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Tuesday September 13

09:00
Introducing Outlook’s new and improved calendar on...

Whether you’re planning your next dinner date or an upcoming meeting with teammates, the Outlook team’s mission is to provide you with the best calendar app out there. Today, we’re happy to share that it’s about to get even better on iOS and Android—with new features and a better overall experience to help you manage and make the most of your day.

Here’s a look at what’s new:

Stay connected with Interesting Calendars

A few months ago, we introduced Calendar Apps to let you connect your favorite apps—Wunderlist, Facebook and Evernote—to your calendar. Our goal? To give you a complete and clear view of your day with your events, tasks and notes in one place.

Today, we’re taking this idea one step further by adding Interesting Calendars, which allows you to subscribe to your hometown sports team’s calendar and see the...

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08:59
iOS 10: The MacStories review

Settle in. This review is 31 pages long. It even has closing credits.

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08:53
Apple expands Maps transit directions to Columbus...

Just ahead of Tuesday's launch of iOS 10, Apple has enabled Maps public transit directions for two more U.S. cities, namely Columbus, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pa.

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08:43
Microsoft OneNote 15.26 - Free digital notebook.

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes



Version 15.26:

Note: Now requires a 64-bit...

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08:37
tvOS 10 Adds Dark Mode and More

The tvOS 10 update won’t do much to change how you use your fourth-generation Apple TV, but it does add some nice features that will save you pain and suffering.

 

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08:35
Amazon Prime gives you Audible streams for free

Amazon Prime members get a pretty decent bunch of benefits for their $99 a year subscription, and the list of goodies just got a bit longer. The online retail giant now offers its subscribers free access to Audible Channels, a collection of talk show...

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08:22
2017 iPhone will have 'virtual button'...

Next year's flagship iPhone will have a "full-screen face," with an embedded "virtual button," a report said on Tuesday, reinforcing some other recent rumors about Apple's expected redesign.

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08:00
Engadget giveaway: Win a Samsung Gear 360 and video...

Want to step into the 360-degree video editing arena at an affordable price? CyberLink just launched Director Suite 5, its $300 consumer-level editing bundle for fine-tuning your video captures in full 360-degree splendor. CyberLink's True360 tech al...

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07:56
John Gruber’s iPhones 7 review

There’s just a ton of chewy goodness here. And that plural in the title, mwah, love it!

If you are at all wrestling with the jet black versus matte black finishes for the iPhone 7, your answer lies within this review. Personally, I find the micro-abrasion issue inviting, in the same way I think of a new leather pair of sandals, jacket, or guitar strap. I prefer a worn in look and feel. It makes the leather feel like part of my life.

If you are anal about the finish of your iPhone, steer clear of the jet black or get a case. Me, I went right for the jet black, no regrets, no looking back.

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07:52
USPTO Invalidates 4 VirnetX Patents Complicating the...

In early August Patently Apple posted a report titled "VirnetX Stock Plunges as Judge Voids $625.6 Million Verdict against Apple." VirnetX Chief Executive Kendall Larsen said in a statement at that time that "We are disappointed. We are reviewing all our options and will follow the court's direction as we start preparing for these retrials." Well, that retrial may not happen exactly as planned.

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07:36
iOS 10 Bug Breaks Kwikset Kevo's Touch-to-Open...

Kwikset has announced that its Kevo smart lock's touch-to-open technology will only work on iOS 10 if the Kevo app is open and visible on an iPhone's screen, due to a bug related to Bluetooth LE peripheral mode.

Kwikset said it is working closely with Apple to support a solution that will restore the functionality as quick as possible. iOS 10 will be publicly released later today, so the fix will likely be included in a subsequent software update.

In the meantime, Kwikset offers some temporary solutions for continuing to use Kevo's touch-to-open functionality:- When at your door, open the Kevo app on your iOS phone or smart device, making sure you can see the app on your device screen and touch the Kevo smart lock...

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07:24
Starting Today iPhone Business Users get to Tap into...

Just as a reminder, favored status for Apple iPhones and iPads on Cisco Systems networks starts later today, giving users better Wi-Fi roaming, integrated VoIP calls and priority for the most important business apps. It's about fast-tracking the mobile enterprise.

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07:20
∞ And the Oscar for Best Supporting Weirdo goes to…

[VIDEO] Love this.

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07:17
iOS 10 bug will disable Kevo smart lock’s Touch-To-...

Kwikset’s popular iPhone-connected Kevo smart lock will temporarily lose some of its smarts as the company reports an iOS 10 bug disables the product’s unique “touch-to-open” feature.

The company has started warning customers of the issue via email ahead of Apple’s iOS 10 software update scheduled for release today.

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07:15
Interview with Amazon’s very first employee

I found this a fascinating read. Lots of back story on the very first days of Amazon.

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07:09
AirPods review roundup: weird looks, okay sound,...

With mixed reviews of the iPhone 7, we took a look to see whether the same was true of Apple’s highest-tech headphones, the all-new wireless AirPods with their ultra-slick pairing system facilitated by the W1 chip.

Here, however, we found greater agreement. Everyone was impressed by the instant pairing and by the intelligence in the AirPods – like auto-pausing when you remove them from your ear. Most people seem to agree that the sound quality is distinctly average but acceptable to most. And there’s also widespread agreement that the look is definitely on the dorky side …

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07:08
The new iPhones and the newer, AWS-3 spectrum bands

Aaron Pressman, writing for Fortune:

Apple made several choices in the wireless capabilities of its new iPhone 7 that could complicate life for some of the phone’s owners.

None of the new iPhones will be able to go online using a spectrum band known as AWS-3, according to Apple’s specifications page. Carriers spent almost $45 billion last year at a federal auction for the rights to use the AWS-3 band, also known as LTE band 66, and are starting to put it in service. The carriers all also operate on other high-speed bands that will be iPhone 7 compatible, but they won’t be able to connect to the new phone with the additional AWS spectrum.

Here’s a link to Apple’s iPhone 7 specs page. Scroll down and see for yourself.

Continuing:

For consumers, that means their new iPhones may not be able to jump onto a band that is apt...

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07:04
Four VirnetX patents ruled invalid in legal battle...

Four patents VirnetX, an Internet security software and technology company, said were infringed by Apple have been deemed invalid by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as the patents don't actually cover new inventions, the Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board argued, according to Bloomberg. VirnetX CEO Kendell Larsen said his company will appeal the USPTO's decisions.

In January 2014, VirnetX filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to supplement its infringement contentions against Apple, the defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit. And in May 2016 the company asked a Texas court to order Apple to stop providing its FaceTime and Messages features to customers, following the patent troll’s early court victory regarding patent infringement.

The motion alleged that Apple products,...

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06:56
Adobe’s Lightroom camera now lets you shoot in raw...

Adobe’s Lightroom app continues to live on the edge of what’s possible with Apple’s various platforms, and the latest version of the photo editing app for iOS is no exception. Lightroom for iOS now lets you shoot in raw using the built-in camera so you can capture exactly what the sensor sees without iOS processing over it artificially.

more…

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06:56
Everything you wanted to know about watchOS 3

Nice, image heavy (which is the way I like it), detailed review from BirchTree.

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06:54
Apple launches iMessage App Store with various...

Jeff Benjamin, writing for 9to5Mac:

Let the deluge begin… Not long after the Super Mario Run iMessage sticker pack was made available to iOS 10 users, Apple has unleashed the entire iMessage App Store. The iMessage App Store, which is available for iOS 10 users, features sticker packs from companies like Disney, Bandai Namco, Sanrio, and others.

In addition to the sticker packs, the iMessage App Store features full-fledged iMessage apps and games. Several of the apps that were demonstrated during the WWDC 2016 keynote are here, such as Square Cash, OpenTable, and JibJab.

I’ve been seeing a steady stream of new iMessage content, similar to what we saw when Apple opened up the Apple Watch to third party complications.

I found this interesting:

Some of the apps are standalone iMessage apps, while others are extensions of already existing apps in the main App Store. You can tell which apps are extensions when the regular app is downloaded on your Home...

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06:51
HoudahSpot 4.2.4 - Advanced file-search tool.

HoudahSpot is a powerful file search tool. Use HoudahSpot to locate hard-to-find files and keep frequently used files within reach.

HoudahSpot will immediately feel familiar. It works just the way you expect search to work. Start with a simple search. Refine it by adding and combining criteria. Browse search results. Add columns. Preview files and text matches. Pick the files you really need.

  • Find files by name, text, content kind, author, recipient, pixel count, etc.
  • Combine criteria to narrow down search results
  • Specify which folders to search and which ones to exclude
  • Add any of the hundreds of columns available
  • Apply filters to reduce search results to only the relevant items
  • Preview files and text matches
  • Open files and, where the application supports it, continue searching for text matches by pressing command-G (Find Next)
  • Set up templates for recurring searches
  • ...
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06:46
VirnetX patents ruled invalid ahead of retrial in...

Four patents VirnetX said were infringed by Apple have been deemed invalid by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, something which could potentially be a major setback in an upcoming retrial.

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06:37
Git client Tower for Mac OS X adds new features

Fournova has announced Tower 2.5 (https://www.git-tower.com), an update to the Git client for Mac OS X. It provides an interface that combines all the important features that Git has to offer.

Version 2.5 boasts over 100 improvements, according to Fournova CEO Tobias Gunther. New features include:

° Tab support: in addition to its support for multiple windows Tower 2.5 now offers tabs for users who use Apple's latest operating system macOS Sierra.

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06:29
Sprint pre-orders of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus...

No much for the new iPhone being a bust. Not only is it breaking sales records at T-Mobile, but pre-orders of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at Sprint are up more than 375% in the first three days over last year.

Since Sprint began accepting pre-orders on Sept. 9, new and existing customers have been placing orders for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at a rate nearly four times greater than this time last year, according to Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. The wireless carrier also offers its “Unlimited Freedom” plan: two lines of unlimited talk, text and data for $100 a month. Unlimited Freedom includes unlimited mobile-optimized streaming videos, gaming and music, and unlimited 4G LTE data for most everything else.

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06:21
A strap for your AirPods

If you haven’t already, read Jim’s excellent, hands-on review of the AirPods, Apple’s wireless earpods.

Seems to me, the AirPods should stay in your ears just fine. As Jim says:

The AirPods actually fit my ears better than the wired EarPods. One explanation for this could be that the wires create a tension point using the EarPods to be pulled out of your ear a little bit.

This statement really resonated for me. When my Apple EarPods come out of my ears, it is always because of tension on the wires, caused by an unintentional tug from shirt, jacket, or some outside force.

Jim continues:

I walked, jumped, ran, shook my head around, bent down, tipped over, and did every other move I could think of to make the AirPods fall out of my ears—they never did.

That said, if you are in an environment where you need a bit of safety, Amazon sells something called the AirPods strap. I actually think this would be useful in certain environments. For...

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06:19
Tunnelblick 3.6.7beta04 - GUI for OpenVPN (beta).

Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections. It comes as a ready-to-use application with all necessary binaries and drivers (including OpenVPN, easy-rsa, and tun/tap drivers). No additional installation is necessary -- just add your configuration and encryption information.

To use Tunnelblick you need access to a VPN server -- your computer is one end of the tunnel and the VPN server is the other end. For more information, see Getting VPN Service.

Support is provided by the Tunnelblick Discussion Group.



Version 3.6.7beta04 (build 4601):

Note: Now requires OS X 10.7 or...

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06:17
Use the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With the Home app, you can securely control the products you use in your home—all from your iOS device.

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06:11
Review roundup: iPhone 7 is the greatest iPhone yet...

A bevy of iPhone 7 reviews have been published in advance of the phone's actual release, with nearly all of them singing the praises of the device, amidst one big omission -- the headphone jack.

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06:10
Image Smith 2.3 released on the Mac App Store

128bit Technologies (www.macappware.com) has posted Image Smith 2.3 on the Mac App Store. The app allows you to process several photos simultaneously. You can apply name changes, image enhancements, cropping, image format changes, and more to a large batch of images.

With Image Smith you can use the pre-defined presets to scale or stretch images down to formats suitable for web banners, e-mailing photos, creating backups, and more. Image Smith 2.3 requires OS X 10.7 or later and costs $14.99.

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06:07
Disk Drill on the Mac App Store is offered for $1.99...

CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has announced a special price of $1.99 on Disk Drill Media Recovery 2.6 for today (Sept. 13) only. The usual price is $39.99.

The app supports recovery of all types of data and file formats. It runs on any file system and even on formatted drives. Disk Drill Media Recovery is a separate MAS-dedicated edition of an award-winning Disk Drill data recovery suite.

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06:03
2017 iPhone Will Include Edge-to-Edge Display With...

In the midst of the publication of multiple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus reviews, one tidbit within The New York Times' mostly positive review of the 2016 iPhone briefly looked forward to the much-anticipated "mega cycle," ten-year anniversary model of next year's iPhone. According to the publication, who spoke with two anonymous Apple employees, "next year’s iPhone will have a full-screen face with the virtual button built directly into the screen."

While not new information, the comment does continue a rumor of a...

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06:00
Kool Tools: Trident cases for the iPhone 7/7 Plus

Trident Case (www.tridentcase.com) has an expanded line-up of cases for the all-new Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The expansion includes the Kraken A.M.S. Series, the Cyclops Series, the Aegis Series and the Krios Series.

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05:56
Three quarters of companies feel they are secure...

Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has released a report into the business attitudes towards and experiences of cyber security and cyber attacks in SMEs and enterprises. The research revealed that three quarters of companies feel they are currently secure, even though half of those businesses also reported having previously experienced a cyber attack.

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05:56
Twitter’s new, longer tweets are coming September...

Chris Welch, writing for The Verge:

Twitter is about to make a big change to the way that tweets work, The Verge can independently confirm. Beginning September 19th, the company will cut down on exactly which types of content count toward the platform’s 140-character limit. Media attachments (images, GIFs, videos, polls, etc.) and quoted tweets will no longer reduce the count. The extra room for text will give users more flexibility in composing their messages.

It will be nice to have this breathing room. Bravo.

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05:53
Xojo 2016 Release 3 is now available

Xojo, Inc, says Xojo 2016 Release 3 — the application development tool for making apps for OS X, Windows and Linux, web, iOS, and Raspberry Pi — is now available.

The tool has built-in support for graphics, database servers, Internet protocols and more. The latest release adds compiler optimization options and refactoring features for the IDE and Code Editor, along with more than 90 total improvements and 11 new features.

Xojo is available to try in a free, time-unlimited trial (http://www.xojo.com). Registration starts at $99 for a single desktop license.

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05:52
Shuffling your music – new options in iOS 10

Kirk McElhearn digs into the details of shuffling music in the more complex universe of iOS 10, Apple Music and iCloud Music Library.

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05:51
DiskCatalogMaker 6.5.11 - Catalog your disks.

DiskCatalogMaker is a simple disk management tool which catalogs disks.

  • Simple, light-weight, and fast.
  • Finder-like intuitive look and feel.
  • Super-fast search algorithm.
  • Can compress catalog data for disk space.
  • Can generate thumbnail images.
  • Long Unicode file name support.
  • ZIP / RAR / 7-Zip / StuffIt / tar / gzip / bzip2 / CompactPro / LHA archive formats support.
  • A Mach-O application. (Mac OS X native format.)



Version 6.5.11:

  • Fixed compatibility issues with tabbed windows on macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Fixed some minor bugs



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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05:49
Future iOS devices may ensure that users aren’t...

Future iPhones and iPads may automatically detect the brightness level of the environment you’re in so that when you power it up you’re not blinded by the screen’s bright display. Apple has applied for a patent (number 9,443,460) for “luminescence shock avoidance in display devices,” which could also extend battery life.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that if a mobile device is in a sleep mode in a dark environment and the display is suddenly illuminated due to a received call or other communication, a nearby user who happens to be looking at the device or is instinctively drawn to looking at the display when it illuminates can suffer temporary vision impairment. 

Because the user's pupils have opened up in the dark environment, the sudden flash of light can cause short-term blindness or at least impaired vision. This temporary impaired vision can range from a mere annoyance to a life-threatening situation if the user is driving a motor vehicle. Apple wants to make...

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05:41
Xiaomi Fearful of Recent Battery Explosions with...

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle still in high gear, it's no wonder that China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology has commissioned a third-party organization to investigate two recent cases of explosions of its own smartphones ...

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05:34
iPhone 7/7 Plus shatter sales records at T-Mobile

As noted by 9to5Mac, T-Mobile has reported that pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have shattered sales records, with orders four times higher than the iPhone 6.

“iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are a home run at T-Mobile,” says T-Mobile CEO. Pre-orders for Apple’s latest have already shattered sales records in the first four days – up more than 4x over the smash-hit iPhone 6. And Friday set a single day sales record for any smartphone ever in T-Mobile US history.”

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05:32
Opera 39.0.2256.71 - High-performance Web browser.

Opera is a fast and secure browser trusted by millions of users. With the intuitive interface, Speed Dial and visual bookmarks for organizing favorite sites, news feature with fresh, relevant content, speed-boosting Opera Turbo mode and more handy features, Opera has everything you need to do more on the web. Also, with 1700+ available extensions, you can mix and match additional features to customize the browser the way you want.



Version 39.0.2256.71:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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05:20
iPhone 7/Plus pre-orders all-time record, says T-...

T-Mobile has reported that pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have shattered sales records, with orders four times higher than the iPhone 6.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are a home run at T-Mobile. Pre-orders for Apple’s latest have already shattered sales records in the first four days – up more than 4x over the smash-hit iPhone 6. And Friday set a single day sales record for any smartphone ever in T-Mobile US history.

Sprint is also reporting almost four times as many orders for the iPhone 7 this year, though its comparison was against the 6s …

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05:19
Technical Certification Lists Improved iPhone 7...

Although Apple revealed a lot of information about the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus last week, the technical specifications of each device's mAh battery capacity and RAM were left undisclosed, as per usual with iPhone announcements. Now, new information from a technical certification obtained by Chinese site TENAA (via WCCFtech) appears to confirm previous rumors that placed the iPhone 7 Plus with 3GB of RAM and the iPhone 7 with a 1,960 mAh battery.

Specifically, the performance specifications list the iPhone 7 with 2GB of RAM and a 1,960 mAh battery, an improvement over the 1,715 mAh battery in the...

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05:15
Apple hits some snags with iPhone 7, 7 Plus...

Preordering an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus might be a little harder than it should be.

Last week, a number of customers looking to preorder the new handset via Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program encountered issues selecting the correct model because a lot of them were already sold out.

Apple is attempting to smooth this out, but the availability issue stemmed from Apple placing customers enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program in a different queue than the general preorders. These customers had to reserve their model directly from a local Apple store, which resulted in limited availability. Some customers in the iPhone Upgrade Program were unable to select their preferred model, carrier, color, or storage capacity. Others weren’t even able to enter...

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05:00
Facebook Messenger begins incorporating payment...

Facebook chat moved into the financial sphere today.

The company’s messenger bots can now accept payments natively without sending users to an external website, Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus announced today onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016.

The web site uses stored credit card into to instantly make purchases that are part of the new closed beta the developers can apply for. Marcus also revealed that 34,000 devs have joined the platform and built 30,000 bots in the April launch, up from over 10,000 devs in May and 11,000 bots in July.

Marcus added that the company is working with companies like Stripe, PayPal, Braintree, Visa, MasterCard and American Express to widen the number of financial...

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04:52
iPhone 7 review roundup: the verdicts are in, and...

Most iPhone reviews are fairly predictable, because what’s not to like about a new iPhone? There will always be features people wished Apple had added that it didn’t, of course, but the new iPhone is always significantly better than the model it replaced. For the first time, that isn’t exclusively true.

The main issue, of course, is the one everyone’s been talking about for months: the loss of the headphone socket. Apple may have planned to leak that change a long way in advance; it may have made a good case for the change; and it may have done its best to make the transition as painless as possible by tackling both the pairing and battery-life barriers to wireless headphones through the...

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04:45
SuperDuper! 2.9.1 - Advanced disk cloning/recovery...

SuperDuper! is an advanced, yet easy to use disk copying program. It can, of course, make a straight copy, or "clone" -- useful when you want to move all your data from one machine to another, or do a simple backup. In moments, you can completely duplicate your boot drive to another drive, partition, or image file.

Clones for safety. To ensure you can safely roll back a system after the unexpected occurs. With a few clicks, you can easily "checkpoint" your system, preserving your computer's critical applications and files while you run on a working, bootable copy. If anything goes wrong, just reboot to the original. When you do, your current Documents, Music, Pictures -- even iSync data -- are available! You can get back to work immediately.

Clones for industry! SuperDuper has enough features to satisfy the advanced user, too. Its simple-but-powerful Copy Script feature allows complete control of exactly what files get copied,...

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04:30
Apple should buy Harman Kardon

Anyone who's followed my online Apple/tech coverage over the years knows that I love Harman Kardon products. I think Apple should just buy the company.

After all, they bought Beats and (sorry, Beats Electronics) HK products are better. I've tested and/or owned just about every HK speaker made, and I've rarely been disappointed. 

Heck, Apple design guru Jony Ive helped design Harmon's SoundSticks speakers (pictured). If Apple bought HK, perhaps future Macs would include some really nice speakers, as does Dell's UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor, which has two 16W integrated Harman Kardon speakers. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook says music is in the company's DNA, and the company likesto design the whole widget. So why not buy HK and give us some iMacs and Thunderbolt Displays replacements with truly outstanding speakers built-in?

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04:30
GE taps Amazon's Alexa to provide voice control...

Dubbed "Geneva," the new skill works with any connected GE or Monogram appliance, including refrigerators, dishwashers, wall ovens, ranges, laundry and more.

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04:23
BusyCal 3.0.6 - Powerful calendar app with multiple...

BusyCal is an award-winning desktop calendar that combines personal productivity features for individuals with powerful calendar sharing capabilities for families and workgroups. Its unique features include a non-modal Info Panel for easier data entry; To Dos that display in the calendar and auto-forward until completed; repeating To Dos; customizable calendar views including a List view and scrolling Month and Week views; adjustable font styles and sizes, live weather feeds, moon phases, graphics, sticky notes and more. And when you first launch BusyCal, all of your iCal data is instantly imported. BusyCal automatically syncs with iCal, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and other apps and devices that sync with MobileMe or Sync Services. If you later decide to switch back to iCal, all of your calendar data will be current.

BusyCal allows families and workgroups to share calendars with MobileMe, Google Calendar, iCal Server, and other CalDAV Servers. You can even...

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04:16
Apple Granted 52 Patents Today Covering Advanced...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's 'Bumping' wireless technology that could interact and communicate with a wide range of products including modems and vehicles where vehicle collision details could be automatically detected.

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04:01
iPhone 7 Reviews: 'Terrific Phones' That...

The official launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is still three days away on September 16, but the first reviews of the new smartphones have started showing up online this morning. Some of the sites have been quietly testing out the new handsets for around a week, and general impressions have been positive, despite the lack of a radical design overhaul compared to last year's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The Verge offered perhaps the most balanced perspective on the iPhone 7 series, which it called "terrific phones" but also "incomplete", given that the wider color gamut, and the real potential of the Taptic Engine and the iPhone 7 Plus's dual-lens camera – which rely on software updates – won't be realized at launch....

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04:00
The iLoud is a solid speaker for on-the-go musicians...

By Aaron Lee

IK Multimedia's iLoud $249.99 is a convenient portable stereo speaker designed for studio monitor quality on-the-on. It packs some punch thanks to its 40W RMS of power, and it's clear at all volume levels thanks to an onboard DSP processor and a bi-amped 4-driver array of high efficient neodymium loudspeakers that provide accurate, even response across the entire frequency spectrum. 

For deep bass response iLoud's bass-reflex allows frequencies to go down to 50hz. It's a fine speaker for musicians and audiophiles who demand an accurate reproduction of a wide range of musical styles from rock, hip-hop and electronic dance music, to more nuanced and sonically demanding genres like jazz, classical and acoustic.

The iLoud offers the ability to connect a guitar, bass or dynamic microphone directly to the speaker and process the sound with a multitude of real-time...

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03:55
Which iPhones, iPads, and iPods support iOS 10?

The iPhone 7 will ship out with iOS 10, but that doesn’t mean that you need a brand-new Apple device to install iOS 10.

First previewed during WWDC, iOS 10 features a redesigned Lock screen, super-sized emoji and other iMessage apps, as well as Siri support for third-party services. After months in public beta, the official release of iOS 10 is finally here. You can install the free upgrade right now, but only on a iOS 10-compatible device from the list below.

To upgrade your supported device to iOS 10, go to Software Update in the Settings app. It should be available as an over-the-air update. As always, it’s smart to perform a backup before installing the new operating system, so that you can revert back should you encounter any issues.

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03:30
A Better Finder Attributes 6.00 - Change file...

A Better Finder Attributes is the ultimate file-tweaking tool for OS X. It combines photo-shooting date and file date changing along with a few unique tricks of its own.

  • Change EXIF Timestamps at Will - A Better Finder Attributes 5 allows you to manipulate JPEG, CR2, NEF, ARF CRW and CIFF EXIF timestamps at will by setting them to specific times or batch adjusting them by adding and removing time (useful for correcting the timestamps of images taken with a digital camera with a incorrectly set clock and to compensate for timezone changes).
  • Correct Finder Sorting for JPEG EXIF and RAW Photo - A Better Finder Attributes 5 also allows to synchronize the file creation and modification dates with the shooting dates of JPEG EXIF as well as a wide variety of RAW formats, so that files sort properly in the Finder and other systems.
  • Total File and Folder Creation and Modification Date Control...
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03:17
The iPhones 7

I loved the black iPhone 5. Nostalgic affection for the original iPhone aside, as a piece of kit, the black iPhone 5 was it for me. I never really liked the round shape nor the plastic material of the 3G and 3GS. I liked the 4 and 4S much better, but I didn’t love the glass backs. The black 5 though, that was it. The “slate” anodization did show wear and tear as the year went by, but I liked the effect. Like a good pair of jeans or a leather watch strap. Apple, apparently, did not agree, and with the 5S changed the black model from “slate” to “space gray”. Space gray aged much more gracefully — my used-for-a-year 5S has some nicks along the sides, but the nicks are the same space gray color as the unblemished areas — but it just wasn’t dark enough for my taste. The black iPhones 6 and 6S stuck with the same space gray anodized finish. For me, personally, both aged very well. I’m looking...

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03:00
∞ Review: iPhone 7 and AirPods

After meeting with Apple following its iPhone event last week, I’ve been using a jet black iPhone 7 and a black iPhone 7 Plus. I’ve also been using the new AirPods wireless headphones with a number of devices. What strikes me about the new devices is how Apple is so meticulous with the details of its products. These devices, in conjunction with the software they’re running, truly show Apple’s commitment to the user experience. […]

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03:00
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus review: Great annual upgrades...

Enlarge / The iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Plus, and the things these phones hath wrought. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Up until now, every one of Apple’s iPhone hardware updates has been additive. New iPhones do all the stuff that the old ones could do, plus some new stuff. Moving to bigger screens and swapping the 30-pin connector for the Lightning connector have caused a little pain for developers and users (respectively), but even those more disruptive updates were fundamentally giving you more of something than last year’s offering.

It made iPhone upgrades generally pretty easy to recommend. If your phone was two or three years old and wearing out, there’s a new phone waiting for you that will be better than what you have. Even small-screened phone die-hards...

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03:00
VirtualBox 5.1.6 - x86 virtualization software.

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6, 3.x and 4.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the...

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02:42
Stacks 3.2.3 - New way to create pages in...

Stacks is a new way to create pages in RapidWeaver. It's a plugin designed to combine drag-and-drop simplicity with the power of fluid layout.

Features

  • Fluid Layout: Stacks lets you build pages that flow text to the dimensions of a theme even if the theme has a variable width. You can build flowing columns, flexible rows, and tiles of images.
  • Nesting Objects: Build columns within columns within rows within columns. Or group a stack of objects inside a box. Almost anything is possible with Stacks.
  • Download More Stacks:There are hundreds of professionally designed free and low cost stacks ready for download. Easily add amazing content to your site.
  • Live Image Editing: Resize, rotate, and style your images with an easy to use HUD and see the changes happen right in the layout.
  • Pros Welcome: Because Stacks builds layout with...
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02:29
Direct Mail 4.3.6 - Create and send great looking...

Direct Mail is an easy-to-use, fully-featured email marketing app purpose-built for OS X. It lets you create and send great looking email campaigns.

Start your newsletter by selecting from a gallery of professionally-designed templates, then customize to your heart's content. Design Tests let you see how your email looks in a wide variety of email clients, including live mobile previews sent to your iPhone or iPad. You'll love not having to hassle with a slow, clunky, web-based editor. When you're ready to send, rely on Direct Mail's built-in email service to deliver your message in a flash. Campaign reports show you a clear summary of opens, clicks, and more. Grow your mailing list by creating customizable subscribe forms and publish them to your website or Facebook.

Direct Mail is free for up to 50 emails per month. If you would like to send more, there are a number of pricing options...

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02:22
T-Mobile CEO: iPhone 7 Pre-Orders are 4X the iPhone...

It was disappointing to learn last week that Apple had decided to end their long standing tradition of announcing first-weekend sales of their latest iPhone model. Yet T-Mobile may have filled in with a revelation of their own on how the iPhone 7 was doing, and it was ....

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Monday September 12

20:59
Duet 1.5.9.6 - Use your iPad as an external display.

Duet is the first app that allows you to use your iDevice as an extra display for your Mac using the Lightning or 30-pin cable.

Note: This app requires a $14.99 iOS companion app.



Version 1.5.9.6:

  • Major performance improvements - requires duet for iOS 1.2.7 or higher
  • Critical macOS 10.12 Sierra fixes
  • Added a beautiful installer





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20:59
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test 3.0 - Measure disk...

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test is an easy to use tool to quickly measure and certify your disk performance for working with high quality video! Simply click the start button and Disk Speed Test will write test your disk using large blocks of data, and then display the result. Disk Speed Test will continue to test writes and reads from your disk so you can evaluate both performance and readability over time.



Version 3.0:

Note: Now requires a 64-bit Intel processor

  • Add support for Ultra HD television formats
  • Add support for ProRes 422HQ and Cinema DNG RAW codecs used on Blackmagic Design digital film cameras



  • OS X 10.6.6 or later



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20:59
Yasu 3.0.1 - System maintenance app; performs many...

Yasu was created with System Administrators who service large groups of workstations in mind, Yasu (Yet Another System Utility) was made to do a specific group of maintenance tasks quickly within a few clicks, rather than needing to endlessly type shell script commands in the Terminal application.

Yasu allows system administrators, as well as the average user, to conveniently run various system level Unix shell scripts in order to perform maintenance routines and clear the many cache files used by OS X. Yasu was designed to be a simple, intuitive, first line of attack for a Mac that has started "acting up." More often than not, a thorough purge of the cache files on a Mac will bring its behavior back into line.



Version 3.0.1:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.11 or later

  • Yasu releases now align with specific versions of OS X / macOS. Therefore, this release only runs on OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). If you're...
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20:59
PCalc 4.4 - Full-featured scientific calculator.

PCalc is a full-featured, scriptable scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit conversions.

Includes a Notification Center widget, and support for Handoff with the iOS 8 version.



Version 4.4:

  • Added support for macOS 10.12 Sierra, including an updated widget
  • Added a new "Fraction" display mode that shows the closest fraction for the current decimal result
  • Added a new "Accessibility" section to the preferences window, with new options for large and bold text
  • Widget now uses the "Samurai" theme on Sierra, and uses your custom colors from the main app
  • LCD digit, background, and theme colors are now remembered separately for each theme
  • Now use monospace digits throughout the app for better readability
  • Improved the text in the tape and registers sections
  • ...
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19:54
iPhone 7 preorders at T-Mobile 4X greater than...

This week's launch of the iPhone 7 is shaping up to be a blockbuster success for U.S. carrier T-Mobile, as the company's CEO revealed that sales have essentially quadrupled that of the iPhone 6 two years ago.

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19:44
Running list of iMessage apps and extensions...

Apple officially unleashed the iMessage App Store earlier this evening ahead of iOS 10’s rollout to the public tomorrow. A variety of long-time popular iOS apps have new iMessage apps and extensions. We covered the new iMessage app from lyric annotation service Genius already, but now that the iMessage App Store is live, a variety of new of apps and extensions from popular developers. Head below for a roundup of what’s currently out there…

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19:18
Twitter to allow longer tweets, won't count...

Starting next week, Twitter will expand its 140-character limit by excluding certain types of content from the count, including usernames in replies and links to media.

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18:02
Apple Online Store hints at new BeatsX color options...

Alongside the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2, Apple at its event earlier this month quitely introduced a lineup of new Beats products. At the lower-end of the lineup were the BeatsX earphones, coming in at $149.95 with a launch this fall. Originally, Apple announced the wireless earphones in two color options of white and black, but Apple’s website now hints a trio of new colors that could be in the pipeline.

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17:38
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall seen as a 'gift...

The timing of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 phablet recall could be a boon for Apple and this Friday's debut of the iPhone 7 Plus, one analyst believes, as preorder lead times are said to be on pace with expectations.

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16:50
Apple launches iMessage App Store with various...

Let the deluge begin… Not long after the Super Mario Run iMessage sticker pack was made available to iOS 10 users, Apple has unleashed the entire iMessage App Store. The iMessage App Store, which is available for iOS 10 users, features sticker packs from companies like Disney, Bandai Namco, Sanrio, and others.

In addition to the sticker packs, the iMessage App Store features full-fledged iMessage apps and games. Several of the apps that were demonstrated during the WWDC 2016 keynote are here, such as Square Cash, OpenTable, and JibJab.

The iMessage App Store is only available for iOS 10 beta users today, but if you’re not already on the beta, you’ll only need to wait one more day, as iOS 10 is scheduled to go live...

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16:42
Instagram is fighting harassment with new keyword...

Public figures aren’t the only people who deal with unwanted comments on Instagram, but until today, only VIPs had access to tools that allowed them to fight back. Instagram is rolling out a new moderation feature that gives you more control over what people can say in your comments.

The tool is accessible by tapping on the gear icon where you can adjust your settings. There’s a new option called Comments that lets you add words that people can’t post. Instagram offers some default keyword suggestions under “Hide Inappropriate Comments” if you don’t know where to start, or you can create custom keywords. Those custom options can include words, numbers, or emojis.

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16:15
Messages App Store Launches Ahead of Tomorrow's...

Ahead of the public launch of iOS 10 coming tomorrow, Apple today made the Messages App Store live, aggregating all of the apps, games, and sticker packs that can be used in the Messages app and making them available for download.

The Messages App Store looks almost identical to the iOS App Store, so the interface will be immediately familiar to iOS 10 users. There are featured apps and stickers displayed at the top of the store, along with editorial picks like "10 iMessage Apps We Love" and "Games in Messages? Sweet!"

Apps for the Messages App Store are already available, including titles like Games With Friends, Tic Tac Toe, Star Walk, Carrot Weather, Yelp, IMDB, OpenTable, Zen Brush 2, and more.

A number of sticker packs are also available from well-known app developers, including Pac-Man, Star Wars, Angry Birds, Hello Kitty, Crossy Road, and...

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16:08
Facebook's Sandberg Expresses Regret Over...


COO Sheryl Sandberg has acknowledged that Facebook was wrong to delete posts showing an iconic image of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack during the Vietnam war. The admission came in a letter to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Facebook last week repeatedly deleted the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo, "The Terror of War," on grounds that it violated its nudity restrictions. A global firestorm over censorship ensued. The controversy began when Norwegian author Tom Egeland included the image in a post on the history of warfare.

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16:01
Hands-on with the new black Lightning Dock for Jet...

As we’ve learned through various reader polls over the last week, people really love the new black and Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Alongside the new device colors, Apple has also introduced a new black Lightning Dock and YouTuber DetroitBorg has gone hands-on with the accessory ahead of the iPhone 7’s full release later this week.

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15:31
Super Mario Run Stickers for iOS 10 iMessages now...

Apple's iMessage App Store is set to launch this week with its new Nintendo partnership leading the way, as the Super Mario Run Stickers app is now available to download.

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15:29
Report: Twitter to stop counting usernames &...

Earlier this year, Twitter announced that it was planning to move away from the strict 140-character limit for tweets. While the overall idea would remain the same, things like media attachments and @ usernames would no longer count towards the limit. Now, The Verge reports that Twitter is set to rollout the change next week.

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15:17
Super Mario Run iMessage sticker pack goes live on...

A day before the official debut of iOS 10, Nintendo’s Mario sticker pack has gone live on the iMessage App Store. The stickers, which were first announced by Nintendo’s legendary game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, during the iPhone 7 event, are now available to those running the iOS 10 beta. more…

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15:12
Tim Cook shares pics taken with the iPhone 7 Plus

Apple CEO Tim Cook, on his Twitter account, shared photos taken at yesterday's Titans-Vikings game and US Open proceedings using the device.

The results, shot by professional photographers, look impressive. The 7 Plus features both wide-angle and telephoto camera lenses. With a major comparison marker between Apple and Samsung smartphone offerings historically consisting of photo-taking capabilities, these improvements along with Samsung’s recent troubles look to bode well for the iPhone maker.

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15:04
Class action filed for those who had trouble...

Last week both Steve and Yours Truly shared our problems in trying to order an iPhone 7 using Apple’s Upgrade Program. Now Block & Leviton, a Boston-based law firm, says that it has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple on behalf of customers who signed up for the Apple iPhone Upgrade Program last year and have now been shut out of receiving the latest iPhones.

Customers who had signed up for the Apple iPhone Upgrade Program, which promised an “easy” way to get a new iPhone “every year,” tried like many others to purchase their iPhones as soon as they went on sale at midnight Pacific time on Sept. 9. However, the lawsuit alleges, iPhone Upgrade Program customers, unlike every other customer, were...

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15:04
Apple is attemping to sort out iPhone Upgrade...

It wouldn’t be a massive iPhone launch without at least a few snafus. 

Last week, some customers looking to preorder a new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus through Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program encountered issues selecting the correct model because a lot of them were already sold out. Now, Apple is attempting to sort it all out and make customers happy. 

According to MacRumors, this availability issue stemmed from Apple placing customers enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program in a different queue than the general preorders. These customers had to reserve their model directly from a local Apple store, which resulted in limited availability. Some customers in the iPhone Upgrade Program were unable to select their preferred model, carrier, color, or storage capacity. Others weren’t even able to enter the reservation system to begin with.

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14:58
Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 12, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Spider Key Games has introduces Airhole 1.0. It’s a free, minimal one-tap game where the player's goal is to clear all the balls using one or more air holes. The player just taps the screen when a ball is exactly above the air hole and doesn’t intercept its boundary. If you succeed, the progress ball on top becomes bigger and the level is complete when the progress circle around it is full.

Google has debuted Cardboard Camera for iOS. The free app turns almost any phone into a VR camera. You can take and share VR photos to anyone, anywhere with a...

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14:38
The iPhone 7 is only Five Days Old and a Class...

Apple introduced the new iPhone 7 last Wednesday. It took only five days for Block & Leviton LLP to announce that they've filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc. ...

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14:36
Melanie Ehrenkranz and Apple’s Response to Her...

Melanie Ehrenkranz, writing at Mic, “Apple Responds to Diversity Criticism: ‘We Had a Canadian’ Onstage at iPhone 7 Event”:

On Friday, I published an article about the gender divide in
Apple’s last two iPhone events. I pointed out that while Apple
has been vocal
about its commitment to diversity, this
commitment is not evident in the company’s choice of keynote
speakers and their stage time. On Wednesday, when Apple introduced
the iPhone 7, women spoke for approximately eight minutes; men
spoke for 99. Furthermore, most of the women and people of color
who appeared onstage weren’t Apple representatives.

A 99-to-8 difference in stage time certainly isn’t something to be proud of, and it’s...

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14:24
Apple faces class action lawsuit over iPhone Upgrade...

In the chaos of iPhone 7 preorder night last week, one widespread complaint was Apple’s apparent neglect of customers signed up with the company’s iPhone Upgrade Program. As Zac noted last week, one of the biggest problems with the plan is that customers must buy from Apple in-store, not from a third-party store like Best Buy or even online from Apple.

Now, Apple has been hit with a class action lawsuit because the issues surrounding the iPhone Upgrade Program. Filed in the U.S. District Court in Northern California, the lawsuit accuses Apple of prioritizing new customers over those who are part of the iPhone Upgrade Program.

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14:20
Class-action lawsuit targets Apple's iPhone...

Just days before the iPhone 7 is set to launch, customers are hoping to take Apple to task over its iPhone Upgrade Program, with a new class-action lawsuit asserting that some who signed up are "shut out of receiving the latest iPhones."

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14:17
Android Fans are Funny People Stuck in a 'Specs...

A new report published today points out that while the iPhone may be behind the Android curve on almost every spec, it remains the world’s best-selling smartphone year after year. It’s not because specs don’t matter, but because the same spec means different things in the iOS and Android ecosystems.

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14:13
China Apple dealer de-boxes matte black iPhone 7,...

The first unveiling of the matte black iPhone 7 has reportedly taken place, and was published in conjunction with the Jet Black box for comparison on China social media on Monday

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13:59
Apple Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over iPhone...

Boston law firm Block & Leviton today announced it has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple on behalf of iPhone Upgrade customers who are dissatisfied with how Apple handled iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus pre-orders last Friday.

When customers who participate in the iPhone Upgrade Program went to pre-order an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, they were forced to reserve a device from a local Apple retail store rather than being able to make a traditional online purchase. Many retail stores did not have sufficient stock to meet demand, leaving some customers unable to select the model, color, or storage capacity they desired.

Many iPhone Upgrade Program members were unhappy with the ordering process and an inability to reserve a desired iPhone for launch day. Apple has responded to customer frustration and has been...

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13:56
Genius announces iOS 10 iMessage extension for...

iOS 10 officially launches to the public tomorrow and one of the standout features of the update is an entirely new Messages app. In addition to interface tweaks, built-in GIF search, and new message sending effects, third-party apps can now build extensions for Messages. One of the first apps to hop on the Messages bandwagon is popular lyric annotation service Genius.

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13:41
Some US airlines prohibiting use of any Samsung...

Fallout from the Galaxy Note 7 recall is escalating, with some airlines disallowing any use of Samsung mobile devices in-flight, following reports of multiple incidences of property damage in the U.S.

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13:37
Want to send payments via Facebook Messenger? Now...

Facebook today enhanced its Messenger platform by integrating its payment mechanisms for chatbots with the most popular financial service providers.

During an onstage interview at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Facebook vice president and Head of Messenger David Marcus said you will now be able to make payments from inside Messenger using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Stripe, PayPal or Braintree.

When Facebook announced its bot platform in April the company highlighted the capability to make travel arrangements and retail purchases from within Messenger, but you were still sent to external websites or mobile apps for payment transactions. The new changes, introduced today as part of Messenger Platform v1.2, mean you never...

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13:32
How Apple achieved water resistance with the iPhone...

At its press event last week, Apple described the iPhone 7 as its first "water-resistant" smartphone. What does that mean, though, and how does the technology work?

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13:10
A Closer Look at Apple's CPU Improvements for...

At last Wednesday's media event, Apple introduced two new processors - the A10 Fusion for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and the S2 for Apple Watch Series 2. Although Apple only briefly covered the S2 during the presentation, it did spend a good deal of time talking about A10 Fusion. The 'Fusion' suffix refers to the heterogeneous architecture that the A10 features, which has two high-power, high-throughput cores and two much smaller cores that are more power efficient.

Apple also introduced another very important piece of standalone silicon in its new AirPods, dubbed the W1 chip. In total, this represents a great deal of engineering work done by Apple over the last year, and the A10 is the most significant to Apple's system-on-a-chip (SoC) line since the company's transition to 64-bit.

Apple unveiled the biggest technical changes featured in the A10 at the very...

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13:06
Black and Jet Black iPhone 7 models get first...

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus don’t even hit store shelves until this Friday, September 16th, but the first official unboxing in the wild are already popping up online early. Photos shared on social media in Asia show believable images from someone who claims to be an Apple dealer unboxing and holding the unreleased iPhone models in public.

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13:00
Inateck BR1003 Bluetooth transmitter and receiver:...

The Inateck BR1003 on a little iPhone 5s. 

Unless you've been a smart person and have been ignoring the press recently, one of the big "controversies" over the iPhone 7 announcement has been the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Although Apple includes Lightning-based EarPods and a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter in every iPhone 7 box, people are still griping. Well, Inateck has a little product that makes it easy to take your existing headphones with that ancient 3.5mm technology and bring it up to the 21st Century using Bluetooth. The $31.99 (on Amazon) Inateck BR1003 Bluetooth transmitter and receiver might be small in size, but it can be a big help to iPhone 7 users or other who might want to go wireless.

When I say "small", I mean it. It's 1.69 inches (43mm) on a side and .43 inches (11mm) thick, and weighs just .6 ounce (17 grams). On one edge is the 3.5mm audio jack where you'll...

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12:58
PSA: You’re going to have to buy a new screen...

Apple opted to carryover the same general design from iPhone 6/s to iPhone 7/Plus, but a few key changes break forward compatibility for the majority of previous generation accessories. Clearly, the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack was going to require fresh case designs for iPhone 7 (and we’ve got you covered in that department). On the other hand, despite the physical dimensions going unchanged, screen protectors for iPhone 6/s will (mostly) not fit iPhone 7. That means you won’t be able to transfer your old screen protector or pick up an older model on closeout...

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12:40
ExtraBITS for 12 September 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple is having a spectacular one-day sale on iTunes Movies, Google Photos now works with Live Photos, Apple has tweaked the iPad lineup, and you can read a thorough explanation for why Apple removed the iPhone headphone jack.

 

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12:30
A Maserati-powered motorcycle exists, and it...

I love motorcycles but this thing is a butt ugly monstrosity you couldn’t pay me enough to ride.

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12:22
Apple A10 Fusion in iPhone 7 family surprises,...

Apple's A10 Fusion processor found in the new iPhone 7 family is a quad-core chip, but not one like Apple's ever used in any device its ever made before.

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12:22
iTunes is selling bundles of 10 films for $10, for...

Love adding movies to your digital collection? Get thee to the iTunes Store as soon as you can. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of selling movies, Apple is offering bundles of 10 movies for $10 each. No, not $10 per movie—$10 for the whole bundle.

These prices are only good Monday, September 12, so don’t dilly-dally. Here’s what you’ll find in the Movies section of the iTunes Store.

The bundles are organized by studio. This bundle of Warner Bros. films, for example, includes The Judge, Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow, Pacific Rim, Magic Mike, Contagion, The Town, The Hangover, Sex and the City: The Movie, 300, and Superman Returns. Not too shabby!

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12:13
Never lose Apple’s new wireless AirPods for iPhone 7...

If you’re planning on picking up Apple’s new wireless AirPods— the company’s first set of cord-free Bluetooth earbuds launching with iPhone 7— Spigen’s $10 AirPods Strap is a must-have accessory.

The AirPods Strap is a simple but extremely useful product for Apple’s upcoming wireless earbuds. Available for pre-order today, the strap will make sure you never lose your AirPods while also adding back the convenience of being able to rest them around your neck and other places.

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12:00
Pad & Quill's newest cases are perfect for...

Pad & Quill has been an Apple World Today favorite case and bag vendor for years, and whenever a new Apple product appears we always get excited to see what's they're going to announce. Today, Pad & Quill announced that three of their cases -- the Luxury Pocket Book ($99.95 for iPhone 7, $109.95 for iPhone 7 Plus), Woodline ($49.95), and Bella Fino ($69.95 for iPhone 7, $79.95 for iPhone 7 Plus) are available for pre-order. Use the special order code 710 and you'll get $10 off of any of Pad & Quill's products for iPhone 7iPhone 7 Plus...

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11:36
Apps for iOS 10, including Messages apps, begin...

Ahead of this Wednesday's launch of iOS 10, Apple has begun allowing apps designed for the new operating system onto the App Store, including downloads that tap into the new Messages integration feature.

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11:09
First iOS 10 Apps Start Hitting the App Store

Ahead of the official launch of iOS 10 tomorrow, apps designed for the new operating system update have started hitting the iOS App Store, including those that will be available in the Messages App Store.

Rock-Paper-Scissors [Direct Link], for example, a Messages app that allows two people to play a classic game of Rock, Paper, Scissors right in Messages, is now in the App Store. It is not, however, showing up in the dedicated Messages App Store, which will presumably launch tomorrow. Other apps for Messages, like Snappy Browser, are also starting to become available.

The Messages App Store is an app storefront located within the Messages app, accessible on a device running iOS 10 by tapping the app icon, opening the...

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11:08
Home 2.0 brings iOS 10 features and a new design to...

Before Apple built its Home app for HomeKit in iOS 10, Matthias Hochgatterer created the best HomeKit app around with the original Home app. Apple’s Home app on iOS 10 is built-in, free, and has its own panel on Control, but the third-party Home app is still the best solution if you’re in deep with HomeKit like me. The iOS 10 version includes updated widgets, a new design, a refreshed Apple Watch app, and a temporarily discounted price to mark the launch.

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11:03
10 things not enough kids know before going to...

I think #3 and #6 are very important. How many of these things did you wish you knew before you went to college?

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10:52
Apple offers free app to teach children coding (...

I can’t code my way out of a paper bag and have no real interest in creating my own apps but I’m very much looking forward to playing around with Swift Playgrounds.

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10:50
Apple is working to address the iPhone Upgrade...

Last week both Steve and Yours Truly shared our problems in trying to order an iPhone 7 using Apple’s Upgrade Program. 

MacRumors.com reports that it appears that Apple has acknowledged those concerns Apple updated its upgrade reservation page with fine print that recommends customers call its support team at 1-800-MY-APPLE and mention the iPhone Upgrade Program. By doing so, the company said a Specialist will help customers find the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus model they want.

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10:48
Innovation in tech evolves in new ways

Leaving aside the fact that, contrary to the first sentence, there are no “early reviews” of the iPhone 7 (it’s in the hands of reviewers now but any comment from reviewers is under embargo until next Wednesday), there’s this thought process among the tech media that demands companies, Apple in particularly, “wow” us with every new announcement. Not only is that an impossible standard to meet, it’s remarkably short sighted.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:44
Disaffected Apple Upgrade Program customers can now...

Apple is allowing participants in the Apple iPhone Upgrade Program to call customer service, with some customers being presented with additional options for preorder, beyond what is available on the website.

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10:42
Phil Schiller answers email, confirms identical...

Ask of the Phil and you might get an answer.

A user apparently sent an email to Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing, the mighty Phil Schiller, regarding the actual physical size of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus camera sensors.

Phil, in return, offered the following reply, confirming that the sensors were in fact the same size on both models.

So, email the mighty Phil and he might just throw you a reply.

Via Imgur and Reddit

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10:33
Tidal bore rafting in Nova Scotia, Canada: A wild,...

Regular readers know that I am a proud son of Nova Scotia and love showing those outside the province how beautiful, interesting and fun it is. If you find yourself in the area of the Bay of Fundy (home of the world’s highest tides that cause this “tidal bore”), you should definitely explore it fully. But, to be fair, while the author says it was like, “salty chocolate milk”, I can assure you it most certainly isn’t the latter. That brown water? Mud. Salty, gritty, not chocolatey at all, mud. And if you’ve ever white water rafted out West, these waves will seem very tame to you. But you’ll still have a blast if you do this adventure.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:28
Leaked photo hints at $29 repair fee for iPhone 7...

It apparently pays to have AppleCare+ on your upcoming iPhone 7 Plus handset.

A leaked image shows the AppleCare+ screen replacement price for an iPhone 7 Plus being a mere $29 with prices for more extensive damage being listed alongside it.

It’s currently unknown as to where this image surfaced from, but it raises some interesting questions as to overall component cost.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via Imgur and Reddit

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10:21
Facebook switches on bot-based purchases in Messenger

Facebook on Monday announced that one of the key poles of its bot strategy, chat-based purchases, will soon take effect for users of its Messenger app.

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10:21
Apple's Response To Diversity Criticism: '...

Mic published a report last week in which it criticized the gender divide at Apple's last two iPhone events. The reporter noted that at iPhone 7 event, women spoke for roughly eight minutes at stage compared to men, who spoke for 99. Furthermore, most of the women and people of color who appeared onstage weren't Apple representatives. An Apple spokesperson, who shared the information "off-the-record", had a weird response. The email read, "We may have different interpretations of diversity." The email continues, via Mic report, "he pointed to 'two African-Americans' who spoke at the keynote, neither of whom are actually employed by Apple. He also mentioned 'a Canadian, and a British woman.'" The reporter has defended the use of "off-the-record" information, noting that Apple PR didn't warn her beforehand -- and as an important ethic in journalism -- they didn't reach an agreement before the Apple PR decided to share things.

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10:20
App review resolution

I like this idea. I know how important these reviews are to developers, not just for the nice “pat on the back” a 5 star review gives but also the things customers don’t like gives the developer clues as to how to improve or what customers want. The same goes for podcasts you like. So, set aside a small chunk of time once a week or month to review your favorite app or podcast.

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10:09
Don’t Forget To Accept The Latest DEP License...

In case you’re using DEP and haven’t noticed this, you need to accept the latest terms of service in the Apple license agreement for DEP if you’re going to continue using the service. I don’t usually post emails I get from Apple, but I can easily see orgs using accounts that don’t have email flowing to anyone that is capable of responding, so I strongly recommend you go in and accept the latest and greatest agreements so your stuff doesn’t break!

Here’s the email I got from Apple:

Apple Deployment Programs

Thank you for participating in the Device Enrollment Program. On September 13 Apple will release updated software license agreements. Your Program Agent must go to the deployment website and accept the following agreements to continue to use the program:

  • iOS 10 Software License Agreement
  • Software License Agreement for macOS Sierra

For more information please see this support article:...

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10:09
Apple has paid between an 18% and 19% cash tax rate...

Apple has paid between an 18% and 19% cash tax rate the past four years — or about 70% of its reported tax rate, according to Chuck Jones, a wealth strategist with Northern Trust.

“There is a lot of confusion about how much tax Apple pays,” he writes in a Seeking Alpha article. “While it is difficult to estimate how much it pays in various geographies and to which government entities (federal, state and local) it is easy to determine how much it pays out in cash on a quarterly and yearly basis. All one needs to do is to look at its cash flow statements.”

Apple's total cash tax rate has been between 18% and 19% the past three years. In fiscal 2013 Apple paid out $9.1 billion in total cash taxes for an 18.2% rate on its operating income. This increased to $10 billion and an 18.7% rate in fiscal...

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10:00
TLA Systems updates PCal for, well, everything

TLA Systems updated PCalc (www.pcalc.com), the omnipresent scientific calculator, adding support for iOS 10, watchOS 3, and macOS Sierra operating systems.

PCalc for the Mac is available for $9.99 from the Mac App Store. PCalc for iOS 10 and watchOS 3 is available for $9.99 from the Apple App Store at the following link. PCalc Lite for iOS 10 and watchOS 3 is available for free at the Apple App Store.

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10:00
How iOS 10 Raise to Wake and the new lock screen are...

I've been playing around with the various beta versions of iOS 10 for months now, so I've had time to get used to some of the new features. One that might surprise owners of any iPhone is just how different the experience of picking up your device and unlocking is with iOS 10. In advance of this shock to your old habits, I'll tell you how your new and old iPhones will react when you pick them up to use them.

Here's the biggest thing you're going to have to unlearn:

Slide to unlock is gone

Yep, that one gesture that everyone has gotten pretty used to has been rendered obsolete by Touch ID on the latest iPhones, and Apple's moving you into the future with "press home to unlock". For older iPhones without Touch ID or for folks who haven't yet used Touch ID (my wife, for example...), picking up that iPhone and pressing the Home button to show the lock screen will show two new things --...

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09:52
A China-based third-party app store has found a way...

Trend Micro, an IT security company, has discovered a China-based third-party app store that has found a way to distribute repackaged iOS apps. Haima abuses the Apple Developer Enterprise Program by feigning it’s an enterprise, which allows it to bypass the App Store's rigorous security controls and distribute iOS apps without undergoing Apple’s standard vetting and certification process.

In a span of two weeks, Haima already used five different enterprise certificates to distribute its repackaged apps.

This blog post by Trend Micro explains how Haima promotes repackaged versions of legitimate apps, including Pokémon Go and Instagram, on social media channels to entice trusting users to download the app outside of the official App Store. These apps have been found to inject fake location data, consume...

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09:52
How China Could Take Over the World's Tech and...


Nvidia and Baidu recently made an announcement with regard to self-driving cars that deserves closer attention. China currently is behind the U.S. in automotive technology, but it has passed the U.S. and Japan in automobile production -- I actually thought Japan was still ahead. China is producing twice the number of cars the U.S. is producing right now. If these things get smart, our next illegal immigration problem could be Chinese autonomous cars trying to find a country that is less polluted!

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09:51
SuperDuper v2.9.1 is now Sierra compatible

This is just the beginning of a huge number of such updates but, for me, it’s particularly important. SuperDuper, along with Carbon Copy Cloner, are two of my must-have utilities for managing my Mac. Having it updated to be compatible with Sierra is a big deal.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:45
Macy’s lands major deal with Apple

This is obviously the first of many such deals to get the Apple Watch out in front of more consumers.

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09:37
How Apple made its Jet Black iPhone none more black

I don’t think Apple gets enough notice or credit for that last sentence. They’ve mentioned it several times – the idea that, if they need a particular process done and it’s not available, they don’t give up. They invent the process.

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09:31
Sports Illustrated & ESPN Captured Game Play...

This weekend Sports Illustrated and ESPN shot a series of photos with Apple's new iPhone 7 Plus with it's new dual lens camera. On Sunday...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bose SoundTrue II Headphones $...

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09:00
The Office Small Business Academy September webcast...

Social media is the ultimate equalizer in marketing. There are plenty of low- and no-cost ways to promote your business online. But how do you break through the noise? Find out when you register now for “Up Your Marketing Game: Social Media Secrets,” airing September 27 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET.

Watch this preview:

Join our featured guests to get tips for an easy, effective social strategy you can live with—and your business can’t live without.

  • Associate director of strategy and social media at Inc., Stephanie Meyers, has five things you can do today to improve your web presence, and the keys to turning online engagement into results.
  • Co-founder and chief experience officer of Loot Crate, Matthew Arevalo, will tell us how his company mastered the art of community building and conquered social customer service. He’ll also share the one...
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08:59
Google releases iPhone version of Cardboard Camera...

Previously available on Android only, Google today released its Cardboard Camera app for iPhone and iPad alongside new features for the experience.

more…

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08:56
iPhone 7 & 7 Plus have bigger batteries than...

The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 features a 1,960 milliamp-hour battery, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus includes a 2,900 milliamp-hour supply -- both significant increases over their predecessors, a report noted on Monday.

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08:21
Tesla's free Autopilot 8.0 update shifts focus...

Tesla is rolling out a software update to its Autopilot feature designed to prevent accidents like the one that resulted in the death of Tesla owner Joshua Brown in May. The new update will employ radar as a primary signal processing component in addition to visual image recognition via the car’s cameras. 

Brown died when his car, running on Autopilot, collided with a tractor trailer. In that event, the car’s autonomous cruise control systems failed to properly identify the obstacle. This reportedly happened due to the trailer’s color blending with the bright sky. Brown may have also been watching a movie and not paying attention to the road at the time of the accident.

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08:20
'Paying Taxes Is a Lot Better Than Phony...

theodp writes: Every fall," writes The Intercept's Sam Biddle, "internet and its resident tech mumblers congregate for The Apple Event, a quasi-pagan streaming-video rite in which Tim Cook boasts of just how much money his company is making (a lot) and just how much good it's introducing to the world (this typically involves a new iPhone). This is merely annoying most years; but in 2016, when Apple is loudly, publicly denying its tax obligations around the world, it's just gross." Biddle finds Apple's use of the word 'courage' to describe the corporate ethos that pushed the company to remove the headphone plug from the newest iPhone while offering a new pair of $160 jack-free earbuds particularly irksome: "Removing a headphone jack or adding 20 headphone jacks does not require courage; engineers are very smart, but their job does not typically require much bravery. Courage is more often found in, say, running into a burning school to rescue the students and class rodent. Or, maybe...

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08:18
iOS 10 compatibility list

Remember, tomorrow is iOS 10 day! You might be wondering if your iPhone can run the new operating system, so we've "borrowed" the compatibility list from Apple to show you here:

Via Apple.com

In a nutshell: all iPhone 5, 6 and 7 models, iPad Pros, iPad Airs, iPad 4th Generation, all iPad mini models except the original, and the iPod touch 6th generation are compatible with iOS 10.

The new operating system should be released at about 10 AM PT tomorrow, but the update may take a while to appear on your iOS devices.

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08:17
iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 7 camera: Dual lenses...

Apple's choice of an all-new dual-sensor camera module on the iPhone 7 Plus steals the show, making it a compelling upsell from the 12-megapixel single lens on the iPhone 7. If you're still torn deciding between which model is for you, here's a comparison of what the iPhone 7 Plus camera offers over the iPhone 7.

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08:11
∞ Meet the new “Most Interesting Man in the World”

Some of the commercials with the previous character were very funny. I don’t drink Dos Equis very often but I’m looking forward to seeing what the new ads are like.

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08:04
Apple Collecting Customer Information in Effort to...

Last week, we reported that the iPhone Upgrade Program caused frustration for some customers attempting to pre-order an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

Specifically, some customers enrolled in the program were unable to select the model, carrier, color, or storage capacity they desired, or any iPhone in some cases, due to limited stock seemingly as soon as pre-orders began.The underlying reason appears to be that iPhone Upgrade Program members were placed into a separate stream than regular pre-order customers, and forced to reserve a new iPhone from a local Apple retail store -- many of which were sold out. Some customers were not even able to access the reservation system at all.Since then, it appears that Apple has acknowledged those concerns and is attempting to help make the situation right for those affected.

Over the...

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08:04
iTunes Movies is turning 10! 10-movie bundles for $10

Apple is using their Twitter feed to announce a huge selection of movies bundled as a “ten for ten” deal. Keep in mind, this is a US-only promotion. Those of us in third world countries like Canada cannot take advantage of this offer.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:00
Titanfall's mobile debut is a 'Hearthstone...

If I told you Titanfall was coming to smartphones, what kind of game would you envision? A side-scrolling shoot-em-up similar to Metal Slug? A Titan customization tool? Or a portable-friendly strategy game like Advance Wars? Well, I've got bad news....

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07:59
Sports Illustrated iPhone 7 Plus photos from the...

During Sunday’s Tennessee Titans vs Minnesota Vikings NFL game, Sports Illustrated photographer David E. Klutho shot some great looking photos with the iPhone 7 Plus.

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07:51
PCalc 4.4 - Full-featured scientific calculator.

PCalc is a full-featured, scriptable scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit conversions.

Includes a Notification Center widget, and support for Handoff with the iOS 8 version.



Version 4.4:

  • Added support for macOS 10.12 Sierra, including an updated widget
  • Added a new "Fraction" display mode that shows the closest fraction for the current decimal result
  • Added a new "Accessibility" section to the preferences window, with new options for large and bold text
  • Widget now uses the "Samurai" theme on Sierra, and uses your custom colors from the main app
  • LCD digit, background, and theme colors are now remembered separately for each theme
  • Now use monospace digits throughout the app for better readability
  • Improved the text in the tape and registers sections
  • ...
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07:42
External Link: Apple Tweaks iPad Configs and Pricing

Even while focusing on the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2, Apple found time to tweak the iPad lineup’s configuration and pricing. The standard iPads — the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and iPad mini 2 — just became better deals. Prices remain the same, but for each price point, Apple doubled the base storage. You can now buy the iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 4 with either 32 GB ($399 for Wi-Fi or $529 for Wi-Fi plus cellular) or 128 GB ($499/$629), and the iPad mini 2 in just a 32 GB configuration ($269/$399). On the iPad Pro front, the storage options are unchanged for both the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models, but the 128 MB configurations dropped in price by $50, and the 256 GB configurations are now $100 cheaper. Our question is if this minor adjustment will be the only change to the iPad lineup that we’ll see for the rest of the year, or if Apple has new models up its sleeve.

 

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07:36
Eddy Cue is one of the backers of the PowerForward...

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, is one of the backers of a new, digital leadership platform dubbed PowerForward, which was co-founded by Mike Krzyzewski, the head basketball coach if Duke University and the USA National Team, reports Forbes

The mobile video network will target the B2B market offering subscriptions to video content and case studies aimed to help corporations foster leadership and build teams. Krzyzewski co-founded the start-up Chrissie Gorman, a Duke grad and former consultant at Bain & Co, who will serve as CEO.

“You only get to launch things once, and I wanted to make sure the product was great from the start, even if it didn’t have all the functions they wanted at first,” Eddy Cue,...

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07:35
Pro photographer tests iPhone 7 Plus cameras at US...

Apple and ESPN equipped photographer Landon Nordeman with an unreleased iPhone 7 Plus for this weekend's U.S. Open tennis tournament, resulting in a series of photos showcasing the new dual-lens system for the phone, set to launch on Friday.

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07:28
France & Netherlands among EU countries...

In the wake of the European Commission's ruling against tax deals between Apple and Ireland, the finance ministers of several other European countries are reportedly considering a share of the iPhone maker's back taxes.

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07:26
Deals: Up to $270 off 15" MacBook Pros; 27...

Shoppers this week can save $150-$270 on 15" MacBook Pros. Or snap up Apple's current 27" iMac 5K at $300 off MSRP. PDF Expert 2.0 for Mac is also $29.99 ($30 off).

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07:17
Comment: The W1 chip is a big deal, but I fear it...

Of all the things that Apple announced during the iPhone 7 launch, the W1 chip actually impressed me most. I’d guessed that Apple would be including something like this, suggesting beforehand that the tech might solve three problems with Bluetooth audio.

First, fast and rock-solid pairing. First-time pairing should be quick and painless, and once headphones have been paired to a particular iPhone, they should instantly re-pair next time they are used. No more of the ‘will they or won’t they?’ question familiar to current-generation Bluetooth products.

Second, the connection too should be ultra-reliable. No random cutouts that interrupt the audio stream. Even half a second’s stuttering quickly becomes really annoying when listening to music.

Third, the power efficiency should be better than current low-energy Bluetooth, so charging...

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07:06
Korea's Financial Tech Firms Unite to File a...

In August Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Tells Australian Commission that Three Top Banks are in a Cartel to Dictate Terms for Apple Pay." In July Australia's three biggest banks, including no. 1 lender National Australia Bank, said they had lodged a joint application with anti-trust regulators seeking approval to collectively negotiate with Apple to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones. Today we're learning that South Korean Financial Tech firms are about to unite with the Australian banks in an attempt to force Apple to open their Apple Pay API.

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07:00
Back up today to prepare for iOS 10 tomorrow

iOS 10 will be available to everyone tomorrow, September 13, 2016. If past history holds true, the new operating system will be released around 10 AM Pacific Time. In some ways, the release of iOS 10 is as exciting to me as the new iPhone announcements. My old device becomes “new” and does many different things that it couldn't just a few moments ago. As is always a good practice, today would be a great time to make sure your iPhone or iPad is backed up. Though unlikely, something could go amiss or you may simply decide that iOS 10 is not for you at this point and want to revert back to iOS 9.3.5 after the update.

You may already have iCloud backups set up. You can check this by going to Settings > iCloud > Backup and verifying that the toggle switch is green. Backing up to iCloud is automatic and daily. It is great for recovery to the same version of iOS on your iPhone or iPad, but will not let you downgrade to...

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06:56
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test 3.0 - Measure disk...

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test is an easy to use tool to quickly measure and certify your disk performance for working with high quality video! Simply click the start button and Disk Speed Test will write test your disk using large blocks of data, and then display the result. Disk Speed Test will continue to test writes and reads from your disk so you can evaluate both performance and readability over time.



Version 3.0:

Note: Now requires a 64-bit Intel processor

  • Add support for Ultra HD television formats
  • Add support for ProRes 422HQ and Cinema DNG RAW codecs used on Blackmagic Design digital film cameras



  • OS X 10.6.6 or later



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06:52
Duet 1.5.9.6 - Use your iPad as an external display.

Duet is the first app that allows you to use your iDevice as an extra display for your Mac using the Lightning or 30-pin cable.

Note: This app requires a $14.99 iOS companion app.



Version 1.5.9.6:

  • Major performance improvements - requires duet for iOS 1.2.7 or higher
  • Critical macOS 10.12 Sierra fixes
  • Added a beautiful installer





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06:44
Camera Guard designed to protect any Mac's...

Miami-based security solutions company, ProtectStar, has launched Camera Guard Professional for Mac 2016, a security solution designed to protect any Mac's webcam and microphone from being accessed by hackers, spyware or malware. 

It runs in the background, constantly monitoring for applications or processes that attempt to access the Mac's camera or microphone. The app blocks any attempted access, and immediately informs the user of the access attempt, according to ProtectStar CEO Chris Bohn. 

Camera Guard Professional also offers an added layer of security by protecting the individual settings of the software via a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that the user creates and enters. Any changes to the settings of the app will then require the entry of that PIN in order to take effect.

Camera Guard Professional also offers an “intelligent” feature called Deep Detective, which keeps a...

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06:39
Camera Guard Pro available for Mac OS X

Miami-based security solutions company, ProtectStar, has launched Camera Guard Professional for Mac 2016 (http://tinyurl.com/h9mpgrn), a security solution designed to protect any Mac's webcam and microphone from being accessed by hackers, spyware or malware.

It runs in the background, constantly monitoring for applications or processes that attempt to access the Mac's camera or microphone. The app blocks any attempted access, and immediately informs the user of the access attempt, according to ProtectStar CEO Chris Bohn.

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06:39
iPhone 7 Plus Low-Light Photo Capabilities Shown Off...

After sharing a collection of photographs taken with the iPhone 7 Plus at the Titans-Vikings game yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook this morning tweeted out another group of photos captured with Apple's new 5.5-inch iPhone, now providing a few examples of low-light photography.

The new set of photos were taken by ESPN photographer Landon Nordeman during the U.S. Open. According to the publication, "the autofocus and exposure performed exceedingly well in various lighting conditions -- so that even with one hand, he could get the shot."

Better low-light photography was emphasized by Apple in the...

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06:32
Yasu 3.0.1 - System maintenance app; performs many...

Yasu was created with System Administrators who service large groups of workstations in mind, Yasu (Yet Another System Utility) was made to do a specific group of maintenance tasks quickly within a few clicks, rather than needing to endlessly type shell script commands in the Terminal application.

Yasu allows system administrators, as well as the average user, to conveniently run various system level Unix shell scripts in order to perform maintenance routines and clear the many cache files used by OS X. Yasu was designed to be a simple, intuitive, first line of attack for a Mac that has started "acting up." More often than not, a thorough purge of the cache files on a Mac will bring its behavior back into line.



Version 3.0.1:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.11 or later

  • Yasu releases now align with specific versions of OS X / macOS. Therefore, this release only runs on OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). If you're...
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06:30
External Link: Google Photos Now Improves Live Photos

The Google Photos app for iOS can now apply effects to Apple’s proprietary Harry Potter-like Live Photos and export them as videos or animated GIFs that others can play on any platform. You can also use Google Photos to smooth out shaky video in Live Photos or to create cinematic pans. Other tweaks in the Google Photos app include better album sorting options and the capability to choose a new thumbnail for faces in the People album. Live Photos can be taken only with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and with the soon-to-be-released iPhone 7 models.

 

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06:30
Daily Deal: Get a TextExpander 1-Year Single User...

TextExpander from Smile is one of my favorite Mac utilities. The app has saved me 31 hours and change just in the past year by taking long strings of text that I type over and over again, and letting me turn them into short, easy-to-type shortcuts. For example, typing just four letters gives me the title for the AWT News Update ("Apple World Today News Update for September 12, 2016"), a significant savings of time for something I type every weekday. Speaking of significant savings, AWT readers can get 60% off of a TextExpander 1-Year Single User Subscription from the Apple World Today Deals Shop.

For just $19.98, you'll get a license for the latest version of TextExpander so you can start...

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06:28
External Link: September 12th Only: 10-Movie iTunes...

To celebrate 10 years of iTunes Movies, Apple is offering six 10-movie bundles that you can buy for $10 each. The sale runs for just one day: 12 September 2016, so act fast. Even if a bundle contains only a few films that pique your interest, the price makes taking a chance on the rest worthwhile. (Thanks to Zac Cichy for alerting us to this sale.)

 

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06:25
SimpleumSafe for OS X gets a maintenance upgrade

Simpleum Media (https://simpleum.com) has announced SimpleumSafe 1.1.1, an update to their Mac OS X encryption app for password-based encryption of personal and professional data. It uses AES-256 encryption technology.

With SimpleumSafe, you can create and use different safes at various locations such as hard disk, USB flash drive or cloud storage. The size and number of files to be encrypted is only limited by the capacity of the selected storage medium. Version 1.1.1 fixes a bug where SimpleumSafe could crash in some circumstances when editing a file with an external App.

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06:20
Opportunity for faster, more secure transactions...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that the total value of Venture Capital (VC) investment into blockchain technologies and Bitcoin companies totaled $290 million in the first six months of the year, with more than 30 startups receiving funding in that time.

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06:17
Recommended Reading: ‘Game Hacking’

“Game Hacking” (http://tinyurl.com/h69bamx), a new book from No Starch Press, teaches readers to modify online games. It’s goal is to teach readers how to customize games they love while learning the basics of hacking and to help game developers create more secure games.

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06:16
iPhone 7 Plus photos taken at Tennis US Open show...

Following a feature from Sports Illustrated earlier today which used the iPhone 7 Plus courtside at the NFL, ESPN has posted its own exclusive hands-on with the iPhone 7 Plus’ camera. They equipped professional photographer Landon Nordeman with an unreleased iPhone 7 Plus unit at the Tennis US Open. The results are stunning, showing off the new iPhone’s improved camera system.

We’ve included a few of the shots below…

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06:12
Sports Illustrated shares NFL gameday photos...

Having been given an early promotional unit by Apple, Sports Illustrated on Sunday published a series of photos shot with the iPhone 7 Plus, which includes a second lens for 2x optical zoom.

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06:12
Other European Union finance ministers are eyeing a...

European Union finance ministers are reportedly lining up to get a hunk of Apple's tax revenue following a ruling by the European Commission that Apple owes €13 billion (about $14.5 billion) in back taxes.

On Saturday Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem warned Apple on Saturday to "get ready" to pay up. His comment came after a two-day meeting of his EU counterparts in the Slovak capital, Bratislava. The ministers were discussing ways to harmonize tax rules for foreign firms. Dijsselbloem said corporations "have an obligation to pay taxes in a fair way” and that “international tax loopholes are a thing of the past...

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05:56
Apple features 10-movie bundles for $10 in 10th...

Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of movie sales on the iTunes Movie store, Apple is offering up six 10-movie bundles from five studios for $10 each to U.S. shoppers.

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05:48
Microsoft's Latest Anti-MacBook Ad Focuses on...

Over the weekend, Microsoft launched a new ad for the Surface Pro 4, continuing its marketing strategy of comparing the tablet computer to Apple's products, this time the 13-inch MacBook Air. The ad is the newest in Microsoft's anti-Apple theme of commercials, previously comparing the iPad Pro with the Surface Pro 4, the MacBook Pro with the Surface Book, and OS X with Windows 10. Just a few weeks ago, the MacBook Air was the focus of another Surface Pro 4 ad.

Simple titled "Get the Surface Pro," the new ad has a focus on the...

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05:39
Sensor on second iPhone 7 Plus camera is smaller...

Apple hasn’t revealed the sizes of the camera sensors used in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but a Reddit user has used EXIF data from the Sports Illustrated photos to calculate them. They seemingly reveal that the main sensor is exactly the same size as the one in the iPhone 6s, while the sensor for the 2x telephoto lens is somewhat smaller …

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05:30
Korean Press Report Goes Ballistic Calling the U.S....

This morning the Korean press is screaming foul play claiming that the actions taken by the U.S. Government against Samsung's Note 7 are nothing shy of excessive. Really?

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05:15
Sports Illustrated gets chance to play with iPhone 7...

NFL: Minnesota Vikings vs Tennessee Titans
NFL: Minnesota Vikings vs Tennessee Titans
Nissan Stadium/Nashville, TN
09/11/2016
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Credit: David Klutho

The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras could be pretty damn spiffy.

Over the weekend, Sports Illustrated got a chance to try the new camera out on the iPhone 7 Plus. The pictures, taken at the Titans-Vikings game, show what the new 12-megapixel telephoto lens, complete with zooming capabilities, can do.

The iPhone 7 Plus has a 12–megapixel telephoto camera that offers new zooming capabilities. Each new model also features a wider aperture and a lens that allows the camera to capture brighter and more vibrant...

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05:00
Apple has yet to report iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus...

In what could be construed as a fairly prominent departure from years past, Apple apparently doesn’t plan to disclose first-weekend sales of its upcoming iPhone 7 handset.

Apple has disclosed the figures for its new iPhones the past eight years. Last year, for example, Apple said it sold 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones in their first three days of availability, up 30% from initial sales of the iPhone 6 models the prior year.

Some analysts and investors have viewed the numbers as a gauge of enthusiasm for the new phones. Apple said the figures are less relevant than in the past.

Apple is “now at a point where we know before taking the first customer preorder that we will sell out of iPhone 7,” the company said Thursday in a statement. “These initial...

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04:33
Austria, France, Italy & the Netherlands could...

While Ireland may not want the €13B ($15B) the EU says Apple owes in underpaid tax, it seems other European countries do. Germany’s DW reports from a summit of European finance ministers that at least four countries have ‘expressed an interest’ in claiming their share.

Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem appeared to be first in line, warning Apple on Saturday to “get ready” to pay up. His comment came after a two-day meeting of his EU counterparts in the Slovak capital, Bratislava […]

Other EU countries,...

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04:30
Inpaint for OS X works well with simple, if not...

Inpaint for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) lets you remove unwanted objects from a photo easily -- as long as you're not trying to remove complex objects.

You can use it to repair old photos, remove watermarks, remove unwanted objects do some digital facial retouching and removing date stamps. It works just fine for smaller, simpler objects such as watermarks and date stamps. For larger, more complex, objects that need removing, the results can be a photo that's obviously been tampered with.

Inpaint is easy to use. You set the brush size, paint around the object you want to remove, and fill in the painted outline with virtual paint using your brush. Press the Smart Remove Selection arrow button (which looks like a Play button on audio apps) and the selected image is banished. Inpaint fills in the selected area with intelligently-generated textures pulled from the surrounding image data.

If you don't get the...

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04:00
This ‘bag lady’ loves the Cozmo 2.0 Laptop Bag from...

I must preface this review by first admitting that I am kind of a bag lady. I LOVE nice bags. Most of the time I am the one doing the admiring though, not the owning. So, when the opportunity to review both the HardCase MacBook Case and the Cozmo 2.0 Laptop Bag by WaterField Designs, this was one happy bag lady.

Also, I feel that it’s worth mentioning that, as a bag lover, I am extremely picky. So this review is going to be a bit more scrupulous than others. But if you want an outside opinion, other than mine, then you can see my dad’s from our text message exchange that’s pictured. 

He’s still trying to get this bag from me. It’s not going to happen! 

Now that I have babbled enough, what do I really think of the Cozmo 2.0 laptop gag? I love it. There are few things I will gush over, but the Cozmo 2.0 Laptop Bag has made the very short list. I have used it every day for the last...

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03:55
Today only: Get 10 movies for $10 on iTunes as Apple...

Apple is celebrating ten years of iTunes Movies by making bundles of ten available for just $10. The bundles encompass titles from five major studios across Comedy, Drama and Action Adventure genres.

At effectively $1/ea, a lot of these top tier moves from major US studios are no-brainer purchases, if only to have something to watch on airplanes or for the kids. Head below for a breakdown of all the deals:

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01:49
Apple Celebrates 10 Years of iTunes Movies With $10...

Apple has begun offering bundles of 10 films for $10 on iTunes, to celebrate 10 years of movies being available on the store (via The Verge).

iTunes Movies is turning 10! 
10-movie bundles for $10. (US)#iTunesMovies10https://t.co/lRNnrd294y pic.twitter.com/og5H1hKHEv

— iTunes Movies (@iTunesMovies) 12 September 2016

For today only, titles from Warner Brothers, Universal, Paramount, Lionsgate, and Sony Pictures are available to U.S. customers for $9.99. The movies cover a range of genres, including titles like Pacific Rim, ...

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Sunday September 11

20:59
Capo 3.4.3 - Slow down and learn to play your...

Capo lets you slow down your favorite songs so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. With Capo, you can quickly tab out your songs atop a highly-detailed OpenCL-powered spectrogram display.

Features

  • Detect, and enter chords
  • Pitch adjustment
  • Mark song sections
  • Loop at slower speeds
  • Export Capo-adjusted music
  • Basic effects available



Version 3.4.3:

Bug Fixes

  • Corrects a potential lock-up that could occur when playing back note entries
  • Improved timing accuracy for note entry and metronome playback
  • Fixes a layout issue with the TAB display header
  • Corrects a crash that would sometimes occur when clicking the File menu



  • OS X 10.10 or later



Download Now]]>

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20:59
Stacks 3.2.2 - New way to create pages in...

Stacks is a new way to create pages in RapidWeaver. It's a plugin designed to combine drag-and-drop simplicity with the power of fluid layout.

Features

  • Fluid Layout: Stacks lets you build pages that flow text to the dimensions of a theme even if the theme has a variable width. You can build flowing columns, flexible rows, and tiles of images.
  • Nesting Objects: Build columns within columns within rows within columns. Or group a stack of objects inside a box. Almost anything is possible with Stacks.
  • Download More Stacks:There are hundreds of professionally designed free and low cost stacks ready for download. Easily add amazing content to your site.
  • Live Image Editing: Resize, rotate, and style your images with an easy to use HUD and see the changes happen right in the layout.
  • Pros Welcome: Because Stacks builds layout with...
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20:59
VueScan 9.5.57 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers.

Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.
  • Award winning - 2002 "Best Utility", Mac Addict Magazine....
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18:06
Apple CEO Tim Cook touts professional NFL sideline...

One of the standout features of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is the improved camera. The devices went up of preorder last Friday and officially hit store shelves this coming Friday. Ahead of the public release of the device, Sports Illustrated has went hands-on with the iPhone 7 Plus to snap pictures from the sideline of the Titans-Vikings NFL game today.

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17:48
Tim Cook Shares First Photos Taken With iPhone 7 Plus

Following the announcement of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus last Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook today tweeted out a link to some of the first official photos that have been taken using the advanced photography capabilities of the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.

Taken by Sports Illustrated photographer David E. Klutho, the pictures come from the Titans-Vikings game that took place earlier today. Using the iPhone 7 Plus, Klutho was able to take advantage of Apple's new dual-lens 12-megapixel camera, and the 2x optical zoom feature exclusive to the larger model iPhone.

Klutho's shots provide evidence of the...

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11:34
Steve Wozniak May Swap His Tesla For A Chevy Bolt

An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a San Jose Mercury News article about "Apple co-founder and electric vehicle fan Steve Wozniak."
Woz posted a picture of himself, smiling, next to a new, white Chevy Bolt. General Motors gave Woz the fully electric sedan for an extended test drive. He liked it. "I expect to be switching cars soon!" Woz wrote in a photo caption.

The battery-powered Bolt is due for release late this year. The four-door hatchback has an advertised range of 200 miles per charge, with a sticker price around $37,500. The EV will compete head-to-head with the Tesla Model 3. The Tesla entry-level sedan, expected to start at $35,000, will be released late next year.

It's interesting to read Wozniak's later comments on the post. "A lot of things wrong with the Tesla model S are done correctly (my opinion) in this car... It gets down to my product ideas of balance and getting the most from the least. Try to make things simple and affordable but very...

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10:43
VueScan 9.5.57 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers.

Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.
  • Award winning - 2002 "Best Utility", Mac Addict Magazine....
| Read more »
10:28
Samsung Dodged a Bullet this week, but for How Long?

Even though it was a long shot for this year, John Gruber's report titled "Will the New iPhones support Apple Pencil?" posted last weekend was thought provoking. It wasn't based on some dubious rumor, it was simply reviewing an actual statement that Apple's CEO made while being interviewed by India's NDTV at the 29:37 mark as follows: ...

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10:00
iPhone 7 rumors postmortem: What the Apple rumor...

For regular AppleInsider readers, last week's Apple event came with no major surprises, as the rumor mill signaled exactly what to expect from the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. Here's a recap of which sources got it right --?in some cases well in advance of the product announcements.

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09:00
Voice Record Pro: A Solid Replacement for Apple’s...

Sometimes, Apple's Voice Memos app is perfect for quickly grabbing a spoken word note or recording a meeting. On the other hand, it's quite limited in capability, so users may find themselves wanting more. Voice Record Pro 7 (US$3.99) is a viable replacement to Apple’s native voice memos app, providing more options to record, playback, and upload to cloud storage.

With smartphones came the ability to record such events as meetings, classes, and lectures without the need to carry another device like a digital recorder. The iPhone includes Voice Memos as a native app; it's beautifully designed and works well, but the options are quite limited. You cannot change the file format from .mp4, nor can the quality of the recording be altered to save on storage. Default export options are limited to Messages, Mail and Notes. It's no wonder that there are multiple...

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08:34
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Working on...

On Friday we posted a report titled "Samsung's Exploding Galaxy Note 7 Nightmare Worsens" wherein we reported that the FAA had issued a warning about the Note 7 and that a jeep owner in Australia reported his vehicle was destroyed when charging his new Note 7. We've now learned that late on Friday the U.S. government safety agency urged all consumers to stop using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones ...

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07:44
iPhone 7 Plus Orders Begin Shipping to Customers

After quickly moving to the "Preparing for Shipment" stage on Friday, the first wave of iPhone 7 Plus shipments from Apple are now on their way to customers for delivery on Friday, September 16. Apple has not yet officially updated order statuses to "shipping," but a number of customers have found their new devices showing up in their Apple support profiles and in UPS order tracking. We've seen quite a few reports of iPhone 7 Plus orders showing up, but it's not clear if iPhone 7 units are shipping in volume yet.

U.S. customers can try to find their orders by using the "Track by Reference" function on the UPS website and searching...

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07:34
EU Finance Ministers Line Up Behind $21B Tax Ruling...

An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes the Associated Press: Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem urged Apple Saturday to "get ready" to pay up, as he and counterparts from other EU nations lined up behind a finding that the technology giant owes billions of euros due to more than a decade of improperly low taxation. Apple's bill could reach 19 billion euros ($21 billion) with interest, and both the company and Ireland, Apple's European headquarters are appealing the European Commission ruling. But on the last day of an EU finance ministers' meeting focused on ways to harmonize tax rules for international companies, Dijsselbloem told reporters that these "have an obligation to pay taxes in a fair way."
"International tax loopholes are a thing of the past," he said. Apple will have to pay back taxes both in the United States and Europe, he added, "so get ready to do that." Philip Hammond, his British counterpart, said the EU was keen "to make sure that international...

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07:30
This Weekend the EU Commission & other EU...

Over the weekend the European Union finance ministers lined up at a meeting in Slovakia to get a slice of Apple's tax revenue following a controversial ruling last month by the European Commission, which found the US technology giant had vastly underpaid its corporate taxes for more than a decade. Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem appeared to be first in line, warning Apple on Saturday that ....

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05:50
Capo 3.4.3 - Slow down and learn to play your...

Capo lets you slow down your favorite songs so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. With Capo, you can quickly tab out your songs atop a highly-detailed OpenCL-powered spectrogram display.

Features

  • Detect, and enter chords
  • Pitch adjustment
  • Mark song sections
  • Loop at slower speeds
  • Export Capo-adjusted music
  • Basic effects available



Version 3.4.3:

Bug Fixes

  • Corrects a potential lock-up that could occur when playing back note entries
  • Improved timing accuracy for note entry and metronome playback
  • Fixes a layout issue with the TAB display header
  • Corrects a crash that would sometimes occur when clicking the File menu



  • OS X 10.10 or later



Download Now]]>

| Read more »
05:32
Stacks 3.2.2 - New way to create pages in...

Stacks is a new way to create pages in RapidWeaver. It's a plugin designed to combine drag-and-drop simplicity with the power of fluid layout.

Features

  • Fluid Layout: Stacks lets you build pages that flow text to the dimensions of a theme even if the theme has a variable width. You can build flowing columns, flexible rows, and tiles of images.
  • Nesting Objects: Build columns within columns within rows within columns. Or group a stack of objects inside a box. Almost anything is possible with Stacks.
  • Download More Stacks:There are hundreds of professionally designed free and low cost stacks ready for download. Easily add amazing content to your site.
  • Live Image Editing: Resize, rotate, and style your images with an easy to use HUD and see the changes happen right in the layout.
  • Pros Welcome: Because Stacks builds layout with...
| Read more »
05:00
An OS 9 odyssey: Why these Mac users won’t abandon...

Enlarge / Andrew Cunningham isn't the only one who's been dabbling in OS 9 within the last five years. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Back when Ars Senior Products Editor Andrew Cunningham was forced to work in Mac OS 9 by his colleagues in September 2014, he quickly hit a productivity wall. He couldn't log in to his Ars e-mail or do much of anything online, which meant—as someone who writes about new technology for an online-only publication—he couldn't do his work. All Cunningham could do was play old games and marvel at the difference 15 years makes in operating system design.

But as hard as it may be to believe in light of...

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04:02
Major cyberattack seller knocked offline as it faces...

One of the more popular cyberattack peddlers just came crashing down. Israeli law enforcement has arrested Yarden Bidani and Itay Huri as part of an FBI investigation into their alleged control of vDOS, one of the most popular paid attack platforms....

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Saturday September 10

23:12
Your smartphone could soon act as a glaucoma testing...

We've seen smartphones work as electrocardiograms, so why not use them to test for glaucoma at home? That's the idea behind Cambridge Consultants' Viewi headset. Rather than hitting the hospital or optometrist's to monitor your vision, you could simp...

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20:59
Google fixes two serious Android security flaws

Google's mobile security team has definitely been busy cleaning house this week. The company has released an Android update that closes two security holes that could pose a major threat if intruders found a way to exploit them. The first was only d...

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20:18
The best in-ear headphones around $100

Not everyone is a fan of the Apple Earpods and the new Airpods. I’m certainly not. They never fit properly. That’s not to say they are bad – they just aren’t for me. I’m a much bigger fan of these kind of softish in-ear headphones. For me, they create a better seal inside my ears. They also fit much better under my motorcycle helmet.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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19:34
Amazon might open more pop-up stores to showcase the...

You might see more pop-up Amazon stores in malls over the next year. According to Business Insider, the tech titan is planning to open more of them, particularly to showcase its Echo speakers and other devices. While the company mostly operates onlin...

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19:19
Thoughts and Observations on This Week’s iPhone 7 / ...

The show opened with a genuine surprise announcement: Nintendo has created a real game for the iPhone: Super Mario Run. And, there to announce it, was Shigeru Miyamoto. The applause for his appearance on stage was truly thunderous, raucous even. We, collectively, lost our shit. I honestly don’t think there’s anyone in the world would have gotten a stronger ovation from that crowd than Miyamoto. I mean, how can you not love the guy? He’s a Jobs-like figure, stature-wise, but with a contagious affability.

This is pretty much exactly what I’ve been suggesting Nintendo do for years. Here’s what I wrote three years ago:

Here is what I’d like to see Nintendo do.

Make two great games for iOS (iPhone-only if necessary, but
universal iPhone/iPad if it works with the concept). Not ports of
existing 3DS or Wii games, but two brand new games designed from
the ground up with iOS’s...

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