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Sunday June 11

14:06
Microsoft unveils the Xbox One X, the most powerful...

Say hello to the Xbox One X, Microsoft's successor to the Xbox One. Previously known as "Project Scorpio," it was first teased at last year's E3, and we caught a glimpse at its powerful hardware a few months ago. The big takeaway? It's significantly...

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13:48
'Need for Speed: Payback' and the business...

Need for Speed and Burnout are completely different franchises. Both are arcade racers, sure, but the former kind of starts and stops with outrunning the cops in Lamborghinis and other supercars at extremely high speeds. The latter used unlicensed kn...

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13:30
We're live from Microsoft's E3 2017 Xbox...

Microsoft will answer three important questions today: How much Project Scorpio, its high-powered Xbox One, will cost; what the console's name will be; and when we can actually buy it. Lucky for you, you can follow along with your favorite members of...

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13:28
Watch Microsoft's Xbox E3 2017 event live right...

Microsoft is getting down to business a little early this year and kicking off its E3 announcements on Sunday. We're on the scene in Los Angeles ready to bring you all of the news as its announced -- including the latest on Project Scorpio. However,...

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13:05
For 'NBA Live 18,' it's about...

Long after its groundbreaking launch in 1995, EA's flagship basketball game has had a troubled run this decade but NBA Live 18 shows that it may be able to turn things around. After missing last year entirely (following a hiatus between the 2010 and...

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12:30
American military backs an entirely new kind of...

Virtually every processor you see is based on the same basic (Von Neumann) computing model: they're designed to access large chunks of sequential data and fill their caches as often as possible. This isn't the quickest way to accomplish every task,...

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11:43
'FIFA 18' isn't out yet and I'm...

There was a brief period of time last year when I was playing Pro Evolution Soccer more than FIFA. It was hard to wrap my head around that, considering EA's franchise had been my number one choice since it was known as FIFA International Soccer back...

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10:55
Malware downloader infects your PC without a mouse...

You think you're safe from malware since you never click suspicious-looking links, then somebody finds a way to infect your PC anyway. Security researchers have discovered that cybercriminals have recently started using a malware downloader that inst...

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10:44
Microsoft's Project Scorpio could cost $499

There's no doubt that Microsoft's Project Scorpio will be expensive given its 4K-ready hardware. But just how expensive? Apparently, Geoff Keighley knows. The well-connected gaming persona now has "confidence" that Project Scorpio will sell for $499...

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10:25
'Star Wars Battlefront II' is a friendlier...

It's hard to talk about EA's multiplayer Star Wars shooter without accidentally stumbling over your words and mentioning the company's other large-scale war series: Battlefield. It's only natural. Long before Disney gave Electronic Arts the exclusive...

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10:02
Watch: 2017 MacBook Pro with Kaby Lake CPU vs. Apple...




Released in late 2016, the redesigned MacBook Pro without Touch Bar came with Intel's previous-generation Skylake processors. This month, they were refreshed with next-gen Kaby Lake processors, and AppleInsider put the two models head to head to compare their performance.

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10:00
The passion behind the prison break in 'A Way...

There's one scene in A Way Out that operates as a continuous tracking shot, seamlessly following two convicts as they tear through the interior of a large hospital, leaping over gurneys and slinking through air vents with a cadre of police officers h...

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09:29
Uber considers sidelining its CEO

Uber has been taking steps to clean up its toxic corporate culture, such as firing employees and hiring experts, but the most dramatic changes might be right around the corner. Both Reuters and Recode have learned that Uber's board is holding a meeti...

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08:00
After Math: Missed connections

It was sort of an eventful week for things that almost happened. A 40-year-old astronomy anomaly turned out to really just be a passing comet, a pair of people spent two full days in their second life, and even Republicans are getting tired of Trump'...

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06:45
Orphan Black has changed the game for TV visual...

Orphan Black is a great TV show even without the amazing visual effects. Fellow Canadian Tatiana Maslany should have won a dozen Emmy awards over the show’s five-year run.

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06:30
Ben Heck’s Logic Gate board game: Adventures in LCD...

After deciding to use an LCD screen for the Logic Gate board game, Ben gets to work on programming the Pic32mz series microcontroller in MPLab X IDE. Using the programming software and Direct Memory Access (DMA) transfers, Ben learns how to displ...

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06:03
Watch EA's E3 2017 event in under 13 minutes

The action at E3 2017 has officially started. EA tipped its hand yesterday with an event full of big announcements. If you weren't able to catch the news on Madden 18, FIFA 18, Battlefront II, A Way Out, Anthem and more already, don't worry. We've di...

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05:30
External Link: iOS App Review Prompts Become Less...

Many apps nag users to leave reviews in the App Store, causing significant irritation. Apple addressed this annoyance in part by creating its own review prompt interface in iOS 10.3 and has now gone the rest of the way by requiring developers to use it. With Apple’s solution, apps are allowed to bug you for reviews only three times per year, you can leave a rating from the prompt without leaving the app, and once you leave a rating, that app can never bother you for a review again. In iOS 11, you’ll be able to turn off even these minimal prompts.

 

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04:23
First look: GoPro's upcoming QuikStories...




GoPro wants to automate the process of offloading, editing and creating videos on mobile devices from footage captured by its Hero 5 action camera, and QuikStories is its answer. AppleInsider got a sneak peek at the forthcoming software at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colo., this week.

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03:21
SpaceX could send its biggest rocket to space in...

SpaceX is preparing a used booster for relaunch on June 17th, but it's apparently getting its heavy lift rocket ready for lift off sometime this year, as well. According to company chief Elon Musk's response to one of his Twitter followers, all three...

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00:37
'Kingdom Hearts 3' trailer shows combat,...

Our long wait for Kingdom Hearts 3... is probably not close to ending. Still, fans can enjoy a new trailer that Square Enix premiered tonight at the LA performance of the Kingdom Hearts World Tour. There's plenty of gameplay and combat, as Sora, Dona...

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Saturday June 10

22:33
Chevy Bolt EV goes on sale nationally a month early

Chevrolet has been slowly rolling out the Bolt EV to more states ever since the car's introduction last December. Originally, the Bolt was supposed to go on sale in all 50 states as of September 2017, but General Motors has moved up its plans. GM rep...

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20:40
WWDC17 Scholarship winner Kenny Batista shared his...




Nineteen year old app developer Kenny Batista was one of roughly 300 scholarship winners Apple invited to its Worldwide Developer Conference last week. He met up with us to talk about his experiences and joined the AppleInsider podcast this week from WWDC.

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19:57
States vow to block any vehicle emissions standards...

California isn't the only state that will openly defy the White House if it rolls back any of the vehicle emission standards set by the Obama administration. The attorneys general of New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington District of Columbia, I...

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19:50
Lowest Prices Anywhere: 2016 13" Touch Bar...




Those looking for rock bottom prices can save up to $400 instantly on Late 2016 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with no tax outside NY and NJ. Apple's 2016 12-inch MacBooks are also discounted by up to $250 with prices starting at $1,099.

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18:23
The Switch version of 'FIFA 18' doesn...

If you were wondering how Switch versions of conventional sports games would compare to their PS4 and Xbox One counterparts, you just got your answer. EA has detailed the Switch edition of FIFA 18, and it's evident that you're getting a full-fledged...

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16:56
Amazon star Richard Hammond involved in electric car...

It's a scary day for both The Grand Tour viewers and the motoring world at large. Amazon has revealed that show co-host Richard Hammond was involved in a crash while filming Grand Tour's second season in Switzerland. Hammond thankfully escaped with o...

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16:21
Xbox One S bundles will be $50 cheaper starting...

Microsoft's Xbox One S is getting a $50 price cut in the US tomorrow. That brings the regular, non-bundle price down to $199, which is $50 cheaper than the 1TB, gold PS4 "slim" which Sony announced last week. It's not clear, however, if this is a per...

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15:02
New iOS 11 Settings Will Stop Apps From Tracking...

An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:
Apple is giving users the option to enable much stricter location rules with iOS 11, according to MacRumors. The company began this effort last year by adding a new option to iOS 10 that grants apps access to your location only while they're actively being used. But this "while in use" setting is up to developers to actually enable. The vast majority of popular apps did integrate that new feature. Others, however -- Uber chief among them -- still force iPhone users to choose between always or never providing location data. The latter choice breaks the functionality of an app like Uber, leaving customers with really only one option. Apple seems poised to eliminate this false choice in iOS 11 by making the "while in use" restriction available for every app.


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14:48
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression is more affordable than ever with the Seaboard Block MIDI controller, the Native Instruments virtual modular synth platform gets a new line of instruments/effects and our favorite new iOS music production app KRFT is getting some major MIDI updates and more. We also have some nice freebie instruments for your Logic Pro X/Kontakt setup… more…

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14:15
World's smallest wireless earbuds launch on...

Touch earbuds, available in black or white

Sure, Apple's AirPods are great...for some people. But there are some who don't like the fit and others who don't like the dangly bits. Fortunately, there are alternatives, and now the team at Crowdcreate are launching the Touch earbuds on Tuesday on Indiegogo. 

This team has a proven track record, having designed and delivered the Dot Headset on Indiegogo two years ago. With the Touch earbuds, the company has removed the tiny buttons on the Dot and replaced them with a touch-sensitive surface. In addition, they've added Bluetooth 4.2 and a redesigned RF module, meaning that this set of buds will have industry leading range and stability.

The black Touch earbuds and charging case

The Touch earbuds will sell for $199 when they hit the...

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14:00
What EA learned from 'Mass Effect' will...

When I spoke to Electronic Arts' executive vice president Patrick Soderlund last week, Kotaku's report about why Mass Effect: Andromeda turned out so poorly hadn't been published yet. Nonetheless, when I asked him about the flawed game's development...

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13:42
Podcasts in iOS 11: Interface updates, support for...

New for Podcasts in iOS 11: Apple is bringing a handful of new podcasts features to iOS 11, both for users and creators. The new features were highlighted during a developer session on Friday and include a redesign to the Podcasts design, updates to the Podcasts spec, and more…

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13:20
In-App Purchase Scams in the App Store

Great investigative piece by Johnny Lin looking into a top-10 highest grossing app named “Mobile protection :Clean & Security VPN” (punctuation and grammatical errors sic), from a developer named Ngan Vo Thi Thuy:

“Full Virus, Malware scanner”: What? I’m pretty sure it’s
impossible for any app to scan my iPhone for viruses or malware,
since third party apps are sandboxed to their own data, but let’s
keep reading…

“You will pay $99.99 for a 7-day subscription”

Uhh… come again?

There should be no “virus and malware” scanners in the App Store. None. iOS does not need anti-virus software. The App Store sandboxing rules mean that anti-virus software couldn’t really do anything useful anyway. And by allowing them to be listed on the store, it creates the false impression that Apple thinks you might need...

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13:11
'Star Wars Battlefront II' campaign looks...

Star Wars Battlefront II is definitely much bigger than its predecessor -- but we know that. EA's E3 presentation did its best to balance new multiplayer tid-bits (Chewbacca, the planet Naboo, Yoda, Darth Maul, Rey and more) with the highly-anticipat...

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12:57
Google reveals when it'll stop supporting Pixel...

Wondering when you should upgrade your Nexus or Pixel? Google has updated its support page to reflect when it will no longer offer telephone and online support for the devices, and you can use that info to make a decision. In the past, the big G prom...

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12:54
'Anthem' is BioWare's brand-new open...

The team behind Mass Effect has something new up its sleeves. BioWare today revealed Anthem, a new open-world franchise seemingly set in a futuristic, jungle-ridden universe. The teaser shows a mech of some kind and a big beastie screeching into the...

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12:45
‘A Way Out’ is a splitscreen-only prison break game

It's been a while since we heard anything about Hazelight, the Stockholm-based studio led by Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons' director Josef Fares. The team broke cover at The Game Awards in 2014, a brief teaser trailer in tow that showed two men travel...

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12:34
'FIFA 18' will continue 'The Journey...

One of the best additions to FIFA 17 was 'The Journey', a mode that put players in the shoes of a fictional young star called Alex Hunter. Today at EA's E3 press conference, it was confirmed that FIFA 18 will pick up his story after the events of the...

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12:31
'Madden 18' story mode looks a lot like...

The rumors were true: EA is bringing FIFA 17's story mode to the realm of American football. EA has revealed that Madden 18 will include a Longshot campaign that sees you fill the cleats of Devin Wade, a "forgotten prospect" hoping to make the cut i...

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11:35
Watch EA's E3 2017 event live right here at 3PM...

The big names aren't waiting until next week to reveal what they have for us at E3 2017. EA is kicking things off today with its event at 3PM ET/12PM PT. We're expecting details on games like Star Wars: Battlefront II, FIFA 18, Madden 18, NBA Live 18...

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11:23
Report details how scammers are abusing App Store...

Prior to WWDC last week, Apple highlighted that it has now paid developers over $70 billion through the App Store, with $21 billion of that occurring the last year. A new post on Medium from Johnny Lin, however, highlights that not all of that $70 billion is necessarily legitimate…

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11:10
Inside The Mill’s mind-bending alternate reality art...

I stepped inside a small, dark room in a large, airy loft space in New York's Soho district early Wednesday morning. Our host fitted me with an HTC Vive and told to explore the world around me. Within moments, I was trapped in a glass box, surrounded...

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10:20
This week’s top stories (WWDC 2017): HomePod, iOS 11...

In this week’s top stories: This week was all about Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference where the company officially unveiled iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, its HomePod Siri speakers, new iPad Pro and iMac models and much more.

more…

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10:20
Review: Apple's new Kaby Lake 13" MacBook...




After less than a year on the market, the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar has been upgraded with Intel's Kaby Lake processor -- and a lower price. Are the changes (and downgrade, in one notable case) to get the price down enough to get you to buy one?

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09:45
We're live from E3 2017 in Los Angeles!

Oh, how time flies. We are back in Los Angeles to cover the world's biggest gaming event, E3. As ever, you can expect the next week to be full of news about the latest video games and, of course, upcoming consoles like Microsoft's "Project Scorpio."...

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09:38
America's Five Biggest Tech Stocks Lost $97...

An anonymous reader quotes CNBC:
The so-called "big five" -- Apple , Alphabet Class A shares, Microsoft , Facebook and Amazon -- lost more than $97.5 billion in market value between the close on Thursday and the close on Friday, according to FactSet, dragging the Nasdaq to its worst week of the year. Shares of Apple fell nearly 4 percent on Friday, while the other four companies fell more than 3 percent. For most of the day, only 3 stocks in the S&P 500 tech sector were in the green: IBM , Teradata and Western Union . Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Alphabet all traded more than 2 times their 30-day average volume... "They're just plain overbought," said David Bahnsen founder, managing director and chief investment officer of The Bahnsen Group, a private wealth management firm. "They are extremely stretched from a valuation standpoint."
CNN notes the drop occurred "after a Goldman Sachs analyst questioned this year's run-up in the industry's five biggest names...

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09:00
Recommended Reading: Netflix trims its library of...

'The Get Down,' 'Sense8'
Cancellations Signal
That Netflix's Originals
Are 'Destructible'
Daniel Holloway,
Variety

In the span of about a week, Netflix cancelled both The Get Down and Sense8 -- two noteworthy series from its slate of original show...

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07:45
Tim Cook visits Boston Apple retail store, attends...

Tim Cook yesterday gave the commencement speech at MIT, speaking on the importance of humanity and citing Steve Jobs several times. Following the commencement address, Cook headed to Apple’s Boylston Street retail location, as well as Fenway Park for a Red Sox game….

more…

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07:30
Visa dreams of turning your entire home into a cash...

In a world where you can pay for goods with the tap of your phone, send money to anyone with an app and do most of your shopping online, credit cards seem a bit long in the tooth. Visa is looking to toss them almost completely, replacing them with a...

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07:07
You can now watch Apple’s full WWDC 2017 keynote on...

As WWDC week comes to a close, Apple overnight uploaded its full keynote address to YouTube. While the video has been available on Apple’s website for a few days, the upload to YouTube makes it easier to find for those who didn’t get a chance to watch the live stream.

more…

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07:02
∞ Baby capybara enjoy spa shower

Take a moment this weekend to smile and giggle at capybaras having a shower.

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06:33
What’s new in watchOS 4? Hands-on with 50+ features...

As we did with the beta release of iOS 11, we’ve taken some time to walk through many of the new features and changes found in watchOS 4. While the Apple Watch software isn’t busting at the seams with new features like iOS 11, there are still quite a few new goodies and changes to be found. In this hands-on video walkthrough, we step through many of the new additions in watchOS 4. more…

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06:00
The best flashlight

By Doug Mahoney

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. Re...

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06:00
Apple updates MacBook Air with a speed bump

If you blinked you probably missed it during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote last Monday. The Cupertino-based company updated its lowest-priced laptop with a faster processor.

The MacBook Air now has a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, a bump up from the 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 that was released over two years ago. The MacBook Air’s processor is a 5th generation Broadwell chip, which is two generations older than the Kaby Lake processors in the new MacBook Pro and MacBook.

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05:30
Study: nearly 80% of outdated government computers...

BitSight, which specializes in security ratings, has released a new report titled, "A Growing Risk Ignored: Critical Updates," analyzing more than 35,000 companies from industries across the globe over the last year, to better understand the usage of outdated computer operating systems and Internet browsers, the time to it took to update operating systems once a new release was made available, and how these practices correlate to data breaches. 

The data shows that there are large gaps in asset management programs across the globe. And this includes Macs.

Using evidence of security incidents from networks around the world, the BitSight Security Ratings Platform applies algorithms to produce daily security ratings for organizations, ranging from 250 to 900, where higher ratings equate to lower risk. 

To look at the spread of operating systems and Internet browsers, researchers studied over 1.5 billion...

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05:30
External Link: The iPad’s Comeback Tour?

After a meteoric rise, iPad sales have been plummeting. Apple executives Craig Federighi and Phill Schiller sat down with BuzzFeed to discuss what the company is doing to boost the iPad’s growth, including less-expensive base models, the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and the many iPad-specific features of iOS 11. Some interesting tidbits: it took four years to develop the ProMotion technology in the new iPad Pro, and Apple now likens tablets to crossover vehicles instead of cars.

 

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05:00
U.S. personal computer market to grow 2.3% annually...

This should be great news for the Mac (and perhaps the Pad Pro) after this week’s WWDC announcements): the Daniel Research Group, a market research firm specializing in forecasting technology markets, predicts that the personal computer market (in which the firm includes tablets) will grow 2.3% annually over the next five years.

Three key causal factors will influence the total personal computing and communications market over the next five years; a mild economic slow-down in 2019-2020, an acceleration of tablet and desktop replacement rates, and the contraction of the tablet market.

While the Daniel Research Group expects desktop and mobile PC shipments to be slightly down this year (-0.8%) it anticipates healthy growth in 2018 (4.3%) before the economic slow-down moderates growth in 2019-2020 (1.6%, 1.9%), followed by a return to higher growth (4.6%) in 2020 as the economy recovers. Over the same...

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05:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Plex offers live TV on iOS

Live TV on your iPad? Plex goes there.

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup features live TV, another new Zen app, beautiful games, and more. Read on!

Plex

Image by Plex

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. Of course, with E3 unfolding it's hardly a regular weekend. Before the press conferences kick off, however, we'll tell you what to expect and recap Apple's big news for the week.

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04:00
Apple patent is for ‘hearing aid compatible audio...

Apple wants its iPhone to work better with hearing aids. The company has been granted a patent (number 9,672,804) for a “hearing aid compatible audio device with acoustic noise cancellation.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that hearing aids operate in either a microphone (acoustic) mode or a telecoil (inductive) mode. In the microphone mode, sound waves that are incident upon a microphone which is integrated in the hearing aid are converted into an electrical audio signal. In the telecoil mode, an induction coil (also referred to as a telecoil or T-coil), which may also be inside the hearing aid, picks up the local magnetic field that has been modulated by the receiver or a dedicated coil of a nearby telephone handset. 

In telecoil mode, hearing aids typically turn-off their internal microphone and only receive audio that has been modulated by the receiver of a nearby telephone handset. Accordingly, the hearing impaired user would not be able to hear the ambient...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News and Rumors: iOS 11, macOS...

Apple headlines for the week ending June 9, 2017

Image by Apple

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference dominated the week. You can see all the announcements here. You can also check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s slideshow. Just click on the Read More link to get more information.

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02:00
Sky Q tips and tricks: how to get the most from your...

There's no denying that the way we consume media has changed dramatically over the past few years. With the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, entertainment is increasingly on-demand, allowing you to access your favourite movie...

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01:40
Virgin V6: how to get the most out of your set-top...

In the home TV entertainment market, Sky and Virgin have been competing with each other for years. Then came the rise of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, and suddenly everything changed.

To stay ahead of the curve, Sky launched t...

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01:20
BBC iPlayer: tips, tricks and other useful features

The BBC has been at the forefront of broadcasting and entertainment since it launched in March 1922. Just over a decade ago, the broadcaster launched iPlayer, which quickly became one of the most popular ways to download and stream TV and radio shows...

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00:29
This week on AI: Apple unveils HomePod, new iPads,...




During its Monday WWDC keynote Apple delivered an onslaught of product announcements, including several new Macs and iPads, updated operating systems, and its first-ever smartspeaker, the HomePod. The company also teased future developments for the Apple TV, and both augmented and virtual reality.

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00:14
Chrome OS is ready to use printers without the cloud

Despite decades of attempts to straighten out the connections between printers and computers, it's a situation that always (at least for me) seems to have an extra complication. On Chrome OS, ever since launch it has by default relied on Google Cloud...

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00:00
Apple's New iPhones May Miss Out On Higher-...

Due to Apple's complicated way of managing the supply of the components embedded in its flagship devices, the company's upcoming iPhones may miss out on the higher-speed data links that many rival smartphones employ. "One of Apple's suppliers, Qualcomm, sells a modem capable of the 1 gigabit download speeds," reports Bloomberg. "Another supplier, Intel, is working on a modem with the same capability, but it won't be ready for the iPhone's introduction, according to people familiar with Apple's decision." From the report: Apple could in theory just use Qualcomm's chips, but it has an aversion to being dependent on a single supplier, and its relationship with San Diego-based Qualcomm is particularly thorny. Cupertino, California-based Apple is embroiled in a bitter legal fight with the chipmaker, accusing the supplier of maintaining an illegal monopoly, and it's seeking to loosen Qualcomm's grip on the market for high-end smartphone modems. That's why Apple will stick with Qualcomm...

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Friday June 9

22:41
Apple partners with Salesforce, Nuance to deliver...




On the last day of WWDC, Apple detailed Business Chat, its new enterprise customer support platform for iOS 11, leveraging iMessage Apps introduced in iOS 10 as well as integration with Maps, Safari and Spotlight search, in partnership with existing Customer Service Platforms (CSP) from Genesys, LivePerson, Nuance and Salesforce.

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20:34
'Black Panther' trailer previews a...

Tonight during the NBA Finals Disney/Marvel dropped the first trailer for next year's Black Panther movie. Directed by Ryan Coogler, it will be the first flick to take us into the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Chadwick Boseman takes the title...

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19:51
'Assassin's Creed Origins' could...

Ubisoft is expected to launch a new Assassin's Creed at E3 2017, but some Game Informer subscribers who got their next issue early might already have the details the developer plans to announce. Based on photographs of the magazine posted by HungryGh...

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18:59
Levar Burton is reading to you again on his new...

In a world where everyone has a podcast (or two -- you've subscribed to ours, right?), this new one is interesting. Levar Burton is joining the game with a new weekly storytelling podcast that should take millennials right back to their Reading Rainb...

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18:25
App Store Now Requires Developers To Use Official...

One of the new App Store policy changes made this week is the addition of section 1.1.7, which requires developers to use the official in-app rating UI added in iOS 10.3 and states that they "will disallow custom review prompts" going forward. 9to5Mac reports: When the new App Store rating API was introduced in the iOS 10.3 beta period at the start of the year, adoption was optional but Apple warned that it would eventually become mandatory. It seems that time has come. Here's the relevant addition to the App Store Review guidelines: "Use the provided API to prompt users to review your app; this functionality allows customers to provide an App Store rating and review without the inconvenience of leaving your app, and we will disallow custom review prompts." The language is pretty clear-cut, use the Apple API and stop using custom implementations. The change to the Apple API has some advantages and drawbacks for developers and users.

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17:10
Xbox exec reveals Scorpio has 9GB of RAM available...

We're still a couple of days away from seeing Microsoft officially reveal its Project Scorpio Xbox, but details continue to dribble out. Xbox & Windows gaming platform VP Mike Ybarra tweeted that the team "Unlocked extra GB of RAM for (game devel...

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17:06
In MIT speech, Tim Cook says Apple offered him a...




Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday delivered the 2017 commencement address for students of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in which he claimed that joining Apple gave him fundamental meaning in his life.

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16:12
Apple won't have gigabit downloads on '...




Although Apple already has access to Qualcomm modems with gigabit download speeds, it won't enable that bandwidth in upcoming iPhones due to its use of Intel chips as well, according to a report.

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16:04
App Store now requires developers to use official...

This makes me unreasonably happy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:00
Tim Cook: Technology should serve humanity, not the...

Technology Review:

Cook says the fact that the press doesn’t always give Apple credit for its AI may be due to the fact that Apple only likes to talk about the features of products it is ready to ship, while many others “sell futures.” Says Cook: “We are not going to go through things we’re going to do in 2019, ’20, ’21. It’s not because we don’t know that. It’s because we don’t want to talk about that.”

While he calls AI “profound” and increasingly capable of doing unbelievable things, on matters that require judgment he’s not comfortable with automating the human entirely out of the equation. “When technological advancement can go up so exponentially I do think there’s a risk of losing sight of the fact that tech should serve humanity, not the other way around.”

I think this is one of the reasons why I like Apple in general and Cook specifically – I wholeheartedly agree with him. Tech for tech’s sake has rarely interested me. But show me tech that makes my...

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15:52
Apple just hired the star of Stanford’s digital...

Another example of Apple’s “building block” approach. They are slowly but surely putting together a world class team to do…..who knows?

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Apple changes App Store rules to allow tips via in-...




Addressing a recent controversy, Apple this week updated App Store rules to allow tipping functions -- albeit with the company's usual 30 percent take from in-app transactions. Review pop-ups, meanwhile, must now make use of an official Apple API.

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14:57
∞ Final thoughts on WWDC in San Jose

People have been asking me two things all week—What did you think of Apple’s keynote announcements? And What did you think of WWDC in San Jose instead of having it in San Francisco? I largely covered my thoughts on the product announcements, including listening to HomePod, so I thought I’d give you some additional thoughts on WWDC in San Jose. […]

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14:29
Walmart Pay will hook new users with instant access...

When Walmart debuted its own in-house mobile payments service last year, the company was not afraid to roll it out quickly. Walmart Pay arrived in 4,600 stores nationwide in under two months, proving the retail giant could still be nimble -- especial...

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14:22
AWT News Update: June 9, 2017

Clouds, tips and inspiration -- that's what we have for this Friday afternoon on the AWT News Update podcast:

  • Dropbox plans to not only offer support for the iOS 11 Files app, but extend file capabilities for Dropbox system-wide
  • Apple will now allow developers to build "tip boxes" into apps, as long as the company gets its 30 percent cut
  • Inspiring words from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was the commencement speaker at MIT today

Our thanks to Tick, the sponsor of Apple World Today this week. Tick provides straightforward time management software to improve your bottom line. 

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

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14:05
GameStop confirms extensive credit card data breach

If you're a GameStop customer, check your mail. The company just sent out letters to online patrons confirming a suspected payment security breach.

In April, GameStop said they were looking into a possible data breach that might have put customers'...

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13:34
Apple deems Pepe 'objectionable' and bans...

Pepe the Frog is an amphibia non grata at the Apple App Store, according to a rejection letter sent to a developer. The letter, which the developer posted to r/The_Donald subreddit (because of course he did), argues that Pepe is "considered objection...

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12:55
PCIe 4.0 will be twice as fast as today's slots

We've been hearing about a new PCIe specification since 2011. That seems like an eon ago in technology time. PCI-SIG, the community responsible for maintaining these peripheral input/output (I/O) specifications has finally released the specs for PCI...

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12:32
Google's reCAPTCHA can tell you're not a...

Google's reCAPTCHA has evolved from distorted text, to street numbers, to "I'm not a robot" tickboxes and, most recently, to their new invisible system. And now the company is bringing its bot-fighting program to Android.

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12:30
Health in iOS 11 & watchOS 4: Diabetes...

New for Health in iOS 11 & watchOS 4: Apple is introducing a handful of new features for diabetes management as the Apple Watch gains the ability to connect directly to Bluetooth Low Power devices like those used for glucose monitoring.

Alongside the new diabetes management features, app developers are getting more access to Workout data and other Apple Watch features, swimming tracking is getting improvements, and Health is introducing new Activity categories for tracking different types of exercises including Tai Chi, Mixed Cardio, and Hand Cycling.

Head below for a roundup of new features coming to the Health app and watchOS 4 this fall:

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12:21
First look: CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 3 with 85W...




CalDigit's second Thunderbolt 3 dock has hit the AppleInsider test bench, and with it, the promise of full charging power for the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

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Palmer Luckey's virtual border wall: From...

"Disruption" was one of Silicon Valley's worst buzzwords. But it was the battle cry of the greedy and desperate of coding and grifting. It meant better and faster data harvesting, venture capitalists throwing money at anything convenient to the wealt...

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11:41
Sony slashes prices on the year's biggest games...

If you can't make it to LA this weekend and next week for the open-to-the-public E3, Sony still wants you to have a good time at home. In addition to a week of free access to multiplayer gaming sans a PlayStation Plus subscription (and a $10 discount...

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11:40
Pepe Is Banned From the Apple App Store

An anonymous reader shares a report: The rarest pepe is one found on the iOS App Store, and now we know why: Apple has categorized the meme frog as "objectionable content" and has rejected an app called Pepe Scream, Motherboard confirmed. "Your app contains images and references of Pepe the Frog, which are considered objectionable content," an Apple App Review Board employee named Nicole wrote in a rejection notice to Spirit Realm Games, the developer of Pepe Scream. "It would be appropriate to remove the references and revise the images in your app." MrSnrhms, a developer for Spirit Realm Games, gave Motherboard temporary access to the team's iOS developer account, which showed that Apple did indeed reject the app because it contains Pepe, a cartoon frog that has been increasingly associated with the alt-right. Also read: Pepe the Frog Is Dead.

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11:34
Apple's latest tweet ads for iPad Pro tout...




Continuing its lighthearted ad campaign based on user tweets, Apple has published a pair of new advertisements ahead of next week's iPad Pro refresh, boasting about the capabilities of the new A10X Fusion chip and the lag-free Apple Pencil.

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11:22
Cortana can be your frugal online shopping assistant

Microsoft's Cortana could already help you with shopping thanks to image search and sales reminders. Now, it might help you get the most for your money too. In the latest Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft has rolled out a pilot feature in Microso...

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11:11
9to5Rewards: Koogeek Smart Socket with Apple HomeKit...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Koogeek, offering its Smart Socket with HomeKit support. The company has three of its Koogeek Smart Sockets (pictured above) to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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11:02
iFixIt offers iMac Intel 21.5” Max RAM Upgrade Kit

Yesterday, the gang at iFixIt (they tear down tech gadgets and look at their innards so you don't have to) disassembled one of the new 21.5-inch iMacs and found (to everyone's surprise) that the memory was upgradeable. It’ the first time Apple has included removable RAM in a 21.5-inch iMac since 2013. 

Now Apple says the iMac isn’t user-upgradable, but with the right tools and parts, you can boost your RAM. And iFixIt is offering those tools and parts. 

Under Apple's configurations, the 3.0GHz 4K tops out at 16GB of RAM. If you want 32GB, you have to buy the more expensive 3.4 GHz version—a $200 minimum increase, plus $600 for 32GB of RAM. 

With iFixit’s iMac Intel 21.5" Max RAM Upgrade Kit, you can quadruple your RAM from 8GB to 32GB for $300. That's just $100 more than what Apple wants to "max out" your RAM at 16 GB on the 3.0 GHz model.

The opening procedure...

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10:51
Inside iOS 11: With 'antennagate' a...




In the iOS 11 beta, Apple has shifted to four simple bars displaying LTE strength to the user, stepping away from the five dots used in iOS 7 through iOS 10. In doing so, it has also changed the ranges somewhat. AppleInsider examines the differences.

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10:30
Puzzle Droids proves Candy Crush is better with a...

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).

With past games like Angry Birds: Star Wars and the Tiny Tower-based Tiny Death Star, we’ve seen the beloved sci-fi franchise merged with proven iOS game experiences—and the results were pretty positive in both of those cases. Star Wars: Puzzle Droids...

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10:20
Tim Cook Takes Swipe at Windows During MIT...

An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered the commencement address at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Friday, and he couldn't help taking a swipe at a rival. In a section of his speech describing his search for answers and tough decisions in college and beyond, he admitted turning to a Microsoft computer. "I went to grad school at Duke, looking for the answer," Cook said. "I tried meditation. I sought guidance and religion. I read great philosophers and authors. In a moment of youthful indiscretion, I might even have experimented with a Windows PC. And obviously that didn't work." The line got a hearty laugh from the crowd.


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10:13
Apple highlights A10X Fusion power, ‘no lag’ with...

Apple’s rather whimsical iPad ad campaign continues with two new clips today. Both highlight the new iPad Pro models introduced this week including the new 10.5-inch ProMotion display with a higher refresh rate for Apple Pencil.

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