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Wednesday July 20

13:23
News: Report: Apple acquires cloud music provider...

A new report by Macrumors suggests that Apple may be behind the recent acquisition of Omnifone, a cloud-based music provider behind the MusicStation service as well as providing the foundation for mobile partnerships through companies including Samsung, Vodafone, LG, Blackberry, Sony, and others, powering Samsung’s Milk, Sony’s Music Unlimited and Blackberry’s BBM Music services. A report earlier this month in Music Ally indicated…

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13:21
Interview with Chris Young: An inventor,...

ChefSteps recently introduced Joule, a small and easy-to-use sous vide tool, the first of many of the products planned by Young and his team of over 50 chefs, scientists, photographers, writers and engineers.

It’s not often you hear of a person with this combination of attributes. Interesting interview.

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13:20
Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 5, evolutionary...

A new version of the Corning Gorilla Glass used in iPhone screens since launch promises better impact resistance for equipped devices, with the improved glass panels surviving falls from greater heights than previous versions.

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13:15
Tigra Trio fitness sensor measures cadence, steps,...

Tigra Trio 3-in-1 Fitness Sensor. Photo ©2016, Steven Sande

My business partner Dennis runs every day, and he is my motivation to get out every morning and take a long, fast walk. I've been doing this for 36 straight days so far, so it looks like I've developed a good habit that I'll keep. While my iPhone, Apple Watch, and Runkeeper app can tell me a lot, they don't provide good continuous information on my heart rate. That's why the Tigra Trio (US$99.99) caught my eye and will be a regular part of my daily exercise routine.

Design

The Trio is designed to work for runner/walkers and cyclists, providing bike cadence, counting steps, and continuously monitoring your heart rate. Looking at the back of the device is...

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13:14
Apple buys out cloud music provider Omnifone [u]

Apple has bought out "global music platform provider" Omnifone in a deal thought to be worth $10 million, a report said on Wednesday.

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13:13
Using CSS color keywords

One of the two oldest methods of applying color to web pages, named colors remain very useful in web design and development today. Consisting of 149 distinct keywords (shown above, with their hexadecimal equivalents) CSS named colors have a few special features

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13:12
Corning Debuts Gorilla Glass 5 With Improved Drop...

Corning today unveiled its next-generation Gorilla Glass product, Gorilla Glass 5. The new glass, designed to be used in mobile device displays, offers improved protection against breakage from accidental drops.

Building on previous generations of Gorilla Glass, Corning's latest product survives 80 percent of the time when dropped face-down from 1.6 meters (5.2 feet) onto a rough surface during lab tests. According to Corning, Gorilla Glass 5 survives drops four times better than competing glass products.

"With each successive generation of Corning Gorilla Glass, we have taken cover glass technology to new levels. Gorilla Glass 5 is no exception, extending Corning's advantage in drop performance over competitive glasses," said John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass. "With many real-world drops occurring...

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13:07
Reasons why newspapers have dropped their paywalls

The decision to drop a paywall can provide insight into how a news organization’s “values intersect with its commodification strategy, its technology design, and its brand identity” as outlets of all stripes are still deciding how much their reporting should cost.

This discussion has been going on for two decades.

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13:07
Plex on Sonos – Two Great Platforms Now Work Together

Plex today announced the public availability of Plex Music on Sonos. It still officially bears the “beta” label, but it works just fine in our quick tests. Now you can access your Plex Music Library from any Sonos device, and that includes remote access. If you have Sonos at your lake house and your Plex library is on your Mac at home, good news: it’ll stream across the Internet. It also works to stream friends’ libraries, too, as long as you’re both linked together via the Plex back end (and as long as your friend has their Music sharing enabled in Plex). Additionally, because Plex is built to transcode music, you can play any file, including those that Sonos doesn’t natively support. To add Plex, launch your Sonos controller app on your Mac or iPhone (or Android), select “Add Music Service,” choose Plex, sign in and you’re all set!

The post...

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12:54
India’s government changing rules allowing Apple to...

Modi’s cabinet on Wednesday is likely to approve a three-year exemption on local-sourcing requirements for foreign single-brand retail companies with “cutting-edge technology,” according to the people, who asked not to be identified due to rules for speaking with the media.

This is great news, although I’m not sure what happens after the three-year exemption.

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12:52
The bicycle problem that nearly broke mathematics

As kids, we “counterbalanced” by instinct. When I was learning to ride a motorcycle, the explanation of “steer right, go left” confused the living daylights out of me.

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12:48
iPad Pro 9.7-inch vs. iPad Air 2

Dr. Mac’s has been running an iPad Pro 9.7-inch and an iPad Air 2 side-by-side for the past month. Wanna know which one he’d buy?

The post iPad Pro 9.7-inch vs. iPad Air 2 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:42
Microsoft's never-released 'McLaren'...

Remember Microsoft's Nokia-branded McLaren smartphone? It was supposed to carry the torch for Windows Phone in late 2014 through its exotic 3D touch input (which Apple wouldn't have until 2015), but it was cancelled just months before launch for rea...

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12:40
If a Black Box in Apple’s Autonomous Cars Recorded...

One of the most important issues with the autonomous driving cars of the future is the partitioning of liability. To that end, new legislation proposed in Germany would require a data recorder to log when the car is under autonomous or driver control to aid in the assignment of responsibility. But such a box has privacy considerations. And it might be hacked. Would such a data recorder deter buyers? Could Apple overcome all this?

The post If a Black Box in Apple’s Autonomous Cars Recorded Everything, Would You Care? appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:36
News: Apple releases second iOS 10 public beta

Apple has released the second public beta of iOS 10 through its Apple Software Beta Program. Corresponding to the third beta released to developers earlier this week, the latest public beta continues enhancements to Music, Maps, Messages, and News, the new lock screen, today widget, and notification system, and on-device intelligence for face, scene, and object recognition in the Photos app on 64-bit devices. iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone…

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12:34
Screens 3 for Mac VNC: $12.99

Check out Screens 3, a virtual network client (VNC) that allows you to login to and control a Mac, Windows or Linux box from your Mac. There’s some of that built into OS X, but Screens 3 adds support for Windows and Linux devices. It also allows you to set up an action that triggers each time you disconnect (for instance, “Log Out Your User,” etc.). There are other features you might find useful, too, so check out the deal listing for more info. You can get Screens 3 for Mac through our deal for $12.99.

The post Screens 3 for Mac VNC: $12.99 appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Take control of your email...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes Airmail, a tool that helps you centralize your email accounts. Plus, apps for keeping your Mac safe from malicious attacks, improving your chess skills, helping to tame your hunger, and much more. Read on!

Airmail 3 3.01

If you use multiple email accounts, Bloop’s $10 Airmail 3 (Mac App Store Link) lets you consolidate them all in once place.

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12:24
Apple Likely Acquired Cloud-Based Music Provider...

One of Apple's latest acquisitions appears to be cloud-based music provider and Omnifone, according to an inside source that shared knowledge of the purchase with MacRumors. Earlier this month, a Music Ally report suggested UK-based Omnifone's tech business and assets had been purchased by a mystery buyer for $10 million, and it seems that buyer is Apple.

According to documents covering the sale, Omnifone's alluring patent portfolio was not purchased by Apple, nor were debts or investments, but terms included a "royalty bearing license" that Omnifone says will help it determine the value of its full range of patents. Omnifone has a number of patents relating to downloading music, digital rights management, and generating recommendations that are potentially appealing to streaming music companies.

Omnifone...

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12:24
WebP Comes to iOS 10, macOS Sierra betas: What You...

Apple added support for Google’s WebP image format to Safari in the beta versions of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, which could make websites load faster. “Could,” in this case, assumes Apple keeps WebP support in the shipping versions of its operating systems, and Web developers adopt the format for their site images.

The post WebP Comes to iOS 10, macOS Sierra betas: What You Need to Know appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:22
Sonos app now works with popular Plex media server

Music streaming platform and speaker-maker Sonos today added support for the popular media server app Plex. That means that you’ll now be able to view your music library stored in Plex from within the Sonos apps. 

Plex announced the new integration within the Sonos app today on its blog: more…

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12:19
Skype cloud shift will require OS X Yosemite or iOS...

Effective October, Skype will require at least OS X Yosemite or iOS 8 on Apple platforms for full functionality, due to a switch to cloud-based infrastructure, Microsoft said on Wednesday.

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12:15
Public beta 2 now available for iOS 10 and macOS...

Beta testers, rejoice! Apple has just released the second public betas for both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.

If you’re a member of Apple’s Beta Software Program, you can install the iOS 10 public beta 2 over-the-air from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by going to Settings > General > Software Update. On desktop, you can download and install the macOS Sierra beta from the Updates section in the Mac App Store.

These public betas follow closely the release of the third developer beta. For iOS 10, this public beta now lets you send files to iCloud Drive from Mail or Safari, subscribe to playlists in Apple Music, and tap on App Support in Siri’s Settings. In the fall, we’re expecting the iOS 10 final release to bring a new personalized Discovery Mix to Apple Music. This feature is still missing in the second public beta, and there are no additional third-party apps for Messages....

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12:10
'Pac-Man Championship Edition 2' looks...

A few years ago, Bandai Namco figured out the key to reviving the Pac-Man: just make the original top down dot-chomper faster, brighter and more competitive. Pac-Man Championship Edition and Championship Edition DX+ changed just enough of the classic...

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11:46
Podcast 517: iCloud Music Library meets its Match

iTunes Match is a clever service for people who have huge music collections they want to sync to multiple devices. Apple Music is a fun streaming service for people who don't want to manage big collections of their own. iCloud Music Library is a confusing bridge between those scenarios, helping you combine your own iTunes library with Apple's streaming catalog, and now it's going to match your owned tracks more intelligently, which should help avoid problems where songs are replaced with the wrong versions. You know, ideally. Kirk breaks it all down here, and on the podcast, Glenn and Susie discuss whether this fixes the whole confusing mess or what.

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11:42
Twitter Lets Anyone and Everyone Apply for a Blue...


Twitter has opened up the application process for verified account status, which previously was reserved for celebrities and other high-profile users. Any user may now file an online application to have an account verified. Twitter account verification, denoted by a blue badge icon, flags individuals and organizations as authentic, the company explained. An account may be verified if it is determined to be of public interest, Twitter noted. The goal is to make it easier for users to find creators and influencers on the network.

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11:42
Apple releases second public betas for iOS 10 and...

Were you quick to hop on the test versions of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra? It's time to start updating. Apple has released the second public betas of both platforms, and they're not just adding some spit and polish. The new iOS 10 beta introduces a funct...

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11:37
Solar Fusion rolls out Plumeria Smart Creator 3 for...

Solar Fusion Software (http://www.solarfusionsoftware.com) has debuted Plumeria Smart Creator 3 for Mac. It uses an artificial intelligence algorithm and a visual interface to stop the top three problems in programming languages: crashing, freezing, and syntax errors.

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11:15
How to Apply for Twitter Account Verification

Previously only available by private invitation, Twitter now allows users to apply for account verification. Note that you still need to be noteworthy or otherwise provide a compelling reason for Twitter to approve your verification, but at least now you can ask instead of having to sniff around at cocktail parties and coffee shops for someone who knows someone. To get verified your account must first be in proper shape. Read along and we’ll help get you there.

The post How to Apply for Twitter Account Verification appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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11:15
Moog's Minimoog Model D back in full production...

After suspending production for over 30 years on its classic Minimoog Model D analog synth, Moog has announced the instrument is back. The company had a small pilot production workshop at Moogfest in May, but now Model D production has kicked into hi...

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11:13
Apple releases second public betas of macOS Sierra...

Apple has released the second public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 to public beta testers. The finished versions of the operating system updates are due this fall.

 

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

An iPad without a Brydge Keyboard is like a car without wheels...

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11:11
Apple releases second public betas of macOS Sierra,...

Apple has released the second public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 to public beta testers. The finished versions of the operating system updates are due this fall.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can sign up at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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11:04
TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-20: Autonomous Car...

Germany wants black box recorders in autonomous cars. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Germany’s plans and what that means for anyone considering buying a self driving car. They also explain WebP, Google’s image format Apple is supporting in the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas.

The post TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-20: Autonomous Car Black Boxes, WebP in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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11:01
Scrivener for iOS review: A sophisticated writing...

I’m not much of a writer so I’ve never used Scrivener but many of the writers I know swear by it and have been waiting impatiently for this app for their iPads.

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10:36
Second public betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra now...

Members of Apple's Beta Software Program can now download and try the second public beta releases of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, which were seeded on Wednesday.

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10:32
Game Creators launch AppGameKit Education Bundle

The Game Creators has launched the AppGameKit Education Bundle. The special pack, specifically developed for the Education market, includes AppGameKit, Giant Asset Packs 1 & 2, Games Pack1 and a 3D Asset Pack.

The free Educational Materials Pack, which compliments the Education Bundle, includes an “Instructors Guide,”written specifically for teachers and tutors, and enables them to develop AppGameKit courses and classes to teach programming and app development. The simple guide includes code exercises with commands, loops, variables, images and sprites.

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10:30
Sony's high-end 4K HDR LCD TVs start at $7,000

If you thought Sony was done announcing new TVs for the year at CES 2016, you were mistaken. Today, Sony unveiled the Z series, a new line of LCD televisions that it says is its best and brightest yet. It runs on Android TV just like the rest of Sony...

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10:28
An iPhone 7 hasn’t been announced, but you can pre-...

Apple hasn’t even announced an “iPhone 7” yet, but that hasn’t stopped the design and branding folks at Brikk from promoting a "Lux iPhone 7" line that will include the “most opulent iPhone the world has ever seen.”

Brick says the Lux iPhone 7 will be available in three new collections: Standard, Deluxe and Bespoke. They say the Lux iPhone 7 will feature multiple models such as the Lux iPhone 7, Lux iPhone 7 Plus and Lux iPhone 7 Pro. They also say that 256GB of storage will be standard, as well as 3GB of RAM, a new A10 processor and “extremely fine detail camera equipment including the dual camera on Pro models.” Call me a skeptic, but I think Brikk is playing the odds here since Apple hasn’t announced any specs for its next smartphone.

But let’s just go with it. Here is the company’s description of its Lux iPhone 7 line-up: The Standard Collection includes 10 different color options with multiple diamond logo...

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10:26
Amiibo support is coming to 'Animal Crossing:...

Animal Crossing and Amiibo seem like a match made in heaven: cute characters, and collectable toys. Sadly, the duo's first pairing turned out to be a shallow, dull board game without much replay value. Fans longed for a full Animal Crossing toys-to-l...

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10:13
Chinese protesters smashing Apple iPhones over UN...

Chinese nationalists are reportedly taking to boycotts and destruction of emblematic U.S. consumer goods, like the iPhone, to protest an unfavorable UN decision over disputed territory in the South and East China Sea.

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10:12
Apple Releases Second macOS Sierra Public Beta

Apple today released the second public beta of macOS Sierra, the newest operating system designed for the Mac. Today's second public beta comes two weeks after the release of the first macOS Sierra public beta and just a few days after the launch of the third developer beta of macOS Sierra. The second public beta and the third developer beta offer the same features.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the macOS Sierra beta through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X...

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10:11
Letterpress word game lands on the Mac as Skype...

Remember Letterpress for iOS, the fun word game from Loren Brichter a few years ago? The app was bought by new developers and started receiving updates again earlier this year, and today Letterpress is finally available on the Mac. The mechanics of the game remain the same, but there have been some other improvements to the competitive word game recently too.

Also happening in the Mac space, Microsoft shared its plans for supporting Skype on legacy...

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10:06
macOS 10.12 Sierra public beta 2 is now available

Following the release of macOS Sierra’s third developer beta, Apple has pushed out the second macOS Sierra public beta for non-developer testers. macOS Sierra brings dozens of new features to the Mac including Siri for the first time.

more…

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10:06
Apple may soon get the green light to open retail...

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is clearing the way for Apple to open its first retail store in the country after repeated delays, reports Bloomberg, quoting anonymous “people familiar with the matter.”

Modi’s cabinet is likely to approve a three-year exemption on local-sourcing requirements for foreign single-brand retail companies with “cutting-edge technology," the article adds. At the same time, the government will make it easier for companies like Apple to meet that criteria, the people said.

Getting a foothold in India has been a challenge for Apple. The company has opened its retail stores in a number of countries around the world, but not in India. The country has restrictive real estate investment laws for foreign companies.

Last month it was reported that India wanted s a commitment from Apple to bring...

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10:00
Which printers are worth buying?

You probably don't print as much as you used to, if at all. However, on the rare occasion that you need a crisp copy of your resume to bring to an interview or want some framed photos of the kids for your office, a printer can be pretty handy. But no...

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09:57
Apple releases iOS 10 public beta 2 for iPhone, iPad...

Now that Apple’s third iOS 10 developer beta has had some time to settle, Apple has released the second iOS 10 public beta for non-developers testing the pre-release software. The latest build includes over a dozen changes from the previous release. iOS 10 includes loads of new features in the Messages app, a redesigned Apple Music experience, and much more.

more…

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09:57
Apple Releases Second Public Beta of iOS 10

Apple today released the second public beta of iOS 10 to public beta testers, two weeks after releasing the first iOS 10 public beta and just a few days after seeding the third developer beta of iOS 10.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 10 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X betas. The video below will walk you through the necessary steps for installing the iOS 10 beta to give the new features a try. Betas are not...

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09:57
Indian PM's cabinet intervening to allow local...

Finally clearing out legal obstacles, the cabinet of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to approve an exemption enabling Apple's first retail stores in the country, a report said on Wednesday.

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09:55
LogMeOnce introduces new features for tracking,...

LogMeOnce, which specializes in identity and password management in cloud and mobile enterprise, has announced three new features designed to make it simpler to manage, track and wipe personal and business data from the LogMeOnce app on lost or stolen devices.

LogMeOnce’s Kill-Pill and Mobile Device Management (MDM) features enable individuals, businesses and IT administrators to enroll and manage devices, verify compliance and even wipe data stored in LogMeOnce if necessary. Additionally, LogMeOnce BYOD (bring your own device) enhances office productivity and security of sensitive data by giving employees the ability to use their personal devices at work while keeping LogMeOnce data for personal and business use in separate vaults, says Kevin Shahbazi, CEO of LogMeOnce. 

LogMeOnce has introduced the following features for consumers using its Ultimate edition and organizations using either the Business or Enterprise editions:...

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09:37
Vine is a sinking ship but one worth saving

If you haven't checked in on Vine recently, you might find that the six-second video network looks a little less vibrant than it used to. The service has seen most of its high-profile creators move over to other platforms, while executives are quitti...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG 27-inch 1080p Monitor $150...

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

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

LG’s Ultra-Thin Bezel 1080p LED Monitor has a HDMI input and is 50% off today:...

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09:26
Facebook Messenger surpasses 1 billion users per...

No matter how you look at it, that’s impressive.

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09:02
These artists went beyond Google Sheets to make a...

Spreadsheets typically equate to boring, menial work. Who wants to talk about data entry? Google has taken some interesting measures to go beyond spreadsheets' intended use (namely Google Sheets) and has created art instead.

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09:00
IM on it—why instant messaging is collaboration’s...

Implementing an instant messaging platform is important for productivity for teams of all sizes. Enabling a system for quick, informal, easy-to-reference and mobile chats keeps teams connected for nimble collaborations—resulting in a major value-add to your business.

How much value, exactly? Businesses that have embraced instant messaging practice have seen remarkable improvements in productivity and streamlined communication. According to a survey of employees using chat services conducted by SoftwareAdvice.com, 75 percent saw decreased call and email volume, and 66 percent noticed quick resolution for simple questions. When it comes to productivity, 21 percent noted either moderate or significant increase.

As company-wide IM benefits become clear, more and more businesses are getting on board. If you’re interested in these benefits but are wary to ensure proper...

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09:00
Yammer updates—from new user experiences to new IT...

The Yammer team is continually delivering new capabilities for users and admins as well as deeper integration with Office 365. Today, we take a detailed hands-on look at updates to Yammer for enterprise social—from enhanced security and compliance to greater team productivity. Angus Florance, from the Yammer team, joins me to demonstrate new integrated experiences, including Office 365 Video and Delve. And for admins, we’ll show you new controls for merging networks, managing users and tracking usage.

If you’ve been using Yammer, you would have noticed constantly improving integration with Office 365. It not only shares common sign-in backed by Azure Active Directory and ability to get to Yammer experiences via the Office 365 app launcher, but Yammer also meets the same compliance standards as other Office 365 services.

Along with the work to update and integrate Yammer’s...

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09:00
Bring in business 24/7 with Microsoft Bookings

As a business owner, you know that scheduling appointments with customers can take a lot of your time. Sending emails back and forth, playing phone tag and reminding people to show up can clutter your day and keep you from the more important work of growing your business. To help make appointment scheduling simpler and more efficient for you, your staff and your customers, we’re introducing a new Office 365 service called Microsoft Bookings.

Customers can schedule your business directly online

Bookings provides your business a unique web page that your customers can use to schedule appointments, even when you’re not around to pick up the phone or respond to an email. The web page is simple to use: the customer first selects the service they want and, based on availability you provide, chooses a day and time when you or one of your staff is available, enters their contact information and books the appointment.

The web page looks great on both larger screens and...

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08:42
Rumor: Apple may use technology similar to Huawei’s...

It’s a rumor, but it’s got some interesting elements to it.

Following Apple’s acquisition of LinX Imaging last year, Apple could be in line to use the Huawei P9 dual-lens camera system in its next-gen iPhone. The P9, created in a partnership with Leica, users two 12-megapixel cameras. One camera captures a normal color image, while the second takes a monochrome image that allows for more focus on the lighting of a scene. The advantage, Huawei claims, is a better overall image with higher clarity and professional camera-like quality.

Huawei is not the first to use a dual-camera setup, and other vendors have used somewhat different combinations of cameras to achieve varying goals. The LG G5 uses two cameras to achieve different focal lengths,...

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08:40
Pokémon Go poised to add $3 billion to Apple revenues

Pokémon Go, the craze that is getting people out of their houses and onto the streets in search of little monsters, could add as much as $3 billion in incremental revenue to Apple's bottom line in the next few years, according to Needham analyst Laura Martin. 

In an note to investors, Martin said that one game -- Candy Crush -- generated over $10 billion per year in revenues during 2013 and 2014. Pokémon Go is a much bigger hit already, with about 10 times the number of players. At this time, the game is estimated to have about a 6 percent market share in the United States. If the game expands to many more countries where Apple has App Stores and market penetration peaks around 20 percent, the company could pull in about $3 billion in revenue over the next 12 to 24 months.

That level of additional income might have the effect of also boosting...

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08:38
Amazon explores using street lights as delivery...

Amazon's Prime Air delivery drones already have a glaring problem: how do you keep them charged and sheltered when dedicated facilities are likely to be few and far between? The company has an idea. It recently received a patent for a "UAV docking st...

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08:33
BlackBerry CEO says Apple's security stance...

Despite having similar on-device encryption and claiming to protect users' data vigorously, BlackBerry CEO John Chen slammed Apple chief Tim Cook in a Tuesday sppech, sugesting that Cook was putting his company's reputation "above the greater good."

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08:26
Ecotricity disputes Tesla's fastest charger...

Tesla and Ecotricity, a British energy provider using renewable sources, have a rocky relationship. Years ago the two came together to work on Tesla's Supercharger network in the UK, but disagreements led to a feisty lawsuit and an out of court settl...

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08:21
Skype no longer supporting Windows Phone or older...

Microsoft is making some changes to its Skype app going forward, and it may end up making some Android and Windows Phone users frustrated. Today, Microsoft announced it would continue to support Skype across iOS 8, Android 4.03 and Windows 10 Mobile,...

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08:12
News: India clears the way for Apple to open retail...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet is finally clearing the way for Apple to open retail stores in India after a series of delays hampered the company’s plans for expansion into the country, Bloomberg reports. People familiar with the discussions said the cabinet is likely to approve a three-year exemption to the country’s requirement that single-brand retailers obtain 30 percent of their products’ materials locally, overruling…

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08:06
Survey: One in five may be poised to make jump to...

If it comes to pass, a potential 20.7 percent shift to Apple's "iPhone 7" would roughly match the migration to the iPhone 6 after six months of release, according to a new online poll.

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08:00
Daily Deal: Sync, dock and charge your iPhone with...

It's a dock! It's a charging cable! It's the Flexible Gooseneck Lightning Cable, and it's on sale in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for just $13.99. 

This Made-For-iPhone certified cable is surrounded with a flexible spiral-wound metal casing that not only protects the cable, but allows it to be used as a flexible stand. Plug the USB end into your MacBook Air or Pro, and you can have your iPhone facing you at eye-level as it charges. Use it with the included USB car charger and the iPhone can be at your fingertips when needed. You can even use it as a tripod for taking photos!

  • Dock your iPhone or iPod at eye level
  • Take photos & videos...
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08:00
SwiftKey's first Microsoft-era keyboard...

Wondering what SwiftKey has been up to ever since Microsoft bought it early in the year? It's not necessarily what you'd expect: meet Swiftmoji, a predictive emoji keyboard app for Android and iOS. The software uses both the context of what you're ty...

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08:00
Facebook Messenger tops one billion monthly users

Facebook has just announced yet another milestone: more than 1 billion people now use its Messenger service every month. Combine that with WhatsApp, which reached the billion-user point back in February, and it appears that the company now owns two o...

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07:55
Apple Pay arrives in Hong Kong with support for...

Apple Pay has just rolled out in Hong Kong in a big way.

The service, which has gone online, is supported with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards issued by Bank of China, DBS Bank, HSBC, Standard Chartered, and Hang Seng Bank. Additionally, cards issued directly by American Express are also supported.

In the future, Apple says that Hong Kong’s Bank of East Asia and Tap & Go cards will also be supported with Apple Pay in Hong Kong, though no timetable has been given.

Earlier today, Apple Pay also expanded to support a handful of new banks in the United States.

Full details regarding Apple Pay support in Hong Kong are available on Apple’s website, including a list of supported retailers. With the Hong Kong launch,...

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07:47
India’s on-off decision on Apple Stores reportedly...

We’ve been hearing conflicting reports on whether or not Apple will be allowed to open retail stores in India ever since Tim Cook met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last September. A new Bloomberg report suggests that Modi may be about to finally give the go-ahead.

While India is currently a very small market for Apple, Cook has repeatedly described the country as the next China. The huge population and growing middle-class means that India has enormous future potential for Apple, but a law has so far prevented the company from opening official Apple Stores there …

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07:43
Brikk Launches Pre-Orders for Diamond-Studded iPhone...

Less than two months before Apple is expected to unveil its iPhone 7 lineup, Los Angeles-based luxury accessory maker Brikk has announced that it is now accepting pre-orders for diamond-studded and other customized versions of the smartphones, with prices ranging between $4,295 and $1.3 million.

Brikk's mockups for its Lux iPhone 7 appear to be based on leaked photos and schematics of the purported 5.5-inch iPhone 7 with a dual-lens camera system, and it also advertises other rumored iPhone 7 Plus features such as a faster A10 processor,...

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07:41
Brush up on hundreds of topics with the Tinycards app

Plenty of people have turned to the popular language-learning app Duolingo to become well-versed in a different tongue. The company knows how to hammer knowledge into your brain. That's why it's bringing us Tinycards, a special app meant for learning...

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07:40
Pokemon Go could add $3B to Apple revenues, analyst...

Apple could potentially reap $3 billion in incremental revenue from Pok?mon Go over the next couple of years, an analyst argued in a Wednesday investor memo, helping to buoy the company's stock price.

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07:36
Deals: $140-$254 off 13" MacBook Pros with...

With back-to-school shopping well underway, shoppers can snap up a 13-inch MacBook Pro with AppleCare at up to $254 off with free shipping and no tax in 48 states. Or opt for an Early 2015 13-inch MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 128GB) for $799 with free Parallels. Pok?mon Go fans in need of Pok?Coins can also save 15% on $100 iTunes gift codes.

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07:19
Twitter opens account verification to the masses

Until now, that blue checkmark next to your Twitter account name could only be awarded by Twitter, using a mysterious internal award process.

Now that’s changed. For the first time, people can apply for that blue checkmark themselves.

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07:19
Google used DeepMind AI to cut its power bill

Google's grand experiment in using artificial intelligence to save power is paying off. The search firm's Demis Hassabis tells Bloomberg that the DeepMind AI has cut electricity use at Google data centers by "several percentage points" thanks to its...

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07:11
Making money by abusing phone-based two-step...

This is a bit hard to follow, but it is a pretty ingenious scheme. In a nutshell, the scammer sets up a pay phone line, a phone number that people have to pay to use. They then use that number as a verification number with Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc. and take an action which causes that number to be called.

By automating the process, they bring in a nice little wave of money. That’s the theory, anyway. This was pieced together by a security researcher who raised the issue to get companies to put barriers in place to prevent this hack.

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07:04
BlackBerry CEO uses security summit to once more...

There must be some kind of irony award for using a security summit to attack the use of strong encryption, and BlackBerry CEO John Chen seems determined to win it. Speaking at the BlackBerry Security Summit, Chen said that he is ‘disturbed’ by Apple’s decision to work hard to keep its devices and messaging services secure, reports Patently Apple.

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07:00
The birth of a spaceport

The government may have ceded the development of rockets to companies, but Cape Canaveral Air Force Station remains a key site for space exploration. Together with the neighboring Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral played an integral part in the sp...

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06:55
Review: iDevices Socket HomeKit-enabled Light Adapter

The basic idea behind iDevices Socket is similar to other devices we’ve seen, such as Incipio’s CommandKit Wireless Smart Light Bulb Adapter; Socket screws in between a standard incandescent, LED, or CFL bulb and your light fixture socket, allowing you to use just about any bulb you like and turning it into a HomeKit-enabled light. Socket lets you toggle the connected bulb on or off via HomeKit, and control the brightness (provided of…

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06:52
TrendForce: iPhone production volume was up 13% in...

Worldwide smartphone production volume totaled around 315 million units in the second quarter, representing an 8.9% increase over the previous quarter and a marginal year-on-year increase of 3.2%, according to the latest report from TrendForce. Apple’s production volume was supported by sales of the iPhone SE, while Samsung saw a slight drop of 5%, adds the global market research firm.

 

TrendForce says worldwide smartphone sales gradually recovered after the market endured the off season of the first quarter. Chinese brands in the second quarter continued to enjoy strong domestic demand generated by telecom operators’ smartphone subsidies. At the same time, they also benefited from demand pickup in North America and the emerging markets. In sum, Chinese brands have become major growth drivers in global smartphone production.

“The combined production volume of Chinese brands in the second quarter reached...

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06:52
India's Government is set to approve a Plan...

On June 20 Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Indian Government is Giving Apple a Three Year Grace Period to Open Apple Stores." Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is clearing the way for Apple to open its first retail store in India ...

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06:52
∞ 20 years ago, Steve Jobs buys an airline ticket...

Steve Jobs showing off NeXT WebObjects, buying an airline ticket on the web, something that was a brand new experience at the time.

My favorite part is when Steve calls United Airlines to verify his purchase. Ever the showman!

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06:43
The greatest resume I’ve ever seen

This sounds like an exaggeration, I know, but take a look at this resume. Not effective in a traditional sense, since it can’t be printed and won’t fit in with most job search engines, but still, great job.

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06:41
iPhoneRecovery for Mac revved to version 3

Cisdem has released iPhoneRecovery 3 for Mac. It’s an upgrade of the iPhone data recovery software for retrieving lost or deleted iOS data.

iPhoneRecovery can help recover multiple files, including lost photos, videos, messages, contacts, call history, Safari bookmarks, notes, calendar, and more. Version 3.0 offers performance improvements and a revamped user interface.

Cisdem iPhoneRecovery 3 is available here: http://tinyurl.com/hmpvacu. The price for a single user license is $49.99. Discounts are offered for approved schools, churches, government entities and charitable organizations.

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06:39
The New York Public Library’s little-known “human...

Quartz:

Just call 917-ASK-NYPL, and a live librarian will try to answer your question, using vast archives collected over 120 years.

And:

Set up in the 1960s, the line is manned by nine librarians and information assistants. The team gets a lot of calls from people who want to fact-check things they’ve heard on the news, says Caballero-Li.

What I find amazing is that this service still exists, has not been overwhelmed with demand. Fascinating read.

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06:35
Brazilian Supreme Court overturns WhatsApp ban...

Just hours after it was issued, a ban on WhatsApp in Brazil was reportedly overturned by the country's Supreme Court, which argued that the measure may not have been reasonable or proportionate.

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06:35
News: Apple Pay launches in Hong Kong

Just a few hours after going live in France, Apple Pay became available for customers in Hong Kong as well. Apple’s website lists the Bank of China, Hang Seng Bank, DBS, HSBC and Standard Chartered as participating partners at launch. Users can link Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards issued by those banks to their Apple Pay accounts, with the company promising future agreements with BEA and HKT. Apple has been ramping up its…

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06:33
JustBroadcaster for Facebook offers live stream...

Mac Broadcaster has announced JustBroadcaster for Facebook 1.5.3, an update to the Facebook live-streaming app for Mac OS X.

It provides a tool to broadcast live content directly to Facebook from a Mac. Video streams can include the Mac's desktop, video from individual apps, iOS devices, webcams, and more. Version 1.5.3 brings Facebook reactions info, and a fix for an audio/video sync issue for external devices.

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06:29
Length in days of every iOS beta

This is pretty interesting, the kind of chart that bears some digging. iOS 5 is clearly the champion, with eight betas spanning more than 120 days.

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06:29
Happy Hour Podcast 076 | Pokémon Go Round Two, Apple...

This week Benjamin and Zac continue the Pokémon Go mania conversation and discuss Apple’s upcoming ‘Planet of the Apps’ reality TV show, Apple Music and iTunes Match, the latest iPhone 7 rumors, and new Macs this fall. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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06:29
iOS: Fixing Color Casts on Pictures

If you’ve never played around with the photo-editing tools available on your iPad or iPhone, you really should check them out! Today’s Quick Tip is about one of the easiest to use. We’ll talk about how you can adjust for unwanted color cast in your images, so you can make ’em cooler and warmer as needed!

The post iOS: Fixing Color Casts on Pictures appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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06:22
Gallup Notes that Korean's in their 20's...

Samsung woke up today to bad news. According to a poll conducted by Gallup Korea ....

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06:19
Garry Marshall, Pretty Woman director and creator of...

Variety:

Garry Marshall, who created some of the 1970s’ most iconic sitcoms including “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” and went on to direct hit movies including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries,” died Tuesday in Burbank, Calif. of complications from pneumonia following a stroke. He was 81.

Marshall went from being TV writer to creating sitcoms that touched the funny bones of the 1970s generation and directing films that were watched over and over: “Happy Days” helped start a nostalgia craze that has arguably never abated, while “Mork and Mindy” had a psychedelically goofy quality that catapulted Robin Williams to fame and made rainbow suspenders an icon of their era. “Pretty Woman” likewise cemented Julia Roberts’ stardom, while “The Princess Diaries” made Anne Hathaway a teen favorite.

“Happy Days” star Henry Winkler credited him for launching his career, tweeting “Thank you for my professional life.”

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06:14
Poll says the iPhone 7 won’t be a hot seller (though...

Apple has traditionally released a redesigned, updated version of its smartphone every other year. However, according to the rumor mill, the “iPhone 7” will look pretty much akin to the iPhone 6 and 6S. The rumor mill also claims that 2017’s “iPhone 8” will be a major overhaul of the smartphone in design and technology.

Quartz recently polled 525 US iPhone owners using SurveyMonkey Audience and found that many likely wouldn’t upgrade to a new phone this year if Apple doesn’t release a redesigned iPhone. “Under the current upgrade cycle, the average customer is upgrading their phone every two years, which means in a six-year period, they buy three new phones,” says Quartz.  “If they switched to upgrading every three years, they would only buy two new phones in that same period. That could badly hurt Apple’s earnings.”

Personally, I’m expecting the iPhone 7 to be a hit even though I suspect its design will indeed be akin...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: TigerVPN Full Lifetime Subscription

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a Lifetime Subscription to TigerVPN for only $49 — that’s 93% off the regular price. Designed to keep your browsing safe, TigerVPN guarantees that your Internet activity stays anonymous and encrypted from interceptions by hackers, identity thieves, and merely curious data sniffers, and on top of that you can even use your preferred encryption protocol. With 40 nodes in 25 countries around the…

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05:59
Apple Pay expands to Hong Kong

Apple Pay has expanded to Hong Kong. It’s the ninth country/major region to get support for Apple’s mobile payment service, following the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, China, Singapore, Switzerland, and France.

Visa, MasterCard, and American Express debit and credit cards issued by Hang Seng Bank, Bank of China (Hong Kong), DBS Bank (Hong Kong), HSBC, Standard Chartered, and directly from American Express work with Apple Pay. Apple has hinted that Spain and Hong Kong are also in line to get Apple Pay at some point this year (Spain currently supports it for Amex only). 

CEO Tim Cook also recently spoke about plans to bring the mobile payment system to India, while Japan and Brazil are also expected to add Apple Pay support in the near future. What’s more,...

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05:24
Pokémon Go madness: $3B value to Apple as players...

If you were of the view that the Pokémon Go hype has gotten completely out of hand, the evidence file just got thicker. Nintendo’s value has more than doubled since the game was launched, notes The Verge.

Ever since the launch of Pokémon Go earlier this month, Nintendo’s market capitalization has more than doubled, ending Tuesday trading at a fantastic $42.5 billion. Such has been the appetite for Nintendo stock, in fact, that on Friday it broke the single-day trading record in Tokyo this century, with $4.5 billion of stock changing hands.

Yep, that makes the games company – which only sees indirect benefits from Pokémon Go – worth more than Sony, at around $40B. And if that weren’t crazy enough, one analyst has even made the unlikely claim that the game could be worth $3B in revenue to Apple …

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05:16
At the BlackBerry Security Summit, CEO Chen said...

BlackBerry's Security Summit kicked off yesterday in New York. While the Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain was unhappy with Apple's CEO for not attending a hearing on encryption last week, BlackBerry's CEO John Chen saw an opportunity to score some political points ...

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05:00
The Internet of Medical Things, Part 3: Safety First


Though quick to capitalize on connected health devices and the coming Internet of Medical Things, hardware manufacturers may be moving too slowly when it comes to building the necessary protections into the back end. The National Security Agency last month told participants in a defense technology summit in Washington that it was looking into hacking connected medical devices. The agency's interest is confined to researching the possibility of hacking IoMT devices, for now, and the fruit of its labor may be just another tool in the toolbox.

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04:36
NeoFinder for OS X upgraded to version 6.9.1

Norbert M. Doerner has released NeoFinder 6.9.1. It’s an update of the app that helps you keep track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard drives, USB sticks, servers, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, CDROMs, and any other digital media.

NeoFinder (http://www.cdfinder.de) generates thumbnails and metadata of your files, for powerful search possibilities, smart folders, albums, and more. Version 6.9.1offers numerous improvements and bug fixes. Users can now select multiple movies for the Video Contact Sheet, a new Global Find menu bar, and so much more.

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04:36
Content billing opportunity to reach $47 billion by...

A new study by Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) as found that the value of digital content transactions paid for by carrier billing is expected to reach $47 billion by 2020, more than 4 times 2015’s figure of just under $11.3 billion.

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04:36
Content billing opportunity to reach $47 billion by...

A new study by Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) as found that the value of digital content transactions paid for by carrier billing is expected to reach $47 billion by 2020, more than 4 times 2015’s figure of just under $11.3 billion.

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04:30
If Apple ever reconsidered making its own TV set,...

A few years ago the common scenario for the rumored Apple HDTV (the "iTV") was pretty much a traditional television set with (depending on which reports you believed): Siri voice control; gesture control; 3D (perhaps without glasses); use of an iDevice as a remote control; and a la carte TV programming.

Of course, the iTV never arrived. However, if Apple ever reconsidered the idea and really wanted to think different, it could serve up a modular TV or perhaps a glass screen powered by a Mac.

 

A 2012 article by Bloomberg Businessweek noted that Israel-based NDS, a TV services provider, believes the future of the television is modular. The company showcased a large matrix of six flat-screen TVs, without bezels, that combined to form a honkin' big TV wall. The displays could be broken up, airing a video in varying sizes near the middle of the wall, with personalized and content-relevant widgets off to the side. With some cinematic 4K content, for example...

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04:25
Kool Tools: JIMU Robot

UBTECH Robotics’ (www.ubtrobot.com) MeeBot Kit and Animal Add-On Kit, are both available at Apple.com and at Apple stores in select countries. The interconnecting pieces can be built into any design imaginable and programmed to move in realistic life-like motions by people aged 8 to 88.  

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04:25
PSA: Scrivener for iOS is out now, check out our...

It’s been a long time coming, but the iOS version of the popular writing app Scrivener is now available in the App Store.

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04:22
Poll says only 9% of U.S. iPhone owners planning to...

An online poll of U.S. iPhone owners found that only 9.3% were planning to upgrade to the iPhone 7 due to the expected design being so similar to the iPhone 6/6s. That contrasts with 25.2% who would upgrade for a brand new design.

At this point, it’s unclear whether Apple is simply holding back significant design changes for a special 10th anniversary iPhone, or is – as a Nikkei report suggested – switching to a three-year major refresh cycle. But the Quartz survey indicates that the latter would be a dangerous move …

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04:14
Chinese Nationalists Smash iPhones over the UN'...

A report out of Beijing today notes that Apple and KFC experienced a surprise backlash from nationalists over Beijing's spat with the Philippines over the South China Sea.

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04:00
Mount up, boys and girls, with the Koala Mount 2 for...

By Aaron Lee

While most people wouldn't admit to doing it at work or in public, there's no shame in spending some quality time in your "library" at home. When you're sitting on the throne doing some digital reading on your iPad or tablet it usually ends up precariously balanced on the edge of the bathtub, sink or laying on the floor.

This treatment is fine for a newspaper, book or magazine, but not your pricey and potentially easily damaged technology. Hands-free bathroom viewing is now possible with the Koala Mount 2 — for iPads smaller than the 12-inch iPad Prot. Simply attach the mount to any convenient vertical surface (walls, tile, mirrors) in the bathroom, slide in your tablet, and read or even watch TV without having to hold your screen.

Of course, the mount is useful for much more than that. Whether you are using your iPad or tablet to follow a new...

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04:00
8 insider tips to help you become a Pokémon Go master

Pokémon Go: You’re no scrub.

You’ve read our beginner’s guide (not to mention our guide on how to dominate the game without spending a dime), and you own the neighborhood gym. But there’s always room for improvement—that’s what being a trainer is all about—so we’ve pulled together some insider tips that will help you on your quest to catching ‘em all. 

1. Get Pikachu as your starter Pokémon

When you first open up Pokémon Go, you get to choose one of three starter Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle.

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03:38
Apple Finally Files for the 'Logic Pro'...

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's official filing for the 'Logic Pro' trademark that is dated Friday July 15. Even though Logic Pro, the product, has been with Apple for well over a decade...

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03:00
Kinsa announces Elmo-themed Smart Ear Thermometer...

Kinsa today has announced the launch of its Elmo Smart Ear Thermometer and companion application. The device announced today is a visual update on their original Smart Ear Thermometer sporting an Elmo themed design instead of the original blue. The Elmo Smart Ear Thermometer takes one-second readings, combines them with acknowledged symptoms from within the app, and then uses that data to create actionable next steps.

Available through the companion app, Sesame Street’s Elmo gives children empathetic words such as “feel better soon” and sympathizes with them when they aren’t feeling well.

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Tuesday July 19

21:32
Safari 9.1.2

Fixes multiple vulnerabilities in WebKit. (Free)

 

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21:32
Security Update 2016-004 (Mavericks and Yosemite)

Resolves multiple memory corruption that could lead to remote code execution for the two older operating systems. (Free, various sizes)

 

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18:58
Apple Pay adds support for 13 new US banks and...

Piling on to what has already been a big day for Apple Pay, Apple on Tuesday announced a U.S. expansion of payment services that includes support from 13 new banks and credit unions, bringing the total up to nearly 1,375 financial institutions.

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18:39
Despite 9% growth, Microsoft Surface sales remain...

Microsoft announced quarterly operating profits of just $3.1 billion on revenues of $20.6 billion, hit hard by slow sales of Office, a 17 percent drop in cloud profits, an $870 million decline from Windows Phone and tepid Surface sales that grew by 9 percent year over year but remained below $1 billion.

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17:01
Apple airs two 'Shot on iPhone' videos...

Apple on Tuesday added a pair of videos to its ongoing "Shot on iPhone" series, this time throwing a spotlight on smartphone's imaging software by showcasing stunning slow motion and time lapse footage.

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17:00
Apple Pay Has Expanded to France and Hong Kong

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in France and Hong Kong, providing an easy and secure way for them to pay for physical goods and services within your app with a single touch. Learn more about Apple Pay.

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17:00
Apple Pay Has Expanded to France and Hong Kong

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in France and Hong Kong, providing an easy and secure way for them to pay for physical goods and services within your app with a single touch. Learn more about Apple Pay.

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16:50
'Mr. Robot' gets a nationwide VR...

That online season premiere isn't the only elusive Mr. Robot video that you can watch this month. USA Network and Within are partnering on a Mr. Robot Virtual Reality Experinece that will be simulcast across the US on July 21st at 1:45PM Eastern, th...

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16:49
‘Making A Murderer’ announces six new episodes on...

The new episodes of Making A Murderer will provide an in-depth look at the post-conviction process of convicted murderer Steven Avery, and his co-defendant, Brendan Dassey, as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions and the State fights to have their life sentences upheld.

Like many people, I was glued to the TV set watching this series.

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16:41
Microsoft Wins a Design Patent for a Mystery Display...

In the last few weeks we've seen Microsoft's second patent regarding an iMac challenger in the works that will support a touch screen and much, much more. Today, the U.S. Patent Office just granted Microsoft a design patent for what appears to be a new kind of entertainment Surface tablet.

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16:35
Apple Shares Two More 'Shot on iPhone'...

Apple is continuing on with its "Shot on iPhone" campaign, today uploading two new videos that are designed to showcase the photographic capabilities of the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. Each video, like other videos in the series, is approximately 15 seconds in length and is set to music.

The first video features a young woman with her hair flowing in the wind, shot in slow motion to highlight the slo-mo feature that captures video at up to 240 frames per second.

The second video features a shot of someone ziplining across Bregenz, Austria while shooting video with an iPhone.

Today's "Shot on iPhone" videos follow two wildlife-related videos that were shared by Apple yesterday and come in the midst of a revamp of the Shot on iPhone campaign, which has been...

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16:31
Apple shares two new ‘Shot on iPhone’ videos showing...

Apple yesterday shared two new ‘Shot on iPhone’ TV advertisements and today it has followed them up with yet another pair of videos. While yesterday’s videos focused on animals, today’s videos break that trend.

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16:25
Gawker Media founder faces personal bankruptcy

Gawker Media LLC founder Nick Denton faces personal bankruptcy after a U.S. judge refused on Tuesday to extend protections shielding him from liabilities resulting from a lawsuit over the invasion of privacy of former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

This story completely ruined Denton.

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16:15
Apple Pay officially launches in Hong Kong w/...

Following its launch in France earlier today, Apple Pay is now live in Hong Kong, as well. This rollout was previously teased by Apple at WWDC last month, but now users in Hong Kong can officially take advantage of the company’s mobile payment solution.

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16:09
Apple Pay debuts in Hong Kong with American Express...

Just hours after Apple Pay launched in France, Apple on Tuesday activated the in-house mobile payments service for customers in Hong Kong with initial support for Mastercard, Visa and American Express credit cards.

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16:04
Here's how 'Batman v Superman' got...

Ever wonder about how Batman's gadgets ended up with such cool interfaces? They owe it all to Perception, a graphics company asked to create unique displays and control screens for several of the electronics in Batman's inventory in Batman v Superman...

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15:50
Apple Pay Launches in Hong Kong with Support for...

Just after becoming available in France, Apple Pay has also expanded to Hong Kong. Starting today, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express debit and credit cards issued by Hang Seng Bank, Bank of China (Hong Kong), DBS Bank (Hong Kong), HSBC, Standard Chartered, and directly from American Express work with Apple's payment service.

According to the Apple Pay Hong Kong website, Apple Pay support will be coming to Hong Kong's Bank of East Asia and Tap & Go in the near future.

Cards can be added to Apple Pay by tapping the "Add Credit or Debit Card" option in the Wallet app on devices running iOS 8.1 or later. Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6,...

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15:47
Now you can ask Twitter directly to verify your...

Do you have an army of imposters online pretending to be you? Probably not, but now you can still request for a verified Twitter account.

On Tuesday, Twitter launched an official application process so that any account can be verified and receive a blue checkmark badge next to its username. Twitter users interested in applying should have a verified phone number and email address, as well as a profile photo that reflects the person or company branding.

Verified accounts get to filter their mentions to only see those from other verified accounts. But that seems to be the only real feature or perk that comes from having a blue badge–aside from bragging rights, of course. Additionally, verified accounts can’t be private, and the username must remain the same or you will have to seek verification all over again. If you are rejected, you can reapply after 30 days. Previously, the verification process was never...

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15:40
App Store increases lead over Play Store in revenue...

App analytics company App Annie is today out with a new report concerning the second quarter of 2016. At the beginning of this year, we covered the firm’s wrap-up report for 2015, noting that Apple’s App Store brought in 75% more revenue than the Play Store, despite a large difference in downloads. Now, the gap has gotten even bigger as the App Store continues to grow.

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15:28
'Rock Band Rivals' rocks out with two new...

Rock Band Rivals was announced last month during E3 as the first paid expansion for Rock Band 4. It quickly generated buzz ahead of its October release, but there were scant details as to what the expansion would actually provide. Now the cat's out o...

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15:19
G-Technology and Seagate each announce new storage...

In what appears to be a simultaneous move today, both G-Technology and Seagate have announced upgrades to their hard drive lineups bringing capacities up to 10TB each. Seagate today has introduced a new lineup of hard drives titled the Guardian Series, while G-Technology has decided to move towards upgrading their current portfolio’s max capacity.

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15:00
Safari Browser May Soon Be Just As Fast As Chrome...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Next Web: The Safari browser included in Apple's iOS 10 and macOS Sierra software is testing WebP, technology from Google that allows developers to create smaller, richer images that make the web faster. Basically, it's a way for webpages to load more quickly. The Next Web reports: "WebP was built into Chrome back at build 32 (2013!), so it's not unproven. It's also used by Facebook due to its image compression underpinnings, and is in use across many Google properties, including YouTube." Microsoft is one of the only major players to not use WebP, according to CNET. It's not included in Internet Explorer and the company has "no plans" to integrate it into Edge. Even though iOS 10 and macOS Sierra are in beta, it's promising that we will see WebP make its debut in Safari latest this year. "It's hard to imagine Apple turning away tried and true technology that's found in a more popular browser -- one that's favored by many over Safari...

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14:59
BratWurst Bot takes orders, then cooks and serves...

Do you like sausage? I mean, really, really like it? Then we have the robot for you: BratWurst Bot -- an autonomous machine that takes customer orders, cooks sausages and serves bratwurst without any human interference. Making its debut at the Stallw...

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14:47
90 iPads setup and deployed in 90 minutes

Fraser Speirs documented his experience of rolling out 90 iPads. Impressive.

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14:30
Republican platform highlights the importance of...

In the wake of countless scandals, from Bush-era warrantless wiretaps to Obama-age metadata collection, the Republican party has decided to put renewed focus on citizen privacy. Multiple sections of the party's platform, which lays out its agenda for...

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14:22
UBS: iPhone SE’s success will result in a drop in...

In a note to clients — as reported by AppleInsider — UBS Analyst Steven Milunovich says a 500-person study by the research group indicates that 16% of U.S. iPhone sales in the June quarter were of the low-end iPhone SE.

Approximately 9% of domestic iPhone sales were of the 64GB model, and 7% were of the 16GB version. Milunovich believes the “unexpected” success of the SE will have a detrimental effect on Apple's bottom line. The analyst’s new estimates call for the iPhone average selling price to drop to $637 — a number he believes is well below Wall Street consensus of about $660.

The new phone was unable to take away the iPhone 5’s share, the model it most closely resembled. Localytics says this suggests that small-screen lovers haven’t yet been convinced to upgrade from their 5 models to the new iPhone SE,...

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14:22
Facebook details a way to offer laser-based internet...

Have you wondered how Facebook might offer high-speed internet access using lasers? The company's Connectivity Lab is happy to show you. It just published a research paper explaining laser beam technology can deliver up to 2Gbps to remote places....

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14:17
Notable apps and app updates for July 19, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Static Z Software has released Sound Control, a sound volume mixer for the Mac. It enables users to quickly change app volumes, as well as selectively apply a system-wide EQ to app audio. 

 

Sound Control does this by adding a software mixer to the menu bar of your Mac. In addition to the volume mixer, Sound Control also adds a software EQ to your audio output allowing you to tailor the sound of your Mac's audio to their specific taste or to properly calibrate to the frequency response of their speakers.

A demo of Sound Control requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher, and costs $9. A demo can be found at Static Z Software online.

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14:05
Thanks to VW, BMW's 2017 diesels will be delayed

BMW confirmed Monday that US sales for its model-year 2017 diesel vehicles will be delayed because US regulators are taking longer than expected to certify the models. Bimmer, which sells diesel-powered 3-Series, 5-Series, X3, and X5 vehicles in the...

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13:59
Deezer opens up streaming music service to all US...

Deezer on Tuesday opened up its plans to the entire U.S., putting the on-demand music service in true competition with Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music for the first time.

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13:47
The LG Action Cam LTE undergoes a minor evolution

The LG G5 has a lot of expensive "Friends." LG's series of accessories meant to be used with the phone have included to date a VR headset, camera grip, 360 camera and Hi-Fi audio module. The latest to join the fold is the LG Action Cam LTE, which has...

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13:42
Huawei's Dual-Camera P9 Hints at What Apple...

The upcoming iPhone 7 Plus is rumored to feature a dual-lens rear camera. While we've gotten some hints of what Apple might look to do with the technology given its acquisition of LinX Imaging last year, we're still not entirely clear on Apple's plans and so we can look to other vendors to get a taste of what we might expect.

The Huawei P9 is the latest flagship from the Chinese company, and on the rear of the device Huawei in partnership with Leica implemented two 12-megapixel cameras. These function by taking a photo from both cameras simultaneously and combining them in software. One camera captures a normal color image, while the second takes a monochrome...

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13:38
∞ How old school floppy drives worked

Really interesting and really nerdy video about how floppy disks works. Kids, ask your parents what a “floppy disk” is.

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13:36
Apple's iOS App Store now generating 4x...

A new report examining mobile app revenues shows strong growth for Apple in China and from music and video streaming titles, and another big jump in the revenue lead that its iOS App Store maintains over Android's Google Play.

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13:35
Apple enticing retail shoppers to sign up for Apple...

A promotion starting this week in the U.K. and U.S. to boost adoption numbers for Apple Pay gives users $5 in iTunes credit to users willing to sign up for and pay with the service inside Apple's own retail stores.

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13:31
News: Apple Stores providing $5 iTunes Gift Cards...

Apple is adding an additional incentive for Apple Store customers in the U.S. and U.K. to activate Apple Pay by offering a $5/£5 iTunes Gift Card, according to a new report by Macrumors. Customers making an in-store purchase will be asked by Apple Store staff whether they will be paying with Apple Pay, and customers who do not already have Apple Pay set up on their iPhones and wish to do so will be taken through the process by the Apple Store employee…

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13:30
Microsoft's earnings show its future is in the...

While Microsoft's phone business remains in freefall, its cloud offerings are stronger than ever. For the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, the company's Intelligent Cloud (which covers all of its cloud services) revenue jumped seven percent compared to...

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13:20
Kia brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to older...

For many, the biggest problem with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay is getting it in the first place. Unless you buy a very recent car, you're likely stuck buying an aftermarket head unit to drag your vehicle into the smartphone era. Kia thinks it ca...

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13:15
These are the latest banks to add Apple Pay in the U...

Following the announcement that the service is now available in France, Apple Pay in the United States has also expanded to a handful of new banks and credit unions. According to Apple’s support document, the service is now supported by an additional handful of locations across the country.

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13:15
AWT News Update: July 19, 2016

Blue checkmarks, tripod mounts, free iTunes gift cards, and grumpy Brazilian judges are all on our short 'n sweet AWT News Update today:

  • Twitter streamlines its verified accounts program
  • Studio Neat is back with a new Kickstarter for its latest Glif
  • Pay with Apple Pay, get a $5/£5 iTunes gift card
  • WhatsApp, blocked? Yes, in Brazil.

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 19, 2016.

Want that little blue checkmark on your Twitter image so that you look like “somebody”? Twitter today announced that they’re opening up their verified accounts program to folks...

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13:01
Kepler space telescope spots two planets that might...

After recovering from a shutdown scare back in April, NASA's Kepler telescope continues its mission scoping out the stars for Earth-size planets orbiting other stars, crude criteria to find ones that might support life. The spacecraft just spotted fo...

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13:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Portable power

Portable power

This week’s roundup includes a few ways to make sure you can power your iPhone on the (Pokémon) go. Read on!

Hardgraft

The Rest Station (£48/$63 MSRP) is a leather and felted-wool coaster upon which you can place your Apple Watch or iPhone. You can charge your Apple Watch on the device, but mostly this product will make your accessories look really nice when you’re not carrying them around.

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12:59
Unexpected success of iPhone SE expected to drop...

A new survey has suggested 16 percent of U.S. iPhone sales in the June quarter were of the low-end iPhone SE -- a number that investment firm UBS believes will push down the average selling price of the iPhone more than expected.

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12:57
Apple releases iOS 9.3.3, watchOS 2.2.2 and tvOS 9.2...

In addition to Apple’s OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan update on Monday, Apple also released updates for iOS, watchOS and tvOS.

While Apple users are looking forward to the next major operating system updates, Apple is still working on the currently released products. On Monday, the company released OS updates for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS.

The iOS 9.3.3 update includes “bug fixes and improves the security” of your iOS device. The company’s online document details updates for Calendar, CoreGraphics, FaceTime, Safari, and more.

The watchOS 2.2.2 update includes bug fixes and security improvements.

To update your Apple Watch, you first need to update to iOS 9.3.3, and the watch needs to be connected to the charger and it has to have at least a 50 percent charge....

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12:49
Apple tests Google's WebP for accelerated image...

Apple is testing support for Google's WebP image format in the beta Safari code for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, something that could potentially speed up page loads.

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12:39
SpaceX wants two more landing pads for Falcon Heavy...

What's better than watching one of SapceX's Falcon 9 reusable rockets land? Watching three of them land. At the same time! Okay, that spectacle isn't here quite yet, but Elon Musk's rocket company is working on it: SpaceX recently announced that it's...

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12:38
Hackers Claim Credit for Pokemon Go No-Go


Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game that has become an overnight sensation, experienced sluggish performance over the weekend, possibly from a hacker attack on its login servers. Shortly after Pokemon Go devs tweeted that the game was rolling out to 26 additional countries, this tweet appeared: "Trainers! We have been working to fix the server issues. ... We'll post an update soon." The next day the Pokemon Go team announced that the issues causing the server problem had been fixed.

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12:20
'Don't Starve: Shipwrecked' gets a...

If you own a PlayStation 4 and have been patiently waiting to play Don't Starve: Shipwrecked, then you're in luck. The nautical-themed expansion will be released on August 2nd on the PSN store, with a 10 percent launch discount to boot. Though that A...

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12:15
Apple retail stores offering $5/£5 iTunes gift card...

Apple is once again kicking off an Apple Pay promotion in its own retail stores that will see it offer $5/£5 iTunes gift cards to customers that use the iPhone and Apple Watch based payments service (via Macrumors).

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12:07
Recent supposed 'iPhone 7' leaks come from...

Revelations from China suggest all of the recent alleged "iPhone 7" hardware photos and videos do not show authentic parts, but instead mockups based off of a single design sourced from an alleged Apple manufacturing partner.

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12:03
Pixelmator 2.3 for iOS improves on selection tools...

Photoshop used to be synonymous with photo editing, but Pixelmator is also making a name for itself and without the Adobe price tag. And the mobile version isn't lagging too far behind its Mac counterpart, either.

On Tuesday, Pixelmator for iOS released its latest 2.3 version, which incorporates improved selection tools for editing just specific parts of your photos. The app update adds a Quick Selection Tool, a Magnetic Selection Tool, as well as new Color Selection and Invert Selection options. Pixelmator is $4.99 in the App Store, and version 2.3 is available as a free update to existing app users.

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12:03
Deezer's $10 music streaming service is open to...

Before now, if you wanted to subscribe to Deezer in the US, you needed to own Bose or Sonos audio gear or be a Cricket customer in order to do so. Just over a month after the streaming service shed podcast app Stitcher, it's opening up the $10 monthl...

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11:55
Here's all the gear you need for a Pokémon Go...

Here's all the gear you need for a Pokémon go adventure

Image by Blair Hanley Frank

Pokémon Go is hotter than a Charizard right now, but the game asks a lot from players. It’s a huge battery hog, and long sessions require a lot of physical endurance. Here’s what you need in your Go bag to make your time in the field last, based on my year of experience playing Ingress, its predecessor.

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11:42
Atom-scale storage holds 62TB in a square inch

Storage tech doesn't get much better than this. Scientists at TU Delft have developed a technique that uses chlorine atom positions as data bits, letting the team fit 1KB of information into an area just 100 nanometers wide. That may not sound like...

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11:32
Apple Stores Promoting Apple Pay With Bonus $5...

In Apple retail stores in the United Kingdom and the United States, Apple is running a promotion to encourage its customers to sign up for Apple Pay this week.

When making a purchase in store, Apple employees will ask customers if they would like to pay via Apple Pay. If a customer declines and does not have Apple Pay set up, employees will guide customers through the setup process to make the purchase and will offer a bonus $5 or £5 iTunes gift card for using Apple Pay as their payment method.

The $5 iTunes gift card is available for any purchase made in an Apple Store, whether purchasing an accessory, an Apple product, or an iTunes/Apple Store gift card. Should a customer need to return a product within the return period, the iTunes gift card will still be theirs to keep as a reward for having set up Apple Pay.

Apple's promotion comes just as Apple Pay has...

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11:15
Twitter opens up application process for verified...

The little blue checkmark on certain Twitter profiles has long been an elusive identifier to obtain. Verified accounts are often awarded to personalities on Twitter to identify them as "authentic," and you'll generally see them on profiles owned by m...

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11:13
Video gives up-close look at $150 iPhone 7 mockups...

This iPhone 7 “leak” doesn’t claim to show a real iPhone 7 at all, but rather an up close look at the Chinese-made clones of the upcoming device that have recently flooded the rumor mill.

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11:10
Nextworth sees a spike in folks looking for Apple...

Nextworth.com, an online site that buys consumer electronics items for cash — is seeing a spike in people searching for Apple Watch trade-in prices. The report could mean good news for Apple, although it indicates that, while current owners are likely to upgrade, Apple still has a problem keeping devices on people's wrists long term.

Among the findings from the Nextworth study:

  • Two in three Apple Watch owners plan to upgrade. 
  • Eighty-eight percent of respondents reported wearing the smartwatch daily when they first purchased it, but within three months, only 45% did the same. 
  • Fifty percent plan to buy a smartwatch as a gift within the year.

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11:02
Watch the first trailer for Telltale's new...

It's the Caped Crusader, but now how you've seen (or played as) him before. Telltale Games has released its first trailer for BATMAN, an adventure game series about the iconic superhero in Gotham. Unlike the well-received Arkham games by developer Ro...

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11:00
Army Special Operations Command Ditching Android For...

The United States Army's Special Operations Command is ditching its Android phones for the "faster" iPhone, according to a report. The source cited in the story says that Android phones were freezing unexpectedly, which was one of the reasons they decided to give the iPhone 6s a spin. Gizmodo adds: The smartphones allow members of the Special Operations Command to access rich information about the battlefield. There's also quickly accessible information, like a weapons and ammunitions guide. Other apps can help with high altitude jumps; another can detect radiation. While DARPA helped develop the program on Android due to the operating system's open platform, Apple's hardware is apparently superior enough to warrant the switch.


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10:57
Apple is number five on Tenet Partners’ 100 Most...

Apple places number five on Tenet Partners’ “100 Most Powerful Brands of 2016.” Ut’s proceeded by Coca-Cola, Hershey, Bayer, and Walt Disney. It’s the same spot the company held in 2015.

All ranked companies must be: a corporate brand (not a product or divisional branding), publicly traded in the U.S. for more than five years; and tracked by the CoreBrand Index for more than five years. The Index calculates the average for a sector or a custom benchmarking list. The performance of each company is displayed relative to the industry average.

Tenet Partners says Apple is "one of the fastest-rising brands among the companies tracked" in the index. In 2016, all of Apple's metrics rose, with overall reputation climbing the most since last year's assessment.

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10:51
Brazilian Judge Orders Phone Carriers to Block...

Reuters is reporting that a Brazilian judge ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook Inc's WhatsApp indefinitely, starting on Tuesday, the third such incident against the popular phone messaging app in eight months. The decision ...

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10:49
Camera+ for iPad

Version 2 sports the world class, professional photo editing that you users of Camera+ for iPhone have been enjoying via The Lab. But the iPad version takes photo editing to a new level by supporting selective brushing of the various edits and filters. And those of you who own an Apple Pencil will appreciate it even more because we’ve also added Pencil support, enabling you to get very fine, precise control over brushing with it.

Camera+ has a lot of tools and is certainly worth a look if you are into photography on your iPad.

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10:31
The Kafon Drone clears minefields 20 times faster...

The manufacture, dissemination and use of anti-personnel mines were effectively banned in the late 1990s when 133 nations signed the Ottawa Treaty. But despite that international agreement, an estimated 100 million mines remain buried beneath former...

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10:30
Nico360: Tiny, live-streaming VR camera goes live on...

A lot of you know me as a huge fan of 360° spherical photos. I used to take them with some of the apps that are available for the iPhone (like Google Street View and Sphere), then graduated to the Ricoh Theta S camera late last year. Today a new 360° camera went live on Indiegogo, and it promises to bring a whole new level of portability and affordability to spherical photography. The Nico360 has already jumped past its funding goal with a little over a month left, and all of the initial Super Early Bird Perks (available for $99) are sold out.

That's OK, since you can still get one for $129 along with a battery pack/selfie stick. So what's so cool about the...

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10:28
Brazilian judge orders indefinite block of WhatsApp...

A Brazilian judge on Tuesday ordered the country's five cellular carriers to block access to Facebook's WhatsApp indefinitely, disrupting access to the popular chat/VoIP app for tens of millions of people.

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10:28
AARP Fraud Watch Network says scammers are pushing...

There’s a new scam that attempts to get people to pay back taxes by purchasing iTunes gift cards and sharing the code on the back of the card. AARP Fraud Watch Network is alerting consumers about this new scam and providing tips to help consumers protect themselves and their money against fraudsters.

A potential victim is contacted by an impostor claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service informing them that they’re behind in state and federal taxes, and that the potential victim will be arrested if they don't pay back taxes immediately.

The caller directs the potential victim to purchase an iTunes gift card and put the amount they supposedly owe in back taxes, and then call back and provide the 16-digit code that is on the card to complete payment. Finally, the con artist sells the codes on the online black market and pockets the cash.

However, the IRS only accepts checks, cash and credit cards as forms of payment. And Apple sells iTunes gift cards...

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10:21
SpotCrime is coming to the Apple TV

SpotCrime – an online source for crime data – is introducing a new app that will make near real-time crime data available on Apple TV.

“Apps undoubtedly are the future of TV,” says SpotCrime Founder and President Colin Drane. “Given Apple TV’s innovative use of apps to personalize the home TV experience and the public’s unquenchable demand for more information about crime activity, I believe SpotCrime’s new Apple TV app not only will make crime data more readily available to be shared, but ultimately will drive greater awareness and new measures that will lead to a reduction in crime.”

Using SpotCrime’s Apple TV app, viewers will be able to see up-to-date details about actual crime incidents. Through its proprietary model, SpotCrime pulls crime incident data from multiple sources, including state and local police departments and validated news sources, to produce a comprehensive record of local crime information...

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10:07
UBS: Apple sold 1.7 million Apple Watches in the...

Swiss bank UBS has issued a research note that projects Apple Watch sales totaled 1.7 million units in the June quarter, an increase of 100,000 units compared to its estimate of 1.6 million sales in the March quarter, reports MacRumors.com.

UBS forecasts that Apple smartwatch sales will rise to two million in the September quarter, contributing to a total of 10.35 million units in the 2016 fiscal year. If those estimates are accurate, that would make Apple Watch the most popular smartwatch for the second consecutive year, ahead of Samsung among smartwatches and only behind Fitbit and its fitness trackers in the broader wearables market.

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments grew 223% annually to reach 4.2 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (Q1 2016). Apple captured 52% global smartwatch marketshare, dipping from 63% share in the...

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10:02
Amazon Singles Classics brings stories from...

If you're looking for some new reading material on your Kindle or inside Amazon's reading app, you're in luck. The online retailer announced Singles Classics: a collection of essays and stories from "well-known authors" that were published in "top ma...

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10:00
Apple brand power climbing, holds lead over all tech...

Apple is standing fast for a second consecutive year as the fifth most powerful brand in the U.S. and the top ranked technology company, beating rivals Microsoft, Google and Sony.

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10:00
STM Atlas: A classy wallet case for iPhone 6/6s Plus

STM Atlas Wallet Case for iPhone 6/62 Plus. Photo ©2016 Steven Sande

When it comes to wallet cases for the iPhone 6/62 Plus that I've reviewed, there are some that have been both impressively useful and stylish, and some that were exactly the opposite. Today we're taking a look at the STM Atlas (US$34.95), a low-profile wallet case that looks great and provides protection for your big iPhone, all while not costing you an arm and a leg.

Design

The exterior of the Atlas is the most eye-catching feature. STM -- a company well-known for the excellent bags it produces -- used a textured fabric that has a good feel to it and looks quite nice, too. Inside, the case features a polycarbonate shell to hold the iPhone 6/6s Plus and has a microfiber lining.

One thing I've found with many cases like this is that they tend to pop open. STM uses two small...

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09:56
Pixelmator 2.3 for iOS

There are some great new features in the latest version for iOS including:

  • Quick Selection Tool – this is an awesome and super accurate new selection tool that lets you swipe over areas to select them.
  • Magnetic Selection Tool – this tool snaps precise selections around objects and is really fun to use.
  • Selection improvements – there’s also a ton of improvements to the overall selection experience (including an Invert Selection feature).

I use Pixelmator as my only image editor and love it.

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09:47
Why did Jimmy Carter save the space shuttle?
09:44
Apple Watch Sales Remain Steady After 15 Months...

Nearly fifteen months after the Apple Watch launched in the U.S. and eight other countries on April 24, 2015, new data shows that sales of the device have yet to experience an overly precipitous decline so far this year.

Swiss bank UBS has issued a research note that projects Apple Watch sales totaled 1.7 million units in the June quarter, a somewhat surprising increase of 100,000 units compared to its estimate of 1.6 million sales in the March quarter.

Apple Watch sales have remained steady throughout the first half of 2016, despite the formation of an elongated refresh cycle that will likely reach at least 17 months -- the so-called Apple Watch 2 is rumored to launch in the third...

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09:41
'Rise of the Tomb Raider' comes to the PS4...

Rise of the Tomb Raider has spent much of the last year as one of the best Xbox One exclusives out there, but soon PlayStation 4 owners will get in on the fun. As part of a 20-year Tomb Raider celebration, it was just announced that Lara Croft's late...

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09:33
Twitter signs deal with NBA

Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had signed a deal with the NBA to stream exclusive non-game programing, pushing deeper into sports streaming as it seeks new ways to attract users.

Twitter also signed a deal with the NFL this year. I’ll have to wait and see what kind of content comes out of this deal, but on the surface, I’m not sure this appeals to me.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Logitech Mac/iOS gear 50% off...

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This is the big one! Amazon’s taking up to 50% off Logitech Mac, iPad & PC accessories, today only

It’s time to get a nice stand for that Apple Watch of yours:...

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09:22
The best ice cream maker

By Lesley Stockton

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here.

When the mercury starts climbing, nothing screams "summertime" quite like homemade ice cream. Aft...

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09:20
Only two new iPhone models shipping this fall, not...

Despite some rumors to the contrary, Apple is planning to launch just two new iPhone models this fall, just as it has done for the last two years, a well-known leak source said on Tuesday.

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09:09
Salesforce deals with Android fragmentation

“Due to the wide array of available Android devices, we are targeting our support to a select number of Android devices to continue improving our overall Salesforce1 for Android user experience,” the company said in the support document.

Translation: Android is so fucked up, we were forced to take steps to make it work for us.

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09:04
'Very low' expectations for Apple earnings...

Ahead of its June quarter earnings report next week, a number of factors have put Apple in a position to exceed investor expectations, making it a good time to buy into the company's stock, one analyst believes.

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09:01
iPhone SE Estimated to Grab 16% of U.S. iPhone...

Apple's newest 4-inch iPhone SE has taken a 16 percent share of the overall United States iPhone market in its launch quarter, according to new survey data shared by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners and UBS analyst Steven Milunovich. The data shows that the iPhone SE has been successful in "flushing out" older phones, with 26 percent of iPhone buyers in the quarter moving up from an iPhone 4s, up from 16 percent in the previous quarter.

The strong entry of the iPhone SE naturally came at the expense of Apple's other phones in model share, with the iPhone SE helping to prop up overall iPhone sales as the other models begin showing their age by serving as an enticing upgrade option for more frugal customers and those unwilling to upgrade to a larger screen.The percentage of plus models sold fell by 6 points in the June quarter following a 9 point increase in March. The success of the iPhone SE could demonstrate...

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09:00
Skype for Linux Alpha Draws Cheers, Jeers


Microsoft last week introduced a new Web-based Skype for Linux client in alpha. Based on WebRTC, it uses Microsoft's next-generation calling architecture. It lets users share files, photos, videos and new emoticons. Users will be able to call others using the latest versions of Skype on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. However, they won't be able to make or receive calls using earlier versions of Skype for Linux. Microsoft also introduced an alpha version of Skype based on WebRTC for users of Chromebooks or the Chrome browser on Linux.

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09:00
Republican party embraces next-gen wireless and IoT

In 2012 the GOP's official platform didn't say much about broadband. In fact, in the 62-page, roughly 30,000-word document detailing the party's various policy stances, the word "broadband" only appeared once. In 2016, things are a little different....

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08:50
News: Kia offering free CarPlay upgrades on some new...

Kia has announced that it will be offering a free Apple CarPlay update to certain vehicles equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO3 display. Owners of new and pre-owned Forte, Optima, Optima Hybrid, Sedona, Soul, Soul EV, Sorento and Sportage vehicles can register at myuvo.com to see if their car is eligible for the upgrade and get instructions on how to download and install the required software. Customers will be notified by email at…

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08:40
Review: Are the Bragi Dash truly wireless earphones...

With it now looking all but certain that there will be no headphone socket in this year’s iPhone, demand for wireless headphones is likely to reach a new high. And when it comes to choosing a pair, Bragi’s Dash – marketed as ‘truly wireless smart earphones’ – seem on the face of it to be a very Apple-esque solution.

You can’t get much more minimalist than these. You have an earphone for each ear, and that’s it. No connecting cords, no neckband, nothing.

The earphones can also make a pretty good claim to living up to the ‘smart’ part of the branding, controlled by a mix of touch and gesture – such as nodding to accept an incoming call and shaking your head to reject it. For times when you don’t want to carry your phone, you can load music into the 4GB on-board memory. Which is handy when you’re swimming, as they claim to be 100% waterproof. And the carry-case has a built-in battery for on-the-go wireless...

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08:40
Apple Testing Google Graphics WebP Format for iOS...

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Starting today, French music streaming service Deezer will be available to everyone across the United States. Unlike Spotify, however, Deezer is following services such as Apple Music and Tidal by offering a free 30-day trial rather than a dedicated free service tier. After that no-cost taste, prospective Deezer fans will have to pay $10 per month for the service.

Deezer already has about 6 million subscribers in 180 countries, including some in the U.S. When the company purchased Cricket’s free Muve streaming service from AT&T in early 2015 it began servicing those customers directly. Deezer is also available on Sonos and Bose speakers, and the French company acquired...

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