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16:08
Facebook's Sandberg Expresses Regret Over...


COO Sheryl Sandberg has acknowledged that Facebook was wrong to delete posts showing an iconic image of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack during the Vietnam war. The admission came in a letter to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Facebook last week repeatedly deleted the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo, "The Terror of War," on grounds that it violated its nudity restrictions. A global firestorm over censorship ensued. The controversy began when Norwegian author Tom Egeland included the image in a post on the history of warfare.

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16:01
Hands-on with the new black Lightning Dock for Jet...

As we’ve learned through various reader polls over the last week, people really love the new black and Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Alongside the new device colors, Apple has also introduced a new black Lightning Dock and YouTuber DetroitBorg has gone hands-on with the accessory ahead of the iPhone 7’s full release later this week.

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15:31
Super Mario Run Stickers for iOS 10 iMessages now...

Apple's iMessage App Store is set to launch this week with its new Nintendo partnership leading the way, as the Super Mario Run Stickers app is now available to download.

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15:29
Report: Twitter to stop counting usernames &...

Earlier this year, Twitter announced that it was planning to move away from the strict 140-character limit for tweets. While the overall idea would remain the same, things like media attachments and @ usernames would no longer count towards the limit. Now, The Verge reports that Twitter is set to rollout the change next week.

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15:17
Super Mario Run iMessage sticker pack goes live on...

A day before the official debut of iOS 10, Nintendo’s Mario sticker pack has gone live on the iMessage App Store. The stickers, which were first announced by Nintendo’s legendary game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, during the iPhone 7 event, are now available to those running the iOS 10 beta. more…

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15:12
Tim Cook shares pics taken with the iPhone 7 Plus

Apple CEO Tim Cook, on his Twitter account, shared photos taken at yesterday's Titans-Vikings game and US Open proceedings using the device.

The results, shot by professional photographers, look impressive. The 7 Plus features both wide-angle and telephoto camera lenses. With a major comparison marker between Apple and Samsung smartphone offerings historically consisting of photo-taking capabilities, these improvements along with Samsung’s recent troubles look to bode well for the iPhone maker.

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15:04
Class action filed for those who had trouble...

Last week both Steve and Yours Truly shared our problems in trying to order an iPhone 7 using Apple’s Upgrade Program. Now Block & Leviton, a Boston-based law firm, says that it has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple on behalf of customers who signed up for the Apple iPhone Upgrade Program last year and have now been shut out of receiving the latest iPhones.

Customers who had signed up for the Apple iPhone Upgrade Program, which promised an “easy” way to get a new iPhone “every year,” tried like many others to purchase their iPhones as soon as they went on sale at midnight Pacific time on Sept. 9. However, the lawsuit alleges, iPhone Upgrade Program customers, unlike every other customer, were...

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15:04
Apple is attemping to sort out iPhone Upgrade...

It wouldn’t be a massive iPhone launch without at least a few snafus. 

Last week, some customers looking to preorder a new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus through Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program encountered issues selecting the correct model because a lot of them were already sold out. Now, Apple is attempting to sort it all out and make customers happy. 

According to MacRumors, this availability issue stemmed from Apple placing customers enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program in a different queue than the general preorders. These customers had to reserve their model directly from a local Apple store, which resulted in limited availability. Some customers in the iPhone Upgrade Program were unable to select their preferred model, carrier, color, or storage capacity. Others weren’t even able to enter the reservation system to begin with.

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14:58
Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 12, 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

Spider Key Games has introduces Airhole 1.0. It’s a free, minimal one-tap game where the player's goal is to clear all the balls using one or more air holes. The player just taps the screen when a ball is exactly above the air hole and doesn’t intercept its boundary. If you succeed, the progress ball on top becomes bigger and the level is complete when the progress circle around it is full.

Google has debuted Cardboard Camera for iOS. The free app turns almost any phone into a VR camera. You can take and share VR photos to anyone, anywhere with a...

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14:36
Melanie Ehrenkranz and Apple’s Response to Her...

Melanie Ehrenkranz, writing at Mic, “Apple Responds to Diversity Criticism: ‘We Had a Canadian’ Onstage at iPhone 7 Event”:

On Friday, I published an article about the gender divide in
Apple’s last two iPhone events. I pointed out that while Apple
has been vocal
about its commitment to diversity, this
commitment is not evident in the company’s choice of keynote
speakers and their stage time. On Wednesday, when Apple introduced
the iPhone 7, women spoke for approximately eight minutes; men
spoke for 99. Furthermore, most of the women and people of color
who appeared onstage weren’t Apple representatives.

A 99-to-8 difference in stage time certainly isn’t something to be proud of, and it’s...

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14:24
Apple faces class action lawsuit over iPhone Upgrade...

In the chaos of iPhone 7 preorder night last week, one widespread complaint was Apple’s apparent neglect of customers signed up with the company’s iPhone Upgrade Program. As Zac noted last week, one of the biggest problems with the plan is that customers must buy from Apple in-store, not from a third-party store like Best Buy or even online from Apple.

Now, Apple has been hit with a class action lawsuit because the issues surrounding the iPhone Upgrade Program. Filed in the U.S. District Court in Northern California, the lawsuit accuses Apple of prioritizing new customers over those who are part of the iPhone Upgrade Program.

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14:20
Class-action lawsuit targets Apple's iPhone...

Just days before the iPhone 7 is set to launch, customers are hoping to take Apple to task over its iPhone Upgrade Program, with a new class-action lawsuit asserting that some who signed up are "shut out of receiving the latest iPhones."

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14:13
China Apple dealer de-boxes matte black iPhone 7,...

The first unveiling of the matte black iPhone 7 has reportedly taken place, and was published in conjunction with the Jet Black box for comparison on China social media on Monday

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13:56
Genius announces iOS 10 iMessage extension for...

iOS 10 officially launches to the public tomorrow and one of the standout features of the update is an entirely new Messages app. In addition to interface tweaks, built-in GIF search, and new message sending effects, third-party apps can now build extensions for Messages. One of the first apps to hop on the Messages bandwagon is popular lyric annotation service Genius.

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13:41
Some US airlines prohibiting use of any Samsung...

Fallout from the Galaxy Note 7 recall is escalating, with some airlines disallowing any use of Samsung mobile devices in-flight, following reports of multiple incidences of property damage in the U.S.

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13:37
Want to send payments via Facebook Messenger? Now...

Facebook today enhanced its Messenger platform by integrating its payment mechanisms for chatbots with the most popular financial service providers.

During an onstage interview at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Facebook vice president and Head of Messenger David Marcus said you will now be able to make payments from inside Messenger using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Stripe, PayPal or Braintree.

When Facebook announced its bot platform in April the company highlighted the capability to make travel arrangements and retail purchases from within Messenger, but you were still sent to external websites or mobile apps for payment transactions. The new changes, introduced today as part of Messenger Platform v1.2, mean you never...

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13:32
How Apple achieved water resistance with the iPhone...

At its press event last week, Apple described the iPhone 7 as its first "water-resistant" smartphone. What does that mean, though, and how does the technology work?

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13:13
Gear: MyCharge PowerGear Sound Charging Case for...

While Apple’s recently introduced AirPods wireless earbuds will come with a charging case, there’s certainly nothing new about that concept in general. MyCharge has introduced its own charging case for wireless earbuds, PowerGear Sound ($40). While the case will work with any smaller-sized earbuds which recharge using a micro-USB cable, PowerGear Sound specifically includes a tray designed to fit Beats’ PowerBeats earbuds. The hard…

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13:06
Black and Jet Black iPhone 7 models get first...

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus don’t even hit store shelves until this Friday, September 16th, but the first official unboxing in the wild are already popping up online early. Photos shared on social media in Asia show believable images from someone who claims to be an Apple dealer unboxing and holding the unreleased iPhone models in public.

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13:00
Inateck BR1003 Bluetooth transmitter and receiver:...

The Inateck BR1003 on a little iPhone 5s. 

Unless you've been a smart person and have been ignoring the press recently, one of the big "controversies" over the iPhone 7 announcement has been the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Although Apple includes Lightning-based EarPods and a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter in every iPhone 7 box, people are still griping. Well, Inateck has a little product that makes it easy to take your existing headphones with that ancient 3.5mm technology and bring it up to the 21st Century using Bluetooth. The $31.99 (on Amazon) Inateck BR1003 Bluetooth transmitter and receiver might be small in size, but it can be a big help to iPhone 7 users or other who might want to go wireless.

When I say "small", I mean it. It's 1.69 inches (43mm) on a side and .43 inches (11mm) thick, and weighs just .6 ounce (17 grams). On one edge is the 3.5mm audio jack where you'll...

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12:58
PSA: You’re going to have to buy a new screen...

Apple opted to carryover the same general design from iPhone 6/s to iPhone 7/Plus, but a few key changes break forward compatibility for the majority of previous generation accessories. Clearly, the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack was going to require fresh case designs for iPhone 7 (and we’ve got you covered in that department). On the other hand, despite the physical dimensions going unchanged, screen protectors for iPhone 6/s will (mostly) not fit iPhone 7. That means you won’t be able to transfer your old screen protector or pick up an older model on closeout...

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12:40
ExtraBITS for 12 September 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple is having a spectacular one-day sale on iTunes Movies, Google Photos now works with Live Photos, Apple has tweaked the iPad lineup, and you can read a thorough explanation for why Apple removed the iPhone headphone jack.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:30
A Maserati-powered motorcycle exists, and it...

I love motorcycles but this thing is a butt ugly monstrosity you couldn’t pay me enough to ride.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:22
Apple A10 Fusion in iPhone 7 family surprises,...

Apple's A10 Fusion processor found in the new iPhone 7 family is a quad-core chip, but not one like Apple's ever used in any device its ever made before.

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12:22
iTunes is selling bundles of 10 films for $10, for...

Love adding movies to your digital collection? Get thee to the iTunes Store as soon as you can. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of selling movies, Apple is offering bundles of 10 movies for $10 each. No, not $10 per movie—$10 for the whole bundle.

These prices are only good Monday, September 12, so don’t dilly-dally. Here’s what you’ll find in the Movies section of the iTunes Store.

The bundles are organized by studio. This bundle of Warner Bros. films, for example, includes The Judge, Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow, Pacific Rim, Magic Mike, Contagion, The Town, The Hangover, Sex and the City: The Movie, 300, and Superman Returns. Not too shabby!

To read this article in full or to leave...

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12:13
Never lose Apple’s new wireless AirPods for iPhone 7...

If you’re planning on picking up Apple’s new wireless AirPods— the company’s first set of cord-free Bluetooth earbuds launching with iPhone 7— Spigen’s $10 AirPods Strap is a must-have accessory.

The AirPods Strap is a simple but extremely useful product for Apple’s upcoming wireless earbuds. Available for pre-order today, the strap will make sure you never lose your AirPods while also adding back the convenience of being able to rest them around your neck and other places.

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12:00
Pad & Quill's newest cases are perfect for...

Pad & Quill has been an Apple World Today favorite case and bag vendor for years, and whenever a new Apple product appears we always get excited to see what's they're going to announce. Today, Pad & Quill announced that three of their cases -- the Luxury Pocket Book ($99.95 for iPhone 7, $109.95 for iPhone 7 Plus), Woodline ($49.95), and Bella Fino ($69.95 for iPhone 7, $79.95 for iPhone 7 Plus) are available for pre-order. Use the special order code 710 and you'll get $10 off of any of Pad & Quill's products for iPhone 7iPhone 7 Plus...

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11:36
Apps for iOS 10, including Messages apps, begin...

Ahead of this Wednesday's launch of iOS 10, Apple has begun allowing apps designed for the new operating system onto the App Store, including downloads that tap into the new Messages integration feature.

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11:08
Home 2.0 brings iOS 10 features and a new design to...

Before Apple built its Home app for HomeKit in iOS 10, Matthias Hochgatterer created the best HomeKit app around with the original Home app. Apple’s Home app on iOS 10 is built-in, free, and has its own panel on Control, but the third-party Home app is still the best solution if you’re in deep with HomeKit like me. The iOS 10 version includes updated widgets, a new design, a refreshed Apple Watch app, and a temporarily discounted price to mark the launch.

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11:03
10 things not enough kids know before going to...

I think #3 and #6 are very important. How many of these things did you wish you knew before you went to college?

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10:52
Apple offers free app to teach children coding (...

I can’t code my way out of a paper bag and have no real interest in creating my own apps but I’m very much looking forward to playing around with Swift Playgrounds.

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10:50
Apple is working to address the iPhone Upgrade...

Last week both Steve and Yours Truly shared our problems in trying to order an iPhone 7 using Apple’s Upgrade Program. 

MacRumors.com reports that it appears that Apple has acknowledged those concerns Apple updated its upgrade reservation page with fine print that recommends customers call its support team at 1-800-MY-APPLE and mention the iPhone Upgrade Program. By doing so, the company said a Specialist will help customers find the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus model they want.

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10:48
Innovation in tech evolves in new ways

Leaving aside the fact that, contrary to the first sentence, there are no “early reviews” of the iPhone 7 (it’s in the hands of reviewers now but any comment from reviewers is under embargo until next Wednesday), there’s this thought process among the tech media that demands companies, Apple in particularly, “wow” us with every new announcement. Not only is that an impossible standard to meet, it’s remarkably short sighted.

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10:44
Disaffected Apple Upgrade Program customers can now...

Apple is allowing participants in the Apple iPhone Upgrade Program to call customer service, with some customers being presented with additional options for preorder, beyond what is available on the website.

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10:42
Phil Schiller answers email, confirms identical...

Ask of the Phil and you might get an answer.

A user apparently sent an email to Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing, the mighty Phil Schiller, regarding the actual physical size of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus camera sensors.

Phil, in return, offered the following reply, confirming that the sensors were in fact the same size on both models.

So, email the mighty Phil and he might just throw you a reply.

Via Imgur and Reddit

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10:33
Tidal bore rafting in Nova Scotia, Canada: A wild,...

Regular readers know that I am a proud son of Nova Scotia and love showing those outside the province how beautiful, interesting and fun it is. If you find yourself in the area of the Bay of Fundy (home of the world’s highest tides that cause this “tidal bore”), you should definitely explore it fully. But, to be fair, while the author says it was like, “salty chocolate milk”, I can assure you it most certainly isn’t the latter. That brown water? Mud. Salty, gritty, not chocolatey at all, mud. And if you’ve ever white water rafted out West, these waves will seem very tame to you. But you’ll still have a blast if you do this adventure.

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10:28
Leaked photo hints at $29 repair fee for iPhone 7...

It apparently pays to have AppleCare+ on your upcoming iPhone 7 Plus handset.

A leaked image shows the AppleCare+ screen replacement price for an iPhone 7 Plus being a mere $29 with prices for more extensive damage being listed alongside it.

It’s currently unknown as to where this image surfaced from, but it raises some interesting questions as to overall component cost.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via Imgur and Reddit

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10:21
Facebook switches on bot-based purchases in Messenger

Facebook on Monday announced that one of the key poles of its bot strategy, chat-based purchases, will soon take effect for users of its Messenger app.

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10:21
Apple's Response To Diversity Criticism: '...

Mic published a report last week in which it criticized the gender divide at Apple's last two iPhone events. The reporter noted that at iPhone 7 event, women spoke for roughly eight minutes at stage compared to men, who spoke for 99. Furthermore, most of the women and people of color who appeared onstage weren't Apple representatives. An Apple spokesperson, who shared the information "off-the-record", had a weird response. The email read, "We may have different interpretations of diversity." The email continues, via Mic report, "he pointed to 'two African-Americans' who spoke at the keynote, neither of whom are actually employed by Apple. He also mentioned 'a Canadian, and a British woman.'" The reporter has defended the use of "off-the-record" information, noting that Apple PR didn't warn her beforehand -- and as an important ethic in journalism -- they didn't reach an agreement before the Apple PR decided to share things.

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10:20
App review resolution

I like this idea. I know how important these reviews are to developers, not just for the nice “pat on the back” a 5 star review gives but also the things customers don’t like gives the developer clues as to how to improve or what customers want. The same goes for podcasts you like. So, set aside a small chunk of time once a week or month to review your favorite app or podcast.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:09
Apple has paid between an 18% and 19% cash tax rate...

Apple has paid between an 18% and 19% cash tax rate the past four years — or about 70% of its reported tax rate, according to Chuck Jones, a wealth strategist with Northern Trust.

“There is a lot of confusion about how much tax Apple pays,” he writes in a Seeking Alpha article. “While it is difficult to estimate how much it pays in various geographies and to which government entities (federal, state and local) it is easy to determine how much it pays out in cash on a quarterly and yearly basis. All one needs to do is to look at its cash flow statements.”

Apple's total cash tax rate has been between 18% and 19% the past three years. In fiscal 2013 Apple paid out $9.1 billion in total cash taxes for an 18.2% rate on its operating income. This increased to $10 billion and an 18.7% rate in fiscal...

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10:00
How iOS 10 Raise to Wake and the new lock screen are...

I've been playing around with the various beta versions of iOS 10 for months now, so I've had time to get used to some of the new features. One that might surprise owners of any iPhone is just how different the experience of picking up your device and unlocking is with iOS 10. In advance of this shock to your old habits, I'll tell you how your new and old iPhones will react when you pick them up to use them.

Here's the biggest thing you're going to have to unlearn:

Slide to unlock is gone

Yep, that one gesture that everyone has gotten pretty used to has been rendered obsolete by Touch ID on the latest iPhones, and Apple's moving you into the future with "press home to unlock". For older iPhones without Touch ID or for folks who haven't yet used Touch ID (my wife, for example...), picking up that iPhone and pressing the Home button to show the lock screen will show two new things --...

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09:52
A China-based third-party app store has found a way...

Trend Micro, an IT security company, has discovered a China-based third-party app store that has found a way to distribute repackaged iOS apps. Haima abuses the Apple Developer Enterprise Program by feigning it’s an enterprise, which allows it to bypass the App Store's rigorous security controls and distribute iOS apps without undergoing Apple’s standard vetting and certification process.

In a span of two weeks, Haima already used five different enterprise certificates to distribute its repackaged apps.

This blog post by Trend Micro explains how Haima promotes repackaged versions of legitimate apps, including Pokémon Go and Instagram, on social media channels to entice trusting users to download the app outside of the official App Store. These apps have been found to inject fake location data, consume...

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09:52
How China Could Take Over the World's Tech and...


Nvidia and Baidu recently made an announcement with regard to self-driving cars that deserves closer attention. China currently is behind the U.S. in automotive technology, but it has passed the U.S. and Japan in automobile production -- I actually thought Japan was still ahead. China is producing twice the number of cars the U.S. is producing right now. If these things get smart, our next illegal immigration problem could be Chinese autonomous cars trying to find a country that is less polluted!

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09:51
SuperDuper v2.9.1 is now Sierra compatible

This is just the beginning of a huge number of such updates but, for me, it’s particularly important. SuperDuper, along with Carbon Copy Cloner, are two of my must-have utilities for managing my Mac. Having it updated to be compatible with Sierra is a big deal.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:45
Macy’s lands major deal with Apple

This is obviously the first of many such deals to get the Apple Watch out in front of more consumers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:40
News: Apple offering 10-movie bundles for $10 today...

Apple took to Twitter to announce the news that for today only, iTunes is offering six 10-movie bundles for $10 each to celebrate the 10th anniversary of iTunes Movies. The bundles are arranged by studio, with pre-selected movies from Sony, Universal, Paramount, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate grouped together for purchase. You can view which movies are included in each bundle on iTunes....

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09:37
How Apple made its Jet Black iPhone none more black

I don’t think Apple gets enough notice or credit for that last sentence. They’ve mentioned it several times – the idea that, if they need a particular process done and it’s not available, they don’t give up. They invent the process.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bose SoundTrue II Headphones $...

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08:59
Google releases iPhone version of Cardboard Camera...

Previously available on Android only, Google today released its Cardboard Camera app for iPhone and iPad alongside new features for the experience.

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08:56
iPhone 7 & 7 Plus have bigger batteries than...

The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 features a 1,960 milliamp-hour battery, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus includes a 2,900 milliamp-hour supply -- both significant increases over their predecessors, a report noted on Monday.

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08:21
Tesla's free Autopilot 8.0 update shifts focus...

Tesla is rolling out a software update to its Autopilot feature designed to prevent accidents like the one that resulted in the death of Tesla owner Joshua Brown in May. The new update will employ radar as a primary signal processing component in addition to visual image recognition via the car’s cameras. 

Brown died when his car, running on Autopilot, collided with a tractor trailer. In that event, the car’s autonomous cruise control systems failed to properly identify the obstacle. This reportedly happened due to the trailer’s color blending with the bright sky. Brown may have also been watching a movie and not paying attention to the road at the time of the accident.

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08:20
'Paying Taxes Is a Lot Better Than Phony...

theodp writes: Every fall," writes The Intercept's Sam Biddle, "internet and its resident tech mumblers congregate for The Apple Event, a quasi-pagan streaming-video rite in which Tim Cook boasts of just how much money his company is making (a lot) and just how much good it's introducing to the world (this typically involves a new iPhone). This is merely annoying most years; but in 2016, when Apple is loudly, publicly denying its tax obligations around the world, it's just gross." Biddle finds Apple's use of the word 'courage' to describe the corporate ethos that pushed the company to remove the headphone plug from the newest iPhone while offering a new pair of $160 jack-free earbuds particularly irksome: "Removing a headphone jack or adding 20 headphone jacks does not require courage; engineers are very smart, but their job does not typically require much bravery. Courage is more often found in, say, running into a burning school to rescue the students and class rodent. Or, maybe...

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08:18
iOS 10 compatibility list

Remember, tomorrow is iOS 10 day! You might be wondering if your iPhone can run the new operating system, so we've "borrowed" the compatibility list from Apple to show you here:

Via Apple.com

In a nutshell: all iPhone 5, 6 and 7 models, iPad Pros, iPad Airs, iPad 4th Generation, all iPad mini models except the original, and the iPod touch 6th generation are compatible with iOS 10.

The new operating system should be released at about 10 AM PT tomorrow, but the update may take a while to appear on your iOS devices.

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08:17
iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 7 camera: Dual lenses...

Apple's choice of an all-new dual-sensor camera module on the iPhone 7 Plus steals the show, making it a compelling upsell from the 12-megapixel single lens on the iPhone 7. If you're still torn deciding between which model is for you, here's a comparison of what the iPhone 7 Plus camera offers over the iPhone 7.

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08:15
News: SI, ESPN show off iPhone 7 Plus camera...

Photo: David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated photographer David E. Klutho used Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus to take photos at this weekend’s Titans-Vikings NFL game, and the results are fairly impressive. Klutho’s crisp images show the dual-camera’s range, capturing quick motion, flames, vivid colors and intricate details in closer shots. Head over to Sports Illustrated’s website to see all 18 photos....

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08:11
∞ Meet the new “Most Interesting Man in the World”

Some of the commercials with the previous character were very funny. I don’t drink Dos Equis very often but I’m looking forward to seeing what the new ads are like.

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08:04
iTunes Movies is turning 10! 10-movie bundles for $10

Apple is using their Twitter feed to announce a huge selection of movies bundled as a “ten for ten” deal. Keep in mind, this is a US-only promotion. Those of us in third world countries like Canada cannot take advantage of this offer.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:00
Titanfall's mobile debut is a 'Hearthstone...

If I told you Titanfall was coming to smartphones, what kind of game would you envision? A side-scrolling shoot-em-up similar to Metal Slug? A Titan customization tool? Or a portable-friendly strategy game like Advance Wars? Well, I've got bad news....

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07:59
Sports Illustrated iPhone 7 Plus photos from the...

During Sunday’s Tennessee Titans vs Minnesota Vikings NFL game, Sports Illustrated photographer David E. Klutho shot some great looking photos with the iPhone 7 Plus.

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07:42
External Link: Apple Tweaks iPad Configs and Pricing

Even while focusing on the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2, Apple found time to tweak the iPad lineup’s configuration and pricing. The standard iPads — the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and iPad mini 2 — just became better deals. Prices remain the same, but for each price point, Apple doubled the base storage. You can now buy the iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 4 with either 32 GB ($399 for Wi-Fi or $529 for Wi-Fi plus cellular) or 128 GB ($499/$629), and the iPad mini 2 in just a 32 GB configuration ($269/$399). On the iPad Pro front, the storage options are unchanged for both the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models, but the 128 MB configurations dropped in price by $50, and the 256 GB configurations are now $100 cheaper. Our question is if this minor adjustment will be the only change to the iPad lineup that we’ll see for the rest of the year, or if Apple has new models up its sleeve.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest...

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07:36
Eddy Cue is one of the backers of the PowerForward...

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, is one of the backers of a new, digital leadership platform dubbed PowerForward, which was co-founded by Mike Krzyzewski, the head basketball coach if Duke University and the USA National Team, reports Forbes

The mobile video network will target the B2B market offering subscriptions to video content and case studies aimed to help corporations foster leadership and build teams. Krzyzewski co-founded the start-up Chrissie Gorman, a Duke grad and former consultant at Bain & Co, who will serve as CEO.

“You only get to launch things once, and I wanted to make sure the product was great from the start, even if it didn’t have all the functions they wanted at first,” Eddy Cue,...

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07:35
Pro photographer tests iPhone 7 Plus cameras at US...

Apple and ESPN equipped photographer Landon Nordeman with an unreleased iPhone 7 Plus for this weekend's U.S. Open tennis tournament, resulting in a series of photos showcasing the new dual-lens system for the phone, set to launch on Friday.

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07:35
News: AT&T and T-Mobile iPhone 7/Plus models won...

Users buying their iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus from AT&T and T-Mobile are getting a version of the device that won’t fully work on Verizon and Sprint networks, Recode recently reported. An examination of the fine print on AT&T and T-Mobile agreements shows that Apple’s use of an Intel modem in those devices makes them incompatible with the CDMA standard still used by Sprint and Verizon. The Qualcomm modems used in other iPhone 7…

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07:28
France & Netherlands among EU countries...

In the wake of the European Commission's ruling against tax deals between Apple and Ireland, the finance ministers of several other European countries are reportedly considering a share of the iPhone maker's back taxes.

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07:26
Deals: Up to $270 off 15" MacBook Pros; 27...

Shoppers this week can save $150-$270 on 15" MacBook Pros. Or snap up Apple's current 27" iMac 5K at $300 off MSRP. PDF Expert 2.0 for Mac is also $29.99 ($30 off).

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07:17
Comment: The W1 chip is a big deal, but I fear it...

Of all the things that Apple announced during the iPhone 7 launch, the W1 chip actually impressed me most. I’d guessed that Apple would be including something like this, suggesting beforehand that the tech might solve three problems with Bluetooth audio.

First, fast and rock-solid pairing. First-time pairing should be quick and painless, and once headphones have been paired to a particular iPhone, they should instantly re-pair next time they are used. No more of the ‘will they or won’t they?’ question familiar to current-generation Bluetooth products.

Second, the connection too should be ultra-reliable. No random cutouts that interrupt the audio stream. Even half a second’s stuttering quickly becomes really annoying when listening to music.

Third, the power efficiency should be better than current low-energy Bluetooth, so charging...

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07:08
News: Dual-lens camera expected to remain iPhone...

In a note to investors, well-respected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple’s dual-camera feature will remain exclusive to the larger iPhone Plus model in 2017. Kuo’s prediction throws cold water on the idea that next year’s 10-year anniversary iPhone release will include dual cameras in both models, with the analyst noting, “While an attractive addition for avid picture takers and professional photographers, the iPhone 7 Plus…

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07:00
Back up today to prepare for iOS 10 tomorrow

iOS 10 will be available to everyone tomorrow, September 13, 2016. If past history holds true, the new operating system will be released around 10 AM Pacific Time. In some ways, the release of iOS 10 is as exciting to me as the new iPhone announcements. My old device becomes “new” and does many different things that it couldn't just a few moments ago. As is always a good practice, today would be a great time to make sure your iPhone or iPad is backed up. Though unlikely, something could go amiss or you may simply decide that iOS 10 is not for you at this point and want to revert back to iOS 9.3.5 after the update.

You may already have iCloud backups set up. You can check this by going to Settings > iCloud > Backup and verifying that the toggle switch is green. Backing up to iCloud is automatic and daily. It is great for recovery to the same version of iOS on your iPhone or iPad, but will not let you downgrade to...

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06:44
Camera Guard designed to protect any Mac's...

Miami-based security solutions company, ProtectStar, has launched Camera Guard Professional for Mac 2016, a security solution designed to protect any Mac's webcam and microphone from being accessed by hackers, spyware or malware. 

It runs in the background, constantly monitoring for applications or processes that attempt to access the Mac's camera or microphone. The app blocks any attempted access, and immediately informs the user of the access attempt, according to ProtectStar CEO Chris Bohn. 

Camera Guard Professional also offers an added layer of security by protecting the individual settings of the software via a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that the user creates and enters. Any changes to the settings of the app will then require the entry of that PIN in order to take effect.

Camera Guard Professional also offers an “intelligent” feature called Deep Detective, which keeps a...

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06:32
News: Apple lays off dozens of employees in car...

Apple has laid off dozens of employees and shuttered parts of its secret car project, The New York Times reports. Sources briefed on the move said after expanding the Project Titan team to more than 1,000 employees over the last two years and bringing back highly regarded Apple veteran Bob Mansfield to helm the project after losing VP of Product Design Steve Zadesky, Apple is rethinking its plans for self-driving cars, telling employees the layoffs…

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06:30
External Link: Google Photos Now Improves Live Photos

The Google Photos app for iOS can now apply effects to Apple’s proprietary Harry Potter-like Live Photos and export them as videos or animated GIFs that others can play on any platform. You can also use Google Photos to smooth out shaky video in Live Photos or to create cinematic pans. Other tweaks in the Google Photos app include better album sorting options and the capability to choose a new thumbnail for faces in the People album. Live Photos can be taken only with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and with the soon-to-be-released iPhone 7 models.

 

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06:30
Daily Deal: Get a TextExpander 1-Year Single User...

TextExpander from Smile is one of my favorite Mac utilities. The app has saved me 31 hours and change just in the past year by taking long strings of text that I type over and over again, and letting me turn them into short, easy-to-type shortcuts. For example, typing just four letters gives me the title for the AWT News Update ("Apple World Today News Update for September 12, 2016"), a significant savings of time for something I type every weekday. Speaking of significant savings, AWT readers can get 60% off of a TextExpander 1-Year Single User Subscription from the Apple World Today Deals Shop.

For just $19.98, you'll get a license for the latest version of TextExpander so you can start...

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06:28
External Link: September 12th Only: 10-Movie iTunes...

To celebrate 10 years of iTunes Movies, Apple is offering six 10-movie bundles that you can buy for $10 each. The sale runs for just one day: 12 September 2016, so act fast. Even if a bundle contains only a few films that pique your interest, the price makes taking a chance on the rest worthwhile. (Thanks to Zac Cichy for alerting us to this sale.)

 

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06:16
iPhone 7 Plus photos taken at Tennis US Open show...

Following a feature from Sports Illustrated earlier today which used the iPhone 7 Plus courtside at the NFL, ESPN has posted its own exclusive hands-on with the iPhone 7 Plus’ camera. They equipped professional photographer Landon Nordeman with an unreleased iPhone 7 Plus unit at the Tennis US Open. The results are stunning, showing off the new iPhone’s improved camera system.

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06:12
Sports Illustrated shares NFL gameday photos...

Having been given an early promotional unit by Apple, Sports Illustrated on Sunday published a series of photos shot with the iPhone 7 Plus, which includes a second lens for 2x optical zoom.

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06:12
Other European Union finance ministers are eyeing a...

European Union finance ministers are reportedly lining up to get a hunk of Apple's tax revenue following a ruling by the European Commission that Apple owes €13 billion (about $14.5 billion) in back taxes.

On Saturday Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem warned Apple on Saturday to "get ready" to pay up. His comment came after a two-day meeting of his EU counterparts in the Slovak capital, Bratislava. The ministers were discussing ways to harmonize tax rules for foreign firms. Dijsselbloem said corporations "have an obligation to pay taxes in a fair way” and that “international tax loopholes are a thing of the past...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: A-Audio Legacy Noise Cancelling...

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the A-Audio Legacy Noise Cancelling Headphones with 3-Stage Technology for only $79.99 — that’s 73% off the regular price. Built with 40mm drivers, powerful circuitry, and anti-vibration aluminum for a power-backed soundstage, the A-Audio Legacy Over-Ear Headphones provide an unrivaled listening experience to connoisseurs of sound. Incorporating patented 3-Stage Technology, the Legacy allows…

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05:56
Apple features 10-movie bundles for $10 in 10th...

Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of movie sales on the iTunes Movie store, Apple is offering up six 10-movie bundles from five studios for $10 each to U.S. shoppers.

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05:39
Sensor on second iPhone 7 Plus camera is smaller...

Apple hasn’t revealed the sizes of the camera sensors used in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but a Reddit user has used EXIF data from the Sports Illustrated photos to calculate them. They seemingly reveal that the main sensor is exactly the same size as the one in the iPhone 6s, while the sensor for the 2x telephoto lens is somewhat smaller …

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05:15
Sports Illustrated gets chance to play with iPhone 7...

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The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras could be pretty damn spiffy.

Over the weekend, Sports Illustrated got a chance to try the new camera out on the iPhone 7 Plus. The pictures, taken at the Titans-Vikings game, show what the new 12-megapixel telephoto lens, complete with zooming capabilities, can do.

The iPhone 7 Plus has a 12–megapixel telephoto camera that offers new zooming capabilities. Each new model also features a wider aperture and a lens that allows the camera to capture brighter and more vibrant...

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05:00
Apple has yet to report iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus...

In what could be construed as a fairly prominent departure from years past, Apple apparently doesn’t plan to disclose first-weekend sales of its upcoming iPhone 7 handset.

Apple has disclosed the figures for its new iPhones the past eight years. Last year, for example, Apple said it sold 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones in their first three days of availability, up 30% from initial sales of the iPhone 6 models the prior year.

Some analysts and investors have viewed the numbers as a gauge of enthusiasm for the new phones. Apple said the figures are less relevant than in the past.

Apple is “now at a point where we know before taking the first customer preorder that we will sell out of iPhone 7,” the company said Thursday in a statement. “These initial...

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04:33
Austria, France, Italy & the Netherlands could...

While Ireland may not want the €13B ($15B) the EU says Apple owes in underpaid tax, it seems other European countries do. Germany’s DW reports from a summit of European finance ministers that at least four countries have ‘expressed an interest’ in claiming their share.

Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem appeared to be first in line, warning Apple on Saturday to “get ready” to pay up. His comment came after a two-day meeting of his EU counterparts in the Slovak capital, Bratislava […]

Other EU countries,...

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04:30
Inpaint for OS X works well with simple, if not...

Inpaint for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) lets you remove unwanted objects from a photo easily -- as long as you're not trying to remove complex objects.

You can use it to repair old photos, remove watermarks, remove unwanted objects do some digital facial retouching and removing date stamps. It works just fine for smaller, simpler objects such as watermarks and date stamps. For larger, more complex, objects that need removing, the results can be a photo that's obviously been tampered with.

Inpaint is easy to use. You set the brush size, paint around the object you want to remove, and fill in the painted outline with virtual paint using your brush. Press the Smart Remove Selection arrow button (which looks like a Play button on audio apps) and the selected image is banished. Inpaint fills in the selected area with intelligently-generated textures pulled from the surrounding image data.

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04:00
This ‘bag lady’ loves the Cozmo 2.0 Laptop Bag from...

I must preface this review by first admitting that I am kind of a bag lady. I LOVE nice bags. Most of the time I am the one doing the admiring though, not the owning. So, when the opportunity to review both the HardCase MacBook Case and the Cozmo 2.0 Laptop Bag by WaterField Designs, this was one happy bag lady.

Also, I feel that it’s worth mentioning that, as a bag lover, I am extremely picky. So this review is going to be a bit more scrupulous than others. But if you want an outside opinion, other than mine, then you can see my dad’s from our text message exchange that’s pictured. 

He’s still trying to get this bag from me. It’s not going to happen! 

Now that I have babbled enough, what do I really think of the Cozmo 2.0 laptop gag? I love it. There are few things I will gush over, but the Cozmo 2.0 Laptop Bag has made the very short list. I have used it every day for the last...

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03:55
Today only: Get 10 movies for $10 on iTunes as Apple...

Apple is celebrating ten years of iTunes Movies by making bundles of ten available for just $10. The bundles encompass titles from five major studios across Comedy, Drama and Action Adventure genres.

At effectively $1/ea, a lot of these top tier moves from major US studios are no-brainer purchases, if only to have something to watch on airplanes or for the kids. Head below for a breakdown of all the deals:

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Sunday September 11

18:06
Apple CEO Tim Cook touts professional NFL sideline...

One of the standout features of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is the improved camera. The devices went up of preorder last Friday and officially hit store shelves this coming Friday. Ahead of the public release of the device, Sports Illustrated has went hands-on with the iPhone 7 Plus to snap pictures from the sideline of the Titans-Vikings NFL game today.

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11:34
Steve Wozniak May Swap His Tesla For A Chevy Bolt

An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a San Jose Mercury News article about "Apple co-founder and electric vehicle fan Steve Wozniak."
Woz posted a picture of himself, smiling, next to a new, white Chevy Bolt. General Motors gave Woz the fully electric sedan for an extended test drive. He liked it. "I expect to be switching cars soon!" Woz wrote in a photo caption.

The battery-powered Bolt is due for release late this year. The four-door hatchback has an advertised range of 200 miles per charge, with a sticker price around $37,500. The EV will compete head-to-head with the Tesla Model 3. The Tesla entry-level sedan, expected to start at $35,000, will be released late next year.

It's interesting to read Wozniak's later comments on the post. "A lot of things wrong with the Tesla model S are done correctly (my opinion) in this car... It gets down to my product ideas of balance and getting the most from the least. Try to make things simple and affordable but very...

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10:00
iPhone 7 rumors postmortem: What the Apple rumor...

For regular AppleInsider readers, last week's Apple event came with no major surprises, as the rumor mill signaled exactly what to expect from the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. Here's a recap of which sources got it right --?in some cases well in advance of the product announcements.

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09:00
Voice Record Pro: A Solid Replacement for Apple’s...

Sometimes, Apple's Voice Memos app is perfect for quickly grabbing a spoken word note or recording a meeting. On the other hand, it's quite limited in capability, so users may find themselves wanting more. Voice Record Pro 7 (US$3.99) is a viable replacement to Apple’s native voice memos app, providing more options to record, playback, and upload to cloud storage.

With smartphones came the ability to record such events as meetings, classes, and lectures without the need to carry another device like a digital recorder. The iPhone includes Voice Memos as a native app; it's beautifully designed and works well, but the options are quite limited. You cannot change the file format from .mp4, nor can the quality of the recording be altered to save on storage. Default export options are limited to Messages, Mail and Notes. It's no wonder that there are multiple...

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07:34
EU Finance Ministers Line Up Behind $21B Tax Ruling...

An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes the Associated Press: Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem urged Apple Saturday to "get ready" to pay up, as he and counterparts from other EU nations lined up behind a finding that the technology giant owes billions of euros due to more than a decade of improperly low taxation. Apple's bill could reach 19 billion euros ($21 billion) with interest, and both the company and Ireland, Apple's European headquarters are appealing the European Commission ruling. But on the last day of an EU finance ministers' meeting focused on ways to harmonize tax rules for international companies, Dijsselbloem told reporters that these "have an obligation to pay taxes in a fair way."
"International tax loopholes are a thing of the past," he said. Apple will have to pay back taxes both in the United States and Europe, he added, "so get ready to do that." Philip Hammond, his British counterpart, said the EU was keen "to make sure that international...

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05:00
An OS 9 odyssey: Why these Mac users won’t abandon...

Enlarge / Andrew Cunningham isn't the only one who's been dabbling in OS 9 within the last five years. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Back when Ars Senior Products Editor Andrew Cunningham was forced to work in Mac OS 9 by his colleagues in September 2014, he quickly hit a productivity wall. He couldn't log in to his Ars e-mail or do much of anything online, which meant—as someone who writes about new technology for an online-only publication—he couldn't do his work. All Cunningham could do was play old games and marvel at the difference 15 years makes in operating system design.

But as hard as it may be to believe in light of...

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04:02
Major cyberattack seller knocked offline as it faces...

One of the more popular cyberattack peddlers just came crashing down. Israeli law enforcement has arrested Yarden Bidani and Itay Huri as part of an FBI investigation into their alleged control of vDOS, one of the most popular paid attack platforms....

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Saturday September 10

23:12
Your smartphone could soon act as a glaucoma testing...

We've seen smartphones work as electrocardiograms, so why not use them to test for glaucoma at home? That's the idea behind Cambridge Consultants' Viewi headset. Rather than hitting the hospital or optometrist's to monitor your vision, you could simp...

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20:59
Google fixes two serious Android security flaws

Google's mobile security team has definitely been busy cleaning house this week. The company has released an Android update that closes two security holes that could pose a major threat if intruders found a way to exploit them. The first was only d...

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20:18
The best in-ear headphones around $100

Not everyone is a fan of the Apple Earpods and the new Airpods. I’m certainly not. They never fit properly. That’s not to say they are bad – they just aren’t for me. I’m a much bigger fan of these kind of softish in-ear headphones. For me, they create a better seal inside my ears. They also fit much better under my motorcycle helmet.

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19:34
Amazon might open more pop-up stores to showcase the...

You might see more pop-up Amazon stores in malls over the next year. According to Business Insider, the tech titan is planning to open more of them, particularly to showcase its Echo speakers and other devices. While the company mostly operates onlin...

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19:19
Thoughts and Observations on This Week’s iPhone 7 / ...

The show opened with a genuine surprise announcement: Nintendo has created a real game for the iPhone: Super Mario Run. And, there to announce it, was Shigeru Miyamoto. The applause for his appearance on stage was truly thunderous, raucous even. We, collectively, lost our shit. I honestly don’t think there’s anyone in the world would have gotten a stronger ovation from that crowd than Miyamoto. I mean, how can you not love the guy? He’s a Jobs-like figure, stature-wise, but with a contagious affability.

This is pretty much exactly what I’ve been suggesting Nintendo do for years. Here’s what I wrote three years ago:

Here is what I’d like to see Nintendo do.

Make two great games for iOS (iPhone-only if necessary, but
universal iPhone/iPad if it works with the concept). Not ports of
existing 3DS or Wii games, but two brand new games designed from
the ground up with iOS’s...

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18:17
Seth Rogen's sci-fi comedy 'Future Man...

Seth Rogen is working on a new comedy series called Future Man, which has just been picked up for broadcast on Hulu.

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16:45
Dropbox tackles security fears surrounding its Mac...

Dropbox has already raised some eyebrows over its requests for ever-deeper access to your computer, and recent discoveries aren't helping things much. Users now claim that Dropbox's Mac app asks for overly broad permissions, swipes your password and...

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