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Monday July 27

06:07
News: Report: Apple interested in BMW i3 as ‘...

Apple is rumored to be interested in using the body of BMW’s i3 electric car as the starting point for its own electric car, Manager Magazin reports. The German-language publication claims that Apple CEO Tim Cook met with senior managers of the i3 project during a trip to Leipzig and opened negotiations with BMW in the fall of 2014. The talks broke off with no firm deal in place, but the companies have agreed to check in with one another from…

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06:00
Review: Boostcase’s Bloc is a boxy, portable Apple...


Most of the accessories I’ve reviewed for 9to5Mac require little explanation — they’re the second, third, or tenth iteration of a concept we’ve seen many times before. Marked with “Carte Blanche” branding, Boostcase’s new Bloc ($60-$80) is something new… and as such, it mightn’t completely make sense at first blush. It’s not just an Apple Watch stand like the many others I’ve covered: it’s actually a standalone charging dock. With its own built-in power source. Made from your choice of wood ($60), aluminum ($80), or steel ($80).
It’s as minimalist of a design as docks can get: a big, solid-feeling box hiding your Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable and a 2000mAh battery inside....

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05:58
Apple Maps vans to begin collecting data in France,...

The Apple Maps vans currently on reconnaissance trips to collect street-level data will be coming to France and Sweden for the first time in August, in addition to touring areas in the U.S., England, and Ireland, Apple revealed on Monday.

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05:50
News: Nike to offer customers cash in proposed...

Apple and Nike have reached a proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit involving Nike’s FuelBand, with Nike offering cash to those affected. Apple is offering no compensation. The lawsuit, filed in 2013, claims that Nike and Apple made false claims about FuelBand’s ability to track calories burned and number of steps taken by users. Both companies still deny any wrongdoing, but Nike stopped producing FuelBands in April 2014 and Apple…

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05:15
News: Apple Watch coming to Best Buy on August 7

Starting August 7, Best Buy will be the first national retailer outside of Apple Stores to carry the Apple Watch. According to a press release from the company, more than 100 Best Buy stores and the retailer’s website will start selling Apple Watch next Friday, with another 200 stores slated to get the watch “in time for holiday shopping.” Customers will be able to try on and buy Sport and Watch models in 38mm and 42mm sizes, along…

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05:15
Good News, Apple Watch, You’re Coming to Best Buy

Best Buy will be the first big retailer to sell Apple Watch outside of Apple's own retail stores starting in August. Adding Apple Watch to its in-store product lineup at Best Buy expands in store availability in a big way, which is good news for people who don't live near an Apple Store, and helps boost the idea that it's a product for everyone and not just the tech crowd or shopping elite.

The Mac Observer Spin: Best Buy's smart watch display is so bad it's embarrassing. It's a good thing Apple has its own store-in-a-store displays where Apple Watch can stand out.


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05:04
Theft-deterrence of Activation Lock lower than...


While Activation Lock has dramatically reduced iPhone thefts in some cities, with reductions as high as 50%, police data collated by the WSJ shows that the effect isn’t as great as expected in others. iPhone thefts fell by only 11% in Oakland, by 17% in Austin and actually increased by 32% in Seattle … ...

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04:53
Police shut down Chinese factory that produced $19M...

A major iPhone counterfeiting factory, which produced so many fake Apple devices that some even made their way to the U.S., has been shut down by Beijing police and led to nine arrests.

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04:23
Apple’s retail expansion in India underway, 100+ of...


Apple’s plan to establish 500 mobile-focused reseller stores in India is reportedly well underway, with NDTV Gadgets reporting that more than 100 of the partners for its Authorised Mobility Resellers (AMR) program have already been signed-up.

Apple seems to have already identified the cities, and indeed the areas within these cities where it wants to open the new stores, as a job listing on Apple’s website says the responsibility of Program Manager – AMR is to select store locations “within identified micro markets within a city” (emphasis ours).

An...

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04:01
Chinese factory that produced 41,000 counterfeit...


Beijing police have raided and closed down a factory which employed hundreds of workers on six production lines to make more than 41,000 counterfeit iPhones – some of which made it to the United States, reports Reuters. The total value of the fake phones was estimated at 120M Yuan ($19M). While the raid took place in May, Chinese authorities only shared details yesterday.

Police arrested nine people, including a married couple who led the operation, after a raid in May on the factory, run under the guise of a gadget maintenance shop on the northern outskirts of the Chinese capital.

The investigation was prompted by a tip-off from U.S. authorities after some of the fake phones made it to the USA … ...

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04:00
What To Do if Your Car Tries to Kill You


The scary news last week was that a couple of guys demonstrated they could hack into a Jeep and take control of it. Later, more details came out that suggested you might want to avoid Chrysler cars altogether. The industry appears to be waiting for the first major catastrophic accident before putting resources into fixing this problem at the proper level. They are slowly forming industry groups to look at it -- but at the current rate, their fix will come long after a lot of us are dead.

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03:50
The history of icons

A beautiful scrolling time line showing the history of icons.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:45
External Link: Josh Centers Tackles Apple Finances...

Managing Editor Josh Centers once again joined The Tech Night Owl podcast to discuss Apple’s latest quarterly results, the upcoming Windows 10, Jim Dalrymple’s Apple Music problems, and how Josh replaced his wife’s iPhone 5c screen. 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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03:04
Apple Watch to become available in select Best Buy...



Come August 7th, you’ll be able to snag an Apple Watch at certain local Best Buy locations.
Best Buy announced on Sunday that Apple will be making Apple Watch available at more than 100 Best Buy stores in the U.S. on Aug. 7, making it the first major outlet to carry Watch outside of Apple’s own stores.
Best Buy will start stocking Watch through its online store and at select locations, with plans to expand to over 300 outlet before the lucrative holiday shopping season. Since launching in April, Apple has limited sales to its own online and brick-and-mortar outlets, international pop-up shops and a few token third-party boutiques.

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02:00
Rumor: Apple to introduce notebooks with Intel’s...



There’s some cool stuff to be had in Intel’s upcoming Skylake processor family.
A leaked article that hit prior to the Gamescom trade show in Germany shows that the processors are expected to offer a 10 to 20 percent CPU performance boost in single and multi-threaded applications, with lower power consumption, and 30 percent faster Intel HD integrated graphics performance on average compared to current-generation Broadwell processors. The improved energy efficiency will also result in up to 30 percent longer battery life.

The processors are expected along the following lines:
- Y-Series (MacBook): Up to 17 percent faster CPU, up to 41...

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01:18
Argos now lets you trade-in old phones and tablets

What do you do with old gadgets that you no longer use? Give them away to relatives, or throw them in the bin? Argos is the latest UK company to jump into the trade-in business, offering cash for your unwanted phones and tablets. Plenty of smartphone...

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01:01
Best Buy will sell the Apple Watch from August 7th

Until now, if you wanted an Apple Watch, you had to buy it in one of three places: online, at the Apple Store or at your nearest high-end luxury goods boutique. If none of those places are convenient, then you'll be happy to learn that the wearable w...

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Sunday July 26

23:59
Sky will reportedly launch its 'SkyQ' 4K...

Just days after BT began selling its Ultra HD box online, broadcasting rival Sky appears ready to show off its own 4K hardware. The Telegraph reports that the pay TV provider is just weeks away from launching "SkyQ," an Ultra HD set-top box that will...

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23:52
Sydney gets world's first e-ink traffic signs

Sydney is now using the world's first outdoor e-ink traffic signs to guide motorists during special events. The city's Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) agency was apparently fed up with the constant chore of changing signs, and developed the tech wi...

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22:02
Samsung's latest monitors wirelessly charge...

It's not coated in gold, but Samsung's newest screen -- a monitor this time -- packs wireless charging for mobile phones (and other Qi-compatible gadgets. (Yes, functionality you'd actually want in your office monitor... if you have a wirelessly char...

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19:58
Welcome (back) to the After Math

Our graphical calculators are back from repair, so it's time to crunch the numbers once again. It's a good week for it too: Apple Watch predictions, uneasily fast explanations of the entire universe and cable company that's doing better in internet t...

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19:27
Official: Barcelona was fined 30,000 Euros by UEFA
19:09
Scientists make a transistor from a single molecule

You're looking at what could be not just one of the smallest semiconductor parts ever, but one of the smallest semiconductor parts possible. A worldwide research team has built a transistor that consists of a single copper phthalocyanine molecule, a ...

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18:46
Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy on Aug. 7

It was announced Sunday that Apple will be making Apple Watch available at more than 100 Best Buy stores in the U.S. on Aug. 7, making the big box electronics retailer the first major outlet to carry Watch outside of Apple's own stores.

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18:42
Best Buy to begin selling Apple Watch in stores and...

Best Buy announced today in a press release that it will become the first national retailer, aside from Apple, to sell Apple Watch in stores. The company says that the device will hit more than 100 of its stores on August 7th and will be available online from that date, as well. Best Buy will expand Apple Watch availability to another 200 locations in time for the holiday shopping season.

Best But doesn’t specify which Apple Watch models it will sell, but says that customers will be able to try-on and buy 16 of the variants, including Sport and Watch models in both 38mm and 42mm sizes. The retailer will not sell the Edition model. In addition to Apple Watch itself, Best Buy will offer “nearly 50 accessories,” including bands, screen protectors, stands, and chargers. It’s unclear what bands will be available or if they will...

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17:08
The Big Picture: U2's tour art takes a page...

Who said that science can't be pretty? Certainly not artist Jeff Frost. When U2 asked Frost for tour art that reflected a "neural net of humanity," he went to CERN's Large Hadron Collider to capture timelapse footage and otherwise treat the particle ...

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15:39
The Logic Pros: Automate tedious MIDI edits into a...


In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we will be looking at ways to speed up our editing and song creation with LPX’s MIDI Transform feature. In many cases, manually working Logic’s Piano Roll editor will get the job done, but there are certainly times when editing MIDI performances/events can be a very tedious process. Getting those extended performances just right or zeroing in on problem areas for complex passages can’t take hours (or days) to get right in some cases. But with LPX’s MIDI Transform features we can get many of these types of arduous tasks done in just a few clicks:
I think it’s safe to say we all...

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15:19
MGG 563: Troubleshooting is a Process ... and So is...

Today it's all about troubleshooting -- and helping you do so. Plus your two favorite geeks teach you some things you didn't know your Mac could do! Download today to listen to John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton collect and share the Apple troubleshooting wisdom with you. Plus, Dave goes off the rails on a rant about syncing. It's off-the-hook, folks!


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15:07
Police think even a holographic Chief Keef concert...

Midwestern authorities really don't like Chief Keef -- there are warrants for his arrest in the region, while Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has gone so far as to say the young man "promotes violence" when he performs. And apparently, that public safety ...

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09:11
Apple and Nike Settle FuelBand Lawsuit

An anonymous reader writes: Nike and co-defendant Apple have reached an agreement to settle a class action suit that alleged the companies of falsely advertising that the FuelBand fitness watch had capabilities to track health. The two companies agreed that Nike would pay $2.4 million out to customers who purchased a FuelBand between January 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015. Apple was a co-defendant in the case, but only Nike has been found liable for falsely advertising the wristband.

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07:00
They grow up fast: Apple quietly bulks up Swift and...


While most people tune in to Apple's WWDC keynote to figure out what's coming in the next version of the company's operating systems, the event is a developer's conference. Apple genuinely uses WWDC to introduce a lot of new technologies that end users will never experience directly. So with the exception of big news like Swift, the company generally does this in later, non-public talks and through the software released via its Developer Connection.
This year was no exception. While some things, like app thinning, found their way into the keynote, most technical details were buried for later. Information on the new version of Xcode was scattered throughout the week's panels, and developers were able to get a copy of a beta with plenty of preliminary documentation. In the time following WWDC, we spent a couple of weeks watching conference sessions and looking through both the software and all this documentation. The research gave us a sense...

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05:45
Meet the man who flies around the world for free

The article was a riveting read. The whole process sounds intriguing to me, but realize that the airlines have the power to yank your frequent flyer miles if they detect misbehavior on your part.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:28
Want a better pitch? Here’s how Elon Musk does it

The linked post dissects an Elon Musk pitch, laying out the elements that make it so effective.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:06
iOS design rules to break

If you have even a passing interest in iOS app design, this is a terrific, thoughtful read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Saturday July 25

22:51
The best aftermarket Apple Watch bands you can buy...

Data shows that Apple Watch owners love their Watches, but Apple's selection of bands is limited and many of the models are expensive. AppleInsider has rounded up some of the most popular third-party models that you can buy today and have on your wrist by next week.

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22:02
Tiny surgical robot can bend and operate on hard-to-...

The coin above wasn't enlarged to make the pincer-like device look extremely small -- it's really that tiny. That "pincer" is a two-millimeter-thin instrument designed and built by a group of researchers from Vanderbilt University for incredibly prec...

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19:07
Frontback shutdown shows that selfies don't...

The selfie craze might not be slowing down any time soon, but that doesn't mean that self-portraiture products are a license to print money. Need proof? Just look at Frontback. After two years of investment and hype from the likes of Reddit's Alexis ...

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17:34
Nintendo wants to build a sleep monitor with a...

Nintendo first announced its intention to develop a sleep monitor as part of its "quality of life" initiative in 2014. Now, thanks to a recently published patent unearthed by NeoGAF forum members, we have an idea of what the system could look like. T...

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16:35
∞ The Dalrymple Report with “Special” Guest John...

Jim talks to a blogger named John Gruber about remastered music, Apple’s earnings report, and respect from readers.Subscribe to this podcastBrought to you by:Backblaze http://backblaze.com/tdr — Unlimited online backups. Automatic http://automatic.com/dalrymple —  An adapter that plugs into your car’s diagnostic port. 20% off for TDR listeners.

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16:03
Twitter is erasing stolen jokes

Hang around Twitter for long enough and there's a good chance that you'll see people rehashing jokes that clearly aren't theirs, whether they're spam bots or less-than-original friends. You might not see that copy-pasted humor for much longer, though...

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15:44
First Look: The ONE Smart Piano

Aspiring musicians looking to learn to play piano should check out The ONE, a unique digital piano that uses iPad to offset the learning curve associated with mastering the instrument.

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14:27
Fan-made 'GTA V' interactive map app puts...

Grand Theft Auto V really seems like the gift that keeps on giving. The latest present? An unofficial map app (Android, iOS and web) that's been updated with collectibles locations from the current-gen releases like Peyote plants that let you play as...

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13:02
Amazon wants to build drive-up grocery stores

If you enjoy the luxury of ordering groceries online but would rather not wait at home for your food deliveries, Amazon might soon come to your rescue. Silicon Valley Business Journal understands that Amazon is working on a drive-up grocery store in ...

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12:30
Caturday: Sad kitteh means it's time for the...

image via popkitten.com

Believe it or not, we finally ran out of the seemingly inexhaustible crop of cute pictures of cats laying atop, beside, or inside current or vintage Apple gear. Since it's warm out in the Northern Hemisphere, most cats are avoiding the computers and trying to stay cool. Sooo, it's time for you to get us those pictures of your favorite dog with Apple gear in the photo for what we used to call The Dog Days of Summer over at TUAW. 

Rules:

1) It must be a picture of a dog. We don't care what breed it is, but no cats or rabbits, please.

2) The picture must have something to do with Apple products. Whether it's your favorite dachshund Luigi wearing a tiny Apple t-shirt at the local Apple Store, or your Great Dane Juneau resting her giant paws on the screen of an iPad, this is all about the doggies. 

*We’re...

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12:09
An aerial view of a hot air balloon festival

Mashable:This is the largest summertime hot air balloon festival in North America. The balloons fly twice each day for three days, compared to the nine days of ballooning in Albuquerque’s famous Balloon Fiesta which includes more than 600 balloons. Up in the air, it was absolutely silent. Like the quietest thing I’ve ever heard (granted I live in New York, so perhaps it was more just that I appreciated such silence). Intermittent, and rather startling blasts from the propane burner kept us floating through the air. The wind wasn’t strong so we moved slowly, over houses, backyards and crowds that gathered to watch. The people waved up at us: the balloon pilots were praised like celebrities in this rural New Jersey town.I tell all my beginner photography students – if there’s a balloon festival near you, go. You’re guaranteed to get great photos because hot air balloons are huge, colorful and only fly during the Golden Hour. No matter what kind of camera you have, you won’t be...

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11:56
Planes, trains, and automobiles up close from afar...

Ars Technica:This remarkable $599 camera lets you watch while completely unobserved from distances so great that people can’t even see you, much less know that you’re watching them.Check out the video. The camera has insane amounts of really good zoom.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:28
China will lift its nationwide game console ban

China technically lifted its longstanding ban on game consoles last year, but only for companies that registered in the Shanghai free trade zone. Needless to say, that put a damper on sales in the world's most populous country. However, the gloves ju...

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10:00
Have we reached peak lightbulb?

Buying smart bulbs for the home is a little like choosing between HD-DVD or Blu-ray. Like regular old incandescents, or CFL or LED or halogen bulbs, smart bulbs—which can be controlled from your phone—fit into your regular old sockets. But unless you...

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09:57
BT's Ultra HD box now available to order online

When the Premier League kicks off again in two weeks, we'll see new teams and fresh faces, but there'll also be a new way to catch the action as it unfolds. That's all thanks to BT's new Ultra HD box, which will offer coverage of Saturday evening and...

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09:00
Gadget Ogling: Gritty Tablets, Wireless Storage...


Dell's Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet is designed for people who work in the field, for the military and explorers, for industrial work and first responders. This system can handle some harsh conditions, including temperatures between -20 and 145 degrees and drops from more than four feet, as well as spills, mud, dirt and sand. It boasts an 11.6-inch screen, fifth-generation Intel Core CPUs, up to 12 hours of battery life, and up to 512 GB of solid-state storage. That sturdiness is something I'm all for.

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08:29
Apple and Nike work out settlement terms for...

Nike is ready to pay up to get a two-year-old FuelBand-related class action lawsuit off its back. The case filed back in 2013 against Nike and Apple claimed that there were some "false and/or misleading statements" in the wearable's ads about its abi...

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06:36
Rumor: Apple's iPad mini 4 will be a miniature...

A new report out of the Far East claims that Apple's iPad mini 4 will see many of the same upgrades received by the iPad Air 2 last year, only compressed into a much smaller footprint. Meanwhile, a 2015 debut of the iPad Air 3 is said to remain a possibility.

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06:21
Apple ‘Back to School’ promo expected to go...

Apple recently kicked off its ‘Back to School’ promo in the US and Canada, offering customers a free pair of Beats headphones for buying a Mac. The same deal will be rolling out internationally in various countries on either August 6th or 7th (exact date depends on country). Like those in the US and Canada, European customers will be able snag a free pair of Beats Solo2 headphones with a qualifying Mac purchase, or get €200 discount on the Beats Wireless Solo2.
According to French Mac blog Consomac, Angela Ahrendts, the company’s retail chief...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Logitech’s triple-threat...

...plus folios, sleeves, and more!This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features a padded case from STM, sturdy picks from DODOcase, Incipio, and Poetic, and an alternative for photographers from iLuv.Case LogicThe Durable (all iPad models; $19) sports a clamshell design and is secured by a zippered closure for safe transportation.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:00
The week in Apple news: 47.5M iPhones, pleased Apple...

Apple headlines for the week ending July 24, 2015It’s the middle of summer, and Apple heated up the news wire this past week. It all started with Apple Watch news from both the third-party developer and the consumer standpoint, and ended with Apple announcing its support for the Equality Act.Blink and you may have missed a headline—but that’s OK, because we have the top Apple news headlines right here in this slideshow. See a story you want to read? Click the link.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:00
Tech Giants Boost Open Source Container Collaboration


The Linux Foundation this week announced the formation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a consortium dedicated to developing a new set of common container technologies and driving their adoption. The goal is to develop cloud-native applications that allow Internet companies to make scaling their businesses more practical. Open source container-packaged applications are easier to create, manage and deploy, said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

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01:13
This week on AppleInsider: Apple's record Q3...

Apple once again shattered corporate records in announcing its third quarter financial results, but some of the more interesting news this week percolated under the surface, hinting at long-term plans and trends.

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Friday July 24

22:55
Summer is watching people beat games ridiculously...

Video game speedruns are always impressive feats of memorization, skill and flawless gameplay -- but twice a year they're also a conduit for altruism. Next week is one of those times. Starting on July 26th, Summer Games Done Quick will kick off seven...

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19:42
Nike, Apple agree to $2.4M settlement in suit over...

Consumers who purchased a Nike+ FuelBand between 2012 and 2015 might be eligible for a small payment from Nike after the sports brand, alongside co-defendant Apple, agreed to settle a class action suit alleging the companies falsely advertised the device's health tracking capabilities.

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17:21
Apple reportedly eyed BMW's i3 electric car as...

According to a report published Friday, Apple last fall initiated talks to partner with BMW on a rumored electric car project underpinned by the German automaker's i3 model before ultimately changing its mind.

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16:40
Apple Redefines the Power of Plain Language in New...

Apple launched a website Friday titled, "Why there's nothing quite like iPhone." What stands out for Bryan Chaffin is the company's use of plain language to encapsulate what fans of iPhone think about our device. On every page, Apple strikes to the core of our love for iPhone in a way that may resonate with real people.


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15:49
Apple announces first sterling-denominated bond...

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Apple announced its first-ever sterling-denominated bond issuance set at 1.25 billion pounds, or nearly $2 billion.

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15:32
Inside the Macworld Vault: A hidden collection of...

A hidden collection of vintage MacsA lot of Apple hardware has passed through the halls of Macworld. Over time, old hardware gets donated to charities and schools. But sometimes an item is put into storage, thinking that there might be a use for it down the road. More often, though, that item is forgotten about.I was recently asked to sort through Macworld’s storage, and I ended up taking a fun trip through memory lane. I documented much of it on my Twitter and Instagram feed, but we’ve also decided to post pictures here.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:20
Igloo: An intranet you’ll actually like

My thanks to Igloo for sponsoring The Loop this week. Igloo allows you to share files, coordinate calendars, provide updates and manage projects easily.

  • Why use the latest, sleekest devices if you are going to use them to stare at an intranet website that looks like it was built in the 90’s?
  • Igloos are CSS and HTML5 friendly, which means they can be customized to look amazing.
  • They are also responsive right off the bat, which means that everything you can do at your desk, you can now do on the go, on your phone.
  • And just like your favorite Apple devices, Igloo helps you do your best work.
  • Share files, coordinate calendars, provide status updates and manage projects. Igloo’s not just for your traditional intranet stuff like HR policies and expense forms. It also lets you work better together with your teams.
  • For example, with Igloo’s latest release, Wolf, you can preview Photoshop, InDesign, HTML or CSS files straight from the...

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14:34
AT&T and DirecTV’s $48.5B merger approved, but...

AT&T and DirecTV’s $48.5 billion merger has been approved today following more than a year of regulatory review. The merger will see AT&T become the biggest pay-TV company, passing up cable company Comcast. AT&T says it will serve more than 26 million U.S. customers and 19 million users in Latin America.

As part of the regulatory approval, the FCC has applied several conditions to the merger, all of which will be imposed for four years and enforced by internal and external compliance officers. Some of the conditions include protections for rival companies and a requirement that AT&T expand high-speed Internet to schools and low-income areas.
AT&T has promised to buildout high-speed Internet to more...

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14:30
AWT News Update: July 24, 2015

There's a lot of good news for Apple fans on this summery Friday afternoon:

  • Apple Pay begins its second year as an iPhone/Watch/iPad-based payment system
  • Apple's 10-Q holds some interesting data for those thinking about the next-generation iPhone
  • Pandora hasn't been affected at all by the launch of Apple Music
  • Intel's Skylake architecture could make upcoming Macs much faster and more efficient

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 24, 2015.

Believe it or not, Apple Pay just began its second year of existence. While it’s still not accepted everywhere, things are getting better as time rolls on. For...

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14:12
Apple takes 'If it's not an iPhone'...

As part of its 'If it's not an iPhone' ad campaign, Apple on Friday introduced an online minisite touting unique iPhone features, from an unparalleled selection of apps to digital and physical security.

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14:08
∞ I got my music back. At least most of it

It’s been an interesting and confusing day. I arrived at Apple this morning to talk to them about my issues with Apple Music and to hopefully fix my problems. The good news is that I have about 90 percent of my music back. [...]

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14:04
The Best Bluetooth Speakers 2015: JBL Charge 2+,...

L to R: UE Mini (review), Roll (review), Boom (...

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13:58
KIDS REACT TO 1ST iPOD

"I love it! It's so...old." Kids React is such a brilliant idea, and they've posted a new video, Kids React to First iPod." While many of us might prefer not to realize this, the first iPod is just about 14 years old, and that's before all of the kids featured in this episode were born. Many of them think it's an old phone or one of those camera-phone thingies. The young lady I quoted above is just stupefied because it stands up, and new iPods don't. An older boy (age 13) astutely noted that it's the grandfather of iPods. The beauty of this project is being able to see technology through the eyes of people who not only take it for granted, they take the things that came in its wake for granted. It's fascinating to me. [Via MacStories]


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13:08
Apple debuts new web campaign to accompany ‘If it’s...


Following up on its newest TV ad campaign, “If it’s not an iPhone,” Apple has launched a new web page dedicated to explaining what sets its smartphone apart from the competition. The page is titled “Why there’s nothing quite like iPhone,” and breaks down many key features, like iMessages, the camera, and the built-in security features.

Other features touted by the unusually casual page include privacy settings such as app permissions, the 1.5 million apps available on the App Store, Touch ID and the Secure Enclave, Apple Pay security, the Health application, interoperability with the Mac, and...

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13:08
First trailer for former Gawker COO’s ‘Steve Jobs:...


Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films today debuted the first trailer for the upcoming biographical film centered around Steve Jobs. “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” was originally premiered earlier this year at SXSW and is spearheaded by director Alex Gibney and executive producer Gaby Darbyshire, who is the former Chief Operating Officer of Gawker Media.
Darbyshire headed up Gawker legal when the media company’s subsidiary Gizmodo bought the iPhone 4 that was “left at the bar” and would have been at the center of the controversy that surrounded the subsequent firestorm with Apple and then CEO Steve Jobs.
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12:35
Report: Apple in negotiations to use BMW i3 as basis...

Apple and BMW have engaged in negotiations over Apple’s interest in using BMW’s i3 electric cars as a basis for its own electric car project, according to a new report from German publication…

News of Apple’s work on building an electric vehicle was first reported early this year with hundreds of employees reportedly working on the project after an approval from Tim Cook a year earlier. We later revealed some of Apple’s key team members and new hires from the automotive industry currently working on the project.
According to the new report from...

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12:31
Trailer for ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’...

The first trailer for Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, a documentary about the late Apple cofounder, has been released. The film debuted at SxSW Film Festival this week, and Magnolia Pictures worked with Mashable to distribute the trailer. The documentary was directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney-it's a straight-up documentary rather than a dramatized biopic like the other recent movies about Steve Jobs. It looks very interesting.


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12:30
Trailer for "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine...

Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney and Magnolia Pictures have released the first trailer for the movie "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine". The movie will be opening on September 4, and is an unflinching -- and some say unflattering -- look at the Apple co-founder. 

The film premiered at SXSW 2015 in Austin, TX four months ago, and was immediately panned by Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue. Cue tweeted that the movie was "an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend" and "not a reflection of the Steve I knew." Cue felt that the book "Becoming Steve Jobs" was the most accurate portrayal of Jobs. 

Of course, the Jobs film oeuvre also includes the largely forgettable movie...

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12:25
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, subscribe now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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12:11
Give Better Presentations with “Take Control of...

Our latest Take Control book, Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Keynote” provides comprehensive help not just with Apple’s Keynote presentation app, but with all aspects of giving a good talk. It joins “Take Control of Pages” and “Take Control of Numbers” to round out our coverage of Apple’s iWork productivity suite. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:11
Hold on to Your Pants, India, Apple is Coming for You

India outpaced China for iPhone growth last quarter, and Apple isn't letting that momentum go to waste. The company is looking to build on the 93 percent growth it's seeing in India and break through the two percent market it currently holds. Translation: Apple is gunning for Samsung's marketshare in India.


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11:55
Apple Pay rival CurrentC may finally roll out in...

When Apple Pay launched last fall, some retailers blocked NFC recognition to keep Apple’s mobile payment service from gaining traction. The reason: CurrentC, a competing service developed by a coalition of merchants like Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart that has been rumored for years but hasn’t yet rolled out. CurrentC will finally see the light of day next month, Bloomberg reports.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:38
NetSpot Pro Wi-Fi Optimizer: $19.99

Check out NetSpot, a software utility that lets you visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks with any MacBook. It allows you to do something as simple as measure signal strength in a given spot, but if you are serious about optimizing your network, it has mapping tools that will allow you to precisely figure out signal strength in every nook and cranny of your home or office. It retails for $149, but through our deal you can get it for $19.99. There's a video on the deal page with a product demo.


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11:30
You Should Play: Headbutt zombies, eat brains in the...

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.I’ve played some stupid games in my time, but GoatZ, a follow up to the odd PC breakout hit Goat Simulator that has you run around as a goat and cause chaos, may take the top spot. Come on, it’s an open world environment game starring goats—but not just any goats. Zombie goats. Your goal as a zombie goat isn’t just to survive, but to inflict as much damage as possible in your quest to eat brains. Yet the weirdness of it all somehow makes it fun to play, so I’ve embraced...

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11:12
External Link: Flickr Brings Back Pro Accounts

After two years, Flickr is bringing back paid Pro accounts for $49.99 per year. The new Flickr Pro includes better analytics, no ads, a “pro” badge on profiles, and discounts on photo products, such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan. Those who had grandfathered Pro accounts will keep the same benefits they had plus gain the new ones. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:02
Terminator robots still cutting edge

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11:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Send and Popsicle offer easier...

Chat awayThis week’s roundup includes two new apps—Send and Popsicle—that will allow you to communicate more easily without clutter. Read on!Google Play BooksSome changes to Google Play Books, everybody’s favorite alternative to Kindle and iBooks on iOS: There’s a new font, Literata, “designed for book lovers”; the ability to sync notes and highlights to Google Drive, and left alignment as a display option. The “Read Now” library also has an overhauled look.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:39
Trailer debuts for Steve Jobs documentary derided by...

The trailer for "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine," a highly criticized documentary from Oscar winner Alex Gibney, premiered on Friday, giving the general public their first glimpse at the controversial film.

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10:00
Secur SP-4003: The 6-in-1 car charger that could...

Secur SP-4003 Six-in-one car charger. Photo ©2015 steven sande

When an email came through the Apple World Today offices pitching yet another car charger, my first impulse was to yawn. I mean, you can buy these things at the dollar store for the purpose of plugging in your USB-powered devices for a quick charge in the car, so what’s the big deal? Well, a closer look showed that the Secur SP-4003 Six-in-One Car Charger (US$34.99) can do quite a bit more than just charge your iPhone or iPad — it could save your life.

While the video below can pretty much demonstrate all of the features of the SP-4003, here’s a rundown of the features:

  1. Car mobile USB device charger (5V, 1A output)
  2. 2200 mAh battery pack
  3. 150 Lumen LED flashlight with 4 hour life at full charge
  4. Flashing red emergency light with 10 hour life at full charge
  5. Emergency window breaker
  6. ...
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09:50
Apps: Google Spotlight Stories, PAC-MAN Championship...

Google Spotlight Stories (free) — Originally debuted on as a showcase project for the Moto X and Android, Google’s acquisition of Motorola a few years ago led to the wider release of this cool immersive storytelling app that incorporates 3D and 2D animation with 360-degree spherical video that creates a mobile animated movie theatre on your iPhone. What’s particularly fun here is the interactivity, as you rotate and move your device…

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09:39
Leaked Intel Skylake info reveals future MacBooks...

Newly-leaked Intel presentation slides suggest that the company's upcoming Skylake processors could bring important performance and power consumption improvements to future Macs.

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09:37
Stephen Hawking Kicks Off $100M Hunt for Alien...


Space fever seems to be catching on. Stephen Hawking and a group of other high-profile space scientists joined with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner this week to announce a new $100 million effort to search for intelligent alien life. The funding will go to the Breakthrough Initiatives' Breakthrough Listen program. Breakthrough Initiatives is a 10-year multidisciplinary effort. The move comes as NASA continues to release stunning photos of Pluto captured by the New Horizons space probe.

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09:24
TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-24: Nest Leaves the...

Nest's smart thermostats aren't available in Apple's retail and online stores any more, but that doesn't necessarily mean there's been a falling out between the two companies. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet with their thoughts on Nest and the word that new products are coming soon. They also respond to listener's comments on Apple Music and App Store pricing.


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08:38
Intel’s upcoming Skylake processors promise improved...

Intel’s upcoming processor refresh with Skylake appears to be promising for Mac users awaiting a significant performance upgrade. Internal Intel slides leaked by the website FanlessTech describe the year-over-year advancements and performance improvements from Broadwell to Skylake chips. As Apple is expected to include Skylake processors from Intel in refreshed hardware later this year or early next year, these specs give us a preview of what is likely coming to the Mac’s performance.

As far as advancements go, the upcoming Skylake chipset boasts better low power CPU performance and a 30% longer battery life compared to its predecessor. According to the leaked slide, Broadwell capped out at 8.5 hours with the test configuration...

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08:37
Twitch Yanks Player Controls From Flash


Game-streaming service Twitch on Thursday joined Apple and other tech companies in swearing off its dependence on Adobe's Flash. The move away from Flash will happen in stages, but Twitch has promised its community that the gradual rollout will advance at a steady pace. Twitch began the transition to the more secure HTML5 and JavaScript by hybridizing its streaming video player. The controls have been replaced with HTML5 objects, but the streams running below are still Flash.

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08:04
Consortium-backed Apple Pay competitor CurrentC to...

CurrentC, the MCX-developed mobile payment platform backed by a number of major U.S. retailers, will reportedly see an initial trial run in August, signaling that the service is finally approaching a public launch.

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08:04
9to5Toys Last Call: Black Friday in July, 5K iMac $1...

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08:00
What to play this weekend: Agar.io

Recently I was hanging out with some friends when someone showed me Agar.io for iPhone (free, universal). "You're a cell who eats other cells while trying to avoid getting eaten yourself," he said.

"That's it?" I said.

"That's it."

Agar.io comes to iOS after a successful run on PC and browser-based play. This mobile version preserves the low-end, no-frills graphics of its siblings and is somehow just as compelling. I've pretty much explained everything there is to know, but here are a few more details.

Game play

Agar.io is a world-wide competition. You'll start with a tiny circle that you can name. The game begins right away and your "cell" appears on what looks like a field of grid paper, along with other cells of various sizes. The point is to grow larger, which you do by running into, or "eating," cells smaller than yourself....

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07:56
Honda's first CarPlay-supported vehicle is the...

Honda was one of Apple’s launch partners when Apple announced CarPlay, its plan to bring iOS into your car, more than a year ago. Now Honda finally has a timeframe for shipping CarPlay vehicles, but you’ll have to wait for 2016 models.Honda showed off its 2016 Accord at a media event in Mountain View, California. The new sedan will include both CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto, according to Re/code. Despite its promises to support CarPlay last year, Honda has also been throwing its weight behind Android Auto. The company announced in May that the 2016 Pilot SUV would include Google’s infotainment system.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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07:39
Google's Nest smart thermostat yanked from the...

It was fun while it lasted, but with HomeKit devices appearing on store shelves, the Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat is disappearing from the Apple Store.
If you check out the Apple Store online or in-person, you won’t find the famous smart thermostat co-created by former Apple exec Tony Fadell. In its place, the Apple Store is now selling the HomeKit-enabled Ecobee3.
That’s not to say that you can’t find non-HomeKit devices in Apple’s connected home section, but the Nest Thermostat isn’t most smart home devices, as Mashable points out. It’s probably the most well-known thermostat ever—save perhaps the near-ubiquitous Honeywell brand of not-so-smart home...

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07:03
Pandora CEO says company has seen 'no impact...

Apple Music so far isn't -- and probably won't be -- a meaningful threat to Pandora, the latter company's CEO told analysts during a conference call announcing better-than-expected quarterly financials.

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06:54
Review: Manfrotto KLYP+, the fun iPhonography kit at...


As Apple’s Shot on iPhone ad campaign illustrates, the iPhone is a capable camera in the right hands. Many people find that it’s the only camera they ever need.
But if you’ve ever wished it could do just a little more without carrying around too much extra bulk, the Manfrotto KLYP+ kit may be worth a look. It’s an iPhone case (available for a range of models) that comes with two screw-on lenses and a combination light and tripod mount. The whole kit comes in at $125 … 
Look & feel
The case itself is very plasticky, and to be honest feels a little cheap for something made by a manufacturer of Manfrotto’s standing. For...

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06:48
How to Find Your Lost Fitbit with Your iPhone

Losing your Fitbit really sucks, but it doesn't have to stay lost forever. With a little patience and an iPhone you can track yours down. This is something TMO's Jeff Gamet experienced first hand, and then detailed so you can find your lost Fitbit-or other Bluetooth device-too.


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Battle Golf is the Newest Game from the...
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Qbert Rebooted has the App Store Going...
The weird little orange... whatever... is back, mostly thanks to that movie which shall remain nameless (you know the one). But anyway it's been "rebooted" and now you can play the fancy-looking Qbert Rebooted on iOS devices. [Read more] | Read more »
Giant Monsters Run Amok in The Sandbox...
So The Sandbox has just hit version number 1.99987 (seriously), and it's added a lot more stuff. Just like every other update, really. [Read more] | Read more »
Fish Pond Park (Games)
Fish Pond Park 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Nurture an idyllic slice of tourist's heaven into the top nature spot of the nation, furnishing it with a variety of services like inns, tours, and more! | Read more »
Look after Baby Buddy on your Apple Watc...
Parigami Gold is the new premium version of the match three puzzler that includes Apple Watch support and all new content. You won't simply be sliding tiles around on your wrist, the Apple Watch companion app is an all new mini-game in itself. You'll have to take care of Baby Buddy, your cute little pet bird that needs feeding and playing with to... | Read more »
Swallow all of your opponents as the big...
Eat all of the opposition and become the largest ball in Battle of Balls now available in the App Store and Google Play. Battle of Balls pits you against other opponents in real time and challenges you to eat more balls and grow larger than all of your opponents. [Read more] | Read more »
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