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Thursday August 11

09:50
Patent filing hints at Apple's future in...

A new Apple patent filing for an electrocardiogram device suitable for consumer use reinforces the company's continued moves into the healthcare monitoring business.

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09:30
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09:06
Apple's US & European iPhone sales grow...

Apple managed to grow its iPhone sales in the U.S. and the big five European markets during the June quarter, in spite of a global decline in shipments, according to new research data.

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08:48
Latest pics show alleged 'iPhone 7' in...

A trio of new images claim to show Apple's next-generation iPhone in three different colors, including a dark shade of space black. In addition, photos of larger 5.5-inch models depict versions with and without a magnetic Smart Connector.

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08:47
Apple rehires former senior iOS engineer turned...

As it continues to expand its health services for users, Apple has rehired Flipboard co-founder Evan Doll. According to Doll’s LinkedIn profile, he will work in the company’s health software department. Doll apparently rejoined Apple last month as a “director of health software engineering” (via Bloomberg).

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08:30
Carved's Traveler Case: Stylish protection for...

Carved Traveler Case (World Map Inlay). Photo ©2016 Steven Sande

Wood cases for iPhones are nothing new, but traditionally they've had a few common issues -- price and bulkiness. Carved's Traveler Case (starting at just $24) provides the luxury look of wood, the protection of a rubber bumper case, and more designs than you can imagine. Let's take a look!

Design

The concept of the Traveler Case is quite simple: take a common rubber bumper case for protection of an iPhone's sides and switches, then add a thin wood panel on the back for looks. Carved goes beyond just a plain wood back, although you can get those in a variety of beautiful woods like Black Limba, Purpleheart, Walnut, Cedar, and Cherry. 

Carved's artisans have perfected the art of laser cutting thin wood, and they use that knowledge to make wood inlays. But they don't just use wood as a...

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08:09
Rumor: New photos show gold iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus...

It’s time for photo leaks of the next-gen iPhone again.

A series of high-resolution leaked images show what are apparently an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The photos claimed that in addition to the usual color options of Rose Gold, Gold, and Silver, Apple will offer the new iPhone in a variant of Blue. This resurfaces a rumor from earlier in the summer, which was believed to ultimately be a mistake and that this “Deep Blue” iPhone 7 is actually just a new shade of Space Gray.

The photos show both the front and rear side, albeit it’s difficult to confirm if the rumor regarding a traditional, tactile Home button instead of the flush, Force Touch-enabled Home button is present.

Given that the 2016 iPhone update’s changes are expected to be relatively modest, it’s...

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07:26
New 'iPhone 7' photos show off alleged...

New photos of "iPhone 7" parts from different sources may back expectations about the phone's casing, as well as the absence of a physical button on the product, likely to ship next month.

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06:46
Apple hires one of the co-founders of Flipboard for...

Apple has hired on one of the co-founders of Flipboard, Evan Doll, as a director of health software engineering according to a LinkedIn profile update discovered by Bloomberg. He’s been at Apple for two months.

Doll was a senior iPhone software engineer at Apple from January 2007 to July 2009. According to his LinkedIn profile: “Member of the team that shipped the iPhone. Worked on Mail and many other iOS system apps for first three major releases. Created and evangelized the view controller classes in UIKit. Delivered first WWDC sessions on view controllers in 2008 and 2009.”

Apple has been beefing up its engineering team for health-care applications, hiring Sage Bionetworks founder and Merck & Co. veteran Stephen Friend and former Nest Labs technology chief Yoky Matsuoka earlier...

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06:35
Seventy-six percent of retailers plan to accept...

Seventy-six percent of retailers plan to accept Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service, by the end of 2017, compared with 59% for PayPal, according to a State of Retail Payments 2016 study by the National Retail Federation and Forrester research group. Others face an uphill battle, with 53% saying they have no interest in Venmo, 43% not interested in Alipay and 38% with no interest in Pay With Amazon.

The study shows that credit and debit card fraud by implementing EMV chip card acceptance has become retailers’ top payment issue in 2016, but retailers are also busy with...

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06:29
Your daily iPhone 7 shots, these ones in high-res [U...

Update: A couple of iPhone 7 Plus photos (not hi-res) added below, along with what are claimed to be screen assemblies.

Another day, another set of iPhone 7 shots … The latest ones, posted by Czech site LetemSvètem, are higher-resolution than most that we’ve seen to date, and you can click the images below to view them in all their 3264×2448-pixel glory.

The site says that the source – an online store – also has a blue version, though these photos were not supplied …

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06:24
Logitech launches a button for controlling your...

Logitech has introduced the $99.99 Logitech Pop Home Switch Starter Pack and $39.99 Pop Add-On Home Switch. The former is compatible with a range of lighting and smart home products including lighting, door locks, and blinds from companies like LIFX, Phillips Hue, Lutron, and INSTEON, and you can mix and match product controls on an individual switch.

Each switch can trigger three actions using different presses – a single press, a double press,...

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06:10
Apple hires Flipboard co-founder Evan Doll to direct...

Apple has hired on one of the co-founders of Flipboard, Evan Doll, as a director of health software engineering, a report observed on Thursday.

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05:56
Apple patent hints at wearable devices beyond the...

Apple is considering other wearable devices beyond the Apple Watch. The company has filed for a patent (number 20160228025) for a “method of detecting the wearing limb of a wearable electronic device.” An Apple Ring or Apple Pendant, anyone?

The invention is for a wearable device configured to acquire and process electrocardiographic measurements. In the patent filing, Apple notes that computing devices such as desktop computers, laptop computers, mobile phones, smartphones, watches, tablet devices and portable multimedia players are popular. These computing devices can be used for performing a wide variety of tasks. As an example, some portable computing devices can have electrocardiographic functionality with various kinds or types of electrodes configured to be worn or attached to identified locations on the human body for the purpose of making measurements of the electrical activity of the human heart.

A portable computing device can be fashioned into a wearable...

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05:50
12-inch MacBook refresh boosts Mac shipments in Q2,...

This year’s refresh of the 12-inch MacBook helped Apple achieve a 30% increase in Mac shipments in Q2, according to TrendForce data, but its shipments for the first half of the year were still down 23.4% on last year’s numbers …

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05:42
External Link: Project Murphy Photoshops Faces on...

Microsoft has created a new experimental chatbot, called Project Murphy, that you converse with via Facebook Messenger, Skype, or Telegram. The image-morphing technology underlying Project Murphy is impressive, but the results can be wonderfully silly, since the bot merges the faces in two images to create hypotheticals of personal scenes you describe. For instance, try “What if Oprah were Miss Piggy,” “What if Tim Cook were Superman,” or “What if Steve Jobs were very old?” You can even upload your photo to use in “What if” questions for 10 minutes. Project Murphy is a lot of fun, especially if (like us) you’re not good at image manipulation apps like Photoshop.

 

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05:30
Apple’s World Trade Center retail store will open...

Apple will open a retail store in the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 12 p.m. It will be the company’s eighth store in the Big Apple.

The World Trade Center store will extend Apple's presence in the downtown Manhattan area, which has seen a revitalization thanks to investment in One World Trade Center tower and the surrounding financial district, reports CNET. The store will sit underneath the "Oculus," a domed structure a block away from the main World Trade Center area that serves as the centerpiece of the transit hub.

No timetable has been given as to when the store will open. With the opening of the store, Apple will have 487 retail stores in 20 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

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05:00
DARPA Rewards Best Bug-Bombing Bots


The code warriors of the future literally might be computer code acting as warriors to defend against attackers on computer networks. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, gave us a glimpse into that future last Sunday, when it announced the winners of its Cyber Grand Challenge at DEF CON. Seven teams participated in the challenge to create systems that used bots to find and fix software problems without human intervention. "Our mission is to change what's possible," said DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar.

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04:30
Like Sandvox, EverWeb is a worthy iWeb replacement

By Aaron Lee

If you love Sandvox as a replacement for Apple’s late, lamented iWeb app— and lots of you obviously do — you may also wish to check out EverWeb from RAGE Software.

 

During iWeb's peak in popularity, RAGE had an app called iWeb SEO Tool, which was popular among the iWeb community. When Apple announced in 2011 that it was canceling development of their entry level website development tool, RAGE's iWeb users kept asking the company to come out with an iWeb alternative. They did; the result was EverWeb, an application that was (and is) very easy for iWeb users to switch to (and which, by the way, integrates the iWeb SEO tool into it).

Websites can be built much in the same way that you can make a graphics-rich document with Apple's Pages. No coding is involved; you use the WYSIWYG interface and and drag 'n drop actions on a variety of webpage elements. However, "power users"...

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04:07
Apple applies for patent on wearable ECG device as...

Patently Apple reports that Apple has applied for a patent related to a wearable electrocardiographic (ECG) device that could take the form of a watch, ring, brooch or similar.

A wearable device can be affixed to a limb of the human body such as a wrist or ankle, as an example. The wearable device can be worn on the left or right wrist, or even on the right or left ankle.

The reason the patent application emphasizes use on either left or right side of the body is that the patent focuses on an issue that can arise when taking readings from only one side of the body …

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04:00
Leap Motion Control is intriguing and fun, but not...

Leap Motion's Leap, a 3D motion control device for the Mac (OS X 10.7 and higher) and Windows, provides a glimpse into a "Minority Report" scenario of gesture computing, though the hardware-software combo is far from ready to replace a touch screen or mouse/keyboard. Still, it's an intriguing product and (sometimes) fun to use. 

 

The $69.99 Leap doesn't take up much space on your desk. It's just over three inches long, an inch wide and less than a half-inch thick. Its aluminum-flavored design is a fine aesthetic match for most Macs. The Leap has a glossy black panel on top; behind it sit the device's infrared sensors. On the bottom is a black rubber panel embossed with the Leap Motion logo. 

Setting up the Leap takes a little time. You plug it in via USB (it comes with a two-foot cable and a five-foot cable), go here and download the software. 

This software includes both a diagnostic and...

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03:00
Free Hulu is gone, but its spirit died six years ago

The free version of Hulu is dead, but the content lives on elsewhere.

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00:01
There is no shortage of Teslas at Apple’s...

Update: The Apple employee that took the picture asked that we take it down. Above is a picture of the same spots (only 4 Teslas) from Google Streetview.

Apple and Tesla have had a rocky relationship when it comes to poaching employees from each other, but that doesn’t mean Apple employees aren’t fond of Tesla’s work. This is very apparent by this Reddit thread, initiated by an Apple employee. The image attached to the thread shows seven Teslas parked right outside of Apple’s headquarters.

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00:00
Logitech introduces new ‘Pop Home Switch’ accessory...

Logitech has today taken the wraps off of a new accessory that it says will make smart home devices even easier to control. The company has introduced the Pop Home Switch, which allows users to set moods and control a variety of smart home products with the press of a button.

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Wednesday August 10

18:32
Samsung accused of poisoning over 200 workers, then...

One of Apple's largest component suppliers, Samsung Electronics, is the subject of a new investigative report regarding its withholding of critical information about the toxic chemicals its employees were exposed to while working in the company's factories.

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17:06
New Manhattan Apple Store at World Trade Center to...

Apple has announced an August 16th grand opening date for its new retail store located within the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan.

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16:15
Om Malik on Apple’s upcoming Planet of the Apps: ‘...

On a recent episode of TWiT’s This Week in Tech, GigaOM founder, Om Malik, had some harsh words for Apple’s upcoming Planet of the Apps reality TV show, attributing it to what he sees as disturbing lack of focus for the Cupertino-based company. Malik didn’t mince words when it came to discussing Apple’s perceived lack of focus, its Hollywood connections, and entertainment aspirations.

“You were asking me what is the problem with Apple? Not the lightning port — this kind of stupidity of building a TV show around apps. It’s like, what? Somebody needs to make friends in Hollywood and so we should do a show like this? This is just such nonsense. They should be building better products and not stupid TV shows around those products....

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16:11
Apple to open World Trade Center retail location on...

Apple’s long-awaited retail location inside the World Trade Center now has an opening date. The company announced today that the store, its 10th in New York City, will open in less than a week on Tuesday, August 16th. On the store’s info page, Apple teases that it has “something special in store” for customers.

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15:54
Reports: MacBook Pro Is Getting a Makeover


The long wait for a MacBook Pro refresh appears to be nearing an end, if the latest rumors are correct. The new MacBook Pros expected to launch this fall will feature a Touch ID power button and a touch-sensitive OLED strip that will replace the physical function keys on the keyboard, according to reports. The strip will bring up functions appropriate to the application that's in use. For example, it may display media playback controls when a user opens iTunes. It also might display editing commands when a word processing program is running.

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15:25
AWT News Update: August 10, 2016

"Secure backdoor" image via AgileBits

Weird things are afoot in the world of Apple today, some good, some bad:

  • Google finally updates Google Docs and Google Sheets for iPad to work with Split-View multitasking in iOS 9
  • Microsoft accidentally gives away the keys to the "secure back door" for Windows tablets and other devices, another reason Apple doesn't want such a back door and the FBI does
  • Some bad guys tried to get away with stealing laptops from an Apple office in Cupertino (not THAT office in Cupertino, just a small side facility)

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

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15:17
Podcast 520: Coming up next on Apple TV

Glenn and Susie could talk about TV all day, well, all week if we're allowed to mix in quotes from The Simpsons. So this week, we sink our teeth into Apple TV news. Apple's new Apple TV Remote app is pretty great, but the volume controls might not work if you aren't using HDMI-CEC. Apple still hasn't been able to close the deals for its long-rumored streaming service, and the company is reportedly pivoting to a TV Guide-like app to at least make the fragmented world of Apple TV apps a little easier to channel-surf. Speaking of apps, no more free Hulu—but is it worth paying for?

Show notes

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14:39
Apple details its ConnectED efforts, says it has...

Apple has a storied history of being popular in classrooms around the world. The company today announced that its ConnectED efforts have helped the company reach more than 32,000 students throughout the United States. Most recently, Carver Elementary School in Indianola, Mississippi joined the ConnectED program, becoming the 66th school to which Apple has provided iPads.

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14:37
No Man's Sky: The Universe So Far Feels Good


One of the most highly anticipated gaming titles ever, No Man's Sky from indie developer Hello Games, has arrived -- and it could have a major impact on the resurgent gaming world this season. The title made its PS4 debut on Tuesday in North America and on Wednesday in Europe. It will be available for the PC on Friday. The long-awaited game takes players on a mind-bending journey of space exploration, allowing them to take a deep dive into distant planets filled with deep water oceans, alien life forms and unseen threats.

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14:28
Apple's ConnectED now serving iPads to more...

Apple announced today that its commitment to ConnectED has resulted in 32,145 students in underserved public schools gaining access to iPads for the 2016 school year, as well as Macs and iPads for more than 9,042 teachers.

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14:14
Netflix releases FAST Speed Test app for iOS, Android

This could come in handy.

Netflix has just released an iTunes and Android app for fast.com, its Internet speed test web site. With this, Netflix members and non-members alike can test their Internet connection speeds that offer accurate, reliable scores from just about any device.

The FAST Speed Test app is available for free and requires iOS 7.0 or later to install and run.

The full technical write up is linked below, so if you want to see how Netflix is approaching this from an engineering perspective, give it a gander.

If you’ve tried the Fast Speed Test app and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Via Netflix and the...

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14:09
Apple's ConnectED efforts reach more than 32,...

As the 2016-2017 school year kicks off, there are now 32,145 students at underserved public schools across the country who are learning, creating and exploring on iPad through Apple’s ConnectED commitment, the company says.

Today, 701 students in Indianola, Mississippi, were introduced to iPad as Carver Elementary School became the 66th ConnectED school — and the first of the school year — to transform its classrooms with Apple’s cutting edge teaching and learning technology solutions.

Apple has joined President Obama’s ConnectED initiative and pledged $100 million of teaching and learning solutions to 114 underserved schools across the country. The company is donating an iPad to every student, a Mac and iPad to every teacher, and an Apple TV to every classroom. 

In addition to providing an iPad to every student and teacher, Apple’s ConnectED grant also includes professional learning, wireless infrastructure upgrades and ongoing support. For more information...

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13:30
Oops: Microsoft leaks its Golden Key, unlocking...

Microsoft has demonstrated why the FBI's desire for "Golden Key" backdoors allowing "good guys" to bypass security is such a bad idea: it inadvertently released its own keys to Windows tablets, phones, HoloLens and other devices using UEFI Secure Boot.

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13:28
Google updates iOS versions of Docs, Sheets &...

Google on Wednesday released important updates to its Docs, Sheets, and Slides clients for iOS, finally giving iPad owners access to true multitasking with its productivity suite.

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13:25
A new $500,000 iOS bug bounty beats Apple's...

A security firm is offering up to $500,000 for information on zero-day vulnerabilities in iOS, surpassing Apple's bug bounty just days after it was announced.

On Tuesday, Texas-based Exodus Intelligence said it will give between $5,000 and $500,000 for zero-day vulnerabilities relating to iOS version 9.3 and higher.

These zero-days are software flaws that have gone undetected by Apple, making them potentially very valuable, especially for cyber criminals who can use them to hack iPhones. 

Exodus’s announcement might draw interest away from Apple’s own bug bounty program, which was unveiled last week.

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11:12
Judge says 'common sense' not enough to...

Judges cannot invoke "common sense" when considering the validity of a patent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled on Wednesday, impacting a case pitting Arendi S.A.R.L. against Apple and Google.

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11:02
Google updates Docs, Sheets, and Slides with support...

At long last, Google today updated its trio of productivity apps on iOS with support for the multitasking features Apple introduced to iPad users with iOS 9. With today’s updates, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides users can now take advantage of Split View and Slide Over multitasking.

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10:55
New MacBook Pros are reportedly on deck, but not in...

Everyone knows the MacBook Pro has languished. Apple has focused less on its portable option for power users in recent years and more on iPads, of which there are now two Pro models. But many, many people still rely on the MacBook Pro to get work done, and after more than four years without a major overhaul, Apple is reportedly gearing up to surprise us all with a huge upgrade.

We’ve heard this before. Back in May, rumors swirled that Apple was slimming down the 13- and 15-inch Pro models while also planning to add a touchscreen panel to the keyboard. That panel would replace the current strip of physical function keys and make the MacBook more responsive and interactive, since the function keys could change depending on the app you’re using.

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10:49
Apple's Eddy Cue, Craig Federighi discuss...

Extending an interview series about the past, present and future of Apple, senior vice presidents Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi talk about the company's initial failures, a harsh media spotlight, and how it shapes what consumers end up with.

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10:34
Police hunting for suspects in burglary at Apple...

Sheriff's deputies are still scouring San Jose for two suspects thought to have burglarized an Apple office in Cupertino, having already chased down and arrested a third suspect near a Starbucks, according to ongoing reports.

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10:25
Apple Said To Plan First Pro Laptop Overhaul in Four...

It's been a while since Apple upgraded most of its computer lineups. It has come to a point, where it's being advised that the Cupertino-based company should stop selling the dated inventories. But the wait will be over later this year, says Mark Gurman, the reporter with the best track record in Apple's ecosystem. Reporting for Bloomberg, Gurman says that the company will be overhauling its MacBook Pro laptop line for the first time in over four years, packing it with a range of interesting features. From the report: The updated notebooks will be thinner, include a touch screen strip for function keys, and will be offered with more powerful and efficient graphics processors for expert users such as video gamers, said the people, who asked not to be named. The most significant addition to the new MacBook Pro is a secondary display above the keyboard that replaces the standard function key row. Instead of physical keys, a strip-like screen will present functions on an as-needed...

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09:30
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09:16
Alleged photos of Apple’s A10 processor for iPhone 7...

Following a long run of iPhone 7 leaks from various sources allegedly showing the upcoming device’s external design changes, today’s leak claims to show an upgraded Apple “A10” processor for the device.

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09:08
Rumor: 'A10' CPUs destined for Apple'...

With the announcement of Apple's next-generation iPhone said to be less than a month away, suppliers are undoubtedly gearing up for a massive product launch, and new pictures claim to show the "A10" chip that could power the "iPhone 7."

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09:05
Zero-Day Hunters Will Pay Over Twice as Much as...

Joseph Cox, writing for Motherboard: Last week, Apple finally joined other technology giants and announced a bug bounty programme, where hackers can submit details of previously unknown vulnerabilities in Apple systems and devices, and get paid for sharing them with the company. But Apple is not going to be without competition. On Wednesday, established bug-hunting company Exodus Intelligence launched its own new acquisition programme for both vulnerabilities and exploits. And when it comes to iOS bugs, the company is offering up to more than double Apple's maximum payout. While Apple's highest bounty is $200,000, Exodus is advertising a maximum of $500,000 for vulnerabilities affecting iOS 9.3 or above. Exodus provides details of vulnerabilities and working exploits to customers who pay a subscription fee of around $200,000 per year, according to Time. Those customers could be on the defensive side -- such as antivirus vendors who want to plug newly discovered holes -- or part of...

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08:55
Happy Hour Podcast 079 | Ideal MacBook Pros, Mac and...

This week Benjamin and Zac dream about their ideal MacBook Pros, discuss which Mac apps they use, their current and ideal podcasting workflows, and more. 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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08:39
Apple one step closer to Indian stores after latest...

India's finance minister has reportedly ratified a proposal that would allow single-brand retailers like Apple to be exempt for local sourcing rules for three years if they provide "cutting-edge" technology.

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08:30
Rumor: Next-gen MacBook to have smaller footprint,...

Some new details have begun to leak out about the next-gen MacBook Pro notebooks.

Sources have indicated that the new notebooks will have a smaller footprint than existing models, and will be thinner but not adopt the wedge shape of the MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook. The trackpad is also slightly wider than current models. All of the info lines up with previous reports and a set of leaked shells from earlier this year.

The machines are said to already be ‘in advanced testing’ but will not launch until after the iPhone event in September, confirming earlier reports that said that the laptops were scheduled for release in quarter four.

The report also backs the rumors of an OLED touch strip replacing the function keys around...

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07:50
Report: Thinner MacBook Pros to have touchscreen...

(credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple hasn't updated its pro laptop lineup in well over a year, and rumors about refreshed models have been floating around for months. USB Type-C, an OLED touchscreen that replaces the row of function keys, and a thinner design are all expected at this point, and a new report from Bloomberg's well-sourced Mark Gurman reiterates all of those points while offering a couple of new details.

Past reports have suggested that the touchscreen function keys will allow Apple and app developers to offer keyboard shortcuts that change based on what you're doing or what app you're using, and the Bloomberg report offers no new details here. It does, however, say that Apple plans to...

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06:45
Redesigned, ultra-thin MacBook Pro with AMD GPU not...

Although Apple is nearing the completion of a redesigned MacBook Pro, it probably won't make its appearance at an "iPhone 7" event expected on Sept. 7, a report said on Wednesday.

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06:40
Google Chrome's plan to kill Flash kicks into...

Google is getting serious about ending the reign of Adobe Flash on the web.

The company recently detailed a timeline for bringing Flash on Chrome to an end—kind of. Even in these late stages of Flash’s life on the web you still can’t kill it off entirely. Instead, Google says it will “de-emphasize” Flash to the point where it’s almost never used except when absolutely necessary.

Behind the scenes

The first major change to Flash on Chrome will land in September with Chrome 53, when Google plans to block all page analytics that rely on Flash. Instead of seeing a visual element, Flash-based analytics happen entirely behind-the-scenes and load in the background. Even so, it’s still Flash usage as far as your computer’s concerned. Once Chrome starts blocking background-...

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06:33
Anticipated MacBook Pro redesign boosting profits...

With a shift to highly precise metal injection molding-fabricated hinges probable in a new, thinner MacBook Pro, manufacturers that can generate the parts are greatly exceeding expectations.

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06:00
The Week in Mac Apps: iHomework 2 will ease your...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings us iHomework 2, a classwork organizational tool that wants you (or your kids) to have the best school year ever. Plus, a new typing tool, photo editors, and more. Read on!

Alpha Omega 1.2

With BorderLeap’s $15 Alpha Omega (Mac App Store Link), you get to solve unique crossword puzzles that are laid out in a game board arranged according to the Greek alphabet.

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05:00
The Growing Scourge of Cyberbullying, Part 1


Smartphones are proliferating among adolescents, and so is cyberbullying. That's particularly worrisome due to its potential contribution to the No. 2 cause of teen death: suicide. About 26.3 percent of the middle- and high-school students who responded to a nine-school survey indicated that they'd been bullied in each of the eight years the poll was taken, the Cyberbullying Research Center found. That percentage stood at about 18.8 percent back in May of 2007 but climbed to around 34 percent by February of last year.

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04:56
Gayer than Netflix? Revry launches as the first LGBT...

According to a recent GLAAD report, shows on Netflix and Amazon Video have more LGBT characters than all the broadcast TV channels combined. But even in these streaming services, transgender characters and racially diverse gay characters are still noticeably lacking.

A brand-new streaming app, Revry, launched this summer to help close this gap by exclusively showcasing LGBT entertainment—web series, short films, documentaries, podcasts, music videos, viral videos, and other “snackable” digital content—made by indie creators from all over the world. Revry is the first LGBT-focused streaming app for tvOS and Chromecast, and it’s also currently available on iOS, Android,...

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Tuesday August 9

20:56
ESPN to launch subscription streaming service...

The Walt Disney Company on Tuesday announced a $1 billion deal that buys a 33 percent share of BAMTech, a video streaming company whose technology will be used to launch an ESPN streaming service in the near future.

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17:56
Apple counters Australian banks' call for...

Rebuking overtures from Australia's big-three banks looking to break in on Apple Pay's success, Apple in a letter to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission this week said requests for access to iPhone's digital wallet technology would fundamentally undermine the handset's security safeguards.

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900 Million Androids Could Be Easy Prey for...


Four newly identified vulnerabilities could affect 900 million Android devices, Check Point researchers disclosed. The vulnerabilities, which the researchers dubbed "QuadRooter," affect Android devices that use Qualcomm chipsets. They exist in the chipset software drivers. The drivers, which control communications between chipset components, are incorporated into Android builds manufacturers develop for their devices, so they're preinstalled on devices and can be fixed only through installation of a patch from the distributor or carrier.

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15:15
Apple Inc. gears up to distribute $3.2 billion in...

On August 11, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.57 per share, but investors must have had settled ownership of the company's stock on Monday August 8 in order to qualify. Apple will pay out $3.2 billion in dividends on its outstanding shares for the quarter.

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14:54
Deals: 12" MacBook (1.3GHz, 8GB, 256GB) for $...

Back by popular demand, B&H is taking $550 off the 1.3GHz 2015 12" MacBook in Space Gray with free Parallels. Or save $200 on the 128GB iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi Only). Apple's Early 2015 13" MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 256GB) is also marked down to $849, while a 21" iMac is $899.

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14:45
AWT News Update: August 9, 2016

Today was a pretty slow day for Apple news, but there are some news bits and rumors that are rather interesting:

  • Google's Chrome browser and Safari 10 are teaming up to make the inefficient and insecure Adobe Flash format a thing of the past
  • Beta 5 versions of iOS 10, tvOS 10, watchOS 3, and macOS Sierra have been released to developers
  • Foxconn is apparently working on an all-glass enclosure for the 2017 "tenth anniversary" iPhone
  • Another rumor says that Apple has nixed the idea of a single-lens camera iPhone 7 Plus, instead going with a dual-lens design.

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14:02
Reported Samsung Pay flaw lets thieves remotely...

Samsung Pay's legacy point-of-sale system compatibility mode may be insecure, as a token theft and remote use vulnerability was demonstrated by a security researcher at the Black Hat conference.

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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!

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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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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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