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20:39
Apple calls Australian banks' request to...

Apple in a recent filing with Australia's antitrust watchdog slammed a request from the country's three top banks for collective negotiations over third-party access to Apple Pay NFC technology, saying a threatened boycott would not only harm consumers, but hinder mobile wallet adoption and innovation.

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19:40
Bragi teases ‘big’ announcement happening next week...

Earlier today, Apple officially sent invites to its iPhone 7 announcement event that will be held next week on September 7th. Shortly after Apple’s announcement, wireless headphone company Bragi announced that it has its own big news coming next week, lending some to believe that Apple might be in the picture…

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18:55
Ahead of Apple’s upcoming 5K offering, LG unveils...

LG today has taken the wraps off of a pair of new 21:9 monitors that it will show off at the IFA conference in Berlin this week. Both of the displays offer the UltraWide technology that LG has become known for over the years, while one also features USB-C support. The first comes in at 38-inches with the model number 38UC99, while the second comes in at 34-inches and carries the 34UC79G identifier.

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18:43
LG delivers three new super-sized ultrawide monitors

LG has continued to push the limits of 21:9 aspect ratio monitors over the years and its latest three additions are something to behold. Ready to debut at IFA and coming to the US this fall, they include the "world's largest" 38-inch curved 38UC99 mo...

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18:40
C Programming Language Hits a 15-Year Low On The...

Gamoid writes: The venerable C programming language hit a 15-year low on the TIOBE Index, perhaps because more mobile- and web-friendly languages like Swift and Go are starting to eat its lunch. "The C programming language has a score of 11.303%, which is its lowest score ever since we started the TIOBE index back in 2001," writes Paul Jansen, manager of TIOBE Index. With that said, C is still the second most popular programming language in the world, behind only Java. Also worth noting as mentioned by Matt Weinberger via Business Insider, "C doesn't currently have a major corporate sponsor; Oracle makes a lot of money from Java; Apple pushes both Swift and Objective-C for building iPhone apps. But no big tech company is getting on stage and pushing C as the future of development. So C's problems could be marketing as much as anything."

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18:03
Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke Will Feature Broader...

BusinessInsider has a piece on the Carpool Karaoke series Apple is working on for Apple Music. According to Ben Winston, co-founder of series producer Fulwell 73 Productions, the show is going to open up guest spots to celebrities who aren’t musicians. He also said the deal came together because of Jimmy Iovine, and that CBS will limit Carpool Karaoke‘s exposure on The Late Late Show with James Corden to keep it fresh. Carpool Karaoke could be a breakout hit for Apple. For context, the episode featuring Adele (below) has 124.6 million views on YouTube. Mr. Corden is executive producer of the Apple Music spinoff, but won’t be hosting it. There’s more in the full BI piece.


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17:20
European Commission To Issue Apple An Irish Tax Bill...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The European Commission will rule against Ireland's tax dealings with Apple on Tuesday, two source familiar with the decision told Reuters, one of whom said Dublin would be told to recoup over 1 billion euros in back taxes. The European Commission accused Ireland in 2014 of dodging international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from tax collectors in return for maintaining jobs. Apple and Ireland rejected the accusation; both have said they will appeal any adverse ruling. The source said the Commission will recommend a figure in back taxes that it expects to be collected, but it will be up to Irish authorities to calculate exactly what is owed. A bill in excess of 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) would be far more than the 30 million euros each the European Commission previously ordered Dutch authorities to recover from U.S. coffee chain Starbucks and Luxembourg from Fiat Chrysler for their...

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16:59
Alphabet executive steps down from Uber board as...

Alphabet executive David Drummond, leads a number of Google investment arms including GV, recently stepped down from Uber's board as the two companies work to bring their respective self-driving car projects to market.

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16:54
MOS Pack Backpack Charges Multiple Devices with One...

Here’s something cool for techies on the go, especially the back-to-school crowd. It’s called MOS Pack, a backpack with a built-in portable charging station for all your gadgets. It has pockets for iPhones (or other smartphones), iPads, your passport, and a spot for a water bottle. On the charging side, the MOS pack doesn’t have a built-in battery—which you’d have to lug around—but instead has a charging station that distributes power to all your gadgets from one plug. Inside it has a cable management system you feed to each gadget in each pockets, and you’re charging everything without having to pull them out. I thought it quite clever at $99.


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15:51
Report: Apple could release new Macs in October

Now that Apple’s next event is officially on the books for September 7, speculation can build about what won’t be announced, and when Apple might get around to updating those things: namely Macs, but also the iPad Pro. Bloomberg is reporting that, according to anonymous sources, Apple plans to refresh several Mac models and introduce new software features for the iPad Pro at an event in October.

This is plausible—Apple often has one event in September for new iPhones and another in October for new iPads. Last year broke this cycle, with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro announced alongside the iPhone 6s in September 2015, and the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 4-inch iPhone SE announced in March 2016. But with so many of its products...

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15:32
Rumor (and my take on it): Apple's big upgrade...

Apple is developing new Mac laptops and desktops, which we should see in October, and has some big plans for the iPad Pro, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” As other rumors have suggested, a thinner MacBook Pro with a flatter keyboard is in the pipeline.

The standout feature will be a digital function key display above the keyboard that allows for common tasks to be done more quickly for whatever program is being used. Bloomberg says that iMacs with an option for new graphics chips from AMD and MacBook Airs with USB-C ports are also coming.

A collaboration with LG Electronics is reportedly in the works to produce a high-resolution 5K standalone monitor, the article adds.

Software upgrades for iPad, including broader stylus support, are also coming, according to Bloomberg....

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15:25
Apple hit with class action lawsuit over iPhone 6 ‘...

Last week, repair guide website iFixit published a detailed blog post discussing an issue plaguing a growing number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. Referred to as “Touch Disease,” a hardware problem causes iPhone displays to become unresponsive and feature a thin gray flickering line along the top.

Now, a trio of iPhone users have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple over the issue, claiming that Apple has refused to repair devices that are affected for free…

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15:23
Appeals court dismisses FTC lawsuit over AT&T...

On Monday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the dismissal of a 2014 Federal Trade Commission lawsuit against AT&T, which had accused the company of misleading marketing in throttling data plans it sold to the public as "unlimited."

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15:17
Apple to debut standalone 5K monitor, MacBook Air...

Apple is working to release a fresh batch of Mac hardware including a standalone 5K display made in partnership with LG, MacBook Air and iMac refreshes, and new iPad Pro software catering to professional users, according to a report on Monday.

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15:00
Report: New MacBook Air, iMac & 5K display...

We already know a lot about Apple’s upcoming iPhone and MacBook Pro refreshes, but a new report today from Bloomberg details a bit more about what the company has up its sleeve for the rest of the year. The report claims that in addition to the new iPhone and MacBook Pro lineups, Apple is planning to refresh the iMac and MacBook Air and will also introduce a new 5K display, as we’ve reported in the past, in partnership with LG. On the software side of things, Apple is reportedly working on a variety of new features for the iPad Pro.

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14:59
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 29, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Match Software has announced Check Writer III for OS X. The app lets you create and print checks, as well as their accompanying letter, from any Mac. 

Checks can be highly customized and printed on regular letter-size paper or  professional looking check refill paper available from fine office supply and online stores. Checks layout can be modified with choice of fonts, and each element of the check can be moved at will.

Check Writer III costs $19.99. It’s available in the Mac App Store, as well as on the CheckWriter-Printer site, where you can download a free evaluation copy. Check Writer III is offered in English,...

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14:45
Blood in the Macintosh Water: Apple’s Competitors...

Apple’s competitors are sensing Macintosh weakness and are making bold moves. The MacBook Air hasn’t been updated since March, 2015. The Mac Pro, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini are very long of tooth. The latest iMac is coming up on a year old, and only the MacBook looks fresh. Soon, there may be much blood in the water.


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14:30
AWT News Update: August 29, 2016

Apple announces the September 7 event for the "iPhone 7", so today's show speculates on what we're likely to hear about:

  • The new iPhone might include a wireless charging technology, based on interest in Energous just after today's Apple announcement
  • The Apple Watch 2 is expected to have 35% more battery capacity, but don't expect longer battery life
  • It's unlikely that any new Macs will be announced at the event
  • Siri starts giving snarky responses when you ask about September 7

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 29, 2016. Here are several of today’s Apple news highlights...

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14:29
FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $...

Check out the FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker. The name tells you what it is, but if you look at the image you’ll see a suction cup you can use to stick it to a mirror or even the wall in your shower. It has a nine-hour battery life, and you recharge via an included microUSB cable. You can get it through our deal for $19.99.


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14:20
∞ Gene Wilder flips his shit

[VIDEO] Fan of Gene Wilder? These scenes will make you laugh, take you through some old times.

Not sure who he is? These scenes go to the heart of Gene Wilder.

Enjoy.

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14:15
Apple Might Destroy the EU

It looks like the European Commission (EC) will rule against Apple and Ireland’s tax arrangement. If the European Union (EU) bullies Ireland (via the EC or other proxy) and basically rules that Ireland doesn’t have the sovereign right to set its own tax rates, there is some chance it could be a wedge issue that pushes Ireland to decide to leave the European Union.


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13:54
Apple updates macOS Sierra beta (yes, again)

Following on the heels of the news of the September 7 Apple event, the company on Monday released a new macOS Sierra beta for developers and the participants of the Apple Public Beta Program.

After performing a data backup, dev beta 8/Public Beta 7 is available in the Mac App Store, under Updates. The update is 2.14GB.

Last Friday, Apple released a new beta of iOS 10, as well as a beta update for tvOS 10. Users of iOS 9 should make sure they update to version 9.3.5...

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13:51
∞ Gene Wilder, star of Young Frankenstein, Willy...

I feel a great, gaping hole in my heart. Gene Wilder meant a lot to me. Very, very sad.

Hit the main post for some appreciation links. Damn.

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13:50
Apple issues eighth macOS 10.12 Sierra beta to...

With just over a week to go before Apple is expected to announce an official macOS 10.12 Sierra release date, the company on Monday issued the latest beta versions of the operating system to developers and public beta testers for evaluation.

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13:50
The ultimate guide to how and where to use Apple Pay

Nearly two years after it launched in October 2014, Apple Pay—the company’s flagship mobile payment platform—continues its breathtaking growth. CEO Tim Cook announced in July that the service is now used in three-fourths of “mobile wallet” transactions made in the United States, and that more than 1 million new users join every week. Banks and retailers are still joining up, and even Kanye West’s pop-up shops are now taking Apple Pay payments. Soon, the service will available not just on iOS, but on the web, too.

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13:47
Apple debuts new developer and public betas of macOS...

Apple has released the eighth beta of macOS Sierra for developers and the seventh beta for public beta testers. The final version is due this fall.

The developer version can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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13:41
Gear: Hex Radar Convertible Backpack and Laptop...

Hex’s new Radar collection features a water-resistant rip-stop exterior fabric, and we’ve received both the Radar Convertible Backpack ($100) and Radar Laptop Briefcase ($110). While we’ve seen these form factors from Hex before — the Convertible Backpack and Laptop Briefcase — the navy Radar look is both handsome and rugged. Both products feature black coated canvas trim and genuine zipper pulls. Both items also allow for different…

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13:32
Apple briefly allows, pulls jailbreak app on iOS App...

An app ostensibly for browsing Dribbble passed through Apple's App Store review process despite coming loaded with a hidden feature that allowed users running iOS 9.3.3 or earlier to jailbreak their device.

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13:27
250,000 ANZ customers are now using Apple Pay

Four months after offering Apple Pay, ANZ (the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited) says 250,000 of its customers are now using Apple’s mobile payment service, reports the Australian Financial Review.

ANZ is the fourth largest bank by market capitalization in Australia, after the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac Banking Corp., and National Australia Bank. The bank also says its MasterCard customers will be able to add their credit cards to Apple Pay. So far, during the three months of Apple Pay availability, 20% of the eligible user base has loaded its cards to the Wallet app.

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13:23
Sept. 7 Apple event to be live streamed

While the invites have gone out to the press, Apple has updated their site with the live stream location. For those of you who are forgetful, they’ve also included a helpful “Add to your calendar” link so you won’t miss it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:21
The Peppermint Twist Is Still Cool


The Peppermint operating system is built around a concept not found in most Linux distros. It is a hybrid combination of traditional Linux desktop applications and cloud-based infrastructure. Peppermint 7, the annual update released in June, is a lightweight distribution based on Ubuntu 16.04. It uses LXDE as the default desktop environment, and shows considerable growth since our review of Peppermint 5 two years ago. The key to this process of linking full desktop functionality to cloud apps is an in-house developed application dubbed "Ice."

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13:18
macOS 10.12 Sierra developer beta 8 + public beta 7...

Apple today released the eighth developer preview of macOS Sierra since showing off the software update for the Mac at WWDC 2016. The latest release is available now through the Mac App Store. macOS Sierra’s headlining feature is Siri on the Mac with other features like Auto-Unlock which lets Apple Watch users skip the password login screen. Apple Pay is also coming to Safari with macOS Sierra, although we haven’t seen the feature live on the web yet.

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13:03
Sept. 7 Apple event to be live streamed, Siri...

As expected, Apple will be video streaming the Sept. 7 release event through its regular channels, and Siri's responses have been updated with humorous quips to "see you on the 7th."

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12:55
New lawsuit accuses Apple of turning blind eye to...

A new class action lawsuit against Apple claims that the company has been aware of the so-called "touch disease" on 2014 iPhones for some time, and unfairly refused to repair affected devices at no cost.

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12:52
Apple sued over unresponsive iPhone 6 screens

According to a proposed nationwide class-action lawsuit filed on Saturday, Apple has long been aware of the defect, which often surfaces after a flickering gray bar appears atop the touchscreens, but has refused to fix it.

I had a number of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices and never saw this issue, but I have read the reports of the problem last week. I’m not sure why Apple wouldn’t fix it if there was a hardware flaw, but I guess we’ll find out in the lawsuit.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:49
Fitbit Aims at Apple Watch Crowd with Charge 2, Flex...

Fitbit is aiming to draw in potential Apple Watch buyers with its just announced Charge 2 and Flex 2 fitness trackers. Now Fitbit users can track their cardio fitness level, link to their smartphone GPS, swap wrist bands, and more.


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12:49
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 29...

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2016 15.25 and Office 2011 14.6.7, Fantastical 2.2.5, Pixelmator 3.5.1, BBEdit 11.6.1, and Typinator 6.10.

 

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12:49
ExtraBITS for 29 August 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple announces the date of its next big media event, we look back at Tim Cook’s fifth anniversary as Apple’s CEO, and John Gruber reflects on the demise of the Vesper note-taking app.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:47
EU rules against Apple in Ireland’s tax dispute

Apple will on Tuesday be hit with Europe’s largest tax penalty after Brussels ruled that the company received illegal state aid from Ireland.

The company will have to pay billions of euro in back taxes to Dublin as the European Commission moves to redraw the boundaries on aggressive tax avoidance by the world’s biggest corporations.

It’s important to note that Apple has paid every penny it owed in taxes. Based on Tim Cook’s previous comments, an appeal to this decision is certain.

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12:47
TMO Background Mode: Interview with Omni Group...

Liz Marley is a software engineer for the Omni Group. Early in life, there never was a time when Liz didn’t have computers. At age four, she started with her dad’s Apple IIGS, and she was encouraged to use it freely. Later, she majored in Computer Science at Harvey Mudd college and soon thereafter landed a job as a software tester. Over the years, her career has taken a series of interesting twists. From software coding to testing to being a product manager and then back to coding. In fact, her work with App Camp For Girls led her to a remarkable career decision and turn of events at the Omni Group. This is must listening for everyone interested in computer programming as a career.


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12:47
'iPhone 7' sales pitch seen as key for...

The success of this year's "iPhone 7" could depend largely on Apple's ability to convince a growing number of users on pre-iPhone 6 models that it's time to finally upgrade, one analyst believes.

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12:15
The cord-cutting trend continues among pay TV...

Approximately 812,000 pay TV subscribers cut the cord from April through June of this year, according to research firm SNL Kagan — as noted by The Wrap. That’s up from the industry’s loss of 625,000 in the same quarter a year ago.

Note that April through June is typically the worst of the year for pay TV companies. The first and last three months of the year generally see the most new subscribers, so it will be interesting to see what happens from October to December.

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12:09
This App Store-approved ‘dribbble’ client will...

Update: The app in question appears to be pulled about 40 minutes after news broke.

We haven’t test this on our own devices, but Reddit certainly seems to believe this App Store-approved app claiming to be a Dribbble client can jailbreak 64-bit iPhones running iOS 9.3.3. You’ll need to already be on iOS 9.3.3, however, and downgrading from iOS 9.3.4 or higher isn’t possible.

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12:07
Apple event invite inspires wild speculation about...

As has become customary with Apple event invitations, fans are dissecting the minimalistic graphic associated with its Sept. 7 keynote invitation, in a futile attempt to glean clues. In reality, all of the guesses are probably just some form of wish fulfillment.

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12:02
EU will order Ireland to collect over $1B in back...

On Tuesday the European Commission will find against Ireland's tax arrangements with Apple, and ask the country to collect over 1 billion euros ($1.119 billion) in back taxes, a report claimed on Monday.

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12:00
Gazelle offering iPhone trade-in 45 day price lock...

Anyone who has to have the latest in iPhone technology is probably familiar with Gazelle, a company that offers pretty decent trade-in prices for older technology that can take the sting out of buying a newer iPhone. Since the iPhone 7 (or whatever it will be called) is due to be announced on September 7 and probably available on September 16, Gazelle today announced that starting tomorrow -- August 30, 2016 -- they'll lock in prices on any trade-in for 45 days.

What this means is that you can go out to Gazelle.com tomorrow (see affiliate link above), get a price quote on your particular model of iPhone, and then you'll have up to 45 days (10/14) to send the "old" iPhone in. Our Apple News readers might not be able to see the link -- you can simply tap on the text link below:

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11:30
Apple Announces Event On September 7: iPhone 7,...

New iPhones are coming, Apple hinted today. The Cupertino-based giant announced on Monday that it will host an event on September 7. The rumor mill suggests that the company would announce as many as three iPhones -- the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and the iPhone 6 SE. Recent reports suggest that Apple may also announce the second-generation of Apple Watch. No new iPads are expected. The company is widely rumored to refresh its Mac lineup -- though they are likely to be launched at a later point. The biggest talk point around the iPhone 7 has been the headphone jack -- or its lack thereof.


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11:19
News: Report: EU to rule against Apple-Ireland tax...

The European Commission will rule against Ireland’s tax deals with Apple on Tuesday, Reuters reports. The commission will reportedly make the recommendation for Ireland to recoup more than 1 billion Euros (about $1.19 billion) in back taxes from Apple. Both Apple and Ireland have previously said they would appeal any such ruling, and neither Apple nor the European Commission has commented as of yet. Despite the commission’s recommendation,…

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10:55
CNBC: EC ruling against Apple in Irish tax...

CNBC reports that the European Commission investigating Apple’s tax arrangement with Ireland is ruling against the Cupertino company and recommending that Apple pay over $1.1 billion in back taxes.

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10:52
Apple releases invitations for September 7 media...

When the media invitations go out, you know something’s on the horizon.

Apple on Monday distributed media invitations an iPhone-centric event that will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 am at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. The invitations include the tagline of “See you on the 7th”.

The event is expected to include the debut of the next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are rumored to feature improved cameras, better processors, and improved water resistance, implemented through the removal of the headphone jack and the introduction of a new flush, pressure-sensitive home button. Both devices are said to look similar to the iPhone 6s, with the same general size and shape, but with relocated antenna...

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10:32
Google Wallet will now automatically send money...

Google Wallet is getting a pretty nifty update that makes it a more appealing option for money transfers.

The latest version of the Android app will send money straight to your bank account, whereas previously you’d have to go in and manually move it over. This makes Google Wallet attractive for those times when you need to split the bill with a group of friends, as they can just text you money.

According to the changelog, the update also includes the typical round of bug fixes and performance improvements. 

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10:31
Apple Media Event Officially Set for Sept 7

Apple has been expected to host a special media event on Wednesday, September 7th, and now it’s confirmed because invitations are arriving in the media’s in boxes. The company isn’t saying what it’ll announce, but the smart money is on new iPhones.


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10:28
#StandWithLeslie and Obliterate Internet Trolls


I think there's a legitimate argument for removing one category of folks from the gene pool, because they spend the little time they are given on Earth making other folks' lives miserable. Back when I was playing MMOs, some twisted folks -- known as "griefers," would lie in wait to mug lower level characters and find creative ways to destroy the fun in a game, often eventually killing it. Then came trolls, folks who drop into forums to attack other members, often driving people away from the forums and killing them.

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10:24
News: Apple sued over unresponsive iPhone 6/6 Plus...

Photo: iFixit A nationwide class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple by some iPhone 6/6 Plus owners, Reuters reports. The suit has been prompted by the issue which iFixit recently dubbed “Touch Disease” — flickering gray lines appear at the top of an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, causing the screen to become glitchy or unresponsive. iFixit claims Apple has refused to recognize the problem as a major issue. The problem may be caused…

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10:15
T-Mobile tweaks unlimited One plan in response to...

Responding to early criticism of its One unlimited plan, T-Mobile on Monday announced some significant changes, including the creation of a "One Plus" tier costing an additional $25 per month.

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10:14
Class action lawsuit involving Apple’s acquisition...

A class action lawsuit concerning the 2012 acquisition of AuthenTek by Apple has been settled.  The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that AuthenTec's directors breached their fiduciary duties in connection with the sale of AuthenTec to Apple.

As part of the Settlement, those shareholders who owned AuthenTec common stock as of October 4, 2012 may be entitled to receive additional payment through a cash-payment common fund. The settlement isn’t an admission of wrongdoing; instead, the parties have decided to settle their dispute.

In 2011 Apple agreed to buy AuthenTec, a maker of fingerprint sensor chips used in personal computers, for $8 per share, in a deal valued at about $356 million. After Apple acquired the company, AuthenTek was sued by an investor who argued that the company’s selling price was too low.

AuthenTec directors have a duty to get the best value for shareholders and wrongly accepted Apple’s bid of $8 a share, the plaintiff, Craven Lee, said...

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10:07
TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-29: Apple Watch 2...

New photos show what looks like the battery for the Apple Watch 2, and it seems to support John Martellaro’s premise that the next model won’t be any thinner. Today John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet for a little gloating at Bryan’s expense because he’s been championing a thinner Apple Watch 2. They also look at Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro 4 ad and dive into why slamming the MacBook Air was a smart move.


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09:58
European Commission may rule on Apple's Irish...

A ruling by the European Commission on Apple’s tax status in Ireland may come as early as this week. 

Ireland is set to defend its tax system, which has remained attractive to other major U.S. technology companies, causing related European and U.S. issues for Google, Facebook and others. While Apple's potential tax liability for the case has been pegged as high as $19 billion (by JPMorgan Chase & Co. analyst Rod Hall), estimates have ranged dramatically from $8 billion by Bloomberg Intelligence to €100M by The Irish Times).

The Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency has...

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09:50
Apple Is Making Life Terrible In Its Factories

An anonymous reader writes: Pressure from Apple to lower costs is driving worsening conditions for workers at the company's manufacturing partners.This according to watchdog group China Labor Watch, which says that under CEO Tim Cook, the Cupertino giant has asked the companies that assemble its products to cut their own costs, and those demands have led them to cut back on worker pay and factory conditions. Specifically, the group reports that Pegatron has been passing on financial pressures from Apple by committing multiple violations of Chinese labor laws on fair pay and workplace safety."Working conditions are terrible, and workers are subject to terrible treatment," China Labor Watch writes. "Currently, Apple's profits are declining, and the effects of this decline have been passed on to suppliers. To mitigate the impact, Pegatron has taken some covert measures to exploit workers."

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09:40
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air 2 $300, 13-inch...

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09:39
News: Apple announces Sept. 7 event

Apple has sent out media invitations to its upcoming event, slated for Sept. 7. The invite features a series of colored dots and a simple caption: “See you on the 7th.” The event is being held at 10 a.m. Pacific time, in San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. It’s expected that we’ll see the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus debut at the event, along with launch dates for iOS 10, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3. It’s…

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09:35
See you on the 7th: Apple's iPhone event is...

Apple will take the wraps off the newest iPhone(s) and perhaps a second-gen Apple Watch at an event on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern. The venue is a standard Apple pick, San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

The invitation, which Apple emailed to media outlets on Monday morning, gives away absolutely nothing. “See you on the 7th,” it says. That’s it. But if history tells us anything, it’s that new iPhones are on deck next week. The invite’s colorful lights could be hinting at that incredible dual lens camera we’ve been hearing so much about, though maybe we’re just grasping there. The next-gen iPhone is also expected to ditch the headphone jack, a controversial decision if ever there was one.

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09:27
T-Mobile tinkers with new unlimited plans after...

T-Mobile’s new One plan clearly didn’t sit well with everyone. Just two weeks after introducing it, the carrier is announcing a series of adjustments and new options designed to better appeal to those with high data needs. The company said in an announcement that customer feedback was a driver of of the changes.

The most disappointing aspect of the original announcement was that those who signed up for the new unlimited plans would have to suffer with anemic 2G data speeds when tethering (kids: ask your parents about dial-up Internet). T-Mobile is now bumping tethering up to 3G speeds while keeping it unlimited. While it’s a good change, 3G is still going to be slow for those who need to get real work done.

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09:21
Spigen launches iPhone 7 & 7 Plus cases...

Spigen is one of the first major Apple accessory makers to start accepting orders for its new line of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases guaranteed to fit Apple’s new device launching next week at its Sept. 7 press event.

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09:19
iPhone event scheduled for September 7

We knew that the unveiling of the newest iPhone would happen soon; now word is out that "media sites" (unfortunately not Apple World Today) have been invited to an event on September 7.

Not only will we see the long-awaited "iPhone 7", but many expect to see other new products unveiled at the same time. For example, a new MacBook Pro line that's much thinner and includes an OLED touch bar (and possibly Touch ID) is expected, as is the second iteration of the Apple Watch.

We plan on having some sort of live event on September 7th -- we'll let you know before it happens!

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09:18
Apple sends invitations for 'iPhone 7'...

In what appears to be a theme with lucky number 7, Apple on Monday sent out invitations to members of the media for a keynote presentation on Sept. 7, where the company is expected to announce its next-generation "iPhone 7."

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09:10
“See you on the 7th”: Apple announces date for new...

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Apple has just send out press invitations for its next product event, which is happening at 10am Pacific on September 7 in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. This has become Apple's go-to event space in recent years, replacing smaller venues like the Moscone Center, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Apple's own town hall event space (the latter of which was officially retired earlier this year when the iPhone SE was announced).

New iPhones are a sure bet for the event—this year's models aren't expected to deviate too far from the existing iPhone 6S and 6S Plus design, but they're said to...

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09:07
Apple announces ‘iPhone 7’ September 7 event, Apple...

Update: As usual, the event will be livestreamed online. Grab the calendar event here.

Mark your calendars, folks, it’s official. Apple has issued press invites to its next media event on September 7 at Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco at 10 am PT. The company is widely expected to unveil new iPhones and could unveil new MacBook Pros and the Apple Watch 2 at the same event.

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09:06
∞ Apple sends out invite for September 7 iPhone event

Apple on Monday send out an invitation for a special event to be held on September 7 at 10:00 am. This year’s event will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. I will be at the event and will bring you all the news as it happens. […]

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09:04
Google’s Duo Video Chat App Links iOS and Android

Google is giving iPhone users a FaceTime alternative in Duo, a video chat app that also runs on Android phones. Such cross-platform compatibility is a big plus, but the minimalist Duo offers few other incentives to entice iPhone users to install it.

 

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09:04
Apple sued over iPhone 6/6 Plus "Touch Disease...

A proposed nationwide class-action lawsuit was filed on Saturday over the "Touch Disease" that seems to be afflicting a number of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones. The problem causes a flickering gray bar to appear at the top of the screen, after which the touchscreen becomes completely unresponsive.

Todd Cleary of California, Jun Bai of Delaware, and Thomas Davidson of Pennsylvania are the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages, accusing Apple of fraud and violating California consumer protection laws. The three linked the problem to Apple's design decision to not use a metal shield or undersell to protect certain screen components as it did on versions of the iPhone 5.

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08:54
It’s time to give back! Announcing 9to5Rewards: Free...

Before the avalanche of iPhone 7, Apple Watch and new MacBook Pro news starts hitting the site next week, I thought it would be fun to share a program we’ve been working on here to reward our most dedicated readers.

We’re often given promotional software, gadgets and gear either as part of a review, sponsorship or just to try out and focus group. Lately, we’ve been asking the vendors if we could share these items as part of a giveaway to our readers. The response has been overwhelmingly great so today we’re formalizing the “9to5Rewards” program. Every few days we’ll give away some exciting new gear to one of our most dedicated readers – at least...

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08:47
Sell your iPhone trade-in to BuyBackWorld ahead of...

In anticipation of Apple's iPhone 7 announcement, BuyBackWorld this week is offering an extended price lock and the industry's most aggressive cash payouts on iPad (up to $627) and iPhone trade-ins (up to $423) when you use an exclusive 10% bonus coupon.

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08:46
External Link: Apple Event Scheduled for 7 September...

Apple has sent out press invitations for its fall event, which will be held on 7 September 2016 at 10 AM PDT at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. We expect to see new iPhone models and possibly an update to the Apple Watch, but we’re also hoping for some additional surprises.

 

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08:42
Fitbit reveals new Charge 2 and Flex 2 fitness...

Fitbit on Monday announced the latest addition to its iOS-connectable fitness tracker lineup, with the $150 Fitbit Charge 2, and $100 Fitbit Flex 2.

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08:35
Bigger Apple Watch 2 Battery Doesn’t Mean Longer Life

The Apple Watch 2 may pack a bigger battery, assuming a new photo is legit. If so, that could mean longer battery life for Apple’s second generation smartwatch, but it could be powering new features instead.


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08:30
HomeKit-enabled Philips Hue line gets new motion...

One of the few products in the Internet of Things that has worked properly since Day One is the Philips Hue line of connected smart lightbulbs. Apple HomeKit was added to the line, so it's been possible to use Siri to turn on lights or "scenes". Now Philips has added the new Philips Hue Motion Sensor (US$39.95) to the line, allowing Hue owners to control lighting with movement rather than an app or switch.

The Motion Sensor provides users with instantaneous reaction times, turning on lights within .5 seconds and at an average detection range of 5 meters. The app now allows lights to be personalized, with a more gentle light at night and additional brightness during the day. 

Inside the Motion Sensor is a daylight sensor to activate lights as it gets dark or turn them off when the light level reaches a certain threshold. As with the rest of the Philip Hue devices, the Motion Sensor is easy to set up; it's battery-powered...

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08:18
Apple Watch 2 will need more battery to power GPS,...

One concern many users have about Apple Watch 2 likely adding an embedded GPS is what impact precise location tracking could have on battery life. The GPS radio would likely only be tapped during outdoor workouts and when using Maps, but a purported parts leak also claims Apple Watch 2 will gain 35% more battery capacity which would help.

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08:00
Daily Deal: iPhone Charging Dock for $17.98 (incl....

Are you still charging your iPhone by just stringing a Lightning cable over to it? What??? It's time to change things up. Our Apple World Today Deals Shop Daily Deal will get you a classy iPhone Charging Dock in silver, gold, or rose gold at 55% off the usual price -- that's just $17.98, and shipping is included.  

You'll need to supply your own Lightning cable, but the dock will keep your iPhone lookin' good as it receives power and syncs with your Mac or PC. Really want a deal? Refer a friend and get $10 more lopped off the price tag. Are you kidding me? A charging dock for $7.98? Yep. Deal + Referral = hella discounts, buddy. 

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07:58
News: Philips introduces Hue Motion Sensor

Phillips is adding a motion sensor to provide more automated control options for its line of Hue bulbs (see our recent review for the White Ambience Starter Kit) and lightstrips. The battery-powered Hue Motion Sensor connects to a Hue Bridge and is wireless, so it can be placed anywhere. When activated, the sensor will turn lights on when a user enters a room, shut them off when they leave, and perform other set actions like turning lights on or off…

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Philips Hue motion sensor makes smart home lighting...

In October, you can stop turning on the lights like a sucker and just keep walking.

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∞ Dragonite & Charizard, dancing to all the...

The internet has taken some Pokémon animation and backed it with some popular songs for an effect that is hypnotizing. Go to the main post for the details and links.

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07:44
Philips adds Motion Sensor, upgraded smartbulbs to...

Philips has introduced several new products to its Apple HomeKit-capable Hue lighting system, most notably the Motion Sensor, which can be used to trigger different actions based not just on movement but the time of day.

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07:33
Above Avalon: Jony Ive is making people uneasy

Neil Cybart:

The two most powerful people at Apple are Tim Cook and Jony Ive. While Cook is tasked with making sure the Apple machine is being run by the best team possible, Jony’s role is much more abstract.

And:

However, the one area Cook does not have complete control over is product strategy. That distinction belongs to Jony. It may seem hyperbolic to consider Jony the most powerful person at Apple. He no longer spends much time managing anyone on a day-to-day basis. He doesn’t speak on Apple’s earnings conference calls. Wall Street knows very little about him, and neither does Silicon Valley. In fact, following his recent promotion to Chief Design Officer, Jony doesn’t even spend as much time at Apple HQ these days. Yet Jony has such a significant influence over Apple’s product strategy, it is safe to say we are firmly within the Jony Ive era at Apple.

And:

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07:26
∞ Microsoft’s new, tin-eared anti-Mac Surface Pro 4...

[VIDEO] Below is an ad that dropped yesterday, a direct comparison between the Surface Pro 4 and what appears to be a MacBook Air. This ad just doesn’t do it for me. I’m not a fan of the song, and the points are vague, soft. The phrase “lighter than air” seems (maybe) directed at the MacBook Air. But it might not be. It’s all just a klunky jumble.

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07:20
Philips Adds Motion Sensor to its Smart Home Lineup

Philips is adding a motion sensor to its Hue smart bulb product line that’ll turn on your lights when you walk into a room. The Hue Motion Sensor runs on two AAA batteries so you can place it anywhere that works for you, can pair with specific light control scenes for day and night, has adjustable sensitivity, and is smart enough to leave the lights off when it’s still light out. The Hue Motion Sensor will be available in October for US$39.95.


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07:17
T-Mobile announces $25 ‘Plus’ add-on for unlimited...

After announcing its new T-Mobile One data plan to replace its existing plans and give all customers unlimited data in the process, the company today announced a new T-Mobile One Plus add-on to offer unlimited 4G LTE tethering and more.

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07:04
Apple-1 'Celebration' buyer considers $...

Cosmetics tycoon Glenn Dellimore purchased the "Celebration" prototype Apple-1 board, and believes that it is the "holy grail" of modern computing and has a future value similar to that of Monet or Picasso paintings.

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07:00
Wibble Wobble puts a speedy puzzle twist on Yo-Kai...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

If you need a break from Pokémon Go, there’s a new franchise in town that’s taking strong cues from its playbook: Yo-Kai Watch. The Japanese series, created by Level-5, has a Nintendo-published 3DS game, a colorful animated series, a couple of manga runs, and plenty of merchandise. Most crucially, it revolves around the same kind of “Gotta catch ‘em all” mentality based around accumulating and battling cute creatures. 

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06:47
Fitbit debuts swim-proof Flex 2 & cardio-focused...

The Apple Watch 2 could be announced as soon as next week at Apple’s expected iPhone 7 event, and today Fitbit is getting a head start by unpacking its latest updates to its fitness tracking lineup. The popular Flex 2 is being updated with swim-proof capabilities while the Charge 2 is getting cardio-focused enhancements. Fitbit also seems to be trying to match Apple Watch almost feature-for-feature with its new lineup…

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06:46
When iTunes and iOS don’t agree on how much free...

Kirk McElhearn, writing for Macworld:

I recently checked my iPhone’s Storage & iCloud Usage settings, and it said that I didn’t have a lot of space left. On this 64GB device—which, according to the iPhone, only really has 55.5GB—there was only 696MB available.

But then I synced the iPhone with iTunes. The latter showed me how much free space it thought I had: 2.68GB. And it also said that the iPhone’s capacity is 55.7GB, or 200MB more than what the phone itself says.

This is a valid point. It’d be nice to have a single take on iOS storage, one that starts with your phone’s size, then shows what is used for what. A view that showed me my device’s full storage, similar to the Manage Storage setting or the iTunes bar of storage, but one that lets me drill down for actual details, one that lets me delete things I don’t need.

For example, if I have old updaters I no longer need, let me delete them. Let me delete videos from that same view. Or music I have...

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06:35
The evolving meaning of “Sent from my iPhone”

Lara Williams, writing for The Guardian:

Is there a more divisive valediction than the default “Sent From My iPhone” sign-off? When the iPhone first appeared, users were roundly condemned for their thinly veiled humblebrag among the mounting popularity of Apple products.

The message was clear: having an iPhone was so much more than having something on which you could make calls and browse the internet. It was a gorgeous trinket and elite lifestyle marker that signalled both sophistication and technological know-how. Membership of the club was something to be boasted about, and you could feel the conceit as users pressed send. The backlash was immediate.

And:

Recently, however, the refrain has returned to our correspondence, but those using the sign-off can no longer be accused of not knowing how to switch it off (it’s easy) or gloating (it’s not a big deal). Rather the phrase has become an important part of online decorum. Including the sign off contains...

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06:30
News: Photos hint at improved battery for new Apple...

New photos discovered on Chinese website Weibo and posted by The Malignant show an alleged upgraded battery for an upcoming Apple Watch. The new battery has a 334 mAh capacity, improving on the current Apple Watch’s 246 mAh. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that Apple will release an upgraded version of the original with improved internal components and better waterproofing alongside an “Apple Watch 2” that will share a similar…

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06:22
Apple gets an ‘A’ grade in the ‘2016 Semi-Annual...

Apple gets an “A” in the 2016 Semi-Annual Computer Reliability Report from RESCUECOM, a computer repair company. That’s up from the A- the company received in the 2015 Q3 Computer Reliability Report. The grade also places Apple at the top of all computer maker lists if you exclude tablets.

Including tablets, Apple comes in third after three “A+” companies: Amazon, Verizon, and LG. Our favorite tech company had a “reliability score” of 723 compared to 189 in the 2015 Q3 report.

Reliability scores for other companies trailing Apple on the list are: Samsung (305), Microsoft (128), Lenovo (127), Acer (95), Asus (93), Dell (72), HP (48) and Toshiba. Grades for those companies are, respectively, A, B, B, C+, C+, C-, D, and D.

RESCUECOM calculates reliability scores by contrasting a manufacturer's market share of computers and tablets to the number of tech support calls for those devices.

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06:22
Some behind the scenes details on Apple’s Carpool...

Jake Kanter, writing for Business Insider:

Ben Winston, the co-founder of Fulwell 73 Productions, told us that the Apple show will be about “broadening out to different talents” in a way they are reluctant to do with “The Late Late Show With James Corden.”

And:

“If a movie star was to call up and say ‘can I do ‘Carpool Karaoke’?’’ the answer would always have been ‘no’ because it’s specifically for musicians. Now on this new show, we’re broadening that out to different talents. More in a documentary-based way,” Winston told Business Insider.

And:

“I’ve come to know Jimmy Iovine quite well and Apple Music is looking for more and more content. They’re big fans of James and the work that we’re doing and we started talking about ideas we could do together.

“We had an idea of how ‘Carpool’ could be a series without James, which we’re working on at the moment, and Jimmy was very insistent that Apple has first option on that. I was very happy with...

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06:15
Microsoft's new Surface Pro 4 ad targets...

Microsoft on Monday released a new ad for the Surface Pro 4, directly comparing the tablet against the MacBook Air, and painting it as more feature-complete than Apple's similarly-priced product.

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06:11
The wind is blowing from the Android shores toward...

Jonny Evans, writing for Computerworld:

If we take ComScore figures for January 2016 we see that around 198.5 million people in the US own smartphones. 52.8 percent of these use Android and 43.6 percent use iPhones, ComScore claims.

If we use ComScore’s figures as base we can make some estimates based on Fluent’s research. Fluent believes 29 percent of all iPhone users will definitely buy a new phone this year, and while 87 percent of them will stick with Apple (21.8 million), 6 percent will switch to Android. This suggests that around 1.5 million US iPhone users will make this switch.

And:

22 percent of Android users will “definitely” upgrade their device this year, and while 76 percent of them will stick with that platform, 17 percent will switch to iPhone. This works out to mean 3.91 million Android users seem likely to switch to Apple’s new iPhone this year.

1.5 million leave, 3.9 million arrive. Clearly, the wind is blowing from the Android...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth...

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker for only $19.99 — that’s 59% off the regular price. This powerful waterproof speaker lets you jam out in the shower, with a suction cup to attach it to the wall and waterproof buttons to let you easily pause, skip tracks, adjust the volume, and even answer calls using the built-in speakerphone. Get the FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower…

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06:00
Fitbit's brand-new Charge 2 and Flex 2 step up...

Fitbit let me test its new models—the heart-rate-tracking Charge 2 and the ultra-slim swimproof Flex 2—with an intense interval workout on a scenic San Francisco rooftop last Thursday. And my legs are still sore.

What started as a way to count 10,000 steps per day is now a full health and fitness platform, tracking all kinds of exercise, keeping an eye on your heart rate both in motion and at rest, prompting you to keep moving throughout the day, and calming you down with deep breathing exercises. The new devices are both worthy upgrades to the models they’re replacing, and now the Fitbit app supports pairing more than one device, in case you want to use a Charge 2 for most of the day, and switch to the Flex 2 for swimming or a more discreet evening look.

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05:34
Alleged 'iPhone 7' series specs could...

An iPhone spec leaker has shed some information on the forthcoming "iPhone 7" release, reiterating some figures that have been suspected for some time -- and possibly exposing specific camera details for the first time.

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