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Apple adds several new universal Search and TV app content partners

Apple continues to gain new content partners to support new entertainment features like Single Sign-on, universal Search, and the TV app. Earlier this month SSO gained 10 more TV providers, and today both Search and the TV app have added new channel partners.


The Moto Z2 Force Edition we’ve been waiting for is finally here, and pre-orders start today

Moto Z2 Force Release Date

Like every other global smartphone maker in the world that isn’t named “Apple” or “Samsung,” Motorola has run into some trouble over the past few years. Without billions of dollars to dump into marketing and advertising, different companies have come up with various ways to compete in a market dominated by Apple and Samsung. In Motorola’s case, the company has a two-pronged attack. First, it built lines of low-end and mid-range smartphones that offer features as well as a fit and finish that aren’t typically found on devices at their respective price points. Then, at the high-end, Motorola came up with a modular accessory system that allows its Moto Z phones to be transformed simply by slapping an accessory to the back.

Motorola already took the wraps off the next-generation Moto Z2 Play back in early June, and it was an improvement over the original in nearly every way. Now, however, the flagship Motorola smartphone we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: The Moto Z2 Force Edition has just been made official.

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The new 10.5-inch 64GB iPad Pro is down to $600 at Staples

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a deal on the newest 10.5-inch iPad Pro!

The 10-inch iPad Pro is the newest addition to the iPad Pro family and right now Staples has the 64GB version on sale for $599. This is a $50 drop off Apple’s price, and $20 cheaper than the next best price, $619 at MacMall. If you really need the space, the 256GB version is also $50 off. This deal includes Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro only came around a few months ago so there hasn’t been a lot of opportunities for a drop in price on it. This marks one of the first significant drops we’ve seen. Of course, we have seen drops on the other sizes including deals during Best Buy’s “Black Friday in July” last week on the 9.7-inch and 12.5-inch versions. The 10.5-inch was noticeably absent then, however.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro has a 120hz ProMotion Retina display with 2224 x 1668 Screen Resolution, i.e. it’s very pretty. It runs an Apple A10X Fusion chip, which combines a 6-core CPU with a 12-core GPU. It’s Apple’s most powerful chip yet. The tablet also has a 12MP camera with 4K video on the back, a 7MP HD camera on the front, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and pretty much all the goodies you’d expect from an Apple product.

Earlier we shared some deals on the 2016 version of the Apple MacBook, which is hitting all-time low prices right now. If you’d rather upgrade to a full-blown laptop, that’s a good place to start.

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A new deal could end Bitcoin’s long-running civil war

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The price of Bitcoin surged late last week as it became clear that a proposal to expand the Bitcoin network’s capacity had the support it needed to go into effect. Supporters of the proposal hope that it will put an end to a two-year-old feud that has been tearing the Bitcoin community apart.

The core dispute is over how to accommodate the payment network’s growing popularity. A hard-coded limit in Bitcoin software—1 megabyte per blockchain block—prevents the network from processing more than about seven transactions per second. The network started to bump up against this limit last year, resulting in slow transactions and soaring transaction fees.

Some prominent figures in the Bitcoin community saw an easy fix: just increase that 1MB limit. But Bitcoin traditionalists argued that the limit was actually a feature, not a bug. Keeping blocks small ensures that anyone can afford the computing power required to participate in Bitcoin’s consensus-based process for authenticating Bitcoin transactions, preventing a few big companies from gaining de facto control over the network.

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Fleksy Keyboard Development Taken Over by Developer Thingthing as iOS App Improvements Planned

When Pinterest acquired keyboard app maker Fleksy last summer, development was paused on the company’s well-known iOS and Android keyboard apps as the team was integrated into Pinterest’s projects. The companies said that Fleksy would continue to exist with minimal updates, but otherwise not much news has come out about the keyboard app, until today.

Now, Barcelona-based keyboard startup Thingthing [iOS App Store Direct Link] announced in a blog post this morning that it will take over development of the Fleksy keyboard, while the original Fleksy team continues to work at Pinterest (via TechCrunch). Thingthing said that thanks to the deal, the company is “closer than ever to our goal of bringing you the world’s first Keyboard as a Platform (KaaP).”

The company highlighted improvements coming to Fleksy + Gif Keyboard on the iOS App Store [Direct Link] and Android devices over the coming months, including: “A new brand, more themes and extensions, continued focus on data privacy, awesome auto-correction, new services thanks to our open keyboard as a platform, [and] ongoing support to all of you!”

For now, the company updated Fleksy with a few basic bug fixes today, while a “very, very big” product launch is expected sometime this fall.

Thingthing users are used to being productive, using the keyboard’s interface to improve their typing experience and reducing time to realise day-to-day activities, which are performed naturally in Thingthing.

Still, a lot of you have requested more languages, more services, more customization, a better auto-correct, etc. This is exactly what we’re bringing to you: what you asked for.

Thingthing’s chief technical officer mentioned that the developer intends to “vastly improve” upon the current Fleksy keyboard with these updates, building the keyboard up into a platform of its own with extensions for apps like Spotify, YouTube, and more. The upcoming brand refresh will be centered on changing the design and feel of the app and its logo, while the Fleksy name will remain in place.

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