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Thursday July 7

08:06
Apple Launching Public Betas of iOS 10 and macOS...

Two days after releasing the second developer betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra for testing, Apple today is launching its public beta program for the forthcoming updates, allowing a broader cross section of users to test out the new features and report bugs to Apple (via The Verge and CNET).

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08:05
Audible's new Channels service pits Amazon...

Amazon's Audible division on Thursday launched Channels, a service with exclusive short-form audio content that looks to challenge Apple's current dominance of the podcasting space.

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08:03
macOS Sierra public beta coming today: Here’s how to...

If you want to get your hands on the next version of the Mac operating system, now’s your chance. Apple on Thursday is releasing the public beta of macOS Sierra, the successor to OS X EL Capitan.

To get the beta, you must sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program, which requires an Apple ID. The Sierra beta installer is downloaded through the Mac App Store.

Before running the installer, be sure to back up your data. Remember, this is beta software, and it’s possible that some of the software you have may have problems.

There are a couple of conditions that Apple has if you want to use the Sierra beta:

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08:00
iOS 10 preview: Apple goes back to ignoring the iPad...

Enlarge / The iOS 10 beta on a 9.7-inch iPad Pro and an iPhone 6S. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

I’ve spent most of the last six months buying a house, so you’ll need to forgive me if I have houses and house metaphors on the brain. I’ve found them helpful while trying to nail down iOS 10.

Imagine iOS 6 as a fundamentally solid house in need of some major remodeling. iOS 7 was largely a cosmetic update, putting on some new siding (or maybe a nice brick façade) and giving all the rooms a nice paint job. iOS 8 with its under-the-hood changes was roughly equivalent to replacing wiring and plumbing—stuff that’s harder to see but makes a big difference in everyday usage. iOS 9 gave an extensive makeover to one particular room (let’s call it “the iPad”) that had been basically fine for a...

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08:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Gorgeous protection for your...

Take your accessories everywhere you go with Wrappers' soft sleeve

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings versatile folios for typing and viewing, screen protectors for everyday use and elegant sleeves to get you organized.

Casemade

The UltraTHIN (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $54) features a folio layout and is manufactured using genuine leather lined with soft suede for a snugly fit.

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07:56
A power lunch with Apple’s Bozoma Saint Joint is...

Would you like to have a “power lunch” with Bozoma Saint John, global head of Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes (and who stole the show as a presenter at the Worldwide Developer Conference)? If you have deep pockets, you may have a shot.

The meal is being auctioned off by CharityBuzz and proceeds will go to the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The auction ends on July and is valid for two people. And note that the winning bidder is responsible for the cost of the meal.

Before coming aboard at Apple, Saint John was head of the Music and Entertainment Marketing Group at Pepsi-Cola North America, where she drove breakthrough, integrated and sustained consumer engagement plans for brands across the soda giant’s beverages portfolio. Previously, she served as vice president of...

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07:41
Whisply is a new Mac compatible file transfer service

Secomba, the developer of the cloud encryption solution Boxcryptor, has debuted Whisply, a web-based file transfer service that allows you to send files end-to-end-encrypted out of Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Also, Boxcryptor for Mac OS X and Windows has been upgraded with new features, including Whisply integration.  

Starting now, files can be sent out of Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive — even to receivers who neither use Boxcryptor nor a cloud storage provider. Since Wispily is a web-based service, there’s no need to download software; files are sent from your browser, protected with AES-256 encryption. Boxcryptor users can use the service right inside the app.

You can give Whisply a whirl with three free file transfers. After that, a free Boxcryptor account is necessary for an unlimited number of file transfers. For users who have a Boxcryptor Unlimited Personal or Unlimited Business account,...

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07:40
Whisply file transfer service integrates with...

Secomba, the developer of the cloud encryption solution Boxcryptor (www.boxcryptor.com), has debuted Whisply, a web-based file transfer service that allows you to send files end-to-end-encrypted out of Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Also, Boxcryptor for Mac OS X and Windows has been upgraded with new features, including Whisply integration.

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07:38
B&W’s iconic Zeppelin Wireless speaker coming...

Nine months after launching the wireless version of its iconic Zeppelin speaker, offering both AirPlay and Bluetooth support, Bowers & Wilkins has today announced a white model. The company says it’s intended to appeal to those who prefer a more neutral color tone.

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07:35
New Mac backdoor program steals keychain contents

Researchers have identified a new Mac backdoor program that’s designed to steal credentials stored in the OS-encrypted keychain and give attackers control over the system.

Dubbed OSX/Keydnap by researchers from antivirus vendor ESET, this is the second backdoor program targeting Macs found by antivirus firms in the past few days.

It’s not clear how Keydnap is distributed, but it arrives on computers in the form of a zip archive. Inside there’s an executable file with an apparently benign extension such as .txt or .jpg that actually has a space character at the end. The file also has an icon indicating an image or text file.

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07:20
Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John auctioning ‘power...

Plenty of Apple execs have auctioned meet ups and keynote tickets for charity over the years, and now Apple Music’s Bozoma Saint John is joining the club. Saint John, who joined Apple through the Beats Music acquisition, made her on-stage debut last month during the Apple Music demo at WWDC 2016.

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07:13
How to skip the airport's US Customs line with...

An iPhone app authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection allows users to submit entry information over the internet after landing, allowing them to skip the line at the airport and potentially re-enter the country much faster than usual.

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07:09
China's Smartphone Vendors are bracing...

Even though Samsung is enjoying a bit of rebound after Apple's iPhone-6 mania made them road kill, going forward may be another matter. Korea Investment & Securities said in a recent report that the operating profit margins for the Galaxy S7 mobile phone business will decline in the third and fourth quarters as the Galaxy S7 effect fades.

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07:00
Control A Wink From Alexa

One of my favorite options in the latest round of home automationry is the ability to voice control all the things. The Wink has a pretty substantial list of supported home automation devices. The Alexa can control the Wink. Therefore, the Alexa can do all the things, even though integrations with Alexa were not built for most of those devices by Amazon.

The beauty here lies in the ubiquity of APIs these days. Alexa has a recipe-style option called a Skill (further humanizing her). Basically, you add the Wink skill, then scan for devices that are connected through the Wink, then viola, tell Alexa to do something to them. To get started, open the Alexa app and tap on Skills. Search for Wink and then tap on Enable.

At the Wink screen, enter the username and password for your Wink account and then tap on Sign In.

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06:49
The 'iPhone 7' effect: Android makers...

With the next-generation iPhone expected to launch in just a few months, a new supply chain report claims that Android device makers are trimming their chip orders, apparently hoping to avoid direct competition with Apple's latest model.

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06:33
Apple Watch and Usher Syndrome

From an extensive post on the Molly Watt Trust blog (raising awareness of Usher Syndrome):

I have Usher Syndrome, which means I was born deaf and in the last ten years I have lost most of my sight. What I see in good light is like looking through a small letterbox. The bits out to the side and above and below are a white, misty haze. In dim light, or at night: I am almost completely blind.

Fantastic post on the benefits of Apple Watch and Apple Pay. Beautifully presented, definitely worth a read.

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06:30
Some iOS 10 beta 2 users with 2FA switched on report...

A small number of iOS 10 beta 2 users who have two-factor authentication switched on report that they are being locked out of their Apple accounts, unable to perform a password reset. Apple Support is telling them that because 2FA is in use, Apple is currently unable to help.

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06:28
Apple Pay comes to Switzerland, Visa and MasterCard...

Apple Pay has made its way to Switzerland.

This marks the second European launch after the United Kingdom and iPhone users in Switzerland can now set up their Visa and MasterCard bank cards in Apple Wallet to start using contactless payments at merchants as of today. Apple Pay requires an iPhone with integrated NFC chip such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s or iPhone SE.

Switzerland iOS users can take advantage of over 100,000 contactless terminals in the country but it requires bank support. Right now, Bonus Card, CornerCard and SwissBankers have signed up to support Apple Pay. Users can find out if they have an eligible bank card by trying to add the account in the Apple Pay app.

Even if Apple Pay has yet to arrive in your country, Apple has said that...

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06:25
Apple rival Samsung posts high Q2 profits on...

Korea's Samsung on Thursday reported its highest quarterly profits in two years -- likely based on smartphones, despite intense competition from Apple and Chinese firms like Huawei.

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06:22
FAQ: How to use Auto Unlock with watchOS 3 and macOS...

Auto Unlock is now available in macOS Sierra Developer Preview Seed 2, and on Tuesday, we demonstrated how it works with our hands-on video. Yet, there are still many lingering questions about Auto Unlock, such as hardware requirements, range requirements, etc. In the following post, we address some of the questions that you’ve posted in the comments and submitted via email. more…

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06:21
Understanding Tesla Autopilot

Marco Arment:

A few Tesla vehicles have had accidents with Autopilot enabled recently, and I’ve gotten countless questions about these incidents and the nature of Autopilot from people who aren’t Tesla owners. Tesla and the media haven’t clearly communicated what these features do (and don’t do) to the public, so I’ll try to help in whatever small way I can as a Model S owner for a few months so far.

This is a terrific walkthrough on Tesla’s autopilot, a glimpse into what’s coming for cars in general, as well as a reality check on where autonomous driving stands. Things are changing fast as we move towards autonomous vehicles all around us.

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06:15
Marvel’s new Iron Man is a black woman

Time:

There’s a new Iron Man. Well, Iron Man for now. She’s still working on the name. The events at the end of the comic-book event series Civil War II will result in Tony Stark stepping out of the Iron Man suit and a new character, Riri Williams, taking over, Marvel tells TIME.

Read on for my thoughts on this.

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05:49
∞ Force touch in Control Center in iOS 10

I’ve been using iOS 10 since WWDC and have now updated all my devices to iOS 10 beta 2. My experience with this beta has been solid and marked by little pockets of discovery.

One of those discoveries, here since beta one, I believe, is the addition of Force Touch to Control Center. Read on for the details.

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05:21
Apple’s Cookie Monster/Siri commercial is one of the...

Apple’s TV commercial in which the Cookie Monster uses Siri is one of the top 10 “Breakthrough ads” from the second quarter of 2016, according to Ace Metrix, a company that measures the impact of video advertising. “Likeability” and “attention” are the attributes of the ads on the list.

Gillette’s “This Father’s Day, Go Ask Dad” earned the highest Breakthrough ad of the quarter. The 2:36 digital ad tugged at the heartstrings by having fathers teach their sons skills such as tying a tie and shaving. Viewer verbatim responses used words like “touching,” “heartwarming” and “cry” in abundance when describing the ad. Ads from Procter & Gamble corporate and Unilever’s Dove Skin, in second and third place on the list. The top five list of biggest Breakthrough ads was rounded out by ads from Google and Apple smartphones.

With the exception of Johnsonville and Apple, each ad was described with words like “inspirational...

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05:17
Pokémon GO tops the app charts as Australian police...

Well, that escalated quickly. Just a day after Pokémon GO launched on iOS, it is already topping the free app charts. It is currently available only in the USA, Australia and New Zealand, though it is expected to hit the UK soon.

The augmented reality game works by encouraging players to go looking for things in the real world, which is not without its hazards. Australian police have to warn players not to get too carried away while trying to catch a Sandshrew …

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05:11
iOS app plus e-ink display lets you skip the baggage...

Online check-in is great when travelling hand-baggage only, but doesn’t save much time when you have hold baggage. The waiting in line you used to have to do at check-in you now do at the baggage-drop instead.

But luggage-maker Rimowa has a solution. Its latest luggage range has a built-in e-ink display the exact dimensions of an airline baggage-tag, and your airline app can transmit the correct details to the bag via Bluetooth. A dedicated drop area then lets you skip the queues …

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05:06
A new Apple Patent Covers Flexible LED Display...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the first patents to surface from the engineers at LuxVue, a micro LED Company that Apple acquired back in May 2014.

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05:04
See the things you’ve searched for, visited, and...

This link will take you to a page that shows you the Google services that are tracking you, along with a history for each of those services.

It would be interesting to see a list of all the data Google has harvested from me. I’d also like to see the same thing from Facebook and Apple.

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05:00
Patent report: iCloud collaboration, user...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights:

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20160196247) that shows the company is considering ways to make collaborating on iCloud documents easier. The patent is dubbed, appropriately, “collaborative document editing.”

Once you’ve saved a document on iCloud Drive, you can now share it with a friend or colleague. In Pages, Numbers, or Keynote, choose Share > Share Link via iCloud, or click the Share button in the toolbar. You can choose to allow the person you share the document with to edit the document. If you only want them to see the document and not make changes, choose Read Only from the Permissions menu. You can protect the document by clicking Add Password and...

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05:00
Your heirs may not get your digital goodies when you...

You may not know it but when you "buy" digital content such as books, music and movies from Apple and Amazon, you're not actually buying them but renting them. As more people realize this, it's unlikely they'll reconsider making physical purchases instead of digital ones. But this needs to change. 

Apple and Amazon grant “nontransferable” rights to use content. In other words, when you buy digital content, you own a license to use the digital files, but you don't truly own them. I've bought lots of music and movies on iTunes. However, unless the law changes I can't give bequeath them to my kids.

That stinks.

As noted in a 2012 Wall Street Journal someone who owns 10,000 hardcover books and the same number of vinyl records could leave them to descendants. However, legal experts say passing on iTunes and Kindle libraries would be much more complicated.

"I find it hard to imagine a situation where a family would be OK with losing a collection of 10...

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05:00
Sidewalk Labs: Taking It to the Streets in Columbus


Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs, a sister company of Google, recently began negotiating a plan to help restructure the public transportation system in Columbus, Ohio, after the city won the Obama administration's national competition to ease traffic gridlock issues. Sidewalk Labs will leverage its cloud-based transportation data to help Columbus implement a public bus and parking system that will help ease traffic congestion and provide greater access for low-income communities.

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04:43
Melee 3.5 for OS X adds text boxes, enhances image...

RedleX has revved Mellel (http://www.mellel.com), its word processor for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher), to version 3.5. It provides a set of features allowing anyone to control how their document looks, including page, section, paragraph, and character styles, auto-titles, lists, footnotes, endnotes and more. Version 3.5 introduces text boxes, key improvements to image handling and smart-snap options for easy layout of items in a document.

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04:32
Kool Tools: Limelens for iPhones and iPads

Due to rapid advances in technology, the quality of smartphone cameras is now on a par, if not better, than some point-and-shoot cameras and entry-level DSLRs. 

With the increasing demand for smartphone accessories to maximize users’ photographic potential, Limelens offers superior quality smartphone  lenses at a price within reach of the masses. The company’s lenses capture intricate detail that a smartphone camera may not be able to achieve on its own.

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04:31
Server Ranger is a new website and server monitoring...

LibertyApp has introduced Server Ranger 1.0, a website and server monitoring solution for OS X. It scales to monitor the performance and uptime of any number of servers, as well as any type of server, including web, mail, file, routers and more. 

Server Ranger can send multiple alerts when a server's latency is unacceptable or if the server has gone offline. The app includes an Overview window, a Log window with timestamps and export capability, a detailed view and more.

Server Ranger also includes an Overview window (which can be displayed on a separate screen or “AirPlayed” to an Apple TV), a Single Server mode, a log window with timestamps and export capability and a detailed view, which uses charts to display the server's recent performance at a glance.

The utility requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s available for $29.99 at the Mac App Store. Server Ranger has no in...

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04:30
IDC: there’s solid year-over-year growth in PC...

The total worldwide PC monitor market shipped more than 29 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), up 0.5% year over year but a decrease of 5.7% compared to the previous quarter, according to new data from IDC (www.idc.com).

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04:30
IDC: there’s solid year-over-year growth in PC...

The total worldwide PC monitor market shipped more than 29 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), up 0.5% year over year but a decrease of 5.7% compared to the previous quarter, according to new data from IDC (www.idc.com).

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04:30
IDC: there’s solid year-over-year growth in PC...

The total worldwide PC monitor market shipped more than 29 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), up 0.5% year over year but a decrease of 5.7% compared to the previous quarter, according to new data from IDC (www.idc.com).

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04:30
UFC 200 will be on DirecTV and streaming to Sony TVs...

Need a reason to get excited about UFC 200 this weekend even though the headlining match has been called off? You should know that it will be available in 4K, through a couple of outlets. DirecTV is delivering the match in 4K on channel 106, while ow...

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04:30
You may think you don’t need a product like MacScan...

I’ve never had any problems with malware, adware, ransomeware or any sort of nasty-ware on any of the many Macs I’ve owned. However, a study by the Bit9 + Carbon Black Threat Research Team says that five times more OS X malware appeared in 2015 than in the previous five years combined, so I guess precautions are needed.

 

SecureMac’s MacScan is one well-regarded solution. The latest version is 3, which continues to provide the functionality from earlier versions of MacScan, while addressing the need to protect against a new generation of malware.

MacScan 3 has been completely re-architected and rewritten, designed specifically for OS X 10.8 and higher, including OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).  The scan engine is faster, and you have more complete scheduling control over scans...

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04:28
Server Ranger 1.0 Released for OS X

LibertyApp has introduced Server Ranger 1.0 (http://www.serverranger.com), a website and server monitoring solution for OS X. It scales to monitor the performance and uptime of any number of servers, as well as any type of server, including web, mail, file, routers and more.

Server Ranger can send multiple alerts when a server's latency is unacceptable or if the server has gone offline. The app includes an Overview window, a Log window with timestamps and export capability, a detailed view and more.

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04:24
Apple Pay comes to Switzerland

Apple has announced that Apple Pay, is mobile payment system to customers in Switzerland, offering initial support for both Visa and Mastercard credit cards, as well as Bonus Card, Cornercard or Swiss Bankers credit and prepaid cards.

However, as noted by AppleInsider, wners might not be able to actually use the service anytime soon, however, as only eight major chains are listed as participating retailers, not including Apple's own Apple Store. Aldi, Avec, C&A, k kiosk, Mobile Zone, P&B, Spar, and TopCC are accepting Apple Pay transactions at launch, while Lidl plans to integrate the payments solution in the near future. 

Apple Pay is now available in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, Switzerland, China, and Singapore. Apple has hinted that...

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04:04
Barclays hopes that ‘poor man’s Apple Watch’ might...

When Apple Pay officially went live in the UK almost a year ago, it was supported by every major bank except Barclays, which waited a further nine months before joining in. The reason was because Barclays was trying to push its own mobile payment service, bPay – which is actually just a contactless card chip embedded into a variety of physical objects.

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04:00
Rimowa's electronic luggage tag is the future...

Nowadays if you're flying with carry-on luggage, you can easily skip the check-in lines by doing it all online ahead of time. Sadly, it requires a few more steps if you have to check your luggage -- you still need to go print out your tag at the airp...

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04:00
The Hot Cookie USB coffee warmer is not so hot

I like my coffee hot. Really hot. Since I sip on a cup of java for a long period of time, I thought the cool-looking Hot Cookie could replace the Thermos mug I keep on my desk. Unfortunately, it can't.

The yummy-looking Hot Cookie is a coffee/tea warmer that's powered by a USB port on a Mac or PC. The idea is a great one. Plug in the Hot Cookie, sit your mug atop it, and it will keep your coffee or tea nice and warm.

In reality, however, it only keeps them Lukewarm (at best), even though it's supposed to keep your drinks at 50 degrees C for up to 30 minutes. No go. My drinks cooled down only slightly slower than if they weren't sitting on the USB cup warmer at all.

I really wanted to like the Hot Cookie. It's big enough (8.5 x 1 x 5 inches) to handle bigger mugs, and, as I said, it's one good-looking gadget. However, as a drink warmer, it's one cuppa disappointment.

The Hot Cookie is available at Amazon...

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03:31
Apple Invents a Structured-Light Projector for...

On Tuesday Patently Apple posted a granted patent report titled "Apple Wins a Patent that may Relate to the new iPhone 7 Dual Camera System." The patent related to a future camera system that is likely to first debut on the iPhone 7. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that is yet another PrimeSense original invention titled "Integrated structured-light projector."

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03:08
Apple Pay launches in Switzerland with MasterCard...

Apple is continuing its expansion of its NFC mobile payments service, Apple Pay, today. This time around, Apple Pay has made its way to Switzerland, the second European launch after the United Kingdom. iPhone users in Switzerland can now setup their Visa and MasterCard bank cards in Apple Wallet and start using contactless payments at merchants from today. Apple Pay requires an iPhone with integrated NFC chip: iPhone 6, iPhone 6s or iPhone SE.

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02:42
Hitomi observed the Perseus galaxy cluster before it...

Japan's most powerful x-ray satellite Hitomi got lost in space shortly after it launched, but it managed to beam back data that can help us better understand galaxy clusters. The space telescope got a chance to peer into a cluster of galaxies and its...

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01:45
Barclays' bPay Loop turns regular watches into...

At this point, Barclays now plays nice with Apple Pay and last month, formally shunned Android Pay in favour of its own app for the platform. In addition, the bank has a range of devices that put contactless payments on your wrist, keychain and anyth...

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01:35
NASA's Curiosity rover took a 'safe mode...

On July 2nd, humanity's rugged little Mars explorer, Curiosity, automatically shut itself down and restricted most of its functions over the holiday weekend. Fortunately, scientists successfully secured communications with the rover, so all is not lo...

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00:42
Facebook will start testing offline videos in India

In an attempt to avoid the dreaded buffering symbol in regions where mobile internet access is spotty or prohibitively expensive, Facebook is about to start testing a new video download feature for a group of users in India. As TechCrunch reports tod...

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Wednesday July 6

23:51
No one wants to test self-driving cars in Ontario,...

Governments may be racing to approve self-driving car tests on their roads, but that doesn't mean that companies will always line up. Case in point: Ontario. The Canadian province greenlit autonomous vehicle testing on its public roads as of Januar...

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22:56
Samsung's highest profit in two years comes...

Samsung just had a great quarter, and it's all because people are snapping up Galaxy S7s. The Korean chaebol has revealed that it's expecting its second quarter operating profit to reach 8.1 trillion won ($7 billion), thanks to its smartphone busines...

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22:42
Apple Pay launches in Switzerland with Visa and...

As promised in June, Apple on Thursday introduced its in-house payments solution Apple Pay to customers in Switzerland, offering initial support for both Visa and Mastercard credit cards.

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22:00
Fujifilm's X-T2 camera pairs a familiar design...

Based on recent conversations with Fujifilm camera users, I know many of them couldn't wait for the X-T1 successor to be announced. And well, that day is finally here. Today, Fujifilm introduced its new X-T2 mirrorless shooter, a major upgrade over t...

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20:28
Samsung's world-first UFS memory cards are...

We've heard arguments for and against removable storage on smartphones, but we can all agree on the fact that the more the merrier. And we're not just talking about memory space here, as the speed becomes more crucial when it comes to capturing highe...

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20:03
Spector captures printed fonts and sends the details...

When a designer sees typography they like or a color that might be useful for a project, the first move is usually to snap a picture with their phone. I can say that because I'm a designer myself, frequently capturing textures, hues and letterforms f...

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18:58
Longbow Research inaugurates Apple stock coverage...

Investment firm Longbow Research initiated Apple stock coverage this week, assigning a 12-month target price of $125 and forecasting a rosy outlook for the Cupertino tech giant on expected strong iPhone user growth.

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18:51
Clearing 'Trials of the Blood Dragon' demo...

Game demos typically are little more than a bullet point in a publisher's marketing plan designed to give folks an early taste of what a game might end up being while simultaneously driving pre-order numbers northward. But for Trials of the Blood Dra...

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17:54
NASA's Kate Rubins is set to sequence DNA...

The three newest ISS crew members are blasting off to space in a Soyuz from Kazakhstan tonight. Russia's space agency is sending out Anatoly Ivanishin, Japan's representative is Takuya Onishi, while NASA's is biologist-slash-astronaut Kate Rubins, wh...

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17:44
Google could be working on two new Android Wear...

Sources close to Android Police claim Google is hard at work right now on two Android Wear devices of its own. According to the report, the watches are fundamentally different from one another, with one acting as a larger and sportier option and the...

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17:38
Man potentially facing charges for using gun-shaped...

Last year, police departments started speaking out against a wave of gun-shaped iPhone cases that were gaining popularity. If common sense wasn’t enough, police departments warned that using such cases was a “terrible idea” and puts people in danger. Nevertheless, a London man could be facing charges for  having a gun-shaped iPhone cased while at London Stansted Airport this week.

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17:20
Summer camp for billionaires

There are some heavy hitters attending this event every year.

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16:56
Apple's second iOS 10 beta includes unencrypted...

Apple turned heads in June when it released a preview version of iOS 10 containing an unencrypted kernel cache, a significant shift in software security policy meant to streamline system performance, and analysis shows the company is building on those efforts with the second beta release.

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16:27
American Airlines to test automatic security...

It's bad enough that US airports engage in security theater that seldom makes you safer. However, it's made that much worse by the delays -- having to wait for agents to X-ray your bags is frustrating when you're desperate to get to your gate. Americ...

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16:26
Pinterest’s shot at camera search

Taking advantage of the rise in mobile photography, Pinterest says its image-discovery app in coming months will let users point their smartphone cameras at something, and the app instantly will search within its vast online showroom of 75 billion images for a visually similar match of the items in the photo.

This idea has been around for a long time, but the technology has never really been there to allow it to succeed. Honestly, I’m still not sure it’s there, completely. It’ll be interesting to see how Pinterest tackles all of the little problems involved in making this work.

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16:20
Microsoft Targets The iMac With New All-In-One...

New submitter Miche67 writes: Two reports say Microsoft is working on an all-in-one (AIO) PC under the Surface brand. If that's true, it would put it in competition with HP and Dell, which have their own AIO lines, as well as put it in competition with Apple's iMac. Network World reports: "Both DigiTimes and Windows Central picked up on the story, each citing their own sources. DigiTimes, a Taiwan-based publication with connections to the PC industry over there (but also a very mixed record of accuracy) said the new devices would come in the third quarter of this year. Windows Central, which is a little better when it comes to rumors, said it did not have a solid release date." Business Insider was able to find a patent filing by Microsoft for a desktop PC that supports the rumored AIO design. "The device is evidently targeting a 'modern and elegant' design and is meant to be something akin to a premium appliance or furniture," Windows Central wrote. Intel's release date of the new...

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15:44
US Attorney General will not bring charges in...

There has been a lot of indications that the investigation surrounding US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of private email servers during her time as Secretary of State is wrapping up. Now, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has released...

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15:19
Walmart Pay now available at all Walmart locations...

Walmart on Wednesday announced it recently completed the nationwide rollout of in-house mobile payments service Walmart Pay, a system promised to one day support third-party digital wallets like Apple Pay.

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15:15
AWT News Update: July 6, 2016

Neither rain, nor floods, nor lightning, nor balky cloud storage partners at Libsyn can keep this podcaster from making his appointed rounds. Today we have a nice little 4-minute blast of Apple and industry news for you:

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook joins other corporate elites at the Sun Valley retreat
  • Safari Technology Preview 8 adds internal code to support Apple Pay for Websites
  • Verizon raises rates, adds some features

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 6, 2016.

When we go to conferences, they’re usually fun little affairs like MacTech Pro or 360|iDev, where anybody...

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15:00
Nintendo looks into making VR safe for kids

Nintendo's shareholder meeting didn't just hint at possible smartphone controllers. Company veteran Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that Nintendo's tentative research into virtual reality has included investigations into making VR kid-friendly. As he...

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14:56
Apple’s Tim Cook & Eddy Cue attend Sun Valley...

Yet again, Apple CEO Tim Cook is in attendance at the Sun Valley media conference in Idaho this year. Cook has attended the event over the past few years, last year keeping close with fellow tech executives including Bill Gates, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, and Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann.

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14:53
Apple's CEO and VP of Internet Services are...

Once again Apple's CEO and Eddy Cue are at this week's summer camp for billionaires where media giants gather in Sun Valley. It’s also where big corporate deals are secured.

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14:40
US rowers will get antimicrobial outfits to survive...

The Rio Olympic and Paralympic games sound like more of a nightmare every day. After the National Institute of Health announced that they will study American athletes for probable Zika infection, textile engineers at Philadelphia University have made...

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14:39
Apple Pay holdout Walmart launches own ‘Walmart Pay...

As one of the major Apple Pay holdouts among retailers, Walmart today officially launched its own digital payment solution called Walmart Pay nationwide.

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14:27
After hiatus, in-the-wild Mac backdoors are suddenly...

After a taking hiatus, Mac malware is suddenly back, with three newly discovered strains that have access to Web cameras, password keychains, and pretty much every other resource on an infected machine.

The first one, dubbed Eleanor by researchers at antivirus provider Bitdefender, is hidden inside EasyDoc Converter, a malicious app that is, or at least was, available on a software download site called MacUpdate. When double clicked, EasyDoc silently installs a backdoor that provides remote access to a Mac's file system and webcam, making it possible for attackers to download files, install new apps, and watch users who are in front of an infected machine. Eleanor communicates with control servers over the Tor anonymity service to prevent them from being taken down or being used to identify the attackers.

"This type of malware is particularly dangerous as it's hard to detect and offers the attacker full control of the compromised system,"...

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14:22
Six Google Patents describe a new Home Automation...

Late last month the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a series of six Google patents regarding a future home security system that will part of a larger home automation system that will be revealed over time. During last month's World Wide Developer Conference, Apple revealed that Siri is now open to all developers and those with home automation products could immediately take advantage of this feature to reach out to Apple customers this fall. In today's brief non-Apple patent report we cover an overview of Google's six patents ...

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14:20
Amazon may open its first East Coast bookstore in NYC

Given how Amazon has done its best to put the brick-and-mortar bookstore out of business, it's still odd to see the company building retail locations of its own. But CEO Jeff Bezos said the company would keep doing it after opening a store in Seattle...

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14:12
I now pronounce you man and MacBook; this guy wants...

I "love" my Apple products, but this is taking things a little too far: attorney Mark "Chris" Servier is attempting to take Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis to court for denying him the right to marry his MacBook.

He’s the same guy who once tried to sue Apple because the online pornography he (accidentally) discovered on his Mac destroyed his marriage. This time around Servier claims that he wants to prove that marriage between same-sex couples stand on the same footing as a human marrying an inanimate object (like his MacBook.)

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

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14:01
Apple is top dog when it comes to enterprise mobile...

Apple is king of the hill when it comes to enterprise mobile security; however, Samsung is catching up through the strength of its KNOX platform among others, according to a new research report released by Tech Pro Research – a joint venture between TechRepublic and ZDNet.

The report found 84% of respondents saw Apple smartphone security as at least “good” with 37% opting for “very good” and 14% “excellent,” For tablets, the scores were similar; 82% of the more than 250 respondents opted for at least “good,” with 33% and 13% for “very good” and “excellent.”

Samsung ranked second in terms of smartphones, with BlackBerry, Microsoft and Google completing the two five. For tablets Microsoft took second place, ahead of Samsung, Google, and Dell. The survey also found that 61% of respondents view mobile devices as less secure...

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14:00
Your smartwatch is also recording your PIN

With all the personal data it collects, your wrist-mounted wearable computer is almost definitely going to betray you at some point, whether that's a reminder to get up and do another 5,000 steps this afternoon or accidentally giving away your ATM PI...

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13:59
Apple's Tim Cook & Eddy Cue return to...

For the fifth time in a row, Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly attending the annual Sun Valley retreat in Idaho, which plays host to rich elites from the corporate and political worlds.

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13:50
Apple tops the PwC Global Top 100 list for the fifth...

Apple retains pole position for the 5th year in a row in PwC’s Global Top 100 ranking; however, a $121 billion (17%) decrease in market cap sees the gap with second ranked Alphabet narrow from $350 billion last year to just $86 billion Alphabet, a subsidiary of Google, briefly dethroned Apple in February 2016.

PwC notes that Apple is also returning cash to shareholders with another $42 billion handed back to investors in dividends and share repurchases in calendar year 2015 ($56 billion was distributed in 2014). Google doesn’t pay dividends or undertake share buybacks.

Technology has overtaken the financial sector this year, underlining the resilience and innovative features of tech companies. The global top three are now technology companies: Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft, closely followed by Facebook in sixth position.

The...

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13:40
Walmart Now Lets You Pay With Phone At All 4,600 US...

An anonymous reader writes: Walmart will now let customers make purchases with their phone at all 4,600 of its stores in the U.S. The feature is called Walmart Pay and it works by letting the cashier scan a QR code on a customer's phone screen to complete their payment. The technology is different than Apple, Samsung, and Android Pay, which involves tapping your phone next to a payment terminal with NFC. The company wants to make shopping easier and faster, and with its own payment app, Walmart can get insights into consumer behavior, though it says it won't use the data without a shopper's permission. Walmart says no payment information is stored on users' phones or at registers -- card information is stored on Walmart servers. Note: Samsung Pay also uses magnetic secure transmission (MST) to make purchases. When a smartphone with Samsung Pay is held against a register with a magnetic stripe terminal, the phone emits a magnetic signal that simulates the magnetic strip found on the...

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13:38
Notable apps and app updates for July 6, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Playground Health has released Playground, which is designed to leverage the iPhone and Apple Watch in conjunction with your existing Facebook friends to create fun and social games between friends and family. In addition to competitive and cooperative challenges, the app allows users to join over 50,000 communities, including cities around the world and universities in the United States.

 

Citing general, growing concerns about privacy protection and personal data security, Kisapp has launched Smart Ephemeral, which enables the general public to send highly-encrypted messages that vanish in seconds. And unlike most free messaging services available...

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13:37
iOS users spend lots more money on apps than Android...

iPhones and iPad users spend lots more money on apps than Android users and the gap is widening, according to new research from Citigroup Global Markets analysts Mark May and Jim Suva — as noted by Business Insider.

In 2015, they estimate that the average iOS device generated $52 in Apple App Store "bookings," or sales. The average Android phone only generated $5.70 for the Google Play store. 

That means the average Apple device spent 9.1 times more on App Store apps and in-app purchases than the average Android user spent on the Google Play app store. That ratio is up from 2014, when the average Apple device spent 7.7 times more than Android devices on apps from the main app stores. 

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13:31
Apple’s LZFSE compression algorithm goes open source

Apple has open-sourced its lossless compression algorithm, LZFSE, which was introduced along with iOS 9 and OS X 10.10. What is LZFSE?

It’s a proprietary compression algorithm that, according to Apple (and this explanation is heavy with tech-speak), “matches the compression ratio of ZLIB level 5, but with much higher energy efficiency and speed (between 2x and 3x) for both encode and decode operations.” ZLIB’s compression level is designed to provide a good balance between compression speed and compression ratio. 

LZFSE is only present in iOS and OS X, so it can’t be used when the compressed payload has to be shared to other platforms (Linux, Windows). In all other cases, Apple recommends LZFSE as a replacement for ZLIB.

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13:31
Facebook reveals open-source wireless platform,...

OpenCellular is Facebook's open-source wireless access platform designed to provide internet to remote areas around the world. OpenCellular is roughly the size of a shoe box and it can support up to 1,500 people as far as 10 kilometers away with a ra...

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13:20
VW's E-Golf is an undercover electric car

Some people find a certain satisfaction in proclaiming to the world that they drive a hybrid or pure electric car. Thanks to the Prius line, Chevy Volt and Tesla, it's easy to stick out among the hoards of other vehicles on the road. They are badges...

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13:19
Apple among tech companies fighting the European...

Apple is among several tech companies are fighting the European Union's so-called "Cookie Law," lobbying the organization for more refined laws that aim to strike a balance between user privacy and data collected by providers, according to AppleInsider.

The companies’ filing states that a similar law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), should be the framework for "a comprehensive set of horizontal rules ensuring high levels of data protection" for citizens of the EU. The tech companies prefer the GDPR over expansion of the ePrivacy Directive.

"We believe that simplifying and streamlining regulation will benefit consumers by ensuring they are provided with a simple, consistent, and meaningful set of rules designed to protect their personal data," the industry group said in its statement. "At the same time, it will...

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13:14
∞ Iceland welcomes home Euro 2016 team with Viking...

What a great story for Iceland.

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13:00
Tesla's Autopilot blamed for a Model X crash

Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot mode is coming under fire for the second time in as many weeks. Art dealer Albert Scaglione claims that the feature was responsible for a crash that rolled his Model X on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on July 1st. Accord...

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12:55
Verizon Revamps Plans With More Data, Carryover Data...

Verizon has announced a series of changes to its monthly service plans effective July 7 and introduced a new version of its My Verizon app in tow.

The biggest change is that Verizon's unlimited talk and text plans now offer at least 30 percent more data, albeit at higher price points.

Old Plans

- S: 1GB for $30/month

- M: 3GB for $45/month

- L: 6GB for $60/month

- XL: 12GB for $80/month

- XXL: 18GB for $100/month

New Plans

- S: 2GB for $35/month

- M: 4GB for $50/month

- L: 8GB for $70/month

- XL: 16GB for $90/month

- XXL: 24GB for $110/month

A new Carryover Data feature allows Verizon customers to keep their...

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12:48
Scientists teach robots how to hunt

There is nothing that can wrong with this.

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12:44
Man who attacked Google buildings said the company...

Diaz said his motivation for attacking Google was that the company was watching him, according to an affidavit filed in a U.S. District Court. He told police he kept journals detailing the times he thought the company was watching him, the affidavit said. He also mentioned Facebook and Google CEO Larry Page during the interview.

Somehow, I don’t think we’re talking about your typical privacy complaint here.

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12:42
Verizon confirms plans including price hikes, more...

Verizon on Wednesday officially announced its rumored new cellphone plans, launching July 7, which are costlier but in some cases include perks previously found only at other carriers, like rollover data.

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12:40
Become a Starfleet cadet at the Intrepid's new...

Star Trek turns 50 this September, and while fans will have to wait until next year for a taste of the new TV show, they can still have their own immersive Trek experience this summer at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. If you've...

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12:39
Car thieves go high tech

The discovery follows a recent incident in Houston in which a pair of car thieves were caught on camera using a laptop to start a 2010 Jeep Wrangler and steal it from the owner’s driveway. Police say the same method may have been used in the theft of four other late-model Wranglers and Cherokees in the city. None of the vehicles has been recovered.

This problem is only going to get worse from here.

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12:33
Verizon raises rates, but offers more data

Verizon is hiking rates and increasing data across all its plans. For instance, the basic “S” plan will cost $35, a $5 rise, and offer double the data at 2 gigabytes and the high-end “XXL” plan will cost $10 more at $110 and offer 24 gigabytes as opposed to the previous 16 gigabyte limit.

I’ll be honest, that sounds reasonable to me.

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12:20
Australian police urge 'Pokémon Go'...

Zealous new Pokémon Go trainers around the world are out catching 'em all, but a police station in Australia is warning against actually walking into the station just to nab the items that could be lurking there.

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12:11
Sling TV, a Cord Cutter’s Delight, Arrives on Apple...

The Sling TV service offers cable-style programming over the Internet at a lower cost, but a lack of Apple TV compatibility has kept many users away. Sling TV has now released an Apple TV app with a revamped interface. Julio Ojeda-Zapata reviews the app.

 

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12:08
HummingBad Mucks Up Android's Works


More than 85 million Android devices worldwide have been taken over by the Yingmob, a group of China-based cybercriminals who created the HummingBad malware, according to a Check Point report released last week. HummingBad establishes a persistent rootkit on Android devices, generates fraudulent ad revenue, and installs additional fraudulent apps. If it fails to establish a rootkit, it effectively carpet bombs the target devices with poisoned apps. HummingBad has been generating revenue of $300,000 a month, according to Check Point.

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12:01
Podcast 515: Facebook cuts Paper, its only good app

For the middle of summer, so much is going on! Glenn and Susie (just back from vacation) are joined by staff writer Caitlin McGarry to discuss the death of our favorite Facebook app ever, Facebook Paper. And then while we're at it, we chat about what Spotify's problem is and why Apple absolutely should buy Tidal.

In security news, the iCloud hacker plead guilty, making us wonder about the proper penalties for phishing. Apple's Gatekeeper is causing headaches again. And Glenn explains why just putting tape over your MacBook's microphone isn't going to do anything.

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11:22
Microsoft’s new app can bring your toy car...

One of the tough things about having an awesome collection of physical objects is that it can be difficult to share them with people far away. After all, what good is having a collection of dolls action figures taking over your house if you can’t foist them on someone halfway across the globe?

That’s a problem that Microsoft Research Cambridge is trying to solve with the private beta of a new iOS app called Thinga.Me. It’s an app that lets users clip objects out of digital photos and then arrange them on virtual shelves for easy sharing online. 

The company has a few examples of how it works already, showing off different collections of figurines, family photos, bottles of beers and pottery on the Thinga.Me website. It’s all powered by computer vision technology that Microsoft Research has built to separate individual objects from the background of photos...

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11:00
iOS 10 beta 2 heads out the door, walkthrough video...

iOS 10 beta 2 is out the door and being tested throughout the developer community.

And, in addition to an assortment of bug fixes, the cool cats at MacRumors have thrown together a quick walkthrough that looks at the new changes, including sticker packs from Apple, changes to the Control Center 3D Touch actions, Apple’s new organ donor signup, and more.

Take a gander and see what you think:

Via MacRumors

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11:00
iOS 9.3.3 beta 5 (13G34) Now Available

iOS 9.3.3 beta 5 (13G34) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.2 beta 5 (13Y825) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.2 beta 5 (13Y825) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 beta 5 (15G26a) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 beta 5 (15G26a) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 9.3.3 beta 5 (13G34) Now Available

iOS 9.3.3 beta 5 (13G34) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.2 beta 5 (13Y825) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.2 beta 5 (13Y825) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 beta 5 (15G26a) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 beta 5 (15G26a) Now Available

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10:58
Snapchat launches Memories so you can save and...

That embarrassing Snapchat video is coming back to haunt you.

On Wednesday, Snapchat started rolling out Memories, a new in-app camera roll for saving and searching your photos and videos. Integrating a permanent, searchable media archive is a big, bold step for Snapchat, which has over 100 million daily users sharing photos and videos (as Snaps and Stories) that vanish after 24 hours. Snapchat’s “big change” will be rolling out slowly over the next few weeks on iOS and Android. 

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10:53
Waves Audio ships Waves Infected Mushroom Pusher...

Waves Audio (www.waves.com) is shipping the $29 Waves Infected Mushroom Pusher plugin, created in collaboration with electronic music duo Infected Mushroom.  

The Waves Infected Mushroom Pusher plugin is an all-in-one multiband sonic enhancer and limiter/clipper that delivers Infected Mushroom’s “secret mixing sauce.” It provides users with possibilities for boosting frequencies, enhancing sounds and mastering full tracks for any genre or style.

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10:20
EasyDoc Malware Adds Tor Backdoor To Macs For Botnet...

An anonymous reader writes: Security firm Bitdefender has issued an alert about a malicious app that hands over control of Macs to criminals via Tor. The software, called EasyDoc Converter.app, is supposed to be a file converter but doesn't do its advertised functions. Instead it drops complex malware onto the system that subverts the security of the system, allowing it to be used as part of a botnet or to spy on the owner. "This type of malware is particularly dangerous as it's hard to detect and offers the attacker full control of the compromised system," said Tiberius Axinte, Technical Leader, Bitdefender Antimalware Lab. "For instance, someone can lock you out of your laptop, threaten to blackmail you to restore your private files or transform your laptop into a botnet to attack other devices. The possibilities are endless." The malware, dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor, sets up a hidden Tor service and PHP-capable web server on the infected computer, generating a .onion domain that...

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10:10
Blogosphere Chews on Android Nougat


Google last week revealed the official name of its next mobile operating system: "Android Nougat." The OS previously went only by "Android N," and Google invited the blogosphere to fill in the blanks. The choice sparked some derision, particularly among those who had preferred "Nutella." "What is nougat anyway?" asked John Jackson, a research VP at IDC. "It's like the 'nog' in eggnog; it doesn't exactly stand alone." That said, Nougat is consistent with Google's pattern of choosing generic sweets rather than branded product names.

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10:03
Hands-on with Voicemail Transcription in iOS 10 beta...

Apple appears to be slowly rolling out its new voicemail transcription feature to iOS 10 beta users, as the feature just appeared on my iPhone 6s in the last few minutes.

Voicemail transcription is exactly like it sounds: it processes audio from voicemails and displays the message in text form right from within the voicemail interface inside the built-in Phone app.  more…

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10:00
Carbon Copy Cloner 4: A close look at a popular Mac...

Most Mac users are happy to use the Time Machine backup utility built into OS X, but that utility has a shortcoming -- it doesn't create a bootable copy on the backup drive. That's why third-party utilities such as Bombich Software's Carbon Copy Cloner 4 (US$39.99) have remained so popular.

I recently decided to switch back to a third-party utility rather than Time Machine, since my main goal if my primary internal iMac drive goes bad is to get back to work as quickly as possible. I had used SuperDuper! for quite a few years, but the app (and the company website) just doesn't seem to have changed over the years. Carbon Copy Cloner has been around since 2002, and although Carbon Copy Cloner 4 was first introduced about 21 months ago, it's been in continuous development with constant updates.

Carbon Copy Cloner (AKA CCC) has a 30-day free trial available for download, so if you haven'...

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09:56
Apple issues fifth betas of iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6...

Just a week after the fourth betas arrived, Apple has provided both developers and public testers with fifth pre-release betas of iOS 9.3.3 and OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, forthcoming maintenance and security updates.

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09:49
Apple releases fifth iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6, and...

Apple has issued a fifth developer and public beta release of iOS 9.3.3 ahead of its general release. iOS 9.3.3 beta 5 follows the last build issued a week ago which suggests a general release will soon follow. Apple is likely testing iOS 9.3.3 heavily as it could be the last version of iOS 9 before iOS 10 is released later this fall.

more…

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09:45
Apple joins wide array of tech companies in fight to...

Apple and a cadre of other tech companies are fighting the European Union's so-called "Cookie Law," lobbying the organization for more refined laws that aim to strike a balance between user privacy and data collected by providers.

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09:43
Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 9.3.3 to Developers...

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.3 update to developers and public beta testers, one week after seeding the fourth beta of iOS 9.3.3 and more than a month after the release of iOS 9.3.2, a minor bug fix update. iOS 9.3.3 has been in testing since May 23.

The fifth iOS 9.3.3 beta update can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

As a minor 9.x.x update, iOS 9.3.3 features under-the-hood bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements to address issues discovered since the release of iOS 9.3.2. No outward-facing changes or obvious bug fixes were discovered in the first...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Air from $750...

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09:28
Snapchat update introduces Memories feature for...

Snapchat’s latest update introduces a brand new feature called Memories which lets you save Snaps and Stories in your own personal collection. Memories lets you capture and save pictures and videos in Snapchat instead of the Camera Roll in Apple’s Photos app by default.

more…

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09:26
Metrics vs. experience

Julie Zhuo, Product design VP at Facebook:

Being able to measure stuff gives you insight into what people are doing within your product. Unless you like living under a rock, having more information is a good thing. Sure, you need to be able to sort through what information is important and what isn’t, but arguing that the whole concept of having more information is bad is not really a defensible position. Metrics is not the villain.

Information is good, it’s what you do with it.

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09:24
What You Need to Know About Mac Malware '...

Internet security software company Bitdefender's research lab has disclosed new malware targeting Macs called Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor [PDF]. Learn more about the malware and how to keep your Mac protected against attackers.

What is Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor?

Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor is new macOS malware arising from a malicious third-party app called EasyDoc Converter, which poses as a drag-and-drop file converter.

What is EasyDoc Converter?

"EasyDoc Converter.app" is a third-party Mac app that poses as a drag-and-drop file converter. The app has the following fake description:EasyDoc Converter is a fast and simple file converter for OS X. Instantly convert your FreeOffice (.fof) and SimpleStats (.sst) docs to Microsoft Office (.docx) by dropping...

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09:15
External Link: Beware the EasyDoc Mac Malware

Bitdefender Labs has issued a warning about the EasyDoc Converter app, saying that it’s dangerous malware that could give an attacker complete control of your Mac. EasyDoc Converter was available at the reputable MacUpdate Web site, and testers at Tom’s Guide were able to install it despite Gatekeeper being set to allow apps only from the “Mac App Store and identified developers.” Interestingly, the malware will not install if you have Objective Development Software’s Little Snitch network-monitoring utility installed. Read this as yet another reminder to be extra careful about what you install on your Mac — stick to software from reputable developers.

 

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09:15
Companies intentionally slow down load times

So companies introduce what Kowitz calls an “artificial waiting” pattern into their interfaces. These are status bars, maybe a few update messages, to construct a facade of slow, hard, thoughtful work, even though the computer is done calculating your query.

It is absolutely fascinating how the mind works and how designers have to slow things down in order for us to believe them.

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09:10
Snapchat memories

Memories is a new way to save Snaps and Stories on Snapchat. It’s a personal collection of your favorite moments that lives below the Camera screen. Just swipe up from the Camera to open Memories!

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09:05
Apple's iPhone Status has dropped to Number...

Apple's first quarterly sales drop since 2003 hit them in April with many wondering if Apple's best days are behind them. Sales aren't going to improve this quarter either. Now Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has dropped to fifth place in Chinese smartphone shipments...

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08:48
Pokémon Go is rolling out now for iOS and Android

The augmented reality, location-based game Pokémon Go is now on the way to Android and iOS.

The availability comes via a slow, global rollout that’s starting first in New Zealand. So if you’re not able to download the game yet, you may need to give it some time.

In our hands on with Pokémon Go, we found it to be a fun, digital geocaching exercise with the zany and popular characters from Nintendo. While the game is free, it’s packed in with microtransactions ranging from $1 to $100. 

To enhance the experience, there’s also a $35 Pokémon Go Plus wearable, which allows you to catch Pokémon and collect items even when the app is closed or your phone is locked. 

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08:25
BBEdit 11.6

One of my favorite apps of all time.

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08:25
iPhone 7 To Start at 32GB Storage, Says WSJ

An anonymous reader writes: It appears Apple has finally decided to do something about the not-so-enough 16GB storage on its base iPhone model. According to a report on WSJ, the Cupertino-based company's next smartphone -- expected to be named iPhone 7 will have 32GB internal storage on the base model.For years, Apple has offered a 16GB iPhone version for those who were on a budget or just didn't necessarily need too much storage. But as we moved forward -- the iPhone got better cameras and improved video recording capability and apps became more sophisticated and ate more storage -- we really reached a point where 16GB wasn't enough for most people. In many cases, people were unable to update their iPhone to the latest version of iOS because there wasn't enough storage left on the device. It's a welcome move, and something millions of people will appreciate.

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08:17
Report: Apple now fifth behind local brands in China...

Apple lost share of the Chinese smartphone market with a decline in iPhone sales during May, pushing it to fifth place behind local brands Huawei, Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi. The data comes from Counterpoint Research and was published today by Bloomberg.

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08:15
Summer sponsorships available on The Loop

We have some sponsorship weeks available in July and August on The Loop. If you want to get your product or service in front of The Loop readers, this is the only way to do it. Sponsors are exclusive for the week, so it will just be you, me, and the great people who read this site.

If you’re interested, get in touch and let’s hammer something out.

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08:07
Apple's iPhone dips to fifth place in Chinese...

Apple continued losing ground in the Chinese smartphone market in May, seeing its share drop to fifth place amid tough local competition, according to research data published on Wednesday.

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08:02
Pokémon Go is now rolling out for iOS and Android

Looks like the game is currently available in New Zealand and Australia, not yet rolled out in Japan and the US. Sounds like it’s just a matter of hours or days, though.

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08:00
Daily Deal: Exo Mount Touch Air Vent Car Mount

Man, there is NOTHING worse than putting your iPhone onto the console of your car and then finding that it has decided to hide itself under a seat while you are driving. Keep that iPhone within reach, cool, and safe from flopping around with the Exo Mount Touch Air Vent Car Mount, on sale for only $16.99 through the Apple World Today Deals Shop.

The mount clips into any available air vent on your dash board and holds your iPhone in place. Other features:

  • Mount your phone to your air vent w/ just 1 touch...
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07:57
The universe is spooky

I’m a math geek, so this might be more up my alley than most. A cool tweet showing how to use the Fibonacci sequence to convert miles to kilometers and back. Spooky!

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07:44
The best Mac games of 2016 (so far)

Into Mac games? Enjoy the list, bookmark the site.

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07:40
Artificial intelligence, Apple, and Google

This post by Benedict Evans first digs into the idea of artificial intelligence, then looks at the efforts by Apple and Google to get a sense of who is doing what.

If you have even the slightest interest in artificial intelligence, neural nets, speech recognition, etc., this is worth the read.

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07:32
Happy Hour Podcast 074 | Spotify vs Apple, iOS 10...

This week Benjamin and Zac break down Spotify’s Apple Music complaint, Apple potentially buying Tidal, the latest changes in iOS 10 beta 2, and much more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

more…

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07:23
New Tor-powered backdoor malware targets Macs

Security researchers have found a new backdoor program that allows attackers to hijack Mac systems and control them over the Tor network.

The new malware has been dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor by researchers from antivirus vendor Bitdefender and is distributed as a file converter application through reputable websites that offer Mac software.

The rogue application is called EasyDoc Converter. Once installed it displays a fake interface where users can supposedly drag and drop files for conversion, but which in reality doesn’t do anything.

In the background, the application executes a shell script that installs multiple malicious components in a folder called “/Users/$USER/Library/.dropbox.” The Dropbox name is used to make the malware harder to spot and has nothing to do with the legitimate Dropbox file synchronization software.

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07:20
Apple’s Blockbuster July sale: New $4.99 HD movie...

How to get to the sale movies on the Mac or on your iOS device.

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07:16
iPhone drops to fifth place among Chinese smartphone...

The iPhone dropped to fifth place in Chinese smartphone shipments. The Apple smartphone made up 10.8% of devices sold in May, down from 12% a year earlier, according to Counterpoint— as noted by Bloomberg.

Chinese brands Huawei, Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi are now the top four smartphone makers in China with a combined market share of 53%, according to Counterpoint research director Neil Shah. Huawei Technologies Co. increased its lead with 17.3%, and Oppo almost doubled its market share to 11%.

FX Photo Studio CK adds stunning effects to your photography

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07:13
50 new iOS 10 beta 2 features [Video]

iOS 10 beta 2 was released earlier today, and it comes with a plethora of new, often subtle, tweaks and changes. We already told you about many of the updates found in this latest iOS 10 beta, but now allow us to show you even more of the changes and tweaks via our hands-on video walkthrough. more…

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07:07
Everything new in iOS beta 2

Not to be confused with yesterday’s MacRumors-linking post, this is a more extensive walk through the iOS 10 beta 2 change-log. Lots of detail.

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07:07
Microsoft launching Thinga.Me iPhone app for...

A new project called Thinga.Me from Microsoft’s experimental Garage team aims to offer users a way of organizing and sharing real-world objects through a new iPhone app.

more…

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07:06
New Mac malware dubbed ‘Backdoor.MAC.Elanor’ has...

Bitdefender has posted a blog about a new piece of Mac malware they are calling “Backdoor.MAC.Elanor.” This is only the only the second piece of true Mac malware spotted so far in 2016, the first being the KeRanger ransomware. 

Notably, the malware is currently still available on MacUpdate in the form of a free app called EasyDoc Converter. It poses as a drag-and-drop file converter, but has no real functionality – it simply downloads a malicious script. Bitdefender says this is a nasty backdoor that can steal data, execute remote code and access the webcam, among other things. 

This type of malware is particularly dangerous as it’s hard to detect and offers the attacker full control of the compromised system,” says Tiberius Axinte, Technical Leader, Bitdefender Antimalware Lab. “For instance, someone can lock you out of your laptop, threaten to blackmail you to restore your...

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07:02
Backdoor.MAC.Elanor malware for Mac enters the wild...

Well, this’ll keep Apple’s security team busy for a while.

Recently, Bitdefender Labs found what might be the second example of true Mac malware to enter the wild. The application, dubbed “Backdoor.MAC.Elanor”, is available on a number of reputable download sites such as MacUpdate.

The backdoor is embedded into a fake file converter application that is accessible online on reputable sites offering Mac applications and software. The EasyDoc Converter.app poses as a drag-and-drop file converter, but has no real functionality – it simply downloads a malicious script.

Once installed, Backdoor.MAC.Elanor can perform functions such as stealing your data, controlling your webcam and executing remote code.

Malwarebytes...

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07:00
New Mac malware can remotely access FaceTime camera...

A new pice of Mac-targeting malware is in the wild, potentially allowing hackers to remotely execute code and even control the FaceTime camera on a user's computer, but Apple's own Gatekeeper security prevents the unsigned app from being installed.

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06:43
New Mac malware in the wild

In a nutshell, the malicious code is embedded in a Mac utility called EasyDoc Converter.app. Given that the app itself does not do what it says it will do (convert files from one format to another), this was a pretty obvious find.

But think of this example as a proof of concept. This malware could just as easily be embedded in a useful tool. If you are going to go outside the Mac App Store, be sure you are downloading a known, vetted product from a known, vetted source.

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06:42
Latest iPhone 7 Design Renderings Show Stereo...

With around three months remaining until Apple is expected to announce the tentatively named iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, detailed renders of the next-generation smartphones continue to surface on the web.

The latest CAD renders, posted on Chinese social media and shared by French website NWE, provide a closer look at the possible design of the smartphones and paint a clearer picture of which features may be included.

iPhone 7 Plus with dual-lens camera (left) and iPhone 7 with larger camera (right)

The 3D renders are consistent with many previous iPhone 7 leaks, showing an iPhone 6s-like design with repositioned antenna bands,...

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06:29
Awesome Chinese video shows ‘Magsafe’ Lightning...

While Apple may now be abandoning the much-loved MagSafe connection in favor of USB on MacBooks, that hasn’t stopped people wanting to bring the same convenience to both 12-inch MacBooks and iPhones. We saw a Kickstarter campaign two years ago (long delayed but apparently now shipping), there are others...

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06:29
New CAD renderings support rumored features of Apple...

If authentic, leaked CAD renderings of Apple's "iPhone 7" and "7 Plus" appear to support claims that the device will ditch the headphone jack, sport tweaked antenna designs, and feature a dual-camera system for the larger 5.5-inch model.

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06:26
Brexit impact will hurt Apple sales, predicts...

Citigroup Global Markets analyst Jim Suva has predicted that economic uncertainty in the UK following the referendum decision to leave the EU will hurt Apple sales. Business Insider reports that Citigroup has lowered its estimates for iPhone sales across two quarters.

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06:12
Piper Jaffray: iPhone 6s resale value remains strong

In a note to clients — as reported by AppleInsider — Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says an analysis of the secondary iPhone 6s market has found that the flagship handset sells used for 78% of its new price, outperforming the iPhone 6 at the same period.

The research group has been tracking the resale values of Apple's handsets on eBay for years. At 288 days since launch, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus retain 78% of their retail pricing, compared to 73% for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at the same period in their product cycle.

Considering that the iPhone 6s resale market is relatively stable, Munster said that's a good sign that the iPhone business remains healthy despite what some pundits are saying. The analyst things market expectations for the "iPhone 7" are low heading into an anticipated September launch, potentially...

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06:06
Nintendo may make iOS game controllers

Nintendo has “major plans” to focus on smart device development, including possibly designing its own controller for mobile gaming on, among other things, iOS devices, Shinya Takahashi, general manager of entertainment planning and development, told Polygon.

"Physical controllers for smart device applications are available in the market and it is possible that we may also develop something new by ourselves," Takahashi said. "I believe Nintendo's way of thinking is to look at whether action games are really not impossible (without a physical controller for smart device applications) to create and how we can make it happen to create such a game.”

The company previously announced that it was working on five mobile titles to be released by March, the same month its ...

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06:00
Add A Chime To Your Ring

The Ring is a great little device. I love it when I see an alert on my Apple Watch, tap a button on my phone, and then see the UPS deliverer walking away from my front door. When you’re home though, it’s nice to have a door chime. The first thing you do when you’re setting up one of these is to join a wireless network called Chime-****something****. This is pretty common in the home automation world. Devices ship running as a WAP so you can wirelessly control and set them up.

Once the device joins the wireless network, open the Ring app and then verify that you’re joined to the right wireless network. If you need to leave the app and join the right network, do so.

Provided that you’re joined to the Chime network, the Chime will then scan for Wi-...

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06:00
RAVPower Ace Series 22000mAh Battery Pack and Unity...

Here at Apple World Today we review a lot of external battery packs and even more Lightning cables. Some are good, some not so good. There's one company that has continually made charging products that are noticeably better than the rest, and that's RAVPower. Today we're looking at two new products that are definitely best in class: the RAVPower Ace Series 22000mAh External Battery Pack ($39.99) and the Unity L Lightning Cable 2-Pack ($16.99).

Unity L Lightning Cable 2-Pack

Let's start off with a look at the RAVPower Unity L Lightning Cable 2-pack. This contains two Lightning cables -- one 3 feet long and the other 6 feet long. Of course, each cable has a USB connector on one end and a Lightning connector on the other end -- all Lightning...

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06:00
'New Way of Stealing Cars': Hacking Them...

retroworks writes: The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled), CBS and Marketwatch all lead the morning with stories about the newest method of stealing (late model) cars. No need for hacking off the ignition switch and touching the wires to create a spark (controversial during broadcasts in 1970s television crime criticized for "teaching people to steal cars"). Thieves now use the laptop to access the automobile's computer system, and voila. "Police and car insurers say thieves are using laptop computers to hack into late-model cars' electronic ignitions to steal the vehicles, raising alarms about the auto industry's greater use of computer controls. The discovery follows a recent incident in Houston in which a pair of car thieves were caught on camera using a laptop to start a 2010 Jeep Wrangler and steal it from the owner's driveway. Police say the same method may have been used in the theft of four other late-model Wranglers and Cherokees in the city. None of...

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05:55
iPhone 6s resale values remain strong ahead of Apple...

With Apple expected to launch its next-generation iPhone in just a matter of months, a new analysis of the secondary iPhone 6s market has found that the flagship handset sells used for 78 percent of its new price, outperforming the iPhone 6 at the same period.

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05:55
Blueprint: Piecing Together the Next iPhone &...

A new report that surfaced late yesterday told us the obvious: It's a bad time to buy an iPhone. But if you're a newbie or are simply not plugged-in to tech trends of late, it's a bad time to buy an iPhone because Apple will be releasing a new model in September. While we know some of what is to introduced, there could be some surprises on the way.

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05:45
Report: The next iPhone may finally ditch the 16GB...

Enlarge / The 16GB iPhone could be on its way out. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Speculation about the headphone jack has dominated most of the conversation about the next iPhone, but here's a rumor that should make everyone happy: citing "a person familiar with Apple's plans," The Wall Street Journal reports that the next iPhone will get rid of the 16GB storage option. The base model would reportedly jump up to 32GB—a more reasonable minimum for casual iPhone users who still want to store plenty of photos and apps (and install updates without running into storage problems).

Apple has made several changes to iOS in the last year or two to make 16GB (and, horror of horrors, 8GB) iPhones and...

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04:56
Deliver Express now supports Microsoft Exchange Mail...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5.13, a feature update its file transfer app that automatically sends files across the Internet and locally from watched hot folders with email notifications.

The utility can serve unlimited users on a network and supports FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage and other services. Version 2.5.13 lets users send automatic email delivery notifications via Microsoft Exchange SMTP servers.

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04:56
Latest claimed CAD renders may provide a more...

Last night, a set of claimed CAD renders of the iPhone 7, consistent with earlier reports began circulating around the Web. They show the same less obtrusive antenna lines, missing headphone jack, enlarged camera hole on the smaller model and dual-camera housing for the larger one.

They don’t reveal anything we haven’t already heard, but – if genuine – do provide a more detailed look than earlier images

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04:51
Kool Tools: iKlip A/V

IK Multimedia’s (www.ikmultimedia.com) $179.99 iKlip A/V is a broadcast mount for professional audio and video recording with smartphones. It gives broadcasters, videographers and digital storytellers the ability to capture and monitor professional-quality audio for their videos on the go using its integrated high-quality XLR mic preamp with phantom power and built-in wireless receiver support.

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04:35
Kool Tools: BusyCal 3 for macOS and iOS

BusyMac’s BusyCal 3 is an important upgrade to its calendar app for macOS and iOS. It displays calendars in day, week, month, year and list views and syncs with iCloud, Google Calendar and Exchange.

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04:30
How to set up relationships using Siri on your iOS...

You can use Siri, Apple’s “personal digital assistant,” to establish relationships using your iPhone or iPad. It’s easy. Here’s how:

First, make sure that you have the contact listed in your Contacts app. For example, I want to make sure my iOS devices know that Laura Sellers is my wife. Her name, address, and phone number are listed in Contacts.

I launch Siri and say, “Laura Sellers is my wife.” Siri will then ask me to confirm this by choosing “yes” or “no.” 

Now I can use Siri to “Tell my wife I’ll be there in an hour,” “our dinner reservation is at 7 pm at Chef’s Market,” etc. Siri understands a plethora of relationships such as wife mom, dad, in-laws, boss, auto mechanic, etc.

If one of your contacts has a name that’s tricky (for Siri, anyway) to pronounce, in the Contacts app choose the name and tap edit. Scroll down and choose “Add field,” then choose the name you want to spell phonetically. Enter the phonetic spelling. Voila! You’re good to go....

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04:26
U.S. broadband households watch nearly four hours of...

New research from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that U.S. broadband households watch an average of 3.8 hours of Internet video on TV screens each week, accounting for 20% of all video viewed on this device.

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04:26
U.S. broadband households watch nearly four hours of...

New research from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that U.S. broadband households watch an average of 3.8 hours of Internet video on TV screens each week, accounting for 20% of all video viewed on this device.

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04:26
U.S. broadband households watch nearly four hours of...

New research from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that U.S. broadband households watch an average of 3.8 hours of Internet video on TV screens each week, accounting for 20% of all video viewed on this device.

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04:21
External Link: Organ Donation Registration Baked...

Apple has announced that it is teaming up with Donate Life America to offer organ donor registrations from within iOS 10’s Health app. Users will be able to use Health to sign up for the National Donate Life Registry as organ, eye, and tissue donors. Organ donation is an important issue for Apple, since its founder, Steve Jobs, received a liver transplant in 2009 that extended his life by a few years.

 

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04:00
New Mac malware in the wild, Backdoor.MAC.Elanor –...

After the first ever example of Mac ransomware was found in the wild earlier this year, Bitdefender Labs has found what it tells us is only the second example of true Mac malware to enter circulation this year, which it has dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Elanor. The app is available on a number of reputable download sites such as MacUpdate.

The backdoor is embedded into a fake file converter application that is accessible online on reputable sites offering Mac applications and software. The EasyDoc Converter.app poses as a drag-and-drop file converter, but has no real functionality – it simply downloads a malicious script.

This is a nasty backdoor that can steal data, execute remote code and access the webcam, among other things …

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04:00
a-JAYS Four boasts solid sound -- and tangle...

My biggest problem with the $69.99 a-JAYS Four by JAYS of Sweden was getting them out of their hard plastic case. That little sticker that says to remove it so you can press the tab beneath? Well, do as instructed, and you'll save some time. 

 

Once you've got 'em out of their more-than-sturdy case, you'll have some sleek in-ear earphones with tangle-resistant, flat cables and a one-button remote. It took a while to get used to the cables -- they're flat but bulkier than you might expect -- but they do indeed resist tangling. You can tangle them intentionally, and they'll straighten themselves out. For this, I can live with a bit of extra bulk.

The embedded three-button remote on the a-JAYS four with SMART-feel, soft touch buttons provides full feature control on your mobile device including: play, pause and skip for music and videos; answer and hang up for calls; and volume and voice control. I've used the a-...

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03:15
Google buys startup that helps your phone identify...

Google has purchased Moodstocks, a French startup that specializes in speedy object recognition from a smartphone, showing (again) the search giant's intense interest in AI. Unlike other products (including Google's own Goggles object recognition app...

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02:00
NASA's 'power' glove will help...

The same remote manipulation controller that allows NASA scientists to remotely control Robonaut 2 aboard the International Space Station is coming back to Earth thanks to a recent agreement between General Motors (who helped NASA develop the glove)...

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01:35
Starship's self-driving robots to deliver Just...

In the coming weeks, six-wheeled robots developed by Starship Technologies will hit the streets of London to help deliver meals ordered from two of the UK's biggest food delivery startups. The company, created by two of the founders of Skype, announc...

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00:29
Change the romantic pairings in Cassius' latest...

The French musical duo Cassius has released a new music video that, for the first time, lets you change actors in the middle of a scene. Created for the group's single "The Missing" from the upcoming album Ibifornia, it features an interactive video...

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Tuesday July 5

22:56
NASA's scientific balloon test flight sets...

NASA's humongous scientific balloon didn't quite hit the agency's ultimate goal, but it still set a flight duration record after flying for 46 days, 20 hours and 19 minutes. The agency launched the 18.8-million-cubic-foot super pressure balloon (SPB)...

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21:28
CloudPlayer now lets you take your playlists...

Ever wanted to take your favorite playlists with you on the go but didn't want to go to the trouble of creating them across multiple services? Now you can with doubleTwist's CloudPlayer, which is now introducing special cloud playlists.

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21:00
Pokemon Go rolls out to iOS App Store, available in...

Nintendo and Niantic Labs on Tuesday surprised with a limited rollout of anticipated augmented reality game Pok?mon Go, making the title available for download in Australia, New Zealand and certain U.S. markets.

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19:57
'Pokemon GO' Begins Rolling Out in the App...

Nintendo, The Pokemon Company and Niantic's augmented reality game Pokemon GO is rolling out in the App Store now. The game is available in New Zealand, Australia and is propagating through the App Store around the world and in the U.S.

The game uses augmented reality and real-world maps to allow users to venture into the real world to look for Pokemon to capture. Once collected, Pokemon can be leveled up, traded and used for battle. They can also be assigned to defend Gyms from other players. Gyms, like Pokemon, can be found by wandering out into the real world.

When a player is wandering through their neighborhood and a Pokemon is nearby, the game will send the player a notification. Certain Pokemon and items are only available in select locations. For instance, water Pokemon are available near bodies of water while certain PokeBalls are located near museums and other points of interest.

...

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19:46
'Pokémon Go' rolls out on Android and iOS

With all the news surrounding Pokémon Go's beta test and wearable, you'd be forgiven for thinking the full game was already out. Until recently, it wasn't, but that's changing if you live in the United States and have an Android device, as spo...

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19:25
Winners of the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of last week's giveaway, Scott C. and Nathan H., both of whom will receive a 16-zone Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller valued at $249.

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19:08
Coin-sized device could lead to personalized cancer...

A form of cancer therapy that uses electric fields to stop malignant cells from spreading remains controversial, because it's unclear how effective and safe it truly is. This coin-sized device developed by MIT's research center in Singapore, however,...

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19:03
Pokémon GO now available on iOS in the US, select...

Update: While the game is not yet available in the US App Store, those in Australia can download the app here. In a statement, the Pokémon Company tells US and Japanese customers to “please wait for a while” for the formal launch.

After a brief field test in May, Pokémon GO is now available on iOS. The game, which was produced in partnership with Ingress-makers Niantic Labs allows users to collect, train, and battle Pokémon characters in an augmented reality world. Initially, the game appears to be limited to the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. It’s also now available on ...

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18:30
Nintendo betting big on mobile, potentially building...

Nintendo, which only just recently released its first game for iOS, is looking to continue its efforts on the platform. Speaking at the company’s annual general shareholder meeting, Nintendo’s general manager of entertainment planning and development, Shinya Takahashi, explained that the company is looking to dedicate a large portion of its resources to smartphones and tablets (via Polygon).

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18:22
Nintendo might build hardware controllers for iPhone...

After launching its first iOS app, Japanese gaming giant Nintendo is looking to further diversify beyond consoles and first-party handhelds with a potential move into mobile hardware, specifically a controller add-on for smartphones and tablets.

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18:13
Researchers create a microscopic game of 'Pac-...

Researchers with the Institute of Micro and Nano Systems Technology in Norway have built a one-millimeter wide recreation of the original Pac-Man maze, all for the lo-fi enjoyment of some microscopic organisms. Rather than 8-bit graphics and pixelate...

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17:10
NIH funds Zika study on US team during Rio Olympics

There's a lot of excitement building for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but also mounting anxiety around the prevalence of Zika in the South American country. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has funded a...

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17:09
Hands-on: Kanto’s YU5 powered bookshelf speakers...

Back in May I published a post highlighting my voiceover and podcasting setup. In that post, I noted that I had recently switched from the KEF Egg Wireless Digital Music System to the Kanto YU5. While that may seem like an odd choice given how ridiculously good KEF’s drivers sound, I noted that the added flexibility made possible by the YU5’s connectivity options is what convinced me to make the switch.

The Kanto YU5 offers Bluetooth connectivity along with auxiliary input and stereo RCA inputs. The speakers also offer dual optical inputs, a subwoofer output, and traditional non-proprietary speaker connections. There’s even a USB-port to be found on the back of the cabinet, although it’s used for charging only.

Needless to say, the amount...

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16:39
Google's self-driving cars can read cyclists...

Google is working to expand the capabilities of its self-driving vehicle fleet, and according to its latest progress report (PDF), it's making strides in sharing the road with cyclists. One of the ways the folks in Mountain View are doing that is by...

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15:56
New Apple Health App to Serve as Organ Donation...


Apple and Donate Life America have partnered to offer an organ donation app with the next iOS 10 update. iPhone users will be able to register for the program with a couple taps of a button. They'll be able to sign up to make organ, eye or tissue donations, automatically entering their information in the National Donate Life Registry, which is managed by Donate Life America. The program can help speed organ donations to about 120,000 people currently waiting for some form of organ or tissue transplant, according to the companies.

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15:52
Xiaomi Set to Launch a Phablet with a 6.4"...

China's Xiaomi is attempting to distance itself from the lower end of the market, as Chinese buyers shift their attention primarily to device upgrades. Hugo Barra, the company’s vice president of international, said on Tuesday it continues to direct its efforts at becoming a premium brand.

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15:51
Twitch introduces a PlayStation Vita app

Twitch has released streaming video apps for just about every modern game system under the Sun, but the PlayStation Vita has remained the odd one out... until today. The livestream provider has rolled out a Vita app that, much like the PS3 version,...

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15:09
Scientists are teaching robots how to hunt down prey

Intelligent robots are all well and good until they start learning how to hunt prey. That's exactly what a team of scientists at the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the University of Zurich in Switzerland did. They taught a robot to behave like a pr...

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15:00
AWT News Update: July 5, 2016

e're back from a short vacation, and hope that many of our listeners had a pleasant and fun extended weekend. There's not too much news today, so this is a shorter than usual AWT News Update:

  • The second round of betas for iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 were sent out to developers today
  • Microsoft's Skype service added a new file-sharing feature today
  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the next-generation iPhone 7 will ship this fall with a minimum 32GB of storage

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14:52
You too can build a 33-foot-wide computer to play...

When we marvel at advances in computing, we compare the mechanical calculators that filled rooms with the smartphones in our pockets. While our palm-sized miracles are magnitudes more powerful than the processors that put men on the moon, their inter...

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14:35
Google headquarters faces string of attacks

However much you might be concerned about Google's stance on privacy, it shouldn't cross into violence... unfortunately, however, one person appears to have taken those worries one step too far. Prosecutors have charged Raul Murillo Diaz with arson a...

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14:28
New features in iOS 10 Beta 2

Great walkthrough from MacRumors. A quick and concise video.

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14:24
Google Asks the Court to Sanction Oracle's...

The protracted copyright case between Google and Oracle produced a very revealing tidbit: How much Google paid Apple for its position as a search provider on iPhones. That $1 Billion figure, Google says, was supposed to be a highly confidential secret ...

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