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Thursday August 31

littleBits' Droid Inventor Kit teaches kids...

The latest addition to the littleBits line of products is a Droid Inventor Kit -- part of the Force Friday II toy launch ahead of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. "We've created a gender-inclusive product that celebrates kids' own self-expression and ingenu...

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The smartwatch market is actually performing pretty...

While the wearables field is proving a tough space for many companies, smartwatches are apparently doing quite well. In a report from International Data Corporation on this year's second quarter earnings, sales numbers show that wearables are up 10.3...

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Sony, Bang & Olufsen combatting Apple AirPods...

Two new wireless Bluetooth earbuds arriving from Bang & Olufsen and Sony, with the pair trying to match Apple in functionality and popularity, if not in price.

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House cancels net neutrality hearing after companies...

The September 7th meeting to discuss the future of net neutrality in Washington, D.C. has been cancelled. Why? Alphabet, AT&T, Charter Communications, Comcast, Facebook, Netflix and Verizon executives wouldn't commit to attending, according to Re...

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 hands-on: More than just a...

Garmin's image as a niche fitness brand catering for a group of hardcore athletes does the company a massive disservice. Because the newest generation of its Vivoactive and Vivomove watches have the potential to be some of the best on the market.

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Sennheiser unveils trio of new earphones including...

Sennheiser has today announced three new headphone models at IFA 2017. The latest from Sennheiser include one wired and two wireless products and range from casual, everyday use to high-performance in-ear headphones. more…

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Alexa's new kid-friendly skills have a layer of...

Amazon's Alexa skills let you add all sorts of functionality to your Echo devices, and there are more coming every day. You can order a pizza, manage your video streaming binges, find out when your package has shipped and even book a hotel with your...

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High Sierra's APFS optimized for flash storage...

The new APFS brings notable enhancements to High Sierra and iOS, but on the Mac it appears that legacy hard drives are completely incompatible with the technology and at least at launch that Fusion drives may not be either.

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Netatmo updating Presence and Welcome security...

Netatmo announced today that it will support Apple HomeKit with its Presence and Welcome security camera systems. HomeKit support will bring Siri control, Home app access, and automation with other HomeKit accessories to the video cameras.


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Apple speaks out on net neutrality

Apple has entered the net neutrality debate, urging the Trump administration to preserve strong rules that prevent the likes of AT&T, Charter, Comcast, and Verizon from blocking or interfering with web traffic reports recode.

In its new comments to the Federal Communications Commission, the tech giant urged FCC Chairman Ajit Pai not to roll back an existing ban against so-called “fast lanes,” which might allow broadband providers someday to charge for faster delivery of companies’ movies, music or other content. 

Photo courtesy of "Fortune."

Apple has this to say: “Broadband providers should not block, throttle, or otherwise discriminate against lawful websites and services. Far from new, this has been a foundational principle of the FCC’s approach to net neutrality for over a decade. Providers...

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Microsoft tells some Mac Office users to pass on...

Microsoft has warned users of Office for Mac 2011 not to upgrade to Apple’s macOS High Sierra when the new operating system launches next month.

“Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Lync have not been tested on macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and no formal support for this configuration will be provided,” Microsoft wrote in a support document.

In the same document, Microsoft told those running the newer Office 2016 for Mac that they must update its applications to version 15.35 or later, if they intend to upgrade their Macs to High Sierra. (Version 15.35 was released in June; since then, Microsoft has issued 15.36 in July and 15.37 in August.) “In some cases, you may not be able to launch the Office apps [of version 15.34 under High Sierra],” Microsoft said.


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Apple calls for FCC to keep 'strong,...

Apple has written to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in support for the concept of net neutrality, with its four-page commentary arguing for the government agency to "retain strong, enforceable open internet protections" instead of rolling back the rules forbidding "fast lane" internet connections.

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Barclays: Apple should bundle one-year Apple Music,...

Barclays, the multinational bank and financial services, thinks says Apple can get more customers to agree to spring for the upcoming “iPhone 8” (which will reportedly start pricing at $999) by bundling one-year subscriptions to services like Apple Music and iCloud, according to CNBC.

Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz estimates a one-year subscription for Music is worth $120 but only costs Apple $43,  while iCloud has a $36 worth and $7 cost. The firm’s survey results showed iPhone customer “buying intention” dropped from 36% to 18% when bumping the price up from $800 to the iPhone 8 price. 

However, a recent survey from Fluent, a people-based marketing platform, was more...

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Apple Special Event Scheduled for 12 September 2017

It’s no great surprise, but Apple has scheduled a special event for September 12th, likely to announce new iPhones, possibly along with a new Apple Watch and Apple TV, plus their associated operating system updates.


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Dropbox Dropping Support for Older Operating Systems

On 16 January 2018, Dropbox will no longer provide desktop support for various legacy operating systems. However, you will have another option, at least for a while.


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DJI intros quieter Mavic Pro Platinum drone, adds...

DJI on Thursday made several updates to its drone line, the biggest being the Mavic Pro Platinum, a new model that refines its predecessor's performance.

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Playgrounds for iPad gains new Swift courses with...

Earlier this summer Apple updated its Playgrounds iPad app with the ability to control drones and robots through coding courses that help users learn Apple’s Swift software development language. Today two new accessories have been added as Swift coding courses: Sphero Template and R2-D2 by Sphero.


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The Garmin Vivomove Classic is on sale for $50 today

Don’t call it a smartwatch, but if you want a smarter watch on the cheap, BuyDig has a good deal on Garmin Vivomove Classic today. Enter the code ‘CLASSYFIT’ at checkout to get it for $50. This watch typically sells for $80 and includes a black leather band.

The Vivomove is an analog watch that can also track your steps, monitor sleep patterns, and automatically sync with your mobile device. This kind of activity tracker watch doesn’t do much compared to a smartwatch, but if all you want is step tracking, you get that without a half-second delay when you check the time.

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Apple short-cycles test releases, makes ninth...

Just three days after the last release, Apple has made the ninth beta of iOS 11, and tvOS available for developers to test -- suggesting a release is imminent in conjunction with new products that need the operating systems to function.

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tvOS 11 developer beta 9 for Apple TV now available

Apple is rolling out the ninth tvOS 11 developer beta for testing on the fourth-gen Apple TV. tvOS 11 brings Home screen sync, automatic dark and light mode, full AirPods support, AirPlay 2 and more.


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It’s happening: Apple announces September 12 event

It’s no longer a rumor: the September 12 event is officially happening. Apple sent media invites out on Thursday, inviting the press to an event at the Steve Jobs Theater, located at the new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. The event starts at 10 a.m. Pacific.

The invitation didn’t specify what products will be revealed—the invites say, “Let’s meet at our place,” emphasizing the company’s new facilities.

Traditionally, Apple’s early fall event showcases new iPhone models. Reports have stated that Apple will release three iPhone models, two models that are upgrades to the iPhone 7, and a new “premier” iPhone that has been rumored to feature an OLED display surrounded by a thin bezel, facial recognition, new hardware interface and more.


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Media invited to September 12 Apple event at the...

It's official. Apple today sent out invitations to media (unfortunately, we were left out again...) for a September 12, 2017 press event. Apple's expected to introduce the iPhone 8 -- or whatever it will be called -- and a host of new products across the board.

The event will be the first held at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, and recent drone videos have shown the above-ground portion of the theater to be essentially finished. It'll be fascinating to see the new theater, which is where we expect all future product announcement keynotes (except for those made during the Worldwide Developers Conference) to be held.

We'll publish a full preview of what to expect at the event in the next few days.

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Apple releases iOS 11 developer beta 9

It’s only been a few days since the last iOS 11 beta, and today Apple has released the ninth developer beta preview. iOS 11 brings new features like drag-and-drop and a redesigned multitasking interface for iPad, a new customizable Control Center, and much more.


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Deals: 2017 15" MacBook Pro (512GB) for $2,379...

Shoppers can exclusively save $220 on Apple's latest 15" MacBook Pro with 512GB of storage at Adorama with coupon. Or snap up a top of the line 3.3GHz 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016) with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of space for $2,399 ($600 off) with no tax outside NY and NJ. Select iPhones are also up to $50 off at eBay.

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Analyst predicts Apple supplier stranglehold on...

The VCSEL technology said to be supplied by Lumentum for the "iPhone 8" has reportedly been offered to Apple as part of an exclusive supply deal, which will cut down on competitive technologies in the short term, with effects of the deal echoing well into 2018.

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DJI announces new quieter, longer lasting Mavic Pro...

DJI has introduced two new drones to its product lineup today. The new Mavic Pro Platinum brings a quieter flight experience while also adding more flight time. While not technically a new product, the Phantom 4 Pro now comes in an Obsidian color. DJI has also announced a small firmware update coming soon to the Spark.


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Apple will hold its iPhone event on September 12

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"Let's meet at our place" is the greeting on Apple's invite to its fall event, which lands on September 12 this year. The presentation will be held in the newly constructed Steve Jobs Theater at Apple's new Cupertino headquarters. The theater was specifically designed to host Apple events, and what better way to christen the new space than with what is expected to be a big iPhone debut.

Rumor has it that Apple could debut three new iPhone models at the event: an iPhone 7S, 7S Plus, and the showstopper iPhone 8. Revealing three new iPhone models would already be a departure from the norm, but if rumors are true, the iPhone 8 could be the biggest departure from the traditional iPhone design that we've seen in years. The new handset may...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7″ iPad LTE $390, Seagate...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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Apple invites press to Sept. 12 event at Apple Park...

Apple on Thursday confirmed rumors by sending out a media invite to a Sept. 12 press event, where the company will likely introduce the OLED-based "iPhone 8" and a slew of other products.

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Apple officially announces iPhone 8 event for Sept....

Apple has made things official for its much anticipated next-gen iPhone unveiling with invites going out to press today for the event scheduled for 10 am PT, September 12 at Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, the new Cupertino campus.


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∞ Apple announces iPhone event on Sept. 12 in Steve...

Apple on Thursday announced an event which will be held at the Steve Jobs Theater located at the company’s new Apple Park campus. The event will take place on September 12 at 10:00 am.

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Marshall announces multi-room AirPlay speaker range...

Marshall is best known for its guitar amplifiers, seen at almost any gig you’ll ever visit, but has recently been making more inroads into the general consumer market. It launched a wireless version of its over-ear Monitor headphones back in March, and has today announced an updated range of wireless multi-room speakers with AirPlay support.

All three speakers have the classic Marshall look of black grille with logo running prominently across it …


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Neato Robotics adds more smarts to its vacuum...

Neato Robotics has doubled the storage in its latest robot vacuum cleaner, the Botvac D7 Connected, and given owners new ways to interact with it.

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Garmin joins Apple Pay competition with Garmin Pay...

Garmin has announced a new iPhone-compatible GPS smartwatch, the vivoactive 3 -- most notably the first device with Garmin Pay, adding to the growing number of NFC-based alternatives to Apple Pay.

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More legendary Pokemon added to 'Pokemon Go...

Players of 'Pokemon Go' have three new legendary Pokemon to battle and collect, Sega has brought back 'Golden Axe' to the iPhone under the Sega Forever banner, and GameMaker Studio 2 is now available on macOS.

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Contrast launches Weather Atlas, designed with the...

From the team behind Launch Center Pro and Contact Center, comes a new weather app built with the upcoming iPhone 8 in mind. Weather Atlas is a new weather app that puts granular geographical data at the forefront of the experience.


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First look: Propel's limited edition, iPhone-...

AppleInsider this week went hands-on with Propel's new limited edition Star Wars elite laser battle drones. These are small, palm-sized quadcopters that blur the line between gaming in the real world and a virtual one, thanks to unique connectivity with Apple's iPhone.

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SanDisk iXpand Base lets you locally back up iPhone...

While Apple makes backing up your photo library easy with iCloud, most people need to pay a monthly subscription for enough storage to back up to the cloud. SanDisk is launching an interesting alternative called iXpand Base that lets you back up your photos, videos, and contacts locally when you charge your iPhone … no monthly subscription required.


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Absorbits Wet Phone Rescue Pouch: A better idea than...

For years, the go-to solution for people who have accidentally dropped an iPhone into water has been to put it into a bowl of uncooked rice: the rice absorbs the water and leaves a nice, dry iPhone. Newer iPhones are much more water resistant, but it's still a good idea to dry them completely after a dunking. Now comes an inexpensive solution from Absorbits, which has announced the Wet Phone Rescue Pouch ($9.99, affiliate link). 

At 7.5 by 4.5 inches, the Absorbits Wet Phone Rescue Pouch fits even the largest smartphone. If your iPhone has received an accidental baptism, tuck it into the pouch and it may be ready to work in about six hours. The phone can be left in the case for up to a day for more complete drying. 

When not in use for those liquid emergencies, the Absorbits Wet Phone Rescue Pouch can be used as a day to...

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Yet another patent shows Apple Pencil being used...

We’ve had a series of clues now that Apple is at least experimenting with Apple Pencil support for the iPhone, and a new one has emerged today …


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Philips adds new HomeKit-compatible Hue lights, puts...

Philips on Thursday announced an upcoming collection of Hue lights compatible with Apple's HomeKit, as well as three bigger Starter Kit bundles.

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How to install Windows 10 on your Mac using a “Boot...

Ever since I wrote about installing Windows 10 on a Mac earlier this year, I’ve received tons of questions about installing Windows 10 on an external drive using Boot Camp drivers. The truth is, this is a workaround using Windows To Go, and the process for doing so is a bit more in-depth than it is for installing proper Boot Camp on your Mac’s internal disk, but it’s still very easy to do, and only takes about 30-40 minutes.

In this hands-on step-by-step walkthrough, we show you how to install Windows 10 on your Mac using an external drive. Watch our video inside to see how. more…

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Pokémon Go adding Raikou, Entei, & Suicune plus ...

Niantic officially introduced the first Legendary Pokémon to Pokémon Go a month ago with special raid battles at gyms, and today the game maker shared plans for the next wave of Legendary Pokémon.


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∞ Eric Clapton explaining the subtleties of guitar...

[VIDEO] I love watching a true master explain their craft. Watch the video, embedded in the main Loop post.

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Logitech previews its CRAFT advanced keyboard, MX...

Logitech has announced the CRAFT, an advanced keyboard, and the MX Sound, a Bluetooth desktop speaker.

The CRAFT offer a creative input dial and a new way to access context-specific computing tools with a smart aluminum dial. The touch-sensitive aluminum creative input dial, called the Crown, recognizes the apps you are using and gives instant access to the tools you need, says Art O’Gnimh, global head of keyboards at Logitech. With a slight touch of the Crown you can access context-specific functions -- like brush size, brightness, chart type, font size -- tap to change the function and turn to change the selected function’s value. 

Installing custom profiles in...

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Smartphone’s future: It’s all about the camera

New York Times:

Next month, Apple plans to hold a special event to introduce a set of new iPhones, including a premium model that can scan 3-D objects — including your face.

Side note, I’m seeing this next month reference a lot. True, but it’s less than two weeks from now. Next month sounds a lot further away.

But I digress.

When Apple shows its new iPhones next month, including a premium model with a starting price of $999, the company will introduce infrared facial recognition as a new method for unlocking the device.

“Next month”. Oy.

Qualcomm’s Spectra, a so-called depth-sensing camera system, is one example of how face scanning works.

The Spectra system includes a module that sprays an object with infrared dots to gather information about the depth of an object based on the size and the contortion of the dots. If the dots are smaller, then the object is farther away; if they are bigger, the object is closer. The imaging system...

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Analyst suggests Apple could bundle Apple Music...

Barclays really seems to think that Apple will struggle to persuade people to pay $1000+ for the iPhone 8. After last week making the far-fetched claim that the price is so high it would persuade iPhone owners to switch to Samsung, it’s now suggesting Apple might need to bribe people to buy the phone …


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IDC: Apple Watch growth continues to outpace the...

This is good news for the Apple Watch: the worldwide wearables market saw positive growth as shipments grew 10.3% year over year, reaching 26.3 million during the second quarter of 2017 (2Q17), according to the International Data Corp. (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker

The quarter also marked a turning point in the market as basic wearables (those that don’t run third party apps) declined for the first time with annual growth of -0.9%, according to the research group. Meanwhile, smartwatches like the Apple Watch and Android Wear lineup grew 60.9% in the quarter thanks to fitness and fashion enthusiasts.


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Group of 17 Apple auto engineers leave to join...

Alex Webb, Bloomberg:

A group of automotive engineers has left Apple Inc. for self-driving car startup Zoox Inc. after the world’s most valuable technology company backed off plans to build its own vehicle, according to people familiar with the situation.

The 17 engineers specialize in designing elements present in both traditional and autonomous vehicles, such as braking and suspension systems, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the moves aren’t public. Many of them originally joined Apple from Detroit carmakers and suppliers. A Zoox representative declined to comment. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

My two cents: Apple has moved on from phase one of their experiment. They dedicated resources to learning about autonomous tech and the marketplace it represents. As they got smarter about their capabilities and as the marketplace numbers crystalized, Apple laid out plans for phase two. Different learning focus, different market...

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Western Digital introduces its daily iPhone backup...

Western Digital has expanded its line of iPhone mobile storage solutions with the SanDisk iXpand Base, which offers a way to back-up iPhone photos, videos and contacts. You plug your Apple smartphone into the iXpand Base and content is automatically backed up while it’s charging. 

With up to 256GB of local storage, the SanDisk iXpand Base is designed with a compact form factor, allowing it to sit on a nightstand or desk, has a soft rubber top to place a phone and a wrap-around groove to keep a Lighting cable organized. It’s engineered to quickly charge an iPhone with 15W of power while backing up all of its data via the companion iXpand Base app, says Jim Welsh, senior vice...

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Adam Engst: Why I switched from Spotify to Apple...

Adam Engst, TidBITS:

Spotify worked well for me for a while, but in May 2016, the lyrics feature disappeared.


Losing lyrics was a blow, but the straw that broke the camel’s back was when I ran headfirst into Spotify’s 10,000 track limit. You read that right — despite the fact that Spotify is a streaming service that contains over 30 million tracks, you cannot add more than 10,000 to your collection.

I had no idea any of the streaming services put limits on the number of tracks you can add. Turns out, Google Play has a limit of 50,000 tracks, and Apple Music a limit of 100,000 tracks.

In response to complaints, instead of raising the limit, Spotify said:

At the moment we don’t have plans to extend the Your Music limit. The reason is because less than 1% of users reach it. The current limit ensures a great experience for 99% of users instead of an “OK” experience for 100%.

Um, that logic seems arbitrary. Read the rest of Adam’s...

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Aircharge unveils iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus wireless...

Aircharge has added new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases to its range of ‘“Made for iPhone” (MFi) wireless charging accessories, completing the line which already includes iPhone 5/5s/SE/6/6s/6 Plus/6S Plus models.

With Apple yet to launch a smartphone with built-in wireless charging functions, the new Aircharge wireless charging cases are designed to enable easy and convenient wireless charging capabilities for the smartphones. Once the case is attached, power is sent directly to the iPhone via induction by placing the smartphone onto a compatible Qi wireless charger.

Both cases feature a slim and lightweight design and are made from durable materials that don’t mark or attract dirt, according to Stefano Piccioli, Marketing manager at Aircharge. The hard tactile shell ensures a firm and comfortable grip and protects the iPhone reducing the risk of damage from knocks and falls, while the flexible top allows the phone to be inserted in one movement, she adds. 


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Rumor: Apple in early development of 5.85- & 6....

Apple is beginning "earlier than usual" development with Samsung Display on 5.85- and 6.46-inch OLED panels for next year's iPhones, a report claimed on Thursday.

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Tim Cook’s Hurricane Harvey email to employees

Yet another reason I appreciate Tim Cook. He runs a tight ship, but has enormous empathy, compassion. And it’s not empty words. For example:

At our Austin campuses, we are kicking off a donation drive in partnership with the Central Texas Food Bank and Caffè Macs to collect food, diapers and personal hygiene items — all things that are critical in the aftermath of a storm of this magnitude.

Tone matters. Actions matter even more. Reading this, it’s clear to me that Tim cares, and that Apple wants to help.

You can read the entire email here.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Bang & Olufsen announces its take on AirPods,...

Bang & Olufsen has today announced its first truly wireless earphones, going up against Apple’s AirPods.

At $299, the Beoplay E8 is almost twice as expensive as the $159 AirPods, but the company claims that the price premium is justified by both looks and sound …


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Kaspersky turns tables on patent troll — Patent...

Eugene Kaspersky:

It all started in the fall of 2016. We received a claim alleging infringement of a patent on data packet filtration technology, together with a ‘kind’ offer to settle the matter out of court – for a large packet of American greenbacks. In other words – the same old script worn out with overuse.

But, as you’ll know, we don’t never give in to patent trolls. We don’t do deals with them; if we did, they’d only be back for more later on. So – also on script – they came back with sterner words: ‘see you in court’. A while later they did see us in court, in their fave court in a rural district of Texas.

Go on, click through. The rest is best told by the person who made it happen. Love this!


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Apple adds June 2017 21.5-inch Retina iMac to...

A good deal’s a good deal.

Apple on Wednesday updated its refurbished products web site, adding the new 21.5-inch iMac models that were initially released in June of 2017.

The refurbished iMacs feature Kaby Lake processors, upgraded displays, faster solid state storage, and discrete graphics.

At present, the refurbished selection only includes the 4K models with Retina display and there are no offerings for the non-Retina 21.5-inch iMac models for purchase.

When last seen, there were eight different refurbished 4K 21.5-inch iMacs available in various configurations, with prices discounted by approximately 15 percent. An entry-level 4K model with 8GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and a Radeon Pro 555 is available for $1,099, for example, a $200 discount off of the regular $1,299 starting price.

Apple’s refurbished inventory goes through a rigorous inspection, repair, cleaning, and repackaging process before hitting the shelves. Refurbished units...

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Apple’s TV plans still stuck in neutral

Peter Kafka, Recode:

Apple and Hollywood studios are wrangling over pricing for “4K” movies Apple plans to sell on a new version of its Apple TV box.


As The Wall Street Journal reports, the studios want a higher price and Apple wants a lower one. That is: This is the same fight Apple continually has with its media partners, whether it’s music, books or TV channels.

But the bigger story for Apple is that this used to be a fight that Apple would ultimately win, because Apple was the dominant player in digital media. That’s not true anymore.

Apple has played from behind plenty of times. This is another example of that. But, as Peter points out, this is a much more crowded playing field and the model Apple brings to the table is already commoditized. Amazon, Google, et al, already do streaming, 4K is more of a wrinkle in an existing model than a new twist.

Supposedly, the 4K pricing is still not in agreement. It’ll be one of many things to...

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Apple patent hints at ‘smart’ watch bands and other...

A smarter watch band will play a crucial role in Apple Watch's future as a personal technology device as they begin to incorporate technology and gain additional importance for wearable computing, Neil Cybart of Above Avalon — which is focused on analyzing Apple from a Wall Street and Silicon Valley perspective — said in a 2016 Seeking Alpha article. A newly granted patent shows that Apple is looking into such technology — and is considering taking it beyond the smartwatch.

“The Watch's future is not found by simply taking the way we use our iPhone and putting it on a smaller screen on our wrist. Instead, the Watch will gradually handle tasks we used to give to our iPhones,” Cybart wrote. “We already see this taking...

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Apple raises more than $3 million in aid for...

Apple was able to raise more than $3 million in aid for Hurricane Harvey via its employees and iTunes donations which opened on Sunday.

On the ground, Apple dispatched its global crisis management team to help Texas based employees impacted by ongoing flooding, according to company CEO Tim Cook. Apple currently employs more than 8,700 in Texas, most of whom work at the state’s 18 Apple stores and a large headquarters in Austin. According to Apple’s website, stores in the Houston region are currently closed due to the storm, but Cook says the company is working to get “as many as possible” open by tomorrow.

Cook also mentioned that the company’s hardware is being used by the U.S. government to coordinate search and rescue operations with nearly 24 United States Coast Guard helicopters equipped with iPads participating in the effort.

Finally, Cook released the following email regarding the situation:


As you know, Hurricane Harvey is having...

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Alexa Can Make Music Echo All Through the House

Amazon's Alexa has a new musical talent, the company announced Tuesday. "Today, we're making Alexa even smarter with an all-new feature that lets you play music synchronized on multiple Echo devices to provide room-filling music throughout your home," said Amazon Alexa Vice President Toni Reid. Setting up the syncing is easy. Using the Alexa app, you give a group of devices a name -- "first floor," for instance. Then you can play music through all the devices simultaneously by saying something like "Alexa, play Allman Brothers first floor."

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Facetune maker launches Quickshot camera with auto...

Quickshot is a new camera app for the iPhone from Lightricks, the makers of the popular Facetune and Enlight photo editing apps. Quickshot features four AI-powered modes with auto adjustment features as well as a photo gallery with batch editing tools.


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Apple and its customers raise over $3 million for...

Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees in an email to employeesthat the company has helped raise over $3 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, both through its own donations and donations from customers. As noted by BuzzFeed, the full email is below:

As you know, Hurricane Harvey is having a devastating impact on Texas and Louisiana. Our thoughts are with our employees in the storm zone and the millions of people whose lives have been disrupted by rain, wind and floods. I want to update you on some of the things Apple has been doing to help, and ways that you can get involved. 

“On the ground, Apple's global crisis management team is working to support our employees directly affected by the flooding in Texas. The team is in close contact with Apple employees in the Houston area, and they're actively doing everything they can to...

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Garmin’s latest fitness watch goes head-to-head with...

Garmin’s latest fitness-focused smartwatch appears to be targeted directly at the Apple Watch market, with a $300 price tag and the inclusion of a contactless payment facility, Garmin Pay.

Like Apple Pay, Garmin Pay supports both Visa and Mastercard debit and credit cards from major banks, and it offers the same approach to security as the Apple Watch. It uses token-based payments, and entering a passcode activates the payment functionality while it is disabled as soon as the watch is taken off your wrist …


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How to recover files deleted from your iCloud Drive

Apple’s iCloud Drive lets you securely access all of your documents from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and even a Windows PC. If you need to access a file that you deleted within the last 30 days, you can recover it from Here’s how:

Sign in to

  • Click Settings.
  • Under Advanced, click Restore Files.
  • Browse the list of files in the Restore Files window.

After 30 days, files are removed from Restore Files.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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Sony incorporates Google Assistant into its new...

But the Sony LF-S50G Wireless Speaker looks less like Google Home and more like Apple’s HomePod.

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Sketchy but plausible supply-chain report repeats...

A supply-chain source is echoing an earlier rumor that Apple is planning on an even larger OLED iPhone next year.

Hinting at a source within Samsung Display, the report suggests that next year’s iPhone will be offered in two sizes: a 5.85-inch one with the same screen size as the iPhone 8, and a larger 6.46-inch ‘Plus’ model …


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3D Molecules Editor is a good tool for beginner...

By Aaron Lee

Virtual Space OOO's 3D Molecules Editor for macOS makes it easy to build and manipulate 3D molecular models of organic and inorganic compounds. The app is great for any high school or college student in chemistry courses, and there's a help button that provides screen shots showing how to use it.

3D Molecules Editor allows organic and inorganic molecular structures to be built with single, double and triple bonds, as well as cyclic compounds. The molecules can be visualized in 3D using stick, ball and stick and space-filling (CPK) models.

Important information about the molecule can be displayed. For example, you can visualize the atomic orbitals, see electronic effects using arrows and identify bond lengths and element symbols.

The key feature of 3D Molecules Editor full version is the “Test yourself” mode. It allows learners to check their knowledge of chemistry and chemical compounds.

3D printing offers a...

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Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 31, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

FOCUS: Map of Your World has launched a self-titled mobile app that combines social networking and personalized mapping. It’s purportedly the first personalized map that integrates a user's interests with the people, places and happenings that align with those interests — in real time. FOCUS is available for free to users in Los Angeles County for iPhone devices running on iOS 10 or later. FOCUS plans to launch in major US cities first, with a nationwide rollout later this year.

Wahrheit Ventures has debuted City Vs City. The free app is a...

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Future Apple Watch straps might feature functional...

Apple is actively investigating methods of embedding electronic components into woven fabric materials, technology that might be applied to Apple Watch strap designs to offload user interfaces into physical space and expand device functionality.

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Philips Hue starter kits now better value with 4...

Philips have announced several updates to their HomeKit-compatible smart home lighting range, Hue. Firstly, the new starter kits offer better value for money.

The flagship White and Color Ambience kit bundled three bulbs and a hub for $180, the new generation adds a fourth bulb and sells for just $199. The new white ambience kit sells for $150 and the cheapest entry point into the Hue ecosystem is now the White starter kit for $99, which features 4 A19 white bulbs and a hub.

Hue also announced that new suspension and ambience ceiling Hue lights will go on sale from October, as well as selling multi-pack bulbs for the first time (i.e. four standalone additional bulbs, no hub) …


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Qardio launches new QardioBase with improved sensors...

Qardio, a company focused on personal health technologies, has today announced an update to their original smart scale. The QardioBase 2 builds off of the success of its predecessor and its iconic design. The updated smart scale brings an improved base for stability, a new sensor system, and a rechargeable internal battery.


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Android TV: The Oreo update isn't enough

Android 8.0 Oreo crash-lands on the Nexus Player. Now what?

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iOS and macOS automation: What does the future hold?

One of the great things about computers is that they’re machines we can use to perform repetitive tasks that would bore human beings to tears. Power users have access to utilities and scripting languages to become incredibly productive, cutting out hours of busy work.

But in the past year, two events have occurred that call into question the future of tools to boost our productivity on both macOS and iOS. Longtime Automation product manager Sal Soghoian had his position at Apple eliminated, and Apple bought the leading iOS automation app, Workflow.

To read this article in full or to leave...

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Philips sweetens its Hue smart bulb starter kits and...

Hue starter kits now come with four bulbs instead of three, and there are new downlight and suspension fixtures.

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Logitech unveils powerful Craft keyboard and MX...

Today, Logitech is adding two new accessories to its desktop computing lineup: the Craft keyboard and the MX Sound speakers. Logitech’s new Craft keyboard looks to bring customizability and extensibility to your fingertips. The MX Sound speakers produce a refined, clean look to traditional desktop speakers.

In building out a more advanced keyboard, and bringing an elegant look to desktop speakers, Logitech is looking to take over your desktop space.


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Logitech intros dial-equipped Craft Advanced...

Logitech on Thursday took the wraps off the Craft Advanced Keyboard, its signature feature being the "crown," a touch-sensitive dial that can be set to control multiple functions within Mac and Windows apps.

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Libratone will convert its Zipp and Zipp Mini...

Own one of these upscale wireless speakers? It’s about to get a whole lot more capable.

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Nest brings HVAC energy saving to the masses with $...

Nest on Thursday unveiled Thermostat E, a redesigned and less expensive version of the firm's original Learning Thermostat that launched in 2011.

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Nest unveils the simpler, cheaper Nest Thermostat E

The company is implementing a better, best strategy in pursuit of more buyers.

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Andy Rubin apologizes for Essential's massive...

The suspicious email some people who pre-ordered the Essential phone received wasn't a scam or a phishing attempt at all. Andy Rubin, the company's founder, has apologized and revealed that it was a legit email from an account that's gone rogue. In a...

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Watch: Everything Apple is expected to announce at...

Apple is anticipated to hold its annual iPhone event on Sept. 12, where a slate of new products like a flagship "iPhone 8," LTE Apple Watch and more are expected to debut. Check out all the latest launch rumors in this video.

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Hackers exploit Instagram bug to access phone...

Instagram on Wednesday said one or more hackers accessed email address and phone number information associated with certain high profile accounts using a previously unknown API "bug," but notes the flaw has since been patched.

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Magic Leap’s rumored AR glasses may have been...

Magic Leap's much-hyped augmented reality system has been an object of skepticism ever since the company was funded at a high level back in 2014. The tech world seems fairly obsessed with the possibilities, as is the company's founders, but no one is...

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Apple raised more than $3M Hurricane Harvey relief,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed Hurricane Harvey in a letter to employees on Wednesday, detailing the company's efforts to help those impacted by the storm, including its own workers, as well as ongoing projects to offer aid and assistance in the region.

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Tim Cook pens employee email in wake of Hurricane...

Apple CEO Tim Cook this week penned a company-wide email in wake of Hurricane Harvey. In the email, obtained by BuzzFeed, Cook said that “the storm’s impact is felt by all of us” as Texas is home to some 8,700 Apple employees and outlined Apple’s efforts to help…


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TCL is reportedly reviving Palm with new devices in...

Chinese electronics company TCL boldly claimed it would release devices under the BlackBerry name to revive the brand, and its recently-released KEYone smartphone proved them right. But according to Android Planet, the company is eyeing another class...

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Instagram says emails & phone numbers of ‘high-...

Instagram this evening is alerting users that it has suffered a security breach exposing the contact information of “high-profile” users. The news of this hack comes just days after celebrity Selena Gomez had her account comprised, but it’s unclear if the two events are related.


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Robots are now better at targeting individual...

The brain is a delicate thing, and scientists keep looking for high tech ways to make it easier and safer to to learn more about it. In the area of brain surgery, there have been smart scalpels that know the difference between tumors and healthy tiss...

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Astronomers use AI to reduce analysis time from...

Gravitational lensing is when the image of a distant object in space -- like a galaxy, for example -- is distorted and multiplied by the gravity of a massive object, such as a galaxy cluster, lying in front of the smaller, faraway object. It's a usef...

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Instagram says hackers swiped contact info for...

Instagram just suffered a potentially serious (and this time, very real) data breach. The social photo service is sending out alerts that intruders got access to the phone numbers and email addresses for a number of "high-profile" users by exploitin...

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AWT News Update: August 30, 2017

Steve's finally back from his eclipse and national parks trip, and in the process of trying to get caught up with his work he actually found some really good stories for today’s podcast:

  • A group of 17 automotive engineers working for Apple on the Project Titan autonomous car program have jumped ship for a Silicon Valley startup
  • The implementation of Siri on the fourth-generation Apple TV has won a special Emmy award
  • Bombich Software’s excellent Carbon Copy Cloner Mac backup app receives an update to prepare it for macOS High Sierra and APFS

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

Text Version

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Robots learn to understand the context of what you...

It can be frustrating when telling robots what to do, especially if you aren't a programmer. Robots don't really understand context -- when you ask them to "pick it up," they don't usually know what "it" is. MIT's CSAIL team is fixing that. They'v...

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Samsung reveals iPhone-compatible Gear Sport and...

Samsung on Wednesday announced two new fitness-oriented wearables, the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro, which will square off with the Apple Watch "Series 3" coming this fall.

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Western Digital unveils updated My Cloud Home NAS...

Western Digital’s My Cloud Network Attached Storage solutions are among some of the most consumer friendly options on the market. Many of the other cloud-enabled hard drives out there can be much more complicated and look like you have a server in your living room.

WD has been a trusted name in consumer storage for years, so it doesn’t come as much surprise it would bring this tech to the masses. Personally, I think everyone should have some kind of NAS-like technology made available to them these days, so we were excited to hear about Western’s Digital’s next generation personal NAS drives… more…

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iPhone event on Sept. 12? iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy Note 8...

Apple may have an event on September 12 that showcases the new iPhone. What would it take for you to be more productive with your iPhone? And reports say that 4K video is in the works for the Apple TV.

Macworld’s Roman Loyola, Leah YamshonMichael Simon, and Dan Masaoka talk about these topics and more in the Macworld Podcast, episode 571.

Editor’s note: We had technical issues with this episode and we were not able to broadcast the live video feed on the Macworld Facebook page or on Twitter. We hope to have those issues resolved by next week’s podcast.


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Best Buy plans to send sales consultants to more...

Best Buy, the company that'll sell you overpriced HDMI cables and charge a premium for making basic adjustments to your TV, wants to put its sales people in more houses. The Associated Press reports that the expanded service will be free, and this fa...

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Researchers create a new fusion recipe that boosts...

Nuclear fusion is an attractive way to create energy. It generates hardly any waste, doesn't pollute the planet and takes advantage of elements that we have plenty of. But fusion takes a lot of work and the energy payout isn't yet at the level that m...

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Kingston Digital rolls out the the Lightning USB for...

Kingston Digital has announced its first dual interface USB with a Lightning connector: the DataTraveler Bolt Duo for Apple’s iPhone and iPad. It’s designed specifically to free up space on Apple devices with limited memory.

Capacities allow for storing up to 8,000 photos (32GB), 16,000 photos (64GB) and 32,000 photos (128GB). Photos and videos can be taken directly on Bolt and its slim form factor, protective rubber case and keyring makes it conveniently portable, says Andrew Ewing, Senior Manager Consumer Business, Kingston and HyperX.

DataTraveler Bolt Duo is available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities for $59.99, $89.99, and $119.99, respectively. It’s backed by a two-year warranty and...

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'Nexus Dawn' explores story leading up to...

Blade Runner 2049 picks up 30 years after the classic original movie, but what happened in the interim? Denis Villenueve, the sequel's director, tapped three creators to make short films exploring the events between the films. Watch the first one, 20...

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Art Text 3.2.3 - $49.99
Art Text is graphic design software specifically tuned for lettering, typography, text mockups and various artistic text effects. Supplied with a great variety of ready to use styles and materials,... Read more
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RapidWeaver is a next-generation Web design application to help you easily create professional-looking Web sites in minutes. No knowledge of complex code is required, RapidWeaver will take care of... Read more
PDFKey Pro 4.3.9 - Edit and print passwo...
PDFKey Pro can unlock PDF documents protected for printing and copying when you've forgotten your password. It can now also protect your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access and/... Read more
ClamXav 2.15.2 - Virus checker based on...
ClamXav is a popular virus checker for OS X. I have been working on ClamXav for more than 10 years now, and over those years, I have invested a huge amount of my own time and energy into bringing... Read more
TechTool Pro 9.5.3 - Hard drive and syst...
TechTool Pro has long been one of the foremost utilities for keeping your Mac running smoothly and efficiently. With the release of version 9, it has become more proficient than ever. TechTool... Read more
Safari Technology Preview 11.1 - The new...
Safari Technology Preview contains the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit and the latest advances in Safari web technologies. And once installed, you will receive notifications of... Read more
Google Chrome 61.0.3163.91 - Modern and...
Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built... Read more
Dropbox 35.4.20 - Cloud backup and synch...
Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems... Read more
GraphicConverter 10.5 - $39.95
GraphicConverter is an all-purpose image-editing program that can import 200 different graphic-based formats, edit the image, and export it to any of 80 available file formats. The high-end editing... Read more
Chromium 61.0.3163.91 - Fast and stable...
Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. Version 61.0.3163.91: Release notes were unavailable... Read more

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of...
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice 1.00.00 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.00.00 (iTunes) Description: ************************************************※IMPORTANT※・Please read the “When... | Read more »
Kpressor (Utilities)
Kpressor 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Utilities Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: The ultimate ZIP compression application for iPhone and iPad. - Full integration of iOS 11 with support for multitasking.-... | Read more »
Find out how you can save £35 and win a...
Nothing raises excitement like a good competition, and we’re thrilled to announce our latest contest. We’ll be sending one lucky reader and a friend to the Summoners War World Arena Championship at Le Comedia in Paris on October 7th. It’s the... | Read more »
Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story...
Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Another Lost Phone is a game about exploring the social life of a young woman whose phone you have just... | Read more »
The Witness (Games)
The Witness 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: You wake up, alone, on a strange island full of puzzles that will challenge and surprise you. You don't remember who you are, and... | Read more »
Egg, Inc. guide - how to build your gold...
Egg, Inc.'s been around for some time now, but don't you believe for one second that this quirky clicker game has gone out of style. The game keeps popping up on Reddit and other community forums thanks to the outlandish gameplay (plus, the... | Read more »
The best deals on the App Store this wee...
Good news, everyone! Your favorite day of the week has arrived at last -- it's discount roundup day! This fine Wednesday evening we're gathering up the hottest deals on the App Store. We've got action platformers, we've got puzzle games, we've got... | Read more »
Morphite (Games)
Morphite 1.08 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $7.99, Version: 1.08 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Fitness AR (Healthcare & Fitness)
Fitness AR 0.1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Healthcare & Fitness Price: $2.99, Version: 0.1.1 (iTunes) Description: Explore your Strava bike rides and runs in augmented reality. A beautiful 3D terrain map, powered by Mapbox... | Read more »
ARise (Games)
ARise 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: **ARKit only Puzzle game****Chapter 1 available now - More worlds coming soon!** ARise is an experience about perspective. Using the AR... | Read more »

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OWC USB-C Travel Dock with 5 Ports Connectivi...
OWC have announced the new OWC USB-C Travel Dock, the latest addition to their line of connectivity solutions. The USB-C Travel Dock lets you connect its integrated USB-C cable to a Mac or PC laptop... Read more
Pelican Products, Inc. Unveils Cases For All...
Pelican Products, Inc. has announced the launch of its full line of cases including Voyager, Adventurer, Protector, Ambassador, Interceptor (for the Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus backwards compatible... Read more
$100 off new 2017 13-inch MacBook Airs
B&H Photo has 2017 13″ MacBook Airs on sale today for $100 off MSRP including free shipping. B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: – 13″ 1.8GHz/128GB MacBook Air (MQD32LL/A): $899, $100 off... Read more
Apple restocks Certified Refurbished 13-inch...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 13″ MacBook Airs available starting at $719 and 2016 models available starting at $809. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is... Read more
Is iPhone X Really The Future Of The Smartpho...
Should iPhone X even be called a telephone? It does of course support telephony and texting, but its main feature set is oriented to other things. It is also debatable whether it makes any rational... Read more
OtterBox Announces Full Case Lineup for iPhon...
Apple revolutionized the smartphone industry 10 years ago with the original iPhone, and OtterBox has set the standard of protection from the very beginning by protecting every generation of iPhone.... Read more
LifeProof Introduces What’s NEXT Cases for iP...
LifeProof built its reputation on sleek, ultra-protective iPhone cases. From 360-degree coverage to the first screenless waterproof case, the protection pioneer has always pushed the limits.... Read more
Apple Refurbished 2016 15-inch MacBook Pros a...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2016 15″ Touch Bar MacBook Pros available starting at $1949. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: – 15″ 2.7GHz Touch Bar Space... Read more
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B&H Photo has 2017 15″ MacBook Pros on sale for $150-$200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray: $2199, $200 off MSRP... Read more
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