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Friday June 24

08:39
YouTube rolls out Periscope-style live streaming...

Putting itself in direct competition with Facebook and Twitter, YouTube is now in the beginning stages of rolling out live video streaming from its main mobile app.

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08:39
Because it’s Friday: Lintallica


Remember: Puppets and metal, they can be a thing.
Happy Friday, people!!!

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08:36
Rumor: Apple to adopt micro-LED displays for Apple...

Apple may opt for micro-LED displays come the second half of 2017.
Sources within the supply chain have suggested that that the much-rumored Apple Watch 2 lineup expected to debut in the second half of 2016 will continue to have OLED displays, with the move towards micro-LED panels liking occurring in tandem with the tentatively named Apple Watch 3.
Micro-LED displays can be thinner and lighter and allow for improved color gamut, increased brightness, and higher resolutions. The panels do not require backlighting like traditional LCD displays, but they can be difficult and expensive to mass produce. Micro LEDs range in size from 1-micron to 100-micron.

Earlier this year, the mighty Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities suggested that the Apple Watch 2...

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08:27
Apple’s CarPlay set to return in Honda’s 2017 Accord...

Honda was noticeably slow to the CarPlay scene despite being committed from day one to support Apple’s infotainment feature in 2014. The automaker eventually delivered with CarPlay in the 2016 Accord and Civic, and 2017 Ridgeline, and today Honda announced CarPlay will be returning in the 2017 Accord, one of the most popular cars on the road. Honda’s new Accord is hitting showroom floors on Monday and will start at $22,355.
The 2017 Accord carries over the expanded LED exterior lighting and premium features and technologies of the 2016 model, including the available 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen offered with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto...

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08:26
2017 Apple Watch reportedly switching to Micro-LED...

According to the latest story by Digitimes, Apple will reportedly be moving away from OLED screen technology for Apple Watch … at the same time as the iPhone 8 (for 2o17, iPhone 7 will continue to use LCD) adopts OLED. The supply chain source says Apple is instead developing Micro LED panels for Apple Watch, to debut in late 2017.
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08:26
Uber’s latest test offers good news & bad: fixed...

The Verge reports that Uber is testing a new version of its app that offers customers good news and bad. On the plus side, it will specify a fixed fare up-front, so you know exactly what you’ll be paying. On the downside, it will be much less obvious when surge-pricing is in effect …
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08:21
Apple officially terminates current-gen Thunderbolt...

Well, Apple’s current-gem Thunderbolt Display if officially off the menu.
In a statement, an Apple spokesperson explained that the Thunderbolt Display will be available from Apple’s Online Store and in retail locations while supplies last, but once stock has run out, it will not be replenished. Apple also noted that a variety of third-party options are available for Mac users:
Per Apple:
“We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users,” said an Apple spokesperson.

The display, albeit pretty nifty, has been criticized as being being...

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08:15
Video: See how Photos in iOS 10 can recognize faces...

Starting with iOS 10, the Photos app on your iPhone and iPad will automatically scan your pictures for faces and places, making it easier to find the shots you're looking for. It'll even group them into collections, and quickly automate creation of a view to relive your memories. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how it all works.

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07:20
Netflix working on offline viewing, could arrive by...

Netflix is developing a long-awaited option to download some content for offline viewing, according to an executive described as an industry insider.

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07:18
Reddit AMA Going Now

An hour into my first Reddit AMA with some super-excellent JAMFs!
AMA w/ Charles Edge and the Apple management experts at JAMF Software from macsysadmin

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07:12
Counter is new counting utility for Mac OS X

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has launched Counter 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app does one thing: it allows to count a discrete number of elements.
Using Counter you can solve any kind of situation where you have to computer enumerate a total number of elements (physical or abstract), and you want to be sure the process will be error free. You can add to the total a new unit simply pressing the space bar on your Mac to count it. Counter will keep track of the counting as it progress and will add +1 to the total at any space bar press.
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07:07
Review: Zagg Slim Book for 9.7” iPad Pro

Zagg's Slim Book for the 9.7" iPad Pro ($130) is a slighter version of its Rugged Book, which we've seen in the past. As one might expect, Slim Book is a bit more svelte, acting as both a case and a keyboard for the 9.7" iPad Pro. The case can be removed from the keyboard or the two can be used in conjunction — when linked, Slim Book can be used in separate orientations for typing, watching videos, or "book mode," which folds the keyboard behind the tablet for normal use. Interestingly, Slim Book eschews the iPad Pro's Smart Connector, as its keyboard connects via Bluetooth. Zagg claims the keyboard can provide up to two years of regular use between charges, but a micro-USB cable is still included.{/exp:char_limit}
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07:01
Apple Watch May Switch to Micro-LED Display in Mid...

Apple may switch to micro-LED displays for the Apple Watch in the second half of 2017 at the earliest, moving away from the current OLED technology used, according to supply chain sources for Taiwanese website DigiTimes.

The timeline suggests that the much-rumored Apple Watch 2 lineup expected to debut in the second half of 2016 will continue to have OLED displays, with the move towards micro-LED panels liking occurring in tandem with the tentatively named Apple Watch 3.

Micro-LED displays can be thinner and lighter and allow for improved color gamut, increased brightness, and higher resolutions. The panels do not require backlighting like traditional LCD displays, but they can be difficult...

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06:57
Brexit and the Markets: a Seismic Shock

As both shock and elation registered on the divided Brexit camps here Friday, concern mounted over the economic blow from Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Global stocks, including U.S. heavyweights such as Apple and Google, swooned.

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06:52
Mobile Labs testing solutions now support iOS 10

Mobile Labs (http://mobilelabsinc.com) Mobile Labs, a provider of enterprise-grade mobile testing solutions, today announced comprehensive support for Apple’s iOS 10 on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
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06:36
LearnQuest is now an Apple Authorized Global...

LearnQuest (www.learnquest.com), a provider of global IT and business skills, is now an official Apple Authorized Global Training Provider. It will offer new iOS developer and technical courses globally to Apple's enterprise partners and customers around the world over the coming months.
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06:29
If Apple is smart, it has a Thunderbolt Display...

Apple’s long-in-the-tooth, $999 Thunderbolt Display — last updated in 2011 — has been discontinued. What’s more worrisome is that no replacement has been mentioned.

"We're discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display," an Apple spokesperson told The Verge. “It will be available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users.”

The spokesperson mentioned no replacement for the display, although I’m betting on a new monitor with 5K support being introduced with new MacBook Pros sometime in September or October. If not Apple is making a serious mistake.

There have also been rumors of a...

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06:25
Rumor: 2017 Apple Watch will sport micro LED...

The second generation Apple Watch — which I’m expecting in September or October — will probably feature the same type of OLED display as the first generation. However, the third gen Apple smartwatch may pack micro LED technology.

According to DigiTimes — which, admittedly, has a spotty record with Apple predictions — Apple should have micro LED panels ready by the second half of 2017. The company bought LuxVue Technology, a micro LED developer LuxVue Technology in May 2014 and set up a laboratory in northern Taiwan specifically for R&D of new display technologies, the article adds.

Apple currently relies on third-party vendors for screens in its devices. If DigiTimes is right, that will change next year. As an owner of micro-LED technology, Apple can release new high-end products with a strong differentiation, while cutting the need to acquire screens from an...

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06:21
Apple may soon have an extra supplier of OLED...

With Apple expected to switch to OLED screens for future iPhones, it appears that it may not need to rely completely on the two major manufacturers for long. While Samsung and LG currently manufacture most of the world’s OLED screens between them, Nikkei reports that Sharp expects to be doing the same ‘before 2018’ …
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06:05
OS X: Using Policy Banner for Custom Login Screens

If you're an administrator (or just someone who'd like to have a little fun), you can set up what's called a policy banner, which'll make users accept an agreement before they can log in. This works well in environments with multiple Macs, such as computer labs, but hey, if you want to configure a policy banner on your spouse's computer as a practical joke, this Quick Tip will be good for that, too. We're not responsible for any mayhem this causes.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Amaryllo iCamPRO FHD Home Security...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Amaryllo iCamPRO FHD Home Security Camera for only $219 — that’s 26% off the regular price. This CES-wward winning Robotic security camera helps you keep an eye on your home or office, with three motion sensors and a 360° range of visibility. You can get reports of activity in real-time or store recordings in the Amaryllo cloud to access later, and the camera can recognize faces, remind you of appointments,…

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05:49
Rumor: Apple developing power-efficient micro-LED...

While this year's Apple Watch upgrade is expected to feature largely the same OLED display as its predecessor, the wearable smartwatch could see a major overhaul next year, with Apple said to be investigating micro LED technology for a future model.

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05:43
Apple Supplier Foxconn Surprises Market by saying...

In April Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn-Sharp could Enter Apple's OLED Display Supply Chain in 2020." But apparently Foxconn's Chairman Terry Guo has a much more aggressive road map that could put Sharp in the OLED game by as earlier as next year.

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05:32
AppleInsider podcast shares hands-on impressions of...

This week on the AppleInsider Neil and Victor to talk about his experiences with beta iOS 10 and watchOS 3 features. They also wrap up all the current iPhone rumors.

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05:10
Control Your Apple TV from CiderTV’s iPhone Widget

CiderTV is an interesting suite of remote apps for your Apple TV, but what makes it particularly worth installing is the Today View widget offered by the iOS app. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:01
What Apple’s Forthcoming APFS File System Means to...

Apple has announced that a new file system, APFS, is included in macOS Sierra for developers to test and will become the Mac’s default file system in late 2017. But what does that mean to the rest of us? Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:00
BitTorrent Dips Toes Into Ad Stream


BitTorrent on Thursday announced a revamp of its Bundle offering as a pilot project, giving it a new name, "BitTorrent Now." The service now accepts ads. BitTorrent Now's first streaming app is available for Android. Apps for iOS and Apple TV are in the works. "BitTorrent Now ... adds our first mobile streaming apps, and it adds an important new business model for our creative partnerships: ad-supported streaming," said Christian Averill, BitTorrent vice president of marketing.

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05:00
Daily Deal: Banish your keychain with the KeySmart...

Every once in a while we hear about a deal on something that doesn't necessarily have to do with tech, but can help our readers out in day-to-day life. That's the case with today's deal on the KeySmart Rugged ($29.99), a key organizer that can help you get rid of the usual keychain craziness. 

KeySmart Rugged can carry anywhere from 2 to 14 keys in a single, easy to carry organizer. Attach it to your car key fob or clip it to a belt loop, and you're ready to keep your keys organized without the usual jangling tangle! Visit KeySmart's website, and you can accessories to your KeySmart Rugged, like USB drives, bottle openers, wrenches and screwdrivers, and more.

The KeySmart Rugged is new and you will not find it on the KeySmart website. Available in black, red...

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05:00
Apple's next big thing? How about the Apple...

Forget the Apple Car. I want an Apple Hoverboard. Luxury automotive brand Lexus has partnered with experts in super conductive technology to create one of the most advanced hoverboards ever developed, so why not our favorite tech company?

The Lexus Hoverboard operates using magnetic levitation to achieve amazing frictionless movement, according to says Mark Templin, executive vice president at Lexus International. Liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets combine to "allow Lexus to create the impossible," he adds.

The Hoverboard features the iconic Lexus spindle grille signature shape and uses materials found in the luxury car brand, from the high tech to natural bamboo. Imagine how iconic an Apple Hoverboard would look.

Templin notes that the Lexus Hoverboard is a prototype and won't be on sale. So, there you go, Apple. At the 2017 Worldwide Developer Conference, CEO Tim Cook announces "one more thing," then Phil Schiller floats out on the...

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04:58
Apple's Supply Chain says Apple is Developing...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple could use a Micro-LED Display for a Future VR Headset." When Apple acquired LuxVue back in May 2014, a specialist in micro-LED screen technologies, Venture Capitalist John Doer of KPCB described LuxVue's technology as being "technical breakthrough in displays." Today, a new report is claiming that Apple's first use of LuxVue's technology may be for future Apple Watch displays.

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04:30
The Helix Dock can eliminate cable clutter for Apple...

If you’re an Apple Watch owner who’s tired of cable clutter, especially when you’re traveling, the Helix Dock for the Apple Watch from StandzOut is a handy, inexpensive ($19.99) solution.

The charge cord that comes with the Apple smartwatch is long enough to be versatile and can accommodate many docks. However, it’s a bit longer than necessary in many cases.

The Helix Dock enough room to wrap Apple Watch’s two-meter or one-meter charging cable, turning two meters of cable into two inches. You just wrap the Apple Watch charging cable around the barrel located inside the housing and place the charging pad up top. Plug in the adapter, and you’re good to go. It keeps the charging cable and USB charger neatly contained. Made of injection molded polycarbonate plastic, it’s reasonable rugged.

The Helix Dock works with all official Apple Watch charging cables. It comes in black,...

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04:28
IDC: 3D printer shipments grew nearly 20% in 2015

New data from IDC (www.idc.com) says that 3D printer shipments in the United States grew by almost 20% in 2015 compared to 2014. What’s more, total 3D printer shipments in the U.S. are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 16% through 2020.
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04:21
Kool Tools: the TuneBand Go

Grantwood Technology’s new TuneBand Go provides a lightweight and comfortable way to wear almost any device with a thin protective case while running, bicycling, working out, doing yardwork, walking around the block, or just passing time at the airport.
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04:08
EditShare Flow Media Asset Management 3.3 update...

EditShare has released EditShare Flow 3.3.0.2 (http://www.editshare.com/products/flow).
The update features content delivery to Amazon S3, batch sidecar metadata file processing, support for multi-track audio in AirFlow, and user permissions in Flow Templates. Existing Flow users with a valid EditShare maintenance agreement can download the update at http://www2.editshare.com/passprot/.
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04:00
If you need to protect your files, the Doc(Protect)...

By Aaron Lee

If you're a creative professional who needs to protect your files from unlicensed computers, Excel Software's DocProtect for Mac OS X (10.7 or later) is a useful tool. It allows you to ensure docs are only viewable on licensed computers.

The software cn protect an EPUB file — industry standard digital publishing format — by embedding a reader and licensing process in the protected document. Your EPUB file is presented within a reader window that you can name, size and control the resize characteristics.

DocProtect 4 provides improved PDF protection that supports the latest versions of Adobe Reader. For spreadsheets and PDF files, you should first use Microsoft Excel or Adobe Acrobat to restrict features like copy, export or save. Then use DocProtect to wrap a protective license around the document and turn it into a protected executable.

What's more, you...

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03:56
Adele does U-turn, allows ’25’ album to stream on...

Adele said last year that her long-awaited follow-up album ’25’ would not be available for streaming, telling Time magazine that ‘music should be an event’ and streaming was ‘a bit disposable.’ However, Billboard revealed that she had now changed her mind, and the album is indeed available to stream today on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play and other services.
The decision may have been influenced by ratings …
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03:06
iOS 10 and macOS Sierra: Networking for the modern...


Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference starts with a keynote, but the rest of the week is about sessions that go into much more depth with Apple's software. During a session named Networking for the Modern Internet (video requires Safari, or you can look it up in the iOS WWDC app), Apple Distinguished Engineer, Scientist, and Technologist Stuart Cheshire took the stage to explain new networking features in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. Soon the engineer revealed what developers can do to take full advantage of ECN, IPv6, international text in networking, cellular versus Wi-Fi, and network quality of service.
IPv6
Last year, Apple told iOS developers that...

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Thursday June 23

13:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: 8 new cases for the iPhone...

New iPhone cases of the weekThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you a handful of new cases for Apple’s newest iPhone—including slim wallet cases, see-through shells, ultra-grippy options, and much more. Read on!BelkinThe Shield Petals (iPhone SE; $30 MSRP) features a colorful floral design—which certainly brightens up this otherwise plain polycarbonate hard-shell case.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:56
Apple retires the Thunderbolt Display without...

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Apple has yet to announce an updated version of 2011's Thunderbolt Display, but pretty soon it won't be selling the old one either. The company will sell through any existing stock in the online and brick-and-mortar Apple Stores, but it doesn't plan to continue manufacturing the current model.
According to a statement given to TechCrunch, Apple is pointing its users toward third-party monitors. There are plenty of these and they come in all different sizes and screen resolutions and panel qualities and prices, though none offer...

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21:32
Adele's '25' hits Apple Music,...

Grammy Award-winner Adele's latest album, "25," was made available for streaming through a variety of services at midnight on Friday, including Apple Music and Spotify, some seven months after initial release.

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20:30
Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has officially told several news sites that it plans to discontinue the Thunderbolt Display, which has been available online and in Apple retail stores since it was first introduced in 2011. "We're discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users," said an Apple spokesperson. Rumors suggest that Apple will launch a new version of its Thunderbolt monitor later this year, featuring an upgraded 5K resolution and discrete GPU. The new Thunderbolt Display may even launch alongside next-generation Skylake Retina MacBook Pros, which too are rumored to be released later this year. fyngyrz writes: So, bought into the whole Thunderbolt monitor thing from Apple? Might want to collect a few right now, while you still can. It appears that the Thunderbolt monitor is going the way of...

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20:20
BitTorrent announces new BitTorrent Now app for...

BitTorrent today has announced that it is bringing a new app to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV that allows users to stream a variety of videos and music, mostly from independent and generally unknown artists and filmmakers. The app doesn’t let you access the insurmountable amount of illegal content available on various torrent sites, but rather on-demand streaming content that’s perfectly legal.
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19:45
Huawei working on internal OS to avoid "the...

Huawei, the second largest Android phone maker in market share behind Samsung, is "secretly developing an alternative mobile operating system" in a bid to hedge its bets against Google's increasingly assertive control over Android.

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18:57
YouTube is bringing the ability to live stream video...

YouTube today announced that it is bringing the ability to live stream content to its mobile apps on iOS and Android. YouTube’s announcement comes just a few days after Twitter integrated Periscope live streaming into its own app and as Facebook is heavily pushing live streaming capabilities.
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18:01
Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display, Directs...

It is with a mix of sadness, contempt, and relief that I offer you the news that Apple acknowledged it has put a bullet in its 5-year old Thunderbolt Display. The company issued a statement to The Verge confirming the news, directing customers to third parties for their external display needs.


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17:55
Apple Adds RAW Support for 15 DSLR Cameras from...

Apple released Thursday Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.20, an update that adds support for 15 new DSLR cameras from Canon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony. 


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17:38
Apple features 'Lifeline' in latest...

In an addition to its developer resources mini-site on Thursday, Apple posted a profile of "Lifeline" developer 3 Minute Games, highlighting how the studio found success with the iOS App Store's paid business model.

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17:06
Hotel Tonight updated with expanded Touch ID support...

Popular last-minute hotel booking app Hotel Tonight has announced this evening that it is making it even easier for iPhone users to quickly book hotels. In a press release, the company announced that it is updating its iOS with expanded support for Touch ID, which it says allows users to book hotels in “5 seconds flat.”
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16:54
∞ Apple discontinues Thunderbolt Display

Apple on Thursday told The Loop that it is discontinuing the Thunderbolt Display.“We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display, said an Apple spokesperson. “It will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users.”Judging from the last part of the statement, it doesn’t seem likely that Apple will replace the display in the near future.

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16:31
Apple discontinues Thunderbolt Display, no...

After going years without update, Apple has decided to discontinue the Thunderbolt Display, marking an end to the company's current first-party monitor product line and sparking speculation that a high-resolution replacement is in the offing.

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16:30
Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display

Apple today told several news sites that it plans to discontinue its Thunderbolt Display, which has been available for purchase online and in Apple retail stores since it was first introduced in the summer of 2011.

"We're discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users," said an Apple spokesperson.Apple will continue to sell existing Thunderbolt Display stock so long as it remains available, but once stock is exhausted, the Thunderbolt Display will no longer be available as production is ceasing. It is not clear why Apple has decided to make an announcement concerning the discontinuation of the display and if it...

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16:25
Apple officially discontinues Thunderbolt Display,...

Earlier this year, we reported that Apple was planning a new Thunderbolt Display with a built-in GPU and today the company has taken the first step towards making that a reality. According to TechCrunch, Apple has announced that it is officially discontinuing the Thunderbolt Display.
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16:16
Inside APFS: new Apple File System detailed at WWDC...

The new Apple File System announced at WWDC highlights how the company is planning for the future. Here's a look under the hood at what the company will use to replace HFS+ on Macs, iOS, Apple Watch and Apple TV.

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16:10
Developer Insights Series: Using the Paid Business...

Find out why 3 Minute Games chose the paid business model for their Lifeline apps, and how the studio keeps users engaged between releases. Learn more.

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16:10
Developer Insights Series: Using the Paid Business...

Find out why 3 Minute Games chose the paid business model for their Lifeline apps, and how the studio keeps users engaged between releases. Learn more.

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16:09
Here's the New 'Home' App for...

HomeKit users have long wished for a centralized, Apple-designed app for controlling HomeKit-enabled products, and in iOS 10, Apple has granted that wish, with the debut of the new "Home" app. Designed to be used on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, Home is Apple's new one-stop HomeKit control solution.

As can be seen in the video below, Home offers a simple, fast, convenient way to manage all of the connected products in your house. Not all accessories are fully functional with Home right now as its a beta, but support will improve before Home launches as part of iOS 10 this fall.

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Opening the Home app brings up a main screen that lists all favorite Scenes and favorite accessories for...

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15:57
Why does a tire company publish the Michelin Guide?

Obviously, there are several examples from the beginning of the Age of the Car of how automobile travel created entire industries. The Michelin Guide may be the one that has gone the furthest past its original intent to something more popular than the original tire company could have ever imagined.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:53
Adele's Album titled '25' Arrives on...

Last December Patently Apple posted a report titled "Adele's New Album Storms to the top of Apple's iTunes Charts & Becomes the Most Downloaded Album of the Year." Seven months later...

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15:48
Life in the “danger zone”

When I was a little kid, I got the chance to go on an American aircraft carrier outside of Halifax’s harbour (it was too big to dock). I’ve always wanted to go back onboard as an adult.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:40
SanDisk Made an iPhone Case With Built-In Storage

An anonymous reader writes: SanDisk has made its iXpand Memory Case to alleviate the problem that Apple creates when they release an iPhone in 2016 with only 16GB of on-board storage. The iXpand Memory Case is an iPhone case with flash storage built directly into the case itself that connects/charges via the Lightning port. You won't need a new phone and you won't need to carry around an extra charging dongle, which is the case for many other third-party cases and accessories. Since Apple doesn't make expanding your storage with third-party devices easy, you will need to download/install the companion SanDisk iXpand Memory Case app on your iPhone, which will automatically back-up your camera roll and password-protect your photos and files. If you need some extra juice, you can spend an extra $40 to receive a 1900mAh battery pack that attaches to the case. The iXpand Memory Case is only available with the iPhone 6 and 6s and is available with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB of extra flash...

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15:33
CBS and Paramount release 'Star Trek' fan...

While Paramount and CBS's lawsuit against Axanar Productions is still ongoing, the two studios have finally produced a set of guidelines meant to govern fan-made Star Trek productions in the future. While the guidelines might be a good start, and a s...

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15:20
How to Display Calories or kJ on your iPhone/Apple...

When monitoring your health and fitness, the Apple Watch and iPhone both have ways of setting your preference for either Calories or kilojoules (kJ) burned. Here's a Quick Tip on how change the preference.


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15:01
Chicago allows Airbnb to operate under restrictions

Alternate housing fans touring the Windy City, rejoice. Chicago's city council passed two measures yesterday to allow short-term rentals, permitting users to post their spaces on Airbnb so long as they play by new rules. Only so many living areas can...

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14:34
Led Zeppelin Wins “Stairway to Heaven” lawsuit

On Thursday, after a week’s worth of testimony and arguments, the jury came back with its verdict in a case that’s been decades in the making. At trial, Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant testified as well as Michael Skidmore, the Trustee of Spirit songwriter Randy Wolfe’s estate, who demanded in his lawsuit a rewriting of rock ‘n’ roll history. The jury also heard from a Spirit bandmember, musicologists and other witnesses and experts opining on such subjects as whether Led Zeppelin had heard “Taurus” before composing their popular song and whether the two songs were substantially similar.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:31
Apple Still has one Last Snag Holding them back from...

Last August Patently Apple posted a report titled "South Korean Apple Fans may be Getting Apple Music this Year." The report noted that officials at the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism made it public that Apple had plans to offer its popular "Apple Music" services to iPhone and iPad users in Korea. But Apple hit a few snags along the way.

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14:31
Wirecutter's best deals: Save $300 on a...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter....

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14:20
Ingrein ‘Smartclock’ Shows Important Notifications...

Check out Ingrein, a very interesting clock designed to help you detach from our devices. The clock is made of real (reclaimed) hardwood, and it has a built-in "LCD screen and light and sound sensors to interact with and display information from your smart devices and favorite apps." The idea is that you limit what gets sent to the device to those things that are really important so that you can get your face out of your screen, especially when you're with other people. It's a very cool idea in theory, and I'm wondering how well it will work in practice. This product is funding through Kickstarter, where it already met its funding goals. Funding options starting at $299 are still available.


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14:06
Apple releases Safari 10 beta for OS X El Capitan...

Apple issued beta versions of Safari 10 for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and OS X 10.10 Yosemite on Thursday, granting developers access to new features like enhanced Safari Extensions, a redesigned Bookmarks interface and more.

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14:04
IKlip A/V Broadcast Mount for iPhone

IK Multimedia announced iKlip A/V on Thursday. This is a broadcast mount for broadcasters and videographers to shoot with iPhone. It features an  integrated high-quality mic preamp (with phantom power, too) and a built-in wireless receiver, which means you can monitor sound as you record. It's powered by two AA batteries. We all know that iPhone is being used to take more and more videos (and photographs), but equipment like this really helps blur the edges between professional applications and the rest of us. The device is available now for $179.99.


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14:03
Article: Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers...

One of the most significant changes predicted in reports leading up to Apple’s official unveiling of iOS 10 was a completely redesign of the Music app, so it wasn’t particularly surprising to see this element of Apple’s iOS 10 reveal. Although, like the changes made to Maps, the new design of the Music app suggests that the company is gradually shifting over to an entirely new design paradigm. Apple’s iOS Music app has followed…

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14:00
AWT News Update: June 23, 2016

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Just a couple of fun little Apple news bits for the day:

  • LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers owe part of their dramatic comeback and ultimate championship to late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs
  • Apple Music gets one step closer to release in South Korea
  • Apple is polling customers on streaming video and Apple TV topics

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 23, 2016.

The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers can owe part of their ultimate win to some of the inspiration provided to the team by LeBron James, who wanted to make his teammates...

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13:59
House sit-in shows the power and potential of...

Forget the final few minutes of the NBA Finals. Forget BuzzFeed tying rubberbands around a watermelon until it exploded. Forget a woman trying on a Chewbacca mask in a car. Sure, these are all moments that have been livestreamed, sometimes to million...

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13:53
G-BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Boombox: $79.99

It's loud, wireless, will play tunes for up to 6 hours on a charge, and it has a handle. G-BOOM is a boombox for the iPhone era. It features a protective rubber base, and has a standard headphone jack in addition to Blueooth connectivity. You can get this device through our deal for $79.99.


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13:45
Safari 10 beta now available to developers on OS X...

Following the release of the first developer beta of macOS Sierra last week, Apple today has made the Safari 10 beta available for users on El Capitan and Yosemite. This means that developers can test the upcoming version of Safari without having to update their entire operating system.
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13:38
Apple Music coming soon to South Korea, local music...

Apple could be on the verge of filling a major hole in its Apple Music international coverage, as reports on Thursday claim contracts have been signed to bring the streaming service to South Korea.

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13:17
Chicago decides not to clamp down on ride-sharing...

As is the case in many cities around the world, the debate over regulation of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft rages on. In Chicago, the city council voted down a measure this week that would've required fingerprint background checks for driv...

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13:05
Apple Advances Touch ID on an iPhone to Unlock Macs...

One of Apple's latest continuation patents reveals their ongoing work to allow iPhone users to be able to use Touch ID to instantly login to future Macs just like how Apple Watch will accommodate this feature this fall. Apple also reveals that they're working on waterproofing future OLED Displays.

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09:00
Clash Royale is even more addictive than Clash of...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).
I’ve played a lot of free-to-play mobile games in my time, not only during the lifespan of this column but also in the years prior, and I honestly can’t recall a game that has completely enraptured me quite like Clash Royale. Truth be told, I didn’t believe the hype around it and I got blindsided....

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11:20
Adele's new album is finally coming to Apple...

Music streaming services can finally say “Hello” to Adele.Recode has confirmed that Adele’s latest album 25 will be coming to Apple Music, Spotify, and all the other music streaming services on Friday starting at midnight. The album originally came out seven months ago, back in November 2015.25 instantly became one of the best-selling albums ever, moving over three million copies in a single week. The album’s first single, “Hello,” was made available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify, as a promotional effort.
Adele was said to have been personally involved in the decision to withhold 25 from streaming during its initial release. And that decision seemed to have paid off. Since the release of 25, other big-name...

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13:00
Nest Protect (2nd-generation) CO/Smoke Detector: No...

The 2nd-generation Nest Protect CO and Smoke Detector

I recently had to have my hot water heater replaced, and of course that meant that a county inspector had to come and sign off on the permit. While he was doing that, he asked me if our house had a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. "Sure," I replied, "It's in the basement near the furnace and hot water heater." Well, it turns out that changes in the building code have made it so at least one CO detector needs to be 15 feet away from each bedroom. This ended up being the perfect opportunity for me to try the 2nd-generation Nest Protect Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector ($99).

I stayed away from the first-generation model, as it had a reputation for being quirky and annoying. For example, you were supposed to be able to shut off a false alarm by waving your arms at it - that apparently didn't work that often. The design of the previous...

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13:00
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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12:56
Physicists create a 'quantum ruler' to...

A group of physicists from the Russian Quantum Center and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have come up with a new method of creating a special entangled quantum state, one that could be used as "a high-precision ruler" for measuring la...

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12:46
Inside iOS 10: Split-screen view in Safari for iPad...

Apple's forthcoming iOS 10 update will improve multitasking on the iPad by offering a new split-screen mode in Safari, allowing users to have two tabs open side-by-side simultaneously.

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12:42
Top 10 WWDC 2016 features from iOS 10, macOS Sierra...

We’ve done roundups on all of the new features schedule to hit Apple’s four platforms — iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10. But after seeing hundreds of features, the amount of new items can all start to blend together. With this in mind, we’ve put together a compilation of 16 top features (4 each) from each of Apple’s four platforms. more…Filed under: Apple ...

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12:33
Report: Apple preparing for upcoming Apple Music...

A report today from The Korea Herald says Korea could be next to get access to Apple Music as officials from a music copyright organization in the country confirm it’s made deals with Apple for the launch.
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12:30
The struggle to adapt storytelling for virtual...

Storytelling in virtual reality has yet to take shape. While the simulated world of gaming has proved the visual capabilities of the medium, few have taken a crack at the art of building a compelling narrative.

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12:27
Sketchy 'iPhone 7' pricing rumor points to...

A questionable rumor on Thursday reiterated the claim that Apple will sell 256-gigabyte versions of its upcoming "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus," while further suggesting there could be an even more expensive "Pro" lineup.

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12:08
Soon your drone can avoid collisions using radar

Drones are all fun and games until their rotors casually meet your body. To avoid injuries, lawsuits and costly repairs, techies have built collision avoidance systems so your unmanned aerial vehicle automatically swerves away from people and obstacl...

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11:42
There's a connected hearing aid, and it...

With every new gadget seemingly connected to the internet to automate your life, the question arises if a lot of those items are really useful. Now there's a hearing aid that connects to the Internet of Things, and before you dismiss it, this device...

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11:39
Here's What a Headphone Jack to Lightning...

With Apple planning to remove the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, new iPhone owners are going to be stuck with a whole lot of headphones that don't work with their devices. There is a simple, though awkward, solution -- a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter.

Lightning adapters aren't common at this point in time, but as you can see in the video below, we tracked down an adapter from Japanese company Deff to give you an idea of what it'll be like using standard 3.5mm headphones with a device that doesn't have a headphone jack.

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Our adapter cost upwards of $70, but we...

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11:15
Does the world need another first-person, team-based...

"I'm not the only asshole who had this idea a few years ago," Cliff Bleszinski says in between sips of a sugar-free Red Bull. He's perched in the lounge area of his studio's E3 meeting space, on the other side of a thin wall where a dozen journalists...

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10:56
Boston Dynamics made a robot dog that can do your...

While it may not be as heartwarming as Cal Worthington's dog, Spot, Boston Dynamic hopes its newest quadrupedal robot, SpotMini, will find a place in your home. The SpotMini is a smaller version of BD's existing BigDog line of robotic pack animals. I...

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10:53
Review: August Doorbell Cam is a modern doorbell...

Smart doorbells are an interesting category of connected appliances. There’s an undeniable cool factor in bringing your home to the Jetsons era when you add a video camera, mic, and speaker to your doorbell. I’ve been testing the August Doorbell Cam ($199), which replaces your existing doorbell and lets you see and communicate with visitors from your iPhone, and it’s not just the smart doorbell features that have interested me…
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10:37
Fonts Manager for the Mac revved to version 3

Match Software has announced Fonts Manager 3 for Mac OS X El Capitan and macOS Sierra. It’s a font management system for users who need to manage large font collections.
Fonts Manager supports instant activation of single fonts or entire folders, support of iCloud Drive, DropBox and Google Drive, and is compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud and QuarkXPress. Each font can be visualized in continuous sizes 8-500 with the user own phrases.
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10:32
President of Sage Bionetworks joins Apple’s health...

Stephen Friend, co-founder and president of Sage Bionetworks, is joining Apple's health care team, reports Business Insider. Sage Bionetworks launched in 2009 as part of his vision “to drive open science and fundamentally change the relationship between patients and their doctors.”

Friend will continue to work with Sage at a strategic level. There’s no word on what his title or duties at Apple will be. Sage Bionetworks has been a partner on most of the high-profile apps to come out on Apple's health-focused platforms, ResearchKit and CareKit.

In March the company released a data set that captured the everyday experiences of more than 9,500 people to help speed scientific progress toward treatments for people with Parkinson’s disease. The dataset, which consists of millions of data points collected on a nearly-continuous basis through the iPhone app mPower, is...

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10:22
FAA fines Amazon for two more shipments of unlabeled...

Last week, the FAA announced a $350,000 fine for Amazon after the retailer mishandled chemical shipments that resulted in injuries to UPS workers. Today, the agency hit the company with two more fines totaling $130,000 for similar incidents. In 2014,...

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10:19
10 Things To Consider When Switching Between MDM...

I’ve worked with a lot of organizations switching between Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions in my career. And I’ve seen the migration projects go both really, really well, and really, really poorly. In most cases, the migration is somewhat painful no matter what you do. But in this (my first) article on the JAMF blog, I try and organize my thoughts around a few things to look out for when migrating between MDMs/MAMs, and some context/experience around those.
https://www.jamfsoftware.com/blog/10-things-to-consider-when-switching-between-mobile-device-management-solutions/

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10:18
Apple polls customers for feedback on streaming...

Apple is hunting for feedback on streaming video, presumably to help decide on a future direction for the Apple TV and/or video in general, AppleInsider learned on Thursday.

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10:06
Apple hires Sage Bionetworks president to work on...

We are delighted to announce that Stephen Friend has transitioned from his role as President of Sage Bionetworks to Chairman of the Board, and the promotion of Lara Mangravite to President. As chairman of the Board, Dr. Friend will continue to work with Sage at a strategic level while stepping away from responsibility for day to day operations. Dr. Friend has accepted a position with Apple Inc. where he will work on health related projects.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:01
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10:00
Instagram adds more video channels to your '...

Back in April, Instagram added a channel feature to the "Explore" feed inside its apps. Those video channels are getting a lot more options today, displaying content based on the topics that interest you most. In fact, there are 23 different categori...

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09:57
Rumor: Unconfirmed leak points to 256GB iPhone 7, “...

The iPhone 7 rumors are coming in at full force following WWDC and an unconfirmed leak from a Chinese web site shows alleged iPhone 7 pricing that has a new 256GB model will almost retain pricing of the current top of the line 128GB model.
A new 256GB model would replace the current 128GB as the top of the line as well as live up to previous rumors of Apple seeking a higher storage capacity. The rumored pricing below is allegedly showing a lineup that would include 32GB, 64GB, and 265GB models for the iPhone 7 and 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB models for the iPhone 7 Plus and a new iPhone Pro line.

This isn’t the first time an “iPhone Pro” has been mentioned and would fit into Apple’s recent release of an iPad Pro as well.
There was also a period when reports out of the supply...

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09:40
BitTorrent Adds Music, Video Streaming Options With...

Dan Rys, reporting for Billboard:As streaming continues to consolidate its foothold as a major force in the music-listening community, more and more players are getting into the increasingly crowded space. Today, BitTorrent announced it is adding an ad-supported streaming option to its BitTorrent Bundle offerings, which is officially re-launching as BitTorrent Now. But before anyone thinks the company is throwing its hat into the ring alongside Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal (or even Netflix and Hulu), BitTorrent Now isn't designed as a full-catalog competitor. Rather, its streaming component will be part of the distribution framework established with BitTorrent Bundle in 2013, giving artists who use its direct-to-fan platform the option to allow fans to stream their releases rather than download them. BitTorrent Now is currently available as an app on Android devices, with iOS and Apple TV apps on the horizon "shortly," according to a rep.
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09:36
AP: VW will shell out $10.2 billion to settle...

Volkswagen is set to pay $10.2 billion to settle claims in the emissions-dodging scandal, the AP reports. Last year, Volkswagen was caught using software that disguised the true emissions output of 600,000 of its diesel vehicles sold since 2008, and...

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09:33
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Logitech solar Mac keyboard $...

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This Logitech keyboard is Mac-friendly and uses solar power for $36 shipped (Reg. $55)

The Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale will track your weight, BMI & more:...

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09:30
Streaks: A hands-on review of the Apple Design Award...

One of the winners of an Apple Design Award at last week's WWDC event was Streaks ($3.99), and for good reason. The app does one job very well -- it tracks up to six tasks that you want to accomplish, gently nudges you to complete them, and then shows you how you've done each day.

The joy of this app is that it's not overdone or overcomplicated like most "to-do-list" apps. Instead of letting you set up a huge, unreachable grocery list of tasks that you're bound to never accomplish, it maxes out at six tasks. Each task can be assigned a well-designed, clean icon so you know at a glance what task you're looking at, and there are hundreds of icons to choose from.

You can choose to reach your goal on specific days of the week, a certain number of days per week (for example, I really don't need to check my blood pressure every day, so I just do it three times per week), or every...

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09:28
Instagram’s text translation

In the coming month, you’ll see a translation button on feed stories and profile bios written in languages different from your own. The Instagram community has grown faster and become more global than we ever imagined. And we’re excited that you’ll soon be able to understand the full story of a moment, no matter what language you speak.Sounds like a great feature.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:24
Charvel’s new flagship guitars

I’ve always loved Charvel.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:20
T-Mobile thanks customers with hour of in-flight...

T-Mobile on Thursday launched a pair of initiatives aimed at American travelers. In the first, the carrier is giving an hour of Gogo in-flight internet service to all domestic U.S. fliers, including what the company calls "those long-abused AT&T and Verizon customers."

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09:10
Solar Impulse makes first sun-powered Atlantic...

The Solar Impulse has become the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic on sun power alone. Piloted by Bertrand Piccard, it arrived in Seville, Spain this morning at 1:38AM ET, and was dramatically greeted by the nation's Patrulla Águila aerobat...

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06:18
What iOS 10 can tell us about the new iPhone

There was a time when WWDC belonged to the iPhone. From the S cycle to the Retina display, FaceTime, and the App Store, some of the earliest iPhone breakthroughs were unveiled at Apple’s annual developer’s conference, with long stretches of keynote time devoted to specs and speed instead of software.
These days there’s a better chance of an Android app making an appearance on the big stage than a new iPhone. But even as WWDC has consciously shifted away from splashy hardware releases, the iPhone is still very much the star of the show. The iOS portion of the presentation is both the longest and the most significant, not just because it spotlights major changes and feature upgrades, but also in how it sets the tone and direction Apple’s next round of products will take.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:00
BitTorrent Now is a radically different take on...

If you haven’t been paying attention to BitTorrent over the last few years and still equate the company with piracy, its plan to become a legitimate media company may come as a surprise. But BitTorrent, the company behind the peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol of the same name, just launched a streaming app that has already won over artists, musicians, and filmmakers. The app is available today on Android and coming soon to iOS and Apple TV.BitTorrent Now emphasizes emerging artists, so content discovery is a high priority for the company. I’ve never heard of most indie bands from Brooklyn (despite living in Brooklyn), so how will I know which ones to listen to? BitTorrent has a team curating recommended projects inside the app, and there will also be a trending tab to see what’s popular with other BitTorrent users and on social media. You can...

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09:00
New iTunes 12.4.1 glitch has been discovered

A new iTunes bug has been discovered that causes Apple Music playback issues related to tracks shorter than 60 seconds. MacRumors says it’s able to reproduce the issue on Macs running OS X 10.11.5 and iTunes 12.4.1. 

Specifically, when an Apple Music track shorter than 60 seconds is streamed in its entirety, without skipping ahead, the subsequent song in an album or playlist fails to play and appears to be in a state of perpetual buffering, the article says. The bug only affects tracks streamed through Apple Music, with songs and albums that have been stored locally on iTunes unaffected. The issue was unable to be reproduced on a Mac running macOS Sierra beta, nor on an iPhone running iOS 9.3.2, notes MacRumors.

Hide those files and folders you don't want others...

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09:00
Excel and big data

One of the great things about being on the Excel team is the opportunity to meet with a broad set of customers. In talking with Excel users, it’s obvious that significant confusion exists about what exactly is “big data.” Many customers are left on their own to make sense of a cacophony of acronyms, technologies, architectures, business models and vertical scenarios.
It is therefore unsurprising that some folks have come up with wildly different ways to define what “big data” means. We’ve heard from some folks who thought big data was working two thousand rows of data. And we’ve heard from vendors who claim to have been doing big data for decades and don’t see it as something new. The wide range of interpretations sometimes reminds us of the old parable of the blind men and an elephant, where a group of men touch an elephant to learn what it is. Each man feels a different part, but only one...

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09:00
Episode 096 Paul Stubbs on the MAX team and the...

In this episode, Richard DiZerega and Andrew Coates talk to Paul Stubbs, principal content publishing manager, about his team and the great samples and documentation they are producing.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP96_PaulStubbsMAX.mp3
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09:00
Why secure email is essential for your business

Malware most commonly reaches your business through email. As attacks become more sophisticated, your business could be vulnerable. A malware attack means more than just a security risk. If attacked, your business runs the risk of lost intellectual property, productivity, business reputation, time and money. In fact, the average total organizational cost of a data breach in the U.S. is $6.5 million, and an average of 250,000 malware variants are detected every day.

What is malware? It’s any software created to cause damage, but there are different types and considerations when looking to protect your small business. What types of malware are threats to your small business?

  • Spyware is software that gathers information on a user or...
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08:56
Apple’s fifth retail store in Hong Kong will open...

Apple's will open its fifth store in Hong Kong on June 30, reports AppleInsider. The New Town Plaza outlet will launch at 10 a.m. local time next Thursday in the Sha Tin district. Operating hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

 

This will bring the total number of retail stores in the country to 33. Apple’s goal is to have 40 retail stores open in China before the end of 2016. When the new Hong Kong store opens, the company will have 483 retail stores in 18 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

Gemini 2 - Eliminate duplicates and free up space on your Mac

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08:54
Apple leaves iOS 10 beta kernel unencrypted, opens...

This is interesting.
According to users who’ve been testing the iOS 10 beta, Apple apparently left the operating system’s kernel unencrypted. Apple confirmed this on Wednesday, citing that the move was performed to streamline system performance.
An Apple spokesperson stated that because iOS 10’s kernel cache does not contain sensitive information, it does not need to be encrypted.

“The kernel cache doesn’t contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we’re able to optimize the operating system’s performance without compromising security,” the representative said.
Apple traditionally obfuscates the kernel in order to protect its prized operating system from unwanted probing or reverse engineering, potentially by nefarious agents. The...

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08:52
Rumored iPhone 7 pricing shows 256GB model, 32GB...

With the iPhone 7 rumors in full force now following WWDC this month and the unveiling of iOS 10, the latest might be our first look at pricing for the device. An unconfirmed leak from Weibo (via PocketNow), where info from the Chinese supply chain has been known to appear in the past, shows alleged iPhone 7 pricing that has a new 256GB model will almost retain pricing of the current top of the line 128GB model.
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08:49
What to do when your iPhone or iPad is stolen

Mikah Sargent, writing for iMore, with a heart-sickening tale:On the night of Monday, June 13, someone stole my 12.9-inch iPad Pro from my bag during the annual Beard Bash event. I won’t go into the gritty details, but suffice it to say my valuables (as well as those of my colleague Serenity Caldwell) were in a secure location. Unfortunately, secure doesn’t always mean nothing bad will happen, and in this case, something bad did happen: My iPad Pro was removed from my bag, Serenity’s belongings were stuffed into my bag to make it look full (I guess), and the iPad Pro went bye-bye.Terrible.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:46
Apple Advances Last Month's Pencil Invention...

In Apple's second continuation patent regarding Apple Pencil, Apple has made some major changes and our report will focus on those changes.

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08:45
T-Mobile will offer unlimited data for European...

T-Mobile is continuing its practice of proving to everyone why it should be worthy of the "Un-carrier" moniker. This time around, the company is offering unlimited data with up to 4G LTE speeds throughout Europe for the rest of the summer.

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08:41
Apple to open fifth Hong Kong store on June 30 as...

Apple's will debut its fifth store in Hong Kong on June 30, reflecting the importance of both the city and the Chinese market in general.

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08:39
Holy Crap! Darth Vader is in Rogue One: A Star Wars...

As if we couldn't be any more excited about "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," Entertainment Weekly just dropped a Death Star-size surprise in our laps: Darth Vader is in the movie. Since this movie chronicles the events leading up to the original 1977 Star Wars movie, it seemed pretty likely we'd see everyone's favorite Sith Lord, but now it's official. Hopefully Vader will make more than a cameo appearance because it would be frakking awesome to see him in ruthless bad-ass mode instead of the emo Vader we got in "Return of the Jedi." Rogue One hits theaters on December 16, so clear your schedule now.

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08:30
'Vampyr' and the gender politics of 1918...

Vampyr, the next game from Dontnod Entertainment features a white, male protagonist. For any other studio, this is de rigueur, something dictated by the gaming industry's presumed demographic. But for the team behind Life is Strange and Remember Me,...

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08:27
Bad ‘iPhone 7’ knockoffs continue hitting the web

We haven’t seen a radically different iPhone 7 design leak at this point yet, and that’s likely because the iPhone 7 or whatever Apple calls in this fall is widely expected to be another addition to the iPhone 6 series as far as design goes. But that hasn’t stopped the steady stream of bad knockoffs and mockups from surfacing online and in many cases being passed off as the real thing. Some of these iPhone 7 “leaks” are nice to look at but that’s about it.
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08:22
WWDC clues hint at Apple’s post-iPhone era

Great read from Neil Cybart. He walks through three distinct business models, from the Mac as digital hub, to the no central hub model (with iPad, iPhone, Mac, and iPod being equals), to the iPhone as hub model.Very interesting, all with some numbers to back up the logic and a peek at the Neil’s take on the post-iPhone future.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:19
iTunes 12.4 Has Apple Music Playback Bug Related to...

A new iTunes bug has been discovered that causes Apple Music playback issues related to tracks shorter than 60 seconds. MacRumors was able to reproduce the issue on Macs running OS X 10.11.5 and iTunes 12.4.1.

Specifically, when an Apple Music track that is shorter than 60 seconds is streamed in its entirety, without skipping ahead, the subsequent song in an album or playlist fails to play and appears to be in a state of perpetual buffering.

MacRumors forum member B/D used backend file change monitoring tool fswatch and identified a plausible reason for the bug:It looks like the way Apple Music...

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08:17
John Dvorak: Apple should spin off the Macintosh

No.The Mac is an incredibly valuable part of Apple’s ecosystem. If people were, en masse, leaving the Mac for iOS, that might make some (albeit small) amount of sense. But the Mac is an integral part of Apple’s big picture strategy.Spin off the Mac? I don’t think so.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:14
iOS 10 beta still encrypts user data, but not the...

The iOS 10 developer betas come with an unencrypted kernel. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has made encryption and user privacy a pillar of the iOS platform in recent years, but earlier this week, security researchers made a curious discovery: as reported by the MIT Technology Review, the operating system kernel in the iOS 10 betas released at WWDC last week is unencrypted. This makes it much easier to dig into the code and look for security flaws.
There was some speculation as to why Apple had done this or whether the company had even released an unencrypted kernel on purpose. After declining to comment initially, an Apple spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch...

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08:10
Apple shows interest in expanding True Tone color...

While True Tone technology is currently exclusive to Apple's latest flagship iPad, a new patent application signals it has interest in expanding the color management capabilities to other devices, potentially ranging from as small as an Apple Watch to as large as an iMac.

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08:10
Check out the BBC's new 'Robot Wars'...

After a long hiatus, the much-loved gladiatorial game show Robot Wars is returning to the BBC. The new series, which will consist of six hour-long episodes, is bringing back the old House Robot gang to smash, drop and ultimately humiliate contestants...

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08:06
Petition urges Apple not to drop the headphone jack...

More than 300,000 people have signed a petition urging Apple not to ditch the headphone socket from the next version of the iPhone, notes the BBC.

Persistent rumors claim Apple plans to omit the 3.5mm socket to make their next smartphone thinner and more waterproof, with more room for the battery. Without a 3.5mm jack, the iPhone would use headphones with Lightning connectors and/or wireless headphones.

Of course, this hasn’t been confirmed by Apple (heck, the company hasn’t revealed any details about an iPhone 7). However, Sum of Us, a website "fighting for people over profits", which organized the petition, said: "Not only will this force iPhone users to dole out additional cash to replace their hi-fi headphones, it will singlehandedly create mountains of electronic waste that likely won't get recycled."

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08:02
iOS 10 turned iMessage into an app discovery secret...

Caitlin McGarry, writing for Macworld, digs into iOS 10′s new iMessage app. An all around interesting read, but one particular paragraph stuck out.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:00
Apple might be quietly preparing an assault on the...

On the surface, Apple TV seems increasingly focused on cable subscribers instead of cord cutters.
Since its launch last fall, the fourth-generation Apple TV has added several features that provide more convenient access to “TV Everywhere” apps (such as WatchESPN, FX Now, and HBO Go) that require a cable or satellite login to access. Siri is becoming more effective at finding what you want from these channels; the download process is becoming more streamlined; and with the next version of Apple’s tvOS software, logging into these apps will become much less of a hassle.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:00
BitTorrent Now is an open, ad-supported music and...

Chances are, most people still think of BitTorrent as a tool to pirate the latest Game of Thrones episode -- but for several years now, the company has been using its peer-to-peer internet technology as a platform for independent musicians, filmmaker...

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07:51
∞ Links to macOS Sierra reviews

Here are some posts worth reading, each with an individual take after spending some quality time with the macOS Sierra beta.

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07:41
Science fund lets kids learn 3D printing, gene...

President Obama declared June 17 to the 23rd to be the National Week of Making, and what better way to celebrate than funding research for kids? The National Science Foundation (NSF) created a $1.5 million "early-concept grant" for five youth-oriente...

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07:40
Apple Says iOS Kernel Cache Left Unencrypted...

The iOS 10 kernel, which Apple released to enthusiasts last week, is not encrypted, according to a report. Security experts expressed their surprise and puzzlement over this in a report by MIT News. The iPhone maker, after remaining tight-lipped over the matter for a week, has now offered an explanation. In a statement to The Loop, Apple said: The kernel cache doesn't contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we're able to optimize the operating system's performance without compromising security.It is worth mentioning that Apple is talking about kernel's cache, whereas MIT News' original report talks about kernel code.

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07:39
Sir Jony Ive awarded honorary Doctor of Science by...
07:39
Fueled by Apple Watch, smartwatch prices surge as...

Though prices on activity trackers continue to drop, average selling prices on wearable devices still saw a major increase in the first quarter of 2016, boosted in large part by the availability of the premium-priced Apple Watch, according to new research.

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07:27
The Apple Watch helps wearables revenue accelerate...

Some pundits paint the Apple Watch as a failure, but that’s not the case. In the first quarter of 2016, worldwide revenue for wearable devices surged 133% to nearly $6 billion (at retail) year-on-year, fueled by connected watches, notably as Apple Watch passes its first birthday, according to Futuresource Consulting

While Apple’s smartwatch sales aren’t up to some analysts’ early forecasts,  Apple already ranks among the largest watchmakers in the world in revenue terms, behind giants Swatch and Rolex, and ahead of Fossil, Citizen, Casio, Richemont, LVMH and other well-known heavyweights in watch making. This serves as a stark reminder of Apple's global reach and pull and how smartphones have redefined market success, in terms of scale and rate of adoption, according to Futuresource.

Within the wearables health & fitness category, activity trackers continue to be the standout performer, with...

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07:22
Alibaba founder says fake goods have 'no place...

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has written an editorial for the Wall Street Journal, restating his stance on pirated goods. Last week, while speaking at an investor conference, the WSJ quoted Ma as saying that counterfeit products are "of better quality and...

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07:08
Beijing iPhone Ban is About Money, not Politics

The Chinese company that won a ban on iPhone 6 sales in Beijing has been dead for about a year. But if you're thinking this is a case where China's government is using Shenzhen Baili's name in a political game against Apple, think again; this is a case where a company couldn't cut it making crappy products in a cut throat market.


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07:02
Tixeo client designed to provide encryption for OS X...

Tixeo (www.tixeo.com) has introduced a native Mac client designed to offer a real end-to-end encryption for group videoconferencing with Mac or PC. It provides an architecture enabling end-to-end encryption for group videoconferencing while maintaining a high adaptability to network fluctuations, according to its developers.
This innovation has been made possible by the SVC on Demand (Scalable Video Coding on Demand) technology created by Tixeo's R&D department. The Tixeo Mac app will allow you to simply organize online meetings from any workstation.
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07:02
BioLite camp stove add-on can cook wood-fired pizza

BioLite's latest add-on for its BaseCamp stove is perfect for outdoorsy types sick of eating chili and hotdogs while exploring the great outdoors. It's an oven that goes right on top of BaseCamp, and you can use it to make wood-fired pizza, flatbread...

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06:56
Apple Pay Holdout Walmart Expands 'Walmart Pay...

Walmart has announced that its mobile payments solution Walmart Pay is now available in fifteen additional U.S. states, including Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Walmart Pay is built into the Walmart app [Direct Link] for iOS and Android and works at any checkout lane with any major credit, debit, pre-paid, or Walmart gift card.

The payments solution is based upon a QR code checkout process that involves opening the Walmart app, selecting Walmart Pay, activating the camera, scanning the code displayed at the register, and waiting for the cashier to finish bagging your items. An electronic receipt is...

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06:45
Perhaps we’ll see Thunderbolt Displays and iMacs...

Whenever Apple FINALLY gets around to updating the 27-inch Thunderbolt Display, perhaps it will be even bigger and perhaps curved. Of course, the same could be said for an iMac update.

According to new data from the IDC research group, the presence of curved monitors is on the rise, with 1.2% market share in the first quarter of 2016. That’s not a lot of market share, but it represents year-over-year growth of 495%.

According to IDC, of the top 10 screen sizes, 23.8-inches wide and 31.5-inches wide saw the largest year-over-year growth, posting 91.4% and 183.2%, respectively, in the first quarter of the year. How about a Thunderbolt Display in two sizes? Or an “iMac Pro” with a 31.5-inch display?

Finally, monitors with TV tuners are expected to grow 1.3% year-over-year to 5.7% market share in 2017, up from 5.1% in 2015. Perhaps a future Thunderbolt Display and/or iMac will include such features. 

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06:44
News: Apple confirms iOS 10 kernel was left open to...

Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch that the opening up of the iOS 10 kernel was an intentional decision on its part, citing performance optimizations as the main motivator for the move. Speaking to TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson noted that “The kernel cache doesn’t contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we’re able to optimize the operating system’s performance without compromising security.”...

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06:39
Pluto might still have an ocean underneath its icy...

Thanks to New Horizons, we now know just how complex Pluto's surface is, with its mountain ranges, deep cracks, volcanoes, canyons and heart-shaped plain. Scientists think those tectonic features are the result of a subsurface ocean slowly freezing o...

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06:37
Apple designer Jony Ive receives honorary doctorate...

Apple's chief design officer, Jonathan Ive, was one of nine "distinguished" people to receive an honorary doctorate on Wednesday from the University of Oxford.

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06:35
T-Mobile offering free unlimited data to Simple...

If you’re one of the 2.5M Americans planning a European vacation this summer, T-Mobile has a pretty sweet deal for its Simple Choice customers: free unlimited data throughout July and August.

The Un-carrier today announced it’s unleashing summer travel, giving customers unlimited high-speed data, up to 4G LTE speeds, throughout Europe all summer long […]
Starting July 1st all the way through August 31st, T-Mobile’s giving Simple Choice customers unlimited high-speed data across all of Europe (except Andorra) – all at absolutely no additional cost – so you can share, Skype, snap and scope every moment of your European holiday … 

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06:18
Patent report: next gen Apple Pencil, devices that...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights:

Apple has applied for a patent (number 20160179222) that hints at a future versions of the Apple Pencil. It’s for a “stylus with touch sensor” (yep, Apple used the term “stylus”). Your finger’s location on the Apple Pencil would allow you to perform advanced device interactions. It would also support motion gestures such as running finer up or down the stylus to scroll.

 

The invention involves touch input that may include touch gestures in which a user's fingers move along the length of the stylus and may include rotational information indicative of how the stylus is being rotated between the user's fingers. The stylus may have a force sensor that monitors how firmly the stylus is...

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06:15
ICYMI: Squashing brain cancer and autonomous drones...

Today on In Case You Missed It: The Airobotics drone system can autonomously launch UAVs and perform basic maintenance, like swapping out batteries. Researchers designed a device that agitates bubbles in the blood to get more chemotherapy into the...

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06:14
Apple Advances their Flexible Display/iPhone...

In April 2015 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple continues their Work on Possible Future iDevices with Flexible Form Factors and Displays." Apple was updating their original 2013 patent application that we discovered in Europe. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a continuation patent from Apple that reveals that they're once again advancing their invention. Apple's latest moves describe the flexible iPhone housing being comprised of a fabric.

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06:10
UK tech and gaming magazines are banding together

It's no secret that most magazines are struggling to retain, never mind increase their readership. The medium isn't dead, far from it, but the ever-growing competition online is forcing publishers to rethink what they print. The latest strategy is, u...

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06:05
WhatsApp working on music sharing, mentions, public...

German site Macerkopf has been playing with the latest WhatsApp beta, and notes that it includes a new feature to share music with your contacts. You can share music stored locally on your device, as well as tracks from Apple Music.
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: G Cloud Unlimited Backup, Five...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up a five-year subscription to G Cloud Unlimited Backup for only $29.99 — that’s 93% off the regular price. G Cloud lets you backup all of your iPhone data to secure cloud storage on the go, so it’s ready to be restored in one tap in the event that your iPhone is lost or stolen. In addition to keeping a backup of your data G Cloud lets you view all of your messages, photos, contacts, and more…

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05:56
Jony Ive receives honorary degree from the...

The University of Oxford conferred honorary degrees on nine “distinguished figures” at the annual Encaenia ceremony on June 22, including Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive. Here’s what the institution had to say about him:

Jony Ive is pictured second from the right.

“Sir Jonathan Ive is Chief Design Officer of Apple Inc and designer of the iMac, PowerBook, iBook, iPod, iPhone, iPad, AppleWatch and MacBook. Six of his products appear in the permanent collections of New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In 2012, he received San Francisco MoMA's Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2013 he was awarded a gold Blue Peter Badge. His others accolades include an Inaugural Medal (1999) and Benjamin Franklin Medal (2004) of the Royal Society of Arts, the Design Museum London's first Designer of the Year award (2003), the Design and Art Direction (D&AD) President's Award and the Royal Academy of Engineering's President's Medal (both 2005), and the Cooper-Hewitt...

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05:48
Apple deliberately left iOS 10 kernel unencrypted to...

Folks have been wondering why the iOS 10 beta kernel was left unencrypted. Now Apple tells TechCrunch that this was done deliberately to streamline system performance. 

“The kernel cache doesn’t contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we’re able to optimize the operating system’s performance without compromising security,” an Apple spokesperson said.

The kernel manages security and limits the ways apps on an iOS device can access the hardware of the device. “The lack of encryption in this case doesn’t mean that devices running iOS 10 are less secure,” notes TechCrunch. “It just means that that researchers and developers can poke around in the kernel’s code for the first time, and any security flaws will come to light more quickly. If flaws are revealed, they can be quickly patched.

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05:00
Study: Third-Party Apps Pose Risks for Enterprises


Since mobile computing put an end to the good old days when IT departments had absolute control over software deployed in the enterprise, there's been a rise in employees' use of third-party applications -- a rise that poses security risks to corporate environments. That is one of the findings in a report CloudLock released last week. The number of third-party apps connected to corporate environments increased by 30 fold over the last two years, the firm reported, from 5,500 to 150,000 apps.

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05:00
The Mac still has plenty of room for growth -- and...

Still think that there's no room for growth or innovation on the Mac? Well, to the naysayers I must point out that there's plenty of room for both.

In 2005, market research firm IDC pegged Apple's share of the U.S. PC market at 4%. In the first quarter of 2010, that number had grown to 6.4%. In January IDC said the Mac’s market share had grown to 12.7%. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimates that for every half-percentage point of market share growth Apple boosts its sales by about $3 billion.

And unit sales of the Mac have grown even more impressively than market share. In fiscal 2004, Apple sold 3.29 million Macs. In fiscal 2015, almost 21 million Macs were sold.

What of new features? A few years ago, in a column for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Arik Hesseldahl offered some ideas: "Future Macs may boast such features as embedded projectors that turn any nearby wall into a display for Keynote decks or the latest movie downloaded from iTunes. Apple...

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04:50
Apple Invents All-New Methods to Accommodate One-...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new methods of assisting users who wish to operate their iPhone in one-hand-mode. Apple first introduced a 'reachability' feature with the iPhone 6 to assist those who wanted a way to operate the phablet for one-hand users. Today's invention illustrates all-new ways to make iPhones with larger displays work for one-hand iPhone users.

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04:47
AKVIS introduces the Sea Frame Pack

AKVIS has introduced the $17 Sea Frame Pack, which includes 100 frame designs for use with AKVIS Frames and AKVIS ArtSuite. The frames include 50 horizontal and 50 vertical templates.
Using the Sea Frame Pack, you can frame your holiday photos, create a smash book or prepare unique invitation cards for a sea-style party. All the designs are available as thumbnails to preview.
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04:46
23% of Millennials are OTT-only broadband households

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) finds that 23% of Millennial heads of household are OTT-only households, higher than the national average of 15% among all U.S broadband households.
The firm's analysts also note that 61% of Millennials subscribe to both pay-TV and OTT services, also higher than the national average of 52%. Other key points from the Parks Associates OTT research:
° Nearly 60% of OTT video services in the North American market are subscription-based.
° 64% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to an OTT video service, up from 59% in 2015.
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04:43
Jony Ive awarded honorary science doctorate by...

Jony Ive was one of ten ’eminent figures’ awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Oxford yesterday. The degree was awarded at Encaenia, the University’s annual honorary degree ceremony, where Ive became a Doctor of Science.
The announcement listed Ive’s lengthy list of previous accolades …
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04:30
Troi Text Plug-in 4.0.1 released for FileMaker Pro 15

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Text Plug-in 4.0.1 for FileMaker Pro 15. The update is further optimized for use with FileMaker 15.
In this version Troi Automatisering made description and type-ahead information available for all functions of the plug-in. This extra function description will be shown in FileMaker Pro 15 in the Specify Calculation dialog box when you type a function name and also as a text popup in the functions pane on the right. The type-ahead information is used by the auto complete functionality of FileMaker Pro 15.
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04:30
The InCase ICON for the MacBook does a solid,...

There’s nothing eye-popping or revolutionary about the InCase ICON Sleeve with Tensaerlite for the 12-inch MacBook. It’s a solid sleeve that provides complete surface and side protection.

The shock-absorbing Tensaerlite bumper is molded and sewn to each side and provides impact protection while adding little weight to the laptop. Upper and lower compression panels are form-fitted to secure the MacBook. The “faux” fur lining kinda dusts off the laptop when it’s inserted or removed, while a magnetic closure keeps dust and debris out and your MacBook in.

The InCase ICON Sleeve with Tensaerlite unassumingly does its job well. However, at $69.95, it’s a bit pricey for what you get. (It’s also available for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.)

Brand New! The Strada Folio...

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04:25
Kool Tools: PDF Studio 11 for macOS

Qoppa Software’s PDF Studio 11 (http://www.qoppa.com/pdfstudio/) is an important update to their PDF editing application for mac OS. The tool creates PDF documents that are compliant with the Adobe PDF specifications.
By popular request, PDF Studio now comes with a Spell Checker. Spell check highlights misspelled words when creating text annotations, typing annotation comments, and filling interactive form fields. Users are able to set various options including highlight color, ignore all caps or numbers, and add/edit custom words to the dictionary.
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04:08
Instagram will next month offer Facebook-style...

Facebook has offered automatic translation of posts and comments for some time, so it’s no surprise that Instagram – owned by Facebook – is following suit. Instagram has announced that the new feature will roll out sometime next month.
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04:00
Cloud Hybrid works well, but is a hassle to set up

Akitio's Cloud Hybrid — a hybrid enclosure that combines a personal cloud network attached storage and USB 3.0 direct access storage -- is a solid solution for those looking to store and share large files across a network. However, it takes a of tinkering to set it up correctly, especially on a Mac.
 
Akitio’s Cloud Hybrid attaches directly to the home network, providing access to all data within the home network. Equipped with an UPnP-AV media server, you can stream content within your local network to any available UPnP-AV and DLNA compatible devices. Data can also be uploaded to the network drive and shared from multiple workstations via SMB, WebDAV or FTP connection.

 
The Cloud Hybrid offers remote Web-based access for users on the road.  With the help of WebDAV, users can manage and view files in the Web browser or through Akitio’s free mobile app on an iPhone or iPad.  ...

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02:38
Apple invents stylus with touch-sensitive body,...

A pair of Apple patent applications published Thursday indicate research into alternative input methods for iOS, namely a touch sensitive stylus and a device capable of customizing a user interface based on whether a user is holding it in their left or right hand.

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Wednesday June 22

12:26
Macworld’s July Digital Edition: 30 Must-Know Apple...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.
Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.In the July issue

We reveal 30 must-know Apple TV secrets. Our headphone buyers guide examines three types of headphones and we recommend the best type for music lovers. Plus, take control of the OS X menu bar....

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18:46
Apple says it intentionally left the iOS 10 kernel...

Earlier today we reported that the kernel of the first developer preview of iOS 10 is unencrypted – a first for any iOS version. At the time, we weren’t entirely sure if Apple had deliberately done this or if was an error and would get reverted in the next beta of the operating system. Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch, however, that making the kernel unencrypted was an intentional move.
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18:40
Apple Confirms Unencrypted Kernel in iOS 10 Beta is...

Yesterday it was discovered that iOS 10 does not feature an encrypted kernel, allowing users and researchers access to the core of the operating system and its inner workings. It was unclear at the time whether the lack of encryption was an accident or intentional, but today Apple confirmed to TechCrunch that the company did not encrypt the kernel for a reason.

“The kernel cache doesn’t contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we’re able to optimize the operating system’s performance without compromising security,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch.The kernel, which dictates how software can use hardware and keeps the device secure, is unencrypted so that developers and researchers can "poke around" and find potential security flaws. Because the...

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18:37
Apple intentionally left iOS 10 kernel unencrypted...

Responding to speculation as to why the iOS 10 beta kernel was left unencrypted, Apple on Wednesday confirmed the move was made deliberately to streamline system performance.

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18:30
∞ Apple’s official statement on why the iOS 10...

An Apple spokesperson sent us an official statement about the lack of encryption of the iOS 10 kernel.

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17:05
KFC Introduces Meal Box That Doubles As A Smartphone...

An anonymous reader writes: KFC has introduced a limited edition 5-in-1 Meal Box to select KFC outlets in Delhi and Mumbai. The box has one mighty special feature: it will charge a user's smartphone while they eat. The company has partnered with a Mumbai-based digital agency, Blink Digital, to make the "Watt a Box" concept a reality. In terms of specs, the box features a built-in 6100 mAh power bank, and two USB-ports with the ability to charge Android smartphones and iPhones. KFC has launched a contest on its Facebook page, giving users a chance to win the box. You can watch the "Watt a Box" promo video here on YouTube.

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16:47
NASA's tvOS app brings live HD video, photos...

NASA on Wednesday added a tvOS app to its growing stable of digital media properties, bringing high-definition video streams, satellite and telescope imagery, mission updates and more to the living room.

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16:27
10 Must Have Apps To Run A Small Business :: IT...

Published an article at http://www.itbusinessedge.com/slideshows/10-must-have-apps-for-your-small-business.html on types of apps you should use when starting to put iPads in a small business. Obviously many a business has vertical needs, but a lot of apps are horizontal, so cut across a wide swath of industries.

 

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16:05
ACM 365: iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3.0, and...

Bryan and Jeff delve into some of the things they've learned about iOS 10, macOS Sierra, and watchOS 3.0. Spoiler, it's all looking really good. They also talk about Differential Privacy and explain (loosely) how it works, what it means, and why it's important. 


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15:53
If you kill the headphone jack, you need to replace...

Enlarge / Little ol' headphone jacks causing a big ol' fuss. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

As the rumors that the next iPhone will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack have intensified, I’ve been keeping tabs on the specific argument that Daring Fireball’s John Gruber made yesterday: that removing the headphone jack from the iPhone is the modern-day equivalent of removing the floppy drive from the iMac in the late '90s. It caused some pain at the time, but it was the way things were moving anyway and in the grand scheme of things it was a smart thing to do.
The people on the “get rid of the headphone jack” side of the debate normally choose...

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15:47
Headphone Jack-less iPhone 7 Rumor Gains Ground


The rumor that Apple will get rid of the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 resurfaced Tuesday. Apple is expected to launch the new iPhone later this year. The iPhone's Lightning connector reportedly will do double duty as its charging port and headphone connector. The result will be a thinner device and better water resistance. If the rumor is true, the move "is right in terms of timing," said Jeff Orr, a senior practice director at ABI Research. "It comes at a time when Apple needs to demonstrate it's still an innovator."

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15:21
Dropbox adds built-in document scanner, other...

This is kind of nifty, even if Evernote beat Dropbox to it.
Dropbox now features a built-in document scanner capable of capturing photos, notes, sketches and converting them into documents that can be stored in Dropbox.
Like many iOS-based scanning apps, Dropbox’s scanning tool will automatically detect the outline of the item being scanned and it offers editing tools for straightening, adjusting contrast, adding additional pages, and converting to black and white. Dropbox for Business users have additional scanning features at their disposal, including optical character recognition to convert scans into searchable text.

The program also features improved Microsoft Office integration that allows iOS users to quickly make a Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or Excel file by...

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15:01
The best uninterruptible power supply (UPS)

A UPS is one of those unsexy things you don’t know you need until you need it. If you live in an area with spotty power or frequent weather-related outages (I live in an old apartment building that frequently has power outages for seemingly no reason), a UPS can save a lot of aggravation and frustration.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:01
3D Touch in iOS 10: Respond to Notifications, Share...

In iOS 10, Apple has focused heavily on making 3D Touch more useful and relevant, so if you have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, there are a whole slew of new gestures you can use on the Lock screen, the Home screen, and in certain apps.

Given the expansive new 3D Touch options in iOS 10, we've created a video that shows you everything you can do with one of Apple's newest iPhones. With Apple introducing so many new 3D Touch capabilities, we can expect 3D Touch to be a feature that will show up in all of Apple's future devices, from iPhones to iPads.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

Incoming notifications now support 3D Touch Peek and Pop capabilities, allowing users to do things like view photos and videos and respond to incoming messages all without...

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14:45
iPhone 7 said to have slightly larger earpiece...

Earlier this week it was reported that Apple would be including standard 3.5mm EarPods plus an adapter with the iPhone 7, and now a few more minor details have emerged regarding the device. According to Macotakara, the iPhone 7 will feature a slightly larger earpiece, while the ambient light switcher will also be relocated.
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14:45
SanDisk iXpand Memory Case: Add up to 128GB and...

Mobile storage leader SanDisk today announced a new iPhone case that not only protects an iPhone 6 or 6s, but also adds up to 128GB of flash storage and the ability to add a clip-on battery pack. The SanDisk iXpand Memory Case comes in four colors -- Mint, Sky, Red and Grey -- and three capacity options -- 32GB ($59.99), 64GB, ($99.99) and 128GB ($129.99).

Purchasers can download the iXpand Case app (free) to get quick access to any media or files stored in the extra memory, set up automatic transfer of all photos and videos to storage, and manage the optional battery pack. 

The...

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14:44
'Hotline Miami 2' is ready for your user-...

The flashy, lo-res violence of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number just got a new lease on life. The long-awaited level editor companion just dropped its beta status and is ready to go live. Since the second installment was "the brutal conclusion" to the s...

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14:30
AWT News Update: June 22, 2016

Today's Apple World Today News Update features a few stories about your favorite consumer electronics company:

  • Dropbox adds a document scanner and other new features today, upping the utility of the cloud storage service
  • Traveling to Dubai's International Airport soon? Visit the two new Apple shops!
  • Google has launched Touch ID sign-on via iPhone and iPad, using the devices and Touch ID as a second step in the company's 2-step verification setup
  • Your KFC in Mumbai or Delhi might come with a side of cables and battery packs

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14:28
Updated ambient light, proximity sensors in '...

Unlike past tick-tock iPhone refresh cycles, Apple's upcoming "iPhone 7" is expected to feature a design largely similar to the current iPhone 6 series, but internal component changes like a "dual specification" ambient light sensor could render existing cases and protective films incompatible.

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14:28
Comm-Unity Networking Systems updates CNS Image

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released an update for CNS Image, its FileMaker plug-in for working with images stored in container fields or stored on the hard drive. The new version has full, cross-platform 64-bit support, as well as support for the latest FileMaker Plug-in SDK [software development kit], bringing calculation type-ahead and tool-tip description support, among other things.
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14:24
Notable apps and app updates for June 22, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

BusyMac has released BusyCal 3, an upgrade to its calendar app for Mac OS X and iOS. It displays calendars in day, week, month, year and list views and syncs with iCloud, Google Calendar and Exchange. 

Version 3 has been completely redesigned. There’s added support for travel time, which allows users to block out the necessary time to travel to an event location. Users can set a fixed amount of travel time or determine it automatically using the integrated support for Apple Maps and Location Services. Users can even receive alerts when it's time to leave as traffic conditions change.

The menu bar app in BusyCal 3 also received a makeover. It now displays a navigable mini-month calendar with...

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14:16
Twitter Applies '140' Rule to Video Seconds


Twitter on Tuesday launched enhanced video services that will allow users to post longer videos -- up to 140 seconds. It also announced a new platform for celebrities and public figures to share their stories. Because sports, news, music and other videos increasingly are the type of content that goes viral on Twitter, the company decided to expand content parameters, noted Jeremy Rishel, head of product development for creators. "Video is becoming increasingly central to the real-time conversations happening on Twitter video."

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14:14
Reddit users helped bust a national park graffiti...

Graffiti artist Casey Nocket is learning first-hand about the consequences of sharing illegal acts online. She's facing a US-wide national park ban and 200 hours of community service after Modern Hiker and Reddit users identified her as the vandal wh...

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10:58
Dropbox is changing its free tier with a major update

Dropbox made some major changes to its free tier on Wednesday, including support for read-only folders, as the company released a crush of new features aimed at enhancing its users’ productivity. 
The biggest change users will notice: In order to automatically upload photos from their smartphones, they must install the Dropbox app on at least one Mac or PC. People who don’t mind manually uploading their photos to Dropbox won’t need to change anything.
Dropbox won’t say how many people it expects the auto-upload change to impact. The change is aimed at helping people improve the way that they manage photos, but the company wouldn’t give additional information. It seems like the change is an attempt to get a group of users who are using Dropbox only for smartphone photo backup to either dive deeper into the storage service or ditch it...

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11:17
Podcast 513: Still coming down from WWDC

Last week we talked about the WWDC keynote, and this week...we're still talking about the WWDC keynote, plus a lot of little things that have been illuminated since then. The death of slide-to-unlock, for example. More about the ability to "delete" Apple apps. How silly we were to believe the iMessages for Android rumor even for a second. Clarification on the subscription rules. And maybe a dark horse in the running for the role of Echo competitor: the iPad?!

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14:00
iPhone 7 to Feature Longer Earpiece Cutout,...

Some minor changes are coming to the front of the iPhone 7 that will render protective LCD films made for other devices unusable on the new iPhone, reports Japanese site Mac Otakara.

According to the site, manufacturers of LCD films have stopped receiving orders as the iPhone 7 is expected to feature some front panel changes that will require new film designs.

Mockup of what the iPhone 7 could look like, without front panel changes taken into accountRecently, some manufacturers of LCD protection films on Alibaba.com have stopped receiving orders as iPhone 7 has its proximity sensor on the front changed to the dual specification in addition to the ambient light sensor on the side moving from the left side to the right while a slightly longer receiver.Mac Otakara also reiterates rumors that the iPhone 7 Plus will feature...

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13:50
Elgato Eve, an App for Controlling Smart Devices

Dr. Mac says he's tried at least half a dozen apps for controlling his smart HomeKit devices, but the only one that checked all his boxes was the Eve app from Elgato. He's got the lowdown in this installment of Rants & Raves.


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13:44
Ex-Apple employees aim to revolutionize open-source...

A team of ex-Apple employees, led by former global data center network manager Jason Forrester, are aiming to overturn the ancient regime of proprietary standards for basic switches and routers and replace it with truly open-source standards that any user can customize.

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