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Wednesday July 5

09:26
Apple News may soon let publishers use Google ads to...

Apple is reportedly considering overhauling how it lets publishers use advertising as revenue for content in its News app, according to AdAge. The shift would allow publishers to use the same proven ad technology that they already use on the web rather than the Apple-controlled system used now.

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09:09
Europe wants iFixit-style product repairability...

The European Parliament has approved recommendations for companies to make devices easier to repair and even add labels showing an iFixit-like "score." They also want batteries, LEDs and other critical parts to be removable and not glued in, "so that...

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08:49
Apple Park boosting local economy with property boom...




The construction of Apple's new headquarters is helping improve the fortunes of those living close to the Cupertino campus, including increases in development projects, attempts by businesses to anticipate the influx of Apple employees to the area, and increased real estate prices as some of the benefits stemming from Apple Park's creation.

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08:41
Einride's self-driving truck looks like a giant...

Einride has just revealed the prototype of the T-pod, its autonomous electric truck. The Swedish company's self-driving vehicle can transport 15 standard pallets and can travel 124 miles on one charge. And because there's no need for a person to sit...

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08:35
Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ album goes platinum in 5 days despite...

Jay-Z’s new ‘4:44’ album has officially reached platinum status after arriving as an exclusive on his own Tidal streaming service late last week. more…

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08:30
Questionable report claims Apple shipping '...




Confusion and misdirection for Apple's 2017 iPhone lineup continues to persist, with the latest claimed leak dubiously suggesting an "influx" of iPhone units with rear Touch ID sensors have been shipping. But there is plenty of reason to be skeptical about the latest claims.

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08:19
Daimler is investing $735 million in China's EV...

German car manufacturer Daimler has announced a partnership with China's BAIC Motor Corporation, pledging to provide $735 million investment into electric vehicle infrastructure in the region. Daimler (the company behind brands like Mercedes-Benz) h...

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08:00
Digitize yourself with the Copypod 3D

Copying yourself digitally is not easy. Ideally, you want multiple photos taken from every angle at the same moment with all-around, soft illumination. A company called People's Industrial Design Office in Beijing, China has created something called...

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07:56
Mini-review: Toddy Gear Customizable Smart Charge...

If there’s one category of gadget likely to cause a tech-lover to yawn, it’s portable power banks. Sure, they can be useful, and many of us throw one in a bag just in case any of our devices run low on power before the day is out, but they aren’t exactly … interesting. In general, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all …

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07:55
Inside iOS 11: Apple Music's social sharing isn...




While Apple hasn't yet shown any signs of a large redesign in Apple Music in the iOS 11 beta, it has added a new social sharing feature, allowing users to set up a public profile to share what they're listening to.

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07:53
Killer Deals: Save $70 to $120 instantly on Apple...




First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $70 and $120 on every new Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. In addition to the promo code and instant cash savings, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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07:44
Researchers use quantum physics for counterfeit...

Scientists from Lancaster University have developed a foolproof anti-counterfeiting measure using a combination of quantum physics and smartphone technology. Previously, the team created unique atomic-scale IDs based on irregularities found in 2D mat...

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07:35
The Smart Keyboard makes the 10.5-inch iPad Pro a...

I’ve used a few third-party keyboards with the iPad Pro in the past, but for some strange reason I’ve never opted to give Apple’s very-own Smart Keyboard a fair shake. In hindsight, that was a huge miscalculation on my part, as I’m quickly learning since I received the 10.5-inch iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard in tow.

It’s now my opinion that you should strongly consider pairing the 10.5-inch iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard, because it fundamentally changes the device for the better. It’s not perfect, but the amount of convenience that it brings to the table makes it highly worth considering. Have a look at our video commentary for 15 reasons why I think the Smart Keyboard is a must-have iPad Pro accessory....

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07:30
Mac compatible Bomb Defense explodes onto Steam

Bomb Defense has been released as one of the first games through the new Steam Direct program that replaced Steam Greenlight. The game is now available for Mac, Windows and Linux systems for $3.99 until July 12. After this date, it will be $4.99. 

Here’s how the game is described: “Bomb Defense is a completely different take on the tower defense genre. Combining it with the Puzzle genre, making for a difficult game.

You get a limited amount of money to buy traps, bombs, turrets and walls and place them in clever positions to defend against enemies trying to harm your curious little kitten Mimi who, for some reason, keeps wandering into an array of sinister dungeons and graveyards.

“Any less than optimal defensive plan, or any small mistake in executing it will lead to the death of your kitten. Given your budget for a level, you need to carefully think what objects to buy and carefully plan the exact spots...

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07:26
You don't need a headset to see these 'no-...

Genuine, Princess Leia-type color holograms are still pretty rare. Most of what we think of as holograms are actually Pepper's Ghost, Tupac-style illusions that trick your brain by using 2D images to simulate 3D. A French artist named Joanie Lemercie...

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07:04
Volvo's parent company acquires flying car...

Geely -- the Chinese company who owns Volvo -- has just acquired the startup behind the world's most promising flying car. Known for the impressive vertical takeoff and landing vehicle called the "Transition", Terrafugia is the company that's come th...

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06:43
'Assassin's Creed' is becoming an...

Less than a year since the release of the Assassin's Creed film adaptation, Ubisoft is set to revisit the world of its hit game franchise in the form of an anime series. Producer Adi Shankar claims the show will be his next project, after Netlifx's C...

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06:40
Comment: Photobucket’s ‘ransom demand’ illustrates...

There’s an old maxim that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, meaning that anything which appears to be free will have a hidden cost somewhere.

In the tech sector, ‘free’ services generally operate using one of two different business models. The first is ad-funded, where – as the more recently-coined saying has it – you’re the product, not the customer. Some cheat the system by using ad-blockers, but most of us recognize that someone has to pay the bills, and accept exposure to ads as fair exchange for the benefit we receive.

The other model is the upsell, where you get a basic service free of charge but the company hopes to persuade you to pay for access to more features or storage. This again can be fair enough, but one company has just taken a particularly underhand approach to this …

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06:29
Tesco adds Uber rewards as the Clubcard goes...

As reward programmes go, none come much bigger than the Tesco Clubcard. Now in its 23rd year, the UK supermarket giant's points scheme has more than 16.5 million customers, who typically carry their personalised card on their keyring. As rivals conti...

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06:22
Atomic 'photos' help make gene editing...

Believe it or not, scientists haven't had a close-up look at CRISPR gene editing. They've understood its general processes, but not the minutiae of what's going on -- and that raises the risk of unintended effects. They'll have a much better understa...

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06:02
Milky Way's fastest stars could be runaways...

The fastest-moving stars in our galaxy, known as hypervelocity stars, may have a more interesting backstory than scientists first thought, according to new research from Cambridge University.

Astronomers initially believed these super-rare stars --...

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06:00
Experience wireless iPhone charging today with these...

This fall, Apple is expected to finally join the ranks of smartphone manufacturers that support wireless charging, but until then most of us will still have to use our charging cable or dock. Why not get a jump on wireless charging without needing to buy a new iPhone? These XVIDA Magnetic iPhone Charging Kits (US$93) include a charging stand and a special case that not only protects your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, but also uses the Qi wireless charging protocol to take your drained iPhone battery back up to 100%.

Qi uses inductive charging. All you need to do is take the iPhone in the XVIDA case and place it near the charging stand, and powerful magnets guide and hold the phone while it's being charged. When the iPhone is...

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05:55
Austin Mann: 10 years of iPhone photography evolution

Austin Mann, photographer:

Earlier this month, I realized June 29 would mark the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone and began diving into the images I’ve shot with iPhone over the years. As I glanced through the archive, I realized what an amazing journey the last 10 years has been and thought I’d share some of the highlights with you.

Lots of history here. My favorite bit from this dive into the iPhone history rabbit-hole is Austin’s take on the original rollout:

I can still remember the morning of June 29, 2007. I was living in NYC, working at an ad agency, McCann-Erickson. Though I had been following the release of the iPhone and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one, I knew I couldn’t spend the day in line waiting as I had responsibilities at work.

I arrived at my office, however, and my very cool boss looked at me and said, “Austin, what are you doing here?” I was a little confused as it was a standard work day and I was on time. “What do you mean...

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05:46
Apple’s ‘spaceship campus’ is transforming the...

Apple’s new Cupertino, California headquarters — a a $5 billion, four-story, 2.8 million-square-foot ring that can be seen from space and that locals call the spaceship — “has already helped transform the surrounding area,” according to the New York Times.

In nearbySunnyvale, 95 development projects are in the planning stages. The city manager, Deanna J. Santana, toldthe Times that she had never seen such action before. In Cupertino, a Main Street living and dining complex opened in early 2016. This downtown enclave includes the Lofts, a 120-unit apartment community opening this fall; small shops; and numerous restaurants and cafes.

Other local businesses are also gearing up...

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05:44
This is not a drawing

Follow the link and marvel at this impressive piece of macro photography. When I came across this, my first instinct was that this was a photorealistic drawing, a cartoon. But no, it’s the real deal.

Cool.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:40
New York Times on Apple Park

Kathy Chin Leong, New York Times:

City officials and residents say this project is like nothing they’ve seen before. It is even bringing tourists.

Onlookers snap pictures of the spaceship from the streets. TV helicopters circle above. Amateur photographers ask residents if they can stand on driveways to operate their drones, hoping to get a closer look at Apple Park.

And:

The entire project shows off Apple’s obsession with details. The custom windows were made in Germany and are considered the world’s largest panels of curved glass. One pair of glass doors is 92 feet high. The finish on the underground concrete garage, said David Brandt, Cupertino’s city manager, is so shiny it is almost like glass.

“Mind-blowing, mind-blowing, mind-blowing,” the mayor, Savita Vaidhyanathan, said about her visit to the site. “I saw the underground 1,000-seat theater and the carbon-fiber roof. The roof was made in Dubai, and it was transported and assembled here. I...

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05:33
Another take on the 10.5″ iPad Pro

M.G. Siegler on being asked which iPad is the one to buy:

When pressed, my answer was that for most people, the 9.7″ iPad was probably the one to get. With the latest iterations of the iPad Pro, I think the answer is now much more clear: the new 10.5″ variety is the one to get.

The screen size gap has been closed a bit. The speed gap has been completely erased. The 10.5″ iPad Pro is absolutely amazing.

And:

When you start to use the 10.5″ and then try to go back, you cannot. The 9.7″ iPad feels short and stubby in a way similar to how the 3.5″ iPhone felt after using the 4″ variety. The smaller one now feels like a clown iPad.

And:

Size aside, the screen with its much touted 120Hz refresh rate is incredible. Again, it’s one of those things you have to either be a hardcore iPad user or use a newer iPad Pro versus an older iPad side-by-side to truly appreciate. Everything is just so much smoother.

At first, it’s a little weird. It...

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05:30
Feds oppose retroactive European tax bill filed...

A report from Reuters claims that two sources within the Trump administration have filed with the European Union General Court to opposition the $14.8 billion mandate by the European Commission against Apple. One of the two sources claims the appeals court will heard the case in late 2018.

Last year the EU ruled that Apple must repay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes dating back to 2003-2014. Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency claimed that Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have attracted investment and jobs by helping big companies avoid tax in other countries, including EU members. Ireland Finance Minister Noonan said the country "disagrees profoundly" with the back tax ruling by the European Commission. 

Tim Cook has branded the European Commission ruling “total political crap.” Apple’s CEO also suggested the "retroactive" tax...

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05:29
Apple Park campus creating property boom as both...

Only a small number of employees have so far moved into the new Apple Park campus, but its presence has already created a boom in the number of property developments, reports the New York Times. Prices of existing properties are said to have doubled in price since 2011.

Local businesses are also gearing up for an anticipated boost in demand …

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05:29
NASA will crash a satellite into an asteroid

NASA is one step closer to testing its proposed line of defence against the threat of a potential asteroid impact on Earth. The "kinetic impactor technique" essentially involves smashing a spacecraft into an asteroid to bounce it away from the Earth....

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05:15
Rumor: Next-gen iPhones to feature wireless charging...

It looks like there’s some interesting news where the 2017 iPhones and their charging features are concerned.

A current rumor has suggested that the iPhone 8 and its companion devices, the “iPhone 7s” and the “iPhone 7s Plus” will all adopt glass bodies with metal frames to facilitate WPC-standard wireless charging functionality. WPC-standard refers to the Wireless Power Consortium, which supports the Qi wireless charging functionality built into many Android devices.

Per KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, wireless charging will be available as an option accessory alongside the new iPhones. As such, it might not be a default feature out of the box. The rumor is in line with predictions that the iPhone 8 will support inductive charging rather than a true wireless charging feature.

Kuo also believes that while the iPhone 8 will include an embedded USB-C power delivery IC for higher charging efficiency, it will continue to ship with the same 5W power...

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05:14
Hands on with Photos for macOS High Sierra

Jason Snell, Six Colors:

This week Apple is unleashing the first public betas of the next versions of its two major operating systems, iOS and macOS, on the world. One of the major areas of improvement in macOS High Sierra is to the Photos app, which is only a couple of years old and has plenty of room to grow. I literally wrote the book on Photos, so it’s been interesting to watch Apple’s replacement for iPhoto as it has grown and changed.

Here’s a look at the changes and new features coming to Photos for Mac as a part of macOS High Sierra.

A brand new editing pane, support for third party editors has been enhanced, and much more. If you use Photos on your Mac, take the time to read through this.

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05:00
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone could replace Touch ID with...

It’s a rumor, but it’s a pretty interesting rumor.

Bloomberg has reported that Apple is currently testing using 3D facial detection as a replacement for Touch ID fingerprint authentication. The report also states that the next-gen iPhone 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.

As quoted:

With the iPhone 8 expected to feature a design with a dramatically reduced bezel, analysts have made various predictions about where Touch ID will go including within the display (as Qualcomm recently displayed), behind the iPhone, and in the power switch.

The article also notes that the facial recognition feature could replace the Touch ID system for unlocking devices and authorizing payments:

…Apple is testing an improved security system that allows users to log in, authenticate payments, and launch secure apps by scanning their face, according to...

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05:00
Apple wants to help you improve your golf game

Apple wants to help you improve your golf game. The company has been granted a patent (number 9,697,540) for “golf score, marketing, and reporting system and method of operation.”

And forget CarPlay. We’re talking GolfPlay!

The invention relates generally to systems in which golfers keep their scores using a mobile or portable computing device (most certainly an iPhone) that’s handheld or integrated into or attached to a golf car and/or which provides ads to golfers through such computing device. 

What’s more, the patent involves a comprehensive golf scoring, marketing and reporting system and method in which golf scores and/or other information (e.g., information pertaining to selected advertisements) are automatically reported and/or communicated to a golfer upon completion of or during a round of golf. 

The scenario is this: a golfer operates a mobile terminal during play of a round of golf. The mobile terminal displays at least an electronic score...

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04:30
GEAR 4's Buckingham is the perfect keyboard...

By Chris Gannon

If you are looking for a keyboard less case for your 9.7-inch iPad, your search is over. This case has it all: the Gear 4 Buckingham, but a better name may be “simply genius” because that would describe this case perfectly.

The first thing you’ll notice from this case is the simple build. Simple but of great quality. You won’t have to worry about putting your expensive iPad in the Buckingham. The tablet fits in the holder very snugly, so you don’t at all have to worry about it falling out. 

At the same time — and this may be one of my favorite thing about the Buckingham — it’s also not too hard to get out the iPad out and use it without the case. I don’t care how great any case is, part of the joy of using an iPad is for reading with no case attached. That’s very easy to do with the Buckingham.

The case features six inside...

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04:22
‘Rome: Total War – Alexander’ strategy game coming...

Feral Interactive has announced that it is porting the strategy game Rome: Total War – Alexander from Windows to the iPad sometime this summer. The iPad version of the original Rome: Total War – Alexander game is already available, alongside Barbarian Invasion …

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04:00
How to set a different return address in macOS...

Need to change your email address in macOS Sierra’s Mail app? It’s easy. With Mail open, click “Mail” in the upper left hand corner of your screen. Click Accounts, then Preferences.

Choose the email account you wish to alter.  You’ll see a box that says “Email Address.” It will show the email address currently being used by the account. Click in the box to make a change.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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03:52
Airline cabin ban on laptops & tablets further...

We learned earlier this week that Abu Dhabi airport was being exempted from the ban imposed on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on certain US-bound flights, and the same now applies to two airlines flying from different airports …

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Tuesday July 4

16:30
US Government Seeks To Intervene in Apple's EU...

The U.S. government has sought to intervene in Apple's appeal against an EU order to pay back up to 13 billion euros ($14.8 billion) in Irish taxes, Reuters is reporting. From a report: iPhone maker Apple took its case to the Luxembourg-based General Court, Europe's second-highest, in December after the European Commission issued the record tax demand saying the U.S. company won sweetheart tax deals from the Irish government which amounted to illegal subsidies. The decision was criticized by the Obama administration which said the European Union was helping itself to cash that should have ended up in the United States. The Trump administration, which has tentatively proposed a tax break on $2.6 trillion in corporate profits being held offshore as part of its tax reform, has not said anything in public about the case.


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14:28
Deals: 9.7" iPads for $299; $20-$150 off Apple...




As 4th of July celebrations continue, the deals are heating up on Apple devices. Pick up a 9.7" iPad for $299 with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Or scoop up an Apple Watch 2 at up to $150 off with prices starting at $349. Apple's Space Gray 256GB 13" MacBook Pro with function keys is also $50 off this week.

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12:58
∞ Pangolins are the cutest animals you’ve never...

I’ve heard of them but knew next to nothing about them. And they are damn cute.

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12:30
How 'League of Legends' can shape the...

League of Legends is a driving force of the eSports industry. With more than 100 million players around the world and tournaments that regularly sell out stadiums including the Staples Center and Madison Square Garden, League represents the epitome o...

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11:51
Apple's Fifth Avenue temporary store in NYC...




Apple has pulled the glass completely off the underground venue for the New York City Fifth Avenue Store and opened up a temporary location right next door. AppleInsider visits the construction site, and the temporary store.

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11:00
Facebook is fighting the US on user data requests

Facebook is challenging the government over data searches that are possibly related to protests that happened during Donald Trump's inauguration. According to information dug up by Buzzfeed, Facebook received warrants from prosecutors to search three...

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10:41
Feds said to have filed appeal opposing Apple's...




In a first formal step opposing the blockbuster tax ruling by the European Union, the U.S. government has reportedly filed with the European Union General Court to opposition the $14.8 billion mandate by the European Commission.

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10:05
Nokia's new smartphones start at £120 in the UK

Now Nokia's name is back in the public consciousness thanks to the all the hype surrounding the 3310 reissue, manufacturer HMD Global is onto more serious matters: Bringing Nokia back as a smartphone brand. HMD first announced the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 ba...

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09:59
US government reportedly set to intervene in Apple $...

Apple is currently facing a legal battle with the EU over an August ruling that the company must pay €13 billion in ‘illegal tax benefits’. Whilst Ireland has said Apple owes no additional tax, the EU believes the Apple-Irish arrangement was unlawful.

Reuters is reporting that the US government are now intervening in the appeal process …

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09:53
With Bixby still MIA, Samsung scrambling to build...




On the heels of Apple's HomePod announcement, Samsung is said to be working on its own foray into the smart speaker space, although the South Korean company's voice-driven personal assistant, Bixby, hasn't even launched in the U.S.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Unlimited VPN Subscription $40...

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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09:11
Unhappy with 'iPhone 8' rumors? Apple will...




Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away -- and the latest "iPhone 8" rumors suggest that Touch ID could be leaving with the top-end device. But even if the widely feared (yet still unconfirmed) scenario does actually take place, you've still got options.

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09:00
When tech nostalgia goes too far

Nintendo had a bonafide smash on its hands with the NES Classic. And it looks like the SNES mini console will fly off of store shelves just as quickly. But it's not the only company looking to cash in on your nostalgia. Nowadays, there are reboots of...

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08:15
Surprise: Samsung is building a Bixby-powered AI...

Samsung is developing its own voice-activated smart speaker incorporating its Bixby virtual assistant, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

Codenamed 'Vega', the AI-powered speaker will be Samsung's offering in a market already crowde...

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08:08
Apple reduces cost of iPhones, iPads in India...




Apple cut the price its products in India this week, discounting its iPhones by up to 7.5 percent alongside reduced-cost iPads and Mac systems, with the pricing adjustment coinciding with the introduction of major sales-related tax reforms in the country.

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07:30
Volkswagen’s e-Golf sits in the past while looking...

Volkswagen is betting on an electric future. After years of Dieselgate and the public relations and financial fallout of that gaff, the automaker wants to move on. So it's been talking at length about its upcoming electric platform to distance itself...

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06:39
Imagination Technologies slams Apple for ditching...




Apple's previous chip manufacturer Imagination Technologies has returned to profitability on paper, but has made no progress with Apple regarding its contention that the iPhone manufacturer won't be able to make its own GPU technology without infringement.

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06:25
Next iPhone might use 3D face-scanning tech instead...

Enlarge (credit: Veniamin Geskin)

The next iPhone (the iPhone 7S, iPhone 8?), which is due to be released in September, might replace the TouchID fingerprint sensor with whole-face 3D scanning.

According to Bloomberg, which is usually quite reliable when it comes to Apple rumours, the face-scanning tech will allow iPhone users to log in, authenticate payments, and unlock secure apps. This will be powered by a new 3D sensor. Apple is also testing eye scanning tech, which would provide additional security and redundancy alongside the face scanner. The tech might be ready for the next iPhone, or it might not be, according to people familiar with the...

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06:01
Microsoft's "Zo" chatbot picked up...

It seems that creating well-behaved chatbots isn't easy. Over a year after Microsoft's "Tay" bot went full-on racist on Twitter, its successor "Zo" is suffering a similar affliction.

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05:45
After Apple’s HomePod announcement, Samsung said to...

Competition appears to be heating up in the voice-based intelligent speaker market, with Samsung the latest company said to be planning its own version.

more…

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05:45
BBC to spend millions luring kids back from Netflix...

For decades, the BBC has provided a huge amount of resources for children, whether it be TV programming, online games or GCSE revision guides. But gradually over time, companies like Netflix, Amazon and Google -- not necessarily rival broadcasters, a...

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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.

more…

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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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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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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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∞ 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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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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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.

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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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