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Sunday August 7

11:05
Quicken 2016 for Mac 3.5.1

Introduces changes to the database structure and revamps the Reconcile feature. ($74.99 new, free update)

 

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Saturday August 6

17:03
SEE Finance 1.0.10

Fixes bugs in the personal finance app. ($49.99 new, free update, 31.9 MB)

 

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11:04
Capto 1.0.3

Adds new features to the screen capture utility formerly known as Voila. ($29.99 new, free update, 24.9 MB)

 

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10:00
Apple to Enlist the Aid of a Few Good Hackers


Apple on Thursday introduced its first bug bounty program, set to launch in September.
Ivan Krstic, head of Apple security engineering and architecture, announced the program during his presentation at Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. The focus reportedly is on an exceptionally high level of service, and on quality over quantity. Participation in the program initially will be by invitation only, and it will be limited to a select group of researchers. However, Apple plans to work with other researchers on a case-by-case basis.

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Design your own DODOcase...

New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings us a new look to an old favorite: The classic DODOcase has more customizable options than ever before. Read on!

DODOcase

The customizable DODOcase (9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini 4; starts at $64.95 MSRP) lets you create your own classic DODOcase look, with different colors, patterns, and leather options to choose from. Plus, you can add an optional monogram or cover text in gold or black.

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03:00
The week in Apple news: Neverending iPhone 7 rumors...

Apple headlines for the week ending Aug. 5, 2016

Lots of Apple news this week, which started with the release of new iOS 10 and macOS Sierra beta for developers and for the public. For the rest of the news, check out the headlines in this slideshow. Click on the link to get more information.

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Friday August 5

17:10
Apple Acquires Machine Learning and AI Startup Turi

An anonymous reader quotes a report from GeekWire: Machine learning and artificial intelligence startup Turi has been acquired by Apple in a deal characterized as a blockbuster exit for the Seattle-based company, formerly known as Dato and GraphLab, GeekWire has learned. The acquisition reflects a larger push by Apple into artificial intelligence and machine learning. It also promises to further increase the Cupertino, Calif.-based company's presence in the Seattle region, where Apple has been building an engineering outpost for the past two years. Multiple sources with knowledge of the deal confirmed that Turi has been acquired. Sources close to the deal pegged the purchase price at around $200 million, marking a huge outcome for the original investors and early shareholders. Apple's plans for Turi's technology are not clear, but the company has been making a broad push into artificial intelligence through an expansion of its Siri personal assistant and related technologies. Turi...

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17:04
OmniFocus 2.6.1

Introduces a new file format and also improves encryption. ($39.99 new, free update, 28.6 MB)

 

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14:31
New Pokémon Go maps show you where to catch 'em...

If you’ve been wondering how to find Pikachu, Scyther, Electabuzz, or any other rare Pokémon, you probably wanted to use the hot new thing: crowdsourced Pokémon Go maps taught players how to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

The problem? Those services are down right now, and almost certainly won't come back, now that Pokémon Go developer Niantic has said it will actively block "tracker" apps from accessing its data to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go. Originally, we said that the best Pokémon Go map is Pokévision, which provides a real-time look at the Pokémon spawning around you, and more importantly, when they’ll de-spawn or vanish.

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12:25
Kids Can Now Learn To Code With Pocky, the Delicious...

Dami Lee, writing for The Verge: Even if you didn't grow up in Asia, chances are you've had this ubiquitous Japanese snack before. Walk into most grocery stores in America and you'll find a box of Pocky, and in multiple flavors like strawberry and green tea if your supermarket is fancy. With over dozens of flavors and variations, there's a Pocky for all occasions! There's a Pocky for Men. Now, there's Pocky for kids, with an educational aspect. Pocky's maker, Glico, has made a game called Glicode (Like if Wilco made a coding game called Wilcode) that gets kids coding by having them arrange actual cookies and snacks, then snapping a photo to translate them into digital commands. Glico's other products like Almond Peak chocolates and Biscuit Cream Sands are also featured in the game, representing "if" and "sequence" commands, respectively. It's a lot like Apple's Swift Playgrounds, with simple programming tasks commanding a funny-looking blob to walk around on platform blocks. The...

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11:45
The Week in iOS Apps: Ready for Rio?

Ready for Rio?

This week’s roundup includes a trio of apps to help you maximize your enjoyment of the Olympics. Read on!

NBC Sports

Ready for Rio? Your best mobile viewing option will be the NBC Sports app (free), where you’ll be able to view some events live, have access to replays of other events, and see highlights of each day’s medal winners. You’ll need to subscribe to a TV provider, though, to access video of the games through the app.

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11:08
Alexa Takes On Smart Home Security Responsibilities


Millions of customers using Amazon's Alexa voice assistant technology now can add locks that can be controlled remotely to the growing ecosystem of smart home capabilities. August Home last week announced that Amazon's line of voice-assisted products, including the best-selling Echo, now support its smart products, allowing users to lock and unlock their front doors and other points of access using simple voice commands. August product line includes the August Smart Lock, the August Smart Keypad and the August Smart Doorbell Cam.

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11:03
DEVONthink 2.9.1

Adds improvements and bug fixes related to the new synchronization engine introduced in the previous version. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new)

 

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10:25
Microsoft Swaps Toy Gun Emoji For Revolver -- Days...

The pistol emoji has become a heated topic of debate among people. Apple's decision to replace the gun with a toy pistol is getting a mixed response. Amid all this, Microsoft has announced it is replacing the toy gun emoji with a symbol for a real revolver. ArsTechnica reports: This emoji change is part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which is rolling out now. The move has surprised some, as Microsoft and Apple had been seen as allies in an effort to dial down violence in emoji generally. In June it emerged that the two had successfully lobbied to have a sports rifle removed from the latest collection of emoji, as it was felt that two firearm symbols would be too many.Microsoft says it is only trying "to align with the global Unicode standard." The issue is that despite Apple's thought on the matter, when an iPhone (or iPad or a Mac) user sends a water pistol emoji, people with devices running non-Apple OS are only going to see a regular pistol. The article adds: Analysts had...

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09:46
Apple Reports on its 2016 Diversity Efforts

Claiming that “the most innovative company must also be the most diverse,” Apple has released its annual report on the gender and ethnic diversity of its employees.

 

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07:31
External Link: Apple Opens Bug Bounty Program

Tech companies have long paid bounties to security researchers who find flaws in their software. Until now, however, Apple hasn’t availed itself of this method of encouraging vulnerability discoveries. Apple has announced a bug bounty program that will pay between $25,000 and $200,000 to researchers who discover certain classes of security vulnerabilities in iOS or iCloud. The program is open only to invited researchers for now, but Apple says that if someone outside the program discovers an exploit in a covered class, they may be added to the program. Over on the Securosis blog, TidBITS Security Editor Rich Mogull provides more details and calls it “a good start.”

 

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06:00
Apple Announces Bug Bounty At Black Hat With Maximum...

msm1267 quotes a report from Threatpost: Apple closed out Black Hat today with a long-awaited announcement that next month it will launch a bug bounty. The Apple Security Bounty will be an invitation-only program, open to two dozen researchers at the outset, said Ivan Krstic, head of security engineering and architecture. The maximum payout is $200,000 and five classes of bugs in iOS and iCloud are in scope. Apple said the maximum reward will be $200,000 for vulnerabilities and proof-of-concept code in secure boot firmware components. It will also pay $100,000 for the extraction of confidential material protected by its Secure Enclave Processor, $50,000 for code execution flaws with kernel privileges or unauthorized access to iCloud account data on Apple servers, and $25,000 access from a sandboxed process to user data outside that sandbox.

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05:00
Linux Botnets on a Rampage


Linux-operated botnet Distributed Denial of Service attacks surged in this year's second quarter, due to growing interest in targeting Chinese servers, according to a Kaspersky Lab report released this week. South Korea kept its top ranking for having the most command-and-control servers. Brazil, Italy and Israel ranked among the leaders behind South Korea for hosting C&C servers, according to Kaspersky Lab. DDoS attacks affected resources in 70 countries, with targets in China absorbing 77 percent of all attacks.

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Thursday August 4

19:17
Apple and the Pistol Emoji

Jeremy Burge, founder of Emojipedia:

Apple: Don’t change the pistol emoji. At least not today.

Hide it.

Unicode does not deprecate emojis, but there is no requirement to
show all approved emojis on the keyboard.

The pistol emoji could be removed from the iOS emoji keyboard
without causing any cross platform compatibility issues.

His argument against changing it to a toy water pistol is that it would convey extremely different meanings on different platforms.

Ben Mayo makes the same argument as Burge:

Rather than recycle the same character code point, here’s what I
think Apple should have done. Remove the pistol emoji from Apple’s
keyboard completely. Lobby the Unicode consortium to add a new
emoji that depicts a ‘water pistol toy’ and include that in the...

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17:00
Apple issues $7B U.S. bond to fund stock buybacks,...

In a filing made to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on July 28 made public on Thursday, Apple detailed its latest $7 billion bond sale in the U.S. marketplace.

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16:39
On Apple’s Bug Bounty Program

Security researcher Rich Mogull:

It should surprise no one that Apple is writing their own playbook for bug bounties. Both bigger, with the largest potential payout I’m aware of, and smaller, focusing on a specific set of vulnerabilities with, for now, a limited number of researchers. Many, including myself, are definitely free to be surprised that Apple is launching a program at all. I never considered it a certainty, nor even necessarily something Apple had to do.

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16:30
Starting this fall, Apple will pay up to $200,000...

Enlarge / Apple will soon begin offering bounties for bugs found in some of its hardware and software. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

As part of a security presentation given at this year's Black Hat conference, Apple today announced that it would be starting up a bug bounty program in the fall. The program will reward security researchers who uncover vulnerabilities in Apple's products and bring them to the company's attention. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and many other companies have offered bug bounty programs...

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16:18
Learn how to use the Apple TV Remote app

This is an article that Apple posted on its Web site today.

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16:08
Samsung caught stealing… again

This company is just unbelievable.

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16:06
Apple working on TV guide

The idea is to let users see what kind of programming is available in video apps made by the likes of HBO, Netflix and ESPN, without having to open up each app individually, and to play shows and movies with a single click.

This is a good idea, but I still want the television subscription.

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15:58
Apple wins regulatory approval to begin selling...

Following the discovery in June that Apple set up an energy subsidiary, ‘Apple Energy’ LLC, with plans to sell off its excess renewable energy, SiliconBeat reports that the company today received approval to begin doing so.

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15:15
AWT News Update: August 4, 2016

Photo via TCPalm/KELLY TYKO/SPECIAL TO TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS

Some great Apple-related news stories today, straight from Steve's mouth to your ears:

  • A video showing what appears to be the next iPhone being tested surfaces on the web today
  • Apple's Apple Store app (try saying that quickly three times) got an update today
  • We tell you how many contacts, calendar events, reminders, and bookmarks you can store in iCloud
  • The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern shows just how slow chip card transactions are, and why services like Apple Pay are the answer

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14:09
New alleged 'iPhone 7' display photo...

Another "iPhone 7" parts leak photo has cropped up, but the image of the display assembly does not match recent leaks, with it reiterating rumors of display design feature alterations consistent with advanced light and proximity sensors.

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14:00
Apple working on Apple TV guide for streaming content

As part of efforts to build out its Apple TV product offering, Apple is reportedly developing a universal digital viewing guide for streaming services, like a traditional TV guide but for apps.

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13:56
Apple debuts overhauled Apple Store app with device...

Apple on Thursday released a predicted refresh of the Apple Store app for iPhones and iPads, enhanced with a new recommendation system as well as features for customers shopping in person.

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13:42
The iPad’s dark days are over

Interesting analysis but my concern would be that those folks who are “on schedule” to upgrade their old iPads will do no such thing. That, in fact, they’ve learned their other devices can easily replace their old iPads so there’s no need to upgrade.

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13:27
Apple thwarts jailbreakers with iOS 9.3.4 update

(credit: Andrew Cunningham)

iOS 9.3.3 went through several beta tests before it was released a couple of weeks ago, but Apple apparently didn't catch everything. Today the company released iOS 9.3.4, an update for all devices that run iOS 9: the iPhone 4S and newer; iPad 2 and newer; all iPad Minis and iPad Pros; and the fifth- and sixth-generation iPod Touches.

The update only appears to fix a single issue, discussed in the security notes for the update. Apple has patched a memory corruption problem that could lead to arbitrary code execution. The company credits Team Pangu, a prominent developer in the jailbreaking community, with finding the bug. Apple doesn't explicitly mention...

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13:27
Apple looks to create a digital TV guide for the...

Apple thinks the future of TV viewing is in apps rather than traditional outlets or even a streaming service. Now the company is talking to TV programmers and other video companies about creating a digital TV guide that would work on both Apple TV boxes and other Apple devices, like iPhones and iPads, according to recode.

Quoting unnamed “industry sources,” the article says the idea is to let users see what kind of programming is available in video apps made by the likes of HBO, Netflix and ESPN, without having to open up each app individually — as well as to play shows and movies with a single click. Said sources claim Apple’s plans are an outgrowth of the TV service it wanted to launch last year. 

“The difference is that in 2015, Apple wanted to sell TV programming directly to consumers...

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13:20
Apple reportedly developing universal TV guide for...

While Apple’s effort to create a digital TV service seems to have stalled, the company is still chasing a better way to find and watch content on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad. Recode reports that Apple is currently talking to “TV programmers and other video companies” over a potential universal guide that could show what TV shows and movies are available from streaming video channels.

more…

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13:07
How my out-of-office reply became national news, and...

Most of us find those auto “out-of-office” replies mildly annoying. This one might make you cry.

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13:02
US antitrust officials decline to change agreements...

On Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust division said it won't be seeking any changes to agreements on songwriter royalties, maintaining the status quo for streaming services like Pandora and Apple Music.

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12:45
The Week in iPhone Cases: Hex's Academy Icon...

New iPhone cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes Hex’s Academy Icon Wallet, a stylish folio-style wallet case that hopefully makes the iPhone folio a more practical case to use. Read on!

Ballistic

The Hard Core (iPhone SE; $60 MSRP, $12.02 for select colors on Amazon) protects your iPhone from all sides with reinforced ballistic corners and a raised bezel.

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12:39
This camera’s crazy zoom takes you from earth to the...

I’ve seen this camera in action. Picture quality isn’t great but that zoom ins mind bending.

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12:31
Stolen iPhones and Identity Theft

Federico Viticci:

Joonas Kiminki got his iPhone stolen in Italy last month. After a couple of weeks, he received an email saying that the device had been found. The email turned out to be a well-designed, meticulous phishing attempt.

Sadly the same thing happened to Viticci’s mother. Quite a scam.

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12:19
Podcast 519: Three cheers for App Camp for Girls

When we were kids, camping was canoeing, mosquito bites, bad food, and Capture the Flag. Today's kids have some more options, including the amazing App Camp for Girls. Today, Glenn and Susie welcome Jean MacDonald and Grey Osten on the podcast to tell us all about App Camp for Girls: How it started, what a week is like, and what both the girls and the organizers have learned along the way.

Elsewhere, we've got new betas, new emoji, and a new Remote app for our Apple TVs. Not too shabby!

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12:16
Apple updates Apple Store app with “For You”...

The newly redesigned Apple Store app is a more personal way to shop for the latest Apple products and accessories. Get recommendations based on the Apple products you already own. Find out which accessories are compatible with your devices. Easily upgrade to a new iPhone from your current one. Keep track of your orders wherever you go. And reserve a spot in an upcoming workshop or event.

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12:05
Apple Store iOS app updated with new recommendation...

Apple has released a new version of its Apple Store app for iPhone and iPad with a new app icon included. Features include recommendations based on which Apple devices you own, better in-store alerts, and when favorited products are available in stores you’re visiting.

more…

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11:35
Goal Zero launches battery & solar charging...

We covered Otterbox’s new modular uniVERSE iPhone case platform when launched back in May. The company teamed up with third-party accessory makers that each made a module or two to add additional functionality to the case— battery packs, tripods and stands, speakers and extra flash storage, to name a few. Today, Goal Zero is launching two new accessories for uniVERSE that let you add a battery pack and optional solar charging to uniVERSE.

more…

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11:34
Facebook battles to banish News Feed clickbait

Another day, another change to Facebook’s News Feed.

The social network’s crusade against clickbait, the highly technical term for garbage articles with misleading headlines, continues apace with an algorithmic tweak that downgrades articles with headlines like, “The Dog Barked At The Deliveryman And His Reaction Was Priceless.”

That means you’ll see fewer stories like that in your News Feed.

But hasn’t Facebok promised to banish clickbait before? Yes. In a 2014 News Feed update, Facebook used two signals to tell if a link was clickbait: how much time you spent on the story outside of Facebook, and whether you like or share the story.

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11:18
Samsung Hones Galaxy Note7 to a Fine Point


Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note7. It has an iris-scanning feature that combines with Samsung Knox for security, as well as a fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy Note7 has a water resistant body, a 5.7-inch QHD Super Amoled screen with a front-to-back symmetrical dual-edged curve, HDR video-streaming capabilities for immersive entertainment. It comes with an enhanced stylus. It has a rear dual-pixel 12-MP OIS camera and a front 5-MP camera, both with a focal length of F1.7.

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11:03
Gwyneth Paltrow joins Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’...

Actress-entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow will serve as a mentor to contestants in Apple’s “Planet of the Apps,” a reality-competition series designed to showcase the tech goliath’s iTunes App Store that is set to bow in 2017.

Tech investor Gary Vaynerchuk and will.iam are also involved in the show as advisers.

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11:00
Notable apps and app updates for August 4, 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

Nest

Do you own a Nest Learning Thermostat? How about an Apple Watch? If the answer to both questions is "Yes", then you know that you can already get notifications from your Nest products (the Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect) on your Watch through the Nest app. Today, Nest announced that the Nest app has been updated to allow control of the Thermostat from the Watch. Yep, you can cool the house a bit more with a tap on the wrist, or switch between home and away states. And you can do that wherever you happen to be in the world...provided you have a cell signal or Wi-Fi connection.

Elevate...

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10:56
∞ Apple’s new ad “The Human Family” features poet...

The new ad features narration by poet laureate Maya Angelou.

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10:56
Apple Music 'Planet of the Apps' series...

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, musician will.i.am, and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk will all serve as advisors to the app developers selected for the Apple 'Planet of the Apps' video series.

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10:44
Apple Music for Android is exiting beta and adding...

Apple Music on Android may sound like a mismatched pairing of oil and water. But after a lengthy beta Apple has kept plugging away, and is now bringing the streaming service out of beta.

Apple Music version 1.0 isn’t a major update, outside of the removal of the beta tag. Though there are a few additions detailed within the changelog: “Equalizer settings and a variety of performance, playback, and stability improvements.” 

The equalizer is in the main iOS Settings, so Apple needed to bring it directly into the Android app in order to have a similar experience. During the beta period Apple has made several other improvements, such as a home screen widget and support for music videos.

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10:44
Apple developers will have to impress Gwyneth...

She may not be Kim Kardashian, but apparently Gwyneth Paltrow still has some advice on how to launch a successful iOS app.

According to Variety, Gwyneth Paltrow will join other high-profile mentors in Planet of the Apps, a forthcoming reality competition for app developers that will premiere exclusively on Apple Music in 2017. Apple is co-producing the reality show as part of the iPhone-maker’s big first push into original content for its one-year-old streaming service.

“Developing and launching a business based on your own original idea can be exhilarating, but intimidating,” Paltrow said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity to be part of a series that lets us use our experiences to help app developers break through and create viable businesses that will impact peoples’ lives.”

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10:32
Sling TV to add NFL Network & RedZone to live...

Creating another option for sports-addicted cord-cutters, the NFL has confirmed a deal that will bring the NFL Network and NFL RedZone to Dish's Sling TV.

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10:23
Apple releases iOS 9.3.4 for iPhone and iPad, calls...

In what could be the last update to the iOS 9 software cycle, Apple on Thursday released iOS 9.3.4 to the public, calling it an "important security update" that all users should install.

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10:20
Apple releases iOS 9.3.4, a security update

Apple has released iOS 9.3.4. It’s available via an over-the-air download on all devices running iOS 9.x.

According to Apple's release notes, iOS 9.3.4 provides "an important security update" and is recommended for all iOS 9 users. It comes two weeks after the release of iOS 9.3.3.

Tonality CK - create beautiful black and white photos on your Mac

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10:04
Apple releases iOS 9.3.4 security update for iPhone...

It turns out iOS 9.3.3 won’t be the last update to iPhones and iPads before iOS 10 is released this fall. Apple today has released iOS 9.3.4 for iPhone and iPad.

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09:37
‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ iOS game adds Suicide...

Injustice: Gods Among Us, the popular iOS fighting game, today gets an update that adds characters and content from the new movie Suicide Squad making its debut in theaters this week. 

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPhone 6/s mophie wireless...

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09:29
Apple Energy gets federal approval to sell power...

On Thursday, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Apple Energy LLC -- a recently-created Apple subsidiary -- the right to sell energy generated from its solar facilities into wholesale markets.

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09:25
Gwyneth Paltrow will be a mentor on Apple’s ‘Planet...

When you think of app developers, you naturally think of Gwyneth Paltrow. Or not. Either way the Academy Award winning actress will serve as a mentor to contestants in Apple’s “Planet of the Apps,” a reality-competition series designed to showcase the iTunes App Store that is set to bow in 2017, reports Variety.

In addition, tech investor Gary Vaynerchuk and musician-entrepreneur will.iam (who was previously attached to the project) will serve as advisers., the article adds.

“Developing and launching a business based on your own original idea can be exhilarating, but intimidating,” Paltrow said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity to be part of a series that lets us use our experiences to help app developers break through and create viable businesses that will impact peoples’ lives.”

In March Apple announced that it was working with...

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09:18
Apple gains approval to sell energy through its...

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the wholesale selling of energy, capacity and other services needed to maintain reliable power by Apple Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Apple, Inc. 

The company can sell power from the site’s solar panels and hydrogen fuel cells, as well as from solar farms, hydroelectric plants and biogas facilities in Oregon, North Carolina, California, Nevada and Arizona, according to a June 6 application submitted by Apple to the agency. 

Last year, Apple began planning an $850 million, 130-megawatt, 1,300-acre solar farm in Monterey, California with the purpose of generating power to support Apple's existing and...

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09:12
Apple debuts new 'Shot on iPhone' ad...

Apple has debuted a single new 'Shot on iPhone' ad, with the latest addition focusing on equality, featuring a voiceover from poet and author Maya Angelou.

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09:09
Apple Releases iOS 9.3.4 with a Single Security Fix

Apple has issued the iOS 9.3.4 update to address a lone security vulnerability.

 

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09:07
1Password Introduces Individual Subscriptions

Agilebits has announced an optional new service: individual subscriptions to its 1Password password manager. The new service joins the company’s 1Password Families and 1Password Teams services, but does not replace standalone purchases of the 1Password apps for the Mac and iOS.

 

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08:50
Google's iOS GIF keyboard now supports more...

GBoard, Google's kooky iOS keyboard that lets you push GIFs and emoji to your friends is getting a multilingual update. Starting today, the service will now work in French, German, Italian and Spanish as well as Portuguese and its Brazilian dialect....

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08:49
Designers come out for Apple in patent fight with...

Reuters:

Apple Inc deserved the hundreds of millions of dollars in damages Samsung Electronics Co Ltd paid for infringing patented designs of the iPhone because the product’s distinctive look drives people to purchase it, a group of design industry professionals told the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday.

Setting up a clash with a number of Silicon Valley companies that have come out on the side of Samsung, more than 100 designers and educators signed on to a new court brief supporting Apple.

They include famous fashion names Calvin Klein, Paul Smith and Alexander Wang, the industrial design director at Parsons School of Design, the design director for Bentley Motors, and Tony Chambers, the editor-in-chief of Wallpaper magazine.

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08:49
Google’s Gboard keyboard for iPhone adds more...

Following a launch of its new Gboard keyboard for iPhone back in May, Google today announced it’s making the app available to users and languages internationally while adding some other new features. The app allows users to send GIFs, emojis, Google searches and more and works like all third-party keyboards on iOS via an App Store download.

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08:36
Apple’s Olympics ad features poet Dr. Maya Angelou...

Apple has released a new ad from the ‘Shot on iPhone’ collection featuring photos captured by customers, and this ad includes a familiar voice reading a famous poem over the slideshow. Dr. Maya Angelou is heard reading her ‘Human Family’ poem over shots of people all over the world.

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08:30
Tesla Model X: The official SUV of the future

My eyeballs feel weird. It's the fault of Tesla's Ludicrous mode. With the feature enabled the Model X P90D is the world's fastest SUV -- launching from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds. Sure that jolt of acceleration will fling you back into your seat, but...

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08:29
Possible Apple 'iPhone 7' video shows...

A new video attributed to the same Chinese repair shop as photos published earlier on Thursday depicts a device alleged to be an "iPhone 7" actually functioning, and running Apple's camera test application.

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08:24
Leaked pictures show alleged, fully-assembled next-...

This might just be the real McCoy.

A series of leaked pictures show what might be a fully assembled “iPhone 7,” with the shots showing a functional device that may have Apple’s hardware pre-release “Switchboard” toolset installed.

The pictures came from a China-based team that specializes in mobile device repair. Some applications are shown on the display such as the radio transmitting and receiving tester “WiPASmini,” as well as “MesaCal” which is used for testing Touch ID.

These applications are associated with Apple’s “Switchboard” pre-release testing suite, which has accidentally appeared on consumer devices from time to time.

An iOS build of 14A92340t is displayed on the screen. The current build number in the iOS 10 beta 4 is 14A5322e,...

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08:18
Gwyneth Paltrow and Gary Vaynerchuk sign on to Apple...

Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’ reality TV show is set to receive some real star power, Variety reports. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is expected to “serve as a mentor to contestants” on the upcoming reality series. Additionally, Gary Vaynerchuk (Gary V) has signed on to be an adviser to the show. Musician will.i.am will also serve as an adviser which suggests his role will be more limited than previously expected.

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08:12
Kagi Shuts Down After Falling Prey to Fraud

The venerable digital commerce company Kagi, which has been providing payment processing services to Mac developers since 1994, has ceased operations after an unsuccessful attempt to work off debt incurred by supplier fraud.

 

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08:00
Engadget giveaway: Win an Axon 7 smartphone courtesy...

It's getting easier to find high-quality phones at affordable prices these days and this week's giveaway offers one of the latest in that category. ZTE's Axon 7 smartphone just launched this month and offers a series of premium features just $400. In...

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07:56
Free-to-play Mobius Final Fantasy arrives on Apple...

Square Enix on Thursday released Mobius Final Fantasy, a new iteration in its popular role-playing series, this time said to be custom-tailored for phones and tablets.

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07:46
New alleged 'iPhone 7' pictures surface,...

New pictures have appeared of a fully assembled "iPhone 7," with the shots showing a functional device that may have Apple's hardware pre-release "Switchboard" toolset installed.

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07:45
Opinion: It’s time to consign passwords to history,...

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: passwords are a horribly outdated and clunky approach to security, and it’s time to consign them to history. That view has been underlined by the Federal Trade Commission’s chief technologist Lorrie Cranor, who this week told a security conference that official government advice to change passwords regularly can actually make things worse.

Her argument is based on something I’ve not only seen myself, but done myself – when I worked for a large company which required monthly password changes. When you force people to change their passwords regularly, they will use a predictable pattern – often nothing more than incrementing a number (something001,...

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07:40
Apple Should Stop Selling Four-Year-Old Computers

It's been a while since Apple upgraded its MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro models. Four years, one month, and twenty-four days, to be exact, in case of the MacBook Pro. Apple is inexplicably still selling the exact same models for its Mac line that it introduced in 2012. Pretty much every Windows OEM has had an Intel Skylake-powered processor in its laptops for more than a year now, but Apple's computing lineup is still shipping with the three-to-four years old processor, and graphics card. Things have gotten so bad, that MacRumors' Buying Guide, which is considered to be an "online institution" among Apple nerds, has flagged all of Apple laptops as "Don't Buy" In a column, The Verge's Sam Byford says that Apple should stop selling the old laptops. He writes: Apple iterates quickly and consistently in mobile because the rate of technological progress is so much more dramatic in that arena. The company does amazing work to keep its iPhones and iPads ahead of competitors,...

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07:39
∞ Apple’s Mac Pro conundrum

Want a Mac Pro? Michael Simon, writing for Macworld, lays out the basic problem:

In the first six months of 2016 we’ve seen new models of both the iPhone and iPad Pro, but the lone Mac to get any love is the newest member of the family. In April, the year-old MacBook received the kind of update MacBook Pro users have been waiting some 14 months for, with improved specs across the board: Speedier Skylake processors and graphics, an extra hour of battery life, faster SSD drives, and a new Rose Gold color option.

It’s worse on the desktop. While the iMac was refreshed in October 2015 to bring more pixels and processing power, the lowly Mac mini hasn’t had an upgrade since October 2014. And the Mac Pro has never been updated. The models on sale today have the exact same specs as the very first ones that rolled off the Texas assembly line back in December 2013. And if you’re looking for a display to go with it, good luck finding one made by Apple.

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07:31
The Roomba 960 is iRobot's cheaper app-driven...

The $900 WiFi-connected Roomba 980 is pretty exorbitant for many folks, nice as it is, so Robot has launched the $700 Roomba 960. The new model has a less powerful motor and battery, but retains the WiFi connectivity, floor mapping and app control of...

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07:23
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to receive 3GB of RAM

The next-gen iPhone could carry 3GB of RAM.

That’s the current rumor, as cited by noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Increasing built-in memory capacity at next-generation smartphones, including new iPhone devices, will further ramp up demand for memory products in the third quarter, said sources, noting that the mobile DRAM capacity of the next-generation iPhone is expected to increase to 3GB from 2GB previously.

The report falls short of specifying whether the 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch, or both next-gen iPhone models will carry 3GB of RAM. Still, this would mark an increase over the 2GB of RAM found in the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and iPhone SE models.

The rumor comes from a mixed track record over at DigiTimes, albeit Kuo’s backing adds some credence to it.

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07:16
Tinder swipes too much personal information, says E....

Marc Tarabella wants to swipe left on Tinder’s privacy policy.

The company’s terms of use breach European Union privacy laws, according to Tarabella, a member of the European Parliament.

Tarabella particularly dislikes the way the company gives itself the right to swipe the personal information and photos of its users, and to continue using it even if they deactivate their accounts.

It’s not just Tinder: Tarabella is also unhappy about how much personal information Runkeeper keeps about runners’ movements, even when the app is inactive. He has the same concerns about Happn, a sort of missed-connections dating service.

The lawmaker wants the European Commission to root out abusive clauses in the terms of use of a number of mobile apps, and to penalize their developers.

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07:10
Tight AMOLED supply causing problems for...

Supply chain reports suggest that Oppo, one of the forces combating Apple in the Chinese market, will not hit shipment targets as a result of insufficient OLED supply from leading display maker Samsung.

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07:00
Apple's latest iOS 10 beta enables faster text...

iPhone 6s owners with the latest iOS 10 beta installed can press down harder on the backspace button to delete text faster, users are reporting.

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06:59
111 designers including Dieter Rams and Calvin Klein...

The United States Supreme Court is set to take on Samsung’s appeal over Apple’s design patent case in two months, and today Apple has submitted an amicus brief with support from 111 famed designers ahead of the trial. Prominent names featured in the amicus brief supporting Apple include Dieter Rams, Calvin Klein, and Lord Norman Foster who is the designer behind Apple’s Campus 2 project. The Supreme Court is scheduled to take on Samsung’s appeal of the ruling in favor of Apple on October 11th.

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06:57
1Password's new individual subscription plan...

1Password creator Agile Bits is completing its subscription service with a new personal option. Anyone looking for a solid password manager can sign-up for the new 1-person plan for $3 per month. Like its other plans, the subscription service grants you access to 1Password on all your devices (Android, iOS, Mac, Windows) and the company’s cloud service to sync your password vault across devices.

Until September 21, Agile Bits is also offering the first six months free for new customers. In other words, a 1Password subscription will cost you $18 for the first year, and about $36 for every year after that.

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06:51
In pictures: Take a peek inside 'Area 404,...

Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters

Image by Martyn Williams

Facebook used to design its servers and other hardware at labs scattered across the company, but they've now been consolidated in a state of the art facility at its Menlo Park, California, headquarters. The new lab is called Area 404, a play on the 404 error message seen on the web and, presumably, the U.S. military's Area 51 research base. It covers 22,000 square feet and has 50 workbenches where engineers design, build and test their protptype hardware.

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06:51
Strava's safety 'Beacon' shows...

Strava has added a safety feature to its running and cycling app that we're surprised isn't more common. "Beacon" lets up to three friends see exactly where you're biking or running, even if they don't have the app have the app installed. On top of s...

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06:46
New iPhone 7 photos claim to be the real thing;...

We’ve seen so many convincing-looking Chinese mockups of the iPhone 7 that anything with the appearance of the finished product has to be assumed to be fake unless proved otherwise. That isn’t stopping one Chinese team claiming that what it has photographed is the real thing (larger versions below), reports French site NWE

To add to the fun, Forbes’ Gordon Kelly is claiming that the blue model Beosound was using to promote its headphones is also real …

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06:44
The limits of what iCloud can hold

In this official Apple support document, Apple lists the limits on calendars and reminders, contacts, and bookmarks.

For example, here are just a few of the limits on contacts:

  • Total number of contact cards: 50,000
  • Maximum size of a contact card: 256 KB
  • Maximum size of a contact photo: 224 KB
  • Maximum size of a contact group: 256 KB

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06:41
Design pros lend their support to Apple in its never...

Dozens of the world's top design professionals have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, pledging their support for Apple in its ongoing patent infringement lawsuit against rival Samsung, reports AppleInsider.

More than 100 designers signed on to the 63-page filing. It asserts that visual design frequently becomes the product itself, in the minds of consumers, notes AppleInsider.

Earlier this year, Samsung agreed to pay Apple $548 million for the five-years-and-counting-legal brouhaha over patent infringement — with some stipulations. However, the company then went to the U.S. Supreme Court “in a last-ditch effort to pare back” the damages it must pay Apple for infringing the patents and designs of the iPhone.

In its petition to the high court, Samsung said it should...

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06:40
Apple and water

Jonny Evans, writing for Computerworld:

Every online photo, all those Apple Maps requests, Siri interrogations, FaceTime chats, Apps downloads and iMessage exchanges all use drops of water.

In most cases the data servers enabling all these Apple services are kept cool by pumping water through the systems.

Apple used 160 million gallons of water across its data centers last year. (It used a total 573 million gallons (2.1 billion litres) of water across its entire US business).

From Apple’s Environmental Responsibility Report:

We’re constantly working to minimize our water use, so we monitor it within our cooling, landscaping, and sanitation processes and at our manufacturing sites. Then we develop targeted ways to reduce it. That includes creating...

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06:34
Teaching Siri how to pronounce unusual names

J. D. Biersdorfer, writing for the New York Times, talks through the complexities of teaching Siri how to properly pronounce an unusual name.

A key step in teaching Siri:

If your Contacts list contains names with unusual spellings and pronunciations that Siri cannot accurately match up when you ask for them, you can try adding a phonetic version of the name to the person’s contact card. To do that, call up the contact, tap Edit in the upper-right corner and scroll down to Add Field.

Tap the Add Field option and on the next screen, select Phonetic First Name or Phonetic Last Name. Once the chosen field appears, type in the syllables of the name the way that they sound rather than how the name is spelled.

This works well in iOS, but Siri is also available on the Mac. I played with the Contacts application in macOS Sierra, but couldn’t find a similar interface. Anyone know of one? If so, ping me.

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06:31
Patent report: future Smart Covers for the iPad...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights:

A new patent filing (number 20160224238) shows that Apple has at least mulled over the idea of offering Smart Covers for the iPad that have built-in displays. Yep, I mean covers with small screens built-in.

The invention is for a tablet with a flexible cover into which a thin flexible display technology can be integrated without affecting the overall form factor of the cover or tablet device. Adding the integrated display to the flexible cover greatly enhances the overall functionality of the tablet, according to Apple. 

How so? Increasing the display area could lead to a significant expansion in functionality. Unfortunately, Apple says that since displays already dominate a majority...

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06:30
ICYMI: One Pen to rule all and video you can...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab formulated a way to interact with existing videos, so they can prod and move objects within the frame. The Cronzy Pen samples colors from anyt...

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06:23
Over 100 leading design professionals file amicus...

Dozens of the world's top design professionals -- providing services to the likes of Coca-Cola, Google, Louis Vuitton, NASA, Porsche and Starbucks -- filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court on Thursday, pledging their support for Apple in its ongoing patent infringement lawsuit against rival Samsung.

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06:20
Where does the Apple TV go next?

Macworld:

During Apple’s third-quarter earnings call last week, Tim Cook teased a future for Apple TV beyond voice-controlled viewing and simplified sign-ins: “You shouldn’t look at what’s there today and think we’ve done what we want to do,” he said. “We’ve built a foundation that we think we can do something bigger off of.”

And:

The FCC recently took aim at DVR lock-in, proposing that operators deliver their service to any device using any open standard, not just the standard coaxial hookup.

If it becomes a mandate, it would allow Apple TV to become the primary box in our living rooms. It’s a move that would elevate Apple TV without the complexity and cost of negotiating a deal to sell “skinny” channel bundles. The beauty of Apple TV is its interface, and with tvOS powering the grid, there would no longer be a need to have a separate DVR and set-top streamer, putting Apple TV at the center of our home theaters.

This has got to be terrifying to...

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06:12
External Link: The Controversy Around the iOS 10 Gun...

Apple’s redesign of iOS 10’s emojis has generated controversy by changing the realistic pistol emoji (

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06:00
Disney 16-bit classics including 'Aladdin...

Nothing says '90s gaming like the Sega Genesis and 16-bit Disney classics like Aladdin. You can bathe in that nostalgia again thanks to GOG.com and Disney's re-release of Aladdin, The Lion King and Jungle Book. Those titles, originally developed for...

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06:00
Yuneec's SkyView drone goggles double as a...

The world of "first person view" (FPV) flying -- where pilots don video specs to see what the drone sees -- isn't new, but consumer-friendly headsets like Yuneec's SkyView goggles might make it more accessible. Stick SkyView on your noggin' (pulled-u...

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05:35
Apple’s investment in Didi was a driving factor in...

On Monday, China’s Didi Chuxing, in which Apple has invested, announced a strategic agreement with Uber under which Didi Chuxing will acquire all assets of UberChina--including its brand,business operations and data--for operation within mainland China. Now Reuters reports that Apple's $1 billion investment in Didi Chuxing was the driving factor in Uber's decision to agree to the deal, in return for a one-fifth stake in a bigger Didi. 

In exchange for the UberChina assets, Uber will receive 5.89% of the combined company with preferred equity interest that’s equal to a 17.7% economic interest in Didi Chuxing. In addition, Baidu and other Chinese shareholders will receive a 2.3% economic interest in Didi Chuxing. Under the agreement, Didi Chuxing will also obtain a minority equity interest in Uber.

According to Reuters, Didi raised far more money than Uber China,...

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