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Tuesday August 8

10:05
The best livestreams for watching the 2017 total...

A lot of folks will be at work and likely unable to go outside to watch the eclipse.

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10:02
Apple releases fourth iOS 11 public beta for iPhone...

Apple has released the fourth iOS 11 public beta for iPhone and iPad. This allows users who are not registered developers to test pre-release versions of iOS with new features for free.

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09:57
AAPL hits all time high as it passes $160 record

Apple stock has hit an all time high today as shares of AAPL reached above the previous $160 per share record it set earlier this month during after hours trading.

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09:35
Tile unveils new Pro Series Sport and Style iPhone-...




Tile has added a pair of new Bluetooth trackers to its product line, in the new Tile Sport and Tile Style.

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09:32
WÜD and RÖK: Completely unique iPhone cases feature...

It takes a lot to get this reviewer excited about an iPhone case. To get my attention, a case either has to have a function that is completely unique, or be so distinctive that it stands out in the crowd. The WÜD (US$39.95 - $69.95) and RÖK (US$39.95) cases from Virginia-based WÜD fit the latter criterion in that each case is indeed a one-of-a-kind specimen that will never be duplicated. 

WÜD (left) and RÖK iPhone cases. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

Design

Any recent iPhone can be outfitted with a WÜD or RÖK case; they're available for iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5. 

The WÜD and RÖK cases share a common piece; a very thin and well-designed polycarbonate and rubber shell that protects the sides of the iPhone and provides a base...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Air $200 off,...

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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09:10
Fired Google employee offered job at WikiLeaks

Julian Assange has offered a job to the employee that Google fired for writing the memo on gender differences.

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09:04
Foursquare’s Swarm 5.0 update brings personal...

Foursquare’s check-in focused app, Swarm, got a major visual and user experience update today. The changes bring a focus to a timeline view of check-ins, new categories, and an overall updated UI.

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09:00
Instagram testing new two-person live stream video...

Live video broadcasting has become a standard feature in apps like Facebook and YouTube since being popularized by Meerkat then Periscope, and now Instagram is looking to take the feature to the next step. Instagram is starting to test two-person live broadcasting for select users with a new split-screen layout.

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08:55
Photos show alleged cover glass, sensor notch for...




As Apple's "iPhone 8" enters the home stretch, new images published on Tuesday are said to depict the device's cover glass, apparently backing leaks about the device's edge-to-edge OLED display.

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08:53
GM’s Cruise launches beta autonomous ride-sharing...

GM’s autonomous driving division, Cruise Automation, announced the launch of the beta version of its autonomous ride-sharing app currently being used by employees in San Francisco, where they operate a fleet of autonomous Chevy Bolt EV test vehicles.
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08:49
Google fires author of memo on gender differences

James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” He said he’s “currently exploring all possible legal remedies.”

I think he’ll have a really difficult time finding another job in Silicon Valley.

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08:01
Head of Indian telecoms regulator says Apple...




Apple is being "anti-consumer" and engaging in "data colonization" by so far refusing to approve an official government "do not disturb" app for the iPhone, according to the chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

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07:36
How to automate your home with Apple's HomeKit...




Apple's HomeKit allows users to control compatible hardware with an iPhone -- but expanded control from outside the home requires either an Apple TV of some flavor, or an iPad. AppleInsider explains the use cases, and what you need to get started.

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07:29
A bot can use your Instagram feed to tell whether...

It seems there’s not much AI can’t do these days. Whether it’s drive a car, improve music discovery, retouch photos or narrate the world to blind people. And now machine learning can even look through your Instagram feed to decide whether you are clinically depressed …

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06:55
Bill Wyman ranks all 165 Pink Floyd songs, from...

Bill Wyman really knows his Pink Floyd. If you are a Floyd fan, lock in your favorite tracks, then dig in, see if your faves made the top 10. Some solid commentary here.

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06:53
Feature Request: Give us the option of switching off...

Quite a lot of tech features are designed to protect us from ourselves, and most of the time I’m fully in favor of this. I like it, for example, that my iOS devices ask me if I’m sure I want to delete a photo. I like it that my Macs ask me if I really want to empty the wastebasket. I love that Time Machine performs hourly backups and offers me an easy way to recover an earlier version of documents – and so on.

But there’s one aspect of iOS designed to protect me from myself that I find irritating, and I’d love a way to switch it off. My iOS devices don’t trust me to ensure there’s no-one watching when I type in passwords …

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06:52
What’s new in iOS 11 Beta 5

[VIDEO] Jeff Benjamin walks through the changes introduced with iOS 11 Beta 5 (see the video embedded in the main Loop post). For the most part, these changes are subtle, which is a good thing, shows stability.

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06:42
How to password protect a folder on a Mac, and add a...

Henry T. Casey:

Not all of your files are meant to be seen by everyone. Your friends and family may not appreciate this truth, but that’s just the way it is sometimes. Luckily, MacBook owners can protect their sensitive files from prying eyes by password protecting specific folders.

Every Mac owner should know how to do this. I only wish Apple would offer a more direct method of password protecting a folder, one that didn’t require the creation of a separately mountable volume. But this solution works and works well.

That said, if you are trying to protect text, as opposed to a set of files, consider placing that text into a note, then locking the individual note. This has the advantage of giving you access to that protected information on your Mac and all your iOS devices.

Here’s Apple’s support doc on adding a password to your notes.

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06:39
Indian telecom regulator accuses Apple of ‘data...

Trai, an Indian telecom regulator, is accusing Apple of engaging in "data colonization" in India and being "anti-consumer" by not allowing customers to pass on details about pesky calls and unwanted messages to authorities as well as their mobile operators, reports the Times of India

The matter has remained unresolved over the last one year and has now led to an attack on the American electronics giant by R S Sharma, chairman of Trai. 

"While Google's Android supports our Do-Not-Disturb (DND) app, Apple has just been discussing, discussing, and discussing. They have not done anything," RS Sharma, chairman of Trai, tells TOI. 

The DND app, launched in June 2016, has the capability to procure SMS details and call records of an individual from the phone's messages column and...

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06:37
Developer hacks tvOS Simulator to run clean 4K,...




Images published on Tuesday show Apple's tvOS Simulator hacked to run at 4K resolution, suggesting that Apple likely has little interface work to do to support a fifth-generation Apple TV believed to be coming this fall.

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06:31
FileMaker Inc. debuts the Custom App Academy

FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has launchedits Custom App Academy and FileMaker Developer Conference videos designed to help individuals learn to build custom apps using the FileMaker Platform. It includes video tutorials with step-by-step guidance tailored to the learner's level.

Along with the aforementioned video tutorials in the Custom App Academy, the first videos from the FileMaker Developer Conference with multiple tracks designed for different skill levels and needs are now available. The videos from those sessions—from beginner to advanced—become a secondary learning resource after the event, according to Ann Monroe, vice president of worldwide marketing and customer success, FileMaker, Inc..

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06:25
Apple stuck in TV test pattern

Shira Ovide, Bloomberg:

Since well before Steve Jobs died in 2011, Apple executives have been saying TV entertainment needed a wholesale reinvention and Apple was just the company to do it. Fast forward to 2017, and America’s entertainment is being reinvented. But Apple is barely involved.

And:

More than 1 million U.S. households have ditched cable TV so far in 2017, Morgan Stanley estimates. Tens of millions of people are binge-watching TV shows and movies on Netflix and Hulu without sitting through commercials. Some amateurs on YouTube are making videos that are more popular than many traditional TV series. People in and out of Hollywood are working on letting people screen new movies at home instead of trekking to the multiplex.

This evolution is big. It’s shaking up pop culture. It’s shifting how cars and diapers are marketed. It’s affecting government policy. And Apple is a fringe player in all of this.

And:

Eddy Cue, the Apple...

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06:16
What’s wrong with the Touch Bar

Josh Centers wanted to do a TidBITS piece on innovative uses of the MacBook Touch Bar. Things did not go as planned.

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06:08
The augmented reality car manual

[VIDEO] Augmented reality is slowly entering our reality. Genesis Motors (Hyundai’s luxury brand) has put their car manual into an AR app. The video (embedded in the main Loop post) is just a taste of what’s coming, a nibble of how useful AR can be.

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05:50
∞ Apple Services: Misunderstood and locked in

Catching up on my reading list, found these two interesting pieces on Apple Services:

Jean-Louis Gassée, in a Monday Note titled Misunderstanding Apple Services, on the wave of headlines touting Apple Services as a standalone company:

If Apple Services were a standalone company, its $27.8B in revenue would just squeak past Facebook’s $27.6 (although I’m not sure we’re comparing the same four quarters).

And:

Remove “Apple” from “Apple Services”…would this stand-alone “Services” company enjoy the same success were it to service Android phones or Windows PCs?

Apple Services is an important member of the supporting cast that pushes the volume and margins for the main act: Apple Personal Computers. These come in three sizes, small (iPhone), medium (iPad), and large (Mac). If rumors of the addition of a cellular modem true, we may even see the Watch, today...

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05:45
Apple has been granted a patent for ‘content pods...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,729,596) for “content pods for streaming media services.” Per the patent info, a “content pod” would be assembled to contain personal content relevant to an end user (that’s you).

In some embodiments, personal content can consist of traffic updates, voicemail messages, text messages, social media updates, and personal status updates. A content delivery system determines what personal content is available on your Apple devices by connecting to available information sources. 

The delivery system then assembles the content pod from these elements in addition to invitational content from content providers. A bumper message could be included in the content pod to provide a context for the elements that are being assembled in combination with each other. Once the content pod is generated, it’s sent to your various Apple gadgets to be played during content breaks while you’re streaming online content.

In the patent filing,...

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05:43
Tile Pro boosts Bluetooth tracker range to 200 feet...

The Tile Bluetooth tracker has long been a handy way to keep track of things like wallet and keys. We first tried the original version back in 2013, and a slimmer version last year. The company has now launched two new models, with greater range and new looks …

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05:41
Indian regulatory body calls Apple ‘anti-consumer’...

An Indian regulatory body has described Apple as ‘anti-consumer’ after the Cupertino company refused to approve a government Do-Not-Disturb app designed to block and report unwanted sales calls …

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05:31
Future iPhones may double as health data-gathering...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,723,997) for an electronic device (that would almost certainly be the iPhone) — that “computes health data.”

In the patent filing, Apple says that it would be beneficial for a user to have information about his or her health data, including fitness data and wellness data. For example, health data may indicate emergency conditions or to enable the user to maximize fitness or wellness activities. Traditionally, health data is provided to users by health care professionals. However, Apple says that it may be beneficial for users to have more access to health data — and the tech giant wants you to use its products for that purpose.

According to the patent, the electronic device — which I’ll simply refer to as the iPhone from now on in this report — includes a camera, an ambient light sensor, and a proximity sensor. The smartphone uses one or more of the camera and the proximity sensor to emit light into a body part of a user...

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05:00
Rumor: Purported x-ray of next-gen iPhone hints at...

This could be something interesting.

A series of new photos purported to be the next-gen iPhone have surfaced on social media web site Weibo. Within the photos, a large dark spot in the center of each image may support the rumor that the new model will feature some form of wireless charging.

The black splotch in the alleged iPhone 8 x-ray lines up with a previously leaked schematic from April with the same area for what is expected to be the inductive charging coil.

The rumors of a wireless system within the three upcoming iPhone models (4.7″, 5.5″ and 5.8″) have been espoused since February, when respected industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo cited hopes for the feature. Others have suggested the wireless charging accessory may not be ready at launch which means the product will be sold separately as well.

Such a rumor has also been echoed by the CEO of wireless charging tech company PowerMat and the CEO of Wistron.

Apple even joined the Wireless...

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05:00
Is the Path to Secure Elections Paved With Open...


Increased use of open source software could fortify U.S. election system security, according to former CIA head R. James Woolsey and Bash creator Brian J. Fox. The two made their case for open source elections software after security researchers demonstrated how easy it was to crack some election machines at the recent DefCon hacking conference in Las Vegas. "Despite its name, open-source software is less vulnerable to hacking than the secret, black box systems like those being used in polling places now," Woolsey and Fox wrote.

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04:30
KeyboardCleanTool makes it easier to clean that...

By Frank Petrie

Deadline’s looming. Breakfast at the desk. Lunch at the desk. Dinner at the desk. Coffee and a donut from the break room at the desk as you finish the proposal of whatever you’ve been working on all day long.

Now you can relax. Maybe.

You look down at your keyboard and it’s covered with crumbs and all manner of the day’s food remnants. Cleaning this up is going to take a bit of time. Or is it?

KeyboardCleanTool to the rescue. Instead of having to meticulously clean between each and every key, the free utility allows you to completely lock your keyboard so that you can easily wipe your keyboard clean. No unplugging or shutting down your Bluetooth connection.

When finished, simply press the button once again to reenable your keyboard.

To allow KeyboardCleanTool to accomplish this, you do have to grant the app...

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04:13
Apple patent describes using the front-facing camera...

An Apple patent granted today describes how the front-facing camera, light sensor and proximity sensor found in existing iPhones could be used for health measurements.

The electronic device uses one or more of the camera and the proximity sensor to emit light into a body part of a user touching a surface of the electronic device and one or more of the camera, the ambient light sensor, and the proximity sensor to receive at least part of the emitted light reflected by the body part of the user. The electronic device computes health data of the user based upon sensor data regarding the received light.

It also considers using additional...

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04:00
How to change your password in macOS Sierra

You can change the password that you use to log in to your Mac, or reset the password if you don't remember it.  The password of your user account in macOS Sierra is also known as your login password. It's the password that you use to log in to your Mac and make certain changes, such as installing software.

If you know your password and can use it to log in to your account, you can change your password in Users & Groups preferences:

  • Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Users & Groups.
  • Select your user name from the list of users.
  • Click the Change Password button, then follow the onscreen instructions. If you're using a password hint, remember to update the hint  for your new password.

If you don't remember your password, or it isn't working, you might be able to reset it using one of the methods described below. But first try these simpler solutions:

  • Make sure that you're typing the...
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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 8, 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

The Genesis Augmented Reality Manual (Genesis Virtual Guide) is now available for the 2017 Genesis G80 and Genesis G90 as a free download on the Apple App Store. It’s a modern take on the traditional owner's manual, allowing consumers to use their smartphone or tablet to get how-to information for repairs, maintenance and vehicle features. Using 2-D and 3-D tracking technology, the Virtual Guide is able to deliver in-depth levels of information related to specific parts of Genesis vehicles. The manual will be compatible with 2018 models later this year.

Hirshmania! has introduced ...

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03:24
Apple TV tvOS simulator hacked to render at 4K...

Prolific Apple developer and hacker Steve Troughton-Smith has messed around with the tvOS Simulator and coerced it into running at twice the standard HD resolution, 3840×2160, more commonly referred to as 4K. A new hardware box has been rumored for later this year, with 4K as a headline addition.

tvOS seems fit and ready to run at this currently-unsupported resolution with text, app icons and other system assets scaling cleanly to the higher-res. We have a couple full-res screenshots after the jump …

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00:00
'Podcasting Patent' Is Totally Dead,...

A federal appeals court affirmed the April 2015 inter partes review (IPR) ruling -- a process that allows anyone to challenge a patent's validity at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office -- that invalidated the so-called "podcasting patent." "That process was held by a company called Personal Audio, which had threatened numerous podcasts with lawsuits in recent years," reports Ars Technica. From the report: Back in 2013, Personal Audio began sending legal demand letters to numerous podcasters and companies, like Samsung, in an apparent attempt to cajole them into a licensing deal, lest they be slapped with a lawsuit. Some of those efforts were successful: in August 2014, Adam Carolla paid about $500,000. As Personal Audio began to gain more public attention, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, however, stepped in and said that it would challenge Personal Audio's US Patent No. 8,112,504, which describes a "system for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized...

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Monday August 7

22:16
Internet thirsty for 'iPhone 8' rumors...




Silly season is officially in full swing. On Monday, blogs lit up when Evan Blass, known for his accurate smartphone hardware leaks, joined the "iPhone 8" rumor fray by posting an image of a digitally rendered device enshrouded in what appears to be an Urban Armor Gear case. Rumor mongers are interpreting the "leak" to mean case makers are betting on designs that show off iPhone's entire screen...just like every smartphone case ever made.

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20:37
CBS is launching a streaming sports channel this year

CBS isn't going to lean primarily on All Access to fuel its streaming ambitions -- it's catering to the sports crowd, too. Company chief Les Moonves has teased plans for a "24/7" live streaming sports channel that will launch later in 2017. Most de...

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20:01
What’s new in iOS 11 beta 5? Hands-on with 20...

iOS 11 beta 5 has been released to developers, and as expected, it contains quite a few changes and tweaks. A new FaceTime dial out tone makes an appearance for the first time, along with an updated iPad multitasking splash screen, and a needed security enhancement for trusting connected computers. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough for a brief look at each change. more…

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19:48
Latest third-party case leak further corroborates...

While the overall design of the iPhone 8 is all-but-confirmed at this point, another image today claims to show the device in a third-party case. The image, shared by Twitter leaker Evan Blass, shows the device in what appears to be a UAG case…

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19:27
Google employee behind 'echo chamber'...

Over the weekend, a Google employee's internally-shared 10-page document attacking a supposed "echo chamber" around diversity and inclusion went viral. Now, Bloomberg reports -- based on an email from the employee himself -- that the author of the me...

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19:18
CBS All Access is making its way around the world

More people all over the globe will be able to watch Star Trek: Discovery and CBS' other original online and TV shows without resorting to piracy. The network is launching CBS All Access in other countries around the world, starting with Canada in th...

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19:10
AT&T strikes deal to bring CBS networks,...




AT&T on Monday announced a new deal with CBS that will bring streaming and on-demand content from a number of popular networks to DirecTV Now, including CBS News, CBS Sports Network, The CW, Pop and Showtime.

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18:20
The Oculus launcher now works with Steam games

Oculus' launcher software is, unsurprisingly, focused on running VR apps from the Oculus Store. But that's probably not how you get all your apps -- you may have Rift-ready games in Steam, for instance. That won't be a problem from now on. Oculus has...

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18:06
CBS reaches deal to bring The CW, Showtime, &...

When DirecTV announced its streaming TV platform DirecTV Now last year, one notable network holdout was CBS. Today, however, AT&T has announced that CBS and its various other properties will be available on DirecTV Now sometime in the near future…

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17:47
'iPhone 8' rumor roundup: X-ray shows...




An image supposedly leaked from Foxconn appears to show a wireless charging coil, stacked logic board and other components rumored for inclusion in Apple's "iPhone 8." Other recent leaks and news point to new color options, facial recognition features, potential OLED constraints and more.

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17:37
US court puts Personal Audio's 'podcasting...




The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed a Patent and Trademark Office finding to invalidate a notorious "podcasting patent" that "patent troll" Personal Audio used in lawsuits against big-name podcasters.

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17:22
The new Google Glass is on sale today (but don'...

Did you regret skipping Google Glass the first time around? You now have a second chance... if you have a specific need for it, that is. Glass for Work partner Streye is now selling the follow-up Glass Enterprise Edition starting at €1,550 (abou...

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16:26
What's on TV: 'The Carmichael Show'...

This week we're saying goodbye to several notable shows. BBC America's Orphan Black tops the list with its series finale Saturday night, but we'll also take a look at series enders for The Carmichael Show, Turn and Doubt. There are also season finale...

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16:25
Amazon owns a collection of secret brands

After decades of selling products—and knowing exactly what people are buying, and when they are buying it—Amazon has started cutting out the middle-man by selling self-produced items. Through its AmazonBasics house brand, it sells all sorts of small items, from iPhone chargers, to batteries, power strips—even foam rollers, backpacks and washcloths. It’s the sort of stuff that you might not be too brand loyal over—who really minds whether it’s a Duracell or a Panasonic battery? Amazon sees that a product is selling well, and may decide to work with manufacturers to make the product itself—it’s a tactic that is already worrying vendors, and can’t bode well for partnerships in the long run. But those are the obvious instances. Now, Amazon is selling products across a wide array of categories, using a host of brands that do not exist outside the confines of amazon.com and do not make it clear that they are Amazon-made products.

This is a common business practice and it’s smart...

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16:07
Foxconn to build new R&D center in Michigan...

After announcing a new factory headed to Wisconsin last month, Foxconn today has revealed plans for a research and development plant in Michigan. According to the South China Morning Post, Foxconn’s new plant will be “multibillion-dollar” in size and scope…

more…

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15:57
France and Germany seek to plug tax loopholes...




France is working with Germany on European Union reforms aimed at plugging loopholes U.S. technology companies like Apple use to minimize taxes, tactics that give foreign entities a leg up on local competition.

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15:38
LG's V30 flagship leaks in hands-on footage

Last month, LG teased a reveal for its V30 smartphone, a followup to its audiophile-friendly V20. While renders immediately appeared supposedly showing the upcoming phone's design, we might have just gotten a real leak. A user on Joseph Gordon-Levitt...

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15:37
AWT News Update: August 7, 2017

On today's Apple World Today News Update podcast - fashionably overpriced Apple Watch bands, new Intel chips that won't be used in the iMac Pro, better transit directions Down Under, and a really good deal for superannuated iPhone users:

  • Coach announces a new line of Apple Watch bands starting at $150 for the fall season
  • Intel announced a new series of desktop processors, but it's unlikely that the speedy chips are destined for the upcoming iMac Pro
  • In the Land Down Under, transit instructions in Apple Maps have now been added for Queensland and Western Australia
  • T-Mobile creates an unlimited plan for the over-55 crowd that has Steve ready to throw his walker at AT&T

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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15:02
'Spelunky' and 'Downwell'...

Good news if you and yours have long worn out Sportsfriends' appeal -- it's been a few years, so that's understandable -- and you're hankering for another collection of unique multiplayer games. Next year, the minds behind Spelunky, Downwell, Time Ba...

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14:59
'Carpool Karaoke' showrunners discuss...




In a new interview published on Monday, the minds behind "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" talk about the bit's breakout success, transforming the segment into a full-fledged TV series and why Apple Music was the right fit.

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14:41
Amazon snags rights to Lucille Ball movie starring...

Amazon isn't done seeking Hollywood glory just because it has a couple of Oscars under its belt. The internet giant's studio wing has snapped up Luci and Desi, a high-profile biographical flick covering the relationship between I Love Lucy co-creato...

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14:40
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7...

Notable software releases this week include ScreenFlow 7.0, OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.1.1, Fission 2.3.2, and Airfoil 5.6.2.

 

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14:40
ExtraBITS for 7 August 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, DirecTV Now has reached a deal with CBS Networks to stream its content, and AT&T’s and Verizon’s networks both slowed down after they started offering unlimited data.

 

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14:35
T-Mobile announces new discounted Unlimited plan for...

T-Mobile announced today a new promotion that gives users 55-years-old or older a discounted wireless plan. Starting August 9th, the carrier is offering those users two lines of T-Mobile ONE Unlimited for just $60 including taxes and fees with Autopay.

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14:21
France and Germany want Apple and Google to pay...

France and Germany are looking to make major tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon begin paying their fair share of taxes. The move comes as many European leaders have expressed frustration at how these companies focus their profits...

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14:16
Apple launches its Back to School promo in Europe

Apple has launched its Back to School promotion in Europe. The deal is the same there as it is in the U.S.

Qualifying students, parents of students, and educators who purchase an eligible Mac (certain models of MacBooks, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros and iMacs) with education pricing have a choice of a free pair of Beats Solo3, BeatsX, or Powerbeats3 headphones.

The promo also offers BeatsX wireless headphones if you buy a 10.5-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro (9.7-inch iPad and iPad mini models are excluded). What’s more, students can extra to upgrade to Beats Powerbeats3 or Solo3 wireless headphones.

The Back to School deals are valid in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

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14:09
Carpool Karaoke: A Celebration of the Joy of Music

Co-creator and co-executive producer Ben Winston and series executive producer and co-showrunner Eric Pankowski spoke with Billboard about the series that’s set to launch on Apple Music. They called it “A Celebration of the Joy of Music.” I get that.

I was a bit worried about the future of this show, but I’m looking forward to seeing these episodes. At least Apple finally stopped pimping Pharrel, so we won’t have to deal with him.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:54
France and Germany working to plug tax loopholes for...

France is working with Germany and other partners to plug loopholes that have allowed U.S. tech giants like Apple to minimize taxes and grab market share in Europe at the expense of the continent’s own companies, reports Bloomberg.

France will propose the “simpler rules” for a “real taxation” of tech firms at a meeting of European Union officials due mid-September in Tallinn, Estonia, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in an interview in his Paris office, adding that Europe-wide initiatives are proving too slow.

“Europe must learn to defend its economic interest much more firmly -- China does it, the U.S. does it,” Le Maire said. “You cannot take the benefit of doing business in France or in Europe without paying the taxes that other companies -- French or European companies -- are paying.”

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13:52
Apple's 2017 Back to School for Europe offers...




Apple on Monday launched its 2017 Back to School promotions for a number of European countries, offering free wireless Beats headphones with the purchase of a Mac or iPad Pro on top of existing educational discounts.

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Brain-controlled VR game hints at a hands-free future

We may be a long way off from a Holodeck-like virtual reality where your body is the controller, but Neurable might have the next closest thing. It recently unveiled a prototype peripheral that adds brain control to VR experiences. The device repla...

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13:30
What we're listening to: Nine Inch Nails,...

Welcome back to IRL, our series dedicated to the things that Engadget writers play, use, watch and listen to. This week, we're focusing on music and podcasts, from Tumblr-Wave to Trent Reznor. First up, Managing Editor Terrence O'Brien uncovers some...

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13:26
Coach refreshes Apple Watch band lineup with six new...




Coach has updated its Apple Watch band collection for the fall, with six new combinations of colors and designs.

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13:26
Apple expands Back to School promotion to Europe,...

A month after launching the promotion in the United States, Apple today has launched its Back to School promotion in Europe. The deal is the same there as it is in the U.S., offering free Beats headphones with select Mac and iPad Pro purchases….

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13:14
Xbox One is getting a completely new customizable...

Microsoft just updated its suite of products for online gamers a month ago, adding a few quality-of-life features to Xbox Live and its streaming service Mixer (previously Beam). But today, they've announced an even bigger overhaul, revamping the user...

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13:01
Uber co-founder says Kalanick will not return as CEO

After a series of missteps including a videotaped argument with one of his company's drivers and a scathing written account of Uber's sexist, toxic culture, the company's then-CEO, Travis Kalanick, took a leave of absence, then stepped down from the...

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12:42
MIT uses radio waves and AI to more accurately study...

Sleep tracking has moved to the bedroom, with apps, peripherals and wearables that use movement or your device's microphone to figure out when you're sleeping or awake. Those with sleep disorders, however, are still stuck with large, disruptive array...

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12:39
France and Germany to address tax loopholes used by...

France and Germany will follow the lead of other countries and look into tax loopholes used by Apple and other tech companies, according to a new report today from Bloomberg. Both countries plan on introducing proposals to address the tax issues next month:

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12:33
Apple Maps transit coverage grows in Australia, may...




Apple's Australian Maps transit coverage has expanded to large sections of the states of Queensland and Western Australia, and may be poised to come to Ireland in the near future.

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12:23
iPhone 8 x-ray shots show wireless charging coil in...

New photos claiming to show an x-ray view of the upcoming iPhone 8 have surfaced on social media site Weibo. Based on a large dark spot in the center of each image, the new photos further support the rumor that the new model will feature some form of wireless charging.

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12:21
Venmo adds QR codes to make finding friends easier

Venmo wants to make it easier for you to find your friends. Instead of searching for their exact quirky handle, the payment service just added QR codes to user profiles. Just click the "Scan Code" option in the app's menu, which lets you capture othe...

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12:10
Anker's ludicrously popular Soundcore bluetooth...

In case you missed it during the lead up to summer, Amazon is offering the Anker SoundCore bluetooth speaker on sale again—and this time it’s even cheaper. Right now, the SoundCore is available for $27 with the coupon code UVQH8VHF, or two dollars cheaper than when we last saw it on sale in May. That’s a great price for this speaker, as it matches the same all-time low that we first saw last fall.

The first-generation SoundCore features two 3-watt speakers and a built-in microphone for hands-free calling, and it supports Bluetooth 4.0 and an auxiliary line-in connection. It has reception range of 66 feet, and its 4,400mAh battery is supposed to provide a playtime of about 500 songs per charge. This portable speaker is also fairly light and compact, weighing 0.78 pounds and measuring 6.5 x 1.5 x 2.1 inches.

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12:00
YouTube hopes messaging will keep viewers glued to...

When I heard that Google was adding direct messaging to YouTube, the first thing I thought was "great, Google has another messaging app." After juggling Google Talk, Hangouts, Allo and Google Voice messages with mixed success, the idea of yet another...

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11:55
Review: Mantiz MZ-02 enclosure is a stylish...




A few of the external GPU solutions are aimed at the gamer crowd -- and look like it too. The Mantiz MZ-02 is one of a new generation of enclosures, aimed at boosting graphics performance with the addition of a PCI-E GPU to a Thunderbolt 3-equipped machine and eschewing any stereotypical gamer branding.

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11:47
Obama's science advisors are reportedly still...

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), a group meant to provide the president and White House officials with scientific and technological analyses and advice, has largely emptied out since Donald Trump took office. But as STAT News repor...

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11:41
Gender representation of comic book characters

Female characters appear in superhero comics less often than males — but when they are included, how are they depicted?

I thought there would be a lot of people that would like to read this.

[Via Khoi]

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11:30
Michelin’s 3D-printed tire is as stunning as it is...

Looking at Michelin's new concept tire (dubbed the "Vision") is like staring at a mesmerizing painting of future wheels. The blue webbed structure looks nothing like a typical black tire, but feels just as sturdy. It also boasts a unique set of advan...

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11:21
Intel details new batch of i9 processors, none...




Intel has expanded its Core series of processors with nine new X-series models, but none of them are likely to be in the iMac Pro, given what Apple has said about the system.

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11:17
The next version of Firefox will include support for...

Mozilla has been working on VR for a while now, with support for Oculus Rift in the Firefox nightly builds as far back as 2015. Currently announced at the end of July and set to start rolling out live on August 8th, the latest version of Firefox (55)...

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11:10
∞ Apple Music is getting much better

I use Apple Music every single day, so I see all of the good and bad parts of the service. I also get to see the significant improvements Apple has made over time, and while there is still work to be done, the service is getting much better. […]

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11:09
While You Wait: 4 Potentially Higher-Status...


At a rumored $1,400 sale price the coming iPhone 8 likely will test just how much people are willing to pay for a new phone -- particularly, how much parents are willing to fork over for their kids. While iPhones once conveyed status and sense of luxury, similar to a brand like Cadillac, pretty much everyone and their brother has iPhones today. The first few customers who get their hands on the latest model will be envied for about a week -- but the phones will be extremely common by the end of the first month. Interestingly, there are some phones that may have more status than the iPhone.

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11:02
CBS, Showtime and The CW are coming to DirecTV Now

This is a little convoluted, so bear with us: CBS will soon be available on DirecTV Now, the pay-TV provider's streaming service. CBS offers its own streaming service, CBS All Access, the exclusive home for Star Trek: Discovery. If you subscribe to D...

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10:55
Hotspot Shield accused of snooping on its users’ VPN...

A new filing against the company HotSpot Shield, that makes a VPN app exemplifies the user privacy difficulties with VPN services and apps. Even when downloaded from Apple’s own App Store, VPN providers can often present as much a benefit as they do risk.

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10:38
YouTube’s video sharing and messaging feature is now...

Earlier this year, YouTube launched a new private video sharing functionality for the service on mobile. After first launching in Canada and then expanding to the rest of North America, the Shared tab is now rolling out globally.

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10:38
Apple joins Instagram just to show off iPhone photos

Back in 2015, Apple wanted to show off the camera chops of its then-flagship iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones, so it decided to tell the world the old fashioned way. A new ad campaign plastered gorgeous photos of natural and human beauty up on posters...

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10:26
Developer betas of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra,...

Developers who are getting their products ready for iOS 11, macOS 10.13, tvOS 11 or watchOS 4 can now download and install the fifth beta of each operating system. 

macOS 10.13 High Sierra build 17A330h: Note that a drive with this beta installed on it will not mount and cannot be selected as a startup disk on systems running prior versions of macOS. It will appear when the boot selector is loaded by holding the Option key during startup.

iOS 11 build 15A5341f: One change here; the Messages in iCloud feature was removed from beta 5, with Apple stating that the capability will ship in a future update to iOS 11.

tvOS 11 build 15J5347f: No major changes

watchOS 4 build 15R5345g: Once again, no major changes from earlier beta versions.

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10:17
Researchers develop method for real-time speech...

Researchers at the University of East Anglia, Caltech, Carnegie Mellon University and Disney have created a way to animate speech in real-time. With their method, rather than having skilled animators manually match an animated character's mouth to re...

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10:17
Verizon offers Apple Music discounts with...




U.S. carrier Verizon is offering people in its new Up rewards program discounts on Apple Music -- with the tradeoff of handing over personal tracking data.

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10:15
External Link: DirecTV Now Gains CBS Networks

AT&T's live TV service DirecTV Now has reached an agreement to live stream content from CBS Networks, including local CBS stations and The CW in several markets, as well as (on premium tiers or for additional fees) CBS Sports Network, Pop, and Showtime. CBS is notoriously reluctant to join streaming services, generally preferring its own solutions, like CBS All Access.

 

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10:04
tvOS 11 developer beta 5 for Apple TV now available

Apple is rolling out the fifth tvOS 11 developer beta for testing on the fourth-gen Apple TV. tvOS 11 brings Home screen sync, automatic dark and light mode, full AirPods support, AirPlay 2 and more.

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10:02
Apple releases macOS High Sierra beta 5 to developers

Apple has released macOS High Sierra beta 5 for developer testing. macOS High Sierra includes the new Apple File System, HEVC video playback, Metal 2, Photos and Safari upgrades, and more.

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10:02
Fifth betas of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, tvOS...




Two weeks after its last update, Apple has updated all four of its developer betas, with fifth releases of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, tvOS 11, and WatchOS 4

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10:00
watchOS 4 beta 5 for Apple Watch now available

Apple has released the fifth watchOS 4 developer beta for testing on all Apple Watch models. watchOS 4 brings new watch faces including Siri and Toy Story options, enhanced Music and Workout experiences, Apple News, person to person payments and Apple Pay Cash, and more.

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