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Monday June 20

07:19
Apple, other Unicode consortium members vote down...

Don’t expect to see a rifle emoji anytime soon.
Unicode, the technical organization in charge of selecting and overseeing emojis, debated and ultimately decided to remove a rifle from its list of new emoji candidates in 2016, according to multiple persons who attended its quarterly meeting last May. The decision was led and championed by Apple.
Apple is one of Unicode’s largest member companies and not only has voting rights, but also holds considerable influence. Millions of people use emojis on Apple’s software platforms (earlier this year, the company announced it delivers as many as 200,000 messages per second across iMessage).

Sources indicated that Apple started the discussion to remove the rifle emoji, which had already passed into the encoding...

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07:18
India eases rules on local sourcing, paves way for...

The Indian government on Monday announced loosened policies towards local sourcing by foreign retailers, likely setting the stage for Apple launching its first stores in the country.

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07:17
News: Apple refuses to back GOP convention because...

Apple has notified Republican leaders that it won’t be providing any funding or support to this year’s convention in protest to Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments, Politico reports. Facebook, Microsoft and Google are all providing some support to the GOP’s Cleveland convention, but two sources familiar with Apple said the company decided against donating cash or technology over Trump’s remarks about women, minorities…

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07:16
Apple Watch Diary: Apple Pay saved the day when I...

Going out without your wallet or purse is something most of us have done at some time or another. When I did it four or five years ago, it was a complete pain as it was on a Saturday afternoon and no banks were open.
Picture the scene: I’m on my own in the car, call into a gas station to refuel, get to the till and … no wallet. Not the most convenient of times to discover one’s absent-mindedness. Fortunately I have a great bank. I called them, and they gave me an authorization number to give to the gas station attendant, who was able to put the transaction through.
But when I managed to leave my wallet at home on Friday evening, Apple Pay made it a non-event …
more…Filed under: Apple Pay,...

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06:59
Gartner: digital assistants will serve as the...

Consumers will increasingly use digital personal assistants to interact with consumer services in the connected home, according to Gartner, Inc. The research group predicts that, by 2019, in at least 25% of households in developed economies, the digital assistants on smartphones and other devices will serve as the primary interface to connected home services.

"In the not-too-distant future, users will no longer have to contend with multiple apps; instead, they will literally talk to digital personal assistants such as Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant," says Mark O'Neill, research director at Gartner. "Some of these personal assistants are cloud-based and already beginning to leverage smart machine technology.”

Digital personal assistants show the potential to satisfy wants and needs by delivering experiences that connect services, configure devices and even order and deliver products. Personalized,...

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06:58
Spotify racks up 100 million active users

If there was any doubt that streaming music is here to stay, Spotify just removed it. The service has confirmed that it now has over 100 million users who listen at least once a month. That's not bad considering that it had 75 million a bit over a ye...

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06:56
Inside iOS 10: With Game Center app gone, invites...

Beginning with iOS 10, Apple's Game Center service will no longer have its own dedicated application. Instead, actions like adding friends or inviting them to a game will be handled by individual games themselves, routed through Apple's expanded Messages app.

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06:43
News: Bank of America rolling out ATM support for...

Bank of America is ramping up support for Apple Pay at its ATMs, debuting new NFC readers that allow users to withdraw money using their iPhone. Several Reddit users have experimented with the new machines, finding that they are able to tap their phone to the NFC logo and enter their PIN to take out money. But the new system doesn’t allow for much else, as customers have found themselves unable to make deposits or use cards issued by non-Bank…

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06:40
Slither.io game goes viral, brings developer $100K a...

Wall Street Journal:Three months ago, Steven Howse struggled to pay rent. Now, the 32-year-old developer is trying to keep his hit videogame running smoothly as it pulls in more than $100,000 in revenue daily.This is a pretty impressive story. The game is as simple as can be, and is free.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:31
With Sierra, Apple lets the Mac be the Mac

Dan Moren, writing for Macworld:To me, the big message to take away from Monday’s presentation is that Apple is all too happy for the Mac to share features and technologies where it makes sense, but to still let it stand on its own two legs and be the best version of itself.And:Given the rapid success of iOS in the last almost decade, more than a few folks were worried that Apple might decide to shift the Mac towards a stronger resemblance to its mobile sibling. The company’s fall 2010 event was even described as “Back to the Mac,” the main thrust of which was bringing features from iOS to OS X, most notably a new Mac App Store and the changing of the scroll direction. That spurred fears of forced convergence among Mac fans, who didn’t want the peanut butter of iOS infesting the chocolate of their Mac experience.This is a good thing. And a terrific read....

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06:29
Apple Maps picks up public transit directions for...

Apple on Monday introduced public transit directions for Denver, Colo. to users of its Maps apps for OS X and iOS, continuing a slow expansion of support.

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06:27
Paris fears Amazon Prime Now will 'destabilize...

Amazon has brought its one-hour grocery delivery service to Paris, and the city isn't thrilled. Prime Now is available to Premium subscribers who pay €49 per year (Prime is called "Premium" in France) with free two-hour deliveries and €6 fo...

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06:22
Apple shares could fall more under Russell indexes...

Apple shares could fall more as they’re set to lose their weighting and be reclassified in the annual reconstitution of the widely followed Russell indexes, reports Reuters. About $1.3 billion more will be sold in Apple shares at the market close on Friday, when the reconstitution of the Russell indexes takes effect, according to an analysis by Credit Suisse, a global financial services company headquartered in Zurich (and which provided the graphic).

The Russell Indexes are a family of global equity indices that allow investors to track the performance of distinct market segments worldwide. Many investors use mutual funds or exchange-traded funds based on the Russell Indexes as a way of gaining exposure to certain portions of the U.S. stock market. For example, the Russell 3000 index includes the 3,000 largest US companies according to market capitalization.

Because...

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06:17
Apple Stores get green light in India

Times of India:It seems Apple CEO Tim Cook’s India visit didn’t go in vain. Decks have cleared for the setting up of Apple stores in India with the government announcing sweeping reforms to rules on foreign direct investment.Apple is expected to be a beneficiary of a three-year relaxation India is introducing on local sourcing norms with an extension of up to five years possible if it can be proven that products are “state of the art”.Solid news for Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:15
What’s next for artificial intelligence

An excellent article, very readable. About machine learning, deep learning, and what’s coming.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:14
Apple gets green light to open retail stores in India

The Indian government decided to relax its foreign direct investment (FDI) norms, allowing foreign companies in select sectors to establish operations in the country, including single-brand retail, which means that Apple can now open retails stores in the country, reports TNW.

Last month FactorDaily reported that the Cupertino, California-based company planned to open 10,000 square foot stores in major cities like New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai by the end of 2017. If it chooses to do so, Apple will likely be allowed to avoid sourcing products locally for eight years – three years as per the new norms and an additional five years if it can prove it deals in “...

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06:07
∞ On App Store Search Ads

Over the weekend, Apple sent out a wave of emails promoting Search Ads. Search Ads allow you to bid to place ads that appear when a user searches the App Store.Does this help Indie developers? Here’s the scoop.

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06:07
You can now use Apple Pay at some Bank of America...

According to a Reddit post, Apple Pay — as well as Android Pay, and Samsung Pay — can be used to make withdrawals and transfers at Bank of America ATMs without the need for a physical card. 

Apparently, this only works at some Bank of America ATMs, but it's scheduled to roll out to all Bank of America ATMs this year. Reportedly, this doesn’t yet work for deposits.

The Bank of America development is more good news for Apple’s payment system. Mobile and wearable contactless payments could hit $95 billion by 2018, with Apple leading the way to help develop the sector, according to new research from Juniper Research.

Focus CK - the Mac tool for incredible...

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06:01
Zungle sunglasses double as bone-conduction...

Sometimes the worst names come attached to the best ideas. Take Zungle, for example. It had the bright thought to pair bone-conduction headphone tech with sunglasses, and then decided to call that product "Zungle Panther." It's currently on Kickstart...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: YoCam Versatile Waterproof Camera

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the YoCam Versatile Waterproof Camera for only $179 — 10% off the regular price.  This versatile camera is waterproof in up to 20 feet of water, so you can capture every moment, even when you’re out at the beach or braving rapids, but it isn’t just an adventure camera — it’s versatile enough for life and everything it entails. You can use it as the perfect selfie camera…

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06:00
New Fitbit feature will remind you to be an adult...

Fitbit’s popular line of activity-tracking wristbands are designed to help you meet your fitness goals, but the company is going beyond simple step counts. Your Fitbit can actually be the most effective alarm clock you’ve ever used—just strap it to your wrist, set an alarm in-app, and let the band vibrate your arm awake. It beats the iPhone alarm ringtone by a mile. Fitbit is taking advantage of that wrist real estate and boosting its sleep-tracking capabilities with an app update that rolls out on Monday, which includes a brand new feature called Sleep Schedules. Fitbit

The new feature, which is integrated in every Fitbit band with automatic sleep-tracking abilities, give you customized sleep goals based on all the data your Fitbit has collected around your sleep habits. (If you don’t wear your Fitbit to bed, the app will have less info to work with.) The new Sleep Schedules feature will let you set bedtime and wake-up reminders that...

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05:53
Russell Index reweighting will see $1.3B of AAPL...

Credit Suisse has predicted that a change to an index designed to help fund managers hold the right balance of stock to meet their goals is likely to see a net sell-off of AAPL shares to the tune of $1.3B. This scale of sales is expected to be large enough to cause a fall in the share price, reports Reuters.
The index concerned is known as the Russell Index, which classifies stocks as some mix of ‘growth’ and ‘value’ depending on their performance. Growth stocks are expected to generate higher returns at greater risk, while value stocks are those likely to generate lower returns at less risk. Apple is being reclassified as 92% growth and 8% value …
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05:31
Myths and Misconceptions about macOS Sierra

Distressed by the uninformed criticisms flying around about macOS Sierra, Adam Engst calls for a little understanding and encourages optimism about changes that could lead to an improved experience for Apple users. 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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05:31
New York criminalizes the use of ticket-buying bots

If you failed to get tickets for your favorite band, even though your finger was poised on the "buy" link the instant they went on sale, don't worry -- you never stood a chance. They were probably snapped up by bots that, in one case, bought 1,012 Ma...

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05:20
New Indian ruling appears to finally give Apple go-...

Opening Apple Stores in India has been something of a challenge for the company. The law normally requires companies to manufacture at least 30% of their products within India before they can open a single-brand store under a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) rule, but TNW is reporting that a decision to liberalize the FDI deal will finally...

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05:00
Daily Deal: MFi-Certified 10-foot Lightning Cable...

The only thing worse than not having a Lightning cable around when you need to charge your iPhone or iPad is having too short a cable. That's why you're going to love our deal today -- an extra-long 10-foot "Made For iPhone/iPad" certified Lightning cable for just $13.99.

Usually this cable sells for about $40, but with this 65% discount you can consider buying three and just about come out even. The MFi certification ensures that your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch will be happy with the cable, and we're even throwing in free shipping to the USA.

Get 'em while they last and stock up today!

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04:43
Boxee founder launches Public, a Talkshow-style ‘...

Boxee founder Avner Ronen has launched Public, a chat app he described to Variety as ‘a third medium for broadcasting conversations’ after audio and video. The app appears similar to Talkshow in that a small group of people are able to participate in a text chat, but anyone can follow the conversation live …
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Avner Ronen, Boxee...

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04:36
Nike FuelBand designers bought by a consulting giant

Synapse, a key creator of the Nike+ FuelBand (among other gadgets), is moving on to greener pastures. Product development giant Cambridge Consultants has bought Synapse for an unspecified amount. As Cambridge's parent company Altran says, this is a...

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04:30
Data Backup Pro is like Apple’s Time Machine on...

Apple’s Time Machine software can be a data saver — and a life saver, too, as it makes it easy to back-up the files on your Mac. However, Data Backup Pro from Prosoft Engineering is a much more flexible, powerful solution. 

Data Backup Pro (DB Pro) is an intelligent backup utility for Macs that makes copies of your files, folders, volumes, drives, or RAIDS. It’s targeted to the in-home or single Mac user, not businesses or enterprises. 

I mentioned that DB Pro is more flexible than Time Machine. How so? TM can’t make a bootable copy of your data, but DB Pro can. TM can’t schedule backups when you want them to occur, but DB Pro can. TM won’t let you back-up to more than one volume, but DB Pro will. Regarding bootable copies, you can choose to “clone” your Mac’s hard drive.

Cloning is the process of copying the contents of one computer hard disk to another disk or to an "...

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04:05
Samsung mimics Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign...

Samsung may think that running ads mocking Apple was the right thing to do, but it appears it isn’t above copying one of Apple’s most successful ad campaigns.
As CNET noticed, Samsung’s latest video ad – showing off the 4K video recording capabilities of its latest devices – is titled ‘Captured on Samsung Galaxy S7.’ Not quite as catchy as ‘Shot on iPhone,’ admittedly, but clearly inspired by the latter …
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Captured on Samsung...

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04:00
RadSleevz do a credible job of protecting your Mac...

To be so slim, RadTech's RadSleevz cases for Apple laptops do a good job of protecting the exterior finish of your MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro from bumps and dings.

They're made of an ultra-micro fiber called Optex, which was specifically designed for polishing plastic optics without scratching. A RadSleevz slips onto your laptop like a glove and protects its outsides from a larger case's zippers when you, for instance, stow it for traveling (plus, it's TSA Checkpoint Friendly). Available in six colors for $24.99 and up (depending on your laptop model), it can also be used to insulate your lap or furniture from hot notebook bottoms.

The RadTech case is extremely lightweight (about 36 grams), breathable, fairly flexible (though it's a bit stiffer than I'd prefer), and rugged enough to offer some protection for your laptop wihtout adding a lot of bulk. The RadSleevz is svelte enough to be folded and stashed...

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03:41
Jailbreak developer digs deeper in iOS 10 code,...

The same developer who found the original iOS 10 Dark Mode references in the Messages app, Andy Wiik, has found even more evidence that Apple was/is developing a black appearance for its iPhone and iPad operating system. The latest screenshots show the iOS 10 Simulator presenting the Settings app in a dark interface style, with black cell backgrounds and white text.
The screenshots are captured from the iOS 10 Simulator where it is easier to inject code and discover unfinished flags and behaviour, like this Dark Mode interface style …
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS,...

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03:41
Acer admits hackers stole up to 34,000 customer...

If you bought an Acer device from the company's store in the last year, there's a chance that your credit card info was hijacked. The Taiwan-based company informed California's attorney general that attackers made off with the "name, address, card nu...

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02:55
Select Bank of America ATMs now processing Apple Pay...

As part of a previously announced effort to introduce support for emerging digital wallet solutions, Bank of America this weekend began processing Apply Pay withdrawals at select ATMs in California, the first step in bringing wide compatibility to customers across the bank's nationwide network.

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02:35
Russia debuts the largest ever nuclear icebreaker

Russian cargo ships understandably have to wade through a lot of ice, and the country plans to deal with that frozen water in style. It recently floated out the Arktika, which it bills as the "largest and most powerful" nuclear-powered icebreaker in...

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00:55
Roku players now search for news videos

Your Roku player may be an entertainment machine at heart, but it's also becoming an information hub. Roku has expanded its search feature to look for videos across 50 services, that now include news channels. If you want to find the latest electio...

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00:01
BT's Smart Hub router promises stronger, more...

While it's possible to buy and install your own router, most people stick with the one supplied by their Internet Service Provider (ISP). Most are drab and generally underwhelming, both from a design and performance standpoint (please Google, bring y...

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Sunday June 19

22:29
'Football Fan Shirt' uses haptics to help...

If you're already a huge fan of football (aka soccer) and wish you could feel those sweet victories and bitter defeats, Wearable Experiments thinks it can help. Just in time for the Euro 2016 tournament, it's showing off an international version of i...

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21:13
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.9

Fixes a number of bugs in the backup utility. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.4 MB) 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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21:00
Microsoft Office 2016 15.23

Patches a memory corruption vulnerability and provides a number of fixes and improvements to the individual apps in the suite. ($149.99 new, free update) 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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20:58
Researchers build a 1,000-core processor

You may have heard of many-core processors before, but you probably haven't seen anything like this. UC Davis has developed the KiloCore, a CPU that (as the name suggests) packs a whopping 1,000 cores -- extremely handy for very parallel tasks like e...

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19:49
Microsoft Groove builds smart music playlists around...

Smart music discovery playlists are all the rage right now (just ask Spotify), and Microsoft knows it. It recently introduced a Your Groove feature to Groove Music that automatically creates playlists suited to your taste. It'll generate track listin...

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18:28
Add-on brings Game Boy cartridges to your Android...

Hyperkin toyed with gamers last year when it teased a peripheral that would play real Game Boy cartridges on your phone, but it wasn't just kidding around -- it's making good on its word. The company is now taking pre-orders for a Smart Boy Developme...

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15:26
Bank of America now rolling out support for ATM...

Earlier this year, it was reported that Bank of America was working on supporting the ability to withdraw cash from an ATM using Apple Pay. Now, it appears the bank is rolling that feature out in select markets. First noticed by a user on Reddit, Bank of America is outfitting some of its ATMs with Apple Pay support and the ability to withdraw cash using it.
more…Filed under: Apple Pay Tagged: Apple pay ...

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11:00
Mini review video: Our verdict on the OnePlus 3 in a...

While you were refreshing Engadget to see all the new stuff Apple, Microsoft and Sony announced this week, you may have missed the fact that OnePlus came out with a new phone. The OnePlus 3 -- yes, that would be its third-generation flagship -- comes...

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09:30
Big Tech Squashes New York's 'Right To...

Damon Beres, writing for The Huffington Post: Major tech companies like Apple have trampled legislation that would have helped consumers and small businesses fix broken gadgets. New York state legislation that would have required manufacturers to provide information about how to repair devices like the iPhone failed to get a vote, ending any chance of passage this legislative session. Similar measures have met the same fate in Minnesota, Nebraska, Massachusetts and, yes, even previously in New York. Essentially, politicians never get to vote on so-called right to repair legislation because groups petitioning on behalf of the electronics industry gum up the proceedings. "We were disappointed that it wasn't brought to the floor, but we were successful in bringing more attention to the issue," New York state Sen. Phil Boyle (R), a sponsor of the bill, told The Huffington Post.
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Saturday June 18

16:31
macOS Sierra beta lets Mac users rearrange third-...

It’s been a pain-point for some Mac users for a while now: the inability to rearrange third-party menu bar extras. Sure, it’s been possible to move around stock menu bar extras by simply holding the Command key while dragging the icon, but third-party icons are no longer off limits. more…Filed under:
How-To
, Mac Tagged: Bartender, how to, MacOs, macOS Sierra, Menu Bar, Menu Bar apps, video...

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16:08
Rolls-Royce unveils first driverless car complete...

This thing is quite literally the ugliest car I’ve even seen. If this is the future of “luxury driverless automobiles”, I hope I’m dead before I see this abomination on the road.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:46
How-To: Use Split View in Safari on iPad [Video]

iOS 10 makes it possible to view two Safari windows side-by-side on the iPad via a feature called Safari split-view. It’s similar to the standard Split View between separate apps, but there are some differences to consider as well. In the following video walkthrough, we’ll show you how to use Safari split-view, and highlight some of its notable features. more…Filed under:
How-To
, iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: how to, iOS 10, iPad, Safari, Split View,...

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13:35
The Talk Show live from WWDC 2016, with Phil...

Gruber sits down with the Apple executives to talk about all the news Apple announced at the keynote.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:09
Apple won’t aid GOP convention over Trump

Not a huge surprise given some of the things Trump has said about Apple at the very least.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:01
Apple refuses to back GOP convention because of...

Despite having provided aid in the past, Apple is withholding financial and technological support from this year's Republican presidential convention -- owing to controversial positions by candidate Donald Trump, a report claimed on Saturday.

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11:00
Amazon's Echo Dot is a great way to bring Alexa...

I haven't been shy about my love for the Amazon Echo. I wake up with it, and aside from my phone, computers and TV, it's one of the gadgets I rely most on most throughout the day. So when Amazon announced the $90 Echo Dot, which brings all of its lar...

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10:48
Google: Dare to Daydream


Google's Cardboard has proved to the masses that virtual reality is more than a pipe dream. Inexpensive cardboard headsets leverage smartphones to create makeshift head-mounted displays for low-level VR experiences. For those whose fancies of owning a US$600 Rift or a $900 Vive were out of reach, Cardboard was a way to keep their imaginations captive while Google was dreaming of Daydream. Coming two full Google I/O developer conferences after the introduction of Cardboard, Daydream gathers novel and nebulous ideas into a cohesive ecosystem.

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10:33
Apple takes stance against Trump by withholding...

According to a report from Politico, Apple has told Republican leaders that it will not be providing support in any way, including financial, for the party’s upcoming convention. The report says that Apple’s reasoning for this decision is Donald Trump and the comments he has made regarding immigrants, minorities, and women.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Donald Trump ...

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10:18
Inside watchOS 3: New 'Breathe' app for...

In addition to reminding you to stand and walk throughout the day, watchOS 3 will also prompt Apple Watch users to take a minute to relax, focus and meditate with a new app dubbed "Breathe."

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09:58
Hands-on: New features in watchOS 3 [Video]

Like iOS 10, tvOS 10 and macOS Sierra, watchOS 3 is a major update that pushes Apple’s wearable platform forward. You’ll find that, even in this early beta, the experience is much better than previous versions of watchOS.
more…Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple watch, Apple Watch first impressions, First Impressions, hands-on,...

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09:52
Apple’s Lisa Jackson to speak at upcoming Bay Area...

Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson announced today that she will be speaking at the Bay Area Women’s Summit next week on June 21st. The event is held in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of California and will be hosted at Moscone Center North.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Lisa Jackson ...

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09:30
Mercedes Benz's E300 is a luxury car that...

The Mercedes Benz E-Class has always been fancy. Wood, leather and a sense that you've made some pretty solid life choices are all part of the package. But the automaker has also been on the cutting edge of tech. For example, it added radar-aided ada...

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09:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Pad & Quill's...

The latest and greatest iPhone casesThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes Pad & Quill’s Timberline, a case made from sustainable wood, yet still looks sleek and modern. Plus, several lightweight picks, see-through cases, leather options, and more. Read on!BelkinThe compact View Case (iPhone SE; $20 MSRP, available for $12.43 on Amazon) is a hard-shell case, featuring a transparent back and a solid TPU bumper for extra sturdiness.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:41
This week’s top stories [WWDC Edition]: Hands-on...

In this week’s top stories: iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and new features for Apple TV with the upcoming tvOS 10 release, our coverage of Apple’s WWDC 2016 announcements make up the majority of this week’s top stories.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, Mac Tagged: AAPL, Apple, hands-on, iOS 10, macOS Sierra, top stories, tvOS...

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08:00
As Scoot has grown, so has the size of its rental...

Scoot's red scooters, frequently seen weaving in and out of San Francisco traffic like tiny army ants, are getting an upgrade. Not only are the rental scooters getting bigger, but they thankfully will look a lot better than the current crop of bikes...

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07:00
Recommended Reading: Why is 'Orange Is the New...

'Orange Is the New
Black' is Netflix's
only great drama
Alison Herman,
The Ringer

The fourth season of the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black starts streaming this weekend, and if you haven't watched your first episode yet, now's the...

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05:00
Satechi Multi-Port station can charge up to six Type...

Satechi has released its Multi-Port USB Charging Station. Featuring four Type-A ports and two Type-C ports, Satechi’s new device allows users to charge multiple devices at the same time, in the same place.

Boasting 60W of power and integrated smart auto-detect technology, the Multi-Port USB Charging Station charges smartphones, tablets and other Type-C or Type-A USB-powered devices. It’s is available in black or white on Satechi.net or Amazon.com for $29.99.

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04:30
Life is Strange now out on the Mac App Store

Life is Strange is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $4.99.

Life is Strange is a five-part adventure that explores complex issues withstory-based choice and consequences. It explores real world issues with a different take on story-based choice and consequences.

In the game, you find your way as Max, a teenager struggling to follow the road less travelled and make her mark on the world. You can rewind time to change your choices in a story that twists and turns along different paths towards different endings. Life is Strange offers hand-painted visuals and an indie soundtrack.

Slim, Secure, And Stylish! The New Profile Series Cases For iPad Offer Certified Drop Protection In A Variety Of Colors. Available Now at OtterBox.com!

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03:00
The week in Apple news: WWDC, iPhone 6 ban in...

Apple headlines for the week ending June 17, 2016This week was all about Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, where the company revealed the latest version of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Here’s a link to our WWDC coverage. You’ll find other important Apple headlines in this slideshow. Click on the link for more information.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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00:17
This week on AI: iOS 10, macOS Sierra & watchOS...

Apple's WWDC keynote provided plenty of news fodder this week, including the announcements of macOS Sierra, iOS 10, and watchOS 3 -- plus many other technologies coming soon to Apple devices.

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Friday June 17

19:20
E3 2016: Dragon Raja and Galak-Z land on iOS later...

Rounding out AppleInsider's E3 coverage are two stylish mobile games, one an RPG adaptation of Korean fantasy novel Dragon Raja, and another a portable version of popular console space shooter Galak-Z.

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17:09
Apple invites developers to Search Ads beta ahead of...

In preparation of the iOS 10 launch this fall, Apple on Friday sent out emails inviting developers to take part in a beta testing program for Search Ads, a forthcoming iOS App Store feature designed to boost app discoverability.

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16:40
LaunchBar 6.7

Adds support for Emoji and Font Awesome icons, plus the Ulysses text editor. ($29 new, free update, 14.1 MB) 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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16:20
Apple Explains Why iMessage Isn't Coming To...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Network World: Ahead of Apple's WWDC keynote this year, one of the more bizarre and sketchy rumors we saw take shape claimed that Apple was planning to deliver iMessage to Android. As is typically the case, the rumor mill took this somewhat ridiculous rumor and ran with it. The only problem is that some people were so busy trying to figure out the ramifications of iMessage hitting Android that they didn't take a step back and try and figure out if this is something Apple would even contemplate in the first place. Remember, every move Apple makes is strategic and geared towards making more money, either via device sales or software. That being the case, iMessage on Android would not only be a free app, but it would also eliminate a user-experience advantage of iOS. Interestingly enough, Walt Mossberg of The Verge asked a senior Apple executive about the rumor whereupon the nameless executive all but indicated that iMessage will never be...

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15:16
Apple adds sales and proceeds data to iTunes Connect...

Apple on Friday released an updated version of its iTunes Connect app for content providers, adding unit sales and proceeds to the Trends analytics tool.

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14:56
E3 2016: 'Clapper' merges DDR, 'Pat-A...

One of the more unique games spotted by AppleInsider at this year's E3 expo was "Clapper," a two-player cooperative rhythm title that uses the iPad's FaceTime camera to track how well you play the classic children's hand clapping game "Pat-A-Cake."

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14:50
AWT News Update: June 17, 2016

As is typical with Fridays after big Apple events, today was a very slow news day. But we have a few stories for you to listen to in less than three minutes:

  • The "Apps for Earth" campaign that Apple and the World Wildlife Fund ran back in April made a tidy sum for the conservation group
  • Have the urge for luxury leather Apple Watch bands? Coach has released its bands to its online and brick-and-mortar retail outlets
  • Politico is trying a unique way to send out breaking news and poll results on the impending "Brexit" vote - using Apple's Wallet app

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14:37
Apple releases new iTunes Connect features including...

Apple today released a new version of its iTunes Connect app for iOS during a demo of new features for the iTunes Connect developer portal at the company’s WWDC 2016 conference. 
During its presentation, Apple noted that app review times “have gone way down” and offered a brief overview of changes it made to App Store policies. Apple recently completely revised guidelines to include easier to read language and an overall improved experience. 
more…Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: analytics, App Store,...

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14:11
Apple led effort to remove rifle emoji from Unicode...

A proposed rifle emoji initially set for release as part of Unicode 9.0 was removed from consideration after Unicode Consortium delegates representing Apple and Microsoft expressed disapproval of its inclusion, a report said Friday.

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14:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Summer fun

Sum-sum-summertime!Now that vacation time is here, we have gaming apps, apps that guide you in new cities, apps that help you find fun, and more.Cristiano Ronaldo: Kick'n'RunCristiano Ronaldo: Kick’n’Run (freemium, iPhone and iPad) lets you take your virtual soccer skills to the street, dodging tackles, avoiding obsacles, and scoring gooooooooooooooooals.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:48
Apple says 'Apps for Earth' campaign...

Apple and the World Wildlife Fund together raised more than $8 million in proceeds during April's "Apps for Earth" campaign on the App Store, the two groups have announced.

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13:28
E3 2016: 'Block'hood' represents the...

Though the annual E3 gaming expo is largely a showcase for traditional gaming consoles, AppleInsider still managed to find representation for Apple's macOS at this year's show in the form of "Block'hood," an eco-focused neighborhood-building simulator.

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13:00
Notable apps and app updates for June 17, 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 and Updates

VUE - Video camera with artistic tools, filters and stickers

Like sharing short videos on Facebook or Instagram? VUE is a new free app that lets you record up to four short scenes to create a montage, enhance the video with designer stickers (showing weather conditions, the date, etc...),, apply cinematic filters from a selection of a dozen professional designs before creating your six-second masterpiece. VUE shoots in wide and ultra-wide aspect ratios, and is optimized for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Fun? Yes. I just Kubricked the heck out of myself:

Gboard

Google's free...

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12:56
Coach Apple Watch bands now available in stores...

Luxury fashion company Coach has released its awaited Apple Watch bands both online and in retail stores, coming in nine different possible combinations priced starting at $125.

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12:47
Global Apps for Earth campaign with WWF raises more...

Apple and WWF’s Apps for Earth campaign raised awareness among hundreds of millions of people and generated more than $8 million in total proceeds to support WWF’s conservation work. WWF announced the results this week at WWDC in San Francisco.

During the ten-day campaign in April, Apple, WWF and 24 developers worked together to help the planet, one app at a time.

WWF’s Ginette Hemley presents the Apps for Earth results at WWDC16.

Through interactive and educational content created exclusively for Apps for Earth, the campaign gave participants an opportunity to actively engage in conservation and contribute to WWF’s mission. 

100% of the proceeds from participating apps and In-App Purchases go to support WWF’s conservation work.

The campaign is the second time Apple has partnered with WWF to protect...

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12:35
Apple announces it raised $8 million w/ World...

Apple and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) today announced that their recent Apps for Earth campaign raised $8 million in proceeds for the organization.
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, Apps Tagged: Apple, apps for earth, WWF ...

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12:29
80% of North Americans can’t see the Milky Way due...

As a photographer, this makes me sad. I still remember the first time I saw the Milky Way as a kid. I was walking up the long driveway on my dad’s farm in Nova Scotia and was struck by how bright it was. I looked up and my jaw literally dropped. I stood there for at least 30 minutes, staring at all the amazing stars I had never seen when I lived in the city.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:25
Inside iOS 10: 3D Touch enhances Apple's quick...

Apple's force sensing 3D Touch technology is greatly expanded in the upcoming iOS 10 update, adding new capabilities to the Control Center shortcuts for flashlight, timer, calculator and camera.

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12:21
Here’s the Chinese company claiming Apple ripped off...

Good follow up on this morning’s post∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:14
How-To: Enable Picture-in-Picture for YouTube videos...

One of the big new features in macOS Sierra is the new iPad-inspired Picture-in-Picture mode for Safari. This allows users to detach a video from its player so that it’s always viewable across desktops and while using other apps.
Although YouTube’s player doesn’t make it readily apparent that its videos work with Picture-in-Picture, it’s quite easy to enable the handy feature for all of your favorite YouTube videos on Safari. more…Filed under:
How-To
, Mac Tagged: how to, MacOs, macOS Sierra, Picture in Picture,...

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12:08
Apple and Microsoft lobbied to remove the rifle...

New emoji are typically proposed by the Unicode Consortium and approved for the next version of the spec without much fuss, but a rifle emoji proposed for Unicode 9.0 apparently ran into opposition from two major members of the consortium: Apple and Microsoft.
According to a report from Buzzfeed, Apple objected to the idea of introducing a second gun emoji on its platforms, and Microsoft joined in. The decision to remove the rifle emoji, as well as a second "pentathlon" emoji depicting a man holding a pistol among other athletes, was apparently unanimous.
“Nobody in the room seemed to mind not encoding the rifle,” said a Unicode Consortium...

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12:08
Apple said to be behind decision to remove proposed...

Apple has apparently hit the delete button on a proposed rifle emoji that was previously accepted. Unicode, the group behind the character standard, ultimately decided to pull the rifle character from the next emoji set in Unicode 9. Buzzfeed reports, however, that Apple (which has voting rights within the group) largely led the opposition to the rifle emoji:
more…Filed under: AAPL Company, Tech Industry Tagged: emoji...

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11:45
The DxO ONE miniaturized pro-quality camera for...

MY thanks to DxO for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. The DxO ONE is a miniaturized pro-quality camera that can be used standalone, or attached directly to your iPhone (or iPad) via a patented Lightning connector. When connected, it turns your Retina display into the camera viewfinder and provides full control over aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and more via a companion iOS app. With a large 1” sensor and fast prime lens, the DxO ONE provides 10x the sensitivity of the iPhone camera which allows it to capture gorgeous portraits and stunning low-light images that rival those from a DSLR — only these images can be shared instantly via every service supported by iOS.Editor’s Note: I’ve been using a DxO ONE for months and love the camera. I take it on every trip I go on to get better pictures....

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11:40
Thanks To Apple's Influence, You're Not...

Charlie Warzel, reporting for BuzzFeed News: Unicode, the technical organization in charge of selecting and overseeing emojis, debated and ultimately decided to remove a rifle from its list of new emoji candidates in 2016, according to multiple persons who attended its quarterly meeting last May. The decision was led and championed by one of tech's biggest companies: Apple. Apple is one of Unicode's largest member companies and not only has voting rights, but also holds considerable influence. Millions of people use emojis on Apple's software platforms. According to sources in the room, Apple started the discussion to remove the rifle emoji, which had already passed into the encoding process for the Unicode 9.0 release this June. Apple told the consortium it would not support a rifle on its platforms and asked for it not to be made into an emoji. "I heard Apple speak up about it and also Microsoft," one member present at the discussions told BuzzFeed News.
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11:35
60-second Video Tip: How to add Apple World Today to...

While many websites are sending their RSS feeds to the Apple News app, we publish our site in the Apple News Format and it looks 1,000 times better! In this 60-second Video Tip, we show you just how easy it is to add Apple World Today as a favorite so you see the latest Apple news as it is published:

Check out the beautiful Pad & Quill Contega Thin Case for iPad Pro® 9.7

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11:31
E3 2016: 'Little Lords of Twilight'...

One of the stand-out Apple-compatible games spotted by AppleInsider at this year's Electronics Entertainment Expo was "Little Lords of Twilight," a free-to-play player-versus-player role-playing game coming to both iOS this fall, with a tvOS version also in the works.

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11:22
Tragically Hip’s final concert to be broadcast live...

The Hip are a great Canadian band that, sadly, most Americans have never heard of. If you live near the Canadian border or have access to the CBC feeds, I’d encourage you to watch what will undoubtedly be a bittersweet concert.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:05
Apple's iPhone 6 faces potential sales ban in...

Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus face a potential sales ban in China due to a patent dispute with a little-known local company.
The phones infringe a design patent held by Chinese device maker Shenzhen Baili, a Beijing intellectual property office ruled, according to a notice posted Thursday.
The office ordered Apple and its partners to halt sales of both products, though Apple has appealed and the phones are currently still on sale there.
“We appealed an administrative order from a regional patent tribunal in Beijing last month and as a result the order has been stayed pending review by the Beijing IP Court,” Apple said Friday in an email. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:53
Hands-on: New features in macOS Sierra [Video]

Although it hasn’t garnered the same level of excitement as iOS 10’s unveiling, there are quite a few compelling additions to be found in macOS Sierra. Along with a rebranded and more modern naming convention, macOS Sierra adds Siri, a Universal Clipboard for sharing clipboard contents between iOS and macOS, and many more underlying features. more…Filed under: iOS Devices, Mac Tagged: First Impressions, hands-on, Mac, MacOs, macOS 10.12, macOS Sierra,...

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10:52
Inside iOS 10: 'Raise to Wake' for iPhone...

Although one of the more convenient functions of iOS 10 is "Raise to Wake" for iPhones, users will need a model with Apple's M9 motion coprocessor -- or its eventual successors.

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10:40
Tablo releases Apple TV app for its broadcast TV DVRs

Tablo —which makes a DVR box that lets you watch, record, and stream broadcast TV — has released an app for the Apple TV that allows you to watch broadcast television, either live or on-demand, without the need for a separate antenna.

The app is free. However, to use it you’ll need either a Tablo 2-Tuner DVR ($219.99) or a Tablo 4-Tuner TV ($299.99). Both are over-the-air DVR boxes the provide access to broadcast TV signals.

Tablo includes a 30 day trial of the company’s EPG subscription. After this you can choose to continue the subscription for $4.99 monthly, $49.99 annually or $149.99 for a lifetime subscription. Subscriptions are tied to your account and not the device, so you can add as many Tablo units as you'd like to your subscription or change your Tablo unit at any time. You can use a Tablo unit without subscription, but you’ll be missing some features. Learn more about Tablo's EPG subscription...

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10:06
Apple working to reduce excess inventory ahead of...

iPhone shipments in the coming quarters could be lower than Wall Street expects, as Apple works to reduce excess channel inventory ahead of the anticipated "iPhone 7" launch, in what could be the last painful quarter before over a year of growth, according to Brean Capital.

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10:00
Facebook Gives Messenger More Jobs to Do


Facebook on Thursday unveiled its redesigned Messenger app, which replaces the list of conversations it previously displayed with a home screen that will let users perform more actions within a chat. The Home tab now organizes Messenger into recent conversations, favorites, active users, and messages awaiting a response. It has a shortcut that reminds users about Facebook friends' birthdays. Messenger now prepopulates users' favorites list based on whom they exchange messages with most often.

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