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Friday June 30

17:36
Apple Watch latest target in Uniloc's quickly...




Notorious non-practicing entity Uniloc continued its legal attack against Apple on Friday with a new filing claiming infringement of three related patents covering motion tracking, or more specifically technology applicable to fitness devices like Apple Watch.

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17:34
Revived National Space Council will guide Trump...

Today Donald Trump signed an executive order reviving the National Space Council, an organization that existed in two previous iterations, from 1958 - 1973, and more recently from 1989 to 1993. President Obama raised the idea of reviving the council...

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16:29
'GTA Online' update brings new multiplayer...

Rockstar's new update for Grand Theft Auto Online is (mostly) all about Independence Day, a holiday Americans will be celebrating through the weekend and, some, until Tuesday. The goods, which are now live, include an adversary mode dubbed "Dawn Raid...

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16:20
The Life, Death, and Legacy of iPhone Jailbreaking

From a Motherboard article: Jailbreaking is the art of hacking into Apple's ultra-secure iOS operating system and unlocking it -- and thus allowing users to customize the phone, and write or install any software unimpeded by Apple's restrictions. At the time I met with Todesco (a person who offered jailbreaking service), in December 2016, there was no known jailbreak (for the iPhone 7) -- no public knowledge of this hack -- for the latest iOS version that was installed on my iPhone (iOS 10.2). The world's first jailbreaking step-by-step procedure, discovered in 2007, was posted online for all to see. Subsequent jailbreaks were used by millions of people. At one point, there was even a website -- called jailbreakme.com -- that was free for all to use and jailbroke your phone simply by visiting it. [...] Ten years after the iPhone hit the sleek tables of Apple Stores worldwide, and the first-ever jailbreak, that Wild West is gone. There's now a professionalized, multi-million dollar...

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15:06
AWT News Update: June 30, 2017

It's a Friday AND the last day of June, so we've got an extra-long (well, 5 minutes and change) podcast for you today:

  • Apple tells a developer that they intentionally removed a 3D Touch gesture from iOS 11
  • We give you a fun tip for finding out where Messages stickers are from
  • Facebook has now expanded its "Find Wi-Fi" feature globally
  • MacDailyNews provides us with some good laughs with their quotes about the iPhone from the early days when most people in the industry thought it would flop

Our big thanks this week go to Postbox, our sponsor and makers of the best Mac and Windows email client in the business.

The text version of the podcast can be viewed 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.

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15:02
Twitter to stream live coverage of Wimbledon and...

Twitter's livestreaming efforts have been well documented, and today we have news that the microblogging service is expanding it further. Variety writes that next month Twitter will broadcast the opening preview night from San Diego Comic-Con as part...

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14:37
AT&T's DirecTV Now expands its local...

As pay TV subscriber growth declines, regional content affiliates are looking for more ways to bring in customers (and their money) via digital platforms like Sling TV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now. One way to stem the tide of vanishing loc...

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14:15
Facebook's WiFi locator is available to users...

Last year, Facebook began testing its "Find WiFi" feature on its app, which lets you locate businesses nearby that have free, public WiFi. Find WiFi was launched in a few countries in 2016 and today Facebook announced it would be expanding the featur...

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14:14
ESPforMe launched for iPhones, iPads

ESPforMe has launched its new iOS app. It functions like a search engine, albeit with an Ouija-style digital crystal ball. An in-app purchase converts the crystal ball into a brain computer interface that you can use to perform basic search and control the app. 

The app also allows you to collaborate with other people’s brainwaves, in a kind of digital séance. ESPforMe is currently building a search experience that seems like something out of science fiction, according to founder Scott Rummler. 

The app involves three basic steps. First, you train the headset to respond to your thoughts, which creates your own “branded” brainwaves. Next, the app learns to respond to the digital signals emanating from your headset. 

The app is available to download for .99. Unlocking the brainwave capability requires an in-app purchase of $9.99 and...

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13:52
The Moto X4 may be the first non-Google phone to get...

There's only been one problem with Project Fi's well-received phone carrier network: too few phones. Until now, the only devices that work with it have been Google's own Nexus and Pixel handsets. It looks like that's about to change, though. Project...

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13:35
Afghanistan’s all-girl teen robotics team denied...

Next month, the inaugural FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition will bring together high school teams from around the world. Taking place in Washington, DC, over 150 teams are set to participate. However, while the team from Afghanistan's robot...

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13:19
StarCraft gets remastered for Mac in full 4K, coming...

StarCraft is one of those games people just keep playing, no matter how old it gets. While Blizzard has done a good job retaining its relevance over the years, the now 20-year old game is getting a major overhaul. Coming later this summer, Starcraft is getting a completely remastered re-release along side some of its expansions and a slew of modernized updates… more…

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13:13
Palmer Luckey donates to software that breaks Oculus...

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has always railed against the idea of locking VR games to a single platform. Now, several months after leaving Facebook following controversy about his political donations to a pro-Trump group, Luckey is stepping back...

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12:55
9to5Rewards: Satechi’s new USB-C 4K HDMI Adapter and...

We’ve come to the end of yet another week, which means it’s 9to5Rewards time. This go around we’re partnering with Satechi to give away its new USB-C 4K HDMI Adapter and Cable, a $75 value. Head below to find out how you can win.

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12:55
The Met's latest exhibit puts oversharing on a...

The rules were simple: For five months, 12 pairs of artists participating in the Metropolitan Museum's Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists exhibit had to use their phones to take and share photos or videos with each other. Te...

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12:35
The hot new cyberattack that's sweeping the...

On Tuesday, a powerful and terrifying new cyberattackworm emerged in Ukraine, quickly spreading to the Russian Federation and other countries no one cared enough to report on because they weren't the US.

It was hard to tell which infection was worse...

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12:23
Starcraft: Remastered lands on macOS August 14 with...




Blizzard will ship 'StarCraft: Remastered' for macOS on August 14, with the developer remaking the original game in the real-time strategy franchise with a number of updates to modernize the title, including a full graphical upgrade with support for 4K-resolution displays and backwards compatibility to the older, free version.

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12:19
Facebook says high-frequency posters often share...

Facebook has taken another small step in its very mild battle with fake news. The website will now begin to deprioritize the links posted by users who share large amounts of posts each day.

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12:00
Facebook needs to be more open about its hate-speech...

On Wednesday, ProPublica published a report that outlines some pretty bizarre reasoning behind Facebook's approach to hate speech and censorship. Evidence shows that Facebook has a moderation policy that could favor "white men" over "black children,"...

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11:51
Removal of 3D Touch app switching gesture in iOS 11...

Whilst iOS 11 includes a lot of new stuff to enjoy, there are also a few features that have been left behind. One such example is a lesser-known 3D Touch gesture that enabled faster access to the iPhone app switcher and a quick shortcut to move back to the previous app. Both of these elements are no longer present in iOS 11 and a bug report confirms that this was an intentional removal …

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11:45
Nike, Amazon deal may hurt retailers

Nike’s pilot program to sell certain products on Amazon and Instagram is a precursor to it forging a deeper relationship with online retailers, and could hit sales at sporting goods retailers such as Foot Locker Inc.

There is no doubt this will hurt retailers in the long term. Shares of Nike went up on the news, but shares of retailers went down. Once this goes beyond the pilot program, retailers will really get hit hard.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:42
Fitbit is reportedly still struggling to make a...

When Fitbit launched the Blaze fitness watch in 2016, it made sense that the company might also be working on a more full-featured smartwatch, too. When Fitbit bought Pebble, Fitbit's CEO confirmed that fact. Unfortunately, the product was reported b...

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11:31
Hands-on with Apple Music’s new social discovery...

Apple Music in iOS 11 brings new social features that help you discover new music based on what your friends are playing. The new friends feature is already available to test in the iOS 11 developer and public beta to give us an idea of how it will work on Apple Music later this fall.

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11:23
India wants a discount on Windows to reduce its...

In light of the recent WannaCry and "NotPetya" global ransomware attacks, India is looking to strike a deal with Microsoft that would reduce the cost of its Windows 10 operating system by more than 75 percent. The country's cyber security coordinator...

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11:02
Showdown: Apple's 2015 iMac vs. 2017 iMac




Apple's 5K iMacs have been extremely popular, especially with content creators, and this year's hardware refresh packs in even more bang for the buck. If you're trying to decide between buying the latest model, or a discounted late 2015, AppleInsider offers a closer look at how they compare.

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11:02
Jay Z calls out Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine on ‘4:44...

Last summer it was reported that Apple was in negotiations to buy Jay Z’s Tidal music streaming business, which Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine later denied several months later. Now Jay Z and Apple are back in the news together after the rapper called out Jimmy Iovine on a track from his new 4:44 Tidal exclusive album.

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11:01
Toyota’s cute support robot completes its first US...

Toyota's been working on a few great projects aimed at helping people with limited mobility, and they've made a big announcement today. They have completed their first North American in-home trial of HSR, the Human Support Robot.

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11:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Final Fantasy XV arrives

Make your Fantasy come true

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a look at the new role-playing game, plus new photo-editing apps, an offering that makes your movies for you, and apps to help you get in shape. Read on!

Final Fantasy XV

Image by Final Fantasy XV

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10:41
'Rocket League' is the latest X Games...

Driving giant RC cars around a soccer field and using them to bounce an equally gargantuan ball into the net sounds like the ultimate extreme sport. Unfortunately, Faceit and the X Games will only allow competition in a virtual version of that this y...

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10:37
4th of July Coupon Deals: Save $70 on every Mid 2017...




Readers can exclusively save an additional $50 at Adorama this holiday weekend on top of instant cash discounts on every Mid 2017 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys. These deals offers shoppers the lowest prices available with no tax collected outside NY and NJ -- and free shipping.

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10:21
The Cash Money app creates cover art for your rap...

Music fans of a certain generation will remember Cash Money Records' charmingly kitschy album art. Twenty years later the record label is capitalizing on nostalgia with the Cash Money 20th Anniversary app. If you've ever wanted to put your face on a...

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09:37
Hands-on: 10.5-inch iPad Pro ‘Smart Case’ provides...

Looking to protect the front of your iPad Pro with Apple-produced gear? Apple provides three different options. You can opt for a traditional Smart Cover, a Smart Keyboard, or Apple’s iPad Pro Leather Sleeve.

All three of the aforementioned products protect your iPad Pro in various ways. Both the Smart Cover and the Smart Keyboard...

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 2017 iPad $300, Powerbeats3...

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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09:26
Facebook’s free Find Wi-Fi feature on iOS is going...

Facebook is expanding its recently launched Find Wi-Fi feature to work globally after initially launching in a few countries last year. The feature lets businesses share with Facebook that they offer free Wi-Fi to visitors, and Facebook in turn can promote those businesses to users in need of a better Internet connection.

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09:10
Apple Watch National Park celebration launches with...




Apple has launched a celebration of America's national parks, with awards and stickers for Messages inspired by national parks for workout rewards.

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08:56
5 billion trips for Uber

Uber started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get a ride at the push of a button? In late 2015, we hit a big milestone: one billion trips. Six months later, we crossed two billion.

And just a few weeks ago, on Saturday, May 20, 156 trips started simultaneously at 7:29:06am GMT, putting us over the five billion mark.

There is no doubt the service is successful. I would be interested to know how many trips Lyft is at—that’s the service I use the most.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:55
Apple’s original iPhone, a fascinating speculative...

The selling price of an original iPhone is rising. The hype around the 10th anniversary might mark a high water mark, but it might also be just a roadmark on the way to a much higher price. The original iPhone is ripe for speculation.

If it was me, I’d only invest in an unopened original iPhone with a box/shrinkwrap in perfect condition. And as you make your way through the linked article, keep two things in mind:

  • The quoted prices are what sellers are asking, not necessarily what someone has paid.
  • The price can just as easily go down as up. This sort of investment is speculative.

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08:48
How the iPhone won over Japan and gave the world...

Sam Byford, The Verge:

Often, using an iPhone in a Japan just straight-up sucked. The missing features hurt, of course, but the bigger problem was that having experienced what life was like in the tightly integrated Japanese mobile ecosystem, moving to the iPhone felt like using a product that simply wasn’t designed for the world I lived in. Because, well, it wasn’t.

How, then, did Apple get to its current position where Japan is one of its strongest and most lucrative markets?

Fascinating inside view of the iPhone’s early days in Japan.

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08:46
Wrongheaded quotes from the early days of the iPhone

MacDailyNews pulled together some misguided quotes from the early days of iPhone. A few of my favorites:

“We are not at all worried. We think we’ve got the one mobile platform you’ll use for the rest of your life. [Apple] are not going to catch up.” – Scott Rockfeld, Microsoft Mobile Communications Group Product Manager, April 01, 2008

And:

“Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone… What Apple risks here is its reputation as a hot company that can do no wrong. If it’s smart it will call the iPhone a ‘reference design’ and pass it to some suckers to build with someone else’s marketing budget. Then it can wash its hands of any marketplace failures… Otherwise I’d advise people to cover their eyes. You are not going to like what you’ll see.” – John C. Dvorak, Bloated Gas Bag, March 28, 2007

And:

“[Apple’s iPhone] is the most expensive phone in the world and it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard which makes it not a...

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08:45
Alpine delivers first in-dash wireless CarPlay...




Drivers can now ditch their Lightning cable and use Apple's CarPlay with the new Alpine iLX-107 in-car infotainment system, which is now shipping for aftermarket vehicle installs.

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08:42
Apple celebrates America’s national parks this July

Apple:

Apple today introduced new ways customers can enjoy and support America’s national parks next month.

From July 1 through 15, Apple is donating $1 to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made with Apple Pay at any Apple Store, on apple.com or through the Apple Store app in the US. Apple Pay is accepted at select locations in some of the most popular national parks, from Yellowstone and Yosemite to the Grand Canyon and Muir Woods National Monument.

And:

On July 15, Apple Watch users around the world can complete a walk, run or wheelchair workout of 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to earn an award and stickers for Messages inspired by national parks. The distance matches the length of a hike from Old Faithful to Mallard Lake in Yellowstone National Park.

Love this.

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08:40
Apple celebrates Canadian optimism and diversity...

Apple:

Apple has enlisted three Canadian artists to help capture the inclusive and optimistic character of their country in A Portrait of Canada, a short film shot on iPhone and released today. Humble the Poet, photographer Caitlin Cronenberg and First Nations band A Tribe Called Red contributed their words, images and music. Their work was combined with photos shot by iPhone users across Canada.

All shot with iPhone, of course.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:39
Microsoft made its AI work on a $10 Raspberry Pi

When you're far from a cell tower and need to figure out if that bluebird is Sialia sialis or Sialia mexicana, no cloud server is going to help you. That's why companies are squeezing AI onto portable devices, and Microsoft has just taken that to a n...

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08:30
Strangers buy car for 20-year-old Texas man who...

CBS News:

When Andy Mitchell spotted a young man in a fast food uniform walking along the side of a road on a 95-degree summer day in Rockwall, Texas, he felt compelled to pull over.

He rolled down his window and offered the man, a 20-year-old named Justin Korva, a ride — not knowing how much that small gesture would impact the man’s life.

As crappy as the world can seem at times, it’s good every now and then to remind ourselves of the decency and generosity of some of our fellow human beings. Now, someone hand me a

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08:21
Alpine's latest receiver brings wireless...

Apple CarPlay has finally gone wireless. After debuting the technology at CES this year, Alpine is now shipping the iLX-107, the first CarPlay receiver with support for wireless connectivity. And considering the tech world's general disdain for wires...

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08:15
28 ultimate Canadian foods you have to try at least...

In honour of Canada Day, here is a fun list of “Canadian” food, some of which I didn’t even know where specific to Canada. How many have you tried? I’ve had all but six.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:58
Don't bother signing up for Tidal now to get...

As promised, Jay-Z dropped his new 4:44 album earlier today on Tidal, but you won't be able to stream it if you subscribed recently. As the Verge reported earlier, and Pitchfork confirmed by trying to sign up, Tidal users who enrolled after June 26th...

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07:41
10 years of the iPhone, and 10 years of iPhone...

Enlarge (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Ten years ago this week—on June 29, 2007—many waited (in line or online) for the first iPhone's formal release. This week as the device turns 10, we're examining its impact and revisiting the phone that changed it all. As such, we wanted to resurface this trip down iPhone review memory lane. This piece first ran on January 9, 2017 (ten years after Steve Jobs first unveiled his now signature product to the world).

Ten years ago, Steve Jobs hopped onstage at the 2007 MacWorld conference and...

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07:41
Uber shows off its upgraded fleet of autonomous...

Uber's interest in self-driving vehicles doesn't begin or end at taxis, which is why it's developing a platform for autonomous trucks, too. A year on from the company's, er, controversial purchase of Otto, and Uber has unveiled its second-generation...

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07:26
A10X Fusion chip in new iPad Pro first consumer...




Third party analysts have examined the A10X Fusion processor found in the new iPad Pro, and it has been confirmed to be the first chip in a device using TMSC's FinFET 10nm chip fabrication process.

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07:18
Charter tests streaming-only cable service for $20/...

If you've cut the cable cord, or have been tempted to do so, you may be getting yet another streaming option soon. Cable company Charter Communications is testing a new streaming service called Spectrum Stream among their internet subscribers.

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07:00
Google Gives Up Scanning Personal Gmail


Google recently announced the end of its policy of scanning user emails for targeted advertising purposes -- a controversial practice that riled privacy advocates and spurred legal challenges. Gmail is the world's most widely used email provider, with more than 1.2 billion users. Google attributed its decision to gains it has made in the enterprise. Its G Suite business over the past year has more than doubled in size to 3 million paying corporate customers, who are not subject to the scanning process.

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06:57
Amazon's Echo Show hides some meaty speakers

iFixit, the teardown kings, built their reputation by ripping open everything from gaming consoles to iPhones -- much to the chagrin of Apple. Their latest guide sees them taking apart the Amazon Echo Show. Having spent some time with the new Alexa-p...

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06:41
Apple announces July donation plan for U.S. national...

Apple has introduced new ways customers can enjoy and support America’s national parks next month.

From July 1 through 15, Apple is donating $1 to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made with Apple Pay at any Apple Store, on apple.com or through the Apple Store app in the US. Apple Pay is accepted at select locations in some of the most popular national parks, from Yellowstone and Yosemite to the Grand Canyon and Muir Woods National Monument.

“America’s national parks are an inspiration to us at Apple, and we know they are as important to many of our customers as they are to us,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook. “Our goal is to leave the world better than we found it, so this July we’re making it easier for anyone to help preserve the beauty of our natural, cultural and historical treasures.”

Proceeds will support the National Park Foundation’s mission to help protect and preserve national parks through...

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06:36
Mario 'Monopoly' adds power-ups to the...

If there's one thing that Super Mario Bros. and Monopoly share, it's their innate ability to engender family arguments in otherwise placid households. Which is why it's such a delight to see the pair reunited in the new Gamer Edition of Monopoly, tha...

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06:29
Samsung reportedly spending $21B to expand OLED...




Possibly flush with OLED screen orders for the "iPhone 8," Samsung is reportedly beefing up its production capacity by building new factories at a pair of new sites in South Korea.

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06:29
Apple supporting National Parks next month w/ Apple...

Apple has announced a new Apple Pay initiative to raise funds for the National Parks Foundation, running for the first half of July.

From July 1 through 15, Apple is donating $1 to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made with Apple Pay at any Apple Store, on apple.com or through the Apple Store app in the US

Tim Cook explained why the company is doing it …

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06:11
Germany can fine Facebook up to $57 million over...

Germany has passed a contentious law allowing fines of up to €50 million ($57 million) for social networks like Facebook and Twitter if they don't pull hate speech down quickly enough. Called the Network Enforcement Act or "Facebook Law," it was...

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06:05
Twitter testing tool for reporting fake news, but no...

Twitter is said to be testing a tool that allows users to report tweets containing fake news and other forms of bogus or misleading information …

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06:03
Ford realizes it should have an AI and robotics team

Ford is moving closer to vehicle autonomy by announcing its creation of a dedicated robotics and artificial intelligence research team. In a blog post by vice president and CTO Ken Washington, the company lays out its ambitious plans for exploring an...

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06:00
A tiny price on a 3-pack of credit card-sized...

Tired of finding walls or chairs to prop your smartphone or tablet on when you're tired of holding it? We've got just the solution and a sweet deal on it. You can get a three-pack of these credit card-sized smartphone/tablet stands for US$19.99; keep one in your wallet and either keep a few for future use or give the extras to friends. 

They really are the size of a credit card, and they fold up neatly to fit in a wallet or purse without taking up a lot of room. Each one is:

  • Extremely portable for fast easy setup
  • Folds flat to fit into your wallet
  • Front flap adjusts to the depth of your device for secure viewing
  • Adjustable aluminum support bar allows you to position your device...
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05:32
Jamf video shows what life was like before the iPhone

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone today, Jamf, whose goal is to “help organizations succeed with Apple products,” has released a short spoof video, flashing back to what life was like before the iPhone. 

Check it out here. Also check out Steve Sande’s report on the original iPhone launch on June 29, 2007.

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05:32
AppleInsider podcast talks iPhone at 10, in-display...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk 10 years of iPhone, Qualcomm's patent on an ultrasonic fingerprint reader embedded within a display, and more.

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05:25
Timely payments can keep you from being unable to...

A friend of mine who does tech support recently helped a friend who couldn’t access anything that was stored in her iCloud account. Anything that she has purchased, but which wasn’t already stored on her local machine, wouldn’t download or play. 

This included movies, music, and apps. While trying to find the problem, my tech friend says that a pop-up message appeared, saying the lady’s billing information was incorrect and that she needed to correct it (she’d changed banks and had a new card). After entering the new information, everything worked just fine. Apple had tried, unsuccessfully, to bill her for the 99 cent iCloud storage plan. As soon as the 99 cent payment cleared, everything was working again.

The moral of the story: 99 cents paid on time can prevent you from having any access to hundred of dollars of assets you purchase from Apple. I’m not talking about new services or buying new products. I’m talking about Apple keeping all of your digital assets “...

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05:09
HEVC and HEIF Will Make Video and Photos More...

To save storage space and bandwidth, Apple moves forward with higher-compression ratio image and video formats that have other benefits, too.

 

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05:02
LG gifts Comcast a $180 battery champ for its mobile...

LG's new Android phone called X charge for Comcast's Xfinity Mobile service isn't a flagship by any means. Its specs won't be able to compete with your iPhone 7s and Samsung Galaxy S8s, but it has one particular feature that stands out: its massive 4...

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05:00
Apple releases first macOS High Sierra public beta

If you’re feeling brave, the macOS High Sierra Public Beta has just been released.

Apple on Thursday seeded the first macOS High Sierra public beta, allowing non-developers to download and test the update for the first time since it was introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5. The first public beta of macOS High Sierra corresponds to the second developer beta, which was updated this morning.

Beta testers can also sign up to be able to download the macOS High Sierra beta via the Software Update feature in the Mac App Store program.

macOS High Sierra is designed to improve and refine macOS Sierra. Along with a new, more efficient file system designed for modern storage, the update introduces Metal 2, the next-generation version of Apple’s Metal graphics API with support for machine learning, external GPUs, and VR content creation.

As always, it’s wise to have a full Time Machine backup of your current configuration before...

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04:59
Can Your iPhone Replace Your Wallet?

Gone are the days when you had to carry a Costanza wallet, but can your iPhone replace your wallet entirely? Mike Matthews explores the question.

 

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04:45
Apple publishes searchable archive of WWDC 2017...

If you couldn’t make WWDC this year, the videos are now available.

Apple has released searchable transcripts of its entire catalog of the Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 videos, the company also reminding developers to migrate to 64-bit app creation for its next-gen operating systems.

Announced through Apple’s developer portal, the company transcribed each of the more than 130 WWDC17 sessions recorded this year and indexed the results into a searchable database. The company has made session transcripts available since 2015.

The transcribed videos are broken down into categories including app frameworks, graphics and games, design, distribution, developer tools, media and system frameworks. The page currently boasts an assortment of featured videos ranging from new iOS 11 capabilities like drag-and-drop multitasking and augmented reality to introductions on basic developer tools like Core ML.

Users can search videos via keywords to see each...

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04:39
Living with the original iPhone in 2017 is...

On yesterday’s 10th anniversary of the iPhone, the WSJ‘s Joanna Stern came up with an idea I wish I’d thought of myself: finding out what it would be like to live with the original iPhone today …

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04:30
Star Walk HD — Night Sky Map a great AR star gazing...

By Aaron Lee

Vito Technology's Star Walk HD — Night Sky Map is an augmented reality stargazing guide for spotting over 200,000 stars, planets, constellations, satellites and galaxies. Designed for the iPad, it looks fantastic on the new pro editions.

Star Walk is a handy astronomy guide that shows celestial objects (stars, constellations, satellites, etc.) in the exact positions on the sky above you, providing information about them. It helps you find your way across the sky, determine where to look for any chosen object, rewind or fast-forward time to see how celestial bodies move.

A stargazing widget tells you about the upcoming visible celestial events with respect to user's location, current phase of the moon, time of sunset and sunrise, and even alerts to the closest iridium flares. It helps you be aware of the upcoming events and have the info at your fingertips. By tapping the event on the widget you can open up Star Walk, go to Calendar...

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04:12
Samsung reportedly building the world’s largest OLED...

Samsung is said to be building the world’s largest OLED production plant as it seeks to meet future demand for displays for the iPhone 8 and beyond. The report comes after the company reportedly shared its plans with manufacturers of production equipment needed for the plant.

However, while Samsung is believed to be the sole supplier of displays for the iPhone 8, there is no guarantee that it will retain this position for subsequent OLED models …

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04:02
Japan wants to put a man on the moon before China...

Japan's space agency JAXA has submitted an ambitious proposal to the country's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: it wants to fly and put a man on the moon by 2030. The agency is either directly challenging China's plans...

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04:00
Apple wins another patent for a head-mounted display

Apple has been granted another patent (number 20170187855) for a head-mounted display. This one involves retaining a portable electronic device — almost certainly an iPhone — with the display.

The invention would allow you to couple and decouple a portable electronic device such as a handheld portable electronic device with a separate head-mounted device, temporarily integrating the separate devices into a single unit). The iPhone may be physically coupled to the head-mounted device such that it can be worn on the user's head. 

The iPhone may be operatively coupled to the head-mounted device such that the portable electronic device and head mounted device can communicate and operate with one another. Each device may be allowed to extend its features and/or services to the other device for the purpose of enhancing, increasing and/or eliminating redundant functions between the head-mounted device and the portable electronic device.

Apple has been granted other...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for June 30, 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

Gro Play has launched Grow Forest. Developed for ages 3-9 years, it’s a city builder game and a mini game collection in which children develop a wonderful, healthy forest community and learn about environmental topics in a simple and entertaining way. Grow Forest is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

macOS Apps/Updates

Creaceed has updated Hydra, a macOS tool for HDR image creation, to version 4.1. The upgrade features an improved tone mapper with a new color grading technique.

Hydra is a software that gives human eye perception to...

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03:30
The 10 Mac games you need to play from June 2017

June's Mac games

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Have you checked out the Steam Summer Sale? If you’re looking for fresh things to play on your Mac, that should definitely be your first destination, given the insane deals on display. We’ve even picked out the best deals in the bunch.

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03:00
The Morning After: Friday, June 30th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

On June's final day, we're checking in with Elon's tunnel project and celebrating the return of 'Sense8.'

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02:57
The new iPad Pro A10X chip is the first 10nm TSMC...

Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro features the latest iteration in Apple’s processor and GPU design, packaged into the A10X SoC. Apple’s website touts 30-40% performance improvements over the previous iPad chip, the A9X.

TechInsights has analyzed the chip and confirmed that the SoC is fabricated using a 10 nanometer process, whereas the A10 and A9X use 16mm processes. This results in a high-performance chip that is also the smallest iPad SoC die size to date …

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02:02
Square's personalized prepaid card is available...

Digital payment service Square has been inviting customers to sign up for its prepaid debit card since May, and is now opening up the program to everyone. On Thursday, the company announced the Square Cash Card is available to order via the Square ap...

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01:04
Elon Musk's first tunnel should be up and...

Elon Musk recently announced that his tunnel-digging operation, The Boring Company, is done carving out its first segment. He bundled the announcement with a declaration of love for tunnels -- which he totally loves more than floors, by the way -- bu...

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Thursday June 29

23:27
Now Apple TV has access to all the cartoons on...

Parents tired of watching Moana on repeat, listen up: there's a new streaming service on Apple TV that just might catch your kids' attention. Boomerang, which offers a variety of classic Saturday morning cartoons from your youth, has finally arrived...

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21:58
Nike confirms 'pilot' partnership with...

Nike's Q4 earnings report is notable today because CEO Mark Parker confirmed reports that the company will start selling some items directly on Amazon.

In the US, we're executing a new pilot with Amazon with a limited Nike product assortment. As we...

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20:13
Apple's first iPhone was also the first to...




The iPhone was the phone I'd wanted all along. I had been trying to use cell phones as if they were iPhones for years, but nothing really stuck.

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19:50
Google hires former Intel exec as its new VP of...

Google has been investing big money and launching various projects to diversify its workforce, but its latest diversity report shows that it still has a long way to go. While female personnel now compose 31 percent of its employee population, they on...

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19:40
Alleged iPhone 8 prototype leaks, but it’s probably...

At this point, we’ve seen just about every angle of the alleged iPhone 8 design via part leaks, dummy units, molds, and more. But this evening, Twitter leaker Benjamin Geskin is back with a purported iPhone 8 prototype, but there are several reasons to be skeptical…

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19:17
Dr. Applelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and...




It was 2008. I had just recently returned to the U.S. after a three-year stint in Japan, the place where all tech lover dreams come true, and iPhone was all the rage. But I wasn't convinced.

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18:59
Apple posts short movie 'Detour' by Michel...




As part of its ongoing iPhone advertising campaign, Apple on Thursday posted to its French website a short film called Dacuteetour, which was shot entirely using iPhone 7 hardware by French director Michel Gondry.

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17:46
The Army is flight testing helicopter-mounted laser...

The US military's experiments shooting lasers from vehicles continue with another important milestone: Laser-equipped attack helicopter fired at targets for the first time. The US Army keeps getting better at nailing UAV targets with ground-based tru...

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17:22
On the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, here’s how...

As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone today, let us not forget the operating system that powers it all: iOS. Introduced alongside the first-generation iPhone in 2007, the then-called iPhone OS was the basis of Apple’s first smartphone and its goal to introduce “a revolutionary product that changes everything.”

10 years later, the iOS has evolved just as much as the iPhone hardware has, if not more. Head below as we take a look at the progression of iOS over the years…

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17:12
Apple's iPhone changed both the face of phones...




Though Apple co-founder Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone at the MacWorld Expo on January 9, 2007, it would not be until Friday, June 29, 2007, that it officially went on sale. You had one choice in cellular carriers, AT&T, and though it did not support the then-new 3G network or have any apps, it was described as "revolutionary" and "game-changing" by the press.

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17:06
Apple shares short film ‘Détour’ shot entirely on an...

On its French YouTube channel this evening, Apple has shared a short film from French director Michel Gondry. The film, entitled “Détour,” was shot completely on an iPhone and was funded by Apple. The film clocks in at 11-minutes long and follows a short story…

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16:12
Apple marketing chief discusses 'unbelievable...




Apple vice president of worldwide iPod, iPhone, and iOS product marketing Greg Joswiak says developer response to the company's new ARKit tools is "unbelievable," suggesting consumers will have plenty of augmented reality app to browse through when iOS 11 launches this fall.

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16:01
IBM’s Watson will analyze Wimbledon to suggest the...

IBM's Watson can apparently do everything. From manufacturing and medical treatment planning to portrait drawing and filing your taxes, there seems to be no limit to what the Jeopardy-winning AI can do. And next week, Watson will be offering its serv...

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15:28
Mexican court halts sales of Roku devices due to...

Roku's legal battle in Mexico has taken a hit. Last week, a judge ordered importation and sales of Roku devices to cease in the country, but Roku later won a suspension of that ruling. This week, however, a Mexico City tribunal overturned that suspen...

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15:00
Perfect Ten

In January 2007, 26 minutes into his Macworld Expo keynote address, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone with his justly-famous “three revolutionary products” framing:

This is a day I’ve been looking forward to for
two-and-a-half years.

Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that
changes everything. … One’s very fortunate if you get to work on
just one of these in your career.

Apple’s been very fortunate. It’s been able to introduce a few of
these into the world. In 1984, we introduced the Macintosh. It
didn’t just change Apple, it changed the whole computer industry.
In 2001, we introduced the first iPod, and it didn’t just change
the way we all listen to music, it changed the entire music
industry.

Well, today, we’re introducing three revolutionary products of
this class.

The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch...

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14:53
Facebook successfully lands its Aquila drone for the...

Facebook has been testing its solar-powered unmanned aircraft, Aquila, for the past couple of years. The internet-providing drone made its first full flight last June, though it crashed on landing after the 96-minute flight in Yuma, Arizona. The acci...

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14:40
AWT News Update: June 29, 2017

Commencement Day, Wireless CarPlay, official photos, and 64-bit apps are all in the news today:

  • The first graduates of the Apple Developer Academy are now out of class
  • Alpine ships its Wireless CarPlay receiver
  • French President Emmanuel Macron has his official portrait taken, carefully putting his two iPhones in the photo
  • Apple again reminds developers that their apps must be 64-bit compliant soon

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14:25
Twitter is toying with a 'fake news'...

Twitter is working on a new tool to fight the spread of inaccurate, harmful and misleading articles online, according to The Washington Post. The company is apparently prototyping a feature that would allow users to flag tweets circulating false or i...

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14:23
Apple marketing chief says reaction to ARKit is ‘...

One of the biggest announcements earlier this month at WWDC was the introduction of ARKit, Apple’s framework for helping developers build augmented and mixed reality experiences. In an interview with The Australian Business Review, Apple’s vice president of product marketing Greg Joswiak dives deeper into the goals of ARKit…

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14:00
What we've been watching in June

After putting together any home-theater setup, big or small, there's always one last question: What are you going to watch? Our editors have already opened up about some of the games they're playing and what they're listening to, but this edition of...

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