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Monday August 15

06:34
News: KGI: 10.5” iPad Pro model coming next year,...

Well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made is predicting three new iPad models for 2017 and even more “revolutionary” changes to the tablet in 2018. The analyst said Apple is working on a flexible AMOLED display and dramatic chassis redesign for the device in 2018, following a predicted drastic overhaul to the iPhone expected in 2017. Next year’s iPads are expected to be modest improvements by comparison, with an iPad Pro 2 possibly…

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06:30
Microsoft updates Office apps to allow on-screen...

Over half a year after adding Apple Pencil support to Office for the iPad Pro, Microsoft on Monday added a similar feature for written annotations to the suite's core iPhone apps.

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06:30
OTT content users to surpass 189 million globally by...

New data from Juniper Research has found that 4K OTT (over-the-top) content will finally see mass-market appeal, with adoption set to soar over the next five years.

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06:30
Twitter in talks to livestream NFL games on Apple TV

Twitter paid $10 million for the rights to stream NFL games and is reportedly talking to Apple about building an Apple TV app, according to the New York Times. That would let fans to watch ten Thursday Night Football games on a big screen using Apple...

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06:25
Tim Cook on simplicity

From the Washington Post interview, addressing a question about Apple’s longtime philosophy of simplicity:

It’s as important as it ever was. We’re a bit larger today, so we can do a bit more than we could do 10 years ago or even five years ago. But we still have, for our size, an extremely focused product line. You can literally put every product we make on this table. That really is an indication of how focused it is. I think that’s a good thing. Regardless of who you are, there’s only so many things that you can do at a very high-quality and deep, deep level — personally and in business. And so we’re not going to change that. That’s core to our model and way of thinking.

I find it interesting that Tim pulled out this familiar model of being able to put all of Apple’s products on a table top, especially in response to the reporter’s repeated attempts to get him to talk about Apple’s long-rumored car project. If Apple does make a car, that certainly will break the “...

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06:20
Expect an 8K iMac by 2020

There have been rumors of an iMac with Retina 8K display. It’s coming, but don’t look for it until 2020. Japan wants to broadcast the 2020 Olympics in 8K, and the industry is likely to use this as an opportunity to drive sales of 8K smart TVs. That would prove a good time to introduce an 8K iMac.

Until then, we’ll just have to make do with the iMac with Retina 5K display. Thankfully, it has the best computer display I’ve ever seen. Juniper Research forecasts that 8K smart TV shipments will grow more than threefold between 2020 and 2021, to reach over 400,000 per annum by the end of the forecast period.

A Retina 4K display has 4096 x 2304 resolution. A 5K display has 5120 x 2880 resolution. An 8K display would have an incredible 7680 x 4320 resolution.

Currently, there’s only one commercially available 8K TV currently on the market (pictured) -- it's from LG and is priced at $133,000) --  so 8K content...

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06:19
The latest iPad Pro rumors —and my take on them

In a note to clients — as reported by MacRumors — KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will release three iPad Pro models in 2017 (including a 10.5-inch version) and a “revolutionary” tablet in 2018.

He says that, in 2017, Apple will introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model along with a revised a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a "low-cost" 9.7-inch iPad model. The analyst doesn’t mention the 7.9-inch iPad mini. In 2018, Kuo predicts "revolutionary" changes for the iPad lineup with Apple making "radical" changes to the iPad's design and shifting to an AMOLED display.

My take: it seems to me that having three sizes of an iPad Pro and a 7.9-inch iPad mini would make the line-up more confusing, when Apple should be simplifying its line-up. If Kuo is correct — and he often is — about the 10.5-inch model, then I feel the iPad mini will be discontinued. I also predict that we’ll...

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06:19
Twitter wants an Apple TV app in time for the NFL...

Twitter's vision for its NFL games apparently includes making it easier to watch the games on your television.

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06:18
Tim Cook: Apple will bring overseas money back to...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has struck back at critics of the company's strategy to avoid paying U.S. taxes, saying he would not bring that money back from abroad unless there was a "fair rate."

"It is legal to do. It's not a matter of being patriotic or not patriotic. It doesn't go that the more you pay, the more patriotic you are," he told The Washington Post.

The U.S. federal corporate tax rate, which stands at 35%, is among the highest in the developed world. Cook also told the Post that Apple is deeply invested in artificial intelligence and augmented reality when it comes to future products.

Focus CK - the Mac tool for incredible focus and blur effects

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06:12
Twitter reportedly in discussions to allow users to...

The New York Times reports that Twitter is in discussions with Apple to launch a Twitter app for the Apple TV that would let Twitter's users watch the NFL games on Apple's set-top box. 

Last March, Twitter and Facebook, along with other tech companies, faced off over which of them would get the rights to live-stream National Football League games on Thursday nights. Twitter won by agreeing to pay the N.F.L. around $10 million to stream 10 games and to sell only a portion of the ad inventory exclusively. It will stream its first games on Sept. 15.

Creative Kit 2016: Six powerful Mac photography apps with over 500 creative tools

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06:08
Tim Cook on Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz’s “fraud...

Saturday’s Washington Post Tim Cook interview was a long, excellent read, a lot to unpack. One of the questions addressed Apple’s tax situation:

Q: What do you say in response to Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz’s comments on Bloomberg [television], where he called Apple’s profit reporting in Ireland a “fraud”?

The response is amazingly direct, and remarkably transparent for a CEO. Hit the main link for video of the original accusation and the quote from the Washington Post interview.

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06:05
Apple Maps transit coverage comes to San Antonio...

Apple on Monday introduced public transit coverage to two more urban areas in Texas, namely San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

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06:05
Jabra's latest sport headphones track more of...

Jabra's Sport Pulse and Sport Coach wireless headphones have been available for some time now, but the company has new versions of both models with some added features. Let's start with the Sport Pulse Special Edition, shall we? The heart-rate tracki...

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06:00
Spotify revamps its kids category to help with early...

Spotify already had a variety of content for young listeners, but with the help of educational initiatives Too Small to Fail and Vroom, the streaming service has revised that lineup. The newly revamped "Kids and Family" category features playlists th...

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06:00
Microsoft rolls out new Surface Pro Type Covers for...

Now that the NFL preseason is underway, Microsoft is taking advantage of the moment with a product designed specifically for football fans. If you own a Surface Pro 3 or Surface Pro 4, the company's rolling out new Type Covers featuring logos from al...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Mophie Powerstation XL External...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get a manufacturer-refurbished Mophie Powerstation XL External Battery for only $39.95 — that’s 69% off the regular price. This handy external charger will let you keep your devices powered up and on the grid even when you’re away from an outlet for a while, with 12,000 mAh providing up to eight complete charges for most smartphones. Three levels of charging let you choose how fast you want to charge,…

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05:57
Proactive Mac Security, Introduction

Let’s say your company is a place where no one works day-to-day logged in as an admin on their Mac. Everybody in this environment is also a computer expert, and therefore aren’t as prone to tomfoolery such as letting family members use their login to play Chrome games, and of course they don’t go to ahem riskier parts of the internet while using the computer their employer provided for them. Workflows for where to store data are well-defined, all generic (non-private) actions are logged and collected, and data that requires local storage is backed up efficiently. Computer management, from patches to configurations, is curated by their loyal sysadmin who follows the same practices as they expect their customers to use. Management is applied efficiently, over secure channels, and logical compromises allow flexibility when the computers leave known-good networks. (And no network is ever required to be trusted for safe operation – of course.)

Wake up!...

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05:56
A Forecast of an OLED based iPad for 2018 Seems...

A new report out of Korea today states that Samsung "is not meeting requests for supplies of OLEDs that are flooding in. There is a phenomenon of scarcity of OLEDs for Smartphones," since Apple has made a deal with Samsung for future iPhones.

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05:34
External Link: CVS Launches Apple Pay Competitor

Pharmacy chain CVS, a member of the Merchant Customer Exchange consortium behind the failed CurrentC Apple Pay competitor, has launched its own mobile payment platform. CVS Pay is part of the CVS Pharmacy app for iOS that combines access to your debit or credit card, ExtraCare rewards card, and a Health Savings or Flexible Spending account. Like CurrentC and Walmart Pay, CVS Pay uses barcodes to transmit information. Interestingly, since CVS manages Target’s pharmacies, when Target implements Apple Pay support later this year, you won’t be able to use Apple Pay at their pharmacies.

 

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05:25
As more Space Black iPhone 7 photos emerge, which...

We first started hearing whispers of a Space Black iPhone 7 in June, with claimed chassis and component leaks since then appearing to support the new darker model. New photos (above) emerged over the weekend – albeit low-quality ones, and from a source that has previously posted photos of likely mockups rather than the real thing.

But with a Space Black iPhone 7 seeming a likely bet, we thought it would be interesting to pull together a few of the renders we’ve seen so far and find out how popular an option the color is likely to be …

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05:18
Microsoft Office iPhone users can doodle with their...

If you want to sketch or perhaps add your signature to a Word, Excel or PowerPoint document on iOS, the only option has been to use the iPad Pro's Pencil. Now, with the latest version of Office for the iPhone, you can draw directly on a document with...

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05:15
Niantic announces crackdowns, bans on Pokémon Go...

Pokémon Go players who are found to be cheating have begun facing both punishment and permanent bans.

Game maker Niantic, the developer behind mobile sensation Pokémon Go, is now issuing permanent bans to players who violate its terms of service. Though TOS violations vary, these bans appear to be directed at cheaters who rely on GPS spoofing, bots, and other software techniques that allow Pokémon Go to be played beyond the realm of Niantic’s design parameters.

For instance, GPS spoofing lets you trick a smartphone into thinking you’re located in a different country, allowing you to catch pokémon that may be more easily located in that area or restricted to certain regions. Bots, on the other hand, let you automate portions of the game.

Niantic outlined the...

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05:00
Google submits FCC filing, looks to expand wireless...

Speedy wireless broadband is coming your way via Google.

In a recent Federal Communications Commission filing, Google noted that it has been testing a new wireless-transmission technology using the 3.5-GHz band in Kansas City, but the heavily redacted FCC filing suggests that it wants to dramatically expand to testing “experimental transmitters” at up to 24 US locations, including Provo, Utah, Omaha, Nebraska, and Boulder, Colorado, for a period of 24 months.

Google is requesting authorization to operate between the 3.4 and 3.8 GHz band.

The company stated that is is currently in the early stages, but hopes to grow.

Google Fiber’s original plan to spread super-fast internet across the US involved running high-bandwidth fiber-optic cable...

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04:38
Twitter in Talks with Apple to bring NFL Live...

Twitter has always played second fiddle to Facebook and every effort to turn their fortunes around have fallen flat. Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey, who is also CEO of Square that works with Apple on an iPad point-of-sales system, wants to now team up with Apple on a new NFL TV deal.

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04:37
Comment: iPhone 7 camera bulge a big improvement on...

One of the observations I made in my first impressions piece on the iPhone SE was how pleased I was to lose the camera bulge of the iPhone 6/6s. It really seemed to me that, in the iPhone 6, Apple was prioritizing an inconsequential bit of extra slimness over a pleasing design.

Assuming all the iPhone 7 mockup images are accurate, then Apple has smoothed out the edges on the upcoming model. I do think this is a big improvement aesthetically, and less likely to snag when removing it from a pocket. But when you put it up against the iPhone SE, as ...

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04:30
Power Manager for Mac OS X: power to the people

By Frank Petrie

As the pace of technology's development continues to gain speed, so seems does our daily lives. Plus the more technology you use, the more energy you consume. So, up goes your carbon footprint. Ideally, if I had an assistant who could remind me of my scheduled tasks and would follow me around to turn things off when I'm not using them, I'd be set.

Enter Power Manager ($49.95) from Dragon Systems Software for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher.

Here's how it's described: "Power Manager reduces the running costs of your Mac. And we do not limit that claim to just electricity costs; with this software installed you will be able to do more, automate more, and make your Macs a breeze to manage.

"Power Manager works by providing a state of the art energy saving engine, and by helping you automate away time consuming tasks. By combining these two approaches, you will save...

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04:26
Sea anemones could be the key to treating hearing...

Sea anemones could soon do a lot to help those of us living above the water. Researchers have discovered that proteins used by starlet sea anemones to repair their cells also repair the sound-sensing cells in mice and other mammals. If you bathe cell...

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04:10
Recommended Reading: ‘The Book of R’

The R statistical programming software is used by millions for everything from genetic research to mapping mountain lion populations. The Book of R (No Starch Press, $49.95, 832 pages) is a complete beginner's guide to this essential tool for data analysis, combining programming techniques and real statistics discussion.

The Book of R (http://tinyurl.com/hj2367t) uses in-depth discussions, real data examples, and exercises covering essential statistics concepts to encourage readers to learn by doing.

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04:04
Worldwide info security spending to grow 7.9% this...

Worldwide spending on information security products and services will reach $81.6 billion in 2016, an increase of 7.9% over 2015, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

Consulting and IT outsourcing are currently the largest categories of spending on information security. Until the end of 2020, the highest growth is expected to come from security testing, IT outsourcing and data loss prevention (DLP), according to the research group.

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04:00
A year after iPad, Microsoft Office brings hand-...

Microsoft announced support for hand-written or drawn annotations on the iPad the day after Apple launched the Apple Pencil. It’s taken the company almost a year, but it has finally brought the same feature to the iPhone versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint …

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04:00
UK's first cloud DVR lets you watch recordings...

To be blunt, Bush isn't a brand known for particularly innovative products. But, come the end of the month, it's the name you'll see on the first cloud DVR to launch in the UK. Bush's Digital TV Recorder is an affordable set-top box -- arriving exclu...

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04:00
Messenger DNA bags are great for road warriors

By Aaron Lee

Tenba's Messenger DNA bags are great for road warriors. They’re made of weatherproof materials and durable hardware, and lightweight yet protective padding.

According to the folks at Tenba, Messenger DNA bags were inspired by life in New York City and other big cities, where a photographer or filmmaker needs to potentially carry the same bag to a meeting with clients, then to a professional photo or video shoot, and finally to hanging out with friends in the evening. They bags include a security strap to anchor the bag behind the user while riding a bicycle or scooter, and the photo insert is removable to quickly convert it from a camera bag to a general-purpose carryall.

The Messenger's exterior is made from a graphite-colored 600 denier Helix fabric with a water repellent coating. To enhance its wet-weather protection, the front flap extends over the top of the bag and includes a sewn hinge to...

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03:05
Tim Cook: 'Apple could unlock iPhones, but won...

To celebrate both Tim Cook's fifth year at the helm of Apple and the production of the billionth iPhone, the chief has sat down with the Washington Post. It's very much a goodwill piece, although there are a few insights into both Cook and Apple that...

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02:39
Twitter in talks with Apple to launch Apple TV app...

With Twitter winning the bid for Thursday night NFL football, the company is keen to get its live streaming content in front of eyeballs. This apparently includes Apple TV, according to a report by the New York Times. Twitter is holding talks with Apple regarding a new app which would enable Apple TV customers to watch NFL live through the Twitter app.

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02:15
London police to create a troll-hunting social media...

In a bid to tackle rising levels of abuse on social media, London's Metropolitan Police is to set up a five-person team of specialist officers tasked with targeting online trolls. Scotland Yard will spend £1.7 million on the unit, called the On...

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01:59
KGI: Apple to introduce three new iPads in 2017...

Apple is going to shake up the iPad lineup in a big way in 2017, according to securities analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo. Next year, Apple will reportedly release three new iPads, a 12.9 inch iPad Pro 2, a low cost 9.7 inch iPad and — most interestingly — a new iPad Pro with a 10.5 inch display, a new screen size for Apple’s tablet range. With a diagonal increase of just 0.8 inches over the 9.7 inch iPad, its unclear at this stage what will justify the introduction of another SKU.

Perhaps, the device will stay the same physical shape but feature an edge-to-edge screen, enabling Apple to increase the screen size slightly. An edge-to-edge iPad display would mirror the rumored revolutionary glass redesign currently expected for iPhone 8, which would also debut next year. Further into the future, Kuo also reports that the iPad will follow the iPhone in adopting OLED technology screens starting in 2018 …

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01:32
'Final Fantasy XV' delayed to November 29th

Noctis and friends have put their bromance-filled road trip on hold. Square Enix has confirmed today that Final Fantasy XV, the long-awaited JRPG once known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, will now launch on November 29th, rather than September 30th. T...

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00:40
Air Force boosts drone pilot bonuses to keep up with...

It's no secret that the US Air Force is doing everything it can to recruit and keep drone pilots, and now it's resorting to a very direct solution: cold, hard cash. The military branch is offering $10,000 more per year in bonuses to those pilots who...

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Sunday August 14

22:57
Apple Planning 10.5" iPad Pro in 2017, '...

Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research report outlining his expectations for the future of Apple's iPad lineup, predicting three new iPads ranging from 9.7 inches to 12.9 inches to be released in 2017.

According to Kuo, Apple is aiming to introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model next year to go along with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a "low-cost" 9.7-inch iPad model. Kuo makes no mention about the fate of the current 7.9-inch iPad mini, although many have assumed that model may be phased out as the recent 5.5-inch iPhone "Plus" models have helped lessen demand for Apple's smallest tablet.We expect three new iPads (12.9” iPad Pro 2, new size 10.5” iPad Pro & low-cost 9.7” iPad) to be launched in 2017, though this may not drive shipment growth amid structural headwinds; 2017F shipments to fall 10-20% YoY. If the iPad comes in a larger size,...

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22:35
Apple to debut 10.5" iPad Pro in 2017,...

Well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to launch three iPad models in 2017, including a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, but says "revolutionary" changes like a radically redesigned chassis and AMOLED panel are in store for 2018.

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22:05
'PaRappa the Rapper' comes back as an...

You sadly aren't about to see another PaRappa the Rapper game any time soon, but you will get some kind of fix the near future. Fuji TV has announced that it's airing the pilot episode for a PaRappa anime series, PJ Berri no Mogu-Mogu Munya-Munya, d...

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21:58
Twitter looks to debut Apple TV app as part of NFL...

According to a report on Sunday, Twitter is working to launch an app for the fourth-generation Apple TV that would host live streams of select NFL games, the rights of which were purchased as part of the microblogging giant's bold foray into streaming services.

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20:58
Ultrasound can levitate large objects

Scientists have long dreamed of using acoustic levitation to float objects, but there has been one big catch: you couldn't lift an object larger than the wavelength without being picky about what you're lifting. However, it might not be a problem go...

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20:24
Twitter Looking to Launch Apple TV App for NFL Live...

In a piece covering Twitter's successful effort to win live streaming rights for Thursday night National Football League games this season, The New York Times reports that Twitter is in discussions with Apple to launch a Twitter app for the Apple TV that would let Twitter's users watch the NFL games on Apple's set-top box.

Twitter has directed [Chief Financial Officer] Mr. [Anthony] Noto, a former Goldman Sachs banker with deep ties to the sports media industry, to lead the charge on live streaming and has assigned an engineering team to create its streaming video player. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, considers streaming a critical component of the company’s focus on “live” experiences, along with Periscope, its app that allows smartphone users to live-stream video.

To bolster the...

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19:54
Samsung plugs IBM's brain-imitating chip into...

IBM's TrueNorth, a so-called "cognitive chip," remarkably resembles the human brain: its 4,096 cores combine to create about a million digital neurons and 256 million synapse connections. In short, like everyone's favorite complex organ, it operates...

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18:28
Infiniti's latest engine is a last hurrah for...

Hybrid and pure electric cars may be the future of transportation, but Nissan's Infiniti badge has found a way to make the most out of gas engines while they're still relevant. When the next-generation QX50 crossover arrives in 2017, it'll carry the...

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16:57
California bill would require more zero-emissions...

California's tougher-than-usual climate change policy might become more stringent before long. Assemblywoman Autumn Burke tells the Associate Press that she's introducing a bill requiring that car manufacturers sell at least 15 percent zero-emission...

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15:39
From rinks to golf greens, why the tradition of...

This is one of those silly little things that make me smile whenever I read about it.

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15:26
Experts think bitcoin's tech is the future of...

Even if bitcoin fades into obscurity, finance experts believe that the technology behind it will live on and even change how financial services work. According to a study conducted by Swiss non-profit World Economic Forum, the blockchain, which is th...

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15:20
Tim Cook says AI & augmented reality are core...

Apple is deeply invested in artificial intelligence and augmented reality when it comes to future products, CEO Tim Cook acknowledged in a recent interview.

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14:54
Parallels Desktop 11.2.1

Brings a number of bug fixes to the virtualization software. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update, 294 MB)

 

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14:38
Apple CEO Tim Cook talks ahead of iPhone 7 launch...

The Washington Post this weekend published a very in-depth video/interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook just weeks before Apple is set to unveil its biggest product of the year by far, the iPhone 7. In it, Cook talks about the incredibly important people outside of Apple he turns to for advice at pivotal moments, including Warren Buffett on returning cash to stockholders, Anderson Cooper on coming out, and folks like Bill Clinton and Laurene Powell Jobs on testifying before congress.

He also touches on the future of Apple, such as its Artificial Intelligence and and Augmented/Virtual Reality ambitions… more…

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14:00
Ben Heck's 'magic smoke' preventer

It has been said that when an electronics component sets itself on fire that it has "let the magic blue smoke out" and so with it, the magic that makes technology great. In this episode Ben and Felix produce a device to hopefully prevent the "magi...

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13:50
After biggest blunder of his career, CBC’s Elliotte...

I watched this live and felt so bad for him. Great to see him being a stand up guy and taking full responsibility for what is, in the grand scheme of things, really not that big of a deal.

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13:47
Watch a seahorse give birth to 2,000 babies

This is pretty cool and a little weird.

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13:46
Tim Cook on Apple, Steve Jobs, and the future

Cook described why the visibility of the job has been “shocking,” how he’s learned to deal with the scrutiny, and who he’s turned to for advice at pivotal moments.

I have so much respect for Tim. He is a humble, but driven man—he expects the best from his people at Apple and is willing to give everything he has to make sure the company is successful. You can’t ask anything more from a leader.

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13:40
We all want our doctors to be kind. But does...

It’s remarkable that the question even has to be asked. When I shattered my wrist in a motorcycle accident, I was appalled at how poorly the doctors treated me. I wasn’t a human being – I was just an injury that needed to be fixed. One doctor grabbed my wrist and twisted it so much, I literally punched him in the chest. “It’s broken, you idiot!” He didn’t seem to associate the injured wrist with a person on the other end of it.

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13:26
Pokemon Go challenges Rio Games for popularity

Forget beach volleyball, soccer or tennis, not to mention the steeplechase or discus. Pokemon Go is challenging the Olympics for most popular game among some young Brazilians.

I find this to be sad.

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12:30
Hebocon: The contest to find the world's...

Sex toys, dried squid, repurposed Happy Meal toys and the husk of a Gameboy Advance are just some of the components found in the robotic competitors at Hebocon -- a contest that aims to crown only the ropiest of robots. But what is it, and why hold a...

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11:15
A Deep Interview with Tim Cook Looks at his First...

A new report today takes a look back at the first five years of Tim Cook as CEO. Under Tim Cook, Apple is now more systematic, more transparent, more team-oriented, more humble. Yet "He has engaged on social issues more than most CEOs, writing op-eds on legislation that limits gay rights and ...

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10:58
GMC's latest SUV travels farther thanks to glue

Usually, squeaking significant extra mileage out of a vehicle involves some very conspicuous changes. You can switch to a new engine, go hybrid (or full electric), or build components out of lightweight materials like carbon fiber. GM, however, is...

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10:44
Tim Cook Discusses His Job, Apple's Long-Term...

The Washington Post today posted a lengthy new interview with Tim Cook, in which he discussed his first five years as Apple CEO and hinted at the company's work on augmented reality products.

When asked how he handled the scrutiny that came with the role, Cook admitted that it was something he'd had to adapt to since taking over from Steve Jobs, and that there was very little Apple could do without it being reported somewhere.

You’re both praised and criticized, and the extremes are wide — very wide. And that can happen all in a day. You build up — my skin got materially thicker after August 2011. And I don’t mean in a bad way. I don’t mean that I’m callous and don’t care. I think I’m a bit better today about...

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10:07
This Apple Watch strap is business in the front,...

Is it just me or does this seem like a really stupid idea?

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09:34
Apple Wins More Design Patents Related to Next-Gen...

The Hong Kong Patent Office has granted Apple three design patents that relate to Beats. Two of the designs cover next-gen Apple Store display structures ...

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09:28
SpaceX nails a tricky fourth rocket landing at sea

SpaceX is good enough at sea-based rocket landings that they've nearly become commonplace. The private spaceflight outfit has successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket aboard a drone ship for the fourth time, or its sixth landing overall. And this wasn...

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08:00
After Math: On the road again

It's been a big week for transportation news. Karma is making a comeback with its $100,000 Revero, London is putting traffic updates on the backs of its busses, LeEco just threw down big bucks on a brand new factory, and Skully officially went belly...

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07:00
Karma's stunning electric supercar, and more in...

After years of anticipation, Karma Automotive has finally unveiled the Revero, a plug-in electric supercar powered by roof-mounted solar panels. In other transportation news, BMW launched an electrified version of its flagship sedan, and a new report...

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06:53
1Password 6.3.2

Adds capability to copy Documents across 1Password Accounts. ($64.99 new, free update, 47.6 MB)

 

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05:40
Cryptography Experts Recommend Apple Replace its...

Apple has implemented a series of short- and long-term defenses to its iMessage protocol after several issues were discovered by a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University, according to a report published today (via PatentlyApple).

This attack is different to the one Johns Hopkins researchers discovered in March, which allowed an attacker to decrypt photos and videos sent over iMessage.

The technical paper details how another method known as a "ciphertext attack" allowed them to retrospectively decrypt certain types of payloads and attachments when either the sender or receiver is still online....

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04:02
Irish court orders accused Silk Road admin's...

Silk Road's saga hasn't ended just because some of its primary architects are behind bars. An Irish court has ordered the extradition of Gary Davis, an alleged key administrator for the Dark Web-based black market, to the US. Davis reportedly both...

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Saturday August 13

22:41
MIT-designed windows can rapidly switch from clear...

Imagine not having to use curtains or blinds anymore. Instead of covering your windows when the sun's too strong, you simply have to flip a switch to turn them completely opaque. A team of MIT researchers have developed a method that could make that...

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20:53
Storyspace 3.2

Enables you to share Storyspace Reader, a free standalone app for reading Storyspace files. ($149 new, free update, 188 MB)

 

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20:36
Apple Fixed a Security Issue in iMessage that...

According to a new report out this evening, Apple had a security problem with iMessage but provided a fix in iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4, which shipped in March 2016. The discovery of the problem was discovered by a team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins ...

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20:04
Tesla preps an extra long-range battery for its...

Tesla has dropped hints that it's ready to extend the range of its electric cars (there was an allusion to a "P100D" hidden in firmware), but it now looks like that long-distance technology is getting closer to fruition. Dutch regulators have approv...

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18:35
MIT's and Microsoft's flash tattoos can...

Those stylish flash tattoos could do more than just look cool in the future. A team from MIT and Microsoft Research has developed a fabrication process called "DuoSkin," which can be used to make temporary metallic tattoos that double as on-skin inte...

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18:27
Review: The Raumfeld One M is a wireless streaming...

When it comes to multi-room audio solutions, Sonos is about as ubiquitous as it gets, but German audio manufacturer Raumfeld is looking to get into the action with its own set of wireless speakers.

Its 120-watt One M Wireless Speaker ($499 on Amazon) has been sitting on my desk for the last few weeks, and like Sonos, it brings easy to configure wireless audio streaming to any room in the house. Raumfeld sent me two speaker setups to test, the aforementioned single speaker One M, and the Stereo Cubes — an option that delivers a wider sound stage.

I’m still putting the Stereo Cubes to the test, but have used the One M for long enough that I feel comfortable speaking about its pluses and minuses. If you subscribe to one of the unit’s supported streaming services, and are aware of its shortcomings, then the One M can be an excellent pick....

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17:01
Google's Fuchsia operating system runs on...

Google is no stranger to creating whole platforms when it needs them, but its latest project might be something special. It's working on Fuchsia, an open source operating system that's designed to scale all the way from Internet of Things devices th...

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15:32
Apple Watch supplies run low ahead of September event

You'll find a lot of Watch variants marked as "Sold Out" if you browse Apple's online store, 9to5mac has discovered. And, yes, the list includes ones with brightly colored bands Cupertino launched just a few months ago. While there could be a differe...

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14:54
DEVONthink 2.9.2

All three editions continue to tune up the new synchronization features. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new)

 

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14:00
The incredibly intricate badges of Def Con

Three days before the 24th annual Def Con hacker event, badge designer and builder 1o57 (aka Ryan Clarke) had a problem. "The lion's share of the 20,000 badges showed up this year not programmed," he told Engadget. He gathered up a team and they went...

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13:40
Olympic pools to be drained, water replaced

Two pools at the Olympic diving center will be drained and the water replaced on Saturday, a radical measure taken five days after the pools turned green due to what officials said was a contractor’s error.

I listened to a radio piece about this the other day and apparently there is no danger to the athletes, but it’s good to see the organizers doing the right thing.

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13:16
Lyft turns down GM acquisition

Ride hailing company Lyft rebuffed acquisition interest from General Motors Co and will raise a new funding round instead, technology website The Information reported on Friday, citing two people familiar with the situation.

This is a great move from Lyft. I have little to no confidence in General Motors’ management or the products they have. Quality is certainly not a word that comes to mind when I think of GM.

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12:30
Test-driving two of Alta Motors' electric...

What's insanely quick, all-electric and only has two wheels? The Alta Redshift MX. On the this Translogic, host Jonathon Buckley rediscovers the joys of electric motorcycles with the Alta Redshift MX and SM. Alta Motors is a company built on the...

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11:00
Sony's hi-res turntable and software make it...

Vinyl has seen a resurgence lately, with sales growth for this format outpacing digital. To stay on top of that trend, Sony refreshed its record player lineup to include the not-so-memorably named PS-HX500. Though it cuts a familiar figure, resemblin...

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10:17
Apple's Liam and Google's Ara Smartphone...

A new report by Engadget today titled "Six Designs that bust E-Waste" covers designs and inventions that will keep smartphone phones from landfills a little longer, in-part or in-whole or have their circuit boards dissolve in hot water.

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09:30
Recommended Reading: How Netflix is changing...

Netflix and the
future of entertainment
Ben Bajarin,
Techpinions

Since Stranger Things debuted on Netflix, I've seen a number of articles and heard a few podcasts discuss the merits of an 8-episode season over the usual 13. When you think about sh...

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08:43
Review: Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case for...

Logitech's Create Backlit Keyboard Case, made specifically for the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, leverages the tablet's Smart Connector port for both data and power, negating the need for a separate battery or pairing process with virtually no key lag.

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08:39
This week’s top stories: Apple’s upcoming MacBook...

In this week’s top stories: Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro with OLED touchscreen, the latest iPhone 7 leaks, Apple Watch 2 reports, and much more.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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08:32
Apple Scores Ten Apple Pencil Design Patents in China

Apple introduced the 12.9" iPad Pro and Apple Pencil back in September 2015. Late yesterday Apple was granted ten Apple Pencil design Patents in Hong Kong, China. Seven of the designs are line art with the remaining three ...

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08:00
Six designs that bust e-waste

By Cat DiStasio

Many modern gadgets seem like they were designed to be disposable, forcing consumers to buy a new model instead of repairing their old one. This leads to an enormous amount of waste, and it's difficult to find places that recycle the...

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08:00
The Week in iPad Cases: A case with an embedded...

New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features This Is Ground’s Mod Pro, an iPad travel bag that features an embedded Tile luggage tracker. Plus, folios, other functional organizers, and more. Read on!

Felix

The FlipBook (9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air/Air 2, all iPad mini models; $60 MSRP, same price on Amazon) is a sleek-looking folio, made with a soft faux-leather exterior.

To read...

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06:30
ICYMI: This rock-armored insect could change medicine

Today on In Case You Missed It: Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley discovered that an insect called the caddisfly spins strong, stretchy silk that works like a biological sticky tape. The caddisfly uses it to attach stones to its...

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06:00
Akitio releases Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion chassis

Akitio has released the Thunder3 PCIe Box, a Thunderbolt 3 external PCI Express (PCIe) expansion chassis device designed to provide an additional PCIe slot for Thunderbolt 3 computers where there’s either not enough space to install another PCIe card or on systems such as laptops where there previously was no option to add a PCIe card.

The Akitio PCIe Box features a 1x16 slot that supports half-length, full-height, double width cards, which can be swapped out due to the completely screw-less design of the Akitio box. The 1x16 PCIe slot also supplies up to 25 watts of power to the card, providing an all-in-one expansion chassis solution.  

The box has two Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy chaining up to six devices as well as a DisplayPort to easily add an additional monitor to...

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05:30
Maclocks announces lock for Apple’s 12-inch MacBook

Maclocks, the Apple lock specialists, has introduced the New MacBook Lock, which the company claims is the first lock specifically designed to include security for the USB-C port on a 12-inch MacBook.

The lock’s bracket weighs less than 0.1 pounds, so it adds minimal bulk and still allows the MacBook to fit in a sleeve or bag. It’s fastened to the bottom of the device and incorporates the security slot to which the included cable lock is attached. 

Tonality CK - create beautiful black and white photos on your Mac

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05:28
Writing App Ulysses Blends Power and Simplicity

The Soulmen recently won an Apple Design Award for Ulysses, a writing app for the Mac. This got Julio Ojeda-Zapata curious about it and its iOS sibling. He liked the product’s blend of minimalism and raw power.

 

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05:14
Apple Granted Registered Trademarks for Apple Wallet...

This week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published two of Apple's latest registered trademarks covering the Apple Wallet icon and the updated 'iPhone.' Although the iPhone trademark has been around since 2007, the update is to primarily cover the iPhone in context with repairs and after sales service. The class also covers the iPhone as being a personal assistant, digital and audio player, a handheld computer, and electronic organizer and electronic notepad.

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05:00
Severed is a gruesome, yet gratifying dungeon-...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Drinkbox Studios has quickly established itself as a go-to source for quirky and colorful, yet still action-packed experiences, and its 2013 game Guacamelee! is the perfect example of that. While it riffs on Nintendo’s classic Metroid template, giving you both abilities and a world that constantly expand and deepen throughout the adventure, the game added a vibrant edge and sense of humor that made it feel fresh and unique.

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05:00
SteelSeries Siberia 840 is SteelSeries’ newest...

SteelSeries’ $329 Siberia 840 is the company’s newest wireless headset. It’s part of the Siberia 800 family of gaming headsets.

The Siberia 840 combines the same features of the Siberia 800, including two swappable batteries, cross-platform compatibility for universal use, and Dolby 7.1 surround sound technology for total immersion. However, it takes things to another level with a set of new elements, including Bluetooth connectivity and software customization, according to Brian Fallon, SteelSeries’ category manager, Audio.

The Siberia 840 works with all major gaming consoles and computer operating systems. It comes with an OLED Transmitter to visually monitor all audio, wireless, configuration and system settings, including audio sources, profiles, battery life and more.

The Siberia 840 also boasts memory foam padding on the headband and ear-cups. It features a retractable microphone with an LED on/...

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04:30
MG announces the Novi Portable Charging Station

MG has announced the $285 Novi Portable Charging Station, which features a wireless charging dock that charges up to eight lightweight portable battery pods in only 2.5 hours.

The Novi Portable Charging Station consists of the Novi Dock and portable Novi Pods. The Novi Dock is powered by an internal AC adapter with a removable 2-prong cable that can be used in any country. Each dock can hold up to eight pods. Using MG's LunaPulse Technology, the Novi Dock charges all Novi Pods upon contact. 

Each Novi Pod houses a built-in Lightning and Micro-USB charging cables. Each Novi pod is reportedly capable of totally recharging your device in as little as an hour and a half.

Creative Kit 2016: Six powerful Mac photography apps with over 500 creative tools

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03:00
The week in Apple news: MacBook Pro rumors, Apple...

Apple headlines for the week ending Aug. 12, 2016

Apple released new betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, so the development cycle is speeding up as we approach the release day. There’s plenty of other Apple news from the past week. Find the important headlines in this slideshow, and click on the link to get more information.

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02:56
Samsung wants to Beat Apple to Market with a Smart...

In March Patently Apple posted a report covering LG's introduction to their next generation of wraparound OLED solutions that could eventually lead to some interesting smart device designs from LG, Apple, Samsung and others. The smart bracelet category of devices will greatly benefit from displays that could be created from a single display that's flexible enough to wraparound a user's wrist.

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02:48
This week on AI: Two new Apple Watches, mysterious...

Future hardware rumors were unusually diverse this week, possibly giving us a peek not just at future iPhones but things like the second-generation Apple Watch and mysterious new health gadgets.

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00:40
GM reportedly tried to buy Lyft

General Motors is serious about gaining a foothold in the ride-sharing industry. Not only has the company established its own car-lending app and purchased the defunct Uber competitor, Sidecar -- but according to The Information, it's also been toyin...

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Friday August 12

20:59
Vivaldi 1.3.551.30 - An advanced browser made with...

Vivaldi is a browser for our friends.

In 1994, two programmers started working on a web browser. Our idea was to make a really fast browser, capable of running on limited hardware, keeping in mind that users are individuals with their own requirements and wishes. Opera was born. Our little piece of software gained traction, our group grew, and a community was created. We stayed close to our users and to our roots. We kept improving our software, based on our users feedback, as well as our own ideas on how to make a great browser. We innovated and we strove for excellence. Fast forward to 2015, the browser we once loved has changed its direction. Sadly, it is no longer serving its community of users and contributors who helped build the browser in the first place.

So we came to a natural conclusion:...

We must make a new browser. A browser for ourselves and a browser for our friends. A browser that is fast, but also a browser that is rich...

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20:59
Apple iOS 9.3.4 - The latest version of Apple's...

iOS is the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and it’s the foundation of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It comes with a collection of apps and features that let you do the everyday things, and the not-so-everyday things, in ways that are intuitive, simple, and fun.

With an easy-to-use interface, amazing features, and security at its core, iOS 9 is the foundation of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It’s designed to look beautiful and work beautifully, so even the simplest tasks are more engaging. And because iOS 9 is engineered to take full advantage of the advanced technologies built into Apple hardware, your devices are always years ahead.



Version 9.3.4:

  • IOMobileFrameBuffer

    Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPad 2 and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later

    Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

    Description: A memory corruption...
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20:59
MacFamilyTree 8.0.9 - Create and explore your family...

MacFamilyTree 8 gives genealogy a facelift: modern, interactive, convenient and fast. Explore your family tree and your family history in a way generations of chroniclers before you would have loved. MacFamilyTree helps you capture your family history, and turns data and facts into conclusive reports and visually impressive charts.

MacFamilyTree 8 offers numerous options for you to capture and visualize your family history. Now matter how you want to illustrate your family relationships - MacFamilyTree 8 has the right solution for you, offering different types of reports, charts or the innovative Virtual Tree 3D view. The possibilities are nearly endless - optionally synchronize your data via iCloud, access a huge genealogical online archive to assist your research, create websites and family books or do your research on the go with MobileFamilyTree 8, available separately for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Overview

  • well-structured, fast...
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20:59
HyperDock 1.6.1 - Select windows by hovering over a...

HyperDock adds long awaited features to your Dock:

  • Preview and select windows and tabs just by moving the mouse on a Dock item.
  • Use shortcuts to quickly open new windows and documents with a simple mouse click.
  • Improve your workflow by using advanced window management features like Window Snapping.



Version 1.6.1:

  • Stability improvements and minor fixes



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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20:59
OpenEmu 2.0.3 - Open Source game-emulation app;...

OpenEmu is about to change the world of video game emulation, one console at a time... For the first time, the 'It just works' philosophy now extends to open source video game emulation on the Mac. With OpenEmu, it is extremely easy to add, browse, organize and with a compatible gamepad, play those favorite games (ROMs) you already own.

Features

  • Library - One of the standout features of OpenEmu is how it organizes all your games into one unique, unified games library. Watch as backups of the games (ROMs) you already own are gracefully added to their appropriate library and box art is magically added. You can even create your own 'collections' mix and matched from different consoles.
  • Controls and Controllers - Any generic HID compliant USB or Bluetooth game controller should work with OpenEmu out of the box. OpenEmu now automatically maps controls for the following recognized devices in our database:...
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20:59
calibre 2.64.0 - Complete e-book library management...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

Manage, convert, sync, and more

  • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
  • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
  • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.



Version 2.64.0:

New Features

  • Custom...
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20:59
BetterTouchTool 1.83 - Customize Multi-Touch...

BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad.

These gestures are customizable:

  • Magic Mouse:
    • Pinch in / out (zoom)
    • single-finger tap left
    • single-finger tap right
    • single-finger tap middle
    • single-finger tap
    • single-finger click middle
    • two-finger tap
    • two-finger click
    • two-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • two-finger tip tap left/right
    • three-finger tap
    • three-finger click
    • three-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • four-finger swipe up/down
    • four-finger click
    • TipTap left/right
  • Touchpad:
    • single-finger tap top-left
    • single-finger tap top-right
    • single-finger tap top-middle
    • single-finger tap bottom-left
    • single-finger tap bottom-right
    • single-...
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20:59
FileMaker Pro 14.0.6 - Powerful, easy-to-use...

FileMaker Pro is powerful, easy-to-use software used to create custom solutions for your business that run on iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web. Use FileMaker Pro to manage and share information with your team. Build your own solution or use one of the many built-in Starter Solutions to manage contacts, inventory, projects and more.

  • Start quickly - Choose from a variety of professionally designed Starter Solutions to manage contacts, inventory, projects, invoices, assets, and more.
  • Import existing data - Bring your existing data into FileMaker Pro, including .CSV, Tab, XML, ODBC, and Microsoft Excel files.
  • Customize with ease - Use flexible design tools to make your layouts look and work just the way you want, all without programming -- even add your company logo.
  • Get built-in reporting tools - Easy-to-use reporting and charting tools make it easy to...
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20:59
Tidy Up 4.1.15 - $29.99

Tidy Up is a full-featured duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility.

Features

  • With Tidy Up you can search for duplicate files and packages by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility, and date/age. You can also search by the tag, duration, and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files and EXIF metadata; search the contents of the Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, iTunes, iPod databases, and Mail mailboxes; and synchronize deletions with iPhoto, Mail, and iTunes.
  • Tidy Up comes with a two search modes. Basic Mode includes more than 90 pre-defined searches. For a customized strategy, you can opt for the Strategy Wizard which based on your choices creates the appropriate criteria to search for duplicates.
  • Tidy Up has a built-in security system that assures you will keep at least one file of the duplicate group on your disk, the ability to undo copied and moved...
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16:06
Your olive oil is almost certainly fake

This story is all kinds of depressing. Since I’ve started to learn how to cook, I’ve fallen in love with olive oil. Depressing to know that the vast majority of what I’ve been using is adulterated at the very least and most likely an out and out fake at the very worst.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:03
Razer's new iPad Pro Keyboard is a Legitimate...

If you're shopping for an iPad Pro and maybe even looking at a few keyboard alternatives to Apple's Smart Keyboard, then you're in luck. Two reviews this week might help you narrow your search. The first review is from the Verge's Sam Byford who has reviewed Razer's new iPad Pro mechanical keyboard that he describes as "indulgent typing heaven." The...

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15:28
The strange brain of the world’s greatest solo...

Honnold has always fascinated me. I’ve watched all of his Youtube videos and simply can’t comprehend how he can possibly do what he does. Turns out, he may literally be wired differently than the rest of us.

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14:55
The Week in iOS Apps: You've got the cutest...

Oh, baby!

This week’s roundup includes an app that helps you display and share your baby pics with maximum adorability. Read on!

Adorable

Adorable (freemiun) gives you tools and templates for gussying up and displaying your baby photos. It includes filters, “hand-crafted” artwork, text effects, and your choice of digital frames to make the images pop. Bottom line: Gitchie, gitchie goo!

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13:38
Apple Watch availability continues to deplete ahead...

The original Apple Watch was officially released in April of 2015 and instead of fully refreshing the device, Apple has since then introduced a variety of new band and color options. This fall, however, we’re expecting to see a full-on Apple Watch upgrade. Ahead of that expected update, stock of existing models has been depleting gradually over recent weeks.

more…

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11:57
Gruber vs. Malik

Om Malik and John Gruber disagree on a couple of issues including the perception of Apple executives, and whether Apple should buy Netflix. They both have good points. I’m friends with both of these guys, and they themselves are friends—it’s great watch two intelligent people having a conversation like this.

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11:42
Apple looking to further expand its presence in the...

A week following Apple’s $200 million acquisition of Seattle-Based machine learning and AI company Turi, GeekWire is now reporting that Apple is looking to dramatically expand its presence in the state. Currently, Apple occupies less than two floors of an office tower in downtown Seattle. This expansion, however, could see Apple occupy “several hundred thousand square feet” of space.

more…

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11:41
Ad blockers circumvent Facebook's unblockable...

Let the whack-a-mole game begin. A mere two days after Facebook blocked ad blocking software, the ad blockers have managed to block Facebook’s ad blocker-blocker.

Thursday morning, Adblock Plus announced that a new filter for banning Facebook’s ads has been added to the main EasyList filter list used by the extension. Here’s how to force Adblock Plus’s filter list to update if you want in on the adblocking action.

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11:37
The problem with Managed Apple IDs and iTunes U

Fraser Speirs posted another great article about using Apple IDs and Managed Apple IDs when preparing courses for students.

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11:34
Apple's board chair & general counsel sell...

Two high-level people at Apple -- the chairman of Apple's board of directors, Arthur Levinson, and general counsel Bruce Sewell -- recently unloaded a combined $10.1 million in Apple shares, according to required SEC filings.

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11:09
Summer Class Students in East Oakland get their...

Today we learn that the East Oakland Youth Development Center's six-week, hands-on summer class exposes kids ages seven to 12 to technology and the 21st century skills that come with it. For many in this classroom, this is the first time they have ever touched an iPad

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10:22
Universal search on Apple TV goes beyond US services...

Apple has silently added Australia's Stan to the list of services supported by universal search on the Apple TV, representing the first time the feature has gone beyond U.S.-based companies.

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10:16
CVS really doesn't want to accept Apple Pay

Apple Pay is making headway with big retail chains, many of which have made the switch to NFC-equipped payment terminals and either have already or will soon start supporting Apple’s mobile payment system. But there are still some notable hold-outs: Walmart is one, and this week CVS announced its own solution, called CVS Pay.

CVS Pay is a new feature in the CVS Pharmacy app for iOS and Android that puts three separate cards in one spot. Instead of pulling out your debit card, ExtraCare rewards card, and Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account cards for pharmacy pick-ups, you can just use your phone. Like Walmart Pay, CVS Pay generates a two-dimensional barcode that the cashier scans, after which you select the card you’d like to use to pay. It’s not as seamless an experience as Apple Pay, but in our...

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10:07
∞ Mark Knopfler talks about “Sultans of Swing”

Mark is such a fabulous musician. He’s one of the people that I always wanted to meet, but haven’t.

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09:57
Alleged iPhone 7 assembly schematics seem to kill...

These alleged iPhone 7 schematics, according to NWE, leaked from an assembly plant that is presumably now kicking into production with little more than a month to go before the introduction of the device. While the leak doesn’t claim to show anything majorly new that we haven’t already seen in the non-stop leaks of the device in recent weeks, it does confirm much of what we’ve been seeing up until now if legit. On the other hand, it kills the hope some had for dual-speakers.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

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09:52
Rumor: Apple is looking for a big piece of real...

Real estate industry insiders in Seattle, Washington, are buzzing that a “large California company” is looking for a big piece of office space in the area and rumor has it that it’s Apple, reports GeekWire. The Cupertino, California-based company already has a small presence in the city, having leased one floor and part of another at the downtown Two Union Square office tower last year.

Earlier this month it was reported that Apple had bought Turi, a "machine learning platform for developers and data scientists.” Turn is based in Seattle.

Multiple sources told GeekWire that Apple may be considering properties in downtown Bellevue, including Schnitzer West’s 16-story Centre 425 building, which is under...

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: 13” 256GB Retina MacBook Pro $1,...

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09:28
Apple thought to be seeking vast expanses of office...

Real estate companies in the Pacific Northwest are allegedly "buzzing" that a large California business, presumably Apple, is eyeing Seattle for potential expansion.

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09:18
Review: Audeze Sine On-Ear Headphone

There is turmoil in the world of headphones. As rumors swell that Apple will be removing the 3.5mm analog headphone jack from its next version of the iPhone, many are worried that they will be forced to carry extra dongles or choose between a limited set of headphones that are “iPhone compatible.” Others argue that the 3.5mm jack is old tech overdue for replacement, and Apple is the best company to do it. One thing is for sure – if the switch to Lightning for audio is to succeed, we want some proof that it will be worth the hassle. With the Sine ($449 – $499) and its Cipher Lightning cable, Audeze has given us a peek into the future of iPhone listening.{/exp:char_limit}
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09:09
Alleged 'iPhone 7' schematics hint at mic...

Although Apple's 4.7-inch "iPhone 7" may replace a 3.5mm headphone jack with a second speaker grill, that grill may not actually have a speaker behind it, according to leaked schematics posted on Friday.

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09:05
Hackability of Volkswagen's Keyless Entry...


Hackers using cheap wireless devices pose a threat to millions of cars equipped with Volkswagen's keyless entry system, according to a study from the University of Birmingham. Scheduled for presentation Friday at the USENIX security conference in Austin, Texas, the study shows that thieves can use a simple wireless device to unlock the doors of millions of cars remotely, essentially by cloning the remote control that wirelessly secures a car door lock. A second hack involves recovering the cryptographic key by attacking the rolling code scheme.

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09:00
Drift Innovation Compass Wearable Camera

Compass (L) and Narrative Clip 2 (R) Wearable Cameras. Photo ©2016 Steven Sande

Over the past two years I've had the opportunity to review three different wearable cameras. The first was the original Narrative Clip "life logging" camera, which opened my eyes to the concept of having a camera that you could wear and use to capture photos automatically. The second was the Narrative Clip 2, a $199 device that I backed on Kickstarter and waited for over a year to ship. The third was the new Drift Innovation Compass Wearable Camera ($129.99), which I'm taking a look at today. 

Design

Like the Narrative Clip 2, the Compass is a small rectangular box. However, it takes up about twice the volume of the Narrative Clip. That's both good and bad: I lost...

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08:34
Hillary Clinton to co-host new “With Her” podcast...

As the election cycle heats up in the United States, Pineapple Street Media co-founder Max Linsky announced today that he will be co-hosting a podcast with the Democratic US presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. The podcast is entitled “With Her,” a play on Clinton’s campaign slogan of “I’m With Her.”

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08:34
News: Report: Secondary speaker holes on new iPhone...

A new report from Nowherelese.fr (via MacRumors), suggests the the additional speaker holes shown on leaked photos of the next-generation iPhone may in fact be purely cosmetic in nature to give the device a symmetrical look, rather than indicating stereo speakers as previously speculated. Annotations in a leaked design drawing refer to the area that currently occupies the 3.5mm headphone jack as having simply a microphone and microphone mesh, oddly…

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08:25
AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 7,'...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Mikey and Victor discuss the latest updates in "iPhone 7" rumors, rumored Apple Watch updates, and potential Apple Health hardware.

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08:21
Cory Doctorow On What iPhone's Missing...

Rumors of Apple's next iPhone missing a headphone jack have been swirling around for more than a year now. But a report from WSJ a few weeks ago, and another report from Bloomberg this week further cemented such possibility. We've talked about it here -- several times -- but now Cory Doctorow is shedding light on what this imminent change holds for the music industry. Reader harrymcc writes: Fast Company's Mark Sullivan talked about the switch with author and EFF adviser Cory Doctorow, who thinks it could lead to music companies leveraging DRM to exert more control over what consumers can do with their music.From the article:"If Apple creates a circumstance where the only way to get audio off its products is through an interface that is DRM-capable, they'd be heartbreakingly naive in assuming that this wouldn't give rise to demands for DRM," said Doctorow. If a consumer or some third-party tech company used the music in way the rights holders didn't like, the rights holders could...

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08:04
iPhone 7's Secondary Speaker Holes May Be...

While multiple sources and leaked components have pointed towards iPhone 7 models having dual speakers, which could very well be the case, a new design drawing spotted by French website NWE suggests the additional holes may be purely cosmetic to give the bottom edge a symmetrical design.

The text in the documents refers to the area that occupies the 3.5mm headphone jack on current iPhones as having simply a microphone and microphone mesh, with no mention of a speaker in that location. Most of the secondary holes would be non-functional, except for the one furthest to the right, which would double as a microphone.

The veracity of the photo cannot be confirmed, and the rumor conflicts with some previous reports, but at least one previous iPhone 7 design drawing has depicted the left speaker grille as ornamental. In the photos,...

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07:59
Iran may begin allowing iPhone imports, timeline for...

It looks like the iPhone may finally be coming to Iran.

The local media has reported that Iran is preparing to allow local retailers to import iPhones legally for the first time. Just last month, the country was threatening to ban the devices in what it was calling an anti-smuggling move. All that threat did in turn, however, was drive up the price of iPhones already in the country and actually increase smuggling.

The nation’s trade industry has requested licenses from the Traded Promoted Organization and requested licenses for nine Iranian companies to import the iPhone. Apple does not have any kind of presence within Iran itself, so this is a bit strange.

Iran is preparing to allow local companies to import iPhones for the first time to try to...

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07:29
Minecraft launches on the Oculus Rift next week

If you own an Oculus Rift and are eager to play Minecraft on it, we now know roughly when it's coming. Mojang developer Tommaso Checchi tweeted that it'll arrive to the Windows 10 Beta edition (version 0.15.6) sometime next week. We tried the highly...

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07:19
Mini-review: Enveo Chestnut Dock, an attractive...

When I reviewed the FŪZDock Apple Watch nightstand almost a year ago, I described it as ‘a neat, affordable solution which will work well with Nightstand mode.’ It’s done the job well enough that I hadn’t bothered looking for an alternative, but I’d describe the design as unobtrusive rather than positively attractive.

So when a Danish company realized my weakness for wood, and sent me the Enveo Chestnut Dock, I switched out the FŪZDock to give it a try …

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07:09
Apple celebrates India’s Independence Day with...

Apple continues to court favor with India. With the country's Independence Day around the corner, Apple is celebrating the occasion by having a special featured section highlighting apps from Indian developers on the App Store, reports Business Insider.

The national flag of India hoisted on a wall adorned with domes and minarets.

The “15 Apps and Games From India” sport apps and games; some are free and others are available at a discounted price of Rs 10 for a limited period. The apps are divided into three categories — Innovative services, Limited Time Offers and Indie Games for Rs 10.

India’s Independence Day is observed annually on Aug. 15. It’s a national holiday commemorating the nation's independence from the British Empire on Aug. 15, 1947. 

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07:06
News: Apple gets approval to build proposed data...

Over a year after announcing plans to build a new data center in County Galway, Ireland, Apple has finally received approval from Irish authorities to begin construction on the new facility. Apple has been granted permission to build only a single data center for now, but the company reportedly plans to build as many as eight facilities on the site over the next decade or so, although the company will have to reapply for planning permission to expand…

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07:00
The Engadget Podcast returns!

In 2014 we said the Engadget Podcast was going on hiatus to "retool." Well, we haven't been sitting on our laurels. Over the last two years we've rethought our editorial mission, completely redesigned the website and, now, we're launching a new and i...

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06:42
Apple manufacturer Foxconn posts drop in profit with...

Foxconn continues to post disappointing earnings reports in 2016, with analysts pointing to the decrease in iPhone orders as the prime culprit -- but the actual reason isn't clear, according to the company.

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06:30
Daily Deal: A lifetime of Droplr Pro for only $21.99

Wouldn't it be great if you could share files with anybody, anywhere, regardless of what type of computer they're using -- and just do it by dragging and dropping the files? Droplr Pro is the tool that can make this dream a reality, and  we're going to give you lifetime access to Droplr Pro for just $21.99.

Droplr Pro creates a digital collaboration center for teams, making sharing and working on documents as easy as drag-and-drop or using a shortcut.  

  • Remove all sharing limits & start unclogging your hard drive and inbox
  • Enjoy customer branding & themes on all pages
  • Build collections that can be shared across accounts & even with the world
  • Share securely with password protection, self-destruct...
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06:30
ICYMI: Studying the 1700's clouds for pollution...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Scientists at CERN constructed a large chamber to replicate the cloud environment before the world's Industrial Revolution got its start after 1750. The thought had been that there were far fewer clouds on Earth th...

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06:23
‘Forbes’: Apple Music has sent three albums to...

This year Apple Music secured the exclusive rights for the first week of availability for three albums that all ended up debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums ranking, despite the fact that they were only accessible via one platform, reports Forbes. Future’s EVOL, Drake’s Views, and DJ Khaled’s first chart-topper, Major Key have all kicked off in the top spot.

Apple has been the only competitor that has been able to send a record to the top spot on the charts, notes Forbes. The company is the only one that’s simultaneously pushing streams and sales at the same time. Future, Drake, and DJ Khaled all made it to number one based off a mixture of streams and pure purchases.

What’s more, Apple came closer than any other streaming music platform to hitting the peak position...

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06:13
Former Apple engineer launches startup that...

While working as a product design engineer for the iPhone/iPod at Apple, Andrew Pletenetskyy found that his frequent traveling made it impossible to look after his indoor garden. After several failures with auto-watering solutions available on the market, he decided to solve this problem on his own. 

This led to him joining forces with Silicon Valley engineer, Alex Yevdakov, and together they formed 7sensors Inc. The two went to work and realized that not only can watering be automated, the entire growing process can be dramatically improved. 

7sensors’ Grow Box is a fully automated environment that not only waters your plant; it provides lighting that has the proper intensity and spectrum, as well as controls temperature, humidity and airflow. Grow Box does it all with the energy consumption of a single light bulb.

Once you receive the Grow Box, you plant a seed or a plant clone into the soil and add water to the tank....

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06:10
Apple wins approval to begin first stage of Irish...

Coming in well ahead of its deadline, Ireland's An Bord Plean?la has approved plans to build the first stage of an Apple data center, which will include support buildings and one of eight eventual data halls.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Universal 3-in-1 Lens Kit for...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up a Universal 3-in-1 Lens Kit for Smartphones & Tablets for only $11.99 — that’s 58% off the regular price. Featuring a 180° fish eye lens, a wide-angle lens, and a macro lens, along with a carrying pouch to tote them around, this set of lenses can be clipped onto and removed from your iPhone easily to dramatically improve the capacities of your iPhone camera. Get the Universal 3-in-1 Lens Kit for…

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05:55
Apple gets the green light for its data center in...

An Bord Pleanala, an independent appeals review board, has granted approval for Apple’s 850 million euro Apple data center and a related electrical substation in Athenry, Ireland, reports 9to5Mac. Apple planned to start building the data center on a 500-acre site before the end of 2015. However, it was delayed when unhappy Irish citizens lodged formal complaints with the Irish government.

A COMPUTER-GENERATED IMAGE OF APPLE’S PROPOSED DATA CENTER, COURTESY OF “BUSINESS INSIDER.”

Complainants argued that the data center would increase noise and light pollution, flooding, and traffic. Some also said it would act as an eyesore and others said it would harm the local badger and bat populations.

An Bord Pleanala’s approval requires Apple to carry out all of the proposals put forward...

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05:46
Comment: Microsoft just demonstrated why Apple was...

I wrote an opinion piece predating the San Bernardino shootings on why Apple was right to stand firm on encryption even in the face of terrorist attacks, and another one afterwards explaining why it would be too dangerous to give the FBI the iPhone master key they demanded.

My main argument was that something as powerful as a master key to unlock an iPhone would eventually fall into the wrong hands.

So soon, the FBI would hold the key. Then other law enforcement agencies. In time, that key would be held in every police precinct house. We would then be trusting more than a million people with...

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05:45
SpaceX to start testing the engine that will take it...

SpaceX has recently inched closer to realizing its head honcho's -- that's Elon Musk, but you already know that -- ambitious Mars plans. It has sent its next-generation rocket engine, the one it's developing for the rocket that will ferry a spacecraf...

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05:18
Foxconn's Profits Slide 31% as iPhone Sales...

Following in line with a slump in iPhone sales, Apple manufacturer Foxconn recently reported a 31 percent decline in profits in the second quarter of 2016. For the full quarter, ending in June, Foxconn was said to have amassed a net profit of 17.7 billion New Taiwan dollars, down from NT$25.7 billion a year earlier. Analysts watching the company had expected a revenue of around NT$23.9 billion for the quarter (via The Wall Street Journal).

A doom and gloom sentiment began surrounding Apple, and its overseas manufacturers, soon after the Cupertino-based company reported its first quarterly sales decline since 2003...

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05:07
Waze making it easier to avoid road closures with...

Waze is great for letting you know about traffic holdups en-route, but when a major event leads to road closures, options for avoiding the traffic chaos can be limited. That’s why the company has announced a new program to allow event organizers to notify Waze of road closures in advance, to help users stay well clear of them when planning journeys …

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05:03
T-Mobile drops the HTC 10 after less than three...

HTC just can't catch a break. The company's smartphone sales are down, fuelling consecutive quarterly losses. To bounce back, HTC needs its latest flagship, the HTC 10, to pick up steam -- and fast. But that's unlikely to happen now that T-Mobile, on...

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04:46
Contactless POS Terminal Retail Transactions to...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that the global value of contactless POS (point of sale) terminal transactions, conducted in-store via cards, mobile and wearables, will approach $500 billion annually by 2017; this is up from an estimated $321 billion this year.

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04:31
Apple finally gets go-ahead for Irish Data Center,...

Apple hasn’t been given an easy ride with its plans for a major new European data center in Ireland, but final approval has now been granted by the local planning body, subject to a number of extra conditions.

Apple first announced plans for the $950M data center some 18 months ago, aiming to deliver better connectivity to European customers for all its online services. All looked on track as the company was quickly granted planning permission for the facility, but despite the fact that the center will be entirely powered by renewable energy, an appeal was lodged on environmental grounds …

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04:30
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is one of...

Feral Interactive's newest game, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, is one of the best platformers I've played in some time. It evokes the storybook feel of classic Disney fairytales in its lush graphics and vivid colors.

Here's the summary of the plot: "When Minnie Mouse is kidnapped by the jealous witch Mizrabel, it’s up to Mickey to rescue her from a hexed castle in this fairytale platforming adventure. Bounce, jump, swim and swing through fifteen captivating levels, each filled with tricky tasks and imaginative enemies. 

"Overcome the outrageous obstacles Mizrabel has scattered throughout her magical stronghold as you play through a spellbinding adventure where sparkling graphics, charming environments and deft animations evoke the enchanting spirit of classic Disney."

The introductory movie is told in still frames, which threw me a bit and got things off to a bit of a slow start. Once I got past that, however, the pace was quick and the gameplay fun...

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04:20
Sky will stream tomorrow's Soccer Saturday on...

When broadcasters put down billions of pounds to secure rights to the world's biggest sporting competitions, consumers who aren't able to afford or don't want pay-TV subscriptions often miss out. In the past, companies like Sky and BT have laid on a...

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04:12
iPhone suppliers still hurting: Foxconn profits down...

iPhone assembler Foxconn has reported a 31% drop in its Q2 net profit, a hit being attributed to the recent decline in iPhone sales. The company reported net profits of NT$17.7B ($566) against analyst expectations of NT$23.9B, reports the WSJ.

There was some good news for the company, however, as its acquisition of Sharp got the government approval necessary to make the deal fully official.

The impact on suppliers of reduced iPhone demand was first seen back in May, when it was reported that Foxconn, Pegatron, Sharp, Japan Display and Sony had all seen their fortunes falling. The impact on one supplier in particular has worsened dramatically … ...

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04:06
Squid protein makes textiles self-healing

You might be able to repair your ripped jeans one day just be adding water, thanks to a breakthrough from Penn State researchers. Based on its earlier research on self-healing plastics, the team turned squid teeth proteins (yep) into a liquid form us...

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04:02
Kool Tools: XstreamCORE

There’s a new, easy way to get a stronger core and it has nothing to do with hitting the gym or developing abdominal strength. Instead, it’s a cornerstone for stronger data protection and faster transfers, clocking in at less than four microseconds, without breaking a sweat. 

ATTO Technology’s XstreamCORE Storage Controller adds common, open features to any flash-based storage system. The controllers are unique plug-and-play devices that enable storage architects to build highly scalable, shared storage solutions that take advantage of commodity flash and capacity storage.

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04:00
Leap motion app review: Sortee game is sorta fun

Flow Studio's Sortee is a game that works with the Mac-compatible Leap, a 3D motion controller. It's a fun game that will keep you occupied sorting objects for longer than your arms will hold out.

It's described as a puzzle game for children that tests their perception of everyday objects. But don't worry, grown-ups, you'll find it amusing as well. Players must sort everyday objects based on the criteria that define them, such as an item's color, the material it's made from, or how it's used. 

 

In Sortee, which costs $1.99, various objects float towards you, and you're tasked with sorting them into their proper categories by swiping them right or left, up or down. For example, on level, an "Indoor" bin is on your right and an "Outdoor" bin...

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03:00
Spotify Gaming puts your favorite soundtracks in one...

Video game soundtracks hold a pretty special place in the Engadget Gaming crew's heart. Whether it's a collection of painstakingly curated licensed tracks a la Hotline Miami or wholly original compositions from Austin Wintory or Jesper Kyd, the right...

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03:00
Meural's connected frame displays fine art with...

Unlike most other connected art-displays, Meural includes access to more than 20,000 pieces of art in the price of the frame.

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01:54
Local Canadian police station admits it owns a...

The Edmonton Police Service has fessed up to Motherboard that it owns a Stingray and that it "used the [surveillance] device in the past during investigations." After Vancouver cops admitted to using the phone tracker to investigate an abduction in 2...

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00:33
Weed spit test can detect if you're driving...

A new speedy spit test could be the breathalyzer's counterpart when it comes to roadside testing for marijuana. The technology, developed by Shan Xiang Wang from Stanford University, can detect the presence of THC (the main chemical in weed that make...

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Thursday August 11

23:01
CVS launches its own mobile payment system

CVS, which has yet to adopt Apple Pay and other NFC-based payment services, has launched a mobile payment solution of its own. It's aptly called CVS Pay, and it shows a barcode on the phone screen that the pharmacy can then scan to ring up your purch...

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21:58
Experts believe DNC hackers are behind a larger plot

Although it's not the hack Donald Trump called for, security experts believe the same Russian hacking group allegedly responsible for leaking 20,000 Democratic party emails to WikiLeaks is also behind another attack that hints at an even larger Russi...

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20:49
New 'Rogue One' trailer has some familiar...

Disney and Lucasfilm just premiered a new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and you don't even have to wade through NBC's Rio 2016 Olympics coverage to see it. As we'd heard, this prequel to Star Wars: A New Hope will focus on heroes trying t...

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20:28
Grindr is launching its own clothing line

Grindr is looking to insinuate itself into every part of your life it can. Next stop? Your wardrobe, of course. But it's for a good cause, in support of Athlete Ally's efforts in fighting against LGBTQ discrimination. You can find various items of cl...

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19:14
Riot Games is suing a huge 'League of Legends...

Cheating ruins online games. Full stop. Valve has cracked down on folks running amok in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends developer Riot Games is doing the same. Specifically, Riot is suing the owners of "Leaguesharp" (L#) which...

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18:30
Cracking The Code On Trump Tweets

jIyajbe writes: From Electoral-Vote.com: "A theory has been circulating that the Donald Trump tweets that come from an Android device are from the candidate himself, while the ones that come from an iPhone are the work of his staff. David Robinson, a data scientist who works for Stack Overflow, decided to test the theory. His conclusion: It's absolutely correct. Robinson used some very sophisticated algorithms to analyze roughly 1,400 tweets from Trump's timeline, and demonstrated conclusively that the iPhone tweets are substantively different than the Android tweets. The former tend to come later at night, and are vastly more likely to incorporate hashtags, images, and links. The latter tend to come in the morning, and are much more likely to be copied and pasted from other people's tweets. In terms of word choice, the iPhone tweets tend to be more neutral, with their three most-used phrases being 'join,' '#trump2016,' and '#makeamericagreatagain.' The Android tweets tend to be...

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18:26
Deep Space Industries plans to land on an asteroid...

This week, asteroid mining company Deep Space Industries announced detailed plans to launch the first private mission to an asteroid by 2020. The California-based company plans to build a successor to its Prospector-X test craft called Prospector&nda...

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18:08
CVS continues Apple Pay snub, launches barcode-based...

Nearly two years after CVS became one of the first major retailers to actively block Apple Pay at its stores, the drugstore chain on Thursday rolled out "CVS Pay," a proprietary barcode-based mobile payments and rewards system.

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17:44
Some Reasons Not To Pay Down Tech Debt

Every development organization has tech debt. Modern development projects have gotten so large and complex that there are now dozens of libraries, frameworks, and services implemented in a modern solution. Additionally, there are always new techniques, new modules, new frameworks, new skills, and new perspectives. Applications are now ecosystems, constantly evolving, and our perspectives about them must evolve as well.

Yes, a burn down chart looks better when you pay down the debt. Yes, security flaws can force you to pay down technical debt. Yes, most developers always want to fix all the things, including impending dead technology. Modern solutions have many stakeholders. The modern roadmap has to include benefits for existing customers, senior management, the people you send into the field, and net-new customers, coming in based on new features that need to get implemented.

You can’t implement new features that help to retain customers and acquire new customers if...

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17:44
Researchers are developing a soft, stretchy touch...

Gaming with mice and keyboard or controller is one thing, but what about using a soft, stretchy touch panel? Wouldn't that look and feel pretty bizarre?

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17:03
Arcano Systems' chiptune synth offers 80s video...

Here at Engadget, we have quite an affinity for all things that remind us of what it was like to play video games in the 80s. That includes musical instruments and gear that are capable of reproducing those iconic chiptune sounds we all know and love...

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16:33
CVS introduces ‘CVS Pay’ barcode-based payment...

CVS today joined Walmart in continuing to resist Apple Pay, instead launching its own mobile payments solution. In a press release, CVS officially announced CVS Pay, a barcode-based solution to paying for goods and prescriptions in the company’s retail locations.

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16:25
Kansas duo sues IP mappers for putting them through...

Imagine the exact center of the United States, somewhere in the middle of rural Kansas. There lies 360 acres of farmland rented by the Arnolds, a couple and their two sons who moved there in 2011. Within the week, law enforcement showed up looking fo...

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16:09
TCP Flaw Opens Linux Systems to Hijackers


A flaw in the RFC 5961 specification the Internet Engineering Task Force developed to protect TCP against blind in-window attacks could threaten Android smartphones, as well as every Linux computer on the planet. The flaw is described in a paper a team of researchers presented at the 25th Usenix Security Symposium, ongoing in Austin, Texas, through Friday. The researchers are affiliated with the University of California at Riverside and the United States Army Research Laboratory.

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15:55
The Week in iPhone Cases: Sparkle it up with...

New iPhone cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings us the Sparkle, a shimmery case from Prodigee that’s a real dazzler. Plus, a nice lineup of sleeves, classic shells, and more. Read on!

Belkin

The Dana Tanamachi (iPhone SE; $25 MSRP, $9.72 on Amazon) is all about the looks. This form-fitting case is available in several different patterns inspired by the case’s namesake artist, and features a semi-flexible shell with a glossy coating, a protruding bezel to keep your screen safe, and matching press-through button covers....

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15:53
Adblock Plus bypasses Facebook's attempt to...

The war between Facebook and ad blockers is heating up. Just two days after the social network announced plans to restrict software that removes its advertising, the popular utility Adblock Plus has already unveiled a workaround. All you need to do i...

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15:26
Jibo's social 'family robot' won...

International crowdfunding is always risky business. Even if a project makes it to market, overseas backers usually have to pay a shipping premium. Sometimes, it's worse: today backers of Jibo's social 'family robot' have been told the product's rele...

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15:15
AWT News Update: August 11, 2016

There won't be an AWT News Update tomorrow (Friday), but today we've got a short update with something fun, something inconsistent, and something rumor-ish. 

  • Siri speaks Pokémon GO!
  • Iran flip-flops, now wants to let iPhones into the country
  • A flurry of photos seem to show convergence of rumored iPhone 7 design features

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 11, 2016. Please note that the AWT News Update will not be published tomorrow, so we’ll be back on Monday afternoon.

Have you been asking Siri about Pokémon GO lately? The Apple folks have updated the...

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15:00
US government wants you to grow weed for science

Citizens hoping the US government would smile upon recent requests for deregulation, today is not your day: it will remain an illegal, schedule 1 controlled substance. But all is not lost, as the DEA announced it's allowing more organizations to grow...

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14:50
Deals: $550 off 2015 12" MacBook (1.3GHz, 8GB,...

Shoppers can snap up a 1.3GHz 12" MacBook for $999 this week at B&H. Or pick up the standard 2015 13" Air for $799. The 128GB 12.9" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi) is also marked down to $849 with free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY.

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14:48
Iran to reportedly allow iPhone imports to cope with...

The Iranian government is working to allow iPhone imports in a bid to stem a growing smuggling problem in the country, reports said on Thursday.

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14:30
Iran getting ready to allow iPhone imports

Iran is preparing to allow local companies to import iPhones for the first time to try to curb the huge market in smuggled Apple products. The trade ministry has requested licenses from the country’s Trade Promotion Organization for nine Iranian companies to import iPhones, according to the Tasnim News agency. 

Unofficial Apple stores are common in Tehran’s upmarket malls, and many of the country’s young and wealthy population carry the latest models of the iPhone, according to Gulf News Retail. The government has largely turned a blind eye to the mass smuggling of phones and other Western goods, but Tasnim said there had been a crackdown in the past two months that had driven up smartphone prices, the article adds.

More than 40 million Iranians use smartphones, including millions of iPhones, which are often imported into the country by...

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14:29
This wireless flaw leaves millions of Volkswagens...

A team of researchers has revealed a vulnerability of Volkswagen vehicles that leaves almost all its cars manufactured since 1995 vulnerable to theft.

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14:11
Apple patent hints at wearable device sporting...

Apple may in fact be working on an EEG device or functionality.

A recently published Apple patent application filing for an electrocardiogram device suitable for consumer use reinforces the company’s continued moves into the healthcare monitoring business.

The patent application addresses a wearable, not specifically the Apple Watch, that can be used on any limb of the body, and compensates automatically for differences in electrocardiographic measurements on side of the body, or distance from the heart. The measurement is started by the user pressing a surface electrode on the device, with the measurements and data correction necessary taking place after a period of measurement.

There’s no direct sign of the Apple Watch within the filing and the...

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14:04
Siri joking with users in response to some Pokemon...

Apple has updated the Siri response database with some light-hearted remarks for users asking about the wildly popular Pok?mon Go mobile game.

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14:00
Those chip and PIN cards aren't as secure as we...

Chip and PIN cards and readers are finally rolling out in the United States. Unlike traditional magnetic cards, which use static information to make a transaction, these pieces of plastic create a new key with each purchase, based on a standard by Eu...

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How-To: Add Snapchat snaps to Instagram Stories [...

As brought out in our recent walkthrough video, Snapchat Stories and Instagram Stories share a lot of similar features. Yet, there are a few differences between the two social services when it comes to posting ephemeral story content.

Snapchat, for example, features the ability to use stickers and lenses, while Instagram Stories is a little more basic in its offerings. But did you know that it’s fairly easy to upload snaps created in Snapchat directly to Instagram? In the following video tutorial, we’ll show you how. more…

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Siri Offers Humorous Responses to Questions About...

Apple's virtual assistant Siri is known for offering up funny responses to a range of questions, and Apple's Siri team often puts time and effort into providing Siri with answers and comments on current events. This summer, augmented reality game Pokémon Go has become a worldwide phenomenon, and as discovered on Reddit and by 9to5Mac, Siri will now answer questions about the hit game.

A question like "Siri, what's your favorite Pokémon?" receives answers like "That yellow species with an electrostatic tail of variable lengths is rather cute" or "Polymaths prefer Poliwags." Asking Siri if it likes Pokémon Go also results in humorous answers like "I like pocket monsters. Pocket assistants, too."

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Instagram Stories arrive on the web thanks to a...

While we wait to see if Instagram will bring its new Snapchat-like Stories feature to the web, someone has already created a workaround. Thanks to Alec Garcia's Chrome IG Story extension, you can view those posts from the comforts of your browser. Su...

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French, German ministers to meet in push to counter...

France's interior minister on Thursday announced plans to meet with a German counterpart and tackle the issue of encrypted messaging apps, which he argued are preventing intelligence agencies from fighting terrorism.

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