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Friday August 26

10:29
Get Your 80s Synth on with the Stranger Things...

Now that we’ve all had enough time to watch all of Stranger Things on Netflix it’s safe to check out the soundtrack on Apple Music without worrying about spoilers. Stranger Things Volume 1 includes is loaded the show’s decidedly 80s synth tracks from Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein like the show’s theme, Eleven’s theme, and the creepy The Upside Down. The playlist has 36 tracks, and there’s a volume 2 for when you’re ready for even more Stranger Things music. And if you haven’t seen the series yet, clear your schedule now and start watching.


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10:02
Apple issues 8th developer beta of iOS 10, 7th...

Beta testers of iOS 10, both public and registered developers, have a new build to test as of Friday, as Apple pushes towards next month's anticipated release of the next-generation mobile operating system. In addition, tvOS 10 beta 7 is also available for developers.

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10:00
Get an iDrive 1TB online backup plan at 75% off for...

When it comes to online backup services, iDrive is widely considered to be the best -- in fact, earlier this year PCMag named iDrive the best online backup service and an editor's choice. That's why Apple World Today is happy to announce a new partnership with iDrive and a heck of a great deal for AWT readers. Sign up through our iDrive portal page and you'll receive 75% off of the first year of service with iDrive. 

iDrive works with all of your devices; Mac, iOS, PC and Android. One account can back up multiple devices, so there's no need to purchase a separate account for each and every computer in your home. Our deal provides you with 1TB of backup space and 1TB of sync space for that first year at just $14.88. That gives...

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09:56
Apple seeds tvOS 10 beta 7 for Apple TV to developers

Apple has just started seeding out the seventh beta for tvOS 10 today to all current testers and developers. To update, check through the Software Update section on the Apple TV, or grab the Configuration Profile from Apple’s Developer center if you’d like to install it for the first time.

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09:49
Apple issues iOS 10 beta 8 for developers + public...

Apple has released iOS 10 beta 8 for developers to test on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10 brings a refreshed look to Apple Music and News plus loads of new features to the platform. The software update will be ready for everyone likely sometime next month, and we’ll dig through the eight developer version of the iOS 10 beta below. The seventh public beta version of iOS 10 is also available.

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09:43
The iPad Pro 9.7-inch Keyboard Case for Road Warriors

In a perfect world, Dr. Mac says he’d ditch his laptop and hit the road with just a svelte 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Two recent events make it possible; find out more in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves #189: The iPad Pro 9.7-inch Keyboard Case for Road Warriors


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09:43
UMG moratorium on exclusives may have killed Lady...

The decision by Universal Music Group to end exclusives may have also quashed an Apple Music deal involving Lady Gaga and Universal's Interscope label, a report claimed on Friday.

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09:32
iPhone could switch to Intel chips over TSMC and...

Apple could potentially put Intel processors inside iPhones as early as 2018, according to industry experts. Nikkei Asian Review published a new report today that highlights comments made by semiconductor analysts who believe Intel’s recent embrace of ARM could mean new competition to TSMC and Samsung sooner than previously expected.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch 42mm (refurb) $190...

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09:22
Review: Western Digital My Cloud (OS 3)

Despite the popularity of cloud storage services like iCloud, Dropbox, and Google Drive, increasing security and privacy concerns are fueling a desire by many users to keep their important data completely under their own control, rather than trusting it to another company's cloud. Although storing data on your computer or external hard drive at your home or office can certainly make you feel more secure about where you're keeping your data, in an era of iPhones and iPads, that often creates a tradeoff between having access to your important data while on the go and trusting it to a third-party cloud provider. Western Digital's My Cloud ($150-$380) attempts to bridge this gap, providing the best of both worlds in the form of an external network attached storage (NAS) device that keeps all of your data locally stored under your own control, while providing remote access through the company's web portal and companion iOS app. While My Cloud has been around for a while as...

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09:15
Report: Apple’s iPhone 7 launch could experience...

According to a report from Nikkei Asian Review, Apple could face supply shortages of the iPhone 7 at launch as the publication claims Apple suppliers are facing low yield rates for certain components.

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08:45
China Labor Watch releases report alleging terrible...

From the just-released report by China Labor Watch:

Pegatron is one of Apple’s major suppliers, employing almost one hundred thousand workers3 in Mainland China. Working conditions are terrible, and workers are subject to terrible treatment. 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. This report is based on interviews with Pegatron workers and a comparative study of 2015 copies of paystubs collected in 2015 and 2016. Through our investigation, we have found that Pegatron has taken some surreptitious measures to pass Apple’s audits. In addition, we discovered that Pegatron’s working conditions have worsened in 2016 compared to 2015.

And:

Excessive and illegal overtime work is still prevalent in Pegatron. Pegatron claimed that their ID check system could effectively control workers’ overtime hours, but this system...

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08:41
∞ This should not happen when you sit on your Apple...

Jump to the main post for a picture of my shattered Apple TV remote and some thoughts on durability.

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08:35
'iPhone 7' production affected by low...

As Apple gears up to launch its next-generation iPhone, key components reportedly face production issues, with low yields allegedly seen for the new dual-lens camera expected on the "iPhone 7 Plus."

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08:32
Pad and Quill Back to Work Giveaway. $700 value!

Thanks to Pad and Quill for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week.

Pad and Quill has partnered with The Loop to offer you a chance to win a $700 Back to Work giveaway. One winner will receive a Luxury Briefcase, Leather Ipad pro case, Woodline case for the Iphone, and a Classic leather band for the Apple Watch.” Sign up for your chance to win!

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08:25
How Apple Could Simplify Audio Input and Output...

If you find yourself having to check and change audio settings whenever you use an Internet telephony app, Adam Engst has a suggestion for Apple that would make it easier to pick your preferred choices at a glance.

 

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08:14
Intel plots attack on Apple's partnership with...

As Intel looks to muscle its way into the smartphone CPU business, the chipmaker has reportedly set its sights on competing with TSMC, the firm currently responsible for the A-series processors found in the iPhone, iPad and more.

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08:00
TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-26: Interview with...

This week TMO’s Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Dave Hamilton from Fling and Mac Geek Gab joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his musical life outside of the podcasting world, recording and producing Fling’s Bovine Abduction, the tools he uses for recording and mixing, and more.


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07:55
∞ Can’t believe this sound comes out of a frog.

[VIDEO] The sound this frog makes is meant to scare off predators. This makes me laugh, every time I hear it.

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07:52
Fox Sports Go app for Apple TV lets viewers watch...

Fox on Friday released a tvOS version of Fox Sports GO, with a unique interface allowing Apple TV owners to watch up to four games simultaneously -- if they already have authenticated access to the associated channels.

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07:50
Sprint launches new ‘Unlimited Freedom Premium’ plan...

Sprint today announced a new option for its Unlimited Freedom plans, allowing subscribers to get access to unlimited high-quality video streaming for $80/month.

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07:35
Eddie Van Halen talks about building the...

From the interview, starting when EVH was a kid:

When I first started playing guitar, I was at the local music store, which wasn’t even a music store, it was kind of like a Radio Shack that also sold musical instruments, it was called Lafayette Music.

I fell in love with this hollowbody 12-string because of the neck, and the first thing I did was I took six strings off, because it was a 12-string, and I didn’t want 12! They didn’t have what I wanted in the store, so it had already started there!

And:

I saved the money from delivering papers for two and a half to three years, and bought my first real guitar, which was a ’68 Goldtop Les Paul with single-coil P-90 pickups.

So what do I do? I take the chisel to it right away! Because I wanted a humbucking pickup! But in Pasadena, there were no Les Pauls with a humbucker in them. There was one store in northern Pasadena – a Les Paul came in and they called me right away ‘Hey, we’ve got a Les Paul!’ I...

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07:32
Fluent’s survey bodes well for the ‘iPhone 7,’ ‘...

Customer acquisition firm, Fluent, surveyed Americans on their thoughts about the rumored “iPhone 7,” the rumored Apple Watch 2, and perceptions around the brand. The survey was conducted among 1,735 adult residents (aged 18 and up) in the U.S.

The survey finds that iPhone owners are sticking with iPhone. Eighty-seven percent of iPhone users say they will purchase another Apple device as their next phone.  Only 76% of Android users plan to purchase another Android device; 17% of Android users want to switch to an iPhone.

iPhone users are split on whether the iPhone 7 will be a big deal; 47% think it will be, but 53% don’t. Also, most consumers think the iPhone is too expensive (especially Android users). Thirty-percent of those surveyed by Fluent thinks the pricing is fair, while 70% think it’s too expensive. Concerning the rumors that the next gen iPhone will ditch the traditional headphone jack,...

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07:26
Comment: The Catch-22 position Apple is in regarding...

One of the major benefits of Apple’s ecosystem is that it’s a pretty secure environment. Take OS X (soon to be macOS). The first ever example of OS X ransomware seen in the wild was earlier this year, when it was major news. Other Mac malware exists, but it’s rare enough that individual examples make the news – and most of those require users to do something irresponsible, like install software from an unknown source.

Contrast that with Windows, where the BBC reported that the number of viruses, worms and trojans in circulation topped the one million mark as...

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07:17
Bloomberg: New iPhone to do away with home button

Bloomberg:

Apple is already at work on a major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display by removing the Home button, according to a person familiar with the matter.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

The sense I get from the article is that this is the follow-on to the iPhone said to be announced next month.

Interesting to watch Mark Gurman ply his trade for Bloomberg.

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07:16
News: Report: 2017 iPhone to eliminate home button

Lending credence to previous rumors and speculation, sources have told Bloomberg that Apple is working on a “major redesign” of the iPhone for 2017 that will remove the Home button and focus “more heavily on the display.” Back in May, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber revealed “scuttlebutt” that the 2017 iPhone would feature an “all-new form factor” getting rid of the top and bottom edges and incorporating…

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07:12
Mars Explorers Wanted

Nasa’s Mars site:

Mars needs YOU! In the future, Mars will need all kinds of explorers, farmers, surveyors, teachers . . . but most of all YOU! Join us on the Journey to Mars as we explore with robots and send humans there one day. Download a Mars poster that speaks to you. Be an explorer!

And:

Night owls welcome! If you lived on Mars’ moon Phobos, you’d have an office with a view, mining for resources with Mars in the night sky. Settlers below on Mars would see Phobos rise and set not once, but twice in one day!

This is some compelling prose, feels like part of a beloved sci-fi set. The accompanying posters were originally developed for the Kennedy Space Flight Center’s visitors complex. Now they can be yours, free.

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07:05
Facebook's WhatsApp Data Gambit Faces Federal...

Sam Gustin, writing for Motherboard: Facebook's decision to begin harvesting data from its popular WhatsApp messaging service provoked a social media uproar on Thursday, and prompted leading privacy advocates to prepare a federal complaint accusing the tech titan of violating US law. On Thursday morning, WhatsApp, which for years has dined out on its reputation for privacy and security, announced that it would begin sharing user phone numbers with its Menlo Park-based parent company in an effort "to improve your Facebook ads and products experiences." Consumer privacy advocates denounced the move as a betrayal of WhatsApp's one billion users -- users who had been assured by the two companies that "nothing would change" about the messaging service's privacy practices after Facebook snapped up the startup for a whopping $19 billion in 2014. "WhatsApp users should be shocked and upset," Claire Gartland, Consumer Protection Counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a...

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07:04
∞ Update your iOS 9.x devices now

If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to update all your iOS 9 devices to iOS 9.3.5. If you have an iOS 10 beta installed, best to keep up with the latest betas, but this message is really for folks running iOS 9.x or earlier.

Why the press to update?

From the Lookout security blog:

Citizen Lab (Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto) and Lookout have uncovered an active threat using three critical iOS zero-day vulnerabilities that, when exploited, form an attack chain that subverts even Apple’s strong security environment. We call these vulnerabilities “Trident.” Our two organizations have worked directly with Apple’s security team, which was very responsive and immediately fixed all three Trident iOS vulnerabilities in its 9.3.5 patch.

Update your iPhones and iPads, then make...

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07:00
Seeing a Folder’s Size in the Terminal

Mac Geek Gab listener Daryn is interested in seeing the size of both files and folders when using the Terminal. We’ll help him utilize the ‘du’ command to glean that information, and then we’ll talk about how to do that in Recovery Mode where ‘du’ isn’t readily available.


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07:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Waterfield Designs'...

New iPhone cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes the Club Cycling Pouch, Waterfield Designs’s latest sleeve that’s bike-friendly and ready to roll. Plus, your usual assortment of shells, bumpers, and screen protectors. Read on!

Belkin

The ScreenForce (iPhone SE; $25 MSRP) is a tempered-glass screen protector that is, of course, compatible with your iPhone’s touchscreen. It sports a smooth surface, and delivers a crystal-clear image that lets you fully enjoy your screen’s high resolution.

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06:59
News: Apple to add payment technology to iPhone for...

Apple is planning to release new technology in the next generation iPhone that will support mobile payments and tap-to-pay for transit in Japan, Bloomberg reports. While most countries use payment terminals compatible with the NFC standard already used by Apple Pay in current iPhone models, Japanese systems use a Sony-designed technology known as FeliCa. Sources reveal that Apple plans to include this hardware technology in the next-generation iPhone,…

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06:31
UK carrier EE, Germany's Deutsche Telekom...

Starting next month, U.K. carrier EE and Germany's Deutsche Telekom are both expected to launch promotions in which customers will get six free months of Apple Music, a report said on Friday.

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06:28
Apple to expand its Cork plant in Ireland, adding...

Apple has been granted planning permission for an expansion at its Hollyhill site in Cork, which will create up to an additional 1,000 jobs over the next 18 months, according to The Irish Times. It will bring the total workforce there to 6,000 and also include a 752-space parking lot.

The company, which has been based in Cork since 1980 and currently employs more than 5,000 people in Ireland, is to construct a new building at the Hollyhill site, the article adds. The news comes following a 25% increase in the company’s workforce over the past 12 months.

An Bord Pleanála, a government-funded planning body, gave the expansion plan the go-ahead after dismissing an appeal against the development by local residents, according to...

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06:16
Apple reportedly planning to add FeliCa chip support...

Apple is planning a new iPhone feature for Japan that will allow users to pay for mass-transit rides with their smartphones instead of physical payment cards, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

The article says that an upcoming iPhone will include technology called FeliCa, a mobile tap-to-pay standard in Japan developed by Sony. However, Bloomberg doesn’t say when the tech will be included in an Apple smartphone.

The FeliCa chip reportedly allow customers in Japan to store their public bus and train passes on their iPhones. Users would then be able to tap their phones against the entrance scanners instead of using physical cards.

An IC chip and antenna are embedded in each FeliCa card, enabling each transaction to be completed in approximately 0.1 sec, simply by holding...

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06:02
File Extractor is a new, as you might guess from the...

MacDaddy has introduced File Extractor 1.0, a file extraction utility for Mac OS X. It allows you to find and extract files from any selected file, folder, or browser cache.

You can recover and save files that wouldn’t normally be accessible from the Finder. File Extractorfinds files inside PDFs, disk images, and even complex file types such as Adobe Photoshop documents. The app can extract text, graphics, video, and other types of files with just a few clicks of the mouse.

File Extractor can also recover corrupted or deleted files that may have been thought to be lost forever from camera SD cards, hard drives, and other media types. Users simply create a .dmg image file of the storage media they wish to search, and then File Extractor can go to work. 

Users of Safari, Firefox, and Chrome browsers can also make use of the app’s ability to find and recover images, text, video, and other files from the browsers'...

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06:00
Daily Deal: A lifetime subscription to EasilyDo,...

Wouldn't it be nice if you had just one iPhone app that could keep track of everything in your life? EasilyDo is a virtual assistant that takes care of all of the details of day-to-day living, and we've got a deal on a lifetime subscription to EasilyDo for just $19.99.

What can EasilyDo do for you?

  • Receive updates on your package shipping status
  • Be notified of a gate or departure change on flight itineraries
  • Update your contacts lists when EasilyDo digs for contact info hidden in emails
  • Save time going through your emails, because EasilyDo notifies you which emails need a response
  • Keep your event confirmations, like restaurant reservations & movie tickets, in one...
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05:51
Apple: VirnetX can't raise willfulness in...

VirnetX, an Internet security software and technology company, can’t claim in a retrial that Apple willfully infringed patents for FaceTime and other technologies, after the patent-holding company specifically disavowed that allegation in earlier court filings, Apple told a Texas federal judge on Wednesday.

In January 2014, VirnetX filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to supplement its infringement contentions against Apple, the defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit. And in May 2016 the company asked a Texas court to order Apple to stop providing its FaceTime and Messages features to customers, following the patent troll’s early court victory regarding patent infringement.

The motion alleged that Apple products, including...

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05:15
Fun: Domino’s given clearance to test drone-based...

The Domicopter

If you live in New Zealand, the Domino’s pizza drone may be coming your way.

Domino’s pizza has partnered with aerial drone business Flirtey, the two having been given the green light to test New Zealand pizza delivery via drones. The tests are slated to begin later this year, complete with government consideration.

Details around where the trial would be held have been kept under wraps – however Domino’s said it would use drone delivery alongside its usual delivery methods – and only where it would be faster than the use of a car or scooter.

Domino’s said it would offer drone delivery specials at the launch of the trial and would extend its dimensions, weight and distance of the deliveries based on...

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05:12
AppleInsider podcast talks Apple Health, machine...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Mikey and Victor talk acquisitions, Apple Health, Tim Cook's tenure as CEO, and catch you up on all the latest 'iPhone 7' news.

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05:00
Apple releases iOS 9.3.5 update

Late Thursday, Apple released version 9.3.5 of its iOS operating system.

The new version, which can be downloaded over the air or via iTunes, includes the following fixes and changes:

– Description: A validation issue was addressed through improved input sanitization.

– Description: A kernel memory corruption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

– Description: A WebKit memory corruption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

These may not be ground breaking changes, but they could definitely help while Apple finishes up the gold master of iOS 10.

If you’ve tried iOS 9.3.5 on your iOS device and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

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05:00
Instagram Opens Snappy New Events Channel


Instagram last week announced a new Explore video channel that gives users an easier way to find and watch events. The channel aggregates videos from concerts, sporting events and more, and its personalization features flag events that might be a good match for users' individual interests. The new channel initially will be available only to U.S. users. "One of the fundamental limitations of Instagram is that you only see content from people you explicitly follow," said Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research.

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04:30
Recordam makes it easy to create, store, share and...

If you need to quickly create, store, share and playback audio recordings on your Mac, Aperio Lux’s Recordam for Mac OS X (10.11 or later) combines a high-quality audio recorder and convenient storage for recorded audio files. And it’s only $3.99 at the Mac App Store.

It offers one-click recording; just launch Recordam, and you’re ready to roll. The user-friendly interface lets you see all the app’s features at a glance, including the current input device and an input volume level. You can even change the volume level while you’re recording, which is convenient. There are also keyboard shortcuts, if you prefer.

You can switch between audio input devices right within the software. For instance, you can use a built-in microphone or an external audio input device such as a USB microphone. Audio files can be imported into Recordam in M4A or MP3 formats. You can...

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04:20
Dropbox requiring password changes for some users,...

Dropbox has announced that it will be requiring some users to change their passwords, but says that no accounts have been compromised.

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04:00
This laptop stand mTowers above the rest

With an increasing number of folks choosing laptops over desktops for full-time uses, there's a big market for notebook stands. They're handy when you use your portable as a de facto desktop computer by connecting it to an external monitor. One of the sleekest -- perhaps the sleekest -- of the stands is the mTower from Rain Design.

Unlike some similar products, the mTower holds your MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro vertically rather than horizontally. If you're not using your laptop's screen -- say, you have the notebook connected to an external monitor but the lid closed -- this saves a lot of desk real estate. It also helps keep your laptop cool since air can circulate all around it.

One of the great things about the mTower is that works with just about any Apple laptop -- from the 11-inch MacBook Air to the discontinued 17-inch MacBook Pro thanks to the silicon...

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03:54
UK carrier EE offering six months free Apple Music,...

UK mobile network EE is offering six months of free Apple Music subscription to new and upgrading customers from 1st September – just in time to tune into the Apple Music Festival later this month.

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Thursday August 25

22:23
Google Hangouts

 August 25, 2016 10:23:00 PM PDT

The problem with Google Hangouts should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support.

 August 25, 2016 9:00:00 PM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Hangouts. We will provide more information shortly.

Users may experience issues creating or joining Hangouts video calls.

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21:02
Apple gets green light to add 1,000 jobs at Irish...

More than nine months after Apple first announced plans to expand its European headquarters in Cork, Ireland, and amid an EU probe into questionable tax practices, the company was recently granted approval to add 1,000 people to its workforce over the next 18 months.

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18:22
Apple again said to remove Home button with iPhone...

Following a similar report from the WSJ earlier this summer, a new report from Bloomberg today briefly mentions that the iPhone introduced in 2017 will not feature the iconic Home button that has been present from the start. The Bloomberg piece focused more broadly on an iPhone for Japan with support for FeliCa payments.

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18:06
Apple again rumored to axe iPhone home button in 2017

Apple is again rumored to be on track to remove the iconic physical home button from its flagship mobile product, the iPhone, when a next-generation version of the device launches next year.

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17:39
Report: Apple planning iPhone model for Japan with...

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is planning a new iPhone model for Japan that includes support for a technology called FeliCa. FeliCa, for those unfamiliar, is a tap-to-pay standard in Japan that allows users to pay for things like mass-transit rides with their mobile device.

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17:27
Apple to integrate Japan's FeliCa tap-to-pay...

Apple is reportedly working to release a special iPhone model for the Japanese market that will integrate a specific iteration of Sony-developed FeliCa technology, a longstanding tap-to-pay solution for smartphones.

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17:05
Apple Patenting a Way To Collect Fingerprints,...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Apple Insider: As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's invention covering "Biometric capture for unauthorized user identification" details the simple but brilliant -- and legally fuzzy -- idea of using an iPhone or iPad's Touch ID module, camera and other sensors to capture and store information about a potential thief. Apple's patent is also governed by device triggers, though different constraints might be applied to unauthorized user data aggregation. For example, in one embodiment a single failed authentication triggers the immediate capture of fingerprint data and a picture of the user. In other cases, the device might be configured to evaluate the factors that ultimately trigger biometric capture based on a set of defaults defined by internal security protocols or the user. Interestingly, the patent application mentions machine learning as a potential solution for deciding when to capture biometric data and how to...

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17:00
98 personal data points Facebook uses to target ads...
16:20
The Battery That’s Lasted 176 Years

I’m pretty darned nerdy. I’ve watched my share, your share, and all of your neighbors’ share of the Science Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, Nova, Discovery Channel, and every other sciency-nerdy thing I could get my eyes on. But I’ve never heard of the battery that’s been running for 176 years. Come on, that’s cool! It’s been ringing a bell all that time. Billions of time. We have only a loose idea of how it’s built, and we can’t figure it out without destroying it. Anyway, Sally Page tells us all about it in this marvelous video. Also,

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15:43
Apple set to expand presence in Ireland as upcoming...

According to a new report from the Irish Independent, Apple is planning to expand its presence in Ireland by creating 1,000 new jobs in Cork. Specifically, Apple plans to create a four-story office building and a 752-space car lot at its European headquarters in Cork.

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15:32
Enough with iPhone Headphone Jack Kvetching

Bryan Chaffin has had it with the kvetching about Apple maybe ditching the headphone jack in the next iPhone. He argues we should wait to see how Apple handles it before getting tense.


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15:30
How to Enable Apple Watch Screenshots in watchOS 3

Want to snap screenshots in watchOS 3 on your Apple Watch? The feature is disabled by default, but it’s pretty easy to turn on. Follow along with TMO’s video Quick Tip to learn how.


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15:19
Watchdog group finds Pegatron exploiting workers in...

Apple's repeated demands that suppliers cut costs have reportedly prompted "iPhone 7" manufacturing partner Pegatron to skirt the tech giant's audits with covert decreases in effective pay and increases in illegal overtime amid worsening working conditions, according to frequent critic China Labor Watch.

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15:11
Apple Patches Critical Zero-Day Data Security...

Apple released iOS 9.3.5 on Thursday to address a big security flaw that could expose iPhone and iPad user’s personal data. The threat could be used to exploit information from email, contacts, text messages, phone calls, and more—and it looks like NSO Group has been doing just that so governments can spy on journalists and people they classify as dissidents.


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15:09
Google brings you “The Hidden Worlds of the National...

The teaser video above is gorgeous but take some time to go to the full videos. Utterly spectacular and in honor of this month’s 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.

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15:01
Rare Apple I ‘Celebration’ model fetches $815k in...

Earlier this summer, we reported on a “Celebration Edition” Apple I that would be going up for auction. Initial estimates pegged a value of over $1 million for the computer, but the auction today came to a close with a final selling price of $815,000. 10 percent of the proceeds from the Charitybuzz auction will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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14:55
The co-creator of 'Rick and Morty' just...

Most folks know Justin Roiland as the co-creator and lead voice actor behind Adult Swim's Rick and Morty, but it's less widely known that he's obsessed with virtual reality. The entertainer was one of the first backers of Oculus' original Kickstarter...

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14:52
Apple advises immediate update to iOS 9.3.5 after...

Apple released an update to iOS 9 on Thursday—iOS 9.3.5—that patches multiple critical zero-day vulnerabilities that have been shown to already have been deployed, allegedly by governments to target activists and dissidents, according to a report from Citizen Lab and Lookout Security. Apple turned around an update within 10 days from when the company received Citizen Lab’s initial report. The update is recommended immediately for all iOS 9 devices. 

When used together, the exploits allow someone to hijack an iOS device and control or monitor it remotely. Hijackers would have access to the device’s camera and microphone, and could capture audio calls even in otherwise end-to-end secured apps like WhatsApp. They could also grab stored images, tracking movements, and retrieve files.

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14:31
China Labor Watch says workers’ rights continue to...

A new report from China Labor Watch, a labor rights watchdog and advocacy organization, says there are are continued workers’ rights violations at factories owned by Pegatron. Pegatron is an electronics manufacturing company that develops mainly computing, communications and consumer electronics to branded vendors, including Apple.

“Working conditions are terrible, and workers are subject to terrible treatment. Currently, Apple’s profits are declining, and the effects of this decline have been passed on to suppliers,” writes China Labor Watch. “ To mitigate the impact, Pegatron has taken some covert measures to exploit workers. This report is based on interviews with Pegatron workers and a comparative study of 2015 copies of paystubs collected in 2015 and 2016. Through our investigation, we have found that Pegatron has taken some surreptitious measures to pass Apple’s...

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14:30
AWT News Update: August 25, 2016

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For a rather slow Thursday, we have some fascinating news from the world of Apple for you today.

  • We tell you about the exploits patched by iOS 9.3.5, and why it's a good idea to install the patch as soon as possible
  • That "Celebration Apple-1" sold at auction for $815,000
  • An eBay auction of some old Apple CDs ended up with the discs going to none other than Apple
  • Investment firm JP Morgan reports that Apple's back tax bill in its conflict with the European Commission could be as high as $19 billion

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13:43
Apple-1 'Celebration' motherboard auction...

The motherboard believed to be amongst the first hand built prototypes for the Apple-1 fell short of million dollar estimates, but still reaped $815,000 with a portion going to charity.

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13:27
Apple's Siri & rivals being hampered by...

Apple's Siri -- and other voice assistants from the likes of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft -- are being held back by the state microphone hardware, a report noted on Thursday.

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13:23
Report details workers’ rights violations at Apple’s...

Industry watchdog China Labor Watch this week published a new report detailing what it says are continued workers’ rights violations at factories owned by Apple supplier Pegatron.

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13:22
The Complete iOS 9 and 10 Development Bundle:

Check out the Complete iOS 9 and 10 Development Bundle, two full tutorials for Apple’s current iOS 9 and the soon-to-be-released iOS 10. Combined you’ll get 417 lessons and 59 hours of video content. You can get this bundle through our deal for just $35.


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12:41
Dangerous, targeted iPhone attack nullified by Apple...

More details have emerged about the need for the iOS 9.3.5 patch, which looks to have terminated a trio of exploits capable of a remote jailbreak and mass exfiltration of data from a target's iPhone, including device and account passwords.

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12:23
iPhones and iPads Fail More Often Than Android...

An anonymous reader writes: The main question when picking a new phone is whether to choose an Android one or an iPhone. A new study coming from Blancco Technology Group sheds some light on which devices are the most reliable, based on reliability. The study entitled State of Mobile Device Performance and Health reveals the device failure rates by operating systems, manufacturers, models and regions, as well as the most common types of performance issues. The report reveals that in Q2 2016, iOS devices had a 58% failure rate, marking the first time that Apple's devices have a lower performance rate compared to Android. It seems that the iPhone 6 had the highest failure rate of 29%, followed by iPhone 6s and iPhone 6S Plus. Android smartphones had an overall failure rate of 35%, an improvement from 44% in Q1 2016. Samsung, Lenovo and LeTV were among the manufacturers with the weakest performance and higher failure rates. Samsung scored 26% in failure rate, while Motorola just 11%....

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12:21
J.D. Power: iTunes ranks fourth in satisfaction...

Overall satisfaction with paid streaming video service is highest among cord stackers—customers who subscribe to a traditional cable/satellite service in addition to streaming video service—according to the J.D. Power 2016 Streaming Video Satisfaction Study.

The inaugural study measures overall satisfaction among customers who have used a subscription- or transaction-based streaming video service within the past six months. The study measures customer satisfaction by examining six key measures (listed in order of importance): performance and reliability; content; cost of service; ease of use; communication; and customer service. Scores for each measure are reflected in an index based on a 1,000-point scale.

The study finds that although the number of customers who cut the cord on pay TV is growing, the majority of streaming video customers still purchase a paid TV service in addition to a streaming video service. Three-fifths (60%) of streaming customers are...

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12:18
Review: Distil Union Stanley Stand

Distil Union's Stanley is a flexible leather stand for iPhone. Mostly a maker of wallets and wallet iPhone cases, Stanley is a foray into something different for DU. Stanley is a simple stand — a flexible one-piece leather stand which comes in a variety of colors. (The "aqua" stand we received is a nice departure from all the black stands and docks we see regularly.) An iPhone can be docked in portrait or landscape mode, and a small hole in the back of the stand allows a Lightning cable to be passed through for charging. Distil Union also includes a 6' USB extension cable with Stanley. The stand can be folded up into a flatter shape when traveling to take up a small amount of space.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:10
Actively exploited iOS flaws that hijack iPhones...

Enlarge / iPhone Spyware known as Pegasus intercepts confidential data. (credit: Lookout)

Apple has patched three high-severity iOS vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited to infect iPhones so attackers can steal confidential messages from a large number of apps, including Gmail, Facebook, and WhatsApp, security researchers said Thursday.

The spyware has been dubbed Pegasus by researchers from mobile security provider Lookout; they believe it has been circulating in the wild for a significant amount of time. Working with researchers from University of Toronto-based Citizen Lab, they have determined that the spyware targeted a...

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12:03
25 Years of Linux: What a Long, Strange Trip It...


Happy Birthday Linux! You're 25! When Linux was born on Aug. 25, 1991, it was little more than a hobby for then 21-year old Linus Torvald. Today the Linux community is estimated to be upwards of 86 million users strong. It has become the backbone of large enterprises, and it is installed in government systems and embedded in devices worldwide.
The Linux operating system started out as an alternative to other platform architectures in use on mainframes and enterprise back-ends. It has grown into a major mainstream computing platform.

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11:35
Apple's iTunes ranks fourth in JD Power...

J.D. Power on Thursday published a new customer satisfaction survey for paid video streaming services, ranking Apple's iTunes below three major competitors.

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11:04
Malware Sold To Governments Helped Them Spy on...

One of the world's most evasive digital arms dealers is believed to have been taking advantage of three security vulnerabilities in popular Apple products in its efforts to spy on dissidents and journalists, reports The New York Times. (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled, here's an alternate source). From the report: Investigators discovered that a company called the NSO Group, an Israeli outfit that sells software that invisibly tracks a target's mobile phone, was responsible for the intrusions. The NSO Group's software can read text messages and emails and track calls and contacts. It can even record sounds, collect passwords and trace the whereabouts of the phone user. In response, Apple on Thursday released a patched version of its mobile software, iOS 9.3.5. Users can get the patch through a normal software update.The Washington Post reports that these "zero-day" flaws were previously used by the governments to take over victims' phones by tricking them into clicking...

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10:56
The security content of iOS 9.3.5

If you like to know exactly what Apple did to improve security in the latest update, you can read this update on the company’s Web site.

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10:50
Only Apple Music subscribers will get to watch Apple...

The Apple Music Festival, previously known as the iTunes Music Festival, is celebrating its 10th-year anniversary in September. So, it’s fitting that Apple has chosen to live-stream 10 performances. And it’s also fitting that, for the first time, only Apple Music subscribers will get to watch them.

If you’re a fan of Elton John, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, or Calvin Harris—and you don’t already have a subscription to Apple Music—you might want to sign up for your three-month free trial right around now. These artists will perform for the Apple Music Festival, which this year will require an Apple Music subscription.

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10:40
Apple posts iOS 9.3.5, an ‘important’ security update

Apple has posted iOS 9.3.5, an “important security update” that’s recommend for all users.

 

iOS 9.3.5 is available via the Software Update tool on iDevices. It can also be installed through iTunes on a connected Mac or PC. 

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10:21
Apple releases iOS 9.3.5 with “an important security...

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Just a few weeks after posting iOS 9.3.4 to fix a jailbreaking-related bug, Apple has released iOS 9.3.5 to all supported iPhones and iPads. The update provides an "important security update" and comes just a few weeks before the expected release of iOS 10, which is currently pretty far along in the developer/public beta process.

Apple's security release notes say that three bugs have been fixed, two in the iOS kernel and one in WebKit. The bugs were discovered by Citizen Lab and Lookout, the latter...

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10:18
PSA: iOS 9.3.5 fixes serious security exploit that...

Update: Apple has documented the security fix here.

Now that the just-released iOS 9.3.5 security update is now available, details about what exactly it fixes have been green lighted for release as well. Both Vice and NYT have detailed accounts of the very serious security issue that iOS 9.3.5 fixes…

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10:17
Apple issues iOS 9.3.5 update, patching serious...

Apple on Thursday pushed out yet another important update for its iOS 9 operating system, addressing serious security holes apparently exploited by an Israeli hacking firm, in what could be the final patch ahead of the release of iOS 10.

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10:12
News: Apple releases iOS 9.3.5 ‘security update’

Apple has released iOS 9.3.5, its third minor update in the past six weeks, coming only a little more than three weeks on the heels of the release of iOS 9.3.4. As with the prior release, the latest update appears to be another minor patch, with release notes merely describing it once again as “an important security update” that is recommended for all iOS 9 users. With iOS 10 expected to debut in the near future, iOS 9 updates will likely…

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10:11
Rumor: Apple developing new video editing app for...

Apple is apparently developing a video sharing and editing applications that is being tested within its iOS devices.

The early plans are part of a newly directed focus to integrate social networking applications within Apple’s mobile products and are a response to the success of social media-focused companies such as Facebook and Snapchat, according to people familiar with Apple’s strategy. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Where it’s thought that Apple’s hardware business is slowing, Apple’s services, such as the App Store and iCloud, have been generating increased revenue. Apple has failed to successfully launch social-media services in the past, including an iTunes-focused social network called Ping in 2010. Now as Snapchat and...

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10:09
Android developers update apps almost twice as often...

Android developers update apps about twice as often as their iOS counterparts, but it's iPhone users who may be more receptive, according to a report the University di Udine (Italy), as noted by FierceWireless. “Updates Management in Mobile Applications. iTunes vs Google Play” based on research looking across the top 1,000 apps across both app stores.

According to the report:

  • Apps on Google Play are being updated on average every 28 days, while apps on iTunes are being updated every 59 days.
  • There’s a significant difference between the two stores in terms of the number of apps with in-app purchases: 29.7% of the Google Play sample has in-app purchases, while in...
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10:04
WhatsApp says it will share some data with Facebook...

Messaging service WhatsApp on Thursday updated its user terms and privacy policy, revealing that it will start sharing phone numbers and some analytics data with its parent company, Facebook.

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09:58
Apple announces Apple Music Festival musical lineup

Alicia Keys, Bastille, Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Chance the Rapper, Elton John, Michael Bublé, OneRepublic, Robbie Williams and The 1975.

Those are the headliners for the festival. Elton John!

Important to note that in order to watch the festival, you will need to sign-up for Apple Music. That wasn’t a requirement in the past. Seems like just another way to boost subscriptions, but it’s a numbers game these days.

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09:57
Apple issues iOS 9.3.5 software update for iPhone,...

Apple today released the iOS 9.3.5 software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The bug fix update follows the recent release of iOS 9.3.4, which closed a recent jailbreak hole, and iOS 9.3.3, which was tested for several weeks. iOS 9.3.5 could also be the last update to iOS 9 devices and the last iOS 9 update in general before iOS 10 is released this fall.

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09:57
Apple released a new iOS Firmware

Apple just released iOS 9.3.5 (Build 13G36) for:

  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,1) — Download
  • iPad 2 (GSM) (iPad2,2) — Download
  • iPad 2 (CDMA) (iPad2,3) — Download
  • iPhone 4s (iPhone4,1) — Download
  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi, 2012) (iPad2,4) — Download
  • iPad 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3...

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: high-end 13” MacBook Pro $320...

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09:26
Fantastical 2.2.5

Adds support for setting Mailplane as default email reader and fixes several bugs. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.4 MB)

 

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09:22
Three Ways to Free Up Space on your iPhone and...

Recently on Mac Geek Gab the topic of phantom app data has come up, mostly in the context of how one can remove it. This data can be from deleted apps, temp files from existing apps, or sometimes even data that iTunes has downloaded for temporary storage. Over the course of the past few episodes we’ve found three ways to delete this data.


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09:22
Three Ways to Free Up Space on your iPhone and...

Recently on Mac Geek Gab the topic of phantom app data has come up, mostly in the context of how one can remove it. This data can be from deleted apps, temp files from existing apps, or sometimes even data that iTunes has downloaded for temporary storage. Over the course of the past few episodes we’ve found three ways to delete this data.


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08:48
Adam West and Burt Ward Return for Batman ’66...

Holy silver screen, Batman! The classic 1966 Batman TV series is coming back as a feature-length animated movie! Adam West will once again don Batman’s cowl, while Burt Ward will reprise the Boy Wonder’s voice and Julie Newmar brings back her puuuuurfect Catwoman in Return of the Caped Crusaders. The movie is loaded camp, retro music, and of course labels. So many Bat Labels. Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available on Bat-digital HD on October 11th, and Bat-Blu-ray on November 1st. To the Bat Poles, Robin!


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08:30
Facebook taps Whatsapp user data to target ads

Two years after its acquisition by Facebook, WhatsApp is changing its privacy policy to allow it to share more information about its mobile app users with its owner.

There’s no risk of your WhatsApp messages appearing on your Facebook timeline, or status updates being sent to your WhatsApp friends, the companies say—but they will be sharing more user data behind the scenes in order to better target advertising and suggest new contacts across the two services.

WhatsApp has long promoted itself as a strong protector of user privacy.

The changes will also help WhatsApp users better communicate with businesses, the company said in a blog post

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08:23
iOS 9.3.5 Blocks Remote Jailbreak

Apple’s latest iOS update comes in response to a case of international espionage and intrigue.

 

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08:22
J.D. Power ranks Apple’s iTunes below average for...

In a new report on customer satisfaction among paid streaming video services, JD Power ranks Apple’s iTunes below the industry average and only above Amazon’s video service as Netflix takes the top spot.

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08:22
Spigen rolls the dice, launches 33 protective cases...

Case manufacturing company Spigen appears to be the first to deliver protective cases for the "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus" to the consumer market, though whether they will actually fit the rumored devices remains to be seen.

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