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Monday August 15

12:18
Castro 2 podcast app

Castro 2 is the first app that is designed to help you expand your listening habits and track a broad range of shows without getting overwhelmed.

I use Castro and love the app.

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12:01
Apple and the iPhone button

Hayley Tsukayama brought up some fair points in her Washington Post article. I have two things to say about it: First, I don’t buy this “planned obsolescence” bullshit that’s talked about now and then. Apple makes incredibly long lasting products, so that notion is just ludicrous. Second, I see great things for a software button, if they decide to do it—3D Touch from the home button and who knows what else they can come up with.

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12:00
We don't understand AI because we don't...

Artificial intelligence prophets including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Raymond Kurzweil predict that by the year 2030 machines will develop consciousness through the application of human intelligence. This will lead to a variety of benign, neutral...

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11:51
A different Apple

Carolina Milanesi wrote an interesting piece at Techpionions:

But different is not necessarily bad. Tim Cook has a different personality than Steve Jobs and, as we learned from this week’s interviews, a different management style. We certainly see a more open, humble, inclusive, socially engaged leader that, in my view, has softened, not weakened Apple’s image as a company. As I mentioned, we cannot just look at management and think the Apple we see today has not been impacted by the markets it plays in. Let’s think about some of the things that are different today.

Tim Cook is a great leader and provides a human side to Apple that we have never seen before. I can’t imagine the challenges the management team goes through in preparing new products or working on the new products that we don’t even know about yet. In order to lose confidence in Apple, you would have to think they are no longer trying to innovate its current or future products—I don’t believe that.

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11:45
Eye-Fi Gives X2 Card Owners a Reprieve

Eye-Fi has issued X2 Utility, a Mac app that enables users of the company’s X2 and older wireless-enabled storage cards to continue using them even after cloud support for those products ends next month.

 

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11:45
11 awesome back-to-school gadgets for students

New school year, new school gear

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With classes back in session (or about to begin), hopefully you already have everything from your back-to-school list. Laptop? Check. The perfect bag for said laptop? Check. Schedule and text books? Check and check. Though your laptop and books are, of course, your school lifeline, there are some other gadgets you can add to your list to make your life easier. From practical picks (mice, keyboards, hard drives) to streaming sticks (hey, it’s all about that work/life balance!), our gear guide is full of recommendations designed to aid you in all the demands of student life.

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11:42
'Destiny: Rise of Iron' PS4 exclusives...

Sony has landed more than a few Destiny exclusives in hopes of selling more PlayStation 4 consoles, and it's stopping as Bungie's shooter/MMO hybrid celebrates its second birthday. When Rise of Iron arrives on September 20th, it'll have a handful of...

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11:24
Play 'Minecraft' on the Oculus Rift today

Minecraft has landed on the Oculus Rift as part of a free update to the Windows 10 Edition beta. Anyone who owns the PC or Mac version of Minecraft is automatically granted access to the Windows 10 beta version; hit up Mojang to sign up and start pla...

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11:20
Apple releases new betas for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

If you’re using any of the Apple beta operating systems, always be ready to update your devices, because beta updates are coming at a more frequent rate. On Monday, Apple released new betas of iOS 10. For developers, the new version is iOS 10 dev beta 6; for users who are enrolled in the Apple Software Beta Program, it’s iOS 10 beta 5. Apple also released dev beta 6 and Public Beta 5 of macOS Sierra.

Apple also unveiled new developer betas of watchOS 3 and tvOS 10.

Beta users can get the updates by running Software Update; developers can go to Apple’s Developer Center. If you’re interested in trying the iOS 10 or macOS Sierra beta, here’s what you need to know.

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11:03
Tinder says GIFs and emoji lead to better connections

Who knew that the secret to successful online dating lay in GIFs? The next time you find yourself spending an hour coming up with the perfect greeting and introduction on Tinder, stop and find a GIF instead. According to Tinder's research, GIF messag...

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11:00
Apple World Today 60-second Video Tip: Typing...

The US keyboard on the iPhone and iPad has a surprising number of extra characters that you can type...if you know how to find them. In today's Apple World Today 60-second Video Tip, we'll show you how to type international currency symbols like the pound, euro, and more.

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10:48
∞ Norway belly flop competition

Holy shit, that must hurt.

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10:48
Bart Nabbe departs Apple’s ‘Special Projects’...

Bart Nabbe, a vehicle navigations specialist, has left Apple's "Special Projects" division, and is now working at electric car company Faraday Future as the director of strategy partnerships, reports AppleInsider.

Nabbe is a member of the adjunct faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. He graduated from the university in 2007 with a Ph.D inRobotics..

Last November there was a rumor that Faraday Future, which began operations in an old Nissan research facility in 2014, was a dummy company launched by Apple to hide its car plans. The company has about 500 employees. Faraday has hired the former vehicle and and chassis engineer for the Tesla Model S, the head designer of the BMW i8, a former Ferrari interior designer, and a SpaceX batter specialist. 

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10:43
Report reveals identity of NSA and PRISM...

It's been over three years since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden released a trove of documents detailing the extent to which the American government was able to spy on its citizens. A big part of those revelations was PRISM, a system that allowe...

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10:29
The Big Tech Election Stories No One Else Is Covering


Most analysts earn their daily bread by focusing on a particular subject area and following that direction. However, I rebelled against that established pattern -- and as a result, I tend to look between the lines more than many of my peers do. That means when major news media outlets focus on a story, I'm more likely to see what they missed. In the case of both the Clinton email scandal and the DNC email leak -- not to mention the various whistle-blower events -- what interests me isn't what's been covered but what hasn't been covered.

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10:22
Audiophiles in Japan are installing their own...

Audiophiles are known for doing some pretty extreme things in their quest for 'purer' sound, such as buying headphones that cost as much as a good car or getting ridiculously overdone cables with little to no practical benefit. However, the Wall Stre...

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10:18
Apple issues sixth betas of iOS 10, watchOS 3 macOS...

Apple on Monday released a sixth developer beta of iOS 10, plus a fifth public beta, both coming less than week after the last update as the company prepares for an official launch likely to happen next month. Also released were equivalent betas of watchOS 3, tvOS 10 and macOS Sierra.

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10:10
Smart phone shipments to grow 5% in 2016 despite...

The latest market forecast from the Canalys (www.canalys.com) research group shows worldwide smart phone shipments will reach just over 1.4 billion units in 2016 – a 5% year-on-year increase.

Shipments in Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China) are expected to grow by 13%. The smart phone markets in India and the Philippines are performing well in 2016, with annual growth expected to reach 21% and 26% respectively, predicts Canalys. Despite the introduction of an “iPhone 7,” the research group expects Apple’s worldwide shipments will decline in 2016, as it continues to struggle in China.

“The launch of the iPhone 6 saw Apple’s shipments in Greater China skyrocket, but the company has struggled to maintain this momentum,” says Canalys Research Analyst Jessie Ding. “The iPhone 6s had a lackluster reception in comparison and the iPhone SE is unlikely to make a big difference to Apple’s fortunes in the region this year. Local players...

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10:10
Apple computer navigation engineer departs for...

Computer vision and vehicle navigation specialist Bart Nabbe has left Apple's "Special Projects" division, and is now working at electric car company Faraday Future.

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10:09
Apple seeds tvOS 10 beta 6 for Apple TV to developers

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

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10:03
∞ watchOS 3 beta 6, macOS Sierra beta 5, tvOS beta...

In addition to iOS 10 beta 6 being released today, Apple also updated its other operating systems watchOS, macOS Sierra, and tvOS. You can download all of them through the developer web site or via the automated software update mechanism if you have a previous beta installed.

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10:00
How a robot wrote for Engadget

John McCarthy, the late computer scientist who first coined the term Artificial Intelligence, famously said "as soon as it works, no one calls it AI any more." What was once cutting-edge AI is now considered standard behavior for computers. As I writ...

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09:58
∞ Apple releases iOS 10 beta 6

Apple on Monday released a new beta for developers, bringing the latest version to iOS beta 6. If you have the beta installed, you can download the update by going to Settings > General > Software Update. You can also get the update from Apple’s Developer Web site.

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09:55
Apple releases watchOS 3 beta 6 for Apple Watch to...

Apple has just begun rolling out watchOS 3 beta 6 to developers today. Those looking to grab the new release can head over to the Watch app on their iPhones, select General and then Software Update. watchOS 3 beta 6 is available to download as a Configuration Profile from the Apple developer center for newer users looking to test out the upcoming system. Release notes fixes are now at the bottom of the post.

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09:46
Apple issues iOS 10 beta 6 for developers + public...

Apple has released iOS 10 beta 6 for developers to test on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10 brings a refreshed look to Apple Music and News plus loads of new features to the platform. The software update will be ready for everyone likely sometime next month, and we’ll dig through the sixth developer version of the iOS 10 beta below.

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09:43
External Link: It’s Lonely at the Top of Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with Jena McGregor of the Washington Post to commemorate his fifth anniversary as Apple’s head honcho. The usually private Cook opened up in this wide-ranging interview, discussing his mistakes, who he asks for advice, and what he think Steve Jobs would be up to today. Cook mentioned that the job could be lonely, but he was quick to add, “I’m not looking for any sympathy. CEOs don’t need any sympathy.”

 

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09:41
Apple educational investment in Oakland linked to...

Apple's recent educational investments into Oakland, Calif. were prompted by a talk between CEO Tim Cook and civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, according to a report.

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09:39
Twitter may launch Apple TV app to show Thursday...

To bolster the effort, Twitter is in talks with Apple to bring the Twitter app to Apple TV, which would potentially let millions of Apple TV users watch the streaming N.F.L. games, according to the two people briefed on the discussions.

It seems to me that Twitter is betting a lot on this streaming deal with the NFL. There was quite a bit of competition for this deal, but Twitter won. Now we’ll see if it pays off for them.

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09:32
Giveaway: Win a bundle of smartphone accessories...

Cygnett and Whoosh are partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers a chance to win one of five back-to-school accessory bundles featuring a portable charger, wide angle lens, selfie stick, Apple Watch stand, iPhone case, screen cleaner and more.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iTunes $100 Gift Card $85, 11...

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09:30
The best tech for honor students

Look, not everyone is cut out for late nights of drinking and playing DJ for groups of frat kids. Some would prefer to campout in the library until the wee hours of the morning studying and pouring over notes and lectures. Of course, the days of pen,...

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09:28
Tesla removes ‘autopilot’ from China website after...

Tesla removed the word “autopilot” and a Chinese term for “self-driving” from its China website after a driver in Beijing who crashed in “autopilot” mode complained that the car maker overplayed the function’s capability and misled buyers.

It seems clear that there has to be a new term used for “autopilot.” People still need to understand they are responsible for their vehicles.

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09:17
Igloo is a modern intranet. Get it for free [Sponsor]

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

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09:10
Tim Cook's first 5 years: Apple's CEO on...

We hear from Apple CEO Tim Cook during the company’s quarterly earnings calls, but lately the leader of Apple has been opening up in ways that non-analysts can understand. First he sat down with Fast Company, and on Monday an in-depth Washington Post interview on Cook’s 5-year anniversary as CEO offered more insight into the company’s past failures and future surprises.

A lot has changed in the last five years, Cook told the Post. Steve Jobs passed away just six weeks after Cook took the reins, which came as a shock, he said. Apple expanded its product lineup after Jobs’s death, and some of those devices were conceived of and developed entirely without Jobs’s input. Apple...

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09:05
Apple is gifting flag-themed Watch bands to Olympic...

Apple isn’t an official Olympics sponsor, but it’s managed to still take advantage of the event for its own marketing purposes with limited-edition Apple Watch bands themed with country flag designs. Not only is it selling those watch bands for 14 different country flags to coincide with the Olympics this month, it’s also reportedly giving them away for free to athletes at its Apple Store in Rio (via iphone-ticker.de).

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09:00
Audi cars will start talking to city traffic systems...

If you've ever been stuck at a red light that seems to last an eternity, you'll be happy to know that Audi announced that it's going to start work with municipalities to tell its cars when a light is about to turn green. The automaker says this is th...

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08:37
Honda’s latest CarPlay vehicle is the 2017 Civic...

First announced at the New York Auto Show back in March, Honda today confirmed availability details for the 2017 Civic Hatchback, its latest vehicle with support for Apple’s iPhone-connected CarPlay system.

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08:30
Grover is like Rent the Runway, but for gadget lovers

Add one more monthly expense to my budget. Just kidding, I don't have a budget. (I'm not very fiscally responsible.) But whether you're financially cavalier or a careful spender, Grover's recent arrival in the US is good news. The company lets you re...

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08:00
Postage stamp-sized device can disinfect water in...

In many parts of the world, people have to boil water or leave it for long periods under the sun to make sure it's clean enough to drink. Problem is, the former consumes fuel they can use for cooking or heating, while the latter takes too much time....

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07:47
Rumor: New Space Black iPhone 7 shots emerge

Some new photos of a Spack Black iPhone 7 have surfaced and they’re starting to look good, even at lower quality.

Since June, the idea of a Space Black color has been floated and considered to be a fairly credible rumor. Other color possibilities, such as a dark blue next-gen iPhone, seem to have gone by the wayside and become that much less likely. Still, this one is holding on and gaining credence at this point in time.

The next-gen iPhone is expected around its usual release time this September.

As always, let us know what you think in the comments and we’ll have up to the minute news on the next-gen iPhone as soon as it become available.

Via 9to5Mac and...

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07:44
Instagram's new tools help you reach out to...

Plenty of businesses operate on Instagram, but wouldn't it be nice if you could reach out to them on Instagram beyond posting a comment and hoping they'll notice? You'll get to do that soon. Instagram has reportedly started rolling out promised bus...

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07:42
Their goal: Meet the Beatles on tour in 1966. Their...
07:35
Walt Mossberg on replacing the laptop with an iPad...

At its core, this article is a review of Logitech’s new Create iPad Pro keyboard and case:

This new snap-on keyboard is (in my view) not only better than Apple’s, but it completes the smaller iPad Pro as a great productivity device. In fact, I’m writing this entire column using it. It’s from Logitech and it’s called the Create 9.7. It costs $130, which is $19 less than Apple’s Smart Keyboard for the 9.7-inch iPad.

I do see this as a solid solution to a problem: Finally, a case built with the Apple Pencil in mind. I find it incomprehensible that Apple did not solve this problem themselves.

As to replacing my laptop: As I’ve said many times before, the iPad won’t truly be a replacement for my laptop until I can develop iPad apps on one.

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07:30
Daily Deal: Refurbished Mophie Juice Pack Air for...

When it comes to iPhone battery cases, Mophie is the gold standard. The company was one of the earliest manufacturers of battery cases and continues to make what I personally believe to be the best iPhone battery cases available. We've got a heck of a deal for our readers today: A factory-refurbished Mophie Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 6 or 6s for just $49.95.

These cases normally sell for $99.95 brand new. These cases have been returned to Mophie, checked out, and then placed into generic packaging rather than the regular Mophie packaging. They have the usual 90-day warranty, but you pay half the price of a "new" Juice Pack Air. With the Juice Pack Air, you can:

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07:21
Twitter's first promoted stickers come from...

You knew it was just a matter of time before Twitter's stickers became advertising vehicles. The social network has just introduced promoted stickers, which help brands get their message out through the same searchable 'visual hashtags' that you mig...

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07:20
Questionable photos of space black 'iPhone 7...

New photos of an alleged "iPhone 7 Plus" emerged over the weekend, but may be of a mockup instead, given past images from the same source.

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07:02
∞ Fantastic, low budget, anti-gravity fight scene

[VIDEO] This was done on a shoestring budget, but really pulled off the intended effect. And the music is perfect.

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07:00
Exploring the past, present and future of AI with...

Few things stir up as much excitement, fear and confusion as artificial intelligence. So we're dedicating this entire week to examining it from as many angles as possible. We'll look at how current nascent AIs reflect some of society's less admirable...

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07:00
Even Arnold Schwarzenegger can't pump up the...

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). 

I’ll admit, I put this particular Freemium Field Test entry off for a while. Mobile Strike has all the red flags: an utterly generic name, a reputation as a mindless free-to-play grind, and a big-budget ad campaign starring a celebrity—in this case, Arnold Schwarzenegger. That’s the exact same playbook employed by Game of War: Fire Age, probably...

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06:57
Augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR)...

Apple is deeply invested in artificial intelligence and augmented reality when it comes to future products CEO Tim Cook told the Washington Post. That’s a good plan because, according to the new Worldwide Semiannual Augmented and Virtual Reality Spending Guide from the International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide revenues for the augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) market will grow from $5.2 billion in 2016 to more than $162 billion in 2020. 

This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 181.3% over the 2015-2020 forecast period. IDC's new spending guide expands on previous AR/VR forecasts by offering greater detail on revenues by technology,...

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06:54
The NFL, Twitter, and a possible path to streaming...

The linked New York Times piece is worth reading in its own right, with some interesting background on Twitter’s battle with Facebook for the right to stream and sell ads for the NFL’s lucrative Thursday Night Football games.

From the article:

To bolster the effort, Twitter is in talks with Apple to bring the Twitter app to Apple TV, which would potentially let millions of Apple TV users watch the streaming N.F.L. games, according to the two people briefed on the discussions.

Apple and Twitter declined to comment.

It should be noted that Thursday Night Football is said to draw an average of 13 million viewers. That’s on par with the highest rated prime time TV show, Empire.

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06:51
Next PS4 update won't interrupt your gameplay...

If Monday's are a struggle for you, console yourself with the fact that Sony's teasing a few of tomorrow's big PS4 firmware beta update features, which includes a significant UI refresh. Pop-up notifications, new system icons and backgrounds, and a f...

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06:41
Opinion: If KGI report is accurate, what are Apple’s...

A KGI report this morning made for intriguing reading. Two aspects of the report were unsurprising: a new version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro next year, and a ‘radical’ new form factor in 2018, using OLED screen technology in a flexible display.

By next year, the largest model in the current iPad lineup will definitely be due a refresh, and with Apple expected to adopt OLED for the 2018 iPhone, possibly with some form of flexible display, you’d naturally expect the...

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06:30
Microsoft updates Office apps to allow on-screen...

Over half a year after adding Apple Pencil support to Office for the iPad Pro, Microsoft on Monday added a similar feature for written annotations to the suite's core iPhone apps.

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06:30
Twitter in talks to livestream NFL games on Apple TV

Twitter paid $10 million for the rights to stream NFL games and is reportedly talking to Apple about building an Apple TV app, according to the New York Times. That would let fans to watch ten Thursday Night Football games on a big screen using Apple...

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06:25
Tim Cook on simplicity

From the Washington Post interview, addressing a question about Apple’s longtime philosophy of simplicity:

It’s as important as it ever was. We’re a bit larger today, so we can do a bit more than we could do 10 years ago or even five years ago. But we still have, for our size, an extremely focused product line. You can literally put every product we make on this table. That really is an indication of how focused it is. I think that’s a good thing. Regardless of who you are, there’s only so many things that you can do at a very high-quality and deep, deep level — personally and in business. And so we’re not going to change that. That’s core to our model and way of thinking.

I find it interesting that Tim pulled out this familiar model of being able to put all of Apple’s products on a table top, especially in response to the reporter’s repeated attempts to get him to talk about Apple’s long-rumored car project. If Apple does make a car, that certainly will break the “...

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06:20
Expect an 8K iMac by 2020

There have been rumors of an iMac with Retina 8K display. It’s coming, but don’t look for it until 2020. Japan wants to broadcast the 2020 Olympics in 8K, and the industry is likely to use this as an opportunity to drive sales of 8K smart TVs. That would prove a good time to introduce an 8K iMac.

Until then, we’ll just have to make do with the iMac with Retina 5K display. Thankfully, it has the best computer display I’ve ever seen. Juniper Research forecasts that 8K smart TV shipments will grow more than threefold between 2020 and 2021, to reach over 400,000 per annum by the end of the forecast period.

A Retina 4K display has 4096 x 2304 resolution. A 5K display has 5120 x 2880 resolution. An 8K display would have an incredible 7680 x 4320 resolution.

Currently, there’s only one commercially available 8K TV currently on the market (pictured) -- it's from LG and is priced at $133,000) --  so 8K content...

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06:19
The latest iPad Pro rumors —and my take on them

In a note to clients — as reported by MacRumors — KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will release three iPad Pro models in 2017 (including a 10.5-inch version) and a “revolutionary” tablet in 2018.

He says that, in 2017, Apple will introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model along with a revised a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a "low-cost" 9.7-inch iPad model. The analyst doesn’t mention the 7.9-inch iPad mini. In 2018, Kuo predicts "revolutionary" changes for the iPad lineup with Apple making "radical" changes to the iPad's design and shifting to an AMOLED display.

My take: it seems to me that having three sizes of an iPad Pro and a 7.9-inch iPad mini would make the line-up more confusing, when Apple should be simplifying its line-up. If Kuo is correct — and he often is — about the 10.5-inch model, then I feel the iPad mini will be discontinued. I also predict that we’ll...

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06:19
Twitter wants an Apple TV app in time for the NFL...

Twitter's vision for its NFL games apparently includes making it easier to watch the games on your television.

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06:18
Tim Cook: Apple will bring overseas money back to...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has struck back at critics of the company's strategy to avoid paying U.S. taxes, saying he would not bring that money back from abroad unless there was a "fair rate."

"It is legal to do. It's not a matter of being patriotic or not patriotic. It doesn't go that the more you pay, the more patriotic you are," he told The Washington Post.

The U.S. federal corporate tax rate, which stands at 35%, is among the highest in the developed world. Cook also told the Post that Apple is deeply invested in artificial intelligence and augmented reality when it comes to future products.

Focus CK - the Mac tool for incredible focus and blur effects

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06:12
Twitter reportedly in discussions to allow users to...

The New York Times reports that Twitter is in discussions with Apple to launch a Twitter app for the Apple TV that would let Twitter's users watch the NFL games on Apple's set-top box. 

Last March, Twitter and Facebook, along with other tech companies, faced off over which of them would get the rights to live-stream National Football League games on Thursday nights. Twitter won by agreeing to pay the N.F.L. around $10 million to stream 10 games and to sell only a portion of the ad inventory exclusively. It will stream its first games on Sept. 15.

Creative Kit 2016: Six powerful Mac photography apps with over 500 creative tools

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06:08
Tim Cook on Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz’s “fraud...

Saturday’s Washington Post Tim Cook interview was a long, excellent read, a lot to unpack. One of the questions addressed Apple’s tax situation:

Q: What do you say in response to Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz’s comments on Bloomberg [television], where he called Apple’s profit reporting in Ireland a “fraud”?

The response is amazingly direct, and remarkably transparent for a CEO. Hit the main link for video of the original accusation and the quote from the Washington Post interview.

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06:05
Apple Maps transit coverage comes to San Antonio...

Apple on Monday introduced public transit coverage to two more urban areas in Texas, namely San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

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06:05
Jabra's latest sport headphones track more of...

Jabra's Sport Pulse and Sport Coach wireless headphones have been available for some time now, but the company has new versions of both models with some added features. Let's start with the Sport Pulse Special Edition, shall we? The heart-rate tracki...

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06:00
Spotify revamps its kids category to help with early...

Spotify already had a variety of content for young listeners, but with the help of educational initiatives Too Small to Fail and Vroom, the streaming service has revised that lineup. The newly revamped "Kids and Family" category features playlists th...

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06:00
Microsoft rolls out new Surface Pro Type Covers for...

Now that the NFL preseason is underway, Microsoft is taking advantage of the moment with a product designed specifically for football fans. If you own a Surface Pro 3 or Surface Pro 4, the company's rolling out new Type Covers featuring logos from al...

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05:34
External Link: CVS Launches Apple Pay Competitor

Pharmacy chain CVS, a member of the Merchant Customer Exchange consortium behind the failed CurrentC Apple Pay competitor, has launched its own mobile payment platform. CVS Pay is part of the CVS Pharmacy app for iOS that combines access to your debit or credit card, ExtraCare rewards card, and a Health Savings or Flexible Spending account. Like CurrentC and Walmart Pay, CVS Pay uses barcodes to transmit information. Interestingly, since CVS manages Target’s pharmacies, when Target implements Apple Pay support later this year, you won’t be able to use Apple Pay at their pharmacies.

 

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05:25
As more Space Black iPhone 7 photos emerge, which...

We first started hearing whispers of a Space Black iPhone 7 in June, with claimed chassis and component leaks since then appearing to support the new darker model. New photos (above) emerged over the weekend – albeit low-quality ones, and from a source that has previously posted photos of likely mockups rather than the real thing.

But with a Space Black iPhone 7 seeming a likely bet, we thought it would be interesting to pull together a few of the renders we’ve seen so far and find out how popular an option the color is likely to be …

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05:18
Microsoft Office iPhone users can doodle with their...

If you want to sketch or perhaps add your signature to a Word, Excel or PowerPoint document on iOS, the only option has been to use the iPad Pro's Pencil. Now, with the latest version of Office for the iPhone, you can draw directly on a document with...

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05:15
Niantic announces crackdowns, bans on Pokémon Go...

Pokémon Go players who are found to be cheating have begun facing both punishment and permanent bans.

Game maker Niantic, the developer behind mobile sensation Pokémon Go, is now issuing permanent bans to players who violate its terms of service. Though TOS violations vary, these bans appear to be directed at cheaters who rely on GPS spoofing, bots, and other software techniques that allow Pokémon Go to be played beyond the realm of Niantic’s design parameters.

For instance, GPS spoofing lets you trick a smartphone into thinking you’re located in a different country, allowing you to catch pokémon that may be more easily located in that area or restricted to certain regions. Bots, on the other hand, let you automate portions of the game.

Niantic outlined the...

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05:00
Google submits FCC filing, looks to expand wireless...

Speedy wireless broadband is coming your way via Google.

In a recent Federal Communications Commission filing, Google noted that it has been testing a new wireless-transmission technology using the 3.5-GHz band in Kansas City, but the heavily redacted FCC filing suggests that it wants to dramatically expand to testing “experimental transmitters” at up to 24 US locations, including Provo, Utah, Omaha, Nebraska, and Boulder, Colorado, for a period of 24 months.

Google is requesting authorization to operate between the 3.4 and 3.8 GHz band.

The company stated that is is currently in the early stages, but hopes to grow.

Google Fiber’s original plan to spread super-fast internet across the US involved running high-bandwidth fiber-optic cable...

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04:37
Comment: iPhone 7 camera bulge a big improvement on...

One of the observations I made in my first impressions piece on the iPhone SE was how pleased I was to lose the camera bulge of the iPhone 6/6s. It really seemed to me that, in the iPhone 6, Apple was prioritizing an inconsequential bit of extra slimness over a pleasing design.

Assuming all the iPhone 7 mockup images are accurate, then Apple has smoothed out the edges on the upcoming model. I do think this is a big improvement aesthetically, and less likely to snag when removing it from a pocket. But when you put it up against the iPhone SE, as ...

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04:30
Power Manager for Mac OS X: power to the people

By Frank Petrie

As the pace of technology's development continues to gain speed, so seems does our daily lives. Plus the more technology you use, the more energy you consume. So, up goes your carbon footprint. Ideally, if I had an assistant who could remind me of my scheduled tasks and would follow me around to turn things off when I'm not using them, I'd be set.

Enter Power Manager ($49.95) from Dragon Systems Software for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher.

Here's how it's described: "Power Manager reduces the running costs of your Mac. And we do not limit that claim to just electricity costs; with this software installed you will be able to do more, automate more, and make your Macs a breeze to manage.

"Power Manager works by providing a state of the art energy saving engine, and by helping you automate away time consuming tasks. By combining these two approaches, you will save...

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Sea anemones could be the key to treating hearing...

Sea anemones could soon do a lot to help those of us living above the water. Researchers have discovered that proteins used by starlet sea anemones to repair their cells also repair the sound-sensing cells in mice and other mammals. If you bathe cell...

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04:00
A year after iPad, Microsoft Office brings hand-...

Microsoft announced support for hand-written or drawn annotations on the iPad the day after Apple launched the Apple Pencil. It’s taken the company almost a year, but it has finally brought the same feature to the iPhone versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint …

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04:00
UK's first cloud DVR lets you watch recordings...

To be blunt, Bush isn't a brand known for particularly innovative products. But, come the end of the month, it's the name you'll see on the first cloud DVR to launch in the UK. Bush's Digital TV Recorder is an affordable set-top box -- arriving exclu...

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04:00
Messenger DNA bags are great for road warriors

By Aaron Lee

Tenba's Messenger DNA bags are great for road warriors. They’re made of weatherproof materials and durable hardware, and lightweight yet protective padding.

According to the folks at Tenba, Messenger DNA bags were inspired by life in New York City and other big cities, where a photographer or filmmaker needs to potentially carry the same bag to a meeting with clients, then to a professional photo or video shoot, and finally to hanging out with friends in the evening. They bags include a security strap to anchor the bag behind the user while riding a bicycle or scooter, and the photo insert is removable to quickly convert it from a camera bag to a general-purpose carryall.

The Messenger's exterior is made from a graphite-colored 600 denier Helix fabric with a water repellent coating. To enhance its wet-weather protection, the front flap extends over the top of the bag and includes a sewn hinge to...

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03:05
Tim Cook: 'Apple could unlock iPhones, but won...

To celebrate both Tim Cook's fifth year at the helm of Apple and the production of the billionth iPhone, the chief has sat down with the Washington Post. It's very much a goodwill piece, although there are a few insights into both Cook and Apple that...

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02:39
Twitter in talks with Apple to launch Apple TV app...

With Twitter winning the bid for Thursday night NFL football, the company is keen to get its live streaming content in front of eyeballs. This apparently includes Apple TV, according to a report by the New York Times. Twitter is holding talks with Apple regarding a new app which would enable Apple TV customers to watch NFL live through the Twitter app.

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02:15
London police to create a troll-hunting social media...

In a bid to tackle rising levels of abuse on social media, London's Metropolitan Police is to set up a five-person team of specialist officers tasked with targeting online trolls. Scotland Yard will spend £1.7 million on the unit, called the On...

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01:59
KGI: Apple to introduce three new iPads in 2017...

Apple is going to shake up the iPad lineup in a big way in 2017, according to securities analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo. Next year, Apple will reportedly release three new iPads, a 12.9 inch iPad Pro 2, a low cost 9.7 inch iPad and — most interestingly — a new iPad Pro with a 10.5 inch display, a new screen size for Apple’s tablet range. With a diagonal increase of just 0.8 inches over the 9.7 inch iPad, its unclear at this stage what will justify the introduction of another SKU.

Perhaps, the device will stay the same physical shape but feature an edge-to-edge screen, enabling Apple to increase the screen size slightly. An edge-to-edge iPad display would mirror the rumored revolutionary glass redesign currently expected for iPhone 8, which would also debut next year. Further into the future, Kuo also reports that the iPad will follow the iPhone in adopting OLED technology screens starting in 2018 …

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01:32
'Final Fantasy XV' delayed to November 29th

Noctis and friends have put their bromance-filled road trip on hold. Square Enix has confirmed today that Final Fantasy XV, the long-awaited JRPG once known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, will now launch on November 29th, rather than September 30th. T...

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00:40
Air Force boosts drone pilot bonuses to keep up with...

It's no secret that the US Air Force is doing everything it can to recruit and keep drone pilots, and now it's resorting to a very direct solution: cold, hard cash. The military branch is offering $10,000 more per year in bonuses to those pilots who...

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22:35
Apple to debut 10.5" iPad Pro in 2017,...

Well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to launch three iPad models in 2017, including a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, but says "revolutionary" changes like a radically redesigned chassis and AMOLED panel are in store for 2018.

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22:05
'PaRappa the Rapper' comes back as an...

You sadly aren't about to see another PaRappa the Rapper game any time soon, but you will get some kind of fix the near future. Fuji TV has announced that it's airing the pilot episode for a PaRappa anime series, PJ Berri no Mogu-Mogu Munya-Munya, d...

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21:58
Twitter looks to debut Apple TV app as part of NFL...

According to a report on Sunday, Twitter is working to launch an app for the fourth-generation Apple TV that would host live streams of select NFL games, the rights of which were purchased as part of the microblogging giant's bold foray into streaming services.

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20:58
Ultrasound can levitate large objects

Scientists have long dreamed of using acoustic levitation to float objects, but there has been one big catch: you couldn't lift an object larger than the wavelength without being picky about what you're lifting. However, it might not be a problem go...

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19:54
Samsung plugs IBM's brain-imitating chip into...

IBM's TrueNorth, a so-called "cognitive chip," remarkably resembles the human brain: its 4,096 cores combine to create about a million digital neurons and 256 million synapse connections. In short, like everyone's favorite complex organ, it operates...

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18:28
Infiniti's latest engine is a last hurrah for...

Hybrid and pure electric cars may be the future of transportation, but Nissan's Infiniti badge has found a way to make the most out of gas engines while they're still relevant. When the next-generation QX50 crossover arrives in 2017, it'll carry the...

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16:57
California bill would require more zero-emissions...

California's tougher-than-usual climate change policy might become more stringent before long. Assemblywoman Autumn Burke tells the Associate Press that she's introducing a bill requiring that car manufacturers sell at least 15 percent zero-emission...

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15:39
From rinks to golf greens, why the tradition of...

This is one of those silly little things that make me smile whenever I read about it.

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15:26
Experts think bitcoin's tech is the future of...

Even if bitcoin fades into obscurity, finance experts believe that the technology behind it will live on and even change how financial services work. According to a study conducted by Swiss non-profit World Economic Forum, the blockchain, which is th...

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15:20
Tim Cook says AI & augmented reality are core...

Apple is deeply invested in artificial intelligence and augmented reality when it comes to future products, CEO Tim Cook acknowledged in a recent interview.

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14:54
Parallels Desktop 11.2.1

Brings a number of bug fixes to the virtualization software. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update, 294 MB)

 

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14:38
Apple CEO Tim Cook talks ahead of iPhone 7 launch...

The Washington Post this weekend published a very in-depth video/interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook just weeks before Apple is set to unveil its biggest product of the year by far, the iPhone 7. In it, Cook talks about the incredibly important people outside of Apple he turns to for advice at pivotal moments, including Warren Buffett on returning cash to stockholders, Anderson Cooper on coming out, and folks like Bill Clinton and Laurene Powell Jobs on testifying before congress.

He also touches on the future of Apple, such as its Artificial Intelligence and and Augmented/Virtual Reality ambitions… more…

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14:00
Ben Heck's 'magic smoke' preventer

It has been said that when an electronics component sets itself on fire that it has "let the magic blue smoke out" and so with it, the magic that makes technology great. In this episode Ben and Felix produce a device to hopefully prevent the "magi...

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13:50
After biggest blunder of his career, CBC’s Elliotte...

I watched this live and felt so bad for him. Great to see him being a stand up guy and taking full responsibility for what is, in the grand scheme of things, really not that big of a deal.

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13:47
Watch a seahorse give birth to 2,000 babies

This is pretty cool and a little weird.

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13:46
Tim Cook on Apple, Steve Jobs, and the future

Cook described why the visibility of the job has been “shocking,” how he’s learned to deal with the scrutiny, and who he’s turned to for advice at pivotal moments.

I have so much respect for Tim. He is a humble, but driven man—he expects the best from his people at Apple and is willing to give everything he has to make sure the company is successful. You can’t ask anything more from a leader.

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13:40
We all want our doctors to be kind. But does...

It’s remarkable that the question even has to be asked. When I shattered my wrist in a motorcycle accident, I was appalled at how poorly the doctors treated me. I wasn’t a human being – I was just an injury that needed to be fixed. One doctor grabbed my wrist and twisted it so much, I literally punched him in the chest. “It’s broken, you idiot!” He didn’t seem to associate the injured wrist with a person on the other end of it.

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