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Lift-off, Scam Watch, T-Mobile and Sprint Merge, Apple Watch Tip


April 30 · Issue #34 · View online
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Lift-off, Scam Watch, T-Mobile and Sprint Merge, Apple Watch Tip

Blue sky. Last year, I took a super-secret trip to Amazon’s Blue Origin headquarters, the place where Jeff Bezos is building and perfecting his sub-orbital spaceship, the Shepard Rocket. Sadly, I can’t tell you a thing about the amazing stuff I saw there, but the results of all their hard work was on display yesterday with another successful test-flight. You can relive the nail-biting 10 minutes again after the link. You might also want to spend that time considering if you want to take one of those manned flights when Bezos opens them to the well-heeled public later this year.
Blue Origin Successfully Completes Another Launch of New Shepard Rocket -
Scam Alert: Here’s yet another friendly reminder that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not messaging you about winning big money on Facebook (and Instagram). A new report notes the proliferation of fake Zuckerberg accounts and how some people are still falling for these scams. First, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Second, company CEOs do not contact people about prize money. Third, trust no one.
No, Mark Zuckerberg isn’t messaging you about winning a Facebook lottery – Naked Security
Facebook’s next steps. If you think Mark Zuckerberg is talked out after a lengthy apology tour and two days of grueling testimony on Capitol Hill, you’d be wrong. Facebook’s yearly developer conference, F8, kicks off on May 1 and runs through the 2nd. You can watch a livestream of Zuckerberg’s keynote. Expect to hear a lot about the Newsfeed, AR, VR, Oculus Go, and Facebook’s renewed commitment to your privacy. 
Facebook F8 2018: What to Expect from Facebook's Big Show | WIRED
And then there were three. Over the weekend T-Mobile and Sprint announced another go at a merger (they last tried in 2014). This time, however, the approximately $26B mating sounds like it might go through. The big sell? 5G supremacy. This next-level wireless broadband option promises to revolutionize our always-connected lives, but the roll-out has been super slow. A combined T-Mobile/Sprint could help position the U.S. for 5G dominance. At least that’s how T-Mobile CEO John Legere is selling it. If the merger goes through, there will be just three major carriers state side: Verizon, AT&T and the “new” T-Mobile. Here’s hoping the lack of competition doesn’t lead to higher cellphone bills.
SoftBank CEO gives up control to make Sprint's merger with T-Mobile happen
Dim the lights. Movies theaters have done a good job of training us to silence and put away our phones, but I’m sure I’m not the only Apple Watch owner who has annoyed those sitting around him in a darkened theater when his watch lit up with a notification. Now I always remember to put the watch in theater mode. Here’s how you can do it, too. 
With the watch unlocked, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Then swipe up again until you see the theater masks icon. Tap it (it will turn orange) and your screen won’t light up with notifications until you disable theater mode.
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