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Thursday June 30

12:03
Spotify: Apple is holding up app approval to squash...

How do you catch up with the biggest music streaming service? Well, not approving app updates is one tactic, and Spotify says Apple is doing just that. The streaming service sent a letter to Apple's legal counsel this week claiming that the company i...

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11:41
The Das Keyboard 5Q is for working smarter, not...

Das Keyboard is behind some of the most impressive mechanical keyboards around. If you're a keyboard snob, you've probably used one or two in your life. If you like customization and keyboards that do way more than just help you put words together, y...

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11:20
News: Spotify claims Apple anti-competitively...

Spotify has claimed that Apple is blocking the latest update of its iOS music streaming app because it competes with Apple Music, Re/code reports. A letter sent by Spotify to Apple’s general counsel Bruce Sewell accused Apple of “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” as a result of its rejection to an update to its iOS app. While Apple has not publicly commented on the reasons for rejecting the update, Spotify’s…

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11:19
Nest seems to be working on a 'smart crib...

The hyper-connected home of the future will come with an equally connected nursery. Nest, the company widely known for its WiFi enabled energy-saving thermostat and smart smoke alarm system, has filed a patent for a baby crib that could be "embedded...

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11:18
NYC Apple reseller and community staple Tekserve to...

Tekserve -- both an Apple reseller and a gathering place for Apple users and devotees -- has announced it will close its Manhattan store in August, ending 29 years of service.

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11:10
Gear: Griffin Survivor Power Bank

The newest product in Griffin’s tough Survivor line, Survivor Power Bank ($60) is a rugged battery which comes with a lifetime guarantee. A 10,050 mAh battery, Suvivor Power Bank boasts 6.6-foot drop protection. A single 2.1A USB charging port can fully recharge an iPhone 6s Plus three times, or an iPad Air 2 once, according to Griffin. The black matte rubber exterior includes a seal at the top to protect the power bank from water and dust.…

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11:01
∞ How to play rhythm guitar like Jimi Hendrix

This lesson is from Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra. I’ve always loved the way Jimi embellished the chords he played—this lesson shows you how to do it.

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11:00
The game that makes Kinect worthwhile: 'Fru...

When Microsoft announced that it would start selling the Xbox One without the motion-sensing Kinect peripheral in June 2014, Mattia Traverso and his team at Through Games were shocked. They were in the middle of developing a Kinect-exclusive title, F...

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10:54
Recycling your used electronics

At The Wirecutter, we believe in keeping gadgets alive for as long as possible through repairs, upgrades, upcycling, and whatever else it takes to get them to the end of their useful life. But we also understand that the time will come when we need to dispose of our electronics. So we’ve compiled a list of alternatives to putting them out on the curb. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s a lot easier than you may think.

It’s always worthwhile to know your options.

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10:51
TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-30: The Apple, Amazon...

Apple, Amazon, and Google are all big players in the tech market, and Senator Elizabeth Warren says they’re stifling competition. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the Senator’s concerns and share their thoughts on competition in the tech world.


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10:50
John Gruber talks to Recode about Daring Fireball
10:47
Spotify says “Apple uses the App Store approval...

“This latest episode raises serious concerns under both U.S. and EU competition law,” Gutierrez wrote. “It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music, particularly when seen against the backdrop of Apple’s previous anticompetitive conduct aimed at Spotify … we cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors.”

This could get ugly very quickly.

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10:41
'Wreck-It Ralph 2' is officially set to...

Everyone's favorite game-related Disney movie (no, not Tron) Wreck-It Ralph is set for a sequel that's hitting the scene on March 9, 2018. This news probably doesn't come as a surprise to anyone given the original's massive success back in 2012, but...

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10:29
Spotify claims Apple rejecting latest version of its...

Spotify has become very vocal in recent weeks about Apple’s business practices for its App Store. Apple recently revamped its subscription policy for iOS developers, offering a 85/15 split if developers keep customers for more than a year, but Spotify is still not happy with proceedings.

In a letter to Washington seen by Recode, the company now says Apple is being anti-competitive by rejecting its latest update to the Spotify app in order to encourage sales of its own $9.99 Apple Music subscriptions. Spotify is making a lot of noise to suggest Apple is using illicit business practices to elevate the success of Apple Music, by crippling Spotify and other third-party services.

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10:23
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross made a song for NASA...

Nine Inch Nails frontman and Apple Music contributor Trent Reznor has another project with his film soundtrack partner Atticus Ross. This time around, the duo has created a nearly 9-minute track to celebrate NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter. The single...

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10:20
Spotify says Apple rejected update over App Store...

Apple Music competitor Spotify has accused Apple of rejecting an update to its official iOS app, claiming that the iPhone maker has exhibited "a troubling pattern of behavior" that's anti-competitive.

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10:20
Spotify Says Apple Won't Approve New Version Of...

According to a report on Recode, Apple has rejected an update to Spotify's iOS app, and that this has caused a "grave harm to Spotify and its customers." The Swedish-based music company competes with Apple's Music streaming app and service. In a letter to Apple's top lawyer, Spotify says that Apple turned down a version of the app citing "business model rules" and demanded that Spotify uses Apple's billing system if it wants to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions. From the report:The letter, sent by Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez to Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell on May 26, suggests that Spotify intends to use the standoff as ammunition in its fight over Apple's rules governing subscription services that use its App store. "This latest episode raises serious concerns under both U.S. and EU competition law," Gutierrez wrote. "It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to...

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10:07
Android Nougat

Millions of people are Googling to see what the hell Nougat is this morning.

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10:00
I played God with The Odin's DIY CRISPR Kit

Twenty-three years after its cinematic debut, I finally understand where Alec Baldwin was coming from in the 1993 psychological thriller Malice. The power to bring life where once there was none is a potent drug. I was recently afforded the opportuni...

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09:59
The languages that almost became CSS

But CSS wouldn’t be introduced for five years, and wouldn’t be fully implemented for ten. This was a period of intense work and innovation which resulted in more than a few competing styling methods which just as easily could have become the standard.

Fascinating read. The screenshot of Mosaic certainly took me back.

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09:55
The evolution of graphic design in the gaming...

It is absolutely stunning how far we’ve come in gaming in a relatively short period of time.

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09:48
Amazon Prime Day

Prime Day is a one-day only global shopping event exclusively for Prime members. On Tuesday, July 12, the second annual Prime Day will be the biggest global Amazon event ever. Members in the U.S. can shop starting at midnight PT, with new deals starting as often as every five minutes throughout the day.

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09:46
Switching from Evernote to Apple Notes

With the new that Evernote is limiting free accounts and hiking prices, it’s only natural that some people will be looking for alternatives. Apple’s new Notes for iPhone or iPad and Notes for Mac might just make for that alternative. But how to migrate all of those notes? It’s easier than you think if you have a Mac running OS X 10.11.4 or higher.

Clearly not everyone is going to get rid of Evernote, but I talked to a lot of people that are. If you are considering it, he’s a run through on how to do it.

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09:44
∞ Pissed off Steve Jobs

I absolutely loved Steve when he was upset. Say what has to be said, and do what has to be done. I was in the audience for many of these moments.

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09:42
Furby gets smarter, but it's still pretty damn...

Hasbro revived one of the late '90s most iconic toys a few years ago, and now there's another new version. We're talking about Furby of course, and the new Furby Connect has Bluetooth to handle regular updates. The idea is to use the wireless connect...

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09:37
Pro Tools 12.5.2 available

You can grab it from the Avid Web site.

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09:34
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12.9″ 128GB iPad Pro + LTE $...

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

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple’s monstrous 12.9-inch iPad Pro 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular is on sale for $800 (Reg. $1,079)

Daily Deals:...

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09:15
MetroPCS to sell Apple's iPhone for first time...

T-Mobile's prepaid brand -- MetroPCS -- will officially begin iPhone sales for the first time on Friday, though initially only in the state of Florida.

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08:44
MLB now officially using this iPhone-connected swing...

The MLB today announced a deal with Blast Motion that will see it allow teams to use the accessory maker’s Blast Baseball iPhone-connected swing analyzer sensor.

more…

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08:26
KeyCue 8.1

Minor update adds Typinator integration and addresses bugs. €19.99 new, free update, 5.4 MB)

 

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08:20
Sensoria's smart workout clothes could be...

Sensoria makes a line of workout gear, including men’s T-shirts and women’s sports bras, that are fitness trackers on their own. The fabrics include electrodes and heart rate monitors, which communicate with Sensoria’s smartphone app via Bluetooth. I’ve tested the sports bra and Sensoria’s Bluetooth socks in the past, and while smart clothes sound cool in theory, they’re expensive and only marginally useful in practice. But Sensoria is refreshing its heart rate-monitoring apparel with a short-sleeved men’s tee and a medium-support sports bra, both now available to preorder on Kickstarter,...

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07:33
China’s SARFT sues Apple for infringing online...

Another day, another lawsuit. China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), a government agency supervising content production in the country, is suing the Apple for infringing the exclusive online broadcast right of a film it made, reports Forbes.

According to a June 30 post on the website of the People’s Court in Haidian, A unit of SARFT, which owns the movie channel on state broadcaster CCTV, is filing the lawsuit because the Apple App Store allows users to download the Youku HD app, which the agency says is streaming a film it produced and aired in 1994 without obtaining permission. Both Apple and Youku Tudou, an online video site owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, have brought “huge economic losses” to the unit, according to the post. SARFT is seeking 50,000 yuan (about $7,515) in total damages...

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07:19
T-Mobile’s prepaid MetroPCS will start selling the...

T-Mobile’s prepaid carrier MetroPCS will begin offering the iPhone for the first time to its customers starting tomorrow, but only in one market: Florida. MetroPCS will carry a range of models including the iPhone 6s Plus as well as the recently discontinued iPhone 5s.

more…

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07:10
New drone video footage shows significant progress...

One month after his last drone flyover of Apple’s under construction Apple Campus 2 site, Matthew Roberts has sent over an update for July that gives an up-close look at progress in recent weeks.

The work continues on the Spaceship.

Per drone video, it looks like Apple is making progress towards completing its new campus building by the end of 2016.

The video shows significant progress on the solar panels and fuel cells and it’s also continued installing the massive glass panels and canopies— the world’s largest— that make up the interior and exterior of round ‘spaceship’ structure.

The campus is expected to generate around 75% of its own power using the solar panels and biogas fuel cells on-site, and it will get the rest of its renewable energy...

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07:06
Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch app in iOS 10 lets you...

One key new feature in watchOS 3 comes in tandem with iOS 10, allowing users to view, add and edit watch faces to their liking with more screen real estate, via the Apple Watch app on an iPhone.

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07:03
OS X Pages: Converting Documents to PDF

Using Pages, Apple’s document-creation program, you can export your documents to PDF, Word, plain text, and even ePub formats to send to other people. Sharing is the name of the game in this Quick Tip!


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06:53
News: Sen. Elizabeth Warren accuses Apple, others,...

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has accused Apple, Google, and Amazon of using their size to “snuff out competition.” In a speech delivered yesterday in Washington reported by Re/code, Warren singled out the three tech giants of using their dominant positions in the market to “lock out smaller guys and newer guys,” specifically noting that Apple “has placed conditions on its rivals that make it difficult for them to offer competitive…

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06:49
TSMC expected to net big revenue boost on Apple...

Apple processor maker TSMC is reportedly forecast to grow revenues almost 20 percent sequentially in its third quarter, owing primarily to shipments of "A10" processors for Apple's "iPhone 7."

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06:47
Google Calendar

 June 30, 2016 6:47:00 AM PDT

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

Users of Google Calendar see 'Server Error' page intermittently.

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06:28
Patent report: waterproof iPhones and Apple Watches...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

The rumor mill says the upcoming iPhone 7 will be waterproof. A new Apple patent filing (number 20160190719) for “waterproof board-to-board connectors” hints that this may be true — and perhaps indicates the second generation Apple Watch will also be waterproof.

The invention is for board-to-board connectors that provide durable connections by providing a seal between board-to-board plugs and receptacles. The seal may be an O-ring, gasket, or other seal. 

The seal may protect contacts on the board-to-board connectors from exposure to fluids, such as water or other corrosive fluids. This seal may provide a level of redundancy with one or more seals protecting a device from external...

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06:18
Apple Campus 2 drone flyover captures progress on...

One month after his last drone flyover of Apple’s under construction Apple Campus 2 site, Matthew Roberts has sent over an update for July that gives an up-close look at progress in recent weeks. 

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: TaskPaper Flawless Text Editor

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the TaskPaper for only $12.49 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This highly adaptable plain-text editor is optimized for creating projects and task lists in a free-form style unencumbered by more structured task management apps. Files created by TaskPaper are stored in plain text so they can be edited in any text editing app, and the popular TaskPaper format can be used directly in a score of other…

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06:00
US Efforts To Regulate Encryption Have Been Flawed,...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Guardian: U.S. Republican congressional staff said in a report released Wednesday that previous efforts to regulate privacy technology were flawed and that lawmakers need to learn more about technology before trying to regulate it. The 25-page white paper is entitled Going Dark, Going Forward: A Primer on the Encryption Debate and it does not provide any solution to the encryption fight. However, it is notable for its criticism of other lawmakers who have tried to legislate their way out of the encryption debate. It also sets a new starting point for Congress as it mulls whether to legislate on encryption during the Clinton or Trump administration. "Lawmakers need to develop a far deeper understanding of this complex issue before they attempt a legislative fix," the committee staff wrote in their report. The committee calls for more dialogue on the topic and for more interviews with experts, even though they claim to have already...

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05:44
B&O launches Beoplay H5, wireless in-ear...

If you care about audio quality even while you run or work out, Bang & Olufsen‘s latest wireless in-ear headphones may tick the box. The Beoplay H5 have a number of features aimed directly at fitness fans.

First, the cable is moulded directly into the rubber, which B&O says keeps the sweat out, to avoid corrosion in the electronics, while the earpiece housings are also moisture-resistant. Second, the shape has been ‘meticulously tested and improved’ to provide a snug fit no matter what shape your ear canal, so they shouldn’t fall out. Third, when you’re done listening, the two earpieces snap magnetically together, keeping the headphones locked safely around your neck …

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05:44
Tweetbot’s Twitter Timeline Filters Get Even Smarter

Last week Tapbots added Timeline Filters to their Tweetbot Twitter client for iOS, allowing you to control what you see — and what you don’t see — in your Twitter timeline. Today they enhanced those filters even more with the ability to use “OR” and quotes. This means you can Filter out “holy war” OR emacs to be sure not to unintentionally boil your blood while otherwise enjoying Twitter (I’m assuming we’re all vim users here, right?!?). You can download Tweetbot from the App Store.


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05:13
Apple supports the average port for 15 years; the...

Many are viewing the expected removal of the headphone socket from the iPhone 7 as a radical move, even by a company noted for its readiness to abandon what it considers to be legacy ports. But a fascinating chart put together by The Verge (below) suggests that perhaps it’s not so radical after all.

It shows that Apple typically supports a port, or I/O standard, for around 15 years. The headphone socket has been in every Apple product since 1984 – some 32 years. Given that Apple has supported it for twice as long as most everything else, perhaps we shouldn’t be quite so surprised …

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05:00
The Internet of Medical Things, Part 1: A New...


Manufacturers are eager to lay the bricks and help pave the road to better, more personalized healthcare through integration of connected devices in the new Internet of Medical Things. Compared to other industries, healthcare has been "inherently conservative and slow" to embrace innovations such as the cloud and the Internet of Things -- but that's changing. Innovative tech products and services are making it harder for healthcare providers to ignore the potential benefits of connected medical devices and the IoMT, according to Ian Shakil, CEO of Augmedix.

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04:30
How to use Mail Drop to deliver large attachments in...

Mail Drop is Apple’s solution to the problem of running into file size limits (usually between 10MB and 40MB) when trying to send attachments in various email clients. It basically detects when you’ve attached a large file in an email, and ask if you’d like to use the service instead of sending it through the email server. 

If you okay the Mail Drop request (and you should, in most cases), the file is uploaded to an iCloud server where the recipient will receive a download link to the file attachment. The file download link is available to any user on any platform. After you send an email, the recipients have 30 days to download the Mail Drop attachments.

 

If you want to use Mail Drop to deliver large attachments, make sure it’s selected in iCloud Mail preferences. In iCloud Mail, click the Action pop-up menu in the sidebar, then choose Preferences. Click Composing, then select “Use Mail Drop when sending large attachments.” Click Done. Then add an attachment...

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04:23
Latest sketchy report out of China backs iPhone 7/...

A sketchy report on the Chinese site Wechat backs the idea that the iPhone 7 may be offered in three variants – iPhone 7, Plus and Pro models. It also supports previous rumors that Apple is finally abandoning the 16GB tier.

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04:00
MCE’s Fovea drives make life better for Mac users...

By Aaron Lee

Apple wants us to live in a world without optical drives, but for some people that's not feasible. If you fall into this category, check out MCE Technologies' Fovea line of portable, slot-loading optical drives designed for the Macs lacking optical drives.

The $99.99 MCE Fovea Extreme Drive is a portable, slot-loading Blu-ray recordable USB drive, and the $49.99 Fovea Drive is a portable, slot-loading DVD and CD Recordable USB SuperDrive. The MCE Fovea Extreme is available for US$149, while the MCE Fovea 8X SuperDrive is $49.99.

Both drives are bootable and play and record to DVD-recordable and CD-recordable media. The Fovea Extreme also plays back commercial Blu-ray movies and records to BD and BD-XL recordable media.

Another cool feature: Mac Blu-ray Player software is included with the Fovea Extreme and allows the playback of commercial Blu-ray movies within Mac OS X....

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03:30
Apple Music 1 year in: What we love, what we hate,...

Apple Music has problems. From its cluttered user interface to iCloud Music Library’s often confusing way of managing your music files, Apple’s streaming service has taken a lot of heat. But it’s also managed to rack up a not-insignificant number of subscribers, and paying ones at that. Spotify has 100 million users, but just 30 million of them pay $10 a month to use the service. Apple has 15 million paying users.

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Wednesday June 29

23:20
Apple gives away iPhone drawing app 'Procreate...

Apple selected popular iPhone drawing app Procreate Pocket as its latest paid app giveaway on Wednesday, making the former App Store Editors Choice and App Store Best of 2015 title available for free from the Apple Store app for iOS.

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21:12
Google Keep auto-creates topics for your notes

Google Keep's new feature will help you find notes old and new even if you never even bothered slapping a label on them. The free app now organizes your notes based on automatically created topics, such as food, places and travel. Even better, you ca...

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20:23
Kindle Page Flip Comes to iPad and iPhone

Version 5.0 of Amazon’s Kindle App for iPad and iPhone adds Page Flip, a new and natural way to navigate through books without losing your place. If you’ve ever been frustrated having to flip to see a map or something on another page, Page Flip solves that problem. Just tap in the middle of your screen to activate Page Flip and skim around until you find what you want. When you’re finished looking, tap again and Page Flip will offer to return you to your original spot. Even better, Page Flip remembers the locations you have flipped to, allowing for easy bouncing around. The updated Kindle App is available for free in the App Store.


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20:11
A digital music box for the nostalgic remix artist

Ye olde music boxes were the first way for folks to play songs in their home by using a mass-produced cylinders, each loaded with a unique tune. As the player rotated the tube, irregular pegs jutting from it would strike a comb of tines on the box &m...

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19:07
Global internet speeds are on the rise again

Yes, South Korea still has the fastest internet in the world. But, according to content delivery network Akamai, average global speeds are up overall from late last year, jumping to 6.3 Mbps. More than that, we're seeing increases in increases in IPv...

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18:56
Happy Hour Podcast 073 | iOS 10 design, Thunderbolt...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the latest iOS 10 design changes, the fate of Apple’s Thunderbolt Display, macOS Sierra review previews, and the latest iPhone 7 rumors. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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18:12
AI lawyer shoots down 160,000 parking tickets

Who said that chat bots were gimmicks? Certainly not DoNotPay's Joshua Browder. He recently noted to VentureBeat that his service's AI-driven virtual lawyer has successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York City in nearly 2 ye...

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17:34
Nancy Pelosi expresses disappointment over Tim Cook...

Engaging in a bit of political posturing this week, U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi offered a -- surprisingly condescending -- takedown of Apple CEO Tim Cook's fundraiser for House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican candidates.

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17:31
Universal Audio ships the UAD-2 Satellite USB DSP...

The UAD-2 Satellite USB DSP Accelerator is a sleek, powerful way for Windows-based PC users to “supercharge” their systems and run larger mixes filled with acclaimed UAD plug-ins.

I love UA gear.

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17:04
This intelligent tape measure may be the world'...

Regular tape measures are so last year. Forward-thinking creators (and anyone who needs to measure anything) should turn to Bagel, the "smart" tape measure. It also looks vaguely like a bagel. Sort of.

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16:45
“Goofy”

John Gruber on Facebook’s decision to prioritize friends over news sites:

The idea that Facebook was going to “save” the news industry, or even that Facebook traffic is something that news organizations should bank on for the future, is just goofy.

I agree completely. I didn’t link to this earlier because it didn’t surprise me in the least. The fact is, people would rather hear from their family and friends on Facebook than news sites.

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16:40
NBC: Rio 2016 broadcast is its 'most live...

While NBC has been criticized for years over its use of tape delay, a combination of multiple channels, live streaming and Brazil's favorable time zone (just hour ahead of ET) mean that shouldn't be a problem this summer. For Rio 2016, NBC says this...

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16:36
ACM 366: App Store Surveillance, Google’s Phone, and...

In this episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff discuss new regulations in China that could make Apple part of that country’s surveillance and censorship apparatus. They also talk about Google’s plans to make its own Android devices, and Amazon offering a discount on two Android phones that display Amazon ads on the lock screen. Bryan somehow manages to ties that into an epic rant about Angry Birds 2.


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16:31
A complete list of Google voice commands

If you use Google Now, you’ll want to take a look at this site.

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16:30
New Lightning headphone dev kit another sign hinting...

The reference board. (credit: Cirrus Logic)

Cirrus Logic has announced a development kit for hardware developers to make Lightning versions of audio hardware designed for the analog 3.5mm tip/ring/sleeve (TRS) or tip/ring/ring/sleeve (TRRS) connector, reports Apple Insider.

The development kit, named the Cirrus Logic CS42L42, is aimed at hardware developers wanting an easy way to quickly develop Lightning-native headsets. The kit includes a reference design circuit board, suitable for embedding into an inline remote or similar, that combines a 114dB digital-to-audio converter (DAC) with a 35mW headphone driver, and supports microphone input. The kit also provides a development board that...

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16:26
Google Fit gets a colorful redesign and improved...

Google has rolled out a major Fit update with a complete visual redesign, new watch face and features for Android Wear, a new home screen widget, more detailed goal-setting and more. Version 1.57.50 is the company's biggest update to the app in quite...

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16:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Save a bit more

Store more!

This week’s roundup of accessories includes two devices that expand the memory of your iPhone and iPad. Read on!

Audeze

Sine Headphones ($499 MSRP) are billed as being the “world’s first on-ear planar magnetic headphone.” What does that mean? “Instead of using ordinary dynamic drivers, our planar technology gives you a sound that’s punchy, dynamic, and detailed,” Audeze claims. The headphones come in premium leather, and include a built-in microphone for your iPhone use. The product is currently on back order, so you might have to wait awhile before receiving your pair.

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15:39
On-demand food service delivers beer with your meal

There's no shortage of online food delivery services, and services that deliver alcohol. However, getting both at the same time is a challenge. How are you supposed to complement that burger with a tasty brew? DoorDash has an answer. As of today, cus...

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15:30
A fond video look at the 2007 iPhone launch

Back on this day in 2007, I spent pretty much all day waiting in line to get one of the first iPhones. Now, there were problems getting the devices -- which were only on the AT&T/Cingular network at first -- activated, but that was OK. My wife and I had tickets to go see another Steve Jobs-influenced product that day (Disney/Pixar's Ratatouille), so I waited somewhat patiently until the 30th to get my iPhone up and running.

During that day I shot a lot of video, and that's what you're going to see below. This isn't professionally done, but I talked to a number of people in line and you'll also see what the inside of an Apple Store looked like circa 2007 -- there were a line of shelves in the middle of the store to hold all of the software boxes... 

Enjoy the video, and if you have any questions about it, please feel free to ask me in the comments section. 

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15:21
Why I’ll be Buying a New iPhone 7

Some say, the iPhone 7 will be a yawner. What’s forgotten is that our appetite for new (useful) toys and being state-of-the art always outweighs the cynicism of skeptics and critics. John’s going to have a new iPhone 7, and states why you should think seriously about one too. Ignore the voices that seek control.


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15:03
Apple uses platform dominance to 'lock out...

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren turned a critical eye to Silicon Valley in a keynote speech delivered at New America's Open Markets Program on Wednesday, saying industry leaders Apple, Amazon and Google use their respective platforms to the detriment of smaller, less powerful competitors.

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15:00
AWT News Update: June 29, 2016

This is one of the longer AWT News Updates in recent history. Today we cover:

  • A new sports video camera with build-in LTE connectivity
  • The 2017 Porsche Panamera will make a nice iPhone accessory...
  • New betas of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3 and tvOS 9.2.2 are out
  • Cirrus Logic announces a MFi Lightning development kit

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 29, 2016. This week’s sponsor of Apple World Today is Contexts, the simpler and faster window switcher for Mac. Find out more about Contexts and how to get a 25% discount on the app on the right...

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15:00
Look at this ridiculous 200-watt laser bazooka

YouTuber and insane laser electrician Styropyro has outdone himself once again. While his previous experiments have led to a homebuilt lightsaber and a dangerous laser shotgun, this time has more than added more than five times the power to create a...

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14:45
'Ghostbusters: Dimension' is a glimpse at...

It was a struggle. My team and I spent several minutes fending off a malevolent spirit before finally subduing her, practically destroying a cramped apartment in the process. I was still reeling from being pelted with books and other loose objects wh...

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14:39
Notable apps and app updates for June 29, 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.

iOS Apps/Updates

RMKapps has introduced ZuumSpeed 1.0 for iOS. It’s a $0.99 speedometer app that provides the ability to personalize the interface. ZuumSpeed allows access to over 18 custom fonts with unlimited color options.

Electric Car Insider magazine has developed an interactive mobile EV Buyers Guide app that helps people interested in electric cars learn about electric vehicle technology and find a car that fits their budget and lifestyle. The new multimedia app version of the EV Buyers Guide has instructional video, audio...

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14:35
The 10 best Mac game deals in the Steam Summer Sale...

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If you love playing games on your Mac, take note: The Steam Summer Sale is going on right now, and it means that loads and loads of great games are available for upwards of 90 percent off on Valve’s digital distribution platform. 

Many modern Mac gaming classics can be had for just a couple bucks apiece, and even new games have significant markdowns. We’ve gone through the lists and picked out 10 great deals for 10 totally great games, ensuring you get awesome experiences without breaking the bank. In fact, all but two of these games are less than $10 apiece, and the pricier games still see huge discounts from the standard prices. 

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14:32
Intense music game 'Thumper' is a...

Chalk up one more game available day and date alongside PlayStation VR. Drool has revealed that Thumper, its PSVR "rhythm hell" music title, will launch in sync with the headset on October 13th at a reasonable $20 price. As the developers put it, thi...

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14:30
Hillary Clinton's tech platform backs Apple...

A new position paper outlining U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's "Initiative on Technology & Innovation" broadly addresses a wide range of subjects, but in particular aligns with Apple's position on encryption and privacy championed by its chief executive, Tim Cook.

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14:25
Dr. Mac’s High Points from Apple’s WWDC

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus rounds up his highlights from Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), including macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, and tvOS.


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14:15
PS Plus members get free early access to '...

In more Games That Aren't Overwatch news, Epic Studios is offering PlayStation Plus members a $20 Starter Pack for its hero brawler Paragon for free. That includes early access to the game over a month before the open beta launches on August 16.

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14:11
Calligraphy letterpress cards

I love Evan Calkins’ cards. He owns a small letterpress shop in Washington and does great work. Now he’s offering calligraphy cards, as well. I’ll be ordering some of these.

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14:05
New Regulations Could Make Apple Part of China’s...

China rolled out new (and somewhat expected) regulations Tuesday governing app stores for mobile devices. Those regulations could have the direct effect of conscripting Apple and other app store providers into China’s surveillance and censorship machine.


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14:01
Toyota recalls another 1.4 million cars with...

Airbags have been at the center of the largest auto recall this year. Japanese corporate Takata's faulty airbags have forced major automakers to recall about 60 million cars in the US alone. While the automative industry is still dealing with the ext...

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13:55
Senator Warren goes after Google, Apple and Amazon

Warren had different beefs with Google, Apple and Amazon, but the common thread was that she accused each one of using its powerful platforms to “lock out smaller guys and newer guys,” including some that compete with Google, Apple and Amazon.

And a comment from Spotify’s Jonathan Prince:

“Apple has long used its control of iOS to squash competition in music, driving up the prices of its competitors, inappropriately forbidding us from telling our customers about lower prices, and giving itself unfair advantages across its platform through everything from the lock screen to Siri. You know there’s something wrong when Apple makes more off a Spotify subscription than it does off an Apple Music subscription and doesn’t share any of that with the music industry. They want to have their cake and eat everyone else’s too.”

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13:52
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Available for...

LEGO and Star Wars are a match made in heaven, which makes it pretty awesome that LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can play as Poe Dameron, Rey, Finn, BB-8, Han Solo, Kylo Ren, and more in adventures on Jakku, D’Qar, Takodana, the Millenium Falcon, and Starkiller Base. There are puzzles to solve, space ships to fly, battles to fight, and plenty of things to build. The game includes the first chapter for free, and additional levels and character packs are available as in-app purchases. Clear your afternoon, and may the Force be with you.


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13:47
Google Maps for mobile now handles multiple...

Believe it or not, the mobile version of Google Maps hasn't had support for multiple destinations. You could plan that multi-city tour on the desktop, but you'd still have to navigate one stop at a time on your phone. You might not have to the next t...

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13:44
macOS Sierra’s Gatekeeper Path Randomization...

Rogue Amoeba’s Jeff Johnson takes a look at macOS Sierra’s new Gatekeeper Path Randomization and the implications for developers.

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13:42
Google Keep update adds searchable auto-created...

Google is rolling out an update to its Keep note-taking app that brings new auto-created topics that group notes together for automatic organization and easy searching. 

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13:38
Review: IK Multimedia iKlip A/V

Although IK Multimedia has traditionally focused on a lineup of affordable studio and recording accessories for iOS devices, the company has also ventured into a series of cases and stands aimed at studio and other professional recording environments. IK Multimedia's new iKlip A/V combines the company's focus on mounts and recording accessories, with a professional mount and grip for anybody doing serious broadcasting work with an iPhone, providing not only a place to mount and hold an iPhone, but also bringing IK Multimedia's exceptional audio engineering experience to bear in providing a professional microphone interface as well. {/exp:char_limit}
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13:33
Last PlayStation VR pre-orders start on June 30th

Did you miss out on the first round of PlayStation VR pre-orders, but remain determined to get Sony's virtual reality headset on launch day? You have one last (official) chance to make it happen. Sony has reiterated that its final wave of American...

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13:23
Apple offering free download of sketching app...

As it has done several times in the past, Apple is offering a free download of a popular iOS app via the Apple Store app. This time, the company is offering popular sketching app Procreate for iPhone for free.

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13:15
BMW expands ReachNow car sharing service in Seattle

After its initial Seattle launch in April, BMW is ready to beef up its ReachNow car sharing service. According to GeekWire, the automaker saw some 13,000 members sign up to use its fleet of 370 i3s, 328xis and Mini Coopers in the first month. To deal...

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13:10
Review: ClamCase ClamCase+ for iPad Air 2

While we've reviewed ClamCase's ClamCase Pro multiple times — most recently for iPad mini 4 — ClamCase+ ($150) is a new iPad keyboard case from the company. ClamCase+ distinguishes itself from the ClamCase Pro line with its LED backlit keyboard and slimmer frame. The Bluetooth keyboard case comes with a micro-USB cable for recharging. ClamCase notes the keyboard can run for six straight hours with backlighting on, 100 uninterrupted hours with backlighting off, and it takes three hours to fully recharge the keyboard. ClamCase+ comes in space gray, as seen here, or black/gold.{/exp:char_limit}

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13:00
F-35 completes first transatlantic flight on...

Marines forces on either side of the Atlantic have depended on air support from the versatile AV-8B Harrier jump jet and its marvelous Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) capability to lift into flight without a runway. But the venerable aircraft ha...

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12:57
∞ The Apple I/O death chart

Nilay Patel wrote on The Verge about all of the I/O that Apple has done away with over the years. Personally, I agree with Apple’s decisions, including the latest MacBook with its one USB-C port and the removal of the headphone jack, if that comes to be. I also agree with Gruber’s take on the issue.

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12:56
Sioeye iPhone-connected sports camera streams live...

Startup camera maker Sioeye on Wednesday announced its Iris4GLTE iOS-connected action camera now offers data plans with U.S. carrier T-Mobile, including a starter package with 5 gigabytes of free bandwidth to begin live streaming on the go.

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12:53
TaskPaper Text Editor for Mac: $12.95

We have a deal for you today on TaskPaper, a text editor for the Mac designed to help you keep track of what you’ve done. It will also auto-format projects, tasks, notes, and tags. While a Mac app, it uses a file format that is supported by some third party editors on iOS, Android, Windows, Linux, and three other Mac editors, too.


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12:50
HTC's Vive business is now run by a new...

HTC has seen its share of ups and downs and CEO shuffles in the past few years. Now, with its virtual reality division looking strong on the back of the HTC Vive release, the Taiwanese company may be prepping to spin off that lucrative business into...

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12:35
Delays plague PlayStation 4 'Fallout 4'...

If you were looking to further explore Fallout 4's modding community as a PlayStation 4 owner, unfortunately you're going to have to wait a little longer. Bethesda has announced a delay to the PS4 Mods Beta, and hasn't yet given an ETA on when we can...

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If you saw our post earlier this month announcing the imminent release of ZPlay’s new creation, Inner Circle, you’ll be happy to know that it’s now available on the App Store. Established in 2010, developer and publisher ZPlay have taken the... | Read more »
CSR Racing 2: Your guide to what's...
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Christchurch, New Zealand based Swiftpoint has announced the launch of its new generation computer mouse, The Z, on the crowdfunding website kickstarter.com. The company’s previous device, the... Read more
Clearance 12-inch Retina MacBooks, Apple refu...
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Mode, a new smartphone app that makes us more mindful of how we use our devices, debuts in the app stores today. The Mode app tracks time spent in different modes of day-to-day life without... Read more
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RMKapps has announced the release and immediate availability of ZuumSpeed 1.0, its personalized speedometer plus heads up display for iOS devices. ZuumSpeed gives users over 18 custom fonts available... Read more
Apple refurbished clearance 15-inch Retina Ma...
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