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Friday June 24

Celebrate 20 years of 'Quake' with a brand...

Quake fans have plenty of reasons to celebrate these days. Wolfenstein: The New Order developer MachineGames is championing id Software's classic first-person shooter's 20th anniversary and offering fans a little something special in return: A brand...

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Apple's iTunes, App Store, iBooks Store suffer...

Customers looking to purchase apps, music or e-books through found themselves out of luck on Friday as a handful of Apple's internet services were hit by an hours-long outage, the third such downtime to hit Apple's services this month.

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6 Great Display Choices for Your MacBook Pro and Mac...

Apple is getting out of the stand-alone display market—at least for now—and says there are plenty of third-party alternatives to its now defunct Thunderbolt Display. Sorting out which display to buy can be a little intimidating, so The Mac Observer put together a list with some great 4K, 5K, and HD options to help make your shopping a little easier.

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'Destiny' distances itself from PS3 and...

It was bound to happen, the question was just a matter of when. The "it" I'm referring to, of course, is developer Bungie cutting off support for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Destiny. In a post on, the company says that start...

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Apple Drops 2.81% in Broad Brexit Selloff

Shares of Apple Inc. shed 2.81% Friday in a broad market downturn sparked by Brits voting to leave the European Union, or Brexit for short. The selloff was part of a general panic among investors concerned about what Brexit will do to the global economy.

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iOS 10: Hands-on with the new Lock screen [Video]

One of the biggest changes found in iOS 10 will be one of the first things you see upon installing the update. Indeed, the Lock screen in iOS 10 has received what amounts to an overhaul and a rethinking of its functionality. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough as we explore the iOS 10 Lock screen’s ins and outs. more…

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App Store outage for some users preventing logins,...

Reports are coming in that a list of App Store and iTunes services are currently down for users. Those affected are prevented from logging into their accounts, downloading and updating apps, or streaming previously purchased content. Apple’s system status as of 05:33 PM EST doesn’t list any services as being out, but tweets directed at Apple’s official support account seem to indicate otherwise.


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The Mill's shapeshifting Blackbird can mimic...

Securing exotic, high-performance vehicles for a video shoot can be an expensive and arduous ordeal. Between dealing with availability of the vehicle, location, and filming, setting up the perfect shot for movies or commercials is extremely difficult...

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Apple's differential privacy in iOS 10 is opt-...

The new data collection method set to roll out in iOS 10 will require users to opt in, and will be limited to four specific system functions, according to Apple.

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G Cloud Unlimited Backup for iPhone and Android: 5-...

We have a deal for you today on G Cloud, a 5-year unlimited backup plan for iPhone and Android devices for $29.99. G Cloud allows you to backup and restore your device from within their dedicated app, and you're able to view that content online, as well. It's being stored on AWS, Amazon's cloud service, using military-grade 256-AES encryption. You can get this 5-year subscription through us for $29.99.

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AWT News Update: June 24, 2016

Lots of fun Apple-related stories for a lazy, post-Brexit summer afternoon. 

  • Don't worry about the Thunderbolt Display being discontinued; its successor with a built-in GPU may be coming this fall
  • The 2017 Honda Accord will be here on Monday, and you can get Apple CarPlay in your vehicle if you order the Accord with a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen
  • Twitter will soon let you read tweets from specific locations on the iPhone and iPad apps

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Oculus stops preventing VR games from working with...

In a big move for openness in the VR landscape, Oculus has stepped back from its position of blocking its games from working on the HTC Vive. The company quietly issued an update for its desktop software today which strips away the headset exclusivit...

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Article: Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets...

It seems that with almost every major iOS update, Apple’s Photos app gets something new and significant, and in fact this one component has possibly seen the most frequent number of updates over the past few years, with Apple continually building on the photo management experience — iOS 5 introduced iCloud Photo Stream and basic photo editing, with iOS 6 came Shared Photo Streams, then iOS 7 gave us an entirely new “Collections” layout along…

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Apple Won't Collect Your Data For Its AI...

Apple doesn't like collecting your data. This is one of iPhone maker's biggest selling points. But this approach has arguably acted as a major roadblock for Apple in its AI and bots efforts. With iOS 10, the latest version of company's mobile operating system, Apple announced that it will begin collecting a range of new information as it seeks to make Siri and iPhone as well as other apps and services better at predicting the information its owner might want at a given time. Apple announced that it will be collecting data employing something called differential privacy. The company wasn't very clear at the event, which caused confusion among many as to what data Apple is exactly collecting. But now it is offering more explanation. Recode reports:As for what data is being collected, Apple says that differential privacy will initially be limited to four specific use cases: New words that users add to their local dictionaries, emojis typed by the user (so that Apple can suggest emoji...

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The Public Access Weekly: Same love

It's Pride Weekend in San Francisco, which means there will be over a million extra rainbow clad lovelies parading, dancing and celebrating in the streets and that's always fun. There's nothing San Francisco loves more than shutting down a street fo...

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Apple's differential privacy algorithm will...

The brief mention of differential privacy at WWDC earlier this month seemed to be in line with Apple's image. When senior VP of software engineering Craig Federighi talked about the ways in which the company would continue to prioritize user privacy,...

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FBI moves to keep its Tor hacking tool secret

In the legal back-and-forth surrounding the FBI's hack and subsequent arrest of 1,500 users of a dark web child pornography site called Playpen, the FBI has now moved to classify the Tor Browser exploit they used, Motherboard reports, citing reasons...

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Apple’s differential privacy will be opt-in

As for what data is being collected, Apple says that differential privacy will initially be limited to four specific use cases: New words that users add to their local dictionaries, emojis typed by the user (so that Apple can suggest emoji replacements), deep links used inside apps (provided they are marked for public indexing) and lookup hints within notes.

I’m completely fine with this. Apple is trying to walk a very thin line between not accessing user data and getting information to make its device and services more effective for users. As long as we know what’s going on, everything is good.

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Judge says the FBI can hack your computer without a...

The FBI did not need a warrant to hack a US citizen's computer, according to a ruling handed down on Tuesday by Senior US District Court Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. If the decision is upheld, it may have ripple effects that essentially allow governm...

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Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch gets new apps for...

The number of default Apple Watch apps will grow with the upcoming release of watchOS 3, gaining Reminders, Home, Find My Friends, as well as a separate heart rate app, and also adding watch face complications for each.

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The clownish fight over who hacked the DNC

A war of words has erupted over whether the DNC hack was an act of espionage by the Russian government, between soundbite-ready security firm CrowdStrike and a lone hacker who's unkindly claiming credit. And the conspiracy theory fans went wild.

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Siri and accessibility

A wonderful article from Steven Aquino. It certainly puts the difficulties we have with Siri, and other technologies, into perspective.

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Apple’s use of differential privacy in iOS 10 to...

Apple is making many of its services smarter in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra through the use of differential privacy which enables artificial intelligence to become smarter while still balancing privacy. Given Apple’s strong position on protecting user privacy, Recode requested more details on how the company’s use of differential privacy would work. Apple so far has resisted collecting a lot of user data that could make Siri, iCloud, and other services smarter.


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NASA tasks the Hubble Telescope with five more years...

Despite its successor launching in 2018, NASA is extending duty for the Hubble Space Telescope for another five years. The imaging spacecraft will continue to capture breathtaking photos from orbit until 2021 with the Space Telescope Science Institut...

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Uber will guarantee fares upfront, but surge prices...

Everyone hates Uber’s surge-pricing, except for Uber of course. Now the crazy-making lightning bolt that indicates you’re about to spend a fortune to get home is going away, replaced by a fare guarantee that tells you exactly what you’re going to pay for the ride. But that doesn’t mean the surge is gone.

Uber’s new up-front fare feature, which is slowly rolling out for UberX rides in some U.S. cities and in India, is exactly like the pricing you already see for UberPool rides. Just put make sure your pickup location is accurate, then enter your destination and Uber will calculate your exact fare.


How it works, according to Uber: “Upfront fares are calculated using the expected time and distance of the trip and local traffic, as well as how many riders and nearby drivers are using Uber at that moment. And when fares go up due to increased demand, instead of surge lightning...

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YouTube is bringing live broadcasting for all to its...

YouTube will soon throw open the gates to live broadcasting inside its mobile apps. The mobile live streaming feature will be baked into the iPhone and Android apps, putting it in direct competition with Twitter-owned Periscope and Facebook Live.

The announcement on the YouTube Creator Blog didn't mention a specific launch date. However, the details show a service that is similar to other live platforms, with the ability to allow live chat, make the stream public, and notify subscribers.

YouTube Creator Blog

Just like other live-streaming platforms, YouTube will offer live commentary and the ability to ping your subscribers.


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Mac: MacPaw Gemini 2

It’s pretty much inevitable in this digital age that you’ll eventually find your Mac cluttered up with duplicate photos, documents, and other files that have just somehow become misfiled in different directories, exported for sharing, and more. Making sense of all of this can be a challenge, but fortunately there’s MacPaw’s Gemini 2 ($20), an intelligent duplicate finder that can help you recover a ton of space on your Mac by ferreting out duplicate — and even similar — files, and smartly choosing which ones to keep and which to throw away. Gemini 2 can quickly scan through your Mac’s home folder, shared folders, even external hard drives, or even network shares to track down identical files that you’ve left laying around.

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Apple monitor with integrated GPU still expected...

Apple officially announced yesterday that its Thunderbolt Display is dead. The monitor was never updated to match the much thinner design of the current iMacs, it featured a MagSafe 1 connector and required a MagSafe 2 adapter, and its resolution was far inferior to Retina iMacs so it was no surprise to see it finally discontinued.

Apple typically replaces a discontinued product with a newer version, though, so yesterday’s move could be interpreted as a sign that the company is fully exiting the external display business. Not so fast, says one voice however…


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This DJI Phantom 3 drone hit a Quebec woman in the...

Picture this: You're out enjoying a sporting event, just minding your own business. All of a sudden a 2.7-pound DJI Phantom 3 drone falls from the sky and beans you squarely in the head. What do you do? You file a lawsuit.

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TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-24: Goodbye...

It's official: Apple is killing off the Thunderbolt Display. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what this means for Apple in the display market, plus they have something to say about John C. Dvorak's claim that it's time for Apple to spin off the Mac into its own company.

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Nura: Headphones that learn and adapt to your unique...

Nura is a new headphone that integrates unique soundwave technology to automatically measure your hearing (from the outer ear all the way to the brain) and adapt music perfectly to you. In order for headphones to deliver the right sound, they must be matched to the listener. Nura even recognizes you when you put them on.

This is an absolutely fascinating concept. I haven’t tried them, so I don’t know how accurate it is or how they sound, but watching the video on the top of the page, I love the strategy the company is going for.

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Apple still working on next-gen external display...

Despite killing the Thunderbolt Display without a replacement this week, Apple is still working on a successor --?one that will reportedly have its own separate integrated graphics card, likely to push a high-resolution Retina display.

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Netflix offline viewing

Following similar moves by Amazon, Comcast and others, Netflix is now working on a feature that will allow subscribers to download certain programs for offline viewing, according to industry insider and Penthera COO Dan Taitz. And Taitz thinks there will be a landscape shift when the new Netflix feature arrives.

“We know from our sources within the industry that Netflix is going to launch this product,” says Taitz. “My expectation is that by the end of the year Netflix will be launching download-to-go as an option for their customers.”

Yes, please.

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iNVASIVECODE: Designing and engineering boundless...

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Genes, germs and bacon: A look inside my own DNA

There are times in your life when bad news smashes into your gut like a sledgehammer into the solar plexus. "You've got those double dots next to your CYP1A2*F, which means that we class you as a fast metabolizer." But the man on the other end of the...

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Honda launches 2017 Accord with Apple CarPlay option

Honda on Friday announced that the 2017 Accord, going on sale June 27, will be available with an upgrade supporting Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto.

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Tune in to watch President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg...

This afternoon, President Obama will meet with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a panel of other young entrepreneurs at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Stanford's campus in Palo Alto. While the discussion is scheduled to focus on business,...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 11-inch MacBook Air $700, 2-...

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.


The latest 11-inch MacBook Air drops to just...

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WhatsApp users make 100 million calls a day

Today, more than 100 million voice calls are made every day on WhatsApp – that’s over 1,100 calls a second!

Wow. I don’t even know what else to say.

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Pluto's moon Charon features a massive, deep...

While humans are still a long way away from going canyoneering on the moons of Pluto, we can at least start scoping out the terrain. In images shot last summer by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, we can see one immense and interesting feature of Charo...

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Man brags about burglary on Facebook, now in jail

“It was just one dumb decision after another,” Michelle Hammontree, communications director for Pinecrest said.

You’ve got to love stupid criminals.

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Roundup: The best external monitor alternatives to...

Apple surprised many this week by abruptly discontinuing the Thunderbolt Display without announcing a replacement. But, as Apple pointed out, "there are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users." With that said, AppleInsider has compiled a list of the top Thunderbolt-alternative displays for Macs that are available today.

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The best tech and apps for your home office

By The Wirecutter Staff

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here.

You don't need the thinnest, lightest, or most elegantly designed items for your home office. You wan...

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News: Incipio to acquire Skullcandy

Mobile device accessory maker Incipio Technologies has announced plans to acquire Skullcandy, which specializes in audio solutions, and gaming products through its Astro Gaming brand. This is the fourth in a spate of recent acquisitions by Incipio, with the company having acquired Incase and Clamcase last year, and Braven back in 2013.


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Plex Media Server Turns 1.0!

What started in 2008 as a small media server project today has matured into version 1.0. The first public release of Plex Media Server happened two years later in 2010, and it has been growing ever since, now used by milliions of people. The changes rolled into the 1.0 release aren't all that major – certainly nothing more than any other Plex Media Server release we've seen recently – it's the version number change itself that is significant.

Version 1.0 shows Plex's commitment to ship software that no longer has the assumption of being beta, communicating reliability and predictability for customers. I'm a long-time Plex user and now with both iOS and Apple TV client apps it really is a best-in-class product. Many of its features are available for free, though a paid PlexPass is well worth your money if you want to view your content offline or on your...

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DARPA's 'Virtual Eye' lets soldiers...

Intel's virtual FreeD replay tech used in the NBA and other sports is cool, but it requires a lot of cameras and GPU horsepower. DARPA, the US military's science fiction arm, thinks the same technology could give soldiers and rescuers better situatio...

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YouTube rolls out Periscope-style live streaming...

Putting itself in direct competition with Facebook and Twitter, YouTube is now in the beginning stages of rolling out live video streaming from its main mobile app.

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Because it’s Friday: Lintallica

Remember: Puppets and metal, they can be a thing.

Happy Friday, people!!!

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Rumor: Apple to adopt micro-LED displays for Apple...

Apple may opt for micro-LED displays come the second half of 2017.

Sources within the supply chain have suggested that that the much-rumored Apple Watch 2 lineup expected to debut in the second half of 2016 will continue to have OLED displays, with the move towards micro-LED panels liking occurring in tandem with the tentatively named Apple Watch 3.

Micro-LED displays can be thinner and lighter and allow for improved color gamut, increased brightness, and higher resolutions. The panels do not require backlighting like traditional LCD displays, but they can be difficult and expensive to mass produce. Micro LEDs range in size from 1-micron to 100-micron.

Earlier this year, the mighty Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities suggested that the Apple...

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Apple’s CarPlay set to return in Honda’s 2017 Accord...

Honda was noticeably slow to the CarPlay scene despite being committed from day one to support Apple’s infotainment feature in 2014. The automaker eventually delivered with CarPlay in the 2016 Accord and Civic, and 2017 Ridgeline, and today Honda announced CarPlay will be returning in the 2017 Accord, one of the most popular cars on the road. Honda’s new Accord is hitting showroom floors on Monday and will start at $22,355.

The 2017 Accord carries over the expanded LED exterior lighting and premium features and technologies of the 2016 model, including the available 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen offered with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto...

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2017 Apple Watch reportedly switching to Micro-LED...

According to the latest story by Digitimes, Apple will reportedly be moving away from OLED screen technology for Apple Watch … at the same time as the iPhone 8 (for 2o17, iPhone 7 will continue to use LCD) adopts OLED. The supply chain source says Apple is instead developing Micro LED panels for Apple Watch, to debut in late 2017.


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Uber’s latest test offers good news & bad: fixed...

The Verge reports that Uber is testing a new version of its app that offers customers good news and bad. On the plus side, it will specify a fixed fare up-front, so you know exactly what you’ll be paying. On the downside, it will be much less obvious when surge-pricing is in effect …


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'Halo 5: Guardians' is getting Warzone...

With the Halo Wars 2 beta freshly ended, Halo fans are likely looking for something solid to sink their teeth into. Halo 5: Guardians developer 343 Industries has come forward with exactly that: The big Warzone Firefight update, which launches on Jul...

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Apple officially terminates current-gen Thunderbolt...

Well, Apple’s current-gem Thunderbolt Display if officially off the menu.

In a statement, an Apple spokesperson explained that the Thunderbolt Display will be available from Apple’s Online Store and in retail locations while supplies last, but once stock has run out, it will not be replenished. Apple also noted that a variety of third-party options are available for Mac users:

Per Apple:

“We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users,” said an Apple spokesperson.

The display, albeit pretty nifty, has been criticized as being...

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Video: See how Photos in iOS 10 can recognize faces...

Starting with iOS 10, the Photos app on your iPhone and iPad will automatically scan your pictures for faces and places, making it easier to find the shots you're looking for. It'll even group them into collections, and quickly automate creation of a view to relive your memories. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how it all works.

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New Gordon Ramsay mobile game brings the heat and...

Ever dream of working in a kitchen with Gordon Ramsay breathing down your neck? With the new Gordon Ramsay Dash game, which lands on iOS and Android next week, you can get a taste of cooking in a stressful environment under the chef's watchful eye. I...

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RZA teams up with Atari on a new video game-inspired...

RZA already made one big announcement this summer, and the member of the Wu-Tang Clan doesn't appear to be done yet. The rapper/producer announced this week that he's teaming up with Atari on a new album that takes inspiration from the audio in the c...

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Netflix working on offline viewing, could arrive by...

Netflix is developing a long-awaited option to download some content for offline viewing, according to an executive described as an industry insider.

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Sweden debuts the world's first 'electric...

Fossil fuels are bad for the planet, and freight haulage is one of the more carbon-intensive activities that operate today. That's why Siemens and Scania have teamed up to trial what's being called the world's first "electric highway." Much like an e...

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Review: Zagg Slim Book for 9.7” iPad Pro

Zagg's Slim Book for the 9.7" iPad Pro ($130) is a slighter version of its Rugged Book, which we've seen in the past. As one might expect, Slim Book is a bit more svelte, acting as both a case and a keyboard for the 9.7" iPad Pro. The case can be removed from the keyboard or the two can be used in conjunction — when linked, Slim Book can be used in separate orientations for typing, watching videos, or "book mode," which folds the keyboard behind the tablet for normal use. Interestingly, Slim Book eschews the iPad Pro's Smart Connector, as its keyboard connects via Bluetooth. Zagg claims the keyboard can provide up to two years of regular use between charges, but a micro-USB cable is still included.{/exp:char_limit}

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MIT: More collaboration is needed to fight disease

As anyone who follows science knows, a lot of the fields have blended together. Medical research is dependent on robotics and other technology, while computer engineers are building neural networks that mimic our brains. To get everyone working toget...

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If Apple is smart, it has a Thunderbolt Display...

Apple’s long-in-the-tooth, $999 Thunderbolt Display — last updated in 2011 — has been discontinued. What’s more worrisome is that no replacement has been mentioned.

"We're discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display," an Apple spokesperson told The Verge. “It will be available through, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users.”

The spokesperson mentioned no replacement for the display, although I’m betting on a new monitor with 5K support being introduced with new MacBook Pros sometime in September or October. If not Apple is making a serious mistake.

There have also been rumors of a...

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Rumor: 2017 Apple Watch will sport micro LED...

The second generation Apple Watch — which I’m expecting in September or October — will probably feature the same type of OLED display as the first generation. However, the third gen Apple smartwatch may pack micro LED technology.

According to DigiTimes — which, admittedly, has a spotty record with Apple predictions — Apple should have micro LED panels ready by the second half of 2017. The company bought LuxVue Technology, a micro LED developer LuxVue Technology in May 2014 and set up a laboratory in northern Taiwan specifically for R&D of new display technologies, the article adds.

Apple currently relies on third-party vendors for screens in its devices. If DigiTimes is right, that will change next year. As an owner of micro-LED technology, Apple can release new high-end products with a strong differentiation, while cutting the need to acquire screens from an...

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'CivilizationEDU' takes the strategy...

Minecraft isn't the only game headed to the classroom these days. Next fall, CivilizationEDU takes the storied strategy franchise to schools, too. The game "will provide students with the opportunity to think critically and create historical events,...

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Apple may soon have an extra supplier of OLED...

With Apple expected to switch to OLED screens for future iPhones, it appears that it may not need to rely completely on the two major manufacturers for long. While Samsung and LG currently manufacture most of the world’s OLED screens between them, Nikkei reports that Sharp expects to be doing the same ‘before 2018’ …


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OS X: Using Policy Banner for Custom Login Screens

If you're an administrator (or just someone who'd like to have a little fun), you can set up what's called a policy banner, which'll make users accept an agreement before they can log in. This works well in environments with multiple Macs, such as computer labs, but hey, if you want to configure a policy banner on your spouse's computer as a practical joke, this Quick Tip will be good for that, too. We're not responsible for any mayhem this causes.

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Apple retires its Thunderbolt Display without...

Apple is discontinuing its Thunderbolt Display, the high-resolution external display that users of the MacBook and other Macs could use to get a better picture and work with more apps.

The company said Thursday that the 27-inch widescreen display with LED backlight technology will be available on Apple’s online store, Apple retail stores and authorized resellers while supplies last. A successor wasn't announced.

The Thunderbolt Display currently retails on the Apple online store at $999. It has a 2560 by 1440 pixels resolution.

It isn’t clear whether Apple plans to follow with newer versions that use 5K resolution displays at 5120 by 2880 pixels, which is the display technology Apple uses on its high-end iMac. There was speculation earlier that a new version would be announced at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference this month...

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News: Daily Deal: Amaryllo iCamPRO FHD Home Security...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Amaryllo iCamPRO FHD Home Security Camera for only $219 — that’s 26% off the regular price. This CES-wward winning Robotic security camera helps you keep an eye on your home or office, with three motion sensors and a 360° range of visibility. You can get reports of activity in real-time or store recordings in the Amaryllo cloud to access later, and the camera can recognize faces, remind you of appointments,…

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ICYMI: Saving the ocean and ghosting on love...

Today on In Case You Missed It: The Burner chatbot would let a machine ghost on acquaintances you'd rather not text with anymore. So that's point one for the endtimes, zero for humanity. But this Dutch inventor should more than switch that around...

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Rumor: Apple developing power-efficient micro-LED...

While this year's Apple Watch upgrade is expected to feature largely the same OLED display as its predecessor, the wearable smartwatch could see a major overhaul next year, with Apple said to be investigating micro LED technology for a future model.

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AppleInsider podcast shares hands-on impressions of...

This week on the AppleInsider Neil and Victor to talk about his experiences with beta iOS 10 and watchOS 3 features. They also wrap up all the current iPhone rumors.

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Oculus claims exclusive games are good for the VR...

Many have argued -- including our own Sean Buckley -- that the steady stream of platform-exclusive virtual reality games is a bad thing. Oculus has been by the far the most aggressive in pursuing such deals, but its head of content Jason Rubin claims...

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Control Your Apple TV from CiderTV’s iPhone Widget

CiderTV is an interesting suite of remote apps for your Apple TV, but what makes it particularly worth installing is the Today View widget offered by the iOS app.


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What Apple’s Forthcoming APFS File System Means to...

Apple has announced that a new file system, APFS, is included in macOS Sierra for developers to test and will become the Mac’s default file system in late 2017. But what does that mean to the rest of us?


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Apple's next big thing? How about the Apple...

Forget the Apple Car. I want an Apple Hoverboard. Luxury automotive brand Lexus has partnered with experts in super conductive technology to create one of the most advanced hoverboards ever developed, so why not our favorite tech company?

The Lexus Hoverboard operates using magnetic levitation to achieve amazing frictionless movement, according to says Mark Templin, executive vice president at Lexus International. Liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets combine to "allow Lexus to create the impossible," he adds.

The Hoverboard features the iconic Lexus spindle grille signature shape and uses materials found in the luxury car brand, from the high tech to natural bamboo. Imagine how iconic an Apple Hoverboard would look.

Templin notes that the Lexus Hoverboard is a prototype and won't be on sale. So, there you go, Apple. At the 2017 Worldwide Developer Conference, CEO Tim Cook announces "one more thing," then Phil Schiller floats out on the...

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Daily Deal: Banish your keychain with the KeySmart...

Every once in a while we hear about a deal on something that doesn't necessarily have to do with tech, but can help our readers out in day-to-day life. That's the case with today's deal on the KeySmart Rugged ($29.99), a key organizer that can help you get rid of the usual keychain craziness. 

KeySmart Rugged can carry anywhere from 2 to 14 keys in a single, easy to carry organizer. Attach it to your car key fob or clip it to a belt loop, and you're ready to keep your keys organized without the usual jangling tangle! Visit KeySmart's website, and you can accessories to your KeySmart Rugged, like USB drives, bottle openers, wrenches and screwdrivers, and more.

The KeySmart Rugged is new and you will not find it on the KeySmart website. Available in black, red...

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BitTorrent Dips Toes Into Ad Stream

BitTorrent on Thursday announced a revamp of its Bundle offering as a pilot project, giving it a new name, "BitTorrent Now." The service now accepts ads. BitTorrent Now's first streaming app is available for Android. Apps for iOS and Apple TV are in the works. "BitTorrent Now ... adds our first mobile streaming apps, and it adds an important new business model for our creative partnerships: ad-supported streaming," said Christian Averill, BitTorrent vice president of marketing.

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Google creates VR montage of Pride parades around...

Google has launched a new project to bring Pride parades around the world to people who can't physically be there. The tech titan calls the initiative #prideforeveryone and deployed employees from 25 different countries to capture their local LGBTQ c...

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The Helix Dock can eliminate cable clutter for Apple...

If you’re an Apple Watch owner who’s tired of cable clutter, especially when you’re traveling, the Helix Dock for the Apple Watch from StandzOut is a handy, inexpensive ($19.99) solution.

The charge cord that comes with the Apple smartwatch is long enough to be versatile and can accommodate many docks. However, it’s a bit longer than necessary in many cases.

The Helix Dock enough room to wrap Apple Watch’s two-meter or one-meter charging cable, turning two meters of cable into two inches. You just wrap the Apple Watch charging cable around the barrel located inside the housing and place the charging pad up top. Plug in the adapter, and you’re good to go. It keeps the charging cable and USB charger neatly contained. Made of injection molded polycarbonate plastic, it’s reasonable rugged.

The Helix Dock works with all official Apple Watch charging cables. It comes in black,...

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If you need to protect your files, the Doc(Protect)...

By Aaron Lee

If you're a creative professional who needs to protect your files from unlicensed computers, Excel Software's DocProtect for Mac OS X (10.7 or later) is a useful tool. It allows you to ensure docs are only viewable on licensed computers.

The software cn protect an EPUB file — industry standard digital publishing format — by embedding a reader and licensing process in the protected document. Your EPUB file is presented within a reader window that you can name, size and control the resize characteristics.

DocProtect 4 provides improved PDF protection that supports the latest versions of Adobe Reader. For spreadsheets and PDF files, you should first use Microsoft Excel or Adobe Acrobat to restrict features like copy, export or save. Then use DocProtect to wrap a protective license around the document and turn it into a protected executable.

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Adele does U-turn, allows ’25’ album to stream on...

Adele said last year that her long-awaited follow-up album ’25’ would not be available for streaming, telling Time magazine that ‘music should be an event’ and streaming was ‘a bit disposable.’ However, Billboard revealed that she had now changed her mind, and the album is indeed available to stream today on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play and other services.

The decision may have been influenced by ratings …


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iOS 10 and macOS Sierra: Networking for the modern...

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference starts with a keynote, but the rest of the week is about sessions that go into much more depth with Apple's software. During a session named Networking for the Modern Internet (video requires Safari, or you can look it up in the iOS WWDC app), Apple Distinguished Engineer, Scientist, and Technologist Stuart Cheshire took the stage to explain new networking features in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. Soon the engineer revealed what developers can do to take full advantage of ECN, IPv6, international text in networking, cellular versus Wi-Fi, and network quality of service.


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Thursday June 23

Apple retires the Thunderbolt Display without...

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Apple has yet to announce an updated version of 2011's Thunderbolt Display, but pretty soon it won't be selling the old one either. The company will sell through any existing stock in the online and brick-and-mortar Apple Stores, but it doesn't plan to continue manufacturing the current model.

According to a statement given to TechCrunch, Apple is pointing its users toward third-party monitors. There are plenty of these and they come in all different sizes and screen resolutions and panel qualities and prices, though...

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Adele's '25' hits Apple Music,...

Grammy Award-winner Adele's latest album, "25," was made available for streaming through a variety of services at midnight on Friday, including Apple Music and Spotify, some seven months after initial release.

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Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has officially told several news sites that it plans to discontinue the Thunderbolt Display, which has been available online and in Apple retail stores since it was first introduced in 2011. "We're discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users," said an Apple spokesperson. Rumors suggest that Apple will launch a new version of its Thunderbolt monitor later this year, featuring an upgraded 5K resolution and discrete GPU. The new Thunderbolt Display may even launch alongside next-generation Skylake Retina MacBook Pros, which too are rumored to be released later this year. fyngyrz writes: So, bought into the whole Thunderbolt monitor thing from Apple? Might want to collect a few right now, while you still can. It appears that the Thunderbolt monitor is going the way of...

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BitTorrent announces new BitTorrent Now app for...

BitTorrent today has announced that it is bringing a new app to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV that allows users to stream a variety of videos and music, mostly from independent and generally unknown artists and filmmakers. The app doesn’t let you access the insurmountable amount of illegal content available on various torrent sites, but rather on-demand streaming content that’s perfectly legal.


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Huawei working on internal OS to avoid "the...

Huawei, the second largest Android phone maker in market share behind Samsung, is "secretly developing an alternative mobile operating system" in a bid to hedge its bets against Google's increasingly assertive control over Android.

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YouTube is bringing the ability to live stream video...

YouTube today announced that it is bringing the ability to live stream content to its mobile apps on iOS and Android. YouTube’s announcement comes just a few days after Twitter integrated Periscope live streaming into its own app and as Facebook is heavily pushing live streaming capabilities.


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Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display, Directs...

It is with a mix of sadness, contempt, and relief that I offer you the news that Apple acknowledged it has put a bullet in its 5-year old Thunderbolt Display. The company issued a statement to The Verge confirming the news, directing customers to third parties for their external display needs.

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Apple Adds RAW Support for 15 DSLR Cameras from...

Apple released Thursday Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.20, an update that adds support for 15 new DSLR cameras from Canon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony. 

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Apple features 'Lifeline' in latest...

In an addition to its developer resources mini-site on Thursday, Apple posted a profile of "Lifeline" developer 3 Minute Games, highlighting how the studio found success with the iOS App Store's paid business model.

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Hotel Tonight updated with expanded Touch ID support...

Popular last-minute hotel booking app Hotel Tonight has announced this evening that it is making it even easier for iPhone users to quickly book hotels. In a press release, the company announced that it is updating its iOS with expanded support for Touch ID, which it says allows users to book hotels in “5 seconds flat.”


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∞ Apple discontinues Thunderbolt Display

Apple on Thursday told The Loop that it is discontinuing the Thunderbolt Display.

“We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display, said an Apple spokesperson. “It will be available through, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users.”

Judging from the last part of the statement, it doesn’t seem likely that Apple will replace the display in the near future.

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Apple discontinues Thunderbolt Display, no...

After going years without update, Apple has decided to discontinue the Thunderbolt Display, marking an end to the company's current first-party monitor product line and sparking speculation that a high-resolution replacement is in the offing.

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Apple officially discontinues Thunderbolt Display,...

Earlier this year, we reported that Apple was planning a new Thunderbolt Display with a built-in GPU and today the company has taken the first step towards making that a reality. According to TechCrunch, Apple has announced that it is officially discontinuing the Thunderbolt Display.


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Inside APFS: new Apple File System detailed at WWDC...

The new Apple File System announced at WWDC highlights how the company is planning for the future. Here's a look under the hood at what the company will use to replace HFS+ on Macs, iOS, Apple Watch and Apple TV.

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Why does a tire company publish the Michelin Guide?

Obviously, there are several examples from the beginning of the Age of the Car of how automobile travel created entire industries. The Michelin Guide may be the one that has gone the furthest past its original intent to something more popular than the original tire company could have ever imagined.

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Life in the “danger zone”

When I was a little kid, I got the chance to go on an American aircraft carrier outside of Halifax’s harbour (it was too big to dock). I’ve always wanted to go back onboard as an adult.

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SanDisk Made an iPhone Case With Built-In Storage

An anonymous reader writes: SanDisk has made its iXpand Memory Case to alleviate the problem that Apple creates when they release an iPhone in 2016 with only 16GB of on-board storage. The iXpand Memory Case is an iPhone case with flash storage built directly into the case itself that connects/charges via the Lightning port. You won't need a new phone and you won't need to carry around an extra charging dongle, which is the case for many other third-party cases and accessories. Since Apple doesn't make expanding your storage with third-party devices easy, you will need to download/install the companion SanDisk iXpand Memory Case app on your iPhone, which will automatically back-up your camera roll and password-protect your photos and files. If you need some extra juice, you can spend an extra $40 to receive a 1900mAh battery pack that attaches to the case. The iXpand Memory Case is only available with the iPhone 6 and 6s and is available with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB of extra flash...

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Real-time strategy title Battleplans is due for release on Google Play on June 30th, following its release for iOS systems last month. With its simple interface and pretty graphics, the crowd-pleaser brings a formerly overlooked genre out for the... | Read more »
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Sorry about that headline, but I'm going to go ahead and assume that GameResort would not have named its game NinjAwesome without expecting some of that. It is, in fact, pretty awesome the way it combines an endless runner and old school arcade... | Read more »
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