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Sunday July 31

21:01
Delphi will test its self-driving taxi service in...

Uber may be talking about it, but automotive technology parts supplier Delphi is doing it. Today the company announced a partnership with Singapore to start a pilot program for an on-demand autonomous taxi service.

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21:00
The most interesting thing about Philips' new...

Forget about fashion aesthetics and the squishy parameters of “fitness goals.” Today Philips enters the U.S. connected health market with five new gadgets, and while the devices aren’t particularly innovative—or even pretty—they do have one feature that less trend-conscious consumers may care about: recognition from the FDA.

The suite include a health watch ($250), a body analysis scale ($100), an ear thermometer ($60), an upper arm blood pressure monitor ($100) and a wrist blood pressure monitor ($90). Each connects to a central mobile app for tracking your bio signals and activity data—all in the service of...

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20:42
TextWrangler 5.5

Brings more than 250 new features, changes to existing features, and fixes to the free text editor. (Free, 9.3 MB)

 

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20:01
'Pokémon Go' update kills battery-saving...

Pokémon Go's first substantial update adds tweaks for overpowered Pokemon (those consistently at the top of Pokemon gyms: cough, Vaporean, cough), where the critters can be found, and a raft of bug and text fixes. Niantic has decided to drop t...

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18:39
Apple launches official iBooks Instagram account,...

Over the weekend, Apple quietly debuted an official Instagram account for the iBooks Store, promoting various new releases including the highly-anticipated stage script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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18:36
Deep space travel might play havoc with your heart

Traveling deeper into space may carry some unanticipated health risks. Scientists have published a study noting that Apollo astronauts have died of heart disease at an unusually high rate -- of the 7 that passed away during the study, 43 percent fel...

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17:04
Jack White's label played a vinyl record at 94,...

Jack White's Third Man Records label is no stranger to using technological feats to draw publicity, but its latest feat is something truly special. The company recently teamed up with Students and Teachers in Near Space to become the first to play a...

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15:32
HBO's 'Westworld' sci-fi series...

JJ Abrams' and Jonathan Nolan's TV adaptation of Westworld hit its share of snags on the way to release (it was originally supposed to debut in 2015), but it's nearly here. HBO has confirmed that the robot-theme-park-gone-wrong show will debut on Oc...

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15:32
Hackers target Vietnam airport screens with...

China, the Philippines and Vietnam are embroiled in a bitter dispute over territory claims in the South China Sea (a court has ruled that China's claims are illegal), and that appears to have led to some audacious cyberattacks on July 29th. Vietnam's...

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14:02
Uber reportedly pours $500 million into mapping the...

It won't surprise you to hear that Uber is improving its maps to offer better pickups and drop-offs, but the ridesharing giant is apparently more committed to the idea than you might think. A Financial Times source understands that Uber is investing...

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13:35
Microsoft Brings ChakraCore to Linux and OS X

An anonymous reader quotes a columnist at CIO:
A few days ago I wrote about Microsoft's revival of Skype for Linux. I called it "a big deal" -- less because of Skype itself and more because it signified Microsoft's recognition that Linux is a platform worth supporting... Now the company has done it again. At Node Summit this week, Microsoft announced the availability of ChakraCore for Linux. ChakraCore is the core part of the Chakra JavaScript engine that powers Microsoft Edge and Universal Windows Platform. With this move, Microsoft is putting one of its core technologies on a competing platform. This, more than any other Linux-friendly move the company has made, is a clear departure from the Microsoft of Gates and Ballmer that used its technologies to lock users into Windows...
While Ubuntu is the primary Linux distribution that Microsoft is using to showcase its ChakraCore technologies, the company said that the support should easily translate to other modern Linux...

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12:27
Leak: Samsung's next Gear VR works with your...

The Galaxy Note 7 isn't likely to be the only treat at Samsung's August 2nd media event... and you may well be happy even if you have no intention of buying a new smartphone. Well-known tipster OnLeaks and French tech site Nowhereelse claim to have...

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12:25
Watch this man make history by plumetting 25,000...

It’s one of those stories that could have gone horribly wrong (Contrary to reports, FOX didn’t show it live but via a seven second delay for obvious reasons) and is something that seems like a ridiculously dangerous thing to do. But he made it.

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12:15
Hanging off a racing sidecar is as crazy as it looks

Racing a motorcycle is a dangerous thing to do. Being a “monkey” in a sidecar is insanity. Best line of the video: “I hope I get out of this alive…”

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11:47
Some of Apple's Patent Pending Haptic &...

In 2013 Bloomberg reported that John Morrell had left his post at Yale University to join Apple. Morrell, a robotics whiz and one of the leading engineers behind the Segway, had been tapped as director for Yale’s newly opening Center for Engineering Innovation & Design. This week a pair of new patent filings came to light with Morrell as the lead engineer in both covering haptics that covered 'Pop' and 'Tap' effects.

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11:00
Mini review video: Our quick verdict on the new Moto...

For years, Motorola put out a flagship phone called the X, and for years it won positive reviews, thanks to its customizable design, clean software build and generally good value. This year, there's no X. Instead, we have two new Moto phones, the Z a...

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10:29
Using RGB in CSS

RGB stands for “red, green. blue”. Like hexadecimal, RGB color is an additive system. Values of 0 for each component will produce a black color, while maximum values for each component will produce white. Modifying the values for each component will change the color; while easier to read than hexadecimal, RGB is not as instinctive as a system like HSL.

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09:30
Ben Heck's Nintendo PlayStation prototype...

In part 1 we took a close look at the amazing SFX-100 Nintendo PlayStation console for a teardown of the hardware and an analysis of how the chips function together. After looking inside, Ben discovered a few post-production bodge jobs that were s...

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08:00
There are limits to 2FA and it can be near-crippling...

A video demonstration of the vulnerability here, using a temporary password. (credit: Kapil Haresh)

This piece first appeared on Medium and is republished here with the permission of the author. It reveals a limitation in the way Apple approaches 2FA, which is most likely a deliberate decision. Apple engineers probably recognize that someone who loses their phone won’t be able to wipe data if 2FA is enforced, and this story is a good reminder of the pitfalls.

As a graduate student studying cryptography, security and privacy (CrySP), software engineering and...

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08:00
The After Math: Office Politics

It's been a busy week for HR departments across the nation. Microsoft fired, Porsche hired and Kickstarter claimed credit for 300,000 new jobs. On the other hand, Qualcomm's about to pay big for its discriminatory promoting practices and Tor took a v...

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07:43
Apple wins Design Patents for iPad Pro and Mini 2...

Apple has been granted a great number of design patents this month in Hong Kong as noted in our archives. They've won design patents for Apple Pencil tips, user interfaces for 3D Touch, Apple TV and Apple News along with wins for the Apple Watch magnetic charging dock and the new Apple Store Grove. Apple ends July with another round of patent designs ...

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07:00
Nissan's gold Olympics-edition EV, and more in...

Tesla's Gigafactory is set to double the world's battery production, and this week it opened its doors for the first time. Tesla is also working on an electric truck, but Mercedes-Benz beat them to punch this week by launching the world's first all-e...

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06:36
iBooks launches official Instagram account, new...

Apple continues to experiment in the social media space to promote its businesses and products. In this vein, iBooks has launched its own official Instagram account this weekend. Apple is using the photo-centric social network to share book artwork, quotes, min-reviews and more. Interestingly, none of the posts so far feature call-to-action links where users can directly purchase the promoted novels from iBooks itself.

It appears to be using a more subtle marketing approach, raising awareness of books which users can then lookup and buy from the iBookstore if they choose.

more…

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05:00
Hanging off a racing sidecar is as crazy as it looks

Translogic host Jonathon Buckley has done a lot of crazy things on the series, but being a "monkey" in a sidecar race might just be the craziest. In this episode, we travel to Millville, NJ, to learn more about the Sidecar Racing Association an...

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00:41
Kanye West wants Apple to buy Tidal, calls for...

Rapper Kanye West in a minor tweet storm on Saturday called on Apple to purchase Apple Music competitor Tidal, saying he wants to put an end to the "beef" between the two streaming music providers.

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Saturday July 30

23:12
Europe's space agency will beam your message to...

The European Space Agency (ESA) is collecting messages from people around the world to send to a place we'll never set foot on: Polaris. All you've got to do to send your thoughts to the North Star is head over to the "A Simple Response to an Element...

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20:34
AMD's sub-$200 gaming video cards launch in...

AMD said that the Radeon RX 480 would be followed up by lower-cost models this summer, and it's acting on that promise in a timely fashion. Both the RX 470 and RX 460 (not pictured above) are now slated to arrive on August 4th and August 8th respect...

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20:31
Kanye West Wants Meeting Between Tim Cook and Jay Z...

In a series of tweets sent out this afternoon, musician Kanye West claimed that the schism between Apple Music and rival streaming music service Tidal is negatively affecting the music industry as a whole.

West is one of the artists closely aligned with Tidal, who's also one of its co-owners, along with the likes of Jay Z, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Jack White, and others.

In three subsequent tweets, West suggested that Apple CEO Tim Cook and Jay Z, along with a few other executives at Tidal and Apple, get "on the phone or in a room" within the coming week to discuss a partnership between the two services. It's unclear if West's language is corroborating that talks between Apple...

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19:05
Curt Schilling's defunct game studio won't...

Curt Schilling's 38 Studios has run into plenty of trouble since declaring bankruptcy in 2012, not the least of which is an SEC lawsuit this year. However, criminal cases won't be contributing to its headaches. The Rhode Island State Police have de...

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17:33
Google brings Maps' multi-stop feature to iOS

Google is rolling out Maps' multi-stop feature to the iOS app, making it easy to plan for road trips or even for a dreary day of running errands. The tech titan introduced the ability to set multiple destinations on Android back in June. Now that it'...

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16:52
Apple, every second

This is very cool. How much Apple is spending and making on various products every second. I don’t know how accurate it is, but it’s still fascinating.

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16:25
Multiple jailbreakers who used the recent Pangu...

There’s been a lot of pent up anticipation for the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak, and Pangu, the Chinese security researchers behind the latest tool, have answered the call.

Unfortunately, it appears that some jailbreakers have had various accounts compromised after jailbreaking, and several users on the popular subreddit r/jailbreak have corroborated these claims.

To be fair, it’s possible that these reported breaches are just a big coincidence, or that a compromise occurred after the tool left Pangu’s hands for distribution. Whatever the reason, however, it highlights one of the potential risks involved with jailbreaking. more…

Filed under: Apple...

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16:12
Foul Mouth Kanye Strikes out at Apple online

At the top of the month we reported that the Wall Street Journal had learned that Apple had been in talks to acquire Tidal, a streaming-music service run by rap mogul Jay Z, even though a Tidal spokesman has gone on record saying that Tidal executives hadn't held talks with Apple. Now we learn from foul mouth Kanye West himself...

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15:58
Kanye West wants Apple and Tidal to stop fighting...

Kanye West may be best known on Twitter for starting feuds, but now he's trying to end one... and it's even a rivalry he helped create. In a flurry of four tweets, the rapper griped that the competition between Apple and Tidal over streaming music e...

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14:31
Tesla reportedly eyes brakes in fatal Model S crash

Tesla is considering two possible scenarios that would explain the fatal Model S crash in Florida, and according to Reuters and The New York Times, neither is about Autopilot. During a meeting with the US Senate Commerce Committee, the automaker repo...

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13:00
A digital 'totem' leads the way in one of...

Museums, for all the wonders they contain, have a reputation for being staid and musty. At their worst they've even been described as mausoleums. That's a problem when it comes to exhibits about an active, living culture like the Haida people of Brit...

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12:20
First look: Brooklyn celebrates the grand opening of...

Brooklynites braved the summer heat on Saturday for the grand opening of their borough's first-ever Apple Store, in the neighborhood of Williamsburg. AppleInsider was there and provides a first look at the new retail space.

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12:00
The Axon 7 finally fulfills ZTE's '...

Over the years, smartphones have either been high end and expensive, or dirt cheap and shoddy. But, two years ago, the industry shifted and midrange phones that had great specs for lower prices started to fill the gap. ZTE has long been a proponent o...

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11:58
Kanye West says Apple/Tidal ‘beef’ hurting the music...

Over the past year, Kanye West has become known for his bizarre Twitter tirades. Earlier this year, the rapper publicly asked Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, and other tech moguls to invest “$1 billion into Kanye West ideas.” This afternoon, Kanye hopped on Twitter to criticize an apparent “beef” between Apple Music and Tidal.

more…

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10:59
Xbox One's Cortana update arrives at last

After months upon months of delays, Cortana is finally ready for your Xbox One. Microsoft has started rolling out its promised summer update with Cortana's smarter, richer voice control as its centerpiece. You can use your headset or Kinect to sear...

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10:37
Clinton Campaign Latest Target of Hackers Linked to...


The campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is the latest possible victim of a series of hack attacks some cybersecurity experts have linked to the Russian government. Campaign officials reportedly acknowledged that an analytics program it uses, which is maintained by the DNC, was accessed in a breach discovered earlier this month. However, its internal systems apparently were not compromised.
The FBI is investigating the Clinton campaign hack along with a related cyberbreach at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to reports.

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09:52
Notable apps and app updates for July 30, 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

Moth Software has announced Mail Archiver X 4.0 for Mac OS X, an update to their app designed as a companion to the user's email application. 

Mail Archiver X allows consolidation, archiving, and permanent storage of emails. Emails may be saved in the application's native database format, or in Evernote, Filemaker, PDF, mbox, or Text. Version 4.0 adds support for archiving from multiple email clients and IMAP accounts.

Mail Archiver X 4.0 costs $39.95 and available directly from Moth Software. A free, fully-functional, 12-day trial version can be downloaded from their website. Version 4 is a paid update for existing customers. Update...

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09:32
∞ White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” played by 15,000...

This is so great.

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09:30
Mini review video: Our quick verdict on the Alcatel...

Alcatel isn't a tier-one company. And the Idol 4S, its latest creation, isn't a tier-one phone. So why did we even bother reviewing it, then? It's all about the value -- specifically, what comes in the box. For $399 (or $350, if you pre-order), you g...

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09:24
Best telescopes for the money

Space.com’s Dave Brody takes a look at telescopes in a number of categories. I’m finding space more interesting all the time, so I decided to have a look around at telescopes and share my findings. I’m still not sure what’s best, but I’ll continue to look.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:34
Apple's Patent-Pending Invention Highlights...

Earlier this month the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple revealing an invention that could one day play a part in Apple's Health Platform through HealthKit. Today Apple's Health app gives users an easy-to-read dashboard of your health and fitness data. But HealthKit is also behind new hospital systems like the one from ...

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08:13
This week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, Apple’s Q3...

In this week’s top stories: The latest iPhone 7 leaks, Apple’s Q3 earnings report, how to install the new Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9.2 – 9.3.3, and much more.  more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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08:00
Japan's latest humanoid robot makes its own...

Japan's National Science Museum is no stranger to eerily human androids: It employs two in its exhibition hall already. But for a week, they're getting a new colleague. Called "Alter," it has a very human face like Professor Ishiguro's Geminoids, but...

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07:00
Recommended Reading: Nintendo's NX sounds weird...

NX is different,
and different is
Nintendo's best option
Oli Welsh,
Eurogamer

Based on the rumors so far, Nintendo's upcoming NX handheld console will be... unique. This piece from Eurogamer, a site that's been the source of some of the details, t...

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06:30
Tim Cook Should Sell Hillary Clinton on using...

Earlier in the month the New York Times reported that when the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said that his investigators had no "direct evidence" that Hillary Clinton’s private email account had been “successfully hacked,” both private experts and federal investigators immediately understood his meaning: It very likely had been breached, but the intruders were far too skilled to leave evidence of their work. Now, a second hack has been discovered.

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06:00
ICYMI: Eye exams go DIY and smartfeeding your pets

Today on In Case You Missed It: A new device can calculate people's eyeglass prescriptions without needing to see an optometrist, though whether that's actually responsible or not is up to you. Meanwhile a cloud-connected smart petfeeder that suf...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Incase's EO Travel...

New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes the EO Travel Backpack, which has plenty of room for all of your gear. Plus, rugged cases, functional folios, keyboards, and more. Read on!

Brenthaven

The Collins Vertical Messenger Bag (all iPad models; $69.95 MSRP, same price on Amazon) has enough room to keep your gear and accessories protected.

...

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04:59
Apple wins Apple TV, 3D Touch and Apple News GUI...

Today China's Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published six Apple design patents that were officially granted to them yesterday afternoon. In this first report ...

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03:00
The week in Apple news: Apple’s Q3 results, iPhone 7...

Apple headlines for the week ending July 29, 2016

Apple announced this past week that it sold its one billionth iPhone. That’s a whole lotta iPhones, though it’s nowhere near the number of burgers McDonald’s has sold. The rest of the important Apple headlines from the past week are in this slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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01:38
This week on AI: Q3 beats forecasts, 'Apple Car...

The big news this week was Apple's quarterly results, which beat expectations even if they were still largely downhill. Meanwhile though, big shakeups were revealed within the "Apple Car" team and CEO Tim Cook teased the company's interest in augmented reality.

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Friday July 29

23:05
Mercedes pulls confusing autonomous car ad

Mercedes has pulled its 2017 E-class sedan ad after critics pointed out that it could mislead people into thinking it's an autonomous vehicle. In the commercial, you'll see the E-class sedan on the road, overtaking the automaker's F015 autonomous car...

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20:58
Chernobyl site could be rebuilt as a massive solar...

A new proposal from the Ukrainian government hopes to turn part of the wasteland around the world's largest nuclear disaster into a 60 square km solar and renewable energy park. As the Guardian reports today, the Ukraine is currently seeking funding...

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20:41
'Uncharted' movie discovers another writer...

The Uncharted movie has been in development hell since, oh... forever. There's a new glimmer of hope, though: Sony has asked filmmaker Joe Carnahan to write the latest script, according to Variety. What drew him to the project was an interest in arch...

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19:43
Host other people's Twitch streams from your...

The line between using Twitch on mobile and desktop is getting even more blurry. The live-streaming juggernaut recently announced that now, you can host another channel's broadcast from the mobile app. Twitch writes that all you need to do is tap the...

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19:23
New video showcases purported iPhone 7-bound...

A new video was recently posted on YouTube showcasing purported Lightning-enabled EarPods. This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen Lightning EarPods shown off, but it’s the first time that we’ve seen them showcased in action on video. more…

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19:13
NASA orders a second ISS crew delivery from SpaceX

It's been awhile since NASA has sent an astronaut to the stars from domestic soil, but it could be come commonplace soon enough. Today, the space agency announced that it ordered a second ISS crew rotation mission from Elon Musk's SpaceX. This is the...

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18:24
AT&T is raising data caps to 1TB for U-verse...

Folks who have signed up for AT&T's U-verse service, your data ship has come in: The telecom is increasing your data cap to 1TB per month and providing unlimited home internet data at no additional charge to customers subscribing to its GigaPower...

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17:57
Google implements HSTS

To further protect users, we’ve taken another step to strengthen how we use encryption for data in transit by implementing HTTP Strict Transport Security—HSTS for short—on the www.google.com domain. HSTS prevents people from accidentally navigating to HTTP URLs by automatically converting insecure HTTP URLs into secure HTTPS URLs.

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17:49
'Disney Infinity' goes offline in March...

Disney Infinity is done and it's nearly time for Avalanche Software to pull the plug. The game will wind down in stages, starting today with the discontinuation of in-game purchases in the PC, iOS, Android and Apple TV versions of Disney Infinity 2.0...

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17:13
Apple urges Supreme Court to end long-running...

Apple on Friday delivered a legal brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a favorable ruling in its ongoing patent lawsuit against Samsung, saying the Korean company had not furnished sufficient evidence to send the case back to a lower court.

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17:09
SwiftKey leaked user email addresses as text...

Autocorrect mistakes are supposed to be funny, but a new SwiftKey glitch turned out to be sort of alarming. For the last week, some SwiftKey users have been offered predictive text for slang they've never used before, words in other foreign languages...

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17:07
Jack Off

Zac Hall, writing for 9to5Mac, has a video from Vietnam purporting to show Apple’s Lightning to 3.5mm adapter for the upcoming no-headphone-jack new iPhones:

The adapter seen in the video features the male Lightning
connector at one end for output and the 3.5mm port for standard
headphone input at the other end. The adapter also looks exactly
like what you might expect Apple to produce if you compare it to
Apple’s Lightning to SD Card adapter and similar products.

It looks exactly like what I’d expect it to look like. The question is, what will Apple ship in the box with the new iPhones? I see the following options:

  1. Wireless ear buds.
  2. Wireless ear buds and this adapter.
  3. Lightning ear buds.
  4. Lightning ear buds and this adapter.
  5. The existing 3.5mm ear buds and this adapter.

My hope is that...

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16:36
An iOS only environment

Some great things from Ben Brooks in here. I especially liked this part when he talked about picking up your iPad:

This took some training, but now I am very accustomed to reading with my iPad in my hands, portrait orientation, and my feet kicked up on my desk. At first this didn’t feel like I was taking my work seriously, but then I realized just how much more attention I was paying to the document at hand.

I’m going to have to think about this a bit more, or at least how I use it, but I think he’s right.

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16:30
Apple begins wrapping up Swift 3 and lays out plans...

Enlarge (credit: Apple)

The final version of Swift 3.0 will be released alongside iOS 10 and macOS Sierra in the fall, but the fact that Apple develops Swift out in the open now means that we know more about its progress than we do about Apple's operating systems. Chris Lattner, a senior director of the Developer Tools Department at Apple, today posted a lengthy note to the Swift mailing list that looks back at the development of Swift 3.0 and sets some expectations for Swift 4.0 next year.

The...

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16:20
iOS researcher finds WhatsApp leaves traces of...

Well, at least the world of tech security isn’t boring.

Upon examining disk images taken from the most recent version of the app, iOS researcher Jonathan Zdiarski discovered that the software retains and stores a forensic trace of the chat logs even after the chats have been deleted, creating a potential treasure trove of information for anyone with physical access to the device. The same data could also be recoverable through any remote backup systems in place.

In most cases, the data is marked as deleted by the app itself — but because it has not been overwritten, it is still recoverable through forensic tools. Zdziarski attributed the problem to the SQLite library used in coding the app, which does not overwrite by default.

WhatsApp has been lauded by many...

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16:19
First video of functional Lightning EarPods hits the...

Fanning the flames of rumors claiming Apple plans to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from its next-generation iPhone, a video posted to YouTube on Friday shows off what appears to be a pair of functional Lightning-only EarPods leaked from Chinese parts suppliers.

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15:49
Google is turning on HSTS encryption on its domain

Google has taken additional measures to strengthen its data encryption by implementing HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS).

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15:40
Tesla considers two theories for autopilot crash

Tesla is considering whether the radar and camera input for the vehicle’s automatic emergency braking system failed to detect the truck trailer or the automatic braking system’s radar may have detected the trailer but discounted this input as part of a design to “tune out” structures such as bridges to avoid triggering false braking, the source said.

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15:15
AWT News Update: July 29, 2016

A slow Friday for Apple News, but we have a few tasty nuggets to send your way:

  • The 2nd-generation Apple Watch that might be announced soon might use a new display technology
  • Microsoft is laying off 2,850 more employees as part of its move away from the smartphone business
  • Hyundai announces CarPlay support for two more vehicles
  • A look back at a Steve Jobs quirk

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 29, 2016.

The usually inaccurate DigiTimes has a new rumor today, but not about the next-generation iPhone. Instead, they're saying that the second-...

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15:11
Instagram is letting users filter words out of post...

Twitter and Facebook have taken online harassment more seriously in 2016, though their approach is still light-handed, with the former taking years to finally ban one of its worst pitchfork-marshaling demagogues. Instead of coming down harder on mode...

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14:35
The Week in iOS Apps: Puzzle and chill

Chill out...

This week’s roundup includes several new games that challenge your mind while helping it relax. Read on!

Blyss

Blyss ($2, iPhone and iPad) is just about the chillest puzzle game you’ll ever play—a “self-evolving endless puzzle experience” backed by a New Age ambient soundtrack straight from the hearts of space. (Watch this video for a sense of gameplay—or to be lured into an out-of-body experience.) It includes three different modes, as well as specialized in-game challenges to be solved by players.

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14:05
Clinton's campaign was also hacked in breach of...

The most recent cyberattacks against the Democratic Party, revealed today, also included attacks on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, Reuters reports. Sources tell the news agency that the Justice Department's national security division is inv...

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13:58
Orion spacecraft may fall behind schedule, go over...

Going to space is expensive. Really expensive -- which is why every now and then, Congress has the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) perform a non-partisan, independent review of NASA projects. The latest GAO report looks at the space agency'...

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13:56
How-To: Use the Timeline Index in Final Cut Pro X to...

When editing projects in Final Cut Pro X, it’s easy to accumulate a wide variety of different clips in the timeline. These items can be spread out across the timeline in such a way that it can be cumbersome to select multiple clips at once using a cursor and keyboard.

Thankfully, a very handy tool, called the Timeline Index, makes finding, identifying, and selecting clips a breeze. The Timeline Index is not only useful for quickly identifying clips inside the project timeline, but it’s capable of filtering on specific types of clips, and selecting multiple clips simultaneously. more…

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13:54
Feature Request: App installs via web w/ a...

The above concept of how Apple could improve its current iTunes/App Store web view comes from STRV designer Ales Nesetril. It’s not the first time someone has suggested it, but it got me thinking once again about app installs via the web. What is Apple waiting for?

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13:33
Blizzard's next 'Hearthstone'...

Even though Blizzard's light-hearted digital card game, Hearthstone, just got a new expansion back in April, rumors of new content just around the corner have been proven true. At an event in Shanghai, China, the studio announced a new adventure, One...

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13:19
KeySniffer Follows the Scent of Cheap Wireless...


A vulnerability in inexpensive wireless keyboards lets hackers steal private data, Bastille reported this week. The vulnerability lets hackers use a new attack the firm dubbed "KeySniffer" to eavesdrop on and capture every keystroke typed from up to 250 feet away. The stolen data is rendered in clear text. It lets hackers search for victims' credit card information, bank account usernames and passwords, answers to security questions, network access passwords, and any data typed into a document or email.

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13:06
How the DNC pulled off that colossal balloon drop

It’s actually a surprisingly complicated procedure.

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13:00
SMS two-factor authentication isn't being banned

Another week gone by, and the place is in cybersecurity shambles again. A years' old hacking issue, unencrypted wireless keyboards, being featured in an upcoming Defcon talk mystifyingly became a hot new Internet of Things threat. Obama gave us a col...

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12:44
Rumors: second gen Apple Watch will be (shock!)...

The second-generation Apple Watch will feature "One Glass Solution" (OGS) display technology instead of Glass on Glass (G/G) technology, according to DigiTimes quoting Apple supplier TPK Holding. The goal (to no one’s surprise): to make the upcoming smartwatch slimmer and lighter.

One Glass Solution technology eliminates the space between your display and touchscreen. It replaces one of the layers of glass from G/G technology with a thinner material. My take on the rumor: it’s correct. The second generation Apple smartwatch will be more svelte and slightly lighter.

What’s more, I think we’ll see the Apple Watch 2 (pictured in fun mock-ups; trust me, it WON'T look like these images) arrive alongside the iPhone 7 in early September. It will, in my opinion, be completely waterproof and be much less dependent on an iPhone when on a Wi-Fi network.

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12:34
Technicolor is building VR and AR projects for...

For several years Technicolor has been providing video content for Hollywood movie studios. Now, it'll be working on virtual reality and augmented reality projects as well. The company is opening the Technicolor Experience Center in Culver City, Cali...

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12:09
A day with BlackBerry's all-touch DTEK50...

BlackBerry pulled back the curtain on its new DTEK50 smartphone a few days ago, and soon after gave hungry journalists units to play with. I'm still working on my full review of BlackBerry's $299 Hail Mary pass, but since I spent a day playing with i...

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12:08
Popular iOS keyboard SwiftKey disables sync feature...

Microsoft-owned SwiftKey, a popular predictive keyboard available on Apple's iOS, has suspended part of its service after it was discovered the app was leaking user data to complete strangers.

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11:59
How to land a passenger jet without any flight...

I’d seen the crash footage of this before but I’d never heard the story behind it. Ignoring the spelling mistakes, the flight sim recreation is very gripping.

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11:50
Apple Watch 2 Said to Include Thinner 'One...

The second-generation Apple Watch will feature "One Glass Solution" (OGS) display technology instead of Glass on Glass (G/G) technology, reports DigiTimes citing information obtained from Apple supplier TPK Holding.

One Glass Solution technology eliminates one of the layers of glass from a traditional G/G display that features two pieces of glass, replacing one layer with a thinner material. Making the switch from G/G, used in the current Apple Watch, to OGS could potentially allow Apple to save a small amount of internal space in the Apple Watch 2 and make slight reductions in the weight of the device.

According to TPK Holding, production of the OGS panels for the second-generation Apple Watch has seen some unexpected technical issues, resulting in low yield rates. It is not...

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11:42
Sony sued for not preventing piracy of movie leaked...

The fall 2014 Sony megahack leaked a massive amount of internal documents and content, resulting in plenty of fallout. Even two years later, they company is still not off the hook. The film To Write Love On Her Arms was one of four movies released on...

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11:33
Apple CEO Tim Cook, VP Lisa Jackson to host Clinton...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and Vice President of of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson are holding an event for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's "Victory Fund" on Aug. 24.

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11:30
The Public Access Weekly: Mistaken for strangers

Although I'm still two full seasons behind on Game of Thrones (and Orange is the New Black), I just got entirely distracted by Netflix's Stranger Things. Which is what I will be binge-watching this weekend, because the only thing I love more than a...

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11:15
PSA: Download Windows 10 by 6AM ET or pay full price

This is it, everybody: Last call for a free Windows 10 upgrade. Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will stop pestering you to claim your free Windows upgrade and start charging you for it. If you think you might cave sometime today, start your download soo...

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11:11
Microsoft lays off 2,850 more people in continued...

Microsoft is getting rid of another 2,850 workers, continuing a turn away from its failed acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone business in 2014, which cost it over $7.2 billion plus later restructuring charges.

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11:02
Apple CEO Tim Cook to host Hillary Clinton fundraiser

Cook is hosting the event as a private citizen. This comes on the heels of a similar event he held for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

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10:58
CSS reflections

This article is going to explore the options we have today for creating the reflection, illustrate the “almost” solutions, how cross-browser issues cause pain and, finally, discuss my thoughts on what should be done.

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10:55
Rumor: Second-gen Apple Watch to feature new,...

Apple suppliers are said to be gearing up for the upcoming launch of the second-generation Apple Watch, which will allegedly conserve space with new, thinner technology behind its touchscreen OLED display.

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10:52
Four people in Florida likely contracted Zika from...

Florida health officials warn there's a high likelihood that four cases of Zika in the state were transmitted by local mosquitoes carrying the disease, a first in the continental United States. The Florida Department of Health believes that active tr...

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10:33
Disney Officially Lays Out Plans for Cessation of...

After announcing the discontinuation of the Disney Infinity franchise in May, Avalanche Studios and Disney Interactive Studios -- the game's developer and publisher, respectively -- remained relatively quiet on the specific timeline of the game's imminent demise. After the announcement, Disney still launched three new characters from Alice: Through the Looking Glass, and introduced its first play set with non-bipedal characters, based on Finding Dory.

Today, in an email sent out to fans subscribed to Disney Infinity-related news, the game's team specifically laid out the upcoming timeline of when and what features will be turned off in the coming weeks and months. A few in-game purchase options for Disney Infinity 2.0 have been turned off beginning today, in both the iOS and Apple TV versions of the game, but most of...

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10:25
Apple's iPhone falls from 3rd to 5th in China...

In the battle for the Chinese smartphone market, Apple has lost ground in both marketshare and shipment quantities to smartphone manufacturers Vivo and Oppo, new data reveals.

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10:25
Evernote's CEO on 'unlocking the potential...

Evernote carved out a name for itself in the startup world with its relentless focus on productivity, synchronization and mobility (it debuted on the iPhone with the App Store's launch in 2008). Today, almost 10 years since it was founded, the compan...

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10:16
Apple CEO Tim Cook Plans to Host Fundraiser for...

Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to host a fundraiser that will benefit Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, reports BuzzFeed. Cook, along with Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, will host the event as private citizens, not as representatives of Apple.

Cook and Jackson plan to raise money for the Hillary Victory Fund, a committee that contributes to the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and 38 state parties. Invites for the event, which will take place on August 24, went out this morning.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is eager to demonstrate support for Democrats and Republicans to strengthen Apple's relationship with both parties.

The Hillary fundraiser will...

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10:02
Save 50% on iOS Media Management Tool MacX MediaTrans

We would like to thank Digiarty, makers of the new MacX MediaTrans, for sponsoring 9to5Mac today and offering all of you both a free trial of MacX MediaTrans as well as a 50% discount off the purchase price. more…

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10:00
Enhancing information rights management in Word,...

Finding the balance between protection and productivity is critical to any organization. With the increased distribution of data, organizations need sensitive data to be born protected. This is why we invest in Azure Rights Management to help you protect information in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world.

Information rights management (IRM) is now supported everywhere in Office Mobile as we are pleased to announce that we are extending Azure Rights Management to the Word, Excel and PowerPoint mobile apps for Android. You are now able to open, read and review rights-protected emails and Office documents on any device—whether it runs Windows, Mac, iOS or Android.

Other upcoming enhancements

We are hard at work building several other new features and...

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10:00
Broods used the Microsoft Band to create music-video...

Microsoft is no stranger to collaborating with musicians to show off creative uses for its technology. With the Music x Technology project, the company has worked with acts like Big Grams, Neon Indian, KEXP, Phantogram and others to use its Kinect to...

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09:52
Apple ready for the Supreme Court to run in the...

Apple has reportedly filed the brief in relation to damages the company believes it should be paid in a smartphone design patent battle with Samsung. Reuters says Apple has requested the Supreme Court rule on the case and not send it back to a lower court.

Apple argues Samsung has not presented evidence challenging Apple's position that anything other than the value of a whole smartphone should be used to decide damages.

Earlier this year, Samsung agreed to pay Apple $548 million for the five-years-and-counting-legal brouhaha over patent infringement — with some stipulations. However, the company then went to the U.S. Supreme Court “in a last-ditch effort to pare back” the damages it must pay Apple for infringing the...

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09:50
Tim Cook reportedly hosting Hillary Clinton...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly hosting a political fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign next month, according to Buzzfeed. As the report notes, Cook will be hosting the event as a private citizen as Apple doesn’t have a political action committee like other companies, although Apple’s Lisa Jackson will also be in attendance. Jackson serves as the company’s VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. While the fundraiser itself isn’t so much surprising for Cook, it does follow a prior political fundraiser hosted by Cook for Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan…

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09:41
“Figure out what your goal is and stop worrying...

The point is this: if you start by counting and measuring, you will likely count and measure what’s easiest – and that might be the wrong thing. “Figure out what your goal is and stop worrying about looking smart. That’s my best piece of advice ,” Hall asserts. “Most bad decisions are somehow grounded in insecurity about looking smart. That makes people dumb.”

A great interview with Erika Hall, the co-founder of Mule Design.

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09:35
iPads have their best quarter in two years, as Apple...

Global tablet shipments fell 8% year-on-year in in the second quarter (Q2) of 2016 to 46.7 million units while average selling prices (ASPs) went the other way, climbing 9% during the same period, according to Strategy Analytics. Consumers and enterprises alike are buying more “pro slates” (such as the iPad Pro and Surface Pro 4) than ever before “as prices reach tolerable levels and as computing behaviors and needs shift toward more mobility and touchscreen interfaces,” adds the research group.

Apple iOS shipments came in at 10 million iPads in Q2 2016 leaving it with a worldwide market share of 21% of the tablet market. The 10 million shipments in Q2 2016 declined 9% annually and 3% sequentially. However, Q2 2016 represented the first full quarter of iPad Pro 9.7 sales, which helped drive ASPs to $490 and contributed to the best quarter Apple has had in two years.

“The iPad has marked 10 quarters of...

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09:31
Democrats at the DNC were divided on last week'...

On Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stared directly into a camera during a press briefing and said: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 [Hillary Clinton] emails that are missing. I think you wi...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Seagate 5TB Hard Drive $109,...

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.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Start your weekend with this deal on a Seagate 5TB External Hard Drive for $109 shipped (Reg. $130)

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09:30
Notable apps and app updates for July 29, 2016

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

iOS Apps and Updates

Rio 2016

If July, 2016 was the month of blithering idiots (otherwise known as politicians) taking to the airwaves to spout nonsense, then August of 2016 will be the month of the Olympics. Coming from Rio de Janiero, Brazil, the games are sure to be...interesting. The Russians have pretty much been banned from participating thanks to widespread doping, Brazil is in a deep economic and political crisis, and the tropical heat of Brazil is sure to bring concerns about the Zika virus. But hey, I'm being a pessimist here! Enjoy...

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09:22
Apple says Supreme Court should rule against Samsung

In its legal brief, Apple said Samsung has introduced “no evidence” that design patent damages should be decided on anything less than the value of an entire smartphone. Apple said there was no need for the Supreme Court to send the case back to a lower court for further proceedings.

Samsung are thieves and should pay what they owe.

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09:11
Hyundai adds Apple CarPlay to 2017 Sonata &...

Two more 2017-model vehicles -- the Sonata sedan and Tucson SUV -- will be Hyundai's latest to gain support for Apple CarPlay, as well as Google's Android Auto.

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09:01
A visual history of the Corvette logo

I’m not a big fan of the new Corvettes, but the 1960 model is a gem.

[Via Coudal]

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09:00
Wearable tech will be everywhere at this year's...

It's almost time. The 2016 summer Olympics are less than a week away, with the opening ceremony scheduled for August 5th. This year's event, which runs through August 21nd, takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the organizers have reportedly s...

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08:40
Don’t play Pokemon Go on the railroad tracks

This one might seem obvious, but…. Bulgarian state railway company BDZ is urging players of Pokemon GO to keep off the railway tracks.

You know what—if you’re that stupid, go ahead and play on the railroad tracks, it’ll be fine.

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08:38
Broadband industry tries again to kill net...

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Six weeks after federal judges preserved net neutrality rules for the broadband industry, ISPs are seeking a full court review of the decision.

ISPs' attempt to overturn the Federal Communications Commission rules were rejected when a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit voted 2-1 in favor of the FCC. Now the broadband industry's trade groups are seeking an "en banc" review in front of all of the DC Circuit court's judges instead of just a three-judge panel. If this fails, ISPs can appeal to the Supreme Court, but the odds against them winning appear to be long.

One en banc...

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08:33
Secure WhatsApp found to not be completely...

The end-to-end encrypted WhatsApp service is leaving traces of previously deleted chats behind in device storage, making forensic retrieval possible through physical device access or a warrant served on Apple for an iCloud backup.

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08:30
The best multiroom wireless speaker system

By Chris Heinonen

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

We've spent hundreds of hours over several months using six multiroom wireless speaker systems in every pos...

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08:25
Nobel-Winning Economist Calls Apple's Irish Tax...

Joseph Stiglitz, an economic professor at Columbia University and 2001 recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, has described Apple's tax arrangements in Ireland as "a fraud" in a recent interview with Bloomberg TV."Here we have the largest corporation in capitalization not only in America, but in the world, bigger than GM was at its peak, and claiming that most of its profits originate from about a few hundred people working in Ireland -- that’s a fraud,” Stiglitz said. “A tax law that encourages American firms to keep jobs abroad is wrong, and I think we can get a consensus in America to get that changed."Under current U.S. laws, Apple is able to shift billions of dollars in profits to Ireland, where it operates multiple subsidiaries, sheltering those earnings from up to a 35...

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08:10
Apple’s negotiating techniques holding up Apple TV...

Apple knows exactly what it wants in terms of negotiations.

And it might just be getting in the way in terms of setting up an Apple TV streaming service.

The company’s “assertive” negotiation tactics have apparently made it difficult to establish and lock deals with various cable providers and networks.

Apple started talking with the Walt Disney Company in early 2015 about getting Disney-owned content onto its then-planned streaming television service, but Apple executives, iTunes chief Eddy Cue in particular, made demands networks were not prepared to meet.

In particular, Apple wanted to freeze for several years the monthly rate per viewer it would pay to license Disney channels. TV channels usually get annual rate increases and rely on them to fuel...

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07:58
New dinosaur novel coming from Michael Chrichton

The Verge:

When Michael Crichton passed away in 2008, he left behind a massive collection of papers: outlines, notes, and several incomplete novels. In the years since his death, Crichton’s widow Sherri has been combing through those files, and recently discovered a new manuscript called Dragon Teeth, which is now set to be published by HarperCollins in 2017.

I’m a huge fan of Michael Chrichton’s writing, from The Andromeda Strain, up through Jurassic Park and beyond, to project like the E.R. TV series. His books fueled my imagination. I hope that Dragon Teeth is up to the standard.

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07:53
Apple reaps $7 billion after finalizing latest bond...

Apple has completed an anticipated five-part bond sale, raising $7 billion in debt with the help of banks including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, and Deutsche Bank.

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07:52
Advisor to Hillary Clinton's Economic Plan...

Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz, who backs Hillary Clinton's economic plan, said tha the U.S. tax law that allows Apple Inc. to hold a large amount of cash abroad is "obviously deficient" and called the company’s attribution of significant earnings to a comparatively small overseas unit a "fraud."

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07:49
Apple said to redesign online store app with...

Mark Gurman and Alex Webb, writing for Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. plans to roll out a redesigned version of its Apple Store mobile app for selling devices that will use a customer’s buying history to recommend further purchases, taking a page from Amazon.com Inc.’s playbook. The updated retail app could be rolled out in the next two weeks, according to people familiar with the intended revamp. It’s likely to include a “For You” tab that suggests products based on prior orders, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the project isn’t yet public. While there are currently separate Apple Store apps for the iPhone and iPad, the new app will work on both devices and have the same basic features and interface.

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07:44
Tune up your two-step Recovery Key

Glenn Fleishman, writing for Macworld [AUTOPLAY]:

If you’re using Apple’s two-step verification system for logins, I have just one (not two) questions for you: do you know where your Recovery Key is?

A friend recently went through a multi-week set of interlocked problems when he was locked out of his Apple ID account on his iPhone, and couldn’t find his Recovery Key. He wasn’t ultimately able to get Apple to unlock his account. (During this period, his phone also locked up for a few days and he couldn’t receive texts or alerts, either.)

He had forgotten he’d enabled two-step verification, which is the older of Apple’s two methods of using a second piece of information to validate that you’re the accountholder. With the two-step system, Apple uses something akin to Find My iPhone to provide a code on your iOS devices or sends an SMS that you use to complete your login.

If you are not sure what kind of verification you have in place on your account, read...

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07:39
Skydiver plans jump tomorrow from plane, no...

AP News:

He’s made 18,000 parachute jumps, helped train some of the world’s most elite skydivers, done some of the stunts for “Ironman 3.” But the plunge Luke Aikins knows he’ll be remembered for is the one he’s making without a parachute. Or a wingsuit.

Or anything, really, other than the clothes he’ll be wearing when he jumps out of an airplane at 25,000 feet this weekend, attempting to become the first person to land safely on the ground in a net.

The Fox network will broadcast the two-minute jump live at 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. PDT) Saturday as part of an hour-long TV special called “Heaven Sent.”

Way back when, Evil Knievel did these sorts of televised, death-defying stunts on a regular basis.

More recently, we had Felix Baumgartner jumping from a balloon on the edge of space, albeit with a parachute.

Godspeed, Luke.

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07:31
Bluetooth headphone revenue overtakes non-Bluetooth...

If you subscribe to the notion that Apple skates to where the puck is going to be (forgive the hockey analogy), this is clearly where this particular puck is headed. The marketplace is tipping away from wired headphones and the 3.5mm headphone jack that goes with it.

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07:29
Hyundai’s latest CarPlay vehicles will be 2017...

Hyundai confirmed today that its latest vehicles to come with Apple’s CarPlay platform will be the 2017 Sonata and Tucson models.

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07:19
California closes the Steve Jobs license plate...

Ars Technica:

One of the many things Steve Jobs was famous for was his refusal to put a license plate on the back of his car, a Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG. Jobs—or someone close to him—spotted a loophole in California DMV regulations allowing six months of grace before a license plate had to be attached to a new car. As a result, the Apple supremo maintained a rolling six-month lease on a series of new SL55 AMGs, replacing one with another just before the grace period ran out.

Steve’s license plates were the center of many an anecdote. Miss him.

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07:00
The Apple Wallet Icon for watchOS now a Registered...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark (RTM) for the Apple Wallet icon for Apple Watch which was officially granted on July 26. Apple ...

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06:51
How-To: Jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 with the English version...

If you’ve been waiting on an English version of the Pangu jailbreak tool, then the wait is over. Instead of an all-encompassing tool that runs solely on Windows, Pangu, with the help of Cydia creator, Saurik, provides a different method for jailbreaking eligible iOS devices. more…

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06:41
Economist: Apple’s profit reporting in Ireland a ‘...

Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz said U.S. tax law that allows Apple to hold a large amount of cash abroad is “obviously deficient” and called the company’s attribution of significant earnings to a comparatively small overseas unit a “fraud.”

“Our current tax system encourages companies to keep their money abroad, opens up a vast loophole through what is called the transfer-pricing system that allows them not only to keep their money abroad but, effectively, to escape taxation,” Stiglitz, who advises Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, said in a Bloomberg Television interview.

 

He was answering question about whether policy makers like Clinton and Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, could develop a plan to encourage companies like Apple to bring their accumulated foreign earnings back to the U.S....

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06:41
A new way to fight back when hackers take your data...

The Washington Post:

Imagine having all the files on your computer — your documents, your photos, your videos — locked and held hostage by hackers who demand a payout just because you opened the wrong email attachment or clicked the wrong link. That’s the nightmare scenario facing victims of ransomware, a type of malware that quietly encrypts files on a computer so that only a digital key held by the attacker can release them.

But a new initiative called No More Ransom may offer a glimmer of hope for victims. The project, a collaboration among Europol, the Netherlands’s national police and cybersecurity firms Intel Security and Kaspersky Lab, launched a website Monday featuring tools that can help some victims decrypt their data without paying off the criminals.

Read on for more details.

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06:40
Nest app updates with Thermostat control from Apple...

Google's Nest division updated its iOS app with several important features, most notably the ability to control its flagship Thermostat via the Apple Watch.

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06:22
iMovie for iOS gets new project creation, sharing...

Apple has updated iMovie for iOS to version 2.2.3. It allows you to start projects quickly by selecting multiple photos and videos.

You can also share to Facebook and Vimeo by using the standard iOS share interface. iMovie for iOS 2.2.3 also supports the Shared iPad feature in iOS 9.3 or later. Plus, it has stability and performance improvements.

iMovie for iOS 2.2.3 is available for free at the Apple App Store. It requires iOS 9.3 or higher.

Classic protection: Pad & Quill's Little Pocket Book Case for iPhone® SE

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06:22
CBS All Access, Showtime streaming services each...

Streaming services CBS All Access and Showtime Anytime collectively have more than two million paid subscribers, CBS's chief executive boasted during his company's quarterly results conference call.

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06:21
Nobel prize-winning economist describes Apple’s...

Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has said that the arrangements by which Apple attributes a large chunk of its European sales to a small unit in Ireland amount to a ‘fraud.’ Bloomberg reports that Stiglitz made the comment when asked about the feasibility of Clinton and Warren developing a plan to repatriate Apple’s overseas cash …

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05:11
Latest app update lets you control your Nest...

The key selling-point of a smart thermostat like Nest or Tado is that you shouldn’t often need to control it manually, as it learns your preferences and monitors whether family members are home or away. But for those times when you do want to make manual adjustments, the process just got more convenient: the latest update to the Nest app adds Apple Watch support …

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05:08
AppleInsider podcast talks Q3 earnings, more '...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Mikey go over Apple's earnings for the third fiscal quarter of 2016, one billion iPhones, "iPhone 7" rumors, a shake-up at "Project Titan" and much more.

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05:00
Leveling Up Your Job Article On Huffington Post

Sometimes, your job gets old. Here’s a little article on when it’s time to look for other spots in your company or new jobs altogether http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-edge/signs-its-time-to-level-u_b_11210086.html

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05:00
Daily Deal: Virtually indestructible Titan Lightning...

Tired of Lightning cables that fall apart after a little bit of use? Fuse Chicken's amazing Titan Lightning Cable uses two layers of flexible high-strength steel in a Made-For-iPhone (MFi) certified Lightning cable that can stand up to years of abuse. The Apple World Today Deals Shop has the Titan Lightning Cable on sale for a limited time for just $22.49, a full 24% off of the suggested retail price. 

Titan cables are meant to last for years, through an innovative and proven design:

  • Keep your devices safe w/ MFi certification
  • Loop to your keychain, belt loop, bag, etc.
  • Easily extend to your USB port & plug in
  • Enjoy durability of industrial strength steel
  • Avoid dealing w/ frayed ends & damaged...
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05:00
Apple Patent Reveals iPhone with Dual SIM and Caller...

Last month Engadget posted a report about an iPhone 7 rumor that included reported photos of the next iPhone's dual-SIM tray which would be a first. Yesterday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple revealed an iPhone, system and method for providing caller ID services in phones including a Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) wireless phone.

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05:00
Homegrown Budgie Desktop Shows Off the Beauty - and...


The Solus Project version 1.2, released last month, shows considerable maturity in the homegrown Budgie desktop. Solus 1.2 is the second minor release in the Shannon series, built around a custom Budgie desktop developed in-house and the eopkg package manager forked from PiSi. Solus is a Linux distribution built from scratch. The Budgie desktop can be set to emulate the look and feel of the GNOME 2 desktop, but it is a different flavor from the GNOME 2-0 retread, MATE. It is tightly integrated with the GNOME stack.

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04:49
Kool Tools: SPARKLE virtual guitarist

The German virtual instrument pioneers behind the Virtual Guitarist series have rolled out their third Virtual Guitarist, named SPARKLE, and a bundle product of all three available Virtual Guitarists at a major discount.
 

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04:47
Apple didn’t just sell a billion iPhones, it created...

Asymco’s Horace Dediu has a great slant on news that Apple recently sold its billionth iPhone. He points out that not only does this make it the best-selling phone of all time, it actually long ago became the best-selling product ever …

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Security researcher finds message storage flaw in...

WhatsApp may have this year followed iMessage’s lead in adopting end-to-end encryption for its messages, but a security researcher says that both still have a security flaw that can allow deleted messages to be recovered – either from the device, or remotely from iCloud backups.

Jonathan Zdziarski found the flaw in the current version of WhatsApp.

The latest version of the app tested leaves forensic trace of all of your chats, even after you’ve deleted, cleared, or archived them… even if you ‘Clear All Chats.’ In fact, the only way to get rid of them appears to be to delete the app entirely.

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04:30
Kanex’s GoPower USB-C portable battery is a great...

Sometimes when I’m visiting my siblings I find that my 12-inch MacBook and 12.9-inch iPad Pro both need charging. Do I lug two chargers? Nope, I take Kanex’s $99.95 GoPower USB-C portable battery.

It offers two charging ports, so you can charge two devices simultaneously, even when one of the devices is a laptop. The USB-C output port is 5V at 3Amps and the USB-A port is 5V at 2.4Amps. This means you can charge a MacBook and an iPad Pro at the same time. (The Kanex GoPower doesn’t work with some PC ultrabooks, I’m told, but that wasn’t a concern for me.)

The battery has a total of 55.5Wh power. It charged my MacBook from less than 10% of juice to 100 percent in about two hours. It charged the iPad Pro at about the same rate. That’s not super fast, but it’s adequate. 

Also, even though the GoPower USB-C sports a 15W USB-C output (5.0V x 3A), you don’t get the full 15W when charging your MacBook. You...

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04:08
More than 50% of U.S. broadband households will have...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) says that controller and 26% will have a home security system.

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04:08
More than 50% of U.S. broadband households will have...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) says that controller and 26% will have a home security system.

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04:00
Cabinet for OS X and iOS can save time for Neenah...

By Aaron Lee

If you use products from Neenah Paper — which manufactures — papers for premium writing, text, cover, digital, packaging and specialty needs, you'll want to check out its free Cabinet apps for Mac OS X and iOS devices. Available at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store respectively, they allow you to browse Neenan products to quickly find the right paper for your needs.

With Neenah Cabinet, you can browse, search, view and compare paper for print projects whenever or wherever they work — on a Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device. And it automatically updates itself so it always has the most up-to-date info.

Cabinet users have access to papers and envelopes numbering in the tens of thousands within the Neenah family. A global search feature enables users to filter or search by product. Action...

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02:29
Sony's mobile division (sorta) makes a profit

Sony's most recent financial report is out and, if you squint, things almost look good for its moribund mobile division. Sony Mobile posted a profit of $4 million, which the company attributed to the fact that it's fired enough people to get its cost...

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01:22
Watch SpaceX test fire one of the Falcon 9 rockets...

SpaceX is getting ready to launch one of the rockets it relanded to prove they're truly reusable. In fact, it just finished test firing one of them at its Texas development facility. The first-stage booster burned for a total of 2 minutes and 30 seco...

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00:01
NASA's new satellite will look for Earth-sized...

The Kepler mission scopes out stars and galaxies thousands of light-years away to find exoplanets. NASA's upcoming planet hunter, however, will keep an eye on solar systems closer to home. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS will find p...

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Thursday July 28

22:26
Ultimaker makes a backpack for its 3D printers

Ultimaker's 3D printers will now ship out with a backpack, so you can take them anywhere you want. Now, we don't know why you'd want to to lug a big device around, but we won't judge. Maybe you want to impress a cute, geeky date or print out anything...

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21:26
Square Enix's first Apple Watch RPG is stylish...

There aren't enough dedicated apps for the Apple Watch, let alone role-playing games from established publishers like Square Enix. The name alone conjures images of classic RPGs: Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger and Valkyrie Profile to name a few. That'...

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20:11
Kickstarter created over 300,000 jobs, study says

Kickstarter has created 29,600 full-time and 283,000 part-time jobs, as well as 8,800 companies thus far, according to a study by Professor Ethan Mollick from the University of Pennsylvania. Mollick, who's been keeping a close eye on Kickstarter for...

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19:14
Apple brings on new talent for autonomous car...

Apple has brought on the former head of BlackBerry's automotive software division to lead its own self-driving car tech projects.

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18:30
Apple's Rigid Negotiating Tactics Cost Us...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the reason we don't have actual TV channels on the Apple TV is because the company tried to strong-arm networks -- and failed. Apple's Senior Vice President Eddy Cue is said to have taken the wrong approach. In one meeting, he reportedly told TV executives that "time is on my side." Cue is also accused of bluffing executives by claiming other networks -- specifically Disney and Fox -- were already signed up. The company also refused to show off the Apple TV interface, or "sketch it on the back of a napkin," as one media executive requested. Cue also tried to strike hard bargains, says WSJ. He reportedly asked that Disney put off the royalties Apple would have to pay for several years. Those 'skinny bundles' we heard so much about were what Apple was planning to build its TV experience around, too. In 2015, a bundle consisting of Fox, ESPN and Disney content was...

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18:11
Google announces add-ons for Docs and Sheets'...

Ever wish you could do even more work on your phone? Then today's your day. Google just announced third-party add-on support for its Docs and Sheets Android app, allowing the mobile version of its office suite to seamlessly integrate with other produ...

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17:20
Apple introduces us to a new Sensor that Detects the...

In iOS 10 Apple is introducing a nice little feature called 'Raise to Wake' which is self-explanatory in that you'll be able to simply grab your phone and as you raise it the screen will automatically turn on. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a future feature that extends Raise to Wake.

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17:14
HTC Vive owners can finally face the void in '...

It may be a few months late, but the day is finally here: Adr1ft, Adam Orth's VR orbital survival simulator, is now available for the HTC Vive. The Oculus Rift launch exclusive was originally planned to launch on SteamVR back in May, but was delayed...

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16:40
Yahoo researchers built a powerful new online abuse...

A team of researchers at Yahoo Labs have plumbed the depths of their company's massive comment sections to come up with something that might actually be useful for detecting and eventually curbing rampant online abuse. Using a first-of-its-kind data...

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16:34
Rumor: Apple hires Dan Dodge to head up car project...

Apple could still be working on a car project, but could be taken it in a new direction.

Bob Mansfield, the Apple executive who led up efforts on the iMac, iPad, MacBook Air and Apple Watch, has apparently been put in charge of Apple’s car project. Mansfield’s first action has been to hire former BlackBerry developer Dan Dodge, who arrives at Apple with an extensive operating system development background.

Mansfield apparently tapped Dodge to work on autonomous driving software for Apple’s car division, code-named Project Titan, signaling that the company is pivoting from building its own car to making the tech that will power the next generation of cars. Or, more likely, Apple is covering all of its bases and seeing whether...

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16:06
Apple launches new Spanish language App Store...

Apple today has quietly started a Spanish language account on Twitter for the App Store. The purpose of the new Twitter feed is to reach a broader audience when it comes to marketing and promoting applications. The account carries the username of @AppStoreES and is touted as offering “all you need to know about apps directly from the App Store editorial team.” more…

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16:03
CBS and Showtime have two million internet-only...

While CBS is busy licensing content to Netflix for display outside of the US and Canada, here its own streaming services are off to a good start. On today's earnings call, execs said CBS All Access and the streaming version of Showtime have combined...

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16:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Meet Popslate, a case with...

New iPhone cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases introduces us to the Popslate, a case with a battery-powered black-and-white screen to give you quick info at a glance. Plus, a new leather wallet, colorful shells, and an option just for Lego fans. Read on!

Belkin

Not only does the Lego Builder Case (iPhone SE; $40 MSRP, select colors $24.33 on Amazon) look like a giant Lego brick—it’s functional, too, so you can stack your Lego blocks and figures on it.

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15:55
Microsoft to cut more jobs

Microsoft Corp said it would cut about 2,850 more jobs over the next 12 months, taking its total planned job cuts to up to 4,700, or about 4 percent of its workforce.

I hate seeing people lose their jobs.

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15:48
Challenges of getting a product made in the U.S.A.

It was craftsmanship rather than the bottom line that motivated Brian Holmes when he decided in 2010 to start a business and went looking for a manufacturer. He and his wife, Kari, started Pad & Quill, a company based in Minneapolis that makes high-end cases and other products for the iPhone and other Apple products.

I’ve raved about Pad & Quill on this site many times. It’s great seeing them get recognized for their commitment to quality.

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15:45
Samsung Beat Apple In Smartphone Shipments, Profit...

An anonymous reader writes: Earlier reports speculated this to be true, but now it's official: Samsung has beat Apple in smartphone shipments to lift the company to its most profitable quarter in over two years. The Hindu reports: "Riding on the strong sales of its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones, Samsung Electronics on Thursday declared 8.14 trillion won ($7billion) year on-year operating profit -- 18 percent in the second quarter results. Touted as bad news for Apple that saw a 15 percent decline in iPhone sales in its second quarter results announced this week, Samsung saw substantial earnings improvement led by sales of its flagship products such as Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. A streamlined mid-to low-end smartphone lineup also contributed to improved profitability for the company. According to Samsung, it shipped about 90 million handsets in the April-June period with smartphones making up more than 80 per cent of the total, the Korea Herald reported. Samsung's second-...

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15:39
∞ Apple launches Spanish App Store Twitter account

Apple on Thursday launched a new Spanish App Store Twitter account. Followers of the account will get information on new apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac. […]

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15:35
Wirecutter's best deals: Save $80 on a Dell...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter....

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15:30
Apple opens Spanish language App Store feed on...

Apple on Thursday launched a Spanish-language Twitter account for the App Store, looking to market iOS apps to a broader demographic.

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15:29
Apple updates iMovie for iOS with easy project...

In an update to its iMovie consumer level video editing software for iOS released on Thursday, Apple introduced a method of quickly creating projects from batch selected photos and video, as well as a new suite of content sharing options.

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15:28
One of Apple's 3D Touch Inventions Surfaced...

The original iPhone introduced the world to Multi-Touch, forever changing the way people experience technology. With 3D Touch, you can do things that were never possible before. It senses how deeply you press the display, letting you do all kinds of essential things more quickly and simply. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published one of the inventions behind 3D Touch.

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15:17
Patent report: iPads/iPhones with digital crowns,...

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

One newly filed patent application (number 20160216801) for “capacitive touch panel for sensing mechanical inputs to a device” shows that Apple is considering expanding the digital crown feature of the Apple Watch to other iOS devices such as the iPad and iPhone. The patent would provide a digital crown on the side of the iOS device to facilitate scrolling, control volume, resize text and images, and other mundane tasks like locking or unlocking the touchscreen.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that, in addition to touch panels, many electronic devices may also have mechanical inputs, such as buttons and/or switches. These mechanical inputs can control power (i.e., on/off) and volume, among...

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15:10
Google reports big profits as it continues to invest...

It's been nearly a year since Google underwent a major organization do-over, with a renaming of the overall parent company to Alphabet, while Google itself was now just a sub-firm within. But, as its latest earnings results suggest, a majority of Alp...

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15:05
Apple Store app for iOS will feature recommendations

With the back-to-school and holiday shopping season coming sooner than you think, Apple is preparing an update to its Apple Store iOS app. According to Bloomberg, the Apple Store app will take a more active role in recommending products to you.

The update to the app will using your buying history in order to recommend products more products it thinks will interest you. Bloomberg reports that the app could showcase these recommendations in a new For You tab, and that the new app will be universal; currently, the Apple Store apps for the iPhone and iPad are two separate apps.

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15:00
AWT News Update: July 28, 2016

After Apple's Tuesday earnings surprise, things have quieted down a bit but we still have some news from and about the company to share with you:

  • Bond, Apple Bond. The company's selling bonds to raise funds for its stock buyback program
  • Apple's Ivan Krstic will be a speaker at this year's Black Hat USA in Las Vegas on August 4
  • Bluetooth headphones have overtaken wired 'phones for the first time, and Apple's benefitting from the change
  • Be sure to enter our giveaway of a brand new Apple 12-inch Retina Display MacBook!
  • Join Team AWT for special content, as well as a members-only giveaway next week

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

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14:57
Control Nest thermostats with your Apple Watch

The whole idea behind Nest's smart thermostats is ease of use. And now in case you'd rather not fish your iPhone out of your pocket (or go on a hunt through the couch cushions for it), the smart home gadgets are controllable with an Apple Watch. The...

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14:53
Apple to introduce purchase recommendations in...

Apple is working on a new version of its Apple Store app for iOS that will provide customers with personalized product recommendations based on their purchase history, according to a report published Thursday.

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14:49
Apple Store mobile app may soon offer...

Apple plans to roll out a redesigned version of its Apple Store mobile app that will use a customer’s buying history to recommend more purchases, according to Bloomberg.

The updated app could appear in the next two weeks, the article adds, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” Bloomberg says it could offer a “For You” tab that suggests products based on your previous orders, sort of like Amazon does. It will reportedly be a universal app that works on both the iPhone and the iPad.

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14:44
Apple reportedly redesigning Apple Store app, will...

In a report by Bloomberg, Apple is said to be preparing an update to its iOS Apple Store app, where customers can buy Apple’s hardware and accessories online. The new update will feature recommendations for suggested purchases, in a new ‘For You’ tab (mirroring Apple Music).

The privacy implications of the move are unclear; Apple will use a customer’s purchase history to suggest additional relevant products for them to buy, a tactic already heralded by most other online stores like Amazon. For example, if a user buys a set of Philips Hue lightbulbs, the app may also suggest adding other smart lighting HomeKit products to their cart, from the same range as well as other brands like the Lutron light systems, for instance....

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14:43
iMovie for iOS updated with improvements to project...

Apple today has release an update for iMove on iOS that brings a handful of improvements. The update bumps the app to version 2.2.3 and includes improvements to starting projects, sharing, and more.

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14:42
Apple’s Ivan Krstić to speak on iOS security at...

Apple’s Ivan Krstić will lead a session on “Behind the Scenes of iOS Security” at Blackhat USA 2016, an annual event for security practitioners of all levels, which will run July 30 to Aug. 2 in Las Vegas. You can register here.

Here’s a summary of Krstić’s session: “With over a billion active devices and in-depth security protections spanning every layer from silicon to software, Apple works to advance the state of the art in mobile security with every release of iOS. We will discuss three iOS security mechanisms in unprecedented technical detail, offering the first public discussion of one of them new to iOS 10.

“HomeKit, Auto Unlock and iCloud Keychain are three Apple technologies that handle exceptionally sensitive user data – controlling devices (including locks) in the user's home, the ability to unlock a user's Mac from an Apple Watch, and the user's passwords and credit card...

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14:32
Apple to Debut Revamped Apple Store App With '...

Apple will soon introduce a redesigned version of its dedicated Apple Store app, reports Bloomberg. The new version of the app, which is used to make online purchases of Apple products, will feature custom recommendations for new products to buy based on purchase history.

Citing sources with knowledge of Apple's plans, Bloomberg's report says Apple is likely to include a dedicated "For You" tab in the Apple Store app, mirroring the "For You" sections of the Apple Music and Apple News apps. This tab will offer up purchase suggestions "based on prior orders."

The current Apple Store app, while outfitted with general product recommendations displayed in the "Featured" tab, does not give customers personalized...

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14:29
Ex-QNX CEO joins the ‘Apple Car’ team

Earlier this week it was reported that Apple had lured Bob Mansfield, former senior vice president, Technologies, out of retirement to head the “Apple Car” project (dubbed “Project Titan”). Now Bloomberg reports that software architect Dan Dodge, co-founder and once CEO of BlackBerry division QNX, has joined the company to work on a team led by Mansfield.

Apple is emphasizing a focus on an autonomous driving system, though it’s not ruled out developing its own vehicle, the article adds. That leaves options open should the company eventually decide to partner with or acquire an established car maker instead of building a car itself.

Engineers working on a vehicle design reportedly number in...

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14:03
Facebook collects your best birthday wishes in new...

Facebook is already the hub for online birthday wishes from people you haven't seen in person since the late 90s, but the site isn't done celebrating your special day once the clock strikes midnight. Facebook has rolled out Birthday Recap Videos, a 4...

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14:00
Notable apps and app updates for July 28, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps and Updates

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

While Call of Duty 4 is by no means a new game, it's certainly had staying power over the years. Developer Aspyr Media is having a sale on the huge (7.35 GB) app, 50% off (just $9.99) for a limited time. Note that your Mac needs to meet specific system requirements to be able to handle the graphics demands of the game -- be sure to check those requirements before you buy. If you're not familiar with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, here's a description: "Featuring a tense storyline, filled with plot twists, Call of Duty 4 thrusts players into battle like never before...

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13:48
An interview with Susan Kare​, the woman who helped...

I always love reading about Kare. Her work has subtly influenced so much of what we Mac users see and do.

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13:46
Trump Tries to Walk Back Comments on Clinton Emails


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday attempted to walk back some of his remarks at a Wednesday morning press briefing during the Democratic National Convention, including his suggestion that Russian intelligence services should look for more than 30,000 deleted emails belonging to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and reveal them to the world. "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you'll be able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

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13:39
Apple preparing $7 billion U.S. bond sale to support...

Apple continues to leverage bond sales and low interest rates to fund both its stock buyback program and green initiatives, with an upcoming third sale this year to hit US debt capital markets.

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13:38
Ride-hailing apps like Uber will be legal in China...

Considering how much business Uber does in China, it's kind of hard to imagine that ride-hailing apps aren't exactly legal in the country. Well, they weren't, but they're about to be. Chinese regulators have passed a new law that clears up the legal...

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13:17
Apple's Ivan Krstic to give 'behind the...

Apple's head of Security Engineering and Architecture will go into "unprecedented technical detail" on iOS security during a talk at this year's Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas, including new technology coming with iOS 10.

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13:14
Illumina names Phil Schiller to its board of...

This is all well and good and great for Illumina but I still think Eddy Cue on the board of Ferrari is much more of a fun gig.

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13:12
Report: Apple’s negotiating tactics sunk its long-...

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In the months leading up to the announcement of the new Apple TV box last year, there were multiple reports that said the company was also working on a streaming TV service as a way to entice cord-cutters and "cord-nevers" into its ecosystem. Those reports suggested that the service would include some 25 channels and cost $30 or $40 a month, and it would stream live content as well as offer a Netflix-esque back catalog of shows on demand.

But it never came to pass. When the new Apple TV launched, Apple pushed apps as the future of TV rather than an all-in-one service. A new report from the ...

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13:11
Virgin America's app has Spotify playlists...

Virgin America revealed a major overhaul to its website back in 2014, and now it finally has an app for Android and iOS. As you might expect, the retooled mobile software has a similar look and feel to the web portal, but you can use it to book fligh...

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13:00
Apple readying third bond sale this year, $7 billion...

Apple is continuing to take advantage of low interest rates and bond sales to fund its giant stock buyback program. The Financial Times reports that Apple is preparing its third bond sale of the year to the tune of $7 billion:

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Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $829, or $270 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros... Read more
21-inch iMacs on sale for up to $120 off MSRP
B&H Photo has 21″ iMacs on sale for up to $120 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 21″ 3.1GHz iMac 4K: $1379 $120 off MSRP - 21″ 2.8GHz iMac: $1199.99 $100 off MSRP - 21″ 1... Read more
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Ergonis Software today announced release of Typinator 6.10, a new version of their text expander utility for macOS. Typinator 6.10 comes with 50 improvements, including new features, compatibility... Read more

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