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Tuesday July 7

19:45
Penn State researchers to investigate Apple Watch as...

An upcoming research program to be conducted by Penn State University staff is exploring the effect wearables like Apple Watch have on human behavior, with an eye on turning the device into a learning tool.

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17:39
Questionable report claims Apple Watch sales plummet...

According to research firm Slice Intelligence, which has been closely following Apple Watch performance since the device launched in April, sales averages are taking a nose dive in the U.S. as availability increases, but the firm offers little data to support the provided numbers.

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16:08
∞ Black Sabbath: The Sign of the Southern Cross

Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio. This is legendary.

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13:37
Apple stops signing iOS 8.3 just one week after 8.4...

On Tuesday, Apple quietly stopped signing the code for iOS 8.3, preventing people from downgrading to the release from iOS 8.4 using iTunes.

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12:28
Apple Pay comes to 23 more US banks, sees early...

Apple on Tuesday added 23 more companies to the list of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay, simultaneously gearing up for the launch of the mobile payment service in the United Kingdom.

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12:15
2 Apple Watch Charging Stands for Travel Compared

For some users, the elegance and convenience of an Apple Watch charging stand is essential. And soon, these stands will be even more useful when watchOS 2.0 introduces the "Wake me up" feature. John Martellaro looks at two such charging stands that are especially useful for travel.


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11:31
Apple touts 'tested to the limit' iPhone...

Apple on Tuesday updated its virtual retail outlet with a new section that describes the company's approach to testing and approving the third-party cases it stocks for the iPhone and iPad.

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11:12
Apple launches new webpage to detail how it tests...

Yesterday we revealed that Apple was revamping the third-party accessory selection in its retail locations with new boxes designed by Apple itself. Apple has recently launched a new webpage that showcases the testing that all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch cases are required to go through before they are sold in an Apple Store.

Apple first notes that it analyzes the design of the case to ensure that all ports and buttons are still easily accessible and that the case design is strong enough for day-to-day use. Apple then tests to make sure the case does not interfere with the camera on the iPhone in any way.

Next, Apple says that acoustics are tested for each and...

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11:12
Sales of 53M iPhones in June quarter predicted to...

Apple's June quarter will come in higher than most on Wall Street expect, Brean Capital told investors on Monday, revealing it expects the company to have sold as many as 53 million iPhones in the three-month period.

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11:00
Daily Deals for July 7, 2015, featuring OmniGraffle

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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10:38
Showtime debuts a la carte streaming for $11 on...

Apple TV owners, today you can subscribe to Showtime, no cable subscription required.

The Showtime Apple TV channel is rolling out today, and so is a new Showtime app for iOS. You have to pony up $11 a month to subscribe, but Showtime is offering a free month if you want to take the service for a spin before signing up (and catch the season premiere of Ray Donovan on Sunday).

Showtime isn’t exclusive to Apple TV—the channel will also be available to Roku and PlayStation Vue users later this week, too. Hulu users can tack on a Showtime subscription for an additional $9 a month (on top of the $8-per-month Hulu subscription).

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10:28
Apple Pay comes to over 20 more US banks and credit...

Apple is continuing the roll out of Apple Pay today with the addition of 20+ new US banks and credit unions supporting the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch-based payments service.

The total 23 new banks and credit unions include:

  • American Chartered Bank
  • Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union
  • Bellco Credit Union
  • EFCU Financial
  • First Federal
  • First National Bank
  • Health Care Systems Federal Credit Union
  • Keesler Federal Credit Union
  • Kemba Credit Union
  • Members 1st...
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10:09
TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-07: Apple’s Product...

Product packaging in Apple's stores is about to undergo a big redesign. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's plans to homogenize third-party packaging and explain why he thinks it's a bad idea. They also talk about Home Sharing and iOS 8.4, Eddy Cue's Twitter presence, and media outlets jumping to conclusions.


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09:54
Ecobee becomes the first HomeKit thermostat

Connected thermostats are an easy way to make your home a little smarter, and a new HomeKit-supported version of Ecobee aims to make things even easier.

The $250 Ecobee3 smart thermostat is available now through the Apple Store. Technically, Ecobee isn't the only thermostat that works with HomeKit, though it's the only one that doesn't require a separate hub device, such as Insteon's thermostat and HomeKit hub.

Like other HomeKit-enabled products, Ecobee3 users can control the thermostat using Siri voice commands. HomeKit can also group multiple actions into “scenes,” for instance letting users turn down the heat and switch off connected lighting with a single command. With an Apple TV as a hub, users can control HomeKit devices with Siri from outside the house as well.

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09:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: WD 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive $70, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD $150...

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09:00
Scary Internet Scam Becoming Disturbingly Common

Infected Web sites are trapping users by apparently freezing their browsers, making it hard to escape. These sites offer release either by offering help that is dangerously invasive or by demanding a ransom. Not actually malware, this social engineering attack has been called “scareware” or “ransomware.”

 

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08:42
Expect your local Apple Store's accessory...

Apple is giving its in-store accessory selection a makeover—literally. The company is reportedly working with accessory makers like Mophie, Incase, and Logitech to redesign their product packaging so everything sold in Apple stores has that distinct Apple aesthetic.

Expect accessories to appear in new packaging as soon as next week. 9to5Mac reports that Apple just notified its retail employees about the overhaul. Products from partner companies will appear in Apple’s signature clean, white boxes with higher-quality product photos, Apple’s preferred fonts, and clearer compatibility labels.

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08:40
The best read-it-later service

The Sweet Setup:

In the read-it-later space, the two dominant players have long been Instapaper and Pocket. Each app has its own strengths and weaknesses, and Pocket has some features that could make it the ideal app for some use cases, but Instapaper is our favorite app for actually reading the best writing on the web … later.

I was an original user of Instapaper but switched to Pocket (when it was still named Read It Later). After reading this article, I’m going to at least give Instapaper another shot.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:38
LEGO Ideas Brings Ada Lovelace, Analytic Engine to...

Ada Lovelace has the honor of being the first computer programmer thanks to her work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine-the first programmable computer. Now she has the opportunity to come back to life, in a manner of speaking, as a LEGO Ideas project. The proposed kit includes Ada and Charles minifigs, the Analytical Engine, punch cards, plus a pet owl. The Analytical Engine opens and has space to hold a Raspberry Pi, so you can turn it into an actual computer, too. Like all LEGO Ideas kits that get produced, this one needs to hit 10,000 votes before it can be considered. Bonus: It's another cool way to recognize women in science.


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08:16
Showtime now available on Apple TV w/o a cable...


CBS’s channel Showtime is now available on Apple TV. The company this morning began rolled out its version of the service that does not require a cable subscription. Instead, users simply pay $11 per month for the service, after a 30-day free trial.

In addition to coming to Apple TV, a new Showtime app that does not require a cable login is also hitting the iOS App Store. The app is not live yet, although it should rollout soon. The same $11/mo charge applies to it, as well. HBO’s standalone service costs $14.99, for comparison’s sake.

Last year, Showtime Anytime...

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08:00
Eddy Cue: Home Sharing for music will return in iOS 9

It's back (almost)! 

When Apple released iOS 8.4, many users noticed that Home Sharing for music was not supported. Home Sharing lets customers stream video and typically music between devices on the same WiFi network. Video streaming still works with iOS 8.4, but not music. That's about to change, according to Eddy Cue.

In a Twitter exchange published on July 6, Cue confirmed that "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9." 

Good on you, Apple! Many people will glad to have that feature restored. 

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07:51
Queens NYC Apple Store to open this weekend

The borough of Queens, NYC will get its first Apple Store this weekend, according to a statement the company made to the New York Daily News. The busy Queens Center shopping center will host the store, where foot traffic is expected to be high. 

In an interesting note, the company revealed that the store's staff will speak a total of 25 languages, with two-thirds of them being bilingual. 

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07:45
Apple Music diary one week in: A massive missed...

I gave my first impressions of Apple Music on day two, and my main disappointment remains: despite putting both owned and streamed music into a single app, there is absolutely no real integration between the two. All the evidence suggests that Apple Music has no awareness of my owned music.

I’ll get past that in a moment, but bear with me first for a couple of paragraphs. Because this is, in my view, more than just a missed opportunity: it’s almost criminally negligent. iTunes knows more about my musical tastes than my girlfriend. More than my neighbours, who have sometimes been more familiar with my musical tastes than they might wish. More than any of my...

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07:37
Apple confirms it's trying to fix Home Sharing...

iOS 8.4 users who’ve relied on Home Sharing to stream their music from a Mac will have to wait until at least iOS 9 to get the feature working again.

Home Sharing lets users stream their iTunes songs over Wi-Fi from a Mac to iOS devices, Apple TV boxes, and other Macs. Last week, Apple disabled this feature for music in iOS 8.4, which is the same update that enables the new Apple Music streaming service. While Apple flagged the lack of Home Sharing as a “known issue,” the company didn’t say when it might bring the feature back.

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07:30
Review: Elago’s W Stand is a surprisingly tall, $30...

It’s easy to look at a photograph of Elago’s new W Stand ($30) without fully appreciating how large it is. There aren’t many Apple Watch stands that dwarf the device they’re holding — Griffin’s plastic WatchStand is a notable exception — but when you take the 6-inch-tall, 2.4-inch-diameter W Stand out of its package, you quickly get the sense that it’s designed to feel big and solid. Yet it’s also affordable, selling for the same price as WatchStand and $10 less than ...

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07:23
Apple CEO Tim Cook joins Duke University Board of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook, an MBA graduate and devoted booster of Duke University, has been appointed to the school’s Board of Trustees for a six-year term. Cook and seven other people joined the Board on July 1, bringing it to a total of 37 members — a size that suggests Cook will not be unduly distracted from his work at Apple.

The Board is the University’s governing body, responsible for its “educational mission and fiscal policies.” Fellow new Board members include NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Coca-Cola Foundation Chairwoman and VP of Coca-Cola Global Community Affairs Lisa Borders, and two experts on financial services.

Cook has appeared at Duke a number of times during his years at Apple, notably offering leadership tips (above) during a 2013 interview at the Fuqua School of Business, his alma mater. He attended the 2015 NCAA basketball championship game back in April, wearing a blue sweater in the Duke Blue...

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07:17
Eddy Cue: Apple working to bring back iTunes Home...

iOS 8.4 and its new Music app included a few regressions for those with large local music libraries, but the biggest was the apparent removal of the Home Sharing feature. Home Sharing allows you to use your Apple ID to stream your iTunes library from your Mac to up to five other Macs, iDevices, or Apple TVs on your local network, but the feature disappeared from iOS 8.4 without much warning.

Last night, Apple's Eddy Cue stated on Twitter that the company is "working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9," confirming that the feature's removal is only temporary. That's of small comfort to the people who like Home Sharing and need to wait for the final release of iOS 9 in the fall before they can use it again, but it's better than nothing.

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07:07
Apple’s Eddy Cue: Music Home Sharing Could Return in...

With the release of iOS 8.4 and the introduction of Apple Music, our iPhones and iPads can't use Home Sharing to play music. Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue says that feature could return in iOS 9, although he isn't saying why it was removed.

The Mac Observer Spin: Music streaming for iOS devices through Home Sharing may come back in a few months, so that's good news. And it sure looks like Twitter is the go-to place for talking with Apple executives.


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07:00
A visual tour of the Pokémon Research Lab

There's no better way to inspire children into a career in animal taxonomy and species classification than Pokémon. Possibly. A temporary Pokémon Lab in Japan is opening its doors to wannabe researchers (and their parents), offering them a pokéball a...

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06:58
News: Apple aims to bring back Home Sharing for...

A week after Apple quietly dropped the popular Home Sharing feature from the Music app in iOS 8.4, Senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue has promised the company is “working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9.” In a tweet, Cue confirmed that Apple is trying to bring back the missing feature, which allows an iOS device to stream music from a computer running iTunes on a local Wi-Fi network. With Home Sharing going missing just…

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06:30
FBI director says he's 'not a maniac...

FBI director James Comey is making a final push for backdoor cellphone access for law enforcement ahead of key Senate committee meetings. In national security site Lawfare, he first admitted that "universal strong (cellphone) encryption will protect ...

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06:21
Devastating crash at the Tour de France

The linked images are graphic and really give a sense of the risks of riding a bike at high speed as part of a tightly packed group of competitors.

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06:15
Apple Music and the stark contrast with Google and...

Daniel Dilger, writing for Apple Insider, captures an essential difference between Apple, Microsoft, and Google’s music efforts. The difference is the need for music to be a profit center.

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06:12
Apple announces that its first Apple Store in Queens...

Apple has announced on its website that its first retail store in Queens will open on Saturday 11th July at 1oam. We exclusively revealed that the store was on the way back in February, with the first construction shots seen later the same month and signage appearing in May.

The new store is located on the second floor of the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst and will be...

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06:11
News: Daily Deal: Free iOS Game Hacking Course

In today’s iLounge Deal you can pick up a the iOS Game Hacking Course for FREE. This eight-week course helps you learn to create your own real-life iOS game, covering a wide range of game formats using tutorials on Objective-C, Xcode, and SpriteBuilder. You’ll be taken through building clones of Flappy Bird, Game of Life, and Angry Birds, and the course includes 17,000 free art assets to use in your own iPhone game, as well as lectures…

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06:07
Apple Watch pixels, as seen through a microscope

Bryan Jones is a retinal neuroscientist and photographer. Fortunately for us, he likes to share his images.

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06:02
I’m going independent

I love stories like this. Inspirational.

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06:00
ICYMI: 3D-printed art, a Pac-Man satellite and more

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Today on In Case You Missed It: The giant robot...

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05:51
How to share Apple Music songs, albums, and playlists

Kirk McElhearn takes you through the Apple Music sharing interface.

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05:50
Apple Music: Three Quick Tips!

Three tips and tricks for using Apple Music, coming right up! We'll talk about redoing the genre selections you made when you originally configured the service, how to move tracks to your Apple Watch, and using Siri to listen to albums and artists that you don't even own.


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05:48
What the Apple Watch Retina Display looks like when...


Bryan Jones has taken close up images of the Apple Watch screen, magnified such it is possible to discern the individual pixels and sub-pixels. The images show the arrangements of red, green and blue light that make up the images users see on the Apple Watch Retina Display.

Jones compares the screen technology with that of iPhone screens (shown below). They look quite different likely due to the fact that Apple Watch uses an AMOLED display rather than a LCD. iPhone pixels are tightly packed together with the red, green and blue aligned vertically. With the Apple Watch, the blue sub-pixels act as spacers for the stacked red and green sub-pixels. Jones also notes that the...

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05:40
How the BBC's Micro:bit came to be

In the early eighties, the BBC started a computing revolution with the launch of the Micro. The heavy, light-brown box, created with help from Acorn and ARM, was designed to complement the broadcaster's ongoing computer literacy project. It was inten...

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05:15
Facebook tests 'floating' videos in your...

Pop-Up Video: it's not just the greatest VH1 show ever, it's also Facebook's latest feature. The social network is rolling out floating videos for desktop users that can sit anywhere in your window while you continue browsing your News Feed, just lik...

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05:00
Apple Stores to carry third-party accessories with...

Image of new Mophie Juice Pack Plus and Logitech Keys-to-Go Keyboard. Via 9to5Mac

In order to further unify the interior look of its stores, Apple will soon begin carrying third-party accessories in packages that were co-designed by the company. According to an article on 9to5Mac, the move is part of an overall makeover spearheaded by retail chief Angela Ahrendts to reduce the variety of product packaging on store shelves.

Companies like LifeProof, Mophie, Tech21, Logitech, and Sena are taking part, and the first new packages should start appearing on store shelves as soon as next week. The revised boxes are sleeker and look similar to Apple product boxes -- white, with a minimum of imagery on the exterior. It's expected that Apple will soon start limiting accessory sales to...

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04:30
EE's Rook is a £49 4G smartphone for pay-as-you...

It seems like we can't get through a single month these days without one UK carrier or another launching an own-brand device. And, since the last device bearing a network provider's name came from Vodafone, it's only fitting that its own-brand nemesi...

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04:16
NASA funds low-cost probes and other futuristic...

Low-cost probes, an extraterrestrial submarine and spacecraft propelled by electric sails: these are but three of the seven projects moving on to Phase II of NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. All the entries have only just begun dev...

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03:30
Freemium Field Test: Angry Birds Fight is a truly...

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).

Angry Birds Space showed that Rovio could do more than simply dress up its tried-and-true series formula with new visual themes, altering the pull-and-fling design in an inspired, entertaining fashion. Sadly, the creative well ran dry shortly after that, and many of the games released since have seemed like half-hearted and desperate attempts to ride the coattails of surging genres.

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02:57
Meet the Micro:bit, the BBC's tiny programmable...

The Raspberry Pi has been a huge success story for Britain, giving millions of people an affordable way to tinker and learn with pocket-sized hardware. Now, the BBC is hoping to make a similar impact with the "Micro:bit." Like the Raspberry Pi, this ...

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02:25
Apple patent adds magnetic drive actuation to UK-...

Continuing a seemingly never ending quest for smaller form factor products, Apple engineers dreamed up a compact folding pin USB adapter design with the convenience of push-button magnetic actuation, as detailed in a patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday.

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02:23
Amazon will stand trial for its 'confusing...

Have you ever searched for a product on Amazon, only to find a similar item from another company? Sure you have. But while this search behavior is arguably great for customers, it's the reasoning behind a trademark lawsuit against the online retailer...

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01:51
Nest's home security camera comes to the UK

Last month, Nest unveiled two new products that could make your home a whole lot safer: a revamped Protect smoke alarm and a wireless Nest Cam security camera. Both quickly debuted in the US and now, they're available in the UK too. The new £159 Nest...

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01:32
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Monday July 6

21:48
Apple Stores to start sales of first HomeKit-enabled...

Apple online and brick-and-mortar stores on Tuesday will start selling ecobee3, the first Internet-connected thermostat compatible with Apple's iOS-based HomeKit framework.

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18:29
Amazon Cloud Drive Comes to iOS App Store

Amazon released Cloud Drive for iPhone and iPad while we were off for the holiday weekend. Amazon Cloud Drive is the company's Dropbox competitor-Amazon Prime subscribers get unlimited photo storage and 5GB for videos and other files. The company also offers a $59.99 version of the service that gives you unlimited storage for everything. While most folks think of Amazon as a retailer, the company has also become a major provider of cloud services. Cloud Drive leverages Amazon's vast data center capacity. The iOS app supporting Cloud Drive joins existing apps for Mac, PC, Android, and Amazon's own Fire Phone. You can use it to view your files and folders, preview documents, play videos and music stored on your Cloud Drive, and share your files as links and attachments.

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18:07
Eddy Cue: Apple ‘working’ to bring back music Home...

Last week, we noted that Apple’s latest iOS 8.4 release with Apple Music removes support for the long-existing Music Home Sharing feature. This function allows an iOS device user to stream music from a computer running iTunes on their own WiFi network. Today, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services noted on Twitter that Apple is “working” to restore Home Sharing functionality in iOS 9. It is likely that Home Sharing was removed in iOS 8.4 due to changes necessary with the record labels to launch the new streaming music service. Cook previously revealed details on...

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18:03
Apple's push into automotive spurs race to cash...

Rumors of automotive product entries from Apple and Google are prompting carmakers to look beyond traditional toward revenue streams fueled by data, the first being a reported joint overture for Nokia's HERE mapping service worth billions of dollars.

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16:40
PHATASS, the Prince Harvey Rap Album Recorded at an...

Meet Prince Harvey, a rapper from Brooklyn who recorded an entire album called PHATASS at the SoHo Apple Store-that stands for Prince Harvey at the Apple Store SoHo. The a capella recording was an effort born of necessity, as Prince Harvey had one laptop stolen and another failed. He was driven to record an album, and realized he could do a lot on the Macs at the Apple Store. With the help of two sympathetic employees who, he spent hours every day at the SoHo Apple Store for four months. He would save files to a thumb drive, email them to himself, or hide them in the trash, which as of this writing isn't emptied when the machines are reset every night. Brilliant move, Prince Harvey, brilliant! There's a couple of tunes on Soundcloud if you'd like to hear it yourself. There are additional details in The Daily Beast's story about the rapper.

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16:38
Apple looks to reinstate Home Sharing with iOS 9,...

Following revelations that Apple disabled the popular music Home Sharing feature with its latest iOS 8.4 update, SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue on Monday said the company is working to restore services for iOS 9.

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16:20
Hacking Team hack reveals why you shouldn't...

An Italian firm with the appropriate name Hacking Team suffered a massive breach in its company data Sunday, and 400GB of internal documents so far have been released and are being analyzed by reporters and security researchers. Hacking Team’s customers are government agencies, including both law enforcement and national security, and the ostensibly legal software it sells to help them intercept communications includes not-yet-exploited vulnerabilities, known as zero-days.

Much has been speculated before and after Edward Snowden’s release of a trove of National Security Agency (NSA) documents in 2013 about the capabilities of the United States’ agencies as well as those of allies and enemies. The Hacking Team dump reveals quite a bit more about the routine functions of third-party suppliers into that ecosystem, including...

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15:35
How to make Apple Music do more with Siri voice...

While Apple Music has drawn a lot of comparions with other streaming services, like Spotify and Google Music, on iOS it does have at least one special trick: Siri voice commands.

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15:34
GoPro Whittles Down Hero4 Action Cam


GoPro's latest action cam features something the company's fans haven't seen for eight years: a product redesign. The company on Monday announced the Hero4 Session, a 1-inch cube video camera that weighs just 2.6 ounces -- less than half the heft of an iPhone. Unlike previous GoPro models, you won't need a case to protect it from getting wet. It's designed to withstand a soaking in up to 10 meters of water. However, while the camera is light in weight, it's also light on features -- and a heavy on price.

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15:24
[Sponsor] DevMate

DevMate is a powerful platform for app development and distribution. It’s designed to save hours of coding for both indie developers and established software companies. DevMate offers ready-to-use mechanisms and data collection. This includes licensing, built-in update and purchase mechanisms, feedback and crash reporting. The app data is presented in the Dashboard in real time, and is easy to access and monitor. DevMate is an indispensable tool for developers who value their time and want to focus on the tasks that are really important.

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14:55
An Electric Car Won this Year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb

There was a bit of line crossed this past week, as an electric car took the 2015 Pikes Peak Hill Climb. This is a race up Pikes Peak, where each competitor's time is compared to the others. By "rRace up Pikes Peak," Wikipedia says its 12.42 miles, with 156 turns, climbing 4,720 feet. And Rhys Millen did it in 9 minutes and 7 seconds (and change) in his eO PP03, a prototype electric vehicle. This is the first time an electric vehicle won the event, and while he set a new record for electric vehicles in the race, it's also the second fastest time behind the 8 minute and 13 seconds (and change) recorded in 2013 by Sebastien Loeb in a 2013 Peugeot 208 T16. Oh, and according to Mr. Millen, his car lost half its power before the halfway point in the race. And in case it need be pointed out, Apple is developing an electric car. This is the future. The video below shows the run, and it includes an interview with Rhys Millen at the end. Thanks to TMO member geoduck for the heads up on the...

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14:52
Apple to reportedly debut co-designed third-party...

Apple Stores will soon get a more uniform look as select third-party accessory makers adopt packaging co-designed by Apple, part of a larger transition toward a "premium feel" under retail chief Angela Ahrendts.

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14:20
Keyport High-Tech Multi-Tool: $39.99

The Keyport High-Tech Multi-Tool stows your keys and keeps them organized, and it has room for a pen and a light. It does it by including blanks that are designed to fit in the device, turning it into a customizable fob. Check out the details on the deal page.


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14:15
Apple Stores Are Holding the New MacBooks Captive

The major design feature of Apple's new MacBook is its low weight. To hold it in one's hand, untethered, is to appreciate the significance of the design. So why shouldn't Apple let customers walk around the store with one and test the keyboard for awhile? John Martellaro makes the case.


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14:12
Review: Apple Music offers great discovery &...

Apple Music was a service that I was incredibly excited about when Apple announced it last month at WWDC. I’ve written a lot about music here at 9to5Mac and every time I explain how big of a music fan I am. When I’m in my office, I always have music playing, whether it be radio or a specific artist or album. For the past two years, I’ve been using Spotify for all of my streaming music needs. I never had a problem with the service, especially recently as it has upped the quality of both its iOS and Mac apps to be both more stable and feature-rich. A combination that is hard to come by nowadays.

Being the Apple fanboy that I am, however, I obviously had to give Apple Music a try. For the past week, I’ve been using the service as my exclusive source for music. How does it...

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13:31
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 6...

Notable software releases this week include Voila 3.9, Typinator 6.6, GarageBand 10.1, iTunes 12.2, Security Update 2015-005, Mac EFI Security Update 2015-001, and Safari 8.0.7, 7.1.7, and 6.2.7.

 

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ExtraBITS for 6 July 2015

Our ExtraBITS this week revolve around developer Nolan Lawson, who sparked discussion recently with a pair of blog posts suggesting that Safari is the new Internet Explorer in terms of holding back Web standards.

 

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13:31
All Apple Stores revamping third-party accessory...

Apple-designed packaging for the Mophie Juice Pack and Logitech iPad Keyboard

Apple is looking to own yet another aspect of its product experience. The company is gearing up to revamp its third-party accessory selection across all of its retail stores by next week by reducing the amount of accessories available in stores to ones sold in packaging co-designed by Apple. Apple has been working with select third-party...

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13:30
Opinion: Will size alone be enough to sell a bigger...

There isn’t any question that Apple’s working on a larger-screened iPad: early details leaked in 2013 and have been followed by dimensional drawings and prototype shells over the past year. All of the leaks suggest that the “iPad Pro” or “iPad Plus” will be nearly identical to the iPad Air 2, except with an almost 13″ screen and four (rather than two) speaker grilles. Few of the leaks have suggested major new design elements, such as an extra connector port, an integrated stand, or ...

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13:29
Review: TempTraq Wearable Bluetooth Thermometer

TempTraq, a Blue Spark Technologies company, has released the TempTraq Wearable Bluetooth Thermometer ($25), also known simply as TempTraq. A sticky patch designed to constantly monitor a child's temperature, TempTraq is worn directly on the skin, with the tip of the patch placed under a child's armpit. It uses Bluetooth to send live readings to a free app when a linked iOS device is within 40 feet. The app also allows users to track multiple children with multiple patches, and take notes, among other features. The patch is designed for one-time use, which makes the $25 price tag hard to swallow.{/exp:char_limit}
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13:00
NBA player blames injury on iPhone 6 Plus; We call...

Matt Bonner, a player for the San Antonio Spurs, says that his season-changing injury has been caused by -- are you ready for this? -- his iPhone 6 Plus. In an interview with the Concord Monitor, Bonner blamed the drop in his 3-point shooting, from 41.4 percent average over his 11-year career in the NBA to a still respectable 36.5 percent on an injury to his left (non-shooting) elbow. Bonner is "sure" that the injury was caused by the "way bigger" iPhone 6 Plus. 

Bonner says about his injury that "I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing it."

Wimp.

Ummm, Bonner is 6 feet, 10 inches tall. Like most NBA players (with the possible exception of my personal favorite player from the past, the 5 foot, 3 inch...

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12:54
∞ My walking playlist on Apple Music

A lot of people have asked what music I listen to while I do my walks, so I thought I’d put it up on Apple Music. The songs were chosen to keep up a good walking pace—each of the songs makes me want to sing or play air guitar while I’m walking. I hope you enjoy it.

Jim’s Walk playlist on Apple Music.

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12:46
Apple’s MacBook SSD OEM Samsung takes wraps off pair...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Samsung today has announced that it will be adding a 2TB option to its 850 EVO and PRO 2.5-inch internal solid-state drive offerings. Previously, the largest sized capacity was 1TB for ...

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12:32
Musk Donates $10 Million to Keep AI From Going Rogue


The Future of Life Institute on Monday announced 37 winners of grant funding provided by Elon Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project. Musk contributed $10 million toward the effort. A total of $7 million will be awarded to fund the research teams for up to three years, with many of the projects beginning in September. Another $4 million is available to support research grants for areas that emerge as most promising. The teams will focus on the common goal of keeping artificial intelligence beneficial to humanity.

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12:28
Instagram rolling out support for high-res images on...

Instagram has announced today that it is rolling out support for higher resolution 1080 x 1080 pixel images. This doubles the previous upload resolution of 640 x 640 pixels, and you’ll probably notice very soon that the photos in your stream are looking a bit crisper.

According to a post today from Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, the update is rolling out to both Android and iOS. Other statements from the company suggest that the feature has been rolling out for about week and you should already be seeing these newer photos in-app.

There doesn’t appear to be an actual app update, as this is a change that is being flipped server side for both major platforms. If...

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12:17
∞ Punked by Apple Music

The other night, I checked out the “New” section of Apple Music. Like usual, I switched to the Metal section—when it loaded, I thought for sure someone at Apple was punching me. To be clear, I’m not saying this is a problem, I thought it was funny as hell. I closed the app, reopened and everything was fine. Still funny.

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12:11
Rapper recorded album by posting up at NYC Apple...

A New York-based rapper has taken the phrase "demo unit" quite literally, saying that he parked himself at Apple's SoHo store in Manhattan five days a week, for sixteen weeks, so he could use the store's display computers to record a full-length album.

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12:02
Hullo — Your favorite pillow. Guaranteed. [Sponsor]

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11:07
NBA player blames nagging arm injury on larger-...

There have been a wide range of both complaints and praises regarding the larger screened iPhones Apple introduced last fall, but this one is new. Matt Bonner, longtime member of the San Antonio Spurs, gave an interview recently in which he blamed a season-changing injury on Apple’s larger screened iPhone (via Yahoo).

Bonner revealed that he suffered from tennis elbow in his non-shooting arm for a two-and-half month period during the 2014-2015 NBA season. The pain was such a distraction to Bonner that before we would even catch the ball he would be dreading...

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10:51
Rick Perry and the Texas vs. California Tech War


A couple of weeks ago, I was waiting to do a CNBC slot on the Apple Watch in Asia -- the entire smartwatch class is having a lot of issues -- and I ran into Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, as he was coming out of the studio I was about to enter. For some reason, I thought he was going to be a typical entitled stuck-up jerk, like a lot of folks in his position are, but he wasn't. We started chatting about technology and jobs, and how he'd been focused as governor on getting tech companies to move to Texas from California.

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10:25
Amazon brings Cloud Drive media, document access to...

Amazon on Monday released an official iOS client for Cloud Drive, allowing people to access content from the file storage service on their iPhone or iPad.

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10:22
Why compatibility isn't just a computer problem...

Some people I know who dearly love their Sonos speaker systems were feeling nervous this week as Apple launched Apple Music. Would Sonos support Apple Music, and vice versa? Some tweets from Sonos and Apple made it clear that it would, and those Sonos-using friends gave a sigh of relief.

But it struck me that this is yet another example of how conflicting compatibility between hardware and services can frustrate consumers, making us regret our purchases even of otherwise fine devices. In the competition between different standards, between online services, and plenty of other areas, there’s often fallout that can make it hard to be a user of tech products.

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10:20
Microsoft introduces ‘Tossup’ iOS app to make...



Microsoft today has introduced a new app for iOS and Android that makes it considerably easier for friends and family to make plans while on the go. Dubbed Tossup, the app was developed by the Microsoft Garage, which means it implores new ideas and thinking that the company hopes will catch on to the masses.

Tossup helps groups decide on plans by giving them suggestions and allowing each member of the group to vote and suggest other options. It offers the ability...

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09:36
What Apple Music Connect needs to succeed

Apple Music’s Connect is designed to foster connections between artists and fans, but there’s not much to love yet on either front. For listeners, Connect is pretty bare-bones and hasn’t offered much in the way of new content. Musician and iOS app designer Dave Wiskus says it’s not great for artists yet, either.

In a Friday blog post, Wiskus detailed his near-disastrous attempt at uploading a new song to share on Connect.

Embedding a song to share on the platform is riddled with difficulties, a far cry from the ease of uploading to SoundCloud. Artists have to make the clip they want to post available in My Music, which requires importing the track to iTunes (which can be its own special kind of hell). Posting the track can be glitchy—the form artists have to fill out wouldn’t allow...

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09:31
News: Report: iPhone 6S may be slightly thicker than...

An alleged schematic revealed by Engadget Japan alludes to the iPhone 6S as being slightly thicker than the iPhone 6. If true, the 6S will be 7.1 mm thick, a very slight increase over the existing iPhone 6’s 6.9 mm profile. The increase in size could be explained by rumors that Force Touch will be making its iPhone debut in the new model. Sources have claimed that any change to the 6S won’t be big enough to alter how existing iPhone 6…

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09:26
How to catch every song Beats 1 plays

Thanks to Twitter, you can find every song that gets played on Beats 1

Here's a scenario you might find familiar. You're listening to Beats 1 when a great song comes on that you haven't heard before. You try to add it to your collection but it's not available. You search the iTunes Store but it's not there either. In the meantime, the song is over. What was it again? Drat, I forgot. Oh well. 

I was complaining about this on Twitter this morning when Kristoffer Tsinontas pointed me to the Twitter account Beats1 Plays. This unofficial account live-tweets every track that's being played on Beats 1. In the scenario above, I could simply hop on Twitter and see the very song I missed. 

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09:07
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08:40
Purported 'iPhone 6s' schematics back...

An alleged schematic for Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6s" may support claims that the device will be marginally thicker than its predecessor, presumably owing to design additions such as Force Touch.

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08:09
Let us know what you think of iOS 8.4/Apple Music

iOS 8.4 is out and with it, Apple has launched its new Apple Music subscription streaming service.

While nothing has apparently caught fire yet and cats and dogs have yet to begin interspecies dating as a result of the update and launch, we’d like to know what you think of it, for better or for worse.

So, as always, let us know what’s gone right, what needs improvement, what’s driving you nuts about the new operating system and the new Apple Music service and what’s on your mind.

And it isn’t that I MIND cats and dogs interspecies dating, it’s just awkward when they lower the lights and begin slow dancing across my living room floor…

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08:04
Find your “Pluto Time”

NASA:

If you go outside at (a particular) time on a clear day, the world around you will be as bright as the surface of Pluto at noon.

It’s always Pluto Time somewhere, and NASA wants to see your view. New Horizons will become the first spacecraft to have a close encounter with Pluto. After the historic flyby on July 14, 2015, we’ll combine as many submitted images as we can into a mosaic image of Pluto and its moons.

Here in Chilliwack, BC, my “Pluto Time” is tonight at 9:20 PM PDT. I’ll definitely be outside taking a picture for NASA.

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07:49
Amazon Invents the New Black Friday: Prime Day

Amazon is creating its own Black Friday, but it's called Prime Day and it's on a Wednesday. The online retailer is using its special one-day event on July 15 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and the special deals will be for Amazon Prime members only.

The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon has selling down to a science so of course the company has found a great way to exploit its 20th anniversary and drive up Prime subscriptions at the same time.


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07:48
Amazon releases Cloud Drive file management app for...

Amazon has just launched a dedicated iOS app for its Cloud Drive service, bringing an iPhone and iPad experience to the service that was previously only available through desktop apps and a recently launched Android mobile app.

Before the launch of the Cloud Drive app for iOS this weekend, Amazon allowed users to access content from the cloud service through various apps such as Amazon Photos (aka Cloud Drive Photos) and...

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07:42
Leaked iPhone 6S schematic shows minimal exterior...

If nothing else, a leaked schematic should do the trick.

The cool cats at Engadget Japan have published what’s apparently a schematic of the upcoming iPhone 6S, which came from a source in the Chinese supply chain. The schematic shows a handset with only minimal changes from the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

In truth, the changes to the handset’s thickness appear to be imperceptible, as the thickness marked on the schematic is 7.1mm – just 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 6, and the exact same thickness as the iPhone Plus.

With these relatively unchanged numbers, it seems possible that your current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus case will fit the new model...

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07:39
The real voice of Siri explains her work

Susan Bennett, the original voice of Siri, talks about voicing Siri and the fact that her real voice sounds so much different than what comes out of your phone:

“A Siri-like voice is still, at this point in time, very robotic,” she says. “The pitch is a little bit lower…it’s not as evenly paced as if you were speaking naturally.” She told me that few people recognize her on the street, since her speaking voice is different.

Watch the video. Absolutely love this.

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07:28
News: Apple Pay set to launch in UK on July 14?

Internal communications sent to employees at multiple U.K. retailers appear to confirm that Apple Pay will be accepted for mobile payments in their country starting on July 14, 9to5Mac reports. Apple has also informed its own retail employees they’ll be getting training for Apple Pay support on July 12, just ahead of the launch date for retailers. It’s possible that Apple Pay will launch later at some stores, but July 14 seems like it…

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07:21
Google's Waze mapping service launches...

As Apple looks to expand its Maps effort with public transit information, Google its taking its Waze service in a different direction, debuting a new ride sharing feature that is being tested in Israel.

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07:19
Claimed iPhone 6S schematic matches our report of...

Engadget Japan has shown a purported schematic of the iPhone 6S which it attributes to a reliable source in the Chinese supply chain. While the diagram does not appear to have originated from Apple, the design and marked dimensions are consistent with casing photos we obtained from a proven source.

We noted that any change in thickness was imperceptible, and the thickness marked on the schematic is 7.1mm – just 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 6, and the exact same thickness as the iPhone 6 Plus. This also matches (...

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07:01
GoPro launches compact, single-button Hero4 Session...

GoPro on Monday announced a new $400 action camera, the Hero4 Session, a cube-shaped device said to be half as big and 40 percent lighter than other Hero4 models, while still offering many of the same features including wireless connectivity to Apple's iPhone.

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