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Tuesday August 9

13:59
Refurbished 12.9-inch iPad Pro now on sale through...

Apple on Tuesday began sales of refurbished 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, offering substantial discounts ahead of an anticipated fall refresh.

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13:45
The Week in iOS Accessories: Rule Your Room Kit aids...

STEM stuff!

This week’s roundup includes a kit that helps your kids master the basics of engineering, science, and math—and, oh yeah, it’s fun to boot. Read on!

LittleBits

The Rule Your Room Kit ($99.95 MSRP, same price on Amazon) is for your innovation-obsessed kids—it’s a box of electronic doodads they can use to build eight different inventions, letting them have fun and helping them build engineering, science, art, and math skills along the way. The LittleBits...

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13:39
Linux Mint 18: Fresher Than Ever


The Linux Mint 18 Sarah will please long-time users and impress new adopters for its growth in features and overall consistent performance. Linux Mint 18, released at the end of June, is a long-term edition supported through 2021. The in-house built Cinnamon desktop and the GNOME 2 fork MATE desktop were available at its introduction. The Xfce edition became available earlier this month, and the KDE edition is coming soon. Linux Mint 18 Sarah is based on Ubuntu 16.04 and comes loaded with numerous significant new features.

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13:10
Chrome Is Nearly Ready To Talk To Your Bluetooth...

Jon Fingas, writing for Engadget: Don't look now, but your web browser is about to become aware of the devices around you. After months of testing, Google has switched on broader experimental support in Chrome and Chrome OS for Web Bluetooth, which lets websites interact with your nearby Bluetooth gear. You could use a web interface to control your smart home devices, for instance, or send data directly from your heart rate monitor to a fitness coach. At the moment, trying Web Bluetooth requires the stars to align in just the right way. You'll need a pre-release version of Chrome 53, and you'll naturally want to find (or create) a website that uses the tech in the first place.


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12:39
Apple releases fifth iOS beta to developer community

They’re getting closer to an iOS 10 release.

On Tuesday, Apple released its fifth beta for iOS 10 developers.

Registered developers can go to Settings > General > Software Update and snag it as needed.

The fifth beta releases include mostly bug fixes for iOS 10. For example, it fixes an issue iPhone 6s users were having when connected to the Smart Battery Case, and third-party apps can play music even if the Music app has been hidden.

Apple will release iOS 10 among its macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10 operating systems to the general public this fall. The rumored date for the next iPhone announcement is Wednesday September 7 and the rumored iPhone ship date is Friday September 16, so the software updates would typically fall somewhere in between.

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12:37
Chrome 53 will begin phase-out of Adobe Flash,...

A promised wind-down of Flash support in Chrome will start with Chrome 53, releasing next month, Google announced on Tuesday.

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11:33
Apple releases the fifth developer betas of iOS 10,...

This update is only about a week after the fourth betas were released. The public betas for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra have been running a day or two behind the developer betas, so public beta testers should expect an update this week as well.

Registered developers running the beta of macOS Sierra can find the update in the Mac App Store. The iOS developer beta is available in Settings > General > Software Update.

watchOS 3’s fifth beta is accessed in the Apple Watch app inside the iOS 10 beta. And tvOS 10’s developer beta is accessed in the Settings menu’s Software Updates section. (To get the beta on a fourth-gen Apple TV that isn’t running it already, registered devs can download a configuration profile from Apple.)

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11:16
South Korean company said to be working on '...

A South Korean company's physical advancement in hollow-cored lithium-ion battery technology is allegedly on tap for the potential future "Apple Car" currently in development under the "Project Titan" aegis.

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10:54
Pokemon Go update now warns you not to play and...

The explosive popularity of Pokemon Go has been accompanied by some nagging bugs. Niantic Labs is squashing some of those and bringing in a few helpful features to smooth out the experience for those who play the ultra-popular game.

The update comes with two version numbers: 0.33 for Android and 1.30 for iOS. According to the official changelog, the game will nag you if it perceives that you’re driving while playing. You can also now change your nickname if you don’t like it, though you only get to do it once.

The update also includes at test of a new “Nearby Pokemon” feature with a small group of users. A few players were able to spot the feature and post screenshots, which shows you what creatures may be nearby. It's a huge improvement over the broken radar feature. All users, even those not in the test, will see a "Sightings" section showing which wild Pokemon are in the area (but not their actual...

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10:44
Delta's Tech Glitches Cause More Cancellations...


Delta Air Lines reportedly canceled 300 flights Tuesday morning, a day after a mammoth outage that forced it to temporarily ground thousands of flights worldwide and ultimately cancel more than 400 of them. Although an update posted at 10:00 p.m. ET Monday night warned that there would be more than 100 flight cancellations and roughly 200 delays Tuesday morning, the actual numbers appeared considerably worse. The disruption began with a power outage that took place around 2:30 a.m. on Monday at the airline's Atlanta headquarters.

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09:59
Apple issues fifth developer betas of iOS 10,...

Just over a week after providing developers with the fourth beta pre-release builds of its major upcoming platforms, Apple followed up with the fifth developer betas of iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10 and macOS Sierra, as well as a new public beta of iOS 10. [Updated]

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09:48
Apple fighting to stem fake Bitcoin apps on App Store

Apple is reportedly working to counter an influx of counterfeit Bitcoin wallets on the App Store, which in some cases may be robbing users of coins worth thousands of dollars.

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09:35
Facebook makes its desktop ads inescapable by...

Most website operators rail against about the widespread use of desktop ad-blocking software, but Facebook is actually doing something about it: blocking the blockers. The network said Tuesday that is deploying software on its desktop site that make those ad-blockers useless, so it can continue to serve you ads.

This move is guaranteed to enrage people who think companies have gone too far in their use of intrusive data-tracking methods like cookies, which follow you around the internet and use your activity to serve you targeted ads. But those companies, Facebook included, argue that their services and/or content are free, and so advertising is necessary to pay for all the labor that goes into providing that service/content.

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09:34
Foxconn rumored to be examining glass phone...

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is reportedly looking into all-glass enclosures for future mobile devices, reiterating previous rumors slating a new design and enclosure for an iPhone to be released in 2017.

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09:10
Apple's security measures in iOS detailed at...

Apple engineer Ivan Krstić spoke on far more than Apple's new bug bounty program at the Black Hat security conference, and delved into the inner workings of iOS hardware and software security features both in iOS 9 and the forthcoming iOS 10.

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08:35
Decision on Apple's Irish data center plans...

An Bord Plean?la -- an independent appeals review body -- said it will likely make its decision on Apple's Irish data center by the end of the month, either greenlighting the company's development plans, or potentially causing delays.

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07:50
Pokemon Go updated, adds experimental new Tracker...

The good news is that Pokemon Go just received a hefty update and is now up to version 1.3.0.

The bad news is that this game seems to be tracking its players in impressive new ways.

A series of leaked screenshots from the new experimental “Tracker” program seems to be showing Pokemon Go players near specific PokeStops.

It’s unknown as to the intended purpose of the Tracker tool and if this is meant for players to find each other or for the game’s creators to have a better scope of data as to where players are traveling.

Either way, enjoy the game and be safe out there!

Via The Silph Road

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07:05
Apple & TSMC working on 10nm 'A11'...

Apple and chip manufacturer TSMC are working together on a 10-nanometer "A11" processor design, expected to go into production later in 2017, a report reiterated on Tuesday.

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06:00
Corel Painter 2017 adds new brushes, gradient tools...

Corel Painter has a long history of serving fine artists, illustrators, comic and manga mavens, and photographers, and every year the company conjures up new features and enhancements to dazzle the faithful. Corel Painter 2017, released Tuesday, comes across with some innovative brush actions, alongside new gradient tools and advanced interfaces.

Corel is also moving Painter into new 3D territory to accommodate users working in gaming and entertainment. The company has announced a new integration with 3D sculpting app ZBrush, via a ZAppLink plugin. Designed to work with the app’s new Texture Painting feature, you can now export a ZBrush file directly into Painter as a layered 2D image to add realistic and painterly textures while preserving all lighting and effects previously applied in ZBrush. When done, your images are sent back to ZBrush via ZAppLink and re-projected into a 3D model.

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05:00
AMD's Budget-Friendly Radeon RX 460 Makes It...


AMD on Monday introduced its budget-priced Radeon RX 460 graphics card designed for e-sports gamers. It delivers the high frame rates DirectX 9-based shooters and action games demand, but also handles the more robust next-generation DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs. The Radeon RX 460 offers a peak performance of 2.2 TFLOPS with support for 1080p frame rates at 1080p. It is designed to remain both cool and quiet, thanks to its Polaris architecture, which adapts to card temperature and reduces fan operation during low GPU demands.

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03:00
Report: Apple Watch 2 Coming Late 2016 With GPS,...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple analyst KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo says the Apple Watch 2 is right around the corner. The analyst says the Watch will arrive in late 2016 and will likely be announced alongside the iPhone 7 in September. It will reportedly feature a GPS, barometer, better waterproofing, as well as a new internal SoC for faster performance. Those looking for a fresh new design may be disappointed as KGI does not expect the physical design of the watch to change at all. The Apple Watch 2 will essentially be an 'iPhone S' update, where it keeps the same physical design with improved internal specifications. In addition to the updated Apple Watch 2, Apple is expected to update the original Apple Watch with a new SoC to improve CPU and GPU performance. The price of the Apple Watch in general should be cut even further than it already has. The original Apple Watch could receive more than a $50 reduction in its pricing, possibly pushing it below the $200 mark. We should know more...

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03:00
5 iOS 10 features to boost your iPad productivity

This year’s big Worldwide Developer’s Conference reveal was no surprise—iOS 10—but after the announcement and feature preview, I was left feeling discouraged with the lack of iPad-specific features in Apple’s next mobile OS. The iPad barely getting any stage time during the event—outside of a lengthy demo of the Swift Playground app, it felt as if the iPad was all but forgotten in iOS 10. 

However, after using the iOS 10 beta for a few weeks, there are some features that I’ve found to increase my productivity when working on my iPad Pro. Not all hope is lost. 

Desktop and Document sync

I’ve been working with the macOS Sierra beta as well as the iOS 10 beta, and after installing macOS Sierra, you’re asked if you want to sync your Desktop and Documents folder with iCloud Drive. I enabled the feature, viewing it as yet another backup point for my documents and didn’t give it much thought.

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Monday August 8

15:50
Iran Bans Pokemon Go Over 'Security Concerns...

An anonymous reader writes: Iran has become the first country to ban Pokemon Go, the mobile game where users (aka Pokemon trainers) roam the physical world in search for digital creatures known as Pokemon. The country cites security concerns for the reason behind the ban. "Any game that wants to operate nationwide in Iran needs to obtain permission from the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance, and the Pokemon Go app has not yet requested such a permission," Abolhasan Firouzabadi, the head of Iran's supreme council of virtual space, told the Isna news agency. The Guardian reports that Iranian officials feel that the game can create problems for the country and its people. Iranian authorities use smart filtering software, a system that affects connectivity speeds and in many cases has replaced more traditional mechanisms for blocking internet services, the Guardian reported.

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15:16
Nucleus Home Intercom Gets Alexa Advantage


The smart home of the future could be a wee bit smarter with the addition of the Alexa-powered connected intercom system Nucleus announced last week. The Nucleus intercom, which last fall made its debut without Alexa, is a tablet that connects to a home network through WiFi or Ethernet to allow family members to communicate with each other both inside and outside the home. The inclusion of Amazon's Alexa technology in the $250 Nucleus lets it understand voice commands.

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13:08
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8...

Notable software releases this week include Quicken 2016 for Mac 3.5.1, SEE Finance 1.0.10, Capto 1.0.3, OmniFocus 2.6.1, and DEVONthink 2.9.1.

 

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13:08
ExtraBITS for 8 August 2016

In this week’s ExtraBITS, Hulu is eliminating free access to its content, Apple’s top brass discusses the state of the company under CEO Tim Cook, Apple opens a bug bounty program, and we learn why there’s a controversy around emojis in iOS 10.

 

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12:17
Where to find Olympic-themed Apple Watch bands if...

Last month, Apple revealed a collection of Olympic-themed Apple Watch bands depicting the national flags, but you can only buy them from an Apple Store in Rio de Janeiro, the 2016 Olympics host city.

Now, Apple Watch wearers can show their team spirit without having to travel to Brazil. Accessories maker Casetify has an Olympic capsule collection currently on sale. These 20 bands are also inspired by the flags of national teams competing in Rio, including the U.S., Germany, Japan, Australia, and Brazil, of course. Casetify’s Olympic bands costs $49, the same price as Apple’s official straps. The only difference is that the Casetify bands are plastic for a more athleisure style, while Apple’s bands are made from the new woven nylon material that the company...

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10:53
Apple Maps debacle is why Apple has a public beta...

Enlarge / Devices running the iOS 10 beta. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Public betas are now a given for major and minor iOS and macOS releases for Apple, but that wasn't the case just a couple of years ago. The reason? Apple Maps, according to a Fast Company piece with quotes from Apple CEO Tim Cook, Software Engineering SVP Craig Federighi, and Internet Software and Services SVP Eddy Cue.

To recap, the Maps app in iOS switched from using Google's data to Apple's in iOS 6 back in 2012. The transition did not go well; the reception from the press and the public was bad enough that it...

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10:13
Is the Internet Turning Donald Trump - and You -...


President Obama was viewed as the first techie presidential candidate when he launched his campaign, and he has been connected at the hip with Google for a large part of both terms. However, the brilliance his teams displayed with using analytics during both campaigns never seemed to carry over into running the country, which was disappointing. Most of the U.S. government still has systems that are decades out of date. Some, like the Veterans Administration, are so bad they are a national embarrassment.

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09:06
Apple Maps is the reason the iOS public beta exists

Apple is famous for its secrecy, but keeping its products under wraps has some downsides—most notably the Apple Maps debacle of 2012. The company tested Maps internally in Cupertino, but didn’t realize until it was too late that its mapping data wasn’t all that accurate beyond the radius around 1 Infinite Loop.

“We made significant changes to all of our development processes because of it,” Apple’s Eddy Cue told Fast Company in a wide-ranging interview. “To all of us living in Cupertino, the maps for here were pretty darn good. Right? So the problem wasn’t obvious to us. We were never able to take it out to a large number of users to get that feedback. Now we do.”

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08:18
Hulu eliminates free streaming service, goes...

After nearly a decade of streaming TV shows and other videos on-demand to watchers willing to sit through advertisements, Hulu is killing the free version of its service.

Going forward, you’ll need to pony up $8 per month to continue using Hulu—and you’ll still need to sit through ads with a subscription unless you upgrade to a $12 per month “No Commercials” plan.

The free videos aren’t disappearing entirely, though. Yahoo inked a deal with Hulu to show a smaller selection of content on a new, ad-supported Yahoo View website, which is already live.

Yahoo View

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07:56
External Link: Hulu Drops Free Plan to Focus on...

Video streaming service Hulu is dropping its ad-supported free tier. From now on, to watch Hulu content, you’ll have to pay $7.99 per month for the company’s Limited Commercials plan or $11.99 per month for the No Commercials plan (though a handful of shows still show ads due to the rights Hulu was able to obtain). Hulu is also partnering with Yahoo for a new ad-supported service, Yahoo View, which will run the five most recent episodes of shows from ABC, Fox, and NBC eight days after airing.

 

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06:00
Super Stickman Golf 3 is another winner, and worth...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

Super Stickman Golf is one of the all-time iOS classics in my book, delivering a fun and fast-paced twist on the sport that makes perfect sense for mobile. By transforming the game into a streamlined side-scrolling experience, Noodlecake Studios one-upped the likes of EA’s old Tiger Woods series, which inelegantly squeezed a more traditional 3D simulation onto touch screens. 

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05:00
Cosmos Rings for Apple Watch puts a slick role-...

The Apple Watch hasn’t yet become the wearable gaming sensation that some hoped for, with an irregular stream of interesting games and little spotlight from Apple itself. Games like Lifeline and Runeblade have shown that there’s potential to create compelling experiences around the Watch, but for the most part, larger publishers haven’t taken much interest.

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04:47
External Link: Inside Tim Cook’s Apple

Perhaps smarting from the media response to two relatively weak fiscal quarters, Apple sat three of its top executives down with Fast Company’s Rick Tetzeli to calm the waters. In the article, CEO Tim Cook, SVP of Internet Software Eddy Cue, and SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi discuss how Apple has changed in the Cook era, including how the problems with Apple Maps led to public betas of iOS. The wide-ranging discussion also touches on Siri and how subscription services are helping Apple’s revenues. While Apple’s top brass avoided specifics, Eddy Cue did share the company’s overriding ambition: “We want to be there from when you wake up till when you decide to go to sleep.”

 

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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

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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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Apple Solutions ConsultantJob Number: 51218534Pleasant Hill, California, United StatesPosted: Aug. 18, 2016Weekly Hours: 40.00Job SummaryAs an Apple Solutions Read more
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