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Friday July 8

Apple to open iOS App Development Center in Italy...

Apple's CFO Luca Maestri has declared Italy's University of Naples Federico II as the location for Europe's first iOS coding talent incubator, set to open its doors in just a few months.

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Apple’s ‘iOS Developer Academy’ begins in Oct. at...

Apple’s new European iOS App Development Center, announced back in January, is about to officially launch as the Università di Napoli Federico II in Italy today confirms it has partnered with Apple on the initiative (via Macerkopf). 

When Apple first announced its plans for the new development center, the first of its kind to offer training for app developers in Europe, it didn’t say which school it would be partnering with to push the specialized curriculum. Today it confirmed the Università di Napoli...

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Facebook brings end-to-end encryption to Messenger...

Facebook’s following the encrypted messaging trend set by other apps including Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Viber, and Google’s Allo. On Friday, the social network announced a limited beta version of Messenger for Android and iOS with an end-to-end encryption (E2EE) feature dubbed secret conversations.

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Microsoft quietly edited its Xbox 'Play...

Microsoft proudly told the world last week that "Every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere." That's now changed. The company drew ire yesterday after editing its blog post announcing the decision. But although t...

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'Splatoon' celebrated with 'The Great...

Splatoon is one of the most exciting games to come out of Nintendo in some time. The colourful team-based shooter, which follows squid-like "inklings" and their mission to cover the world (and each other) in paint, has garnered plenty of fans on Wii...

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Snapchat sued for showing sexually explicit content...

Snapchat is facing a new lawsuit over claims that Snapchat Discover routinely serves sexually explicit content to minors without warning them or their parents. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed by a 14-year-old boy and his mother in US district court this week in the central district of California.

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Amazon teases Prime Day deal bash with free Prime...

One year ago, Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary with a sale event/Prime membership promotion dubbed Prime Day. Now the online retailer wants to make Prime Day an annual tradition. Amazon recently announced that Prime Day for 2016 would take place on Tuesday, July 12.

The catch? Only Amazon Prime members can partake in Prime Day deals. As with last year’s promotion, if you’re not a Prime member you can get the deals by signing up for a Prime 30-day free trial.

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∞ iOS 10 and some New Years fireworks

From this tweet by Mark Gurman:

Make sure to text all of your friends running iOS 10 “happy birthday” and “happy new year.” (Seriously this should be opt-in, even opt-out).

Give it a try.

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Apple’s use of web carousels target of new patent...

Apple is not alone in its use of web carousels. Take a look at the Major League Baseball home page, for example. As of this post, both sites still have their carousels up and running.

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MacNN and Tekserve Close, EveryMac and MacTracker...

One of the responsibilities that comes with longevity is marking the passings and anniversaries of others. We’re sad to report that the Apple news site MacNN has closed, as will the longstanding New York City Apple reseller Tekserve. On the plus side, spec site is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and the similarly useful spec app Mactracker hit 15 years recently.


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Apple chassis supplier Catcher sees revenue drop in...

Catcher -- Apple's partner on metal chassis components -- claimed a significant drop in June revenues on Thursday, but linked the dip to unnamed clients switching orders over from old products to new ones.

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∞ iOS 10 and removing built-in apps from the Home...

Apple officially allows you to remove most built-in apps from your iOS device running iOS 10. Interestingly, some of these apps allow a 3rd part app to act as a fallback. Others do not. Read on for some details.

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64-bit Office 2016 for Mac is coming

From the official Microsoft blog:

We have released the first drop of a fully 64-bit version of Office 2016 for Mac to the Insider Fast channel! The update number is 15.25 (160630). I do encourage Insider Fast users to install this update and give it a test. We want to know about any problems you encounter as soon as possible, so that we can make sure we address them before the official release.

Amazing that it took this long to make the move to a 64-bit version of Office.

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iMore: iOS 10 first impressions

Lots and lots of chewy goodness from Rene Ritchie as he offers up his take on the iOS 10 beta.

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Now that’s an Apple collection

Stephen Hackett has quietly assembled an impressive collection of Apple gear, which he regularly photographs, sharing the images on 512 Pixels.

There are certainly holes in his collection. Anyone have an Apple II or Apple IIe they want to share with Stephen?

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Facebook testing end-to-end encryption in Messenger...

Facebook Messenger is the latest app to adopt end-to-end encryption for its chats, ensuring that conversations cannot be accessed even by Facebook. It’s just in testing so far, but the company says that it will be made available more widely in the course of the summer.

We are starting to test the ability to create one-to-one secret conversations in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted and which can only be read on one device of the person you’re communicating with. That means the messages are intended just for you and the other person — not anyone else, including us.

While Apple uses end-to-end encryption as standard for both iMessages and FaceTime, and WhatsApp...

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Snapchat sued over ‘sexually offensive’ content in...

Snapchat is being sued for exposing minors to sexually offensive content on the Discover feature it offers in tandem with media partners.

The messaging and multimedia sharing service, which was at one point at the center of a controversy over surreptitious “sexting” by users with disappearing text and images, is now being charged with engaging through Discover “in an insidious pattern and practice of intentionally exposing minors to harmful, offensive, prurient, and sexually offensive content, without warning minors or their parents that they would be exposed to such explicit content.”

To sign up for Snapchat, users must claim they are at least 13 years old, which is the same minimum age set by social media rivals like Facebook.

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Pokémon player shot at while hunting in the woods –...

A YouTuber has posted a video in which he is seemingly shot at after inadvertently trespassing onto someone’s property while hunting Pokémon in some woods, notes TNW. Pokémon GO launched on iOS this week in select countries.


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Tour Westminster Abbey with Google Street View

If you've ever wanted to tour Westminster Abbey but can't afford the £20 admission price (or, y'know, go to one of its many church services), Google has you covered. The giant church has become the latest London landmark to be photographed for...

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AppleInsider podcast talks iOS 10 beta 2, Lightning...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor discuss the latest updates found in iOS 10 beta 2. They also wrap up all the current "iPhone 7" rumors, discuss the current state of Lightning-connected headphones, and talk about the new Mac malware (and why you don't need to worry too much about it).

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'GTA Online' update turns the game into...

Bummed that Criterion's Burnout followup got canned? Rockstar Games has your back with Cunning Stunts, a free expansion to Grand Theft Auto Online that adds a new dimension to racing in the open world game.

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Daily Deal: iOS Online Courses Lifetime All Access...

Our discussions with readers and patrons of Apple World Today has shown us one thing -- many of you are fanatics about lifelong learning, and one of the things you want to know how to do is create your own iOS apps. iOS Online Courses is a major provider of iOS game and app development training, and they've got one heck of a deal for you this week. $69 gives you lifetime access to online training in Swift, Objective C, tvOS, watchOS, GameKit, and iOS

The lifetime all-access pass gives you the following benefits: 

  • Access a continually updating & upgrading library of courses for life
  • Learn iOS to create apps & learn to program on your own w/ fast & effective app development tutorials
  • Become an iOS developer...
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Facebook Live Video of Shooting Aftermath Triggers...

Americans have expressed outrage at Wednesday's police shooting of Philando Castile, an African-American man, which happened in St. Paul, Minnesota, during a traffic stop for a broken tail light. Castile was shot in front of his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and their 4-year-old daughter, who were in the car. Reynolds used Facebook Live to stream video of the aftermath of the shooting. The graphic video shows Castile bleeding and groaning in pain while the officer who shot him curses and continues aiming his gun at the victim.

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The Mac may get a 3D Finder at some point in the...

It's likely that the Mac OS X Finder will go "3D" at some point in the near future. Perhaps in 2017 or 2018. Apple has considered the possibility. The company has been granted a patent (number 20080307360) for a multi-dimensional desktop.


According to Apple it involves a graphical user interface with a back surface disposed from viewing surface to define a depth, and one or more one or more side surfaces extend from the back surface to the viewing surface. An icon receptacle is disposed on one or more of the side surfaces, and one or more icons are disposed within the icon receptacle. The one or more icons correspond to one or more desktop items.

Here's Apple's background and summary of the invention: "A graphical user interface allows a large number of graphical objects or items to be displayed on a display screen at the same time. Leading personal computer operating systems, such as the Apple Mac OS, provide user interfaces in which a number of...

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Apple Pay/contactless payment users are better...

Data from businesses using Square’s mobile payment terminal revealed that those using Apple Pay and other forms of contactless payment are better tippers than those using conventional cards. The company found that while 67% of swipe card customers added a tip, the number jumped to 73% for NFC payments.


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CUBIK takes an angular approach to computer speakers

Palo Alto Audio Design's CUBIK digital audio speaker is a computer speaker system that designed with the audiophile in mind. Though $199.95 seems a bit pricey for a speaker system with no subwoofer, the sound is as good for a subwoofer-less speaker system as I've heard. 

The unusual looking (more on that in a moment) CUBIK relies on full-digital amplification, lossless digital USB streaming and a long-vent advanced enclosurefor its sound quality and a highly dynamic range without the noise of digital-to-analog speakers. The CUBIK amplifies the Mac’s raw digital audio signal without converting it to analog first. More speaker systems should use the USB port and its digital signal in this way as it reduces the opportunity for analog audio conversion to introduce noise into the signal.

Where the CUBIK falls short sonically is when it comes to bass. For less-bass heavy audio -- such as classical and folk music --...

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Tim Cook tweets about ‘senseless killings’ this week...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has tweeted about the ‘senseless killings’ in response to the fatal police shootings of two black men in separate incidents in Louisiana and Minnesota.


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Glimpses for Mac OS X lets you create Live Photo-ish...

By Aaron Lee

If you've not played around with still motion videos -- videos where photos are shown only for a fraction of a second (think Apple’s Live Photos)— you might give it a try. They're lots of fun. 

Eternal Storms Software's Glimpses for Mac OS X lets you create still motion videos with just a few clicks and share them on popular video services. You can import photos from your hard drive, flickr or Instagram and add a soundtrack from your iTunes library. Glimpses does the rest for you. The software can output video up to 1080p. Or it can choose the best resolution automatically based on the smallest photo. This way, it can reduce or eliminate the occurrence of black borders around the photos. 

If the chosen (optional) soundtrack is longer than the duration of the final video, the soundtrack will automatically be faded out at the end to make it a smooth experience for viewers and seamless for users of Glimpses. After the video is created...

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Google buys a backbone for pay TV services

Google is snapping up Anvato, a company with tech that's designed to make it easy for broadcasters to put live video online. The system is currently used by plenty of brand-name firms to pump out online video, edit clips in the cloud and handle pay-p...

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Amazon finally lets Echo play Spotify or Pandora by...

Amazon's Echo speakers have a ton of smart capabilities, but until recently, playing music from any service other than Prime Music required telling the device which service to use each time. Now, users may have noticed an option to set Pandora or Spo...

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Apple Maps adds 29 Flyover locations, expands...

Continuing its perpetual Apple Maps feature rollout, Apple on Thursday activated Flyover imagery for 29 new locations, while adding traffic and transit data for multiple international locales including Chile and Vatican City.

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Amazon Alexa deals will make you shout out your...

The folks at Amazon are clearly attempting to entice you into the dangerous world of shopping with voice commands. They're doing Alexa-exclusive deals for customers who shop through the company's Echo, Echo Dot and Tap speakers, starting today until...

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Thursday July 7

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes banned from owning a...

Spoiler warning in case you don't want to know how the movie will probably end: the Wall Street Journal reports US regulators have devised to ban the owners and operators of Theranos from running a lab for two years. That includes CEO & founder E...

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Snapchat faces class-action suit for sexually...

Snapchat has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit accusing the service of showing sexually explicit content to minors without providing the proper warning. A 14-year-old John Doe and his mother filed the lawsuit in California after he came across...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for racial equality in...

In light of two fatal police shootings of black men in as many days, Apple chief executive Tim Cook voiced a call for justice on Thursday, calling the recent events "senseless killings."

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Mark Zuckerberg comments on 'graphic and...

Striking a much different tone this time, Mark Zuckerberg again commented on a Facebook livestream gone viral. Unlike the cheery Chewbacca Mom video, this was about a stream capturing the immediate aftermath of police shooting a black motorist in Fal...

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'Fruit Ninja VR' is now available for the...

Fruit Ninja on mobile is fun, but we're sure some of you would prefer slashing oranges, apples and watermelons like you would a real sword katana. We hope you have an HTC Vive then, because the virtual reality version of the fruit-slicing game is now...

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PlayStation exec Adam Boyes says he's leaving...

Lately, Sony's gaming platforms have enjoyed a ton of support from third party developers big and small, but now one of the people in charge of those relationships is leaving the company. Adam Boyes announced in a series of tweets (and on the PlaySta...

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Snapchat hit with lawsuit claiming its Discover...

Snapchat, which just got a hefty update yesterday, has been hit with a lawsuit accusing that the app’s Discover feature of exposing minors to sexually explicit content. The lawsuit has been filed by a 14-year-old boy and his mother, who are represented by Mark Geragos in the Central California District Court.


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Charge through 'Resident Evil 4' yet again...

Capcom announced that Resident Evil 4 was getting re-released on modern consoles earlier this year, but now exactly when the best modern entry in the series will surface. And it's a little earlier than expected, too. Previously, all the publisher/dev...

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Bulgarian Government Embraces Open Source

Bulgaria's Parliament recently passed legislation mandating open source software to bolster security, as well as to increase competition with commercially coded software. Amendments to the Electronic Governance Act require that all software written for the government be Free and Open Source Software-compliant. The new provisions reportedly took effect this week. Software developer Bozhidar Bozhanov, advisor to one of Bulgaria's four deputy prime ministers, orchestrated the new law.

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Another legal merry-go-round: man sues Apple for...

Another day, another lawsuit. Samuel Lit of Pennsylvania has filed a suit in the Northern Illinois District Court against Apple for using carousels on its website, reports AppleInsider.

He says the website contains various windows that cycle through new and upcoming projects and that this violates his U.S. patent (number 8,793,330) for and “information display system and method.” Lit is seeking royalties with interest.

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Harvard researchers built a living robot out of rat...

What do you get when you mix the heart cells of a rat with silicone from breast implants and then sprinkle in a bit of gold and genetic engineering? No, not Trump's next trophy wife -- you actually get this incredible "living" robot. Developed by a t...

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Apple's new 'starter guides' help...

In a bid to extend its reach into the educational technology market, Apple on Thursday released a set of guidebooks designed to help educators better implement products like iPad and iOS apps into classroom activities.

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Pennsylvania man claims Apple infringes upon his...

Apple today has been revealed as the target of yet another lawsuit. This time, Pennsylvania resident Samuel Lit is suing Apple over a 2008 patent covering web carousel technology. Lit claims that the design of the homepage, which cycles through a variety of different products, infringes upon his patent.


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AI is being used to brew beer in the UK

Brewers have a lot of tools at their disposal when it comes to brewing beer: hops, yeast, grain and loads of equipment. One brewery in the UK is employing AI to perfect its recipes though, and it claims it's the first to do so. IntelligentX Brewing C...

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Comparing iPad Pros

Liken Ben Brooks, I have both iPad Pros. True Tone on the iPad Pro 9.7-inch model makes it one of my favorites of all time because I can see it perfectly outside (I’m guessing the larger iPad Pro will get this as well, at some point). However, there’s a lot to be said for the larger screen on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, especially if you’re a creative professional. I think it comes down to how you are going to use the devices.

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Apple's use of web carousels target of new...

A Pennsylvania man is suing Apple for using carousels on its website, claiming the common web user interface is in infringement of patented technology dating back to 2008.

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Apple Education Starter Guides for iPad

We’re excited to announce a new collection of guidebooks designed to help educators learn how to use iPad in the classroom. The iPad guide helps educators get the most out of iPad for their daily work and lessons. The Apple apps guides include step-by-step instructions to build a sample project and master basic and intermediate skills in each app.

Fantastic idea.

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AWT News Update: July 7, 2016

Just a pair of stories today for your Apple news fix:

  • Another smartphone manufacturer attempting to duplicate Apple's success with the "Shot on iPhone" ad campaign gets caught using a $4,500 camera/lens combo to shoot their "smartphone" photo
  • Fed up with long lines at Customs and Border Protection when you come back from overseas? A new app promises to streamline the process and get you on your way quickly

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 7, 2016.

Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” ad campaign highlighting the great video and still images that can be taken with the iPhone 6s...

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Mozilla's 'Context Graph' finds the...

How much of your content do you find while scrolling through Facebook or searching Google? To counter a small number of companies controlling what parts of the internet get exposed to users, Mozilla is announcing a solution: the Context Graph. By stu...

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Researchers discover new exoplanet orbiting triple...

In the constellation Centaurus, some 340 light-years from Earth, a newly discovered Jovian exoplanet has just been spotted in what is calling "a highly exotic celestial arrangement." The planet HD 131399Ab orbits three stars in a dizzying c...

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Google tinkers with Chrome cryptosecurity to fight...

Today's encryption is an arms race as digital security experts try to hold off hackers' attempts to break open user data. But there's a new tech on the horizon that even the NSA recognizes as crucial to protect against: quantum computing, which is ex...

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Apple releases iOS 10 public beta

If you’re feeling brave, here’s the iOS 10 public beta.

After only two developer releases, Apple has released the public beta of iOS 10 into the wild for public testing.

Apple started letting the public into its iOS beta tests last year. Before iOS 9, you had to be a developer (and pay $99 for a yearly developer subscription) to test drive prerelease versions of iPhone software.

As of now, Apple has released the iOS beta to the public in order to receive feedback from regular users as opposed to strictly developers. The iOS 10 public beta will install the Feedback Assistant app on your iPhone, which you can use to send notes directly to Apple.

Keep in mind that the beta is still a work in progress, it’s a good idea to back up your iOS device to both iCloud and iTunes in advance and...

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Wirecutter's best deals: Save $100 on a Vizio M...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter....

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Flash Deal: Apple's 2015 13" MacBook Air (...

While supplies last, Apple authorized reseller is taking $370 off Apple's Early 2015 13-inch MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 256GB), bringing the price to $829 with free expedited shipping and no tax outside of NY. This deal is the lowest price we've seen to date.

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'F1 2016' gets 22-player support for...

F1 fans, get ready for a whole new kind of race, as F1 2016 will be adding 22-player online racing and a host of new features for this year's iteration of the official Formula One World Championship video game.

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Nat Geo Wild's first digital series premieres...

Nat Geo Wilds's first digital series will premiere on August 3 on and its YouTube channel, marking its first foray into hosting a fully-fledged digital only series. Called wild_life With Bertie Gregory, the series is a 16 episo...

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Kenu Airvue car tablet mount keeps you and your...

Summer, the time of year when you pile everyone into the Family Truckster and head out on vacation. When I was a kid many, many years ago, we didn't have all of the fun electronic devices that today's back seat occupants can use to stay occupied on the road, so we did things like play license plate bingo and annoy each other. Today we're looking at the latest from accessory manufacturer Kenu, the Airvue car tablet mount ($49.95) -- a way to hold that phablet or tablet in position on the back of a headrest and keep the kids entertained.


I've always hated testing car tablet mounts, since they either use some sort of fabric strap and Velcro® assembly or screws and knobs to lock onto the headrest uprights, and in many cases it's ridiculously...

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Another Mac-specific malware pops up, but Apple...

A second piece of Mac-specific malware has been discovered this week, one that could expose the passwords stored in the macOS Keychain. But once again, Apple's Gatekeeper security -- when properly configured -- will block the attack from succeeding.

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Clinton's email claims challenged by FBI...

FBI director James Comey testified in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today, during which he offered more details on the bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email. Comey told Congress that the Romanian hacker...

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∞ Apple Watch: Getting back on track with exercise

When I first wrote about losing weight—close to 50 pounds in the end—with my Apple Watch and HealthKit, I was a bit nervous about being so open about my personal life. Being overweight, and the struggles associated with that, is not something many of us want to talk openly about. I’m glad I did because it helped me and helped a lot of people in my situation.

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How-To: Install iOS 10 public beta on your eligible...

As we reported earlier today, the iOS 10 public beta has been released for all interested in having an early hands-on look at iOS 10. Anyone can install the public beta, not just registered Apple developers. Accessing and installing the beta is a fairly straightforward process, but we’re here to walk you through the process step-by-step. more…

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Lyft goes classy with new Premier service

Lyft has always played the more casual, laid-back ridesharing option to Uber's fleet of black cars and SUVs, but that vibe is about to grow up a little with today's launch of Lyft Premier. The new option, which is available now in the Bay Area, Los A...

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Dating app Bumble is putting networking ahead of...

Bumble, a swipe-based dating app in the same vein of Tinder, is looking to offer its users a very different way to network.

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Additional malware strains for Macs surface,...

After a hiatus, a trio of three new discovered Mac malware strains have emerged.

The strains, once installed, have the potential to access Web cameras, password keychains, and pretty much every other resource on an infected machine.

The first one, as mentioned yesterday, has been dubbed “Elanor” by researchers at antivirus provider Bitdefender and is hidden inside EasyDoc Converter, a malicious app that is, or at least was, available on a software download site called MacUpdate. When double clicked, EasyDoc silently installs a backdoor that provides remote access to a Mac’s file...

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Why Apple's Transit Maps are rolling out so...

A year ago, Apple launched Transit directions in iOS 9 Maps, but so far there's only a limited number of cities worldwide that support the new feature. Here's why.

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External Link: Walmart Pay Now Available at All...

CurrentC may be dead, but retail giant Walmart isn’t giving up on the dream of a mobile payment system that doesn’t require giving a cut to Apple or Google. Walmart’s proprietary Walmart Pay system is now accepted at more than 4600 Walmart stores in the United States. Like CurrentC, Walmart Pay relies on scanned QR codes for transactions instead of NFC, but instead of linking directly to a checking account, it can connect to a credit or debit card or a Walmart gift card. We hope Walmart Pay will be more secure than CurrentC, but it’s hard to imagine it becoming a viable competitor to Apple Pay without support from other retailers.


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Lunch with Apple’s Bozoma Saint John auctioned for...

After her star turn at this past WWDC, I imagine this auction will be an even hotter ticket.

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The BBC's iPlayer Radio app is going global

The BBC's numerous radio stations have listeners the world over, not just Brits sitting down to their afternoon tea and crumpets. In fact, the English-language World Service station alone boasts a global audience of 66 million. Tapping into these bro...

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The Best Mac Games of 2016 (so far, plus the most...

2016 is far from over, but Mac Gamer HQ’s Ric Molina has taken a look at the best games released so far this year.

“I can tell you, I was so amazed by the quality of the games, I had to round them up and share them,” he says. “These are the over 30 best Mac games of 2016, including games available today, games coming soon, and a few hot rumors. As always, I cover lots of different genres (shooters, RPG, strategy, racing, etc) so there's something for everyone.”

Molina points out that there are over 3,000 Mac games available on Stream. And, the Mac games planned for the remainder of 2016 are just as exciting as the ones now available, he adds.

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∞ iOS 10 Public Beta

In addition to macOS Sierra Public Beta, Apple is also launching the iOS Public Beta today. You can get all of the sign-up and download information from Apple’s beta Web site. [...]

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Spotify will make a playlist for your out-of-office...

Spotify has been churning out a number of new features for finding fresh tunes as of late, but its most recent tool aims to make your out-of-office email more musical. The streaming service has a feature that builds a playlist based on your destinati...

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Lunch with Apple's Bozoma Saint John up for...

A "power lunch" with the chief of global consumer marketing for Apple Music and iTunes Bozoma Saint John is up for auction, with the proceeds benefitting the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

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Lucasfilm Games' MMO 'Habitat' source...

You may know LucasArts for its spread of excellent point-and-click adventure games like Loom or Day of the Tentacle, but do you remember Lucasfilm Games and its massively multiplayer online RPG Habitat that went live in 1986? Probably not. But whethe...

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External Link: Some Apps Are Slow by Design

Mark Wilson, writing for Fast Company, reveals that many apps — both those that run locally on your devices and Web apps — are intentionally slowed down, because users don’t trust apps that work too quickly. For instance, Facebook displays a fake loading bar when performing a security checkup, giving the impression of deep thought. Similarly, Wells Fargo had to slow down its mobile app’s retinal scanner because customers didn’t realize that it had worked so quickly. Wilson lists other examples of artificial waiting introduced into apps, because people have a hard time trusting things that are too fast.


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Full moon photography using The Photographer’s...

Have you ever wondered, “Will the sun rise or set over that building? Will the full moon go behind that statue?” Well, free web pages like The Photographer’s Ephemeris and apps like my personal favorite, Photopills (affilliate link), are great for answering that question. The Photographer’s Ephemeris can be a bit fidgeting but it’s worth it to get that perfect shot.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Sport (refurb) $...

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Hands-on: New iOS 10 beta 2 Bedtime Wake Up Sounds [...

As we highlighted in our 50 new changes post, iOS 10 beta 2 is stuffed to gills with tons of new updates and features. In the following video walkthrough, we’d like to highlight another iOS 10 beta 2 change — the presence of all new Bedtime Wake Up Sounds in the default Clock app. more…

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∞ macOS Sierra public beta arrives today

Apple will roll out the public beta for macOS Sierra today, giving users their first glimpse of the next version of the newest Mac operating system.

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How will iPhone 7 launch affect lineup pricing? Can...

Could the iPhone SE get even cheaper with the iPhone 7 launch?

When Apple launches a new iPhone, it usually maintains pricing for the top models as the previous generation models get price reductions and possibly discontinued. It typically bumps the oldest models out of production entirely, keeping four to five models for sale including the new flagships.

With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus introduction, for example, Apple kept the iPhone 5s and an 8GB iPhone 5c around at reduced prices. With the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, it discontinued the 5c and kept the 6/Plus, 6s/Plus, and 5s at reduced price points until ultimately replacing the 5s with the new 4-inch iPhone SE in March.

But this year there are some questions about what Apple will do with the iPhone lineup following the iPhone 7 launch this fall. Reports of increased storage options and a...

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Android handset makers rumored to be slowing down...

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While DigiTimes isn't exactly known for its accuracy when it comes to many rumors, the website does have a good number of electronics supply chain contacts that often share information on components that are used in the manufacture of smartphones. Those contacts have provided DigiTimes with numbers showing that Android handset makers are cutting back on component orders in anticipation of fierce competition from Apple's next smartphone -- the iPhone 7.

Supply chain sources told DigiTimes that integrated circuit orders from manufacturers of Android smartphones are slowing, in many cases because part inventories are stacking up. Chinese smartphone makers are said to be cutting their orders for underperforming handsets, and other manufacturers are taking a cautious approach regarding chip purchases as the iPhone 7 launch date...

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

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

macOS? What happened to OS X?

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

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

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Apple is launching the iOS 10 public beta today

We’re just two developer beta releases into iOS 10, and Apple is already pushing a prerelease version of its next-generation iPhone software into the wilds of public testing. The public beta rolls out today, and it’s open to everyone. You can sign up for the beta program here.

Apple started letting the public into its iOS beta tests last year. Before iOS 9, you had to be a developer (and pay $99 for a yearly developer subscription) to test drive prerelease versions of iPhone software.

The whole point of the public beta is for Apple to get feedback about bugs from a wide variety of regular folks who are interested enough (and brave enough) to be guinea pigs. The iOS 10 public beta will install the Feedback Assistant app on your iPhone, which you can use to send notes directly to Apple.


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PSA: The macOS Sierra public beta comes out later...

Enlarge / The first Sierra developer beta. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Both the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas are being released today for testing by the brave and foolish souls who choose to live their lives on the bleeding edge. You'll be able to download the beta from here when it posts in a couple of hours. Sierra drops support for a handful of Macs for the first time in a few years, so here's the hardware support list again if you need it:

  • MacBook (late 2009 and later)
  • iMac (late 2009 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2010 and later)
  • Mac Mini (2010 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2010 and later)

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How to sign up for the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas

Apple revealed a lot of new features from iOS 10 and macOS Sierra at last month’s WWDC keynote. The final versions of each operating system won’t be available until the fall, and developers got first crack at them, but today the public betas are going live, and you can help Apple kick the tires.

Since this is software that’s still being worked on, don’t be surprised if you encounter a few problems. This is where Apple needs your help; the betas include Apple’s Feedback Assistant app, where you can report problems to the company. Apple updates the betas the same way it updates final OS software, so you can keep checking for problems and give feedback.


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Apple releasing first public betas of iOS 10, macOS...

Fulfilling a promise it made at WWDC in June, Apple is expected to release the first public betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra on Thursday, giving an early glimpse at software that won't be finished until sometime this fall.

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macOS Sierra, iOS 10 public betas available today

Apple has opened the public beta program for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra today in order to get more feedback on bugs and features from a larger number of users. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here

The public beta program is free, but that doesn't mean that most users should run out and install the new operating systems. Beta means that not all advertised features and functionality is in the most current releases, and it also means you may very well encounter nasty bugs that you'll want to report. And never install beta OS versions on your primary devices; it's recommended that you only install the beta software if you have secondary Macs or iOS devices for testing.

That being said, there are some cool new things you can look forward to with both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. The new Lock screen, and Photos, News, Music, Home and Messages apps on iOS 10...

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Apple To Release Public Betas of iOS 10 and macOS...

The next version of Apple's desktop operating system, macOS Sierra, will be made available in a public beta later today. Enthusiasts can also try their hands at iOS 10, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system today. Both the new operating system versions offer a range of new features and improvements. Sierra, for instance, features Siri voice assistant which will assist users with locating files, answering queries, and search for images and information just by asking. iOS 10 lets users write a message in their own handwriting, and has a feature called "Raise to Wake" which wakes up the device when a user picks up their iPhone. Notifications have gotten more powerful, and now show photos and videos as well. You will find the macOS Sierra preview here, and iOS 10 preview here. More information on Apple's beta program here.


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Mac users can test the first macOS Sierra 10.12...

Apple is releasing the first macOS Sierra public beta today for anyone wanting to test drive Siri on the Mac or any of the other new features included. Previously, macOS 10.12 has only been available to registered developers with access to a paid account; the public beta program is a free alternative that allows non-developers to test Apple’s latest software updates before their general release.


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Apple releasing first iOS 10 public beta for non-...

Following the latest iOS 10 beta for registered developers, Apple is releasing the very first iOS 10 public beta for non-developers to test on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch today. Back in mid-June at WWDC 2016, Apple first promised iOS 10 would hit public beta status sometime in July. The iOS 10 public beta will bring new features including a redesigned Apple Music app, an overhauled Messages experience, and much more.


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Audible's new Channels service pits Amazon...

Amazon's Audible division on Thursday launched Channels, a service with exclusive short-form audio content that looks to challenge Apple's current dominance of the podcasting space.

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macOS Sierra public beta coming today: Here’s how to...

If you want to get your hands on the next version of the Mac operating system, now’s your chance. Apple on Thursday is releasing the public beta of macOS Sierra, the successor to OS X EL Capitan.

To get the beta, you must sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program, which requires an Apple ID. The Sierra beta installer is downloaded through the Mac App Store.

Before running the installer, be sure to back up your data. Remember, this is beta software, and it’s possible that some of the software you have may have problems.

There are a couple of conditions that Apple has if you want to use the Sierra beta:

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iOS 10 preview: Apple goes back to ignoring the iPad...

Enlarge / The iOS 10 beta on a 9.7-inch iPad Pro and an iPhone 6S. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

I’ve spent most of the last six months buying a house, so you’ll need to forgive me if I have houses and house metaphors on the brain. I’ve found them helpful while trying to nail down iOS 10.

Imagine iOS 6 as a fundamentally solid house in need of some major remodeling. iOS 7 was largely a cosmetic update, putting on some new siding (or maybe a nice brick façade) and giving all the rooms a nice paint job. iOS 8 with its under-the-hood changes was roughly equivalent to replacing wiring and plumbing—stuff that’s harder to see but makes a big difference in everyday usage. iOS 9 gave an extensive makeover to one particular room (let’s call it “the iPad”) that had been basically fine for a...

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The Week in iPad Cases: Gorgeous protection for your...

Take your accessories everywhere you go with Wrappers' soft sleeve

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings versatile folios for typing and viewing, screen protectors for everyday use and elegant sleeves to get you organized.


The UltraTHIN (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $54) features a folio layout and is manufactured using genuine leather lined with soft suede for a snugly fit.

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A power lunch with Apple’s Bozoma Saint Joint is...

Would you like to have a “power lunch” with Bozoma Saint John, global head of Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes (and who stole the show as a presenter at the Worldwide Developer Conference)? If you have deep pockets, you may have a shot.

The meal is being auctioned off by CharityBuzz and proceeds will go to the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The auction ends on July and is valid for two people. And note that the winning bidder is responsible for the cost of the meal.

Before coming aboard at Apple, Saint John was head of the Music and Entertainment Marketing Group at Pepsi-Cola North America, where she drove breakthrough, integrated and sustained consumer engagement plans for brands across the soda giant’s beverages portfolio. Previously, she served as vice president of...

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Whisply is a new Mac compatible file transfer service

Secomba, the developer of the cloud encryption solution Boxcryptor, has debuted Whisply, a web-based file transfer service that allows you to send files end-to-end-encrypted out of Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Also, Boxcryptor for Mac OS X and Windows has been upgraded with new features, including Whisply integration.  

Starting now, files can be sent out of Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive — even to receivers who neither use Boxcryptor nor a cloud storage provider. Since Wispily is a web-based service, there’s no need to download software; files are sent from your browser, protected with AES-256 encryption. Boxcryptor users can use the service right inside the app.

You can give Whisply a whirl with three free file transfers. After that, a free Boxcryptor account is necessary for an unlimited number of file transfers. For users who have a Boxcryptor Unlimited Personal or Unlimited Business account,...

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B&W’s iconic Zeppelin Wireless speaker coming...

Nine months after launching the wireless version of its iconic Zeppelin speaker, offering both AirPlay and Bluetooth support, Bowers & Wilkins has today announced a white model. The company says it’s intended to appeal to those who prefer a more neutral color tone.


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New Mac backdoor program steals keychain contents

Researchers have identified a new Mac backdoor program that’s designed to steal credentials stored in the OS-encrypted keychain and give attackers control over the system.

Dubbed OSX/Keydnap by researchers from antivirus vendor ESET, this is the second backdoor program targeting Macs found by antivirus firms in the past few days.

It’s not clear how Keydnap is distributed, but it arrives on computers in the form of a zip archive. Inside there’s an executable file with an apparently benign extension such as .txt or .jpg that actually has a space character at the end. The file also has an icon indicating an image or text file.


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