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Hi Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
Rejoice! Google has brought back the ability to make calls from Gmail. 
BlackBerryhas lost its battle with Indian authorities, who have been demanding that it let them spy on users in order to protect the state and prevent terrorism.
Apple has been found guilty of conspiring with five major book publishers to artificially raise e-book prices. 
Today’s Most Innovative Company is NASA, which is planning to send a new rover to Mars in 2020.
Today’s Most Creative People are the students behind NASA’s awesome Grover rover. 
A code found buried in the iOS 7 beta is a clue that the new iPhone may have a slow motion camera.
A new, more accurate clock that uses lasers to help tell time may change our definition of the second.
Ever trekked all the way to a cafe just to find out that their Wi-fi is lousy? Now you can avoid that inconvenience using the SeedSpot app, which lets you test the Wi-Fi networks in your area.
Google just cleaned up the Android Maps app, giving it a sleeker, more useable design.
Hackers are taking advantage of Microsoft’s security flaw, which was announced earlier this year by a Google employee. 
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

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Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Hi Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • BlackBerryhas lost its battle with Indian authorities, who have been demanding that it let them spy on users in order to protect the state and prevent terrorism.

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

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It was like, oh my god, I can be so much more productive if I actually let my brain have a little downtime. When I get up in the morning I’m very sharp now. I can do things much faster. I’m much more focused. I feel much fresher. I feel like I used to feel before the Internet was popular.

-Kord Campbell, who recently participated in a digital detox hosted by Camp Grounded. We’ve collected stories from people who regularly unplug from their devices.

Here are the lessons they’re learning.

A Printable Guide To Unplugging

So you need to #unplug. You’re feeling overwhelmed by your gadgets—connected to your email list but not to your personal life. It’s time to take a break. It is precisely for times like these that we’ve created a guide to unplugging.

These step-by-step instructions will walk you through the difficult (but rewarding!) process of unplugging, from deciding when to unplug to informing your friends and coworkers that you’ll be offline for a while to avoiding the biggest temptations to plug back in. Here you’ll find advice from digital detoxing experts, business leaders, and our readers, whom we asked to use the #unplug hashtag to submit their best methods for logging off.

We encourage you to print these pages, and when you find yourself reaching for your phone, reach for this guide instead for tips on how to overcome the urge to use your devices. And when you’re ready to rejoin the digital world, come to FastCompany.com, and we’ll help you find the most seamless way to do so.

Let the detoxing begin!

Apple’s WWDC event kicked off yesterday, with Apple announcing a new OS X, a MacBook Air with better battery life, a redesigned iOS 7, among other things. Here are some WWDC resources to help you keep up: 

Other resources:

We’ll be updating this list as new, great resources come to our attention. Feel free to flag great Apple or WWDC reads for us in the comments. Have you found any?

Apple has a problem: Social media chatter about it’s iPhone 5 has dipped, and so have sales. 
From September to today, the number of conversations on social channels about iPhones has declined for two of the company’s target audiences: Baby Boomers and Generation Xers.Looking at two other lucrative consumer audiences—Millennials and teens— shows a similar pattern. Despite a spike in conversations around last Christmas, iPhone conversations have been consistently declining since the iPhone 5 launch in October.
Apple’s failure to tap into what’s being said through social insights and develop a data-driven marketing strategy is becoming an object lesson for businesses everywhere. 
Inside Apple’s marketing problem

Apple has a problem: Social media chatter about it’s iPhone 5 has dipped, and so have sales. 

From September to today, the number of conversations on social channels about iPhones has declined for two of the company’s target audiences: Baby Boomers and Generation Xers.Looking at two other lucrative consumer audiences—Millennials and teens— shows a similar pattern. Despite a spike in conversations around last Christmas, iPhone conversations have been consistently declining since the iPhone 5 launch in October.

Apple’s failure to tap into what’s being said through social insights and develop a data-driven marketing strategy is becoming an object lesson for businesses everywhere. 

Inside Apple’s marketing problem

NeverLate is an iPhone app that allows your calendar to cross reference the traffic report. So rather than merely warning you that a meeting is in 10 minutes, it can dynamically ping you, right when you should leave for that meeting, given unforeseen road construction, accidents, or just one of those backups where everyone is simply hitting their brakes too much. Meanwhile, you can focus entirely on getting ready, rather than digging through traffic reports.
“After you’ve used the app for about a week, NeverLate will learn where your home and work are and when you’re normally there.”
More info

NeverLate is an iPhone app that allows your calendar to cross reference the traffic report. So rather than merely warning you that a meeting is in 10 minutes, it can dynamically ping you, right when you should leave for that meeting, given unforeseen road construction, accidents, or just one of those backups where everyone is simply hitting their brakes too much. Meanwhile, you can focus entirely on getting ready, rather than digging through traffic reports.

“After you’ve used the app for about a week, NeverLate will learn where your home and work are and when you’re normally there.”

More info

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A new app called Moves could be the simplest fitness app ever.

It lives in your iPhone and tracks your activity in the background, so there’s no separate device to learn how to use or remember to carry (you already have your phone on you at all times). 
There’s no setup: You install it, turn it on, and that’s it. 
And there’s no management, syncing, or any other “interactive” bullshit to forget to do or get bored of and stop doing altogether. You don’t even have to launch it—Moves will simply ding a little summary of your physical activity into your Notifications Center every day, where you’ll end up seeing it regardless of what you’re doing with your phone.
Essentially, Moves gives you no more excuses.

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A new app called Moves could be the simplest fitness app ever.
  • It lives in your iPhone and tracks your activity in the background, so there’s no separate device to learn how to use or remember to carry (you already have your phone on you at all times).
  • There’s no setup: You install it, turn it on, and that’s it.
  • And there’s no management, syncing, or any other “interactive” bullshit to forget to do or get bored of and stop doing altogether. You don’t even have to launch it—Moves will simply ding a little summary of your physical activity into your Notifications Center every day, where you’ll end up seeing it regardless of what you’re doing with your phone.
Essentially, Moves gives you no more excuses.

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Apple’s forest is cleverly made to make us forget the trees.

The iPhone 5 has been improved significantly over the previous generation—from its screen to its shell to its dock connector. But most of the tech specs featured by Tim Cook and crew at Apple’s event on Wednesday can be found in other devices by Apple’s competitors. Not one, single device, mind you—that’s a unique feat Apple pulls off with most of its launches. But take a look at the hallmark iPhone 5 features compared to its competition:

Lots Of What iPhone 5 Does, Others Do Better

Apple’s forest is cleverly made to make us forget the trees.

The iPhone 5 has been improved significantly over the previous generation—from its screen to its shell to its dock connector. But most of the tech specs featured by Tim Cook and crew at Apple’s event on Wednesday can be found in other devices by Apple’s competitors. Not one, single device, mind you—that’s a unique feat Apple pulls off with most of its launches. But take a look at the hallmark iPhone 5 features compared to its competition:

Lots Of What iPhone 5 Does, Others Do Better


"Beijing was such a different city," says Ma Jun, China’s preeminent environmental watchdog, remembering the capital as it was during his childhood. "There were so few cars, I could walk in the middle of the road. In the summer, the streetlamps attracted swirling bugs. I loved those bugs: crickets, praying mantis, all kinds of beetles." The 44-year-old pauses. "I also have a vivid memory of dazzling sunlight coming out of the sky. Today, the sky is different."

Ma Jun Keeps Your iPhone From Killing People

"Beijing was such a different city," says Ma Jun, China’s preeminent environmental watchdog, remembering the capital as it was during his childhood. "There were so few cars, I could walk in the middle of the road. In the summer, the streetlamps attracted swirling bugs. I loved those bugs: crickets, praying mantis, all kinds of beetles." The 44-year-old pauses. "I also have a vivid memory of dazzling sunlight coming out of the sky. Today, the sky is different."

Ma Jun Keeps Your iPhone From Killing People