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Stephen Shankland
CNET News reporter, covering technology trends, Web and browser developments, and digital photography.
CNET News reporter, covering technology trends, Web and browser developments, and digital photography.

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The marvelous and very bat-like Avion 3, by Clément Ader, from 1893-1897, at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris.

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The electric grid is beginning to look very different as storage systems arrive. Will there be a Tesla battery in your basement?

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Here's where I demystify HEIF, the image format Apple says is good enough to replace JPEG. Space savings is only the beginning. The best part is that it's a container that can hold collections of photos — bursts, live photos, cinemagraphs, exposure brackets, focus stacks, and more. Too bad about the patent licensing cloud that hangs over the HEVC video technology that HEIF relies on.

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Multiplayer Minecraft servers are a pain, but summer update builds them straight into the game. Escape!

Also: Xbox One and Wii Switch are now entering the Bedrock edition fold so they're no longer isolated from Windows 10, mobile, and VR editions.


OK, people, take my quick Twitter survey on how to pronounce HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format).

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It's a big deal that in early 2018 Chrome will start blocking some ads (even Google's own if they are too intrusive), even though it won't be blocking ad-tracker technology that invades your privacy and also slows down websites, burns through your data plan and flattens your battery.

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Maybe your next PC will get Thunderbolt ports, because Intel will build the high-speed data-transfer tech straight into its processors. That should significantly lower costs (and perhaps power consumption) for embracing it. Apple and Microsoft like the plan, but it's not clear when the first Thunderbolt-equipped CPUs will arrive.

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Detroit RiverWalk is pretty good. The city still has a depressing amount of abandoned land — thousands of acres of land going back to nature — but there are pockets that are economically healthy. The path along the Detroit River, upstream of downtown, had plenty of people walking and biking last weekend. Also, we saw killdeer, barn swallows, ring-billed gulls, Canada geese, house sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, grackles, American robins, mallards, starlings and double-crested cormorants. Also some nice views of the GM RenCen.
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Do you use Sugru (moldable glue)? I'd love to hear your thoughts about it. Reply here or stephen.shankland at cbsi dot com.

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Apple's new iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode ad: "Focus on what you love and leave everything else behind." As long as light conditions are bright enough.
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