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Apple under investigation by South Korean anti-...

A South Korean government body is investigating Apple over "some matters" pertaining to the company's dealings there, a report said Tuesday local time without revealing the nature of the probe.

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Google Brings Higher Resolution Satellite Imagery to...

Google announced Monday the rollout of new imagery for Google Earth, and by extension Google Maps. The company said it was incorporating a new cloud-free mosaic of Earth in Google Earth utilizing higher-resolution images from Landsat 8, a satellite deployed by the USGS and NASA in 2013.

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Brad Neely's weird Adult Swim cartoon premieres...

Adult Swim is consistently debuting new shows season after season, but usually not on Vine, right? That's why the fact that China, IL creator Brad Neely's Harg Nallin Sclopio Peepio is available on the network is such an interesting change. Neely's u...

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Google Bloks Will Offer Kids Hands-On, Collaborative...

Google announced a new "research project" called Bloks, a wonderful concept that brings programming to very young kids with real-world block-like components. It's an ongoing project that Google is opening up to the world, but the company is starting with electronic boards and programmable pucks. Brain Boards are built from Raspberry Pi Zero boards and can be used to power anything you could power from that device, like robots or switches for real-world devices. The pucks are essentially instructions, including on-off switches, directions, or volume controls. When used in sequence, they can send instructions to the Brain Boards. And it's all hands-on for young kids. They can collaborate in ways they never could with any programming thing based on a screen and/or keyboard. I love it. It's an entirely different approach from Apple's Swift Playground, and I think they're very complementary.


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Apple to reveal fiscal Q3 2016 earnings on July 26

Apple on Monday announced plans to release a quarterly earnings report for the third fiscal quarter of 2016 on July 26, which is to be detailed in a following investors conference call.

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Apple schedules Q3 2016 earnings call livestream for...

Apple has announced today that it will hold its fiscal third quarter earnings call on Tuesday, July 26th at the usual time of 2PM PT/5PM ET, while the earnings release will be sent out roughly thirty minutes before then.


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Photonic Swiss watch engraving might keep...

Counterfeit jewelry is a big business. Sometimes the fakes are so convincing that it can be nearly impossible to tell if that Rolex you're eying is the real deal unless you have special equipment or an extremely trained eye. That's something the folk...

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Apple will announce third-quarter financial results...

This will be a very interesting quarter for Apple. They gave guidance in the last quarter, so their shouldn’t be any big surprises, but I’m interested to hear what Tim Cook has to say about services, iPhone, and India.

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Airbnb sues San Francisco

Airbnb sued the city of San Francisco on Monday, arguing that a recent ordinance which requires hosts to register with the city violates the online home-sharing company’s free speech rights.

It’s all about taxes.

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PRE-SALE: The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course at $29

Our friends at Stack Commerce have been putting their collective noggins to work with this deal. It's a pre-sale on The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course with 80 hours of content on coding for Apple's next generation iOS. It's discounted to $29, and you'll be notified when the course is ready to access—but in the meanwhile you also get The Complete iOS 9 Hacker Training immediately, included for the same price. Check out the details on the deal listing.

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Field Notes Reporter’s Notebook

I’ve been using Field Notes notebooks for many years, but these new ones are really nice. They’re called the Byline Edition. I must have them.

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Facebook announces Featured Events capability to...

Facebook today has announced a new Featured Events capability that will make it even easier for users to find nearby ongoings right in the Facebook app itself. While Facebook already has support for Events, with 550 million people taking advantage of it each month, the company hopes that Featured Events will give more a more personalized experience.


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What's on your HDTV: 'Shark Week,'...

It's Shark Week, again. If you're in any way familiar with Discovery's summer celebration of all things shark, then you know what to expect. There won't be any Alien Shark episodes this year, which could be a good or bad thing, depending on your pers...

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Safari 10 brings fast, native App Extensions to the...

Building on work completed last year to enable Web Content Blockers, Apple's new Safari 10 enables a wide range of native code App Extensions that users can automatically obtain and update through the Mac App Store, contributing to faster performance, enhanced security and better reliability.

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Facebook debuts hand-picked event listings in 10...

In its latest attempt to seem a little more human and a little less algorithmic, Facebook debuted a new feature Monday that suggests interesting events picked by real, live humans in 10 major US cities -- even if those events aren't on Facebook. As T...

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Dell made a 70-inch touchscreen for schools

Forget chalkboards and whiteboards in the classroom -- Dell thinks tech is the answer. It's launching a 70-inch touchscreen, the C7017T, that's designed to replace interactive whiteboards in schools and boardrooms. You probably wouldn't want this a...

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Review: Monowear Brown Leather Deployant band for...

The folks over at Monowear sent over one of its bands for me to try, and I shot a brief video showcasing the band in action. Monowear makes several band styles from leather, mesh, nylon and metal. The band it sent over is a brown leather band featuring a handy deployant clasp. The deployant clasp creates a perpetual look that makes the leather band super-easy to put on and take off. Have a look at our video review inside to see it in action. more…

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Expect a settlement in the Volkswagen emissions...

A federal judge has given Volkswagen until Tuesday, June 28th, to present a plan aimed at making amends in the diesel emissions scandal that's been dogging the company for nearly a year. Reuters and Bloomberg report that the settlement will cost VW $...

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AWT News Update: June 27, 2016

Image from the Firewatch game website. Buy the game for Mac!

Let's hear it for #Iceland in the Euro 2016 final 16, which today beat England 2 - 1 to move onto the quarterfinals. That's not Apple news, but this is:

  • Twitter announces that stickers for tweeted photos are coming soon to the iOS app
  • A French TV talk show relies on iPhones to film the remainder of an episode when a power outage knocks out cameras
  • A regional Ford dealership in Massachusetts rips off some great art from the game "Firewatch" by Panic and Campo Santo

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AI Playmate Cozmo Wants to Get to Know You

Anki on Monday introduced Cozmo, a little robot powered by an advanced artificial intelligence. Cozmo promises to be far more interactive than any toy robot that has been released to date. Although the multidisciplinary team of roboticists, animators and game developers who designed Cozmo had play in mind, they noted that the combination of technology from toys, videogames and robotics represents a major leap forward. Anki's three creators all got their start at Carnegie Mellon's Robotic Institute. Cozmo, which can nestle in the palm of your hand, has a "brain."

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Microsoft Studios shutters Xbox Fitness at-home...

Xbox Fitness has provided an at-home workout with the help of the trusty game console and Microsoft's Kinect since 2013. However, the exercise option won't be around much longer. Microsoft Studios announced that the console-driven workouts would be s...

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[Sponsor] Field Notes Reporter's Notebook

Field Notes has reinvented the classic Reporter’s Notebook, with the help of veteran reporter John Dickerson, host of CBS’s Face the Nation. The Reporter’s Notebook is an iconic American object, and sight of one being whipped out and flipped open is a sure sign that somebody is about to write down something important. They lay flat, and are great for taking notes at work or in class — as well as tracking down corruption for anonymous sources.

Available now in two-packs, and as part of a year-long subscription.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27...

With developers busy absorbing all the new information from WWDC, the only notable software release this week is BusyCal 3.0.1.


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ExtraBITS for 27 June 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, we get a comparison of Apple Maps and Google Maps, a look into what Apple’s Advanced Computer Vision can identify, and news that Bank of America is rolling out Apple Pay-compatible ATMs.


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This laser-powered drum machine is a stunning work...

We're big fans of homemade instruments, synthesizers and other noise makers here at Engadget. Russian artist Vtol created a massive laser-powered drum machine installation as part of Earth Lab, a joint project between the Polytechnic Museum Moscow an...

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Game Foul: Ford Dealership Steals Firewatch Art

No matter how hard our kindergarten teachers tried, some people never really wrapped their heads around the idea that stealing is bad. Take, for instance, the Quirk Ford dealership in Massachusetts and the Firewatch artwork it stole for a promotional event.

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TMO Background Mode: Interview With Symply Co-...

Alex Grossman is the co-founder and president of Symply, Inc. His new company makes high-performance storage devices for content creators. I asked Alex about his start in storage technology, and it goes back to his EE degree in college and his first job with the Digital Equipment Corp (DEC). Early on, he developed a passion to build great hardware and understand how data got stored. Years later, Alex ended up at Apple focusing on the small and medium business needs for easy to manage mass storage. He tells a great story about Apple giving him the go ahead to change the world with Xserve RAID. Today, Alex carries his years of experience with elegant, easy to manage storage into his new company, Symply, Inc. Alex told me one amazing story after another.


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Google brings higher-resolution imagery to Earth and...

Every few months or so, Google improves the satellite imagery on services like Earth and Maps. Now, as part of its efforts to keep making the experience better for users, the search giant is going to offer higher-resolution virtual views going forwar...

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Google may release self-designed smartphone by end...

Google is reportedly working on a new self-branded phone over which it will exert more design, software, and manufacturing control, putting the company in more direct competition with Apple's iPhone.

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DataMan offers data monitoring, reveals all data...

This is pretty interesting.

Developer Johnny Ixe has released DataMan, an iOS app designed to help you track your data plan usage on your iOS device.

The app, which also runs on the Apple Watch, can monitor your data cap, give real-time stats as to usage, be configured to follow your specific plan and monitor your assorted activities with a Stopwatch widget feature.

DataMan retails for $1.99 on the App Store and requires iOS 9.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve had a chance to try DataMan out and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Via the App Store

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Notable apps and app updates for June 27, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

Tension Software has launched Counter 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app does one thing: it allows to count a discrete number of elements.

Using Counter you can solve any kind of situation where you have to computer enumerate a total number of elements (physical or abstract), and you want to be sure the process will be error free. You can add to the total a new unit simply pressing the space bar on your Mac to count it. Counter will keep track of the counting as it progress and will add +1 to the total at any space bar press.

Counter 1.0 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available at ...

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ZFS: The other new Apple file system that almost was...

Enlarge / A premature announcement by Sun's then-CEO Jonathan Schwartz might have doomed ZFS on OS X. (credit: Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty — Edited by Aurich Lawson)

This article was originally published on Adam Leventhal's blog and is reprinted here with his permission.

I attended my first WWDC in 2006 to participate in Apple's launch of their DTrace port to the next version of Mac OS X (Leopard). Apple completed all but the fiddliest finishing touches without help from the DTrace team. Even when they did meet with us, we had no idea that they were mere weeks away from...

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Microsoft sued for $10,000 after unwanted Windows 10...

Microsoft's pushy and occasionally misleading Windows 10 update process has had some tangible backlash. According to the Seattle Times, a small business owner from California has successfully sued Microsoft for $10,000 in "compensation for lost wages...

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SummerFest 25%-Off Sale Discounts Take Control Books...

If you need help with your Mac, iOS device, or apps, or if your work would proceed more smoothly with a capable Mac app at your side, check out the multi-developer SummerFest sale. You can save 25 percent on all Take Control titles and 14 leading Mac apps.


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'Mass Effect Andromeda' novels tie into...

Literary pop culture powerhouse Titan Books will publish four new novels in the Mass Effect universe between August 2016 and March 2018, as outlined in its 2016 Fiction Rights Guide. The books line up with the release of Mass Effect Andromeda in Marc...

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My pointless quest to achieve perfect retro console...

​It all started about four years ago when I came into an old Sega Saturn system from the mid-90s. It was an entire console catalog that I completely skipped over back in the day. I hooked it up to my TV and soon I was knee-deep in classic fighting ga...

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iPhone 7 Sans Headphone Jack: The Debate Continues

Reliable sources are suggesting that Apple really will remove the 3.5 mm audio headphone jack from the iPhone 7 this fall. The community seems evenly split about the prospect, with some shrugging and one notable author declaring that this is a hostile and stupid idea. The notion that this isn't really a worthwhile technical advance seems balanced with the prospect of better and enabling digital technology moving forward. Plus: a more waterproof iPhone. Particle Debris page 2 asks the question: has Apple gone too far?

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Renders imagine what Apple’s new darker “Space Black...

Details of a new darker Space Black iPhone color arriving with the next-generation device this fall have surfaced, but what might the new color option look like? 

Earlier today we reported that iPhone 7— if that’s what we’re calling it— now seems likely to come in Space Black to match Apple Watch and replace the current Space Gray option. Several other reports had noted whispers of a new darker color (at one point described as a deep blue) and we noted today that it’s something we’d heard from one of our own...

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Facebook launches custom-curated event picks to...

On Monday a newly-formed team at Facebook began curating lists of "featured" events, in a bid to provide better recommendations for people looking for activities around town.

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Twitch introduces 'Cheering' emotes for...

Twitch, the popular game-streaming site, has a funding problem. Not related to the company -- it's owned by Amazon and is just fine -- but its streamers. Like on other video platforms, creators are paid based on ad views and subscriptions, and by all...

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Facebook Slideshow livens up your photos and videos

It's easy to post a ton of photos from your weekend adventures to Facebook, but let's face it: there are only so many people willing to flip through your photos one at a time. Facebook might just have a way to spice things up, though. It's trotting...

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Review: Phiaton BT 460 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Phiaton's new BT 460 ($200) is a lightweight wireless Bluetooth headphone that packs some good tech ideas, but has some issues with the details. The BT 460 is, at first, refreshing in its simple and understated design. This minimalism starts with its packaging, which is clean and straightforward except for the curious “Teddy Artist Edition” branding. Inside the box, we find a large carrying case, charging cable, and 3' headphone cable. On the headphone itself, there are no flashy logos or loud colors. BT 460 is a classy-looking black and gray headset made of plastic and rubber (the headphone also comes in white). Other than the power button, there are no visible volume or track controls — everything is handled via a touch interface on the right ear. The BT 460 makes a good first impression, promising some interesting features for a wireless headphone.{/exp:char_limit}

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Here's when that 'Minecraft' movie is...

Been waiting on pins and needles for news regarding the upcoming Minecraft movie? The good news is there's actually one big piece of news: a release date. The bad news? You're going to be waiting a few years still until you can feast your eyes on it....

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Gun Control and Learning to Make Data-Driven...

We live in an unprecedented age of information and computing power -- yet whether publicly or privately, we still make decisions largely on how we feel rather than based on hard information. With this massive influx of data and computing power, when it comes to issues like global warming or gun control -- and much of what is being shown as data is false -- we are more likely to decide based on how we feel about an issue than spending a comparatively little time figuring out the facts and then making what would be the right decision for us.

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Deals: $100-$250 off 13" and 15" MacBook...

The last week in June sees dramatic price reductions on 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with instant discounts, free gift offers and coupon savings of up to $250 off MSRP. Early 2015 12-inch MacBooks are also $185-$350 off at authorized resellers -- all with free shipping and no sales tax in at least 46 states.

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Facebook for iOS adds Featured Events in 10 U.S....

Starting today, iOS users in 10 US cities will see the option for Featured Events in a carousel atop their list of upcoming soirees. Facebook’s curators will cull through each city’s top art, entertainment, family, festival, fitness, food & drink, learning, community, music, and sports events, and select a few with the capacity to accept some extra foot traffic.

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Rachio's 2nd-generation Smart Sprinkler...

What if you could make a $200 - $250 investment that could pay itself back in a few years? I made that investment two years ago with the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, and it's saved me money on expensive and scarce water for irrigating my lawn and garden. Rachio is now shipping the second generation of the device, which adds to the utility of this water-saving smart controller.


Perhaps the biggest change to the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller is the external shell; it's a bit shorter than the previous box with an expanded width. Dimension-wise, the new box is a sleek 9.25 x 5.625 x 1.625 inches, and weighs just 1.2 lbs. The previous model was square in shape: 

The 2nd-Generation Rachio at top, the original model at bottom.

Like the previous Rachio, it's possible to purchase both 8-zone ($199.99) and 16-zone ($249.99) models depending on the size and complexity of your...

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TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-27: AAPL, Brexit,...

Apple's stock isn't a high as it used to be and understanding why can be a little daunting. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to look at Wall Street's dysfunctional relationship with Apple and the Brexit impact on the stock market. They also check out Google's new Blocks programming platform for kids.

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Best Buy hopes to offer in-home tech advice

Best Buy can already send Geek Squad and Magnolia to your home when you need a fix or some help setting up a new TV. But what if everything is running fine, and you'd just like to improve your tech? The retailer thinks it can help there, too. It's pi...

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Hands-on: Apple TV Remote App beta for the 4th-...

The new Apple TV Remote app, which Apple TV owners have been expecting since Eddy Cue acknowledged its development, is now available for testing. Available directly as an IPA installable via iTunes, the Apple TV Remote app can be accessed by registered Apple developers.

The Remote app has been designed to, as Apple states in its release notes, bring the “best of the Siri Remote” to iOS devices. Not only will the Remote app allow users to easily navigate the Apple TV interface, it can also be used as a controller to control basic games.

How well does the new Apple TV Remote app work? Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough to see it in action. more…

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Half of US households now subscribe to VOD services

With the various ways you can consume digital media aside from television and cable channels, it should come as no surprise that now, according to a new report from Nielsen, that about half of all households in the US partake in subscription VOD serv...

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BusyCal 3.0.1

Major update brings a modern look, smoother navigation, travel time alerts, timed to-dos, and more. ($49.99 new, $29.99 upgrade, 10.7 MB)


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Dreezy's debut full-length to launch as one-...

The first full-length album by up-and-coming rapper Dreezy, No Hard Feelings, will launch as a temporary Apple Music exclusive on July 15, according to Interscope Records.

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Netflix’s new “secondary” logo

I like it. And the idea of having a single letter secondary logo provides them with a lot of options, especially if they can make it synonymous with their company.

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Google's virtual reality field trips are...

Have you been slightly envious of kids going on Google's virtual reality field trips? Don't be. As part of a broader educational push, Google is making the necessary Expeditions app available to everyone. So long as you have an Android device (iOS is...

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Twitter announces stickers

Soon, you can browse our rotating sets of stickers to join in on real-time conversations, and select from the library of hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props to make your photos more fun.

Get ready, these will be everywhere.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Band $9, Nest...

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.


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China launches its new mainstay rocket

China is celebrating the successful launch of its Long March 7 rocket, a key component and backbone of its future space program. As Xinhua News explains, the craft is designed as the "main carrier" for the Chinese space program, capable of pushing 13...

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What will Apple call the next iPhone? iPhone 7? Pro...

What will Apple call the next iPhone? You might think iPhone 7 is the obvious answer and natural progression following the current iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but reports that Apple is moving to a longer, three-year refresh cycle for iPhone updates could mean a change for branding this year.  more…

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HP's new touchscreen Chromebook is ready for...

It's no secret that HP loves making Chromebooks, and today the company is expanding its lineup with the future of Chrome OS in mind. Enter the HP Chromebook 11 G5, an 11.6-inch laptop which features a touchscreen, meaning it'll support Android apps w...

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MacTech Pro NYC: Get $200 off registration from...

Apple World Today is proud to be a media sponsor of the MacTech Pro Events for 2016, and one of the biggest events is coming up soon -- MacTech Pro New York 2016. We're offering $200 off the registration fee for the event to AWT readers, so if you're considering going but haven't yet registered, now's the time to do it.

The event runs from 8:30 AM (registration) until 6 PM, and will be held at the Skyline Hotel NYC at 725 Tenth Avenue (at 49th Street). Sessions Chairs for this year's MacTech Pro NYC include Craig Cohen from HCS Technology Group, Andy Espo, the CEO of Call Andy! Macintosh Consulting, and MacTech Magazine's Neil Ticktin. 

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  • Managing and User-Proofing Security as Malware Threat Grows
  • Mac Admins Approach to Linux Servers Administration
  • Networking: Discover, Map and Reporting Essentials
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Google Ready to Try Apple’s Tactics with New...

Google is reportedly working on a new smartphone to take on Apple's iPhone and Samsung's phone De jour. Unlike its Nexus line, where partner companies are making the phones, Google plans to take complete control over this new line.

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Twitter photo stickers coming soon to iOS app

Twitter on Monday announced plans to launch stickers in its mobile apps, letting users customize their uploaded images with premade graphics.

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'No Man's Sky' soundtrack is going on...

It's not often a soundtrack associated with a video game, let alone one that's not been released yet, is taken on tour and played to audiences all over the world. That's exactly what's happening with British band 65daysofstatic's No Man's Sky soundtr...

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Rumor: Leaked images show dual-camera component for...

In the latest round of leaked images, a new series of iPhone 7 camera components show a new dual-camera that will be exclusive to the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus screen size. There appears to be about a one centimeter gap between the two inner cameras enclosed in a pill-shape protruding component.

The smaller 4.7 inch iPhone 7 will also receive a camera upgrade, according to these leaks. The hole is substantially larger and the entire component has been aligned closer to the corner of the device, indicating some kind of upgrade.

The pictures also show the absence of horizontal antenna lines on the back of the handset wherein the aforementioned lines are now only present at the chassis edges.

Other changes shown in the leaks...

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Dolby's wide color range technology comes to...

Amazon has already dipped its toes into the waters of high dynamic range video, but it's now ready to get its feet wet. The internet giant has started integrating Dolby Vision HDR into its video subscription and purchase services. Watch the right sho...

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Space Black is the new Dark Blue: Another rumor gone...

iPhone 5 (left) vs. iPhone 5s (right) "space gray", via Mike Cronin on Youtube

Don't know about you, but I think the rumors about the upcoming iPhone 7 are getting out of hand. Just last week we heard that from the Japanese blog Macotakara that Apple was going to be making a "Deep Blue" version of the next-generation smartphone. Now they've backtracked, telling AppleInsider that it's just a "much darker" version of space gray that is "close to black, though not quite black."

Those quotes came from AppleInsider, which stated that Macotakara blogger Danbo had reached out with the new rumor. It sounds more like Danbo pulled this one out of his nether region. 

I'm offering this rumor up as further proof that the world has gone mad. Does it...

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News: Apple’s UK tax bill under scrutiny

Apple’s UK corporation tax last year amounted to £12.9 million, but with £12.9 billion in profits in the last three months of 2015 alone, the Daily Mail is questioning whether the company is paying its fair share. Apple’s tax bill for 2015 was actually up from £11.8 million the previous year, but with the company still under EU investigation for routing its European profits through Ireland, suspicion that Apple is cooking the books…

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Developers begin answering questions about upcoming...

It’s deeply technical, but it’s worth the read.

An blog posted over on Adam Leventhal’s blog and picked up by the mighty Ars Technica describes a talk about the new Apple Filing System given during a Q&A session over at WWDC. During the session, Dominic Giampaolo and Eric Tamura, two members of the APFS team, gave an overview to a packed room, wherein, with the help of other team members, they patiently answered questions about the upcoming file architecture.

This isn’t the shortest article in the world, but it shows how a lot of praise is going towards encryption, while a fair amount of criticism seems to be emerging around data integrity.

Still, if you want to know what’s on the horizon for the new macOS operating systems, this is worth your time....

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Twitter is bringing searchable, emoji-like ‘#...

Messaging apps like WeChat, Line, and Path have made stickers as popular as emoji, and now Twitter is joining in on the fun with searchable ‘#Stickers’ that you can add to your tweet pics.


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Google's Project Bloks tinker toys teach coding...

There has been a big push in computer science education in the last few years. The UK has made it part of its national curriculum, President Obama has pledged $4 billion toward a national computer science initiative and a slew of toys and games desig...

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Amazon helps teachers share free digital education...

Part of the promise of digital education is the ability to share knowledge between schools, but that's not easy when there isn't a central hub for making that happen. Amazon, however, thinks it can help. It's launching Inspire, a free service that...

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News: Apple lays out ‘differential privacy’ plan for...

Apple is working to explain its new “differential privacy” method of collecting enough user information to make its products more useful while still protecting user privacy, Recode reports. Data collection will begin with the rollout of iOS 10, but will be entirely opt-in, allowing users to decide whether they’re willing to trade a little privacy in return for added functionality. Those opting in will allow Apple to see new words…

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Twitter's searchable stickers can add pizzazz...

Post a lot of photos to Twitter but feel like they're lacking something? Twitter's changing that with today's announcement of #Stickers, which will let you spice up your pictures with props, emoji and more.

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Episode of French TV show shot on iPhones after...

A recorded episode of the French TV show On n’est pas Couché (We are not Asleep) was filmed with iPhones after a power outage at the studio took out the TV cameras.

You can watch the video below of the moment when the power went out, together with footage of filming continuing using iPhones …


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News: Report: New iPhone’s space gray to be ‘much...

Tipsters have indicated that the space gray version of the new “iPhone 7” will be a “much darker color” than that on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, Apple Insider reports. There is already some variability in Apple’s space gray from product to product, with the space gray on the Apple Watch Sport quite a bit darker than that on the iPhone 6 or 6s. But citing trusted sources, Macotakara‘s Danbo told the site that the…

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Pyle debuts iPhone Lite Me Selfie Case with built-in...

Pyle Audio has announced the $49.99 Lite-Me Selfie Lighted Smart Case. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus case is designed to help users create better selfie images while protecting the smartphone in a slim fitting case.

You can slide your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus inside the case, which sports bright LED lights along the frame that can be turned on or off at the press of a button. This multi-functional protective case also features a built-in power bank with a 1750 mAh rechargeable battery, so you can use it as a backup charger when battery life is low. One-button operation allows users to adjust brightness and add a blinking or strobe light effect around the phone.

The Woodline Case from Pad&Quill: Kevlar meets wood in a stunning new iPhone case

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iPhone 7 now seems likely to come in Space Black to...

While a previous Macotakara report suggested that the iPhone 7 would be available in a deep blue color, replacing Space Gray, the blog is now suggesting that this is not the *case*.

I have heard another information that space grey would not be disconnected, but would be possibly updated to much darker color. Also, the new color would not be deep blue, but possibly formal black which is close to black.

This tallies with something heard from one of our own sources …


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French talk show resorts to iPhones to continue...

Following a sudden power outage in the studio, part of the Saturday episode of a popular French talk show was reportedly shot on Apple's iPhone.

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Apple gets its Rainbow on for SF Pride Parade

Apple helped celebrate the LGBTQ community over the weekend by marching in San Fransisco's annual Pride parade. Company CEO Tim Cook's photo on Twitter shows what looks like hundreds of Apple employees marching and waving rainbow flags—and wearing the special limited edition Apple Watch rainbow watch bands the company gave to participants.

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watchOS 3 first look

Serenity Caldwell takes you on a tour through Apple’s upcoming Apple Watch OS update.

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Rumor: Apple's space gray 'iPhone 7'...

Apple's space gray color option for iPhones could return to a darker shade, closer to black with the upcoming "iPhone 7," according to a new report.

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Apple, the annual San Francisco LGBT Pride parade,...

Apple gave a terrific one-of-a-kind gift to employees who participated in Sunday’s annual San Francisco LGBT Pride parade.

I love that Apple supports this. A nice looking band.

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What Apple’s new APFS file system means to you

Michael Cohen, writing for TidBITS:

Among the tidbits Apple revealed to its developer audience at the recently completed Worldwide Developers Conference was a new file system for the whole range of its products. Dubbed “APFS” (an acronym that Apple doesn’t completely spell out even in its developer documentation), the file system is meant to replace HFS+, the file system that in turn replaced 1985’s HFS (Hierarchical File System) in 1998.

Important change, arcane acronym.

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News: Daily Deal: The World Class Mac Bundle

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering The World Class Mac Bundle for only $24.99 — that’s 93% off the regular price. This bundle of eight top-selling Mac apps will help you get productive, build cool websites, boost your Mac’s health, and more, with great tools such as Data Rescue 4, Freeway Pro 7, Painter Essentials 5, and more.

Get the The World Class Mac Bundle now for only $24.99...

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More Chinese patent battles likely upcoming for...

Apple’s record as the biggest target in the world for patent claims doesn’t look likely to change any time soon. The WSJ reports that three Chinese companies top the rankings for the most international patent filings: Huawei, Qualcomm and ZTE.

Last year, Huawei, the world’s third-largest smartphone maker and the leader in the telecommunications-equipment market, was the largest filer of international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, which makes it easier for companies to file patents in multiple countries […]

Patents are also playing a role in the harsher mobile landscape Apple and Samsung are...

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The essential guide to using Siri on a Sierra Mac

Jonny Evans digs into the process of using Siri on your Sierra-installed Mac, including preferences and lots and lots of examples.

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Daily Deal: Pre-order the Complete iOS 10 Developer...

Apple's latest mobile operating system won't be here until September or so, but it's already generating a lot of excitement with developers who want to take advantage of its new APIs to create more powerful and easy-to-use apps. For a limited time, pre-order The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course for just $29 from the Apple World Today Deals Shop and get The Complete iOS 9 Hacker Training Course as well. 

The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course will normally sell for $499 if you purchase it directly from the trainers at Mammoth Interactive, and The Complete iOS 9 Hacker Training Course weighs in at $999. Altogether, the package is worth $1,498 -- but they want to pre-sell the iOS 10 to get the word out and slashed the price to $29. 


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Apple’s latest UK tax bill: £12.9M, the equivalent...

With a long-running EU investigation into the legality of Apple’s tax arrangements in Europe still showing no signs of reaching a conclusion, the size of last year’s UK tax bill isn’t likely to help its cause. Apple’s latest accounts show that it paid just £12.9M ($17M) in UK corporation tax despite making an estimated £2B ($2.6B) profit in the country.

As the Mail Online notes, this is the equivalent of just two hours’ profits on its global sales …


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The OWC Express is a great way to repurpose an old...

You just decided to upgrade your MacBook hard drive to take advantage of the incredible storage space out there now or maybe you are adventuresome and switched to a Solid State Drive. What should you do with the old hard drive?

If you are looking for an easy, economical repurposing of that old hard drive, the OWC Express 2.0 enclosure is an excellent choice at US$19.99. Unfortunately I've been burned figuratively and literally by inferior quality enclosures with questionable origin -- my Mac Pro has the scorch marks on the USB port to attest to this fact. Luckily, this enclosure comes from a company which stands behind their product and truly knows the Mac.

Don't expect many bells and whistles on this unit. The case is made of plastic despite its faux metal appearance. Nonetheless, the case is sturdy and has stood the test of time being a spare hard drive I keep in my...

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The T51i combines the best features of on-ear...

Somewhere out there, perhaps there's an on-ear headphone that beats the overall audio quality, design, comfort, and looks of the Beyerdynamic T51, but I've yet to run across it. Of course, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $299, this is a product for dedicated audiophiles.

Let's get the most important thing out of the way first. How good do they sound? One word: great — there's excellent sound across the entire frequency range. The headphones offer pumping, deep bass, lifelike vocals and wide clarity in an immersive soundstage. The mids have clean detail, with small boosts around 95dB and 113dB. The highs are crisp and efficient. I've had all five members of our family test drive the sound — and all found the T51i's audio near-perfect.

The TF1i is also the best-designed on-ear headphone I've used. It avoids the "stuffed" feeling of in-ear earpods, but lacks the propensity for falling off your head or...

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Handy unofficial mac app provides transcripts of all...

If you weren’t lucky enough to attend this year’s WWDC, there were live-streams of all the session videos, and you can still watch these online. But for those who find written transcripts a more efficient way to catch up, or want to be able to search for specific terms, the unofficial WWDC Mac app now provides automatic transcripts of each session.


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5 apps to help you digitally organize business cards

We live in a practically paperless, digital age, but there’s one paper product that just won’t die: The business card. Business cards are pretty much a necessity for networking, but what do you do with 800 business cards when you get home from a tradeshow?

Let me guess—leave them in your bag and forget about them until the next tradeshow rolls around. Not such an effective networking tool after all.

Good news: There are plenty of apps that will help you stay on top of your business card stash by (quickly) digitizing them and adding the relevant information to your virtual rolodex (your Contacts list). We tried out five to find out which one makes the best business card butler.

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Patent trollin’: Straight Path sues Apple for patent...

Another day, another lawsuit. Straight Path Group, a subsidiary of fixed wireless spectrum leasing firm Straight Path Communications, is suing Apple for patent violation, this one regarding VoIP, reports AppleInsider

Straight Path is a non-practicing entity — in other words, a “patent troll.” A patent troll is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching patent infringement suits. In legal terms, a patent troll is a type of non-practicing entity: someone who holds a patent but is not involved in the design or manufacture of any product or process associated with that patent.

VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a method for taking analog audio signals, like the kind you hear when you talk on the phone, and turning them into digital data...

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Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display with No...

Those who need a screen for a Mac mini or Mac Pro, or who want to revel in the productivity glory of a multiple-monitor Mac, will have to look for solutions from companies other than Apple.


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Rolls-Royce expects remote-controlled cargo ships by...

Rolls-Royce isn't limiting its robotic transportation plans to luxury cars. The British transportation firm has outlined a strategy for deploying remote-controlled and autonomous cargo vessels. It's working on virtual decks where land-based crews cou...

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Wisconsin's sentencing algorithm faces a court...

Many people are nervous about the prospect of using algorithms to predict crime, and a legal battle in Wisconsin is illustrating why. The state's Supreme Court is close to ruling on an appeal from Eric Loomis, who claims that the justice system reli...

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Apple hands out rainbow Apple Watch bands to...

In celebration of this year's LGBTQ Pride festivities, and the 30th anniversary of its own corporate Pride association, Apple this weekend passed out special rainbow colored Apple Watch bands to employees and published a selection of related iTunes content.

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Google reportedly ships its first non-Nexus phone...

You might not have to wait long to see whether or not rumors of Google having more say over phone designs are true. Sources speaking to the Telegraph claim that Google will release a smartphone with tighter controls over "design, manufacturing and...

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So you've sunken plenty of hours into crawling around in on your iPhone or iPad. You've got your stories of tragedy and triumph, the times you coiled four snakes at one time balanced out by the others when you had a length of more than... | Read more »
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In Rodeo Stampede, honing your skills so you can jump from animal to animal and outrun the herd as long as possible is only half the fun. Once you've tamed a few animals, you can bring them home with you. [Read more] | Read more »
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VoxSyn 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $6.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: VoxSyn turns your voice into the most flexible vocal sound generator ever. Instantly following even subtle modulations of pitch and... | Read more »
Catch Battleplans on Google Play from Ju...
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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Five popular free apps to help you slim...
Thanks to retail and advertising, we're used to thinking one season ahead. Here we are just a week into the summer and we're conditioned to start thinking about the fall. [Read more] | Read more »
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It's hard to accurately describe Rodeo Stampede to people who haven't seen it yet. It's like if someone took Crossy Roadand Disco Zoo and put them in a blender, yet with a unique game mechanic that's still simple and fun for anyone. [Read more] | Read more »
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