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Thursday July 14

Apple celebrates Bastille Day with clever ‘Shot on...

Apple is celebrating Bastille Day on its homepage with a clever twist on the usual Shot on iPhone campaign. The Apple France homepage displays a series of blue, white and red images formatted to look like the French flag. It’s a clever way to incorporate a Bastille Day commemoration, which signifies the start of the French Revolution on 14 July 1789, and demo the photographic capabilities of the iPhone. The images are credited with the names of the people that took them.


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Latest leaks depict iPhone 7 in Silver, Space Gray,...

We have a pretty clear idea about what to expect for the iPhone 7 at this point. One rumor that has been floated a few times is the addition of a fifth color, matching the dark Space Black appearance of Apple Watch. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus yet on whether this new color will come to fruition.

However, a new image from MacityNet sadly refutes this possibility, suggesting that the iPhone 7 will ship in the same four colors as the iPhone 6s: silver, space gray, silver, gold and rose gold. The dummy unit also shows off a previously-unseen new design for the camera bulge …


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The OS X Dashboard could learn some tricks from...

The Mac OS X Dashboard it could learn some tricks from Panic Software's Status Board for the iPad (pictured). 

In other words, there would a predefined grid for widgets to fit it. The widgets — at least some of them — could resize to fit inside larger or smaller areas of those grids. 

Also, the Dashboard in this incarnation would have a customizable background image. That way folks can create their own "themes." By the same token, you'd be able to have multiple Dashboard screens not just one.

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Pokémon Go app surpasses Twitter’s daily user base,...

Welcome to a world that loves Pokémon Go.

Per a report from SimilarWeb, Pokémon Go has now topped Twitter’s daily users with users spending more time in the app than Facebook according to various tracking terms.

The app has also surpassed the Tinder dating app in terms of installs and is closing in on Twitter’s daily active users. By Thursday, July 7th, the app had been installed on more Android smartphones than the dating app, the firm had said.

Today, SimilarWeb tells us that Pokémon Go did manage to surpass Twitter in terms of daily active users on Monday, and now sees 5.92 percent of the U.S. Android population engaging with the app on a daily basis.

The app is even seeing notable numbers of active users in countries where...

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This is National Ice Cream Month; celebrate...

July is National Ice Cream Month. Since I’m an ice cream connoisseur, I love learning about my favorite dessert and finding online recipes (I make my own ice cream), so here are some apps worth checking out.

For Mac OS X:

Super Ice Cream Maker (99 cents) is filled with ice cream recipes and packed with graphics. You can pick from a large selection of ice creams, learn how to decorate your creation with springs and more.

Ice-Cream Mania ($1.99) is a game in which you manage your own ice cream stand and work to become an ice cream tycoon. 

Ice Cream Uncle mini (free, though it does tout in-app purchases) is a game in which you smell ice cream on...

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Microsoft starts downgrading OneDrive's free...

Heads up: if you didn't sign up to keep the 15GB worth of OneDrive storage Microsoft gave out in 2014, you'll soon see a big change in your account... if you haven't yet. Redmond is not only killing your 15GB camera roll back-up bonus, it's also slas...

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Android push has higher volume of emoji messages...

On July 17th, the world will be celebrating one of the most fantastic days of the year: World Emoji Day. Okay, maybe not the whole world, but the folks at Appboy certainly will be.

The mobile-first marketing automation platform has been conducting ongoing research into the wide world of emojis and how they are impacting modern-day mobile marketing and consumer engagement. Here are some highlights from their just-released data:

The number of active campaigns containing emojis have increased by 557% in the last 12 months, and 114% year-to-date. This translates to over 700 million emoji messages being sent last month versus 145 million 12 months ago and 400 million in January of this year. 

Of the 500 people Appboy polled on emoji sentiment, over 63% claim they have a positive view, and 87% use them in their personal messages (68% stated receiving one or more emojis each day). Fifty-one percent have a positive...

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Apple Launching Reality TV Show Called 'Planet...

theodp writes: The Verge reports Apple is making good on an earlier threat to create a reality TV show about app developers. An open casting call has been issued for "Planet of the Apps," with the goal of finding "100 of the world's most talented app creators" -- news which VentureBeat suggests must be making Steve Jobs' ghost weep. Apple has teamed up with Propagate, a new production company created by the producer of "The Biggest Loser." The description of the show says: "Join us on the search for the next great app in a new original series. Those selected will have the chance to receive hands-on guidance from some of the most influential experts in the tech community, featured placement on the App Store, and funding from top-tier VCs." The show is expected to be released in 2017.


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Pokémon Go now available in the UK for iPhone and...

Pokémon Go is now officially available in the UK! Download it for free in the UK App Store here. The official rollout in the United Kingdom follows Pokémon Go’s expansion to Germany yesterday and brings even more people into the scope of the smash hit title, which is now the most successful mobile game of all time.


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Wednesday July 13

Apple TV gains Siri + universal search for VH1, MTV...

Apple has slowly been adding apps to its universal search feature since the fourth-gen Apple TV was introduced, and over the past week 3 more apps have gained support. As noted on Apple’s support page for universal search, VH1, MTV, and Comedy Central now appear in search results.


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Apple TV adds Comedy Central, MTV and VH1 shows to...

As part of a continued buildout of Apple TV services, Apple this week integrated programming data for Comedy Central, MTV and VH1 into tvOS universal search, allowing users to easily surface content hosted by those apps.

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Supreme Court to hear Samsung’s appeal over Apple...

Back in March, the Supreme Court stated that it would hear Samsung’s appeal in the company’s never-ending design patent battle with Apple. While Apple had urged the Supreme Court not to hear the case, saying that Samsung “had its day in court,” it was revealed on the court’s website today that the case will be heard on October 11th. The Supreme Court had initially announced its decision to hear the case in March, but a date was unknown until tonight.


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Users reporting issues downloading & updating...

Update: Netflix has addressed the issue on Twitter:

We are aware of an issue where some users cannot download the latest Netflix version on iOS devices. We are investigating the issue.

— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) July 14, 2016

According to a variety of posts from Twitter user and confirmed by my own testing, Apple’s App Store appears to be suffering from a handful of issues tonight. Users are unable to update a variety of apps. The issues most notably seems to be affecting Netflix and Snapchat.


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Supreme Court to hear Apple v. Samsung appeal on Oct...

The U.S. Supreme Court released a schedule of its upcoming October term sessions on Wednesday, announcing it will hear Samsung's appeal of a contentious patent lawsuit involving Apple on Oct. 11.

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Rumor: Apple latest bidder for Formula 1 race series

According to rumors aired on Wednesday, Apple might be in the market to take ownership of embattled high-speed racing series Formula One as a means to increase automotive industry visibility ahead of "Apple Car."

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Google Photos for iOS update brings new cropping...

Following the update to Hangouts for iOS yesterday, Google today has pushed a new update to Google Photos for iOS. The update brings the app to version 1.12.1 and includes a few useful changes and speed improvements.


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FBI no longer investigating the D.B. Cooper case

This is one of the most famous cases in American history. To some people D.B. Cooper is a criminal, but to others he is a folk hero. I watched the History Channel on the case this week and they had some compelling evidence, but ultimately not enough to close the case.

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∞ USS Hornet Museum

A friend took my son and I to the USS Hornet Museum this week and it was an amazing time. The amount of history on this aircraft carrier was impressive.

Here’s how the Hornet describes itself:

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iPhone 7 said to feature 14% larger battery compared...

At this point there’s a general consensus regarding many features we expect to see with the iPhone 7, but one thing that many people have been wondering about is the battery size. A sketchy report out of China earlier this year claimed the battery would “slightly” larger, but now we have new information that suggests a bigger increase.


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Decision in EU probe of Apple's Irish tax deals...

Following a meeting with European Commission chief Margrethe Vestager on Tuesday, Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan said he expects the EU antitrust regulator to reach a decision in its investigation into Apple's Ireland tax agreements by September or October.

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Review of the Twelve South ParcSlope

The nice folks at Twelve South have a bunch of really cool and clever accessories for Macs and iOS devices. I’ve always been a big fan of their products.

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Polaroid Swing Gives New Meaning to Moving Pictures

Polaroid Swing, a new iOS app for creating animated photos, on Tuesday debuted at the App Store. Polaroid Swing lets a "phonetog" capture 1-second videos posing as images that become animated when a phone is tilted, or when they're swiped or tapped. The app presents three options. You can view a feed with Swing images from your friends and artists using the app. You can view your profile, where your Swing pictures and other information reside. Finally, there's an option to capture a Swing image.

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Notable apps and app updates for July 13, 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.

iOS Apps/Updates

Jeffrey Yim has debuted Crazy Skies 1.0. Gamers will fly high into the sky with collectible pets as they dodge deadly traps while collecting coins and compete to get the highest score in the world. Crazy Skies is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

macOS Apps/Updates

AKVIS has released AKVIS Refocus 6.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. The utility improves sharpness of out-of-focus images and adds blur effects to photos. 

You can process the entire image or only selected parts. Version 6.0 offers a batch processing feature, a modernized...

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The Week in Mac Apps: Bare Bones Software's...

New Mac apps of the week

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, we get a glimpse at BBEdit’s latest update, plus so much more—like tools for sharing screenshots, reminder apps, and launchers. Read on!

AppStarter 2.2

Afinta’s $5 AppStarter (Mac App Store Link) launches all your apps from one convenient place—the menu bar. You can also customize its window so that it displays only the apps you want, and then organize your apps by category and create custom icons.

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Kantar: the iPhone accounted for 29% of U.S....

In the three months ending May 2016, Samsung accounted for 37% of smartphone sales in the U.S., and Apple’s iPhone accounted for 29%, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel. However, sales of their respective flagship models reveal a much closer competition, with the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge accounting for 16% of sales and the iPhone 6s/6s Plus at 14.6%, according to the research group. 

What’s more, when Kantar looked at where these purchases are coming from, just 5% of Samsung purchases came from those switching away from Apple, while 14% of Apple purchasers came from those switching away from Samsung. In both cases, the majority of sales came from customers repurchasing and upgrading within their preferred brand. Among those intending to change devices within the next year, 88% of current Apple users and 86% of current Samsung users intend to stay loyal.

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Latest iOS 10 beta enables support for live...

The latest iOS 10 beta appears to open up live streaming support for apps, as Apple originally promised during June's Worldwide Developer Conference.

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Sprint launches new tool to help parents decide when...

Sprint today has launched a new website to help parents decide when it is the right time to buy their kids a smartphone. The website features a handful of facts to consider, as well as videos and a quiz to help parents make the decision.


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Rumor: Battery in Apple's 'iPhone 7'...

A new rumor claims that although the next-generation iPhone is expected to be the thinnest model ever, Apple will still manage to squeeze in a 1960mAh battery, coming in just over 14 percent larger than the battery in the iPhone 6s.

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AWT News Update: July 13, 2016

The drought of Apple news continues, but we have some app-related stories today that should get you excited:

  • ABC adds features to its streaming video service that should be attractive to potential cable cutters
  • Facebook Messenger gets 3D Touch support
  • Adobe Lightroom for iOS finally adds RAW file support
  • Camera+ for iPad has been updated to version 2, adding "The Lab", a new photo editing suite (see image at top of page)

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ABC has made its streaming video service more attractive to potential cable cutters...

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Adobe Lightroom now lets you edit RAW files on your...

This could be a big deal for Lightroom users who want to edit photos while away from a computer.

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Advertisers set for a piece of ‘Pokémon Go’ action

This should come as no surprise. But I wonder if it will actually be worth it for the sponsors? After all, even if the retail location is a stop for Pokemon, that doesn’t mean people will shop there. Wouldn’t they be more likely to move on to the next stop?

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Pokémon Go plans sponsored Pokéstops & gyms as...

Hit mobile game Pokemon Go plans to soon implement advertising via “sponsored locations,” tapping into its ability to drive foot traffic to retail stores, reports Financial Times.


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Apple’s plan to own the entire music industry

If this analysis is true, it’s an ambitious plan. But if anyone has all the tools in place to do it, it’s Apple.

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Pokemon Go update fixes login problems, sponsored...

The blockbuster hit Pok?mon Go was issued its second update on Wednesday, fixing login problems. In addition, code inspections seem to point to fast food chain McDonalds as a future app sponsor, potentially for in-game "Pokestop" locations.

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AT&T wants to use drones to improve your iPhone’...

iPhone-controlled drones have become popular lately for capturing stunning video like Apple’s Campus 2 in addition to offering pure recreational fun, and AT&T has a vision for how drones could go further and actually improve the LTE connection to your iPhone.

While detailing how the network is already using drones in the field, AT&T imagines a future where drones could be used as cellular repeaters to provide boosted LTE signals in temporarily packed venues and other hard-to-reach locations where towers may not be enough:


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Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch's new '...

The upcoming watchOS 3 update for Apple Watch brings a number of new functions to the wearable device's side button, including quick access to "Medical ID" data for first responders, and a new "Emergency SOS" function that can call 9-1-1 and notify loved ones.

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Facebook Lets Messenger Conversations Go Dark

Facebook last week said it would begin testing long anticipated end-to-end encryption capabilities in its Messenger app, enabling users to have secret conversations. The new level of security means that a message will be visible only to the sender and the recipient -- Facebook won't even be able to read it. Users can set a timer to limit the amount of time that a message remains visible during the conversation. Facebook has employed Open Whisper Systems' Signal Protocol technology to provide the encryption.

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Facebook Messenger offer 3D Touch previews on your...

Add one more to the list of Facebook apps belatedly making use of recent iPhone features. Facebook has introduced 3D Touch support to Messenger on iOS, making your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus that much more useful when you're chatting up a storm. The upda...

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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,...

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


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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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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:

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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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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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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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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'." 

Bing has hit 21.4% market share in the US according the latest data from comScore (, which "...

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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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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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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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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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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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