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13:00
AWT News Update: July 15, 2016

Lots of little Apple-related news tidbits for you as we head into the weekend:

  • CBS adds an Apple TV-exclusive news app with Siri voice search
  • Katy Perry releases a new single exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes
  • Move over T-Mobile; Sprint is offering goodies for Pokémon players
  • Apple's share price closed near a quarterly high yesterday
  • Contactless cash withdrawals leveraging TouchID coming soon from a growing number of  ATMs

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 15, 2016.

The 4th-generation Apple TV received some attention today, with several...

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12:49
Create Netflix movie and TV show 'mixtapes...

If you're looking for a weekend activity, Netflix has another option to guide your streaming habit. The company has a new Flixtape generator that takes a subject or phrase that you enter and compiles a mixtape-like playlist of three titles. You're fr...

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12:37
Steinberg releases free Smart Click metronome app...

Smart Click brings one of the most accurate metronomes to your iOS handhelds. We have paid special attention to its usability and design by providing an easy and quick way to access the app. Smart Click’s easy-to-use interface lets you focus on practicing effectively and improving your ability to play in time. And to make it even better yet this metronome app allows you to choose different time signatures and four types of accents for each beat, including the well-known Cubase click sound. Stay in time — wherever you are!Steinberg has been in the music industry for years and years. It’s great to see them releasing apps for iOS and further expanding their reach.∞ Read this...

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12:31
iPad Pro and tattoo artists

Tattoo artists are making a gradual conversion to digital, and the iPad Pro is proving to be a catalyst for an industry that so far has only reluctantly let go of ink pens and sketch paper. Pen and paper, after all, has been where the art in tattoo art has originated. The iPad Pro, with the help of the Apple Pencil stylus and some advanced image processing software, may be the first affordable technology that feels authentic enough to move artists away from the familiarity of pen and paper.This makes perfect sense, but I never even thought of these artists as potential iPad Pro users when it was released.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:24
CBS News is coming to Apple TV as a free app

If you're a cord cutter who owns an Apple TV and is on the hunt for live news coverage, then you're in luck. CBS News has launched an app for the streaming device that will provide 24-hour news programming. It also curates video playlists and news st...

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12:19
Nest Cam Braves the Great Outdoors


Nest on Wednesday introduced an outdoor surveillance camera to complement its indoor Nest Cam. The Nest Cam Outdoor will go on sale this fall for $199. It is easy to mount on any outdoor surface, according to the company, and even has a magnetic base for attaching to gutters. The camera, which resembles a unit of track lighting, can capture 1080p video. It has live-streaming capabilities, as well as two-way audio. It has a 130-degree field of view and includes night vision support.

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12:18
Microsoft says Windows 10 will miss goal of 1...

Microsoft won't meet its high ambitions of having Windows 10 installed on 1 billion devices by 2018, owing to the decision to scale back its Windows phone business, the company acknowledged on Friday.

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12:11
Learning to trust a self-driving car

“But ultimately the operator of the vehicle is responsible for having some degree of situational awareness. When it comes to autonomous cars, it’s a system. It’s a machine. It’s not making decisions. It’s not aware of everything. It’s simply sensing its environment and responding as it has been trained.”Great article from The New Yorker, but I completely agree with the above statement that Brian Lathrop, a senior engineer for Volkswagen’s Electronics Research Laboratory, made in the story.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
Review: G-Technology 1TB G-Drive mobile USB-C...

As a MacBook owner, USB-C peripherals are still a little hard to come by, but the accessory situation has improved significantly over the past year. One of the latest USB-C-centric peripherals to hit the scenes is an external bus-powered hard drive from the folks over at G-Technology. If you’re looking for a way to quickly offload files to and from your MacBook, the G-Drive is a good option. more…Filed under: Apple ...

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11:59
The Fight for the “Right to Repair”

All about tech companies and the movement to have a right to repair your broken phones, computers, tablets and other complex products. This is an important issue.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:59
Moto G4 and G4 Plus review: Bigger and (mostly)...

When it comes to getting the most smartphone for your dollar, the Moto G line has been your best choice for the past few years. We adored the previous model, which came in at a mere $180. Now with the Moto G4 and G4 Plus, Motorola is literally aiming...

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11:39
News: Katy Perry releases surprise single ‘Rise’...

Music sensation Katy Perry has just released “Rise” her first new single in over two years, exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes, reports Entertainment Weekly. The new single, released for the 2016 Rio Olympics, came as a surprise to music fans, and is described as an “uplifting track with a dash of electronic influence” written by the pop star herself. Perry described the track as something she was eager to finish sooner…

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11:35
The Week in iOS Apps: Angry Birds Anniversary

Some new apps that aren't Pokémon GoForget Pokémon for a second: Angry Birds 2 is one year old. How shall we celebrate? Read on!Angry Birds 2In celebration of its first birthday, Angry Birds 2 (freemium, iPhone and iPad) has been updated with 80 news levels, a “Ring of Fire” to make “those bad piggies feel the burn,” as well as birthday hats for all your favorite characters. Need more? Here’s the trailer for game’s birthday celebration.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:23
How-To: Enable hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ voice...

At this year’s WWDC 2016, Apple introduced the only feature I really cared about seeing making its move onto macOS: Siri. The voice assistant had finally found its way onto the next obvious platform. While I was excited to see it available, I wasn’t ecstatic to see it would take a keyboard shortcut or icon click to launch it. That requirement made it feel like a step back in a world where nearly all of Apple’s devices had begun moving to hands-free Siri activation. Thanks to a tip on Reddit, however, that is no longer the case if you’re willing to do a little work upfront…
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11:22
Don't believe the 'Pokémon Go'...

When the Pokémon Go obsession reached full saturation this week, privacy concern whispers became full-blown hysterical shrieks when a researcher's blog post accused the game's maker of taking over its users' Google accounts. As it turned out,...

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11:14
The end of plastic cards nears: Over 70,000 ATMs...

Following Bank of America’s announcement that customers could withdraw cash from ATMs using Apple Pay, FIS and Payment Alliance International have today announced a new partnership that will allow users to perform cardless withdrawals using Touch ID, proving that the end of plastic cards is fast approaching.
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10:48
The moment CSS started making sense

The CSS-Tricks team share their moments when CSS made sense. It’s funny, we have have these types of moments, whether it’s design, coding, music or whatever—sometimes it just clicks.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:33
CBS News launches new Apple TV app with live...

While Apple may not be planning to launch a bundle of TV channels any time soon, networks can still launch their own apps in the tvOS App Store. Today, CBS announced a new CBS News app for the fourth-gen device. The company has long offered a standard CBS app with its “All Access” subscription service, but the CBS News app focuses purely on live streaming content from the CBSN feed.
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10:25
'Star Wars: Rogue One' sizzle reel loves...

If you fell in love with Star Wars: The Force Awakens' gorgeous melody of practical sets and VFX, then good news: Rogue One seems to be following in its footsteps. A new sizzle reel released at Star Wars: Celebration looks behind the camera to highli...

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10:10
MetroPCS expands sales of Apple's iPhone line...

T-Mobile's prepaid MetroPCS brand on Friday began nationwide sales of Apple's current iPhone range, plus the iPhone 5s, following a soft launch in Florida.

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10:00
FIS, Payment Alliance International announce plans...

Touchless transactions complete with Touch ID compatibility are en route to a point of sale station near you.
FIS and Payment Alliance International have announced a new partnership that will see cardless withdrawals with Touch ID enabled at over 70,000 ATMs at stores, gas stations, restaurants, and shopping malls across the United States.
FIS Cardless Cash is a QR code-based solution that will reduce the risk of card skimming and shoulder surfing at ATMs by allowing customers to securely withdraw their funds through an iPhone app without inserting a plastic card into the machine. All transactions will require Touch ID verification as an additional layer of security.

On the other side, Payment Alliance International is the...

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09:58
Google will help you register to vote in the...

Google is no stranger to lending a hand with voter registration, and ahead of the November election in the US, the company is helping once again. Starting Monday, when you search "register to vote," the results will includes details on the process, w...

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09:49
Barclays lowers AAPL target to $115 on overall...

While maintaining an "overweight" rating, a Barclays analyst reduced the firm's price target for Apple stock from $121 to $115 on Friday, citing soft demand for smartphones along with expectations that Apple won't rise above the fray.

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09:33
US government releases proposed guidelines for smart...

Federal authorities have just released a set of recommended guidelines to define the minimum technical requirements that law enforcement agencies expect from smart guns. The proposed baseline specs cover just pistols for now, and are open for public...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 2-pack Lightning Cables $8,...

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Smartphone Accessories: Two-pack of 3-foot Mpow MFi Apple-Certified Lightning Cables...

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09:05
Nintendo's NES Classic Targets Gaming Geezers


Nintendo on Thursday unveiled its latest gaming console: the NES Classic Edition, a mini replica of the original home console that can connect directly to a TV via an HDMI cable. The system features 30 built-in games from the 8-bit era, including fan favorites such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN and Kirby's Adventure. "We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo's original system, said Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America.

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09:00
Yelp gets 'Pokémon Go' fever and adds...

The Pokemon Go juggernaut continues its infestation of everyday services. Yelp has added a PokéStop filter to its search functions so you can make sure you're eating or shopping near one of the item-dropping locations.

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09:00
Notable apps and app updates for July 15, 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.

Mac OS X Apps and Updates

Slugline

There's writing, and then there's screenwriting. Screenwriting is a completely different animal, with a specific format that includes the script, scene descriptions, motivation of the character, and more. Slugline ($39.99) is a combination of a simple distraction-free text editor with a powerful outlining tool and more.

Notes, Scene Synopses, and Omitted text help to keep you organized, while structure templates provide a way to make sure your screenplay contains the elements that will help it sell. When you're done, the screenplay can be printed or sent to your agent (or that famous producer) in PDF format. ...

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08:59
Video: See all the best new features in Apple's...

Apple's forthcoming macOS Sierra update will focus on continuity and iCloud, further blurring the lines between the company's Mac lineup and its portable devices, like iPhone and iPad. AppleInsider offers a closer look at what's new in macOS Sierra.

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08:48
CBS launches new Apple TV-exclusive news app with...

The new CBS News app has been redesigned specifically for the fourth generation Apple TV, and will show off its new features during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

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08:46
News: Elgato updates Eve firmware with support for...

Elgato has released a firmware update for its Elgato Eve Weather sensor to enable the accessory to be configured to trigger HomeKit scenes. Prior to iOS 9.3, Apple did not provide a way for actions or data from Bluetooth-based HomeKit accessories to be used as triggers in HomeKit automation. So, for example, you could not set up a scene to activate when unlocking or opening a door or changing a temperature reading. With iOS 9.3, Apple released a new…

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08:31
The best gaming mouse

By David Murphy

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

After spending eight hours researching 24 top gaming mice, putting in 11 hours testing seven semifinalists an...

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08:25
Review: Koogeek Wi-Fi SmartPlug for Apple HomeKit

HomeKit has attracted many well-known home automation accessory vendors into its ecosystem, and it has encouraged other established accessory makers to make their first forays into building home automation solutions. However, a third aspect of HomeKit is that it's made it possible for smaller, relatively unknown companies to use Apple's HomeKit standard as a seal of approval. Smart plugs and bulbs that we might not otherwise give much consideration to become worth a closer look once they're including HomeKit support — providing both value in being able to participate in the same ecosystem with other accessories, as well as adding confidence that the accessory has undergone scrutiny and certification by Apple. Koogeek is a good example of this — a small accessory maker with only a Bluetooth scale and blood pressure monitor to its name upon entering the home automation space with its new HomeKit-enabled Wi-Fi SmartPlug ($78). {/exp:char_limit}
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08:13
Katy Perry debuts new single exclusive to Apple...

Breaking a relatively long musical hiatus, pop singer Katy Perry on Friday released a new single, "Rise," currently available exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes.

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08:00
White House pledges $400 million for 5G research

Following yesterday's FCC vote to adopt new rules to guide the development of 5G technology, the Obama Administration is pledging support for research. More specifically, the White House announced a $400 million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative...

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08:00
Daily Deal: Master Game Development with our Pay...

One of our missions here at Apple World Today is to help our readers to jumpstart the next generation of great iOS and macOS games. That's why we've partnered with StackCommerce and the owner of Mammoth Interactive -- John Bura -- on this incredible Pay What You Want Hardcore Game Dev Bundle. If you've ever considered a career developing exciting games for mobile or desktop Apple systems, this development bundle can get you pointed in the right direction. The best part of this deal? You pay what YOU want for the training!  

As with the other PWYW (pay what you want) deals we've offered, you can pay just what you feel the training is worth to you. Pay the average ($15.14 at the time this post was written) and unlock all of...

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07:41
GoPro already made a small VR camera and you can see...

So far, GoPro's foray into VR cameras has been strictly for professionals. Earlier this year Nick Woodman, the company's CEO, hinted that a smaller, consumer-friendly VR camera could be in the works -- but that's all we knew. Except, it turns out, it...

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07:19
Jaunt adds Dolby's cinematic sound to its VR...

Immersive, 360-degree video is great, but there's a worry that while the pictures will surround you, the audio will not. Dolby and Jaunt are looking to remedy the situation by launching a dull-sounding but important way for you to find clips that sou...

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07:11
FTC reportedly looking at Apple for anti-competitive...

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission reportedly is investigating Apple Music and the App Store for anti-competitive behavior related to subscription services. 

The FTC could use Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act to force Apple to change its App Store business practices, Rutgers University law professor Michael Carrier told IBD. As the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy, tit could decide that Apple's App Store policies represent an unfair method of competition that benefit its own services, and that they also harm consumers by preventing third-party services from publicizing cheaper payment methods, Carrier said.

Oxford Leather iPad Pro® 9.7 Case: New from Pad...

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07:00
The best connected home might be one built for you

Outfitting your home with Internet of Things devices can still be a pain. Figuring out which pieces of hardware from different companies work together is a trip down a confusing rabbit hole. But for those in the market for a connected home, is increa...

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06:57
Spark problems due to server upgrades to prepare for...

Some users of Spark, a free email app, says they’ve been locked out of their Apple IDs overnight. Developer Readdle says the problem is due to server upgrades it’s been making.

In a tweet, the company says there’s no breach or data leak. They’ve been “rolling out new faster servers to iCloud users in order to prepare Spark for the Mac version.”

Spark is a “smart,” unified inbox that collects all of your emails and automatically categorizes them for easy processing. It supposedly works with any email address (though I haven’t tried it). You can connect to your Gmail, Exchange, Yahoo, iCloud, Outlook or any other IMAP email server without worrying.

Protect your investment with the Pad & Quill Contega Linen iPad Pro® 9.7 Case

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06:50
Sainsbury's trials one-hour grocery deliveries...

Since Amazon arrived in the UK and started shipping packages (and groceries) either same-day or next-day, brick and mortar retailers have been forced to step up their game. Sainsbury's, one of the big four supermarkets, has already taken one big step...

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06:46
BitTorrent Now comes to iOS devices and the Apple TV

BitTorrent’s streaming music and video app (BitTorrent Now) has been released for iOS devices and the Apple TV. If you’ve got an Apple TV, you can find the app in its App Store. The version for iPhones and iPads can be obtained at the Apple App Store.

BitTorrent has content available from filmmakers including The OnionSuper Deluxe, and IHEARTCOMIX. With BitTorrent Now, fans can find films from artists they love on their iPhone during their commute and then stream later on the couch in front of their Apple TV. They’ll also have the ability to follow artists they love, create playlists, and see what’s trending on social or in the BitTorrent community.

The app is free. Content is mainly ad-supported, although publishers can request that users login to view their work, or alternatively publish their material for a fee...

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06:41
Spark developer says some users locked out of Apple...

A number of users of the popular email app Spark reported being locked out of their Apple IDs overnight, something developer Readdle later linked to server upgrades it was making.

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06:41
Getting lost in the woods isn't so bad with...

A walk through the woods. It sounds wonderful. Birds chirping, deer frolicking off in the distance, the majesty of the trees, the opportunity to get lost and drink river water that ties your stomach in knots. Hiking doesn't have to be a combination o...

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06:25
Katy Perry releases surprise single ‘Rise’...

Apple Music has made a big play for exclusives as a way to attract more people to join its $9.99/month streaming service. Apple Music has even paid for major music videos in exchange for exclusive release windows. Earlier today, Katy Perry released a surprise single for her fans called ‘Rise’ exclusively available on Apple’s content platforms.
more…Filed under: Apple ...

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06:22
AT&T envisions drone-based LTE coverage

AT&T has big dreams for its new national drone program, including the use of UAVs to provide LTE coverage in crowded or remote locations. In a blog post by company Chief Strategy Officer John Donovan, he said AT&T is expecting many "different...

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06:19
Facebook introduces SDK for Apple’s Swift

Facebook has introduced a beta version of Facebook SDK for Swift, a new set of tools for adding things like Facebook Login and the Share to Facebook button into apps written in the Swift programming language. 

The source code to the Facebook SDK [software developer kit] for Swift is available as open source, for anybody anywhere to download and tinker with. By releasing the language freely as open source, Apple has ensured that Swift platforms include Google's Android and Linux, notes Business Insider.

Touted as safe, fast, and expressive, Swift appeals to developers who are aiming to build on Apple’s multiple platforms, such as iOS, OS X, and watchOS. The programming language is open source under the Apache license, which says that developers can use the software for any purpose and even distribute modified versions of Swift...

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06:14
T-Mobile offers free Pokémon Go data for a year, but...

Earlier this week we reported that Pokémon Go was eating the world, and in the last few days the augmented reality game has taken another big bite. The craze has hit such heights that you can now filter locations on Yelp based on whether or not a Pokéstop is nearby. Seriously.
Not wanting a good fad to go to waste, T-Mobile's getting in on the action with an offer that should bring a smile to every trainer's face. Late Thursday, the company announced it would offer free data for a year for all customers’ Pokémon Go sessions. The offer only applies to data consumption from using the Pokémon Go app....

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06:12
AppleInsider podcast talks watchOS emergency calls,...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor discuss iOS 10, watchOS 3 and emergency calling, as well as special glass made just for Campus 2, all the latest in iPhone 7 rumors, and Pok?mon Go taking over the world.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: BLOCKS Smartwatch

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the BLOCKS Smartwatch for only $220 — that’s 21% off the regular price. This innovative smartwatch is highly customizable, allowing you to add new features to your watch or upgrade existing ones to expand the functionality of it without limits. A continually growing library of modules allows you to make your smartwatch uniquely yours, and BLOCKS’ open platform means that developers can actually…

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06:00
ICYMI: NAO nurses, herding drones and a lotion-...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center tests a robotic helper for its nursing staff. Researchers from the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney have developed an autonomous rover...

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05:29
US Congresswoman proposes federal revenge porn bill

Representative Jackie Speier has formally introduced a bill that would make revenge porn a federal crime. The Intimate Privacy Protection Act targets both those who share sexually explicit images without the subject's consent and those who profit fro...

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05:27
iPhone 7 leak, video shows possible changes for next...

The iPhone 7 rumor/leak train keeps rolling on.
On Thursday, a set of leaked pictures shows an alleged iPhone 7. While there’s a chance this might be a clone that tends to emerge before a new iPhone launch, a video posted on Chinese website Weibo shows a similar design to previous leaks.
The device in the video below shows many of the characteristics we’ve seen in previous photos allegedly showing next-gen iPhone components. Most notably, those include a larger camera opening — the iPhone 7 is rumored to include a new and improved camera system —the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, and redesigned antenna lines that are repositioned from across the back of the device to along the edge.
Other leaks have shown an even larger camera opening than the one shown in the...

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05:08
Fight offline with friends in new 'Star Wars...

With the Battlefield 1 closed alpha raging on and the full game launching in October you might think that developer DICE is forgetting about its other shooter, Star Wars Battlefront. That's not the case. Come July 20th, the game will have a new offli...

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05:07
Pokemon Go European launch widens as T-Mobile,...

Pok?mon Go continues its European deployment in Italy, Portugal, and Spain, with T-Mobile and Sprint offering various enticements for players of the vastly popular title in the U.S.

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05:06
On falling Mac sales and the lack of refreshes

Why the lack of new Macs? Is the Mac space too small, revenue-wise, for Apple to go to the trouble of a new product launch? Is something else causing this lack of new models?More in the main post.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:01
Surviving the apocalypse on Derren Brown's VR...

Derren Brown is a master of illusion and psychological manipulation. Through a mixture of TV shows and live performances, he's stunned the public by reading minds and influencing their behaviour. But the mentalist has drawn criticism too, for acts th...

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04:57
Online English vocabulary test

This is a 50 question, multiple choice test that measures your vocabulary. If you love words, this is fun. If you think you have a great vocabulary, you might still find this test a challenge. Your score will be presented at the end, both as a raw number and as a percentage of the population.Enjoy!∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:51
Handheld tool is like Shazam for fonts

Wired:O’Leary developed a handy, handheld tool she calls Spector that captures typefaces and colors in the real world, and then transfers them directly to InDesign.Cool idea, not yet productized. More in the main post.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:38
Spark email client users find their Apple IDs locked...

Over the last twenty four hours, a substantial number of users are reporting that they are finding their Apple IDs locked for security reasons inexplicably. The root cause appears to be users of the popular Spark email app by Readdle, where customers can log in with their iCloud credentials. The iCloud warnings of a security hack are seemingly incorrect: there has not been a server attack or data leak as explained by the app’s makers.
more…Filed under: Apple ...

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04:31
Nintendo's Classic Mini costs £50 in the UK

As if Pokémon Go wasn't playing havoc with our nostalgia receptors already, Nintendo yesterday announced the Classic Mini: A palm-sized Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) clone complete with 30 preinstalled 8-bit titles. We know this future C...

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04:30
FileSalvage for Mac OS X can be a life-saver in...

By Aaron Lee

If you've ever had files that were accidentally deleted, became unreadable due to media faults, or which you stored on a drive before it was re-initialized/formatted, you could use FileSalvage from SubRosaSoft. The software can recover lost files, iTunes libraries, photo collections, and more.

Currently, the $89.95 utility can currently recover over 100 file types, embedded and stand-alone. It will recover both computer files and RAW camera files, as it works on digital camera memory cards. In addition, FileSalvage is constantly being enhanced and updated with an increasing number of file types to salvage. 

What's more, its custom file type support allows recovery of files that may not already exist in the current list of "Supported File Formats." Embedded file recovery lets you search for files that have been embedded inside other files, which can come in very handy.

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04:07
Microsoft hopes 1080p Netflix makes Edge your next...

As Microsoft continues to nudge folks into trying its new Edge browser on Windows 10, its latest tease is the promise of better looking, more efficient video streaming. Just like Apple's Safari browser on OS X, it turns out that on Windows only Micro...

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04:00
iVisor Glass Privacy protects your iPhone, and...

iVisor's $54.95 Glass Privacy not only protects your Apple smartphone's screen from scratches (I tested the one for the iPhone 6 Plus), but it also acts as a shield to prevent people from casually glancing at your screen content. 

Thanks to its proprietary multi-layered coating, it offers a clear view when looking your iPhone straight-on, while preventing others from seeing your screen at an angle. One of my favorite features is that the iVisor Glass Privacy is "100% bubble-proof." I installed in seconds with no tools. When I was finished, my iVisor-wrapped iPhone had no bubbles.

However, unlike some screen protectors, it's made of glass ("atomically-strengthened IonGlass"), not plastic. The bit of extra thickness provides more protection, but also slightly reduces the touch sensitivity of the iPhone screen. Also, the iVisor shows fingerprints even worse than the iPhone's naked display.

Is it for you? Perhaps IF you're willing to give up some touch sensitivity...

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03:35
Pokémon GO launches in more countries amidst Chinese...

Following launches in the United Kingdom and Germany, Pokemon GO is making good on its promise to rollout to more European countries. The game is now officially available in Italy, Spain and Portugal. Download it for free in the App Store. The game continues to top App Store charts worldwide.
Reaction to Pokemon GO has been mixed. It has no doubt become a gaming sensation but the augmented-reality geocaching nature of the game has caused some frictions in the wider world....

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03:06
Watch 8 minutes of the 'CoD: Modern Warfare...

While Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is the newest game in the series -- set for release on November 4 -- many fans are more excited about the release of a fully remastered version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

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01:44
BitTorrent Now heads to iOS devices and Apple TV

BitTorrent hasn't quite shaken off its rep as a tool for piracy yet, but it's sure giving its best shot by making apps that serve up legal content. One of those is BitTorrent Now, which the company has just released for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV....

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00:21
Behold the 'Gears of War 4' custom Xbox...

The Xbox One S isn't even out yet but that hasn't stopped Microsoft from taking the smaller console to the custom shop for the first time. If the base model's white exterior doesn't match your decor, maybe a Gears of War 4 blood red one will. It's ug...

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Thursday July 14

18:18
BitTorrent Now streaming app launches for Apple TV,...

BitTorrent Now, a new streaming app billed as "an artist-first, people-powered platform, focused on creativity and community rather than abundance," has launched for iOS devices and on Apple TV.

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17:13
Apple Inc shares up near quarterly high as Q3...

Shares of Apple increased nearly 2 percent today to close at $98.79, close to the peak the stock has traded since diving below $100 after the company reported its fiscal Q2 earnings. Within two weeks, Apple will announce its earnings for Q3, which ended in June.

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16:35
BitTorrent Now officially launches on iOS and Apple...

Earlier this year, BitTorrent announced a new BitTorrent Now app that allows users to stream a variety of content including videos and music. At the time, the app was Android-only, but now the app has officially come to iOS and Apple TV.
more…Filed under: Apple ...

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15:35
AWT News Update: July 14, 2016

Photo of T-Mobile CEO John Legere via BusinessPundit.com

In today's Apple and industry news:

  • T-Mobile is offering free data for a year for the Pokémon Go app for its customers
  • Eddy Cue spills the beans on original content to The Hollywood Reporter
  • Apple will open a small research center in Grenoble, France for the purpose of improving imaging technology

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15:14
Clinton & Trump evoke app economics, Pokèmon as...

It’s been an interesting election cycle to say the least, and now Pokémon Go is entering the fray. The presumptive nominees for both major political parties today addressed the game that’s seemingly taking over the internet, both attempting to use the game to lure in potential voters and talk job creation.
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15:03
Microsoft wins Apple-aligned case against U.S. over...

A U.S. Federal Court has ruled in Microsoft's favor in a closely-watch case involving a warrant the government obtained for a customer's emails stored on an Irish server. The ruling frees U.S. companies from being forced to hand over customer data if it's not being stored within the U.S.

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15:00
Google's New Emoji Aimed At Promoting Gender...

An anonymous reader writes: Based largely on a proposal from Unicode Consortium member Google, Unicode Consortium has announced plans to support new emoji aimed at promoting gender equality. There will be "11 new 'professional' emoji [that] will depict both men and women performing different jobs, and there will be both male and female versions of 33 existing emoji that currently depict either a man or a women but not both," writes Ars Technica. "The new professions include, in the Unicode Consortium's words: a farmer, welder, mechanic, health worker, scientist, coder, business worker, chef, student, teacher, and rockstar." What's unusual about the new emoji is that they're created using combinations of existing emoji to avoid waiting for Unicode version 10.0 to be finalized in June of 2017. By using a special "zero-width joiner" (ZWJ) character between two or more emoji, operating systems that support it know to put out a different composite emoji rather than a series of separate...

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14:59
Two men fall off cliff while playing ‘Pokemon Go’

Two men fell off a cliff Wednesday in San Diego’s North County while playing “Pokemon Go,” the Encinitas Fire Department confirmed.Holy shit people are stupid.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:53
Acoustic guitar capo I bought

I have a love/hate relationship with capos because they often screw up the sound or don’t press evenly on the strings, which also screws up the sound. I recently picked this one up and it works great every time.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:20
145 Tech Leaders Say 'Trump Would Be A Disaster...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via CNN: "We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation," wrote 145 technology leaders in an open letter Medium post published Thursday. Some of the leaders are from tech giants like Google, Facebook and Apple, others from small startups, venture capital firms, nonprofits and universities. "We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field. Donald Trump does not," reads the letter, which was signed by well-known names like Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield, IAC's Barry Diller, Reddit's Alexis Ohanian and Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales. "His reckless disregard for our legal and political institutions threatens to upend what attracts companies to start and scale in America. He risks distorting markets, reducing exports, and slowing job creation," reads the letter, published by chief marketing officer at...

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14:00
New video shows alleged 'iPhone 7' casings...

Adding to an ever-growing set of parts leaks, a video uploaded on Thursday purports to show the rear casings of two "iPhone 7" units, apparently in line with designs seen elsewhere.

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13:14
Facebook's OpenCellular Offers DIY Wireless...


Facebook last week introduced OpenCellular, an inexpensive, open source wireless access platform. Telecom operators, entrepreneurs, OEMs and researchers will be able to build, implement, deploy and operate wireless infrastructures to serve people living in remote areas.
The platform is available in various options, ranging from a network in a box to an access point. It supports all existing wireless systems, Facebook said. However, it "contains no reference to bands used, as far as I could tell," noted Strategy Analytics' Chris Taylor.

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13:08
Review: Marbotic Smart Letters for iPad

We've seen a few iPad-based children's toys over the years, and Marbotic has entered that still mostly-ignored market with Smart Letters ($50), a physical set of letters designed to be used on an iPad. The wooden letters interact with Marbotic's own apps — three different compatible apps are currently available. In conjunction with those apps — which are free when you buy Smart Letters — the letters work on any iPad, with the exception of the original iPad. The Smart Letters are passive pieces which use static electricity, so they can be used without Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or batteries. A full alphabet's worth of letters is included in the $50 package. Marbotic also offers a Smart Numbers package for $35.{/exp:char_limit}
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13:07
T-Mobile is giving Pokemon Go players free,...

T-Mobile has announced today that for its next T-Mobile Tuesday promotion, Pokemon Go players — in the wake of what has been no less than an explosive launch — will receive free, unlimited data for the mobile game. Set to take effect July 19th, the Un-carrier will give its customers a full year’s worth of data that won’t count against their high-speed plan…
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12:52
News: Apple’s Eddy Cue: ‘We’re not trying to compete...

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, provided some interesting perspective into Apple’s strategy in regards to television services and providers, tacitly denying many recent reports suggesting the company is pushing into original content. Cue emphatically denied that Apple is looking to acquire a studio or launch its own streaming TV service anytime soon, suggesting…

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12:33
DxO One Lightning camera for iPhone & iPad...

DxO's dedicated iPhone and iPad Lightning-connected camera, the DxO One, expanded its sales reach this week with a launch at Best Buy's U.S. online store, and a select number of retail locations.

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12:17
News: Video of alleged iPhone 7 shows lack of...

A short video has been posted by unknown sources on Chinese site Weibo purporting to be of the next-generation iPhone 7, seems to corroborate many of the prior rumors and leaked photos seen up to this point. Specifically, the video shows a larger opening for new camera hardware, the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers, and redesigned antenna lines on the back of the device. [via 9to5Mac]...

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11:57
NVIDIA's 'VR Funhouse' carnival game...

A few months ago, NVIDIA showed off a new virtual reality tech demo designed to showcase what its new graphics technology could do for VR. Today, it's releasing that demo to the public: VR Funhouse is a free, virtual reality carnival with collision-b...

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11:54
Zenrez allows last-minute Yoga, Pilates, Barre, TRX...

If you’re looking to work out, this could be interesting.
Zenrez Corporation has released Zenrez, an iOS app that helps you book last-minute classes at your favorite yoga, pilates, barre, and fitness studios. Users pay per class with no long-term memberships or fees and come 9 PM each night, studios affiliated with the app release a limited number of last-minute offers available for booking.
Zenrez is currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, Seattle, and Pittsburgh, PA and offers access to the following studios:

San Francisco Bay Area:
The Pad
OMpower
Satori Yoga
Moxie
Yoga Source Los Gatos
Akasha Yoga
Vikram Hot Yoga
TRX Training Center
The Bar Method...

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11:45
Another alleged iPhone 7 leak, this time on video

The iPhone 7 leaks keep coming. Earlier today the latest alleged spy shots showed what appeared to be fully assembled devices, which are most likely the clones based on leaked designs that often surface ahead of a new iPhone launch. Now, a video from unknown sources on Chinese website Weibo (via techtastic.nl) shows a similar design to previous leaks.
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11:33
This contest proved how far behind the times...

The chatbots you're hitting up on Facebook or Kik may seem as though they can really understand you, but in all actuality they're pretty stupid, at least when it comes to common sense. That's why a new Turing Test in the form of the Winograd Schema C...

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11:29
Apple plans to build better iPhone cameras with new...

A new Apple research center in the town of Grenoble, France, will apparently focus on improving imaging technology, likely for better cameras in future iPhones and other devices from the company, according to a new report.

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11:11
Emmys recognize online video with this year's...

You knew this was coming. The Emmys announced back in March that it would expand its award categories beyond the conventional, big-budget television productions to include short-form series, virtual reality and internet-only videos -- and it has. At...

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11:07
Apple opening R&D lab in Grenoble, France for...

Reports from local French newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré (via iPhone.fr) claim Apple has signed contracts to open a new R&D lab in Grenoble, France focusing on imaging technologies.
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10:53
Razer creates a mechanical keyboard case for the 12....

Razer has been working hard on creating the world’s first ultra-low-profile mechanical keyboard switch, and the first product that benefits from its existence is, of all things, a keyboard case for the 12.9″ iPad Pro. Razer’s Mechanical Keyboard Case for the iPad Pro launches today and is available right now for $169.99. more…Filed under: Apple ...

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10:50
Tech leaders say Trump would be a disaster for...

While at least one notable tech billionaire is willing to openly support Donald Trump's presidential campaign, a whopping 145 other leaders from major tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yelp, Tumblr, Slack and even Steve Wozniak himself h...

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10:49
External Link: Eddy Cue Discusses Apple’s TV Business

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, opened up about Apple’s interest in the TV business. Cue said that the Apple TV is “a lot better than a cable box,” but when asked if Apple is planning a streaming service, he said, “Whether we’re providing it or somebody else is, it really doesn’t matter to us.” However, Cue did say that he’s not a fan of so-called “skinny bundles” — smaller, low-cost programming packages — offered by services like SlingTV, because he feels that viewers are more frustrated by a lack of features than the price. In particular, he criticized the idea of having to dig through channel guides and program recordings manually. Overall, it sounds like Apple has a vision for the future of TV but doesn’t know exactly how to get there yet. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet...

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10:47
External Link: Apple Casting Its Own Reality Show

Apple has issued an open casting call for “Planet of the Apps,” the company’s upcoming reality series about app developers. Applications are being accepted from developers through 26 August 2016; applicants must have an iOS, macOS, tvOS, or watchOS app in a functional state by 21 October 2016, with filming to take place in Los Angeles from late 2016 through early 2017. The producers are promising “hands-on guidance from some of the most influential experts in the tech community, featured placement on the App Store, and funding from top-tier VCs.” We don’t yet know the format of the show, which raises important questions. Will we see lots of geeks talking into their iPhone FaceTime cameras while “working” at Starbucks? Will there be judges making catty remarks about coding styles? Will the snarky QA engineer get voted off the team? Stay tuned… Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on...

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10:45
New Pokémon Go maps show you where to catch 'em...

If you’ve been wondering how to find Pikachu, Scyther, Electabuzz, or any other rare Pokémon, you might not have to wait much longer: new crowdsourced Pokémon Go maps are teaching players how to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go.
At least four Pokémon Go maps are available: the first, at Pokecrew.com, zeroes in on your location and begins showing what Pokémon might be nearby. And if you happen to live in the Boston area, you’re in real luck: a sweet Google Map known as Gotta Catch ‘Em All  happens to list all the locations local players have found, complete with a list of rare and ultra-rare Pokémon. A separate Google Map pegs Pokémon locations in Seattle and Tennessee. Pokemapper also provides a worldwide look at Pokémon locations, but...

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10:43
Google's emoji for working women get thumbs up...

Back in May, Google proposed a set of emoji that would offer options that depict careers of professional women with a range of races and ethnicities. Today, the company announced that Unicode, the organization that (among other things) handles the de...

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10:30
Apple's Eddy Cue doesn't view Netflix or...

When it comes to Apple's plans for TV and streaming services, senior VP Eddy Cue is the guy with all the answers. Cue, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, revealed some interesting tidbits behind the company's philosophies regarding plans for origina...

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