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Wednesday August 3

Apple adds 23 new U.S. banks to list of Apple Pay...

As part of the continued gradual rollout of the Apple Pay payments service, Apple on Wednesday announced support for 23 new banks and credit unions supplementing Tuesday's Canadian deployments.

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Here are the latest developments in Apple vs....

Apple has reportedly filed counterclaims against the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), blasting the latter's Wi-Fi patent lawsuit on several grounds.

Apple asserts that Caltech didn't file its lawsuit until May 26 this year, over six years after the 802.11n standard was published and hence too late to collect damages, according to MacRumors. Caltech also allegedly failed to disclose prior art for its patents, with Apple arguing that RA codes were well-established prior to IRA.

In May Caltech accused Apple of selling various iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch models, along with other Wi-Fi products, that incorporate IRA/LDPC encoders and/or decoders and allegedly infringe on its patents. The university is seeking monetary damages. ...

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1Password for individuals service launches

Earlier this year, we released two amazing new services: 1Password Families and 1Password Teams. Both rely on our new hosted platform to bring awesome new features that weren’t possible when 1Password was just a standalone app.

The response has been amazing and many of you asked for a special plan so you could also enjoy these benefits. We now have the perfect answer: our new service made for individuals!

I love 1Password. It’s installed on all of my devices and has been for quite a while. It’s a company I trust.

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Developer's 5-year-old reciting Steve Jobs...

Developer John Saddington (Desk) is definitely raising his 5-year-old daughter Arden well. He shared a blog post and video with me this morning that I just had to pass along. John had purchased a poster celebrating the 1997 Apple "Think Different" ad campaign and has had the poster on the wall of his bathroom since 2012. Arden surprised John by memorizing the speech, so he took a video -- complete with intro:

I think Apple needs to hire Arden as a PR person today.

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1Password extends hosted service to individuals,...

Popular multi-platform password app 1Password on Wednesday activated an individual hosted service using the same platform as subscription offerings 1Password Families and 1Password Teams.

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Chinese company creates high quality deep blue...

BeSound, a company that’s currently running an Indiegogo campaign for Lightning-enabled noise cancelling headphones, has developed an iPhone 7 Plus mockup in a deep blue color to help promote its product. It also teamed up with a popular YouTuber to show off the mockup on video and help spread the word about its campaign. more…

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Astropad update challenges Wacom with improved...

If you crave a Wacom Cintiq-like coordinated pen-tablet experience, but don’t have the coin, Astropad offers up something similar at a more affordable price. For $30, you can download the Astropad iPad app and the free Mac companion app that, when launched alongside your favorite photo, graphic, or sketching program, offers a real-time hand-eye connection to your image.

The magic is in the mirroring. Astropad, which connects the tablet and Mac either wirelessly or via USB, displays your monitor on the device, allowing additional input. A free Astropad iPhone app is also available.

To read this...

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1Password launches $3/mo subscription w/ web access...

Popular password manager app 1Password is today launching a new subscription plan for individuals, adding to the plans for Families and Teams it launched earlier this year.


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The Transit Elevated Bus

The Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) is powered by electricity and can carry passengers above two lanes of traffic while cars drive underneath it. The 22 metre long, 7.8 metre wide and 4.8 metre high bus trundled along a 300 metre stretch of road in the city of Qinhuangdao, Hebei province, at an excruciatingly slow speed for its inaugural test run, but the finished version should hit speeds of 40 mph.

That thing is huge.

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Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages project...

Google’s effort to give the web a speed boost is pressing more firmly on the gas pedal.

The Accelerated Mobile Pages Project is moving beyond news sites to include other destinations on the web. Google is partnering with sites like eBay along with several publishers in pushing the effort along. The initiative rivals Facebook’s Instant Articles, which also load much more rapidly and also feature a lightning bolt to denote the speedier experience.


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Ulysses 2.6

Ben Brooks:

It’s no secret that I love, and use, Ulysses all day long — nor is it no secret that I publish with WordPress and only use iOS. This storm of factors means that I have a very specific set of requirements to make a dream writing app, and The Soulmen (the company behind Ulysses) asked me what I still yearned for in their app. The above features were at the top of my very short list.

This sounds like a great release.

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

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Apple’s latest 13-inch entry-level MacBook Air is an ideal student computer:...

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Dropbox Paper comes to iPhone and iPad as service...

Dropbox Paper has been in private beta for about a year, and now the web service is gaining dedicated iPhone and iPad apps as it enters public beta for anyone to try. Paper is Dropbox’s take on a collaborative word processor — think Google Docs or Pages with iCloud — that’s built on a reliable cloud syncing service.


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Apple, Broadcom countersue Caltech

Apple argued that Caltech did not file the lawsuit until May 26, 2016, more than six years after the publication of the 802.11n wireless standard, and thereby the time limit to collect damages has passed under U.S. law. It also argued that Caltech does not make, use, or sell any product that practices any claim of the asserted patents.

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Time Warner buys 10% stake in Hulu, will offer live...

Time Warner's Turner networks -- including TNT and TBS -- will be available in live streaming form on Hulu in early 2017, thanks to a $583 million deal between the two companies.

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Apple makes counterclaims in Caltech Wi-Fi lawsuit,...

Together, Apple and Broadcom have reportedly filed counterclaims against the California Institute of Technology, attacking the latter's Wi-Fi patent lawsuit on several grounds. Separately, Apple and Dot 23 have settled a lawsuit over Siri.

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OvRcharge claims to wirelessly charge and '...

A new crowdfunding campaign for a product dubbed OvRcharge claims to use electromagnetism to wirelessly charge an iPhone with a special case, as well as "levitate" and rotate it in the air to signify completion of charge.

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Here are the latest Apple Pay banks and cards across...

Almost two years since its launch, Apple Pay is still continuing to get picked up by additional banks and credit unions across the United States. The latest round of new Apple Pay partners also includes more card options for Apple Pay customers in Canada as well. These are the latest banks and cards to work with Apple Pay:


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'Chambara,' the split-screen samurai game...

College dorms are a strange microcosm of adult life, offering close-quarters friendship, intellectual stimulation and the kind of freedom that comes with a prepaid meal card. Dorm life fosters in-person interaction, usually in tight spaces and on a l...

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Daily Deal: MacX MediaTrans and Video Converter Pro...

It's pretty great when we get a deal on a single app, but even better when our readers can benefit from two related apps at a heck of a discount. Digiarty makes two of the best apps out there for converting and managing video and audio files, and with this bundle of MacX MediaTrans and MacX Video Converter Pro, you get 'em both at 65% off the usual price.

Let's start with MacX MediaTrans -- have you ever run out of space on an iPhone or iPad when transferring media to it? iTunes isn't a very good arbiter of media transfers, but with MacX...

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Study: lots of Windows users would switch to the Mac...

Hey, Apple, here’s your chance: 61% of Windows users would switch to Mac OS X for more privacy, according to a new survey by OnePoll on behalf of security and privacy advice and comparison website Evidently, there’s a lot of concern about the amount of data Microsoft collects via the Windows Store.

In the UK the figure is even higher at 67%, with 15% saying they would definitely consider swapping. Only 33%  in the UK and 39% in the U.S. say that they wouldn’t contemplate switching operating systems.

OnePoll questioned 500 people in the U.S. and 500 in the UK. The poll asked each of the Windows users if Windows 10 collecting user data that raised concerns about their privacy would make them consider a switch. Slightly over 14%...

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Apple launches assorted international Smart Keyboard...

These might come in handy.

Apple on Tuesday launched new international versions of its Smart Keyboard accessory for iPad Pro previously only available in a U.S. English layout.

The new international Smart Keyboards now offer localized layouts including British English, French, Spanish, Korean, Italian and Arabic, among others.

The keyboards include localized differences, including support for the right-to-left Arabic language setting. Apple earlier this year debuted a new Arabic version of with right-to-left reading support and it previously introduced comprehensive right-to-left language support for iOS with iOS 9.

The company launched the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro model with the detachable Smart Keyboard accessory earlier...

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Hulu will host all Turner networks on its new live...

Time Warner Inc. just made a big foray into streaming, buying a 10 percent chunk of Hulu for $583 million. With the investment, the media giant has joined rivals and Hulu founders Disney, Comcast and Fox as partners in the service. While it's just a...

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Apple’s water gun emoji change is causing a bit of...

The decision by Apple executives to replace a cartoon revolver emoji with one of a squirt gun is a "combination of childishness and anti-gun demagoguery," according to the Second Amendment Foundation, a tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group “focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms."

A neon-green water gun will replace the company's black-and-silver revolver next month, The toy water gun is a particularly controversial inclusion as Apple rejected the proposal to feature a realistic gun emoji in its iOS devices. “It has seemingly decided to skirt around the issue by including a depiction of a toy water gun instead,” says 9to5Mac.

"This doesn't just border on the absurd, it completely crosses the boundary," says SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M....

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Happy Hour Podcast 078 | Eddy Cue versus cable...

This week Benjamin and Zac unpack the latest iPhone 7 rumors, Eddy Cue’s flamboyant negotiation style, the latest iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas, and all those new emoji including the controversial water pistol. 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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Xbox One S teardown reveals a simpler, speedier...

If you're a console gamer, you've probably been wondering: how did Microsoft manage to shrink the Xbox One S so much compared to its predecessor? And importantly, did it have to make any big sacrifices in the process? iFixit will be more than happy...

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Fitbit dominates health and fitness wearables (but...

Fitbit dominated the “basic band” sector of the wearables market in the second quarter 2016, with 3.7 million shipments, according to Canalys. Total shipments of basic bands, which are mainly health and fitness trackers, exceeded nine million units, adds the research group.

Xiaomi followed in second place, shipping nearly three million Mi bands, while Garmin finished off the top three with over 700,000 units. Fitbit’s basic band shipments managed to grow an impressive 36% year-on-year. 

While basic bands continued their strong growth streak, quarter two saw a lull in the market for smart watches. Apple shipped only three million Apple Watches during the first two quarters of 2016, but its shipments are poised to triple in the remainder of the year when the Apple Watch 2 arrives, says Canalys Analyst Jason Low. Canalys also forecasts that 7.5 million smart watches with cellular connectivity will ship in 2016.

“watchOS 3 [due...

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Apple supplier Qorvo guides high for Sept. quarter,...

Qorvo, a supplier of RF components to Apple, is offering strong guidance for the September quarter that hints at a healthy "iPhone 7" ramp and possibly even the phone shipping a week earlier than usual, an analyst claimed on Wednesday.

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Hackers steal $63.7 million from Bitcoin exchange

A Hong Kong-based Bitcoin exchange has suspended all transactions after hackers stole a significant sum of the cryptocurrency. Bloomberg is reporting that 119,756 BTC, currently valued at $63.7 million, has been taken from Bitfinex. The news has help...

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LogMeOnce offers Visual One-Time Password as a part...

On the heels of announcing its new PasswordLess PhotoLogin feature, which enables users to log in by taking a photo on the computer that is sent to their trusted mobile device to approve, LogMeOnce has announced a Visual One-Time Password (OTP) authentication option. 

Designed for users that want the benefits of PhotoLogin’s password-less sign-on, but don’t have a working webcam or don’t want to snap a photo of themselves, the feature generates a visual OTP code that’s independently calculated and displayed on the user’s computer monitor and mobile device simultaneously, enabling the user to authenticate themselves by visual verification of the codes. 

When using the self-authentication feature, a one-time, independently generated 6-digit number will appear on both the computer and trusted mobile device of the user, so both OTP codes can be visually compared by the user to...

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Apple TV becomes first set-top box to carry French...

As Apple still struggles to launch a streaming TV service in the U.S., the company is making inroads in France, partnering with a premier cord cutting service that offers access to nearly all of the country's television networks in one place.

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The Shimo VPC client is ready for PPTP VPN on macOS...

In regards to Apple's recent announcement that PPTP VPN will no longer be supported by their built-in VPN client on macOS Sierra (due this fall), the folks at Feingeist Software say their VPN client for Mac Shimo is ready for PPTP on the new operating system. 

Shim supports PPTP as well as L2TP, Cisco AnyConnect, OpenVPN and all standard-compliant IPSec connections. The latest version (4.1) handles complex VPN networking configurations, including route management and DNS handling.

This VPN client allows you to automatically connect VPN accounts based on certain trigger conditions. Users can also configure actions to be performed when a particular VPN connection is established or terminated.

A demo of Shimo is available for download. Registration is approximately $56.

Backblaze - Always have a second backup away from your...

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ICYMI: Google's so much closer to delivery by...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Google's Project Wing is about to take off now that the US Government signed off on the company testing drone delivery within the country; perfect timing for Google's commercial launch of the service sometime in 20...

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Tell ZTE what to build next

Looks like ZTE is getting around to keeping its promises. After teasing us at CES with plans to develop a crowdsourced mobile device, the Chinese electronics maker today opened up its Z-Community forum for feedback and ideas. Called Project CSX for n...

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∞ Using emoji in a Spotlight search, works in iOS...

The concept of using emoji for search has been around for a while, but it came up in conversation yesterday, so I thought I’d write up a little how-to.

On your iOS device, hit the home button and pull down to bring up Spotlight. Next, bring up the emoji keyboard and type the apple symbol (it’s the first emoji in the fourth section, labeled Food & Drink).

As soon as you type the Apple emoji (), Spotlight will bring up various search results, the vast majority related to Apple and the Apple Store.

Try some other emoji. For me, the slice of cake () brought up a list of various bakeries in Maps. Even if Spotlight doesn’t associate the emoji with a built-in search, it will search elsewhere. For example, when I searched using the thumbs up emoji (), Spotlight returned a list of recent Messages that used that emoji.

One final bit: This same technique works on your Mac, too. On your Mac, bring up Spotlight by tapping the magnifying glass in the menu...

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France’s Molotov TV comes to the Apple TV

Molotov TV, a popular Netflix alternative in France which combines live and on-demand viewing, has launched on the Apple TV, notes 9to5Mac.

The service, already available on the iPhone and iPad, is a freemium one. The free service offers 35 free-to-air channels – including all the major French networks – plus ten hours of on-demand viewing per month. The paid service, at €9.99/month, adds 37 premium channels, up to 100 hours of on-demand viewing and simultaneous use on up to four screen.

Molotov has signed distribution agreements with France’s top commercial net TF1, pubcaster France Télévisions, Gaul’s second-biggest commercial channel M6, Franco-German net Arte, as well as DTT and cable channels including Nextradio TV, Lagardère Active, La Chaine Parlementaire, Public Sénat, Groupe AB, Disney Channel...

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Apple Music expands to Israel

As noted by AppleInsider, Apple has expanded the international availability of its Apple Music to Israel, allowing customers in the region to sign up for a three-month free trial via iTunes on Mac and the dedicated Music app on iOS. 

Apple says its streaming music service has passed 13 million subscribers. Billboard, the music industry trade publication, says Apple Music is accelerating the subscription growth trend. 

U.S. consumption of music continued to grow in the first half of 2016, even as sales of most formats declined, according to Border City Media’s state-of-the-industry data service, BuzzAngle Music. With the pace of audio streaming more than doubling activity...

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Wall-riding robots spin carbon fiber structures

You can mock impractical architecture, but there's no denying it pushes design and technology in new directions. Case in point is a project from the University of Stuggart's Institute for Computational Design (ICD) called the "Mobile Robotic Fabricat...

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New report reveals the best & worst places in...

Most of us have cursed poor mobile connectivity in our home towns at some point or other, but if you want to know whether you really have something to complain about, the latest RootMetrics report has the answers.

RootMetrics is a mobile analytics company that tests cell networks across the USA, measuring reliability, speed and performance across data, calls and text to come up with an overall performance ranking for 125 metro areas …


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How to control Your Mac from your iPhone or iPad

This is worth scanning through and bookmarking, even if you don’t have the need for this just yet.

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Hands on with macOS Sierra’s Console

If you’ve never used the Mac’s Console application (Applications > Utilities), this article is a solid place to start. Not only does Kirk McElhearn show off some of the basic Console features, he also focuses on what’s new in the much improved macOS Sierra version.

Console is an important resource. Pretty much everything you do on the Mac ends up sending a message which is accumulated in a log somewhere. Console lets you read through those logs and, as Kirk shows you, this new version of Console makes it much easier to find what you are looking for.

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Twitter for iOS updated w/ support for keyboard...

Greg Barbosa, writing for 9to5Mac:

Twitter’s latest iOS update, released today, now includes iPad-compatible keyboard shortcuts. Users with paired Bluetooth keyboards or Smart Keyboards will now be able to use their keyboards to create new tweets, or move between tabs.


Holding down the command key on the keyboard on devices running iOS 9 or higher shows a small dialog indicating which keyboard shortcuts are available to use.

Good to know.

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Pokémon Go developer sued over Pokémon placed on...

IDG News Service:

A lawsuit in a federal court raises the ticklish issue of whether a company can be hauled to court because its augmented reality game places coveted fantasy creatures and in-game benefits in private property without permission.

Jeffrey Marder, a resident of West Orange, New Jersey, found in the days after the release of the successful augmented reality game Pokémon Go, that strangers, phone in hand, had begun lingering outside his home.

At least five of them knocked on Marder’s door and asked for access to his backyard to catch and add to their virtual collections of the Pokémon images, superimposed over the real world, that the game developer had placed at the residence without his permission.

No easy fix here. If this lawsuit is allowed to go forward, Niantic is going to have a thorny problem to solve. The database they rely on is incredibly large and complex. I can’t imagine it will be easy to excise all the private property from the...

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Artisto transforms your videos into moving paintings

Artisto is like Prisma, but for videos. You either take a fresh video or select one from your gallery, choose the 10-second section you want to use and wait for the app to transform it into a version that reflects the styles of popular artists like V...

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Meet Apple’s new Remote app, not quite the same as...

Dan Moren, writing for Six Colors:

The intent of the Apple TV Remote app is to duplicate all the functionality of the hardware remote, and in that it mostly succeeds. The majority of the screen is taken up by an area that mimics the hardware remote’s touch surface, and you can swipe or tap to control the onscreen interface. There are also dedicated buttons for Menu, Home (which you can double tap to bring up the multitasking switcher), Play/Pause, and Siri.


It seems that if you have HDMI-CEC enabled to control your TV’s volume via the remote, it seems the iOS device’s physical volume buttons will actually control your TV’s sound.

This is just a bit of the review. If you haven’t downloaded the new Remote app (it is a completely different app – I deleted my old one), it is absolutely worth it.

Note that it works with the previous generation Apple TV and allows you to save profiles for multiple Apple TVs, in case you have more than one.


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Time Warner takes 10% stake in Hulu, will be part of...

Time Warner has confirmed that it is buying a 10% stake in online TV service Hulu, after lengthy talks with the loss-making service, reports Variety. It has been reported that the stake is costing the company around $580M, valuing Hulu at $5.8B.


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Old Tech Can Create New Security Woes

"Patch your systems in a timely manner" is a mantra of security experts, but what happens when the patch well runs dry because a product's maker no longer supports it? That is a situation many large enterprises find themselves in, and it's one that poses security risks. Between 30 percent and 50 percent of the hardware and software assets in the average large enterprise have reached their end-of-life date, according to a BDNA report released last month. End-of-life products pose a serious security risk to the enterprise.

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Meeting strangers in the VR wilderness

I didn't expect to see anyone. Not in the woods. I blink a few times and widen my stance, swiveling my head back and forth to see if there are others. No, just the one. A bearded face floating in midair, a pair of white gloves dangling underneath. "W...

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Freemium ‘French Netflix’ service Molotov TV comes...

Molotov TV, a popular Netflix alternative in France which combines live and on-demand viewing, has now launched on Apple TV. It’s being touted as an exclusive, though French site iPhone Addict suggests that it’s likely to make it to competitor boxes later.

The service, already available on iPhone and iPad, is a freemium one. The free service offers 35 free-to-air channels – including all the major French networks – plus ten hours of on-demand viewing per month. The paid service, at €9.99/month, adds 37 premium channels, up to 100 hours of on-demand viewing and simultaneous use on up to four screens …


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The OtterBox uniVERSE for the iPhone is downright...

There is nothing more exciting than opening the box to your new iPhone; it’s shiny perfection. That lasts for about .2 seconds until we slap a case over it (phone cases being a necessary evil, of course). 

As nice as it would be to go phone case commando, it is even nicer to pick your phone off the floor with an intact screen. That being said, I have reviewed many phone cases and I can honestly say this the OtterBox uniVERSE is my favorite.

The good, the great, the sexy

That’s right, I said it. This phone case is just down right sexy. First and foremost, the uniVERSE is thin and lightweight. When you already have a large phone, like I do (the iPhone 6s Plus), thin and lightweight is high on the list of wants. But, for such a small case the uniVERSE case holds quite a dynamic punch! You can attach “smart modules” to give your iPhone new features. Let me give you just a glimpse of...

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Unofficial Hey Siri site provides a mega-list of...

Siri now has so many capabilities that it’s hard to keep track of all the things it can do. You can ask Siri itself, of course, and it will show you a bunch of examples – but those are just a sampling. A new website is aiming to provide a comprehensive list of all the questions and commands Siri can process …


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SecureWords can secure your articles and text entries

By Aaron Lee

We have encrypted storages for our passwords. We encrypt our emails, our chats, and our journals. If you need a secure word processing app for articles and text entries, there’s SecureWords.

It's a tool that automatically encrypts and decrypts text documents so we can, among other things, store them on iCloud or in Dropbox without having to worry. SecureWords is a lean, versatile machine that can handle RTF, OpenOffice, and Word documents.

You use it like you would any word processor. However, the items you pen will sport built-in password protection and 256-bit encryption. You can also export your SecureWords documents into a format such as Word or Markdown. 

SecureWords supports attachments like images. However, since they will be encrypted as well, you can’t just drag ’n drop ‘em. You mustuse the menu command.

You should also note that the OS X Autosave feature is disabled for security purposes. SecureWorks does...

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Chrome for Android makes video smoother, less power-...

Google set the stage for the latest Chrome for Android update by revealing that a billion hours of video are now viewed per week on the browser, much of it on mobile. The Android team consequently focused on video for release 52, saying it's now "smo...

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Apple begins rollout of Apple Music services in...

Apple expanded international availability of its Apple Music streaming service on Wednesday with a rollout in Israel, allowing customers in the region to sign up for a three-month free trial via iTunes on Mac and the dedicated Music app on iOS.

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Polar thinks there's room for another Android...

It was inevitable that smartwatches would eventually consume "dumb" activity trackers like the Fuelband (RIP) and Fitbit. These days, almost any device that you can slap on your wrist offers you basic fitness and sleep tracking as standard. Similarly...

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The best second-screen apps for watching the 2016...

Enhance your viewing experience with behind-the-scenes video, athlete's social feeds, and more.

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Prisma's 10-minute cold brew coffeemaker hits...

Prisma, a machine that can make cold brew coffee in just under 10 minutes instead of 12 frickin' hours, is now on Indiegogo in a bid to raise $150,000. That means you can get one coffeemaker as a perk when you back the project for at least $279 $229....

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Facebook to stream first live match between Premier...

With more and more people heading to Facebook and Twitter to keep up with live events, the social networks are increasingly turning to sport to retain users. Twitter has already streamed Wimbledon coverage and signed a number of deals that will see i...

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Gogoro brings on-demand scooter rentals to Berlin

Taiwan-based electric scooter company Gogoro is expanding its reach and business model. Today it announced a partnership with Coup (a subsidiary of automotive-parts supplier Bosch) to bring 200 on-demand rental scooters to Berlin.

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Tuesday August 2

Microsoft gives everyone a chance to buy a HoloLens

In the past, developers had to apply for a chance to buy Microsoft's augmented reality headset. Now, the tech titan has loosened up its requirements for purchase. You only have to meet three conditions to be able to get up to five HoloLens units: 1.)...

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Vevo will now feature the three biggest music labels...

Vevo has always had access to Sony Music's and Universal Music's videos -- it was, after all, a collaboration between the two companies. Now, thanks to a licensing deal it hashed out with the Warner Music Group, it can finally publish videos from all...

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Apple Music continues expansion, now rolling out to...

Users in Israel have long been waiting for a launch of Apple Music and today it appears as if it’s happening. Although Apple’s website still lists the service as “coming soon,” a handful of users in the country are reporting that they are now prompted with the service within the Music app.


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Jeep hackers return to take over your steering wheel

Last year, security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek made headlines by remotely hacking a Jeep, killing the transmission and applying the brakes while Wired reporter Andy Greenberg was behind the wheel and driving in traffic. The hack led...

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Windows 10 update adds AdBlock support to the Edge...

AdBlock and AdBlock Plus are no longer exclusive to Windows Insider Program participants. Microsoft's anniversary update for Windows 10 doesn't only come with Cortana voice commands (and many other features), it also adds support for the ad blocker t...

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What happened at Samsung Unpacked 2016?

Wondering what all the fuss was about Samsung's Unpacked 2016 event earlier today? Let our Senior Mobile Editor Chris Velazco explain everything you need to know about the new Galaxy Note 7 and its accompanying accessories. Those include an upgraded...

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Wisconsin court deems sentencing algorithm...

If you were hoping that Wisconsin would open up the sentencing algorithm it uses to help determine prison time, you're about to be disappointed. The state's Supreme Court has ruled that the use of the the COMPAS algorithm doesn't violate your constit...

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Read the first 13 years of 'Nintendo Power...

Before the yawning information-spouting chasm of the Internet, there were two ways you could get information on video games: your dubiously-trustful buddies and trade magazines. Despite being a company rag that only covered things coming out on its o...

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Things to listen for when using audio compression

Compression is an invaluable tool for audio engineers. Despite having been engineering for over 15 years now, I feel as if I’m still learning new techniques and applications for compressors on a regular basis.

Compression is a great thing for gluing a mix together, if used correctly. Not everyone uses it correctly.

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The NFL and Snapchat make their partnership official

While Snapchat has been courting sports fans and major leagues for some time now, the National Football League will be the first to announce an official, multi-year deal with the social media platform. According to the league's announcement, Snapchat...

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Instagram CEO on Stories: Snapchat deserves all the...

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom crediting Snapchat for Instagram Stories:

“Totally,” Systrom interrupted me. “They deserve all the credit.”

At least he’s honest.

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Gadget Ogling: Pokémon Go Drones, New Old Nintendo,...

Pokémon Go, the augmented-reality smartphone game that's been eating away at the fabric of society in recent weeks, is enormously fun. I enjoy the mechanics, and that it pushes me to go on longer walks every day. That's all well and good in the nicer weather, but when there's two feet of snow, I don't really want to traipse around so much. That's why Pokédrone might be my new favorite thing. You apparently can use it to spoof your phone's GPS signal to help catch more elusive Pokémon, including those that might be out on a lake.

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Chip-card checkout nightmares

Chip-card checkout nightmares? WSJ’s Joanna Stern explains the transition to the new EMV chip cards for credit and debit, and why your smartphone is the real answer to all your payment problems.

It seems amazing that the U.S. is having such a tough time with this while the rest of the world has been using it for a while now.

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US Air Force says the F-35 is ready for combat

The F-35 Lightning II has faced more than a few technical problems and cost overruns in the 15 years since Lockheed Martin first won its production contract, but it's nearly done overcoming those hurdles. The US Air Force has declared that the F-35A...

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Snapchat introduces new Geostickers feature as...

Hot on the heels of a new Snapchat-esque Stories feature coming to Instagram, Snapchat today has announced Geostickers, which is a new feature that gives users yet another way to decorate their snaps. Geostickers are location-based overlays that can be applied to images before they are sent, as well as sent via the messaging feature of Snapchat.


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China's elevated bus demoed with cars driving...

Six years ago, China came up with a super wacky idea: A large straddling bus that can let cars drive under it, which could be a cost-effective way to skip over congested traffic while carrying hundreds of passengers a pop. Today, this concept has evo...

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AWT News Update: August 2, 2016

New Apple and Samsung products, a blast from the past goes out of business, a new way to listen to the AWT News Update, and how to enter to win a Drobo 5Dt:

  • International versions of the Smart Keyboards for iPad Pro arrive
  • Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, and company execs get a bit snarky at Apple's expense
  • Old-school online payment firm Kagi is out of business
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Apple has...

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Lonero: The Defiant Machine now on iTunes

This is an amazing album, and one that I saw being made. It follows battles from the 20th century, including World War I and World War II. Give it a listen.

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Iranian hackers compromise Telegram's secure...

Telegram prides itself on private messaging that lets activists escape government censorship and crackdowns, but it might have a crisis on its hands in Iran. Security researchers speaking to Reuters say that an Iranian hacking group has not only bre...

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Apple releases iOS 10 Public Beta 3

This is pretty nifty.

On Tuesday, Apple release its iOS 10 Public Beta 3 for anyone interested in testing out the new iOS before it hits.

On iOS, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

The new beta features new emoji that includes the ability to select male of female versions of a character, new professions, and tweaks to current emoji. Other changes include Accessibility options, keyboard sounds, and more.

You’ll need to sign up for a free Apple Beta Tester account before being able to install the new software, although this only takes a few minutes at most.

If you’ve tried the new beta and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.


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Twitter for iOS updated w/ support for keyboard...

Twitter’s latest iOS update, released today, now includes iPad-compatible keyboard shortcuts. Users with paired Bluetooth keyboards or Smart Keyboards will now be able to use their keyboards to create new tweets, or move between tabs.


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OpenTV settles patent dispute with Apple

Kudelski said in a statement that the deal includes a “comprehensive patent license agreement” with Apple and that all pending patent litigation between the two companies would be dropped. Financial terms were not disclosed.


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∞ Samsung mocks Apple for removing headphone jack

Okay, two things: First, Apple hasn’t removed the headphone jack, those are only rumors. Second, I’m saving this video for later because Samsung is pretty quick to copy everything Apple does.

P.S. Pay your debt to Apple, Samsung, you thieving bastards.

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Apple debuts Arabic, British English and Italian...

Nearly one year after Apple introduced the U.S. version of its Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro, the company on Tuesday expanded the accessory lineup to include international layouts supporting Arabic, British English and Italian.

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Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 2, 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

Pantone has launched the PANTONE Studio. The free app is designed to provide greater convenience in capturing Pantone color, building and testing that color in palettes, and sharing work directly into design software, on social media, or with friends, clients, and collaborators.

Anawiki Games has debuted World Uncovered. The app — game, part travel companion — aims to take users to places they've never been, all while encouraging them to examine their daily routines.World Uncovered tracks your travels for you and maps them in...

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Apple launches international Smart Keyboards for...

Apple today launched new international versions of its Smart Keyboard accessory for iPad Pro previously only available in a U.S. English layout.


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Apple releases reworked Apple TV Remote app

It’s a completely rework app that might come in handy.

Apple has released its Apple TV Remote app, which is designed to be used alongside the Siri Remote on the current Apple TV as well as past generations of the device.

The app offers the following features:

– Navigate Apple TV with touch gestures.

– Quickly enter text, email addresses, and passwords using the keyboard.

– Ask Siri to find something to watch, listen to, or play.

– Control the movie, TV show, or song that’s currently playing.

– Play games using the accelerometer and gyroscope.

– Turn on Game Mode for simplified game controls.

The app requires iOS 9.3.2 or later to install as well as a Wi-Fi connection to a second generation Apple TV or newer to run.

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Alphabet's X to test delivery drones, Instagram...

As a part of its delivery drone effort, Project Wing, Alphabet's X division will be testing technology at one of six U.S. test sites approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, the White House announced on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Facebook's Instagram launched "Stories," a feature mimicking Snapchat's ethereal slideshows.

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∞ Airplane Mode: “Elevators” music video

If you remember, this is one of the band’s that played at the WWDC Beard Bash this year. Funny video, nice song.

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Apple TV Remote app puts a Siri Remote on your iPhone

A new remote app designed for the Apple TV addresses most of the remaining points of friction between the fourth-generation TV box and the increasingly long-in-the-tooth Remote app designed for controlling iTunes and previous models of the Apple TV. The new app effectively simulates a Siri Remote and features a game mode that sits somewhere between a Siri Remote and a physical game controller. It’s also free, as opposed to $80 for a Siri Remote made of atoms.

The new Apple TV still feels unfulfilled, and that’s partly to do with it being released in what felt like an incomplete form. The new app and tvOS 10 may help take it all the way.

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Apple now licensing OpenTV streaming technologies,...

An agreement has been forged between Apple and the Kudelski group, with Apple paying to license a suite of media streaming patents, to conclude an international patent battle.

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Apple updates Public Betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

A day after Apple released new developer betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, the company on Tuesday released new betas available to the general public.

If you are a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you can update to iOS Public Beta 3 and macOS Sierra Public Beta 3.

  • On iOS, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
  • On Sierra, launch the App Store app and check the Updates section.

The iOS 10 beta has new emoji that includes the ability to select male of female versions of a character, new professions, and tweaks to current emoji. Other changes include Accessibility options, keyboard sounds,...

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The Kudelski Group and Apple settle patent...

The Kudelski Group announced today that it has entered into a comprehensive patent license agreement with Apple, Inc. Under the agreement, the parties agreed to dismiss all pending patent litigation. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

In March a German court ruled against Apple in a case over video streaming patents, giving Kudelski's OpenTV unit a win in its ongoing intellectual property licensing campaign against major technology companies. OpenTV is a global software technology company for interactive and digital television. 

Its primary business involves the sale of set-top-box operating systems and middleware software, as well as advertising products. On March 28, 2010 OpenTV became a fully owned subsidiary of Nagra Kudelski Group, a Swiss company that makes hardware and software digital security and convergent media systems for the delivery of digital and interactive content.

OpenTV sued Apple in 2014, alleging that various products infringe its patents,...

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Apple releases third public betas of macOS Sierra...

Apple has released the second public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 to public beta testers. The finished versions of the operating system updates are due this fall.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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Can mythbusters like keep up in a post-...

I’ve been a huge fan of Snopes for decades. Whenever you hear something “incredible” on the internet, do a search for it on Snopes.

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Time Warner CEO says possible Apple buyout was never...

Apple's senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, likely had no "serious" intentions when suggesting the possibility of a Time Warner takeover, according to the latter company's CEO.

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Bloomberg Radio stream added to Apple Music in over...

Apple will provide the Bloomberg Radio news channel stream for free, 24 hours a day, to all countries that have the full Apple Music experience.

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Now ear this!

A bevy of Bluetooth

This week’s roundup includes several different Bluetooth earbud options for your listening pleasure. Read on!


Personal Bluetooth Amplifiers & Earbuds ($199 MSRP; $99 for “early bird” pledge at Indiegogo) can be used as as “personal hearing amplifiers,” Bluetooth stereo headphones, or a Bluetooth earpiece for phone calls. Three different sizes of earbud are available, allowing you to get a comfortable fit; the device comes in with a built-in 3,000-mAh battery.

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Apple releases third public betas of iOS 10, macOS...

Members of Apple's public beta program were supplied with their third pre-release build of Apple's two biggest upcoming platforms set for release this fall: iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.

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Epson announces a pair of new EcoTank cartridgeless...

You know how every time you need to print something important, your printer gives you that "out of ink" message? That was the impetus behind Epson's EcoTank printers, which use large refillable tanks on the printer instead of those obnoxious and pricy cartridges. The company today announced two new additions to the Supertank category of EcoTank printers, the WorkForce ET-16500 wide-format printer and the Expression ET-3600.

Epson WorkForce ET-16500

Each of these printers comes out of the box ready to print for up to two years without a refill. The WorkForce ET-16500 ($999.99) is the first wide-format printer in the Supertank category, and out of the box can print up to 10,500 black and 11,000 color pages up to 13" x 19" in size....

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Apple releases new iOS and macOS Sierra public beta

Apple has released new public betas of its iOS and macOS operating systems today. If you would like to sign-up for Apple’s public beta testing, you can do so on its Web site.

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