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Friday July 1

04:00
Mac laptops can be more alive with the sound of Musik

Let's be honest: the speakers that come with Apple laptops are tinny. Of course, so are the speakers in most laptops from any company. If you want to upgrade your audio a bit with some portable speakers, Palo Alto Audio Design's $59.95 Musik is one solution.

This isn't a speaker set that will thrill hardcore audiophiles. It's a relatively inexpensive, compact (8 x 4 x 4 inches) solution for adding some extra oomph to your laptop. Keep that in mind, and you won't be disappointed with the Musik. You can also use the speakers with a desktop, but I'd go for a better sounding, if more costly and less portable, audio set-up.

The Musik speakers use a digital audio amplifier circuit that utilizes full-digital amplifier technology. This method amplifies a digital audio signal without converting the signal to analog, which is a plus. What's more, the audio signal is sent from the computer to...

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Thursday June 30

23:55
Parallels Desktop 11: Run Windows/Android/Linux/...

Just a quick note that you can snag a rare huge discount on Parallels Desktop 11 – 50% off today from specials.9to5toys.com.   more…

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22:31
Facebook's new tool will help you raise funds...

It's now much easier to raise funds for your favorite causes and charity organizations on Facebook. The social network has begun rolling out a tool that'll enable you to create personal fundraisers for 501c3 nonprofits verified by the company, includ...

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21:03
Jury awards HP $3 billion in damages from Oracle

In yet another legal tussle between HP and Oracle, a jury has decided to award HP $3 billion in damages. The case stems from Oracle's decision to stop developing software for HP's Intel Itanium-powered servers in 2011, which HP says is a breach of co...

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20:42
Winners of the Dog & Bone iPhone case and...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of last week's giveaway, Ryan T. and Matthew R., both of whom will receive an iPhone case and LockSmart keyless lock bundle courtesy of Dog & Bone.

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20:31
Nintendo t-shirt design contest will be judged by...

In case you didn't own enough gaming tees, Uniqlo has opening its annual tee design competition, this time centered around Nintendo. The UTGP'17 comes with a healthy $10,000 prize pot and the contest is open to global entries. (Yes, even from you.) N...

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20:11
Facebook removes 'Paper' newsreader app...

Two and a half years of its launch, Facebook is pulling the plug on Paper, a stripped down newsreader-style app initially introduced as an alternative to the social media giant's flagship iOS offering.

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20:03
These homemade wheels let you maneuver your car as...

Your regular old car's wheels can probably only go in a finite number of directions. One crafty YouTuber took it upon himself to create a set of wheels that would allow his trusty Toyota Echo to handle moving around in just about any direction you ca...

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19:17
Dell discontinues its Android tablets in favor of...

Another Android tablet maker bites the dust. Dell has decided to end distribution of its Android tabs and will instead focus on Windows 2-in-1 devices. This means several things: One, the company will no longer offer its Venue brand of Android tablet...

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18:32
Google is working on a VR version of Chrome for...

Google had a lot to say about its VR ambitions at this year's I/O, and it looks like a more immersive web browsing experience will be part of those plans. Road to VR reports that the latest versions of Chrome Beta and Chrome Dev for Android have a co...

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18:30
Facebook To Shred 'Paper' News-Reading App...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: Facebook's Paper app for iOS is scheduled to shut down on July 29th. While the app impressed critics, it failed to impress the general public. The Verge reports: "The app transformed the core Facebook experience into a kind of newsreader, with customizable sections for politics, technology, food, and other subjects. When it was introduced in January 2014, Paper signaled the beginning of a design renaissance at Facebook. The look and feel of the app were orchestrated by Mike Matas, whose design firm Push Pop Press was acquired by Facebook in 2011. Paper was notable for the novel animations it used to guide you through the app -- tap on a link and it would unfold like a letter; pull down on the story and it would fold back up, returning you to the feed. But despite the enormous growth of Facebook, which surged to 1.09 billion daily users this year, Paper has not been among the 1,500 most-downloaded apps since December 2014,...

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18:00
New third party iOS 10 App Extensions designed to...

Developers building support for their ride sharing apps to plug into iOS 10's Siri can be supported within Maps as well, thanks to integrated efforts between the two teams to share a mechanism for deciphering and responding to user intent, whether driven by voice or the multitouch interface.

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17:46
'Serial' podcast subject Adnan Syed is...

Adnan Syed, the subject of Serial podcast's first season, has gotten a retrial, and it was partly thanks to a "cell tower issue." Syed is currently serving a life sentence after getting convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, but he has always main...

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17:45
Apple In Talks To Buy Jay Z-Owned Tidal Streaming...

An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is in talks to acquire the Jay Z owned streaming service, Tidal. 9to5Mac reports: "While specific details are unclear at this point, Apple acquiring Tidal would give it an incredible leg up when it comes to negotiating for exclusive streaming rights. Tidal is currently owned by Jay Z and a variety of other artists, including Kanye West, Beyonce, Chris Martin, Jack White, and many more. Negotiations between Apple and Jay Z are reportedly still early and 'may not result in a deal,' according to the report. Apple is interested in Tidal because of its strong ties to artists, many of which are owners. Tidal has secured the exclusive streaming rights to a handful of notable albums in recent months, including Beyonce's Lemonade and Kanye West's The Life of Pablo." Earlier this year, a report claimed that Samsung, Google and Spotify had all considered buying the streaming service.

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17:09
US wiretap operations encountering encryption fell...

The US government has been very vocal recently about how the increase in encryption on user devices is hampering their investigations. The reality is that according to a report from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, law enforcement with court...

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16:50
Apple might buy Jay Z's Tidal for its A-list...

Soon, Dr. Dre may not be the only rapper with a parking spot in Cupertino.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is currently in exploratory talks to acquire Tidal, the streaming music service owned by Jay Z. According to unnamed sources, these talks are still ongoing, and they may not result in a deal. A Tidal spokesperson denied being in talks with Apple.

Tidal started out as a high-definition alternative to other streaming services. Since Jay Z acquired it in 2015 for $56 million, however, Tidal has become a hub for exclusive album premieres. In the last six months alone, Tidal has exclusively streamed new albums from Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Kanye West. To score these A-list exclusives, Jay Z has given these fellow artists small stakes in the company.

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16:38
AWT News Update: June 30, 2016

Fireworks image via YoVenice.com

Due to a dental appointment, setting up a cable box for my elderly parents, and other factors beyond my control, there's no podcast for today. In addition, I'll be taking a few days off to celebrate the 4th of July, so there will be no podcast for tomorrow -- July 1 -- or Monday -- July 4. 

Come back on July 5th for the latest in Apple news. In keeping with our Team AWT sub-theme of "Unplugging™" occasionally from all of our gear, be sure to get outside and enjoy the world with your family and friends. See you next Tuesday!

 

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16:33
Renderings of Space Black 'iPhone 7' has...

Ahead of an expected next-generation iPhone release this fall, graphic designer Martin Hajek ran with the latest rumor and speculation to create a detailed rendering sans headphone jack, with "Force Touch ID" and clad in a Space Black finish.

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16:32
Rosetta will crash into its comet and die on...

Farewell, young spacecraft. The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has been surveying Comet 67P (or Churyumov-Gerasimenko) for the past 12 years, and on September 30th it will crash into the space rock and end its mission. Rosetta is nearing the o...

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16:25
3D renders imagine Space Black iPhone 7 w/ Force...

It was reported earlier this week that Apple is planning to release a Space Black model of the upcoming iPhone 7. Some mockups emerged of what such a device could look like following that report, and now designer Martin Hajek has shared a gallery of beautiful 3D renders.

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16:05
Facebook's Paper news-reading app to shut down...

Facebook has announced that it is shutting down its news-reading app Paper. The application was introduced in 2014 as an alternative to the main Facebook app, featuring a sleek layout with a complete focus on showcasing articles -- rather than status...

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15:40
Apple in talks to buy Tidal music service

The talks are ongoing and may not result in a deal, these people said. Apple is exploring the idea of bringing on Tidal to bolster its Apple Music service because of Tidal’s strong ties to popular artists such as Kanye West and Madonna.

Apple doesn’t need more celebrities, it needs to fix what it already has.

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15:38
Apple reportedly mulling Tidal acquisition for...

A shaky rumor on Thursday claims Apple is in early talks to acquire Tidal, the music streaming service and Apple Music competitor purchased by rapper Jay-Z in 2015.

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15:31
WSJ: Apple in talks to buy Tidal

Jay Z could be the next rapper making a big sale to Tim Cook, as the Wall Street Journal cites anonymous sources saying Apple is in "exploratory" talks to buy Tidal, although a spokesperson for the music service said there had not been any talks. As...

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15:23
Apple reportedly in negotiations to buy Jay Z-owned...

According to a new report out of the Wall Street Journal, Apple is in talks to acquire Tidal, the Jay Z owned streaming service. While specific details are unclear at this point, Apple acquiring Tidal would give it an incredible leg up when it comes to negotiating for exclusive streaming rights.

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15:13
Apple CEO Tim Cook takes a new role on Nike's...

A leadership change at Nike is affecting Tim Cook's role with the apparel maker slightly. Cook, a Nike board member since 2005, is now the lead independent director of the board. The reason why Nike needs one now is because founder Phil Knight is ret...

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15:04
Report: Apple blocks Spotify app update after in-app...

Enlarge / Spotify says Apple is using its privileged position to hurt Spotify's chances against Apple Music.

Apple Music has been around for about a year now, and despite being a little late to the game, Apple boasts that it has managed to pick up about 15 million paying subscribers. Spotify has at least twice that many users, but the company is worried that Apple is using its privileged position on iPads and iPhones to push Apple Music at the expense of third-party services.

According to a report from Recode, Apple has blocked an update to the iOS Spotify app, citing "business model rules." Spotify no longer offers iOS users the...

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14:52
Dell abandons its remaining Android tablets, 6...

The weak sustainability of low-end market share has claimed a new victim. Dell has dropped its remaining Venue-branded Android tablet line and will instead focus on selling conventional PCs and hybrid "2-in-1" devices running Windows, citing over-saturation and declining demand for state-style tablets.

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14:49
Spotify cites difficulties getting updated app...

Apple may be playing its gatekeeper card a little too closely where Spotify is concerned.

The audio streaming provider said Apple is making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app.

In a letter sent this week to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app.

The letter stated that Apple had turned down the new version of the Spotify app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.”

The letter was sent by Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez to Apple...

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14:48
Eye-Fi Demonstrates the Danger of Cloud-Dependent...

A maker of SD cards with embedded Wi-Fi will disable services and some features for models sold as recently as March 2015.

 

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14:40
Karma, the shareable hotspot, finally supports...

Only a few months after killing unlimited data and rolling out new subscription plans, Karma is now ready to offer its customers a long requested feature: private networks. The company made a name for itself with shareable hotspots, which always broa...

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14:40
RIP Paper, the ad-free Facebook News Feed app no one...

I knew it was coming. The last time Facebook updated my favorite app, a little-used, under-the-radar gem called Paper, was in March. March of 2015. But the news today that Facebook has pulled Paper from the App Store still stings, because it was Facebook’s finest work.

If you never used Paper—and you certainly weren’t alone—think of the app as the most gorgeous version of your Facebook News Feed combined with all your favorite news outlets. At the top of your News Feed was a carousel where recently posted photos would cycle in and out, almost like a constantly changing version of your profile cover photo. Beneath the carousel were all the latest stories from your friends and family, but instead of scrolling down to view them, you would swipe through each story like a cascading series of cards. Photos were full-screen and had a parallax-like effect, so you could tilt your...

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14:19
Apple partners with NASA for short film ‘Visions of...

Apple today has announced that it is partnering with NASA to produce a short film to celebrate the Juno spacecraft reading Jupiter’s orbit. The film is available on iTunes and Apple Music for free and is called “Visions of Harmony.”

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14:17
Tesla under investigation after first Autopilot-...

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) is investigating a collision that occurred when a Tesla Model S in Autopilot mode crashed into a tractor trailer resulting in the death of the driver. This is the first fatality linked to the...

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14:15
Tesla being investigated after fatal crash linked to...

The May crash occurred when a tractor trailer drove across a divided highway, where a Tesla in autopilot mode was driving. The Model S passed under the tractor trailer, and the bottom of the trailer hit the Tesla vehicle’s windshield.

“Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied,” Tesla wrote.

This is tragic, but you have to maintain control of your car. Perhaps it happened so quickly that the driver wouldn’t have been able to avoid it either.

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14:14
Apple and NASA collaborate on Jupiter-themed short...

To commemorate the impending arrival of NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, Apple and the space agency released a new short film on iTunes and Apple Music on Thursday featuring original music by artists like Weezer and Nine Inch Nails frontman and Apple executive Trent Reznor.

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13:58
Tim Cook is named Nike’s lead independent director

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named Nike’s lead independent director. He’s been a Nike director since 2005, is chair of the Board’s Compensation Committee and serves as a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee.

An independent director (also sometimes known as an outside director) is a board member who doesn’t have a material relationship with a company or related persons, except sitting fees. They don’t own shares in the company. The New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ stock exchange standards for independent directors are similar. Both require that "a majority of the board of directors of a listed company be ‘independent’.” And both allow compensation for directors of $120,000 per year or less.

The general consensus among stockholders is that independent directors improve the performance of a company through their objective view of the company's health and operations. They don’t have to pander to other management personnel in order to retain their...

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13:45
Apple CEO Tim Cook named lead independent director...

Nike on Thursday appointed Apple CEO and longtime board member Tim Cook as its "lead independent director," while announcing company founder Phil Knight's retirement from the board.

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13:41
Nike appoints board member & Apple CEO Tim Cook...

According to Nike’s website, the company today has appointed Apple CEO Tim Cook as lead independent director. While it’s unclear exactly what this means at the moment, Cook has been on Nike’s board of directors since 2005.

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13:40
Ask Slashdot: What's Your Preferred Media...

New submitter bkr1_2k writes: Way back when, I had a PC dedicated as a media server using MythTV. That died and I didn't bother building a new one. Consumer electronics caught up and I recently bought an Apple TV (3rd Generation) to use for streaming my media library. I am, unsurprisingly, finding flaws with it. I'm looking for alternative devices that allow me to stream from my media server directly, without the need for a middleman app like iTunes for the Apple TV. I don't need a ton of streaming services (we have Netflix and Amazon Prime but don't use anything else). I primarily want to use this for streaming my own music and movie libraries over my home network, preferably with a user interface that lets me browse those in a fashion that doesn't force me to scroll through my whole library to get to the title that starts with the letter "Z" (A very poor design choice in the Apple TV). Nor do I want any voice controls since they all suck, in my experience. I would prefer an 'open...

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13:30
Wirecutter's best deals: Get a UE Roll...

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

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

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13:19
Facebook pulls Paper for iPhone from the App Store,...

Facebook will be pulling its alternative iPhone app Paper from the App Store today, The Verge reports, before the service is totally shut down on July 29th.

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13:17
Nothing Ghostly About Devialet's Phantom Gold...


Devialet, the French company that has built a reputation in the audio market for high-end wireless speakers, on Tuesday announced its newest addition: the $3,000 Phantom Gold. The Phantom Gold looks something like a futuristic Faberge egg, and it's priced like one, too. That said, it has some ear-pleasing and ear-splitting specs.
Devialet has given it a power boost to 4,500 watts. That enables it to crank out sound at motorcycle levels of 108 decibels, and it does it with minimal harmonic distortion of just 0.0005 percent.

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13:07
JVC ships promised KW-V820BT receiver with support...

JVC on Thursday launched the KW-V820BT, its first aftermarket receiver with support for Apple's CarPlay.

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12:52
Over 100 Nobel winners urge Greenpeace to support...

Greenpeace is being taken to task by 107 Nobel laureates, who have signed a letter asking it to support genetically modified organisms (GMOs), The Washington Post reports. In particular, the band of scientists are pushing Greenpeace to stop opposing...

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12:48
Sling TV unveils new single-stream and multi-stream...

Sling TV — available on the fourth generation Apple TV — has unveiled new single-stream and multi-stream services, “Sling Orange” and “Sling Blue.” Sling Orange now includes BBC America and is still priced at $20 per month. Sling Blue now features NBC, USA, Bravo, NBC Sports Network, Syfy, BBC America and costs $25 per month for new customers. 

In addition, Sling has introduced a multi-service discount that brings Sling Orange and Sling Blue together for $40 per month. Additional NBCUniversal networks are available in Sling Blue’s Extra packs, including E!, CNBC, MSNBC, Oxygen, Golf and NBCUniverso. 

Current Sling TV subscribers will be able to access all of Sling TV’s live streaming television directly from the fourth generation Apple TV. What’s more, Dish and Apple are offering a bundled deal that would let potential customers purchase a new Apple TV for $89 ($60 cheaper than the regular retail price) if they pay...

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12:37
With iOS 10, ‘Hey Siri’ intelligently activates on...

Apple is bringing some clever intelligence for Siri with iOS 10, in addition to the publicly-announced features like third-party app integration. Thanks to a reader tip, we’ve discovered a clever enhancement for Siri on iPhones and iPads running iOS 10. When using ‘Hey Siri’ voice activation in a room with multiple nearby devices, only one device will respond.

Although both devices initially wake up, once one starts recognizing voice input, it appears to send a message to other nearby devices to cancel out the operation. This means that only one device keeps listening and prevents the naive havoc that happened on iOS 9, where all devices would try to answer the ‘Hey Siri’ question causing a confusing cacophony of sound from every nearby iPhone and iPad. You can see an example of this behavior in the video after the jump …

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12:36
Lightning/wireless only headphones? Then Apple...

If Apple really is ditching the 3.5mm jack in the next generation iPhone (and I think it is) and relying solely on Lightning and wireless headphones, perhaps they should kick things up a notch and release their own (earbud) versions of the Vi.

Earlier this month LifeBEAM launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring Vi, a $199 AI (artificial intelligence) personal trainer, to market. It “lives” in cutting-edge earphones that reboot the way people interact with fitness wearables, by providing real-time coaching based on a user's own physiology, according to Omri Yoffe, CEO and co-founder of LifeBEAM. The company has partnered with Harman/Kardon, which has made some fantastic speakers and other products for Mac devices, to power Vi's earbuds.

Vi is changing the workout experience through what Yoffee calls “Awareable” technology — wearables that combine accurate biosensors with the processing power of AI and cloud based data aggregation....

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12:30
Facebook and the folly of self-regulation

There's a whole bunch of content that you aren't allowed to post on Facebook. Threats against public figures and other users, claims of imminent self-harm, harassment and bullying (in theory at least) and the purchase, sale or trade of regulated good...

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12:25
Spotify lawyers up against Apple for rejecting its...

The music streaming war is heating up.

Spotify claims that Apple is blocking competition after the App Store rejected an updated version of its iOS app. According to a letter Spotify sent to Apple’s legal team on June 26, Apple’s rejection stems from an anti-competitive practice to boost Apple Music. The letter was sent to some members of Congress this week and was originally reported by Recode.

“We cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors,” wrote Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez to Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell. Apple claimed that the new Spotify app was rejected because it violated “business model rules.”

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12:21
Spotify: Apple is using its app store as a weapon...

The folks at the streaming music service, Spotify, say Apple is making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app, reports re/code. A letter sent this week by Spotify attorney Horacio Gutierrez to Bruce Sewell, Apple’s general counsel, said Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app.

The letter says Apple turned down a new version of the app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.” The lettersuggests that Spotify intends to use the standoff as ammunition in its fight over Apple’s rules governing subscription services that use its App Store, says re/code.

At the heart of the brouhaha is the 30% cut that Apple takes...

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12:20
Elizabeth Warren Says Apple, Amazon and Google Are...

Elizabeth Warren, an American academic and member of the Democratic Party, believes that Google, Apple, and Amazon are trying to use their size to "snuff out competition." In a speech about the perils of "consolidation and concentration" throughout the economy, the Massachusetts senator singled out the three of tech's biggest players. From a report:Warren had different beefs with Google, Apple and Amazon, but the common thread was that she accused each one of using its powerful platform to "lock out smaller guys and newer guys," including some that compete with Google, Apple and Amazon. Google, she said, uses "its dominant search engine to harm rivals of its Google Plus user review feature;" Apple "has placed conditions on its rivals that make it difficult for them to offer competitive streaming services" that compete with Apple Music; and Amazon "uses its position as the dominant bookseller to steer consumers to books published by Amazon to the detriment of other publishers.""...

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12:06
Apple to receive an award from The American Council...

Apple will be receiving the Robert S. Bray Award from the American Council of the Blind (ACB) the company's continued innovations in accessibility. The award is given to a company or person who has improved communication technology or devices or which has expanded access to such devices for all blind people.

"The American Council of the Blind applauds Apple for its innovative approach to product accessibility, giving people who are blind equal access to mainstream technology," says ACB President Kim Charlson, ACB president.

Apple is being recognized for the intuitive, built-in accessibility features across its various product lines--features that allow blind and low vision users to enjoy the same access as people without visual impairments.

"We put great effort into making our products accessible because we believe technology should serve everyone," said Sarah Herrlinger, senior manager for Global Accessibility Policy and...

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12:03
Sling TV splits into 'Orange' and '...

Sling TV on Thursday announced a slew of changes to its streaming service, including several new channels and the creation of "Orange" and "Blue" tiers, the latter bringing multi-stream support out of beta.

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12:03
Spotify: Apple is holding up app approval to squash...

How do you catch up with the biggest music streaming service? Well, not approving app updates is one tactic, and Spotify says Apple is doing just that. The streaming service sent a letter to Apple's legal counsel this week claiming that the company i...

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11:41
The Das Keyboard 5Q is for working smarter, not...

Das Keyboard is behind some of the most impressive mechanical keyboards around. If you're a keyboard snob, you've probably used one or two in your life. If you like customization and keyboards that do way more than just help you put words together, y...

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11:19
Nest seems to be working on a 'smart crib...

The hyper-connected home of the future will come with an equally connected nursery. Nest, the company widely known for its WiFi enabled energy-saving thermostat and smart smoke alarm system, has filed a patent for a baby crib that could be "embedded...

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11:18
NYC Apple reseller and community staple Tekserve to...

Tekserve -- both an Apple reseller and a gathering place for Apple users and devotees -- has announced it will close its Manhattan store in August, ending 29 years of service.

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11:01
∞ How to play rhythm guitar like Jimi Hendrix

This lesson is from Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra. I’ve always loved the way Jimi embellished the chords he played—this lesson shows you how to do it.

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11:00
The game that makes Kinect worthwhile: 'Fru...

When Microsoft announced that it would start selling the Xbox One without the motion-sensing Kinect peripheral in June 2014, Mattia Traverso and his team at Through Games were shocked. They were in the middle of developing a Kinect-exclusive title, F...

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10:54
Recycling your used electronics

At The Wirecutter, we believe in keeping gadgets alive for as long as possible through repairs, upgrades, upcycling, and whatever else it takes to get them to the end of their useful life. But we also understand that the time will come when we need to dispose of our electronics. So we’ve compiled a list of alternatives to putting them out on the curb. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s a lot easier than you may think.

It’s always worthwhile to know your options.

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10:50
John Gruber talks to Recode about Daring Fireball
10:47
Spotify says “Apple uses the App Store approval...

“This latest episode raises serious concerns under both U.S. and EU competition law,” Gutierrez wrote. “It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music, particularly when seen against the backdrop of Apple’s previous anticompetitive conduct aimed at Spotify … we cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors.”

This could get ugly very quickly.

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10:41
'Wreck-It Ralph 2' is officially set to...

Everyone's favorite game-related Disney movie (no, not Tron) Wreck-It Ralph is set for a sequel that's hitting the scene on March 9, 2018. This news probably doesn't come as a surprise to anyone given the original's massive success back in 2012, but...

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10:29
Spotify claims Apple rejecting latest version of its...

Spotify has become very vocal in recent weeks about Apple’s business practices for its App Store. Apple recently revamped its subscription policy for iOS developers, offering a 85/15 split if developers keep customers for more than a year, but Spotify is still not happy with proceedings.

In a letter to Washington seen by Recode, the company now says Apple is being anti-competitive by rejecting its latest update to the Spotify app in order to encourage sales of its own $9.99 Apple Music subscriptions. Spotify is making a lot of noise to suggest Apple is using illicit business practices to elevate the success of Apple Music, by crippling Spotify and other third-party services.

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10:23
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross made a song for NASA...

Nine Inch Nails frontman and Apple Music contributor Trent Reznor has another project with his film soundtrack partner Atticus Ross. This time around, the duo has created a nearly 9-minute track to celebrate NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter. The single...

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10:20
Spotify says Apple rejected update over App Store...

Apple Music competitor Spotify has accused Apple of rejecting an update to its official iOS app, claiming that the iPhone maker has exhibited "a troubling pattern of behavior" that's anti-competitive.

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10:20
Spotify Says Apple Won't Approve New Version Of...

According to a report on Recode, Apple has rejected an update to Spotify's iOS app, and that this has caused a "grave harm to Spotify and its customers." The Swedish-based music company competes with Apple's Music streaming app and service. In a letter to Apple's top lawyer, Spotify says that Apple turned down a version of the app citing "business model rules" and demanded that Spotify uses Apple's billing system if it wants to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions. From the report:The letter, sent by Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez to Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell on May 26, suggests that Spotify intends to use the standoff as ammunition in its fight over Apple's rules governing subscription services that use its App store. "This latest episode raises serious concerns under both U.S. and EU competition law," Gutierrez wrote. "It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to...

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10:07
Android Nougat

Millions of people are Googling to see what the hell Nougat is this morning.

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10:00
I played God with The Odin's DIY CRISPR Kit

Twenty-three years after its cinematic debut, I finally understand where Alec Baldwin was coming from in the 1993 psychological thriller Malice. The power to bring life where once there was none is a potent drug. I was recently afforded the opportuni...

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09:59
The languages that almost became CSS

But CSS wouldn’t be introduced for five years, and wouldn’t be fully implemented for ten. This was a period of intense work and innovation which resulted in more than a few competing styling methods which just as easily could have become the standard.

Fascinating read. The screenshot of Mosaic certainly took me back.

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09:55
The evolution of graphic design in the gaming...

It is absolutely stunning how far we’ve come in gaming in a relatively short period of time.

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09:48
Amazon Prime Day

Prime Day is a one-day only global shopping event exclusively for Prime members. On Tuesday, July 12, the second annual Prime Day will be the biggest global Amazon event ever. Members in the U.S. can shop starting at midnight PT, with new deals starting as often as every five minutes throughout the day.

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09:46
Switching from Evernote to Apple Notes

With the new that Evernote is limiting free accounts and hiking prices, it’s only natural that some people will be looking for alternatives. Apple’s new Notes for iPhone or iPad and Notes for Mac might just make for that alternative. But how to migrate all of those notes? It’s easier than you think if you have a Mac running OS X 10.11.4 or higher.

Clearly not everyone is going to get rid of Evernote, but I talked to a lot of people that are. If you are considering it, he’s a run through on how to do it.

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09:44
∞ Pissed off Steve Jobs

I absolutely loved Steve when he was upset. Say what has to be said, and do what has to be done. I was in the audience for many of these moments.

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09:42
Furby gets smarter, but it's still pretty damn...

Hasbro revived one of the late '90s most iconic toys a few years ago, and now there's another new version. We're talking about Furby of course, and the new Furby Connect has Bluetooth to handle regular updates. The idea is to use the wireless connect...

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09:37
Pro Tools 12.5.2 available

You can grab it from the Avid Web site.

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09:34
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09:15
MetroPCS to sell Apple's iPhone for first time...

T-Mobile's prepaid brand -- MetroPCS -- will officially begin iPhone sales for the first time on Friday, though initially only in the state of Florida.

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08:44
MLB now officially using this iPhone-connected swing...

The MLB today announced a deal with Blast Motion that will see it allow teams to use the accessory maker’s Blast Baseball iPhone-connected swing analyzer sensor.

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08:26
KeyCue 8.1

Minor update adds Typinator integration and addresses bugs. €19.99 new, free update, 5.4 MB)

 

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08:20
Sensoria's smart workout clothes could be...

Sensoria makes a line of workout gear, including men’s T-shirts and women’s sports bras, that are fitness trackers on their own. The fabrics include electrodes and heart rate monitors, which communicate with Sensoria’s smartphone app via Bluetooth. I’ve tested the sports bra and Sensoria’s Bluetooth socks in the past, and while smart clothes sound cool in theory, they’re expensive and only marginally useful in practice. But Sensoria is refreshing its heart rate-monitoring apparel with a short-sleeved men’s tee and a medium-support sports bra, both now available to preorder on Kickstarter,...

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07:33
China’s SARFT sues Apple for infringing online...

Another day, another lawsuit. China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), a government agency supervising content production in the country, is suing the Apple for infringing the exclusive online broadcast right of a film it made, reports Forbes.

According to a June 30 post on the website of the People’s Court in Haidian, A unit of SARFT, which owns the movie channel on state broadcaster CCTV, is filing the lawsuit because the Apple App Store allows users to download the Youku HD app, which the agency says is streaming a film it produced and aired in 1994 without obtaining permission. Both Apple and Youku Tudou, an online video site owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, have brought “huge economic losses” to the unit, according to the post. SARFT is seeking 50,000 yuan (about $7,515) in total damages...

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07:19
T-Mobile’s prepaid MetroPCS will start selling the...

T-Mobile’s prepaid carrier MetroPCS will begin offering the iPhone for the first time to its customers starting tomorrow, but only in one market: Florida. MetroPCS will carry a range of models including the iPhone 6s Plus as well as the recently discontinued iPhone 5s.

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07:10
New drone video footage shows significant progress...

One month after his last drone flyover of Apple’s under construction Apple Campus 2 site, Matthew Roberts has sent over an update for July that gives an up-close look at progress in recent weeks.

The work continues on the Spaceship.

Per drone video, it looks like Apple is making progress towards completing its new campus building by the end of 2016.

The video shows significant progress on the solar panels and fuel cells and it’s also continued installing the massive glass panels and canopies— the world’s largest— that make up the interior and exterior of round ‘spaceship’ structure.

The campus is expected to generate around 75% of its own power using the solar panels and biogas fuel cells on-site, and it will get the rest of its renewable energy...

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07:06
Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch app in iOS 10 lets you...

One key new feature in watchOS 3 comes in tandem with iOS 10, allowing users to view, add and edit watch faces to their liking with more screen real estate, via the Apple Watch app on an iPhone.

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06:49
TSMC expected to net big revenue boost on Apple...

Apple processor maker TSMC is reportedly forecast to grow revenues almost 20 percent sequentially in its third quarter, owing primarily to shipments of "A10" processors for Apple's "iPhone 7."

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06:28
Patent report: waterproof iPhones and Apple Watches...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

The rumor mill says the upcoming iPhone 7 will be waterproof. A new Apple patent filing (number 20160190719) for “waterproof board-to-board connectors” hints that this may be true — and perhaps indicates the second generation Apple Watch will also be waterproof.

The invention is for board-to-board connectors that provide durable connections by providing a seal between board-to-board plugs and receptacles. The seal may be an O-ring, gasket, or other seal. 

The seal may protect contacts on the board-to-board connectors from exposure to fluids, such as water or other corrosive fluids. This seal may provide a level of redundancy with one or more seals protecting a device from external...

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06:18
Apple Campus 2 drone flyover captures progress on...

One month after his last drone flyover of Apple’s under construction Apple Campus 2 site, Matthew Roberts has sent over an update for July that gives an up-close look at progress in recent weeks. 

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06:00
US Efforts To Regulate Encryption Have Been Flawed,...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Guardian: U.S. Republican congressional staff said in a report released Wednesday that previous efforts to regulate privacy technology were flawed and that lawmakers need to learn more about technology before trying to regulate it. The 25-page white paper is entitled Going Dark, Going Forward: A Primer on the Encryption Debate and it does not provide any solution to the encryption fight. However, it is notable for its criticism of other lawmakers who have tried to legislate their way out of the encryption debate. It also sets a new starting point for Congress as it mulls whether to legislate on encryption during the Clinton or Trump administration. "Lawmakers need to develop a far deeper understanding of this complex issue before they attempt a legislative fix," the committee staff wrote in their report. The committee calls for more dialogue on the topic and for more interviews with experts, even though they claim to have already...

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05:44
B&O launches Beoplay H5, wireless in-ear...

If you care about audio quality even while you run or work out, Bang & Olufsen‘s latest wireless in-ear headphones may tick the box. The Beoplay H5 have a number of features aimed directly at fitness fans.

First, the cable is moulded directly into the rubber, which B&O says keeps the sweat out, to avoid corrosion in the electronics, while the earpiece housings are also moisture-resistant. Second, the shape has been ‘meticulously tested and improved’ to provide a snug fit no matter what shape your ear canal, so they shouldn’t fall out. Third, when you’re done listening, the two earpieces snap magnetically together, keeping the headphones locked safely around your neck …

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05:13
Apple supports the average port for 15 years; the...

Many are viewing the expected removal of the headphone socket from the iPhone 7 as a radical move, even by a company noted for its readiness to abandon what it considers to be legacy ports. But a fascinating chart put together by The Verge (below) suggests that perhaps it’s not so radical after all.

It shows that Apple typically supports a port, or I/O standard, for around 15 years. The headphone socket has been in every Apple product since 1984 – some 32 years. Given that Apple has supported it for twice as long as most everything else, perhaps we shouldn’t be quite so surprised …

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05:00
The Internet of Medical Things, Part 1: A New...


Manufacturers are eager to lay the bricks and help pave the road to better, more personalized healthcare through integration of connected devices in the new Internet of Medical Things. Compared to other industries, healthcare has been "inherently conservative and slow" to embrace innovations such as the cloud and the Internet of Things -- but that's changing. Innovative tech products and services are making it harder for healthcare providers to ignore the potential benefits of connected medical devices and the IoMT, according to Ian Shakil, CEO of Augmedix.

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04:30
How to use Mail Drop to deliver large attachments in...

Mail Drop is Apple’s solution to the problem of running into file size limits (usually between 10MB and 40MB) when trying to send attachments in various email clients. It basically detects when you’ve attached a large file in an email, and ask if you’d like to use the service instead of sending it through the email server. 

If you okay the Mail Drop request (and you should, in most cases), the file is uploaded to an iCloud server where the recipient will receive a download link to the file attachment. The file download link is available to any user on any platform. After you send an email, the recipients have 30 days to download the Mail Drop attachments.

 

If you want to use Mail Drop to deliver large attachments, make sure it’s selected in iCloud Mail preferences. In iCloud Mail, click the Action pop-up menu in the sidebar, then choose Preferences. Click Composing, then select “Use Mail Drop when sending large attachments.” Click Done. Then add an attachment...

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04:23
Latest sketchy report out of China backs iPhone 7/...

A sketchy report on the Chinese site Wechat backs the idea that the iPhone 7 may be offered in three variants – iPhone 7, Plus and Pro models. It also supports previous rumors that Apple is finally abandoning the 16GB tier.

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04:00
MCE’s Fovea drives make life better for Mac users...

By Aaron Lee

Apple wants us to live in a world without optical drives, but for some people that's not feasible. If you fall into this category, check out MCE Technologies' Fovea line of portable, slot-loading optical drives designed for the Macs lacking optical drives.

The $99.99 MCE Fovea Extreme Drive is a portable, slot-loading Blu-ray recordable USB drive, and the $49.99 Fovea Drive is a portable, slot-loading DVD and CD Recordable USB SuperDrive. The MCE Fovea Extreme is available for US$149, while the MCE Fovea 8X SuperDrive is $49.99.

Both drives are bootable and play and record to DVD-recordable and CD-recordable media. The Fovea Extreme also plays back commercial Blu-ray movies and records to BD and BD-XL recordable media.

Another cool feature: Mac Blu-ray Player software is included with the Fovea Extreme and allows the playback of commercial Blu-ray movies within Mac OS X....

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03:30
Apple Music 1 year in: What we love, what we hate,...

Apple Music has problems. From its cluttered user interface to iCloud Music Library’s often confusing way of managing your music files, Apple’s streaming service has taken a lot of heat. But it’s also managed to rack up a not-insignificant number of subscribers, and paying ones at that. Spotify has 100 million users, but just 30 million of them pay $10 a month to use the service. Apple has 15 million paying users.

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23:20
Apple gives away iPhone drawing app 'Procreate...

Apple selected popular iPhone drawing app Procreate Pocket as its latest paid app giveaway on Wednesday, making the former App Store Editors Choice and App Store Best of 2015 title available for free from the Apple Store app for iOS.

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21:12
Google Keep auto-creates topics for your notes

Google Keep's new feature will help you find notes old and new even if you never even bothered slapping a label on them. The free app now organizes your notes based on automatically created topics, such as food, places and travel. Even better, you ca...

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20:11
A digital music box for the nostalgic remix artist

Ye olde music boxes were the first way for folks to play songs in their home by using a mass-produced cylinders, each loaded with a unique tune. As the player rotated the tube, irregular pegs jutting from it would strike a comb of tines on the box &m...

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