Stories you missed this week: McAfee for prez, SpaceX gets Heavy, EV VW busses

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In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. Too much, in fact, for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week. From everything Apple announced at its big September 9 event to Stephen Colbert’s Late Show debut and everything in between — it’s all here.

Everything Apple rolled out during its September 9 Event

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Whenever Apple makes a new product announcement, it dominates the news cycle. When Tim Cook took the stage on September 9, he gave the press and the Apple loyalists a lot to think about with a lineup of upgrades and new devices. Some things were expected, like the Apple TV refresh and the announcement of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. But Apple snuck in some surprises, launching a 13-inch iPad Pro and accompanying stylus dubbed the Apple Pencil. Plus, Apple gave release dates for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, so you’ll know how much longer your wait is for the anticipated updates.

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John McAfee explains what he’s running for president

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The 2016 election is not politics as usual. Now John McAfee is running for president of the United States. The controversial tech figure explained in a piece for Digital Trends why he is running for office. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support and encouragement that I have received,” McAffee wrote, adding that, “I have found that the issues we are bringing up are resonating. America cares about these things.” He said that his stances on the issues are forthcoming, but in the meantime, he wanted to share why he hopes to win a seat in the Oval Office.

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Volkswagen’s iconic hippy bus could reincarnate as an EV in 2017

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The next retro-inspired member of the Volkswagen family might be a people-mover that harkens back to the iconic Bus, a new report coming out of England finds. Designed largely with the North American market in mind, the yet-unnamed 21st century Bus will be markedly inspired by the original, rear-engined model that was built in various forms from late 1949 up until 2013. Like the Microbus concept that was introduced in 2001, the updated model will share three important styling cues with the original hippy Bus.

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Stephen Colbert finds Trump jokes as addicting as Oreos on Late Show debut

Stephen Colbert finally took his seat at the new Late Show desk in the Ed Sullivan Theater last night, and his debut episode gave him an outlet for the deluge of Donald Trump jokes that have been building up inside him for the last few months. Although he did use Trump’s June campaign announcement to mock the brash politician and plug The Late Show, he’s mostly had to watch other comedians have all of the Trump fun. Understandably, moderation just wasn’t possible.

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Elon Musk’s answer to making Mars more like Earth? Just nuke it

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It hasn’t even been a week since Stephen Colbert started hosting CBS’ The Late Show, and already, he’s getting his guests to make some pretty spectacular claims. Oprah may have watched Tom Cruise jump on a couch, but Colbert got Elon Musk to advance a decidedly gasp-worthy theory about how best to make Mars a more hospitable environment for human life. “The fast way is to drop nuclear weapons over the poles,” the Tesla, SpaceX, and PayPal founder told Colbert. To which the host responded, “You’re a supervillain!”

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Next page: 5 more tech stories you might have missed this week

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Apple banned from distributing some iPhone models in Germany

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Apple resurrects the iPhone SE with brand-new units starting at $249

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Android

Popular Android navigation apps are just Google Maps with ads, researcher says

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Mobile

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Mobile

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Mobile

Do these case images confirm a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on the S10 E?

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