Apple wants you to get very excited about, oh, the App Store

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.


My plan is to spend the evening finding interesting apps on the App Store.

Apple/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Please lie here on my chaise-longue and we’ll play word association.

When I say “App Store,” what word first comes into your mind?

“Whatever,” perhaps. Or “Stultifying.”

Well, Apple wants to put a stop to those feelings. It wants you to feel that its App Store is an exciting place where you’ll find unexpected pleasures.

On Wednesday, you see, Cupertino released four new ads, all designed to make you reassess your App Store experience.

The main ad insists that with iOS 11, which launched on Tuesday, you get an all-new App Store. That may remind you of car ads that promise an all-new Chevy Suburban and you shake your head sadly and mutter: “Yeah, but it’s still a Chevy Suburban.”

Here, though, Apple wants you to broaden your App Store joys. It encourages you to “find your next favorite app.” Which is odd, because I spend some time every day working out how few apps I really need to use.

The ad also wants you to “read great stories, every day.” But I either go to Amazon, TMZ or to Donald Trump’s Twitter account for that.

It isn’t easy to move people on the subject of something so utilitarian as the App Store.

It seems to have been around forever and to have any strong feelings about it seems pointless. Still, Apple’s intention is to make it easier to use.

The company has also released three shorter versions of this ad (see below), which focus on one single aspect, such as, oh, karaoke. Because you need to sing your way through life these days.

Ultimately, though, the message here is, “Start Discovering.” 

Because if you stop discovering, Apple might make less money. And we can’t have that.

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iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cases: What you need to know

From a design standpoint, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus haven’t changed much from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Yes, they have glass backs to help facilitate wireless charging and cosmetically distinguish them from their predecessors. But their dimensions are within fractions of millimeters of their 7 predecessors. 

So, what’s that all mean for the cases you might want to use with them? Here’s the quick skinny. 

Many (but not all) softer, more pliable iPhone 7/7 Plus cases will work with the iPhone 8/8 Plus

The iPhone 8 is 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 7 and around 0.1mm taller and wider. A standard sheet of copy paper is around 0.05mm thick, so that 0.2mm is about the thickness of four sheets of copy paper stacked together. That may not sound like much, but even tiny changes can impact more rigid cases. However, softer iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases with some play to them are compatible with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

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This Incipio iPhone 7 Plus case fit on the iPhone 8 Plus and had no problem with wireless charging.

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You can wirelessly charge a phone with a case on, so long as the case isn’t too thick

We’ve been testing the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus with various cases and wireless charging pads and have found that wireless charging works if the case is less than 3mm thick. (It might still work if the case is a little thicker, but the latest charging pads list 3mm or less as a spec for wireless charging). Plenty of protective cases, such as Speck’s Presidio Series, Otterbox’s Symmetry Series, Tech 21’s Evo Series and others are less than 3mm thick and can be kept on the phone while wireless charging.

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An iPhone 8 wearing Speck’s Presidio Grip being wirelessly charged on a Mophie Wireless Charging Base. 

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Rigid metal or plastic cases iPhone 7/7 Plus cases, including battery cases, will not fit the iPhone 8/8Plus

To reiterate, we didn’t have any luck when it came to rigid iPhone 7 and iPhone Plus cases fitting the slightly larger iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. We tried Mophie’s Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 7 Plus with an iPhone 8 Plus and it didn’t quite fit. (That battery case includes wireless charging support for older iPhones.) None of Mophie’s iPhone 7 series cases are listed as being compatible with the iPhone 8 series.

Don’t buy an iPhone 7 case assuming it will fit an iPhone 8

If own an existing iPhone 7/7 Plus case, you can check whether it fits your new iPhone 8/8 Plus. But if you’re shopping for new case for your iPhone 8/8 Plus, make sure that it’s listed as being compatible. Do not assume that an older case will fit, even it seems pliable. 


Spigen’s Neo Hybrid for iPhone 7 Plus has a rigid exterior frame that wouldn’t fit the iPhone 8 Plus (you have to get the new Neo Hybrid for iPhone 8 Plus). 

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Cases with an extended slot for credit cards on back may not work with wireless charging pads

It depends on how far the extended slot raises the phone away from the charging pad. Again, you want to keep to the 3mm rule to ensure compatibility for wireless charging.   

Virtually all iPhone 6S and 6S Plus cases will not fit the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

A soft bumper case (no back) for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus may get around an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, but the camera changes to the later iPhones are problematic for older cases that have camera holes that don’t line up correctly.   

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If the back of a case extends too far out, you won’t be able to wirelessly charge the iPhone 8 with the case on.

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If you have an iPhone 7 or older model, you don’t have to be left out of the wireless charging game

There are plenty of Qi-compatible cases that that include circuitry that plugs into your phone’s Lightning port to add wireless charging capabilities. Of course, you’ll need to purchase a wireless charging pad to charge wirelessly. Prices for charging pads range anywhere from around $13 for a generic model to $60 for Mophie’s new Wireless Charging Base or Belkin’s Boost Up. Apple’s upcoming AirPower Charging Pad, which also charges the Watch Series 3 and the AirPods when they’re in their new wireless battery case, will likely cost even more.    

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Autonomous delivery drone network set to take flight in Switzerland

And the automation isn’t just for the sake of cleverness — it might be crucial to saving lives. Company chief Andreas Raptopoulos expects the drone network to transfer medical supplies within 30 minutes, and the reliability of a largely automated system means that hospitals don’t have to worry about unpredictable delivery times (particularly on the ground).

Don’t expect drones to blanket the skies. Matternet explains that there will only be one or two drones per network, and expansions to Germany and the UK will only happen once it’s comfortable with Switzerland. The company got permission to fly over densely populated urban areas in March, if you want a sense of the time scales involved. Still, this is an honest-to-goodness example of a practical drone delivery network, and one performing crucial tasks at that — this isn’t just a nice-to-have luxury. If this network succeeds, it might persuade other countries to at least consider allowing drone networks..

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The New Dunny Bookends Just For You!

Chris Holt is a very well – read man, well we would assume so since he pretty much always knows what he is talking about. Anyway, because of this we trusted him to write the blog for the new bookends that are cool enough to just “have” but are really meant to share a shelf with a bunch of books that you have read (not just the ones you buy to make it look like you have read a lot) here is a little something something about the new Dunny Bookends that released this week on Take it away Chris (aka the Toy Viking) give it to us straight… There’s nothing better than having a ton of books in your home.  And there’s nothing worse than having them stacked neck high with a path down the middle so you can access the bathroom.  Kidrobot is solving a portion of your hoarding problem with these stylish and functional Dunny bookends.  They would look amazing as they bring some order to that encyclopedia set you swear you still need, or as stand alone objects of art.  See each one is hiding a secret (kind of how that family of possums is hiding in your spare bedroom) stepped design covered in blue resin.  Gaze into it’s magic abyss each time you take a new book to work to read during your lunch break.  Then think about how beautiful it is when people insist on still talking to you as you try to read as if an open book wasn’t a good enough sign that you’re busy.  Let me have my half hour of sanctuary, people!



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Linda Hamilton returning for next ‘Terminator’ movie


Linda Hamilton will return for the next “Terminator” film.

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She’ll be back, and it’s about time. Linda Hamilton will return to the “Terminator” movie franchise, creator James Cameron announced, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the one who actually uttered the “I’ll be back” line in the 1984 original film, will also be part of the new movie, the sixth in the series. But it’s Hamilton’s casting that’s the big deal.

“As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it’s going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she’s become return,” Cameron said. “There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys (in movies), but there isn’t an example of that for women.”

There will be new cast members as well.

“We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story,” Cameron said, according to THR. “We still fold time. We will have characters from the future and the present. There will be mostly new characters, but we’ll have Arnold and Linda’s characters to anchor it.”

Hamilton was last seen in the franchise in the 1991 sequel, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” and did not appear in the other three films. She and Cameron were in a relationship beginning in 1991, wed in 1997 and divorced in 1999.

The upcoming film doesn’t have a title or release date yet.

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Android flavors through the years

Meet the drop-resistant Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery life. It can survive drops without shattering.

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