Apple completely changed Control Center in iOS 8 beta 4 – here’s what it looks like

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Originally posted on BGR:

Apple on Monday released iOS 8 beta 4, just as our sources said would be the case. The new build is Apple’s fourth developer preview release of its new iOS 8 software, which will be let loose to the general public sometime in the coming months, likely just before the next-generation iPhone 6 launches. In the meantime, developers can use Apple’s iOS 8 betas to update their apps and build new ones that take advantage of all the new APIs Apple has provided. For the rest of us, iOS 8 gives us a look at all the great new things to come.

Unfortunately, not all of those things are actually great.

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J.K. Rowling to Write a Lot More Cormoran Strike Novels

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Originally posted on TIME:

If you thought J.K. Rowling’s recent short story about the Harry Potter gang was putting her on the path back to the wizarding world, guess again. The beloved author says she’ll likely write more than seven Cormoran Strike novels, outnumbering the series she’s best known for.

Rowling has published two novels about the military-veteran-turned-private-eye , The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

“I really love writing these books, so I don’t know that I’ve got an end point in mind,” Rowling said at a crime-writing festival, the BBC reports. “One of the things I absolutely love about this genre is that, unlike Harry, where there was an overarching story, a beginning and an end, you’re talking about discrete stories. So while a detective lives, you can keep giving him cases.”

Rowling says she’s halfway through the third Cormoran Strike novel and has already begun planning…

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With 1M Sold In The Last Quarter, Google’s Chromebooks Are A Hit With Schools

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

During its earnings call this week, Google announced that it — and its partners — sold a million Chromebooks to schools in the last quarter. Overall PC sales worldwide were about 76 million in the last quarter, according to Gartner’s latest numbers, so a million Chromebook sales just to the education market is a pretty good number.

In the early days of Chrome OS, it often seemed like a doomed project. Who, after all, would want to buy a laptop that would just run a browser? Google has one big advantage, though. It’s massive advertising income allows it to stick with projects, even if they don’t catch on right away. As web apps developed, Chromebooks started to get significantly more useful, and these days, when you can do almost everything on the web (and yes, I know Photoshop isn’t one of those things), only having access to web apps really isn’t such a…

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10 Free Android Apps Everyone Should Download

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Originally posted on TIME:

Every time I get a new Android smartphone or tablet, I install certain apps right away, before I even really start to play with the device — apps I use every week, if not every day, on the Android gadgets I test as well as the ones I own. For your benefit, I’ve narrowed down the list to 10 free Android apps I can’t live without.

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SwiftKey Keyboard

SwiftKey

Because most stock keyboards aren’t that great, SwiftKey is often the first app I download on a new phone or tablet. SwiftKey’s prediction engine, which offers suggestions for words as you type as well as the next word you need, is based on the words you use most. It learns from your everyday input as well as from your email, social media accounts, your blog’s RSS feeds and other sources (if you connect them). If you have…

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FCC Extends Net Neutrality Deadline to July 18

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Originally posted on Variety:

A surge in traffic to the FCC’s website on Tuesday has compelled the agency to extend its deadline for filing comments on a proposal to establish rules of the road for the Internet, otherwise known as net neutrality.

The deadline had been on Tuesday, but an FCC spokeswoman said that the new deadline will be on Friday, July 18 at midnight.

“Not surprisingly, we have seen an overwhelming surge in traffic on our website that is making it difficult for many people to file comments” through the FCC’s electronic filing system, said spokeswoman Kim Hart. “Please be assured that the commission is aware of these issues and is committed to making sure that everyone trying to submit comments will have their views entered into the record.”

The FCC is taking comments via its Electronic Comment Filing System or at openinternet@fcc.gov.

Among the companies filing comments on Tuesday was Mozilla, which…

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Bravo Greenlights 3 Unscripted Series, Sets ‘Girlfriends’ Premiere Date

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Originally posted on Variety:

Bravo has ordered three unscripted series and set Dec. 2 as the premiere date for its first scripted venture, “The Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.”

The new shows include “There Goes the Motherhood,” a look at high-end Mommy and Me class in Los Angeles, from the Magical Elves banner.

“Secrets and Wives” follows a tight-knit rich group of friends and rivals as they deal with personal and professional dramas. Haymaker and Mike TV produce. The third series is an expansion of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing” franchise with a San Francisco edition.

“Million Dollar Listing: New York” has been renewed for a fourth season, and so has “Southern Charm,” about a wealthy enclave in Charleston, S.C.

“Girlfriends’ Guide” will bow Dec. 2 in the 10 p.m. slot. Drama revolves around a self-help book author, played by Lisa Edelstein, who reveals her seemingly perfect life to be a fake. Marti Noxon penned the…

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