Apple to decide location of new campus without public bidding process

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Following comments from CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday, Apple on Thursday confirmed it will not hold a public auction to decide the site of a new U.S. campus that will be built in part using money repatriated from the company’s overseas cash hoard.
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Twist, the startup behind an AirPlay-powered smart light + speaker combo, abruptly shuts down without refunding customers

Update: In an email to 9to5Mac, Twist says that “the app works fine and the cloud services are paid for and covered for a long while.”

Two years ago, we reported on Twist, a new smart home accessory maker aiming to take a different approach to smart home lighting. At the time, the company debuted an AirPlay-connected lightbulb and speaker system combo, but it now appears that those efforts didn’t catch on like Twist had hoped…



iPhone Is Disabled: How to Recover Your iPhone without iTunes Backup

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Weird things do happen in life. And if one day you, unfortunately, find yourself in a situation in which your iPhone is completely disabled or locked due to the repeated entry of the wrong passcode, what would you do to get out of the dilemma? The problem could be further compounded if you don’t have an iTunes backup or have never backed up your device with iTunes. Recovering your iPhone without iTunes backup is possible but only if your patience is ready to go through the grill!

Having myself been in such situations a couple of times, I know what it takes to bring a locked iPhone into action or restore it from the death. Let’s look at all the aspects and solutions!

iPhone is Disabled

How to Recover Disabled or Locked iPhone without iTunes Backup

If you have never backed up your iPhone via iTunes, it will not let you back it up when it’s locked. In fact, iTunes won’t be able to even detect it.

So, how would you deal with this locked and disabled iPhone? Well, there is still a way to get rid of the issue. You will need to restore your device in Recovery Mode.

However, you’ll lose all of your data as it wipes out your apps, app data, contacts, photos, music and most of everything that resides on your iOS device.

If you’ve got iCloud sync and backup setup, the chances of finding all your app data, photos and contacts in iCloud are high. In that case, you can move ahead with the assurance that you can restore your iDevice from an iCloud backup and be up and run with almost everything.

If you had backed up your device using iTunes before…

If you had synced your device to iTunes, you are in luck. You can back up your iPhone and restore it as new without any issue.

Step #1. Connect your iPhone to the computer and open iTunes.

Step #2. Select the iPhone (from the sidepane or from top-right of the screen)

Step #3. In the Summary tab, click on Back Up Now. Once your device is successfully backed up, click on Restore iPhone.

Note: If you have enabled Find My iPhone on your device, you won’t be allowed to restore it. Jump over here to turn off Find My iPhone remotely.

If iTunes proceeds with a problem-free restore, your device will be wiped clean and restored as a new device.

Just in case, iTunes throws up errors, try using Recovery Mode to restore your device.

How to Restore iPhone in Recovery Mode

Step #1. Press and hold ON/OFF and Home buttons for about ten seconds. (on your iPhone 7/7 Plus, you have to press and hold ON/OFF button and volume down button at once). Keep holding both the buttons until Connect to iTunes screen appears.

To put your iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus into recovery mode, press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button.

Then, you need to press and hold the Side button until the recovery mode screen appears. Next, connect your device to the computer and go ahead with the restore process.

Step #2. Once your device has been successfully restored, set it up as usual. During the setup process, you will get the option to Restore from iTunes backup. Choose Restore from iTunes Backup and then select the most recent backup.

The Story Doesn’t End Here…

How to Restore iPhone without iTunes

What If your iPhone is plagued by a number of issues and just don’t run properly. And you wish to restore it without iTunes backup. I mean you don’t want to take the help of iTunes in restoring your device.

Well, you can get it done right on your device. But before jumping ahead with the process, make sure you have enabled iCloud backup on your device. Settings → Apple ID banner → iCloud → iCloud Backup. If you haven’t done it, be sure to do it now.

Once you have got the iCloud backup, open Settings app → General → Reset → Tap on Erase All Content and Settings → tap on Erase Now in the popup to confirm. Then, enter your passcode.

When everything is wiped out, turn on your device and follow the instructions to set it up. And when you get the option to restore your device from iTunes or iCloud backup, choose iCloud backup. Then, finish the setup process.

That’s it, folks!

Wrap up:

Assuming you have successfully restored your iPhone without any hiccups. It would be great to know your feedback in the comments below.

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DNA of Man Who Died in 1827 Recreated Without His Remains

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Recreating a deceased person or animal’s DNA has required that DNA be extracted from the remains of the individual, but a new study has shown that may not be the only way. The DNA of a man who died nearly 200 years ago has been recreated from his living descendants rather than his physical remains — something that has never been done before.

deCODE Genetics a biopharmaceutical company in Iceland, achieved this feat by taking DNA samples from 182 Icelandic descendants of Hans Jonatan, a man who is quite an icon in Iceland, most well known for having freed himself from slavery in a heroic series of seemingly impossible events.

It was the unique circumstances of Hans Jonatan’s life that made it possible for his DNA to be recreated after his death. For one, Jonatan was the first Icelandic inhabitant with African heritage. Iceland also boasts an extensive and highly detailed collection of genealogical records. The combination of Jonatan’s unique heritage and the country’s record-keeping for inhabitants’ family trees made this remarkable recreation possible.

deCODE used DNA screened from 182 relatives, first reconstructing 38 percent of Jonatan’s mother Emilia’s DNA (which accounted for 19 percent of Jonatan’s). Published in Nature Genetics, this elaborate study began with a whopping 788 of Jonatan’s known descendants, but was able to be narrowed down to 182 through DNA screening against known markers.

While this is truly an amazing feat, according to Robin Allaby of the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom,  it “seems to be the sort of analysis you could only do under particular circumstances when an immigrant genome is of a very rare type.” Despite these limitations, deCODE believes the technique could have extensive applications.

The grandchild of Hans Jonatan, Lúðvík Lúðvíksson. Image Credit: Helga Tomasdottir
The grandchild of Hans Jonatan, Lúðvík Lúðvíksson. Image Credit: Helga Tomasdottir

Historical Research

Kári Stefánsson of deCODE said that “It’s all a question of the amount of data you have. In principle, it could be done anywhere with any ancestors, but what made it easy in Iceland was that there were no other Africans.”

Allaby does believe the results of this study could give us additional avenues to explore the DNA of those who have long since passed. “It’s the sort of study that could, for instance, be used to recover genomes of explorers who had interbred with isolated native communities.”

Theoretically, a technique like this could help researchers create “virtual ancient DNA,” which would allow scientists to recreate the DNA of historical figures. Agnar Helgason of deCODE stated that “Any historic figure born after 1500 who has known descendants could be reconstructed.”

While it’s exciting, there are still major hurdles to overcome in terms of the potential future applications. The quantity, scale, and detail of the DNA from living ancestors required to recreate a person’s DNA make it impractical for use within most families. Additionally, with each new generation identifiable DNA fragments get smaller and more difficult to work with.

To that end, more immediate applications might involve repairing and filling in spaces within family trees. But if it’s honed, it could become a valuable historical tool, giving us an in-depth look at what life was like for historical figures like Jonatan. Scientists could genetically resurrect anyone, providing us with a more thorough understanding of our species both from our own personal familial perspectives and through the more macrocosmic lens of human history.

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Chrome OS may soon allow sideloading Android apps without Developer Mode

When it comes to installing applications from outside the Play Store, Chromebooks are at a disadvantage. On normal Android devices, all it takes is enabling ‘Apps from Unknown Sources’ in the settings (or doing it on a per-app basis on Oreo). Unfortunately, sideloading APKs on Chromebooks requires enabling Developer Mode, which disables boot verification and other security features. It also requires users to press a key combination when you boot up (on most models) – Google really doesn’t want you enabling it.

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