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Sunday July 12

21:04
24 Hour Deal: Apple's fully-loaded 13"...

For the next 24 hours, readers can grab Apple's top-of-the-line 13" MacBook Air (1.7GB, 8GB, 512GB) model MF068LL/A for just $1,249 with free expedited shipping and no sales tax outside NY -- a $500 savings and the lowest price anywhere by $150.

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17:03
Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata dies

It's a sad, sad day in the video game world. Nintendo reports that President and CEO Satoru Iwata has died at the age of 55 due to a bile duct growth. The executive had been forced to skip E3 2014 due to health issues and had surgery to remove a grow...

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16:28
Ditching RAM may lead to low-cost supercomputers

Many servers, supercomputers and other monster systems thrive on high-speed RAM to keep things running smoothly, but this memory is wildly expensive -- and that limits not just the number of nodes in these clusters, but who can use them. MIT research...

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16:02
The Logic Pros: How to create custom sampler...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we are taking a look at one of Logic’s most prized possessions. A mainstay since, well, almost forever, the EXS24 sampler may seem basic and over-looked simply by virtue of being around for so long, but it might be one of LPX’s most useful musical instruments.

Not only does EXS24 come with hundreds of GBs of samples and the instruments they are made up of inside LPX (for free), but it can also be used to create our very own sampler instruments. For those just getting into Logic for the first time, EXS’s true potential can be somewhat hidden behind the wealth of instruments you’ll find in your library after installation, so we thought a rundown of how to create custom instruments and its additional features was in...

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14:59
HSBC tweets UK Apple Pay launching on Tuesday as...


HSBC appears to have let slip the release date of Apple Pay in the UK over Twitter. In a tweet that has since been deleted, a support representative from the bank said ‘Yes! It’s due to launch this Tuesday! We are excited too’. 9to5Mac previously reported the 14th July date for the expansion of Apple Pay into the UK a couple of weeks ago.

UK retailers also seem to think that the Apple Pay launch is imminent as signs showing support for the contactless technology have started appearing across the country, as noted by 9to5Mac readers and Matt...

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14:56
Microsoft wants you to teach computers how to learn

As clever as learning computers may be, they only have as much potential as their software. What if you don't have the know-how to program one of these smart systems yourself? That's where Microsoft Research thinks it can help: it's developing a mach...

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14:27
GraphicConverter 9.7.1

Adds new batch operations while increasing system requirement to 10.8 Mountain Lion or later. ($39.95 new, free update, 159 MB)

 

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13:23
Oaxis' health devices track your water, weight...

You may not have heard of Oaxis, but it's determined to get on your radar if you're a health maven. The young firm is crowdfunding a Wellness Suite that includes not just the obligatory fitness bands (the O2 and Ji Cheng), but also a smart water bott...

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12:20
Video: iOS 9 multitasking on the iPad Air 2


Mission Control and Split View in El Capitan. Video edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link)

ars.AD.queue.push(["xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:[], collapse: true}]);If you've read our overview of the iOS 9 Public Beta, you already have some idea how the iPad's new Slide Over and Split View multitasking features work. At this point, those of you with newer tablets may have installed the beta and tested them out yourselves. But if you have an older iPad or if you're waiting for a more stable build of iOS 9 to use, we've put together a quick video to show the features in action.

Slide Over—supported on the iPad Air 2 as well as the original iPad Air, the iPad Mini 2, and the iPad...

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11:55
ASUS' slim and sharp ZenPad S tablet arrives in...

Looks like you didn't have to wait long for ASUS' ZenPad S 8.0 to show up in the US -- Best Buy is now selling the 8-inch Android 5.1 slate for an easy-to-swallow $200. While this isn't the highest-end version (it's carrying 'just' 2GB of RAM and a s...

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11:38
How to restore your iPhone from an iCloud backup

Since the introduction of iOS 5 in 2011, Apple has provided a simple, yet powerful way to restore your iPhone from a previous iCloud backup via either iTunes on a Mac or directly on the device itself. AppleInsider takes you through the process step-by-step.

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10:42
Amid financial crisis, Apple offering Greek iCloud...

Earlier this month, Greece instituted new regulations amid the country’s financial crisis that blocked users from renewing iCloud subscriptions and buying from iTunes and the App Store. At the time, this left many users wondering what would happen to their iCloud data, seeing that they legally couldn’t pay to keep their subscription alive. Now, however, it appears that Apple is stepping up to ensure that user data remains intact during Greece’s financial crisis.

Greek website iPhoneHellas reports that Apple will not charge Greek iCloud subscribers for their paid storage plans until 30 days after the normal renewal date, effectively giving users a free month...

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10:24
Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight...

It's no secret that Quentin Tarantino prefers film over digital, and he's underscoring that point with the planned debut of The Hateful Eight. The director kicked off a San Diego Comic-Con panel with a video revealing that his Western was not only sh...

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09:00
7 games with a Zen state of mind

You've had a long day. Your alarm didn't go off, so you rush to get to work. To make matters worse, you get to your bus just as it's pulling away, so you have to wait 15 minutes for the next one. Then you spill coffee down the front of your shirt rig...

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08:00
Why the Apple Watch is flopping

The Apple Watch, despite years of hype before it was even announced, appears to be flopping after all.

It wasn't a good sign when Apple announced shortly before the Watch release that they weren't going to be breaking out sales numbers. Now, a new r...

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07:20
Deals: $150 off all 12" MacBooks with AppleCare...

AppleInsider this week will be launching a number of stellar deals ahead of the back-to-school buying season, the first of which offer $150 off all of Apple's new 12" MacBooks with AppleCare (most in stock and ready to ship) and between $300-$400 off all new 15" MacBook Pros with AppleCare (also in stock).

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: cliffside homes and...

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

What if your car was powered by sunlight? It sounds like a dream come true -- but that's exactly what a tea...

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06:26
FTC Officials Looking Into Apple's Streaming...

Apple may have a bigger business problem than displeasing Taylor Swift with its new Apple Music service; According to Reuters, U.S. regulators are said (by anonymous sources) to be looking into Apple's treatment of music-streaming rivals, now that the company has gone from selling only downloadable music to competing directly with alternatives like Spotify and Pandora. A slice:

While $9.99 has emerged as the going monthly rate for music subscriptions, including Apple's, some streaming companies complain that Apple's cut forces them to either charge more in the App Store than they do on other platforms or erode their profit margins.

The Federal Trade Commission is looking at the issue but has not begun a formal investigation, said the three industry sources, who requested anonymity. The agency has had meetings with multiple concerned parties, one source said. The agency meets with companies routinely, and a formal investigation may not materialize.

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Saturday July 11

18:22
Apple gives Greek iCloud users 30 days free service...

To prevent an interruption in services, Apple is offering a free 30-day extension to paying iCloud subscribers in Greece currently unable to pay monthly fees due to capital control measures instituted in the region.

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15:43
Apple Music faces scrutiny from the FTC

It's been reported even before Apple launched its Music streaming service that the company's facing antitrust probes in the US. Now, Reuters says the FTC has begun looking into Cupertino's "treatment of rival streaming music apps" to make sure it's n...

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14:56
GameBench shows iPhone 6 beats Galaxy S6 in game...

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from last fall beat this year's top Android flagship phones in a series of raw performance benchmarks. However, despite often having a pixel resolution advantage, Android phones also typically deliver worse looking graphics on top of being slower, as revealed by GameBench.

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14:21
Android gets Google Maps desktop-to-mobile...

The latest update to Google Maps on Android is one of those things that honestly should have happened a long time ago, but surprisingly didn't until recently: Now you can send destination info directly to your mobile device from the desktop. Just lik...

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14:00
FTC exploring whether Apple’s 30% cut from music...

Reuters reported on Friday that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is looking into whether it's legal for Apple to continue taking a 30 percent cut from sales within rival music streaming apps now that the company has its own music streaming service.

No formal investigation has been launched, but one anonymous source speaking to Reuters said that the FTC “has had meetings with multiple concerned parties” to discuss the issue.

Two other anonymous sources said that the FTC is exploring antitrust concerns related to restrictions that Apple places on its rivals, including “a prohibition on advertising in the app that the company is on other platforms, a ban on marketing in the app that consumers can also buy directly from the company’s website, and a ban on linking to a company’s website from within the app.”...

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13:49
Oh Google

All I had to do to turn my phone into a stealth Google Photos uploader was to turn on the backup sync, then uninstall the app. Whereas one might reasonably believe uninstalling the app from the phone would stop photos from uploading automatically to Google Photos, the device still does it even in the app’s absence. Since making this discovery, I have re-created the issue multiple times in multiple settings on my Galaxy S5.

So, you delete Google Photos and it continues to upload your photos without your consent. Perfect.

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13:00
Target attempts to unravel the connected home with...

Target wants you to have a connected home. It even created a showroom called Open House in the middle of San Francisco to help its shoppers figure out how such a home is supposed to work. But a side effect of this new mini store is that it could show...

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11:55
Watch a TV documentary about YouTube at 10PM Eastern

YouTube may be one of the big reasons to ditch conventional TV, but that isn't stopping the National Geographic Channel from putting YouTube on TV. The network is airing Generation YouTube, a documentary on the origins and cultural impact of the stre...

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11:50
FTC ponders App Store's 30% take from streaming...

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you already know that Apple takes a 30-percent cut of all purchases made through the App Store and in-app purchases. While that setup has worked out reasonably well for both Apple and third-party developers, it’s raising some eyebrows in Washington, DC in the wake of Apple Music’s launch.

Reuters reported Friday that the US Federal Trade Commission may open an investigation into whether that 30-percent cut gives Apple Music an unfair edge over rival streaming music services like Spotify and Rdio. Streaming company executives tell Reuters that it’s difficult enough to make a profit at the customary $9.99 monthly subscription rate, and Apple’s 30-percent policy doesn’t help matters anyway.

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10:30
Hacking Team's clients are a who's who of...

We now know that Hacking Team, a company responsible for building some of the more notorious surveillance software in the world, was also doing business with some of the most notorious regimes in the world. How do we know this? Well a treasure trove ...

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10:00
'Pac-Man' Satellite to Munch on Space Junk


There are more than 300,000 pieces of debris larger than 1 cm circulating less than 2,000km above Earth, and EPFL is working on a solution to the problem. Its CleanSpace One satellite project has passed a milestone toward its goal of launching a cleanup satellite to capture and destroy its SwissCube, which has been orbiting Earth for more than five years. S3, which focuses on in-orbit delivery of small satellites, will invest about $16 million in the cleanup system, which eSpace likened to a Pac-Man gobbling up space debris.

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09:30
Caturday: Bubbling over with MacBook Pro love

Bubbles the cat. Photo courtesy of Ryley Johnson.

You're a cat, your human has just finished watching a movie on a MacBook Pro, and it's chilly. So what better spot is there to lay your head than on that warm MBP? This week's Caturday cat is Bubbles, who lives with AWT reader Ryley Johnson. Ryley says:

“I’ve been meaning to send you guys a few pictures of my cat with my MacBook Pro. The pictures were taken in the winter when it was cold and I had just got done watching a movie on my MacBook Pro. Bubbles was pretty smart and realized the laptop was warm, so she laid on my MacBook Pro for a while and it made for a few cute pictures.”

Bubbles the cat. Photo courtesy of Ryley Johnson

There it is, folks. Further proof that a) cats are smarter than humans, and b) that they somehow made humans design warm electronic thingies to lay on. I'm beginning to think that they control our minds... 

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09:30
3 amazing technologies that could be part of your...

That little computer you carry around in your pocket is already your camera, navigation device, instant messaging machine, ride-hailing tool and phone. But it's very possible that, in the not-so-distant future, what we now refer to as "smartphones" w...

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08:00
A collection of man-made 'music' and the...

As technology became a part of modern life in the 19th century, an increasing amount of scientific study led to breakthroughs in electronic sound engineering -- often as a byproduct of other research. Humans became enamored with the crystalline clari...

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07:16
Someone made real-life 'Splatoon' weapons

Sure, they're basically portable pressure-washer guns but they're still strong enough to knock a grown man on his ass....

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07:00
Gadget Ogling: Unobtrusive Audio, Connected Flora,...


Dot is billing itself as the world's smallest Bluetooth headset. That might be mere marketing claptrap, but there's no doubt it's an impressive piece of kit. It runs for six hours of playback and nine hours of call time before it needs to recharge, and it has an 80-hour standby time. When Dot does need more power, you can simply plug it into the protective case, which doubles as a portable charger -- perhaps the smartest idea Dot offers. It also promises crystal clear sound.

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05:59
OS X and built-in network troubleshooting

Peter Cohen talks about a shortcut for disconnecting from your network, as well as Apple’s built in network diagnostic utility.

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05:44
This week on AppleInsider: Thicker iPhones, new iOS...

An active news week saw the first public betas of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, new details about next-generation iPhones, and the release of Office 2016 for Mac.

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03:44
Apple reportedly making original music videos in-...

In an interesting development, Pitchfork reports that Apple is making music videos for artists in-house. It claims the music videos for Pharrell William’s ‘Freedom’, Drake’s ‘Energy’ and Eminem’s ‘Phenomenal’ were all made by Apple content studios. These artists have certainly helped with the Apple Music launch (with both Pharrell and Drake having their own radio show on Beats 1) so it wouldn’t be out of the question that Apple is ‘compensating’ them with produced music videos. It certainly seems like a good way of brokering a deal for music exclusivity.

Of course, the idea of Apple content creation is weird — especially in such a niche area of...

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03:17
Reuters: FTC investigating Apple App Store...


Freedom?

The US antitrust regulators are reportedly looking into Apple’s subscription service rules for the App Store are anticompetitive and illegal under US law, according to Reuters. The main issue of contention is that the standard streaming music price of $9.99 per month is not attainable for Apple Music competitors as App Store rules enforce a 30% cut of all revenues made from within apps.

This means that streaming companies either have to take on significant profit cuts to stay at the $9.99 mark or charge more in the App Store to account for the 30% margin. The argument is that consumers will not want to pay $12.99 (approximately $9.99...

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Friday July 10

21:41
Apple's App Store policies for streaming music...

Apple's content and media operations are once again under scrutiny by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which is studying claims that iOS App Store policy is illegally stifling competition in the music streaming market, a report said Friday.

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20:35
Apple reportedly creating original music videos for...

A report on Friday claims Apple is producing in-house music videos and other content for chart-topping artists, including Eminem, Pharrell and Drake, the latter of which released such a video on Friday as an Apple Connect exclusive.

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17:52
Top iPhone case makers Otterbox and Mophie cut jobs

Top iPhone and iPad accessory makers Otterbox and Mophie both conducted job cuts this week, according to a pair of tips we received from a source. The source said that Otterbox cut 80 jobs, while Mophie let go of 60 employees. Both Otterbox and Mophie confirmed the job cuts to us today, with Otterbox claiming that its number was less than the 80 our source mentioned.

From an Otterbox spokesperson:

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17:21
Retina MacBook Pro owners plagued by supposed screen...

A small cadre of Retina MacBook Pro owners are calling for Apple to replace or repair their laptops after discovering what appears to be irreparable damage to an antireflective screen coating layer, a problem the group has dubbed "staingate."

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15:27
Now you can explore Hacking Team's world of...

Plenty of ink has already been spilled about the Hacking Team's spectacular security meltdown, but why should the press have all the fun? WikiLeaks posted a searchable archive of over a million emails from the Italian IT firm last night, which means ...

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14:49
The Week in iOS Apps: The official Star Wars app...

The official Star Wars app finally arrives

This week's roundup includes the new Star Wars app, as well as photo, travel, and game offerings. May the Force be with you!

Halo Channel

The free Halo Channel app for iOS immerses you ever more deeply in the game’s universe — yes, there are gaming strategies and tutorials, but also “compelling additions to the Halo fiction and exclusive behind the scenes documentaries” to that make it possible to do nothing but think about Halo when you’re not actually playing it.

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14:48
Apple rumored to expand San Jose presence with new...

A report on Friday claims Apple recently signed the lease on a nearly 300,000-square-foot office and R&D complex in San Jose, Calif., as part of plans to expand into areas surrounding its home base in Cupertino.

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14:29
Ellen Pao out as Reddit CEO, co-founder Steve...

After an onslaught of user criticism this week, Ellen Pao has just stepped down as interim CEO of Reddit, with co-founder Steve Huffman taking over. It all started last weekend, when Reddit abruptly dismissed Victoria Taylor, the company's former dir...

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14:00
AWT News Update: July 10, 2015

What's news? Not much this Friday, but enough to record another episode of the AWT News Update:

  • The iPod line may get a much-needed refresh next Tuesday
  • Apple released a supplemental update to OS X El Capitan Beta 3 today
  • Apple Pay will be a star of the 2015 MLB All-Star Game and FanFest
  • The fruit company is leasing a huge space in San Jose, CA for unknown purposes
  • Samsung may move up its launch of the Galaxy Note 5 phablet to avoid being overshadowed by Apple's expected release of an iPhone 6s in September

The text version of the podcast is located below if you'd rather not listen to my voice...

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a short AWT News Update for July 10, 2015. What’s...

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13:53
Amazon's Fling is its version of AirPlay and...

If you've been hoping for an AirPlay or Cast-like tool to beam content to your Amazon streaming gadgets, you'll soon be in luck. The company revealed its Fling feature this week, a tool that will allow developers to include a way to control media fro...

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13:27
Calendar app Sunrise starts integrating with Office...

Now that it owns Sunrise, the sleek and social calendar app, it makes sense for Microsoft to integrate it with its other productivity tools. That's why Sunrise now plugs directly into Office 365 on iOS, Android and the desktop, giving you access to a...

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13:00
'How to gross out coworkers,' or my time...

It seemed like a good idea at the time. I'd been meaning to lose some weight for a while and all the recent news about how sitting for extended periods of time is terrible for your health convinced me that a drastic change was necessary. So, the best...

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13:00
Review: Olloclip's new Ollocase and Active Lens

Olloclip ollocase and active lens. Photo ©2015 steven sande, all rights reserved.

Olloclip recently began shipping two new products in its line of iPhone photographic accessories; the Olloclip Active Lens (US$99.99) and the Ollocase for the iPhone 6/6 Plus ($19.99 when purchased with an Olloclip lens system, or $29.99 without).

For serious iPhone photographers, the line of clip-on accessory lenses from Olloclip is a must. But there’s always been one little problem — to use the lenses, the iPhone had to be carried without a protective case. Sure, one could always just pull the case off just before taking photos, snap on the Olloclip lenses, and then put the case back on afterwards, but that’s counterproductive to taking spur of the moment photos.

Ollocase

That’s where the...

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12:48
Hullo — Your favorite pillow. Guaranteed.

Thanks to Hullo for sponsoring The Loop this week. Have you ever slept on a buckwheat pillow? It’s kind of like a beanbag for your head. The hull fill supports your head and neck in a way that can’t be matched by traditional pillows.

Hullo’s features include:

  • Quality construction & organic materials
  • Breathable fill that provides cool comfort all night long. No more flipping to the cool side in the middle of the night!
  • American-made craftsmanship
  • Free shipping
  • 60-night money-back guarantee

Drop what you’re doing—go and check out Hullo. Try it for 60 nights. If it’s not your favorite pillow, return it for a refund. You can’t lose!

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12:23
Supplemental update for El Capitan beta fixes...

Just one day after launching a public beta of the operating system, Apple has released a "Supplemental Update" for OS X El Capitan, fixing a bug that could cause some 32-bit apps to crash.

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12:23
Senators want the FCC to look into broadband pricing

The net neutrality rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission back in February permit it to examine cable and broadband pricing to ensure customers are treated fairly. Four Senators are urging Tom Wheeler and the FCC to do just that. The g...

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12:16
Updates Expand iBooks Author’s Reach

Recent updates to both iBooks on iOS and iBooks Author let you read Multi-Touch books on an iPhone and produce standard EPUBs with iBooks Author.

 

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12:09
Google releases ‘Ivy’ app for iOS, an experimental...



Google has quietly launched a new iOS app today called Ivy that it describes as an experimental big number calculator.

The minimalistic UI offers users arbitrary floating point formatting, big number logarithm, trigonometric functions, and exact ration arithmetic, according to the app’s release notes. Google says the app “uses exact rational arithmetic so...

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11:57
Here's where you can try on HTC's Vive VR...

If you're eager to try on HTC's Vive VR headset, which blew us away back at Mobile World Congress, you may soon have your chance. HTC just announced a world tour for the Vive, starting this week at San Diego Comic-Con, stretching all the way into the...

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11:45
Apple's new iPhones: Everything we know about...

Apple is widely expected to launch two new iPhones this fall, typically referred to as the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" -- but what do we know about them? AppleInsider gives you a rundown of what to anticipate from Apple's next-generation handsets.

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11:42
Apple releases supplemental update to El Capitan...

Just about 24 hours after Apple released the El Capitan public beta, the company has released a supplemental update for the Mac operating system.

According to Apple, the update fixes a problem that causes 32-bit applications to crash.

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11:20
Apple pushes “Supplemental Update” for OS X El...

Following yesterday’s release of the OS X El Capitan public beta, Apple has pushed out a small update to the operating system to address issues that could cause 32-bit apps to crash. The update is available to users on the public beta and those on the separate developer preview.

There’s also an update to the Samantha voice that improves pronunciation. You can download both updates through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store. OS X El Capitan was announced during WWDC...

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09:56
Apple Gives Fans a Taste of New OSes


Apple on Thursday released to consumers a preview of the latest versions of its mobile and desktop operating systems -- iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan -- which contain a number of new features, including a revamped two-factor authentication scheme. The latest release of iOS also contains two new smart folders. One automatically collects any photos captured with the front-facing camera in an iOS device -- which typically is used for selfies -- and the other aggregates any images used for screen shots.

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09:08
9to5Toys Last Call: 32GB Wi-Fi Flash Drive $30, Car...

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09:03
No, Facebook isn't building an Apple Music rival

Facebook has big plans for music, but a streaming service isn’t on the agenda.

Instead, the social network is talking to the major record labels about licensing music videos to put in your News Feed. According to the New York Times, Facebook has no interest in taking on Apple Music or Spotify—its sights are set on YouTube, which has more than a billion users who rack up billions of video views per day.

Videos on Facebook garner more than a billion views per day, though the network uses autoplay, which likely sends that number higher than it would be otherwise. But Facebook has 1.4 billion monthly active users who might watch just as many videos as YouTubers do, if the content is there.

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08:47
Apple releases iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan public...

If you’re both brave of heart and hankering to play with the first public betas of Apple’s upcoming operating systems, your dreams have come true.

Apple has just released the first public betas of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9.

The iOS 9 beta build will allow early adopters to try out upcoming features, including new apps like News and a refreshed Notes, transit directions in Apple Maps, an improved Siri, a smarter search which lets you surface results from inside apps, and much more.

On the Mac end, El Capitan offers a variety of improvements to core features like Mission Control, Spotlight, native apps, including Safari, Mail, Maps, Photos, plus performance...

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08:27
Microsoft launches Office 2016 for Mac to Office 365...

Microsoft Office 2016 is here.

Or, at least, it’s arrived for Office 365 subscribers.

The new version of Microsoft Office has arrived with Microsoft citing support for Mac capabilities like Full Screen view, Multi-Touch gestures, full Retina display support as well as cloud support to allow Macs and assorted devices to work on documents.

New features include improved document commenting in Word, an improved formula builder for Excel, a new animation pane in PowerPoint, a reworked version of Outlook for email and OneNote, which allows quick, shared note creation between computers and devices as...

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08:18
MLB partners with MasterCard to accept Apple Pay...

People attending Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Cincinnati will be able to use Apple Pay to buy food and other goods, both during the game and at facilities set up for All-Star Week and the All-Star FanFest, which begins on Friday, according to an official announcement.

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08:04
Liner app now available for iOS, allows highlighting...

This is actually pretty neat.

Liner has released the Liner app for iOS. The application allows users to highlight & annotate text, share complete pages or phrases, function as a Safari extension, share to other apps with the share extension and save pages to to Liner app for later highlighting.

Liner also allows you to save and export to Evernote and support three highlight colors.

The app requires iOS 8.0 or later to install and run and is available for free.

And, in the words of the mighty Erikka Innes, “why highlight the interesting stuff when you can just black out the boring stuff?”, which may be the best and worst...

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07:30
The Week in iPad Cases: WaterField’s elegant case...

...plus rugged cases, carry-all bags, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features multi-purpose protection from STM and CaseCrown, refined marble from Mikol, all-weather solutions from New Trent and Kensington, and much more.

CaseCrown

Made with durable canvas, the Campus North Messenger (iPad Air 2; $40) sports plenty of room for your iPad and your daily necessities.

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07:27
Rumor: Apple's next-gen iPod touch will gain 64...

Apple is expected to launch an updated iPod touch next week, a refresh that is likely to bring new colors and updated internals that reportedly include a move to a more recent 64-bit A-series application processor.

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07:22
∞ Third party stainless steel Apple Watch band, $36....

It was simply a matter of time before Apple Watch bands became a 3rd party commodity. I wasn’t expecting the price to drop so far, so quickly.

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07:17
MasterCard turns on Apple Pay for MLB All-Star Game...

MasterCard announced today that it’s turning on Apple Pay at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio just in time for the 2015 MLB All-Star game taking place July 14.

Those attending the game, or the pre-game events kicking off this weekend, will be able to use Apple Pay to pay for food, merchandise, and more.

“We’re thrilled to partner with MLBAM to bring contactless acceptance to the 2015 MLB All-Star Week festivities. Through our longstanding relationship with MLB and MLBAM, we are constantly looking for opportunities to create enhanced fan experiences both in-stadium and online, whether that’s through advanced payment capabilities or delivering surprises to fans.”

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07:14
Possible class action suit in preparation as Retina...

A possible class action suit is in preparation over multiple reports of what appears to be anti-reflective coatings flaking off the screens of Retina MacBook Pros, resulting in a stained appearance. Most of the machines affected seem to be 2013 models.

A group calling itself Staingate says that it has a database of more than 2500 people affected by the issue. More than 1800 of them have joined a Facebook group, a petition has been created, and lawyers Whitfield Bryson & Mason are ...

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07:00
"If it's not an iPhone, it's not an...

Apple's latest ad campaign for the iPhone has a new sassy tagline and highlights two points that longtime Apple fans will appreciate: first, we all love our iPhones very much and second, Apple's control of both the hardware and operating system on its devices makes them capable of doing many things very efficiently.

Using the new tagline "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone," the two new ads "Loved" and "Hardware and Software" are short, sweet and to the point:

Our take on the news

In just thirty seconds each, the two ads succinctly point out what it is that makes an iPhone work so much better than competing platforms and as a result, that the vast majority of iPhone owners love their phones. It doesn't call out Android or Samsung by name, instead providing positive messages. Well...

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06:50
Samsung said to debut Galaxy Note 5 in mid-August in...

Samsung is planning to move up the announcement of its next-generation Galaxy Note phone to mid-August in an attempt to preempt the publicity of Apple's usual September iPhone refresh, a report said on Friday.

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06:47
∞ Battery life with iOS 9 and Apple Watch betas

I spent the day yesterday running the latest betas of El Capitan, iOS 9, and watchOS 2.0. One of the comments I’ve heard from previous betas is a complaint about poor battery life on both iOS 9 and Apple Watch. I thought I’d track my battery life, share those numbers here.

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06:34
iGen: iPod refresh expected early next week, iPod...

Just yesterday I was speculating about the future of the iPod, and it appears we may not have long to wait until we learn a little more about it. French site iGen, which has a good track-record, says that the iPod line-up will see a refresh on or around 14th July.

It appears to have little hard information beyond internal model numbers, but based on those speculates that the Shuffle and Nano will see only the color changes spotted in iTunes 12.2, while the Touch may receive a more substantive update … ...

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06:25
Apple chooses unexpected location for massive new...

Apple's latest retail outpost in Hong Kong --?thought to be the company's largest in Asia -- went public this week with the unveiling of a huge, three-dimensional Apple logo in a somewhat unexpected place.

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06:14
Horwitz: Apple wants to bolster + profit from ads,...

Jeremy Horwitz, in an insightful op-ed piece for 9to5mac:

Thanks to the introduction of ad-blocking technology in iOS 9, some people think Apple wants to help users get rid of ads. But that’s not Apple’s goal. Yesterday’s debut of Apple News shows that it’s actually angling to replace the ads you know, build upon them, and take a cut of their revenue…

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06:02
∞ Apple’s new ad campaign

Two new ads from Apple, both ending with the tag line:

If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone

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05:59
Quick look: Gekkopod, a compact Gorillapod-style...

I have a Gorillapod which comes in handy for my compact camera, but it’s a little chunky to carry around for use with an iPhone. The Gekkopod is a similar idea, but in a much smaller format, making it a lot easier to tuck away into a bag for those times when you find you need a stable platform for a photo – whether for a selfie or a low-light shot where you want to avoid camera shake.

I’ve been trying out a prototype for a couple of weeks, and the grippy plastic legs wrap around most things very securely. With the sun going down, the Gekkopod held the camera steady for a low-ish light shot while using my Apple Watch as a remote shutter release. I didn’t even need to fully wrap the legs around the railing to hold it securely in place. The legs can...

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05:32
AppleInsider podcast discusses 'iPhone 6s...

On this week's latest AppleInsider podcast, we discuss leaked "iPhone 6s" parts, iOS-compatible gaming controllers, and Showtime subscriptions for cable cutters. The team also tackles the new GoPro Session, DJI Phantom 3, and answers your questions.

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05:00
You Should Play: Meet Capitals, your new favorite...

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.

I adore word games, but I could never really get into the Words With Friends craze. The turn-based Scrabble-inspired game moves too slowly for me, and there’s no real hook (aside from it being Scrabble, that is). But NimbleBit’s new word game Capitals is different: It’s the perfect mash-up of Scrabble, Boggle, and Risk.

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04:35
Samsung reportedly feeling pressure from the...

Samsung’s existing Galaxy Note 4

Samsung is planning to bring forward the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 from September to August, according to the WSJ. It’s believed the change in schedule is designed to get the device on sale ahead of Apple’s anticipated September launch of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which is likely to dominate tech media coverage that month.

Samsung has always previously launched its Note models on the eve of the IFA conference, which takes place in Berlin in September. The WSJ cites only a single source for the claim, but it’s not the first time we’ve heard suggestions that the company may bring forward the launch this year.

A Korean report...

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04:25
Hands-on with iCloud Drive, a brand-new app in the...

If you’re a regular user of iCloud Drive, Apple’s Dropbox-like storage solution for managing file syncing between your Mac and iOS devices, then your life is about to get a teensy bit easier. Apple built a standalone iCloud Drive app and bundled it within iOS 9, placing all of your iCloud Drive files in one easy to access spot. 

But, surprisingly, the iCloud Drive app doesn’t automatically appear—it’s instead tucked away within Settings, and you have to tell your iOS device that you want to see it. Besides that, it’s a pretty straightforward app. I spent some time with it while checking out the iOS 9 public beta, and here are some quick tips on getting started. 

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03:30
The dwindling arms race of 'specs'

It will, I’m certain, shock and surprise you to know that I’m the person anyone in my family comes to when they’re thinking about buying a new piece of technology. But earlier this week, when my cousin came to me looking for advice about buying a new laptop, I realized something: The specs race is over.

I don’t mean to suggest that computer specs aren’t important—believe me, were I in the market for a new Mac, I’d be poring over Apple’s product pages to figure out what I need. But where I used to be able to rattle off all the specs of my Mac like a car enthusiast discussing what’s under their hood, these days, I honestly couldn’t tell you what processor is in the MacBook Air I’m typing on at this very moment. (A 1.7GHz Intel Core i7, as it turns out, thanks to About This Mac.) 

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02:35
Hacker Group That Hit Twitter, Facebook, Apple and...

itwbennett writes: The hacker group, which security researchers from Kaspersky Lab and Symantec call Wild Neutron or Morpho, has broken into the networks of over 45 large companies since 2012. After the 2013 attacks against Twitter, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft were highly publicized, the group went underground and temporarily halted its activity. However, its attacks resumed in 2014 and have since intensified, according to separate reports released Wednesday by Kaspersky Lab and Symantec.


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Thursday July 9

23:37
How to resolve Mail SMTP errors in OS X 10.10.4 and...

A change in the way OS X 10.10.4 and iOS 8.4 handles security keys has caused a number of users -- specifically those using Gmail -- to see SMTP send failures and even app crashes. Luckily, there's an easy fix for both users and system admins looking for a permanent server-side solution.

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18:39
Apple's new ad campaign says, 'If it'...

Apple on Thursday released the first two installments of a new iPhone campaign that pleads to the brain rather than the heart, while vaguely alluding to the inferiority of competing products.

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18:03
Apple debuts “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an...

Apple today uploaded a pair of new ads to YouTube. The first ad, entitled “Hardware & Software,” showcases the fact that Apple is responsible for both major aspects of the iPhone, making for a more seamless and stable experience. The obvious goal here is to advertise the fact that with an Android device, you get hardware made by a manufacturer and software made by Google.

The second ad is entitled “Loved” and seemingly showcases how happy iPhone users are. Apple touts in the video that 99 percent of people who own an iPhone love it.

Both of today’s new advertisements end with the slogan, “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.” The videos can be seen below. Apple’s other recent major iPhone ad campaign, Shot on iPhone 6, heavily showcased...

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17:42
A bad year for HTC

Have you heard about HTC lately? 2015 is shaping up to be an awful year for the company. In March the company had a market cap of $4.06 billion, and today—only a few months later—it’s worth less than half of that. The stock price, at about two bucks a share, is at a 10-year low. HTC just wrapped up the second quarter of 2015, where it posted a net loss of $258 million. And the trend is downwards—year over year, HTC’s monthly revenue was down 38% in April, 48% in May, and 60% in June.

I feel bad for HTC. They have tried to make some good products, but Samsung’s tactics have pushed them down.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:39
Keeping Apple Watch at safe operating temperatures

Some good advice here from Apple, especially heading into summer for much of the world.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:38
Apple's Tim Cook, Eddy Cue meet with high power...

Apple CEO Tim Cook returned for his fourth Sun Valley conference in Idaho this week where he, along SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, met with high-power executives from media, tech, politics and beyond.

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17:32
Jason Snell’s look at Photos 1.1 for Mac

Due as a part of El Capitan this fall, and available right now as a public beta is the first major update to Photos for Mac, the replacement for iPhoto and Aperture that Apple launched earlier this year.

Here are the major additions you can expect to see in Photos when 1.1 arrives this fall (or when you install the public beta, depending on your enthusiasm):

I always enjoy reading Jason’s look at software.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:01
Tim Cook meets with Bill Gates, other tech execs at...


New photos show Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared at the Sun Valley media conference this week, one of the few industry events the executive has been known to attend in recent years. We noted last month that Cook was once again on the guest list this year but photos published today show Cook was indeed in attendance and mingling with fellow tech executives. 

The photos ...

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16:19
Big pharma exploring Apple ResearchKit integration...

Two pharmaceutical titans, GlaxoSmithKline and Purdue Pharma, are looking for ways to implement Apple's open-source ResearchKit framework into clinical testing and research and development operations, a report said Thursday.

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16:15
IBM-Led Team Pulls Off Major Chip Feat


IBM Research on Thursday announced that an alliance it leads has produced the first 7nm node test chips with functioning transistors. Big Blue's partners are GlobalFoundries, Samsung and the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, or SUNY Poly CNSE. The alliance sought to develop industry-first innovations, such as Silicon Germanium channel transistors, and Extreme Ultraviolet lithography integration at multiple levels.

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15:57
∞ Comcast, the FCC, and Me

Editor’s Note: This story was written by Dan Sokol about his experience with Comcast.

Some Background…

Comcast is my ISP. Like most of us in the US we have no real choice if we want fast internet in our homes.

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15:00
AWT News Update: July 9, 2015

Greenlandic Flag Photo ©2015, Steven Sande All Rights Reserved

Yeah, I'm finally back from that long, long vacation cruise. And that means one very important thing -- the AWT News Update is back. Today's news includes:

  • News about the iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan Public Betas, which you can download and try
  • An update to the Facebook iOS app that should make using the social network a lot less annoying
  • New features in iOS 9 beta 3 that will make bloggers and selfie fans very happy
  • And I give my unsolicited opinion of the iOS 9 News app (it's not that great right now)

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a short AWT News Update for July 9, 2015...

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14:45
Gunpoder Malware Masquerades as Lesser Evil


Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 team on Tuesday published a report on Gunpoder, a family of Android malware that can evade detection scans by pretending to be adware. Cong Zheng and Zhi Xu authored the report. The team discovered the new Android malware last November. Its new report aims to spur cooperation within the security community to mount defenses against the threat. The name "Gunpoder" comes from the main malicious component the researchers identified in the malware code.

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14:36
Apple adds five new videos to 'Shot on iPhone 6...

In an update to its promotional "Shot on iPhone 6" webpage on Thursday, Apple added five new snippets captured by iPhone 6 users from around the world, including the campaign's first underwater footage.

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