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June 14, 2018, 12:45 PM

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Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Apple says an upcoming software update will disable Lightning port data transfer after an hour of inactivity, closing a loophole that lets police crack iPhones  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has long positioned the iPhone as a secure device that only its owner can open.
Reuters:
Sources: Microsoft is working on tech that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from retail stores and has had talks with Walmart about a collaboration  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is working on technology that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from stores …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
An overview of the new Siri Shortcuts feature in iOS 12, and the Shortcuts app, which will be available as a separate app on the App Store this fall  —  In my Future of Workflow article from last year (published soon after the news of Apple's acquisition), I outlined some of the probable outcomes for the app.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google says its Tasks app will become part of the core G Suite service on June 28  —  Google has revealed that its Tasks app will graduate to become a G Suite core service on June 28.  —  Google Tasks, if you recall, has existed in something of an odd place for years …
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Google is testing Google Sans, a size-optimized version of its product logo font Product Sans, in mobile search results  —  Google's Material Theme is slowly creeping its way into every corner of the company's products, and that continues in part today with Google testing its “Google Sans” font in Search on mobile.
Reggie Ugwu / New York Times:
A look at how a team of animators at Snap create 3D Bitmoji animations for an AR Snapchat experience by overlaying them on the camera's field of view  —  Augmented reality may change entertainment as we know it.  For Snapchat, the revolution starts with 15-second cartoons.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Colorado-based toy robotics startup Sphero raises $12M, with plans to raise $20M total, as it shifts focus to education after dozens of layoffs in January  —  This year has been a rough one for Sphero.  The Colorado-based toy robotics startup kicked off the year with dozens of layoffs …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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