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Tuesday September 13

07:56
John Gruber’s iPhones 7 review

There’s just a ton of chewy goodness here. And that plural in the title, mwah, love it!

If you are at all wrestling with the jet black versus matte black finishes for the iPhone 7, your answer lies within this review. Personally, I find the micro-abrasion issue inviting, in the same way I think of a new leather pair of sandals, jacket, or guitar strap. I prefer a worn in look and feel. It makes the leather feel like part of my life.

If you are anal about the finish of your iPhone, steer clear of the jet black or get a case. Me, I went right for the jet black, no regrets, no looking back.

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07:23
News: Apple facing class-action lawsuit over lack of...

A class-action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court accuses Apple of shutting iPhone Upgrade Program customers out of getting an iPhone 7 on the day it launches. The suit, filed on behalf of Emil Frank, claims Apple knowingly “allowed non-Upgrade Program users to snap up the limited inventory of the new devices while telling countless iPhone Upgrade Program customers to ‘check back later.’” Many program members learned for…

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07:20
∞ And the Oscar for Best Supporting Weirdo goes to…

[VIDEO] Love this.

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07:17
iOS 10 bug will disable Kevo smart lock’s Touch-To-...

Kwikset’s popular iPhone-connected Kevo smart lock will temporarily lose some of its smarts as the company reports an iOS 10 bug disables the product’s unique “touch-to-open” feature.

The company has started warning customers of the issue via email ahead of Apple’s iOS 10 software update scheduled for release today.

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07:15
Interview with Amazon’s very first employee

I found this a fascinating read. Lots of back story on the very first days of Amazon.

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07:09
AirPods review roundup: weird looks, okay sound,...

With mixed reviews of the iPhone 7, we took a look to see whether the same was true of Apple’s highest-tech headphones, the all-new wireless AirPods with their ultra-slick pairing system facilitated by the W1 chip.

Here, however, we found greater agreement. Everyone was impressed by the instant pairing and by the intelligence in the AirPods – like auto-pausing when you remove them from your ear. Most people seem to agree that the sound quality is distinctly average but acceptable to most. And there’s also widespread agreement that the look is definitely on the dorky side …

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07:08
The new iPhones and the newer, AWS-3 spectrum bands

Aaron Pressman, writing for Fortune:

Apple made several choices in the wireless capabilities of its new iPhone 7 that could complicate life for some of the phone’s owners.

None of the new iPhones will be able to go online using a spectrum band known as AWS-3, according to Apple’s specifications page. Carriers spent almost $45 billion last year at a federal auction for the rights to use the AWS-3 band, also known as LTE band 66, and are starting to put it in service. The carriers all also operate on other high-speed bands that will be iPhone 7 compatible, but they won’t be able to connect to the new phone with the additional AWS spectrum.

Here’s a link to Apple’s iPhone 7 specs page. Scroll down and see for yourself.

Continuing:

For consumers, that means their new iPhones may not be able to jump onto a band that is apt...

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07:04
Four VirnetX patents ruled invalid in legal battle...

Four patents VirnetX, an Internet security software and technology company, said were infringed by Apple have been deemed invalid by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as the patents don't actually cover new inventions, the Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board argued, according to Bloomberg. VirnetX CEO Kendell Larsen said his company will appeal the USPTO's decisions.

In January 2014, VirnetX filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to supplement its infringement contentions against Apple, the defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit. And in May 2016 the company asked a Texas court to order Apple to stop providing its FaceTime and Messages features to customers, following the patent troll’s early court victory regarding patent infringement.

The motion alleged that Apple products,...

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06:56
Adobe’s Lightroom camera now lets you shoot in raw...

Adobe’s Lightroom app continues to live on the edge of what’s possible with Apple’s various platforms, and the latest version of the photo editing app for iOS is no exception. Lightroom for iOS now lets you shoot in raw using the built-in camera so you can capture exactly what the sensor sees without iOS processing over it artificially.

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06:56
Everything you wanted to know about watchOS 3

Nice, image heavy (which is the way I like it), detailed review from BirchTree.

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06:54
Apple launches iMessage App Store with various...

Jeff Benjamin, writing for 9to5Mac:

Let the deluge begin… Not long after the Super Mario Run iMessage sticker pack was made available to iOS 10 users, Apple has unleashed the entire iMessage App Store. The iMessage App Store, which is available for iOS 10 users, features sticker packs from companies like Disney, Bandai Namco, Sanrio, and others.

In addition to the sticker packs, the iMessage App Store features full-fledged iMessage apps and games. Several of the apps that were demonstrated during the WWDC 2016 keynote are here, such as Square Cash, OpenTable, and JibJab.

I’ve been seeing a steady stream of new iMessage content, similar to what we saw when Apple opened up the Apple Watch to third party complications.

I found this interesting:

Some of the apps are standalone iMessage apps, while others are extensions of already existing apps in the main App Store. You can tell which apps are extensions when the regular app is downloaded on your Home...

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06:46
VirnetX patents ruled invalid ahead of retrial in...

Four patents VirnetX said were infringed by Apple have been deemed invalid by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, something which could potentially be a major setback in an upcoming retrial.

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06:45
News: Apple’s iMessage App Store goes live ahead of...

Apple made the entire iMessage App Store available to iOS 10 beta users yesterday, ahead of today’s iOS 10 launch. The store includes apps like OpenTable, games like Words with Friends, and exclusive sticker packs from big names like Disney and Nintendo. While some of the new apps are standalone exclusives to the iMessage App Store, many others are simply extensions of existing apps already available in Apple’s primary App Store. The sticker…

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06:29
Sprint pre-orders of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus...

No much for the new iPhone being a bust. Not only is it breaking sales records at T-Mobile, but pre-orders of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at Sprint are up more than 375% in the first three days over last year.

Since Sprint began accepting pre-orders on Sept. 9, new and existing customers have been placing orders for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at a rate nearly four times greater than this time last year, according to Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. The wireless carrier also offers its “Unlimited Freedom” plan: two lines of unlimited talk, text and data for $100 a month. Unlimited Freedom includes unlimited mobile-optimized streaming videos, gaming and music, and unlimited 4G LTE data for most everything else.

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06:21
A strap for your AirPods

If you haven’t already, read Jim’s excellent, hands-on review of the AirPods, Apple’s wireless earpods.

Seems to me, the AirPods should stay in your ears just fine. As Jim says:

The AirPods actually fit my ears better than the wired EarPods. One explanation for this could be that the wires create a tension point using the EarPods to be pulled out of your ear a little bit.

This statement really resonated for me. When my Apple EarPods come out of my ears, it is always because of tension on the wires, caused by an unintentional tug from shirt, jacket, or some outside force.

Jim continues:

I walked, jumped, ran, shook my head around, bent down, tipped over, and did every other move I could think of to make the AirPods fall out of my ears—they never did.

That said, if you are in an environment where you need a bit of safety, Amazon sells something called the AirPods strap. I actually think this would be useful in certain environments. For...

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06:11
Review roundup: iPhone 7 is the greatest iPhone yet...

A bevy of iPhone 7 reviews have been published in advance of the phone's actual release, with nearly all of them singing the praises of the device, amidst one big omission -- the headphone jack.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: PDF Expert 2.0 for Mac

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up PDF Expert 2.0 for Mac for only $29.99 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This 2015 App of the Year will revolutionize the way you work and collaborate with documents, allowing you to edit PDF text, images, links, and outlines quickly and easily. Fix typos in contracts, rework sections of PDF documents, and more. You can also password protect sensitive documents and easily share your PDFs between your…

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05:56
Twitter’s new, longer tweets are coming September...

Chris Welch, writing for The Verge:

Twitter is about to make a big change to the way that tweets work, The Verge can independently confirm. Beginning September 19th, the company will cut down on exactly which types of content count toward the platform’s 140-character limit. Media attachments (images, GIFs, videos, polls, etc.) and quoted tweets will no longer reduce the count. The extra room for text will give users more flexibility in composing their messages.

It will be nice to have this breathing room. Bravo.

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05:52
Shuffling your music – new options in iOS 10

Kirk McElhearn digs into the details of shuffling music in the more complex universe of iOS 10, Apple Music and iCloud Music Library.

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05:49
Future iOS devices may ensure that users aren’t...

Future iPhones and iPads may automatically detect the brightness level of the environment you’re in so that when you power it up you’re not blinded by the screen’s bright display. Apple has applied for a patent (number 9,443,460) for “luminescence shock avoidance in display devices,” which could also extend battery life.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that if a mobile device is in a sleep mode in a dark environment and the display is suddenly illuminated due to a received call or other communication, a nearby user who happens to be looking at the device or is instinctively drawn to looking at the display when it illuminates can suffer temporary vision impairment. 

Because the user's pupils have opened up in the dark environment, the sudden flash of light can cause short-term blindness or at least impaired vision. This temporary impaired vision can range from a mere annoyance to a life-threatening situation if the user is driving a motor vehicle. Apple wants to make...

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05:34
iPhone 7/7 Plus shatter sales records at T-Mobile

As noted by 9to5Mac, T-Mobile has reported that pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have shattered sales records, with orders four times higher than the iPhone 6.

“iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are a home run at T-Mobile,” says T-Mobile CEO. Pre-orders for Apple’s latest have already shattered sales records in the first four days – up more than 4x over the smash-hit iPhone 6. And Friday set a single day sales record for any smartphone ever in T-Mobile US history.”

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05:20
iPhone 7/Plus pre-orders all-time record, says T-...

T-Mobile has reported that pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have shattered sales records, with orders four times higher than the iPhone 6.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are a home run at T-Mobile. Pre-orders for Apple’s latest have already shattered sales records in the first four days – up more than 4x over the smash-hit iPhone 6. And Friday set a single day sales record for any smartphone ever in T-Mobile US history.

Sprint is also reporting almost four times as many orders for the iPhone 7 this year, though its comparison was against the 6s …

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05:15
Apple hits some snags with iPhone 7, 7 Plus...

Preordering an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus might be a little harder than it should be.

Last week, a number of customers looking to preorder the new handset via Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program encountered issues selecting the correct model because a lot of them were already sold out.

Apple is attempting to smooth this out, but the 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...

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05:00
Facebook Messenger begins incorporating payment...

Facebook chat moved into the financial sphere today.

The company’s messenger bots can now accept payments natively without sending users to an external website, Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus announced today onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016.

The web site uses stored credit card into to instantly make purchases that are part of the new closed beta the developers can apply for. Marcus also revealed that 34,000 devs have joined the platform and built 30,000 bots in the April launch, up from over 10,000 devs in May and 11,000 bots in July.

Marcus added that the company is working with companies like Stripe, PayPal, Braintree, Visa, MasterCard and American Express to widen the number of financial...

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04:52
iPhone 7 review roundup: the verdicts are in, and...

Most iPhone reviews are fairly predictable, because what’s not to like about a new iPhone? There will always be features people wished Apple had added that it didn’t, of course, but the new iPhone is always significantly better than the model it replaced. For the first time, that isn’t exclusively true.

The main issue, of course, is the one everyone’s been talking about for months: the loss of the headphone socket. Apple may have planned to leak that change a long way in advance; it may have made a good case for the change; and it may have done its best to make the transition as painless as possible by tackling both the pairing and battery-life barriers to wireless headphones through the...

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04:30
Apple should buy Harman Kardon

Anyone who's followed my online Apple/tech coverage over the years knows that I love Harman Kardon products. I think Apple should just buy the company.

After all, they bought Beats and (sorry, Beats Electronics) HK products are better. I've tested and/or owned just about every HK speaker made, and I've rarely been disappointed. 

Heck, Apple design guru Jony Ive helped design Harmon's SoundSticks speakers (pictured). If Apple bought HK, perhaps future Macs would include some really nice speakers, as does Dell's UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor, which has two 16W integrated Harman Kardon speakers. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook says music is in the company's DNA, and the company likesto design the whole widget. So why not buy HK and give us some iMacs and Thunderbolt Displays replacements with truly outstanding speakers built-in?

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04:30
GE taps Amazon's Alexa to provide voice control...

Dubbed "Geneva," the new skill works with any connected GE or Monogram appliance, including refrigerators, dishwashers, wall ovens, ranges, laundry and more.

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04:00
The iLoud is a solid speaker for on-the-go musicians...

By Aaron Lee

IK Multimedia's iLoud $249.99 is a convenient portable stereo speaker designed for studio monitor quality on-the-on. It packs some punch thanks to its 40W RMS of power, and it's clear at all volume levels thanks to an onboard DSP processor and a bi-amped 4-driver array of high efficient neodymium loudspeakers that provide accurate, even response across the entire frequency spectrum. 

For deep bass response iLoud's bass-reflex allows frequencies to go down to 50hz. It's a fine speaker for musicians and audiophiles who demand an accurate reproduction of a wide range of musical styles from rock, hip-hop and electronic dance music, to more nuanced and sonically demanding genres like jazz, classical and acoustic.

The iLoud offers the ability to connect a guitar, bass or dynamic microphone directly to the speaker and process the sound with a multitude of real-time...

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03:55
Which iPhones, iPads, and iPods support iOS 10?

The iPhone 7 will ship out with iOS 10, but that doesn’t mean that you need a brand-new Apple device to install iOS 10.

First previewed during WWDC, iOS 10 features a redesigned Lock screen, super-sized emoji and other iMessage apps, as well as Siri support for third-party services. After months in public beta, the official release of iOS 10 is finally here. You can install the free upgrade right now, but only on a iOS 10-compatible device from the list below.

To upgrade your supported device to iOS 10, go to Software Update in the Settings app. It should be available as an over-the-air update. As always, it’s smart to perform a backup before installing the new operating system, so that you can revert back should you encounter any issues.

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03:17
The iPhones 7

I loved the black iPhone 5. Nostalgic affection for the original iPhone aside, as a piece of kit, the black iPhone 5 was it for me. I never really liked the round shape nor the plastic material of the 3G and 3GS. I liked the 4 and 4S much better, but I didn’t love the glass backs. The black 5 though, that was it. The “slate” anodization did show wear and tear as the year went by, but I liked the effect. Like a good pair of jeans or a leather watch strap. Apple, apparently, did not agree, and with the 5S changed the black model from “slate” to “space gray”. Space gray aged much more gracefully — my used-for-a-year 5S has some nicks along the sides, but the nicks are the same space gray color as the unblemished areas — but it just wasn’t dark enough for my taste. The black iPhones 6 and 6S stuck with the same space gray anodized finish. For me, personally, both aged very well. I’m looking...

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03:00
∞ Review: iPhone 7 and AirPods

After meeting with Apple following its iPhone event last week, I’ve been using a jet black iPhone 7 and a black iPhone 7 Plus. I’ve also been using the new AirPods wireless headphones with a number of devices. What strikes me about the new devices is how Apple is so meticulous with the details of its products. These devices, in conjunction with the software they’re running, truly show Apple’s commitment to the user experience. […]

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03:00
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus review: Great annual upgrades...

Enlarge / The iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Plus, and the things these phones hath wrought. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Up until now, every one of Apple’s iPhone hardware updates has been additive. New iPhones do all the stuff that the old ones could do, plus some new stuff. Moving to bigger screens and swapping the 30-pin connector for the Lightning connector have caused a little pain for developers and users (respectively), but even those more disruptive updates were fundamentally giving you more of something than last year’s offering.

It made iPhone upgrades generally pretty easy to recommend. If your phone was two or three years old and wearing out, there’s a new phone waiting for you that will be better than what you have. Even small-screened phone die-hards...

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Monday September 12

19:54
iPhone 7 preorders at T-Mobile 4X greater than...

This week's launch of the iPhone 7 is shaping up to be a blockbuster success for U.S. carrier T-Mobile, as the company's CEO revealed that sales have essentially quadrupled that of the iPhone 6 two years ago.

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19:44
Running list of iMessage apps and extensions...

Apple officially unleashed the iMessage App Store earlier this evening ahead of iOS 10’s rollout to the public tomorrow. A variety of long-time popular iOS apps have new iMessage apps and extensions. We covered the new iMessage app from lyric annotation service Genius already, but now that the iMessage App Store is live, a variety of new of apps and extensions from popular developers. Head below for a roundup of what’s currently out there…

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19:18
Twitter to allow longer tweets, won't count...

Starting next week, Twitter will expand its 140-character limit by excluding certain types of content from the count, including usernames in replies and links to media.

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18:02
Apple Online Store hints at new BeatsX color options...

Alongside the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2, Apple at its event earlier this month quitely introduced a lineup of new Beats products. At the lower-end of the lineup were the BeatsX earphones, coming in at $149.95 with a launch this fall. Originally, Apple announced the wireless earphones in two color options of white and black, but Apple’s website now hints a trio of new colors that could be in the pipeline.

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17:38
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall seen as a 'gift...

The timing of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 phablet recall could be a boon for Apple and this Friday's debut of the iPhone 7 Plus, one analyst believes, as preorder lead times are said to be on pace with expectations.

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16:50
Apple launches iMessage App Store with various...

Let the deluge begin… Not long after the Super Mario Run iMessage sticker pack was made available to iOS 10 users, Apple has unleashed the entire iMessage App Store. The iMessage App Store, which is available for iOS 10 users, features sticker packs from companies like Disney, Bandai Namco, Sanrio, and others.

In addition to the sticker packs, the iMessage App Store features full-fledged iMessage apps and games. Several of the apps that were demonstrated during the WWDC 2016 keynote are here, such as Square Cash, OpenTable, and JibJab.

The iMessage App Store is only available for iOS 10 beta users today, but if you’re not already on the beta, you’ll only need to wait one more day, as iOS 10 is scheduled to go live...

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16:42
Instagram is fighting harassment with new keyword...

Public figures aren’t the only people who deal with unwanted comments on Instagram, but until today, only VIPs had access to tools that allowed them to fight back. Instagram is rolling out a new moderation feature that gives you more control over what people can say in your comments.

The tool is accessible by tapping on the gear icon where you can adjust your settings. There’s a new option called Comments that lets you add words that people can’t post. Instagram offers some default keyword suggestions under “Hide Inappropriate Comments” if you don’t know where to start, or you can create custom keywords. Those custom options can include words, numbers, or emojis.

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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.

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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