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Thursday July 28

07:07
Cirrus Logic shares rise on Apple iPhone, other...

Shares of Apple audio parts supplier Cirrus Logic spiked in after-hours trading on Wednesday night as the company not only beat quarterly forecasts, but implied that it stands to benefit from Apple's "iPhone 7" and other smartphones ditching 3.5-millimeter headphone jacks in favor of USB and Bluetooth.

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07:00
Junecloud’s Deliveries app Adds Complete Set of...

Deliveries, Junecloud’s excellent delivery tracking app, sees an update this week that adds a complete set of Apple Watch complications. Previous versions would only work with certain complications, and specifically had nothing for the smaller “Circular” complication that often sits in the corners of the watch face. Now any complication spot can be filled with your Deliveries data. Our tests also showed that the newest version of the app works fine on the current iOS 10 and watchOS 3 betas, but no comments were made by the developer. Your mileage may vary, of course.


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07:00
The Most Popular Product Of All Time

Apple announced Wednesday that it has sold more than one billion iPhones. To understand the magnitude of the milestone, Asymco's Horace Dediu has compiled a list of the best-selling products across several categories. From his post (link shared via email by reader JoshTops):Car model: VW Beetle 21.5 million; car brand: Toyota Corolla 43 million; music album: Thriller 70 million; vehicle: Honda Super Cub 87 million; book title: Lord of the Rings 150 million; toy: Rubik's Cube 350 million; game console: Playstation 382 million; book series: Harry Potter Series 450 million; mobile phone: iPhone 1 billion.The iPhone is not only the best-selling mobile phone but also the best selling music player, the best-selling camera, the best-selling video screen and the best-selling computer of all time. It is, quite simply, the best-selling product of all time. It is that because it is so much more than a product. It is an enabler for change. It unleashed forces which we are barely able to...

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06:56
∞ How long did it take to sell 1 million iPhones?...

I did a little digging and here are some numbers:

  • The iPhone first went on sale on June 29, 2007. That’s day 0.

  • The millionth iPhone sold just 74 days later, on September 10, 2007.

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06:42
Apple Xcode 8 beta now secured with digital...

Apple has implemented the .xip file compression protocol with digital signatures for its newest Xcode 8 beta distribution, instead of the unsecured .zip format, guaranteeing that the contents have not changed since initial creation.

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06:39
Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller joins DNA...

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller is joining Illumina’s board of directors, a company that provides technologies related to DNA sequencing for healthcare research among other services.

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06:37
Comparing iPad Pro Technologies and Intangibles

Apple’s iPad Pro models differ in far more than size and weight. Any number of other factors might influence your buying decision. Julio Ojeda-Zapata guides you through them.

 

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06:34
News: New iPhone pre-orders to start Sept. 9?

Following up on his earlier leak suggesting that the next-generation iPhone will go on sale on Sept 16, Evan Blass has sent out a another tweet adding that iPhone pre-orders will begin on Sept. 9, and suggesting that readers can extrapolate the launch event date from there — likely to be Wednesday, Sept. 7, based on Apple’s prior event dates and the shorter Labor Day week. Confirmed: Pre-orders start on the 9th. You can extrapolate the launch…

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06:33
Apple is still the top tablet manufacturer with iPad...

The latest report from the global market research firm TrendForce finds that worldwide tablet shipments for this second quarter totaled 33.54 million units, representing a quarterly drop of 4.8% and a year-on-year decline of 8.8%. Apple retains its top position in the quarterly ranking with 9.95 million iPads shipped. This figure translates to a 2.9% dip from the first quarter and a 9% drop from a year ago.

“The lack of changes in appearance and high prices work against the iPad Pro series. Consumers do not see these devices as a good bargain. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro maintained strong sales momentum for two quarters, while the 9.7-inch model lost its luster after just one quarter since its release,” says TrendForce notebook analyst Anita Wang. “On the whole, the Pro series did not help expand iPad shipments in the second quarter as expected. The overall sales were instead sustained by iPad Air 2, which captured consumers...

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06:22
Apple holds onto fifth place in the Chinese...

Apple held onto fifth place in the Chinese smartphone market for the first half od 2016, ahead of Samsung, with around a 9% market share, according to Canalys. The iPhone SE has done little to increase overall shipment numbers in China, claims the research group.

Annual smart phone shipments surged in China in the second quarter. With just over a 16% share, China-based Huawei is leading the local players pulling away from international brands Apple and Samsung.

Oppo and Vivo — also based in China — reached new heights to take second and third place as both shipped over 15 million units. Beijing-based Xiaomi’s shipments were largely flat compared with Q1, but fell around 20% year on year as it struggled to expand its open channels and deliver a blockbuster flagship handset.

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06:22
Apple's Smart Connector Patent Comes to Light

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Invention behind the Magnetic Mechanisms of the Apple Watch Came to Light Today." In a secondary patent published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office titled "Connectible Component Identification," we learn about Apple's Smart Connector.

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06:00
Apple’s Phil Schiller named to Illumina’s board of...

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, has joined the Illumina board of directors. Illumina is a company devoted to “improving human health by unlocking the power of the genome.”

At Apple, Schiller is a member of Apple’s executive team responsible for the company’s product marketing, developer relations, business marketing, education marketing, international marketing and App Store programs. He has more than 30 years of marketing and management experience, including over 25 at Apple

“Phil’s track record and global experience in bringing world-class products to market will help guide us as we continue to develop innovative new solutions for our customers,” said Francis deSouza, Illumina president and CEO, in a press release. “His vision, integrity and passion are fully aligned with Illumina’s core values.”

Here’s how Illumina describes itself: “Today we are a global leader in genomics – an...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Mobile Data Management Bundle

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the Mobile Data Management Bundle for only $9.99 — that’s 87% off the regular price. This duo of syncing and recovery apps will help you take control of the iOS data in your life, with Leawo iOS Data Recovery to help you get back lost data from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod and Leawo iTransfer to sync data between your Apple devices and back them up to your Mac. Get the Mobile Data Management Bundle…

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06:00
Virgin America app arrives with Spotify integration

Mobile apps have made air travel a little bit more tolerable, but for a while one of the most-loved airlines had a noticeably missing mobile component. Well, not anymore: Virgin America’s app has finally arrived, and it looks like it was worth the wait.

On Thursday, Virgin America revealed its first mobile app for iOS and Android, still in beta. Like most other airline apps, it combines flight-booking and checking-in capabilities but with a more streamlined experience and that cheeky Virgin America flair. According to Virgin America, it can take just 60 seconds to book a flight using its brand-new app, and that even includes the time it takes to choose a seat.

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05:59
OS X Preview: Clipping Out Backgrounds Using Instant...

Today’s Quick Tip is on how to use Preview’s Instant Alpha tool, so if you’ve got an image on a colored background, for example, you can clip that baby right out. Better-looking graphics with no Photoshop required? We love it.


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05:53
Rumor: pre-orders for the ‘iPhone 7’ will start Sept...

Earlier this week, mobile phone blogger, Evan Blass, said the “iPhone 7” would launch the week of Sept. 12. Now he adds that pre-orders will start on Friday, Sept. 9. I think he’s right. I’m also predicting that the second generation Apple Watch will arrive at the same time.

The rumor mill is churning with rumors about the upcoming iPhone (shown in fanciful mock-ups). Will it offer a two-model line-up or a three-model line-up, including an “iPhone Pro”? I’m predicting only two models. Will it lack a traditional audio jack or not? I think it will indeed ditch the jack. Will it be waterproof and dust proof or not? I’m saying "yes" to both features.

A new rumor claims the next iPhone will be dubbed the iPhone 6SE rather than the iPhone 7. However, I'm still betting it will be called the latter.

What’s more, I think we’ll see the Apple Watch 2...

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05:46
Phil Schiller Named to DNA Sequencing Company...

DNA sequencing and array-based technologies company Illumina today announced that Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller has joined its board of directors.“Phil’s track record and global experience in bringing world-class products to market will help guide us as we continue to develop innovative new solutions for our customers,” said Francis deSouza, Illumina President and Chief Executive Officer. “His vision, integrity and passion are fully aligned with Illumina’s core values.”Schiller has been part of Apple's senior executive team since the late Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997. He has helped market several products, including the Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, Apple TV, and the Apple Watch...

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05:01
Apple patents Apple Watch-style digital crown for...

Not many of you agreed with me when I wrote an opinion piece a year ago saying that I could see a role for an Apple Watch-style digital crown on an iPhone, but a patent application published today shows that Apple is at least toying with the idea of introducing it to iOS devices.

Patently Apple spotted the patent application which shows a ‘rotary input’ device on an iPad …

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05:00
Sales Methodologies Article On SellingPower

Published a bit of a different article with SellingPower than my usual stuff. This one is on Sales Methodologies, published with SellingPower.com at http://blog.sellingpower.com/gg/2016/07/the-top-10-sales-methodologies-you-should-consider-for-your-business.html.

Hope you enjoy, if you’re into the salesy types of things!

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05:00
Xiaomi Unveils Budget-Friendly MacBook Air Rival


Xiaomi on Wednesday unveiled the Mi Notebook Air, its challenger to the MacBook Air.
The 13.3-inch model is priced at about $750, compared to the MacBook Air's $1,050 price tag in China. The device is also available in a 12.5-inch version. The Mi Notebook Air offers a number of features that aren't available in a MacBook Air. "This is Xiaomi's way of saying, 'Let's not let Apple, Lenovo, or the bigger manufacturers from Taiwan, like Acer and Asus, take this opportunity from us," said Jeff Orr, a senior practice director at ABI Research.

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04:57
Kool Tools: LogMeOnce

LogMeOnce (www.logmeonce.com), which specializes in identity and password management in cloud and mobile enterprise, has announced three new features designed to make it simpler to manage, track and wipe personal and business data from the LogMeOnce app on lost or stolen devices.

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04:30
808 Audio Hex SL is handy for casual, on-the-go...

The 808 Audio Hex SL packs a lot of audio punch for an "ultra-portable" speaker. And the price is reasonable: about $60.

Small enough to fit in a cup holder, the Hex SL — available in red, blue, black, and white — lets you play music wirelessly from your iPhone or iPad. Its rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery provides up to 12 hours of play at normal volume. It would be nice if there was a battery life indicator to tell how much charge is left, but there's not.

The Hex SL is easy to pair and connect. All you have to do is turn Bluetooth on in your iOS device (Settings -> Bluetooth), select "808 Hex SL," and you're connected. Extra points to the folks at 808Audio for adding the ability to adjust the volume of the Hex SL via the volume buttons on your iDevice. Plus, there's an AUX input cable for connecting to non-Bluetooth devices. 

With some wireless speakers, I've had a problem with...

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04:24
External cyber attacks cost enterprises $3.5 million...

Despite acute awareness of the millions of dollars in annual costs, and the business risks posed by external internet threats, security leaders highlight the lack of staff expertise and technology as a key reason that these attacks are unchecked, according to results from a new Ponemon Institute study.

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04:23
Apple Considers using a Digital Crown Mechanism for...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that Jony Ive and his team have considered expanding the Apple Watch's digital crown to other iOS devices such as the iPad.

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04:18
Zevrix Deliver now supports Microsoft Exchange email...

Zevrix Solutions has released Deliver 2.5.6, a feature update to its file transfer solution with automatic email notifications.

Deliver lets users send files to FTP, SFTP, Google Storage, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other remote and local servers. The software notifies recipients about delivered files automatically, eliminating the need to compose and send confirmation emails for each transfer. Version 2.5.6 lets users send automatic email delivery notifications via Microsoft Exchange SMTP servers.

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04:00
BatchPhoto for Mac OS X great for automating...

By Aaron Lee

Bits&Coffee' BatchPhoto is a useful all-in-one photo manipulation program for Mac OS X and PC systems; it lets photographers, web designers, business people, and families enhance photos. It adds an updated visual drag-and-drop zones for the Annotate filters and an enhanced Auto Crop filter to show the original image in the background.

To use BatchPhoto, you select a group of photographs, and, with a single operation edit, resize, convert, watermark, and rename every image in the group. It makes batch editing simple and efficient (or you can edit one image at a time, though that's not this utility's purpose). If you need time/date stamps, image type conversion, size changes, basic touch-up, or watermarks applied to your photographs, this is your tool.

How can it be useful? Consider this scenario: the photography editor at a newspaper (remember those?) with 10 reporters who take photographs in the field can set BatchPhoto to...

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03:17
Apple's Invention behind the Magnetic...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the Apple Watch magnetic attachment mechanisms. During the introduction of Apple Watch, Jony Ive noted ...

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02:23
Samsung's Q2 Earnings Best in Two Years with...

Samsung Electronics officially stated earlier today that it had shipped about 90 million handsets in the April-June period with smartphones making up more than 80 percent of the total. Samsung’s second-quarter smartphone shipments are estimated at ...

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01:40
Sky's 'Buy & Keep' store now...

It's taken a while, but Sky has finally come through on its promise to add TV shows to its "Buy & Keep" service. Just like its film offering, anyone in the UK can pay a single price to get both a physical and digital version of a TV box set. The...

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01:02
Australia's biggest banks are tackling Apple Pay

Some of the largest banks in Australia are banding together to protest Apple and its Apple Pay service. Apple Pay first launched in Australia back in April alongside Samsung Pay and Android Pay. Those two payment solutions aren't attracting the banks...

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00:18
Amazon brings its Dash grocery scanner to the UK

Now that Amazon's grocery delivery service has launched in the UK, many of the devices that it easier to order food and household items are starting to make their way here too. The first is the Dash, a small handheld gadget that lets you add products...

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Wednesday July 27

23:52
'Quantum Break' studio's next project...

Historically, Remedy Entertainment has only worked on one project at a time, releasing only a handful of games since 2001's Max Payne. The company recently announced it was moving away from that fan-frustrating workflow and was becoming a studio that...

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22:28
BigScreen adds audio sharing to fulfill its '...

BigScreen launched in beta back in April as a software solution to run conventional apps or films on a "screen" within VR for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets. But one of its coolest features, sharing your digital monitor with friends, was hampered...

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21:23
Study identifies two new carcinogens in e-cigarette...

Most people won't dispute the claim that e-cigarettes are less harmful than traditional smokes, but evidence is rapidly mounting that vaping isn't exactly good for you, either. Numerous studies have found toxic chemicals and carcinogens in e-cigarett...

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21:21
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Pre-Orders Could Start September...

Over the weekend well-known mobile phone leaker Evan Blass predicted that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus would release the week of September 12. A short time later, he predicted that it should launch on Friday, September 16. Today, Blass has followed up and reported that pre-orders would take place on Friday, September 9.

Apple typically announces the newest iPhone a couple days before pre-orders start. With September 5 being Labor Day, it's likely Tuesday, September 6 would be the day of Apple's iPhone 7 event. The dates roughly line up with Apple's usual pattern for iPhone releases. Last year, Apple announced the iPhone on September 9, started pre-orders on September 12 and released it on September 25.

Blass is well known for leaking details and images from Android smartphones well before official confirmations. A couple days...

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21:16
'iPhone 7' preorders rumored to kick off...

Following up on a report regarding the supposed launch date of Apple's next-generation iPhone, noted industry blogger Evan Blass on Wednesday said the company is looking to start preorders for the device on Friday, Sept. 9.

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20:44
Researchers believe Jupiter's Red Spot is...

Despite its distance from the sun, Jupiter is a surprisingly hot planet with temperatures ranging around 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit in the middle latitudes. According to new findings published today in the journal Nature, temperatures over the planet's...

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20:24
Pre-orders for ‘iPhone 7’ now rumored for Sept. 9th...

Over the weekend prominent leaker Evan Blass, @evleaks on Twitter, shared a couple of interesting dates for when the next iPhone will be released. Blass tweeted that the 2016 iPhone would be released during the week of September 12th, then later specified that Friday, September 16th would be the actual retail release.

Now Blass is digging further and adding that pre-orders for the next iPhone will “start on the 9th” which happens to be the Friday before the release date he shared previously.

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20:09
Mercedes unveils world's first completely...

European car companies are starting to invest more heavily in green vehicles. Audi unveiled three more electric cars on Monday and Porsche added 400 jobs to how many it estimates it will create to make its electric Model E come to life. Today, Daimle...

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19:31
Apple has finally sold its billionth iPhone

Apple has managed to pull in some extremely impressive numbers when it comes to its flagship mobile phone. While iPhone sales overall had begun to decline over the last quarter, that didn't stop the company from selling its one billionth iPhone last...

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19:15
Samsung's mobile division is the company's...

Samsung's operating profits really did reach 8.14 trillion won ($7.2) like it expected, marking the second quarter of 2016 as its strongest in two years. The Korean corporation has released its detailed earnings report for Q2, where it also revealed...

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18:58
The internet's Ice Bucket Challenge funded a...

Internet sensations can do more than just trigger fond memories or confusion... sometimes, they might just lead to a vital cure. Some of the $100 million-plus in donations from the Ice Bucket Challenge (the viral video-fueled awareness campaign for...

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18:50
Apple boosts R&D spending as revenues stabilize

As iPhone sales show signs of stabilizing after a first every contraction earlier this year, Apple continues to incrementally increase spending on research and development in search of the next big thing.

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18:12
Lastpass addresses two major vulnerabilities found...

Bad news, LastPass users: bug bounty hunters found two major security exploits with the password manager's browser extensions. Good news? Both of them have already been patched. In a quick update to the company blog, LastPass commented on a pair of s...

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17:43
Pocket Casts 6 brings dark mode, multitasking, and...

Pocket Casts is a cross-platform podcast player with apps on iOS, Android, the web, and even Windows Phone, and today Shift Jelly released a major update to the iPhone and iPad version. Pocket Casts 6 is out today and includes loads of changes including a refreshed user interface, a dark theme, multitasking features on iPad including Picture-in-Picture and Split View, and much more.

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17:24
Twitch now makes highlight clips on any channel

Twitch has so far been limiting its Clips sharing feature to partnered channels, but no longer: as of now, you can create those bite-sized highlights on any channel. If a friend pulls off a slick move during a live stream, you can share it just as ea...

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16:39
Olympics Committee tells Non-sponsors to Stay off...

The U.S. Olympics Committee has always had a pretty hard core control fetish, and this year that reaches all the way to Twitter. The organization plans to crack down on non-sponsors mentioning this year’s summer games—and that includes using trademarked hashtags such as #TeamUSA and #Rio2016. It’s almost like the USOC borrowed its rule book from Fight Club.


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16:38
Major League Soccer deal lets you buy tickets on...

Sports leagues have historically clamped down on online ticket sales, in part to prevent the rampant scalping you see in much of the entertainment industry. Major League Soccer, however, is trying the exact opposite: it's throwing things wide open....

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16:31
Prior to the iPhone 7 taking Apple back to number...

Earlier today a report by China Daily claimed that Apple's sales were down in China while OPPO took the crown in market share. More specifically, the report claimed that market researcher Counterpoint reported that "China's smartphone maker OPPO beat Apple to...

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16:22
Microsoft releases Pix, goes toe to toe with built-...

Microsoft is attempting to hone in on the iPhone camera’s turf.

The tech giant’s research arm has launched Pix, which enhances the photos that users take in a variety of ways, on Wednesday morning. The app is designed to make photos look better and even improves on Apple’s Live Photos ability to capture scenes that have moving elements in them.

The free app is now available on the iOS App Store and is particularly well-suited to take pictures of people, and is built to make adjustments to a photo on the fly as the scene changes. That way, the exposure of an image should always be tuned to the right conditions. It recognizes faces and uses Microsoft’s Hyperlapse technology to stabilize video shot with the app as well.

The app works to take a burst of photos...

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16:20
Office 365 Gets New Word, PowerPoint and Outlook...

New submitter Miche67 writes: As part of the July 2016 update to Office 365, Microsoft is adding several features across the board to Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Word, however, is getting the biggest new features -- Researcher and Editor -- to improve your writing. "As its name implies, Researcher is designed to help the user find reliable sources of information by using the Bing Knowledge Graph to search for sources, and it will properly cite them in the Word document," reports Network World. "[Editor] builds on the already-existing spellchecker and thesaurus to offer suggestions on how to improve your overall writing. In addition to the wavy red line under a misspelled word and the wavy blue line under bad grammar, there will be a gold line for writing style." The new features are expected to be available later this year. In addition to the two new features added to PowerPoint last year -- Designer and Morph, Microsoft is offering Zoom, a feature that lets you easily create "...

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16:03
Apple, Accustomed to Skating to the Puck, Now Also...

When Apple was struggling to gain acceptance in the marketplace, it was profitable to surge relentlessly forward, leaving the enterprise behind and mesmerizing the consumer. Nowadays, Apple tends to nurture the markets it has while seeking new avenues for growth. This makes it harder to estimate Apple’s future prospects. Yet, investors are starting to appreciate the nuances.


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15:58
MIT's ridesharing network is learning to dodge...

Lyft and Uber already operate in and around Boston, but students on MIT's campus in Cambridge, MA also have a new, research-oriented option for on-demand ridesharing. Ford and MIT announced today a new project that will shuttle students around on bot...

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15:29
ACM 370: A Deeper Look at Apple’s Earnings Report,...

Bryan and Jeff dig deep into Apple’s earnings report and the company’s quarterly call with analysts. Topics include Tim Cook’s upbeat delivery, Pokemon, and Wall Street’s reaction. They also jump into the scary future of 3D printing our fingers to bypass biometric security.


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15:24
KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headset: $76.99

Check out the KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headset, a headset with patented transducers that use bone conduction technology to convey crystal clear sound directly to your inner ears. The idea is that whatever goes into the headset does so without blocking out the rest of the world. That means you can listen to your music while chatting in the real world, or you could have a conversation through your headset in an otherwise noisy environment. You can get this device through our deal for $76.99.


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15:24
Podcast 518: Zany Bob Mansfield's Apple Car...

Another big traffic sign just appeared, pointing straight the Apple Car: Longtime Apple executive Bob Mansfield is reportedly now in charge of Project Titan, which is the code-name for the Apple Car. That's great news if you are eager to see this thing really happen, although the rumor does come along with a new ship estimation of 2021. Hopefully this won't be one of those things that's always five years down the road.

Elsewhere, Yahoo was sold to Verizon, and we have opinions. Lots of security stories popped up this week, and Glenn can unpack them all so you stay informed but not panicked. And the Apple Watch helped save Chuck La Tournous's life during a recent cardiac episode. Happily, he's fully recovered and wrote about his experiences for Macworld—as well as how the watch is helping him stay heart-healthy to avoid future problems. (Knock wood and eat kale.)

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15:20
AWT News Update: July 27, 2016

Image of one-billionth iPhone via Apple

A reason for celebration, a reason for hesitation, a reason for anticipation and a really good reason to join Team AWT today

  • Over one billion sold!
  • Apple's the number two smartphone manufacturer
  • LG Display goes all-in on OLED displays, possibly for future iPhones
  • We give you another good reason to join Team AWT

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 27, 2016.

July 27, 2016 will be a day to remember for Apple employees. A little over 9 years after the first...

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15:12
Facebook just can't stop growing

In stark contrast to Twitter's recent woes, Facebook is enjoying what is probably its most successful year-to-date. The social network has reported that it made $6.44 billion in revenue and $2.05 billion in profit this past quarter, which is 59 perce...

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15:01
New Feminist Frequency video dissects 'Women...

After shifting its schedule to release shorter, more rapid entries in its series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games earlier this year, the cultural criticism web channel Feminist Frequency posted its latest episode today. It tackles the excuse game stud...

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15:00
One Billion iPhones Have Been Sold, Apple Says

Apple announced on Wednesday that it has sold its one billionth iPhone handset. The milestone comes nine years after the iPhone was first introduced. The phone has unarguably shaped the smartphone industry and bolstered the apps market. In a statement, Tim Cook said: iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day. Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we've always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.


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14:57
Apple Walks into History by Selling their One...

In a report on Monday we pointed to CNBC noting that Apple would sell it's one billionth iPhone this week. Today ...

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14:49
Apple celebrates sales of one billion iPhones

At an employee meeting in Cupertino, California, this morning, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple recently sold the billionth iPhone.

 

"iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day," Cook said. “Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”

Dean Hager, CEO ofJAMF Software, told AppleWorldToday:  "Apple's sale of its one billionth iPhone is a major milestone, no doubt. You could argue the iPhone's success is the result of Apple's innovation, apps, and alliances. Importantly, Apple developed its iPhone by strategizing around the user - humanizing...

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14:45
Apple sells its billionth iPhone, year-over-year...

Enlarge / Over one billion of these things have been sold. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has sold fewer iPhones in the last two quarters than it did last year, but it's still selling plenty of them. Apple CEO Tim Cook proclaimed today that the company has sold one billion iPhones since the launch of the original device back in 2007.

Recent slump aside, the iPhone's astronomical growth rate means that nearly half of those iPhones have been sold within the last two years; about 472 million of those phones were sold between Q3 of 2014 and Q3 of 2016.

For his part, Cook expects the iPhone's slump to be temporary, and he has blamed the year-over-year drop on the...

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14:45
Apple celebrates one billion iPhones

At an employee meeting in Cupertino this morning, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple recently sold the billionth iPhone.

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14:43
Notable apps and app updates for July 27, 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/Updates

Acrosync has launched Duplicacy 1.0, a cross-platform cloud backup tool that’s compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. 

The utility uses a lock-free deduplication method, so it can backup multiple clients to most popular cloud-based storage services without the need for any file locks. The app also offers the ability to perform backups to local hard drives, SFTP servers, and NAS boxes. Duplicity’s graphical user interface features one-page backup configuration.

Duplicacy 1.0 is free for personal use, and is available worldwide exclusively through the Duplicacy website. Commercial users pay $2.00 per month per computer. A Windows...

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14:35
'Life is Strange' is getting its own...

The massively popular adventure game Life is Strange is getting its very own digital series, care of the minds behind Legendary Digital Studios and Square Enix.

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14:26
Upthere cloud services store all users' data in...

Upthere, a new cloud service designed by former Apple engineers including former Mac software engineering chief Bertrand Serlet, has exited a seven month long beta program on iOS and macOS, and is promising to change how users utilize and think about cloud storage.

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14:23
Become a Maestro of Mac Macros

Become a maestro of time-saving macros with Keyboard Maestro, one of Dr. Mac’s favorite all-time Mac productivity enhancers.


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14:11
The new 'Gilmore Girls' series comes to...

You either love Gilmore Girls or you can't stand it, but those that are fans are very excited the show is coming back on Netflix. Now, some nine months after the show was first rumored to be revived, we have a release date and the first proper sneak...

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14:07
Apple has sold 1 billion iPhones

Apple announced on Wednesday that the company has sold 1 billion iPhones. That’s a huge milestone, but its timing is strangely awkward. Tim Cook told employees in Cupertino that the billionth iPhone was sold last week, but this announcement comes just one day after Apple’s Q3 2016 saw disappointing iPhone sales, declining to 40.4 million units sold, from 47.5 million in the year-ago quarter.

“Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone,” Cook said in a press release. “We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”

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13:54
News: Apple has sold one billion iPhones

Apple today announced that it has now officially sold one billion iPhones. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the news earlier today at an employee meeting in Cupertino, stating that “iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It’s become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day,” said Cook.…

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13:45
Yahoo launches its redesigned Messenger app for...

Okay, this isn't the biggest news you'll hear from Yahoo this week, but bear with us -- it's important if you still rely on Yahoo for your messaging needs. The internet pioneer has released its long-in-development redesign of Yahoo Messenger for the...

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13:39
Tip of the Day: Finding Frequently Visited Locations...

You may not be aware, but by default your iPhone actually keeps track of places you’ve frequently visited and when you were there. While this is done primarily to aid in features like navigation in the iOS Maps app and for iOS 9’s “Proactive Assistant” to help figure out when you’re most likely going to work or the grocery store, you can also see the data for yourself. While the set of places isn’t comprehensive…

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13:38
Chrome for iOS now highlights AMP articles for...

Google’s official iOS app has supported AMP articles in search results since late May, and today Google is highlighting support for AMP articles in its Chrome browser for iPhone and iPad. Accelerated Mobile Pages appear in search results and load nearly instantly as these articles are optimized for faster load times.

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13:34
Apple Has Sold 1 Billion iPhones

Apple today announced that it recently sold its one-billionth iPhone, marking a major milestone for the company. CEO Tim Cook shared the news with employees at a staff meeting this morning, as noted in a news story published by Apple.

In a statement, Cook called the iPhone one of the most successful, world-changing products in history, echoing similar sentiments from yesterday's earnings call where he said believes the iPhone is becoming a device that people can't live without.

Tim Cook holds the billionth iPhone sold"iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life...

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13:30
BlackBerry Offers Android Users a Secure New...


BlackBerry on Tuesday made a play for security-conscious Android users with the announcement of its new DTEK50. Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and BlackBerry security software, the new unit is the "most secure Android smartphone" in the world, the company claimed. Many Android users have concerns about the their phone's security, according to BlackBerry's April survey of 8,000 consumers between the ages of 34 and 54. Fifty percent of the respondents felt their phones were only somewhat secure, and only one in six knew about security patches.

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13:29
Apple has sold more than 1 billion iPhones

Apple CEO Tim Cook at an employee meeting on Wednesday said the company recently sold its one billionth iPhone, a watershed moment for the popular smartphone.

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13:29
3rd-party Vulkan API could simplify porting graphics...

The new MoltenVK developer API aims to ease porting of games to Apple hardware, and its native support of Metal graphics, by by bringing the cross-platform Vulkan 3D graphics API to both iOS and macOS.

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13:26
∞ Apple celebrates its 1 billionth iPhone sold

Apple has now sold its 1 billionth iPhone—Tim Cook made the announcement this morning at an employee meeting, according to the company. It is absolutely amazing that Apple has sold 1 billion iPhones in just 9 years. […]

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13:17
Amazon announces category just for Kickstarter...

Looking for a crowd-sourced gadget, but don't actually want to run the risk of backing a Kickstarter? Good news: Amazon just launched a hub for completed, successful Kickstarter products. The product category lives on Amazon's Launchpad page -- a dig...

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13:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Happy Pokémon hunting!...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you Tutorial for Pokémon Go, an app that... well, it’s pretty self explanatory. Plus, a popular iOS word game comes to the Mac, we meet a tool that helps free up hard drive clutter, and much more. Read on!

Artpaper – Art Wallpapers HD – New Paintings for Your Desktop Every Day 2.1

With more than 1,000 masterpieces available, Twopeople Software’s Artpaper (Mac App Store Link) makes your desktop interesting all day long. The app includes beautiful art from famous museums and galleries, optimized in different display resolutions just for your Mac. Plus, Artpaper automatically rotates through a selection of random backgrounds at set intervals.

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12:56
Google Play Store gets Family Library feature with...

Google on Wednesday launched Family Library, a feature for the Google Play Store closely mirroring Apple's own Family Sharing for iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store -- including some iOS support.

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12:56
Flagship 'Dota 2' tournament sets cash...

Dota 2's flagship tournament, The International 2016, is now the most lucrative eSports competition in history with a record-breaking $18.6 million prize pot. The total purse of last year's tournament was under $18.5 million, and under $11 million in...

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12:52
Geocaching 4.5 for iOS Highlights GeoTours

Geocaching, both the name of the real-world treasure-hunt style game and its companion iOS app, sees an update to the latter today to better surface GeoTours. GeoTours are custom-built collections of geocaches to enhance (or serve as the foundation for) a trip or vacation to a specific area. There are now over 60 unique GeoTours available, and more are being added all the time. To learn about GeoTours or search for a specific one, start with the Search icon in the app and select GeoTours. You’ll be good to go from there!


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12:30
One of the world’s largest boombox collections goes...

How many of you are old enough (or were “cool enough”) to have one of these beasts in the 80s? In my neighbourhood basketball court in Halifax, the winning team was the one who got to control the music so it was mandatory for you to have the biggest, most powerful ghetto blaster possible. We’d even take up a collection for batteries because the damn things sucked up D cells. Check out pictures of the collection here.

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12:30
Pick up charity War Child's 12-game bundle for...

If you're in the market for a few new video games and want to support a charity in the process, you may consider checking out charity War Child UK's game jam HELP: The Game, which is comprised of 12 PC titles available on Steam now for $14.99 (&pound...

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12:20
New York DA Wants Apple, Google To Roll Back...

An anonymous reader writes: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. called on Apple and Google to weaken their device encryption, arguing that thousands of crimes remained unsolved because no one can crack into the perpetrators' phones. Vance, speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security here, said that law enforcement officials did not need an encryption "backdoor," sidestepping a concern of computer-security experts and device makers alike. Instead, Vance said, he only wanted the encryption standards rolled back to the point where the companies themselves can decrypt devices, but police cannot. This situation existed until September 2014, when Apple pushed out iOS 8, which Apple itself cannot decrypt. "Tim Cook was absolutely right when he told his shareholders that the iPhone changed the world," Vance said. "It's changed my world. It's letting criminals conduct their business with the knowledge we can't listen to them."

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12:10
Tor confirms sexual harassment claims against former...

Jacob Appelbaum isn't going to get any sympathy from the Tor Project over allegations of sexual harassment. An internal investigation at Tor has determined that the claims against Appelbaum, who's accused of humiliating and intimidating women, are ac...

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12:02
Why politicians can get away with using songs that...

This is one of those things people, artists included, don’t often understand. Most of the time, the artist has no control over who or how their music is played in these situations.

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11:59
Microsoft says Pix, its new iOS camera app, is...

There’s a new iPhone camera application on the block that’s supposed to be better at taking pictures than the one Apple ships with its phones ... and it’s built by Microsoft. 

The company’s research arm launched Pix, which enhances the photos that users take in a variety of ways, on Wednesday morning. The app is  designed to make photos look better and even improves on Apple’s Live Photos ability to capture scenes that have moving elements in them. 

It’s part of Microsoft’s continued push to build applications for platforms beyond those that it controls directly, especially iOS and Android. The free app was built by members of Microsoft Research, and released for free on the iOS App Store.

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11:58
New Office 365 Features Help Build a Better Research...


Microsoft on Tuesday announced a slew of cloud-powered intelligent services in Office 365 apps that aim to assist research and writing efforts. Researcher lets users access the Bing Knowledge Graph to find and incorporate sources and content for research papers without leaving Word. Editor uses machine learning and national language processing, combined with input from Microsoft's linguists, to make proofing and editing suggestions designed to help users improve their writing.

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11:55
'Yakuza 0' is coming to brutalize your PS4...

Yakuza fans, rejoice! Yakuza 0 has finally been given a release date, and it's officially on its way as a PlayStation 4 exclusive.

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11:23
TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-27: AAPL Earnings...

Apple’s 2016 third quarter earnings report is out, and the results both pleased and disappointed analysts. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple’s numbers, and offer their take on what they mean for the iPad market. They also have plenty to say about the U.S. Olympic Committee trying to control who gets to Tweet about the games.


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11:15
Now at over 988m units sold, Apple is about to pass...

With iPhone sales reported for Apple’s fiscal Q3 yesterday, the company is now at around 988.15 million iPhones sold, meaning it’s about to pass the 1 billion units sold milestone and will likely do so any day now.

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10:50
Xiaomi's Mi Notebook Air is far from being a...

While some Apple news sites may be 'Surprised' by Xiaomi's new Mi Notebook Air, we've known for close to a year that they were working on such a breakout product as they prepare to enter the U.S. market sometime next year. And we also reported last week that Xiaomi had surprisingly chose Windows 10 for their notebooks instead of staying with Google's operating system Chrome. Xiaomi is aiming for the enterprise market ...

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10:49
Apple Maps adds Parkopedia data on garages and...

Starting Wednesday in some venues, Apple Maps will supplement existing data on parking with more information from the Parkopedia database, including pricing, real-time spot availability, and hours of operation of garages and parking lots.

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10:41
As a percentage of revenue, Apple’s R&D spending...

As shown in Apple's SEC 8-K filing, Apple's R&D spending increased by over 25% year-over-year in its latest fiscal quarter to $2.56 billion. As a percentage of revenue (at 6%) it’s the highest it's ever been. It’s spent $7.5 billion on research for the year, and is on track to outpace last year’s spend, according to its earnings statement.

During a call with analysts and media reps about Apple’s latest financials, CEO Tim Cook was asked about the amount of R&D spending on new products rather than refining existing products. He wouldn't specify an exact number, he did state that there was "quite a bit" of investment in new products and services.

As noted by Quartz, Apple is now...

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10:40
Apple holds onto second place in slightly increased...

Apple's 40.4 million iPhones shipped during the June quarter -- a 15 percent decline year-over-year -- were still enough to keep it in second place in the worldwide smartphone market, which reversed recent trends and grew "modestly," according to research firm Canalys.

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10:20
Red Giant revs PluralEyes to version 4.1

Red Giant has updated its Mac compatible audio/video syncing plugin PluralEyes to version 4.1, which includes a number of new features designed for filmmakers and content producers where they need it the most. This update is free to current PluralEyes users.

To celebrate this release, Red Giant is offering 25% off PluralEyes 4.1 in the redgiant.com store for 24 hours only. The sale includes full licenses, upgrades and academic store purchases (which are already 50% off), and will run until tomorrow, July 28, 10 a.m. (Pacific).

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10:02
Superhero bookshelves

These are pretty cool.

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09:59
My two cents: USB-C won’t be added to the MacBook...

DigiTimes is reporting that the USB Type-C interface that debuted with the 12-inch MacBook will be added to the MacBook Air. I think the publication is wrong; here’s why.

I’m predicting the MacBook Air has reached the end of its life. I think it will be discontinued, and Apple will simply offer the MacBook (for consumers) and the MacBook Pro (for, well, professionals). What’s more, I think Apple will offer a “low end” 11-inch MacBook for $999 while increasing the 12-inch model’s screen to 13 inches, while maintaining the same price point. 

I expect the MacBook Pro will continue to be offered in 13-inch and 15-inch models. Finally, I expect that we’ll see new Mac laptops in late August — unless Apple decides to delay the release until November, so that the notebooks can sport the latest Kaby Lake-S processors from Intel.

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09:59
News: Parkopedia to provide detailed parking...

Parkopedia announced today that it will be providing information on available parking to Apple Maps. The new capability will give Apple Maps users information about parking garages and lots in 75 countries across North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America, with the option to click through to Parkopedia’s website and iOS app to make reservations or see detailed information like pricing, user reviews and real-time space availability. Apple…

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09:42
News: Microsoft releases Pix camera app for iPhone

Microsoft has released its own third-party iOS app intended to replace Apple’s own Camera app with a simpler-to-use interface that’s more reliant on artificial intelligence. Microsoft Pix takes all control out of the user’s hands, automatically seeking out faces, tweaking settings on certain areas of photos, stabilizing videos and creating short, looped video clips when it detects motion in a photo. The app captures a burst of frames…

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple TV 64GB $159, Logitech...

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

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Buy a new Apple TV now so you’re ready for when tvOS 10 hits! 64GB on sale for $159...

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09:13
Wall Street breathes a sigh of relief after Apple...

Apple's June quarter earnings came in slightly higher than expected this week, propelling shares higher by more than 6 percent back over the $100 threshold. Analysts were generally pleased by Apple's results?-- here's a roundup of their responses, as collected by AppleInsider.

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09:09
Apple Maps to get parking data from Parkopedia

Apple Map users will be able to view key information about parking garages and lots around the world. In addition, users will have the option to click through to Parkopedia’s website and iOS app to view more detailed information including pricing, user reviews, special offers and real-time space availability. They will also be able to make reservations.

This is a great addition to Maps.

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09:00
Microsoft Pix promises to improve iPhone photography...

Microsoft on Wednesday released Pix, a new photo application that utilizes the company's machine learning skills with a computational photography implementation intended to improve the quality of photos shot on an iPhone 5s or newer.

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09:00
Register for “From Demo to Action: Tips from...

Finding the right tools to improve productivity and communication in your company can be a challenge—but what about implementation?

Register now for the next episode of Modern Workplace, From Demo to Action: Tips from everyday users,” airing August 9 at 8 a.m. PDT / 3 p.m. GMT to see the best user tips from season two in action. Also, learn how innovations in Office 365 and Office 2016 are helping organizations stay secure, communicate more effectively and get things done.

Our featured guests are technology leaders with extensive experience in helping customers maximize the powerful tools provided by Microsoft.

  • Brad Rappell, CEO at CloudFirst
  • Tony Safoian, CEO and president at SADA Systems
  • Eric Sugar, president at ProServeIT

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09:00
Kelly Services—putting nearly one million people to...

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Cloud-based speed, agility helps find jobs for nearly one million people

Complete cloud communication with Skype for Business

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09:00
Hands-on: Channels for iOS – a beautiful live local...

If you’re a cord cutter who owns a 4th-generation Apple TV, then it’s highly likely that you’re already intimately familiar with Channels. Fancy Bits’ well-received app lets Apple TV 4 owners, who own an HDHomeRun device and an antenna, watch, pause, and rewind live TV.

Although a tvOS version launched earlier this year, Channels has been conspicuously missing from the iOS App Store. Today, that all changes, as an iOS version of the app has been released on the App Store for $14.99. more…

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08:59
Transcript: Tim Cook's Opening Statement for...

Today's report covers the opening commentary from Apple's CEO Tim Cook during their Q3 2016 Financial Conference Call that was held yesterday, July 26, 2016. It's a transcript that Patently Apple has created so that we can be more accurately quote Tim Cook in future reports about company specifics. It's an accurate account that any Apple fan could rely on for facts about Apple's Q3 at any time – and we hope that you enjoy it. Today's report covers the following: Tim Cook on the iPhone SE; on services; on iPad; on Apple Watch; on China and India; on Apple's four platforms; on Siri and Artificial Intelligence; on Privacy / Differential Privacy; and finally on Apple Pay.

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08:59
Take a systematic approach to security and...

Today’s post was written by Brenda Carter, principal content developer for Office 365 enterprise adoption.

Microsoft provides the most comprehensive set of identity and information protection capabilities for customers. However, the breadth of capabilities can be daunting. We get a lot of requests for help determining which features to implement and where to start—especially with Office 365.

Today, we’re pleased to share two new resources designed to help you take a systematic approach to security and information protection. These were developed in partnership with our cybersecurity consulting team. I’ve learned a great deal by working with this team to create content to support our customers in adopting Microsoft cloud services, including Office 365. But you don’t have to hire this team to take advantage of their experience working one-on-one with customers across many industries. The basic concepts that drive an Office 365 security engagement are published...

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08:57
Apple Partners With Parkopedia to Bring In-Depth...

Parking service company Parkopedia today announced that it will begin to provide its enhanced and detailed parking information services directly within Apple Maps. With the partnership between the two companies, that means iOS users will be able to visit Apple Maps to discover more than 40 million parking spots in 75 countries across North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

The integration of Parkopedia into Apple Maps actually began in March inside of the United States, but today marks the official worldwide launch of the new resource. With the parking company's "rich information," Apple Maps users will be able to search for parking garages and lots, while reading...

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08:56
Microsoft Pix for iOS

Take better photos without extra effort! Microsoft Pix has serious intelligence behind the lens, so it can automatically tweak settings for each shot, and immediately enhance your photos, to help people and scenes look their best. Now you can just enjoy the moment, instead of struggling to capture it! Point. Shoot. Perfect.

This sounds really interesting—I’ll give it a try. Designed for iPhone and iPad

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08:39
Xiaomi launches Mi Notebook Air, targeting Apple...

Best known for its smartphones, China's Xiaomi on Wednesday revealed the Mi Notebook Air, its first laptop, apparently designed to take on Apple's MacBook and MacBook Air.

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08:37
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature Space Black color...

The next-gen iPhone could feature a capacitive Home button as well as a Space Black color option.

A new report from Macotakara which cites supply chain sources states that the iPhone 7 will feature a capacitive Home button with support for 3D Touch. This means that the home button would not actually be a moving part, though users would still feel as if they were pushing a button thanks to haptic feedback similar to that of the Force Touch trackpad on recent MacBooks.

The updated Home button would also be flush with the front of the iPhone. This, paired with the removal of the headphone jack, would go a long way towards seeing that the next-gen iPhone was even more sealed and waterproof.

The switch to a capacitive Home button would also take...

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08:35
Apple Pencil Could be Your Next Gaming Device

If Apple’s latest patent is any indication, your next Apple Pencil will be more than a pointing and drawing accessory for your iPad Pro. It’ll also be a pointing device for your Mac, and a joystick for gaming.

The post Apple Pencil Could be Your Next Gaming Device appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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08:25
Upthere cloud service reveals pricing & storage...

We’ve been following Upthere since it was simply a secret cloud startup from ex-OS X chief Bertrand Serlet back in 2012. After years of development and a closed beta period that started last fall, Upthere is officially launching today as it reveals pricing and storage details and drops the beta label. There’s also a three-month free trial period for new users…

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08:20
Rumor: Apple to adopt USB Type-C in another upcoming...

A new supply chain rumor suggests that Apple will bring USB Type-C ports from its 12-inch MacBook to another notebook in the lineup. The most likely candidate: the MacBook Pro. Here's why.

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08:14
Apple Maps adds enhanced parking space info,...

Apple Maps is getting enhanced data for parking spots as Parkopedia today announces a deal to provide Apple with its database of parking services worldwide. That means that Apple Maps is now gaining enhanced data for the 40 million parking spots currently tracked by Parkopedia across 75 countries in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

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08:12
Apple veterans take on iCloud, Dropbox

Upthere, a little-known startup founded by former Apple software gurus, thinks it can do far better than Apple iCloud, Dropbox, Box, and others when it comes to quickly storing, organizing, and searching digital photos, videos, and more.

This new company was co-founded by Bertrand Serlet, the former Senior Vice President of Software Engineering at Apple. This is going to be really fun to watch. I would not count these guys out.

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08:01
MacBook Air With USB-C Again Rumored, Launch...

Last month, Japanese blog Mac Otakara reported that Apple plans to announce new MacBook Air models featuring USB-C ports based on the Thunderbolt 3 protocol by the end of June, and begin shipping the notebooks to retailers in August. It is now seven weeks later, however, and the rumor has yet to materialize.

But if a new report from Taiwanese website DigiTimes is to believed, Apple still has plans to release a new MacBook Air with USB-C ports after all. The report does not provide a launch timeframe for the updated notebooks, but the secondary rumor suggests Mac Otakara may have been off on timing only.Currently, Apple has decided to adopt the...

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07:57
Firefox 5.0 for iOS Gets Speed, Battery Improvements...

Mozilla has pushed out version 5.0 of Firefox for iOS to the App Store, and along with it comes a slew of new features. Chief among those are both speed and battery life improvements as well as the ability to add custom search engines to the browser. When searching for something in Firefox, you’ve long had the option of tapping the icon of an alternative engine to perform your search there. Now you can add your own custom engines by simply going to any website, putting the cursor in the website’s own search box, and then hitting Firefox’s magnifying-glass-with-a-plus-symbol icon. That’ll add it to the top of your alternatives list and you’re good to go!

The post Firefox 5.0 for iOS Gets Speed, Battery Improvements and Custom Search appeared first on The Mac...

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07:51
∞ BB King breaks a string in the middle of a song...

BB was so great. This is also one of my favorite songs.

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07:46
News: Adobe launches new Lightroom viewer for Apple...

Adobe has created a new version of its Lightroom app for Apple TV, with abilities limited to viewing photos edited and saved in the corresponding iOS and desktop apps. Whereas those versions are geared toward editing, the Apple TV version includes a simplified interface that only supports browsing through collections. Photos and their applied edits saved on the Creative Cloud can be synced automatically for viewing on the bigger screen. The download…

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07:38
Nintendo's hotly anticipated Pokémon Go Plus...

You gotta catch ‘em all in Pokémon Go, but right now that’s hard to do. Unless you’re looking at your phone 24/7 or willing to jump out of your running car, you might miss out on a rare Pokémon.

It looks like you won’t be getting any help with that before the fall. Nintendo recently announced via Twitter that the Pokémon Go Plus wearable won’t be released until September. The wearable was originally expected to roll out in July.

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07:30
Daily Deal: A domain name and one year of web...

Ever wanted to start up your own website, but got turned off by the cost of getting a domain name and good hosting? This Daily Deal from Apple World Today is just for you! We're featuring the A2 Hosting Swift Plan, with a year of web hosting, pro services, and resources plus a free domain name registration for only $14.99.  

A2 Hosting is well-known for its amazing speeds and uptime, and has a 4.5/5 rating from WhatIsHostingThis.com. Features include: 

  • Get top-notch hosting for an unlimited amount of websites & databases
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07:30
News: Australian banks team up to push for other...

Australia’s three largest banks have lodged an application with anti-trust regulators, requesting approval to negotiate with Apple on installing their own electronic payment apps on iPhones, Reuters reports. Apple currently doesn’t allow third-party payment apps to be loaded onto the iPhone, ostensibly because they would compete with its own Apple Pay system. Australian banks have notoriously resisted signing deals to use Apple Pay and…

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07:10
Apple's Cook, Maestri bullish on short- and...

Apple's 4-inch iPhone SE is attracting switcher and new-user sales in an otherwise slow period between major iPhone releases, and supply of the sought-after model is just now catching up with demand, leaving room for future growth, according to Apple executives.

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07:04
News: Report: iPhone 7 may feature 3D Touch home...

The new iPhone 7 may do away with the standard home button in favor of a touch-sensitive 3D Touch home button, Macotakara reports. The speculation echoes a report from last week that the new device will use haptic feedback to mimic a click rather than relying on an actual button press. Unnamed supply chain sources said the improved home button is flush with the body and will not actually depress when pushed, even though users will feel the sensation…

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07:01
Consumers will likely look for advanced driver...

Although the Apple Car — which, remember, Apple has never even confirmed — reportedly won't roll out until 2021, according to IHS Automotive forecasts, 55% of annual global new vehicle sales in 2020 will be vehicles that are connected.

 

At that time, nearly half of the global fleet of vehicles in operation will be connected. Findings from a new IHS Automotive global consumer survey indicate that new advanced technologies and increased connectivity are driving consumer preferences as they consider new vehicles. More than 4,000 vehicle owners intending to purchase a new vehicle within the next 36 months were surveyed, representing four key automotive markets – the U.S., China, Germany and the United Kingdom. 

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are the most desired feature among global...

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06:48
Microsoft’s new iOS camera has no settings but...

Microsoft is taking on Apple’s own camera app with an iOS app it claims is smarter. Microsoft Pix has no user controls, but is instead controlled by AI software, which attempts to work out what you are photographing and automatically adjust the settings to give the best results. It also automatically enhances your photos, and shows you the before-and-after to allow you to pick the version you prefer.

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06:47
Parkopedia to provide parking services in Apple Maps

Parkopedia, a global parking services provider, says it’s providing its parking services to Apple Maps on OS X and iOS devices. Apple Maps users will be able to view key information about parking garages and lots around the world.  

In addition, users will have the option to click through to Parkopedia's website and iOS app to view more detailed information including pricing, user reviews, special offers and real-time space availability. They will also be able to make reservations.

Parkopedia is used by millions of drivers and organizations such as BMW, Ford, Garmin, Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot, Toyota, Volvo, and VW. It provides static information on 40 million parking spaces in over 150,000 facilities across 6000 cities in 75 countries — including real-time parking space availability information in over 500 cities in 30 countries.

The service allows drivers to find the closest parking to their destination...

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06:42
Apple supplier LG Display spends another $1.75B on...

LG Display on Wednesday announced plans to spend 1.99 trillion won -- about $1.75 billion -- on a new flexible OLED production line, which could potentially help the company vie for Apple iPhone orders.

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06:41
External Link: Apple Music No Longer Counts Against...

While T-Mobile users have been able to stream music from Apple Music for the past year without it counting against their mobile data caps, the mobile carrier has now added Apple Music to its Binge On program, meaning that video from Apple Music will no longer count against the caps. This exemption includes music videos, as well as future video content on Apple Music, such as the upcoming “Carpool Karaoke” series from CBS.

 

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06:40
External Link: Apple Music Scores “Carpool Karaoke”...

First, there was “Planet of the Apps,” and now Apple continues its foray into original content by nabbing CBS’s upcoming “Carpool Karaoke” series, a spinoff of the popular “The Late Late Show with James Corden” bit, in which he drives celebrities around as they sing songs. Although it doesn’t sound as if Corden will host the new show, it is, nonetheless, a pretty big “get” for Apple Music.

 

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06:38
Happy Hour Podcast 077 | Carpool Karaoke, iPhone 7...

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about Apple’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ purchase, the rumored iPhone 7 release date in context, and Apple’s latest earnings report. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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06:38
News: Apple turning ‘Carpool Karaoke’ into an Apple...

Apple is turning James Corden’s popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment into its own series, set to air as an Apple Music exclusive, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The series will expand on the current format, with celebrity guests singing along to their favorite songs and surprising fans during the ride, but will likely feature a host other than Corden. The 16-episode series will be released weekly on Apple Music, but no premiere date…

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06:36
Apple opens at $103, up 7%, after the company...

Following the earnings report yesterday, Apple company stock has popped 7% as investors were pleased with Apple’s guidance for the September quarter and total revenue drop for fiscal Q3 was lower than anticipated.

This means Apple stock is back into triple digits, after fleeting the $101 mark briefly last week. The stock opened this morning at $103, up significantly from yesterdays close os ~$97

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06:25
Duplicacy for Mac is a new deduplication cloud...

Acrosync has launched Duplicacy 1.0, a cross-platform cloud backup tool that’s compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.

The utility uses a lock-free deduplication method, so it can backup multiple clients to most popular cloud-based storage services without the need for any file locks. The app also offers the ability to perform backups to local hard drives, SFTP servers, and NAS boxes. Duplicity’s graphical user interface features one-page backup configuration.

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06:17
AKVIS updates all its artistic plug-ins and apps

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced updates of their artistic plug-ins and standalone applications: Sketch, OilPaint, AirBrush, Draw, Charcoal, and Points. The new versions bring frames for artworks, new effect presets, an innovative user interface with support for Ultra HD displays, and other changes.

The programs are available to purchase separately as well as in the AKVIS Artistic Bundle for 50% off. They’re compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.

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06:10
Apple is working on its first retail store in Mexico

Apple plans to open its first retail store in Mexico later this year at the Centro Santa Fe mall, reports AppleInsider

“The Santa Fe location is expected to feature a ‘next generation’ design language with space for a Genius Bar, custom wooden cabinetry for accessories, iconic wooden tables and an ample sales floor,” the article adds. “Whether the outlet will rate the 37-foot, custom built TV display Apple has been installing as part of larger U.S. and international Apple Store renovations is unknown.”

Apple is also planning its first retail store in Taiwan. With the opening of these stores, Apple will have 486 retail stores in 20 countries and an online store available in 39 countries. What’s more, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reportedly clearing the way for Apple to open its first retail store in that country....

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06:08
∞ iCloud Tabs not working in your macOS Sierra beta...

While my macOS Sierra beta has been pretty rock solid, there is one feature that has stopped working for me. If I click the iCloud Tabs button (the icon of two overlaid squares in the upper-right corner of the Safari window), Safari should open a view that shows all the Safari tabs in my current window, as well as the Safari tabs in my other nearby iOS devices.

For me, the macOS tabs show up just fine, but the iCloud tabs do not appear. I depend on this feature, so I dug around the net to find a workaround while I waited for the Sierra beta that fixed this problem. […]

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06:05
Australia’s three biggest banks want their apps...

Australia's three biggest banks, including the top lender, National Australia Bank, have lodged a joint application with anti-trust regulators seeking approval to collectively negotiate with Apple to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones, reports Reuters.

Apple, which operates its Apple Pay mobile payment service, doesn’t allow third-party electronic payment apps to be installed on the smartphone. The banks are seeking to be able to negotiate jointly for access to Apple's phones without themselves being accused of violating anti-competition law, according to Reuters.

On a related note, last November banks in Australia said they weren’t too keen on the idea of giving Apple a bit of the US$2 billion they earn annually from interchange fees, noted the Sydney Morning Herald. In the US, Apple earns close to 15¢ on every $100 of...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headset for only $76.99 — that’s 48% off the regular price. Boasting patented transducers that use bone conduction technology to convey crystal clear sound directly to your inner ears, these futuristic headphones allow you to fully hear your surroundings and talk with friends while you listen to your music. A sealed design with IP67 water resistance and…

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05:55
AAPL breaks $100 in after-hours trading, as analysts...

Update: That $103 price is holding steady in early trading this morning.

While Apple’s earnings weren’t fantastic, with particularly bad news in China, the market view appears to be that the numbers were better than feared. The stock price climbed sharply in the first hour of after-hours trading, jumping from $97.34 to more than $103, and has so far maintained this new level.

Business Insider did a roundup of analyst reactions, and found that with the single exception of Deutsche Bank, which rates the stock a Hold, all the...

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05:53
The tireless, automated bots that will play Pokémon...

One of the first things I thought of when I first experienced Pokémon Go was how dependent the game was on location and how easy that would be to spoof. It didn’t take long for developers to bring that idea to life:

A new wave of PC-based Pokémon Go “bots” take the hacking a step further, spoofing locations and automating actions to essentially play the game for you while you sit in the comfort of your own home.

There are a number of competing bots out there, from the open source Necrobot to the pre-compiled Pokébuddy to MyGoBot, which recently started charging $4.99 for its automation tool following a three-hour free trial. All of them work on the same basic principles, sending artificial data to the Pokémon Go servers to simulate an extremely efficient, entirely tireless player.

This same sort of thing happened in the early days of World of Warcraft. It took some time, but the folks at Blizzard figured out how to tell if robots were playing for you and took a...

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05:45
Apple’s employee number one

Craig Cannon, interviewing Apples’ first employee (beyond Steve Jobs and Woz), Bill Fernandez:

Craig: So at what point do Woz and Jobs come together and decide that they want to start working on Apple?

Bill: Okay, well during this Hewlett-Packard period when Woz and I were both there, Woz in the after hours designed his own Pong game. Pong was the first really popular, you know, video game that bars and pizza shops and restaurants could buy and put it in stores and people would come and put quarters in and play. So he built his own circuitry and used it with a small black and white TV set as the display.

Then a couple of things happened. He started working on building his own computer and he started attending the Homebrew Computer Club that was happening at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, SLAC.

So all of those things happened at the same time and then as his computer came together he would take it and show it off...

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05:36
Recode’s Kara Swisher: The New York Magazine...

This is a terrific interview. Some of it is inside baseball (anecdotes about the politics of tech journalism), but all of it is readable and fascinating. Feels like no punches were pulled.

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05:30
Australian banks demand access to NFC chip on iPhone...

Australia’s three biggest banks are claiming that Apple is in breach of antitrust laws by not allowing third-party mobile payment apps to use the NFC chip used by Apple Pay for contactless payment.

Reuters reports that the banks have initially requested permission from regulators to jointly negotiate with Apple – ironically, because they might themselves be in breach of antitrust laws if they clubbed together to negotiate without clearance to do so …

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05:26
Motorola confirms that they will not commit to...

Ars Technica:

When we recently reviewed the Moto Z, we said that the device would not be getting Android’s monthly security updates. Motorola doesn’t make this information officially available anywhere, but when we asked Motorola reps at the Moto Z launch event if the company would commit to the monthly updates, we were flatly told “no.”

And:

Motorola has clarified the update situation of the Moto Z and Moto G4, calling Android’s monthly security updates “difficult” and deciding not to commit to them.

Tough to say no to an update that patches a known security vulnerability.

From Moto:

We strive to push security patches as quickly as possible. However, because of the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, it’s difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices. It is often most efficient for us to bundle security updates in a scheduled Maintenance Release (MR) or OS upgrade.

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05:17
Top Australian banks pursue collective boycott of...

Graham Spencer, writing for MacStories:

In a rather extraordinary move, four of Australia’s largest banks have written to Australia’s competition regulator requesting permission to join together in a collective boycott whilst they negotiate with third-party mobile wallet services including Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay.

And:

At the heart of their request is the claim that third party wallet providers have the power to “impose highly restrictive terms and conditions”. The banks point out that 90% of smartphones sold in Australia run iOS or Android, and Samsung is the leading manufacturer of Android phones. Therefore, they claim, Google has significant bargaining power over Android, Samsung over Galaxy phones, and Apple over iPhones. But it is Apple that the banks say “has particularly significant bargaining power in negotiations relating to Apple Pay due to its control of both a key operating system and key mobile hardware”. They point out that in...

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05:00
Things to Do in Gothenburg in the Fall

Early fall is a great time to visit Gothenburg, Sweden. The students are back at the local universities, which gives any city a certain energy. You’ll also find fewer crowds than other times of the year, agreeable weather, some of the best people in the world, and plenty of serious awesomeness to see and do.

Sweden’s second largest city is an important port city, quickly growing in popularity due to a variety of attractions including of course, MacSysAdmin. In addition to popular tourist destinations, there are special events held in September, charming canals that stretch through the city and beautiful neo-classical architecture everywhere you look. Great food at every corner, a vibrant shopping scene, and all the nature you can ask for right at your doorstep are just a handful of reasons that make Gothenburg so unique.

Walk and Ride Around the City

Much of Gothenburg can be explored by walking. I usually register at least 10 kilometers a day when I’m there,...

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05:00
Google Beefs Up Phone App's Spam-Fighting Skills


Google on Tuesday released an updated version of its Phone app for Android with a new spam protection feature that warns users when an incoming call is likely to be spam. It also lets them block numbers and report spam. The app is available on Google Play.
The spam warning feature works on Nexus and AndroidOne devices on the T-Mobile USA, Project Fi and Orange France networks. "For me, mobile spam calls are a nightmare," remarked Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

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04:50
First Singapore Apple Store looks set for November...

The first Apple Store in Singapore looks set to open in November, according to a construction works plate on the site. The plate says that the anticipated completion date of the additions and alterations to the building is 31st October, suggesting that it is likely to open sometime the following month …

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04:48
Security software market grew 3.7% in 2015

Worldwide security software revenue totaled $22.1 billion in 2015, a 3.7% increase in from 2014, according to Gartner, Inc.

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04:32
Videos: Five Analysts Weigh in on Apple's...

As the market gets ready to open, Apple's stock AAPL is likely to open at +6.75% higher on relief that their third quarter financials weren't as bad as Wall Street had expected and the sell off prior to Apple's announcement was overkill. As some analysts have had time to digest their financials, opinions are beginning to roll in. Below are a few video interviews with some pretty interesting points and optimism ...

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04:30
Horcrux makes it a breeze to backup, migrate email...

By Aaron Lee

Questions about data sovereignty, data security and cloud computing are important issues are important for every person who has an email account — and that includes you. Technichor's Horcrux Email Backup for Mac users lets you automatically keep you data rather than surrendering it to third party services.

The data stored with some email providers actually belongs to the provider, not to the user. As a result, some folks have been surprised to discover that they've lost access to their data without any recourse.

Horcrux is a background app that takes daily snapshots of email account states similar to the way Apple's Time Machine works with your Mac. The app allows you to browse the emails and undelete specific emails. In case you accidentally delete an important email, you can undelete it with a click.

Another feature of Horcrux is the option it gives people to change email providers without losing all prior data. Horcrux...

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04:18
Apple’s Chinese revenue falls 33% as local brands...

While most of the numbers announced yesterday were broadly in line with analyst expectations, there was one particularly disappointing element: revenue from China. This was down 29% on the previous quarter, and a full 33% year-on-year – from $13.2B in Q3 2015 to $8.8B the same quarter this year.

CEO Tim Cook pointed to slowing growth in the Chinese economy as a factor, but there are two other factors at play …

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04:06
Apple remains optimistic after a tough Q3 2016

Another quarter brings with it Apple financial results–nearly $8 billion in profit this time, despite a whole lot of tough year-over-year sales and revenue comparisons. But as a part of the results we also get the chance to hear directly from Apple’s executives, in the quarterly ritual of the conference call with analysts. There’s always good stuff to be gleaned from this call, and this quarter was no exception. Here’s what we learned.

Optimism about the iPhone buying cycle

Combine the changes to the way people buy smartphones (especially in the United States) with the sales fall-off from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6s, and a lot of people are worried that the buying cycle of the iPhone is going to be elongated. In other words, while your average smartphone buyer might have purchased a new phone every two years in the past,...

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04:04
Kool Tools: Braven 105 speaker

BRAVEN’s 105 (www.braven.com) is a waterproof, compact speaker inspired by active lifestyles and designed to be taken anywhere you are. The latest addition to BRAVEN’s Active Series lineup, the 105 combines a modern round design with versatility and booming full body sound.

The $49.99 BRAVEN 105 is designed to keep up with the everyday athlete and on-the-go individual. With an IPX7 waterproof rating, the 105 can withstand sweat, rain, mud, dirt and sand while playing your favorite tunes.
 

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04:00
Tractica: the future looks bright for combos like...

Digital payments using wearables devices such as the combination of Apple Pay and the Apple Watch will drive more than $500 billion in transaction volume annually by 2020, according to Tractica. That will be up from $3.1 billion in 2015.

The market intelligence firm anticipates that, by 2020, wearable payments will represent approximately 20% of the total mobile proximity transaction volume and about 1% of total cashless transactions in retail.

“Wearable payments are just getting started,” says research director Aditya Kaul. “Apple Pay for the Apple Watch is the first big effort at enabling payments with the wrist.”

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03:39
Australian Banks Challenge Apple Over Mobile Payment...

Three of Australia's biggest banks have lodged a joint application with anti-trust regulators to negotiate with Apple over gaining access to the NFC-based mobile payment hardware in its smartphones (via Reuters).

Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank (NAB), and Westpac have so far resisted signing deals to use the company's Apple Pay mobile payment system, because they want their customers to be able to use digital wallets they have already financed and developed.

However, they don't want to be accused of violating anti-competition law by jointly negotiating a deal, which is where the application comes in.

If the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) lets the banks collectively negotiate with Apple under the terms of the application, it would enable them to undertake "a limited form of...

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00:20
Xiaomi's first laptop is the $750 Mi Notebook...

It wouldn't be a Xiaomi event if it was just announcing one product. In addition to the new Redmi Pro smartphone, the Chinese company threw in a huge surprise by launching its first-ever laptop line, the Mi Notebook Air, running on Windows 10. It com...

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00:13
Nintendo's lack of breakthrough games hits...

Despite Nintendo's attempts to lower expectations ahead of announcing its financial results, its latest quarterly earnings aren't good. At all. Net sales are down 31 percent compared to the same quarter last year, down to 62 billion yen ($587 million...

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Tuesday July 26

23:50
Xiaomi's Redmi Pro does OLED and dual camera on...

Just because Xiaomi is selling Segways, drones, bicycles and rice cookers these days doesn't mean that it's forgotten what it started off with years ago: mobile phones. Today, the Chinese company announced the Redmi Pro which is the latest smartphone...

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23:18
3D imaging helps map tiny connections in the brain

Mapping brain connections is tricky -- chemicals can destroy the very structures you're trying to map, and an electron microscope can only tell you so much. MIT researchers aren't daunted, however. They've developed a new 3D imaging technique that le...

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22:53
Apple preps first Mexican Apple Store ahead of push...

While Apple's growth, or lack thereof, in Greater China grabs headlines, work continues on a planned expansion into untapped markets like Mexico, where the company is poised to open its first retail store later this year.

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22:28
Check out Lockheed Martin's robotic blimp...

Lockheed Martin's hybrid airships are as big as a football field, and it's a huge challenge making sure their surfaces are don't have tiny pinholes in them. That's why the company developed a robot called Self-Propelled Instrument for Damage Evaluati...

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21:55
Solar-powered machine turns urine into drinkable...

Scientists from a Belgian university have built a solar-powered machine that can turn urine into drinkable water. They deployed it at a 10-day music and theater festival in central Ghent, Belgium. The experiment was a success as the scientists were a...

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21:21
Australian banks say Apple Pay is anticompetitive,...

Three of Australia's major banks on Wednesday filed a joint application with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to force Apple into negotiations over the installation of third-party mobile payments software on iPhone.

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21:21
LG Display invests $1.75 billion for flexible OLED...

The South Korean-based LG Display announced it will be investing $1.75 billion in an attempt to meet the growing demand for flexible OLED displays, which are expected to replace LCDs for smartphones and other similar tech in the future.

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20:40
'Destiny' splits off from PlayStation 3...

If you're still playing Destiny on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, today's update is the last you'll see. That's aside from any emergency fixes, according to a post on Bungie.net. The patch also addresses a number of minor glitches involving loot, gear a...

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19:29
Porsche will hire over 1,400 employees to build its...

Porsche first unveiled its electric car, the Mission E, last December as a luxury model fit to compete with Tesla's Model S. 1,000 new jobs would be created to bring the concept vehicle to life, but today they increased the total to more than 1,400,...

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19:08
Apple services will be size of Fortune 100 company...

Apple CEO Tim Cook during a quarterly investor conference call on Tuesday said he expects his company's services sector, which continues to exhibit growth despite slumping iPhone sales, to generate revenues equivalent to that of a Fortune 100 company next year.

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18:39
EPA findings should lead to caps on aircraft...

It's no secret that aircraft contribute to harmful emissions like road-going vehicles, and the Environmental Protection Agency is one step closer to keeping that pollution in check. It recently finalized findings showing that some aircraft produce a...

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18:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook Is High on ‘AR,’ Says It Will Be...

Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company is “high on AR.” During Apple’s quarterly conference call with Wall Street analysts, he demurred from saying augmented reality will be the next so-called platform, but said, “regardless, [AR] will be huge.”

The post Apple CEO Tim Cook Is High on ‘AR,’ Says It Will Be Huge appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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17:53
Venmo opens up third-party app support to all

After allowing a limited number of customers to try out a special beta offering Venmo support with third-party apps in January, Venmo is now allowing all its users to pay for things in the same manner. In fact, starting tomorrow, July 27th, you'll be...

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17:27
Apple earnings call transcript

iMore did their usual transcript of the earnings call, which is always good.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:25
iPhone 7 again rumored to feature Force Touch Home...

Earlier today, we shared a handful of videos that gave perhaps the best look yet at the upcoming iPhone 7. Now, a new report from Macotakara reiterates a few features that the iPhone 7 could very well feature, including a capacitive Home button.

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17:21
Runkeeper's Running Groups keep you motivated

If you have running buddies, you know the advantages they bring -- they'll encourage you to run when you'd otherwise slack off, or when you just have to one-up a friend. And Runkeeper knows it. The Asics-owned developer has updated its Android and...

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17:10
Apple Q3 Earnings: iPhone Sales Continue To Slide,...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BGR: Apple on Tuesday announced fiscal third-quarter earnings of $1.42 per share, or $7.8 billion in net income, on sales totaling $42.4 billion. That compares to a net profit of $1.85 per share in the same quarter last year, while revenue slid from the Q3 record of $49.6 billion that Apple set in fiscal 2015. Ahead of Apple's report, analysts were expecting EPS to come in at $1.39 while revenue was seen dropping to $42.1 billion, right in the middle of Apple's guidance of between $41 billion and $43 billion. iPhone sales in fiscal Q3 2016 totaled 40.4 million units, down from the 47.5 million iPhones the company sold during the June quarter last year, which was also a third-quarter record. Wall Street's consensus for this past quarter was 40 million units. The company said it expects between $45.5 billion and $47.5 billion in sales for the fiscal fourth quarter. The only part of Apple's business that's really growing is its mobile apps and...

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16:59
'Second Life' removes support for Oculus...

When Second Life patched in support for the Oculus Rift, Linden Lab was cautious to pitch its online world as a haven for virtual reality. "We're trying not to make too big of a deal out of it," Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg said in 2014. "It's still e...

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16:40
The best Pokémon Go map grabs data directly from the...

If you want the best Pokémon Go map, why not use the game’s servers to tell you where to find Pokémon? That’s the aim of Pokévision, which claims to use the the game’s own API to discover the Pokémon in your midst.

Pokévision’s premise is simple: It taps the game’s API to provide a real-time “cheat sheet” pointing to the locations of the nearest Pokémon in Pokémon Go. Each Pokémon location comes with a timer; when that timer expires, the Pokémon de-spawns and disappears. 

“Find all Pokémon near you (or a selected target location) in real time for Pokémon Go. Pokémon nearby will be marked along with their appearance timer on the map,” the Pokévision site claims. “These are real-time Pokemon locations, meaning they are currently live and can be found exactly at the marked spots.”

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16:32
Apple CEO Tim Cook bullish on augmented reality,...

During Apple's quarterly conference call for the third fiscal quarter of 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed investments into augmented reality solutions, saying the nascent platform holds "huge" potential.

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16:17
Tesla parts ways with chipmaker behind its Autopilot...

In the wake of a fatal Tesla Model S Autopilot accident in Florida, the all-electric automaker has announced it is parting ways with Mobileye, the company behind the image recognition hardware that powers the semi-autonomous system. As Recode reports...

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16:08
Apple Scores Exclusive Deal for CBS Carpool Karaoke...

Carpool Karaoke, the wonderfully fun segment on The Late Late Show where host James Cordon sings in his car with celebrities, is getting its own spin-off series streaming exclusively on Apple Music. The deal shows Apple’s growing interest in original content, and could draw more subscribers to its streaming music service.

The post Apple Scores Exclusive Deal for CBS Carpool Karaoke TV Series appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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16:01
Tim Cook: ‘Think of Apple TV as a Foundation for...

It might be tempting to think about the Apple TV as a hardware device, and its associated revenue combined with apps that deliver content and the associated revenue collected by Apple. But, during Apple’s 2016 Q3 earnings report, CEO Tim Cook said that we should think about the Apple TV in a different way.

The post Tim Cook: ‘Think of Apple TV as a Foundation for Broader Business’ appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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15:44
Milky Way's spinning 'halo' helps...

Out beyond our solar system are billions of other planets, starts, moon rocks and solar systems. Beyond that, however is an enormous, hot, gaseous halo of matter. It stretches for hundreds of thousands of light years, and could be the key to sorting...

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15:43
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Augmented Reality: 'We...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today told investors that Apple is continuing to invest in augmented reality, and that the company is "high on AR in the long run." Cook's comments came after he was questioned about Pokémon Go, the hit augmented reality game developed by Niantic Labs, Nintendo, and The Pokémon Company.

Cook, who continually referred to "Pokémon" as "Pokemans," said Pokémon Go is a "testament to what happens to innovative apps," giving the App Store credit for empowering developers to "press a button" and "offer a product around the world." He went on to say that augmented reality offers a great commercial opportunity and great opportunities for consumers.

AR can be really great. We have been and continue to invest a lot in this. We're high on AR in the long run and we think there are great things for customers and a great commercial opportunity. The...

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15:42
Why hackers love health apps

WASHINGTON—That handy health app on your phone—the one with access to your medical history, your doctor’s name, even your home address—may be vulnerable to hackers. Technology experts discussed the risks at a House hearing July 14 with the Energy and Commerce subcommittee.

The fast growth of information technologies in the health care sector has outpaced the industry’s efforts to safeguard them. A report by IMS Health, a research and service provider for health care professionals, showed that more than 165,000 mobile health (or mHealth) apps were available in 2013. Many of the apps offer access to users’ electronic health records from doctors or hospitals. 

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15:30
AWT News Update: July 26, 2016

Apple CFO Luca Maestri. Photo via Apple

It's Apple quarterly earning report day, and we have a short summary of everything you need to know -- basically, things weren't that great, but the expectations for next quarter are much better and the share price has actually gone up in after-hours trading:

  • Find out more about the Apple Q3 2016 Earnings Call
  • Some rumors about the iPhone 7/iPhone 6SE or whatever it will be called

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 26, 2016.

Apple released its third-quarter 2016 earnings statement this afternoon, and while the numbers...

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15:24
Tim Cook 'Optimistic' About iPhone 7 Sales...

During today's third quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook told investors that he's "very optimistic" about prospective iPhone sales this fall, despite rumors suggesting the device will introduce only minor changes.

In response to a question about speculation that iPhone upgrade rates will be low in 2016 based on circulating rumors that the iPhone 7 will mark only a modest update to the iPhone 6s, Cook said he sees "so many signs that are positive" that point towards solid sales numbers.

A mockup of the iPhone 7I don't want to talk about new phones that aren't announced. That aside, what we have seen -- in past tense or in current tense -- on the upgrade...

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15:19
Gadget Ogling: Pretty Printers, Bargain Smartwatches...


Paper, designed by Ludwig Rensch, is sadly a concept for now. It holds a ream of paper to make loading the printing material easier than shuffling with a stack of loose leafs. It can scan documents and send them to your phone if you desire. It can make copies. There's a string of LEDs to show how much ink is left for each color, and there's even a handle on top to make the compact printer easy to move. At first glance, it seems abundantly easy to use. The design is clean, though I'm a little disappointed there are no anthropomorphic elements.

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15:08
Cook: the fourth gen Apple TV is a foundation on...

During a conference call about Apple’s latest financial results, CEO Tim Cook was asked about the Apple TV and its plans regarding the larger streaming TV/video content scenario.

“We think of the new Apple TV as the foundation for what we can do in the space,” he said. “I don't want to be more specific than that. Just don't look at what's there today and think we've done what we want to do. We've built a foundation that we think we can build something bigger off of.”

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15:06
Mac sales down year-over-year, but up 5% from the...

Mac sales for the fiscal 2016 third quarter that ended June 25 were down, but the news wasn’t all bad. Apple sold 4.25 million units during the period, down from from 4.8 million units in the year-ago quarter. However, Mac sales were up 5% from the previous quarter and revenues were up 3% sequentially. 

“It was a challenging quarter for personal computer sales,” says Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri. “We faced a very difficult quarter with Macs compared to the year-ago quarter when we launched a new MacBook Pro and iMac.”

Mac sales could revive later this year with the release of macOS Sierra. Especially if we see new MacBook Pros and revamped Mac desktops.

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15:03
Electro-Harmonix brings '80s synth sounds to...

The likes of Korg and Moog have their own synthesizer apps for iOS devices, and now there's a new option for loading up a virtual instrument on those mobile devices. Electro-Harmonix has released a version of its Mini-Synthesizer EH-1600 for iPad and...

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14:56
Apple announces $42.4 billion in revenue, $7.8...

You know, in most businesses, a quarterly profit of $7.8 billion would be considered a good thing.

In Apple’s frame of mind, this isn’t that stellar.

In today’s Q3 2016 conference call, representatives from Apple cited revenues of $42.4 billion, a profit of $7.8 billion with a margin of 38 percent.

Apple CEO Tim Cook cited the successful launch of the iPhone SE, wherein demand outstripped capacity at first. Additional capacity was brought online to handle this.

Cook cited an 8 percent decline in iPhone sales from Q3 2015.

Cook also cited a 19 percent growth in services with App Store revenue up 37 percent to an all-time high.

During the conference call, representatives lauded exceptionally strong iPad Pro sales, Cook, citing the very...

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14:49
Unit iPad unit sales down slightly (again), but...

However, though unit sales were down 3% from the previous quarter, revenues were up 10% thanks to the iPad Pro. About half of iPad Pro buyers are purchasing them for work, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. 

“It’s the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users,” he says. “And it’s the ultimate replacement device for customers switching from PC laptops.”

What’s more, the average selling price of an iPad prose from $430 to $490 due to the higher priced 9.7-inch iPad Pro compared to the previous iPad Air 2.

Among U.S. consumers planning to purchase a tablet in the next 6 months, 63% plan to purchase an iPad, says Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri. Most of those folks plan to buy a pro model, he says.

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14:46
The good news and bad news about iPhone sales…..

When it comes to the iPhone, there’s good news and bad news. Apple sold 40.4 million iPhones during the fiscal 2016 third quarter that ended June 25. Unit sales were down 21% from the previous quarter and 15% down from the year-ago quarter.  

However, that’s slightly better than the 40 million than Wall Street predicted. Switchers from Android and other platforms accounted for the highest percentage of iPhone buyers than ever before during the quarter, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. And the iPhone SE demand outstripped supply through the entire June quarter, he added.

On the other than, the average selling price (ASP) of an iPhone declined to $595 from $642 last quarter, due mainly to the iPhone SE. However, according to Cook, the iPhone installed base in China grew 34% over the past year, andiPhone sales in India were up 51% year-over-year in the first three quarters of this year.

Finally, Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri says the iPhone continues...

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