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Monday July 18

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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10:00
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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10:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Beta 3 of Xcode 8 is now available, and includes Swift 3 and SDKs that you can use to build and test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • iOS 10 beta 3 (14A5309d)
  • watchOS 3 beta 3 (14S5290d)
  • tvOS 10 beta 3 (14T5296d)
  • Xcode 8 beta 3 (8S174q)

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10:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Beta 3 of Xcode 8 is now available, and includes Swift 3 and SDKs that you can use to build and test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • iOS 10 beta 3 (14A5309d)
  • watchOS 3 beta 3 (14S5290d)
  • tvOS 10 beta 3 (14T5296d)
  • Xcode 8 beta 3 (8S174q)

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09:58
NFL preps footballs with data-tracking chips

Think that it's too easy for NFL players to kick extra points and field goals? The league is hoping that technology will up the skill level... not to mention the thrills. The NFL tells the Toronto Sun that it plans to conduct a study where footballs...

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09:54
Apple Releases OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan With Bug...

Apple today released OS X 10.11.6 to the public, marking the sixth update to the El Capitan operating system that was first released on September 30, 2015. OS X 10.11.6 comes two months after the release of OS X 10.11.5, a small bug fix update. OS X 10.11.6 has been in testing since May 23.

The OS X 10.11.6 update can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. It is available to all OS X El Capitan users.

Many of the updates to the El Capitan operating system have focused primarily on under-the-hood improvements, bug fixes, and security enhancements...

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09:52
Apple seeds watchOS 3 beta 3 for Apple Watch to...

Apple has begun rolling out the third watchOS 10 beta to developers today. Those looking to update can head to the Watch app on their iPhones, select General and Software Update. watchOS 3 beta 3 is available to download as a Configuration Profile from the Apple developer center for newer users looking to test out the upcoming system. Release notes are not yet available, but should be up soon.
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09:50
∞ Uber reaches 2 billion rides

Uber hit 2 billion rides on June 18, CEO Travis Kalanick said in a Facebook post, six months after marking its first billion rides. The company, then, completed the same number of rides in six months as it did in the prior six years – due in part to its heavy spending to recruit drivers and passengers, which is made possible by more than $13 billion in funding from investors.That’s pretty incredible. I use Uber, and Lyft, all the time.

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09:50
Aboot time: Artist creates Canadian Pokémon...

Now that Pokemon Go is available in Canda, maybe we can hunt these unique Canadian characters.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:49
Free Tool For Mass Updates

There’s a new JSS companion tool, called JSS MUT, which allows you to perform mass actions based on a CSV. Basically, set fields and enforce mobile device names (becoming a very common need out there). If you’re a JSS admin, it’s a nice tool, and a big should out to Michael Levenick for making it free!

Official website is at http://jssmut.weebly.com.
Hat tip to Trey Howell for clueing us in!

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09:49
Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 10 to Developers

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 10 to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second beta and more than a month after first unveiling the new operating system at its 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Today's update is available as an over-the-air download to those who installed the first beta or the beta configuration profile and it's available for direct download through the Apple Developer Center.

iOS 10 is a major iOS update with a host of new features and design tweaks, including a new Lock screen experience with 3D Touch-enabled notifications, a more easily accessible camera, a redesigned Control Center, and a new widgets screen.

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09:49
Apple seeds tvOS 10 beta 3 for Apple TV to developers

Apple has just started seeding out the third beta for tvOS 10 today to all current testers and developers. To update, check through the Software Update section on the Apple TV, or grab the Configuration Profile from Apple’s Developer center if you’d like to install it for the first time.
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09:48
Apple issues iOS 10 beta 3 for iPhone, iPad, and...

Apple today issued the third iOS 10 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for developer testing since WWDC 2016. iOS 10 brings a refreshed look to Apple Music and News plus loads of new features to the platform. The software update will be ready for everyone later this fall, and we’ll dig through the third developer version of the iOS 10 beta below.
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09:37
Rumor: Apple to drop Samsung, go with TSMC for A10...

Apple may be dropping Samsung as the manufacturer for its next-gen iPhone processors in favor of TSMC.
Back in February, it was rumored that TSMC would be the sole supplier of the A10 chip in the iPhone 7. A new report from Korea claims that the same is true of the A11 chip destined for next year’s iPhone.
At present, TSMC is already the exclusive provider of the A10 chip slated to power the next-gen iPhone. TSMC is also rumored to be the sole supplier for the A11 processor for future iOS devices.

TSMC is believed to have a technological edge on its Korean rival, beating Samsung in the race to develop 10-nanometer FinFET processes.
Benchmark tests of the iPhone 6s also showed that models with the TSMC chip ran cooler and offered better battery...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $100 iTunes Gift Card $85,...

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09:30
Installing macOS Sierra Public Beta

Are you thinking about installing the Public Beta of macOS Sierra on a Mac? There are some amazing features coming, although some of them "aren't ready for prime time" at this early date. In this post I'll provide you with a list of caveats, and if you decide that you have a spare machine available for the beta, then you have a primer on how to sign up for the Public Beta program and then install macOS Sierra on your Mac.

Caveats

This is beta software being distributed to a wide audience to find bugs and add functionality as it gets closer to release this fall. Don't install it on your primary Mac! If you have an older or underutilized Mac that you can erase and just "play with," that's where you want to install macOS Sierra. I ended up using a refurbished 2012 Mac mini from OWC as my test Mac, and I plan to use it to test other apps and devices...

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09:18
Igloo is a modern intranet. Get it for free [Sponsor]

Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like. It’s 100% cloud-based, so you’ll always have the latest version and it can be accessed from any device, anywhere. It’s time to simplify work and keep people more connected than ever before.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:12
HP's Elite X3 Windows Phone launches next month...

Been waiting for a phone that could pull triple duty as your handheld, laptop and desk machine? Then your day has almost come: HP says that its Elite X3 will hit shelves late next month. The $699 handset is HP's first smartphone in over two years, an...

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09:10
New photos claim to show three different '...

A batch of photos published on Monday show what are purported to be three different models of the "iPhone 7," including a "Pro," but with unlikely "S" markings on the back.

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09:00
What Microsoft Stream means to Office 365

Today, Microsoft announced the preview of Microsoft Stream, a new business video service that makes it easier to access and discover video content inside your organization. Microsoft Stream builds upon the learnings and success of Office 365 Video, and over time the two experiences will converge, making Stream the de facto video experience in Office 365.
We’ve seen tremendous success and adoption of Office 365 Video since launching it in Office 365 more than two years ago. With the introduction of Microsoft Stream, we can’t wait to provide new innovation that meets the evolving requirements of Office 365 customers, such as the ability to integrate video with business workflows.
During the preview of Microsoft Stream, there will be no changes to the Office 365 Video experience. We will share more details on future enhancements and user updates closer to general availability of the Microsoft Stream service...

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08:49
Apple Stock Rises Above $100 Per Share For First...

Apple shares rose above $100 in intraday trading today for the first time since June 6, just weeks after the stock hit its latest bottom around the $92 mark.

AAPL is up over 1 percent on the day at the time of publishing, contributing to a slight rise in the Dow Jones stock index on the day.ALERT: Apple shares just rose above $100 per share for the first time since June 6 https://t.co/C9RCFmaq9f pic.twitter.com/onOEOnJZqU— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) July 18, 2016Beyond a short-lived rebound in March and April, Apple shares had steadily declined since the second half of 2015. Some investors have expressed concerns over Apple's recent slowdown, including its...

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08:37
NASA brings a DNA sequencer to space for the first...

SpaceX's after-midnight Falcon 9 launch didn't just advance the state of the art in rocket landings... the cargo it launched is groundbreaking, too. NASA notes that the mission is the first to bring a DNA sequencer to space. The Biomolecule Sequenc...

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08:33
Apple stock price tops $100 ahead of fiscal Q3...

Apple’s stock price $AAPL is back into triple digits, breaking the $100 mark for the first time since June 6th. The rise doesn’t seem to be tied to any particular news event but AAPL stock has rallied through the second half of last week. The recorded high for today is $100.13 although naturally stock prices vary all the time.
Eyes are on Apple’s earning results, due July 26, to see if the company can meet expectations after ending its 13-year record revenue streak last quarter.
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08:15
Daily Deal: Watch your streaming video services...

You love your Hulu, watch Netflix every night, and have a handful of other streaming video services you keep your eye on. Then you go on vacation or a business trip in another country, and suddenly your access to those services -- that you're paying for -- is gone. Why? The answer is geo-restrictions, which keep you from getting your fix of video worldwide. Getflix is a service that routes your streaming video through its own servers and knocks out those restrictions, letting you enjoy Hulu and other services wherever you may roam. We have a deal on a lifetime subscription to Getflix for just $39

Now, Getflix doesn't replace those subscriptions you have to the other streaming services -- it is designed to overcome geo-restrictions to let you watch your content from over 100...

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08:14
∞ The Pokémon Go stampede in New York’s Central Park

This video gives a good sense of just how big the Pokémon Go influence has gotten. Amazing to me.

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08:08
How Apple executives recruit new hires

Business Insider, recounting an interview from this MacObserver podcast:“‘You’re asking me if I’m interested in a job, if I’m willing to move out to the West Coast, but you’re not willing to tell me what the job is,’” Gartenberg joked. “He goes, ‘Yeah, that’s pretty much it. Phil will give you a call in the next couple of days.’”Read the whole thing. Fascinating anecdote.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:04
Netflix to carry new CBS “Star Trek” series in 188...

From the Netflix press release:Netflix and CBS Studios International today announced a landmark international licensing agreement for the new “Star Trek” television series. Netflix will be the exclusive premiere home of “Star Trek” in 188 countries (excluding the US and Canada). Each episode of the new series will be available globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere.Additionally, all 727 existing episodes of the iconic “Star Trek” television library – including “Star Trek: The Original Series,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise” will be available on Netflix around the world by the end of 2016.The all-new “Star Trek” will begin production in Toronto in September for its January 2017 premiere.Interesting move by Netflix to lock up this show for streaming at such an early stage. Also notable that they will stream the show globally within 24 hours of its US premiere. Will this become the new norm?...

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07:59
Pokemon Go hits Canada & 26 European countries,...

Despite a possible weekend assault by hackers, Pok?mon Go is now available in 35 countries, with a Japanese launch on hold pending an expansion of much-needed server capacity.

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07:58
The secret history of Mac gaming

This looks awesome. More pledges needed to make this book a reality. Worth it.From the Synopsis:Mac gaming welcomed strange ideas and encouraged experimentation. It fostered passionate and creative communities who inspired and challenged developers to do better and to follow the Mac mantra “think different”.The Secret History of Mac Gaming is the story of those communities and the game developers who survived and thrived in an ecosystem that was serially ignored by the outside world. It’s a book about people who made games and people who played them — people who, on both counts, followed their hearts first and market trends second. How in spite of everything they had going against them, the people who carried the torch for Mac gaming in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s showed how clever, quirky, and downright wonderful videogames could be.An amazing list of contributors. Take a look....

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07:57
Facebook and ABC team up for live DNC and RNC...

Your options for livestreaming the Democratic and Republican national conventions just got even wider. ABC and Facebook are partnering on 24-hour live online coverage of both the DNC and RNC, whether it's speeches on the floor or protests outside....

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07:48
News: Apple proposes flat rate for streaming music...

Apple has filed a proposal with the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board suggesting that songwriters and royalty holders be paid a flat rate for online streams, Billboard reports. Apple suggests a simple, “all-in” statutory rate of 9.1 cents per 100 plays, which the company said is “fair, simple and transparent, unlike the incredibly complicated structure that currently exists.” The move would directly undercut rivals like Spotify and YouTube,…

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07:43
SoftBank’s $32 billion deal for chip designer ARM

New York Times:Started in 1990 as a spinoff from Acorn Computers, a now-defunct British computer maker, ARM has gone from a small start-up of less than 20 people to a global leader whose technology is used in more than 90 percent of smartphones produced by Apple and Samsung, among others.And:Unlike Intel, ARM forgoes the high margins — and equally high production costs — of directly manufacturing microchips. Instead, its engineers design chips, which are then licensed to larger technology companies like Qualcomm that pay ARM fees and royalties for manufacturing the chips.This is not yet a done deal. Whoever ultimately owns ARM will have control over the chip designs in most of the mobile devices in the world, no small thing. I don’t expect Apple to sit on the sidelines while this plays out....

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07:38
Deals: $50-$130 off 12.9" iPad Pros; $50-$120...

Apple authorized reseller B&H is starting the week off with instant discounts on 12.9" iPad Pros (models start at $749) with free shipping and no tax outside of NY. Or snap up a 12" MacBook with AppleCare at up to $120 off. Need a bigger model? Pick up the well-equipped 15" MacBook Pro with M370X graphics for under $1,930 on eBay.

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07:35
Germany plans to require 'black boxes' in...

Self-driving cars in Germany might end up having "black boxes" that can record details of accidents, similar to planes, Reuters reports. Sources say that the proposal from Germany's Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt, will also require that rider...

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07:31
Latest alleged iPhone 7 spy shot shows 7, Plus, and...

In the latest round of alleged leaked shots spotted on Weibo (via iPhoneabonnementen), a three model lineup is shown consisting of iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 ‘Pro’…
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07:11
Opera browser sold to a Chinese consortium for $600...

After a $1.2 billion deal fell through, Opera has sold most of itself to a Chinese consortium for $600 million. The buyers, led by search and security firm Qihoo 360, are purchasing Opera's browser business, its privacy and performance apps, its tech...

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07:10
Pokémon Go launch in France delayed ‘as a sign of...

While Pokémon Go has been successively rolled out to a growing number of countries, there’s one country that won’t be seeing it for a few days at least: France. In a brief statement, Niantic told IGN that the French launch would be delayed as a sign of respect following the terrorist attack in Nice.

As a sign of respect...

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07:08
News: Report: Apple will source iPhone 8 ‘A11’ CPU...

After dropping Samsung to source its new iPhone 7’s A10 CPU exclusively from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) earlier this year, Apple has made TSMC the exclusive manufacturer of its upcoming A11 chip as well, Chinese-language site Economic Daily News reports. Apple split its A9 chip orders between both Samsung and TSMC, but a number of reports claimed the TSMC version of the A9 provided significantly better battery life than…

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06:57
U.S. Army Special Operations Command dumping Android...

U.S. Army Special Operations Command is dumping its Android tactical smartphone for an iPhone model, according to DoD Buzz

The iPhone 6S will become the end-user device for the iPhone Tactical Assault Kit – special-operations-forces version Army’s Nett Warrior battlefield situational awareness tool, the article adds, quoting an unnamed Army source. The iTAC will replace the Android Tactical Assault Kit.

Army Special Operations Command is dumping the Android tactical smartphone for an iPhone for better situational awareness. Photo: Vesper Case UK.

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, according to DoD Buzz.

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06:50
Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Edition on...

If you're more into real-life superheros than fantasy ones, Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Limited Edition is now available at Best Buy for $850. Like the Batman Edition, this is a standard Galaxy S7 Edge on the inside, but the outside is ano...

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06:40
US Army's Special Operations switching tactical...

The U.S. Army's Special Operations Command, or SOCOM, will be switching from Android to the iPhone for a situational awareness kit issued to soldiers, according to a report.

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06:34
Netflix will air the new 'Star Trek'...

Netflix has announced that it'll be the exclusive home of the brand-new Star Trek TV series, and will broadcast the show globally next year. When it was announced, CBS revealed that only the first episode would air on TV, with the rest of the episode...

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06:32
A year after announcement, first big pharma study...

It’s almost exactly a year since we learned that Apple was making ResearchKit available to big pharmaceutical companies and GlaxoSmithKline would be using the platform to carry out clinical studies. GSK has now announced the first of those studies.

The study will use the GSK PARADE iPhone app to conduct surveys and use iPhone sensors to collect and track common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis: joint pain, fatigue, and mood. It will also track activity and quality of life measures for 300 patients over a three-month period. 

The company says that it sees significant benefits by collecting data via ResearchKit …
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06:31
News: New video shows alleged iPhone 7 lacks...

A new, longer Weibo video comparing a purported iPhone 7 and an iPhone 6s shows extended views of what was seen in a much shorter video last week, seeming to confirm that the new device lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack and features an updated camera, redesigned antenna lines and two speaker grills. The new video also provides one new update: The new phone still has a mute switch just like the iPhone 6s, contrary to other leaked photos that showed the…

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06:21
Microsoft's 2TB Xbox One S arrives on August 2nd

You don't have to wait much longer to get Microsoft's higher-end 2TB Xbox One S. Microsoft has confirmed that the capacious console will reach both pre-order customers and retail shelves on August 2nd. As before, the $399/£350 you'll pay largel...

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06:15
FontAgent for Mac OS X revved to version 7

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.
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06:11
Behind the scenes of human curation at Apple Music,...

Buzzfeed is provided an almost-Beats-produced behind-the-scenes look at the human curation element of Apple Music, including the surprising facts that the service already has almost three times as many playlists as Spotify, and that it has only around a dozen full-time employees generating them.
Despite Spotify’s nine-year head-start on Apple Music, the long-form piece reveals that it has only around 4,500 playlists, compared to Apple’s 14,000. Apple Music also beats out its rivals when it comes to the types of playlists offered …
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06:08
SoftBank plans to buy ARM, a maker of iPhone...

The Japanese firm, SoftBank, plans to scoop up British chip designer and major Apple partner ARM Holding, for $31.4 billion, reports the BBC News. ARM employs more than 3,000 people and designs microchips used in most smartphones (including the iPhone).

According to the BBC, ARM will keep its headquarters in Cambridge and at least double the number of its staff over the next five years. However, according to re/code, other companies could enter the fray with the result being a bidding war for ARM. Apple, arguably ARM’s most important client, and Intel, which lost the mobile chip war to ARM, are both potential buyers, the article adds.

 

Regarding SoftBank’s purchase of ARM, Mark Skilton, a professor of Practice at Warwick Business School and an expert on technology and the Internet of Things,...

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06:00
Your dream job is out there—here’s how tech can help...

Graduation is over, summer is in full swing and all you’re thinking about is summer concerts, pool time and road trips—right? Well if you’re a recent grad that still hasn’t landed a job or internship, you probably have one thought looming on your mind and ruining the fun: what are you going to do with the rest of your life?
So, we commissioned a survey* of 1,000 18 to 25-year-olds and asked for their thoughts on the job search process. Their responses inspired us to team up with the digital print and design company MOO and to sponsor career expert Maxie McCoy to create a package of resources, inspiration and advice to help you stand out with recruiters and hiring managers in today’s job market—all available at office.com/dreamjob.
Our survey results told us many new job seekers have high hopes of...

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06:00
How to design a show-stopping resume

If you dread updating your resume, you’re not alone. Over 30 percent of people surveyed* consider writing or updating their resume their least favorite part of the job search. Our career expert sponsor Maxie McCoy joined us to share top tips and tools for creating a resume that expertly combines your professional know-how with the design flair that will get you noticed.
Nail your cover letter

A stellar resume starts with a strong cover letter. The key? Showing how your talent and experience will solve a problem or drive results for your future employer. For example, if you say you’re collaborative, discuss how you used that skill at your last internship, and then connect it to what you aim to accomplish for the new company. Never underestimate your worth; Maxie tells us, “Even if you’re new to the industry, it’s all in the language you use to describe what you’ve done. If you speak to the value you provided...

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06:00
Discovery Communications embraces Office 365 to...

Today’s Microsoft Office 365 post was written by Dave Duvall, senior vice president of infrastructure and support services at Discovery Communications, a leader in global entertainment.
Change is a constant in today’s business and media landscape, but that does not make it any easier, especially when it comes to technology. However, having a company and workforce hungry for the best new solutions brings great opportunity. Our leadership and employees understand that embracing new technology can, and should, result in greater productivity, flexibility and, ultimately, a happier, more successful culture. At Discovery Communications, our teams produce content for some of the most recognizable and beloved brands, have made crab fisherman icons with “Deadliest Catch,” and have established one of the most beloved (yet unofficial) U.S. holidays, “Shark Week.”
Our 7,000 employees around the world have high expectations of their technology tools. At the same time, our...

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06:00
Apple entices its first big drug company to...

Although Apple's ResearchKit is almost two years old, the platform has mainly been reserved for clinical studies hosted by universities and medical researchers. Hundreds of thousands of people are already contributing data for studies focusing on ast...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Swift & iOS Beginner eBook...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Swift & iOS Beginner eBook Bundle for only $59.99 — that’s 69% off the regular price. These two ebooks will help you prep for iOS 10 before it hits iPhones this fall, with everything you need to know to learn to code for Apple devices. Swift Apprentice will take you through getting started with playgrounds and help you practice learning core Swift 2 language concepts, and you’ll get a free…

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05:47
Leaked video highlights alleged differences between...

A new video from China allegedly shows a semi-functional functional "iPhone 7" with the same features and design as previous photo and video leaks, offering another glimpse of what Apple's next iPhone is expected to look like.

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05:27
Softbank to acquire Apple chip designing partner ARM...

In a massive deal valued at $32 billion, Japanese company Softbank announced on Monday that it will acquire ARM Holdings, the company that designs specifications for low-power mobile processors, including the A-series chips found in Apple's iPhone and iPad.

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05:20
Apple chip designer ARM set to be acquired by...

ARM, the British chip designer responsible behind the A-series processors used in Apple’s iOS devices, looks set to be bought by Japanese telecoms company Softbank.
The deal will need to be approved by shareholders, but with ARM recommending it and a valuation 43% above last week’s closing price, it looks likely to go through. It is, however, possible that other companies may make their own bid for the company.
Both Intel and Apple have been suggested as potential bidders …
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05:04
Maxthon browser reportedly collects sensitive data...

Moving to an alternative web browser is no guarantee that you'll be less susceptible to privacy and security issues. Researchers at Exatel have published a report claiming that Maxthon's browser transmits sensitive user information, whether or not y...

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05:02
Rumor: TSMC to be exclusive manufacturer of both...

Apple competitor Samsung could be on the outs for the next two generations of iPhone processors, according to a new rumor, which claims that rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will be the sole provider of both the "A10" and "A11" CPUs.

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04:56
Walmart Pay Is Better Than You Might Expect

You might think that Walmart’s home-brew mobile payment system would be dreadful, but Josh Centers was pleasantly surprised by how well it works, despite some flaws. 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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04:39
Pokémon Go launches in Canada, servers fall over as...

Good news for Pokémon Go fans in Canada: the game has officially rolled out to the country. Bad news for fans of the game everywhere: the extra load seems to have killed the servers again.
Niantic made the Canadian announcement on Twitter and on the game’s official Facebook page, but so far the company hasn’t responded to complaints that users are again unable to login. It did acknowledge the server problems experienced over the weekend …
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04:31
UK Chip Designer ARM to be Acquired by Japan's...

British chip designer and major Apple partner ARM Holdings is set to be acquired by Japanese firm Softbank for $31.4 billion, the BBC has revealed.

According to the report, the board of ARM is expected to recommend shareholders accept the offer, which amounts to a 43 percent premium on its closing market value of $22.2 billion last week.

Shares in the U.K. technology firm surged by 45 percent at the open of the London Stock Exchange this morning on news of the deal, adding $10 billion to ARM's market value.

The Cambridge-based company was founded in 1990 and employs 3,000 staff. The acquisition is said to be the biggest ever purchase of a European technology company, one that will be funded by Softbank's own cash reserves and a long-term loan from Japan's Mizuho Bank. Commenting on the deal, chairman and chief executive of Softbank, Masayoshi Son, said:

This is one of the most...

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04:30
Kool Tools: Epson SuerColor P-Series

Epson (www.epson.com) has expanded its award-winning line of SureColor P-Series large format printers to include three new Designer Edition configurations – the 17-inch SureColor P800 (pictured), 24-inch SureColor P6000 and 44-inch SureColor P8000.
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04:30
If you need a Thunderbolt Display replacement, check...

Once Apple announced it was no longer making its Thunderbolt Display, NEC contacted AppleWorld.Today to let us know that — hint, hint — its MultSync+EA275UHD is a fine replacement. They sent us a test unit, so here are my impressions.

Is the NEC display a suitable replacement for Apple’s monitor? Yep, considering its $300 cheaper ($699 compared to $999 for the outdated Thunderbolt Display). However, the design isn’t as elegant as an Apple display, and the screen, while crisp and sharp, pales in comparison to the screen of the 5K iMac with Retina Display (which is the display I have to compare all others to). 

Still, the NEC is no slouch by any means. It’s a 4K UHD, 27-inch, 3840 x 2160 widescreen LED-...

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04:28
Federal government IT pros are overconfident in...

Tripwire (www.tripwire.com), a global provider of endpoint detection and response, security and compliance solutions, has announced the results of a study conducted for Tripwire by Dimensional Research.
The Tripwire study evaluated the confidence of IT professionals regarding the efficacy of seven key security controls, which must be in place to quickly detect a cyber attack in progress. Study respondents included 763 IT professionals from various industries, including 103 participants from federal government organizations.
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04:28
Federal government IT pros are overconfident in...

Tripwire (www.tripwire.com), a global provider of endpoint detection and response, security and compliance solutions, has announced the results of a study conducted for Tripwire by Dimensional Research.
The Tripwire study evaluated the confidence of IT professionals regarding the efficacy of seven key security controls, which must be in place to quickly detect a cyber attack in progress. Study respondents included 763 IT professionals from various industries, including 103 participants from federal government organizations.
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04:11
Apple reportedly dropping Samsung for not only A10...

While Apple’s orders for the A9 chip in the iPhone 6s/Plus were split between the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and Samsung, we heard back in February that TSMC was to be the sole supplier of the A10 chip in the iPhone 7.  A new report from Korea claims that the same is true of the A11 chip destined for next year’s iPhone.
The report appears in the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, via Digitimes.

TSMC is already the exclusive manufacturer of Apple’s A10 chip which will power the upcoming iPhone series slated for launch in September 2016. The Taiwan-based foundry will continue to be the sole supplier of Apple’s next-generation A11 processor that will be built on a 10nm FinFET process, the report indicated, without citing its sources.

TSMC is believed to have a...

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04:00
CloudMounter simplifies managing cloud accounts on...

In these days of high-speed Internet connections and low-capacity SSD drives in laptops, cloud storage services are becoming more and more popular. Like me, you may have several different cloud accounts. This is where Eltima’s $29 CloudMounter app for Mac OS X (Yosemite or El Capitan) comes in handy.

It allows you to manage most all of your clouds from a single point of access and mount various cloud services and web servers to your Mac as local disks. I say “most” because there’s no iCloud support. However, you can connect to Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP and WebDAV servers in the Finder as if they were located on your computer.

The way CloudMounter works is simple. The main window of the app is basically a connections manager with corresponding buttons for each supported service and protocol. Just choose what you want to connect, enter your login credentials and...

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03:31
TSMC Reportedly Lands Exclusive Deal for Apple'...

In May, Patently Apple posted a report titled "TSMC is already Preparing Apple's 2017 iPhone A11 Chips." Today a report is claiming that "Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has obtained all of Apple's A11 chip orders."

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03:11
Apple Supplier ARM is acquired by Japan's...

Japan's SoftBank Group Corp. agreed to buy ARM Holdings Plc for 24.3 billion pounds ($32 billion), securing a slice of virtually every mobile computing gadget on the planet and future connected devices in the home. ARM's technology is the engine behind Apple's AX processors for all iOS devices.

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03:02
See the sun do a somersault, courtesy of NASA's...

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory took a photo of the sun every 12 seconds on July 6th, and the results aren't quite what you'd expect. A time-lapse video of the images makes it look like the sun is doing a somersault, because the SDO was spinning 36...

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00:45
Samsung is buying a stake in a Chinese car maker

Now that the smartphone market is cooling off, Samsung needs another way to keep raking in cash... and it's going in an unusual direction to make that happen. The tech giant is buying a stake in Chinese automaker BYD that, at least at first, will hel...

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Saturday July 16

07:00
Hatoful Boyfriend is the ultimate bird dating...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.
Dating simulators are one of those distinctly Japanese styles of games that has never really broken into the mainstream here, but a small number of them make their way over (or are community-translated) for the hardcore fans of the niche. Still, even if you would probably never check out a typical dating sim otherwise, you should consider playing Hatoful BoyfriendTo read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:59
Review: Atlas Wristband 2 makes some improvements,...

Atlas' first Wristband was an ambitious but ultimately failed attempt to build a fitness tracker geared toward strength training, instead of just cardio-oriented activities like running and cycling. The second-generation model makes some modest improvements, but doesn't solve some of the fundamental complaints we had.

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23:02
Two more Chromebooks are ready to test Android apps

Nearly two months after Google confirmed the Play Store and more Android apps are coming to Chrome OS, it finally added support for the feature on some new hardware. The Acer Chromebook R11 and Chromebook Pixel have joined ASUS' Chromebook Flip -- wh...

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20:04
Ben Heck tears down the legendary Nintendo...

We got a good, close look at the Nintendo PlayStation last year and even talked to Sony veteran Shuhei Yoshida about it, but have you ever wondered about everything inside the ill-fated game console? Ben Heckendorn, aka Ben Heck, is happy to show yo...

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18:31
The Pentagon is developing cyber warfare tools to...

US Cyber Command chief Adm. Michael S. Rogers has created a dedicated unit tasked with developing a suite of malware and digital weapons that can be used to wage (a digital) war against ISIS. The Pentagon originally gave Cyber Command the daunting ta...

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17:44
Editorial: Sorry Android bloggers, but Samsung'...

Android fan blogs, led by The Verge, shouted to their audiences this week that Samsung's flagship Galaxy S7 managed to surpass sales of Apple's iPhone 6s, based on a Kantar survey of U.S. buyers. The story illuminates some interesting contradictions and exposes other misleading narratives about the smartphone market.

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16:57
'Pokémon Go' expansion marred by a...

Good news! Pokémon Go is available in 26 more countries... if you get a chance to play, that is. Trainers can now grab the mobile game across a wider swath of European nations (such as the Netherlands and Sweden), but temporarily went down ami...

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15:28
Tesla hopes existing tech improves its semi-...

Many have speculated that Tesla could have prevented the Autopilot-related Florida crash if its cars had lidar (visible light detection and ranging) to better understand the world around them, not just cameras and radar. However, Tesla might have a w...

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14:00
Exploring the limits of good taste with Xbox Design...

A gamepad is the part of a game console people have the most intimate relationship with. You're holding it in your hands for hours on end, and you know it so well you can control its every function without even looking at it. When the action gets int...

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12:45
'Star Wars: Battlefront' add-on will tie...

EA and DICE are determined to wrap up Star Wars: Battlefront's year of add-ons with a bang. The developers have used Star Wars Celebration to reveal that the fourth DLC pack will revolve around the Rogue One storyline. Rogue One: Scarif will let yo...

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12:00
24 hours with Fujifilm's X-T2 mirrorless camera

The long-awaited Fujifilm X-T2 finally made its debut last week, bringing with it a completely revamped set of specs compared with its predecessor, the X-T1. One of the highlights of the new compact shooter is its 4K video support -- a first for Fuji...

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11:15
Apple Patents Tech to Foil Concert Pirates


A patent for an infrared system that could be used to shut off iPhone cameras and microphones at live performances is one of dozens awarded to Apple last month. The system could assist the music and movie industries by automatically disabling camera functions at movies or concerts. However, the technology could have other applications as well -- for example, turning an iOS device into a museum or city tour guide, or a source of product information at a retail outlet.

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11:15
Mini review: Our quick verdict on the Samsung Galaxy...

Last week we reviewed (and accidentally damaged) Samsung's newest rugged phone, the Galaxy S7 Active. Though we learned the hard way not to push the envelope with drop tests, we were impressed that the S7 is every bit as high-end as the regular S7. W...

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11:08
OverType, a typewriter simulator on the web

This will make the older readers smile and the younger readers say, “How did you put up with this!?”∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:02
Is Pokemon success sustainable?

James Surowiecki from The New Yorker takes a look at a question that many people have been asking for the last week—Is Pokemon success sustainable? There are a lot of factors that go into answering this question, but I think it’s too soon to know for sure.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:58
The sound so loud that it circled the earth four...

Along with the “Tunguska Event”, this is another of those phenomena that fascinated me as a kid.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:49
This week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, Pokémon GO...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, Pokémon GO mania continues, Apple recruits developers for its ‘Planet of the Apps’ reality TV show, and much more.
iPhone 7 |
We kick things off with the latest iPhone 7 reports, including one alleged leak of the device on video, and yet more leaks claiming to show Lightning EarPods as Apple’s ‘AirPods’ trademark surfaces once again.
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10:49
'Star Wars' VR experiment comes to HTC...

You don't have to wait much longer to live out you dreams of wielding a lightsaber in virtual reality. HTC and Lucasfilm have revealed that Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine, their VR gaming experiment, will be available on July 18th through Steam. An...

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09:30
Google is still working on a standalone headset

Yesterday Recode published an article suggesting Google has killed a VR project that would have directly competed with high-end headsets like the Oculus Rift. While it may be true that this particular project has been shuttered, sources within the co...

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09:27
Netflix launches Flixtape: Like a mixtape, but for...

Flixtape is a short playlist of Netflix titles based around a theme, a mood, or message. It’s like a mixtape, but for Netflix.I’m not sure how much use this will actually get, but in a world of constant sharing, why not.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:14
When Yahoo ruled the valley

They were called surfers, and they were a collection of mostly 20-somethings — including a yoga lover, an ex-banker, a divinity student, a recent college grad from Ohio hungry for adventure — all hired by a start-up called Yahoo to build a directory of the world’s most interesting websites.I remember this so well. I can’t imagine building a directory of the most interesting Web sites by hand, but they did it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:57
Pokémon Go comes to 26 new European countries, Japan...

Since its initial launch last week, the insanely popular Pokémon Go has gradually been rolling out to more countries. Most recently, the app launched in Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Now, it has been announced that the title is available in 26 new countries across Europe.
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08:32
Apple News is getting is own user agent analytics in...

Apple News steps out of the shadows and allowing publishers track their success without having to pay up for an Apple Developer account and agree to iAds, according to Slight Future.

Users of the Apple News service have been indistinguishable from the ones surfing through web views of in-app browsers — until now. The Apple News User-Agent in iOS 9 was also the default for in-app browsers and didn’t contain anything to separate it from other apps. It notably didn’t contain the Safari component, at least setting it apart from the Safari web browser.

However, in iOS 10 Public Beta 1, a new User-Agent was introduced that, for the first time, advertises that the request is coming from the Apple News app. It seems pretty clear that iOS 10 will use a unique User-Agent for the Apple News app. 

User agents are unique to every visitor on the web. They reveal a catalogue of technical...

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08:30
Facebook isn't trying hard enough to increase...

Facebook released its annual diversity report on Thursday and, sadly, little has changed from last year. 52 percent of its US employees are white, 38 percent are Asian, 4 percent are Hispanic and 2 percent are Black, while 67 percent of its global st...

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08:19
GlaxoSmithKline launches a rheumatoid arthritis...

GlaxoSmithKline -- a science-led, global health care company -- has started a rheumatoid arthritis study using Apple’s ResearchKit, marking the first time a drugmaker has used the health system for the iPhone to conduct clinical research, according to Bloomberg.

Glaxo wants to record the mobility of 300 participants over three months and will also ask the patients to input both physical and emotional symptoms, such as pain and mood, the article adds. The app Glaxo created from ResearchKit comes with a guided wrist exercise that uses the phone’s sensors to record motion, giving the drugmaker a standardized measurement across all users. The company will use the results to help design better clinical trials, reports Bloomberg.

ResearchKit turns iPhone into a tool for medical...

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08:10
Apple wants to simplify the way music-streaming...

Apple has submitted a preliminary proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board to simplify the way music-streaming companies pay songwriters and publishers -- in a way that could make it more expensive for rivals like Spotify and YouTube to keep offering free streaming, according to Billboard.

Currently, streaming services -- such as Apple Music -- pay songwriters and publishers between 10.5% and 12% of their overall revenue, and labels and other owners of recording copyrights negotiate their own terms. The money is divided into public performance and mechanical royalties, then paid to collecting societies and publishers.

Apple wants to make this process easier and more transparent, according to a copy of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Boardfiling obtained by Billboard. The company’s proposal to the Copyright...

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07:30
Notable apps and app updates for July 16, 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.

iOS Apps/Updates

Pterosaur Design has introduced Doppler Ball 1.0. A modern interpretation of classic paddle-style games from the 1970s and 80s, the free app challenges the player to use a humming, hyperactive ball to knock down blocks and clear levels. 

Davka Corporation has published the Soncino Hebrew-English Talmud. The $5.99 app brings the world of the Talmud to your iOS device. You can search the entire Talmud in seconds in Hebrew or English, quickly locate relevant results, and view full texts instantly.

tvOS...

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03:00
The week in Apple news: iPhone 7 rumors, WWDC 2016...

Apple headlines for the week ending July 15, 2016This week the big news wasn’t made by Apple. It was made by Nintendo and Niantic, with the release of Pokémon Go. Maybe you’re taking a break from the Pokémadness to catch up on Apple news. For that, we thank you. Here are the important Apple-related headlines from the past week. Click on the link to get more information.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Recharge your iPad Pro with...

New iPad cases of the weekThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings us the Power Sleeve, a sleeve with an embedded Lightning cable that allows you to leave your other charger at home. Plus, multi-purpose folios, backpacks, and much more. Read on!CaseCrownThe Power Sleeve (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $30 MSRP) sports a durable canvas exterior combined with a soft neoprene interior.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:00
Recommended Reading: How reliable are internet movie...

'Ghostbusters' is a
perfect example of
how internet movie
ratings are broken
Walt Hickey,
FiveThirtyEight

The reboot of the 1984 classic hits theaters this weekend, but the criticism of the new Ghostbusters has been flying for months. FiveThirtyEi...

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07:00
Nest introduces the Cam Outdoor, new Nest Aware...

Nest Labs, Inc. has introduced the Nest Cam Outdoor, additional features to the Nest Aware service, and a brand new way to interact with the entire range of Nest products through the Nest app.

With a new, completely weatherproof industrial design created for permanent outdoor use, Nest Cam Outdoor extends security outside the home. Customers can keep an eye on their homes 24/7 with full high-definition (1080p) video quality anytime, anywhere and in any weather. Customers also get features such as activity alerts and Talk and Listen.

Subscribers to the Nest Aware service will receive person alerts, allowing Nest Cam to distinguish between a person and another activity and let you know when someone comes into view. Nest Aware features including person alerts are available on all Nest Cam and Dropcam cameras.

The redesigned Nest app delivers new software features and makes existing Nest products even better, including earlier versions of Nest Cam, according to...

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06:56
First Look at Scrivener for iOS

One of the premiere tools for creative writers, Literature & Latte’s Scrivener, is breaking away from the desktop with a powerful mobile version. 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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06:45
Apple Wins Second MacBook Design Patent and the...

Last month we missed a design patent win of Apple's in the Hong Kong database. The win is Apple's second design patent for the MacBook. The first design was granted in early February and could be reviewed here. Our report also takes a look at the rumored U.S. based 'AirPods' trademark.

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06:30
StarTech USB-C Multifunction Adapter designed to...

StarTech has released its USB-C Multifunction Adapter, which is designed to enable mobile professionals to add crucial functionality to port-limited laptops such as Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. 

According to the folks at StarTech, the adapter “can instantly turn a USB-C laptop into a convenient workstation, in the office or on the go.” Through a single USB Type-C connection, users can expand their laptop with HDMI and VGA output ports, a Gigabit Ethernet network port and a USB 3.0 port. The adapter is ideal for mobile professionals who work on their laptops in random locations such as hotels, airports, meeting rooms or in small office workspaces.

The USB-C Multifunction Adapter is bus-powered, so doesn’t require an additional power supply. It’s available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com...

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06:00
ICYMI: Sound wave sewer checks, the feminized phone...

Today on In Case You Missed It: A town in Maryland is checking for clogs in sewer lines with a sound wave system funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. And a Chinese-made smartphone is geared towards women in the most condescendi...

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06:00
WaterField Designs debuts the Bolt laptop backpack

WaterField Designs has devoted the $329 Bolt Laptop Backpack, which is designed to accommodate both work and after-work gear in a stylish, professional bag that befits the office, airport, or gym, according to company owner Gary Waterfield.

It sports a designated, laptop compartment for a Macbook, PC, Surface Pro or other device that’s accessible through a quick-access zipper allowing business travelers to ease through TSA airport security, he adds. The Bolt Laptop Backpack — available in waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with full-grain leather accents — is designed to accommodate everything for short business trips without the need for an extra bag. 

Ergonomically-designed straps distribute weight evenly for hands-free carry. A spacious main compartment—gold-lined to light up contents—is accessible via two waterproof zippers. The rear zipper leads to a shock-absorbing, foam-lined laptop...

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05:30
World's smallest MacBook lock announced in time...

Maclocks has announced the Ledge MacBook Lock, which it says is the world's smallest security solution for the Apple laptop. With a single replacement screw, the MacBook is fully secured while completely protected from daily wear and tear, the company says.

Maclocks is now running a special $69.95 "Back to School" Ledge promotion. The MacBook Lock Bundle” includes a protective MacBook case for a full security solution. The "3 in 1 MacBook Ledge Kit" includes two Ledge Lock Slot Adapters (one for MacBook Air & one for MacBook Pro) and a Combination cable lock.

Gazelle Certified MacBooks - Perfect for back to school, get 'em now!

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05:00
Savant rolls out new line of home tech products

Savant has announced the availability of a new line of direct to consumer products, starting with the entertainment-focused Savant Remote. The remote combines the features of a universal remote with the power of home automation.

It allows consumers to control devices such as cable boxes, an Apple TV, Sonos, Roku, and even lighting. Designed in collaboration with award-winning San Francisco design studio Ammunition, led by renowned industrial designer Robert Brunner, the Savant Remote addresses the major sources of frustration with traditional and universal remotes, controlling more than 380,000 of today’s most popular entertainment devices, as well as lighting, according to William Lynch, CEO of Savant.

Using voice control or a touchscreen, users can switch between favorite channels, services (cable, DirecTV, Sonos, Apple TV, Blu-ray, etc.) or activate their Savant Scenes. The Remote also provides personalized...

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04:30
MG announces the Novi, a Multi-Device Portable...

MG has launched its $285 Novi Portable Charging Station. The new device utilizes LunaPulse technology to charge up to eight portable battery pods in 2.5 hours. 

The Novi Portable Charging Station consists of the Novi Dock and portable Novi Pods. The Novi Dock is powered by an internal AC adapter with a removable 2-prong cable that can be retrofitted for use in any country. Each dock can hold up to eight pods. MG's LunaPulse Technology means that the Novi Dock charges each one of the Novi Pods on contact, without the need for any additional cables. 

Charging is conducted at high speeds, and each portable battery fully charges a phone of the same batter size in only 1.5 hours. Once charged, each lightweight pod can be removed and taken anywhere consumers need to charge their mobile device.

Each Novi Pod houses a built in Lightning and Micro-USB charging cables. The Novi Pods hold 2,600 MAH of charge.

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02:52
This week on AI: Pulling the curtain back on '...

"iPhone 7" leaks returned with a vengeance this week, giving us what may be a near-final glimpse of the product. News didn't stop there however, with word about a TV series co-produced by Apple, a French research center, and of course the hype juggernaut that is Pokemon GO.

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00:23
Twitch makes it easy to find streams in your language

It's simple enough to search for streams on Twitch, but if you want to explore all the broadcasts available in a particular language, you'll find the website's new feature quite useful. The company has just launched Multi-Language Filters, which you...

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Sunday July 17

20:41
Microsoft Office 2016 15.24 and Office 2011 14.6.6

Resolves a memory corruption vulnerability while bringing a handful of improvements to individual apps. ($149.99 new, free update) 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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13:56
Twitch is taking auditions for an internet-wide...

Twitch may have started as a broadcasting service laser-focused on beaming your gaming exploits out to the world, but it certainly isn't staying that way. Now, the Creative banner has been expanded to include comedy, music, theater, voice acting and...

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12:28
SpaceX picks its first rocket to fly a second time

Sure, SpaceX promised to reuse a rocket sometime in September or October... but which rocket? At last, we know. As part of a NASA presentation, SpaceX has revealed that it will be using the second Falcon 9 to make a successful landing (in this case,...

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12:19
Why you might not have a perfect Uber passenger...

This wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Very funny.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:13
What the Heck Is Pokémon Go?

Pokémon Go is the phenomenon of the summer, but what the heck is it? Josh Centers explains how the game works and why it’s causing some weird behavior. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:00
Ben Heck's Hackmanji board game, part 3

The last piece of the Jumanji-esque puzzle falls into place as Ben, Karen and Felix complete the Hackmanji puzzle board -- and with your help. Putting the finishing touches on the board involves combining the mechanical with the electronic as Ben...

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10:39
Google, Tesla, and Facebook Attract 'Hordes of...

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:
"We just came from Oracle, then we go to HP, Google; we're going to do Tesla, Intel, eBay and Yahoo. And Apple, I forgot Apple..." says one San Francisco resident, describing a tour he's providing for his friend from Tokyo. In fact, Silicon Valley's iconic tech companies have discovered tourists are now dropping in on their headquarters. "It was nice to walk between the buildings, take some pictures and see the employees enjoy their lunch break," wrote one visitor to Google's campus, before complaining that Google hadn't also provided them with bathroom access. "We got told not to use the Google bikes as they are for employees only, which was a bit of a shame," another visitor complained.

"Hundreds of people a day visit the Facebook sign and Google's Android sculpture garden in Mountain View," reports the Bay Area Newsgroup, "with many stopping at other tech giants as well, snapping photos and shooting video..." In fact, Tesla,...

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09:30
Gaming headset review roundup: Five options, one...

As much as we'd all love surround sound in every room where we have a TV, it isn't always feasible. Be it budgetary reasons or living in an apartment with roommates who don't share your enthusiasm for late-night explosions, sometimes 5.1- or 7.1-chan...

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08:55
A Longer 4.7" iPhone 7 Video Surfaces

Another day, another iPhone 7 video; It's the same design we presented in another video on Friday, with this video being much longer. Under Tim Cook ...

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08:00
After Math: Fun and games

This was a big week for diversions. Nintendo is sitting pretty thanks to its overnight smash hit, Pokémon Go -- not to mention the excitement surrounding its upcoming NES Classic Edition mini-console. Additionally, MoviePass rolled out its rev...

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07:05
Microsoft Invents Advanced Haptics for Next Xbox...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft's Paranoia of Apple's Gaming Intentions has ushered in Project Scorpio." Microsoft wants to take gaming to the next level which means driving 4K gaming to the mainstream market. It's partly to fend off Sony's PS4 Neo which likewise promises a leap to 4K gaming and to ensure that Apple's intentions of challenging them on the traditional video gaming console front never materializes, despite Apple's work with top gaming developers. Earlier this month another Microsoft patent was published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office revealing some of their work on Xbox's next gaming controller (likely coming to Project Scorpio) ....

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: Flying cars and an...

The Tesla Model X is the best car in its class - but it's also prohibitively expensive with a MSRP of $83,000. That's set to change, as Tesla just launched a new version of its electric SUV that is $9,000 cheaper. If you're holding out for a flying c...

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05:15
New iPhone 7 Video Offers Side-by-Side Comparison...

A new video and images posted to Chinese microblogging site Weibo and picked up this morning by NWE offer a side-by-side comparison of an iPhone 7 casing against Apple's current flagship iPhone 6s.

Embedded below, the new video runs to over two and a half minutes and gives a much better idea of the prospective design than last week's seven-second clip.

Whatever the origin of the assembled 4.7-inch iPhone 7 unit, it matches the Space Grey of the iPhone 6s, and features the larger camera and repositioned antenna bands seen in previous images and alleged design leaks. It also clearly shows a lack of headphone jack, with a second speaker grille alongside the Lightning port where it used to...

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04:07
New video of purported iPhone 7 shows larger camera...

As we get closer to the expected launch, sometime in early September, the leaks for the iPhone 7 just keep coming. Following a brief clip last week, a poster on Weibo has uploaded an extended video of a purported iPhone 7 unit — we’ve embedded it after the jump.
The video shows an iPhone 7 casing (4.7 inch model) that corroborates previous rumors: new larger camera, redesigned antenna lines, missing headphone jack in lieu of an additional speaker grille. The video compares the purported iPhone 7 design to an iPhone 6s, with which it shares many design characteristics …
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04:03
'The Solus Project' is Xbox One's sci...

We've seen a few games graduate from the Xbox Game Preview program and become full-fledged Xbox One titles, but perhaps none as intriguing as The Solus Project. Earth is a goner, so humanity takes to the stars, with what's left of the human race hang...

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Friday July 15

15:27
During coup attempt, Turkish president appears via...

In what may be another first for our connected world, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan placed what appeared to be a Facetime call to a national news broadcast early on Saturday while the world tried to figure out if a military coup against him had succeeded.
Erdogan appeared on a journalist's iPhone, held up to the camera so viewers could see and hear what he had to say. He claimed that he remained in control and urged the public to take to the streets to oppose the coup attempt.
Erdogan's use of modern technology to speak to the nation comes with a heap of irony. He has been keen to shut off access to the Internet during sensitive times and go after those who try to get around such bans and those who insult him. Reporters Without Borders says Erdogan has "systematically" censored the Internet.To read this article in full or...

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20:19
Apple proposes flat streaming music royalties for...

Apple has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board that would simplify streaming royalty rates paid to songwriters, and significantly increase the rates paid by Spotify and other services that offer free, ad-supported music streaming.

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19:40
Apple's idea for music royalties could stick it...

The Copyright Royalty Board, a three judge panel that sets licensing rates, is trying to figure out what the statutory rate music download and streaming services will pay publishers between 2018 and 2022. Now, the New York Times and Billboard report...

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19:08
Apple proposes new royalty structure for streaming...

Apple’s suggested royalty structure would make accounting simpler and more transparent, but it would also make it more costly to run a free service, since streaming companies would have to pay a minimum rate, rather than a percentage of revenue. The current system arguably benefits Spotify and YouTube, since their free tiers don’t generate much revenue compared to paid services.A big double hit for Apple here: First they look better to musicians and the industry, and second they get to screw Spotify.∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:52
Watch out for fraudulent 'Pokémon Go' apps

It's official: Pokémon Go has become a major phenomenon: It's getting people interested in augmented reality, inspiring filmmakers and even helping players cope with anxiety. Unfortunately, it's also creating targets for malware developers. Ac...

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18:40
GlaxoSmithKline targets arthritis in first...

Apple's ResearchKit was quickly adopted by clinical studies at a series of universities and hospitals, but a new iOS app focused on rheumatoid arthritis from pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline marks the first time a drug company has made use of the framework.

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18:23
Turkish President Erdoğan addresses nation via...

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17:45
Watch the Evo 2016 fighting game championships right...

Need a place to watch this weekend's Evo fighting game championships? Look no further. The event runs through Sunday, with finals for Street Fighter V starting that night at 10 p.m. Eastern live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Other games this y...

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17:14
Astronomers map 1.2 million galaxies in colossal 3D...

After spending a decade measuring the stars, scientists just released a 3D map spanning 1.2 million galaxies. But it also measures the universe's expansion over time, giving credence to the theory that dark energy played a role in its increasing size...

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17:08
FIS Cardless Cash to enable Touch ID banking at 70,...

While select banks have already begun rolling out card-free ATMs for iPhone users with Apple Pay, a new partnership between FIS Cardless Cash and ATM network Payment Alliance International promises to bring similar security and card-free convenience to iPhone users via an app that authenticates via Touch ID.

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11:35
The Week in iOS Apps: Angry Birds Anniversary

Some new apps that aren't Pokémon GoForget Pokémon for a second: Angry Birds 2 is one year old. How shall we celebrate? Read on!Angry Birds 2In celebration of its first birthday, Angry Birds 2 (freemium, iPhone and iPad) has been updated with 80 news levels, a “Ring of Fire” to make “those bad piggies feel the burn,” as well as birthday hats for all your favorite characters. Need more? Here’s the trailer for game’s birthday celebration.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:49
Apple’s New Music Royalty Proposal Would Make...

Apple has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board calling for a simplified way to pay songwriters and music publishers for streaming music, according to Billboard. While the change would benefit labels, artists and publishers, it would make it more difficult for streaming services like Spotify to continue offering free tiers.

Apple, which has always had a gift for creative simplicity, wants to make this process easier and more transparent, according to a copy of the filing obtained by Billboard. The company’s proposal to the Copyright Royalty Board suggests a simple, “all-in” statutory rate that would be “fair, simple and transparent, unlike the incredibly complicated structure that currently exists.”Apple's suggested rate is 9.1 cents per 100 plays, which would make the songwriting royalties for 100 streams...

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16:27
Amazon Video for Android adds support for SD cards

Amazon just pushed a small, but important update to its Android video app: starting today, users can choose where downloaded files are stored. It sounds insignificant, but for heavy users, this is a really big deal -- until now, Amazon Video would on...

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16:06
During military coup, Turkey's President...

Turkey has been thrown into chaos after a military coup seized control of the government, declared martial law and began censoring media networks, but its president appeared on CNN T?RK, using Apple's FaceTime to issue a statement.

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15:55
∞ Macs: September doesn’t seem right to me

John Gruber on the lack of Mac updates an when they could be coming:Something unusual is certainly going on. We have to get updated MacBook Pros and Mac Pros soon (September?), right?I agree completely that there has to be updates coming for various products in the Mac lineup at some point, but September just doesn’t seem right to me. Assuming Apple keeps September as its iPhone event, as its done over the past few years, the company will want to keep the focus on iPhone and nothing else.If there is a distraction, it would be for the release of iOS, which is complementary to the iPhone. Macs don’t fit in there at all. One of two things would happen: Either the Macs would take away from the importance of the iPhone release, or the Macs would get ignored completely. Neither one of those scenarios are good for Apple or the Mac products...

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15:41
Google was reportedly developing a standalone VR...

Google's virtual reality ambitions have slowly but steadily progressed over the last few years. It started with the cheap, humble cardboard headset, but Google formally announced Daydream, a new Android-based VR platform at I/O this year. However, it...

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15:40
Kennametal saves more than $750,000 annually with...

Today’s Microsoft Office 365 post was written by Dan Berlin, director of architecture at Kennametal, a materials manufacturing company.
Nearly every IT department seeks to conserve costs. The very best ones conserve costs while expanding capabilities for their users. At Kennametal, a leading material science and manufacturing company, we’re switching from traditional telephony to Skype for Business to accomplish both sides of the equation.
We have more than 11,000 employees scattered around the world, which presents challenges to working as a cohesive business. Yet global business integration is key for us. We develop innovative, wear-resistant products and services that touch nearly every manufacturing process. So we need our engineers, materials scientists, manufacturing technicians and other workers to be able to communicate not only with each other, but also among our strategic partners, vendors and customers. In the past, many of our employees hesitated to...

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15:40
Guardian Industries—connect, collaborate and...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Chuck Wiggins, infrastructure director at Guardian Industries Corporation.
Guardian Industries and its family of companies employ 17,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Our vision is to create value for customers and society through constant innovation using fewer resources. We pride ourselves on pulling together as one team to make the world a better place.
Operating as one team with three business units across diverse product lines (glass, automotive and building products) and so many locations is not always easy. Microsoft Office 365 is turning out to be a critical asset in bringing employees together in real-time to help us out-innovate our competition.
We recently added Skype for Business Online PSTN Conferencing to Office 365 and find the simplicity, convenience and cost savings a real benefit. We’ve always used third-party...

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15:03
Apple's likely 'AirPods' headphone...

New evidence suggests that Apple is once again hiding behind a shell corporation as it seeks ownership of a new trademark --?in this case, for an anticipated product named "AirPods," which could be the name for a new set of Bluetooth wireless earbuds.

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14:53
Turkish president interviewed via FaceTime during...

As Turkey's armed forces seized control of the country today, an odd scene unfolded on CNNTurk as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared live on the screen of an iPhone. News reports indicated he was safe but did not confirm his location, while Erdo...

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14:28
'Pokémon Go' gets in your face with an...

With Pokémon Go fever gripping the nation, it was only a matter of time before someone took the game's augmented reality features and evolved them, as it were, with VR and mixed reality. And CapitolaVR has done just that, creating a Pok&eacute...

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14:25
GlaxoSmithKline is the First Drug Company to Test...

It's being reported today that GlaxoSmithKline has started a rheumatoid arthritis study using Apple's ResearchKit, marking the first time a drugmaker has used the health system for the iPhone to conduct clinical research.

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14:07
Samsung's Obsession with Bendable Smartphone...

On July 3 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Continues to Push the Concept of Foldable Smartphones and Tablets." Days later, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published yet another pair of new patent applications. Samsung's inventions cover flex displays with artificial muscles and a method of allowing multitasking users to quickly switch between multiple favorite apps with a simple bend of their smartphones.

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14:03
NASA's Mars 2020 rover will search for signs of...

After building out its next Mars rover in mixed-reality simulations, NASA is ready to announce the near-final design that will depart for the red planet in the summer of 2020. Unlike Curiosity, which is still on its extended tour, the Mars 2020 rover...

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13:50
Inside Apple Campus 2 and its vast expanses of sedak...

I don’t know much about construction or architecture but I know, from all I’ve read, that Apple’s new campus is a remarkable feat of engineering and will be an amazing building once its completed.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:38
Space X delays its Hyperloop competition until next...

Contestants in Space X's upcoming hyperloop pod competition now have some extra time to prepare their entries. The Elon Musk-owned company announced on Friday that the design contest will be moved back to late January, 2017. This decision comes in re...

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13:31
More confirmation of Apple’s wireless ‘AirPods’...

Earlier this year, we reported that Apple was developing revamped, cord-free headphones to launch alongside the iPhone 7, which is said to lack a 3.5mm connection. It has been speculated in the past that Apple applied for a trademark of the term “AirPods,” and now more confirmation has been uncovered.
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13:13
Rare US N64 disk-drive retail prototype found in...

If you subscribed to Nintendo Power in the 90's, you probably remember reading about the Nintendo 64DD, a console disk-drive add-on design to bring higher storage capacity, a real-time clock and internet connectivity to the Nintendo 64. You may also...

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13:00
The Public Access Weekly: Wake me up before you go-go

Wow, has it ever been a Pokémon-tastic week or what? In the roughly ten days since the AR games' release, it has exploded across every dark and light corner of the internet and out into the real, live world. Players are crashing their cars, f...

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13:00
AWT News Update: July 15, 2016

Lots of little Apple-related news tidbits for you as we head into the weekend:

  • CBS adds an Apple TV-exclusive news app with Siri voice search
  • Katy Perry releases a new single exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes
  • Move over T-Mobile; Sprint is offering goodies for Pokémon players
  • Apple's share price closed near a quarterly high yesterday
  • Contactless cash withdrawals leveraging TouchID coming soon from a growing number of  ATMs

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 15, 2016.

The 4th-generation Apple TV received some attention today, with several...

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12:49
Create Netflix movie and TV show 'mixtapes...

If you're looking for a weekend activity, Netflix has another option to guide your streaming habit. The company has a new Flixtape generator that takes a subject or phrase that you enter and compiles a mixtape-like playlist of three titles. You're fr...

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12:37
Steinberg releases free Smart Click metronome app...

Smart Click brings one of the most accurate metronomes to your iOS handhelds. We have paid special attention to its usability and design by providing an easy and quick way to access the app. Smart Click’s easy-to-use interface lets you focus on practicing effectively and improving your ability to play in time. And to make it even better yet this metronome app allows you to choose different time signatures and four types of accents for each beat, including the well-known Cubase click sound. Stay in time — wherever you are!Steinberg has been in the music industry for years and years. It’s great to see them releasing apps for iOS and further expanding their reach.∞ Read this...

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12:31
iPad Pro and tattoo artists

Tattoo artists are making a gradual conversion to digital, and the iPad Pro is proving to be a catalyst for an industry that so far has only reluctantly let go of ink pens and sketch paper. Pen and paper, after all, has been where the art in tattoo art has originated. The iPad Pro, with the help of the Apple Pencil stylus and some advanced image processing software, may be the first affordable technology that feels authentic enough to move artists away from the familiarity of pen and paper.This makes perfect sense, but I never even thought of these artists as potential iPad Pro users when it was released.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:24
CBS News is coming to Apple TV as a free app

If you're a cord cutter who owns an Apple TV and is on the hunt for live news coverage, then you're in luck. CBS News has launched an app for the streaming device that will provide 24-hour news programming. It also curates video playlists and news st...

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12:19
Nest Cam Braves the Great Outdoors


Nest on Wednesday introduced an outdoor surveillance camera to complement its indoor Nest Cam. The Nest Cam Outdoor will go on sale this fall for $199. It is easy to mount on any outdoor surface, according to the company, and even has a magnetic base for attaching to gutters. The camera, which resembles a unit of track lighting, can capture 1080p video. It has live-streaming capabilities, as well as two-way audio. It has a 130-degree field of view and includes night vision support.

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12:18
Microsoft says Windows 10 will miss goal of 1...

Microsoft won't meet its high ambitions of having Windows 10 installed on 1 billion devices by 2018, owing to the decision to scale back its Windows phone business, the company acknowledged on Friday.

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12:11
Learning to trust a self-driving car

“But ultimately the operator of the vehicle is responsible for having some degree of situational awareness. When it comes to autonomous cars, it’s a system. It’s a machine. It’s not making decisions. It’s not aware of everything. It’s simply sensing its environment and responding as it has been trained.”Great article from The New Yorker, but I completely agree with the above statement that Brian Lathrop, a senior engineer for Volkswagen’s Electronics Research Laboratory, made in the story.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:09
Trademark Filings Seemingly Confirm Apple's...

With it looking more and more like Apple is going to remove the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, we've seen considerable speculation and discussion about the transition to either wired Lightning headphones or Bluetooth options. Looking at the wireless possibilities, the first iPhone 7 headphone jack rumors immediately reminded us of an "AirPods" trademark filing we discovered last October that seemed likely to be linked to Apple, although conclusive proof could not be found at the time.

That AirPods trademark application was filed by a previously unknown company by the name of Entertainment in Flight LLC, which carried many of the hallmarks of being a shell company operated by Apple for the purposes of hiding its true identity. Apple has used such companies on many previous occasions, including for "...

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06:14
T-Mobile offers free Pokémon Go data for a year, but...

Earlier this week we reported that Pokémon Go was eating the world, and in the last few days the augmented reality game has taken another big bite. The craze has hit such heights that you can now filter locations on Yelp based on whether or not a Pokéstop is nearby. Seriously.
Not wanting a good fad to go to waste, T-Mobile's getting in on the action with an offer that should bring a smile to every trainer's face. Late Thursday, the company announced it would offer free data for a year for all customers’ Pokémon Go sessions. The offer only applies to data consumption from using the Pokémon Go app....

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12:00
Review: G-Technology 1TB G-Drive mobile USB-C...

As a MacBook owner, USB-C peripherals are still a little hard to come by, but the accessory situation has improved significantly over the past year. One of the latest USB-C-centric peripherals to hit the scenes is an external bus-powered hard drive from the folks over at G-Technology. If you’re looking for a way to quickly offload files to and from your MacBook, the G-Drive is a good option. more…Filed under: Apple ...

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11:59
The Fight for the “Right to Repair”

All about tech companies and the movement to have a right to repair your broken phones, computers, tablets and other complex products. This is an important issue.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:59
Moto G4 and G4 Plus review: Bigger and (mostly)...

When it comes to getting the most smartphone for your dollar, the Moto G line has been your best choice for the past few years. We adored the previous model, which came in at a mere $180. Now with the Moto G4 and G4 Plus, Motorola is literally aiming...

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11:39
News: Katy Perry releases surprise single ‘Rise’...

Music sensation Katy Perry has just released “Rise” her first new single in over two years, exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes, reports Entertainment Weekly. The new single, released for the 2016 Rio Olympics, came as a surprise to music fans, and is described as an “uplifting track with a dash of electronic influence” written by the pop star herself. Perry described the track as something she was eager to finish sooner…

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11:23
How-To: Enable hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ voice...

At this year’s WWDC 2016, Apple introduced the only feature I really cared about seeing making its move onto macOS: Siri. The voice assistant had finally found its way onto the next obvious platform. While I was excited to see it available, I wasn’t ecstatic to see it would take a keyboard shortcut or icon click to launch it. That requirement made it feel like a step back in a world where nearly all of Apple’s devices had begun moving to hands-free Siri activation. Thanks to a tip on Reddit, however, that is no longer the case if you’re willing to do a little work upfront…
more…Filed under: Apple ...

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11:22
Don't believe the 'Pokémon Go'...

When the Pokémon Go obsession reached full saturation this week, privacy concern whispers became full-blown hysterical shrieks when a researcher's blog post accused the game's maker of taking over its users' Google accounts. As it turned out,...

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The end of plastic cards nears: Over 70,000 ATMs...

Following Bank of America’s announcement that customers could withdraw cash from ATMs using Apple Pay, FIS and Payment Alliance International have today announced a new partnership that will allow users to perform cardless withdrawals using Touch ID, proving that the end of plastic cards is fast approaching.
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