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Tuesday August 16

06:00
News: Daily Deal: Droplr Pro Lifetime License

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get a Lifetime License to Droplr Pro for only $29.99 — that’s 98% off the regular price. This handy tool and cloud service helps you take the struggle out of digital collaboration by letting you easily share your files with anyone, anywhere — simply drag a file to the Droplr icon on your desktop or hit the short cut, and it gets automatically uploaded to a cloud server where you can share it with anybody…

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06:00
FalseCONNECT Vulnerability Affects Software From...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: "Researcher Jerry Decime revealed details about a security vulnerability that allows an attacker to gain a Man-in-the-Middle position and intercept HTTPS traffic thanks to flaws in the implementation of proxy authentication procedures in various products," reports Softpedia. The flaw can be used to collect user credentials by tricking victims into re-authenticating, sending data to a third-party. Multiple software vendors deploy applications that can handle proxy connections. Until now, Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, and Opera have acknowledged their products are affected. Lenovo said this bug does not impact its software. Other software vendors that are still evaluating the FalseCONNECT bug and may be affected include multiple Linux distros, Cisco, Google, HP, IBM, Juniper, Mozilla, Nokia, OpenBSD, SAP, Sony, and others.

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05:33
Apple CEO Tim Cook touring China, pledges Asia-...

In the midst of a visit to China, Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised to open up an Asia-Pacific research and development center in the country by the end of 2016.

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05:15
Twitter holds discussions with Apple to create Apple...

If you love your Apple TV, football and Twitter, you’ll love this.

Twitter is apparently in discussions with Apple to launch a Twitter app for the Apple TV that would let Twitter’s users watch the NFL games on Apple’s set-top box.

Twitter has directed [Chief Financial Officer] Mr. [Anthony] Noto, a former Goldman Sachs banker with deep ties to the sports media industry, to lead the charge on live streaming and has assigned an engineering team to create its streaming video player. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, considers streaming a critical component of the company’s focus on “live” experiences, along with Periscope, its app that allows smartphone users to live-stream video.

As such, Twitter is in talks with Apple to...

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05:00
Rumor: Apple to ship 10.5-inch iPad Pro in 2017,...

It looks like there’s a good chance Apple will be adding to its iPad Pro offerings.

Per KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is expected to develop a 10.5-inch iPad Pro next year. In addition, Apple is rumored to launch a second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2017, as well as a “low cost” 9.7-inch iPad model. The iPad Pros are expected to include an A10X processor, while the more-affordable 9.7-inch iPad will have the A9X chip.

Furthermore, KGI’s research predicts that Apple will release a new “revolutionary” iPad model, but we won’t see it until 2018 at the earliest. This next-gen iPad will sport a flexible AMOLED screen and “radical” changes to the form factor and the user experience. According to KGI, the AMOLED iPad will “follow the footsteps of the iPhone...

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05:00
Microsoft to Add Beam's Live-Streaming Skills...


Microsoft last week announced a deal to acquire live-streaming startup Beam. It plans to use Beam's interactive technology to enhance the Xbox Live experience. Beam has attracted a number of top investors, including Techstars, Courtside Ventures and Ore Ventures. The deal is designed to help make Xbox Live more social and fun for users, Microsoft said, allowing members of the community not only to just watch players engage in new gaming experiences, but also to engage directly with each other.

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Monday August 15

22:36
Apple expands carrier billing availability with...

Apple on Tuesday launched a new carrier billing options in Taiwan and Switzerland that lets users charge iTunes purchases directly to their monthly cellphone bill.

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17:14
Former Apple Watch engineer talks Apple design...

Former Apple engineer Bob Messerschmidt, who headed up the group responsible for the highly regarded Apple Watch heart rate sensor, recently sat down with Fast Company to offer an inside look at what it was like working with Jony Ive's secretive Industrial Design Group.

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17:03
First looks at the World Trade Center Oculus Apple...

The World Trade Center Apple Store opens tomorrow at noon in Santiago Calatrava‘s Oculus terminal.  But some are getting a sneak peak at the store this evening according to a couple of our tipsters who work in the area.

@9to5mac World Trade Center Apple Store pic.twitter.com/9vlby8UfRZ

— Felipe (@fcs132) August 15, 2016

We first saw building permits 6 months ago on the site which was conceived 2 years ago.  This store was designed by...

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16:47
'Battlefield 1' open beta starts August...

Eager to play Battlefield 1 but can't wait until the game's October 21st release date? Well, good news. Electronic Arts has announced that a 64-player open beta for the first-person shooter will begin August 31st on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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16:18
Capcom plans harsher punishments for 'Street...

Capcom has been combating quitters in Street Fighter V since the game's debut. And tomorrow, the publisher/developer is apparently making the penalties for disconnecting before a match ends even more harsh. Like before, cowards will have League Point...

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16:06
Google May Paint IoT Fuchsia


A team at Google is working on a new operating system called "Fuchsia," but details are sparse. Fuchsia "is a new open source project that is not at all related to Android or Chrome OS," said Google spokesperson Joshua Cruz. He declined to provide further details about Fuchsia, saying only that "we have many revolving open source projects at Google." Fuchsia reportedly already has undergone some testing, and it is booting "reasonably well" on NUCs based on Intel's Skylake and Broadwell processors.

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15:29
HTC's Nexus phone efforts show up at the FCC

If there was any doubt that HTC is working on at least one Nexus phone this year, the FCC (and a handful of leaks) just erased it. The regulator has received an HTC filing for smartphones that will be explicitly branded as a Nexus -- a letter says y...

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15:22
Berkshire Hathaway increases Apple position to $1.46B

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway took advantage of a dip in Apple's share price during the second quarter, increasing its stake in the company to $1.46 billion as of June 30.

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15:15
AWT News Update: August 15, 2016

Probably one of the slowest Apple news days in a while, but we have a pair of stories for you as well as a reminder that it's a good time to join Team AWT:

  • Beta 6 of macOS Sierra, iOS, tvOS and watchOS all arrived for developers today
  • Honda announces support for Apple CarPlay with properly-equipped models of the Civic Hatchback
  • Team AWT is our subscription-based "super version" of the website, providing extra content and giveaways for as little as $5 per month. Join today!

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14:56
Warren Buffett buys 5.41 million shares of $AAPL

To be more accurate, Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, made the purchase. It makes a difference because, while Buffet has been personally critical of technology stocks, Berkshire Hathaway has recently hired a couple of tech fund managers who are much more bullish on Apple. That’s likely what happened here.

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14:56
Snapchat buys a search and discovery app for $100...

Snapchat has grown up quite a bit in the past year, from adding original content from the likes of NBC to introducing Memories, an option for a more permanent archive of photos. Now it could be venturing into search as well. The Information has repor...

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14:39
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 7' to offer...

One way Apple will aim to keep the "iPhone 7" competitive is the addition of new fast-charge technology, according to one rumor.

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14:32
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 15, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

C.H. Robinson has driven out Navisphere Carrier. The free app is designed to support contract motor carriers and their business – no matter where they are. The app gives greater functionality of C.H. Robinson’s single global technology platform, Navisphere, to contract carriers. Navisphere enables carriers to support the world’s supply chains and is connected to the company’s carrier representatives who work...

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14:31
What I learned working with Jony Ive’s team on the...

Fast Company has another in their very good series of interviews with key people at Apple.

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14:30
Tim Cook: Privacy Is Worth Protecting

An anonymous reader writes from InformationWeek: In a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post, Apple's CEO Tim Cook talks iPhones, AI, privacy, civil rights, missteps, China, taxes, and Steve Jobs -- all without addressing rumors about the company's Project Titan electric car. One of the biggest concerns Tim Cook has is with user privacy. Earlier this year, Apple was in the news for refusing a request from the U.S. Department of Justice to unlock a suspected terrorist's iPhone because Apple argued it would affect millions of other iPhones, it was unconstitutional, and that it would weaken security for everyone. Cook told the Washington Post: "The lightbulb went off, and it became clear what was right: Could we create a tool to unlock the phone? After a few days, we had determined yes, we could. Then the question was, ethically, should we? We thought, you know, that depends on whether we could contain it or not. Other people were involved in this, too -- deep security...

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14:26
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15...

Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 11.2.1, 1Password 6.3.2, Storyspace 3.2, and DEVONthink 2.9.2.

 

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14:26
'Hidden Figures' celebrates black women...

Hidden Figures tells the story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, three black women who played crucial roles in one of NASA's finest hours: launching an American into orbit for the first time. As the film's first trailer shows, t...

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13:57
'Hamilton' creator Miranda joins the fight...

Hate that ticket bots robbed you of a chance to see that big concert or musical? So does Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Hamilton author is teaming up with Senator Charles Schumer to promote a proposed federal bill, the Better Online Ticket Sales Act (BOTS...

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13:35
This is how light pollution affects how we see the...

If you’ve never had the opportunity to get far away from city lights to see the “true” night sky, you owe it to yourself to do it. Awe inspiring.

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13:30
Bumble is adding paid features to help find your...

Bumble, the dating app that's previously dabbled in offering services beyond traditional swipe-based matching, is now offering a subscription model that offers three new features for just $9.99 a month.

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13:30
Review: Speck StyleFolio Pencil for 9.7” iPad Pro

We've seen Speck's StyleFolio a number of times over the past few years, most recently for iPad mini 4. The new StyleFolio Pencil ($60) offers the same basic design as StyleFolio, but with an integrated holder for Apple Pencil tucked away next to the iPad, under the folio cover. The case's "inkwell station" also allows Pencil users to quickly put the pencil in one place while in a drawing position. In addition to a drawing position, StyleFolio Pencil can be set into numerous viewing positions. Currently, the case is only available in the black/slate gray color seen here.{/exp:char_limit}

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13:17
Are rotisserie chickens a bargain?

This article was a lot more interesting than it had any right to be. I’ve never roasted a whole chicken, preferring to just cook the individual pieces I need (usually breasts or thighs, depending on the recipe) but, when I need a lot of chicken, I always grab a rotisserie bird from the supermarket if only for convenience and speed’s sake.

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13:12
macOS 10.12 Sierra beta 6 hits the Mac App Store for...

Apple today released the sixth developer preview of macOS Sierra since showing off the software update for the Mac at WWDC 2016. The latest release is available now through the Mac App Store. macOS Sierra’s headlining feature is Siri on the Mac with other features like Auto-Unlock which lets Apple Watch users skip the password login screen. Apple Pay is also coming to Safari with macOS Sierra, although we haven’t seen the feature live on the web yet.

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13:10
Serious Flaws In iMessage Crypto Allow For Message...

Reader Trailrunner7 writes: New research from a team at Johns Hopkins University shows that there are serious problems with the way Apple implemented encryption on its iMessage system, leaving it open to retrospective decryption attacks that can reveal the contents of all of a victim's past iMessage texts. The iMessage system, like much of what Apple does, is opaque and its inner workings have not been made available to outsiders. One of the key things that is known about the system is that messages are encrypted from end to end and Apple has said that it does not have the ability to decrypt users' messages. The researchers at JHU, led by Matthew Green, a professor of computer science at the school, reverse engineered the iMessage protocol and discovered that Apple made some mistakes in its encryption implementation that could allow an attacker who has access to encrypted messages to decrypt them.The team discovered that Apple doesn't rotate encryption keys at regular intervals (...

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12:53
Lockheed Martin hopes to turn your kids into...

Lockheed Martin knows that its future spacecraft will only fly if there are enough people interested in flying them, so it's trying something a bit unusual: it's helping to raise the next wave of astronauts. It's launching a Generation Beyond program...

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12:50
Report: Apple will launch a 10.5-inch iPad Pro in...

If you thought that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro was too small and that the 12.9-inch model was too big, soon you might have another size to choose from that could be a better fit.

According to a reliable analyst at KGI, Apple is expected to develop a 10.5-inch iPad Pro next year. In addition, Apple is rumored to launch a second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2017, as well as a “low cost” 9.7-inch iPad model. The iPad Pros are expected to include an A10X processor, while the more-affordable 9.7-inch iPad will have the A9X chip. KGI’s research note was originally reported by MacRumors.

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12:49
Apple releases iOS 10 public beta 6, developer beta 6

If you’re a fan of the iOS 10 betas, this is your lucky day.

On Monday, Apple released iOS 10 beta 6 to the developer community and the iOS 10 public beta 5 to the beta tester community.

The new betas feature assorted bug fixes and changes, all while still working towards the 1.0 release.

Beta users can get the updates by running Software Update; developers can go to Apple’s Developer Center.

iOS 10 is expected to be officially released come September.

As always, be careful with the new betas, try to back your iOS device up beforehand and let us know about your experience in the comments section.

Via Macworld

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12:48
Dealing with Send to Kindle’s 50 MB Limit

For those reading ebooks on a Kindle, or in the Kindle iOS app, there’s a 50 MB file size limitation in Amazon’s Send to Kindle app and email service that can cause troubles. Adam Engst explains the situation and provides some workarounds.

 

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12:43
ExtraBITS for 15 August 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, Tim Cook gives an unusually personal interview to the Washington Post, CVS launches its own mobile payment system, and Microsoft’s Project Murphy creates face mashups you describe.

 

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12:33
Apple CarPlay coming to higher-end models of Honda...

Honda on Monday announced that when it launches in North America this fall, the 2017 Civic Hatchback will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto -- though only on higher-end trims.

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12:30
Apple Watch 2 wish list: Fix the basics, double down...

While we’re all looking forward to seeing new iPhones next month, it’s also possible we’ll get our first look at the second generation Apple Watch during the same Apple event. I still love my Apple Watch, but it’s just plain old in fast-paced technology terms.

Apple introduced the current Apple Watch almost two years ago at its September 2014 event where we also saw the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Remember all the hype? Then Apple gave the Apple Watch stage time once again at its March 2015 event before releasing it the following month. This year Apple could either update the Apple Watch soon or go into the holiday quarter with the same Apple Watch as last year.

I’ve considered the window closed for buying the current Apple Watch for a while now so I’m hoping we see an upgraded Apple Watch 2 in a few weeks. After more than a year with the first generation Apple Watch, there are plenty of improvements I’d love to see as well.

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12:23
Hyatt and Starwood hotel chains suffer credit card...

HEI, the holding company behind a wide number of hotel brands including Marriott and (wait for it) Hyatt, has announced that it suffered a data breach via its payment tools. According to the outfit, hackers installed malware inside payment processing...

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12:18
Castro 2 podcast app

Castro 2 is the first app that is designed to help you expand your listening habits and track a broad range of shows without getting overwhelmed.

I use Castro and love the app.

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12:01
Apple and the iPhone button

Hayley Tsukayama brought up some fair points in her Washington Post article. I have two things to say about it: First, I don’t buy this “planned obsolescence” bullshit that’s talked about now and then. Apple makes incredibly long lasting products, so that notion is just ludicrous. Second, I see great things for a software button, if they decide to do it—3D Touch from the home button and who knows what else they can come up with.

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12:00
We don't understand AI because we don't...

Artificial intelligence prophets including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Raymond Kurzweil predict that by the year 2030 machines will develop consciousness through the application of human intelligence. This will lead to a variety of benign, neutral...

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11:51
A different Apple

Carolina Milanesi wrote an interesting piece at Techpionions:

But different is not necessarily bad. Tim Cook has a different personality than Steve Jobs and, as we learned from this week’s interviews, a different management style. We certainly see a more open, humble, inclusive, socially engaged leader that, in my view, has softened, not weakened Apple’s image as a company. As I mentioned, we cannot just look at management and think the Apple we see today has not been impacted by the markets it plays in. Let’s think about some of the things that are different today.

Tim Cook is a great leader and provides a human side to Apple that we have never seen before. I can’t imagine the challenges the management team goes through in preparing new products or working on the new products that we don’t even know about yet. In order to lose confidence in Apple, you would have to think they are no longer trying to innovate its current or future products—I don’t believe that.

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11:45
Eye-Fi Gives X2 Card Owners a Reprieve

Eye-Fi has issued X2 Utility, a Mac app that enables users of the company’s X2 and older wireless-enabled storage cards to continue using them even after cloud support for those products ends next month.

 

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11:45
11 awesome back-to-school gadgets for students

New school year, new school gear

Image by Grovemade

With classes back in session (or about to begin), hopefully you already have everything from your back-to-school list. Laptop? Check. The perfect bag for said laptop? Check. Schedule and text books? Check and check. Though your laptop and books are, of course, your school lifeline, there are some other gadgets you can add to your list to make your life easier. From practical picks (mice, keyboards, hard drives) to streaming sticks (hey, it’s all about that work/life balance!), our gear guide is full of recommendations designed to aid you in all the demands of student life.

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11:42
'Destiny: Rise of Iron' PS4 exclusives...

Sony has landed more than a few Destiny exclusives in hopes of selling more PlayStation 4 consoles, and it's stopping as Bungie's shooter/MMO hybrid celebrates its second birthday. When Rise of Iron arrives on September 20th, it'll have a handful of...

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11:24
Play 'Minecraft' on the Oculus Rift today

Minecraft has landed on the Oculus Rift as part of a free update to the Windows 10 Edition beta. Anyone who owns the PC or Mac version of Minecraft is automatically granted access to the Windows 10 beta version; hit up Mojang to sign up and start pla...

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11:20
Apple releases new betas for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

If you’re using any of the Apple beta operating systems, always be ready to update your devices, because beta updates are coming at a more frequent rate. On Monday, Apple released new betas of iOS 10. For developers, the new version is iOS 10 dev beta 6; for users who are enrolled in the Apple Software Beta Program, it’s iOS 10 beta 5. Apple also released dev beta 6 and Public Beta 5 of macOS Sierra.

Apple also unveiled new developer betas of watchOS 3 and tvOS 10.

Beta users can get the updates by running Software Update; developers can go to Apple’s Developer Center. If you’re interested in trying the iOS 10 or macOS Sierra beta, here’s what you need to know.

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11:03
Tinder says GIFs and emoji lead to better connections

Who knew that the secret to successful online dating lay in GIFs? The next time you find yourself spending an hour coming up with the perfect greeting and introduction on Tinder, stop and find a GIF instead. According to Tinder's research, GIF messag...

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11:00
Apple World Today 60-second Video Tip: Typing...

The US keyboard on the iPhone and iPad has a surprising number of extra characters that you can type...if you know how to find them. In today's Apple World Today 60-second Video Tip, we'll show you how to type international currency symbols like the pound, euro, and more.

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10:48
∞ Norway belly flop competition

Holy shit, that must hurt.

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10:48
Bart Nabbe departs Apple’s ‘Special Projects’...

Bart Nabbe, a vehicle navigations specialist, has left Apple's "Special Projects" division, and is now working at electric car company Faraday Future as the director of strategy partnerships, reports AppleInsider.

Nabbe is a member of the adjunct faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. He graduated from the university in 2007 with a Ph.D inRobotics..

Last November there was a rumor that Faraday Future, which began operations in an old Nissan research facility in 2014, was a dummy company launched by Apple to hide its car plans. The company has about 500 employees. Faraday has hired the former vehicle and and chassis engineer for the Tesla Model S, the head designer of the BMW i8, a former Ferrari interior designer, and a SpaceX batter specialist. 

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10:43
Report reveals identity of NSA and PRISM...

It's been over three years since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden released a trove of documents detailing the extent to which the American government was able to spy on its citizens. A big part of those revelations was PRISM, a system that allowe...

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10:29
The Big Tech Election Stories No One Else Is Covering


Most analysts earn their daily bread by focusing on a particular subject area and following that direction. However, I rebelled against that established pattern -- and as a result, I tend to look between the lines more than many of my peers do. That means when major news media outlets focus on a story, I'm more likely to see what they missed. In the case of both the Clinton email scandal and the DNC email leak -- not to mention the various whistle-blower events -- what interests me isn't what's been covered but what hasn't been covered.

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10:22
Audiophiles in Japan are installing their own...

Audiophiles are known for doing some pretty extreme things in their quest for 'purer' sound, such as buying headphones that cost as much as a good car or getting ridiculously overdone cables with little to no practical benefit. However, the Wall Stre...

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10:18
Apple issues sixth betas of iOS 10, watchOS 3 macOS...

Apple on Monday released a sixth developer beta of iOS 10, plus a fifth public beta, both coming less than week after the last update as the company prepares for an official launch likely to happen next month. Also released were equivalent betas of watchOS 3, tvOS 10 and macOS Sierra.

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10:10
Smart phone shipments to grow 5% in 2016 despite...

The latest market forecast from the Canalys (www.canalys.com) research group shows worldwide smart phone shipments will reach just over 1.4 billion units in 2016 – a 5% year-on-year increase.

Shipments in Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China) are expected to grow by 13%. The smart phone markets in India and the Philippines are performing well in 2016, with annual growth expected to reach 21% and 26% respectively, predicts Canalys. Despite the introduction of an “iPhone 7,” the research group expects Apple’s worldwide shipments will decline in 2016, as it continues to struggle in China.

“The launch of the iPhone 6 saw Apple’s shipments in Greater China skyrocket, but the company has struggled to maintain this momentum,” says Canalys Research Analyst Jessie Ding. “The iPhone 6s had a lackluster reception in comparison and the iPhone SE is unlikely to make a big difference to Apple’s fortunes in the region this year. Local players...

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10:10
Apple computer navigation engineer departs for...

Computer vision and vehicle navigation specialist Bart Nabbe has left Apple's "Special Projects" division, and is now working at electric car company Faraday Future.

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10:09
Apple seeds tvOS 10 beta 6 for Apple TV to developers

Apple has just started seeding out the sixth beta for tvOS 10 today to all current testers and developers. To update, check through the Software Update section on the Apple TV, or grab the Configuration Profile from Apple’s Developer center if you’d like to install it for the first time.

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10:03
∞ watchOS 3 beta 6, macOS Sierra beta 5, tvOS beta...

In addition to iOS 10 beta 6 being released today, Apple also updated its other operating systems watchOS, macOS Sierra, and tvOS. You can download all of them through the developer web site or via the automated software update mechanism if you have a previous beta installed.

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10:00
How a robot wrote for Engadget

John McCarthy, the late computer scientist who first coined the term Artificial Intelligence, famously said "as soon as it works, no one calls it AI any more." What was once cutting-edge AI is now considered standard behavior for computers. As I writ...

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09:58
∞ Apple releases iOS 10 beta 6

Apple on Monday released a new beta for developers, bringing the latest version to iOS beta 6. If you have the beta installed, you can download the update by going to Settings > General > Software Update. You can also get the update from Apple’s Developer Web site.

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09:55
Apple releases watchOS 3 beta 6 for Apple Watch to...

Apple has just begun rolling out watchOS 3 beta 6 to developers today. Those looking to grab the new release can head over to the Watch app on their iPhones, select General and then Software Update. watchOS 3 beta 6 is available to download as a Configuration Profile from the Apple developer center for newer users looking to test out the upcoming system. Release notes fixes are now at the bottom of the post.

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09:46
Apple issues iOS 10 beta 6 for developers + public...

Apple has released iOS 10 beta 6 for developers to test on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10 brings a refreshed look to Apple Music and News plus loads of new features to the platform. The software update will be ready for everyone likely sometime next month, and we’ll dig through the sixth developer version of the iOS 10 beta below.

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09:43
External Link: It’s Lonely at the Top of Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with Jena McGregor of the Washington Post to commemorate his fifth anniversary as Apple’s head honcho. The usually private Cook opened up in this wide-ranging interview, discussing his mistakes, who he asks for advice, and what he think Steve Jobs would be up to today. Cook mentioned that the job could be lonely, but he was quick to add, “I’m not looking for any sympathy. CEOs don’t need any sympathy.”

 

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09:41
Apple educational investment in Oakland linked to...

Apple's recent educational investments into Oakland, Calif. were prompted by a talk between CEO Tim Cook and civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, according to a report.

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09:39
Twitter may launch Apple TV app to show Thursday...

To bolster the effort, Twitter is in talks with Apple to bring the Twitter app to Apple TV, which would potentially let millions of Apple TV users watch the streaming N.F.L. games, according to the two people briefed on the discussions.

It seems to me that Twitter is betting a lot on this streaming deal with the NFL. There was quite a bit of competition for this deal, but Twitter won. Now we’ll see if it pays off for them.

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09:32
Giveaway: Win a bundle of smartphone accessories...

Cygnett and Whoosh are partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers a chance to win one of five back-to-school accessory bundles featuring a portable charger, wide angle lens, selfie stick, Apple Watch stand, iPhone case, screen cleaner and more.

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09:30
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09:30
The best tech for honor students

Look, not everyone is cut out for late nights of drinking and playing DJ for groups of frat kids. Some would prefer to campout in the library until the wee hours of the morning studying and pouring over notes and lectures. Of course, the days of pen,...

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09:28
Tesla removes ‘autopilot’ from China website after...

Tesla removed the word “autopilot” and a Chinese term for “self-driving” from its China website after a driver in Beijing who crashed in “autopilot” mode complained that the car maker overplayed the function’s capability and misled buyers.

It seems clear that there has to be a new term used for “autopilot.” People still need to understand they are responsible for their vehicles.

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09:17
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Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like. It’s 100% cloud-based, so you’ll always have the latest version and it can be accessed from any device, anywhere. It’s time to simplify work and keep people more connected than ever before.

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09:10
Tim Cook's first 5 years: Apple's CEO on...

We hear from Apple CEO Tim Cook during the company’s quarterly earnings calls, but lately the leader of Apple has been opening up in ways that non-analysts can understand. First he sat down with Fast Company, and on Monday an in-depth Washington Post interview on Cook’s 5-year anniversary as CEO offered more insight into the company’s past failures and future surprises.

A lot has changed in the last five years, Cook told the Post. Steve Jobs passed away just six weeks after Cook took the reins, which came as a shock, he said. Apple expanded its product lineup after Jobs’s death, and some of those devices were conceived of and developed entirely without Jobs’s input. Apple...

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09:05
Apple is gifting flag-themed Watch bands to Olympic...

Apple isn’t an official Olympics sponsor, but it’s managed to still take advantage of the event for its own marketing purposes with limited-edition Apple Watch bands themed with country flag designs. Not only is it selling those watch bands for 14 different country flags to coincide with the Olympics this month, it’s also reportedly giving them away for free to athletes at its Apple Store in Rio (via iphone-ticker.de).

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09:00
Audi cars will start talking to city traffic systems...

If you've ever been stuck at a red light that seems to last an eternity, you'll be happy to know that Audi announced that it's going to start work with municipalities to tell its cars when a light is about to turn green. The automaker says this is th...

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08:37
Honda’s latest CarPlay vehicle is the 2017 Civic...

First announced at the New York Auto Show back in March, Honda today confirmed availability details for the 2017 Civic Hatchback, its latest vehicle with support for Apple’s iPhone-connected CarPlay system.

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08:30
Grover is like Rent the Runway, but for gadget lovers

Add one more monthly expense to my budget. Just kidding, I don't have a budget. (I'm not very fiscally responsible.) But whether you're financially cavalier or a careful spender, Grover's recent arrival in the US is good news. The company lets you re...

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08:00
Postage stamp-sized device can disinfect water in...

In many parts of the world, people have to boil water or leave it for long periods under the sun to make sure it's clean enough to drink. Problem is, the former consumes fuel they can use for cooking or heating, while the latter takes too much time....

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07:47
Rumor: New Space Black iPhone 7 shots emerge

Some new photos of a Spack Black iPhone 7 have surfaced and they’re starting to look good, even at lower quality.

Since June, the idea of a Space Black color has been floated and considered to be a fairly credible rumor. Other color possibilities, such as a dark blue next-gen iPhone, seem to have gone by the wayside and become that much less likely. Still, this one is holding on and gaining credence at this point in time.

The next-gen iPhone is expected around its usual release time this September.

As always, let us know what you think in the comments and we’ll have up to the minute news on the next-gen iPhone as soon as it become available.

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07:44
Instagram's new tools help you reach out to...

Plenty of businesses operate on Instagram, but wouldn't it be nice if you could reach out to them on Instagram beyond posting a comment and hoping they'll notice? You'll get to do that soon. Instagram has reportedly started rolling out promised bus...

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07:42
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07:35
Walt Mossberg on replacing the laptop with an iPad...

At its core, this article is a review of Logitech’s new Create iPad Pro keyboard and case:

This new snap-on keyboard is (in my view) not only better than Apple’s, but it completes the smaller iPad Pro as a great productivity device. In fact, I’m writing this entire column using it. It’s from Logitech and it’s called the Create 9.7. It costs $130, which is $19 less than Apple’s Smart Keyboard for the 9.7-inch iPad.

I do see this as a solid solution to a problem: Finally, a case built with the Apple Pencil in mind. I find it incomprehensible that Apple did not solve this problem themselves.

As to replacing my laptop: As I’ve said many times before, the iPad won’t truly be a replacement for my laptop until I can develop iPad apps on one.

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07:30
Daily Deal: Refurbished Mophie Juice Pack Air for...

When it comes to iPhone battery cases, Mophie is the gold standard. The company was one of the earliest manufacturers of battery cases and continues to make what I personally believe to be the best iPhone battery cases available. We've got a heck of a deal for our readers today: A factory-refurbished Mophie Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 6 or 6s for just $49.95.

These cases normally sell for $99.95 brand new. These cases have been returned to Mophie, checked out, and then placed into generic packaging rather than the regular Mophie packaging. They have the usual 90-day warranty, but you pay half the price of a "new" Juice Pack Air. With the Juice Pack Air, you can:

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07:21
Twitter's first promoted stickers come from...

You knew it was just a matter of time before Twitter's stickers became advertising vehicles. The social network has just introduced promoted stickers, which help brands get their message out through the same searchable 'visual hashtags' that you mig...

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07:20
Questionable photos of space black 'iPhone 7...

New photos of an alleged "iPhone 7 Plus" emerged over the weekend, but may be of a mockup instead, given past images from the same source.

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07:02
∞ Fantastic, low budget, anti-gravity fight scene

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07:00
Exploring the past, present and future of AI with...

Few things stir up as much excitement, fear and confusion as artificial intelligence. So we're dedicating this entire week to examining it from as many angles as possible. We'll look at how current nascent AIs reflect some of society's less admirable...

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07:00
Even Arnold Schwarzenegger can't pump up the...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money). 

I’ll admit, I put this particular Freemium Field Test entry off for a while. Mobile Strike has all the red flags: an utterly generic name, a reputation as a mindless free-to-play grind, and a big-budget ad campaign starring a celebrity—in this case, Arnold Schwarzenegger. That’s the exact same playbook employed by Game of War: Fire Age, probably...

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06:57
Augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR)...

Apple is deeply invested in artificial intelligence and augmented reality when it comes to future products CEO Tim Cook told the Washington Post. That’s a good plan because, according to the new Worldwide Semiannual Augmented and Virtual Reality Spending Guide from the International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide revenues for the augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) market will grow from $5.2 billion in 2016 to more than $162 billion in 2020. 

This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 181.3% over the 2015-2020 forecast period. IDC's new spending guide expands on previous AR/VR forecasts by offering greater detail on revenues by technology,...

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06:54
The NFL, Twitter, and a possible path to streaming...

The linked New York Times piece is worth reading in its own right, with some interesting background on Twitter’s battle with Facebook for the right to stream and sell ads for the NFL’s lucrative Thursday Night Football games.

From the article:

To bolster the effort, Twitter is in talks with Apple to bring the Twitter app to Apple TV, which would potentially let millions of Apple TV users watch the streaming N.F.L. games, according to the two people briefed on the discussions.

Apple and Twitter declined to comment.

It should be noted that Thursday Night Football is said to draw an average of 13 million viewers. That’s on par with the highest rated prime time TV show, Empire.

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06:51
Next PS4 update won't interrupt your gameplay...

If Monday's are a struggle for you, console yourself with the fact that Sony's teasing a few of tomorrow's big PS4 firmware beta update features, which includes a significant UI refresh. Pop-up notifications, new system icons and backgrounds, and a f...

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06:41
Opinion: If KGI report is accurate, what are Apple’s...

A KGI report this morning made for intriguing reading. Two aspects of the report were unsurprising: a new version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro next year, and a ‘radical’ new form factor in 2018, using OLED screen technology in a flexible display.

By next year, the largest model in the current iPad lineup will definitely be due a refresh, and with Apple expected to adopt OLED for the 2018 iPhone, possibly with some form of flexible display, you’d naturally expect the...

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06:30
Microsoft updates Office apps to allow on-screen...

Over half a year after adding Apple Pencil support to Office for the iPad Pro, Microsoft on Monday added a similar feature for written annotations to the suite's core iPhone apps.

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06:30
Twitter in talks to livestream NFL games on Apple TV

Twitter paid $10 million for the rights to stream NFL games and is reportedly talking to Apple about building an Apple TV app, according to the New York Times. That would let fans to watch ten Thursday Night Football games on a big screen using Apple...

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06:25
Tim Cook on simplicity

From the Washington Post interview, addressing a question about Apple’s longtime philosophy of simplicity:

It’s as important as it ever was. We’re a bit larger today, so we can do a bit more than we could do 10 years ago or even five years ago. But we still have, for our size, an extremely focused product line. You can literally put every product we make on this table. That really is an indication of how focused it is. I think that’s a good thing. Regardless of who you are, there’s only so many things that you can do at a very high-quality and deep, deep level — personally and in business. And so we’re not going to change that. That’s core to our model and way of thinking.

I find it interesting that Tim pulled out this familiar model of being able to put all of Apple’s products on a table top, especially in response to the reporter’s repeated attempts to get him to talk about Apple’s long-rumored car project. If Apple does make a car, that certainly will break the “...

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06:20
Expect an 8K iMac by 2020

There have been rumors of an iMac with Retina 8K display. It’s coming, but don’t look for it until 2020. Japan wants to broadcast the 2020 Olympics in 8K, and the industry is likely to use this as an opportunity to drive sales of 8K smart TVs. That would prove a good time to introduce an 8K iMac.

Until then, we’ll just have to make do with the iMac with Retina 5K display. Thankfully, it has the best computer display I’ve ever seen. Juniper Research forecasts that 8K smart TV shipments will grow more than threefold between 2020 and 2021, to reach over 400,000 per annum by the end of the forecast period.

A Retina 4K display has 4096 x 2304 resolution. A 5K display has 5120 x 2880 resolution. An 8K display would have an incredible 7680 x 4320 resolution.

Currently, there’s only one commercially available 8K TV currently on the market (pictured) -- it's from LG and is priced at $133,000) --  so 8K content...

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06:19
The latest iPad Pro rumors —and my take on them

In a note to clients — as reported by MacRumors — KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will release three iPad Pro models in 2017 (including a 10.5-inch version) and a “revolutionary” tablet in 2018.

He says that, in 2017, Apple will introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model along with a revised a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a "low-cost" 9.7-inch iPad model. The analyst doesn’t mention the 7.9-inch iPad mini. In 2018, Kuo predicts "revolutionary" changes for the iPad lineup with Apple making "radical" changes to the iPad's design and shifting to an AMOLED display.

My take: it seems to me that having three sizes of an iPad Pro and a 7.9-inch iPad mini would make the line-up more confusing, when Apple should be simplifying its line-up. If Kuo is correct — and he often is — about the 10.5-inch model, then I feel the iPad mini will be discontinued. I also predict that we’ll...

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06:19
Twitter wants an Apple TV app in time for the NFL...

Twitter's vision for its NFL games apparently includes making it easier to watch the games on your television.

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06:18
Tim Cook: Apple will bring overseas money back to...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has struck back at critics of the company's strategy to avoid paying U.S. taxes, saying he would not bring that money back from abroad unless there was a "fair rate."

"It is legal to do. It's not a matter of being patriotic or not patriotic. It doesn't go that the more you pay, the more patriotic you are," he told The Washington Post.

The U.S. federal corporate tax rate, which stands at 35%, is among the highest in the developed world. Cook also told the Post that Apple is deeply invested in artificial intelligence and augmented reality when it comes to future products.

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06:12
Twitter reportedly in discussions to allow users to...

The New York Times reports that Twitter is in discussions with Apple to launch a Twitter app for the Apple TV that would let Twitter's users watch the NFL games on Apple's set-top box. 

Last March, Twitter and Facebook, along with other tech companies, faced off over which of them would get the rights to live-stream National Football League games on Thursday nights. Twitter won by agreeing to pay the N.F.L. around $10 million to stream 10 games and to sell only a portion of the ad inventory exclusively. It will stream its first games on Sept. 15.

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06:08
Tim Cook on Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz’s “fraud...

Saturday’s Washington Post Tim Cook interview was a long, excellent read, a lot to unpack. One of the questions addressed Apple’s tax situation:

Q: What do you say in response to Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz’s comments on Bloomberg [television], where he called Apple’s profit reporting in Ireland a “fraud”?

The response is amazingly direct, and remarkably transparent for a CEO. Hit the main link for video of the original accusation and the quote from the Washington Post interview.

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