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Wednesday August 31

05:38
TeamViewer 11.0.65452 - Establish remote connections...

TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer!

Free for non-commercial users. Licensing terms for business users can be found here.



Version 11.0.65452:

New Features

  • QuickSupport (Preview) for Windows 10 Mobile - TeamViewer is the first and currently only solution capable of providing remote support to Windows 10 Mobile devices. Simply download and launch TeamViewer QuickSupport on your Windows 10 mobile device. The app is currently available for TeamViewer 11 as a Preview.
  • OneDrive for Business - TeamViewer has expanded its list of supported cloud storage providers to include enterprise-level capabilities and now offers integration of OneDrive for Business into your file box.

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05:31
B&O announces two new AirPlay speakers with 360-...

Bang & Olufsen has announced two new wireless speakers, featuring a conical design and 360-degree sound projection. Both speakers support Apple’s AirPlay – as well as Google Cast, DNLA and plain old Bluetooth – and are compatible with the company’s BeoLink system for multi-room setups.

B&O has a reputation for great aesthetics and hi-tech features as well as fantastic sound, and Engadget reports that you won’t be disappointed on this score …

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05:30
olloclip announces Pivot, an iPhone-compatible...

olloclip has unveiled announced the Pivot, a compact articulating grip optimized for mobile videography. iPhone compatible, it features an articulating hub that provides 225 degrees of rotation to ensure proper positioning.

The Pivot is also water resistant and can be taken for a swim when using a waterproof camera or GoPro. The ergonomic design results in a more natural feel in the hand and features passive stabilization, minimizing camera shake in video, according to Patrick O’Neill, olloclip founder. 

You can connect your smartphone or favorite camera through the included universal clamp or 1/4-20 tripod mount.  Or use the GoPro adapter to connect your GoPro. The integrated cold shoe mount also allows for lightweight accessories such as a light or microphone to be attached.

Owners of olloclip’s Studio case can connect to Pivot using...

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05:30
Daily Deal: One year of SelectTV for $19

Thinking about cutting the cable or simply having more access to shows and movies that you currently do? Either of those is a great goal, and you're going to want to have SelectTV as a streaming source. Why? SelectTV has the world's largest entertainment library, putting Hulu and Netflix to shame. Today's Apple World Today deal is a one year subscription to SelectTV for the paltry sum of $19.

Your $19 subscription will let you:

  • Access a massive library of TV shows, movies, live channels, radio stations & more from over 150 countries
  • Watch 10,000 movies & 250,000 TV episodes absolutely free, & unlimited video on demand from any device
  • Enjoy over 1,000 curated channels, w/ latest episodes from top networks, as well as classic TV from the...
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05:29
Dropbox 9.4.49 - Cloud backup and synchronization...

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems.

Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox.

The Dropbox application is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. A video on the site explains more.



Version 9.4.49:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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05:23
Purported 'iPhone 7 Plus' packaging shows...

An insert claimed to be for Apple's anticipated "iPhone 7 Plus" would --?if legitimate -- not only confirm the product's name, but also reveal that it will come with a Lightning to Headphone Jack Adapter in the box.

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05:15
Corning announces “Gorilla Glass SR+” product for...

Back in 2015, Corning announced that it was working on “Project Phire”, a new material that combines the strength of Gorilla Glass with the scratch-resistance of sapphire. On tuesday, the company announced that the result of that project is ready to launch.

Now called “Gorilla Glass SR+,” Corning’s latest product is a composite material for wearable devices. It’s been designed to cut down on visible scratches while continuing to deliver all of the features of the original Gorilla Glass.

Gorilla Glass SR+ apparently offers scratch resistance similar to sapphire with 70 percent better damage resistance against impacts and 25 percent better surface reflection. Corning says these optical improvements enable better battery life and improved outdoor readability.

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05:02
Dropbox made you change your password because 68...

Dropbox’s move last week to ask users who had signed up before mid-2012 to change their account passwords followed the discovery of a large dump of email addresses and passwords related to these accounts.

The online storage company confirmed late Tuesday reports that 68 million user email addresses and hashed and salted passwords from an incident in 2012 had been compromised.

Dropbox said that the password reset the company completed last week covered all of the affected users so that the Dropbox accounts are protected.

Last week, the company asked users who signed up before mid-2012 to change their passwords if they haven’t done so since then, describing it as a preventive measure and not because there was any indication that their accounts were improperly accessed.

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05:00
Transmission BitTorrent client found to be spreading...

The malware beast raises its head once again.

Transmission, a popular BitTorrent client, has been discovered to once again be distributing Mac-based malware under version 2.92, months after it was used to spread a strand of ransomware.

Researchers at security firm ESET have been following a malware called OSX/Keydnap, which can steal passwords, and noticed that it was spreading through Transmission’s official site.

As of now, a version of Transmission containing the malware is in the wild according to ESET.

Fortunately, Transmission has already removed the download, but users who downloaded the client between this past Sunday and Monday should check for signs that their Mac has been comprised.

In addition to stealing credentials, the...

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05:00
Camera Guard for Mac OS X blocks webcam and...

ProtectStar has introduced Camera Guard Professional 2016, a safety software solution for Mac OS X. It’s designed to make sure that no hacker, spy or malware can observe you or listen in on you. 

When Camera Guard is installed, a single click secures the camera and microphone. This safety tool then on reports all applications and processes that try to gain access to the camera and microphone. The user then decides if they wish to allow access. All accesses and warnings are protocoled in a log file. 

The personal settings of the Camera Guard are also protected by a PIN number. It’s equipped with special hacker protection in order to prevent the software itself from being manipulated.

Camera Guard Professional 2016 requires Mac OS X 10.11 or higher. It normally costs $29.90, but is being offered for $19.90 in the first week of launch. There’s also a free version of Camera Guard available...

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05:00
Zen's Place in the Computing World


AMD, which has been clawing its way out of the doldrums, recently showcased its octacore, 16-thread Summit Ridge desktop processor featuring its Zen core in a performance match-up against Intel's octacore Broadwell-E Core i7-6900K CPU. The two similarly configured processors were locked at 3 GHz for the test, in which they ran the multithreaded Blender rendering application, in a demo presented earlier this month in San Francisco. AMD's Summit Ridge outperformed the Intel processor.

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04:50
Geekbench 4.0.0 - Measure processor and memory...

Geekbench provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance. Designed to make benchmarks easy to run and easy to understand, Geekbench takes the guesswork out of producing robust and reliable benchmark results.



Version 4.0.0:

Note: Currently available for $11.99

Note: Now requires OS X 10.11.4 or later

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.11.4 or later



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04:35
Second Case of Samsung's New Galaxy Note 7...

Business Korea reports today that on 'Kakao Story,' the most popular social media service in Korea, on August 30, another Galaxy Note 7 user posted images of the burnt device, adding that it exploded during charging.

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04:30
Online purchases via Apple Pay and Android Pay to...

New findings from Juniper Research claim that the value of digital and physical goods purchased through mobile “OS-Pay” platforms will increase by fifteen times in the next two years.

A combination of in-app purchases and website retail payments is projected to drive annual spend via Apple Pay and Android Pay to $8 billion in 2018, up from $540 million this year, according to the research group. The new Juniper study found that the integration of OS-Pay into apps will prove to be a “no brainer” for developers looking to reduce buyer friction, where password entry on smartphones remains cumbersome. 

Staples, for example, has already reported that over 30% of its iOS app users make in-app purchases through Apple Pay. Meanwhile, despite the continued contraction of the consumer tablet market, more than 85% of remote goods...

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04:07
Court rejects Monster founder’s claim that Beats...

AP reports that an LA judge has dismissed a claim by Monster founder and former Beats shareholder that the company tricked him out of his share of the company prior to its acquisition by Apple. Noel Lee had claimed that double-dealing and misrepresentation by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine cost him a between $30M and $150M.

Lee filed the lawsuit back in January of 2015, making two main claims against Beats. The first alleged that the company entered a ‘sham’ deal with a smartphone maker, selling 51% of the company to HTC before later buying it back. The sale triggered a clause in the contract that ended the partnership between Beats and Monster …

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04:00
Ideally is a good Mac app with even more potential

I always have a soft spot in my reviewer's heart for "one trick ponies." Sometimes all I need from an app is one, single function. And for it to do it very well and simply, so that I can move on with my work.

But now OTPs are crowding the market. Plus, some bigger apps have rolled several (or many) OTPs into their apps (a corral of OTPs?). This can make for a bloated desktop and Menu Bar.

That brings us to Ideally for Mac OS X, which offers a fast way to make notes and keep notes' related files in one place.

The app is easy to use. Hotkeys, swipe gestures, animations, 'Drag&Drop' help you navigate between views that look like a notepad. Everything's right at your fingertips in your menu bar. 

Ideally also allows you to zip, email, preview files right inside the app, which is great, as there's no need to bounce between desktop or file system."

The app is designed, for want of a better analogy, to be a notes app with “roid rage.” Ideally has two...

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03:59
L.A. Superior Court Dismisses Key Claims in Monster...

This week Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Fahey dismissed the key claims in a lawsuit alleging that headphone maker Beats Electronics duped one of its early partners ...

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03:47
Spec Sheet Shows iPhone 7 Plus With 256GB Storage...

A photo claiming to show a specification sheet for a 256GB-capacity iPhone 7 Plus has been circulating online today.

Originally posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, the image is just the latest in a series of pictures of potentially dubious authenticity given how easy it is to digitally alter them.

The photo in question appears to be of Hong Kong origin, and claims to show the inclusion of Lightning-equipped wired EarPods and a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter in the box.

Those details square with the widely held belief that Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus won't have a headphone jack, and will instead rely on an all-in-one Lightning port for charging, listening, and connectivity.

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03:47
Leaked ‘iPhone 7 Plus’ packaging indicates Lightning...

An interesting image is making the rounds today: a photograph of a purported packaging insert for Apple’s upcoming new phone. If the photo is to be believed, Apple will indeed be calling its larger new phone the ‘iPhone 7 Plus’, with the ‘iPhone 7’ name being taken by the 4.7 inch sibling.

It also indicates that Apple will be bundling Lightning EarPods in the box with every iPhone 7, as a consequence of the missing 3.5mm headphone jack. More interestingly, the leak suggests Apple will also be including a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack adaptor as a bundled accessory.

Full photo of the pamphlet after the jump …

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03:30
The 10 Mac games you need to play from August 2016

August's Mac games

Summer is coming to an end, and autumn will soon be upon us—which could mean less fun in the sun, and more fun in front of your Mac. Luckily, there’s always something new to play in the world of Mac gaming, and we’ve got a fresh batch of recent releases worth checking out. 

Thrilling action-adventure game Shadow Complex Remastered and space strategy affair Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars are perhaps the biggest Mac releases of August, but don’t overlook compelling indie gems like Reigns, Metrico+, and Pan-Pan in the bunch. Just flip through the slides ahead to find out more about August’s most enticing Mac games, and nothing grabs your interest, then maybe July’s top releases will fill that void.

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03:27
LG UltraWide Displays Provide us with a Glimpse at...

It was reported on Monday that Apple was working on a new standalone monitor to connect to its computers. After exiting the monitor business earlier this year with the discontinuation of the 27-inch Thunderbolt display, Apple is working with LG Electronics on a new monitor with a high-resolution “5K” screen. LG has now launched new UltraWide displays ...

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03:00
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.5 - Multilingual word processor...

Nisus Writer Pro is a powerful multilingual word processor, similar to its entry level products, but brings new features such as table of contents, indexing, bookmarks, widow and orphan control, cross references, line numbering, and text wrap around images.

Familiar Classic features are also on board, like attribute-sensitive find and replace, an upgraded Nisus macro language, and glossaries.

We have also improved a number of existing features. For example, we've added a variety of additional options to control the display of notes. Footnotes can now also span across pages.



Version 2.1.5:

Highlighted Changes

  • Fixed some problems with conversion of DOC, DOCX, and ODT files:
    • a small number of users could not convert those file formats at all.
    • exporting those file formats with certain tracked changes could incorrectly mark the...
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03:00
Exploring a Loophole in Slack’s Team Privacy

Personal messages in Slack are confidential within Slack, but a team owner or admin can reset access via email or by changing the associated email address. Some other hosted services may have a similar weakness, so you should always be aware of your employer’s policies regarding private communications using company hardware or services.

 

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Tuesday August 30

20:59
Default Folder X 5.0.6 - Enhances Open and Save...

Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views.

Features

  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window...
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20:59
Alfred 3.1 - Quick launcher for apps and more.

Alfred is an award-winning productivity application for OS X. Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords, and file actions at your fingertips.

Loads of app-launching, file-searching goodness - free for you to download and use with no strings attached. Alfred is the ultimate productivity tool for your Mac. Get it and see for yourself.

Get the Powerpack. Discover the Powerpack, a set of incredibly powerful features, built on top of the robust core of Alfred and integrated with OS X.

  • Single license: 15 pounds (GBP) for single user
  • Family license: 25 pounds (GBP) for 5 users under one roof
  • Mega Supporter: 30 pounds (GBP) Single User with Free Lifetime Upgrades

Note: This application contains in-app and/or external module purchases.



Version 3.1:

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20:59
MYStuff Pro 2.0.25 - Create inventories for your...

MYStuff Pro is the most flexible way to create detail-rich inventories for your home or small business. Add items to MYStuff by dragging and dropping existing information, uploading new images, or scanning barcodes. Finally, getting organized is easy.

Do Inventory Your Way

  • Shop... and Save: MYStuff's built-in browser saves a web archive of the receipt with a single click, and allows you to quickly add a new Record to your inventory right now while it's convenient. Putting a web browser inside MYStuff allows you to easily shop your favorite sites on the 'net, and easily save both information and time. (You can save how-to and informational pages, too.)
  • Fantastic Flexibility: MYStuff organizes things how you do. Don't feel like you have to change how you organize to fit your organization program. MYStuff provides easy ways to organize by category, location, tag, or label.
  • Any Which Way...
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20:59
OmniOutliner Pro 4.6 - Pro version of the popular...

OmniOutliner Pro is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an über-innovative styles system at your disposal.

OmniOutliner Professional includes in-depth outlining features like folded editing, clipping service support, audio recording, a new sections drawer, and saved templates. With OmniOutliner Professional, you can actively hide and display the...

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20:59
Adobe Creative Cloud 3.8.0.310 - Access Adobe apps...

Adobe Creative Cloud costs $19.99/month for a single app, or $49.99/month for the entire suite.

Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. They're the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync: files, feedback from team members, fonts, settings, and updates. And, as always, your applications live on your desktop, not in a browser and not in the cloud.

With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world is synced and organized for you across multiple devices. Track comments posted to shared files, keep tabs on your work and your followers on Behance, respond to invitations to join a project folder, manage your fonts, download the latest product updates, and more.

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20:59
OmniOutliner 4.6 - Organize your ideas, projects,...

OmniOutliner is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Über-innovative styles system at your disposal.

Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of.



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20:55
Judge Dismisses Key Claims of Monster's Lawsuit...

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Fahey today dismissed the key claims in a lawsuit that alleged that Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre double-crossed former partner Noel Lee, founder of cable maker Monster, reports The Associated Press. The allegations were made in a lawsuit that was filed last year.

Monster's lawsuit accused the Beats co-founders of orchestrating a "sham" deal with HTC that would terminate Monster's stake in Beats. Monster used to design and sell Beats by Dre headphones, but that changed when Beats sold 51 percent of the company to HTC in 2011, invoking a change-of-ownership clause in the Beats and Monster deal.

Beats Electronics later repurchased HTC's stake in the company and convinced Lee to sell part of his 5...

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20:22
Judge tosses key claims in Monster lawsuit against...

A California superior court judge on Monday threw out key claims in a lawsuit alleging Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre swindled audio company Monster out of its investment in the Beats by Dre headphone brand just prior to Apple's acquisition in 2014.

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19:03
Innovation in the Stone Age

<3 Doug

The post Innovation in the Stone Age appeared first on krypted.com.

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18:29
'TowerFall' ups the mayhem with eight-...

The developers behind TowerFall are working on more than just a game about climbing a mountain. That's right: Matt Thorson has also released an official mod that brings support for up to eight players to the charming, retro (and possibly violent, dep...

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18:07
Early demo of Siri third-party app integration find...

Ahead of an expected iOS 10 launch in September, The Wall Street Journal was able to test out Siri's ability to integrate with third-party apps, finding the feature a useful and perhaps necessary next step in the virtual assistant's evolution.

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17:50
Apple's iPad an effective sedative for children...

A research study presented Tuesday claims that iPads are just as effective as medicinal sedatives for reducing pre-surgical anxiety from nervousness about the procedure compounded by parental separation on children between ages 4 and 10.

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17:42
Washington Post open-sources its 'Trump...

Last week, after the Washington Post published its new Trump Revealed biography, the Republican Nominee was quick to give the book a harsh, "Don't buy, boring!" review. While Trump may believe the reporting in the book is inaccurate, the Post decided...

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17:31
Dropbox hack released details of more than 68M...

Dropbox recently notified users of a potential forced password reset after its security team discovered a batch of account credentials believed to have been obtained from a known 2012 data breach. While the initial announcement failed to specify the exact number of impacted users, a report on Tuesday puts the number at well over 68 million.

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17:05
IDC Projects Microsoft's Surface Tablets...

Earlier today, DigiTimes reported that weak tablet demand is prompting vendors to leave this segment to refocus on new emerging markets such as virtual and augmented reality devices or even gaming PCs. In that light, it was interesting to see an IDC report published later in the day forecasting a rebound in the tablet sector between 2018 and 2020 ...

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16:57
Court tosses federal lawsuit over AT&T's...

The FCC may be having some success hauling AT&T out on the carpet for throttling unlimited data plans without clear warnings to customers, but the FTC isn't so lucky. A Ninth Circuit appeals court has tossed out the FTC's lawsuit against AT&...

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16:35
Corning unveils Gorilla Glass SR+ offering for...

Just a month after introducing Gorilla Glass 5 for smartphones, Corning today has introduced Gorilla Glass SR+, its new cover glass for smartwatches. In 2015, Corning announced “Project Phire,” which was said to be its efforts to create a material for wearables that combines the durability of Gorilla Glass with the scratch-resistance level of sapphire. A year later, we have Gorilla Glass SR+ and it’s ready to hit the market now…

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16:19
The new Papa John's app for Apple TV makes...

Papa John's knows a delicious pizza goes well with marathoning your favorite shows by way of the Apple TV. That's why the pizza giant has launched a new app to let you order, customize and pay a pizza order directly from the Apple TV itself.

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16:10
Google to open rider-sharing service in San Francisco

Alphabet Inc’s Google unit plans to open its ride-sharing program to Waze app users in San Francisco this fall, pitting itself against Uber Technologies Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Waze app is extremely popular in the Bay Area, so I can see this Google ride-sharing service doing very well.

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15:57
First hands-on with third-party app integration in...

At WWDC earlier this summer, Apple announced that iOS 10 would bring a host of new features to its Siri virtual assistant, the biggest of which being integration with third-party applications. With the public launch of iOS 10 nearing, Nathan Olivarez-Giles of the WSJ has had an opportunity to go hands-on with the more capable and more powerful Siri, calling it a “long-overdue” enhancement…

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15:41
Microsoft OneNote can help solve your math homework

Just in time for back to school season, Microsoft has made a few slick updates to Office 365, intended to help users get more out of their pen-based digital notes. Building on the beta launch of Windows Ink, OneNote has added new ink effects, a repla...

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15:40
Corning touts Gorilla Glass SR+ for wearables as...

Glass maker Corning on Tuesday announced commercial availability of Gorilla Glass SR+, a composite cover material designed specifically to take on the stresses endured by wearable devices like Apple Watch.

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15:36
Apple introduces a 2TB iCloud storage plan

Apple has introduced a new 2TB iCloud storage plan. The new 2TB plan, which is the company’s largest, costs $19.99 a month.

Apple also offers: 1TB for $9.99 a month, 200GB for $2.99 a month, 50GB for $0.99 a month, and 5GB per month for free. The company last updated iCloud pricing almost a year ago.

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15:33
Apple Adds New 2TB iCloud Storage Tier for $19.99...

Apple today quietly added a new iCloud storage tier, offering customers 2TB of data storage space at a price of $19.99 per month in the United States. Apple now offers four iCloud storage tiers at prices that start at $0.99.

The new 2TB iCloud storage option comes just over a week ahead of the company's September 7 event, where new versions of the iPhone and Apple Watch are expected to debut alongside new operating system updates.

Rumors have suggested camera improvements could be one of the features coming to the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and that could be one of the reasons Apple is introducing more storage space. A dual-lens camera, as is rumored for the iPhone 7 Plus, could potentially produce images that are larger, resulting in...

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15:30
AWT News Update: August 30, 2016

mophie ChargeForce case for iPhone

Accessories are at the top of the Apple news today, along with a reminder...

  • Tomorrow -- AUGUST 31 -- is the last day for entries in our Team AWT Drobo 5Dt giveaway. Click here for information on joining Team AWT, or click here to enter the giveaway if you're already a member
  • Olloclip announces an articulating mobile video grip called the PIVOT that should be available in October.
  • Griffin Technology wants to make it easy for iPhone 7 listeners to use their favorite "wired" headphones without wires with the iTrip Clip.
  • Mophie announced a bunch of new members of its Powerstation battery pack family, including one with USB-C and another that works with a wireless charging battery pack for iPhone. 

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen...

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15:28
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 30, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0.6, an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications.

It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips.Version 5.0.6 is ready for the upcoming macOS Sierra and offers enhancements and bug fixes.

Default Folder X 5.0.6 is a free upgrade for registered users. New licenses are $34.95; upgrades from version 4 and prior are $...

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15:22
More of Sierra's classic adventure games come...

Sure, Sierra's biggest adventure game titles (such as King's Quest and Space Quest) have been around in their original forms on Steam for a while, but many gamers remember playing a lot more than that. What about arresting perps in Police Quest, or s...

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15:21
Corning Announces Super Scratch Resistant '...

In 2015, Corning announced "Project Phire," a new material that combines the strength of Gorilla Glass with the scratch-resistance of sapphire, and as of today, the result of that project is ready to launch.

Now called "Gorilla Glass SR+," Corning's latest product is a composite material for wearable devices. It's been designed to cut down on visible scratches while continuing to deliver all of the features of the original Gorilla Glass.

According to Corning, Gorilla Glass SR+ offers scratch resistance similar to sapphire but with 70 percent better damage resistance against impacts and 25 percent better surface reflection. Corning says these optical improvements enable better battery life and improved outdoor readability.

"In early 2015, Corning launched Project Phire...

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15:08
Apple launches $20/mo 2TB iCloud storage plan ahead...

Apple has launched a new 2TB iCloud storage tier a little over a week out from the iPhone 7 launch event. The new 2TB plan, which is its largest plan available, will set users back $19.99 a month.

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15:08
Election Season Spawns Scams With Political Twist


Dirty tricks during political campaigns are nothing new, but the Internet and the proliferation of mobile devices have allowed tricksters to up their games a notch. It came to light last week, for example, that Donald Trump's campaign app was hoovering the address books on his supporters' phones. Trump's app wasn't doing anything illegal. It wasn't even trying to hide what it was doing. The app seeks the user's permission to download all contacts before it does so. However, both the ACLU and EPIC have rapped the practice.

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14:55
Third-Party Siri Support in iOS 10 'Long-...

iOS 10 lets Siri work with third-party apps for the first time, enabling a whole range of features the personal assistant is able to help with, from summoning an Uber to sending cash to sending a message via WhatsApp.

Ahead of the launch of the new operating system update, The Wall Street Journal's Nathan Olivarez-Giles was able to go hands-on with some of the apps that will support Siri and give a little more insight into how the feature will work in practice.

After using the feature, Giles called Siri support for third-party apps "long-overdue" and a factor "important to making Siri more useful in everyday life." He was able to test apps for sending mobile payments,...

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14:55
SETI researchers investigate an unusual signal

The hunt for alien life might have turned up something special. A Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence team using Russia's RATAN-600 radio telecope (above) is investigating an unusually strong signal from a star 95 light years away, in the Hercul...

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14:53
Apple debuts new 2TB iCloud storage option for $19....

Answering the call of power users -- and avid iPhone photographers -- Apple on Tuesday expanded its iCloud storage options to include a 2-terabyte tier priced at $19.99 per month.

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14:48
Apple’s Austin campus evacuated due to solar panel...

Apple this afternoon evacuated employees from a building at its Austin, Texas campus briefly due to a fire located on the roof, according to several local and reader reports.

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14:35
It's now easier to create and customize...

If you're one to continually try out Snapchat's On-Demand Geofilters to spruce up your snaps, starting today you'll be able to edit and place themes and designs straight from within the On-Demand website before you purchase your Geofilter.

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14:31
Corded headphones can now be wireless with Griffin...

Rumor has it that the iPhone 7 will be missing that 3.5mm audio jack, but there’s still hope for you corded headphones with this $20 gadget.

The iTrip Clip is a Bluetooth adapter that gives corded headphones the wireless capabilities needed to work with smartphones without headphone jacks, like the upcoming iPhone 7 and the Moto Z.

Developed by Griffin Technology, the iTrip Clip has a built-in mic so you can take calls or talk to Siri. Fully charged, this adapter can last up to six hours of play or talk time. You will be able to order the iTrip Clip in September for $20.

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14:30
FBI Director Says Prolific Default Encryption...

SonicSpike quotes a report from ABC News: FBI Director James Comey warned again Tuesday about the bureau's inability to access digital devices because of encryption and said investigators were collecting information about the challenge in preparation for an "adult conversation" next year. Widespread encryption built into smartphones is "making more and more of the room that we are charged to investigate dark," Comey said in a cybersecurity symposium. The remarks reiterated points that Comey has made repeatedly in the last two years, before Congress and in other settings, about the growing collision between electronic privacy and national security. "The conversation we've been trying to have about this has dipped below public consciousness now, and that's fine," Comey said at a symposium organized by Symantec, a technology company. "Because what we want to do is collect information this year so that next year we can have an adult conversation in this country." The American people,...

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14:17
Google to bring Waze ridesharing San Francisco-wide...

Google is reportedly taking its first real steps into ridesharing via its Waze navigation app, entering into competition with Uber and Lyft, and potentially setting up a tougher market if and when Apple launches its self-driving car.

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14:15
BitTorrent app once again linked to Mac malware

The developers of Transmission can't catch a break. Just months after their BitTorrent app was linked to the first known instance of Mac ransomware, security researchers at ESET have pinpointed another form of malware taking advantage of Transmission...

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14:11
New Pokémon Go maps show you where to catch 'em...

If you’ve been wondering how to find Pikachu, Scyther, Electabuzz, or any other rare Pokémon, you probably wanted to use the hot new thing: crowdsourced Pokémon Go maps taught players how to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

The problem?  Pokémon Go developer Niantic has said it will actively block "tracker" apps from accessing its data to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go. But new Pokémon Go maps have popped up, ignoring that prohibition. Originally, we said that the best Pokémon Go map is Pokévision, which provides a real-time look at the Pokémon spawning around you. But now there's more.

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13:57
Snapchat simplifies geofilter creation, brings new...

Popular image sharing service Snapchat received a pretty big update today that bumps the app to version 9.38. The app update includes a variety of new customizations options, while Snapchat has also made it easy for anyone to create their own geofilters.

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13:55
Alleged PS4 Slim leak reveals incremental changes to...

Sony has confirmed its next game system, the PlayStation Neo, and will probably formally introduce it at an event on September 7th. The console maker was rumored to have built a new thinner version of their current system, the PS4 Slim, but refuses t...

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13:35
Order pizza right from your Twitch stream with...

When you're chilling on the couch watching your favorite esports stream on Twitch and hunger hits, pizza is just a few keystrokes away.

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13:26
Judge rules that Beats Electronics didn't dupe...

A judge has dismissed the key claims in a lawsuit alleging that Beats Electronics duped one of its early partners before negotiating its $3 billion sale to Apple two years ago, reports the Chronicle.

The summary judgment issued by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Fahey resolves the core of a case that accused Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine of double-crossing former partner Noel Lee, founder of video and audio cable maker Monster LLC.

The allegations, filed last year, had been scheduled to go to trial next week. Now the trial will be limited to Beats' effort to force Monster to pay its attorney fees and other costs, says the Chronicle.

Monster CEO Lee said in the suit that he and Monster invented the technology behind the Beats headphones. The suit claims that Beats co-founders Iovine and Dre (Andre Young...

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13:26
BitTorrent app Transmission once again source of...

Once again, BitTorrent client Transmission has distributed malware to some users through an altered installer, with downloaders of the software on Aug. 28 and 29 probably infected by the "Keydnap" package.

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13:24
Dog becomes legendary for daily walks to town

I promise this will be the sweetest story you’ll read/watch all day. What a lucky dog and a lucky town.

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13:17
BitTorrent client is found distributing Mac-based...

A popular BitTorrent client called Transmission has again been found distributing Mac-based malware, months after it was used to spread a strand of ransomware.

Researchers at security firm ESET have been following a malware called OSX/Keydnap, which can steal passwords, and noticed that it was spreading through Transmission’s official site.

Somehow, a version of the BitTorrent client containing the malware had been recently made available on the site, ESET said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Transmission has already removed the download, according to ESET. But users who downloaded the client between this past Sunday and Monday should check...

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13:15
Twitter's making it easy for content creators...

Twitter's finally giving creators a good reason to upload videos to its platform rather than YouTube by allowing individuals to monetize content.

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12:55
Report: Google is turning Waze into a ride-sharing...

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is planning to launch a carpool-based ride-sharing service using Waze in the Bay Area. The new feature would connect drivers and potential passengers going along the same route via the navigation app.

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12:50
Mophie launches new Powerstation battery packs,...

Accessory maker Mophie on Tuesday revealed several Powerstation battery packs compatible with iOS devices, including models supporting wireless and USB-C charging.

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12:45
The Week in iOS Accessories: Torch Pro lets you...

Ding-dong!

This week’s roundup includes a new device that lets you answer the front door—even if you’re not at home. Read on!

Zmodo

The Torch Pro ($199 MSRP, $198.67 on Amazon) is a camera system that connects your doorbell to your iPhone—the system lets you answer your door directly from your smartphone, allowing you to “see, hear, and speak to your visitors, even if you’re not at home.”

To read this...

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12:42
Chris Brown turns to Instagram amid police standoff

Singer Chris Brown's Instagram account got a lot more interesting today. With police outside of his Los Angeles home, who were following up on a report that Brown pulled a gun on an unnamed woman, the singer started posting Instagram videos criticizi...

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12:37
Jessica Alba joins slew of executive producers for...

Actress Jessica Alba has joined the developer advisory team for the Apple-funded "Planet of the Apps" reality show, chronicling several teams of developers working on apps for iOS.

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12:36
Station 1.0 provides a multilevel Dock for Mac OS X

True North Software has debuted Station 1.0, a multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help promote a more natural organization of applications and documents into folders.

With nested folders, you can arrange items in Station in a way that fits your workflow with an uncluttered look and feel. Scalability is increased through logical groupings, which helps increase the number of items that can be added to the app without having to shrink the launcher size.

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12:15
olloclip announces Pivot, an iPhone-compatible...

olloclip has unveiled announced the Pivot, a compact articulating grip optimized for mobile videography. iPhone compatible, it features an articulating hub that provides 225 degrees of rotation to ensure proper positioning.

The Pivot is also water resistant and can be taken for a swim when using a waterproof camera or GoPro. The ergonomic design results in a more natural feel in the hand and features passive stabilization, minimizing camera shake in video, according to Patrick O’Neill, olloclip founder.

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12:15
EU net neutrality guidelines close key 'fast...

When the European Union passed its net neutrality laws in 2015, it left a few big loopholes that many were worried would undermine the rules. Would your internet provider have free rein to exempt its own services from data caps, for example, or slow...

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12:05
Camera Guard is new safety software for Mac OS X

ProtectStar (http://www.protectstar.com) has introduced Camera Guard Professional 2016, a safety software solution for Mac OS X. It’s designed to make sure that no hacker, spy or malware can observe you or listen in on you.

When Camera Guard is installed, a single click secures the camera and microphone. This safety tool then on reports all applications and processes that try to gain access to the camera and microphone. The user then decides if they wish to allow access. All accesses and warnings are protocoled in a log file.

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11:59
Mafia II: Director’s Cut available again at the Mac...

Mafia II: Director’s Cut is available again on the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/xx/app/mafia-ii-directors-cut/id481672738?ls=1&...) for $29.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.10.5 or later. You must be 17 to buy the game.

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11:55
Reduced buyer friction is the key to OS-pay success

New findings from Juniper Research claim that the value of digital and physical goods purchased through mobile “OS-Pay” platforms will increase by 15 times in the next two years. A combination of in-app purchases and website retail payments is projected to drive annual spend via Apple Pay and Android Pay to $8 billion in 2018, up from $540 million this year.

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11:52
Kool Tools: OIO’s Amp

OIO’s flagship product Amp, is an ultra-portable iPad speaker case for the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro 9.7. It’s apparently the only integrated surround sound theater system of this kind with symmetrically positioned right and left channels for a true stereo sound theater experience with your iPad.

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11:51
Konami announces 'Metal Gear Solid: The...

Konami is bundling Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Online in a special package called Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience.

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11:39
AKVIS Noise Buster for OS X adds advanced noise...

AKVIS has rolled out AKVIS Noise Buster 10.0 (http://akvis.com/en/noise-buster/index.php), an upgrade of the Mac OS X compatible noise reduction. The latest version offers an advanced noise reducing algorithm, new tools and options, significant user interface enhancements, and other changes.

AKVIS Noise Buster is designed to reduce both luminance and color noise on digital images without spoiling other aspects of the photo. You can work with automatic settings, select any ready-to-use preset or adjust the parameters manually.

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11:35
PDFPasswordRemover for OS X upgraded to version 3.5.0

Cisdem has updated PDFPasswordRemover (https://www.cisdem.com/pdf-password-remover-mac.html), its PDF password remover for decrypting both owner password and open passwords on a Mac.

Version 3.5.0 can not only be used to remove a PDF owner password (used to limit printing, copying and editing PDF files), but also recover PDF user password (used to limit opening PDF files) using brute force decryption. The software allows you to remove limitations of PDF files that are protected by owner password in batch.

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11:22
Survey: with the ‘iPhone 7’ looming, consumers are...

With Apple’s “See you on the 7th” media event slated for Sept. 7, half of 1,000 iPhone users say they will trade up to the next iPhone, which is expected to go on sale following the big event.

The number of consumers willing to upgrade to what sources are calling the "iPhone 7" jumped to 51% — up from 22% in March, when Apple launched the 4-inch iPhone SE, according to a consumer survey by Branding Brand, a mobile and shopping app platform.

From March to August 2016, there was a small shift by customers from iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c to newer iPhone generations. According to the survey, only 4% bought the new iPhone SE since its launch in March 2016.

"Apple customers have been hesitant to upgrade their smartphones...

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11:13
Can new Macs and macOS Sierra beat the overall...

With macOS Sierra coming this fall and major updates to the Mac line expected in October, can Apple reverse slumping desktop and notebook sales and once again beat the industry trend? I’m betting it can.

Worldwide PC (as in “personal computer,” not Windows systems) shipments are forecast to decline by 7.2% year over year in 2016, followed by a decline of 2.1% in 2017, according to an updated forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC)...

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11:01
IDC: the tablet market will rebound next year as the...

If IDC  is correct, this is good news for Apple; the research group predicts that the tablet market will rebound next year and the iPad will come out of its months-long slump.

The bad news: the decline of the worldwide tablet market is set to continue for the remainder of 2016 as year-over-year growth reaches an all-time low of -11.5% and shipments of 183.4 million units, according to forecast data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Positive growth is set to return in 2018 and continue through 2020 with shipments reaching 194.2 million tablets as detachable tablets continue to steal share from traditional computers.

"Appealing to the commercial audience will be key as detachable tablets aim to take a larger piece of the traditional PC market," says Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide...

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10:52
Actress/businesswoman Jessica Alba will serve as a...

Actress and businesswoman Jessica Alba will serve as a mentor on Apple's upcoming reality television show Planet of the Apps, according to Variety. She joins actress Gwyneth Paltrow, hip hop artist will.i.am, and tech investor Gary Vaynerchuk.

In March Apple announced that it was working on a new show that will spotlight the app economy. Will.I.Am will be working with two TV veterans, Ben Silverman and Howard Owens, to get the project off the ground. The show was described by Apple content senior VP Eddy Cue as “perfectly tailored for Apple.” 

According to the Cupertino, California-based company, Planet of the Apps isn’t just a show, it’s a launch pad and accelerator for exceptional developers. Those accepted will have a chance to receive:

  • Mentorship: Hands-on guidance from some of the world’s best experts in tech and...
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10:46
Úll conference 2016

Úll is an incredible conference that I attended for three straight years. The presenters are always great and it would be hard for me to say that there is a better organized conference anywhere in the world.

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10:43
Turkey’s prime minister to Apple: just move here

In the wake of the European Commission ruling that Apple must repay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes, the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey extended an open invitation for Apple to move its international operations to his country.

"Apple should move to Turkey," , Mehmet Simsek wrote on Twitter (as noted by AppleInsider). "Happy to provide more generous tax incentives. Won't have to deal with EU bureaucracy.”

Currently, Apple has two stores in Istanbul and may be planning a third. The first one opened in Istanbul in the Zorlu Mall in April 2014. The second store opened in the Akasya Mall in...

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10:38
The best places to buy and sell a used iPhone

With a new iPhone arriving soon, many people will look to sell their old iPhone for some quick cash. But which places offer the best return and the smoothest process? To find out, Tom’s Guide tested seven services that buy and sell used iPhones.

I’m sure a lot of people will take advantage of this.

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10:27
Nextdoor Tackles Racial Profiling at Street Level


Nextdoor last week rolled out to all 110,000 of its neighborhoods a new form-based process for making crime and safety reports. Implementation of the tool reduced incidents of racial profiling by 75 percent in areas where it was tested, according to CEO Nirav Tolia. Some Nextdoor members had begun using the site to post problematic messages targeting racial minorities. For example, Oakland members posted vague warnings about suspicious activity focusing on black citizens walking down the street, driving a car, or knocking on a door.

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10:25
The best customer service reply ever

The Web site said his flight was delayed for 47 years, so he sarcastically asked customer service what he should do to pass the time. The answer is priceless.

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10:13
Apple, Australian banks battle over Apple Pay

Apple in a recent filing with Australia’s antitrust watchdog slammed a request from the country’s three top banks for collective negotiations over third-party access to Apple Pay NFC technology, saying a threatened boycott would not only harm consumers, but hinder mobile wallet adoption and innovation.

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10:04
Turkey's deputy PM encourages Apple to move in...

On Tuesday the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey extended an open invitation for Apple to move its international operations to that country, in the wake of a E.U. ruling ordering Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in back taxes from the company.

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09:53
Sonos partners with Spotify, Amazon to control...

I was really hoping Apple would be part of this group, but no. Spotify users can just open their app and connect to the Sonos system.

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09:50
Low-end Intel Kaby Lake processors detailed, MacBook...

Intel has shed some specific details for the first time about the new seventh generation Kaby Lake processors suitable for the MacBook and MacBook Air, but as expected, processors suitable for the MacBook Pro have yet to materialize.

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09:48
Apple Granted 59 Patents Today Covering a Liquid...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 59 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover four key design patent wins covering Apple's Home Button and the Apple Watch Home Screen and more. The one granted patent that we highlight in this report was a bit of a surprise.

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09:36
Actress Jessica Alba Joins Apple's 'Planet...

Actress and businesswoman Jessica Alba has signed on to serve as a mentor on Apple's upcoming reality television show "Planet of the Apps," reports Variety. Alba joins actress Gwyneth Paltrow, hip hop artist will.i.am, and tech investor Gary Vaynerchuk, all of whom will also be acting as mentors and advisors to app developers.

Jessica Alba has starred in a number of movies and television shows, including Sin City, Fantastic Four, and Into the Blue. In 2012, Alba moved beyond acting and founded The Honest Company, devoted to selling non-toxic household goods. The Honest Company has grown steadily since 2012 and is valued at $1 billion."I started The Honest Company because I saw an opportunity in the market for a brand that spoke to conscious consumers and created safe and effective...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Stainless Steel 42mm Apple...

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Save big on the Space Black Stainless Steel 42mm Apple Watch (Geek Squad refurb): $200 shipped (Orig. $599)

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09:29
Deals: $150-$290 off 15" MacBook Pros; 12...

Shoppers this week can snap up a 15" MacBook Pro at up to $290 off or take advantage of $335 off a 2015 12" MacBook in Space Gray with exclusive coupon savings. Apple's current 13" MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage space is also $300 off on eBay while supplies last.

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09:16
Jessica Alba latest star signed to Apple’s upcoming...

We learned at the start of the month that actress Gwyneth Paltrow would serve as a mentor on the upcoming Apple-produced ‘Planet of the Apps’ reality TV series, and today we can add Jessica Alba’s name to the growing list of star power behind the show. Variety reports Alba will also serve as a mentor on the series:

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09:02
New Apple patent would allow touch-sensing surfaces...

An Apple patent published on Tuesday could potentially be applied to building touch-sensing surfaces, including screens, using material concepts first developed by Liquidmetal Technology.

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09:00
Increase your productivity with an enhanced people...

There are two components in any communication: the information shared and the people you are sharing with. Understanding your audience—the people you are sending to—is particularly important in business settings. Today, we are announcing several enhancements in Outlook on the web to help Office 365 customers better understand the people they are communicating with. In addition, we reduced the number of clicks to present the most relevant information at a glance. Powered by the Microsoft Graph, these changes allow you to quickly create more personalized and impactful communications.

A better understanding of people and how to reach them quickly

Many users associate people in Outlook with contact management—storing information such as a person’s phone number and email address. And while knowing how to contact someone is important, having a full understanding of who someone is—how you relate to them and how to quickly reach them—is critical.

With that in mind, we...

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09:00
OneNote August roundup

Here on the OneNote team, we’re wrapping up summer and getting ready to head back to school. So, let’s dive right in this month to share updates to inking, OneNote Class and Staff Notebooks, OneNote Web Clipper and more.

Think with ink in OneNote for Windows 10

New key updates take inking to the next level, providing more dynamic experiences and greater control of the ink. See ink in action on our new OneNote ink website and learn how it can help you in school or in day-to-day life.

  • Ink math assistant—Handwrite any problem—from basic math to quadratic equations—and get the help of a digital tutor. OneNote already recognizes your handwriting and solves any formula for you, but we didn’t stop there. You can now do one better than calculators by learning with our step-by step instructions. Get the answer to your equation and learn to do it on your own for next time. Office 365 subscribers...
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09:00
New to Office 365 in August—the continued evolution...

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

August has been another busy month with updates for inking, mobile app security, Outlook and more. We’re also announcing an additional level for the Office Insider program.

The continued evolution of inking in Office—your digital pen is even more powerful

2016 is a big year for inking in Office and Windows. It’s already easy to simply pick up your pen and write in Office apps. We’ve also expanded what’s possible once your digital ink is on the page with...

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08:55
OmniOutliner Pro 4.6 - Pro version of the popular...

OmniOutliner Pro is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an über-innovative styles system at your disposal.

OmniOutliner Professional includes in-depth outlining features like folded editing, clipping service support, audio recording, a new sections drawer, and saved templates. With OmniOutliner Professional, you can actively hide and display the...

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08:40
Alfred 3.1 - Quick launcher for apps and more.

Alfred is an award-winning productivity application for OS X. Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords, and file actions at your fingertips.

Loads of app-launching, file-searching goodness - free for you to download and use with no strings attached. Alfred is the ultimate productivity tool for your Mac. Get it and see for yourself.

Get the Powerpack. Discover the Powerpack, a set of incredibly powerful features, built on top of the robust core of Alfred and integrated with OS X.

  • Single license: 15 pounds (GBP) for single user
  • Family license: 25 pounds (GBP) for 5 users under one roof
  • Mega Supporter: 30 pounds (GBP) Single User with Free Lifetime Upgrades

Note: This application contains in-app and/or external module purchases.



Version 3.1:

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08:36
Griffin preps for 'iPhone 7' without...

Griffin has added to its stable of wireless adapters and is catering to the needs of potential "iPhone 7" users with a 3.5mm headphone jack to Bluetooth adapter, dubbed the iTrip Clip.

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08:35
Belkin launches $99 PowerHouse Charge Dock for...

Ahead of the iPhone 7 announcement at Apple’s event next week, and the Apple Watch 2 expected this fall, Belkin today launched a new charging dock that accommodates both devices in a single stand.
more…

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08:29
Sonos speakers to get voice control in 2017, with a...

Sonos is giving its speaker experience a boost with app improvements, deeper Spotify integration, and Alexa's assistance.

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08:26
With $231B in cash, Apple's $14.5B Irish tax...

While a $14.5 billion payment of back taxes could bankrupt many major corporations, it's pocket change for a company as cash flush as Apple. As a result, analysts surveyed by AppleInsider on Tuesday said they aren't concerned about the European Commission's decision, regardless of how an appeal ultimately plays out.

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08:04
Intel Announces First Low-Power 'Kaby Lake...

After showing off the capabilities of its new 7th Generation Core, Kaby Lake, during the Intel Developer Forum earlier in the month, Intel corporate vice president Navin Shenoy today gave more details regarding the third "optimized" member of the 14 nm chip family following Broadwell and Skylake. In today's announcement -- focused on the speed and 4K UHD support the new CPUs provide -- Intel officially unveiled its first Y-Series and U-Series processors, which could be included in future Retina MacBook and MacBook Air updates, respectively.

The new Kaby Lake processors (prepared as a mid-generation update ahead of Intel's Cannonlake processors)...

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08:00
Review: Belkin unveils PowerHouse charging dock for...

Belkin's sleek powerhouse charging dock for iphone and Apple Watch. Image ©2016 steven sande

Accessory manufacturer Belkin today released the PowerHouse ($99), a combined charging solution for Lightning-equipped iPhones and Apple Watch. The device combines a built-in Apple Watch magnetic charging module with an integrated Lightning connector for the iPhone, allowing owners of both devices to charge the two simultaneously.

Design

The PowerHouse features a very clean design, with a white polycarbonate base and a dark gray rubberized material covering the charging surfaces. An included AC power adapter plugs into the back of the PowerHouse, allowing quick charging of both the iPhone and Apple Watch. A short "arm" with the Apple Watch magnetic charging pad on it protrudes from the right side, allowing a Watch with any band to easily slip on and off for charging.

One feature...

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07:50
Apple Ordered To Pay Up To $14.5 Billion in EU Tax...

Apple has been ordered to pay a record sum of 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) plus interest after the European Commission said Ireland illegally slashed the iPhone maker's tax bill, in a crackdown on fiscal loopholes that also risks inflaming tensions with the United States Treasury. According to the European Union regulator, Apple benefited from selective tax treatment that gave it an unfair advantage over other businesses. In the meanwhile, Apple has refuted such accusations, saying that EU's conclusion has "no basis in fact or law." EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said, "If my effective tax rate would be 0.05 percent falling to 0.005 percent -- I would have felt that maybe I should have a second look at my tax bill." Apple CEO Tim Cook said, "Over the years, we received guidance from Irish tax authorities on how to comply correctly with Irish tax law -- the same kind of guidance available to any company doing business there. In Ireland and in every country where...

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07:44
Users launch class action lawsuit over iPhone 6 “...

Apple’s “Touch Disease” issue on some of its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets has just become a class action case.

The company has been sued by owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones who say a design defect causes the phones’ touchscreens to become unresponsive, making them unusable.

Per the complaint, Apple has long been aware of the defect, which often surfaces after a flickering gray bar appears atop the touchscreens, but has refused to fix it.

The plaintiffs linked the problem to Apple’s decision not to use a metal “shield” or “underfill” to protect the relevant parts, as it did on versions of the iPhone 5.

“The iPhones are not fit for the purpose of use as smartphones because of the touchscreen defect,” according to the complaint filed in...

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07:37
∞ Ask Siri to give you a hint

Say this to Siri:

Give me a hint.

Rinse and repeat. My favorite response was this one:

01000111 01101111 01110100 01100011 01101000 01100001

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07:32
Sonos is bringing voice control to the speaker...

Earlier this month we mentioned that Sonos is hosting a media event in NYC today, and now we’re hearing what the speaker company is announcing. It turns out it does have something to do with voice as I suspected: starting in 2017, Sonos speakers will work with Amazon Echo. Alexa voice control is gaining Sonos support to “play, pause, skip, or control the volume on any Sonos home sound system using the power of their voice.”

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07:32
Alleged prototype device info sticker reaffirms 32...

An alleged photo of a prototype info sticker for a device codenamed ‘D10’ has appeared online, via The_Malignent on Twitter. As previously reported, the ‘D10’ corresponds to a prototype iPhone 7 device. As seen by the other information in the sticker, this particular prototype has 32 GB of storage. This is obviously new for the iPhone lineup and corroborates other reports that Apple will finally end production of 16 GB flagship iPhones this year.

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07:31
Apple working on refreshed Mac lineup, updates for...

Mark Gurman, Jungah Lee, writing for Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. is developing new features for the iPad to cater to professional users, along with new Mac laptops and desktops, according to people familiar with the matter.

Upcoming software upgrades for the iPad include wider operating-system support for Apple’s stylus accessory, while hardware performance improvements are also in development, according to the people. The refreshed Mac hardware line includes new versions of the iMac desktop, MacBook Air laptop, and a 5K standalone monitor in collaboration with LG Electronics Inc., in addition to a thinner MacBook Pro laptop.

The company hopes to ship the updated iPad software next year, while the Macs are expected as soon as late 2016, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing unannounced products. Apple has not updated any Macs, besides the 12-inch MacBook, since last year. The company declined to comment.

This can’t come soon enough for me...

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07:29
The EU Commission Penalizes Apple with the Largest...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Ireland Bracing for the EU's Apple Tax Ruling this Week," and sure enough the axe fell today. A year ago we posted a report titled "Apple Could Face a Fine up to $19 Billion for Tax Avoidance," and today we learn that, in spite of the U.S. Treasury sending out ongoing warnings to the EU commission that any drastic move on their part would be met with retaliatory measures, the EU commission nailed Apple for $14.5 billion.

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07:21
Target fails at Apple merchandising

Follow this link, look at the picture. Typical Target merchandising. This approach works well for most Target merchandise, but it misses the mark in showing Apple products in the light in which they were meant to be seen.

Seems likely that’s a big part of why Target missed their Apple product sales projections.

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07:19
Apple FAQ responds to investor queries about $14.5B...

Apple has posted a series of answers to questions about the European Commission's tax ruling, and appears to be unconcerned about any potential financial fallout.

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07:13
iPads are as good as sedatives at calming kids down...

Quartz:

Using iPads to distract and lower anxiety levels prior to surgeries requiring general anaesthesia proved as effective as traditional sedatives, French researchers found.

Comparing the effects of the drug midazolam on 54 children, administered orally or rectally, with 58 others who played age-appropriate games on an iPad 20 minutes prior to anaesthesia, the researchers found that both the drug and the tablet equally blunted anxiety.

I can’t help but think that an iPad would always win against a drug applied rectally. But that aside, this is good stuff.

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07:09
Twitter’s battle against ever-increasing spambots

The Verge:

Twitter spam isn’t a new phenomenon, but over the past few weeks the amount of it has certainly increased. I use the social network on a daily basis, and not an hour goes by without a tweet of mine from months or even years ago being liked by a spambot. It’s a practice that generates a notification designed to make you click into the profile, where you’re met with what’s typically a pornographic pinned tweet and a link that will likely bury your PC into malware oblivion.

Yup. I see this on a regular basis. Always wondered what the end-game for the bot creators was. Are they rolled out by the bad guys in the hopes of sowing malware seeds? If I don’t click on the link, is there any other path to harm?

Twitter claims it has a variety of systems in place to detect spam on Twitter, and that the company responds to new forms continuously to combat spammers. Twitter also relies on users to report spammers, but it’s not clear how effective this route...

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07:01
iPads as effective on kids as sedatives at calming...

If you’re a parent who’s ever wished you could just give your kids a sedative to calm them down, apparently you can – handing them an iPad has exactly the same effect.

A French medical study reported at the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in Hong Kong found that using iPads to reduce anxiety levels in children prior to surgery was every bit as effective as the sedative midazolam. Midazolam is normally administered prior to a general anaesthetic … 

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07:00
Snazzier Fitbits Sport Beefed-Up Feature Sets


Fitbit on Monday announced two new fitness trackers with sleeker looks, more durable construction and greater data-gathering capabilities. The Fitbit Charge 2, priced at $149.95, features continuous heart-rate tracking. It uses the data to generate a cardio fitness score and provides guidance for improving it over time. The Charge 2 displays real-time exercise stats, connects to the GPS in a smartphone, and has a set of advanced sensors that make it easier to track activity throughout a day.

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06:50
OmniOutliner 4.6 - Organize your ideas, projects,...

OmniOutliner is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Über-innovative styles system at your disposal.

Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of.



Version 4.6:

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06:39
Alleged 'iPhone 7' prototype sticker...

A sticker claimed to be from a returned "iPhone 7" prototype at Foxconn may reinforce rumors that Apple is raising base storage on the device to 32 gigabytes.

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06:36
Apple Wins Patent for an iOS Device Drop...

Earlier today Patently Apple published a report titled "Apple Wins Patent for Air Bag-Like Shock Absorbing System to Protect Device Cover Glass." Another patent that was granted to Apple today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reveals an alternative drop countermeasures invention for the iPhone as well as for the iPad cover accessory.

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06:35
Opinion: Why Apple’s statement on Irish tax ruling...

Tim Cook has today posted an open letter regarding today’s ruling that the company must pay €13B ($15B) in back tax after Ireland broke the law in offering the company a sweetheart deal. In it, he states that Apple is ‘confident that the Commission’s order will be reversed’ on appeal.

It’s honestly hard to see where such confidence comes from. The letter effectively makes three arguments, only one of which is relevant to the case …

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06:34
Apple Expects Appeal of Irish Tax Ruling to Take...

Following the European Commission's ruling that Apple received illegal state aid from Ireland, and must pay $14.5 billion in back taxes to the country, the company has published a new FAQ that addresses potential concerns investors may have about the decision and the effect on its bottom line.

Apple started out by confirming the decision is not final and that it plans to appeal. The company is "confident" the ruling "will be overturned" by courts in the European Union, but it notes the process is "likely to take several years." In the meantime, Apple does not expect any near-term impact on its financial results.How does this decision impact Apple’s...

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06:30
Possible references to MacBook Pro OLED '...

A reference to a "Dynamic Function Row" has been spotted in Apple's latest release of the Pages word processing app, potentially confirming a rumored name for the OLED touch bar on the new MacBook Pro.

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06:26
Papa John’s now lets you order pizza straight from...

Apple has been saying the future of TV is apps since it launched the Apple TV 4 last fall, and now Papa John’s is delivering on that pitch by letting you order pizza straight from your TV. The pizza restaurant is celebrating being the first national chain to bring food ordering to the Apple TV by offering customers an automatic 25% when using the new tvOS app to checkout.

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06:24
Leaked SIM trays suggest 5 color options for iPhone...

With the iPhone 7 (or whatever it ends up being called) set to be launched next week, we already know a lot about Apple’s new phone. The iPhone 7 will largely look the same as the iPhone 6s with tweaked antenna lines and new cameras (dual cameras on the larger 5.5 inch phone). It also seems like Apple is preparing to add a new color option to the lineup, a ‘Space Black’ color variant.

A photo from Macotakara suggests that Apple will not be replacing the Space Grey color but instead add a glossy ‘Space Black’ shade as an additional color option. This would mean Apple would sell a total of five different coloured iPhone 7 units.

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06:18
Apple’s public response to the EU tax ruling

From Tim Cook’s Message to the Apple Community in Europe:

Thirty-six years ago, long before introducing iPhone, iPod or even the Mac, Steve Jobs established Apple’s first operations in Europe. At the time, the company knew that in order to serve customers in Europe, it would need a base there. So, in October 1980, Apple opened a factory in Cork, Ireland with 60 employees.

At the time, Cork was suffering from high unemployment and extremely low economic investment. But Apple’s leaders saw a community rich with talent, and one they believed could accommodate growth if the company was fortunate enough to succeed.

We have operated continuously in Cork ever since, even through periods of uncertainty about our own business, and today we employ nearly 6,000 people across Ireland.

Apple has been in Cork since 4 years before the very first Mac was introduced. They’ve been in Cork through thick and thin. No possible argument there.

And:

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06:11
Rumor: 'iPhone 7' will come in five colors...

With just over a week until Apple is expected to take the wraps off of its next-generation iPhone, a new report claims that the device will actually come in two shades of black --?a traditional matte, as well as a glossy option resembling the late 2013 Mac Pro desktop.

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06:10
Apple’s $14.5 Billion EU Tax Ruling: An FAQ

Bloomberg put together an FAQ about the EU tax ruling. Here are a few of the questions and answers:

Q: Can Apple afford to pay the bill?
A: Easily. As of last month, Apple had $232 billion in cash, with about $214 billion of that being held overseas.

Q: Who receives the money if Apple ends up paying?
A: The money gets paid to Ireland, which puts those funds into an escrow account and leaves it there until any appeal process has fully concluded.

Q: Is the EU singling out Apple or forcing other companies to obey too?
A: It’s not just Apple. The EU authority has already ordered the Netherlands and Luxembourg to recover as much as 30 million euros ($33.3 million) apiece in back taxes from Starbucks Corp. and a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV unit. Vestager is also probing Amazon Inc. and McDonald’s Corp.’s affairs in Luxembourg and has signaled she’s...

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06:03
Apple Slapped with €13 Billion Tax Bill, Cook...

Apple has long used Irish loopholes to lower its tax liability, but the European Commission has had enough. However, Tim Cook won’t fork over the funds without a fight.

 

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06:02
Apple Ordered to Pay Up to $14.5 Billion in EU Tax...

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. was ordered to repay a record 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) plus interest after the European Commission said Ireland illegally slashed the iPhone maker’s tax bill.

The world’s richest company benefited from a “selective tax treatment” in Ireland that gave it a “significant advantage over other businesses,” the European Union regulator said Tuesday. It’s the largest tax penalty in a three-year crackdown on sweetheart fiscal deals granted by EU nations.

And:

Apple and the Irish government have both vowed to fight the decision, which also risks stoking a fight with the U.S. over taxation policies — with the U.S. having already complained that Europe is unfairly targeting American companies and threatening global tax reforms.

And:

“I disagree profoundly with the commission’s decision,” said Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan. Ireland’s tax system is founded on the strict application of the law “without exception,” he...

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06:00
OIO's Amp Speaker Case brings theater sound to...

Except for the iPad Pro models that have four speakers located around the perimeter of the device, most iPads provide woefully inadequate sound to match the beautiful streaming video they can receive. A new Indiegogo campaign from OIO launched today wants to change all that. The Amp Speaker Case will work with the iPad Air 1 and 2, as well as the iPad Pro 9.7-inch, and is designed to bring a theater-like sound experience to the iPad. 

The Amp is designed as a case, with two big honeycomb acoustic panels that flip out when you're ready for easy listening. It has a 900 mAh 7.4-volt rechargeable battery built in for up to 7 hours of great sound, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2dP support, a pair of ultra-low profile electromagnetic exciters, and microfiber cloth covering the speakers.  

A case with big speakers needs a nice stand to go with it, and that's also included in the Amp's design. Want to watch your favorite movie, use your iPad as a...

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05:59
Stop All The Downloadin’

Just a quick one, to remind you that there are ways you can have a dialog with users about tightening security controls. We’re beating the drum about Flash dying a death, and haven’t included it in our image since the Great Analytics Fiasco of 20.0.0.235. I’m not the most tolerant or creative tech out there, so luckily my boss comes up with ideas about how to deal with our C-level customers inability to roll with the punches and maybe adopt Safari extensions like Open In Chrome. After years of training our (mostly) PC users that ‘a bookmark will be on your Desktop’, it’s maybe understandable that they don’t want that one-click way to push the current webpage to Chrome when they get a page with ‘Missing Plug-In ->’ somewhere on it.

The thing we’re trying to avoid is calls from users saying ‘I noticed I...

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05:59
Google bakes Chromecast support directly into Chrome

Google’s Chromecast is almost three years years old, but the company’s only now getting around to building Cast support directly into Chrome for PCs and Macs.

Update: Google recently announced that the Cast feature is now live for all Chrome users.

Google recently updated a help page for Chrome that says users on Chrome 51 will soon see a Cast option in their menu options. In addition, Google’s adding the ability show the contents of a Chrome tab in a Google Hangout.

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05:55
iPhone 7 May Have Fifth 'Gloss Black'...

Japanese website Mac Otakara, which previously said Apple would introduce a darker color option to replace Space Gray for the upcoming iPhone 7 series, has shared a photo of an alleged SIM tray for the smartphone that suggests the color will be glossy black like the exterior of the 2013 Mac Pro.

The website now believes the new glossy black option will be part of a five-color lineup, including Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Gray. It previously said the new color will be a "much darker" variant of Space Gray that is "close to black, though not quite black," and...

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05:40
Default Folder 5.0.6 ready for macOS Sierra

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0.6 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications.

It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips.Version 5.0.6 is ready for the upcoming macOS Sierra and offers enhancements and bug fixes.

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05:37
SoftRAID revved to version 5.5.5

OWC Holdings has released SoftRAID version 5.5.5, featuring extra data protection for hardware failures, Japanese localization, and additional command line support. The upgrade features new technology designed to prevent data loss due to a Mac hardware bug, experienced by over 0.1% of Mac users.  

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05:30
Apple patents hint at AR/VR head mounts, a media...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,429,759) for a “head-mounted display apparatus for retaining a portable electronic device with display” that refers to an augmented/virtual reality system for the iPhone. 

The invention involves head-mounted display systems and methods of operation that allow users to couple and decouple a portable electronic device such as a iPhone with a separate head-mounted device. The portable electronic may be physically coupled to the head-mounted device such that the portable electronic device can be worn on the user's head. 

Finally, Apple may also be working on a new “media production application,” as hinted at by a newly granted patent (number 9,431,057). The app receives a script of a media project and parses the script to identify (i) story sections of the media project and (ii) characters in the media project. It automatically creates data structures for the story sections and the characters, and...

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05:26
Tim Cook responds to $14.5B Irish tax bill with open...

After being hit with a $14.5 billion tab for alleged unpaid back taxes, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook published an open letter to the "Apple Community" on Tuesday, saying he is "confident" that the decision from the European Commission will be reversed.

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05:25
Tim Cook Pens Open Letter on Tax Evasion Claims,...

Tim Cook has posted an open letter on Apple's website in response to the European Commission's ruling that Apple must pay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes dating from 2003 through 2014.

Cook's letter begins by discussing Apple's long history in Ireland, which dates back to a small facility that housed 60 employees in 1980. That statistic has now expanded to 6,000 employees across Ireland in total, benefiting both the company and local economies.

As it's grown, Cook says that Apple has become "the largest taxpayer in the world," and that "Apple follows the law and we pay all the taxes we owe." Directly confronting the European Commission's ruling, Cook claims that the EC has "launched an effort to rewrite Apple's history in Europe."

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05:07
Apple’s anticipated switch to OLED iPhone screens...

While Apple is widely expected to switch from LCD to OLED displays for future iPhones from either 2017 or 2018, one company is suggesting that the move made be a purely temporary one.

Digitimes quotes Innolux chairman and CEO Wang Jyh-chau arguing that OLED is not suitable as a permanent replacement for LCD. While the company – an LCD manufacturer – might be expected to make this case, Innolux is not suggesting that Apple will return to LCD, rather than it will adopt a third display technology: microLED (mLED) …

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05:03
Rumor: Apple planning ‘AirPods’ wireless headphones

Apple is preparing a pair of wireless headphones dubbed "AirPods," two new iPhone models and a total of no less than 10 Apple Watch models — at least that’s what a series of regulatory filings published by the Eurasian Economic Commission — as noted by AppleInsider --  hints. 

Apple was granted "active" certification status for a wireless headphone product called “AirPods," alongside three other models to be marketed under the Beats brand. Last month, MacRumors revealed that an "AirPods" trademark filing discovered last October seemingly confirmed Apple's work on upcoming wireless earphones in lieu of a headphone jack on the iPhone 7. 

Also, Russian trademark filings discovered...

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05:00
Rumor: Apple working on professionally-gear iPads,...

Apple is rumored to be planning a slew of updates across its iPads, notebooks and desktops according to sources.

The company is said to be expanding its operating system support for the Apple Pencil while widespread hardware changes will emerge in next-gen versions of the iMac, MacBook Air and a 5K standalone monitor in collaboration with LG Electronics Inc., in addition to a thinner MacBook Pro notebook.

Apple is thought to be shipping an updated iPad next year, while new Macs are expected in late 2016 according to anonymous sources. Apple has declined to comment, but it’s been said that in the wake of iPad unit sales declining year-over-year for nine straight quarters, Apple is looking to create more professionally...

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05:00
VMware says, “We’re not dead,” updates Fusion and...

Enlarge / VMware Fusion 8.5 for Mac, with tab support. (credit: VMware)

Today, VMware announced upgrades to its desktop virtualization products for Windows, Mac, and Linux. But this time existing users won't have to pay for the new software.

VMware and its rival Parallels have been charging for upgrades every year, and last year both companies required users to upgrade if they wanted VMWare and Parallels to fully support Windows 10. But none of the operating system changes this year are likely to break anything in last year’s virtualization software. This makes it hard to convince customers that they should pay again.

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05:00
VMware Fusion 8.5 announced at VMworld, free upgrade...

As expected, the recent announcement of Parallels Desktop 12 preceded the release of VMware Fusion 8.5 by only a little over a week. VMware's Mac virtual machine environments -- Fusion and Fusion Pro, have been updated to version 8.5, bringing support for macOS Sierra host and guest machines (with Siri integration and tabbed VM windows), Windows 10 Anniversary, and Windows Server 2016.

The announcement was made today at VMworld, and is a bit different from the usual upgrade announcement in that VMware is not charging a fee for the upgrade. Both Fusion 8.5 and VMware's Windows VM environment -- WMware Workstation 12.5 -- will be available for free to registered existing customers. 

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05:00
4 worthy alternatives to Sunrise Calendar

At the end of the month, the sun will set on Sunrise, one of the most beloved calendar apps. That will leave a scheduling void for Android and iOS users who prized the app for its intuitive interface, third-party app integration, and support for Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange, and iCloud.

Though Sunrise leaves some pretty big shoes to fill, there are some worthy alternatives that can take its place. Here’s a look at four of the best.

Fantastical 2
Fantastical

Fantastical 2 offers a split-screen view that lets you see your month and a list of your appointments all at once.

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04:58
EU tax investigation concludes, Apple hammered with...

On Tuesday, the European Commission handed down its biggest tax penalty yet, ordering Apple to pay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes -- but both Ireland and Apple are appealing the ruling.

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04:56
Apple Granted a Patent for a Futuristic Home...

Patently Apple was first to discover an Apple patent filing in Europe in October 2015 covering a futuristic home automation system. Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple this patent.

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04:51
Apple: the Australian banks’ electronic payments...

Apple has issued a formal response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australia’s anti-trust regulator, saying that giving Australian banks what they want would be doubly harmful to consumers. The country’s three biggest banks want approval to collectively negotiate with Apple to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones.

Last month those banks, including the top lender, National Australia Bank, lodged a joint application with anti-trust regulators seeking approval to collectively negotiate with Apple to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones. 

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

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04:46
Tim Cook responds to Irish tax ruling in public...

Tim Cook has posted an open letter on Apple.com for customers, in response to the European judgement that Ireland must recover 13 billion euros in tax revenue from Apple, covering the period 2003-2014. In the public posting, Cook lambasts the judgement as having serious consequences on European business. It says the ruling suggests Apple received a special deal on our taxes which has “no basis in fact or in law”. Cook says Apple is being compelled to pay back taxes to a government that states Apple does not owe any additional money.

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04:44
EU Commission: Apple must pay $14.5 billion in back...

Apple must repay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes dating back to 2003-2014, the European Commission has ruled, reports the BBC. This was confirmed this morning.

“The Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple,” says the EU commissioner Margrethe Vestager. “This is illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid.”

Ireland Finance Minister Noonan said the country "disagrees profoundly" with the back tax ruling by the European Commission. Apple has said that it will appeal the European Commission tax decision. And CEO Tim Cook has posted an open letter on Apple.com addressing the issue.

The Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency claimed that Ireland, Luxembourg...

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04:30
How to use Siri to set a timer on an iOS device

I’m an ice cream addict. Twice a week I make a big batch of the world’s greatest dessert. In doing so, I have to time the mixing process for 30 minutes. I use Siri to set a timer on my iPhone to tell me when the mixing time is completed.

You can do the same to remind yourself to make a phone call, turn the oven on (or off), head out to pick up the kiddos from school, and more. Here’s how to do it:

  • Hold down the Home button on your iPhone (or iPad) to activate Siri.
  • Say something like "Set a timer for 30 minutes."
  • Siri will confirm that the timer was created and started.
  • Open the Clock app and click on the Timer icon if you want to watch the countdown.

Even with the timer set, you can continue to use your iPhone as usual. Press the Home button to return to the Home screen.

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04:19
Official Certificates allowing New Products to be...

An Apple blog in Russia, iPhones.ru, has come across official documentation concerning new Apple products coming to Russia this fall such as the iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2 and wireless 'AirPods' ...

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04:05
Apple formally responds on Australian banks’ Apple...

A month after Australian banks demanded the right to have their own apps access the NFC chip used for Apple Pay, Apple has issued a formal response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The company argues that giving Australian banks what they want would be doubly harmful to consumers.

A fortnight ago, the ACCC denied the banks an interim ruling, but said that it would be considering the matter more fully.

Apple initially dismissed the idea on security grounds, also claiming that the banks were acting as an illegal cartel. It has...

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04:00
Limited time only: 40% off all 9to5Mac Academy...

9to5Academy is proud to offer the web’s best online courses at the lowest prices–everything from web development to design, and much more. That’s why we’re excited to announce a storewide 40% off sale on all the courses in our Academy, running through August 31, 2016.

All our courses are an additional 40% off with use of coupon code 40SALE. If you need pointers as to where to start, we’ve highlighted a few courses for you:

Interested in becoming a well-rounded web designer? Grab The Start-to-Finish Web Design Bundle (just $30 $50 , or 89% off). It offers 5 premium courses on all things web design: Photoshop, HTML5 and CSS3, front-end...

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04:00
Art Text lets you create high quality art on your Mac

By Frank Petrie

Time for another OTP (One Trick Pony). But this one is from a line of ponies that goes almost back to the very early days of GUI [graphical user interface] computing.

When the Macintosh ushered in the ability for the average person to produce "professional" looking newsletters and such, that was a game changer, Suddenly, civic organizations, church groups, computer clubs and what-have-you, could produce great looking flyers in an instant. And websites, too.

The pieces of software that made this possible were text apps. They allowed you to change fonts, play with the text's orientation, add drop shadows and the like. Today, most people are familiar enough with graphics programs that they can knock out what they need from within those.

But there are still many people with computers who don't use their machines that extensively. They know how to answer emails, browse the web and maybe tweet. That's about it and they're...

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03:49
Trademark filings indicate iPhone 7, multiple Apple...

Apple’s September product unveiling event is now confirmed as being held on September 7 at a keynote in San Francisco. Rumors are expecting a new iPhone 7 to be launched, largely resembling an iPhone 6s with dual cameras as a new flagship feature. Russian trademark filings discovered by mobiltelefon.ru confirm that Apple is readying new iPhones with model numbers A1778 and A1784.

The filings also describe a series of new Apple wearable devices, which appear to be different versions of Apple Watch 2 and maybe tweaked Apple Watch 1 hardware too. Most interestingly, it also confirms the existence of ‘AirPods’ – official wireless headphones to be used in tandem with the iPhone 7 …

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03:47
Apple Wins Patent for a Future iPhone with a Curved...

Rumors surfaced earlier this year about Apple releasing an advanced 2017 iPhone with a new form factor that would include glass with curved edges. Today, Apple was granted a patent for such a design.

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03:29
Default Folder X 5.0.6 - Enhances Open and Save...

Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views.

Features

  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window...
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03:25
Adobe Creative Cloud 3.8.0.310 - Access Adobe apps...

Adobe Creative Cloud costs $19.99/month for a single app, or $49.99/month for the entire suite.

Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. They're the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync: files, feedback from team members, fonts, settings, and updates. And, as always, your applications live on your desktop, not in a browser and not in the cloud.

With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world is synced and organized for you across multiple devices. Track comments posted to shared files, keep tabs on your work and your followers on Behance, respond to invitations to join a project folder, manage your fonts, download the latest product updates, and more.

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03:23
Apple Must Repay $14.5 Billion in Back Taxes, EU...

Apple must repay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes dating back to 2003-2014, the European Commission has ruled (via BBC).

The Apple tax ruling was confirmed this morning, after the judgement was leaked to the media yesterday. In unequivocal wording, the EU commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Apple's tax benefits in Ireland are "illegal".

"The Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple. This is illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid." Vestiges said this selective treatment allowed Apple to pay an effective corporate tax rate of 1 percent on its European profits in 2003 down to 0.005 percent in 2014. Therefore in 2014...

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03:11
EU regulators order Ireland to recover 13 billion...

EU antitrust regulators have today ruled that Ireland’s tax arrangements with Apple are illegal. It is demanding that the country get Apple to pay back up to 13 billion euros in back taxes, around 15 billion dollars. Last night, it was reported to be in the region of 1.1 billion dollars so this is a substantial increase in the final ruling. The bill is probably subject to appeals but a ruling in the order of billions is a huge deal, even for Apple.

Update: Apple has said that it will appeal the European Commission tax decision, via Reuters.

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02:47
Apple Wins Patent for their Original Head Mounted...

Apple began to explore a head mounted display system and filed their first patent for one back in 2006 which was published in 2008. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent for a head mounted display system ...

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02:44
Apple Granted Eurasian Certificates for '...

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC) has issued new certificates for Apple products that suggest the company is set to release wireless earphones and multiple new versions of Apple Watch alongside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Manufacturers are required to certify electronic devices for sale in countries that are signed up to the EAEC treaty (ratified last year), which includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Armenia. Russian website iPhones.ru found a reference to "AirPods" along with other Apple certificates added to the regulatory body's digital products registry yesterday.

Last month, MacRumors revealed that an "AirPods" trademark filing discovered last October seemingly confirmed Apple's work on upcoming...

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02:37
MYStuff Pro 2.0.25 - Create inventories for your...

MYStuff Pro is the most flexible way to create detail-rich inventories for your home or small business. Add items to MYStuff by dragging and dropping existing information, uploading new images, or scanning barcodes. Finally, getting organized is easy.

Do Inventory Your Way

  • Shop... and Save: MYStuff's built-in browser saves a web archive of the receipt with a single click, and allows you to quickly add a new Record to your inventory right now while it's convenient. Putting a web browser inside MYStuff allows you to easily shop your favorite sites on the 'net, and easily save both information and time. (You can save how-to and informational pages, too.)
  • Fantastic Flexibility: MYStuff organizes things how you do. Don't feel like you have to change how you organize to fit your organization program. MYStuff provides easy ways to organize by category, location, tag, or label.
  • Any Which Way...
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02:04
Apple Wins Patent for Air Bag-Like Shock Absorbing...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 59 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent for a tunable shock mount system ...

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02:00
VMware Announces Fusion and Fusion Pro 8.5 With...

VMware today announced Fusion 8.5, Fusion Pro 8.5, Workstation Player 12.5 and Workstation Pro 12.5, the latest versions of its visualization software for running Windows on a Mac without using Boot Camp. Fusion and Fusion Pro 8.5 come with macOS Sierra support while both Fusion and Workstation suites come with Windows 10 Anniversary support.

Windows 10 Anniversary is a large upgrade to Microsoft's operating system, making Cortana smarter, allowing interactions with Android and Windows phones, more desktop apps and games in the Windows Store, a dark theme, Windows Edge extensions, click-to-play Flash and more.

Both Fusion 8.5 and Workstation 12.5 include Windows 10 Anniversary support and Windows 10 server support in addition to various bug fixes and performance improvements. The Fusion...

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01:59
Apple linked to 'AirPods,' unannounced...

A series of regulatory filings published by the Eurasian Economic Commission on Monday suggests Apple is readying a pair of wireless headphones dubbed "AirPods," two new iPhone models and a total of ten Apple Watch models.

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Monday August 29

21:51
Apple Says Australian Banks' Apple Pay...

Apple today made a submission to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), arguing that Australia's "Big Three" banks' request to collectively negotiate over Apple Pay is ultimately harmful to consumers, would stifle innovation in mobile payments, and would avoid competitive dynamics (via AppleInsider).

The Cupertino company argues that each of the big three banks (Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank (NAB) and Westpac) have resisted "serious engagement" with Apple on Apple Pay for the past two years.

Apple claims that they have tried and failed to negotiate with all of the banks, save for one bank who refuses to sign a confidentiality...

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20:59
Viber 6.2.0 - Send messages and make calls for free...

Viber lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country!

Viber syncs your contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device, so you can start the conversation on the Viber mobile application and continue from the comfort of your Mac.

Features

  • Best-quality HD voice calls
  • Video calls
  • Free text and photo messages
  • Group conversations
  • No registration, passwords or invitations required
  • Contacts and messages sync between your mobile and Mac
  • Transfer ongoing calls between devices



Version 6.2.0:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.8 or later

  • Added the exciting ability to simply share contacts, file messages, and media between chats! End-to-end encryption keeps you safe on all your chats and calls. Drag-and-drop pictures, videos, and files to share on Viber for Desktop!...
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20:59
Data Rescue 4.2.3 - Powerful hard drive data...

Use Data Rescue to recover:

  • crashed, corrupted or non-mounting hard drive
  • deleted, damaged, or lost files
  • reformatted or erased hard drive

One powerful new feature found in Data Rescue 4 is BootWell. Your Mac's main hard drive (sometimes referred to as the Main HD or Boot Drive) is where all of your computer files are stored. When there is a problem with this hard drive it can be very difficult, frustrating and time-consuming to get those files back. BootWell is an all-new feature that makes recovery of your main hard drive painless, fast, and easy.

  • Works on all Mac hard drives even if they fail to mount or only partially operate
  • Recovers digital pictures from your camera media even after it has been erased or reformatted
  • Recover your entire Mac hard drive or just the files you need.
  • Recovers all file types from any HFS/HFS+ formatted hard drive
  • Tuned for all modern OS X...
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20:59
Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0.34 - Connect to Windows...

With Microsoft Remote Desktop, you can connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. Experience the power of Windows with RemoteFX in a Remote Desktop client designed to help you get your work done wherever you are.

Features

  • Access to remote resources through the Remote Desktop Gateway
  • Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
  • Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
  • High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage
  • Easy connection to multiple monitors or projectors for presentations
  • Print from Windows applications to any printer configured on your Mac
  • Access local files on your Mac from your Windows applications



Version 8.0.33:

  • We fixed an issue where the content of combo boxes didn’t show. This...
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20:39
Apple calls Australian banks' request to...

Apple in a recent filing with Australia's antitrust watchdog slammed a request from the country's three top banks for collective negotiations over third-party access to Apple Pay NFC technology, saying a threatened boycott would not only harm consumers, but hinder mobile wallet adoption and innovation.

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19:40
Bragi teases ‘big’ announcement happening next week...

Earlier today, Apple officially sent invites to its iPhone 7 announcement event that will be held next week on September 7th. Shortly after Apple’s announcement, wireless headphone company Bragi announced that it has its own big news coming next week, lending some to believe that Apple might be in the picture…

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18:55
Ahead of Apple’s upcoming 5K offering, LG unveils...

LG today has taken the wraps off of a pair of new 21:9 monitors that it will show off at the IFA conference in Berlin this week. Both of the displays offer the UltraWide technology that LG has become known for over the years, while one also features USB-C support. The first comes in at 38-inches with the model number 38UC99, while the second comes in at 34-inches and carries the 34UC79G identifier.

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18:43
LG delivers three new super-sized ultrawide monitors

LG has continued to push the limits of 21:9 aspect ratio monitors over the years and its latest three additions are something to behold. Ready to debut at IFA and coming to the US this fall, they include the "world's largest" 38-inch curved 38UC99 mo...

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18:40
C Programming Language Hits a 15-Year Low On The...

Gamoid writes: The venerable C programming language hit a 15-year low on the TIOBE Index, perhaps because more mobile- and web-friendly languages like Swift and Go are starting to eat its lunch. "The C programming language has a score of 11.303%, which is its lowest score ever since we started the TIOBE index back in 2001," writes Paul Jansen, manager of TIOBE Index. With that said, C is still the second most popular programming language in the world, behind only Java. Also worth noting as mentioned by Matt Weinberger via Business Insider, "C doesn't currently have a major corporate sponsor; Oracle makes a lot of money from Java; Apple pushes both Swift and Objective-C for building iPhone apps. But no big tech company is getting on stage and pushing C as the future of development. So C's problems could be marketing as much as anything."

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17:20
European Commission To Issue Apple An Irish Tax Bill...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The European Commission will rule against Ireland's tax dealings with Apple on Tuesday, two source familiar with the decision told Reuters, one of whom said Dublin would be told to recoup over 1 billion euros in back taxes. The European Commission accused Ireland in 2014 of dodging international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from tax collectors in return for maintaining jobs. Apple and Ireland rejected the accusation; both have said they will appeal any adverse ruling. The source said the Commission will recommend a figure in back taxes that it expects to be collected, but it will be up to Irish authorities to calculate exactly what is owed. A bill in excess of 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) would be far more than the 30 million euros each the European Commission previously ordered Dutch authorities to recover from U.S. coffee chain Starbucks and Luxembourg from Fiat Chrysler for their...

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16:59
Alphabet executive steps down from Uber board as...

Alphabet executive David Drummond, leads a number of Google investment arms including GV, recently stepped down from Uber's board as the two companies work to bring their respective self-driving car projects to market.

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16:26
Macworld’s September Digital Edition: iOS 10’s Swift...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and Standard. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The Standard Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

In the September issue

We take for a spin iOS 10’s Swift Playgrounds, the learn-to-code iPad app that feels like a puzzle game. And, read how the Apple Watch saved one man’s life.

To...

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15:51
Report: Apple could release new Macs in October

Now that Apple’s next event is officially on the books for September 7, speculation can build about what won’t be announced, and when Apple might get around to updating those things: namely Macs, but also the iPad Pro. Bloomberg is reporting that, according to anonymous sources, Apple plans to refresh several Mac models and introduce new software features for the iPad Pro at an event in October.

This is plausible—Apple often has one event in September for new iPhones and another in October for new iPads. Last year broke this cycle, with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro announced alongside the iPhone 6s in September 2015, and the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 4-inch iPhone SE announced in March 2016. But with so many of its products...

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15:35
Apple to Release New MacBook Pro and Air as Early as...

Apple is planning to refresh its Mac lineup, including the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, as early as October, according to Bloomberg. The report also claims Apple is working on a standalone 5K display in partnership with LG Electronics, while it plans to update iMac models with an option for new graphics chips from AMD.

The report reiterates that the new MacBook Pro will be thinner and include an OLED-based touchscreen strip along the top of the flatter keyboard, which will present functions that...

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15:34
New iPad Pro With Faster Display and Wider Apple...

Apple is planning new hardware and software features for iPad that cater to professional users, according to Bloomberg, including a a new iPad with faster display technology that allows for smoother on-screen zooming, panning, and scrolling.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said Apple would release a 10.5-inch iPad Pro model next year alongside a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a "low-cost" 9.7-inch iPad model. The fate of the iPad mini remains uncertain, but it is presumable that Apple could discontinue the 7.9-inch tablet due to its lack of Apple Pencil support and relatively close...

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15:32
Rumor (and my take on it): Apple's big upgrade...

Apple is developing new Mac laptops and desktops, which we should see in October, and has some big plans for the iPad Pro, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” As other rumors have suggested, a thinner MacBook Pro with a flatter keyboard is in the pipeline.

The standout feature will be a digital function key display above the keyboard that allows for common tasks to be done more quickly for whatever program is being used. Bloomberg says that iMacs with an option for new graphics chips from AMD and MacBook Airs with USB-C ports are also coming.

A collaboration with LG Electronics is reportedly in the works to produce a high-resolution 5K standalone monitor, the article adds.

Software upgrades for iPad, including broader stylus support, are also coming, according to Bloomberg....

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15:25
Apple hit with class action lawsuit over iPhone 6 ‘...

Last week, repair guide website iFixit published a detailed blog post discussing an issue plaguing a growing number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. Referred to as “Touch Disease,” a hardware problem causes iPhone displays to become unresponsive and feature a thin gray flickering line along the top.

Now, a trio of iPhone users have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple over the issue, claiming that Apple has refused to repair devices that are affected for free…

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15:23
Appeals court dismisses FTC lawsuit over AT&T...

On Monday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the dismissal of a 2014 Federal Trade Commission lawsuit against AT&T, which had accused the company of misleading marketing in throttling data plans it sold to the public as "unlimited."

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15:17
Apple to debut standalone 5K monitor, MacBook Air...

Apple is working to release a fresh batch of Mac hardware including a standalone 5K display made in partnership with LG, MacBook Air and iMac refreshes, and new iPad Pro software catering to professional users, according to a report on Monday.

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15:00
Report: New MacBook Air, iMac & 5K display...

We already know a lot about Apple’s upcoming iPhone and MacBook Pro refreshes, but a new report today from Bloomberg details a bit more about what the company has up its sleeve for the rest of the year. The report claims that in addition to the new iPhone and MacBook Pro lineups, Apple is planning to refresh the iMac and MacBook Air and will also introduce a new 5K display, as we’ve reported in the past, in partnership with LG. On the software side of things, Apple is reportedly working on a variety of new features for the iPad Pro.

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14:59
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 29, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Match Software has announced Check Writer III for OS X. The app lets you create and print checks, as well as their accompanying letter, from any Mac. 

Checks can be highly customized and printed on regular letter-size paper or  professional looking check refill paper available from fine office supply and online stores. Checks layout can be modified with choice of fonts, and each element of the check can be moved at will.

Check Writer III costs $19.99. It’s available in the Mac App Store, as well as on the CheckWriter-Printer site, where you can download a free evaluation copy. Check Writer III is offered in English,...

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The new Clash of Kings is just for Weste...
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Frost - Survival card game (Games)
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How to build and care for your team in D...
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How to win every race in Dog Sled Saga
If I had to guess, I’d say Dog Sled Saga is the most adorable racing game on the App Store right now. It’s a dog sled racing sim full of adorable, loyal puppies. Just look at those fluffy little tails wagging. Behind that cute, pixelated facade is... | Read more »
Let the war games commence in Gunship Ba...
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How to get a high score in Fired Up
Fired Up is Noodlecake Games’ high score chasing, firefighting adventure. You take control of a wayward firefighter who propels himself up the side of a highrise with blasts of water. Sound silly? It is. It’s also pretty difficult. You can’t... | Read more »
NBA 2K17 (Games)
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Dog Sled Saga (Games)
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60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure (Games)
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