1955: Walking the streets of Belfast, shipbuilding capital of the world

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The cargo ship Foylebank under construction at the Harland & Wolff shipyard. The ship was later renamed Patroclos.

IMage: Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland emerged as one of the shipbuilding capitals of the world.

The sprawling Harland & Wolff shipyards cranked out thousands of Navy cruisers, monitors, aircraft carriers and civilian ocean liners, including one famously massive and ill-fated one.

In 1955, Picture Post photographer Bert Hardy visited the city, wandering the bustling shipyards and lively streets. Read more…

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Destroy cities with Colossatron: Massive World Threat; it's the Apple Free App of the Week!

Tired of playing games where you save the world and fight bad guys? With Colossatron: Massive World Threat, you will play as the bad guy. In fact, you will be “the biggest and most powerful being to ever wage war against mankind.” With this game, you are a massive robotic snake with a goal of destroying everything! And from now through Wednesday night, you can download the game for free from the Apple App Store. That’s because the game is the Apple Free App of the Week, which means that you will save 99 cents by downloading it now.

According to the listing in the App Store, the key …

Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best-selling Android phone in Q2 2017, but iPhone 7 is king of the world

The only real competitor for Samsung’s flagships are Apple’s iPhones, so there will be no surprise if the Galaxy S8 will be the best-selling Android smartphone in 2017. But for now, let’s just say that it’s the most popular product among Android fans in the second quarter.

The latest research from Strategy Analytics suggests Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones shipped 19 million units worldwide. That makes these two devices world’s best-selling Android phones in Q2 2017.

Apple’s iPhone 7 remains world’s most popular smartphone model overall with no less …

For a few hours today, Amazon's Jeff Bezos was the richest man in the world

For Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, today was “easy come, easy go.” This morning, as the stock market anticipated the company’s earnings report after the bell, Bezos’  holdings in the online retailer (and thanks to the smart speaker, now considered a tech innovator) amounted to $90.6 billion. That put Bezos $500 million ahead of Microsoft founder Bill Gates to become the richest man in the world.

Hopefully, no one ordered Bezos any t-shirts or coffee mugs with that title, because by the time evening descended on the West Coast, Gates had the lead once again. This happened when a …

Lenovo's foldable tablet makes a second consecutive visit to Tech World

You might remember how Lenovo grabbed the attention of the tech world on June 9th last year during the company’s Tech World  gathering. YouTuber Meghan McCarthy displayed a bendable phone that was folded into a contraption that she wore around her wrist. She also presented a tablet that was folded into the size of a phablet, and put up to her ear in order to simulate a phone call.

Today, the company continued the conversation by introducing the Lenovo Folio concept during Lenovo Tech World 2017. The device features a flexible touchscreen that grows from 5.5-inches to 7.8-inches …

Fortune: Apple is the most profitable company in the world

Thanks to the iPhone, Apple is already the most valuable company in the world. Based on its market capitalization (share price multiplied by shares outstanding), Apple is worth more than $784.5 billion. The company grossed $215 billion during its latest fiscal year, which placed it ninth in the world for that category. For the second fiscal quarter of 2017, the iPhone was responsible for 63% of Apple’s revenue which shows you how important that product is to the success of the company.

What good is attracting all of this business if the company is not profitable? Apple surely doesn’t have …

'Tron' Lightcycle ride is coming to Walt Disney World

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Greetings programs! We are sorry to report that Disney’s D23 Expo has come and gone without any update on the status of Tron 3.

(Boooooooooooooooo!)

Yes, indeed, it is disappointing. But do not de-rez! We have good news, too: Disney is bringing Shanghai Disneyland’s popular Tron Lightcycle Power Run ride to the U.S.!

(Wild cheering!)

The addition of Tron Lightcycle Power Run was announced Friday by Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek at D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, home of Disneyland — where for now there won’t be one, as it’s only planned for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Read more…

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Pokemon GO real-life events around the world get detailed

Developer Niantic promised last month to offer Pokemon GO fans more details about the upcoming real-life events that will involve all aspects of the mobile game. Today, new information about the Pokemon GO events taking place around the world over the next few months has just been revealed.

Festivities will kick off on July 22 in Chicago, as Niantic announced Pokemon GO Fest would take place in Grant Park. Apparently, there will be three Challenge Windows during the day, in which Trainers everywhere will team up with those in Chicago to unlock global rewards.

Trainers …

Facebook rolls out Find Wi-Fi feature everywhere in the world

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Well, starting today, Facebook announced that it’s expanding the availability of Find Wi-Fi globally on both the Android and iOS platforms. Users who receive the feature on their smartphones will be able to locate available Wi-Fi hotspots that have been shared by businesses with Facebook from their Page.

In order to find …

Check out the wackiest Guinness World Records phone entries

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