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Wednesday June 8

07:23
An iOS app that teaches you how to program

Interested in learning how to program? Have some dead time, perhaps during a commute or visit to the DMV? Check out TapCoding, an iOS app that teaches you the fundamentals of Swift, all via taps on your iPhone.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:13
Eddie Cue, the Golden State Warriors, and the Valley...

NY Times:With Silicon Valley just a short Tesla drive away from Oracle Arena, Mr. Cue is far from the only techie losing his mind over the Warriors. The team is owned by a coalition of tech investors, and on any given night, you will find a passel of executives, venture capitalists and other assorted billionaires cheering from the sidelines.A very valley problem.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:12
Rumor: New MacBook Pros will be announced by Apple...

Apple is set to revamp its notebook lineup in the coming months, and could pre-announce a drastic change to its MacBook Pro hardware as soon as this month, a new rumor claims.

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07:01
The future of podcasting

Since its inception, podcasting has largely been an indie game. Though there are larger players in this space, almost all are independent companies. Ben Thompson digs into the current model, and the difficulties of making money with this model. He details a major threat to the independent podcast universe and offers some thoughts on alternatives.Good read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:00
Gamevice iOS gaming controllers gain prime real...

Apple has once again chosen to spotlight a third-party product with prime shelf space at its retail stores, partnering with Gamevice to push sales of its lineup of iOS-compatible gaming controllers.

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07:00
UberPool guarantees you'll arrive on time or...

Uber’s come up with a new trick to encourage more people to use its carpooling option, UberPool. The ride-hailing company will now guarantee you’ll get to your destination by a certain time (or earlier). If you don’t, you’ll get $2 off your next UberPool trip.
The new “Arrive by” feature is currently being tested in Los Angeles; Uber says “Arrive by” will roll out to more locations soon. UberPool is currently available in 13 cities in the United States including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:48
Ericsson survey finds one-fourth of wearable users...

One-fourth of new users of smartwatches and other wearables say their devices failed to meet their expectations, according to a survey by communications technology company Ericsson.
Also, about 10% of all users of wearables have abandoned their devices, one-third of them within two weeks of purchase, according to the survey released today.   The online survey was conducted with 5,000 smartphone users ages 15 to 65, in the U.S. and four other countries in March. Half of the the respondents were owners of wearable devices.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:46
Apple's Taiwanese bonds come in higher than...

Apple actually did nearly 40 better than anticipated in its first Taiwanese bond sale, raising $1.38 billion, a report indicated on Wednesday.

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06:22
UberPOOL for iPhone adds estimated arrival time,...

iPhone users looking to save money on an Uber ride in L.A. can now view estimated arrival times for the company's UberPOOL option, and they'll even receive a $2 credit toward their next trip if the ETA is missed.

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06:00
ICYMI: Baggage bot, sea plastics become fashion and...

Today on In Case You Missed It: A baggage handling robot is being tested at the Geneva Airport to both carry your luggage and print out tags. Adidas made athletic shoes that are almost entirely recycled; with gill nets making up the stitching on t...

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05:00
Elevator takes your Mac laptop to new heights (well...

If the GhostStand — see my review here — doesn’t suit your fancy for a laptop stand, check out Griffin Technology’s elegant Elevator. It elevates your laptop 5.5 inches, which offers several advantages. 

For one, it opens up extra desktop real estate for a keyboard and mouse. It helps keep your laptop cool as the elevated computer has air circulating all around it. And it’s healthier for you.

How so? Healthycomputing.com, a source for office ergonomics, recommends positioning the top of your screen level with your eyes and sitting at least an arm's length from the screen. Both of these key ergonomic standards are made possible using Elevator with an external keyboard.

The Griffin stand is easy to assemble and showcases your laptop’s...

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04:47
WWDC wish list: Improvements to services like iCloud...

Services with a smileImage by ThinkstockThere’s a good reason why Apple has devoted more and more WWDC keynote time to streaming apps and subscriptions. From Apple Music to iCloud Drive and the App Store, services are rapidly becoming one of the most exciting elements of Apple’s sizable catalogue, and with some serious pressure being applied by the likes of Google and Amazon, a healthy amount of WWDC stage time will almost certainly be devoted to Apple’s burgeoning services strategy.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:19
France launches terrorism warning app for Euro 2016...

Fears that terrorists may be planning attacks in Paris during the Euro 2016 football tournament have led the French government to create an app that sends location-based terrorism alerts to users, helping them steer clear of affected areas.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Anti-terrorism, Euro 2016, France, French Anti-terrorism app, SAIP, Terrorism ...

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04:00
External Link: AgileBits Launches 1Password Teams

AgileBits has officially launched the 1Password Teams service, which had been in beta since November 2015; it enables professional teams to sync and share passwords easily. Two plans are available: Standard for $3.99 per user per month and Pro for $11.99 per user per month. The Pro plan adds additional storage per user, priority email support, unlimited item history, custom groups, and more. From now through 31 July 2016, if you sign up for a Pro account, you’ll lock it in at the Standard price forever, even for additional teammates you add in the future. 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,...

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03:52
Latest connected gadget to hit Apple Store shelves...

The latest connected gadget to go on sale in Apple Stores is the Withings Body Cardio, a scale that measures not just weight and body fat, but can also detect cardiovascular problems. Using sensors that measure Pulse Wave Velocity – how quickly blood pumps through your arteries – it can point to problems like hypertension and high cholesterol.

Body Cardio gives everyone the opportunity to follow heart health at home via the introduction of a new measurement: pulse wave velocity. Recognized by the medical community as the best stand-alone indicator to provide a reliable assessment of overall cardiovascular health, pulse wave velocity assessments from Body Cardio have the potential to revolutionize how we care for our cardiovascular health.

The scale can’t identify the reason for poor PWV readings, but the connected iPhone app will let you know if it is in the range where you should arrange...

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00:01
CIRP data worrying for Apple, shows Americans slower...

Data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners shows that iPhone owners are holding onto their phones longer before they upgrade them. Three years ago, almost two-thirds of iPhones in use were just 1-2 years old, but CIRP says that number has now fallen to just 51%.
CIRP attributes the change to a combination of the slowing pace of development and carriers switching from phone-inclusive plans to separate financing for the phone itself …
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: CIRP, iPhone, iPhone 7,...

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Tuesday June 7

19:39
Apple's 'Hey Siri' helps mom call...

Siri is expected to gain volumes of new skills if and when Apple releases a rumored software development kit, but it was the virtual assistant's existing abilities that recently proved critical in preserving the life of a baby girl.

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17:58
Setups: My hardware setup for podcasting and...

As someone who regularly does voiceover work and records podcasts, I need a setup that allows me to easily record on a whim. Any modern Mac could work for this setup, but I’m especially fond of the 12″ MacBook with its USB-C port. That single port, which handles data transfer, power, and display output, helps to simplify my configuration because all it requires is one cable to get started.
In this post, I’d like to share with you my setup for voiceovers and podcasting. What you’ll find is a rig that’s extremely easy to use and happens to look decent as well. more…Filed under:
How-To
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17:05
This 3D printed case allows Android to run on the...

Nick Lee, CTO of development studio Tendigi, previously was able to get Windows 95 running on an Apple Watch and now he’s back at it again with a new project. As he details in this blog post, Lee was able to get Android running on an iPhone thanks to a custom-built case.
more…Filed under: iOS Tagged: Android, iPhone ...

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16:55
Slack could host your next conference call

Get ready to start fielding voice calls in Slack. The company announced Tuesday that all users of its popular chat app will be able to ring their teammates with a couple of clicks. 
People who access Slack on a Mac or Windows PC using either Google Chrome or the communication service’s own app will see a phone icon in the header. Users can click that button and start a voice-only call without making other participants open up a second app.  Slack

This phone glyph in the header of a Slack window lets users place a call to one of their teammates.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:17
CurrentC inches closer to death as Apple Pay adds...

Payments industry hopeful CurrentC continued its slow death march on Tuesday, announcing plans to officially end beta testing later in June without plans for wider rollout. In related news, Apple Pay this week gained support from more than 30 U.S. banks and credit unions.

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15:56
Microsoft Adds Planning Prowess to Office Space


Microsoft on Monday announced the general availability of its Planner collaboration tool, which will roll out in the next few weeks to all eligible customers -- those who have Enterprise E1-E5, Business Essentials, Premium or Education subscriptions to Office 365. Planner lets users create new plans, as well as organize, assign and collaborate on tasks. Users also can update statuses and share files. It provides visual dashboards and email notifications to keep members of a team informed.

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15:55
Apple Pay rival MCX ending CurrentC beta test,...

After laying off some 30 employees last month, The Merchant Consortium Exchange, or MCX, announced today that it is ending its the ongoing CurrentC beta test and postponing all future releases. The beta test will be suspended on June 28th, according to an email sent to beta testers in Columbus, Ohio and obtained by The Consumerist.
more…Filed under: Apple Pay Tagged: Apple pay, currentc, MCX ...

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15:50
Firefox 47 Arrives With Synced Tabs Sidebar, Better...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Mozilla today launched Firefox 47 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The browser has gained a sidebar for synced tabs from other devices, improvements to YouTube playback and HTML5 support, and is seeing the end of support for Android Gingerbread. [If you're logged in with your Firefox Account, the sidebar will show all your open tabs from your smartphone and other computers. The sidebar even lets you search for specific tabs. Next, Firefox 47 supports the open source VP9 video codec on machines with powerful multiprocessors. VP9 is the successor to VP8, both of which fall under Google's WebM project of freeing web codecs from royalty constraints.] Firefox 47 is available for download on Firefox.com, and will be slowly released on Google Play. You can view the full Firefox 47 changelog here. If you're a developer, Firefox 47 for developers offers more details for you.
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15:20
Google makes its TensorFlow artificial intelligence...

Google this week has published a new version of its TensorFlow machine learning software that adds support for iOS. Google initially teased that it was working on iOS support for TensorFlow last November, but said it was unable to give a timeline. An early version of TensorFlow version 0.9 was released yesterday on GitHub, however, and it brings iOS support.
more…Filed under: iOS Tagged: Artificial Intelligence, TensorFlow ...

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15:16
Apple Pay competitor, CurrentC, is dead

Weeks after CurrentC was delayed (again) and half the team was laid off, the mobile payment that was supposed to serve as a merchant-backed alternative to payment systems from Apple and Android may be over for good. Or at least that’s the impression one might get from an email sent to testers of the system.Not a surprise at all.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:05
Hacks Highlight Zuckerberg's Cavalier Attitude...


Facebook top dog Mark Zuckerberg had several of his social media accounts breached and defaced, according to reports that surfaced Sunday. Zuckerberg's Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest memberships were hacked, but evidence of the attacks quickly disappeared. In addition to requiring passwords, Twitter and LinkedIn protect their accounts with optional two-factor authentication. "My guess is that Zuckerberg did not have [2FA] turned on on these sites," said Centrify security strategist Chris Webber.

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14:58
Apple Pay comes to over 30 new banks and credit...

After coming to over two dozen new banks last month, Apple Pay today has expanded to over 30 new banks and credit unions in the United States. The new banks join the increasingly large list of existing banks and credit unions that support Apple’s mobile payment service. Below are the new banks and credit unions that now work with Apple Pay:
more…Filed under: Apple Pay Tagged: Apple pay ...

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14:48
Success of next-generation iPhone could rest with...

A fresh survey published ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference suggests updates to Siri and the unlocking of the digital assistant's software development kit could be a key factor in future iPhone adoption, a topic of keen interest coming off Apple's first ever handset sales contraction.

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14:43
After Apple's objections, UK removes encryption...

The U.K. House of Commons has passed a limited version of its Investigatory Powers Bill after removing controversial elements that would have demanded that manufacturers like Apple to weaken or build backdoors into their encryption products.

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14:20
Notable apps and app updates for June 7, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Magnin & Associates have driven out Go Kart Park 1.0 for iOS and Apple TV devices. The $1.99 game features three different types of go kart tracks: a standard oval lap track, a slick track with tight hairpin turns, and a drag strip. There are eight different go karts from which to choose, along with automatic or manual transmission on each.

QLess has rolled out QLess. The free app is designed to allow users to reduce wait times and avoid waiting in line. 

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

publicspace.net has announced A...

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13:51
Apple will live stream WWDC 2016 keynote

They added the page to their site today. Bookmark it and be ready, it’s going to be fun.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:49
PSA: Apple will live stream its WWDC 2016 keynote on...

After updating the iOS WWDC app and launching a tvOS version last week, Apple today has added a new page to its WWDC website that confirms its plans to live stream the kick off keynote. As usual, Apple will open WWDC week with a keynote event on June 13th at 10AM PT/1PM ET.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, WWDC 2016 ...

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13:47
Google’s Motion Stills app: Create gifs from Live...

Today we are releasing Motion Stills, an iOS app from Google Research that acts as a virtual camera operator for your Apple Live Photos. We use our video stabilization technology to freeze the background into a still photo or create sweeping cinematic pans. The resulting looping GIFs and movies come alive, and can easily be shared via messaging or on social media.Interesting.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:30
Dear Apple: Please use these ideas to modernize the...

Enlarge / A late 2008 MacBook Pro with El Capitan, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD upgrade feels a whole lot more modern than it should. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)


I took a vacation last month. I traveled some. I read a lot. And I refurbished an old late 2008 MacBook Pro, one of the original aluminum unibody models. I completely took it apart, dusted it out, put it back together, and stuck in a memory and SSD upgrade. This is the kind of thing I do to unwind.
There are lots of differences between this thing and a new MacBook of any stripe. They’re smaller and they’re thinner and they’re faster and they have better screens, better performance, better batteries. But once you’ve put in a few more modern parts and plunked a fresh install of El Capitan onto the SSD, it feels a whole lot like a modern Mac. Using a...

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13:00
Flag’s new app offers free, ad-supported photo...

This is an interesting solution but it’s not for everyone – you have to give up a certain amount of information to advertisers. That being said, I ordered my 20 prints fairly easily from the app on my phone. I’ll be interested to see how they come out.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:42
Google releases Motion Stills for iOS, uses...

The animated gif is by no means dead.
It’s just become high res looping video clips.
On Tuesday, Google announced the release of Motion Stills, an iOS app from its Google Research division that takes stabilized GIFs and creates looping videos out of them that can be shared via messaging or social media.
The app cites that it’s able to achieve a 40x speedup by using techniques such as temporal subsampling, decoupling of motion parameters, and using Google Research’s custom linear solver, GLOP. This, in turn, adds additional speed and conserves storageby computing low-resolution warp textures to perform real-time GPU rendering, just like in a video game.

From here, Motion Stills separates the background from the rest of the scene...

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11:35
External Link: Does Siri Embarrass You in Public?

Since Siri debuted on the iPhone 4S, voice assistants have become all the rage, with Amazon, Google, and Microsoft all following suit. Apple put Siri on the Apple Watch and the fourth-generation Apple TV, and rumors suggest that Siri may come to the Mac in the next version of OS X. A survey of 500 consumers by research firm Creative Strategies shows that most people have at least tried Siri, with only 2 percent of iPhone users having never used Apple’s digital assistant.

How heavily is Siri actually used, and in what contexts? According to the study, 70 percent of iPhone owners use Siri only infrequently, which is a little sad to hear, but the more interesting statistic to emerge is that many iPhone users are too embarrassed to talk to Siri in public, with a vanishingly small 3 percent of iPhone users saying they do so. This might account in part for why the living-room–based Amazon Echo is doing so well — 39 percent of smartphone consumers say they use voice assistants at...

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11:21
US International Trade Commission to investigate...

This is just a notification of an investigation, not a judgement.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:14
The T-Mobile Tuesdays #getthanked app gets tanked,...

T-Mobile chief executive John Legere is known for his colorful language. But after the mobile carrier’s T-Mobile Tuesdays app failed to deliver the freebies Legere promised, customers probably dropped a few F-bombs of their own.(Update: At 4:45 PM, T-Mobile sent a text saying that the T-Mobile Tuesdays app was working again. PCWorld has confirmed that it is.)As of about 9:45 a.m. PT, the T-Mobile Tuesdays app failed to hand out coupon codes for the Domino’s pizza, Wendy’s Frosty, and Vudu video rental that Legere promised a day ago as part of T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 11 promotion. Some users, including PCWorld contributing writer Ed Oswald, reported that the app went right to a connection error page....

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10:19
NFL Twitter account hacked

The National Football League’s Twitter account was hacked on Tuesday and a false tweet was sent that Commissioner Roger Goodell had died, an NFL spokesman said on his Twitter account.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:18
Zenbo Home Robot Pours on the Charm


Asus recently unveiled a family robot that can serve as a home healthcare assistant, control connected devices in the smart home, monitor security, perform various online tasks, and function as a playmate, among other things. Asus' Zenbo made its debut at last month's Computex computer show. At the same time, Asus launched a program that provides devs with access to the Zenbo SDK. Zenbo will be priced at US$600, but Asus did not announce when it will be available to consumers.

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10:07
Finding photos with Siri

A couple of good tips here. It will definitely save a lot of time searching back through years of photos by narrowing the search a little. I wonder if it will find a photo you named—I’ll have to try that later.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:00
Apple Music adds an NBC Sports Radio livestream...

One thing that's been missing from Apple Music is a 24/7 sports talk radio station for sports junkies. Well, sports fanatics, your prayers have been answered! Apple Music today added NBC Sports Radio, featuring live sports talk with pesonalities like Mike Florio, Rodney Harrison, Amani Toomer, and Chris Mannix. 

The new service isn't the only live news or talk station available -- those have been available from BBC World Service and NPR for a while. The new station is available to stream via the iOS Music App or in iTunes on a Mac or PC. 

NBC Sports Radio is available for all users without a subscription, as part of the iTunes Radio service that's part of Apple Music. We're expecting to hear more about other enhancements to Apple Music next week as part of the WWDC 2016 keynote on Monday, June 13.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15″ MacBook Pro $1,600, 50-...

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08:55
New Instagram feature for iOS makes it easier to...

Instagram recently added a long-awaited feature to its iOS app that will make life easier for budding and experienced users of the photo-sharing service. The latest version of the app, which rolled out on Monday, adds the ability to share from other apps to Instagram, as first spotted by iMore.
Previously, Instagram would only grab images from your device’s camera or the built-in Photos app. Now, however, you can create an image in your favorite third-party photo app, and then share it directly to Instagram.

Sharing to Instagram is live.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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08:32
Rumor: Apple to incorporate dark mode into iOS 10

WWDC is just around the corner and with it, some fairly intense speculation as to iOS 10’s user interface has come about.
One rumored concept that’s gotten some attention is the idea of a potential dark mode to be released with the new operating system. As such, a set of concept images has been leaked, the concept showing a system-wide dark mode is depicted in the images, offering up an example of what darker backgrounds would look like in Messages, Mail, Contacts, News, and more.
It’s been speculated that the feature could be set to automatically activate when the sun sets, darkening the entire operating system as is currently done in the Maps app.

The site images a dark mode that would extend to built-in Apple apps and system menus, as well as third-party apps using a potential dark mode API.
The concept images...

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08:11
Instagram 8.2 now supports direct photo sharing from...

Following an update on Monday, Instagram now allows users to share photos and videos directly to Instagram on iOS without having to first launch the app. Instagram version 8.2 includes an iOS extension that lets you share both photos and videos from Photos and other iOS apps directly to Instagram. The feature also lets you write a caption to accompany the photo or video, but filters and other editing features will still require launching the full app.
To enable the new extension, update to the latest version of Instagram, tap the share button and swipe to the far right of the colored app icons then tap ‘More’. Toggle Instagram on, arrange it on the list where you’d like it placed, then tap done. Now Instagram will appear in the share sheet where sharing photos is supported. This...

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08:03
The incredibly weird story behind Tetris

This is a pretty interesting read. I think the story would make a great movie.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:57
India: Apple may get 2-3 years’ breather on sourcing...

Times of India:The government is expected to allow Apple to open its own retail outlets in the country without any sourcing requirement for two-to-three years∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:53
Best Buy sale shaves up to $200 off Apple Watch

Think this price cut is purely a Best Buy loss leader, or is this a sign of new Apple Watch hardware in the short term?∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:50
How to find your iPhone’s IMEI even if you’ve lost...

A solid tip from Kirk McElhearn.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:48
The Waze battle over local shortcuts

The ongoing and ever-growing battle between Waze and the suburban streets that have become an unwilling part of the main traffic grid.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
ReactOS Is a Promising Open Source Windows...


If you want to run a clone of Microsoft Windows to escape the drama of upgrading to Windows 10, try ReactOS -- but do not expect it to be a fully functional replacement. ReactOS is a free, open source operating system built on the design principles found in Windows NT. ReactOS is a Windows clone and not a Linux distro. However, the release last month of version 0.4.1 brings this unique open source project one step closer to its goal of providing users full compatibility with Windows software on a free OS made almost from scratch.

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05:00
Bejeweled Stars aims higher than Candy Crush and...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).
Currents shift certain gems around a rotating path in some stages—plus you’ve got butterflies to contend with.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:30
The GhostStand is a scarily good stand for an Apple...

If you have a 12-inch Apple MacBook, you might as well display it with style. One way to do so is with Twelve South’s GhostStand.

The $34.99 stand elevates the tiny laptop to a more comfortable viewing angle — around six inches off a desk. This makes it handy for pairing the MacBook with a keyboard and mouse if (unlike me) you use it as your main computer. 

My 12-inch MacBook sits on is GhostStand next to its big brother, a 27-inch iMac.

 

The folks at Twelve South say the GhostStand makes it appear your laptop is levitating. That’s a bit of hyperbole, but it does facilitate a “lighter than air” atmosphere. Plus, its two sets of soft silicon rails will keep your MacBook from sliding off. 

However, when you’re ready to go (and you didn’t buy Apple’s tiniest laptop to leave it at the home or office, did you?), just unplug your power cable and any USB-C cords,...

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03:57
AAPL’s rumored Taiwanese bond sale goes live, 30-...

Reuters said last week that Apple was planning a $1B bond launch in Taiwan – home to iPhone assembler Foxconn – and it now reports that the sale has gone live.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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03:04
WWDC wish list: Predicting the next version of OS X

Not many people get a new computer every single year, but now that Apple has OS X on a yearly update cycle, our computers can feel refreshed and renewed while we bide our time waiting for new MacBook Pros or MacBook Airs.New features add convenience and speed up tasks we do all the time, and developers can get new tools to delight us with their own apps too. This year’s WWDC keynote is bound to hold some surprises, and here’s what we could see in the next OS X—er, excuse me, MacOS. Or whatever it’s called.Siri on the Mac, at last

Siri is on our iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and even the Apple TV—hopefully this is the year Apple’s personal assistant makes the jump to the Mac. We’ve been jealous of Cortana (and its...

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00:53
Apple patents liquid resistant speaker port, bone...

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent covering water-resistant iPhone speakers, hinting at a potential ruggedized handset, as well as a property detailing bone conduction technology that might one day deliver advanced noise cancellation to EarPods headsets.

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Monday June 6

22:33
New algorithm may lead to a picture of an actual...

MIT grad student Katie Bouman and her team have developed an algorithm that could finally show us a photo of an actual black hole. See, all the black hole "photos" you've seen thus far, including the one above, are merely artist interpretations depic...

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21:23
Deals: $150-$350 off MacBooks; iPad Air 2 for $599;...

Apple resellers are breaking out the bargains this week with deals on 2015 MacBooks, as well as instant savings on iPad Air 2 and 13" MacBook Air configurations. Snap up a Gold 12" MacBook for $999 or a 13" MacBook Air for $799. Tablet fans can also snag a 128GB iPad Air 2 in any finish for $599.

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21:13
Apple reportedly raises up to $1.2B in first...

As rumored last week, Apple on Monday reportedly completed a U.S. dollar denominated bond issuance in Taiwan estimated to have raised up to $1.2 billion.

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21:02
​Samsung might have bendable, foldable smartphones...

Bloomberg sources say that Samsung is thinking of introducing phones with bendable screens. In fact, Samsung said that it would have that technology ready by 2017 itself, just a few years ago at its investors conference. However, this goes some way t...

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20:13
Florida man gets four years in prison for selling...

41-year-old Kevin Wain, of Tampa, Florida, has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for running a credit card fraud operation that netted him more than $881,000 over the course of three years. Using counterfeit credit cards -- made with wit...

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19:35
Astronauts climb into BEAM for the first time

Earlier, a couple of ISS crew members floated into BEAM to check on its condition for the first time ever. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka collected air samples and downloaded data from the sensors inside the expand...

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18:56
Volition's newest project is 'Agents of...

The Saints Row series has always been appropriately wacky and out there thanks to developer Volition, but shortly after Saints Row IV released, the company went a bit quiet. It's back now with a brand new game with a whole new attitude. It's called A...

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18:22
Trade off unwanted 'Rocket League' gear...

Cross-platform play is getting some fresh company with the new additions coming to the soccer-meets-vehicular-mayhem of Rocket League. As part of the game's next update, the developers at Psyonix say they're adding "rare" and "very rare" items (hats,...

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17:00
T-Mobile entices subscribers with stock options,...

T-Mobile at its latest "Un-carrier" event on Monday announced a fresh set of incentives designed to woo subscribers, including a stock program for customers, weekly giveaways and free Gogo Wi-Fi service on domestic flights.

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16:55
Apple partners with designer Alexander Wang for...

Apple has long talked about blurring the line between technology and fashion, especially with the launch of the Apple Watch, and today it partnered with fashion guru Alexander Wang to launch a fashion channel on Apple Music. As reported by Vogue, Wang has partnered with Apple to launch a series of three playlists: Chill, Hype, and Vibe.
more…Filed under: Apple Music Tagged: Alexander Wang, Apple Music, Fashion ...

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16:42
1Password updated to 6.3.1 for OS X, 6.4.2 for iOS

1Password, AgileBits’ ubiquitous password manager, has been updated the version 6.3.1 for OS X and 6.4.2 for iOS.
1Password 6.3.1 for OS X offers the following fixes and changes:
Improved:
– Item sharing has returned with proper advice for sharing only over secure services.
– When first setting up 1Password the back buttons shown there now properly support VoiceOver.
– The password generator shown when first setting up 1Password now announces the number of words.
– VoiceOver no longer reads the image descriptions in sidebar categories or item list.
– We made it more clear how to sign out of an account in the “Accounts” preferences.
– Improved VoiceOver support in the 1Password Account login form so that the text fields are associated with their labels...

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16:17
Apple Music launches fashion channel curated by...

Further blurring the line between technology and high fashion, Apple on Monday added the Apple Music Fashion channel to its streaming platform containing songs curated by noted designer -- and music aficionado -- Alexander Wang.

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15:24
Some users reporting issues signing in with Apple ID...

Following a prolonged outage last week that affected iTunes, iCloud, and various other services, users are again reporting issues with Apple’s cloud services. According to a variety of reports on Twitter, some users are unable to sign in to the App Store and iTunes Store on their iOS device, while others are unable to access either store at all. Apple has yet to acknowledge these issues on its System Status page, but its support account on Twitter has replied to some users.
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15:13
Future Phones May Use Vacuum Tube Chips As Silicon...

An anonymous reader writes: A team of researchers want to replace transistors with vacuum tubes. Vacuum tubes are nothing new, however the ones in development at Caltech's Nanofabrication Group are a million times smaller than the ones in use 100 years ago. "Computer technologies seem to work in cycles," Alan Huang, a former electrical engineer for Bell Laboratories, told the New York Times. "Some of the same algorithms that were developed for the last generation can sometimes be used for the next generation." Dr. Axel Scherer, head of the Nanofabrication Group, said to the New York Times on Sunday, "Ten years ago, silicon transistors could meet all our demands. In the next decade, that will no longer be true." He argues silicon transistors can only take us so far. Vacuum tubes, for comparison, use tiny metal tubes that can control the flow of electricity. They're especially intriguing to researchers as they can provide a better solution to silicon transistors as they can consume...

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14:48
Apple Daily Report for June 6, 2016

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and OK Google are all hot names in tech right now. Digital assistants powered by artificial intelligence are the next big thing for Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google. Consumers however, might not be as excited. Creative Strategies set out to understand more about how consumers are using these agents as well as how they feel about them.

Apple has rolled out new ads for Apple Music, featuring record producer, label executive, and musician DJ Khaled. The ads, which aired following the Apple Music launch of DJ Khaled and Drake's new track "For Free," feature DJ Khaled with Naomi Campbell and Ray Liotta. 

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14:18
Spotify hires manager Troy Carter to challenge Apple...

Apple's chief competitor in the streaming music space, Spotify, is reportedly hiring Troy Carter, a high-profile manager best known for artists like Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, and John Legend.

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14:15
Concept imagines dark mode + split screen features...

Apple already has a dark mode on Mac and a split-screen feature for iPads, but this latest concept from iHelpBR imagines what it might look like if the company brought those two features over to iPhone users in iOS 10.
more…Filed under: iOS Tagged: concept, dark, dark mode, iOS, iOS 10, iPhone, night, split-screen, WWDC...

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14:15
Apple's 'Shot on iPhone' video...

In a friendly reminder that iPhone is the world's most popular digital camera, Apple on Monday added eight new user videos to its "Shot on iPhone" series, highlighting the handset's ability to capture high-quality footage in the most challenging environments.

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14:14
Microsoft's Holographic Platform Opening Mixes...


Microsoft last week announced it would open its Windows Holographic platform to partner firms looking to develop products for the Hololens ecosystem. Microsoft already is already working with a range of partners -- including Intel, AMD, Qualcomm and others -- to build a hardware ecosystem that can support mixed-reality environments, company officials said at Computex. The market for virtual reality is expected to grow to 80 million devices per year by 2020, noted Terry Myerson, executive vice president for Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group.

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13:56
Apple honors Muhammad Ali
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∞ Apple releases “Shot on iPhone” videos

I like the penguins.

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13:38
You can now post to Instagram directly from Photos...

Starting today, it’s now possible to share photos and videos directly to Instagram on iOS without having to first launch the app. Instagram version 8.2 includes an iOS extension that lets you share both photos and videos from Photos and other iOS apps directly to Instagram. The feature also lets you write a caption to accompany the photo or video, but filters and other editing features will still require launching the full app.
more…Filed under: Apps Tagged: Instagram ...

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12:43
Apple continues ‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign with 8 new...

In addition to unveiling a pair of new Apple Music ads starring DJ Khaled, Apple today has uploaded a series of new videos as part of its “Shot on iPhone” ad campaign. Last month, Apple returned to the Shot on iPhone ad series for Mother’s Day, but this marks the first big release of videos for the campaign in a while. The company initially rebooted the ad campaign in February with all-new images from the iPhone 6s.
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, shot on iphone...

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12:18
Apple Watch bands by Coach set to launch this Sunday...

A total of nine new Apple Watch bands -- three styles all available in three different colors --?will launch this Sunday from luxury fashion brand Coach, a new leak has revealed.

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12:14
DJ Khaled plays himself in two new Apple Music ads...

Following the success of Taylor Swift’s own ads, Apple Music has gotten the latest Snapchat sensation DJ Khaled on for two new ads featuring his famous catch phrases. In the first, he stars alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell driving down the highway playing his latest track. In the second, he breaks down Apple Music to Ray Liotta as they get a manicure and pedicure at a nail salon…
more…Filed under: Apple Music Tagged: Apple Music,...

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11:55
New Apple Music ads feature DJ Khaled, Naomi...

Apple over the weekend launched two new Apple Music ads, both featuring musician and Beats 1 show host DJ Khaled in the wake of his new single with Drake, "For Free."

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11:32
T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 11: Free stock, gifts every...

In the latest installment of their Uncarrier initiatives, T-Mobile today announced their new #GetThanked campaign. The campaign puts a focus on “thanking” T-Mobile customers for their loyalty to the company and brand by giving away free T-Mobile’s stock, gifts and promotions ever Tuesday, and inflight Wi-Fi for domestic fliers with Gogo.
more…Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: getthanked, T-Mobile, uncarrier ...

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11:01
T-Mobile offers free stock, pizza, movie rentals,...

T-Mobile launched its latest Uncarrier promotion, and boy is the company handing out the free stuff: free pizza, free frosties, free movie rentals and tickets, and even—get this—a free share of T-Mobile stock.
T-Mobile chief executive John Legere pitched the promotion as a way to thank customers, launching it at a New York store surrounded by employees wearing shirts that said, “Ask me for a thanking.”
“I’m not announcing any bullshit loyalty schemes,” Legere said. “Loyalty schemes are broken and backwards and everybody hates them.”
“I’m gonna thank you like you’ve never been thanked before,” Legere added. 

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10:59
New MacBook Pro concept envisions what an OLED fn-...

According to sources, a KGI analyst report, and leaked parts, Apple’s next MacBook Pro will feature an OLED capacitive touch panel that replaces the fn-key row. Such a change has been hotly debated online, with opponents lamenting the potential lack of tactile response for touch typing, and proponents salivating over the type of software flexibility that such a setup might offer.
more…Filed under: Community, Mac Tagged: Apple rumors, concept,...

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10:23
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 6...

Notable software releases over the past two weeks include Alfred 3.0.1, Slack for Mac 2.0.3, Evernote 6.7, Pixelmator 3.5, Cyberduck 5.0, Tinderbox 6.6 and Storyspace 3.1.2, CrashPlan 4.7, GraphicConverter 10, RapidWeaver 7.0.1, Mailplane 3.6.3, Capto 1.0.1, PopChar X 7.5, TextExpander 6.0.5, 1Password 6.3.1, AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.7 and 7.7.7, and Airfoil 5.1. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:23
ExtraBITS for 6 June 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple has updated its WWDC apps for iOS and Apple TV, Amazon isn’t coming to Apple TV anytime soon, and Spotify gets more competitive with Apple Music family plans. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:12
Apple issues second betas of iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6...

With just seven days to go before Apple unveils the future of iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS and at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, developers were provided with new betas for upcoming minor updates.

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10:07
Feature Request: WWDC 2016 wish list for iOS, MacOS...

We know a fair amount about what to expect from WWDC next week — software heavy with Siri as a star and light on hardware — yet there is still plenty of room for surprises like HomeKit and Apple News from previous years. Expectations are especially light on watchOS and tvOS, the software that runs on Apple Watch and Apple TV, and there are plenty of new features that could improve the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Here’s my Feature Request for each of Apple’s software platforms, WWDC 2016 edition.
more…Filed under: Feature Request, iOS, Mac Tagged: WWDC...

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09:58
Apple issues OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 developer beta...

Apple has released the second OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 preview through the Mac App Store for developer testing. The software update to the Mac likely includes further bug fixes and performance improvements following similar releases throughout the year.
more…Filed under: Developers, Mac Tagged: OS X ...

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09:50
Apple releases iOS 9.3.3 developer beta 2 including...

Apple started testing iOS 9.3.3 with developers and public beta testers near the end of May, and today the second beta version of the pre-release software has been released for developer iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. The update marks the first iOS 9.3.3 beta available for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which missed out on the first beta version during the iOS 9.3.2 update bug.
more…Filed under: Developers, iOS Tagged: iOS ...

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09:42
Windows Holographic: Changing Our Perception of the...


There were a lot of interesting announcements last week, ranging from cool new devices to what was basically an Amazon Echo on wheels from Asus. Such is the nature of Computex -- arguably one of the most powerful technology shows in the world. However, one of the most fascinating was Windows Holographic, which goes far beyond Hololens to redefine the world as we perceive it. This is likely one of the biggest announcements this decade -- if not this century -- and it has the potential to change the world.

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09:30
Apple to reach goal of 40 Chinese stores later in...

Apple officially announced plans to launch two new Chinese outlets later this month, accomplishing a recent target of 40 stores across the Greater China region.

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09:29
9to5Toys Last Call: Apple Watch Stainless Steel from...

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09:13
A walkthrough of Canary security cam & air...

We take Canary’s all-in-one security system with home air quality and temperature sensors for a test drive, including a walkthrough of its super slick iPhone and Apple Watch apps.
more…Filed under: Apple Watch, Apps, iOS Tagged: air quality, Canary, iPhone, security camera, Temperature...

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09:00
Giveaway: Win an mCookie Kit from Microduino

Microduino is partnering with AppleInsider to offer readers the chance to win an mCookie kit, which contains a magnetic stackable Arduino microcontroller for programmers and DIY-ers. As a bonus, not one, but two kits are up for grabs this week.

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08:43
Rumor: Significant changes to Apple’s four operating...

The days leading up to WWDC 2016 are a mix of facts and rumors, but there’s some interesting stuff that’s being mentioned.
On that note, the mighty Mark Gurman went on the Jay and Farad Show podcast and offered the following predictions:
– There literally won’t be any new hardware product announcements at WWDC, but there will be announcements regarding iOS, MacOS, tvOS and watchOS.
– MacOS will receive a Siri upgrade and have it integrated in the top right corner. Photos will also see upgrades.

– iOS will see the following significant changes, including money transfers via iMessages and Apple Pay.
– iOS design refresh. More colors. Notifications will change. Tweaks in operating system.
– Big...

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