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Friday July 14

18:47
Friday 5: Fantastical 2 – a better way to manage...

When not using Apple’s built-in default option, Fantastical has long been my go to Calendar app on macOS. The app was just recently updated to version 2.4, a major feature upgrade encompassing things like attachment support, advanced undo/redo, travel time, and more.

But it’s not just the latest upgrades that make this app a worthy default Calendar app replacement. Have a look at five of my favorite Fantastical 2 features in this week’s edition of Friday 5 for more details. more…

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18:16
Samsung's latest app livestreams your mobile...

Even with the advent of Twitch, broadcasting mobile gameplay footage has been finicky for awhile. Samsung wants to make it easier with its new Game Live app for recent Samsung Galaxy handsets, as spotted by SamMobile. So long as your device is runnin...

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17:44
Apple no longer accepting VPN-based ad blockers to...




Apple is reportedly limiting App Store distribution of VPN/root certificate-based ad blockers capable of blocking adds in other third-party apps, and will instead support only first-party content blockers offered through Safari.

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16:47
Seminal sci-fi magazine 'Galaxy' is now...

The next time you watch a big blockbuster sci-fi film like Alien: Covenant, you can thank the original pulp magazines. The written form of the popular genre got its start in comic book-sized magazines like Amazing Stories, Astounding Science Fiction,...

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15:33
YouTube experimenting with GIF-like video previews

According to a post on its help forum, YouTube began to experiment with video previews on the desktop a couple of weeks ago, albeit in limited fashion. But now the company seems to be ready for a wider rollout, as some users have started seeing the f...

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15:00
Kaspersky in the crosshairs

Kaspersky is in what you might call "a bit of a pickle."

The Russian cybersecurity firm, famous for its antivirus products and research reports on active threat groups is facing mounting accusations of working with, or for, the Russian government.

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14:42
Despite recent struggles, SoundCloud says it's...

After last week's reports that SoundCloud would layoff 40 percent of its staff and consolidate its offices, the company is spreading the word that it's here to stay. SoundCloud tweeted earlier this week that it wouldn't be going anywhere, a message i...

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14:37
Alteryx CCO Olivia Duane Adams: Women Do Think...


Analytics is "about having a sense of curiosity -- the ability to look at data and say, 'what is it telling me?'" said Olivia Duane Adams, chief customer officer at Alteryx. "I define analytics as 'the ability to ingest any and all relevant sources of data that might help answer a question being asked.' Analytics is the ability to use all the data you have to answer a question, or at least to drive insight to get to a better answer. Analytics is everywhere, and that's because data is everywhere."

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14:21
Tune into the EVO 2017 fighting game championships...

If you don't have any plans to go outside this weekend, here's something you can do. The EVO 2017 fighting game championships, which feature titles including Street Fighter V and Super Smash Bros., are kicking off today, with the finals set to take p...

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14:03
Life with Bixby is equal parts futuristic and...

In the future, the voice of Bixby -- Samsung's virtual assistant -- will ring forth from refrigerators and smart speakers and who knows what else. No wonder the company is taking its time with it. For those who really can't wait, Bixby's voice interf...

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13:48
Australian bill would make tech companies decrypt...

Weeks ago, the Australian government introduced a new strategy at the Five Eyes security conference to combat terrorism: Force tech titans like Google and Facebook to decrypt communications from users suspected to be extremists or other criminals. It...

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13:45
Apple buying, leasing equipment for suppliers to...




Apple recently bought production equipment for rigid flexible printed circuit boards (RFPCBs) and is now leasing it to suppliers, hoping to secure a stable flow of parts for this fall's "iPhone 8," according to a report.

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13:44
Review: Not-so-obvious smart home with Leviton’s...

Before I had even moved into my new apartment a few months ago, I was already dreaming of ways to integrate HomeKit throughout the space. The number one priority being how to turn it into a not-so-obvious smart home. I didn’t want blinking LEDs littering my apartment, and I didn’t want guests having to question how exactly to turn on a light switch. It needed to appear like a regular apartment, but be HomeKit compatible.

The area I struggled with the most was the light switch. Through weeks of hunting I came across ones that required hubs, had obnoxious LEDs, or looked like alien light switches. Then came Leviton with its HomeKit compatible Decora Smart Switch and Dimmer. At first glance, they don’t even appear to be “smart,” which couldn’t be more perfect for my setup.

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13:29
Juicero admits its hype machine is still too...

The next chapter of Juicero's troubled saga will include staff layoffs, according to a company letter obtained by Fortune. The company's CEO, Jeff Dunn, told employees that along with a focus on its second generation juicer, and bringing down its cos...

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13:22
Apple Daily Report for July 14, 2017

The AWT News Update is on a one-day hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

While U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents can search an American traveler's iPhone, they're not allowed to search any data stored in the cloud, the CBP said recently in response to questions by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

The Australian government has proposed a new cybersecurity law to force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by suspected extremists and other criminals.

An...

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13:21
Rumor: Apple buys production equipment to avoid...

The Korea Herald reports that Apple has spent “tens of millions of dollars” to buy production equipment to avoid delays in circuit boards for the upcoming “iPhone 8.”

The equipment produces the rigid flexible printed circuit board or RFPCB that connects the phone’s chips to other components of the device. The Cupertino, California-based company doesn’t have a production facility, but sources tell The Korea Herald that the tech giant will lease the machines to suppliers to speed up the process. 

Apple did have three RFPCB suppliers lined up to provide the 100 million units the company will need this year, but one allegedly dropped out. The exact reason why the Taiwanese supplier withdrew from the deal with a big client Apple isn’t know, but sources tell The Korea Herald that the firm may have felt a pinch on the tricky production and strict quality requirements along...

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13:10
Here's our first look at Spielberg's...

Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One will be making a big splash at San Diego's Comic-Con next week, but ahead of that Entertainment Weekly has given us our first look at the film. And, well, it looks a lot like the worn out, nostalgia-f...

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12:51
Researchers find coral reefs in a place they shouldn...

While the waters of the North Atlantic and South Pacific tend to have what hard corals need to survive, the North Pacific doesn't, and it has been thought that deep-sea coral reefs were a near impossibility in that part of the ocean. But researchers...

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12:50
Live in NYC? Test Apple HomeKit for free with with...




If you're a ConEdison customer, iPhone user and Mac owner in New York City and you want to dabble in HomeKit with your existing Apple hardware, you can turn your "dumb" window air conditioner into a smart device for free with an accessory and some relatively simple hacks.

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12:32
Twitter will livestream the Electronic Music Awards...

If festival season has left you tapped out financially and physically, Twitter has a way for you to watch this year's Electronic Music Awards. Come September 21st, the microblogging service will broadcast electronic music's Grammy's from a "custom mu...

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12:29
Report: Amid iPhone 8 production struggles, Apple...

According to a new report out of The Korea Herald, Apple is taking matters into its own hands to ensure that key iPhone 8 parts are ready in time for the device’s release. The report says that Apple has recently purchased production equipment that allows it to produce a key component of the iPhone 8 due to one supplier backing out of its agreement…

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12:18
AgileBits Isn’t Forcing 1Password Data to Live in...

A news report referring to AgileBits’s aggressive shift to subscription-based licensing for 1Password overstates a requirement to store passwords at its 1Password.com site.

 

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12:15
Review: Pictar iPhone Camera Grip

Apple's iPhone cameras have gotten to the point that it's the only camera many people even use anymore — certainly most of us here at iLounge have given up on compact point-and-shoot cameras in favour of our always-at-the-ready iPhones, and with the iPhone 7 Plus, some of us can't even see the point in digging out DSLRs anymore. However, despite the impressive quality of the cameras in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, one thing that we often miss is the feel of a more traditional camera and its controls, which is where Miggo's Pictar comes into play — it's an add-on camera accessory for iPhones that provides a traditional grip along with a shutter button and three control wheels for adjusting settings such as exposure and zoom.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:13
Verily's answer to Fresno's mosquito woes...

Last year, executives of Alphabet's life science arm, Verily, discussed a project aimed at controlling invasive mosquito populations, the results of which are now going into effect. To combat the mosquito species that carries viruses like Zika and de...

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11:54
Satellites may predict when a volcanic eruption will...

We've discussed how satellites are being used to research natural disasters, including monitoring the Earth's movement to predict landslides. Now, scientists have begun using satellite data to predict when volcanic eruptions' lava flow will end.

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11:29
Cracking the code behind Apple’s App Store promo...

Equinox blog:

Apple is known for doing things with more attention to detail than most companies. So it should come as no surprise that even App Store gift cards with their promo codes have a few secret details that help make the experience more Apple-like.

So what powers the simple App Store promo codes? Secret fonts, special dimensions, and many more.

Today, we uncover these secrets.

And:

Apple’s App Store gift cards have a special trick: you can simply hold one up to your iPhone or Mac’s camera and it’ll automatically scan in the code and redeem the card for you. As developers, we thought it’d be cool to print some of our own promo code cards to give away at events, so we tried to create our own scannable cards. Turns out, there’s more to it than meets the eye…

This is some fascinating reverse engineering. My concern is that the post exposes font details that might be used to break Apple’s carefully built promo card system. If so, I’d...

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11:28
9to5Rewards: CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 3 Dock for...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is CalDigit, makers of high-quality storage products for Mac and other devices. The company has two of its new Thunderbolt Station 3 docks for Mac to give away to readers this week…

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11:00
Happy Hour Podcast 128 | iPhone 8 wireless charging...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss iPhone 8 ‘panic’ stories including wireless charging shipping late, new color rumors including a mirror finish, Apple’s new HomeKit displays, and changes and improvements in the latest iOS 11 betas.

9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

more…

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10:47
Deals: $100 off 2017 13" MacBook Pros or $350-$...




Black Friday in July is still going strong with $100 off two new 13" MacBook Pros with function keys at Amazon. Or save $350 to $450 at Apple authorized resellers on closeout 2016 models with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Verizon has AirPods in stock with free 2-day shipping, and eBay is offering shoppers 20% off select tech with coupon as well.

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10:37
Ring accessory for Pokémon GO Plus arriving in Japan...

As this summer marks the one-year anniversary of Pokémon GO, we’ve seen lots of updates running up to the first official live event taking place in Chicago on July 22. Now, a new accessory for the Pokémon GO Plus will reportedly arrive tomorrow… more…

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10:35
RFID tech expansion in iOS 11 allows Apple iPhone to...




With the introduction of iOS 11, security company WISeKey's WISeAuthentic solution for brand protection will be compatible for the first time with Apple's iPhones.

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09:43
New Warren DeMartini and Jake E Lee Charvel guitars

Charvel continues its long-held partnerships with Warren DeMartini and Jake E Lee with the upcoming release of brand-new signature models. The Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie and the Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst will be unveiled this week at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tenn., and available to consumers in October 2017.

Both of these guys are among my favorite players.

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09:39
Australia proposes law to access encrypted data from...

Australia on Friday proposed new laws to compel companies such as U.S. social media giant Facebook and device manufacturer Apple to provide security agencies access to encrypted messages.

They don’t seem to understand that you can’t just let them have access to the information. Once access is grant, security is weaker for everyone.

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09:32
Easily Manage and Protect Your Apple Devices at Work

Thanks to Jamf Now for sponsoring The Loop this week. Jamf Now is an on-demand mobile device management solution for your iPad, iPhone and Mac devices at work. We make management tasks like deploying Wi-Fi passwords, securing company data and enforcing passcodes, simple and affordable, so businesses can support their users; no IT required. Get started for free today!

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Logitech MX Master 2S Mouse $...

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

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09:14
PSA: Apple updates list of countries eligible for $...

An updated Apple Music support page now lists all countries eligible for the $99 annual membership. This updated page acts as an official announcement considering the initial launch had none.

more…

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09:09
Gudak turns your iPhone into a $1 Kodak-like...

While we are seemingly light-years past regularly using disposable cameras, the folks over at Screw Bar have developed a new iOS app to bring back the nostalgic Kodak disposable camera experiences from yesteryear. more…

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08:54
Sprint Flex and Sprint Deals announced as new...

Sprint has today announced two new programs to buy and upgrade to the latest smartphones through the carrier. As the name suggests, Sprint Flex brings several new options to device leasing for postpaid accounts, and Sprint Deals provides the option of purchasing with or without a credit check. Meanwhile the carrier’s year of free service promotion for new customers is still live…

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08:39
US Customs says it can search iPhones, but not cloud...




While U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents can search an American traveler's iPhone, they're not allowed to search any data stored in the cloud, the CBP said recently in response to questions by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

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08:35
Belkin USB-C to HDMI Adapter brings 4K video output...

The downside of Apple's recent love affair with Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports on the MacBook and MacBook Pro is that users need to buy adapters and cables to interface with just about anything. For those who wish to connect a MacBook Pro to a HD or UHD (4K) TV, that usually means spending $69 on Apple's USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter. Fortunately, Belkin is now offering a USB-C to HDMI Adapter priced at $49.99 so you can save a bit of money on your dongle expenditures without sacrificing quality.

Belkin USB-C to HDMI Adapter. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

Belkin's adapter is meant to be used with your own HDMI cable, so it's perfect for those situations where you already have a HDMI to HDMI cable available and just need some way to plug it into your MacBook or MacBook Pro. The Belkin adapter supports 4K video at a 60Hz refresh rate for High Dynamic Range video at resolutions up to 4096 x...

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07:19
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 seen launching in...




Samsung will likely ship the Galaxy Note 8 in September "at the earliest," according to a report, a timeframe which would pit the device directly against Apple's new iPhones -- including the "iPhone 8."

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07:00
Game developers cautiously optimistic about Mac’s...

While Macs are popular for many high-end applications, including music creation and video editing, there’s one demanding field where they have mostly been dismissed: gaming.

ArsTechnica declared Mac gaming dead as long ago as 2007, and ten years later Oculus declared that Macs still aren’t good enough for VR – despite workarounds.

But Ars says that there is now some optimism among game developers …

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07:00
The Big Journey takes you on a charming, dumpling-...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Imagine you’re a cat. An adorable blue kitty who loves food—specifically, fresh-steamed dumplings. That’s not too much of a stretch, right? 

Armor Games

Who doesn’t want to be this cat?! 

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06:48
News: Apple releases third watchOS 4 developer beta

Two days following the release of third developer betas for iOS 11 and tvOS 11, Apple has pushed out a third beta for watchOS 4, featuring a build number of 15R5321h. The release notes for this latest beta, which is not part of Apple’s Public Beta program, include an “Update 1” reference in the title, suggesting that Apple may have originally intended to push out the third watchOS 4 beta alongside the corresponding iOS 11 and tvOS…

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06:42
Bangalore iPhone App Accelerator facility gives...




Developers from Apple's Bangalore, India App Accelerator claim that the center gives them a leg up on competitors, with the mentoring help them adopt Apple's frameworks much quicker than they would have otherwise.

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06:20
∞ iPhone silly season and the elimination of Touch ID

We’re homing in on a likely fall iPhone rollout and the rumors are flying. John Gruber, from a piece titled iPhone silly season:

With software Apple can (and does) play a bit fast and loose. iOS 11.0 won’t be baked until late August. But software can (and always is) patched. Hardware doesn’t work like that. Many of the decisions related to the hardware on this year’s new iPhones were made two years ago. (And there are decisions being made now for 2019’s new iPhones.)

Is there a 3D laser sensor on the back of the new iPhone? Is there a Touch ID sensor? I don’t know. But Apple knows, and has known for a while. Months, even.

And:

If the new iPhone ships without a Touch ID sensor and there is no replacement authentication technology that is as good or better than Touch ID — that would be a dead canary in...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Eye Level In-Car Smartphone Holder

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering this Eye Level In-Car Smartphone Holder for only $19.99 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This smartphone holder mounts to your rear-view mirror so that you can easily see your iPhone at eye level and keep your eyes on the road.

Get the Eye Level In-Car Smartphone Holder now for only $19.99...

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06:00
The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Pi Case does...

A piece of Pi

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a new case that can power your iPhone and remotely control your TV. Read on!

Piware

Image by Piware

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06:00
Developers: Get the Complete iOS 11 Machine Learning...

Ten bucks doesn't buy a lot these days, but if you have a spare Hamilton in your wallet you can get yourself prepared to develop intelligent apps. iOS 11 apps have the capability to add a machine learning layer with the CoreML framework, and today's deal is perfect if you want to know how to create apps that can "see", analyze text, and do speech and language recognition. The Complete iOS 11 Machine Learning Masterclass is $10 for a limited time.  

•    Optional - iOS Fundamentals
•    Optional - Machine Learning Concepts
•    iOS Machine Learning With Photos
•    CoreML:  All about custom models
•    CoreML with Data Set models
•    Project: coreML with Video Camera
•    Section 8: END...

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05:58
B-Eng releases File Manager for macOS

B-Eng has released File Manager Pro for Mac. Offered as a replacement for the Finder app, it sports a double window layout.

The main features of File Manager app are its ability to synchronize directories with a single click, compress/un-compress files, advanced search and sorting options, as well as interactive disk space managing tools and more. It also offers interactive disk space managing tools.

File Manager Pro is available now from B-Eng online and costs $19.99. It requires macOS 10.11 or later.

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05:53
How to get a refund for iTunes or App Store purchases

This is a brand new refresh of the iOS/Mac/web refund process. Bookmark and pass along.

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05:46
U.S. Border Protection can search devices but not...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has advised a Senator that while it has the power to search electronic devices and examine all data stored on them, these powers do not extend to searching data stored in the cloud …

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05:37
Here’s a sneak peek at Disney’s coming Star Wars Land

Disney doesn’t add entire new lands that frequently. A new land is an entire new, heavily themed area for the park, with new rides, new attractions and, of course, new shops.

In this case, both DisneyWorld and Disneyland are getting a new Star Wars Land, which is said to open in 2019. TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief Matthew Panzarino wrangled an invite to see what the new land is going to look like. Follow the headline link to step through the slide show, and check the video embedded in the tweet in the main Loop post for a panning shot of the 3D model.

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05:32
AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8'...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about "iPhone 8" rumors and hype, including what its anticipated advanced camera system, complete with frickin' lasers, could mean for ARKit. We also tackle on-set audio editing with a MacBook Pro on the film "Baby Driver," iPhone wireless charging rumors, facial recognition, and much more.

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05:16
Radiohead album hides an app that only runs on an ’...

The only thing better than Radiohead hiding the app like this is the fact that someone figured it out. Deep geek.

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05:15
Apple AirPods now available through Verizon Wireless...

If you’re hankering for a pair of Apple AirPods and are sick of Apple being sold out of them, Verizon Wireless has them.

After selling out numerous times, Verizon Wireless now has inventory of Apple AirPods with free 2-day shipping, beating Apple’s 6-week wait.

The AirPods are available while supplies last and are available for $159.97 with free 2-day shipping. This beats Apple’s current 6-week wait and puts the hard to find accessory in your hands the fastest without paying more than MSRP.

If you’ve tried Verizon Wireless’ storefront and have any feedback to offer about it, please let us know in the comments.

Via AppleInsider and...

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05:01
Facebook testing GIF creator as camera option in iOS...

Facebook is testing a GIF creator in the camera section of the iOS app. The feature has already rolled out to some users …

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05:00
New Apple Park drone footage emerges, shows work on...

The latest drone footage of the Apple Park campus, shot by Matthew Roberts, reveals the
visitor center taking shape, the reassembled historic barn, the lake/pond looking almost ready to be filled with water and additional greenery that’s been added.

The newly-planted trees help define what the space will be, and with the inclusion of them in the interior of the ring, this helps flesh out what the final green areas will look like.

Additional work has been done inside the glass-enclosed entrance to the Steve Jobs Theater, and viewers can see the visitor center, located across the street, starting to take shape. This will combine an on-site Apple Store with a cafe open to the public.

The large pond/small lake inside the ring has giant sheets of waterproof membrane laid out in the center, suggesting that water will soon be pumped into it.

Interestingly, Apple, which promised to protect and faithfully reassemble the historic Glendenning Barn...

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05:00
The state of Mac gaming

Enlarge / Could this really be a keyboard and mouse for modern gaming? Well... (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Gaming on the Mac is terrible, right? That has been the consensus among gamers for a decade-plus—Ars even declared Mac gaming dead all the way back in 2007. But in reality, the situation has gotten better. And after Apple dedicated an unprecedented amount of attention to Mac gaming at WWDC 2017, things might be looking up for Mac gamers in the coming years.

When Apple announced...

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05:00
Apple patent shows an iMac with slots for recharging...

I don’t think this will happen, but Apple has been granted a patent that shows an iMac with a recharging slot of a removable battery for an iPhone, iPad, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Mouse. The patent (number 20170200988) is for a “battery charging system and mobile and accessory devices.”

It involves a method and system for recharging batteries for wireless electronic devices. The system includes a host machine — that would be the iMac — providing charging slots and wireless devices coupled to and powered by a batteries. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that an “apparatus or method” is needed that can that can reduce or help users manage the power requirements of the plethora of wireless devices. The company says it would be helpful to have an apparatus or method that can reduce the time wireless devices are taken out of commission as their batteries are re-charged and that it would be helpful to have an apparatus or method that streamline the process of charging the...

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04:41
Comment: Suggestions that Apple is still undecided...

John Gruber has succinctly summarised my own doubts about claims that Apple is still in the process of making hardware decisions about the iPhone 8 at this late stage. In particular, that no final decision has yet been made about whether or not to include Touch ID, or replace it altogether with face-recognition.

I think it’s bonkers to think that Apple is still working on hardware decisions like this in the middle of July […] Hardware doesn’t work like that. Many of the decisions related to the hardware on this year’s new iPhones were made two years ago …

Although there have...

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04:30
How to restore a disk image to a disk in macOS Sierra

You can use the Disk Utility in macOS Sierra to restore a disk image to a disk. In macOS Sierra. A disk image (.dmg file) is a file that looks and acts like a mountable device or volume. 

However, proceed with caution because your first have to erase the disk. If the disk image has multiple partitions, you must restore each partition individually. To restore a disk image with a single volume to a disk:

  • In the sidebar, select the volume that you want to restore, then click the Restore button or choose Edit > Restore. This is the volume that is erased and becomes the exact copy.
  • Click the Restore pop-up menu, then choose the volume you want to copy. If you’re restoring from a disk image, click the Image button, then navigate to that disk image.
  • Click Restore.

To restore a disk image with multiple volumes to a disk, you must partition the destination disk, then restore each volume individually.

Open the disk image by double-...

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04:00
Edifier MP700 offers high-end audio in a portable...

By Aaron Lee

Cheap portable speakers are all about compact size and mainly focus on making the music streaming from a phone louder, without a strong focus on sound quality.

However, the $229.99 Edifier MP700 delivers a high-end audio in a portable package with two drivers and two silk dome tweeters for balanced sound. 

The streamlined design has a full length handle, so it’s (relatively) easy to carry considering it’s 11 x 4.3 x 2.6 inches and weighs 3.5 pounds. Plus, it can double as a stand to angle the speaker for improved listening. 

The MP700 produces clear, strong music with built-in Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Dynamic Range Control (DRC) for balanced, but powerful, 36 watts of sound. It features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that delivers up to eight hours of listening time per charge. Unfortunately, there's no battery level on the speaker...

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03:38
Aeon Timeline 2.2.5

Addresses a crash that occurred with Move Items to Trash when syncing with Ulysses, and fixes a number of bugs. ($50 new, free update, 49.8 MB)

 

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00:01
iMac: Everything you need to know about Apple’s all-...

The iMac is a direct descendant of the very first Mac, and it’s often the computer that longtime users think about when they think about the Macintosh. The iMac’s all-in-one design is popular and iconic.

The iMac is great for both novices and demanding users. It can handle general-purpose and heavy-duty tasks equally well. It’s ideal for someone who needs to buy a complete computer setup (keyboard, mouse or trackpad, and display) and wants to maximize workspace efficiency.

The current iMac lineup was released in June 2017 during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. While the new iMacs might look the same on the outside as its predecesors, they’re quite a bit different inside. It starts with the screen: Apple says the new iMacs have the “best Mac displays ever,” upping the brightness to 500 nits to make them 43 percent brighter while bringing support for a billion colors. You’ll also get faster Intel Kaby Lake...

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Thursday July 13

21:48
Proposed Australian law forces tech companies to...




The Australian government on Friday proposed a set of new cybersecurity measures that would compel technology companies like Apple to provide law enforcement agencies access to encrypted customer messages.

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21:30
US Customs can search phones but not data stored in...

If you're entering or exiting the US anytime soon, take note: border officials can search your devices with or without probable cause, but they can't touch anything stored solely in the cloud. Acting US Customs and Border Protection commissioner Kevi...

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18:57
Use Alexa to control Sony 4K TVs with your voice

Another day, another Alexa skill, right? Well the latest set is pretty useful if you feel like talking to your TV actually responding when you yell at it. With Sony's 2017 4K models with HDR and Android TV you can turn them on and off, adjust volume,...

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17:44
Energy-recycling stairs could replace stairlifts

For most people stairs are a minor inconvenience, but for those with mobility issues they're a nightmare. However, the tedious ascent is set to get a lot easier thanks to new "energy-recycling stairs" that are currently in the works. The idea is that...

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17:39
Would you rather Apple delay the iPhone 8 or launch...

Apple news this week has largely been dominated by reports claiming Apple is struggling to get key features of the iPhone 8 ready ahead of its launch. Some have said that Apple will launch the flagship device with certain features missing, while others have said the company will simply push the device’s release back by a few weeks.

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17:37
KeyCue 8.5

Speeds up background activities and reduces memory allocation, while also addressing a couple of bugs. (€19.99 new, free update, 5.3 MB)

 

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17:20
Hyperloop One Test: Beginning of a New...


Hyperloop One on Wednesday announced that it had conducted a successful first test of a specially designed vehicle to travel in a vacuum environment. The company achieved controlled propulsion and levitation of a Hyperloop One vehicle at 70 mph on a 315-foot test track in the Nevada desert. The test vehicle reached nearly 2Gs of acceleration during its brief 5.3 second test run on the specially built track. A comparison has been drawn between the Hyperloop accomplishment and the Wright Brothers' first test flight in December 1903.

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17:02
Watch: How to gain access to a locked iOS device




Locked out of your iPhone or iPad? AppleInsider shows you how to regain access by restoring or resetting your device using a few easy methods in this video.

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17:01
iPhone Silly Season

Yours truly, in a tweet on July 7:

I’ve heard that inductive charging will (a) be sold separately,
and (b) might be late, waiting for iOS 11.1 (a la Portrait mode
last year).
https://twitter.com/ATP_Tipster1/status/883457889729425408

On July 11, Mark Sullivan reported a piece for Fast Company under the headline “Source: A ‘Sense of Panic’ at Apple as the Next Flagship iPhone’s Software Problems Persist”:

June was a tense month for the engineers and designers on Apple’s
iPhone team with “a sense of panic in the air,” a source with
knowledge of the situation tells me.

The company has been working feverishly to fix software problems
in its hotly...

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16:38
WhatsApp lets you share any file you want

In its latest update, Whatsapp has upgraded a few of its capabilities. For starters, while its initial roll out of document attachments last year was limited to PDFs, users can now share any file type. Shared files are limited to 100MB according to W...

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16:36
Apple releases third watchOS 4 beta to developers




Three weeks after releasing the second beta version of its upcoming watchOS 4 operating system to developers, Apple on Thursday issued a third beta of the Apple Watch software for testing and evaluation.

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16:06
Apple execs Tim Cook and Eddy Cue rub elbows with...




Apple CEO Tim Cook and SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue were spotted at the annual Allen & Co retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho, this week, where they will hobnob with industry leaders, political elites and more.

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15:44
iFixit rips out the Galaxy Note Fan Edition's...

Now that Samsung has officially relaunched its troubled Galaxy Note 7 as a "Fan Edition," the folks at iFixit couldn't help but dive back in. As you'd guess, Samsung has chosen to deal with the Note 7's unfortunate tendency to explode by going to the...

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15:37
PopChar X 8.1

Adds additional search keywords for emoji characters and support for the new Unicode 10.0 standard. (€29.99 new, free update from version 8.0, 5.0 MB)

 

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15:11
Racist Airbnb host ordered to take Asian American...

An Airbnb host who cancelled a reservation based on a guest's race has been ordered to pay $5,000 and take a college-level course in Asian American studies. Earlier this year, Dyne Suh booked a cabin in Big Bear, California and as she and three other...

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14:50
A Google search is all you need to schedule a haircut

Reserve with Google is going wide. What started as a test run last December, opened to the rest of the country in March and now, in addition to workout classes, you can book a spa day and a haircut too. "This feature is made possible through partners...

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14:23
Airbnb gives business travelers the option to book...

Business travel can seriously suck, with soulless, inexpensive hotel rooms the norm for many of us. Airbnb offers a unique alternative, with personal homes and rental units that business travelers can stay in while on a work trip. To make it even eas...

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14:07
Apple rolling out watchOS 4 beta 3 to developers

Apple today is rolling out the third beta of watchOS 4 to developer. The rollout comes following the release of the third betas of macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11, and iOS 11 earlier this week. The update carries the build number 15R5321h.

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14:04
AMD's powerful 16-core Threadripper CPU will...

AMD didn't have many details to share about its 16-core Ryzen Threadripper CPU when it was announced back in May, but now it's ready to spill the beans. The chip, officially known as the Threadripper 1950X, will sell for $999, the company announced t...

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14:00
AWT News Update: July 13, 2017

We have a few short stories that add up to a long podcast today:

  • Bloomberg reports that Apple's iOS will have a huge advantage in augmented reality over Android
  • Fast Company says that the upcoming iPhone 8 may use lasers for AR depth detection and faster autofocus
  • We tell you about a free photo filter app that's available to anyone with the Apple Store app loaded on their iOS device

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13:55
Next generation Apple Watch likely to focus even...

Apple will push its next generation smartwatch — likely dubbed Apple Watch Series 3 — even more as a device for boosting health and fitness. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that personal trainer Ben Lucas, a former professional rugby player, has been invited to meet with reps from the tech giant at a Hollywood-based educational session next week.

“It’s the launch of what they’re going to be doing in the near future,” Lucas told Fairfax Media, which owns The Sydney Morning Herald. “It’s got to do with how the watch will sync with gym equipment and your vital stats like heart rate and calorie output.”

In addition to a faster processor and longer battery life, cellular connectivity has been a rumored addition to the Apple Watch. SIG analyst Christopher Rolland believes...

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13:50
Mt. Gox chief claims innocence ahead of Bitcoin trial

At one point, the Mt. Gox exchange facilitated 80 percent of the world's Bitcoin transactions. That was, at least, until 2014 when someone absconded with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the digital currency -- as well as an additional $28 mi...

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13:46
Former Apple sales exec named COO of Box

Former Apple exec, Apple exec Stephanie Carullo, will succeed Dan Levin as chief operating officer a Box, according to TechCrunch. Box is a company that makes “an enterprise content management platform that solves simple and complex challenges, from sharing and accessing files on mobile devices to sophisticated business processes like data governance and retention.”

Carullo was Apple’s vice president of sales fro 2011 to 2015. She has also worked at Cisco Systems, Telstra, and Hampton Creek. She has a BA degree from Monash University. Her 25-year career includes management and executive stints. 

Box CEO Aaron Levie told TechCrunch he was especially impressed with Carullo's go-to-market background. She will be leading and integrating the company’s global sales, marketing, customer success and business...

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13:44
'Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom' delayed...

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch brought the unique beauty of a Studio Ghibli movie to North American PS3s in 2012. The gorgeous RPG was slated to get a sequel, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, this coming November, but it looks as if we'll have...

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13:38
DirecTV Now will soon add cloud DVR, live TV pausing...

AT&T today has announced a variety of next-generation features that will soon come to DirecTV Now. As part of a larger upgrade to AT&T’s somewhat cluttered video services, DirecTV Now is gaining cloud DVR, streaming quality improvements, and more…

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13:37
Fantastical 2.4

Adds a number of frequently requested features, including attachment viewing and editing on iCloud and Exchange accounts and travel time notifications. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.3 MB)

 

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13:26
FanDuel and DraftKing’s merger is just a fantasy...

Facing a formidable legal challenge by the Federal Trade Commission, online fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel announced on Thursday that they have cancelled their planned business merger. The decision was made "in the best interest of our s...

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13:21
Waymo & Uber in settlement talks over stolen...




Alphabet's self-driving car subsidiary, Waymo, is in court-ordered settlement talks with Uber -- though the former maintains that its lawsuit can prove Uber used trade secrets taken by one-time employee Anthony Levandowski.

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13:16
Climate change is making it harder for airplanes to...

We already know that climate change might make air travel more turbulent. But now it looks like it will impact it in an even more drastic way: A new study in the journal Climatic Change examines how rising air temperatures will affect airplanes' abil...

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12:55
Sweetgreen iPhone app applies meal calorie counts to...




Organic food restaurant Sweetgreen has added the ability to apply calorie counts for take-out dishes to Health data when orders are placed through an app -- and it appears to be among the first of its kind.

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12:50
Apple’s Tim Cook and Eddy Cue again attend Sun...

For the sixth year in a row, Tim Cook is in attendance at the Sun Valley media conference in Idaho this summer. Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of software and services, is there alongside Cook. The duo have made it a trend to attend Sun Valley every year together.

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12:47
Net neutrality supporters sent over 5 million emails...

Yesterday, activists advocating for a free and open internet rallied individuals to submit over two million comments and millions of emails and phone calls to the FCC in support of Net Neutrality. Popular sites across the web, from Yelp to Pornhub (a...

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12:39
BMW drivers can't escape work thanks to in-car...

In the age of after-hours company emails, working lunches and constant connectivity, the one place you can escape is your car, right? Not so fast, easy rider. With help from Microsoft, BMW has installed Skype for Business in select vehicles running B...

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12:21
Acer's 34-inch ultrawide FreeSync monitor has...

CDW's got a pretty good deal right now for ultrawide curved display fans. The retailer's selling the 34-inch Acer XR341CK for $550. That's quite a drop from this monitor's initial $1,100 asking price back in 2015, and it's better than the best price you'll find elsewhere. For example, the going rate in Amazon's marketplace is about $150 more.

The specs on Acer's ultrawide IPS panel are a mix of great and respectable. It has a 4ms response time, which is about what you'd expect on an IPS display. It also has a 75Hz refresh rate. Speaking of which—this monitor comes with AMD FreeSync technology. This allows compatible AMD graphics cards to sync their refresh rates with the monitor. The end result is less screen tearing and image stutter. (By the...

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12:19
‘Deadpool’ and ‘Logan’ Comic-Con editions pair Blu-...

San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 20th through the 23rd and today, Fox Home Entertainment announced it will have some exclusive merch available in limited quantities. New editions of five of its films will include vinyl copies of their soundtracks a...

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