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Thursday July 30

21:28
Twitter's new homepage is designed to lure in...

Twitter's making its experimental homepage visible to all visitors who aren't logged in, the company has confirmed to BuzzFeed. This new landing page shows potential users what the website is all about at a glance. See, it might be your favorite soci...

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20:07
Apple could be held liable for supporting terrorism...

A legal blog caused a bit of a stir on Thursday when it proposed Apple, along with other tech companies fielding communications services protected by strong encryption methods, might be held liable of providing material support to a suspected terrorist.

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17:10
Apple Watch coming to Best Buy Canada on August 14

Earlier this week it was revealed that Apple Watch would launch in more than 100 of Best Buy’s United States retail stores and online on August 7th, and now it looks like that expansion will also apply to Canada. According to MobileSyrup, Best Buy will also begin offering Apple Watch in Canada on August 14th. Just like in the United States, Best Buy Canada stores will offer 16 Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models.

Apple Watch will be available in Best Buy Canada retail stores, as well as online. Customers will be able to...

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16:40
When, why, and how to quit your job

A great read from Jeffrey Zeldman. I especially liked this:

(Hint: if you’re thinking about leaving your job, you probably want to.)

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16:25
Mapping the United Swears of America

If you ever wondered what swear words are popular around America, this story maps it out for you—literally.

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16:17
Reeder 3 for Mac Public Beta

Great app. I’ve been using Reeder for years.

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15:49
Apple seeds second OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite beta to...

Apple on Thursday released a second beta build of its upcoming OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite update to developers for testing, including what appears to be only minor tweaks and bug fixes.

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15:43
Apple releases OS X 10.10.5 beta 2 to developers

Two weeks after releasing the first beta of OS X 10.10.5, Apple today has released beta 2 of the operating system to developers. The second beta build carries the build number 14F19a and is available to testers via the Mac App Store now.

Earlier today, Apple released beta 2 of iOS 8.4.1 to developers to test. Seeing that OS X El Capitan is slated to be released this fall, it seems likely that 10.10.5 is the last update Yosemite will see. Developers currently, of course, are focused on developing for El Capitan...

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15:43
New Apple TV Hardware Reportedly Coming in September

The long-awaited Apple TV refresh originally planned for June is coming this September, according to Buzzfeed, where John Paczkowski is now the managing editor of the site's San Francisco bureau. This time, "it's for real." The device's release is intended to prepare the way for another long-rumored product, an Apple streaming TV service, even though Apple is not yet ready to announce that service. The implication is that the new Apple TV will support it when it does get launched. The device will supposedly be slimmer, have a new touch-pad remote, a faster processor, more internal storage, and an Apple TV App Store. Let's hope this one's true! Check out Buzzfeed for more details.


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15:26
Report: Get ready for a new Apple TV this September

Truth be told, we were a little disappointed when we didn’t get a new Apple TV announcement during WWDC in June, but it looks like Apple is finally blowing the dust off its old streaming media device.

According to BuzzFeed, Apple is planning to announce a new Apple TV during its iPhone event in September—“for real this time.” BuzzFeed’s unnamed sources confirm that the next-generation Apple TV will be slimmer, come with Apple’s A8 processor, include more built-in storage, and will have a better operating system. This iteration of the set-top box will also support Siri voice commands and have a redesigned touch-pad remote control. Additionally, this new Apple...

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15:16
OpenDaylight Project Picks Up Steam


The OpenDaylight Project this week announced that AT&T, ClearPath Networks and Nokia Networks have joined, bringing its membership total to 359. OpenDaylight is a collaborative open source project hosted by the Linux Foundation. Its goal is twofold: accelerate the adoption of software-defined networking; and create a solid foundation for network functions virtualization. The Linux Foundation announced the project in 2013, and ODL released its third software version, dubbed "Lithium," last month.

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15:15
Report: New Apple TV and SDK due in September, maybe...

One of the things Apple was supposed to announce at WWDC in June was a new version of the Apple TV, the company's now more than three-year-old set-top box. Days before the keynote, though, the New York Times reported that those plans had been postponed at the last minute because "the product was not ready." Today, a report from Buzzfeed, the same outlet that originally reported on the WWDC plans, says that a refined version of the same box will actually be coming out in September alongside Apple's next-generation iPhones and the final version of iOS 9.

The basic hardware sounds pretty much the same as it...

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14:58
Design and Emotion

Using insights from our more than 500 million Shutterstock downloads, discover which emotions businesses, marketing agencies, and media organizations are using to design an ongoing relationship with their customers.

I’m not a fan of infographics, but I did find this fascinating.

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14:54
Metal Captcha

Are you a metalhead or a bot?

Brilliant.

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14:52
Canadian Best Buy stores to start Apple Watch sales...

Hot on the heels of Best Buy's announcement that it will start selling Apple Watch in the U.S. on Aug. 7, the big box electronics retailer confirmed its Canadian outlets plan to commence sales of the wearable one week later.

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14:10
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Released for Mac and...

Feral Interactive announced that Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor has been released for Mac and Linux on the Steam platform. It's coming to the Mac App Store in early August, as well. The action adventure game is set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth just as Sauron returns to Mordor, decades before The Lord of the Rings. It pits a slain-yet-resurrected Ranger named Talion against Sauron as Talion seeks vengeance. It's priced at US$49.99 and Â29.99, and is available on Steam now. Check out the trailer.


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13:59
Report: New Apple TV to be unveiled in September,...

According to a new report from BuzzFeed News, Apple is currently planning to unveil its refreshed Apple TV in September. The company had originally planned to unveil the device at WWDC this summer, but scrapped it from the event at the last minute. A September unveil has seemingly been expected since the announcement was pulled from WWDC.

The report goes on to corroborate much of...

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13:57
New Apple TV rumored to debut in September with...

A report on Thursday claims Apple plans to unveil a next-generation Apple TV model with its own app store, revamped remote control, Siri support and more at the company's yearly iPhone event in September.

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13:51
Safari Offers Longer Battery Life than Chrome or...

Using Safari on a MacBook will give you longer battery life, according to tests run by the BatteryBox Blog. The company tested Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, and Firefox on video sites, music streaming sites, webmail sites, news sites, and more, and found that Safari used less power than the other browsers, giving users 52 more minutes of battery life.


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13:39
AWT News Update: July 30, 2015

Apple Campus 2 Visitor's Center, image via Silicon Valley Business Journal

We have an extra goodie in the AWT News Update today. Not only do you have today's news, but Apple World Today accessibility editor Alex Jurgensen provided us with a tip for Think Different Thursday:

  • Apple is leasing space in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood
  • The "Spaceship" headquarters building being constructed in Cupertino right now will have a visitor's center
  • USB Type-C is on its way to being more widely accepted
  • Think Different Thursday: Mono Audio

The written version of the news can be found below!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 30, 2015. As noted earlier in the week...

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13:20
The new 9to5

You might notice that 9to5Mac has changed. Indeed so has the whole network. Long before the page size/speed and advertising controversies, we knew that we needed to rethink how we presented ourselves.

While we were one of the lightest and fastest sites in our field, our feature creep and advertisers were adding complexity and page load times, which is especially crucial on mobile – an ever expanding percentage of our growing audience.

We decided to start over…

You are VIPs (so we are VIP)

One thing we’ve loved for years is our hosting provider: We’re hosted on...

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13:15
Tip of the Day: Showing only Downloaded Music in iOS...

The introduction of Apple Music and iCloud Music Library in iOS 8.4, like iTunes Match before it, effectively places your entire iTunes music library and more at your fingertips, rather than only the music you’ve chosen to sync to your device directly from iTunes. You can still explicitly download tracks simply by tapping on the option button beside a song, album, or playlist and choosing “Make available offline,” however anything…

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13:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Poetic’s simple design...

...plus wallet cases, bumpers, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes modern aluminum bumpers from Designed by M and Patchworks, catchy patterns from Headworks, a beautiful wallet case from Toffee, and more.

Amzer

Reinforced with a TPU bumper, the SlimGrip (iPhone 6; $10) features a transparent back that helps prevent damage from drops and minimize smudges.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:00
DODOcase teams up with Cleveland Motley on new Urban...

DODOCASE URBAN BACKPACK. IMAGE VIA DODCASE.

Those who read AWT or read TUAW in the past know that we've had a long history with DODOcase, the San Francisco company that took a struggling book bindery and turned it into a iPhone/iPad case powerhouse. Their book-like cases are legendary, and they've expanded into accessory bags, Apple Watch charging stands, and more. Now, just in time for Back to School, DODOcase has teamed up with a popular San Francisco designer on the DODOcase Urban Backpack ($220.00).

The designer is Cleveland Motley, who has been creating and making sturdy and good-looking backpacks in San Francisco for years. Working with DODOcase,...

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12:10
How to Use Siri on Apple Watch to Create Immediate...

Occasionally, when one is under severe time pressure, many crucial things have to be done, say, just before a meeting or big event. While one could change faces on the Apple Watch and bring up the chronometer and a timer, there's a much faster and more convenient way. Siri comes to the rescue.


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12:07
Federal appeals court declines to stay Smartflash...

On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit refused to stay proceedings in Smartflash's patent lawsuit against Apple, potentially paving the way for Smartflash claiming recalculated damages.

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12:00
Report: Apple Music customers don’t stream as much...

Apple wants us to believe that its Music streaming service is the best thing to happen to the industry since iTunes was launched. If one report is to be believed, things might not be taking off as well as we might expect from an Apple product.

With a product as young as Apple Music, it can be hard to track how well things are going, especially since there are no paying subscribers yet. But, DashGo, a distributor of indie music has been tracking its Apple Music streams versus Spotify and seen quite a difference in the amount of time spent listening to music between either service. Apple Music streams are...

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11:56
Commerce Dept. Caves on Security Export Rules


Some proposed federal rules on the export of security tools created a tumult in cybersecurity circles -- a tumult that's pushed the rules into limbo. The comment period for the rules, which the U.S. Department of Commerce first aired in May, ended July 20 -- and although the regulations have noble intentions, they also could have dire consequences. "We don't believe we need these rules," said Cheri McGuire, vice president for global government affairs and cybersecurity policy at Symantec.

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11:45
Starbucks's iOS app now lets you order ahead...

Starbucks orders can get complicated: Getting an upside-down, two pump, nonfat Caramel Macchiato with light ice often requires yelling over the espresso machine and the person in line next to you.

If you have an iPhone, there’s a better way to place your drink order. You can do it all from the Starbucks app—complete with all of those customizations—and then pick up your beverage right at the counter. You pay for it in advance, too, so no need to even talk to the barista (besides saying “thank you,” of course).

I took the app for a few trial runs at nearby Starbucks coffeehouses and came away largely impressed. In fact, Apple could study what Starbucks has built here as a way to inject some smarts into Apple Pay and its upcoming Wallet feature in iOS 9. 

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11:39
Drive Genius 4 for Macs: $49.99

Drive Genius 4 is a must-have for many Mac users, and we have a deal on it today. It can create a bootable partition for you to use to repair your startup disk, it will find and delete large and duplicate files, it will fix problems with your file system, repair folder corruption and much more. It retails for $99, but through our deal it's $49.99.


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11:30
Android security vulnerabilities and why it's a...

Apple World Today has broached the topic of operating system fragmentation before. iOS is an example of a mobile operating system that doesn’t suffer from fragmentation, as the vast majority of the devices in the field run either iOS 8 (85 percent) or iOS 7 (13 percent). In the world of Android, only 12.4 percent of users are using the most recent versions known as “Lollipop”. Why the difference in operating system uptake? Android handset manufacturers are loath to change the loaded OS version since that will affect the “bloatware” apps that they install. Some recently discovered Android vulnerabilities are pointing out how fragmentation could make it very difficult for Google to protect users from exploits that can “brick” smartphones and tablets with something as simple as an MMS message.

The “Stagefright” vulnerability has been fixed by Google in the most recent versions of Lollipop...

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10:56
Goodbye, Android

As security researcher Nicholas Weaver put it in a (now deleted) tweet, ”Imagine if Windows patches had to pass through Dell and your ISP before they came to you? And neither cared? That is called Android.”

The way Android users get updates is just so screwed up.

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10:43
New 'iPhone 6s' leak shows parts such as...

A series of parts for Apple's alleged "iPhone 6s," leaked on Thursday, appear to back claims that Apple is optimizing the internal design of its next iPhone while leaving the outside relatively unchanged.

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10:40
Cusby: A Modular & Expandable USB-C Dock for...

Cusby has launched an Indiegogo project to deliver a modular and expandable USB-C dock system. As the developper describes it: "It starts by connecting a Cusby unit to any USB-C port.... From there, multiple Cusbys can be linked together like Lego blocks to create their own combination of ports for any situation. Every time a new Cusby is added, a new USB-C port is created, so there is always a free port available. We've lined up 3 models at launch: Power charger, USB-A and HDMI. Other ports in the pipeline are Thunderbolt, Display Port and Ethernet" Various contribution levels are available that include 1,2 or more Cusby blocks. Delivery is expected in October 2015.


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10:15
Apple releases iOS 8.4.1 beta 2 to registered...

Apple has released an updated build of iOS 8.4.1 for registered developers to test on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 8.4.1 beta 2 features build number 12H318 and comes just over two weeks after the initial beta version.

While the initial beta of iOS 8.4.1 didn’t feature any noticeable changes, the X.X.1 label suggests it is primarily an under-the-hood update to iOS 8.4 without feature or visual changes. iOS 8.4 launched in late June and introduced Apple Music with Beats 1 to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

iOS 8.4 also delivered a number of other changes including an...

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10:15
Apple supplies second beta of iOS 8.4.1 to developers

The second pre-release beta of iOS 8.4.1, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for Apple's mobile operating system, was provided to developers on Thursday.

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10:14
News: Apple releases second iOS 8.4.1 beta to...

Apple has released a second iOS 8.4.1 beta to developers. Featuring a build number of 12H318, this second release, like the first, provides no release notes, and likely simply addresses unresolved issues with Apple Music and other features from last month’s iOS 8.4 release. The latest build has not yet appeared for direct download on the Apple Developer site; it is currently only available as an over-the-air update to those running the first…

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10:10
TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-30: iPad Stylus-...

If Apple's patents are any indication, there's an amazingly cool iPad stylus in our future. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's potential stylus and share some of their current favorites, too. They also explain why Apple's space ship campus is going to be the new cool place you want to hang out.


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10:00
Stay on top of your favorite YouTube channels with...

If you want to know precisely when your favorite YouTube channels post a new video -- and I mean the very second -- Tube Alert (free with in-app purchase to remove ads) is for you.

Tube Alert is a stand-alone app that lets you subscribe to your favorite providers and receive a notification whenever they publish something new. When you watch a video on Tube Alert, you can comment, like and share just as you do with the YouTube app.

When you do thinks like comment and share, you earn "Tube Points," which is a virtual in-app currency that can be spent in the Tube Alert Store (still in beta). As of this writing, the store isn't very full-featured, but it will eventually let you exchange points for gift cards and coupons for products that channel operators or other relevant brands make available.

It's an interesting idea, as I don't want to miss a single video from...

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09:59
Apple released a new iOS OTA Firmware

Apple just released OTA iOS 8.4.1 (beta) (Build 12H318) for:

  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,1)
  • iPad 2 (GSM) (iPad2,2)
  • iPad 2 (CDMA) (iPad2,3)
  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi, 2012) (iPad2,4)
  • iPad mini (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,5)
  • iPad mini (GSM) (iPad2,6)
  • iPad mini (CDMA) (iPad2,7)
  • iPad 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3,1)
  • iPad 3 (CDMA) (iPad3,2)
  • iPad 3 (GSM) (iPad3,3)
  • iPad 4 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3,4)
  • iPad 4 (GSM) (iPad3,5)
  • iPad 4 (CDMA) (iPad3,6)
  • iPad Air (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,1)
  • iPad Air (Cellular) (iPad4,2)
  • iPad Air (China) (iPad4,3)
  • iPad mini 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,4)
  • iPad mini 2 (Cellular) (iPad4,5)
  • iPad mini 2 (China) (iPad4,6)
  • iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,7)
  • iPad mini 3 (Cellular) (iPad4,8)
  • iPad mini 3 (China) (iPad4,9)
  • iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad5,3)
  • iPad Air 2 (Cellular) (iPad5,4)
  • iPhone 4s (iPhone4,1)
  • iPhone 5 (GSM) (...

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09:53
iOS 9 tips: Disconnect from a Bluetooth accessory...

Starting with iOS 9, Apple has made it possible to disconnect an iPhone from a Bluetooth device without the need to "forget" the wireless accessory, making it easier to reconnect without going through the pairing process again.

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09:44
PSA: Here’s how to keep Apple’s Lightning cables...

Less than two years after they each went into service, only one of the three Lightning cables pictured above is actually working properly. It’s not the big Belkin cable on the left, which is visibly pretty wrecked, or the thick, no-name 6-foot cable on the right, which looks fine on the surface but can’t properly supply power to a connected device. The one that works without problems is, amazingly, Apple’s...

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09:37
Apple reportedly leasing first major office space in...


Photo Credit: Todd Johnson/San Francisco Business Times

Apple may hold its annual developers conference and many press events in San Francisco, but the company’s campus is located about an hour southeast of the city in Cupertino. Despite naming its new custom font used on MacBook keyboards, watchOS, iOS 9, and OS X El Capitan after San Francisco, Apple is remaining in Cupertino for its larger Campus 2 currently being developed. But Apple has reportedly picked up some sizable office space in the city’s South Market neighborhood…...

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09:09
Apple releases third public beta of OS X El Capitan...

If you’re feeling brave of heart, the new public beta of OS X El Capitan has been released and is ready for you to download and play with.

Apple on Wednesday seeded the third beta of OS X El Capitan to public beta testers, one week after seeding the second beta and just under three weeks after first providing the OS X El Capitan beta to the public for testing purposes.

The third public beta, which features no outward-facing changes, is thought to be an under-the-hood update with bug fixes and performance improvements.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program and already have the public beta installed can update through the...

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09:06
9to5Toys Last Call: ecobee3 Smart Thermostat $180,...

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:
Last Call Updates:

App Store Free App of the Week:...

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08:59
Apple inks deal for first major office space in San...

Apple has reportedly signed a deal to lease 76,000 square feet of office space in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood, marking its first real push into the city's office market.

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08:47
Google Translate app update, now supports 27...

A nifty thing just got a hefty upgrade.

The Google Translate app, which previously allowed you to visually translate printed text in seven languages, has now been updated to 20 more languages, for a total of 27. The app also allows for real-time voice translations with greater fluidity.

The app now supports English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish and users can now translate to and from English and Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.

Google Translate is available for free and requires iOS...

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08:26
Yahoo releases LiveText app, looks to add video to...

This is pretty interesting.

Yahoo has released its LiveText app, an app that streams video without audio and allows you to send text, icons and emoji. The thought behind this is that the expressiveness of the video makes the conversation more authentic and adds to the nuances that may be missing from a standard text-based conversation via a device.

The LiveText app has been tested in the Hong Kong, Taiwan and Ireland markets and is being released in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany and France.

LiveText is available for free in the App Store and Google Play Store and requires iOS 8.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve had a chance to...

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07:51
Suppliers expect widespread adoption of USB Type-C...

Taiwan-based integrated circuit manufacturers are said to be betting big on the new reversible USB Type-C connector, thanks in part to Apple's early embrace of the port in its forward thinking 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.

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07:50
New Patents Hint at Apple Texture-simulating Uber...

For a company that said the only stylus we need is our finger, Apple sure has a lot of patents. It's patents describe what sounds like the ultimate stylus, complete with sensors and haptic feedback to simulate the feel of different textures.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple has always been gernerally against styluses for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but there are places where they make sense. Specialized uses like art and drafting, for example, are far easier with styluses than our finger tips. Maybe Apple is working on bringing us an Ãber stylus.


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07:47
Magic Number, fantastic calculator for OS X

I’ve been playing with a replacement calculator for the Mac. Magic Number has been out for a while, but is new to me. There is an incredible amount of functionality built into the calculator, yet it is incredibly easy to use.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:41
Apple Campus 2 to feature visitor’s centre,...

Silicon Valley Business Journal:

Apple has been criticized for the curvaceous project being closed off and suburban in its orientation (large earthen berms will block the public’s view of the campus from bordering streets). But the new public visitor’s center shows Apple is at least making a concession to the public’s great interest in the Spaceship.

The plans show a super-modern glass-walled structure topped by a carbon-fiber roof with extended eaves, punctuated by large skylights. On the ground floor: A 2,386-square-foot cafe and 10,114-square-foot store “which allows visitors to view and purchase the newest Apple products.” Stairs and elevators take visitors to the roof level, about 23 feet up. There, they’ll be able to behold the multi-billion-dollar campus.

There was never any doub that Apple would have some sort of area for the general public, similar to the present Employee Store. Whether it will be a full blown Apple Retail location where you can buy...

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07:36
Tim Cook thanks ‘thousands of Hong Kong customers’...

Tim Cook tweeted his thanks today to the “thousands of Hong Kong customers” who attended the opening of the company’s fourth Apple Store in Hong Kong.

Plans for the store were first announced in 2013, with construction photos first seen in February. Apple announced the opening date on its website a couple of weeks ago. The additional store is part of Apple’s ambitious expansion program in China, having...

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07:29
Wristly poll shows Apple Watch bringing healthier...

Lots more numbers to absorb. Read the article.

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07:28
Amazon signs Top Gear’s Clarkson, Hammond, and May...

The Verge:

Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May have signed up for a new motoring show on Amazon Prime, set to air in 2016. The news ends months of speculation about the trio’s future on TV after the BBC refused to renew Clarkson’s contract following a “fracas” during filming this year. The deal is a major coup for Amazon’s streaming service, which lags behind rival Netflix, and although there are no details of how much the firm paid for the trio, a company insider told the London Evening Standard: “We have made a significant investment.”

It’s a three year deal and set for broadcast in 2016. Clarkson is a buffoon but there is no argument that the trio, even for non-car lovers, are a fun team to watch. I’m looking forward to seeing the new format and whether or not this version of the show is better or worse now that the boys will be free from the restraints of the BBC.

...

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07:17
Microsoft Solitaire moves to freemium model in...

Something just broke in the universe.

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07:06
Review: Zipbuds Slide, average-sounding but super-...

I love music, so most of the time when I’m out and about I have headphones round my neck or in my bag. But there are times when I’m music’d out, and leave them at home – and I can then pretty much guarantee I’ll end up wishing I’d taken them with me.

Whether it’s to have a lengthy phone conversation while walking down the street, or watching the funny video a friend just posted on Facebook on the train (without subjecting everyone else to the audio), headphones aren’t just about music. For that reason, I’ve taken to chucking a few pairs of cheap-ish in-ear headphones in various bags and jacket pockets so that I always have some with me. In-ear ones can be squished into a small space so they take up almost no room.

The problem with that squishing, of course, is that whenever I do dig them...

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07:04
Tom Brady’s switch from Samsung to iPhone 6 at...

No matter your take on Tom Brady, there’s no arguing he has great taste.

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06:46
Surging iPhone, plummeting feature phone sales push...

Though slowing as a whole, the global cellphone industry -- including both smartphones and feature phones -- saw several platform rankings shake-ups during the June quarter, with Apple rising to second place and helping to push Microsoft into fourth place, according to Strategy Analytics data published on Thursday.

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06:38
RSS client Reeder 3 releases public beta for OS X...

We know the developer behind the popular RSS client Reeder has been working on a version 3.0 update for OS X 10.10 Yosemite as we last saw a teaser in April. Today users get the first chance to try out the redesigned RSS service reader as the first public beta for Reeder 3 has gone live. The updated version sports a user interface designed for Yosemite and beyond, more themes for making reading comfortable, and even a few OS X El Capitan features. Reeder says the new version will be available as a free update to current Reeder 2 customers when it’s completed.For now, anyone can try out the public beta of Reeder 3 for Mac. The app works with many popular post-Google News RSS services including Feedly and Feed Wrangler as well as read-it-later services like...

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06:32
How a long time iOS accessibility feature is...

Christopher Hills has Athetoid cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or use his hands. In a world filled more and more with touch screens, he needed a breakthrough or he’d be locked out of the tech world.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:23
Those Awesome LEGO Star Wars Pics are Now in a Book

Vesa LehtimÃki is well known for his amazing LEGO photography, and now-or at least soon-you can get a collection of his awesome images in a new DK book. LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy puts together the photos he took using his kid's LEGO minifigures showing recreations from the movies along with some fun ideas of his own. The book also includes descriptions of how some of the shots were done, along with Mr. LehtimÃki's creative process. The book is priced at US$24.99, but you can pre-order it for $12.37.


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06:22
Latest Android security exploit could leave more...

Yet another serious Android security issue was publicized this week, with the latest exploit rendering devices "lifeless," and said to affect more than half of units currently on the market.

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06:11
Review: Nomad’s battery-powered Pod keeps your Apple...

The first round of Apple Watch stands were just that, accessories designed to keep your Apple Watch from rubbing against your nightstand or desk. This month, we officially moved into the second wave — powered Apple Watch docks — with the release of Boostcase’s Bloc and Nomad’s Pod ($60). Boxy, flat, and long, Bloc was a clean design with questionable practicality, but Pod makes a lot more sense: like the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable it holds inside, it’s a partially metal and partially plastic puck you can easily take anywhere and...

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05:00
Microsoft Fans Embark on Windows 10 Migration


Microsoft on Wednesday began offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8 users in 190 countries. Eligible users began receiving taskbar notifications, beckoning them to begin the migration to Windows 10. To encourage migration, Microsoft has asked the first flock of digital pilgrims to use the hashtag #UpgradeYourWorld and to tag a nonprofit organization to their posts. The one that receives the most votes will be designated as the 10th nonprofit in the program, and it will receive $500,000 and other support from Microsoft.

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04:58
Simple Counter is a great tally app for iPhone and...

This week's featured app grew out of the developer's love of board games:

"When I was playing board games with friends," Sweden's Arvid Lunnemark told me, "we usually resorted to using pen and paper to keep score. We all thought that there just had to be an app for this. We were right, but we continued to use pen and paper. Why? Because in the end, pen and paper was simpler to deal with than any of the apps [we found]. It frustrated me that pen and paper could trump an iPhone, and as a result, Simple Counter was born."

An app inspired by gaming. How could I pass on that?

Simple Counter ($1.99, universal) has found a place on my gaming table, but its usefulness extends well beyond game night. The fifteen-year-old developer has made a useful, no-look counter that can be used to tally just about anything. Here's my look at Simple Counter for iPhone.

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04:50
Strategy Analytics: iPhone market share climbed from...

Strategy Analytics has issued its latest estimates of global mobile phone shipments, and reports that Apple’s market share climbed from 8.2% in Q2 2014 to 10.9% in the same quarter this year. Apple revealed in its latest quarterly earnings that it saw iPhone sales climb 35% year-on-year to 47M units.

The research firm said that Apple’s dramatic growth in iPhone shipments contrasted strongly with an overall industry growth rate of just 2% … ...

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04:19
Almost every 2016 Volkswagen model in almost every...

2015 Volkswagon eGulf electric car

Volkswagen has announced that almost every 2016 VW model “in virtually every trim” will get support for CarPlay, with the first models arriving in showrooms this week.

As the people’s car brand, we knew that it was important to democratize these technologies across the Volkswagen line-up, with features like App-Connect ensuring that more consumers can integrate their smart devices in a wide range of trims on virtually every model the company sells […] 

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03:47
Angry Birds 2 released for iOS, free to download on...

Rovio has finally released the long-awaited sequel to the original Angry Birds hit mobile game. Since the first title saw phenomenal success on the iOS App Store, the game has gone on to amazing heights with tons of spinoffs. With several official movie tie-ins, including the popular Star Wars titles, Angry Birds is the ultimate success story of the mobile app world. And now, Angry Birds 2 is available to download.

The game retains the key features, in that you fling birds with a catapult in an attempt to destroy blocks and kill green pigs. However, it does have some new features. Some levels now have multiple stages to complete, and you have to choose which bird to launch next. You can challenge other players and there are even more magic spells too,...

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02:19
Apple invents stylus capable of simulating onscreen...

According to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is investigating an advanced tablet stylus design capable of simulating the texture of onscreen graphics as it moves across a display surface.

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01:11
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We accept added over 400 new pieces of equipment. There are new affixes for weapons, new charcoal and charms, and 20 new monster types to coursing for attenuate loot. Caravans now biking amidst all the aloft cities accouterment players with added accumulator amplitude for accession items they may not ambition to backpack with them at all times. Additionally, caravans will accredit players to alteration items amidst their characters. The activity accouterment to the underworld, beyond you'll activity a aphotic army. Enchanters are accession new blazon of non-player appearance that can be activate in Immortal Throne. These characters serve two basal roles. First, they will acquiesce players to abstracted charcoal from items, and players will accept to accept which of the two they ambition to recover.
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20:36
Samsung will discount Galaxy S6 phones after launch...

Samsung's earlier prediction for the second quarter of 2015 was spot on: the company has failed to hit its goals when it comes to the sales of its flagship devices. Its operating profits fell four percent to 6.9 trillion won ($5.9 billion), and the m...

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19:51
Hackers can crack the self-aiming rifle to change...

TrackingPoint's computer-augmented rifle sights, better known as the ShotView targeting system, have set off a wave of controversy and debate since they first debuted in 2014. That debate is about to get even hotter now that security researchers Runa...

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19:02
Samsung profits drop as mobile arm suffers 37.6%...

Apple competitor and smartphone arch nemesis Samsung on Thursday local Korea time reported quarterly profits for the second quarter dropped 8 percent from the same time last year, a dip largely blamed on abysmal performance from its mobile unit.

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18:55
Most 2016 Volkswagen cars can avoid crashes and talk...

You normally have to spring for higher-end cars to get semi-autonomous features that could save your hide, but Volkswagen is aiming to make them relatively commonplace. The automaker has started shipping its 2016 model line, and most of it will at le...

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18:29
NASA crashed another Cessna to improve emergency...

Engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center have completed the second phase of a project that aims to improve the reliability of Emergency Location Transmitters (ELTs). These devices are meant to send your coordinates to emergency responders after a ...

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18:18
Apple Campus 2 Will Have Full Blown Visitor Center...

If you've been following the development of Apple Campus 2-the so-called Spaceship HQ-you may have been wondering if you'd get to see it yourself. Turns out you will, because Apple is building a full blown visitor center, complete with an Apple Store, a cafe, and an observation deck overlooking the main building.


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18:07
First Volkswagen models with CarPlay support to...

After promising support for Apple's CarPlay infotainment system earlier this year, Volkswagen on Wednesday announced the first compatible 2016 model year cars will hit showroom floors this week.

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17:58
'Guacamelee' studio's next game needs...

Before you ask: No, it doesn't have an adorably perfect food pun for a name. Severed, the next stylish game from Guacamelee studio DrinkBox, won't launch in the summer as planned. The game needs "a few additional months," though the alpha version wil...

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17:36
Apple promotes Beats 1 Radio in behind-the-scenes...

Apple Music on Wednesday published a series of short videos to social media platform Snapchat showing behind-the-scenes looks at Beats 1 Radio stations in Los Angeles, London and New York, illustrating the audio division's willingness to embrace alternative forms of promotion its parent company has yet to explore.

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17:30
ACM 317: T-Mobile’s Crazy iPhone Deal, Fitness...

T-Mobile is shaking up the mobile phone contract market again with a really great deal for potential customers looking for a new iPhone. Jeff and Bryan dive into why T-Mobile's JUMP! On Demand plan is so cool for its customers, and could lead to better deals at Verizon and AT&T, too. They also talk about why they like fitness trackers even though they have accuracy issues, and they respond to listener comments.


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17:25
Some of the cars on Uber's maps don't...

If you've ever wondered why Uber will show you a horde of available cars but still quote you an oddly long wait time for a ride, you now have an explanation: some of those cars don't exist. Motherboard has learned through a study that the app's map a...

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16:41
Android security flaw puts your phone into a near-...

Android has more than one video-related security hole on its hands at the moment. Trend Micro has found a flaw that uses a malformed Matroska (MKV) video in apps or websites to crash Android's "mediaserver" service, effectively turning the target dev...

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16:25
iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver Set and Jimmy Bundle: $...

I love iFixit's tool sets, so I'm pleased as punch to tell you we have a deal on one a bundle of iFixit tools for you. The first part of the bundle is the iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver set. It has 15 fixed-bladed screwdrivers with those specialty heads for getting into your electronics (note that opening many Apple devices will void your warranty). It comes with a tool roll that lets you fold them up into a compact bundle. The second part is the iFixit Jimmy, a device with an ultra-thin blade for prying open cases and breaking seals (note my caution above). Retail on these two products is $100, but through our deal you can get it for $59.95. Check it out.


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16:13
Gripping objects takes much more brain power than we...

Researchers from Brown University have made a discovery about how the human brain operates when gripping an object. Previously, it's been assumed that the mind had a short, single command to drive the hand, but in reality it's much more complex than ...

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15:19
Here's how you stream Xbox One games on Windows...

Microsoft has made much ado about Windows 10's support for streaming Xbox One games to your PC, but how do you actually do it? There's a good chance that you can figure it out if you're reading this, but Microsoft has helpfully posted a full walkthro...

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15:18
Apple Campus 2 to offer visitor’s center with...


While Apple’s ongoing development of its Campus 2 headquarters has been relatively secretive, Silicon Valley Business Journals today revealed a previously unknown detail about the headquarters. According to documents filed with the city of Cupertino, Apple’s new headquarters will feature a visitor’s center with an observation deck.

It was already known that Apple’s Campus 2 would not be visible from bordering streets, which seemed to contradict the amount of money and effort Apple was putting into the...

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15:00
AWT News Update: July 29, 2015

A very slow news day in the world of Apple, but we brought it to you anyway!

  • If you own any MacBook made in 2015 and use Boot Camp, there's a FaceTime Camera Driver Update for you
  • Fantastical 2 for iPhone gets an update today!
  • Running the public beta of OS X El Capitan? The third public beta is available. Woo-hoo!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 29, 2015. Yes, I actually made it here today, although my availability is in doubt tomorrow and Friday. There’s not a lot of news today, so this will be a quick podcast.

If you have a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or...

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14:59
Apple's Campus 2 headquarters to feature...

Apple has plans to build a dedicated visitor's center at its upcoming Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., that will offer views of the main "spaceship" building at the heart of the development and retail opportunities, planning documents show.

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14:55
I just got this Taylor acoustic guitar

Anyone that’s every listened to me talk about guitars knows how much I love Taylor. Their workmanship, attention to detail, and tone are second to none. I just got this beauty today.

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14:48
Consumers Fret Over Health Wearables Security


Collecting health and fitness data through wearable devices is raising concerns among consumers about the security of that information. Twenty-five percent of more than 3,500 consumers who participated in a recent survey did not believe their personal health data was safe on fitness trackers or in health-tracking apps, reported Healthline. Considering the recent headlines about health info data breaches, such as those at Anthem and the UCLA Medical School, that percentage may be a bit surprising.

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14:29
Yahoo debuts Livetext silent video messaging app

As expected, Yahoo on Wednesday officially announced a new messaging service called Livetext that features live two-way video chats for mobile device users, but with a twist.

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14:14
Tom Brady switching from Samsung to an iPhone 6 now...

Earlier this week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld his original ruling that Patriots star Tom Brady will serve a four game suspension next season over the well-known “DeflateGate” controversy. Goodell cited Brady replacing his smartphone amid the investigation in his decision to uphold the suspension.

Responding to the NFL’s ruling in a Facebook post today, Brady stated that he simply switched phones because he wanted to upgrade from a Samsung device to an iPhone 6:

“I also disagree with...

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14:05
Motorola Promises Its Smartphones Will Love You Back


Motorola, on Tuesday launched three new handsets -- Moto X Style, Moto X Play and a refreshed Moto G -- designed to end the "one-sided relationships" between smartphones and consumers. People have been living with phones that nag during drives, make outbursts during meetings, and run out of juice just when they're most needed, the company said. Adding insult to injury, they are often mismatched with their owners' style and character. Motorola promised its newly introduced suitors will change all that.

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13:30
Review: Zivix Jamstik+ MIDI Guitar Controller

Zivix's new Jamstik+ ($300) is a sequel to last year's Jamstik MIDI guitar, adding Bluetooth Smart connectivity and a refined experience with a new set of iOS apps. The new version is available at the same price point as the original Jamstik, with the first-generation model getting a slight price drop. Like its predecessor, Jamstik+ is aimed at both the aspiring student and the experienced guitarist as a highly portable electronic guitar that allows musicians to plug into their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and jam out with their favourite MIDI apps. The new version is also now available in blue and white models in addition to the original black. {/exp:char_limit}
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13:14
Keyboard Maestro 7 Features Enhancements Throughout

After two years of free updates, Peter Lewis of Stairways Software has released Keyboard Maestro 7.0, a major update that adds new triggers, new actions, and themed palettes to the macro utility, along with numerous changes to the Keyboard Maestro Editor that improves ease-of use.

 

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13:10
Apple releases the third public beta of OS X 10.11...

Beta testers: to the App Store! Apple released an update to the El Capitan public beta today, the third version. If three is your lucky number, we’ve got instructions on how to sign up for the beta program, and a how-to on filing feedback when you encounter bugs. Once you’re enrolled, the new beta version is available in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.

iOS 9 is also in public beta, but wasn’t updated today, as of this writing. Both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan are scheduled to launch in the fall, as free updates.

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12:58
Opinion: How Apple News can improve so it doesn’t...

I’m not entirely sure why I’ve been rooting for iOS 9’s upcoming Apple News app to succeed. I’ve been a dedicated Reeder user since it debuted in the App Store, quickly dumped alternatives such as Flipboard and Pulse, and don’t need to change my daily news reading routine. But ever since Apple launched Newsstand in 2011, I’ve been waiting for a truly next-generation iOS news reading experience. Apple hasn’t just missed the boat on this; it actually sank the ship it launched, and lost a lot of talented sailors to rival companies that were developing digital book and magazine apps.

Having paid for Newsstand digital magazine subscriptions, I (like many people) was beyond disappointed when Apple abandoned Newsstand and the ...

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12:49
Man shoots down drone hovering over his backyard

“It was just right there,” he told Ars. “It was hovering, I would never have shot it if it was flying. When he came down with a video camera right over my back deck, that’s not going to work. I know they’re neat little vehicles, but one of those uses shouldn’t be flying into people’s yards and videotaping.”

Some drone owners are morons. There was a case in California where firefighters were trying to get a blaze under control and people with drones prevented helicopters from getting into the air. Jesus people, use your common sense.

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12:46
StubHub iOS app adds Uber and Apple Music integration


StubHub is rolling out an updated version of its iOS app today that adds integration with both Uber and Apple Music.

For Uber, users can now request a vehicle directly from within the app when purchasing event tickets or setup a reminder to do so for an upcoming event. Once you’ve booked a ride with Uber, StubHub automatically provides the location of the event venue to the driver:

After completing a ticket purchase on StubHub, fans will now be able to set a reminder to arrange transportation through Uber when the event is imminent. Users who purchase tickets within two hours of the event will be able to order an Uber directly from the order confirmation page.

As for the Apple Music support, the app can now...

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