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Wednesday July 13

Facebook Messenger gains new 3D Touch features, iOS...

Facebook Messenger has had 3D Touch support for Quick Actions from the app icon since December, and today the app has updated to expand 3D Touch features inside the app. Using the latest flagship iPhones (iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus currently), Facebook users can Peek and Pop inside Messenger to quickly preview and access information using the pressure-sensitive display feature.


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Pokemon Go's mental health benefits are real

Dr. John Grohol is an expert in technology's impact on human behavior and mental health, and for the past 20 years he's studied how people operate online. He's the founder of mental health network Psych Central, and he knows all about the latest tool...

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Podcast 516: The Pokémon invasion

The betas are heeeeeeere! But who cares, right, because everyone in the world is out trying to catch them some Pokémon or what have you. Glenn and Susie talk about the security/privacy angle (that’s since been addressed by the 1.0.1 update), as well as what a fun craze this is turning out to be. We like fun!

Oh, and eventually we get around to discussing iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, both now in beta. We still feel weird talking to our Macs, all that time we spent tagging Faces in previous iPhoto versions was for naught, and iPhone battery life will take a hit (especially if you’re also trying to play Pokémon). But we love the beta program in general, and these particular public betas actually do feel pretty solid.


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Facebook Messenger gains 3D Touch, Lightroom for iOS...

Facebook on Wednesday updated its Messenger iPhone app with support for 3D Touch, while Adobe released a new version of Lightroom for iOS, making important additions such as direct import of RAW files, and support for keyboard shortcuts on iPads.

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Killer Deals: $400 off 21" iMac (2.7GHz, 8GB,...

Midweek deals are pouring in with exclusive cash discounts at Apple authorized reseller B&H. Score a Late 2013 21-inch iMac (2.7GHz, 8GB, 1TB) for $899 or Apple's fastest 2015 12-inch MacBook in Space Gray (1.3GHz, 8GB, 256GB) for $999 ($550 off). Apple's 13-inch MacBook Airs are also $100-$300 off with free gifts valued up to $99.90.

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As consumer desktop adoption declines, look for...

New consumer research from Parks Associates finds a continued decline in the adoption rate for desktop computers. 360 View: CE Adoption & Trends reveals that since 2009, nearly one-third of U.S. broadband households have abandoned desktops as a platform. This is why I think Apple will drastically streamline its entire Mac line-up.

According to Parks Associates, only 6% of U.S. broadband households rely exclusively on desktops, while an additional 6% of households use only a combination of desktops and tablets.

"Desktop adoption has declined from a peak of 91% down to 61% of broadband...

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BitTorrent News starts broadcasting live on July 18th

Fresh off the launch of BitTorrent Now, the former peer-to-peer filesharing company is ready to go live with BitTorrent News, its own in-house live-streaming TV news network starting on July 18th. Armed with a couple of decorated journalists and an a...

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BitTorrent takes on cable with live news network on...

We’re at the point in the election cycle where everyone is a little tired of cable TV’s talking heads analyzing every move presumptive presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump make. BitTorrent is wading into the chaos, offering what the peer-to-peer protocol company calls a “welcome independent voice” in the form of a live-streaming news channel. Beginning July 18 at the Republic National Convention, BitTorrent News will stream live from Cleveland on the BitTorrent Live app for Apple TV and OS X.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Air $800,...

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The Google Play Store family plan is reportedly...

Late last year, Google took its first step towards letting users share their purchased media with family members. The initial foray was a family plan for Google Play Music, which let multiple family members stream music for $14.99 a month. But now, i...

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Pokémon GO is now the biggest mobile game in U.S....

Shooting to the top of the app store on the day it was released, within 24 hours Pokémon GO beat out indie hit and Supercell’s heavily promoted blockbuster Clash Royale to become the biggest game of 2016, as measured by daily active users.

Simply incredible.

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UK children's charity says 'Pokemon Go...

Pokémon Go's biggest strength is that it's tied to the real world. Players are encouraged to explore their surroundings in order to capture new Pokémon and build out their Pokédex. But unlike the fantasy worlds of Kanto and Johto...

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Entitled. Demanding. Impatient. Arrogant. Lazy....

These are just a few of the words used by audience members during a panel about business management at Fortune’s Brainstorm Technology conference on Tuesday to describe their most recent serious conversations with millennial employees at their companies.

Yes, things have changed in the workplace, but Millennials need to grow up a little too.

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EU decision on Apple, Ireland tax deal expected...

The European Commission accused Ireland in 2014 of dodging international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from tax collectors in return for maintaining jobs. Apple and Ireland reject the accusation.

This isn’t just going to affect Apple, it will have consequences for many companies that do business in the EU.

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Twitch study shows how it helps boost game sales

Some people lose the desire to play the games they watch on Twitch. But according to research conducted by one of the company's science team members, those who feel the opposite are plenty enough to boost sales and retention rates. The study, authore...

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Inside Apple Campus 2 and its vast expanses of sedak...

Apple's ambitious Campus 2 project makes extensive use of massive glass panels built by German fabricator sedak, specifically chosen to blur the lines between office space inside and serene landscapes outside, much the same way that the company's products seek to blur the line between hardware and software.

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The Story Behind Steppenwolf’s ‘Magic Carpet Ride’

The guys in the booth went nuts. They came on the speaker and said, “Hey, keep doing that. That’s really good.” So we kept at it. But all we had was this cool riff. Mars suggested we add an instrumental interlude. He played these chords that led into the jam, for which I later wrote the lyrics, “Close your eyes girl/ Look inside girl/ Let the sound take you away.”

Told by the guys who wrote the song. I just love these stories.

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Google defends its anti-piracy efforts

If you believe Trent Reznor and a good chunk of the music industry, Google (particularly YouTube) is a giant piracy machine -- it's allegedly doing little to block stolen content, and knowingly profits from it. Google isn't having any of that talk,...

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New Apple-exclusive interface arrives in ABC...

In a move to appeal to cable cutters, ABC has refreshed its streaming video service with a new user interface designed specifically for Apple's iOS and tvOS, as well as more on-demand content and an expansion of markets eligible for a local live feed.

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Structuring CSS in large projects

Writing CSS is easy.
Writing maintainable CSS is hard.

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CVS currently testing Apple Pay, other mobile...

It looks like Apple Pay may be coming to CVS in the near future.

While the pharmacy chain has yet to announce an actual launch date, it has stated that it is currently “evaluating” mobile payment options.

Accounts of miscellaneous CVS locations accepting Apple Pay transactions have occurred for about a month on Twitter, and a recent tip suggests transactions are working at a location in Key West, Fla.

CVS has also taken to Twitter, however, stating that it isn’t officially accepting Apple Pay, or any other mobile payment platform based on NFC.

“We are in the process of evaluating mobile payment options for our customers,” the company said on Monday.

CVS has yet to adopt a mobile payment system to date. Granted, the change requires a massive upgrade on...

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DJI and Hasselblad team up for a souped up...

Back in 2015, DJI invested in a minority stake in the Swedish firm Hasselblad, which has resulted in the companies teaming up for a powerful new photography drone. The partnership has spawned the A5D-M600 bundle, featuring the best of what both compa...

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New photos of alleged Lightning EarPods for Apple...

New images posted on Wednesday are said to depict Lightning-equipped EarPods intended for Apple's "iPhone 7," which is commonly expected to ditch a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack when it ships this fall.

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The 'world's smallest 4K camera' has...

If your sole guidance on an industry was the share price of the market leader, then you'd definitely consider it a tough 12 months for action cameras. That said, newcomer So Special Labs isn't put off. In fact, it thinks its Mokacam GoPro rival might...

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Long-awaited Camera+ 2 for iPad adds modern look, ‘...

If you want manual controls and advanced shooting features from your iPhone camera, Tap tap tap’s Camera+ is a popular solution for a lot of iPhone photographers. But Camera+ for iPad hasn’t received an update in two and a half years even though iPad cameras have actually caught up with iPhone cameras in some cases.

That changes today: Camera+ 2 for iPad is out now with a modern interface that replaces the iOS 6 era UI that came before it. Camera+ 2 for iPad also delivers ‘The Lab’, which is Tap tap tap’s professional photo editing suite included in the app.


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Goodbye, firstborn children: This study shows how...

It’s no secret that few people pay much attention to reading and understanding all the terms of service and privacy policies you come across online. Now a new study shows just how ridiculous and anti-consumer the lengthy agreements really are.

The new paper, titled “The Biggest Lie on the Internet,” created a fake social networking site with suggestive and outrageous clauses in its Terms of Service (ToS). But surprise! Nearly everyone joined anyway, as first reported by Ars Technica.

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A live action 'Pokemon' movie could...

Following the smashing success of Pokemon Go, Legendary Pictures is reportedly working harder to secure rights to the Pokemon franchise for a live action film, Deadline reports. We first heard that the studio -- which was behind recent geek-friendly...

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An FBI 'pilot' collected over 434,000 iris...

Don't freak out, but the FBI has been quietly collecting the iris scans of nearly half a million people in the US -- as part of a "test" program focused on biometric data. According to a confirmation given to The Verge, the San Bernardino Sheriff's D...

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Apple’s new unscripted series, Planet of the Apps,...

From the official Planet of the Apps site:

Participation in the show is limited to 100 of the world’s most talented app creators. If that’s you, please join us.

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Apple’s Mac sales fall, economies shudder


The latest PC marketshare figures from Gartner and IDC suggest Mac users are anxious for new MacBooks, as Mac sales fall and economic weakness impacts PC sales everywhere.

“Apple continues to face an increasingly competitive market as it awaits a refresh of its PC lineup. As a result, shipments experienced a decline from last year,” said IDC.

IDC says Q2 2016 worldwide PC shipments fell 4.5%, totaling 62.4 million units, with Apple and Lenove particularly impacted. Apple fell from a 7.4 percent share in Q2 2015 to a 7.1 percent share in Q2 2016, with an 8.3 percent drop in year-on-year shipments, they said.

Gartner says Q2 2016 worldwide PC shipments fell 5.2%, totaling 64.3 million units. The analyst say Apple’s market share held, year-on-year, at 7.1 percent, though its year-on-year shipments fell 4.9 percent.

Demand continues to build. I do wonder what drives Apple’s thinking here. Is the issue simply that the new MacBook Pro is...

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Happy Hour Podcast 075 | iOS 10 + macOS Sierra...

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas, the lack of watchOS 3 and tvOS 10 public betas, iPhone 7 without a mute switch, and the Pokémon Go mania. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Mini review: Our 90-second verdict on the Sony...

The Xperia X Performance isn't a bad phone, per se. It's just that Sony's newest flagship doesn't bring anything new to the table. For $700, it offers fast performance (as its name suggests), and the design is water resistant, so that's nice. Other t...

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Apple supplier LG Display pivots towards OLEDs in...

LG Display will boost its investment in OLED production, according to the company's CEO, in order to cope with being pinched by slowing iPhone sales and competition from Chinese panel suppliers.

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Tesla confirms yet another “Autopilot” crash, this...

The driver in Montana was headed from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park when he crashed on a two-lane highway near Cardwell, at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, said Montana State Trooper Jade Shope. Neither the driver nor his passenger were injured in the accident, but it was serious enough that the car lost its front passenger side wheel.

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Apple's first reality TV series is 'Planet...

As rumoured earlier this year, It looks like Apple's getting in on the TV-content game. Online applications are now being accepted for Apple's first ever original series Planet of the Apps. As the punny title suggests, the show will give app develope...

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∞ Apple, Pokémon Go, and the chaotic wave (with some...

Graham Spencer pulled together this terrific piece for MacStories, all about the massive, spectacular launch of Pokémon Go. Scroll to the bottom for some video and pictures showing the crowds of P-Goers plying their craft. This is much more than a disruption. This is more of a chaotic wave, a wave that rapidly changes societal behavior.

We’ve seen chaotic waves before. Think back to the early days of the iPod. There was massive adoption, evidenced by the sudden, widespread appearance of those distinctive white headphones. People were walking down the street in their own little bubble, listening to music. The disruption was the change this brought to the music industry. The chaotic wave was the societal change brought by the iPod.

The iPhone had a similar chaotic wave. But neither wave was as sudden as that of Pokémon Go. The question is, will this new wave last.

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'Pokémon Go' sponsored locations will let...

While you're trying to catch 'em all with Pokémon Go, the developers are figuring out how to make (more) money from the white hot augmented reality (AR) game. Along with the existing in-app purchases from "PokéCoins," developer Niantic...

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Apple’s Pokémon Go windfall

Big windfall to Apple, getting 30 percent of the iOS Pokémon Go revenue. Zelda next?

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European expansion of Pokemon Go commences with...

The Pok?mon Go App Store domination continues, with the German launch of the game seeing server overloads similar to the game's blockbuster U.S. launch.

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'Robot Wars' returns to BBC Two on July...

Forty teams. New presenters. A bullet-proof arena. Nastier house robots.

Rejoice, for the return of Robot Wars cometh.

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Dawn of the ‘Planet of the Apps' casting call

Cult of Mac reports that Apple is holding an open casting call for its upcoming original TV show, Planet of the Apps, which is about apps and the people who make them.

In March Apple nnounced that it was working with musician and actor Will.I.Am, one of the members of The Black Eyed Peas and a long-time Apple fan, on a new show that will spotlight the app economy. Will.I.Am will be working with two TV veterans, Ben Silverman and Howard Owens, to get the project off the ground. The show was described by Apple content senior VP Eddy Cue as “perfectly tailored for Apple.” 

According to the Cupertino, California-based company, Planet of the Apps isn’t just a show, it’s a launch pad and accelerator for exceptional developers. Those accepted will have a chance to receive:

  • Mentorship: Hands-on guidance from some of the world’s best experts in tech and entertainment.
  • Funding...
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Daily Deal: Lifetime Hotspot Shield Elite VPN...

Did you miss our great VPN deal a few weeks ago? Not to worry - we have a similar deal available for you today that you can take advantage of. What's a VPN? A Virtual Private Network, best described as an encrypted tunnel for your internet traffic that keeps your data and transactions from prying eyes. AnchorFree has a deal for a lifetime subscription to its Hotspot Shield Elite VPN for just $39.99, 59% off of the usual $100 price tag. 

PCMag gives Hotspot Shield Elite VPN a 4/5 rating, and the service has millions of users worldwide. You can:

  • Browse anonymously w/ mobile or desktop devices on public hotspots w/ just one-click
  • Bypass Internet censorship to access geographically blocked content
  • Connect to any of 20 virtual locations in...
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ICYMI: M&Ms vaccinating wild ferrets and Land...

Today on In Case You Missed It: The US Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to protect the endangered black-footed ferret by dropping vaccine-dipped M&Ms in rural areas of Montana, via a drone. Land Rover is testing an all-terrain autonomous d...

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Prisma brings unique AI-powered artistic photo...

A new photo filter app, Prisma, is taking the App Store by storm this week (if you can ignore the Pokémon GO fervor) with good reason. At first glance, Prisma seems like any other photo filter app: choose a filter, pick an image, share to social media. What sets Prisma apart is the diversity and quality of the filters themselves.

There are some incredibly rich and unique options on here, that go beyond the usual shadowy color shifts popularized by Instagram. Prisma features a diverse set of filters that correspond to known paintings and art styles, including Mondrian Cubism, Mosaic, Heisenberg, The Scream and many more.


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Changes to Mail in iOS 10

Macworld lays out the major tweaks to the newest version of Mail in iOS 10.

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Apple Music libraries wiped after changing region...

The Telegraph:

Eager to get their hands on some Pokémon, iPhone users in the UK and other countries have resorted to altering the region settings on their devices and setting up new Apple ID accounts.

But an unexpected consequence of the workaround has left users angry: all of the data in Apple Music disappeared.

Yeah, probably not a good idea to change your region settings. If you did, read the article to learn how to get your music back.

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US Senator Al Franken has privacy concerns about...

The popularity of augmented reality smartphone game Pokémon Go has raised a variety of concerns, including a warning by the National Safety Council, urging drivers not to play the game behind the wheel and asking pedestrians to be careful while playing it.

U.S. Senator Al Franken, a strong privacy advocate, has raised the inevitable question about the privacy of the extensive data the game collects from its users, including children, and whether the data is used for other purposes.

“I am concerned about the extent to which Niantic may be unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users’ personal information without their appropriate consent,” Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, wrote in a letter Tuesday to John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic, the developer of the game.


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Airfoil 5.1.1

Brings preliminary support for macOS 10.12 Sierra to the wireless audio broadcasting app. ($29 new, free update, 13.8 MB)


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Island dwellers map their country with Sheep View 360

Google has captured all kinds of places on cam for Street View, from the Batcave to Mt. Everest, but it hasn't had the chance to visit the Faroe Islands yet. The tiny and remote archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean has almost twice a...

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The Star Wars Gallery is a love letter to 'The...

On the fourth floor of Harrods, the ludicrously luxurious department store in London, a special exhibition has been set up inside The Disney Store. Out of sight, locked behind an unremarkable black door, is a collection of items meticulously adapted...

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SiFive Launches Freedom FOSS SoC Platforms

SiFive on Monday announced its flagship Freedom family of system on a chip platforms. The platforms are based on the free and open source RISC-V instruction set architecture that several of the company's founders created at the University of California at Berkeley. SiFive's Freedom U500 and E300 platforms take a new approach to SoCs, redefining traditional silicon business models and reversing the industry's increasingly high licensing, design and implementation costs.

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ZTE's affordable Axon 7 arrives today to take...

ZTE is ready to let the public get their hands on the Axon 7. The all-metal smartphone is available for pre-order at $400 starting today via, Amazon, Best Buy, B&H and Newegg.

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Apple’s new Lightning EarPods for iPhone 7...

As has been widely reported, it is all but confirmed that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack. This means buyers of the new iPhone will have to search for alternative types of headphones, whether that be via wireless Bluetooth or Apple’s Lightning cable.

Right now, Apple bundles EarPods with every iPhone. It obviously makes no sense for Apple to continue bundling 3.5mm headphones with the headphone-jack-less iPhone 7. What’s apparently shown in these photos (via Weibo) is a new version of Apple’s EarPods that can connect to an iPhone via the 9-pin Lighting port. More photos after the jump …


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Should Apple consider buying Bing as a foundation...

Charles Moore, in an op-ed piece for Technology Tell, once said Apple should consider buying the Bing search engine from Microsoft. Of course, that hasn't happened despite rumors of Apple developing its own search engine.

I don't think Apple will buy Bing OR develop its own search engine. However, the idea is intriguing.

"Apple has proven over and over that it can make handsome profits in market sectors and categories where Microsoft has failed to do so," Moore wrote. "With its famous cash hoard, Apple would presumably have no difficulty purchasing Bing should Microsoft put it on the market. It would be fascinating to watch what Apple could do with what is already an excellent search engine, perhaps renamed 'iSearch'." 

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Garmin's new bike computers track riders in...

If you like to bike in groups, you know that it's not always easy to keep everyone together. What if your miniature peloton has to split, or someone wipes out and you don't notice? Garmin wants to put your mind at ease. It's unveiling two cycling com...

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SuperSync is a fine tool for managing iTunes on a Mac

SuperSync is an excellent Mac OS X (10.5 and later) tool for many things, including managing iTunes. With it, you can retrieve a song from a laptop, play or download a song from a home computer while at the office, upload a new album from the road, or back-up an entire music library on a new computer or network drive.

SuperSync allows visual comparison of two music libraries locally or over the net. With this feature, you can see what music is located in each library. You can select the tracks you want copied from one library to the other, and click Synchronize to begin one or two-way file synchronization.

SuperSync includes integration with iTunes so that any additions to the SuperSync music library can be automatically reflected in iTunes. SuperSync eliminates the need to manually add new music or remove broken links in iTunes. Also, the software includes a beefy library scanner that will clean up your SuperSync...

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UK takes first steps toward laws for autonomous cars

The UK is proving to be quite the testbed for autonomous vehicles, thanks in no small part to government support. Tens of millions in funding is being funneled into various driverless car projects, and we already have rules of the road encouraging tr...

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The beginner’s guide to Pokémon Go: An FAQ on how to...

By now, you must be familiar with Pokémon Go, the latest Pokémon game for iOS and Android that uses VR and real-world locations to send players on an IRL quest to catch Pokémon. But considering it’s a global phenomenon, Pokémon Go is surprisingly lacking in beginner instruction. This may be on purpose—Pokémon Go has a huge social element, and fewer instructions means more people turning to each other for help.

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Pokémon GO now available in Germany as the game...

Pokemon GO is now available to users in Germany, the official Pokémon GO Twitter account announced today. A report earlier in the week indicated Pokémon GO would launch in the UK and other parts of Europe in a matter of days: it appears Germany is the first lucky country to be able to officially play the hit mobile game. Find the game in the App Store.


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Federal judge throws out evidence obtained by '...

A federal judge has taken a stand against the use of "stingray" -- cell phone baiting surveillance devices used by the police and other government agencies. District Judge William Pauley decided to suppress evidence obtained by the stingray setup, ru...

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Xbox Live now supports high-quality PC Twitch...

If you want to use the Xbox Live network to tell followers you're streaming Xbox One games on Twitch, there's just one way: Stream from the console's Twitch app. The problem is that the quality and options are very limited, since the Xbox One isn't e...

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ClamXav 2.9

Brings number of new features and improvements to the virus scanner. ($29.95 new, free update, 18.1 MB)


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London is lending its Tube payment tech to other...

The London Underground is renowned for its iconic stations and world famous Tube map. However, millions of travellers have also come to rely on its technological expertise, which includes the ability to swipe in and out of barriers and board buses wi...

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Tuesday July 12

NASA is making a small carbon nanotube telescope for...

A team of NASA Goddard scientists are developing a lightweight and low-cost telescope small enough to fit inside CubeSats. Those mini satellites provide the agency an inexpensive means to send various experiments to outer space. By creating a small t...

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LaunchBar 6.7.1

Improves character icons for custom actions ($29 new, free update, 14.1 MB)


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Open casting call posted for Apple’s ‘Planet of the...

Earlier this year it was announced that Apple was planning to launch its first original TV series about the “app economy.” Now, Apple has posted an open casting call for the unscripted reality series, which we now know is called Planet of the Apps.


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Open casting call begins for first original Apple TV...

Television production company Propagate on Tuesday announced the start of an open casting call for "Planet of the Apps," an original series about the app economy coproduced by Apple.

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Patent troll comes after Apple over battery charging...

Apple today has been hit with a lawsuit by Texas-based Somaltus LLC, which claims that the charging system used by the iPhone violates a patent it acquired from Snap-On Technologies. Snap-On Technologies originally acquired the patent in 2010 for an “integrated battery service system” that performs a “plurality of services related to devices/components that are coupled to the battery.”


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Apple will pay $25M to patent troll to avoid East...

David Gelernter, pictured here in 2010 at a conference in Germany. (credit: Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images for Hubert Burda Media)

A software company is founded in 2001, just as the dot-com bust slips the tech sector into a recession. The product never takes off, and the company gives up and shuts its doors in 2004.

A few years later, the company founder is contacted about his patents. Promised a small percentage of whatever "monetization" takes place, the founder sells to a hedge fund. The fund creates an LLC and in 2008, he proceeds to sue several tech companies in the court that looks most promising: the Eastern District of Texas.

Sound like a familiar story? It's happened literally hundreds of times, but a long-running case that just ended this week is special. David Gelernter isn't a typical patent owner. He's a well-known computer scientist who teaches at Yale.  The...

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∞ The story of Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Appetite for...

A great story from Culture Creature. I love these types of things that delve into the history of a song or the art.

The cross design on the Appetite for Destruction cover was designed by Billy White, Jr. In an email exchange with Culture Creature, Mr. White explained that his cousin introduced him to Guns N’ Roses while White was an art student in Long Beach, California.

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Apple, others face lawsuit over battery technology

Somaltus, LLC has filed a complaint against Apple today in an Eastern Texas district court, accusing the iPhone maker of infringing upon its 2010 patent related to complex battery technologies. The small Frisco, Texas-based firm also filed lawsuits against Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba over the same patent.

When are we going to do something about patent trolls.

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Tesla has no plans to disable autopilot


Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk has no plans to disable the company’s Autopilot function in the wake of a May crash of a Model S electric car using the technology, and the auto maker instead plans to redouble efforts to educate customers on how the system works.

I think that’s the correct decision. From all that I’ve read, it’s not autopilot that’s the problem, it’s drivers not taking responsibility for their automobiles.

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Build your own Bluetooth


This week’s roundup of accessories includes a new kit from Bose that lets kids build their own wireless speakers. Read on!


You know all those apps that help your kid learn to code? BoseBuild ($149 MSRP, same price on Amazon) is the real-world version of that—it’s a high-performance Bluetooth speaker designed to be built by children, teaching them lessons about magnets, sound, and more.

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Notable apps and app updates for July 12, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

MacXDVD has released MacX MediaTrans (, an iPad/iPhone content management solution for Mac OS X. It integrates with photo backup, music manager, video transfer and USB drive on demand and is designed to free up the space on an iPhone and iPad.

MacX MediaTrans supports two-way transfer between iOS devices and Macs. You can: create, delete and edit playlists; transfer video back and forth; back up photos; and even use an iDevice as a USB flash drive.

MacX MediaTrans requires Mac OS X 10.7 or above (including macOS Sierra), iOS 7 or above (including the latest iOS10), and iTunes 11.2 or above. It costs $29.95 for one...

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Firm sues Apple over 'fast-charge' battery...

A lawsuit filed on Tuesday accuses Apple of infringing a 2010 patent via the battery charging technology in the iPhone 6s, along with "any similar devices."

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AWT News Update: July 12, 2016

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Kind of a slow day for Apple news, but we have some iPhone 7 rumors, news of a Pokémon Go update, and talk of some new features in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra:

  • Surprisingly sharp photos show an iPhone 7 Plus with a dual lens camera, Smart Connector mute switch!
  • An update to Pokémon Go fixes the issue with Google getting unrestricted access to your account
  • Dark Mode may be coming to iOS and macOS soon

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Google Dabbles in Post-Quantum Cryptography

Google last week announced an experiment with post-quantum cryptography in Chrome. A small fraction of connections between Google's servers and Chrome on the desktop will use a post-quantum key-exchange algorithm in addition to the elliptic-curve key-exchange algorithm already being used. The idea is that large quantum computers -- if and when they're built -- might be able to break current security algorithms retroactively, so it would be wise to develop algorithmic proof against such cracking efforts.

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macOS Sierra may expand use of Dark Mode to native...

When macOS Sierra launches this fall, it might include an improved Dark Mode which carries the theme beyond just the Dock and menu bar, according to posts by a developer on Twitter.

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Privacy Shield gives US firms new pact for accessing...

On Tuesday a new pact, Privacy Shield, went into effect between the U.S. and the European Union, giving American companies a simpler alternative to dealing with the E.U.'s normal data protection rules when shuttling data across the Atlantic.

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Here’s how to star in Apple's new TV show about...

Apple is co-producing a TV show about app design and development, and you might be able to play a starring role.

On Tuesday, the production company working with Apple on the show, Propagate, announced an open casting call for people who want to be on “Planet of the Apps.”

The show is Apple’s first foray into TV series production and is described as “a new unscripted series about the world of apps and the developers who create them.”

Applications are being accepted through the show’s website until Aug. 26. The producers will then travel to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin and New York to meet with app developers and tech entrepreneurs.

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Senator Al Franken issues letter asking Niantic to...

Just a few hours after having received its promised security-focused update, Pokémon Go is once again under scrutiny by security and privacy advocates. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota has issued a statement asking for clarification from Niantic, the creators of the quickly growing mobile game, on how user data is being used within the application and its services.

Although one of the most glaring issues was fixed in an update issued earlier today, this statement comes with a longer and more detailed list on clarification of how the data is being used. Senator Franken poses the idea that many children will be playing this game and that their data is currently being considered a “business asset” under Niantic’s own Privacy Policy.


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Patent trollin’: Somaltus sues Apple for (of course...

Another day, another lawsuit. A company called Somaltus is suing Apple in the lawsuit-friendly U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas for allegedly infringing on a 2010 patent concerning battery technologies, reports MacRumors.

The lawsuit claims that the iPhone 6s and similar devices sold by Apple infringe upon U.S. Patent No. 7,657,386 for "Integrated Battery Service System.” Somaltus is seeking unspecified monetary damages — or a running royalty on sales of infringing devices from the time of judgment going forward.

The company has also sued Ford, Nissan, Toshiba, and other companies. It seems that Somalis is another “patent troll” since it has practically no online presence and doesn’t, as far as I can tell, provide products or services.

A patent troll is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching...

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TrackR Bravo: Finally, a Bluetooth tracker that...

Keys and Trackr Bravo. photo ©2016 steven sande

Bluetooth trackers are nothing new; quite a few companies have created little devices that you can connect to keys, drop into wallets, or stick to remotes to help you find them when they've been misplaced. A while back I reviewed the first-generation TrackR device for TUAW, and at the time I found it was lacking in a few areas. Range was spotty, the built-in speaker was barely audible, and the app seemed flaky. TrackR Bravo ($29.99 for one, $89.99 for five, $119.99 for ten)-- the second generation of the device -- has been shipping for a while so I thought it was a good time to try it out.


As with the previous unit, the TrackR Bravo is about the same size and thickness as a US quarter coin. Inside the aluminum case is the electronic circuitry and a small replaceable battery, while on the outside is one small combination button/LED....

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Pokemon Go 1.0.1 update released, offers game fixes...

In the wake of some controversy, Pokemon Go has just received an update for its iOS version that should hopefully calm the waters. The update works to fix the issues that have surfaced after it was revealed that the game holds full access to Google accounts and fixes the scope of this access. Users should also no longer have to re-enter their credentials after they’ve been forcefully logged out, and the some issues with crashes should be resolved as well.

The fixes come in the wake of the game having literally full access to a Google account upon login. Per the dialog, the application could “…see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account”. Today’s update remedies the situation when logging into the application with a Google account. Users...

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Pokémon Go update for iOS now available, clarifies...

If you have Pokémon Go fever, but you’re concerned about the controversy surrounding the app and access to your Google data, you’ll want to install the Pokémon Go update. Even if you didn’t use Google to sign into the game, you’ll want the update, since it has bug fixes.

The 1.0.1 update is now available in the App Store. Before you perform the update, sign out of the game. You can do this in Pokémon Go by going into the app settings and tapping Sign Out at the bottom of the screen. (If you don’t sign out before updating the app, that’s OK. You’ll need to do so when you launch the update.)

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Review: iDevices ‘Socket’ adds HomeKit support...

The iDevices Socket is an adapter that goes between your lighting fixture and a standard bulb to add Wi-Fi and iPhone app control to any lightbulb. It also adds support for control via Siri voice commands and the iOS 10 Home app through Apple’s HomeKit platform.


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Update fixes 'Pokemon Go' Google account...

An update for the popular iPhone game Pok?mon Go was released on Tuesday, restricting Google account permissions to the bare minimum needed for the app to function.

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Decluttr: iPhones hold much more value than Android...

A new study from recommence site found that some smartphones are depreciating faster than cars, with some losing as much as half of their value after only one year of use.

While a car in the U.S. typically loses 19% of its value in the first year after being driven off the lot, smartphones can lose up to 65% of their value after just a month of being released.

There’s good news for iPhone users, however, as Decluttr’s data shows that iPhones hold much more value than Androids, with the iPhone 4 retaining 39% of its value five years after its launch in 2010, and the iPhone 6 (16GB) holding 50% of its valuejust one year after being released.

The only iPhone that didn’t fare as well is the iPhone 5 (16GB), which decreased in value by 66% within eight months of being released. The launch of the iPhone 5s may be to blame though, as it was released shortly after the iPhone 5.

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Pokémon Go for iOS update addresses Google account...

Pokémon GO has just received an update on iOS that will hopefully address some of the biggest complaints it has received in the past week. Today’s update puts a focus on improving the account process for users including fixing the Google full account access scope issue. Users should also no longer have to re-enter their credentials after they’ve been forcefully logged out, and the some issues with crashes should be resolved as well. Full release notes can be read after the jump.


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Giveaway: Win a Jamstik Portable SmartGuitar and...

Jamstik is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win one of three Portable SmartGuitars complete with a Custom Carrying Case valued at $349.99.

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Smartwatch users rank Apple Watch best in class in...

Wearable device customer satisfaction rankings released by J.D. Power on Tuesday place the Apple Watch at the top of the heap, edging second-place finisher Samsung as the best smartwatch on the market today.

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Apple may open full repair service in Russia for...

Apple plans to provide a full repair service in Russia for all iPhone damages as the result of a lawsuit filed by a dissatisfied customer, according to The Moscow Times

The Cupertino, California-based company is considering building a centralized repair center dedicated to full-service production, the article adds, quoting “an unidentified source close to the company.” The decision comes after a lawsuit was filed against Apple by a Russian iPhone owner named Dmitry Petrov last month.

He claims that Apple chain stores and service companies were not equipped to deal with screen repair problems, having refused a device replacement or paying for an outside company to perform the repair. Petrov refused to pay extra to get his already warranted device exchanged through an outside provider, refused to get his device...

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The Week in iPad Cases: Keep your iPad dry on a...

Carry all your electronics in style with Hex’s fashionable new messenger bag

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases offers resilient screen protectors, everyday folios, and everything else you need to keep your tablet safe during a busy day.


The BX² Edge Folio (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $50) features a versatile folio design that provides an all-around protective solution.

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Views from Manhattanhenge, New York City’s coolest...

I’ve been in Manhattan for a Manhattanhenge and while the photography is fairly ordinary (after all, it’s just a sunset), the “social” aspect of it is hilarious. Hundreds of people standing on the corners, waiting for the light to turn green so they can run out into the middle of the street to take pictures down the city’s architectural canyons.

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The surprisingly interesting story behind the Filet-...

You’d have to put a gun to my head to get me to eat a Filet-O-Fish but the story of its creation is interesting.

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Google's Project Fi offers fast data when you...

Starting today, Google Project Fi subscribers who use data abroad can expect between 10 and 20 times faster data connections thanks to a new deal with Hutchinson Whampoa, the parent company to Three in the UK.

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New iPhone 7 leaks show possible Smart Connector,...

Another day, another set of iPhone 7 leaks.

Per a series of pictures released on Chinese social media website Weibo, the latest iPhone 7 photos appear to show a very similar design to the iPhone 6s Plus … with the interesting addition of a Smart Connector, visible at the bottom of the device on the back side.

In addition to previous rumors, a new rumor has sprung up about a flush capacitive Home button for the next-gen iPhone, albeit details are still murky.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the new photos of the iPhone 7 Plus do not include a mute switch. A toggle to enable and disable the ringer cannot be seen in its usual location above the volume buttons. This is the first time the removal of the mute switch has been floated for consideration, albeit the source...

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Google to change app permissions for ‘Pokémon Go’...

After these concerns were expressed yesterday, Google is taking this step – one they shouldn’t have had to because the app should never have been allowed to have so much access to a player’s Google information. Google seems to again and again make these kinds of “mistakes” – trying to grab as much data from and about us as they can and only dialing it back once they get called on it.

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Honda unveils first hybrid motor without heavy rare...

Honda pledged to reduce its use of rare earth metals a decade ago, and the automaker took another step towards that goal this week. It unveiled its new hybrid motor that was co-developed alongside Daido Steel, another Japan-based company. The new mot...

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