demanding to know why she hasn’t been put in the slammer. [The Daily What

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