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Monday July 11

16:48
Without a Mac Refresh, Apple's PC Shipments...

A new PC statistical report from Gartner today claims that with the exception of Apple falling 9.3% in Q2 2016, North America PC Shipments actually Increased for the first time in five quarters overall.

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16:20
Apple's PC Sales Fall Behind ASUS as Buyers...

The latest numbers from market research firm IDC reveal that Mac sales experienced a slight year-over-year decline in the second quarter, dropping to 4.4 million from 4.8 million during the year-ago period.

Apple fell behind ASUS to finish as the fifth-largest PC vendor by shipments worldwide, with 7.1 percent market share through late June. Apple had 7.4 percent share in the second quarter of 2015 comparatively, according to IDC's data.

The decline can as typical be attributed partially to seasonal fluctuations and increased competition, but many prospective buyers are patiently waiting for Apple to release its next-generation MacBook Pro and other refreshed Macs.

Apple has not updated the MacBook Pro in...

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16:20
PSA: Pokemon Go Has Full Access To Your Google...

An anonymous reader writes: If you're an iPhone user and have installed Pokemon GO, you may have noticed that the app grants itself full access to your Google account. It can read your email, location history, documents and pretty much every else associated with your Google account. (You can check to see for yourself here.) Given the nature of the game, it's understandable for it to request a lot of permissions, as it needs your precise location, ability to access the camera and motion sensors, read and write the SD card, and charge you money when you run out of Pokeballs or eggs. But full access to your Google account is pushing it, even if Niantic or Nintendo has no malicious intentions. If you're concerned about these permissions, you can always sign-up using a Pokemon Trainer account, assuming the servers are permitting. Google describes full account access as such: "When you grant full account access, the application can see and modify nearly all information in your Google...

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16:17
Intel could see $1.5B boost from Apple 'iPhone...

Financial research firm Cowen and Company believes Intel will supply Apple with 50 percent or more of the LTE modems needed for "iPhone 7," a win that could generate some $1.5 billion in incremental revenue over the next year for the chipmaker.

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15:59
IDC and Gartner: the Mac lost personal computer...

The overall PC (personal computer) market has been declining for seven consecutive quarters, but the Mac has avoided the trend. No more. Both the IDC and Gartner research groups have issued new reports that show Apple’s computers have lost market share in the second quarter of 2016. (Of course, it might help if there were some substantial upgrades to the Mac line-up.)

According to Gartner, HP returned to positive growth in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16) after four consecutive quarters of shipment decline. Dell grew faster than the industry average in all regions in second quarter of 2016. Asus, Apple and Acer are battling it out for the fourth position in worldwide PC shipments for 2Q16.

Gartner says Apple had 7.1% of worldwide market share in 2Q16. That was the same as the same period a year-ago, but Mac sales dipped 4.9% year-over-year.

In the U.S., Apple dropped from 13.8% market share...

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15:45
∞ Universal Audio’s Chandler Limited Curve Bender...

One thing I love about Universal Audio’s plug-ins is their incredible attention to detail. They are able to emulate everything from the original, making them the best plug-in maker on the market.

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15:41
Notable apps and app updates for July 11, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Forsbit has unleashed Monster Run 1.0.1. In the horror-themed platformer game, players try to get their monster home, following its escape from the evil scientist's lab. Monster Run is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

Dollaropath has launched Tomatoes for iPad 1.0, the tablet companion app to their productivity app for the Mac and iPhone. The $8.99 app is designed to help you “be more efficient, organized, and productive in managing tasks.” It’s customizable with iCloud synchronization, Apple Reminders compatibility and a...

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15:40
Survey: Apple Pay captures more eligible users, but...

For over a year after its introduction, Apple Pay was the only real option for consumers who wanted to pay with their smartphone. That changed towards the end of 2015, when Android Pay and Samsung Pay were rolled out.

According to survey findings by the Auriemma Consulting Group, among the three payment options, Apple Pay captures the greatest proportion of eligible users, with 33% of iPhone 6 owners reporting that they’ve used it, but the fledgling Samsung Pay isn’t far behind at 23%, according to recent research by the boutique management consulting firm. 

ACG’s latest Mobile Pay Tracker found that Samsung Pay users report higher satisfaction levels and fewer issues at the point of sale compared to Apple Pay, with near equal proportions recommending both mobile payment brands. Since its inception, Apple Pay has attracted educated, affluent, and young users, and Samsung Pay users look similar. 

“Only the newest...

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15:36
Latest Gartner/IDC data shows Apple PC market share...

While the PC market has been declining for 7 quarters straight, Apple has generally been immune to the decline, often posting gains in terms of worldwide and United States market share. Gartner and IDC are both out with new reports today, however, that both show Apple is no longer immune to the slowing Global PC market.
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15:33
US Pummels ISIS in Online Combat


The U.S. government's campaign to counter ISIS' social media presence is bearing fruit, according to a weekend report. More anti-ISIS content than pro-ISIS content is appearing on the Net by a ratio of six to one. Twitter traffic for accounts affiliated with the Islamic State is down by 45 percent compared to two years ago, and the average number of followers for an ISIS account has plunged to 300 from 1,500 in 2014. Social media has been a major vehicle for the Islamic State's efforts to recruit new blood and disseminate its doctrine.

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15:32
[Sponsor] Notebook From Zoho

Notebook is an elegant note-taking app from Zoho. With its clean design, intuitive gestures, and even hand-drawn art work, Notebook is a beautiful alternative to Evernote.

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15:32
Hands-on: EditorsKeys Final Cut Pro X backlit...

I’ve been using Final Cut Pro X on a regular basis since it debuted back in June of 2011. With five years under my belt, I feel pretty comfortable navigating around the interface, utilizing custom keyboard shortcuts, and all of the other benefits that come with being intimately familiar with a piece of software.
If you’ve read any of my previous posts about Final Cut Pro X, you’ve probably concluded that I have a strong affinity for the app, despite some of the hate that it receives.
I’m also someone who likes to recommend Final Cut Pro X to new editors. I think that it’s easier to grasp and much more friendlier to work with on a Mac than competing apps like Adobe Premiere Pro.
So when EditorsKeys, a company that produces a keyboard specifically designed for Final Cut Pro X, asked me to do a review,...

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15:30
AWT News Update: July 11, 2016

Taxes, talking to your home, and revenue streams are all in today's Apple news:

  • US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is meeting with the EU's antitrust head to forestall a penalty of Apple on back taxes
  • iDevices adds Alexa compatibility to its line of home automation products
  • Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks the iPhone 7 could be big for Apple
  • Apple supplier TSMC reports excellent 2nd quarter revenues and is expected to do even better in the next quarter

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 11, 2016.

In a rare show of administration support for...

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15:26
Come on Amazon

I think Amazon has a great brand and provides a wonderful service for its customers, but allowing, or worse yet, encouraging, Chinese knockoffs is a terrible way to do business.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:21
Taylor Swift tops highest paid celebrity list

Forbes reports that Swift pulled in $170 million over the past year, thanks especially to her behemoth 1989 World Tour, which beat out acts like Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, and the Rolling Stones to become the highest-grossing North American tour ever on its way to grossing about $250 million in ticket sales worldwide.That’s an incredible amount of money.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:04
In Apple's Tax Case, will the EU Commission...

In February, Patently Apple posted a report titled "U.S. Treasury Secretary Calls on the EU Commission to Reconsider their Tax Probes targeting U.S. Companies." Today a new report claims that that U.S. Secretary Jack "Lew is now set with Vestager as she prepares to deliver a final verdict on a probe into Apple's tax affairs in Ireland."

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14:42
Apple's Mac sheds marketshare in Q2, sinks to...

Apple's share of the global PC market took a substantial hit during a challenging second quarter, dropping the company down to fifth place among the world's top computer manufacturers, according to preliminary numbers from market research firms Gartner and IDC.

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14:25
Apple Web Server notifications

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

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14:06
Prisma photo app

This is one of those little apps I love. It doesn’t work for every photo but it’s an app I’ll often use when waiting in line or just “doodling” in my head. Sometimes, you can create amazing images out of the most ordinary photos.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:29
Concerns Arise Over Pokémon Go Granting Full Access...

Pokémon Go is experiencing a momentous launch week, with an estimated 7.5 million downloads and nearly as many daily active Android users as Twitter in the United States. The rollout has not been entirely smooth, however, as the game has indirectly been at the center of crimes, robberies, and even car accidents.

Pokémon Go has full access to your Google account (Image: Ars Technica)

Now, an even bigger potential concern has arisen, as systems architect Adam Reeve has...

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13:04
U.S. Treasury Secretary to meet with EU antitrust...

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will meet with European Union antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager as she prepares to deliver a final verdict on a probe into Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland, reports Bloomberg, quoting two unnamed people “people familiar with the case, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.”

The article says Lew has contacted Vestager urging her to avoid ordering any collection of back taxes from the Cupertino, California-based company, according to one of the people. Conflict over trans-Atlantic tax practices escalated in February as Lew complained to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that U.S. firms are unfair targets of state-aid investigations. The Treasury Secretary’s letter came after EU enforcement focused on fiscal pacts Apple, Amazon, and McDonald, have with Ireland...

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08:22
The Week in iOS Apps: Ponies and Pokémon

Bronies and beyond!This week’s roundup of apps includes two new games from the folks who make My Little Pony and Pokémon. Read on!Pokemon GOThis might be the biggest gaming app news of the week: Pokémon GO (freemium, iPhone and iPad) brings all your favorite characters into the real world. In this augmented reality game from Niantic, you walk around the neighborhood and your iPhone buzzes when there’s a Pokemon nearby. Throw a Poké Ball to collect it before it gets away—as you probably guessed, you gotta catch ’em all.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:53
ExtraBITS for 11 July 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, Walmart Pay becomes available at thousands of Walmart stores throughout the United States, we learn why some apps are intentionally slow, the EasyDoc malware targets unsuspecting Mac users, and iOS 10 will help you register for organ donation. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:21
Pokemon Go is a huge security risk

Another example of why I hate when services force you to use your Facebook or Google or even Apple information in order to log on. I try and keep all of that stuff separate. It can be a bit of a pain to keep track of and manage but for me, it increases my security and privacy just that little bit more. Thanks very much to David Chartier For the link.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:08
US Treasury Secretary to meet with EU antitrust head...

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is reportedly meeting with the head of the European Union's antitrust efforts, Margrethe Vestager, ahead of an anticipated ruling on whether the Irish government will have to collect back taxes from Apple.

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11:56
Review: SanDisk’s iXpand Memory Case adds up to...

SanDisk’s latest iXpand product is a Lightning flash drive in the form of an iPhone case, allowing you to easily have extra storage for your iPhone at all times. And the  iXpand Memory Case has an optional battery pack that attaches magnetically, turning the case into a single solution for both extra storage and battery life. more…Filed under: Apple ...

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10:40
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11...

Notable software releases this week include BBEdit 11.6, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.0.2, Mellel 3.5, Audio Hijack 3.3.1, and Capto 1.0.2. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:34
iDevices HomeKit accessories add Amazon Alexa voice...

The Siri-friendly iDevices stable of smart home gadgets has now been enhanced with Amazon Alexa compatibility, giving users more flexibility in voice control options.

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10:30
Logitech CREATE Keyboard Case for 12.9-inch iPad Pro...

Logitech CREATE Keyboard Case for 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Photo©2016 Steven Sande

Since I first picked up my 12.9-inch iPad Pro last November, I've used the $169.99 Apple Smart Keyboard.  While it's nice -- and I do love the use of the Smart Connector so I never have to worry about charging the keyboard or pairing it with my Pro -- there are some things that have made me wish I had another keyboard. I've had the $149.99 Logitech CREATE Keyboard Case for just a short time, but already find it to be a much better keyboard than the one Apple created. 

Design 

Like the Smart Keyboard, the CREATE Keyboard Case uses the iPad Pro Smart Connector. The keyboard doesn't need to be charged, as it runs off of power coming from the iPad Pro. Likewise, there's absolutely no pairing required. You may see a firmware update notice the first time you use the CREATE Keyboard Case; the...

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10:21
Waves Audio ships Waves Electric 88 Piano

Waves Audio (www.waves.com) is shipping the $39 Waves Electric 88 piano, a plug-in and standalone virtual instrument. In creating the Electric 88 piano, Waves sampled a “road-worn” electric piano, carefully capturing the non-linearity of the individual keys.
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05:20
Armed robbers lured victims with Pokemon Go

With the launch of Pokemon Go last week, it’s not just players but police that “gotta catch ‘em all.”Police in O’Fallon, Missouri, believe muggers may have tracked or lured victims through the Pokemon Go mobile game, in which players follow their phones’ directions to real-world places to “catch” Pokemon characters.“The way we believe it was used is you can add a beacon to a Pokestop to lure more players. Apparently they were using the app to locate people standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in,” O’Fallon Police Department explained on its official Facebook page....

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07:37
Gotta catch 'em all: 5 facts that prove Pokémon...

It’s official. Pokémon Go is taking the world by storm.
The long dreamed-of Pokémon augmented reality game—whose roots may have been in a Google April Fool’s prank from 2014—landed on Android and iOS on July 6. Less than a week later, it's become a worldwide phenomenon despite the fact that it’s officially available only in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:57
Parsing the Clinton Email Scandal


I've been watching the Clinton email scandal closely, because I not only have been in and out of law enforcement and security for much of my early life, but also was an internal auditor for IBM and one of the leading email experts in the 1990s. I think this is the only time I've seen an investigator channel a prosecutor in making a recommendation, and give someone a pass without addressing why crimes were committed. For instance, if a child were injured and the parent could be charged, the investigator might recommend leniency because the parent intended no harm.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: JayBird X2 Bluetooth Earbuds $...

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09:25
BBEdit 11.6

Significant release adds support for Kite, interface changes, and a new demo model. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:59
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.0.2

Minor bug fixes for the recently upgraded PDF editing apps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, $30 upgrade, free update from version 8.0, 73.8/74.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:57
Two-thirds of US iPhone owners have a 2+ year old...

If the typical two-year upgrade cycle holds steady, Apple could be in line for a major "iPhone 7" product cycle, with a majority of existing iPhone users due for a new handset, according to a new survey.

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08:42
Samsung's 4TB SSD is built to replace your hard...

It's not hard to get a capacious solid-state drive if you're running a server farm, but everyday users still have to be picky more often than not: either you get a roomy-but-slow spinning hard drive or give up that capacity in the name of a speedy S...

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08:38
Compare a $200,000 and $2500 3D printer

If you are interested in 3D printers, this is an article worth reading. Can the lower end printers do the job for you? Lots of pictures, insights.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:35
Pokemon Go usage about to pass Twitter

The Pokemon Go usage numbers are astonishing.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:29
Musk hints at top secret Tesla masterplan

Tesla Motors Inc CEO Elon Musk on Sunday tweeted his intention to soon publish part two of his “top secret Tesla masterplan” following an embattled several weeks for the Silicon Valley heavyweight.Musk has hinted at major announced on Twitter in the past, so this is very interesting. The big question is will it be something new, or will it have to do with the autopilot kerfuffle.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:29
iPhone Essential Accessories: Favorite Lightning...

While I upgrade my iPhone every year, I’ve found that I stick to the same basic set of accessories thanks to their reliability, style or functionality. What to buy in terms of cables and docks is a common question for iPhone users, new and old. These are my recommendations based on what I have bought, used and kept over the years. Are these the only good choices? Of course not. They do have the potential for universal appeal, however. In general, the things I use are relatively inexpensive and focus on practicality, not style, so keep that in mind…
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08:23
Amazon Prime Day 2016 is tomorrow, July 12th

Amazon’s attempt to bridge the winter shopping frenzy back to the middle of summer.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:19
Rumor: iPhone 7 image leak shows redesigned antenna...

With roughly eight weeks before the next iPhone debut, a newly-leaked image shows the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 back casing. The most obvious change is the redesigned antenna lines. Rather than extending lengthways across the main body of the phone like the current iPhone 6s, the iPhone 7 antenna lines are sleeker and smaller. As shown in the picture, the white antenna lines are only visible at the top and bottom edges of the device.
The photo also highlights changes to the camera system as well. The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 seems to incorporate about a 25 percent wider camera hole, meaning a revised or updated camera will probably be used.
As of now, it’s unknown as to whether the new camera will incorporate more megapixels or allow in more light to take better...

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08:19
MakerBot didn't mislead customers about broken...

A Minnesota court has dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought against Makerbot that said the company had knowingly-produced dodgy 3D printers. The firm was accused of fraudulently misleading both investors and customers after talking-up the fifth-ge...

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08:16
Frustrated by the physicality of Pokemon Go?

The perfect counterpoint to Pokemon Go. Nicely done, Joy of Tech.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:00
The joyful death of the Philly Game Forge

Whenever a developer at the Philly Game Forge finished a project and shipped it off for the harsh scrutiny of the wider world, everyone would gather around, raise a glass and recite the following chant:

The code is done
The tweets are sent
The gam...

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07:54
Download iOS 10’s HomeKit Home app wallpapers for...

We’ve already shared the new default wallpapers currently in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, but there are also two additional new wallpapers that ship with iOS 10. Apple’s new HomeKit app called Home includes two house-themed images that you can set as wallpapers inside the app. 9to5Mac reader Mark Malstrom has extracted and shared both Home app wallpapers from iOS 10 for iPhone and iPad so you can use them as your Home screen and Lock screen wallpaper too.
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07:54
Jordan Castor, 22, shows what a blind Apple engineer...

You’ve got to admit, this is impressive.
Jordyn Castor, 22, who was born 15 weeks early, weighed just under two pounds and who has been blind since birth, is now one of the lead engineers for Apple’s VoiceOver technology, codes on a Braille device and is working on Apple’s new Playgrounds project for iOS. Castor, who has been using computers since her parents bought her a desktop in second grade, was first introduced to the Mac at a Minneapolis job fair in 2015.
Castor told Apple reps how amazed she was by the iPad she received as a gift for her 17th birthday just a few years earlier. It raised her passion for tech to another level — mainly due to the iPad’s immediate accessibility.

“Everything just worked and was accessible just right out of the box,” Castor said. “That...

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07:41
Twitter will livestream the Democratic and...

Twitter isn't limiting its livestreaming to major sporting events. The social network has revealed that it will stream both the Democratic and Republican national conventions, which respectively start on July 25th and July 18th. The coverage (technic...

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07:40
Nintendo's hugely successful 'Pokemon Go...

The first mobile Pok?mon title for iOS and Android has proven to be a wild success, helping to boost shares of Nintendo stock after a pervasive slide, with the game on track to expand to Europe, Japan and more in the coming days.

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07:40
Mellel 3.5

Adds highly customizable text boxes to the word processor. ($39 new, free update, 105.2 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:36
Maclocks introduces the MacBook Lock

Maclocks has announced the Ledge MacBook Lock, which it says is the world's smallest security solution for the Apple laptop. With a single replacement screw, the MacBook is fully secured while completely protected from daily wear and tear, the company says.
Maclocks is now running a special $69.95 "Back to School" Ledge promotion (http://tinyurl.com/zf9lql5). The “MacBook Lock Bundle” includes a protective MacBook case for a full security solution. The "3 in 1 MacBook Ledge Kit" includes two Ledge Lock Slot Adapters (one for MacBook Air & one for MacBook Pro) and a Combination cable lock.

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07:24
Audio Hijack 3.3.1

Adds preliminary Instant On support for macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($49 new, free update, 16.2 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:22
RED reveals a smaller 8K sensor for its Weapon camera

RED has revealed a new sensor called the "Helium" for its ultra-high megapixel 8K Weapon cinema camera. The chip will be 29.9mm wide (slightly bigger than Super-35), considerably smaller than the company's 40mm VistaVision sized 8K Dragon sensor. It...

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07:10
Canalys: a second generation Apple Watch will spur...

Canalys forecasts that 7.5 million smart watches with cellular connectivity — including a second generation Apple Watch — will ship in 2016, rising to 53.6 million in 2020. 

This represents a compound annual growth rate of 63% from 2016 to 2020. In the short term, shipments are likely to be driven by a new Apple Watch with cellular connectivity, says the research group. Canals says Samsung and LG have been very aggressive in bringing new cellular technologies to market, with smart watches such as the Gear S2 classic 3G/4G and the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, and will also play significant roles. Both the Tizen and Android Wear smart watch platforms already support cellular connectivity.

“The phase 2 eSIM specification will enable more independent smart watches with a smoother user experience around cellular connectivity. Users will soon be able to easily choose among cellular providers and pay for monthly service,” says Canalys Analyst Daniel Matte. “Many more smart...

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07:05
'Pokémon Go' Launch Faces String of...

Although Nintendo, Niantic, and The Pokémon Company have a few good reasons to celebrate the launch of their new augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go, a couple of incidents related to the game have already begun sprouting up over the past few days, bringing to light a few cautionary tales for everyone delving into the game.

Because it requires players to travel to real-world destinations in order to stock up on Poké Balls, eggs, and potions, and compete at gyms, some individuals have been capitalizing on the game's mechanics to trap and rob its players. According to a Facebook post from the O'...

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07:05
Capto 1.0.2

Adds a Highlighter image editing tool to the screen capture utility, along with a new tool to capture floating windows. ($29.99 new, free update, 20.2 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:57
iPhone 7 spy shot offers a clearer look at its camera

If you're wondering what the iPhone 7 should look like when it's more than just a bare shell covered in watermarks, look no further. NowhereElse.fr has obtained a leaked photo that appears to offer an exceptionally clear, more complete view of Apple'...

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06:46
Macs are ‘extremely reliable,’ Windows less so, in...

In its biannual Computer Repair Report, RESCUECOM — a computer repair company in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada — says that difficulty with Windows has not eased as much as expected, though it has slightly. As for Macs, the report says they’re “extremely reliable” and make up just 0.7% of the repair calls to RESCUECOM.

The Computer Repair Report is created by gathering information from every call received for computer repair at 1-800-RESCUE-PC and constructing a ranked list of every technology issue that troubles consumers and businesses. 

RESCUECOM says that all problems with Windows, whether related to its apps or the operating system itself, continue to make up the majority of computer repair calls and viruses, spyware, and malware. The foremost Internet security threats are always major concerns and rank second. Trouble with printers ranks third, while issues with sluggish or choppy computer performance rounds out the top four.

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06:39
Apple chip builder TSMC expected to see record Q3 on...

Chip manufacturer TSMC on Monday posted revenues of just under $6.89 billion for its second quarter, and is anticipated to do even better in the third quarter thanks to growing shipments of Apple "A10" processors for upcoming iPhones and iPads.

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06:31
MG announces the Novi, a Multi-Device Portable...

MG has launched its $285 Novi Portable Charging Station (http://www.mm-goi.com/). The new device utilizes LunaPulse technology to charge up to eight portable battery pods in 2.5 hours.
The Novi Portable Charging Station consists of the Novi Dock and portable Novi Pods. The Novi Dock is powered by an internal AC adapter with a removable 2-prong cable that can be retrofitted for use in any country. Each dock can hold up to eight pods. MG's LunaPulse Technology means that the Novi Dock charges each one of the Novi Pods on contact, without the need for any additional cables.
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06:29
How to beat 'Super Mario Bros. 3' in two...

We're actually pretty okay with AI winning at "Go," but when it's beating Super Mario Bros. 3 in mere seconds, it's time to be worried. ais523, an expert on game "speedruns," noticed that pressing a Nintendo NES's controller rapidly could allow him t...

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06:24
AppDelete Lite for Mac OS X revved to version 4.2.7

Reggie Ashworth (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdeletelite) has announced AppDelete Lite 4.2.7, an update to his Mac deletion utility.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.2.7 improves the search algorithm to handle special cases.
App Delete Lite requires OS X 10.7.3 or later. It costs $3.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. AppDelete Lite users can upgrade to AppDelete for an additional $3.99, but only via the AppDelete/AppDelete Lite website.

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06:07
Apple to pay Network-1/Mirror World $25 million to...

Network-1 Technologies says Mirror World Technologies, its wholly-owned subsidiary, has agreed to settle its patent litigation against Apple pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,006,22 (the '227 Patent).

Under the terms of the agreement, Apple will receive a fully paid up non-exclusive license to the '227 Patent for its full term, which expired in 2016, along with certain rights to other patents in Network-1's portfolio. Network-1 will receive $25 million from Apple for the settlement and fully paid up license.

The patent in question concerns a system for storing documents in a chronological stream akin to the way Apple’s Cover Flow, Spotlight and Time Machine in Mac OS X operate. The $25 million settlement comes after a...

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06:00
Change up your space with robotic furniture from Ori

Need a way to dramatically improve your living space? How about robotic furniture? No, it's not some far-off dream for the future. It's a collaboration between MIT Media Lab spin-off Ori with designer Yves Béhar.

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05:31
Photo of the iPhone 4.7" Design Tweaks Surfaces...

An Apple iPhone rumor site released a new photo of a case with an enlarged camera lens and redefined

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05:16
OS X Hidden Treasures: Typing Exotic Characters

OS X offers many, many more characters than you can type on your keyboard, from emoji to handy typographic symbols. We explain how you can figure out what they are and enter them in messages and documents. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:16
Telescopes catch the aftermath of a black hole...

Astronomers have observed a supermassive black hole swallowing a star 3.9 billion light years from Earth. The group used the European VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) network of telescopes, so big it's described as "Earth-sized", to observe t...

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05:12
Early iPhone 7 demand survey suggest 14.8% of iPhone...

A survey by Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster is trying to get a feel for early demand expectations for Apple’s imminent new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Investors and analysts had worried that meagre design changes for the new models, which largely resemble the iPhone 6s in appearance, would not inspire customers to buy into this cycle. Some analysts are already expecting Apple iPhone sales to decline this year below 2014 levels as worldwide smartphone growth slows.
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05:03
Will Apple's Future Robots assemble iPhones or...

One of the more fascinating parts of Apple's special event in March was actually about something that wasn't for sale. It was about Apple's new robotic arm that they simply call 'Liam.' Liam doesn't build or finish iPhones; it deconstructs them ...

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05:00
Daily Deal: Jumpstart a Career as a Web Developer

Stuck in a job that you hate? Want to be your own boss? Our deal today can help you get started as a web developer through the creation of a portfolio of web apps and job-hunting assistance. What will it take to get your new career going? Just $29 through this Apple World Today Daily Deal, plus the time and perserverence to go through the training and career mentoring. 

What's in this 12-week online course? 

  • Access 33+ hours of video content
  • Reference the downloadable e-book on how to get hired as a full-time web developer
  • Get live guidance with instructors via live video/screenshare
  • Study front-end development w/ HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery & frameworks like AngularJS
  • Learn back-end development w/ Ruby on Rails, Node.js, e-commerce, databases...
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05:00
Engadget UK giveaway: Win a Moto G4 courtesy of...

Summer is upon us, and as usual it's a pretty underwhelming affair. Hopefully a brand new Moto G4 will keep you occupied on some of the many rainy days to come, however. The smartphone is one of a couple of recent additions to Motorola's highly regar...

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05:00
The next iMac should add an HDMI connector

Will the next iMac — which I expect to arrive in September or October — have an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connector? The Mac mini, Mac Pro, and MacBook Pros do, so why not the company's best-selling all-in-one?

With Apple's increasing dominance in the areas of digital media, it seems like a good idea to have this feature on all desktop Macs. Thunderbolt and USB ports are nice. However, HDMI is getting smaller even as it gets bigger (more on that in a moment).

But let's back up. HDMI is an interface for audiovisual equipment such as high-definition television and home theater systems. It’s able to carry a bandwidth of 5Gbps (gigabits per second), which is purportedly more than twice the bandwidth needed to transmit multi-channel audio and video. HDMI provides an uncompressed, all-digital signal.

HDMI makes perfect sense for inclusion in the iMac. After all, the all-in-one is a computer that's often integrated into home entertainment systems and...

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04:44
Smart cities to ease traffic congestion

Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that smart traffic management and smart parking initiatives, will save some 4.2 billion man-hours annually by 2021 — equivalent to each city driver saving nearly an entire working day per year.
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04:44
Smart cities to ease traffic congestion

Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that smart traffic management and smart parking initiatives, will save some 4.2 billion man-hours annually by 2021 — equivalent to each city driver saving nearly an entire working day per year.
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04:40
Alleged 'iPhone 7' leak offers crystal...

With just a few months to go before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone lineup, a new high-quality image falls in line with previous leaks, showcasing the expected look of the 4.7-inch model.

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04:30
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 is its fastest...

Qualcomm has revealed the Snapdragon 821, a mobile processor that's around 10 percent faster than its current performance champ, the Snapdragon 820. However, it's not a replacement for that chip, which is used in high-end phones like the Samsung Gala...

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04:30
This MCE device is a great Complement to a Mac

MCE Technologies' MCE Complement is a handy, al-in-one, portable USB 3.0 device comprised of a 2 B Hard Drive, a Blu-ray, DVD, CD Reader/Recorder, a USB 3.0 Hub, and SD Card Reader. 

The MCE Complement's 2TB hard drive is designed for use as a standard storage device and is compatible with Time Machine. The unit includes Mac Blu-ray Player software for the playback of commercial Blu-ray titles directly on the Mac. It it can record data and high definition video to 25GB, 50GB, 100GB, and 128GB Blu-ray recordable discs.

In addition to recording and playing high capacity Blu-ray media, the drive is also a full-fledged SuperDrive and reads and writes all CD and DVD formats. The Complement also boasts an integrated USB 3.0 hub as well as an SD Card Reader. The MCE Complement is portable at 5.5 x 6 x 1.25 inches, weighs in at 19 ounces and...

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04:21
Pokemon Go expected to launch in UK and Europe in ‘a...

Pokemon Go has become a smash hit (available for free on the App Store), rallying hundreds of millions of players in just a few short days. Widespread media coverage of the game (and its consequences) has made the Nintendo freemium title somewhat of a phenomenon, continuing to top App Store charts.
This success — likely propelled by pent-up demand for a ‘real’ Pokemon game available on iOS  — comes despite the game only launching three regions; the United States, New Zealand Australia. A new report from the Wall Street Journal indicates fans from other countries will not have to wait long for an official launch of Pokemon Go in the UK, Europe and more.
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04:18
Kool Tools: Angelbird SSD2GO PKT

Angelbird Technologies’ SSD2GO PKT (http://tinyurl.com/j7oyq9t) is designed to be extremely portable and almost indestructible, while still offering fast operating speeds and some unique features.
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04:00
Camtasia is great screen recording software

Camtasia is a program for recording and annotating audio and video captured from your Mac commonly known as screencasting.  I’ve used other programs in the past to do raw captures from my Mac and then did the painful editing in iMovie and GarageBand but Camtasia does everything  with an intuitive and easy-to-use Mac interface.

I’m an extreme novice when it comes to audio and video editing and still was able to get the functionality I needed from this program. It treats audio and video like Pages treats words. Simple and easy editing. The help screen combined with online tutorials (screencasts in and of themselves) gave me the skills I needed to get up to speed. After I got down these basics, the hardest part wasn’t using the Camtasia tool, but the direct aspects of my presentation such as timing and my script.  When a tool gets out of the way and let’s you do the work that’s a win in my book.

Besides audio and video editing,...

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03:47
Latest iPhone 7 photo leak provides best look yet at...

About six weeks away from the next iPhone debut, widely dubbed the iPhone 7, it seems like we have a pretty clear idea about what to expect: similar design to iPhone 6s, revamped cameras, upgraded internals, removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Although it doesn’t show anything we haven’t seen before (via NowhereElse.FR), a new high-quality photo of the iPhone 7 has surfaced that gives us the clearest image yet of what the back device will look like …
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03:44
Clearest Shot Yet of iPhone 7 Case Confirms Subtle...

One of the clearest shots of Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 case has been posted over on French site Nowhereelse.fr this morning.

While the photo doesn't tell us anything we don't already know, it does confirm some details of the design we've come to expect from previous leaks.

The appearance of the rear of the phone is consistent with 3D renders previously posted by NWE blogger Steve Hemmerstoffer depicting an iPhone 6s-like design, repositioned antenna bands, and a larger camera cut-out.

What's not clear in the photo is the connector situation at the bottom of the device. Apple is widely expected to do away with the...

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03:40
Segway creator's advanced prosthetic arm...

Segway creator Dean Kamen's Luke prosthetic arm has been a long time in coming -- the FDA approved it two years ago. At last, however, it's nearly here. Mobius Bionics has revealed that it will offer the Luke arm sometime in late 2016. It's not cl...

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02:37
G2A makes it harder for scammers to sell shady game...

G2A is still determined to show that it can do right by developers worried about shady game key sellers. The online marketplace has introduced a new verification process that should make it harder to commit fraud. New sellers will have to provide a l...

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01:05
EE customers to get six months of free BT Sport

With Euro 2016 now over and Cristiano Ronaldo's tears dry on his winning face, the focus is now back on domestic campaigns and the start of the most lucrative Premier League season in history. The first matches kick off in just under a month but toda...

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00:34
iOS users report Apple ID lockouts

You might want to hold off on trying the iOS 10 beta if you can't bear to be without two-factor sign-ins. At least a handful of users are reporting a two-part problem that has locked them out of their Apple IDs. The first part is a bug with app-spe...

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Sunday July 10

18:57
Facebook clarifies live video policy, will allow...

Facebook will allow its users to livestream violent or graphic video under certain circumstances, the company announced in a statement released Friday.In the statement, the social media giant stated that, “if a person witnessed a shooting, and used Facebook Live to raise awareness or find the shooter, we would allow it.” On the other hand, the company will not allow such videos to be used “to mock the victim or celebrate the shooting.”“Live video on Facebook is a new and growing format,” the statement continues. “We’ve learned a lot over the past few months, and will continue to make improvements to this experience wherever we can.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:36
Twitter takes down a site that archives popular...

While Twitter isn't completely opposed to third-party sites preserving tweets, it has its limits: the social network has effectively shut down PostGhost, a days-old service that archived the tweets of verified users with "tens of thousands" of follow...

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21:00
I accidentally broke the super-rugged Cat S60...

This year's Mobile World Congress played host to plenty of phones I couldn't stop playing with, and the $599 Caterpillar-branded Cat S60 was near the top of my list. First, though, a painfully obvious disclosure: I have never, nor do I currently, wor...

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20:04
Mercedes to show its Tesla-fighting electric sedan...

It's no secret that Mercedes-Benz eventually wants to compete with Tesla, not just partner with it, and you won't have to wait much longer to see how that rivalry shakes out. The company's David McCarthy tells Motoring.com.au that you should see a c...

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19:18
Apple and the Bot War on Apps

A new media narrative is unfolding, replete with statistics all seeking to provide evidence that Apple's success with native apps is over. There's no clear agreement on what exactly will take over--Chat Bots, Voice Assistants, the Web, Augmented Reality or some new and unknown successor--but it is clear that the loser must be Apple. It has to be, because it's desperately needed by Apple's rivals.

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18:59
Blind Apple engineer speaks on the company’s deep...

Apple has always been vocal about its commitment to accessibility features for its products, and now a member of the company’s accessibility design and quality team is speaking up on just how committed Apple is. A new profile from Mashable details Jordyn Castor, a 22-year-old, blind engineer.
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18:58
'Starbound' will be ready for everyone on...

When Chucklefish said that Starbound was nearly ready after about 5 years of sitting in Steam's Early Access program, it wasn't joking around. The developer has revealed that the finished game will launch on July 22nd for Linux, Mac and Windows. Be...

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18:29
Watch the 'Mr Robot' season two premiere...

Can't wait until Wednesday for the season two premiere of Mr. Robot? No problem -- the show's official Twitter account just posted the first episode. Watching it on Twitter might not give the full home theater experience, but we suspect fans will be...

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17:02
We might not be able to use Martian water after all

Remember those dark streaks NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted running down canyons and hillsides on the red planet? They indicated the presence of water, which was a cause for celebration, as having water on Mars means astronauts won't have...

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16:18
∞ Bear cams in Alaska’s Katmai National Park

If you have kids, you have got to show them this really cool live web cam.

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15:30
Profile highlights blind Apple engineer working on...

A profile published on Sunday details the experiences and work of Jordyn Castor, a blind Apple engineer now developing technologies like VoiceOver with company's accessibility design and quality team.

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15:28
Apollo 11's source code is now on GitHub

The source code for Apollo 11's guidance computer has been available for a while (Google hosted it several years ago, for instance), but would you know how to find it or search through it? As of this week, it's almost ridiculously easy. Former NASA i...

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14:54
The U.S.-Canada border runs through this tiny library

One of many fascinating stories about life along the Canada-US border. I live only a few miles from it and often see the border obelisks along the road, reminding me that our two countries are close in many ways.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:09
∞ Bizarre spinning toys

Fair warning: The Physics Girl Youtube page will suck you in to all kinds of cool videos.

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14:01
Robbers used 'Pokémon Go' to lure their...

Pokémon Go is introducing many people to location-based gaming... and unfortunately, that includes the potential pitfalls as well. Police in O'Fallon, Missouri report that robbers used the mobile augmented reality title to reel in victims. B...

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12:35
This blind Apple engineer is transforming the tech...

There’s a lot more to be done but Apple is a leader in making its technology accessible to people with disabilities.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
Ben Heck's Raspberry Pi Zero portable computer

In this episode we bring you a Raspberry Pi Zero build. This elusive single-board computer was kindly donated by an element14 Community member. Of course, Ben then did what comes naturally to him: He turned it into a portable computer. The part...

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10:58
Intel brings 360-degree replays to Major League...

Intel is determined to make 360-degree replays a staple of the sporting world. The chip designer has announced that it's bringing 3D capture technology to Major League Baseball games, starting with the All-Star Week events at San Diego's Petco Park (...

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08:50
The Story about Apple's Blind Engineer is Truly...

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) presented Apple with the Robert S. Bray Award for their continued accessibility innovation on July 4, during ACB’s annual conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, MN. But the real story is about Apple Engineer Jordyn Castor, who was blind since birth.

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07:28
The Impossible Dream of a Made-in-America iPhone

Some, like Presidential candidate Donald Trump, think that if Apple was given the right tax beaks to bring back their money that's offshore and get Foxconn to open a plant in the US, that it could bring back needed jobs to America.

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: A modular airplane,...

Is the age of the solar-powered car upon us? Hanergy thinks so. The Chinese company just debuted four new vehicles that source all of their energy from the sun. Meanwhile, Clip-Air announced plans to test a crazy modular airplane that carries passeng...

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05:39
University in Naples Italy Announces Partnership...

On January 21, 2016 Apple posted a press release announcing titled "Apple Opening Europe's First iOS App Development Center in Italy." On Friday, the Università di Napoli Federico II (Naples, Italy) formerly announced it will host Europe’s first ever iOS Developer Academy in a new partnership with Apple that will see hundreds of students given the practical skills and training on developing apps for the world’s most innovative and vibrant app ecosystem.

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04:34
Pokemon Go Leads to Reckless Driving, Injuries, and...

Since its release Wednesday night, Pokemon Go has already gone on to become the top-grossing game in the three countries where it's available, and Forbes contributor Tero Kuittinen calls it "the first example of an AR product becoming a national obsession." An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:
Some fans are now tweeting about playing the game while driving, and the Chicago Tribune quotes one user who says "Pokemon Go put me in the ER last night... Not even 30 minutes after the release...I slipped and fell down a ditch." In Australia the game has been leading some players to their local police station, and a woman in Wyoming reports that the game actually led her to a dead body floating in a river. And at least one Pokemon Go screenshot has gone viral. It shows a man capturing a Pokemon while his wife gives birth.

The app's popularity has created lagging servers and forced Niantic to delay its international roll-out, meaning "Those who have already downloaded the game...

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04:01
ISIS' Twitter traffic reportedly dropped 45...

If you ask the US government, the efforts to stifle ISIS' online propaganda are paying off. The White House reports that the extremist group's Twitter traffic has dropped 45 percent in the past 2 years, owing to both attempts to keep accounts offlin...

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00:24
Review: Synology's DiskStation DS216j offers...

The DiskStation DS216j NAS is positioned near the bottom of Synology's consumer level network storage product range, but advanced software integration and a configurable design means the system can easily serve up to a small business.

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Saturday July 9

08:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Charge your iPhone without...

Up your photo and movie storage with Sandisk’s latest accessoryThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings functional wallets, extra battery power, sports-themed protection, and many more options to get you through a busy day.ChargeTechThe ThinCharge (iPhone 6 and 6s; $60 on Amazon) protects your device and doubles your talk and surf time with the addition of minimal bulk.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:40
Tidal adds Chromecast support for its iOS and...

Next time Bey drops a surprise album -- and with Lemonade's success, we wouldn't be surprised -- you can beam it straight to a Chromecast-enabled TV or speakers. Tidal's latest app refresh adds Chromecast support for iPhones, iPads and Android device...

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21:08
Killer Deal: Apple's 12" MacBook (1.3GHz,...

For the next seven days only, AI readers can grab Apple's 2015 12-inch MacBook (1.3GHz, 8GB, 256GB) for the lowest price ever offered at $999, plus free expedited shipping, a free copy of Parallels 11 and no sales tax outside of NY.

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20:04
Bitcoin mining just became less rewarding, on purpose

If you have computers chugging away as bitcoin mining machines, don't be surprised if your output just fell through the floor. Reuters notes that code built into the digital currency system has cut the mining reward in half as of July 9th. Where ther...

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18:29
Senate approves national GMO labeling standard

The Senate has voted 63-30 in favor of a bill that would enforce a GMO labeling standard for the whole country. If it passes, food manufacturers would be required to disclose genetically modified ingredients in their products through a label on an it...

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17:02
Scientists find the first water clouds beyond the...

At last, astronomers have found evidence of watery clouds beyond our home star... only they're not hovering around a planet, like you might expect. UC Santa Cruz-led researchers have discovered signs of water vapor clouds around WISE 0855, a brown d...

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16:10
My Notes On Pokémon Go

While I’ve only gotten to Level 16 in Pokémon Go so far, I have taken a decent amount of notes and thrown them at http://krypted.com/pokemon-go-tutorial/. Thanks to the others at JAMF Software for getting me started on documenting this stuff, and if anyone sees anything I missed please feel free to comment!

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15:32
Carrying A Gun-Shaped iPhone 'Makes It Much...

HughPickens.com writes: A passenger at London Stansted Airport seemed to think it was a good idea to have a gun-shaped iPhone case in his back pocket as he prepared to board a plane... [T]he police speculated on Twitter that they could proceed with charges against him for either a public order offense or for possession of an imitation firearm in a public place tweeting with the hashtag #dontbedaft that "Bringing this to an airport makes it much less likely you'll catch your plane." [In 2015] the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey offered this warning on Facebook to potential users: "Please folks -- this cell phone case is not a cool product or a good idea. A police officer's job is hard enough, without having to make a split second decision in the dark of night when someone decides without thinking to pull this out while stopped for a motor vehicle violation..."
One Twitter user responded, "On what planet is this a smart thing to do?" But the New Jersey prosecutor...

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15:31
Virgin Galactic poised to start its new spaceship...

Virgin Galactic is ready to put its SpaceShipTwo replacement through a series of test fights, and according to Bloomberg, it will begin sometime in August. The private space corporation launched Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity in February to replace Spa...

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15:11
KLM launching in-flight Heineken draft service

Edwin Griffioen, Heineken’s Supply Development Manager for Global Innovation, explained how it will work.- Because the air pressure is so much lower in an aeroplane than at sea level, a traditional beer tap will not work as it will only dispense a huge amount of foam. His team went to work, and thankfully for beer lovers everywhere, but especially in the sky, they figured out a way to serve more than just foam.I’m booking a flight somewhere.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:59
∞ AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams calling it quits...

Guitar Player:Cliff Williams has played bass in AC/DC since 1977. By the time the group’s current tour wraps up in September, he’ll have logged nearly 40 years with the Australian rockers.AC/DC has been through a lot this year: Malcolm had to retire due to dementia; Brian had severe hearing loss; and Phil had legal trouble. The only one left that wants to keep going at this point is Angus.

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13:58
Tesla crash prompts NTSB investigation into...

Investigations are already underway regarding the role of Autopilot in the fatal Tesla Model S crash on May 7th, but the National Transportation Safety Board wants to take things one step further. It's launching its own investigation into the traged...

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13:07
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.Great feature/service for developers.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:57
Apple will pay $25 million to settle Cover Flow...

Apple will pay $25 million to settle a patent lawsuit with Network-1 Technologies’ subsidiary Mirror World Technologies and license its patents, the companies announced today. The patent (No. 6,006,227) dates back to 1999, covering a system that stores documents in a stream ordered chronologically, similar to Apple’s Cover Flow or Time Machine.Good. Pay, get it over with and move on.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
Six technological breakthroughs inspired by nature

By Cat DiStasio

Biomimicry is an incredible field that seeks to unlock nature's deepest, darkest secrets and then use them to solve human problems. Many of the scientific breakthroughs in biomimicry have far-reaching applications ranging from new me...

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11:40
∞ Little cursing Cooper

The only thing funnier than a little kid swearing is a little kid swearing with a British accent.

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11:00
Does your sous vide gear really need WiFi?

If you spend a considerable amount of time reading J. Kenji Lopez-Alt's writings on better cooking through science, you'll come across his sous vide steak guide. I've read what Lopez-Alt and others have to say about the culinary method for preparing...

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11:00
HandyLinux Is a Great Toolbox for Linux Newbies


HandyLinux is a distro that offers a simplified approach to using the Linux desktop operating system. HandyLinux first appeared about three years ago. The latest version, 2.5, was released in early June. The developers make it easy to peal off the "Handy" layers to reveal a more standard Linux environment as users learn the system. Those who no longer need the IT tools included with the initial installation can remove them easily using the Handy2Debian application from the main menu.

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10:48
Apple Sued for using a Web Carousel but has a Prior...

Samuel Lit, inventor of a patent titled "Information display system and method," has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit claims that Apple's website includes a carousel embedded in the site ...

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10:33
Apple Patents Augmented Reality Display, May Be...

An anonymous reader quotes an article from Road to VR:
Apple has just been granted another AR/VR related technology patent, to add to their growing list. In this case it's a transparent, high field of view display which looks to be aimed at the augmented reality sector and, alongside other mounting evidence, could indicate Apple is preparing to enter the immersive technology race sooner rather than later... Anticipation that the company is working on 'something' AR/VR behind the scenes at Cupertino has been stoked by a series of company acquisition and staff hires. Most interestingly however are the trail of patent applications made by Apple.

This week's new patent specifies a "Peripheral Treatment of Head-mounted Displays" to deliver an image to the wearer's eyes through a transparent display medium.

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09:34
The FBI Seeks a Search Warrant for an Account on...

Early this morning Patently Apple discovered a new court filing that was filed yesterday that was made public today. The USA/FBI's application

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09:30
The Galaxy S7 Active is a rugged flagship with a...

Accidents happen. And if you're more prone to accidents than most (like me), your phone's probably taken more than its fair share of beatings. Since 2013, the AT&T-exclusive Galaxy S Active line has taken Samsung's flagship for that year and put...

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03:00
The week in Apple news: iOS 10 and macOS Sierra...

Apple headlines for the week ending July 8, 2016The big news: Apple released the public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10. If you want to try them out, you have to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program. While you’re waiting for the software to install (or not), you can catch up on the important Apple headlines of the past week. Click on the link to get more information.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:27
Apple Won Four Design Patents in Hong Kong this Week...

Apple was granted four design patents in Hong Kong yesterday covering a charger and two user interfaces. Apple's "animated user interface" design win may relate to 3D touch.

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08:00
NVIDIA's GTX 1070 is a mid-range GPU that feels...

As impressive as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 GPU is, its high price of $599 is tough to stomach for even the most dedicated gamers. That's where the mid-range GTX 1070 comes in: It's almost as fast as its more powerful sibling, but it starts at a more...

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08:00
Augmented Reality Mobile Game Puts Pokemon in Real...


Pokemon Go, the highly anticipated augmented reality game from Niantic Labs, is finally available for download for iOS and Android mobile devices in the U.S., as well as in New Zealand and Australia. Niantic, the former Google unit behind the popular augmented reality game Ingress, has teamed up with The Pokemon Company and Nintendo to bring the iconic Pokemon title to mobile platforms. Pokemon Go could be a game-changer in terms of introducing augmented reality to the masses in the consumer electronics market.

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07:00
Recommended Reading: When Facebook Live replaces 911

How Facebook Live
is becoming the social
911 for people who
can't trust the police
Salvador Rodriguez,
Inc.

A Facebook Live stream captured the moments after Philando Castile was shot by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota this week. During the vi...

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06:00
ICYMI: Pedestrian tracking bot and earthquake...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Stanford engineers are using a robot to understand the way humans move through a crowded space. University of California, San Diego researchers are using the world's largest outdoor shake table to simulate earthqua...

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03:22
This week on AI: No more 16GB iPhones, iOS 10 &...

Even with summer doldrums in full effect, there was still plenty of news to go around -- including the first public betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, and word that Apple is finally ditching 16 gigabyte iPhones.

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00:03
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's account was...

We suppose it was inevitable, but the latest hacking of a high-profile Twitter account has occurred, and it's hit the company's CEO Jack Dorsey. After the hackers posted a few benign video clips, a tweet went up at 2:50AM ET saying "Hey, its OurMine,...

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Friday July 8

10:03
Get to know iOS 10's radically new lock screen

There are tons of changes coming in iOS 10, but the most dramatic, immediately visible change is happening on your lock screen. Nothing works the way it did before. Things are about to get weird, but we’ll get through it together.Raise to Wake

If you have a new iPhone—6s, 6s Plus, or SE—the changes will appear instantly. When you pick up your phone, your screen will wake to display the time. It’s a small change, one already in use on the Apple Watch (and on Android phones), but it eliminates the pain point of having to press a button just to see the time.Relearning how to swipe

The launch of Touch ID made Slide to Unlock, a now-quaint feature that delighted audiences when the iPhone debuted, a little unnecessary. Slide to Unlock was still essential in rare cases when Touch ID failed (if your hands were damp or you were wearing gloves), but now it’s...

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23:26
This week’s top stories: iOS 10 & macOS Sierra...

In this week’s top stories: Apple launches public betas for upcoming releases of iOS 10 & macOS Sierra, Pokemon Go tops the app charts, the latest iPhone 7 leaks, and much more. Head below for these and the rest of this week’s top stories:
more…Filed under: Apple ...

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20:38
Experience tragedy above Earth in 'Adr1ft...

Adr1ft, the allegorical game about surviving in orbit after a space-station accident, makes its way to PlayStation 4 next week. Previously it was available on VR platforms like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, so it doesn't seem like too much of a stretch t...

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19:41
Gather your 'Red Dead Redemption' posse to...

Need a break from Overwatch, or, if you're lucky, the Battlefield 1 alpha? Well, if you're an Xbox One owner, you should definitely check out the newly backwards-compatible Red Dead Redemption. If you still have your Xbox 360 disc hanging around, sim...

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18:39
HDHomeRun tuners connect directly to Samsung TVs

While we wait for the FCC and cable companies to work out a plan for the future of TV, Silicon Dust has a way for you to experience cable with as few boxes as possible. This week the company detailed the ability of Samsung's 2016 TVs to access stream...

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17:43
'Pokemon Go' global rollout pauses to fix...

If you haven't seen anyone wandering around late at night and waggling their smartphone to catch digital animals, just wait: Your friends will probably drag you into the wildly popular Pokémon Go soon. Or perhaps you don't live in America or t...

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17:07
Apple Pays $25 Million in Settlement Over Cover Flow...

Apple will pay $25 million to settle a patent lawsuit with Network-1 Technologies' subsidiary Mirror World Technologies and license its patents, the companies announced today. The patent (No. 6,006,227) dates back to 1999, covering a system that stores documents in a stream ordered chronologically, similar to Apple's Cover Flow or Time Machine.

Under the terms of the agreement, Apple will receive a fully paid up non-exclusive license to the '227 Patent for its full term, which expired in 2016, along with certain rights to other patents in Network-1's portfolio. Network-1 will receive $25 million from Apple for the settlement and fully paid up...

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16:38
iPhone 7 and Apple's next Retina Display...

In 2010, Steve Jobs introduced a new leap forward in display resolution for iPhone 4 that passed up the rest of the industry to deliver pixels virtually invisible to the human eye. For iPhone 7, Apple appears to be making a similar leap in the realm of "Retina Color."

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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...

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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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