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Tuesday June 21

13:00
Samsung pours $1.2 billion into the Internet of...

Samsung is willing to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to the Internet of Things. The electronics giant is spending $1.2 billion on IoT development in the US over the next 4 years, sharing it between startups and its own work. This is...

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13:00
AWT News Update: June 21, 2016

Today's the first full day of summer after the summer solstice at 3:34 PM Pacific Daylight Time yesterday afternoon, and we have some hot news to go along with the hot weather:

  • OWC announces that they're putting 10TB Enterprise class drives into their RAID solutions
  • Drobo launches the Drobo 5D Turbo Edition, AKA Drobo 5Dt
  • People who bought Kindle books between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 are getting refunds from Amazon today, funded by Apple
  • Twitter and Vine go to a 140-second video length limit
  • That drastically different iPhone 7 you through you were going to get this year? Aint' gonna happen, says the Wall Street Journal.

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12:57
New FAA drone rules open up US skies to limited...

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday released new drone regulations that will allow limited commercial, research, and rescue flights, among other purposes.

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12:54
How a Steve Jobs speech inspired the 2016 NBA...

Here’s an interesting excerpt from an ESPN article on how LeBron James inspired his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to a comeback upset over [Eddy Cue’s] Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Championship. As a native of Cleveland, this is particularly interesting to me: more…Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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12:39
Ex-Apple networking engineers working on open source...

A group of ex-Apple networking engineers, led by Jason Forrester, who had worked on a secret internal project to free the company’s reliance on cloud services from outside vendors has left to start a new networking startup called SnapRoute (www.snaproute.com, reports recode. Apple isn’t involved.

However, unnamed “sources familiar with the startup’s origins” say its founders worked on part of a project that Apple had dubbed Project McQueen, according to recode.

SnapRoute is working on a “developer friendly and operations focused protocol stack that runs on all commoditized network hardware with any open Linux operating system. The company’s team has operated networks at web scale, working on Apple products like Siri, Maps, and iMessage, according to the “our story...

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12:37
Mozilla's next logo will be shaped by its users

It's time for Mozilla to get a new look and, true to its open-source roots, the Firefox developer is turning to the community for feedback on what its redesign should entail. The nonprofit has launched an Open Design process to "modernize [its] brand...

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12:27
El Capitan info-list file could hint at upcoming Mac...

This may be wishful thinking, but whenever Apple updates its Mac lines this year (I’m expecting August and September announcements), the Mac Pro might finally be among the revamped systems. A clue in an El Capitan info-list file MAY hint at just that, reports PortableOne.

The reference is labeled “AAPLJ95,1”. The entry is part of a compatibility list for Macs. The 2013 Mac Pro’s codename is AAPLJ90,1, which means that “AAPLJ95,1” could be specific to a Mac Pro that may still be in the works.

Apple’s professional desktop hasn’t been updated since late 2013. That’s approximately a century in tech years. The late 2013 Mac Pro uses Intel's Xeon E5 v2 processor family (Ivy Bridge-EP). When it launched, these were Intel's most powerful workstation processors. But they’re starting to look a bit long-in-the-tooth.

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12:13
The hostile takeover of 'Watch Dogs'...

Ubisoft, the studio behind Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs, South Park, Rabbids and plenty of other off-the-wall franchises, is slowly losing itself. The company is being swallowed up by Vivendi, the entertainment conglomerate responsible for Universal...

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06:29
Microsoft's Sharepoint app for iOS is here

Microsoft announced earlier this year that its popular SharePoint collaboration software was getting a full-featured mobile app. Starting Tuesday, iPhone users can take a crack at it. The SharePoint mobile app brings the key features from the popular enterprise collaboration software to users’ smartphones, so they have an easier time of accessing things like company bulletins, SharePoint applications and shared workspaces while on the go. That’s important for Microsoft, since launching a mobile app makes SharePoint more relevant for a workforce that is increasingly trying to access work data on their smartphones. It’s facing competition from multiple angles, with different companies coming in to challenge Microsoft’s dominance of the productivity software space. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:10
Instagram reaches 500 million monthly active users

From memes to selfies to shelfies to Boomerangs, it seems we can’t get enough Instagram. The social network of endlessly scrolling images and videos announced on Tuesday it had reached 500 million monthly active users, and of those, 300 million—a full 60 percent—use the app every day. Instagram users share 95 million photos a day, which would suggest that not everyone is posting, but people can’t help but peek at what their friends have shared. The app isn’t only popular in the United States either—80 percent of its users are outside the U.S.Twitter, by comparison, has about 320 million monthly users, so Instagram is seeing in one day almost as many people as Twitter gets in a month. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:16
New Google prompt vastly simplifies two-factor...

Two-factor authentication is getting a stronger padlock to further secure your Google account.Currently you can further secure your account by getting a code via text message (or phone call), or with a code from the Google Authenticator app. A new Google prompt adds a third option. Google
You’ll see a simple prompt to approve the new sign-in request.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:40
Twitter makes big video push with 140-second clips...

Ready for Twitter to become even more like Facebook? The platform is moving into video in a major way with 140-second clips in both Twitter proper and Vine, a new video section called Watch Mode, and video recommendations for other videos to watch. The network’s most popular users, like President Barack Obama and Justin Bieber, are getting a stand-alone app called Engage, which sounds a lot like Facebook Mentions.Twitter is making video a huge priority by extending video length from 30 seconds to 140 seconds (staying on-brand, of course). Those longer videos are also coming to Vine, but don’t worry, the popular app for creating hilarious video loops isn’t changing its 6-second limit. Instead, you can post 140-second clips alongside your Vines....

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10:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Cool crowdsourcing

Kickstarter upThis week’s roundup brings three new accessories raising money through Indiegogo or Kickstarter. Do they have what it takes to reach full production? Read on!BiteMyAppleKiyojo is an iPhone mount styled as the “command center” for your Apple HomeKit devices. Fasten your iPhone mount to any magnetized surface, then turn off your lights, lock your doors, and lower your thermostat all in one place. Once it ships, it will retail for $100, but you can get it with a $59 pledge during its Kickstarter campaign.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:59
UE updates Boom 2, Megaboom Bluetooth speakers with...

Logitech-owned Ultimate Ears on Tuesday announced a software update for its Boom 2 and Megaboom Bluetooth speakers, letting users trigger Apple's Siri or Google Now without having to reach for their phone or tablet.

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11:56
Yahoo launches new Radar smart travel guide &...

Yahoo today launched a new iOS app called ‘Radar’ that it says will act as a smart travel guide, offering up recommendations on points of interest and pulling in trip itineraries, reservations and other travel information from Yahoo Mail. 

Whether you’re planning a trip or want to try something different in your hometown, this iPhone app brings you the best results, gleaned from across the web, and combines Yahoo’s expertise in search, communications and content to help you explore the next U.S. city of choice. Just sign in with your Yahoo Mail email address and Radar will use the upcoming flight, hotel and rental car confirmation receipts in your inbox to help you get organized for your trip. Radar also provides snackable recommendations, from must-see sights to the best restaurants in town.

The app will also feature user reviews for restaurants and travel tips from places like TripAdvisor and elsewhere around the web, and it offers other assistant-type features like...

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11:51
Cities are collaborating on rules for Uber and Airbnb

The sharing economy,and the companies that embody it, have often waded into a fight wherever they set up shop. That's because local governments aren't nimble enough to cope with such radically new ideas, and the companies themselves often struggle wi...

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11:39
Sonos Controller for iOS gains lock screen control...

Sonos has released a big update to its Controller app for iPhone and iPad that improves the experience on iOS in several ways. Because Sonos speakers stream music from services including Apple Music directly over the Internet and your iPhone or iPad is only used to tell it what to play, the lock screen has lacked playback controls; today’s update works around that on iOS 8 and later. Sonos Controller 6.3 for iOS adds lock screen controls that you can access from iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch for the first time. The new version includes some other new features for Apple’s latest hardware as well:
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11:32
Apple Camp 2016

If you’re lucky enough to be a kid who lives within range of one of these Apple Camps, sign up ASAP. They fill up fast and I’ve heard a lot of good things about them.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:30
Inside iOS 10: New 'Bedtime' feature helps...

As part of a greater focus on user health, Apple will launch new alarms in iOS 10 for sleep, reminding users when to go to bed for a full night of rest, and also keeping track of their sleeping habits.

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11:28
Taylor Swift and 179 artists urge Congress to update...

A group of 180 artists and musicians, including Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Vince Staples and Kings of Leon, want Congress to take action on the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). If you're not familiar, the copyright legisl...

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11:04
Microsoft brings mobile payments to your Windows 10...

Windows 10 users have been left out of the tap-to-pay trend while their friends use the likes of Android Pay and Apple Pay, but they're about to catch up in style. If you're a Windows Insider in the Fast Ring and use a Lumia 650, 950 or 950 XL, you c...

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11:02
Plume Podifies Home WiFi


Plume last week introduced its eponymous self-optimizing WiFi system for the home.
Plume adapts in real life to the different network demands made by various devices and ensures that each gets the fastest speeds possible, according to the company.
The recommended setup is one pod per room and connecting space, such as a hallway, plus any cable or DSL modem or any modem/router combination. Users simply download the Plume app on Android or iOS to activate the system.

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11:02
External Link: Bank of America Offering Apple Pay...

Bank of America (BoA) is rolling out Apple Pay compatibility to its ATMs, making it possible to use Apple Pay on your iPhone to withdraw cash from over 2400 ATMs that support the technology. You can't get cash from just any NFC-equipped BoA ATM, though, only those with the Apple Pay branding. So far, the system works only with BoA debit cards linked to Apple Pay. 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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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 beta 3 (15G19a) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 beta 3 (15G19a) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.2 beta 3 (13Y823) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.2 beta 3 (13Y823) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 9.3.3 beta 3 (13G29) Now Available

iOS 9.3.3 beta 3 (13G29) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 beta 3 (15G19a) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 beta 3 (15G19a) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.2 beta 3 (13Y823) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.2 beta 3 (13Y823) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 9.3.3 beta 3 (13G29) Now Available

iOS 9.3.3 beta 3 (13G29) Now Available

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10:59
WSJ: Next iPhone ditches the headphone jack, other...

Enlarge / The next-generation iPhone could look a lot like the 6S and 6S Plus, according to a new report. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

If you were hoping for an all-new iPhone design this fall, The Wall Street Journal says you may be disappointed. Aside from the oft-rumored and controversial decision to remove the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, this year's iPhones will allegedly share a lot in common with the iPhone 6 and 6S.
According to the usual, shadowy "people familiar with the matter," the new iPhone design will be about a millimeter thinner than the current...

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10:57
TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-21: Forcing Phone-...

Going to an Alicia Keys concert will get your iPhone locked away, but not by the police. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on concert goers being forced to drop their smartphones in locked bags as a condition to see the show. They also take a look at Russia's bill calling for backdoors into encrypted chat apps.


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10:51
IK Multimedia releases Orchestral Percussion

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com)has released Orchestral Percussion, the master percussion add-on instrument collection for Miroslav Philharmonik 2 and SampleTank 3 that contains over 45 symphonic percussion instruments, 3GB of sample content, more than 400 audio loops and over 100 MIDI files.
Players can work with these files directly in Miroslav Philharmonik 2 or SampleTank 3, or drag them into the DAW timeline for further editing. Orchestral Percussion for Miroslav Philharmonik 2 and SampleTank 3 is available now from the IK online store and the SampleTank 3 Custom Shop for $99.

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10:46
Apple issues third developer & public betas of...

Apple on Tuesday updated both its ongoing developer and public betas, with the release of new builds of OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, and tvOS 9.2.2 [updated].

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10:40
Propellerhead rolls out Reason 9 music production...

Propellerhead Software has released Reason 9, a new version of the music production software. It builds on the Reason platform by introducing a host of new devices, sounds and creative tools.
Reason 9 introduces three Player devices that instantly transform any MIDI input into “compelling” music. Note Echo creates rhythmic, pitched MIDI delays for melodies, drum rolls and more. Scales & Chords turns simple melodies into harmonies and chords.
Transpose notes to a selected scale and automatically generates chords for your song. Dual Arpeggio transforms chords into intricate rhythms. F
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10:40
Microsoft's 'internet mash-up'...

Microsoft introduced the world to its online automation service just last month, but now it's announcing Flow mobile for iOS. If you missed it, the service allows you to join up myriad online apps and services (including Microsoft's own), For example...

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10:33
Aural ships Studio6 Bass Trap

Auralex Acoustics, Inc. is shipping the new Studio6 Bass Trap, which provides broadband control from 40 Hz and up, providing low-frequency control in a 2' x 4' footprint with slim 6" profile.
In order to address a growing need requested by Auralex customers, the Studio6 is stand-mountable, using the optional ProMAX stands, allowing the panels to be used in a number of temporary recording and mixing situations or where a permanent installation is not possible or desired.
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10:32
News: WSJ: iPhone to see modest changes this year,...

A new report from The Wall Street Journal is adding weight to several recent rumors suggesting that the next-generation iPhone, expected to be released this fall, will see only subtle changes, essentially breaking Apple’s two-year iPhone redesign cycle. Citing sources familiar with the matter, as well as other recent analysts, the WSJ is confirming with some confidence that Apple’s long-rumored plans to drop the headphone jack are likely…

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10:20
Apple Unlikely to Make Big Changes for Next iPhone

The next iPhone isn't going to look much different from the last year's iPhone 6s, or 2014's iPhone 6. According to a WSJ report (paywalled; alternate source), Apple will release two new iPhone models with screen sizes 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch, and both the models will look pretty much similar to the last two year's models. There won't be any 3.5mm headphone port in the new iPhone, though, the report adds. The Cupertino-based company plans to introduce major design changes in its next iPhone, using OLED display and eliminating the home button to use the display for fingerprint scanning. From the report: For years, Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive has expressed a desire for the iPhone to appear like a single sheet of glass, according to people familiar with the matter. The current design ideas for the 2017 iPhones are expected to push the handsets in that direction by eliminating much of the bezel around the display, with the OLED screen.
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10:17
Former Apple engineers found Pearl, introduce...

While Apple still has yet to publicly acknowledge its car project, a number of former Apple employees have formed a startup called Pearl, which was co-founded by three former Apple engineers. The crew, which helped design several generations of iPods and iPhones in years past, has hired approximately 70 employees and begun working on a rearview camera that’s being unveiled today.
The camera, known as RearVision, functions as a set of rearview cameras that fit around your license plate and sync with your smartphone. The differentiator is the attention to quality and detail that Apple is known for.

The RearVision unibody frame is made of painted die cast aluminum alloy, a material the team chose for its durability and all-weather-resistance. Along the...

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10:17
This year's 'iPhone 7' will lack...

Though Apple has historically introduced a major redesign of its iPhone every two years, this year's upgrade will look largely the same, with the largest change being the elimination of the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, a new report claims.

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10:13
OS X 10.11.6 beta 3 for developers hits the Mac App...

Remember OS X? macOS Sierra is the new hotness, but OS X El Capitan has at least one more update left before the big name change takes place later this year. OS X 10.11.6 isn’t quit ready for prime time yet, but Apple has released the third beta version of the Mac software update for testing.
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10:12
WSJ: This year's iPhone won't feature big...

If you're eagerly awaiting a load of new features for this year's iPhone, you might be a bit disappointed come fall. The Wall Street Journal reports that the upcoming models will offer only modest changes from the current iPhone 6S and 6S Plus rather...

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10:07
Apple releases iOS 9.3.3 beta 3 + tvOS 9.2.2 beta 3...

While Apple has mostly moved on to iOS 10 beta testing at this point, the minor iOS 9.3.3 update is still in beta and received its third developer release today. iOS 9.3.3 beta 3 for developers brings the build to 13Y823. Changes so far haven’t been noticeable as the update is likely focused on security enhancements and bug fix improvements.
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10:07
Apple's 2016 iPhone Update to Focus on...

Rumors have suggested the 2016 iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will not feature major design changes aside from the removal of the headphone jack, information that has been confirmed in a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus will continue to feature 4.7 and 5.5-inch displays, with only "subtle changes" to the exterior of the devices. Past rumors indicate the two devices will be the same general size as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but with relocated antenna bands that no longer span across the back of the bodies.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the removal of the headphone jack will make the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus thinner while also improving its water resistance. Just how thin is a...

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10:06
Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 9.3.3 to Developers...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.3 update to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second beta of iOS 9.3.3 and more than a month after the release of iOS 9.3.2, a minor bug fix update. iOS 9.3.3 has been in testing since May 23.

The third iOS 9.3.3 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

As a minor 9.x.x update, iOS 9.3.3 features under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements to address issues discovered since the release of iOS 9.3.2. No outward-facing changes or obvious bug fixes were discovered in the first...

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10:01
Check your spam folder, you might have some new...


On Tuesday, Amazon began announcing settlement payments to customers who bought e-books between April 2010 and May 2012. (Some less-literate Ars staffers, like Nate Anderson, got as little as $1, while others, like yours truly, got more than $48.)
The funds are coming from Apple as part of an antitrust lawsuit that was settled earlier this year.
“You don't have to do anything to claim your credit, we have already added it to your Amazon account," reads the e-mail. "We will automatically apply your available credit to your purchase of qualifying items through Amazon, an Amazon device or an Amazon app.”
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10:00
WSJ: iPhone 7 w/ similar design and removed...

iPhone 7 rumors have been notably tame this year, and that’s because the next-generation iPhone is widely expected to be a further revision to the iPhone 6 series and not a radically different design. The Wall Street Journal is the latest to report on Apple’s expected plans for the iPhone 7, describing a situation where the iPhone 7 closely resembles the iPhone 6s minus the headphone jack. WSJ reports that this will result in a thinner design that’s more water-resistant than current models.
But the report also believes the 2017 iPhone will be dramatically different, featuring an OLED display like the Apple Watch and embedding the Touch ID sensor in the display while losing the Home button…
more…Filed under: iOS Devices...

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10:00
'Outlast 2' drops you in a desert for a...

The Outlast 2 demo made me jump and shriek in the middle of the E3 show floor, in Microsoft's rowdy Xbox space where I was surrounded by swashbuckling pirates, roaring racing games and joyous fans. With my clammy fingers gripping an Xbox One controll...

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09:44
Twitter, Vine expand video limit to 140 seconds

The duration of videos posted to Twitter has been expanded from a 30 second limit to 140 seconds --?matching the numerical 140 character limit for text posts.

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09:41
Brain-like computers may now be realistic

Power consumption is one of the biggest reasons why you haven't seen a brain-like computer beyond the lab: the artificial synapses you'd need tend to draw much more power than the real thing. Thankfully, realistic energy use is no longer an unattain...

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09:32
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Retina MacBook Pro $1,000,...

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09:19
Twitter has a new app to help celebrities chat with...

To help celebrities, public figures and other influencers more actively engage with their audiences, Twitter has a new standalone app that offers some helpful insight. The appropriately named Engage app is divided into three main sections to break do...

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09:03
Former Apple employees reveal iPhone-connected...

Bryson Gardner, Joseph Fisher and Brian Sander think that cars should be upgraded like software. That's why the three ex-Apple employees founded Pearl Automation Inc., a company that announced a new iPhone-connected backup camera this week.

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09:01
Giveaway: Win an iPhone case and keyless lock bundle...

Dog & Bone is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win one of two bundles consisting of an iPhone case, LockSmart and LockSmart Mini.

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09:00
Take Microsoft for a test drive—take your teamwork...

Test drive Office 365 and Windows 10 from the comfort of your own office.

An online immersion session is not your typical online event. These 90-minute interactive sessions start with an online roundtable discussing your business challenges and then launch into a live environment in the cloud. A skilled facilitator guides you through simulated business scenarios that are customized to your interests.
We will send you a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology, so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges in a collaborative, fun environment.
Online immersion sessions help you discover how to:

  • Keep information secure while being productive—Make it easier to work securely and maintain compliance without inhibiting your workflow.
  • Capture, review and share notes from anywhere—Boost your team’s productivity by...
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09:00
3 ways Power BI can help your sales team succeed

With an ever-evolving market and a massive amount of data available, your sales team’s job of knowing their customer base isn’t easy. A multitude of information streams in every day. Sorting through data sets, spreadsheets and a dozen apps can slow them down—hindering the growth and success of your company. In fact, 90 percent of sales reps associate missed opportunities with the inability to leverage all available information.
Instead of solely focusing on dissecting the customer data in front of them, sales reps should be looking to data visualization to pull out insights not apparent at first glance. Microsoft Power BI in Office 365 can help by enabling your sales reps to collect, unify and visualize all their data in one place. It’s cloud-based and compatible with 59 different applications, which simplifies the process.
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09:00
Minnesota school district starts the school year...

Today’s post was written by Burke Egner, director of technology at Austin Public Schools.
Austin, Minnesota, is more than just a rest stop on Interstate 90 a couple hours south of Minneapolis. It is home to a major multinational company (the Hormel Foods Corporation) and its community is committed to progress and innovation. For the Austin Public School District, technology in education is a top priority. So when its teachers asked for more flexible tools, easier network access and better communication with their colleagues and students, the district decided on a move to Microsoft Office 365.
“We wanted to give teachers remote network access and create email accounts for students, but to do it on-premises would have required significant infrastructure upgrades,” says Burke Egner, director of technology at Austin Public Schools.
A race against time
The decision to adopt Office 365 was made in June 2015, and district leadership wanted network accounts...

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09:00
June 2016 updates for Get & Transform in Excel...

Excel 2016 includes a powerful new set of features based on Power Query technology, which provides fast, easy data gathering and shaping capabilities and can be accessed through the Get & Transform section on the Data ribbon.
Today, we are pleased to announce four new data transformation and connectivity features that have been requested by many customers.
These updates are available as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, find out how to get these latest updates. If you have Excel 2010 or Excel 2013, you can also take advantage...

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09:00
The best air conditioner

By Liam McCabe

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here.

After five summers of researching, testing, and recommending window air conditioners, we've learned t...

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08:53
News: China tightening restrictions on mobile games...

Starting July 1, mobile games sold in China’s App Store will have to meet the approval of the country’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, China’s IT Times reports. The new regulations are a hurdle even for larger companies with the proper connections and resources, but are expected to have a devastating impact on smaller developers who could struggle to come up with the $2,000-$5,000 fee charged…

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08:49
∞ Thoughts on WWDC, Apple Music

Apple had an incredibly successful Worldwide Developers Conference last week, on almost all fronts. From the new keynote venue and Apple Bash, to the reaction of developers, and the software that was announced, Apple did a great job. [...]

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08:41
iPhone Lockscreen Music Controllers Also Work on...

Today's announcement that Sonos added lockscreen controls to iOS led us (ok, it led my son) to realize that this likely meant it would also be controllable from an Apple Watch paired to the same iPhone. Sure enough, it is, and that's because whatever music is controllable from your iPhone's lock screen is also controllable from the "Now Playing" glance on Apple Watch. Note that the Now Playing section of the Apple Watch Music app is less likely to show this data, but sometimes it will appear there, too. The "Now Playing" glance, however, has proven 100% reliable in all of our tests.


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08:41
Apple Summer Camp Teaches Movie Making, Writing,...

It's summer camp time again at Apple's retail stores for kids who want to learn how to use their Macs and iPads to create cool movies and interactive books. The summer camps are free and run from July 11 through August 12 for kids ages 8 through 12. This year's sessions include Stories in Motion with iMovie, Interactive Storytelling with iBooks, and Coding Games and Programming Robots. They typically fill up fast, so be sure to sign up early if your kids want to go.


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08:36
Microsoft SharePoint for iOS arrives on Apple's...

Microsoft has launched a free iOS client for its SharePoint enterprise collaboration suite, making it easier for businesses to consolidate inter-office communication and collaboration on the go.

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08:35
Tumblr officially joins the live video party

It's official: today, Tumblr joins Facebook, Twitter and Amazon as the latest platform to add live video streaming. In a post on Live Video dot Tumblr dot com, Yahoo's quirky social network laid out the crucial details.

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08:30
Gene Munster: Apple Pay in Safari may spell trouble...

With so much financial scrutiny on Apple at this point in time, it's comforting that there is at least one Apple fanboy on Wall Street -- Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. Munster believes that Apple's move to include Apple Pay integration in both macOS and iOS Safari web browsers this fall will be responsible for a shift in online payments from PayPal to Apple Pay.

As noted on Street Insider, Munster thinks that the inclusion of Apple Pay in both mobile and desktop Safari, coupled with a "simple integration process for merchants" will make it easy for consumers who had used PayPal online secure payments in the past to switch to Apple Pay. 

About 30 percent of PayPal's total payment volume is currently done on Apple devices, and Munster believes that by the holiday season up to 40 percent of the internet...

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08:22
35 interface innovations that rocked our world

This is posted by Xerox, so take the choices with that in mind. That said, this is a pretty solid list, an enjoyable read. I only wish there was a bit more depth (or a “read more here” link) for each one.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:19
Tim Cook to host Paul Ryan fundraiser

This is a delicate dance, Apple saying no to Trump, but continuing to lend support to both sides of the aisle.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:13
Apple opens registrations for children's Apple...

Apple on Tuesday began taking reservations for its annual summer "Apple Camps," which invite children aged 8 to 12 to participate in workshops at the company's retail stores, where they're exposed to Apple products while learning various high-tech skills.

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08:12
New Photos app detects 4,432 kinds of objects and 7...

MacRumors:Over the weekend, a Reddit user discovered a few lines of code within the framework of Apple’s beta of the macOS Sierra Photos app, possibly detailing both the specific facial expressions that the app recognizes and every single searchable object users can find in both Sierra and iOS 10.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:10
Engadget giveaway: Win a Robin 'cloud phone...

In case you weren't paying attention, the unique Nextbit Robin phone launched earlier in the year and this week, two lucky readers will get one of their own. The company's founders and staff have a storied work history spanning Android, Cyanogen, Mot...

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08:02
With Game Center app gone, invites are managed by...

Apple Insider:As detailed by Apple at a session during its Worldwide Developers Conference last week, games will have access to new tools for inviting friends to multiplayer games via the Messages app.Apple told developers that those already using existing Game Center invitation APIs won’t need to make any code changes for iOS 10. Messages-based invites will automatically replace the old method of inviting friends to play, and anyone can be invited via the Messages app and iCloud.This is an interesting left turn for Game Center and the Messages app. Messages looks to be a delivery mechanism for a richer set of iOS-specific messages.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:18
Apple fixes serious flaw in AirPort wireless routers

Apple has released firmware updates for its AirPort wireless base stations in order to fix a vulnerability that could put the devices at risk of hacking.
According to Apple security, the flaw is a memory corruption issue stemming from DNS (Domain Name System) data parsing that could lead to arbitrary code execution.
The company released firmware updates 7.6.7 and 7.7.7 for AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11n Wi-Fi, as well as AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
The AirPort Utility 6.3.1 or later on OS X or AirPort Utility 1.3.1 or later on iOS can be used to install the new firmware versions on AirPort devices, the company said in an advisory.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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06:00
Meet Ghostbot, a chatbot that will make online...

If you’ve ever set up an online dating profile only to be bombarded by creepers sending you inappropriate photos, or started exchanging text messages with someone you met on Tinder only to find they’re completely insane, then Ghostbot is a chatbot you’ll actually use.
Why this matters: Chatbots, which are smart assistants built into other apps that can handle tasks for you automatically, definitely sounded cool in theory. But then we saw their practical applications in Facebook Messenger this spring and were decidedly underwhelmed. Ghostbot is built on top of Burner, an app...

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06:00
Misfit's Speedo Shine swim tracker gets an...

Fitness bands are relatively accurate when it comes to recording step counts, running mileage, and even bike rides, but finding a waterproof activity tracker that can keep up in the pool is a tall order. The original Speedo Misfit Shine, released last year, was designed to count laps, no matter the stroke style, up to 50 meters underwater. Now the two companies are back with a second-gen version of the popular swim tracker, the appropriately named Speedo Shine 2.
The $120 Speedo Shine 2, now available to preorder, doesn’t look all that different from its predecessor. It’s slightly thinner but retains the same aluminum coin-sized face, which can be clipped to a swimsuit or snapped inside a plastic band you wear on your wrist. It has the same swim lap-tracking capabilities, sleep-monitoring function, and 6-month battery life thanks to a coin cell...

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08:00
Nest can slash people's energy use during peak...

In California, energy companies have to switch all customers to Time of Use (TOU) rate plans by 2019. Under TOU, energy prices change throughout the day -- it won't be easy to monitor rates and adjust cooling and heating manually every hour or so. To...

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07:50
Korea's Fair Trade Commission Set to...

In 2016 we posted a report titled "Apple Completes their Work with Korea's Fair Trade Commission to revise their 'Unfair' Service Agreements." Just as we thought all was settled and bam, Korea's Fair Trade Commission announced that they're set to open yet another probe against Apple, just as the company is preparing for the launch of their iPhone 7 this September.

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07:46
Company filled with former Apple employees debuts...

About 50 former Apple employees are working at a start-up called Pearl, which is making smart accessories for vehicles, according to Verge. The company was co-founded by three former Apple engineers, a crew that helped lead the design and development on several generations of iPods and iPhones.

There are currently 70 Pearl employees who have been working for over two years on its first product, a rearview camera that debuts today. The $499.99 RearVision is available for pre-order. It comes with a camera frame, car adapter, and phone mount. It’s compatible with most 1996 and newer vehicles. Use requires the Pearl app running on an iPhone 5 (or newer) with iOS 9 (or newer) or “select” Android phones with Bluetooth 4.0 and Lollipop 5.0 (or newer). Currently, the RearVision is only available in the U.S....

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07:38
New rules may put up barriers to games on Apple...

Developers looking to publish games on Apple's Chinese App Store will reportedly face a tougher time starting July 1, when all new mobile games must be pre-approved by the Chinese government.

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07:34
News: Supreme Court patent ruling bodes well for...

The Supreme Court has upheld new government procedures for challenging patents, The Wall Street Journal reports. The upheld ruling is a big win for companies like Apple, which are constantly bombarded by patent lawsuits. The 2011 law in question put in place a quicker and cheaper process for challenging patents, placing the decision-making power in the hands of the patent office instead of a federal judge. Opponents of the law argued that the new…

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07:30
Recent changes to Apple’s retail, online stores may...

The curtain might finally be drawing to a close on the non-Retina MacBook Pro with an optical drive.
Recent changes to Apple’s online store have tucked the model out of the way on the main MacBook Pro page and hidden at the bottom of the ‘buy‘ page. It now appears that the company is doing the same thing in its retail stores to the last remaining product of an optical drive bygone era.
At present, customers can still buy the non-retina 13-inch MacBook Pro in retail locations as well as online, but essentially have to ask for it by name these days. The units, which arrive with 4GB of RAM and a slow 500GB spinning metal drive are still priced at $1,099, just $100 below a starter 13-inch MacBook Air with 8GB of...

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07:30
Longtime Apple news site MacNN shutting down

It's a tough world out there right now in the Apple news business. We're painfully aware of that fact here at Apple World Today, and yesterday brought news of a longtime Apple news site - MacNN - getting ready to shut down for good. 

According to MacNN editor Charles Martin, the site has been operating for 21 years but will be closing up shop on July 1, 2016. Said Martin, "We've joked before that Apple becoming a huge mainstream company is the worst thing that ever happened to us, but it's true: there's less need for an Apple-specific news site when news about Apple is plastered everywhere, on every site, all the time."

Apple World Today rose from the ashes of TUAW, Apple Daily Report and Macsimum News, all sites that were thriving at one point in time but faltered as Apple's fortunes rose and mainstream news sites started...

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07:29
Apple taking sign-ups for Apple Camp for kids

If you have a child ages 8 to 12, you can sign ‘em up for Apple Camp by clicking here. Apple Camp is a three-day program held at your local Apple retail store.

The program is designed to “broaden their [the kids] creative horizons by making movies, creating interactive books, and more using Apple products.” Kids will learn visual block-based coding for games, applying logic skills such as pattern recognition and problem solving. Then they’ll use what they’ve learned to program their own robots to perform tasks, challenges, and much more.

Campers will learn how to create their own movies. They’ll storyboard ideas, shoot video, and delve into other aspects of the filmmaking process. Then they’ll edit their videos in iMovie on a Mac.

Campers will also create their own interactive books and learn about the elements of writing a story, from idea to storyboarding. They’ll draw...

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07:23
GigSky expands international iPad data plans to 140...

Last year GigSky announced that it would offer iPad cellular data plans in around 90 countries by leveraging Apple’s new carrier-agnostic Apple SIM now included in the device. Today the company is expanding availability of those plans to 140+ countries, giving more iPad users the ability to purchase data plans through GigSky without going through a local carrier.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: apple sim, cellular, Data, gigsky, international, iPad...

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07:21
Twitter stretches Vines and video posts to 140...

Starting today, Twitter users will get just as many seconds of video as they do characters of text. According to an announcement, Twitter is opening up 140-second videos to everyone on the service. Likewise, some Vine creators will also be able to ex...

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07:20
PSA: Make sure your Airport Utility app is set to...

We all know the importance of keeping on top of security updates, but there is one kind that might escape your attention if you don’t have it set to check automatically: those for your AirPort base station. Whether you have an AirPort Express, Extreme or Time Capsule, they all have firmware updates to plug security holes and fix other issues.
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07:17
GigSky expands coverage for the iPad with Apple SIM...

GigSky, an international wireless carrier and mobile technology company, will offer cellular data plans for iPad travelers with Apple SIM in over 140 countries, including “all top travel destinations,” as well as Ecuador, Argentina, Jamaica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Isle of Man, and The Virgin Islands — up from more than 90 countries and territories.

The recent release of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which features an embedded Apple SIM, makes it even easier for customers to access GigSky's short-term data plans directly on an Apple tablet, avoiding the hassle of buying a local SIM when they travel, according to GigSky CEO Ravi Rishy-Maharaj. All data packages are prepaid, with what he terms "no asterisk" pricing.  

Customers select the data they need, for just the time they need it. There are extra fees or taxes, and no contracts.  For details on enhanced coverage and pricing, click here.

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07:17
Sonos adds Lock Screen Controls to iOS App

In a scenario where many Sonos users might find appropriate use for the word, finally, today Sonos rolled out a new version of their iOS controller app that adds playback controls to the iOS lockscreen. Users can now control volume, play/pause and seek location as well as being able to see album art without unlocking their iPhones. Previously users would need to unlock their iPhones and launch the Sonos app to do any of these things. In addition to the lock screen controls, Sonos added Peek & Pop shortcuts, split view, slide over, simpler TruePlay tuning and higher quality Napster and Rhapsody streams. For this Sonos user, today's update is very much Cool Stuff Found! Version 6.3 of the Sonos iOS controller can be is available for free in the app store.

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07:14
GigSky expands coverage for the iPad with Apple SIM...

GigSky, an international wireless carrier and mobile technology company, will offer cellular data plans for iPad travelers with Apple SIM in over 140 countries, including “all top travel destinations,” as well as Ecuador, Argentina, Jamaica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Isle of Man, and The Virgin Islands — up from more than 90 countries and territories.
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07:04
News: Apple to pay $400M to consumers over e-book...

Starting today, millions of people who bought e-books from Apple will receive credits or checks as part of a $450 million settlement, the law firm Hagens Berman confirmed in a press release. Customers who bought e-books published by HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Group Inc. and Simon & Schuster from April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012 are eligible for payments amounting to $400 million in total....

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07:03
Browser-based Apple Pay predicted to chip away at...

Convenience and brand recognition should help Apple Pay on the web pose a serious threat to PayPal right out of the gate, a new analysis predicts, forecasting that Apple's new browser-based payment service will see a major overlap with PayPal acceptance when it launches this fall.

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07:00
MacAdmins Podcast Episode 7

The seventh episode of the MacAdmins podcast is now available! This is my first time sitting out an episode, which might explain why it’s the best episode so far!

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07:00
6 Things I Learned about Apple from Gruber’s...

John Gruber has posted the full video of The Talk Show Live from last week's World Wide Developer Conference, where his guests were Apple senior vice presidents Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi. It's a great interview, and I highly encourage you to watch it in its entirety, but there were six things in particular I learned.


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06:56
Instagram's expansion continues as it tops 500...

With 1.6 billion users, Facebook is used to big numbers. Even Whatsapp has one billion people using it every month. Instagram, on the other hand, isn't quite as big as its counterparts, but that doesn't mean it's not expanding at a decent clip. In a...

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06:50
Apple SIM Now Available in 140+ Countries in...

Apple SIM partner GigSky has announced that it has expanded availability of its pay-as-you-go cellular data plans for iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 and 4 to over 140 countries, up from more than 90 countries and territories in June 2015.

The new additions, among others, include Afghanistan, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Argentina, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Dominica, Ecuador, Honduras, Isle of Man, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos, Venezuela, Zambia, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands....

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06:48
Twitter extends video uploads to 140-seconds as...

Twitter for iOS today will see the ability to upload and share much longer videos than before while still holding on to the short clip approach. The social network is announcing that video uploads to Twitter will extend in total duration from just 30 seconds to a full 140 seconds, or 2 minutes 20 seconds. Twitter users may recognize the ‘140’ number as the character limit generally (but not always) assigned to tweets — which is based on the 160 character limit of SMS minus usernames — so Twitter is really embracing the number here.
Speaking of numbers, Instagram is sharing today that its photo and video sharing service has hit a new growth milestone at 500 million monthly active users (with 60% active daily) plus some other interesting stats about its app....

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06:48
Apple Puts Non-Retina MacBook Pro on Death Row

Apple's 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro looks to be close to end of life because the company is pulling it from retail displays, and it's unavailable in some locations. Once the 13-incher is gone, the MacBook Air will be the only non-Retina laptop Apple sells, and none of its computers will ship with an internal optical drive.


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06:46
Karhoo takes its taxi-comparison app to more UK...

Six weeks after its launch in London, Karhoo is taking on the rest of the UK. The ride-hailing app, which lets you compare different taxi companies simultaneously, is yet another alternative to Uber, Hailo and Kabbee. The difference is that Karhoo wa...

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06:39
ADATA launches SP550M.2 2280 SATA 6Gb/sSSD

ADATA Technology (www.adata.com) has launched the Premier SP550 M.2 2280 SATA 6Gb/s solid state drive for slim laptops and ultrabooks. The former measures just 22x80x3.5mm, but is available in up to 480GB.
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06:32
Western Digital introduces the WD Pro Series

Western Digital has introduced the WD Pro Series: My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi mobile storage and My Cloud Pro Series network attached storage (NAS). They’re designed specifically for the creative community,
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06:31
Apple Announces 2016 Summer Camps for Kids at Retail...

Apple has opened registration in the U.S. and a number of other countries — links below — for its annual Apple Summer Camp, where kids aged 8 to 12 can attend a company retail store and learn how to create interactive books and movies using Apple products and software, ranging from iBooks Author on Mac to iMovie on iPad.

Apple's summer workshops will be hosted between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. local time, on various dates between July 11 and August 12, in the United States, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong,...

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06:31
Acura built an electric NSX to tackle Pikes Peak

Acura's eagerly anticipated next-gen NSX is finally going into production for 2017, but the car will hit the road before then -- sort of. The company will race a highly modified version at the Pikes Peak hill climb event on June 26th. However, unlike...

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06:27
Kool Tools: AC2600 Wi-Fi extender

Amped Wireless (www.ampedwireless.com) is offering the industry’s first High Power AC2600 Plug-In Wi-Fi Range Extender with MU-MIMO. This extender is capable of enhancing the performance of any router by delivering up to 12,000 square feet of fast, additional coverage.
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06:23
Tumblr appears to be launching a Periscope-style...

A webpage discovered by a tech consultant and confirmed as official by TechCrunch indicates that Tumblr is planning its own Periscope-style live video platform later today.
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06:21
Dozens of Former Apple Employees Team Up to Launch ‘...

A group of three former Apple engineers, along with around 50 various designers and workers also formerly employed by Apple, have created a new startup in the vehicle accessory market, called Pearl, and today announced pre-orders on their product "RearVision." The $500 device is an attachable license plate accessory that connects via Bluetooth to an iOS or Android smartphone, displaying a 180-degree rear-view field of vision when backing up your car (via The Verge).

The RearVision unit comes with a dongle that connects with a vehicle's on-board diagnostic port to help communicate and determine the car's speed, and battery power isn't a concern since the device charges using an integrated solar panel. Bryan Gardner, one of the co-founders...

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06:11
Inside watchOS 3: Customize your Apple Watch display...

With the upcoming watchOS 3 update, tracked workouts with Apple Watch will not only display more information in the midst of an exercise, but the type of information shown can be completely customized by the user.

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06:09
Patent report: gesture entry techniques, on-demand...

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:

You may one day be able to access your iOS device via a gesture that you determine, as well as by the current authentication methods. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,372,970) for “gesture entry techniques” for for entering and saving a gesture on a touch-sensitive display device such as an iPhone or iPad.

In one embodiment, the iDevice displays an array of visible graphical elements and may detect a gesture based on a user's touch of the visible graphical elements as well as on hidden areas not displayed to the user. For example, the iOS device may detect a user's touch over hidden dots between the visible graphical elements or through hidden lines connecting the visible graphical...

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06:01
Adobe updates Creative Cloud with deep Stock...

Adobe on Tuesday released a set of substantial updates to its Creative Cloud family of products and services, including tight Adobe Stock integration and advanced technologies like facial recognition and content-aware photo cropping.

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06:01
Adobe Photoshop adds Content-Aware Crop and font...

Adobe usually announces significant updates to Creative Cloud every six months, and its delivering another right on schedule. While the changes are scattered across all of the apps in the company's software subscription and its stock photo service, w...

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06:00
Adobe Creative Cloud update brings Content-Aware...

Today Adobe is shipping updates to its Creative Cloud desktop apps for CC subscribers including new features in Photoshop plus enhancements to After Effects CC, Adobe

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06:00
Your intranet in your pocket—the SharePoint mobile...

Last month, we unveiled a new vision for the future of SharePoint, and today we’re pleased to release the new SharePoint mobile app for iOS. Install it now and take your intranet with you—your intranet in your pocket. Stay connected to important content, sites, portals and people from across your intranet while on the go. The SharePoint mobile journey starts now. This is a first step, and we are excited to continue to build on what we’ve started. Let’s dive in to the details.
Watch this episode of Microsoft Mechanics with Andy Haon, principal group program manager on the SharePoint engineering team, for an in-depth look at the SharePoint mobile app:

The SharePoint mobile app
The new SharePoint mobile app helps you keep your work moving forward by providing quick access to your team sites, organization portals and...

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06:00
ICYMI: 3D-printed, autonomous bus starts shuttling...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Local Motors is testing a self-driving, electric mini-bus that lets passengers communicate with the bus about the weather and where they're located as they are shuttled from one part of town to another. The bus was...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Chatlight Video Chatting Light

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the Chatlight Video Chatting Light for only $19 — that’s 36% off the regular price. This versatile LED light fits onto just about any device, and provide illumination so you can carry on video chats after dark. The built-in rechargeable battery gives you up to 90 minutes of light on a single charge, and Chatlight can be fully recharged from a standard wall outlet in just 15 minutes. Get the Chatlight Video…

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05:58
After 21 years, end of the road for MacNN

MacNN:From when the company was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and irrelevance, to the crowning of Apple as the most valuable and influential tech company in the world, MacNN has been there. As of July 1, Apple will carry on — but MacNN will not, we’re sorry to say.Damn.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:56
macOS Sierra’s new system requirements

Stephen Hackett presents the list of Macs that can run macOS Sierra out of the box, with an unofficial option if your machine just falls off the list.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:53
Why Apple can take a bigger stand against Trump than...

Hayley Tsukayama, writing for The Washington Post:[Apple] is arguably in a unique position among tech companies to take big political stands. Not only does its size insulate it against some backlash, but it is also protected because expressing political opinions does little damage to the reputation of its products.That’s not true for many other tech titans.Read the main post for the details. Interesting.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:45
Apple posts firmware update for AirPort Base...

Apple has released firmware updates for its wireless AirPort Base Stations. According to release notes (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206849) it fixes a vulnerability in which a remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution.
A memory corruption issue existed in DNS data parsing. This issue was addressed through improved bounds checking, according to Apple.
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05:44
Apple releases firmware update for AirPort Base...

Apple has released firmware updates for its wireless AirPort Base Stations. According to release notes it fixes a vulnerability in which a remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution.

A memory corruption issue existed in DNS data parsing. This issue was addressed through improved bounds checking, according to Apple.

The firmware update is available for the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11n; AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac. You can obtain the update via the AirPort Utility app that’s found in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder on your Mac — or by using Launchpad.

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05:34
Apple Granted 33 Patents Today Covering the Apple TV...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the Apple TV system, advanced gesture password system, the original mystery iPad design and more.

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05:34
Got kids aged 8-12? Apple Camp enrollment opens...

If you’re looking for something to entertain kids aged 8-12 over the summer, and the chance for them to learn some useful tech skills into the bargain, you may want to register them for this year’s Apple Camp. Apple holds annual workshops at its retail stores intended to help kids make creative use of technology. This year’s workshops are focused on coding & robotics, movie-making and story-telling.

Campers can work with visual blocks and solve puzzles while programming Sphero robots. They can learn filmmaking skills: storyboarding, shooting video, and editing soundtracks. Or they can create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. At Apple Camp, kids and their creativity are the heroes … 

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05:00
Hyperloop One team dreams of connecting Europe and...

Hyperloop One has teamed up with the city of Moscow and a local company to explore bringing the Hyperloop to Russia. The trio will investigate how and where such high-speed transportation can be integrated into the country's existing transport networ...

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04:58
FotoJet photo tool adds Edit mode

PearlMountain Technology has updated its FotoJet (https://www.fotojet.com/) online photo tool to version 3.5 . The upgrade adds a new Edit mode.
FotoJet is an online collage maker, graphic designer and photo editor. It’s designed to help users create collages, photo  cards, social media graphics, posters and edit photos with ease. And its free.

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04:41
Online fraud detection spending to reach $9.2...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that eCommerce merchants and financial institutions will be investing heavily in online fraud detection solutions over the next five years, with annual spending reaching $9.2 billion by 2020, up by 30% on current levels..
According to the research, fraudsters now perceive mobile payment channels to be particularly vulnerable (and therefore attractive targets) as many organisations have yet to apply the same levels of protection to mobile as they have to desktop transactions.
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04:41
Online fraud detection spending to reach $9.2...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that eCommerce merchants and financial institutions will be investing heavily in online fraud detection solutions over the next five years, with annual spending reaching $9.2 billion by 2020, up by 30% on current levels..
According to the research, fraudsters now perceive mobile payment channels to be particularly vulnerable (and therefore attractive targets) as many organisations have yet to apply the same levels of protection to mobile as they have to desktop transactions.
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04:34
Looks like Apple is finally preparing to call time...

I mentioned in an opinion piece back in April that while Apple still sells a single non-Retina MacBook Pro model, it does its best to tuck it away out of sight – not mentioned at all on the main MacBook Pro page, and hidden at the bottom of the ‘buy‘ page. It now appears that the company is doing the same thing in its retail stores to the last remaining product of an optical drive bygone era.
We’ve been hearing reports of the model being withdrawn from display in Apple Stores for a week or so now, and checks by both AI and ...

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04:30
Griffin’s BreakSafe cable is a must-have item for...

I like the 12-inch MacBook as a “secondary” Mac — but I don't like the fact that it ditches the MagSafe adapter. Yes, I know that the single USB-C port is vital in keeping the laptop’s eye-popping svelte design, but the MagSafe connector on other Mac laptops disengages with the slightest amount of pressure. This has saved many a MacBook Air and MacBook Pro from a disastrous plummet when someone accidentally snagged the power cable. 

That’s why the $39.99 Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable is a must-have item for owners of the 12-inch MacBook. Its quick-release magnetic connector plugs into the diminutive laptop's USB-C port. Like the original MagSafe, it safely disconnects from the rest of the cable when under stress or strain — such as when you trip on it.

Plug the adapter into the MacBook, then connect the magnetic end of the cable into the adapter. (The...

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04:27
Kool Tools: ExoLens with Optics

ExoLens is shipping ExoLens with Optics by ZEISS. Together they’ve developed the first aspherical lenses for mobile photographers “that will forever raise the standard of mobile photography and videography,” according to John Fellowes, CEO of Fellowes Brands, which owns ExoLens.
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04:06
Supreme Court ruling makes life harder for patent...

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled that a 2011 law designed to make it easier to defeat new patent trolls were legal. The law had been challenged by a company attempting to patent something which had long been done by other companies.

The case before the Supreme Court focused on a patent held by Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC that claims an invention for alerting drivers when they are speeding. GPS technology company Garmin brought a challenge at the Patent Office, which invalidated the Cuozzo patent after concluding its claims weren’t innovative when viewed against other prior technologies.

The ruling will be of particular benefit to Apple …
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04:00
SanDisk's Dual USB Drive is a great accessory...

If you own one of Apple's teeny MacBooks (check out my review here) you probably have a love/hate relationship with the single USB-C port.

It's very small (which facilitates the ultra-thin design of the laptop) and supports higher wattage charging, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) data transfer and DisplayPort 1.2 all in a single connector that’s one-third the size of a traditional USB port. That's cool. On the other hand, it's the only port that Apple includes on the laptop. And some of us aren't willing to trust "the cloud" as our only means of data transfer.

That's where SanDisk's Dual USB Drive comes to the rescue. It's the first Dual Flash Drive to include one reversible USB Type-C connector and one USB 3.0 connector. This makes it easy totransfer content to and from a MacBook and other...

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03:11
Apple Granted Two Apple Store Patents Covering...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two inventions relating to Apple Stores.

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Monday June 20

17:15
The Week in iPad Cases: Booq's Booqpad has room...

New iPad cases of the weekThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases features the Booqpad, a carry-all folio that packs more than just your iPad. Plus, leather bags and functional cases that will help you stay productive throughout your busy day. Read on!BooqThe Booqpad (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $60 MSRP) is a folio-style case that features a removable polycarbonate shell, which keeps your iPad safe if you ever need to use it without the folio cover.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:59
Ultimate Ears updates Boom 2 & Megaboom speakers...

Popular Bluetooth speaker company Ultimate Ears announced today that it is adding Siri and Google Now integration to its lineup of speakers. With this feature, users can access their music directly from the speaker, making it even easier to change songs, artists, and more.
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19:24
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19:14
Apple to begin paying out $400M to customers...

Three years ago, Apple was found guilty of anticompetitive behavior centered around ebook pricing and price-fixing. The case was in limbo for years as Apple appealed and tried to fight the ruling, but earlier this year the Supreme Court declined to hear the company’s appeal, putting Apple on the hook for $450 million. Law firm Hagens Berman today issued a press release revealing that payouts will begin being sent to affected customers tomorrow, June 21st.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: ebook,...

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12:58
Watch out, WebMD: Google's teamed with leading...

Feeling nauseous? Perhaps a bit feverish? Google's launching a new feature on mobile and its Google search app that promises to provide answers without forcing you to dig through dozens of overwhelming (and possibly misleading) medical forums, let alone consult established sites like WebMD. 
In the coming days, when you ask Google about your symptoms, the search engine will return a list of related conditions. For instance, if you search for “headache on one side,” Google will offer up a list of informational cards with possible answers for what's ailing you. Tap a card, and it’ll provide further information on the condition and treatment.
Google takes pains to emphasize that it's trying to make it easier for you to find good medical information on the web, but it's also making sure you don't use the web as a substitute for professional advice. In its blog post, Google...

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18:03
Apple customers to receive $400M iBooks settlement...

Customers impacted by Apple's alleged iBooks price fixing scheme will this week receive settlement payments in the form of store credit or checks for up to $6.83 per e-book, the law firm representing plaintiffs in the case announced on Monday.

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16:38
Hands-On With watchOS 3: Instant App Launching,...

watchOS 3, set to be released this fall, introduces some radical changes to the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch. There are new apps and watch faces, interface tweaks overhaul the way we interact with watchOS, and a new feature for keeping apps running in the background allows for instant launch times.

Since most of us won't be able to check out watchOS 3 until the fall of 2016 following an extended beta testing period, we've created a video to highlight the must see features.

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Glances are gone in watchOS 3, replaced with a "dock" accessible by pressing the side button. 10 favorite first and third-party apps can be added to the dock, where they'll be kept continually up to date and able to launch in a second. Changing watch faces is done with a left and right...

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16:32
Supreme Court Upholds Patent Rules that Assist Tech...

In July 2015 Patently Apple posted a report titled Apple Remains the Number One Target of Patent Trolls in 2015. The statistics showed that Apple, Actavis and Amazon were the most frequently sued, with Apple facing 25 patent suits in the first half of 2015 while Actavis and Amazon each faced 21 suits. Today there was a ruling from the US Supreme Court that will make life a little harder for patent trolls.

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16:11
The Dock in watchOS 3 breathes new life into the...

The Dock in watchOS 3 was arguably the biggest new feature to hit the Apple Watch at WWDC 2016. It’s a feature that allows you to find and switch to your most used apps. It takes the best of the Glances model from previous versions of watchOS and merges it with an updated and actionable interface.
The Dock promotes using apps in a way that no such feature on the Apple Watch has until now. In my opinion, it breathes new life into the Apple Watch, providing practical functionality that was missing in previous iterations of watchOS. Have a look at our hands-on dive into the Dock as we explore this exciting new feature. more…Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple watch...

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15:57
VPN Tracker World Connect designed to make Internet...

Using public wifi hotspots when you’re on the go with an iPhone, iPad or Mac? equinux VPN Tracker World Connect (www.vpntracker.com/worldconnect) is designed to make any Internet connection secure. Plus, it automatically detects the best VPN destination for your need.
VPN Tracker World Connect allows you to simultaneously connect to your company’s VPN as well as World Connect with its intelligent routing algorithm.
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15:54
Addonics announces OS-independent 1U RAID racks

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced  two 1U RAID Rack chassis with removable drive systems for adding and removing 2.5-inch hard drives or solid state drives.
The new family of products comes bundled with all the connecting cables for attaching to your system. Users can start their RAID Rack with just one drive and expand by adding more drives as their storage requirement grows. Depending on the model, the hard drives can be connected to the system with eSATA, or mini SAS cables and accommodate up to eight 2.5-inch HDDs/SSDs.
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15:14
Apple's differential privacy analyzes the group...

Apple's incorporation of differential privacy in its data collection efforts marks the first wide scale use of the technique, according to Prof. Aaron Roth, the University of Pennsylvania mathematician who "literally wrote the book" on it, as Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, said at WWDC on June 13.

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14:49
The secret world of Foley

You may not know what “foley” is but you’ve likely heard it in every live-action movie you’ve seen in the past 100 years. It’s a fascinating but unfamiliar job on a movie, one that is critical to the “realism” of what we see on screen. This video does a great job of showing the work that goes on behind the scenes with foley artists.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:45
Apple Forms a Subsidiary to Sell Electricity

Apple is publicly moral in many ways. Apple's products are highly recyclable and Apple works to be good stewards of the planet's resources. To that end, Apple has formed a subsidiary, called Apple Energy. The goal, with approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is to sell excess solar energy to consumers and businesses via Renewable Energy Certificates. Not only is Apple setting the example for how to be green and also make money at it, but the company positioning itself for its own technical future. Of course, there are implications for Apple's (rumored) electric car as well. Forbes has a great story on this. "Why Apple Energy Is A Wake-Up Call For Businesses."

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14:44
MGG 610: Airplane Mode on the Mac? Sure!

Dave's back from WWDC and he and John focus on your questions this week. How best can one enable Airplane Mode on a Mac? How do you find a missing Mailbox? Why does the iTunes Library stay put when you tell it to move? And... what happened with John's phone? Was it the charger? Was it the app? We have answers!


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14:36
Chatlight Video Chatting Light: $19

Check out the Chatlight—I did a Cool Stuff Found during January's CES show, and now Stack Commerce has put together a deal for this device. It's designed to light you for selfies and video chats. It clips onto the edge of your mobile device and two banks of LEDs light your face. The bank of LEDs rotates, too, allowing you to control your lighting. You can get Chatlight through our deal for $19.


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14:35
August, Canary, Withings, D-Link, Ring & others...

These products from August, Canary, Withings, Kuna, D-Link, Ring & others will be next to gain support for Apple’s HomeKit in the coming months. more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, August, Canary, D-link, Doorbell, homekit, iOS 10, iPhone 7, Kuna, Ring, security camera,...

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14:25
Apple's 'iPhone 7' rumored to ship...

A rumor circulating at Computex Taipei 2016 claims Apple plans to bundle a Lightning-to-3.5mm plug adapter with its standard EarPods headphones when "iPhone 7" ships this fall, hinting at a move away from the 3.5mm jack format.

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14:05
iPhone 7 may include EarPods w/ headphone jack +...

Since the first rumors emerged claiming Apple would ditch the headphone jack with this fall’s iPhone release, many have been speculating on what exactly Apple will include as a solution. According to a new report from Macotakara, it’s not Lightning-suited EarPods that Apple is planning to include, but rather the standard 3.5mm EarPods and an adapter.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: EarPods, iPhone 7 ...

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14:04
More evidence of iOS 10 'dark mode'...

Further explorations of iOS 10's code may back expectations that the mobile OS will get a "dark mode" in later betas, and/or a cellular connection toggle in its Control Center.

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10:59
E-book buyers will soon get settlement payments from...

Some buyers of ebooks will begin to receive payments Tuesday as part of a settlement in a price-fixing case against Apple.People who purchased ebooks between April 1, 2010, and May 21, 2012, will receive credits from ebook sellers, or will get a check if they opted out of receiving credits, according to Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, a consumer-rights class-action law firm involved in the lawsuit against Apple.As part of the Apple settlement of the case, ebook buyers will receive $6.93 for every purchase that was a New York Times bestseller and $1.57 for every other ebook. The settlement covers ebooks purchased from Apple as well as from other retailers, including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click...

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12:32
Spotify has 100 million users but Apple Music...

According to a new report in The Telegraph, Spotify has reached 100 million active users every month and 30 percent of those users are paid subscribers. Those figures certainly sound impressive, but it’s interesting to note that Spotify reported a similar figure of paid subscribers back in March. This means that Spotify’s paid subscribers have remained pretty stagnant at 30 million in the last three months.We have 30 million @Spotify subscribers, but none of them are in Cuba ... yet. So cool to see Cuba opening up! https://t.co/nZa67f0l8UTo read this article in full or to leave a...

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13:52
Tim Cook reportedly holding a fundraiser for U.S....

Apple may have refused to offer tech support for this year’s Republican national convention due to a dislike for Donald Trump, but a new report claims CEO Tim Cook next week will host a fundraiser for sitting U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (pictured) and other House Republicans.

Cook will help raise money for Ryan at a private breakfast on June 28 in Menlo Park, California, along with Gary Wipfler, the company’s treasurer, according to an invite obtained by POLITICO. The money benefits not only the speaker but a joint fundraising committee aimed at helping to elect other House Republicans.

Cook is hosting the fundraiser on his own accord; Apple doesn’t have a corporate political action committee like Facebook, Google and other tech...

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13:49
Notable apps and app updates for June 20, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

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VPN Tracker World Connect allows you to simultaneously connect to your company’s VPN as well as World Connect with its intelligent routing algorithm.

VPN Tracker World Connect for iOS is free to download on the App Store. VPN Tracker for Mac is available for download...

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13:33
Tim Cook to host fundraiser for House Speaker Paul...

After Apple refused to back this election cycle's Republican national convention, a report on Monday claims CEO Tim Cook next week will host a fundraiser for sitting U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and other House Republicans.

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13:30
AWT News Update: June 20, 2016

We start off the week with a couple of good rumors and a nice free ice-cold drink:

  • One new rumor still shows the 3.5 mm headphone jack and dual SIM cards for the iPhone 7
  • MyCokeRewards comes to Apple Wallet and Apple Pay
  • It looks as if the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro is on the verge of bing removed from stores. 
  • Sweden's Spotify reported that it now has twice the number of paying customers that Apple Pay does

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 20, 2016.

Rumors are fun, although sometimes the reality is far from what we hear about months in advance. Take, for example, new rumors today from Engadget...

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13:21
iPhone 7 Rumored to Ship With Standard 3.5mm EarPods...

Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be manufactured without a 3.5mm headphone jack, leading to speculation about the accessories that will be included alongside the two devices.

Lightning-equipped EarPods and wireless EarPods are two rumors that have been bandied about, but a new report from Japanese site Mac Otakara suggests Apple may ship the iPhone 7 with standard 3.5mm headphones and a 3.5mm jack to Lightning adapter to allow them to connect to the new devices.

Mac Otakara's information comes from sources at Computex Taipei 2016 and the reliability of those sources cannot be confirmed. Shipping EarPods with a 3.5mm jack included seems like an unusual choice for Apple, even if an adapter is included in the box.At Computex Taipei 2016, many manufacturers showcased their new Lightning audio adaptors, and it seems there has...

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13:17
This simple plugin lets you post to Instagram from...

I’ve only just started to use Instagram more seriously. The “need” to post from the iPhone was a real pain. If you use both Instagram and Lightroom, this $10 donationware plugin will really come in handy.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:03
Linux Snap Package Format Goes Multi-Distro


Snapcraft -- the Linux package format Canonical developed for Ubuntu -- now works on multiple Linux distros, including Arch, Debian, Fedora and various flavors of Ubuntu.
They're being validated on CentOS, Elementary, Gentoo, Mint, OpenSUSE, OpenWrt and RHEL. "Distributing applications on Linux is not always easy," said Canonical's Manik Taneja, product manager for Snappy Ubuntu Core. "You have different packaging formats, base systems, available libraries and distribution release cadences."

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12:57
CW shows could leave Hulu, head to Netflix sooner

One of the worst parts about getting your TV fix through services like Netflix and Hulu is that your favorite show can disappear on any given day, with little warning. If you're a fan of the CW (home to shows like Arrow, Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-...

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12:53
Report: Apple CEO Tim Cook to fundraise for...

Apple may not be playing ball with the Republican Party’s upcoming convention, but CEO Tim Cook is reportedly set to hold a fundraiser for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan next week. Politico reports that Apple wants to “strengthen its relationships with key Republicans” like Ryan despite its apparent opposition to Donald Trump, the GOP presidential nominee.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Republican Party, Tim...

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12:49
Review: JBL Clip 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

JBL's Clip has long been a favorite of ours, offering good sound in a small, portable package — both 2014's original Clip and last year's Clip+ earned our high recommendations. While the Clip+ added splashproof capabilities, the new Clip 2 is fully IPX7 waterproof. Clip 2 also boosts battery life to 8 hours. It's also now possible to pair two Clip 2 units wirelessly for amplified sound, rather than relying on the built-in audio cable. On the downside, JBL has added $10 to the retail price, and there's no mention of any sound quality improvements. The slightly redesigned Clip 2 comes in five different colors — black, blue, red, teal, and gray — and includes a micro-USB cable for recharging.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:33
Inside iOS 10: 3D Touch allows renaming folders,...

Apple's pressure sensitive 3D Touch technology will expand in small but meaningful ways with iOS 10, including the ability to quickly rename app folders, or clear all alerts from Notification Center.

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12:30
'Game of Thrones' composer on making truly...

Ramin Djawadi's theme for Game of Thrones has inspired covers upon covers. The Iranian-German composer's music has helped shape the magic, power and terror on every episode of HBO's most watched series. While the show's haunting score is his most cel...

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12:10
Tumblr to launch live video with an hour of wacky...

It seems Tumblr is planning to jump on the live video bandwagon to join Facebook, Twitter and Amazon. The blog platform has posted eight updates on a subdomain that features a logo with the words "Live Video on Tumblr," accompanied by a caption that...

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12:05
TMO Background Mode: Interview With Flexibits...

Michael Simmons is the founder of Flexibits, famous for the award winning Fantastical apps for Mac and iOS. In his youth, Michael got his start as a fan of video games on the Commodore 64 and the Amiga. He was intrigued by what was different, better, surprising and delightful. In college, it was communication and film school, and he became interested in something closely related: story telling. That resulted in his first job in the video game industry. After that, there was a series of programming jobs culminating in his authorship of Data Rescue at ProSoft. His acquired expertise eventually resulted in the founding of Flexibits some 20 years after it all began. It's a classic case of inspiration and talent leading to starting his own software company. Michael, a great speaker, tells how it all happened.

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12:02
By 2019 Twenty-Five Percent of Home Services will be...

When Google surprised everyone with their Google Home device at their developer conference in May, it was clear that the gloves were off and challengers were lining up to take on Siri that had been drifting for the longest time with little progress. With so much activity occurring in the area of digital assistants, the timing of a new Gartner report on this subject couldn't have been any better.

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06:00
New Fitbit feature will remind you to be an adult...

Fitbit’s popular line of activity-tracking wristbands are designed to help you meet your fitness goals, but the company is going beyond simple step counts. Your Fitbit can actually be the most effective alarm clock you’ve ever used—just strap it to your wrist, set an alarm in-app, and let the band vibrate your arm awake. It beats the iPhone alarm ringtone by a mile. Fitbit is taking advantage of that wrist real estate and boosting its sleep-tracking capabilities with an app update that rolls out on Monday, which includes a brand new feature called Sleep Schedules. Fitbit

The new feature, which is integrated in every Fitbit band with automatic sleep-tracking abilities, give you customized sleep goals based on all the data your Fitbit has collected around your sleep habits. (If you don’t wear your Fitbit to bed, the app will have less info to work with.) The new Sleep Schedules feature will let you set bedtime and wake-up reminders that...

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07:47
Apple may finally get clearance for stores in India

Apple may finally get clearance to set up its stores in India, following the Indian government’s decision Monday to liberalize rules requiring local sourcing of some products sold in foreign-owned, single-brand stores.
The iPhone maker operates in the country through third-party owned, exclusive stores run by partners like Imagine, in addition to selling through retail chains and online e-commerce websites. But Apple considers the design and layout of its own stores a key element of its branding and retail experience.
The Indian government, in a statement Monday, said the local sourcing requirements, which had been a hurdle for Apple to get clearance for its own branded stores, have been relaxed for up to three years. The new rules include a relaxed “sourcing regime” for an additional five years introduced for “entities undertaking single-brand retail trading of products having ‘state-of-art’ and ‘cutting edge’ technology.”...

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09:17
Apple Pay arrives on Bank of America ATMs to make...

Apple Pay isn’t accepted everywhere (yet), but the day I’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: Bank of America is now letting you withdraw cash from its ATMs using Apple Pay. No more digging for your debit card and glancing behind you to see if anyone is hovering too closely. Now you really can leave your wallet at home.
Finding a B of A branch with NFC-compatible ATMs will be the biggest challenge. The machines at the branch near my office in midtown Manhattan were not, so my attempt to test out Apple Pay was a bust. But if your ATMs support NFC, which you can see by the contactless symbol beneath the card reader, then all you have to do is pull out your iPhone, open the Wallet app where your cards are stored, and tap on your B of A debit card. Then hold your phone over the NFC symbol and enter your PIN number on the machine’s keypad. From there, you can...

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11:53
Apple Music rival Spotify tops 100 million...

Spotify on Monday announced that it had surpassed 100 million subscribers, including 30 million paid customers, keeping it firmly ahead of Apple Music and other rivals in the streaming music space.

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11:46
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20...

Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.9, Microsoft Office 2016 15.23 and Office 2011 14.6.5, and LaunchBar 6.7. 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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11:46
ExtraBITS for 20 June 2016

In this week’s ExtraBITS, we get a look at Apple’s differential privacy, which seeks to gather data while protecting your privacy, and we find out who won the 2016 Apple Design Awards. 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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11:41
Facebook Messenger's SMS push might break...

Did you think Facebook was a little too eager to have you using Messenger for SMS on your Android phone? You're not alone. Concerns are mounting that Facebook's SMS prompt might violate Google Play's policies prohibiting deceptive device settings c...

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11:25
Myths and misconceptions about macOS Sierra

It’s sadly typical that, with anything Apple announces, there’s always a segment who will rend their garments and cry to the heavens about how much they hate whatever it is Apple is doing. The reaction to macOS Sierra is no different. As Adam points out, no one is forcing you to use macOS Sierra or any of its newest announced features.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:16
You can now use MyCokeRewards with Apple Pay (and...

Last year Apple rebranded its Passbook app as Wallet and boosted Apple Pay by adding support for loyalty cards. Coca-Cola started accepting Apple Pay debit and credit cards at many of its vending machines around the same time, and now its loyalty card is catching up. Customers can add the MyCokeRewards loyalty card to Apple Pay and receive a free drink in return.
more…Filed under: Apple Pay Tagged: Apple pay, Coca-Cola, MyCokeRewards, wallet...

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11:15
About the security content of OS X El Capitan 10.11....

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1, Security Update 2015-004 Yosemite, and Security Update 2015-007 Mavericks.

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11:15
About the security content of iOS 9.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.1.

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11:15
About the security content of watchOS 2.0.1

This document describes the security content of watchOS 2.0.1.

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11:15
About the security content of watchOS 2.1

This document describes the security content of watchOS 2.1.

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11:09
Sketchy rumor suggests Apple's 'iPhone 7...

New components claimed to be bound for Apple's next-generation "iPhone 7" suggest the handset will feature dual SIM trays and a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, though it's hard to place much confidence in the leaks.

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11:09
Security update for mDNSResponder

Current versions of Apple products use the updated version of Bonjour. For previous versions, Apple has issued a security update.

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11:08
About the security content of AirPort Base Station...

This document describes the security content of AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.7 and 7.7.7.

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11:00
Elmo takes the spotlight in new YouTube series

Sesame Street's producers realize that kids these days are spending their days glued to devices other than their TVs. Its presence on YouTube has more than two million subscribers, and it recently launched Sesame Studios to test new ideas on web-savv...

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10:39
Spotify Has Twice as Many Paid Subscribers as Apple...

Spotify confirmed to The Telegraph today that it now has more than 100 million monthly active users worldwide, including approximately 30 million monthly paying subscribers.

Comparatively, Apple services chief Eddy Cue announced at WWDC 2016 last week that Apple Music has 15 million paying subscribers, just two weeks before the streaming music service turns one year old. Apple Music was at 13 million subscribers in April and 11 million subscribers in February, meaning that it has been growing at a rate of about 2 million subscribers every two months.

Spotify, which launched in Europe in October 2008 and expanded to the...

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10:30
Google now tells you why you're feeling sick

Google made improvements to how you search for symptoms and illnesses in the past, and now it's looking to be even more helpful. The company will now show you a list of medical conditions when you search for symptoms. In the above example, entering "...

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10:29
TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-20: Apple Power Plans...

Apple wants to be an electric company, but that doesn't mean we'll be buying iElectricity soon. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's plans for the surplus electricity it generates through its renewable energy efforts, plus they share their thoughts on Apple's plans for biometric passcodes and protecting our privacy.


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10:28
E-book buyers to begin receiving payments for e-book...

Beginning June 21, millions of e-book purchasers will receive credits and checks for twice their losses following an antitrust lawsuit filed against Apple Inc. and five of the nation’s largest publishing companies for their roles in an alleged e-book price-fixing scheme, according to Hagens Berman, a law firm that litigated the case jointly with the United States Department of Justice and attorneys general from 33 U.S. states and territories.

Consumers will receive a $6.93 credit for every e-book that was a New York Times bestseller, and a $1.57 credit for other e-books. Credits will be automatically sent directly into the accounts of consumers at major book retailers, including Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Apple. Retailers will issue emails and put the credits in the accounts simultaneously.

If e-book purchasers requested a check in lieu of a credit, they will receive a check. If purchasers received a credit during the first round of distribution of...

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10:24
Why this high school girl skipped graduation to...

What a great story. I wish this young lady much success in her programming career.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:15
Apple is Taking a Different Stand on Artificial...

In the science fiction of yesteryear, artificial agents were presented as helpful, local companions. The scope of the internet and its ability to drill into our private lives wasn't a pervasive theme. Nowadays, we have AI agents built by giant technology companies that want to build AI agents to learn about us, store that data, and sell things instead of simply make us smarter or more efficient. Except Apple. Apple's public morality goes in another direction. Thank goodness. It's all on page two of Friday's Particle Debris column.


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10:00
FCC lays out its big 5G push

Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler made an impassioned plea for the US to take the lead in developing a wireless 5G standard. "To seize the opportunities before us, we need the next g...

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09:56
Spotify now has 100M users, but only twice as many...

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Spotify has reached a streaming music milestone with its user base officially reaching 100 million users, 25 million more than last reported. But the numbers are very different when you only look at paying customers…
more…Filed under: Apple Music Tagged: Apple Music, Spotify ...

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09:55
Apple pulls legacy non-Retina MacBook Pro from...

Apple Stores are beginning to remove the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro from their showfloors, in what may be a sign the company is preparing to completely phase out the product with a spinning optical disc drive, AppleInsider discovered on Monday.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch $49 w/ iPhone...

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Best Buy will give you an Apple Watch for $49...

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09:19
Apple might open stores in India thanks to relaxed...

Apple might not have to bend over backwards to open stores in India: the country has loosened its rules on locally-sourced products in a way that gives foreign companies a shot. First-party retailers (that is, those that mostly sell their own product...

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09:18
AI for President


Andy Rubin, Android's daddy, last week made some interesting comments about quantum computing and artificial intelligence. The part I agree with is it won't be long until most things we have are connected to an intelligent machine. However, when referring to something that will be far smarter than we are, the use of the term "artificial" would not just be inaccurate -- it would be rude. I disagree that there will be only one, though, because competition, latency, governments, uses, and privacy concerns alone will ensure there are many.

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09:16
Comcast is taking their New Digital Assistant to the...

Apple's mantra Apple TV is "the future of television is apps." Yet its recent Apple TV updates that were revealed during their developer conference last week showed us that it's trying to advance Siri to push the boundaries of their app framework. Apple seems to be positioning Siri to be the central interface of TV moving forward, a digital assistant that will grab you the content you want. But now enters Comcast with their X1 platform that's ready to go to the next level ...

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Learn how Docs.com can be used in the classroom to...

Docs.com is the easiest way to create a visually appealing online portfolio that can include OneNote notebooks, Word documents, Excel workbooks, PowerPoint slide decks, interactive Sways, PDFs and a host of web content. Docs.com retains all your Office documents’ rich formatting, animations and formulas and can be easily shared to your school or to the world.
We have been gathering feedback from thousands of amazing teachers and students around the globe to ensure that the experience can meet your needs.
We’ve seen teachers create lessons on Docs.com by posting documents, images, videos, 3D models and other relevant content from the web. We also have seen students put together their most prized work and add to larger class collections to give them a permanent home on the web.

How Docs.com helps in the classroom
Docs.com lets teachers and students organize and publish their Office documents. Later on, content...

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Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch adds new iOS-style...

With watchOS 3, Glances are no more. Swiping up from watch faces now brings up a Control Center with quick access to commonly used settings, borrowing a design convention from Apple's iOS.

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Professional learning community groups in Office 365...

A professional learning community, or PLC, is a group of educators who meet regularly to share expertise and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students. Teachers around the world have started using Office 365 Groups to make collaboration within a PLC a lot simpler and more streamlined. PLC groups are typically formed around interest areas (e.g., 9th grade math), grade levels (e.g., 10th grade teachers) or across subjects (e.g., science teachers).
Here are some barriers to engagement with PLCs today that Office 365 Groups is addressing:

  • Teachers can be isolated, time is severely limited and collaboration is difficult.
  • Professional collaboration tools are disconnected and don’t always support meaningful, sustained collaboration.
  • A challenge for many PLCs is extending the work and relationships in the times and spaces between physically coming together.
  • It can be difficult for new teachers to...
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