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Wednesday July 6

09:56
Apple issues fifth betas of iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6...

Just a week after the fourth betas arrived, Apple has provided both developers and public testers with fifth pre-release betas of iOS 9.3.3 and OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, forthcoming maintenance and security updates.

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09:49
Apple releases fifth iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6, and...

Apple has issued a fifth developer and public beta release of iOS 9.3.3 ahead of its general release. iOS 9.3.3 beta 5 follows the last build issued a week ago which suggests a general release will soon follow. Apple is likely testing iOS 9.3.3 heavily as it could be the last version of iOS 9 before iOS 10 is released later this fall.
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09:45
Apple joins wide array of tech companies in fight to...

Apple and a cadre of other tech companies are fighting the European Union's so-called "Cookie Law," lobbying the organization for more refined laws that aim to strike a balance between user privacy and data collected by providers.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Air from $750...

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Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Air is on sale for as little as ...

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09:28
Snapchat update introduces Memories feature for...

Snapchat’s latest update introduces a brand new feature called Memories which lets you save Snaps and Stories in your own personal collection. Memories lets you capture and save pictures and videos in Snapchat instead of the Camera Roll in Apple’s Photos app by default.
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09:26
Metrics vs. experience

Julie Zhuo, Product design VP at Facebook:Being able to measure stuff gives you insight into what people are doing within your product. Unless you like living under a rock, having more information is a good thing. Sure, you need to be able to sort through what information is important and what isn’t, but arguing that the whole concept of having more information is bad is not really a defensible position. Metrics is not the villain.Information is good, it’s what you do with it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:15
External Link: Beware the EasyDoc Mac Malware

Bitdefender Labs has issued a warning about the EasyDoc Converter app, saying that it’s dangerous malware that could give an attacker complete control of your Mac. EasyDoc Converter was available at the reputable MacUpdate Web site, and testers at Tom’s Guide were able to install it despite Gatekeeper being set to allow apps only from the “Mac App Store and identified developers.” Interestingly, the malware will not install if you have Objective Development Software’s Little Snitch network-monitoring utility installed. Read this as yet another reminder to be extra careful about what you install on your Mac — stick to software from reputable developers. 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...

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09:15
Companies intentionally slow down load times

So companies introduce what Kowitz calls an “artificial waiting” pattern into their interfaces. These are status bars, maybe a few update messages, to construct a facade of slow, hard, thoughtful work, even though the computer is done calculating your query.It is absolutely fascinating how the mind works and how designers have to slow things down in order for us to believe them.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:10
Snapchat memories

Memories is a new way to save Snaps and Stories on Snapchat. It’s a personal collection of your favorite moments that lives below the Camera screen. Just swipe up from the Camera to open Memories!∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:48
Pokémon Go is rolling out now for iOS and Android

The augmented reality, location-based game Pokémon Go is now on the way to Android and iOS.The availability comes via a slow, global rollout that’s starting first in New Zealand. So if you’re not able to download the game yet, you may need to give it some time.In our hands on with Pokémon Go, we found it to be a fun, digital geocaching exercise with the zany and popular characters from Nintendo. While the game is free, it’s packed in with microtransactions ranging from $1 to $100. 

To enhance the experience, there’s also a $35 Pokémon Go Plus wearable, which allows you to catch Pokémon and collect items even when the app is closed or your phone is locked. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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08:25
BBEdit 11.6

One of my favorite apps of all time.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:25
iPhone 7 To Start at 32GB Storage, Says WSJ

An anonymous reader writes: It appears Apple has finally decided to do something about the not-so-enough 16GB storage on its base iPhone model. According to a report on WSJ, the Cupertino-based company's next smartphone -- expected to be named iPhone 7 will have 32GB internal storage on the base model.For years, Apple has offered a 16GB iPhone version for those who were on a budget or just didn't necessarily need too much storage. But as we moved forward -- the iPhone got better cameras and improved video recording capability and apps became more sophisticated and ate more storage -- we really reached a point where 16GB wasn't enough for most people. In many cases, people were unable to update their iPhone to the latest version of iOS because there wasn't enough storage left on the device. It's a welcome move, and something millions of people will appreciate.
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08:17
Report: Apple now fifth behind local brands in China...

Apple lost share of the Chinese smartphone market with a decline in iPhone sales during May, pushing it to fifth place behind local brands Huawei, Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi. The data comes from Counterpoint Research and was published today by Bloomberg.
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08:15
Summer sponsorships available on The Loop

We have some sponsorship weeks available in July and August on The Loop. If you want to get your product or service in front of The Loop readers, this is the only way to do it. Sponsors are exclusive for the week, so it will just be you, me, and the great people who read this site.If you’re interested, get in touch and let’s hammer something out.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:07
Apple's iPhone dips to fifth place in Chinese...

Apple continued losing ground in the Chinese smartphone market in May, seeing its share drop to fifth place amid tough local competition, according to research data published on Wednesday.

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08:02
Pokémon Go is now rolling out for iOS and Android

Looks like the game is currently available in New Zealand and Australia, not yet rolled out in Japan and the US. Sounds like it’s just a matter of hours or days, though.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:00
Daily Deal: Exo Mount Touch Air Vent Car Mount

Man, there is NOTHING worse than putting your iPhone onto the console of your car and then finding that it has decided to hide itself under a seat while you are driving. Keep that iPhone within reach, cool, and safe from flopping around with the Exo Mount Touch Air Vent Car Mount, on sale for only $16.99 through the Apple World Today Deals Shop.

The mount clips into any available air vent on your dash board and holds your iPhone in place. Other features:

  • Mount your phone to your air vent w/ just 1 touch...
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07:57
The universe is spooky

I’m a math geek, so this might be more up my alley than most. A cool tweet showing how to use the Fibonacci sequence to convert miles to kilometers and back. Spooky!∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:44
The best Mac games of 2016 (so far)

Into Mac games? Enjoy the list, bookmark the site.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:40
Artificial intelligence, Apple, and Google

This post by Benedict Evans first digs into the idea of artificial intelligence, then looks at the efforts by Apple and Google to get a sense of who is doing what.If you have even the slightest interest in artificial intelligence, neural nets, speech recognition, etc., this is worth the read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:32
Happy Hour Podcast 074 | Spotify vs Apple, iOS 10...

This week Benjamin and Zac break down Spotify’s Apple Music complaint, Apple potentially buying Tidal, the latest changes in iOS 10 beta 2, and much more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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07:23
New Tor-powered backdoor malware targets Macs

Security researchers have found a new backdoor program that allows attackers to hijack Mac systems and control them over the Tor network.The new malware has been dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor by researchers from antivirus vendor Bitdefender and is distributed as a file converter application through reputable websites that offer Mac software.The rogue application is called EasyDoc Converter. Once installed it displays a fake interface where users can supposedly drag and drop files for conversion, but which in reality doesn’t do anything.In the background, the application executes a shell script that installs multiple malicious components in a folder called “/Users/$USER/Library/.dropbox.” The Dropbox name is used to make the malware harder to spot and has nothing to do with the legitimate Dropbox file synchronization software.To read this article in full or to leave a...

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07:20
Apple’s Blockbuster July sale: New $4.99 HD movie...

How to get to the sale movies on the Mac or on your iOS device.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:16
iPhone drops to fifth place among Chinese smartphone...

The iPhone dropped to fifth place in Chinese smartphone shipments. The Apple smartphone made up 10.8% of devices sold in May, down from 12% a year earlier, according to Counterpoint— as noted by Bloomberg.

Chinese brands Huawei, Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi are now the top four smartphone makers in China with a combined market share of 53%, according to Counterpoint research director Neil Shah. Huawei Technologies Co. increased its lead with 17.3%, and Oppo almost doubled its market share to 11%.

FX Photo Studio CK adds stunning effects to your photography

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07:13
50 new iOS 10 beta 2 features [Video]

iOS 10 beta 2 was released earlier today, and it comes with a plethora of new, often subtle, tweaks and changes. We already told you about many of the updates found in this latest iOS 10 beta, but now allow us to show you even more of the changes and tweaks via our hands-on video walkthrough. more…Filed under: Apple ...

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07:07
Everything new in iOS beta 2

Not to be confused with yesterday’s MacRumors-linking post, this is a more extensive walk through the iOS 10 beta 2 change-log. Lots of detail.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:07
Microsoft launching Thinga.Me iPhone app for...

A new project called Thinga.Me from Microsoft’s experimental Garage team aims to offer users a way of organizing and sharing real-world objects through a new iPhone app.
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07:06
New Mac malware dubbed ‘Backdoor.MAC.Elanor’ has...

Bitdefender has posted a blog about a new piece of Mac malware they are calling “Backdoor.MAC.Elanor.” This is only the only the second piece of true Mac malware spotted so far in 2016, the first being the KeRanger ransomware. 

Notably, the malware is currently still available on MacUpdate in the form of a free app called EasyDoc Converter. It poses as a drag-and-drop file converter, but has no real functionality – it simply downloads a malicious script. Bitdefender says this is a nasty backdoor that can steal data, execute remote code and access the webcam, among other things. 

This type of malware is particularly dangerous as it’s hard to detect and offers the attacker full control of the compromised system,” says Tiberius Axinte, Technical Leader, Bitdefender Antimalware Lab. “For instance, someone can lock you out of your laptop, threaten to blackmail you to restore your...

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07:02
Backdoor.MAC.Elanor malware for Mac enters the wild...

Well, this’ll keep Apple’s security team busy for a while.
Recently, Bitdefender Labs found what might be the second example of true Mac malware to enter the wild. The application, dubbed “Backdoor.MAC.Elanor”, is available on a number of reputable download sites such as MacUpdate.
The backdoor is embedded into a fake file converter application that is accessible online on reputable sites offering Mac applications and software. The EasyDoc Converter.app poses as a drag-and-drop file converter, but has no real functionality – it simply downloads a malicious script.

Once installed, Backdoor.MAC.Elanor can perform functions such as stealing your data, controlling your webcam and executing remote code.
Malwarebytes director...

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07:00
New Mac malware can remotely access FaceTime camera...

A new pice of Mac-targeting malware is in the wild, potentially allowing hackers to remotely execute code and even control the FaceTime camera on a user's computer, but Apple's own Gatekeeper security prevents the unsigned app from being installed.

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06:43
New Mac malware in the wild

In a nutshell, the malicious code is embedded in a Mac utility called EasyDoc Converter.app. Given that the app itself does not do what it says it will do (convert files from one format to another), this was a pretty obvious find.But think of this example as a proof of concept. This malware could just as easily be embedded in a useful tool. If you are going to go outside the Mac App Store, be sure you are downloading a known, vetted product from a known, vetted source.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:29
Awesome Chinese video shows ‘Magsafe’ Lightning...

While Apple may now be abandoning the much-loved MagSafe connection in favor of USB on MacBooks, that hasn’t stopped people wanting to bring the same convenience to both 12-inch MacBooks and iPhones. We saw a Kickstarter campaign two years ago (long delayed but apparently now shipping), there are others...

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06:29
New CAD renderings support rumored features of Apple...

If authentic, leaked CAD renderings of Apple's "iPhone 7" and "7 Plus" appear to support claims that the device will ditch the headphone jack, sport tweaked antenna designs, and feature a dual-camera system for the larger 5.5-inch model.

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06:26
Brexit impact will hurt Apple sales, predicts...

Citigroup Global Markets analyst Jim Suva has predicted that economic uncertainty in the UK following the referendum decision to leave the EU will hurt Apple sales. Business Insider reports that Citigroup has lowered its estimates for iPhone sales across two quarters.
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06:12
Piper Jaffray: iPhone 6s resale value remains strong

In a note to clients — as reported by AppleInsider — Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says an analysis of the secondary iPhone 6s market has found that the flagship handset sells used for 78% of its new price, outperforming the iPhone 6 at the same period.

The research group has been tracking the resale values of Apple's handsets on eBay for years. At 288 days since launch, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus retain 78% of their retail pricing, compared to 73% for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at the same period in their product cycle.

Considering that the iPhone 6s resale market is relatively stable, Munster said that's a good sign that the iPhone business remains healthy despite what some pundits are saying. The analyst things market expectations for the "iPhone 7" are low heading into an anticipated September launch, potentially...

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06:06
Nintendo may make iOS game controllers

Nintendo has “major plans” to focus on smart device development, including possibly designing its own controller for mobile gaming on, among other things, iOS devices, Shinya Takahashi, general manager of entertainment planning and development, told Polygon.

"Physical controllers for smart device applications are available in the market and it is possible that we may also develop something new by ourselves," Takahashi said. "I believe Nintendo's way of thinking is to look at whether action games are really not impossible (without a physical controller for smart device applications) to create and how we can make it happen to create such a game.”

The company previously announced that it was working on five mobile titles to be released by March, the same month its ...

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06:00
'New Way of Stealing Cars': Hacking Them...

retroworks writes: The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled), CBS and Marketwatch all lead the morning with stories about the newest method of stealing (late model) cars. No need for hacking off the ignition switch and touching the wires to create a spark (controversial during broadcasts in 1970s television crime criticized for "teaching people to steal cars"). Thieves now use the laptop to access the automobile's computer system, and voila. "Police and car insurers say thieves are using laptop computers to hack into late-model cars' electronic ignitions to steal the vehicles, raising alarms about the auto industry's greater use of computer controls. The discovery follows a recent incident in Houston in which a pair of car thieves were caught on camera using a laptop to start a 2010 Jeep Wrangler and steal it from the owner's driveway. Police say the same method may have been used in the theft of four other late-model Wranglers and Cherokees in the city. None of...

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06:00
RAVPower Ace Series 22000mAh Battery Pack and Unity...

Here at Apple World Today we review a lot of external battery packs and even more Lightning cables. Some are good, some not so good. There's one company that has continually made charging products that are noticeably better than the rest, and that's RAVPower. Today we're looking at two new products that are definitely best in class: the RAVPower Ace Series 22000mAh External Battery Pack ($39.99) and the Unity L Lightning Cable 2-Pack ($16.99).

Unity L Lightning Cable 2-Pack

Let's start off with a look at the RAVPower Unity L Lightning Cable 2-pack. This contains two Lightning cables -- one 3 feet long and the other 6 feet long. Of course, each cable has a USB connector on one end and a Lightning connector on the other end -- all Lightning...

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05:55
iPhone 6s resale values remain strong ahead of Apple...

With Apple expected to launch its next-generation iPhone in just a matter of months, a new analysis of the secondary iPhone 6s market has found that the flagship handset sells used for 78 percent of its new price, outperforming the iPhone 6 at the same period.

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05:45
Report: The next iPhone may finally ditch the 16GB...

Enlarge / The 16GB iPhone could be on its way out. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Speculation about the headphone jack has dominated most of the conversation about the next iPhone, but here's a rumor that should make everyone happy: citing "a person familiar with Apple's plans," The Wall Street Journal reports that the next iPhone will get rid of the 16GB storage option. The base model would reportedly jump up to 32GB—a more reasonable minimum for casual iPhone users who still want to store plenty of photos and apps (and install updates without running into storage problems).
Apple has made several changes to iOS in the last year or two to make 16GB (and, horror of horrors, 8GB) iPhones and iPads more livable....

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04:56
Latest claimed CAD renders may provide a more...

Last night, a set of claimed CAD renders of the iPhone 7, consistent with earlier reports began circulating around the Web. They show the same less obtrusive antenna lines, missing headphone jack, enlarged camera hole on the smaller model and dual-camera housing for the larger one.
They don’t reveal anything we haven’t already heard, but – if genuine – do provide a more detailed look than earlier images
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04:30
How to set up relationships using Siri on your iOS...

You can use Siri, Apple’s “personal digital assistant,” to establish relationships using your iPhone or iPad. It’s easy. Here’s how:

First, make sure that you have the contact listed in your Contacts app. For example, I want to make sure my iOS devices know that Laura Sellers is my wife. Her name, address, and phone number are listed in Contacts.

I launch Siri and say, “Laura Sellers is my wife.” Siri will then ask me to confirm this by choosing “yes” or “no.” 

Now I can use Siri to “Tell my wife I’ll be there in an hour,” “our dinner reservation is at 7 pm at Chef’s Market,” etc. Siri understands a plethora of relationships such as wife mom, dad, in-laws, boss, auto mechanic, etc.

If one of your contacts has a name that’s tricky (for Siri, anyway) to pronounce, in the Contacts app choose the name and tap edit. Scroll down and choose “Add field,” then choose the name you want to spell phonetically. Enter the phonetic spelling. Voila! You’re good to go....

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04:21
External Link: Organ Donation Registration Baked...

Apple has announced that it is teaming up with Donate Life America to offer organ donor registrations from within iOS 10’s Health app. Users will be able to use Health to sign up for the National Donate Life Registry as organ, eye, and tissue donors. Organ donation is an important issue for Apple, since its founder, Steve Jobs, received a liver transplant in 2009 that extended his life by a few years. 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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04:00
New Mac malware in the wild, Backdoor.MAC.Elanor –...

After the first ever example of Mac ransomware was found in the wild earlier this year, Bitdefender Labs has found what it tells us is only the second example of true Mac malware to enter circulation this year, which it has dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Elanor. The app is available on a number of reputable download sites such as MacUpdate.

The backdoor is embedded into a fake file converter application that is accessible online on reputable sites offering Mac applications and software. The EasyDoc Converter.app poses as a drag-and-drop file converter, but has no real functionality – it simply downloads a malicious script.
This is a nasty backdoor that can steal data, execute remote code and access the webcam, among other things …

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04:00
a-JAYS Four boasts solid sound -- and tangle...

My biggest problem with the $69.99 a-JAYS Four by JAYS of Sweden was getting them out of their hard plastic case. That little sticker that says to remove it so you can press the tab beneath? Well, do as instructed, and you'll save some time. 

 

Once you've got 'em out of their more-than-sturdy case, you'll have some sleek in-ear earphones with tangle-resistant, flat cables and a one-button remote. It took a while to get used to the cables -- they're flat but bulkier than you might expect -- but they do indeed resist tangling. You can tangle them intentionally, and they'll straighten themselves out. For this, I can live with a bit of extra bulk.

The embedded three-button remote on the a-JAYS four with SMART-feel, soft touch buttons provides full feature control on your mobile device including: play, pause and skip for music and videos; answer and hang up for calls; and volume and voice control. I've used the a-...

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03:15
Google buys startup that helps your phone identify...

Google has purchased Moodstocks, a French startup that specializes in speedy object recognition from a smartphone, showing (again) the search giant's intense interest in AI. Unlike other products (including Google's own Goggles object recognition app...

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02:00
NASA's 'power' glove will help...

The same remote manipulation controller that allows NASA scientists to remotely control Robonaut 2 aboard the International Space Station is coming back to Earth thanks to a recent agreement between General Motors (who helped NASA develop the glove)...

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01:35
Starship's self-driving robots to deliver Just...

In the coming weeks, six-wheeled robots developed by Starship Technologies will hit the streets of London to help deliver meals ordered from two of the UK's biggest food delivery startups. The company, created by two of the founders of Skype, announc...

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00:29
Change the romantic pairings in Cassius' latest...

The French musical duo Cassius has released a new music video that, for the first time, lets you change actors in the middle of a scene. Created for the group's single "The Missing" from the upcoming album Ibifornia, it features an interactive video...

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Tuesday July 5

22:56
NASA's scientific balloon test flight sets...

NASA's humongous scientific balloon didn't quite hit the agency's ultimate goal, but it still set a flight duration record after flying for 46 days, 20 hours and 19 minutes. The agency launched the 18.8-million-cubic-foot super pressure balloon (SPB)...

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21:28
CloudPlayer now lets you take your playlists...

Ever wanted to take your favorite playlists with you on the go but didn't want to go to the trouble of creating them across multiple services? Now you can with doubleTwist's CloudPlayer, which is now introducing special cloud playlists.

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21:00
Pokemon Go rolls out to iOS App Store, available in...

Nintendo and Niantic Labs on Tuesday surprised with a limited rollout of anticipated augmented reality game Pok?mon Go, making the title available for download in Australia, New Zealand and certain U.S. markets.

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19:46
'Pokémon Go' rolls out on Android and iOS

With all the news surrounding Pokémon Go's beta test and wearable, you'd be forgiven for thinking the full game was already out. Until recently, it wasn't, but that's changing if you live in the United States and have an Android device, as spo...

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19:25
Winners of the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of last week's giveaway, Scott C. and Nathan H., both of whom will receive a 16-zone Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller valued at $249.

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19:08
Coin-sized device could lead to personalized cancer...

A form of cancer therapy that uses electric fields to stop malignant cells from spreading remains controversial, because it's unclear how effective and safe it truly is. This coin-sized device developed by MIT's research center in Singapore, however,...

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19:03
Pokémon GO now available on iOS in the US, select...

Update: While the game is not yet available in the US App Store, those in Australia can download the app here. In a statement, the Pokémon Company tells US and Japanese customers to “please wait for a while” for the formal launch.

After a brief field test in May, Pokémon GO is now available on iOS. The game, which was produced in partnership with Ingress-makers Niantic Labs allows users to collect, train, and battle Pokémon characters in an augmented reality world. Initially, the game appears to be limited to the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. It’s also now available on ...

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18:30
Nintendo betting big on mobile, potentially building...

Nintendo, which only just recently released its first game for iOS, is looking to continue its efforts on the platform. Speaking at the company’s annual general shareholder meeting, Nintendo’s general manager of entertainment planning and development, Shinya Takahashi, explained that the company is looking to dedicate a large portion of its resources to smartphones and tablets (via Polygon).
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18:22
Nintendo might build hardware controllers for iPhone...

After launching its first iOS app, Japanese gaming giant Nintendo is looking to further diversify beyond consoles and first-party handhelds with a potential move into mobile hardware, specifically a controller add-on for smartphones and tablets.

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18:13
Researchers create a microscopic game of 'Pac-...

Researchers with the Institute of Micro and Nano Systems Technology in Norway have built a one-millimeter wide recreation of the original Pac-Man maze, all for the lo-fi enjoyment of some microscopic organisms. Rather than 8-bit graphics and pixelate...

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17:10
NIH funds Zika study on US team during Rio Olympics

There's a lot of excitement building for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but also mounting anxiety around the prevalence of Zika in the South American country. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has funded a...

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17:09
Hands-on: Kanto’s YU5 powered bookshelf speakers...

Back in May I published a post highlighting my voiceover and podcasting setup. In that post, I noted that I had recently switched from the KEF Egg Wireless Digital Music System to the Kanto YU5. While that may seem like an odd choice given how ridiculously good KEF’s drivers sound, I noted that the added flexibility made possible by the YU5’s connectivity options is what convinced me to make the switch.
The Kanto YU5 offers Bluetooth connectivity along with auxiliary input and stereo RCA inputs. The speakers also offer dual optical inputs, a subwoofer output, and traditional non-proprietary speaker connections. There’s even a USB-port to be found on the back of the cabinet, although it’s used for charging only.
Needless to say, the amount of...

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16:39
Google's self-driving cars can read cyclists...

Google is working to expand the capabilities of its self-driving vehicle fleet, and according to its latest progress report (PDF), it's making strides in sharing the road with cyclists. One of the ways the folks in Mountain View are doing that is by...

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15:56
New Apple Health App to Serve as Organ Donation...


Apple and Donate Life America have partnered to offer an organ donation app with the next iOS 10 update. iPhone users will be able to register for the program with a couple taps of a button. They'll be able to sign up to make organ, eye or tissue donations, automatically entering their information in the National Donate Life Registry, which is managed by Donate Life America. The program can help speed organ donations to about 120,000 people currently waiting for some form of organ or tissue transplant, according to the companies.

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15:51
Twitch introduces a PlayStation Vita app

Twitch has released streaming video apps for just about every modern game system under the Sun, but the PlayStation Vita has remained the odd one out... until today. The livestream provider has rolled out a Vita app that, much like the PS3 version,...

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15:09
Scientists are teaching robots how to hunt down prey

Intelligent robots are all well and good until they start learning how to hunt prey. That's exactly what a team of scientists at the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the University of Zurich in Switzerland did. They taught a robot to behave like a pr...

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15:00
AWT News Update: July 5, 2016

e're back from a short vacation, and hope that many of our listeners had a pleasant and fun extended weekend. There's not too much news today, so this is a shorter than usual AWT News Update:

  • The second round of betas for iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 were sent out to developers today
  • Microsoft's Skype service added a new file-sharing feature today
  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the next-generation iPhone 7 will ship this fall with a minimum 32GB of storage

The text version of the recorded podcast can be found below. To play the podcast on this website or in Apple News, just click the play button.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 5, 2016. We hope you all had a great...

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14:52
You too can build a 33-foot-wide computer to play...

When we marvel at advances in computing, we compare the mechanical calculators that filled rooms with the smartphones in our pockets. While our palm-sized miracles are magnitudes more powerful than the processors that put men on the moon, their inter...

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14:35
Google headquarters faces string of attacks

However much you might be concerned about Google's stance on privacy, it shouldn't cross into violence... unfortunately, however, one person appears to have taken those worries one step too far. Prosecutors have charged Raul Murillo Diaz with arson a...

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14:28
New features in iOS 10 Beta 2

Great walkthrough from MacRumors. A quick and concise video.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:23
Building a CSS 3D cube

I want to share my experience of using CSS 3D effects for the first time in a real project and to inspire you to take on challenges.That’s quite a challenge.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:14
The next iPhone reportedly starts with twice the...

Apple maintained that a 16GB iPhone was enough last year, but the company might be singing a different tune in 2016. A Wall Street Journal source claims that the next iPhone will start with 32GB of storage -- at last, buyers of the base model won't...

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14:08
Something is very wrong with this smartphone picture

The spectacular snap was uploaded earlier this week proclaiming the photographic prowess of its flagship P9 smartphone.Except it wasn’t.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Plenty of USB-C devices...

Oh say can you USB-C?This week's roundup includes a lot of devices intended to utilize the USB-C port on your new MacBook. Read on!Amped WirelessThe Artemis AC1300 High Power Wi-Fi Router ($130 MSRP; $130 on Amazon) is billed as the “ultimate router for the multi-device household.” The device has eight advanced amplifiers, two high-gain antennas and 1.26 GBps download speeds.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:59
'Red Dead Redemption' becomes backwards...

Still haven't experienced Rockstar's western epic Red Dead Redemption but refuse to go back to your Xbox 360 to do so? Microsoft has you covered. As of Friday, the game will finally, officially make its debut on Xbox One as a backwards compatible tit...

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13:56
Notable apps and app updates for July 5, 201

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

MakeProg Technologies has introduced Colors + Shapes 1.0. It’s a $0.99 colors and shapes matching game for kids and adults where players must match shapes with colors as they continuously move. You can increase/decrease the speed of scrolling and bouncing; the difficulty of the game gradually increases with each level. You have more than 2000 levels to play and enjoy.

Josip Pavic has launched Ditopa - A Fantastic New Brick Breaker 1.0. The brick breaker game leverages your iOS device’s touch user interface and high-end graphics engine,...

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13:56
First Internet Bank adds Apple Watch support

First Internet Bank has enhanced its mobile app to include smartwatch capabilities. Customers with an Apple Watch can securely access account information through their smartwatch, without logging in.

The smartwatch feature allows customers with a wearable device, paired with their phone, to securely and conveniently view their balances and transactions from their watch. Smartwatch functionality is immediately available through the First IB personal banking mobile app, along with other new features included in these enhancements.

A provider of online banking services nationwide, First Internet Bank of Indiana opened for business in 1999 as the first state-chartered, FDIC-insured institution to operate solely via the Internet. With customers in all 50 states, First Internet Bank offers consumers services including checking, savings, money market, health savings, certificates of deposit and IRA accounts as well as...

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13:50
Skype adds offline file sharing with 300MB limit,...

Skype is adding new features today across platforms that improve file sharing. You’ll now be able to share files, photos, and videos up to 300MB at a time with contacts even when they’re offline, and users will now be able to access and download shared files more one than once. 
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13:45
Apple To Encourage Organ Donation With Health App

An anonymous reader writes: Apple announced today that its updated Health app, which will be available as part of iOS 10, will allow people to sign-up to be organ donors. The app will use its Medical ID feature, which has been used in the past to keep track of medical and health information, to include the ability to register as a donor of organs, eyes and tissues. The registrations will be forwarded to the National Donate Life Registry, an organization managed by Donate Life of America. All you need to do is tap the registration button in the Health app to volunteer as an organ donor. That adds your status as a donor to an "emergency information" screen that can appear even when the phone is locked. Tapping another button brings up information on organ donation. The demand for organs greatly exceeds the supply, as more than 120,000 Americans are currently waiting for a transplant -- every 10 minutes a new person is added to that waiting list, according to Apple. The feature is...

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13:41
Blizzard sues an 'Overwatch' cheat...

Blizzard has about as much interest in stamping out cheaters as you do, and it's willing to go to court to keep things clean. The company has filed a US lawsuit against Bossland, a German developer whose Watchover Tyrant app is designed solely to hel...

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13:28
Rumor: Verizon to announce revised calling plans,...

Verizon’s assorted data plans will likely be seeing data cap improvements alongside increased price points come tomorrow.
The wireless company is expected to announce the changes alongside access to unlimited usage through a new feature dubbed ‘Safety Mode’, rollover data options, and more.
A number of current plans are expected to increase by $5 making the entry-level plan come in at $35, but it will also now come with an increased 2GB of data up from 1GB previously. Other plans will see similar tweaks.

The “M” plan will go up by $5 to $50 a month, while its data will rise from 3GB to 4GB. The “L” plan will go up by $10 to $70 a month, while data increases from 6GB to 8GB. The “XL” plan will go up by $10 to $90 a month, but you’ll get 16GB, up...

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13:24
WSJ: iPhone 7 to ditch 16GB storage option in favor...

Following several sketchy reports, The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that the iPhone 7 will indeed ditch the 16GB tier. For the first time ever, the base iPhone model will come in at 32GB. While this was a move largely expected by users, a set of leaked images earlier this year led some to believe that Apple was sticking to the 16GB base.
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13:20
Korg adds '80s arcade game sounds to its iOS...

Korg's Gadget app for iOS has been providing access to and arsenal of synthesizer and drum machine sounds since 2014. With the latest update though, the company has added a new instrument that cranks up the nostalgia machine. Korg worked with Bandai...

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13:14
Google renews bid to sanction Oracle for leaking...

Google is once again seeking sanctions against a lawyer for Oracle accused of violating a court protective order by revealing Google's massive annual payments to Apple for iPhone search bar privileges.

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13:10
Securing a travel iPhone

I hope to start travelling in Europe again early next year and am interested in how to secure my iPhone. I don’t think I would go to all the trouble detailed in this post but there are definitely tips and tricks galore many of us can use to be even a bit more secure when we travel.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:03
New York speeds up access to its train ticket mobile...

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority initially promised that smartphone-friendly train ticketing would roll out by the end of 2016, but (unlike some trains) it's ahead of schedule. Governor Cuomo has revealed that the MTA eTix app will be...

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13:00
Hands-on with the Western Digital MyPassport Ultra...

I love how life works out sometimes; last week, I ran out of room on my old 2TB backup drive and at almost the same time, Dennis wrote a post about Western Digital updating its line of inexpensive USB 3.0 hard drives with capacities up to 4TB. When I saw the price ($139.99 introductory sale) I ordered one immediately, and now I've had a chance to test it out. While there are some limitations that are Mac firmware-related in terms of using the Western Digital MyPassport Ultra as one big honkin' drive, there's a lot to like about this product. 

Design

WD MyPassport Ultra in "wild berry"

The MyPassport Ultra follows a familiar design for small, inexpensive HDDs. It's about 0.83 inches (20.96mm) thick, 4.33 inches (110.07mm) long, and about 3.21 inches (81.57mm) wide. There's just one little port on the back of the drive where an included USB 3.0 micro-B plug plugs...

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12:50
Apple will double 'iPhone 7' minimum...

After years of public outcry that 16 gigabytes of storage simply isn't enough, Apple's next-generation iPhone will reportedly ship with a minimum of 32 gigabytes of capacity for the entry-level model.

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12:50
Verizon plans are about to get more expensive,...

Verizon is preparing to roll out new wireless plans with more data, but they'll come at a higher price, CNET says. The reported changes break down as follows:

The new "S" plan is $35 a month for 2GB (originally $30 for 1GB)
"M" is $50 a month for...

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12:49
Report: Verizon will launch new plans w/ higher...

Verizon is planning an announcement tomorrow and CNET reports that it’s part of a big overhaul of its plans that will see increased data caps come alongside price hikes and other new features. Customers will also reportedly soon get access to unlimited usage through a new feature dubbed ‘Safety Mode’, rollover data options, and more. 
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12:33
Researchers want to block HIV with a '...

Despite the best efforts to date, a vaccine for HIV remains beyond our reach. It seems every time researchers get close, the virus mutates to stay a step ahead, creating a biological arms race. But a team of scientists at the University of Texas beli...

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12:19
Symantec Scrambles to Fix Flaws After Google Sounds...


Symantec last week confirmed that it had developed fixes for a series of eight vulnerabilities found in its portfolio of security products for enterprise and consumer customers, after an outside researcher identified the problem. A researcher from Google's Project Zero alerted the company, but there was no evidence of the vulnerability being exploited in the wild, said Adam Bromwich, Symantec's vice president for security technology and response.

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12:15
Ashley Madison is currently under investigation by...

Infamous infidelity website Ashley Madison is now under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, according to a report from Reuters.

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12:11
Hands-on with Auto Unlock in macOS Sierra beta 2 [...

Auto Unlock was one of the biggest features announced at WWDC 2016 that didn’t make it in the initial round of developer betas back in mid-June. Today, thanks to the highly anticipated release of the latest macOS Sierra beta, developers get their first hands-on look at Auto Unlock. Watch our video inside to see it in action. more…Filed under: Apple ...

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11:57
Apple TV Remote app beta for iPhone gains new game...

Alongside the upcoming tvOS 10 update for Apple TV, Apple will also release a new Remote app for iPhone that will replicate many of the functions of the Siri Remote. With a new update released Tuesday, the Remote app now also features a game controller mode.

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11:56
Netflix will stream CW shows a week after their...

Last month, rumors began circulating that those CW shows that were streaming on Hulu would make it to Netflix a lot faster. Well, those reports were accurate as the streaming service and the CBS and Warner Brothers network made the deal official toda...

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11:39
First look: Register as an organ donor with Donate...

Apple's newly released second beta of iOS 10 makes it easy for iPhone users to register with Donate Life America as an organ donor. Here's where to find it and how it works.

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11:31
BlackBerry is finally moving on from its Classic...

BlackBerry is embracing change in a big way, finally moving forward from its BlackBerry Classic smartphone. The writing's been on the wall for quite some time, but as of today the company has made very clear its intention to strike the phone from its...

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11:18
Developer Beta 2 is out for iOS 10, macOS Sierra,...

Developers, don your Upgrading Gloves, because Apple has new betas out for its upcoming operating systems. On Tuesday, Apple released Developer Beta 2 for all four OSes getting upgrades this fall: iOS 10, macOS Sierra (10.12), tvOS 10, and watchOS 3.Anyone registered in Apple’s $99/year Developer Program can get access to the new betas from the Downloads section of the developer site, or by upgrading devices directly. iOS 10, for example, is available as a configuration profile, and once you install that on a registered iPhone or iPad, updates come in over-the-air in Settings > General > Software Update.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:10
Streaming services like Apple Music have the...

U.S. consumption of music continued to grow in the first half of 2016, even as sales of most formats declined, according to Border City Media’s state-of-the-industry data service, BuzzAngle Music. With the pace of audio streaming more than doubling activity tracked over the same period last year, total industry consumption was up by 6.5%.

Interestingly, YouTube and Vevo are no longer the biggest music streaming games around. According to BuzzAngle, on-demand music streams on digital video platforms increased just 23% in the six month period ending in June, compared to on-demand streams by audio music platforms such as Apple Music more than doubled – up 108% year-on-year. The means music streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify have the dominant streaming format for the first time in history.

BuzzAngle says there were 209.4 billion total on-demand streams in the US market in the six-month period. That’s...

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11:06
Verizon to hike prices, but boost data caps &...

Verizon will soon raise the prices on all of its standard plans, but with the tradeoff of higher data caps and various other perks, according to a report.

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