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Tuesday July 4

05:00
Happy Fourth of July from O’Grady’s PowePage

Folks, it’s the Fourth of July here in America, which means that the staff of the PowerPage will be taking the day off to spend time with friends, family, amazing food and rather loud, explode-y things.

We suggest you do the same.

Enjoy the holiday, disconnect from your Mac and your iOS devices a little bit, have some friends over and we’ll be back Wednesday with more Mac, iOS and mobile news than you can shake a stick at!

Happy Fourth!!!

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04:55
Happy Fourth of July

Yours Truly, Steve and Marty are enjoying some time off for the Fourth of July, so Apple World Today will be “closed” today. Have a great Independence Day everyone.

And come back tomorrow for the latest in Apple news. In keeping with our Team AWT sub-theme of "Unplugging™" occasionally from all of our gear, be sure to get outside and enjoy the world with your family and friends today.

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04:47
Imagination Tech’s annual report slams Apple’s ‘...

The annual report of Imagination Tech – the company whose GPU designs are used under license in the iPhone and iPad – describes statements made by Apple as ‘unsubstantiated’ and ‘highly regrettable.’

The company said that in financial year 2017 it returned the company to profitability and had a clear strategy for growth. That path was derailed by an Apple warning that the company planned to switch to its own GPU designs within two years, and would no longer need to pay license fees to Imagination …

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04:00
LeEco's assets frozen by Chinese court as debts...

Chinese firm LeEco's financial situation is deteriorating rapidly. A Shanghai court has frozen $180 million in assets owned by co-founder Jia Yueting, his wife Gan Wei and three subsidiaries, according to Chinese news site Tencent and the Financial T...

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03:59
Nasdaq glitch sets AAPL & other shares to $123....

A Nasdaq glitch caused a number of major trading platforms to display AAPL’s share value as $123.47, some 14.3% below its true value at the time. The incorrect price was shown on Bloomberg, Google Finance, Yahoo Finance and others.

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03:00
The Morning After: July 4th, 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Happy Independence Day! After everyone else sets off fireworks today, Elon Musk and the crew at SpaceX will turn attention to their next rocket launch on the 5th or 6th. But, of course, the big news is Tesla's M...

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01:10
Upcoming Moto Mod could add a 360-degree camera to...

Motorola's Moto Z Mods have quite a bit of promise to turn your phone into pretty much anything, including a gamepad, a walkie-talkie, and even a mobile Alexa station. The company has been pushing these pretty hard lately, holding hackathons that pro...

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01:00
Tech Hunters: How the Walkman changed the way we...

Today, billions of people have access to portable music, mostly thanks to smartphones. The world's music catalog is at our fingertips thanks to Spotify, Apple and Amazon's online store, but it's not always been that easy. It wasn't until 1979 that mu...

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Monday July 3

23:43
China's 'elevated' bus was a scam...

Remember that Chinese public transit experiment running an elevated bus over 300 meters of track along a major roadway? Unfortunately, the test site started gathering dust as "financial problems" and other suspicious setbacks reportedly set in months...

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21:37
Tencent tackles mobile game addiction with time...

In the face of public pressure, Chinese internet giant Tencent is limiting play time for younger users of its hit mobile game Honor of Kings (dubbed Strike of Kings in the west). Starting Tuesday, anyone under 12 will be restricted to one hour of pla...

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21:30
Apple share prices appear to more than double due to...




A problem traced back to Nasdaq test data caused the reported share prices of Apple, Google, Microsoft and a handful of other technology sector stocks to fluctuate wildly on multiple financial websites after trading ended on Monday.

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20:18
SpaceX's capsule 're-flight' is a...

SpaceX just took one step closer to making reusable private spacecraft seem entirely ordinary. The company has confirmed that its previously used Dragon capsule splashed down on the morning of July 3rd, making it the first commercial spacecraft to r...

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20:02
Beats 1 DJs talk success, struggles on the service...




Apple's Beats 1 Radio turns two years old in July, and to mark the anniversary DJs Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden and Julie Adenuga reflect on the service's beginnings, high points and difficulties in a new interview.

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19:56
What's on TV: 'Castlevania,' '...

It's a holiday week, but if you're up from people setting off fireworks early, you can check out six new comedy specials on Netflix Tuesday morning as part of The Standups, with Deon Cole, Beth Stelling, Nate Bargatze, Dan Soder, Nikki Glaser, and Fo...

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18:26
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17:28
Two years after Beats 1 launch, hosts talk struggles...

Two years ago last week, Apple officially launched Apple Music to the world as its way of computing with the likes of Spotify, but there was a feature that many thought would be the differentiator: Beats 1. Beats 1 is Apple’s always-on radio station hosted by Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, and Ebro Darden.

In honor of the service’s two-year anniversary, Lowe, Adenuga, and Darden have sat down with High Snobiety for an in-depth interview…

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17:14
Windows 10's 'Timeline' feature won...

Microsoft's anticipated Timeline Windows feature won't be included in the Fall Creators Update. Timeline, revealed at Microsoft's Build developer conference in May, was expected to be a part of the update, but Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore said today tha...

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16:20
Apple Tests 3-D Face Scanning To Unlock Next iPhone...

Five years ago, Apple made fingerprint scanners on smartphones popular. Now the company may have found a better technology to replace it. According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, the Cupertino-based company is exploring 3D facial detection as a replacement for Touch ID fingerprint authentication. From the article: This is powered by a new 3-D sensor, added the people, who asked not to be identified discussing technology that's still in development. The company is also testing eye scanning to augment the system, one of the people said. The sensor's speed and accuracy are focal points of the feature. It can scan a user's face and unlock the iPhone within a few hundred milliseconds, the person said. It is designed to work even if the device is laying flat on a table, rather than just close up to the face. The feature is still being tested and may not appear with the new device. However, the intent is for it to replace the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, according to the person.

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15:42
∞ Joanna Stern Tries to live with the original...

I’ve always thought these kinds of comparisons were ridiculous but Stern makes this video more enjoyable than it has any right to be.

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15:29
Unlock your PC with your Samsung phone's...

Have a recent Samsung phone and a Windows 10 PC? Life's about to get a bit easier. Samsung has updated its Flow app to let you use the fingerprint reader on Galaxy devices running Android Marshmallow or newer (such as the S6, S7 and S8) to log into...

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14:32
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 3...

Notable software releases this week include Transmit 4.4.13, Moneydance 2017.3, and MoneyWiz 2.6.

 

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14:32
ExtraBITS for 3 July 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, we continue our celebration of the iPhone’s 10th birthday: Joanna Stern lives with the original iPhone for a day and some of the iPhone’s creators worry about its impact on society.

 

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14:01
Apple’s redesigned Fifth Avenue retail store to...

Earlier this year, Apple began renovations of its Fifth Avenue retail store with the goal of more than doubling its size. Details on the project have been somewhat unclear throughout the project, but a new report today from MacMagazine says that Apple’s flagship retail location will reopen towards the end of 2018…

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13:58
The next iPhone reportedly scans your face instead...

Rumormongers have long claimed that Apple might include face recogition in the next iPhone, but it's apparently much more than a nice-to-have feature... to the point where it might overshadow the Touch ID fingerprint reader. Bloomberg sources unders...

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13:10
Will you buy Apple’s HomePod later this year? [Poll]

Apple’s HomePod is scheduled to arrive this December for $349 in the US, Australia and the UK. Are you planning to pick one up? And will you switch from an Amazon Echo or Google Home in the process?

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13:05
Rumor: Apple intends to replace Touch ID fingerprint...




Piggybacking on an earlier report claiming that "iPhone 8" will not feature a fingerprint scanner embedded in its OLED display, another report now says that Apple intends to introduce advanced facial recognition technology that will replace the Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

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12:57
Jamf Now Sponsoring TidBITS

Please welcome our latest TidBITS sponsor, Jamf Now, the cloud-based mobile device management solution for Apple devices in small- to medium-sized organizations.

 

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12:51
Enjoy this horrifying government fireworks safety...

What starts off as a perfectly normal safety video turns kinda weird quickly.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:46
Bloomberg: iPhone 8 will replace Touch ID with 3D...

Bloomberg reports that Apple is currently testing using 3D facial detection as a replacement for Touch ID fingerprint authentication. The report also believes the new iPhones could include the ProMotion increased refresh rate displays seen in the new iPad Pros as well as a dedicated Apple Neural Engine chip for handling AI.

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12:00
'Baby Driver' is an ode to iPod nostalgia

It took a while to get going, but it's safe to say we're living in a golden age of digital music. Terrible compression is a thing of the past, and the rise of streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music give us instant access to almost anything w...

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11:39
Things 3.1 adds repeating to-dos in projects, date...

Cultured Code launched Things 3 a few weeks ago with an all-new design and loads of new features, and today Things 3.1 is available with a couple of new features.

Things 3.1 includes repeating to-dos in projects which has been a missing feature for some potential users. The date parser has also improved its support for multiple languages in this update.

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10:45
∞ Tourbillon from ABC Rides at Hong Kong Carnival

Watching this makes me wonder how long it would take me before I threw up.

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10:36
External Link: Trying to Live with the Original...

The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern vowed to live with an original iPhone for a week, but she lasted only 12 hours, as summarized in this amusing video. The original iPhone lacks a front-facing camera, video capture, and Siri, and both performance and battery life were underwhelming. Worst of all, most apps and Web sites don’t work with it anymore. There was a headphone jack, but even then you needed a dongle to use non-Apple headphones. It’s easy to say that technology has advanced considerably since 2007, but it’s also clear that many problems stemmed from little emphasis on backward compatibility. Be sure to watch until the end to see Stern’s helmet cam setup! The article is limited to subscribers, but the video is free for everyone.

 

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10:35
The Stupidly Dangerous Politics of Blame


I hope that, like me, you are off this long holiday weekend and have a chance to think about the drama that now surrounds the U.S. administration. What I find fascinating isn't that the government is a bit of a mess but that the accidental transparency of this administration is focusing us more on the visibility of the problems rather than on the problems themselves. President Obama knew about the Russians hacking the election, but largely sat on the information. President Trump likely wanted to do the same thing, but leaks made it impossible.

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10:30
GSK will use supercomputers to develop new drugs

Developing a new drug is a long, complicated and expensive process that takes years before you get to the human trial. There's a hope that computers will be able to simulate the majority of the process, greatly reducing the cost and time involved. Th...

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10:19
Trump’s plan for rural broadband progress still...

During a trip to Iowa last month, President Trump pledged that bringing broadband internet to rural areas of the U.S. would be a part of his upcoming $1 trillion infrastructure proposal. While there is positivity around Trump’s intentions, there is doubt about the difficulty and cost of such an endeavor…

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 2017 MacBook Air $800, 9.7-...

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

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09:05
Supply chain remains skeptical Apple can embed Touch...




A list of 10 features that the "iPhone 8" will have -- or lack -- has been published by noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who believes Apple will not embed a Touch ID sensor under the screen.

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09:00
What we're using in July

There's a difference between what we test and write about for the site, and what Engadget editors actually decide to lay down their own cash for. Outside work hours, and when the review samples go back to the companies, what are our writers using? Wh...

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08:27
Transmit 4.4.13

Removes support for syncing favorites due to an old Dropbox API being deprecated. ($34 new, free update, 32.7 MB)

 

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08:10
Watch: See iOS 11's Do Not Disturb While...




Apple hopes to make the roads safer with this fall's release of iOS 11, which will automatically disable notifications when in a car thanks to a new feature called Do Not Disturb While Driving. Here's how it will work.

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07:44
DeepMind’s data deal with the NHS broke privacy law

An NHS Trust broke the law by sharing sensitive patient records with Google's DeepMind division, the UK's data watchdog has ruled. The long-awaited decision falls in line with the conclusion drawn by Dame Fiona Caldicott, the UK's National Data Guard...

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07:38
Comment: KGI has a good track record, but no Touch...

There are few analysts with as good a track record as KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo when it comes to Apple. His close links to companies in Apple’s supply-chain puts him in a good position to judge what is and isn’t on the way when it comes to new products.

But having a good track record isn’t the same as being right every time, and his latest report – that the iPhone 8 will drop Touch ID altogether – seems questionable to me …

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07:30
The (re)making of 'Crash Bandicoot'

Facedown in the sand, a figure wakes up on a desert island.

The tide has been dragging him up the shore.

He looks over his shoulder, before disappearing into the jungle.

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07:28
Tidal exclusivity ending on Jay-Z's '4:44...




In the wake of reports of Kanye West complaining that Tidal owes him millions, sources claim that Jay-Z's confessional album "4:44" will see release on Apple Music around July 8.

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07:27
ACCC to question Apple regarding its ban on the...

Apple's decision to order Westpac Banking Corp. — an Australian bank and financial-services provider headquartered in Sydney — to disable a mobile banking feature that let customers make payments in chat apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger has caught the attention of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over concerns it could be attempting to remove rivals to its own upcoming service, according to The Financial Review.

Last week The Australian Financial Review revealed that Apple had written to Westpac to say its three-month old Westpac Keyboard feature would no longer be allowed on iPhones....

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07:16
New video provides a hands-on look at Apple Watch...

The iBus, a tool that we previously discussed, allows users to connect to the Apple Watch maintenance port for interfacing with iTunes on a Mac. MFC, its creator, says that the iBUS is the first such tool in existence. In the following hands-on video, @alixrezax walks through the Apple Watch restore process from start to finish using the iBus. It’s one of the first hands-on step-by-step looks at the tool in usage that we’ve seen. more…

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06:51
Analyst: Apple may completely ditch Touch ID, at...

In a note to clients — as noted by StreetInsider — KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo lists his 10 predictions for the new Apple iPhone models coming this year. One of those forecasts is that Touch ID will completely disappear from OLED “iPhone 8s” (shown in a fanciful mock-up).

The analyst hints that Apple may ditch the tech completely for new forms of biometric security such as 3D sensing for facial recognition. Kuo is expecting three iPhone models in 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch and 5.8-inch versions. His other predictions:

  • The OLED iPhone (the 5.8-inch version) and 5.5-inch LCD model will both come with DRAM capacity of 3GB (for dual-camera requirements), while the 4.7-inch model will only use 2GB DRAM (for only single camera).
  • All three models will all come with 64GB and 256GB storage options.
  • All three new...
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06:22
OLED use in the ‘iPhone 8’ will spur OLED use in...

The likelihood of Apple moving to OLED screens for the “iPhone 8” could force more smartphone companies in that direction and give OLED a 50% market share by 2020, according to a new report from the WitsView division of Trendforce.

Display makers have changed production plans around Apple’s shift and scramble to find OLED production equipment, which Samsung currently hoards, according to the research group. 

“Apple’s move has been closely watched by its competitors,” says WitsView research director Boyce Fan. “The reveal of the next iPhone’s specifications has accelerated the deployment of AMOLED displays for other smartphone brands. Panel makers, especially those from China, are hastily building up their AMOLED manufacturing capacity as well.”

The iPhone 8 (shown in fanciful mock-ups) is expected to be introduced in September and go on sale in October.

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06:19
Apple could invest up to $2.62 billion in LG's...




Apple appears to be widening supply options for future OLED screen deliveries, with multiple media reports claiming that it is on the cusp of a deal with LG to expand manufacturing capacity.

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06:03
Gaming smartphones are still a thing in China

If you've been searching for a crossover between a smartphone and a PS Vita, look no further. In China, a company by the name of iReadyGo had been making Android-powered gaming handhelds for years -- you may recall its shameless PS Vita ripoff back i...

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06:00
Grab a deal on this zoomable 60X smartphone monocular

Taking zoomed photos of things with your iPhone or other smartphone is great...until you take a closer look at those photos. Using digital zoom causes your pictures to be noisy and grainy, but even the best smartphone camera -- the one in the iPhone 7 Plus -- only has a 2X optical zoom lens. Our deal today is for a Zoomable 60X smartphone monocular and it's only $29.99. 

Just clip the monocular onto your iPhone using the handy spring clip, zoom it to the desired magnification up to 60X, and then start taking photos. Since hand-holding a 60X zoom can be problematic, a tabletop tripod is included as well. To keep your monocular safe from scratches, it comes with a convenient carrying case.

Without the...

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05:45
Rumor: Apple may make a deal with LG for OLED iPhone...

Apple is reportedly considering a deal with LG for OLED screens to help diversify the supply chain beyond the main supplier Samsung. The Cupertino, California-based company may invest $1.75 billion to $2.62B billion in LG’s new OLED production lines to keep those lines dedicated to iPhone screens.

LG expressed plans for a $3.5B investment in OLED production with the E6 factory expected to start production in 2019. The limited number of OLED producers and the longer production times can cause supply backlogs, a problem Apple could avoid with the dedicated lines and multiple suppliers, according to Seeking Alpha.

OLED technology is used in high end smartphones today, such as the Samsung Galaxy J3, the Gionee S6, and the Motorola X Force. Supporters of the technology praise its high contrast/deep blacks and potential thickness...

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05:40
Apple’s adoption of OLED in iPhone 8 will see it...

Apple’s decision to use an OLED screen on the iPhone 8 will significantly accelerate adoption by other smartphone manufacturers, says a Trendforce report. The WitsView division of the company suggest that adoption will hit 50% by 2020.

The prediction highlights ‘the Apple effect’ when it comes to new technology …

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05:30
Protecting the 10.5-inch iPad Pro in style with...

DODOcase has been making handcrafted cases, bags, and other products in San Francisco since 2010, and the company is continuing its history of protecting iPads with the new DODOcase for iPad Pro 10.5-inch ($69.95) and the iPad Pro 10.5 Durables Sleeve Case ($69.95). We had a chance to check out both and here's our take on how they work with Apple's smallest iPad Pro.

DODOcase for iPad Pro 10.5-inch

The original DODOcase used a wood frame with padded corners to hold your iPad in place, and while that was quite nice looking, those pads had a tendency to fall out and get lost, especially if you removed your iPad from the case on occasion. 

The new DODOcase uses a polyurethane tray to...

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05:15
Apple Pay ties in with National Park Foundation...

For the first half of July, Apple has announced a new Apple Pay promotion wherein users can raise funds for the National Parks Foundation.

From July 1 through 15, Apple is donating $1 to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made with Apple Pay at any Apple Store, on apple.com or through the Apple Store app in the US

Apple CEO Tim Cook offered the following explanation for the program:

America’s national parks are an inspiration to us at Apple, and we know they are as important to many of our customers as they are to us. Our goal is to leave the world better than we found it, so this July we’re making it easier for anyone to help preserve the beauty of our natural, cultural and historical treasures.

The company has stated that funds raised would primarily support conservation projects and enrich youth programs designed to inspire the next generation of park enthusiasts.

On July 15 (only), Apple Watch owners will also get the chance...

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05:01
Microsoft's cloud focus could mean yet more...

Microsoft is going through another reorganization that could result in "thousands" of layoffs, particularly to its sales force, according to TechCrunch, Bloomberg and others. The company is reportedly shifting teams around to emphasize Azure cloud sa...

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05:00
2017 iPad Pro marks the first Apple device to use a...

This is pretty neat.

The pros have gotten their hands on Apple’s A10X Fusion processor that shipped with the new iPad Pro and have confirmed that this is the first chip in a device using TMSC’s FinFET 10nm chip fabrication process.

The breakdown, published by Tech Insights, discovered a 96.4 square millimeter die size as compared to the 16nm A9X with a die size of 143.9 square millimeters. Even having the notably smaller die size, the chip has 8MB of L2 cache, three CPU cores, and a 12-cluster GPU assembly.

When compared with the A9X processor in the previous-generation iPad Pro, the A9X featured a 12-cluster GPU assembly, but only two CPU cores and 3MB of L2 cache. The GPU in the A10X is nearly identical to that in the A9X and A10 and is thought to use Imagination’s PowerVR technology.

Such a step is somewhat unusual for Apple, which has typically switched to a smaller manufacturing process for its iterations of the iPhone, rather than making the...

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05:00
Apple granted patent for automatic animation...

Apple wants to make it easier for programmers to include animations in their apps. The company has been granted a patent (number 20170186211) for “automatic animation generation.”

The invention provides a method that receives a selection of an animation to apply to two or more graphical objects in a scene over a particular time duration. The method identifies parameters for each of the graphical objects. Based on the selected animation, the method generates modifications to at least one parameter for each of the graphical objects over the particular time duration. 

The parameter of a first graphical object is modified differently than the parameter of a second graphical object. The method stores the modifications as data for the scene.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that smartphone appshave increased dramatically in popularity, with many programmers, both amateur and professional, in the business of developing such apps. These apps will often contain...

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04:56
Ban on laptops & tablets for US-bound flights...

When the Department of Homeland Security implemented a ban on laptops and tablets being carried in hand baggage on US-bound flights from a number of international airports, it seemed obvious that this was going to hit airlines hard. This has now been confirmed by an AP report …

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04:30
GoPower Watch Stand makes it easy to charge an Apple...

Kanex’s $79.95 GoPower Watch Stand is, despite its name, a magnetic charging stand for both the Apple Watch AND the iPhone. It comes integrated with the same inductive charging connector that comes with Apple’s smartwatch and can charge both the 38mm and 42mm models. 

An additional USB port on the back can charge your iPhone, iPad or any other device simultaneously. It’s Apple MFi Certified, which is Apple’s seal of approval.

I use the GoPower Watch Stand on a bedside table to recharge my Apple Watch and iPhone. I use the latter as my “alarm clock.” You could do the same with the smartwatch. Your Apple Watch sits on the podium of the Kanex stand, where you can still see the time and use the touchscreen.

Using the GoPower Watch Stand is, as you would hope, a no-brainer. Just plug your charging cable into the USB port located on the back of the stand. Place your Apple Watch on the stand and...

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04:27
Apple shares photos from grand opening of Taipei 101...

Apple reports that there were overnight queues for the grand opening of its latest retail store, its first one in Taipei. Located in the landmark Taipei 101 skyscraper, the store opened on Saturday morning …

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04:22
KGI: iPhone 8 features highest screen-to-body ratio...

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has sent out a new report with his top predictions for the 2017 iPhone lineup: two iterative updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as the all-new OLED iPhone 8. The analyst believes that the iPhone 8 will feature the highest screen-to-body ratio of any phone on the market, thanks to the addition of the ‘notch’ at the top of the screen and a virtual home button.

However, KGI dampens spirits by stating that the virtual home button will not support fingerprint recognition, suggesting that integrating the Touch ID sensor into the display will not happen this year.

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04:02
Apple reportedly paying LG to exclusively devote...

Samsung may be the exclusive supplier of OLED screens for the iPhone 8, but it seems that Apple is taking significant steps to diversify its supply chain.

Not only is the company reportedly close to striking a deal with LG, but Apple is said to be making a large up-front investment in the company’s OLED production lines in return for output being exclusively devoted to iPhone screens …

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04:00
macOS market share down, iOS market share up in June

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for both macOS and iOS was up last month.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, macOS had 6.12% of the global market share in June, down from from 6.36% percent in May (that’s global market share; in the U.S. it’s over 13%). April 2016’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 91.51% as of June.

iOS had 43.95% of the mobile operating system market share in June, way up from 33.03% in May. This compares to 46.32% for Android, 2.3% for Windows Phone, and 3.42% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%.

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s numbers...

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03:20
Moneydance 2017.3

Improves computer-to-computer syncing and adds a new text file importer. ($49.99 new, free update, 96.8 MB)

 

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03:00
macOS High Sierra: The new Safari takes steps to...

In macOS High Sierra, third parties will have a more difficult time sharing any tracking information via Safari. It’s all part of Apple’s approach to privacy, and it's not just lip service. While such policies certainly helps the company from a marketing standpoint, they're also routinely turned into product features.

The new feature seems to have the potential to make it harder for unrelated sites to follow you around the internet. But some experts believe that, while a noble technology to deploy, the action has already shifted to a different front that Apple can’t help with directly.

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03:00
The Morning After: Monday, July 3rd 2017

Hey, good morning!

Yes, it's Monday, but you might've missed some interesting things over the weekend: kangaroos that confuse self-driving cars, some 'Zelda' DLC that's a perfect fit and a new Sony smartphone that could be a contender.

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01:30
Microsoft's canceled Surface Mini shows up in...

In the heady days of 2014, Microsoft had a dream of launching a smaller version of its nascent Surface tablets. The Surface Mini was a passion project of division chief Panos Panay, but it was axed by CEO Satya Nadella and EVP Stephen Elop shortly be...

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Sunday July 2

23:38
Tesla will deliver the first 30 Model 3s on July 28th

Tesla will start delivering its much-anticipated Model 3 EV this month, as promised. CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company will have a "handover party for [the] first 30 customer Model 3s on the 28th." He added that production will grow exponentiall...

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23:36
China's heavy-duty rocket fails in mid-flight

China's space program has largely run smoothly (with notable exceptions), but it just ran into a serious obstacle. State media reports that a new heavy-duty rocket, the Long March 5 Y2, failed shortly after launch. Xinhua would only say that an "an...

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21:20
MoneyWiz 2.6

Adds investment accounts functionality featuring support for over 3,700 institutions. ($59.99 new, free update, 26.3 MB)

 

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20:33
Kaspersky offers code to prove it's not a...

Kaspersky Lab is understandably worried that it might lose US government contracts over fears that it's in bed with the Russian government, and it's making a dramatic offer in a bid to keep the money flowing. Founder Eugene Kaspersky tells the AP th...

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19:02
Windows 10 will remind you to install the latest...

Are you still running the original version of Windows 10? Microsoft is about to offer a not-so-subtle hint that it's time to move on. The software giant has revealed that it will start sending notifications to users who are still using Windows 10 v...

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17:28
US lifts laptop ban at Abu Dhabi airport

The US is scaling back its ban on laptops for Middle Eastern flights headed to the US... though it's not because officials believe everything is safe. The Department of Homeland Security has exempted Abu Dhabi International Airport from the ban (whic...

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16:00
ThermoReal lets you feel heat, cold and even pain in...

While some companies are trying to make AR and VR more immersive via haptic feedback, one startup decided to focus on the thermal aspects of the experience. TEGway, a spin-off of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, has created a s...

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14:26
Kanye West reportedly quits Tidal over money dispute

Kanye West has been one of Tidal's biggest champions: he joined the company the moment Jay-Z relaunched its service, and The Life of Pablo was one of the streaming music service's largest (if temporary) exclusives. However, it appears that the relati...

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14:22
JAY-Z album, 4:44, coming soon to Apple Music, iTunes

Less than 24 hours after JAY-Z's 13th album, 4:44, dropped as a midnight exclusive on Tidal/Sprint on June 30, Billboard has learned that the album will soon be available elsewhere, including the iTunes Store and Apple Music.

A source tells the industry bible that the week after its one-week exclusivity window on Tidal, the songs will be added to Apple’s store and streaming music service. The album’s tunes also streamed on 160 iHeartRadio stations across the U.S. after 4:44's release and will air until midnight on July 1 on the network's Urban and Rhythmic formats.

An unnamed source tells Billboard that a physical release is eventually planned, though no timetable has been set yet for that roll-out. That source also confirmed that fans need to sign up for Sprint service in order to get the...

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13:00
The best air conditioner

By Liam McCabe

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

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10:31
KGI: No clear release for Qualcomm’s in-screen...

Last week, Qualcomm demoed its working in-screen fingerprint sensing technology, lending confidence to iPhone 8 hopes. A new report from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, however, says Qualcomm’s solution isn’t close to shipping…

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10:00
Watch favorite games finished quickly in the name of...

It's a long July holiday weekend, and that means something big for gamers: it's the start of Summer Games Done Quick, the second of two annual livestreams for charity. As of 1PM Eastern on July 2nd, you'll witness a slew of top players rushing throug...

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09:52
Jay Z’s ‘4:44’ coming to Apple Music this week...

Jay Z last week released his new album 4:44, a Tidal exclusive where the rapper fires shots at Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine. Now, however, it appears that the album will become available on Apple Music and iTunes after all…

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09:30
After Math: It's how much?

It's been a huge week for big ticket purchases. LG announced that its 77-inch, ribbon-thin W-series TVs will retail for an eye-gouging $20,000, Germany wants as much as $57 million from Facebook over hate speech, and Huawei debuted a MacBook knockoff...

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08:06
Samsung's resurrected Galaxy Note 7 launches on...

If you've missed the Galaxy Note 7 ever since it was discontinued over chronic battery fires, you now have a second chance at ownership... if you're willing to book a flight to Seoul. Samsung has confirmed both recent rumors and its own teaser by an...

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06:30
Ben Heck's mini pinball game: States and sound...

In this episode, Ben and team use Arduino and the Teensy 3.6 to create the game logic and sound for their miniature Pinball machine. Using the C++ Programming language, Ben takes Felix's C code and makes it suitable for embedded microcontroller h...

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03:17
Oscar Mayer's 'Wienerdrone' is the...

Move over, burrito drones. Oscar Mayer has something that's much more appropriate for the summer months, especially the 4th of July. Yep, the company has a hot dog-carrying drone, or as it's officially named, the Wienerdrone.

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01:35
Apple's first Taiwan retail store opening draws...




As scheduled, Apple on Saturday local Taiwan time opened the doors to Apple Taipei 101, the company's latest retail outlet and first location in Taiwan.

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00:13
Watch the Faraday Future FF91 set a Pikes Peak record

Despite a technical problem, the FF91 made it to the top. As Faraday Future continues to develop its FF91 luxury EV, the company has been putting the car through rigorous dynamic testing. The biggest challenge so far has been to tackle the 2017 Pik...

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Saturday July 1

22:16
YouTube on Android TV plays catch-up with new design...

Android TV didn't get much attention back at Google I/O, but the platform hasn't been forgotten. An update to the YouTube app on Android TV is rolling out now, bringing the interface on par with what's been available on smart TVs for a while now. The...

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20:35
Scientists create ride-hailing tech that hides your...

When you use a ride-hailing app, you tell the company where you are and where you're going. That's all well and good if those firms truly will never use your data, but some of them don't exactly have a stellar reputation when it comes to privacy. Tha...

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18:04
Researchers create temperature sensor that runs on...

Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a temperature sensor that runs on tiny amounts of power -- just 113 picowatts, around 10 billion times less power than a watt. The sensor was described in a study recently published in Scientific Reports. "W...

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16:29
Volvo’s self-driving cars are thrown off by kangaroos

Volvo, like seemingly every other company, has been working on their autonomous vehicle technology and it has run into an interesting problem. While testing its cars in Australia, the company found that kangaroos were both a nuisance and very confusi...

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14:03
Now Postmates' SF couriers can make eco-...

You'll need your own vehicle if you want to be a courier for Postmates, but if you're in San Francisco, you can rent an eco-friendly option from the company itself. The food (and booze) delivery service has started renting out e-bikes to delivery per...

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12:32
FAA considers remote identification system for...

The FAA is still trying to figure out the best way to regulate drones to ensure safety. Last week, a committee tasked with tackling the issue met for the first time, including representatives from Amazon, Ford and NYPD. One of the items discussed was...

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11:09
∞ The MarbleLympics 2017 qualification round

This might the best video you watch all weekend.

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11:00
The new 'Zelda' DLC is all about...

The Nintendo Switch is a neat little console -- but its debut was almost overshadowed by its flagship launch game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game was lauded as a long overdue evolution on the Zelda formula, and it deserved the prai...

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10:32
Apple opens first store in Taiwan

Crowds of customers started gathering overnight at Taipei 101 for the grand opening of Apple’s first store in Taiwan on Saturday. The curved, sliding glass doors opened at 11 a.m. as employees welcomed customers to come together, explore the store and get hands-on with Apple’s latest products.

It’s amazing that after all these years, the opening of an Apple store still draws so many people.

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10:11
Apple cuts prices of iPhone, iPad, & Mac in...

As it continues to focus on the Indian smartphone market, Apple today has slashed prices of its products in the country by as much as 7.5 percent. The move comes as India rolls out the Goods and Services Tax, which is the country’s biggest tax reform since Independence.

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Netflix has another winner with...

Feeling the 'GLOW'
Mairead Small Staid,
The Ringer

Despite recent news of Netflix cancelling a few of its high-profile originals, the streaming service hasn't missed a beat. One of its most recent, GLOW, debuted last week and critics seem to agree...

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08:03
This week’s top stories: iOS 11 & macOS High...

In this week’s top stories: iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra public betas, iPhone 8 leaks, ARKit apps, the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, and much more.

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