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Thursday August 18

09:30
iOS and Android Combined for Record 99% of...

The latest numbers from research firm Gartner reveal that the smartphone industry continues to be a virtual two-horse race between iOS and Android. The operating systems combined for a record 99.1% worldwide market share in the second calendar quarter of 2016, compared to 96.8% in the year-ago period.

Android remained the world's most widely used smartphone operating system with 86.2% market share in the second quarter, up from 82.2% a year ago, while iOS dropped to 12.9% market share from 14.6% in the year-ago period. Windows and BlackBerry smartphones continued their long-running descent, dropping to 0.6% and 0.1% market share worldwide respectively.

iOS and Android achieving a 99% duopoly in the smartphone market is remarkable given that Symbian and BlackBerry operating systems were industry leaders...

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09:30
The robots of war: AI and the future of combat

The 1983 film WarGames portrayed a young hacker tapping into NORAD's artificial-intelligence-driven nuclear weapons' system. When the hit movie was screened for President Reagan, it prompted the commander in chief to ask if it were possible for the c...

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09:18
Uber to begin real-world use of self-driving cars in...

Marking a small but significant step towards bringing self-driving technology to the public, Uber will later this month begin offering some Pittsburgh customers rides in specially-modified Volvo XC90s, a report revealed on Thursday.

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09:00
Now Mac users can make the move from Evernote to...

Since last March, we have helped Windows users import 71 million Evernote pages to OneNote. Following the great feedback we received, we want to help even more people make the move. Today, we are launching the OneNote Importer tool for Mac. You may feel hesitant about moving all your notes from a place you know to a new online home. Don’t worry, the Importer tool makes moving day easy.

Download the OneNote Importer tool.

OneNote lets you work the way you want. You can get your ideas down in a range of ways that include typing, inking, embedding videos, recording audio or clipping web content. If you prefer to use paper and pen, you can even scan that content with OneNote to make it digital, searchable and available from your phone to your laptop. We’ve heard that many Evernote users rely heavily on their clipper. OneNote has a great clipper for all major browsers, available for free at...

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09:00
Facebook is open-sourcing its AI bot-building...

Say hello to smarter artificial intelligence. Soon, anyway. Facebook is opening up the secret sauce that powers its bots so the public can employ and study it. This is part of the Facebook AI Research (FAIR) lab's mission to help researchers and engi...

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08:54
Apple Reveals Fanatical Attention to Product Details...

In this particular patent report we're not going to show you a new device but rather a few inventions that will show you the details behind varying processes of making a product that most of us never think about. Apple is a premium device maker and so it's only appropriate that once in a while we illustrate the depths that they'll go to get a product just right; the depths of refinement so that it has just the right finish.

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08:53
Uber Wants all of the Self-Driving Vehicle Market

Self-driving cars just took a big leap forward, and it’s Uber who’s behind the wheel. The ride sharing company is rolling out self-driving cars in Pittsburgh this month as the first step in a much larger autonomous vehicle plan.


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08:53
iPhone 7 Camera Module Confirms Optical Image...

A new leaked image of the iPhone 7's rear camera module has been posted online today (via Nowhereelse.fr), bringing with it more concrete evidence that the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will include optical image stabilization alongside its various other camera improvements. Previous reports surrounding the smaller-screen iPhone have hinted at the inclusion of image stabilization, but today's camera module leak provides the first visual hint of its addition into the upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone.

Images via NWE

The component in question includes four small cutouts surrounding the single-lens camera, housing the springs and equipment that allow for the lens to float slightly, leading to clearer, less blurry images. The same component for the...

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08:44
Microsoft PowerShell goes open source, lands on...

Sysadmins, rejoice: PowerShell is coming to Linux and Mac. Microsoft announced Thursday that its automation and scripting system is breaking out of the confines of Windows and going open source.

The company is also releasing alpha versions of PowerShell for Linux (specifically Ubuntu, Centos and Redhat) and Mac OS X. A new PowerShell GitHub page gives people the ability to download binaries of the software, as well as access to the app’s source code.   

PowerShell on Linux and Mac will let people who have already built proficiency with Microsoft’s scripting language take those skills and bring them to new platforms. Meanwhile, people who are used to working on those platforms will have access to a new and very powerful tool for getting work done. 

To...

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08:44
Iconic NY store's extensive Mac collection is...

Tekserve, a landmark New York City Apple dealer and repair center for 29 years, closed this week and is auctioning off its huge collection of computers and other tech. The centerpiece is a 35-piece (mostly) Macintosh collection from its Mac Museum, w...

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08:37
Apple Drops 'Store' From Apple Store...

Apple appears to be making a slight branding change to its retail business, dropping the "Store" moniker when referring to its Apple Store locations. Apple has already made the change online, and all of its store pages now refer to stores by names like "Apple Union Square" or "Apple Valley Fair" or "Apple The Grove," instead of "Apple Store, Valley Fair" or "Apple Store, The Grove."

It's a change that appears to have started rolling out with the launch of the newer Apple Stores, like the Union Square location in San Francisco. Apple has always referred to that store as just Apple Union Square, and over the course of the last few days, the company has updated all of its retail store webpages to remove the "Store" branding. What was once "Apple Store, Fifth Avenue," for example, is now just "Apple Fifth Avenue."

The new website for The Grove Apple Store

An archived page for the...

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08:24
Deals: 13" MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 256GB) for...

Shoppers this week can save $350 on a 2015 13" MacBook Air with 256GB of storage. Or pick up an Early 2014 27" iMac for $1,649.99 ($750 off). Smartphone users can also snap up a 128GB iPhone 6s Plus for $799.99 on eBay while supplies last.

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08:22
'Star Trek: Bridge Crew' hits VR headsets...

Ubisoft has dropped the dates for three of its incoming VR games, including Star Trek: Bridge Crew. That title, set in JJ Abrams Star Trek universe, is available for pre-order and arrives on all three major platforms, the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and So...

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08:09
Sprint joins chorus of carrier updates, reveals its...

On the heels of other carrier updates, Sprint has also revised its wireless plans, giving two phones unlimited data for $100 per month.

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08:07
Mac: Parallels Software Parallels Desktop 12

With macOS Sierra looming on the horizon — and already in public beta — its time for a new version of Parallels’ venerable Windows emulator for Macs. Optimized for macOS Sierra , Parallels Desktop 12 ($80) boosts performance for shared folders, and suspend, resume, and snapshot operations. Other new features include the ability to quickly capture Facebook or Vimeo videos, a distraction-free presentation mode both both Mac and Windows sessions, hiding desktop icons, and keeping the screen awake, and seamless Office 365 integration, Windows Server 2016 support, and more. Users also get 500GB of free online cloud backup storage from Acronis for one year.
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08:02
Nokia's VR camera gets a $15,000 discount

Nokia's trolley-dash approach to business means that it now makes health gadgets and professional-level VR cameras. The latter arm sells one product, a $60,000 VR camera called Ozo which is bought by studios like Disney and UEFA. In order to gee-up d...

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08:00
Individualizing instruction with the new Microsoft...

Today’s post was written by Laura Stanner, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and technology integration consultant in Dubuque, Iowa.

When teachers and students using Office 365 Education return to school this year, they’ll be greeted with a big, fat “F” in their app launcher!

No, “F” isn’t what you think it means. “F” stands for the “fabulously fantastic” Microsoft Forms.

Microsoft Forms is one of many “welcome-back-to-school gifts” specifically focused on the needs of teachers brought to you by Microsoft engineers.

Forms—created just for teachers and students

Forms was created just for teachers and students to meet our specific needs. The Forms team welcomes honest feedback from its clients—teachers and students.

Knowing that they actually read your feedback, I emailed the Forms team using the Feedback button during my Forms sessions at my agency’s...

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08:00
Math teachers’ summer collaboration with Office...

Today’s post was written by Cal Armstrong, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert at Appleby College in Canada.

This year, I had the opportunity to be faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study’s Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI)—a three-week, residential program for mathematics teachers from around the world. There are three aspects to PCMI: One is discovering (new) mathematics, another is delving deeply into pedagogy and the third is becoming a resource to other teachers. It is the latter in which Office Online has made our summer work possible.

The task in the two-hour afternoon sessions is to develop a resource not for you, but for others. This often takes the form of a professional development seminar, a task collection on a particular theme (i.e., “low floor, high ceiling”) or a rubric or framework for teacher learning.

Now, all that seems pretty manageable. But the teachers are from all over. They don’t know one another. They have different...

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08:00
King’s Schools journey with Sway

Today’s post was written by David Harcrow, academic technology coordinator at King’s Schools in Shoreline, Washington.

I started teaching elementary school in 1998. Back then, technology was really limited to word processing, some PowerPoint and really slow internet—especially at our school. Back then, I was not really involved in using technology in the classroom simply because it seemed very inefficient and lacked a lot of exciting programs for students to use for learning.

As the years went on, technology started to improve, the internet became faster and new programs started to emerge. About six years into my teaching career, I started to see lots of new programs that could impact student learning. Our internet speed started to improve, and programs like Google Earth and YouTube started to present the ability to access content that could be displayed for all students to engage with and share. Still, at that time, projectors weighed 60 pounds and were...

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08:00
Back to school with Microsoft Classroom and School...

It’s back-to-school time in the U.S. and many other countries, and we’re excited to invite you to the Microsoft Classroom Preview and the School Data Sync (SDS) Preview. IT admins can visit the preview instructions right now or (for a limited time) sign up to receive free one-on-one help directly from Microsoft.

Back in April, we announced new experiences for education and we’ve been humbled by the enthusiastic response. Teachers have used Microsoft Classroom and OneNote Class Notebooks to spark student creativity and enable more productive, collaborative classrooms. Schools and partners...

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08:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: New colors for Speck'...

New iPhone cases of the week

Find the right case for your iPhone SE with this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases—including new themes for Speck’s CandyShell. Read on!

Ballistic

The Urbanite (iPhone SE; $35 MSRP, $26.95 on Amazon) offers impact protection without adding excess bulk to your iPhone. This sleek case features multiple layers of sturdy materials, raised edges to prevent scratches and dents to your screen, and reinforced corners for extra peace of mind. The Urbanite comes in green/black, gray/pink, or brown...

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07:58
Safari Technology Preview 9.1.2 - The newest browser...

Safari Technology Preview contains the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit and the latest advances in Safari web technologies. And once installed, you will receive notifications of updates from the Mac App Store.

Features

  • Shared Links Extensibility. Use the new Shared Links API extension to add link suggestions to the shared links feed on Safari for OS X and iOS.
  • Content Blocking API for Safari extensions. Easily block content from a large collection of webpage resources with minimal overhead and incredibly high performance.
  • Force Touch Trackpad Mouse Events. Create interactivity like never before using new events and force information from the Force Touch Trackpad.
  • CSS Scroll Snapping. Use CSS scroll snapping to keep the focal point of your content in view when scrolling momentum stops.
  • FairPlay Streaming....
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07:45
Parallels Desktop 12 announced, will be released...

The perpetually useful Parallels Desktop has just hit version 12.

The new version arrives with support for macOS Sierra alongside a new standalone app called Parallels Toolbox, which allows users to perform some simple tasks that aren’t necessarily tied to virtualization.

New features include a Windows 10 “always on” function wherein Windows 10 continues to run in the background and apps can be instantly launched. the ability to schedule incremental backups and Windows updates, the ability to assign special behaviors to Windows apps, improved integration for Microsoft Edge, Outlook, and Office 365, and Xbox app support. Additionally, Parallels has partnered with Blizzard to provide specific support for the hit game Overwatch.

Parallels Desktop 12 also includes 90...

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07:44
Alleged camera module for Apple's 'iPhone...

A new image published on Thursday shows what's said to be a redesigned rear camera module for the "iPhone 7," widely expected to ship in mid- to late September.

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07:40
Smart glasses make hands-free 'Pokémon Go...

Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm. It's not uncommon to see dozens of people walking around parks and city streets with their heads buried in their phones, trying to catch cute cartoon monsters. Unfortunately, doing so means you're not k...

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07:25
T-Mobile One is the carrier's new unlimited...

T-Mobile has offered an unlimited data option for a while now, using it as a big differentiator between it and AT&T and Verizon. But now, it sounds like the carrier is going to do away with data buckets entirely and offer one plan that includes u...

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07:14
All change with mobile plans: after AT&T...

Following the modest upgrades AT&T announced to its mobile plans yesterday, both T-Mobile and Sprint have hit back with new ‘unlimited’ plans.

T-Mobile has replaced all its plans with a single one called T-Mobile One.

It’s 100% unlimited and comes with unlimited talk and text and unlimited 4G LTE smartphone data – including unlimited standard definition video – all on America’s fastest 4G LTE network.  And, it’s available at a great price: just $40 per line for a family of four.

As with all carrier plans, there are some caveats in the small-print …

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07:12
Tim Cook, in China, seeks to stem Apple’s losses

Wall Street Journal:

With Apple’s sales tumbling, the Chinese government’s support waning and a new iPhone coming out, Mr. Cook is on a goodwill mission: meeting with government officials, touring Chinese Apple stores and speaking with local residents. Mr. Cook pledged to increase investment in China in a meeting with Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli in Beijing on Tuesday. He continued to the central Chinese city Chongqing on Wednesday, where he toured an Apple store with the mayor.

Side note: Chongqing is one of the five Chinese national central cities. An important place for Tim Cook to visit.

Top Chinese leaders have expressed concern over declining iPhone sales. At a meeting in May between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and technology executives in the southern Guizhou province, Mr. Li had only one question for Terry Gou, the chairman of...

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07:06
Uber's self-driving cars will start picking up...

Uber's rushing to replace its million-plus drivers with robots, and the company's early forays towards that effort start in Pennsylvania later in August. The ride-sharing service plans to roll out self-driving cars in Pittsburgh that will accept real world passengers right from the get-go, according to Bloomberg.

The cars, while fully autonomous, won’t be unleashed onto Pittsburgh streets without human supervision. The cars will have a specially-trained engineer ready to take the wheel should something go wrong. There will also be a co-pilot taking notes on how each ride goes.

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07:00
Why is the iPad Pro a ‘computer’? Because Apple’s...

Hayley Tsukayama, writing for the Washington Post:

There’s a good reason to sell the iPad Pro as a “computer” rather than a tablet. Tablet sales have been slowing. And while computers are also in a sales slump, there is growth in the “detachables” category — devices that blend the tablet and the traditional laptop and have, well, a detachable keyboard. Casting the iPad Pro this way is important to Apple to catch the eye of businesses and business people, who may want something light but still functional for work.

Balanced with this quote from Steve Jobs:

What I love about the consumer market, that I always hated about the enterprise market, is that we come up with a product, we try to tell everybody about it, and every person votes for themselves. They go ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ and if enough of them say ‘yes,’ we get to come to work tomorrow. That’s how it works. It’s really simple. With the enterprise market, it’s not so simple. The people that use the products don’t...

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07:00
Edward Snowden Sheds Light on Shadow Brokers


NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden on Tuesday injected himself into an escalating cyberstruggle that could affect the U.S. presidential election. The reported hack of The Equation Group might have been a warning shot from Russia, Snowden claimed. The group, which is widely believed to be a front operation for the NSA, apparently was hacked over the weekend by a previously unknown outfit called the "Shadow Brokers," which then claimed to have valuable files in its possession that would be available to the highest bidder.

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07:00
Facebook is launching its own PC gaming platform

Facebook's gaming aspirations didn't stop with Farmville and its $2 billion Oculus VR acquisition. Nope, the social network is also launching a dedicated PC gaming platform today. Said platform will lean heavily on developers using the ubiquitous Uni...

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07:00
Spotify's first documentary recalls the early...

We first heard about Spotify's Landmark series back in May and today the first installment is debuting for Android and iOS users. Landmark -- Metallica: The Early Years is a documentary-style look at the iconic heavy metal band's origins and the move...

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06:55
NPR website to get rid of comments

NPR:

“We’ve reached the point where we’ve realized that there are other, better ways to achieve the same kind of community discussion around the issues we raise in our journalism,” he said, with money, and spending it efficiently, part of the issue. More than 5 million people each month engage with NPR on Twitter, compared to just a fraction of that number in the NPR.org comments. “In relative terms, as we set priorities, it becomes increasingly clear that the market has spoken. This is where people want to engage with us. So that’s what we’re going to emphasize,” he said.

Interesting. This is not about trolling and the high cost of moderation. Instead, it’s recognizing that engagement is moving to social media, like Twitter.

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06:52
Apple device sales at Target fall 20% amid global...

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc.’s sales of iPads, iPhones and other devices fell 20 percent at Target Corp. stores during the second quarter, confirming Apple’s struggles with a global slowdown in smartphone demand and waning interest in its out-of-date gadgets.

Hmmm. Out-of-date gadgets?

Target CEO Brian Cornell said the weakness in Apple’s sales at the retailer was “across the product suite,” and that the company is putting plans in place to better capitalize on the new devices when they hit the shelves.

“Our guests come to us looking for those products,” Cornell said on a conference call to discuss earnings. “They’re looking for the newness and the innovation. We’re putting together plans with Apple and our merchandising teams to make sure we’re ready to take advantage of that in the back half of the year.”

Hard to tell where this is Target shifting blame for poor sales and actual evidence of an Apple-specific slump. But the out-of-date gadgets stings,...

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06:50
T-Mobile One resurrects unlimited wireless data for...

T-Mobile has unveiled a new data plan called T-Mobile One, featuring no data caps, but subscribers will experience streaming video restricted to DVD-quality and 2G tethered data without additional fees.

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06:42
AT&T eliminating data overage charges on some...

From the AT&T press release:

AT&T is continuing to simplify pricing with new plans that eliminate data overage charges for our wireless customers.

The new Mobile Share Advantage plans are available Aug. 21. Consumers and businesses alike can gain a wireless experience, without overage charges. Instead of overage charges, after customers use all of their high-speed data amounts, all data usage will be reduced to a maximum of 128 kbps for the rest of their bill cycle.

In effect, once you hit your data cap, your data speed will slow to a relative crawl.

From the fine print:

No charge for overage. After all your high-speed data allotments are used, all data usage is slowed to a max of 128 Kbps (2G speed) for the rest of the bill cycle. You will have basic data use for viewing a web page or checking email. Audio and video streaming, picture and video messaging, select apps and other services, as well as other usage, including sponsored data,...

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06:36
T-Mobile Introduces $70 Unlimited Data Plan, But HD...

T-Mobile has introduced a new plan called T-Mobile ONE [PDF] that offers unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data for $70 per month. A second line can be added for $50 per month, while up to six more lines can be added for an additional $20 per month each. The total cost for a family of four, for example, would be $160 per month.

T-Mobile ONE has some caveats to consider. First, unlimited video is limited to 480p standard definition for all services, with unlimited HD video available for $25 per month extra per line. Additionally, tethering is limited to 2G speeds, with 5GB of high-speed tethering available as a $15 add-on.

T-Mobile's existing Simple Choice plan with unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data costs $95...

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06:33
Pocket Casts podcast player for iPhone now works...

A few weeks ago Shifty Jelly updated its Pocket Casts podcast player for iPhone to version 6.0 with a major overhaul including a new dark mode, playback features, and multitasking, and now Pocket Casts 6.1 is out with support for Apple’s CarPlay infotainment feature.

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06:30
ICYMI: Goat-inspired robot design and apple picking

Today on In Case You Missed It: A researcher at Carnegie Mellon created the GOAT leg for robots that moves much like a pogo-stick and posted a video of its tests to YouTube. Meanwhile a robot to harvest apples might still be in prototype, but it'...

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06:24
UK Apple Pay gains support for Clydesdale Bank...

Apple Pay users in the U.K. now have access to two more banks, Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, as well as a service operated by the pair, simply known as "B."

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06:20
ADATA releases Premier SC660 External SSD and...

ADATA Technology (www.adata.com) has launched the Premier SC660 external solid state drive and Premier HC660 external hard drive. The two share a sandblasted metal design that measures just 9.6mm in thickness.

The grooved enclosure featured in both models is durable, resistant to shocks, scratches, and chipping thanks to an electroplated coating. The SC660 delivers high speed up to 440MB/s read and write performance and is compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, and Android devices. It’s available in 240GB and 480GB versions.

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06:19
OS X: Renaming a Bluetooth Device

If one of your Bluetooth devices (like your Magic Keyboard or Magic Mouse) has a name you aren’t fond of, how do you change it? The process is a bit different than it used to be, so we’re going to go over what you’ll do!


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06:06
NuDock Power Lamp Stand can charge an iPhone, Apple...

MiTagg has released the NuDock Power Lamp Stand (http://www.mitagg.com/products/nudock-power-station-lamp), a $299.99 iPhone and Apple Watch Power Dock with Smart LED Lamp — and an optional NuKi Portable Battery. 

It sports a solid “Aerospace Aluminum” construction with a polycarbonate base that’s coated in a soft-touch rubber finish. The NuDock has three USB charging ports.

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06:05
Redbooth project management/collaboration platform...

Redbooth, an all-in-one project management and collaboration platform, has launched its new Apple TV app that’s designed to leverage the power of the platform to encourage group discussion, collaboration and planning around the screens in our offices and homes from lesson planning and backlog prioritization meetings to trip planning and a wedding countdown. 

The free app — available at the Apple TV app store — displays an optimized version of Redbooth. It’s a collaboration app designed specifically for the Apple TV, says Dan Schoenbaum, CEO for Redbooth. Combined with Redbooth’s apps for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, this affords maximum flexibility when editing tasks, adding comments and staying connected to your team’s work, he adds.

Schoenbaum says the initial version of Redbooth for the Apple TV includes some of the following capabilities:

Optimized for large screens: Rather than projecting the standard Redbooth...

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06:01
Apple Pay now supported by Clydesdale Bank and...

Apple Pay users in the U.K. now have access to two more banks, Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank. You can a complete list of supporting financial institutions by clicking here.

The mobile payment system is now available in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, China, France, Singapore, and Switzerland. Apple has hinted that Spain is also in line to get Apple Pay at some point this year (Spain currently supports it for Amex only). CEO Tim Cook also recently spoke about plans to bring the mobile payment system to India, while France, Japan and Brazil are also expected to add Apple Pay support in the near future.

Also, at June’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple said it would be brining online payments to iOS 10 and macOS Sierra through a...

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06:00
Apple has three consecutive quarters of slowing...

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 344 million units in the second quarter of 2016, a 4.3% increase over the same period in 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. However, the second quarter was Apple’s third consecutive one of slowing iPhone demand. That should pick up with the introduction of the “iPhone 7,” according to the Sellers Research Firm (that’s me).

Overall sales of mobile phones contracted by 0.5% with only five vendors from the top 10 showing growth. Among them were four Chinese manufacturers (Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi and BBK Communication Equipment) and South Korea's Samsung. 

All mature markets except Japan saw slowing demand for smartphones leading to a decline in sales of 4.9%. In contrast, all emerging regions except Latin America saw growth, which led to smartphone sales growing by 9.9%.

In the second quarter of 2016, Samsung had nearly 10% more market share than Apple. Samsung saw sales of its Galaxy A and Galaxy J series smartphones...

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06:00
AMD crashes Intel's party: Powerful Zen CPUs...

A block away from Intel's Developer Forum in San Francisco, AMD brought together a select group of media and analysts to make one thing clear: Its long-awaited Zen processor actually exists, and it's on track to ship early next year for desktops. Sur...

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06:00
Whyd is a colorful take on voice-controlled wireless...

Just two years ago, Whyd was trying to mix up the music streaming world, with a service that let you collect tracks from around the internet, and put them in one place. Today, it's moving into hardware with a multi-room wireless speaker. Don't worry,...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Nifty MiniDrive Air

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the Nifty MiniDrive Air for only $33.99 — that’s 15% off the regular price. Allowing you to add up to 200GB of storage to your MacBook without resorting to a bulky external hard drive, the Nifty MiniDrive is a microSD card adapter that seamlessly plugs into your MacBook, sitting flush with the side so you can leave it in all the time. Integration with Time Machine lets you automate backups, or you…

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05:48
Early Macs, 'Think Different' posters...

After Monday's closure of the New York City Tekserve retail and service location, nearly the entire array of Apple collectibles accumulated over two decades by the company will be sold in a live auction, with online bidding underway.

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05:40
Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac launches

Parallels (www.parallels.com/about) has launched Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac (www.parallels.com/upgradedesktop12). Parallels Desktop 12 is macOS Sierra ready, includes up-to 25% performance improvements, and features more than 20 ingle-function tools and utilities which are also available as a standalone Parallels Toolbox for Mac app.

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05:34
Could Amazon or Alphabet beat AAPL to be the first...

Back in 2014, some of the biggest investors in the U.S. suggested that Apple could be the first company to achieve a trillion dollar valuation by market cap, having gotten two-thirds of the way there that year before later slipping. Investment site Motley Fool yesterday acknowledged that the company could indeed be just ‘one home-run product’ away from this, but made the seemingly-unlikely argument that Amazon may get there first …

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05:20
Uber will offer free rides in its self-driving cars...

After months of testing, Uber's self-driving cars are ready to pick up their first passengers. Bloomberg reports that the ride-hailing company will allow customers in Pittsburgh to request one of its autonomous Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicles via t...

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05:15
AT&T introduces higher-end data plans, removes...

Just ahead of the next-gen iPhone release, AT&T on Wednesday announced new data plans that finally eliminate overage fees for heavy users.

The new plans, which go into effect this Sunday, retail for $30 per month for 1 gigabyte, $40 for 3 gigabytes, $60 for 6 gigabytes, $80 for 10 gigabytes, $90 for 16 gigabytes, $110 for 25 gigabytes, and $135 for 30 gigabytes. The 25- and 30-gigabyte plans are significantly cheaper than before, having previously hit $175 and $225, but the bottom tier now has half the data of its old equivalent, and others have been replaced or removed, such as the $20/300-megabyte and $50/5-gigabyte options.

The new plans will have users’ speeds throttled once they hit their data cap. With previous plans, the company was...

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05:11
The creator of Google's self-driving car now...

Bloomberg has taken a look at Uber's future in the autonomous vehicle world and uncovered a small, but important detail. The website is reporting that Uber has purchased Otto, the driverless freight truck startup that was launched a few months back....

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05:06
AT&T’s New Cell Plans Eliminate Data Overage Fees

AT&T has unveiled a new set of mobile plans that trade data overage fees for a speed cap.

 

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05:01
Deus Ex Go turns the stealthy shooter into a sharp...

The history of mobile gaming is littered with middling-to-awful attempts to turn beloved, big-budget console and PC game franchises into touchscreen experiences, but Hitman Go was the rare example to the contrary—and Lara Croft Go was even better. 

Both titles came out of Square Enix’s Montreal studio, and showed the mega-publisher learning to build new experiences that captured the essence of the original franchise in novel and compelling ways, rather than cram an existing experience onto phones and tablets. Hitman Go turned the methodical assassination simulator into turn-based puzzle affair with board game-like charm, while Lara Croft Go evolved the premise even further and gave us a brilliant...

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05:00
Chick-Fil-A announces full Apple Pay support, will...

You can now snag Chick-Fil-A with Apple Pay.

Apple Pay has expanded to all Chick-Fil-A locations. According to today’s tweet, however, Apple Pay will be accepted at all Chick-Fil-A locations as of this Friday, August 19th. The mobile payment platform will be supported in-store and in the drive thru.

Chick-Fil-A’s adoption of Apple Pay comes after the company has experimented with QR-based solutions in the past. Those solutions ultimately failed, according to employees, much like other QR-based offerings we’ve seen. Chick-Fil-A has, however, supported Apple Pay in its recently revamped app on iOS.

Apple still has Chick-Fil-A listed as “coming soon” on its Apple Pay web site. Other entities listed as coming soon including Forever 21, Johnny Rockets...

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05:00
The real reason Apple dumbed down the iPhone 7 camera

I agree 100% with Chris Smith’s post on BGR about how the iPhone 7 is about to become inferior to the larger iPhone 7 Plus in a very significant way.

I greatly prefer the 4.7-inch form factor iPhone and won’t buy the larger “Plus size” iPhone because it’s too bulky and it can’t be used with one hand. Plus, my iPad Pro and MacBook usually aren’t far away for when I need a larger screen.

In his article Smith lists some of the possible excuses Apple might trot out for omitting the dual-lens camera from the iPhone 7:

  • It’s too bulky

If Apple removes the...

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05:00
The Linux Foundation Gives PNDA a Home


The Linux Foundation on Tuesday added PNDA -- the Platform for Network Data Analytics -- to its project menagerie. PNDA provides an open source, scalable platform for next-generation network analytics. It integrates data from multiple sources on a network and works with Apache Spark to crunch the numbers in order to find useful patterns in the data more effectively. The project is now available in its initial platform release. Early PNDA supporters include Cisco, Deepfield, FRINX, Intersec, Moogsoft, NGENA, Ontology, OpenDataSoft and Tupl.

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04:50
Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank add Apple Pay...

The total number of UK banks and card companies supporting Apple Pay has reached 20, as Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank announced that they now support the mobile payment platform. Though originally separate, the two banks were merged in 2005, retaining separate branding but operating as a single legal entity, CYBG

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04:43
Apple Invents Waterproofing Port System

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published yet another patent application from Apple that reveals another aspect of waterproofing related to ports.

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04:30
The AirScale is a convenient combination of luggage...

It’s a scale. It’s a device charger. It’s both in one. “It” is the AirScale from Oasix, a combination luggage scale and USB power bank that will appeal to road warriors. It can weigh luggage up to 88 pounds and can re-charge an iPhone or iPad.

The $59 AirScale sports an easy-to-read digital display showing luggage weight (in your choice of metric or imperial units) and battery power on your mobile device. The goal is to help you keep track of your baggage’s weight and avoid overweight baggage fees, while never running out of juice for your iOS devices.

Thanks to its 6500mAh battery, it can handle 2.5 recharges for most smartphones. And that’s just what it did with my iPhone 6s Plus. It did a quick recharge, thought not quite the 2.4 x times faster speed that the folks at Oaxis tout.

The AirScale is easy to carry thanks to its detachable strap and ergonomic design. It only weights 0.34 pounds and measures...

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04:27
Kool Tools: SteelSeries Siberia 840

SteelSeries’ (www.steelseries.com) $329 Siberia 840 is the company’s newest wireless headset — now with Bluetooth. It’s part of the award-winning Siberia 800 family of gaming headsets, recognized among gamers as the best wireless gaming headset for its comfort, wireless technology and sound quality.
 

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04:27
Kool Tools: SteelSeries Siberia 840

SteelSeries’ $329 Siberia 840 is the company’s newest wireless headset — now with Bluetooth. It’s part of the award-winning Siberia 800 family of gaming headsets, recognized among gamers as the best wireless gaming headset for its comfort, wireless technology and sound quality.
 

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04:27
Kool Tools: SteelSeries Siberia 840

SteelSeries’ $329 Siberia 840 is the company’s newest wireless headset — now with Bluetooth. It’s part of the award-winning Siberia 800 family of gaming headsets, recognized among gamers as the best wireless gaming headset for its comfort, wireless technology and sound quality.
 

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04:15
How to see everything you've ever watched on...

Streaming is a curious beast. One minute you'll be enjoying the 80s vibe of Stranger Things (go watch it if you haven't already) and the next you'll be struggling to pick something from that overwhelming catalog. Sometimes, though, you'll stumble on...

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04:10
Future iPhones could feature Intel processors, say...

Analysts are suggesting that Apple might in future buy the A-series chips it uses in iPhones and iPads from Intel, following an interesting turnaround by the chipmaker this week, reports Fortune.

Intel has long offered foundry services in which they manufacture chips designed by customers, but that service has so far been limited to chips based on its own architecture. As of this week, however, the company has announced that it will also be able to produce ARM-based chips. This would allow Intel to compete with TSMC and Samsung for Apple’s iPhone and iPad chip business …

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04:00
The USB-C Quick Charge Cable helps eliminate cable...

Ravpower’s USB-C Quick Charge Cable helps eliminate cable fray for 12-inch MacBook owners. And I suspect it will be handy for those who buy the next gen MacBook Pros that I expect to roll out no later than October. 

It’s a Lightning to USB cable made of thick, sturdy PVC; you’ll have to consciously try to tear or break it. The USB-C Quick Charge Cable packs an authorization chip issued by Apple to ensure compatibility with any Lightning enabled iPad or iPhone. I’ve found it to be totally reliable for charging or uploading/downloading files. 

The USB-C Quick Charge Cable is plenty long at 6.6 inches (two meters). Yet it’s small enough to fit most case outcuts — although it doesn’t work with the LifeProof case for the iPhone 6/6s.

I’ve tried lots of Lightning cables, and this is one of the best. You can grab a USB-C Quick Charge Cable...

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03:37
NASA will answer your questions about its journey to...

NASA has a ton of Mars-related projects that it hopes would culminate in sending humans to the red planet within the next 25 years. There's the stationary InSight lander that it plans to launch in 2018 and the next-gen rover that will succeed Curiosi...

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03:16
In the Smartphone Volume Game alone, Samsung remains...

Kantar put a report out last week that we covered again yesterday, stating that Apple's iPhone 6s line-up edged out the Samsung S7 line-up in a direct comparison. That hasn't changed, even though a new report published today shows that Samsung is still the king in the unprofitable smartphone volume game.

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03:00
Netflix moved cord cutting forward; it's also...

Netflix's vast video library makes it easy to cut the cord, but you can't see what's available unless you use its native app.

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02:44
Google Chrome tests out a more personal New Tab page

A recent change to the Chrome Dev build on Android could indicate a new feature coming to the browser soon. Android Police points out that users are seeing a Google Now-powered content list on their devices, and I was able to pull it up easily after...

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01:20
Airbnb takes down its experimental Trips app for...

Airbnb has pulled down an unreleased app it was testing from Google Play shortly after people caught wind of its existence and what it can do. The experimental application represents the future of the company, you see, one that goes beyond vacation h...

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Wednesday August 17

23:39
NASA's asteroid-bound spacecraft will blast off...

It's official: OSIRIS-Rex is blasting off to meet a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu on September 8th, NASA has confirmed at a press briefing. The spacecraft will launch from Cape Canaveral and travel for two years before it reaches its destination. O...

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22:36
Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac released with macOS...

Virtualization software Parallels on Thursday issued its latest release, Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, with a host of new features including support for Apple's upcoming macOS Sierra, a standalone Toolbox app and performance improvements.

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21:58
Wikiverse turns Wikipedia into a visual universe of...

I've spent (too) many lazy evenings hopping from one Wikipedia entry to the next, reading things that could be useful for trivia night. It's fun enough, but this website that visualizes Wiki as a universe could make the experience even better for a l...

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21:51
Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Comes With Sierra...

Parallels today announced Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac with support for macOS Sierra and the addition of several new features. The company also announced a new standalone app called Parallel Toolbox, which allows users to perform some simple tasks that aren't necessarily tied to visualization.

New features in Desktop 12 include having Windows 10 "always on" in the background, the ability to instantly launch Windows apps, the ability to schedule incremental backups and Windows updates, the ability to assign special behaviors to Windows apps, improved integration for Microsoft Edge, Outlook, and Office 365, and Xbox app support. Additionally, Parallels has partnered with Blizzard to provide specific support for the hit game Overwatch.

Version 12 also includes 90 percent faster snapshot creation, 60 percent faster...

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21:01
Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac arrives w/ macOS Sierra...

Parallels Desktop for Mac, the popular software that lets you easily run Windows and other Intel operating systems (including other images of macOS) as virtual machines on your Mac, is today releasing the latest upgrade to version 12.

On top of getting Parallels ready for the release of macOS Sierra, version 12 introduces a number of great new features and an over 25 percent performance improvement, according to the company.

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21:01
Parallels for Mac has a new version, but no huge...

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Like clockwork, Parallels releases a new version of its desktop virtualization software for Mac computers every year. They often coincide with major new versions of the Windows and Mac operating systems, requiring major software changes to bring new Windows features to Apple computers or to make sure everything keeps working properly.

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac is thus being announced today, but there isn't much to be excited about. While Parallels can run just about any operating system in a virtual machine, its primary purpose is letting Mac users run Windows applications. For that use case, last year's Parallels Desktop 11 release is still good enough.

There was an obvious reason to upgrade to Parallels 11 last...

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21:01
Parallels Desktop 12 launches with macOS Sierra...

Every August, those of us in the tech blogging business await news from Parallels about the latest edition of the company's virtual machine application, Parallels Desktop. Today, Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac launched with a suite of new tools as well as with improved performance to make running guest operating systems from Windows 10 to Chrome OS on a Mac a breeze. 

Parallels Desktop 12 is already compatible with macOS Sierra as a host operating system, and Parallels has announced performance improvements of up to 25 percent in certain operations. The company realizes that a lot of users don't back up their virtual machines, so each Parallels Desktop 12 license now includes a one-year subscription to Acronis True Image to make incremental backups of those VMs an automatic process.

For the first time, users will be able to purchase and download Windows 10 directly from Parallels Desktop, making setup...

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20:59
Macgo Blu-ray Player 2.16.16.2419 - Blu-ray player.

Macgo Blu-ray Player can bring you the most unforgettable Blu-ray experience on your Mac. Overview Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can satisfy just about every need you could possibly have in a Blu-ray Player. It features a friendly user interface, ultrafast loading and super high quality. Besides that, it perfectly supports Blu-ray, DVD and any other media format that you want to play. It outputs video at up to 1080p high-definition quality without loss of data and frame, and allows full preservation of all audio tracks (like DTS 5.1, Dolby TrueHD Audio, etc.).

Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is really easy to operate. You can control almost everything on the main interface with your mouse. More settings can be done by right-click on the interface while playing. Or you can change preferences in the menu on the top of the interface. Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is the first Blu-ray player on Mac, and its uniqueness doesn't just end with that. It can support any media...

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20:59
Duplicate Annihilator 5.8.2 - Find and delete...

Duplicate Annihilator takes on the time-consuming task of comparing the images in your iPhoto library using effective algorithms to make sure that no duplicate escapes.

Duplicate Annihilator detects:

  • Duplicates
  • Imported thumbnails
  • Imported thumbnails of faces
  • Missing image files
  • Corrupt JPEGs



Version 5.8.2:

  • Minor fixes



  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • iPhoto 5 or later



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20:59
Pandora 2.0.10 - Desktop app for the music streaming...

With the Pandora Desktop Application, you can play your Pandora stations right from your desktop.

Version 2.0.10:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.4 or later
  • Adobe AIR
  • PandoraOne account



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20:59
Delivery Status 6.2.3 - Check delivery status of...

Delivery Status displays delivery status of packages for a variety of shipment services.

Can't wait for your packages to arrive? Don't waste your time checking the site constantly, just open this all-in-one delivery tracker and enter your order number or tracking number. The status will update automatically for you, and even count down the days! It also works with Growl to give you pop-up message, email notifications, and more, whenever your package status changes.

Delivery Status lets you track your deliveries from:

  • Adobe.com (US and Canada)
  • Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.co.jp, Amazon.de, Amazon.at, and Amazon.fr
  • Apple.com (including all international stores)
  • Aramex
  • Canada Post (Postes Canada)
  • DHL (US, Germany, and GlobalMail)
  • DPD (Germany)
  • FedEx and FedEx SmartPost
  • GLS Germany
  • Google Checkout
  • Hermes Logistik Gruppe (HLG, Germany)...
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20:59
OmniFocus 2.6.2 - GTD task manager with iOS...

OmniFocus helps you manage your tasks the way that you want, freeing you to focus your attention on the things that matter to you most.

Capturing tasks and ideas is always a keyboard shortcut away in OmniFocus 2. Clip data from Mail, Safari, Messages, or third-party apps. Bring up Quick Entry to file away an idea before it drifts away; it's always at your fingertips, waiting for more.

OmniFocus comes in two feature levels: Standard, available for $39.99; and Pro, available for $79.99.



Version 2.6.2:

  • [Encryption] Made changes to significantly reduce the likelyhood of a “No Key in Slot” error. For more information on recovering from this error should it occur, please see this support article.
  • [Repetition] Fixed a problem where repeating items could be corrupted when edited on multiple devices.
  • [Large Databases] Made changes to reduce OmniFocus’ memory footprint when reading your database from disk....
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20:59
Steam 1.5 - Multiplayer and communications platform...

Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute a large number of games and related media entirely over the Internet, from small independent efforts to larger, more popular games. Steam is set apart from similar services primarily by its community features, completely automated game update process, and its use of in-game functionality.

Features

  • Instantly access your favorite games - Over 1,100 games are available to purchase, download, and play from any computer. Check out the new releases, indie hits, casual favorites and everything in between.
  • Join the Steam Community - Find someone to play with, meet up with friends, connect with groups of similar interests, and host and join chats, matches, and tournaments.
  • Chat with your friends while gaming - See when your friends...
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20:59
Default Folder X 5.0.6b5 - Enhances Open and Save...

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

Features

  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window...
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20:59
Microsoft OneNote 15.25 - Free digital notebook.

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

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

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



Version 15.25:

Note: Now requires a 64-bit...

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20:32
McDonald's pulls plug on Happy Meal activity...

McDonald's Happy Meals might be beloved for their included toys, but the food inside is just as unhealthy as most of the menu at the Golden Arches. As the Rio Olympics approached, the franchise hoped to reverse its kids combo's poor nutritional reput...

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19:23
Gene editing helps spot evolutionary link between...

Gene editing technology isn't just useful for curing the world's ills, it seems. University of Chicago scientists have used the CRISPR technique to discover a key evolutionary connection between fins and hands. Researchers edited fin-related zebraf...

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18:41
Washington, DC apartment building offers an '...

While developers in San Francisco are subsidizing Uber rides for residents, one forthcoming apartment building in Washington DC's Mount Pleasant neighborhood is offering to make the actual experience of waiting even more comfortable. As the Washingto...

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18:20
HP's New Omen X Gaming PC Borrows from the...

Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs would have gotten a kick out of HP's new gaming PC called the Omen X that's scheduled to launch next month.

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18:05
AT&T debuts data plans without overages ahead of...

AT&T on Wednesday revealed new data plans skewed in favor of its higher-end tiers, though also finally eliminating overage fees for heavy users.

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18:00
LG adds brighter, more portable projectors to...

For the very truly dedicated cord-cutters out there, LG has just announced two new portable, battery-powered projectors that can be set up blissfully free of any audio, video or power cables. The two models in LG's Minibeam lineup will debut next mon...

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17:28
Astronomers witnessed a white dwarf going nova

When a star explodes, astronomers usually scramble to point their telescopes in its direction, hoping to catch a glimpse of the aftermath. While this is a fine way for learning about the results of a nova or supernova, much less is known about the ev...

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17:17
Target Reports that their Electronic Sales Crashed...

Apple's revenues were down 14.6% year-over-year this past quarter, with iPhone sales roughly down 18%, half of the drop that Xiaomi experienced this quarter. Yet somehow the drop in Apple device sales translated to a drop of 75% of Target stores electronics sales collapse this quarter

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16:44
French mayor bans 'Pokémon Go' in his town

In what is either great technological misunderstanding or extreme territorialism, mayor Fabrice Beauvois wants every digital pocket monster out of his village. He mailed a decree to Niantic, creators of the mobile game Pokémon Go, demanding th...

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16:35
According to Korean Press, Apple Music is a Failure

South Korea's Samsung got a friendly kick in the face last week when we reported that for Q2, Apple's slow selling iPhone 6s and 6s Plus ended up being the number one smartphone over Samsung's more up-to-date and flashy Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge according to Kantar. Samsung fans got their nose out of joint to be sure by eating up all of the hype that's been in the press for months of how the new Samsung smartphones bested the iPhone 6s by a wide margin. Hmm.

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16:20
Companies Can't Legally Void the Warranty For...

Reader Jason Koebler writes: Manufacturers that threaten to void the warranties of consumers who jailbreak or root their phones are violating federal law.Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, manufacturers cannot legally void your hardware warranty simply because you altered the software of an electronic device. In order to void the warranty without violating federal law, the manufacturer must prove that the modifications you made directly led to a hardware malfunction."They have to show that the jailbreak caused the failure. If yes, they can void your claim (not your whole warranty—just the things which flowed from your mod)," Steve Lehto, a lemon law attorney in Michigan, wrote in an email. "If not, then they can't."


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16:03
Driverless buses to hit Finnish city's streets

Finland has been testing autonomous EasyMile buses on public roads for a little while now, but away from the hustle and bustle of its big cities. Now the Scandinavian country is ready to try out the adorable, driverless people-movers on the mean stre...

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16:00
Apple Pay at Chick-Fil-A

Starting this Friday, August 19, you'll be able to use Apple Pay on your iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for food and beverages at your nearby Chick-Fil-A restaurant. The fast food chain has been on Apple's list of "coming soon" retailers for a while, but until now there's been no confirmation that it was actually going to happen.

Roger Fingas at AppleInsider sent a tweet to the chain's Twitter channel, and received the following response:

@loneswords Yes, as of August 19th, Apple Pay and Android Pay are available for payment both in-restaurant and in the Drive Thru.

— Chick-fil-A, Inc. (@ChickfilA) August 17, 2016

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15:35
Live-action 'Pokemon' film snags '...

There's a live-action Pokemon film on the horizon, and Variety reports Legendary has two great writers in its sights to help pen the feature: Alex Hirsch of Gravity Falls fame and Nicole Perlman, who helped pen Guardians of the Galaxy.

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15:31
Beam Up and Tour the Classic Star Trek Enterprise Set

If you’ve ever wanted to roam the corridors on Captain Kirk’s Enterprise from the original Star Trek series, now is your chance. Or, more accurately, now you can explore a faithful reproduction of the set where the classic Trek was filmed. James Cawley spent years recreating the set from original Desilu (now Paramount) plans for his high quality fan series Star Trek: Phase II, and now he’s teamed up with CBS so everyone can see the bridge, sick bay, engineering room, and more just as the actors did in 1966. You’ll have to make a trip to Ticonderoga, New York, and tours end on October 31. Tickets run about $25, and remember the Prime Directive: treat the set with love.


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15:24
Conversing with Extraterrestrials in Paramount’s...

One of my favorite actresses, Amy Adams, plays a linguist, charged with understanding the alien visitor’s language. It seems the arrival of very smart science fiction films like Ex Machina, Interstellar and The Martian are inspiring a new breed. This looks to be one of them. Coming November 11th.


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15:22
Intel's Project Alloy Tosses Reality Into a...


Intel on Tuesday presented its virtual reality vision -- a vision that mixes virtual and real worlds into a kind of merged reality -- to developers attending a conference in San Francisco. Mixing reality and unreality sometimes can be a recipe for disaster, but Intel thinks it will be a formula for success. At the center of Intel's vision is its Project Alloy mobile headset and its cutting edge RealSense software. The Alloy head-mounted device departs from other VR devices in that the headset housese all sensors and computing power.

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15:11
Apple Pay rolling out to all Chick-Fil-A locations...

As Apple Pay continues to expand to more banks in the United States and around the world, it’s slowly coming to more retail locations, as well. Next on the docket for Apple Pay support appears to be Chick-Fil-A, according to a tweet from the restaurant chain.

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15:06
Target Blames Apple for Lower Sales

Target released its 2nd quarter results on Wednesday, including a 1.1% decline in revenue year-over-year. In a conference call with analysts, executives cited a 20% decrease in sales of Apple products during the quarter as one of the principle reasons for its overall performance.


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15:05
Hulu cozies up to Marvel, starts working on a '...

Netflix has been milking its relationship with Marvel with great success, churning out critically acclaimed -- and badass -- series like Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Now Hulu's getting in on the action, too. As first reported by Deadline, the streami...

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15:00
AWT News Update: August 17, 2016

Lots of great Apple news and rumors today that we've already covered on the website, but we have a few other stories we thought you'd find fascinating:

  • Target blames Apple for a drop in store sales during the previous quarter
  • AT&T announces new Mobile Share Advantage plans with more more data for less money, but be sure to read between the lines
  • Intel wants device manufacturers to adopt USB-C as an audio output standard
  • Apple adds 37 new US banks and credit unions to Apple Pay
  • Automatic goes Pro, adding a free 3G connection to it for car data logging and location tracking (see image above)

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14:43
Apple Pay support coming to Chik-fil-A restaurants...

After months of waiting, chicken-loving iPhone owners will be able to check out using at Chik-fil-A locations using Apple Pay on Aug. 19, the restaurant chain announced on Wednesday.

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14:35
Pinterest is betting big on video ads for brands

While showcase site Pinterest is still releasing features in line with its image-focused brand, it's finally expanding its advertising options beyond still photos. Today it's introducing promoted video ads, letting users expand its cinematic pins int...

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14:15
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 17, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

AKVIS has announced AKVIS Retoucher 8 for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). fThe new version offers an image retouching mode for correcting small defects, the History Brush tool, new setting options, support for 4k and 5k displays, and other important changes.

AKVIS Retoucher is a tool for photo restoration and photo retouching. The software heals damaged parts of a photo, removes scratches, stains, and other defects. 

AKVIS Retoucher is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors. The Home version costs $87 for new users. A demo is available for...

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14:05
'Resident Evil 7' gameplay vid proves...

Resident Evil 7 is looking as creepy as ever, if the latest trailer out of Gamescom 2016 is any indication.

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13:57
Sales of Apple Products Down 20% at Target

During the second quarter of 2016, sales of Apple iPads, iPhones, and other devices fell 20 percent at popular retailer Target. Target CEO Brian Cornell highlighted the sales drop during an earnings call where he suggested the decline was due to a lack of "newness" and "innovation" and blamed poor Apple sales for Target's disappointing Q2 earnings results.

According to Cornell, electronics sales decreased by double digits, with Apple product sales responsible for a third of the overall drop.

"Our guests come to us looking for those products," Cornell said on a conference call to discuss earnings. "They're looking for the newness and the innovation. We're putting together plans with Apple and our merchandising teams to make sure we're ready to take advantage of that in the back half of the year."In the first calendar...

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13:56
The secret lives of cadavers

Many of us are understandably squeamish about cadavers but the story of how much good we can do after our death is a good one to know. One of my favorite books is “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” (affiliate link) by Mary Roach.

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13:35
New algorithm finds signs of depression in your...

While Instagram data can already be used to guess your age, a new research paper shows how it might also be used to check upon your mental health. Using a set of machine learning tools and several dozen users' Instagram feeds, a team of researchers f...

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13:30
The Week in Mac Apps: A new update for Calcbot,...

New Mac apps of the week

It’s back-to-school time, and this week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a serving of calculators, great ways to create your own library, and a fun way to learn more about Linux. Read on!

1-Degree Finance: Home Budget, Expenses and Bills 1.5.2

Neroli Studio’s 1-Degree Finance helps you keep your finances organized by creating useful reports for budgeting and monitoring your financial life.

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13:10
World's longest aircraft takes its first flight

That aircraft you see above may look more than a little odd, but it just made history... and it might be the future of flight. Hybrid Air Vehicles has successfully flown the Airlander 10, a long-endurance airplane/airship hybrid billed as the longest...

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13:07
They were strangers at the starting line. Less than...

For me, this has been the best story of the 2016 Olympics.

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12:55
Apple is producing a documentary about Drake, Lil...

More rappers are joining forces with Apple, but Jay-Z is not in the mix.

Apple is producing a documentary about Cash Money Records, the hip-hop label that’s home to Drake, Lil’ Wayne, and Nicki Minaj. According to Bloomberg, Apple has agreed to finance the project, and it’s expected to stream exclusively on Apple Music.

Earlier this week, Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan Williams, better known in the music industry as Birdman, posted a photo on Instagram with Larry Jackson, Apple’s head of original music content. He captioned the photo, “It’s official… Cash Money makes a power move with Apple Music.”

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12:42
Podcast 521: iPhone 7 rumor-palooza

The iPhone 7 isn't announced yet, but we can't wait! This week we tear into the latest rumors about its camera system and lack of headphone jack, along with a rumor about another size of iPad Pro.

Elsewhere, Facebook is blocking ad-blockers, so the ad-blockers are blocking the ad-blocker-blocker. Makes sense! CVS Pay could get awkward in Target. And Tim Cook gives good interview—hey, Tim, you should guest on the podcast sometime!

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12:40
Chrome extension restores the backspace key to its...

Lots of very smart people work at Google, but that doesn't mean they're immune from making decisions that piss people off. Consider this recent Chrome kerfuffle: some users were recently shocked to discover that, upon updating Chrome, they could no l...

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12:27
Inside Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro: USB-C and...

With Apple's new MacBook Pro expected in the coming months, AppleInsider takes a look at technologies expected to be updated, or removed, from the new portable. In many ways, one of the key changes could be the anticipated embrace of new, smaller USB-C ports with high-speed USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 data connectivity.

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12:20
AT&T unveils 'overage-free' phone...

No, the big US carriers aren't done shadowing each other's moves yet. AT&T has responded to Verizon's new phone plans with Mobile Share Advantage plans that scrap overages and increase the data you can get, but carry their share of catches. Price...

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12:11
Tesla lures away Apple’s director of Reliability...

Electric car company Tesla has hired David Erhart, Apple’s (former) director of Reliability Engineering, to lead its own liability team. His new title? Senior director of Reliability and Test at Tesla.

Erhart worked at Apple from January 2014 to August 2016. He’s also worked at Medtronic and Motorola.

Erhart has a PHD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a BS in Chemical Engineering form the Illinois Institute of Technology.

 

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12:00
'Gears of War 4' writers are striving for...

Gears of War has never been known for its deep, imaginative storytelling. Each game is a popcorn-friendly thrill ride, pitting muscular soldiers against an army of bloodthirsty monsters. It's a simple concept: Grab an assault rifle, dive behind some...

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11:46
Target cites 20% drop in Apple product sales for...

Retail chain Target is blaming Apple in part for its latest disappointing quarterly earnings results. Yahoo Finance reports that Target management cites a 20% year-over-year decline in Apple product sales during the quarter for overall electronics sales dropping.

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11:40
Apple is making a documentary with Cash Money Records

Cash Money Records' deal to stream some of its music exclusively on Apple's subscription service appears to be about more than just tunes. Bloomberg reports that Drake and Nicki Minaj's record label is working with Apple on a documentary as well. The...

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11:39
Mac: Top Storey Purrfect Memory

Unless you’re somebody who’s been blessed with eidetic memory, even the best of us could use some help from time to time remembering snippets of information. This is where Purrfect Memory ($3) by Top Storey comes into play. This handy little app sits up in your Mac’s menu bar, prompting you to fill in the blanks on any phrase, list, or other set of words you want to remember, adding more and more blanks with each iteration until you’re ready to fill in the whole phrase or list by memory.

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11:20
Celebrity augmented reality 'holograms'...

Get ready for celebrity 'holograms' beyond the usual 2D illusions. RadicalMedia and Uncorporeal are partnering on 3D captures of celebrities for augmented reality and eventually virtual reality performances, giving digital stand-ins a greater presenc...

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11:00
Sonos teases upcoming ‘Future of Sound at Home’ NYC...

Almost a year ago Sonos introduced its latest flagship wireless speaker with the second-generation Play:5 (review), and now Sonos is preparing to make news again with a media event in New York City later this month.

more…

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11:00
How we trained AI to be sexist

You'd never know from Jacqueline Feldman's background that she'd become a passionate proponent of gender equality for artificial intelligence. She went the dreamer's route at college, attending Yale for English literature and writing. She prefers cas...

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11:00
Flo contact-free smart thermometer: Fast, accurate,...

Back in February we ran a piece about a Kickstarter campaign for the Flo smart thermometer, a connected health device that promised to revolutionize taking and tracking body temperatures. Now Flo is available for sale for US$39.99, and the product is so impressive that it's an Apple World Today Top Pick for 2016.

Design

It's rare for Apple World Today to select an accessory as a Top Pick, and even more rare for us to have two accessories in two days be Top Picks! Yesterday it was the Meem cable for backing up your iOS device, while today...

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10:57
Nikon’s D3400 DSLR is made for aspiring photographers

This looks to be a nice beginner camera as long as you don’t need/want 4K recording or wifi connectivity (which is still a sore spot for me).

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10:45
Apple rumored to open first Austrian store in Vienna

Apple may be preparing to launch its first Austrian store on Vienna's K?rntnerstrasse, home to a high-traffic shopping district, a report claimed on Wednesday.

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10:45
AT&T Introduces New Data Plans Without Overage...

AT&T has introduced new Mobile Share Advantage plans that eliminate data overage charges. Instead, after customers use all of their high-speed data amounts, all data usage will be reduced to a maximum of 128 kbps for the rest of their bill cycle, akin to what T-Mobile has offered for several years.

Old Plans

- 300MB for $20/month

- 2GB for $30/month

- 5GB for $50/month

- 15GB for $100/month

- 20GB for $140/month

- 25GB for $175/month

- 30GB for $225/month

New Plans

- 1GB for $30/month

- 3GB for $40/month

- 6GB for $60/month

- 10GB for $80/month

- 16GB for $90/month

- 25GB for $110/month

- 30GB for $135/month

40GB, 50GB, 60GB, 80GB, and 100GB data tiers are...

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10:40
Netflix strikes a deal with Enseo to offer its...

Tired of relaxing in your hotel room and flipping on the TV only to realize you can't binge watch your favorite shows without Netflix? Netflix knows the true horror of this realization.

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10:25
Upcoming Macs could ditch the audio jack for...

At the company’s IDF Developer Conference in San Francisco, Intel pushed for mobile devices to ditch analog audio and embrace digital headsets using USB-C. Yep. USB-C, not Lightning.

If the rumors are true — and I believe they are — the “iPhone 7” will ditch the 3.5mm audio jack and go strictly with Lightning and wireless headphones and earbuds. It may be possible that Macs will go the same route with all desktops and laptops adding Lightning ports. Or perhaps Apple will promote USB-C headphones for its desktop and laptop line-up. The latter is less likely as the company would probably prefer supporting one audio standard across its entire product line-up.

At the IDF Developer Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Intel architects Brad Saunders and Rahman Ismail talked about (http://www.cnet.com/news/intel-expects-usb-type-c-could-help-kill-the-3-5mm-...

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10:20
Microsoft says this might be the last console...

Earlier today I sat down with Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft's head of Xbox games marketing, to talk about Xbox One, Project Scorpio and the future of console gaming. Here are Greenberg's thoughts on three key topics.

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10:17
Why tech companies are making Election Day a holiday

We Canadians are always surprised to hear that Americans don’t get time off to vote. In Canada, your employer must give you four hours off to go to the polls.

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10:10
[Sponsor] What Can You Do With 10 KB?

The Microsoft Edge team is thrilled to present 10K Apart, a web design contest in just 10 KB. We’re giving away $10,000 in prizes to your compelling web experiences that can be delivered in 10 KB. With so much of an emphasis on front-end frameworks and JavaScript runtimes, it’s time to get back to basics—back to optimizing every little byte like your life depends on it and ensuring your site can work, no matter what. Check out the official rules and enter the contest today!

(What’s a Microsoft Edge? We’re the all-new, all-modern browser for Windows, and we’re working hard to make your life easier. Check out dev.microsoftedge.com for tools to take the pain out of testing for Windows on your Mac, including...

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10:10
WaterField Designs stays on a roll with the...

Let me say upfront that, in all my years of reviewing products, there have been few from WaterField Designs that haven’t impressed me. That hasn’t changed with the WaterField Designs Bolt Briefcase.

Are WaterField Design products expensive? Yes. The Bolt’s price ranges from $249 to $279 depending if you want a small (which can accommodate up to a 13-inch laptop), medium, or large size (which can handle a 17-inch notebook). You get what you pay for, and the company’s products are impeccable.

The Bolt has a designated, laptop compartment for a Mac notebook, PC laptop, Surface Pro, or other device. The gadget is accessible through a quick-access zipper, which speeds up things when you pass through TSA airport security.

The Bolt is designed to accommodate everything for short business trips without the need for an extra bag. Ergonomically-designed straps distribute weight evenly for...

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10:09
Perhaps the TiVO Roamio can serve as inspiration for...

The TiVo Roamio (love the name) OTA 1TB is a great gadget to watchlive, recorded, on-demand and over-the-top television. Perhaps Apple should be "inspired" by some of its features and include them in an high end version of its Apple TV set-top box. 

The $399.99 Roamio offers a host of cool DVR features combined with favorite streaming services. It’s sorta like an Apple TV, Roku and cable box rolled into one. 

With four tuners and 1TB of storage, the OTA 1TB can access and record up to 150 hours of high-definition programming and up to four shows at once, from popular local networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS and Univision, where available with an HD antenna. The TiVo Roamio OTA 1TB also gives users access to their content and subscriptions from video services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video and YouTube, among others. An Apple TV DVR with such features and storage would be perfect for storing movies purchased on iTunes. 

We have multiple...

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10:08
Apple adds 37 new banks and credit unions to the the...

Apple has added 37 new banks and credit unions to the the list of financial institutions supporting Apple Pay. You can find the list here (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204916).

The mobile payment system is now available in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, China, France, Singapore, and Switzerland. Apple has hinted that Spain is also in line to get Apple Pay at some point this year (Spain currently supports it for Amex only). CEO Tim Cook also recently spoke about plans to bring the mobile payment system to India, while France, Japan and Brazil are also expected to add Apple Pay support in the near future.

Also, at June’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple said it would be brining online payments to iOS 10 and macOS Sierra through a new "Pay with...

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10:00
As emoji grow more popular, the “language” also...

  • Emoji in iOS 10.

    Andrew Cunningham

Emoji have become important. They’ve permeated our conversations and our messaging apps and our popular culture to a degree that no one could have anticipated just a few years ago, and when your phone or computer gets an update, new emoji are often featured prominently in the release notes or even announced in their own...

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10:00
Instagram adds event video channels to the '...

Instagram wants you to know it's more than just photos; it's about videos too. That's why the app has been investing quite a bit in surfacing them more in its Explore tab. Earlier this year, it added a video channel for easier to find clips and furth...

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10:00
Rumor: iPhone 7 could have a 256GB top storage tier

It will be SO nice when Apple finally has its event to announce the newest iPhone, since the rumor mills are running overtime right now. Those wacky folks at DigiTimes are citing industry sources and saying that the iPhone 7 (or whatever it's called) will come in a 256GB version

DigiTimes is actually the third site to report this news; Taiwanese research firm TrendForce and website MyDrivers have both conjectured about a bigger storage tier for the iPhone 7 in the past. DigiTimes says that "NAND flash vendors have increased chip prices citing strong demand for new smartphones particularly the iPhone 7 featuring up to 256GB of storage, according to industry sources."

The increased top storage tier is good news for those who use their iPhones to store mass quantities of photos, videos and other media. In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that the bottom end capacity for the iPhone 7...

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09:59
AT&T boosting data plans, dropping overage...

Carriers often try to attract switchers and new subscribers during new iPhone season, and AT&T is doing its part today by upgrading its mobile plans with some modest data upgrades at reduced costs. AT&T is also announcing that its new plans no longer include overage charges for exceeding data caps. AT&T subscribers won’t automatically be moved to these new plans, so current customers will want to compare these new rates and potentially save money with more data.

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09:46
Intel pushes USB-C as 3.5mm jack replacement, touts...

The seemingly inevitable demise of the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack has placed the technology world in need of a successor, and Intel this week laid out its case as to why it thinks the reversible USB-C port is the best option for accessory makers.

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09:35
How imperfections could bring down the world’s most...

The opening photo of this long article is fantastic. I saw David many years ago in Florence and was absolutely captivated by the statue.

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: LG 34” UltraWide Display $310,...

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

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09:30
Kanye West, incest and Twitter's First...

NSFW Warning: This story may contain links to and descriptions or images of explicit sexual acts.

On Nov. 11th, 2014, Kim Kardashian's ass broke the internet. Her iconic posterior, photographed by Jean-Paul Goude, graced the cover of Paper magazin...

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09:19
Retailer Target pins missed financial goals on...

Target's executives revealed in an earnings conference call that Apple sales at their stores dropped 20 percent, calling it one of the major reasons for missing earnings guidance, and forcing a revision for the next quarter as well.

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09:10
∞ Apple’s Black Hat presentation

It’s great they made the video available.

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09:07
EE's Max handset plans include free EU roaming...

EE hasn't done a great deal to mix up its tariff options this year, and you know what that means. Correct... we've got a complicated new pricing structure to chew through. The carrier has revamped its pay-monthly handset plans specifically, splitting...

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09:02
Uber takes legal action over new rules in London

In January, it decided against imposing a five-minute wait time for rides on customers of services such as Uber, which allows customers to book and pay for a taxi on their smartphones, but said that it would bring in measures including compulsory language tests.

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09:00
Sway design tips and new templates

Sway just passed its one-year mark, and we are very inspired to see millions of users from all over the globe using Sway in their work and personal lives. We hope to serve even more people by delivering on our promise to make it effortless to create and share content with colleagues, family and friends.

To achieve this goal, our team takes user feedback to heart—constantly testing and iterating on our user experience. Since we’ve received numerous requests to show you how to navigate through Sway’s style features, we thought it would be helpful to publish some tips to help you make the most out of Sway.

Remix

First, let’s begin with our new Portfolio template as a sample Sway. Sway templates start you off with a color palette, layout and sample content. If you like the first combination you see, you can...

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09:00
Google for Education gets a host of updates as the...

Google's Chromebook has been particularly successful in the education market -- and that's helped drive its broader software platform, Google for Education. It's similar to the business offerings Google offers, with access to Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Sli...

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09:00
Intel To Manufacture Rival ARM Chips In Mobile Push

An anonymous reader writes: Chip maker Intel has entered an unlikely partnership with British semiconductor firm ARM in an effort to boost opportunities for its foundry business. The licensing agreement, which was confirmed at the Intel Development Forum in San Francisco, means that from 2017 Intel's Custom Foundry will manufacture ARM chips -- used by smartphone giants such as Apple, Qualcomm and Samsung. On the announcement of its latest earnings report, Intel was clear to highlight a shift in focus, away from the traditional PC market, to emerging areas such as the Internet of Things and mobile -- a sector dominated by one-time arch rival ARM. It seems that Intel has now decided to surrender to the latter's prominence in the field.


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08:59
Pandora 2.0.10 - Desktop app for the music streaming...

With the Pandora Desktop Application, you can play your Pandora stations right from your desktop.

Version 2.0.10:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.4 or later
  • Adobe AIR
  • PandoraOne account



Download Now]]>

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08:58
Happy Hour Podcast 080 | Apple TV guide, Apple Watch...

This week Benjamin and Zac catch up on new Apple exec interviews, Apple TV’s rumored guide feature, Apple Watch 2 plans, iPhone 7 details, 2017/2018 iPad rumors, and the latest MacBook details. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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08:40
FreedomPop offers unlimited WhatsApp chats in over...

Don't want to pay a fortune for mobile service, but can't stand the thought of being unable to message your friends? FreedomPop thinks it can help. The sometimes-free carrier has launched an offer that gives you free, unlimited WhatsApp messaging i...

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08:38
256GB Storage Rumor Gaining Steam as iPhone 7 Launch...

iPhone users that elect not to use iCloud storage will be pleased to learn that another source has thrown its weight behind at least one iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus model having 256GB of flash storage.

DigiTimes, citing industry sources, is the latest to claim the iPhone 7 will feature up to 256GB of storage, corroborating previous reports from Chinese website MyDrivers and Taiwanese research firm TrendForce.NAND flash vendors have increased chip prices citing strong demand for new smartphones particularly the iPhone 7...

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08:35
About the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11...

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11.4 and Security Update 2016-002.

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08:30
TfL slides into your Twitter DMs with weekend travel...

In an extension to its partnership with Twitter, Transport for London (TfL) has announced a new pilot that will send a direct message every Thursday that will warn of weekend closures and maintenance on the city's travel routes.

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08:20
Twitter and YouTube wouldn't delete an...

Internet giants have been increasingly willing to take down extremist content, but their previous reluctance is coming back to haunt them. The UK recently convicted radical cleric Anjem Choudary (and co-defendant Mohammed Rahman) of rallying support...

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08:16
Rumors: Apple orders 10nm TSMC 'A11' chips...

As expected, TSMC has secured orders to produce 10-nanometer "A11" processors for next year's iPhones, according to sources. Separate sources meanwhile hinted on Wednesday that this year's "iPhone 7" will indeed have up to 256 gigabytes of storage.

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08:07
Apple Security Presentation from

Ivan Krstić did an amazing presentation at the 2016 Black Hat in Vegas, which I’ve thrown here: us-16-Krstic. Great content around iOS Security, under the hood. Encryption, webkit hardening, secure enclave processing, key bags, master keys, data at rest security, updates, data protection, synchronization security, keychains, iCloud, backup, key vaults, aaaaannnnnnnddddddd Bounties for uncovering vulnerabilities! Great stuff!

The post Apple Security Presentation from appeared first on krypted.com.

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08:00
Daily Deal: The Mac User's Photography Bundle...

Snapheal CK at work, getting rid of powerlines! 

We're living in a great time for photography. Take a digital photograph that would have been tossed into the trash can a decade ago, and now we have amazing Mac apps with which to fix, enhance, and stylize those photos into breathtaking images. Today's Daily Deal is just what every Mac-owning photographer needs: a bundle of nine top photography apps for OS X for just $29.99.

What do you get in this bargain bundle of goodness? Do you have the time to read all of these descriptions? Here we go!

Snapheal CK

  • Erase extra objects & fix imperfections
  • Use the smart pixel identifications algorithm & cutting edge technologies to solve your photo problems
  • Fix blemishes &...
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08:00
Can big data and AI fix our criminal-justice crisis?

America, land of the free. Yeah, right. Tell that to the nearly 7 million people incarcerated in the US prison system. The United States holds the dubious distinction of having the highest per capita incarceration rate of any nation on the planet --...

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07:49
iTunes 12.5 and iOS 10 music app add lyrics to song...

Kirk McElhearn walks you through the process of showing lyrics on your Mac and iOS device. Love this.

Lyrics have been part of iTunes for a long time. Here’s Kirk on what’s new here:

You have always been able to add lyrics to files in iTunes, but iTunes didn’t display them other than in the Info window. On iOS, you could display them by tapping album artwork, if you had added lyrics to your files. So what’s new is the display in iTunes, in the Up Next popup, or in the MiniPlayer.

In addition, iTunes and iOS will now search for lyrics that you haven’t added to your tracks. This is new, and involves some sort of licensing, most likely with Gracenote.

So it’s a pretty big deal.

Agreed.

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07:49
News: Apple’s assembly sites in China hit zero-waste...

Apple has reached one of its biggest environmental goals in China, bringing all 14 of its final assembly sites into zero-waste compliance, the company said in a press release. All waste from the facilities is now either reused, recycled, composted or burned to create power. The company also announced a commitment from supplier Lens Technology to run its Apple operations on entirely renewable energy by 2018, making an “unprecedented” power…

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07:45
Deal with Cash Money (Drake’s label) expands Apple’s...

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc., the world’s richest company, is making a documentary with Cash Money Records, one of the world’s most successful hip-hop labels.

Cash Money is home to Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake, with whom Apple already has an exclusive deal. Co-founder Bryan Williams, who performs under the stage name Birdman, posted a picture to his Instagram account on Tuesday alongside Larry Jackson, the head of Apple’s original music content, with both executives holding their chins pensively. The photo celebrated Apple agreeing to fund a documentary for the label, according to people familiar with the deal. It is not, as many had speculated after the photo, an agreement to secure all of Cash Money’s new albums exclusively, the people said.

This is Apple continuing to dip their toes in the water.

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07:45
BBC picks new weather partner after 93 years with...

Although it's been almost a year since the BBC announced its 93-year partnership with the Met Office was coming to an end, the broadcaster didn't have replacement lined up at the time. During those months, it has considered bids from various new prov...

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07:45
Intel praises killer USB-C audio features in war...

You may like your earbuds and its 3.5mm jack, but you’ll downright love USB-C headphones, Intel says. At the company’s IDF developer conference in San Francisco, Intel’s once again pushing hard for mobile devices to ditch analog audio and embrace feature-filled digital headsets.

Replacing the vaunted 3.5mm jack has evolved into a contentious issue ever since rumors surfaced that Apple would use a lightning connector for audio in the next iPhone. Similarly to the passion that surrounds Windows XP and...

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07:41
Apple Pay's August expansion surge continues...

Apple continues pushing forward with its deployment of the Apple Pay service, adding 37 new banks and credit unions to the already expansive list of supporting financial institutions.

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07:40
Apple steps up environmental efforts in China

Apple doesn’t talk about its supply chain very often, but the company does love to tout its environmental efforts. On Tuesday, Apple announced that its supplier Lens Technology has committed to using 100 percent renewable energy to manufacture glass for Apple, by the end of 2018.

Lens Technology is expected to use wind power to reach this goal. Currently, it produces glass for Apple at two factories in Changsha, Human province, in southern China. By using clean wind power, the firm will avoid releasing nearly 450,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year.

“We want to show the world that you can manufacture responsibly and we’re working alongside our suppliers to help them lower their environmental impact in China,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, in a press...

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07:39
Rumor: Apple won’t use “iPhone 7 Pro” name for next-...

According to the current rumors, the “iPhone 7 Pro” monicker may never come to be.

A number of sources have said that Apple is following this name scheme to avoid confusion of having back-to-back iPhones with “S” in the name, even though the iPhone 7 will largely be a minor update over the iPhone 6s.

The new report nixes the additional third tier/”Pro” name, which had been a rumored dual-lens alternative to the single-lens “iPhone 7 Plus” that had been mentioned months ago. The less-powerful camera option was said to be created by Apple as a fallback in case the dual-lens technology didn’t pan out. Now that everything seems to be going well for the company in this area, and mockups have repeatedly shown a dual-lens camera enclosure, it makes sense for Apple to revert to the...

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07:38
Facebook opens up Messenger to ad bots

Right now, Facebook lets Messenger bots from brands like Expedia and HP help you make a purchase, but they can't try to sell you a new product. However, a policy change means those automated assistants will soon be able to send subscription messages,...

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07:35
OmniFocus 2.6.2 - GTD task manager with iOS...

OmniFocus helps you manage your tasks the way that you want, freeing you to focus your attention on the things that matter to you most.

Capturing tasks and ideas is always a keyboard shortcut away in OmniFocus 2. Clip data from Mail, Safari, Messages, or third-party apps. Bring up Quick Entry to file away an idea before it drifts away; it's always at your fingertips, waiting for more.

OmniFocus comes in two feature levels: Standard, available for $39.99; and Pro, available for $79.99.



Version 2.6.2:

  • [Encryption] Made changes to significantly reduce the likelyhood of a “No Key in Slot” error. For more information on recovering from this error should it occur, please see this support article.
  • [Repetition] Fixed a problem where repeating items could be corrupted when edited on multiple devices.
  • [Large Databases] Made changes to reduce OmniFocus’ memory footprint when reading your database from disk....
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07:35
Apple to boost China investments as demand slows

Reuters:

Apple Inc will boost its investment in China, one of its largest but increasingly challenging markets, and build its first Asia-Pacific research and development center in the country, Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Tuesday.

Cook made the pledge during a trip to China, at least his second in four months, as demand for Apple’s iPhones has plummeted in the world’s second-largest economy and the government remains wary about foreign technology.

Apple’s new research and development center will be built by the end of the year, Cook told Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, one of China’s most senior officials, according to CCTV, the official Chinese state broadcaster.

The center will unite Apple’s engineering and operations teams in China and is also intended to deepen the company’s ties to partners and universities, it said in a statement.

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07:34
TunesKit launches a DRM removal solution to remove...

TunesKit Studio has debuted TunesKit Apple Music Converter, a new DRM removal product for Mac OS X and Windows. It allows you to remove DRM from any Apple Music track and old iTunes M4P songs.

TunesKit Apple Music Converter can convert the DRM-ed Apple Music files from M4P to DRM-free MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, M4B and FLAC while preserving the original ID tags and metadata, including track number, title, artist, album, genre and duration, etc. By striping DRM from Apple Music songs with this powerful DRM cracker, Apple Music users can freely transfer the unprotected Apple Music songs, albums and playlists to any device to enjoy, including the iPod, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, Lenovo, Zune, and other MP3 players, according to the folks at TunesKit.

The Apple Music converter costs $34.95 and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 and higher.

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07:33
TunesKit launches DRM removal solution to remove DRM...

TunesKit Studio has debuted TunesKit Apple Music Converter (http://tinyurl.com/h7fytx6), a new DRM removal product for Mac OS X and Windows. It allows you to remove DRM from any Apple Music track and old iTunes M4P songs.

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07:31
Apple earns a dollar per customer per day

Solid read, based on analysis by Horace Dediu.

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One Chat for Mac OS X is a new, all-in-one chat/...

AppYogi Software has introduced One Chat 1.0, their new social networking app developed for Mac OS X. It’s designed to combine chat and messaging services into one simple app.

One Chat gives mobile users the opportunity to access their WhatsApp, FaceBook Messenger, Telegram, Skype, Slack messages. Users can read and reply to messaging chats via their Macs, create new groups, get all their notifications in one place, share photos and videos without having to shuffle them between the phone and the computer; and do all this on a large, easily readable screen without issue.

One Chat can be configured using a unique QR code that will be displayed in the One Chat app itself. Once that has been scanned on to a Mac, the user can access their WhatsApp and other messaging content on the computer directly.

One Chat requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $19.99 and is available at...

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07:23
AppYogi introduces One Chat for Mac OS X

AppYogi Software (http://tinyurl.com/gnxqog2) has introduced One Chat 1.0, their new social networking app developed for Mac OS X. It’s designed to combine chat and messaging services into one simple app.

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07:19
Konami strikes out on its own for 'Metal Gear...

Thought you'd heard the last from the Metal Gear franchise? Despite creator Hideo Kojima's departure from Konami to form his own studio, Kojima Productions, Konami has been hard at work on its own entry into the long-running series: Metal Gear Surviv...

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07:18
∞ Microsoft: What’s a computer? Just ask Cortana.

[VIDEO] A few week’s ago, Apple put out this iPad Pro commercial, notably asking the question, “What’s a Computer?”

Microsoft has an answer, a new commercial (shown in the main post) that reminds me of the “I’m a Mac. And I’m a PC” ads of a decade ago, though this time with the roles reversed.

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07:12
Intel expects USB-C could help kill the 3.5mm audio...

Stephen Shankland, writing for CNET:

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Tuesday, Intel architects Brad Saunders and Rahman Ismail sketched out a coming USB audio standard that could help push the 3.5mm jack aside. The new specification, due this quarter, adds features to ensure a USB headphone doesn’t drain too much battery power and defines how buttons for pausing music or lowering volume work.

This is an interesting fork in the road for the 3.5mm audio jack. One rumored path is the elimination of the 3.5mm jack from the upcoming iPhone 7, in combination with a potential lightning to 3.5mm headset adapter for legacy headsets.

This UDB-C push would be another path, another adapter for legacy headsets.

Seems to me, all roads lead to wireless headphones as the future. The short term is the replacement cycle, similar to what we went through with the elimination of the floppy drive, the CD/DVD drive, and the changeover to the lightning cable....

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07:08
Apple Mail Add-On MailButler Presents The New...

Feingeist Software has upgraded MailButler, the Apple Mail add-on for Mac OS X.

Version 6407 introduces a Unsubscribe feature. Now, if a MailButler user doesn't want to receive a newsletter anymore, he or she just needs to press the unsubscribe button, which appears at the top of the email. MailButler will automatically unsubscribe the user from that newsletter.

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07:04
Intel Touts USB-C as Future of Digital Audio as...

While the consensus is that Apple will remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on new iPhones unveiled next month, in favor of an all-in-one Lightning connector for audio output, charging, and accessory connectivity, Intel continues to position USB-C as the open standard of the future for digital audio.

At IDF 2016 this week, CNET reports that Intel architect Brad Saunders addressed the USB Type-C Digital Audio specification due this quarter, noting that its...

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07:03
News: Report: Apple going with ‘iPhone 7’ name for...

Citing a “reliable information source,” Macotakara is reporting that the new iPhone coming next month will be called “iPhone 7” despite months of speculation that the company would hold back that designation as it moves from a two-year to a three-year refresh cycle. The report also claims the expected dual-camera model will be named “iPhone 7 Plus,” backing previous reports that rumors of an “iPhone Pro”…

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07:00
Kobo's new Aura One e-reader is big and...

Whether you read before bed, in the bathtub, during your commute or at the beach, Kobo wants to be there for you. The e-reader maker just released the $229 Aura One, a 7.8-inch waterproof slate that features a colored backlight for better nighttime r...

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06:58
AKVIS Retoucher 8 for Mac OS X adds new photo...

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced AKVIS Retoucher 8 for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). fThe new version offers an image retouching mode for correcting small defects, the History Brush tool, new setting options, support for 4k and 5k displays, and other important changes.

AKVIS Retoucher is a tool for photo restoration and photo retouching. The software heals damaged parts of a photo, removes scratches, stains, and other defects.

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06:57
Apple Pay comes to dozens of additional U.S. banks...

Apple has added a second round of new Apple Pay banks and credit union partners in the United States for the month of August. These are the latest banks to work with Apple’s mobile payment service:

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06:56
Steam 1.5 - Multiplayer and communications platform...

Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute a large number of games and related media entirely over the Internet, from small independent efforts to larger, more popular games. Steam is set apart from similar services primarily by its community features, completely automated game update process, and its use of in-game functionality.

Features

  • Instantly access your favorite games - Over 1,100 games are available to purchase, download, and play from any computer. Check out the new releases, indie hits, casual favorites and everything in between.
  • Join the Steam Community - Find someone to play with, meet up with friends, connect with groups of similar interests, and host and join chats, matches, and tournaments.
  • Chat with your friends while gaming - See when your friends...
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06:54
Apple opens iTunes carrier billing to Japan,...

Apple has launched carrier billing options in Japan, giving residents there an alternative to using credit or gift cards when making purchases from iTunes, Apple Music, or the App Store.

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06:53
FreedomPop’s new SIM offers unlimited WhatsApp usage...

Carrier FreedomPop has long been trying to tempt wireless users to its low-cost services by offering free and low-cost data and voice packages. Today, the company sweetens the deal with the launch of a new WhatsApp SIM that offers free unlimited access to the messaging app without a data plan.

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