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Sunday August 14

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.

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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…

Filed under: Apple ...

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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.

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

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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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09:09
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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08:25
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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07:00
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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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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13:57
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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13:31
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."

Because Siri draws in...

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13:31
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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13:27
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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13:25
After threatening ban, Iran government flip-flops...

According to local media reports, 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.

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13:14
Apple Invents New Digital Crown Feature that Could...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible future Apple Watch or iOS device feature associated with a digital crown. Today the digital crown is used primarily to zoom in and out of maps and apps, it acts as a home button and it's used to scroll menu items. In their latest invention, Apple illustrates how the digital crown will ....

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13:06
Russia Plays the Cybervictim Card


Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB, recently reported that it found a cyberspying virus in the computer networks of more than 20 state authorities and defense contractors. The claim that malware has infected various government and defense companies, published last month by Russia's official TASS news agency, came in the midst of a flurry of accusations that Russia has engaged in cyberattacks against U.S. targets in an effort to impact the presidential election.

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13:01
Exodus Intelligence announces bounties up to $500,...

Forget the $200,000 bounty Apple is offering for information regarding zero-day vulnerabilities in iOS, a new security firm is offering up to $500,000 per discovery.

On Tuesday, Texas-based Exodus Intelligence said it will give between $5,000 and $500,000 for zero-day vulnerabilities relating to iOS version 9.3 and higher.

These zero-days are software flaws that have gone undetected by Apple, making them potentially very valuable, especially for cyber criminals who can use them to hack iOS devices.

Apple had previously offered as much as $200,000 for information regarding critical vulnerabilities in iOS. To ensure it receives quality results, Apple initially is only inviting a few dozen security researchers...

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12:57
How will Apple’s rumored MacBook Pro OLED touch...

There has been a lot of talk about the OLED touch bar rumored for the upcoming MacBook Pro refresh expected this fall. But how exactly will the touchscreen work for users?

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12:47
Third-party developers can now create and embed...

IFTTT is an incredibly popular tool that allows users to automate a variety of tasks by creating an ‘if this than that’ rule, otherwise known as a recipe. IFTTT has now announced that it will allow developers to embed IFTTT recipes right into their own third-party apps.

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12:46
New Accessibility Features Coming to Apple’s...

All of Apple’s operating systems will be refreshed this fall, and with that comes a set of new accessibility features. Accessibility expert Steven Aquino guides you through them.

 

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12:41
Siri now has silly answers to Pokémon Go questions

It’s no secret that Pokémon Go is quickly overtaking the world. With over 100 million downloads and $10 million per day in earnings, it’s quickly become the so-called “game of the summer.” Now, even Siri is getting in on the Pokémon Go craze, offering up a variety of funny responses when asked about her feelings.

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12:40
Apple supplier Foxconn gets the green light to buy...

The Chinese anti-monopoly agency has approved the $3.8 billion merger between Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn and display technology company Sharp, reports AppleInsider.

Sharp currently supplies LCD LTPS displays for iOS and Mac devices. The Wall Street Journal notes that “the deal is a victory for Foxconn, which has been looking to expand in the market for next-generation displays with its pursuit of Sharp, a supplier of smartphone screens to Apple.”

Hon Hai Precision Industry, which trades as Foxconn Technology Group, is a Taiwanese multinational electronics contract manufacturing company headquartered in Tucheng, New Taipei, Republic of China. It is the world's largest electronics...

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12:08
Logitech's Pop Home Switch promises to simplify...

Setting up a smart-home system might not be simple, but this innovative device could make it a whole lot easier to use.

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11:40
Apple partner Foxconn's $3.8B Sharp buyout...

After months of speculation and delays, the Chinese anti-monopoly agency has approved the $3.8 billion merger between Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn and display technology company Sharp.

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10:57
Logitech debuts Pop Home Switch for simplified...

Logitech on Thursday announced the Pop Home Switch, a deliberately simple control for multiple home automation platforms, albeit with the exception of Apple's HomeKit.

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09:51
Apple Advances their Work on a Future Scrollable-...

In October 2014 Patently Apple presented a patent report titled "Apple Surprises us with an Exciting Invention Revealing a Next Generation Digital Periodical Device using Flexible Displays." Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple today that reveals their continuing work on this invention that could one day lead to a scrollable-like device.

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09:50
Patent filing hints at Apple's future in...

A new Apple patent filing for an electrocardiogram device suitable for consumer use reinforces the company's continued moves into the healthcare monitoring business.

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: 13″ Retina MacBook Pro $1,000,...

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09:24
Maintain Serves Up Cocktail 9.3.4 (El Capitan...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.3.4 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version:

° Fixed minor compatibility issues with the latest versions of OS X Server and TechTool Pro;

° Addressed an issue in which check of the S.M.A.R.T. status may fail;

° Fixed compatibility issues with some Logic Pro X and GarageBand audio units;

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09:06
Apple's US & European iPhone sales grow...

Apple managed to grow its iPhone sales in the U.S. and the big five European markets during the June quarter, in spite of a global decline in shipments, according to new research data.

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09:00
Yammer adds mobile application management...

People are increasingly using apps for work on their personal mobile devices. This is especially true of “deskless” workers—employees who spend most of their work day away from a desk—in industries like retail, manufacturing, healthcare, airlines and consulting. In the case of Yammer’s customers, an employee might use the Yammer mobile app to help customers in-store or share customer feedback with colleagues. In other scenarios, employees might access Yammer when they are in transit or working remotely.

This trend of using personal mobile devices for work presents a challenge for IT departments that want to ensure the security of company data, especially those concerned about unintentional data leaks.

Today, we’re excited to announce an update to the Yammer apps for iOS and Android that allows IT administrators to protect...

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09:00
Episode 103 with Ben Parker on building tools for...

In episode 103 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Andrew Coates talks with Ben Parker from Codify about building tools for massive Office 365 tenants.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP103_BenParker.mp3

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Excel as a calculation service  by Richard Custance

Are you sure your SharePoint intranet won’t break  by Waldek Mastykarz

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08:48
Latest pics show alleged 'iPhone 7' in...

A trio of new images claim to show Apple's next-generation iPhone in three different colors, including a dark shade of space black. In addition, photos of larger 5.5-inch models depict versions with and without a magnetic Smart Connector.

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08:47
Apple rehires former senior iOS engineer turned...

As it continues to expand its health services for users, Apple has rehired Flipboard co-founder Evan Doll. According to Doll’s LinkedIn profile, he will work in the company’s health software department. Doll apparently rejoined Apple last month as a “director of health software engineering” (via Bloomberg).

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08:30
Carved's Traveler Case: Stylish protection for...

Carved Traveler Case (World Map Inlay). Photo ©2016 Steven Sande

Wood cases for iPhones are nothing new, but traditionally they've had a few common issues -- price and bulkiness. Carved's Traveler Case (starting at just $24) provides the luxury look of wood, the protection of a rubber bumper case, and more designs than you can imagine. Let's take a look!

Design

The concept of the Traveler Case is quite simple: take a common rubber bumper case for protection of an iPhone's sides and switches, then add a thin wood panel on the back for looks. Carved goes beyond just a plain wood back, although you can get those in a variety of beautiful woods like Black Limba, Purpleheart, Walnut, Cedar, and Cherry. 

Carved's artisans have perfected the art of laser cutting thin wood, and they use that knowledge to make wood inlays. But they don't just use wood as a...

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08:09
Rumor: New photos show gold iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus...

It’s time for photo leaks of the next-gen iPhone again.

A series of high-resolution leaked images show what are apparently an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The photos claimed that in addition to the usual color options of Rose Gold, Gold, and Silver, Apple will offer the new iPhone in a variant of Blue. This resurfaces a rumor from earlier in the summer, which was believed to ultimately be a mistake and that this “Deep Blue” iPhone 7 is actually just a new shade of Space Gray.

The photos show both the front and rear side, albeit it’s difficult to confirm if the rumor regarding a traditional, tactile Home button instead of the flush, Force Touch-enabled Home button is present.

Given that the 2016 iPhone update’s changes are expected to be relatively modest, it’s...

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08:02
iPhone 7 Display Photos Show Reversed Orientation,...

Mobile phone repair firm GeekBar continues to share photos of iPhone 7 components on its Weibo page, with the latest set showing off the display assembly for the device. One photo in particular is interesting because it includes the display assembly paired with a front panel for the device, revealing that the display is mounted upside down compared to previous iPhone models.

iPhone 7 display and front panel photographed upside down

The iPhone's display and digitizer flex cables have traditionally come from the top edge of the display, routing toward connectors in the top portion of the iPhone's main logic board. The 3D Touch chip built into the display assembly on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is also located near the...

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07:26
New 'iPhone 7' photos show off alleged...

New photos of "iPhone 7" parts from different sources may back expectations about the phone's casing, as well as the absence of a physical button on the product, likely to ship next month.

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07:17
CVS Launches Barcode-Based 'CVS Pay' in...

Apple Pay holdout CVS today introduced CVS Pay, a new barcode-based mobile payment solution that integrates payment, prescription pickup, and its ExtraCare loyalty program into a single scan at checkout. CVS Pay is built into the newly updated CVS Pharmacy app for iOS and Android devices.

CVS Pay works with all major U.S. credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express, in addition to debit, Health Savings Account, and Flexible Spending Account cards. All verifications for prescriptions and payment like a signature or PIN occur within the CVS Pharmacy app.

After adding their credit or debit cards to the app, customers can show the store associate a barcode, or pickup number at drive-thru locations, to...

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07:13
Apple Invents an Apple Watch Band with Embedded...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a future Apple Watch band having embedded haptic actuators to provide users with stronger feedback to notices and more.

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06:54
Apple Re-Hires Flipboard Co-Founder Evan Doll for...

Apple has re-hired software engineer Evan Doll to help the company "develop more health-related software," according to information spotted by Bloomberg on Doll's LinkedIn account. Specifically, Doll is now a director of health software engineering at Apple, a position which he began sometime in July, but his profile information doesn't provide any further details into his role at the company.

The software engineer worked at Apple from 2003 to 2009, helping create and develop the software operating system for the iPhone. In 2009, he left Apple and co-founded magazine app Flipboard with Mike McCue. Similar to Apple News, Flipboard curates content and stories tailored to each user's personal tastes and...

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06:46
Apple hires one of the co-founders of Flipboard for...

Apple has hired on one of the co-founders of Flipboard, Evan Doll, as a director of health software engineering according to a LinkedIn profile update discovered by Bloomberg. He’s been at Apple for two months.

Doll was a senior iPhone software engineer at Apple from January 2007 to July 2009. According to his LinkedIn profile: “Member of the team that shipped the iPhone. Worked on Mail and many other iOS system apps for first three major releases. Created and evangelized the view controller classes in UIKit. Delivered first WWDC sessions on view controllers in 2008 and 2009.”

Apple has been beefing up its engineering team for health-care applications, hiring Sage Bionetworks founder and Merck & Co. veteran Stephen Friend and former Nest Labs technology chief Yoky Matsuoka earlier...

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06:35
Seventy-six percent of retailers plan to accept...

Seventy-six percent of retailers plan to accept Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service, by the end of 2017, compared with 59% for PayPal, according to a State of Retail Payments 2016 study by the National Retail Federation and Forrester research group. Others face an uphill battle, with 53% saying they have no interest in Venmo, 43% not interested in Alipay and 38% with no interest in Pay With Amazon.

The study shows that credit and debit card fraud by implementing EMV chip card acceptance has become retailers’ top payment issue in 2016, but retailers are also busy with...

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06:31
Gigastone introduces iPhone Flash Drive Micro SD...

Gigastone (http://www.gigastone.co) has announced its first ever Gigastone iPhone Flash Drive Micro SD Card Reader. The unit is Apple MFi Approved and has a slot that takes standard Micro SD Memory cards.

Traditionally Apple MFi approved iFlashDrives have only had internal memory, with an Apple Lightning adapter on one side and a standard USB adapter on the other. The i-FlashDrive CR8600, has an Apple Lightning adapter and a standard Micro SD Card can slide into it.

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06:29
Your daily iPhone 7 shots, these ones in high-res [U...

Update: A couple of iPhone 7 Plus photos (not hi-res) added below, along with what are claimed to be screen assemblies.

Another day, another set of iPhone 7 shots … The latest ones, posted by Czech site LetemSvètem, are higher-resolution than most that we’ve seen to date, and you can click the images below to view them in all their 3264×2448-pixel glory.

The site says that the source – an online store – also has a blue version, though these photos were not supplied …

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06:24
Logitech launches a button for controlling your...

Logitech has introduced the $99.99 Logitech Pop Home Switch Starter Pack and $39.99 Pop Add-On Home Switch. The former is compatible with a range of lighting and smart home products including lighting, door locks, and blinds from companies like LIFX, Phillips Hue, Lutron, and INSTEON, and you can mix and match product controls on an individual switch.

Each switch can trigger three actions using different presses – a single press, a double press,...

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06:16
Apple Continues to Hint at a Touch Screen for...

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work towards using a touch screen on a MacBook.

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06:10
Apple hires Flipboard co-founder Evan Doll to direct...

Apple has hired on one of the co-founders of Flipboard, Evan Doll, as a director of health software engineering, a report observed on Thursday.

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06:01
Sixa is a new cloud computing service for designers

Mykola Minchenko and Ievgen Nechaiev have officially launched Sixa (https://sixa.io), a new cloud computing service for designers, developers, designers and gamers.

The service includes a choice of hardware and software and is capable of running the most demanding applications. It can be accessed from any device with a WiFi connection and through multiple platforms, including the web, Macs, PCs, iOS devices, and Android gadgets.

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05:56
Apple patent hints at wearable devices beyond the...

Apple is considering other wearable devices beyond the Apple Watch. The company has filed for a patent (number 20160228025) for a “method of detecting the wearing limb of a wearable electronic device.” An Apple Ring or Apple Pendant, anyone?

The invention is for a wearable device configured to acquire and process electrocardiographic measurements. In the patent filing, Apple notes that computing devices such as desktop computers, laptop computers, mobile phones, smartphones, watches, tablet devices and portable multimedia players are popular. These computing devices can be used for performing a wide variety of tasks. As an example, some portable computing devices can have electrocardiographic functionality with various kinds or types of electrodes configured to be worn or attached to identified locations on the human body for the purpose of making measurements of the electrical activity of the human heart.

A portable computing device can be fashioned into a wearable...

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05:50
12-inch MacBook refresh boosts Mac shipments in Q2,...

This year’s refresh of the 12-inch MacBook helped Apple achieve a 30% increase in Mac shipments in Q2, according to TrendForce data, but its shipments for the first half of the year were still down 23.4% on last year’s numbers …

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05:42
External Link: Project Murphy Photoshops Faces on...

Microsoft has created a new experimental chatbot, called Project Murphy, that you converse with via Facebook Messenger, Skype, or Telegram. The image-morphing technology underlying Project Murphy is impressive, but the results can be wonderfully silly, since the bot merges the faces in two images to create hypotheticals of personal scenes you describe. For instance, try “What if Oprah were Miss Piggy,” “What if Tim Cook were Superman,” or “What if Steve Jobs were very old?” You can even upload your photo to use in “What if” questions for 10 minutes. Project Murphy is a lot of fun, especially if (like us) you’re not good at image manipulation apps like Photoshop.

 

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05:38
New High-Resolution Photos Depict Gold iPhone 7 and...

A new collection of high-resolution images depicting iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus dummy units have been shared online today (via Letem svetem Applem) [Google Translate].

The photos originated from mobile peripheral website Topp Ten, which claimed that in addition to the usual color options of Rose Gold, Gold, and Silver, Apple will offer the new iPhone in a variant of Blue. This resurfaces a rumor from earlier in the summer, which was believed to ultimately be a mistake and that this "Deep Blue"...

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05:30
Apple’s World Trade Center retail store will open...

Apple will open a retail store in the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 12 p.m. It will be the company’s eighth store in the Big Apple.

The World Trade Center store will extend Apple's presence in the downtown Manhattan area, which has seen a revitalization thanks to investment in One World Trade Center tower and the surrounding financial district, reports CNET. The store will sit underneath the "Oculus," a domed structure a block away from the main World Trade Center area that serves as the centerpiece of the transit hub.

No timetable has been given as to when the store will open. With the opening of the store, Apple will have 487 retail stores in 20 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

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05:04
For the First Half of 2016, MacBooks Shipments are...

In July we posted a report titled "Without a Mac Refresh, Apple's PC Shipments Fell the Steepest of all PC Vendors in Q2." Gartners report in July for PC shipments claimed that with the exception of Apple falling 9.3% in Q2 2016, North America PC Shipments actually increased for the first time in five quarters overall. This week TrendForce published a report specifically covering worldwide notebook shipments ...

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05:00
DARPA Rewards Best Bug-Bombing Bots


The code warriors of the future literally might be computer code acting as warriors to defend against attackers on computer networks. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, gave us a glimpse into that future last Sunday, when it announced the winners of its Cyber Grand Challenge at DEF CON. Seven teams participated in the challenge to create systems that used bots to find and fix software problems without human intervention. "Our mission is to change what's possible," said DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar.

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04:30
Like Sandvox, EverWeb is a worthy iWeb replacement

By Aaron Lee

If you love Sandvox as a replacement for Apple’s late, lamented iWeb app— and lots of you obviously do — you may also wish to check out EverWeb from RAGE Software.

 

During iWeb's peak in popularity, RAGE had an app called iWeb SEO Tool, which was popular among the iWeb community. When Apple announced in 2011 that it was canceling development of their entry level website development tool, RAGE's iWeb users kept asking the company to come out with an iWeb alternative. They did; the result was EverWeb, an application that was (and is) very easy for iWeb users to switch to (and which, by the way, integrates the iWeb SEO tool into it).

Websites can be built much in the same way that you can make a graphics-rich document with Apple's Pages. No coding is involved; you use the WYSIWYG interface and and drag 'n drop actions on a variety of webpage elements. However, "power users"...

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04:21
Survey: traditional media more important than ever

Survey findings released today from Ogilvy Media Influence's first-ever global survey of over 200 reporters and editors found that 72% of respondents agree that traditional media outlets are the most trusted news sources.

Carried out by Ogilvy Media Influence team members in 23 offices across North America, APAC and EMEA, the survey uncovered the growing importance of new platforms [54%] in managing newsrooms today.

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04:07
Apple applies for patent on wearable ECG device as...

Patently Apple reports that Apple has applied for a patent related to a wearable electrocardiographic (ECG) device that could take the form of a watch, ring, brooch or similar.

A wearable device can be affixed to a limb of the human body such as a wrist or ankle, as an example. The wearable device can be worn on the left or right wrist, or even on the right or left ankle.

The reason the patent application emphasizes use on either left or right side of the body is that the patent focuses on an issue that can arise when taking readings from only one side of the body …

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04:00
Kool Tools: Epson EcoTank line

Epson America has expanded its Supertank category of Ecotank printers (http://tinyurl.com/jh22srk) with the WorkForce ET-16500 wide-format model and Expression ET-3600. They deliver cartridge-free printing with easy-to-fill supersized ink tanks and up to two years of ink in the box.

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04:00
Leap Motion Control is intriguing and fun, but not...

Leap Motion's Leap, a 3D motion control device for the Mac (OS X 10.7 and higher) and Windows, provides a glimpse into a "Minority Report" scenario of gesture computing, though the hardware-software combo is far from ready to replace a touch screen or mouse/keyboard. Still, it's an intriguing product and (sometimes) fun to use. 

 

The $69.99 Leap doesn't take up much space on your desk. It's just over three inches long, an inch wide and less than a half-inch thick. Its aluminum-flavored design is a fine aesthetic match for most Macs. The Leap has a glossy black panel on top; behind it sit the device's infrared sensors. On the bottom is a black rubber panel embossed with the Leap Motion logo. 

Setting up the Leap takes a little time. You plug it in via USB (it comes with a two-foot cable and a five-foot cable), go here and download the software. 

This software includes both a diagnostic and...

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03:25
Apple Invents a New Health Wearable Device that...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible new wearable device beyond Apple Watch that could be in the works that has the capability of recording electrocardiographic signals,...

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03:00
Free Hulu is gone, but its spirit died six years ago

The free version of Hulu is dead, but the content lives on elsewhere.

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02:10
Apple Announces the Apple World Trade Center Opening...

Apple has officially announced that the Apple World Trade Center Store will open on August 16, 2016 at 12 noon in lower Manhattan, New York City. It will mark the tenth Apple Store in NYC.

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00:01
There is no shortage of Teslas at Apple’s...

Update: The Apple employee that took the picture asked that we take it down. Above is a picture of the same spots (only 4 Teslas) from Google Streetview.

Apple and Tesla have had a rocky relationship when it comes to poaching employees from each other, but that doesn’t mean Apple employees aren’t fond of Tesla’s work. This is very apparent by this Reddit thread, initiated by an Apple employee. The image attached to the thread shows seven Teslas parked right outside of Apple’s headquarters.

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00:00
Logitech introduces new ‘Pop Home Switch’ accessory...

Logitech has today taken the wraps off of a new accessory that it says will make smart home devices even easier to control. The company has introduced the Pop Home Switch, which allows users to set moods and control a variety of smart home products with the press of a button.

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18:32
Samsung accused of poisoning over 200 workers, then...

One of Apple's largest component suppliers, Samsung Electronics, is the subject of a new investigative report regarding its withholding of critical information about the toxic chemicals its employees were exposed to while working in the company's factories.

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New Manhattan Apple Store at World Trade Center to...

Apple has announced an August 16th grand opening date for its new retail store located within the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan.

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Om Malik on Apple’s upcoming Planet of the Apps: ‘...

On a recent episode of TWiT’s This Week in Tech, GigaOM founder, Om Malik, had some harsh words for Apple’s upcoming Planet of the Apps reality TV show, attributing it to what he sees as disturbing lack of focus for the Cupertino-based company. Malik didn’t mince words when it came to discussing Apple’s perceived lack of focus, its Hollywood connections, and entertainment aspirations.

“You were asking me what is the problem with Apple? Not the lightning port — this kind of stupidity of building a TV show around apps. It’s like, what? Somebody needs to make friends in Hollywood and so we should do a show like this? This is just such nonsense. They should be building better products and not stupid TV shows around those products....

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16:11
Apple to open World Trade Center retail location on...

Apple’s long-awaited retail location inside the World Trade Center now has an opening date. The company announced today that the store, its 10th in New York City, will open in less than a week on Tuesday, August 16th. On the store’s info page, Apple teases that it has “something special in store” for customers.

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15:54
Reports: MacBook Pro Is Getting a Makeover


The long wait for a MacBook Pro refresh appears to be nearing an end, if the latest rumors are correct. The new MacBook Pros expected to launch this fall will feature a Touch ID power button and a touch-sensitive OLED strip that will replace the physical function keys on the keyboard, according to reports. The strip will bring up functions appropriate to the application that's in use. For example, it may display media playback controls when a user opens iTunes. It also might display editing commands when a word processing program is running.

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