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Tuesday July 26

13:04
Pokémon GO: Tracking Pokémon with PokéVision

Hunting down Pokémon is pretty frustrating when you know one is near, but can’t find it. That’s because the tracking feature in Pokémon GO is horribly broken and there isn’t any word on when it’ll be working again. To that end, some resourceful Pokémon GO fans put together a site that not only tells you where nearby Pokémon are, but how long they’ll be around.

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13:03
Rumor: second gen Apple Watch due this September or...

According to DigiTimes, the second generation Apple Watch will arrive this September or October. Considering that the first generation smartwatch went o sale in September 2014, that timetable sounds about right.

It would make sense for the Apple Watch 2 (pictured here in fanciful mock-ups only) to debut alongside the iPhone 7 (or 6SE, depending on which rumor you believe), which is speculated to debut on Sept. 12. 

So what would be new in an updated Apple Watch? Some sites are suggesting that a FaceTime camera for video calls would be added, but the biggest change would be to make the Watch less dependent on the iPhone when on an Wi-Fi network. The setup and update processes could be made much faster as a result. Also, lots of folks are hoping for a waterproof (as opposed to water resistant) Apple smartwatch.

There are also reports that Apple will introduce a "smart band" capable of...

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12:55
Apple buys viral ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Late Late Show...

Apple today has acquired the rights to the insanely popular Carpool Karaoke series that started out as a part of The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS. While it’s unclear how much Apple has paid for the series, it will release new episodes of it via the Apple Music, reports THR.
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12:55
Review: Moe Bull Stand for iPad Air 2 + 9.7” iPad Pro

The Moe Bull Corporation is a small company which specializes in wooden iPad stands, dubbed the Moe Bull Stand — get it? We received the Moe Bull Stand for iPad Air 2 and 9.7" iPad Pro ($80). The stand has no moving parts. Instead, notches on each side of a tray with one center canal allow an iPad to remain steady in one of four separate landscape viewing angles. Two angles work best for standard viewing, while the more extreme angles lend themselves to typing or iPad viewing in bed, respectively. Moe Bull Stand comes in walnut or maple wood, and there are a number of versions of the stand for other iPad models, as well.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:50
Next-gen Apple Pencil could work with Mac trackpads...

What does the future hold for the Apple Pencil? Perhaps you’ll use it with your Mac.On Tuesday, Apple was granted a new patent that would make it possible for future versions of the Apple Pencil to work with Magic Trackpads on the Mac. According to Patently Apple, Apple originally filed for this patent in 2014; right now, the Apple Pencil can only be used with the iPad Pro, both the 12.9-inch model and the 9.7-inch model. To read this article in full or to leave...

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12:25
Adobe Lightroom Comes to Apple TV

Adobe Lightroom is already available on the Mac, iPad and iPhone, and now it’s on Apple TV, too. The Apple TV version won’t let you edit images, but it does display Lightroom galleries on your big screen TV. You can view photos synchronized with the iPad version, or uploaded through Lightroom on the Web, view photos in slide shows, and zoom in on image details, too. Installing Lightroom (free) on your iPhone or iPad first makes it show up in purchased apps on your Apple TV. You’ll need a fourth generation Apple TV and a Creative Cloud account, too.

The post Adobe Lightroom Comes to Apple TV appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:21
Apple Beats Expectations in Q3 2016, but Slump...

Is Apple losing its touch, or are consumers’ wallets tightening? Apple’s investment in services like Apple Music and Apple Pay, coupled with the growing success of professional-grade iPads, seems to be paying off, even while its other product categories decline.  Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:50
Prisma app becomes unavailable, rumors swirl as to...

The rumors have begun circulating.
Prisma, the insanely popular photo filter which adds powerful and pretty easily used art and rendering tools via neural networks and an artificial intelligence configuration to photographs, appears to have crashed under the weight of its aforementioned popularity.
A series of error messages have stated that the app is over the capacity as to what it can handle for its user base, which has given rise to speculation as to the future of the app.

Current rumors have it that it could be purchased under Facebook’s Instagram brand and we’re awaiting verification to media inquiries as to the future of Prisma and its developer, Prisma Labs Inc.
Prism requires a device running iOS 8.0 or later.
If you haven’t tried it, and...

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11:44
How to Display the macOS/OS X Version From the...

There may be occasions when one wants to verify what OS X version is running on a Mac. We all know how to do it from the GUI with “About This Mac,” but John shows us how to do it from the UNIX command line when necessary.

The post How to Display the macOS/OS X Version From the Command Line appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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11:40
Home button on Apple's waterproof 'iPhone...

Much like the Force Touch trackpad on Apple's latest MacBooks, the home button on the company's next-generation iPhone won't physically click when pressed -- instead, it'll simulate a click with vibration, a pair of new rumors claim.

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11:22
Vizio purchased by Chinese company for $2 billion

Under the deal, Vizio will be operated as an independent subsidiary, with the company’s current management team staying in place and working out of its offices in Southern California. Vizio’s data business, Inscape, will be spun out into a privately held company, with Vizio CEO William Wang serving as chairman and CEO. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:07
Microsoft Word gains powerful Editor, Researcher...

For years, Microsoft Word has included spell checking, grammar checking, and bibliography tools to help students and others polish their writing skills. You can think of the new Editor and Researcher tools as supercharged versions of what’s already there.
Both capabilities will only be available to those who subscribe to Office 365, Microsoft’s subscription service, however. The Researcher tool should be available today to subscribers, or after your Office 365 suite completes its most recent update. Editor will arrive this fall, Microsoft said. The July updates also include new Outlook capabilities.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:06
Fluent survey: Apple has a strong core business, but...

Fluent, an ad tech company, has released a report on Apple products, which surveyed 2,144 Americans to better understand their views of Apple products—the iPhone in particular. The survey results confirmed the belief that Apple has a strong core business, but also demonstrated that consumers are divided on the extent to which Apple will continue to lead its competitors. According to Fluent:

 

  • Thirty-eight percent of Americans said they most regularly use an iPhone. This trails Android devices by only seven percentage points.
  • iPhone owners plan to buy new iPhones. Eighty-seven percent of iPhone users say they will purchase another iPhone for their next purchase, higher than 74% of android users saying they will purchase another android device.
  • iPhone owners are more likely to upgrade their phone in the next year. Forty-nine percent say they definitely or probably will upgrade their phone in...
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10:58
Deals: $100-$500 off iMacs; $200-$300 off MacBook...

Apple authorized resellers are offering triple-digit discounts on iMac and MacBook configurations this week with free shipping and no tax in most states. Save up to $500 on iMacs or snap up a 13-inch MacBook Air for as low as $799. The 1.3GHz Early 2015 12-inch MacBook is also $999 this week.

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10:46
Adobe brings browsing-only version of Lightroom to...

Adobe on Tuesday launched a new version of Lightroom for the fourth-generation Apple TV, intentionally scaled back from its siblings in terms of functionality.

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10:45
TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-26: Stronger iPhone...

Apple’s iPhone display glass is pretty strong, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at whether or not the iPhone needs stronger glass, plus they shoot down the idea that the iPhone 7 will really be called the iPhone 6SE.

The post TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-26: Stronger iPhone Glass, Debunking iPhone 6SE appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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10:37
Two things that aren’t going to happen: Apple won’t...

Sometimes you have to wonder what tech analysts and pundits are thinking. There are two op-ed pieces today suggesting changes to Apple that simply aren’t going to happen. One recommends breaking Apple into separate companies. The other recommends firing Tim Cook.

The first —which you can read in full at TheStreet — finds Carnegie Mellon Professor Vivek Wadhwa recommending that our favorite tech company splinter into smaller companies akin to what Google did when it split its core Internet business from several of its other projects by becoming a subsidiary of Alphabet in 2015.

"Apple's problem is that it has no new products. The iPhone is now nine years old, there's been nothing new since then. Yeah they made it bigger, they made it smaller, they added some new processors and so on but that...

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10:35
New videos provide high quality look at iPhone 7...

Are you ready for another look at the iPhone 7 dummy units that seem to be proliferating around the web? A couple of popular YouTubers have provided high quality hands-on looks at the units, comparing them to the current-generation iPhone 6s. more…Filed under: Apple ...

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10:11
Announcing Lightroom for Apple TV

I use Flickr right now as a way to show off my images on an Apple TV but this would allow me to keep up with any edits I may make to them.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:11
T-Mobile bulks up Binge On with ABC, Fox Now, Apple...

Binge On is adding to its smorgasbord of data-free viewing and listening choices. T-Mobile announced that streaming from Fox Now, ABC, Apple Music, NatGeo TV, and Ceek VR are the latest additions to the popular program.The new entrants give T-Mobile a total of over 100 providers, which means there’s a good chance that a few of your favorite services participate. When you enable Binge On, you can play streaming content from any of those providers without eating into your monthly data allotment on T-Mobile’s network.Sounds great, right? Well, not to everyone. Recently, researchers at Northeastern University studied Binge On, and found that it regularly drops below a 480p resolution, which is usually a minimum for acceptable quality....

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10:05
External Link: Why Your Phone’s Battery Meter Is...

Has your iPhone ever died, even though it claimed to have charge left? The Wirecutter goes over the complex reasons why mobile device battery meters are often so inaccurate. The article describes the disparate variables that go into computing remaining battery charge and concludes that battery meters can, at best, provide only a guess of charge remaining. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:04
External Link: Adam Engst and Josh Centers Discuss...

Adam Engst and Josh Centers joined host Chuck Joiner on the MacVoices podcast to discuss their new book, “Take Control of Preview.” They describe how it started out as a popular TidBITS series, outline Preview’s many capabilities, and explain why the built-in Mac app is akin to a Swiss Army Knife. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:00
NIST: SMS shouldn't be used for two-factor...

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a preview of documents that are recommending against the use of SMS as an authenticator for two-factor authentication. As a result, Apple may need to develop a dedicated app or use another app for two-factor authentication.

If two-factor authentication is turned on for verification of Apple IDs, for example, a validation code is sent to a smartphone and then entered on the device the owner is trying to validate. While NIST says that SMS can be used for two-factor authentication as long as a phone number is linked to a real cellular network and is not a virtual phone number, future guidelines will do away with the use of SMS.

Apple's two-factor authentication scheme is entirely voluntary and doesn't rely totally on phone numbers, but without using SMS, a...

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09:41
Supply chain expects 2nd-gen Apple Watch in...

Apple's supply chain is reportedly expecting the second-generation Apple Watch to debut sometime in September or October, although the company may not be planning a huge launch for its next wearable.

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

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09:25
Smartphone platform wars: The final score

The smartphone platform wars are pretty much over, and Apple and Google won. But it’s interesting, in passing, to note the final score, and think about what it means.Some good work from Benedict Evans.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
Have Osram Lightify iPhone-controlled light bulbs?...

The "Internet of Things" may make it easy for us to automate our lives, but it's also making it easier for hackers to gain access to home networks and computers. Security researchers Rapid7 (via ZDnet) are reporting that security flaws in Osram's Lightify brand of iPhone-controlled lightbulbs could allow hackers to launch browser attacks or even identify the wireless network's password.

According to the ZDnet post, "The security firm said in an advisory that one of the worst flaws could allow an attacker to “take control of a product” in order to launch attacks against a browser by allowing the injection of persistent JavaScript and web-based HTML code into the web management interface… Another severe weakness in the smart home device allows an attacker to identify the wireless network’s password. The devices use short, eight-character codes, which can be easily...

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08:57
Microsoft Office 365 gains machine learning writing...

New updates are coming to Microsoft's Office 365, including artificial intelligence driven writing style coaches and research assistants in Word, plus the addition of "Focused Inbox" email management to macOS.

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08:44
Investor’s Expensive Lesson: Nintendo Didn’t Make...

Investors, just like gamers, are a fickle lot, and Pokémon GO is showing just how true that is for Nintendo. The company’s stock shot up to its highest point in decades after pretty much everyone with a smartphone went crazy over the game, then took a big hit when Nintendo reminded investors it has only a partial stake in developer Niantic and Pokémon Company.

The post Investor’s Expensive Lesson: Nintendo Didn’t Make Pokémon GO appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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08:30
Apple's Q3 Earnings Call is this afternoon, 2...

How time flies! It's already time for Apple's third fiscal quarter earnings call, which will be held this afternoon starting at 2 PM PDT/5 PM EDT. Last quarter's call brought bad news to investors, with the first year-over-year decline in smartphone sales ever. The company's new iPhone SE has now been selling for a full quarter, so we'll be anxiously waiting to see if it has pulled the company from the doldrums or if Apple has a second quarter with declines.

You can listen in on the earnings call at http://www.apple.com/investor/earnings-call/, and we will try to have the numbers as soon as they're available -- usually about 30 minutes before the start of the call. 

We won't be doing a liveblog of the event; instead, we encourage you to listen to the event and come to your...

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08:28
New guidelines may push Apple to switch away from...

Newly-published guidelines could lead Apple and other companies to find an alternative to SMS for two-factor authentication, such as dedicated apps, according to reports.

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08:25
Adobe brings Photoshop Lightroom to the living room...

Professional photo editing likely comes to mind first when you think of Lightroom, but Adobe has managed to bring Photoshop Lightroom to the living room with a neat new Apple TV app sans any editing features.
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08:12
News: Researchers expose security flaw in Osram...

Researchers have discovered a number of flaws in the Osram Lightify lighting system that could leave a user’s WiFi network open to attack, ZDNet reports. In an email advisory, security firm Rapid7 said one of the worst flaws allows an attacker to “take control of a product” to launch browser-based attacks against a user or identify the home wireless network’s password. Where a home network’s password is as strong as the…

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08:00
Adobe brings Lightroom to the living room with an...

Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom has widespread appeal to a broad constituency of photographers for viewing, management, editing, and sharing their images. Today, the company is augmenting its Lightroom brand with a new app for the fourth-generation Apple TV.Lightroom for Apple TV is designed for large-screen viewing of photos in your home or studio. All of the photos that you’ve synchronized with Lightroom mobile or uploaded via Lightroom on the web are available for viewing in this app and you can present them individually, in a slideshow, or zoomed to 200 percent for fine detail.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:41
CarPlay, Android Auto functionality included in all...

You’ll be able to use CarPlay as well as Android auto in Ford’s entire line of 2017 cars, SUVs, light trucks and electric vehicles.
On Monday, the company announced that it will bring CarPlay to already-released 2017 models such as the Fusion, Mustang, and Explorer, while other models like the 2017 F-150, Focus, Edge, and Super Duty will arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year.
Ford confirmed in January that it would be adding CarPlay and Android Auto to all of its 2017 vehicles in North America equipped with BlackBerry’s QNX-based SYNC 3 platform, starting with the 2017 Escape in May.

The auto make also added Spotify, Pandora, Ford PASS, AccuWeather and AAA member services to SYNC AppLink.
In December, Ford retroactively added Siri Eyes Free...

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07:40
Security flaw in Osram’s iPhone-controlled Lightify...

Osram’s Lightify brand of connected, iPhone-controlled lightbulbs is reportedly subject to security flaws that could allow unwanted access to your home network, according to a report from security researchers Rapid7 (via ZDnet).
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07:34
News: Cops bust ‘criminal enterprise’ using stolen...

Chicago police have arrested six people in connection with “an organized criminal enterprise” using stolen credit cards at various Apple stores, the Chicago Tribune reports. The suspects were using identities and credit card numbers stolen from victims throughout the country to make fraudulent purchases, police said. The suspects, all of whom were from New York state, would fly into O’Hare International Airport, rent a car and visit…

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07:14
News: Update in iOS 10 allows for autoplay of silent...

Apple is relaxing its controls on autoplay videos in Safari with the release of iOS 10, allowing silent or muted videos to start automatically. A post on the WebKit blog explains the rationale behind the changes as an effort to keep up with new display needs, as developers integrate more video elements into their sites. Some of those pages don’t work on iOS 9 due to user gesture requirements, so Apple is relaxing its restrictions. Silent or…

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07:13
AAPL Q3 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday Afternoon

Apple’s 2016 third fiscal quarter earnings report is scheduled to start this afternoon after the market closes. This quarter will include iPhone SE sales, and analysts will be watching closely to see if the company’s smartphone numbers show a year-over-year decline for a second quarter. The Mac Observer will be here to bring you the latest news and analysis from the event, so be sure to follow along with us this afternoon.

The post AAPL Q3 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday Afternoon appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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07:12
T-Mobile now lets subscribers stream unlimited video...

Last fall T-Mobile introduced its Binge On feature that allows subscribers to watch unlimited video from select services over their network, and today the carrier has expanded Binge On to include video content from Apple Music. This means T-Mobile customers can watch music videos or other video content through Apple Music without worrying about hitting a data cap. The carrier already supported unlimited audio streaming through Apple Music through its Music Freedom program.
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07:05
Runkeeper gets social with new Running Groups feature

Popular Apple Watch app Runkeeper was updated on Tuesday with a new feature called Running Groups, a cross-platform social element designed to help users achieve their fitness goals.

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06:51
Apple wins patent on tech hinting at Apple Pencil...

Apple on Tuesday won the U.S. patent rights to a stylus concept that could pave the way for using an Apple Pencil with Macs, whether on Force Touch trackpads or otherwise.

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06:43
Six caught in attempted fraud at Chicago area Apple...

Chicago Tribune:Six people from New York state have been charged in “an organized criminal enterprise” during which fraudulent transactions allegedly were attempted at an Apple store in Deer Park, according to Lake County authorities.The sheriff’s office obtained information last week that the enterprise was attempting to make fraudulent purchases at various Apple stores in the Chicago area, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Further investigation revealed the suspects were using stolen identities and stolen credit card numbers of victims throughout the country to make the purchases, police said.Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the suspects would fly into O’Hare International Airport, rent a car and go to Apple stores to attempt to make purchases....

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06:40
A cleaner, simpler Google Maps focuses on '...

Who says you can’t have form and functionality? Google Maps just received a major facelift on desktop, Android, and iOS that’s designed make it much easier to find your way about town. The new changes are rolling out now.
The first big change: Google gave Maps a cleaner, simpler look. The idea is to help you more easily observe “actionable information” like traffic conditions and transit locations. Bold outline borders for roads have been removed, for example. You’ll still see outlines for major thoroughfares, but all those side streets are just a simple white lines.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:39
Apple Music streaming videos added to T-Mobile Binge...

T-Mobile U.S. on Tuesday added 16 more video streaming services to its unlimited data Binge On program, highlighted by Apple Music, ABC, Disney, DISH Anywhere, and Nat Geo TV.

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06:38
Google rolls out new version of Google Maps – a love...

I do a lot of long drives, and over time, have made the shift to Apple Maps. Apple Maps has made obvious, continuous improvements since its rollout and it serves me well. I made a long trek this weekend and was pleased when Apple Maps weighed in, mid-route, with a suggested alternate route to save me time due to an accident ahead.Accepting this new guidance took a single tap and the new route got me there faster. How do I know? Because Apple Maps shows me my expected arrival time, and with the new route, that expected arrival time changed. And proved accurate.Add the Apple Watch to this mix. I love the fact that as I drive, I get steadily updated turn by turn directions on my Apple Watch, with haptic taps on my wrist to remind me of upcoming turns.Apple Maps does a terrific job of getting me where I need to go.Is this new version of Google Maps better? Here’s an experiment to try. Go to the announcement page, then scroll down to the video that shows off the interface. Use Apple...

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06:11
All the Q3 AAPL numbers analysts are expecting to...

Business Insider gave us a steer last week on analyst expectations from Apple’s fiscal Q3 earnings report due later today, and the WSJ has now put together its own roundup of the consensus numbers analysts are expecting to hear.
Apple told us last quarter to expect revenue in the $41-43B range, with analysts anticipating that the company will land pretty much in the middle at $42.1B. Apple didn’t provide an estimate of earnings per share, but a Wall Street survey by Thomson Reuters forecasts the number at around $1.39 – a big drop on the $1.85 in the same quarter last year.
Analysts are pessimistic about iPhone numbers and revenues …
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06:09
Patent report: Apple Pencil on a Mac, electronic...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

The Apple Pencil is one of the niftiest accessories for an iPad Pro. Soon you may be able to use it with a Mac via a Magic Trackpad. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,400,570) for a “stylus with inertial sensor” with images (shown) showing it working with a Mac.

What’s more, the Apple Pencil may also be operated as a as a joystick, a rotational controller, or other input devices in addition to serving as a touch sensor input device. For example, on-screen content may be rotated, tilted, or otherwise manipulated using rotational controller and joystick input from the inertial sensor, per the patent.

Apple has also been granted a patent (number 9,400,526) for a “bumper...

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06:09
The Apple goes mushy

Nicholas Windsor Howard shares his thoughts on what he perceives as a decline of the OS X interface. There’s a lot to process here, a reasoned, well thought out essay.Just a taste:In Apple’s view, an icon depicting a camera and a photo was too literal for an application that handles photos. Therefore, when iPhoto gave way to its replacement in 2015—Photos—the previous carefully-rendered icon gave way to this bland, meaningless rainbow abstraction.Is the move from the obvious to the minimalistically abstract a step up? A step down? Read this, decide for yourself.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:09
This new Outlook feature will organize your inbox...

Microsoft is finally bringing one of the best features of its Outlook mobile app to the desktop. Users of Outlook on Mac and Windows will start seeing their inbox separated out into two tabs: Focused and Other.
As the name implies, the Focused Inbox is supposed to hold all of a user’s important emails, while Other contains everything else. Users can train the system by moving email to and from the Focused Inbox, and establishing rules about certain senders and subjects.
When new messages come into the Other inbox, a banner will show up at the top of the list of focused messages letting users see how many new messages are in that section of their inbox, along with a select list of senders.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:08
Apple's December 2016 quarter could gain extra...

Apple has historically added an extra week to its December quarter when the 31st of the month falls on a Saturday --?which it does again this year. That extra time could add 3 million iPhone sales to the three-month period, one analyst has predicted.

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06:08
iOS Messages: Leaving Group Conversations

This Quick Tip is all about a neat Messages feature called “Leave this Conversation.” Melissa Holt will discuss why you need it and why you might not be able to use it in certain situations.

The post iOS Messages: Leaving Group Conversations appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up the Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount for only $12.99 — that’s 73% off the regular price. This car mount will help you easily and safely view your iPhone’s GPS while on the go, attaching firmly to your dashboard or windshield and orienting in any direction that works for you. It’s compatible with all smartphones and GPS devices, and the gooseneck, 360-degree rotation provides lots…

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05:57
Apple earnings call expectations

If you are interested in Apple’s upcoming earnings call, spend a few minutes looking through these Above Avalon charts, which lay out the numbers, making it easy to see the numbers Apple needs to hit to meet expectations.Terrific job by Neil Cybart pulling these together.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:39
Apple earnings call, today at 2p PT

You can listen in on Apple’s official earnings call page.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:36
Fraudulent transactions attempted at Chicago Apple...

Six people from New York state have been charged in "an organized criminal enterprise" during which fraudulent transactions allegedly were attempted at an Apple store (pictured) in Deer Park, Illinois, Lake County authorities told the Chicago Tribune.

Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, said the suspects would fly into O'Hare International Airport, rent a car and go to Apple stores to attempt to make purchases with stolen identities and stolen credit cards. Between Wednesday and Sunday, six people allegedly tried to commit fraud at the store. The six were arrested and charged with multiple felonies. Authorities successfully recovered over $10,000 worth of stolen Apple products from the alleged suspects.

Hide those files and...

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05:35
Bid now on the Celebration Apple I, the computer...

From the Celebration Apple 1 auction site:The “Celebration” Apple-1 is an original Apple-1 pre-NTI board that has many unique features, period correct power supply, original Apple-1 ACI cassette board (also populated with Robinson Nugent sockets), early Apple-1 BASIC cassettes, original marketing material, and the most complete documentation set of the known Apple-1 boards.The “Celebration” Apple-1 is extremely rare not only because of the scarcity of Apple-1 computers, but according to Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, no known PCB boards of this type were ever sold to the public. At this time, this is the only known Apple-1 to show the signs of starting out as a blank original-run board and not part of the two known production runs, so this board appears to be unique from all other known Apple-1 boards.The “Celebration” Apple-1 was authenticated by Apple Expert and Historian, Corey Cohen. Mr. Cohen believes The “Celebration” Apple-1 has the potential to be “powered up...

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05:16
Apple & others may soon be barred from using SMS...

One of the options available when using Apple’s two-factor authentication (2FA) is to have a code sent to you via SMS. The US National Institute for Standards and Technology, which sets the standards for authentication software, says that text messaging is not sufficiently secure, and that its use for two-factor authentication will in future be barred …
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05:00
FBI Launches Probe Into DNC Email Hack


The FBI on Monday confirmed it has opened an investigation into claims that the Wikileaks email dump of nearly 20,000 DNC emails over the weekend might be linked to the Russian government. Hackers connected to Russian intelligence agencies allegedly have been working to help tilt the U.S. presidential election. Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, made a bombshell allegation on Sunday, claiming that the hack of thousands of DNC emails that revealed efforts to undermine the Bernie Sanders campaign was the work of Russian intelligence.

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04:30
Art View is worth a look for Creative Cloud users

If you're a Creative Cloud or Creative Suite user, you should check out Code Line's Art View, a Quick Look enhancement that offers "quick answers to common questions."

It allows graphic designers to preview, inspect, and reveal dependent font and image files from within Apple's Quick Look preview feature. Art View works independent of other applications, so users who don't have graphics applications installed are still able to take advantage of its features.

The tool provides users with previews of design files that normally aren't compatible with Quick Look. It also provides info like what fonts, images and colors were used, and reveals dependent files.

Graphics files are visual by nature. By expanding the types of files that can be seen in Finder windows, dialog boxes and other applications, Art View helps improve the workflow of designers and people that work with them.

Art View is available as a free, 15-day demo and is available for purchase online...

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04:25
Patent to allow Apple Pencil to work with a Mac...

A patent application geared to allowing the Apple Pencil to work with Mac trackpads has today been granted.
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04:09
Google Maps continues attempt to tempt back iOS...

While Apple Maps got off to a rocky start, with many of us opting to use Google Maps instead, it did manage to gradually win back our confidence – with three times as many users as its Google rival by the end of last year. But Google is working hard to tempt back iOS users with an improved user-interface and a new way to highlight where the action is when visiting a new city.
The most visible difference is that many road outlines have been replaced with solid color. This small change makes a surprisingly big difference to the clarity of the maps, as seen above. But it’s the new ‘areas of interest’ feature that may provide the greatest temptation to switch apps …
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04:00
BalanceBall offers an interesting, perhaps healthy,...

A study by Kansas State University says that people who spend more than six hours sitting each day are at higher risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Which means you need to be taking more standing breaks (at least once every 30 minutes) -- and perhaps using "healthier" chairs such as the BalanceBall from GaiamThe research involved 63,048 middle-aged men but US scientists say the findings are likely to also apply to women.

Chairs such as the BalanceBall Chair are designed to provide core strengthening, comfort and ergonomic back support and help to improve spinal alignment and reduce nerve compression. Studies on the benefits are inconclusive (see http://tinyurl.com/3kfkvrp), but if you decide to give one a try, the Gaiam product is reasonably price and well-designed. 

The Gaiam chair is designed for heights of 5...

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03:00
Apple's Electric Car Project To Be Led By Bob...

An anonymous reader writes: Long-time Apple executive Bob Mansfield will lead Apple's electric car project, according to the Wall Street Journal. TechCrunch reports: "Mansfield stepped down from the Apple executive board in 2013, yet stayed around the company to work on, what Apple called, special projects. In this role he was reporting directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. One of Mansfield's projects turned out to be the Apple Watch. Now it seems he will head-up Apple's car ambitions -- a project Apple has yet to publicly confirm. During Mansfield's tenure he lead the engineering teams responsible for numerous products including the MacBook Air, iMac, and the iPad."

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22:34
'Battlefield' TV show has an Oscar-winning...

The Battlefield TV series is inching closer to fruition. Electronic Arts recently revealed that Michael Sugar, one of the producers behind last year's Oscar-winner for Best Picture, Spotlight, will be working on the show. Along with production house...

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21:48
Nintendo's 'Miitomo' app update...

Nintendo's debut smartphone game is making efforts to get you back into its weird and wonderful social world by offering more opportunities for wardrobe items and accessories without excessive in-app payments. According to an update teaser inside the...

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20:28
AT&T's chief is heading up a robocall...

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson will lead a "strike force" that aims to combat robocalls. Apparently, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler didn't only remind him last week that carriers like Ma Bell can and should offer free call blockers to their subscribers, h...

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19:59
Chicago police arrest 6 people involved in string of...

Six New York residents were charged today after authorities discovered they were attempting to make fraudulent purchases at various Apple retail locations in the Chicago area. According to the Chicago Tribune, the six people were charged in “an organized criminal enterprise.”
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19:29
Solar Impulse completes its round-the-world journey

In March 2015 Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi and tonight it has successfully returned, completing a 40,000km+ round the world trip. It managed the feat "without using a drop of fuel," becoming the first to manage the feat thanks to sunlight,...

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18:51
NVIDIA's latest pro video cards help you...

Did you think NVIDIA's newest Titan X was a monster of a video card? You haven't seen anything yet. The GPU maker has unveiled its latest Quadro workstation cards, the Pascal-based P5000 and P6000, and they both pack power that makes your gaming-gr...

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18:35
Report: Eye scanning capabilities coming to the...

Touch ID brought major changes to how people unlock their iPhones, but it doesn’t appear as if Apple is stopping there. We initially reported that Apple was developing an eye scanning technology back in 2014, but a new report today says the capability could be launching to the public as soon as 2018.
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18:17
Oculus update preps Rift for room-scale VR, motion...

When virtual reality fanatics argue about what headset is best, two arguments tend to prevail: "The Oculus Rift is more comfortable," and "only the HTC Vive does roomscale VR." Soon, that second argument won't matter as much. Thanks to a recent updat...

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18:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Razer introduces its...

New iPad cases of the weekThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings us something that iPad Pro power-users will surely love: Razer’s mechanical keyboard. Plus, lightweight folios, carry-alls, and more. Read on!Case LogicThe LoDo Attaché (all iPad models; $55 MSRP, $51.46 on Amazon) features plenty of room for all your Apple gear. This cotton canvas bag includes a padded compartment for your iPad, an external pocket secured by a magnetic closure, and additional storage for your iPhone. The LoDo...

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17:59
Amazon, British government agree to drone delivery

The world’s biggest online retailer, which has laid out plans to start using drones for deliveries by 2017, said a cross-government team supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority had provided it with the permissions necessary to explore the process.I just don’t know about this whole thing.∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:59
Chicago Apple Stores targeted in traveling fraud...

Six people from New York were arrested and charged last week for their part in an "organized criminal enterprise" that allegedly sought to defraud a Chicago area Apple Store using stolen identities and credit cards.

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17:38
Amazon teams up with the UK to make drone delivery a...

Amazon has found a staunch ally in the British government in its quest to use drones for delivery. This new partnership with the UK gives the company a chance to test its drones the way it can't in the US. For one, the UK is allowing Amazon to deploy...

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16:49
What's on your HDTV: 'Sharknado,'...

Apparently Syfy has some Shark Week jealousy, as it's leading up to the debut of Sharknado 4 with a week full of shark movies. That's one alternative to the prime time DNC coverage on the networks this week, but also of note is the return of MADtv on...

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16:45
Bob Mansfield Running Apple Car Shows Tim Cook’s...

Apple tapped hardware engineering legend Bob Mansfield to head its Project Titan car project. If true, it’s a signal that Apple CEO Tim Cook is committed to the project and serious about bringing a car to market.

The post Bob Mansfield Running Apple Car Shows Tim Cook’s Commitment appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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16:23
US Special Forces are getting a 'missile sub...

Although Lockheed Martin has come under fire for the controversial F–35 fighter jet program, the aerospace company's Submergence Group just announced a $166 million defense contract with the US Special Operations Command to build a new "missile...

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16:11
New WebKit policies in iOS 10 to allow autoplay of...

In a bid to improve user experience, Apple's mobile Safari web browser in iOS 10 will autoplay silent videos and pause those with sound, a change that enables automatic playback of GIFs -- at least those converted to video -- while halting potentially disruptive content like ads.

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16:06
Opinion: 5 reasons why you shouldn’t jailbreak your...

Most people know that I’ve been a staunch jailbreak proponent over the years, but my enthusiasm for jailbreaking has been waning as of late. Much of this has to do with the amount of features, jailbreak-inspired or not, that Apple stuffs into new iOS software each summer.
That’s not to say that I’d knock anyone who chooses to jailbreak, because that’s your prerogative. But there are some things that should give potential jailbreakers pause when it comes to the latest iOS jailbreak. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to play devil’s advocate… more…Filed under: Apple ...

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16:00
PhD student uses a robot to make VR feel more real

Between the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, we've come a long way towards being able to step in to virtual worlds -- but touching those false realities is a different matter. Solving this means finding a haptic technology that can adapt to needs of a c...

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15:40
Illinois politician resigns after fighting social...

Politicians tend to quit over scandals or sheer public outcry, but fake social networking accounts? That's new. Illinois House representative Ron Sandack has resigned after spending weeks battling with "cyber security issues" -- namely, people crea...

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15:35
Macs account for three of the top 10 laptops...

The data experts at SpecOut, a consumer tech research site powered by Graphic, has developed a list of the top laptops for students entering college in 2016. Apple has three of the top 10 entries. 

Those entries are (in ascending order): the 13-inch MacBook Air 2015 Base Model (best in the $800 to $1,100 category); the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display 2015 Base Model (best in the $1,100 to $1,400 category); and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display 2015 Flagship Model (best in the $1,400 and up price category). n each price category, the laptops are ranked by Smart Rating, a ranking system based on specs, expert ratings and display and dimensions considerations. In the case of a tie, the computers are listed according to price.

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15:12
Lithium-oxygen battery promises lighter electric cars

Lithium-air batteries are supposed to lead to lighter, longer-ranged electric cars thanks to their high power-to-weight output, but they have some showstopping flaws: they not only degrade rapidly, but waste a lot of energy input as heat. Neither is...

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15:08
Way-Back-When Video: 1995 and Power Computing with...

Oh my goodness, but do I love this video? Yes! Yes, I love this video! It’s from some show called The Computer Chronicles in 1995, and it features our own Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus (starting at 8:17) introducing the first Mac clone from Power Computing. He was working for Power Computing in those days as head of PR. Check out that ponytail and jacket he’s sporting (Squeeeeeeeee!). This video also has a segment with Jack Colt from DayStar demoing a multi-processing Mac clone that was a massive powerhouse in its day, as well as a segment on Oracle, and then an interview with Tim Bajarin. Oh, and they’re showing off some new fangled thing called Java. What blast from the past! Jim Tanous of TekRevue sent me the link because he loves me.

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15:07
Notable apps and app updates for July 25, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

PayStudio has introduced notably* 1.0. The free business app was developed to help service and trade professionals go digital and save time and money while managing their businesses on the go. notably* enables estimating, invoicing and inventory management. Users can iMessage or email estimates directly to their customers with an embedded estimate accept button and much more.

Apalon has debuted Coloring Book for Me. It’s a free digital version of coloring books. Coloring Book for Me offers a variety of specially designed images, like mandalas, flowers, and animals...

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15:00
AWT News Update: July 25, 2016

The lull before the storm (tomorrow's Apple earnings call) resulted in a shorter than usual podcast today:

  • Two more cities now have transit directions/schedules in Apple Maps
  • As expected, Verizon will be purchasing Yahoo for $4.8 billion
  • Apple's earnings call happens at 5 PM ET tomorrow

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 25, 2016.

Another two cities have had transit information added to Apple Maps for iOS and OS X. Residents and visitors to Vancouver, British Columbia and San Diego, California will now find that they can plan trips using the transit systems...

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14:48
'Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV' gets its...

A new theatrical trailer is out for Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, the film companion to the upcoming video game. This is the first time audiences can hear the CG movie's star-studded English-language voice talent.

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14:46
The Case For a Shatterproof iPhone

The iPhone’s display is made of Corning’s gorilla glass. It’s durable, but not indestructible. As a result, most iPhone customers (try to) protect their investment with a case. Should Apple try to make the iPhone shatterproof?  Is it possible? Will a case be, someday, unnecessary? Or is an iPhone that can be damaged preferable in some respects?  Page two of Friday’s Particle Debris explores.

The post The Case For a Shatterproof iPhone appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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14:13
'No More Ransom' helps you fight...

Ransomware is one of the most chilling type of malware floating around the internet: an attack that locks a user's files hostage behind an encrypted paywall. Universities, hospitals and even seats of government have fallen victim to these kinds of at...

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14:03
TMO Background Mode: Interview With Host and...

Ken Ray is the host and producer of several notable podcasts, including the Mac OS Ken shows. It’s not surprising that Ken started out in radio broadcasting. Early on, he was a behind the scenes person at a small radio station in Boston. There, he became operations director and learned a lot about radio tech without the on-air disc jockey pressure. He learned the station’s digital editing suite, and that led to producing some commercials and radio shows. Later, at ZDTV radio, he had the opportunity to interview some high-profile people: Jesse Jackson and Ray Kurzweil. It’s not hard to see how, after he fell into the world of Apple, he brought all his skills to bear into a whole suite of modern-day podcasts, including work with Rod Roddenberry, Gene’s son.

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13:47
Audi is trying to beat Tesla at its own game

Audi's ramping up its electric car plans and hopes to have three models by 2020. It'll also form a new subsidiary to work on autonomous cars.

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13:39
Titan Travel MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $22.49

We have a deal for you today on a metal-clad MFi-certified Lightning cable. The Titan Travel MFi-Certified Lightning Cable is 19-inches long and designed to be portable, in addition to being tough. As you can see in the image, it can be rolled up into a compact roll. You can get this cable through our deal for $22.49.

The post Titan Travel MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $22.49 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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13:27
Here’s how the rumored ‘iPhone 7’ release date...

Two dates surfaced over the weekend regarding when the so-called iPhone 7 could be introduced and available to purchase. Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks, tweeted Friday night that the next iPhone would be released during the week of September 12th, then added on Saturday that he indeed meant the actual retail release and that “it should happen on Friday, Sept. 16th.”
We noted in our coverage this morning that a two-week period typically occurs the time between the iPhone announcement and release date, which suggests a late August to early September Apple event assuming the September 16th date is accurate. So how does that date compare to past iPhone releases? Below we’ve compared every...

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13:13
Google Maps now highlights busy neighborhoods

In a new update hitting desktop, Android and iOS today, the Google Maps team has done a little design housekeeping to clear some of the clutter and create a cleaner look across the board. While doing away with certain elements like road outlines, the...

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12:45
Nike's latest soccer cleat is its most data-...

In soccer, like most other sports, footwear plays a major role in helping athletes perform at their best. Your shoes say a lot about who you are as a player, and you need them almost as much as you need the ball to play. This week, soccer pros all ov...

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12:37
With iOS 10 Safari, Apple improves the animated GIFs...

iOS 10 includes a lot of new flagship features, from iMessage apps to a Siri SDK, as well as a lot of small tweaks and enhancements. The WebKit blog is highlighting one of these small feature changes, which makes watching animated GIFs on the web way better with iOS 10.
A lot of GIFs today are actually encoded as videos as GIF itself is a very bad format for animated content despite its popularity. However, Apple has imposed many restrictions on how videos behave in iPhone Safari such as requiring user interaction for playback to start until now. Up until iOS 9, many websites displayed GIFs as elements but were held back by the limitations Apple enforced. With iOS 10, silent videos can now autoplay in the page, perfect for animated GIFs …
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12:27
The web’s most popular cameras and their settings

Interesting look at what cameras are popular among the millions and millions of photos the company has looked at. You can also check out the most popular lenses and camera settings.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:23
Facebook and Twitter helped catch suspected...

Big social networks have been doing more to quash extremist content and views lately, but rarely are they praised for having a real impact on investigation. On a television interview last night, a judge confirmed that Facebook and Twitter cooperated...

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