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Friday September 9

08:18
Apple to reopen in-store iPhone 7 reservations on...

In the U.S., Apple has temporarily called a halt to in-store shopping reservations for the iPhone 7 -- but those will reopen at 8 a.m. on Sept. 17, potentially giving people who missed launch-day preorders another shot at getting a device within the next two weeks.

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08:06
The easiest way to rearrange your share sheet

Brian Sutich, writing for The App Factor, talks you through the process of reordering the icons on your share sheet, the interface that pops up when you tap the share icon (square with an up arrow rising from it). Nice job.

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08:02
Verizon and AT&T are the latest carriers to...

Verizon Wireless has joined rival carriers T-Mobile and Sprint in running a free iPhone 7 launch promo. The terms of Verizon’s deal pretty much mirror that of the other carriers.

You’ll receive $650 for a qualifying trade-in of iPhone 6/s and iPhone 6/s Plus as credit across 24-months when you purchase iPhone 7. The credit should show up on your bill within 2-3 cycles. To receive the full credit the line must be active for the full 2-years, which would come into play if you’re planning to upgrade next year.

Verizon isn’t too specific on device trade requirements, only saying that it “must be in good working & cosmetic condition.” No matter which iPhone 7/Plus you order, you’...

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07:52
How to get a discount on the Apple Music Family...

A few days ago, I wrote about the $99 offer for a year of Apple Music. This offer was only good on the individual plan.

If you have a Family Sharing plan, read the linked post. It details a $100 iTunes gift card that you buy for $85 and can, supposedly, apply to your Family plan.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:45
Deep look at the new Apple Watch, GPS, and...

DC Rainmaker does a nice job capturing the images and details of the new Apple Watch concerning GPS and water resistance. Be sure to check out the breakout images showing the speaker placement in the original Apple Watch, vs that in the new Apple Watch.

I really like the image of the water testing chamber, too.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:41
First-world problems, Part Two: a big thumbs-down on...

Photo by gpointstudio/iStock / Getty Images

I have to admit to being grumpy this morning. Part of is that I'm almost 59 years old and fit the "Grumpy Old Man" persona, but the other has to do with the experience I had early this morning ordering an iPhone 7 Plus. Dennis Sellers has already relayed his displeasure, now it's my turn to weigh in.

Oddly enough, the past few early-morning pre-order sessions have gone well, so there is either a lot of pent-up demand for the iPhone 7 series or Apple's pre-order system just doesn't scale well. I followed my own instructions that had worked flawlessly the past few times, getting my order ready to go in the Apple Store app ahead of time. So when I woke up at 12:55 AM MDT, I figured I'd be back in bed in about 10 minutes.

Wrong. First, the website and Apple Store app seemed to...

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07:40
Nintendo is making all the right moves with Super...

Did you catch Nintendo’s press conference on Wednesday? It was easily the company’s best showing in ages… and it wasn’t even at a Nintendo event. It was Apple’s, of course, and the much-anticipated conference also brought us the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2.

But Mario nearly stole the show, as the iconic plumber protagonist was shown in his very first mobile adventure, Super Mario Run. Gaming’s most legendary creative mind, Mario designer Shigeru Miyamoto, appeared onstage and charmed with his demonstration...

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07:34
MacStories Apple Watch Series 2 overview

Alex Guyot, writing for MacStories, pulls together a nice overview of the new Apple Watch. My biggest question concerned swimming with the Apple Watch 2. From the post:

The original Apple Watch was rated to be splash proof and mostly water resistant, but submerging it was not recommended. The Apple Watch Series 2 ups the ante, receiving a water resistance rating of up to 50 meters. This means the Apple Watch can now safely be worn for swimming in pools or the ocean, and should generally remove any worry about wearing your Apple Watch into potentially watery situations.

I think swimmers are going to love the new Apple Watch.

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07:20
iPhone 7 reader verdict: What you thought, and which...

I gave my verdict on the iPhone 7 yesterday, and asked for yours. The majority of you – some 54% – said that the new iPhone was as expected. That’s not particularly surprising given than we’d previously reported almost everything we saw, but 28% of you were still impressed, while 17% were disappointed.

Impressed or not, though, the majority of those who took part in the poll are intending to buy the new iPhone. Interestingly, and perhaps influenced by the dual-camera, more than twice as many of you are opting for the larger iPhone 7 Plus than its smaller sibling …

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07:17
The FAA’s strongly worded caution on the Samsung...

The Federal Aviation Administration’s official site:

In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage.

In my lifetime, I cannot think of a time when a specific product was called out in this way. As in, we urge you not to even pack this specific product in your luggage.

I can’t imagine what the Samsung corporate folks are going through right now. Airlines are banning the phone, there are stories of car fires. This is truly terrible.

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07:11
How-To: Create animated charts for Final Cut Pro X...

In our recent video about the upcoming dual camera feature on the new iPhone 7 Plus, we featured an animated graph charting iPhone camera improvements over the years. Instead of relying on Motion or a third party plugin to pull off the animation in Final Cut Pro X, we tapped into Keynote instead.

While it’s true that Keynote is primarily a presentation app in the same vein as Microsoft’s PowerPoint, it can also work as a handy Final Cut Pro X companion for producing quick animated graphs and charts. Watch our video walkthrough to see how it’s done....

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07:02
My frustrating attempts to buy an iPhone 7 Plus and...

I’m tired, very tired, as I write this at 8:30 a.m. (Central). I was up at 2 a.m. (Central) to order an iPhone 7 Plus and an Apple Watch Nike+. I though the process would be simple since was up and at ‘em so early. I was wrong.

At least half wrong. Ordering the Apple Watch Nike + was pretty simple. The shipping date is slated as late October. I wish it were sooner, but, as a runner, I wanted the edition targeted especially to runners. Besides, if you haven’t yet ordered a non-Nike Apple Watch, it may not arrive any sooner than mine. My daughter-in-law ordered the stainless steel/sports band model, and she was told it would arrive in late October.

But trying to get an iPhone 7 Plus is/was a different matter entirely. I went to Apple’s online store, selected the iPhone 7 Plus/black/256GB/Verizon model with the goal of signing up for the Apple Upgrade Plan.

I was asked to enter my wireless number, billing zip code, and the last four digits of my Social Security...

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06:53
How Apple achieves the high-gloss 'jet black...

Apple made something of a fuss about the iPhone 7's new "jet black" color during this week's press event in San Francisco, going into depth about the nine-step process needed to achieve that look. Here's how it's accomplished.

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06:52
Happy Hour Podcast 084 | iPhone 7 and Apple Watch...

This week Benjamin and Zac unpack Apple’s iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 event. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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06:39
Survey: first it was cord cutting, now it’s ’show-...

TiVo has released findings from a sponsored survey of pay TV and over-the-top (OTT) service subscribers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The global study is a follow-up to Rovi’s 2015 consumer survey, delving deeper into how viewers engage with content and explore the services and devices that make up their entertainment lifestyle.

Above all, this year’s survey revealed that viewers continue to feel the shockwaves of an industry that is undergoing a significant transition. Ensuring predictable ongoing engagement of audiences, once the hallmark of a successful television series, may be becoming much more challenging.

The survey revealed that while consumers continue to consume significant hours of entertainment content daily, their viewership is becoming potentially more transient, with many viewers “show dumping”—giving up on shows they love because it became too difficult and/or costly to access them.

Thirty-seven...

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06:25
Headphone companies unfazed by Apple dropping the 3....

With consumers not shy about voicing their own opinion of Apple dropping the headphone socket from the iPhone 7, The Verge decided to find out what headphone manufacturers had to say about it.

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06:25
External Link: Why Apple Removed the iPhone...

Many people were angered by Apple removing the standard 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7, assuming that it was an intentional plan to increase wireless headphone sales for Apple subsidiary Beats. That fact may have played a role in the decision, but BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski offers a thorough and compelling narrative behind Apple’s decision: the company just ran out of space for it. “We’ve got this 50-year-old connector — just a hole filled with air — and it’s just sitting there taking up space, really valuable space,” said Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering. “It was holding us back from a number of things we wanted to put into the iPhone. It was fighting for space with camera technologies and processors and battery life.” The camera systems in the iPhone 7 models are much larger than in previous models, and Apple engineers found that the easiest way to cram all the parts in was to remove the headphone jack. Removing it also allowed for water...

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06:19
Macy’s Herald Square in New York store in host an...

Macy’s CEO-designate Jeff Gennette told Wall Street analysts that the department store has signed a deal with Apple to open an Apple store within its one million square-foot flagship at Herald Square in New York. 

Macy’s the first department store to host one of the tech giant’s emporia, but it will also be able to sell the Apple Watch at more than 180 stores in time for the Thanksgiving to Christmas rush. “It will be in all of our top buildings for the holiday season,” said Gennette, who will take over as CEO early next year.

Macy’s Herald Square store has been around for 150 years. ”America's Largest Department Store" covers an entire city block with 11 levels.

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06:15
Daily Deal: Just $25 for The Creative's...

Mac creatives know that to keep churning out the work and keep the billable hours up, they need to be organized. The good folks at MacBundler have worked overtime on this latest deal for Apple World Today readers, putting together 9 Mac productivity apps worth $250 and selling it for one-tenth of that price -- $25. The Creative's Productivity Mac Bundle helps any creative professional to minimize distractions and clutter, and make the most of every minute of the work day. What's included? 

  • Store notes, files & pasteboard clips w/ Unclutter
  • Generate JavaScript+Canvas, CSS+HTML or SVG code fast & easily w/ the vector drawing tool, WebCode
  • Sync your Mac data w/ Android, iOS, MTP, Google, Dropbox &...
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06:08
Apple Watch Diary: Why the four things I do with...

I’ve never been one to shy away from admitting when my first impression of a technology turns out to be wrong. I initially saw smartwatches as a solution in search of a problem, and didn’t think I would keep mine. It took just four days of use to make me think that maybe I’d hang onto it after all, one week in I was tentatively sold – and by the three-month point, I had to call myself a convert.

The only question this time around, then, was whether I was going to upgrade to the Series 2. The new fitness features sold it (...

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05:33
AppleInsider podcast talks Apple event, iPhone 7,...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Daniel Eran Dilger tells Victor Marks about Apple's big keynote, and details hands-on impressions with Apple Watch Series 2, iPhone 7, AirPods and more.

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05:30
Trade-in time: Sell your first-gen Apple Watch to...

AppleInsider readers looking to offset the cost of an Apple Watch Series 2 by selling their first-generation Apple Watch can use an exclusive coupon code this week to add an additional $10 to BuyBackWorld's industry-leading cash payouts of up to $175. Plus, an extended price lock lets you hang onto your watch until Halloween.

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05:15
Apple nixes $10,000 Gold Edition Apple Watch,...

The ultra-expensive $10,000 Apple Watch is no more.

In its place, Apple has released the $1,249 Ceramic model, which serves as Apple’s new top shelf unit.

Apple is currently touting the Ceramic model’s durability and scratch resistance as a luxury feature worth the extra money. The company is claiming that the proprietary metal is four times harder than steel and thus that much more durable.

The Ceramic model accompanies the other models of the Apple Watch: Series 1, Series 2, Series 2 Nike+ and Series 2 Hermés. The Series 2 is still available in a “Rose Gold” flavor as well as an assortment of other colors.

If you’ve been pondering the new Apple Watch or its Ceramic edition, please let us know in the comments.

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05:06
iPhone SE beats out iPhone 7 in LTE internet time,...

Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller may claim that the battery in the iPhone 7 Plus is the best yet, but the same does not hold true for the iPhone 7. According to Apple's own testing the smaller iPhone SE beats out the iPhone 7 by an hour when accessing the internet on LTE.

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05:00
Apple increases iPad storage capacities across the...

While the focus of the Apple media event centered on the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2, Apple nixed the 16 GB model of its iPad variants and is now offering 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB storage capacities.

The iPad Pro has had the biggest shakeup with pricing on higher storage tiers falling. The 9.7 inch iPad Pro costs $599 for 32 GB, $699 for 128 GB, and $799 for 256 GB. The 12.9 inch iPad Pro costs $799 for 32 GB, 128 GB for $899 and 256 GB for $999.

The iPad Air 2 is now available in 32 GB and 12 GB capacities and can be purchased for $399 and $499. The iPad mini 4 is the same storage options and the same price points.

The iPad mini 2 seems to be on its way out, as it’s currently being offered in only a single 32 GB configuration at a $269...

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05:00
Apple takes courageous risks with the iPhone 7 to...

Apple needs the iPhone 7 to be a major success because it is the main driver of growth for the whole company, according to Paul Erickson, senior analyst, Connected Home at IHS Technology. Direct revenues for the iPhone represented 57% of total Apple revenue in the second calendar quarter, but the importance of the iPhone for Apple is much greater than direct revenues alone, he adds.

“We expect the new iPhone 7 camera design will successfully convince consumers to upgrade their older iPhones, despite the lack of headphone socket,” says Erickson. “IHS Technology forecasts Apple will ship 209 million iPhone units in 2016.”

The camera is the most significant iPhone 7 feature, he adds. With the new iPhone 7 range design, Apple is correctly focusing on the defining feature of flagship smartphones, the camera. Ericsson says Apple benefits in several ways from the improved iPhone 7 camera:

  • Improved cameras drive...
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05:00
Cub Linux Is a Worthy Chromixium Offspring


Cub Linux, an improved rebranding of the innovative Chromixium Linux distro, combines the look, feel and functionality of Google's Chrome OS with traditional Linux performance. It provides a complete Chromebook experience on the hardware of your choice. The innovation is quite impressive. Cub Linux also runs software from the Ubuntu distro ecosystem. Linux is all about exercising options. Cub Linux is a solid example of the way Linux distros can differ from one another. One disappointment, though, is that Cub Linux can not run Android apps.

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04:59
Steve Jobs effectively explains why Apple removed...

When Phil Schiller used the term ‘courage’ to describe Apple’s decision to remove the 3.5mm headphone socket from the iPhone 7, his choice of that particular word was probably not accidental.

It’s likely a reference to a comment by Steve Jobs when he was asked to explain another controversial omission of an established standard: the lack of support for Flash in the iPhone and iPad …

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04:30
HemaApp gives smartphones the power to detect anemia

A team of researchers from the University of Washington have developed an app that turns smartphones into anemia detectors. See, the condition often goes undiagnosed in developing parts of the world. And seeing as it's the most common blood disorder...

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04:30
iShoes, anyone? Apple did make a (one-off) pair of...

No, Apple isn’t entering the shoe business (at least as far as I know), but the company did make a pair of kicks in the 1990s. Apparently only one pair of the sneakers were ever produced. I think some Apple branded shoes would be cool as part of an “iWear” line.

The tennis shoes apparently didn't garner much interest, so Apple abandoned them as promotional items, according to BitRebels. They were made from the typical white leather material of the times and sport Apple's rainbow logo on the tongue and on the side. 

The shoes were first sold to an Apple employee in the mid-'90s. In 2011, they were put up for auction on eBay. Scott King, won the...

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04:10
PSA: AirPods seemingly don’t fall out like EarPods;...

With Apple’s shiny new AirPods appearing to have exactly the same size and shape as EarPods – noted for the frequency with which they fall out of people’s ears – there has been concern that the same would be true of AirPods.

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04:00
If you don’t love leather, the ballistic nylon...

Not everyone loves leather, and if you fall into this category, I have two words for you; ballistic nylon! That’s right, WaterField Designs has created the perfect briefcase for any on-the-go techie using this durable, nearly-indestructible material that can bounce back from any ding or nick and still look good. 

The HardCase MacBook Case will never fade, even after many years of wear and tear, giving users more choices in material without sacrificing quality. But it’s not without personality. It boasts eight leather color options for the interior flap, adding a pop of color and added protection. 

The HardCase MacBook Case is held together with a paragliding buckle. This neat piece of hardware, which comes in choices of nickel and matte, is made from anodized aluminum and is used in paragliding harnesses for quick and easy access with a secure shut. 

If you are not impressed yet...

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03:45
iPhone 7 contracts on EE, O2, Vodafone and Three:...

For many smartphone fans, today is Christmas morning. Apple unwrapped the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus earlier this week and now, they're available to pre-order. Both smartphones are an upgrade over their 6s predecessors, boasting better cameras, processors a...

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03:25
Virgin Galactic returns to the skies after two years

Virgin Galactic has announced that it has successfully test-flown its new (edge of) space plane. It's the first time in two years that Galactic craft has taken to the skies as the program was put on hold after the fatal crash in 2014. This flight, wh...

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02:14
Feds arrest two men for hacking top intelligence...

American authorities have arrested two men from North Carolina for hacking into the emails of top intelligence officials, including CIA Director John Brennan. Andrew Otto Boggs, 22, and Justin Gray Liverman, 24, are reportedly part of a hacker collec...

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01:04
Mix up 'Rocket League' action with Rumble...

We're still waiting to see fully cross-platform Rocket League, but the game just made some other adjustments to keep things fresh for regular players. Dubbed Rumble Mode, the new 3v3 gameplay variant tosses in everything from a grappling hook to a to...

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00:09
Apple's iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 now...

As scheduled, Apple's iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 went up for preorder early Friday in nearly 30 territories around the world, including key markets in North America, Europe and Asia.

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00:05
iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 2...

Update: Shipping times are slipping across the board. Most black and jet black iPhones are now at 2-3 and 4-6 weeks shipping, respectively.

As expected, the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 2 are now available to pre-order via Apple’s Online Store. The store went down earlier tonight in preparation for the launch, while the new devices will be available in Apple retail locations next Friday, September 16th.

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00:00
Sony's flagship Action Cam arrives in the US...

Sony introduced its new Action Cam, the FDR-X300R, last week at IFA 2016. Back then, though, the company only shared details about pricing and availability for Europe. But now we know when it will come to the US. As a refresher, compared to the previ...

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Thursday September 8

23:02
Doom's multiplayer patch adds a messy free-for-...

The new Doom had a bit of a different strategy for multiplayer when it launched earlier this year. The team at id Software focused on playing to the game's strengths by offering play-as-a-demon game-types alongside Freeze Tag, riffs on traditional mo...

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21:56
NYC's firefighters will use drones to make...

New York City's firefighters have a new ally that could help keep them safe: drones. They've begun testing a small, fire-engine red unmanned aerial vehicle that can take both standard and infrared images and videos. The $85,000 machine will send foot...

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21:38
iPhone 7: Jet Black vs. Black

Apple, in a small print footnote on the iPhone 7 web page:

The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved
through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process.
Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products;
however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If
you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many
cases available to protect your iPhone.

I just got home from San Francisco two hours ago, and took a look at my old 3G and 3GS. They were somewhat-glossy black plastic, not highly-glossy anodized aluminum, so it’s a far from a perfect comparison. But the backs of both my 3G and 3GS are scratched as hell. It didn’t bother me at the time, and they still don’t look bad per se — they just look well-used.

I didn’t notice any scratches at all on the jet black phones in the hands-on area Wednesday, but...

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20:57
Jonathan Blow's 'The Witness' gets...

The Witness, Jonathan Blow's latest release, is getting a special patch for the PlayStation 4 Pro to augment its visuals since it's coming to a brand new home. Blow's team at Thekla, Inc. is making it possible to enjoy the game at a higher resolution...

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20:16
The origins of all 32 NFL team names

In honor of this weekend being the first full weekend of the new NFL season, check out how your favorite team got its name.

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19:41
The Professional eSports Association officially...

The Professional eSports Association (PEA) has announced that it will officially begin operating in January 2017 with its inaugural title as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The PEA will be launching with seven prominent North American teams behind...

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18:24
Relive Apple's iPhone 7 event right here

If you were busy at work yesterday and couldn't watch Apple's iPhone 7 stream unfold live, you can fix that. As is tradition, the Cupertino company has uploaded the whole shebang to YouTube so you can relive seeing Shigeru Miyamoto introduce Super Ma...

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18:01
iPhone pre-order day: How to get iPhone 7 &...

It’s almost iPhone 7 pre-order day, meaning tonight will be your first chance to get in line for deliveries of the device starting later this month on September 16. 

Below you’ll find everything you need to know about how to order an iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, both online and in-store, as well as info on all the essential accessories you’ll need for when pre-orders go live later tonight. 

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17:54
Apple's online storefront down ahead of iPhone...

Apple's online storefront and dedicated Apple Store app went down at around 5:50 p.m. Pacific on Thursday as the company makes preparations for a rush of iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 preorders.

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17:52
Apple Online Store goes down in preparation for...

The iPhone and Apple Watch Series 2 are scheduled to go up for pre-order later this evening and ahead of that, the Apple Online Store has gone down. Apple generally always takes down its online store before events and product launches in order to build suspense.

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17:44
Comparison: Here’s how the iPhone 7 compares to the...

Apple officially unveiled the oft-rumored iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus earlier this week. Preorders are set to kick off early tomorrow and naturally, potential customers are in the midst of research both devices to figure out which one works best them. As it usually does, Apple is also keeping the last generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus around at a more affordable price point, while the iPhone SE is also still available.

Gone are the days of there being one iPhone model to choose from, so a little research is required before pulling the trigger. Read on as we compare every iPhone model you can buy right now…

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17:44
Macy's to host Apple store-within-a-store in...

Apple has agreed to open a store-within-a-store concept at Macy's Herald Square flagship location in New York, with the deal also granting the department store chain access to Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 in time for the holiday shopping season.

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17:37
The iPhone 7 Plus packs 3GB of RAM for extreme...

Besides that extra camera lens, the iPhone 7 Plus is packing additional hardware. Specifically, an extra gigabyte of RAM according to 9to5Mac. That brings the total amount up to 3GB if you're keeping track at home. More than that, this is the iPhone...

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17:35
Macy’s partners with Apple to begin selling the...

Following Apple’s announcement of the Apple Watch Series 2, department store Macy’s announced today that it will soon begin to sell Apple’s wearable in its retail stores. According to a report from Fortune, Macy’s will open an Apple Store within its flagship location at Herald Square in New York City, while the Apple Watch will also come to all of the chain’s “top buildings” for the holiday season.

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16:54
Xbox One S helped Microsoft outsell the PS4 in August

The Xbox One outsold the PlayStation 4 in August, thanks to a boost from Microsoft's latest console, the Xbox One S. A 2TB model of the Xbox One S hit shelves on August 2nd for $400 and sales of the new console are bundled under the broader "Xbox One...

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16:39
FAA officially warns against using Galaxy Note 7 on...

Samsung's slightly explosive new phone is drawing more critical attention, this time from the FAA. The government agency has apparently heard about the Galaxy Note 7 recall, and after some consideration issued a statement. The FAA "strongly advises p...

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16:22
Apple shares full iPhone 7 & Apple Watch Series...

A day after the event, Apple today has uploaded its entire ‘See you on the 7th’ iPhone 7 event to YouTube. Yesterday, the company shared a handful of videos from the event on YouTube, as well as new videos focused on living a healthy lifestyle.

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16:14
Apple to meet with augmented reality contact lens...

Apple's iOS might be first to support an augmented reality contact lens system currently in development at EP Global Communications, as the two companies are scheduled to meet next week to discuss potential platform integrations.

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15:59
Google Photos will compensate for your shaky-cam...

The latest update for Google Photos brings some of the same features introduced in the standalone Motion Stills app into the main product, making it easier to edit, stabilize and share Live Photos taken on an iPhone. Like Motion Stills, Google Photos...

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15:31
Those new AirPods will work with non-Apple devices

Despite listing software requirements to the contrary in yesterday's press release, The Verge reports that Apple's new AirPods will work with devices other than its own. By doing so, you'll forfeit the proximity pairing feature that using the wireles...

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15:16
AWT News Update: September 8, 2016

While there's not as much exciting news as in yesterday's marathon podcast, today's can be listened to in its entirety in just a little over four minutes. Here's what we have for you today:

  • We take exception to a very clickbaitish article about AirPods on another website (we're looking at you, Business Insider) <--- don't click that!
  • GeekBench 4 results show the iPhone 7 Plus to be a fast smartphone, even faster than the iPad Pro!
  • Some features "advertised" at WWDC for macOS Sierra and iOS 10 don't appear to have made it to the first non-beta versions of the operating systems that shipped to developers and public beta testers today
  • The Taptic Engine in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will start getting used more often for feedback now that Apple has announced that an API will be available for developers

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15:06
Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 8, 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

Full Fat has kicked off All Star Quarterback 17 - Football Lifestyle Sim 1.0. It’s a free football simulation with real-time game reporting. You can handle relationships with your coach, agent, fans and more. You an also train, learn playbooks and earn trades to new teams.

Mental Donkey Games has introduced Color Hexes 1.0, a color matching puzzle game.You’re given three tiles at a time. You must place them on the board and try to connect four or more tiles of the same color to score points and make more room for new tiles....

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15:03
Google Maps adds Lyft and Gett to its ride hailing...

Users searching for directions from Point A to Point B in Google Maps just got a few more options for getting there. According to the official Google Maps blog, both the iOS and Android versions now include estimated fares and wait times for rideshar...

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14:56
Belkin’s dual charging and headphone adapter is here...

The iPhone 7 is here, and gone is the headphone jack. While Apple is bundling each new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with Lightning-based EarPods and a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, the company hasn’t provided a solution to one common use case: How do you listen to music with headphones and charge your phone at the same time?

Belkin’s latest adapter solves that problem—the Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar will allow you to do both simultaneously. This device plugs into your iPhone’s Lightning port, and includes two Lightning ports on the other end to plug in your EarPods and your charging cable. Belkin says that the adapter will work with all Lightning...

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14:55
macOS Sierra FAQ: What you need to know about the...

This fall, Apple will release macOS Sierra, a major update to the Mac operating system. This FAQ will answer some of the general questions you may have to help you learn what it’s all about and whether you should install it on your Mac. We’ll update this FAQ with more questions, answers, and details as the release date approaches.

macOS? What happened to OS X?

Apple decide to change the name in order to fit with the names of iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. So no more Roman numerals (or that annoying person who insists on calling it “OS ex”).

Some trivia, if you’re interested: macOS isn’t entirely a new name. Before version 10, Apple used to call its Mac operating system Mac OS, with the last version being Mac OS 9. Apple change the name to OS X when version 10 was released in 2001.

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14:45
∞ Apple’s iPhone 7 keynote was the highest ever...

Apple on Wednesday launched the iPhone 7, a new Apple Watch, and a couple of other new and updated products. As usual, Apple turned to Akamai Technologies to handle the streaming of the event to the public. […]

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14:36
Sling TV launches a native Windows 10 app with...

For the last year and a half, Sling TV has been gradually improving its cord-cutting TV service. Chromcast support, more channels and an updated interface have all made the streaming television solution better -- but viewers on Windows have been stuc...

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14:07
Sprint & T-Mobile offer free iPhone 7 with trade...

Looking to lure subscribers, Sprint and T-Mobile each announced special iPhone 7 promotions on Thursday, in both cases including a free 32-gigabyte model after a sufficient trade-in.

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14:06
Poll: iPhone 7 & 7 Plus preorders start tomorrow...

The excitement is starting to brew up as we get closer and closer to iPhone 7 and 7 Plus preorders. Starting tomorrow at 12:01 AM PST, customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone, with retail availability starting on September 16th. Now is as good as time as any to get yourself ready and thinking about your configuration choices and backup plans, just in case what you want isn’t available. Coming in a new Jet Black finish (but only in the 128GB and 256GB capacities), single and dual-camera options, all running together on-top of the new A10 chip, the iPhone 7 is surely ready to give customers something to think about. Will the lack of the headphone jack steer you away from upgrading this year?

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14:05
Amazon's Alexa may soon butt into your...

Amazon's Alexa may soon be interrupting your conversations with traffic notifications and other important announcements, if you want her to.

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14:03
iPhone 7 Plus has 3GB RAM, is fastest iOS device...

Possible benchmarks for the iPhone 7 Plus have materialized, potentially confirming rumors about the device shipping with 3GB of application RAM, as well as dramatically improved performance over the iPhone 6s Plus.

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13:52
Reuters: White House to appoint first federal cyber...

According to Reuters, the White House will appoint Retired Air Force Brigadier General Gregory Touhill as the nation's first federal cyber security chief, a position tasked with dictating cybersecurity policy for the entire federal government. It's a...

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13:47
Apple releases macOS Sierra, iOS 10 final candidates

After weeks of betas, it looks like the macOS Sierra and iOS 10 final candidates are ready to go and available for download.

In a recent email release, Apple cited that the new operating systems’ final candidates are available for download and installation. These mark the final stop prior to being released as version 1.0

No specific changes or features have been mentioned for the final candidate releases.

Like the previous betas, you can download them through Apple’s beta web site and/or snag them through the App Store or Software Update feature on your Mac or iOS device.

The final versions of the software are expected next week.

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

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13:40
Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro reveal was a confident...

It's been a good year so far for Sony Interactive Entertainment. Yesterday's PlayStation Meeting continued the momentum from E3 and showed us the next step in its plan for home console domination: the PlayStation 4 Pro. The company's strategy was sim...

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13:25
Sony's PS4 Pro Gets the Jump on 4K, HDR TVs


Sony on Wednesday officially unveiled the powered-up PlayStation 4 Pro, which features smoother graphics, thanks to higher frame rates. This new version of Sony's bestselling video game console includes support for 4K resolution and high dynamic range, making it fully compatible with 4K/UHD displays. Some developers will add PS4 Pro support to existing games, as well as upcoming releases. Sony's own Uncharted 4 can be updated to take advantage of the 4K/HDR support immediately. Other titles -- including Call of Duty: Infinite Wars, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Mass Effect: Andromeda and Days Gone -- will provide support at their respective launches.

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13:16
Watch: Hands-on with Apple's AirPods wireless...

The future will be wireless. At least, that's what Apple's hoping to be the case, after the company not only ditched the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, but also unveiled a new pair of completely wireless earbuds called AirPods. AppleInsider offers a closer look with this hands-on video.

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13:04
New Belkin adapter enables Lightning audio while...

So you want the new iPhone 7 but it doesn’t have a headphone jack. No problem, it comes with Lightning EarPods in the box plus a Lightning to headphone jack adapter for your old headphones. But what if you like Lightning Audio but need to charge your iPhone 7 while using the headphones in the box or other Lightning headphones? Belkin has a solution for you, but it cost $40 and it’s not pretty.

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13:00
The first crop of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases...

iPhone 7 cases are here!

Sure, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus don’t ship until September 16, but you can get a protective case for your soon-to-be new phone right now. And you’ll need a new case—the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have the same dimensions as the 6s and 6s Plus, but the new cameras on the iPhone 7 won’t fit the camera opening on most 6s cases. Here’s a first look at what’s already on the market.

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12:53
Belkin announces the Lightning Audio + Charge...

Belkin has announced the Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar adapter for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Developed closely with Apple, it plugs into the Lightning connector making it possible to use Lightning Audio headphones or the Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter and charge your iPhone at the same time.

The adapter is designed to work with the full ecosystem of Lightning Audio headphones. There’s no need to remove your phone case while using it, according to Steve Malony, vice president, GM Belkin.

It supports pass-through charging up to 12W for the iPhone and iPad and supports up to 48 kHz, 24-bit audio output. The Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar works with the Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case and battery packs for on-the-go charging. It will be available October 10 for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $39.95 on Belkin.comApple...

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12:46
Belkin announces simultaneous Lightning headphone...

The elimination of the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack on the iPhone 7 has caused some users to question how they will charge their handset while listening to music on wired headphones. Accessory maker Belkin has the answer --?for $40 extra.

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12:44
‘Golden master’ public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS...

Apple has released the “golden master” public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 to public beta testers. A golden master is a final version of software ready for release to manufacturing.

macOS Sierra is due to arrive on Tuesday, Sept. 20. iOS 10 should be available for download on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

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

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12:36
A look at changes in older iPhone pricing, UK...

With yesterday’s announcement of the iPhone 7/7Plus, there are various price changes on older models, sales in the UK, and AppleCare+ you should know about.

Apple has lowered prices on the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and SE. The iPhone 6s now comes in just two storage configurations: 3GB, and 128GB, for, respectively, $549 and $649, respectively. Before Wednesday, the 128GB model was $200 more; there was no 32GB option. 

With the iPhone 6s Plus, you an now choose from a 32GB model for $649 and a 128GB version for $749. Prior to yesterday. a 128GB model cost nearly $1,000. Also, the 64GB iPhone SE can been discounted by $50 and now costs $449.

Meanwhile, the effects of the UK’s vote to leave the EU are showing up in the price of Apple’s products. The cheapest iPhone 7 is 11% more expensive than the iPhone 6S when it was launched last year....

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12:32
GeekBench benchmarks confirm iPhone 7 Plus ships...

After much speculation that the iPhone 7 Plus would include an extra GB of RAM, bringing its total to 3GB, a new GeekBench benchmark for the iPhone 7 Plus (iPhone9,4) confirms the amount. more…

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12:23
Steel beam from World Trade Center en route to Gander

Not enough Americans know the story of Gander (similar things happened in Halifax and Vancouver). On that awful day, and in the awful days afterwards, my fellow Canadians stepped up to help. I’m could not be more proud.

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11:59
Opinion: As Apple Watch Series 2 enhances fitness...

The Apple Watch Series 2 announcement isn’t earth shattering. Swim proof, built-in GPS, brighter display, faster chip, and same design. Most first-gen Apple Watch users will be satisfied with the speed gains that the watchOS 3 software update offers and won’t consider upgrading, and first time Apple Watch buyers will have a better experience with the new hardware and software from day one.

I’m hardly disappointed personally. I asked for a better sports watch and that’s what Apple delivered. The Series 2 message is so clearly targeted toward health and activity that it’s easy to miss features like Siri and Apple Pay!

It’s especially interesting to me that Apple actually introduced two new Apple Watch models: Series 1 and Series 2. The first-gen Apple Watch is dead. That’s absolutely the right...

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11:59
Men are sharing selfies to raise awareness for...

This is a great idea. One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do is to talk openly as I can about my battles with depression. I’ve taken a lot of crap for it from jerks on the internet but I’ve gotten more support from complete strangers than I ever could have imagined and I’m very grateful for that. If you’re suffering, reach out to family, friends, and even complete strangers for help. There’s no shame in it.

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11:51
Apple seeds iOS 10 & macOS Sierra GMs to public...

Following up on Wednesday's developer releases, Apple on Thursday issued matching gold masters (GMs) of iOS 10 and macOS 10 Sierra to people in its public beta testing program.

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11:50
Odds that Apple brings back the iPhone's...

If you’re deciding whether to upgrade to the iPhone 7, the possibility of Apple bringing back the headphone jack in future phones probably shouldn’t factor in.

History shows that once Apple makes up its mind on a product’s direction, the company rarely reverses course, even if there’s an outcry from customers. At best, Apple may extend the life of a popular feature through a portion of its product line, but these concessions tend to be temporary. Given Apple’s statements about courage in pursuit of a better experience, the headphone jack isn’t likely to be an exception.

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11:47
Apple won’t be announcing initial iPhone 7 sales

This will send the Tech Media into a tizzy but, as Apple says, they already know what their sales numbers will be.

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11:44
Sprint matches T-Mobile’s free 32GB iPhone 7 w/...

Following T-Mobile’s announcement earlier today, Sprint just revealed its iPhone 7 launch promos including a similar free 32GB iPhone 7 with trade-in.

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11:41
The best way to pre-order your iPhone 7 and/or Apple...

People in line at Apple 5th Avenue (NYC) for a previous iPhone launch. Image via newyork.cbslocal.com

By now, you've probably made the decision on whether or not you're going to upgrade your iPhone and/or Apple Watch. As an Apple blogger who always needs to get the latest and greatest, I've found that there's a quick and sure-fire way to be one of the first to get the new Apple products. Read on for tips on how to make your buying experience as painless and fun as possible.

1) Apple's Website vs. the Apple Store App

For years, Apple's website was the only way to pre-order new equipment. Like clockwork, once the pre-orders began, the website would slow down to a crawl. The past few years, we've had the option of using the free Apple Store App

The app is perfect for doing a pre-order, and it doesn't seem to bog down like the website so you should...

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11:40
No, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus cases won’t fit the iPhone...
11:31
Video: Hands-on with waterproof Apple Watch Series 2...

The new Apple Watch Series 2 boasts a faster processor, GPS radio, waterproof design, support for swim tracking, and a new high-end white ceramic Edition casing. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the second-generation wearable device.

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11:15
The $10,000 golden Apple Watch is no more

The gold Apple Watch was an interesting experiment. Apple will never say but I’d be curious to know how many they actually sold.

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10:50
No, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus cases won't fit the...

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have the exact same dimensions as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, down to the tenth of a millimeter according to Apple. So you won’t need a new case if you’re upgrading, right? Wrong.

iPhone 6s cases probably won’t fit the iPhone 7 because of the camera bulge on the back of the phone. The camera lens on the iPhone 7 is significantly bigger, and also located a little closer to the edge of the phone. The TrueTone flash on the iPhone 7 is bigger too.

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The cameras on the new phones take up more room (iPhone 7 at left, iPhone 7 Plus on the right). Compare these to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus pictured below. 

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10:34
Apple’s answer to charging iPhone 7 while listening...

Apple deprecated what it called “ancient” technology yesterday, with the iPhone 7 lacking a 3.5mm headphone jack. The company is encouraging Bluetooth wireless headphones for audio playback (heralding its new AirPods) or using wired headphones via Lightning. However, with just one port, people who want to listen to music and charge their iPhone 7 at the same time are left with a conundrum.

Apple’s answer to this problem appears to be the $39-49 Lightning Dock which adds a 3.5mm headphone jack when docked.

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10:24
Taptic API for iPhone, Apple Watch will grant devs...

Apple's implementation of a "solid state" home button expands the Taptic Engine's feedback on the iPhone, and a forthcoming API for developers' use will expand implementation to non-Apple apps.

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10:20
Apple issues iOS 10 GM + macOS Sierra GM for public...

Update: macOS Sierra GM is also now available for public beta testers. Like yesterday’s developer release, it requires a new promo code for the App Store to redeem. macOS Sierra will be released to everyone on September 20.

Following yesterday’s release of iOS 10 GM for developers, Apple has released iOS 10 GM to public beta testers as well. iOS 10 is scheduled to be released to anyone not testing the beta version next week on Tuesday, September 13.

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10:16
Podcast 524: A black that’s blacker than black

The new iPhones have lost a jack, for sure, but they’ve gained jet black: a black that’s apparently so black, it’s darker than black. Senior contributor Glenn Fleishman is joined by podcasting veteran John Moltz to cover the news of today’s Apple announcements. We talk iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Watch Series 2, watchOS 3, Pokémon Go on the Watch, Mario in iOS, and…real-time collaboration in iWork?

Glenn can’t keep EarPods and AirPods straight, already.

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10:12
Why paper cuts hurt so much

Great look at the science behind what seem to be the most painful cuts of all.

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10:00
Apple changes iPhone 6s pricing and storage options...

In the wake of its iPhone 7 announcement, Apple has made a series of changes to the existing iPhone lineup, looking to make the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and SE more appealing to cost-conscious shoppers.

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