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Friday July 29

06:22
iMovie for iOS gets new project creation, sharing...

Apple has updated iMovie for iOS to version 2.2.3. It allows you to start projects quickly by selecting multiple photos and videos.

You can also share to Facebook and Vimeo by using the standard iOS share interface. iMovie for iOS 2.2.3 also supports the Shared iPad feature in iOS 9.3 or later. Plus, it has stability and performance improvements.

iMovie for iOS 2.2.3 is available for free at the Apple App Store. It requires iOS 9.3 or higher.

Classic protection: Pad & Quill's Little Pocket Book Case for iPhone® SE

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06:22
CBS All Access, Showtime streaming services each...

Streaming services CBS All Access and Showtime Anytime collectively have more than two million paid subscribers, CBS's chief executive boasted during his company's quarterly results conference call.

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06:21
Nobel prize-winning economist describes Apple’s...

Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has said that the arrangements by which Apple attributes a large chunk of its European sales to a small unit in Ireland amount to a ‘fraud.’ Bloomberg reports that Stiglitz made the comment when asked about the feasibility of Clinton and Warren developing a plan to repatriate Apple’s overseas cash …

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Zoolz Cloud Storage 1TB Lifetime...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can grab a lifetime subscription to 1TB of Zoolz Cloud Storage for only $34.99 — that’s 98% off the regular price. This “cold storage” solution provides 1TB of cloud-based storage to keep data stowed away safely for the long term. You can quickly and easily select the files you want to store using the smart selection feature, and retrieve stored files in approximately 3-5 hours. Other great features…

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05:11
Latest app update lets you control your Nest...

The key selling-point of a smart thermostat like Nest or Tado is that you shouldn’t often need to control it manually, as it learns your preferences and monitors whether family members are home or away. But for those times when you do want to make manual adjustments, the process just got more convenient: the latest update to the Nest app adds Apple Watch support …

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05:08
AppleInsider podcast talks Q3 earnings, more '...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Mikey go over Apple's earnings for the third fiscal quarter of 2016, one billion iPhones, "iPhone 7" rumors, a shake-up at "Project Titan" and much more.

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05:00
Daily Deal: Virtually indestructible Titan Lightning...

Tired of Lightning cables that fall apart after a little bit of use? Fuse Chicken's amazing Titan Lightning Cable uses two layers of flexible high-strength steel in a Made-For-iPhone (MFi) certified Lightning cable that can stand up to years of abuse. The Apple World Today Deals Shop has the Titan Lightning Cable on sale for a limited time for just $22.49, a full 24% off of the suggested retail price. 

Titan cables are meant to last for years, through an innovative and proven design:

  • Keep your devices safe w/ MFi certification
  • Loop to your keychain, belt loop, bag, etc.
  • Easily extend to your USB port & plug in
  • Enjoy durability of industrial strength steel
  • Avoid dealing w/ frayed ends & damaged...
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05:00
Homegrown Budgie Desktop Shows Off the Beauty - and...


The Solus Project version 1.2, released last month, shows considerable maturity in the homegrown Budgie desktop. Solus 1.2 is the second minor release in the Shannon series, built around a custom Budgie desktop developed in-house and the eopkg package manager forked from PiSi. Solus is a Linux distribution built from scratch. The Budgie desktop can be set to emulate the look and feel of the GNOME 2 desktop, but it is a different flavor from the GNOME 2-0 retread, MATE. It is tightly integrated with the GNOME stack.

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04:47
Apple didn’t just sell a billion iPhones, it created...

Asymco’s Horace Dediu has a great slant on news that Apple recently sold its billionth iPhone. He points out that not only does this make it the best-selling phone of all time, it actually long ago became the best-selling product ever …

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04:30
Security researcher finds message storage flaw in...

WhatsApp may have this year followed iMessage’s lead in adopting end-to-end encryption for its messages, but a security researcher says that both still have a security flaw that can allow deleted messages to be recovered – either from the device, or remotely from iCloud backups.

Jonathan Zdziarski found the flaw in the current version of WhatsApp.

The latest version of the app tested leaves forensic trace of all of your chats, even after you’ve deleted, cleared, or archived them… even if you ‘Clear All Chats.’ In fact, the only way to get rid of them appears to be to delete the app entirely.

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04:30
Kanex’s GoPower USB-C portable battery is a great...

Sometimes when I’m visiting my siblings I find that my 12-inch MacBook and 12.9-inch iPad Pro both need charging. Do I lug two chargers? Nope, I take Kanex’s $99.95 GoPower USB-C portable battery.

It offers two charging ports, so you can charge two devices simultaneously, even when one of the devices is a laptop. The USB-C output port is 5V at 3Amps and the USB-A port is 5V at 2.4Amps. This means you can charge a MacBook and an iPad Pro at the same time. (The Kanex GoPower doesn’t work with some PC ultrabooks, I’m told, but that wasn’t a concern for me.)

The battery has a total of 55.5Wh power. It charged my MacBook from less than 10% of juice to 100 percent in about two hours. It charged the iPad Pro at about the same rate. That’s not super fast, but it’s adequate. 

Also, even though the GoPower USB-C sports a 15W USB-C output (5.0V x 3A), you don’t get the full 15W when charging your MacBook. You...

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04:00
Cabinet for OS X and iOS can save time for Neenah...

By Aaron Lee

If you use products from Neenah Paper — which manufactures — papers for premium writing, text, cover, digital, packaging and specialty needs, you'll want to check out its free Cabinet apps for Mac OS X and iOS devices. Available at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store respectively, they allow you to browse Neenan products to quickly find the right paper for your needs.

With Neenah Cabinet, you can browse, search, view and compare paper for print projects whenever or wherever they work — on a Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device. And it automatically updates itself so it always has the most up-to-date info.

Cabinet users have access to papers and envelopes numbering in the tens of thousands within the Neenah family. A global search feature enables users to filter or search by product. Action...

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02:29
Sony's mobile division (sorta) makes a profit

Sony's most recent financial report is out and, if you squint, things almost look good for its moribund mobile division. Sony Mobile posted a profit of $4 million, which the company attributed to the fact that it's fired enough people to get its cost...

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01:22
Watch SpaceX test fire one of the Falcon 9 rockets...

SpaceX is getting ready to launch one of the rockets it relanded to prove they're truly reusable. In fact, it just finished test firing one of them at its Texas development facility. The first-stage booster burned for a total of 2 minutes and 30 seco...

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00:01
NASA's new satellite will look for Earth-sized...

The Kepler mission scopes out stars and galaxies thousands of light-years away to find exoplanets. NASA's upcoming planet hunter, however, will keep an eye on solar systems closer to home. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS will find p...

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Thursday July 28

22:26
Ultimaker makes a backpack for its 3D printers

Ultimaker's 3D printers will now ship out with a backpack, so you can take them anywhere you want. Now, we don't know why you'd want to to lug a big device around, but we won't judge. Maybe you want to impress a cute, geeky date or print out anything...

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21:26
Square Enix's first Apple Watch RPG is stylish...

There aren't enough dedicated apps for the Apple Watch, let alone role-playing games from established publishers like Square Enix. The name alone conjures images of classic RPGs: Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger and Valkyrie Profile to name a few. That'...

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20:11
Kickstarter created over 300,000 jobs, study says

Kickstarter has created 29,600 full-time and 283,000 part-time jobs, as well as 8,800 companies thus far, according to a study by Professor Ethan Mollick from the University of Pennsylvania. Mollick, who's been keeping a close eye on Kickstarter for...

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19:14
Apple brings on new talent for autonomous car...

Apple has brought on the former head of BlackBerry's automotive software division to lead its own self-driving car tech projects.

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18:30
Apple's Rigid Negotiating Tactics Cost Us...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the reason we don't have actual TV channels on the Apple TV is because the company tried to strong-arm networks -- and failed. Apple's Senior Vice President Eddy Cue is said to have taken the wrong approach. In one meeting, he reportedly told TV executives that "time is on my side." Cue is also accused of bluffing executives by claiming other networks -- specifically Disney and Fox -- were already signed up. The company also refused to show off the Apple TV interface, or "sketch it on the back of a napkin," as one media executive requested. Cue also tried to strike hard bargains, says WSJ. He reportedly asked that Disney put off the royalties Apple would have to pay for several years. Those 'skinny bundles' we heard so much about were what Apple was planning to build its TV experience around, too. In 2015, a bundle consisting of Fox, ESPN and Disney content was...

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18:11
Google announces add-ons for Docs and Sheets'...

Ever wish you could do even more work on your phone? Then today's your day. Google just announced third-party add-on support for its Docs and Sheets Android app, allowing the mobile version of its office suite to seamlessly integrate with other produ...

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17:14
HTC Vive owners can finally face the void in '...

It may be a few months late, but the day is finally here: Adr1ft, Adam Orth's VR orbital survival simulator, is now available for the HTC Vive. The Oculus Rift launch exclusive was originally planned to launch on SteamVR back in May, but was delayed...

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16:40
Yahoo researchers built a powerful new online abuse...

A team of researchers at Yahoo Labs have plumbed the depths of their company's massive comment sections to come up with something that might actually be useful for detecting and eventually curbing rampant online abuse. Using a first-of-its-kind data...

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16:34
Rumor: Apple hires Dan Dodge to head up car project...

Apple could still be working on a car project, but could be taken it in a new direction.

Bob Mansfield, the Apple executive who led up efforts on the iMac, iPad, MacBook Air and Apple Watch, has apparently been put in charge of Apple’s car project. Mansfield’s first action has been to hire former BlackBerry developer Dan Dodge, who arrives at Apple with an extensive operating system development background.

Mansfield apparently tapped Dodge to work on autonomous driving software for Apple’s car division, code-named Project Titan, signaling that the company is pivoting from building its own car to making the tech that will power the next generation of cars. Or, more likely, Apple is covering all of its bases and seeing whether...

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16:06
Apple launches new Spanish language App Store...

Apple today has quietly started a Spanish language account on Twitter for the App Store. The purpose of the new Twitter feed is to reach a broader audience when it comes to marketing and promoting applications. The account carries the username of @AppStoreES and is touted as offering “all you need to know about apps directly from the App Store editorial team.” more…

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16:03
CBS and Showtime have two million internet-only...

While CBS is busy licensing content to Netflix for display outside of the US and Canada, here its own streaming services are off to a good start. On today's earnings call, execs said CBS All Access and the streaming version of Showtime have combined...

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16:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Meet Popslate, a case with...

New iPhone cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases introduces us to the Popslate, a case with a battery-powered black-and-white screen to give you quick info at a glance. Plus, a new leather wallet, colorful shells, and an option just for Lego fans. Read on!

Belkin

Not only does the Lego Builder Case (iPhone SE; $40 MSRP, select colors $24.33 on Amazon) look like a giant Lego brick—it’s functional, too, so you can stack your Lego blocks and figures on it.

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15:55
Microsoft to cut more jobs

Microsoft Corp said it would cut about 2,850 more jobs over the next 12 months, taking its total planned job cuts to up to 4,700, or about 4 percent of its workforce.

I hate seeing people lose their jobs.

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15:48
Challenges of getting a product made in the U.S.A.

It was craftsmanship rather than the bottom line that motivated Brian Holmes when he decided in 2010 to start a business and went looking for a manufacturer. He and his wife, Kari, started Pad & Quill, a company based in Minneapolis that makes high-end cases and other products for the iPhone and other Apple products.

I’ve raved about Pad & Quill on this site many times. It’s great seeing them get recognized for their commitment to quality.

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15:45
Samsung Beat Apple In Smartphone Shipments, Profit...

An anonymous reader writes: Earlier reports speculated this to be true, but now it's official: Samsung has beat Apple in smartphone shipments to lift the company to its most profitable quarter in over two years. The Hindu reports: "Riding on the strong sales of its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones, Samsung Electronics on Thursday declared 8.14 trillion won ($7billion) year on-year operating profit -- 18 percent in the second quarter results. Touted as bad news for Apple that saw a 15 percent decline in iPhone sales in its second quarter results announced this week, Samsung saw substantial earnings improvement led by sales of its flagship products such as Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. A streamlined mid-to low-end smartphone lineup also contributed to improved profitability for the company. According to Samsung, it shipped about 90 million handsets in the April-June period with smartphones making up more than 80 per cent of the total, the Korea Herald reported. Samsung's second-...

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15:39
∞ Apple launches Spanish App Store Twitter account

Apple on Thursday launched a new Spanish App Store Twitter account. Followers of the account will get information on new apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac. […]

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15:35
Wirecutter's best deals: Save $80 on a Dell...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter....

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15:30
Apple opens Spanish language App Store feed on...

Apple on Thursday launched a Spanish-language Twitter account for the App Store, looking to market iOS apps to a broader demographic.

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15:29
Apple updates iMovie for iOS with easy project...

In an update to its iMovie consumer level video editing software for iOS released on Thursday, Apple introduced a method of quickly creating projects from batch selected photos and video, as well as a new suite of content sharing options.

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15:17
Patent report: iPads/iPhones with digital crowns,...

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

One newly filed patent application (number 20160216801) for “capacitive touch panel for sensing mechanical inputs to a device” shows that Apple is considering expanding the digital crown feature of the Apple Watch to other iOS devices such as the iPad and iPhone. The patent would provide a digital crown on the side of the iOS device to facilitate scrolling, control volume, resize text and images, and other mundane tasks like locking or unlocking the touchscreen.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that, in addition to touch panels, many electronic devices may also have mechanical inputs, such as buttons and/or switches. These mechanical inputs can control power (i.e., on/off) and volume, among...

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15:10
Google reports big profits as it continues to invest...

It's been nearly a year since Google underwent a major organization do-over, with a renaming of the overall parent company to Alphabet, while Google itself was now just a sub-firm within. But, as its latest earnings results suggest, a majority of Alp...

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15:07
The 1994 Video Where Steve Jobs Stares Down...

Steve Jobs was almost always compelling, intensely so. The Loop noted this video interview from 1994 when a bearded Mr. Jobs was still at NeXT. I’m not sure what he was asked (something about equating computing to the Renaissance), but his answer is intensely compelling. His central thesis is that advances in computing technology are ephemeral, and that all of his work “will be obsolete by the time I’m 50.” What’s unsaid is that legacy wasn’t the thing that drove him. Mr. Jobs relentlessly pursued the future, and this answer is part and parcel of that drive.  I highly recommend watching it.


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15:05
Apple Store app for iOS will feature recommendations

With the back-to-school and holiday shopping season coming sooner than you think, Apple is preparing an update to its Apple Store iOS app. According to Bloomberg, the Apple Store app will take a more active role in recommending products to you.

The update to the app will using your buying history in order to recommend products more products it thinks will interest you. Bloomberg reports that the app could showcase these recommendations in a new For You tab, and that the new app will be universal; currently, the Apple Store apps for the iPhone and iPad are two separate apps.

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15:00
AWT News Update: July 28, 2016

After Apple's Tuesday earnings surprise, things have quieted down a bit but we still have some news from and about the company to share with you:

  • Bond, Apple Bond. The company's selling bonds to raise funds for its stock buyback program
  • Apple's Ivan Krstic will be a speaker at this year's Black Hat USA in Las Vegas on August 4
  • Bluetooth headphones have overtaken wired 'phones for the first time, and Apple's benefitting from the change
  • Be sure to enter our giveaway of a brand new Apple 12-inch Retina Display MacBook!
  • Join Team AWT for special content, as well as a members-only giveaway next week

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

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14:57
Control Nest thermostats with your Apple Watch

The whole idea behind Nest's smart thermostats is ease of use. And now in case you'd rather not fish your iPhone out of your pocket (or go on a hunt through the couch cushions for it), the smart home gadgets are controllable with an Apple Watch. The...

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14:53
Apple to introduce purchase recommendations in...

Apple is working on a new version of its Apple Store app for iOS that will provide customers with personalized product recommendations based on their purchase history, according to a report published Thursday.

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14:49
Apple Store mobile app may soon offer...

Apple plans to roll out a redesigned version of its Apple Store mobile app that will use a customer’s buying history to recommend more purchases, according to Bloomberg.

The updated app could appear in the next two weeks, the article adds, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” Bloomberg says it could offer a “For You” tab that suggests products based on your previous orders, sort of like Amazon does. It will reportedly be a universal app that works on both the iPhone and the iPad.

Check out the beautiful Pad & Quill Contega Thin Case for iPad Pro® 9.7

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14:44
Apple reportedly redesigning Apple Store app, will...

In a report by Bloomberg, Apple is said to be preparing an update to its iOS Apple Store app, where customers can buy Apple’s hardware and accessories online. The new update will feature recommendations for suggested purchases, in a new ‘For You’ tab (mirroring Apple Music).

The privacy implications of the move are unclear; Apple will use a customer’s purchase history to suggest additional relevant products for them to buy, a tactic already heralded by most other online stores like Amazon. For example, if a user buys a set of Philips Hue lightbulbs, the app may also suggest adding other smart lighting HomeKit products to their cart, from the same range as well as other brands like the Lutron light systems, for instance....

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14:43
iMovie for iOS updated with improvements to project...

Apple today has release an update for iMove on iOS that brings a handful of improvements. The update bumps the app to version 2.2.3 and includes improvements to starting projects, sharing, and more.

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14:42
Apple’s Ivan Krstić to speak on iOS security at...

Apple’s Ivan Krstić will lead a session on “Behind the Scenes of iOS Security” at Blackhat USA 2016, an annual event for security practitioners of all levels, which will run July 30 to Aug. 2 in Las Vegas. You can register here.

Here’s a summary of Krstić’s session: “With over a billion active devices and in-depth security protections spanning every layer from silicon to software, Apple works to advance the state of the art in mobile security with every release of iOS. We will discuss three iOS security mechanisms in unprecedented technical detail, offering the first public discussion of one of them new to iOS 10.

“HomeKit, Auto Unlock and iCloud Keychain are three Apple technologies that handle exceptionally sensitive user data – controlling devices (including locks) in the user's home, the ability to unlock a user's Mac from an Apple Watch, and the user's passwords and credit card...

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14:29
Ex-QNX CEO joins the ‘Apple Car’ team

Earlier this week it was reported that Apple had lured Bob Mansfield, former senior vice president, Technologies, out of retirement to head the “Apple Car” project (dubbed “Project Titan”). Now Bloomberg reports that software architect Dan Dodge, co-founder and once CEO of BlackBerry division QNX, has joined the company to work on a team led by Mansfield.

Apple is emphasizing a focus on an autonomous driving system, though it’s not ruled out developing its own vehicle, the article adds. That leaves options open should the company eventually decide to partner with or acquire an established car maker instead of building a car itself.

Engineers working on a vehicle design reportedly number in...

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14:03
Facebook collects your best birthday wishes in new...

Facebook is already the hub for online birthday wishes from people you haven't seen in person since the late 90s, but the site isn't done celebrating your special day once the clock strikes midnight. Facebook has rolled out Birthday Recap Videos, a 4...

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14:00
Notable apps and app updates for July 28, 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 and Updates

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

While Call of Duty 4 is by no means a new game, it's certainly had staying power over the years. Developer Aspyr Media is having a sale on the huge (7.35 GB) app, 50% off (just $9.99) for a limited time. Note that your Mac needs to meet specific system requirements to be able to handle the graphics demands of the game -- be sure to check those requirements before you buy. If you're not familiar with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, here's a description: "Featuring a tense storyline, filled with plot twists, Call of Duty 4 thrusts players into battle like never before...

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13:51
My Year With the Stellar 2015 MacBook and Life With...

John has had his 2015 MacBook with its single USB-C port for a little over a year now. Here’s his complete first report on life with that Macintosh notebook and daily life with USB-C. Did he regret an early engagement with USB-C?  Read on.


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13:48
An interview with Susan Kare​, the woman who helped...

I always love reading about Kare. Her work has subtly influenced so much of what we Mac users see and do.

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13:46
Trump Tries to Walk Back Comments on Clinton Emails


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday attempted to walk back some of his remarks at a Wednesday morning press briefing during the Democratic National Convention, including his suggestion that Russian intelligence services should look for more than 30,000 deleted emails belonging to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and reveal them to the world. "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you'll be able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

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13:39
Apple preparing $7 billion U.S. bond sale to support...

Apple continues to leverage bond sales and low interest rates to fund both its stock buyback program and green initiatives, with an upcoming third sale this year to hit US debt capital markets.

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13:38
Ride-hailing apps like Uber will be legal in China...

Considering how much business Uber does in China, it's kind of hard to imagine that ride-hailing apps aren't exactly legal in the country. Well, they weren't, but they're about to be. Chinese regulators have passed a new law that clears up the legal...

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13:21
Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount: $12.99

Check out the Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount. It has a flexible neck that allows you to position your smartphone just the way you want it. and the universal mount is designed to hold what the manufacturer says is all smartphones. The clamp is shock-resistant and slip-resistant rubber pad that won’t slide, You can get this device through our deal for $12.99.


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13:17
Apple's Ivan Krstic to give 'behind the...

Apple's head of Security Engineering and Architecture will go into "unprecedented technical detail" on iOS security during a talk at this year's Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas, including new technology coming with iOS 10.

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13:14
Illumina names Phil Schiller to its board of...

This is all well and good and great for Illumina but I still think Eddy Cue on the board of Ferrari is much more of a fun gig.

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13:12
Report: Apple’s negotiating tactics sunk its long-...

(credit: Andrew Cunningham)

In the months leading up to the announcement of the new Apple TV box last year, there were multiple reports that said the company was also working on a streaming TV service as a way to entice cord-cutters and "cord-nevers" into its ecosystem. Those reports suggested that the service would include some 25 channels and cost $30 or $40 a month, and it would stream live content as well as offer a Netflix-esque back catalog of shows on demand.

But it never came to pass. When the new Apple TV launched, Apple pushed apps as the future of TV rather than an all-in-one service. A new report from the ...

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13:11
Virgin America's app has Spotify playlists...

Virgin America revealed a major overhaul to its website back in 2014, and now it finally has an app for Android and iOS. As you might expect, the retooled mobile software has a similar look and feel to the web portal, but you can use it to book fligh...

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13:00
Apple readying third bond sale this year, $7 billion...

Apple is continuing to take advantage of low interest rates and bond sales to fund its giant stock buyback program. The Financial Times reports that Apple is preparing its third bond sale of the year to the tune of $7 billion:

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12:57
Apple’s latest car hire could steer the company...

Apple’s Bob Mansfield, most famous for his work on the iMac, iPad, MacBook Air, and special projects like the Apple Watch, was recently put in charge of the company’s top secret car project. His first order of business appears to be hiring an operating system expert: former BlackBerry developer Dan Dodge.

According to Bloomberg, Mansfield tapped Dodge to work on autonomous driving software for Apple’s car division, code-named Project Titan, signaling that the company is pivoting from building its own car to making the tech that will power the next generation of cars. Or, more likely, Apple is covering all of its bases and seeing whether hardware, software, or a combination of both will succeed.

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12:44
Uber is making it easier for companies to offer free...

Uber is making it simpler for businesses to offer transportation for their customers by offering UberCENTRAL, a new dashboard that allows businesses to request, manage and pay for Uber rides for their patrons.

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12:22
News: Report: Apple now prioritizing autonomous...

A new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reveals that Apple may be scaling back on its ambitions to build an actual car, shifting its strategy to focus on the development of an autonomous driving system. The report notes that Apple has not entirely abandoned efforts to design its own vehicle, and may in fact even partner with or acquire an established car maker rather than building a car on its own, but those familiar with the project say that…

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12:20
Official 'Dungeons and Dragons' content...

Roll20's online tabletop gaming system has been a haven for veterans of pen-and-paper RPGs for awhile now, but for fans of the original role-playing adventure game, it just got a lot better. Wizards of the Coast is now selling officially licensed Dun...

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12:06
Apple’s security chief to go behind the scenes of...

Apple is planning on discussing various aspects of iOS 10 security in “unprecedented detail” at the upcoming BlackHat USA 2016 security conference. Ivan Krstic, head of Apple Security Engineering and Architecture, will give a 50-minute briefing to discuss cryptographic design, the Secure Enclave found in Touch ID-enabled devices, and a new JIT hardening mechanism in iOS 10. more…

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12:01
News: WSJ: Apple’s ‘hard-charging’ approach...

A new report in the Wall Street Journal provides some insight as to why Apple’s efforts to launch a web-based streaming service may have failed to gain much traction last year. Clearly drawing on information gleaned from sources from within the television industry, the report describes Apple’s typically “assertive” negotiating style as having alienated networks and cable providers, suggesting that the tactics used by Steve…

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12:00
Apple patent filing shows future potential of Touch...

A patent filing made public today stems directly from the Apple purchase of biometric company AuthenTec, and could lead to future iPhones and iPads using part or all of the touchscreen to act a Touch ID sensor.

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11:57
WSJ: Apple’s shot at launching a TV streaming...

When Apple debuted a brand-new Apple TV device in 2015, many of us were left scratching our heads after the announcement. Where was Apple’s long-rumored TV streaming service?

A new report outlined in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday pulls back the curtain a bit to reveal what may have happened: The story claims that Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue proposed demands that were too difficult for major networks to meet. According to the WSJ’s sources, Apple met with Disney (the parent company of ABC and ESPN), Fox, CBS, Comcast (the parent company of NBC), and Time Warner (the parent company of HBO, TNT, CNN, and more) several times between 2009 and 2015, outlining plans for a service that went against standard industry practice. When discussing details of the meeting between Apple and Disney, the report states:

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11:57
You can drive the Elio in 41 states without a...

A year after successfully crowdfunding $25 million to build its 84 mpg closed-cabin tricycle, Elio Motors has done serious legwork to ensure that most folks can drive theirs off the lot without needing additional training. After New Jersey and Rhode...

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Stiglitz Calls Apple's Profit Reporting In...

Jeanna Smialek, and Alex Webb, reporting for Bloomberg: Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz said U.S. tax law that allows Apple to hold a large amount of cash abroad is "obviously deficient" and called the company's attribution of significant earnings to a comparatively small overseas unit a "fraud." "Our current tax system encourages companies to keep their money abroad, opens up a vast loophole through what is called the transfer-pricing system that allows them not only to keep their money abroad but, effectively, to escape taxation," Stiglitz, who advises Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, said. Stiglitz was speaking in response to a question about whether policy makers like Clinton and Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, could develop a plan to encourage companies like Apple to bring their accumulated foreign earnings back to the U.S. About $215 billion of Apple's total $232 billion in cash is held outside of the country, third-quarter earnings results...

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Apple Patents iPhone Digital Crown, but that Doesn’t...

The iPhone and iPad may seem like an odd place to find an Apple Watch-like Digital Crown, but that’s exactly what a just published patent application shows. The patent shows the Digital Crown controlling volume, snapping photos, and locking the display. That doesn’t, however, mean your next iPad will look like a giant Apple Watch.


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11:31
Some wireless keyboards could put your personal info...

If you use a lower-tier wireless keyboard, you may be at risk for an attack called KeySniffer that's able to nab a good deal of personal information from you.

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11:23
Apple bolsters 'Project Titan' self-...

To flesh out the advanced software needed for a self-driving automobile, Apple has reportedly hired talent away from former high-profile rival and now-beleaguered BlackBerry and its QNX division.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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