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13:38
∞ Apple reports $7.8 billion profit for third-...

Apple on Tuesday announced its fiscal third-quarter results. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, down from the $49.6 billion revenue and profit of $10.7 billion reported in the year-ago quarter. […]

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13:34
Apple announces Q3 2016 revenue of $42.4b: 40.4m...

Apple has officially reported its Q3 2016 earnings results with $42.4 billion in revenue and $7.8 billion in profit from the April to June quarter.

Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter ended June 25, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $49.6 billion and net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Here’s Apple’s breakdown of iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales from the quarter:

iPhone: 40.4 million units
iPad: 9.9 million units
Mac: 4.2 million units

Apple CEO Tim Cook:

“We are pleased to report third quarter results that reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we...

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13:34
News: Apple Q3 results: $42.4B revenue, 40M iPhones...

Apple reported its third quarter 2016 financial results today, with 40.4 million iPhones and 10 million iPads sold. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. In Q3 2015, Apple had revenue of $49.6 billion and net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.7 percent a year ago. International sales contributed to 63…

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13:31
Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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13:30
No charges filed in alleged gun threat involving...

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department confirmed that rapper, producer, and key Apple employee Dr. Dre was temporarily detained without charges while police investigated an alleged gun threat.

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13:29
Apple Q3 2016 Earnings Summary

Apple just released its Q3 2016 earnings statement and quarterly revenue was down year-over-year for the second quarter in a row. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and a quarterly net income of $7.8 billion. Those compare to $49.6 billion and $10.7 billion in the year-ago quarter. 

The bright spots? Services grew 19 percent year-over-year, and App Store revenue was at its highest level ever. The company returned $13 billion to investors as part of the share repurchase and dividend programs, completing almost $177 billion of the expected $250 billion capital return program. 

It's obvious that the iPad Pro is having an effect on revenues -- although unit sales were down 3 percent from the previous quarter, revenues were up 10 percent. But iPhone numbers were bleak -- unit sales were down 21 percent of the previous quarter and 15 percent down...

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13:27
Mobile Data Management Bundle: $9.99

Check out the Mobile Data Management Bundle, a deal for Leawo iOS Data Recovery and Leawo iTransfer.  Leawo Data Recovery allows you to restore 12 types of data from your devices, iTunes, and iCloud backup when you suffer a lost or broken device. And Leawo iTransfer allows you to transfer files between iOS devices, and backup your iPhone, iPad, and iPod data to a Mac. You can get both products for $9.99 through our deal.

The post Mobile Data Management Bundle: $9.99 appeared first on The Mac Observer.

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13:23
Google releases redesigned Zagat app for iOS

The Google-owned restaurant recommendations app Zagat gets a refresh today on iOS including a brand new visual design, improved search functions, and more.

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13:23
Apple Music exclusive streaming venue for '...

The Carpool Karaoke segment introduced to the U.S. on The Late Late Show With James Corden is being spun off from the parent show, with the new show streaming solely to Apple Music subscribers.

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13:22
iPhone 7 May Include Flush '3D Touch' Home...

Apple's iPhone 7 may not include a physical home button, instead adopting a touch-sensitive "3D Touch" home button, reports Mac Otakara [Google Translate]. Such a home button would be flush with the body of the iPhone and would not actually depress when a finger is placed on it.

Instead, when a user presses on the home button, haptic feedback will mimic a press, much like the Force Touch trackpad on Apple's most recent MacBooks. Through haptic feedback, iPhone users will feel the sensation of pressing on a button even though there's no actual button to press.

Mac Otakara's report refers...

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13:14
Apple buys ‘Carpool Karaoke’ and will distribute it...

Apple has reportedly bought the Carpool Karaoke series being spun out of The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS. No word on what the purchase price was.

Apple will distribute the show on Apple Music , where it sees a natural fit in the series (which will feature James Corden driving celebrity guests around while they sing hits), and where it's been starting to turn to original video as a bonus for its paying subscribers. The series will consist of 16 episodes. In each episode, celebrities will ride along and sing along with the host, James Corden.

Each week, a new episode will become available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers in more than 100 countries. A host...

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13:13
Notable apps and app updates for July 26, 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.

tvOS Apps/Updates for the Apple

Adobe has premiered Lightroom for the fourth generation Apple TV. The free app allows you to share your photos one by one in a slideshow, with the ability to stop and zoom in to see all the detail within your photo. You can navigate through all your photos to find that exact memory you’re looking for.

All your photos are always available with your latest edits. In Lightroom for Apple TV, you can view and share all of your synced Lightroom photos including photos you’ve uploaded via Lightroom CC on your desktop, Lightroom on mobile, or Lightroom on the web.

iOS...

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13:12
Hackers can spy on wireless keyboards from hundreds...

This hack doesn’t affect non-wireless or Bluetooth keyboards and none of the more popular keyboards used by Mac or iPad users are included on the list of affected keyboards. At least, not yet.

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13:11
Apple Music Buys ‘Carpool Karaoke’ series

Apple has emerged as the surprise buyer of the unscripted TV series based on the “Carpool Karaoke” segment of CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

I’ll admit to being a little surprised.

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13:04
Pokémon GO: Tracking Pokémon with PokéVision

Hunting down Pokémon is pretty frustrating when you know one is near, but can’t find it. That’s because the tracking feature in Pokémon GO is horribly broken and there isn’t any word on when it’ll be working again. To that end, some resourceful Pokémon GO fans put together a site that not only tells you where nearby Pokémon are, but how long they’ll be around.

The post Pokémon GO: Tracking Pokémon with PokéVision appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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13:03
Rumor: second gen Apple Watch due this September or...

According to DigiTimes, the second generation Apple Watch will arrive this September or October. Considering that the first generation smartwatch went o sale in September 2014, that timetable sounds about right.

It would make sense for the Apple Watch 2 (pictured here in fanciful mock-ups only) to debut alongside the iPhone 7 (or 6SE, depending on which rumor you believe), which is speculated to debut on Sept. 12. 

So what would be new in an updated Apple Watch? Some sites are suggesting that a FaceTime camera for video calls would be added, but the biggest change would be to make the Watch less dependent on the iPhone when on an Wi-Fi network. The setup and update processes could be made much faster as a result. Also, lots of folks are hoping for a waterproof (as opposed to water resistant) Apple smartwatch.

There are also reports that Apple will introduce a "smart band" capable of...

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12:57
Apple Buys Unscripted TV Series 'Carpool...

Apple has purchased an unscripted television series based on the highly popular "Carpool Karaoke" segment from "The Late Late Show With James Corden," reports Variety. The upcoming television show will be distributed via Apple Music and is said to be seen as a way to "drive online activity" for the streaming music service.

It is not clear how closely the "Carpool Karaoke" show Apple has purchased will mirror the segment popularized by Corden. On The Late Late Show, Corden drives around and sings hit songs with celebrities and public figures that have included Michelle Obama, Selena Gomez, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Demi Lovato, Gwen Stefani, and more.

Apple has licensed 16 episodes of the show from CBS TV Studios, which will be executive produced by Corden and Ben Winston.

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12:55
Apple buys viral ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Late Late Show...

Apple today has acquired the rights to the insanely popular Carpool Karaoke series that started out as a part of The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS. While it’s unclear how much Apple has paid for the series, it will release new episodes of it via the Apple Music, reports THR.

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12:55
Review: Moe Bull Stand for iPad Air 2 + 9.7” iPad Pro

The Moe Bull Corporation is a small company which specializes in wooden iPad stands, dubbed the Moe Bull Stand — get it? We received the Moe Bull Stand for iPad Air 2 and 9.7" iPad Pro ($80). The stand has no moving parts. Instead, notches on each side of a tray with one center canal allow an iPad to remain steady in one of four separate landscape viewing angles. Two angles work best for standard viewing, while the more extreme angles lend themselves to typing or iPad viewing in bed, respectively. Moe Bull Stand comes in walnut or maple wood, and there are a number of versions of the stand for other iPad models, as well.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:50
Next-gen Apple Pencil could work with Mac trackpads...

What does the future hold for the Apple Pencil? Perhaps you’ll use it with your Mac.

On Tuesday, Apple was granted a new patent that would make it possible for future versions of the Apple Pencil to work with Magic Trackpads on the Mac. According to Patently Apple, Apple originally filed for this patent in 2014; right now, the Apple Pencil can only be used with the iPad Pro, both the 12.9-inch model and the 9.7-inch model. 

To read...

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12:25
Adobe Lightroom Comes to Apple TV

Adobe Lightroom is already available on the Mac, iPad and iPhone, and now it’s on Apple TV, too. The Apple TV version won’t let you edit images, but it does display Lightroom galleries on your big screen TV. You can view photos synchronized with the iPad version, or uploaded through Lightroom on the Web, view photos in slide shows, and zoom in on image details, too. Installing Lightroom (free) on your iPhone or iPad first makes it show up in purchased apps on your Apple TV. You’ll need a fourth generation Apple TV and a Creative Cloud account, too.

The post Adobe Lightroom Comes to Apple TV appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:21
Apple Beats Expectations in Q3 2016, but Slump...

Is Apple losing its touch, or are consumers’ wallets tightening? Apple’s investment in services like Apple Music and Apple Pay, coupled with the growing success of professional-grade iPads, seems to be paying off, even while its other product categories decline.

 

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11:50
Prisma app becomes unavailable, rumors swirl as to...

The rumors have begun circulating.

Prisma, the insanely popular photo filter which adds powerful and pretty easily used art and rendering tools via neural networks and an artificial intelligence configuration to photographs, appears to have crashed under the weight of its aforementioned popularity.

A series of error messages have stated that the app is over the capacity as to what it can handle for its user base, which has given rise to speculation as to the future of the app.

Current rumors have it that it could be purchased under Facebook’s Instagram brand and we’re awaiting verification to media inquiries as to the future of Prisma and its developer, Prisma Labs Inc.

Prism requires a device running iOS 8.0 or later.

If you haven’t tried it,...

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11:44
How to Display the macOS/OS X Version From the...

There may be occasions when one wants to verify what OS X version is running on a Mac. We all know how to do it from the GUI with “About This Mac,” but John shows us how to do it from the UNIX command line when necessary.

The post How to Display the macOS/OS X Version From the Command Line appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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11:40
Home button on Apple's waterproof 'iPhone...

Much like the Force Touch trackpad on Apple's latest MacBooks, the home button on the company's next-generation iPhone won't physically click when pressed -- instead, it'll simulate a click with vibration, a pair of new rumors claim.

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11:22
Vizio purchased by Chinese company for $2 billion

Under the deal, Vizio will be operated as an independent subsidiary, with the company’s current management team staying in place and working out of its offices in Southern California. Vizio’s data business, Inscape, will be spun out into a privately held company, with Vizio CEO William Wang serving as chairman and CEO. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.

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11:07
Microsoft Word gains powerful Editor, Researcher...

For years, Microsoft Word has included spell checking, grammar checking, and bibliography tools to help students and others polish their writing skills. You can think of the new Editor and Researcher tools as supercharged versions of what’s already there.

Both capabilities will only be available to those who subscribe to Office 365, Microsoft’s subscription service, however. The Researcher tool should be available today to subscribers, or after your Office 365 suite completes its most recent update. Editor will arrive this fall, Microsoft said. The July updates also include new Outlook capabilities.

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11:06
Fluent survey: Apple has a strong core business, but...

Fluent, an ad tech company, has released a report on Apple products, which surveyed 2,144 Americans to better understand their views of Apple products—the iPhone in particular. The survey results confirmed the belief that Apple has a strong core business, but also demonstrated that consumers are divided on the extent to which Apple will continue to lead its competitors. According to Fluent:

 

  • Thirty-eight percent of Americans said they most regularly use an iPhone. This trails Android devices by only seven percentage points.
  • iPhone owners plan to buy new iPhones. Eighty-seven percent of iPhone users say they will purchase another iPhone for their next purchase, higher than 74% of android users saying they will purchase another android device.
  • iPhone owners are more likely to upgrade their phone in the next year. Forty-nine percent say they definitely or probably will upgrade their phone in...
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10:58
Deals: $100-$500 off iMacs; $200-$300 off MacBook...

Apple authorized resellers are offering triple-digit discounts on iMac and MacBook configurations this week with free shipping and no tax in most states. Save up to $500 on iMacs or snap up a 13-inch MacBook Air for as low as $799. The 1.3GHz Early 2015 12-inch MacBook is also $999 this week.

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10:46
Adobe brings browsing-only version of Lightroom to...

Adobe on Tuesday launched a new version of Lightroom for the fourth-generation Apple TV, intentionally scaled back from its siblings in terms of functionality.

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10:45
TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-26: Stronger iPhone...

Apple’s iPhone display glass is pretty strong, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at whether or not the iPhone needs stronger glass, plus they shoot down the idea that the iPhone 7 will really be called the iPhone 6SE.

The post TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-26: Stronger iPhone Glass, Debunking iPhone 6SE appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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10:37
Two things that aren’t going to happen: Apple won’t...

Sometimes you have to wonder what tech analysts and pundits are thinking. There are two op-ed pieces today suggesting changes to Apple that simply aren’t going to happen. One recommends breaking Apple into separate companies. The other recommends firing Tim Cook.

The first —which you can read in full at TheStreet — finds Carnegie Mellon Professor Vivek Wadhwa recommending that our favorite tech company splinter into smaller companies akin to what Google did when it split its core Internet business from several of its other projects by becoming a subsidiary of Alphabet in 2015.

"Apple's problem is that it has no new products. The iPhone is now nine years old, there's been nothing new since then. Yeah they made it bigger, they made it smaller, they added some new processors and so on but that...

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10:35
New videos provide high quality look at iPhone 7...

Are you ready for another look at the iPhone 7 dummy units that seem to be proliferating around the web? A couple of popular YouTubers have provided high quality hands-on looks at the units, comparing them to the current-generation iPhone 6s. more…

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10:31
Second-Generation Apple Watch Expected This Fall

Apple is planning to unveil the second-generation Apple Watch in September or October, according to a new report from DigiTimes citing supply chain sources in a wider piece on weakening demand for tablets and wearables.

Component makers and Apple suppliers are said to be seeing "rather conservative orders" for the new Apple Watch despite its upcoming release date, information that directly conflicts with a June DigiTimes report that pointed towards "higher-than-expected" orders. Given the confusion over the second-generation Apple Watch in the supply chain, DigiTimes' information does not offer a clear picture of the demand Apple expects to see for the device.

Rumors suggest the second-generation Apple Watch will see under-the-hood spec improvements and...

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10:11
Announcing Lightroom for Apple TV

I use Flickr right now as a way to show off my images on an Apple TV but this would allow me to keep up with any edits I may make to them.

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10:11
T-Mobile bulks up Binge On with ABC, Fox Now, Apple...

Binge On is adding to its smorgasbord of data-free viewing and listening choices. T-Mobile announced that streaming from Fox Now, ABC, Apple Music, NatGeo TV, and Ceek VR are the latest additions to the popular program.

The new entrants give T-Mobile a total of over 100 providers, which means there’s a good chance that a few of your favorite services participate. When you enable Binge On, you can play streaming content from any of those providers without eating into your monthly data allotment on T-Mobile’s network.

Sounds great, right? Well, not to everyone. Recently, researchers at Northeastern University studied Binge On, and found that it regularly drops below a 480p resolution, which is usually a minimum for acceptable quality....

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10:05
External Link: Why Your Phone’s Battery Meter Is...

Has your iPhone ever died, even though it claimed to have charge left? The Wirecutter goes over the complex reasons why mobile device battery meters are often so inaccurate. The article describes the disparate variables that go into computing remaining battery charge and concludes that battery meters can, at best, provide only a guess of charge remaining.

 

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10:04
External Link: Adam Engst and Josh Centers Discuss...

Adam Engst and Josh Centers joined host Chuck Joiner on the MacVoices podcast to discuss their new book, “Take Control of Preview.” They describe how it started out as a popular TidBITS series, outline Preview’s many capabilities, and explain why the built-in Mac app is akin to a Swiss Army Knife.

 

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10:00
NIST: SMS shouldn't be used for two-factor...

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a preview of documents that are recommending against the use of SMS as an authenticator for two-factor authentication. As a result, Apple may need to develop a dedicated app or use another app for two-factor authentication.

If two-factor authentication is turned on for verification of Apple IDs, for example, a validation code is sent to a smartphone and then entered on the device the owner is trying to validate. While NIST says that SMS can be used for two-factor authentication as long as a phone number is linked to a real cellular network and is not a virtual phone number, future guidelines will do away with the use of SMS.

Apple's two-factor authentication scheme is entirely voluntary and doesn't rely totally on phone numbers, but without using SMS, a...

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09:51
Bare Bones Software Releases TextWrangler 5.5

Bare Bones Software has released TextWrangler 5.5, an update to its general purpose text editor for Mac OS X.

The upgrade offers performance improvements, refinements to fit and finish, and changes to streamline workflow in specific areas, such as Find Differences. In all, this new version includes more than 250 new features, changes to existing features, and fixes for specific reported issues.

TextWrangler 5.5 requires Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later. You can download it free of charge from the Mac App Store or from the Bare Bones Software web site (http://tinyurl.com/ctwmby).

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09:41
Supply chain expects 2nd-gen Apple Watch in...

Apple's supply chain is reportedly expecting the second-generation Apple Watch to debut sometime in September or October, although the company may not be planning a huge launch for its next wearable.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15″ Retina MacBook Pro $1,600...

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09:25
Smartphone platform wars: The final score

The smartphone platform wars are pretty much over, and Apple and Google won. But it’s interesting, in passing, to note the final score, and think about what it means.

Some good work from Benedict Evans.

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09:00
Have Osram Lightify iPhone-controlled light bulbs?...

The "Internet of Things" may make it easy for us to automate our lives, but it's also making it easier for hackers to gain access to home networks and computers. Security researchers Rapid7 (via ZDnet) are reporting that security flaws in Osram's Lightify brand of iPhone-controlled lightbulbs could allow hackers to launch browser attacks or even identify the wireless network's password.

According to the ZDnet post, "The security firm said in an advisory that one of the worst flaws could allow an attacker to “take control of a product” in order to launch attacks against a browser by allowing the injection of persistent JavaScript and web-based HTML code into the web management interface… Another severe weakness in the smart home device allows an attacker to identify the wireless network’s password. The devices use short, eight-character codes, which can be easily...

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08:57
Microsoft Office 365 gains machine learning writing...

New updates are coming to Microsoft's Office 365, including artificial intelligence driven writing style coaches and research assistants in Word, plus the addition of "Focused Inbox" email management to macOS.

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08:44
Investor’s Expensive Lesson: Nintendo Didn’t Make...

Investors, just like gamers, are a fickle lot, and Pokémon GO is showing just how true that is for Nintendo. The company’s stock shot up to its highest point in decades after pretty much everyone with a smartphone went crazy over the game, then took a big hit when Nintendo reminded investors it has only a partial stake in developer Niantic and Pokémon Company.

The post Investor’s Expensive Lesson: Nintendo Didn’t Make Pokémon GO appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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08:30
Apple's Q3 Earnings Call is this afternoon, 2...

How time flies! It's already time for Apple's third fiscal quarter earnings call, which will be held this afternoon starting at 2 PM PDT/5 PM EDT. Last quarter's call brought bad news to investors, with the first year-over-year decline in smartphone sales ever. The company's new iPhone SE has now been selling for a full quarter, so we'll be anxiously waiting to see if it has pulled the company from the doldrums or if Apple has a second quarter with declines.

You can listen in on the earnings call at http://www.apple.com/investor/earnings-call/, and we will try to have the numbers as soon as they're available -- usually about 30 minutes before the start of the call. 

We won't be doing a liveblog of the event; instead, we encourage you to listen to the event and come to your...

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08:28
New guidelines may push Apple to switch away from...

Newly-published guidelines could lead Apple and other companies to find an alternative to SMS for two-factor authentication, such as dedicated apps, according to reports.

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08:25
Adobe brings Photoshop Lightroom to the living room...

Professional photo editing likely comes to mind first when you think of Lightroom, but Adobe has managed to bring Photoshop Lightroom to the living room with a neat new Apple TV app sans any editing features.

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08:12
News: Researchers expose security flaw in Osram...

Researchers have discovered a number of flaws in the Osram Lightify lighting system that could leave a user’s WiFi network open to attack, ZDNet reports. In an email advisory, security firm Rapid7 said one of the worst flaws allows an attacker to “take control of a product” to launch browser-based attacks against a user or identify the home wireless network’s password. Where a home network’s password is as strong as the…

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08:08
What to Expect From Apple's Third Quarter...

Apple today will release its fiscal third quarter earnings results, reflecting a three-month period that ended in late June, and the consensus among analysts is that the company will report a second consecutive decline in iPhone sales and overall revenue. That same scenario played out last quarter for the first time since 2003.

In fact, some analysts have forecasted that iPhone sales may be as low as 38 million to 40 million units, a decline of up to 20 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. If the estimates prove to be accurate, it would mark Apple's worst quarter of iPhone growth ever in the smartphone's nine-year history.

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08:00
Adobe brings Lightroom to the living room with an...

Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom has widespread appeal to a broad constituency of photographers for viewing, management, editing, and sharing their images. Today, the company is augmenting its Lightroom brand with a new app for the fourth-generation Apple TV.

Lightroom for Apple TV is designed for large-screen viewing of photos in your home or studio. All of the photos that you’ve synchronized with Lightroom mobile or uploaded via Lightroom on the web are available for viewing in this app and you can present them individually, in a slideshow, or zoomed to 200 percent for fine detail.

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07:41
CarPlay, Android Auto functionality included in all...

You’ll be able to use CarPlay as well as Android auto in Ford’s entire line of 2017 cars, SUVs, light trucks and electric vehicles.

On Monday, the company announced that it will bring CarPlay to already-released 2017 models such as the Fusion, Mustang, and Explorer, while other models like the 2017 F-150, Focus, Edge, and Super Duty will arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year.

Ford confirmed in January that it would be adding CarPlay and Android Auto to all of its 2017 vehicles in North America equipped with BlackBerry’s QNX-based SYNC 3 platform, starting with the 2017 Escape in May.

The auto make also added Spotify, Pandora, Ford PASS, AccuWeather and AAA member services to SYNC AppLink.

In December, Ford retroactively added Siri...

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07:40
Security flaw in Osram’s iPhone-controlled Lightify...

Osram’s Lightify brand of connected, iPhone-controlled lightbulbs is reportedly subject to security flaws that could allow unwanted access to your home network, according to a report from security researchers Rapid7 (via ZDnet).

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07:34
News: Cops bust ‘criminal enterprise’ using stolen...

Chicago police have arrested six people in connection with “an organized criminal enterprise” using stolen credit cards at various Apple stores, the Chicago Tribune reports. The suspects were using identities and credit card numbers stolen from victims throughout the country to make fraudulent purchases, police said. The suspects, all of whom were from New York state, would fly into O’Hare International Airport, rent a car and visit…

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07:14
News: Update in iOS 10 allows for autoplay of silent...

Apple is relaxing its controls on autoplay videos in Safari with the release of iOS 10, allowing silent or muted videos to start automatically. A post on the WebKit blog explains the rationale behind the changes as an effort to keep up with new display needs, as developers integrate more video elements into their sites. Some of those pages don’t work on iOS 9 due to user gesture requirements, so Apple is relaxing its restrictions. Silent or…

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07:13
AAPL Q3 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday Afternoon

Apple’s 2016 third fiscal quarter earnings report is scheduled to start this afternoon after the market closes. This quarter will include iPhone SE sales, and analysts will be watching closely to see if the company’s smartphone numbers show a year-over-year decline for a second quarter. The Mac Observer will be here to bring you the latest news and analysis from the event, so be sure to follow along with us this afternoon.

The post AAPL Q3 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday Afternoon appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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07:12
T-Mobile now lets subscribers stream unlimited video...

Last fall T-Mobile introduced its Binge On feature that allows subscribers to watch unlimited video from select services over their network, and today the carrier has expanded Binge On to include video content from Apple Music. This means T-Mobile customers can watch music videos or other video content through Apple Music without worrying about hitting a data cap. The carrier already supported unlimited audio streaming through Apple Music through its Music Freedom program.

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07:05
Runkeeper gets social with new Running Groups feature

Popular Apple Watch app Runkeeper was updated on Tuesday with a new feature called Running Groups, a cross-platform social element designed to help users achieve their fitness goals.

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06:51
Apple wins patent on tech hinting at Apple Pencil...

Apple on Tuesday won the U.S. patent rights to a stylus concept that could pave the way for using an Apple Pencil with Macs, whether on Force Touch trackpads or otherwise.

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06:43
Six caught in attempted fraud at Chicago area Apple...

Chicago Tribune:

Six people from New York state have been charged in “an organized criminal enterprise” during which fraudulent transactions allegedly were attempted at an Apple store in Deer Park, according to Lake County authorities.

The sheriff’s office obtained information last week that the enterprise was attempting to make fraudulent purchases at various Apple stores in the Chicago area, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Further investigation revealed the suspects were using stolen identities and stolen credit card numbers of victims throughout the country to make the purchases, police said.

Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the suspects would fly into O’Hare International Airport, rent a car and go to Apple stores to attempt to make purchases.

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06:40
A cleaner, simpler Google Maps focuses on '...

Who says you can’t have form and functionality? Google Maps just received a major facelift on desktop, Android, and iOS that’s designed make it much easier to find your way about town. The new changes are rolling out now.

The first big change: Google gave Maps a cleaner, simpler look. The idea is to help you more easily observe “actionable information” like traffic conditions and transit locations. Bold outline borders for roads have been removed, for example. You’ll still see outlines for major thoroughfares, but all those side streets are just a simple white lines.

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06:39
Apple Music streaming videos added to T-Mobile Binge...

T-Mobile U.S. on Tuesday added 16 more video streaming services to its unlimited data Binge On program, highlighted by Apple Music, ABC, Disney, DISH Anywhere, and Nat Geo TV.

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06:38
Google rolls out new version of Google Maps – a love...

I do a lot of long drives, and over time, have made the shift to Apple Maps. Apple Maps has made obvious, continuous improvements since its rollout and it serves me well. I made a long trek this weekend and was pleased when Apple Maps weighed in, mid-route, with a suggested alternate route to save me time due to an accident ahead.

Accepting this new guidance took a single tap and the new route got me there faster. How do I know? Because Apple Maps shows me my expected arrival time, and with the new route, that expected arrival time changed. And proved accurate.

Add the Apple Watch to this mix. I love the fact that as I drive, I get steadily updated turn by turn directions on my Apple Watch, with haptic taps on my wrist to remind me of upcoming turns.

Apple Maps does a terrific job of getting me where I need to go.

Is this new version of Google Maps better? Here’s an experiment to try. Go to the announcement page, then scroll down to the video that shows...

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06:14
New National Guidelines Could Halt Use of SMS for...

The US National Institute for Standards and Technology has released a new draft of its Digital Authentication Guideline, which sets the rules that all authentication software eventually follows. In the document, NIST deprecates the implementation of SMS as a method with which users validate a second level of security on various accounts, "no longer" allowing its use in future guidelines as it is considered not secure enough (via TechCrunch).

Two-factor authentication via SMS (left) and an alternative trusted iOS device (right)

Setting up two-factor authentication through text messages is one of the most popular ways users add another layer of security onto an account, on top of a basic password, including those for Apple's own software,...

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06:11
All the Q3 AAPL numbers analysts are expecting to...

Business Insider gave us a steer last week on analyst expectations from Apple’s fiscal Q3 earnings report due later today, and the WSJ has now put together its own roundup of the consensus numbers analysts are expecting to hear.

Apple told us last quarter to expect revenue in the $41-43B range, with analysts anticipating that the company will land pretty much in the middle at $42.1B. Apple didn’t provide an estimate of earnings per share, but a Wall Street survey by Thomson Reuters forecasts the number at around $1.39 – a big drop on the $1.85 in the same quarter last year.

Analysts are pessimistic about iPhone numbers and revenues …

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06:09
Patent report: Apple Pencil on a Mac, electronic...

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

The Apple Pencil is one of the niftiest accessories for an iPad Pro. Soon you may be able to use it with a Mac via a Magic Trackpad. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,400,570) for a “stylus with inertial sensor” with images (shown) showing it working with a Mac.

What’s more, the Apple Pencil may also be operated as a as a joystick, a rotational controller, or other input devices in addition to serving as a touch sensor input device. For example, on-screen content may be rotated, tilted, or otherwise manipulated using rotational controller and joystick input from the inertial sensor, per the patent.

Apple has also been granted a patent (number 9,400,526) for a “bumper...

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06:09
The Apple goes mushy

Nicholas Windsor Howard shares his thoughts on what he perceives as a decline of the OS X interface. There’s a lot to process here, a reasoned, well thought out essay.

Just a taste:

In Apple’s view, an icon depicting a camera and a photo was too literal for an application that handles photos. Therefore, when iPhoto gave way to its replacement in 2015—Photos—the previous carefully-rendered icon gave way to this bland, meaningless rainbow abstraction.

Is the move from the obvious to the minimalistically abstract a step up? A step down? Read this, decide for yourself.

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06:09
This new Outlook feature will organize your inbox...

Microsoft is finally bringing one of the best features of its Outlook mobile app to the desktop. Users of Outlook on Mac and Windows will start seeing their inbox separated out into two tabs: Focused and Other.

As the name implies, the Focused Inbox is supposed to hold all of a user’s important emails, while Other contains everything else. Users can train the system by moving email to and from the Focused Inbox, and establishing rules about certain senders and subjects.

When new messages come into the Other inbox, a banner will show up at the top of the list of focused messages letting users see how many new messages are in that section of their inbox, along with a select list of senders.

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06:08
Apple's December 2016 quarter could gain extra...

Apple has historically added an extra week to its December quarter when the 31st of the month falls on a Saturday --?which it does again this year. That extra time could add 3 million iPhone sales to the three-month period, one analyst has predicted.

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06:08
iOS Messages: Leaving Group Conversations

This Quick Tip is all about a neat Messages feature called “Leave this Conversation.” Melissa Holt will discuss why you need it and why you might not be able to use it in certain situations.

The post iOS Messages: Leaving Group Conversations appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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06:00
Outlook helps you focus on what matters to you

We are being inundated with more information, more communication and more email vying for our attention. It is more critical than ever to have tools that help us cut through the noise and focus on what matters most. Today, Outlook is expanding the availability of two new experiences to do just that—Focused Inbox and @mentions.

These new experiences add to several recently released features, all aimed at helping you take control of your mailbox. In December, Outlook began automatically adding events from your email to your calendar. And last month we added simplified summary cards in your inbox and calendar for travel reservations and package deliveries. Combined, these features help deliver on Outlook’s core mission...

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06:00
New to Office 365 in July—new intelligent services...

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

This month, we are releasing a new set of cloud-powered intelligent services in Office apps designed to save you time and produce better results. These features help you improve your writing in Word, deliver dynamic presentations in PowerPoint and prioritize the emails that matter most to you in Outlook.

Introducing Researcher—accessing credible sources and cited content just got easier

Researcher is a new service in Word that helps you find and incorporate reliable sources and content for your paper in fewer steps. Right within your Word document you can explore material related to your topic and add it—and its properly-formatted citation—in one click. Researcher uses the Bing Knowledge Graph to pull in the appropriate content from the web and provide structured, safe and credible information.

We’ll continue expanding...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up the Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount for only $12.99 — that’s 73% off the regular price. This car mount will help you easily and safely view your iPhone’s GPS while on the go, attaching firmly to your dashboard or windshield and orienting in any direction that works for you. It’s compatible with all smartphones and GPS devices, and the gooseneck, 360-degree rotation provides lots…

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05:57
Apple earnings call expectations

If you are interested in Apple’s upcoming earnings call, spend a few minutes looking through these Above Avalon charts, which lay out the numbers, making it easy to see the numbers Apple needs to hit to meet expectations.

Terrific job by Neil Cybart pulling these together.

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05:44
Tower for Mac adds Visual Studio Team Services...

Fournova has announced Tower 2.4 (http://www.git-tower.com), an update to the company's Git client for Mac.

Tower provides the user with an interface that combines all the important features that Git has to offer. The new version comes with support for Microsoft's Visual Studio Team Services, as well as Team Foundation Server.

Tower 2.4 is a free upgrade for Tower 2 users. New licenses are available for $79.

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05:41
SIGGRAPH 2016 brings new Autodesk Design animation

At the SIGGRAPH conference in Anaheim, Aalifornia, Autodesk is showcasing the latest design animation solutions for Maya 2017 and an update to 3ds Max.

Maya 2017 features integrated rendering with Arnold, new motion graphics tools and numerous features and enhancements designed to help artists work faster and easier than ever. Autodesk is also announcing that Solid Angle’s Arnold renderer will support 3ds Max with a plugin called MAXtoA.

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05:39
Apple earnings call, today at 2p PT

You can listen in on Apple’s official earnings call page.

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05:36
Fraudulent transactions attempted at Chicago Apple...

Six people from New York state have been charged in "an organized criminal enterprise" during which fraudulent transactions allegedly were attempted at an Apple store (pictured) in Deer Park, Illinois, Lake County authorities told the Chicago Tribune.

Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, said the suspects would fly into O'Hare International Airport, rent a car and go to Apple stores to attempt to make purchases with stolen identities and stolen credit cards. Between Wednesday and Sunday, six people allegedly tried to commit fraud at the store. The six were arrested and charged with multiple felonies. Authorities successfully recovered over $10,000 worth of stolen Apple products from the alleged suspects.

Hide those files and...

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05:35
Bid now on the Celebration Apple I, the computer...

From the Celebration Apple 1 auction site:

The “Celebration” Apple-1 is an original Apple-1 pre-NTI board that has many unique features, period correct power supply, original Apple-1 ACI cassette board (also populated with Robinson Nugent sockets), early Apple-1 BASIC cassettes, original marketing material, and the most complete documentation set of the known Apple-1 boards.

The “Celebration” Apple-1 is extremely rare not only because of the scarcity of Apple-1 computers, but according to Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, no known PCB boards of this type were ever sold to the public. At this time, this is the only known Apple-1 to show the signs of starting out as a blank original-run board and not part of the two known production runs, so this board appears to be unique from all other known Apple-1 boards.

The “Celebration” Apple-1 was authenticated by Apple Expert and Historian, Corey Cohen. Mr. Cohen believes The “Celebration” Apple-1 has the...

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05:16
Apple & others may soon be barred from using SMS...

One of the options available when using Apple’s two-factor authentication (2FA) is to have a code sent to you via SMS. The US National Institute for Standards and Technology, which sets the standards for authentication software, says that text messaging is not sufficiently secure, and that its use for two-factor authentication will in future be barred …

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05:00
FBI Launches Probe Into DNC Email Hack


The FBI on Monday confirmed it has opened an investigation into claims that the Wikileaks email dump of nearly 20,000 DNC emails over the weekend might be linked to the Russian government. Hackers connected to Russian intelligence agencies allegedly have been working to help tilt the U.S. presidential election. Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, made a bombshell allegation on Sunday, claiming that the hack of thousands of DNC emails that revealed efforts to undermine the Bernie Sanders campaign was the work of Russian intelligence.

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04:46
Consumer NAS market to grow 11.01% by 2020

New data from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com) says that the global consumer NAS market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11.01% during the period 2016-2020.

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04:30
Art View is worth a look for Creative Cloud users

If you're a Creative Cloud or Creative Suite user, you should check out Code Line's Art View, a Quick Look enhancement that offers "quick answers to common questions."

It allows graphic designers to preview, inspect, and reveal dependent font and image files from within Apple's Quick Look preview feature. Art View works independent of other applications, so users who don't have graphics applications installed are still able to take advantage of its features.

The tool provides users with previews of design files that normally aren't compatible with Quick Look. It also provides info like what fonts, images and colors were used, and reveals dependent files.

Graphics files are visual by nature. By expanding the types of files that can be seen in Finder windows, dialog boxes and other applications, Art View helps improve the workflow of designers and people that work with them.

Art View is available as a free, 15-day demo and is available for purchase online...

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04:25
Patent to allow Apple Pencil to work with a Mac...

A patent application geared to allowing the Apple Pencil to work with Mac trackpads has today been granted.

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04:16
Kool Tools: FontAgent 7 for Mac OS X

Insider Software’s FontAgent 7 is a major upgrade to its professional font manager for Mac OS X. It sports a modern, highly informative user interface (UI) with new and updated versions of its popular slide show, compare, glyph, waterfall, character set, paragraph, metadata and custom text viewers.

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04:15
Apple Granted 32 Patents Today Covering Force Touch...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 32 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Earlier today we covered granted patents relating to an iPhone projector and the Apple Pencil working with Apple's next-gen Magic Trackpad-3. Some of the other patents worth noting today cover force touch for the MacBook's trackpad and beyond, disappearing buttons ...

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04:09
Google Maps continues attempt to tempt back iOS...

While Apple Maps got off to a rocky start, with many of us opting to use Google Maps instead, it did manage to gradually win back our confidence – with three times as many users as its Google rival by the end of last year. But Google is working hard to tempt back iOS users with an improved user-interface and a new way to highlight where the action is when visiting a new city.

The most visible difference is that many road outlines have been replaced with solid color. This small change makes a surprisingly big difference to the clarity of the maps, as seen above. But it’s the new ‘areas of interest’ feature that may provide the greatest temptation to switch apps …

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04:00
BalanceBall offers an interesting, perhaps healthy,...

A study by Kansas State University says that people who spend more than six hours sitting each day are at higher risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Which means you need to be taking more standing breaks (at least once every 30 minutes) -- and perhaps using "healthier" chairs such as the BalanceBall from GaiamThe research involved 63,048 middle-aged men but US scientists say the findings are likely to also apply to women.

Chairs such as the BalanceBall Chair are designed to provide core strengthening, comfort and ergonomic back support and help to improve spinal alignment and reduce nerve compression. Studies on the benefits are inconclusive (see http://tinyurl.com/3kfkvrp), but if you decide to give one a try, the Gaiam product is reasonably price and well-designed. 

The Gaiam chair is designed for heights of 5...

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03:14
Apple Wins Patent for Apple Pencil working with...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 32 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an Apple Pencil related invention. Apple's patent only came to light in May and has already been granted to them. The invention covers Apple bringing their new Apple Pencil to the Mac via a future version of their Magic Trackpad

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03:00
Apple's Electric Car Project To Be Led By Bob...

An anonymous reader writes: Long-time Apple executive Bob Mansfield will lead Apple's electric car project, according to the Wall Street Journal. TechCrunch reports: "Mansfield stepped down from the Apple executive board in 2013, yet stayed around the company to work on, what Apple called, special projects. In this role he was reporting directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. One of Mansfield's projects turned out to be the Apple Watch. Now it seems he will head-up Apple's car ambitions -- a project Apple has yet to publicly confirm. During Mansfield's tenure he lead the engineering teams responsible for numerous products including the MacBook Air, iMac, and the iPad."


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02:47
Apple Wins a Projector Patent allowing Hand Gestures...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 32 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an invention that Apple's Israeli PrimeSense team invented. The invention covers a pattern projector embedded into an iOS device like an iPhone ...

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Monday July 25

22:34
'Battlefield' TV show has an Oscar-winning...

The Battlefield TV series is inching closer to fruition. Electronic Arts recently revealed that Michael Sugar, one of the producers behind last year's Oscar-winner for Best Picture, Spotlight, will be working on the show. Along with production house...

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21:48
Nintendo's 'Miitomo' app update...

Nintendo's debut smartphone game is making efforts to get you back into its weird and wonderful social world by offering more opportunities for wardrobe items and accessories without excessive in-app payments. According to an update teaser inside the...

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20:28
AT&T's chief is heading up a robocall...

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson will lead a "strike force" that aims to combat robocalls. Apparently, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler didn't only remind him last week that carriers like Ma Bell can and should offer free call blockers to their subscribers, h...

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19:59
Chicago police arrest 6 people involved in string of...

Six New York residents were charged today after authorities discovered they were attempting to make fraudulent purchases at various Apple retail locations in the Chicago area. According to the Chicago Tribune, the six people were charged in “an organized criminal enterprise.”

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19:29
Solar Impulse completes its round-the-world journey

In March 2015 Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi and tonight it has successfully returned, completing a 40,000km+ round the world trip. It managed the feat "without using a drop of fuel," becoming the first to manage the feat thanks to sunlight,...

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18:51
NVIDIA's latest pro video cards help you...

Did you think NVIDIA's newest Titan X was a monster of a video card? You haven't seen anything yet. The GPU maker has unveiled its latest Quadro workstation cards, the Pascal-based P5000 and P6000, and they both pack power that makes your gaming-gr...

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18:35
Report: Eye scanning capabilities coming to the...

Touch ID brought major changes to how people unlock their iPhones, but it doesn’t appear as if Apple is stopping there. We initially reported that Apple was developing an eye scanning technology back in 2014, but a new report today says the capability could be launching to the public as soon as 2018.

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18:17
Oculus update preps Rift for room-scale VR, motion...

When virtual reality fanatics argue about what headset is best, two arguments tend to prevail: "The Oculus Rift is more comfortable," and "only the HTC Vive does roomscale VR." Soon, that second argument won't matter as much. Thanks to a recent updat...

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18:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Razer introduces its...

New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings us something that iPad Pro power-users will surely love: Razer’s mechanical keyboard. Plus, lightweight folios, carry-alls, and more. Read on!

Case Logic

The LoDo Attaché (all iPad models; $55 MSRP, $51.46 on Amazon) features plenty of room for all your Apple gear. This cotton canvas bag includes a padded compartment for your iPad, an external pocket secured by a magnetic closure, and additional storage...

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17:59
Amazon, British government agree to drone delivery

The world’s biggest online retailer, which has laid out plans to start using drones for deliveries by 2017, said a cross-government team supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority had provided it with the permissions necessary to explore the process.

I just don’t know about this whole thing.

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17:59
Chicago Apple Stores targeted in traveling fraud...

Six people from New York were arrested and charged last week for their part in an "organized criminal enterprise" that allegedly sought to defraud a Chicago area Apple Store using stolen identities and credit cards.

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17:38
Amazon teams up with the UK to make drone delivery a...

Amazon has found a staunch ally in the British government in its quest to use drones for delivery. This new partnership with the UK gives the company a chance to test its drones the way it can't in the US. For one, the UK is allowing Amazon to deploy...

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16:49
What's on your HDTV: 'Sharknado,'...

Apparently Syfy has some Shark Week jealousy, as it's leading up to the debut of Sharknado 4 with a week full of shark movies. That's one alternative to the prime time DNC coverage on the networks this week, but also of note is the return of MADtv on...

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16:45
Bob Mansfield Running Apple Car Shows Tim Cook’s...

Apple tapped hardware engineering legend Bob Mansfield to head its Project Titan car project. If true, it’s a signal that Apple CEO Tim Cook is committed to the project and serious about bringing a car to market.

The post Bob Mansfield Running Apple Car Shows Tim Cook’s Commitment appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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16:23
US Special Forces are getting a 'missile sub...

Although Lockheed Martin has come under fire for the controversial F–35 fighter jet program, the aerospace company's Submergence Group just announced a $166 million defense contract with the US Special Operations Command to build a new "missile...

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16:11
New WebKit policies in iOS 10 to allow autoplay of...

In a bid to improve user experience, Apple's mobile Safari web browser in iOS 10 will autoplay silent videos and pause those with sound, a change that enables automatic playback of GIFs -- at least those converted to video -- while halting potentially disruptive content like ads.

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16:06
Opinion: 5 reasons why you shouldn’t jailbreak your...

Most people know that I’ve been a staunch jailbreak proponent over the years, but my enthusiasm for jailbreaking has been waning as of late. Much of this has to do with the amount of features, jailbreak-inspired or not, that Apple stuffs into new iOS software each summer.

That’s not to say that I’d knock anyone who chooses to jailbreak, because that’s your prerogative. But there are some things that should give potential jailbreakers pause when it comes to the latest iOS jailbreak. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to play devil’s advocate… more…

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16:00
PhD student uses a robot to make VR feel more real

Between the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, we've come a long way towards being able to step in to virtual worlds -- but touching those false realities is a different matter. Solving this means finding a haptic technology that can adapt to needs of a c...

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15:40
Illinois politician resigns after fighting social...

Politicians tend to quit over scandals or sheer public outcry, but fake social networking accounts? That's new. Illinois House representative Ron Sandack has resigned after spending weeks battling with "cyber security issues" -- namely, people crea...

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15:35
Macs account for three of the top 10 laptops...

The data experts at SpecOut, a consumer tech research site powered by Graphic, has developed a list of the top laptops for students entering college in 2016. Apple has three of the top 10 entries. 

Those entries are (in ascending order): the 13-inch MacBook Air 2015 Base Model (best in the $800 to $1,100 category); the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display 2015 Base Model (best in the $1,100 to $1,400 category); and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display 2015 Flagship Model (best in the $1,400 and up price category). n each price category, the laptops are ranked by Smart Rating, a ranking system based on specs, expert ratings and display and dimensions considerations. In the case of a tie, the computers are listed according to price.

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15:12
Lithium-oxygen battery promises lighter electric cars

Lithium-air batteries are supposed to lead to lighter, longer-ranged electric cars thanks to their high power-to-weight output, but they have some showstopping flaws: they not only degrade rapidly, but waste a lot of energy input as heat. Neither is...

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15:08
Way-Back-When Video: 1995 and Power Computing with...

Oh my goodness, but do I love this video? Yes! Yes, I love this video! It’s from some show called The Computer Chronicles in 1995, and it features our own Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus (starting at 8:17) introducing the first Mac clone from Power Computing. He was working for Power Computing in those days as head of PR. Check out that ponytail and jacket he’s sporting (Squeeeeeeeee!). This video also has a segment with Jack Colt from DayStar demoing a multi-processing Mac clone that was a massive powerhouse in its day, as well as a segment on Oracle, and then an interview with Tim Bajarin. Oh, and they’re showing off some new fangled thing called Java. What blast from the past! Jim Tanous of TekRevue sent me the link because he loves me.

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15:07
Notable apps and app updates for July 25, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

PayStudio has introduced notably* 1.0. The free business app was developed to help service and trade professionals go digital and save time and money while managing their businesses on the go. notably* enables estimating, invoicing and inventory management. Users can iMessage or email estimates directly to their customers with an embedded estimate accept button and much more.

Apalon has debuted Coloring Book for Me. It’s a free digital version of coloring books. Coloring Book for Me offers a variety of specially designed images, like mandalas, flowers, and animals...

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15:00
AWT News Update: July 25, 2016

The lull before the storm (tomorrow's Apple earnings call) resulted in a shorter than usual podcast today:

  • Two more cities now have transit directions/schedules in Apple Maps
  • As expected, Verizon will be purchasing Yahoo for $4.8 billion
  • Apple's earnings call happens at 5 PM ET tomorrow

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

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 25, 2016.

Another two cities have had transit information added to Apple Maps for iOS and OS X. Residents and visitors to Vancouver, British Columbia and San Diego, California will now find that they can plan trips using the transit systems...

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14:48
'Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV' gets its...

A new theatrical trailer is out for Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, the film companion to the upcoming video game. This is the first time audiences can hear the CG movie's star-studded English-language voice talent.

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14:46
The Case For a Shatterproof iPhone

The iPhone’s display is made of Corning’s gorilla glass. It’s durable, but not indestructible. As a result, most iPhone customers (try to) protect their investment with a case. Should Apple try to make the iPhone shatterproof?  Is it possible? Will a case be, someday, unnecessary? Or is an iPhone that can be damaged preferable in some respects?  Page two of Friday’s Particle Debris explores.

The post The Case For a Shatterproof iPhone appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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14:37
Safari in iOS 10 Offers Improved Animated GIF...

In iOS 10, Apple plans to make some changes to the way videos are handled, putting a stop to irritating autoplay videos and offering improvements to animated GIFs. The changes will come in the form of updated policies for "video" elements, as outlined today by Apple software engineer Jer Noble on the Webkit blog

As iOS 8 and iOS 9 users know, an animated GIF encoded using "video" tags requires users to tap on the GIF to play it as a video would play, creating a frustrating user experience. When viewing such a GIF, it's currently necessary to load the image, tap it to play, and wait for it to be displayed full screen. In iOS 10, the user experience is being simplified.

Going forward, Webkit will allow videos with no audio element or a muted audio element to honor autoplay attributes, so GIFs...

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14:13
'No More Ransom' helps you fight...

Ransomware is one of the most chilling type of malware floating around the internet: an attack that locks a user's files hostage behind an encrypted paywall. Universities, hospitals and even seats of government have fallen victim to these kinds of at...

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14:03
TMO Background Mode: Interview With Host and...

Ken Ray is the host and producer of several notable podcasts, including the Mac OS Ken shows. It’s not surprising that Ken started out in radio broadcasting. Early on, he was a behind the scenes person at a small radio station in Boston. There, he became operations director and learned a lot about radio tech without the on-air disc jockey pressure. He learned the station’s digital editing suite, and that led to producing some commercials and radio shows. Later, at ZDTV radio, he had the opportunity to interview some high-profile people: Jesse Jackson and Ray Kurzweil. It’s not hard to see how, after he fell into the world of Apple, he brought all his skills to bear into a whole suite of modern-day podcasts, including work with Rod Roddenberry, Gene’s son.

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13:47
Audi is trying to beat Tesla at its own game

Audi's ramping up its electric car plans and hopes to have three models by 2020. It'll also form a new subsidiary to work on autonomous cars.

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13:39
Titan Travel MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $22.49

We have a deal for you today on a metal-clad MFi-certified Lightning cable. The Titan Travel MFi-Certified Lightning Cable is 19-inches long and designed to be portable, in addition to being tough. As you can see in the image, it can be rolled up into a compact roll. You can get this cable through our deal for $22.49.

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13:27
Here’s how the rumored ‘iPhone 7’ release date...

Two dates surfaced over the weekend regarding when the so-called iPhone 7 could be introduced and available to purchase. Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks, tweeted Friday night that the next iPhone would be released during the week of September 12th, then added on Saturday that he indeed meant the actual retail release and that “it should happen on Friday, Sept. 16th.”

We noted in our coverage this morning that a two-week period typically occurs the time between the iPhone announcement and release date, which suggests a late August to early September Apple event assuming the September 16th date is accurate. So how does that date compare to past iPhone releases? Below we’ve compared every...

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13:17
LOGICcards support added to the MAX Remote...

LOGICnow (www.logicnow.com), a part of SolarWinds MSP and a global market leader in integrated cloud-based IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions, has added LOGICcards to the MAX Remote Management mobile app, a feature allowing managed service providers to receive actionable, data-driven insights into their customers’ IT environment on their iOS and Android® mobile devices.

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13:13
Google Maps now highlights busy neighborhoods

In a new update hitting desktop, Android and iOS today, the Google Maps team has done a little design housekeeping to clear some of the clutter and create a cleaner look across the board. While doing away with certain elements like road outlines, the...

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12:45
Nike's latest soccer cleat is its most data-...

In soccer, like most other sports, footwear plays a major role in helping athletes perform at their best. Your shoes say a lot about who you are as a player, and you need them almost as much as you need the ball to play. This week, soccer pros all ov...

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12:37
With iOS 10 Safari, Apple improves the animated GIFs...

iOS 10 includes a lot of new flagship features, from iMessage apps to a Siri SDK, as well as a lot of small tweaks and enhancements. The WebKit blog is highlighting one of these small feature changes, which makes watching animated GIFs on the web way better with iOS 10.

A lot of GIFs today are actually encoded as videos as GIF itself is a very bad format for animated content despite its popularity. However, Apple has imposed many restrictions on how videos behave in iPhone Safari such as requiring user interaction for playback to start until now. Up until iOS 9, many websites displayed GIFs as elements but were held back by the limitations Apple enforced. With iOS 10, silent videos can now autoplay in the page, perfect for animated GIFs …

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12:27
The web’s most popular cameras and their settings

Interesting look at what cameras are popular among the millions and millions of photos the company has looked at. You can also check out the most popular lenses and camera settings.

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12:23
Facebook and Twitter helped catch suspected...

Big social networks have been doing more to quash extremist content and views lately, but rarely are they praised for having a real impact on investigation. On a television interview last night, a judge confirmed that Facebook and Twitter cooperated...

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12:21
Report Says iPhone 7 May be Called iPhone 6SE

Since this fall’s iPhone is expected to stick with the same body design as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s a new report claims instead of iPhone 7 Apple will call the new model iPhone 6SE. The source for the next iPhone’s name comes from supply sources in China, and doesn’t seem like a good fit considering Apple already sells an iPhone SE.

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12:01
9 big moments in Yahoo's troubled history

Yahoo is founded in 1994

Image by JD Lasica/Flickr

In early 1994, Stanford University grad students Jerry Yang and David Filo launch the website, Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web. Within months, they rename it Yahoo.

Yahoo goes public with huge stock gains

Image by Yahoo/Flickr

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12:00
Lights in the sky: Inside San Francisco's...

San Francisco is well-known for its bridges. The Golden Gate Bridge needs no introduction, but the other bridge, the Bay Bridge, has often paled a bit in comparison. It's known for horrible traffic as commuters pass back and forth between San Francis...

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11:53
Apple Maps mass transit information for Vancouver,...

Apple on Monday added public transit directions for Vancouver, British Columbia and San Diego, California for users of the Maps apps on iOS and OS X.

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11:52
The intriguing legal ramifications of Pokémon GO

Recently, there has been a virtual tsunami of articles about the so-called hidden dangers of using the Pokémon GO app. The vast majority of them concern potential violations of the privacy rights of both consumers and landmark-owners. The media’s Chicken Little-like take on this is that augmented reality apps are opening the door to a dystopian future.

However, what has not been widely discussed is the impact of all this on the developers of augmented reality apps.

There are so many things to consider, it’s almost mind boggling.

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11:30
Weather made simple with the iPhone-compatible...

Two of the biggest barriers to having a personal weather station in your backyard have just disappeared. BloomSky's SKY1 ($249.00 for the solar powered kit, soon to be supplanted by the SKY2 being funded by a Kickstarter campaign) is a remarkably fun and useful app-attached weather station that's not only inexpensive, but easy to set up as well. In this review, I'll take a look at this spherical weather station/webcam and its capabilities, and where its successor (SKY2 with STORM) may make up for a few inadequacies.

Design 

When it comes to personal weather stations, you can't beat the design of the SKY1 and SKY2 -- they're relatively small, designed like little 'bots that keep an eye on the sky and the current weather...

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11:25
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25...

Notable software releases this week include Alfred 3.0.3, Tinderbox 6.6.2, Evernote 6.8, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9, BusyCal 3.0.4, PopChar X 7.6, Safari 9.1.2, and Security Update 2016-004 (Mavericks and Yosemite).

 

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11:25
ExtraBITS for 25 July 2016

The dog days of summer tech news are upon us, so we have only two ExtraBITS for you this week: Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.8 billion and Adam Engst makes an appearance on MacBreak Weekly.

 

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10:58
Redbox makes second go at online streaming, Google...

Better known for its DVD and Blu-ray rental kiosks, Redbox is reportedly braving a second foray into online streaming. Google, meanwhile, is rolling out a new "Wi-Fi only" option for data-conscious users of its Maps mobile app.

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10:52
TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-25: Bob Mansfield’s...

A new report claims Bob Mansfield is in charge of the Apple Car project. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Bob running Project Titan, plus they have some things to say about a report tagging September 16th as the iPhone 7 release date.

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10:37
Making a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive

Dan Frakes:

I’ve long recommended creating a bootable installer drive—on an external hard drive, thumb drive, or USB stick—for the version of OS X you’re running on your Mac. It’s great for installing the OS on multiple Macs, because you don’t have to download the ~5GB installer onto each computer, and it serves as a handy emergency disk if your Mac is experiencing problems.

Dan takes you through all the steps using Terminal.

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10:27
Yahoo snapped up by Verizon in $4.8 billion deal

It’s been a long slow decline for Yahoo but the CEO who presided over it will make out like a bandit to the tune of a quarter billion dollars in salary and bonuses during her tenure. Personally, my biggest question will be what will happen to Flickr, the popular but also fading photo sharing service.

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10:24
Forget iPhone 7 rumors! Let’s move on to the 2017...

The rumor mill is certainly in overdrive lately. We haven’t even seen the “iPhone 7” (or is it the iPhone 6SE?), and there new rumors about 2017’s “iPhone 8” (or will it be the “iPhone 7”). According to DigiTimes, next year’s Apple smartphone — which, for simplicity’s sake, I’ll simply refer to as “iPhone 2017” — may sport an iris sensor.

A successor to Touch ID, it would allow your smartphone to “recognize” you by your eye rather than your fingerprint. The iris is a thin, circular structure in the eye, responsible for controlling the diameter and size of the pupil and thus the amount of light reaching the retina. Eye color is defined by that of the iris.

And since we’re talking about the iPhone 2017, it will reportedly sport a major design overhaul whereas this year’s model won’t. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks it will have a curved glass body and will switch...

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10:24
Twitter adds weekly MLB & NHL games to live...

Twitter has reportedly secured the rights to stream weekly games from both Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, significantly boosting its nascent entry into live sports.

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10:22
Windows RIP: Thankfully It Died With Windows 8


As we approach the end of the free Windows 10 upgrades this month and get used to the anniversary edition, it suddenly hit me the Windows we knew died with Windows 8 -- what we got with Windows 10 really isn't what we've come to know as Windows. Hell, looking at Microsoft's latest financials, Microsoft really isn't Microsoft any more, either. Both are so different from what they were just last decade, they are like a brand new product and company. We're on the eve of big Windows changes.

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09:55
iPhone Rumored to Include Iris Scanning Capabilities...

Apple is working on iPhones with iris scanning capabilities that could debut in 2018, reports DigiTimes in a wider piece about increasing interest in advanced biometric functionality in smartphones.

Iris scanning would potentially be used in place of Touch ID as a way to verify a user's identity, performing functions like making payments and unlocking an iOS device. Each person's iris, or the circular colored muscle of the eye, contains a complex and random pattern that is unique to each individual, much like a fingerprint.

An iris recognition machine at the Schiphol Airport

Apple has been rumored to be looking into iris scanning in the past and it is a technology that is...

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09:52
Ford commits to Apple CarPlay, offering it with SYNC...

Ford just made a big commitment to Apple CarPlay. The company announced Monday that all 2017 models equipped with its SYNC 3 infotainment system will come with the ability to run Apple's phone-to-car interface. 

With CarPlay enabled, anyone running an iPhone 5 or later can connect their phone to their vehicle dashboard for displaying directions, using phone functions, listening to music, and accessing Siri. When we looked at CarPlay for iOS 9.3 in April, we especially liked the overhauled version of Apple Music that includes the New and For You sections, as well as Maps’ Nearby feature.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Air from $700...

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

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Best Buy launches 1-day Cyber Monday in July Sale, MacBook Air...

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09:29
Depression

Many people suffer from depression—some people are in so deep, they don’t even know it. Sometimes it takes strong people like Robert Macmillan telling their story to make you realize that you’re not alone. If you know someone suffering from depression, help them.

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09:14
Rumor: New iPhones with secure iris scanners coming...

The successor to Touch ID could be "Iris ID," as a new report claims that Apple is looking to bring secure eye scanning technology to the iPhone in the next two years.

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09:09
Report: Apple special projects guru Bob Mansfield...

Everyone wondering what exactly is going on with Apple’s rumored car project will rejoice at the latest development: Apple is reportedly bringing back legendary hardware engineering head Bob Mansfield to oversee Project Titan and the development of an electric vehicle.

Mansfield started working for Steve Jobs in 1999 and was still employed by Apple but had stepped away after developing the MacBook Air, iMac, and iPad. Those successful products are plenty for one lifetime. Mansfield had transitioned from leading the hardware engineering department to overseeing special projects three years ago. One of those projects? The Apple Watch. Mansfield is now back in the swing of things after some time away, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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09:04
67 years of Lego sets

There are many of us—errr, people—who build stuff with Legos at all ages. Having grown up with loads of hand-me-down Legos (and having a Lego Wall-E sitting on my desk right now), I started to wonder how Legos evolved from the sets I remember from my childhood to what they are today.

Everyone loves Lego.

[Via Coudal]

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09:00
July 2016 updates for Get & Transform in Excel...

Excel 2016 includes a powerful new set of features based on Power Query technology, which provides fast, easy data gathering and shaping capabilities and can be accessed through the Get & Transform section on the Data ribbon.

Today, we are pleased to announce 12 new data transformation and connectivity features that have been requested by many customers. These updates are available as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, find out how to get these latest updates. If you have Excel 2010 or Excel 2013, you can also take advantage of...

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09:00
Modern SharePoint lists are here—including...

Earlier this year, we unveiled a new cloud-first, mobile-first vision and roadmap for SharePoint, which included innovations that empower people, teams and organizations to intelligently discover, share and collaborate on content from anywhere and on any device. Today, we’re pleased to announce the rollout of modern SharePoint lists to SharePoint Online, along with one-click integration of PowerApps and Microsoft Flow. These enhancements will begin rolling out to Office 365 First Release customers the first week in August 2016.

What’s new with modern SharePoint lists

Modern SharePoint lists provide a powerful way for people to collaborate on structured data directly from their team site to help teams organize content—such as investment account onboarding details,...

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09:00
Suspect Required To Unlock iPhone Using Touch ID in...

An anonymous reader shares a report on 9to5Mac: A second federal judge has ruled that a suspect can be compelled to unlock their iPhone using their fingerprint in order to give investigators access to data which can be used as evidence against them. The first time this ever happened in a federal case was back in May, following a District Court ruling in 2014. The legal position of forcing suspects to use their fingerprints to unlock devices won't be known with certainty until a case reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, but lower court rulings so far appear to establish a precedent which is at odds with that concerning passcodes. Most constitutional experts appear to believe that the Fifth Amendment prevents a suspect from being compelled to reveal a password or passcode, as this would amount to forced self-incrimination -- though even this isn't certain. Fingerprints, in contrast, have traditionally been viewed as 'real or physical evidence,' meaning that police are entitled to take...

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08:55
Apple turns over car project to Bob Mansfield

Bob Mansfield had stepped back from a day-to-day role at the company a few years ago, after leading the hardware engineering development of products including the MacBook Air laptop computer, the iMac desktop computer, and the iPad tablet. Apple now has Mr. Mansfield running the company’s secret autonomous, electric-vehicle initiative, code-named Project Titan, the people said.

Mansfield is a very smart guy and is well respected inside and outside of Apple.

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08:46
Apple may have Appointed Bob Mansfield to Head Apple...

According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple Inc. has tapped a highly-regarded senior executive who helped bring to market many of Apple’s signature products to oversee Apple's automobile Project Titan Project ...

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08:46
Apple Watch and a saved life

Chuck La Tournous:

I’ll begin this story the same way I began the phone call to my wife: “I’m OK, but…”

I’ve known Chuck for a long and he’s a friend. I’m glad you’re okay!

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08:45
News: WSJ: Apple brings in trusted executive...

Apple has brought in one of its most highly regarded former executives to head up its secret automobile project, The Wall Street Journal reports. Bob Mansfield, who joined Apple in 1999 and was a top executive under Steve Jobs, lead the development of some of Apple’s biggest products, including the MacBook Air, iMac and iPad. After announcing his retirement in 2012 only to reverse course and stay with Apple working “on future products”…

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08:43
Pokemon Go launches in France and Hong Kong as...

With a backdrop of Nintendo losing half of its Pok?mon Go-induced stock gains, and a France and Hong Kong launch, the game's developer has also revealed expansion plans for the game.

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08:35
Apple retiree Bob Mansfield tapped to lead Apple Car...

Bob Mansfield bio from his former position at Apple

Bob Mansfield was always a happy face at Apple events in the past, when he showed off some of the amazing hardware that his team had invented. Mansfield retired a few years ago, and now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has asked him back to lead the "Project Titan" team that's developing the fabled Apple Car.

Mansfield's former domain included the hardware engineering of the MacBook Air, the iMac, and the iPad. Now he'll be running the show for Apple's autonomous electric vehicle project. Apple hasn't officially spilled the beans about Mansfield's return, but Apple employees apparently noticed recently that all senior Project Titan managers were reporting to Mansfield. 

This is a good sign for Apple, if not for Mansfield. The last week saw reports that the intro date of the Apple...

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08:30
Pokémon GO: How to Turn off AR

It’s really cool seeing a Charmander, Flareon, or Pikachu right in front of you when you’re playing Pokémon GO. The augmented reality, or AR, that lets you see a Pokémon on the sidewalk in front of you is pretty fun, but turning it off can save a little battery life and makes the game easier to play, too. Read on to learn how to turn off Pokémon GO’s AR feature.

The post Pokémon GO: How to Turn off AR appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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08:21
Apple shakes up electric vehicle team, places Bob...

After taking a reduced role at Apple for the last few years, hardware engineer and former executive Bob Mansfield has returned to prominence at the company, and is now in charge of the company's ambitious electric vehicle project, according to a new report.

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08:18
Deals: 12" MacBook (1.3GHz, 8GB, 256GB) $999; $...

Back for a limited time only, Apple's 2015 12" MacBook with a 1.3GHz processor is $550 off with free Parallels at B&H. Or snap up an iPad Pro at up to $100 off with no tax outside of NY. Apple electronics are also up to 80% off this week on eBay.

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08:14
News: CarPlay to be available in all 2017 Ford models

Following through on its pledge from earlier this year, Ford has announced its entire 2017 line of cars, SUVs, light trucks and electric vehicles will offer Apple CarPlay, with future, over-the-air updates via Wi-Fi to keep it up-to-date with the latest technology. CarPlay will work with Ford’s in-house SYNC 3 connectivity platform, making it “smartphone-ready” and providing access to Siri voice controls, Apple Maps, Apple Music,…

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08:12
WSJ: Apple recruits retired hardware expert Bob...

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple has recruited Bob Mansfield out of retirement and back to the company to lead the ‘Project Titan’ Apple Car team. Mansfield previously lead Apple’s hardware team before moving to a special projects role where he worked on the Apple Watch before retiring and moving to an advisor role. Pulling Mansfield out of retirement to work on the Apple Car effort suggests the company strongly intends to bring an electric vehicle to market.

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08:08
Apple wins Two Design Patents for a User Interface...

Over the weekend Patently Apple posted as series of design patent reports covering iOS Maps, the Apple Watch magnetic charging dock, Apple Pencil replacement tips and the Apple Store's 'Grove'. The last two in the group of granted design patents from Hong Kong relate to Apple's iMessage. The designs focus ...

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08:08
Rumor: Apple to release next-gen iPhone on Friday,...

The latest iPhone 7 rumors are in, complete with reporter and leak enthusiast Evan Blass claiming the next-gen handset will be released the week of September 12th. Blass specifically cited that the new iPhone will hit the shelves on Friday, September 16th.

This would put it a bit earlier than usual, as the previous generation of iPhone was released on September 25th last year, the iPhone 6 debuted on September 19th in 2014 and the 2013 iPhone 5s was September 20th.

With a sooner-than-usual release date for retail availability, this also pushes the expected date for Apple’s media press announcement.

The typical window is a two-week wait between announcement and release. This is not feasible in the 2016 calendar assuming a Friday...

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08:06
Apple Appoints Bob Mansfield to Oversee Electric...

Apple has appointed former longtime executive Bob Mansfield, who last served as Senior Vice President of Technologies at the company, to oversee development of its widely rumored electric vehicle, according to The Wall Street Journal. All senior managers on the project now report to him.

Apple announced that Mansfield was retiring in June 2012, but a few months later said he would remain with the company as an advisor. He last worked on Apple's...

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08:00
Daily Deal: Screens 3 remotely controls Mac, Windows...

Virtual Node Controllers (VNCs) are apps that make "headless computers" possible. Whether you have a Mac server, a classroom full of Macs, or maybe just one Mac mini you're using as a media server, VNCs make it possible to view or control those Macs and other PCs from a remote location. Today we have one of the best VNC apps for Mac available at over 50% off -- Screens 3 is now just $12.99 instead of the usual $29.99 price. Here are some of the features packed into Screens 3:

  • Remotely access your other computers on your Mac
  • Set up an action that triggers each...
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07:58
How Pokémon Go took 20 years to become an overnight...

This is the story about the ten levels John Hanke had to achieve in his life in order to create Pokémon Go.

Here are the first four levels:

1st Level up: In 1996, while still a student, John co-created the very first MMO (massively multiplayer online game) called ‘Meridian 59’. He sold the game to 3DO to move on to a bigger passion: mapping the world.

2nd Level up: In 2000, John launched ‘Keyhole’ to come up with a way to link maps with aerial photography, and create the first online, GPS-linked 3D aerial map of the world.

3rd Level up: In 2004, Google bought Keyhole and with John’s help, turned Keyhole into what is now ‘Google Earth’. That’s when John decided to focus at creating GPS-based games.

4th Level up: John ran the Google Geo team from 2004 to 2010, creating Google Maps and Google Street View. During this time, he collected the team that would later create Pokémon Go.

Read the rest. Interesting to watch this all unfold.

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07:51
∞ iOS 10’s built in magnifying glass

One of my favorite features of iOS 10 is the built-in magnifying glass, super useful if you need to read some small print or get a close-up look at something tiny.

Before iOS 10’s Magnifier, to get a close-up look at some small print, say, I would open the camera, do my best to focus close in, take a picture, then hop over to Photos, and pinch out to zoom in on the details. That is now no longer necessary.

If you’ve got access to the iOS 10 beta, give this a try:

  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility. You should see an item called Magnifier.
  • Tap Magnifier, tap the switch to turn it on, then exit settings.
  • Now, triple click the home button to launch Magnifier (You might also see an alert asking you to choose between Assistive Touch and Magnifier – Tap Magnifier).

Just like a magnifying glass, move your iPhone or iPad over the thing you’re trying to magnify....

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07:33
Suspect required to unlock iPhone using Touch ID in...

A second federal judge has ruled that a suspect can be compelled to unlock their iPhone using their fingerprint in order to give investigators access to data which can be used as evidence against them. The first time this ever happened in a federal case was back in May, following a District Court ruling in 2014.

The latest case involves a suspect accused of particularly unpleasant crimes, reports Ars Technica.

A Dallas, Texas man accused of prostituting underage girls was secretly ordered by a federal judge to unlock his iPhone using his fingerprint, according to federal court documents that are now unsealed.

The legal position of...

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07:28
iOS 10 Messages: All the New Features and How to Use...

Dan Moren takes you on a detailed tour of iOS 10 Messages. Good stuff.

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07:27
Apple will lease more than 40,000 square feet of...

Apple has agreed to lease more than 40,000 square feet of office space in Bengaluru, India, where the company plans to set up a development center, reports The Economic Times, quoting three unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

The article says the new facility is at Galleria, office space that belongs to Standard Brick Tile Company in North Bengaluru. The Apple facility will reportedly be spread over two floors and house a “high-end” development center.

In May, Apple announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community. The company said it would establish an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. 

Tens of thousands of developers in India make apps for iOS, and this initiative...

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07:24
News: Rumors claim new iPhone will be released Sept...

Just to clarify, this refers to the retail release, not the launch event. To be even more specific, it should happen on Friday, Sept. 16th.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 23, 2016 Well-known leaker Evan Blass has sent out a series of tweets claiming the new iPhone will be released on Sept. 16, which would be slightly earlier than recent history. Apple released the iPhone 6s/6s Plus on Sept. 25 of last year — also a Friday, which is typical. Meanwhile,…

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07:21
iPhone 7 Reportedly Launching on Sept 16

Apple’s still unannounced iPhone 7 will reportedly be announced a little earlier than usual this year and hit store shelves on Friday, September 16th. Word of the release date comes via Venture Beat’s Evan Blass, who has a track record for predicting Android smartphone rollouts.

The post iPhone 7 Reportedly Launching on Sept 16 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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07:19
Apple leases 40,000 square feet for development...

Apple has signed a lease for over 40,000 square feet of office space for its planned Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India, a report said on Monday.

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07:15
ARM: The $32B Pivot and Revolution

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note:

In the old days, circuits were prototyped by hand using a primitive breadboard. After the circuit was debugged and pronounced fit, it was translated into masks for printed circuit boards.

As integrated circuits grew to comprise thousands and then millions of logic elements, breadboards were virtualized: The circuit-to-be was designed on a computer, just as we model a building using architectural Computer Assisted Design (CAD).

A multibillion industry of software modules that could be plugged into one’s own circuit specifications soon emerged. Companies such as Synopsys, Cadence, and Mentor Graphics offered circuit design tools, and an ecosystem of third-party developers offered complementary libraries for graphics, networking, sensors… The end result is a System On a Chip (SOC) that’s sent off to semiconductor manufacturing companies commonly called foundries.

This was the fertile ground on which ARM has...

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07:09
Apple Stock Forecasted to Rise as Lifetime iPhone...

Apple will report its fiscal third quarter earnings results tomorrow, and both the company and analysts project a year-over-year decline in iPhone sales and overall revenue for a second consecutive quarter.

Apple expects third quarter revenue of between $41 billion and $43 billion, which would be up to 18 percent lower than the $49.6 billion in revenue it posted in the year-ago quarter. The consensus among analysts is around $42.1 billion in revenue, which is essentially the midpoint of Apple's guidance.

Analysts estimate that Apple sold at least another 40 million iPhones during the June quarter, raising lifetime sales of the smartphone to some 987 million. Applying that sales rate to July --...

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06:49
Verizon to buy struggling Yahoo for $4.83 billion

Verizon on Monday announced a deal to buy the search engine pioneer Yahoo for $4.8 billion, granting Verizon over one billion total monthly search users in conjunction with another large internet advertising network that it will be adding to the AOL network.

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06:44
Hillary 2016 app sees gamification of political...

Seems there’s nothing that can’t be turned into an iPhone game these days – including playing your part to help Hillary Clinton get elected, should that be your thing. Hillary 2016 is an app released last night by the Hillary for America campaign.

The only thing standing between Donald Trump and the presidency is us. Download the new Hillary 2016 app to take small actions every day that’ll add up to helping win this election—and make history. Test your knowledge, get special access, and compete against your friends (and Hillary supporters across the country!) to do the most good.

The gamification aspect provides ‘daily challenges’ which offer digital and real-life rewards, and allow Clinton supporters to compete against their friends …

more…...

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06:43
News: Photos claim to show alleged ‘iPad Pro 2’

Two photos allegedly leaked by workers in the Chinese supply chain purport to show a new 12.9” ‘iPad Pro 2,’ Apple Insider reports. An anonymous source said the photos came from an Apple supplier currently working on an iPad Pro model scheduled to enter production in late September — but as noted, the images don’t provide much to verify their authenticity. While the pictures show devices bearing a previously unseen model…

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06:42
External Link: Verizon to Buy Yahoo for $4.8 Billion

Long-suffering Yahoo will sell its core business to Verizon Communications for $4.8 billion, a far cry from the $44.6 billion that Microsoft offered in 2008 and that Yahoo’s board rebuffed. Yahoo shareholders will retain roughly $41 billion in investments in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, plus a portfolio of about 3000 patents valued at about $1 billion. Yahoo began as a Web directory in 1994, later moving into search and then content, but with some stumbles and competition from the likes of Google, Yahoo got lost in the weeds. Marissa Mayer, an early Google employee and later high-ranking executive, was hired as CEO in 2012, but even bold initiatives like the purchase of Tumblr couldn’t stop Yahoo’s downward spiral. Verizon acquired AOL a little over a year ago, and the company has said that it will integrate Yahoo with AOL. It’s the end of an era, and we’re curious to see what Verizon will do with the Yahoo properties, notably Flickr, Tumblr, and Yahoo Finance.

 

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06:42
Apple retains sixth place among laptop shipments in...

Apple retained sixth place among laptop shipments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, according to new data from the IDC research group, trailing HP, Lenovo, Dell, ASUS, and Acer.

New MacBook Pros are expected this fall and should reinvigorate Apple’s sales. Overall, personal computer shipments in the region (dubbed EMEA) performed above expectations, reaching 16.1 million units in the second quarter of 2016 — a 4.7% year-over-year decrease, notes IDC.

Laptops in EMEA posted good performance, stabilizing at -1.7%, according to the research group. In fact, notebook shipments in Western Europe went up by 4.1%, driven by the commercial segment that registered a 10.5% increase. This brought the growth of EMEA commercial notebooks into positive territory with a 3.7% year-over-year growth. In contrast, the consumer notebook market continued to decline. And desktop computers posted a 10.0% decline overall, in line with...

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06:31
Ford brings Apple CarPlay to rest of 2017 lineup...

Ford on Monday announced the expansion of support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to all 2017 models equipped with SYNC 3, including vehicles already on the roads, and some only due later this year.

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06:31
Ford’s SYNC 3 expands to support Apple CarPlay

Ford is expanding its SYNC 3 connectivity platform, allowing compatibility of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto throughout its entire 2017 U.S. vehicle lineup of cars, SUVs, light trucks and electrified vehicles.

“We developed one platform – SYNC 3 – and have been able to quickly offer the technology across our lineup,” says Chuck Gray, Ford Global Director, Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering. “Customers considering a new vehicle can now choose any 2017 model year Ford car, SUV, light truck, or electrified vehicle with SYNC 3 and be able to access their favorite apps.”

Nameplates like the Escape, Fusion, Mustang and Explorer are already available as 2017 model-year vehicles at dealerships. Others like the F-150, Focus, Edge and all-new 2017 Super Duty will arrive later this year. Also, apps such as Spotify, Pandora, Ford PASS, AccuWeather and AAA member services have been added through SYNC AppLink.

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06:19
MAXON announces Cinema 4D Release 18

MAXON has announced Cinema 4D Release 18 (R18), the next generation of its 3D animation, graphics, VFX, visualization, and rendering software application for OS X, Windows, and Linux systems. Feature highlights include:

° Voronoi Fracture Object – a native feature in the MoGraph toolset in Cinema 4D that works with Dynamics, allows users to tear down walls and create artistic procedural geometry using spline or polygon objects to define the fractured shape;

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06:09
Apple leases 40,000 sq ft offices in Bengaluru,...

Apple announced back in May that it would be opening an iOS App Design & Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India – and the Economic Times reports that it has now agreed to lease more than 40,000 square feet of office space to house the facility.

Citing ‘three people familiar with the matter,’ the report says that the center will be spread over two floors at Galleria in North Bengaluru. Bengaluru – formerly called Bangalore – is known as ‘...

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06:03
Rumor: Apple's 2016 iPhone will be dubbed the...

Without a redesigned chassis, this year's iPhone upgrade won't earn the "iPhone 7" moniker, a new rumor claims, suggesting that the latest model will instead be known as the "iPhone 6SE."

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable for only $22.49 — that’s 24% off the regular price. Wrapped in two layers of flexible, high-strength steel and backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty, this Lightning cable can withstand all types of outside elements from electricity spikes to happy puppies looking for a chew toy. In addition to the toughness of the cable itself, the connectors are in a sealed one-piece…

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05:36
iPhone 7 release date reportedly set for Friday,...

As rumors about what the ‘iPhone 7’ update will include have reached wide consensus (similar design to iPhone 6s, redesigned antenna lines, new cameras, removal of headphone jack), news about availability and release date are starting to surface. Evan Blass, @evleaks, said he believes the iPhone 7 will be released week of September 12. Over the weekend, he strengthened his claim by indicating that his claim is referring to the retail release date, specifically that the new iPhone will go on sale on Friday, September 16th …

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05:18
Lightroom for iOS 2.4 Changes Mobile Photo Workflow

Lightroom for iOS 2.4 adds two significant features to the mobile photo editing app for iPad and iPhone: support for raw format images and local selections for adjusting specific areas of a photo. This means photographers who shoot in raw can import, edit, and sync their photos between mobile and desktop Lightroom libraries without annoying workarounds.

 

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05:10
Apple announces a new Development Accelerator to...

Apple is to open a third facility in India this year, according to a new report. The development accelerator will open in Bengaluru in Q2 2017, a city with a population of 8.42 million.

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05:04
As promised, CarPlay compatibility now available on...

Ford announced back in January that all 2017 models would offer CarPlay compatibility through its Sync 3 infotainment system, and the company has today confirmed that this applies across its full range of vehicles: cars, SUVs, light trucks and electrified vehicles. You will, of course, have to purchase Sync 3 as an option if it is not included as standard in your chosen vehicle.

The first 2017 models are already on sale at dealerships, including the Escape, Fusion, Mustang and Explorer, with others due later this year. In addition, the company has promised to bring CarPlay to 2016 models equipped with Sync 3, though the wording – ‘opportunity to upgrade’ – sounds...

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05:03
Apple's June quarter predicted to be '...

Tuesday's earnings report from Apple is expected by Wall Street analysts to be essentially a non-event -- nothing serious enough to make the stock price jump, but also nothing negative enough to see shares slide significantly.

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04:38
Kool Tools: AOC gaming monitor

AOC (www.aoc.com) has announced the C3583FQ, a 35-inch, curved, $599.99 monitor designed for high-end gaming rigs. The display’s features, including a 4ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate, a 2000R curvature and AdaptiveSync technology make this monitor one of the most affordable ways to game on a curved monitor with a 144Hz gaming panel.

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04:32
Pokémon Go to get new monsters & lure features,...

Comic-Con participants got a heads-up on future development of Pokémon Go from Niantic Labs founder John Hanke, reports Engadget.

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04:30
Satechi Desk Mat & Mate adds a splash of...

Satechi’s Desk Mat & Mate is a workspace accessory for adults and children. Available in eight colors, it protects any surface area from scratches and spills while also doubling as a comfortable resting surface for your hands while writing, typing, using the mouse or coloring.

The 24.4 x 13.8-inch Desk Mat & Mate covers a large surface area able to fit most keyboards and mice, while also allowing for a smooth transition between devices for a steady workflow. Made of synthetic leather, the smooth surface can be wiped down, protecting the desk from scratches, dents and every day wear and tear. 

Additionally, the back of the mat is made of non-slip polyester so it can be repositioned without damaging the surface of the desk. The Satechi Desk Mat & Mate is available for $34.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.

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04:27
Two-fifths of IT pros: our organization is ready for...

A recent Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) survey found that 41% of surveyed IT professionals believe their IT organization to be ready for the digital business of the next two years. Twenty nine percent of those surveyed said that engagement with the demands of digital business would be their primary duty or a significant part of their duties.

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