Google’s mind-bending quantum computer actually works

A major breakthrough from Google’s quantum-computing team could eventually lead to artificial-intelligence systems complex enough to make sci-fi nerds lose sleep in fear of the robot apocalypse. The breakthrough sounds simple, but it has massive implications: The quantum computer the team co-operates with NASA actually works. And not only does it work, but it can […]

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Periscope Named Apple’s App of the Year in Best of 2015 Charts

Apple has published its annual Best of 2015 charts for the App Store, iTunes and iBooks Store, naming live video platform Periscope its App of the Year and Tomb Raider puzzler spinoff Lara Croft GO its Game of the Year.

Enlight and Robinhood were selected as runner-ups for App of the Year, while strategy game Fallout Shelter and one-touch platformer Mr Jump finished second and third place respectively in the Game of the Year standings.

Popular automation app Workflow was deemed the „most innovative“ app in 2015, while Dark Echo was awarded the same title in the gaming category. Instagram earned „Best App on iPhone 6s“ and Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade won „Best Game on iPhone 6s.“

Apple’s Top 25 Apps of 2015

1. Periscope

2. Enlight

3. Robinhood

4. Workflow

5. Instagram

6. HBO NOW

7. Hopper

8. Darkroom

9. Lark

10. The Everything Machine

11. Pacemaker

12. Tandem

13. Jet

14. Timeline

15. Vee for Video

16. Fit Men Cook

17. Spark

18. RefME

19. Wildcard

20. Paper by FiftyThree

21. GIPHY CAM

22. PRY

23. Reuters TV

24. Zova

25. Blue Apron

Apple’s Top 25 Games of 2015

1. Lara Croft GO

2. Fallout Shelter

3. Mr Jump

4. Dark Echo

5. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade

6. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

7. Vainglory

8. Dungeon Boss

9. Puzzle Craft 2

10. PAC-MAN 256

11. You Must Build A Boat

12. AG Drive

13. MARVEL Contest of Champions

14. Horizon Chase – World Tour

15. Shadowmatic

16. Wonky Ship

17. Super Sharp

18. Last Voyage

19. Ski Safari 2

20. Downwell

21. Rayman Adventures

22. Afterpulse

23. Psych! Outwit Your Friends

24. HoPiKo

25. Blades of Brim

The top five paid iOS apps in 2015 were Heads Up! Games, Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Trivia Crack (Ad Free), Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 and Facetune, while the top five free titles were Trivia Crack, Facebook Messenger, Dubsmash, Instagram and Snapchat.

Clash of Clans was the top grossing app in 2015, followed by Game of War – Fire Age, Candy Crush Saga, Pandora and Candy Crush Soda Saga. The full top charts are available on the App Store on iOS and iTunes on Mac.

Apple also named Max Max: Fury Road, Amy, Inside Out and Dope among its Best of 2015 movies, while Mr. Robot, Fargo, UnREAL and Inside Amy Schumer won Best of 2015 awards for TV shows. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara was Apple’s favorite fiction book on the year.

All selections were made by Apple’s editorial curation team.

Tags: App Store, iBooks Store, iTunes, Periscope, Best of 2015
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Apple’s secrecy is damaging its AI research

Apple’s desire to compete with companies like Facebook and Google in terms of artificial intelligence research is being hurt by… (drum roll) its obsessive secrecy, according to a new report. Noted neural network researcher Yoshua Bengio says that Apple has started attending big conferences such as the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in Montreal, but […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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iPad Tops Holiday Technology Wish List, Apple Watch Ranks 12th

In a new nationwide study conducted by retailer Best Buy, the top gadgets and products planned to be gifted and asked for this holiday season were detailed in a „Top 15 Tech Gifts for 2015“ list. Apple’s iPad (with no specific preference given to the Air or Mini line) came out on top, with the Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones, MacBook, and smart HD TVs rounding out the top five spots.

1. iPad
2. Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones
3. MacBook
4. Samsung 48” Smart 4K Ultra HD TV
5. Sharp 43” Smart HDTV with Roku
6. Microsoft Surface
7. Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II
8. Fitbit Charge HR Heart Rate and Activity Tracker
9. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
10. Dyson V6 Absolute Bagless Cordless Vacuum
11. Vizio 43” Smart 4K Ultra HD TV
12. Apple Watch
13. SONOS PLAY:1 Wireless Speaker
14. iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot
15. GoPro HERO4 Action Camera

Apple’s products account for three of the top 15 gifts this year, with the newest device – the Apple Watch – also ranking the lowest of the company’s devices in the twelfth spot, four places below the Fitbit Charge activity tracker. Unsurprisingly, Best Buy’s study also found that those aged 18-34 placed consumer electronics highest on their wish lists, prioritizing technology over other categories like clothing, books, and jewelry.

The report also found that men are both more likely than women to want tech-related gifts for the holidays are be the ones who gift consumer electronics to friends and family more frequently. Self-gifting was also factored into the survey thanks to the highly discounted nature of holiday shopping, with 19 percent of those interested in Apple’s iPad planning on buying it for themselves during the gift-giving season. Similarly, 15 percent of those who chose the MacBook said it would be a present for themselves.



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A savvy Apple fan has sent a robot to queue for her iPhone 6s

People are already camping out for the iPhone 6s, but one smart would-be customer from Australia has decided to dodge the queues — by sending a robot on her behalf. Lucy Kelly dispatched the robot — a remote-controlled tablet attached to a Segway — to wait in line at the flagship Apple Store in Sydney, where the iPhone 6s will go on […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Pro Tip: New emoji aren’t out for iOS 9 yet

Some iPhone and iPad users upgrading to iOS 9 today have been looking forward to expressing their love of tacos, burritos, and unicorns — and their disdain for everything else — using the much-touted new emojis, which include the coveted and versatile “middle finger” icon. But unfortunately for those folks, we’re going to have to […]

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Carrot Weather’s sassy forecasts storm onto Mac

The sassy robot that got its start on iOS has started taking over the Mac too. Carrot Weather launched in the Mac App Store today complete with tons of features and even more snarky comments about the conditions. The self-proclaimed “weather robot with a personality” has plenty to offer. The Carrot Weather app for Mac is pretty […]

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