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Friday July 14

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

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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.

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

Which would you prefer?

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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

Create amazing websites with drag-and-drop ease with EverWeb for Mac.

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

Text Version

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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…

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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12:56
Gear: Skech Echo for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Skech’s latest iPhone case, the Echo for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus promise to take impact protection to a whole new level. With its patented Shockwave Technology, Echo claims to be the first clear case on the market that meets 15-foot drop test standards. Echo features a relatively minimalist design, available in only clear and onyx color options, and adds relatively little bulk to the iPhone considering the level of protection it offers.

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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.

more…

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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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12:14
Hands-on: Khomo’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro case with built...

If you’re a 10.5-inch iPad Pro user who regularly uses a Smart Keyboard, then Khomo’s iPad Pro + Smart Cover companion case should definitely be on your radar. It’s a case that compliments either the Smart Cover or Smart Keyboard, providing rear iPad Pro protection that Apple doesn’t currently offer.

If, however, you’re in search of a full case with a built-in Apple Pencil holder, then Khomo has another solid sub-$20 offering for you. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough for all of the details. more…

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11:54
Xbox Live update makes co-op live streams a reality

Xbox Live keeps adding and updating features in response to its multiplayer community. Last year, the service added support for "clubs" along with improved friend-finding options. According to Xbox Live's Major Nelson, Live users will get a host of n...

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11:42
Analysts cast doubt on iPhone 8 ‘super cycle’

While many analysts have predicted a “super cycle” for the iPhone 8, there have been a handful of reports recently giving more weight to a possible delay as Apple is said to be in ‘panic mode’ in regards to wireless charging and 3D features in addition to other component challenges. The latest report from Barclays analysts suggests that a new bezel-less OLED display won’t be enough to convince many users to upgrade.

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11:35
Google Play Music's New Release Radio is...

Google has officially announced New Release Radio, a station on Google Play Music that provides users with a daily selection of new songs they may like based on their listening history. The feature has actually been out in the wild for almost a month...

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11:30
Facebook's Oculus to fight Apple's AR and...




Facebook's Oculus is apparently in the early stages of developing a standalone mobile headset, with use cases like watching a movie on a plane, without needing a connected computer or smartphone.

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11:14
‘Gran Turismo Sport’ will finally launch on October...

The long awaited Gran Turismo Sport finally has a launch date -- October 17th for North America and the 18th for Europe. Originally slated for launch in November of last year, the game's release was delayed last August so as not to sacrifice quality...

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11:06
Microsoft Makes Room for Ubuntu at Windows Store


Microsoft has announced the availability of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distro as a free download in the Windows Store. It can be installed on any Windows Insider build, said Microsoft Senior Program Manager Rich Turner. There are some distinct advantages to using the Windows Store version of the Ubuntu Linux Distro: The software can be downloaded faster and more reliably due to the use of a sophisticated block-based download mechanism; and the store version has been enhanced to support running multiple distros side-by-side and simultaneously.

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11:02
EE extends six-month Apple Music promo, exempts...




Starting July 19, U.K. carrier EE will extend its offer of free six months of Apple Music to all its "pay monthly" and SIM-only customers, the company's CEO said on Thursday.

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10:54
It's unlikely that the TRAPPIST-1 planets...

Earlier this year, NASA made headlines when they reported the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets just 40 light years away. Three of the TRAPPIST-1 planets are within the star's habitable zone. But now, it's looking unlikely that life will be foun...

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10:30
The world of high fashion finally has its answer to...

To give you an idea of the kind of customer LVMH is after, all you need to look at is Louis Vuitton's new $2,900 Android Wear smartwatch. The French company, which owns brands like Dior, Fendi, Givenchy and Prada in addition to LV, is the epitome of...

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10:16
Nine Inch Nails' latest video taps into gaming...

Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor's current interest in video games goes beyond remastering the Quake soundtrack for vinyl and using Kinect on tour. The video for NIN's new single "Less Than" uses the retro PlayStation VR game Polybius as its m...

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10:07
'Baby Driver' cut in real time with Avid...




Hit film Baby Driver was cut essentially in real time on set on a MacBook Pro, cutting way back on the need for expensive post-primary photography re-shoots.

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10:01
China might not block personal VPNs after all

With China making "unapproved" virtual private networks illegal at the start of the year, we previously reported that the nation planned to completely block public access to VPNs by February 1st. Now, just a few days later, China's Ministry of Indust...

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09:53
SoundCloud is in deep trouble

But as security ominously filed into SoundCloud’s meeting rooms at its offices around the world during the all-hands video conference broadcast from its Berlin headquarters, the startup’s staff discovered they wouldn’t be getting the answers they wanted. Instead, sources at SoundCloud tell TechCrunch that founders Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforss confessed the layoffs only saved the company enough money to have runway “until Q4” — which begins in just 50 days.

Under the current climate, I don’t see how SoundCloud can stay alive.

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09:42
Amazon working on new Echo with better speakers in...




Apparently in response to Apple's HomePod announcement, Amazon is reportedly working on a new flagship Echo speaker that will improve on the original in virtually every respect.

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09:40
Drone footage shows Apple Park nearing completion

The latest 4K drone footage from Matthew Roberts of Maverick Media shows the state of Apple's new headquarters campus in July of 2017. Roberts did some close flyovers of the Steve Jobs Theater, which some are expecting to be used for the first time in September when the next generation of iPhones is unveiled.

Other views show continuing work on the atrium (which has huge opening glass doors) and some outside shaded areas for employees, the circular pond inside the "spaceship" which is about ready to have water added, the huge visitor center / Apple retail store that is across the street, and the historic barn that was rebuilt on the site near the employee fitness center.

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09:39
Netflix leads the streaming pack with 18 Emmy...

Today, the nominees for the 69th annual Emmy Awards were announced. Netflix was the clear leader out of primarily streaming services, with eighteen total nominations in the major categories.

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09:36
∞ Mark Knopfler on guitars

I just love Mark’s guitar playing.

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09:34
External Link: Verizon Users: Change Your PIN...

In the latest high-profile security breach, PINs associated with 6 million Verizon accounts were exposed on an unsecured server, along with subscriber names and cellphone numbers. The information came from call logs from people who had contacted Verizon customer service in the last 6 months. Verizon asks for a PIN when you call in to make account changes, so an attacker with that information could not only make unwanted changes to your account, but also hijack your account in such a way as to intercept text messages used for two-factor authentication. (Better 2FA options include a system like Apple’s, which relies on an Apple-managed communications channel to devices you own, or an authenticator app like Google Authenticator, Authy, or 1Password.) If you use Verizon and particularly if you know you have contacted the company recently, log in to your Verizon account or call Verizon (yeah, we get the irony) to change your PIN as soon as possible.

 

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09:32
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bose QuietComfort Headphones $...

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09:32
It's the end of days for the New 3DS in Japan

Late last month, we reported that while the Nintendo 3DS wasn't dead, it didn't really make sense to buy one anymore. After all, the Switch serves the purpose of both console and handheld gaming. Now, it appears as if Nintendo might agree with us: Th...

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09:25
MacGamer HQ announces ‘The 100 Best Mac Games Today...

MacGamer HQ has released its list of "The 100 Best Mac Games Today". It provide a summary of the games, system requirements, pricing, and more.

“Some still believe there are no good games to play on Mac, but Mac gaming has come a long way,” says Ric Molina of MacGamerHQ. Nowadays, seven out of the 10 most-played games on Steam have a Mac version and all the best indies support it too. This Best Mac games list is nothing but a sample of all the possibilities Mac gaming has to offer.”

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08:48
Postive Grid announces new amps, pedals

The BIAS Mini is a compact and portable size amplifier that comes in two versions, Guitar and Bass—each one specially designed to be the most versatile amplifier on the planet for the gigging musician.

And

The BIAS Twin Delay, Modulation, and Distortion pedals are Positive Grid’s new line of professional effects stompboxes designed for maximum tone versatility. All three pedals feature the same incredible tone of the award-winning BIAS Pro pedals in a compact 2-button pedal format.

I love Positive Grid’s software, but I haven’t tried their hardware gear yet. From what I’ve seen, it’s great sounding though.

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08:21
Photo app Infltr briefly goes free in official Apple...




Apple is now offering free redemption codes for Infltr -- a camera/editing tool for the iPhone and iPad that usually costs $2 -- to users of the Apple Store iOS app.

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08:20
∞ Amazon to take on HomePod with next-gen Echo

Devindra Hardawar, writing for Engadget:

Amazon is working on a new Echo that will improve on the first speaker in practically every way, a source tells Engadget. And, not surprisingly, it’s aiming to take some of the hype away from Apple’s HomePod.

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08:02
As Apple prepares premium-priced 'iPhone 8,...




Premium smartphone maker Vertu, known for extremely expensive devices made with high-end materials, has announced it will no longer build handsets. The move comes as Apple is expected to release its most expensive iPhone ever, though not quite to the exorbitant prices Vertu charged.

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07:40
Comment: Until holodecks arrive, AR not VR will be...

While I’m generally more of a hard-SF fan, I’m not above a little lighthearted fun where sci-fi is concerned – so I can enjoy a good Star Trek episode as much as the next person. And there are a couple of Star Trek toys I think most of us would like to see: replicators and holodecks.

Replicators as the kind of ultimate Amazon Prime, putting anything you might want into your hands instantly. Holodecks as a way to experience any sights and activities you could ever wish, without even having to leave the building.

But while VR might be the first stepping stone toward holodecks, I think it’s augmented reality rather than...

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07:35
Apple's unified iPhone userbase could help...




Apple's hegemony over its hardware and software platforms could boost not just the company's own augmented reality efforts, but the AR industry in general -- in a way that hasn't been managed by Google so far.

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06:33
Send a text and SFMOMA will reply with some art. Try...

From the SFMOMA site:

Text 572-51 with the words “send me” followed by a keyword, a color, or even an emoji and you’ll receive a related artwork image and caption via text message.

For example, I texted the words “send me cake” and got a text back (in about 30 seconds) with a pic of Wayne Thiebaud’s “Dessert Tray”.

SFMOMA has about 35,000 pieces in their collection, only a fraction of that on display at any moment. This gives you random access to the entire thing. Fun!

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06:25
∞ Another peek at ARKit’s future

This video shows a more sophisticated bit of ARKit, letting you walk around a room and quickly map out the floorspace. While this app might not widely useful, it does show the tip of a pretty large iceberg.

For example, imagine walking/measuring around your entire house and ending up with a reasonably precise set of up to the minute blueprints. You might feed those into another app and place/rearrange furniture to get a sense of what will fit and what works where. You might use the numbers to order the precise amount of carpeting you need, or take your app to a store to make sure that bookshelf will fit in that corner.

Take a look. ARKit is a big deal.

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06:19
Feature Request: Help us identify where audio alerts...

macOS is very flexible when it comes to alerts. System Preferences allows us to choose on an app-by-app basis whether we want alerts that stay on the screen until dismissed, banners that display for a few seconds and then auto-dismiss, or no alerts at all.

We can choose whether or not apps play sounds. We can decide whether or not we want their alerts to show up in the Notification Center. And we can tell the Mac whether or not to add a badge to the app icon, for example to show how many unread emails we have.

So you might think that with all these different options at our disposal, there isn’t anything more that we could want. But there is just one more thing I want – and I want it rather a lot …

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06:12
∞ Amazon Prime Day’s chess move against Apple’s...

The chess move? Amazon used the heavily promoted Prime Day to sell as many Amazon Echo devices as they possibly could, in part in an effort to disrupt Apple’s entry into the market with December’s HomePod rollout.

Brian Sozzi, writing for The Street:

Amazon said that it sold three times as many Echo devices worldwide midway through Prime Day. Imagine what the grand total looks like seeing as Amazon was hawking the smart speaker for a low, low price of $89.99. What this means to Apple is rather simple to understand: Amazon has managed to stuff more homes with Echos in front of Apple’s major HomePod launch. Hence, if you bought a discounted Echo why in the world would you want a HomePod, too?

While I do agree that Amazon is doing everything they can to maximize...

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06:06
Apple Park drone footage may be ending, with...




The latest drone footage from Apple park shows the march of progress towards completion, but it is not clear how many more videos there will be of the campus. with Apple reportedly cracking down on drone pilots in the area.

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