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Check Out the iPhone 7 Plus in ‘Glossy Black’ [Renders]

Apple is expected to release the iPhone 7 in five colors: silver, gold, rose gold, dark black (space black), and glossy ‘piano black‘. The new glossy black color is said to resemble the finish on the Mac Pro.

Applearab.com has posted some renders of the iPhone 7 Plus in glossy black. Check them out below and let us know what you think of the finish in the comments!

Make sure to follow iClarified on TwitterFacebookGoogle+, or RSS for updates head of the iPhone 7’s unveiling on September 7th.

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70-Year-Old Woman Tests Out Autopilot Of Tesla Model S, Gives The Best Reaction Ever

A 70-year-old woman rides on a Tesla Model S with the autopilot system on for the first time, and her reaction is far from thrilled and more on borderline terrified.

At any rate, it’s still one of the best reactions to the state-of-the-art technology on the Internet.

YouTube user William Rimmer uploaded a video of her mother testing out the feature of the electric car, perfectly capturing how people would likely respond to handing over the driving duties to a computer on a two-lane highway.

“Oh Jesus. This is my first day out, and I’m going to die!” she screams, sitting on the driver’s seat and after asking her son to put her back in control of the Model S.

Interestingly, users have mixed reactions to the footage. Some say that it’s a bit cruel to do this to an elderly woman, while others­ – if not most – find it to be hilarious.

Now, this isn’t anything new, as plenty of people have been making videos of testing out what the autopilot system of the Model lineup can do, ranging from downright informative to horrifying and hilarious ones.

Of course, the electric car maker has already come across these clips, and as a countermeasure of sorts, it toned down the functions of the technology in their vehicles to keep the most adventurous testers safe from harm.

The bottom line is that autopilot may be the future of driving, but it’s apparently not for everyone just yet.

Hit up the video below to see her priceless reaction.

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World time watches tell a story of wealth and power

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Using a world time watch — a timepiece with global cities arrayed around the dial or bezel, one per timezone — to find what the hour is in, say, Denver or Dubai is one thing. But we can learn much from these watches about history, politics and economics if we look at them in the right way.

That is why the Financial Times has examined 25 world time watches, dating from a 1951 Breitling to 2016 models by Vacheron Constantin, Louis Vuitton and IWC Schaffhausen. We fed all the cities on the watches’ dials and bezels into our system and came up with two lists: the places most mentioned on watches between 1951 and 1971, and those most mentioned between 2005 and 2016. You can see the results of this endeavour in the graphic below, the earlier ring on the inside, the later on the outside.

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This is for more than curiosity. Given the relationship between these watches and wealth — their cost runs into the tens of thousands of pounds — we expected the cities chosen would reflect where wealth has grown and diminished.

And so it has proved. Some cities have remained constant in wealth and on watches: London, Tokyo, Sydney, New York and Rio de Janeiro are all six-decade stalwarts. But there are many more replacements: Baghdad has given way to Moscow, Réunion to Dubai, Bombay to Karachi, San Francisco to Los Angeles.

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Bicycle “operating system” gears up for 2017 release

The more that technology advances, the greater the variety of electronic gadgets that can be installed on our bikes. Lights are an obvious example, but there are also electronic shifting and suspension systems, along with things like actioncams, phone chargers, and cycling computers. As it stands right now, they’re almost all stand-alone items, receiving power independently and sometimes working to cross purposes. Randall Jacobs and Kyle Manna hope to change that, with their OpenBike “connected bicycle ecosystem.”

The idea behind OpenBike is that bicycle manufacturers will build the basic network into their bikes, while electronic component manufacturers will likewise make products that are compatible with the system.

Hardware-wise, it features one central battery that powers all of a bike’s electronic devices, along with internally-routed electrical wiring running from that battery to key locations, such as the handlebars. This means that when companies are designing OpenBike-compatible components, they won’t need to include their own batteries. Likewise, consumers will only have one battery they need to check. That battery can be removed for recharging, although it can also be charged via a dynamo while pedalling.

Additionally, OpenBike will incorporate its own open communications protocol, allowing gadgets from different manufacturers to “talk” to one another. As just one example of how that could work, data such as speed and GPS coordinates could be relayed from a cycling computer to an actioncam, where it would be stamped on the video.

OpenBike will also be able to access its own cloud-based server, providing internet connectivity for all the gadgets that need it. This could greatly facilitate services such as rental bike fleet management, and bike-sharing cooperatives.

Working with Marin Bikes, Jacobs and Manna have already created a prototype bike that demonstrates some of the features that could be accommodated. It includes a headlight, tail lights, turn indicators, a brake light, a phone mount with USB charging, and ambient light sensors that cause the lights to automatically come on as the sun goes down.

A production version of that bike should be available from Marin next year. In the meantime, Randall and Kyle are looking to develop partnerships with other bike makers and electronics manufacturers.