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Monday July 10

Lunch with Eddy Cue being auctioned a third time,...

There have been two previous opportunities to have an expensive charity lunch with Eddy Cue: once back in 2014, and against just a few weeks ago. The most recent auction raised $225k for the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation, and the new one is currently estimating a conservative $50k, with bidding starting at just $5k …


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Analyst: HomePods, AirPods, Apple Watches to be...

Last week, analysts at Raymond James — an American diversified holding company providing financial services to individuals, corporations and municipalities — conducted a survey of 500 consumers in June that showed that 14% of those surveyed fully intend to buy Apple’s HomePod wireless speaker system when it becomes available in December.

In their report — as noted by Forbes — the analysts found that there was high demand for the Apple Watch and AirPods.

 Finally, the analysts at the firm conclude that despite their expectations of flat iPhone sales in the June quarter, other Apple products like the Watch and AirPods could make up for the slack in the June quarter. Incidentally, AirPod demand is said to be exceeding supply by six months, according to Raymond James.

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Cat simulator

Now you can have customizable cat audio purring nicely, with the occasional meow, all on your phone or desktop.

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News: iPhone 8 rumored to come in four colors, may...

Tech blogger Benjamin Geskin claims the iPhone 8 will come in four colors, including a new mirror finish. Geskin posted images of a reflective case on a current iPhone to illustrate his point, but said an unnamed source hinted at a black or silver reflective backing joining some of Apple’s existing colors. If his information proves reliable, that would mean Apple is scaling back on its available colors since the iPhone 7 is available in five…

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Amazon Prime Day starts tonight, 9p ET

Amazon has started its own take on copying Black Friday to July with its third annual Prime Day sale, which kicks off tonight at 9p ET.

Read more on Amazon’s official Prime Day site.

As is, this model is not compelling for me, but could be I’m really missing out on some great bargains. Just seems like a yard sale, pawing through endless pages looking for buried treasure.

But perhaps I’m missing the value. Anyone out there excited by this? Tweet at me, let me know what I’m missing.


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Gruber: Speculation regarding the pricing of and...

John Gruber, Daring Fireball:

I created a bit of a stir the other day when I suggested the OLED iPhone “Pro” could start at $1,500.

Let’s take a serious look at this. $1,500 as a starting price is probably way too high. But I think $1,200 is quite likely as the starting price, with the high-end model at $1,300 or $1,400.


You can’t talk about iPhone specs and pricing without considering scale. It’s not enough for Apple to create a phone that can be sold for $649/749/849 with 35 percent profit margins. They have to create a phone that can be sold at those prices, with those margins, and which can be manufactured at scale. And for Apple that scale is massive: anything less than 60–70 million in the first quarter in which it goes on sale is a failure — possibly a catastrophic failure.

In short, new iPhones aren’t defined by what Apple can make for a certain price, but by what Apple can make for a certain price at a certain incredibly high...

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Shocked commuters gawp as woman brings iMac and...

A picture is worth a thousand words:

A lady has brought her iMac onto the train! Has she not heard of a laptop?? wtf!!!

— David Hill (@davidhill_co) July 4, 2017

I do find the whole thing entertaining, but not too hard to see this happening. Could be she needed the larger screen or, perhaps, this might be the only computer to which she had access and a project deadline that forced her hand.

They had me at gawp.


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Apple sets up office near HQ of outgoing graphics...

Apple has reportedly opened an office in St. Albans in the U.K., just a few miles away from the Kings Langley headquarters of its outgoing mobile graphics partner, Imagination Technologies.

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Who would Tim Cook pick as a successor?

John Martellaro, Mac Observer:

There might come a day when, heaven forbid, Apple CEO Tim Cook cannot perform his duties for some reason. As a result, like every corporation, Apple has a succession plan for its CEO. What might Apple’s look like?

Interesting speculation.

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Antihero, a strategic digital board game, comes to...

Video game publisher, Versus Evil, in partnership with independent developer Tim Conkling, have made the strategic digital board game, Antihero, available on macOS and Windows systems.

Set against the backdrop of a gas-lit Victorian underworld, players assume the role of a Master Thief, and employ underhanded and ruthless tactics to dominate the city and outwit their opponents. The game includes a story-driven single player campaign and a Skirmish-vs-AI mode to help would-be thieves practice their skullduggery skills before going face to face with online opponents.

Antihero also includes two online game modes. Casual Matches are asynchronous affairs; players can take their time to their next move, and have multiple games running simultaneously. In Live Match, players face their opponents in real-time, with a turn-timer upping the pressure dramatically! Experienced thieves can set up custom “House Rules” to tailor matches to their tastes.

A 10% launch discount...

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Comment: Could the iPhone 8 really cost $1200-1400?

There’s been much speculation about the price of the iPhone 8. There have long been reports that the price may exceed $1000 – and even those who think it won’t quite reach this level do expect it to be very close.

When we wondered whether a thousand dollars might be a psychological barrier, there were mixed views. Fewer than 15% of you said you’d ‘happily’ pay a 4-figure sum. Around 30% of you said you’d reluctantly pay it, and almost half said that was just too much.

But John Gruber has been stirring up speculation that the price may be even higher …


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BusyCal 3.1.9 and BusyContacts 1.1.9

Both apps fix a crash related to Exchange Delegate Access, and BusyCal improves syncing of iCloud events with attachments. ($49.99 new for each, free update, 11.3/5.4 MB)


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Hey, Imagination, welcome Apple to the neighborhood

Apple is renting a 22,500 square-foot office in St Albans, a “stone’s throw” from Imagination’s headquarters, where it plans to use the office to develop its own graphics technology as it ditches Imagination, reports the Telegraph

This has led to fears that it will poach talent from the British company. And it will certainly increase tensions between the feuding firms.

Imagination disclosed in April a warning from Apple that it would cease to be a customer within two years, ending its royalty payments. However, the Cupertino, California-based company tells Bloomberg that it first issued a warning in 2015.

“We began working with Imagination in 2007 and stopped accepting new...

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News: Daily Deal: iKlips miReader 4K

For Friday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the iKlips miReader 4K for only $46.99 — that’s 20% off the regular price. This 4K card reader and storage device changes the meaning of “external drive” featuring a Lightning connector, a micro USB port, and a micro SD slot so you can quickly and easily share files between all of your devices, and it’s fast enough to let you record, view, and edit 4K videos, raw DSLR shots, and…

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Daily Deal: Get the minimalist Neutron C Magnetic...

Mounting your iPhone in your car can be an easy affair with the Neutron C Magnetic Car Mount. Attach the mount to your car's dashboard, and your iPhone connects in a flash. The Neutron C keeps your iPhone at hand with the ability to spin it a full 360° to the best possible angle. The best part? You can get the Neutron C Magnetic Car Mount for just $16.99 in one of our Apple World Today daily deals.

The Neutron C has these great features:

  • Allows for quick & exact attachment & detachment of devices
  • Offers full rotational viewing
  • Incorporates magnetic shielding which protects magnetically sensitive electronics
  • Camera mount screw input on the back allows it to be attached to tripods
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HBO’s The Defiant Ones. Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre,...

HBO’s The Defiant Ones is a four-part series about the background and intertwined lives that led Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to Beats and then Apple’s doorstep.

Episode One is in heavy rotation on HBO, with Episode Two airing tonight. Or, you can binge all four episodes on HBO Go.

There’s a lot to enjoy here, especially if you are a fan of the music industry. Pairs nicely with the excellent Straight Outta Compton.

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Apple investing $921 million in a second Denmark...

Apple will invest $921 million in a data center located in Denmark that will power the company’s online services for European customers, reports Reuters. Due to become operational in the second quarter of 2019, it will be the tech giant’s second data center in the Nordic country to run entirely on renewable energy.

It will power Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store, App Stores, Messages, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.

"We're thrilled to be expanding our data center operations in Denmark, and investing in new sources of clean power," Erik Stannow, Nordic manager for Apple, told Reuters. ”The planned facility in Aabenraa, like all of our data centers, will run on 100 percent...

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Federico and John and the app used by celebs to...

Federico Viticci and John Voorhees have a podcast called AppStories which I quite like. This particular episode is an interview with David Lawrence, the mastermind behind Rehearsal, an app that is used by top Broadway and Hollywood actors (like Kevin Bacon, Clark Gregg – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers, etc.) to learn their lines.

This is a fascinating listen. One takeaway is that the acting community has settled on iOS as an unofficial standard, enough of one that Rehearsal has never been ported to Android.

Side note, David Lawrence played the Puppetmaster for three seasons on the original Heroes series. Here’s a link to the interview . Enjoy.


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Apple announces location of new $921 million iCloud...

Apple has announced plans to build a new $921 million data center in Denmark near the German border, its second in the country.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhones may not feature inductive...

Apple’s 2017 iPhone models might not feature inductive charging after all.

Per a tweet by Mac guru John Gruber, a tipster has indicated that that the new charging technology “might be late” and not launch until iOS 11.1 is released.

Gruber has likened the delay of wireless charging to the delay of Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 plus. While Apple demonstrated Portrait Mode when the handset was being unveiled, the feature wasn’t made available to the public until iOS 10.1, a month after the device’s release.

It’s also been rumored that the next-gen iPhone could include a form of “long-range” wireless charging, although recent reports have stated this might be an inductive charging feature. Leaked schematics have hinted that the iPhone 8 will include wireless charging capabilities based on the Qi technology.

CEO Robert Hwang of Wistron, Apple’s primary iPhone manufacturer in India, let it slip last month that the iPhone 8 will include wireless charging,...

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone could also arrive in new...

Apple’s next-gen iPhone handset is now rumored to arrive in four difference colors, including a new reflective “mirror” version that’s never been seen before.

The rumor comes from a tweet posted by Benjamin Geskin, who said the handset will come in four total colors, one of them new. He also posted an iPhone 6s mirror-like case to to offer an idea of what the reflective design might look like.

Since Geskin only identified one color as new, it’s thought that the other colors might be similar to the six different shades currently offered on the iPhone 7 handset.

Currently, the iPhone 7 comes in jet black, black, silver, gold, rose gold, or (Product)Red. The red version launched earlier this year as a special edition, while the jet black shade was new for the iPhone 7 series.

Apple previously offered a space grey model of iPhone, but replaced it with matte black starting with the iPhone 7.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become...

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How to select your startup disk and start from it in...

If you install macOS Sierra on an external hard drive, thumb drive, or other storage device, your Mac can start up from that device instead of your built-in startup disk. fter installing the operating system on a properly formatted storage device, choose one of the following methods to use that device as the startup disk for your Mac. 

Use Startup Disk preferences

When you use Startup Disk preferences to select a startup disk, your Mac starts up from that disk until you choose a different one.

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Startup Disk.
  • Select your startup disk, then restart your Mac.

Use Startup Manager

When you use Startup Manager to select a startup disk, your Mac starts up from that disk once, then returns to using the disk selected in Startup Disk preferences.

  • Hold down the Option key immediately after turning on or restarting your Mac.
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Panolapse is effective time lapse software for macOS

By Aaron Lee

The Panolapse time lapse software for macOS boastsadvanced features to support professional photographers. The program simulates camera motion using software-based perspective-correction. It also packs tools for deflickering, animating panoramas, and auto-exposure.

The deflicker tool enhances smoothness of a video sequence by analyzing pixel-level brightness of each image, and then averaging out the brightness of each frame over time. The Panolapse software has support for animating 360-degrees equi-rectangular panoramic image files, enhancing its movement simulation capabilities.

Panolapse's RAWBlend feature can automatically tune the brightness of a series of images over time to create a smooth gradation. RAWBlend works by analyzing an image's metadata, calculating its light value from the image file's embedded camera settings such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO...

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Apple makes aggressive move seemingly aimed at...

Apple appears to be making an aggressive move to poach more staff from Imagination Technologies, the British chip designer behind the GPUs used in iOS devices. The Telegraph reports that Apple has set up its own GPU design team in offices just a few miles from Imagination’s campus.

The Silicon Valley giant has planted its flag by renting a 22,500 square-foot office in St Albans, a stone’s throw from Imagination’s headquarters. It plans to use the office to develop its own graphics technology as it ditches Imagination, leading to fears that it will poach the British company’s most talented staff …


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How iOS 11 changes location tracking on your iPhone...

In iOS 11, Apple offersa better way to know what apps are users, which will hopefully lead to apps that are better behaved. This is seemingly an outcome from Uber (and potentially other apps) gathering information from users when the app isn’t in use (although in Uber's case, they may not have crossed a line).

Apple’s guidelines for background location services allow for updates of specific needs, such as with navigation or fitness apps. But there’s no realistic way for Apple to know precisely how apps are tracking data, so the company has to rely on outside reports. A couple of academic...

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Only 10% use their handheld device or app to control...

Apparently, we’re not using our iPhones and Siri to their full capability. Parks Associates has announced new Internet of Things (IoT) research examining the market for smart home devices and services. The research group finds that only Only 10% of users use their personal assistant device or app to control smart home devices.

"The groundwork for the consumer IoT – networked products that are connected to the Internet and have an accompanying virtual object in the cloud – is in place," says Brad Russell, research analyst, Parks Associates. "Ubiquitous high-speed connectivity, mass smartphone ownership, and cloud services have enabled incredible innovation in consumer products and services and disrupted traditional marketplaces. Companies now need to identify and deploy the best strategies and innovations...

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Apple Music helps on-demand audio streaming hit...

iTunes may be struggling a little when it comes to video content, but Apple Music has helped U.S. audio streaming hit a record high of 7.5B weekly streams. The stat was achieved in March, according to Nielsen’s mid-year report on the music industry …


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Parallels Desktop 12.2.1

Maintenance update for the virtualization software fixes a number of bugs. ($99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update, 256 MB)


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Apple announces plans for second data center in...

This morning, Apple announced plans to open a second data center in Denmark. The first unit in Viborg opens later this year (pictured in above render) and the new announcement sees a second facility being built in Aabenraa, expected to go online in 2019.

It will run on 100% renewable energy and power Apple’s internet services across Europe, including iTunes Store, Siri, iMessage and Maps.


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DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.13

Updates the decluttering service for clipping articles from the Web for all editions of DEVONthink. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)


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Sunday July 9

Prime Day 2017 Roundup: The best deals on Apple...

Last year's Amazon Prime Day marked the largest day of sales for the ecommerce giant. This year additional retailers, such as Adorama and B&H, are offering their own aggressive discounts, often beating Amazon's prices on Apple hardware, AppleCare bundles, accessories and more. We're rounding up a list of the hottest Prime Day bargains with updates throughout the week.

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Bookends 12.8.2

Brings a new Cited toggle option to the reference management tool’s Inspector. ($59.99 new, free update, 37.3 MB)


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iTunes' share of video sales and rentals market...

Facing increased competition from the likes of Amazon and Comcast, Apple's once commanding market share lead in the online video sales and rental industry has been more than halved, according to a new report.

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Apple’s market share for renting, selling movies...

Apple’s market share for renting and selling movies on iTunes is down to between 20% and 35% after being over 50% about five years ago, reports The Wall Street Journal, quoting unnamed “people with knowledge of the matter.”

Market share gains were recorded by Comcast and Amazon through its Prime service over the same time period. Across the industry, video on demand movie rental revenue in the U.S.fell 4% to $1.8 billion in 2016, while digital movie purchase sales slowed to a 21% growth rate.

Apple didn’t deny the market share statistics, but told the Journal that it focuses on providing users with content from subscription services like Netflix and HBO through the App Store. The Apple spokeswoman also said that movie rentals and purchases have increased over the last year, hitting their highest level in more than a decade.

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Rumor: Apple's OLED 'iPhone 8' will...

This fall's anticipated flagship "iPhone 8" is rumored to come in four different shades, including a new reflective version that has not been seen on any previous iPhone models.

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Duo sets record for driving an electric car coast-to...

It's relatively easy to drive from one end of the US to the other in an electric car now that there are enough charging stations. But driving quickly across the country is another matter -- and that makes the recent achievement of Bradly D'Souza and...

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Smart home gadget ends a violent dispute by calling...

Inadvertent smart speaker commands aren't always bad. New Mexico police report that a smart home device (incorrectly labeled at first as a Google Home) intervened in a domestic violence incident by calling 911. When Eduardo Barros asked "did you call...

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China starts 200-day simulation of living on another...

The US definitely doesn't have a monopoly on long-term simulations of living on another planet. Four Beijing University students have begun a 200-day isolation experiment, Lunar Palace 365 (why not Lunar Palace 200?), where they'll live solely on the...

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Apple sees iTunes market share slip as competition...

Despite its increasing focuses on Services revenue, Apple is struggling to draw users to the iTunes Store for movie purchases and rentals. According to a new in-depth report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple’s market share for renting and purchasing movies has fallen to between 20 percent and 35 percent, despite once being well over 50 percent as recently as 2012…


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∞ 2017 Sand Marble Tournament race 1

This is wonderfully silly.

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The best kitchen scale

By Christine Cyr Clisset and Michael Sullivan

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commis...

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Winners of the International Drone Photography...

Drone photography brings a fascinating new perspective to photography. Some of these images are stunning.

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Softorino YouTube Converter 2 makes downloading...

While I wouldn’t call it “effortless” (there are a couple of minor annoyances), I’ve been using SYC 2 for a couple of weeks and really like the ease of use. I download a lot of videos for offline viewing and this app makes it a simple process.

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The most important object in computer graphics...

I knew the teapot was a popular object to do in CGI but had no idea why or its history.

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Honda bets on luxury over range with the electric...

In 1998 Honda introduced the first hybrid to North American roads. The Insight looked like a futuristic CRX and should have heralded the automaker as a leader in the green-car space along with Toyota and its Prius. Except it didn't. The Prius took of...

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How eclipse chasers are putting a small Kentucky...

If you are lucky enough to be able to get to the path of totality, you owe it to yourself to witness this almost literal once in a lifetime event.

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Trump talked to Putin about creating a 'Cyber...

Yes, you're reading that headline correctly. In the wake of a meeting at the G20 summit, President Trump has revealed that he talked to Russian President Vladimir Putin about creating an "impenetrable Cyber Security unit" that would protect against "...

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After Math: Bigger and better

It was a bumper week for big ideas. Jay-Z's latest album went platinum in under a week, despite it only existing in the ethers of the internet. RED (of high-end camera fame) revealed that it's working on a "holographic" cellphone. And Tesla is going...

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Ben Heck's mini pinball: Simulating gameplay

Ben and Felix meet with Terry from Mathworks to find out how they can use Matlab and Simulink to create a simulation of the miniature pinball table and teensy microcontroller. Terry explains how Simulink, and hardware running a real-time OS, can...

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Saturn's largest moon has enough energy to run...

Saturn's biggest moon, Titan, is one of the few viable places humans can explore first-hand beyond Mars. It's relatively safe from radiation, it's covered in liquid (though not water) and otherwise relatively safe. But could more than a handful of pe...

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MacBook Pro: Features, specifications, and prices...

The MacBook Pro is Apple’s top-of-the-line laptop. It offers top-notch performance for demanding users who need processing power and are willing to spend top dollar for it.

The current version of the MacBook Pro was released in June 2017 at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. The new laptops have the same design as the previous version, but the laptops feature new processors that provide a speed boost. Learn more about the MacBook Pro by reading about its main features below.

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MacBook: Features, specifications, and prices for...

The MacBook is Apple’s ultraportable laptop, trading portability for speed and connectivity. It has a slower processor than the MacBook Pro, but it still performs well enough to keep you productive. And it has only one USB-C port. But because of its size and weight, it could be the ideal laptop for frequent travelers.

The MacBook was released at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2017. You can learn more about the MacBook by reading about its main features below.

To get in-depth analysis, read our full review of the new 2017 MacBook.

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Saturday July 8

Algorithm spots abnormal heart rhythms with doctor-...

While not all arrhythmias are fatal or even dangerous, it's still a cause for concern. Some, after all, could cause heart failure and cardiac arrest, and a lot of people with abnormal heart rhythms don't even show symptoms. A team of researchers from...

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Ever-changing memory could lead to faster processors

Virtually every central processor in your devices uses a tiered set of memory caches to speed things up by fetching commonly used data. But it's not very efficient -- in trying to accommodate everything, it's rarely the fastest at anything. MIT's CSA...

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Tesla makes its first Model 3 (update: pictures!)

After months of waiting and no shortage of hype, Tesla's first Model 3 is finally rolling off the production line. Elon Musk has revealed that the initial production unit is ready (not pictured as of this writing) pending a "final checkout." Musk wil...

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Report: iPhone 8 to come in four color choices...

Apple’s flagship iPhone this year is said to a have an OLED screen, an all-glass design, wireless charging, and much more. Now, Twitter leaker Benjamin Geskin is claiming that the device will come in four colors – one of which is a new mirror-like option…


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Singer sues 'Fallout 4' publisher over use...

The Fallout game series is legendary for its use of music to set the post-apocalyptic mood, but it might have been a little too eager when creating the tone for Fallout 4. Singer Dion DiMucci has sued Fallout's publisher, ZeniMax, for allegedly using...

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Nest Founder 'Wakes Up In Cold Sweats'...

theodp writes: Fast Company's Co.Design reports that Tony Fadell, who founded Nest and was instrumental in the creation of the iPod and iPhone, spoke with a mix of pride and regret about his role in mobile technology's rise to omnipresence. "I wake up in cold sweats every so often thinking, what did we bring to the world?" Fadell said. "Did we really bring a nuclear bomb with information that can -- like we see with fake news -- blow up people's brains and reprogram them? Or did we bring light to people who never had information, who can now be empowered?"
Faddell added that addiction has been designed into our devices, and it's harming the newest generation. "And I know when I take [technology] away from my kids what happens," Fadell explained. "They literally feel like you're tearing a piece of their person away from them-they get emotional about it, very emotional. They go through withdrawal for two to three days." Products like the iPhone, Fadell believes, are more...

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Your GaymerX Foundation donations are now tax...

Indie gaming company MidBoss formed the GaymerX Foundation in 2016 after years of running an annual convention for LGBTQIA game developers and fans. According to its website, it's "focused on the preservation and celebration of queer geek and gaming...

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AI vision can determine why neighborhoods thrive

It's relatively easy to figure out whether or not a neighborhood is doing well at one moment in time. More often than not, you just have to look around. But how do you measure the progress (or deterioration) a neighborhood makes? That's where AI migh...

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Trustify President Jennifer Mellon: Diversity Is...

"My team has always, from day one, been 70 percent female," said Trustify President Jennifer Mellon. "You know, we're not a flower delivery service -- we're doing private investigation. It's not a space women often lead in, so I'm really proud of that. We did a self-disclosure report early on, and over 45 percent of my team identified with a protected minority population -- including LGBT, race, ethnic and religious minorities -- and I'm really proud of that. We've succeeded because we look like our consumer."

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Intel made a VR tie-in for Christopher Nolan's...

Movie and TV tie-in books and games are a thing of the past -- these days, it's all about virtual reality. Fox made one to go with The Martian and HBO created a VR Castle Black to promote Game of Thrones. We even got to explore Westworld's and The Ma...

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Web gets built-in copy protection hooks with a few...

Like it or not, the web is getting some built-in padlocks. The World Wide Web Consortium has decided to publish Encrypted Media Extensions, a standard for hooking copy protection into web-based streaming video, without making significant changes to...

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Recommended Reading: Rebooting a hero in '...

'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
Is One of the Best Superhero
Movies in Years
Christopher Orr,
The Atlantic

Well folks, the time has come. The team-up between Sony and Marvel for the third different take on Spider-Man debuted this week. So far, the review...

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This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 face recognition,...

In this week’s top stories: New iPhone 8 face recognition and Touch ID details, our 10.5-inch iPad Pro Smart Keyboard video review, new apps and updates, and much more.


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Alexa notifies you when Amazon has shipped your...

You can add one more device to the pile of gadgets vying for your attention, now that Amazon has switched Alexa's notifications on. The e-commerce titan first revealed that visual notifications were coming to its speakers on its developer site back i...

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Report: Wireless charging accessory won’t be ready...

It has long been rumored that Apple’s upcoming 2017 iPhone models will feature some sort of wireless charging technology, but now blogger John Gruber says that the feature might not be available at launch…


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The only way to stop another WannaCry is with...

It's been one week since the newest (and therefore scariest) cyberattack, which caused pandemonium across Ukraine and Russia before spreading to other countries. But that came only a few weeks after the WannaCry ransomware targeted Windows XP machine...

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. Tesla's building a big battery Down Under and it's time to talk about what Jawbone's demise means for wearables.

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Gartner: global device shipments will decline 0.3%...

Worldwide shipments of personal computers (PCs), tablets and smartphones are expected to exceed 2.3 billion units in 2017, a decline of 0.3% from 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. The market is forecast to return to growth in 2018 with a 1.6% increase in shipments, according to the research group.

"Overall, the shipment growth of the device market is steady for the first time in many years," says Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "PC shipments are slightly lower while phone shipments are slightly higher — leading to a slight downward revision in shipments from the previous forecast."

PC shipments are on pace to drop 3% in 2017, but the rate of decline is slower than in recent years, alleviated by Windows 10 replacement purchasing. Prices for components such as DRAM memory and SSD hard drives continue to rise, creating headwinds for the global PC market and — to a lesser extent — the smartphone market. The impact of component pricing on PCs is being reduced...

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Apple has filed for a patent (number 9,699,546) for “earbuds with biometric sensing” that hints at future AirPods with enhanced capabilities. The invention involves earbuds configured with one or more biometric sensors. 

At least one of the biometric sensors is configured to be pressed up against a portion of the tragus (prominence on the inner side of the external ear, in front of and partly closing the passage to the organs of hearing) for making biometric measurements. 

The housing of the earbud can be symmetric so that the earbud can be worn interchangeably in either a left or a right ear of a user. In such an embodiment, the earbud can include a sensor and circuitry configured to determine and alter operation of the earbud in accordance to which ear the earbud is determined to be positioned within.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that users of portable electronic device (iPhones and iPads) have shown increasing interest in biometric tracking biometric...

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Laptops hold more sensitive data, but are less...

AlertSec, a cloud-based encryption company, has announced results of a new cybersecurity survey revealing that laptops, though they usually contain more sensitive and personal data than smartphones, are less frequently encrypted than other mobile devices. 

AlertSec surveyed more than 800 U.S.-based consumers to learn about the current state of laptop versus smartphone and mobile device encryption, as well as to explore the various cybersecurity risks that users may be exposed to and how much they know about their own personal computer security preparedness.

Overall, the survey found that most people don’t have much knowledge about the security tools they are using and can’t even guarantee what sort of security software is installed on their own laptops. In fact, more people could guarantee the use of ad blockers and anti-virus protection software than could guarantee that encryption software designed to protect...

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Because of old legacy programs, using Windows with high-res displays has always been a little tricky, especially if you're switching between multiple screens. The latest preview build pushed to Insiders helps with that problem by changing the way Win...

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The MacBook Air is Apple’s most affordable laptop. If you’re looking for a good performing machine at low price, the MacBook Air fits the bill.

During Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, the Cupertino-based company updated its lowest-priced laptop with a faster processor. Learn more about the MacBook Air by reading about its features and specifications below.

Processor, graphics, storage

The MacBook Air has a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, a bump up from the 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 that was released over two years ago. The MacBook Air’s processor is a 5th generation Broadwell chip, which is two generations older than the Kaby Lake processors in the new MacBook Pro and...

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This week on AI: Qualcomm legal battle heats up,...

This week was relatively slow in terms of major Apple developments, allowing a few minor "iPhone 8" rumors to bubble to the surface. The biggest developments related to Apple's ongoing legal battles with Imagination and Qualcomm, the latter of which filed a U.S. ITC request to block imports of iPhones not using its technology.

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PlayStation Vue drops its cheapest packages, now...

Until now, in some areas, PlayStation Vue offered "Slim" versions of its streaming TV packages that dropped local TV channels and cost $10 less than the standard options. Now, as it's rolled out local broadcasts from more networks and in more places...

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Watch: First macOS High Sierra public beta delivers...

Apple recently released the first public beta of the latest Mac operating system, macOS High Sierra, giving customers the chance to preview the next-generation OS prior to its launch this fall. Like any major OS update, High Sierra focuses on resolving pain points from previous versions while adding a few new features to keep things fresh.

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Friday 5: Ulysses is my favorite iOS writing app [...

Ulysses is a writing app that I use each and every day on my iPad Pro; I even use it on iPhone to make quick edits or changes to in-progress work. I’ve briefly covered Ulysses on Friday 5 in the past, but tonight I’d like to dig deeper and discuss some of the features that make it my go-to iOS (and macOS) writing app. more…

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ESPN uses iPhone 7 for 9th annual 'Body Issue...

ESPN The Magazine's hotly anticipated "Body Issue" hit newsstands on Friday, and at least one of the covers -- a portrait of Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez -- was shot using Apple's iPhone 7 handset.

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Rumor: Apple's iPhone wireless charging...

Wireless charging is expected make its way to Apple's iPhone lineup this fall, but the tentpole feature might not be ready in time to launch with the next-generation handsets, a new rumor suggests.

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Google Calendar catches up to other iOS apps with a...

Google Calendar's iOS app now has an easier way to keep tabs on a busy schedule. An updated version of the app includes a Today View widget that shows your upcoming events at a glance. If you have a packed day with three meetings, you won't have to...

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Prince's music videos hit YouTube following...

Though Prince took major efforts to keep his work offline, a lot of it has been slowly making its way back to the internet since his death. The newest online addition of his increasingly accessible body of work are a handful of music videos posted to...

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The Week in iOS Apps: Adidas' new All Day app...

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This week’s roundup includes apps to help you get in shape, edit photos, get to sleep, and get a meal delivered. Read on!

All Day

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Macworld’s July Digital Edition: iOS 11 Preview

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld magazine.

In the July issue

This month we dive deep into all of the news from Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference. Find out about all of the new features in iOS 11 and take a first look at the next OS for your Mac: macOS High Sierra.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Apple Park, the last great product by Steve Jobs

• MacUser Reviews: Reolink Keen: Battery powered camera offers wireless security for cheap

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ESPN's X Games will stream live in VR on...

Next week at its July 13th to 16th Minneapolis competition, the X Games will livestream its first event in VR. Thanks to its partnership with Samsung, though, it seems you'll only be able to watch it on a Samsung Gear VR headset through its dedicated...

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Moto G5S Plus reportedly has a new design and...

Marketing material for Motorola's upcoming Moto G5S Plus found its way over to VentureBeat and it looks like the model's getting a couple of upgrades. For starters, unlike the G5 and G5 Plus, which have all-plastic frames with a sheet of thin metal g...

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Speculation on the Pricing of and Strategy Behind...

I created a bit of a stir the other day when I suggested the OLED iPhone “Pro” could start at $1,500.

Let’s take a serious look at this. $1,500 as a starting price is probably way too high. But I think $1,200 is quite likely as the starting price, with the high-end model at $1,300 or $1,400.

First, consider the problems Apple faces with any new iPhone. Here are the prices for the iPhone 7:

  • iPhone 7 32 GB: $649
  • iPhone 7 64 GB: $749
  • iPhone 7 256 GB: $849

And 7 Plus:

  • iPhone 7 Plus 32 GB: $769
  • iPhone 7 Plus 64 GB: $869
  • iPhone 7 Plus 256 GB: $969

These prices have remained unchanged ever since the “Plus” era began with the iPhone 6 models in 2014. Apple reports its company-wide profit margin each...

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Facebook and Google join net neutrality 'day of...

July 12th has been declared a "day of action" on the topic of net neutrality. The non-profit group Battle for the Net's event has been backed by a range of tech companies and advocates, including Amazon, the ACLU, Etsy, Kickstarter, the Electric Fron...

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Apple Maps vans adds Spain, three U.S. states to...

In an update to the Apple Maps webpage on Friday, Apple announced its camera- and sensor-laden mapping vans will hit the streets of Spain and a trio of U.S. states this month.

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Hacking Team is back

When you call yourself "Hacking Team," you're borrowing a legacy of persecution and suffering at the hands of legal authorities. The same kind that drove Aaron Swartz to become the most famous hacker suicide of our era.

You're effectively wrapping y...

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Baskin-Robbins and DoorDash will deliver ice cream...

If you're like me, once the mercury starts rising, your diet slowly becomes more and more ice-cream-and-popsicle based. But what if it's too hot and you don't want to drive or walk to the nearest ice cream parlor? That's where Baskin-Robbins comes in...

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‘Hearthstone’s next expansion adds undead fun in icy...

Digital card game Hearthstone started off a new year of themed expansions with April's Journey to Un'goro, adding 135 cards and introducing new concepts to refresh the game. Last night, studio Blizzard announced the second new content block for 2017,...

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9to5Rewards: WD My Passport SSD 1TB USB-C Portable...

This week we’re partnering with Western Digital to give away its new My Passport SSD 1TB USB-C Portable Hard Drive. Head below to find out how you can win…


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Inside High Sierra: Safari's Javascript engine...

While marquee features like APFS have stolen most of the spotlight, Apple has implemented significant improvements to Safari with the goal of making a user's time with it easier, and less annoying.

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AWT News Update: July 7, 2017

Why do most people look like idiots wearing VR headsets?

We close out this week with a quick look at a few news items:

  • The Google Calendar app for iOS has added a Today Widget
  • Peripheral maker Jawbone is going out of business...but it's not totally dead yet
  • Hilton hotel group reports that lots of guests are using their iPhones and Apple Watches as room keys
  • Apple is updating many of its trademarks to cover AR and VR related products

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.

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This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for July 7th, 2017.


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Reality Bytes: A Highflying Tech Entrepreneur...

An anonymous reader shares a WSJ article: Entrepreneur Jia Yueting likes to say that Apple is outdated, China's big technology companies are innovation-killing monopolies and his company, LeEco, is the real industry disrupter. That swagger served Mr. Jia in building an empire that sprawled across seven industries, from online video content to smartphones to electric cars. By having the ambition to take on Apple, Tesla and Netflix all at once, Mr. Jia seemed to embody the boundless promise of the huge China market. And investors responded favorably. Deal makers like HNA Capital and Legend Holdings bought in, as did the city government of tech hub Shenzhen, as well as movie director Zhang Yimou and other celebrities. British sports car maker Aston Martin joined up to develop electric vehicles. The U.S. state of Nevada promised $200 million in incentives for Mr. Jia's electric car venture, Faraday Futures, to build a $1 billion plant there. And LeEco unveiled a $2 billion deal to buy...

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Kanye's Tidal breakup is about ego, not money

The relationship between Tidal and Kanye West, one of the streaming service's original artist-owners, is seemingly coming to an end. According to various reports, which Engadget confirmed independently, 'Ye has decided to terminate his exclusive stre...

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Robots will charge Volkswagen EVs so you don't...

Like many other auto companies, Volkswagen has been working on autonomous vehicles, partnering with companies like NVIDIA and Mobvoi along the way. Today, the company announced an extended partnership with Kuka, the Germany-based industrial robot mak...

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A carrier mistake allowed Justin Williams to be...

I really do hate when someone like Justin does everything they can to prevent hacking and then a carrier mistake leads to this much trouble.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Spotify is testing a 'driving mode' for...

Now that we've all got streaming, on-demand music in the car with our phones, it's hard not to want to fiddle with our playlists while driving. Obviously, messing with your device on the road is as bad as texting, though. As reported on The Verge, Sp...

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