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Friday June 17

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

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

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

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

more…

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

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

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07:53
How your Apple rumor sausage gets made

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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

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

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

Kirk McElhearn:

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

Nice overview, take a look.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bluetooth 5 will...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Apple has now issued a statement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Data Recovery for Mac : Bring back lost data
  • Lab.Fone for Android : Recover Android data to your Mac
  • PDF Converter Pro for Mac : A powerful alternative to Adobe Acrobat
  • Android...
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04:59
On the iPhone, Virtual Reality Is Unofficially Real

Virtual reality is hot, with all manner of 360-degree content being created for fancy computer-connected goggles as well as for simpler smartphone accessories. And while iPhone users have no shortage of VR gear, apps, and Internet videos, Apple hasn’t released anything to compete with rival smartphone makers that are all over VR.

 

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04:53
Survey: U.S. app developers turning to Latin markets

A new survey from One Hour Translation (http://tinyurl.com/z2dc859), the world’s largest online translation agency, maps the leading languages into which English-language are translated by app developers from the United States and United Kingdom.

According to data from the first quarter of 2016, about 28% of all mobile applications written in English by U.S. developers are intended for localization in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. In the United Kingdom, the rate is even higher: 55%.

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04:53
Survey: U.S. app developers turning to Latin markets

A new survey from One Hour Translation (http://tinyurl.com/z2dc859), the world’s largest online translation agency, maps the leading languages into which English-language are translated by app developers from the United States and United Kingdom.

According to data from the first quarter of 2016, about 28% of all mobile applications written in English by U.S. developers are intended for localization in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. In the United Kingdom, the rate is even higher: 55%.

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04:50
Beijing Court Rules that Apple's iPhone 6...

It's being reported today that Apple has been found to have violated the design patents of a Chinese device maker and may have to halt sales of its latest iPhones in Beijing, ...

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04:30
Satechi BT Touch Speaker: portable, looks great,...

Satechi's BT Touch Speaker is a portable Bluetooth speaker that provides a surprising amount of audio volume considering its small size and price (US$79.99, though it may still be available at its introductory price of $49.99). It also allows for hands-free calling from any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone such as the iPhone, thanks to an integrated, built-in mic. 

The first time you turn on the BT Touch Speaker, it remains in "pairing mode" for two minutes, as indicated by the status indicator light blinking red and blue. To return the speaker to pairing mode at any time, press and hold the "Phone/Pairing" button until the light blinks red and blue.

To pair your iDevice with the Satechi speaker, go toSettings > General > Bluetooth. You'll see the unpaired device. Type in 0000 as the pairing code to make the connection. Once successfully paired, the indicator lights on the BT Touch turn solid blue, and you're good to go. You can can also use it with a non-Bluetooth-...

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04:13
Recommended Reading: ‘Tiny LEGO Wonders’

While some LEGO models require thousands of pieces, anyone can make an impressive replica with fewer than 10 bricks, a dash of creativity, and the latest book from No Starch Press.

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04:00
If you have a laptop, you need a ScreenSavrz

Many laptops have such tight tolerances in trying to minimize the thickness of the systems (I'm looking at you, MacBook) that keyboards and displays often make contact when the lid is closed. Dirt and gunk can transfer from the keys to the LCD screen. That's not good, and that's why you need the ScreenSavrz from RadTech.

Abrasions from the contact of keyboard and screen can also be a problem, reducing the useful life of the screen, as well as just making the desktop hard to see. Getting that dirt off the screen, keeping it off, and preventing the keys from abrading the LCD is a problem that RadTech has a fix for.

The Screensavrz is piece of fabric designed to clean the screen of your laptop, and help keep it that way. The fabric is an ultra-micro fiber called Optex, which was specifically designed for polishing plastic optics. As it's a non-woven fabric, it can be cut to fit, and won't fray. The package includes the...

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03:57
Report says Facebook video could be next in line for...

If there’s one thing guaranteed to eat your data plan’s allowance at an alarming rate, it’s streaming video. T-Mobile has been gradually adding more services to its Binge On program – which allows customers to stream lower-quality video from specific services without using up any of their data – and Re/code reports that Facebook video may be next in line.

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03:30
The best Mac and iOS games shown off at E3 2016

Games for every device

Mac and mobile gamers are often ignored at gaming-industry tradeshows like E3, but if you’ve been watching the livestreams and wondering what you’ll be able to play on your trusty MacBook Pro or your iPhone 6s, never fear! We took a look at all the exciting new games for Mac OS X/macOS and iOS that were announced at E3 2016 earlier this week. There’s plenty to choose from, from beautiful mobile RPGs to narrative exploration games and “friendship ruining” party titles—and you won’t have to buy any new hardware.

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03:19
10 major headaches Apple fixed in iOS 10, macOS,...

Improving every Apple platform

Image by Apple

It was a jam-packed WWDC, and thankfully Apple gave us much-needed fixes to some of the most frustrating problems in all its major platforms.

What were some of your personal headaches that Apple cured with the annnouncement of iOS 10, macOS, watchOS 3, and tvOS?

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03:00
D-Link debuts its first IFTTT-compatible security...

The DCS-8200LH boasts a 180-degree field of view and can be integrated with existing smart-home platforms. The company plans to develop HomeKit-compatible cameras down the road.

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Thursday June 16

22:24
E3 2016: Octobo plush toy uses iPad for interactive...

Dubbed a "reactive" plush toy, Octobo is a soft, fuzzy octopus that turns into an interactive storybook controller with a little help from Apple's iPad.

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21:07
Nearly killed in 1998 fire, graduate reunites with...

With all the crap going on in the past week, I thought this story might lighten the load. Now, excuse me. I’ve got something in my eye.

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19:52
Politico using Apple Wallet to send breaking news...

Apple’s Wallet app has become a lot more useful since the launch of Apple Pay, but Politico has found another new purpose for the app that’s a little out of the ordinary. As noted by NiemanLab, Political Europe is using the Wallet app to send push notifications to users regarding the EU Referendum.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple Wallet ...

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19:36
JP Morgan downgrades Apple stock expectations on...

For all the new software platform features Apple announced this week at WWDC, including a glimpse at future iOS product capabilities and internet services enhancements, JP Morgan remains cool to the company's stock prospects for 2016.

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19:13
Apple updates TestFlight with support for new iOS 10...

Apple on Thursday updated its TestFlight app testing platform to support software running in the latest beta environments, and rolled out new App Store optimization and analytics tools for developers accessible through iTunes Connect.

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17:39
Politico uses Apple's Wallet to distribute...

Political publication Politico is testing out a highly unorthodox news delivery method that leverages Wallet passes to keep readers up to date on the latest poll results and news from Britain's vote to leave the European Union. And it seems to be working.

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17:24
TestFlight update allows developers to push beta...

Following the release of the first developer beta of iOS 10 earlier this week, Apple today has update TestFlight with support for the latest iOS version. As announced on the company’s developer website, developers are now able to build apps for iOS 10, watchOS 3, and the latest version of tvOS.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: iOS 10, TestFlight, update ...

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17:00
Apple patent highlights dual-layer LCD displays with...

This could lead to an absolutely amazing display.

In a recently published patent application, Apple describes a technology that could reduce image artifacts in high dynamic range (HDR) dual-layer LCDs, technology that could theoretically boost a typical display’s contrast ratio to 1,000,000 to 1.

In its “Devices and methods of image-splitting for dual-layer high dynamic range displays” application, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple touts the optical benefits of dual-layer LCD systems, specifically the ability to reproduce high contrast imagery.

In simple terms, a traditional LCD creates images by modulating light transmitted through a liquid crystal layer. Applying varying voltages to individual pixel...

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17:00
Testing, Optimizing, and Analyzing Your Apps

We’ve added new features and resources to help you test, optimize, and analyze your apps.

TestFlight Updates
TestFlight now supports apps built for the new beta of iOS, watchOS, and tvOS, which means that you can get feedback from testers on features like SiriKit, Push Notifications for tvOS, new iOS Extension APIs, and more. Read the TestFlight release notes.

App Store Optimization
Search queries account for over 65% of downloads from the App Store. Learn how you can impact where your app ranks in search results to help users more easily find your app. Read Optimizing for App Store Search.

App Analytics Impressions
App Analytics now has data on App Store Impressions, which means you can see how many times your app’s icon has been viewed on the App Store in search results...

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17:00
Testing, Optimizing, and Analyzing Your Apps

We’ve added new features and resources to help you test, optimize, and analyze your apps.

TestFlight Updates
TestFlight now supports apps built for the new beta of iOS, watchOS, and tvOS, which means that you can get feedback from testers on features like SiriKit, Push Notifications for tvOS, new iOS Extension APIs, and more. Read the TestFlight release notes.

App Store Optimization
Search queries account for over 65% of downloads from the App Store. Learn how you can impact where your app ranks in search results to help users more easily find your app. Read Optimizing for App Store Search.

App Analytics Impressions
App Analytics now has data on App Store Impressions, which means you can see how many times your app’s icon has been viewed on the App Store in search results...

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16:41
E3 2016: Square Enix announces Deus Ex Go for iOS

At E3 this week Square Enix announced plans to bring hit stealth action franchise Deus Ex to iOS as part of its "Go" series of mobile games, and AppleInsider was on hand check out an early version running on iPad.

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16:37
Facebook Messenger for iOS updated with entirely new...

Just days after Apple announced major enhancements to iMessage, Facebook today revealed a significant update to its Messenger app. In a blog post, the company announced major changes coming to how users are able to start a conversation.

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Filed under: Apps, iOS Tagged: Facebook, Messenger ...

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16:34
See What It's Like Using Siri on a Mac in macOS...

With macOS Sierra, the latest version of the Mac operating system, Siri is available on Macs for the first time. Siri on the Mac can perform many of the same functions available on iOS, like answering simple queries, looking up information, sending messages, opening apps, and more, plus there are Mac-specific functions.

As can be seen in our hands-on video showing off Siri on the Mac, Siri is able to search through files to help you quickly locate content with commands like "Find me the documents I opened last week" or "Where are the files John sent me on Tuesday?"

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

Siri is accessed through the menu bar, a dock icon, or a keyboard command, and the Siri results, displayed in individual windows, can be...

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15:11
WatchOS 3 Offers New Hope for Smartwatch Category


Apple finally responded to concerns that were threatening to scuttle its once-promising wearables category. Its introduction of watchOS 3 at this week's WWDC has drawn high praise. The Apple Watch represented the company's attempt to marry the ultimate Dick Tracy smart gadget with the genius of the iPhone, but it fell short. Instead of a convenience, it was far too slow and complicated for many consumers to navigate. WatchOS 3 is a "significant and welcome upgrade," said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst at IDC.

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15:11
Apple douses rumor of impending iMessage release for...

Apple recently poured cold water on rumors claiming iMessage would see introduction on Google's Android platform, potentially at this week's Worldwide Developers Conference, saying the messaging service is worth more as an exclusive first-party feature.

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15:11
WatchOS 3 might actually fix most of my problems...


Is it the fall yet?

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I make it a point not to install early betas of software on hardware that I use every day, but of all the software Apple announced at WWDC on Monday, the one that's tempting me the most is WatchOS 3. As many new things as iOS 10 and macOS Sierra both include, the next version of WatchOS is easily the biggest and most obvious improvement over the current one, and now that I've actually seen it in action on real hardware, it’s going to be hard to wait for.

A couple of months ago, I wrote about...

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14:49
Apple exec explains why the company has not brought...

Prior to WWDC, a report emerged claiming that Apple would at long last unveil iMessage for Android. Seeing how Apple had made its streaming music service available on Android, many found this report to be somewhat plausible. As you’re probably aware of by now, however, iMessage for Android was nowhere to be found at WWDC this week. Now, we’ve gotten a little bit of insight into Apple’s reasoning for not bringing its messaging service to Google’s smartphone platform…

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Android, Apple,...

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14:24
Inside iOS 10: New Photos app uses face, object...

One of the main enhancements in the iOS 10 Photos app is face, object, and scene recognition powered by advanced machine learning technology and applied to improve photo search and automated image management features.

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14:05
AWT News Update: June 16, 2016

Apple design chief Jony Ive receives his honorary doctorate from Cambridge

In today's AWT News Update:

  • Wall Street analysts have high hopes for the 2017 iPhone 8
  • D-Link announces a HomeKit-compatible Wi-Fi camera to be delivered later this year
  • Sir Jony Ive has received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Cambridge
  • Apple World Today can now be read through Apple's News app

The text of this podcast can be viewed below. Click on the play button to listen to the podcast.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 16, 2016.

The iPhone 7 hasn’t even been announced, and already analysts on Wall Street are pinning their hopes on a completely...

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14:01
Apple Explains Why iMessage Hasn't Expanded to...

In a wide-ranging commentary piece about WWDC 2016, tech journalist Walt Mossberg included an interesting bit about why Apple has not expanded iMessage to competing software platforms like Android.When I asked a senior Apple executive why iMessage wasn’t being expanded to other platforms, he gave two answers. First, he said, Apple considers its own user base of 1 billion active devices to provide a large enough data set for any possible AI learning the company is working on. And, second, having a superior messaging platform that only worked on Apple devices would help sales of those devices — the company’s classic (and successful) rationale for years.Last week, a questionable rumor surfaced claiming that Apple planned to announce iMessage for Android at...

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14:01
tvOS 10: Dark mode on Apple TV, YouTube Siri search...

This week Apple announced tvOS 10 for the new Apple TV at WWDC 2016. The first developer beta includes many of the new features like dark mode, YouTube search using Siri, and newly added HomeKit support. See many of the new features in action below:

more…

Filed under: Apple TV Tagged: Apple TV, tvOS 10 ...

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13:55
Apple will never bring iMessage to Android and you...

Newsflash: Apple is using its software to convince people to buy new iPhones. That classic Apple strategy remains one of the reasons why Android users will never, ever get to use iMessage on anything other than an iPhone.

Unnamed Apple executives confirmed that iMessage will never be expanded to Android. According to The Verge, Apple believes that making iMessage the top messaging service and keeping it iOS-only brings added value to owning an iPhone. Furthermore, iMessage already has one billion active users, which Apple thinks is enough to provide solid data for the iPhone-maker to venture into artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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13:09
Facebook revamps Messenger for iOS with new tiered...

Facebook began rolling out a new homescreen interface for its Messenger iOS app on Thursday, hot on the heels of Apple announcing iOS 10 Messages upgrades intended to compete.

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13:08
Nintendo's New Zelda Adventure Draws E3 Cheers


Nintendo on Tuesday offered E3 attendees a preview of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the latest title in the action-adventure franchise. This time the story involves much more than rescuing a princess. The game actually has been years in the making, and at E3 Nintendo pulled out all stops, devoting much of its booth to the game. Nintendo presented two different demos of Breath of Wild. One focused on the exploration and game mechanics, while the other provided elements of the story line.

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12:51
Follow the users: Why Messages got the biggest...

This is just the beginning for major changes in Messages. Apple will follow in some ways and lead in others but, make no mistake, Messages in many forms will become its own significant platform in Apple’s Services category.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:27
Inside watchOS 3: Send text messages from Apple...

In addition to voice dictation, users will also be able to compose text messages via the Apple Watch with their own handwriting, beginning with the launch of watchOS 3 later this year.

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12:04
Twitter is bringing an in-app Periscope button to all

For those times when a 140-character text tweet just won't do, Twitter is making it much easier to broadcast your thoughts live.

After an initial beta test, the social network is rolling out a new Periscope button inside the Twitter app on Android and iOS. When you go to compose a tweet, and then choose to insert media, you’ll see a new “live” option. 

Ready to go live? Now everyone can tap a new button on iOS & Android to easily broadcast on #Periscope from Twitter! pic.twitter.com/tedpUN1QMA

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11:56
Credit Suisse predicts Apple stock 'super cycle...

Analysts on Wall Street are increasingly expecting an incremental iPhone hardware update this year, which has led some to turn their sights to a rumored 2017 handset revamp in hopes of pushing Apple stock to new heights.

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11:39
iOS 10 adds AirPrint Bluetooth Beacon, ‘create PDF...

New in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, Apple’s AirPrint is getting some welcomed improvements including ‘AirPrint Bluetooth Beacon’, the ability to create PDFs from the print panel in iOS, and support for multi-user and password-only printing.

more…

Filed under: iOS, Mac Tagged: AirPrint, airprint bluetooth beacon, Apple, Create PDF, how to create PDF, iOS 10, iPad,...

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11:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Meet HotKey App, the latest...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac Apps introduces us to HotKey App, a tool that lets you program keyboard shortcuts and gives you a cheat-sheet in your menu bar. Plus, tools for keeping your Internet browsing private, blocking tracking cookies, monitoring your computer’s health, and much more.

1Blocker - Block ads, tracking scripts, anything 1.0

Salavat Khanov’s $5 1Blocker improves your browsing experience by blocking unwanted ads and tracking cookies.

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11:07
What if Apple's Amazon Echo competitor is the...

What if Apple’s rumored Amazon Echo competitor isn’t a new Apple TV? What if it’s...the iPad?

During the WWDC keynote, Apple mentioned the Apple TV being used as a “Home Hub” for controlling your HomeKit devices, both when you’re in the house, and when you’re away. Since it’s always on, always online, and logged in to your iCloud account, the set-top box can act as a bridge between your HomeKit gear and your iPhone when you’re outside of your home network.

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10:39
Article: Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real...

While only a little more than a year old, the Apple Watch is about to embark on its third major operating system update in the form of watchOS 3, announced earlier this week at Apple’s WWDC, and now available as a Developer Preview for registered developers. In this Inside the betas installment, we’re taking a closer look at what’s coming in the new version of Apple’s wearable operating system, which promises significant speed…

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10:10
Notable apps and app updates for June 16, 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.

OS X/macOS Apps and Updates

Grim Legends 3: The Dark City

It's always big news when a great game franchise gets a new episode, and that's the case with Grim Legends 3: The Dark City (free with in-app purchases). It's a highly-rated hidden object puzzle adventure game from the folks who brought you Enigmatis and Grim Legends. As the player, you're playing mini games and solving puzzles in a gothic city, hunting monsters in beautiful hand-painted backdrops, and more. Grim Legends 3: The Dark City is truly a work of art!

Chroma

Designers often need to find colors that are complementary to a...

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10:08
Inside Sierra: How Apple Watch 'Auto Unlock...

One of the most anticipated features of macOS Sierra may actually be one of the simplest: Auto Unlock, which stands to save some Mac and Apple Watch owners trouble if they regularly log in and out of their system.

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10:06
Facebook Tackles Suicide Prevention Worldwide


Facebook has said it will roll out its suicide prevention tools and resources around the world. Already available in the U.S., the resources are designed to help members who may be thinking about committing suicide or otherwise hurting themselves, as well as family and friends who are concerned about their loved ones' well being.
Members can use the updated resources either to contact the vulnerable person directly or to contact Facebook, which has teams of workers dedicated to making sure a Facebook member in distress is able to find help.

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10:00
The classic 'Slide to Unlock' iPhone...

I’ll really miss Slide to Unlock, which I stopped using 18 months ago anyway.

In iOS 10, Apple is getting rid of the gesture that unlocked an iPhone since the very first model, back in 2007. Slide to Unlock got audible gasps of amazement at the original iPhone’s unveiling, and it’s been as constant as the grid of icons ever since, through every iteration of iOS.

iOS 10 removes Slide to Unlock, the first bit of iOS we ever saw, welcomed with grins and applause when Jobs demoed it. Good night, buddy.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Anker Portable Charger $19,...

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09:00
Episode 095 Mat Velloso on Bots and Office 365—...

In this episode, Richard DiZerega and Andrew Coates talk to evangelist Mat Velloso about building bots and connecting them to Office 365.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP95_MatVellosoBots.mp3

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09:00
The 6 not-so-obvious reasons a project plan fails

Bad projects are expensive. In fact, organizations lose a whopping $109 million for every $1 billion invested in projects and programs, according to a Project Management Institute (PMI) study. And the bigger the projects are, the harder they fall. Large projects are 10 times more likely to fail outright, according to another industry report, and two times more likely to be late, over budget and missing critical features when compared with smaller projects. While small and medium projects may not be quite as fraught with peril, anyone who’s worked on them knows they certainly aren’t without their woes.

So, what are the culprits behind these epic and not-so-epic fails? According to PMI, common causes of project failure range from changing priorities within an organization (40 percent) to limited resources (20...

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09:00
Squarespace adds the ability to publish content in...

Squarespace — a content management system/website builder/blogging platform/hosting service — says, as of today, it’s the only platform to have built an Apple News integration directly with Apple. Customers can publish their content in Apple News Format directly from their Squarespace blog.

The content is automatically optimized for both the iPhone and iPad. What’s more, you can create your own branded Apple News channel that’s discoverable in-app. Starting today, you can publish the following media-rich content to Apple News: images and galleries; videos; audio; text; markdown, Twitter and Instagram embedded content; and a link back to your Squarespace site.

To publish content from Squarespace to Apple News, you must first sign up for News Publisher and obtain Apple News API [application programming interface] credentials from Apple. For more information about Apple News and...

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08:57
Squarespace now lets you publish your blog to Apple...

As a publisher, getting your content into Apple News requires some real behind-the-scenes effort (just ask Greg), and Squarespace is hoping to change that for its customers. The blogging service announced today that Apple News integration is now available to all customers.

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08:43
Apple's Magnetic Stand Invention Gets Down to...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that adds a dimension to their current granted patent for an iDevice / iPad stand based on magnetics. That dimension might be technology to support wireless ...

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08:33
Inside iOS 10: Photos Memories will generate...

Looking to compete with similar options in Google Photos and other apps, Apple's iOS 10 Photos app includes a new Memories tab, which not only groups photos into events automatically but creates customizable slideshow movies for them.

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08:28
Sling TV support coming to the Apple TV; what does...

As announced at Monday’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, Dish Network's “skinny” TV bundle, Sling TV, is coming to the Apple TV. This will lead to two rumors: 1) Apple is abandoning plans for its own video streaming service, and 2) Apple should buy Dish.

Current Sling TV subscribers will be able to access all of Sling TV’s live streaming television directly from the fourth generation Apple TV. What’s more, Dish and Apple are offering a bundled deal that would let potential customers purchase a new Apple TV for $89 ($60 cheaper than the regular retail price) if they pay up front for three months of Sling TV, which costs $20 a month.

This partnership should be beneficial for both companies, according to Business Insider. Sling TV is one of the first integrations of a cable bundle and live pay-TV provider into Apple TV. BI adds that the Sling TV...

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08:21
Review: Catalyst Case for iPad mini 4

Catalyst, known for its waterproof cases, has recently released its Catalyst Case ($90) for iPad mini 4. The case is designed to be waterproof to 6.6 feet deep, and Catalyst claims it will protect the iPad mini 4 from drops up to 4 feet. The hard plastic and rubber case fully encloses the iPad, of course, with screen protection and a thin membrane enabling the use of Touch ID. The clear plastic shows off the back of the device, and rubber plugs cover both the headphone and Lightning port. Sound, oddly, is vented toward the back of the device. Catalyst Case comes with a thin plastic multi-angle stand.{/exp:char_limit}
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08:18
Rumor: Apple ramping up procurement for second-gen...

In the midst of a news-filled week at WWDC, sources within the supply chain have been cited as saying that Apple may be gearing up to launch the second-generation Apple Watch alongside the iPhone 7, in September.

Shipments of chips and components for the second-generation Apple Watch are set to begin in the third quarter, the sources indicated.

While the time frame is understandably vague, the component production range of July to September would be compatible with Apple launching the Watch with the iPhone 7. If the next iPhone is an iterative model, as widely expected, then a new Watch could give the launch event more punch.

The report also suggests that Apple may be looking for an appreciable bump in sales. While Apple has never...

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08:03
The EU may deliver a verdict on Apple’s tax...

The European Commission may deliver its verdict on Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland as soon as next month, according to Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan.

“The speculation now is that the commission may make a decision sometime in July,’’ he told Bloomberg. “But we don’t know that with certainty. It’s the general feel around Brussels that they’re walking toward a July decision.”

Ireland will fight any negative commission decision to the EU courts, Noonan added. The government will “vigorously defend’’ any adverse Apple tax decision, he has said previously. 

The EU, Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency, has claimed that Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have attracted investment and jobs by helping big companies avoid tax in other countries, including EU members. The commission suspects...

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07:57
iOS 10 promotes iPad to HomeKit remote access device...

Before now, Apple’s HomeKit platform required an Apple TV for remote access control of most accessories. If you had network-connected lightbulbs or other home automation accessories, you’d need to have a new Apple TV connected to that same network to control them with Siri when out of the house. With iOS 10, Apple is giving iPad that capability too, and it’s now using multiple remote access devices to make all of your iPads and Apple TVs work together to extend your HomeKit network.

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07:57
Apple’s Lisa Jackson praises TSMC for its...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) — a key supplier of mobile processors for, among other things, the iPhone — says it will purchase 200 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power in 2016 compared to the previous year’s purchase of 100 million kWh, further supporting Taiwan’s renewable energy development and environmentally friendly low-carbon measures.

This purchase accounts for 20% of the green power made available for purchase by the Ministry of Economic Affairs Bureau of Energy in 2016. As the power generation process for the electricity available under this program causes virtually no carbon emissions, the purchase of 200 million kWh in green power will reduce carbon emissions by more than 100 million kilograms, equivalent to the carbon absorbed by 10 million trees in one year, says TSMC Spokesperson and Senior Vice President Lora Ho. 

Lisa Jackson, Apple vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, commented in a Twitter post about TSMC...

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07:54
You can now call me Mx. Mark

Tim Carmody, writing for Kottke.org:

“Mx.” (pronounced “mix” or “mux”) is a gender-neutral honorific. It’s used by people who don’t want to be identified by gender, whether their gender identity isn’t well-represented by the older forms, or they just don’t want to offer that information or assume it when addressing someone else. “Mx.” was added to Merriam Webster’s unabridged dictionary in April, has begun to be used on official forms in the UK (the Royal Bank of Scotland has been an early adopter), and appeared in two recent stories in the New York Times, once as a preferred honorific for a Barnard College student who doesn’t identify as male or female, and once in a story about “Mx.” itself.

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07:48
Ableton and Skinnerbox release update for Time...

Ableton and the electronic duo Skinnerbox have released a major update for Time & Timbre, the rhythm engine and drum synthesis instrument for Live. Available to buy now, or free for existing Time & Timbre owners, the revamped Max for Live toolkit lets you use the engine’s unique rhythm and swing capabilities throughout your music-making process.

Time & Timbre has been a tool for Live users since its release in 2014. Its five versatile drum synth modules and polymetric groove engine can add ipolyrhythms, swing and subtle variations to drum productions.

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07:41
Video: See Apple Maps in iOS 10 in action, with...

Apple Maps is far more intelligent in iOS 10, recommending possible stops along your current route, allowing plug-ins from third-party applications, and even remembering where you parked your car when you're away from home. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how the update will change how you navigate.

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07:40
Sanford “Spam King” Wallace sentenced to 2-1/2 years

They’ve been after this guy for decades. Read his Wikipedia page to get a sense of how long this was in coming.

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07:30
Apple unbundles its native apps like Mail, Maps,...

Sarah Perez, writing for Tech Crunch:

Apple today has made a big change to its suite of native applications for iOS devices, like Mail, Stocks, Compass, Calculator, Watch, Weather and others: it’s now making these available as standalone downloads in the iTunes App Store. What that means for end users of iOS devices is that the majority of the stock apps that come pre-installed can be removed. This puts users in more control of their devices.

Yes: you can now remove the Stocks app from your iPhone, among others.

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07:12
Apple Watch Patents Cover the Ultimate Selfie Camera...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a pair of Apple Watch specific patent applications. The first covers the Apple Watch's Digital Crown and learn that new functionality buttons could be introduced in future versions of the watch. In the second patent we learn that Apple may introduce one or two cameras in a future version of the watch.

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06:57
USAT: consumers respond to Apple Pay messaging with...

USA Technologies, Inc. (USAT), a payment technology provider of cashless and mobile transactions in self-serve retail, has announced the results of a study testing whether targeted point-of-sale advertising of Apple Pay acceptance would increase usage of mobile payments by consumers. 

According to early results, USAT believes that smartphone users shown digital advertising at point-of-sale through the ePort Interactive platform are more apt to pull out their iPhone to make a purchase, and even spend more during the transaction. Initial findings show targeted, digital advertising on USAT’s ePort Interactive highlighting Apple Pay availability at point- of-sale resulted in a:

  • 26% increase in overall...
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06:48
IDC: wearables shipments to reach 213.6 million...

More good news for the Apple Watch: Worldwide shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach 101.9 million units by the end of 2016, representing 29.0% growth over 2015. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, the market for wearable devices will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.3%, culminating in 213.6 million units shipped in 2020.

Popularized by devices like the Apple Watch, Moto 360, and others, the smartwatch category is expected to increase from 41.0% of total wearables shipments in 2016 to 52.1% in 2020. However, not all watches are the same, according to IDC.

While smartwatches are in the spotlight today, future growth will come from basic watches that provide some sort of fitness/sleep tracking while not being sophisticated enough to run...

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06:37
Life is Strange now out on the Mac App Store

Life is Strange is now available on the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/life-is-strange/id1090369664?mt=12). It requires macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $4.99.

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

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06:35
iOS 10 beta offers 'dark mode' for...

The iOS 10 version of Messages appears to contain a hidden "dark mode" option, potentially backing up hints that such a feature will go system-wide, or at least come to other iOS apps beyond ones like iBooks.

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06:27
Qt Company releases Qt 5.7 with a New Qt 3D Module

The Qt Company has released Qt 5.7, the latest version of its cross-platform application and user interface (UI) development framework.

It offers UI creation, including a new Qt 3D module, as well as new ways to create modern touch-based UIs with Qt Quick Controls 2 and Qt Quick Designer. Qt 5.7 follows the evolution of modern C++, leveraging C++11 in Qt APIs. Qt is the framework for all C++ development and allows developers to harness the power of C++ with the convenience of high-level Qt libraries.

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06:22
Hardware-Free WWDC Sets Stage for Busy Second Half...

In the weeks leading up to WWDC 2016, multiple reliable sources indicated the opening keynote would be a no-hardware affair. And as it turned out, the focus of the event was unsurprisingly on software, including iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3. So, when can we expect new Apple hardware?

Many products were at some point rumored to have a possible connection with WWDC 2016, including the next-generation Apple Watch, MacBook Pro, and Thunderbolt Display. Those that have been following rumors consistently, however...

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06:01
Screengrabs emerge appearing to show very early...

Developer Andrew Wilk tweeted screengrabs of what appears to be an early version of Dark Mode in the first iOS 10 beta, running in Xcode.

Mac Aficionados responded with their own screengrabs, saying that they’d found it in iBooks, Safari, Alarm and iTunes, though it’s unclear whether the iBooks example differs from the existing app-specific dark mode introduced in iOS 9 …

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06:01
External Link: What Is Differential Privacy?

Apple briefly announced “differential privacy” at this year’s WWDC keynote, but didn’t go into details as to exactly what that means. Cryptographer Matthew Green isn’t sure what Apple means either, but he is familiar with the concept of differential privacy, and in a blog post, explains the basics and how Apple could be implementing it.

To make features like Spotlight and QuickType more useful to you, Apple needs additional data from your iPhone usage, but it doesn’t want to violate your privacy. Unfortunately, even if Apple collects data anonymously, it could still be analyzed later to identify you. In effect, differential privacy injects a certain amount of phony data into the system, sacrificing a bit of accuracy for more privacy. We’re curious to learn more about how this works, too, and how effective it actually is.

 

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: The Mega Macbook Giveaway

It’s time for The Mega MacBook Giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a new 12” MacBook with a 256GB flash drive, 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 Skylake CPU, 8GB memory and an Intel HD Graphics 515 graphics card, in their choice of gold, silver, or space grey. Simply visit the link below, enter your e-mail address and click the “Enter Now” button. The giveaway closes on July 29, 2016 at 11:59 PM CDT. Good luck! Enter The Mega MacBook…

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05:51
External Link: Apple Announces 2016 Apple Design...

Apple has annnounced the winners of Apple Design Awards for 2016, recognizing 10 apps, plus 2 student projects. The winners are the education app Complete Anatomy, a to-do list app aimed at help users develop good habits called Streaks, a fitness training app called Zova that also works on the Apple TV, the video collaboration platform Frame.io, the multi-platform text editor Ulysses, an iOS and Apple TV running game called Chameleon Run, the puzzle game Lara Croft GO, an interesting take on pinball called INKS, Auxy Music Creation, and a DJ app called djay Pro that won an award back in 2011 as well. The two student apps were both games, the puzzle-based Linum, and Dividr, a 2D arcade game written entirely in Swift. Congratulations to all the winners!

 

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04:52
Will 2016 be the year that WiGig takes off?

WiGig has emerged as one of the most promising Wi-Fi standards in the recent few years with high speed data rates up to 7 Gbps operating in the 60 GHz band.

WiGig products have been on the market since 2013 (e.g. Dell Docking station) but the market has been slow to develop given a lack of compelling use cases and the need for development of new chip-sets to lower cost and drive usage. Much development work has been done in the last few years by OEMs and chip vendors.

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04:52
Will 2016 be the year that WiGig takes off?

WiGig has emerged as one of the most promising Wi-Fi standards in the recent few years with high speed data rates up to 7 Gbps operating in the 60 GHz band.

WiGig products have been on the market since 2013 (e.g. Dell Docking station) but the market has been slow to develop given a lack of compelling use cases and the need for development of new chip-sets to lower cost and drive usage. Much development work has been done in the last few years by OEMs and chip vendors.

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04:12
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign now supports...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.55, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and  preflighting from InDesign. The software offers an array of time saving options such batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning, variable file names, multi-format output and much more. The new version now fully supports the editorial InCopy workflow by allowing to auto-update links in imported InCopy documents.

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04:05
Kool Tools: ADATA A10050 Power Bank

ADATA Technology’s (www.adata.com) A10050 Power Bank is rated for 10050mAh and is capable of carrying 3.7 full iPhone battery charges.

The A10050 includes two USB ports, providing a total of 3.1A output (2.1A + 1A).The dual ports allow users to charge two devices simultaneously. The 1A port is designed for smaller devices such as smartphones, while the 2.1A port has been included with tablets in mind. Additionally, the A10050 uses synchronous charge and discharge, meaning it can recharge devices while connected to a power source itself to ensure continuous, safe, and fast operation.  

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03:22
Apple's dual-layer LCD technology promises high...

Apple in a patent application published on Thursday details a method of reducing image artifacts in high dynamic range (HDR) dual-layer LCDs, technology that could theoretically boost a typical display's contrast ratio to 1,000,000 to 1.

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03:16
Apple invented a new Laser Marking System for the...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the way the fabric of the iPad Pro Keyboard formed its letters ...

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00:19
'Spam King' is sentenced to 2.5 years in...

Sanford Wallace, the self-proclaimed "Spam King" who was responsible for a ton of spam messages on Facebook a few years ago, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. From 2008 to 2009, Wallace blasted people with a link to an external website...

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Wednesday June 15

22:09
NASA conducts largest fire experiment in space

As part of its efforts to ensure the safety of spacefarers, NASA set a 16x37-inch block of cotton-fiberglass material on fire aboard a spacecraft that's making its way back home. Since the largest material NASA ever burned in space before this was th...

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21:46
Apple to open first Macau Apple Store on June 25

Apple on Wednesday announced the first official Apple Store in the Macau Special Administrative Region of China will open on June 25, expanding the company's retail presence in Greater China to 41 stores.

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20:59
Winners of the Microduino mCookie giveaway announced...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of last week's giveaway, Jake B. and John L., who scored an mCookie Expert Kit and Advanced Kit respectively.

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20:16
Now advertisers can target users who tweet a certain...

As much as we debate new Twitter features that affect users, in its pursuit of revenue the company is constantly courting advertisers. Its latest gambit capitalizes on that oh-so-popular element of modern conversation and 2015 "word" on the year: the...

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19:09
Feature Request: Genius-like lyric annotation built-...

Earlier this week during its WWDC keynote, Apple added highly-requested support for lyrics to the Music app in iOS 10. While lyrics support wasn’t immediately live when the first beta was released on Monday, it has gradually been rolling out since then to various songs and artists.

While I welcome lyrics support with open arms, Apple’s implementation of it is very basic. To access lyrics, you simply swipe from the bottom of the Now Playing screen. Lyrics are presented in plain text and there’s no option to annotate them or easily share them. Personally, I think there are a fews ways in which Apple could have done a lot more to improve the lyrics experience.

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18:43
Apple's Trent Reznor says YouTube built on...

Rockstar-cum-Apple executive Trent Reznor spoke out against YouTube this week, calling the free streaming platform "disingenuous" and a problem for musicians looking to earn a living, a problem solved by Apple Music's subscription sales model.

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17:21
WWDC: Flash, older plug-ins to be turned off by...

In another sign that Flash is pretty much on its way out, Apple engineer Ricky Mondello announced that Safari 10, which will arrive in the upcoming macOS Sierra operating system, will arrive with legacy plug-ins like Flash turned off by default.

The Mac maker is planning similar measures with other plug-ins like Java, Silverlight and QuickTime. This move will force websites with both plug-in and HTML5-based media implementations to use their HTML5.

“On websites that offer both Flash and HTML5 implementations of content, Safari users will now always experience the modern HTML5 implementation, delivering improved performance and battery life,” he added.

For most websites that detect that Flash isn’t available, but don’t have an...

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15:26
AWT News Update: June 15, 2016

It's an off-the-cuff, unscripted AWT News Update today. We cover:

  • Apple's new ads touting the features of iOS 10 that will come out this fall
  • It's still difficult for people to get their hands on an iPhone SE
  • You'll soon be able to make web payments through Stripe and Shopify using Apple Pay

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14:51
How iOS security really works

Really interesting WWDC video from Apple’s Head of Security Engineering and Architecture, Ivan Kristic. Thanks to Brian Katz for the link.

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14:11
Notable apps and app updates for June 15, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

Tropical Software has announced TopXNotes 1.8.2, an update to the personal information manager developed exclusively for macOS. 

 

With TopXNotes, you drag and drop to create notes from any other text application or drag to import text and/or RTF documents. Once the information is created, TopXNotes' category system can be used to create categories that meet your needs or file them in folder-like groups. Version 1.8.2 provides performance enhancements and bug fixes.

TopXNotes 1.8.2 is available for $39.95 from the Tropical Software website, the Mac App Store, Amazon, and other select Mac software resellers. It's a free...

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14:09
Hands-On With Digital Touch, Bubble Effects, Apps...

According to Apple, Messages is the most used iOS app, and for that reason, it got a lot of attention in iOS 10. Messages has been completely revamped with features to make conversations more personalized, expressive, and fun.

As can be seen in the video below, background animations, like balloons, confetti, and fireworks can be sent along with messages to make an impact, and a new "Bubble Effects" feature lets users send iMessage chat bubbles with different animated effects to add emotion to each message.

Digital Touch, the sketching feature of the Apple Watch, is coming to Messages. Digital Touch can be used to create little sketches, send a heartbeat, and send taps, and on iOS devices, you can Digital Touch over photos and videos.

Photos can be taken directly in the Messages app and edited with new built-in editing tools. There's also a new...

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14:08
Apple's First iOS 10 TV Ad Surfaces and a Few...

Here's Apple's first iOS 10 TV ad. With iOS 10, you will be able to do more and say more, faster, more simply, and in more expressive ways than ever before ...

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13:47
Netflix for iPad gets support for Picture-in-Picture...

No more complaining that Netflix is preventing you from being productive.

This week Netflix released support for Picture-in-Picture, a new multitasking feature for iPads running the latest version of iOS 9 that lets you minimize the screen so you can run other apps in the background. Picture-in-Picture was originally introduced with iOS 9 last year, but now you’ll need the latest iOS 9.3.2, as well as the Netflix iOS app version 8.7.0, in order to enable Picture-in-Picture.

The Netflix player does not have a button to activate Picture-in-Picture, but it will be enabled once you close the Netflix app. Additionally, 9to5Mac reported that this new multitasking feature does not work if you are running iOS 10 developer beta, which was just released on Monday at WWDC. Furthermore, iOS 9 Picture-in-Picture only works on compatible iPad models,...

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13:26
About the security content of Safari 9.1

This document describes the security content of Safari 9.1.

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13:26
About the security content of iOS 9.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.3.

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13:14
Netflix adds long-demanded Picture in Picture...

Streaming video service Netflix has updated its iOS app with one of the most requested features for the platform, Picture in Picture mode on the iPad.

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13:11
Hands-on: 75 new features in iOS 10 [Video]

On Monday Apple unveiled the highly-anticipated software update for the iPhone and iPad. As expected, it’s a huge release that brings a bevy of new and exciting features to the table.

In the following video walkthrough, we take a look at 75 of the features and changes found in iOS 10. Some of the features covered are obvious changes, and some are more surprising. more…

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13:10
WWDC: Apple switching from HFS+ to Apple File System...

In the midst of new announcements and changes at WWDC, Apple took the wraps off its Apple File System during its Platform State of the Union event after the keynote speech. The change marks the replacement of the HFS+ file system, which has been used by Apple for more than 18 years.

According to a document on Apple’s Developer site, Apple File System improves on HFS+ while supporting “nearly all” of its features. But it’s optimized for flash and SSD storage, with modern touches like 64-bit support and strong encryption.

During the speech, Apple highlighted two big features of the Apple File System. The first is cloning. Given standard use by an operating system, duplicate files can still hog space and resources. Apple File System clones these files rather than...

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13:06
Apple wants Gatekeeper in macOS to guard the gate...

Apple will further lock down what apps can be run on Macs when it releases macOS Sierra this fall, reports Computerworld. The move is “likely a response” to revelations last year that Gatekeeper -could be easily bypassed by attackers to plant malware on machines.

Some apps downloaded and installed from the Internet could adversely affect your Mac. Gatekeeper is designed to help protect your Mac from such apps. Apple really wants you to download Mac apps from its Mac App Store.

For apps that are downloaded from places other than the Mac App Store, developers can get a unique Developer ID from Apple and use it to digitally sign their apps. The Developer ID allows Gatekeeper to block apps created by malware developers and verify that apps haven't been tampered with since they were signed. If an app was developed...

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12:55
Shipping delays continue to dog Apple's 4...

Two and a half months after the launch of the Apple iPhone SE, the company still hasn't caught up with demand -- a somewhat surprising issue for Chief Executive Tim Cook, whose noted strengths are in logistics and operations.

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12:44
Apple's 'Activity' App Icon is now a...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for their "Activity" App icon that was officially granted yesterday. Apple originally filed for their trademark ...

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12:41
iOS 10 warns users when opening legacy apps not...

More than a year after Apple mandated that all new apps must be 64-bit compatible, iOS 10 will begin warning users that non-compliant legacy apps may affect the stability of their iPhone or iPad.

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12:31
Russians Hack DNC Servers to Get Goods on Trump


Two groups of Russian hackers burrowed into the Democratic National Committee's servers and spent months stealing information on Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, according to Crowdstrike. The security firm identified "two sophisticated adversaries on the network," noted CTO Dmitri Alperovitch, dubbed "Cozy Bear" and "Fancy Bear." They are "some of the best adversaries [among the] groups we encounter on a daily basis," he said. "Their tradecraft is superb, operational security second to none."

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12:04
Hands-on: Apple brings HL7 CCD health records to...

Each since it was released, Apple has made noticeable strides to improve the built-in Health app. It launched on iOS 8 where we saw Apple promote HealthKit enabled apps, then with iOS 9 we saw the expansion to new health data points. iOS 10 takes Health a step further by now allowing users to store their health records directly in the app using the Health Level 7 Continuity of Care Document (HL7 CCD) standard. No longer having to track paperwork or use CDs, these health records will be tracked directly in-app with the ability to be imported from Mail, Safari, and other applications.

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11:58
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11:34
Article: Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s...

Earlier this week at its annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference, Apple unveiled a plethora of significant new updates to watchOS, tvOS, iOS and macOS, delivering new features across the board. In our latest multipart Inside the betas series, we’ll take a closer look at what’s changed in each of these updates, as of the first Developer Previews to hit the wires this Monday. While it wasn’t the most exciting of the batch, Apple’s…

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11:32
Hands-on: iOS 10 + watchOS 3 Home app for HomeKit on...

HomeKit, Apple’s smart home accessory framework, is gaining some much needed attention in iOS 10 and watchOS 3 thanks to a new built-in Home app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Apple previously relied on third-party apps from accessory makers to control the HomeKit experience, using Siri as the only first-party controller, and various apps like the third-party Home app and Hesperus filled in the void.

Apple’s new Home app comes with a modern look, relatively easy-to-use controls, and access to accessories and scenes from anywhere on iOS 10. Check out our hands-on below to see Apple’s Home app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in action.

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11:31
iOS 10 update could make millions of iPads obsolete...

iOS 10 might just push you to snag an updated iPad to run it.

During Monday’s keynote, Apple announced that it would drop support for the iPad 2, the iPad 3 and the first-gem iPad mini.

Upon iOS 10’s release, up to 40 percent of all iPads could become obsolete according to mobile engagement form Localytics.

It’s possible that these numbers have changed a bit since March as Apple sells more iPads, but give that it now sells about 10 million a quarter, and cumulatively some 318 million iPads have been sold in total, whatever was sold since isn’t going to shift the needle by much.

As such, the question is whether iOS 10 will cause customers to upgrade their older iPads or lead to the iPad market’s decline in the tablet ecosystem.

Something to...

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10:59
Inside iOS 10: 3D Touch-enabled home screen widgets...

When 3D Touch launched alongside iOS 9 and the iPhone 6s, part of the promise was quick shortcuts to some of the most used functions in apps. With iOS 10, people may sometimes be able to skip opening apps entirely.

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10:43
Podcast 512: At WWDC 2016, it's all coming...

Well, another WWDC keynote is in the books, and boy are Susie’s thumbs tired. (Yeah, due to spotty Wi-Fi and a tethering fail, she wound up live-blogging about 45 minutes of the two-hour keynote from her iPhone, using the shockingly helpful QuickType keyboard.) This week Susie and Glenn are joined by Caitlin McGarry, Macworld’s East Coast staff writer who came to San Francisco for the week, because who can stay away from all this excitement?

And the keynote at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium certainly was exciting, with so many announcements, it was hard to digest them as they were happening. So on the podcast today, we discuss developers as the glue, the maturing of Apple’s newest platforms, Apple’s approach to AI, and some of the features we are most excited about. There will surely be more to unpack in the weeks ahead, and we’d love to hear your thoughts too.

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10:38
How-To: Close all Safari tabs at once in iOS 10 [...

It’s now possible to open an unlimited number of tabs in iOS 10’s Safari browser. With that in mind, it would be quite tedious to have to close each tab one-by-one, and fortunately Apple realizes this.

In iOS 10, users now have the option of closing all open Safari tabs in one fell swoop. To do so, simply tap and hold the tab button, and you’ll be prompted to close all open tabs at once. more…

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10:08
Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch gets improved glance-...

In refining the Apple Watch experience with watchOS 3, Apple is focused on making information and functionality as quickly accessible as possible. It accomplishes that in a number of key ways, including a variety of new watch faces and complications.

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09:59
See iOS 10's New Photos App in Action

The Photos app in iOS 10 has been updated with what Apple calls "Siri intelligence," which essentially equates to new deep learning techniques and advanced facial and object recognition algorithms.

Using these tools, Photos is able to scan a user's entire photo library, intelligently detecting people, animals, places, and objects and grouping photos together in a logical way based on those parameters. As can be seen in the video below, this enables powerful searching capabilities, allowing users to search for "cats" to bring up their images of cats, or "mountains" to find all images taken of mountains.

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New to Photos on iOS is a "People" album, housing all of a user's images featuring people, grouped based on facial...

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09:32
Deals: $50-$100 off 2016 12-inch MacBooks; 38mm...

This week, Apple authorized reseller B&H is slashing prices on 2016 12-inch MacBooks by $50-$100. Or snap up a 38mm Apple Watch in Space Black Stainless for $349. Mac minis are also on sale for $200 off with free shipping at Adorama.

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: 13-inch MacBook Air 256GB $970,...

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09:29
'Universal Clipboard' for macOS Sierra...

A useful addition to Continuity in both macOS Sierra and iOS 10 is the Universal Clipboard, making it easier to shuttle content back and forth between Macs and iOS devices without AirDrop or other workarounds.

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09:18
Sony Unveils Slew of New PlayStation Titles


Sony on Monday announced its new game lineup for the year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. "We have just concluded the PlayStation E3 Press Conference for 2016 and if ever there was a year dedicated to thrilling entertainment experiences, this is it," noted Shawn Layden, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment. Sony announced new titles not only for PlayStation 4, but also for its virtual reality brother, the PS4 VR, which will be available in North America in October.

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09:14
Apple Likely to Follow the Trend of Premium Tablets...

In April we asked the question "Will Apple Extend their use of OLED Displays to Future iPads, MacBooks & Beyond?" In that report we noted that a Korean report had shed light on the fact that Parade Technologies had announced collaboration with Samsung to deliver AMOLED panels for next generation tablets and notebooks. Now a new report published today in Korea reveals that HP will be upgrading their HP Spectre 360 this year with a 13.3" OLED display ...

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09:00
Make Starbucks your new meeting room with the new...

Building strong relationships is key to being successful in business. That truth is sometimes lost in our fast-paced, hyper-connected world, where more and more meetings are conducted remotely or in a formal office environment. Strong relationships grow by developing personal connections, which are best made face-to-face in an informal, friendly environment, over a cup of coffee. Starting today, it’s easier for you to do business while building that personal connection through the new Starbucks for Outlook add-in.

Read more about the Starbucks for Outlook add-in, last previewed at //build, at betterwith.office.com.

To make this even sweeter, we have an exciting offer running for a limited time! When you send a Starbucks eGift Card using Outlook, you are eligible to get a free $5 Starbucks eGift Card in return, so your next coffee is...

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09:00
How OneNote Class Notebook supports digital modeling...

Today’s post was written by Nikkie Laing, associate principal at the Opaheke School in New Zealand.

Digital modeling books are a way of recording and sharing our everyday and ongoing learning. They are featured in many New Zealand primary school classrooms. These collaborative resources are used to record our ideas and our collective thinking. They help make learning more visible and illustrate what success will look like. With modeling books firmly embedded in our pedagogical practice, OneNote Class Notebooks gave us the opportunity to create even more efficient and effective digital modeling books.

Traditional modeling books

Modeling books are a shared resource where students and teachers construct learning together. They are an important record of the work that gets done in classrooms. Traditionally, modeling books are kept in scrapbook form and stored in boxes for students...

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09:00
June Office 365 security and compliance update

In the last month, we’ve delivered a number of enhancements to Office 365 security and compliance capabilities, including the introduction of Advanced Security Management, a new set of capabilities powered by Microsoft Cloud App Security that gives you greater visibility and control over your Office 365 environment.

Below is a roundup of recent security and compliance news.

Gain enhanced visibility and control with Office 365 Advanced Security Management—The cloud offers many security benefits to organizations but also raises new security considerations. It can also add to existing ones, such as shadow IT, the use of software that is not formally sanctioned by the organization. We are thrilled to introduce Office 365 Advanced Security Management, a new set of capabilities—powered by Microsoft Cloud App Security—to give...

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08:59
Happy Hour Podcast 071 | WWDC 2016 unpacked: iOS 10...

This week Benjamin and Zac unpack the news from WWDC 2016 including watchOS 3, tvOS 10, macOS Sierra, and iOS 10. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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08:49
New for accessibility in iOS 10, macOS, Apple TV...

Apple briefly mentioned some accessibility enhancements during its press event this week — watchOS 3 is adding wheelchair specific optimizations to Apple Watch — but iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 also have many other improvements to assist users with motor, vision, hearing, and learning impairments. Here’s the rundown…

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Filed under: Apple Watch, iOS, Mac Tagged: accessibility, Apple TV, Dsylexia,...

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08:31
T-Mobile Tuesday's free Domino's Pizza...

Everybody loves free stuff, and that goes doubly so—maybe even quadruply so—when you put the word ‘free’ in front of the word ‘pizza,’ which T-Mobile did on Tuesday. During the company’s second T-Mobile Tuesday free giveaway, many customers ended up crusty after being burned when their local Domino’s rejected their redemption code.

As with all giveaways, a company is only willing to throw so much free product out their doors. Faster than you could say “cancel my account,” many Domino’s pizza locations reached their freebie capacity, as Android Police pointed out. Both pizza freebie recipients and those who were left paying for their own pies like a sucker took to Twitter on Tuesday.

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08:19
Inside iOS 10: Upgraded QuickType wields 'Siri...

Apple's forthcoming iOS 10 update will feature enhanced QuickType keyboard recommendations, which will now go beyond suggesting the next best word to write, and will intelligently recommend dates, locations, contacts and more.

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07:56
Resources, references in macOS Sierra API hint at...

It may be a convoluted mess to dig through, but sometimes source code hints at some interesting new resources that portend upcoming technologies.

Hidden inside Apple’s API differences web site for macOS Sierra are references to several additions that could include an OLED touch bar and Touch ID support.

Last month it was reported that Apple was planning a major MacBook Pro revamp that would bring support for Touch ID as well as a new OLED touch bar in place of the function keys. Now, macOS Sierra API changes further hint at those upcoming features…

A variety of new resources suggest support for the OLED touch bar, including a new “kHIDUsage_LED_DoNotDisturb” reference that seems to hint at a dedicated LED Do Not...

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07:53
Rumor: 'Aggressive' plans for second-gen...

A new report from the Far East claims that Apple and its suppliers are now gearing up to launch a second-generation Apple Watch, with orders for the new wearable device said to be higher than the supply chain expected.

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07:32
Review: Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

If there’s one thing unique about the new Jaybird Freedom ($200), it’s that it demands customization from its owner. Though the Freedom is currently being sold alongside Jaybird’s very good X2, it feels like a successor in every way. In the Freedom we find a number of major design changes – evidence of choices that Jaybird has made about how Bluetooth sport headphones should fit, feel, and sound. While these might not be ideal for all users out of the box, there is ample room for tweaks and adjustments. If music is an indispensable part of your workout, we think the Jaybird Freedom is worth checking out.{/exp:char_limit}
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07:24
Trent Reznor says YouTube ‘built on stolen content’...

Nine Inch Nails frontman and Apple Music exec Trent Reznor has told Billboard that YouTube is built on stolen content:

Personally, I find YouTube’s business to be very disingenuous. It is built on the backs of free, stolen content and that’s how they got that big. I think any free-tiered service is not fair. It’s making their numbers and getting them a big IPO and it is built on the back of my work and that of my peers. That’s how I feel about it. Strongly.

Reznor made the comments in an interview alongside Apple SVP Eddy Cue, VP Robert Kondrk and ‘no official job title’ Jimmy Iovine in which the three discussed the lessons they have learned through launching the streaming music service …

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07:22
PDF Studio for macOS revved to version 11

Qoppa Software has launched PDF Studio 11 (http://www.qoppa.com/pdfstudio/), an update to their PDF editing application for macOS X.

The tool creates PDF documents that are compliant with the Adobe PDF specifications. Version 11 introduces a brand new OCR engine, and adds a number of new features including Spell Check, Non-Latin OCR Languages, Output Preview, and Enhanced Print Dialog.

PDF Studio Standard costs $89, and the Pro version is $129. A demo is available for download.

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07:18
AKVIS Pastel 2.0 for macOS adds new enhanced pastel...

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Pastel 2.0 for macOS and Windows. The app allows you to transform your photos into pastel pieces.

The new version provides an enhanced pastel effect with new settings and features. It also offers a completely redesigned interface, support for Ultra HD resolution, new decoration effects and stylish frames, as well as other changes.

On the Mac platform, AKVIS Pastel requires mac OS 10.6 or higher. It costs $49.

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07:13
Inside iOS 10: Apple doubles down on security with...

After a bruising battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a contentious debate over encryption in the wake of the San Bernadino terrorist shooting, Apple is doubling down on privacy protection by researching cutting-edge privacy techniques for iOS 10, allowing advanced new features while protecting user data.

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06:57
TopXNotes 1.8.2 for macOS provides performance...

Tropical Software today announces TopXNotes 1.8.2, an update to their award-winning, full-featured personal information manager developed exclusively for macOS.

With TopXNotes, you drag and drop to create notes from any other text application or drag to import text and/or RTF documents. Once the information is created, TopXNotes' category system can be used to create categories that meet your needs or file them in folder-like groups. Version 1.8.2 provides performance enhancements and bug fixes.

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06:50
News: Apple requiring HTTPS connections from all...

Apple will be requiring all the apps in its App Store to connect to the web through an HTTPS connection starting on January 1, 2017. TechCrunch reports. The company debuted its App Transport Security feature in iOS 9, but until now developers weren’t required to use it. While the end user won’t really be able to observe any difference, starting next year all connections between apps and servers will be encrypted. Apple has been ramping…

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06:32
macOS Sierra beefs up Gatekeeper protection with two...

During Apple’s WWDC 2016 session What’s New in Security, the company shared are two interesting changes to the way Gatekeeper works in macOS Sierra – one visible, one not.

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Filed under: Mac Tagged: Gatekeeper, MacOs, macOS Sierra, Rogue apps, Security, Unsigned apps ...

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06:31
Apple's WWDC 2016 Keynote now Available on...

At WWDC Apple made many major announcements including the biggest release of iOS to date with version 10's incredible new eatures in Messages and an all-new design for Maps ...

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06:24
Episode 6 of the MacAdmins Podcast Available

I’m a bit late in posting this, but better late than never! In this episode, we interview the venerable Arek Dreyer about his upcoming book, and learn a little of his origin story! More on that in issues to come I’m sure!

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06:23
Apple invites retail employees to test macOS 10.12...

Apple today started inviting its retail employees to participate in testing macOS 10.12, the latest version of Apple’s Mac operating system unveiled earlier this week during a press event at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. An excerpt from Apple’s memo to employees below:

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06:19
iOS 10 supports inline video playback in Safari on...

One of the great things about watching video on an iPad is that content can be played inline in Safari. In other words, users can watch videos within Safari without being forced into a full screen video view.

Such functionality has been available in limited fashion on the iPhone. For example, the News app has been capable of playing videos inline since iOS 9.3.

Of course, such playback ability was touted for the Messages app during Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote, but with the introduction of the iOS 10 beta, inline playback has also been added to Safari on iPhone. more…

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Prizmo 3, Pro Scanning for Mac

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering Prizmo 3 for only $29.99 — that’s 59% off the regular price. This powerful app lets you scan, edit, and perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on any type of document or image. Scan a document using your smartphone, digital camera, or any other image capture device, and Prizmo will analyze it and convert it into a fully editable document. A powerful image editor is also built in…

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05:55
Video: See Apple's overhauled iOS 10 Messages...

Perhaps the biggest overhaul in Apple's upcoming iOS 10 can be seen in the Messages app, which will add the ability to send drawings, change message bubbles, replace words with emoji, use stickers, integrate third-party apps, and much more.

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05:29
While Apple Moves Defensively against Google Search...

By Apple developing its homegrown AI-powered services for iOS they're able to fend off Google services like search. The new Siri search features for its Mac computers will use Microsoft Corp.’s Bing search engine, rather than Google, when querying the web. Yet no matter how you slice and dice it, Apple Music and iTunes is trying to compete with Spotify ...

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05:27
Apple tells developers all apps must connect...

While Apple introduced its App Transport Security feature in iOS 9, which ensured that all connections between apps and servers must be encrypted, it wasn’t compulsory for developers to use it – and Google even helped them disable it.

All this will end on January 1st next year, reports TechCrunch, when Apple will require all apps to use HTTPS connections to servers to ensure that only encrypted data is transmitted …

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05:00
Daily Deals: A Roundup of [Fuse]Chicken Armour Steel...

Wow, we not only have a deal for you today, but three deals! Here at Apple World Today, we're big fans of [Fuse]Chicken, the company that makes products (Bobine, Armour, Blackout and Titan) that use steel shielding to create incredibly strong and tangle-free charging cables. Our three deals today include the Armour Charge 2-meter Steel Charging Cable for $32.95 (regularly $44.95), the Armour Travel Charging Keychain for $29.99 (normally $39.95), and the...

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05:00
Win a 12-inch Retina MacBook from Apple World Today...

Admit it -- if you don't already own one of the slender 12-inch Retina MacBooks, you probably want one. Well, here's your chance to win one in our Mega MacBook Giveaway! All you need to do is enter between now and 11:59 PM CDT on July 29, 2016, and you have a chance to win a MacBook.

This MacBook comes with 256GB of SSD storage, a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel core m3 Skylake processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.2 GHz, 8 GB of RAM, and an Intel HD Graphics 515 graphic card. It's valued at $1,299, making it our biggest giveaway to date.

We'll continue to remind you to enter the giveaway over the next month and a half. Good luck!

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05:00
New Linux Lite Is a Powerhouse Distro in Disguise


Linux Lite 3.0 is anything but what its name implies. It is a full-featured operating system that lets you get down to serious business right out of the box. It is one of the few out-of-the-box experiences I have had testing Linux distros in which I actually was set up and working in less than five minutes. Linux Lite runs only the lightweight Xfce desktop environment -- but a lightweight desktop environment does not detract from this distro's usability or functionality.

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04:58
Kool Tools: goBAT 4400 portable battery pack

SCOSCHE Industries has expanded its line of portable power devices with the goBAT 4400, a portable backup battery that features a built-in emergency flashlight. It’s available at SCOSCHE.com for $19.99.

Featuring a built-in emergency flashlight, the goBAT 4400 is ideal for camping or summer road trips. SCOSCHE’s goBAT 4400 makes it simple and safe to inspect a car’s engine or navigate through a campground in the dark. Its compact design also makes it the ideal travel accessory, allowing users to slip it in their pocket or keep it safely tucked in a backpack when not in use.

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04:48
Gartner: smartphone technologies that can’t be...

The smartphone market is getting more complex and dynamic, as well as maturing and being highly commoditized. In such mature market, technology improvements in smartphone has brought incremental enhancements and these are often not perceived by users as critical for them.

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04:48
Gartner: smartphone technologies that can’t be...

The smartphone market is getting more complex and dynamic, as well as maturing and being highly commoditized. In such mature market, technology improvements in smartphone has brought incremental enhancements and these are often not perceived by users as critical for them.

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04:37
Business Process Workflow Diagrams Solution...

CS Odessa has released the Business Process Workflow Diagrams Solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park. It allows users of ConceptDraw Pro to better describe and manage work scenarios by using the business process workflow methodology.

New libraries and samples make it easier to describe the steps related to this popular workflow process. The Business Process Workflow Diagrams Solution retails for $49.

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04:34
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Activator Plug-In...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Activator Plug-in 4.0 for FileMaker Pro 11. The updated cross platform plug-in runs natively in FileMaker Pro 15 and now serves as image upload server.

The Activator Plug-in is a tool for triggering scripts across the network, even over the Internet. A fully functional demo version of Troi Activator Plug-in 4.0 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/activatorplugin.html).

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04:30
Philips Hue White E 26 Starter Kit is a good place...

If you’re thinking of implementing a smart home set-up, the $79.95 Philips Hue White E 26 Starter Kit is a good place to start, though there are some glitches to be worked out.

It comes with a “bridge” and three Philips Hue white ambiance bulbs and integrated luminaires, all providing shades of white light from cool daylight (6500°K) to warm white light (2200°K). Along with the new lighting, there's a "routines" feature in the free Philips Hue app that provides light “recipes” that can gradually brighten lights to help you wake up in the morning or gradually dim them to help you get to sleep at night. 

There are also some security benefits; the Philips Hue set-up can make it seem like you're home when you're not, using the schedule function in the Philips Hue app. You can set the lights to come on...

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04:27
DRM Converter for macOS X upgraded to version 4.9.3

AppleMacSoft (www.applemacsoft.com) has upgraded DRM Converter for Mac OS X to version 4.9.3.

It's an app for removing DRM from Apple Music, protected audio files and old iTunes M4P songs. It makes it possible to save them in MP3, M4A, or other audio formats that is playable on either your local computer or your music players. The new version fully compatible with the latest versions of macOS and iTunes. It also supports new Apple Music, audiobook files and much more.

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04:13
Supply-chain report suggests Apple Watch 2 launch...

Supply-chain sources cited by the variously-reliable Digitimes suggest that Apple maybe gearing up to launch the second-generation Apple Watch alongside the iPhone 7, in September.

Shipments of chips and components for the second-generation Apple Watch are set to begin in the third quarter, the sources indicated.

The time-frame is of course vague, but component production sometime in the July to September range would be compatible with Apple launching the Watch with the iPhone 7. If the next iPhone is an iterative model, as widely expected, then a new Watch could give the launch event more punch.

The same report suggests that Apple may be hoping for a significant boost in sales …

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04:07
Folx 5.0 for macOS features revised interface

Eltima Software has announced Folx 5.0, an update of the download manager for macOS. It's available in free and paid-for versions.

Version 5.0 features a revised interface with lots of newly added features, including improvements to overall downloading process and its management. Retina displays and the latest macOS versions are supported.

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04:07
Apple's Trent Reznor Bashes Google for building...

Apple Music executive Trent Reznor is the latest artist to join the music industry’s war of words with YouTube, attacking Google’s video service over the role it plays for musicians.

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04:00
Would Apple consider macOS and iOS both running on a...

I still think that macOS and iOS will merge at some point in the future. Some folks predict an alternative theory: iOS running along Mac OS X on a Mac.

A friend made this prediction: "The next iMac will be a touch enable computer either through the screen or through a multi-touch tablet and will have macOS along with iOS built in. This would greatly increase the marketing potential for the apps and advertising."

And in a long-ago (about 2010) ZDNet column, tech writer Adrian Kingsley-Hughes said he thought we might see iOS running alongside Mac OS X (now just macOS) proper. 

"Pre iPad, it made little sense for Apple to even think of putting the iPhone OS on the Mac, since the apps were specifically designed for a small screen. But with the iPad, Apple is now building quite a repository of apps designed for a far bigger screen," he wrote. "It’s not hard to imagine apps …....

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03:39
Purported iPhone 7 photos claims to show new touch-...

A purported image of the front of an iPhone 7 has appeared on the Internet today, via mobipicker.com. Blurry cams and bad photography aside, the picture claims to a major new detail for the upcoming flagship iPhone 7 launch, which is expected to mostly resemble an iPhone 6s in appearance.

The image shows a tweaked Home Button that appears to be flat with the bezel, meaning Apple will drop the physical click in favor of a fully touch-sensitive capacitive Home Button. Noting that the image could quite easily be faked, it does appear to show a button that has no depth …

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03:30
tvOS 10 FAQ: Everything you need to know about the...

Apple TV hasn’t been a hobby for a while now, but this year’s WWDC keynote marked a major milestone in its maturity. For the first time since Apple’s streaming box was introduced back at Macworld Expo in 2007, Apple carved out some stage time for the next version of its big-screen operating system, and tvOS made the most of the opportunity.

While it might not be the major leap forward that iOS 10 is, the new tvOS is an important step in Apple TV’s evolution that pushes Apple’s media streamer even closer to the future Apple is promising.

When can I get it?

Like iOS, macOS and watchOS, the new tvOS will be available this fall.

It’s free, right?

Of course. Apple hasn’t charged for an OS update since Mountain Lion, and tvOS continues the free tradition.

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03:30
tvOS 10 FAQ: Everything you need to know about the...

Apple TV hasn’t been a hobby for a while now, but this year’s WWDC keynote marked a major milestone in its maturity. For the first time since Apple’s streaming box was introduced back at Macworld Expo in 2007, Apple carved out some stage time for the next version of its big-screen operating system, and tvOS made the most of the opportunity.

While it might not be the major leap forward that iOS 10 is, the new tvOS is an important step in Apple TV’s evolution that pushes Apple’s media streamer even closer to the future Apple is promising.

When can I get it?

Like iOS, macOS and watchOS, the new tvOS will be available this fall.

It’s free, right?

Of course. Apple hasn’t charged for an OS update since Mountain Lion, and tvOS continues the free tradition.

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03:19
Apple’s Back to School promotion launches in Europe...

[UPDATE: Apple’s Back To School program has now launched in China, as well.]

Apple’s 2016 Back to School Beats kicked off in the United States at the beginning of the month and has today expanded internationally across Europe. Students in United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands and more can now take advantage of the summer promotion at Apple Stores in their country as well as online.

Like the US, eligible purchases of certain Macs come with free Beats Solo2 wireless headphones worth $299 at retail. For iPad and iPhone, select iOS device purchases come with free Beats Powerbeats2 wireless headphones, worth $199 at retail.

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03:08
Apple Aggressively Steps up Procurement of Chips and...

At this week's WWDC keynote Apple spent a lot of time on updating developers about the changes coming to watchOS this fall. Today a supply chain report claims that "Apple has stepped up procurement of chips and components for the second-generation Apple Watch ...

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03:00
Social Media Overtakes Television As Young People...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Of the 18-to-24-year-olds surveyed, 28% cited social media as their main news source, compared with 24% for TV. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism research also suggests 51% of people with online access use social media as a news source. The report, now in its fifth year, is based on a YouGov survey of about 50,000 people across 26 countries, including 2,000 Britons. Facebook and other social media outlets have moved beyond being "places of news discovery" to become the place people consume their news, it suggests. And news via social media is particularly popular among women and young people. The study found Facebook was the most common source -- used by 44% of all those surveyed -- to watch, share and comment on news. Next came YouTube on 19%, with Twitter on 10%. Apple News accounted for 4% in the US and 3% in the UK, while messaging app Snapchat was used by just 1% or less in most countries. According to the survey,...

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02:32
Samsung's New York Event in August to Introduce...

On June 2 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Moves One Step Closer to Introducing Iris Scanning Recognition on Galaxy Devices." Today the Korean tech press reports that Samsung will reportedly launch their next Galaxy Note 7 with an iris scanner at a special event on August 2.

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Tuesday June 14

23:51
Safari 10 will turn off Flash by default when it...

Apple’s Safari is driving another nail in the coffin of Adobe Flash by no longer telling websites that offer both Flash and HTML5 that the plug-in is installed on users’ Macs.

The Mac maker is planning similar measures with other plug-ins like Java, Silverlight and QuickTime. This move will force websites with both plug-in and HTML5-based media implementations to use their HTML5, it said.

When Safari 10, the new version of its browser, ships this fall with macOS Sierra, it will by default behave as though common legacy plug-ins on users’ Macs are not installed, wrote Apple software engineer Ricky Mondello in a post.

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23:14
Apple SVPs Schiller and Federighi discuss Siri,...

Apple executives Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi on Tuesday took part in a casual interview to discuss the many software and services enhancements revealed at this week's Worldwide Developers Conference.

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20:56
Apple mandates App Store apps support ATS security...

In an announcement at a Worldwide Developers Conference session on Tuesday, Apple said apps submitted to its various App Stores will be required to use the App Transport Security standard by the end of 2016, a decision that underscores the company's dedication to customer privacy.

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20:51
Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi Talk iMessage,...

A day after Apple's WWDC keynote address, Apple SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller and SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi joined Daring Fireball's John Gruber on a special edition of his podcast, The Talk Show. The duo addressed many topics, including the emphasis on iMessage in iOS 10, opening up Siri and other parts of iOS up to developers and the Mac App Store.

The bulk of Apple's presentation on iOS 10 was focused on the extensive improvements to iMessage. When Gruber asked Federighi about the...

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18:07
Apple shares full WWDC 2016 keynote on YouTube

After sharing the video on its own website yesterday, Apple this evening has uploaded the full WWDC 2016 keynote to its YouTube channel this evening for your viewing pleasure, as well.

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18:00
Telefónica uses Yammer to stay engaged, aligned and...

Telefónica believes that by encouraging an online employee community based on respectful, enlightened conversations and problem solving, a concept it calls “intelligent altruism,” Telefónica will evolve from a hierarchical organization to a global community of engaged employees.

“The world has changed exponentially, and the way we communicate, work and socialize has, too,” says Aitor Goyenechea, director of Global Internal Communications at Telefónica. “Before, large companies like ours tended to be siloed, geographically dispersed organizations where real-time connections and conversations didn’t really happen all that much. Today, we are aware that digital life and technology is an essential part of human experience,” says Goyenechea.

Read the full Telefonica story to understand how Telefonica keeps their employees connected, productive and innovative.

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