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Tuesday July 19

13:38
∞ How old school floppy drives worked

Really interesting and really nerdy video about how floppy disks works. Kids, ask your parents what a “floppy disk” is.

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13:36
Apple's iOS App Store now generating 4x...

A new report examining mobile app revenues shows strong growth for Apple in China and from music and video streaming titles, and another big jump in the revenue lead that its iOS App Store maintains over Android's Google Play.

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13:35
Apple enticing retail shoppers to sign up for Apple...

A promotion starting this week in the U.K. and U.S. to boost adoption numbers for Apple Pay gives users $5 in iTunes credit to users willing to sign up for and pay with the service inside Apple's own retail stores.

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13:31
News: Apple Stores providing $5 iTunes Gift Cards...

Apple is adding an additional incentive for Apple Store customers in the U.S. and U.K. to activate Apple Pay by offering a $5/£5 iTunes Gift Card, according to a new report by Macrumors. Customers making an in-store purchase will be asked by Apple Store staff whether they will be paying with Apple Pay, and customers who do not already have Apple Pay set up on their iPhones and wish to do so will be taken through the process by the Apple Store employee…

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13:30
Microsoft's earnings show its future is in the...

While Microsoft's phone business remains in freefall, its cloud offerings are stronger than ever. For the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, the company's Intelligent Cloud (which covers all of its cloud services) revenue jumped seven percent compared to...

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13:20
Kia brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to older...

For many, the biggest problem with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay is getting it in the first place. Unless you buy a very recent car, you're likely stuck buying an aftermarket head unit to drag your vehicle into the smartphone era. Kia thinks it ca...

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13:15
These are the latest banks to add Apple Pay in the U...

Following the announcement that the service is now available in France, Apple Pay in the United States has also expanded to a handful of new banks and credit unions. According to Apple’s support document, the service is now supported by an additional handful of locations across the country.
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13:15
AWT News Update: July 19, 2016

Blue checkmarks, tripod mounts, free iTunes gift cards, and grumpy Brazilian judges are all on our short 'n sweet AWT News Update today:

  • Twitter streamlines its verified accounts program
  • Studio Neat is back with a new Kickstarter for its latest Glif
  • Pay with Apple Pay, get a $5/£5 iTunes gift card
  • WhatsApp, blocked? Yes, in Brazil.

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 19, 2016.

Want that little blue checkmark on your Twitter image so that you look like “somebody”? Twitter today announced that they’re opening up their verified accounts program to folks...

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13:01
Kepler space telescope spots two planets that might...

After recovering from a shutdown scare back in April, NASA's Kepler telescope continues its mission scoping out the stars for Earth-size planets orbiting other stars, crude criteria to find ones that might support life. The spacecraft just spotted fo...

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12:59
Unexpected success of iPhone SE expected to drop...

A new survey has suggested 16 percent of U.S. iPhone sales in the June quarter were of the low-end iPhone SE -- a number that investment firm UBS believes will push down the average selling price of the iPhone more than expected.

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12:57
Apple releases iOS 9.3.3, watchOS 2.2.2 and tvOS 9.2...

In addition to Apple’s OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan update on Monday, Apple also released updates for iOS, watchOS and tvOS.
While Apple users are looking forward to the next major operating system updates, Apple is still working on the currently released products. On Monday, the company released OS updates for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS.
The iOS 9.3.3 update includes “bug fixes and improves the security” of your iOS device. The company’s online document details updates for Calendar, CoreGraphics, FaceTime, Safari, and more.

The watchOS 2.2.2 update includes bug fixes and security improvements.
To update your Apple Watch, you first need to update to iOS 9.3.3, and the watch needs to be connected to the charger and it has to have at least a 50 percent charge. After...

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12:49
Apple tests Google's WebP for accelerated image...

Apple is testing support for Google's WebP image format in the beta Safari code for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, something that could potentially speed up page loads.

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12:39
SpaceX wants two more landing pads for Falcon Heavy...

What's better than watching one of SapceX's Falcon 9 reusable rockets land? Watching three of them land. At the same time! Okay, that spectacle isn't here quite yet, but Elon Musk's rocket company is working on it: SpaceX recently announced that it's...

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12:38
Hackers Claim Credit for Pokemon Go No-Go


Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game that has become an overnight sensation, experienced sluggish performance over the weekend, possibly from a hacker attack on its login servers. Shortly after Pokemon Go devs tweeted that the game was rolling out to 26 additional countries, this tweet appeared: "Trainers! We have been working to fix the server issues. ... We'll post an update soon." The next day the Pokemon Go team announced that the issues causing the server problem had been fixed.

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12:20
'Don't Starve: Shipwrecked' gets a...

If you own a PlayStation 4 and have been patiently waiting to play Don't Starve: Shipwrecked, then you're in luck. The nautical-themed expansion will be released on August 2nd on the PSN store, with a 10 percent launch discount to boot. Though that A...

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12:15
Apple retail stores offering $5/£5 iTunes gift card...

Apple is once again kicking off an Apple Pay promotion in its own retail stores that will see it offer $5/£5 iTunes gift cards to customers that use the iPhone and Apple Watch based payments service (via Macrumors).
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12:07
Recent supposed 'iPhone 7' leaks come from...

Revelations from China suggest all of the recent alleged "iPhone 7" hardware photos and videos do not show authentic parts, but instead mockups based off of a single design sourced from an alleged Apple manufacturing partner.

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12:03
Deezer's $10 music streaming service is open to...

Before now, if you wanted to subscribe to Deezer in the US, you needed to own Bose or Sonos audio gear or be a Cricket customer in order to do so. Just over a month after the streaming service shed podcast app Stitcher, it's opening up the $10 monthl...

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11:42
Atom-scale storage holds 62TB in a square inch

Storage tech doesn't get much better than this. Scientists at TU Delft have developed a technique that uses chlorine atom positions as data bits, letting the team fit 1KB of information into an area just 100 nanometers wide. That may not sound like...

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11:32
Apple Stores Promoting Apple Pay With Bonus $5...

In Apple retail stores in the United Kingdom and the United States, Apple is running a promotion to encourage its customers to sign up for Apple Pay this week.

When making a purchase in store, Apple employees will ask customers if they would like to pay via Apple Pay. If a customer declines and does not have Apple Pay set up, employees will guide customers through the setup process to make the purchase and will offer a bonus $5 or £5 iTunes gift card for using Apple Pay as their payment method.

The $5 iTunes gift card is available for any purchase made in an Apple Store, whether purchasing an accessory, an Apple product, or an iTunes/Apple Store gift card. Should a customer need to return a product within the return period, the iTunes gift card will still be theirs to keep as a reward for having set up Apple Pay.

Apple's promotion comes just as Apple Pay has...

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11:15
Twitter opens up application process for verified...

The little blue checkmark on certain Twitter profiles has long been an elusive identifier to obtain. Verified accounts are often awarded to personalities on Twitter to identify them as "authentic," and you'll generally see them on profiles owned by m...

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11:13
Video gives up-close look at $150 iPhone 7 mockups...


This iPhone 7 “leak” doesn’t claim to show a real iPhone 7 at all, but rather an up close look at the Chinese-made clones of the upcoming device that have recently flooded the rumor mill.
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11:10
Nextworth sees a spike in folks looking for Apple...

Nextworth.com, an online site that buys consumer electronics items for cash — is seeing a spike in people searching for Apple Watch trade-in prices. The report could mean good news for Apple, although it indicates that, while current owners are likely to upgrade, Apple still has a problem keeping devices on people's wrists long term.

Among the findings from the Nextworth study:

  • Two in three Apple Watch owners plan to upgrade. 
  • Eighty-eight percent of respondents reported wearing the smartwatch daily when they first purchased it, but within three months, only 45% did the same. 
  • Fifty percent plan to buy a smartwatch as a gift within the year.

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11:02
Watch the first trailer for Telltale's new...

It's the Caped Crusader, but now how you've seen (or played as) him before. Telltale Games has released its first trailer for BATMAN, an adventure game series about the iconic superhero in Gotham. Unlike the well-received Arkham games by developer Ro...

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11:00
Army Special Operations Command Ditching Android For...

The United States Army's Special Operations Command is ditching its Android phones for the "faster" iPhone, according to a report. The source cited in the story says that Android phones were freezing unexpectedly, which was one of the reasons they decided to give the iPhone 6s a spin. Gizmodo adds: The smartphones allow members of the Special Operations Command to access rich information about the battlefield. There's also quickly accessible information, like a weapons and ammunitions guide. Other apps can help with high altitude jumps; another can detect radiation. While DARPA helped develop the program on Android due to the operating system's open platform, Apple's hardware is apparently superior enough to warrant the switch.

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10:57
Apple is number five on Tenet Partners’ 100 Most...

Apple places number five on Tenet Partners’ “100 Most Powerful Brands of 2016.” Ut’s proceeded by Coca-Cola, Hershey, Bayer, and Walt Disney. It’s the same spot the company held in 2015.

All ranked companies must be: a corporate brand (not a product or divisional branding), publicly traded in the U.S. for more than five years; and tracked by the CoreBrand Index for more than five years. The Index calculates the average for a sector or a custom benchmarking list. The performance of each company is displayed relative to the industry average.

Tenet Partners says Apple is "one of the fastest-rising brands among the companies tracked" in the index. In 2016, all of Apple's metrics rose, with overall reputation climbing the most since last year's assessment.

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10:51
Brazilian Judge Orders Phone Carriers to Block...

Reuters is reporting that a Brazilian judge ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook Inc's WhatsApp indefinitely, starting on Tuesday, the third such incident against the popular phone messaging app in eight months. The decision ...

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10:49
Camera+ for iPad

Version 2 sports the world class, professional photo editing that you users of Camera+ for iPhone have been enjoying via The Lab. But the iPad version takes photo editing to a new level by supporting selective brushing of the various edits and filters. And those of you who own an Apple Pencil will appreciate it even more because we’ve also added Pencil support, enabling you to get very fine, precise control over brushing with it.Camera+ has a lot of tools and is certainly worth a look if you are into photography on your iPad.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:36
TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-19: Iran’s Smartphone...

Iran wants Apple to join a smartphone registry, or it’ll ban and confiscate iPhones in the country. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Iran’s demands, plus they dive into the changes in Apple Music song matching.

The post TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-19: Iran’s Smartphone Database, Apple Music Improves Song Matching appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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10:31
The Kafon Drone clears minefields 20 times faster...

The manufacture, dissemination and use of anti-personnel mines were effectively banned in the late 1990s when 133 nations signed the Ottawa Treaty. But despite that international agreement, an estimated 100 million mines remain buried beneath former...

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10:30
Nico360: Tiny, live-streaming VR camera goes live on...

A lot of you know me as a huge fan of 360° spherical photos. I used to take them with some of the apps that are available for the iPhone (like Google Street View and Sphere), then graduated to the Ricoh Theta S camera late last year. Today a new 360° camera went live on Indiegogo, and it promises to bring a whole new level of portability and affordability to spherical photography. The Nico360 has already jumped past its funding goal with a little over a month left, and all of the initial Super Early Bird Perks (available for $99) are sold out.

That's OK, since you can still get one for $129 along with a battery pack/selfie stick. So what's so cool about the...

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10:28
Brazilian judge orders indefinite block of WhatsApp...

A Brazilian judge on Tuesday ordered the country's five cellular carriers to block access to Facebook's WhatsApp indefinitely, disrupting access to the popular chat/VoIP app for tens of millions of people.

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10:28
AARP Fraud Watch Network says scammers are pushing...

There’s a new scam that attempts to get people to pay back taxes by purchasing iTunes gift cards and sharing the code on the back of the card. AARP Fraud Watch Network is alerting consumers about this new scam and providing tips to help consumers protect themselves and their money against fraudsters.

A potential victim is contacted by an impostor claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service informing them that they’re behind in state and federal taxes, and that the potential victim will be arrested if they don't pay back taxes immediately.

The caller directs the potential victim to purchase an iTunes gift card and put the amount they supposedly owe in back taxes, and then call back and provide the 16-digit code that is on the card to complete payment. Finally, the con artist sells the codes on the online black market and pockets the cash.

However, the IRS only accepts checks, cash and credit cards as forms of payment. And Apple sells iTunes gift cards...

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10:21
SpotCrime is coming to the Apple TV

SpotCrime – an online source for crime data – is introducing a new app that will make near real-time crime data available on Apple TV.

“Apps undoubtedly are the future of TV,” says SpotCrime Founder and President Colin Drane. “Given Apple TV’s innovative use of apps to personalize the home TV experience and the public’s unquenchable demand for more information about crime activity, I believe SpotCrime’s new Apple TV app not only will make crime data more readily available to be shared, but ultimately will drive greater awareness and new measures that will lead to a reduction in crime.”

Using SpotCrime’s Apple TV app, viewers will be able to see up-to-date details about actual crime incidents. Through its proprietary model, SpotCrime pulls crime incident data from multiple sources, including state and local police departments and validated news sources, to produce a comprehensive record of local crime information...

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10:07
UBS: Apple sold 1.7 million Apple Watches in the...

Swiss bank UBS has issued a research note that projects Apple Watch sales totaled 1.7 million units in the June quarter, an increase of 100,000 units compared to its estimate of 1.6 million sales in the March quarter, reports MacRumors.com.

UBS forecasts that Apple smartwatch sales will rise to two million in the September quarter, contributing to a total of 10.35 million units in the 2016 fiscal year. If those estimates are accurate, that would make Apple Watch the most popular smartwatch for the second consecutive year, ahead of Samsung among smartwatches and only behind Fitbit and its fitness trackers in the broader wearables market.

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments grew 223% annually to reach 4.2 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (Q1 2016). Apple captured 52% global smartwatch marketshare, dipping from 63% share in the...

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10:02
Amazon Singles Classics brings stories from...

If you're looking for some new reading material on your Kindle or inside Amazon's reading app, you're in luck. The online retailer announced Singles Classics: a collection of essays and stories from "well-known authors" that were published in "top ma...

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10:00
Apple brand power climbing, holds lead over all tech...

Apple is standing fast for a second consecutive year as the fifth most powerful brand in the U.S. and the top ranked technology company, beating rivals Microsoft, Google and Sony.

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10:00
STM Atlas: A classy wallet case for iPhone 6/6s Plus

STM Atlas Wallet Case for iPhone 6/62 Plus. Photo ©2016 Steven Sande

When it comes to wallet cases for the iPhone 6/62 Plus that I've reviewed, there are some that have been both impressively useful and stylish, and some that were exactly the opposite. Today we're taking a look at the STM Atlas (US$34.95), a low-profile wallet case that looks great and provides protection for your big iPhone, all while not costing you an arm and a leg.

Design

The exterior of the Atlas is the most eye-catching feature. STM -- a company well-known for the excellent bags it produces -- used a textured fabric that has a good feel to it and looks quite nice, too. Inside, the case features a polycarbonate shell to hold the iPhone 6/6s Plus and has a microfiber lining.

One thing I've found with many cases like this is that they tend to pop open. STM uses two small...

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09:56
Pixelmator 2.3 for iOS

There are some great new features in the latest version for iOS including:

  • Quick Selection Tool – this is an awesome and super accurate new selection tool that lets you swipe over areas to select them.
  • Magnetic Selection Tool – this tool snaps precise selections around objects and is really fun to use.
  • Selection improvements – there’s also a ton of improvements to the overall selection experience (including an Invert Selection feature).

I use Pixelmator as my only image editor and love it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:47
Why did Jimmy Carter save the space shuttle?
09:44
Apple Watch Sales Remain Steady After 15 Months...

Nearly fifteen months after the Apple Watch launched in the U.S. and eight other countries on April 24, 2015, new data shows that sales of the device have yet to experience an overly precipitous decline so far this year.

Swiss bank UBS has issued a research note that projects Apple Watch sales totaled 1.7 million units in the June quarter, a somewhat surprising increase of 100,000 units compared to its estimate of 1.6 million sales in the March quarter.

Apple Watch sales have remained steady throughout the first half of 2016, despite the formation of an elongated refresh cycle that will likely reach at least 17 months -- the so-called Apple Watch 2 is rumored to launch in the third...

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09:41
'Rise of the Tomb Raider' comes to the PS4...

Rise of the Tomb Raider has spent much of the last year as one of the best Xbox One exclusives out there, but soon PlayStation 4 owners will get in on the fun. As part of a 20-year Tomb Raider celebration, it was just announced that Lara Croft's late...

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09:33
Twitter signs deal with NBA

Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had signed a deal with the NBA to stream exclusive non-game programing, pushing deeper into sports streaming as it seeks new ways to attract users.Twitter also signed a deal with the NFL this year. I’ll have to wait and see what kind of content comes out of this deal, but on the surface, I’m not sure this appeals to me.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Logitech Mac/iOS gear 50% off...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

This is the big one! Amazon’s taking up to 50% off Logitech Mac, iPad & PC accessories, today only

It’s time to get a nice stand for that Apple Watch of yours: Belkin...

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09:22
The best ice cream maker

By Lesley Stockton

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.

When the mercury starts climbing, nothing screams "summertime" quite like homemade ice cream. Aft...

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09:20
Only two new iPhone models shipping this fall, not...

Despite some rumors to the contrary, Apple is planning to launch just two new iPhone models this fall, just as it has done for the last two years, a well-known leak source said on Tuesday.

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09:09
Salesforce deals with Android fragmentation

“Due to the wide array of available Android devices, we are targeting our support to a select number of Android devices to continue improving our overall Salesforce1 for Android user experience,” the company said in the support document.Translation: Android is so fucked up, we were forced to take steps to make it work for us.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:04
'Very low' expectations for Apple earnings...

Ahead of its June quarter earnings report next week, a number of factors have put Apple in a position to exceed investor expectations, making it a good time to buy into the company's stock, one analyst believes.

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09:01
iPhone SE Estimated to Grab 16% of U.S. iPhone...

Apple's newest 4-inch iPhone SE has taken a 16 percent share of the overall United States iPhone market in its launch quarter, according to new survey data shared by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners and UBS analyst Steven Milunovich. The data shows that the iPhone SE has been successful in "flushing out" older phones, with 26 percent of iPhone buyers in the quarter moving up from an iPhone 4s, up from 16 percent in the previous quarter.

The strong entry of the iPhone SE naturally came at the expense of Apple's other phones in model share, with the iPhone SE helping to prop up overall iPhone sales as the other models begin showing their age by serving as an enticing upgrade option for more frugal customers and those unwilling to upgrade to a larger screen.The percentage of plus models sold fell by 6 points in the June quarter following a 9 point increase in March. The success of the iPhone SE could demonstrate...

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05:00
LaCie Rugged RAID and SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick...

As great as Apple’s tablets, smartphones and computers are, nothing’s perfect. All hardware eventually fails. Your iPhone or MacBook can get lost or stolen. Files can be corrupted. If any of these things happen at a time when backing your data up to the cloud isn’t an option, you’re gonna have a bad day. For a guy like me, who travels as he works, one bad day’s worth of lost data can add up to a ton of lost revenue.That’s why I always pack some additional hardware to make sure that I can back up my files, no matter where I roam. And if the external drives I rely on also allow me to bring a long a whack of music and movies to keep me occupied while I’m on a plane or train? All the better! Depending on whether I bring my 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display or my 9.7-inch iPad Pro with me, you’ll find one of two backup solutions jammed into my backpack: LaCie’s Rugged RAID 4TB for my laptop, or SanDisk’s 200GB Connect Wireless Stick to use with my iPad and iPhone....

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07:44
Why ransomware criminals need great customer service

Ransomware developers have customers, however unwilling they may be. Thus, these criminals also have customer service. But is it effective? F-Secure, a company that specializes in security and anti-malware products for consumers and corporations, decided to evaluate the “help desks,” if you will, of ransomware malware, which covertly encrypts files on victims’ machines, and then demands fees paid in Bitcoin to unlock the unwanted encryption.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:00
Republican party embraces next-gen wireless and IoT

In 2012 the GOP's official platform didn't say much about broadband. In fact, in the 62-page, roughly 30,000-word document detailing the party's various policy stances, the word "broadband" only appeared once. In 2016, things are a little different....

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09:00
Skype for Linux Alpha Draws Cheers, Jeers


Microsoft last week introduced a new Web-based Skype for Linux client in alpha. Based on WebRTC, it uses Microsoft's next-generation calling architecture. It lets users share files, photos, videos and new emoticons. Users will be able to call others using the latest versions of Skype on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. However, they won't be able to make or receive calls using earlier versions of Skype for Linux. Microsoft also introduced an alpha version of Skype based on WebRTC for users of Chromebooks or the Chrome browser on Linux.

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08:50
News: Kia offering free CarPlay upgrades on some new...

Kia has announced that it will be offering a free Apple CarPlay update to certain vehicles equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO3 display. Owners of new and pre-owned Forte, Optima, Optima Hybrid, Sedona, Soul, Soul EV, Sorento and Sportage vehicles can register at myuvo.com to see if their car is eligible for the upgrade and get instructions on how to download and install the required software. Customers will be notified by email at…

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08:40
Review: Are the Bragi Dash truly wireless earphones...

With it now looking all but certain that there will be no headphone socket in this year’s iPhone, demand for wireless headphones is likely to reach a new high. And when it comes to choosing a pair, Bragi’s Dash – marketed as ‘truly wireless smart earphones’ – seem on the face of it to be a very Apple-esque solution.
You can’t get much more minimalist than these. You have an earphone for each ear, and that’s it. No connecting cords, no neckband, nothing.
The earphones can also make a pretty good claim to living up to the ‘smart’ part of the branding, controlled by a mix of touch and gesture – such as nodding to accept an incoming call and shaking your head to reject it. For times when you don’t want to carry your phone, you can load music into the 4GB on-board memory. Which is handy when you’re swimming, as they claim to be 100% waterproof. And the carry-case has a built-in battery for on-the-go wireless...

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08:40
Apple Testing Google Graphics WebP Format for iOS...

According to a new report, Apple has begun testing a Google graphics technology called WebP, a significant endorsement for an effort get websites to load faster.

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08:36
Iran Ready to Ban and Confiscate iPhones

The Iranian government has given Apple an ultimatum: register with the country’s anti-smuggling office now, or all iPhones will be banned and confiscated. The demand comes as part of Iran’s plans to create a database of every cell phone in the country under the guise of blocking smuggling.

The post Iran Ready to Ban and Confiscate iPhones appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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08:30
A month without bacon because my genes said so

If you've ever stumbled across the more inspirational corner of Instagram, you'll find plenty of images pertaining to motivation. After all, few of us are physically incapable of at least trying to be athletic, but not everyone will haul enough ass t...

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08:05
Museum uses 'Minecraft' to visualise the...

Minecraft and its 'build what you want' mentality has made it an effective tool in the classroom. The game, developed by Mojang and owned by Microsoft, has been used to teach art, geology and now history, thanks to a new project by the Museum of Lond...

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08:04
Kia to offer free Apple CarPlay upgrades on select...

Kia on Tuesday announced plans to update some of its fleet with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, marking a rare instance in which older vehicles will get access to the phone link technology.

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08:00
Apple is granted a Patent for the Haptics behind...

In November Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "An Apple Watch Patent Surfaces Regarding Haptics based on Orientation, Positioning & Environment." Douglas Weber was one of the inventors. Weber was also behind another recent invention that came to light regarding "Apple Watch Bands with Individual Smart Links Could Add New Functionality." With these two recent patents under his belt...

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07:59
NBA announces two original shows that will stream on...

Earlier this month, a Recode report indicated that Twitter was in talks with the NBA and Turner to bring more sports video to the social platform. Today, the league announced the deal what will bring two "live original programs," or TV-style shows, t...

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07:56
Software rot

512 Pixels:There will be a day where some of my old machines will stop working. There will be a day where none of them work anymore.As sad as that will be from a hardware perspective, it’s devastating in terms of preserving software. Old operating systems are sealed inside these machines. A dead Mac is really just a beige — or Bondi Blue — sarcophagus for the software stranded on its internal disk.Preserving the textual contents of a document is one thing, but how do we preserve the experience? How do we save the applications and the non-textual data? Great piece by Stephen Hackett. Absolutely worth reading.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:52
Tehran threatens to ban iPhones unless Apple...

The Japan Times:In an ultimatum, Iranian officials asked iPhone manufacturer Apple Inc. to either officially register in Iran or have its products banned, a local news agency reported Monday.“If Apple will not register an official representative in Iran within the next few days, all iPhones will be collected from the market,” Tasnim News Agency quoted the director of Iran’s anti-smuggling office as having said on Sunday.More than 40 million Iranians are using smart phones, including millions of iPhone users, whose devices are often imported into the country by smugglers.And:For anti-smuggling purposes Iran has started a project, running under the president’s office, to ban smuggled mobile phones. The scheme, which will start later this week, will require all mobile phones to be registered with Iran’s telecommunications user database. Any that are not will not be able to be used.Hard to know what to make of this. Given past events, is it wrong to be skeptical here?...

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07:45
News: Report: Army switching from Andriod to iPhone...

A new report from Military.com claims the U.S. Army Special Operations Command is ditching its Android tactical smartphone in favor of the iPhone. An Army source not authorized to speak to the media said the iPhone 6S is slated to be used in an iPhone Tactical Assault Kit, a special-operations version of the Army’s Nett Warrior battlefield situational awareness tool. The source said the Army is making the switch because the iPhone is “faster,…

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07:42
Google’s futuristic new campus

The Verge:Google’s grand plans for a futuristic new campus in the North Bayshore district of Mountain View, CA may finally become a reality thanks to a new real estate deal struck with LinkedIn. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the two tech companies came to an agreement on a property swap that puts to rest a longstanding feud over lucrative current and unused square footage in Silicon Valley. Google paid $215 million for the swap, while LinkedIn paid $331 million, the report states.In a nutshell, Google’s plans for their campus were put on hold last year when the Mountain View city council voted to award a huge tract of land to LinkedIn instead of Google. With the swap, Google now has the property it needs to push forward.Politics aside, follow the various links to see pictures and video of this planned campus. To me, it’s like a science fiction fantasy. It will be interesting to watch this unfold. Looks like Apple, Facebook and Google will all have their grand...

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07:35
Snapchat update adds Bitmoji integration so you can...

Earlier this year Snapchat spent around $100 million to acquire Bitstrips, and today the social network announced its app will now integrate with Bitmoji. Bitmoji is Bitstrips’ iOS app for creating personalized emoji characters. The newly introduced integration between Snapchat and Bitmoji means users can now use Bitmoji emoji characters directly in chats within Snapchat.
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07:33
G-Technology enhances its storage solutions

Western Digital Corp. has announced that its G-Technology product lines (http://www.g-technology.com) are getting more capacity and increased performance to keep up with the growing needs of creative professionals and consumers capturing vast amounts of high-resolution content, including video and digital photography.
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07:28
Apple releases OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan update

In what might be the final major update for OS X El Capitan, Apple yesterday officially released OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 through the Mac App Store for all users.
The update adds the following fixes and changes:
– Resolves an issue that may prevent settings from being saved in accounts with parental controls enabled.

– Resolves an issue that prevented some network devices, such as speakers and multifunction printers, from accessing SMB share points.
Enterprise content:
– Improves startup time when connecting to a NetBoot server.
– Resolves an issue that may prevent startup from a NetBoot image created with an OS X v10.11.4 or OS X v10.11.5 installer.
– Resolves an issue that may cause Active Directory authentication to take longer than expected.
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07:23
Avira launches Mac Antivirus Pro

Avira, a security software company, has launched Mac Antivirus Pro, a channel-optimized version of its AV security software for OS X devices.
Avira’s Mac Antivirus Pro was designed for channel resellers to serve business customers with mixed-OS environments. The new Pro version features simplified cross-platform software installation and a new product licensing model that allows resellers to use the same paid license across any combination of OS X and Windows devices, according to Anja Zimmermann, director of Global Channel Sales at Avira.
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07:23
Groundbreaking 'atomic memory' could cram...

A new technology for data storage at the atomic level could supplant magnetic and flash media in the future, and yield thousands of terabytes in a single drive -- if scientists can perfect it.

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07:22
News: Iran threatens to ban, seize iPhones unless...

In an effort to crack down on phones being imported into the country by smugglers, Iranian officials have demanded that Apple officially register in Iran or have its products banned, The Japan Times reports. “If Apple will not register an official representative in Iran within the next few days, all iPhones will be collected from the market,” the director of Iran’s anti-smuggling office told Tasnim News Agency. The director’s name…

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07:13
Apple Pay launches in France

Graham Spencer, writing for MacStories:Starting today, Apple Pay is now available in France for credit and debit cards issued by Banque Populaire, Ticket Restaurant, Carrefour Banque, and Caisse d’Epargne. Apple’s website also notes that support will soon be added for cards issued by Boon and Orange.Out of the 4 big banks in France, just BPCE is supported (Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne merged to become BPCE in 2009). There is no word on when cards issued by the other three big banks (BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole or Société Générale) will be supported by Apple Pay.Here’s a link to the official Apple announcement page (in French).∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:03
Nintendo now worth more than Sony

BBC News:On Tuesday, Nintendo shares finished trading another 14% higher, meaning they have doubled in value since the launch of Pokemon Go on 6 July.This puts Nintendo’s overall market value at 4.36tn yen ($38bn; £28.8bn), topping Sony by 300bn yen.All thanks to Pokémon Go.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:01
Kia expands offer of free Apple CarPlay software...

Kia Motors America (KMA) says free Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software updates will be available for eligible vehicles when equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO, short for Your Voice.

The voice-activated media controller system operates the ride's infotainment options, such as the HD radio, CD player and built-in digital jukebox. It also can interface with your Bluetooth-enabled phone. Customers will be notified by the end of July via email to go to myuvo.com for vehicle eligibility and step-by-step instructions on updating their vehicle with the latest downloadable software.  All owners of new and pre-owned vehicles must register at myuvo.com to receive email notifications that the software is available for download.

The following vehicles are eligible for the software update: Forte (MY17), Optima (MY15-16), Optima Hybrid (MY15-16), Sedona (MY15-16), Soul (MY14-16), Soul EV (MY15-16), Sorento (MY16), and Sportage (MY17). CarPlay gives drivers the...

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06:59
News: Apple bringing full iTunes Match capabilities...

Apple is in the process of rolling out the more sophisticated audio fingerprint capabilities from its iTunes Match service to all Apple Music subscribers, according a new post by Jim Dalrymple of The Loop. Although Apple Music provides the ability to integrate a user’s own iTunes library tracks into a cloud-based “iCloud Music Library,” as Dalrymple’s post explains the matching capabilities of the Apple Music service have been…

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06:47
PopChar for OS X adds support for Unicode 9.0

Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 7.6, an improved version of the tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.
With PopChar, thousands of special characters are only a few clicks away. Version 7.6 .6 supports Unicode 9.0, the most recent major update to the Unicode Standard. Unicode 9.0 adds 7,500 characters, for a total of 128,172 characters. PopChar X 7.6 also adds further improvements and enhancements and improves overall stability and compatibility with third-party applications like MS Word.
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06:42
Apple granted a further patent for MacBooks with...

Apple has been toying with the idea of MacBooks with built-in cellular connectivity since 2007. Although Steve Jobs said a year later that the company had ‘considered’ it but decided against it at the time, the company continues to file patents for the idea, the latest one filed last year and granted today.
The patent describes how the gap between the main and lid section of a MacBook could be used to provide an aperture for what Apple describes as Isolated Cavity Antennas …
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06:38
News: Apple Pay launches in France

Apple Pay has officially launched in France, supporting Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards from Banque Populaire, Caisse d’Epargne, Carrefour Banque and Ticket Restaurant. The French Apple Pay website also promises that Boon and Orange will soon be added as well. Earlier this year Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s VP of Apple Pay, revealed the company is working to rapidly expand the electronic payment method, with its sights set on Brazil, Hong…

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06:35
New Apple invention would allow for complex, multi-...

An Apple patent application published on Tuesday suggests interest in a haptic feedback motor that could vibrate in different directions, depending on a device's orientation.

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06:31
Kia to Release CarPlay Software Update for Select...

Kia has announced that CarPlay and Android Auto will be available as free software updates for a wider range of select 2014 to 2017 model year vehicles equipped with UVO3 or a compatible navigation system.

The new U.S. models eligible for the CarPlay update specifically, in addition to the 2017 Sorento and Sportage, include the 2017 Forte, 2015-16 Optima, 2015-16 Optima Hybrid, 2015-16 Sedona, 2014-16 Soul, and 2015-16 Soul EV.

The CarPlay software update will be available for download by the end of July on the UVO Home website. Kia said it will notify customers signed up for email notifications via UVO Home when the software...

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06:29
News: Apple releases third developer betas for iOS...

Apple has released the third developer betas for iOS 10, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3. The third round of betas is intended to allow developers to continue working on the new features and APIs first debuted at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference last month, with the unveiling of each of the major new operating system releases; the third round of betas likely continues to refine the experience from the second round of betas, with the release notes…

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06:27
Sound Control is new sound volume mixer for the Mac

Static Z Software has released Sound Control, a sound volume mixer for the Mac. It enables users to quickly change app volumes, as well as selectively apply a system-wide EQ to app audio.
Sound Control does this by adding a software mixer to the menu bar of your Mac. In addition to the volume mixer, Sound Control also adds a software EQ to your audio output allowing you to tailor the sound of your Mac's audio to their specific taste or to properly calibrate to the frequency response of their speakers.
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06:22
Patent report: Mac laptop with built-in cellular,...

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

Apple has been granted apatent (number 9,397,387) for an “electronic device with isolated cavity antennas,” which hints at Mac laptops with cellular capability. The patent covers wireless communications circuitry that operates in long-range communications bands such as cellular telephone bands and, among the images accompanying the patent filing, is an illustration of a laptop.

Cellular modems in PC laptops have become commonplace. A Mac laptop with built-in cellular data would allow you to be connected all the time.

Another granted patent (number 9,397,844) for an “automated graphic user interface layout” hints at Macs that would automatically adjust on-screen colors depending on...

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06:16
News: Apple releases iOS 9.3.3, watchOS 2.2.2, tvOS...

Apple released a big set of of updates yesterday afternoon, as iOS 9.3.3, watchOS 2.2.2, tvOS 9.2.2, and iTunes 12.4.2 were all launched to the general public. The updates mostly contain bug fixes and minor enhancements, but the iTunes update resolves a playback issue with short Apple Music songs in your Up Next queue. The updates are currently available. We’ll add to this piece this afternoon if there are any other major findings....

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06:09
Apple Watch: Using Notification Privacy

This Quick Tip is on a nifty feature of the Apple Watch, one that’ll prevent a wrist raise from showing off any recent notifications you’ve gotten. You might spend all day texting with your friends, but no one else needs to know what those conversations are about, do they?

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06:08
Claimed iPhone 7 codenames ‘Sonora’ and ‘Dos Palos’...

Evan Blass has tweeted what he says are the codenames of two 2016 iPhone models. The tweet implies that the lack of a third codename indicates that only two models are planned. Both names are small towns in California.

The 2 (two!) 2016 iPhone models are codenamed Sonora and Dos Palos.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 19, 2016

From the volume of rumors about an iPhone 7 Pro, it appears likely that Apple has at least explored the idea, but the company of course plays with numerous ideas that never make it to market …
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03:00
7 things you shouldn't do while playing Pokémon...

Most mobile games can be played quietly and anonymously in the privacy of your own home, cubicle, train seat, or bathroom stall—but Pokémon Go isn’t that kind of game. With physical movement as a primary gameplay mechanic, the Nintendo favorite is getting millions of people out and about and exploring their neighborhoods.Obviously, there’s good in this: People are walking more, socializing with mostly-friendly strangers, and even overcoming anxiety and depression by leaving the house. All of those are tremendous benefits, and it’s awesome to see people getting so much out of the game.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car...

For Tuesday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up the Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger for only $19.99 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This super-fast four-port USB-C charger lets you road trip with your friends while keeping everybody’s devices powered up and ready to go. A built-in OHC chip protects against short circuits and overloading, and you can charge up quickly and efficiently with QuickCharge 3.0 technology and even…

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05:48
France is the eighth country to get Apple Pay

Apple has debuted Apple Pay in France. This makes the country the eighth one to get Apple’s mobile payment service — after the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, China, Singapore, and Switzerland.

Mastercard and Visa credit cards marketed through Banque Populaire, Caisse Epargne, Carrefour Banque and Ticket Restaurant can be used with Apple Pay France. Support is also slated for Boon and Orange. Apple lists 15 major French chains as participating retailers, including its own brick-and-mortar stores, with future support promised from Boulanger, Orange and department store Galleries Lafayette. 

Apple has hinted that Spain and Hong Kong are also in line to get Apple Pay at some point this year (Spain currently supports it...

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05:39
Tehran may ban iPhone sales if Apple doesn’t...

In an ultimatum, Iranian officials asked iPhone manufacturer Apple Inc. to either officially register in Iran or have its products banned, according to Tasnim News, a local news agency — as noted by The Japan Times.

“If Apple will not register an official representative in Iran within the next few days, all iPhones will be collected from the market,” the article quotes the director of Iran’s anti-smuggling office as saying.

More than 40 million Iranians use smartphones, including millions of iPhones, which are often imported into the country by smugglers. A representative from the anti-smuggling office told Tasnim News that there’s no legal limitation to Apple registering a store in Iran.

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05:37
Pixelmator 2.3 Speeds-up iOS Photo Editing with New...

Pixelmator, the powerful-and-inexpensive image editor for both Mac and iOS, gets a free update on iOS to version 2.3 today that brings its Quick Selection Tool and Magnetic Selection Tool over from the Mac. The Quick Selection Tool makes very short work of doing previously-difficult selections and allowed me to do the selection in the first pane below in about ten seconds on an iPhone SE.

Pixelmator’s new Quick Selection Tool makes selecting on iOS a breeze

Pixelnator’s new Quick Selection Tool is somehow intuitive in a way that other “magic” selectors are not. Having this available literally at ones fingertips on iOS opens up all sorts of options for work and… play. Enjoy. (A hat tip to Scott Canali for the inspiration behind today’s screenshots...

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05:07
Pixelmator image editor gets powerful selection...

The Pixelmator team released an update to its eponymous iOS app on Tuesday, adding a range of powerful image selection tools and user experience improvements that promise to make mobile photo editing a much more intuitive experience.

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05:00
SpaceX Falcon 9 Returns Without a Hitch After Dragon...


SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday returned safely to Earth, touching down at Landing Zone 1 after launching the Dragon spacecraft into low-Earth orbit. "As with previous first stage land and drone-ship landings from SpaceX, this achievement is a testament to the leadership and innovation of America's commercial space industry," said NASA spokesperson Cheryl Warner. The Dragon's 5,000-lb. payload included an international docking adapter that will enable commercial spacecraft to dock to the station when transporting astronauts.

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04:59
Xiaomi Surprisingly Chooses Windows 10 for Notebooks...

Last September Patently Apple posted a report titled "As Xiaomi Prepares to Invade North America they're setting their Eyes on High End Notebooks at Cheap Prices." Today we learn that Xiaomi will offer two notebooks. One will be made by Inventec as we noted last year and the other will be made by Wistron.

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04:39
App Wrapper 3.6 for OS X updates legacy frameworks

Ohanaware has released App Wrapper 3.6, an update to their App Store preparation tool. It was designed to simplify the process of preparing applications for submission to the Mac App Store and deploying on web sites.
Once configured App Wrapper can perform the following actions either at the click of a button or when an application is built within the Xojo development environment. Version 3.6 updates many legacy frameworks within the app.
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04:30
How to use Siri with your Apple Watch

Siri has proven to be extremely useful for iPhone users. I’m not as certain Apple Watch users are taking full advantage of it. But they should. Apple’s personal assistant can send your messages, place calls, get directions, and more using Apple’s smartwatch.

To get started, on your paired iPhone, tap Settings > General > Siri and make sure that Siri is activated. On your Apple Watch, tap Settings > General > Siri and make sure that Hey Siri is on. You also need to connect your Apple Watch or paired iPhone to the Internet using Wi-Fi or cellular data. 

(Yep, you’ll need an iPhone and Apple Watch combo to use Siri on your smartwatch. That’s one of the common complaints about the Apple Watch. We’ll see if Apple addresses the issue when their second generation smartwatch arrives. I predict we’ll see it announced in September or October.)

There are two ways to use Siri with your Apple Watch. The first is to hold down the Digital Crown. When the listening indicator...

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04:21
Kool Tools: Savant Remote

Savant’s (www.savant.com) new line of direct to consumer products starts with the entertainment-focused Savant Remote. The remote combines the features of a universal remote with the power of home automation.
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04:21
Kool Tools: Savant Remote

Savant’s (www.savant.com) new line of direct to consumer products starts with the entertainment-focused Savant Remote. The remote combines the features of a universal remote with the power of home automation.
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04:08
Apple Granted 43 Patents Today Covering Cellular...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 43 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's latest cellular MacBook invention relating to specialized antennas along with Apple's overview of the Mac Pro's internal architecture. Apple was granted several Apple Watch related design patents and one for a MacBook Pro ...

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04:08
IT spending to be flat in 2016

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to be flat in 2016, totaling $3.41 trillion, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). This is up from last quarter's forecast of negative 0.5 percent growth. The change in the forecast is mainly due to currency fluctuations, notes the research group.
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04:08
IT spending to be flat in 2016

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to be flat in 2016, totaling $3.41 trillion, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). This is up from last quarter's forecast of negative 0.5 percent growth. The change in the forecast is mainly due to currency fluctuations, notes the research group.
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04:02
Iran threatens to ban iPhones, ‘collect’ existing...

Government officials in Iran have threatened to ban iPhones from the country, and ‘collect’ existing ones, unless Apple appoints an official representative in the country.

“If Apple will not register an official representative in Iran within the next few days, all iPhones will be collected from the market,” Tasnim News Agency quoted the director of Iran’s anti-smuggling office as having said on Sunday.

The move is said to be aimed at countering the smuggling of smartphones into the country …
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04:00
Pixelmator 2.3 for iOS adds Magnetic Selection,...

Following an update to the Mac app with similar features, the Pixelmator team has released version 2.3 for iPhone and iPad. Download Pixelmator in the iOS App Store ($4.99).
This update brings the latest selection tools from the Mac app to iOS devices. This includes the intelligent Quick Selection tool and automatic Magnetic Selection tool, where users roughly trace around an object and the app fits a precise line, using edge detection algorithms.
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04:00
tLights are good desk lights for iPhone and iPad...

By Aaron Lee

TLight's tLight S3 and S3x LED desk lights are good desk accessories for iPhone and iPad users. They offer true-color light output and charging dock for recharging iPhones and iPads with a Lightning connector. With the additional USB port the tLights can also recharge other tablets and most smartphones.

The tLights feature the latest LED technology with a CRI (Color Redding Index) of 90, which is close to the perfect light – sunlight with a CRI of 100. This means great color authenticity and a stable and bright light providing a great reading experience without getting tired eyes. Both tLights feature dimmers to adjust light output (20-100%) to a maximum of 600 lumens (7W) for the S3x and 700 (10W) lumens for the S3.

The high-end tLight S3 additionally features a remote control, Bluetooth 4.0 and 2 integrated 5W speakers powered by Apple’s V2.0C authentication co-processor chip and...

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01:41
Iran Issues an Ultimatum to Apple: Register iPhones...

A news report out of Tehran late yesterday noted that in an ultimatum, Iranian officials asked Apple to either officially register ...

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00:43
Rapper Travis Scott confirms Apple Music deal ahead...

Rapper Travis Scott on Monday confirmed inking a deal with Apple Music, suggesting his hotly anticipated third album, "Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight," might debut as an exclusive.

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00:00
Withings releases Thermo, the first FDA-cleared...

Withings today has announced the availability of Thermo, the first FDA-cleared wireless temporal thermometer. Available exclusively at Apple Stores and Withings.com, the thermometer hopes to become a mainstay in households where accurate and frequent readings are desired. Using HotSpot Sensor technology, the thermometer takes 4,000 accurate measurements in just two seconds detecting the hottest point and then giving a highly accurate temperature reading.
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Monday July 18

22:45
Apple Pay expands to France with support for...

Apple continued an accelerated worldwide rollout of its in-house payments service Apple Pay on Tuesday with a debut in France, the eighth major market to gain compatibility since launch.

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22:45
Apple Pay officially launches in France

At WWDC last month, Apple announced that its Apple Pay mobile payments service would be coming to France, and now the service has officially went live in the country. With the rollout in France, which was first rumored earlier this year, Apple Pay is now available in 8 countries.
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22:29
Apple Pay Now Available in France

Apple Pay today expanded to France, marking the availability of the payment service in a total of eight countries (via iPhoneAddict.fr). MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards issued by Banque Populaire, Ticket Restaurant, Carrefour Banque, and Caisse d'Epargne can now be added to Apple Pay on eligible devices.

According to the Apple Pay France website, both Boon and Orange plan to add Apple Pay support in the near future, further expanding the availability of Apple Pay in the country.

Cards can be added to Apple Pay by tapping the "Add Credit or Debit Card" option in the Wallet app on a device running iOS 8.1 or later. Apple Pay works with the...

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22:18
Iran threatens iPhone ban in bid to staunch smuggled...

A new anti-smuggling initiative set to debut in Iran later this week could result in an effective iPhone ban until Apple agrees to officially do business in the country as a registered entity, local reports say.

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20:56
Winner of the Grovemade accessory giveaway announced...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winner of last week's giveaway, Tom C., who will receive five handcrafted Apple accessories courtesy of Grovemade.

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17:57
U.S. Army switching from Android to the iPhone 6s...

According to Military.com, the United States Army’s Special Operations Command will switch from Android to the iPhone. In the past, the Army has given soldiers an Android Tactical Assault Kit, equipped with what was believed to be a variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note. The new iPhone Tactical Assault Kit, however, will feature the iPhone 6s.
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17:44
U.S. Army Special Operations Command dumps Android...

The iPhone is “faster; smoother. Android freezes up” and has to be restarted too often, the source said. The problem with the Android is particularly noticeable when viewing live feed from an unmanned aerial system such as Instant Eye, the source said.Makes sense that the Army would want the best equipment they can get.∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:35
Apple squashes FaceTime bug that facilitated...

Apple in a pair of security updates for iOS and OS X on Monday addressed a FaceTime vulnerability that allows attackers to surreptitiously maintain audio connectivity in a seemingly terminated FaceTime call.

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17:34
German Legislation Would Require ‘Black Box’ Tech...

Germany is considering an interesting approach in the march towards regulating self-driving, or autonomous, vehicles. Reuters reported Europe’s largest economy is working on legislation that, among other things, would require cars with autonomous capabilities to include a “black box” that records, “when the autopilot system was active, when the driver drove and when the system requested that the driver take over, according to the proposals.” In this usage, “black box” is being borrowed from the airline industry, which uses effectively-indestructible devices  to record flight and other data in the event of a crash. Those airline boxes cost about $100,000 and have to survive substantially greater trauma than a car would ever endure, meaning the name would likely be the most they have in common. This is one regulatory approach that could be copied far and wide.

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11:13
Apple releases iOS 9.3.3, El Capitan 10.11.6,...

While Apple users are looking forward to the next major operating system updates, Apple is still working on the currently released products. On Monday, the company released OS updates for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS.iOS 9.3.3 update

The iOS 9.3.3 update includes “bug fixes and improves the security” of your iOS device. The company’s online document details updates for Calendar, CoreGraphics, FaceTime, Safari, and more.
After you back up your iOS device, you can install iOS 9.3.3 directly by tapping on Settings > Software Update. You can also connect your device to your Mac and use iTunes to install the update.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:28
About the security content of iCloud for Windows 5.2...

This document describes the security content of iCloud for Windows 5.2.1.

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16:09
Hands-on: 15 new features in iOS 10 beta 3 [Video]

Today Apple released the third beta for iOS 10. As expected, it features several new changes when compared to the previous beta. Some of the changes reimplement features found in the original iOS 10 beta. Other changes, such as haptic feedback when manually locking an iPhone, are brand new. Have a look at our video walkthrough for the details. more…Filed under: Apple ...

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16:07
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15:58
Cardinals scout sentenced to 46 months for hacking...

Last June, the FBI began investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for hacking computers of the Houston Astros to access confidential scouting reports on the teams players. Christopher Correa, the Cardinals' former director of baseball development, plead...

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15:44
iOS 10 Beta 3 Tidbits: iOS 9-Style Touch ID Option,...

With any major beta update, there are several small changes and tweaks as Apple aims to refine the operating system ahead of its public release, and iOS 10 beta three, seeded to developers this morning, is no exception.

Today's update, available as an over-the-air download for those who installed the first two betas or the beta configuration profile, features new Touch ID accessibility options, new haptic feedback when locking the iPhone, better keyboard sounds, and more.

We've rounded up all of the new features in beta three in the video below, so make sure to check it out to get a quick look at what's changed. We're also listing the changes in the post below.

Locking haptic feedback - When locking an iPhone...

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15:29
Mercedes' autonomous bus makes a landmark trip...

Mercedes-Benz's CityPilot autonomous bus technology just got a real-world, long-range test drive on the streets and highways of the Netherlands. One of the company's Future Bus vehicles successfully followed a 20km Bus Rapid Transit route between Ams...

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15:23
∞ Ransomware: The journey to getting your files back

I am absolutely astounded by what this report from F-Secure says. It makes the “gangs” seem like companies being graded on their customer service after hacking your computer: [...]

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15:13
Opinion: iOS’ Control Center could learn a thing or...

I’m not going to get into the politics of who came up with which ideas first, or who steals ideas from the other, because quite frankly, both iOS and Android have borrowed heavily from one another over the years. I could just as easily head over to 9to5Google and highlight iOS features that I’d love to see in Android, and I probably will in the future.
For now, though, I’d like to focus on iOS, specifically Control Center. It’s a feature that’s been around for going on four generations, and although it has evolved over the years, it still has a long way to go as far as I’m concerned. Here’s a look at four lessons that iOS could learn from Android when it comes to Control Center functionality. more…Filed under: Apple...

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15:02
∞ About the Security Content of Apple updates...

If you installed any of the updates Apple released today, you may be interested in the security content of what you installed. These are for the official releases, not the betas.

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15:00
Airbus uses drones to speed up aircraft inspections

Aircraft inspections are one of the best things operators can do to ensure safety in flight, but ironically, the chore can be a little unsafe for inspectors themselves. To properly review an aircraft's condition, workers often need to utilize cranes...

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14:47
New Shot on iPhone Ads Show Worker Ant & Big...

Apple released a pair of new Shot on iPhone ads with a squirrel trying to hide his nuts...

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14:45
AWT News Update: July 18, 2016

Image of submerged and recovered Apple Watch from WatchAware.com

It's Monday again, and we have a few fun stories for you today:

  • A new set of highly-suspect photos show three models of iPhone 7
  • Apple is allegedly snubbing Samsung for manufacturing the future A10 and A11 systems on a chip
  • Honolulu and Kansas City are added to the list of cities with full transit directions in Apple Maps
  • Think that Apple Watch isn't waterproof? Think again!

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14:30
Apple rolls out more accurate iTunes matching for...

Apple Music's ability to match and sync songs that users had already purchased in iTunes was a notable feature when the service first launched last year. Unfortunately, it didn't work as well as the iTunes Match tool that preceded the streaming optio...

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14:16
Notable apps and app updates for July 18, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Insider Software has announced FontAgent 7, an upgrade to its professional font manager for Mac OS X. The update sports a modern user interface with new and updated versions of its popular slide show, compare, glyph, waterfall, character set, paragraph, metadata and custom text viewers. 

FontAgent 7 is available in a standalone edition and in a cloud-based sync subscription that shares fonts across users, machines and projects. Perpetual licenses for FontAgent 7 are also available for $99 per user. 

 

FontAgent 6 users can purchase version 7 upgrades or opt for a FontAgent Sync subscription for $59. For more information about FontAgent 7 and Sync, visit...

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14:00
Apple debuts pair of new 'Shot on iPhone'...

Apple on Monday made available two new advertisements from its award-winning "Shot on iPhone" campaign, highlighting nature and the iPhone camera's zoom feature.

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14:00
BuzzFeed and Washington Post turn to robots for RNC...

Both the Washington Post and Buzzfeed have sent robots to cover the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Call it forward thinking, call it a gimmick, inventive, desperate... doesn't matter. But it's happening, and both outlets couldn't be pro...

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14:00
New "Shot on iPhone" videos focus on nature

Apple's released two more "Shot on iPhone" videos, both of which highlight nature this time. Here's the first, a nice macro shot by "Tim W." showing an ant carrying a piece of a plant in its mandibles accompanied by the song "Work" by Charlotte Day Wilson. 

Next up is a funny little video of a chipmunk attempting -- and almost succeeding -- at placing a whole peanut into its mouth. This video is by Linda H. and the song is "Season 2 (Episode 3)" by Glass Animals.

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13:45
Apple issues third macOS Sierra beta to developers

Completing Monday's batch of beta software seeds, Apple this afternoon issued a third beta version of its upcoming macOS Sierra desktop operating system to developers ahead of an expected public release this fall.

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13:35
Netflix's growth slows as its delayed price...

Our first real peek at the reaction to Netflix's "ungrandfathered" pricing is here, as it releases numbers for the second quarter. What they show is much slower subscriber growth compared to the last couple of years, failing to meet the company's own...

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13:30
Zuckerberg foundation aims to help with SF's...

The influx of engineers, employees and entrepreneurs into Silicon Valley has caused area housing prices to skyrocket, pushing out locals and earning the industry some deserved ill-will. Now the nascent Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has turned its attent...

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13:08
Microsoft's Surface Team continues their work...

In June Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft Rumored to be Preparing an iMac Challenger," wherein we outlined Microsoft's clear intentions of matching all of Apple's devices from a smartphone through to an iMac competitor in the not-too-distant future. Earlier this month Microsoft's second patent on their modular desktop came to light and our report points out some of the highlights.

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13:08
Apple Seeds Third Beta of macOS Sierra to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of macOS Sierra, the newest operating system designed for the Mac, to developers. macOS Sierra beta 3 comes two weeks after the release of the second beta and more than a month after the software was first unveiled at Apple's 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference.

The update can be downloaded through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center.

macOS Sierra is a major update that brings Siri to the Mac for the first time, allowing users to conduct voice searches to quickly find files, look up information, and more. New Continuity features offer an "Auto Unlock" option for unlocking a Mac with an...

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13:06
∞ Apple’s new “Shot on iPhone” videos

These are great videos.

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13:05
Volkswagen to compensate dealerships after diesel...

As part of a settlement after its previous diesel scandal, Volkswagen is working to ensure franchise dealership owners that they will indeed receive compensation.

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13:03
macOS 10.12 Sierra beta 3 hits the Mac App Store for...

Apple today released the third developer preview of macOS Sierra since showing off the software update for the Mac at WWDC 2016. The latest release is available now through the Mac App Store. macOS Sierra’s headlining feature is Siri on the Mac while beta 2 turned on Auto-Unlock which lets Apple Watch users skip the password login screen. Apple Pay is also coming to Safari with macOS Sierra, although we haven’t seen the feature live on the web yet.
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13:00
iPhone 7 Mockups Revive Rumors of 'Plus'...

Two months before the prospective launch date of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, there are dozens of images of the two devices floating around on the internet. Some of those images are likely showcasing real parts, while others are dummy models used by case makers to get a head start on designing accessories for the new devices.

Dummy units are often accurate representations of what we can expect to see in new iPhones, but because they're constructed based on rumors, early leaks, and other third-party information, they can't always be trusted. That's the case with a new set of images shared by French site Nowhereelse.Fr, depicting front and back of an "iPhone 7 Pro" dummy model alongside iPhone 7 Plus and an iPhone 7 dummies.

The iPhone 7 Pro features a dual-lens camera and a...

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12:59
∞ Apple releases Mac iTunes update

It’s a big day for Apple updates. In addition to a number of beta updates released today, Apple also updated iTunes to version 12.4.2. According to the update, it “resolves a playback issue with short Apple Music songs in your Up Next queue.”You can download iTunes by checking for new updates in the Mac App Store.

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12:43
Apple releases iTunes 12.4.2 with fix for Apple...

Apple on Monday released a minor update to the iTunes application to address bugs, including Apple Music "up next" problems with songs less than a minute long.

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12:39
ZTE Zmax Pro comes with a fingerprint sensor for...

Even though it has a higher-end series with the Axon line, ZTE continues to focus on the budget phone market with its Zmax brand. Available for pre-orders today on MetroPCS for just $99 (after an instant rebate), the Zmax Pro is a 6-inch phablet with...

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12:30
Apple Begins Rolling Out iTunes Match With Audio...

In May, Vellum's James shared an ordeal that many people were able to relate to. Apple Music had deleted music files from his computer. It's an issue that many of us have faced over the years. At the time, Apple noted that it didn't actually know what was causing this. But it appears, it has finally figured out the issue and patched it. Jim Dalrymple, reporting for The Loop: One of the biggest complaints about Apple Music over the past year was that it wouldn't properly match songs subscribers had in their existing iTunes libraries. That problem is being fixed by Apple. Apple has been quietly rolling out iTunes Match audio fingerprint to all Apple Music subscribers. Previously Apple was using a less accurate metadata version of iTunes Match on Apple Music, which wouldn't always match the correct version of a particular song. We've all seen the stories of a live version of a song being replaced by a studio version, etc. Using iTunes Match with audio fingerprint, those problems...

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12:20
Apple Music shifting to iTunes Match 'acoustic...

Changes are being made behind the scenes to iTunes Music's library matching and streaming algorithms, allowing for more accurate determination of what songs the user owns, and preventing inadvertent destruction of music libraries.

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12:20
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18...

Notable software releases this week include iTunes 12.4.2, Microsoft Office 2016 15.24 and Office 2011 14.6.6, Airfoil 5.1.1, ClamXav 2.9, and LaunchBar 6.7.1. 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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12:19
ExtraBITS for 18 July 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple is clearing up the relationship between Apple Music and iTunes Match, Eddy Cue opens up to the Hollywood Reporter about the TV business, and Apple is casting developers for its upcoming reality show. 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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12:18
Apple releases two new ‘Shot on iPhone’ TV ads...

Apple is continuing to emphasise its ‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign, where it features photos and videos taken by ordinary iPhone users, with two new video commercials. One of the ads features a macro close-up clip of an ant carrying a leaf by Tim W. The other is another close-up of a squirrel eating a nut, credited to Linda H.
Watch the two fifteen-second commercials below …
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12:16
About the security content of Safari 9.1.2

This document describes the security content of Safari 9.1.2.

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12:12
About the security content of tvOS 9.2.1

This document describes the security content of tvOS 9.2.1.

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12:11
Apple Shares Two New 'Shot on iPhone'...

Apple today shared two new "Shot on iPhone" ad spots on its YouTube channel, highlighting the video capturing capabilities of the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. Both spots are 16 seconds in length and are accompanied by music, much like previous Shot on iPhone videos.

In the first video, shot by Tim W., a close-up of an ant is shown crawling across sand while it carries a seed pod.

The second video by Linda H., also wildlife-themed, features an adorable chipmunk filmed in slow motion stuffing a shelled peanut into its mouth.

In late June, Apple revamped its "Shot on iPhone" campaign to feature bright colors, updating all of its advertising imagery and billboards with new color-focused photos. It appears the video campaign will feature more varied video...

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12:10
Apple releases iTunes 12.4.2 with fix for Apple...

Apple today released iTunes 12.4.2 with a fix for an Apple Music playback bug related to short songs and the app’s “Up Next” feature. Apple described the issue in its release notes:
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12:10
'Pokémon Go' helps Nintendo break major...

Nintendo continues to make headlines, all thanks to Pokémon Go. Now the video game giant had the biggest daily turnover of any company on the Tokyo stock market this past Friday, July 15th.

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12:06
Gadget Ogling: Purely Personal Air, Transparent...


I was diagnosed with mild asthma as a kid. I don't take any medication, yet knowing that illness lives in my respiratory system means I try to be especially conscious of what I'm breathing. Air quality is difficult to control, so a personal air purifier is something that fundamentally interests me. Looking not unlike the USB microphone I bought and swore I'd one day use for podcasting, Wynd filters allergens, dust, smoke and other pollutants. It can operate automatically, or you can manually adjust the output by twisting the top.

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12:02
About the security content of watchOS 2.2.2

This document describes the security content of watchOS 2.2.2.

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10:00
Apple improves iCloud Music Library matching,...

When Apple Music was released just over a year ago, Apple also debuted iCloud Music Library, a way of storing your iTunes library in the cloud. There were two ways to seed the cloud, either with iTunes Match or Apple Music. If you were an iTunes Match subscriber, matching your songs in your local library to your cloud library was done one way, and if you were just an Apple Music subscriber, matching was done differently.
This created some confusion about the way tracks were matched and stored in iCloud Music Library. Now, Apple is changing this, and will use the same matching method for both services. The company said that Apple Music now uses acoustic fingerprinting and provides matched files without digital rights management (DRM), or copy protection, just like iTunes Match....

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11:01
Apple's song royalty rate proposal would hit...

Apple’s latest move to shake up the music industry could up-end Spotify’s entire business model. The company filed a proposal late last week with the Copyright Royalty Board, a commission of three judges appointed by the Librarian of Congress to set the rates and terms for songwriting royalties, to simplify the costs per stream. Apple thinks every service should pay 9.1 cents per every 100 plays, which would make it easier for artists to figure out what they’re owed. But for services like Spotify, which offer popular free tiers, the change could effectively end the financial viability of giving songs away, even with ad support.
Let it be known that Apple plays to win.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:59
About the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11...

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11.6 and Security Update 2016-004.

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11:53
Rocket Slides and Monkey Bars: chasing the vanishing...

This is a fascinating article about the history of the playgrounds many of us horsed around on as kids. We think of them with nostalgia but, if we’re honest with ourselves, some of that equipment was incredibly dangerous. We had metal slides that, in the heat of the summer, could cause significant burns. And who doesn’t remember being spun off (or doing the spinning off) the Merry Go Round? And how many kids fell from the top of the Monkey Bars, hitting every steel bar on the way down, knocking out multiple teeth?∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:50
Slashdot Asks: Do You Install Preview Version Of An...

On Monday, Google released a new -- and also the final -- version of the Android N Developer Preview. Android Nougat, which is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system comes with a range of new features and improvements, including a notification panel redesign and additions to Doze power saving. The fifth preview, which is releasing today offers a "near-final" look at Android 7. Interestingly, Apple also released the public beta versions of iOS 10, and macOS Sierra to users earlier this month. Microsoft continues to offer preview builds of Windows 10 OS to enthusiasts. We were wondering how many of you choose to live on beta version of an operating system on your primary devices. Does anyone here wait for the final version of an operating system to release before making the switch? Also, what does the setup of your office/work computer look like? Anyone who is still on an older version of an operating system because of reliability and compatibility concerns?
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11:50
Slashdot Asks: Do You Install Preview Version Of An...

On Monday, Google released a new -- and also the final -- version of the Android N Developer Preview. Android Nougat, which is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system comes with a range of new features and improvements, including a notification panel redesign and additions to Doze power saving. The fifth preview, which is releasing today offers a "near-final" look at Android 7. Interestingly, Apple also released the public beta versions of iOS 10, and macOS Sierra to users earlier this month. Microsoft continues to offer preview builds of Windows 10 OS to enthusiasts. We were wondering how many of you choose to live on beta version of an operating system on your primary devices. Does anyone here wait for the final version of an operating system to release before making the switch? Also, what does the setup of your office/work computer look like? Anyone who is still on an older version of an operating system because of reliability and compatibility concerns?
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11:43
Justice Department sued for old computers slowing...

A researcher who specializes in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is suing the Justice Department for using really, really old computers to fulfil requests for information.

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11:36
Apple’s new beta OS downloads

Developers have access to iOS 10 beta 3, watchOS 3 beta 3, tvOS 10 beta 3, macOS Sierra, and Xcode 8 beta 3. Big day for Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:31
Here’s how people who block ads justify it:...

I’ve said it many times, this is an issue the ad publishers have brought on themselves and, for the most part, we have little sympathy for them. But it’s going to cause a significant shift in the way all web sites monetize their offerings.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:24
Apple adding audio fingerprinting for Apple Music...

Apple is rolling out iTunes Match audio fingerprints to address an Apple Music bug that could cause pre-existing music libraries to be improperly matched with Apple Music songs, reports The Loop

If you had songs that were matched incorrectly using the metadata version of iTunes Match, the new version will rematch to the correct song, the article adds. But it won’t delete any downloaded copies of songs you have in your library. 

Backblaze - Always have a second backup away from your home and office

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11:24
HP to Launch 6" Phablet with Windows 10 &...

Before Apple's iPhone 7 rolls out in September, HP's new Elite X3 phablet will roll out on August 29 for US$699. Technically HP's new smartphone with a giant 5.96" Quad HD Display running Windows 10 was shown to the press in February – but HP is ramping it up a notch now that they're getting ready to launch the device.

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11:16
Apple releases OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2,...

Apple has released finished (that is, non-beta) versions of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2, and watchOS 2.2.2. All are basically maintenance releases with bug fixes and performance tweaks.

You can grab OS X 10.11.6 at the Updates section of the Mac App Store. iOS 9.3.3 can be downloaded as an over-the-air update or via iTunes. watchOS 2.2.2 can be downloaded and installed through the Apple Watch app on an iPhone. tvOS can be downloaded through the System section of the Settings app on an Apple TV.

Backblaze - The best online backup service for Mac and PC

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11:14
Apple releases OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2,...

Apple has released finished (that is, non-beta) versions of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2, and watchOS 2.2.2. All are basically maintenance releases with bug fixes and performance tweaks.
You can grab OS X 10.11.6 at the Updates section of the Mac App Store. iOS 9.3.3 can be downloaded as an over-the-air update or via iTunes. watchOS 2.2.2 can be downloaded and installed through the Apple Watch app on an iPhone. tvOS can be downloaded through the System section of the Settings app on an Apple TV.

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11:13
MacKeeper threatens teenager YouTube video maker...

Infamous software developer MacKeeper has demanded that four videos critical of its maligned tune-up utility suite be removed from the internet, threatening the teenager behind the videos with $60,000 in court costs and legal fees.Oh boy.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:12
Apple Releases OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2,...

Apple has updated all of its operating systems with security updates and unspecified bug fixes. 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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11:12
iTunes 12.4.2

Fixes playback issues with short Apple Music songs in the Up Next queue. (Free, 233 MB) 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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11:09
MacKeeper threatens 14-year-old YouTube video maker...

Infamous software developer MacKeeper has demanded that four videos critical of its maligned tune-up utility suite be removed from the internet, threatening the teenager behind the videos with $60,000 in court costs and legal fees.

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07:00
Rodeo Stampede is a rollicking romp with a fine...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money). Two intense animal stampedes have weighed heavily on my mind of late. The first is from The Lion King, and in case you somehow haven’t seen the 22-year-old Disney animated classic, I won’t spoil the moment for you—but it packs an emotional wallop. My kid is three years old and loves the music, but I’m agonizing over how long I need to keep the actual film from him because of that scene above all.To read this article in full or to leave a...

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10:54
About the security content of iTunes 12.4.2 for...

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.4.2 for Windows.

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10:54
Server capacity delayed Japanese 'Pokémon Go...

Pokémon Go may be a smash hit in the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand and about 20 other countries -- but did you know that nobody is playing the game in the Japan? It's not for want of trying. Despite being the franchise's homeland, Pokémon...

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10:45
AAPL share price briefly returns to the $100 mark

It's been awhile. After Apple's last earnings report on April 26, 2016, the price of Apple shares dropped below the $100 and until today, it had not returned to that level. Based on anticipation of the iPhone 7 family this fall and "better than expected" news from the company when it releases its third-quarter earnings next week, shares went above $100 briefly and are now hovering around that mark.

On April 26, shares of AAPL were selling for about $104.35, but dropped precipitously after Apple provided cautious guidance for the third quarter. Share prices have crept up since then, and are now within sight of that previous high. Of course, Apple's share price usually drops after any earnings report -- good or bad news -- so expect to see another dip after next week's earnings call.

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10:43
OS X 10.11.6 and iOS 9.3.3 released as Apple’s...

Enlarge / Fire up your updaters. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has just released a new round of updates for all of its platforms, including OS X 10.11.6 and iOS 9.3.3. All are minor updates that focus mostly on fixing bugs, as most of Apple's attention has turned to the new major versions of its operating systems that are due in the fall. Both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra are currently available as public betas.
OS X 10.11.6 fixes a bug in user accounts with parental controls enabled that could prevent settings from being saved, and it also...

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10:39
VW Bus bed

Like Tina Roth Eisenberg, I’d take it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:38
A look at Mastercard’s new logo

I suppose you could argue that it’s not exactly new as much as changed, but still.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:33
Apple releases finished iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6,...

Apple on Monday issued the completed versions of iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6, tvOS 9.2.2, and watchOS 2.2.2 to the public, making various maintenance updates to each platform.

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10:33
Apple rolling out more accurate song matching...

Apple is upgrading the song matching features for Apple Music subscribers to truly mirror the capabilities offered by iTunes Match; the new smarter more accurate song detection is rolling out to Apple Music subscribers for free, over the next few weeks (via The Loop).
Although Apple Music has always included music matching, it used an inferior version than the algorithm used by the standalone $30/year iTunes Match subscription. Apple Music is being updated server-side to offer the same functionality …
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10:32
Apple Debuts iTunes Match With Audio Fingerprint for...

Apple has introduced a fix for a persistent and frustrating Apple Music bug that caused pre-existing music libraries to sometimes be improperly matched with Apple Music songs, reports The Loop.

To make sure songs are correctly matched, Apple is now using iTunes Match audio fingerprint for Apple Music, a more accurate matching method than the metadata matching that was previously employed. Apple Music matching now also offers up DRM-free music files, just like iTunes Match.

Apple has been quietly rolling out iTunes Match audio fingerprint to all Apple Music subscribers. Previously Apple was using a less accurate metadata version of iTunes Match on Apple Music, which wouldn't always match the correct version of a particular song. We've all seen the stories of a...

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10:31
Apple Maps expands transit directions to Honolulu...

Apple on Monday quietly updated its native Maps app with public transit coverage for two major American cities: Honolulu, Hawaii and Kansas City, Mo.

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10:31
About the security content of iOS 9.3.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.3.3.

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10:20
External Link: Apple Simplifies Relationship between...

Our own Kirk McElhearn describes changes coming to Apple Music that makes deciding between it and iTunes Match much easier. Apple Music will now match tracks using acoustic fingerprinting instead of track metadata (as iTunes Match already does), and it will no longer apply DRM to matched tracks you download to other devices. Kirk explains the differences in detail with some recommendations for those who have subscribed to both services. 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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10:18
Reading Between the Lines: Musk's Folly, Trump...


Something like 90 percent of CEOs are planning to put their companies out of business accidentally, based on a KPMG report I just reviewed. After watching Tesla of late, I think Musk is on the fast track to lead this effort, and since I'm a Tesla fan, and I know a lot of you drive Teslas, I thought that might be an interesting, if scary, topic for this week. Also, it increasingly looks as though Trump is planning on losing the election -- but he is in competition with Bill Clinton, who appears to want Hillary to lose.

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10:18
New macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS betas available...

Apple has released a plethora of new betas to developers for testing purposes. They include new betas of macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10. They can downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.
Members of the public can also get in on the beta testing fun via Apple’s public beta program. Finished versions of macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10 are slated for release this fall.

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10:13
OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 officially available via Mac...

After several weeks of developer and public beta versions, Apple today has officially released OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 through the Mac App Store for all users. The latest software update to OS X El Capitan will likely be the last before Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12 with new features including Siri later this fall.
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10:12
Waves Audio ships Scheps Parallel Particles Plugin

Waves Audio (www.wavesaudio.com) is shipping the $59 Waves Scheps Parallel Particles plugin, part of the Waves Signature Series. It was created in collaboration with GRAMMY-winning producer/mixing engineer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Metallica, Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Lana Del Rey). Features of the plugin include:
° Sub, a harmonic generator that creates lows and adds sub frequencies that were never there before;
° Air, which focuses on those elusive air frequencies and brings them to the forefront;
° Bite, which is designed to create sonic vitality and emotion;
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10:10
Apple releases iOS 9.3.3 with bug fixes for iPhone...

Apple has just released iOS 9.3.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The new software update is by no means as interesting or as feature-rich as iOS 10, due to be released publicly in the fall, but it includes some important bug fixes and performance improvements for iOS users.
The minor 9.3.3 software update went through a lengthy beta process, spanning five betas. As always, we’ll let you know about any surprises associated with the iOS 9.3.3 update.
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10:09
Apple Releases iOS 9.3.3 With Bug Fixes and...

Apple today released iOS 9.3.3 to the public, marking the third minor update to iOS 9 since iOS 9.3 launched in March of 2016. In testing since May 23, there were five betas of iOS 9.3.3 released to developers and public beta testers ahead of the public release of the software.

Today's iOS 9.3.3 release is available as an over-the-air update for all iOS 9 users and it can also be downloaded through iTunes.

As a small 9.x.x update, iOS 9.3.3 focuses mainly on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes rather than outward-facing changes.

iOS 9.3.2 is the ninth update to the iOS 9 operating system, following...

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10:06
tvOS 9.2.2 update is now available for Apple TV

Apple has been testing tvOS 9.2.2 with developers since late May, and today the latest software update for the Apple TV has been released to all customers. tvOS 9.2.2 is a minor release for the fourth-generation Apple TV as new features and big enhancements are coming later this year with tvOS 10.
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10:05
Apple releases watchOS 2.2.2 for Apple Watch with...

Apple has released watchOS 2.2.2 for Apple Watch, the latest iteration of the smartwatch operating system. We’ll update the post if we see anything new but it appears to be a standard maintenance update with a handful of bug fixes and stability improvements.
To download the new watchOS software update, use the Apple Watch app on the paired iPhone and check for Software Updates. The Apple Watch needs to be connected to the charger for the update to complete.
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10:02
Apple issues third betas of iOS 10, tvOS 10, and...

Apple on Monday provided developers with the third pre-release betas of three of its four upcoming platform updates, squashing bugs and addressing issues with iOS 10 and tvOS 10, as well as watchOS 3. A new macOS Sierra build, however, did not arrive.

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10:00
∞ Apple begins rolling out iTunes Match with audio...

One of the biggest complaints about Apple Music over the past year was that it wouldn’t properly match songs subscribers had in their existing iTunes libraries. That problem is being fixed by Apple. [...]

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News: Questionable photos claim to show ‘iPhone 7...

A new round of photos unearthed by NowhereElse on Chinese search engine Weibo purport to show three new iPhone models, an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and the rumored iPhone 7 Pro. When viewed from the screen side, the devices labeled Plus and Pro are virtually identical in size and shape. But in images of the back, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both feature a single camera lens, where the iPhone Pro features a dual-lens camera and what appears to be…

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