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Friday July 7

12:33
Robots will charge Volkswagen EVs so you don't...

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

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12:18
A carrier mistake allowed Justin Williams to be...

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:11
Spotify is testing a 'driving mode' for...

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

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12:03
iOS 11: How to customize Control Center

iOS 11 brings a brand new Control Center and also some nice customization options. Follow along for how to quickly get Control Center tuned to your preferences.

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11:50
Alphabet drops all but one patent claim in its case...

Alphabet's autonomous-car business, Waymo, has streamlined its lawsuit against Uber, dropping three claims of patent infringement entirely and focusing on a single case of alleged patent theft.

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11:42
Facebook wants its new campus to be a mini...

It's been four years since Facebook got the ok to build a new Frank Gehry-designed headquarters in Menlo Park, California, and two years since the company moved into the space. Now the company is looking to expand again. Unlike Apple's isolated space...

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11:41
Google Calendar for iOS adds Today Widget

The Google Calendar app for iPhone and iPad adds a new ‘Today Widget’ for iOS in its latest update today, bringing a quick view of calendar events from the app into the iOS search screen when swiping to the right from the home screen.

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11:40
Jawbone going out of business

Jawbone was a good company years ago, but the fact that they stopped answering requests for their existing products and started a new company, makes me wary of trusting them.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:29
Apple fires back at Imagination in dispute

Imagination gave the impression that Apple just cut them off, but that’s not the case, according to Apple. I was waiting for this since the dispute began.

“We began working with Imagination in 2007 and stopped accepting new IP from them in 2015,” Apple said. “After lengthy discussions we advised them on February 9 that we expected to wind down our licensing agreement since we need unique and differentiating IP for our products. We valued our past relationship and wanted to give them as much notice as possible to adapt their future plans.”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:23
BMW 5 Series sedans relieve parking woes with real-...

Transportation analytic company Inrix announced this week that its On-Street Parking service will be incorporated into the BMW 5 Series sedan. The service provides real-time information on the likelihood of parking availability based on historical an...

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11:14
Using Hulu with Live TV

Lory Gil has a great post on what you get with Hulu’s new Live TV option. I’ll be honest, I’ve looked at all of these services, but I’m not convinced yet.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:02
Import your orcs from 'Shadow of Mordor'...

Your perfect orc enemy (and ally) from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor are coming along for the ride in this fall's sequel, Shadow of War. Mordor has just gotten an update that adds the "Nemesis Forge" to the game that will import your personalized, h...

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11:01
Why Whole Foods didn’t seek other bids before selling

Amazon.com Inc told Whole Foods Market Inc (WFM.O) it would not engage in a sale process for the U.S. grocer that involved other bidders, a regulatory filing showed on Friday, shedding new light on the $13.7 billion acquisition.

The previously undisclosed details on the negotiations show how Amazon used its deep pockets and brand as leverage to convince Whole Foods to accept a sale process that would not result in a bidding war.

Very smart move on Amazon’s part—look for other bids and we’re out. It doesn’t sound like the other people would have offered more than Amazon anyway.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
Review: Belkin Sport Band for Apple Watch

The Marine Blue Belkin Sport Band for Apple Watch. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

For many Apple Watch owners, the original band that they receive is good enough for daily use, but for others it's fun to swap out bands on a regular basis. Today we're looking at an Apple Watch band from one of the big names in the Apple accessories business - Belkin. The Belkin Sport Band for Apple Watch (US$39.99 or $25.79 through Amazon affiliate link) comes in sizes for both the 38mm and 42mm Series 1 and Series 2 Apple Watches, and we'll take a close look at it right now.

Users of Apple's default sports band will notice one difference with the Belkin Sport Band almost immediately -- the back of the silicone band has a "wave" pattern on it that provides a path for some airflow to your wrist. If you've suffered from that sweaty, clammy feeling under your Watch band, you'll appreciate this...

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10:38
Play ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ all over again with New...

The team behind the popular open world game Horizon Zero Dawn announced an expansion pack called The Frozen Wilds last month, but that's not all they have up their sleeve. Today, they released patch 1.30 for the game, which introduces some exciting n...

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10:25
Deals: 2016 13" MacBook Pro for $1,299 ($200...




Heading into the weekend, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars instantly on Apple's Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro ($200 off). Or pick up a 2.7GHz 15" MacBook Pro with Radeon 455 graphics for $2,349 with coupon, a discount of $450 off MSRP. The new 27" iMac 5K is also now shipping with no tax outside NY & NJ.

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10:21
US Army is building a versatile, flying squirrel-...

The military is constantly working on new drone technology. That includes new types of drones like autonomous boats and small swarming UAVs as well as ways to combat drones, like frying them with microwaves, guided bullets and hacking. Right now, the...

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10:00
Jawbone’s demise heralds the end of the wearables...

Sometimes deaths are sudden, but most company deaths are the opposite, with Jawbone's protracted terminus taking upwards of a year. The company was an early pioneer in the consumer wearables market, and had raised close to a billion dollars in invest...

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09:50
EE tempts students with a free 500MB 'data...

Most students are currently enjoying their summer away from the rigours of university life, and EE has decided to give them one more thing to feel happy about. The provider has introduced a new perk for those in higher education it calls a "data safe...

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09:42
Google DeepMind teams with Open AI to prevent a...

If you're worried that one day the robots will revolt and either exterminate or subjugate the entire human race, you're not alone. But instead of sitting back and waiting for the robot rebellion, two leaders in AI are teaming up to tackle the problem...

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Anker iPhone Accessory Sale...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:23
Apple's bitter dispute with Qualcomm not...




Stock analysts are starting to chime in on the Apple and Qualcomm fight, with the fight will take at least another year with little impact on Apple's bottom line.

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09:18
The best multiroom wireless speaker system

By Chris Heinonen

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its...

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09:00
Qualcomm Seeks To Ban Imports And Sales of Apple...

Chipmaker Qualcomm is asking U.S. trade regulators to ban iPhone imports, according to a new lawsuit. From a report: Apple has allegedly infringed on six of Qualcomm's patents, including technology that improves iPhone battery life, according to Qualcomm. Now Qualcomm wants Apple to pay damages. "Apple continues to use Qualcomm's technology while refusing to pay for it," Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, said in a statement. Qualcomm ultimately wants regulators to investigate which phones use cellular processors from Qualcomm's competitors, and halt sales of iPhones that violate the patents. Qualcomm said it has filed complaints in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and with the United States International Trade Commission. It's not immediately clear how many iPhones that would affect.

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09:00
Here's why CNN isn't 'doxing'...

With the addition of three sentences, CNN turned a relevant news story into an utter mess. This week the organization uncovered the identity of HanAssholeSolo, the Reddit user who created the GIF tweeted round the world: Donald Trump beating up a man...

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08:45
Kodi boxes 'threaten to undermine' the UK...

Media centre software Kodi is once again taking flak for its role in facilitating digital piracy today. An announcement from the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has praised "innovative" services like Netflix and Spotify for keeping Brits on t...

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08:41
FAA offers registration refunds for casual drone...

Remember when you had to register your drone, regardless of whether it was hulking thousand-dollar pro model, or some cheap toy off Amazon? Then, remember when the FAA then realised it violated its own rules? Well, that decision in the US Court of Ap...

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08:22
Uber sought a Google partnership before they became...

New court filings in the Waymo v. Uber lawsuit document the breakdown between the two companies' cooperation and potential partnership. The filings contain a series of emails between former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Google senior VP David Drummond...

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08:04
Motorola may introduce its X4 phone on July 25th

Today, Motorola sent out a press invitation to a launch event on July 25th in New York. The question is, what exactly is it launching?

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07:49
Tesla is building world’s largest backup battery in...

After blackouts left 1.7 million residents without electricity, Elon Musk famously guaranteed that Tesla could supply 100 megawatts of battery storage in 100 days. The company has announced it will do just that, supplying a Powerpack battery st...

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07:43
Happy Hour Podcast 127 | iPhone 8 rumors, thoughts...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the latest Apple Watch Activity Challenge and upcoming improvements to watchOS, the curious removal of a useful 3D Touch gesture, possible ProMotion iPhone displays, fewer color options, and Touch ID potentially being replaced by facial recognition.

9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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07:27
Kanye West cuts ties with Tidal, Jay-Z's '...




The same day that the Jay-Z album "4:44" exits Tidal exclusivity, heavy Tidal promoter Kanye West has reportedly cut all ties to the streaming service.

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07:25
Hilton says smartphone door unlocking used 11...

A growing number of hotels are now allowing people to use their iPhone (and in some cases, Apple Watch) to unlock their doors. The Hilton hotel group, which first started experimenting with the technology three years ago, says that the security of the system is now firmly proven …

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07:00
Injustice 2 does right by DC's heroes with its...

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).

DC Comics is on an impressive stretch of adaptations of its top heroes: Wonder Woman is the best part of the current DC cinematic universe to date, while ...

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07:00
Satechi R1 Aluminum Foldable Stand elevates your...

Image via Satechi

One of the major problems with stands that work to keep laptops, tablets, and smartphones elevated off your desk and in your line of sight is that you usually can't take them with you. Satechi today announced the R1 Aluminum Foldable Stand (US$39.99), a hinged stand that is strong enough to hold laptops in the perfect position, but folds down into a compact package for transportation.

Available in silver, gold, space gray and rose gold, the R1 works well in a variety of situations. Using an iPad Pro as a second screen for a MacBook Pro? The R1 offers a way to adjust that iPad so that the two screens are in alignment. Need a way to hold up an iPad or iPhone for gaming with an external controller? The R1 can do it -- and you can even take it...

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06:59
As Apple starts analyzing web browsing & health...

An Apple software engineer recently revealed that Apple is now rolling out its use of differential privacy to cover both web browsing and health data, as it now uses the technique to process millions of pieces of daily information from device users.

Differential privacy has so far flown largely under the radar, so we thought it would be a good time to look at what it does and how it works – and to ask how comfortable you feel about its wider use by Apple …

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06:47
Analyst: Apple to become a trillion dollar company...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — Wall Street analyst Brian White thinks Apple will become a trillion dollar company within 12 months as it’s one of the “most underappreciated stocks in the world.”

“In our view, Apple's quarterly results will be less important this summer as investors are focused on the iPhone 8 this fall, along with the company's raised capital distribution initiative, depressed valuation and new innovations as showcased at WWDC,” he writes. “… Similar to the bottoming process in Apple during the summer of 2013 that drove a strong rally into the spring of 2015, we believe the bottom in the stock during May 2016 and the upcoming iPhone cycle is setting up Apple to reach our $202.00 price target over the next 12 months.”

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06:18
A Prairie HomeKit Companion: What’s Coming in iOS 11

Big changes are coming to the HomeKit ecosystem in iOS 11, along with some welcome tweaks for users.

 

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06:08
Apple challenges Imagination's timeline,...




Apple has apparently taken issue with Imagination Technologies statements against it, and now says that the GPU maker knew that Apple was cutting back on its technologies since 2015, well before the public declaration in the spring.

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06:04
Apple blasts Imagination’s ‘unsubstantiated...

After Imagination Technology’s annual report accused Apple of making “unsubstantiated allegations,” the Cupertino, California-based company has responded.

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

“We began working with Imagination in 2007 and stopped accepting new IP from them in 2015. After lengthy discussions we advised them on February 9 that we expected to wind down our licensing agreement since we need unique and differentiating IP for our products,” Apple said. “We valued our past relationship and wanted to give them as much notice as possible to adapt their future plans.”

Apple also pooh-poohed Imagination’s claim that it would be...

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06:04
Chris Cornell’s masterful vocals in the isolated...

[VIDEO] Open Culture:

The singer’s near four-octave range “made his live performances an incredible sight to watch” and his recordings a stirring experience to listen to, whether they showcased his own material or his unique talent for covering songs across a spectrum of styles and genres. “The imposing architecture” of Cornell’s voice, writes Pitchfork in a retrospective of some of his finest recorded moments, “was part and parcel to his legacy, but it would be nothing if he didn’t also know how to brilliantly arrange it.”

Keep that in mind as you listen to the isolated vocal track embedded in the main Loop post. The vocals don’t kick in until about 20 seconds in. Listen to the subtle changes, both in tone and in mode (key changes, major to minor, etc.) Chris died a few months ago, but I just stumbled on this video. We’ve lost quite a voice.

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06:00
Where—and how—to buy an old click wheel iPod

Baby Driver, the Edgar Wright heist flick that has received rave reviews, stars Ansel Elgort, who plays Baby, the title character. He suffers from tinnitus, and to drown out the constant ringing in his ears, Baby constantly listens to music through an iPod—but not a modern iPod touch, iPod nano, or iPod shuffle. Instead, Baby has a collection of vintage click wheel iPods.

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06:00
iOS 11 is coming: Take advantage of our pre-sale on...

iOS 11 will be here soon, and developers need to get ready to take advantage of all the new features of Apple's mobile operating system. We're doing a pre-sale in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for The Complete iOS 11 Development Course and Mastery Bundle, where you can get the whole shebang for just $29. If you wait to get the course, you could find yourself paying up to $1,299 for the same classes.

This bundle is outstanding, not only giving you the skills necessary to code in Swift 3 and 4, but mastering the tools to create apps for iOS, watchOS and tvOS as well. You'll begin your journey with training in the iOS 10 tools, then move on to iOS 11 before the rest of the world.

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05:55
Is it unethical for me to not tell my employer I’ve...

Stack Exchange:

I currently work on a legacy system for a company. The system is really old – and although I was hired as a programmer, my job is pretty much glorified data entry. To summarise, I get a bunch of requirements, which is literally just lots of data for each month on spreadsheets and I have to configure the system to make it work, which is basically just writing a whole bunch of SQL scripts.

And:

So I’ve been doing it for about 18 months and in that time, I’ve basically figured out all the traps to the point where I’ve actually written a program which for the past 6 months has been just doing the whole thing for me. So what used to take the last guy like a month, now takes maybe 10 minutes to clean the spreadsheet and run it through the program.

Where’s the author’s obligation? To their employer, or to themselves? Is the company paying for the problem to be solved, or for the employee’s time?

To me, the “I’m doing something wrong”...

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05:52
AppleInsider podcast talks Touch ID rumors, RED...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the 'will-they-won't-they' push pull on whether or not the rumoured 'iPhone 8' has Touch ID on the front, back, or not at all, the RED phone announcement, and the fear of a very expensive iPhone.

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05:46
iPhone bugs are too valuable to report to Apple

Motherboard:

In August 2016, Apple’s head of security Ivan Krstic stole the show at one of the biggest security conferences in the world with an unexpected announcement.

“I wanna share some news with you,” Krstic said at the Black Hat conference, before announcing that Apple was finally launching a bug bounty program to reward friendly hackers who report bugs to the company.

The crowd erupted in enthusiastic applause. But almost a year later, the long-awaited program appears to be struggling to take off, with no public evidence that hackers have claimed any bug bounties.

And at the core of it all:

The iPhone’s security is so tight that it’s hard to find any flaws at all, which leads to sky-high prices for bugs on the grey market.

The question is, are the bugs valuable enough for Apple to raise their bounties to compete with the grey market?

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05:39
Future Macs may detect your presence and react...

AppleWorld Today:

Future Macs may “wake up” when they detect your presence and take action based on exactly where you are. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170193282) for “presence sensing.”

The “presence-based functionality” method may include operating the Mac in a reduced power state and collecting a first set of data from a first sensor. Based on the first set of data, the computer determines if an object is within a threshold distance of the Mac.

Some interesting possibilities here. Your Mac could rise to a low-power awareness mode when you are nearby, then power up more fully as more criteria are met. I’d like to see my Mac wake up, bring Safari to the front, then update the specific set of tabs I invariably read through every morning, with one set on weekdays (my Loop prep) and a different set on weekends (my feet up, coffee on the porch reading).

Part of the focus of this patent is more efficient power management. Which would react one way...

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05:25
Microsoft plans thousands of layoffs

CNBC:

Microsoft announced a major reorganization on Wednesday that will include thousands of layoffs, largely in sales.

The job cuts amount to less than 10 percent of the company’s total sales force, and about 75 percent of them will be outside the U.S., the company said.

This is not nearly the same thing as the SoundCloud office-closing report.

Microsoft has more than 120,000 employees, and the layoffs are focused on the sales team. Microsoft knows how to make money. This is more of a refocus.

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05:16
Latest AI app from Prisma turns selfies into stickers

Prisma’s first AI-powered graphics app impressed us and proved an almost instant hit with iPhone owners, winning App of the Year award for 2016.

The company followed up by adding support for video and downloadable filters, and has now launched its second AI-based app …

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05:15
Rumor: Apple looking to release three OLED iPhone...

Apple may just be going all in with OLED iPhones come 2019.

A supply chain report published by Nikkei said that Apple plans to make all of its iPhones with an OLED screen by 2019. Apple was believed to be preparing to adopt OLED panels for 60 million units of the “iPhone 8” in 2017, and then the company would double the adoption of OLED panels in 2018 before wholly transitioning to OLED-only iPhones in 2019.

Per two industry sources, the timeline has been bumped up a bit, as Apple is planning to use OLED displays “in all new iPhone models launched from the second half of 2018.”

One of the sources stated that Apple is “tentatively” looking to introduce three new iPhone models in 2018, each one using an OLED display. This compares to the three iPhone models arriving in 2017, two of which are expected to still use LCD screens and one of which will be the first iPhone to transition to OLED, the so-called iPhone 8.

A source stated that Apple has already...

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05:11
Struggling for survival, SoundCloud closes San...

Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica:

SoundCloud announced Thursday that it would be closing its San Francisco and London offices—firing 173 employees, or around 40 percent of its staff.

The Berlin-based company has been struggling for years: it reported losses of over €51 million ($58.1 million) in 2015—losses that have steadily grown since 2010.

What to do about this? SoundCloud offers real value to the community, but can’t find a way to make it pay. Somehow GitHub made it work. Is GitHub worth more to developers than SoundCloud is to the audio community?

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05:00
iFixit announces DIY MacBook Pro Retina Battery Fix...

This will come in handy.

The cool cats at iFixit have come up with a fix to the issue pertaining to Retina display MacBook Pros that have plagued the notebook since their release in 2012: Inordinate amounts of glue holding the battery in place that make it next to impossible to replace.

As such, iFixit has released a DIY battery replacement kit.

In their own words:

“We’re fixers; it’s in our blood—so when manufacturers present us with a device that’s practically impossible to repair, like the MacBook Pro Retina, we take it as a challenge.

We’ve been working on a DIY repair solution for folks who want to replace the battery in their MacBook Pro Retina for a long time. After a whole lot of testing and experimentation on dozens of formulations, we’re proud to introduce our MacBook Pro Retina Battery Fix Kits. Our glue-busting battery kits have all the tools and instructions you need to replace your own battery.”

The company says that the...

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05:00
Apple granted a patent for ‘station creation’ in...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170195388) for “station creation” that involves allowing you to create your own music “stations” in Apple Music, the company’s music streaming service, and iTunes.

In the patent filing, the tech giant notes that, increasingly, people are using electronic devices to purchase and consume digital content, including books, music, movies, and applications. One way of consuming digital content that is becoming more and more popular is "Internet radio." 

Internet radio generally refers to streaming music that is provided over the internet and/or other network connections to various viewing devices, computing devices, including desktop computers, laptop computers, and mobile devices, such as smart phones, tablet computers, and other mobile computing devices. 

Some Internet radio applications and services are similar to traditional radio services provided by broadcast radio stations, in that the music, advertisements, and/or...

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04:48
Apple hits back at Imagination’s ‘misleading’...

The war of words between Apple and Imagination Technologies seems to be escalating. A few days after Imagination’s annual report accused Apple of making ‘unsubstantiated allegations,’ the Cupertino company has hit back.

Apple says that the chip designer’s response has been ‘inaccurate and misleading,’ and presents a very different timeline of events …

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04:30
How to create an external Mac startup disk for macOS...

If you install the Mac operating system on an external hard drive, thumb drive, or other storage device, your Mac can start up from that device instead of your built-in startup disk. First, make sure that your storage device is properly formatted.

For best results, your external hard drive, thumb drive, SDHC or SDXC card, or other storage device should be formatted as Mac OS Extended, not FAT, ExFAT, or NTFS. And to function as a startup disk, it needs to be using a GUID partition map. Here's how to check:

  • Connect your external storage device to your Mac.
  • Choose Apple menu () > About This Mac, then click the System Report button. Select Storage from the sidebar, then select your storage device from the list of volumes. Make sure that the Partition Map Type shown for your storage device is GPT (GUID Partition Table). If your storage device isn't using a GUID partition map, you can create one with Disk Utility.
  • Select your external storage...
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04:10
Samsung forecasts record Q2 profits as Apple drives...

Samsung has forecast that its Q2 profits will easily set an all-time record for the company. While sales of its flagship S8 smartphone will play some role, the bulk of these profits are expected to come from chip and display panels – with Apple its largest single customer …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for July 7, 2017

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

Jeffrey Yim has introduced Rogue Hacker 1.0. In the $2.99 game, your choices will decide the fate of an underground network of hackers and spies. Manipulate the dominant factions of the network in a dynamic interconnected story that changes depending on your choices. But beware: your choices may have unforeseen consequences.

Ten Kettles has launched BeatMirror: Beat detector for Rhythm Training 1.0. The $2.99 tempo-detection and training app analyzes drum beats in real-time, displaying a drummer's tempo and other...

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03:11
Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ album now available on Apple Music as...

Tidal owner Jay-Z released his hotly-anticipated new album ‘4:44’ a week ago on his streaming music service. The album launch was a hit, going platinum in five days, but it wasn’t as big a win for Tidal as it first seemed as the exclusivity window only lasted a week.

The album is available now on Apple Music, iTunes, and Amazon Music Unlimited although Spotify is notably left out. Tidal continues to struggle in the streaming music market as it tries to compete with bigger players, and it now seems that Kanye West has walked away from his exclusivity deal …

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Thursday July 6

19:41
Samsung expects to break operating profit record in...




Samsung on Friday local Korea time announced financial expectations for the second quarter of 2017, saying sales likely drove a 72 percent increase in operating profit compared to the same time last year.

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18:02
Jawbone reportedly shuttering business amidst...




Jawbone, once a serious competitor in the wearables market, has begun the process of liquidating its assets, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

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17:26
Report: Jawbone shutting down & liquidating its...

Jawbone, the company behind once popular fitness trackers, is liquidating its assets and shutting down, according to reports from Business Insider and The Information. The death of Jawbone is the latest in the wearable market thanks in large part to increased competition from Apple.

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17:06
SoundCloud lays off 40 percent of staff as it...

As its struggles continue, SoundCloud is cutting some 40 percent of its staff according to a new report from Bloomberg. The move comes as the company looks to become profitable amid growing competition from Apple Music and Spotify.

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16:50
Watch: iOS 11 adds Live Photos editing tools, new...




Apple's iOS 11 will deliver a handful of new Live Photos editing tools and special effects when it launches this fall. Take an early look at the upcoming feature set in this AppleInsider video.

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16:45
Apple’s bug bounty program faltering due to low...

A new report from Motherboard today delves into some details regarding Apple’s bug bounty program, an intitative the company launched last year in hopes of encouraging security researching to submit “high-value” bugs in exchange for money. Today’s report, however, explains that the program isn’t taking off as fast as Apple had hoped…

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16:13
Apple's bug bounty program hindered by low...




Apple's invite-only bug bounty program is off to a slow start as security researchers in search of high payouts are saving discovered exploits for high-price sales on the gray market.

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15:46
Instagram acknowledges bug making some accounts...

A bizarre Instagram bug is causing some users to think their account has been deleted for no apparent reason, but that’s not actually the case. Over the past 24 hours, a growing number of Instagram users have reported that they have been logged out from their account and are unable to log back in…

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15:19
AWT News Update: July 6, 2017

A battle between corporations, a minor beta release, and a really expensive cruise are all in today's Apple news.

  • Qualcomm is seeking a ban on imports of the iPhone as a battle between it and Apple intensifies
  • The fifth developer beta of tvOS 10.2.2 slipped out of Cupertino today
  • Want to go on a 24-day cruise to Antarctica with Woz? You can, but you might choke at the fares...

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This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for July 6th, 2017.

A battle between Apple and Qualcomm has just turned nasty. Qualcomm officially...

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15:01
Qualcomm wants a ban on sales of iPhones and iPads

The legal battle between Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, and Apple continues on as Qualcomm announces plans to file patent infringement complaints.

The complaints will be filed with the International Trade Commission and Federal Court. Qualcomm wants the commission to investigate Apple’s “infringing imports” and ban imports of iPhones and other devices containing Qualcomm tech. The company also wants a cease and desist that would bar sales of infringing Apple products such as iPhones and iPads that were already imported.    

“The patents we are asserting represent six important technologies, out of a portfolio of thousands, and each is vital to iPhone functions.  Apple continues to use Qualcomm's technology while refusing to pay for it," says Qualcomm executive vice president and...

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14:53
Jawbone is reportedly dead (again)

A little more than a year after rumors suggested Jawbone would shut down, it appears the company actually is. The Information reports it has begun liquidation proceedings and notices have been sent to creditors, with many employees moving on to found...

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14:52
The Wirecutter's best deals: Save $1,200 on a...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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14:37
Qualcomm wants to ban iPhone imports with new Apple...

Qualcomm's latest move in its rapidly escalating legal battle against Apple is bold. It filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), saying that the import and sales of some models of iPhones is "unlawful" and is requesting tha...

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14:33
Muse makes bizarre music video with AI and found...

Artificial intelligence is all over the place these days, predicting our thoughts, protecting our crops, playing video games and even generating adorably weird pickup lines. British band Muse is getting in on the act now with a new AI-generated music...

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14:32
Over 20 financial institutions in the U.S., Europe...




Apple added another 22 banks and credit unions to its roster of Apple Pay-supporting institutions in the United States, with the new additions to the collection joined by a number of European institutions.

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14:15
Qualcomm officially files patent infringement suit...

As it continues its ongoing battle with Apple, Qualcomm today has officially filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the company, seeking an import ban on the iPhone. This move was first reported earlier this year, but Qualcomm today made it official.

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14:12
Ava DuVernay's Central Park Five series is...

Ava DuVernay, the director and co-writer of Selma and director of the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time, is teaming up with Netflix for a limited series about the Central Park Five case. DuVernay, who worked with Netflix on her Oscar-nominated documentary 1...

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13:55
Qualcomm asks ITC to block import and sale of Apple...




As its legal fight with Apple intensifies, Qualcomm on Thursday said it plans to file a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking an import and sales ban on iPhone and iPad models that allegedly infringe on six patents.

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13:51
Scientists want to use satellites to predict...

Small satellites have countless uses, including when it comes to monitoring the planet for natural disasters. Now, scientists think they've made a breakthrough on this front: They're using satellite data to map the Earth's movement. Their end goal is...

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13:30
Bixby, where are you?

There's plenty to love about the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung's latest mobile darlings. The near edge-to-edge displays and luscious design give them a fit and finish few other flagships can match. And the performance and battery-life are nothing to...

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13:22
‘The Third Thumb’ is for all the times two just aren...

How many times have you wished for a third hand while trying to carry too many things? Well, you can't have that yet because it's not a thing (at least not an available thing), but maybe you can get yourself another thumb, which is almost as good. Da...

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13:01
T-Mobile's unlimited data plan loses edge after...

The cost of T-Mobile's One Plus unlimited data plan just went up $5. The add-on to the company's basic unlimited plan is now $10 per month bringing the total monthly cost for a single line to $80.

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12:46
Apple releases fifth tvOS 10.2.2 developer beta to...




On Thursday, much later than Apple's normal 10:00 a.m. Pacific time rollout, Apple made available its fifth beta of tvOS 10.2.2.

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12:42
iFixit kit helps with that tricky Retina MacBook Pro...

Gadget repairability is an ongoing issue, one that iFixit has taken on by providing spare parts and manuals for those who want to fix their gear. The company is now offering battery replacement kits for MacBook Pros with Retina Display.

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12:21
Sony streams PS4 games on PlayStation Now for the...

Sony's game-streaming service, PlayStation Now, is getting a huge boost today thanks to the addition of 20 PS4 titles. The company announced that, for the first time, subscribers can use its offering to play games like God of War III Remastered, Kill...

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12:19
Softorino YouTube Converter 2 makes quick work of...

It's great to watch videos on services like YouTube and Vimeo, or listen to music online...but what if you want to either keep some of that content locally or download it to your favorite Mac or iOS device for travel? That's the idea behind Softorino YouTube Converter 2 (SYC 2 - US$19.95 for lifetime single license), a new version of the classic YouTube downloader that is even easier and faster to use.

Once installed, the app is drop-dead simple to use. You can either search YouTube or other video services with search terms like "Intelsat launch" (see screenshot below) or if you see something on a service that you want to download, just use Command-C to copy the highlighted URL and it is automatically copied into SYC 2. Next, select the type of media you wish to convert to (video, audio or ringtone), the video resolution or audio format, or -- for ringtones -- the length of the ringtone...

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12:19
Fifth tvOS 10.2.2 beta for Apple TV rolling out

Apple has released the fifth tvOS 10.2.2 beta for Apple TV. The new tvOS beta allows developers who are registered with Apple’s developer program to test their apps on the upcoming software update for Apple TV.

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12:03
Samsung's Smart TVs stream your Steam games...

You can now play PC games on your 4K Samsung Smart TV without having to buy a Steam Link device. Instead, just install the Steam Link app from the Samsung App Store and you're good to go.

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11:39
Baidu's latest autonomous car road test may...

China's largest search engine provider, Baidu, has gotten itself into some trouble. The company has been developing self-driving vehicles and during a conference this week, it aired a live video chat of its product in action. During the video chat, B...

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11:38
Microsoft cutting about 10 percent of its sales...




Confirming earlier rumors, Microsoft has declared that it is cutting about 10 percent of its sales workforce in a refocus on how it sellsAzure and other related cloud services.

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11:19
Red announces $1200 Hydrogen One smartphone with...




A new device from from high-end video camera producer Red has been announced, that if promises are kept, will be the first holographic display-equipped smartphone not requiring users to wear glasses or headsets for fill three-dimensional content viewing.

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11:18
You can now tip your Uber driver in select cities

Uber has been trying to win back the hearts and minds of its drivers and riders lately. With board members resigning, the CEO stepping down, and apology emails to drivers in NYC, the beleaguered ride-sharing company needs a couple of wins. Last month...

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11:07
‘Nintendo Switch Online’ iOS app w/ invites &...

Nintendo will launch a new “Nintendo Switch Online” companion app for its latest console that will arrive on July 21 alongside the release of its new Splatoon 2 game.

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11:02
Just in time for 'Game of Thrones,' Hulu...




Streaming video service Hulu is giving its cord-cutting users more options of what to watch thanks to an agreement with Home Box Office, one which allows Hulu viewers to add the premium channels HBO and Cinemax to their subscriptions for an extra monthly fee.

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11:00
Healbe's GoBe 2 calorie tracker teases the...

Shortly before Apple's most recent developer conference, rumors began to circulate about the next generation of its watch. Sources suggested that the device would demonstrate a form of noninvasive glucose monitoring -- a way to check blood sugar leve...

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10:52
Camera maker RED is building a phone with a '...

We've seen the venerable Kodak and Polaroid brands slapped onto smartphones before, but RED — makers of those pricey digital cinema cameras — is trying something a little different. The company just revealed its plans to release the Hydro...

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10:16
Spanish media claims iPhone 6 with Secure Enclave...




Media reports are claiming that an iPhone 6 that was dredged out of the water in Spain has been unlocked by Cellebrite, and if accurate would be the first publicized report of Apple's Secure Enclave having been penetrated by third party hacking tools.

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10:01
Fender Play is new iOS compatible digital learning...

Fender Musical Instruments Corp. (FMIC) has launched Fender Play, a video-based learning platform that’s iOS compatible. It’s designed to change the way beginning players learn how to play guitar through hundreds of easy-to-follow, instructor-guided video lessons utilizing a song-driven, personalized learning path that enables even brand-new players to master chords and riffs in minutes, says Ethan Kaplan, general manager, Fender Digital.

He says Fender Play allows users to:

  • Choose the instruments, songs and genre they want to learn.
  • Track progress, evolution and development in real-time through a dashboard.
  • Study with a proprietary custom video player that shows chord diagrams on the lesson screen.
  • Automatically bookmark at their convenience to learn at their own pace, while following a clear and unified curriculum.
  • Learn at their own pace on the go and at their convenience with the portability of program via laptop or mobile...
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09:50
C Spire TV is Apple TV compatible

C Spire has introduced C Spire TV, a new, in-home streaming TV service that eliminates the need for set-top boxes. It’s compatible with the Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV (Roku support is in the works).

C Spire TV delivers cable TV features in an app while reducing installation time, monthly costs and the need for replacement of outdated hardware, according to Ashley Phillips, general manager of C Spire Home Services, a unit of the Mississippi-based telecommunications and technology services firm. Because it's app-based, C Spire TV allows customers to watch their favorite content on virtually any screen in the home, he adds.

This app-based flexibility is designed to support different ways younger customers are consuming content, Phillips said, noting that new research by S&P Global Market Intelligence's Kagan unit estimates that 44 million consumers will have non-traditional TV services by 2021, roughly one third of all TV homes.  

In recognition...

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09:37
Twenty-one more institutions add Apple Pay support

Apple has added 21 new institutions to the banks and credit unions supporting Apple Pay in the U.S. You can view the full list on Apple’s website here.

Apple Pay is currently available in 15 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA. 

Mobile and wearable contactless payments could hit $95 billion by 2018, with Apple leading the way to help develop the sector, according to research from Juniper Research.

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09:37
You can now subscribe to HBO through Hulu for $14.99...

Hulu is gaining HBO as a new channel add-on for $14.99/month for subscribers starting today. The new HBO add-on is available for Hulu subscribers with any subscription plan and will unlock live and on-demand movies and TV shows.

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09:32
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Pro 512GB $249 off...

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