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Monday June 20

10:59
E-book buyers will soon get settlement payments from...

Some buyers of ebooks will begin to receive payments Tuesday as part of a settlement in a price-fixing case against Apple.

People who purchased ebooks between April 1, 2010, and May 21, 2012, will receive credits from ebook sellers, or will get a check if they opted out of receiving credits, according to Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, a consumer-rights class-action law firm involved in the lawsuit against Apple.

As part of the Apple settlement of the case, ebook buyers will receive $6.93 for every purchase that was a New York Times bestseller and $1.57 for every other ebook. The settlement covers ebooks purchased from Apple as well as from other retailers, including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

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10:39
Spotify Has Twice as Many Paid Subscribers as Apple...

Spotify confirmed to The Telegraph today that it now has more than 100 million monthly active users worldwide, including approximately 30 million monthly paying subscribers.

Comparatively, Apple services chief Eddy Cue announced at WWDC 2016 last week that Apple Music has 15 million paying subscribers, just two weeks before the streaming music service turns one year old. Apple Music was at 13 million subscribers in April and 11 million subscribers in February, meaning that it has been growing at a rate of about 2 million subscribers every two months.

Spotify, which launched in Europe in October 2008 and expanded to the...

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10:30
Google now tells you why you're feeling sick

Google made improvements to how you search for symptoms and illnesses in the past, and now it's looking to be even more helpful. The company will now show you a list of medical conditions when you search for symptoms. In the above example, entering "...

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10:29
TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-20: Apple Power Plans...

Apple wants to be an electric company, but that doesn't mean we'll be buying iElectricity soon. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's plans for the surplus electricity it generates through its renewable energy efforts, plus they share their thoughts on Apple's plans for biometric passcodes and protecting our privacy.


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10:28
E-book buyers to begin receiving payments for e-book...

Beginning June 21, millions of e-book purchasers will receive credits and checks for twice their losses following an antitrust lawsuit filed against Apple Inc. and five of the nation’s largest publishing companies for their roles in an alleged e-book price-fixing scheme, according to Hagens Berman, a law firm that litigated the case jointly with the United States Department of Justice and attorneys general from 33 U.S. states and territories.

Consumers will receive a $6.93 credit for every e-book that was a New York Times bestseller, and a $1.57 credit for other e-books. Credits will be automatically sent directly into the accounts of consumers at major book retailers, including Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Apple. Retailers will issue emails and put the credits in the accounts simultaneously.

If e-book purchasers requested a check in lieu of a credit, they will receive a check. If purchasers received a credit during the first round of distribution of...

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10:24
Why this high school girl skipped graduation to...

What a great story. I wish this young lady much success in her programming career.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:15
Apple is Taking a Different Stand on Artificial...

In the science fiction of yesteryear, artificial agents were presented as helpful, local companions. The scope of the internet and its ability to drill into our private lives wasn't a pervasive theme. Nowadays, we have AI agents built by giant technology companies that want to build AI agents to learn about us, store that data, and sell things instead of simply make us smarter or more efficient. Except Apple. Apple's public morality goes in another direction. Thank goodness. It's all on page two of Friday's Particle Debris column.


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10:00
FCC lays out its big 5G push

Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler made an impassioned plea for the US to take the lead in developing a wireless 5G standard. "To seize the opportunities before us, we need the next g...

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09:56
Spotify now has 100M users, but only twice as many...

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Spotify has reached a streaming music milestone with its user base officially reaching 100 million users, 25 million more than last reported. But the numbers are very different when you only look at paying customers…

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09:55
Apple pulls legacy non-Retina MacBook Pro from...

Apple Stores are beginning to remove the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro from their showfloors, in what may be a sign the company is preparing to completely phase out the product with a spinning optical disc drive, AppleInsider discovered on Monday.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch $49 w/ iPhone...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Best Buy will give you an Apple Watch for $49...

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09:19
Apple might open stores in India thanks to relaxed...

Apple might not have to bend over backwards to open stores in India: the country has loosened its rules on locally-sourced products in a way that gives foreign companies a shot. First-party retailers (that is, those that mostly sell their own product...

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09:18
AI for President


Andy Rubin, Android's daddy, last week made some interesting comments about quantum computing and artificial intelligence. The part I agree with is it won't be long until most things we have are connected to an intelligent machine. However, when referring to something that will be far smarter than we are, the use of the term "artificial" would not just be inaccurate -- it would be rude. I disagree that there will be only one, though, because competition, latency, governments, uses, and privacy concerns alone will ensure there are many.

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09:17
Apple Pay arrives on Bank of America ATMs to make...

Apple Pay isn’t accepted everywhere (yet), but the day I’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: Bank of America is now letting you withdraw cash from its ATMs using Apple Pay. No more digging for your debit card and glancing behind you to see if anyone is hovering too closely. Now you really can leave your wallet at home.

Finding a B of A branch with NFC-compatible ATMs will be the biggest challenge. The machines at the branch near my office in midtown Manhattan were not, so my attempt to test out Apple Pay was a bust. But if your ATMs support NFC, which you can see by the contactless symbol beneath the card reader, then all you have to do is pull out your iPhone, open the Wallet app where your cards are stored, and tap on your B of A debit card. Then hold your phone over the NFC symbol and enter your PIN number on the machine’s keypad. From there, you can...

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09:16
Comcast is taking their New Digital Assistant to the...

Apple's mantra Apple TV is "the future of television is apps." Yet its recent Apple TV updates that were revealed during their developer conference last week showed us that it's trying to advance Siri to push the boundaries of their app framework. Apple seems to be positioning Siri to be the central interface of TV moving forward, a digital assistant that will grab you the content you want. But now enters Comcast with their X1 platform that's ready to go to the next level ...

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09:00
Learn how Docs.com can be used in the classroom to...

Docs.com is the easiest way to create a visually appealing online portfolio that can include OneNote notebooks, Word documents, Excel workbooks, PowerPoint slide decks, interactive Sways, PDFs and a host of web content. Docs.com retains all your Office documents’ rich formatting, animations and formulas and can be easily shared to your school or to the world.

We have been gathering feedback from thousands of amazing teachers and students around the globe to ensure that the experience can meet your needs.

We’ve seen teachers create lessons on Docs.com by posting documents, images, videos, 3D models and other relevant content from the web. We also have seen students put together their most prized work and add to larger class collections to give them a permanent home on the web.

How Docs.com helps in the classroom

Docs.com lets teachers and students organize and publish their Office documents. Later on,...

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09:00
Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch adds new iOS-style...

With watchOS 3, Glances are no more. Swiping up from watch faces now brings up a Control Center with quick access to commonly used settings, borrowing a design convention from Apple's iOS.

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09:00
Professional learning community groups in Office 365...

A professional learning community, or PLC, is a group of educators who meet regularly to share expertise and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students. Teachers around the world have started using Office 365 Groups to make collaboration within a PLC a lot simpler and more streamlined. PLC groups are typically formed around interest areas (e.g., 9th grade math), grade levels (e.g., 10th grade teachers) or across subjects (e.g., science teachers).

Here are some barriers to engagement with PLCs today that Office 365 Groups is addressing:

  • Teachers can be isolated, time is severely limited and collaboration is difficult.
  • Professional collaboration tools are disconnected and don’t always support meaningful, sustained collaboration.
  • A challenge for many PLCs is extending the work and relationships in the times and spaces between physically coming together.
  • It can be difficult for new teachers to...
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09:00
Educators, increase collaboration and professional...

As part of Microsoft’s Education announcement in April, we announced new experiences and updates to Office 365 Education coming this summer that will make it easier for teachers to manage their classroom and collaborate with peers, and for them or their IT administrators to set it all up. As part of this announcement, we mentioned there’d be even more updates coming this summer! We’re thrilled to share these with you today—all are teacher inspired and student focused.

Today, we are announcing enhanced educator collaboration with PLC groups, better content sharing with Docs.com, easier formative assessments with Microsoft Forms and additional Learning Management System (LMS) and Student Information System (SIS) partners with OneNote Class Notebook.

All educators have access to these new updates through Office 365 Education, which is totally free for teachers and students when you go to ...

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09:00
Microsoft Forms—a new formative assessment and...

Today, we are pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Forms for our Office 365 Education customers. Forms is the result of direct feedback from educators that they want to have a quizzing function with Office 365 Education. Educators told us they need an easy way to assess student progress on an ongoing basis. They also told us they want an assessment solution that will save them time, help differentiate instruction for all students and provide quiz takers with real-time personalized feedback.

We designed Forms to be super easy so that anyone could confidently create a form and easily see results as they come in. Forms lets anyone with an Office 365 Education account create and/or respond to quizzes. What makes Forms unique and so valuable for educators is the automatic grading and in-quiz feedback functionality. Automatic grading does exactly what the name implies and greatly reduces the time spent grading. In-quiz feedback is a feature that lets quiz authors...

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09:00
Over 35 LMS, SIS and gradebook partners are now...

Since we launched the original OneNote Class Notebook add-in for assignment and grade integration, with Learning Management Systems (LMS), Student Information Systems (SIS) and gradebooks, we’ve had many excited teachers and schools try it out. We also heard more and more teachers ask for Class Notebook integration with other systems they use in their classrooms. We’ve been busy working with partners from around the world over the last couple of months, and today, we are excited to share our most up-to-date list of partners.

We are announcing over 35 partners that have committed to work with OneNote, with over 20 implemented and many more coming soon. To see this list of committed partners, please visit our...

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08:47
Experimental Zika vaccine approved for human trials

The Food and Drug Administration approved an experimental Zika vaccine called GLS-5700 for a clinical trial in humans earlier today, the first such treatment to get an official nod from the agency. Initial trials will start with 40 healthy subjects g...

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08:40
Deals: 128GB 9.7" iPad Pro for $699; $350 off...

The start of the work week brings about a plethora of deals on Apple Macs and iPads. Score a 128GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro for $699 or a 13-inch MacBook Air for $799.99. Plus, save $350 on the 2015 12-inch MacBook with 512GB of storage or $200 off a 27-inch iMac 5K with a Retina Display.

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08:26
Microsoft trashes Chrome's battery life

Your choice of web browser can have a tremendous effect on your laptop's battery life, and Microsoft is determined to prove that its Edge browser the most efficient of them all... at Google's expense, of course. The crew in Redmond has posted battery...

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08:20
Denver, Colorado gets Apple Maps transit directions

Here's a great way for folks in the Mile High City of Denver, CO to start the day -- Apple Maps now provides transit directions, complete with departure times, multi-modal transfers, and connecting walks, for the Regional Transportation District's 2,340-square-mile (6,100 square km.) area. 

The transit directions work in both the iOS and OS X versions of Maps. The addition of Denver to Maps transit directions is part of a continual expansion of coverage during 2016. Recently, the company added coverage for Atlanta, Miami, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, the Australian state of New South Wales, and regions that receive service by the U.K.'s National Rail. 

The Woodline Case from Pad&Quill: Kevlar meets wood in a stunning new iPhone case

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08:19
Denver, Boulder get Transit Data in Apple’s Maps

Colorado is finally getting in on the Maps transit directions game because Apple just added Denver and Boulder. That means you can get direction that include busses and light rail, and if either city ever adds subways, those would show up, too. Apple added transit direction to Maps in iOS 9 with a limited number of cities. That number is slowly increasing and includes locations such as New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston. More cities are coming, so hopefully yours will show up soon.


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08:10
Swift, McCartney, U2 and Others Send Open Letter to...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Trent Reznor Bashes Google for building their Music Video Platform on Stolen Content." Today it's being reported that the music industry has signed up Taylor Swift and U2 in its fight against YouTube.

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08:10
iNVASIVECODE: Designing and engineering boundless...

We are a team of ex-Apple engineers and designers and are experts in machine learning, computer vision, pattern recognition, photogrammetry, and biometrics. We combine these technologies with iOS and tvOS to provide innovative solutions for clients and enterprises.

We also teach developers how to build apps through the longest-standing and most comprehensive iOS training in the world.

Join our 5-day intensive iOS bootcamp. Our next available dates are:

  • July 18-22, San Francisco
  • September 19-23, San Francisco
  • October 24-28, Barcelona, Spain

If you want a team of ex-Apple engineers and designers working for you, reach out.

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08:08
Nomad adds iPhone 6/6s cases to its new Horween...

Last week Apple accessory maker Nomad launched a new collection of Horween Leather-made products starting with two Lightning plus battery-equipped wallets. Today Nomad is expanding that collection with a new iPhone 6/6s case made with high quality leather from the Chicago company.

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08:06
Apple Pay options begin emerging at select Bank of...

You’ll be able to start using Apple Pay at assorted Bank of America ATMs pretty soon.

According to an unconfirmed report posted to Reddit on Sunday, Bank of America customers living in Redondo Beach, Calif., can now withdraw cash from certain NFC-enabled ATMs. The system does not appear to be fully operational, however, as deposits still require a physical debit or checking account card.

Reports began to surface of Apple Pay integration at select Bank of America ATMs as of May. At the time, pilot program coverage was limited to two machines in San Francisco. Bank of America has not yet made an official announcement regarding ATM compatibility with Apple Pay, though it appears the service is slowly rolling out beyond the Bay Area.

As of now, compatible Bank of...

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08:05
Huawei's MateBook heads to the US on July 11th...

Huawei's Surface competitor, the Matebook, is headed to the US on July 11th starting at $699. Announced back at Mobile World Congress, it's a 12-inch laptop/tablet hybrid that weighs in at a mere 1.4 pounds and 6.9 millimeters thin. Huawei claims it'...

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08:00
∞ The secret anti-counterfeit symbol

[VIDEO] I knew it was illegal to copy money. I just had no idea there was a special symbol built into money that told photocopiers not to copy it. And, apparently, there’s a newer secret device that makes copying even harder.

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07:55
∞ The TL-DR version of Wikipedia

I just learned that there is a simplified version of each Wikipedia page. Here’s how you get there.

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07:52
iPhone 7 May Have Dual SIM Trays for Use With...

Chinese smartphone repair shop Rock Fix recently shared photos of alleged iPhone 7 components on microblogging service Weibo, potentially including dual-SIM trays that would allow for the smartphone to send and receive calls and messages from multiple phone numbers (via Engadget).

Dual SIM technology would also enable iPhone 7 users to use multiple carriers based upon network coverage, pricing, and other competitive differences. A customer in the United States, for example, might elect to use AT&T for nationwide voice and text messaging and T-Mobile for cheaper and unlimited 4G LTE data.

Dual SIM support would differ slightly from the Apple SIM, which allows cellular iPad users to easily switch between different...

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07:48
Intel and the end of Moore’s Law

Howard Yu, writing for Fortune:

Just four months ago, Intel disclosed in a regulatory filing that it is slowing the pace in launching new chips. Its latest transistor is down to only about 100 atoms wide. The fewer atoms composing a transistor, the harder it is to manipulate. Following the existing trajectory, by early 2020, transistors should have just 10 atoms. At that scale, electronic properties will be messed up by quantum uncertainties, making any devices hopelessly unreliable. In other words, engineers and scientists are hitting the fundamental limit of physics.

Intel just announced that they will be providing chips for some of the next generation of iPhones.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:47
Apple may finally get clearance for stores in India

Apple may finally get clearance to set up its stores in India, following the Indian government’s decision Monday to liberalize rules requiring local sourcing of some products sold in foreign-owned, single-brand stores.

The iPhone maker operates in the country through third-party owned, exclusive stores run by partners like Imagine, in addition to selling through retail chains and online e-commerce websites. But Apple considers the design and layout of its own stores a key element of its branding and retail experience.

The Indian government, in a statement Monday, said the local sourcing requirements, which had been a hurdle for Apple to get clearance for its own branded stores, have been relaxed for up to three years. The new rules include a relaxed “sourcing regime” for an additional five years introduced for “entities undertaking single-brand retail trading of products having ‘state-of-art’ and ‘cutting edge’ technology.”

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07:43
News: India eases restrictions, could open up market...

After months of back and forth, Apple once again seems close to opening retail stores in India after the country relaxed its restrictions on foreign retailers, Bloomberg reports. Apple was denied an exemption to rules that require single-brand retailers in India to source at least 30 percent of their components locally, but on Monday India relaxed restrictions on all foreign investors in an effort to boost investment....

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07:37
Apple ranks fourth on LinkedIn’s top Attractors list

LinkedIn Corp. the world’s largest professional network on the Internet, has launched its first-ever Top Attractors list, using exclusive LinkedIn data and examining the billions of actions of LinkedIn’s 433+ million members, to rank the top companies where people want to work now. Apple is number four on the list.

Top Attractors ranks the top companies in the world, as well companies in United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia,...

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07:36
Apple to not provide financial, technical aid to GOP...

Thanks to the keen wit and bubble personality of one Donald Trump, Apple has told GOP leaders that it will not be providing funding or technical support for the party’s 2016 presidential convention, as it has done in years past.

The company cited Trump’s controversial comments about women, immigrants and minorities. Unlike Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which have all said they will provide some support to the GOP event in Cleveland next month, Apple decided against donating technology or cash to the effort, according to two sources close to the story.

Apple’s decision to back away from the convention, which was communicated privately to Republicans, shows a widening schism between Silicon Valley and Trump’s bombastic style. Trump, in turn,...

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07:29
CloudMine releases CareKit SDK for Apple developers

CloudMine, a secure data healthcare platform, has released an iOS SDK (software development kit) designed to work with Apple's CareKit framework. Built to support native iOS apps, this SDK will communicate with CloudMine's Connected Health Cloud.

CareKit, announced in March, is a tool for assisting people in taking an active role in their care. iPhone apps using the kit make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health. With the ability to share information with doctors, nurses or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health.

CloudMine's Connected Health Cloud complements the CareKit framework to provide secure storage for data generated by CareKit apps. CloudMine's SDK also provides CareKit app developers with HIPAA...

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07:29
Twitter buys a machine learning company to improve...

Facebook isn't the only social network to see some value in artificial intelligence. Twitter has bought Magic Pony, a small London outfit that specializes in using machine learning to process visuals, at an unofficial worth of around $150 million. It...

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07:26
Elavon announces Apple Pay expansion

Elavon, a global payments solution provider and subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp, now provides access to Apple Pay and now supports the additional card brands most used by Canadian consumers. 

Interac, Visa, and MasterCard have been added, in addition to American Express. Elevon’s countertop terminals support Apple Pay (and other mobile wallet transactions), chip cards as well as traditional magnetic stripe cards. The company is among the first payment processing companies to offer Apple Pay to Canadian businesses, and provides support for in-person payments, as well as in-app purchases.

To pay with an iPhone, customers simply rest their finger on Touch ID and hold their Apple smartphone within an inch of the contactless reader until the word “Done" and a checkmark appear on the display. To pay with an Apple Watch, customers double-click the side button and hold the display of their Apple Watch within an inch of the...

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07:19
New Delhi Police Cyber Units are Declaring War with...

New Delhi Police officers say that they were left helpless when asked to probe cases that required high-level cyber investigation. From economic offences to terror cases, the cops have had to rely on forensic laboratories or private investigators for assistance. Evidence in such cases often have to be retrieved immediately ...

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07:19
Apple, other Unicode consortium members vote down...

Don’t expect to see a rifle emoji anytime soon.

Unicode, the technical organization in charge of selecting and overseeing emojis, debated and ultimately decided to remove a rifle from its list of new emoji candidates in 2016, according to multiple persons who attended its quarterly meeting last May. The decision was led and championed by Apple.

Apple is one of Unicode’s largest member companies and not only has voting rights, but also holds considerable influence. Millions of people use emojis on Apple’s software platforms (earlier this year, the company announced it delivers as many as 200,000 messages per second across iMessage).

Sources indicated that Apple started the discussion to remove the rifle emoji, which had already passed into the...

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07:18
India eases rules on local sourcing, paves way for...

The Indian government on Monday announced loosened policies towards local sourcing by foreign retailers, likely setting the stage for Apple launching its first stores in the country.

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07:17
News: Apple refuses to back GOP convention because...

Apple has notified Republican leaders that it won’t be providing any funding or support to this year’s convention in protest to Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments, Politico reports. Facebook, Microsoft and Google are all providing some support to the GOP’s Cleveland convention, but two sources familiar with Apple said the company decided against donating cash or technology over Trump’s remarks about women, minorities…

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07:16
Apple Watch Diary: Apple Pay saved the day when I...

Going out without your wallet or purse is something most of us have done at some time or another. When I did it four or five years ago, it was a complete pain as it was on a Saturday afternoon and no banks were open.

Picture the scene: I’m on my own in the car, call into a gas station to refuel, get to the till and … no wallet. Not the most convenient of times to discover one’s absent-mindedness. Fortunately I have a great bank. I called them, and they gave me an authorization number to give to the gas station attendant, who was able to put the transaction through.

But when I managed to leave my wallet at home on Friday evening, Apple Pay made it a non-event …

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06:59
Gartner: digital assistants will serve as the...

Consumers will increasingly use digital personal assistants to interact with consumer services in the connected home, according to Gartner, Inc. The research group predicts that, by 2019, in at least 25% of households in developed economies, the digital assistants on smartphones and other devices will serve as the primary interface to connected home services.

"In the not-too-distant future, users will no longer have to contend with multiple apps; instead, they will literally talk to digital personal assistants such as Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant," says Mark O'Neill, research director at Gartner. "Some of these personal assistants are cloud-based and already beginning to leverage smart machine technology.”

Digital personal assistants show the potential to satisfy wants and needs by delivering experiences that connect services, configure devices and even order and deliver products. Personalized,...

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06:58
Spotify racks up 100 million active users

If there was any doubt that streaming music is here to stay, Spotify just removed it. The service has confirmed that it now has over 100 million users who listen at least once a month. That's not bad considering that it had 75 million a bit over a ye...

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06:56
Inside iOS 10: With Game Center app gone, invites...

Beginning with iOS 10, Apple's Game Center service will no longer have its own dedicated application. Instead, actions like adding friends or inviting them to a game will be handled by individual games themselves, routed through Apple's expanded Messages app.

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06:43
News: Bank of America rolling out ATM support for...

Bank of America is ramping up support for Apple Pay at its ATMs, debuting new NFC readers that allow users to withdraw money using their iPhone. Several Reddit users have experimented with the new machines, finding that they are able to tap their phone to the NFC logo and enter their PIN to take out money. But the new system doesn’t allow for much else, as customers have found themselves unable to make deposits or use cards issued by non-Bank…

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06:40
Slither.io game goes viral, brings developer $100K a...

Wall Street Journal:

Three months ago, Steven Howse struggled to pay rent. Now, the 32-year-old developer is trying to keep his hit videogame running smoothly as it pulls in more than $100,000 in revenue daily.

This is a pretty impressive story. The game is as simple as can be, and is free.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:31
With Sierra, Apple lets the Mac be the Mac

Dan Moren, writing for Macworld:

To me, the big message to take away from Monday’s presentation is that Apple is all too happy for the Mac to share features and technologies where it makes sense, but to still let it stand on its own two legs and be the best version of itself.

And:

Given the rapid success of iOS in the last almost decade, more than a few folks were worried that Apple might decide to shift the Mac towards a stronger resemblance to its mobile sibling. The company’s fall 2010 event was even described as “Back to the Mac,” the main thrust of which was bringing features from iOS to OS X, most notably a new Mac App Store and the changing of the scroll direction. That spurred fears of forced convergence among Mac fans, who didn’t want the peanut butter of iOS infesting the chocolate of their Mac experience.

This is a good thing. And a terrific read.

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06:29
Apple Maps picks up public transit directions for...

Apple on Monday introduced public transit directions for Denver, Colo. to users of its Maps apps for OS X and iOS, continuing a slow expansion of support.

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06:27
Paris fears Amazon Prime Now will 'destabilize...

Amazon has brought its one-hour grocery delivery service to Paris, and the city isn't thrilled. Prime Now is available to Premium subscribers who pay €49 per year (Prime is called "Premium" in France) with free two-hour deliveries and €6 fo...

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06:22
Apple shares could fall more under Russell indexes...

Apple shares could fall more as they’re set to lose their weighting and be reclassified in the annual reconstitution of the widely followed Russell indexes, reports Reuters. About $1.3 billion more will be sold in Apple shares at the market close on Friday, when the reconstitution of the Russell indexes takes effect, according to an analysis by Credit Suisse, a global financial services company headquartered in Zurich (and which provided the graphic).

The Russell Indexes are a family of global equity indices that allow investors to track the performance of distinct market segments worldwide. Many investors use mutual funds or exchange-traded funds based on the Russell Indexes as a way of gaining exposure to certain portions of the U.S. stock market. For example, the Russell 3000 index includes the 3,000 largest US companies according to market capitalization.

Because...

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06:20
New Photos App Detects 4,432 Total Searchable...

One of Apple's first party apps that's getting a makeover in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra is Photos, bringing intensive new facial recognition and "Siri intelligence" features to the picture accumulating app. Over the weekend, a Reddit user discovered a few lines of code within the framework of Apple's beta of the macOS Sierra Photos app, possibly detailing both the specific facial expressions that the app recognizes and every single searchable object users can find in both Sierra and iOS 10.

In a more detailed Medium post, Redditor vista980622 explained that Photos will...

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06:19
Apple Says No to GOP Convention Over Trump

Apple won't provide any funding or support to the Republican presidential convention because of Donald Trump's negatively charged position on women, minorities, and immigrants. Other tech companies are staying out of this year's event, too, and some are scaling back their support, showing how controversial the Republican presumptive president nominee is.


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06:17
Apple Stores get green light in India

Times of India:

It seems Apple CEO Tim Cook’s India visit didn’t go in vain. Decks have cleared for the setting up of Apple stores in India with the government announcing sweeping reforms to rules on foreign direct investment.

Apple is expected to be a beneficiary of a three-year relaxation India is introducing on local sourcing norms with an extension of up to five years possible if it can be proven that products are “state of the art”.

Solid news for Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:15
What’s next for artificial intelligence

An excellent article, very readable. About machine learning, deep learning, and what’s coming.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:14
Apple gets green light to open retail stores in India

The Indian government decided to relax its foreign direct investment (FDI) norms, allowing foreign companies in select sectors to establish operations in the country, including single-brand retail, which means that Apple can now open retails stores in the country, reports TNW.

Last month FactorDaily reported that the Cupertino, California-based company planned to open 10,000 square foot stores in major cities like New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai by the end of 2017. If it chooses to do so, Apple will likely be allowed to avoid sourcing products locally for eight years – three years as per the new norms and an additional five years if it can prove it deals in “...

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06:07
∞ On App Store Search Ads

Over the weekend, Apple sent out a wave of emails promoting Search Ads. Search Ads allow you to bid to place ads that appear when a user searches the App Store.

Does this help Indie developers? Here’s the scoop.

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06:07
You can now use Apple Pay at some Bank of America...

According to a Reddit post, Apple Pay — as well as Android Pay, and Samsung Pay — can be used to make withdrawals and transfers at Bank of America ATMs without the need for a physical card. 

Apparently, this only works at some Bank of America ATMs, but it's scheduled to roll out to all Bank of America ATMs this year. Reportedly, this doesn’t yet work for deposits.

The Bank of America development is more good news for Apple’s payment system. Mobile and wearable contactless payments could hit $95 billion by 2018, with Apple leading the way to help develop the sector, according to new research from Juniper Research.

Focus CK - the Mac tool for incredible...

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06:01
Zungle sunglasses double as bone-conduction...

Sometimes the worst names come attached to the best ideas. Take Zungle, for example. It had the bright thought to pair bone-conduction headphone tech with sunglasses, and then decided to call that product "Zungle Panther." It's currently on Kickstart...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: YoCam Versatile Waterproof Camera

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the YoCam Versatile Waterproof Camera for only $179 — 10% off the regular price.  This versatile camera is waterproof in up to 20 feet of water, so you can capture every moment, even when you’re out at the beach or braving rapids, but it isn’t just an adventure camera — it’s versatile enough for life and everything it entails. You can use it as the perfect selfie camera…

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06:00
New Fitbit feature will remind you to be an adult...

Fitbit’s popular line of activity-tracking wristbands are designed to help you meet your fitness goals, but the company is going beyond simple step counts. Your Fitbit can actually be the most effective alarm clock you’ve ever used—just strap it to your wrist, set an alarm in-app, and let the band vibrate your arm awake. It beats the iPhone alarm ringtone by a mile. Fitbit is taking advantage of that wrist real estate and boosting its sleep-tracking capabilities with an app update that rolls out on Monday, which includes a brand new feature called Sleep Schedules.

Fitbit

The new feature, which is integrated in every Fitbit band with automatic sleep-tracking abilities, give you customized sleep goals based on all the data your Fitbit has collected around your sleep habits. (If you don’t wear your Fitbit to bed, the app will have less info to work with.) The new Sleep Schedules feature will let you set bedtime and wake-up...

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05:53
Russell Index reweighting will see $1.3B of AAPL...

Credit Suisse has predicted that a change to an index designed to help fund managers hold the right balance of stock to meet their goals is likely to see a net sell-off of AAPL shares to the tune of $1.3B. This scale of sales is expected to be large enough to cause a fall in the share price, reports Reuters.

The index concerned is known as the Russell Index, which classifies stocks as some mix of ‘growth’ and ‘value’ depending on their performance. Growth stocks are expected to generate higher returns at greater risk, while value stocks are those likely to generate lower returns at less risk. Apple is being reclassified as 92% growth and 8% value …

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05:31
Myths and Misconceptions about macOS Sierra

Distressed by the uninformed criticisms flying around about macOS Sierra, Adam Engst calls for a little understanding and encourages optimism about changes that could lead to an improved experience for Apple users.

 

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05:31
New York criminalizes the use of ticket-buying bots

If you failed to get tickets for your favorite band, even though your finger was poised on the "buy" link the instant they went on sale, don't worry -- you never stood a chance. They were probably snapped up by bots that, in one case, bought 1,012 Ma...

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05:24
The Indian Government is Giving Apple a Three Year...

The Hindustan Times is reporting this morning that "Apple India finally might have the opening to spread its wings free with exclusive Apple retail outlets as the government on Monday relaxed FDI rules ...

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05:20
New Indian ruling appears to finally give Apple go-...

Opening Apple Stores in India has been something of a challenge for the company. The law normally requires companies to manufacture at least 30% of their products within India before they can open a single-brand store under a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) rule, but TNW is reporting that a decision to liberalize the FDI deal will finally...

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05:00
Daily Deal: MFi-Certified 10-foot Lightning Cable...

The only thing worse than not having a Lightning cable around when you need to charge your iPhone or iPad is having too short a cable. That's why you're going to love our deal today -- an extra-long 10-foot "Made For iPhone/iPad" certified Lightning cable for just $13.99.

Usually this cable sells for about $40, but with this 65% discount you can consider buying three and just about come out even. The MFi certification ensures that your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch will be happy with the cable, and we're even throwing in free shipping to the USA.

Get 'em while they last and stock up today!

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04:57
Apple Shares could Tumble Further as Apple Loses...

After dropping more than $200 billion in market capitalization in one year, Apple shares could fall further as they are set to lose their weighting and be reclassified in the annual reconstitution of the widely followed Russell indexes ...

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04:43
Boxee founder launches Public, a Talkshow-style ‘...

Boxee founder Avner Ronen has launched Public, a chat app he described to Variety as ‘a third medium for broadcasting conversations’ after audio and video. The app appears similar to Talkshow in that a small group of people are able to participate in a text chat, but anyone can follow the conversation live …

more…

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Avner Ronen, ...

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04:36
Nike FuelBand designers bought by a consulting giant

Synapse, a key creator of the Nike+ FuelBand (among other gadgets), is moving on to greener pastures. Product development giant Cambridge Consultants has bought Synapse for an unspecified amount. As Cambridge's parent company Altran says, this is a...

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04:30
Data Backup Pro is like Apple’s Time Machine on...

Apple’s Time Machine software can be a data saver — and a life saver, too, as it makes it easy to back-up the files on your Mac. However, Data Backup Pro from Prosoft Engineering is a much more flexible, powerful solution. 

Data Backup Pro (DB Pro) is an intelligent backup utility for Macs that makes copies of your files, folders, volumes, drives, or RAIDS. It’s targeted to the in-home or single Mac user, not businesses or enterprises. 

I mentioned that DB Pro is more flexible than Time Machine. How so? TM can’t make a bootable copy of your data, but DB Pro can. TM can’t schedule backups when you want them to occur, but DB Pro can. TM won’t let you back-up to more than one volume, but DB Pro will. Regarding bootable copies, you can choose to “clone” your Mac’s hard drive.

Cloning is the process of copying the contents of one computer hard disk to another disk or to an "...

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04:24
Kool Tools: SoundSoap Solo for macOS

Soundness’ SoundSoap Solo is a new desktop edition of its audio cleaning software for macOS and Windows. 
The app solves problems like unwanted hiss and background noises, electrical hum, rumble, and low volume in media files. SoundSoap Solo is ideal for anyone creating videos, action camera footage, screencasts, podcasts, music, or dialogue.

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04:07
Business smartphone sales flat year-over-year

Over 110 million enterprise smartphones and tablets were shipped worldwide in the first quarter [Q1] 2016, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com). W

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04:07
Business smartphone sales flat year-over-year

Over 110 million enterprise smartphones and tablets were shipped worldwide in the first quarter [Q1] 2016, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com). W

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04:05
Samsung mimics Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign...

Samsung may think that running ads mocking Apple was the right thing to do, but it appears it isn’t above copying one of Apple’s most successful ad campaigns.

As CNET noticed, Samsung’s latest video ad – showing off the 4K video recording capabilities of its latest devices – is titled ‘Captured on Samsung Galaxy S7.’ Not quite as catchy as ‘Shot on iPhone,’ admittedly, but clearly inspired by the latter …

more…

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04:00
RadSleevz do a credible job of protecting your Mac...

To be so slim, RadTech's RadSleevz cases for Apple laptops do a good job of protecting the exterior finish of your MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro from bumps and dings.

They're made of an ultra-micro fiber called Optex, which was specifically designed for polishing plastic optics without scratching. A RadSleevz slips onto your laptop like a glove and protects its outsides from a larger case's zippers when you, for instance, stow it for traveling (plus, it's TSA Checkpoint Friendly). Available in six colors for $24.99 and up (depending on your laptop model), it can also be used to insulate your lap or furniture from hot notebook bottoms.

The RadTech case is extremely lightweight (about 36 grams), breathable, fairly flexible (though it's a bit stiffer than I'd prefer), and rugged enough to offer some protection for your laptop wihtout adding a lot of bulk. The RadSleevz is svelte enough to be folded and stashed...

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03:41
Jailbreak developer digs deeper in iOS 10 code,...

The same developer who found the original iOS 10 Dark Mode references in the Messages app, Andy Wiik, has found even more evidence that Apple was/is developing a black appearance for its iPhone and iPad operating system. The latest screenshots show the iOS 10 Simulator presenting the Settings app in a dark interface style, with black cell backgrounds and white text.

The screenshots are captured from the iOS 10 Simulator where it is easier to inject code and discover unfinished flags and behaviour, like this Dark Mode interface style …

more…

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03:41
Acer admits hackers stole up to 34,000 customer...

If you bought an Acer device from the company's store in the last year, there's a chance that your credit card info was hijacked. The Taiwan-based company informed California's attorney general that attackers made off with the "name, address, card nu...

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03:27
watchOS 3: Bringing Attention Back to Apple's...

During the watchOS 3 segment of Apple's keynote presentation at the Worldwide Developer's Conference last week, Apple introduced a new mindfulness-based app called Breathe.

The idea behind Breathe is to help Apple Watch owners better manage everyday stress, and works by prompting users to take a short time out to focus their attention on the simple act of breathing.

By default, Breathe serves up a one-minute session which guides the user through seven breaths. The duration can be extended to up to five minutes by rotating the Digital Crown, while breathing can be slowed to four breaths per minute, or increased to ten per minute.

As the session begins, the app asks the user to "Be still, and bring your attention to your breath". A mandala-like series of...

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02:55
Select Bank of America ATMs now processing Apple Pay...

As part of a previously announced effort to introduce support for emerging digital wallet solutions, Bank of America this weekend began processing Apply Pay withdrawals at select ATMs in California, the first step in bringing wide compatibility to customers across the bank's nationwide network.

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02:35
Russia debuts the largest ever nuclear icebreaker

Russian cargo ships understandably have to wade through a lot of ice, and the country plans to deal with that frozen water in style. It recently floated out the Arktika, which it bills as the "largest and most powerful" nuclear-powered icebreaker in...

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00:55
Roku players now search for news videos

Your Roku player may be an entertainment machine at heart, but it's also becoming an information hub. Roku has expanded its search feature to look for videos across 50 services, that now include news channels. If you want to find the latest electio...

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00:01
BT's Smart Hub router promises stronger, more...

While it's possible to buy and install your own router, most people stick with the one supplied by their Internet Service Provider (ISP). Most are drab and generally underwhelming, both from a design and performance standpoint (please Google, bring y...

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Sunday June 19

22:29
'Football Fan Shirt' uses haptics to help...

If you're already a huge fan of football (aka soccer) and wish you could feel those sweet victories and bitter defeats, Wearable Experiments thinks it can help. Just in time for the Euro 2016 tournament, it's showing off an international version of i...

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22:10
TextEdit Icon Spotted on iOS 10 During WWDC 2016 Demo

During its What's New in Metal, Part 1 session at WWDC 2016, Apple used an iPad to demo the graphics API's new adaptive tessellation capabilities on iOS 10. At the 17:58 mark of the video, a TextEdit icon can be seen on the iPad's home screen from the multitasking app switcher screen.

TextEdit is Apple's basic word processor preinstalled on macOS Sierra and previous OS X versions, but the company has not released a mobile version for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch as it has done for some of its other first-party Mac apps. There are also no third-party apps that fully match the app shown in the screenshot.

TextEdit and...

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21:13
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.9

Fixes a number of bugs in the backup utility. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.4 MB)

 

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21:00
Microsoft Office 2016 15.23

Patches a memory corruption vulnerability and provides a number of fixes and improvements to the individual apps in the suite. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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20:58
Researchers build a 1,000-core processor

You may have heard of many-core processors before, but you probably haven't seen anything like this. UC Davis has developed the KiloCore, a CPU that (as the name suggests) packs a whopping 1,000 cores -- extremely handy for very parallel tasks like e...

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19:49
Microsoft Groove builds smart music playlists around...

Smart music discovery playlists are all the rage right now (just ask Spotify), and Microsoft knows it. It recently introduced a Your Groove feature to Groove Music that automatically creates playlists suited to your taste. It'll generate track listin...

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18:28
Add-on brings Game Boy cartridges to your Android...

Hyperkin toyed with gamers last year when it teased a peripheral that would play real Game Boy cartridges on your phone, but it wasn't just kidding around -- it's making good on its word. The company is now taking pre-orders for a Smart Boy Developme...

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15:26
Bank of America now rolling out support for ATM...

Earlier this year, it was reported that Bank of America was working on supporting the ability to withdraw cash from an ATM using Apple Pay. Now, it appears the bank is rolling that feature out in select markets. First noticed by a user on Reddit, Bank of America is outfitting some of its ATMs with Apple Pay support and the ability to withdraw cash using it.

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11:00
Mini review video: Our verdict on the OnePlus 3 in a...

While you were refreshing Engadget to see all the new stuff Apple, Microsoft and Sony announced this week, you may have missed the fact that OnePlus came out with a new phone. The OnePlus 3 -- yes, that would be its third-generation flagship -- comes...

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09:30
Big Tech Squashes New York's 'Right To...

Damon Beres, writing for The Huffington Post: Major tech companies like Apple have trampled legislation that would have helped consumers and small businesses fix broken gadgets. New York state legislation that would have required manufacturers to provide information about how to repair devices like the iPhone failed to get a vote, ending any chance of passage this legislative session. Similar measures have met the same fate in Minnesota, Nebraska, Massachusetts and, yes, even previously in New York. Essentially, politicians never get to vote on so-called right to repair legislation because groups petitioning on behalf of the electronics industry gum up the proceedings. "We were disappointed that it wasn't brought to the floor, but we were successful in bringing more attention to the issue," New York state Sen. Phil Boyle (R), a sponsor of the bill, told The Huffington Post.

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09:12
Apple Wins Design Patent in China for the iPad Pro...

Yesterday we reported that the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office had granted Apple a design patent for their next generation Apple Store shelving unit for Apple Watch Sport bands. The second design patent that was granted to Apple on Friday by the Hong Kong office was for the extended user interface for their 'Notes' app.

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07:18
Is it Really News that Apple's Activist CEO won...

In March Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's CEO is clearly a Gay Activist, Contrary to his Once Humble Statement." In 2014 when Apple's CEO officially "came out" he told Bloomberg that he didn't consider himself an activist. His actions since making that statement have been to the contrary ..

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Saturday June 18

16:39
Article on Accounting Concepts For Small Business On...

Been awhile since I contributed any content to the wonderful Bushel team, so provided an article on accounting concepts that every small business owner should know. A sample:

To be a successful small business owner, you don’t need to be an accounting expert; you can outsource that. But you do need a solid grasp of basic accounting concepts. As a small business owner, you need more than an intuitive feel for the performance of your business. Understanding a few basic Accounting 101 concepts goes a long way towards keeping the goals for your company in alignment with your performance. Here are 5 accounting concepts to get you started:

Read More at http://blog.bushel.com/2016/06/5-accounting-concepts-small-business-owner-needs-know/

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16:31
macOS Sierra beta lets Mac users rearrange third-...

It’s been a pain-point for some Mac users for a while now: the inability to rearrange third-party menu bar extras. Sure, it’s been possible to move around stock menu bar extras by simply holding the Command key while dragging the icon, but third-party icons are no longer off limits. more…

Filed under:
How-To
, Mac Tagged: Bartender, how to, MacOs, macOS Sierra, Menu Bar, Menu Bar apps, video...

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16:08
Rolls-Royce unveils first driverless car complete...

This thing is quite literally the ugliest car I’ve even seen. If this is the future of “luxury driverless automobiles”, I hope I’m dead before I see this abomination on the road.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:46
How-To: Use Split View in Safari on iPad [Video]

iOS 10 makes it possible to view two Safari windows side-by-side on the iPad via a feature called Safari split-view. It’s similar to the standard Split View between separate apps, but there are some differences to consider as well. In the following video walkthrough, we’ll show you how to use Safari split-view, and highlight some of its notable features. more…

Filed under:
How-To
, iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: how to, iOS 10, iPad, Safari, Split View,...

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13:35
The Talk Show live from WWDC 2016, with Phil...

Gruber sits down with the Apple executives to talk about all the news Apple announced at the keynote.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:09
Apple won’t aid GOP convention over Trump

Not a huge surprise given some of the things Trump has said about Apple at the very least.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:01
Apple refuses to back GOP convention because of...

Despite having provided aid in the past, Apple is withholding financial and technological support from this year's Republican presidential convention -- owing to controversial positions by candidate Donald Trump, a report claimed on Saturday.

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12:28
Apple Files Trademarks for Apple TV, Future iPod...

This week Apple filed new trademark applications for iPod, Apple TV and the new Apple News icon. On Friday, Apple filed for the 'iPod' trademark once again with greatly expanded classes associated with it. The UK filing strongly hints that new apps and/or features are on the drawing board for future iPods.

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11:00
Amazon's Echo Dot is a great way to bring Alexa...

I haven't been shy about my love for the Amazon Echo. I wake up with it, and aside from my phone, computers and TV, it's one of the gadgets I rely most on most throughout the day. So when Amazon announced the $90 Echo Dot, which brings all of its lar...

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10:48
Google: Dare to Daydream


Google's Cardboard has proved to the masses that virtual reality is more than a pipe dream. Inexpensive cardboard headsets leverage smartphones to create makeshift head-mounted displays for low-level VR experiences. For those whose fancies of owning a US$600 Rift or a $900 Vive were out of reach, Cardboard was a way to keep their imaginations captive while Google was dreaming of Daydream. Coming two full Google I/O developer conferences after the introduction of Cardboard, Daydream gathers novel and nebulous ideas into a cohesive ecosystem.

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10:45
Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi's Interview...

Earlier this week, Apple executives Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi appeared on a live episode of John Gruber's podcast, The Talk Show, touching on a number of topics and expanding on some of the announcements made the previous day at the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote.

The full video and audio of the interview are now available from Daring Fireball for those interested in seeing exactly what Schiller and Federighi had to say. The executives discussed such topics as the ability to remove stock apps in iOS 10, the opening of several parts of Apple's platforms to third-party developers to allow integration into apps such as Messages...

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10:33
Apple takes stance against Trump by withholding...

According to a report from Politico, Apple has told Republican leaders that it will not be providing support in any way, including financial, for the party’s upcoming convention. The report says that Apple’s reasoning for this decision is Donald Trump and the comments he has made regarding immigrants, minorities, and women.

more…

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Donald Trump ...

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10:18
Inside watchOS 3: New 'Breathe' app for...

In addition to reminding you to stand and walk throughout the day, watchOS 3 will also prompt Apple Watch users to take a minute to relax, focus and meditate with a new app dubbed "Breathe."

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09:58
Hands-on: New features in watchOS 3 [Video]

Like iOS 10, tvOS 10 and macOS Sierra, watchOS 3 is a major update that pushes Apple’s wearable platform forward. You’ll find that, even in this early beta, the experience is much better than previous versions of watchOS.

more…

Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple watch, Apple Watch first impressions, First Impressions, hands-on,...

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09:52
Apple’s Lisa Jackson to speak at upcoming Bay Area...

Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson announced today that she will be speaking at the Bay Area Women’s Summit next week on June 21st. The event is held in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of California and will be hosted at Moscone Center North.

more…

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09:30
Mercedes Benz's E300 is a luxury car that...

The Mercedes Benz E-Class has always been fancy. Wood, leather and a sense that you've made some pretty solid life choices are all part of the package. But the automaker has also been on the cutting edge of tech. For example, it added radar-aided ada...

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09:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Pad & Quill's...

The latest and greatest iPhone cases

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes Pad & Quill’s Timberline, a case made from sustainable wood, yet still looks sleek and modern. Plus, several lightweight picks, see-through cases, leather options, and more. Read on!

Belkin

The compact View Case (iPhone SE; $20 MSRP, available for $12.43 on Amazon) is a hard-shell case, featuring a transparent back and a solid TPU bumper for extra sturdiness.

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08:41
This week’s top stories [WWDC Edition]: Hands-on...

In this week’s top stories: iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and new features for Apple TV with the upcoming tvOS 10 release, our coverage of Apple’s WWDC 2016 announcements make up the majority of this week’s top stories.

more…

Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, Mac Tagged: AAPL, Apple, hands-on, iOS 10, macOS Sierra, top stories,...

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08:00
As Scoot has grown, so has the size of its rental...

Scoot's red scooters, frequently seen weaving in and out of San Francisco traffic like tiny army ants, are getting an upgrade. Not only are the rental scooters getting bigger, but they thankfully will look a lot better than the current crop of bikes...

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07:00
Recommended Reading: Why is 'Orange Is the New...

'Orange Is the New
Black' is Netflix's
only great drama
Alison Herman,
The Ringer

The fourth season of the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black starts streaming this weekend, and if you haven't watched your first episode yet, now's the...

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06:13
Apple Wins a Design Patent for Next-Gen Apple Store...

In May Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Angela Ahrendts gives us a Peek at New Apple Store Concepts Coming to a Store near You." In that report we covered the five new themes coming to future Apple Stores that includes The Avenue, Genius Grove, The Boardroom, The Plaza and The Forum. Prior to Ahrendts show and tell for...

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05:00
Satechi Multi-Port station can charge up to six Type...

Satechi has released its Multi-Port USB Charging Station. Featuring four Type-A ports and two Type-C ports, Satechi’s new device allows users to charge multiple devices at the same time, in the same place.

Boasting 60W of power and integrated smart auto-detect technology, the Multi-Port USB Charging Station charges smartphones, tablets and other Type-C or Type-A USB-powered devices. It’s is available in black or white on Satechi.net or Amazon.com for $29.99.

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04:30
Life is Strange now out on the Mac App Store

Life is Strange is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $4.99.

Life is Strange is a five-part adventure that explores complex issues withstory-based choice and consequences. It explores real world issues with a different take on story-based choice and consequences.

In the game, you find your way as Max, a teenager struggling to follow the road less travelled and make her mark on the world. You can rewind time to change your choices in a story that twists and turns along different paths towards different endings. Life is Strange offers hand-painted visuals and an indie soundtrack.

Slim, Secure, And Stylish! The New Profile Series Cases For iPad Offer Certified Drop Protection In A Variety Of Colors. Available Now at OtterBox.com!

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03:00
The week in Apple news: WWDC, iPhone 6 ban in...

Apple headlines for the week ending June 17, 2016

This week was all about Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, where the company revealed the latest version of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Here’s a link to our WWDC coverage. You’ll find other important Apple headlines in this slideshow. Click on the link for more information.

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00:17
This week on AI: iOS 10, macOS Sierra & watchOS...

Apple's WWDC keynote provided plenty of news fodder this week, including the announcements of macOS Sierra, iOS 10, and watchOS 3 -- plus many other technologies coming soon to Apple devices.

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Friday June 17

19:20
E3 2016: Dragon Raja and Galak-Z land on iOS later...

Rounding out AppleInsider's E3 coverage are two stylish mobile games, one an RPG adaptation of Korean fantasy novel Dragon Raja, and another a portable version of popular console space shooter Galak-Z.

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17:09
Apple invites developers to Search Ads beta ahead of...

In preparation of the iOS 10 launch this fall, Apple on Friday sent out emails inviting developers to take part in a beta testing program for Search Ads, a forthcoming iOS App Store feature designed to boost app discoverability.

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16:40
LaunchBar 6.7

Adds support for Emoji and Font Awesome icons, plus the Ulysses text editor. ($29 new, free update, 14.1 MB)

 

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16:20
Apple Explains Why iMessage Isn't Coming To...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Network World: Ahead of Apple's WWDC keynote this year, one of the more bizarre and sketchy rumors we saw take shape claimed that Apple was planning to deliver iMessage to Android. As is typically the case, the rumor mill took this somewhat ridiculous rumor and ran with it. The only problem is that some people were so busy trying to figure out the ramifications of iMessage hitting Android that they didn't take a step back and try and figure out if this is something Apple would even contemplate in the first place. Remember, every move Apple makes is strategic and geared towards making more money, either via device sales or software. That being the case, iMessage on Android would not only be a free app, but it would also eliminate a user-experience advantage of iOS. Interestingly enough, Walt Mossberg of The Verge asked a senior Apple executive about the rumor whereupon the nameless executive all but indicated that iMessage will never be...

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16:17
Uniloc Files a Four Count Lawsuit against Apple over...

Uniloc Corporation is a computer security and copy protection software company founded in Australia in 1992 that develops 'try and buy' software distributed via magazines and preinstalled on new computers. Uniloc sued Microsoft in 2003 and the battle went back in the courts for years. Now Uniloc is suing Apple with an all-new case.

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15:16
Apple adds sales and proceeds data to iTunes Connect...

Apple on Friday released an updated version of its iTunes Connect app for content providers, adding unit sales and proceeds to the Trends analytics tool.

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14:56
E3 2016: 'Clapper' merges DDR, 'Pat-A...

One of the more unique games spotted by AppleInsider at this year's E3 expo was "Clapper," a two-player cooperative rhythm title that uses the iPad's FaceTime camera to track how well you play the classic children's hand clapping game "Pat-A-Cake."

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14:50
AWT News Update: June 17, 2016

As is typical with Fridays after big Apple events, today was a very slow news day. But we have a few stories for you to listen to in less than three minutes:

  • The "Apps for Earth" campaign that Apple and the World Wildlife Fund ran back in April made a tidy sum for the conservation group
  • Have the urge for luxury leather Apple Watch bands? Coach has released its bands to its online and brick-and-mortar retail outlets
  • Politico is trying a unique way to send out breaking news and poll results on the impending "Brexit" vote - using Apple's Wallet app

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14:37
Apple releases new iTunes Connect features including...

Apple today released a new version of its iTunes Connect app for iOS during a demo of new features for the iTunes Connect developer portal at the company’s WWDC 2016 conference. 

During its presentation, Apple noted that app review times “have gone way down” and offered a brief overview of changes it made to App Store policies. Apple recently completely revised guidelines to include easier to read language and an overall improved experience. 

more…

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: analytics,...

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14:11
Apple led effort to remove rifle emoji from Unicode...

A proposed rifle emoji initially set for release as part of Unicode 9.0 was removed from consideration after Unicode Consortium delegates representing Apple and Microsoft expressed disapproval of its inclusion, a report said Friday.

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14:00
iOS 10 Hidden Features: Split-View Safari, Mail...

iOS 10 has been described by Apple as its biggest iOS update ever, with new features like a total overhaul of the Lock screen, a revamped Messages app that includes its own dedicated App Store, among other improvements, a Siri SDK for developers, a more capable Photos app, a redesigned Apple Music app, and hundreds of other changes, big and small.

In the video below, we've rounded up some of the smaller but still significant changes that have gone largely under the radar, like an easy access "Unsubscribe" button for newsletters in the Mail app, side-by-side Safari multitasking on iPads, Notes collaboration, cross device copy and paste, voicemail transcription, and more.

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14:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Summer fun

Sum-sum-summertime!

Now that vacation time is here, we have gaming apps, apps that guide you in new cities, apps that help you find fun, and more.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Kick'n'Run

Cristiano Ronaldo: Kick’n’Run (freemium, iPhone and iPad) lets you take your virtual soccer skills to the street, dodging tackles, avoiding obsacles, and scoring gooooooooooooooooals.

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13:48
Apple says 'Apps for Earth' campaign...

Apple and the World Wildlife Fund together raised more than $8 million in proceeds during April's "Apps for Earth" campaign on the App Store, the two groups have announced.

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13:28
E3 2016: 'Block'hood' represents the...

Though the annual E3 gaming expo is largely a showcase for traditional gaming consoles, AppleInsider still managed to find representation for Apple's macOS at this year's show in the form of "Block'hood," an eco-focused neighborhood-building simulator.

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13:00
Notable apps and app updates for June 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.

iOS Apps and Updates

VUE - Video camera with artistic tools, filters and stickers

Like sharing short videos on Facebook or Instagram? VUE is a new free app that lets you record up to four short scenes to create a montage, enhance the video with designer stickers (showing weather conditions, the date, etc...),, apply cinematic filters from a selection of a dozen professional designs before creating your six-second masterpiece. VUE shoots in wide and ultra-wide aspect ratios, and is optimized for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Fun? Yes. I just Kubricked the heck out of myself:

Gboard

Google's free...

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12:56
Coach Apple Watch bands now available in stores...

Luxury fashion company Coach has released its awaited Apple Watch bands both online and in retail stores, coming in nine different possible combinations priced starting at $125.

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12:47
Global Apps for Earth campaign with WWF raises more...

Apple and WWF’s Apps for Earth campaign raised awareness among hundreds of millions of people and generated more than $8 million in total proceeds to support WWF’s conservation work. WWF announced the results this week at WWDC in San Francisco.

During the ten-day campaign in April, Apple, WWF and 24 developers worked together to help the planet, one app at a time.

WWF’s Ginette Hemley presents the Apps for Earth results at WWDC16.

Through interactive and educational content created exclusively for Apps for Earth, the campaign gave participants an opportunity to actively engage in conservation and contribute to WWF’s mission. 

100% of the proceeds from participating apps and In-App Purchases go to support WWF’s conservation work.

The campaign is the second time Apple has partnered with WWF to protect...

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12:35
Apple announces it raised $8 million w/ World...

Apple and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) today announced that their recent Apps for Earth campaign raised $8 million in proceeds for the organization.
more…

Filed under: AAPL Company, Apps Tagged: Apple, apps for earth, WWF ...

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12:34
Is the Strategy behind Apple's smaller iPhone...

It was surprising to read this morning that "Apple's refurbished iPhone 6 program rolled into Korea this week." While we had reported on the fact that Apple is preparing to enter that market with a refurbished line of iPhones, Korea wasn't on anyone's radar screen. On another front, Apple's iPhone SE is aiming at another niche iPhone market: Those who want an iPhone with current technology but designed for smaller hands.

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12:29
80% of North Americans can’t see the Milky Way due...

As a photographer, this makes me sad. I still remember the first time I saw the Milky Way as a kid. I was walking up the long driveway on my dad’s farm in Nova Scotia and was struck by how bright it was. I looked up and my jaw literally dropped. I stood there for at least 30 minutes, staring at all the amazing stars I had never seen when I lived in the city.

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12:25
Inside iOS 10: 3D Touch enhances Apple's quick...

Apple's force sensing 3D Touch technology is greatly expanded in the upcoming iOS 10 update, adding new capabilities to the Control Center shortcuts for flashlight, timer, calculator and camera.

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12:21
Here’s the Chinese company claiming Apple ripped off...

Good follow up on this morning’s post

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12:14
How-To: Enable Picture-in-Picture for YouTube videos...

One of the big new features in macOS Sierra is the new iPad-inspired Picture-in-Picture mode for Safari. This allows users to detach a video from its player so that it’s always viewable across desktops and while using other apps.

Although YouTube’s player doesn’t make it readily apparent that its videos work with Picture-in-Picture, it’s quite easy to enable the handy feature for all of your favorite YouTube videos on Safari. more…

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12:08
Apple and Microsoft lobbied to remove the rifle...

New emoji are typically proposed by the Unicode Consortium and approved for the next version of the spec without much fuss, but a rifle emoji proposed for Unicode 9.0 apparently ran into opposition from two major members of the consortium: Apple and Microsoft.

According to a report from Buzzfeed, Apple objected to the idea of introducing a second gun emoji on its platforms, and Microsoft joined in. The decision to remove the rifle emoji, as well as a second "pentathlon" emoji depicting a man holding a pistol among other athletes, was apparently unanimous.

“Nobody in the room seemed to mind not encoding the rifle,” said a Unicode Consortium...

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12:08
Apple said to be behind decision to remove proposed...

Apple has apparently hit the delete button on a proposed rifle emoji that was previously accepted. Unicode, the group behind the character standard, ultimately decided to pull the rifle character from the next emoji set in Unicode 9. Buzzfeed reports, however, that Apple (which has voting rights within the group) largely led the opposition to the rifle emoji:

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Filed under: AAPL Company, Tech Industry Tagged: emoji...

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11:45
The DxO ONE miniaturized pro-quality camera for...

MY thanks to DxO for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. The DxO ONE is a miniaturized pro-quality camera that can be used standalone, or attached directly to your iPhone (or iPad) via a patented Lightning connector. When connected, it turns your Retina display into the camera viewfinder and provides full control over aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and more via a companion iOS app. With a large 1” sensor and fast prime lens, the DxO ONE provides 10x the sensitivity of the iPhone camera which allows it to capture gorgeous portraits and stunning low-light images that rival those from a DSLR — only these images can be shared instantly via every service supported by iOS.

Editor’s Note: I’ve been using a DxO ONE for months and love the camera. I take it on every trip I go on to get better pictures.

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11:40
Thanks To Apple's Influence, You're Not...

Charlie Warzel, reporting for BuzzFeed News: Unicode, the technical organization in charge of selecting and overseeing emojis, debated and ultimately decided to remove a rifle from its list of new emoji candidates in 2016, according to multiple persons who attended its quarterly meeting last May. The decision was led and championed by one of tech's biggest companies: Apple. Apple is one of Unicode's largest member companies and not only has voting rights, but also holds considerable influence. Millions of people use emojis on Apple's software platforms. According to sources in the room, Apple started the discussion to remove the rifle emoji, which had already passed into the encoding process for the Unicode 9.0 release this June. Apple told the consortium it would not support a rifle on its platforms and asked for it not to be made into an emoji. "I heard Apple speak up about it and also Microsoft," one member present at the discussions told BuzzFeed News.

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11:38
Apple's 'Apps for Earth' Campaign...

Apple and the World Wildlife Fund this week announced that the recent "Apps for Earth" promotion has raised more than $8 million in proceeds to support the WWF's conservation work.

The Apps for Earth promotion, timed to take place to celebrate Earth Day, ran from April 14 to April 24 and saw dozens of apps offering special in-app purchases with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the World Wildlife Fund.

Many of the participating apps, which included titles like VSCO, Trivia Crack, Hearthstone, and Angry Birds 2, heavily promoted the fundraiser, even going so far as to change app icons and graphics during the time that it ran. Apple itself updated the theme of the App...

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11:35
60-second Video Tip: How to add Apple World Today to...

While many websites are sending their RSS feeds to the Apple News app, we publish our site in the Apple News Format and it looks 1,000 times better! In this 60-second Video Tip, we show you just how easy it is to add Apple World Today as a favorite so you see the latest Apple news as it is published:

Check out the beautiful Pad & Quill Contega Thin Case for iPad Pro® 9.7

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11:31
E3 2016: 'Little Lords of Twilight'...

One of the stand-out Apple-compatible games spotted by AppleInsider at this year's Electronics Entertainment Expo was "Little Lords of Twilight," a free-to-play player-versus-player role-playing game coming to both iOS this fall, with a tvOS version also in the works.

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11:22
Tragically Hip’s final concert to be broadcast live...

The Hip are a great Canadian band that, sadly, most Americans have never heard of. If you live near the Canadian border or have access to the CBC feeds, I’d encourage you to watch what will undoubtedly be a bittersweet concert.

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11:05
Apple's iPhone 6 faces potential sales ban in...

Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus face a potential sales ban in China due to a patent dispute with a little-known local company.

The phones infringe a design patent held by Chinese device maker Shenzhen Baili, a Beijing intellectual property office ruled, according to a notice posted Thursday.

The office ordered Apple and its partners to halt sales of both products, though Apple has appealed and the phones are currently still on sale there.

“We appealed an administrative order from a regional patent tribunal in Beijing last month and as a result the order has been stayed pending review by the Beijing IP Court,” Apple said Friday in an email. 

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10:53
Hands-on: New features in macOS Sierra [Video]

Although it hasn’t garnered the same level of excitement as iOS 10’s unveiling, there are quite a few compelling additions to be found in macOS Sierra. Along with a rebranded and more modern naming convention, macOS Sierra adds Siri, a Universal Clipboard for sharing clipboard contents between iOS and macOS, and many more underlying features. more…

Filed under: iOS Devices, Mac Tagged: First Impressions, hands-on, Mac, MacOs, macOS 10.12, macOS Sierra,...

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10:52
Inside iOS 10: 'Raise to Wake' for iPhone...

Although one of the more convenient functions of iOS 10 is "Raise to Wake" for iPhones, users will need a model with Apple's M9 motion coprocessor -- or its eventual successors.

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10:49
Bloomberg Canada: Linamar Interview Points to Apple...

It's being report that Canadian supplier Linamar Corp. has talked with Apple Inc. and Google about potentially supplying the technology giants if they begin making cars. In an interview in Toronto, CEO Linda Hasenfratz ...

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10:40
Tablo releases Apple TV app for its broadcast TV DVRs

Tablo —which makes a DVR box that lets you watch, record, and stream broadcast TV — has released an app for the Apple TV that allows you to watch broadcast television, either live or on-demand, without the need for a separate antenna.

The app is free. However, to use it you’ll need either a Tablo 2-Tuner DVR ($219.99) or a Tablo 4-Tuner TV ($299.99). Both are over-the-air DVR boxes the provide access to broadcast TV signals.

Tablo includes a 30 day trial of the company’s EPG subscription. After this you can choose to continue the subscription for $4.99 monthly, $49.99 annually or $149.99 for a lifetime subscription. Subscriptions are tied to your account and not the device, so you can add as many Tablo units as you'd like to your subscription or change your Tablo unit at any time. You can use a Tablo unit without subscription, but you’ll be missing some features. Learn more about Tablo's EPG subscription...

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10:06
Apple working to reduce excess inventory ahead of...

iPhone shipments in the coming quarters could be lower than Wall Street expects, as Apple works to reduce excess channel inventory ahead of the anticipated "iPhone 7" launch, in what could be the last painful quarter before over a year of growth, according to Brean Capital.

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10:00
Facebook Gives Messenger More Jobs to Do


Facebook on Thursday unveiled its redesigned Messenger app, which replaces the list of conversations it previously displayed with a home screen that will let users perform more actions within a chat. The Home tab now organizes Messenger into recent conversations, favorites, active users, and messages awaiting a response. It has a shortcut that reminds users about Facebook friends' birthdays. Messenger now prepopulates users' favorites list based on whom they exchange messages with most often.

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09:42
NASA and American Airlines team up to improve...

In order to improve flight training, cockpit displays and other necessary flight deck operations, NASA is drawing on the experiences of some 15,000 test pilots who are already in the air with American Airlines. The two groups announced this week a fi...

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: 13-inch MacBook Air $830, 32GB...

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09:27
Concept brings rumored MacBook OLED fn key row to...

What if Apple brought the OLED display function key row that is rumored for upcoming MacBooks to its Apple keyboard too? Completely disregarding what it might require technically to integrate and drive such a display in the keyboard, this concept from Curved imagines bringing that feature to iMac, Mac Pro, Mac mini and other Mac users via a new version of Apple’s wireless keyboard.

more…

Filed under: Mac Tagged: Apple, Display, function keys, MacBook Pro,...

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09:22
Dish drops NFL channels after deal expires

Tribune stations went dark on Dish Network earlier this week, making it difficult for some customers to watch the NBA and NHL championship matchups. The TV provider is dealing with another sports-related dispute too, and this time it's with the NFL....

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09:13
Inside iOS 10: Apple simplifies HomeKit control with...

Answering a long-running demand, Apple is introducing a dedicated Home app with iOS 10, giving people a central location to manage and control their HomeKit accessories.

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09:00
The best binoculars for birds, nature, and the...

By Daniel S. Cooper

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

To find the best binoculars, we had a professional ornithologist spend over 100 hours field-testing 17 pa...

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08:43
Beijing patent ruling unlikely to hurt Apple in...

A new patent decision accusing Apple of copying the design of a Chinese-made smartphone will not have a negative effect on Apple's revenue or margins in China, two major investment firms said on Friday.

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08:30
E3 was secretly terrible for the future of virtual...

After years of being teased with prototypes, developer kits and tech demos, it's finally happening: Virtual reality is on the cusp of going mainstream. Need evidence? Just look at the events of E3 2016. Over the past week, the first-ever VR headset f...

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08:24
Siri for Mac beta hands-on video released

This is what it’s like to use Siri on the Mac.

The cool cats at MacRumors have assembled a demo video of using the Siri beta on macOS Sierra, which is due for release this fall. Siri on the Mac can perform many of the same functions available on iOS, like answering simple queries, looking up information, sending messages, opening apps, and more, plus there are Mac-specific functions.

Siri can be accessed through the menu bar, a dock icon, or a keyboard command, and the Siri results, displayed in individual windows, can be pinned to the Today section of the Notification Center or added to documents and files.

Take a gander:

MacOS Sierra and Siri for Mac are still currently in beta and available only to the developer community at present, but Apple has stated it plans to...

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08:13
Review: Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT Wireless On-Ear...

If you’ve been following our headphone reviews, you know that we've had good experiences with Audio-Technica’s “SonicPro” line of headphones. We gave broad recommendations for both the ATH-MSR7 and ATH-MSR7NC, even if we did find them a bit bright sounding and had some concerns about creaks coming from their plastic joints. In this review, we take a look at the latest incarnation of Audio-Technica’s 45mm True Motion driver, the on-ear Bluetooth-enabled ATH-SR5BT ($199). The headphone comes in white, as seen here, or black.{/exp:char_limit}

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08:12
Windows 10 preview makes it easier to do a fresh...

Windows 10 Insiders are greedy but brave souls who want the latest software toys and are willing to take some risks to get them. The latest preview build (14367) gives them a "get out of jail free" card, however, with a new tool called "Refresh Windo...

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08:10
iOS 10 How-To: Use Markup in Photos + Messages on...

iOS has long had a super useful tool called Markup that lets you draw and add text over images and documents, but the feature has been buried inside Mail until now. iOS 10 brings Markup to more places including Photos and Messages. Below we explore Markup in both apps on iOS 10 plus share how to put the new feature to work.

more…

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, iOS Tagged: iOS 10, Markup ...

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08:08
Video: See how Apple Music in iOS 10 has been...

Music selection and discovery will get easier for 15 million paying Apple Music subscribers with this fall's launch of iOS 10. Here's a closer look at the big changes coming soon to iPhone and iPad.

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07:53
How your Apple rumor sausage gets made

A sardonic look at the Apple rumor industry. Entertaining and quite close to home.

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07:51
Apple's Refurbished iPhone Program Rolled into...

In May Patently Apple posted a report titled "Tim Cook Surprisingly Admits on TV that Apple wants to sell Certified Pre-Owned iPhones in India." The Indian TV interviewer was taken aback as he viewed Apple's position as dumping old iPhones into their country, something that many in India were offended by without really understanding Apple's methodology of how they repackage refurbished iPhones back to premium condition. Now a new Korean report published this week stated that "Apple’s refurbished iPhones are spreading throughout South Korean markets ...

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07:46
'Portal 2' and 'Left 4 Dead' are...

The list of Xbox 360 games backwards compatible with the Xbox One has now reached 200 titles with the addition of fan favorites Portal 2 and Left 4 Dead. Additionally, support was also added for Flashback, Brain Challenge and Babel Rising. Microsoft...

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07:40
Apple Watch, watchOS 3, and the evolution of app...

By far, the biggest change that needed to be made to watchOS is to improve app launch speed/responsiveness and it looks like that has been done. The second change involves the actual application launch process itself. And that’s more of a complication (sorry).

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07:32
Brief look at the new features coming to Apple Music

Kirk McElhearn:

Apple has released developer previews of iOS 10 and macOS 10.12. There are major changes to Apple Music, and they show up in both iTunes and the Music app on iOS. It’s worth noting that Apple can roll out these changes whenever they want in iTunes; they don’t need to actually update the app. Elements such as the iTunes Store and Apple Music are merely web pages that display in iTunes, so, while the iTunes app hasn’t changed, the new display of Apple Music is visible.

Nice overview, take a look.

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07:28
Beijing regulator orders Apple to stop sale of...

A bizarre twist, Apple infringing on a Chinese patent, but that’s what’s being reported. Important to note that Apple has the right to appeal (can’t imagine they won’t) and that this ruling applies to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and not the current models.

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07:25
Report: iPhone 6 infringes on Chinese phone, sales...

Enlarge / the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Update: Apple's has responded to our request for comment, indicating that all current iPhones are still being sold in Beijing while the company appeals the order. The full statement:

"iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE models are all available for sale today in China. We appealed an administrative order from a regional patent tribunal in Beijing last month and as a result the order has been stayed pending review by the Beijing IP Court."

Original story: A Chinese regulator has told Apple to stop selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the city of Beijing, according to...

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07:22
First US CRISPR gene editing trial in humans seeks...

The federal committee that monitors DNA experiments on humans will make its first judgment on a CRISPR case next week. The Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee is looking at a proposal from the University of Pennsylvania, which wants to use the gene ed...

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07:11
AnandTech’s recap of macOS Sierra’s new features

This is relatively short for AnandTech, but solid nonetheless. Don’t miss the second page, which focuses on Photos, a look under the hood, release date and hardware support.

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07:04
∞ Apple rolls out significant accessibility...

Good to see Apple still paying attention to accessibility. Some terrific news here.

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07:03
IDC Wearable Market Forecast has the Smartwatch...

In May we posted a report titled "Apple Watch is the Top Smartwatch in the World Q1 2016." IDC statistics showed that Apple held a 46% market share lead. The latest IDC report takes a look at the wearable trends through to 2020 which bodes well for Apple.

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07:00
IndieCade is the best it's ever been at E3 2016

IndieCade's E3 installment always features a lineup of nifty games from independent developers, but this year it went above and beyond. Multiple games on display used physical objects or installation pieces as part of their gameplay, making the entir...

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07:00
Apple iPhones Found to Have Violated Chinese Rival...

Beijing's intellectual property regulator has ordered Apple to stop sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the city, after it found that the design of Apple's iconic smartphone is too similar to a Chinese phone. The aforementioned handsets infringe on a Chinese patent for exterior design held by a company called Shenzhen Baili for its 100C smartphone. From a Bloomberg report: While the decision covers only Beijing, future lawsuits against Apple could take the case as a precedent, potentially influencing the outcomes of litigation elsewhere in China. Baili is one of scores of smartphone brands trying to cash in on the country's mobile boom. [...] "If the position by the Beijing IP office is upheld and Apple doesn't appeal further, then in theory they wouldn't be able to sell the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus," IP specialist Ted Chwu said. The iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus were launched in 2014. What took them so long?

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06:53
News: Chinese patent ruling may force Apple to stop...

Apple may have to halt sales of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China after a the company was ruled to violate patent rights of a Chinese company, Bloomberg reports. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled the iPhones infringe upon Baili’s 100C phone (which doesn’t look that similar to Apple’s iPhones). The decision only affects Beijing, but it could be used as precedent in China. Apple can appeal the ruling, and the report…

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06:32
Steinway virtual piano plug-in collection now...

Sound Magic has announced that Mega Steinway Special Edition — a collection of piano plug-ins based on Steinway pianos — is now available on a flash drive.

Mega Steinway Special Edition is available as a custom flash drive featuring eight next-generation modeled virtual piano plug-ins (VST and AU 32- and 64-bit, as well as AAX 64-bit for Mac OS X and Windows) for $399. You can buy it here (http://tinyurl.com/jo67at4).

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06:24
Bluetooth 5 will quadruple range, double speed,...

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) says its next release, coming late 2016 or early 2017, will be dubbed Bluetooth 5 and will include “significantly” increased range, speed, and broadcast messaging capacity.  Expect to see support for it in Apple devices next year.

Extending range will deliver “robust, reliable” Internet of Things (IoT) connections that make full-home and building and outdoor use cases a reality, says Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. Higher speeds will send data faster and optimize responsiveness. 

“Increasing broadcast capacity will propel the next generation of ‘connectionless’ services like beacons and location-relevant information and navigation,” Powell adds. “These Bluetooth advancements open up more possibilities and enable SIG companies – now at an all-time high of 30,000 member companies – to build an accessible, interoperable IoT.”

Bluetooth 5 will...

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06:24
Apple Ordered to Halt iPhone 6 Sales in Beijing Over...

The Beijing Intellectual Property Office has ruled that Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus infringe on the patent rights of another smartphone sold within China -- Shenzhen Baili’s 100c device -- leading to the possibility that Apple may have to cease sales of its handset in Beijing completely. Apple is expected to appeal to the Beijing Higher People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Court in attempts to keep its two handsets in circulation within Beijing.

However, as Bloomberg points out, if the case turns out badly for Apple, lawsuits that the company face in the future could potentially look back at the Shenzhen Baili ruling as a precedent. Beijing has a population of 21.7 million people, so it could have a larger-than-expected negative impact on a territory that Apple has already...

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06:21
Chinese bureau finds Apple copying smartphone...

The design of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is too similar to the 100C phone by Shenzhen Baili, and violates that company's patents, the Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled on Friday.

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06:12
Beijing Intellectual Property Office: the iPhone 6/...

Beijing’s intellectual property authority has ruled Apple violated the design patents of a Chinese device maker and may have to halt sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the city, reports Bloomberg.

The Apple smartphones infringe on Shenzhen Baili’s patent rights because of similarities to its 100C phone (pictured), according to the Beijing Intellectual Property Office wrote in its decision. Apple can appeal the ruling and could be allowed to continue selling its phones during the process. While the decision covers only Beijing, future lawsuits against Apple could take the case as a precedent, potentially influencing the outcomes of litigation elsewhere in China, notes Bloomberg.

CNBC says Apple has immediately appealed that ruling and that all company products are still for sale throughout the country.

It’s the latest set-back for the Cupertino, California-based...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Bone Conduction Bluetooth...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up the Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headphones for only $69.99 — that’s 30% off the regular price. These new headphones from SainSonic are built with bone conduction technology that uses vibration to transmit audio without blocking your ears, and with wireless Bluetooth support you get incredible sound with the annoyance of wires. The open ear headset design lets you stay in touch with the world around…

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05:50
Opinion: Does integrated VoIP support in iOS 10...

The first true mobile phones back in the 1980s did exactly one thing: phone calls. It wasn’t until 1994 that carriers introduced what was then a revolutionary idea – using mobile phones to send text messages. I’m old enough to remember when only geeks did it, and it took several years before it really took off as a mass-market thing.

Fast-forward to today and, for many of us, the very least-frequent thing we do with our phones is use them to make phone calls. When I do make a voice call, I’m as likely to use a VoIP app like FaceTime or Skype as I am the actual phone app on my iPhone.

With iOS 10, Apple makes that behaviour likely for even more people. The VoIP API effectively allows apps like Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, Facebook calling and others to be integrated into the iPhone every bit as deeply as the phone app itself …

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05:31
Bizarre Beijing ruling says iPhone 6 copies Chinese...

Update: Apple has now issued a statement.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE models are all available for sale today in China. We appealed an administrative order from a regional patent tribunal in Beijing last month and as a result the order has been stayed pending review by the Beijing IP Court.

Bloomberg reports a Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruling that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus violate the design patent of a Chinese phone, and that Apple must cease sales of both models within the city.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus infringe on Shenzhen Baili’s patent rights because of similarities to its 100C phone, the Beijing Intellectual Property Office wrote in its...

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05:08
AppleInsider podcast talks to former Apple...

This week on the AppleInsider former Apple technology evangelist Matt Sephton joins Victor to talk about his perspective on the week's WWDC news and shares a Steve Jobs story. Mikey chimes in with his favorite upcoming iOS 10, macOS, watchOS 3 and tvOS features.

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05:00
Daily Deal: The Pay What You Want Mac Utilities...

Today's Daily Deal is another one of our ultra-popular "Pay What You Want" bundles -- this time, the Mac Utilities Bundle. Why are these bundles so popular? Basically, you pay what you want and you get six of the eight total Mac utilities. If your price happens to beat the average price (which was $8.38 when this post was written), you get all eight of the utilities. Not bad, eh?

What's in the bundle? A lot, especially for Mac owners who own Android devices:

  • Data Recovery for Mac : Bring back lost data
  • Lab.Fone for Android : Recover Android data to your Mac
  • PDF Converter Pro for Mac : A powerful alternative to Adobe Acrobat
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