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Friday July 8

16:17
Apple to pay $25M to settle patent infringement...

Apple has agreed to pay $25 million to non-practicing entity Network-1 Technologies to settle a patent infringement lawsuit over technology relating to iTunes Cover Flow and OS X search features including Spotlight and Time Machine.

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15:15
Dallas' bomb robot sparks debate around police...

"We saw no other option than to use our bomb robot."

Cameras shutters clacked as Dallas Police Chief David Brown told a crowd of reporters how his department killed a suspect after a shooting spree that left five officers dead and seven more wounded...

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15:05
Dear Silicon Valley: Not everything can be solved...

In the wake of the shooting of Philando Castile by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, Shervin Pishevar, a prominent investor in Silicon Valley, came up with an idea: a mobile app. The app, as he describes it to USA Today, would be used by...

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15:00
The Public Access Weekly: Space madness

Between Juno's visit to Jupiter, the 'beating heart' captured by the Hubble and the discovery of exoplanet HD 131399Ab, the space news this week has been super neat (and a lot less depressing than the Earth news which... let's just not). That we now...

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14:41
Apple, 67 other companies file brief against North...

A group of 68 major corporations, including Apple, Cisco and eBay, have joined the legal effort to block a North Carolina law that targets the transgender community.It’s already costing the state quite a bit economically. I have to think that’s going to get worse if big companies don’t want to do business there.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:41
Apple releases searchable WWDC 2016 session text...

Developers seeking additional information from Apple's more than 125 Worldwide Developers Conference session videos can now narrow down results thanks to searchable text transcripts released on Friday.

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14:30
AWT News Update: July 8, 2016

For this Friday afternoon, we have news of some great free content from Apple, secret messaging from Facebook, and Pokémon accidents:

  • Apple released a set of guidebooks for educators yesterday, all aimed at showing those teachers how they can best use the iPad and Apple apps in the classroom
  • Facebook has started limited testing of end-to-end encryption in Messenger
  • WWDC 2016 videos are now available for your viewing pleasure, even if you're not a developer
  • Don't try to walk and catch Pokémon in the new Pokémon Go app at the same time

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14:23
Skype bots get new features and will work in group...

Microsoft announced that it would integrate bots into Skype back in March with the promise that they'd provide useful and fun interactions. In practice, they operated more like search engines that missed out on context. But today, they're rolling the...

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14:18
Apple, 67 other businesses file against North...

Apple and 67 other businesses have signed a new amicus brief, supporting the U.S. Justice Department's efforts to halt the enforcement of HB2, a North Carolina law forcing people to use bathrooms corresponding to their birth gender.

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14:15
Consumer Reports: Samsung’s water-resistant Galaxy...

Samsung told The Associated Press that while the Active is meant to be one of the most rugged phones out there, “there may be an off-chance that a defective device is not as watertight as it should be.”Consumer Reports bought two and they both failed.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:00
This Redditor stumbled upon a hidden porn game on an...

Think about the last time you bought something off of Craigslist. Was it a computer? Did you happen to find anything ancient and awesome on it? Most might shudder to think what could be procured from older tech these days, but one Redditor lucked out...

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13:32
Apple makes searchable WWDC 2016 video transcripts...

Apple today announced that transcripts are now available to accompany its WWDC 2016 session videos. These transcripts allow developers to read the full content of session videos. more…Filed under: Apple ...

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13:12
How-To: Use Final Cut Pro X’s proxy media feature to...

I love my 2016 MacBook for a variety of reasons, but there are still some areas where its Core M processor struggles to keep up. When it comes to exporting 4K video, the MacBook shines due to Intel Quick Sync Video hardware encoding. Editing 4K video, however, is much more taxing on the MacBook, especially when employing various effects and color correction.
Thankfully, Final Cut Pro X has built-in features that allow users to edit 4K video on even the most anemic of systems. In this post, we’ll show you how to leverage proxy media in order to successfully edit video on an underpowered Mac. more…Filed under:...

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13:10
Apple Devices Held For Ransom, Rumors Claim 40M...

Steve Ragan, reporting for CSOOnline: Since February, a number of Apple users have reported locked devices displaying ransom demands written in Russian. Earlier this week, a security professional posted a message to a private email group requesting information related a possible compromise of at least 40 million iCloud accounts. Salted Hash started digging around on this story after the email came to our attention. In it, a list member questioned the others about a rumor concerning "rumblings of a massive (40 million) data breach at Apple." The message goes on to state that the alleged breach was conducted by a Russian actor, and vector "seems to be via iCloud to the 'locate device' feature, and is then locking the device and asking for money."In a separate report, the publication reports that three websites owned by Penton Technology -- MacForums.com, HotScripts.com, and WebHostingTalk.com -- have been compromised and their databases are now being sold on the Darknet. While...

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13:07
Vimeo makes it easy to find purchased videos on your...

As great as Vimeo's On Demand video service is on platforms like Roku, the mobile experience needed some work. With that in mind, Vimeo has released an updated version of its iOS and Android apps, giving users easy access to videos they've subscribed...

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13:01
WaterproofGate: Samsung's high end Galaxy S7...

Despite being "IP 68 certified" to resist extended liquid intrusion in up to five feet of water for 30 minutes, Samsung's most expensive Galaxy S7 model repeatedly failed tests performed by Consumer Reports.

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13:00
WWDC16 Video Transcripts

Take advantage of transcripts to quickly discover and share information presented in WWDC16 videos. You can search by keyword, see all instances where the keyword is mentioned in the video, go straight to the time it was mentioned, and even share a link to that specific time. Watch session videos.

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13:00
WWDC16 Video Transcripts

Take advantage of transcripts to quickly discover and share information presented in WWDC16 videos. You can search by keyword, see all instances where the keyword is mentioned in the video, go straight to the time it was mentioned, and even share a link to that specific time. Watch session videos.

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12:58
Pokemon Go’s injuries

Some have reported mishaps while seeking Pokemon and driving…Morons.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:45
Apple Music for Android updated with playback +...

Apple Music for Android — one of Apple’s three apps on Google’s platform — has an update today that includes fixes for both playback and sorting issues. Here’s the change log for version 0.9.11:
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12:43
Genetically modified mice could sniff out harmful...

While studies have shown that dogs are capable of detecting diseases by smell, new research aims to create genetically modified mice capable of seeking out specific scents and chemicals. By injecting human olfactory genes into mouse DNA, researchers...

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12:31
UK Internet Service Providers Association gives...

The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has handed out its annual Heroes and Villains awards, honoring Apple as a “Hero” for its refusal to acquiesce to the FBI’s demand for iPhone unlocking. 

Apple fended off competition from MPs Jo Cherry, Keir Starmer and Nicola Blackwood, Thinkbroadband editor Andrew Ferguson and the Web Foundation. The ISPA Awards recognize “ISPs of all shapes and sizes and the shortlist highlights the true breadth of the industry, plus the services that keep the UK at the leading edge of the digital economy.”

"Apple was named as the Internet Hero for defending the fundamental principle of encryption and protecting customer security. The win reinforces how important issues around surveillance, privacy and encryption are to the industry," said the ISPA.

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12:15
Homeland Security's big encryption report wasn...

If you watch Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Blacklist, or any other TV show with make-believe espionage, you probably hear the term "going dark" at least once a week.

In the real world, "going dark" has become FBI shorthand for when baddies can't...

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12:02
Malware infections drop dramatically in the first...

Malware infections in the United States have dropped 47.3% in the first six months of 2016, according to data released today by Enigma Software Group (www.enigmasoftware.com). However, Enigma warns that computer users should not be lulled into complacency.
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08:34
Facebook brings end-to-end encryption to Messenger...

Facebook’s following the encrypted messaging trend set by other apps including Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Viber, and Google’s Allo. On Friday, the social network announced a limited beta version of Messenger for Android and iOS with an end-to-end encryption (E2EE) feature dubbed secret conversations.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click...

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10:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Get you desktop just the way...

Too bright or too dark? Get you desktop just the way you want it with Black Light's custom settingsThis week’s roundup of new Mac Apps brings you insightful weather forecasts, better integration with Android, gorgeous train simulators, photo managing tools, and much more.Alinof Archives 4.1.0Alinof Software’s $40 Alinof Archives (Mac App Store link) allows you to organize all your virtual receipts, warranties, and documents in one convenient place. With its user-friendly interface, the app lets you add useful information-like vendor, date, amount and type of transaction-right beside each item’s scanned image, and can then automatically group your records in folders for quicker access....

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11:54
Edward Snowden speaks out against new Russian law

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has spoken out against Thursday's law introduced by Vladimir Putin, referring to the anti-terror legislation as "repressive" and noting that it's a "dark day for Russia."

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11:51
Facebook’s end-to-end encrypted conversations

To enable you to do this we are starting to test the ability to create one-to-one secret conversations in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted and which can only be read on one device of the person you’re communicating with. That means the messages are intended just for you and the other person — not anyone else, including us.Great move from Facebook, although I’m sure law enforcement won’t be too pleased.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:43
The 2016 iPhone Photography Award winners

Unsurprisingly, there are some beautiful images included. As I say to students in my photo classes, “What camera you use matters less than your ability to use it”. Congratulations to all the winners.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:18
FDA halts Juno's gene-altering cancer trials...

The Food and Drug Administration has temporarily halted a cancer-treating study after three patients died of swelling in the brain. Biopharmaceutical company Juno Therapeutics had been testing an experimental method known as CAR-T to treat tumors, bu...

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11:15
SumOfUs wants Apple to stop ‘sabotaging’ older...

A petition by the watchdog organization, SumOfUs, that demands Apple stop “sabotaging” older devices with iOS upgrades that slow them down has attracted 150,000 signatures. 

Here’s what the petition says: “Apple has been sabotaging devices for years with software ‘upgrades’ that slow every iPhone and iPad except the very latest model. It's a strategy called planned obsolescence, and its one of the ways that Apple and other gadget makers are getting so filthy rich while the planet and everyone else pays.

iOS 10 will be released in just a few months time. Anyone with a perfectly functional iPhone or iPad bought two years ago would do well to ignore the prompts to ‘Install Now.’ But Apple will be pushing upgrade notices to millions of those customers anyway, because every frustrated user with a sluggish device is another sales prospect. 

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11:06
The explosion that came from nowhere

As a kid in Nova Scotia, I was fascinated by these explosions. I started off devouring information at the Halifax Public Library about the Halifax Explosion, moved on to Krakatoa and to the “Tunguska event”. No idea why these explosions fascinated me but I still read articles about them 40 years later.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:53
Apple's app development course to be hosted in...

If you're looking to get engaged with app development with Apple and you live in Italy, you'll soon be able to head down to the Università di Napoli Federico II, or what will be known as the new European iOS App Development Center.

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10:43
Apple’s transit maps

A year ago, Apple launched Transit directions in iOS 9 Maps, but so far there’s only a limited number of cities worldwide that support the new feature. Here’s why.Sounds like an incredibly complex job.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:32
ESPN working on first-ever streaming TV package -...

Disney-owned ESPN will soon be announcing its first Web-based TV streaming package, although it will only be a small step towards a full-scale online service, according to a new report.

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10:13
Mobile Ransomware Has Mushroomed: Report


The number of mobile ransomware victims across the globe has increased fourfold compared to a year ago, suggests a Kaspersky Lab report released last week. Kaspersky software protected 136,532 users targeted by ransomware from April 2015 to March 2016 -- up from 35,413 in the year-ago period, the company said. "The growth curve may be less than that seen for PC ransomware, but it is still significant enough to confirm a worrying trend," the report notes. It identifies several factors contributing to the growth of ransomware in general.

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10:11
iOS Device Ransom Attacks Continue to Target Users...

A few years ago, a number of users in Australia were victimized by attackers remotely locking iPhones, iPads, and Macs using Find My iPhone on iCloud. Compromised devices typically displayed Russian ransom messages demanding payments of around $50 to $100 for the device to be unlocked.

A ransom message targeting a Mac in 2014 with the common pseudonym "Oleg Pliss"

At the time, IT security expert Troy Hunt noted that the attackers were likely using compromised emails and passwords exposed from various online security breaches to log in to iCloud accounts. AOL and eBay, for example, were among several high-profile companies that suffered data breaches in 2014.

Apple later confirmed that iCloud was not compromised, and that the...

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05:57
Snapchat sued over ‘sexually offensive’ content in...

Snapchat is being sued for exposing minors to sexually offensive content on the Discover feature it offers in tandem with media partners.
The messaging and multimedia sharing service, which was at one point at the center of a controversy over surreptitious “sexting” by users with disappearing text and images, is now being charged with engaging through Discover “in an insidious pattern and practice of intentionally exposing minors to harmful, offensive, prurient, and sexually offensive content, without warning minors or their parents that they would be exposed to such explicit content.”
To sign up for Snapchat, users must claim they are at least 13 years old, which is the same minimum age set by social media rivals like Facebook.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:00
Amazon teases Prime Day deal bash with free Prime...

One year ago, Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary with a sale event/Prime membership promotion dubbed Prime Day. Now the online retailer wants to make Prime Day an annual tradition. Amazon recently announced that Prime Day for 2016 would take place on Tuesday, July 12.The catch? Only Amazon Prime members can partake in Prime Day deals. As with last year’s promotion, if you’re not a Prime member you can get the deals by signing up for a Prime 30-day free trial.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:01
Spin Studio: Great Marketing at a Great Price

My thanks to Spin Studio for sponsoring The Loop this week.Finally, top quality marketing and creative design services delivered in a timely manner at a reasonable cost. That’s what you can expect from Spin Studio.From compelling go-to-market initiatives, to comprehensive marketing strategies, to website or retail packaging design, and much more, Spin Studio brings creativity and innovation to each of our clients.Spin Studio will become a valued and trusted resource you’ll rely upon to consistently provide your projects with exceptional knowledge and capabilities, timely turnaround, and unparalleled quality.∞ Read this on The Loop...

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09:54
IRS sues Facebook to expose its creative accounting...

The IRS filed suit in a San Francisco court Wednesday against Facebook to get information about the tech titan's tax arrangement in Ireland. Specifically, the agency wants documents detailing whether the social giant sold rights to its Irish subsidia...

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09:53
Apple releases macOS Sierra public beta

And now, for the truly brave of heart, the macOS Sierra public beta has just become available.
Late Thursday, Apple released the public beta to macOS Sierra, the successor to OS X EL Capitan.
In order to install the beta, you’ll need to go to beta.apple.com, sign in with an Apple ID and then you’ll be able to download the installer via the Mac App Store.

As always, be sure to back up your data prior to running the installer. Also keep in mind that this is a beta, it’s not yet officially supported by Apple and you run certain risks in using it.
Finally, Apple has bundled a Feedback Assistant program that allows users to report any issues they encounter with the Sierra beta.
The Sierra beta is “Apple confidential information.” Essentially, it’s for your eyes only. You’re not...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Stainless Steel Apple Watch...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
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Here’s a stainless steel Apple Watch band in Silver or Space Gray ...

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09:30
Apple will open iOS Developer Academy at University...

In January, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company would open its first iOS app development center in Europe. Now more details have been announced, with the company announcing that it will open the first iOS Developer Academy in cooperation with the University of Naples Federico II campus in San Giovanni a Teduccio, Italy. 

The new campus is located in a coastal suburb east of Naples, and the free academy will open to more than 200 students in October for a nine-month course curriculum designed and supported by Apple. 

Students will spend their first semester enhancing and improving their iOS software development skills, while the second semester will focus on startup creation and app design. During the second semester, students will team together to create apps for possible release on the App Store. 

To apply or learn more about the academy, students can...

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09:26
The best dash cam

By Eric Adams

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here.

After considering dozens of dash cams for this guide, and ultimately selecting 10 for testing, we found the Zer...

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09:11
Facebook starts testing end-to-end encryption for...

Facebook on Friday announced initial testing of end-to-end encryption in Messenger, which should keep some conversations secure from any possible intrusion, even by Facebook itself.

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09:05
Mandalay Bay installs America's biggest solar...

The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV is now home to the largest roof-top solar array in America. The array consists of 26,000 individual panels and produces enough power to meet roughly 25 percent of the convention center's energy requ...

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09:00
Office 365 news roundup

Office 365 recently passed its five-year anniversary. Since launching in 2011, Office 365 has become the cloud service and productivity suite of choice for a growing number of enterprise organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, government agencies, educators, students and individual consumers. We’re proud of that.
A key reason for the widespread popularity of Office 365 is that we keep providing updates, improvements and new capabilities to help people stay connected, unleash their creativity and do their best work from any location and on any device.
We recently announced some key improvements to Sway, for example. In the 10 months since our digital storytelling app became generally available, customers ranging from small businesses to teachers have used Sway to create more dynamic and engaging presentations. Now, you can add passwords to...

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08:52
Blast off with 'Kerbal Space Program' on...

Did you miss out on sending members of tiny Kerbal alien race into space because you previously had nowhere to enjoy Kerbal Space Program? That's all about to change if you've got a PlayStation 4, as the quirky little simulator is launching July 12th...

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08:44
Ecotricity to end free EV charging across the UK

Since 2011, UK green energy supplier Ecotricity has operated electric vehicle charging points for thousands of EV owners across the UK, completely free of charge. Running from Land's End to John O'Groats and offering connectivity at nearly every majo...

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08:38
Apple to open iOS App Development Center in Italy...

Apple's CFO Luca Maestri has declared Italy's University of Naples Federico II as the location for Europe's first iOS coding talent incubator, set to open its doors in just a few months.

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08:35
Apple’s ‘iOS Developer Academy’ begins in Oct. at...

Apple’s new European iOS App Development Center, announced back in January, is about to officially launch as the Università di Napoli Federico II in Italy today confirms it has partnered with Apple on the initiative (via Macerkopf). 
When Apple first announced its plans for the new development center, the first of its kind to offer training for app developers in Europe, it didn’t say which school it would be partnering with to push the specialized curriculum. Today it confirmed the Università di Napoli Federico II will play host to the “iOS...

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08:28
Apple's First iOS Developer Academy to Open in...

Apple and the University of Naples Federico II have jointly announced that the first-ever iOS Developer Academy will open in October 2016 at the university's new campus in San Giovanni a Teduccio, a coastal suburb east of Naples, Italy. The news was first reported by German website Macerkopf.

The free academy will provide more than 200 students with "practical skills and training on developing apps" in the first year, with more to follow in the years ahead, as part of a nine-month curriculum designed and supported by Apple. The facility includes labs and access to the latest Apple hardware and software."We are thrilled to be working with Università di Napoli Federico II to launch the first iOS Developer Academy in Europe," said Luca Maestri, Apple's CFO.First semester courses will focus on...

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08:27
Microsoft quietly edited its Xbox 'Play...

Microsoft proudly told the world last week that "Every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere." That's now changed. The company drew ire yesterday after editing its blog post announcing the decision. But although t...

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08:17
'Splatoon' celebrated with 'The Great...

Splatoon is one of the most exciting games to come out of Nintendo in some time. The colourful team-based shooter, which follows squid-like "inklings" and their mission to cover the world (and each other) in paint, has garnered plenty of fans on Wii...

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08:00
Snapchat sued for showing sexually explicit content...

Snapchat is facing a new lawsuit over claims that Snapchat Discover routinely serves sexually explicit content to minors without warning them or their parents. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed by a 14-year-old boy and his mother in US district court this week in the central district of California.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:00
Microsoft's Counter Revolution against Apple...

In May Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft's Panay makes it Clear: Surface is to Compete Directly with Apple." In that report we presented clear evidence that Panos Panay, Microsoft's Corporate VP for Surface, is obsessed with Apple's premium devices and plans to challenge Apple on every hardware front going forward from next-gen Surface smartphones (likely this fall), to the Surface Book, to Surface tablets and the rumored all-in-one Surface PC to take on the iMac. This has been Microsoft's plan for some time ...

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07:48
∞ iOS 10 and some New Years fireworks

From this tweet by Mark Gurman:Make sure to text all of your friends running iOS 10 “happy birthday” and “happy new year.” (Seriously this should be opt-in, even opt-out).Give it a try.

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07:37
Apple’s use of web carousels target of new patent...

Apple is not alone in its use of web carousels. Take a look at the Major League Baseball home page, for example. As of this post, both sites still have their carousels up and running.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:17
MacNN and Tekserve Close, EveryMac and MacTracker...

One of the responsibilities that comes with longevity is marking the passings and anniversaries of others. We’re sad to report that the Apple news site MacNN has closed, as will the longstanding New York City Apple reseller Tekserve. On the plus side, spec site EveryMac.com is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and the similarly useful spec app Mactracker hit 15 years recently. 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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07:12
Apple chassis supplier Catcher sees revenue drop in...

Catcher -- Apple's partner on metal chassis components -- claimed a significant drop in June revenues on Thursday, but linked the dip to unnamed clients switching orders over from old products to new ones.

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07:10
∞ iOS 10 and removing built-in apps from the Home...

Apple officially allows you to remove most built-in apps from your iOS device running iOS 10. Interestingly, some of these apps allow a 3rd part app to act as a fallback. Others do not. Read on for some details.

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06:57
64-bit Office 2016 for Mac is coming

From the official Microsoft blog:We have released the first drop of a fully 64-bit version of Office 2016 for Mac to the Insider Fast channel! The update number is 15.25 (160630). I do encourage Insider Fast users to install this update and give it a test. We want to know about any problems you encounter as soon as possible, so that we can make sure we address them before the official release.Amazing that it took this long to make the move to a 64-bit version of Office.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:46
iMore: iOS 10 first impressions

Lots and lots of chewy goodness from Rene Ritchie as he offers up his take on the iOS 10 beta.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:40
Now that’s an Apple collection

Stephen Hackett has quietly assembled an impressive collection of Apple gear, which he regularly photographs, sharing the images on 512 Pixels.There are certainly holes in his collection. Anyone have an Apple II or Apple IIe they want to share with Stephen?∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:27
Facebook testing end-to-end encryption in Messenger...

Facebook Messenger is the latest app to adopt end-to-end encryption for its chats, ensuring that conversations cannot be accessed even by Facebook. It’s just in testing so far, but the company says that it will be made available more widely in the course of the summer.

We are starting to test the ability to create one-to-one secret conversations in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted and which can only be read on one device of the person you’re communicating with. That means the messages are intended just for you and the other person — not anyone else, including us.

While Apple uses end-to-end encryption as standard for both iMessages and FaceTime, and WhatsApp ...

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06:00
Control Philips Hue From Wink

I don’t like hunting through multiple apps to turn off a light in my house. Therefore, I’ve been trying to get everything centralized in the Wink app. When it comes to managing Philips Hue lights, the Wink can turn them on and off, as well as change the percentage that a bulb is lit, acting as a dimmer.
Philips Hue lights run through a bridge, known as the Hue Bridge. This device bridges the Wi-fi network and allows the Philips Hue app to control your lights. Once your Hue lights are configured, open the Wink app and tap on Add a Product.

At the Add a Product screen, tap on Lights.

At the Lights screen, tap on Hue Lights.

At the...

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05:52
Pokémon player shot at while hunting in the woods –...

A YouTuber has posted a video in which he is seemingly shot at after inadvertently trespassing onto someone’s property while hunting Pokémon in some woods, notes TNW. Pokémon GO launched on iOS this week in select countries.
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05:15
Tour Westminster Abbey with Google Street View

If you've ever wanted to tour Westminster Abbey but can't afford the £20 admission price (or, y'know, go to one of its many church services), Google has you covered. The giant church has become the latest London landmark to be photographed for...

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05:09
AppleInsider podcast talks iOS 10 beta 2, Lightning...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor discuss the latest updates found in iOS 10 beta 2. They also wrap up all the current "iPhone 7" rumors, discuss the current state of Lightning-connected headphones, and talk about the new Mac malware (and why you don't need to worry too much about it).

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05:04
'GTA Online' update turns the game into...

Bummed that Criterion's Burnout followup got canned? Rockstar Games has your back with Cunning Stunts, a free expansion to Grand Theft Auto Online that adds a new dimension to racing in the open world game.

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05:00
Daily Deal: iOS Online Courses Lifetime All Access...

Our discussions with readers and patrons of Apple World Today has shown us one thing -- many of you are fanatics about lifelong learning, and one of the things you want to know how to do is create your own iOS apps. iOS Online Courses is a major provider of iOS game and app development training, and they've got one heck of a deal for you this week. $69 gives you lifetime access to online training in Swift, Objective C, tvOS, watchOS, GameKit, and iOS

The lifetime all-access pass gives you the following benefits: 

  • Access a continually updating & upgrading library of courses for life
  • Learn iOS to create apps & learn to program on your own w/ fast & effective app development tutorials
  • Become an iOS developer...
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05:00
Facebook Live Video of Shooting Aftermath Triggers...


Americans have expressed outrage at Wednesday's police shooting of Philando Castile, an African-American man, which happened in St. Paul, Minnesota, during a traffic stop for a broken tail light. Castile was shot in front of his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and their 4-year-old daughter, who were in the car. Reynolds used Facebook Live to stream video of the aftermath of the shooting. The graphic video shows Castile bleeding and groaning in pain while the officer who shot him curses and continues aiming his gun at the victim.

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05:00
The Mac may get a 3D Finder at some point in the...

It's likely that the Mac OS X Finder will go "3D" at some point in the near future. Perhaps in 2017 or 2018. Apple has considered the possibility. The company has been granted a patent (number 20080307360) for a multi-dimensional desktop.

 

According to Apple it involves a graphical user interface with a back surface disposed from viewing surface to define a depth, and one or more one or more side surfaces extend from the back surface to the viewing surface. An icon receptacle is disposed on one or more of the side surfaces, and one or more icons are disposed within the icon receptacle. The one or more icons correspond to one or more desktop items.

Here's Apple's background and summary of the invention: "A graphical user interface allows a large number of graphical objects or items to be displayed on a display screen at the same time. Leading personal computer operating systems, such as the Apple Mac OS, provide user interfaces in which a number of...

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04:56
Enterprises that undervalue search marketing risk...

Search marketing takes a back seat to other marketing channels used by large enterprise companies, as indicated by a new survey released today. Of 500 companies surveyed, a modest 5% rank paid search ads as their top marketing priority, while only 4% prioritize 'organic' search engine optimization (SEO) – targeting unpaid listings at the top of Google search results pages. The survey was a collaboration of the B2B research firm Clutch, and R2integrated (R2i), a digital agency.
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04:56
Enterprises that undervalue search marketing risk...

Search marketing takes a back seat to other marketing channels used by large enterprise companies, as indicated by a new survey released today. Of 500 companies surveyed, a modest 5% rank paid search ads as their top marketing priority, while only 4% prioritize 'organic' search engine optimization (SEO) – targeting unpaid listings at the top of Google search results pages. The survey was a collaboration of the B2B research firm Clutch, and R2integrated (R2i), a digital agency.
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04:56
Enterprises that undervalue search marketing risk...

Search marketing takes a back seat to other marketing channels used by large enterprise companies, as indicated by a new survey released today. Of 500 companies surveyed, a modest 5% rank paid search ads as their top marketing priority, while only 4% prioritize 'organic' search engine optimization (SEO) – targeting unpaid listings at the top of Google search results pages. The survey was a collaboration of the B2B research firm Clutch, and R2integrated (R2i), a digital agency.
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04:55
Kool Tools: AdminStudio Suite 201

Flexera Software’s (www.flexerasoftware.com) AdminStudio Suite, a unified application readiness solution for packaging, virtualisation and management, has added Mac support along with that for Windows and mobile applications.
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04:50
Apple Pay/contactless payment users are better...

Data from businesses using Square’s mobile payment terminal revealed that those using Apple Pay and other forms of contactless payment are better tippers than those using conventional cards. The company found that while 67% of swipe card customers added a tip, the number jumped to 73% for NFC payments.
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04:30
CUBIK takes an angular approach to computer speakers

Palo Alto Audio Design's CUBIK digital audio speaker is a computer speaker system that designed with the audiophile in mind. Though $199.95 seems a bit pricey for a speaker system with no subwoofer, the sound is as good for a subwoofer-less speaker system as I've heard. 

The unusual looking (more on that in a moment) CUBIK relies on full-digital amplification, lossless digital USB streaming and a long-vent advanced enclosurefor its sound quality and a highly dynamic range without the noise of digital-to-analog speakers. The CUBIK amplifies the Mac’s raw digital audio signal without converting it to analog first. More speaker systems should use the USB port and its digital signal in this way as it reduces the opportunity for analog audio conversion to introduce noise into the signal.

Where the CUBIK falls short sonically is when it comes to bass. For less-bass heavy audio -- such as classical and folk music --...

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04:24
MailButler for Mac OS X Mail gets improved email...

MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. You can compose birthday emails ahead of the actual date. Simply define the exact date when to send the email, and MailButler will make sure that your email arrives just in time. Working late? With MailButler, you can compose emails whenever you like and make sure that they’re not sent before the next working day starts.
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04:06
Tim Cook tweets about ‘senseless killings’ this week...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has tweeted about the ‘senseless killings’ in response to the fatal police shootings of two black men in separate incidents in Louisiana and Minnesota.
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04:00
Glimpses for Mac OS X lets you create Live Photo-ish...

By Aaron Lee

If you've not played around with still motion videos -- videos where photos are shown only for a fraction of a second (think Apple’s Live Photos)— you might give it a try. They're lots of fun. 

Eternal Storms Software's Glimpses for Mac OS X lets you create still motion videos with just a few clicks and share them on popular video services. You can import photos from your hard drive, flickr or Instagram and add a soundtrack from your iTunes library. Glimpses does the rest for you. The software can output video up to 1080p. Or it can choose the best resolution automatically based on the smallest photo. This way, it can reduce or eliminate the occurrence of black borders around the photos. 

If the chosen (optional) soundtrack is longer than the duration of the final video, the soundtrack will automatically be faded out at the end to make it a smooth experience for viewers and seamless for users of Glimpses. After the video is created...

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03:50
Google buys a backbone for pay TV services

Google is snapping up Anvato, a company with tech that's designed to make it easy for broadcasters to put live video online. The system is currently used by plenty of brand-name firms to pump out online video, edit clips in the cloud and handle pay-p...

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02:15
Amazon finally lets Echo play Spotify or Pandora by...

Amazon's Echo speakers have a ton of smart capabilities, but until recently, playing music from any service other than Prime Music required telling the device which service to use each time. Now, users may have noticed an option to set Pandora or Spo...

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00:11
Apple Maps adds 29 Flyover locations, expands...

Continuing its perpetual Apple Maps feature rollout, Apple on Thursday activated Flyover imagery for 29 new locations, while adding traffic and transit data for multiple international locales including Chile and Vatican City.

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00:00
Amazon Alexa deals will make you shout out your...

The folks at Amazon are clearly attempting to entice you into the dangerous world of shopping with voice commands. They're doing Alexa-exclusive deals for customers who shop through the company's Echo, Echo Dot and Tap speakers, starting today until...

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Thursday July 7

23:10
Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes banned from owning a...

Spoiler warning in case you don't want to know how the movie will probably end: the Wall Street Journal reports US regulators have devised to ban the owners and operators of Theranos from running a lab for two years. That includes CEO & founder E...

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22:08
Snapchat faces class-action suit for sexually...

Snapchat has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit accusing the service of showing sexually explicit content to minors without providing the proper warning. A 14-year-old John Doe and his mother filed the lawsuit in California after he came across...

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21:30
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for racial equality in...

In light of two fatal police shootings of black men in as many days, Apple chief executive Tim Cook voiced a call for justice on Thursday, calling the recent events "senseless killings."

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20:49
Mark Zuckerberg comments on 'graphic and...

Striking a much different tone this time, Mark Zuckerberg again commented on a Facebook livestream gone viral. Unlike the cheery Chewbacca Mom video, this was about a stream capturing the immediate aftermath of police shooting a black motorist in Fal...

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19:47
'Fruit Ninja VR' is now available for the...

Fruit Ninja on mobile is fun, but we're sure some of you would prefer slashing oranges, apples and watermelons like you would a real sword katana. We hope you have an HTC Vive then, because the virtual reality version of the fruit-slicing game is now...

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18:58
PlayStation exec Adam Boyes says he's leaving...

Lately, Sony's gaming platforms have enjoyed a ton of support from third party developers big and small, but now one of the people in charge of those relationships is leaving the company. Adam Boyes announced in a series of tweets (and on the PlaySta...

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18:25
Snapchat hit with lawsuit claiming its Discover...

Snapchat, which just got a hefty update yesterday, has been hit with a lawsuit accusing that the app’s Discover feature of exposing minors to sexually explicit content. The lawsuit has been filed by a 14-year-old boy and his mother, who are represented by Mark Geragos in the Central California District Court.
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17:50
Pennsylvania Man Sues Apple Over Web Carousel Use

Pennsylvania resident Samuel Lit has hit Apple with a lawsuit claiming that the company infringed on his patent for web carousels, according to documents filed in the Northern Illinois District Court (via AppleInsider). Apple's website typically features a homepage with a carousel containing four to five windows displaying its products.

Lit owns U.S. Patent No. 8,793,330, which is a "system and method for displaying graphics, art, text, animation, video and other content." It's described as a "three-dimensional 'Display Carousel' system" that can cycle through...

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17:47
Charge through 'Resident Evil 4' yet again...

Capcom announced that Resident Evil 4 was getting re-released on modern consoles earlier this year, but now exactly when the best modern entry in the series will surface. And it's a little earlier than expected, too. Previously, all the publisher/dev...

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17:03
Bulgarian Government Embraces Open Source


Bulgaria's Parliament recently passed legislation mandating open source software to bolster security, as well as to increase competition with commercially coded software. Amendments to the Electronic Governance Act require that all software written for the government be Free and Open Source Software-compliant. The new provisions reportedly took effect this week. Software developer Bozhidar Bozhanov, advisor to one of Bulgaria's four deputy prime ministers, orchestrated the new law.

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16:55
Another legal merry-go-round: man sues Apple for...

Another day, another lawsuit. Samuel Lit of Pennsylvania has filed a suit in the Northern Illinois District Court against Apple for using carousels on its website, reports AppleInsider.

He says the website contains various windows that cycle through new and upcoming projects and that this violates his U.S. patent (number 8,793,330) for and “information display system and method.” Lit is seeking royalties with interest.

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16:49
Harvard researchers built a living robot out of rat...

What do you get when you mix the heart cells of a rat with silicone from breast implants and then sprinkle in a bit of gold and genetic engineering? No, not Trump's next trophy wife -- you actually get this incredible "living" robot. Developed by a t...

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16:48
Apple's new 'starter guides' help...

In a bid to extend its reach into the educational technology market, Apple on Thursday released a set of guidebooks designed to help educators better implement products like iPad and iOS apps into classroom activities.

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16:46
Pennsylvania man claims Apple infringes upon his...

Apple today has been revealed as the target of yet another lawsuit. This time, Pennsylvania resident Samuel Lit is suing Apple over a 2008 patent covering web carousel technology. Lit claims that the design of the Apple.com homepage, which cycles through a variety of different products, infringes upon his patent.
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16:08
AI is being used to brew beer in the UK

Brewers have a lot of tools at their disposal when it comes to brewing beer: hops, yeast, grain and loads of equipment. One brewery in the UK is employing AI to perfect its recipes though, and it claims it's the first to do so. IntelligentX Brewing C...

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16:06
Comparing iPad Pros

Liken Ben Brooks, I have both iPad Pros. True Tone on the iPad Pro 9.7-inch model makes it one of my favorites of all time because I can see it perfectly outside (I’m guessing the larger iPad Pro will get this as well, at some point). However, there’s a lot to be said for the larger screen on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, especially if you’re a creative professional. I think it comes down to how you are going to use the devices.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:57
Apple's use of web carousels target of new...

A Pennsylvania man is suing Apple for using carousels on its website, claiming the common web user interface is in infringement of patented technology dating back to 2008.

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15:56
Apple Education Starter Guides for iPad

We’re excited to announce a new collection of guidebooks designed to help educators learn how to use iPad in the classroom. The iPad guide helps educators get the most out of iPad for their daily work and lessons. The Apple apps guides include step-by-step instructions to build a sample project and master basic and intermediate skills in each app.Fantastic idea.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:30
AWT News Update: July 7, 2016

Just a pair of stories today for your Apple news fix:

  • Another smartphone manufacturer attempting to duplicate Apple's success with the "Shot on iPhone" ad campaign gets caught using a $4,500 camera/lens combo to shoot their "smartphone" photo
  • Fed up with long lines at Customs and Border Protection when you come back from overseas? A new app promises to streamline the process and get you on your way quickly

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 7, 2016.

Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” ad campaign highlighting the great video and still images that can be taken with the iPhone 6s...

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15:23
Mozilla's 'Context Graph' finds the...

How much of your content do you find while scrolling through Facebook or searching Google? To counter a small number of companies controlling what parts of the internet get exposed to users, Mozilla is announcing a solution: the Context Graph. By stu...

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14:51
Researchers discover new exoplanet orbiting triple...

In the constellation Centaurus, some 340 light-years from Earth, a newly discovered Jovian exoplanet has just been spotted in what Space.com is calling "a highly exotic celestial arrangement." The planet HD 131399Ab orbits three stars in a dizzying c...

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14:24
Google tinkers with Chrome cryptosecurity to fight...

Today's encryption is an arms race as digital security experts try to hold off hackers' attempts to break open user data. But there's a new tech on the horizon that even the NSA recognizes as crucial to protect against: quantum computing, which is ex...

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14:16
Apple releases iOS 10 public beta

If you’re feeling brave, here’s the iOS 10 public beta.
After only two developer releases, Apple has released the public beta of iOS 10 into the wild for public testing.
Apple started letting the public into its iOS beta tests last year. Before iOS 9, you had to be a developer (and pay $99 for a yearly developer subscription) to test drive prerelease versions of iPhone software.
As of now, Apple has released the iOS beta to the public in order to receive feedback from regular users as opposed to strictly developers. The iOS 10 public beta will install the Feedback Assistant app on your iPhone, which you can use to send notes directly to Apple.

Keep in mind that the beta is still a work in progress, it’s a good idea to back up your iOS device to both iCloud and iTunes in advance and there’s...

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14:08
Staggering: It will take 47% of Global Gen6 Flexible...

According to a new research report, AMOLED manufacturing equipment market for Apple’s use for the 5 years between 2016-2020 is expected to reach US$13 billion.

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14:00
Wirecutter's best deals: Save $100 on a Vizio M...

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

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

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13:37
Flash Deal: Apple's 2015 13" MacBook Air (...

While supplies last, Apple authorized reseller is taking $370 off Apple's Early 2015 13-inch MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 256GB), bringing the price to $829 with free expedited shipping and no tax outside of NY. This deal is the lowest price we've seen to date.

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13:31
'F1 2016' gets 22-player support for...

F1 fans, get ready for a whole new kind of race, as F1 2016 will be adding 22-player online racing and a host of new features for this year's iteration of the official Formula One World Championship video game.

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13:09
Nat Geo Wild's first digital series premieres...

Nat Geo Wilds's first digital series will premiere on August 3 on NationalGeographic.com and its YouTube channel, marking its first foray into hosting a fully-fledged digital only series. Called wild_life With Bertie Gregory, the series is a 16 episo...

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13:00
Kenu Airvue car tablet mount keeps you and your...

Summer, the time of year when you pile everyone into the Family Truckster and head out on vacation. When I was a kid many, many years ago, we didn't have all of the fun electronic devices that today's back seat occupants can use to stay occupied on the road, so we did things like play license plate bingo and annoy each other. Today we're looking at the latest from accessory manufacturer Kenu, the Airvue car tablet mount ($49.95) -- a way to hold that phablet or tablet in position on the back of a headrest and keep the kids entertained.

Design

I've always hated testing car tablet mounts, since they either use some sort of fabric strap and Velcro® assembly or screws and knobs to lock onto the headrest uprights, and in many cases it's ridiculously...

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12:50
Another Mac-specific malware pops up, but Apple...

A second piece of Mac-specific malware has been discovered this week, one that could expose the passwords stored in the macOS Keychain. But once again, Apple's Gatekeeper security -- when properly configured -- will block the attack from succeeding.

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12:46
Clinton's email claims challenged by FBI...

FBI director James Comey testified in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today, during which he offered more details on the bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email. Comey told Congress that the Romanian hacker...

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12:34
∞ Apple Watch: Getting back on track with exercise

When I first wrote about losing weight—close to 50 pounds in the end—with my Apple Watch and HealthKit, I was a bit nervous about being so open about my personal life. Being overweight, and the struggles associated with that, is not something many of us want to talk openly about. I’m glad I did because it helped me and helped a lot of people in my situation.

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12:31
How-To: Install iOS 10 public beta on your eligible...

As we reported earlier today, the iOS 10 public beta has been released for all interested in having an early hands-on look at iOS 10. Anyone can install the public beta, not just registered Apple developers. Accessing and installing the beta is a fairly straightforward process, but we’re here to walk you through the process step-by-step. more…Filed under: Apple ...

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12:22
Lyft goes classy with new Premier service

Lyft has always played the more casual, laid-back ridesharing option to Uber's fleet of black cars and SUVs, but that vibe is about to grow up a little with today's launch of Lyft Premier. The new option, which is available now in the Bay Area, Los A...

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11:57
Dating app Bumble is putting networking ahead of...

Bumble, a swipe-based dating app in the same vein of Tinder, is looking to offer its users a very different way to network.

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11:50
Additional malware strains for Macs surface,...

After a hiatus, a trio of three new discovered Mac malware strains have emerged.
The strains, once installed, have the potential to access Web cameras, password keychains, and pretty much every other resource on an infected machine.
The first one, as mentioned yesterday, has been dubbed “Elanor” by researchers at antivirus provider Bitdefender and is hidden inside EasyDoc Converter, a malicious app that is, or at least was, available on a software download site called MacUpdate. When double clicked, EasyDoc silently installs a backdoor that provides remote access to a Mac’s file system...

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11:47
Why Apple's Transit Maps are rolling out so...

A year ago, Apple launched Transit directions in iOS 9 Maps, but so far there's only a limited number of cities worldwide that support the new feature. Here's why.

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11:39
External Link: Walmart Pay Now Available at All...

CurrentC may be dead, but retail giant Walmart isn’t giving up on the dream of a mobile payment system that doesn’t require giving a cut to Apple or Google. Walmart’s proprietary Walmart Pay system is now accepted at more than 4600 Walmart stores in the United States. Like CurrentC, Walmart Pay relies on scanned QR codes for transactions instead of NFC, but instead of linking directly to a checking account, it can connect to a credit or debit card or a Walmart gift card. We hope Walmart Pay will be more secure than CurrentC, but it’s hard to imagine it becoming a viable competitor to Apple Pay without support from other retailers. 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...

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11:39
Lunch with Apple’s Bozoma Saint John auctioned for...

After her star turn at this past WWDC, I imagine this auction will be an even hotter ticket.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:32
The BBC's iPlayer Radio app is going global

The BBC's numerous radio stations have listeners the world over, not just Brits sitting down to their afternoon tea and crumpets. In fact, the English-language World Service station alone boasts a global audience of 66 million. Tapping into these bro...

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11:11
The Best Mac Games of 2016 (so far, plus the most...

2016 is far from over, but Mac Gamer HQ’s Ric Molina has taken a look at the best games released so far this year.

“I can tell you, I was so amazed by the quality of the games, I had to round them up and share them,” he says. “These are the over 30 best Mac games of 2016, including games available today, games coming soon, and a few hot rumors. As always, I cover lots of different genres (shooters, RPG, strategy, racing, etc) so there's something for everyone.”

Molina points out that there are over 3,000 Mac games available on Stream. And, the Mac games planned for the remainder of 2016 are just as exciting as the ones now available, he adds.

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11:07
∞ iOS 10 Public Beta

In addition to macOS Sierra Public Beta, Apple is also launching the iOS Public Beta today. You can get all of the sign-up and download information from Apple’s beta Web site. [...]

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11:01
Spotify will make a playlist for your out-of-office...

Spotify has been churning out a number of new features for finding fresh tunes as of late, but its most recent tool aims to make your out-of-office email more musical. The streaming service has a feature that builds a playlist based on your destinati...

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11:00
What to Expect If You Want to Install iOS 10 Public...

Apple launched a public beta of iOS 10 today through its Beta Software Program. It is identical to the second developer build and provides non-developers with a chance to test the upcoming software version for the first time. But given the nature of pre-release software, is it safe to install the iOS 10 public beta on your device?

If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that you use as your daily driver is your planned installation device, the short answer is no for most people. While the public beta is generally stable enough to use, dozens of popular apps such as Airbnb, Bank of America, Camera+, Facebook, and McDonald's have yet to be...

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10:59
Lunch with Apple's Bozoma Saint John up for...

A "power lunch" with the chief of global consumer marketing for Apple Music and iTunes Bozoma Saint John is up for auction, with the proceeds benefitting the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

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10:42
Lucasfilm Games' MMO 'Habitat' source...

You may know LucasArts for its spread of excellent point-and-click adventure games like Loom or Day of the Tentacle, but do you remember Lucasfilm Games and its massively multiplayer online RPG Habitat that went live in 1986? Probably not. But whethe...

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10:28
Apple opens public beta program for iOS 10, macOS...

Apple has opened its public beta program for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra today. Just remember that beta software is unfinished software, so use with care.
The goal of the public beta program is to get feedback on bugs and features from a large number of users. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/).

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10:21
Public Beta of iOS 10 Now Available for Download

Following this morning's announcement that it would be launching public betas for both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, Apple has now released iOS 10 for members of the public beta testing program.

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As we noted earlier, users interested in testing out iOS 10 should visit Apple's Beta Software Program website for more details and to register for the program. Once accepted into the program, users will be able to download a profile to install on their iOS devices that will enable them to receive the iOS 10 public beta. Make sure you first delete any...

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10:20
Public Beta of macOS Sierra Now Available

Apple's public beta program for macOS Sierra is now live following this morning's announcement that both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra would be made available today. macOS Sierra will include a number of changes and new features such as Siri integration, Apple Pay for Safari, Auto Unlock via Apple Watch, and improvements for Photos, Messages, and Apple Music.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

As with iOS 10, users interested in testing out macOS...

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10:16
External Link: Some Apps Are Slow by Design

Mark Wilson, writing for Fast Company, reveals that many apps — both those that run locally on your devices and Web apps — are intentionally slowed down, because users don’t trust apps that work too quickly. For instance, Facebook displays a fake loading bar when performing a security checkup, giving the impression of deep thought. Similarly, Wells Fargo had to slow down its mobile app’s retinal scanner because customers didn’t realize that it had worked so quickly. Wilson lists other examples of artificial waiting introduced into apps, because people have a hard time trusting things that are too fast. 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...

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10:08
Full moon photography using The Photographer’s...

Have you ever wondered, “Will the sun rise or set over that building? Will the full moon go behind that statue?” Well, free web pages like The Photographer’s Ephemeris and apps like my personal favorite, Photopills (affilliate link), are great for answering that question. The Photographer’s Ephemeris can be a bit fidgeting but it’s worth it to get that perfect shot.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:35
New Mac backdoor program steals keychain contents

Researchers have identified a new Mac backdoor program that’s designed to steal credentials stored in the OS-encrypted keychain and give attackers control over the system.
Dubbed OSX/Keydnap by researchers from antivirus vendor ESET, this is the second backdoor program targeting Macs found by antivirus firms in the past few days.
It’s not clear how Keydnap is distributed, but it arrives on computers in the form of a zip archive. Inside there’s an executable file with an apparently benign extension such as .txt or .jpg that actually has a space character at the end. The file also has an icon indicating an image or text file.To read this article in...

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08:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Gorgeous protection for your...

Take your accessories everywhere you go with Wrappers' soft sleeveThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings versatile folios for typing and viewing, screen protectors for everyday use and elegant sleeves to get you organized.CasemadeThe UltraTHIN (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $54) features a folio layout and is manufactured using genuine leather lined with soft suede for a snugly fit.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:03
macOS Sierra public beta coming today: Here’s how to...

If you want to get your hands on the next version of the Mac operating system, now’s your chance. Apple on Thursday is releasing the public beta of macOS Sierra, the successor to OS X EL Capitan.
To get the beta, you must sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program, which requires an Apple ID. The Sierra beta installer is downloaded through the Mac App Store.
Before running the installer, be sure to back up your data. Remember, this is beta software, and it’s possible that some of the software you have may have problems.
There are a couple of conditions that Apple has if you want to use the Sierra beta:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:59
Apple is launching the iOS 10 public beta today

We’re just two developer beta releases into iOS 10, and Apple is already pushing a prerelease version of its next-generation iPhone software into the wilds of public testing. The public beta rolls out today, and it’s open to everyone. You can sign up for the beta program here.
Apple started letting the public into its iOS beta tests last year. Before iOS 9, you had to be a developer (and pay $99 for a yearly developer subscription) to test drive prerelease versions of iPhone software.
The whole point of the public beta is for Apple to get feedback about bugs from a wide variety of regular folks who are interested enough (and brave enough) to be guinea pigs. The iOS 10 public beta will install the Feedback Assistant app on your iPhone, which you can use to send notes directly to Apple....

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10:00
Apple Pay Has Expanded to Switzerland

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in Switzerland, providing an easy and secure way for them to pay for physical goods and services within your app with a single touch. Learn more about Apple Pay.

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10:00
Apple Pay Has Expanded to Switzerland

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in Switzerland, providing an easy and secure way for them to pay for physical goods and services within your app with a single touch. Learn more about Apple Pay.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Sport (refurb) $...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
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Get an Apple Watch Sport 38mm in your choice of three colors (refurb)...

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09:28
Hands-on: New iOS 10 beta 2 Bedtime Wake Up Sounds [...

As we highlighted in our 50 new changes post, iOS 10 beta 2 is stuffed to gills with tons of new updates and features. In the following video walkthrough, we’d like to highlight another iOS 10 beta 2 change — the presence of all new Bedtime Wake Up Sounds in the default Clock app. more…Filed under: Apple ...

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09:26
∞ macOS Sierra public beta arrives today

Apple will roll out the public beta for macOS Sierra today, giving users their first glimpse of the next version of the newest Mac operating system.

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09:20
How will iPhone 7 launch affect lineup pricing? Can...

Could the iPhone SE get even cheaper with the iPhone 7 launch?
When Apple launches a new iPhone, it usually maintains pricing for the top models as the previous generation models get price reductions and possibly discontinued. It typically bumps the oldest models out of production entirely, keeping four to five models for sale including the new flagships.
With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus introduction, for example, Apple kept the iPhone 5s and an 8GB iPhone 5c around at reduced prices. With the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, it discontinued the 5c and kept the 6/Plus, 6s/Plus, and 5s at reduced price points until ultimately replacing the 5s with the new 4-inch iPhone SE in March.
But this year there are some questions about what Apple will do with the iPhone lineup following the iPhone 7 launch this fall. Reports of increased storage options and a new “Pro line” for iPhone 7 could change Apple’s usual approach if...

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09:19
Verizon Wireless Offers More for More

Verizon Wireless is offering higher data allowances and more features, but they will cost you. 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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09:15
Android handset makers rumored to be slowing down...

iPhone 6s Plus teardown image via iFixit.com

While DigiTimes isn't exactly known for its accuracy when it comes to many rumors, the website does have a good number of electronics supply chain contacts that often share information on components that are used in the manufacture of smartphones. Those contacts have provided DigiTimes with numbers showing that Android handset makers are cutting back on component orders in anticipation of fierce competition from Apple's next smartphone -- the iPhone 7.

Supply chain sources told DigiTimes that integrated circuit orders from manufacturers of Android smartphones are slowing, in many cases because part inventories are stacking up. Chinese smartphone makers are said to be cutting their orders for underperforming handsets, and other manufacturers are taking a cautious approach regarding chip purchases as the iPhone 7 launch date...

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09:09
Apple to Launch Public Betas for macOS & iOS 10...

Apple is launching their public beta programs for macOS Sierra and iOS 10 later today. Apple has been more open with its software in recent years, and this beta for Sierra continues that trend.

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09:00
CSC elevates workplace agility, cultivates new...

Today’s post was contributed by Dan Hushon, chief technology officer for CSC.
Innovation never stops in the IT services market, and CSC leads clients through continuous adaptation. We adopt the latest technology to stay ahead of industry trends—mobility, consumerization of corporate IT, collaboration and cloud computing—and to help our clients solve their business challenges using the solutions that we have vetted. When it comes to finding and deploying the best cloud-based business productivity tools, we chose Microsoft Office 365. Today, we are redefining workplace business solutions to achieve the agility, collaboration and global productivity that we need to serve clients as they transform to a true “as a service” economy.
We are using Office 365 to redesign our global workplace into a flexible, connected and mobile environment. As you can imagine, CSC has a lot of intellectual property, thanks to our work in the healthcare, insurance, finance and other...

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09:00
Faster OLAP PivotTables in Excel 2016

If you work with connections to OLAP servers, your PivotTables are now faster. The June 2016 update contains query and cache improvements to this powerful feature. You could benefit from these improvements, whether you use PivotTables to answer one-off questions or build complicated workbooks with dozens of PivotTables.
These updates are available to Excel 2016 users as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you are already an Office 365 subscriber, find out how to get these latest updates.
You’ll also need a workbook that has PivotTables connected to either the...

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09:00
Register for “Digital Politics: New technology in...

Digital transformation is affecting all parts of our society and politics is no exception. With every U.S. presidential election, innovators get the chance to test new technologies on the political stage. If they succeed, their products could garner attention and be used worldwide.

Join us Tuesday, July 12, at 8:00 a.m. PDT / 3:00 p.m. GMT for the next episode of Modern Workplace, “Digital Politics: New technology in motion,” for a first-hand look at the new tools that both the Democratic and Republican parties are using in the 2016 presidential election. Learn which technologies are making an impact and how you can apply them.

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Episode 098 with Tom Resing on Future of SharePoint—...

In this episode, Richard DiZerega is joined by former SharePoint MVP and new Microsoft employee Tom Resing about weekly updates and his new role at Microsoft.

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08:55
PSA: The macOS Sierra public beta comes out later...

Enlarge / The first Sierra developer beta. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Both the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas are being released today for testing by the brave and foolish souls who choose to live their lives on the bleeding edge. You'll be able to download the beta from here when it posts in a couple of hours. Sierra drops support for a handful of Macs for the first time in a few years, so here's the hardware support list again if you need it:

  • MacBook (late 2009 and later)
  • iMac (late 2009 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2010 and later)
  • Mac Mini (2010 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2010 and later)

The first public beta build of Sierra should be identical or near-identical to...

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08:38
Apple releasing first public betas of iOS 10, macOS...

Fulfilling a promise it made at WWDC in June, Apple is expected to release the first public betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra on Thursday, giving an early glimpse at software that won't be finished until sometime this fall.

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08:30
macOS Sierra, iOS 10 public betas available today

Apple has opened the public beta program for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra today in order to get more feedback on bugs and features from a larger number of users. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here

The public beta program is free, but that doesn't mean that most users should run out and install the new operating systems. Beta means that not all advertised features and functionality is in the most current releases, and it also means you may very well encounter nasty bugs that you'll want to report. And never install beta OS versions on your primary devices; it's recommended that you only install the beta software if you have secondary Macs or iOS devices for testing.

That being said, there are some cool new things you can look forward to with both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. The new Lock screen, and Photos, News, Music, Home and Messages apps on iOS 10...

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08:25
Apple To Release Public Betas of iOS 10 and macOS...

The next version of Apple's desktop operating system, macOS Sierra, will be made available in a public beta later today. Enthusiasts can also try their hands at iOS 10, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system today. Both the new operating system versions offer a range of new features and improvements. Sierra, for instance, features Siri voice assistant which will assist users with locating files, answering queries, and search for images and information just by asking. iOS 10 lets users write a message in their own handwriting, and has a feature called "Raise to Wake" which wakes up the device when a user picks up their iPhone. Notifications have gotten more powerful, and now show photos and videos as well. You will find the macOS Sierra preview here, and iOS 10 preview here. More information on Apple's beta program here.
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08:23
The Korean Government is Attempting to Handicap...

According to a new Korean news report, "Google and Apple are resisting the Korean government’s legal revision to uninstall preloaded apps on their new mobile devices.

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08:19
Mac users can test the first macOS Sierra 10.12...

Apple is releasing the first macOS Sierra public beta today for anyone wanting to test drive Siri on the Mac or any of the other new features included. Previously, macOS 10.12 has only been available to registered developers with access to a paid account; the public beta program is a free alternative that allows non-developers to test Apple’s latest software updates before their general release.
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08:12
Apple releasing first iOS 10 public beta for non-...

Following the latest iOS 10 beta for registered developers, Apple is releasing the very first iOS 10 public beta for non-developers to test on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch today. Back in mid-June at WWDC 2016, Apple first promised iOS 10 would hit public beta status sometime in July. The iOS 10 public beta will bring new features including a redesigned Apple Music app, an overhauled Messages experience, and much more.
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08:06
Apple Launching Public Betas of iOS 10 and macOS...

Two days after releasing the second developer betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra for testing, Apple today is launching its public beta program for the forthcoming updates, allowing a broader cross section of users to test out the new features and report bugs to Apple (via The Verge and CNET).

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08:05
Audible's new Channels service pits Amazon...

Amazon's Audible division on Thursday launched Channels, a service with exclusive short-form audio content that looks to challenge Apple's current dominance of the podcasting space.

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08:00
iOS 10 preview: Apple goes back to ignoring the iPad...

Enlarge / The iOS 10 beta on a 9.7-inch iPad Pro and an iPhone 6S. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

I’ve spent most of the last six months buying a house, so you’ll need to forgive me if I have houses and house metaphors on the brain. I’ve found them helpful while trying to nail down iOS 10.
Imagine iOS 6 as a fundamentally solid house in need of some major remodeling. iOS 7 was largely a cosmetic update, putting on some new siding (or maybe a nice brick façade) and giving all the rooms a nice paint job. iOS 8 with its under-the-hood changes was roughly equivalent to replacing wiring and plumbing—stuff that’s harder to see but makes a big difference in everyday usage. iOS 9 gave an extensive makeover to one particular room (let’s call it “the iPad”) that had been basically fine for a while but wasn’t...

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07:56
A power lunch with Apple’s Bozoma Saint Joint is...

Would you like to have a “power lunch” with Bozoma Saint John, global head of Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes (and who stole the show as a presenter at the Worldwide Developer Conference)? If you have deep pockets, you may have a shot.

The meal is being auctioned off by CharityBuzz and proceeds will go to the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The auction ends on July and is valid for two people. And note that the winning bidder is responsible for the cost of the meal.

Before coming aboard at Apple, Saint John was head of the Music and Entertainment Marketing Group at Pepsi-Cola North America, where she drove breakthrough, integrated and sustained consumer engagement plans for brands across the soda giant’s beverages portfolio. Previously, she served as vice president of...

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07:41
Whisply is a new Mac compatible file transfer service

Secomba, the developer of the cloud encryption solution Boxcryptor, has debuted Whisply, a web-based file transfer service that allows you to send files end-to-end-encrypted out of Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Also, Boxcryptor for Mac OS X and Windows has been upgraded with new features, including Whisply integration.  

Starting now, files can be sent out of Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive — even to receivers who neither use Boxcryptor nor a cloud storage provider. Since Wispily is a web-based service, there’s no need to download software; files are sent from your browser, protected with AES-256 encryption. Boxcryptor users can use the service right inside the app.

You can give Whisply a whirl with three free file transfers. After that, a free Boxcryptor account is necessary for an unlimited number of file transfers. For users who have a Boxcryptor Unlimited Personal or Unlimited Business account,...

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07:40
Whisply file transfer service integrates with...

Secomba, the developer of the cloud encryption solution Boxcryptor (www.boxcryptor.com), has debuted Whisply, a web-based file transfer service that allows you to send files end-to-end-encrypted out of Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Also, Boxcryptor for Mac OS X and Windows has been upgraded with new features, including Whisply integration.
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07:38
B&W’s iconic Zeppelin Wireless speaker coming...

Nine months after launching the wireless version of its iconic Zeppelin speaker, offering both AirPlay and Bluetooth support, Bowers & Wilkins has today announced a white model. The company says it’s intended to appeal to those who prefer a more neutral color tone.
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07:20
Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John auctioning ‘power...

Plenty of Apple execs have auctioned meet ups and keynote tickets for charity over the years, and now Apple Music’s Bozoma Saint John is joining the club. Saint John, who joined Apple through the Beats Music acquisition, made her on-stage debut last month during the Apple Music demo at WWDC 2016.
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07:13
How to skip the airport's US Customs line with...

An iPhone app authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection allows users to submit entry information over the internet after landing, allowing them to skip the line at the airport and potentially re-enter the country much faster than usual.

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07:09
China's Smartphone Vendors are bracing...

Even though Samsung is enjoying a bit of rebound after Apple's iPhone-6 mania made them road kill, going forward may be another matter. Korea Investment & Securities said in a recent report that the operating profit margins for the Galaxy S7 mobile phone business will decline in the third and fourth quarters as the Galaxy S7 effect fades.

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07:00
Control A Wink From Alexa

One of my favorite options in the latest round of home automationry is the ability to voice control all the things. The Wink has a pretty substantial list of supported home automation devices. The Alexa can control the Wink. Therefore, the Alexa can do all the things, even though integrations with Alexa were not built for most of those devices by Amazon.
The beauty here lies in the ubiquity of APIs these days. Alexa has a recipe-style option called a Skill (further humanizing her). Basically, you add the Wink skill, then scan for devices that are connected through the Wink, then viola, tell Alexa to do something to them. To get started, open the Alexa app and tap on Skills. Search for Wink and then tap on Enable.

At the Wink screen, enter the username and password for your Wink account and then tap on Sign In.
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06:49
The 'iPhone 7' effect: Android makers...

With the next-generation iPhone expected to launch in just a few months, a new supply chain report claims that Android device makers are trimming their chip orders, apparently hoping to avoid direct competition with Apple's latest model.

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06:33
Apple Watch and Usher Syndrome

From an extensive post on the Molly Watt Trust blog (raising awareness of Usher Syndrome):I have Usher Syndrome, which means I was born deaf and in the last ten years I have lost most of my sight. What I see in good light is like looking through a small letterbox. The bits out to the side and above and below are a white, misty haze. In dim light, or at night: I am almost completely blind.Fantastic post on the benefits of Apple Watch and Apple Pay. Beautifully presented, definitely worth a read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:30
Some iOS 10 beta 2 users with 2FA switched on report...

A small number of iOS 10 beta 2 users who have two-factor authentication switched on report that they are being locked out of their Apple accounts, unable to perform a password reset. Apple Support is telling them that because 2FA is in use, Apple is currently unable to help.
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06:28
Apple Pay comes to Switzerland, Visa and MasterCard...

Apple Pay has made its way to Switzerland.
This marks the second European launch after the United Kingdom and iPhone users in Switzerland can now set up their Visa and MasterCard bank cards in Apple Wallet to start using contactless payments at merchants as of today. Apple Pay requires an iPhone with integrated NFC chip such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s or iPhone SE.

Switzerland iOS users can take advantage of over 100,000 contactless terminals in the country but it requires bank support. Right now, Bonus Card, CornerCard and SwissBankers have signed up to support Apple Pay. Users can find out if they have an eligible bank card by trying to add the account in the Apple Pay app.
Even if Apple Pay has yet to arrive in your country, Apple has said that it is...

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06:25
Apple rival Samsung posts high Q2 profits on...

Korea's Samsung on Thursday reported its highest quarterly profits in two years -- likely based on smartphones, despite intense competition from Apple and Chinese firms like Huawei.

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06:22
FAQ: How to use Auto Unlock with watchOS 3 and macOS...

Auto Unlock is now available in macOS Sierra Developer Preview Seed 2, and on Tuesday, we demonstrated how it works with our hands-on video. Yet, there are still many lingering questions about Auto Unlock, such as hardware requirements, range requirements, etc. In the following post, we address some of the questions that you’ve posted in the comments and submitted via email. more…Filed under: Apple ...

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06:21
Understanding Tesla Autopilot

Marco Arment:A few Tesla vehicles have had accidents with Autopilot enabled recently, and I’ve gotten countless questions about these incidents and the nature of Autopilot from people who aren’t Tesla owners. Tesla and the media haven’t clearly communicated what these features do (and don’t do) to the public, so I’ll try to help in whatever small way I can as a Model S owner for a few months so far.This is a terrific walkthrough on Tesla’s autopilot, a glimpse into what’s coming for cars in general, as well as a reality check on where autonomous driving stands. Things are changing fast as we move towards autonomous vehicles all around us.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:15
Marvel’s new Iron Man is a black woman

Time:There’s a new Iron Man. Well, Iron Man for now. She’s still working on the name. The events at the end of the comic-book event series Civil War II will result in Tony Stark stepping out of the Iron Man suit and a new character, Riri Williams, taking over, Marvel tells TIME.Read on for my thoughts on this.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:49
∞ Force touch in Control Center in iOS 10

I’ve been using iOS 10 since WWDC and have now updated all my devices to iOS 10 beta 2. My experience with this beta has been solid and marked by little pockets of discovery.One of those discoveries, here since beta one, I believe, is the addition of Force Touch to Control Center. Read on for the details.

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05:21
Apple’s Cookie Monster/Siri commercial is one of the...

Apple’s TV commercial in which the Cookie Monster uses Siri is one of the top 10 “Breakthrough ads” from the second quarter of 2016, according to Ace Metrix, a company that measures the impact of video advertising. “Likeability” and “attention” are the attributes of the ads on the list.

Gillette’s “This Father’s Day, Go Ask Dad” earned the highest Breakthrough ad of the quarter. The 2:36 digital ad tugged at the heartstrings by having fathers teach their sons skills such as tying a tie and shaving. Viewer verbatim responses used words like “touching,” “heartwarming” and “cry” in abundance when describing the ad. Ads from Procter & Gamble corporate and Unilever’s Dove Skin, in second and third place on the list. The top five list of biggest Breakthrough ads was rounded out by ads from Google and Apple smartphones.

With the exception of Johnsonville and Apple, each ad was described with words like “inspirational...

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05:17
Pokémon GO tops the app charts as Australian police...

Well, that escalated quickly. Just a day after Pokémon GO launched on iOS, it is already topping the free app charts. It is currently available only in the USA, Australia and New Zealand, though it is expected to hit the UK soon.
The augmented reality game works by encouraging players to go looking for things in the real world, which is not without its hazards. Australian police have to warn players not to get too carried away while trying to catch a Sandshrew …
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05:11
iOS app plus e-ink display lets you skip the baggage...

Online check-in is great when travelling hand-baggage only, but doesn’t save much time when you have hold baggage. The waiting in line you used to have to do at check-in you now do at the baggage-drop instead.
But luggage-maker Rimowa has a solution. Its latest luggage range has a built-in e-ink display the exact dimensions of an airline baggage-tag, and your airline app can transmit the correct details to the bag via Bluetooth. A dedicated drop area then lets you skip the queues …
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05:06
A new Apple Patent Covers Flexible LED Display...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the first patents to surface from the engineers at LuxVue, a micro LED Company that Apple acquired back in May 2014.

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05:04
See the things you’ve searched for, visited, and...

This link will take you to a page that shows you the Google services that are tracking you, along with a history for each of those services.It would be interesting to see a list of all the data Google has harvested from me. I’d also like to see the same thing from Facebook and Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Patent report: iCloud collaboration, user...

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

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20160196247) that shows the company is considering ways to make collaborating on iCloud documents easier. The patent is dubbed, appropriately, “collaborative document editing.”

Once you’ve saved a document on iCloud Drive, you can now share it with a friend or colleague. In Pages, Numbers, or Keynote, choose Share > Share Link via iCloud, or click the Share button in the toolbar. You can choose to allow the person you share the document with to edit the document. If you only want them to see the document and not make changes, choose Read Only from the Permissions menu. You can protect the document by clicking Add Password and...

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05:00
Sidewalk Labs: Taking It to the Streets in Columbus


Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs, a sister company of Google, recently began negotiating a plan to help restructure the public transportation system in Columbus, Ohio, after the city won the Obama administration's national competition to ease traffic gridlock issues. Sidewalk Labs will leverage its cloud-based transportation data to help Columbus implement a public bus and parking system that will help ease traffic congestion and provide greater access for low-income communities.

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05:00
Your heirs may not get your digital goodies when you...

You may not know it but when you "buy" digital content such as books, music and movies from Apple and Amazon, you're not actually buying them but renting them. As more people realize this, it's unlikely they'll reconsider making physical purchases instead of digital ones. But this needs to change. 

Apple and Amazon grant “nontransferable” rights to use content. In other words, when you buy digital content, you own a license to use the digital files, but you don't truly own them. I've bought lots of music and movies on iTunes. However, unless the law changes I can't give bequeath them to my kids.

That stinks.

As noted in a 2012 Wall Street Journal someone who owns 10,000 hardcover books and the same number of vinyl records could leave them to descendants. However, legal experts say passing on iTunes and Kindle libraries would be much more complicated.

"I find it hard to imagine a situation where a family would be OK with losing a collection of 10...

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04:43
Melee 3.5 for OS X adds text boxes, enhances image...

RedleX has revved Mellel (http://www.mellel.com), its word processor for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher), to version 3.5. It provides a set of features allowing anyone to control how their document looks, including page, section, paragraph, and character styles, auto-titles, lists, footnotes, endnotes and more. Version 3.5 introduces text boxes, key improvements to image handling and smart-snap options for easy layout of items in a document.
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04:32
Kool Tools: Limelens for iPhones and iPads

Due to rapid advances in technology, the quality of smartphone cameras is now on a par, if not better, than some point-and-shoot cameras and entry-level DSLRs. 
With the increasing demand for smartphone accessories to maximize users’ photographic potential, Limelens offers superior quality smartphone  lenses at a price within reach of the masses. The company’s lenses capture intricate detail that a smartphone camera may not be able to achieve on its own.
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04:31
Server Ranger is a new website and server monitoring...

LibertyApp has introduced Server Ranger 1.0, a website and server monitoring solution for OS X. It scales to monitor the performance and uptime of any number of servers, as well as any type of server, including web, mail, file, routers and more. 

Server Ranger can send multiple alerts when a server's latency is unacceptable or if the server has gone offline. The app includes an Overview window, a Log window with timestamps and export capability, a detailed view and more.

Server Ranger also includes an Overview window (which can be displayed on a separate screen or “AirPlayed” to an Apple TV), a Single Server mode, a log window with timestamps and export capability and a detailed view, which uses charts to display the server's recent performance at a glance.

The utility requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s available for $29.99 at the Mac App Store. Server Ranger has no in...

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04:30
IDC: there’s solid year-over-year growth in PC...

The total worldwide PC monitor market shipped more than 29 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), up 0.5% year over year but a decrease of 5.7% compared to the previous quarter, according to new data from IDC (www.idc.com).
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04:30
IDC: there’s solid year-over-year growth in PC...

The total worldwide PC monitor market shipped more than 29 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), up 0.5% year over year but a decrease of 5.7% compared to the previous quarter, according to new data from IDC (www.idc.com).
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04:30
IDC: there’s solid year-over-year growth in PC...

The total worldwide PC monitor market shipped more than 29 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), up 0.5% year over year but a decrease of 5.7% compared to the previous quarter, according to new data from IDC (www.idc.com).
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04:30
You may think you don’t need a product like MacScan...

I’ve never had any problems with malware, adware, ransomeware or any sort of nasty-ware on any of the many Macs I’ve owned. However, a study by the Bit9 + Carbon Black Threat Research Team says that five times more OS X malware appeared in 2015 than in the previous five years combined, so I guess precautions are needed.

 

SecureMac’s MacScan is one well-regarded solution. The latest version is 3, which continues to provide the functionality from earlier versions of MacScan, while addressing the need to protect against a new generation of malware.

MacScan 3 has been completely re-architected and rewritten, designed specifically for OS X 10.8 and higher, including OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).  The scan engine is faster, and you have more complete scheduling control over scans...

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04:30
UFC 200 will be on DirecTV and streaming to Sony TVs...

Need a reason to get excited about UFC 200 this weekend even though the headlining match has been called off? You should know that it will be available in 4K, through a couple of outlets. DirecTV is delivering the match in 4K on channel 106, while ow...

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04:28
Server Ranger 1.0 Released for OS X

LibertyApp has introduced Server Ranger 1.0 (http://www.serverranger.com), a website and server monitoring solution for OS X. It scales to monitor the performance and uptime of any number of servers, as well as any type of server, including web, mail, file, routers and more.
Server Ranger can send multiple alerts when a server's latency is unacceptable or if the server has gone offline. The app includes an Overview window, a Log window with timestamps and export capability, a detailed view and more.
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04:24
Apple Pay comes to Switzerland

Apple has announced that Apple Pay, is mobile payment system to customers in Switzerland, offering initial support for both Visa and Mastercard credit cards, as well as Bonus Card, Cornercard or Swiss Bankers credit and prepaid cards.

However, as noted by AppleInsider, wners might not be able to actually use the service anytime soon, however, as only eight major chains are listed as participating retailers, not including Apple's own Apple Store. Aldi, Avec, C&A, k kiosk, Mobile Zone, P&B, Spar, and TopCC are accepting Apple Pay transactions at launch, while Lidl plans to integrate the payments solution in the near future. 

Apple Pay is now available in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, Switzerland, China, and Singapore. Apple has hinted that...

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Cubway 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Cubway is a journey with an abstract story of lifecycle of rebirth, called Samsara. Guide the cube through the long way full of dangers and difficulties, visit many interesting and mysterious places.********** Pocket Gamer "...very... | Read more »
Colorcube (Games)
Colorcube 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Turn pieces and blend colours in this minimal yet visually stunning puzzler.Over 200 handcrafted and challenging levels.Features alternative colour schemes for all common colour deficiencies.A cooperation with award winning board... | Read more »
Doodle God Griddlers (Games)
Doodle God Griddlers 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Crusader Kings: Chronicles (Games)
Crusader Kings: Chronicles 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Crusader Kings: Chronicles is an interactive text based game that puts you in the shoes of Guy de Rose as you make your own choices in defending the castle, riding into battle, plotting cunning plans and maybe even... | Read more »
Roads of Rome: New Generation (Games)
Roads of Rome: New Generation 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
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