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Wednesday May 25

14:28
Report: Indian government rules Apple must sell 30%...

In India, it’s required that any company wanting to set up a retail location must sell at least 30 percent locally sourced goods, but reports claimed that because of Apple’s “cutting-edge technology,” it would be able to circumvent this requirement. According to a report from Reuters today, however, that is not the case.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, India, retail ...

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11:53
Twitter Loosens Tweet's Leash


Twitter on Tuesday announced a number of changes to tweets, including what will be included in a message's 140-character count. The changes will be rolled out in the coming months. When replying to a tweet, tagged @names at the beginning of the reply no longer will be included in the character count. Photos, GIFs, videos, polls and quote tweets no longer will be counted against the character limit. Tweets that begin with a username will be delivered to all followers of that user, and users will be able to retweet and quote tweet themselves.

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11:05
Apple’s Penchant for Privacy Makes Siri ‘Speaker’...

Apple is rumored to be working on a "Siri speaker" that would compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home. Bryan Chaffin argues Apple faces many challenges in making such a product—most especially its commitment to privacy—but that this is exactly why we want the company to do it.


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10:33
TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-25: Apple Hires Jon...

Apple just hired security expert Jon Callas. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's efforts to ramp up its security and encryption efforts, plus they have some thoughts on Microsoft scaling back its smartphone efforts again.


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09:48
Rumor: Apple looks into charging stations for...

Not surprisingly, the long-rumored “Apple Car” will most likely be an electric vehicle — or at least a hybrid auto. According to Reuters, Apple is investigating how to charge electric cars, talking to charging station companies and hiring engineers with expertise in the area, according to “people familiar with the matter and a review of LinkedIn profiles.”

The article says it’s not certain whether Apple would want its own proprietary technology, such as Tesla Motors' Supercharger network, or design a system compatible with offerings from other market players. Still, Apple reportedly hired at least four electric vehicle charging specialists, including former BMW employee Rónán Ó Braonáin. In January, Apple hired Nan Liu, an engineer who researched a form of wireless charging for electric vehicles and this month Apple hired former Google charging expert Kurt Adelberger.

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09:33
News: Beta testing for Pokémon GO begins in the U.S.

Pokémon GO is now open to beta testers in the U.S. while the game is still in active development. The game, first announced last fall, uses an iPhone’s GPS to let users catch, trade and battle over Pokémon based on their location in the real world. Phones will notify players when they are approaching a Pokémon “in the wild” and give them the chance to catch it by using the touch scree to throw a Poké Ball. Poké Balls and other…

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07:19
Microsoft Cuts more Smartphone Jobs, Hopes for...

Microsoft's big push into the smartphone market seems to have failed. The company recently sold off its consumer phone business, and now is scaling back again to focus on the enterprise smartphone market while laying off 1,850 employees.


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07:00
OnePlus Offers Free Headsets to Lure Crowd to VR...


The 30,000 virtual reality headsets OnePlus announced it would give away as part the unveiling of its OnePlus 3 smartphone were snapped up Monday, the day they became available. OnePlus has set up a VR space called "The Loop" in which it will unveil the OnePlus 3. The Loop can be accessed only by users of the OnePlus Loop VR headsets, made by AntVR. "We believe we, and the tech industry as a whole, have only scratched the surface of what can be done in VR," OnePlus cofounder Carl Pei said.

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06:42
Microsoft set to axe nearly 2,000 jobs in bid to...

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a restructuring of its mobile hardware group that will see as many as 1,850 employees -- most of them former Nokia staffers -- lose their jobs as the company looks to right the listing smartphone ship.

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06:29
Indian finance minister shoots down prospect of...

India's finance minister has reportedly ratified a ruling that Apple must follow local sourcing rules, potentially halting the company's near-term attemps to launch its first stores in the country.

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06:07
∞ Chewbacca mom and J.J. Abrams

[VIDEO] A few days ago, Candace Payne posted this video, showing just how much she loved her newly purchased Chewbacca mask. The internet approved, her video broke all kinds of viewing records.Then James Corden asked her to appear in one of his carpool sketches. Pretty solid.

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05:35
Echo vs Siri

M.G. Siegler, on using an Echo for three months, vs. his long-time Siri experience. Some good points, along with some counterpoints.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:00
TripAdvisor is offering two free months of Google...

Google Play Music is a solid service, but it's a bit of an afterthought in the marketplace compared to bigger players like Spotify and Apple Music. And in a crowded market, Google's likely looking for ways to muster up more interest and exposure for...

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02:22
Microsoft kills what's left of the old Nokia

Last week, Microsoft sold off what remained of Nokia's feature phone business while Windows Phone's market share slid below a single percent. Now, the company has taken what's clearly the last step in correcting Steve Ballmer's decision to purchase t...

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01:00
Unfade: A photo scanning app from the makers of...

My go-to app for making my world paper-free is Scanbot (free with in-app purchases). Every bill, statement, or document that comes into my house gets an immediate Scanbot scan, then is stored locally and in the cloud for future reference while the paper is shredded or recycled. Today the same company that developed Scanbot -- doo GmbH -- released a new app called Unfade ($4.99) that makes scanning, touchup and storage of old photographs as easy as scanning paper documents with Scanbot.

The scanning process is remarkably similar to Scanbot's, but easier. All you do is tap a button to start scanning, and then point the iPhone camera at printed photos one at a time. There are some simple rules regarding lighting that you need to follow, but once that's understood, it's as easy as pointing the...

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00:50
Mom behind most-watched Facebook Live video visits...

It's only been a few months since Facebook opened up live video streaming to everyone, but with over a billion daily users the emergence of a massive hit was inevitable. Late last week an odd yet charming video stream of Candace Payne amusing herself...

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Tuesday May 24

23:41
ISS' expandable module has a shield that...

You had a lot of questions when we wrote about NASA gearing up to inflate BEAM on the ISS. Does it inflate like a balloon? What if it gets hit by micrometeoroids then? Does it protect against radiation? While there are many things we won't know for s...

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22:27
Pod-based marijuana vaporizers are coming

As the wave of marijuana legalization lifts the country out of its longstanding fog of prohibition, one former Keurig executive and his 40-something marijuana enthusiast friend have found a way to ride it all the way to the bank: By creating a vapori...

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21:28
24 Hour Deal: Apple's 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi,...

For the next 24 hours, Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo's Deal Zone Deal of the Day offers the lowest price we've seen on Apple's 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi Only) in Silver, Space Gray, or Gold at $499.00 with free shipping, a free case, and no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY.

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21:27
'Overwatch' adding ranked play next month

Blizzard's much-publicized shooter Overwatch is finally out today, but it released without one very important component: Ranked play. Don't worry though. Lead game designer Jeff Kaplan has assured the community that feature is coming, as early as nex...

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19:48
Winners of the WaterField Designs MacBook bag...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of our latest giveaway, Carl J. and Tyler D., who scored a handcrafted laptop bag from WaterField Designs in the color of their choosing.

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19:16
Plaintiffs try to keep 'Error 53' lawsuit...

Apple's motion to dismiss a pending class action lawsuit related to the infamous "Error 53" Touch ID issue was countered in a recent court filing claiming the company's remedial actions, which include an iOS software update and reimbursement efforts, are inadequate.

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18:50
Toyota Forms 'Strategic Partnership' With...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Toyota and Uber are forming a "strategic partnership" which will include an investment by the Japanese automaker in the San Francisco-based ride-sharing company. Under the agreement, Uber drivers can lease their vehicles from Toyota and cover their payments through earnings generated as Uber drivers. Toyota says it will invest an undisclosed sum in Uber, which is already the most valuable technology startup in the world. A partnership between Toyota and Uber could help the ride-sharing company solve a lingering question surrounding its self-driving ambitions, namely where its going to get a fleet of cars to equip with its autonomous technology. Toyota, which is the world's largest car manufacturer, is taking self-driving technology very seriously. It recently established the Toyota Research Institute to develop AI technologies in two main areas: autonomous cars and robot helpers for around the home. Last month, Google, Ford, Volvo...

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18:20
Poll: Would you prefer an OLED touch bar instead of...

Many people have been eagerly waiting for Apple to refreshed its entire MacBook Pro lineup with a thinner design, faster internals, Siri support, and more. A report yesterday said all of that is coming later this year in Q4, but added an additional detail: an OLED touch bar above the keyboard that would replace the row of function keys.
This is a new idea that hasn’t really been suggested for Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup before, but it has a variety of interesting possibilities. But with a significant change like that comes a steep, steep learning curve. The quick shortcuts we’ve all become accustomed to using throughout OS X would have an added twist, but could they potentially become easier to access in the long run? In the end, however, it would all come down to whether or not...

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18:11
Groupon spending millions on ads to remind you it...

Groupon has seen better days, but it’s still alive. Now the company wants to make sure you know it.This is how you know you’re in trouble.∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:07
Apple To Open Up Siri To Developers, Release An...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BGR: According to a new report from The Information, Apple is finally ready to let Siri grow up. Specifically, the publication relays that Apple will finally offer official Siri APIs to developers, thus paving the way for third-party integrations, the kind that Amazon Echo users can't seem to get enough of. Things like ordering an Uber or pizza are currently impossible, because Siri is locked down by Apple. What's more, Apple is also reportedly working on a standalone device meant to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google's recently unveiled Google Home. If that's true, it's huge news -- Apple has been lacking any kind of smart home hub until now, but a Siri-powered device would be a serious play to get Apple into our homes. Google is the latest tech giant to announce a virtual home assistant. It unveiled Google Home, a small round gadget with microphones and speakers that listen and respond to your questions and commands.
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18:04
Advice for founders looking to hire their first...

Some great advice here from Khoi Vinh.∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:09
Hyundai adds Apple CarPlay support to six models,...

Korean carmaker Hyundai plans to integrate CarPlay compatibility into a total of eight 2015 and 2016 vehicles, bringing the firm closer to offering Apple's infotainment system across its entire lineup.

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16:41
Bad News, FBI: Apple Hires Security Pro Jon Callas

If the FBI was hoping Apple CEO Tim Cook was all talk when he said his company is digging in its heels to protect user privacy, it's time to put on the disappointed face because Jon Callas is back on the payroll. His credentials in the security and privacy world make him a strong asset for Apple—just as he was when he previously worked for the company—and should have the FBI very worried about how far it'll be able to hack into future iPhones and Macs.


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16:36
Apple brings iOS 9 Spotlight Suggestions to 7 more...

Apple on Tuesday made a pair of improvements to its search services by bringing iOS 9's Spotlight Suggestions to seven more markets and adding NBC as an item in the fourth-generation Apple TV's universal search results.

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16:30
Apple Pay nets five major banks in Singapore to...

Just over one month after Apple Pay rolled out to iPhone and Apple Watch users in Singapore through American Express integration, Apple on Tuesday announced new partnerships with five local banks that bring with them support for credit and debit cards issued by Visa and MasterCard.

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16:06
Apple looking to hire lawyer with ‘health privacy...

Earlier today, Tim Cook opened Startup Fest in Amsterdam with an interview during which he made several comments about Apple’s ambitious goals in the health industry. Now, a new job listing has surfaced that reveals Apple is looking to hire a high-level lawyer who specializes in health privacy regulations. The job listing was initially posted yesterday (via Business Insider).
more…Filed under: iOS Tagged: Heatlh, HIPAA,...

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16:04
Apple seeks lawyer with HIPAA expertise for health...

An Apple job listing on Monday reveals the company is looking to hire a seasoned attorney with health privacy expertise to take on the role of Privacy Counsel , suggesting a health and medical systems expansion could be in the works.

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15:59
Report: Apple is developing a 'Siri Speaker...

Hey Siri, so you want to be the next Alexa?
Apple is reportedly developing a new product that will rely on Siri to activate certain features and capabilities, as well as pull up information from the web. The new product is expected to sport a speaker and a microphone, which makes it a direct competitor to other smart devices like the Amazon Echo and the just-announced Google Home.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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15:45
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RapidWeaver is the best web design software for Mac. Build the website you’ve always wanted.I’ve known the people at this company for a long time–they make some great software.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:38
Google's Abacus May Count Out Passwords


By the end of the year, Android devs will be able to use a trust API from Google's Project Abacus in their apps, Google ATAP Director Dan Kaufman suggested at last week's I/O conference. The API, which will run in the background continually, is aimed at doing away with passwords. It will use a smartphone's sensors to check users' current locations, typing patterns and voice patterns, as well as for facial recognition. It will create a cumulative trust score that will authenticate users so they can unlock their devices or sign into applications.

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15:31
Huawei sues Samsung for patent infringement

Huawei has filed lawsuits in the United States and China seeking compensation for what it said was unlicensed use of fourth-generation (4G) cellular communications technology, operating systems and user interface software in Samsung phones.Another company fed up with Samsung theft.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:30
Apple rehires respected encryption expert as it...

Even though Apple’s fight over the San Bernardino iPhone is essentially over, the overall debate regarding encryption versus national security remains. In an effort to continue to beef up security options on consumer devices, Reuters today reports that Apple has rehired well-respected security expert Jon Callas. News of this hire comes as we’re hearing from sources that Apple is in the midst of entirely overhauling its security team.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Encryption, Security ...

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15:30
AWT News Update: May 24, 2016

Just a reminder that the AWT News Update will be on hiatus between May 26 and June 6, returning June 7. Today's news includes stories about a Siri SDK, a beta release, the Apple Watch hurting sales of Swiss Watches, an addition to the search capabilities of the 4th-generation Apple TV, and more!

  • A Siri SDK is expected to be announced at WWDC in June
  • The beta of iOS 9.3.3 has been made available to public beta testers today
  • Swiss watchmakers record a second straight month of double-digit declines in sales
  • More fun with the Apple TV, now with search power for NBC shows
  • Apple closes at $97.90 

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15:28
Apple rehires prominent security pro

Jon Callas, who co-founded several well-respected secure communications companies including PGP Corp, Silent Circle and Blackphone, rejoined Apple in May, an Apple spokesman said.Definitely a good hire for Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:12
Four hundred miles with Tesla’s autopilot forced me...

This is a really interesting read. I still won’t give up my motorcycle for a (semi) autonomous car but this description of a long trip while letting the Tesla take care of a lot of the driving shows you what the future will hold.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:30
How Apple Got Ready For an iPhone With an OLED...

It took some time. Apple wasn't always happy with the technology of OLED displays. Now, Apple has had the advantage of learning how to put an OLED display into production in the Apple Watch.  That technology won't be far behind in the future iPhones.


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14:23
Rumor: Apple is working on an Amazon Echo rival and...

The Information reports that Apple is working on "an Amazon Echo-like device with a speaker and microphone that people can use to turn on music, get news headlines or set a timer.” The Echo (pictured) is Amazon’s voice-activated smart home speaker.

The article adds that Siri, Apple’s “digital assistant,” will power the gadget. The Information says that Siri will be opened up to third-party developers through an SDK [software development kit] to be unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next month. (Siri is also rumored to be coming to the Mac.)

While Siri supports some third-party services such as Yelp, Apple hasn't yet released an SDK that any developer can use to create Siri-powered services. However, Amazon rolled out an SDK last year for Alexa, the voice assistant powering its Echo speaker line.

Chances the rumor is true (IMHO): 60%. I’m almost certain...

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14:12
News: Report: Apple developing Siri home speaker to...

A new report from The Information (subscription required), reveals that Apple is preparing to release a Siri SDK for third-party developers, as well as possibly releasing a standalone Siri-capable hardware device, similar to the Amazon Echo. The report suggests that a Siri SDK will likely be unveiled at WWDC next month, allowing third-party developers to make services available directly through Siri — something that many iOS developers and users…

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14:09
Writing the ‘Apple Music Letter’ Was Taylor Swift’s...

Have you seen Vogue's 73 Questions series? They send a production team into the home of a celebrity and ask them 73 questions in one take. It's fun, if you're into that sort of thing, but I just watched Taylor Swift's episode from April. At the very end, she's asked what the bravest thing she's ever done. She answered, "Writing the Apple Music letter," referring to an open letter she wrote to Apple criticizing the company's payment structure for artists on Apple Music. That was followed by answering it was also the most spontaneous thing she's ever done. With great risk comes great rewards, and that open letter has seemingly led to a collaborative partnership with Apple involving multiple commercials, a tour movie that opened exclusively on Apple Music, and unknown things in the future.

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14:00
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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13:46
ZeroLemon 64GB iMemStick: $79.99

Check out the ZeroLemon 64GB iMemStick, a flash drive with USB on one end and a Lightning jack on the other. That means you can use it to transfer files between your Mac, iOS device, or Windows PC. It comes with caps to protect both ends, and we have a deal on a 64GB model for $79.99.


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13:39
Report: Apple planning Siri SDK for WWDC as it...

Last week Google officially took the wraps off of its Amazon Echo competitor Google Home, while earlier this month the original Siri creators unveiled their latest personal assistant Viv. Now, The Information reports that Apple is working on an Amazon Echo-like device.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices ...

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12:59
Versatile iBot Wheelchair to Make a Comeback


Toyota and DEKA Research and Development last week announced an agreement that will revive development of the iBot, a wheelchair that can climb stairs. The companies revealed their pact to develop mobility solutions for the disabled community at the annual convention of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. One of the first initiatives under the agreement will be to resurrect the iBot, which uses a balancing technology similar to the Segway's that allows it to perform tasks such as climbing stairs.

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12:59
Mac: MacPhun Aurora HDR Pro

MacPhun has released a nice update to its popular Aurora HDR Pro app, designed to give Mac users the ability to easily turn their digital photos into impressive high dynamic range images. With the latest version, Aurora HDR Pro ($100) now includes an extension for the OS X Photos app, allowing you to seamlessly take advantage of the app’s capabilities to round-trip photos without leaving the app, and even sync favorite presets with the main app. Editing tools and presets have been enhanced for various photography styles and settings, making it really easy to instantly transform photos for various settings without having to fuss with detailed settings. Though users who like to tweak and experiment with detailed adjustments can still do so with the broad range of editing tools available, allowing you to start out with a preset to get the general look you’re seeking and then adjust from there.
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12:49
Apple rehires cryptography expert Jon Callas

Apple has hired — no, make that rehired — Jon Callas, an expert in practical cryptography with the goal “to bring more powerful security features to a wide range of consumer products,” reports Reuters.

Callas, who co-founded several well-respected secure communications companies including PGP Corp, Silent Circle and Blackphone, rejoined Apple in May, the article adds. He had worked at Apple in the 1990s and again between 2009 and 2011, when he designed an encryption system to protect data stored on a Mac. Apple declined to detail his new role, and Callas declined to comment.

Callas is credited with creating several Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards, including OpenPGP, DKIM, and ZRTP, which he wrote. Prior to his work at Entrust as chief technical officer, he was chief technical officer and co-founder of PGP Corporation. He describes himself as "an...

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12:45
No, Apple Won't Become a Wireless Carrier

Don Reisinger, reporting for Fortune: Apple won't be competing with its carrier partners anytime soon. Speaking at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam during an interview on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook squashed rumors that his company is planning to eventually get into the cellular market to compete with the likes of AT&T and Verizon. "Our expertise doesn't extend to the network," Cook said. "We've worked with AT&T in the U.S., O2 in the U.K., as well as T-Mobile and Orange, and we expanded as we learned more. But generally, the things Apple likes to do, are things we can do globally. We don't have the network skill. We'll do some things along the way with e-SIMs along the way, but in general, I like the things carriers do."

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12:29
GhostCodes makes it easy to discover new Snapchat...

Snapchat is insanely popular with the younger demographic, and it flourishes in areas like schools, where there is a community of individuals using the app who see each other face to face.
One of Snapchat’s greatest weaknesses, though, is that it lacks good discovery tools built inside the app. It’s why I believe that its growth, although impressive, has been bridled in some instances. It’s why an app like GhostCodes can provide a valuable bridge to user discovery on the platform. more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store app, discovery, Snapchat,...

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12:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Virtual reality is here

Very VR!The week’s lineup of new accessories includes a new virtual reality viewer that fits right in your pocket. Read on!BrydgeThe $150 BrydgeAir Keyboard ($150 MSRP; available for $140 on Amazon) for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro features a lightweight aluminum body, an “unparallelled” typing experience, and stereo speakers. The keyboard can be operated for up to three months between charges, and there are versions available for the iPad Air and Air 2 as well.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:24
Google is enabling 'promoted pins' in Maps...

Businesses that have been trying to pop their head above all the clutter in Google Maps will soon have new tools to get noticed.Google detailed a few specifics Tuesday about “promoted pins,” which will drop a recognizable icon into the middle of your map view. Google
You’ll soon see promoted pins inside of Google Maps.
You may also see a related coupon that you could presumably redeem right away in the store. Google said during a press briefing that it won’t be using your phone’s location history, for now anyway, as part of the ad targeting. And it doesn't appear that the company is sharing Maps users' location with advertisers, either.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:18
External Link: Spotify Updates Family Plan to Match...

Streaming music service Spotify is now cheaper for families, matching Apple Music in both price and number of family members. The Spotify family plan now covers up to six people for one monthly $14.99 fee. Previously, $14.99 included only two members, though you could pay $5 extra for each additional person up to a maximum of five. Spotify's new plan is thus no different for two-person families, but could be more than half off for a household of six. As a bonus, Spotify families aren’t locked together in a Family Sharing group, as is the case with Apple Music. 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...

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11:01
Rebellin Linux Offers Best of Both Gnome Worlds


Rebellin Linux is a smart-looking, fast distro that is both lightweight and secure. It is well worth checking out. The Rebellin line avoids the pitfalls that befall many Debian GNU/Linux derivatives. It does not maintain a warehouse full of desktop versions. It is neither a minimalistic Linux line nor a distro stuffed with bloat from packages typical users will never need. Instead, it comes well loaded with essential applications, drivers and codecs to provide a very uncomplicated out-of-the-box user experience.

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10:31
TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-24: New MacBook Pros...

It looks like we won't see new MacBook Pro models until this fall, but at least they'll be loaded with new features. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's laptop upgrade cycle, what they're looking forward to in new models, and the mystery that is Ming-Chi Kuo. Turns out Dave is right about streaming music pricing, so he gets a few minutes to bask in his rightness.


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09:57
Tim Cook’s interview at Startup Fest

Tim Cook featured at StartupFest this morning, in an interview with Neelie Kroes discussing Apple’s influence in startups and entrepreneurship culture. Cook covered many topics including the role of entrepreneurs and the App Store, the startup climate in Europe, economic optimism, technology in education, Apple Watch and more.There are some great comments from Cook in these snippets taken from the interview.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:53
iPhone 7: Specs & features expected for Apple’s...

A new dual-camera system, storage and RAM upgrades, a tweaked physical design, and possibly the Smart Connector that debuted on Apple’s iPad Pro line. Those are just a few of the upgrades possibly expected for Apple’s next flagship iPhone lineup, not to mention a lot of discussion over what it has planned for its bundled headphones now that it’s expected to ditch the old 3.5mm headphone jack with iPhone 7. Here’s what we know so far.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 5.5-inch model, Apple, Dual-Camera, features, iPhone 7, iPhone 7...

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09:44
Adonit launches new $79 Pixel stylus as worthy...

The stylus market was shaken up last fall with Apple’s first-party entrance into the race with the Apple Pencil, which works in concert with special sensors in the iPad Pro display for pixel-accurate recognition. This left third-party stylus accessory manufacturers in a quandary — how can they compete with the officially-endorsed Apple Pencil? The Pixel stylus is the answer from Adonit, on sale today for $79.99. Not only is Adonit’s stylus $20 cheaper than Apple’s, it has a huge advantage in terms of iOS device compatibility.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices...

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09:31
Update to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides lets them...

An update to Google’s productivity apps will ensure your most recent work is saved directly to your device.Google says an update is rolling out for Docs, Sheets, and Slides that automatically syncs recently-opened files to your device so you can open them even when you have a poor or no connection. If some files go awhile without updates, or your storage gets low, they’ll be removed from your local storage. You've long since had the ability to manually save files offline, by heading to the Offline section from the overflow menu. And you still can.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Panasonic 50″ 4K UHDTV $500,...

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08:55
News: Apple’s plan to open stores in India hits a...

Apple’s attempt to bypass Indian rules to open its own retail locations in the country has been rejected, Bloomberg reports. The company was expected to qualify for an exemption from rules forcing single-brand retailers to obtain 30 percent of their products’ materials locally, applying as a provider of cutting-edge technology. But sources with direct knowledge of the discussions said India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board ruled…

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08:41
No New MacBook Pro Until Fall, but it’ll be Really...

If you're holding out expecting Apple to introduce a redesigned Retina MacBook Pro at Worldwide Developer Conference in June, get ready for some disappointment. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says we'll have to wait until this fall, and what we'll get is a thinner, faster laptop with an OLED touch surface instead of traditional function keys and Touch ID.


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08:40
Apple might put a touchscreen and Touch ID in...

The most exciting Apple product launch of 2016 might not be the iPhone 7, if rumors prove true. Cupertino is reportedly prepping a major MacBook Pro refresh for the 13- and 15-inch models that will blow your mind.The MacBook Pro is in need of an upgrade, and according to reputable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a huge overhaul is coming this fall. The two MacBook Pros will be thinner and lighter, like the 12-inch MacBook, and will feature Touch ID and an OLED touchscreen bar on the keyboard to replace the top row of keys. Expect USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 in the new Pros, too, 9to5Mac reported.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:28
News: iOS Spotlight search now offers relevant...

The Spotlight search on iOS devices now provides results for certain emoji. Searching with the hamburger emoji, for example, provides a list of nearby burger joints in Maps. Searching using the dress or pants emoji returns Maps results for clothing stores, while a dress shirt with a tie emoji curiously returns results for clothing retailer apps before the Maps listings. Searching the stack of American cash emoji returns results for nearby banks, but…

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08:20
Parallels Access 3.1 adds native iPad Pro resolution...

You may be familiar with Parallels for its virtual machine software that lets you run Windows alongside OS X on a Mac, but the company also offers a service and mobile app called Parallels Access that lets you remote into your Mac and Windows VM from other devices. Parallels Access for iOS is updating to version 3.1 today with enhancements for Apple’s latest iPhones and iPads plus new features for all users.
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08:18
Eric Schmidt says he uses an iPhone, but claims to...

Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt has owned up to the worst-kept secret in Silicon Valley: that the leader of the Android mothership leans on an arch rival for his day-to-day communications.

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07:50
Apple, Microsoft and Google Hold 23% Of All US...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple, Microsoft, and Google are the top three cash-rich U.S. companies across all sectors of business, not including banks and other financial institutions -- holding a combined $391 billion in cash as of the end of 2015, or more than 23 percent of the entire $1.68 trillion held by the nation's non-financial corporations. Apple leads the pack with $215.7 billion in cash, followed by Microsoft at $102.6 billion, and Google at $73.1 billion. The numbers are documented in a new report from Moody's Investors Service that shows an unprecedented concentration of cash in the tech sector. For the first time, the top five companies on the Moody's cash ranking are tech companies, with Cisco and Oracle following Apple, Microsoft, and Google. Technology companies overall held $777 billion in cash, or 46 percent of the total cash across all non-financial industries.
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07:48
Pebble 2 + Time 2 w/ built-in HR monitors &...

Pebble has just unveiled its latest smartwatches, and has done so in the most Pebble-like way possible, by launching a new Kickstarter project. The smartwatch maker has returned to the platform it used so successfully with the original Pebble, and the following iterations, with a true second generation Pebble and a second generation Pebble Time along with an all-new 3G wearable called the Pebble Core.
more…Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: Accessories, Kickstarter,...

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07:46
Opinion: What can we expect from the 2016 MacBook...

Apple has kept us waiting a long time for a new MacBook Pro. It’s been more than a year since the last update, and that was a minor one. It added Force Touch to the trackpad, provided faster flash storage, an extra hour of battery-life and faster graphics. All fine as a refresh, but nothing to get too excited about.
The latest report suggests that we’re now going to have to wait until Q4 this year before a new model is released. Unsurprisingly, that report points to a next-generation MacBook Pro with a thinner and lighter design, with cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook. More power-efficient processors should allow a thinner casing without sacrificing battery-life.
But it also suggests a couple of new features: Touch ID, and a...

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07:43
Rumor: Apple looking to create thinner, lighter...

When Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo releases a research note, people tend to listen.
A new note states that Apple plans to introduce a dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year. Kuo says the device will have a new “thinner and lighter” design with design cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook, as well as Touch ID support and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard.
The changes are expected to hit both the 13-inch and 15-inch models, which are set to debut during the fourth quarter of 2016.

The OLED display touch bar will replace the physical function keys along the top of the keyboard, while the design will adopt new metal injection molded hinges as reported earlier this year. Additionally, the refreshed MacBook...

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07:40
Local sourcing rules may still block Apple Stores...

Apple may not have secured permission to open its first stores in India after all, though the company has not been shut out of the process, a report said on Tuesday.

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07:31
Twitter announces mentions and media will soon stop...

After a few months of speculation, Twitter has officially announced its plans to extend the length of tweets by no longer counting mentions and media attachments towards the 140 character limit as well as some new announcements including the ability to retweet yourself and the removal of the ‘.@’ convention to simplify the service. Twitter will roll all of these updates in the coming months.
The headline change is that Twitter handles (@mention), embedded photos, videos and other media attachments will no longer count towards the 140 character limit. This will allow users to fit more content into every tweet as metadata will not use up valuable characters.
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07:31
News: Cook discusses ambitious plan to beef up Apple...

During Startup Fest Europe, Tim Cook compared Apple’s ambitious hopes for improvements to Apple Watch functionality to a car’s computer monitoring system, Bloomberg reports. “If you drive for a while and your car gets too hot, it says pull over. If you need an oil change, it says check your oil. What’s the equivalent for the body?” Cook said to the crowd. The current Apple Watch monitors vital signs and encourages users…

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07:25
Star Wars as an Infographic is Fantastically Awesome

What happens when you mash up Star Wars and infographics? Only the most graphically awesome retelling of the movie ever. That's exactly what Martin Panchaud did with his retelling of the original Star Wars movie. You'll need to check it out in a Web browser. It's brilliant, it's beautiful, and Han shoots first.


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07:10
Apple To Launch Thinner, Lighter MacBook Pro Models...

Apple plans to refresh its MacBook Pro line later this year. The makeover will see both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models replace their function keys atop laptop keyboards with an OLED touch bar, according to a report. Both the models will also have Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and will support Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, multiple outlets are reporting citing ever-so-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The refreshed MacBook Pro model will be thinner and lighter as well. There's no word on if -- and when -- the MacBook Air lineup will receive a refresh.

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07:00
Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 add heart sensors, and...

After a pair of successful Kickstarter campaigns—two of the most successful campaigns of all time—Pebble is launching three products with its third Kickstarter campaign starting Tuesday.
Two of the new products are, naturally, smartwatches: Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2. However, the real news is Pebble’s first product that’s not a watch. Pebble Core is a small, unassuming square made of plastic that adds more capabilities to your Pebble Watch, standing in for a smartphone’s GPS, cellular connectivity, and storage when you want to leave your phone behind.Next-gen Pebble smartwatches

Adding to the company’s newfound focus on fitness applications, the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are equipped with heart rate sensors. The heart monitor will record your heart rate every 10 minutes, unless you begin a workout on the watch, or it automatically detects you’re running or walking, after which it will continuously record your...

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06:53
News: New leak shows dual camera exclusive to ‘...

The latest alleged leaked iPhone images, dug up by HDBlog off of the Chinese Baidu forum,  show schematics and metal casts of what appear to be the rear shells of an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. As mentioned in some previous reports, the new images show the larger dual camera setup to be exclusive to the larger phone. Smart Connector holes are also nowhere to be seen on either model....

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06:19
Tim Cook hints Apple pushing further into health...

Apple is hoping to venture deeper into health tracking, through the Apple Watch and beyond, CEO Tim Cook hinted on Tuesday during a talk at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam.

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06:15
El Capitan: Adjust Safari’s Reader Settings

Under El Capitan, you can now customize Safari's Reader view, which'll let you read articles in the distraction-free way of your choice. Switch up the font! Change the background color! We're here to tell you all about it in today's Quick Tip.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: CyberGhost VPN Premium Plan, 3-...

In today’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up a three-year subscription to CyberGhost VPN Premium for only $39.99 — that’s 80% off the regular price. This ISO-certified VPN service lets you browse the Internet safety and anonymously, whether it’s from your home, a coffee shop, or airport Wi-Fi, encrypting your data in transit so it’s safe from prying eyes. You can also unblock geo-restricted content with exit points all over the…

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05:00
The Rise of Drone Racing, Part 1


Tearing through open spaces and timing each turn to burst out of them, a seeming continuum of drones weaves through a set of obstacles lap after lap, until the stutter of a pilot's joystick breaks the cadence of this competitive concert and destroys the illusion. It's the drama -- anticipating and reacting to those human moments -- that has propelled drone racing from an underground scene in Australia four or five years ago to vying for a place in the sports mainstream today. Drone racing is more than a group of pilots pushing their cinematographic drones from point A to B.

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05:00
Rob Enderle Calls Apple ‘Desperate’

Rob Enderle called Apple's new Union Square flagship store in San Francisco a sign that Apple is desperate. After flailing about in an apoplectic fit, Bryan Chaffin discusses the merits—or lack thereof—of this idea.


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04:51
Facebook denies bias in Trending Topics, but...

Facebook on Monday denied any evidence of ‘systematic political bias’ in the selection or prominence of stories included in its Trending Topics feature, but promised changes in its processes in any case to minimize errors of judgment by individuals, who appear to play an important role in selecting the stories.
The move by the social networking company was outlined in a response to a letter from Senator John Thune, chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, in the wake of a report in tech blog Gizmodo that cited anonymous sources as saying that Facebook was holding back stories with conservatives views from Trending Topics and instead injecting stories that weren’t as popular. The company decided to investigate the matter internally.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:32
Tim Cook rules out Apple becoming a mobile carrier,...

As part of an interview at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam today, Tim Cook has ruled out the possibility of Apple becoming a mobile carrier or MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator).
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple MVNO, MVNO ...

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04:30
Picture ++ is an OS X Photos extension, but is more...

One of the cool things Apple did with last year’s release of Mac OS X El Capitan was to allow the application of third-party image editing extensions within Photos. One such extension is Picture++, which is available at the Mac App Store for $3.99.

It’s an enhancement extension. To enable it, go to System Preferences > Extensions and click on the Photos box under the Picture ++ icon. The utility can analyze images and make enhancements specific to them. You can adjust the intensity of the enhancement by using a slider with a range from 0 to 100%. 

That’s a little helpful, though I found it limiting. However, Picture ++ also works as a standalone app, and that’s where it’s the most useful. As a standalone app, you can use to open, improve, and save most RAW, HDR, and other image formats. In other words, it’s a defaultRAW to JPG converter. Not everyone will need such a...

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04:06
Apple, Microsoft & Google own 23% of all U.S....

Apple famously sits on a huge stockpile of cash – $215B at the latest count – but a new report from corporate credit rating agency Moody’s puts the number into perspective. It shows that if you exclude banking & finance, a sector that sits on a lot of cash by definition, just three companies hold 23% of all the corporate cash in the USA: Apple, Microsoft and Google.
GeekWire notes that this is the first time that all five of the top spots have been held by tech companies, with Apple holding twice as much as Microsoft and three times as much as Google …
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04:00
NuScribe Stylus does double duty as pen, stylus

While Steve Jobs hated the stylus and worked hard to make the iPhone completely usable without one, in some circumstances you simply need a more traditional way to interact with the iPhone — and the Apple Pencil only works (so far) with the iPad Pro.

Typically, I like using a stylus in cold weather when taking off my gloves would just be too cold. Or sometimes my hands are dirty or wet, and I don't want to touch the screen. In my day job, I often take credit cards via Square, and customers feel more comfortable signing with a traditional writing device rather then their finger. My female friends tell me a stylus is indispensable when you've got long nails because the touchscreen isn't always friendly for those with long or manicured nails.

The $19.99 NuScribe stylus is a great writing instrument in and of itself. Sleek and simple, it has the right amount of weight to hold it comfortably in...

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Monday May 23

23:00
Parallels Access 3.1 arrives, adding full support...

Parallels has announced the arrival of Parallels Access 3.1, an update to the excellent remote control application for iOS. In the past, it was possible to use Parallels Access on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but there were some issues. Now the app makes use of the full screen resolution of the iPad Pro. 

When attaching to a remote Mac from the large iPad Pro, the same three resolution choices that already exist are still there -- "Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer". That means that with the 2732 x 2048 pixel iPad Pro screen, one can pull up an undistorted image of a 27-inch iMac screen (not the Retina 5K model, though -- it features a 5120 x 2880 screen!). When the screen size is larger than that of the remote computer, Parallels Access 3.1 adds letterboxing black bars at the top and bottom. 

Other features for the iOS app include:

  • Support for 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
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20:25
New 13" MacBook to launch in Q3, end...

Noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple to launch a next-generation 13-inch MacBook model in the third quarter of 2016, which would expand the company's thin-and-light lineup directly into 13-inch MacBook Pro territory.

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20:22
Apple prepping thinner MacBook Pros with OLED screen...

According to a new note from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities and corroborated by our sources, Apple plans to introduce a dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year. Kuo says the device will have a new “thinner and lighter” design with design cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook, as well as Touch ID support and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices ...

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19:40
Touch ID, OLED touch bar to highlight thinner...

Apple is expected to drastically revamp its flagship laptop line in the second half of 2016, according to one informed insider, with the slimmed down 13- and 15-inch models said to sport Touch ID, an OLED display touch bar, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, among other improvements.

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18:04
Prototype iPhone 6 with ‘SwitchBoard’ operating...

Every so often we see a prototype Apple product hit eBay and go for an astronomical amount of money. Today, a “vintage” iPhone 6 prototype with a red Lightning connector has surfaced on eBay. The listing just went up earlier today and has a starting price of $4,999. But expect it to go for much higher than that.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, iPhone 6, Prototype ...

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17:40
Dubious Study Says Fitbit Sucks at Heart Rate...

A new study claims Fitbit's fitness trackers don't accurately measure user's heart rate. That shouldn't come as a big surprise considering Fitbit's products don't undergo FDA approval, but the study itself is dubious first because of its questionable methods and second because it was commissioned by a law firm that's currently suing Fitbit.


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17:33
Using emojis as search terms in iOS Spotlight

I had no idea you could do this.∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:32
Will.i.am debuts i.am+ EPs earphones as Apple Store...

Musician will.i.am's "i.am+" tech brand on Monday released a pair of pricey Bluetooth earphones dubbed the "EPs," with initial sales to be exclusive to Apple's online and brick-and-mortar retail stores.

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17:20
Apple Sued Over iPhones Making Calls, Sending Email

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: A company that seemingly does nothing but license patents or, if necessary, sue other companies to get royalties, has taken aim at Apple. But here's the kicker: the lawsuit alleges that Apple's last several iPhones and iPads violate a slew of patents related to seemingly standard features, including the ability to place calls as well as sending and receiving emails. A total of six patent infringement claims were brought against Apple by Corydoras Technologies on May 20, according to Apple-tracking site Patently Apple, which obtained a copy of the lawsuit. According to Patently Apple, the counts against Apple cover every iPhone dating back to the iPhone 4 and every iPad dating back to the iPad 2. In addition to taking issue with Apple's devices placing calls, the lawsuits also allege that the tech giant violates patents Corydoras holds related to video calling, which is similar to Apple's FaceTime, as well as displaying a person's...

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