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11:13
MacKeeper threatens teenager YouTube video maker...

Infamous software developer MacKeeper has demanded that four videos critical of its maligned tune-up utility suite be removed from the internet, threatening the teenager behind the videos with $60,000 in court costs and legal fees.

Oh boy.

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11:13
Apple releases iOS 9.3.3, El Capitan 10.11.6,...

While Apple users are looking forward to the next major operating system updates, Apple is still working on the currently released products. On Monday, the company released OS updates for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS.

iOS 9.3.3 update

The iOS 9.3.3 update includes “bug fixes and improves the security” of your iOS device. The company’s online document details updates for Calendar, CoreGraphics, FaceTime, Safari, and more.

After you back up your iOS device, you can install iOS 9.3.3 directly by tapping on Settings > Software Update. You can also connect your device to your Mac and use iTunes to install the update.

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11:12
Apple Releases OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2,...

Apple has updated all of its operating systems with security updates and unspecified bug fixes.

 

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11:12
iTunes 12.4.2

Fixes playback issues with short Apple Music songs in the Up Next queue. (Free, 233 MB)

 

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11:09
MacKeeper threatens 14-year-old YouTube video maker...

Infamous software developer MacKeeper has demanded that four videos critical of its maligned tune-up utility suite be removed from the internet, threatening the teenager behind the videos with $60,000 in court costs and legal fees.

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11:01
Apple's song royalty rate proposal would hit...

Apple’s latest move to shake up the music industry could up-end Spotify’s entire business model. The company filed a proposal late last week with the Copyright Royalty Board, a commission of three judges appointed by the Librarian of Congress to set the rates and terms for songwriting royalties, to simplify the costs per stream. Apple thinks every service should pay 9.1 cents per every 100 plays, which would make it easier for artists to figure out what they’re owed. But for services like Spotify, which offer popular free tiers, the change could effectively end the financial viability of giving songs away, even with ad support.

Let it be known that Apple plays to win.

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10:54
Server capacity delayed Japanese 'Pokémon Go...

Pokémon Go may be a smash hit in the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand and about 20 other countries -- but did you know that nobody is playing the game in the Japan? It's not for want of trying. Despite being the franchise's homeland, Pokémon...

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10:45
AAPL share price briefly returns to the $100 mark

It's been awhile. After Apple's last earnings report on April 26, 2016, the price of Apple shares dropped below the $100 and until today, it had not returned to that level. Based on anticipation of the iPhone 7 family this fall and "better than expected" news from the company when it releases its third-quarter earnings next week, shares went above $100 briefly and are now hovering around that mark.

On April 26, shares of AAPL were selling for about $104.35, but dropped precipitously after Apple provided cautious guidance for the third quarter. Share prices have crept up since then, and are now within sight of that previous high. Of course, Apple's share price usually drops after any earnings report -- good or bad news -- so expect to see another dip after next week's earnings call.

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10:43
OS X 10.11.6 and iOS 9.3.3 released as Apple’s...

Enlarge / Fire up your updaters. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has just released a new round of updates for all of its platforms, including OS X 10.11.6 and iOS 9.3.3. All are minor updates that focus mostly on fixing bugs, as most of Apple's attention has turned to the new major versions of its operating systems that are due in the fall. Both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra are currently available as public betas.

OS X 10.11.6 fixes a bug in user accounts with parental controls enabled that could prevent settings from being...

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10:39
VW Bus bed

Like Tina Roth Eisenberg, I’d take it.

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10:38
A look at Mastercard’s new logo

I suppose you could argue that it’s not exactly new as much as changed, but still.

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10:33
Apple releases finished iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6,...

Apple on Monday issued the completed versions of iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6, tvOS 9.2.2, and watchOS 2.2.2 to the public, making various maintenance updates to each platform.

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10:33
Apple rolling out more accurate song matching...

Apple is upgrading the song matching features for Apple Music subscribers to truly mirror the capabilities offered by iTunes Match; the new smarter more accurate song detection is rolling out to Apple Music subscribers for free, over the next few weeks (via The Loop).

Although Apple Music has always included music matching, it used an inferior version than the algorithm used by the standalone $30/year iTunes Match subscription. Apple Music is being updated server-side to offer the same functionality …

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10:31
Apple Maps expands transit directions to Honolulu...

Apple on Monday quietly updated its native Maps app with public transit coverage for two major American cities: Honolulu, Hawaii and Kansas City, Mo.

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10:20
External Link: Apple Simplifies Relationship between...

Our own Kirk McElhearn describes changes coming to Apple Music that makes deciding between it and iTunes Match much easier. Apple Music will now match tracks using acoustic fingerprinting instead of track metadata (as iTunes Match already does), and it will no longer apply DRM to matched tracks you download to other devices. Kirk explains the differences in detail with some recommendations for those who have subscribed to both services.

 

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10:18
Reading Between the Lines: Musk's Folly, Trump...


Something like 90 percent of CEOs are planning to put their companies out of business accidentally, based on a KPMG report I just reviewed. After watching Tesla of late, I think Musk is on the fast track to lead this effort, and since I'm a Tesla fan, and I know a lot of you drive Teslas, I thought that might be an interesting, if scary, topic for this week. Also, it increasingly looks as though Trump is planning on losing the election -- but he is in competition with Bill Clinton, who appears to want Hillary to lose.

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10:13
OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 officially available via Mac...

After several weeks of developer and public beta versions, Apple today has officially released OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 through the Mac App Store for all users. The latest software update to OS X El Capitan will likely be the last before Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12 with new features including Siri later this fall.

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10:10
Apple releases iOS 9.3.3 with bug fixes for iPhone...

Apple has just released iOS 9.3.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The new software update is by no means as interesting or as feature-rich as iOS 10, due to be released publicly in the fall, but it includes some important bug fixes and performance improvements for iOS users.

The minor 9.3.3 software update went through a lengthy beta process, spanning five betas. As always, we’ll let you know about any surprises associated with the iOS 9.3.3 update.

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10:06
tvOS 9.2.2 update is now available for Apple TV

Apple has been testing tvOS 9.2.2 with developers since late May, and today the latest software update for the Apple TV has been released to all customers. tvOS 9.2.2 is a minor release for the fourth-generation Apple TV as new features and big enhancements are coming later this year with tvOS 10.

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10:05
Apple releases watchOS 2.2.2 for Apple Watch with...

Apple has released watchOS 2.2.2 for Apple Watch, the latest iteration of the smartwatch operating system. We’ll update the post if we see anything new but it appears to be a standard maintenance update with a handful of bug fixes and stability improvements.

To download the new watchOS software update, use the Apple Watch app on the paired iPhone and check for Software Updates. The Apple Watch needs to be connected to the charger for the update to complete.

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10:02
Apple issues third betas of iOS 10, tvOS 10, and...

Apple on Monday provided developers with the third pre-release betas of three of its four upcoming platform updates, squashing bugs and addressing issues with iOS 10 and tvOS 10, as well as watchOS 3. A new macOS Sierra build, however, did not arrive.

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10:00
∞ Apple begins rolling out iTunes Match with audio...

One of the biggest complaints about Apple Music over the past year was that it wouldn’t properly match songs subscribers had in their existing iTunes libraries. That problem is being fixed by Apple. [...]

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10:00
News: Questionable photos claim to show ‘iPhone 7...

A new round of photos unearthed by NowhereElse on Chinese search engine Weibo purport to show three new iPhone models, an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and the rumored iPhone 7 Pro. When viewed from the screen side, the devices labeled Plus and Pro are virtually identical in size and shape. But in images of the back, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both feature a single camera lens, where the iPhone Pro features a dual-lens camera and what appears to be…

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10:00
Apple improves iCloud Music Library matching,...

When Apple Music was released just over a year ago, Apple also debuted iCloud Music Library, a way of storing your iTunes library in the cloud. There were two ways to seed the cloud, either with iTunes Match or Apple Music. If you were an iTunes Match subscriber, matching your songs in your local library to your cloud library was done one way, and if you were just an Apple Music subscriber, matching was done differently.

This created some confusion about the way tracks were matched and stored in iCloud Music Library. Now, Apple is changing this, and will use the same matching method for both services. The company said that Apple Music now uses acoustic fingerprinting and provides matched files without digital rights management (DRM), or copy protection, just like iTunes Match.

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09:58
NFL preps footballs with data-tracking chips

Think that it's too easy for NFL players to kick extra points and field goals? The league is hoping that technology will up the skill level... not to mention the thrills. The NFL tells the Toronto Sun that it plans to conduct a study where footballs...

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09:52
Apple seeds watchOS 3 beta 3 for Apple Watch to...

Apple has begun rolling out the third watchOS 10 beta to developers today. Those looking to update can head to the Watch app on their iPhones, select General and Software Update. watchOS 3 beta 3 is available to download as a Configuration Profile from the Apple developer center for newer users looking to test out the upcoming system. Release notes are not yet available, but should be up soon.

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09:50
∞ Uber reaches 2 billion rides

Uber hit 2 billion rides on June 18, CEO Travis Kalanick said in a Facebook post, six months after marking its first billion rides. The company, then, completed the same number of rides in six months as it did in the prior six years – due in part to its heavy spending to recruit drivers and passengers, which is made possible by more than $13 billion in funding from investors.

That’s pretty incredible. I use Uber, and Lyft, all the time.

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09:50
Aboot time: Artist creates Canadian Pokémon...

Now that Pokemon Go is available in Canda, maybe we can hunt these unique Canadian characters.

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09:49
Apple seeds tvOS 10 beta 3 for Apple TV to developers

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

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09:48
Apple issues iOS 10 beta 3 for iPhone, iPad, and...

Apple today issued the third iOS 10 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for developer testing since WWDC 2016. iOS 10 brings a refreshed look to Apple Music and News plus loads of new features to the platform. The software update will be ready for everyone later this fall, and we’ll dig through the third developer version of the iOS 10 beta below.

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09:37
Rumor: Apple to drop Samsung, go with TSMC for A10...

Apple may be dropping Samsung as the manufacturer for its next-gen iPhone processors in favor of TSMC.

Back in February, it was rumored that TSMC would be the sole supplier of the A10 chip in the iPhone 7. A new report from Korea claims that the same is true of the A11 chip destined for next year’s iPhone.

At present, TSMC is already the exclusive provider of the A10 chip slated to power the next-gen iPhone. TSMC is also rumored to be the sole supplier for the A11 processor for future iOS devices.

TSMC is believed to have a technological edge on its Korean rival, beating Samsung in the race to develop 10-nanometer FinFET processes.

Benchmark tests of the iPhone 6s also showed that models with the TSMC chip ran cooler and offered better...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $100 iTunes Gift Card $85,...

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09:30
Installing macOS Sierra Public Beta

Are you thinking about installing the Public Beta of macOS Sierra on a Mac? There are some amazing features coming, although some of them "aren't ready for prime time" at this early date. In this post I'll provide you with a list of caveats, and if you decide that you have a spare machine available for the beta, then you have a primer on how to sign up for the Public Beta program and then install macOS Sierra on your Mac.

Caveats

This is beta software being distributed to a wide audience to find bugs and add functionality as it gets closer to release this fall. Don't install it on your primary Mac! If you have an older or underutilized Mac that you can erase and just "play with," that's where you want to install macOS Sierra. I ended up using a refurbished 2012 Mac mini from OWC as my test Mac, and I plan to use it to test other apps and devices...

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09:18
Igloo is a modern intranet. Get it for free [Sponsor]

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

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09:12
HP's Elite X3 Windows Phone launches next month...

Been waiting for a phone that could pull triple duty as your handheld, laptop and desk machine? Then your day has almost come: HP says that its Elite X3 will hit shelves late next month. The $699 handset is HP's first smartphone in over two years, an...

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09:10
New photos claim to show three different '...

A batch of photos published on Monday show what are purported to be three different models of the "iPhone 7," including a "Pro," but with unlikely "S" markings on the back.

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08:37
NASA brings a DNA sequencer to space for the first...

SpaceX's after-midnight Falcon 9 launch didn't just advance the state of the art in rocket landings... the cargo it launched is groundbreaking, too. NASA notes that the mission is the first to bring a DNA sequencer to space. The Biomolecule Sequenc...

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08:33
Apple stock price tops $100 ahead of fiscal Q3...

Apple’s stock price $AAPL is back into triple digits, breaking the $100 mark for the first time since June 6th. The rise doesn’t seem to be tied to any particular news event but AAPL stock has rallied through the second half of last week. The recorded high for today is $100.13 although naturally stock prices vary all the time.

Eyes are on Apple’s earning results, due July 26, to see if the company can meet expectations after ending its 13-year record revenue streak last quarter.

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08:15
Daily Deal: Watch your streaming video services...

You love your Hulu, watch Netflix every night, and have a handful of other streaming video services you keep your eye on. Then you go on vacation or a business trip in another country, and suddenly your access to those services -- that you're paying for -- is gone. Why? The answer is geo-restrictions, which keep you from getting your fix of video worldwide. Getflix is a service that routes your streaming video through its own servers and knocks out those restrictions, letting you enjoy Hulu and other services wherever you may roam. We have a deal on a lifetime subscription to Getflix for just $39

Now, Getflix doesn't replace those subscriptions you have to the other streaming services -- it is designed to overcome geo-restrictions to let you watch your content from over 100...

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08:14
∞ The Pokémon Go stampede in New York’s Central Park

This video gives a good sense of just how big the Pokémon Go influence has gotten. Amazing to me.

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08:08
How Apple executives recruit new hires

Business Insider, recounting an interview from this MacObserver podcast:

“‘You’re asking me if I’m interested in a job, if I’m willing to move out to the West Coast, but you’re not willing to tell me what the job is,’” Gartenberg joked. “He goes, ‘Yeah, that’s pretty much it. Phil will give you a call in the next couple of days.’”

Read the whole thing. Fascinating anecdote.

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08:04
Netflix to carry new CBS “Star Trek” series in 188...

From the Netflix press release:

Netflix and CBS Studios International today announced a landmark international licensing agreement for the new “Star Trek” television series. Netflix will be the exclusive premiere home of “Star Trek” in 188 countries (excluding the US and Canada). Each episode of the new series will be available globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere.

Additionally, all 727 existing episodes of the iconic “Star Trek” television library – including “Star Trek: The Original Series,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise” will be available on Netflix around the world by the end of 2016.

The all-new “Star Trek” will begin production in Toronto in September for its January 2017 premiere.

Interesting move by Netflix to lock up this show for streaming at such an early stage. Also notable that they will stream the show globally within 24 hours of its US premiere. Will...

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07:59
Pokemon Go hits Canada & 26 European countries,...

Despite a possible weekend assault by hackers, Pok?mon Go is now available in 35 countries, with a Japanese launch on hold pending an expansion of much-needed server capacity.

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07:58
The secret history of Mac gaming

This looks awesome. More pledges needed to make this book a reality. Worth it.

From the Synopsis:

Mac gaming welcomed strange ideas and encouraged experimentation. It fostered passionate and creative communities who inspired and challenged developers to do better and to follow the Mac mantra “think different”.

The Secret History of Mac Gaming is the story of those communities and the game developers who survived and thrived in an ecosystem that was serially ignored by the outside world. It’s a book about people who made games and people who played them — people who, on both counts, followed their hearts first and market trends second. How in spite of everything they had going against them, the people who carried the torch for Mac gaming in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s showed how clever, quirky, and downright wonderful videogames could be.

An amazing list of contributors. Take a look.

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07:57
Facebook and ABC team up for live DNC and RNC...

Your options for livestreaming the Democratic and Republican national conventions just got even wider. ABC and Facebook are partnering on 24-hour live online coverage of both the DNC and RNC, whether it's speeches on the floor or protests outside....

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07:48
News: Apple proposes flat rate for streaming music...

Apple has filed a proposal with the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board suggesting that songwriters and royalty holders be paid a flat rate for online streams, Billboard reports. Apple suggests a simple, “all-in” statutory rate of 9.1 cents per 100 plays, which the company said is “fair, simple and transparent, unlike the incredibly complicated structure that currently exists.” The move would directly undercut rivals like Spotify and YouTube,…

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07:43
SoftBank’s $32 billion deal for chip designer ARM

New York Times:

Started in 1990 as a spinoff from Acorn Computers, a now-defunct British computer maker, ARM has gone from a small start-up of less than 20 people to a global leader whose technology is used in more than 90 percent of smartphones produced by Apple and Samsung, among others.

And:

Unlike Intel, ARM forgoes the high margins — and equally high production costs — of directly manufacturing microchips. Instead, its engineers design chips, which are then licensed to larger technology companies like Qualcomm that pay ARM fees and royalties for manufacturing the chips.

This is not yet a done deal. Whoever ultimately owns ARM will have control over the chip designs in most of the mobile devices in the world, no small thing. I don’t expect Apple to sit on the sidelines while this plays out.

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07:38
Deals: $50-$130 off 12.9" iPad Pros; $50-$120...

Apple authorized reseller B&H is starting the week off with instant discounts on 12.9" iPad Pros (models start at $749) with free shipping and no tax outside of NY. Or snap up a 12" MacBook with AppleCare at up to $120 off. Need a bigger model? Pick up the well-equipped 15" MacBook Pro with M370X graphics for under $1,930 on eBay.

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07:35
Germany plans to require 'black boxes' in...

Self-driving cars in Germany might end up having "black boxes" that can record details of accidents, similar to planes, Reuters reports. Sources say that the proposal from Germany's Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt, will also require that rider...

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07:31
Latest alleged iPhone 7 spy shot shows 7, Plus, and...

In the latest round of alleged leaked shots spotted on Weibo (via iPhoneabonnementen), a three model lineup is shown consisting of iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 ‘Pro’…

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07:11
Opera browser sold to a Chinese consortium for $600...

After a $1.2 billion deal fell through, Opera has sold most of itself to a Chinese consortium for $600 million. The buyers, led by search and security firm Qihoo 360, are purchasing Opera's browser business, its privacy and performance apps, its tech...

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07:10
Pokémon Go launch in France delayed ‘as a sign of...

While Pokémon Go has been successively rolled out to a growing number of countries, there’s one country that won’t be seeing it for a few days at least: France. In a brief statement, Niantic told IGN that the French launch would be delayed as a sign of respect following the terrorist attack in Nice.

As a sign...

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07:08
News: Report: Apple will source iPhone 8 ‘A11’ CPU...

After dropping Samsung to source its new iPhone 7’s A10 CPU exclusively from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) earlier this year, Apple has made TSMC the exclusive manufacturer of its upcoming A11 chip as well, Chinese-language site Economic Daily News reports. Apple split its A9 chip orders between both Samsung and TSMC, but a number of reports claimed the TSMC version of the A9 provided significantly better battery life than…

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07:00
Rodeo Stampede is a rollicking romp with a fine...

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

Two intense animal stampedes have weighed heavily on my mind of late. The first is from The Lion King, and in case you somehow haven’t seen the 22-year-old Disney animated classic, I won’t spoil the moment for you—but it packs an emotional wallop. My kid is three years old and loves the music, but I’m agonizing over how long I need to keep the actual film from him because of that scene above all.

To read this...

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06:57
U.S. Army Special Operations Command dumping Android...

U.S. Army Special Operations Command is dumping its Android tactical smartphone for an iPhone model, according to DoD Buzz

The iPhone 6S will become the end-user device for the iPhone Tactical Assault Kit – special-operations-forces version Army’s Nett Warrior battlefield situational awareness tool, the article adds, quoting an unnamed Army source. The iTAC will replace the Android Tactical Assault Kit.

Army Special Operations Command is dumping the Android tactical smartphone for an iPhone for better situational awareness. Photo: Vesper Case UK.

The iPhone is “faster; smoother. Android freezes up” and has to be restarted too often, the source said. The problem with the Android is particularly noticeable when viewing live feed from an unmanned aerial system such as Instant Eye, according to DoD Buzz.

A tactical assault kit is...

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06:50
Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Edition on...

If you're more into real-life superheros than fantasy ones, Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Limited Edition is now available at Best Buy for $850. Like the Batman Edition, this is a standard Galaxy S7 Edge on the inside, but the outside is ano...

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06:40
US Army's Special Operations switching tactical...

The U.S. Army's Special Operations Command, or SOCOM, will be switching from Android to the iPhone for a situational awareness kit issued to soldiers, according to a report.

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06:34
Netflix will air the new 'Star Trek'...

Netflix has announced that it'll be the exclusive home of the brand-new Star Trek TV series, and will broadcast the show globally next year. When it was announced, CBS revealed that only the first episode would air on TV, with the rest of the episode...

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06:32
A year after announcement, first big pharma study...

It’s almost exactly a year since we learned that Apple was making ResearchKit available to big pharmaceutical companies and GlaxoSmithKline would be using the platform to carry out clinical studies. GSK has now announced the first of those studies.

The study will use the GSK PARADE iPhone app to conduct surveys and use iPhone sensors to collect and track common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis: joint pain, fatigue, and mood. It will also track activity and quality of life measures for 300 patients over a three-month period. 

The company says that it sees significant benefits by collecting data via ResearchKit …

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06:31
News: New video shows alleged iPhone 7 lacks...

A new, longer Weibo video comparing a purported iPhone 7 and an iPhone 6s shows extended views of what was seen in a much shorter video last week, seeming to confirm that the new device lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack and features an updated camera, redesigned antenna lines and two speaker grills. The new video also provides one new update: The new phone still has a mute switch just like the iPhone 6s, contrary to other leaked photos that showed the…

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06:21
Microsoft's 2TB Xbox One S arrives on August 2nd

You don't have to wait much longer to get Microsoft's higher-end 2TB Xbox One S. Microsoft has confirmed that the capacious console will reach both pre-order customers and retail shelves on August 2nd. As before, the $399/£350 you'll pay largel...

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06:11
Behind the scenes of human curation at Apple Music,...

Buzzfeed is provided an almost-Beats-produced behind-the-scenes look at the human curation element of Apple Music, including the surprising facts that the service already has almost three times as many playlists as Spotify, and that it has only around a dozen full-time employees generating them.

Despite Spotify’s nine-year head-start on Apple Music, the long-form piece reveals that it has only around 4,500 playlists, compared to Apple’s 14,000. Apple Music also beats out its rivals when it comes to the types of playlists offered …

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06:08
SoftBank plans to buy ARM, a maker of iPhone...

The Japanese firm, SoftBank, plans to scoop up British chip designer and major Apple partner ARM Holding, for $31.4 billion, reports the BBC News. ARM employs more than 3,000 people and designs microchips used in most smartphones (including the iPhone).

According to the BBC, ARM will keep its headquarters in Cambridge and at least double the number of its staff over the next five years. However, according to re/code, other companies could enter the fray with the result being a bidding war for ARM. Apple, arguably ARM’s most important client, and Intel, which lost the mobile chip war to ARM, are both potential buyers, the article adds.

 

Regarding SoftBank’s purchase of ARM, Mark Skilton, a professor of Practice at Warwick Business School and an expert on technology and the Internet of Things,...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Swift & iOS Beginner eBook...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Swift & iOS Beginner eBook Bundle for only $59.99 — that’s 69% off the regular price. These two ebooks will help you prep for iOS 10 before it hits iPhones this fall, with everything you need to know to learn to code for Apple devices. Swift Apprentice will take you through getting started with playgrounds and help you practice learning core Swift 2 language concepts, and you’ll get a free…

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06:00
Apple entices its first big drug company to...

Although Apple's ResearchKit is almost two years old, the platform has mainly been reserved for clinical studies hosted by universities and medical researchers. Hundreds of thousands of people are already contributing data for studies focusing on ast...

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05:47
Leaked video highlights alleged differences between...

A new video from China allegedly shows a semi-functional functional "iPhone 7" with the same features and design as previous photo and video leaks, offering another glimpse of what Apple's next iPhone is expected to look like.

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05:27
Softbank to acquire Apple chip designing partner ARM...

In a massive deal valued at $32 billion, Japanese company Softbank announced on Monday that it will acquire ARM Holdings, the company that designs specifications for low-power mobile processors, including the A-series chips found in Apple's iPhone and iPad.

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05:20
Apple chip designer ARM set to be acquired by...

ARM, the British chip designer responsible behind the A-series processors used in Apple’s iOS devices, looks set to be bought by Japanese telecoms company Softbank.

The deal will need to be approved by shareholders, but with ARM recommending it and a valuation 43% above last week’s closing price, it looks likely to go through. It is, however, possible that other companies may make their own bid for the company.

Both Intel and Apple have been suggested as potential bidders …

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05:04
Maxthon browser reportedly collects sensitive data...

Moving to an alternative web browser is no guarantee that you'll be less susceptible to privacy and security issues. Researchers at Exatel have published a report claiming that Maxthon's browser transmits sensitive user information, whether or not y...

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05:02
Rumor: TSMC to be exclusive manufacturer of both...

Apple competitor Samsung could be on the outs for the next two generations of iPhone processors, according to a new rumor, which claims that rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will be the sole provider of both the "A10" and "A11" CPUs.

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04:56
Walmart Pay Is Better Than You Might Expect

You might think that Walmart’s home-brew mobile payment system would be dreadful, but Josh Centers was pleasantly surprised by how well it works, despite some flaws.

 

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04:39
Pokémon Go launches in Canada, servers fall over as...

Good news for Pokémon Go fans in Canada: the game has officially rolled out to the country. Bad news for fans of the game everywhere: the extra load seems to have killed the servers again.

Niantic made the Canadian announcement on Twitter and on the game’s official Facebook page, but so far the company hasn’t responded to complaints that users are again unable to login. It did acknowledge the server problems experienced over the weekend …

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04:30
If you need a Thunderbolt Display replacement, check...

Once Apple announced it was no longer making its Thunderbolt Display, NEC contacted AppleWorld.Today to let us know that — hint, hint — its MultSync+EA275UHD is a fine replacement. They sent us a test unit, so here are my impressions.

Is the NEC display a suitable replacement for Apple’s monitor? Yep, considering its $300 cheaper ($699 compared to $999 for the outdated Thunderbolt Display). However, the design isn’t as elegant as an Apple display, and the screen, while crisp and sharp, pales in comparison to the screen of the 5K iMac with Retina Display (which is the display I have to compare all others to). 

Still, the NEC is no slouch by any means. It’s a 4K UHD, 27-inch, 3840 x 2160 widescreen LED-...

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04:11
Apple reportedly dropping Samsung for not only A10...

While Apple’s orders for the A9 chip in the iPhone 6s/Plus were split between the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and Samsung, we heard back in February that TSMC was to be the sole supplier of the A10 chip in the iPhone 7.  A new report from Korea claims that the same is true of the A11 chip destined for next year’s iPhone.

The report appears in the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, via Digitimes.

TSMC is already the exclusive manufacturer of Apple’s A10 chip which will power the upcoming iPhone series slated for launch in September 2016. The Taiwan-based foundry will continue to be the sole supplier of Apple’s next-generation A11 processor that will be built on a 10nm FinFET process, the report indicated, without citing its sources.

TSMC is believed...

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04:00
CloudMounter simplifies managing cloud accounts on...

In these days of high-speed Internet connections and low-capacity SSD drives in laptops, cloud storage services are becoming more and more popular. Like me, you may have several different cloud accounts. This is where Eltima’s $29 CloudMounter app for Mac OS X (Yosemite or El Capitan) comes in handy.

It allows you to manage most all of your clouds from a single point of access and mount various cloud services and web servers to your Mac as local disks. I say “most” because there’s no iCloud support. However, you can connect to Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP and WebDAV servers in the Finder as if they were located on your computer.

The way CloudMounter works is simple. The main window of the app is basically a connections manager with corresponding buttons for each supported service and protocol. Just choose what you want to connect, enter your login credentials and...

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03:02
See the sun do a somersault, courtesy of NASA's...

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory took a photo of the sun every 12 seconds on July 6th, and the results aren't quite what you'd expect. A time-lapse video of the images makes it look like the sun is doing a somersault, because the SDO was spinning 36...

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00:45
Samsung is buying a stake in a Chinese car maker

Now that the smartphone market is cooling off, Samsung needs another way to keep raking in cash... and it's going in an unusual direction to make that happen. The tech giant is buying a stake in Chinese automaker BYD that, at least at first, will hel...

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Sunday July 17

20:41
Microsoft Office 2016 15.24 and Office 2011 14.6.6

Resolves a memory corruption vulnerability while bringing a handful of improvements to individual apps. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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13:56
Twitch is taking auditions for an internet-wide...

Twitch may have started as a broadcasting service laser-focused on beaming your gaming exploits out to the world, but it certainly isn't staying that way. Now, the Creative banner has been expanded to include comedy, music, theater, voice acting and...

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12:28
SpaceX picks its first rocket to fly a second time

Sure, SpaceX promised to reuse a rocket sometime in September or October... but which rocket? At last, we know. As part of a NASA presentation, SpaceX has revealed that it will be using the second Falcon 9 to make a successful landing (in this case,...

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12:19
Why you might not have a perfect Uber passenger...

This wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Very funny.

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12:13
What the Heck Is Pokémon Go?

Pokémon Go is the phenomenon of the summer, but what the heck is it? Josh Centers explains how the game works and why it’s causing some weird behavior.

 

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11:00
Ben Heck's Hackmanji board game, part 3

The last piece of the Jumanji-esque puzzle falls into place as Ben, Karen and Felix complete the Hackmanji puzzle board -- and with your help. Putting the finishing touches on the board involves combining the mechanical with the electronic as Ben...

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10:39
Google, Tesla, and Facebook Attract 'Hordes of...

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:
"We just came from Oracle, then we go to HP, Google; we're going to do Tesla, Intel, eBay and Yahoo. And Apple, I forgot Apple..." says one San Francisco resident, describing a tour he's providing for his friend from Tokyo. In fact, Silicon Valley's iconic tech companies have discovered tourists are now dropping in on their headquarters. "It was nice to walk between the buildings, take some pictures and see the employees enjoy their lunch break," wrote one visitor to Google's campus, before complaining that Google hadn't also provided them with bathroom access. "We got told not to use the Google bikes as they are for employees only, which was a bit of a shame," another visitor complained.

"Hundreds of people a day visit the Facebook sign and Google's Android sculpture garden in Mountain View," reports the Bay Area Newsgroup, "with many stopping at other tech giants as well, snapping photos and shooting video..." In fact, Tesla,...

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09:30
Gaming headset review roundup: Five options, one...

As much as we'd all love surround sound in every room where we have a TV, it isn't always feasible. Be it budgetary reasons or living in an apartment with roommates who don't share your enthusiasm for late-night explosions, sometimes 5.1- or 7.1-chan...

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08:00
After Math: Fun and games

This was a big week for diversions. Nintendo is sitting pretty thanks to its overnight smash hit, Pokémon Go -- not to mention the excitement surrounding its upcoming NES Classic Edition mini-console. Additionally, MoviePass rolled out its rev...

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: Flying cars and an...

The Tesla Model X is the best car in its class - but it's also prohibitively expensive with a MSRP of $83,000. That's set to change, as Tesla just launched a new version of its electric SUV that is $9,000 cheaper. If you're holding out for a flying c...

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04:07
New video of purported iPhone 7 shows larger camera...

As we get closer to the expected launch, sometime in early September, the leaks for the iPhone 7 just keep coming. Following a brief clip last week, a poster on Weibo has uploaded an extended video of a purported iPhone 7 unit — we’ve embedded it after the jump.

The video shows an iPhone 7 casing (4.7 inch model) that corroborates previous rumors: new larger camera, redesigned antenna lines, missing headphone jack in lieu of an additional speaker grille. The video compares the purported iPhone 7 design to an iPhone 6s, with which it shares many design characteristics …

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04:03
'The Solus Project' is Xbox One's sci...

We've seen a few games graduate from the Xbox Game Preview program and become full-fledged Xbox One titles, but perhaps none as intriguing as The Solus Project. Earth is a goner, so humanity takes to the stars, with what's left of the human race hang...

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Saturday July 16

23:59
Review: Atlas Wristband 2 makes some improvements,...

Atlas' first Wristband was an ambitious but ultimately failed attempt to build a fitness tracker geared toward strength training, instead of just cardio-oriented activities like running and cycling. The second-generation model makes some modest improvements, but doesn't solve some of the fundamental complaints we had.

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23:02
Two more Chromebooks are ready to test Android apps

Nearly two months after Google confirmed the Play Store and more Android apps are coming to Chrome OS, it finally added support for the feature on some new hardware. The Acer Chromebook R11 and Chromebook Pixel have joined ASUS' Chromebook Flip -- wh...

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20:04
Ben Heck tears down the legendary Nintendo...

We got a good, close look at the Nintendo PlayStation last year and even talked to Sony veteran Shuhei Yoshida about it, but have you ever wondered about everything inside the ill-fated game console? Ben Heckendorn, aka Ben Heck, is happy to show yo...

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18:31
The Pentagon is developing cyber warfare tools to...

US Cyber Command chief Adm. Michael S. Rogers has created a dedicated unit tasked with developing a suite of malware and digital weapons that can be used to wage (a digital) war against ISIS. The Pentagon originally gave Cyber Command the daunting ta...

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17:44
Editorial: Sorry Android bloggers, but Samsung'...

Android fan blogs, led by The Verge, shouted to their audiences this week that Samsung's flagship Galaxy S7 managed to surpass sales of Apple's iPhone 6s, based on a Kantar survey of U.S. buyers. The story illuminates some interesting contradictions and exposes other misleading narratives about the smartphone market.

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16:57
'Pokémon Go' expansion marred by a...

Good news! Pokémon Go is available in 26 more countries... if you get a chance to play, that is. Trainers can now grab the mobile game across a wider swath of European nations (such as the Netherlands and Sweden), but temporarily went down ami...

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15:28
Tesla hopes existing tech improves its semi-...

Many have speculated that Tesla could have prevented the Autopilot-related Florida crash if its cars had lidar (visible light detection and ranging) to better understand the world around them, not just cameras and radar. However, Tesla might have a w...

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14:00
Exploring the limits of good taste with Xbox Design...

A gamepad is the part of a game console people have the most intimate relationship with. You're holding it in your hands for hours on end, and you know it so well you can control its every function without even looking at it. When the action gets int...

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12:45
'Star Wars: Battlefront' add-on will tie...

EA and DICE are determined to wrap up Star Wars: Battlefront's year of add-ons with a bang. The developers have used Star Wars Celebration to reveal that the fourth DLC pack will revolve around the Rogue One storyline. Rogue One: Scarif will let yo...

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12:00
24 hours with Fujifilm's X-T2 mirrorless camera

The long-awaited Fujifilm X-T2 finally made its debut last week, bringing with it a completely revamped set of specs compared with its predecessor, the X-T1. One of the highlights of the new compact shooter is its 4K video support -- a first for Fuji...

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11:15
Apple Patents Tech to Foil Concert Pirates


A patent for an infrared system that could be used to shut off iPhone cameras and microphones at live performances is one of dozens awarded to Apple last month. The system could assist the music and movie industries by automatically disabling camera functions at movies or concerts. However, the technology could have other applications as well -- for example, turning an iOS device into a museum or city tour guide, or a source of product information at a retail outlet.

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