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Friday July 8

WaterproofGate: Samsung's high end Galaxy S7...

Despite being "IP 68 certified" to resist extended liquid intrusion in up to five feet of water for 30 minutes, Samsung's most expensive Galaxy S7 model repeatedly failed tests performed by Consumer Reports.

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Pokemon Go’s injuries

Some have reported mishaps while seeking Pokemon and driving…Morons.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple Music for Android updated with playback +...

Apple Music for Android — one of Apple’s three apps on Google’s platform — has an update today that includes fixes for both playback and sorting issues. Here’s the change log for version 0.9.11:
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Genetically modified mice could sniff out harmful...

While studies have shown that dogs are capable of detecting diseases by smell, new research aims to create genetically modified mice capable of seeking out specific scents and chemicals. By injecting human olfactory genes into mouse DNA, researchers...

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UK Internet Service Providers Association gives...

The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has handed out its annual Heroes and Villains awards, honoring Apple as a “Hero” for its refusal to acquiesce to the FBI’s demand for iPhone unlocking. 

Apple fended off competition from MPs Jo Cherry, Keir Starmer and Nicola Blackwood, Thinkbroadband editor Andrew Ferguson and the Web Foundation. The ISPA Awards recognize “ISPs of all shapes and sizes and the shortlist highlights the true breadth of the industry, plus the services that keep the UK at the leading edge of the digital economy.”

"Apple was named as the Internet Hero for defending the fundamental principle of encryption and protecting customer security. The win reinforces how important issues around surveillance, privacy and encryption are to the industry," said the ISPA.


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Homeland Security's big encryption report wasn...

If you watch Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Blacklist, or any other TV show with make-believe espionage, you probably hear the term "going dark" at least once a week.

In the real world, "going dark" has become FBI shorthand for when baddies can't...

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Edward Snowden speaks out against new Russian law

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has spoken out against Thursday's law introduced by Vladimir Putin, referring to the anti-terror legislation as "repressive" and noting that it's a "dark day for Russia."

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Facebook’s end-to-end encrypted conversations

To enable you to do this we are starting to test the ability to create one-to-one secret conversations in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted and which can only be read on one device of the person you’re communicating with. That means the messages are intended just for you and the other person — not anyone else, including us.Great move from Facebook, although I’m sure law enforcement won’t be too pleased.∞ Read this on The Loop

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The 2016 iPhone Photography Award winners

Unsurprisingly, there are some beautiful images included. As I say to students in my photo classes, “What camera you use matters less than your ability to use it”. Congratulations to all the winners.∞ Read this on The Loop

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FDA halts Juno's gene-altering cancer trials...

The Food and Drug Administration has temporarily halted a cancer-treating study after three patients died of swelling in the brain. Biopharmaceutical company Juno Therapeutics had been testing an experimental method known as CAR-T to treat tumors, bu...

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SumOfUs wants Apple to stop ‘sabotaging’ older...

A petition by the watchdog organization, SumOfUs, that demands Apple stop “sabotaging” older devices with iOS upgrades that slow them down has attracted 150,000 signatures. 

Here’s what the petition says: “Apple has been sabotaging devices for years with software ‘upgrades’ that slow every iPhone and iPad except the very latest model. It's a strategy called planned obsolescence, and its one of the ways that Apple and other gadget makers are getting so filthy rich while the planet and everyone else pays.

iOS 10 will be released in just a few months time. Anyone with a perfectly functional iPhone or iPad bought two years ago would do well to ignore the prompts to ‘Install Now.’ But Apple will be pushing upgrade notices to millions of those customers anyway, because every frustrated user with a sluggish device is another sales prospect. 

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The explosion that came from nowhere

As a kid in Nova Scotia, I was fascinated by these explosions. I started off devouring information at the Halifax Public Library about the Halifax Explosion, moved on to Krakatoa and to the “Tunguska event”. No idea why these explosions fascinated me but I still read articles about them 40 years later.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple's app development course to be hosted in...

If you're looking to get engaged with app development with Apple and you live in Italy, you'll soon be able to head down to the Università di Napoli Federico II, or what will be known as the new European iOS App Development Center.

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Apple’s transit maps

A year ago, Apple launched Transit directions in iOS 9 Maps, but so far there’s only a limited number of cities worldwide that support the new feature. Here’s why.Sounds like an incredibly complex job.∞ Read this on The Loop

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ESPN working on first-ever streaming TV package -...

Disney-owned ESPN will soon be announcing its first Web-based TV streaming package, although it will only be a small step towards a full-scale online service, according to a new report.

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Mobile Ransomware Has Mushroomed: Report

The number of mobile ransomware victims across the globe has increased fourfold compared to a year ago, suggests a Kaspersky Lab report released last week. Kaspersky software protected 136,532 users targeted by ransomware from April 2015 to March 2016 -- up from 35,413 in the year-ago period, the company said. "The growth curve may be less than that seen for PC ransomware, but it is still significant enough to confirm a worrying trend," the report notes. It identifies several factors contributing to the growth of ransomware in general.

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Get to know iOS 10's radically new lock screen

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

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

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

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Spin Studio: Great Marketing at a Great Price

My thanks to Spin Studio for sponsoring The Loop this week.Finally, top quality marketing and creative design services delivered in a timely manner at a reasonable cost. That’s what you can expect from Spin Studio.From compelling go-to-market initiatives, to comprehensive marketing strategies, to website or retail packaging design, and much more, Spin Studio brings creativity and innovation to each of our clients.Spin Studio will become a valued and trusted resource you’ll rely upon to consistently provide your projects with exceptional knowledge and capabilities, timely turnaround, and unparalleled quality.∞ Read this on The Loop...

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The Week in Mac Apps: Get you desktop just the way...

Too bright or too dark? Get you desktop just the way you want it with Black Light's custom settingsThis week’s roundup of new Mac Apps brings you insightful weather forecasts, better integration with Android, gorgeous train simulators, photo managing tools, and much more.Alinof Archives 4.1.0Alinof Software’s $40 Alinof Archives (Mac App Store link) allows you to organize all your virtual receipts, warranties, and documents in one convenient place. With its user-friendly interface, the app lets you add useful information-like vendor, date, amount and type of transaction-right beside each item’s scanned image, and can then automatically group your records in folders for quicker access....

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IRS sues Facebook to expose its creative accounting...

The IRS filed suit in a San Francisco court Wednesday against Facebook to get information about the tech titan's tax arrangement in Ireland. Specifically, the agency wants documents detailing whether the social giant sold rights to its Irish subsidia...

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Apple releases macOS Sierra public beta

And now, for the truly brave of heart, the macOS Sierra public beta has just become available.
Late Thursday, Apple released the public beta to macOS Sierra, the successor to OS X EL Capitan.
In order to install the beta, you’ll need to go to, sign in with an Apple ID and then you’ll be able to download the installer via the Mac App Store.

As always, be sure to back up your data prior to running the installer. Also keep in mind that this is a beta, it’s not yet officially supported by Apple and you run certain risks in using it.
Finally, Apple has bundled a Feedback Assistant program that allows users to report any issues they encounter with the Sierra beta.
The Sierra beta is “Apple confidential information.” Essentially, it’s for your eyes only. You’re not...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Stainless Steel Apple Watch...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

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Apple will open iOS Developer Academy at University...

In January, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company would open its first iOS app development center in Europe. Now more details have been announced, with the company announcing that it will open the first iOS Developer Academy in cooperation with the University of Naples Federico II campus in San Giovanni a Teduccio, Italy. 

The new campus is located in a coastal suburb east of Naples, and the free academy will open to more than 200 students in October for a nine-month course curriculum designed and supported by Apple. 

Students will spend their first semester enhancing and improving their iOS software development skills, while the second semester will focus on startup creation and app design. During the second semester, students will team together to create apps for possible release on the App Store. 

To apply or learn more about the academy, students can...

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The best dash cam

By Eric Adams

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here.

After considering dozens of dash cams for this guide, and ultimately selecting 10 for testing, we found the Zer...

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Facebook starts testing end-to-end encryption for...

Facebook on Friday announced initial testing of end-to-end encryption in Messenger, which should keep some conversations secure from any possible intrusion, even by Facebook itself.

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Mandalay Bay installs America's biggest solar...

The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV is now home to the largest roof-top solar array in America. The array consists of 26,000 individual panels and produces enough power to meet roughly 25 percent of the convention center's energy requ...

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Blast off with 'Kerbal Space Program' on...

Did you miss out on sending members of tiny Kerbal alien race into space because you previously had nowhere to enjoy Kerbal Space Program? That's all about to change if you've got a PlayStation 4, as the quirky little simulator is launching July 12th...

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Ecotricity to end free EV charging across the UK

Since 2011, UK green energy supplier Ecotricity has operated electric vehicle charging points for thousands of EV owners across the UK, completely free of charge. Running from Land's End to John O'Groats and offering connectivity at nearly every majo...

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Apple to open iOS App Development Center in Italy...

Apple's CFO Luca Maestri has declared Italy's University of Naples Federico II as the location for Europe's first iOS coding talent incubator, set to open its doors in just a few months.

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Apple’s ‘iOS Developer Academy’ begins in Oct. at...

Apple’s new European iOS App Development Center, announced back in January, is about to officially launch as the Università di Napoli Federico II in Italy today confirms it has partnered with Apple on the initiative (via Macerkopf). 
When Apple first announced its plans for the new development center, the first of its kind to offer training for app developers in Europe, it didn’t say which school it would be partnering with to push the specialized curriculum. Today it confirmed the Università di Napoli Federico II will play host to the “iOS...

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Facebook brings end-to-end encryption to Messenger...

Facebook’s following the encrypted messaging trend set by other apps including Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Viber, and Google’s Allo. On Friday, the social network announced a limited beta version of Messenger for Android and iOS with an end-to-end encryption (E2EE) feature dubbed secret conversations.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click...

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Microsoft quietly edited its Xbox 'Play...

Microsoft proudly told the world last week that "Every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere." That's now changed. The company drew ire yesterday after editing its blog post announcing the decision. But although t...

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'Splatoon' celebrated with 'The Great...

Splatoon is one of the most exciting games to come out of Nintendo in some time. The colourful team-based shooter, which follows squid-like "inklings" and their mission to cover the world (and each other) in paint, has garnered plenty of fans on Wii...

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Snapchat sued for showing sexually explicit content...

Snapchat is facing a new lawsuit over claims that Snapchat Discover routinely serves sexually explicit content to minors without warning them or their parents. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed by a 14-year-old boy and his mother in US district court this week in the central district of California.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Amazon teases Prime Day deal bash with free Prime...

One year ago, Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary with a sale event/Prime membership promotion dubbed Prime Day. Now the online retailer wants to make Prime Day an annual tradition. Amazon recently announced that Prime Day for 2016 would take place on Tuesday, July 12.The catch? Only Amazon Prime members can partake in Prime Day deals. As with last year’s promotion, if you’re not a Prime member you can get the deals by signing up for a Prime 30-day free trial.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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∞ iOS 10 and some New Years fireworks

From this tweet by Mark Gurman:Make sure to text all of your friends running iOS 10 “happy birthday” and “happy new year.” (Seriously this should be opt-in, even opt-out).Give it a try.

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Apple’s use of web carousels target of new patent...

Apple is not alone in its use of web carousels. Take a look at the Major League Baseball home page, for example. As of this post, both sites still have their carousels up and running.∞ Read this on The Loop

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MacNN and Tekserve Close, EveryMac and MacTracker...

One of the responsibilities that comes with longevity is marking the passings and anniversaries of others. We’re sad to report that the Apple news site MacNN has closed, as will the longstanding New York City Apple reseller Tekserve. On the plus side, spec site is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and the similarly useful spec app Mactracker hit 15 years recently. 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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Apple chassis supplier Catcher sees revenue drop in...

Catcher -- Apple's partner on metal chassis components -- claimed a significant drop in June revenues on Thursday, but linked the dip to unnamed clients switching orders over from old products to new ones.

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∞ iOS 10 and removing built-in apps from the Home...

Apple officially allows you to remove most built-in apps from your iOS device running iOS 10. Interestingly, some of these apps allow a 3rd part app to act as a fallback. Others do not. Read on for some details.

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64-bit Office 2016 for Mac is coming

From the official Microsoft blog:We have released the first drop of a fully 64-bit version of Office 2016 for Mac to the Insider Fast channel! The update number is 15.25 (160630). I do encourage Insider Fast users to install this update and give it a test. We want to know about any problems you encounter as soon as possible, so that we can make sure we address them before the official release.Amazing that it took this long to make the move to a 64-bit version of Office.∞ Read this on The Loop

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iMore: iOS 10 first impressions

Lots and lots of chewy goodness from Rene Ritchie as he offers up his take on the iOS 10 beta.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Now that’s an Apple collection

Stephen Hackett has quietly assembled an impressive collection of Apple gear, which he regularly photographs, sharing the images on 512 Pixels.There are certainly holes in his collection. Anyone have an Apple II or Apple IIe they want to share with Stephen?∞ Read this on The Loop

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Facebook testing end-to-end encryption in Messenger...

Facebook Messenger is the latest app to adopt end-to-end encryption for its chats, ensuring that conversations cannot be accessed even by Facebook. It’s just in testing so far, but the company says that it will be made available more widely in the course of the summer.

We are starting to test the ability to create one-to-one secret conversations in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted and which can only be read on one device of the person you’re communicating with. That means the messages are intended just for you and the other person — not anyone else, including us.

While Apple uses end-to-end encryption as standard for both iMessages and FaceTime, and WhatsApp ...

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Snapchat sued over ‘sexually offensive’ content in...

Snapchat is being sued for exposing minors to sexually offensive content on the Discover feature it offers in tandem with media partners.
The messaging and multimedia sharing service, which was at one point at the center of a controversy over surreptitious “sexting” by users with disappearing text and images, is now being charged with engaging through Discover “in an insidious pattern and practice of intentionally exposing minors to harmful, offensive, prurient, and sexually offensive content, without warning minors or their parents that they would be exposed to such explicit content.”
To sign up for Snapchat, users must claim they are at least 13 years old, which is the same minimum age set by social media rivals like Facebook.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Pokémon player shot at while hunting in the woods –...

A YouTuber has posted a video in which he is seemingly shot at after inadvertently trespassing onto someone’s property while hunting Pokémon in some woods, notes TNW. Pokémon GO launched on iOS this week in select countries.
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Tour Westminster Abbey with Google Street View

If you've ever wanted to tour Westminster Abbey but can't afford the £20 admission price (or, y'know, go to one of its many church services), Google has you covered. The giant church has become the latest London landmark to be photographed for...

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AppleInsider podcast talks iOS 10 beta 2, Lightning...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor discuss the latest updates found in iOS 10 beta 2. They also wrap up all the current "iPhone 7" rumors, discuss the current state of Lightning-connected headphones, and talk about the new Mac malware (and why you don't need to worry too much about it).

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'GTA Online' update turns the game into...

Bummed that Criterion's Burnout followup got canned? Rockstar Games has your back with Cunning Stunts, a free expansion to Grand Theft Auto Online that adds a new dimension to racing in the open world game.

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Daily Deal: iOS Online Courses Lifetime All Access...

Our discussions with readers and patrons of Apple World Today has shown us one thing -- many of you are fanatics about lifelong learning, and one of the things you want to know how to do is create your own iOS apps. iOS Online Courses is a major provider of iOS game and app development training, and they've got one heck of a deal for you this week. $69 gives you lifetime access to online training in Swift, Objective C, tvOS, watchOS, GameKit, and iOS

The lifetime all-access pass gives you the following benefits: 

  • Access a continually updating & upgrading library of courses for life
  • Learn iOS to create apps & learn to program on your own w/ fast & effective app development tutorials
  • Become an iOS developer...
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Facebook Live Video of Shooting Aftermath Triggers...

Americans have expressed outrage at Wednesday's police shooting of Philando Castile, an African-American man, which happened in St. Paul, Minnesota, during a traffic stop for a broken tail light. Castile was shot in front of his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and their 4-year-old daughter, who were in the car. Reynolds used Facebook Live to stream video of the aftermath of the shooting. The graphic video shows Castile bleeding and groaning in pain while the officer who shot him curses and continues aiming his gun at the victim.

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The Mac may get a 3D Finder at some point in the...

It's likely that the Mac OS X Finder will go "3D" at some point in the near future. Perhaps in 2017 or 2018. Apple has considered the possibility. The company has been granted a patent (number 20080307360) for a multi-dimensional desktop.


According to Apple it involves a graphical user interface with a back surface disposed from viewing surface to define a depth, and one or more one or more side surfaces extend from the back surface to the viewing surface. An icon receptacle is disposed on one or more of the side surfaces, and one or more icons are disposed within the icon receptacle. The one or more icons correspond to one or more desktop items.

Here's Apple's background and summary of the invention: "A graphical user interface allows a large number of graphical objects or items to be displayed on a display screen at the same time. Leading personal computer operating systems, such as the Apple Mac OS, provide user interfaces in which a number of...

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Apple Pay/contactless payment users are better...

Data from businesses using Square’s mobile payment terminal revealed that those using Apple Pay and other forms of contactless payment are better tippers than those using conventional cards. The company found that while 67% of swipe card customers added a tip, the number jumped to 73% for NFC payments.
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CUBIK takes an angular approach to computer speakers

Palo Alto Audio Design's CUBIK digital audio speaker is a computer speaker system that designed with the audiophile in mind. Though $199.95 seems a bit pricey for a speaker system with no subwoofer, the sound is as good for a subwoofer-less speaker system as I've heard. 

The unusual looking (more on that in a moment) CUBIK relies on full-digital amplification, lossless digital USB streaming and a long-vent advanced enclosurefor its sound quality and a highly dynamic range without the noise of digital-to-analog speakers. The CUBIK amplifies the Mac’s raw digital audio signal without converting it to analog first. More speaker systems should use the USB port and its digital signal in this way as it reduces the opportunity for analog audio conversion to introduce noise into the signal.

Where the CUBIK falls short sonically is when it comes to bass. For less-bass heavy audio -- such as classical and folk music --...

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Tim Cook tweets about ‘senseless killings’ this week...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has tweeted about the ‘senseless killings’ in response to the fatal police shootings of two black men in separate incidents in Louisiana and Minnesota.
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Glimpses for Mac OS X lets you create Live Photo-ish...

By Aaron Lee

If you've not played around with still motion videos -- videos where photos are shown only for a fraction of a second (think Apple’s Live Photos)— you might give it a try. They're lots of fun. 

Eternal Storms Software's Glimpses for Mac OS X lets you create still motion videos with just a few clicks and share them on popular video services. You can import photos from your hard drive, flickr or Instagram and add a soundtrack from your iTunes library. Glimpses does the rest for you. The software can output video up to 1080p. Or it can choose the best resolution automatically based on the smallest photo. This way, it can reduce or eliminate the occurrence of black borders around the photos. 

If the chosen (optional) soundtrack is longer than the duration of the final video, the soundtrack will automatically be faded out at the end to make it a smooth experience for viewers and seamless for users of Glimpses. After the video is created...

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Google buys a backbone for pay TV services

Google is snapping up Anvato, a company with tech that's designed to make it easy for broadcasters to put live video online. The system is currently used by plenty of brand-name firms to pump out online video, edit clips in the cloud and handle pay-p...

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Amazon finally lets Echo play Spotify or Pandora by...

Amazon's Echo speakers have a ton of smart capabilities, but until recently, playing music from any service other than Prime Music required telling the device which service to use each time. Now, users may have noticed an option to set Pandora or Spo...

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Apple Maps adds 29 Flyover locations, expands...

Continuing its perpetual Apple Maps feature rollout, Apple on Thursday activated Flyover imagery for 29 new locations, while adding traffic and transit data for multiple international locales including Chile and Vatican City.

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Amazon Alexa deals will make you shout out your...

The folks at Amazon are clearly attempting to entice you into the dangerous world of shopping with voice commands. They're doing Alexa-exclusive deals for customers who shop through the company's Echo, Echo Dot and Tap speakers, starting today until...

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Thursday July 7

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes banned from owning a...

Spoiler warning in case you don't want to know how the movie will probably end: the Wall Street Journal reports US regulators have devised to ban the owners and operators of Theranos from running a lab for two years. That includes CEO & founder E...

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Snapchat faces class-action suit for sexually...

Snapchat has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit accusing the service of showing sexually explicit content to minors without providing the proper warning. A 14-year-old John Doe and his mother filed the lawsuit in California after he came across...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for racial equality in...

In light of two fatal police shootings of black men in as many days, Apple chief executive Tim Cook voiced a call for justice on Thursday, calling the recent events "senseless killings."

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Mark Zuckerberg comments on 'graphic and...

Striking a much different tone this time, Mark Zuckerberg again commented on a Facebook livestream gone viral. Unlike the cheery Chewbacca Mom video, this was about a stream capturing the immediate aftermath of police shooting a black motorist in Fal...

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'Fruit Ninja VR' is now available for the...

Fruit Ninja on mobile is fun, but we're sure some of you would prefer slashing oranges, apples and watermelons like you would a real sword katana. We hope you have an HTC Vive then, because the virtual reality version of the fruit-slicing game is now...

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PlayStation exec Adam Boyes says he's leaving...

Lately, Sony's gaming platforms have enjoyed a ton of support from third party developers big and small, but now one of the people in charge of those relationships is leaving the company. Adam Boyes announced in a series of tweets (and on the PlaySta...

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Snapchat hit with lawsuit claiming its Discover...

Snapchat, which just got a hefty update yesterday, has been hit with a lawsuit accusing that the app’s Discover feature of exposing minors to sexually explicit content. The lawsuit has been filed by a 14-year-old boy and his mother, who are represented by Mark Geragos in the Central California District Court.
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Charge through 'Resident Evil 4' yet again...

Capcom announced that Resident Evil 4 was getting re-released on modern consoles earlier this year, but now exactly when the best modern entry in the series will surface. And it's a little earlier than expected, too. Previously, all the publisher/dev...

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Bulgarian Government Embraces Open Source

Bulgaria's Parliament recently passed legislation mandating open source software to bolster security, as well as to increase competition with commercially coded software. Amendments to the Electronic Governance Act require that all software written for the government be Free and Open Source Software-compliant. The new provisions reportedly took effect this week. Software developer Bozhidar Bozhanov, advisor to one of Bulgaria's four deputy prime ministers, orchestrated the new law.

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Another legal merry-go-round: man sues Apple for...

Another day, another lawsuit. Samuel Lit of Pennsylvania has filed a suit in the Northern Illinois District Court against Apple for using carousels on its website, reports AppleInsider.

He says the website contains various windows that cycle through new and upcoming projects and that this violates his U.S. patent (number 8,793,330) for and “information display system and method.” Lit is seeking royalties with interest.

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Harvard researchers built a living robot out of rat...

What do you get when you mix the heart cells of a rat with silicone from breast implants and then sprinkle in a bit of gold and genetic engineering? No, not Trump's next trophy wife -- you actually get this incredible "living" robot. Developed by a t...

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Apple's new 'starter guides' help...

In a bid to extend its reach into the educational technology market, Apple on Thursday released a set of guidebooks designed to help educators better implement products like iPad and iOS apps into classroom activities.

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Pennsylvania man claims Apple infringes upon his...

Apple today has been revealed as the target of yet another lawsuit. This time, Pennsylvania resident Samuel Lit is suing Apple over a 2008 patent covering web carousel technology. Lit claims that the design of the homepage, which cycles through a variety of different products, infringes upon his patent.
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AI is being used to brew beer in the UK

Brewers have a lot of tools at their disposal when it comes to brewing beer: hops, yeast, grain and loads of equipment. One brewery in the UK is employing AI to perfect its recipes though, and it claims it's the first to do so. IntelligentX Brewing C...

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Comparing iPad Pros

Liken Ben Brooks, I have both iPad Pros. True Tone on the iPad Pro 9.7-inch model makes it one of my favorites of all time because I can see it perfectly outside (I’m guessing the larger iPad Pro will get this as well, at some point). However, there’s a lot to be said for the larger screen on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, especially if you’re a creative professional. I think it comes down to how you are going to use the devices.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple's use of web carousels target of new...

A Pennsylvania man is suing Apple for using carousels on its website, claiming the common web user interface is in infringement of patented technology dating back to 2008.

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Apple Education Starter Guides for iPad

We’re excited to announce a new collection of guidebooks designed to help educators learn how to use iPad in the classroom. The iPad guide helps educators get the most out of iPad for their daily work and lessons. The Apple apps guides include step-by-step instructions to build a sample project and master basic and intermediate skills in each app.Fantastic idea.∞ Read this on The Loop

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AWT News Update: July 7, 2016

Just a pair of stories today for your Apple news fix:

  • Another smartphone manufacturer attempting to duplicate Apple's success with the "Shot on iPhone" ad campaign gets caught using a $4,500 camera/lens combo to shoot their "smartphone" photo
  • Fed up with long lines at Customs and Border Protection when you come back from overseas? A new app promises to streamline the process and get you on your way quickly

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 7, 2016.

Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” ad campaign highlighting the great video and still images that can be taken with the iPhone 6s...

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Mozilla's 'Context Graph' finds the...

How much of your content do you find while scrolling through Facebook or searching Google? To counter a small number of companies controlling what parts of the internet get exposed to users, Mozilla is announcing a solution: the Context Graph. By stu...

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Researchers discover new exoplanet orbiting triple...

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If you’re feeling brave, here’s the iOS 10 public beta.
After only two developer releases, Apple has released the public beta of iOS 10 into the wild for public testing.
Apple started letting the public into its iOS beta tests last year. Before iOS 9, you had to be a developer (and pay $99 for a yearly developer subscription) to test drive prerelease versions of iPhone software.
As of now, Apple has released the iOS beta to the public in order to receive feedback from regular users as opposed to strictly developers. The iOS 10 public beta will install the Feedback Assistant app on your iPhone, which you can use to send notes directly to Apple.

Keep in mind that the beta is still a work in progress, it’s a good idea to back up your iOS device to both iCloud and iTunes in advance and there’s...

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I've always hated testing car tablet mounts, since they either use some sort of fabric strap and Velcro® assembly or screws and knobs to lock onto the headrest uprights, and in many cases it's ridiculously...

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As we reported earlier today, the iOS 10 public beta has been released for all interested in having an early hands-on look at iOS 10. Anyone can install the public beta, not just registered Apple developers. Accessing and installing the beta is a fairly straightforward process, but we’re here to walk you through the process step-by-step. more…Filed under: Apple ...

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Lyft goes classy with new Premier service

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After a hiatus, a trio of three new discovered Mac malware strains have emerged.
The strains, once installed, have the potential to access Web cameras, password keychains, and pretty much every other resource on an infected machine.
The first one, as mentioned yesterday, has been dubbed “Elanor” by researchers at antivirus provider Bitdefender and is hidden inside EasyDoc Converter, a malicious app that is, or at least was, available on a software download site called MacUpdate. When double clicked, EasyDoc silently installs a backdoor that provides remote access to a Mac’s file system...

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A year ago, Apple launched Transit directions in iOS 9 Maps, but so far there's only a limited number of cities worldwide that support the new feature. Here's why.

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CurrentC may be dead, but retail giant Walmart isn’t giving up on the dream of a mobile payment system that doesn’t require giving a cut to Apple or Google. Walmart’s proprietary Walmart Pay system is now accepted at more than 4600 Walmart stores in the United States. Like CurrentC, Walmart Pay relies on scanned QR codes for transactions instead of NFC, but instead of linking directly to a checking account, it can connect to a credit or debit card or a Walmart gift card. We hope Walmart Pay will be more secure than CurrentC, but it’s hard to imagine it becoming a viable competitor to Apple Pay without support from other retailers. 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...

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Lunch with Apple’s Bozoma Saint John auctioned for...

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The BBC's numerous radio stations have listeners the world over, not just Brits sitting down to their afternoon tea and crumpets. In fact, the English-language World Service station alone boasts a global audience of 66 million. Tapping into these bro...

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The Best Mac Games of 2016 (so far, plus the most...

2016 is far from over, but Mac Gamer HQ’s Ric Molina has taken a look at the best games released so far this year.

“I can tell you, I was so amazed by the quality of the games, I had to round them up and share them,” he says. “These are the over 30 best Mac games of 2016, including games available today, games coming soon, and a few hot rumors. As always, I cover lots of different genres (shooters, RPG, strategy, racing, etc) so there's something for everyone.”

Molina points out that there are over 3,000 Mac games available on Stream. And, the Mac games planned for the remainder of 2016 are just as exciting as the ones now available, he adds.

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∞ iOS 10 Public Beta

In addition to macOS Sierra Public Beta, Apple is also launching the iOS Public Beta today. You can get all of the sign-up and download information from Apple’s beta Web site. [...]

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