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Monday June 27

04:00
The T51i combines the best features of on-ear...

Somewhere out there, perhaps there's an on-ear headphone that beats the overall audio quality, design, comfort, and looks of the Beyerdynamic T51, but I've yet to run across it. Of course, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $299, this is a product for dedicated audiophiles.

Let's get the most important thing out of the way first. How good do they sound? One word: great — there's excellent sound across the entire frequency range. The headphones offer pumping, deep bass, lifelike vocals and wide clarity in an immersive soundstage. The mids have clean detail, with small boosts around 95dB and 113dB. The highs are crisp and efficient. I've had all five members of our family test drive the sound — and all found the T51i's audio near-perfect.

The TF1i is also the best-designed on-ear headphone I've used. It avoids the "stuffed" feeling of in-ear earpods, but lacks the propensity for falling off your head or...

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03:51
Handy unofficial mac app provides transcripts of all...

If you weren’t lucky enough to attend this year’s WWDC, there were live-streams of all the session videos, and you can still watch these online. But for those who find written transcripts a more efficient way to catch up, or want to be able to search for specific terms, the unofficial WWDC Mac app now provides automatic transcripts of each session.
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03:30
5 apps to help you digitally organize business cards

We live in a practically paperless, digital age, but there’s one paper product that just won’t die: The business card. Business cards are pretty much a necessity for networking, but what do you do with 800 business cards when you get home from a tradeshow?Let me guess—leave them in your bag and forget about them until the next tradeshow rolls around. Not such an effective networking tool after all.Good news: There are plenty of apps that will help you stay on top of your business card stash by (quickly) digitizing them and adding the relevant information to your virtual rolodex (your Contacts list). We tried out five to find out which one makes the best business card butler.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:30
Patent trollin’: Straight Path sues Apple for patent...

Another day, another lawsuit. Straight Path Group, a subsidiary of fixed wireless spectrum leasing firm Straight Path Communications, is suing Apple for patent violation, this one regarding VoIP, reports AppleInsider

Straight Path is a non-practicing entity — in other words, a “patent troll.” A patent troll is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching patent infringement suits. In legal terms, a patent troll is a type of non-practicing entity: someone who holds a patent but is not involved in the design or manufacture of any product or process associated with that patent.

VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a method for taking analog audio signals, like the kind you hear when you talk on the phone, and turning them into digital data...

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02:24
Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display with No...

Those who need a screen for a Mac mini or Mac Pro, or who want to revel in the productivity glory of a multiple-monitor Mac, will have to look for solutions from companies other than Apple. 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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Sunday June 26

18:58
Rolls-Royce expects remote-controlled cargo ships by...

Rolls-Royce isn't limiting its robotic transportation plans to luxury cars. The British transportation firm has outlined a strategy for deploying remote-controlled and autonomous cargo vessels. It's working on virtual decks where land-based crews cou...

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17:15
Wisconsin's sentencing algorithm faces a court...

Many people are nervous about the prospect of using algorithms to predict crime, and a legal battle in Wisconsin is illustrating why. The state's Supreme Court is close to ruling on an appeal from Eric Loomis, who claims that the justice system reli...

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16:23
Apple hands out rainbow Apple Watch bands to...

In celebration of this year's LGBTQ Pride festivities, and the 30th anniversary of its own corporate Pride association, Apple this weekend passed out special rainbow colored Apple Watch bands to employees and published a selection of related iTunes content.

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15:42
Google reportedly ships its first non-Nexus phone...

You might not have to wait long to see whether or not rumors of Google having more say over phone designs are true. Sources speaking to the Telegraph claim that Google will release a smartphone with tighter controls over "design, manufacturing and...

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14:29
How the AppleInsider podcast is recorded and edited

As the AppleInsider podcast approaches 75 episodes, one of the most common questions we receive is how the show itself is produced. Our host Victor Marks offers a rundown of his process, including the hardware and software used to bring the weekly news program to life.

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14:10
See the unusual way cancer cells spread

In many ways, the biggest problem with fighting cancer is containing it: you may kill the main tumor site, but there's a real chance that it'll spread and reemerge as a threat. At last, though, scientists have a better understanding of how that migr...

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13:48
Apple once again joins in San Francisco Pride parade...

Apple is once again celebrating the LGBT Pride parade in San Francisco with employees (including Apple CEO Tim Cook) joining the march earlier today, showing support of human equality and diversity across ethnicities and sexual orientation.
For the first time, Apple is gifting limited edition Pride Apple Watch bands to employees who take party, with rainbow colored nylon strap and red lugs.
More pics after the break …
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12:33
South Korea hopes traffic signs will cut phone...

Cities have tried a number of exotic solutions to get phone-toting pedestrians to focus on where they're going (or at least, out of the way). However, Seoul thinks there's a simpler answer: traffic signs. The South Korean capital is testing signs t...

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11:02
Chrome exploit makes life easier for video pirates

Media giants insist on copy protection systems in browsers to prevent bootleggers from copying video streams, but these anti-piracy measures aren't foolproof. Security researchers have found a flaw in Chrome (and any Chromium-based browser) that cir...

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09:44
Winner of the Pad and Quill WWDC giveaway announced...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winner of last week's giveaway, C.R., who will receive a MacBook sleeve, iPhone case, Briefcase bag and iPad case courtesy of Pad & Quill.

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09:30
Ben Heck's Essentials series: Logic gates

Join Ben, Karen and Felix as they teach you the basic functions of digital circuitry and electronics with logic gates. Using the basis of the Hackmanji game, you'll soon learn the difference between NAND, AND, XOR and OR logic gates. These compon...

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09:18
MGG 611: Troubleshoot & Resolve Your Mac &...

How to share contacts with your team, read CDs on a new Mac, resolve your router being blocked by servers, fix your iPad Pro when it locks up and much more. All this today on Mac Geek Gab. Download and enjoy!


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09:18
MGG 611: Troubleshoot & Resolve Your Mac &...

How to share contacts with your team, read CDs on a new Mac, resolve your router being blocked by servers, fix your iPad Pro when it locks up and much more. All this today on Mac Geek Gab. Download and enjoy!


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08:00
After Math: What are we watching?

These days, it seems the only news being reported is bad news. Britain's surprise exit from the EU stands to tear the nation in twain, Zika is spreading across the planet like viral wildfire, economic and racial divisions are widening; Trump is still...

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: Solar Impulse's...

This week the Solar Impulse made history by becoming the first sun-powered airplane to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Meanwhile, a team of Swiss students built an all-electric race car that smashed an acceleration record by going from 0-60 mph in 1.5 seco...

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06:00
A ZFS developer’s analysis of the good and bad in...

Two hours or so of WWDC keynoting and Tim Cook didn't mention a new file system once? (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

This article was originally published on Adam Leventhal's blog in multiple parts.


Apple announced a new file system that will make its way into all of its OS variants (macOS, tvOS, iOS, watchOS...

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04:01
328 foot-long floating barrier will collect ocean...

There are numerous efforts underway to clean the world's oceans, but The Ocean Cleanup is testing what may be both the simplest and the most ambitious. It just launched a 328 foot-long prototype floating barrier that will collect trash floating in t...

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Saturday June 25

23:26
Incipio just bought headphone maker Skullcandy

You probably don't see Incipio as more than the company who made your phone case or external battery pack. However, it's quietly becoming something of an accessory powerhouse: it owns brands like Braven and Incase. And now, it's getting even bigger...

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20:40
Curiosity rover may sample Mars water

Scientists have already found hints of liquid water on Mars... now, they want to take a close look at it. NASA has revealed that the Curiosity rover will investigate recurring slope lineae (those streaks you see above) around Mars' Gale Crater in ho...

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19:05
Leaked Google support app shares your Nexus phone...

Buying a Nexus device straight from Google can be a little intimidating to newcomers. It's not as if you can visit a Google store or your carrier for help, after all. If an Android Police leak is accurate, however, you might not have to. The Android...

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18:43
New leaks show bigger lens opening on 'iPhone 7...

Photos published on Saturday depict what are claimed to be rear shells for Apple's "iPhone 7" and "7 Plus" -- and particularly, evidence of the new camera technology the devices are using.

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17:28
Philippines man charged with raiding US celebrities...

Online attacks against celebrities aren't limited to perpetrators in the US. American officials have unsealed charges against Peter Locsin, a Filipino who allegedly participated in a plot to compromise the financial accounts of at least five high-pr...

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16:03
Microsoft will stop making the Surface 3 in December

Microsoft's Surface 3 has been on the market for over a year with no successor in sight, but it now looks like the lower-cost Windows tablet is on its way out... well, eventually. The company has confirmed to ZDNet that it will stop producing the Sur...

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14:31
IRS kills e-filing PINs prematurely due to...

The IRS was gearing up to kill e-file PINs later this year, but it has decided to speed up its plans after discovering suspicious activity. These electronic filing personal identification numbers, which people could use to authenticate tax returns fi...

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13:00
Six gadgets made from LEGO bricks

By Cat DiStasio

When kids play with LEGO bricks, their creations are limited only by their imaginations. A few colorful blocks can become a spacecraft, a bulldozer or a skyscraper with just a few moves. Although the LEGO builds from you childhood ma...

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11:59
Latest round of leaked iPhone 7 photos show new (...

The latest round of iPhone 7 images, via NowhereElse.fr, once again purportedly show new camera components for Apple’s upcoming flagship phone lineup.
Although the design is expected to largely resemble the iPhone 6s, rumors have shown redesigned antenna lines and new cameras are on the cards for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
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11:28
Snowden's email provider confirms it was an...

It's a poorly kept secret that officials targeted Lavabit's secure email service as part of their investigation into Edward Snowden's leaks. Heck, the US government inadvertently leaked the truth itself. However, a gag order has prevented Lavabit f...

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10:30
Fedora 24 Pushes Linux Boundaries


Red Hat this week announced the release of Fedora 24, an open source Linux operating system maintained by the Fedora Project community. Fedora Linux is the community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or RHEL. Fedora 24 is comprised of a set of base packages that form the foundation of three distinct editions: Fedora 24 Cloud, Fedora 24 Server and Fedora 24 Workstation. Delayed four times during its development cycle, Fedora 24 includes glibc 2.23 for better performance, and improvements to POSIX compliance and GNU Compiler Collection 6.

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10:00
Bose's best headphones are even better wireless

When it comes to headphones, it can sometimes be easy to forget about Bose. The company doesn't debut new models as frequently as the competition, choosing instead to focus on quality, comfort and its highly touted noise-canceling tech. Bose's previo...

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09:00
Mobile Labs testing solutions adds support for iOS 10

Mobile Labs, a provider of enterprise-grade mobile testing solutions, today announced comprehensive support for Apple’s iOS 10 on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

The testing solutions include deviceConnect, Mobile Labs Trust and deviceBridge. deviceConnect supports manual and automated mobile app testing behind the security of a corporate firewall by using a private mobile device cloud. iOS 10 support includes the complete set of device access management and testing capabilities already available for Android and prior iOS versions: manual testing, automated testing and device inventory management. In addition, support includes dynamic instrumentation that allows users to test unmodified apps, including iOS 10 apps, without the need to create...

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08:33
Bose Quiet Comfort 35s are the perfect wireless,...

It appears that the iPhone 7 is going to eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack but headphone manufacturers aren’t waiting for Apple to make an announcement before hitting the market with some great solutions to this so-called “problem”.
I’ve been living with the new $349 Bose Quiet Comfort 35s for the past week and not only are they amazing, but I can honestly say they’ve changed my life.
That may sound like hyperbole but let me explain… more…Filed under:...

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08:30
Apple Pay is coming to Parking Panda's customers

Parking Panda, a free app for on-demand parking in over 40 cities in the U.S. and Canada, is adding Apple Pay support.

Adding Apple’s mobile payment system helps take the parking industry to the next level with the most technologically advanced payment option, says Adam Zilberbaum, CEO of Parking Panda. Apple Pay is now available to Parking Panda users in over 40 North American cities for on-demand parking reservations at thousands of parking garages, lots, and valets. 

When you use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers aren’t stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.

To celebrate the launch of Apple Pay, Parking Panda is offering customers a 10% discount off...

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08:29
Reuters: Big tech companies are auto-purging...

YouTube, Facebook and other big internet companies are using automated systems to find and remove terrorist content, according to Reuters. Prior to this, they mostly relied on users to report extremist videos, which human employees review and delete....

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08:25
This week’s top stories: Rumored iPhone 7 pricing,...

In this week’s top stories: Rumored iPhone 7 pricing and the latest leaks, new iOS 10 details, Thunderbolt Display gets discontinued, Mark Zuckerberg’s MacBook security advice and much more.
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08:00
LearnQuest is now an Apple Authorized Global...

LearnQuest, a provider of global IT and business skills, is now an official Apple Authorized Global Training Provider. It will offer new iOS developer and technical courses globally to Apple's enterprise partners and customers around the world over the coming months. 

These courses are designed to help developers building transformative business apps with foundational learning and best practice on architecting and creating native Swift apps for enterprise, and app lifecycle management to keep apps up to date with current iOS features and functions. Technical courses will assist enterprise customers and their partners with training on security, large-scale deployment approaches, and the fleet management of iPhone and iPad, according to Dimitri Schneiberg, LearnQuest managing director.

In addition, LearnQuest will offer existing iOS, OS X, and pro apps courses, and the training that supports the Apple Certified Mac...

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07:30
Tixeo client designed to provide encryption for OS X...

Tixeo has introduced a native Mac client designed to offer a real end-to-end encryption for group videoconferencing with Mac or PC. It provides an architecture enabling end-to-end encryption for group videoconferencing while maintaining a high adaptability to network fluctuations, according to its developers. 

This innovation has been made possible by the SVC on Demand (Scalable Video Coding on Demand) technology created by Tixeo's R&D department. The Tixeo Mac app will allow you to simply organize online meetings from any workstation. 

During group video conferencing, participants can share their desktop and eventually give control to another participant.

Tixeo is a paid subscription service. However, you can try it for free for 30 days.

Creative Kit 2016: Six powerful Mac photography apps with over 500 creative tools

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07:00
Recommended Reading: How the 'Final Fantasy...

The 'Final Fantasy' film bombed,
but its motion capture
revolutionized Hollywood
Jordan Zakarin,
Inverse

The animated Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within film may not have been a success in terms of earnings, but the movie did provide some useful in...

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07:00
Crashlands brings humor to an otherwise bleak...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.Think of the movie Castaway... but your sidekick is with a robot instead of a volleyball named Wilson... and you’re in space and not alone. That’s Crashlands—maybe not so much like Castaway, but it’s a humorous action-adventure role-playing game with a survivalist focus. Developed by Butterscotch Shenanigans, a team who finds themselves exceptionally funny (and are, for the most part), Crashlands tasks the player with surviving on an alien planet after your ship crashes. Your play a space delivery person, Flux, who has only her wits and her robotic...

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07:00
OWC unleashes external storage solutions with...

OWC Digital has announced that four of their proven external storage solutions are now available with up to 40TB of capacity. By adding configurations using 10TB enterprise-class drives to their lineup of 4-bay devices, these products boast 25% more storage than previous models.

The enhanced products include the ThunderBay 4 RAID , Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 Enterprise Edition, OWC Rack Pro mini-SAS Enterprise Edition, and OWC Rack Pro Quad-Interface Enterprise Edition for $3,999.99, $3,799.99, $3,899.99, and $3,899, respectively.

The OWC ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 utilizes Thunderbolt 2 ports and customizable RAID configurations to reach transfer rates up to 1,342 MB/s in RAID 0 and 723 MB/s in RAID 5. The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 sports an USB 3.1 Gen 1, eSATA and FireWire 800 interface, multiple drive capacities and...

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06:30
Booq gives us a new Booqpad for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro

Booq has introduced the Booqpad for 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It’s designed to make it easy to switch between working and playing mode, merging the security of a snap case with the practical benefits of a multi-fold folio. 

The Booqpad’s ambidextrous design allows for multiple angles and scenarios, and suits both right and left-handed note-takers. You can use the folio flap to slightly prop up an iPad for typing, or readjust to standing position for a full view of a presentation or movie. When it’s time to get to work, lay the Booqpad flat and take notes or sketch an idea on the paper pad.

The Booqpad for 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in gray, and features an Apple Pencil pocket, access to ports and rear camera and a removable, 50-sheet notepad. Users can purchase additional notepads on booq’s website in packs of three for $10.

The Booqpad is available now for $...

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06:28
Eero Provides Good Wi-Fi Coverage in a Handsome...

A fast and stable Wi-Fi network can be complex to create and maintain, and ensuring consistent coverage is yet another ordeal that often means putting an unsightly access point in the middle of your house. Now, a company called Eero has released a lovely wireless networking device that sets up easily and works in groups of three or more to blanket a residence in Wi-Fi. 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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06:00
ICYMI: The dogbot and a heart strap that beats...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Boston Dynamics introduced a new robot to the lineup and this one is both the smallest yet, and most adorable. The SpotMini is just two feet tall but in the video Boston Dynamics released, shows it can do dishes, th...

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06:00
The Survivor Power Bank from Griffin Technology is...

Griffin Technology is shipping the Survivor Power Bank, which the company describes as the “first phone and tablet backup battery pack durable and reliable enough to be called Survivor.”

Survivor Power Bank delivers portable power whenever needed. It’s tested to Military Standard 810G, providing up to 6.6 foot drop protection and impact resistant defense from falls on hard surfaces like concrete. The rechargeable battery cells are protected from drops and spills with shatterproof polycarbonate and textured, abrasion-resistant silicone.

Designed to go wherever life’s adventures take you, Survivor Power Bank has an IP66 rating to protect against water damage and dust particles. A self-sealing flap keeps the battery’s charge and power ports and built-in LED emergency flashlight clean and dry at all times.

The power bank has a 10,050 mAh charging capacity for USB-powered devices, that can provide up...

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05:30
Western Digital launches the WD Pro Series

Western Digital has introduced the WD Pro Series: My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi mobile storage and My Cloud Pro Series network attached storage (NAS).  They’re designed specifically for the creative community,

The products use the My Cloud mobile app. A new version of the app will be launched with the My Passport Wireless Pro and My Cloud Pro Series and be compatible with the Adobe Creative Cloud. In addition, both the My Passport Wireless Pro and My Cloud Pro Series devices are also compatible with the Plex Media Server and My Cloud OS 3 software for editing, streaming and sharing of content.

Using the direct Wi-Fi connection, creators can automatically backup files from compatible cameras, as well as save, edit and transfer work from up to eight other devices connected to the drive. Tethered...

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05:00
From expert pitchfork user to competent Mac user

(credit: Kris Connor/ Getty Images)


I grew up in a low-tech household. My dad only replaced something if it caught fire. We owned about 15 cars (mostly Humber 80s), and 13 of them were used to keep the other two running. Same story for tractors and any other farm equipment you care to name. Dad’s basic rule was that if he couldn't repair it, we didn't need it. We weren't anti-technology, but technology had to serve a purpose. It had to work reliably or at least be fun to repair.
Then I decided I wanted a computer. Much saving ensued, and after a while I was the proud owner of a secondhand Commodore VIC-20, with an expanded memory system, advanced BASIC, and a wonky tape drive... and no TV to plug it into. After begging an old black-and-white television from family friends, I was set for my computing adventures. But they didn'...

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05:00
A $1,500 smart oven made me the perfect leg of lamb

If you'd like to cook more but tend to feel disappointed by the results, you might be interested in the June. Announced last year, the June is an intelligent oven outfitted with a camera, a scale, a bevy of sensors and the guts of a smartphone or tab...

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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Never leave your Apple...

New iPad cases of the weekThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases features the STM Dux, a see-through case with a dedicated slot for your Apple Pencil. Plus, plenty of new keyboard cases for all iPad models. Read on!BooqThe Saddle Pro (all iPad models; $295 MSRP) is a briefcase-style bag with plenty of room for your MacBook, iPad, iPhone, and accessories.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:00
Kensington previews two SmartFit Laptop Risers

Kensington has announced two SmartFit Laptop Risers, which will be available in August. The SmartFit Laptop Riser ($49.99) and SmartFit Laptop Riser with Wireless Phone Charging Pad ($99.99) allow users to find their personal laptop height setting for optimal comfort to reduce neck and back strain while working, according to Ada Yang, senior global product manager, Kensington.

The riser with Wireless Phone Charging Pad simplifies the process of charging a smart phone by eliminating the need for any cable. Every SmartFit product includes a hand chart in the box that’s designed to help you find the correct SmartFit color...

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04:54
Review: DJI's Phantom 4 sets new standard for...

Right out of the box, you can tell that DJI's Phantom 4 is a complete reimagining of the entry-level lineup. From the sleek chassis to advanced automated controls, DJI has set a new standard, leaving competitors and its own legacy models in the dust.

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04:30
Addonics announces OS-independent 1U RAID racks

Addonics Technologies has announced  two 1U RAID Rack chassis with removable drive systems for adding and removing 2.5-inch hard drives or solid state drives.

The new family of products comes bundled with all the connecting cables for attaching to your system. Users can start their RAID Rack with just one drive and expand by adding more drives as their storage requirement grows. Depending on the model, the hard drives can be connected to the system with eSATA, or mini SAS cables and accommodate up to eight 2.5-inch HDDs/SSDs.

There are two models. The R1825SN-2MS allows the attaching of up to eight 2.5-inch SATA hard drives or SSDs with 9-9.5 mm maximum drive height to a computer via two external mini SAS cables. The R1825SN-8ES attaches to the computer via eight eSATA cables. 

Drives, which will appear as eight independent drives when attached to any system, can be hot swapped when connecting to an eSATA...

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04:00
Troll machine: All bad advice, all the time

John Dvorak is a perpetual troll machine that defies the laws of thermodynamics. Science is at a loss to explain it. Also, science asked how we got their number and could we please stop calling because they’re working on actual science and don’t have time to be props in the Macalope’s little jokes.Which are different than Dvorak’s jokes.“Apple Should Spin Off the Macintosh.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)A dumb idea whose time has come. Won’t you please give dumb a chance? This year when you vote, please vote dumb.(That’s a joke. Please do not vote dumb.)
I get suspicious over seemingly minor little changes.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:02
iPhone 7 will get a larger camera, according to spy...

Another week, another iPhone 7 leak. (Hey, it rhymes!) Following the set of components allegedly showing dual-SIM support, up to 256GB of storage and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the next iPhone, Chinese repair shop Rock Fix is back with a photo of what...

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03:00
The week in Apple news: Discontinued Thunderbolt...

Apple headlines for the week ending June 24, 2016The biggest news story of the week was Brexit, and yes, there’s an Apple angle here, mostly related to Apple’s stock, which, like many other companies, was down after the Brexit vote. We’ll see how Brexit affects Apple and tech in the long term. In the meantime, you can see this week’s top Apple-related headlines in this slideshow. Click on the link for more information.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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01:20
This week on AI: 'iPhone 7' holds back,...

With WWDC wrapped up for another year, attention turned back to future product rumors -- and for once, the iPhone 7 didn't dominate the discussion.

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00:01
​Contexts: The simpler, faster window switcher for...

Last week’s WWDC announcements pointed to some welcome changes to the upcoming macOS Sierra to improve the productivity of Mac users, but there was one part of the user experience that was seemingly ignored — window management on the Mac. Fortunately, there’s a utility that can speed up window switching, even on large-screen Macs with dozens of open apps and multiple displays — Contexts.

We’re thrilled to have Contexts as this week’s sponsor of Apple World Today. Available for just US$9 (or use coupon code AWT for a 25% discount through the end of July), Contexts is a window-switching powerhouse that gives you five distinct ways to easily find the window you’re looking for:

The Contexts main panel (center) and sidebar (right)

1 - Switch with a click. Contexts uses an auto-hiding sidebar that organizes windows...

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Friday June 24

20:56
How the UK's Brexit vote to leave Europe...

Yesterday's referendum on the United Kingdom exiting the European Union was widely expected to fail, but instead surprised markets globally by narrowly passing. The Euro and English Pound both subsequently dropped significantly, and markets worldwide recoiled in shock. Here's a look at how will this affect Apple going forward.

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20:52
Four crops grown in simulated Martian soil are safe...

We're still not sure if we can Mark Watney our way through a Martian mission, because soil on the red planet contains heavy metals toxic to humans, including lead and arsenic. A team of scientists from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, ho...

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20:43
BitSummit 4 takes over Kyoto with more indie games...

BitSummit is back. The annual Japanese indie game festival recently announced its lineup of musicians and speakers including Koji Igarashi of Bloodstained and Castlevania fame, Rez creator Tetsuya Mizguchi, Tom Happ (the man behind Axiom Verge) and G...

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20:05
Neural net photography tweaks go mobile with Prisma...

We've seen DeepMind's acid trip photo creations and what it looks like when algorithms colorize black and white photos. But you need to be near a computer for the former, and do some pretty heavy lifting, scientifically speaking, to set up the latter...

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19:26
Apple's FaceTime subject of renewed VoIP patent...

Apple on Friday was slapped with yet another patent lawsuit leveled by a non-practicing entity, this time a renewed complaint dealing with VoIP technologies targeting FaceTime video and audio software.

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19:26
Facebook hires Google Fiber co-founder Kevin Lo

As Facebook continues its plan to help connect people around the world to the internet, it's finding help from Google. Recode reports that former Google Fiber exec and co-founder Kevin Lo has been hired to help Facebook make infrastructure deals for...

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18:55
DHS seeks to ask foreign visitors their social media...

Someday, departure and arrival forms in the US might have a new section asking foreign nationals for their Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Department of Homeland Security has submitted a proposal to add a section in those forms that reads: "Please...

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18:21
Nevada gives its first license to a daily fantasy...

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Apple's Campus 2 to use updated Bloom Energy...

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17:32
Russia set to pass bill requiring ISPs to eavesdrop...

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16:51
tvOS 10 overview

A short, but nice overview from MacRumors on tvOS 10. I’m really looking forward to this OS release.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:43
Celebrate 20 years of 'Quake' with a brand...

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16:30
∞ Metallica: The Four Horsemen

Great song!

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16:00
Apple Kills the Thunderbolt Display – Will the Mac...

On June 23rd, Apple announced that the aging, obsolete, overpriced Thunderbolt Display is being discontinued. No replacement display was announced, and customers have been directed to 3rd party products. What does this mean for the Mac Pro?


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16:00
Apple Kills the Thunderbolt Display - Will the Mac...

On June 23rd, Apple announced that the aging, obsolete, overpriced Thunderbolt Display is being discontinued. No replacement display was announced, and customers have been directed to 3rd party products. What does this mean for the Mac Pro?


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15:58
Apple's iTunes, App Store, iBooks Store suffer...

Customers looking to purchase apps, music or e-books through found themselves out of luck on Friday as a handful of Apple's internet services were hit by an hours-long outage, the third such downtime to hit Apple's services this month.

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15:56
6 Great Display Choices for Your MacBook Pro and Mac...

Apple is getting out of the stand-alone display market—at least for now—and says there are plenty of third-party alternatives to its now defunct Thunderbolt Display. Sorting out which display to buy can be a little intimidating, so The Mac Observer put together a list with some great 4K, 5K, and HD options to help make your shopping a little easier.


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15:54
6 Great Display Choices for Your MacBook Pro and Mac...

Apple is getting out of the stand-alone display market—at least for now—and says there are plenty of third-party alternatives to its now defunct Thunderbolt Display. Sorting out which display to buy can be a little intimidating, so The Mac Observer put together a list with some great 4K, 5K, and HD options to help make your shopping a little easier.


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15:26
'Destiny' distances itself from PS3 and...

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15:25
Apple Drops 2.81% in Broad Brexit Selloff

Shares of Apple Inc. shed 2.81% Friday in a broad market downturn sparked by Brits voting to leave the European Union, or Brexit for short. The selloff was part of a general panic among investors concerned about what Brexit will do to the global economy.


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15:25
Apple Drops 2.81% in Broad Brexit Selloff

Shares of Apple Inc. shed 2.81% Friday in a broad market downturn sparked by Brits voting to leave the European Union, or Brexit for short. The selloff was part of a general panic among investors concerned about what Brexit will do to the global economy.


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15:23
iOS 10: Hands-on with the new Lock screen [Video]

One of the biggest changes found in iOS 10 will be one of the first things you see upon installing the update. Indeed, the Lock screen in iOS 10 has received what amounts to an overhaul and a rethinking of its functionality. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough as we explore the iOS 10 Lock screen’s ins and outs. more…Filed under: Apple ...

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15:05
The Week in iOS Apps: Revolution!

New iOS apps of the weekThis week’s roundup of apps includes a game that lets you re-enact a critical moment in recent world history. Read on!ExifyExify ($2, iPhone and iPad) is the latest photo-editing app. It gives you quick access to exposure and lens information, image size and color space, and a magnifier for pixel-level details, among other details and features. Add a watermark, set a copyright, and more to make each image distinctly your own.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:46
App Store outage for some users preventing logins,...

Reports are coming in that a list of App Store and iTunes services are currently down for users. Those affected are prevented from logging into their accounts, downloading and updating apps, or streaming previously purchased content. Apple’s system status as of 05:33 PM EST doesn’t list any services as being out, but tweets directed at Apple’s official support account seem to indicate otherwise.
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14:41
Brexit newspaper front pages
14:21
The Mill's shapeshifting Blackbird can mimic...

Securing exotic, high-performance vehicles for a video shoot can be an expensive and arduous ordeal. Between dealing with availability of the vehicle, location, and filming, setting up the perfect shot for movies or commercials is extremely difficult...

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14:16
Apple's differential privacy in iOS 10 is opt-...

The new data collection method set to roll out in iOS 10 will require users to opt in, and will be limited to four specific system functions, according to Apple.

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14:01
G Cloud Unlimited Backup for iPhone and Android: 5-...

We have a deal for you today on G Cloud, a 5-year unlimited backup plan for iPhone and Android devices for $29.99. G Cloud allows you to backup and restore your device from within their dedicated app, and you’re able to view that content online, as well. It’s being stored on AWS, Amazon’s cloud service, using military-grade 256-AES encryption. You can get this 5-year subscription through us for $29.99.


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14:01
G Cloud Unlimited Backup for iPhone and Android: 5-...

We have a deal for you today on G Cloud, a 5-year unlimited backup plan for iPhone and Android devices for $29.99. G Cloud allows you to backup and restore your device from within their dedicated app, and you're able to view that content online, as well. It's being stored on AWS, Amazon's cloud service, using military-grade 256-AES encryption. You can get this 5-year subscription through us for $29.99.


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14:00
AWT News Update: June 24, 2016

Lots of fun Apple-related stories for a lazy, post-Brexit summer afternoon. 

  • Don't worry about the Thunderbolt Display being discontinued; its successor with a built-in GPU may be coming this fall
  • The 2017 Honda Accord will be here on Monday, and you can get Apple CarPlay in your vehicle if you order the Accord with a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen
  • Twitter will soon let you read tweets from specific locations on the iPhone and iPad apps

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13:52
Oculus stops preventing VR games from working with...

In a big move for openness in the VR landscape, Oculus has stepped back from its position of blocking its games from working on the HTC Vive. The company quietly issued an update for its desktop software today which strips away the headset exclusivit...

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13:46
Article: Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets...

It seems that with almost every major iOS update, Apple’s Photos app gets something new and significant, and in fact this one component has possibly seen the most frequent number of updates over the past few years, with Apple continually building on the photo management experience — iOS 5 introduced iCloud Photo Stream and basic photo editing, with iOS 6 came Shared Photo Streams, then iOS 7 gave us an entirely new “Collections” layout along…

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13:40
Apple Won't Collect Your Data For Its AI...

Apple doesn't like collecting your data. This is one of iPhone maker's biggest selling points. But this approach has arguably acted as a major roadblock for Apple in its AI and bots efforts. With iOS 10, the latest version of company's mobile operating system, Apple announced that it will begin collecting a range of new information as it seeks to make Siri and iPhone as well as other apps and services better at predicting the information its owner might want at a given time. Apple announced that it will be collecting data employing something called differential privacy. The company wasn't very clear at the event, which caused confusion among many as to what data Apple is exactly collecting. But now it is offering more explanation. Recode reports:As for what data is being collected, Apple says that differential privacy will initially be limited to four specific use cases: New words that users add to their local dictionaries, emojis typed by the user (so that Apple can suggest emoji...

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13:40
The Public Access Weekly: Same love

It's Pride Weekend in San Francisco, which means there will be over a million extra rainbow clad lovelies parading, dancing and celebrating in the streets and that's always fun. There's nothing San Francisco loves more than shutting down a street fo...

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13:25
Apple's differential privacy algorithm will...

The brief mention of differential privacy at WWDC earlier this month seemed to be in line with Apple's image. When senior VP of software engineering Craig Federighi talked about the ways in which the company would continue to prioritize user privacy,...

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13:01
FBI moves to keep its Tor hacking tool secret

In the legal back-and-forth surrounding the FBI's hack and subsequent arrest of 1,500 users of a dark web child pornography site called Playpen, the FBI has now moved to classify the Tor Browser exploit they used, Motherboard reports, citing reasons...

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12:52
Apple’s differential privacy will be opt-in

As for what data is being collected, Apple says that differential privacy will initially be limited to four specific use cases: New words that users add to their local dictionaries, emojis typed by the user (so that Apple can suggest emoji replacements), deep links used inside apps (provided they are marked for public indexing) and lookup hints within notes.I’m completely fine with this. Apple is trying to walk a very thin line between not accessing user data and getting information to make its device and services more effective for users. As long as we know what’s going on, everything is good.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:40
Judge says the FBI can hack your computer without a...

The FBI did not need a warrant to hack a US citizen's computer, according to a ruling handed down on Tuesday by Senior US District Court Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. If the decision is upheld, it may have ripple effects that essentially allow governm...

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12:28
Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch gets new apps for...

The number of default Apple Watch apps will grow with the upcoming release of watchOS 3, gaining Reminders, Home, Find My Friends, as well as a separate heart rate app, and also adding watch face complications for each.

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12:15
The clownish fight over who hacked the DNC

A war of words has erupted over whether the DNC hack was an act of espionage by the Russian government, between soundbite-ready security firm CrowdStrike and a lone hacker who's unkindly claiming credit. And the conspiracy theory fans went wild.

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