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Tuesday August 11

04:17
China’s devaluation of its currency plus strong...

China’s decision to devalue its currency – leading to its biggest one-day loss in 20 years – could add to the effect of a strong dollar to hit Apple’s earnings from the country, warn analysts. The value of the yuan dropped 1.9% against the dollar, and a change in the way its value is determined by the Chinese central bank means that further decreases in value are more likely.

Analysts warn that Apple either needs to absorb the difference – reducing its margins on Chinese sales – or increase prices in the country, weakening demand, reports the ...

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04:00
Freemium Field Test: Angry Birds 2 is a somewhat...

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). 

Angry Birds 2 is long overdue. Sure, we had Seasons and Rio pretty quickly after the original game, plus Space and...

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03:30
5 weird iOS keyboards for expressing your wacky self

Are you getting bored of using the same emoji over and over again on your iPhone, and looking for new ways to express yourself? (Come on, there’s only so many times you can use the hair-flip, hands-up, and twinning girls.) We’ve found five iOS keyboards that will have you laughing out loud, as you send your friends some of the weirdest messages ever conceived by an iPhone user. 

Whether you are a Trekkie or a Lil’ Wayne fan, we hope you get a kick out of these wacky third-party keyboards for iOS. They include:

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02:02
Apple continuing work on Liquidmetal casting...

While Apple has yet to release a major product made from Liquidmetal stock -- aside from a SIM ejector tool -- the company is still actively researching methods of producing large format amorphous alloy parts, suggesting the material could one day see use in a shipping device.

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Achieving Nerdvana: Learning Swift for iOS at Big...

With its origins at NeXT, Big Nerd Ranch is one of the more respected iOS app development companies in the world. At a recent coding retreat put on by BNR, I survived seven days of the most intensive programming instruction of my life, and lived to write about it.

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17:15
Larry Page explains Google and Alphabet

Nothing like hearing the vision directly from the top man at Google.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:20
Google’s new OS for the Internet of things

Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of Chrome and App, said the company developed Brillo, a stripped down version of Android that will run on battery-powered connected devices and Weave, a communications standard that will let developers build programs that allow these connected devices to communication.

Does this mean malware can now infest your home?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:32
Here's what you'll be able to do with...

If you are to believe one iPhone-related rumor this summer, you should probably put your money on the incorporation of Force Touch.

Several sources have reported that Apple is eager to bring the new functionality to its next iPhone, and new details have just surfaced as to how you’ll be able to use Force Touch on the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. According 9to5Mac, Force Touch on iOS has been designed to give users a new shortcut to navigate through the iPhone screen options, instead of just tapping and swiping. The report also claims that Force Touch for iOS devices is internally known as “Orb,” and that the feature could appear in the...

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15:30
AWT News Update: August 10, 2015

Stormy weather hit the Colorado office of AWT today, and while it was raining cats, dogs, and buffalo, some other hot news items were taking place:

  • Google now has a parent company, Alphabet. 
  • Amex corporate cards are now usable under Apple Pay
  • Did you buy MacKeeper at some point? You'll be eligible for a refund thanks to a settlement in a class action lawsuit.
  • Force Touch is apparently a feature on the upcoming (and rumored) iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. 

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 10, 2015. If you were watching me earlier on Periscope, you’ll know we had quite a...

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15:13
Google announces major restructuring with new parent...

Google has announced a major restructuring of the entire organization, starting with the creation of an all-new company called Alphabet, Inc., which will now serve as the parent company of Google and all of its previous projects.

The Google brand will be “slimmed down” and focus on web products like Search and Gmail, with SVP of Android/Chrome/Google Apps Sundar Pichai serving as CEO. Other endeavours like health research, will belong to other companies that will be broken out of Google.

Larry Page will serve as CEO of Alphabet, and...

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15:08
Google spawns new parent company, Alphabet, splits...

Google on Monday announced a major corporate restructuring, including the creation of a new parent company, Alphabet, under which Google will be just one of several subsidiaries.

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15:04
MacKeeper to pay out $2M in proposed class action...

The original developers of much maligned Mac security software MacKeeper have agreed to a $2 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over deceptive claims and false advertisement, with part of the sum set aside for customer refunds.

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14:30
My take on the Apple Watch after three months of use

I’ve now spent over three months with my Apple Watch. My thoughts, in a nutshell: I like it, but I certainly can't recommend it for everyone due to its price. And, of the many Apple devices I own, if I had to give up one, it would be the first to go.

That said, I do like having a wristwatch. Perhaps I’m simply indoctrinated after a lifetime of wearing one, but I enjoy being able to tell what time without pulling my iPhone out of my pocket.

Of course, buying an Apple Watch just to tell time would be like buying a 5K iMac with Retina display just to check your email. In other words, a waste of money.





Also, let me say that there’s no way I’d spent $500 or more for a wristwatch. I wear my...

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14:02
Google just announced a massive overhaul of its...

Business Insider:

Google just announced a brand new operating structure.

It is now a subsidiary of a company called Alphabet, which has Larry Page as CEO. The CEO of Google is Sundar Pichai.

“Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet.”

This is blockbuster news breaking as we speak.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:53
IBM to Buy Watson a Pair of Eyes


IBM last week announced a $1 billion deal to acquire Merge Health, a provider of enterprise imaging and clinical system, with the goal of giving the supercomputer "eyes." Merge, which has operated in the health sector for two and a half decades, maintains a medical imaging management platform for archiving, accessing and sharing medical imagery. The incorporation of Merge into Watson Health will give medical professionals the ability to leverage Watson for assistance with analyzing X-rays, MRIs, angiograms, electrocardiograms, and other medical images.

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13:41
Spotify moving towards Premium-only music content...

Although it should continue to provide a free, ad-supported tier, Spotify is reportedly planning to limit some of its music content to Premium subscribers in reaction to pressure from record labels.

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13:31
Apple Pay goes corporate with AmEx support

Need to expense lunch or travel on the company dime? If your business uses American Express for its corporate accounts, now you can pay with the tap of an iPhone. The credit card company just became the first corporate card issuer to support Apple Pay.

AmEx already supported consumer and small-business cards, but has now expanded that to corporate accounts. The integration is only available for certain U.S. corporate cards—green, gold, platinum, and Centurion are all on the list, plus a few others. See the full list here. If your corporate AmEx is branded by another financial institution, it might not be supported.

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

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13:30
AJA DataCalc: A great free app for video editors

AJA Video Systems is a company that makes a lot of high-end video production hardware, and when you're shooting and editing 4K/UltraHD video, it's really easy to start chewing up a lot of storage quickly. Back in the TUAW days, you may remember that we used the free OS X AJA System Test app to benchmark hard disk drives. Well, the company also produces another handy and free app called AJA DataCalc (iOS Universal and OS X) that makes determining your storage needs a cinch.

After loading the app, you just need to enter the length of the video (days, hours, minutes, seconds, or a SMPTE time code), the format of the video (NTSC up to 5K UltraHD formats), the codec being used for video compression (AVCHD or 16-bit RGBA, for example), and the audio format. 

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12:30
CARROT Weather is on your Macs, meatbags

Attention, meatbags. CARROT Weather is now available for the Mac. The robot with a vindictive personality has escaped the confines of iOS and infiltrated your computer, bringing with it accurate weather forecasts for multiple cities, secrets to unlock and a time machine. Here's our look at CARROT Weather for Mac.

CARROT Weather for Mac is very similar to the iOS apps, with the same animations, look and feel. It also delivers the same weather forecasts, with thorough information like lows and highs, precipitation, UV index, pressure, dew point and more.

The "time travel" feature is pretty cool, too. Pick any date within the last 70 years, and CARROT Weather will display the weather for that date in your chosen location. It will even predict the weather 10 years into the future. Let's see the TV weather man do that.

Unique to the Mac version is a customizable mini...

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12:14
Pad & Quill: Quality leather bags and Apple...

From Kari (Mrs PQ):

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11:58
Nokia planning mobile comeback

Now Nokia boss Rajeev Suri is planning a comeback. He must wait until late 2016 before he can consider re-entering the handset business – after a non-compete deal with Microsoft expires – but preparations are underway.

The company has already dipped its toe into the consumer market; it has launched an Android tablet, the N1, which went on sale in January in China and days ago unveiled a “virtual-reality camera” – heralding it as the “rebirth of Nokia”.

Like many of us, I was a longtime Nokia user, before the company dropped the ball and then kicked it away. I fear for their new business if the plan is to enter an already crowded market with another Android device.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:46
Switchers

Horace Dediu:

It’s much more likely that Apple converts existing smartphone users while Android converts first-time users.

Brilliant.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
A look at "a latte" iOS apps for National...

August is National Coffee Month. Well, okay, it's not been established as an official "national" holiday by the Congressional Record or a Presidential proclamation (heck, I can't even find out how it started). However, since I love my java, it sounds like a good reason to celebrate by listing some of our favorite coffee-related iPhone/iPad apps at the Apple App Store:

° The free Starbucks app (also available for the Apple Watch) lets you pay for your drink without cash or a credit card. You can even include a tip in your payment. Plus, you'll get a free drink at participating stores (alas, some restrictions apply) when you join My Starbucks Rewards and sign up for email rewards.





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10:41
xsan 4 - How to change the default volume type to...

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I just configured an 80TB Xsan 4 volume; however, Xsan 4 does not give you the option that Xsan 3 or older does, when choosing a volume type. I'd like to re-configure this volume as a fileserver, so that I can have more inodes.

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09:45
How to get rid of pop-up ads and adware on your Mac

Recently, my brother was greeted by an irritating pop-up ad on his Mac. I guided him through the steps to removing it, so I'll repeat them here.

Pop-up ads are adware advertisements that open over or under your browser window, in another tab, or as a graphic element within the current window. Sometimes they refuse to go away even when you try to close them.

If such ads appear, DO NOT give enter important information about your Apple ID, credit cards, etc. If an ad refuses to close, it's almost certainly a scam after your money. 

To get rid of adware, start by closing any pop-ups that are open. If a pop-up on your Mac includes a "Don't show more alerts from this webpage" checkbox, select the checkbox before closing the pop-up. If a pop-up won't close (as in my brother's case) close Safari on your Mac (as well as an iPhone or iPad, if it's open). 

Relaunch the web browser on your Mac as you hold down the Shift key. This prevents Safari from automatically...

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09:30
iPad mini 4 rumors: Slimmed down with a better camera

The iPad mini 3 wasn’t a huge upgrade from its predecessor, offering just one new reason to buy: Touch ID. (Oh, and it came in gold.)

But rumor has it the iPad mini 4 will take design cues from the iPad Air 2. Fans of the smaller-sized tablets could be persuaded to splurge on a slimmer mini with upgraded internals, but we’ll see if word on the street (er, the Internet) proves true. Here’s what you need to know about what the iPad mini 4 has in store.

What’s the latest?

Leaked computer-aided design images from often reliable source OnLeaks indicate that the iPad mini 4 will be a svelte 6.1mm, just like the iPad Air 2. The iPad mini 3 is 7.5mm. OnLeaks previously posted photos of the next-gen iPad mini’s casing,...

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08:43
Benedict Cumberbatch urges fans to put away their...

Petapixel:

After another stage performance in “Hamlet” this past weekend, actor Benedict Cumberbatch stopped outside the Barbican theater in London to make a request of his fans: he wants theater-goers to put away their cameras during his performances.

Speaking to the large crowd of fans gathered outside the theater, Cumberbatch politely says that seeing cameras pointed at him during the play is “mortifying” and that there’s “nothing less supportive or enjoyable” for the actors on stage.

It’s just as bad for the performer as it can be for the audience. Nothing ruins an event more than having a dozen cell phone screens brightly ruining your view of what is happening on stage.

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08:39
Can Apple Music steal radio’s last advantage?

Wired:

While streaming services provide endless ways to introduce listeners to unfamiliar music, the sheer number of them has fragmented the market. As we listen to music more each year, radio still holds the crown in one very important regard. “Radio continues to be the #1 source of discovery for new music,” says David Bakula, a Nielsen analyst.

According to Nielsen’s findings, this is true even for younger listeners, the prime audience for streaming services. “For younger millennials in particular, discovery is more and more driven by social media and other digital formats, but that’s still supplemental to radio,” says Bakula.

To me, Beats 1 is the most interesting aspect of the very uneven Apple Music. I tend to listen to music I already know and like but, listening to the Beats 1 DJs, I’m more likely to hear, listen to, and want to learn more about artists I’ve never heard of before.

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08:01
Intel announces Mac Pro-class Xeon laptop processors...

Intel recently announced plans to bring its professional-class Intel Xeon processors to notebook computers for the first time. The Xeon family of chips is notably only used by Apple in $2,999 and up Mac Pro desktop computers. According to Intel, the high-performance processor will make its way to portable computers starting with processors based on the next-gen Skylake architecture. Specifically, the Xeon E3-1500M v5 family will be the first to bring contemporary workstation power to portable computers, while Intel promises “the right balance of power and mobility” for the upcoming chips. But would Apple ever Xeon chips in...

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07:50
Leaked 3D CAD images, video, show thinner iPad mini 4

It’s a leak.

But it’s a pretty specific leak.

A series of 3D CAD images from @OnLeaks show that Apple’s upcoming iPad mini 4 tablet might be as thin as the current iPad Air 2, boasting a revised thickness of 6.1mm. A leaked video supports this claim as well.

The leak ties into what the oft-reliable Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said about how the iPad mini 4 would essentially be a smaller version of the iPad Air 2, stating that it would also get updated specs. It’s been suggested that these might include the same 8MP rear-facing camera and fully-laminated display with anti-glare coating as the Air 2.

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07:32
Opinion: Five reasons Apple’s rumored ambitions of...

The iPhone 6 was the iPhone many had long been waiting for, offering a larger screen size and NFC support for Apple Pay. Unsurprisingly, it opened to record sales, and has continued to break sales records ever since.

But Apple’s ‘tick tock’ strategy –a major new iPhone one year and an updated model based on the same form factor the following year – means that the company has to work much harder to sell its S models. With little visual difference (and the average mass-market customer oblivious to processor upgrades), Apple has to rely on a headline new feature to...

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07:28
Leaked video purportedly shows upcoming “iPhone 6s”...

It’s the leaks that make things interesting.

A video released by European Mac repair firm MacManiack purportedly shows the iPhone 6s display as compared to the current iPhone 6 display. The firm claimed it obtained the parts from a Chinese supplier and the dimensions are identical to the iPhone 6 version.

The locations of the FaceTime camera and proximity sensor also mirror the current model, but the ribbon connectors have been slightly altered. Additionally, the shielding on the back of the LCD is glued into place, another variation from the iPhone 6.

Apple has also apparently chosen to build the home button and Touch ID...

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07:26
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 10...

Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner 4.3 and Postbox 4.0.3.

 

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07:26
ExtraBITS for 10 August 2015

Verizon is dropping smartphone subsidies and contracts, a university IT department literally took 36 iMac boxes for a spin, the author of “The Martian” explains how his Comcast email was hacked, and Apple has dismissed rumors that it will become a cellular carrier.

 

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07:06
MacKeeper customers can file a claim to get their...

Macworld:

Customers of the oft-criticized security and performance program MacKeeper have until Nov. 30 to file a claim for reimbursement, the result of a proposed class-action suit settlement.

Those who bought MacKeeper before July 8 are eligible, according to the settlement website where claims can be filed.

The class action suit accused MacKeeper’s original developer, ZeoBIT, of deceptively advertising the program and making false claims about what it could fix.

Half a million US customers are eligible to get at least some money back. If you know anyone who bought this crapware, please let them know about this settlement.

∞...

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05:00
Why Jon Stewart Failed


The Daily Show with Jon Stewart dropped off the air last week. It is kind of amazing that it was how a massive number of us actually kept up on the news, given it wasn't a real news program. However, while the show was a commercial success, it appeared that wasn't its only goal. It seemed it also wanted to make us aware of some of the really stupid things people did, in the hope of making us all smarter. Well, last week it showcased that even those who should have gotten that message didn't.

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04:54
Claimed leaked 3D CAD images support reports that...

Claimed 3D CAD images of the iPad mini 4 supports earlier reports that the upcoming device will adopt a very similar form factor to the iPad Air 2, getting the thickness down from 7.5mm to 6.1mm. A video (below) of the CAD images was posted by @onleaks, a source with a good track-record … 

The generally-reliable Ming-Chi Kuo had...

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04:20
Coder wins a thousand Twitter contests using a bot

You've probably seen "retweet to win" contests on Twitter, and maybe even won a t-shirt, concert tickets or marshmallows. But computer engineer Hunter Scott completely automated the idea and created a bot that entered every Twitter contest it could...

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03:00
Jessie Hartland’s “Insanely Great” tells Steve Jobs...

Despite being cut short, Steve Jobs’ life was legendarily full and accomplished—and the recollections of it are expectedly lengthy and robust. Walter Isaacson’s eponymous biography, issued weeks after Jobs’ death, weighs in at 657 pages, while the more recent Becoming Steve Jobs is still hearty at 464 pages. Even 2013’s rough Jobs film starring Ashton Kutcher dragged on for more than two agonizing hours. 

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15:06
The Logic Pros: How-to connect MIDI controllers...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, it’s the beginning of hardware month. As previously mentioned, we will be looking at a number of interesting hardware add-ons, instruments, controllers and more for Mac and iOS setups, starting with the puc+:

The slew of great, inexpensive iPad/iPhone synths and other music making apps are only limited by the smaller display on those devices. Add a MIDI controller into the equation, however, and your iPad quickly becomes a synth module with endless sound creation possibilities all...

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14:42
OmniOutliner 4.3

Improves exporting data from both the standard and Pro editions. ($49.99 new, free update, 24 MB)

 

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13:50
2015 Perseid meteor shower

Time and Date:

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occur every year between July 17 and August 24. The shower tends to peak around August 9-13.

The best time to view the Perseids, or most other meteor showers is when the sky is the darkest. Most astronomers suggest that depending on the Moon’s phase, the best time to view meteor showers is right before dawn.

I’m headed out later to shoot the meteor shower and test some photo gear tonight.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:39
The 8th annual “Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk”

KelbyOne:

Each year, photographers around the world gather together on the same day to explore an area, photograph, share those photos with one another, and hopefully make some new friends! This year that happens on Saturday, October 3rd.

I’ve been a Walk Leader since the beginning and always have a great time hanging out with photographers of all skill levels. It’s a really cool idea to think that you and thousands of other photographers around the world are all shooting on the same day. If there is one in your area, go for the walk. If there isn’t, it’s not hard to organize a walk yourself.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:00
Broken Windows and 12 Hours of Missing Time


The fact that Microsoft has posted a Web page for users to "Get help with Windows 10 upgrade and installation errors" probably is just the latest sign that the release of its new -- and highly anticipated -- operating system has some problems that need to be resolved. It appears things haven't been going as smoothly as the company would have liked since Windows 10 became generally available. In addition to compatibility errors, which might be expected with a new OS, Microsoft has been addressing errors regarding damaged or missing files.

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08:59
External Link: Verizon Dropping Contracts, Subsidies...

On 13 August 2015, Verizon Wireless is going to radically change the way it sells phones and cellular service. Contracts, subsidies, and family plans are being eliminated for anyone not on an existing contract. Instead, customers will be liable for the full price of their phones, with an installment plan available to spread out the cost. It would cost $30 per month for unlimited talk and text, plus 1 GB of data, with an additional $20 fee for having a smartphone.

 

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Booq’s shoulder bag gives...

...plus backpacks, book-bound cases, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features fashionable folios from Belkin, CODi, DODOcase, Targus, and Toffee, a keyboard from Kensington, and something with character from ThinkGeek.

Belkin

The Dana Tanamachi Cover (all iPad mini models; $35) sports the artist’s unique floral design on a sturdy folio case.

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04:38
How to use the new back button in iOS 9

One of the most notable -- albeit least trumpeted -- user-facing enhancements in iOS 9 is the new back button, which lets you quickly return to where you were when following links between apps. Here's how it works.

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02:01
MIT's robot borrows quick reflexes from a human...

Based on what we've seen at DARPA's Robotics challenge finals, most humanoid machines are still stiff and hilariously clumsy. MIT's new robot named "Hermes," however, moves a bit more gracefully and has human-like reflexes -- because it's hooked up...

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Saturday August 8

16:55
Apple’s fitness guru opens up about the watch

Outside:

In Jay Blahnik’s first extended interview since Apple hired him to help launch the Watch, the company’s director of fitness for health technologies insists activity tracking is overemphasized, elite athletes have a sitting problem, and the real breakthrough apps for the device will probably be created outside of Cupertino.

You have to read between the lines sometimes but it’s pretty obvious Blahnik isn’t just a talking head and that he really wants the fitness aspect of the Apple Watch to be a big deal.

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16:52
Why is American beer so bland?

The Atlantic:

Today’s discerning beer drinkers might be convinced that America’s watery, bland lagers are a recent corporate invention. But the existence of American beers that are, as one industry executive once put it, “less challenging,” has a much longer history. In fact, Thomas Jefferson, himself an accomplished homebrewer, complained that some of his country’s beers were “meagre and often vapid” nearly 200 years ago.

Jefferson never lived to see the worst of it. Starting in about the mid-1800s, American beer has been defined by its dullness. Why? The answer lies in a combination of religious objections to alcohol, hordes of German immigrants, and a bunch of miners who just wanted to drink during their lunch break, says Ranjit Dighe, a professor of economics at the State University of New York at Oswego.

There are some amazing craft beers in America and elsewhere but the major brewery beer – Bud, Coors, Molson and the like – are quite simply not worth...

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16:50
Postbox 4.0.3

Adds URL autocompletion capabilities to the Quick Bar. ($15 new, free update, 25.5 MB)

 

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13:00
It's time for Apple to consider pixel quality...

The TV/computer screen buzz lately is about Ultra High Def/4K displays. However, when considering new monitors (and, hey Apple, where's our 5K Thunderbolt Display?) and upcoming iMacs, perhaps Apple should think about pixel quality as well as pixel quantity.

In a 2013 interview with Variety, Patrick Griffis, executive director, technology strategy for Dolby, said that "better pixels" as opposed to "more pixels" can deliver a "wow" factor that not even Ultra High Def (UHD) TVs can match. With a 1080p HD picture with pumped-up brightness and color, metallic surfaces gleam like mirrors. colors glow, and highlights and shadows alike keep their detail, he added. What’s more, unlike 4K TV, that improvement is visible even at a distance from the screen. The pumped-up brightness and color is due to High Dynamic Range imaging....

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11:56
The Apple Watch effect? Traditional watch sales drop...

The Apple Watch is either a hit or a failure, depending on who you ask, but one thing’s for certain: June was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month for the US traditional watch industry.

As reported by Bloomberg, data from market research firm NPD Group shows that traditional watch sales in the United States dropped by 14 percent in the month of June, as compared to June 2014. According to Bloomberg, that represents the biggest year-over-year drop in watch sales since 2008.

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11:51
Congressional Black Caucus Begs Apple For Its '...

theodp writes: In Silicon Valley this week, Rep. Barbara Lee called on Apple and other holdouts among the nation's tech companies to release federal data on the diversity of their work forces. She was with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus to turn up the heat on the tech industry to hire more African Americans. "If they believe in inclusion," said Lee, "they have to release the data so the public knows that they are being transparent and that they are committed to doing the right thing." Apple has refused to make public the EEO-1 data that it routinely supplies to the U.S. Dept. of Labor on the demographics of their workers. In the absence of the race and gender data, which Apple and others historically argued were 'trade secrets' and thus not subject to release Freedom of Information requests, tech companies were free to make unchecked claims about their Black employee ranks (Google's 2007 Congressional testimony) until recent disclosures revealed otherwise. The...

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11:00
Big Apple event rumored for Sept. 9; what can we...

John Paczkowski of BuzzFeed — quoting unnamed "sources familiar with Apple's plans" — says the company will unveil new iPhones the week of Sept. 7 — probably on Wednesday, Sept. 9. He also thinks Apple will unveil the next generation Apple TV, new iPads, and perhaps — though Paczkowski thinks it's a long shot — the long-rumored iPad Pro.





According to various and sundry reports/rumors/speculation, the next gen iPhone (probably dubbed the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but perhaps the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus) will sport: a 12 (or perhaps 10) megapixel, rear-facing camera; a 5-megapixel front-facing camera; a Force Touch sensor; and a stronger aluminum...

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09:24
Review: DJI Phantom 3 Professional iOS-connected...

The best has gotten even better with DJI's new Phantom 3 Professional, a drone that captures stunning, super-smooth 4K video from the skies. But it's the new controller with Lightning cable support, as well as a revamped iOS app, that truly bring this accessory to new heights.

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07:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Tools for developers,...

Tools for developers, designers, and more

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a selection of apps that help developers measure twice and market once, designers manager their assets, and everyone else add a little bit of reflection to their photos.

HeliumLift 1.0

Be more productive with Justin Mitchell and Jaden Geller’s HeliumLift, an app that places a translucent browser right on top of your desktop.

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06:28
Review: Just Mobile’s Lounge Dock adds Apple Watch...

Early in the life of the Apple Watch, offering a single, nicely-designed stand was enough for most developers; our guide to the best Apple Watch Stands compiles many such options. Just Mobile’s first entry was the aluminum, tube-shaped TimeStand, which I reviewed last month, and now the company’s back with a second and entirely different stand called the Lounge Dock ($40). Lounge Dock addresses TimeStand’s most conspicuous omission, adding support for watchOS 2.0’s upcoming Nightstand Mode, while adapting Just Mobile’s ...

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Bacteria-Zapping Toasters, a Clicker...


In truth, the Nico Gerard Skyview Pinnacle is more an accessory than a gadget, but it's so repugnant and ridiculous that it's impossible not to include it this week. Someway, somehow, watchmaker Nico Gerard found it prudent to create a watch that can accommodate an Apple Watch on its band, mounted where the clasp is located. It starts at $9,300. I have reservations about smartwatches in general, but the Pinnacle is colossally absurd. It looks ridiculous to have an expensive, standard-looking watch with an Apple Watch tacked on.

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04:15
The week in Apple news: Thunderstrike and DYLD, Sept...

Apple headlines for the week ending Aug. 7, 2015

The week started out with the media freaking out about a couple of scary-sounding OS X security exploits, but it turns out that there really wasn’t much to worry about. The iPhone rumor mill is fully operational, and you might want to plan a trip to Santa Fe to see an opera about Steve Jobs. These are just a few of the headlines that made the Apple news this week. You can see all the important headlines here in this slideshow. Want to get more details on a story? Click on the link.

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01:38
This week on AppleInsider: Stock market jeopardy,...

This week was tougher for Apple than some others, with serious trouble on the stock market, but the company did make headlines with rumors about a September press event, and the first-ever official Apple Music numbers.

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Friday August 7

20:47
Hackers are attacking US gas stations

After a gas station monitoring system was hacked earlier this year, Trend Micro researchers Kyle Wilhoit and Stephen Hilt decided to take a closer look. They set up fake internet-connected systems called "GasPots" -- honeypots that mimic the real o...

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19:43
Amazon Studios has two new pilots for you to judge

While Amazon has a track record to go by for its upcoming car show, it's still crowdsourcing impressions for its new dramas. Today the service posted pilot episodes for two new series that it might pick up for streaming, and you can check them out...

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19:02
Apple's Jay Blahnik outlines Apple Watch health...

In an interview published this week, Jay Blahnik, Apple's director of Fitness and Health Technologies, spoke at length about Apple Watch hardware and software, explaining how the device came into being, it's merits as a fitness monitor and where he thinks it's going with watchOS 2.

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18:17
Following Apple Music inquiry, European Union...

The European Union’s inquiry into whether Apple had colluded with music labels to suppress competition from streaming music services like Spotify has concluded that no evidence exists to support such claims.

The investigation involved the questioning of executives from several of Apple’s partner labels to determine whether App Store limitations might “lock out” competitors.

The inquiry did reveal that Spotify has seen pressure lately from label executives who dislike free streaming, but found...

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18:10
Macminicolo: Twelve month trial for just $10/mo

Thanks to Macminicolo for sponsoring The Loop this week. For ten years, Macminicolo has been hosting thousands of Mac minis in a high end data center. The minis are used for all sorts of services. The Mac mini “has become Apple’s most popular server system.”

Readers of The Loop can signup for a twelve month trial for just $10/mo. Come see what a Mac mini can do....

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17:59
Wave goodbye to manual car seat controls with...

It sounds a bit like an infomercial: Tired of using manual controls and levers to adjust your car seats? There's got to be a better way! And now of course there is, thanks to researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC. The re...

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17:23
EU clears Apple and labels of colluding against free...

A European Commission inquiry found no evidence that Apple colluded with major record labels to impede free-to-stream services as part of the company's Apple Music business strategy, a report said Friday.

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16:30
Thrilling choose-your-own-adventure game Lifeline...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

A U.S. space shuttle inexplicably crashes on a moon in a galaxy far, far away. One survivor—a science student named Taylor—has managed to get her communications device working, and she’s texting…well, you.

Apparently, Taylor’s really trusting of some random stranger with an iPhone on Earth.

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16:20
Apple touts iPhone picture taking capabilities in...

Adding to its "If it's not an iPhone" ad campaign, Apple on Friday released a new 30-second spot touting the handset's idiot-proof picture taking capabilities.

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15:54
Apple’s latest ‘if it’s not an iPhone ad’ highlights...

Apple has uploaded its latest advertisement as part of its new “if it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” marketing series. Today’s new TV ad focuses on the iPhone’s camera, photo taking capabilities, and video recording features. As it has done in past campaigns, Apple appears to be promoting pictures and videos taken by actual iPhone customers. Apple’s previous iPhone ads focused on customer satisfaction, hardware/software integration, and the App Store. Apple also recently published a new website to accompany the TV ads, which focuses on many of the same iPhone talking points.

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15:35
iOS 9 to add Wi-Fi Calling for AT&T users and Wi...

At its best, Wi-Fi can make voice calls without relying on a cell signal, but at its worst, Wi-Fi is frustrating enough to want to rip your hair out.

If the latest iOS 9 developer beta is any indication, Apple’s newest mobile software update will make the most out of your Wi-Fi connection at all times—even when the Wi-Fi signal sucks. 9to5Mac has uncovered that iOS 9 will introduce Wi-Fi Calling to AT&T users. iOS 9 will also include Wi-Fi Assist, a feature that automatically boosts your connection by relying on a cell signal when your Wi-Fi is weak.

Wi-Fi Calling allows you to make a call using a Wi-Fi connection instead of a cell signal. Even though the option to enable Wi-Fi Calling shows up in the Settings of iPhones running the beta, once you toggle it on you get an error message. “Oops! Wi-Fi Calling isn’t yet available in your area, but check back soon.”

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15:30
AWT News Update: August 7, 2015

Another slow news day in the Apple world, but that means it's OK for all of you to go out and get a beer, then listen to the AWT News Update podcast:

  • Apple is expected to release new iPhones and the new Apple TV on September 9
  • Verizon drops subsidies, and also releases some data plans to go along with that announcement
  • comScore says the iPhone grabbed 1.5 percent more marketshare in the US in the June quarter

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 7, 2015. It’s a slow news day, so this is going to be short…

Apple is expected to hold a media event on September 9th at...

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14:59
Teens Find Real Friends in the Online Jungle


Teens have been using digital media to create bonds that extend well beyond playing games or tweeting, according to a study Pew Research released Thursday. Along with likes and shares and tags and retweets have come beefing, berating, trolling and blocking. Although a lot of social activity appears superficial, that's not always the case. About 57 percent of the respondents to Pew's survey on teen interactions online indicated that they established a long-term friendship with someone they'd first encountered online, Pew reported.

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14:38
Apple continues to gain ground in US smartphone...

Apple not only remained dominant in the U.S. smartphone market during the June quarter, but was also the only top-five OEM to exhibit gains over the three-month period, according to new data from research firm comScore.

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14:02
Review: Speck’s CandyShell Fit Apple Watch case...

While I wasn’t immediately convinced of the need to ever hide a beautiful Apple Watch under an arguably unattractive protective case, seeing my wife’s experience accidentally damaging the sapphire display solidified my spot in Apple Watch Case Camp in some contexts.

Because Apple Watch materials — aluminum, stainless steel, gold, Ion-X glass, and sapphire glass — are strong but not entirely resistant to scuffs, scratches, shatters, and all the same ailments that strike our iPhones in normal use, it makes sense that accessory makers want to apply the same formula used to produce iPhone cases when making protective solutions for Apple Watch.

But Apple Watch has to look good, so does porting that same formula actually work? That’s the question I’ll tackle with my hands-on experience with Speck’s $29 CandyShell Fit...

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14:00
MacTech Pro: Just a few more chances to attend in...

Throughout 2015, we've been telling you about MacTech Pro, the conference series for professional Apple techs and consultants. A one-day jam-packed session in cities around the country, MacTech Pro has been a big success this year. Now there are only three more sessions planned, the first of which is next week in the Big Apple:

  • New York, NY - August 12, 2015
  • Dallas, TX - September 2, 2015
  • Denver, CO - September 30, 2015

MacTech's Neil Ticktin, who is the host of all of the events, noted that attendees can attend the Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional Course and Exam (updated for Office 2016) at no additional cost. If you're thinking about attending, but need that extra little incentive to push you over the edge to go to your regional event, you can even get a special Apple World...

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13:06
Apple expected to unveil 'iPhone 6s,' new...

Apple is reportedly eyeing a media event for Sept. 9, where the company is expected to show off its next-generation iPhone and Apple TV hardware, and may even unveil new iPads, according to a new report.

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13:01
Report: Apple’s next iPhone event happens on (or...

It's that time of year again: Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski reports that Apple's next iPhone event is going to happen on the week of September 7th, and that currently the 9th is the most likely date. Paczkowski previously reported for Re/code, where he established a track record for accurately predicting Apple event dates.

Apple usually launches new iOS versions on Wednesday the week after the announcement, which means we could get iOS 9 on or around September 16th. If the company holds to its strategy for previous iPhone launches, any new models would follow on that Friday, September 18th. Rumors say that Apple is also planning to announce a new Apple TV and SDK at the September event.

What little we know about the...

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13:00
Photomyne: Turning physical photo albums into...

Transferring old photo albums to a digital format can be a huge amount of work. First, there’s the hassle of taking photos out of an album, whether they’re glued in, using those little adhesive corners, or using the clear plastic sheets that are used in “modern” albums. Then the images need to be scanned, generally with a flatbed scanner of some sort. Next, each image is color-corrected if necessary, or touched up if there are scratches or stains. Photomyne (US$4.99, universal) is an iOS app designed to take the work out of converting a printed photo collection to a digital format.

Photomyne works on the concept of digital photo albums, so if you happen to have a physical album that needs to be converted to the 21st-century equivalent, you just create a new album and then start adding photos.

Now, adding photos to albums can be a real hassle. Generally, you’re feeding them one at a time through a...

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13:00
How to get the best prices on Apple's 12...

Apple's new 12" and 13" MacBooks are among the industry's hottest offerings, and this back-to-school season, AI has teamed up with Apple's top authorized resellers to offer the lowest prices anywhere on the wide assortment of available configurations, including options with and without AppleCare protection.

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12:55
Report: New iPhone and Apple TV to be announced at...

According to a new report from BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski, Apple will hold its annual fall iPhone event on September 9th. The report, citing “sources familiar with Apple’s plans,” claims that Apple is targeting the week of September 7th for the event, with Wednesday the 9th being the frontrunner right now.

At the event, Apple will unveil the iPhone 6s, which we unveiled exclusive details on earlier this summer. The iPhone 6s is expected to be largely similar to the iPhone 6, but with a pressure-sensitive Force Touch display and...

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12:49
Verizon to drop subsidized phone pricing in new...

Verizon Wireless on Friday announced a new set of core subscription plans, eliminating contract-based phone subsidies in favor of combinations based on device choices and the amount of data.

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11:45
FunBITS: Do Computers Dream of Psychedelic Bears?

Google’s DeepDream does truly bizarre things to images. Josh Centers explains its origins, and how to try it out on your Mac.

 

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11:35
Dark Sky 5 Offers Hyperlocal Weather Forecasts for...

To set itself apart from the many other weather apps for the iPhone, Dark Sky provides accurate precipitation forecasts for your exact location for the next hour. It couples that with customizable alerts for upcoming weather events and an excellent interface for the traditional 7-day forecast.

 

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10:35
Windows 10 Raises Some Hackles


"Tablet view is showing saved porn images," wrote Reddit user "FalloutBos." "Woke up to wife asking why I set it to rotate all my porn images right on the desktop view. I have no idea [how] to shut that feature off and that computer is staying shut down until I do." FalloutBos had downloaded Windows 10 onto his computer, and it seems the new OS reached down into his "My Pictures" folder and created a slideshow. That incident raised howls of laughter, but it points to one of the problems early users of Microsoft's new OS have reported.

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10:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Fantastical, Cloud Outliner...

Productivity matters

This week’s roundup of new and updated apps features advances in productivity apps like Fantastical 2 and Cloud Outliner 2. Read on to make yourself a more highly effective person.

Fantastical 2

Fantastical 2 has long been one of our favorite calendar apps, thanks to its versatility and—we still don’t get why more calendars don’t do this—combining of calendar and reminders into a single offering. It’s well worth its $5 price tag. The latest update includes a “drafts” feature: Swipe down on a new event so you can browse your schedule, then resume the draft at any time. Also new: Support for Japanese.

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10:10
Apple's Jimmy Iovine hints at curation playing...

While discussing Apple Music in a new interview published on Thursday, Apple executive Jimmy Iovine mentioned the prospect of applying curation to TV, potentially pointing to a direction for Apple's rumored streaming TV service.

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09:57
Verizon to kill subsidies, launch simpler data plans...


Verizon will launch brand new, simpler data plans and kill subsidies as expected from August 13. Today, the company introduced a set of plans which will require customers to pay for their smartphones in monthly installments, or buy them outright, instead of having the cost subsidized.

Similar to the Simple Choice plans launched by T-Mobile a couple of years back, the data plans come in four tiers: small, medium, large and extra large. Those plans will get...

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09:31
Jon Stewart’s final episode

Comedy Central:

On Jon’s last episode of The Daily Show, he revisits The Best F#@king News Team Ever, gets a send-off from his top political targets and says goodbye after 16 years as host.

In case you missed it.

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09:30
What to play this weekend: Spyfall

At 2014's Internationale Spieltage (or “Spiel”) gaming convention in Essen, Germany, Spyfall by designer Alexandr Ushan made a splash as a great party game. It was difficult to obtain here in the US until June of this year, when it was picked up by distributor Cryptozoic Entertainment. Now you can grab a box and have a fun...or just go online.

Today there's a browser-based version that is mobile-friendly, platform-agnostic, free and every bit as fun and hilarious as its paper sibling. It's a game of bluffing, deduction, light role-playing and a lot of laughter. Spyfall is indeed a great party game that takes minutes to learn and often leads to hilarity. Here's our look at Spyfall. 

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Take an additional $100 off all MacBooks and iMacs at Best Buy Online with their College Students Deals Savings, valid through September 4, 2015. Anyone with a valid .EDU email address can take... Read more
2.8GHz Mac mini available for $988, includes...
Adorama has the 2.8GHz Mac mini available for $988, $11 off MSRP, including a free copy of Apple’s 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges sales tax in NY & NJ... Read more
Will You Buy An iPad Pro? – The ‘Book Mystiqu...
It looks like we may not have to wait much longer to see what finally materializes as a new, larger-panel iPad (Pro/Plus?) Usually reliable Apple product prognosticator KGI Securities analyst Ming-... Read more
eFileCabinet Announces SMB Document Managemen...
Electronic document management (EDM) eFileCabinet, Inc., a hosted solutions provider for small to medium businesses, has announced that its SecureDrawer and eFileCabinet Online services will be... Read more
WaterField Designs Unveils American-Made, All...
San Francisco’s WaterField Designs today unveiled their all-leather Cozmo 2.0 — an elegant attach laptop bag with carefully-designed features to suit any business environment. The Cozmo 2.0 is... Read more
Apple’s 2015 Back to School promotion: Free B...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad at The Apple Store for Education and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free,... Read more
128GB MacBook Airs on sale for $100 off MSRP,...
B&H Photo has 11″ & 13″ MacBook Airs with 128GB SSDs on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 11″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air: $799.99, $100 off MSRP... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (refurbished) avai...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $829, or $270 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.... Read more
27-inch 3.2GHz iMac on sale for $1679, save $...
B&H Photo has the 27″ 3.2GHz iMac on sale for $1679.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $120 off MSRP. Read more

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