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US Pummels ISIS in Online Combat

The U.S. government's campaign to counter ISIS' social media presence is bearing fruit, according to a weekend report. More anti-ISIS content than pro-ISIS content is appearing on the Net by a ratio of six to one. Twitter traffic for accounts affiliated with the Islamic State is down by 45 percent compared to two years ago, and the average number of followers for an ISIS account has plunged to 300 from 1,500 in 2014. Social media has been a major vehicle for the Islamic State's efforts to recruit new blood and disseminate its doctrine.

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[Sponsor] Notebook From Zoho

Notebook is an elegant note-taking app from Zoho. With its clean design, intuitive gestures, and even hand-drawn art work, Notebook is a beautiful alternative to Evernote.

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Hands-on: EditorsKeys Final Cut Pro X backlit...

I’ve been using Final Cut Pro X on a regular basis since it debuted back in June of 2011. With five years under my belt, I feel pretty comfortable navigating around the interface, utilizing custom keyboard shortcuts, and all of the other benefits that come with being intimately familiar with a piece of software.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts about Final Cut Pro X, you’ve probably concluded that I have a strong affinity for the app, despite some of the hate that it receives.

I’m also someone who likes to recommend Final Cut Pro X to new editors. I think that it’s easier to grasp and much more friendlier to work with on a Mac than competing apps like Adobe Premiere Pro.

So when EditorsKeys, a company that produces a keyboard specifically designed for Final Cut Pro X, asked me to do a...

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AWT News Update: July 11, 2016

Taxes, talking to your home, and revenue streams are all in today's Apple news:

  • US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is meeting with the EU's antitrust head to forestall a penalty of Apple on back taxes
  • iDevices adds Alexa compatibility to its line of home automation products
  • Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks the iPhone 7 could be big for Apple
  • Apple supplier TSMC reports excellent 2nd quarter revenues and is expected to do even better in the next quarter

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 11, 2016.

In a rare show of administration support for...

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Come on Amazon

I think Amazon has a great brand and provides a wonderful service for its customers, but allowing, or worse yet, encouraging, Chinese knockoffs is a terrible way to do business.

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Taylor Swift tops highest paid celebrity list

Forbes reports that Swift pulled in $170 million over the past year, thanks especially to her behemoth 1989 World Tour, which beat out acts like Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, and the Rolling Stones to become the highest-grossing North American tour ever on its way to grossing about $250 million in ticket sales worldwide.

That’s an incredible amount of money.

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Apple's Mac sheds marketshare in Q2, sinks to...

Apple's share of the global PC market took a substantial hit during a challenging second quarter, dropping the company down to fifth place among the world's top computer manufacturers, according to preliminary numbers from market research firms Gartner and IDC.

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Prisma photo app

This is one of those little apps I love. It doesn’t work for every photo but it’s an app I’ll often use when waiting in line or just “doodling” in my head. Sometimes, you can create amazing images out of the most ordinary photos.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary to meet with EU antitrust...

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will meet with European Union antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager as she prepares to deliver a final verdict on a probe into Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland, reports Bloomberg, quoting two unnamed people “people familiar with the case, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.”

The article says Lew has contacted Vestager urging her to avoid ordering any collection of back taxes from the Cupertino, California-based company, according to one of the people. Conflict over trans-Atlantic tax practices escalated in February as Lew complained to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that U.S. firms are unfair targets of state-aid investigations. The Treasury Secretary’s letter came after EU enforcement focused on fiscal pacts Apple, Amazon, and McDonald, have with Ireland...

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ExtraBITS for 11 July 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, Walmart Pay becomes available at thousands of Walmart stores throughout the United States, we learn why some apps are intentionally slow, the EasyDoc malware targets unsuspecting Mac users, and iOS 10 will help you register for organ donation.


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Pokemon Go is a huge security risk

Another example of why I hate when services force you to use your Facebook or Google or even Apple information in order to log on. I try and keep all of that stuff separate. It can be a bit of a pain to keep track of and manage but for me, it increases my security and privacy just that little bit more. Thanks very much to David Chartier For the link.

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US Treasury Secretary to meet with EU antitrust head...

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is reportedly meeting with the head of the European Union's antitrust efforts, Margrethe Vestager, ahead of an anticipated ruling on whether the Irish government will have to collect back taxes from Apple.

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Review: SanDisk’s iXpand Memory Case adds up to...

SanDisk’s latest iXpand product is a Lightning flash drive in the form of an iPhone case, allowing you to easily have extra storage for your iPhone at all times. And the  iXpand Memory Case has an optional battery pack that attaches magnetically, turning the case into a single solution for both extra storage and battery life. more…

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11...

Notable software releases this week include BBEdit 11.6, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.0.2, Mellel 3.5, Audio Hijack 3.3.1, and Capto 1.0.2.


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iDevices HomeKit accessories add Amazon Alexa voice...

The Siri-friendly iDevices stable of smart home gadgets has now been enhanced with Amazon Alexa compatibility, giving users more flexibility in voice control options.

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Logitech CREATE Keyboard Case for 12.9-inch iPad Pro...

Logitech CREATE Keyboard Case for 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Photo©2016 Steven Sande

Since I first picked up my 12.9-inch iPad Pro last November, I've used the $169.99 Apple Smart Keyboard.  While it's nice -- and I do love the use of the Smart Connector so I never have to worry about charging the keyboard or pairing it with my Pro -- there are some things that have made me wish I had another keyboard. I've had the $149.99 Logitech CREATE Keyboard Case for just a short time, but already find it to be a much better keyboard than the one Apple created. 


Like the Smart Keyboard, the CREATE Keyboard Case uses the iPad Pro Smart Connector. The keyboard doesn't need to be charged, as it runs off of power coming from the iPad Pro. Likewise, there's absolutely no pairing required. You may see a firmware update notice the first time you use the CREATE Keyboard Case; the...

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Parsing the Clinton Email Scandal

I've been watching the Clinton email scandal closely, because I not only have been in and out of law enforcement and security for much of my early life, but also was an internal auditor for IBM and one of the leading email experts in the 1990s. I think this is the only time I've seen an investigator channel a prosecutor in making a recommendation, and give someone a pass without addressing why crimes were committed. For instance, if a child were injured and the parent could be charged, the investigator might recommend leniency because the parent intended no harm.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: JayBird X2 Bluetooth Earbuds $...

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BBEdit 11.6

Significant release adds support for Kite, interface changes, and a new demo model. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB)


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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.0.2

Minor bug fixes for the recently upgraded PDF editing apps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, $30 upgrade, free update from version 8.0, 73.8/74.5 MB)


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Two-thirds of US iPhone owners have a 2+ year old...

If the typical two-year upgrade cycle holds steady, Apple could be in line for a major "iPhone 7" product cycle, with a majority of existing iPhone users due for a new handset, according to a new survey.

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Samsung's 4TB SSD is built to replace your hard...

It's not hard to get a capacious solid-state drive if you're running a server farm, but everyday users still have to be picky more often than not: either you get a roomy-but-slow spinning hard drive or give up that capacity in the name of a speedy S...

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Compare a $200,000 and $2500 3D printer

If you are interested in 3D printers, this is an article worth reading. Can the lower end printers do the job for you? Lots of pictures, insights.

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Pokemon Go usage about to pass Twitter

The Pokemon Go usage numbers are astonishing.

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Musk hints at top secret Tesla masterplan

Tesla Motors Inc CEO Elon Musk on Sunday tweeted his intention to soon publish part two of his “top secret Tesla masterplan” following an embattled several weeks for the Silicon Valley heavyweight.

Musk has hinted at major announced on Twitter in the past, so this is very interesting. The big question is will it be something new, or will it have to do with the autopilot kerfuffle.

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iPhone Essential Accessories: Favorite Lightning...

While I upgrade my iPhone every year, I’ve found that I stick to the same basic set of accessories thanks to their reliability, style or functionality. What to buy in terms of cables and docks is a common question for iPhone users, new and old. These are my recommendations based on what I have bought, used and kept over the years. Are these the only good choices? Of course not. They do have the potential for universal appeal, however. In general, the things I use are relatively inexpensive and focus on practicality, not style, so keep that in mind…


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Amazon Prime Day 2016 is tomorrow, July 12th

Amazon’s attempt to bridge the winter shopping frenzy back to the middle of summer.

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The Week in iOS Apps: Ponies and Pokémon

Bronies and beyond!

This week’s roundup of apps includes two new games from the folks who make My Little Pony and Pokémon. Read on!

Pokemon GO

This might be the biggest gaming app news of the week: Pokémon GO (freemium, iPhone and iPad) brings all your favorite characters into the real world. In this augmented reality game from Niantic, you walk around the neighborhood and your iPhone buzzes when there’s a Pokemon nearby. Throw a Poké Ball to collect it before it gets away—as you probably guessed, you gotta catch ’em all.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 image leak shows redesigned antenna...

With roughly eight weeks before the next iPhone debut, a newly-leaked image shows the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 back casing. The most obvious change is the redesigned antenna lines. Rather than extending lengthways across the main body of the phone like the current iPhone 6s, the iPhone 7 antenna lines are sleeker and smaller. As shown in the picture, the white antenna lines are only visible at the top and bottom edges of the device.

The photo also highlights changes to the camera system as well. The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 seems to incorporate about a 25 percent wider camera hole, meaning a revised or updated camera will probably be used.

As of now, it’s unknown as to whether the new camera will incorporate more megapixels or allow in more light to take...

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MakerBot didn't mislead customers about broken...

A Minnesota court has dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought against Makerbot that said the company had knowingly-produced dodgy 3D printers. The firm was accused of fraudulently misleading both investors and customers after talking-up the fifth-ge...

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Frustrated by the physicality of Pokemon Go?

The perfect counterpoint to Pokemon Go. Nicely done, Joy of Tech.

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The joyful death of the Philly Game Forge

Whenever a developer at the Philly Game Forge finished a project and shipped it off for the harsh scrutiny of the wider world, everyone would gather around, raise a glass and recite the following chant:

The code is done
The tweets are sent
The gam...

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Download iOS 10’s HomeKit Home app wallpapers for...

We’ve already shared the new default wallpapers currently in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, but there are also two additional new wallpapers that ship with iOS 10. Apple’s new HomeKit app called Home includes two house-themed images that you can set as wallpapers inside the app. 9to5Mac reader Mark Malstrom has extracted and shared both Home app wallpapers from iOS 10 for iPhone and iPad so you can use them as your Home screen and Lock screen wallpaper too.


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Jordan Castor, 22, shows what a blind Apple engineer...

You’ve got to admit, this is impressive.

Jordyn Castor, 22, who was born 15 weeks early, weighed just under two pounds and who has been blind since birth, is now one of the lead engineers for Apple’s VoiceOver technology, codes on a Braille device and is working on Apple’s new Playgrounds project for iOS. Castor, who has been using computers since her parents bought her a desktop in second grade, was first introduced to the Mac at a Minneapolis job fair in 2015.

Castor told Apple reps how amazed she was by the iPad she received as a gift for her 17th birthday just a few years earlier. It raised her passion for tech to another level — mainly due to the iPad’s immediate accessibility.

“Everything just worked and was accessible just right out of the box,” Castor said. “...

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Twitter will livestream the Democratic and...

Twitter isn't limiting its livestreaming to major sporting events. The social network has revealed that it will stream both the Democratic and Republican national conventions, which respectively start on July 25th and July 18th. The coverage (technic...

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Nintendo's hugely successful 'Pokemon Go...

The first mobile Pok?mon title for iOS and Android has proven to be a wild success, helping to boost shares of Nintendo stock after a pervasive slide, with the game on track to expand to Europe, Japan and more in the coming days.

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Mellel 3.5

Adds highly customizable text boxes to the word processor. ($39 new, free update, 105.2 MB)


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Gotta catch 'em all: 5 facts that prove Pokémon...

It’s official. Pokémon Go is taking the world by storm.

The long dreamed-of Pokémon augmented reality game—whose roots may have been in a Google April Fool’s prank from 2014—landed on Android and iOS on July 6. Less than a week later, it's become a worldwide phenomenon despite the fact that it’s officially available only in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

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Audio Hijack 3.3.1

Adds preliminary Instant On support for macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($49 new, free update, 16.2 MB)


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RED reveals a smaller 8K sensor for its Weapon camera

RED has revealed a new sensor called the "Helium" for its ultra-high megapixel 8K Weapon cinema camera. The chip will be 29.9mm wide (slightly bigger than Super-35), considerably smaller than the company's 40mm VistaVision sized 8K Dragon sensor. It...

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Canalys: a second generation Apple Watch will spur...

Canalys forecasts that 7.5 million smart watches with cellular connectivity — including a second generation Apple Watch — will ship in 2016, rising to 53.6 million in 2020. 

This represents a compound annual growth rate of 63% from 2016 to 2020. In the short term, shipments are likely to be driven by a new Apple Watch with cellular connectivity, says the research group. Canals says Samsung and LG have been very aggressive in bringing new cellular technologies to market, with smart watches such as the Gear S2 classic 3G/4G and the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, and will also play significant roles. Both the Tizen and Android Wear smart watch platforms already support cellular connectivity.

“The phase 2 eSIM specification will enable more independent smart watches with a smoother user experience around cellular connectivity. Users will soon be able to easily choose among cellular providers and pay for monthly service,” says Canalys Analyst Daniel Matte. “Many more smart...

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Capto 1.0.2

Adds a Highlighter image editing tool to the screen capture utility, along with a new tool to capture floating windows. ($29.99 new, free update, 20.2 MB)


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iPhone 7 spy shot offers a clearer look at its camera

If you're wondering what the iPhone 7 should look like when it's more than just a bare shell covered in watermarks, look no further. has obtained a leaked photo that appears to offer an exceptionally clear, more complete view of Apple'...

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Macs are ‘extremely reliable,’ Windows less so, in...

In its biannual Computer Repair Report, RESCUECOM — a computer repair company in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada — says that difficulty with Windows has not eased as much as expected, though it has slightly. As for Macs, the report says they’re “extremely reliable” and make up just 0.7% of the repair calls to RESCUECOM.

The Computer Repair Report is created by gathering information from every call received for computer repair at 1-800-RESCUE-PC and constructing a ranked list of every technology issue that troubles consumers and businesses. 

RESCUECOM says that all problems with Windows, whether related to its apps or the operating system itself, continue to make up the majority of computer repair calls and viruses, spyware, and malware. The foremost Internet security threats are always major concerns and rank second. Trouble with printers ranks third, while issues with sluggish or choppy computer performance rounds out the top four.

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Apple chip builder TSMC expected to see record Q3 on...

Chip manufacturer TSMC on Monday posted revenues of just under $6.89 billion for its second quarter, and is anticipated to do even better in the third quarter thanks to growing shipments of Apple "A10" processors for upcoming iPhones and iPads.

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How to beat 'Super Mario Bros. 3' in two...

We're actually pretty okay with AI winning at "Go," but when it's beating Super Mario Bros. 3 in mere seconds, it's time to be worried. ais523, an expert on game "speedruns," noticed that pressing a Nintendo NES's controller rapidly could allow him t...

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Apple to pay Network-1/Mirror World $25 million to...

Network-1 Technologies says Mirror World Technologies, its wholly-owned subsidiary, has agreed to settle its patent litigation against Apple pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,006,22 (the '227 Patent).

Under the terms of the agreement, Apple will receive a fully paid up non-exclusive license to the '227 Patent for its full term, which expired in 2016, along with certain rights to other patents in Network-1's portfolio. Network-1 will receive $25 million from Apple for the settlement and fully paid up license.

The patent in question concerns a system for storing documents in a chronological stream akin to the way Apple’s Cover Flow, Spotlight and Time Machine in Mac OS X operate. The $25 million settlement comes after a...

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Change up your space with robotic furniture from Ori

Need a way to dramatically improve your living space? How about robotic furniture? No, it's not some far-off dream for the future. It's a collaboration between MIT Media Lab spin-off Ori with designer Yves Béhar.

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Armed robbers lured victims with Pokemon Go

With the launch of Pokemon Go last week, it’s not just players but police that “gotta catch ‘em all.”

Police in O’Fallon, Missouri, believe muggers may have tracked or lured victims through the Pokemon Go mobile game, in which players follow their phones’ directions to real-world places to “catch” Pokemon characters.

“The way we believe it was used is you can add a beacon to a Pokestop to lure more players. Apparently they were using the app to locate people standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in,” O’Fallon Police Department explained on its official Facebook page.


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OS X Hidden Treasures: Typing Exotic Characters

OS X offers many, many more characters than you can type on your keyboard, from emoji to handy typographic symbols. We explain how you can figure out what they are and enter them in messages and documents.


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Telescopes catch the aftermath of a black hole...

Astronomers have observed a supermassive black hole swallowing a star 3.9 billion light years from Earth. The group used the European VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) network of telescopes, so big it's described as "Earth-sized", to observe t...

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Early iPhone 7 demand survey suggest 14.8% of iPhone...

A survey by Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster is trying to get a feel for early demand expectations for Apple’s imminent new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Investors and analysts had worried that meagre design changes for the new models, which largely resemble the iPhone 6s in appearance, would not inspire customers to buy into this cycle. Some analysts are already expecting Apple iPhone sales to decline this year below 2014 levels as worldwide smartphone growth slows.


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Daily Deal: Jumpstart a Career as a Web Developer

Stuck in a job that you hate? Want to be your own boss? Our deal today can help you get started as a web developer through the creation of a portfolio of web apps and job-hunting assistance. What will it take to get your new career going? Just $29 through this Apple World Today Daily Deal, plus the time and perserverence to go through the training and career mentoring. 

What's in this 12-week online course? 

  • Access 33+ hours of video content
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The next iMac should add an HDMI connector

Will the next iMac — which I expect to arrive in September or October — have an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connector? The Mac mini, Mac Pro, and MacBook Pros do, so why not the company's best-selling all-in-one?

With Apple's increasing dominance in the areas of digital media, it seems like a good idea to have this feature on all desktop Macs. Thunderbolt and USB ports are nice. However, HDMI is getting smaller even as it gets bigger (more on that in a moment).

But let's back up. HDMI is an interface for audiovisual equipment such as high-definition television and home theater systems. It’s able to carry a bandwidth of 5Gbps (gigabits per second), which is purportedly more than twice the bandwidth needed to transmit multi-channel audio and video. HDMI provides an uncompressed, all-digital signal.

HDMI makes perfect sense for inclusion in the iMac. After all, the all-in-one is a computer that's often integrated into home entertainment systems and...

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Engadget UK giveaway: Win a Moto G4 courtesy of...

Summer is upon us, and as usual it's a pretty underwhelming affair. Hopefully a brand new Moto G4 will keep you occupied on some of the many rainy days to come, however. The smartphone is one of a couple of recent additions to Motorola's highly regar...

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Alleged 'iPhone 7' leak offers crystal...

With just a few months to go before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone lineup, a new high-quality image falls in line with previous leaks, showcasing the expected look of the 4.7-inch model.

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This MCE device is a great Complement to a Mac

MCE Technologies' MCE Complement is a handy, al-in-one, portable USB 3.0 device comprised of a 2 B Hard Drive, a Blu-ray, DVD, CD Reader/Recorder, a USB 3.0 Hub, and SD Card Reader. 

The MCE Complement's 2TB hard drive is designed for use as a standard storage device and is compatible with Time Machine. The unit includes Mac Blu-ray Player software for the playback of commercial Blu-ray titles directly on the Mac. It it can record data and high definition video to 25GB, 50GB, 100GB, and 128GB Blu-ray recordable discs.

In addition to recording and playing high capacity Blu-ray media, the drive is also a full-fledged SuperDrive and reads and writes all CD and DVD formats. The Complement also boasts an integrated USB 3.0 hub as well as an SD Card Reader. The MCE Complement is portable at 5.5 x 6 x 1.25 inches, weighs in at 19 ounces and...

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 is its fastest...

Qualcomm has revealed the Snapdragon 821, a mobile processor that's around 10 percent faster than its current performance champ, the Snapdragon 820. However, it's not a replacement for that chip, which is used in high-end phones like the Samsung Gala...

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Pokemon Go expected to launch in UK and Europe in ‘a...

Pokemon Go has become a smash hit (available for free on the App Store), rallying hundreds of millions of players in just a few short days. Widespread media coverage of the game (and its consequences) has made the Nintendo freemium title somewhat of a phenomenon, continuing to top App Store charts.

This success — likely propelled by pent-up demand for a ‘real’ Pokemon game available on iOS  — comes despite the game only launching three regions; the United States, New Zealand Australia. A new report from the Wall Street Journal indicates fans from other countries will not have to wait long for an official launch of Pokemon Go in the UK, Europe and more.


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Camtasia is great screen recording software

Camtasia is a program for recording and annotating audio and video captured from your Mac commonly known as screencasting.  I’ve used other programs in the past to do raw captures from my Mac and then did the painful editing in iMovie and GarageBand but Camtasia does everything  with an intuitive and easy-to-use Mac interface.

I’m an extreme novice when it comes to audio and video editing and still was able to get the functionality I needed from this program. It treats audio and video like Pages treats words. Simple and easy editing. The help screen combined with online tutorials (screencasts in and of themselves) gave me the skills I needed to get up to speed. After I got down these basics, the hardest part wasn’t using the Camtasia tool, but the direct aspects of my presentation such as timing and my script.  When a tool gets out of the way and let’s you do the work that’s a win in my book.

Besides audio and video editing,...

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Latest iPhone 7 photo leak provides best look yet at...

About six weeks away from the next iPhone debut, widely dubbed the iPhone 7, it seems like we have a pretty clear idea about what to expect: similar design to iPhone 6s, revamped cameras, upgraded internals, removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Although it doesn’t show anything we haven’t seen before (via NowhereElse.FR), a new high-quality photo of the iPhone 7 has surfaced that gives us the clearest image yet of what the back device will look like …


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Segway creator's advanced prosthetic arm...

Segway creator Dean Kamen's Luke prosthetic arm has been a long time in coming -- the FDA approved it two years ago. At last, however, it's nearly here. Mobius Bionics has revealed that it will offer the Luke arm sometime in late 2016. It's not cl...

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G2A makes it harder for scammers to sell shady game...

G2A is still determined to show that it can do right by developers worried about shady game key sellers. The online marketplace has introduced a new verification process that should make it harder to commit fraud. New sellers will have to provide a l...

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EE customers to get six months of free BT Sport

With Euro 2016 now over and Cristiano Ronaldo's tears dry on his winning face, the focus is now back on domestic campaigns and the start of the most lucrative Premier League season in history. The first matches kick off in just under a month but toda...

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iOS users report Apple ID lockouts

You might want to hold off on trying the iOS 10 beta if you can't bear to be without two-factor sign-ins. At least a handful of users are reporting a two-part problem that has locked them out of their Apple IDs. The first part is a bug with app-spe...

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Sunday July 10

Twitter takes down a site that archives popular...

While Twitter isn't completely opposed to third-party sites preserving tweets, it has its limits: the social network has effectively shut down PostGhost, a days-old service that archived the tweets of verified users with "tens of thousands" of follow...

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I accidentally broke the super-rugged Cat S60...

This year's Mobile World Congress played host to plenty of phones I couldn't stop playing with, and the $599 Caterpillar-branded Cat S60 was near the top of my list. First, though, a painfully obvious disclosure: I have never, nor do I currently, wor...

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Mercedes to show its Tesla-fighting electric sedan...

It's no secret that Mercedes-Benz eventually wants to compete with Tesla, not just partner with it, and you won't have to wait much longer to see how that rivalry shakes out. The company's David McCarthy tells that you should see a c...

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Apple and the Bot War on Apps

A new media narrative is unfolding, replete with statistics all seeking to provide evidence that Apple's success with native apps is over. There's no clear agreement on what exactly will take over--Chat Bots, Voice Assistants, the Web, Augmented Reality or some new and unknown successor--but it is clear that the loser must be Apple. It has to be, because it's desperately needed by Apple's rivals.

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Blind Apple engineer speaks on the company’s deep...

Apple has always been vocal about its commitment to accessibility features for its products, and now a member of the company’s accessibility design and quality team is speaking up on just how committed Apple is. A new profile from Mashable details Jordyn Castor, a 22-year-old, blind engineer.


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'Starbound' will be ready for everyone on...

When Chucklefish said that Starbound was nearly ready after about 5 years of sitting in Steam's Early Access program, it wasn't joking around. The developer has revealed that the finished game will launch on July 22nd for Linux, Mac and Windows. Be...

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Facebook clarifies live video policy, will allow...

Facebook will allow its users to livestream violent or graphic video under certain circumstances, the company announced in a statement released Friday.

In the statement, the social media giant stated that, “if a person witnessed a shooting, and used Facebook Live to raise awareness or find the shooter, we would allow it.” On the other hand, the company will not allow such videos to be used “to mock the victim or celebrate the shooting.”

“Live video on Facebook is a new and growing format,” the statement continues. “We’ve learned a lot over the past few months, and will continue to make improvements to this experience wherever we can.”

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Watch the 'Mr Robot' season two premiere...

Can't wait until Wednesday for the season two premiere of Mr. Robot? No problem -- the show's official Twitter account just posted the first episode. Watching it on Twitter might not give the full home theater experience, but we suspect fans will be...

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We might not be able to use Martian water after all

Remember those dark streaks NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted running down canyons and hillsides on the red planet? They indicated the presence of water, which was a cause for celebration, as having water on Mars means astronauts won't have...

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∞ Bear cams in Alaska’s Katmai National Park

If you have kids, you have got to show them this really cool live web cam.

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Profile highlights blind Apple engineer working on...

A profile published on Sunday details the experiences and work of Jordyn Castor, a blind Apple engineer now developing technologies like VoiceOver with company's accessibility design and quality team.

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Apollo 11's source code is now on GitHub

The source code for Apollo 11's guidance computer has been available for a while (Google hosted it several years ago, for instance), but would you know how to find it or search through it? As of this week, it's almost ridiculously easy. Former NASA i...

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The U.S.-Canada border runs through this tiny library

One of many fascinating stories about life along the Canada-US border. I live only a few miles from it and often see the border obelisks along the road, reminding me that our two countries are close in many ways.

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∞ Bizarre spinning toys

Fair warning: The Physics Girl Youtube page will suck you in to all kinds of cool videos.

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Robbers used 'Pokémon Go' to lure their...

Pokémon Go is introducing many people to location-based gaming... and unfortunately, that includes the potential pitfalls as well. Police in O'Fallon, Missouri report that robbers used the mobile augmented reality title to reel in victims. B...

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This blind Apple engineer is transforming the tech...

There’s a lot more to be done but Apple is a leader in making its technology accessible to people with disabilities.

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Ben Heck's Raspberry Pi Zero portable computer

In this episode we bring you a Raspberry Pi Zero build. This elusive single-board computer was kindly donated by an element14 Community member. Of course, Ben then did what comes naturally to him: He turned it into a portable computer. The part...

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Intel brings 360-degree replays to Major League...

Intel is determined to make 360-degree replays a staple of the sporting world. The chip designer has announced that it's bringing 3D capture technology to Major League Baseball games, starting with the All-Star Week events at San Diego's Petco Park (...

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Inhabitat's Week in Green: A modular airplane,...

Is the age of the solar-powered car upon us? Hanergy thinks so. The Chinese company just debuted four new vehicles that source all of their energy from the sun. Meanwhile, Clip-Air announced plans to test a crazy modular airplane that carries passeng...

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Pokemon Go Leads to Reckless Driving, Injuries, and...

Since its release Wednesday night, Pokemon Go has already gone on to become the top-grossing game in the three countries where it's available, and Forbes contributor Tero Kuittinen calls it "the first example of an AR product becoming a national obsession." An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:
Some fans are now tweeting about playing the game while driving, and the Chicago Tribune quotes one user who says "Pokemon Go put me in the ER last night... Not even 30 minutes after the release...I slipped and fell down a ditch." In Australia the game has been leading some players to their local police station, and a woman in Wyoming reports that the game actually led her to a dead body floating in a river. And at least one Pokemon Go screenshot has gone viral. It shows a man capturing a Pokemon while his wife gives birth.

The app's popularity has created lagging servers and forced Niantic to delay its international roll-out, meaning "Those who have already downloaded the game...

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ISIS' Twitter traffic reportedly dropped 45...

If you ask the US government, the efforts to stifle ISIS' online propaganda are paying off. The White House reports that the extremist group's Twitter traffic has dropped 45 percent in the past 2 years, owing to both attempts to keep accounts offlin...

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Review: Synology's DiskStation DS216j offers...

The DiskStation DS216j NAS is positioned near the bottom of Synology's consumer level network storage product range, but advanced software integration and a configurable design means the system can easily serve up to a small business.

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Saturday July 9

Tidal adds Chromecast support for its iOS and...

Next time Bey drops a surprise album -- and with Lemonade's success, we wouldn't be surprised -- you can beam it straight to a Chromecast-enabled TV or speakers. Tidal's latest app refresh adds Chromecast support for iPhones, iPads and Android device...

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Killer Deal: Apple's 12" MacBook (1.3GHz,...

For the next seven days only, AI readers can grab Apple's 2015 12-inch MacBook (1.3GHz, 8GB, 256GB) for the lowest price ever offered at $999, plus free expedited shipping, a free copy of Parallels 11 and no sales tax outside of NY.

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Bitcoin mining just became less rewarding, on purpose

If you have computers chugging away as bitcoin mining machines, don't be surprised if your output just fell through the floor. Reuters notes that code built into the digital currency system has cut the mining reward in half as of July 9th. Where ther...

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Senate approves national GMO labeling standard

The Senate has voted 63-30 in favor of a bill that would enforce a GMO labeling standard for the whole country. If it passes, food manufacturers would be required to disclose genetically modified ingredients in their products through a label on an it...

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Scientists find the first water clouds beyond the...

At last, astronomers have found evidence of watery clouds beyond our home star... only they're not hovering around a planet, like you might expect. UC Santa Cruz-led researchers have discovered signs of water vapor clouds around WISE 0855, a brown d...

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Carrying A Gun-Shaped iPhone 'Makes It Much... writes: A passenger at London Stansted Airport seemed to think it was a good idea to have a gun-shaped iPhone case in his back pocket as he prepared to board a plane... [T]he police speculated on Twitter that they could proceed with charges against him for either a public order offense or for possession of an imitation firearm in a public place tweeting with the hashtag #dontbedaft that "Bringing this to an airport makes it much less likely you'll catch your plane." [In 2015] the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey offered this warning on Facebook to potential users: "Please folks -- this cell phone case is not a cool product or a good idea. A police officer's job is hard enough, without having to make a split second decision in the dark of night when someone decides without thinking to pull this out while stopped for a motor vehicle violation..."
One Twitter user responded, "On what planet is this a smart thing to do?" But the New Jersey prosecutor...

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Virgin Galactic poised to start its new spaceship...

Virgin Galactic is ready to put its SpaceShipTwo replacement through a series of test fights, and according to Bloomberg, it will begin sometime in August. The private space corporation launched Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity in February to replace Spa...

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KLM launching in-flight Heineken draft service

Edwin Griffioen, Heineken’s Supply Development Manager for Global Innovation, explained how it will work.- Because the air pressure is so much lower in an aeroplane than at sea level, a traditional beer tap will not work as it will only dispense a huge amount of foam. His team went to work, and thankfully for beer lovers everywhere, but especially in the sky, they figured out a way to serve more than just foam.

I’m booking a flight somewhere.

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∞ AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams calling it quits...

Guitar Player:

Cliff Williams has played bass in AC/DC since 1977. By the time the group’s current tour wraps up in September, he’ll have logged nearly 40 years with the Australian rockers.

AC/DC has been through a lot this year: Malcolm had to retire due to dementia; Brian had severe hearing loss; and Phil had legal trouble. The only one left that wants to keep going at this point is Angus.

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Tesla crash prompts NTSB investigation into...

Investigations are already underway regarding the role of Autopilot in the fatal Tesla Model S crash on May 7th, but the National Transportation Safety Board wants to take things one step further. It's launching its own investigation into the traged...

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WWDC16 Video Transcripts

Take advantage of transcripts to quickly discover and share information presented in WWDC16 videos. You can search by keyword, see all instances where the keyword is mentioned in the video, go straight to the time it was mentioned, and even share a link to that specific time.

Great feature/service for developers.

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Apple will pay $25 million to settle Cover Flow...

Apple will pay $25 million to settle a patent lawsuit with Network-1 Technologies’ subsidiary Mirror World Technologies and license its patents, the companies announced today. The patent (No. 6,006,227) dates back to 1999, covering a system that stores documents in a stream ordered chronologically, similar to Apple’s Cover Flow or Time Machine.

Good. Pay, get it over with and move on.

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Six technological breakthroughs inspired by nature

By Cat DiStasio

Biomimicry is an incredible field that seeks to unlock nature's deepest, darkest secrets and then use them to solve human problems. Many of the scientific breakthroughs in biomimicry have far-reaching applications ranging from new me...

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