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What Stephen King Book Should You Read Next? Just Ask Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant

Beginning today, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant users in the U.S.and Canada will be able to download a free “Stephen King Library” app onto their smart speaker platforms, Simon & Schuster has announced. The library will recommend King books tailored to users’ reading tastes from a selection of 56 books by King.

Simon & Schuster is billing the “Stephen King Library” as perhaps “the first voice-activated book recommendation tool dedicated to an author’s body of work from a major publisher.” The library was jointly produced by King’s longtime publisher Scribner, S&S, and Simon & Schuster Audio, and was developed by Skilled Creative.

“Simon & Schuster intends to be at the forefront of utilizing voice interaction technology to connect books and authors to readers and audiobook listeners,” S&S executive v-p and chief marketing officer Liz Perl said in a statement. “Using A.I. through Stephen King Library is a fun and innovative experience for exploring this master storyteller’s work.”

The program, S&S said, will ask users a series of situational questions—voiced by audiobook narrator Jeremy Bobb—and suggest a reading list informed by their responses. In-app purchases are not yet available, but consumers can buy the books from their platform’s retail store shopping carts.

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Apple Previews watchOS 5

Apple today previewed watchOS 5, a significant update to the world’s most popular watch, helping users stay healthy and connected. Apple Watch becomes an even stronger companion for fitness, communication and quick access to information with a host of new features including Activity Sharing competitions, auto-workout detection, advanced running features, Walkie-Talkie, Apple Podcasts and third-party apps on the Siri watch face.

“We’re thrilled with the positive impact Apple Watch is having on people’s lives,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Apple Watch is helping our customers stay connected, enhance their fitness and, in many cases, detect life-threatening conditions. With the launch of watchOS 5, we’re excited to introduce new activity and communications features that will take the Watch to a whole new level.”

watchOS 5 will be available this fall as a free update for Apple Watch Series 1 and later and requires iPhone 5s or later on iOS 12. watchOS 5 will not be available on the original Apple Watch.

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Apple Previews iOS 12

Apple today announced iOS 12, the latest version of the most advanced mobile operating system, designed to make everyday tasks faster and more responsive. iOS 12 changes the way iOS users see the world using AR, makes communications fun and expressive with Memoji and Group FaceTime, and with Screen Time, helps customers understand and take control of the time they spend interacting with their iOS devices. iOS 12 introduces Siri Shortcuts, enabling Siri to work with any app, delivering a much faster way to get things done.

“We’re very excited about the new communications features we’re bringing to iPhone and iPad with Memoji, a more personal form of Animoji, fun camera effects and Group FaceTime,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With iOS 12, we’re enabling new experiences that weren’t possible before. We’re using advanced algorithms to make AR even more engaging and on-device intelligence to deliver faster ways to get things done using Siri.”

The developer preview of iOS 12 is available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta program will be available to iOS users later this month at beta.apple.com. iOS 12 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad 6th generation, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch 6th generation. 

For more information, visit apple.com/ios/ios-12-preview.

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Apple Introduces macOS Mojave

Apple today previewed macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with new features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In macOS Mojave, a new Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content. The new Stacks feature organizes messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups. Familiar iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home, are now available on the Mac for the first time. FaceTime now adds support for group calling, and the Mac App Store gets a full redesign featuring rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft, Adobe and others.

“macOS Mojave is a major update that introduces powerful new features for a wide range of Mac users, from consumers to pros,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Dark Mode brings a dramatic new look to macOS that puts your content front and center, familiar iOS apps come to the Mac for the first time and the redesigned Mac App Store makes finding new apps easier and more enjoyable than ever.” 

The developer preview of macOS Mojave is available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta program will be available to Mac users in late June at beta.apple.com. macOS Mojave will be available this fall as a free software update for Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later, plus 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro models with recommended Metal-capable graphics cards.

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Behind The Scenes of TIME’s Drones Cover 

To front its June 11 issue with the coverline “The Drone Age,” now on newsstands, TIME magazine collaborated with Intel to send a massive fleet of 958 drones skyward and into precise formation to form the newsweekly’s logo and trademark red border. The drones were then shot by another drone, also suspended in midair.

The result was one of the biggest drone shows ever produced in the U.S., so of course it drew some attention. One Folsom, Calif., resident interviewed by a local news reporter recounted, “Up in the sky, I saw the future.”

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Magic Leap One

It looks like something out of science fiction. In a way, it is. One of the most hyped tech releases in years, the Magic Leap One uses proprietary technology to blur the line between the physical and digital like never before.

A bevy of sensors in the Lightwear headset maps the surfaces, planes, and objects surrounding you. The belt-mounted Lightpack computing puck then generates digital light at different depths to produce lifelike digital objects that not only appear in but interact with the real world. The first developer units will start shipping 2018.

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Retro Patents

Retro Patents lets you buy prints of famous patents to hang on your office wall or at home.

The patent prints for sale include games consoles, such as the original Nintendo Gameboy and Sony PlayStation, mobile devices, including the Apple iPhone and original BlackBerry, and more ubiquitous inventions like the humble calculator or computer mouse.

Each patent has been designed and printed using HDR ink-jet technology on Ultra Premium Luster Photo Paper with a basis weight of 180 gsm.

To get your own patent print, just visit the Retro Patents site, choose your favorite design, the size that you want, and complete the checkout process. Shipping is worldwide with an estimated delivery time of 3-7 business days.

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LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox

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Combine the versatile LEGO building system with advanced technology to boost your creativity with the awesome LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox.

Download the free tablet app to your device and follow the step-by-step instructions to build and code any of the 5 multifunctional models. Experience Vernie the Robot—a moving and talking robot; the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4)—a robust, versatile rover with 4 different tool attachments including a spring-loaded shooter; the Guitar4000—a musical instrument with pitch bend and sound effects; Frankie the Cat—an interactive pet that plays, purrs and expresses its mood; or the AutoBuilder—an automated production line that really builds miniature LEGO models!

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Bring your creations to life with the app’s intuitive, icon-based coding interface and complete an array of exciting activities designed for each model. This set also includes a playmat for use with specific activities, and a LEGO BOOST wall poster!

Take your LEGO play to the next level with the amazing LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Build and code interactive, motorized robots, models and creations with distance, color and tilt sensor technologies.

– Includes over 840 LEGO pieces, plus a LEGO Move Hub, Interactive Motor and a Color & Distance Sensor.

– Move Hub features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, two encoded motors, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light.

– Interactive Motor is an encoded motor.

– Color & Distance Sensor detects distance, motion and color, and can also function as a light.

– Rotate Vernie’s head to activate its shoulder-mounted spring-loaded shooter.

– Build the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) and try out the different tool and customization attachments to prepare the vehicle for an array of exciting activities.

– Learn how to play a song and rock out with the Guitar4000.

– Look after your own pet with Frankie the Cat. Be sure to feed it the right food—or it might get upset!

– Construct, code and operate the AutoBuilder to produce real miniature LEGO models.

– Build and code robots and models, and complete exciting activities with the playmat and intuitive LEGO BOOST app, available for iOS and Android tablet devices.

– Easy-to-use intuitive software with icon-based drag-and-drop coding interface.

– Building instructions for all 5 models are included with the free LEGO BOOST app.

The Boost Creative Toolbox will be available August 2017 and retail for $159.99.

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Ori Robotic Furniture

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Whether you’re looking to use your space more creatively, or just get the most out of your studio apartment, Ori Robotic Furniture is a great solution. The name of the product gets its name from Japanese Origami and the tech comes out of the MIT Media Lab.

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Each unit has the ability to slide gracefully in your space by simply pushing a button on the Ori dial, which then transforms the room from a bedroom to a living room, to a office in seconds. As apartments in the city get smaller and smaller, products like Ori become more important to making a smaller space comfortable and classy.

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Meet DRU, The Domino’s Robotic Unit

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DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit) is an autonomous delivery vehicle and is set to take the world by storm. With sleek, refined forms combined with a friendly persona and lighting to help customers identify and interact with it, DRU is a world first in the space of commercial autonomous delivery.

He is a four wheeled vehicle with compartments built to keep the customer’s order piping hot and drinks icy cold whilst traveling on the footpath at a safe speed from the store to the customer’s door.

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DRU is able to navigate from a starting point to his destination, selecting the best path of travel. His on-board sensors enable him to perceive obstacles along the way and avoid them if necessary.

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While he won’t be taking the to the streets tomorrow, DRU is a big step forward in the work Domino’s is doing in the future commercialization of this technology.

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