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Thursday July 28

11:08
When will LG's smartphone patience run out?

LG is happy to announce that, thanks to its home appliance and entertainment divisions, it's made a record quarterly profit. But the company is less delighted to concede that its mobile division has suffered another weak quarter, ostensibly due to lu...

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10:59
Bluetooth headphone sales surpass others for first...

In the U.S., sales of Bluetooth headphones overtook other kinds for the first time in June -- with the market led by Apple's Beats division, according to NPD retail data published on Thursday.

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10:53
NPD: Wireless headphones exceed sales revenue of...

Despite criticism, it appears that Apple’s decision to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack might at least be well-timed. According to NPD, Bluetooth wireless headphones exceeded sales revenue of their wired counterparts in the US during the June sales period. more…

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10:46
Report: Apple continues hiring for Apple Car w/...

Following a report from earlier this week detailing Apple’s appointment of former executive Bob Mansfield to run its secretive ‘Project Titan’ Apple Car project, Bloomberg offers details on hires from BlackBerry and Ford.

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10:43
Moderators banned 2,200 accounts during Donald Trump...

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump participated in a Reddit AMA last night on the pro-Trump forum, /r/The_Donald, allowing a handful of internet denizens to ask him questions about the election and his proposed policies. He answered 12 ques...

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10:37
TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-28: Apple’s Evolving...

John Martellaro thinks Apple’s “skate where the puck is going” philosophy now includes manipulating where the puck will be. John, along with Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share discuss Apple’s long term philosophy, plus they offer up their thoughts on why Apple would patent a Digital Crown for the iPhone and iPad.


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10:32
Apple confirms plans for World Trade Center store in...

Apple is preparing to launch another New York City store in the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the company's head of marketing for New York stores revealed on Thursday.

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10:32
Apple hires BlackBerry talent as it focuses on self-...

The initiative is now prioritizing the development of an autonomous driving system, though it’s not abandoning efforts to designing Apple’s own vehicle. That leaves options open should the company eventually decide to partner with or acquire an established car maker, rather than building a car itself. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

This is an option Shawn King has repeatedly said since rumors of an Apple car began. It’s certainly an appealing alternative for Apple if they could sell their software to car companies around the world.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:29
News: Video purports to show official Lightning to 3...

A new video posted today on Vietnamese site tinhte.vn (via 9to5Mac) demonstrates what appears to be an official Apple Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapter that will likely ship with the new iPhone coming this fall. The adapter, which features a design reminiscent of Apple’s previous Lightning accessory adapters, appears to be between 2.5” and 3” in length and includes a male Lightning connector on one end and a female 3.5mm headphone…

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10:23
Fitbit data has been utilized for various clinical...

Fitness wearable manufacturer Fitbit and Fitabase, a research platform, have announced that their individual tech has been picked up by researchers round the nation to help further medical studies.

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10:14
Apple could stick a Digital Crown on the iPhone

When Apple introduced the Apple Watch almost two years ago, it showed off a brand new way to interact with a device in the form of the Digital Crown. The side wheel allows you to scroll through content without touching the screen, which makes it easier to interact with the watch’s tiny display. Now Apple wants to bring that same hardware feature to iOS devices, if a recent patent application filing is any indication.

Apple filed to patent a “rotary input” tool on iOS devices back in 2014, according to Patently Apple. The Digital Crown-esque wheel could be used for a variety of shortcuts, like taking a picture, adjusting the volume, and waking and unlocking the screen, among other actions. The patent also refers to a device with no bezel, which means Apple is envisioning an iPhone or iPad with an edge-to-edge touchscreen display.

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10:13
WSJ: Apple’s ‘hard nosed’ bargaining tactics are why...

Apple’s “hard nosed” bargaining tactics are the reason we’ve yet to see an Apple streaming TV service — if we ever do, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“Apple Inc. executives had every reason for optimism when they approached Walt Disney Co. in early 2015 to join the streaming television service Apple planned to launch. Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger is an Apple director and had said he was keen to strike a deal,” the article says. “Disney, which owns channels such as ESPN and ABC, was stunned, though, when Apple executive Eddy Cue made demands that would have upended decades of cable-industry [business tactics]. In particular, Apple wanted to freeze for several years the monthly rate per viewer it would pay to license Disney channels. TV channels usually get annual rate increases and rely on them to fuel profit growth. Disney balked. Similar talks...

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10:13
Report details Apple’s efforts to build a TV set,...

The Wall Street Journal has posted an extensive report detailing Apple’s many attempts at getting serious about a TV product. This includes both hardware and software: the article says Apple did consider building a physical TV set at one stage. On the media front, the report says Apple’s harsh terms have put off the cable networks from getting onboard.

The article includes several choice anecdotes regarding Apple SVP Eddy Cue. In one case, Cue curtly responded to a cable network execs that “time is on my [Apple’s] side”. More after the jump …

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10:00
I've accidentally joined the cult of Pokémon

Pokémon passed me by when it arrived in the UK back in 1999, and I've never been a fan. The way my friends were suddenly gripped by its cult-like lure made it seem like the worst thing ever. In my mind, 15-year-olds shouldn't be hunched over t...

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09:58
Video appears to show official Lightning to 3.5mm...

Since the rumor started back in November, there’s been more and more evidence that the next iPhone will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of wireless or Lightning audio playback. A report last month claimed that Apple plans to bundle standard EarPods with the new iPhones in September and include a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter in the box. While this would mean all of the claimed Lightning EarPods we’ve seen so far are fake, it does lend credit to a video posted today that shows what appears to be an official Lightning to 3.5mm adapter…

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09:48
Apple to open World Trade Center retail store

The tech titan plans to open an Apple Store in the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, according to Jason Barlia, head of Apple’s marketing for New York stores. He spoke at the opening of Apple’s first Brooklyn store.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:46
Apple tops list of top 10 websites with safe...

Dashlane has released a list of the top ten websites with safe password practices, just in time to help parents navigate online safety risks during the busy back-to-school season. Apple’s website tops the list.

"Password security is a serious issue for families as passwords are the seatbelts of the digital world," says Emmanuel Schalit, CEO of Dashlane. "Weak passwords leave your kids' personal information vulnerable. It's important that parents teach kids how to create strong passwords, and follow safe practices, such as using a password manager to store and share them. Fortunately, popular websites like Apple, Gmail, and Facebook also prioritize safety by requiring strong passwords and following best practices that keep users' identities secure.”

The Dashlane team examined the password requirements for popular websites, including minimum required password length, complexity of...

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09:46
Possible Apple Lightning-to-headphone adapter for...

Photos and a video of an adapter allegedly taken from a Foxconn factory in Vietnam surface, with the photographer claiming that the adapter will be included with this fall's iPhone update.

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09:44
Apple’s hard-nosed negotiating tactics in television

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple started talking with the Walt Disney Company in early 2015 about getting Disney-owned content onto its then-planned streaming television service, but Apple executives, iTunes chief Eddy Cue in particular, made demands networks were not prepared to meet.

It makes it sound as though Eddy’s tough tactics are holding Apple back from this market. I don’t buy this at all. Remember, Eddy negotiated music for the iTunes store, which is incredibly popular. We want Eddy to be tough when negotiating deals that we’ll end up paying for, either in purchasing content or subscriptions.

Keep being tough Eddy, we’ll wait for a good deal that we’re willing to pay for.

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09:36
Apple's content negotiation tactics have '...

Apple has allegedly taken a hardline approach in negotiating with content owners for a potential $30-per-month streaming television service --?a strategy that may have backfired on the company, a new report suggests.

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09:36
Apple is planning a retail store in the World Trade...

Apple plans to open an Apple Store in the World Trade Center Transportation Hub (pictured), Jason Barlia, head of Apple's marketing for New York stores, while speaking at the opening of Apple's first Brooklyn store.

The World Trade Center store will extend Apple's presence in the downtown Manhattan area, which has seen a revitalization thanks to investment in One World Trade Center tower and the surrounding financial district, reports CNET. The store will sit underneath the "Oculus," a domed structure a block away from the main World Trade Center area that serves as the centerpiece of the transit hub.

No timetable has been given as to when the store will open. With the opening of the store, Apple will have 487 retail stores in 20 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13” Retina MacBook Pro $1,030...

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09:18
The most popular product of all time

When you look at the other products, the iPhone is absolutely amazing.

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09:16
A celebration of trailblazing women in science

Woven throughout the micro-biographies are visual factoids like a timeline of notable events in the history of women in science, statistics about the alarming gender gap in STEM fields, and a visual taxonomy of lab tools.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:14
Facebook’s Birthday Videos are another attempt to...

Now that Facebook’s Memories function has taken over the world—at least if my News Feed is any indication—the social giant’s grafting its central concept onto birthdays.

Facebook’s new 45-second “Birthday Videos” will show up in your feed the day after your big day, displaying “a magical birthday cake that lights up and comes to life” before bursting open to show the “top” happy birthday posts and videos sent by your pals. Take note: These videos will only appear if at least three people shoot you a note on your birthday.

As with Memories, you’ll have the option to share Birthday Videos with your followers or keep them to yourself. And as with Facebook’s hokey, made-up Friends Day, you can edit which clips and posts actually appear inside your Birthday Video if the algorithms miss something special.

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08:59
Mercedes criticized for self-driving car ads

Mercedes-Benz has defended an advertising campaign for its new E-Class against allegations that consumers were being misled about the car’s self-driving capabilities, the latest backlash by consumer groups in the wake of a fatal Tesla accident.

People need to understand that they are responsible for the vehicle at all times. If they can’t grasp that simple concept, they shouldn’t be driving in the first place.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:44
Apple's iPhone seen as tipping point for OLED...

With Apple rumored to be switching to OLED screens starting with the 2017 iPhone, research firm IHS believes that product's launch will serve as a game changer for OLED technology and mobile displays.

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08:34
Apple manufacturer Pegatron begins automating...

Apple's secondary manufacturer, Pegatron, is following in the footsteps of Foxconn and beginning to automate its factories -- and cutting back on new hires as a result, according to the company's chairman.

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08:30
Tomorrow's the last day to enter to win a 12-...

It's hard to believe that it's almost the end of July, but it's rapidly winding down. That means one thing: you have only today and tomorrow to enter our giveaway for a brand-new Apple 12-inch Retina Display MacBook worth $1,299.

At 11:59 PM EDT tomorrow night, entries close for this great giveaway. All you need to do is head over to this page and make your entry, and within the next week or so one of you lucky readers will be notified by our friends at StackCommerce that you'll soon be getting a MacBook.

Be sure to share this post with your friends! There's no cost or obligation to...

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08:11
∞ Steve Jobs: “All the work that I have done in my...

[VIDEO] Steve Jobs, in a documentary filmed in 1994. See the main post for the video.

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08:07
External Link: Your Wireless Keyboard May Be...

Bastille, a cybersecurity company, has shown that hackers can easily intercept transmissions from eight non-Bluetooth wireless keyboards. Experts demonstrated how a $40 radio transponder combined with a $50 antenna could grab the signals of budget wireless keyboards from Anker, EagleTec, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Insignia, Kensington, Radio Shack, and Toshiba. Bluetooth and wired keyboards, however, are not vulnerable to the methods used in this attack, providing a reason to avoid wireless keyboards that depend on proprietary transmission systems.

 

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08:04
Wi-Fi Calling can kill iPhone battery life – Here’s...

Mac Kung Fu:

I switched to an iPhone SE a few days ago and, while I’m happy with the diminutive device, I’ve been a little worried to see battery life draining incredibly quickly. I would take the device off charge and after an hour of non-use the battery would be down to 90%. A full working day’s standby brought it down to 10%. This was very odd because all the reviews said that iPhone SE had superb battery life, and perhaps even better than the iPhone 6S.

I removed various apps that Settings > Battery reported were eating juice. Gone were the news apps I had installed that fed me news flash notifications. However, battery life was STILL gobbled-up. I eventually realized the bad guy in the picture was the Wi-Fi Calling feature. Back into the Settings app I went, and tapped Phone > Wi-Fi Calling, and disabled it.

It was a miraculous fix. The battery percentage figure now barely changes across an hour of non-use.

I use Wi-Fi calling all the time and...

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07:56
Apple's Phil Schiller joins DNA sequencing...

Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller is bringing the better part of three decades of marketing experience to the board of directors of Illumina, the industry-leading DNA sequencing equipment company.

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07:52
∞ Angela Ahrendts’ stock sale, and some Apple...

Once a quarter, Apple posts their financial results, a major quarterly milestone. Lots is written about the earnings call, but if these sorts of numbers interest you, it’s worth spending a few minutes on Apple’s official Investor Relations SEC filings page.

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07:47
Apple Tops 1 Billion iPhones Sold

Apple has a thing for its billion milestones, and this time it’s for the iPhone. CEO Tim Cook says the company recently sold its billionth iPhone—a number the company hit just days before its third fiscal quarter earnings report.


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07:32
Apple patents Digital Crown mechanism for iPad

Patently Apple:

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that Jony Ive and his team have considered expanding the Apple Watch’s digital crown to other iOS devices such as the iPad. Apple notes that the digital crown could be used as a volume controller or locking the touch screen, turning on the touch screen, taking a picture, resizing text and other actions.

This is an interesting choice. The digital crown is effective for sliding back and forth through a list or set of settings. The trick is to connect the digital crown to a specific element in the user interface.

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07:23
Rumor: Apple to open iPhone 7 preorders on Friday,...

Friday, September 9th might be the first day the next-gen iPhone is available for preorder.

Noted blogger Evan Blass on Wednesday stated that Apple is looking to start preorders for the device on Friday, Sept. 9.

Blass reported the supposed “iPhone 7” preorder date through Twitter without attribution. Last week, the blogger claimed Apple’s next iPhone would ship out to stores the week of Sept. 12, or more specifically by Friday, Sept. 19.

“Confirmed: Pre-orders start on the 9th. You can extrapolate the launch event date from there,” Blass’ tweet reads.

The timeline has some credence to it considering Apple announced the iPhone 6s on September 9th of 2015 and opened preorders three days later on September 12th, then began shipping out units a week later...

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07:22
Opinion: Will people sit out the iPhone 7 in hope of...

Back when most people were on plans that saw them offered a new phone every two years, upgrading wasn’t really a decision. Paying typically $0-200, depending on your plan, saw you get the latest iPhone every other year. It would have been silly to turn it down because you’d pay the same monthly amount either way.

So the only decision most people made was whether to be on the main ‘tick’ cycle, with the new designs, or the ‘tock’ cycle that gave you the S model with the same design but new features.

But now that carriers split out phone costs from usage plans, upgrading your phone becomes a much more conscious decision. You could do it every year, paying more but always having the latest model. You could continue on a two-year cycle. Or you could save a decent chunk of money by sitting out a year.

That latter option might once have seemed unlikely for 9to5Mac readers, who typically like to stay up to date, but this year could potentially be very...

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07:07
Cirrus Logic shares rise on Apple iPhone, other...

Shares of Apple audio parts supplier Cirrus Logic spiked in after-hours trading on Wednesday night as the company not only beat quarterly forecasts, but implied that it stands to benefit from Apple's "iPhone 7" and other smartphones ditching 3.5-millimeter headphone jacks in favor of USB and Bluetooth.

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07:00
Junecloud’s Deliveries app Adds Complete Set of...

Deliveries, Junecloud’s excellent delivery tracking app, sees an update this week that adds a complete set of Apple Watch complications. Previous versions would only work with certain complications, and specifically had nothing for the smaller “Circular” complication that often sits in the corners of the watch face. Now any complication spot can be filled with your Deliveries data. Our tests also showed that the newest version of the app works fine on the current iOS 10 and watchOS 3 betas, but no comments were made by the developer. Your mileage may vary, of course.


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07:00
The Most Popular Product Of All Time

Apple announced Wednesday that it has sold more than one billion iPhones. To understand the magnitude of the milestone, Asymco's Horace Dediu has compiled a list of the best-selling products across several categories. From his post (link shared via email by reader JoshTops):Car model: VW Beetle 21.5 million; car brand: Toyota Corolla 43 million; music album: Thriller 70 million; vehicle: Honda Super Cub 87 million; book title: Lord of the Rings 150 million; toy: Rubik's Cube 350 million; game console: Playstation 382 million; book series: Harry Potter Series 450 million; mobile phone: iPhone 1 billion.The iPhone is not only the best-selling mobile phone but also the best selling music player, the best-selling camera, the best-selling video screen and the best-selling computer of all time. It is, quite simply, the best-selling product of all time. It is that because it is so much more than a product. It is an enabler for change. It unleashed forces which we are barely able to...

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06:56
∞ How long did it take to sell 1 million iPhones?...

I did a little digging and here are some numbers:

  • The iPhone first went on sale on June 29, 2007. That’s day 0.

  • The millionth iPhone sold just 74 days later, on September 10, 2007.

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06:42
Apple Xcode 8 beta now secured with digital...

Apple has implemented the .xip file compression protocol with digital signatures for its newest Xcode 8 beta distribution, instead of the unsecured .zip format, guaranteeing that the contents have not changed since initial creation.

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06:39
Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller joins DNA...

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller is joining Illumina’s board of directors, a company that provides technologies related to DNA sequencing for healthcare research among other services.

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06:37
Comparing iPad Pro Technologies and Intangibles

Apple’s iPad Pro models differ in far more than size and weight. Any number of other factors might influence your buying decision. Julio Ojeda-Zapata guides you through them.

 

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06:34
News: New iPhone pre-orders to start Sept. 9?

Following up on his earlier leak suggesting that the next-generation iPhone will go on sale on Sept 16, Evan Blass has sent out a another tweet adding that iPhone pre-orders will begin on Sept. 9, and suggesting that readers can extrapolate the launch event date from there — likely to be Wednesday, Sept. 7, based on Apple’s prior event dates and the shorter Labor Day week. Confirmed: Pre-orders start on the 9th. You can extrapolate the launch…

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06:33
Apple is still the top tablet manufacturer with iPad...

The latest report from the global market research firm TrendForce finds that worldwide tablet shipments for this second quarter totaled 33.54 million units, representing a quarterly drop of 4.8% and a year-on-year decline of 8.8%. Apple retains its top position in the quarterly ranking with 9.95 million iPads shipped. This figure translates to a 2.9% dip from the first quarter and a 9% drop from a year ago.

“The lack of changes in appearance and high prices work against the iPad Pro series. Consumers do not see these devices as a good bargain. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro maintained strong sales momentum for two quarters, while the 9.7-inch model lost its luster after just one quarter since its release,” says TrendForce notebook analyst Anita Wang. “On the whole, the Pro series did not help expand iPad shipments in the second quarter as expected. The overall sales were instead sustained by iPad Air 2, which captured consumers...

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06:22
Apple holds onto fifth place in the Chinese...

Apple held onto fifth place in the Chinese smartphone market for the first half od 2016, ahead of Samsung, with around a 9% market share, according to Canalys. The iPhone SE has done little to increase overall shipment numbers in China, claims the research group.

Annual smart phone shipments surged in China in the second quarter. With just over a 16% share, China-based Huawei is leading the local players pulling away from international brands Apple and Samsung.

Oppo and Vivo — also based in China — reached new heights to take second and third place as both shipped over 15 million units. Beijing-based Xiaomi’s shipments were largely flat compared with Q1, but fell around 20% year on year as it struggled to expand its open channels and deliver a blockbuster flagship handset.

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06:00
Apple’s Phil Schiller named to Illumina’s board of...

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, has joined the Illumina board of directors. Illumina is a company devoted to “improving human health by unlocking the power of the genome.”

At Apple, Schiller is a member of Apple’s executive team responsible for the company’s product marketing, developer relations, business marketing, education marketing, international marketing and App Store programs. He has more than 30 years of marketing and management experience, including over 25 at Apple

“Phil’s track record and global experience in bringing world-class products to market will help guide us as we continue to develop innovative new solutions for our customers,” said Francis deSouza, Illumina president and CEO, in a press release. “His vision, integrity and passion are fully aligned with Illumina’s core values.”

Here’s how Illumina describes itself: “Today we are a global leader in genomics – an...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Mobile Data Management Bundle

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the Mobile Data Management Bundle for only $9.99 — that’s 87% off the regular price. This duo of syncing and recovery apps will help you take control of the iOS data in your life, with Leawo iOS Data Recovery to help you get back lost data from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod and Leawo iTransfer to sync data between your Apple devices and back them up to your Mac. Get the Mobile Data Management Bundle…

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06:00
Virgin America app arrives with Spotify integration

Mobile apps have made air travel a little bit more tolerable, but for a while one of the most-loved airlines had a noticeably missing mobile component. Well, not anymore: Virgin America’s app has finally arrived, and it looks like it was worth the wait.

On Thursday, Virgin America revealed its first mobile app for iOS and Android, still in beta. Like most other airline apps, it combines flight-booking and checking-in capabilities but with a more streamlined experience and that cheeky Virgin America flair. According to Virgin America, it can take just 60 seconds to book a flight using its brand-new app, and that even includes the time it takes to choose a seat.

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05:59
OS X Preview: Clipping Out Backgrounds Using Instant...

Today’s Quick Tip is on how to use Preview’s Instant Alpha tool, so if you’ve got an image on a colored background, for example, you can clip that baby right out. Better-looking graphics with no Photoshop required? We love it.


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05:53
Rumor: pre-orders for the ‘iPhone 7’ will start Sept...

Earlier this week, mobile phone blogger, Evan Blass, said the “iPhone 7” would launch the week of Sept. 12. Now he adds that pre-orders will start on Friday, Sept. 9. I think he’s right. I’m also predicting that the second generation Apple Watch will arrive at the same time.

The rumor mill is churning with rumors about the upcoming iPhone (shown in fanciful mock-ups). Will it offer a two-model line-up or a three-model line-up, including an “iPhone Pro”? I’m predicting only two models. Will it lack a traditional audio jack or not? I think it will indeed ditch the jack. Will it be waterproof and dust proof or not? I’m saying "yes" to both features.

A new rumor claims the next iPhone will be dubbed the iPhone 6SE rather than the iPhone 7. However, I'm still betting it will be called the latter.

What’s more, I think we’ll see the Apple Watch 2...

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05:01
Apple patents Apple Watch-style digital crown for...

Not many of you agreed with me when I wrote an opinion piece a year ago saying that I could see a role for an Apple Watch-style digital crown on an iPhone, but a patent application published today shows that Apple is at least toying with the idea of introducing it to iOS devices.

Patently Apple spotted the patent application which shows a ‘rotary input’ device on an iPad …

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05:00
Xiaomi Unveils Budget-Friendly MacBook Air Rival


Xiaomi on Wednesday unveiled the Mi Notebook Air, its challenger to the MacBook Air.
The 13.3-inch model is priced at about $750, compared to the MacBook Air's $1,050 price tag in China. The device is also available in a 12.5-inch version. The Mi Notebook Air offers a number of features that aren't available in a MacBook Air. "This is Xiaomi's way of saying, 'Let's not let Apple, Lenovo, or the bigger manufacturers from Taiwan, like Acer and Asus, take this opportunity from us," said Jeff Orr, a senior practice director at ABI Research.

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04:30
808 Audio Hex SL is handy for casual, on-the-go...

The 808 Audio Hex SL packs a lot of audio punch for an "ultra-portable" speaker. And the price is reasonable: about $60.

Small enough to fit in a cup holder, the Hex SL — available in red, blue, black, and white — lets you play music wirelessly from your iPhone or iPad. Its rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery provides up to 12 hours of play at normal volume. It would be nice if there was a battery life indicator to tell how much charge is left, but there's not.

The Hex SL is easy to pair and connect. All you have to do is turn Bluetooth on in your iOS device (Settings -> Bluetooth), select "808 Hex SL," and you're connected. Extra points to the folks at 808Audio for adding the ability to adjust the volume of the Hex SL via the volume buttons on your iDevice. Plus, there's an AUX input cable for connecting to non-Bluetooth devices. 

With some wireless speakers, I've had a problem with...

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04:00
BatchPhoto for Mac OS X great for automating...

By Aaron Lee

Bits&Coffee' BatchPhoto is a useful all-in-one photo manipulation program for Mac OS X and PC systems; it lets photographers, web designers, business people, and families enhance photos. It adds an updated visual drag-and-drop zones for the Annotate filters and an enhanced Auto Crop filter to show the original image in the background.

To use BatchPhoto, you select a group of photographs, and, with a single operation edit, resize, convert, watermark, and rename every image in the group. It makes batch editing simple and efficient (or you can edit one image at a time, though that's not this utility's purpose). If you need time/date stamps, image type conversion, size changes, basic touch-up, or watermarks applied to your photographs, this is your tool.

How can it be useful? Consider this scenario: the photography editor at a newspaper (remember those?) with 10 reporters who take photographs in the field can set BatchPhoto to...

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01:40
Sky's 'Buy & Keep' store now...

It's taken a while, but Sky has finally come through on its promise to add TV shows to its "Buy & Keep" service. Just like its film offering, anyone in the UK can pay a single price to get both a physical and digital version of a TV box set. The...

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01:02
Australia's biggest banks are tackling Apple Pay

Some of the largest banks in Australia are banding together to protest Apple and its Apple Pay service. Apple Pay first launched in Australia back in April alongside Samsung Pay and Android Pay. Those two payment solutions aren't attracting the banks...

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00:18
Amazon brings its Dash grocery scanner to the UK

Now that Amazon's grocery delivery service has launched in the UK, many of the devices that it easier to order food and household items are starting to make their way here too. The first is the Dash, a small handheld gadget that lets you add products...

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Wednesday July 27

23:52
'Quantum Break' studio's next project...

Historically, Remedy Entertainment has only worked on one project at a time, releasing only a handful of games since 2001's Max Payne. The company recently announced it was moving away from that fan-frustrating workflow and was becoming a studio that...

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22:28
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Over the weekend prominent leaker Evan Blass, @evleaks on Twitter, shared a couple of interesting dates for when the next iPhone will be released. Blass tweeted that the 2016 iPhone would be released during the week of September 12th, then later specified that Friday, September 16th would be the actual retail release.

Now Blass is digging further and adding that pre-orders for the next iPhone will “start on the 9th” which happens to be the Friday before the release date he shared previously.

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Mercedes unveils world's first completely...

European car companies are starting to invest more heavily in green vehicles. Audi unveiled three more electric cars on Monday and Porsche added 400 jobs to how many it estimates it will create to make its electric Model E come to life. Today, Daimle...

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Apple has finally sold its billionth iPhone

Apple has managed to pull in some extremely impressive numbers when it comes to its flagship mobile phone. While iPhone sales overall had begun to decline over the last quarter, that didn't stop the company from selling its one billionth iPhone last...

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19:15
Samsung's mobile division is the company's...

Samsung's operating profits really did reach 8.14 trillion won ($7.2) like it expected, marking the second quarter of 2016 as its strongest in two years. The Korean corporation has released its detailed earnings report for Q2, where it also revealed...

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The internet's Ice Bucket Challenge funded a...

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Pocket Casts 6 brings dark mode, multitasking, and...

Pocket Casts is a cross-platform podcast player with apps on iOS, Android, the web, and even Windows Phone, and today Shift Jelly released a major update to the iPhone and iPad version. Pocket Casts 6 is out today and includes loads of changes including a refreshed user interface, a dark theme, multitasking features on iPad including Picture-in-Picture and Split View, and much more.

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Twitch now makes highlight clips on any channel

Twitch has so far been limiting its Clips sharing feature to partnered channels, but no longer: as of now, you can create those bite-sized highlights on any channel. If a friend pulls off a slick move during a live stream, you can share it just as ea...

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16:22
Microsoft releases Pix, goes toe to toe with built-...

Microsoft is attempting to hone in on the iPhone camera’s turf.

The tech giant’s research arm has launched Pix, which enhances the photos that users take in a variety of ways, on Wednesday morning. The app is designed to make photos look better and even improves on Apple’s Live Photos ability to capture scenes that have moving elements in them.

The free app is now available on the iOS App Store and is particularly well-suited to take pictures of people, and is built to make adjustments to a photo on the fly as the scene changes. That way, the exposure of an image should always be tuned to the right conditions. It recognizes faces and uses Microsoft’s Hyperlapse technology to stabilize video shot with the app as well.

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16:20
Office 365 Gets New Word, PowerPoint and Outlook...

New submitter Miche67 writes: As part of the July 2016 update to Office 365, Microsoft is adding several features across the board to Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Word, however, is getting the biggest new features -- Researcher and Editor -- to improve your writing. "As its name implies, Researcher is designed to help the user find reliable sources of information by using the Bing Knowledge Graph to search for sources, and it will properly cite them in the Word document," reports Network World. "[Editor] builds on the already-existing spellchecker and thesaurus to offer suggestions on how to improve your overall writing. In addition to the wavy red line under a misspelled word and the wavy blue line under bad grammar, there will be a gold line for writing style." The new features are expected to be available later this year. In addition to the two new features added to PowerPoint last year -- Designer and Morph, Microsoft is offering Zoom, a feature that lets you easily create "...

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Apple, Accustomed to Skating to the Puck, Now Also...

When Apple was struggling to gain acceptance in the marketplace, it was profitable to surge relentlessly forward, leaving the enterprise behind and mesmerizing the consumer. Nowadays, Apple tends to nurture the markets it has while seeking new avenues for growth. This makes it harder to estimate Apple’s future prospects. Yet, investors are starting to appreciate the nuances.


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Bryan and Jeff dig deep into Apple’s earnings report and the company’s quarterly call with analysts. Topics include Tim Cook’s upbeat delivery, Pokemon, and Wall Street’s reaction. They also jump into the scary future of 3D printing our fingers to bypass biometric security.


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KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headset: $76.99

Check out the KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headset, a headset with patented transducers that use bone conduction technology to convey crystal clear sound directly to your inner ears. The idea is that whatever goes into the headset does so without blocking out the rest of the world. That means you can listen to your music while chatting in the real world, or you could have a conversation through your headset in an otherwise noisy environment. You can get this device through our deal for $76.99.


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Podcast 518: Zany Bob Mansfield's Apple Car...

Another big traffic sign just appeared, pointing straight the Apple Car: Longtime Apple executive Bob Mansfield is reportedly now in charge of Project Titan, which is the code-name for the Apple Car. That's great news if you are eager to see this thing really happen, although the rumor does come along with a new ship estimation of 2021. Hopefully this won't be one of those things that's always five years down the road.

Elsewhere, Yahoo was sold to Verizon, and we have opinions. Lots of security stories popped up this week, and Glenn can unpack them all so you stay informed but not panicked. And the Apple Watch helped save Chuck La Tournous's life during a recent cardiac episode. Happily, he's fully recovered and wrote about his experiences for Macworld—as well as how the watch is helping him stay heart-healthy to avoid future problems. (Knock wood and eat kale.)

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15:20
AWT News Update: July 27, 2016

Image of one-billionth iPhone via Apple

A reason for celebration, a reason for hesitation, a reason for anticipation and a really good reason to join Team AWT today

  • Over one billion sold!
  • Apple's the number two smartphone manufacturer
  • LG Display goes all-in on OLED displays, possibly for future iPhones
  • We give you another good reason to join Team AWT

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 27, 2016.

July 27, 2016 will be a day to remember for Apple employees. A little over 9 years after the first...

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Facebook just can't stop growing

In stark contrast to Twitter's recent woes, Facebook is enjoying what is probably its most successful year-to-date. The social network has reported that it made $6.44 billion in revenue and $2.05 billion in profit this past quarter, which is 59 perce...

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New Feminist Frequency video dissects 'Women...

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15:00
One Billion iPhones Have Been Sold, Apple Says

Apple announced on Wednesday that it has sold its one billionth iPhone handset. The milestone comes nine years after the iPhone was first introduced. The phone has unarguably shaped the smartphone industry and bolstered the apps market. In a statement, Tim Cook said: iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day. Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we've always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.


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14:49
Apple celebrates sales of one billion iPhones

At an employee meeting in Cupertino, California, this morning, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple recently sold the billionth iPhone.

 

"iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day," Cook said. “Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”

Dean Hager, CEO ofJAMF Software, told AppleWorldToday:  "Apple's sale of its one billionth iPhone is a major milestone, no doubt. You could argue the iPhone's success is the result of Apple's innovation, apps, and alliances. Importantly, Apple developed its iPhone by strategizing around the user - humanizing...

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14:45
Apple sells its billionth iPhone, year-over-year...

Enlarge / Over one billion of these things have been sold. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has sold fewer iPhones in the last two quarters than it did last year, but it's still selling plenty of them. Apple CEO Tim Cook proclaimed today that the company has sold one billion iPhones since the launch of the original device back in 2007.

Recent slump aside, the iPhone's astronomical growth rate means that nearly half of those iPhones have been sold within the last two years; about 472 million of those phones were sold between Q3 of 2014 and Q3 of 2016.

For his part, Cook expects the iPhone's slump to be temporary, and he has blamed the year-over-year drop on the...

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14:43
Notable apps and app updates for July 27, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Acrosync has launched Duplicacy 1.0, a cross-platform cloud backup tool that’s compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. 

The utility uses a lock-free deduplication method, so it can backup multiple clients to most popular cloud-based storage services without the need for any file locks. The app also offers the ability to perform backups to local hard drives, SFTP servers, and NAS boxes. Duplicity’s graphical user interface features one-page backup configuration.

Duplicacy 1.0 is free for personal use, and is available worldwide exclusively through the Duplicacy website. Commercial users pay $2.00 per month per computer. A Windows...

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14:35
'Life is Strange' is getting its own...

The massively popular adventure game Life is Strange is getting its very own digital series, care of the minds behind Legendary Digital Studios and Square Enix.

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14:26
Upthere cloud services store all users' data in...

Upthere, a new cloud service designed by former Apple engineers including former Mac software engineering chief Bertrand Serlet, has exited a seven month long beta program on iOS and macOS, and is promising to change how users utilize and think about cloud storage.

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14:23
Become a Maestro of Mac Macros

Become a maestro of time-saving macros with Keyboard Maestro, one of Dr. Mac’s favorite all-time Mac productivity enhancers.


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14:11
The new 'Gilmore Girls' series comes to...

You either love Gilmore Girls or you can't stand it, but those that are fans are very excited the show is coming back on Netflix. Now, some nine months after the show was first rumored to be revived, we have a release date and the first proper sneak...

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14:07
Apple has sold 1 billion iPhones

Apple announced on Wednesday that the company has sold 1 billion iPhones. That’s a huge milestone, but its timing is strangely awkward. Tim Cook told employees in Cupertino that the billionth iPhone was sold last week, but this announcement comes just one day after Apple’s Q3 2016 saw disappointing iPhone sales, declining to 40.4 million units sold, from 47.5 million in the year-ago quarter.

“Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone,” Cook said in a press release. “We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”

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13:54
News: Apple has sold one billion iPhones

Apple today announced that it has now officially sold one billion iPhones. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the news earlier today at an employee meeting in Cupertino, stating that “iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It’s become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day,” said Cook.…

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13:45
Yahoo launches its redesigned Messenger app for...

Okay, this isn't the biggest news you'll hear from Yahoo this week, but bear with us -- it's important if you still rely on Yahoo for your messaging needs. The internet pioneer has released its long-in-development redesign of Yahoo Messenger for the...

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13:39
Tip of the Day: Finding Frequently Visited Locations...

You may not be aware, but by default your iPhone actually keeps track of places you’ve frequently visited and when you were there. While this is done primarily to aid in features like navigation in the iOS Maps app and for iOS 9’s “Proactive Assistant” to help figure out when you’re most likely going to work or the grocery store, you can also see the data for yourself. While the set of places isn’t comprehensive…

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13:38
Chrome for iOS now highlights AMP articles for...

Google’s official iOS app has supported AMP articles in search results since late May, and today Google is highlighting support for AMP articles in its Chrome browser for iPhone and iPad. Accelerated Mobile Pages appear in search results and load nearly instantly as these articles are optimized for faster load times.

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13:30
BlackBerry Offers Android Users a Secure New...


BlackBerry on Tuesday made a play for security-conscious Android users with the announcement of its new DTEK50. Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and BlackBerry security software, the new unit is the "most secure Android smartphone" in the world, the company claimed. Many Android users have concerns about the their phone's security, according to BlackBerry's April survey of 8,000 consumers between the ages of 34 and 54. Fifty percent of the respondents felt their phones were only somewhat secure, and only one in six knew about security patches.

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