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Tuesday August 30

18:56
Idle Thoughts on Google Entering Ride-Sharing...

Google is going into the ride-sharing business this fall. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google plans to open up ride sharing services to users of its Waze app. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on Google competing with Uber, the future of cars, and ride sharing.


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18:07
Early demo of Siri third-party app integration find...

Ahead of an expected iOS 10 launch in September, The Wall Street Journal was able to test out Siri's ability to integrate with third-party apps, finding the feature a useful and perhaps necessary next step in the virtual assistant's evolution.

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17:50
Apple's iPad an effective sedative for children...

A research study presented Tuesday claims that iPads are just as effective as medicinal sedatives for reducing pre-surgical anxiety from nervousness about the procedure compounded by parental separation on children between ages 4 and 10.

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17:31
Dropbox hack released details of more than 68M...

Dropbox recently notified users of a potential forced password reset after its security team discovered a batch of account credentials believed to have been obtained from a known 2012 data breach. While the initial announcement failed to specify the exact number of impacted users, a report on Tuesday puts the number at well over 68 million.

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16:35
Corning unveils Gorilla Glass SR+ offering for...

Just a month after introducing Gorilla Glass 5 for smartphones, Corning today has introduced Gorilla Glass SR+, its new cover glass for smartwatches. In 2015, Corning announced “Project Phire,” which was said to be its efforts to create a material for wearables that combines the durability of Gorilla Glass with the scratch-resistance level of sapphire. A year later, we have Gorilla Glass SR+ and it’s ready to hit the market now…

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16:10
Google to open rider-sharing service in San Francisco

Alphabet Inc’s Google unit plans to open its ride-sharing program to Waze app users in San Francisco this fall, pitting itself against Uber Technologies Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Waze app is extremely popular in the Bay Area, so I can see this Google ride-sharing service doing very well.

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16:06
iTrip Clip Makes Your Headphones Wireless Ahead of...

Just because Apple is most likely ditching the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone 7 that doesn’t mean you have to stop using your favorite headphones. Griffin Technology’s new iTrip Clip lets you cut the cord, so to speak, on your wireless headphones and earbuds and go Bluetooth instead. The iTrip Clip supports Bluetooth 4.1, includes playback and volume controls along with a built-in mic for voice calls and Siri commands, has the 3.5mm headphone jack that your brand new iPhone doesn’t, and runs for six hours between charges. The iTrip Clip costs US$19.99 and will be available in September.


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15:57
First hands-on with third-party app integration in...

At WWDC earlier this summer, Apple announced that iOS 10 would bring a host of new features to its Siri virtual assistant, the biggest of which being integration with third-party applications. With the public launch of iOS 10 nearing, Nathan Olivarez-Giles of the WSJ has had an opportunity to go hands-on with the more capable and more powerful Siri, calling it a “long-overdue” enhancement…

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15:40
Corning touts Gorilla Glass SR+ for wearables as...

Glass maker Corning on Tuesday announced commercial availability of Gorilla Glass SR+, a composite cover material designed specifically to take on the stresses endured by wearable devices like Apple Watch.

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15:36
Apple introduces a 2TB iCloud storage plan

Apple has introduced a new 2TB iCloud storage plan. The new 2TB plan, which is the company’s largest, costs $19.99 a month.

Apple also offers: 1TB for $9.99 a month, 200GB for $2.99 a month, 50GB for $0.99 a month, and 5GB per month for free. The company last updated iCloud pricing almost a year ago.

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15:30
AWT News Update: August 30, 2016

mophie ChargeForce case for iPhone

Accessories are at the top of the Apple news today, along with a reminder...

  • Tomorrow -- AUGUST 31 -- is the last day for entries in our Team AWT Drobo 5Dt giveaway. Click here for information on joining Team AWT, or click here to enter the giveaway if you're already a member
  • Olloclip announces an articulating mobile video grip called the PIVOT that should be available in October.
  • Griffin Technology wants to make it easy for iPhone 7 listeners to use their favorite "wired" headphones without wires with the iTrip Clip.
  • Mophie announced a bunch of new members of its Powerstation battery pack family, including one with USB-C and another that works with a wireless charging battery pack for iPhone. 

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen...

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15:29
Geekbench 4 Released for Mac, iOS, and Other OSes

Primate Labs released Geekbench 4 for OS X, iOS, Windows, Linux, and Android this week. Geekbench is a benchmarking app that will test your device and show how it compares to other devices. The new version includes a new interface, a new structure that allows more features on mobile devices, and new workloads (i.e. tests for CPU). According to the company, “These updated workloads model real-world tasks and applications, and provide an objective measure of the performance of the CPU in your phone or laptop.” It also has new GPU workloads for testing the graphics processor(s) in your device. The company has a launch sale starting at $7.99 for Mac and Windows. It’s also on the App Store, but as of this writing it’s not showing up.


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15:28
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 30, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0.6, an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications.

It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips.Version 5.0.6 is ready for the upcoming macOS Sierra and offers enhancements and bug fixes.

Default Folder X 5.0.6 is a free upgrade for registered users. New licenses are $34.95; upgrades from version 4 and prior are $...

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15:08
Apple launches $20/mo 2TB iCloud storage plan ahead...

Apple has launched a new 2TB iCloud storage tier a little over a week out from the iPhone 7 launch event. The new 2TB plan, which is its largest plan available, will set users back $19.99 a month.

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15:08
Election Season Spawns Scams With Political Twist


Dirty tricks during political campaigns are nothing new, but the Internet and the proliferation of mobile devices have allowed tricksters to up their games a notch. It came to light last week, for example, that Donald Trump's campaign app was hoovering the address books on his supporters' phones. Trump's app wasn't doing anything illegal. It wasn't even trying to hide what it was doing. The app seeks the user's permission to download all contacts before it does so. However, both the ACLU and EPIC have rapped the practice.

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14:53
Apple debuts new 2TB iCloud storage option for $19....

Answering the call of power users -- and avid iPhone photographers -- Apple on Tuesday expanded its iCloud storage options to include a 2-terabyte tier priced at $19.99 per month.

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14:48
Apple’s Austin campus evacuated due to solar panel...

Apple this afternoon evacuated employees from a building at its Austin, Texas campus briefly due to a fire located on the roof, according to several local and reader reports.

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14:32
Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint Stylus: $39.99

Check out the Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint Stylus. It features 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, and it’s designed with support for Adobe Creative Cloud. It lasts for up to 11 hours on a charge and has a 3.18mm Pixelpoint tip. You can get this device for $39.99.


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14:30
FBI Director Says Prolific Default Encryption...

SonicSpike quotes a report from ABC News: FBI Director James Comey warned again Tuesday about the bureau's inability to access digital devices because of encryption and said investigators were collecting information about the challenge in preparation for an "adult conversation" next year. Widespread encryption built into smartphones is "making more and more of the room that we are charged to investigate dark," Comey said in a cybersecurity symposium. The remarks reiterated points that Comey has made repeatedly in the last two years, before Congress and in other settings, about the growing collision between electronic privacy and national security. "The conversation we've been trying to have about this has dipped below public consciousness now, and that's fine," Comey said at a symposium organized by Symantec, a technology company. "Because what we want to do is collect information this year so that next year we can have an adult conversation in this country." The American people,...

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14:17
Google to bring Waze ridesharing San Francisco-wide...

Google is reportedly taking its first real steps into ridesharing via its Waze navigation app, entering into competition with Uber and Lyft, and potentially setting up a tougher market if and when Apple launches its self-driving car.

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13:57
Snapchat simplifies geofilter creation, brings new...

Popular image sharing service Snapchat received a pretty big update today that bumps the app to version 9.38. The app update includes a variety of new customizations options, while Snapchat has also made it easy for anyone to create their own geofilters.

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13:55
Apple Updates HP Printer Drivers

Apple released new OS X printer drivers for HP printers on Tuesday titled “HP Printer Drivers v5.0 for OS X.” The patch notes for the update are sparse even by Apple standards, saying simply, “This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software for OS X.” It’s a safe assumption the update improves performance across the line.


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13:26
Judge rules that Beats Electronics didn't dupe...

A judge has dismissed the key claims in a lawsuit alleging that Beats Electronics duped one of its early partners before negotiating its $3 billion sale to Apple two years ago, reports the Chronicle.

The summary judgment issued by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Fahey resolves the core of a case that accused Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine of double-crossing former partner Noel Lee, founder of video and audio cable maker Monster LLC.

The allegations, filed last year, had been scheduled to go to trial next week. Now the trial will be limited to Beats' effort to force Monster to pay its attorney fees and other costs, says the Chronicle.

Monster CEO Lee said in the suit that he and Monster invented the technology behind the Beats headphones. The suit claims that Beats co-founders Iovine and Dre (Andre Young...

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13:26
BitTorrent app Transmission once again source of...

Once again, BitTorrent client Transmission has distributed malware to some users through an altered installer, with downloaders of the software on Aug. 28 and 29 probably infected by the "Keydnap" package.

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13:24
Dog becomes legendary for daily walks to town

I promise this will be the sweetest story you’ll read/watch all day. What a lucky dog and a lucky town.

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13:15
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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12:53
Sonos’s Future: Opening Up Control to Alexa and...

On Tuesday, wireless speaker manufacturer Sonos summoned the press to Manhattan to show off some new software features they’ve been working on and, in doing so, painted a picture of a more open Sonos experience. Demonstrating Amazon Alexa voice control and Spotify app integration, Sonos showed a not-too-distant future where customers have the ability to control their Sonos products in a variety of new ways without sacrificing any of the existing benefits of the Sonos platform.


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12:50
Mophie launches new Powerstation battery packs,...

Accessory maker Mophie on Tuesday revealed several Powerstation battery packs compatible with iOS devices, including models supporting wireless and USB-C charging.

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12:37
Jessica Alba joins slew of executive producers for...

Actress Jessica Alba has joined the developer advisory team for the Apple-funded "Planet of the Apps" reality show, chronicling several teams of developers working on apps for iOS.

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11:30
Review: Belkin PowerHouse Charge Dock for Apple...

Belkin's new PowerHouse ($100) is already the second Apple Watch/iPhone combo charger we've seen from the company. The earlier Belkin Charge Dock had the same functionality as this new dock — both docks can charge an Apple Watch and Lightning-based iPhone simultaneously. Both have a built-in, moveable Lightning connector and charging puck. Both docks use their own AC adapter to supply power — 2.4 A to iPhone and 1A to Apple Watch simultaneously for full speed charging. And both docks have a small dial to raise and lower the height of the Lightning connector to adjust for different iPhone case sizes. The biggest differences between the two Belkin docks are seen in the materials, and the corresponding price tags.{/exp:char_limit}
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11:22
Survey: with the ‘iPhone 7’ looming, consumers are...

With Apple’s “See you on the 7th” media event slated for Sept. 7, half of 1,000 iPhone users say they will trade up to the next iPhone, which is expected to go on sale following the big event.

The number of consumers willing to upgrade to what sources are calling the "iPhone 7" jumped to 51% — up from 22% in March, when Apple launched the 4-inch iPhone SE, according to a consumer survey by Branding Brand, a mobile and shopping app platform.

From March to August 2016, there was a small shift by customers from iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c to newer iPhone generations. According to the survey, only 4% bought the new iPhone SE since its launch in March 2016.

"Apple customers have been hesitant to upgrade their smartphones...

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11:13
Can new Macs and macOS Sierra beat the overall...

With macOS Sierra coming this fall and major updates to the Mac line expected in October, can Apple reverse slumping desktop and notebook sales and once again beat the industry trend? I’m betting it can.

Worldwide PC (as in “personal computer,” not Windows systems) shipments are forecast to decline by 7.2% year over year in 2016, followed by a decline of 2.1% in 2017, according to an updated forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC)...

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11:06
9 Great New ‘Little’ iOS 10 Features

Each major iOS release brings big headline features. But it also brings a number of small features that make big improvements in their own ways. iOS 10 is no exception, so let’s explore some of our early finds from the public betas.


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11:06
TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-30: Apple’s EU Tax...

The European Union says Ireland’s tax laws aren’t legal, so Apple owes an extra €13 billion in back taxes. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to look at the ruling, how it impacts Apple, Ireland’s response, and more. They also offer up their quick predictions for Apple’s September 7th Media Event.


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11:01
IDC: the tablet market will rebound next year as the...

If IDC  is correct, this is good news for Apple; the research group predicts that the tablet market will rebound next year and the iPad will come out of its months-long slump.

The bad news: the decline of the worldwide tablet market is set to continue for the remainder of 2016 as year-over-year growth reaches an all-time low of -11.5% and shipments of 183.4 million units, according to forecast data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Positive growth is set to return in 2018 and continue through 2020 with shipments reaching 194.2 million tablets as detachable tablets continue to steal share from traditional computers.

"Appealing to the commercial audience will be key as detachable tablets aim to take a larger piece of the traditional PC market," says Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide...

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10:52
Actress/businesswoman Jessica Alba will serve as a...

Actress and businesswoman Jessica Alba will serve as a mentor on Apple's upcoming reality television show Planet of the Apps, according to Variety. She joins actress Gwyneth Paltrow, hip hop artist will.i.am, and tech investor Gary Vaynerchuk.

In March Apple announced that it was working on a new show that will spotlight the app economy. Will.I.Am will be working with two TV veterans, Ben Silverman and Howard Owens, to get the project off the ground. The show was described by Apple content senior VP Eddy Cue as “perfectly tailored for Apple.” 

According to the Cupertino, California-based company, Planet of the Apps isn’t just a show, it’s a launch pad and accelerator for exceptional developers. Those accepted will have a chance to receive:

  • Mentorship: Hands-on guidance from some of the world’s best experts in tech and...
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10:46
Úll conference 2016

Úll is an incredible conference that I attended for three straight years. The presenters are always great and it would be hard for me to say that there is a better organized conference anywhere in the world.

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10:43
Turkey’s prime minister to Apple: just move here

In the wake of the European Commission ruling that Apple must repay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes, the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey extended an open invitation for Apple to move its international operations to his country.

"Apple should move to Turkey," , Mehmet Simsek wrote on Twitter (as noted by AppleInsider). "Happy to provide more generous tax incentives. Won't have to deal with EU bureaucracy.”

Currently, Apple has two stores in Istanbul and may be planning a third. The first one opened in Istanbul in the Zorlu Mall in April 2014. The second store opened in the Akasya Mall in...

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10:38
The best places to buy and sell a used iPhone

With a new iPhone arriving soon, many people will look to sell their old iPhone for some quick cash. But which places offer the best return and the smoothest process? To find out, Tom’s Guide tested seven services that buy and sell used iPhones.

I’m sure a lot of people will take advantage of this.

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10:27
Nextdoor Tackles Racial Profiling at Street Level


Nextdoor last week rolled out to all 110,000 of its neighborhoods a new form-based process for making crime and safety reports. Implementation of the tool reduced incidents of racial profiling by 75 percent in areas where it was tested, according to CEO Nirav Tolia. Some Nextdoor members had begun using the site to post problematic messages targeting racial minorities. For example, Oakland members posted vague warnings about suspicious activity focusing on black citizens walking down the street, driving a car, or knocking on a door.

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10:25
The best customer service reply ever

The Web site said his flight was delayed for 47 years, so he sarcastically asked customer service what he should do to pass the time. The answer is priceless.

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10:13
Apple, Australian banks battle over Apple Pay

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:04
Turkey's deputy PM encourages Apple to move in...

On Tuesday the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey extended an open invitation for Apple to move its international operations to that country, in the wake of a E.U. ruling ordering Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in back taxes from the company.

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09:53
Sonos partners with Spotify, Amazon to control...

I was really hoping Apple would be part of this group, but no. Spotify users can just open their app and connect to the Sonos system.

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09:50
Low-end Intel Kaby Lake processors detailed, MacBook...

Intel has shed some specific details for the first time about the new seventh generation Kaby Lake processors suitable for the MacBook and MacBook Air, but as expected, processors suitable for the MacBook Pro have yet to materialize.

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09:37
EU Says Apple Owes €13B in Back Taxes, and the Fight...

The European Union says Apple owes €13 billion (about US$14.5 billion) in back taxes because Ireland gave the iPhone and Mac maker illegal and unfair tax advantages. Apple and Ireland have both condemned the ruling maintaining they acted within the country’s laws, and are planning to appeal the ruling.


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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Stainless Steel 42mm Apple...

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Save big on the Space Black Stainless Steel 42mm Apple Watch (Geek Squad refurb): $200 shipped (Orig. $599)

Belkin’s travel size 3-outlet surge...

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09:29
Deals: $150-$290 off 15" MacBook Pros; 12...

Shoppers this week can snap up a 15" MacBook Pro at up to $290 off or take advantage of $335 off a 2015 12" MacBook in Space Gray with exclusive coupon savings. Apple's current 13" MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage space is also $300 off on eBay while supplies last.

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09:16
Jessica Alba latest star signed to Apple’s upcoming...

We learned at the start of the month that actress Gwyneth Paltrow would serve as a mentor on the upcoming Apple-produced ‘Planet of the Apps’ reality TV series, and today we can add Jessica Alba’s name to the growing list of star power behind the show. Variety reports Alba will also serve as a mentor on the series:

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09:02
New Apple patent would allow touch-sensing surfaces...

An Apple patent published on Tuesday could potentially be applied to building touch-sensing surfaces, including screens, using material concepts first developed by Liquidmetal Technology.

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08:53
News: Papa John’s releases pizza-ordering app for...

Papa John’s has come up with what seems to be a first for the Apple TV: its new app allows users to order food from the device. The app lets users select from the restaurant’s entire menu, customize their pizza, save favorites, and re-order past orders. The company also offers a 25 percent discount on orders placed through the Apple TV and the ability to collect rewards points to be used on future orders....

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08:36
Griffin preps for 'iPhone 7' without...

Griffin has added to its stable of wireless adapters and is catering to the needs of potential "iPhone 7" users with a 3.5mm headphone jack to Bluetooth adapter, dubbed the iTrip Clip.

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08:35
Belkin launches $99 PowerHouse Charge Dock for...

Ahead of the iPhone 7 announcement at Apple’s event next week, and the Apple Watch 2 expected this fall, Belkin today launched a new charging dock that accommodates both devices in a single stand.
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08:34
News: Apple call Australian banks’ request a ‘...

Apple has filed a scathing response to Australian banks requesting the ability to negotiate to have their own mobile payment apps featured on the iPhone, claiming the country’s “big three” banks are looking to stall Apple Pay’s adoption among consumers to stifle competition. The banks asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for the right to collectively bargain with Apple, and while the ACCC refused their request…

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08:29
Sonos speakers to get voice control in 2017, with a...

Sonos is giving its speaker experience a boost with app improvements, deeper Spotify integration, and Alexa's assistance.

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08:26
With $231B in cash, Apple's $14.5B Irish tax...

While a $14.5 billion payment of back taxes could bankrupt many major corporations, it's pocket change for a company as cash flush as Apple. As a result, analysts surveyed by AppleInsider on Tuesday said they aren't concerned about the European Commission's decision, regardless of how an appeal ultimately plays out.

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08:00
Review: Belkin unveils PowerHouse charging dock for...

Belkin's sleek powerhouse charging dock for iphone and Apple Watch. Image ©2016 steven sande

Accessory manufacturer Belkin today released the PowerHouse ($99), a combined charging solution for Lightning-equipped iPhones and Apple Watch. The device combines a built-in Apple Watch magnetic charging module with an integrated Lightning connector for the iPhone, allowing owners of both devices to charge the two simultaneously.

Design

The PowerHouse features a very clean design, with a white polycarbonate base and a dark gray rubberized material covering the charging surfaces. An included AC power adapter plugs into the back of the PowerHouse, allowing quick charging of both the iPhone and Apple Watch. A short "arm" with the Apple Watch magnetic charging pad on it protrudes from the right side, allowing a Watch with any band to easily slip on and off for charging.

One feature...

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07:55
News: EU determines Apple should pay 13 billion...

After a three-year investigation, the European Commission has concluded that Ireland should recover 13 billion euros (about $14.5 billion) in back taxes from Apple, saying the company’s deal in that country was illegal, the BBC reports. The commission said Apple paid substantially less than other companies, ending up with a corporate tax rate of no more than 1 percent while other companies pay around 12.5 percent. “Member states cannot…

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07:50
Apple Ordered To Pay Up To $14.5 Billion in EU Tax...

Apple has been ordered to pay a record sum of 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) plus interest after the European Commission said Ireland illegally slashed the iPhone maker's tax bill, in a crackdown on fiscal loopholes that also risks inflaming tensions with the United States Treasury. According to the European Union regulator, Apple benefited from selective tax treatment that gave it an unfair advantage over other businesses. In the meanwhile, Apple has refuted such accusations, saying that EU's conclusion has "no basis in fact or law." EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said, "If my effective tax rate would be 0.05 percent falling to 0.005 percent -- I would have felt that maybe I should have a second look at my tax bill." Apple CEO Tim Cook said, "Over the years, we received guidance from Irish tax authorities on how to comply correctly with Irish tax law -- the same kind of guidance available to any company doing business there. In Ireland and in every country where...

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07:44
Users launch class action lawsuit over iPhone 6 “...

Apple’s “Touch Disease” issue on some of its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets has just become a class action case.

The company has been sued by owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones who say a design defect causes the phones’ touchscreens to become unresponsive, making them unusable.

Per the complaint, Apple has long been aware of the defect, which often surfaces after a flickering gray bar appears atop the touchscreens, but has refused to fix it.

The plaintiffs linked the problem to Apple’s decision not to use a metal “shield” or “underfill” to protect the relevant parts, as it did on versions of the iPhone 5.

“The iPhones are not fit for the purpose of use as smartphones because of the touchscreen defect,” according to the complaint filed in...

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07:37
∞ Ask Siri to give you a hint

Say this to Siri:

Give me a hint.

Rinse and repeat. My favorite response was this one:

01000111 01101111 01110100 01100011 01101000 01100001

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07:32
Sonos is bringing voice control to the speaker...

Earlier this month we mentioned that Sonos is hosting a media event in NYC today, and now we’re hearing what the speaker company is announcing. It turns out it does have something to do with voice as I suspected: starting in 2017, Sonos speakers will work with Amazon Echo. Alexa voice control is gaining Sonos support to “play, pause, skip, or control the volume on any Sonos home sound system using the power of their voice.”

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07:32
Alleged prototype device info sticker reaffirms 32...

An alleged photo of a prototype info sticker for a device codenamed ‘D10’ has appeared online, via The_Malignent on Twitter. As previously reported, the ‘D10’ corresponds to a prototype iPhone 7 device. As seen by the other information in the sticker, this particular prototype has 32 GB of storage. This is obviously new for the iPhone lineup and corroborates other reports that Apple will finally end production of 16 GB flagship iPhones this year.

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07:31
Apple working on refreshed Mac lineup, updates for...

Mark Gurman, Jungah Lee, writing for Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. is developing new features for the iPad to cater to professional users, along with new Mac laptops and desktops, according to people familiar with the matter.

Upcoming software upgrades for the iPad include wider operating-system support for Apple’s stylus accessory, while hardware performance improvements are also in development, according to the people. The refreshed Mac hardware line includes new versions of the iMac desktop, MacBook Air laptop, and a 5K standalone monitor in collaboration with LG Electronics Inc., in addition to a thinner MacBook Pro laptop.

The company hopes to ship the updated iPad software next year, while the Macs are expected as soon as late 2016, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing unannounced products. Apple has not updated any Macs, besides the 12-inch MacBook, since last year. The company declined to comment.

This can’t come soon enough for me...

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07:30
News: SIM tray photos hint at alleged ‘gloss black’...

On the heels of previous leaked images of SIM trays that purported to show there was a black iPhone in the works, Macotakara has unearthed more images which may hint at a glossy black iPhone color to be revealed next week. The image shows five SIM trays held side by side and includes a black option among the existing space gray, rose gold, gold and silver. The site also posted a mock up of what a black version of the iPhone 7 might look like, which…

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07:21
Target fails at Apple merchandising

Follow this link, look at the picture. Typical Target merchandising. This approach works well for most Target merchandise, but it misses the mark in showing Apple products in the light in which they were meant to be seen.

Seems likely that’s a big part of why Target missed their Apple product sales projections.

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07:19
Apple FAQ responds to investor queries about $14.5B...

Apple has posted a series of answers to questions about the European Commission's tax ruling, and appears to be unconcerned about any potential financial fallout.

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07:13
iPads are as good as sedatives at calming kids down...

Quartz:

Using iPads to distract and lower anxiety levels prior to surgeries requiring general anaesthesia proved as effective as traditional sedatives, French researchers found.

Comparing the effects of the drug midazolam on 54 children, administered orally or rectally, with 58 others who played age-appropriate games on an iPad 20 minutes prior to anaesthesia, the researchers found that both the drug and the tablet equally blunted anxiety.

I can’t help but think that an iPad would always win against a drug applied rectally. But that aside, this is good stuff.

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07:09
Twitter’s battle against ever-increasing spambots

The Verge:

Twitter spam isn’t a new phenomenon, but over the past few weeks the amount of it has certainly increased. I use the social network on a daily basis, and not an hour goes by without a tweet of mine from months or even years ago being liked by a spambot. It’s a practice that generates a notification designed to make you click into the profile, where you’re met with what’s typically a pornographic pinned tweet and a link that will likely bury your PC into malware oblivion.

Yup. I see this on a regular basis. Always wondered what the end-game for the bot creators was. Are they rolled out by the bad guys in the hopes of sowing malware seeds? If I don’t click on the link, is there any other path to harm?

Twitter claims it has a variety of systems in place to detect spam on Twitter, and that the company responds to new forms continuously to combat spammers. Twitter also relies on users to report spammers, but it’s not clear how effective this route...

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07:01
iPads as effective on kids as sedatives at calming...

If you’re a parent who’s ever wished you could just give your kids a sedative to calm them down, apparently you can – handing them an iPad has exactly the same effect.

A French medical study reported at the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in Hong Kong found that using iPads to reduce anxiety levels in children prior to surgery was every bit as effective as the sedative midazolam. Midazolam is normally administered prior to a general anaesthetic … 

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07:00
Snazzier Fitbits Sport Beefed-Up Feature Sets


Fitbit on Monday announced two new fitness trackers with sleeker looks, more durable construction and greater data-gathering capabilities. The Fitbit Charge 2, priced at $149.95, features continuous heart-rate tracking. It uses the data to generate a cardio fitness score and provides guidance for improving it over time. The Charge 2 displays real-time exercise stats, connects to the GPS in a smartphone, and has a set of advanced sensors that make it easier to track activity throughout a day.

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07:00
News: Trademark filings hint at wireless EarPods,...

Russian trademark filings uncovered by mobiltelefon.ru show identifiers for 10 different individual versions of Apple Watch and wireless headphones referred to as “AirPods” designed for use with the iPhone 7. A leaked video of EarPods featuring a Lightning connector has led to speculation that Apple may package those with the iPhone 7, since they’re rumored to have done away with the 3.5mm headphone jack. These latest filings hint…

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06:39
Alleged 'iPhone 7' prototype sticker...

A sticker claimed to be from a returned "iPhone 7" prototype at Foxconn may reinforce rumors that Apple is raising base storage on the device to 32 gigabytes.

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06:35
Opinion: Why Apple’s statement on Irish tax ruling...

Tim Cook has today posted an open letter regarding today’s ruling that the company must pay €13B ($15B) in back tax after Ireland broke the law in offering the company a sweetheart deal. In it, he states that Apple is ‘confident that the Commission’s order will be reversed’ on appeal.

It’s honestly hard to see where such confidence comes from. The letter effectively makes three arguments, only one of which is relevant to the case …

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06:30
Possible references to MacBook Pro OLED '...

A reference to a "Dynamic Function Row" has been spotted in Apple's latest release of the Pages word processing app, potentially confirming a rumored name for the OLED touch bar on the new MacBook Pro.

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06:26
Papa John’s now lets you order pizza straight from...

Apple has been saying the future of TV is apps since it launched the Apple TV 4 last fall, and now Papa John’s is delivering on that pitch by letting you order pizza straight from your TV. The pizza restaurant is celebrating being the first national chain to bring food ordering to the Apple TV by offering customers an automatic 25% when using the new tvOS app to checkout.

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06:24
Leaked SIM trays suggest 5 color options for iPhone...

With the iPhone 7 (or whatever it ends up being called) set to be launched next week, we already know a lot about Apple’s new phone. The iPhone 7 will largely look the same as the iPhone 6s with tweaked antenna lines and new cameras (dual cameras on the larger 5.5 inch phone). It also seems like Apple is preparing to add a new color option to the lineup, a ‘Space Black’ color variant.

A photo from Macotakara suggests that Apple will not be replacing the Space Grey color but instead add a glossy ‘Space Black’ shade as an additional color option. This would mean Apple would sell a total of five different coloured iPhone 7 units.

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06:18
Apple’s public response to the EU tax ruling

From Tim Cook’s Message to the Apple Community in Europe:

Thirty-six years ago, long before introducing iPhone, iPod or even the Mac, Steve Jobs established Apple’s first operations in Europe. At the time, the company knew that in order to serve customers in Europe, it would need a base there. So, in October 1980, Apple opened a factory in Cork, Ireland with 60 employees.

At the time, Cork was suffering from high unemployment and extremely low economic investment. But Apple’s leaders saw a community rich with talent, and one they believed could accommodate growth if the company was fortunate enough to succeed.

We have operated continuously in Cork ever since, even through periods of uncertainty about our own business, and today we employ nearly 6,000 people across Ireland.

Apple has been in Cork since 4 years before the very first Mac was introduced. They’ve been in Cork through thick and thin. No possible argument there.

And:

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06:11
Rumor: 'iPhone 7' will come in five colors...

With just over a week until Apple is expected to take the wraps off of its next-generation iPhone, a new report claims that the device will actually come in two shades of black --?a traditional matte, as well as a glossy option resembling the late 2013 Mac Pro desktop.

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06:10
Apple’s $14.5 Billion EU Tax Ruling: An FAQ

Bloomberg put together an FAQ about the EU tax ruling. Here are a few of the questions and answers:

Q: Can Apple afford to pay the bill?
A: Easily. As of last month, Apple had $232 billion in cash, with about $214 billion of that being held overseas.

Q: Who receives the money if Apple ends up paying?
A: The money gets paid to Ireland, which puts those funds into an escrow account and leaves it there until any appeal process has fully concluded.

Q: Is the EU singling out Apple or forcing other companies to obey too?
A: It’s not just Apple. The EU authority has already ordered the Netherlands and Luxembourg to recover as much as 30 million euros ($33.3 million) apiece in back taxes from Starbucks Corp. and a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV unit. Vestager is also probing Amazon Inc. and McDonald’s Corp.’s affairs in Luxembourg and has signaled she’s...

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06:03
Apple Slapped with €13 Billion Tax Bill, Cook...

Apple has long used Irish loopholes to lower its tax liability, but the European Commission has had enough. However, Tim Cook won’t fork over the funds without a fight.

 

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06:02
Apple Ordered to Pay Up to $14.5 Billion in EU Tax...

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. was ordered to repay a record 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) plus interest after the European Commission said Ireland illegally slashed the iPhone maker’s tax bill.

The world’s richest company benefited from a “selective tax treatment” in Ireland that gave it a “significant advantage over other businesses,” the European Union regulator said Tuesday. It’s the largest tax penalty in a three-year crackdown on sweetheart fiscal deals granted by EU nations.

And:

Apple and the Irish government have both vowed to fight the decision, which also risks stoking a fight with the U.S. over taxation policies — with the U.S. having already complained that Europe is unfairly targeting American companies and threatening global tax reforms.

And:

“I disagree profoundly with the commission’s decision,” said Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan. Ireland’s tax system is founded on the strict application of the law “without exception,” he...

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06:00
OIO's Amp Speaker Case brings theater sound to...

Except for the iPad Pro models that have four speakers located around the perimeter of the device, most iPads provide woefully inadequate sound to match the beautiful streaming video they can receive. A new Indiegogo campaign from OIO launched today wants to change all that. The Amp Speaker Case will work with the iPad Air 1 and 2, as well as the iPad Pro 9.7-inch, and is designed to bring a theater-like sound experience to the iPad. 

The Amp is designed as a case, with two big honeycomb acoustic panels that flip out when you're ready for easy listening. It has a 900 mAh 7.4-volt rechargeable battery built in for up to 7 hours of great sound, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2dP support, a pair of ultra-low profile electromagnetic exciters, and microfiber cloth covering the speakers.  

A case with big speakers needs a nice stand to go with it, and that's also included in the Amp's design. Want to watch your favorite movie, use your iPad as a...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint Stylus for only $39.99 — that’s 60% off the regular price. Integrated with Adobe Creative Cloud, this iPad stylus provides 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, and a smart Pixelpoint tip for exceptional accuracy. You can also assign shortcuts to the buttons to access commonly used functions like erase and undo, and palm rejection lets you rest your hand comfortably…

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05:59
Google bakes Chromecast support directly into Chrome

Google’s Chromecast is almost three years years old, but the company’s only now getting around to building Cast support directly into Chrome for PCs and Macs.

Update: Google recently announced that the Cast feature is now live for all Chrome users.

Google recently updated a help page for Chrome that says users on Chrome 51 will soon see a Cast option in their menu options. In addition, Google’s adding the ability show the contents of a Chrome tab in a Google Hangout.

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05:30
Apple patents hint at AR/VR head mounts, a media...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,429,759) for a “head-mounted display apparatus for retaining a portable electronic device with display” that refers to an augmented/virtual reality system for the iPhone. 

The invention involves head-mounted display systems and methods of operation that allow users to couple and decouple a portable electronic device such as a iPhone with a separate head-mounted device. The portable electronic may be physically coupled to the head-mounted device such that the portable electronic device can be worn on the user's head. 

Finally, Apple may also be working on a new “media production application,” as hinted at by a newly granted patent (number 9,431,057). The app receives a script of a media project and parses the script to identify (i) story sections of the media project and (ii) characters in the media project. It automatically creates data structures for the story sections and the characters, and...

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05:26
Tim Cook responds to $14.5B Irish tax bill with open...

After being hit with a $14.5 billion tab for alleged unpaid back taxes, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook published an open letter to the "Apple Community" on Tuesday, saying he is "confident" that the decision from the European Commission will be reversed.

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05:07
Apple’s anticipated switch to OLED iPhone screens...

While Apple is widely expected to switch from LCD to OLED displays for future iPhones from either 2017 or 2018, one company is suggesting that the move made be a purely temporary one.

Digitimes quotes Innolux chairman and CEO Wang Jyh-chau arguing that OLED is not suitable as a permanent replacement for LCD. While the company – an LCD manufacturer – might be expected to make this case, Innolux is not suggesting that Apple will return to LCD, rather than it will adopt a third display technology: microLED (mLED) …

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05:03
Rumor: Apple planning ‘AirPods’ wireless headphones

Apple is preparing a pair of wireless headphones dubbed "AirPods," two new iPhone models and a total of no less than 10 Apple Watch models — at least that’s what a series of regulatory filings published by the Eurasian Economic Commission — as noted by AppleInsider --  hints. 

Apple was granted "active" certification status for a wireless headphone product called “AirPods," alongside three other models to be marketed under the Beats brand. Last month, MacRumors revealed that an "AirPods" trademark filing discovered last October seemingly confirmed Apple's work on upcoming wireless earphones in lieu of a headphone jack on the iPhone 7. 

Also, Russian trademark filings discovered...

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05:00
Rumor: Apple working on professionally-gear iPads,...

Apple is rumored to be planning a slew of updates across its iPads, notebooks and desktops according to sources.

The company is said to be expanding its operating system support for the Apple Pencil while widespread hardware changes will emerge in next-gen versions of the iMac, MacBook Air and a 5K standalone monitor in collaboration with LG Electronics Inc., in addition to a thinner MacBook Pro notebook.

Apple is thought to be shipping an updated iPad next year, while new Macs are expected in late 2016 according to anonymous sources. Apple has declined to comment, but it’s been said that in the wake of iPad unit sales declining year-over-year for nine straight quarters, Apple is looking to create more professionally...

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05:00
VMware says, “We’re not dead,” updates Fusion and...

Enlarge / VMware Fusion 8.5 for Mac, with tab support. (credit: VMware)

Today, VMware announced upgrades to its desktop virtualization products for Windows, Mac, and Linux. But this time existing users won't have to pay for the new software.

VMware and its rival Parallels have been charging for upgrades every year, and last year both companies required users to upgrade if they wanted VMWare and Parallels to fully support Windows 10. But none of the operating system changes this year are likely to break anything in last year’s virtualization software. This makes it hard to convince customers that they should pay again.

VMware has...

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05:00
VMware Fusion 8.5 announced at VMworld, free upgrade...

As expected, the recent announcement of Parallels Desktop 12 preceded the release of VMware Fusion 8.5 by only a little over a week. VMware's Mac virtual machine environments -- Fusion and Fusion Pro, have been updated to version 8.5, bringing support for macOS Sierra host and guest machines (with Siri integration and tabbed VM windows), Windows 10 Anniversary, and Windows Server 2016.

The announcement was made today at VMworld, and is a bit different from the usual upgrade announcement in that VMware is not charging a fee for the upgrade. Both Fusion 8.5 and VMware's Windows VM environment -- WMware Workstation 12.5 -- will be available for free to registered existing customers. 

VMware's announcement was doubly exciting for...

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05:00
4 worthy alternatives to Sunrise Calendar

At the end of the month, the sun will set on Sunrise, one of the most beloved calendar apps. That will leave a scheduling void for Android and iOS users who prized the app for its intuitive interface, third-party app integration, and support for Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange, and iCloud.

Though Sunrise leaves some pretty big shoes to fill, there are some worthy alternatives that can take its place. Here’s a look at four of the best.

Fantastical 2
Fantastical

Fantastical 2 offers a split-screen view that lets you see your month and a list of your appointments all at once.

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04:58
EU tax investigation concludes, Apple hammered with...

On Tuesday, the European Commission handed down its biggest tax penalty yet, ordering Apple to pay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes -- but both Ireland and Apple are appealing the ruling.

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04:51
Apple: the Australian banks’ electronic payments...

Apple has issued a formal response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australia’s anti-trust regulator, saying that giving Australian banks what they want would be doubly harmful to consumers. The country’s three biggest banks want approval to collectively negotiate with Apple to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones.

Last month those banks, including the top lender, National Australia Bank, lodged a joint application with anti-trust regulators seeking approval to collectively negotiate with Apple to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones. 

Apple, which operates its Apple Pay mobile payment service, doesn’t allow third-party electronic payment apps to be installed on the smartphone. The banks are seeking to be able to negotiate jointly for access to Apple's phones without themselves being accused of...

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04:46
Tim Cook responds to Irish tax ruling in public...

Tim Cook has posted an open letter on Apple.com for customers, in response to the European judgement that Ireland must recover 13 billion euros in tax revenue from Apple, covering the period 2003-2014. In the public posting, Cook lambasts the judgement as having serious consequences on European business. It says the ruling suggests Apple received a special deal on our taxes which has “no basis in fact or in law”. Cook says Apple is being compelled to pay back taxes to a government that states Apple does not owe any additional money.

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04:44
EU Commission: Apple must pay $14.5 billion in back...

Apple must repay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes dating back to 2003-2014, the European Commission has ruled, reports the BBC. This was confirmed this morning.

“The Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple,” says the EU commissioner Margrethe Vestager. “This is illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid.”

Ireland Finance Minister Noonan said the country "disagrees profoundly" with the back tax ruling by the European Commission. Apple has said that it will appeal the European Commission tax decision. And CEO Tim Cook has posted an open letter on Apple.com addressing the issue.

The Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency claimed that Ireland, Luxembourg...

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04:30
How to use Siri to set a timer on an iOS device

I’m an ice cream addict. Twice a week I make a big batch of the world’s greatest dessert. In doing so, I have to time the mixing process for 30 minutes. I use Siri to set a timer on my iPhone to tell me when the mixing time is completed.

You can do the same to remind yourself to make a phone call, turn the oven on (or off), head out to pick up the kiddos from school, and more. Here’s how to do it:

  • Hold down the Home button on your iPhone (or iPad) to activate Siri.
  • Say something like "Set a timer for 30 minutes."
  • Siri will confirm that the timer was created and started.
  • Open the Clock app and click on the Timer icon if you want to watch the countdown.

Even with the timer set, you can continue to use your iPhone as usual. Press the Home button to return to the Home screen.

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04:05
Apple formally responds on Australian banks’ Apple...

A month after Australian banks demanded the right to have their own apps access the NFC chip used for Apple Pay, Apple has issued a formal response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The company argues that giving Australian banks what they want would be doubly harmful to consumers.

A fortnight ago, the ACCC denied the banks an interim ruling, but said that it would be considering the matter more fully.

Apple initially dismissed the idea on security grounds, also claiming that the banks were acting as an illegal cartel. It has...

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9to5Academy is proud to offer the web’s best online courses at the lowest prices–everything from web development to design, and much more. That’s why we’re excited to announce a storewide 40% off sale on all the courses in our Academy, running through August 31, 2016.

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