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Halt and Catch Fire’s fourth season will premiere on August 19th

Last fall, AMC announced that it renewed Halt and Catch Fire for a fourth and final season. This week, the network revealed that the show will return on August 19th with two back-to-back episodes, beginning at 9PM ET.

Each of Halt and Catch Fire‘s seasons have dramatized some of the biggest aspects of the modern online environment, from the rise of the PC to online gaming. Last season focused on Cameron and Donna’s efforts to shift their company from the world of online gaming to online commerce. Along the way, they ran into numerous roadblocks and interpersonal problems, which ultimately results in Donna’s firing. “Halt and Catch Fire has always been about how people who make things put themselves into the things they create,”…

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Zume’s robot pizzeria could be the future of workplace automation

Zume Pizza, a food delivery startup in the San Francisco Bay Area, is expanding to a new location in the heart of Silicon Valley — with the help of robotic companions. The company, which starting today will deliver fresh pizzas to Palo Alto and the Stanford area in addition to its hometown of nearby Mountain View, says it has pioneered a robot-assisted technique for pressing pizza dough in a perfect circle in just nine seconds.

That allows the operation to improve efficiency and let its human employees spend time on less tedious work, according to CEO and co-founder Julia Collins. “We wanted to identify places where humans were overtaxed physically, bored, or whether the job they were doing was not safe, like sticking their hand into a…

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Apple gets too much and too little credit for the iPhone

In the binary world of online communications, companies like Apple and Google are either valorized for their highly influential products and actions or vilified for the same reasons. Take the iPhone, which turns 10 years old this week, as the most obvious and polarizing example. You can either think of it as Apple’s revolutionary gadget that redefined an industry and most of our lives, or you can deem it to be the overhyped foam atop the more democratic and important Google Android wave. I think there’s truth to both perspectives, but more interesting to me are the nuances and shades of gray in between the extremes.

Apps, apps, apps

For a great many people, the iPhone has served as the physical conduit of a revelatory technological…

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We compared hardware specs for every iPhone ever made

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, and what better way to celebrate than by taking a look back at how the hardware in Apple’s iconic smartphone has changed and evolved over time?

We’ve gone back and tabulated the specs on all 10 generations of iPhones (plus a couple of spinoffs) for your viewing pleasure. Obviously, the modern iPhone 7 and 7 Plus win out across the board when it comes to almost any metric, but this is less of a competition and more a retrospective, and one that highlights what’s become one of the key components of Apple’s success.

The fact of the matter is that none of the iPhone models have ever been the best smartphone when it comes to pure hardware. And even looking at raw numbers, it’s oftentimes…

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Apple Music’s latest personalized playlist is perfect for chill Sundays

Apple Music already has a pair of personalized playlists in My New Music Mix and My Favorites Mix, and now it’s launching a third to help you chill out in these trying times. Its latest personalized playlist, aptly titled My Chill Mix, will give you 25 tracks of chill vibes based on your listening habits, which is updated every Sunday.

My list had some hits (Beyoncé, Solange, Jhene Aiko) and definitely a few misses (Immature, B2K), but overall it was a good playlist for the first try. We’ll see how Apple Music refines the list week by week — the true test of any personalized playlist.

My Chill Mix is currently only available for a small group of users, but will be rolling out throughout the summer, according to TechCrunch….

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