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11:04
iOS 10 beta 4 adds introduction explaining Apple...

Control Center in iOS 10 has an entirely new look and design, adding expanded music controls and quick access to HomeKit accessories. However, the changes may not be readily apparent to new users, which is why Apple has added a quick introductory screen explaining them in the latest beta.

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10:41
Apple iPad grows share of global tablet market...

Apple and its chief rival -- Samsung -- both saw worldwide tablet shipments decline in the June quarter, although Apple managed to increase iPad marketshare in spite of moving fewer units.

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10:41
iOS 10 will include over 100 new emoji, new...

Apple is adding a lot of new emoji in iOS 10 as well as redesigning the most popular icons to a modern style, as seen in iOS 10 beta 4 which just dropped for developers.

iOS 10 includes over 100 new emoji in total with new female gender options for athletes and professionals, new family characters and redesigns of the most popular emojis. Here’s all the new emoji …

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10:33
Pokemon Go updated to 1.1.1

The good news is that Pokemon Go was just updated to version 1.1.1 and includes some bug fixes.

The bad news is that a fair number of people on Reddit think this version marks the beginning of the end times and aren’t happy with it.

Still, that’s kind of par for the course with Reddit.

Either way, Pokemon Go has just hit version 1.1.1 and includes the following fixes and changes:

– Performance improvement in Pokémon details and list screens.

– Correct link for app upgrade.

Pokemon Go requires iOS 8.0 or later to install and run.

And, finally, it’s all a matter of perspective as to how the new version performs. If you’ve tried Pokemon Go 1.1.1 and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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10:32
∞ macOS Sierra beta 4 available

In addition to releasing iOS 10, tvOS, and watchOS beta 4, Apple has also released macOS Sierra beta 4 today. You can download it via the automatic download mechanism if you have Sierra installed. You can also download it from Apple’s developer portal if you are a registered developer.

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10:25
Kagi shuts down

It is with sadness that we announce Kagi has ceased operations as of July 31st, 2016.

Wow, I remember using Kagi to purchase shareware for many years.

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10:18
Judge voids $625.6 million verdict against Apple

A federal judge has thrown out a verdict requiring Apple Inc (AAPL.O) to pay VirnetX Holding Corp (VHC.A) $625.6 million for infringing four patents relating to Internet security technology, causing VirnetX’s share price to plunge.

VirnetX said they are preparing for a retrial.

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10:13
NASA’s stargazing tips for summer skywatching

Summer nights feature dazzling array of stars stretched across the sky, as the arch of the Milky Way stretches up from the south and fills the northern skies. Classic constellations and asterisms like Scorpius, Cygnus, Cassiopeia, the Coma Cluster, Sagittarius and its Teapot, and the Summer Triangle mark the skies with their distinctive patterns catching curious eyes.

I’m becoming more interested in this all the time.

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10:11
Fixing Apple's Problem


Apple last week reported earnings, and with the exception of a strong showing from the iPad Pro, the key financial metrics were all down -- and for the third quarter running. So what's wrong with Apple? The company had been growing alarmingly well until last year, but growth suddenly has become elusive. It isn't going out of business, but it also isn't the performance king anymore. I'll share some thoughts on what happened to Apple and how to fix it -- if it can be fixed.

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10:09
∞ Apple releases fourth beta of iOS 10, watchOS, and...

Apple on Monday released new betas of its iOS 10, watchOS, and tvOS operating systems. They are available through the software update mechanism on the devices or via the developer portal on Apple’s Web site.

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10:05
macOS 10.12 Sierra beta 4 hits the Mac App Store for...

Apple today released the fourth developer preview of macOS Sierra since showing off the software update for the Mac at WWDC 2016. The latest release is available now through the Mac App Store. macOS Sierra’s headlining feature is Siri on the Mac with other features like Auto-Unlock which lets Apple Watch users skip the password login screen. Apple Pay is also coming to Safari with macOS Sierra, although we haven’t seen the feature live on the web yet.

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10:01
Apple releases iOS 10 beta 4 to developer community

It’s not a public beta, but Apple has just released iOS 10 beta 4 to the developer community.

The new beta, which weighs in as a 456.6 megabyte download, contains bug fixes and improvements, albeit specific changes have yet to be announced.

You’ll need an iOS developer account to snag and work with this, but the milestone definitely indicates that Apple is coming further along towards its official iOS 10 release.

If you’ve had a chance to download and play with the new beta, please let us know about your experience in the comments section.

Until then, iOS 10 is reported to be on track for a fall release, complete with a slew of new changes and features for your iOS devices.

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10:01
Apple issues fourth developer betas of iOS 10,...

Apple on Monday provided registered developers with its fourth pre-release betas of iOS 10 for iPhone and iPad. In addition, watchOS 3 beta 4 for Apple Watch and tvOS 10 beta 4 for Apple TV were also released.

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09:49
Apple seeds tvOS 10 beta 4 for Apple TV to developers

Apple has just started seeding out the fourth beta for tvOS 10 today to all current testers and developers. To update, check through the Software Update section on the Apple TV, or grab the Configuration Profile from Apple’s Developer center if you’d like to install it for the first time.

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09:47
Apple releases watchOS 3 beta 4 for Apple Watch to...

Apple has just begun rolling out watchOS 3 beta 4 to developers today. Those looking to grab the new release can head over to the Watch app on their iPhones, select General and then Software Update. watchOS 3 beta 4 is available to download as a Configuration Profile from the Apple developer center for newer users looking to test out the upcoming system. Release notes with new changes are not yet available.

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09:46
Apple issues iOS 10 beta 4 for iPhone, iPad, and...

Apple has released iOS 10 beta 4 for developers to test on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10 brings a refreshed look to Apple Music and News plus loads of new features to the platform. The software update will be ready for everyone later this fall, and we’ll dig through the fourth developer version of the iOS 10 beta below.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ 256GB Retina MacBook Pro $...

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09:22
iTunes 12.4.3

Fixes an issue with playlist syncing. (Free, 233 MB)

 

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09:18
VirnetX's $625M FaceTime lawsuit victory...

A federal judge has tossed out a February ruling requiring Apple to pay patent holding company VirnetX $625.5 million over secure communications patents used in FaceTime and iMessage, and has ordered two complete retrials.

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09:00
X-Doria's Mesh Band gives your Apple Watch...

X-Doria has just released the new Mesh Band ($49.99), a watch band similar to Apple's pricy Milanese Loop in looks but at a quarter of the price.

The Mesh Band comes in two finishes -- charcoal black (at right) and silver -- and fits wrist sizes from 130 to 180mm. As with the Milanese Loop, the Mesh Band uses magnets to hold the band closed on your wrist, and no tools are needed to install the band.

The Mesh Band fits all 42mm Apple Watches and is perfect for those who want the style of the Milanese Loop, a one year warranty, and a lot more money left over in their wallets. We'll have a review of the X-Doria Mesh Band on Apple World Today in the near future.

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08:54
Questionable parts leak revives claims of space...

A pair of photos released over the weekend show an alleged mute button for Apple's upcoming "iPhone 7," possibly reinforcing claims that Apple will offer the device in Space Black, or at least a darker shade of Space Gray.

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08:45
IDC: Apple increases worldwide tablet lead in Q2...

According to the latest data from IDC out today, Apple continued its lead of the worldwide tablet market in Q2 despite a decline in overall sales.

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08:32
Deals: 21" iMac for $899, 27" iMac for $1,...

Shoppers this week can exclusively save $550 on a Late 2013 27" iMac (3.2GHz/8GB/1TB HDD/GT 755M) at B&H. Or snap up a Late 2013 21" iMac (2.7GHz/8GB/1TB HDD) at $400 off with free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY. Apple's 32GB 12.9" iPad Pros are also $100 off.

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08:17
Judge throws out $625 million verdict in VirnetX’s...

Back in February an East Texas court ruled that Apple must pay more than $625 million in damages to VirnetX over patent infringement related to iMessage and FaceTime. The patent case was especially notable for being one of the highest amounts rewarded in history, but the plaintiff in the case wasn’t satisfied and asked for $190 million more in damages four months later. But for now it’s back to the step one for Apple and VirnetX in this case as a federal judge has decided the case must be revisited…

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08:00
Daily Deal: The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course

The beta is here, and before you know it, iOS 10 will be in general release. If you're a developer, you need to know how to take advantage of the many new features of Apple's mobile operating system to give your apps the market edge they need. That's why we're proud to announce Rob Percival's Complete iOS 10 Developer Course is on sale in the AWT Deals Shop for just $25 for a very limited time.  Check out what all this course has to offer, and all of the bonus materials you'll get as well:

  • Access 217 lectures & 30 hours of content 24/7
  • Dive into SiriKit, Messages & Maps in iOS 10
  • Explore apps, home screen widgets, HomeKit & more
  • Understand inputs, buttons, reactive interfaces, images, music & more
  • Learn...
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08:00
New 'Hey Siri' website indexes successful...

A new website chronicles what users can say to Apple's Siri, and what to expect in return, for iOS 9 as well as the forthcoming iOS 10 and macOS Sierra implementations of the virtual assistant.

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07:41
Philips jumps into iPhone-connected health gear with...

Philips on Monday launched the Personal Health Program, actually a series of tracking accessories that pair with the company's HealthSuite app for iPhone and Android.

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07:35
Apple releases Maps transit information for Prague

It’s not the most groundbreaking development in the world, but if you’re traveling to Prague, this could come in handy.

Apple has expanded its Maps transit directions for the Czech capital of Prague, returning focus to the app’s European users after a stretch of concentrating on the U.S.

Riders visiting Prague can use Maps to navigate the city’s various buses, railways, and tramways. Options include trips to a number of places well outside the city core, such as Kladno.

At present, only a handful of other European cities feature transit coverage through Apple Maps. These cities presently include London and Berlin, though people in the U.K. can travel anywhere that has National Rail service.

Outside of the U.S. and China, there are very few countries with Maps transit...

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07:25
Apple-backed Didi Chuxing will acquire UberChina

China’s Didi Chuxing, in which Apple has invested, has announced a strategic agreement with Uber under which Didi Chuxing will acquire all assets of UberChina--including its brand,business operations and data--for operation within mainland China.  

In exchange for the UberChina assets, Uber will receive 5.89% of the combined company with preferred equity interest that’s equal to a 17.7% economic interest in Didi Chuxing. In addition, Baidu and other Chinese shareholders will receive a 2.3% economic interest in Didi Chuxing. 

Under the agreement, Didi Chuxing will also obtain a minority equity interest in Uber.Cheng Wei, founder and chairman of Didi Chuxing, will join the board of Uber.Travis Kalanick, founder of Uber, will join the board of Didi Chuxing. Additional terms weren’t disclosed. However, with the transaction, Didi Chuxing becomes the only company with common investment from Tencent,  Alibaba and Baidu.

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07:10
Court issues new order in Apple-VirnetX lawsuit

VirnetX, an Internet security software and technology company, says that on July 29, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, has issued a new order in the company's pending litigation against Apple, vacating its previous order consolidating the two cases and ordering the parties to retry them as separate cases. 

According to the order, Apple I is now scheduled for jury selection on September 26, 2016, unless the parties agree otherwise on an alternative date, and Apple II will now be retried after Apple I. The issue of willfulness in each case has been bifurcated and will be tried separately after each trial.

"We are disappointed by the Court's decision to vacate its prior ruling on consolidation and ordering the parties to retry the cases as two separate matters," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and president, in a press release. "We are reviewing all our options and will follow the Court's direction as we start preparing...

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07:03
Amid amusing tales, Apple Store Genius explains how...

I’ve always imagined that working in an Apple Store is one of those jobs where you see it all, and a Thrillist interview with three anonymous staff members confirms that – rather literally.

The stuff that would pop up on people’s computers when we would do a data migration… when the photos imported into iPhoto, it would flash each photo on the screen as it was importing. So. Many. ****. Pics. Some things just can’t be unseen.

Not all of the stories they tell sound quite as credible, but one of them did have a great tip if you’re looking to get a free replacement for a damaged product without AppleCare Plus …

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07:00
The iPad still leads as global tablet market growth...

Worldwide tablet shipments reached 38.7 million in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16) according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Growth continues to decline with the market receding 12.3% year-over-year “as vendors begin to refocus their product lines and consumers hold off on purchases,” according to the research group.

Apple's launch of its second detachable — the 9.7-inch iPad Pro — helped lessen its...

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06:33
Apple brings Maps transit coverage to Prague in...

Apple is now offering Maps transit directions for the Czech capital of Prague, returning focus to the app's European users after a stretch of concentrating on the U.S.

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06:28
NetMarketShare: Mac OS X down, iOS up in July

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for Mac OS X dipped again in July, while iOS rose a bit.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 7.87% of the global market share in July, down from 8.19% percent in June (that’s global market share; in the US it’s over 13%). April 2016’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 89.79% as of July.

iOS had 27.84% of the mobile operating system market share in July, up from 27.24% in June. This compares to 66.01% for Android, 2.79% for Windows Phone, and 1.44% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%.

 

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that...

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06:18
Mail's Rules rule and here’s why

You can save tons of time and effort by using the Mail app’s Rules, which let you specify the conditions that trigger an action or actions.

So, for example, a rule can: move messages from your inbox to another mailbox; highlight messages from specific senders; automatically reply to or forward messages; and much more.

To create a rule, choose Mail-->Preferences and then click Rules. If you've never created a rule, you will see a single rule called News From Apple, which was thoughtfully included by the mothership so you wouldn’t have to face a blank window the first time you created a rule. 

Examine the Example Rule

Let’s take a look at this rule by double-clicking it in the list of rules or selecting it and then clicking the Edit button on the right:

 

This sample rule adds a blue background to any message from any of the addresses shown.

  • To add another address, click...
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06:07
The most famous band formed each year since 1951

Pretty Famous:

PrettyFamous, an entertainment research site by Graphiq, found the most famous band formed each year since 1951. To do this, they created a customized Band Score on a scale of 1 to 100 based on a weighted average of a band’s Wikipedia page views in the last 30 days, page views of album releases and total number of Spotify followers.

The bands with the highest Band Score from each year were then ordered into a list starting in 1951 and continuing to 2015. It is important to note that since Wikipedia page views are current, all of these bands have stood the test of time, and remained famous many years after they were formed.

Interesting methodology. Not sure how you’d come up with a better measure of fame without turning straight to sales numbers.

Regardless, I found this pretty interesting. Scroll down to the tool, type in a year, then start clicking the arrow just to the right of the band picture to step through other bands formed in that...

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06:01
Apple invested in China’s Didi Chuxing, Didi just...

Bloomberg:

Didi Chuxing, the dominant ride-hailing service in China, said it will acquire Uber Technologies Inc.’s operations in the country, ending a battle that cost the two companies billions as they competed for customers and drivers.

And:

The truce brings to an end a bruising battle between the two companies for leadership in China’s fast-growing ride-hailing market. Uber has been spending at least $1 billion a year to gain ground in China, while Didi offered its own subsidies to drivers and riders to build its business.

Didi Chuxing and, as an investor, Apple are now in the driver’s seat (sorry) in China.

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05:58
Apple partner Didi Chuxing to buy Uber China for $1...

Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride sharing service that Apple invested $1 billion into, appears to be buying out rival service Uber China for $1 billion plus a promise to invest $1 billion into parent company Uber Global.

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05:55
Jack off

John Gruber explores a tree of possibilities:

The question is, what will Apple ship in the box with the new iPhones? I see the following options:

  • Wireless ear buds.
  • Wireless ear buds and this adapter.
  • Lightning ear buds.
  • Lightning ear buds and this adapter.
  • The existing 3.5mm ear buds and this adapter.

At the bottom of the piece:

The bottom line: this move should be about moving away from wired headphones period, not moving from one wired jack to another. The best way to achieve that is for Apple to ship wireless ear buds in the box.

Great stuff.

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05:50
Getting Started with Hue Lights

After years of dismissing them as a gimmick, Josh Centers broke down and purchased a set of Philips’s software-controlled lightbulbs. He explains why they’re better than he expected and how to set them up.

 

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05:42
Mellel 3.5.1

Updates the word processing app with a number of bug fixes, several of which deal with crashes. ($39 new, free update, 128 MB)

 

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05:37
Fantastic Siri resource

This site aims to be a comprehensive list of things you can do with Siri. Save the link, but spend a few minutes scanning through the commands to see if there are any use cases that are new to you. And, of course, if you find this useful, pass the link along to your iOS friends.

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05:30
Tesla and Solar City agree to a $2.6 billion merger

Tesla has confirmed that it will buy SolarCity for $2.6 billion, a deal that unites two Elon Musk firms as one giant green company. The merged business will sell solar panels, Powerwall batteries to store the energy and electric cars that run on it....

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05:22
Celebrating Brooklyn’s first Apple store

Apple’s newsroom:

Thousands of customers turned out Saturday for the grand opening of Apple Williamsburg, the first Apple store in Brooklyn. Customers began queuing Friday on Bedford Ave before midnight, and when the store opened at 10 a.m. Saturday the line stretched around the block.

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05:17
iTunes phishing scam, well done, but easily...

The Telegraph:

Apple’s iTunes customers are being warned to delete “scam” emails that are being sent to some customers claiming they have been charged more than £20 to download a song.

Reports have surfaced on social media of iTunes users receiving an email claiming to be from Apple, detailing an alleged recent song purchase from the iTunes Store that costs £23.34.

Phishing continues to thrive because it works, at least to enough of a degree that it is profitable overall. As always, be vigilant, hover over links to verify before clicking on them.

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05:11
Kanye West hits out at Apple-Tidal rivalry, says...

I found this exchange amusing, especially this Kanye tweet:

I need Tim Cook Jay Z Dez Jimmy Larry me and Drake Scooter on the phone or in a room this week!!!

Is that the way you set up a meeting with Tim Cook? I wonder what Apple makes of this tweet stream.

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05:05
LG's V20 will be the first Android Nougat...

LG will launch the V20 smartphone in September, and it will be the first to get Android 7.0 Nougat. It's the successor to LG's wacky V10 phone, and will have the same dual-screen, dual-selfie camera features (no other specs were revealed). The news m...

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05:00
Engadget UK giveaway: Win a Sony Xperia XA courtesy...

The British summer simply can't win. Either it's too hot and muggy to go outside, or it rains all day when you're trying to host a BBQ. Free stuff, however, is one thing you can't complain about. Thanks to our friends at 32nd Shop, we've got two of S...

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04:31
Watch Apple sell 18 iPhones in the time it took you...

We all know that Apple’s numbers are huge, whether it’s quarterly revenue in the tens of billions of dollars, or more than a billion iPhones sold, but if Tim Cook had a dashboard on his desk showing the numbers in real time, what would that look like?

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04:30
From Machop to Machamp: Surviving London's 5K...

One had escaped earlier, but not again -- this time, Squirtle, you're mine. I yanked at the peak of my cap, and began to spin the Pokéball patiently as the target area grew smaller, and smaller still. A good throw, but not a direct hit. The ba...

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04:30
Boombotix REX: a tiny speaker with surprisingly big...

The most impressive thing about the REX portable speaker from Boombotix is how much volume pumps out of the tiny thing. It's small enough to attach to your belt (and has a clip for doing just that), but you can really pump up the volume with surprisingly little distortion (notice that I didn't say there was no distortion — because there is when you push the volume a bit too high).

I was testing out the REX in our living room at home, playing tunes from my iPhone 6s Plus via the seamless Bluetooth connection. Both my wife and daughter came into the room, asked me to TURN THAT MUSIC DOWN, paused, then asked, "That's coming from that little speaker?" I suspect that's a common reaction most REX owners will get. 

The sound quality itself is good, but not great. The bass a is a tad weak, and the mids a bit underwhelming. That said, the overall audio quality is as good as I've heard in any speaker this small.

The $59....

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04:09
Following Apple’s $1B investment in Didi Chuxing,...

Didi Chuxing, the market-leading ride-hailing service in China, has bought out Uber’s operations in the country, reports Bloomberg. The deal gives Uber and its investors a total 20% shareholding in Didi.

Didi will buy Uber’s brand, business and data in the country, the Chinese company said in a statement.

The WSJ notes that Didi will also invest $1B in Uber as part of the deal, the same amount Apple invested in Didi back in May

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04:00
uDesktop NEXT for OS X is a solid desktop wallpaper...

Mac OS X has its own desktop wallpaper app in the Desktop & Screen Saver, but if you want something a bit beefier, look into Aperio Lux's uDesktop NEXT. It does everything the built-in OS X app does and more and is available for $3.99 at the Mac App Store.

uDesktop NEXT not only lets you manage your desktop images, but also offers access to LOTS of high-resolution pics. There are 35 categories of images. Wallpapers are available in 16 resolutions and you can download as many wallpapers as you wish. 

 

Image categories include: 3D, Abstract, Animals, Architectures, Aviation, Birds, Black & White, Calendars, Cars, Cartoon, Cats, Colors, Fantasy, Fire, Flowers, Food, Glass, Holidays, Insects, Interiors, Love, Misc, Monuments, Mountains, Music, Nature, Ships, Space, Sports, Technical,...

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03:41
Lightroom CC 2015.6.1 and Lightroom 6.6.1

Fixes a color management bug that resulted in incorrectly printed colors. ($149 new or $9.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update)

 

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03:25
Scientists turn CO2 into fuel with solar power

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago believe that they've perfected the art of photosynthetic solar cells. It's a technology that mimics a plant's ability to inhale carbon dioxide and, with water, convert it into glucose and oxygen. T...

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03:10
HTC Vive price rises to £759 after Brexit

Ready to take the plunge with a high-end VR headset? Bad news. If you live in the UK, the price of admission is now a little more expensive. At least if you want the HTC Vive, anyway. Starting today, the hardware -- which includes two wand controller...

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03:00
The 10 Mac games you need to play from July 2016

July's Mac games

Nearly everyone—myself included—is knee-deep in Pokémon Go fandom right now, but if you want a deeper game that you can play at your desk or on the couch, you’re in luck. Our latest look at new and exciting Mac game releases comes with a nicely varied selection of options, with headliner Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens leading the charge. 

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01:20
Google teams up with GSK to develop '...

By forcing startups like Google X, Fiber and Nest to behave like companies and take financial accountability, Alphabet believes that its subsidiaries are more likely to invest in projects that will ultimately make it money. Being in the expensive hea...

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00:07
Uber China merges with rival Didi Chuxing

Uber has agreed to sell its Uber China arm to arch rival Didi Chuxing in exchange for a 20 percent stake in the merged operation, confirming reports from Bloomberg and others. The combined company is reportedly worth $35 billion, giving Uber a $7 bil...

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00:01
Google weaves Olympics highlight videos into your...

Google is no stranger to providing useful info during Olympic games, but it's kicking things up a notch for Rio. The internet behemoth has teamed up with broadcasters in 60-plus countries (including America Movil, BBC and Japan's NHK) to integrate Ol...

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Sunday July 31

22:25
UK spies tracked Middle East activists with a web...

Intelligence agencies don't always rely on hacks to monitor and influence political events. Motherboard has learned that the UK's GCHQ created its own URL shortener, lurl.me, to both disseminate pro-revolution talk during Iranian and Arab Spring prot...

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21:01
Delphi will test its self-driving taxi service in...

Uber may be talking about it, but automotive technology parts supplier Delphi is doing it. Today the company announced a partnership with Singapore to start a pilot program for an on-demand autonomous taxi service.

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20:01
'Pokémon Go' update kills battery-saving...

Pokémon Go's first substantial update adds tweaks for overpowered Pokemon (those consistently at the top of Pokemon gyms: cough, Vaporean, cough), where the critters can be found, and a raft of bug and text fixes. Niantic has decided to drop t...

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18:36
Deep space travel might play havoc with your heart

Traveling deeper into space may carry some unanticipated health risks. Scientists have published a study noting that Apollo astronauts have died of heart disease at an unusually high rate -- of the 7 that passed away during the study, 43 percent fel...

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Tuesday January 13

16:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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13:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo...



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13:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai...



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13:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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11:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....



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10:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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10:23
Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....



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10:16
Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....



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10:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....



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09:15
Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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09:08
Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....



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08:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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08:37
iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
07:52
LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....



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05:33
Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....



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04:49
Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image...



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02:11
Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....



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00:03
Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

This week, Viawear has launched pre-orders for a gold or rhodium-plated edition of the new Tyia "smart bracelet." The bracelet serves as a fitness tracker, with an RGB LED notification light embedded behind quartz and mother-of-pearl accent. As with fitness bands, the Tyia is marketing as letting users put away smartphones without missing an important call, text, or social-media notification -- and offers some basic fitness tracking compatible with Apple's HealthKit....



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Monday January 12

20:58
Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter....



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16:42
Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....



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14:59
Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....



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12:20
Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 8.2 via the company's developer portal, and as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. The build is listed as 12D5461b, and follows a little less than a month after beta 3, which was issued December 18. That build was 12D5452a. Accompanying the beta is a new version of WatchKit, the SDK and framework needed to build Apple Watch support into iOS apps....



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11:53
Hands On: Word of the Rings (iOS)

Word games are fairly numerous at this point. You've got your Boggle-style games, your Scrabble-style games, your crosswords and word searches. There are a lot of duplicates out there -- so when we find a fresh, new game, we tend to get pretty excited. One such app is Word of the Rings, by James Porter, a game that quite literally puts an interesting twist on the genre....



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11:11
Spotify hits 15M subscribers, majority of streams on...

Spotify is continuing to enjoy rising user numbers, with the popular music streaming service announcing it has reached a total of 15 million subscribers. At the same time, reports claim that the majority of Spotify streams stem from mobile listeners, with 52 percent of listening taking place on smartphones and tablets rather than desktops....



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10:50
Marsh, inMarket partner on first Apple Watch-...

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket have announced a new iBeacon platform, the first to emphasize the Apple Watch. The plan is to use iBeacons at Marsh's 75 locations to push ads, shopping lists, and other content to both Watches and iPhones. Initially, the platform will support the official Marsh app and inMarket's List Ease, but other apps should follow as long as they support inMarket's Proximity SDK. All apps will have to update with Watch support, but the platform itself is Watch-ready....



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09:20
Chevy Volt will support CarPlay, 2016 demo model...

The 2016 model of the Chevy Volt will support Apple's CarPlay, at least if an early demonstration version is accurate. The car is on display at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and its dash system shows options for both CarPlay and MirrorLink connections. Google's Android Auto is notably absent, but since the 2016 Volt isn't due to go on sale until mid-2015, there may be time to implement it....



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08:18
HomeKit requires Apple TV hub for remote Siri...

People wanting to control HomeKit-enabled devices remotely through Apple's Siri must have an Apple TV at home to serve as a hub, according to Verge sources, including two launch partners and a person said to be "close to HomeKit's development." Siri controls will always work while an iPhone or iPad is on the same network as a HomeKit device, but until now it wasn't fully clear how remote operation might work. The Apple TV must also be a third-generation model running at least v7.0 firmware or newer. Notably, remote operation without Siri -- using the vendor app for a HomeKit product directly -...



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07:58
Apps: AppDelete, NetShade, FotoMagico
02:06
Hands On: Weather Wall (OS X)

You could just look out of your window, of course, but Weather Wall aims to set your wallpaper to an image that's right for the weather where you are. But if you ever had views like these from your office window, you would not stay sitting at your desk. These wallpaper shots are simply beautiful....



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00:53
Apple opens Games For Kids section of App Store over...

Over the weekend, Apple launched a new subsection of the App Store called Games for Kids, following the opening of the dedicated Kids category in September 2013. The Games for Kids section breaks out groups of games for various age groups, mirroring the other actions that offer more educational apps for children divided by age. Interestingly, most of the featured games avoid in-app purchases....



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Sunday January 11

23:28
AT&T files to dismiss FTC lawsuit using Title II

In order to nullify a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the carrier was still throttling users on unlimited plans even when there was no network congestion, AT&T is claiming for the purposes of the lawsuit that it qualifies as a Title II "common carrier." This is the opposite of what it has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regards to possible actual Title II regulation of broadband....



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19:28
Spotify will not support Google Cast, Spotify...

Spotify will not include support for Google Cast any time in the near future, the company has revealed. Rather than allow for its apps to connect to the audio streaming technology Google Cast, Spotify will instead reportedly continue to work on its own competing Spotify Connect audio system, one which allows users to stream music to a number of networked speakers and audio equipment....



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16:09
Weekly Game Replay: New Baldur's Gate game,...

Every Sunday at Electronista and MacNN, we offer a one-stop look at a few of the significant events that occurred in the video game industry during the previous week. In this week's look back in the Weekly Game Replay, we discuss a new game in the Baldur's Gate series from Beamdog, the closure of Zombie Studios, Hellblade coming to PC, the lawsuit over EA using retired NFL player likenesses in Madden NFL moving forward, and Sony delaying the release of the PlayStation 4 in China....



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17:36
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22:55
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